2020-05-14: News Headlines

Abayomi Azikiwe (2020-05-14). US Government Fails to Prevent a Worsening Economic Downturn. globalresearch.ca As leaders of the Democratically-controlled House of Representatives in the United States attempt to pass new legislation introduced on May 12 costing $3 trillion which is aimed at providing assistance to state and local governments, households and healthcare workers, the …

Makia Freeman (2020-05-14). April 2020 Rockefeller Foundation Paper Urges Testing and Tracing Entire US Population. globalresearch.ca A 2020 Rockefeller Foundation Paper now proposes the next phase of the solution to the coronavirus crisis — after the

Prof. Marjorie Cohn (2020-05-14). Don't Expect to See Trump's Tax Returns Before the Election. globalresearch.ca 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 …

Jesse Jackson (2020-05-14). Our Continuing Terror: the Murder of Ahmaud Arbery. counterpunch.org Today there is a national outcry about the murder of Ahmaud Arbery. The public condemnation has forced a belated response. Those accused of his murder finally have been arrested. His murder has become a global embarrassment for whites. For blacks, however, it is another humiliation, a continuing terror. It is the normal silence, however, that condemns

Editor (2020-05-14). Exigencias socialistas para la crisis del COVID-19. workers.org A medida que la pandemia de COVID-19 continúa extendiéndose, la respuesta del gobierno a la crisis ha sido criminalmente negligente, mientras que los capitalistas prefieren arriesgar la salud de los trabajadores que detener la producción con fines de lucro. A medida que la clase dominante se muestra incapaz de abordar . . . |

Adriaan Alsema (2020-05-14). Despite pandemic, Colombia's public hospitals still granted to politicians' buddies. colombiareports.com While Colombia's Supreme Court is investigating at least 11 governors for corruption with coronavirus emergency funds, at least nine public hospitals fell in the hands of friends and allies of…

Sue Davis (2020-05-14). Trump v. birth control case heard by Supreme Court. workers.org A March 2016 demonstration in support of birth control coverage in the Affordable Care Act in front of the U.S. Supreme Court, Washington, D.C. Health care is the most pressing issue in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. So it's in keeping with the Trump administration's overall right-wing agenda to . . . |

Ruth Conniff (2020-05-14). Hell No, You Can't be Safer at Home. progressive.org Wisconsin Supreme Court, in act of 'blatant . . . judicial activism,' strikes down state rules meant to curb spread of COVID-19.

Paul Antonopoulos (2020-05-14). Obamagate Shows Biden Is Inadequate in Challenging Trump. globalresearch.ca Former U.S. President Barack Obama is coming under increasing pressure, led by what President Donald Trump is calling "Obamagate." This comes as Mexico has requested to finally clarify the affair with the secret sale of American weapons to Mexican drug …

Paul Antonopoulos (2020-05-14). Will Turkey Contract Its Militarism Because of Its Economic Problems? globalresearch.ca A report by

Andrew Korybko (2020-05-14). India Is Intensifying Its U.S. Backed Hybrid War on China. globalresearch.ca Whether it's India's latest clashes with China along the Line of Actual Control (LAC), its selective embrace of "economic nationalism" to "poach" foreign companies from the People's Republic, or its forthcoming leadership of the World Health Assembly (WHA) where it …

Francisco Dominguez (2020-05-14). US Imperialism's Decomposition Accelerates: Outsourcing 'Regime Change'. Mercenary Incursions into Venezuela. globalresearch.ca 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. | Their leader, 'contractor' …

Raul Diego (2020-05-14). Massachusetts Contact Tracing Program Handed to Clinton-Linked NGO with Questionable Past. mintpressnews.com A new contact tracing program was recently unveiled in Massachusetts in partnership with Partners in Health, an NGO with links to US regime change operations, big pharma and the Clinton Foundation.

David Ruccio (2020-05-14). Reserve army—pandemic edition. mronline.org In particular, the existence of a reserve army serves to discipline labor, keeping its wage demands in check, since employed workers are forced to compete with unemployed and underemployed workers for the available jobs.

David Cavendish (2020-05-14). Turning point: What will be the post-pandemic 'new normal'? peoplesworld.org Historians have long discussed the concept of "turning points" in history—that is a moment when things change in a significant way from what they had been. Over the centuries, scholars have described periods of human development and assigned dates for their beginning and end. Therefore, dates such as 1492, 1776, 1865, 1877, 1929, and 1945 have …

David Ruccio (2020-05-14). The jungle—pandemic edition. mronline.org Like nursing homes, the U.S. meatpacking industry has become one of the hotspots of the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Mark Gruenberg (2020-05-14). Transit union leaders, system heads seek further aid. peoplesworld.org NEW YORK—Saying U.S. mass transit systems are essential both to move "essential" workers to jobs now, and to economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic and its subsequent forced closures, transit union leaders and top transit managers seek $32 billion-$33 billion to keep the buses, subways and commuter railroads going through the end of 2021. House …

Ian Angus (2020-05-14). 3.5 billion people may face 'unlivable' heat in 50 years. mronline.org Every degree of global warming will push a billion people out of the human survival zone.

Andrey Areshev (2020-05-14). Why Xi Won't Repeat Ming Dynasty Mistakes. strategic-culture.org China has learned from its own rich history and is applying those lessons to re-emerge as a major 21st century power | Pepe ESCOBAR | 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 by a sinister disinformation campaign. | It's idle to discuss with simpletons. In the interest of an informed debate, what matters is to find the deeper roots of Beijing's strategy — what the Chinese learned from their own rich…

Mirinda Crissman (2020-05-14). U.S. global prison model: white supremacy on display. workers.org The United States has institutionalized white supremacist violence at home and abroad through its use of police and prisons. This does not come as revelation, but as a call to action. Whether we examine photographs coming out of El Salvador's prisons, or surveillance software used by U.S. police and Immigration . . . |

Olujimi Alade (2020-05-14). You have to experience everything. workers.org My life today is completely different than it was four years ago: I am a college graduate and now a member of the workforce — although that could change. Sitting here in the early months of 2020, it is clear to see that we are headed toward a crisis that . . . |

Saul Foster (2020-05-14). The 1930s and now: Looking back to move forward. mronline.org While there are great differences between the crises and political movements and possibilities of the 1930s and now, there are also important lessons that can be learned from the efforts of activists to build mass movements for social transformation during the Great Depression. My aim in this paper is to illuminate the challenges faced and …

Staff (2020-05-14). Coronavirus Pandemic Prompts Global Mental Health Crisis as Millions Feel Alone, Anxious & Depressed. democracynow.org Is the coronavirus pandemic generating a mental illness crisis? Millions face isolation, poverty and anxiety. We speak with psychology professor and author Andrew Solomon, as the United Nations calls on governments to put mental health "front and center" in their response to the crisis.

Staff (2020-05-14). Headlines for May 14, 2020. democracynow.org World Health Organization Says Novel Coronavirus "May Never Go Away", Whistleblower Warns U.S. Faces "Darkest Winter" Without Urgent Action on COVID-19, Trump Calls Dr. Anthony Fauci's Warning on COVID-19 and Schools "Not an Acceptable Answer", Wisconsin Stay-at-Home Orders Struck Down, Threatening New Wave of COVID-19 Deaths, Fed Reserve Chair Warns of Long Recession as Unemployment Claims Hit 36 Million, Trump Calls Democrats' Coronavirus Relief Bill "Dead on Arrival", Native Americans Make Up Half of New Mexico Coronavirus Deaths; New Orleans Sanitation Workers Strike, China to Test 11 Million Wuhan Residents…

Staff (2020-05-14). When Patients Die Alone, How Do Families and Health Workers Cope, Relieve Suffering? democracynow.org We look at the tremendous emotional toll the coronavirus is taking on families when loved ones are forced to battle COVID alone in hospitals or at home, with Dr. Diane Meier, director of the Center to Advance Palliative Care and a professor of geriatrics and palliative medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. She helped start a 24-hour palliative care hotline for COVID-19 patients in New York City that served nearly 900 people in a four-week period.

