2020-05-12: News Headlines

Dianne Mathiowetz (2020-05-13). A 21st century lynching: Justice for Ahmaud Arbery! workers.org May 11— In the early afternoon of Feb. 23, shots rang out on the tree-lined streets of Satilla Shores, a predominantly white neighborhood bordering the port city of Brunswick on Georgia's Atlantic coast, some 40 miles north of Jacksonville, Fla. Afterward, a 25-year-old Black man, Ahmaud Arbery, lay dead on . . . |

Judy Greenspan (2020-05-13). At San Quentin: 'No state execution by COVID-19!'. workers.org May 9 — It was no coincidence or geographical convenience that prisoners' rights advocates organized a car caravan today to San Quentin State Prison in Marin County, Calif. San Quentin, a mere 11 miles from San Francisco, is the state prison where death row prisoners are incarcerated. It is also . . . |

Vijay Prashad (2020-05-12). The US military is hell-bent on trying to overpower China. peoplesdispatch.org On April 1, Admiral Philip Davidson—the head of the US Indo-Pacific Command—told the US Congress that he would like $20 billion to create a robust military cordon that runs from California to Japan and down the Pacific Rim of Asia. His

WSWS (2020-05-12). Bernie Sanders' interview with the Washington Post: The thin gruel of Democratic Party politics. wsws.org Sanders glossed over the reality of the health and economic catastrophe facing millions of workers and made no mention of the corporate bailouts for which he has voted in the Senate.

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2020-05-12). Fake Coronavirus Data, Fear Campaign. Spread of the COVID-19 Infection. globalresearch.ca Do not let yourself be misled by the fear campaign, pointing to a Worldwide coronavirus calamity with repeated "predictions" that hundreds of thousands of people are going to die. | According to the WHO, the death rate pertaining to Seasonal Influenza globally is between 6 to 12 times higher than COVID-19.

Philip Giraldi (2020-05-12). Israel to Annex the United States. globalresearch.ca As the Beatles once put it, "I read the news today, oh boy…" One might argue that the "oh boy" has been part and parcel of one's morning media review ever since 9/11, but depending on one's own inclinations, the …

Caitlin A. Johnstone (2020-05-12). Syria spinmeisters fumble attempts to narrative manage OPCW leaks. mronline.org It's been over 72 hours since The Grayzone published new leaks further exposing how the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has been lying about its investigation into an alleged chemical attack in Douma, Syria two years ago.

Ajamu Baraka (2020-05-12). Trump wins! Completing Obama's Pivot to Asia and the Confrontation with China. dissidentvoice.org Even before becoming the 45th president of the United States, Donald Trump had one consistent foreign enemy — China. Partly fueled by his intrinsic white supremacy and his antipathy for the liberal elite "globalists" who evoked his personal inferiority complex, Trump has never waivered from his fierce opposition to what he saw as the "yellow …

Andre Vltchek (2020-05-12). On May Day, the "Opposition" Again Acted Foolishly and Irresponsibly. dissidentvoice.org May Day in Hong Kong, and here it happened again! Several media outlets reported that "hundreds of protesters did gather in small groups at a shopping mall in the town of Sha Tin, chanting slogans and holding protest flags". A few other groups of rioters were spotted at various other locations in the city. They …

Rep. Ron Paul (2020-05-12). Authoritarians Using Coronavirus Fear to Destroy America. globalresearch.ca A Fresno, California waffle restaurant dared to open its doors for business this weekend to the delight of a long line of customers, who waited up to two hours for the "privilege" of willingly spending their money in a business …

Stephen Lendman (2020-05-12). Strained China-US Relations. Renewed Trade War Ahead? New Cold War? globalresearch.ca Sino/US relations are more dismal than at any time since Nixon's 1972 meeting with Mao during his weeklong visit to China. | Are bilateral differences irreconcilable? Is the breach between both countries too great to restore more cooperative relations? | Is a …

Stephen Lendman (2020-05-12). Trump Regime Hardliners Want Social Security and Medicare Eliminated. globalresearch.ca Social Security and Medicare are insurance programs, not welfare — funded by equal worker-employer payroll tax deductions. | Self-employed workers pay what's called the Self Employment Contributions Act (SECA) tax. | Both programs are federally established contractual obligations to eligible recipients, the …

Andrew Korybko (2020-05-12). Germany Wants to Replace Poland's "Patriotic Government" with "Europhile Puppets"? globalresearch.ca The former Polish Minister of Defense accused Germany of conspiring with a few other foreign actors to replace the patriotic Polish government with Europhile puppets, arguing that the country's latest political controversy over the date of its presidential elections is …

Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers (2020-05-12). Pivot To Peace Must Replace US Pivot To War With China. dissidentvoice.org US and Chinese Fists and Weapons face-off (from the Financial Times) The Trump administration, in seeking to divert attention from its bungled response to the COVID-19 pandemic and mishandling of the economic collapse, is escalating the bipartisan anti-China policy, which has a long history. This increases the potential of military conflict and economic war between …

RT (2020-05-13). US anti-ISIS chief says his goal in Syria is to create a 'quagmire' for Russia, not battle terrorism. rt.com James Jeffrey, the US special envoy for Syria and defeating the Islamic State, has made quite a frank confession of how he sees his job and that of US troops there: to create a new Vietnam or Afghanistan for Moscow. | "Our military presence, while small, is important for overall calculations. So we urge the Congress, the American people, the president to keep these forces on, but again this isn't Afghanistan, this isn't Vietnam, this isn't a quagmire," Jeffrey said on Tuesday, during a video event hosted by the Hudson Institute. | My job is to make it a quagmire for the Russians. | Asked why the American publ…

RT (2020-05-13). NASA quietly buys additional Soyuz seat as SpaceX prepares for historic manned space flight. rt.com NASA has inked a deal with Russia's space agency Roscosmos to allow a US astronaut to travel into space aboard a Soyuz rocket in the fall, even as SpaceX gears up for its first manned launch later this month. | "A contract was signed today on providing a seat for a US astronaut onboard a Soyuz MS manned spaceship to be launched to the ISS in the autumn of 2020," Roscosmos told Tass on Tuesday. | Though the agency refused to disclose the sum Washington paid for the seat, calling it "a commercial secret," NASA spokespeople told reporters the deal was valued at $90.25 million, which includes the cost of the fligh…

RT (2020-05-13). 'Summer cancelled': Los Angeles County to extend stay-at-home order another 3 MONTHS, stoking fears of civil unrest. rt.com LA County will likely extend its Covid-19 containment measures until the end of July, a top public health official said, triggering a wave of outrage as residents declare "summer cancelled" and even predict riots in the streets. | The three-month extension to the county's "safer at home" order was announced by Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer on Tuesday. Though she stopped short of issuing an official order, Ferrer said the timetable would not shift until officials see a "dramatic change to the virus and tools at hand," stressing the need for increased testing capacity. | Our hope is that by using the dat…

RT (2020-05-13). Slack goes down GLOBALLY, crippling remote work amid Covid-19 pandemic. rt.com The chat application and virtual workplace Slack has gone dark, experiencing a major outage worldwide as countless remote workers rushed to check their email inboxes and migrate to other platforms. | The outage was reported by Slack on Tuesday, noting it was investigating the cause of the glitch, though was unable to provide an estimate of when it might be resolved. | So sorry for the trouble! We don't have an…

RT (2020-05-13). 'Major concern': Nearly 100 New York children treated for mysterious inflammatory illness thought to be linked to Covid-19. rt.com At least 93 children in New York state have been diagnosed with a rare and poorly understood inflammatory disease thought to be tied to Covid-19, Governor Andrew Cuomo said, suggesting an uptick in the mysterious ailment. | Calling the situation "truly disturbing," on Tuesday Cuomo said state health officials are investigating the spate of new patients who've come down with "pediatric multisystem inflammatory syndrome," which has already killed three children in New York. | "New York State is now investigating about 100 cases of an inflammatory illness in children that may be related to Covid-19," the governor…

RT (2020-05-12). President Ghani orders Afghan troops to switch to 'offensive mode' after new attacks. rt.com Afghan President Ashraf Ghani ordered the military to move to "offensive mode" on Tuesday, shifting away from a defensive stance it had taken as part of efforts to reduce violence as the US tries to broker peace talks. | "In order to provide security for public places and to thwart attacks and threats from the Taliban and other terrorist groups, I am ordering Afghan security forces to switch from an active defense mode to an offensive one and to start their operations against the enemies," Ghani said in a televised speech. | The comments followed a violent day in which gunmen killed 16 people at a maternity cl…

Patrick Cockburn (2020-05-12). Iraq Will be Hit Harder by Falling Oil Prices Than COVID-19 or ISIS. counterpunch.org The shadowy figures of well-armed Isis gunmen can be seen making an attack in the plains of northern Iraq on an outpost held by paramilitary fighters loyal to the Iraqi government. Some four of the latter are killed by a roadside bomb. Isis specialises in publicising its successful military actions online to show that it remains a force to be feared, despite the destruction of the so-called caliphate and the killing last year of its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

Patrick Cockburn (2020-05-12). Iraq Will be Hit Harder by Falling Oil Prices Than COVID-19 or ISIS. counterpunch.org The shadowy figures of well-armed Isis gunmen can be seen making an attack in the plains of northern Iraq on an outpost held by paramilitary fighters loyal to the Iraqi government. Some four of the latter are killed by a roadside bomb. Isis specialises in publicising its successful military actions online to show that it remains a force to be feared, despite the destruction of the so-called caliphate and the killing last year of its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

South Front (2020-05-12). Video: Al-Qaeda Launches Large-scale Attack in Northwestern Hama Under Cover of Ceasefire Deal. globalresearch.ca The southern part of the Idlib zone has once again turned into a hot point with the Syrian Army and al-Qaeda militants openly clashing with each other. | On May 10, fierce clashes erupted between the Syrian Army and forces of …

Staff (2020-05-12). Headlines for May 12, 2020. democracynow.org Dr. Fauci to Warn Lawmakers of "Needless Suffering and Death" If Lockdowns End Too Soon, European Countries Report New Spikes as They Reopen Economies, Trump Makes False Claim About Testing Capacity, Tells Reporter Weijia Jiang to "Ask China" About Coronavirus, PA Plant Canceled Trump Visit over Concern for Worker Health, New Study Finds Hydroxychloroquine Does Not Help COVID-19, Can Cause Heart Attacks, China Threatens "Countermeasures" for U.S. Journalist Visa Restrictions, Meatpacking Union Condemns Reopening of Factories Amid Pandemic, India Starts to Ease Lockdown as Cases Mount, Coronavirus Cases Mount in W…

Staff (2020-05-12). Los New Yorkers: Essential, Underprotected Undocumented Immigrants Struggle to Survive in Epicenter. democracynow.org As the coronavirus continues to devastate New York City communities, we hear the voices of undocumented New Yorkers about how they are surviving the pandemic. Their stories are told in a new ProPublica story headlined "Los New Yorkers: Essential and Underprotected in the Pandemic's Epicenter." We speak with one of the story's reporters, Adriana Gallardo.

