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The Kremlin spoke about the deployment of missiles in Cuba and Venezuela

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Press Secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov answered the question of whether it is possible to deploy Russian troops and missiles in Cuba and Venezuela as a response to the West's refusal to expand NATO to Russian borders.

“Of course, in the context of the current situation, Russia is thinking about how to ensure its own security,” Peskov noted.

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The Kremlin representative stressed that the United States has 18 different scenarios and Moscow is considering various scenarios, but so far it is impossible to talk about any specific scenarios.

Also, the head of the presidential press service asked not to forget about sovereignty countries of Latin America.

Peskov added that Estonia's request to deploy additional NATO forces on its territory proves the validity of the security Russian Federation.

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Peskov appreciated the possibility of deploying Russian troops in Cuba and Venezuela

Peskov on the deployment of troops in Cuba: Russia is thinking about how to ensure its security Against the backdrop of “intensifying tensions,” Moscow is thinking about its security and is considering different scenarios, Peskov said. Previously, a Biden adviser promised that the US would “figure it out” if Russia deployed troops in Venezuela or Cuba

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The Kremlin is considering various scenarios for ensuring Russia's security, but Estonia's request to host NATO troops confirms the country's concerns. This was stated by the presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov, RBC correspondent reports.

“Of course, in the context of the current situation, Russia is thinking about how to ensure its own security, but to talk about specific scenarios <…>, we are also considering different scenarios,— noted the representative of the head of state, answering a question from journalists about the possibility of deploying Russia's military infrastructure in Latin America.

Peskov also indicated that we are talking about independent countries, which should not be forgotten.

“Request of Estonia— it is proof that our concerns are justified. And this is proof that we are not the cause of the escalation of tension, — Peskov added, noting the hope that the United States would formulate a written response to Russia's security guarantee proposals.

On January 13, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov, in an interview with RTVI, answering a question about whether the possibility of deploying Russian military infrastructure in countries outside of Europe, such as Cuba or Venezuela, was considered: “I don’t want to confirm or exclude anything here either I won't. At the same time, he added, the decision depends on “the actions of American colleagues”, although Moscow does not want such a development of the situation.

In response, US presidential adviser Jake Sullivan promised that if Moscow acts in this direction, Washington will “resolutely sort it out” with the situation.

On the eve of The New York Times reported that the Russian delegation at the talks with the United States and NATO “hinted” the ability to move nuclear missiles closer to US borders. According to the publication, Russian diplomats admitted that the country could transfer “certain weapons systems to unspecified places” in case of failure to comply with the requirements for security guarantees. The newspaper emphasized that there was no talk of direct statements.

Negotiations between Russia and the United States over proposals for security guarantees that Moscow provided to Washington and NATO took place on January 11 in Geneva. According to the head of the Russian delegation, Deputy Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov, the parties failed to agree on the key issue of NATO's non-expansion to the east. According to Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Russia put it right now, as the country has run out of patience: he recalled the words of President Vladimir Putin that the alliance is trying to “swing at the threshold of our house.”

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The reality of the deployment of the Russian military base in Venezuela was assessed

An expert explained the US fear of such a project

The US authorities intend to give a decisive answer if Russia takes steps to deploy its troops in Latin America. This was stated by Assistant to the President of the United States for National Security Jake Sullivan at a briefing at the White House. “If Russia moves in this direction, we will deal with this decisively,” the politician said. MK asked the expert what so alarmed the US.

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Sullivan's reaction followed a statement by Deputy Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation Sergei Ryabkov that negotiations between Russia, the United States and NATO had reached an impasse. According to Ryabkov, Russia can carry out activities through the Navy if the United States provokes and continues to exert military pressure on our state. When asked if there is a possibility of deploying Russian military infrastructure on the territory of such states as Venezuela or Cuba, the deputy foreign minister replied: “I don’t want to confirm anything, I won’t exclude anything here either.” 

“MK” asked the Director of the Center for Comprehensive European and International Studies of the National Research University Higher School of Economics Vasily Kashin to answer how justified the fears of the United States and what kind of reaction can be expected from them.

– I think this is a strong political statement from Russia. As far as I know, the issue of basing our military forces on the territory of Venezuela or Cuba has never been seriously discussed. All that we had before was joint exercises on refueling ships and aircraft and flights of the Tu-160 bomber. The deployment of a large grouping at such a distance from our borders is still difficult for Russia. Therefore, it seems to me that this is rather a hypothetical possibility. Although, at least with Venezuela, we could agree politically on this issue.

I think that the most likely option for a Russian military presence is to host a logistical support facility for the fleet, possibly an airfield for long-range aviation. Still, we no longer have the scale and opportunities that we had under the Soviet Union. When such facilities appear, we can ensure the presence in the area of ​​Russian ships carrying high-precision weapons, combat aircraft and limited forces. 

– If everything is limited to the forces that I have listed, then, most likely, the expenses of the Russian side will be small and nothing cardinal for our budget will happen. But such a decision will have an impact on American security policy. And very strongly. This will create an additional factor of tension, which will require the United States to take military measures to counter the hypothetical threat, and hence financial costs. It may also require them to take urgent political measures to restore their influence in the region.

– The benefit of Venezuela is obvious. Their leader feels his precarious position. The United States does not recognize him, he constantly has to face coup attempts. Of course, the appearance of a Russian military base will be a guarantee of security for him. Most likely, in this case, it is unlikely that they will try to remove him by military means.