Bill Ofenloch (2020-05-14). Zoom Stations of the Cross 2020 Script and Fr. Steve Kelly's Reflections for a Rosary for Disarmament. kingsbayplowshares7.org This is the script used in a virtual Stations of the Cross which was to have been done in Norfolk, VA during Holy Week, 2020 but was done online in the time of corona virus. Several of the KBP7 defendants participated. Station I: Jesus is Condemned (General Dynamics) READER

Staff (2020-05-14). Wisconsin Is "Wild West" After Supreme Court Ruling Against Shelter-in-Place. truthout.org A ruling from the state Supreme Court in Wisconsin on Wednesday has effectively ended Gov. Tony Evers's stay-at-home order throughout the entire state. |

Paul Antonopoulos (2020-05-14). EU Offers West Balkans ‚Ǩ3.3 Billion as Forgiveness for Coronavirus Snub. globalresearch.ca The European Union promised ‚Ǩ3.3 billion to the West Balkan countries and provinces of Serbia, Montenegro Albania, Bosnia, Kosovo, Montenegro and North Macedonia. In return, the European Union is demanding loyalty and renunciation of close ties with Moscow and Beijing. …

Caitlin Johnstone (2020-05-14). Why "Obamagate" Will Never Lead To Anything Of Significance. thealtworld.com thrust into mainstream attention by the concerted efforts of Trump and his surrogates after new details on the early days of the Trump-Russia collusion investigation emerged. These details include Obama officials (including Joe Biden) requesting the RT (2020-05-14). 'Unlawful & invalid': Wisconsin Supreme Court strikes down state's stay-at-home order. rt.com Measures purportedly enacted to stop the spread of coronavirus in Wisconsin have been overturned by the state's Supreme Court, which ruled that the orders violate the law and cannot be enforced. | The state's highest court issued a 4-3 ruling describing the restrictions as "unlawful, invalid, and unenforceable." The decision comes after Republican lawmakers sued Department of Health Services Secretary-designee Andrea Palm, after she unilaterally extended the state's "Safer at Home" emergency order in mid-April. The measures were first implemented in March and were set to expire on May 26. | Wisconsin has alrea…

Erik Edstrom (2020-05-14). Celebrated to Death: the Betrayal of the American Soldier. counterpunch.org "Every day is a copy of a copy of a copy." That meme, from the moment when Edward Norton's character in Fight Club offers a 1,000-yard stare at an office copy machine, captures this moment perfectly — at least for those of us removed from the front lines of the Covid-19 crisis. Isolated inside a

A. Majumdar (2020-05-14). PDF download of May 14 issue. workers.org Download entire 12-page PDF here. Justice for Ahmaud Arbery. Kent State and Jackson State. Also: COVID‚Äë19: capitalism's end stage; workers resist. Editorial: Changing narrative in Michigan. World: China, Vietnam, Haiti, Ecuador. Tear down prisons: victory in PA; San Quentin caravan; No cages for migrants; Global prisons & white supremacy; Solidarity . . . |

Makasi Motema (2020-05-14). Working class democracy and centralism. workers.org Painting shows V. I. Lenin speaking to soldiers and civilians. We are taught in school that the United States is a democracy, but this claim is completely divorced from the reality of class struggle. The wealthy ruling class, which owns the greater proportion of our economy through the stock market . . . |

Adriaan Alsema (2020-05-14). Unless Duque changes course, Colombia could be heading for collapse. colombiareports.com It took the 1918 Spanish Flu less than a month to collapse Bogota. A lockdown prevented the immediate collapse of Colombia by the coronavirus in March, but not indefinitely. President…

Liberation Staff (2020-05-14). Bay Area car caravan: Stop state executions by COVID-19! liberationnews.org More than 80 cars drove around San Quentin prison in Marin County, California on Sat. May .

The Canary (2020-05-14). Health leaders say it will take months for NHS services to fully resume. thecanary.co It will be months before the NHS is able to fully restart services in the face of coronavirus (Covid-19), health leaders say. | Experts from the Health Foundation, the King's Fund and the Nuffield Trust will tell MPs on 14 May of the significant challenges facing the health service as it tries to create a "new normal". | It comes as NHS waiting list data is due to be published which is expected to show the number of people waiting for treatment has swollen during the pandemic. | The waiting list for planned treatment stood at around 4.4 million before the coronavirus outbreak but is now expected to be much higher…

RT (2020-05-14). WHO warns Covid-19 may 'never go away' as Trump clashes with Fauci over US reopening. rt.com US President Donald Trump has pushed for reopening schools, against the advice of his chief epidemiologist. Meanwhile, the World Health Organization has warned that the coronavirus may become endemic and never really disappear. | After meeting with governors of Colorado and North Dakota in the White House on Wednesday, Trump said he won't consider any state fully open until the schools are back up and running. | "I think you should absolutely open the schools. Our country has got to get back and it's got to get back as soon as possible, and I don't consider our country coming back if the schools are closed," T…

RT (2020-05-14). 'I've never seen a contract for toppling a govt': Venezuelan VP decries Guaido's hiring of US mercenaries to Rafael Correa. rt.com A leaked multimillion-dollar deal between an opposition figurehead and a US mercenary firm to oust a leader is quite a piece of work, as it's odd to see a contract for a coup, Venezuela's VP told Rafael Correa on RT. | "This invasion contract, signed by Jordan Goudreau, the head of a US private military company and Juan Guaido, is just a disgrace," Delcy Rodriguez, the vice president of Venezuela, said while talking to Ecuador's former president, Rafael Correa, on his show 'Conversation with Correa' on RT Spanish. | Rodriguez was referring to an agreement to "capture, detain or remove" the current president, N…

RT (2020-05-14). VIDEOS of GLOWING SPHERES hovering over Brazil light up UFO theories online. rt.com Numerous videos purportedly showing pulsating, ball-shaped objects over the skies of Brazil have sparked a flurry of speculation about possible UFO sightings. | Twitter was flooded with videos claiming to show the bizarre phenomenon in Mage, outside of Rio de Janeiro. | In one of the clips, a gyrating blue sphere is seen floating above the city. The video was tweeted at Elon Musk. | "There are reports that something fell over there in a lake … But it doesn't seem to be a satellite," Andre Di Mauro wrote. | Hey

RT (2020-05-14). It will 'take months for EU travel to return to normal,' says Irish PM Varadkar. rt.com It will be a matter of months, not weeks, before Covid-19 restrictions are lifted and travel around the European Union returns to normal, Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said on Thursday. | Ireland is part of a Common Travel Area with the United Kingdom but is not a member of the European Union's Schengen free travel area. The country is considering strengthening public health requirements for visitors from abroad, Varadkar told parliament. | "While it is our policy to resume normal travel for business, leisure, study and visits to friends and relatives (around the EU) as soon as it is safe to do so… it wi…

RT (2020-05-14). Richard Burr to step down as Senate intel chair during FBI's probe into suspicious stock dumps before Covid-19 market crash. rt.com Republican Senator Richard Burr will step down from his post as chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee pending a probe into suspicious stock trades he made before the Covid-19 crisis hit US markets. | Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Thursday that Burr had contacted him to say he would not remain in the role "during the pendency of the investigation." | McConnell said it had been agreed that the decision was "in the best interests of the committee" and would be effective from the end of the day on Friday. | The decision comes hours after FBI agents seized the North Carolina senator's private…

RT (2020-05-14). Japan's plan to end emergency for 39 prefectures accepted by experts — minister. rt.com A panel of experts has accepted the Japanese government's plan to end the state of emergency for 39 prefectures, Economy Minister Yasutoshi Nishimura said on Thursday. The 39 prefectures in which the emergency is expected to be lifted account for 54 percent of Japan's population. | Japan was expected to lift the state of emergency across a large part of the country on Thursday but the capital, Tokyo is likely to remain under restrictions until there is a convincing containment of the coronavirus. | The world's third-largest economy declared a nationwide state of emergency a month ago, urging citizens to reduce…