Staff (2020-05-12). "Losing the Fabric of the City": COVID-19 Took Chicago Black Lives First & Exposed Structural Racism. democracynow.org We look at the coronavirus pandemic's disproportionate toll on African Americans through the story of Chicago's first 100 recorded deaths. A report by ProPublica found that 70 of the first 100 people to die were African American. Black people account for 30% of Chicago's population and 72% of COVID-19 deaths. We speak with ProPublica reporter Adriana Gallardo, who contributed to the report "COVID-19 Took Black Lives First. It Didn't Have To." She says the story paints a picture of "sophisticated structural racism" in Chicago.

Staff (2020-05-12). Justice Thomas Said Forcing Trump to Release His Taxes Weakens the President. truthout.org The United States Supreme Court heard two different cases on a single matter: who may (or may not) have the legal right to access President Donald Trump's financial and tax records. | The District Attorney from Manhattan, Cyrus Vance Jr., is seeking to obtain…

Joshua Hanks (2020-05-13). China reacts with Zero tolerance for racist incidents. workers.org Reports surfaced in April of cases of discrimination against African workers in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong as pictures appeared on the internet of a sign refusing service to Africans at a McDonald's restaurant and allegations that Africans were being evicted from hotels. Ambassador Liu Yuxi, head of Mission . . . |

Eugene E Ruyle (2020-05-12). The Bernie Sanders Movement, Its Historical Antecedents, and Its Legacy. indybay.org Online ZOOM Meeting. | LOG-IN INFORMATION AT OUR WEBSITE | ICSSMARX.ORG | OR EMAIL CUYLERUYLE [at] MAC.COM

Speak Out Now (2020-05-12). COVID-19: Global Pandemic & Climate Disruption With Mike Davis. indybay.org Online Zoom meeting, see details here: speakoutsocialists.org/townhall-davis-5-…

F. William Engdahl (2020-05-12). Coronavirus and Dodgy Death Numbers. globalresearch.ca Not only are the coronavirus models being used by WHO and the most national health agencies based on highly dubious methodologies, and not only are the tests being used of wildly different quality, that only indirectly confirm antibodies of a …

M. K. Bhadrakumar (2020-05-12). US lowers threat perception on Iran. iranian.com The drawdown of US military presence in the Middle East, especially from Saudi Arabia, may not be an automatic open sesame — to borrow the magical phrase in the story of "Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves"— leading to the hidden treasure of regional peace and stability, but it does open up a tantalising vista that is …

The Alternative World (2020-05-12). British propaganda efforts in Syria may have broken UK law. thealtworld.com Ian Cobain, Alice Ross- Internal assessment concluded UK government's covert support of 'moderate opposition' was shallow, lacked coherence and cost lives | MEE- The UK's covert propaganda programmes in war-torn Syria were poorly planned, probably illegal and cost lives, according to a scathing internal review of the initiative that has been seen by Middle East Eye. | Using news agencies, social media, poster campaigns and even children's comics, communications companies working under contract to the British government attempted to undermine both the Assad government and the Islamic State group and bolster elemen…

W. T. Whitney Jr. (2020-05-12). U.S. hand in recent assaults on Cuba, Venezuela. peoplesworld.org Secretary of State Pompeo loudly condemns Iranian border guards who abused Afghans crossing into Iran. He castigates China's supposed failings with the COVID 19 pandemic. He and President Trump rail against dictatorship they see in Venezuela. They protest Cuba's "slave doctors" — who actually "defend health care as a human right," according to Cuba's foreign …

Andrey Areshev (2020-05-12). The 'See-No-Evil' Phase of Russiagate. strategic-culture.org The media spinfest following the collapse of this conspiracy theory suggests our troubled republic simply cannot accept its errors, leaving us unable to learn from them. | Patrick LAWRENCE | The long, destructive conspiracy theory known as Russiagate, the mother of them all, at last evaporates into thin air. No shred of it remains as of back-to-back disclosures over the past couple of weeks. Where does this leave us? What is to come of this momentous turn of events? | Among those not inclined toward hysteria or copious quaffs of Democratic Party Kool—Aid, it has long been a question how those who concocted…

Robin McDowell, Margie Mason (2020-05-12). Crime doesn't pay but prison does, even amidst a pandemic. peoplesworld.org MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — As factories and other businesses remain shuttered across America, people in prisons in at least 40 states continue going to work. Sometimes they earn pennies an hour, or nothing at all, making masks and hand sanitizer to help guard others from the coronavirus. Those same men and women have been cut off …

Nina Eichacker (2020-05-12). Learning All the Wrong Lessons From the 2008 Financial Crisis – NYT should not fixate on debt as governments respond to the coronavirus pandemic. fair.org I recently wrote a piece for FAIR (

Bahia Mahmud Awah (2020-05-12). Saharawi political prisoner Bachir Khada: "I only dream of my freedom" peoplesdispatch.org The story of Saharawi journalist Bachir Khada, political prisoner condemned to more than 20 years in Morocco because of his participation in the struggle to free Western Sahara. Today he is one of the thousands of prisoners that demands to be freed amid the pandemic…

Mark Gruenberg (2020-05-12). COVID-19 deaths among nurses: U.S. 91, Canada zero. Why? peoplesworld.org OAKLAND, Calif.—There's a yawning gap between the number of U.S. nurses the viral pandemic has killed so far in the U.S. and the number of Canadian nurses killed. The count as of May 11: U.S. 91, Canada, zero. That prompted National Nurses United President Zunei Cortez, RN, of California and her Canadian counterpart, Linda Silas, …

Staff (2020-05-12). Trump Is Using COVID-19 As An Excuse To Let Polluters Destroy The Earth. therealnews.com Trump's former coal lobbyist EPA administrator is letting oil, gas, and coal take advantage of the global pandemic.

Teresa Gutierrez (2020-05-12). Political Prisoners Teach-In: Mumia, migrant rights and cages. workers.org These slightly edited remarks were made April 24 at the "U.S. Empire vs. Political Prisoners" teach-in webinar sponsored by Mobilization4Mumia and held in honor of the 66th birthday of political prisoner and revolutionary Mumia Abu-Jamal, incarcerated for 38 years by the U.S. state. Teresa Gutierrez First of all, happy . . . |

Combined Sources (2020-05-12). Even White House documents show Trump is lying. peoplesworld.org As President Trump publicly claims that the numbers of COVID-19 infections are "going down almost everywhere," documents from his own White House suggest that infection rates are dramatically increasing in areas that form the base of his political support. A Coronavirus Task Force report from May 7 obtained by NBC suggests that cases are mounting …

Emily Apple (2020-05-12). A Cornish charity helping Grenfell survivors is responding brilliantly to the coronavirus crisis. thecanary.co A Cornish charity Cornwall Hugs was set up to provide free holidays in Cornwall, matching people in need with holiday homes. Since the

Prabir Purkayastha (2020-05-12). Disease capitalism and COVID-19: Hunger in the belly of the beast. mronline.org For capital, profits come from disease, not peoples' health. COVID-19 shows the consequence of disease capitalism in a globalized world, the rich—countries or individuals—will not be spared either.

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Dennis Broe (2020-05-12). 'Home Before Dark' and fading patriarchal power. peoplesworld.org It's the first masterful series from Apple TV+, after a horrible slip out of the gate with the clumsy, awkward The Morning Show. Home Before Dark details the efforts of a nine-year-old reporter to get to the bottom of a disappearance and supposed murder that has wracked a small town in the state of Washington. …

Staff (2020-05-12). Stir Crazy! Episode #32: Don't Make Us Regret This! therealnews.com On today's show: TRNN climate reporter Aman Azhar, co-host of "By Any Means Necessary" Jacqueline Luqman, and TRNN managing editor Marc Steiner. Hosted by Kim Brown.

RT (2020-05-12). 'I feel terrible': Bill Gates says he warned Trump of pandemic threat in 2016, regrets not doing more. rt.com Microsoft founder and multi-billionaire Bill Gates said he tried to warn President-elect Donald Trump of the dangers of a major viral outbreak soon after the 2016 race, but feels guilty for not being more vocal. | "I chose, when I met with people all the way up to the top, in Europe, in the US, around the world, to talk about this pandemic risk," he told the Wall Street Journal in an interview published on Monday, explaining that he even made the case to the US president during a December 2016 meeting at Trump Tower. | I feel terrible. The whole point of talking about it was that we could take action and minim…

RT (2020-05-12). College forced to apologize after trying to CENSOR professor over 'offensive' questions about 'Islamic terrorism'. rt.com A public college in Arizona has been forced to backtrack on plans to censor a professor's quiz content on 'Islamic terrorism' which had "offended" students, after a legal warning was sent by an academic freedom organization. | The uproar began when Professor Nicholas Damask, who chairs the political science department at Scottsdale Community College (SCC) and teaches a module called 'Islamic Terrorism', included questions on a quiz about how terrorism is justified by some in the Islamic faith — and about where in Islamic doctrine and law they take these justifications from. | The quiz prompted a complaint…

RT (2020-05-12). Russian border may not open fully UNTIL 2021 — Tourism Union. rt.com With countries around the world beginning to loosen their anti-coronavirus measures, many people are starting to ask one thing: when can I travel again? If you're planning to come to Russia, you might need to wait until next year. | According to a letter written by President of the Russian Tourist Industry Union (PCT) Andrey Ignatiev and President of the Russian Hotel Association (RGA) Gennady Lamshin, it might take until January 1, 2021 for passage through Russia's border to get back to normal. | The letter, which was sent to Minister of Economic Development Maxim Reshetnikov and the head of Russia's Federal…