– Most likely, the United States will influence those countries that have allowed the deployment of Russian bases. These states may face increasing economic and political pressure from the United States. And we will face one or another sanctions and even greater tension in our relations. I don't think we are talking about the threat of a forceful solution here.

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Venezuela has confirmed the training of its soldiers by instructors of the Russian PMC “V.E.G.A”

The Venezuelan National Guard has officially confirmed the training of fighters of its rapid reaction unit by instructors of the Russian PMC VEGA, formerly known as Vega Strategic Services ( VSS). Local mass media write about it.

The organization's website says that Vega Strategic Services Ltd or (Vega Strategic Services) is an international Holding that has united a number of specialized companies in different countries and regions under a single brand. The main direction and general line of the company is the provision of professional services in the field of integrated security and military consulting in the countries of accreditation and beyond.

The first company was established back in 2011 in Cyprus. The precondition for the creation was the many years of professional experience of the founders in the field of protection, security, and military affairs. The first company was headed by veterans of special naval, army and police units.

On the eve of one of the leaders of the Bolivarian National Intelligence Service (SEBIN) of Venezuela, the day before was abducted by unknown persons in the state of Miranda.

A few hours later, with the involvement of significant forces, he was found and released.

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How to give the opposition a piece of power: the experience of Venezuela

The ruling structures have abandoned their intention to completely clean up the political space

On November 21 this year, a seemingly insignificant event took place in Venezuela – regional and municipal elections. But the interest in them abroad was huge. This is due to at least two factors. The split opposition agreed to take part in them, and international structures, after a long break, decided to send observers. So, there are shifts in the political life of the country, after a number of years of isolation, changes have become apparent in the international arena. In these competitions, 3085 places were played, including 23 governors, 335 mayors of cities, several hundred municipal councilors were elected. 40 parties took part in the race, including 4 opposition parties. Of the 21 million citizens who had the right to vote, a fifth could not use it, because people are in exile in neighboring countries.

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To understand the specifics of what is happening, it is necessary to make a short excursion into recent history. As you know, the current president, Nicolas Maduro, took over the top post in April 2013. His rise to the pinnacle of power was due to the death of his predecessor, Hugo Chavez, who named his successor on his deathbed and asked to support him. The opposition, grouped within the framework of the Round Table of Democratic Unity, nominated Enrique Capriles as a candidate. A battle for the highest position unfolded between them. The success was achieved with a microscopic advantage by the representative of the authorities. The opposition demanded a partial recount of votes. The authorities refused to do this. So a sharp confrontation arose that did not subside for a number of years.

The confrontation escalated sharply after the parliamentary battles of 2015, in which the opposition won the vast majority of seats in the National Assembly. In response, the President convened a National Constitutional Assembly, creating parallel legislative structures. He blocked a referendum on recall provided for by the Basic Law, and then held early elections in 2018, preventing a representative of the organized opposition from participating. Only a third of the electorate took part in the procedure, but it was recognized as legitimate.

It should be admitted that the head of state showed himself to be a sophisticated politician. He managed to disunite the consolidated opposition. He created an obedient parliament, radically different from the previous one, which is now governed by its own understanding.

Another hope for a decrease in tensions appeared on July 24, 2021. Then, in an interview with the Telesur TV channel, the President of Venezuela announced his readiness to participate in the negotiations in Mexico, convened with the mediation of the host of the meeting and the envoys of Norway, who had repeatedly initiated such contacts. The previous negotiations ended, however, without success due to the inability of the official side to make the slightest concessions to opponents. So, the dialogue started in the Dominican Republic and lasted from September 2017 to January 2018. Then Pablo Parolin, the Pope's special representative, who came to Caracas and left deeply disappointed, joined in the negotiations. Later, both sides directly asked the pontiff for mediation. The head of the Catholic Church denied the president harshly, recalling that his envoys imitated negotiations only to procrastinate. There were also meetings in Barbados. All attempts were unsuccessful.

There were plenty of expectations in connection with the current dialogue. UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres highly appreciated the importance of the meeting. The US has pledged to ease sanctions if progress is made. Maduro assessed these actions as evidence of the recognition of the legitimacy of the existing government.

This time, the presidential team was headed by an experienced courtier, who unquestioningly followed all the instructions of the leadership, the chairman of the restructured National Assembly, Jorge Rodriguez. The talks started on 13 August. At the first meeting, the parties adopted a memorandum of understanding, agreed to create a consultation mechanism and continue meetings in the period from September 3 to 6.

The discussion went on for a long time, constantly broke down, and resumed again. The sides had diametrically opposite positions. The government believed that it was necessary to demand from the North American authorities an end to the economic embargo, the return of a significant part of the national reserve of gold. The opposition is convinced that the dates for the parliamentary and presidential elections should be set. In her opinion, the issues put forward by the authorities cannot be discussed at the beginning, because the opposing side does not consider the regime to be legitimate.

The situation changed dramatically after the opponents agreed to participate in the electoral process. In these conditions, the world community decided to send its observers. Josep Borrell, the EU's high commissioner for foreign policy and security, has agreed to send observers. They will be steered by the Portuguese socialist Isabel Santos. She said she would promote the transparency of the democratic process, in which Europeans have not participated since 2015.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov spoke of his readiness to assist this procedure in every possible way at his November meeting with his Venezuelan counterpart Felix Plasencia. Representatives of the UN, the American Carter Center and other structures also took part in the process. The total number of foreign envoys will be 300 people, only the European Union has dispatched 34 representatives. At the same time, a senior US State Department official said that the country did not create proper conditions for free expression of the will of citizens.