RT (2020-05-14). 'Don't give 2 rats' a**es about your cops': NYC police unions call on health commissioner to resign after refusal to provide masks. rt.com Unions representing New York City police officers have demanded the dismissal of the city's health commissioner after she scoffed at a request to provide the force with surgical masks amid the coronavirus pandemic. | Dr. Oxiris Barbot refused to provide the city's police with 500,000 masks as Covid-19 began to spread in March, telling a high-ranking law enforcement official, NYPD Chief of Department Terence Monahan: "I don't give two rats' asses about your cops." The conversation, first reported by the New York Post, was confirmed to the media by the NYC Health Department. Barbot has since apologized to Monaha…

RT (2020-05-14). Russian aviation industry gets government lifeline to stay afloat during pandemic-related flight restrictions. rt.com The Russian government has allocated 23.4 billion rubles ($316 million) to support domestic airlines, which are suffering tremendous losses as a result of coronavirus-related restrictions. | The subsidies were unveiled on the government website early Thursday following Russian President Vladimir Putin's call to support the troubled sector. | According to the document, air carriers will have to use at least 60 percent of the funds on wages for their employees. The rest can be spent on leasing payments (30 percent at most), payments for aircraft parking, as well as other operating activities. The companies will…

RT (2020-05-14). Hungary's govt could end emergency powers in late June, ease curbs in Budapest next week. rt.com Hungary's government could end emergency powers obtained to fight the coronavirus pandemic in late June, Prime Minister Viktor Orban's chief of staff said on Thursday. The move will depend on the evolution of the pandemic, Gergely Gulyas added. | The government is considering an easing of restrictions in Budapest from next week due to a decline in infections, the official told an online press briefing. | The easing measures, which Gulyas did not specify, would take effect from Monday after discussions with the mayor of Budapest. Hotels outside the capital would be allowed to reopen from next week, Reuters quot…

RT (2020-05-14). Beijing signals harsh counter-sanctions for US lawmakers & STATES targeting China over Covid-19 outbreak. rt.com China will not submit to US lawsuits and legislation aimed at blaming Beijing for the coronavirus crisis, state media has warned, suggesting that counter-sanctions against officials and entire states are already in the works. | Numerous members of Congress and other officials will be put onto China's sanctions list for their involvement in efforts to demonize China for its alleged responsibility for the pandemic, the Global Times The "painful" countermeasures will likely target Senator John Haw…

RT (2020-05-14). Japan lifts coronavirus-related state of emergency in most regions, Tokyo not included. rt.com Most of Japan's prefectures, except Tokyo and seven others, will be lifting emergency restrictions imposed to battle the novel coronavirus outbreak, effective Thursday. | The decision comes as the number of new cases of infection has consistently fallen in 39 provinces, prompting Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to say that the pandemic is "currently not spreading widely." The regions mentioned account for 54 percent of Japan's total population. | Also on rt.com | | Japan declar…

RT (2020-05-14). 'We'll cut off the whole relationship' — Trump throws some signature shade at China in new interview. rt.com President Donald Trump has savaged the Chinese government's handling of the coronavirus pandemic. His threat to "cut off the whole relationship" with China is consistent with a new, hard line being pushed by his administration. | "I'm very disappointed in China," Trump said during an interview with Fox Business Network on Thursday. "We asked to go over and they said no," he continued, referring to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's February offer of assistance to the virus-stricken city of Wuhan. | "They didn't want our help. And I figured that was OK because they must know what they are doing. S…

RT (2020-05-14). French pharma chief backtracks after promise Covid-19 vaccine will reach American patients first sparks ire. rt.com French drugmaker Sanofi has walked back its promise to give US patients priority access to a potential Covid-19 vaccine. The firm's favoritism triggered a backlash in France that drew in the country's government. | Sanofi Chief Executive Paul Hudson said on Thursday that it is vital any coronavirus vaccine be made available worldwide, and called on European Union countries to work collectively toward such a vaccine. | A day earlier, Hudson had told a different story. Speaking to Bloomberg News on Wednesday, the pharma executive said that, as the US has funded his company's vaccine research, it has "the right t…

RT (2020-05-14). Simple vitamin treatment can 'flip the switch' on incurable genetic muscular disease, researchers say. rt.com Medical researchers are claiming a major breakthrough using simple vitamin treatments to delay the progression of a genetic muscular disease with no previously-known cure or therapeutic treatment. | An international team of scientists led by Professor Anu Suomalainen-Wartiovaara of the University of Helsinki has been working on the development of a treatment for mitochondrial myopathy for years but now, finally, they may have made significant progress. Their not-so-secret weapon? Vitamin B3, also known as niacin. | Mitochondria convert the food we eat into the energy we need to survive, so any disorders or mut…

RT (2020-05-14). Global energy demand will collapse again if coronavirus makes a comeback, IEA warns. rt.com A Second wave of Covid-19 cases is a major risk for the energy market, the International Energy Agency (IEA) has warned. The agency raised its outlook for oil demand, which will still see a record drop this year. | In its key monthly report published on Thursday, the Paris-based energy watchdog said it expects global oil demand to fall by 8.6 million barrels per day (bpd). That's around 700,000 bpd more than the IEA said in its previous report. | "Major uncertainties remain. The biggest is whether governments can ease the lockdown measures without sparking a resurgence of Covid-19 outbreaks," the report said.

RT (2020-05-14). Investigation opened after photos of HITLER & HIMMLER uploaded to Russian online WWII victory celebration. rt.com Russia's Investigative Committee has initiated a criminal case after pictures of Adolf Hitler and Heinrich Himmler were found on the website Immortal Regiment Online, celebrating Soviet veterans of World War II. | Every May 9, Russia celebrates the triumph over Nazism in the Second World War with fireworks, ceremonies, and parties. Another tradition, introduced in 2012, is the

RT (2020-05-14). FBI serves search warrant, seizes Sen. Richard Burr's phone amid probe into insider trading before Covid-19 market crash — reports. rt.com Federal agents have seized the private cell phone of Republican Senator Richard Burr, reportedly serving him with a search warrant amid a Justice Department probe into suspicious stock trades he made soon after Covid-19 hit the US | The North Carolina senator was presented with the warrant at his Washington-area residence on Wednesday night, the LA Times The move comes as the DOJ intensifies…

RT (2020-05-14). Bitcoin could 'easily' reach $10 TRILLION market cap, similar to that of gold — investment strategist on RT's Keiser Report. rt.com Billionaire investor Paul Tudor Jones said recently he was betting on bitcoin as the best hedge against inflation in the age of coronavirus. The cryptocurrency reminds him of gold in the 1970s, he added. | RT's Max Keiser spoke to Raoul Pal of Global Macro Investor and Real Vision Group about those statements and whether or not they will spur interest from the larger hedge fund investors. They discussed gold's current market capitalization, which is around $9 trillion, while bitcoin's market cap sits at $117.8 billion. | Talking about bitcoin's valuation over time, Raoul said: "If it becomes an eco-system, and…

RT (2020-05-14). Russia fills coffers with gold & adds $2.5 billion to forex reserves during coronavirus peak. rt.com Russian gold and foreign currency holdings have hit $566 billion as of May 1, according to the latest data released by the country's central bank. International funds grew by $2.53 billion, or 0.4 percent, last month. | The regulator said that currency holdings decreased by 0.8 percent in April, to $440 billion. At the same time, the value of monetary gold rose by 5.2 percent, amounting to over $126 billion. | The state's international reserves are highly liquid foreign assets comprising stocks of monetary gold, foreign currencies and Special Drawing Right (SDR) assets, which are at the disposal of the Central…

RT (2020-05-14). China's politburo: Task to prevent rebound in local coronavirus cases 'remains arduous'. rt.com China's task to prevent rebound in local coronavirus cases remains arduous, the Communist Party's politburo said on Thursday. | The government should step up targeted prevention and control measures for clusters coronavirus cases in northeastern Heilongjiang and Jilin provinces, a state television report said, citing the politburo meeting chaired by President Xi Jinping. | China will also take more flexible measures to prevent imported coronavirus cases, the statement added. | The country will step up Covid-19 testing and screening to prevent a rebound of the coronavirus epidemic, the National Health Commissio…