RT (2020-05-12). Six big lies you have been told about 'Russiagate'. rt.com Russian 'meddling' in the 2016 US presidential election has become an article of faith, not just among Democrats but many Republicans as well, thanks to the endless repetition of vague talking points, none of which hold water. | It all began with the Democratic National Committee (DNC) claiming in June 2016 that Russia hacked their computers, after

RT (2020-05-12). PROPAGANDA has diminished the Soviet Union's role in victory over fascism — Russian foreign minister. rt.com The White House shocked the internet on May 8 when it posted a now-infamous tweet declaring the USA and the UK as the victors of World War II, omitting the USSR. Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov believes propaganda is to blame. | Speaking at a press conference, Lavrov recalled how, at the Holocaust Forum in January, US Vice President Mike Pence forgot that the Soviets liberated Auschwitz. | "To be frank, it doesn't surprise me to hear such things," he said, following an online meeting of the CIS Council of Foreign Ministers. "It's not because we suspect that any particular politician is deliberately obscuring hi…

RT (2020-05-12). Russia becomes world's second hardest-hit country with 230,000+ confirmed Covid-19 cases, surpassing Spain & UK. rt.com With 10,899 more coronavirus infections reported across the country on Tuesday morning, Russia now trails only the United States in terms of people known to have contracted Covid-19. | Nationwide, 232,243 confirmed cases have been discovered since the start of the outbreak, national disease response officials said. This figure is higher than those recorded by Spanish (227,436), British (224,332) and Italian (219,814) authorities. | However, it's worth noting that Russia has over twice the population of those countries and has carried out far more tests. | At the same time, Russia has had considerably fewer dea…

RT (2020-05-12). Fire erupts at Saint Petersburg Covid-19 hospital after ventilator malfunctions, 5 dead. rt.com Five patients have perished in a major fire at a Saint Petersburg hospital on Tuesday morning with 150 people evacuated to safety. The facility has been designated to treat patients with coronavirus. | Emergency services were alerted to the blaze at the Saint George Hospital in Russia's second city at around 6: 30am local time. Plumes of smokes were observed coming from the building's sixth floor. | Officials told local media that there were five fatalities. Citing sources, local reporters said the victims were receiving artificial lung ventilation. | The institution was repurposed to care for coronavirus su…

RT (2020-05-12). Oil is back in demand as drivers return to the roads. rt.com Oil demand is on the rise as countries across the globe begin easing lockdown restrictions and commuters head back to work. | From China and Spain to the United States, people are gradually returning to driving their cars as countries and US states re-open for business. People feel safer commuting in their own vehicles than they do using public transportation as social distancing is still on their minds despite the re-opening of economies.The uptick in commuter driving and expectations of increased road trips at the expense of flying for vacations this summer is set to support a gradual recovery of oil demand…

RT (2020-05-12). 'Europe needs a break': EU may open borders closed by Covid-19 lockdowns for tourism as industry faces 'grave danger'. rt.com The European Union is considering opening borders for tourists as part of a plan to roll back coronavirus-related lockdown measures. But leisure travel will be allowed only between states with similar Covid-19 situations. | On Wednesday, the EU is expected to present a three-phase plan — which has been seen and leaked by

RT (2020-05-12). Lebanon to be 'fully shut down' from Wednesday evening to Sunday — govt. rt.com The government in Beirut on Tuesday decided to fully shut down the country from Wednesday evening until Monday morning at the recommendation of the health minister. The move comes in the wake of the biggest spike in weeks in the numbers of coronavirus cases. | "The general lockdown measures will include exceptions as in the first phase," Interior Minister Mohammed Fahmi told reporters after a Cabinet session at the presidential palace in Baabda. "We will carry out a reevaluation on Sunday and the expat repatriation process will continue." | Information Minister Manal Abdul Samad said "the full lockdown will be…

RT (2020-05-12). Restaurants could go bust & leave millions without jobs if government fails to help, award-winning chef tells Boom Bust. rt.com Restaurants are one of the hardest-hit sectors by the coronavirus pandemic and even after the outbreak is over the industry will still struggle to survive, according to restaurateur Andrew Zimmern. | Despite some operators — who managed to continue working for delivery and to go orders amid lockdowns in the US — making a profit, the virus is a disaster for the industry which is the second largest employer in America right behind the Defense Department, according to the award-winning chef. | However, working for delivery is "a drop in a bucket" and not a viable solution for most restaurants as they ca…

RT (2020-05-12). New study says herd immunity is a myth and countries relying on it, including Sweden, chose the wrong strategy. rt.com Herd immunity may be an unrealistic tactic for dealing with Covid-19, new research has warned, calling into question the strategy of several countries — such as Sweden — who shied away from quarantine measures in its favor. | Europe is a long way from reaching the levels of exposure required for herd immunity, according to a new study published by the Italian Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI). Belgium tops the list, with just 6.2 percent of its population exposed to Covid-19 so far, and Sweden — with no enforced lockdown measures — is even lower down the list at just 2.

RT (2020-05-12). Police officer rants about 'tyrannical' & 'unconstitutional' Covid-19 measures… gets in trouble for 'insubordination' (VIDEOS). rt.com A US police officer has urged fellow cops to stop enforcing coronavirus lockdown measures, slamming them as "unconstitutional." While his call to action landed him in trouble, other officers have started to speak out as well. | Port of Seattle Officer Greg Anderson was placed on administrative leave pending an investigation after he appeared in a viral video last weekend arguing the lockdown measures are violating the US Constitution and "trampling on people's liberties," questioning the restrictions and whether enforcing them is "the right thing" to do. | I want to remind you that regardless of where you stan…

RT (2020-05-12). 2nd virus wave in Denmark is 'unlikely' says expert, as govt plans increased testing. rt.com Denmark is "very unlikely" to be hit by a second wave of coronavirus, the country's chief epidemiologist said on Tuesday. Kare Molbak made the statement after the government laid out plans for increased testing and a contact tracing system. | The Nordic country, which has suffered 533 coronavirus-related deaths, was the first in Europe to relax its coronavirus lockdown almost a month ago. The infection rate and the number of deaths have continued to drop. Denmark began the second phase of relaxing its lockdown this week, which will include reopening restaurants and shopping malls. | "No country has seen an act…

RT (2020-05-12). US reports record $738 BILLION budget deficit in April due to Covid-19. rt.com The US Treasury Department has announced a budget deficit of $737.9 billion in April thanks to spending measures put in place to battle the economic effects of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. | Emergency relief spending by the US government has reached around $3 trillion, with $2.3 trillion approved in late March by Congress for a relief package for US citizens. | The latest deficit figure is another bad sign for the US economy as April is typically a month which sees a surplus, thanks to US citizens filing their taxes on April 15. However, that filing deadline was extended into the summer because of the pan…

RT (2020-05-12). Black US journalists & public figures shamed into dropping out of Huawei-sponsored Covid disinfo panel. rt.com Chinese tech giant Huawei's 'woke' PR stunt has ended up in a disaster after the host and all the announced participants of its panel on Covid-19 misinformation dropped out under a barrage of mockery and shaming. | The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) was scheduled to host a webinar on Wednesday aimed at discussing whether Covid-19 disinformation disproportionately affects ethnic minorities in the US. But many online social justice warriors saw red over the fact that the Chinese telecommunication company Huawei would be the sponsor. | Long before the Covid-19 pandemic originated in China, Huawe…

RT (2020-05-12). 'It couldn't have happened,' says head of Chinese lab accused by US of leaking Covid-19. rt.com A Chinese virologist in charge of the lab pinpointed by US officials as the likely source of the Covid-19 pandemic says he is certain no virus could have escaped from his facility. | "Our lab not only has a high level of biosafety infrastructure, we also have established a set of rigorous biosecurity protocols to ensure the lab operates safely and efficiently," Yuan Zhiming the head of the National Biosafety Laboratory (NBL), told a Chinese newspaper. | The NBL operates several laboratories including the so-called 'Wuhan P4 Lab', which was completed in 2015 in cooperation with France and is the only publicly k…

RT (2020-05-12). Shock at low US confidence in Trump's coronavirus narrative ignores decades of governments abusing Americans' trust. rt.com Just over a third of Americans trust President Donald Trump's information about the Covid-19 pandemic, according to a new poll. But given decades of crises mishandled by the government, the only surprise is that it isn't lower. | A CNN poll showing that just 36 percent of Americans trust Trump for reliable information about the coronavirus was held up triumphantly by the president's critics on Tuesday as proof his credibility is circling the drain. But it's more likely to be the fallout not just from Trump, but from the two preceding presidential administrations' misrepresentation of crises, that has created e…

RT (2020-05-12). 'Humans are not herds': WHO thrashes 'brutal arithmetic' of herd immunity to beat Covid-19 pandemic. rt.com In the absence of a vaccine, the increasingly discussed idea of beating the novel coronavirus pandemic through achieving so-called herd immunity could be a disastrous miscalculation, a senior WHO official has warned. | "This is a really dangerous, dangerous calculation," Michael Ryan, head of the World Health Organization's health emergencies program, This idea that maybe countries that had lax measures and haven't done anything will all of a sudden magically reach some herd i…

RT (2020-05-12). Norway dipping into its massive piggy bank to battle Covid-19 crisis. rt.com Norway is set to withdraw $41 billion from its sovereign wealth fund to cushion the blow to the economy from the coronavirus crisis that has resulted in falling oil prices and the highest unemployment in the country in 75 years. | Known officially as the Government Pension Fund, it is the world's biggest wealth fund, worth over $1 trillion. The government announced on Tuesday that it will have to sharply increase spending from the fund, to avoid "sharper downturn and to help healthy companies through the crisis." | According to the Finance Ministry's mid-year fiscal review, the revised budget calls for the use…

RT (2020-05-12). No HEROES here: Democrats seek tax breaks for rich donors & lobbyists in $3 TRILLION Covid-19 wishlist bill. rt.com House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's proposed $3 trillion coronavirus aid bill contains massive tax breaks for wealthy Democrat donors and lobbyists but precious little for working Americans, and has an odd preoccupation with cannabis. | Dubbed the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act, the

RT (2020-05-12). Singapore plans coronavirus tests for all migrant workers as some businesses reopen. rt.com Singapore plans to test all 323,000 migrant workers living in cramped dormitories that have become a hotbed for coronavirus in the city-state, the government said on Tuesday. The island's tally of 24,671 infections is one of Asia's highest, with the vast majority among migrant workers squeezed into often unsanitary dormitories. | "The taskforce has drawn up a plan to allow migrant workers residing in the dormitories… to be progressively cleared so they can be safely returned to work when the time comes," Health Minister Gan Kim Yong said. | Infections in the dormitories had "stabilized," Gan added, with the…