The National Electoral Council, the body responsible for preparing and conducting the procedure, was partially reorganized. It includes two oppositionists, and the chairman has also changed.

The results of the mega-stalls, in which the seats of governors, mayors of cities and municipal councilors were played, are as follows. 40% of the electorate came to the ballot boxes. In 18 states, nominees from official circles took over. In two states, including Zulia, the largest region in terms of size and population, opposition figures have been successful. They received 117 seats for mayors.

International observers did not record any special violations. True, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinkin said after the procedure that it did not reflect the will of the people, everything was predetermined. A similar opinion was expressed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada. The scattered opposition, apparently, will learn a lesson from what has happened, will begin to prepare for the next battles, will try to recreate its former power.

There was a feeling that the presidential side had finally realized an important truth. It is unproductive, as before, to completely clean up the entire political space. It is necessary, while maintaining power in our own hands, to create minimum conditions for the opposition, to allow it to demonstrate its capabilities. In this case, life will become richer, sparkle with different colors.

It could be assumed that a bizarre metamorphosis occurred with Nicholas Maduro. He strictly follows the line of his predecessor, namely: to hold the reins of government by any means, bringing the economy to collapse, releasing 5.6 million citizens, mostly of capable age, on their free bread. So far, it has not been possible to cut the Gordian knot of the Venezuelan crisis. However, hope remains, it is known to be the last to die.

The president, who has solved a strategic problem, achieved de facto legitimacy, feels like a triumphant.

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ICC to open investigation over alleged crimes against humanity in Venezuela

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Andreina Baduel wears a T-shirt that reads in Spanish "Justice and freedom" and holds a sign with pictures of people during a protest against political prisoners outside the Bolivarian National Intelligence Service, known as the Helicoide, in Caracas, Venezuela, Nov 3, 2021.

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Venezuela
On the final day of a trip to Caracas, International Criminal Court (ICC) chief prosecutor Karim Khan announced the ICC is set to open an investigation into allegded crimes of torture and extrajudicial killings by Venezuelan security forces under the rule of President Nicolas Maduro. While it could be years before any criminal charges are presented, the investigation was celebrated by human rights groups and the Venezuelan opposition. If carried out, the probe would be the first of its kind in a Latin American country.

United States
NSO Group, the Israeli company behind the controversial Pegasus spyware, which researchers say is used to target the phones of journalists, human rights activists and others, has been added to a US trade blacklist. Saying the NSO tools have been used to “conduct transnational repression,” the Biden administration announced measures that will limit the company’s access to US-made components and technology by requiring government permission for exports. NSO Group has long maintained that its military-grade spyware is sold to military, intelligence and security agencies from countries with good human rights records.

United Kingdom
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Former US Secretary of State Colin Powell dies at 84

Former US Secretary of State Colin Powell dies at 84

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Former US Secretary of State and top military commander Colin Powell, who served Democratic and Republican presidents, has died at the age of 84 from COVID-19 complications, his family announced. Powell — who, during his four decades of public service rose to become the first African American national security adviser, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and secretary of state, serving under President George W. Bush — had his reputation stained after making faulty claims before the UN Security Council to justify the 2003 US-led invasion of Iraq. In a speech, he cited false information claiming that then-Iraqi President Saddam Hussein had secretly stockpiled weapons of mass destruction. At the end of the Cold War, as national security adviser to President Ronald Reagan, Powell helped negotiate arms treaties and cooperation agreements with Soviet then-President Mikhail Gorbachev. Powell was born in Harlem to Jamaican parents and grew up in the South Bronx in New York City.

Venezuela
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Haiti
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Biden defends Afghanistan exit, praises Kabul airlift

Biden defends Afghanistan exit, praises Kabul airlift

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Afghanistan
On Tuesday, 24 hours after the last US military aircraft departed Kabul’s international airport, US President Joe Biden called the airlift of more than 120,000 Americans and Afghans an “extraordinary success,” and defended his administration’s decision to pull out of Afghanistan by the Aug. 31 deadline, nearly 20 years after the US invasion of the country. “I was not going to extend this forever war,” Biden said in an address to the nation. “And I was not going to extend a forever exit.” Biden also declared the end of an era of US military intervention for nation building. After a complete withdrawal, the US and its allies will have to adjust to a new relationship with the Taliban, who could be soon announcing the formation of a government.

Ukraine
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Venezuela
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Taliban special force fighters stand guard outside the Hamid Karzai International Airport after the US military’s withdrawal, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2021. 

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Taliban takes over half of Afghanistan’s provincial capitals

Taliban takes over half of Afghanistan’s provincial capitals

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A Taliban fighter stands guard over surrendered Afghan security members forces in the city of Ghazni, southwest of Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 13, 2021.

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Afghanistan
As the Taliban continues its takeover of large swaths of Afghanistan, the group completed its sweep of the country’s south on Friday, with 18 provincial capitals now under its control — including Kandahar, Herat and Lashkar Gah. A weekslong battle in Helmand province left hospitals filled with injured civilians. The latest takeover brings the Taliban even closer to the Afghan capital, Kabul. In response, the US has dispatched 3,000 troops to help evacuate Americans who are still in the country. The move comes weeks before the planned full withdrawal of US and NATO troops from Afghanistan, and following two decades of war.

