2020-05-13: News Headlines

Vijay Prashad (2020-05-13). The U.S. Military is hell-bent on trying to overpower China. mronline.org The absence of a strong world peace movement with the capacity to prevent this buildup by the United States is of considerable concern for the planet. The need for such a movement could not be greater.

Ceng Jing (2020-05-13). The Mind-blowing History at Fort Detrick. globalresearch.ca Since the Trump administration declared national emergency in mid-march over the rapid spread of COVID-19, the task of developing a vaccine has fallen on the U.S. Army's top virus research lab in Fort Detrick, located in suburban Maryland some 50 …

Andrew Korybko (2020-05-13). Soros Thinks That Germany Is A Greater Threat To His Plans Than COVID, Trump, Or China. thealtworld.com Billionaire philanthropist and infamous Color Revolution financier George Soros recently elaborated on his views of International Relations in the midst of World War C during an interview with the UK's "Independent", unexpectedly concluding that Germany's recent court ruling against the European Central Bank's purchase of national bonds poses an "existential threat" to the bloc and therefore also to his "precious" vision of an "open society", even more so than the alleged ones posed by COVID, Trump, or China that he previously fearmongered about. | International Relations are in the midst of multitudinous paradig…

Stephen Lendman (2020-05-13). The Longterm Social Impacts from Economic Collapse and COVID-19 Outbreaks. globalresearch.ca Economic collapse that's harming most ordinary people in the US, West, and elsewhere — that's likely to be long-lasting — is far more serious than numbers of COVID-19 infections and their aftermath. | Hundreds of thousands of small and medium-sized businesses …

Joshua Cho (2020-05-13). Corporate Media don't think Americans paid to invade Venezuela Count as mercenaries. mronline.org When an attempted invasion of Venezuela launched from the shores of Colombia was foiled on May 3, after armed commandos were intercepted at Venezuela's coastline of La Guira, it seemed undeniable that the heavily armed men, possessing satellite phones and uniforms with the U.S. flag emblazoned on them, had been paid to take part in …

Don Fitz (2020-05-13). Can we simultaneously oppose Bayer/Monsanto's biotechnology and support Cuba's Interferon Alpha 2B? mronline.org Technology reflects social factors throughout its development and use. Genetically engineered crops allow mega-corporations to patent seeds, lure farmers into buying them with visions of high yields, and then destroy small farmers. Cuba's drugs are shared throughout the world. Making a distinction between the biotechnology of agro-industry and Cuba requires understanding the difference between bioimperialism …

Peoples Dispatch (2020-05-13). Violent evictions in Bogotá, Colombia amid the coronavirus pandemic. peoplesdispatch.org Many question the motivation of the city government to evict the community amid the pandemic as they have been occupying the land for the last 20 years…

Suzan Mazur (2020-05-13). Virologist Luis Villarreal: "Leery" of COVID-19 Models, Vaccine Possible Year's End. counterpunch.org Somewhat exasperated by the Covid-19 models publicly showcased over the last two months, I decided to ring up virologist Luis Villarreal for his perspective. Luis Villarreal is founding director of University of California, Irvine's Center for Virus Research and UCI Professor Emeritus, Molecular Biology and Biochemistry. Villarreal told me he takes these models "with a

Janine Jackson (2020-05-13). 'Our Food System Is Very Much Modeled on Plantation Economics' – CounterSpin interview with Ricardo Salvador on the coronavirus food crisis. fair.org Janine Jackson interviewed the Union of Concerned Scientists' Ricardo Salvador about the coronavirus food crisis for the Media…

Scott Tucker (2020-05-13). Class Struggles and Social Distancing. counterpunch.org On the day after armed protestors stormed the Capitol building in Michigan to demand that the whole economy be re-opened, the news included reports that Michigan has the highest current death rates in the United States from the novel coronavirus. That is a serious problem. Voluntary good will in avoiding risks of infection during a

PAI (2020-05-13). Beep! Beep! Union car caravan to demand Vegas casinos open safely. peoplesworld.org LAS VEGAS (PAI)—Beep! Beep! That will be the sound of dozens of horns honking from union members' cars to be driven down the Las Vegas Strip at 5 p.m. on Thursday, May 14, demanding the city's hotels and casinos reopen safely as they start up again from coronavirus-caused shutdowns. So far, the hotels and casinos …

Tim Libretti (2020-05-13). We call frontline workers "heroes," but do we value them like heroes? peoplesworld.org On one level, the coronavirus pandemic holds out the potential to shift America's dominant cultural mentality to finally re-think—indeed come to terms with—how our political, economic, and moral systems value the work on which our lives most depend. Presumably, the pandemic conditions are making clear to us Americans what kinds of work are most essential, …

Ted Rall (2020-05-13). We Need a Centralized Medical System Too. counterpunch.org The coronavirus pandemic has laid bare two fundamental flaws in the American healthcare system. Number one: There's a reason that other rich countries treat healthcare as a taxpayer-financed social program. Employer-based health insurance was stupid pre-COVID-19 because our economy was already steadily transitioning from traditional full-time W-2 jobs to self-employment, freelance and gig work. The virus has

Mark Gruenberg (2020-05-13). Democrats' $3 trillion stimulus includes hazard pay, PPE; Republicans say no. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—House Democrats released a new $3 trillion stimulus bill on May 12, designed to cope with the continuing economic collapse that coronavirus-caused closures have caused. There's money for protective personal equipment (PPE), hazardous duty pay for front-line workers, and a number of other pro-worker provisions. The 1,815-page measure is tentatively scheduled for a May 15 …

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 . . . |

Tanuke Smith (2020-05-13). If we must die, don't let it be from COVID-19. peoplesworld.org Not much has changed in the Black community. The strategy of controlling wealth, access to healthcare, and the demise of African Americans is still as calculated as ever. The mainstream media reports daily on the death rate in Black communities, stemming from crime, police brutality, or COVID-19. As April arrived, the cruel face of reality …

Francisco Dominguez (2020-05-13). Outsourcing 'regime change': US imperialism's decomposition accelerates. peoplesdispatch.org On May 3rd a bunch of mercenaries, led by Rambo-like US soldiers of fortune attempted to disembark on the coastal town of Macuto in the La Guaira state in Venezuela's Caribbean coast, in a so-called Operation Gedeon.

Gabriel Kuhn (2020-05-13). Who Are You Kidding? The Democratic Party and the Joe Biden Fiasco. counterpunch.org The accusations against the projected Democratic Party presidential nominee, Joe Biden, trouble and confuse U.S. liberals. As a result, they say surprising and, at times, outrageous things. I suppose this is the consequence of deeming Joe Biden to the most likely candidate to oust Donald Trump from office, something so important that you're ready to sacrifice both reason and compassion.

Sanket Jain (2020-05-13). In Lockdown, India is No Country for Old Men. counterpunch.org At this time, Shamshuddin Mulla would have been in the fields — repairing engines and pumps. He did step out on March 26, the second day of the lockdown when a despairing farmer from Sulkud village [in Kolhapur district's Kagal taluka] came to his house on a bike. "He took me to his farm, where

Jack Rasmus (2020-05-13). Low-Balling the Unemployed in the Era of the 2020 Great Recession. counterpunch.org 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 and 14.7%. But those numbers, as horrendous as they are, represent a gross under-estimation of

Kenneth Surin (2020-05-13). "Making It Up As They Go Along:" Boris Johnson and COVID-19. counterpunch.org As I write (the weekend of 9-10 May), the UK's death toll from the COVID-19 pandemic has reached 31,855. The UK, unlike the US, has started counting deaths in care homes. This toll is the highest in Europe, and the second in the world after the US. The UK has a fifth of the US's population, so translating the UK figure into US terms would amount to 160,000 US deaths from the virus (the US's death toll as of this weekend is a little more than 80,000).