RT (2020-05-12). Trump lawyer brands CNN's Stelter 'propagandist' as pair clash over fiery Covid-19 press conference. rt.com US President Donald Trump abruptly ending a Covid-19 press conference after tense exchanges with journalists provided fuel for supporters and critics alike, with his lawyer firing strong verbal barbs at a critical CNN host. | One of Trump's most vocal supporters following his contentious Monday press conference has been Jenna Ellis, the president's senior legal adviser. Liberal critics have meanwhile gone after Trump for his treatment of the press, with some even screaming racism over an exchange with CBS News' Weijia Jiang. | After Jiang asked what is the importance of saying the US is first in Covid-19 testi…

RT (2020-05-12). Antibody tests show Ohio had first Covid-19 cases as early as JANUARY — state health director. rt.com There were at least five coronavirus infections in Ohio as far back as January, the state's health director said, suggesting the illness began spreading there weeks earlier than previously thought. | The five early cases — believed to have emerged across five Ohio counties between January 7 and 27 — were announced on Monday by Department of Health Director Dr Amy Acton, who said the previously unknown infections were picked up amid ramped up antibody testing. | "We actually have a new date of onset. We have found five cases now when the date of onset of symptoms was in January," Acton told a statehou…

RT (2020-05-12). 'I don't think you are the end-all': Rand Paul calls out Fauci over Covid-19 policy based 'one wrong prediction after another'. rt.com Republican Senator Rand Paul has challenged National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director Dr Anthony Fauci on the nation's Covid-19 policy, suggesting the US is waiting too long to reopen. | Paul, who also has a medical degree, called for "a little bit of humility in our belief that we know what's best for our economy," questioning Fauci's support for a prolonged economic shutdown during a Senate hearing on the government's coronavirus response on Tuesday. | Sen. Paul argues school decisions should be made district by district, tells Dr. Fauci: "I don't think you're the end all." | Fauci: "I'

RT (2020-05-12). Spanish govt orders 2-week quarantine for incoming travelers on May 15-24. rt.com The government in Madrid has ordered a two-week quarantine for all travelers coming into Spain from May 15 in a bid to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. | Incoming travelers will have to remain indoors and will only be allowed to go outside for grocery shopping, health center visits and in "situations of need," according to an official order published on Tuesday. | The quarantine has been enforced for all travelers entering the country between May 15 and at least May 24, when the state of emergency is due to end. | The quarantine order can be extended jointly with possible state of emergency extensions…

RT (2020-05-12). Canada teams up with Chinese scientists to co-produce potential Covid-19 vaccine and test it on humans. rt.com The National Research Council of Canada (NRC) has struck a deal with a Chinese biotechnology company developing one of the "most advanced" vaccine candidates against the novel coronavirus to produce and test in Canada. | A vaccine named Ad5-nCoV, which may prove effective against Covid-19, has been developed by China's CanSino Biologics company together with the Beijing Institute of Biotechnology, part of the Chinese Academy of Military Medical Sciences. It was already approved for the first phase of clinical trials in China in mid-March and is now expected to be tested in Canada too. | Also on rt.com | | <...

RT (2020-05-12). Oil giant Saudi Aramco profits crash amid coronavirus-driven energy market rout. rt.com Falling crude prices amid an unprecedented global demand slump have taken a big bite out of Saudi Aramco's net income in the first three months of this year, according to the financial results released by the oil giant. | In a release published Tuesday, Saudi Aramco reported that its net income plunged to 62.5 billion riyals ($16.6 billion) in the first quarter of 2020 from 83.3 billion riyals ($22 billion) a year earlier. The results are below analysts' estimates, who expected the company to report a $17.8 billion profit. | Aramco said the drop was mainly caused by lower crude oil prices, "as well as declinin…

RT (2020-05-12). 'Is it Kylie Jenner?' Mexico star accidentally posts NAKED snaps with topless model (PHOTOS). rt.com LA Galaxy midfielder Jonathan Dos Santos posted a naked photo of himself and 21-year-old Greek-Ecuadorian model Amanda Trivizas on Instagram, swiftly deleting the racy shot from his story after fans had captured the evidence. | Trivizas kissed Dos Santos's shoulder between the sheets in the saucy photo seen by some of the former Barcelona player's following of more than 2.3 million on the site, where Trivizas leaves little to the imagination for her audience of more than 823,000. | The Los Angeles-based model has been linked to American playboy Dan Bilzerian but said she could not talk about her relationship w…

RT (2020-05-12). Biden says 'responsible' journalists have duty to investigate Reade claims… yet will not authorize opening his archives. rt.com "Women should be believed," Joe Biden said in a new interview, while insisting Tara Reade's allegations against him are totally unfounded. He also wants journalists to "investigate" — but refuses to open sought-after archives. | The former vice president joined Good Morning America on Tuesday to once again deny the allegations of sexual assault brought against him by former staff assistant Reade. "I think women should be believed," Biden said. "They should have an opportunity to have their case and state it forthright, what their case is." | The presumptive presidential nominee for the Democratic Party…

RT (2020-05-12). Turkey says 5 states forming 'alliance of evil' as they denounce Ankara's policies in E. Mediterranean, Libya. rt.com Turkey accused Greece, Cyprus, Egypt, France and the United Arab Emirates of seeking to form an "alliance of evil" on Tuesday, after they issued a joint declaration denouncing Ankara's policies in the eastern Mediterranean and Libya. Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesman Hami Aksoy said the five countries were pursuing "regional chaos and instability." | The foreign ministers of the five countries held a teleconference on Monday to discuss the situation in the eastern Mediterranean — where Turkey has been drilling for potential hydrocarbon deposits in an offshore area where Cyprus has exclusive economic righ…

RT (2020-05-12). Yemen govt forces 'to confront armed rebellion' in south after separatists declared self-rule. rt.com Yemen's forces will confront an "armed rebellion" by separatists in the south, the government said Tuesday. it said that the group had refused to de-escalate the situation after declaring self-rule last month. The Southern Transitional Council (STC) declared self-rule in Aden and nearby areas on April 25, threatening to renew a conflict with the Saudi-backed government, its nominal ally in a coalition fighting Yemen's Houthis. | Foreign Minister Mohammed al-Hadhrami said the STC had refused calls from the government and the international community to reverse its declaration. The army will do "everything necess…

RT (2020-05-12). Suicide blast at funeral of Afghan police commander in Nangarhar 'kills, wounds dozens' — reports. rt.com Some 40 people are believed "to have been killed or wounded" in a suicide blast on Tuesday at the funeral of a police commander in Afghanistan's eastern province of Nangarhar, according to Attaullah Khogyani, a spokesman for the local government. The attacker detonated his explosives in the middle of the ceremony, Khogyani said. | At least 10 people were killed in the attack, TASS said, citing a report by Afghanistan's Ariana News TV channel. | No group has claimed responsibility for the attack so far. Nangarhar, a province near the Pakistan border, has long been a stronghold for both Islamic State (IS, former…

RT (2020-05-12). China lifts tariffs on US goods despite Trump's threat to rip up trade deal. rt.com A new list of US products to be exempt from trade tariffs has been announced by China's finance ministry on Tuesday. It said the new waivers will take effect on May 19 and expire on May 18, 2021. | The exemptions cover 79 products in total, including rare earth mineral ores, aircraft radar equipment, semiconductor parts, medical disinfectants, and a range of precious metals, chemical and petrochemical products. | Importers in China will have to apply to the General Administration of Customs within six months of the announcement to be considered for waivers, which are effective from May 19. | The first batch of…

RT (2020-05-12). China to test ENTIRE POPULATION of Wuhan for Covid-19 after disease reemerges. rt.com Chinese authorities plan to test all of Wuhan's 11 million residents for Covid-19 in a little over a week. After more than a month without newly-recorded cases, the disease has suddenly reappeared in the city. | All districts in the city were ordered to submit a plan on how they will conduct testing of all residents in their areas within 10 days, local media reported, citing a document from the authorities. The officials were told to prioritize the testing of vulnerable groups and places like residential compounds. | The measure was announced as a response to the six new locally-transmitted cases that were rec…

RT (2020-05-12). 'Current health crisis revealed ideological bankruptcy of our leaders': Marine Le Pen slams govt as France eases quarantine. rt.com The head of the French right-wing opposition party National Rally, Marine Le Pen, has blasted the government for its "series of failures" as it began to relax the Covid-19 quarantine restrictions. | "This health crisis has revealed the ideological bankruptcy with which our leaders have been leading our country: the bankruptcy of the profit logic in public policy, the bankruptcy of ultra-liberalism, Europeanism, and globalism," Le Pen told RFI radio. | We've seen an uninterrupted series of inconsistencies and failures since the start of the crisis, and this is still the case with transport management! But that…

RT (2020-05-12). Test or 2-week quarantine: Iceland plans to ease restrictions on international visitors' arrivals. rt.com Iceland expects to start easing restrictions for visitors arriving from overseas no later than June 15, the government said on Tuesday. | Under a plan still being developed by the authorities, travelers would be given a choice between a test for Covid-19 upon arrival in Iceland or a two-week quarantine, Reuters reported. | "Iceland's strategy of large-scale testing, tracing and isolating have proven effective so far," Tourism Minister Thordis Kolbrun Reykfjord Gylfadottir said in a statement. | Iceland has reported three new Covid-19 infections in May.