Venezuela
The Venezuelan government and its opposition are opening talks in Mexico on Friday in an attempt to find solutions to economic and social crises gripping the country. The last round of negotiations were held between 2017 and 2019. This time ,the talks are being brokered by Norway. President Nicolás Maduro appears to have the upper hand this time, since the opposition has weakened and fractured. Opposition coalition leader, Juan Guaidó — who the US and other countries recognize as the country’s legitimate leader — is calling for a plan for massive imports of COVID-19 vaccines along with a “National Salvation Agreement” that would include the government, its local allies, the opposition and the international community.

Ethiopia
President Joe Biden is sending his special envoy for the Horn of Africa, Jeffrey Feltman, to Ethiopia to push for an end to nine months of internal conflict. Continued fighting between the Ethiopian government and the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) has raised concerns of a worsening famine and humanitarian disaster along with reports of increased violence against hundreds of women and girls. The UN says that a total of 400,000 people are at risk of famine in the Tigray region. Feltman will also travel to Djibouti and the United Arab Emirates in an attempt to promote stability in the Horn of Africa.

From The WorldOne of Iraq’s oldest Christian communities struggles with religious diversity

Iraqi Christian children prepare for their First Communion in Bartella.

 

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Bartella, a historically Christian town of about 15,000 people, is one of the world’s oldest Christian communities — but Christians here are now a minority. 🎧

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Multi-generational Haitian band Lakou Mizik has a new album in collaboration with Grammy-winning electronic music artist Joseph Ray titled “Leave The Bones.”

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Hospitals in Manaus run out of oxygen amid coronavirus surge in Brazil

Hospitals in Manaus run out of oxygen amid coronavirus surge in Brazil

This isn’t the first time that COVID-19 has hit the city particularly hard.

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Michael Fox

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A health worker stands in front of an empty oxygen tank station, the only station at Joventina Dias Hospital, a small clinic in Manaus, Brazil, Jan. 15, 2021. Hospital staff and relatives of COVID-19 patients rushed to provide facilities with oxygen tanks just flown into the city as doctors chose which patients would breathe amid dwindling stocks and an effort to airlift some of them to other states.

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A woman walks through a hospital parking lot in Manaus, Brazil, distraught, and pleas for help in a cellphone video she posts on Twitter.

On Thursday, the hospital where she works ran out of oxygen.

O que está acontecendo hoje em Manaus é um crime.

Está faltando oxigênio nas unidades de saúde.

Cadê o governador?
Os senadores do Estado?
O ministério da Saúde?

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— Renan Brites Peixoto (@RenanPeixoto_) January 14, 2021

“People, I’m asking for your mercy. We are in a deplorable situation,” she says in the recording. She’s not named, but she’s reportedly a hospital psychologist.

“The oxygen has simply run out in an entire unit. We don’t have any oxygen and a lot of people are dying. If you have oxygen available, bring it here to the Urgent Care Unit of the Redenção polyclinic. My God, there are a lot of people dying.”

The video was one of dozens that went viral on Thursday across the country, as hospitals in Manaus, the capital of the Brazilian state of Amazonas, ran out of oxygen — endangering the lives of dozens, according to reports.

Related: Brazil weighs COVID-19 vaccines as its death toll climbs

In another video on social media, posted by a local journalist, retired nursing technician Solange Batista stands on the street in a burgundy face mask.

She says her sister’s blood oxygen level is below 60% and is on a manual respirator to survive. 

‘Não tem oxigênio. Minha irmã está sendo ambuzada para sobreviver (com respirador manual), com 60% de saturação. Não é só ela. Famílias estão comprando oxigênio. Um descaso. Em um hospital federal. Tanta gente morrendo por asfixia’
–Solange Batista, técnica de enfermagem#Manaus pic.twitter.com/uTpB1P3yWc

— Fernando Oliveira (@FernandoCesar) January 14, 2021

“Patients are having to buy oxygen,” she says. “This is neglect. Neglect. In a federal hospital, I have to buy oxygen for a patient? This is impossible.”

Family members of patients with COVID-19 have waited for hours in long lines to purchase oxygen tanks from private distributors in the city. At least one businessman has been jailed for hiding oxygen tanks in order to sell at elevated prices.

Meanwhile, more than 200 patients are being transferred to hospitals in six different states. Health Minister Eduaro Pazuello said Thursday night that along with the lack of oxygen, there were over 480 people on the waitlist for intensive care units throughout the city.

“First, we ran out of ventilators, then beds and finally, and the least expected, oxygen. I believe we were already expecting a high number of patients, but not as we are actually seeing in practice.”

André Basualto, doctor at a private hospital in Manaus

“First, we ran out of ventilators, then beds and finally, and the least expected, oxygen,” said André Basualto, a doctor at a private hospital there. “I believe we were already expecting a high number of patients, but not as we are actually seeing in practice.”

Related: Brazilians flock to the coast during the height of tourist season while coronavirus cases surge

But Basualto says the whole situation could have been avoided. He points to inadequate planning and crowded stores and malls at the end of the year that helped the virus to spread.

“Since the beginning of the pandemic, we have been alerting the population about the need for isolation and prevention, the use of masks and social distancing, however what we saw was a disregard by many and denialism regarding the imminent severity of the situation,” he said.

This is not the first time the pandemic has hit Manaus hard. The city was ground zero for COVID-19 in Brazil back in April. The images of coffins being buried in mass graves in the city was a terrifying metaphor for the toll that the coronavirus was taking on the country.