RT (2020-05-13). UK's Health Ministry says confirmed Covid-19 death toll has risen by 494 to 33,186. rt.com A total of 33,186 people who tested positive for the new coronavirus have died in the United Kingdom, a rise of 494 in a 24-hour period, the Health Ministry said on Wednesday. | Those figures reflect the situation as of 5pm (1600 GMT) on May 12. Including deaths due to suspected cases, Britain's fatality count is over 40,000, according to Reuters. | Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Wednesday that increasing rates of infection in other countries which have relaxed some rules to tackle the coronavirus outbreak were a warning to Britain not to move too fast. | "It is very notable that in some other countries…

Tom Coburg (2020-05-13). Even the mainstream media's now suggesting UK death toll could surpass 50,000. thecanary.co The BBC has published an article suggesting that the number of coronavirus (Covid-19) related deaths in the UK could be "nearly twice as high" as the official figure. This follows similar analysis by the Financial Times (FT). | Both media outlets expose the blatant dishonesty of the daily figures quoted by Boris Johnson's government. | More than 50,000 deaths?: | The government,

Staff (2020-05-13). The Health Care Industry Could Profit From the COVID-19 Crisis. truthout.org As the top infectious disease expert testifies to the Senate that needless death and suffering could result from reopening too quickly, author and journalist Naomi Klein says a "pandemic shock doctrine" is beginning to emerge. "The fact that a large sector of the economy, the healthcare industry, sees a potential bonanza here … that's a win for them." | TRANSCRIPT | : | This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form. | AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy Now!, democracynow.org, The Quaranti…

Staff (2020-05-13). Screen New Deal: Naomi Klein on How Companies Like Google Plan to Profit in High-Tech COVID Dystopia. democracynow.org In her new report for The Intercept on the "Screen New Deal," Naomi Klein looks at how the coronavirus pandemic is more high-tech than previous disasters — and how the future we're being rushed into could transform our lives into a "living laboratory for a permanent — and highly profitable — no-touch future." She joins us to discuss what she found, and says, "I think we're going to see very incomplete so-called solutions … that massively benefit private tech interests."

Staff (2020-05-13). Naomi Klein: Healthcare Industry Sees "Potential Bonanza" of Profits in COVID-19 Crisis. democracynow.org As the top infectious disease expert testifies to the Senate that needless death and suffering could result from reopening too quickly, author and journalist Naomi Klein says a "pandemic shock doctrine" is beginning to emerge. "The fact that a large sector of the economy, the healthcare industry, sees a potential bonanza here … that's a win for them."

Jesse Jackson (2020-05-13). The Murder of Ahmaud Arbery—And Our Continuing Terror. commondreams.org People stand six feet apart before participating in a 2.23 mile walk for Ahmaud Arbery on May 8. Arbery was shot and killed while running in Brunswick, Georgia on Feb. 23. (Photo: Nicole Hester/Mlive.com) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

RT (2020-05-13). Beijing denounces 'immoral' US Senate bill threatening China with sanctions over Covid-19. rt.com Beijing has lashed out at US legislation which seeks to impose sanctions on China if it fails to cooperate with Washington's investigation into the coronavirus pandemic. | The bill would require the president to notify Congress within 60 days that China had "provided a full and complete accounting" to any US-led probe into the coronavirus outbreak. The rule would also apply to investigations carried out by American allies and UN agencies such as the World Health Organization (WHO). | The legislation also demands that China shutter all "wet markets" which can pose a risk to human health. It also calls for the i…

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…

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 . . . |

RT (2020-05-13). Flynn 'unmasking' documents show involvement of senior Obama administration officials, including Joe Biden. rt.com A newly published list of US officials who were interested in National Security Agency (NSA) records on Trump adviser Michael Flynn includes President Barack Obama's chief of staff, as well as Vice President Joe Biden. | Biden is listed as requesting the unmasking on January 12, 2017, the same day the Washington Post published a story claiming that Flynn had misreported his conversations with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, based on leaked NSA information. | Flynn unmasking documents f… by

Andrey Areshev (2020-05-13). How Huxley's X-Club Created Nature Magazine and Sabotaged Science for 150 Years. strategic-culture.org Amidst the storm of controversy raised by the lab-origin theory of COVID-19 extolled by such figures as Nobel prize winning virologist Luc Montagnier, bioweapons expert Francis Boyle, Sri Lankan Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith and the head of Iran's Revolutionary Guard, an elaborate project was undertaken under the nominal helm of NATURE Magazine in order to refute the claim once and for all under the report This project was led by a team of evolutionary virologists using a line of reasoning that "random…

Lisa Chiu (2020-05-13). Zimbabwean president: Our doctors can learn from China's experience. america.cgtn.com Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa said Tuesday that his country could learn from China's experience in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic to a visiting medical team from China who shared knowledge and experience battling the virus.

Jim Spellman (2020-05-13). Restaurants reopening in West Virginia. america.cgtn.com Two months ago, most businesses in the state of West Virginia closed as COVID-19 spread in the U.S.. Rich Schaffer is the owner of the Rabbit Hole restaurant. Schaffer says he received 110-thousand dollars from the federal government, but that money is running out. West …

RT (2020-05-13). US 'knocks on closed door' seeking to extend arms embargo against Iran — Russia's UN envoy. rt.com The US cannot demand the extension of an arms embargo against Tehran since it is no longer a party to the Iran nuclear deal, Russian UN Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia told reporters via a video link-up. | "I do not see any reasons why [an] arms embargo should be imposed on Iran. It expires on 18 October. It was temporary," TASS quoted Nebenzia as saying. "It was not in fact even an embargo. It is the provision where Iran is allowed to export/import armaments on the consent of the [UN] Security Council," he noted. | Two years ago, the US "proudly announced" that it withdrew from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Act…

RT (2020-05-13). Pity they don't work against Covid-19: US drives RECORD global spending on atomic weapons, report shows. rt.com The world's nuclear powers are increasingly pouring money into their atomic arsenals, a new report shows, with Washington leading the way. The US has also exited a major arms control treaty and deployed a new tactical weapon. | Nine nuclear-armed nations spent an estimated $72.9 billion on their 13,000-plus atomic weapons in 2019, according to

RT (2020-05-13). New clues on formation of life found in traces of fluid inside space rock 4.5 BILLION years old. rt.com A team of researchers are peering into what the solar system may have looked like in its earliest stages, unlocking answers about the formation of amino acids — and ultimately life as we know it — by analyzing ancient space rocks.

RT (2020-05-13). Tunisia relaxes curfew after 3 days without new coronavirus cases. rt.com Tunisia has announced a reduction of its nightly curfew hours after three consecutive days without recording any new coronavirus cases, state media reported on Wednesday. | The North African democracy imposed the curfew in March in a bid to slow the spread of the virus, combined with a lockdown that shuttered all but key shops and services. President Kais Saied has cut the curfew hours to 11pm to 5am instead of 8pm to 6am, 10 days after the start of a gradual reopening of the bureaucracy and economy. | The government announced that no new coronavirus cases have been recorded for three days in a row, with 1,032…

RT (2020-05-13). Lockdown's silver lining? NYC marks record-breaking 58 straight days without pedestrian deaths. rt.com New York City's stay at home order has been criticized as unsustainable, but the policy has one apparent benefit: it has helped reduce the number of pedestrian deaths to zero for nearly 60 days in a row. | Like many other cities across the world, the Big Apple chose to close non-essential businesses and prohibit most outdoor activity in a bid to reduce the spread of coronavirus, which has struck New York particularly hard. While there is still debate about the effectiveness and sustainability of such measures, keeping people indoors has resulted in 58 consecutive days since a pedestrian was fatally struck by a…

RT (2020-05-13). Travel giant TUI plans to axe 8,000 jobs despite government bailout. rt.com Multinational travel firm TUI Group has announced that it will slash 10 percent of its workforce worldwide in an effort to cut costs amid the coronavirus pandemic. | In its half-year financial results presented on Wednesday, the company said it will have to reduce operational costs to cope with the fallout from the pandemic, "the greatest crisis the tourism industry and TUI has ever faced." | "We are targeting to permanently reduce our overhead cost base by 30 percent across the entire Group. This will have an impact on potentially 8,000 roles globally that will either not be recruited or reduced," CEO Fritz J…

RT (2020-05-13). 'They will not silence us': Michigan activists undeterred after Facebook removes anti-lockdown group with 380,000 members. rt.com Facebook has shuttered a popular group for Michiganders who oppose their governor's extreme lockdown measures, fueling debate about free speech during the coronavirus crisis. | 'Michiganders Against Excessive Quarantine' had more than 380,000 members, with media reports describing it as one of the largest anti-lockdown groups in the nation. It's not clear if Facebook has provided an explanation for the group's removal. Visiting the page gives the following message: "Sorry, this content isn't available right now." | Garrett Soldano of Mattawan, Michigan created Michiganders Against Excessive Quarantine in Apri…

RT (2020-05-13). 'Example of infodemic': Moscow slams FT & NYT reports that put Russian Covid-19 death toll 70 percent higher than official data. rt.com Russia's Foreign Ministry will send letters to the Financial Times and New York Times demanding they retract reports which claim the actual death toll from Covid-19 in the country is much higher than the official figures. | The editors-in-chief of those outlets will be handed the letters on Thursday through the Russian embassies in the UK and the US, ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said during a briefing. | Moscow will also address the UN, OSCE and UNESCO on the situation, as the reports in the FT and NYT represent "an example of that very 'infodemic' that the UN General Secretary, Antonio Guterres, urged…

