• In a scene reminiscent of the murder of George Floyd, Salvadoran migrant Victoria Esperanza Salazar Arriaza was killed in front of a convenience store by a Mexican police officer. The incident in Tulum in late March sparked a wave of protests across Mexico against police brutality and violence against immigrants. The police officer knelt on, and broke the women’s neck in a scene recorded by bystanders. Mexico’s President Andreas Manuel Lopez Obrador condemned the police behavior as murder. The police officers were jailed and charged with femicide.
(“A Woman’s Death in Mexico Fueled Outrage. Can It Fuel Police Reform?” Christian Science Monitor, April 8, 2021)
• Buried in President Joe Biden’s $2 trillion infrastructure plan is a progressive tax reform agenda including raising the global corporate minimum tax to prevent massive tax avoidance by U.S. tech giants such as Apple, Amazon, Google and Microsoft. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen is advocating a corporate tax increase to 28 percent, along with the adoption of a 21 percent global corporate minimum tax rate, updating international tax rules for the first time in a generation.
(‘Explainer: What Is a Global Minimum Tax and How Could It Affect Companies, Countries?’ Reuters, April 14, 2021; “The Devil in the Tax Details,” American Prospect, April 8, 2021)
• The pro-Trump insurrection on Capitol Hill on Jan. 6 was the culmination of a 6-year increase in extremist right wing violence often driven by white supremacist, anti-Muslim and anti-government hatred. The Washington Post chronicled the upsurge using data developed by the think tank Center for Strategic and International Studies.
(“Rise of Domestic Extremism in America,” Washington Post, April 12, 2021)
This week’s News Summary was narrated by Anna Manzo.