RT (2020-05-14). Beijing opposes 'US slander' after it says 'China-linked hackers breaking into Covid-19 research'. rt.com China's Foreign Ministry, asked about alleged China-linked hackers breaking into US Covid-19 research, said Beijing opposed what it called slander from the US. | Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian added on Thursday that any action online to sabotage efforts against the disease should be condemned. | In a joint statement on Wednesday, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Homeland Security said China-linked hackers are breaking into US organizations carrying out such research. | The FBI is investigating digital break-ins at US organizations by China-linked 'cyber actors' that it had monitored "a…

RT (2020-05-14). Global investments pour into China as Covid-19 turmoil grips financial markets. rt.com China has seen more capital flow into its stock markets as a result of market dislocations caused by the Covid-19 crisis. According to some strategists, this is part of a longer-term trend. | Allocation to Chinese stocks among more than 800 global funds reached nearly a quarter of their almost $2 trillion in assets under management, according to data from EPFR, a company which provides fund flow and asset allocation information to financial institutions around the world. That's up from about 20 percent a year ago. | The data covers funds that break down holdings into nine categories of stocks listed in mainlan…

RT (2020-05-14). US sails guided-missile destroyer near Taiwan, a week before presidential inauguration. rt.com The US Navy said on Thursday it had sailed a guided-missile destroyer through the sensitive Taiwan Strait, a week before Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen is inaugurated for a second term in office. | The US Pacific Fleet said in a statement on its Facebook page that the USS McCampbell had traversed the narrow strait that separates Taiwan from mainland China on Wednesday. Taiwan's defense ministry said the ship had sailed south on what it termed an "ordinary mission," Reuters reports. | In Beijing, Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said China "paid close attention" to the passage of the US ship. "We hope t…

RT (2020-05-14). Gunpoint diplomacy: US to 'snap back' all UN sanctions on Iran if expiring arms embargo isn't renewed. rt.com Two years after spectacularly exiting the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, the US has threatened to trigger a return of all UN sanctions — once lifted under those accords — if it doesn't renew an arms embargo set to expire in October.

RT (2020-05-14). Three Tory MPs accused of spreading 'fake news' about Labour leader Starmer after sharing edited video on grooming gang victims. rt.com A Tory minister and two fellow MPs have been accused of pushing a far-right conspiracy theory about Labour's Keir Starmer after sharing a doctored video of him falsely claiming he obstructed the targeting of grooming gang members. | Tory Health Minister Nadine Dorries, along with Conservative MPs Lucy Allan and Maria Caufield, shared — in now-deleted tweets — the misleading 22-second clip from a Twitter account owned by an individual who

RT (2020-05-14). More than 70 servicemen who helped to tackle coronavirus in Italy return to Russia. rt.com Il-76 planes belonging to the Russian Aerospace Forces have brought home more than 70 Russian servicemen who helped to tackle the novel coronavirus outbreak in Italy, the Russian Defense Ministry said on Thursday. "Starting from May 8, more than 70 servicemen and 19 pieces of special-purpose military equipment, have been brought from… the Verona Villafranca Airport," it said. | A total of 10 Russian planes have already arrived from Verona. From March 22 to May 7, Russian specialists working with Italian military personnel fully disinfected care homes for elderly people and other facilities in around 100 comm…

RT (2020-05-14). WATCH: Incredibly detailed 3D model reveals coronavirus down to ATOMIC level. rt.com You can now look at the SARS-CoV-2 virus up close — at the atomic level, in fact — thanks to a scientifically accurate 3D model created by a biomedical visualization studio with the help of leading virologists. | The video by

RT (2020-05-14). Philippines evacuates 200,000 people as Typhoon Vongfong makes landfall. rt.com Authorities in Philippines started moving 200,000 people away from their homes in coastal and mountainous areas because of fears of flooding and landslides as Typhoon Vongfong made landfall on Thursday. | The typhoon, the first to hit the country this year, slammed into the eastern Philippines packing winds of 155kph and gusts of up to 190kph, according to the state weather bureau. | Social distancing measures to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus are likely to complicate efforts to move thousands of people into evacuation centers, such as classrooms and school gymnasiums. | The Philippines has reported…

RT (2020-05-14). Montenegro police arrest 60 protesters after clashes over detention of Orthodox priests (VIDEO). rt.com Montenegro police used teargas against protesters demanding the release of Serbian Orthodox Church priests detained for violating Covid-19 restrictions. Demonstrators claim the arrests were part of a wider crackdown on the Church. | The people's anger was caused by the arrest of Serbian Orthodox Church Bishop Joanikije and several priests who led a religious procession amid a ban on public gatherings in the town of Niksic on Tuesday. The protests broke out late on Wednesday in several cities in the small Balkan state, which split from Serbia in 2006. | Videos from the protests captured violent scenes, showing…

RT (2020-05-14). DOZENS of babies born to Ukrainian surrogate mothers left stranded in Kiev hotel due to Covid-19. rt.com It has emerged that nearly 50 infants waiting to be delivered to their foreign would-be parents are stuck in Ukraine's capital due to border closures, adding to worries about the country becoming a supplier of surrogate babies. | The news, broken by a handful of local media outlets, revolves around a video appeal issued by Biotexcom, which describes itself as a "center for human reproduction." It shows 46 newborn babies lying in their cradles at a hotel called 'Venice' or being taken care of by the clinical staff. | Foster parents, the clinic lamented, "do not have the opportunity to pick up their newborns" as…

RT (2020-05-14). Your money, your right? France disputes PRIVILEGED ACCESS to Covid-19 vaccine for US. rt.com Pharmaceutical giant Sanofi should not give the US first access to its Covid-19 vaccine, Secretary of State for Economy Agnes Pannier-Runacher has said, urging that the firm make the treatment available to all countries. | Headquartered in Paris, Sanofi received funding from the US government to develop a vaccine for Covid-19. As a result, the United States has "the right to the largest pre-order because it's invested in taking the risk," the company's CEO, Paul Hudson, told Bloomberg News. | The French government has disputed this line of reasoning, insisting that no nation should be given priority once the v…

RT (2020-05-14). How dare you… use CHINESE drones!? US lawmakers 'grill' feds over spying on lockdown-violating Americans. rt.com A group of House Republicans has called on federal agencies to shed light on drones used by police across the country to surveil and enforce Covid-19 lockdowns, arguing that Chinese devices could compromise "sensitive US data." | The 14 GOP representatives, all on the House Judiciary Committee, penned

RT (2020-05-14). British journo branded 'vile' after saying teachers should 'step up' & show 'same bravery' as health workers amid Covid-19 crisis. rt.com British journalist Isabel Oakeshott has provoked a fiery backlash after claiming teachers must "step up" and show the "same bravery" as health workers by returning to school to educate kids as Covid-19 lockdown measures are eased. | Oakeshott — who famously co-authored 'Call Me Dave', the unauthorised biography of former British PM David Cameron — took to Twitter on Thursday. She urged teachers who may take part in the weekly 'clap for our carers' to return to their schools as "millions of children" need them, claiming: "The risk in schools is nothing like the risk in hospitals." | Tonight thousands…

RT (2020-05-14). Fearsome storm ravages Siberian city, ripping roofs from buildings, tossing cars down street (VIDEOS). rt.com A powerful storm has battered the Siberian city of Chita, raining roof tiles and lumber down upon the city streets while tossing cars and mobile garages alike down the road with terrifying ease. At least three people were injured. | The Ministry of Emergency Situations reported that winds of between 25 and 30 meters per second upended trees and crushed multiple vehicles with a barrage of flying debris, with the tempest eventually causing a citywide power outage. | Eyewitness footage shows the sheer ferocity of the wind as beleaguered residents sought shelter wherever they could. | Thankfully no-one was c…

The Canary (2020-05-14). Strong typhoon slams into pandemic-hit Philippines, making social distancing 'almost impossible'. thecanary.co A strong typhoon has hit the Philippines after authorities evacuated tens of thousands of people while trying to avoid the coronavirus (Covid-19) risks of overcrowding emergency shelters.The first typhoon to hit the country this year rapidly gained force as it blew from the Pacific then barged ashore in San Policarpio town in Eastern Samar province around noon local time, weather agency administrator Vicente Malano said.The typhoon came as the Philippines is trying to fight Covid-19 outbreaks largely by locking Filipinos in their homes and prohibiting gatherings that can set off infections. More than 11,600 infec…

The Canary (2020-05-14). More than £30,000 raised for family of rail worker who died after being spat at. thecanary.co A fundraising campaign for the family of a rail worker who died with coronavirus after being spat at on a station concourse has topped £30,000 as her union issued demands over staff safety.The gofundme initiative has received more than 1,700 individual donations following the shocked reaction to the death of Belly Mujinga.British Transport Police has launched an investigation after Mujinga died a fortnight after the incident at London's Victoria station.(Gofundme/PA)The Transport Salaried Staffs Association (TSSA) said many of its members were now fearful for their safety.Officials contacted Mujinga's emplo…

en.mehrnews (2020-05-14). Iran names Palestine most significant issue in Muslim World. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 14 (MNA) — Iran's Foreign Ministry has released a statement on the occasion of the Nakba Day, which marks the anniversary of the establishment of the illegitimate Zionist regime of Israel, naming Palestine the most important issue in the Muslim world.