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). Czech Republic could open borders with Austria, Slovakia in June — Prague. rt.com The Czech Republic, Slovakia and Austria could open their mutual borders as soon as June 8, allowing residents of the three countries to travel between them, PM Andrej Babis said in Prague on Wednesday. | The neighbors are thinking about how to open their borders at the start of the summer tourist season after making similar progress in controlling the coronavirus pandemic, Babis said. | "I think it could somehow work out that on June 8 or 15, our three countries would open together," Babis said in an online interview with the Blesk newspaper website. | The three states are among at least 17 members of the Sch…

RT (2020-05-13). Lifting lockdowns may cause new Covad-19 spike, but now we know how to respond — WHO envoy to RT. rt.com Countries should be able to swiftly identify and quarantine coronavirus hotspots instead of putting their whole societies on lockdown, but people must accept this 'new reality' for it to work, said WHO's envoy to Russia. | "I do believe that there might be a surge [in Covid-19 cases], but we'll be able to respond to it much quicker, having all the experience that we've got, unfortunately, over the last four months," Dr Melita Vujnovic, who represents the World Health Organization in Russia, told RT when asked about the impact of the gradual lifting of lockdowns — that has begun in many countries — on…

RT (2020-05-13). 6,000 more children could die EVERY DAY in areas least fit for battling Covid-19 — UN & Johns Hopkins study. rt.com Over a million of under-5s could succumb to preventable causes within the next six months as long as the brewing Covid-19 epidemic keeps weakening countries they dwell in, UNICEF and Johns Hopkins believe. | The gruesome prediction came after Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health looked at how the coronavirus crisis could impact 118 low- or middle-income countries around the globe. | Johns Hopkins researchers, who

RT (2020-05-13). Assange's extradition: September 7 set for resumption of delayed hearing, WikiLeaks says. rt.com "A date of September 7 has been set for the resumption of Julian Assange's delayed extradition hearing," WikiLeaks tweeted on Wednesday. A court location has yet to be determined, it said. | A London court said on May 4 that the US extradition case against WikiLeaks founder Assange would resume in September. It had been postponed from later this month because of the coronavirus outbreak. | Assange is wanted by US authorities to stand trial for conspiring to hack government computers and espionage. The extradition case began in February for a week before being adjourned until May 18 for another three weeks of a…

RT (2020-05-13). Pennsylvania Health Sec under fire after moving own mum OUT of nursing home while sending sick Covid-19 patients INTO them. rt.com As Pennsylvania's health secretary faces harsh criticism and calls to resign over her policy ordering Covid-19 patients to return to nursing homes after leaving hospital, she has admitted to moving her own mum out of a care home. | Dr Rachel Levine revealed when asked by reporters that her mother was moved out of her personal care home when the pandemic began — though she defended herself by saying that she was simply following the wishes of the 95-year-old woman, who wanted to move. | WATCH: PA Secretary of Heath admits own mother left senior facility while coronavirus swept nursing homes. Gov Wolf nowhe…

RT (2020-05-13). 'What are those white crosses?': Badges to 'scare off' coronavirus cause dress-code debate in Russian parliament. rt.com With the Russian State Duma in session despite the Covid-19 pandemic, some MPs went beyond the obligatory face masks and rubber gloves, leaving their colleagues and citizens baffled by unusual means to fend off the virus. | "For several sessions in row, I've seen MPs wearing white crosses on their chests," Igor Molyakov of the Fair Russia party said on Wednesday, asking his colleagues to clarify the unusual accessory. State Duma deputies usually wear an official badge, which is shaped as a Russian tricolor. | Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin stepped up to educate his colleague and dispel the "white cross" mystery fo…

RT (2020-05-13). Swedish PM says face masks for Covid-19 offer 'false sense of security' to wearers. rt.com The Prime Minister of Sweden Stefan Lofven has advised against wearing face masks to ward off Covid-19, as they may lead people to assume they are safe from the virus when there is still a risk of transmission. | Speaking at a press conference on Wednesday, Lofven said donning masks could lead the wearer to neglect social distancing guidelines and become complacent about safety precautions. | "There is a risk of a false sense of security, that you feel you can't be infected if you have a face mask," he said. He advised those displaying even very mild symptoms to stay at home, stay socially distant, and to cont…

RT (2020-05-13). Row erupts between BoJo and Labour, as Covid-19 guidance saying care homes 'unlikely' to become infected re-emerges. rt.com Downing Street and the Labour Party have become embroiled in a spat over official UK government guidance issued in February over the risk Covid-19 poses to care homes, with each side accusing the other of misleading the public. | During PMQs in the House of Commons on Wednesday, Labour leader Keir Starmer quoted from the Public Health England (PHE)

RT (2020-05-13). Poland to reopen hairdressers, restaurants on May 18 as 'epidemic contained to some extent'. rt.com Poland will reopen restaurants and hairdressers on May 18 as it begins easing coronavirus-linked restrictions, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Wednesday. | "At least to some extent we have contained the epidemic, therefore we can gradually unfreeze the economy," Morawiecki told reporters. | The statement came a day after Poland saw its largest spike in coronavirus cases in a single day, Reuters reported. | Schools will partially reopen to provide day care for children in the first three years of primary school, the prime minister added.

RT (2020-05-13). Oops! FBI accidentally reveals name of Saudi diplomat who helped 9/11 hijackers after years of 'national security' stonewalling. rt.com The FBI has accidentally revealed the name of a Saudi official believed to have aided two Al-Qaeda hijackers involved in the 9/11 attack on the Pentagon, after going to absurd lengths to keep it secret for years. | The name was unintentionally left unredacted in a court filing unsealed last week in the ongoing lawsuit by 9/11 victims' families against the Saudi government, which they accuse of complicity in the terrorist attacks. The 'error' was reported by Yahoo News on Tuesday — at which point the Justice Department withdrew the filing, refusing to comment on how the mistake had been made. | Also on rt.

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). Class divide: Nearly TWO-THIRDS of British working class unable to do jobs from home amid Covid-19 crisis, new data reveals. rt.com New research suggests that the Covid-19 pandemic is exposing the class divide in the UK with almost two-thirds of British working class households unable to do their jobs from home, compared to under 30 percent of middle classes. | Research

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 (2020-05-13). Russia BANS usage of ventilators suspected of causing deadly fires killing six Covid-19 patients. rt.com Russia has indefinitely suspended the usage of Aventa-M artificial lung ventilation machines. The recently produced ventilators are suspected of causing two deadly fires in the past week, killing six people. | The ventilators, made in Ural's Instrument Making Plant, have been manufactured since April 1, 2020, in response to Russia's ever-growing number of Covid-19 patients. | According to Russia's health watchdog Roszdravnadzor, the ventilators were used to provide medical care to patients at the S. I. Spasokukotsky City Clinical Hospital in Moscow and St. George's Hospital in St. Petersburg, where fires occur…

RT (2020-05-13). Germany to keep quarantine requirement in place for non-EU visitors as border control measures relaxed from May 16. rt.com German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer has advised his country's states to keep quarantine restrictions in place for non-EU visitors as national border control measures are set to ease from May 16. | Berlin will begin relaxing national border controls implemented to curb the spread of Covid-19 from Saturday, with measures expected to be completely lifted by June 15. | As it stands, guidelines from Berlin are that anyone returning to Germany must spend 14 days in self-isolation when they re-enter the country. That rule will now be lifted for EU visitors. | Speaking on Wednesday, Seehofer said border crossings…

RT (2020-05-13). Belgium to partially reopen schools, markets, museums & zoos from Monday. rt.com Belgian schools will partially reopen and markets, museums and zoos will also be allowed to operate again from next Monday, PM Sophie Wilmes said on Wednesday. | With a population of 11.5 million, Belgium is among the European nations worst hit by Covid-19, but it began a phased easing of the restrictions at the start of May. Belgium has so far reported 53,981 confirmed cases of Covid-19 and 8,843 deaths, according to Reuters. | Wilmes said the reopening of non-food shops this week had proceeded smoothly even if there were now queues outside some stores. "Improvements are coming, but we must be patient. We can…

RT (2020-05-13). Chechen leader Kadyrov BANNED from Instagram AGAIN, loses account with 1.4 MILLION followers. rt.com For many in the 21st century, losing social media access would be a devastating blow. However, for Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov, it's just another day. For the third time in three years, Kadyrov has been banned from Instagram. | According to Instagram's owners, Facebook, the ban was in relation to US sanctions against the Chechen leader. | Since 2017, Kadyrov has been sanctioned by the United States under the terms of the Magnitsky Act. Signed by President Barack Obama in 2012, and later expanded in 2016, the Magnitsky Act enables the US government to sanction foreign government officials implicated in allege…

