2020-05-14: Social Media Postees

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Zoom Stations of the Cross 2020 Script and Fr. Steve Kelly's Reflections for a Rosary for Disarmament
Bill Ofenloch | kingsbayplowshares7.org | 2020-05-14
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

The U.S. Military is Hell-Bent on Trying to Overpower China
Vijay Prashad | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-14
On April 1, Admiral Philip Davidson–the head of the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command–told the U.S. Congress that he would like $20 billion to create a robust military cordon that runs from California to Japan and down the Pacific Rim of Asia. His proposal–titled "Regain the Advantage"–pointed to the…
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US Government Fails to Prevent a Worsening Economic Downturn
Abayomi Azikiwe | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-14
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 …
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April 2020 Rockefeller Foundation Paper Urges Testing and Tracing Entire US Population
Makia Freeman | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-14
A 2020 Rockefeller Foundation Paper now proposes the next phase of the solution to the coronavirus crisis

Exigencias socialistas para la crisis del COVID-19
Editor | workers.org | 2020-05-14
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 . . . | Continue reading Exigencias socialistas para la crisis del COVID-19 at Workers.org
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Don't Expect to See Trump's Tax Returns Before the Election
Prof. Marjorie Cohn | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-14
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 …
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Our Continuing Terror: the Murder of Ahmaud Arbery
Jesse Jackson | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-14
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…
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India Is Intensifying Its U.S. Backed Hybrid War on China
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-14
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 …
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Despite pandemic, Colombia's public hospitals still granted to politicians' buddies
Adriaan Alsema | colombiareports.com | 2020-05-14
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…
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Trump v. birth control case heard by Supreme Court
Sue Davis | workers.org | 2020-05-14
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 . . . | Continue reading Trump v. birth control case heard by Supreme Court at Workers.org
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Hell No, You Can't be Safer at Home
Ruth Conniff | progressive.org | 2020-05-14
Wisconsin Supreme Court, in act of 'blatant . . . judicial activism,' strikes down state rules meant to curb spread of COVID-19.
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US Imperialism's Decomposition Accelerates: Outsourcing 'Regime Change'. Mercenary Incursions into Venezuela
Francisco Dominguez | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-14
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' …
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Massachusetts Contact Tracing Program Handed to Clinton-Linked NGO with Questionable Past
Raul Diego | mintpressnews.com | 2020-05-14
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.
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Obamagate Shows Biden Is Inadequate in Challenging Trump
Paul Antonopoulos | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-14
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 …
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Will Turkey Contract Its Militarism Because of Its Economic Problems?
Paul Antonopoulos | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-14
A report by New Economy found that "Turkey had significant foreign exchange outflows" because of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's costly wars. The report also found that "Turkey's probability of bankruptcy is extremely high," along with its three big banks …
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US further complicates prospects for peace in Colombia
Adriaan Alsema | colombiareports.com | 2020-05-14
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…
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El Salvador: Pot-Banging Against Bukele's Pandemic Management
telesurenglish.net | 2020-05-14
In San Salvador city's upper-class neighborhoods, residents banged pans and honked car horns on Wednesday to protest against President Nayib Bukele's handling of the pandemic. | RELATED: | El Salvador: White Cloths to Protest Hunger | Through social networks, citizens called to protest against the situation of people confined in containment centers, the arrests of t…
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Slovenian Left protests amendments to Nature Conservation Act
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-05-14
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…
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The 1930s and now: Looking back to move forward
Saul Foster | mronline.org | 2020-05-14
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 …
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Local county officials in California bow before billionaire's demand to reopen Tesla factory
wsws.org | 2020-05-14
Earlier this week, Tesla CEO Elon Musk reopened his 10,000-employee factory in defiance of the orders of Alameda County health officials.
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'I've never seen a contract for toppling a govt': Venezuelan VP decries Guaido's hiring of US mercenaries to Rafael Correa
rt.com | 2020-05-14
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…
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'Unlawful & invalid': Wisconsin Supreme Court strikes down state's stay-at-home order
rt.com | 2020-05-14
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…
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Montenegro police arrest 60 protesters after clashes over detention of Orthodox priests (VIDEO)
rt.com | 2020-05-14
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…
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Iran names Palestine most significant issue in Muslim World
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-14
TEHRAN, May 14 (MNA)

EU Offers West Balkans €3.3 Billion as Forgiveness for Coronavirus Snub
Paul Antonopoulos | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-14
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. …
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Coronavirus Pandemic Prompts Global Mental Health Crisis
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-05-14
Image Credit: engin akyurt on Unsplash | 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. | TRANSCRIPT: | This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form. | AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy Now!, democracynow.org, The Quarantine Report. I'm Amy Goodman in New Yo…
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Wisconsin Is "Wild West" After Supreme Court Ruling Against Shelter-in-Place
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-05-14
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. | The court ruled that the governor and the Department of Health Services had overstepped their bounds and had not followed a rulemaking process in issuing social distancing edicts several weeks ago to address the spread of coronavirus within the stat…
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Paramilitary Panda: WWF Land Grabs Rooted in Covert Apartheid History
Michael Molitch-Hou | indybay.org | 2020-05-14
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.
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Coronavirus Pandemic Prompts Global Mental Health Crisis as Millions Feel Alone, Anxious & Depressed
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-05-14
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.
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When Patients Die Alone, How Do Families and Health Workers Cope, Relieve Suffering?
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-05-14
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.
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Transit union leaders, system heads seek further aid
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2020-05-14
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 …
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3.5 billion people may face 'unlivable' heat in 50 years
Ian Angus | mronline.org | 2020-05-14
Every degree of global warming will push a billion people out of the human survival zone.
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Iran destabilised by US amid COVID-19 pandemic
wsws.org | 2020-05-14
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.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/14/iran…

