This Week’s Under-reported News Summary – March 3, 2021

Compiled by Bob Nixon

  • Amid coup, Myanmar envoy meets Thai, Indonesia officials
  • Texas repeatedly failed to protect its power grid against extreme weather
  • "Chuy" Garcia working with growing progressive Squad Congress

• A month after the military coup in Myanmar deposed the civilian government of Aung San Suu Kyi, tens of thousands of protesters remain in the streets and the junta is on the defensive. The United States and the European Union have imposed sanctions, while Facebook has banned Myanmar’s generals and their business affiliates from the social media platform.

(“In First Post-coup Diplomatic Encounters, Myanmar Envoy Meets Thai, Indonesian Officials,”Radio Free Asia, Feb. 24, 2021; “Can Asia help Myanmar find a way out of coup crisis?” BBCs, Feb. 25, 2021)

• Years before this winter’s deep freeze that left millions of Texans without power, heat and water, electric utility companies crashed in the face of extreme cold temperatures in both 2011 and 2014.  A federal report on the winter storm a decade earlier, concluded power and natural gas companies had not hardened their facilities for cold weather, including installing extra insulation, wind breaks or heaters. Such vulnerabilities continue as the voice of residential consumers is drowned-out by utility company lobbyists and lawyers.

• Longtime Chicago reformer and Latino activist Jesus “Chuy” Garcia gained the spotlight in 2015 in challenging Chicago Mayor Ron Emanuel with the backing of the Chicago Teachers Union and other progressives. Garcia lost the runoff, but won the backing of Bernie Sanders.

( “He’s a Real One”: The Squad’s Middle-Aged, Mustachioed Ally in Congress” In These Times, March. 8, 2021)

This week’s News Summary was narrated by Anna Manzo.

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