RT (2020-05-13). Russian Arctic sea route shipping exceeds 10 million tons in Q1. rt.com Freight transportation via Russia's Northern Sea Route (NSR) grew 4.5 percent year-on-year from January to April, exceeding 10 million tons, the Federal Agency for Maritime and River Transportation, Rosmorrechflot, said. | The agency's representative, Nikolai Monko, earlier told TASS that the growth of freight transportation would be moderate in 2020. | According to Rosmorrechflot, 31.5 million tons were transported in 2019, up from 21.1 million tons in the previous year. Transit carriages rose by almost 41.9 percent last year to 697,200 tons. Cargo handling was mainly conducted at the ports of Sabetta (20.5 m…

RT (2020-05-13). Break or retirement? Russia's 'Angelina Jolie' of curling Anastasia Bryzgalova puts competitive career on hold. rt.com Russian curling stunner Anastasia Bryzgalova who became a viral hit during the 2018 PyeongChang Games, drawing comparisons with Angelina Jolie, has put her competitive career on ice. | The 27-year-old curling star who is taking a break from competitions will focus on training mixed-double duets serving as a second team coach in the Russian national team. | "I wanted to take a break right after the Winter O…

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). Merkel cites 'hard evidence' she was victim of 'Russian hackers', says it doesn't help mend ties with Moscow. rt.com Germany's chancellor has lamented what she claimed was irrefutable proof of a Russian "hacking attack" on her Bundestag office but said she is working day and night to fix relations with Moscow despite the "painful" incident. | Chancellor Angela Merkel accused Russia of carrying out an online intrusion into her Bundestag constituency office back in 2015, as she spoke to MPs on Wednesday. | "I can honestly say that it hurts me," she

RT (2020-05-13). Senate votes down anti-surveillance amendment, as both parties back warrantless spying on Americans' browser history. rt.com The US Senate has voted down an amendment that would limit surveillance of Americans' internet records. Apparently, the true divide in Washington is not between Democrat and Republican, but those for or against the police state. | The US Senate met on Wednesday to debate the reauthorization of some provisions of the USA Freedom Act, an expansive domestic surveillance bill that expired in March. As Majority Leader Mitch McConnell brought the Act to the floor, a bipartisan group of lawmakers introduced an amendment that would explicitly bar law enforcement from snooping on Americans' internet browsing and search…

RT (2020-05-13). Biden campaign reacts to Flynn unmasking revelations by attacking journalist & denouncing Republicans. rt.com After Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden was named as one of the Obama administration officials who asked for NSA information on General Michael Flynn, his campaign first targeted the messenger, then lashed out at the GOP. | The bombshell list of more than a dozen officials who asked the US spy agency for information about Flynn between the 2016 election of President Donald Trump and his inauguration included President Barack Obama's chief of staff, as well as Biden. It was a troubling disclosure for the candidate who has just denied any knowledge of the Flynn investigation, in a TV interview on Tuesday.

RT (2020-05-13). Was it worth it? Pompeo dons fashionable flag-themed mask at Israel airport… then takes it off for meetings. rt.com US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo emerged from his plane after touching down for a flying visit to Israel sporting an especially patriotic red, white and blue striped mask — but the novelty didn't last long. | Pompeo disembarked from his plane at Ben Gurion Airport wearing the colorful face gear, which many news outlets described as a "US flag" mask. Upon closer inspection, however, it appears the face-covering could have been a creative mash-up of the US and Israeli flags, given the addition of blue and white stripes and blue stars. | @IsraeliPM RT (2020-05-13). Ex-army chief Ashkenazi to become Israel's FM — Blue and White alliance. rt.com Former Israeli Army chief Gabi Ashkenazi, who spent nearly four decades in the military, will be nominated as Israel's next foreign minister, AFP reported Wednesday, citing his Blue and White alliance. Ashkenazi held talks with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Jerusalem ahead of his "appointment as minister of foreign affairs this coming Thursday," said Blue and White, which is led by the incoming alternate PM Benny Gantz. | A unity government agreed between Gantz and right-wing PM Benjamin Netanyahu is due to be sworn in on Thursday evening, ending more than a year of political deadlock. | Foreign affairs…

RT (2020-05-13). Does China need US or does US need China? RT's Boom Bust finds out. rt.com As part of the 'phase one' trade deal, Beijing on Tuesday issued a new list of US products to be exempt from trade tariffs. This came as the US threatened to terminate the deal if China fails to meet its purchase commitments.

The Canary (2020-05-13). Pharmacist Boots looking to recruit hundreds of unpaid Covid-19 testers. thecanary.co High street pharmacist Boots is advertising to recruit an army of hundreds of unpaid volunteers to test people for coronavirus.An advert on the company's website said it is looking for 1,000 current staff and volunteers to work at least 32 hours a week as Covid-19 swab testers across the UK.The advert has sparked criticism with unions saying it took the "notion of volunteering way too far".It emerged as coronavirus testing dropped below the government's key 100,000 a day target, despite hitting it again on Sunday.Business Secretary Alok Sharma told the daily Downing Street press briefing on Tuesday that 85,293 te…

The Canary (2020-05-13). Hundreds of workers report employers for furlough fraud. thecanary.co Hundreds of workers have reported their employers over claims that they are fraudulently taking furlough money from the government. | HMRC confirmed it has received 795 reports of potential fraud related to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. | It said it will now be "assessing" these cases in line with its usual procedures. | The scheme was introduced from March, with the government pledging to pay 80% of the wages of workers affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, in a bid to protect jobs. | On Tuesday, chancellor Rishi Sunak outlined plans to extend the furlough scheme until the end of October. | One stipulation…

The Canary (2020-05-13). We are vulnerable and scared, say tragic railway worker's colleagues. thecanary.co Colleagues of railway worker Belly Mujinga have described feeling "scared" and "vulnerable" after the Victoria station staff member died with coronavirus a fortnight after being spat at while on duty.It came as the government was urged to extend its coronavirus compensation scheme, offering £60,000 to families of NHS frontline staff and social care workers who die from the disease during the pandemic, to the transport sector.A police investigation is under way, launched more than a month after Mujinga and a colleague were attacked by a man claiming to be infected with Covid-19 on the concourse at the London…

Denis Campbell (2020-05-13). Lockdown Will Kill an Additional 18,000 Cancer Patients That Wouldn't Have Died Otherwise, Cancer Doctors Calculate. anti-empire.com Almost 18,000 more people with cancer in England could die after the coronavirus pandemic led hospitals to suspend treatment and deterred patients from seeking NHS care, research has found. |

Peter Hitchens (2020-05-13). The Strangling of the Economy Does Threaten the NHS, Life and Health — According to the Government That Strangled It. anti-empire.com For more than six weeks I have been abused and smeared as someone who cares more about money than life, because I have warned that the smashing of the economy by the government was a major threat to the NHS which it claims to be protecting, as well as a general danger to lives and health. | Now, in Paragraph 1.1 of the government's new document on 'rebuilding ' the country after smashing it up, you may find the government's own admission that I was and am in fact absolutely right: 'The longer the virus affects the economy, the greater the risks of long-term scarring and permanently lower economic activity, with…

Liz Ford (2020-05-13). 6.3 Million Will Develop Tuberculosis as a Result of COVID-19 Lockdown, 1.4 Million Will Die. anti-empire.com

"TB kills 1.5 million people a year, more than any other infectious disease"

| The head of a global partnership to end tuberculosis (TB) said she is "sickened" by research that revealed millions more people are expected to contract the disease as a result of Covid-19 restrictions. | Up to 6.3 million more people are predicted to develop TB between now and 2025 and 1.4 million more people are expected to die as cases go undiagnosed and untreated during lockdown. This will set back global efforts to end TB by five to eight years. | "The fact that we've rolled back to 2013 figures and we have so…

Nic Lewis (2020-05-13). Why Herd Immunity to COVID-19 Is Reached Much Earlier Than Thought. anti-empire.com A study published in March by the COVID-19 Response Team from Imperial College (Ferguson20 The 'herd immunity threshold' (HIT) can be esti…

Global Research News (2020-05-13). Selected Articles: COVID-19: An Ocean of Fears and Lies. globalresearch.ca By The US federal and state governments are now hiring "Contact Tracers" t…

teleSUR (2020-05-13). Russia Ready to Assist the US in the Taliban Peace Agreement. telesurenglish.net Russia's RELATED: | "We salute the agreement, although we warn of the importance of involving neighbors more actively so that thei…

Alan Macleod (2020-05-13). Wall Street Will Likely Be the Only Winners in the Pandemic Housing Crisis. mintpressnews.com For most Americans, the $1,200 stimulus check didn't even cover rent and a third of American renters have even paid rent yet this month, meaning an ongoing de facto rent strike is likely already taking place.