RT (2020-05-12). Gunmen attack MSF-backed hospital in Kabul, witnesses report suicide bombing & civilians trapped inside. rt.com Explosions and gunfire have been heard from inside a hospital in western Kabul, where Doctors Without Borders (MSF) operates a maternity ward. Medical staff are said to be trapped inside as the battle rages on. | The 100-bed hospital is located in the Dasht-e-Barchi area of the Afghan capital. At least two powerful explosions have been heard at the scene, TOLO News reported. | The Afghan Interior Ministry said a special police unit has arrived at the scene. Security troops have encircled the site, media reports said. | ⁄Øÿ≤ÿßÿ±ÿ¥‚ÄåŸ&aa…

RT (2020-05-12). Bitcoin ready for 'big bull run & best is yet to come,' director of business development tells RT's Keiser Report. rt.com Bitcoin has undergone its latest 'halving' event, which occurs every four years and reduces the reward miners receive for mining new coins to help control inflation. It's the third halving in the cryptocurrency's 11-year history. | Keiser Report spoke to Dan Held of Bitcoin was purpose-built to be a new sound money, says Held, noting: "That message resonates really loudly with this sort…

RT (2020-05-12). Android apps with more than 4.2 BILLION downloads leaked user data through Google's Firebase — study. rt.com Some 24,000 Android applications have been leaking sensitive data — including mobile phone numbers and passwords — through improperly configured storage on Google's Firebase development platform, a new study has found. | The critical lack of security was

Susan Price (2020-05-12). Tax-havened companies bailed out while poverty doubles amidst pandemic. greenleft.org.au

Susan Price (2020-05-12). Ecuador's neoliberal war on public sector worsens COVID-19 catastrophe. greenleft.org.au

The Canary (2020-05-12). How the four UK nations and Ireland are approaching lockdown. thecanary.co Despite the UK government's preference for a "four nations approach" towards softening the lockdown, clear differences have emerged between the countries. | The devolved governments in the north of Ireland, Scotland and Wales have diverged from England, notably in keeping the "stay at home" slogan after prime minister Boris Johnson unveiled his new "stay alert" message on Sunday. | Here is a look at how the four UK nations — and the Republic of Ireland — differ in their approach to exiting the restrictive regime which was imposed across the board on 23 March. | — England | Everyone has a role to…

Eds. (2020-05-12). Genocide and Military Occupation: The five most important keys to the Guaidó-Silvercorp contract. mronline.org Finally, the complete content of the contract signed by Juan Guaidó, Sergio Vergara and J.J. Rendón with the American mercenary firm Silvercorp, led by former military officer Jordan Goudreau, has been released.

Betsey Piette (2020-05-12). Sanctions = Health terrorism. workers.org A timely international webinar, sponsored by SanctionsKill.org on May 9, featured representatives from Cuba, Iran, Nicaragua, Syria and Venezuela, plus a statement from Zimbabwe addressing the deadly impact of U.S. sanctions during the COVID-19 pandemic. Over 1,000 people from nearly every continent, including multiple U.S. cities, viewed the event. The . . . |

Dave Welsh (2020-05-12). Survival of our public postal service threatened. workers.org Fifty years ago, wildcatting postal workers shut down the U.S. mail for a week in the 1970 Great Postal Strike over poverty-level wages. President Nixon tried to use Army and National Guard soldiers to break the strike — without success. The strike resulted in creation of an independent U.S. Postal . . . |

Michael Molitch-Hou (2020-05-12). Paramilitary Panda: WWF Land Grabs Rooted in Covert Apartheid History. indybay.org According to a BuzzFeed News series, the WWF has been tied to paramilitary violence in third world countries. What they completely ignored was that the WWF was previously involved in the murder of 6,000 anti-apartheid activists in South Africa a part of an "anti-poaching" mission in the 1980s. All evidence seems to suggest that the WWF was used as cover for an MI6 operation on behalf of powerful business interests in South Africa.

Orinoco Tribune (2020-05-12). Cuba Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize for Its Fight Against COVID-19. globalresearch.ca The French organization Cuba Linda has recommended awarding the Nobel Peace Prize to Cuban medical brigades for their efforts to eradicate COVID-19. | "The international community is witnessing the solidarity of health professionals who leave their country to provide services and …

Adriaan Alsema (2020-05-12). Duque used Colombia's peace funds to pay for presidential approval poll. colombiareports.com Colombia's President Ivan Duque used money meant for the implementation of peace policies to pay for a poll over public approval of his peace policy, local media reported on Monday….

sputniknews (2020-05-12). NATO Chief Urges Berlin to 'Protect Peace and Freedom' by Stationing US Nukes. sputniknews.com The appeal comes as leaders from the SPD, Germany's second-largest party and member of Chancellor Merkel's governing coalition, demand the withdrawal of US nuclear weapons from the country's airbases.

teleSUR (2020-05-12). Bolivia Police Repress Protesters That Can't Afford Lockdown. telesurenglish.net Hundreds of people were violently repressed by security forces Monday in the Bolivian K'ara K'ara community located in Cochabamba city, as they took to the streets to demand that the de facto government eases the COVID-19 lockdown as they cannot afford it anymore. | RELATED: | Videos circulating on social media showed demonstrators fiercely attacked by the police and army who did not hesitate to use tear gas and rubber bullets, inj…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-05-12). Unions in UK protest bid by P&O Ferries to lay off 1,100 workers. peoplesdispatch.org P&O Ferries, owned by Dubai-based DP World, has announced plans to cut 1,100 jobs in the UK citing the crisis in the ferry industry due to the COVID-19 lockdown…

John Buell (2020-05-12). Why Unemployment under Trump is way worse than Numbers Suggest. zcomm.org "If the protesters really wanted to protect workers, wouldn't they be demanding laws that replaced lost wages? Other developed countries have passed exactly those sorts of measures, putting their economies into a holding pattern as the pandemic passes."

Project Censored (2020-05-12). Kent State 50th with Mickey Huff. projectcensored.org 50 years have passed since Ohio National Guard troops opened fire on Kent State University students protesting the Vietnam War. Four students were killed and nine wounded. On this week's…

teleSUR (2020-05-12). Bolivia: Inmates Riot Due to COVID Outbreak in Prison. telesurenglish.net Bolivian police forces repressed May 11 an inmate riot in Palmasola prison, in Santa Cruz city. Convicts protested due to a Covid-19 outbreak among the prison population. | RELATED: | The authorities at the Palmasola penitentiary said two inmates who died last week after presenting respiratory distress. Local news media reported first deceased autopsy revealed he was COVID positive and was buried acco…

Leon Kunstenaar (2020-05-12). San Quentin Gets Car Caravan Protest. indybay.org Protesters demand end to "Covid-19 death camps."

ISDBICC (2020-05-12). [Research Paper] Mapping of variations in child stunting, wasting and underweight within the states of India: the Global Burden of Disease Study 2000—2017. thelancet.com CGF indicators have improved in India, but there are substantial variations between the districts in their magnitude and rate of decline, and the inequality between districts has increased in a large proportion of the states. The poor correlation between the national surveys for CGF estimates highlights the need to standardise collection of anthropometric data in India. The district-level trends in this report provide a useful reference for targeting the efforts under NNM to reduce CGF across India and meet the Indian and global targets.

WSWS (2020-05-12). Australian Labor Party exploits pandemic to scapegoat foreign workers. wsws.org Labor's call for immigration cuts lines up directly behind the drive by governments around the globe, personified by US President Trump, to promote toxic nationalism.

teleSUR (2020-05-12). Hondurans Stranded in Spain Ask to Return to Their Country. telesurenglish.net At least 235 Honduran citizens with few economic resources are trapped in Spain and living in a very critical situation. | RELATED: | "Most came to work in Spain but lost their jobs because their immigration status was irregular," Honduran Pablo Jose Perez said on behalf of the group. | "They have been without pay for more than two months and they no longer have money. They need to return to Honduras because they have their families…

Ian Cobain (2020-05-12). "Operation Volute": Covert UK Propaganda Efforts in Syria May Have Broken UK Law. globalresearch.ca The UK's covert propaganda programmes in war-torn Syria were poorly planned, probably illegal and cost lives, according to a scathing internal review of the initiative that has been seen by Middle East Eye. | Using news agencies, social media, poster campaigns …

WSWS (2020-05-12). Trump crony appointed as new head of US Postal Service. wsws.org Louis DeJoy, the recently appointed US postmaster general, has donated millions of dollars to the Republican Party and reaped immense profits from sitting atop private logistics corporations and investment firms.

Sam Pizzigati (2020-05-12). Last Year America's CEOs Said They Cared About Us…They Lied. counterpunch.org Last August, the nabobs of Corporate America — the nearly 200 top CEOs who make up the prestigious Business Roundtable — sort of asked for forgiveness. Twenty-two years earlier, the Business Roundtable had released an official policy statement that celebrated the notion that corporations essentially have only one responsibility: to make money for shareholders. Corporate

Don Fitz (2020-05-12). Can We Simultaneously Oppose Bayer/Monsanto's Biotechnology and Support Cuba's Interferon Alpha 2B? dissidentvoice.org Genetically engineered crops are a form of food imperialism. This technology allows mega-corporations like Bayer/Monsanto to patent seeds, lure farmers into buying them with visions of high yields, and then destroy the ability of small farmers to survive. Genetic engineering produces an artificial combination of plant traits which often results in foods with less nutritional …

Project Censored (2020-05-12). The Censorship of Inequality in the Covid-19 Era: How Corporate and Market-Based Metrics Rule the News, and Why it Matters. projectcensored.org By Anthony DiMaggio The old adage that "the more things change the more they stay the same" seems particularly appropriate to media coverage in the Covid-19 crisis. Old patterns of media…

Dr. Gary G. Kohls (2020-05-12). The Important "Plandemic" Documentary that Has Justifiably Gone "Viral" globalresearch.ca The powers-that-be behind the banning of "Plandemic" and the disparaging and slandering of Dr Judy Mikovitz are obviously afraid of something that will expose them for planning something evil. Tyrannical corporate forces, starting with Google and YouTube and the CDC …

Maria Paez Victor (2020-05-12). What If Armed Terrorists Threatened the Prime Minister of Canada? counterpunch.org Fortunately, Canada is not a country that has suffered continuous threats of coup d'etats as Venezuela has these last 21 years. The Motive Be that as it may, as a matter of clarification and discernment, let us imagine the following: suppose a powerful foreign power — let's call it Statesland — intent on taking over

Peter Bolton (2020-05-12). Obama's halo is slipping, and that's a good thing. thecanary.co One of the major chapters in the so-called

Andrey Areshev (2020-05-12). A World Health Crisis? — So Ramp Up Confrontation and Deploy Nuclear Bombers. strategic-culture.org The Pentagon is excelling itself in its enthusiastic march to war. There are countless thousands suffering from the effects of the Covid-19 virus, including hundreds of members of the U.S. armed services, while the world's despots are relishing their freedom to persecute minorities, and the poor and downtrodden are dying in hideous misery because of starvation and lack of medical care. But the propaganda war against China continues, concurrent with ramping up of anti-China confrontation by Washington in its ongoing deployment of nuclear attack warships and bombers to the Western Pacific and the South China Sea.