Michael Molitch-Hou (2020-05-14). 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.

Adriaan Alsema (2020-05-14). US further complicates prospects for peace in Colombia. colombiareports.com The United States government further complicated the future of peace in Colombia on Wednesday, adding Cuba to its list of non-cooperative countries in counter-terrorism efforts for not extraditing ELN peace…

teleSUR (2020-05-14). El Salvador: Pot-Banging Against Bukele's Pandemic Management. telesurenglish.net In San Salvador city's upper-class neighborhoods, residents banged pans and honked car horns on Wednesday to protest against RELATED: | Through social networks, citizens called to protest against the situation of people confined in containment centers, the arrests of t…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-05-14). Slovenian Left protests amendments to Nature Conservation Act. peoplesdispatch.org The amendments proposed by the Slovenian government make it more difficult for organizations to attain the status of a nature conservation organization in public interest. This is believed to be a step towards the sale of the country's resources…

Dean Baker (2020-05-14). Corruption and the Pandemic Bailout. cepr.net (This piece was originally posted on my Patreon page.) Neil Irwin had an interesting New York Times piece on how concerns about moral hazard in the bailout may damage the recovery. The gist of the article is that the fear that bad actors will be wrongly rewarded will prevent us from spending enough money to …

Alex Lawson (2020-05-14). Trump's Advisers Have a Brazen Plot to Gut Social Security. counterpunch.org In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, the policy Donald Trump is fixated on has nothing to do with ramping up testing, getting protective equipment to workers, or sending resources to nursing homes where tens of thousands of seniors are dying of COVID-19. Instead, he's obsessed with cutting payroll taxes, Social Security's dedicated revenue. Now,

Andrey Areshev (2020-05-14). America's Newest Wedge Issue and the Tale of the Bizarre 2020 Presidential Elections. strategic-culture.org The Covid-19 pandemic continues to dominate the news and life of the American Republic. With currently no end in sight it is not paranoid to wonder if and how the pandemic will affect the presidential elections coming up in November. Two World Wars, The Civil War, The Great Depression and the Spanish Flu were not enough to stop voting for some congressmen and the top executive of the United States as planned. Now for the first time there are

WSWS (2020-05-14). UK: COVID-19 confirmed among ASOS warehouse workers. wsws.org The largest on-line fashion retailer in the UK has been allowed to keep its non-essential business open throughout the pandemic, including at its main warehouse and distribution centre in Barnsley, South Yorkshire…

Danny Sjursen (2020-05-14). What on Earth is the U.S. Doing by Bombing Somalia? counterpunch.org The Trump administration has quietly ramped up a vicious bombing—and covert raiding—campaign in Somalia amid a global coronavirus pandemic. Neither the White House nor the Pentagon has provided any explanation for the deadly escalation of a war that Congress hasn't declared and the media rarely reports. At stake are many thousands of lives. The public

WSWS (2020-05-14). Mounting worker opposition to Quebec's reckless back-to-work drive. wsws.org Quebec's rightwing populist CAQ government is spearheading the drive of Canada's business elite to force a precipitous return to work amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

William Hughes (2020-05-14). The Timeliness of Albert Camus' "The Plague" counterpunch.org We live in dangerous times! The number of people who have been infected and died from the Coronavirus Pandemic proves it. Our America is running at half-speed at the moment. As of today, over 80,000 deaths, and 1.3 million inflections have been reported by the authorities. The comments about the lethal virus have run from

Brasil de Fato (2020-05-14). To combat "hunger pandemic" MST has donated more than 600 tons of food. peoplesdispatch.org The "We'll Need Everybody" campaign, organized by diverse social movements in Brazil including the Landless Rural Workers' Movement (MST), has already distributed more than 40,000 food baskets to poor neighborhoods. | These Just like the Landless Rural Workers Movement (MST), which…

WSWS (2020-05-14). Iran destabilised by US amid COVID-19 pandemic. wsws.org US sanctions have shattered the country's economy and blocked access to critical food, pharmaceutical and industrial supplies, making it more difficult for Iran to respond to the pandemic.

WSWS (2020-05-14). German companies plan layoffs, attacks on wages and benefits amid coronavirus pandemic. wsws.org The German government's response to the pandemic was conditioned from the outset by the interests of the major corporations and banks.

WSWS (2020-05-14). Stranded by COVID-19 pandemic, thousands of cruise ship workers suffer under horrifying conditions. wsws.org While companies have since begun to slowly enact measures to repatriate their remaining employees in accordance with governmental guidelines, the conditions facing those workers still stuck on board has grown untenable.

Dean Baker (2020-05-14). Falling Consumer Prices, Except for Food. counterpunch.org 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

WSWS (2020-05-14). ASOS worker in UK speaks on unsafe conditions in warehouse. wsws.org "It all looks good on the outside (one-way system, tents with thermo-cameras), but inside they care less and less every day."

Dimitris Konstantakopoulos (2020-05-14). Corona-Crisis and Two Models of Capitalism. globalresearch.ca It is clear that we are entering worldwide an era of very grave social, political and international conflicts and we cannot exclude new wars, writes Dimitris Konstantakopoulos, former adviser to the Greek Prime Minister Andreas Papandreou and former Member …

Lucas Leiroz de Almeida (2020-05-14). Germany Split on Banning US Nuclear Weapons on Its Territory. globalresearch.ca NATO has a "sharing" treaty with Berlin where it delivers to Germany dozens of nuclear warheads, which are deposited in Buchel, at Ramstein Air Force Base. | The presence of these weapons in German territory has been controversial for a long …

Jonah Raskin (2020-05-14). Michael McClure: Beat Poet and Playwright Helped Thaw Cold War American Culture. counterpunch.org "I put mammalian consciousness into Beat literature. I expressed the biological aspect of humans. At the Six Gallery, I read about the slaughter of whales." — Michael McClure Of the five American poets who performed their work at the Six Gallery in San Francisco in 1955 only one of them—Gary Snyder—is still alive and he's

WSWS (2020-05-14). COVID-19: Mélenchon offers national unity with France's banks. wsws.org Mélenchon hails the Sacred Union between the far-right and social democracy in World War I as a model to keep social cohesion despite mass COVID-19 deaths.

Charles Pierson (2020-05-14). Greenlighting War: Iran and Yemen. counterpunch.org On May 7, Republicans proved yet again that most of them are perfectly happy allowing President Donald Trump unchecked discretion to make war. Senate Joint Resolution 68, introduced on January 9 by Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA), Hillary Clinton's 2016 running mate, invoked the 1973 War Powers Resolution in an attempt to prohibit President Trump from

Andrey Areshev (2020-05-14). Toothless Congress Fails to Limit Presidential War Powers. strategic-culture.org Some weeks ago, the world woke up to the fact that World War III had just started without anyone being invaded or shots fired. It began when American President Donald J. Trump

Brian Cloughley (2020-05-14). A World Health Crisis? So Ramp Up Confrontation and Deploy Nuclear Bombers against China, Russia, Iran and North Korea. globalresearch.ca 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 …

Jeff Abbott (2020-05-14). The Other Americans: Trump is Spreading the Virus. progressive.org Deportations of migrants are exacerbating already weakened health care systems in Latin America.