Alan Macleod (2020-05-13). American Weapons Manufacturers Are Thriving Even as the US Economy Suffers. mintpressnews.com The economy has crashed. A nationwide pandemic that has (officially) claimed some 84,000 Americans has also resulted in an estimated

Staff (2020-05-13). Don't Expect to See Trump's Tax Returns Before the Election. truthout.org Donald Trump claims that while he is president, his pre-presidency financial records can't be subpoenaed and he can't even be investigated for criminal conduct. The Supreme Court will decide by the end of June whether Trump is indeed beyond the reach of the law. | On May 12, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments about whether Trump can block subpoenas for his tax and other financial records that predate his presidency. Although prior presidents made their tax returns public, Trump has steadfastly refused to re…

Rima Najjar (2020-05-13). The "Zionist Virus" and the Future of Palestine. globalresearch.ca To me, an American-Palestinian, the world tainted by the corona virus is analogous to Israel tainted by the evil it contains. | Every day for the past few days, I have been listening to New York Governor Cuomo give his daily …

Julia Conley, staff writer (2020-05-13). Vowing to Be 'Fully Accountable' to Movement, Ocasio-Cortez Joins Biden's Climate Crisis Task Force. commondreams.org Following her call for former Vice President Joe Biden to reach out to progressives in order to win the 2020 general election against President Donald Trump, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez accepted an invitation to co-chair the Biden campaign's "unity task force" on the climate. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Denijal Jegiƒá (2020-05-13). In banning Hezbollah, Germany responds to far-right, U.S. and Israeli pressure — not any security threat. thegrayzone.com Hezbollah has never been charged with any crimes in Germany nor does it have an official presence in the country….

Staff (2020-05-13). Trump Administration Won't Guarantee Universal Access to COVID-19 Vaccine. truthout.org Despite hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars flowing to private drug companies for vaccine development, top health officials coordinating the Trump administration's COVID-19 response indicated to Congress on Wednesday that they cannot guarantee universal access to vaccines for the highly contagious disease once they are developed. | Speaking remotely over videoconference during a widely anticipated Senate health committee hearing, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) pressed the officials to guara…

Ramzy Baroud (2020-05-13). From Lebanon to Syria, the Arab World is Failing Palestinian Refugees. mintpressnews.com Heinous racism. That is how the Geneva-based Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor described a recent decision by Lebanese authorities to bar Palestinian refugee expats from returning to Lebanon. | Lebanon's restrictions on its Many were ta…

WSWS (2020-05-13). Jeremy Corbyn discovers the class struggle—and opposes it. wsws.org The Socialist Campaign Group acknowledge the "class war" only in order to complain that Johnson is waging it rather than acting in the "national interest."

Speak Out Now (2020-05-13). COVID-19: Global Pandemic & Climate Disruption With Mike Davis. indybay.org Online Zoom meeting, see details here: speakoutsocialists.org/townhall-davis-5-…

Staff (2020-05-13). Headlines for May 13, 2020. democracynow.org Dr. Anthony Fauci Warns Senators Reopening Too Soon Will Cause "Suffering and Death", House Democratic Leaders Unveil New $3 Trillion Coronavirus Relief Package, Tesla CEO Elon Musk Defies Lockdown Order, Reopens California Auto Plant, L.A. Extends Lockdown for 3 Months as Cal State Cancels In-Person Fall Classes, CDC Estimates 5,000+ More New York City Coronavirus Deaths Than Officially Reported, Progressive Lawmakers Call on World Bank, IMF to Cancel Poor Countries' Debts, Brazil Records Its Highest Daily COVID-19 Death Toll, London Transit Worker Dies After Man Claiming to Have COVID-19 Spits on Her, Aide to R…

South Front (2020-05-13). A Close Look at Efforts of Pro-NATO Propaganda Units Behind the Scenes of South Front Censorship. globalresearch.ca Pro-NATO propaganda units have broadcasted a new episode of their censorship excuse series. | On May 5th, the Atlantic Council's Digital Forensic Research Lab (DFRLab), published a new piece designed to label SouthFront as official Russian propaganda. (

Michael Molitch-Hou (2020-05-13). 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.

Andrey Areshev (2020-05-13). Something About Julian Assange You Should Know. strategic-culture.org It is not just our family who suffers from the infringement of Julian's rights. If our family and Julian's lawyers are not off-limits, then nothing is. The person responsible for allegedly ordering the theft of Gabriel's DNA is Mike Pompeo, who last month threatened the family members of lawyers working at the International Criminal Court.

teleSUR (2020-05-13). El Salvador: White Cloths to Protest Hunger. telesurenglish.net Salvadoran communities are demanding the government provide food and medical aid due to the economic problems caused by the Covid-19 impact in the Central American nation. | RELATED: | The residents of Tonacatepeque and Ilopango communities hung white cloths on the facades of their homes as a sign of protest due to food scarcity. | El Salvador's President, Nayib Bukele, decreed and emergency quarantine on March 2…

Donald Monaco (2020-05-13). Fifty Years Ago: The Lessons of Kent State. Open Fire on Unarmed Student Anti-War Protesters. globalresearch.ca May 4, 2020 was the 50th anniversary of the Kent State University massacre that saw Ohio National Guardsmen open fire on a group of unarmed student anti-war protestors killing 4 and injuring 9 on campus. Not satisfied with the …

Staff (2020-05-13). Michigan Anti-Lockdown Protesters Spread COVID-19 to Rural Areas. truthout.org Some protesters who

Leon Kunstenaar (2020-05-13). San Quentin Gets Car Caravan Protest. indybay.org Protesters demand end to "Covid-19 death camps."

Nithin Coca (2020-05-13). What's Next for Asia's Social Movements? thenation.com What's Next for Asia's Social Movements?

WSWS (2020-05-13). Anger simmers over restart of production by Detroit automakers. wsws.org The reckless attempt to restart the North American auto industry is meeting with determined resistance by workers unwilling to risk their lives for corporate profits.

Peoples Dispatch (2020-05-13). IndustriALL questions violations of worker rights by Shell in Nigeria. peoplesdispatch.org 82% of oil giant Shell's workforce in Nigeria is sourced through labor contractors. As per IndustriALL, the workers "live in poverty with no job security, poor healthcare and little regard for health and safety."

Sarah Lahm (2020-05-13). Billionaires Are the Biggest Threat to Public Schools. progressive.org For education "disruptors" like Bill Gates and Betsy DeVos, COVID-19 isn't a crisis—it's an opportunity.

Dr. Pascal Sacré (2020-05-13). PSY-OP COVID-19: Under House Arrest! globalresearch.ca Are we lab rats? Milgram-Asch-Laborit | In this article, I refer to the experience of countries that are confined in an authoritarian and arbitrary manner, with more than 3 billion human beings under the authority of a few people and under …

teleSUR (2020-05-13). Mexico Records Its Most Deadly Day Since the Start of COVID-19. telesurenglish.net Mexico recorded on Tuesday its most deadly day since the start of the pandemic by confirming the death of 353 people due to the coronavirus. | RELATED: | The total number of deaths from Covid-19 in the country rose to 3,926. | The number of people infected rose to 38,324, with 1,997 new cases recorded in the last 24 hours. | The largest number of cases of Covid-19 is concentrated in Mexico City, with 10,529, almost…

WSWS (2020-05-13). White House Coronavirus Task Force member warns of "really serious" consequences of premature reopening. wsws.org The testimony was a devastating indictment of Trump's handling of the COVID-19 pandemic and made clear that the back-to-work campaign risks countless lives.

Lucas Leiroz de Almeida (2020-05-13). Cybersecurity Companies Selling Hyper-control Technology to Governments to "Prevent Pandemics" globalresearch.ca The fear that the global pandemic of the new coronavirus will be used to justify a new world order based on a hyper-surveillance system becomes increasingly real. All over the world, multiple projects abound to build a global surveillance and …

Binoy Kampmark (2020-05-13). Patriotic Vaccines: The Divided Coronavirus Cause. counterpunch.org When it comes to the politics of medicine and disease, the United States has always attempted to steal the limelight, while adding the now faded colouring of universal human welfare. In 1965, Washington pledged financial and technical support to the international effort to eradicate smallpox, though the initiative had initially been spurred by the Soviet

Jastra Ilic (2020-05-13). Survey on COVID-19 Economic Impacts: More than 50% of German Companies Expect Major Revenue Drop in 2020. globalresearch.ca The coronavirus outbreak has caused a significant impact on European companies, confronting them with the worst market declines in the last few decades. As one of the most-affected countries in Europe, Germany is set to witness a significant collapse in …

teleSUR-ag-la (2020-05-13). Ecuador Faces Wave of Corruption Amid Pandemic. telesurenglish.net Amid the coronavirus crisis, Ecuador, one of the South American countries most affected by the pandemic, faces the corruption virus that takes advantage of the difficult situation. | RELATED: | The Prosecutor's Office recorded that masks are being sold in the country for $12 USD, when they should have cost $4 USD. The same is happening with body bags, which are being sold for more than $148 USD and should be worth $12 USD. | M…

Ashley Curtin (2020-05-13). Border wall construction ramps up during coronavirus pandemic. nationofchange.org "The Sierra Club is joining its partners in the borderlands to call for the immediate halt of border wall construction during the coronavirus pandemic.