WSWS (2020-05-12). Russian court keeps historian of Stalinist massacres jailed amid COVID-19 outbreak. wsws.org The vendetta against Dmitriev is part of the campaign by Russia's state and ruling oligarchy to suppress all efforts to uncover the truth about the crimes of Stalinism.

teleSUR (2020-05-12). Covid-19: Russia Is Second Most Affected Country in the World. telesurenglish.net The COVID-19 pandemic recorded more than 10,000 cases in Russia in the last 24 hours, for a total of 232,000 people who tested positive for the illness, making Russia the second most affected country in the world in terms of the number of infections. | RELATED: | The number of infections in Russia is only exceeded by the United States, according to the Johns Hopkins University balance sheet, updated on Tuesday. | "In the last…

WSWS (2020-05-12). Rising number of COVID-19 deaths in Germany's retirement and care homes. wsws.org As the German government is effectively ending its coronavirus lockdown, reports about people dying of COVID-19 in retirement and care homes are increasing.

Peoples Dispatch (2020-05-12). Workers' lives at risk Tesla to resume production in defiance of lockdown rules. peoplesdispatch.org Elon Musk, the chief executive office of US electric car maker Tesla, even dared the authorities to arrest him and threatened to shift the factory outside Fremont, California…

Mark Taliano (2020-05-12). COVID-19 Scientific Statements Contradict Government Lockdown Policies. globalresearch.ca There exists a huge disconnect between publicly available real scientific evidence and government policy surrounding the Covid crisis. Consider the following scientific "admissions" and how they contradict government "lockdown" policies: | In the first video, the UK's Chief Medical Officer (CMO), …

Johanna Ross (2020-05-12). UK Government Causes Widespread Confusion with New COVID-19 Guidelines. globalresearch.ca It was a moment the UK public had been waiting for days, ever since it was reported in several British newspapers that lockdown restrictions were to be lifted from Monday. But although people may be weary after seven weeks of …

graham (2020-05-12). Over 5 million people now suffering food insecurity in lockdown. truepublica.org.uk The UK has been in official COVID-19 lockdown since March 23 and, just like in other countries, the disruption to the economy has hit people already in a more vulnerable position the hardest. These include people on low incomes or in precarious work situations; or who are dealing with long-term physical or mental health conditions. This issue of …

WSWS (2020-05-12). While coronavirus spreads, lockdowns lifted across Europe. wsws.org The mass return to work underway across Europe is in line with the criminal policy being pursued by the Trump administration in the United States.

WSWS (2020-05-12). Nigeria: COVID-19 compounds economic recession provoked by oil price slump. wsws.org Medical and other experts are against the easing of restrictions, with the National Medical Association and the Federal Capital Territory Youth Task Force on COVID-19 both asking Buhari not to ease the lockdown.

Salimah Valiani (2020-05-12). South Africa: COVID-19 Crisis Unmasks Dangers of Profit Oriented Healthcare. globalresearch.ca The pandemic has shown the need for medical care and interventions that have nothing to do with profit. But not even SA's proposed National Health Insurance would fit the bill. | *** | Covid-19 has been linked to a number of truth …

WSWS (2020-05-12). World Health Organization warns premature return to work risks resurgence of pandemic. wsws.org World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus reiterated his warnings Monday that a premature return to work without adequate measures to contain the COVID-19 pandemic risks a second wave of infections.

WSWS (2020-05-12). US nursing students discuss impact of the pandemic on medical education. wsws.org With overwhelmed hospitals and the immense pressures now exerted on health care workers, the quality of the education of medical and nursing students has been greatly affected.

Matt Sedlar (2020-05-12). Consumer Price Index Plunges 0.8 Percent, Core Falls 0.4 Percent. cepr.net Food prices rose 2.6 percent in April, reflecting a large increase in store-bought food. The overall Consumer Price Index (CPI) fell 0.8 percent in April, driven again by large price declines in sectors that were hit hard by pandemic-related shutdowns. Gas prices fell 20.6 percent, following a drop of 10.5 percent in March. They are …

Dr. Judy Mikovits (2020-05-12). Video: Plandemic Documentary: The Hidden Agenda Behind COVID-19. globalresearch.ca Humanity is imprisoned by a killer pandemic. People are being arrested for surfing in the ocean and meditating in nature. Nations are collapsing. Hungry citizens are rioting for food. The media has generated so much confusion and fear that people …

Andrey Areshev (2020-05-12). France's Earlier Detection of COVID-19 Raises Questions on Global Origin. strategic-culture.org The emergence of Covid-19 was first reported by the authorities in China on December 31, as acknowledged by the World Health Organization. But that emergence does not necessarily mean the pandemic originated in China. | By January 30, 2020, a WHO situation report

Roger Harris (2020-05-12). Biden Ridin' the Pandemic to the White House, Trump to Take Hit for Neoliberalism's Failures. counterpunch.org The world is amidst the COVID-19 crisis and in our corner of the planet a presidential campaign is reduced to a single issue: Trump/not Trump. Pick your poison. At a time that calls for national leadership or least debate on the issues, Congress unanimously passed the two-trillion-dollar Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act

WSWS (2020-05-12). Biden attacks Trump for "hampering" the reopening of business. wsws.org In an op-ed column by Joe Biden posted on the Washington Post's website on Monday, the presumptive Democratic presidential candidate criticizes Donald Trump's handling of the coronavirus pandemic entirely from the standpoint of disaffected sections of business.

Corey Robin (2020-05-12). The Pandemic is the Time to Resurrect the Public University. zcomm.org Sending students, professors, and workers back to campus, amid a pandemic, because colleges and universities need the cash, is a statement of bankruptcy more profound than any balance sheet could ever tally…

Bharat Dogra (2020-05-12). How pandemics are related to ecological crises. peoplesdispatch.org In recent years, many new diseases have been linked to transmission of microbes from animals, birds and other forms of life to human beings, in ways that the virus will cause severe disease among them. Diseases such as MERS, SARS, the avian flu and swine flu are examples of such diseases, called zoonotic diseases, and COVID-19 is yet another instance of this. | While the growing frequency of zoonotic diseases is widely debated, one important reason for their spread almost certainly relates to the ecological crisis and biodiversity loss that has been exacerbated across the plant. According to the United Nations…

Dean Baker (2020-05-12). Pandemic Causes Loss of 20,500,000 Jobs, Unemployment at 14.7 Percent. zcomm.org The good news here is the large percentage of workers who expect to be called back by their employer, but the steps by the government to contain the pandemic and support the recovery are less encouraging…

Farooque Chowdhury (2020-05-12). COVID-19 Pandemic: Time for Bold programs from the Left to Help the People. dissidentvoice.org Fred Magdoff, Professor Emeritus of plant and soil science at the University of Vermont and author of many articles and books on ecology, agriculture and economy, frequent Monthly Review contributor and closely associated with struggles of the working people, discusses the coronavirus pandemic in light of capitalism and agriculture in the following interview conducted on …

Dean Baker (2020-05-12). The Pandemic's Catastrophic Hit to the Labor Market. counterpunch.org Temporary layoffs make up 78.3 percent of unemployment. As expected, the April jobs report showed a catastrophic hit to the labor market stemming from the pandemic. The economy lost another 20,500,000 jobs in April after losing 870,000 jobs in March. This is an order of magnitude higher than any previous two-month decline on record. The

Dan Kovalik (2020-05-12). Finding Hope in Times of Despair: New World is Possible. counterpunch.org "For me, I am an optimist. It does not seem too much use being anything else." — Winston Churchill We are living in seemingly very dark times. I don't need to tell you that. You know. We are all living through a pandemic, the likes of which few of us, if any, have ever seen

Anish R (2020-05-12). We don't need empty praise: Nurses' unions demand better protection, rights. peoplesdispatch.org May 12 is globally observed as International Nurses Day. The day marks the birth anniversary of Florence Nightingale, who revolutionized healthcare and introduced modern nursing. This year, amid the COVID-19 pandemic, nurses have come out to tell us that they have been left behind. | A virtual press conference held by Public Services International (PSI), on the eve of the Nurses Day, had unions from different parts of the Asia-Pacific region talk about the monumental challenges during the pandemic. According to the South-East Asian Regional Office (SEARO) of the World Health Organization, at this time, the Asia-P…

Raul Diego (2020-05-12). No Stimulus for the Weary: The US is Now Sitting on an Inflation Time Bomb. mintpressnews.com The White House budget office doesn't know if the $2.2 Trillion-dollar stimulus package and Trump's $1,200 stimulus checks might cause an inflationary spiral. But many economists have no doubt it will.

Peoples Dispatch (2020-05-12). Halting conflict globally is the only way to effectively tackle COVID-19, says report. peoplesdispatch.org According to the report published by international NGO, Oxfam, global military expenditure in 2019 stood at USD 1.9 trillion – an amount several times over what is required to pay for the UN-led efforts to fight the COVID-19 crisis in developing countries…

Robert Hunziker (2020-05-12). The Wet-Bulb Peril Has Arrived… Way Too Early. counterpunch.org The human body has limits. If "temperature plus humidity" is high enough, even a healthy person seated in the shade with plentiful water to drink will suffer severely or likely die. It's the Wet-Bulb Temperature WBT effect. There is an upper limit to human capacity to adapt to excessive global heat when combined with excessive

Kenneth Good (2020-05-12). Cardinal George Pell and the Victims of Child Sexual Abuse in Victoria. counterpunch.org In the long and still unfinished search for justice, two agencies have been outstanding. The Victorian Police performed dogged investigatory work, and the Royal Commission over five years compiled damning evidence. On 12 November 2012, Detective Chief Inspector Peter Fox called for the establishment of a Royal Commission. He was a 30-year veteran in Newcastle,

Evaggelos Vallianatos (2020-05-12). The War Against the Wolves of Alaska. counterpunch.org Southeast Alaska is home to the Tongass National Forest, the largest national forest of north America. Tongass has old-growth and temperate rainforests, which shelter abundant wildlife and biodiversity. However, both the forests of Tongass and wildlife have been under attack for decades. Loggers, miners, and developers and corrupt state and federal agencies look at these ancient trees and see primarily dollars. These are the same people who practically extinguished the old-growth forests of northern California. These are the same people who are the enemies of the natural world and welcomed Trump to the White Hous…

Stephen Cooper (2020-05-12). U.S. Dishonors Navajo with Death Penalty. counterpunch.org Amidst the coronavirus devastation, it's important not to overlook the fact that, at the end of April, two federal appellate judges called out the U.S. government for continuing to dishonor the Navajo Nation — the second largest Indigenous tribe in America — through its pursuit of the death penalty for Lezmond Mitchell.