WSWS (2020-05-14). Sixteen migrant workers killed by goods train. wsws.org The workers, aged between 20 and 35, were attempting to return to their home state of Madhya Pradesh, having previously worked at a steel plant in Maharashtra.

WSWS (2020-05-14). Fruit pickers, garment workers strike as opposition grows to reopening US economy. wsws.org Migrant workers in the state of Washington and garment workers at a Mississippi pillow-making factory are striking as the number of job actions demanding safe conditions surpasses 200.

WSWS (2020-05-14). Local county officials in California bow before billionaire's demand to reopen Tesla factory. wsws.org Earlier this week, Tesla CEO Elon Musk reopened his 10,000-employee factory in defiance of the orders of Alameda County health officials.

WSWS (2020-05-14). Fed chief calls for more money for Wall Street and corporations. wsws.org Powell's remarks effectively poured water on the claim that once lockdowns are lifted, as being demanded by the "return to work" advocates, the American economy will immediately snap back in a so-called V-shaped recovery.

Michael Doliner (2020-05-14). The Venezuela Kerfuffle and the Secret Team. counterpunch.org The recent snafu of the covert Venezuela operation echoes the account of the Bay Of Pigs fiasco in Col L. Fletcher Prouty's repressed book, The Secret Team: The CIA and Its Allies in Control of the United States and the World first published in 1973. After good early sales,100 positive reviews and a printing of

Karim Sharara (2020-05-14). COVID-19: Why Iran Is Doing Better Than You Think. counterpunch.org So Iran's going through its worst year and is hiding the true numbers of Coronavirus victims? It seems it's also been digging mass graves because it can't handle the increasing number of deaths, and people are collapsing on the street left and right because of the COVID-19 outbreak. Not only that but apparently the evil

Laura Flanders (2020-05-14). The Future is Up for Grabs. counterpunch.org When it comes to cashing in on Covid-19, the race has just begun. Whether you're talking about education or contact tracing or medicine or mind control, an anti-democratic, dystopian future is being charted while we the people are locked down, locked up and locked out. Naomi Klein's latest piece, "Screen New Deal" in the Intercept,

George Ochenski (2020-05-14). Political Fantasies Versus Economic and Health Realities. counterpunch.org Late last week in an article titled "When are the jobs coming back?" Joseph Brusuelas, the chief economist at consulting firm RSM, blew up the blather of election-year politicians, saying: "We have to be utterly realistic about this because there is political fantasy out there and then there is economic reality. It is going to

Adriaan Alsema (2020-05-14). UN economic commission backs guaranteed minimum income in Colombia. colombiareports.com The United Nations' Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) supports an urgent guaranteed minimum income (GMI) as proposed in Colombia's senate. The proposal was coined by some…

Adriaan Alsema (2020-05-14). Colombia's economic reactivation accelerated coronavirus infections. colombiareports.com The gradual reactivation of the economy has accelerated the spread of the coronavirus in Colombia, according to the country's National Health Institute (INS). Since April 27, the number of confirmed…

teleSUR (2020-05-14). Africa: Lesotho Reports First COVID-19 Case. telesurenglish.net Lesotho Health Minister Nkaku Kabi announced on May 13 the first COVID-19 positive case in his nation. Lesotho is the latest African country to report the virus outbreak. | RELATED: | According to Kabi, 81 people were tested given their recent traveling chart. The positive patient is a Lesothan student who returned from Saudi Arabia via South Africa, with no visible symptoms. The health authorities decided to isolate…

teleSUR (2020-05-14). Southeast Asia Witnesses Significant Rise in COVID-19 Cases. telesurenglish.net The Southeast Asia region has reported a significant rise in COVID-19 related cases, as several countries, including many densely populated nations, have announced several infections among its people. | RELATED: | Bangladesh reported 1,041 new COVID-19 cases, dipping slightly from Wednesday's high of 1,162, bringing the total number of the cases in the country to nearly 19,000. | The Afghan health authorities recorded 413 new COVID-19 cases across the country, the…

Mike Adams (2020-05-14). America's Military Vaccine Mandate? Dept. of Defense Purchasing 500 Million ApiJect Syringes to Inject Every Person in America with Coronavirus Vaccine. globalresearch.ca Anyone who thought the US military was preparing to force vaccinate every American with a coronavirus vaccine has just found strong evidence to confirm the plan.

Ian Dunt (2020-05-14). Unholy Shambles: Johnson's COVID Response Falling Apart at the Edges. globalresearch.ca As soon as they had to do anything, the whole thing fell down. From the slogan, to the statement, to the guidance, it is an unholy shambles, a near-ceaseless demonstration of cack-handed inadequacy. | It's not like they didn't have time …

Guy Verhofstadt (2020-05-14). Is COVID-19 Killing Democracy? globalresearch.ca Global media are so consumed by the public-health and economic consequences of COVID-19 that they have failed to pay adequate attention to growing political and institutional risks. In fact, if we are not careful, the biggest casualty of COVID-19 could …

Matthew Russell Lee (2020-05-14). Banking on the Nuclear Bomb Are Citi, Chase, BofA, Wells and Goldman Sachs. globalresearch.ca This article was originally published in 2018. | Among the top ten investors in nuclear weapons are banks which stand to benefit from the de-regulatory bill

Orfilio Peláez (2020-05-14). Cuban Interferon Proven Effective Against COVID-19. globalresearch.ca Since the appearance, March 11, of the first cases of COVID-19 in Cuba, the country's Ministry of Public Health (Minsap) has reported that the inclusion of Recombinant Human Interferon Alpha 2b in treatment protocols for these patients has shown positive …

John McEvoy (2020-05-14). Revealed: Secretive British Unit Planning for 'Reconstruction' of Venezuela. globalresearch.ca 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 …

MISH (2020-05-14). Beginning of the End of German Support for NATO. globalresearch.ca Make way for the Greens and the Leftists. They do not want US nuclear weapons on German soil. |

Angela Merkel will soon be gone. The next German coalition already shares new ideas in many areas including NATO.

| Three Consequences | Germany …

Ulson Gunnar (2020-05-14). The COVID-19 Chronicles: USA. globalresearch.ca The US is claimed to be hardest hit by COVID-19 with, at the time of writing, over 80,000 deaths attributed to the virus. The nation is also suffering from socioeconomic disaster as lockdowns have driven millions of Americans into not …

Peter Bolton (2020-05-14). We shouldn't mourn the loss of high street fashion giants. They represent some of the worst aspects of globalization. thecanary.co On both sides of the Atlantic major retail clothing chains have been struggling in the midst of coronavirus-related (Covid-19) shutdown measures. Economic commentators have been

WSWS (2020-05-14). After COVID-19 infection discovered, 300 workers walk out of Mississippi pillow factory. wsws.org Concern over a possible plantwide spread of the virus was mounting for days when a worker at the plant told supervisors that her husband—also employed at the factory—had tested positive for coronavirus.

WSWS (2020-05-14). Trump attacks Dr. Fauci for cautioning against the premature opening of the country. wsws.org President Trump went on the offensive to denigrate Dr. Fauci, a respected member of his coronavirus task force, for his candid assessment at Tuesday's Senate hearing.

WSWS (2020-05-14). German armed forces deploy 300 soldiers to EU mission "Irini" in Mediterranean. wsws.org The mission's mandate includes stopping and searching ships suspected of transporting weapons to Libya.

WSWS (2020-05-14). Illinois reports record COVID-19 death toll as businesses and politicians prepare to "reopen" wsws.org Record rates of infection and death are announced as state and local officials and business leaders are preparing to phase out shelter-in-place, sending workers back to their jobs in order to finance the bailout of Wall Street and the super-rich.

WSWS (2020-05-14). Over 90,000 health care workers worldwide have been infected with COVID-19. wsws.org The International Council of Nurses estimates that over 260 health care workers have died from the virus, while acknowledging that the figures are a severe underestimate due to the refusal of governments worldwide to adequately track this data.

WSWS (2020-05-14). Australian Labor Party leader revives bogus "fair go" call. wsws.org Albanese's post-COVID-19 "vision statement" came as workers are being ordered back into workplaces despite the Australian government saying further outbreaks are inevitable.