Renee Parsons (2020-05-13). HR 6666: The Testing, Reaching and Contacting Everyone (TRACE) Act. Towards a Totalitarian State? globalresearch.ca And so it begins with the first Congressional effort to codify what may be the first of many unconstitutional legislative attempts to create a totalitarian One World Government under the guise of attacking the coronavirus COVID 19. | Some weeks ago …

Lucas Leiroz de Almeida (2020-05-13). Mysterious Murder of Coronavirus Chinese Scientist in US Leaves Many Questions Unanswered. globalresearch.ca Last week, Chinese scientist Bing Liu was shot and killed inside his home in Ross Township, Pennsylvania, USA. The researcher was a doctor of computer science at the National University of Singapore and lived and worked in the US, more …

Timothy Alexander Guzman (2020-05-13). Return of the Brown Shirts? US Federal and State Governments to Hire Contact Tracers to 'Hunt Down New Covid-19 Cases. globalresearch.ca The US federal and state governments are now hiring "Contact Tracers" to track those who are infected with the Coronavirus. The Daily Beast, a liberal online news site claims that in order to reopen businesses and institutions, the government needs …

WSWS (2020-05-13). New York City education department, backed by teachers union, downplayed virus threat. wsws.org An exposé in the journal the City demonstrates that New York City officials systematically downplayed the threat of the coronavirus to New York City students and educators…

William Walter Kay (2020-05-13). The Boston-Newark Megalopolis: Death Certification Agencies are Jacking-up their C-19 Body-counts. globalresearch.ca On January 9, 2020 the World Health Organization (WHO) alerted authorities worldwide of a potential novel coronavirus outbreak. Three weeks of investigations and conferences later (January 30) WHO declared a global public health emergency. Regions which subsequently posted extraordinarily high …

WSWS (2020-05-13). German politicians and media laud right-wing demonstrations against coronavirus restrictions. wsws.org The ruling elite is now mobilising the right-wing dregs of society in the "corona" demonstrations to intimidate the population and enforce their back-to-work campaign.

Tony Cartalucci (2020-05-13). Holding Healthcare Hostage: The Making of a Ventilator Crisis. globalresearch.ca When coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) began dominating headlines, it was accompanied by fears of potential shortages of critical medical equipment including personal protective equipment (PPE) and ventilators. | Nations like Russia had large stockpiles of affordable ventilators on hand — so …

Lillianna Byington (2020-05-13). As Coronavirus Spreads in Meat Plants, Nearly 200 USDA Inspectors Test Positive. globalresearch.ca As coronavirus has spread rapidly among meat plants across the country, it's not just the workers that are getting infected. Many people have

Andrey Areshev (2020-05-13). Authoritarians Using Coronavirus Fear to Destroy America. strategic-culture.org Ron PAUL | 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 happy to serve them breakfast on Mother's Day. This freedom of voluntary transaction is the core of what we used to call our free society. But in an America paralyzed by fear — ramped up by a mainstream media that churns out propaganda at a level unparalleled in history — no one is allowed to enjoy themselves. | Thankfully everyone carries a smartphone these days and…

Aidan O'Brien (2020-05-13). German Foreign Policy Is a CIA Front. globalresearch.ca On March 30 Germany declared the important Lebanese political group, Hezbollah, to be a "terrorist" organization and banned it from German soil. By doing so it gratuitously increased the tension in the eastern Mediterranean and exposed Berlin's lack of credibility …

John Whitehead (2020-05-13). Contact Tracing, Immunity Cards and Mass Testing: Are We on The Fast Track to a National ID? mintpressnews.com CHARLOTTESVILLE ( That's the message being broadcast 24/7 with every new piece of government propaganda, every new law that criminalizes otherwise lawful activity, every new policeman on the beat, every new surveillance camera casting a watchful eye, every sensationalist news story that titillates and distracts, every new prison or detention center built to house troublemake…

WSWS (2020-05-13). With Brazil on course to become new COVID-19 epicenter, Bolsonaro escalates back-to-work campaign. wsws.org Auto factories have already restarted production even as every region in the country is breaking daily records of cases and deaths.

Thomas Knapp (2020-05-13). Republicans Can't Seem to Make Up Their Minds About Mail and Voting. counterpunch.org One laudable side effect of the COVID-19 panic is a nationwide effort to promote "vote by mail" as a universal alternative to standing in line at polling places. One reason that effort is laudable is that it would likely decrease vote fraud. Yes, I said "decrease." And Republicans were saying the same thing until recently.

WSWS (2020-05-13). UK COVID-19 related deaths top 60,000, according to Financial Times. wsws.org Yesterday, the government reported another 627 deaths in its daily briefing, taking the manipulated official fatalities toll to 32,490.

WSWS (2020-05-13). Kawasaki-like disease afflicting young children and teens after infection with SARS-CoV-2. wsws.org Around 100 children in New York may have been afflicted by complications of COVID-19 infection, now called Pediatric Multi-system Inflammatory Syndrome, with possibly five dead.

Dr. Pascal Sacré (2020-05-13). COVID-19: An Ocean of Fears and Lies. globalresearch.ca "If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading." — Lao Tzu | Are you too waiting for the second wave? | What type of waves are we talking about? | Your eyes are riveted perhaps on a …

Prof. Joseph H. Chung (2020-05-13). The COVID-19 Crisis in the U.S.: How Many More Innocent People Have to Die? globalresearch.ca The COVID-19 is sweeping the U.S. land leaving behind mountains of dead bodies. This is just incredible. Soon, millions of persons may be inflicted. God knows how many more lives will be sacrificed. | What is frightening is the disorderly easing …

WSWS (2020-05-13). New Zealand government removes more COVID-19 restrictions. wsws.org The Labour Party-led government is moving to appease big business and ignoring calls from scientists for an extension of lockdown measures.

WSWS (2020-05-13). California nurses denounce lack of access to PPE. wsws.org "We don't know how many medical workers have died here because of COVID-19 because neither the hospital nor the union tells us."

Peoples Dispatch (2020-05-13). Lebanon reimposes lockdown after spike in COVID-19 cases. peoplesdispatch.org The country recorded over hundred fresh cases within three days this week. It had recorded zero new cases last week, which had led the government to relax lockdown norms imposed since March 15…

True Publica (2020-05-13). The World Order Is Rapidly Changing. globalresearch.ca 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 …

WSWS (2020-05-13). Australian university union agrees to unprecedented pay and job cuts. wsws.org The agreement shatters the NTEU's claim that it volunteered sacrifices of wages and conditions to "protect jobs" from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

WSWS (2020-05-13). Failure to halt COVID-19 spread leads to mass deaths in Swedish elder care homes. wsws.org Sweden's high fatality rate is due to official opposition to a lockdown and mass testing, and to decades-long austerity policies that devastated health care and other key services.

WSWS (2020-05-13). 33 London bus drivers killed by COVID-19: "We are expendable like diesel" wsws.org Workers fear infections will soar following Sunday night's "phased exit" announced by the Johnson government…

Adriaan Alsema (2020-05-13). Colombia's health workers unprotected, patients without treatment: watchdogs. colombiareports.com Colombia's inspector general and ombudsman on Tuesday urged government action to protect health workers and continue providing healthcare to patients not suffering Covid-19. The watchdogs confirmed healthcare organizations' complaints that…

teleSUR (2020-05-13). Africa: COVID Crisis Could Lead to Increase in AIDS Deaths. telesurenglish.net WHO and UNAIDS representatives warned on May 12 that an AIDS treatment could increase the total sum of HIV-related deaths by up to 500,000 in Africa. | RELATED: | According to the UNAIDS modeling group preclusion, the COVID-19 crisis could cause antiretroviral drug scarcity and treatment to cease if African HIV patients are not prioritized during the COVID spread. UN and WHO forecasts show a possible half million peo…

John McEvoy (2020-05-13). Revealed: Secretive British unit planning for 'reconstruction' of Venezuela. thecanary.co Documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act have exposed a secretive Foreign Office unit aimed at the 'reconstruction' of Venezuela. The files also reveal private discussions between Venezuelan opposition figures and UK officials, detailing proposals for the promotion of British business after a planned coup.UK support for coup attempt in Venezuela: Over the past 16 months, the UK government has consistently

WSWS (2020-05-13). Right-wing Facebook groups threaten to assassinate Michigan Governor Whitmer. wsws.org Extreme right-wing members of private Facebook groups have made threats to assassinate the Michigan governor in response to her "stay home, stay safe" executive order.