Andrey Areshev (2020-05-12). America's Percentage of World's Coronavirus Cases Is Now Declining, but America's libertarian policies on coronavirus remain catastrophic. strategic-culture.org Eric ZUESSE | At At the start of the day on May 10th, the U.S. had

WSWS (2020-05-12). Democratic Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf begins unsafe reopening of 37 counties. wsws.org Wolf, presented as a more rational leader than his Republican counterparts, is restarting the economy as the virus is still killing workers across the state in nursing homes, food-processing plants and warehouses.

Dr. Russell Blaylock (2020-05-12). Face Masks Pose Serious Risks to the Healthy. globalresearch.ca "By wearing a mask, the exhaled viruses will not be able to escape and will concentrate in the nasal passages, enter the olfactory nerves and travel into the brain." — Russell Blaylock, MD | Researchers found that about a third of …

Caitlin Johnstone (2020-05-12). A Love Song. thealtworld.com Ooh girl, you look so fine | you make me wanna sniff your hair from behind | Gonna lay it all out girl, ain't no use hidin' | You make me wanna sniff ya like I'm Joe Biden | Yeah I'm singin' out loud cuz baby I can't sleep | and you make me wanna grab ya like a handsy veep | I need ya like the rivers need the drops of rain | I need ya like Biden needs a brand new brain | Lemme whisper sweet nothings in your sexy ear | Things you never asked for and you don't wanna hear | If love is a horse then giddy-up I'm ridin' | Gonna perv on ya hardcore like I'm Joe Biden | Ooh baby girl, you gone and blown my mind | like a…

Adriaan Alsema (2020-05-12). Colombia's farmers claim government lifting import tariffs puts domestic food production at risk. colombiareports.com Colombia's farmers' organizations said Monday that an emergency decree lifting import tariffs on corn and soy is threatening domestic food production. The organizations called on the State Council to declare…

Adriaan Alsema (2020-05-12). Colombia considering guaranteed minimum income as famine looms. colombiareports.com Almost half of Colombia's senators signed off on a proposal to urgently implement a guaranteed minimum income for more than 70% of the population. The radical proposal would temporarily guarantee…

Adriaan Alsema (2020-05-12). Colombia considering guaranteed minimum income as famine looms. colombiareports.com Almost half of Colombia's senators signed off on a proposal to urgently implement a guaranteed minimum income for more than 70% of the population. The radical proposal would temporarily guarantee…

Azhar Azam (2020-05-12). China Might be a "Silver Bullet" for Countries in the Middle East. Might Jeopardize Relations with Washington. globalresearch.ca As the Arab states in the Gulf embrace Beijing to ease off their over-reliance on hydrocarbons and diversify economy by seeking Chinese investment and technology, A US official Giving a …

Felix Tih (2020-05-12). Madagascar Slams WHO for Not Endorsing Its Herbal Cure. globalresearch.ca Madagascar President Andry Rajoelina has slammed the World Health Organization for not endorsing its COVID-19 herbal cure. | Last month, the Malagasy president officially launched Covid-Organics (CVO), an organic herbal concoction, claiming that it can prevent and cure patients suffering from …

Michael Snyder (2020-05-12). Fragile Economic System: It Is Much Worse Than You Are Being Told. globalresearch.ca For a long time I warned that our economic bubble would burst and that we would plunge into a nightmarish economic collapse. Now it has happened, and it turns out that fear of COVID-19 was the "black swan event" that …

Telesur (2020-05-12). Cuba to Begin Mass-Scale COVID-19 Testing. globalresearch.ca Dr. Francisco Durán, national director of Epidemiology of the Cuban Ministry of Public Health, reported on Sunday that a considerable part of the population will be given tests to detect possible positive cases of COVID-19. | Durán explained that a …

WSWS (2020-05-12). In criminal pursuit of profits, Tesla CEO Elon Musk restarts production at California facility. wsws.org In open defiance of local public health authorities, Musk sent 10,000 workers back to work Monday, dramatically increasing the likelihood of the spread of COVID-19 throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.

graham (2020-05-12). The world order is rapidly changing. truepublica.org.uk By TruePublica Editor: As every day reveals yet another failure of the state to tackle the COVID-19 crisis and it merges into the next, it is becoming apparent that this government does not really understand the scale of damage being done to the very fabric of Britain's society. It is a fair question to ask …

WSWS (2020-05-12). Detroit autoworkers oppose rush to reopen plants as COVID-19 death toll rises. wsws.org Auto parts suppliers reopened plants in Michigan and other states Monday as GM, Ford and Fiat Chrysler prepare to recall nearly 200,000 autoworkers to their North American factories by May 18.

Jill Nelson (2020-05-12). "COVID-19 Has Been Racialized" zcomm.org The president is "telling us that as people of color, and older people, we should just die. It's ridiculous."

WSWS (2020-05-12). Governments worldwide respond to COVID-19 by saving profits, not lives. wsws.org The ruling elite's efforts to enforce a return to work—and impose a massive restructuring of class relations to pay for the bailout of Wall Street—will encounter enormous opposition from the working class.

Mike Adams (2020-05-12). Hundreds of Children Brain Damaged by the Swine Flu Vaccine to Receive $90 Million in Financial Compensation from UK Government. globalresearch.ca First published in April 2015. The H1N1 vaccine fiasco ordered by the (corrupt) WHO Director General is of relevance to the current debate on a COVID-19 vaccine. | **** | The 2009 swine flu vaccine caused severe brain damage in over 800 …

James K. Galbraith (2020-05-12). We need a radically different model to tackle the COVID-19 crisis. zcomm.org Disaster capitalism is being tried, and the worst case is now the likely case. But there is a scale beyond which disaster capitalism cannot go. At a certain point, the carnage becomes too great to neglect, impossible to avoid and lethal to overlook. At a certain point, ordinary people will stand up and refuse to be bullied any more…

WSWS (2020-05-12). UK COVID-19 death rate far higher in working class. wsws.org Millions of workers employed in what the ONS terms "elementary" jobs, including cleaners and low-skilled construction workers, had the highest risk of death.

Peoples Dispatch (2020-05-12). Serbian housing rights collective organizes relief work for COVID-19. peoplesdispatch.org Serbian housing rights collective Zdru≈æena Akcija Krov nad Glavom (Joint Action Roof Over Your Head) has initiated a relief campaign for the distribution of food and other essentials to people in distress…

Nina Beety (2020-05-12). Who's Protecting the Moon? globalresearch.ca "Thank God men cannot fly, and lay waste the sky as well as the earth," — Henry David Thoreau | The moon is in trouble. And so are we. | Bruce Gagnon: | NASA is not really looking for the 'origins of …

Dr. Jack Rasmus (2020-05-12). Low-Balling the Unemployed in the Era of the 2020 Great Recession. globalresearch.ca This past Friday, May 8, the US Labor Dept. released its latest jobless figures. The official report was 20 million more unemployed and an unemployment rate of 14.7%. | Both mainstream and progressive media reported the numbers: 20 million more jobless …

Philip A Farruggio (2020-05-12). The Sadness… Continues! globalresearch.ca For this writer there are events and incidents that transcend the usual causes of sadness for many of us. Yes, we all have a myriad of memories of sadness. Perhaps when a loved one or pet becomes ill or passes …

Dr. Judy Mikovits (2020-05-12). Video: Dr. Judy Mikovits Exposes Dr. Fauci For Contradicting Statements On Hydroxychloroquine. globalresearch.ca

Dr. Rudolf Hà§nsel (2020-05-12). The Diabolical "Game" with Fear as an Instrument of Domination. The Reflex of Obedience. globalresearch.ca Anxiety is a widespread phenomenon that often accompanies people from the earliest days of childhood until old age. It is part of life and has many causes. When unscrupulous despots — whether medieval popes, modern dictators or so-called philanthropists — …

Lee Harpin (2020-05-12). UK Jewish Students and Youth Movement Oppose "Unilateral Annexation of West Bank" globalresearch.ca More than 500 UK Jewish students and youth movement members have put their names to a letter urging the Board of Deputies to speak out against what they claim are the Israeli government's plans for the "unilateral annexation of the …

WSWS (2020-05-12). 19 Iranian sailors killed in live-fire exercise. wsws.org The Iranian military's accidental missile strike on one of its own ships came amid mounting tensions over US Navy deployments in the Persian Gulf.

Adam M. Sowards (2020-05-12). In Times of Emergency: No Sacrifices of the Public Interest. zcomm.org Trump isn't the first to try to use emergencies to implement regressive policies, and history shows that the people can fight back — and win…

WSWS (2020-05-12). Polish government forced to call off presidential elections at last minute. wsws.org Polish media reports suggest that panic and chaos now reign in Warsaw.

sputniknews (2020-05-12). Russia, Turkey Carry Out 10th Joint Patrolling in Syria's Idlib — MoD. sputniknews.com SARAQIB, Syria (Sputnik) – The Russian and Turkish military on Tuesday conducted the tenth joint patrol along the M4 highway in Syria's northern Idlib de-escalation zone, the Russian Defence Ministry's centre for the reconciliation of the warring parties in Syria said in a statement on Tuesday.

sputniknews (2020-05-12). Russian Federal Security Service Detains Man Planning to Set Gov't Buildings on Fire in Tver Region. sputniknews.com The Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) on Tuesday announced the prevention of a terrorist attack in the city of Kimry, in Tver Region.

sputniknews (2020-05-12). Russia to Consider Caracas' Request for Help in Probe of Invasion If Asked – Lavrov. sputniknews.com MOSCOW(Sputnik) – Russia will consider Venezuela's request for help in investigation of a naval incursion if it receives such request, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday .

sputniknews (2020-05-12). US Mercenaries Went Ahead With Venezuela Invasion Despite Being Outed on TV Weeks Earlier — Video. sputniknews.com The fallout continues from 'Operation Gideon', the brazen May 3-4 attempt by a US security contractor to invade Venezuela, kidnap its president and take him back to the United States. The White House remains in damage control mode, denying any responsibility for the plot while seeking to bring the captured US mercenaries involved back home.

sputniknews (2020-05-12). Kremlin Spokesperson Dmitry Peskov Hospitalised with COVID-19. sputniknews.com Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov has confirmed that he has contracted the coronavirus. He has become the latest top Russian figure to come down with COVID-19. Last week, Russia's Culture Minister Olga Lyubimova tested positive for the virus, but said she was manifesting mild symptoms.