WSWS (2020-05-14). India's calamitous COVID-19 lockdowns leave more than 120 million jobless. wsws.org Egged on by big business, the BJP government is now pushing for a return to work, and cynically citing the suffering its lockdown has inflicted on India's working people to justify making them risk infection and death.

WSWS (2020-05-14). Former Georgian President Saakashvili becomes advisor to the Ukrainian government. wsws.org The political return of the vociferously anti-Russian and cartoonish Saakashvilli to Ukraine is a sign of a profound crisis of the Ukrainian oligarchy.

WSWS (2020-05-14). UK: Johnson government readies post-lockdown onslaught against working class. wsws.org The offensive is being prepared as the government is attempting to force millions back to work in unsafe conditions.

teleSUR (2020-05-14). Argentine Senate Approves Government Decree to Face Pandemic. telesurenglish.net Argentina's Senate approved on Wednesday a group of decrees issued by the government of President Alberto Fernández to address the Covid-19 pandemic. | RELATED: | For the first time in history, the Senate held a virtual session this Wednesday. According to the reports, 71 out of 72 senators participated in the session, which was led by the Speaker of the Upper House, Vice President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner.

True Publica (2020-05-14). Britain's Political-media Complex in the COVID-19 War. globalresearch.ca It is not as if the battle of information warfare has not been going on for some time now. It was amply demonstrated in the runup to Brexit, throughout the three years to last December and is now fully deployed …

WSWS (2020-05-14). Sri Lanka's pseudo-left FSP and its phony defence of democracy. wsws.org The working class can combat threat of a dictatorship only by the independent mobilisation of its political strength, not by pleading for "reconvening parliament."

en.mehrnews (2020-05-14). Depite delay, consignment of Iranian-made COVID-19 test kits sent to Turkey: Jahanpour. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 14 (MNA) — In a tweet on Thursday, Kianoush Jahanpour, spokesman for the Iranian Health Ministry, reiterated that a consignment of 40,000 Iranian-made COVID-19 test kits has been sent to Turkey, although with a delay caused by transportation restrictions amid the pandemic, days after Turkish sources denied that the delivery had been made.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-14). Army Forces in Lorestan stage 'Equality and Sincere Assistance Maneuver'. en.mehrnews.com KHORRAMABAD, May 14 (MNA) — Under the framework of 'Equality and Sincere Assistance Maneuver', Army Forces in Lorestan province distributed 1,000 livelihood assistance packages among the needy people of Ardebil Province with the aim of helping those in need during the coronavirus pandemic.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-14). Number of Covid-19 confirmed Cases in world surpasses 4.43mn. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 14 (MNA) — On Thursday, the global death toll from the coronavirus pandemic reached 298,180, while 4,430,123 cases of the infection have been detected.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-14). Tehran, Moscow discuss economic ties amid Covid-19 pandemic. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 14 (MNA) — In a phone talk between Iranian envoy to Moscow Kazem Jalali and Deputy Minister of Energy Anatoly Tikhonov, the two sides discussed expansion of mutual economic ties under the coronavirus pandemic.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-14). Brian Hook threatens to trigger return of UN sanctions on Iran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 14 (MNA) — In line with Washington's hawkish policies, US special envoy for Iran, Brian Hook, has publicly threatened to trigger a return of all United Nations sanctions on the Islamic Republic if the UN Security Council does not extend an arms embargo on Tehran that is due to expire in October under the 2015 nuclear deal.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-14). FM spox chides US claims on Iran's non-cooperation in fighting terrorism. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 14 (MNA) — In a tweet on Thursday, Spokesperson of Iranian Foreign Ministry Seyyed Abbas Mousavi reacted to the US accusation of Iran about non-cooperation in fighting against terrorism, naming the US as the founder and funder of terrorist groups.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-14). Covid-19 infects 114,533 in Iran: health min. spox. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 14 (MNA) — Iran's Health Ministry Spokesman Kianoush Jahanpour said on Thursday that the number of coronavirus cases has hit 114,533 in the country, while 90,539 have recovered from the disease.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-14). Headlines of Iranian dailies on May 14. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 14 (MNA) — Mehr News takes a look at the headlines of Iranian dailies on Thursday, May 14.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-14). Front pages of Iranian intl. dailies on May 14. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 14 (MNA) — Here are the front pages of Iran-based international newspapers on Thursday, May 14.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-14). Iran marks National Day of Ferdowsi, father of modern Persian language. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 14 (MNA) — Ordibehesht 25 in the Persian calendar corresponding with May 14 is National Commemoration Day of the renowned poet Ferdowsi, the influential Persian poet and author of the Persian epic, Shahnameh.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-14). US reacts to Iran Navy vessel's mishap. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 14 (MNA) — The US Central Command (CENTCOM) has reacted to the accident for an Iranian naval vessel in southern waters, which lead to the martyrdom and wounding of a number of Iranian sailors.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-14). Iranian coastguards detain 4 trawlers, 8 foreign nationals in Hormozgan. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 14 (MNA) — Coastguards of southern Hormuzgan province have seized four trawlers and arrested eight foreign nationals on board at Bandar Abbas territorial waters in the Persian Gulf, provincial Judiciary official Ali Salehi said on Thursday.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-14). Rouhani underscores improvement in economy, Iranians' lives, hope for future. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 14 (MNA) — In a Thursday meeting of the Government's Economic Coordination Board, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani underlined that all efforts must be to improve the economy, people's lives, and the hope for future.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-14). VIDEO: Iranian brown bears. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 14 (MNA) — This video depicts an Iranian brown bear and her cubs. Iran is a vast country with an area of 1,623,779 km2 in which there are 164 mammal species including the Asiatic black bear and brown bear.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-14). JCPOA none of US, Brian Hook's business: Zarif. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 14 (MNA) — Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has reacted to the US officials' baseless claims and accusations about JCPOA and UN Resolution 2231, noting that JCPOA is none of US' or Brian Hook's business since the Americans have pulled out of the deal.

Staff (2020-05-14). Amid Pandemic, Everyone Should Be Deemed "Essential" — and Protected as Such. truthout.org "When he first came home, it was tough." So

Staff (2020-05-14). Pandemic Policing Is Expanding the Use of Surveillance Technology. truthout.org Last week's viral images of New York City Police Department (NYPD) officers handing out masks to crowds of white park-goers while A breakdown…

Staff (2020-05-14). Ousted Vaccine Agency Director Will Testify That Our "Darkest Winter" Is Ahead. truthout.org Rick Bright, the former director of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), is testifying before Congress today, and it's going to be 40 miles of bad road for Donald Trump. It is also going to be the hard, unvarnished truth the entire country needs to hear. | Earlier in the week, Trump had to suffer through the congressional testimony of his hostage, Anthony Fauci, who contradicted Trump's lethal happy talk about reopening the country while the COVID pandemic still…

Staff (2020-05-14). McConnell's PATRIOT Act Expansion Would Hand Barr Unprecedented Spy Powers. truthout.org Sen. Ron Wyden was joined by privacy advocates Wednesday in forcefully condemning a new proposed amendment to the PATRIOT Act put forward by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell that would greatly expand the U.S. attorney general's surveillance powers under FISA. | McConnell's amendment, which the Senate began debating Wednesday as lawmakers took up the reauthorization of the 2001 PATRIOT Act, would explicitly permit the FBI to collect records of Americans' internet search and browsing histori…

Staff (2020-05-14). Trump Admin Says New Bailout Will Help 35 Million Americans. It Probably Won't. truthout.org Within a few weeks, the Federal Reserve will start a $600 billion lending program that the Trump administration The Main Street Lending Program is the next marquee effort of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, which Congress passed in March. It is set to begin after weeks of criticism of the first, the Paycheck Protection Program fo…

Staff (2020-05-14). Adventures in Digital Organizing With Mariame Kaba. truthout.org Kelly Hayes talks with Mariame Kaba about storytelling and building power. | Note: This a rush transcript and has been lightly edited for clarity. Copy may not be in its final form. | TRANSCRIPT: | Kelly Hayes: Welcome to movement memos, a Truthout podcast about things you should know if you want to change the world. I'm your host, Kelly Hayes. Today's guest is Mariame Kaba. Mariame is an abolitionist organizer, educator, and curator whose groundbreaking work has helped free countless people from jails, prisons a…

Staff (2020-05-14). When Patients Die Alone, How Do Families and Health Workers Relieve Suffering? truthout.org We look at the tremendous emotional toll the coronavirus is taking on families when loved ones are forced to battle COVID alone in hospitals or at home, with Dr. Diane Meier, director of the Center to Advance Palliative Care and a professor of geriatrics and palliative medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. She helped start a 24-hour palliative care hotline for COVID-19 patients in New York City that served nearly 900 people in a four-week period. | TRANSCRIPT: | This i…

imperial.ac.uk (2020-05-14). COVID-19 Response Fund: Cutting-edge technologies advance coronavirus fight. imperial.ac.uk Imperial researchers are driving forward the fight against coronavirus with new healthcare innovations and data insights.

imperial.ac.uk (2020-05-14). Imperial MBBS medics deliver action plans for London GPs and local communities. imperial.ac.uk Third-year medical students have partnered with community, voluntary, health & social care leaders to respond to local needs in the era of COVID-19.