Justinas Baltrusaitis (2020-05-13). Only Three Countries Control Over 80% of Global Diamond Reserves. globalresearch.ca Only three countries are in control of more than three quarters of the world's diamond reserves globally. Data gathered and calculated by Learnbonds.com indicates that Russia, Congo, and Botswana combined account for at least 80.6% of the world diamond reserves….

teleSUR (2020-05-13). 78 Percent of Mountain Areas Are Undergoing a Snow Decline. telesurenglish.net Italy's applied research center EURAC holds that the snow surface of the world's mountain areas has decreased by 78 percent as a result of global warming. | RELATED: | Using data from 2000 to 2018, this scientific institution created a map of global snow coverage using high-resolution satellite imagery, field measurements, and simulation models. | The result reveals a worrying situation because the duration of the snow s…

WSWS (2020-05-13). US agencies drum up allegations of Chinese hacking of vaccine research. wsws.org The claims of Chinese hacking of vaccine research are not only part of the Trump's anti-China propaganda war but will be used to justify US cyber warfare against Beijing.

WSWS (2020-05-13). Elon Musk and the economics of class war. wsws.org With his decision to illegally restart production at Tesla's factory in Fremont, California, Musk is forcing 10,000 workers to return to work under unsafe conditions.

Pepe Escobar (2020-05-13). Why China's President Xi Won't Repeat Ming Dynasty Mistakes. globalresearch.ca With hybrid warfare 2.0 against China reaching fever pitch, the New Silk Roads, or Belt and Road Initiative, will continue to be demonized 24/7 as the proverbial evil communist plot for economic and geopolitical domination of the "free" world, boosted …

Azhar Azam (2020-05-13). Trump's Political Hoax Won't Revive US Economy, Retrieve Jobs. globalresearch.ca The US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was a hardliner Republican before Trump appointed him the head of American premier civilian intelligence service, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), and later on to serve as the top US foreign diplomat. | Although …

teleSUR (2020-05-13). Poverty Forces Chileans to Cook in 'the Common Pot'. telesurenglish.net Chile's economic crisis unleashed by RELATED: | Thousands of people living in poor neighborhoods eat ev…

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2020-05-13). Australia: Greasing the Revolving Door: Palantir Recruits Down Under. globalresearch.ca When

Adeyinka Makinde (2020-05-13). History of Ghana: The Tragedy of One-time Military Ruler Ignatius Acheampong: Visionary and Kleptocrat. globalresearch.ca "Beloved Ghana, born with a deep sense of pride, nurtured with unshakeable courage, has said goodbye forever to reaction, to timidity and hypocrisy in Government, and to the suppression of the interests and welfare of the people. Together we shall …

John W. Whitehead (2020-05-13). The Worst Is Yet to Come: Contact Tracing, Immunity Cards and Mass Testing. globalresearch.ca " No one is safe. | No one is immune. | No one gets spared the anguish, fear and heartache of living under …

WSWS (2020-05-13). UK: Exercise Cygnus leak confirms Tory government's criminal inaction over pandemic threat. wsws.org The publication of a version of the report in the Guardian makes clear that the Johnson government tried to hide evidence of its criminal lack of preparation.

WSWS (2020-05-13). New York state to begin reopening in certain regions this weekend. wsws.org Three regions within New York state are set to resume some economic activity May 15, under a plan that leaves significant room for a deadly second wave of the pandemic.

WSWS (2020-05-13). New York police brutality continues unabated in midst of pandemic. wsws.org Sections of the Democratic Party and the media in New York City are attempting to portray brutal attacks by the NYPD on workers and youth exclusively in racial terms.

Ellis Howard (2020-05-13). Watch as Ellis Howard breaks down, then tears apart, Boris Johnsons "stay alert" announcement. thecanary.co Watch more from Ellis, as well as other great Canary TV content, on our By

Staff (2020-05-13). Why Are "Progressive Democrats" Siding With Amazon in Seattle? truthout.org Right now in Seattle, Washington, Amazon — arguably the company positioned to No…

WSWS (2020-05-13). Democrats and unions seek to suppress resistance by Amazon workers. wsws.org Seeking to contain the outrage of workers over deadly working conditions, the Democratic Party and trade unions have embarked on a campaign among "essential" workers.

Jonathan Cook (2020-05-13). Why is Mike Pompeo risking a One-day Trip to Israel Amid the Pandemic? dissidentvoice.org As part of its battle against Covid-19, Israel has closed it borders to foreigners and imposed a two-week quarantine on anyone entering the country. There are also strict requirements to wear masks in public places. Israel, however, has thrown the rules — and caution — to the wind in approving the arrival on Wednesday of …

Sarah Anderson (2020-05-13). A For-Profit Postal Service Would Slam Small Businesses. counterpunch.org Like most Americans, Julie Buckles, the owner of Honest Dog Books in tiny Bayfield, Wisconsin, has had to be flexible in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. "Overnight, we went from hosting music, literary discussions, and poetry readings to shipping books all over the country," she told me. With her bookstore shuttered, Buckles is now

en.mehrnews (2020-05-13). Iran, Georgia seek improvement of customs coop. amid coronavirus pandemic. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 13 (MNA) — In a trilateral video call among Iran's Ambassador to Georgia Javad Ghavam Shahid, Head of Islamic Republic of Iran Customs Administration (IRICA) Mehdi Mirashrafi and an official from Revenue Service of the Ministry of Finance of Georgia the two countries conferred on improving customs cooperation under the coronavirus pandemic.

The Canary (2020-05-13). Results of tens of thousands of Covid-19 tests disappear into 'black hole'. thecanary.co The results of tens of thousands of Covid-19 tests carried out by the government's network of testing centres are not being shared locally, stalling efforts to control the outbreak, it has emerged. | A leaked email, seen by the Health Service Journal (HSJ), said data from a new testing programme of non-NHS labs — managed by consultancy firm Deloitte — is not available. | Sent at the weekend from a regional NHS incident centre, the email said: "No new national testing programme (NTP) data will be reported in this brief from 4 May until further notice. | "This is due to the NTP testing numbers increasin…

WSWS (2020-05-13). Sri Lankan president "reopens economy" despite pandemic. wsws.org The Rajapakse regime is seeking to overcome the economic crisis at the expense of the health and lives of working people.

Lisa Chiu (2020-05-13). The Global Guardians: I am the happiest seeing my patients smile. america.cgtn.com See what it's like for a nurse working on the coronavirus frontlines in Turkey.

commondreams (2020-05-13). Afghanistan: Pregnant Women and Babies Attacked in Kabul Hospital. commondreams.org ______________________________…

commondreams (2020-05-13). Imposing Sanctions Is A War Crime Amid Pandemic. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Jim Hightower (2020-05-13). Trump Blasts Into a New Frontier…for War. commondreams.org If all this seems like silliness from a satirical sitcom, it is. (Photo: Chris Millter/@chrizmillr) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Staff (2020-05-13). The HEROES Act Is a Vital Step Toward Ending COVID, So of Course It Is Doomed. truthout.org There are two ways the COVID-19 story ends for the United States. | The nation can embrace scientific and medical facts as the way back home, make business secondary to life and health, and use our vast financial resources to support the populace even as we roll out a comprehensive testing program to speed a return to whatever passes for normal in this thundercloud of a country. | Or we can burn on the pyre of heedlessly rapacious capitalism. It really, truly is just that simple. As it stands…

Staff (2020-05-13). Trump Pressures CDC to Lower COVID Death Count by Changing Calculation Method. truthout.org President Donald Trump has privately expressed doubts about the coronavirus death toll in the United States, telling aides he believes the number is too high and overcounted. | Earlier this month, "The numbers ha…

Staff (2020-05-13). Trump's "Lightning Fast" COVID-19 Test May Be Seriously Flawed, New Study Shows. truthout.org President Donald Trump has frequently bragged about the amount of testing being conducted across the United States in response to COVID-19 — but a recent study from New York University suggests that the testing going on within the White House itself is faulty. | The White House utilizes a testing kit from Abbott Laboratories called the ID NOW test, administering COVID-19 tests on everyone who might come into contact with the president, including governors, lawmakers, reporters and other…

Staff (2020-05-13). Was Jared Kushner Testing the Waters for Cancelling Elections in November? truthout.org Jared Kushner created a stir on Tuesday evening when an interview with him was published online in which he expressed how the Trump administration was possibly considering delaying the 2020 presidential election date due to the coronavirus pandemic. | "I'm not sure I…

The Commonwealth Club (2020-05-13). Nuclear Weapons: Stopping the War That No One Wants (livestream). indybay.org Online via livestream…

The hills are alive (2020-05-13). Speak out against oil drilling in Brentwood. indybay.org Powerdrive Oil & Gas Company, LLC has submitted an application to drill for oil on agriculturally zoned land in unincorporated Brentwood. Contra Costa County officials have made an preliminary determination against requiring an EIR (Environment Impact Report).