Those mass graves are back.

“I believe we are living our worst moment. Just to give you an idea, yesterday, we buried 176 people just in the city of Manaus. It’s a very serious situation.”

David Almeida, mayor, Manaus

“I believe we are living our worst moment,” Mayor David Almeida told Radio Gaucha earlier this week. “Just to give you an idea, yesterday, we buried 176 people just in the city of Manaus. It’s a very serious situation.”

Related: Black man’s death by security guards in Brazil sparks outrage, protests

Manaus is in a tough spot. First, it’s the only city in the state of Amazonas with ICU units. And that state is huge — roughly four times the size of Germany. This means that logistics and transportation are not easy.

Amid the oxygen shortage, many Brazilians took to social media with the word “lockdown.”

“It is past time for Brazil to have a serious lockdown. And a serious president too,”

Venezuela has responded to the #COVID19 health crisis in #Manaus & says it will help provide oxygen for the city’s hospitals. Foreign minister @jaarreaza tweeted last night & said he had spoken w/ the governor of the state of Amazonas. #Brazil https://t.co/IKBXNdIlq8

— Michael Fox (@mfox_us) January 15, 2021 “>one person tweeted.

They blame President Jair Bolsonaro and his supporters for demanding the end of social restrictions and tighter measures that could have prevented the chaos now unfolding.

Related: Bolsonaro loses big in Brazil’s local elections

Such measures were set to be in place in late 2020 before state Gov. Wilson Lima rolled them back under pressure from the business community. Lima has now suspended public transportation and instituted an overnight curfew. He has also requested air support from the United States to help ship oxygen tanks from elsewhere around Brazil.

The Brazilian military says it has already shipped 8 tons of hospital supplies and is preparing to send more.

Venezuela, which shares a border with the state of Amazonas, has also promised to send in oxygen.

The spike in cases in Manaus comes as the region enters its rainy flu season.

Venezuela has responded to the #COVID19 health crisis in #Manaus & says it will help provide oxygen for the city’s hospitals. Foreign minister @jaarreaza tweeted last night & said he had spoken w/ the governor of the state of Amazonas. #Brazil https://t.co/IKBXNdIlq8

— Michael Fox (@mfox_us) January 15, 2021

For cardiologist Marcio Bittencourt, Manaus is being hit by a perfect storm.

“On top of everything you have the seasonal period of greater respiratory infections, which comes with the rainy season that is beginning now in January,” Bittencourt said. “We have a new mutation of the virus with a new variant that apparently is more infectious. And we have a clear problem of structural logistics and administration, which makes the situation ever more critical.”

Workers’ movements advocate for rights on May Day; Saudi activists allege man killed over megacity plans; Doctors wait hours as Venezuela faces fuel shortages

Workers' movements advocate for rights on May Day; Saudi activists allege man killed over megacity plans; Doctors wait hours as Venezuela faces fuel shortages

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Trade union leaders carry a wreath of flowers as they attempt to defy a ban and march on Taksim Square to celebrate May Day, during a three-day curfew amid the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Istanbul, Turkey, May 1, 2020.

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Doctors wait hours to fill tanks as Venezuela faces fuel shortages

Doctors wait hours to fill tanks as Venezuela faces fuel shortages

Lines to buy fuel have been common in parts of Venezuela for years. But in recent weeks, the problem has arrived in the capital, where drivers are now waiting hours to fill their tanks. 

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Mariana Zúñiga

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When Dr. Arturo Martínez woke up in his Honda Civic, his car was a mess. It looked like a small apartment — full of pillows, blankets, cutlery and Tupperware with the leftovers of yesterday’s dinner.

“We prepared ourselves to spend the night here to be able to refuel. We brought some food and pillows to be a little bit more comfortable while waiting,” Martínez said.

Martínez was one of the hundreds of motorists waiting for gasoline in a miles-long line at a station in eastern Caracas. He arrived at 2 a.m., but five hours later, he wasn’t even close to reaching the pumps.

Related: As the coronavirus drags on, Mexico’s food prices soar

This is an unusual scene for Caracas’ residents. Lines to buy fuel have been common in parts of Venezuela for years. But, in recent weeks, the problem has arrived in the capital where drivers are now waiting hours to fill their tanks.

Every day before dawn in Caracas, essential workers, like doctors, line up for hours at the few gas stations that still have fuel. The OPEC nation with the world’s largest oil reserves is short on gas because its refineries have collapsed, and the country can’t import fuel due to US sanctions.

Martínez feels frustrated, he says — the shortages are limiting his ability to function as a doctor. His car is the only way he can get to work due to a lack of public transportation.

“There will come a time when there will be such great discomfort that doctors will say, ‘I am not going to work. I am not going because I have to suffer to get gasoline, and I am exposing myself to the virus while being in line.’”

Dr. Arturo Martínez

“There will come a time when there will be such great discomfort that doctors will say, ‘I am not going to work. I am not going because I have to suffer to get gasoline, and I am exposing myself to the virus while being in line,’” he said.

Related: Bolsonaro’s ‘so what’ response to coronavirus deaths is the latest in his spiraling political crisis

Further back in line, Dr. Alejandro Rodriguez is also waiting for gas.

“I arrived at 5 a.m. It’s 9 a.m.,” Rodriguez said. “I should be in the hospital right now. Fortunately, what we do as colleagues is that we cover somebody’s shift when that person is queuing for gas. This is what we do, but it shouldn’t be like that.”

