Burma Easter Egg Protest
Myanmar (Burma,) saw street protests in a strike over Easter eggs for their military dictatorship killing opposition members of the public and going against a new, US-backed government from recent elections by civil rights and humanitarian leader there, Sang Suu Kyi. During the Easter egg opposition rally movement, Kyi’s defenders, among others, took to streets to show UN support for them, hopes of the military junta stepping down on its own, as well as painted eggs to symbolize their unhappiness with phrases like “Sure We Will Win,” scattered in many urban areas, according to the AP.
Meanwhile, Kyi is facing her third decade under potential house arrest, though she is a leader of a new coalition government to help raise Myanmar to international levels of democracy the West largely supports in achieving success with her dissident efforts, said the Smithsonian Magazine.
To get at international expert opinion on what happened in this demonstration, which clearly appealed to Western sentiment as they are from a majority Buddhist country, as well as US federal State Department contacts speaking on the record of US foreign policy towards the Southeast Asian troubled nation, a focus is apparent of US reset efforts to Asia since Obama’s final term. Possible final outcomes of this last election went against optimistic expectations for Democratic change; but, with violence and killing by the military controlling group, there is little sympathy for those in control there now. Whether the US will intervene is not even on the table for Biden to assess; experts and US State Department contacts said their ideal outcome is for Myanmar to resolve the problem on their own, while knowing the US supports democratic efforts like Kyi’s worldwide.
Cuba Advances on COVID Vaccine
There are 11.33 million inhabitants on Cuba, according to the World Bank, and other sources, referenced by Google, after a search of, “What is the population of Cuba?”
So far, Cuba developed five coronavirus vaccines, some kinds of which the US is rolling out on their own, widely available (though with increasing wait times as more sign up for their own injection,) this spring.
Cuba saw over the first three days of April 3,248 new sick cases from COVID. While known for their advanced health system and doctors, Cuba is struggling, along with other Latin American nations, especially Brazil, to keep up with Europe, Canada, and the US to combat potential spread through use of viral stoppers in vaccines. Mexico, meanwhile, say health policy specialists, is taking an opposite approach, barely doing anything to help its population gain access to newly developed vaccines, according to Cuba’s 14yMedio dissident news site.
Cuba wants to commercialize their top vaccine developed by the Communist island nation, with hopes of using their advanced healthcare, socialized medicine system for the benefit and profit, as well, with the worse global pandemic this century. Markets, for certain, are wide open worldwide for whoever comes out fastest with the best counter to viral spread of coronavirus.
Four vaccines, Soberana 01, Soberana 02, Abdala, and Mambisa, in addition to one already in use on Cuba, are being developed for further, more easy use and effective countering to a problem that has seen unprecedented global cooperation in advancing efforts to lessen risk of more sickness from the case of the recent viral contagion.
Novavax is in the third trial stage, before potential adoption by the European Medicine Agency (EMA,) to be approved in April, this month, for use on the Continent, also reported 14yMedio.
Infrastructure Bill Hides More Important Debate on Taxes
Biden is pushing a full $2.25 trillion infrastructure improvement spending bill, despite opposition from minority GOP members of Congress. The bill gets at a larger debate of the role for taxation in the federal governments main roles of raising and spending money, as well as making and enforcing laws. Some would talk with DC-based policy makers this week, to see where they can cut tax rates, while providing needed infrastructure maintain each or improvements, but partisanship makes across-the-isle negotiating less likely. Even so, Biden is in a strong position to push through with Democratic majorities in Congress, for the spending his party believes is necessary, though maybe leaving a bitter taste for GOP members who’d rather be more conservative with federal funds, especially during a global pandemic like coronavirus, which requires unusual government resources to combat.
To help explain where this money would go, and why Biden and his new administration believe such a sum (higher than Republicans are amenable to, following weekend talk show interviews,) is needed at present, Bloomberg reported financial markets are positive the spending will be passed, allowing a Democratic policy agenda to make even more headway in the first few months of Biden’s first term as President. Without major problems or war, besides the virus, improving the stuff of commerce and peoples’ lives, like highways, or ports for shipping trade, is seen by US domestic market experts as a positive sign for future economic growth, as the S&P 500, Dow Jones Industrial Average, and NASDAQ stock exchange groupings are going up this month, following a slight depression, countered since last November’s elections, over the end of Trump’s term due to the pandemic scare, according to most recent market data.