Brenda Norrell (2020-05-13). Wearing 'smallpox blankets' Lakota Dakota oppose casinos reopening. indybay.org Wearing 'smallpox blankets,' Standing Rock Lakota and Dakota opposed the plan to re-open casinos. This comes as two coronavirus cases were reported after group testing at Standing Rock.

Brenda Norrell (2020-05-13). Oglala Lakota enforce coronavirus border checkpoints after South Dakota Governor's threats. indybay.org On Pine Ridge, Oglala Lakota Police and Lakota warriors are manning protective roadblocks at the tribal border entrances today on Mother's Day, as South Dakota State threatens Native Nations over their coronavirus roadblocks.

Brenda Norrell (2020-05-13). Pine Ridge locks down for 72 hours after two Lakotas test positive for coronavirus. indybay.org The Oglala Sioux Nation locked down on Monday night for 72-hours after two Lakotas in Wounded Knee District tested positive for the coronavirus. In the bordertown of Rapid City, a WalMart employee tested positive for coronavirus.

Lynda Carson (2020-05-13). Confirmed known Covid-19 cases for 2,818 federal inmates. indybay.org Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic…

Brenda Norrell (2020-05-13). Cheyenne River Lakota won't back down at checkpoints after South Dakota Gov's threats. indybay.org Cheyenne River Lakota Chairman Harold Frazier said the South Dakota Governor never contacted him, but made fiery statements in the media. Regardless of the threats, Lakota here maintain their checkpoints and are focused on saving lives and halting the spread of coronavirus.

Lynda Carson (2020-05-13). HUD allocates relief funds to protect public housing & Section 8 tenants. indybay.org Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic…

Congressional Progressive Caucus Ctr & others (2020-05-13). Dispatch from the Frontlines: Gender Inequality and COVID-19 (CPCC). indybay.org Online livestream & Zoom…

Santa Cruz Police News (2020-05-13). 21-Year-Old Dies in Santa Cruz County Jail. indybay.org The Santa Cruz Sheriff's Office says on Sunday evening, May 10, correctional officers discovered 21-year-old Tamario Smith was unresponsive in his cell at the County Jail. At about 6pm, paramedics administered medical aid, however Smith was pronounced deceased at the scene. According to the Sheriff's Office, Smith did not share a cell, and foul play is not suspected. The Sheriff's Office states there were no signs of trauma or visible injuries, and that Smith did not show signs of COVID-19 symptoms.

ACLU Northern California (2020-05-13). ACLU of California Legislative Webinar: COVID-19, Current Bills, & Building Community. indybay.org Online via Zoom…

Unidos US (2020-05-13). The Frontline Response: Local Latino Leaders Address COVID-19 (town hall). indybay.org Online via Zoom: unidosus.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_8vJ…

The People's Collective (2020-05-13). Essential For Survival: The Need Of Global Solidarity. indybay.org People are dying, every day. Many people are dying too early. People are dying through war, poverty, disease, lack of healthcare or lack of food. People are dying of starvation. Now, in the year 2020, a new disease is spreading around the globe, killing hundreds of thousands and affecting everybody's life.

MDAEFG (2020-05-13). #WearOrange for National Gun Violence Awareness Day 2020 (virtual). indybay.org Social media…

Anthony Ravlich (2020-05-13). Ethical Human Rights: China criticizes New Zealand for supporting Taiwan. indybay.org If my book was less suppressed the UN may well take a more positive view of Taiwan's wish to gain formal recognition in the World Health Organization. The UN seems to be following China's 'One-China policy' by excluding Taiwan.

Dan Bacher (2020-05-13). Delta Tunnel Forges Ahead in Pandemic: Agreement in Principal Reached for SWP Contract Amendment. indybay.org It is very clear that the Department of Water Resources and water contractors don't really care what the public and the people most impacted by the Delta Tunnel think, based on their obsession with pushing the tunnel project through at this time.

Mary Retta (2020-05-13). The Coronavirus Is Hitting Tribal Schools Hard. thenation.com The Coronavirus Is Hitting Tribal Schools Hard…

José Orduña (2020-05-13). Scenes From a Pandemic: 7. thenation.com Scenes From a Pandemic: 7…

Carly Larsson (2020-05-13). What's Changed Since the Virus Arrived? thenation.com What's Changed Since the Virus Arrived?

Mark Hertsgaard (2020-05-13). The Covid-19 Stimulus Debate Is a Pivotal Climate Story. thenation.com The Covid-19 Stimulus Debate Is a Pivotal Climate Story…

en.mehrnews (2020-05-13). Conflict between Russia, Iran over Syria psychological war: Nasrallah. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 13 (MNA) — Secretary General of Lebanese Resistance Movement Seyyed Hassan Nasrallah told reports on the conflict between Russia and Iran over Syria is part of the psychological warfare against Syria and its allies.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-13). Russia may start talks with Iran in future over selling armament to country: Kabulov. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 13 (MNA) — The head of the Russian Foreign Ministry's Second Asia Department Zamir Kabulov said Wednesday that Russia may commence talks with the Islamic Republic over selling weaponry to the country after the removal of Iran's arms embargo, i.e. October 2020.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-13). Trade exchange vol. between Iran, Germany to hike by 15% in coming months. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 13 (MNA) — It is predicted that trade volume exchange between Islamic Republic of Iran and Germany will rise by 15% in the coming months.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-13). Iranian embassy calls on Japan to support UNSCR 2231. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 13 (MNA) — Referring to the friendly and traditional relations between Iran and Japan, the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran in Tokyo called on the Japanese government to support the UNSCR 2231.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-13). Iranian photographer goes to Kharkiv Fest in Ukraine. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 14 (MNA) — The Deputy of Art and Cinema in the Department of Culture and Islamic Guidance in Bushehr announced that the work of Babak Mansurian has reached the final stage of the Kharkiv International Festival of Arts in Ukraine.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-13). Iran delivers homegrown corona diagnostic kits to Germany: IRICA. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 13 (MNA) — Spokesman for the Islamic Republic of Iran Customs Administration (IRICA) said that COVID-19 serology diagnostic kits, made by the Iranian scientists, were delivered to Germany over the past two days.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-13). "World Telecommunication Day" to be held online amid COVID-19. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 14 (MNA) — Information Technology Organization of Iran said that "World Telecommunication and Information Society Day" will be held online this year due to the outbreak of coronavirus global pandemic, COVID-19.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-13). 89,428 Iranians recover from Covid-19. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 13 (MNA) — The total number of COVID-19 cases in Iran presently stands at 112,725 of whom 6,783 have lost their lives to the deadly virus but 89,428 have recovered from it.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-13). Night of Destiny rituals observed in Tehran's Modarres hospital. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 13 (MNA) — Laylat al-Qadr [Night of Destiny] was observed in Modarres Hospital in Tehran on 19th of the holy month of Ramadan by observing 'social distancing' and health protocols recommended by the National Coronavirus Combat and Prevention Headquarters.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-13). Trump ally Lindsey Graham seeks China sanctions over coronavirus probe: report. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 13 (MNA) — A leading US Republican senator proposed legislation on Tuesday that would authorise the US president to impose far-reaching sanctions on China if it fails to give a full account of events leading to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-13). Tehran, Kuala Lumpur ready to exchange experiences on Covid-19. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 13 (MNA) — In a phone conversation between Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yasin on Wednesday, the two sides discussed various issues including sharing experiences on the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-13). Iran, Russia stress coop. in fight against coronavirus. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 13 (MNA) — Iranian Minister of Health and Medical Education Saeed Namaki and his Russian counterpart Mikhail Murashko held a videoconference on Tuesday, stressing cooperation between two countries in the fight against coronavirus.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-13). Lavrov slams US' baseless accusations against Russia, China amid coronavirus pandemic. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 13 (MNA) — Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov slammed on Wednesday Washington's accusations against Russia and China as baseless, stressing that unilateral sanctions could only hinder humanitarian assistance amid the coronavirus pandemic.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-13). Night of Decree observed in Yazd amid pandemic. en.mehrnews.com YAZD, May 13 (MNA) — The rituals of the Night of Decree (Laylat al-Qadr) was held in Yazd on Tuesday night by observing health protocols amid the coronavirus pandemic.