The government has promised that doctors and hospital workers will have preferential access to fuel stations. But Rodriguez has found the solution to be less than useful.

“I’ve had to line up within a special queue for doctors, but it’s still a line. They are daylong lines, practically. I don’t know if ambulances get preference, but my car doesn’t.” 

Dr. Alejandro Rodriguez 

“I’ve had to line up within a special queue for doctors, but it’s still a line. They are daylong lines, practically. I don’t know if ambulances get preference, but my car doesn’t,” he said.

Some fuel stations in Caracas were shut down in recent days, as authorities try to ensure the effective fulfillment of a nationwide quarantine and contain the spread of the coronavirus. The measure also aims to ration the country’s dwindling gasoline inventories.

Related: Chile’s ‘COVID-19 card’ sparks controversy over ‘uncertainty of evidence’ about immunity

According to fuel stations workers in Caracas, authorities are rationing gasoline by limiting drivers to five gallons for small cars and 10 gallons for trucks, vans and ambulances.

Increasing petrol shortages is making Venezuelans’ lives tougher. When the pandemic struck, Venezuela was already suffering from hyperinflation and a battered health system. Critics of President Nicolás Maduro blame the collapse on government corruption and mismanagement. The government blames US sanctions.

In Venezuela, filling a tank is basically free. Thanks to government subsidies, a full tank could cost less than a penny. But, out of desperation, some people, like Jesus Peña, who sells chicken at an open-air market, are now turning to the expensive black market for fuel.

Peña pays between $1 and $2 per liter. But, few people can afford those prices in a country where the minimum wage is less than $5 per month.

Venezuela has less than 500 reported cases of the coronavirus. The country imposed a nationwide lockdown in March when just a few cases were detected. Since then, Peña hasn’t been able to fill his tank at a station due to long lines. 

“Yesterday, my neighbor sold me 20 liters that he took out of his car. I paid $20 for it. This problem is going to get worse. I have more than one colleague who is not delivering anymore because they ran out of gasoline.”

Jesus Peña, vendor at open-air market

“Yesterday, my neighbor sold me 20 liters that he took out of his car. I paid $20 for it. This problem is going to get worse. I have more than one colleague who is not delivering anymore because they ran out of gasoline,” Peña said.

Related: Advocates raise alarm as countries fail to collect racial data of coronavirus patients

The fuel shortages are already harming food production and delivery. Producers are not being able to get their goods to markets, and farmers are being forced to let crops rot in fields.

Even though Peña desperately needs the gas to keep his business going, he doesn’t know how much longer he can keep paying the high prices.

“I have gasoline for this week, I don’t know what will happen the next one. It’s worrying. I’m really worried,” he said.

Back at the gas station, as the line advances, some drivers, like Martínez, push their cars rather than turning on the ignition. Anything to save just a little extra gas.

A$AP Rocky – Jukebox Joints (feat. Joe Fox & Kanye West) lyrics

[Hook: Joe Fox]
And I’m a man of my word, that I got nothing at all
So tell me now does it hurt, or is it too late?
I’m a man of my law, I gotta keep my weight up
But who will lean if I fall? But never mind, I’m fly, you know

[Verse 1: A$AP Rocky]
She the type to seek love and make it everlasting
I’m the type to wake up and say you’re never having
I mean I fucked the girl with hella passion
But it’s cold how we smashing
Left her sleeping on a separate mattress
I think her body makes for better practice
Good excuse for my absence like “Flacko where your ass been?”
Heard you done with fashion, now yo ass is acting
I’m tripping off the acid, now yo ass is looking massive
This ain’t the shit equipped with columns from my reckless swagging
This that dark house party with this record blasting
Rolling spliffs, clique beside me, fingers Liberace
When I seen this bitch in Venice, Tommy and some mean Huaraches
I’m all alone though, mood music makes me bop slower
Trippin’ on how I shifted pop culture
Changed Hip-Hop on ya, smoking like a rasta was my pops culture
I be damned if I die sober
I’ll be sure to visit Pac for ya

[Hook: Joe Fox]

[Verse 2: A$AP Rocky]
And shout outs my pretty women in the spot tonight
Let em see them fuckin’ hands
And for the freaks that love the niggas with the Jeeps
Lex, coupes and the Beamers and the Benz, come again
When my death calls, I pray the Lord accept collect calls
Cause I be playing with these womens like they’re sex dolls
Call my Prada prior, cause it’s dropping next fall
Don’t you short the next ball, my closet like the Met ball
She said, “I just love it when you speak soft-spoken
Up in the magazines with your teeth all golden”
Took the whole year off just to learn to make beats
Dropped the flames on my release and leave the streets all smokin’
That touch your soul music, I get you higher, grab your lighter fluid
Might add a preacher and a choir to it
I speak the father’s music, hallelujah
Always Strive & Prosper, stupid
Even Montell can’t tell you how he do it
Sit back and watch me do it

[Hook: Joe Fox]