sputniknews (2020-05-12). Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov Holds Press Conference After CIS Foreign Ministers' Meeting – Video. sputniknews.com The regular meeting of foreign ministers of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) took place on Tuesday via teleconference amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

sputniknews (2020-05-12). Ex-Russian Public Health Chief Slams Reports on Russia's Low COVID-19 Death Toll as Hype. sputniknews.com MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Allegations that the death toll from the coronavirus in Russia may be significantly lower than official statistics are motivated by malevolence and unprofessional hype, former Russian Chief Sanitary Doctor Gennadii Onish—Åhenko, who is now a lawmaker of parliament's lower house, said on Tuesday.

sputniknews (2020-05-12). US Commits $3.6 Million to Assist India with Rapid COVID-19 Testing. sputniknews.com New Delhi (Sputnik): Despite a complete national lockdown since 25 March, India has recorded 70,755 COVID-19 cases; 22,454 of those who contracted the virus have recovered and 2,293 have died, according to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

sputniknews (2020-05-12). From Shah Rukh To Sonu Sood, Bollywood Stars Actively Help Lockdown-Affected Indians Get Going. sputniknews.com New Delhi (Sputnik): To battle the spread of Coronavirus, India has been under a nationwide lockdown since 25 March, leaving people stranded and penniless, as the number of positive COVID-19 cases in the country exceeds 70,000.

sputniknews (2020-05-12). Back to Normal? Scenes of Daily Life in Europe as Countries Start Lifting Coronavirus Restrictions. sputniknews.com We all have been missing many things during the quarantines that have been imposed in our countries as part of measures to fight the coronavirus pandemic. Undoubtedly, walking in parks and meeting up with friends in cafes and pubs are what many people are most eager to do now that restrictions are partially lifted.

sputniknews (2020-05-12). US, UK Poisoning Ties With China, Basing COVID-19 Responses On 'Politics, Not Science', Author Says. sputniknews.com China's handling of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has come under question by a few top US authorities and factions of the UK government in recent months. But as global responses to the crisis reveal the efficacy of national-level strategies, it appears that such questions remain political and less based on scientific data.

sputniknews (2020-05-12). Oxfam Calls Efforts to Reach Global Ceasefire Amid Coronavirus 'Catastrophic Failure'. sputniknews.com MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The international community has failed to establish a global ceasefire so that the whole world, and in particular countries plunged in ongoing conflicts, may consolidate their efforts to curb the spread of the coronavirus pandemic and save numerous lives, the Oxfam international relief group said on Tuesday.

sputniknews (2020-05-12). Indian Markets Nosedive in Opening Trade as Spike in COVID-19 Cases Continues. sputniknews.com New Delhi (Sputnik): The COVID-19 pandemic has hit the Indian equity markets very badly. From the pre-COVID-19 levels of over 41,000 in late February, the benchmark index, Sensex slumped to 25,983 levels on March 23. The rise in March levels has remained choppy.

sputniknews (2020-05-12). WHO Says US and Brazil Failed to Take Warnings About Virus Outbreak Seriously From the Start. sputniknews.com The United States has the highest number of coronavirus cases globally, the only country reporting seven-digit numbers of infections. Brazil is also one of the 10 most infected nations according to the WHO. Its President Jair Bolsonaro has repeatedly dismissed the virus as just a "flu".

sputniknews (2020-05-12). Israeli Soldier Killed by a Rock in West Bank Raid is First IDF Casualty of 2020. sputniknews.com Israeli troops are currently searching the town where the attack happened to identify the culprits. It came a day before the scheduled visit of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who is expected to discuss Israeli plans to annex a chunk of the West Bank.

sputniknews (2020-05-12). Stand-off Between Indian, Chinese Troops Escalates as Fighter Jet, Helicopters Scramble in Ladakh. sputniknews.com New Delhi (Sputnik): The current stand-off in eastern Ladakh is the second such instance since India and China disengaged in Doklam after a 73-day stand-off in 2017. The Indian Air Force (IAF) scrambled its Su-30MKI after it spotted the movement of military helicopters on the Chinese side of the border last week.

sputniknews (2020-05-12). Church Vandalised in Pakistan Allegedly by Armed Men Over Land Dispute – Video. sputniknews.com New Delhi (Sputnik): The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) recently released a report citing the sufferings of minorities due to forced conversion to Islam. The report said minorities were unable to enjoy the religious freedom that is supposedly guaranteed them under the constitution.

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2020-05-12). What COVID-19 does to your lungs. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org m __________________________________________________ For the latest updates on the COVID-19 pandemic, check the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. For more information and COVID-19 coverage, go to the Mayo Clinic News Network and mayoclinic.org.

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2020-05-12). Masking your kids during COVID-19. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Do you or don't you wear a mask? If you do, what material is best? And what about children? Questions around masks during the COVID-19 pandemic abound, especially in light of the recent recommendation by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that all Americans wear masks in public settings. "The direction around face masks has …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2020-05-12). Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: Maintaining routine vaccine schedules during COVID-19. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the World Health Organization(WHO) says more than 117 million children in 37 countries may be missing out on the lifesaving measles vaccine. The WHO had issued some guidelines to help countries sustain immunization activities during the COVID-19 pandemic. On the Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast, Dr. Tina Ardon, a Mayo Clinic …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2020-05-12). Why you need to keep your child's vaccine schedule during COVID-19. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Millions of children may be at risk of missing or delaying their routine childhood vaccines due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Tina Ardon, a Mayo Clinic family medicine specialist, says she understands being thoughtful about taking your children outside the home for doctor's visits during this time. "The current situation with the novel coronavirus shows us how scary …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2020-05-12). Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: Cancer treatment during the COVID-19 pandemic. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Because cancer treatments can weaken the immune system, cancer patients are at increased risk of complications from COVID-19. Despite these concerns, cancer patients often still need treatment, including going to the clinic or to the hospital, and many have questions about whether cancer should be treated differently during the COVID-19 pandemic. On the Mayo Clinic …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2020-05-12). Spring cleaning takes on a new importance during COVID-19 pandemic. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released reopening guidelines for cleaning and disinfecting public spaces, workplaces, businesses, schools and homes. Dr. Gregory Poland, a Mayo Clinic infectious diseases expert, suggests taking a practical approach to spring cleaning. If no one in your household has been infected, he says standard spring cleaning practices …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2020-05-12). Science Saturday: Regenerative approaches could foster healing from COVID-19. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Regenerative Medicine aims not only to repair or restore the function of cells, tissues or organs, but also the whole person. The latter is particularly important amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Regenerative approaches draw on the body's natural abilities to heal, focus on establishing the healing environments and building new, healthy ways of functioning. These aspects of regenerative …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2020-05-12). Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: Possible neurological effects of COVID-19. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Originally identified as a respiratory disease, some COVID-19 patients exhibit neurologic symptoms including stroke, loss of consciousness, headache, and even the loss of taste and smell. What's unknown is whether these are direct effects of the virus entering the nervous system, or consequences of the disease's effect on the body. On the Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast, …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2020-05-12). Mayo Clinic's comprehensive COVID-19 research. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org "At Mayo, we've developed a comprehensive research portfolio, or what we call a COVID-19 research task force, in order to respond to every area that we need to learn more about this virus. We have scientists doing research in epidemiology. We have people doing research in immunology and vaccine development, in virology, in translational work, in …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2020-05-12). Mayo Clinic expert discusses potential neurological effects of COVID-19. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, can take a severe toll on the respiratory system. However, recent research suggests that the virus may also infect the nervous system. A study of patients with COVID-19 out of Wuhan, China found that possible neurological signs and symptoms caused by COVID-19 can include loss of taste and smell, …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2020-05-12). Mayo Clinic receives $26 million from BARDA for COVID-19 convalescent plasma expanded access program. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Mayo Clinic was awarded a $26 million contract today from the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), part of the office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The financial support is for the Expanded Access Program (EAP) for convalescent plasma to fight COVID-19. …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2020-05-12). National Nurses Day: Not all heroes wear capes. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Photo and article are courtesy of Mayo Clinic News Center andMayo Clinic Employee Facebook. Not all heroes wear capes. Some wear scrubs, protective equipment and step out in difficult times to be there for others. As COVID-19 continues to spread and people heed notices to socially distance themselves and hunker down in their homes, there …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2020-05-12). Connecting Patients: COVID-19 and transplant patients. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Mayo Clinic Connect is an online community where you can share your experiences and find support from people like you. You can also read Mayo Clinic expert blogs and take part in educational events. COVID-19 and Transplant Patients "As a kidney transplant recipient I have been extra vigilant/worried about protecting myself as COVID-19 spreads. Like …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2020-05-12). Mayo Clinic launches radio campaign to encourage recovered patients of COVID-19 to donate plasma. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Mayo Clinic is collaborating with Entercom Communications to launch a radio campaign that raises awareness in Detroit, New York City, Miami and Chicago of the federally-sponsored national Expanded Access Program (EAP) for Convalescent Plasma. The Food and Drug Administration announced Mayo Clinic as the lead site for the EAP program to speed access and increase availability of investigational convalescent plasma for hospitalized patients …

CP Editor (2020-05-12). Trump Is Using COVID-19 As An Excuse To Let Polluters Destroy. counterpunch.org

en.mehrnews (2020-05-12). Envoy urges EU for 'practical support' to JCPOA, multilateralism. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 12 (MNA) — Iran's Ambassador to Croatia called on the European countries for a change of approach and adopting practical support to multilateralism and the 2015 nuclear deal, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-12). Arms embargo on Iran to expire on Oct.: Ulyanov. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 12 (MNA) — Russia's Permanent Representative to the United Nations Mikhail Ulyanov said the restrictions on the supply of 7 categories of weapons to Iran will expire on October 18.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-12). Trump administration's incompetence putting intolerable burden on nurses. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 10 (MNA) — The Iranian foreign ministry spokesman lambasted the administration of US President Donald Trump for incompetency in protecting its frontline nurses in the battle against COVID-19 pandemic.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-12). Israeli regime acting against Iran's interests amid Covid-19 pandemic: MP. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 11 (MNA) — Chairman of the Iranian Parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Mojtaba Zonnour said on Tuesday that while the world is distracted with the coronavirus pandemic, the Zionist regime is doing its best to put Iran's interests at risk.