Gabriel Leà£o (2020-05-14). Brazilian Indigenous Peoples Confront Double Threat of COVID-19 and Bolsonaro's Policies. counterpunch.org After six days of fighting for his life in an intensive care unit in a Amazonas state hospital, a 15-year-old Yanomami teenage boy died in April 9 from complications caused by the novel coronavirus. The boy's death sounded the alarm for Brazil's Indigenous peoples who now face the fear of the virus alongside the stress of increasing criminal activities by land grabbers, illegal loggers, gold diggers, poachers, drug traffickers, hitmen and questionable "guests" like missionaries and tourists in their lands. Add to that the prospect of another potentially devasting dry season like last year's, which saw more than 8…

Erin Schwartz (2020-05-14). 'God Friended Me' Was the Strangest Show on TV. thenation.com 'God Friended Me' Was the Strangest Show on TV…

Daniel Fernandez (2020-05-14). There Is Only One Way to Prevent Mass Deaths in Prisons: Let Them Out. thenation.com There Is Only One Way to Prevent Mass Deaths in Prisons: Let Them Out…

Sasha Abramsky (2020-05-14). Undocumented Workers in Coronavirus Crisis. thenation.com Undocumented Workers in Coronavirus Crisis…

Gregg Gonsalves (2020-05-14). Reopening: A Chronicle of Needless Deaths Foretold. thenation.com Reopening: A Chronicle of Needless Deaths Foretold…

RT (2020-05-14). RT'S 2020 KHALED ALKHATEB AWARDS FOR WAR JOURNALISM OPEN FOR ENTRIES. rt.com MOSCOW, MAY 14 — RT is now accepting entries for the 2020 Khaled Alkhateb Memorial Awards, an annual international competition that recognizes the best journalism from conflict zones. The competition, now in its third year, was established in honor of RT Arabic freelancer, Khaled Alkhateb, who died in 2017 while reporting from the frontlines in Syria. |

Dan Bacher (2020-05-14). 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.

Lynda Carson (2020-05-14). Confirmed known Covid-19 cases for 2,818 federal inmates. indybay.org Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic…

The Commonwealth Club (2020-05-14). Nuclear Weapons: Stopping the War That No One Wants (livestream). indybay.org Online via livestream…

The hills are alive (2020-05-14). 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).

Anthony Ravlich (2020-05-14). 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.

ACLU Northern California (2020-05-14). ACLU of California Legislative Webinar: COVID-19, Current Bills, & Building Community. indybay.org Online via Zoom…

IFCSS (2020-05-14). U.S. Sanctions: The Weaponization of the Global Financial System. indybay.org Zoom Meeting ID: 873 3950 1810 | Password: 795705 | Join Zoom meeting: | us02web.zoom.us/j/87339501810?pwd=cXJtNk… | Call in: +1 669-900-9128 | Look up int'l numbers: zoom.us/u/kcOFhaNgyn

Poor People's Campaign, Climate Reality Proj. (2020-05-14). Intersection of the Climate Crisis & Social Justice Webinar (PPC & CRP). indybay.org Online via Zoom…

Poor People's Campaign & MoveOn (2020-05-14). We Can't Go Back to Normal: A Moral Respnse to Coronavirus Town Hall (PPC). indybay.org Online via livestream…

Brenda Norrell (2020-05-14). 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 (2020-05-14). 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.

Unidos US (2020-05-14). The Frontline Response: Local Latino Leaders Address COVID-19 (town hall). indybay.org Online via Zoom: unidosus.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_8vJ…

Santa Cruz Police News (2020-05-14). 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.

Congressional Progressive Caucus Ctr & others (2020-05-14). Dispatch from the Frontlines: Gender Inequality and COVID-19 (CPCC). indybay.org Online livestream & Zoom…

Ryan Cristián (2020-05-14). AI-Powered Medical "Pre-Crime" Is Officially Here To "Fight COVID-19" thelastamericanvagabond.com Welcome to The Daily Wrap Up, a concise show dedicated to bringing you the most relevant independent news, as we see it, from the last 24 hours (5/13/19). As always, take the information discussed in the video below and research it for yourself, and come to your own conclusions. Anyone telling you what the truth …

CP Editor (2020-05-14). Coronavirus Pandemic Prompts Global Mental Health Crisis. counterpunch.org

Global Research News (2020-05-14). Selected Articles: More on COVID-19, Economic Crisis and NATO. globalresearch.ca To say that the public has become disillusioned and wary of constant doomsday media reports and news coverage is a gross understatement — people see their world changing and they want to understand what is happening, and why. They want …

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.

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…

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 …

Ricardo Vaz (2020-05-13). [UPDATED] Venezuelan Oil Sector Continues Slump Amid Pandemic, US Sanctions. venezuelanalysis.com The Maduro government is working to repair refineries with Chinese and Iranian assistance to tackle fuel shortages.

teleSUR (2020-05-13). Secret UK Plan to Intervene in Venezuelan Politics Revealed. telesurenglish.net U.K. news portal The Canary published this Wednesday an investigation by journalist John McEvoy which reveals a secret unit between the British Foreign Ministry and the Venezuelan opposition to overthrow Venezuela's Constitutional President Nicolas Maduro. | RELATED: | According to documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, journalist McEvoy points out that in the last 16 months, the British Govern…

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…

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…

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). 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."

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). 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…

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…

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

Alan MacLeod (2020-05-13). Wall Street Will Likely Be the Only Winners in the Pandemic Housing Crisis. thealtworld.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. | MPN— The coronavirus pandemic and the shutdown it has precipitated is having a profound effect on the economy of the United States and the rest of the world. Roberto Azevedo, Director-General of the World Trade Organization

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

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…

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. (

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.

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…

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, …

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 rethink—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, …

Elijah Magnier (2020-05-13). Iraq in the balance between Iran and the USA. thealtworld.com Iran and the US have been at war since 1979, when the "Islamic Republic" took power. This war will continue as long as the US seeks to defeat Iran, which in turn seeks to force the US out of the Middle East. Occasionally, the war manifests as direct clashes between the two countries, but usually it takes place on the territory of Iran's allies. These allies are becoming stronger and powerful enough to be reckoned with. This growth is imposing Iran as a regional power with influence in several countries around the Middle East—from Palestine, Lebanon, Syria, and Yemen to Iraq, where direct US-Iran confrontati…

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 . . . |

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 …

Elijah Magnier (2020-05-13). L'Irak dans la balance entre l'Iran et les USA. thealtworld.com L'Iran et les USA sont en guerre depuis 1979, lorsque la ´ République islamique ª a pris le pouvoir. Cette guerre se poursuivra tant que les USA chercheront à vaincre l'Iran, qui voudrait bien pour sa part forcer les USA à quitter le Moyen-Orient. Cette guerre se manifeste parfois par des affrontements directs entre les deux pays, mais elle se déroule généralement sur le territoire des alliés de l'Iran. Ces alliés ont maintenant acquis suffisamment de force et de puissance pour être pris au sérieux. Cette montée en force impose l'Iran comme une puissance régionale dont l'influence s'étend à plusieurs p…

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 …

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

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.

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

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