[Verse 3: A$AP Rocky]
Okay let’s get past all the swag trapping and fashion talking
You want that take it to gats or keep it in rapping talking
They rapping bars it get embarrassed, it actually happens often
You my son like my last abortion, I’m just laughing off it
I changed rap with fashion four way, yeah I’m that important
You jack my style, she jack me off, and y’all both acting awkward?
Jiggling baby, nah, go ahead bitch
Ain’t nothing better than the pretty big forehead bitch
Listen close I got some shit to tell you, motherfuckers get familliar
It’s not just model bitches on my genitalia
Did Azalea’s from Australia, trips to Venezuela
Cinderella’s under my umbrella for different weather
Ella, ella, ay just play it like I didn’t tell ya
Niggas taking pictures any time we get together
And hope to fly away one day just like some love birds
Only one word I’m afraid of is the “love” word

[Verse 4: Kanye West]
More power to you, more power to you my lovely one
More power to you, more power to you my lonely one
More power to you, more power to you my lovely one
What’s up bruh? That all depends
With friends like you, who needs friends
Sometimes the best advice is no advice
Especially when it’s your advice
Man remember
Your man was on stage dressed like a family member
Man everything basic to Ye Guevara
That means Saint Laurent is my Zara
I remember Rochelle ain’t wanna fuck me with the polo
Ay bitch you missed out, hashtag #Fomo
I got one child, one child
But I’m fuckin’, fuckin’, fuckin’ like I’m tryna make four more
They wanna throw me under a white jail
Cause I’m a black man with confidence of a white male
Hallelujah

Nacho, Wisin & Noriel – No Te Vas (Remix)

[Intro: Wisin]
Doble U

[Verso 1: Noriel, Wisin]
Me dejé llevar por las ganas de verte, no pude aguantarme
(dame una oportunidad)
Mi corazón me dijo "Vete, encuéntrala" y vine a buscarte
Yo vine esta noche con ganas de robarte un beso
Aunque sé que no me conoces

[Estribillo: Nacho, Wisin]
De aquí no te vas sin mí
De aquí no me voy sin ti
Aposté todo para verte
Sé que un día correré la suerte
De ganar en el amor contigo
Tu futuro será mejor conmigo

De aquí no te vas sin mí
De aquí no me voy sin ti (te estoy cazando)
Aposté todo para verte
Sólo es cuestión de suerte
En ese juego del amor
Me convertí en un ganador (okey, bebé, estoy listo)

[Verso 2: Wisin]
Baby, voy por ti (duro)
Desde el día en que yo te vi
Tú me miraste al instante, entendí
Que eras tú la que faltaba, ni siquiera te esperaba
De mi mente te adueñabas y ni cuenta yo me daba (uh, uh, uh)
Quiero llevarte a un lugar aparte (hah), déjame hablarte
Tengo un millón de besos para darte (yeah)
Tú sólo dame la señal que yo te llevo (eh)
Contigo me atrevo (eh), déjame llevarte a un mundo nuevo

[Puente: Nacho, Wisin]
De aquí tú jamás te irás
Te quedas conmigo
Este amor es de verdad
Y es sólo contigo
De aquí tú jamás te irás
Nuestra unión es para siempre
Y perderte, qué va, eso no va (this is the remix)

[Estribillo: Wisin, Nacho]
De aquí no te vas sin mí
De aquí no me voy sin ti
Aposté todo para verte
Sólo es cuestión de suerte
En ese juego del amor
Me convertí en un ganador

De aquí no te vas sin mí (ajá)
De aquí no me voy sin ti
Aposté todo para verte
Sólo es cuestión de suerte
En ese juego del amor
Me convertí en un ganador (Noriel El Peligroso)

[Verso 2: Noriel, Wisin]
No sé si es un error que te insista
Es que tú pareces de revista
La octava maravilla del mundo ya está en la lista
Por ti soy egoísta; DJ, para la pista
Que desde hoy creo en el amor a primera vista
Para mí es más que un placer (Noriel)
Tener de frente la que en un futuro va a ser mi mujer
Mi princesa, mi amiga, mi esposa
Recorrer el mundo entero y en cada país darte una rosa
Yo te buscaba pero estabas perdida
No te encontraba porque cuando Dios diga
Por ti lo apuesto todo, el futuro no me intimida
Y si pierdo que me quede sin na’ hasta la otra vida, ¡wuh!
(Baby, tú estás escuchando)

[Estribillo]
De aquí no te vas sin mí
De aquí no me voy sin ti
Aposté todo para verte
Sólo es cuestión de suerte
En ese juego del amor
Me convertí en un ganador

[Outro: Nacho, Wisin]
Yo ando con los Mambo Kingz
No Te Vas Remix
Díselo Luian, yeah
Damas y caballeros, bienvenidos a la liga de campeones
Sube
El Remix
La Criatura, bebé
Alcover, yeah
Venezuela y Puerto Rico
Ja, Nacho con el Tigre W
No-Noriel
Bifi

Ozuna – Síguelo Bailando

Ohh oh (Jeje)
Nana na nah
Uoh oh
Hi Music Hi Flow
Ozuna
Llegó el fin de semana y ya quiere salir
En la monotonía no quiere seguir
Señorita con delicadeza
Me pone loco, de la cabeza
Me dice que quiere seguir
Baila conmigo mujer
Que la noche solamente comienza
En tu mirada puedo ver lo que piensas,
una belleza ma’
Baila conmigo mujer
Que la noche solamente comienza
En tu mirada puedo ver lo que piensa
bailando, una belleza
Síguelo bailando, que la música no pare, eh eh eh
Cómo a mí me gusta que la noche no se acabe, eh eh eh
Síguelo bailando, que la música no pare, eh eh eh
Cómo a ti te gusta que la noche no se acabe, eh eh eh (Ozuna)
Ay mami sacude ta’ por encima
Bailando me aceleras, la adrenalina
Una maquina de baile, siempre domina
No paramos, disfrutemos pegadito en una esquina
Que tú tenga tu aceite
Yo tengo el mío, hay un lío
Que la música tiene poderío
Esto se baila en Brasil, Venezuela, y los judío
Argentina, y en Colombia, P.R. caserío y por lo mío y
Síguelo bailando, que la música no pare, eh eh eh
Cómo a mí me gusta que la noche no se acabe, eh eh eh
Síguelo bailando, que la música no pare
Cómo a ti te gusta que la noche no se acabe, eh eh eh
Baila conmigo mujer
Que la noche solamente comienza
En tu mirada puedo ver lo que piensas
una belleza ma’
Baila conmigo mujer
Que la noche solamente comienza
En tu mirada puedo ver lo que piensa
bailando, una belleza
Con este ritmo se descontrola
Se pone loquita y se me entrega to’a
Se pega de espalda y se acomoda sola
Pa’ bailar no pone excusa no le importa la hora, y a la moda
Cuando sale va retumbando
Yo no sé qué tiene que se le quedan mirando
Anda quemando por el mundo viajando
No tiene problema si lo resuelve bailando mami
Síguelo bailando, que la música no pare, eh eh eh
Cómo a mí me gusta que la noche no se acabe, eh eh eh
Síguelo bailando, que la música no pare
Cómo a ti te gusta que la noche no se acabe, eh eh eh
Llegó el fin de semana y ya quiere salir
En la monotonía no quiere seguir
Señorita con delicadeza
Me pone loco de la cabeza
Me dice que quiere seguir
Baila conmigo mujer
Que la noche solamente comienza
En tu mirada puedo ver lo que piensas
una belleza ma’
Baila conmigo mujer
Que la noche solamente comienza
En tu mirada puedo ver lo que piensas
bailando, una belleza (Uoh oh, oh)
Ozuna
El Negrito De Ojitos Claros
Yai y Toly
Ya-Ya-Yai y Toly
Hi Music, Hi Flow
Hi Music, Hi Flow, oh ohh
Mami, mami
Ingeniero
El Negrito De Ojitos Claros

Gucci Mane – We Cocky Lyrics

Crank my car with the tip of my fingernail
Wanna shop with me then by you a bigger scale
Wanna cop choppers plenty yoppers then call me
Got more god damn guns than an army
So Icy Entertainment soliders cock it and aim it
And we don’t want a sign just make you famous
So many rings on I need another pinky
I hit more broads than Wilt the Chamberlain
I’m all black, rich, and I’m extra dangerous
I’m handsome (?) almost famous
I’m workin’ with the fork and the sides I’m scrapin’
I burn it, turn it the crack is Cajun
Your Auntie hit it said it’s amazing
Your uncle pawned your Playstation
The dope man got on new Ballys
I slam dunk bricks my plug throwed an alley
I’m shark meat, caviar, kush, and salad
The coke from Venezuela but the kush from Cali
A million dollars worth of carats gotcha jealous
But ain’t nothing a hater can tell us

[Chorus]
We cocky, yeah bitch we cocky
Watch, ring, chain you know that we’re poppin’
They’re jockin’ but I swear so cocky
Pockets so fat it makes us more cocky
We cocky, yeah bitch we cocky
Watch, ring, chain you know that we’re poppin’
They’re jockin’ but I swear so cocky
Pockets so fat it makes us more cocky

They can’t tax me whatcha gon’ tax me
Ask me I sell chicken like Zaxby’s
Stacks and racks and Franklins and Jacksons
Packs and bales we sell them white dragons
I’m a talking brick they need to unwrap me
God take my breath if Gucci’s not trappin
65 pounds of mid in my magnum
‘caine same color as baby girl’s dandruff
Kush same color as baby boy’s stacks
Purp same color as Adrian Pete’s fans is
Dog is a falcon black, red, white diamonds
Same height and same weight as a lineman
Pulled up in a donk and gave your girl the Heisman
Touchdown in the 6 I’m dancin’ like Rodman
Skrt Skrt dancin’ my egg beater harmonizin’
That’s my machine advertisement
That’s my AK homiciding
That’s Gucci’s favorite line man

[Chorus]
We cocky, yeah bitch we cocky
Watch, ring, chain you know that we’re poppin’
They’re jockin’ but I swear so cocky
Pockets so fat it makes us more cocky
We cocky, yeah bitch we cocky
Watch, ring, chain you know that we’re poppin’
They’re jockin’ but I swear so cocky
Pockets so fat it makes us more cocky

My scale see mo’ blow than 4 drug stores
I’m drinking ice tea my girlfriend a coke ho
I strap a brick to her tell the bitch to go go
Nowhere she go nobody ___ this ho
I’m workin’ with this fizo
Egg beater good but I’m workin’ the fizork
‘caine so pretty bitches love to snizort
I’m tryna sell everything they could import
Or export, my young nigga from Shreveport
But I don’t show love I give him what he paid for

[Chorus]
We cocky, yeah bitch we cocky
Watch, ring, chain you know that we’re poppin’
They’re jockin’ but I swear so cocky
Pockets so fat it makes us more cocky
We cocky, yeah bitch we cocky
Watch, ring, chain you know that we’re poppin’
They’re jockin’ but I swear so cocky
Pockets so fat it makes us more cocky