Is COVID-19 Killing Democracy?
Guy Verhofstadt | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-14
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 …
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Unholy Shambles: Johnson's COVID Response Falling Apart at the Edges
Ian Dunt | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-14
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 …
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America's Military Vaccine Mandate? Dept. of Defense Purchasing 500 Million ApiJect Syringes to Inject Every Person in America with Coronavirus Vaccine
Mike Adams | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-14
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. According to a press release from the US Dept. of Defense, featuring an …
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Beginning of the End of German Support for NATO
MISH | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-14
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 | …
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A Well-Planned Epidemic
Mark Taliano | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-14
Evidence demonstrates that the Coronavirus Operation started well before the "lockdowns" and the Fear campaigns. | Consider, for example, that whereas the WHO declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) on January 30, 2020 (1) the Coronavirus Aid Relief …
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Banking on the Nuclear Bomb Are Citi, Chase, BofA, Wells and Goldman Sachs
Matthew Russell Lee | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-14
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 S.2155 in Washington, including JP Morgan Chase, Bank of America, Citigroup, Wells Fargo, State Street …
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The COVID-19 Chronicles: USA
Ulson Gunnar | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-14
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 …
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A World Health Crisis? So Ramp Up Confrontation and Deploy Nuclear Bombers against China, Russia, Iran and North Korea
Brian Cloughley | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-14
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 …
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Corona-Crisis and Two Models of Capitalism
Dimitris Konstantakopoulos | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-14
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 …
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Germany Split on Banning US Nuclear Weapons on Its Territory
Lucas Leiroz de Almeida | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-14
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 …
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Revealed: Secretive British Unit Planning for 'Reconstruction' of Venezuela
John McEvoy | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-14
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 …
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Cuban Interferon Proven Effective Against COVID-19
Orfilio Peláez | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-14
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 …
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German armed forces deploy 300 soldiers to EU mission "Irini" in Mediterranean
wsws.org | 2020-05-14
The mission's mandate includes stopping and searching ships suspected of transporting weapons to Libya.
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Greenlighting War: Iran and Yemen
Charles Pierson | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-14
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…
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Greenlighting War: Iran and Yemen
Charles Pierson | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-14
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…
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Colombia's economic reactivation accelerated coronavirus infections
Adriaan Alsema | colombiareports.com | 2020-05-14
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…
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Toothless Congress Fails to Limit Presidential War Powers
Andrey Areshev | strategic-culture.org | 2020-05-14
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 declared himself to be a "war president" in the fight against the coronavirus, an assertion that now has been followed by a claim that the disease is actually "…really the worst attack we've ever had. This is w…
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The jungle–pandemic edition
David Ruccio | mronline.org | 2020-05-14
Like nursing homes, the U.S. meatpacking industry has become one of the hotspots of the novel coronavirus pandemic.
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What on Earth is the U.S. Doing by Bombing Somalia?
Danny Sjursen | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-14
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…
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Unless Duque changes course, Colombia could be heading for collapse
Adriaan Alsema | colombiareports.com | 2020-05-14
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…
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Trump's Advisers Have a Brazen Plot to Gut Social Security
Alex Lawson | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-14
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,…
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After COVID-19 infection discovered, 300 workers walk out of Mississippi pillow factory
wsws.org | 2020-05-14
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.
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German companies plan layoffs, attacks on wages and benefits amid coronavirus pandemic
wsws.org | 2020-05-14
The German government's response to the pandemic was conditioned from the outset by the interests of the major corporations and banks.
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The Timeliness of Albert Camus' "The Plague"
William Hughes | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-14
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…
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COVID-19: Why Iran Is Doing Better Than You Think
Karim Sharara | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-14
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…
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Trump attacks Dr. Fauci for cautioning against the premature opening of the country
wsws.org | 2020-05-14
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.
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We shouldn't mourn the loss of high street fashion giants. They represent some of the worst aspects of globalization
Peter Bolton | thecanary.co | 2020-05-14
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 fretting about the potential fallout. Yet, although the inevitable loss of jobs is regrettable, we shouldn't mourn the decline of these 'fast fashion' giants. In many respects, they represent all that is wrong and destructive ab…
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U.S. global prison model: white supremacy on display
Mirinda Crissman | workers.org | 2020-05-14
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 . . . | Continue reading U.S. global prison model: white supremacy on display at Workers.org
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UK: COVID-19 confirmed among ASOS warehouse workers
wsws.org | 2020-05-14
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…
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Falling Consumer Prices, Except for Food
Dean Baker | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-14
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…
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Stranded by COVID-19 pandemic, thousands of cruise ship workers suffer under horrifying conditions
wsws.org | 2020-05-14
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.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/14/crui…

Turning point: What will be the post-pandemic 'new normal'?
David Cavendish | peoplesworld.org | 2020-05-14
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 …
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America's Newest Wedge Issue and the Tale of the Bizarre 2020 Presidential Elections
Andrey Areshev | strategic-culture.org | 2020-05-14
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 rumors moving abo…
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Mounting worker opposition to Quebec's reckless back-to-work drive
wsws.org | 2020-05-14
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.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/14/quco…

Corruption and the Pandemic Bailout
Dean Baker | cepr.net | 2020-05-14
(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 …
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Reserve army–pandemic edition
David Ruccio | mronline.org | 2020-05-14
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.
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To combat "hunger pandemic" MST has donated more than 600 tons of food
Brasil de Fato | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-05-14
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 acts of solidarity organized by social movements from all over the country since the start of the pandemic, beyond helping those most vulnerable in society during the quarantine, are also ways of denouncing the absence of good governance. | Just like the Landless Rural Workers Movement (MST), which…
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Africa: Lesotho Reports First COVID-19 Case
telesurenglish.net | 2020-05-14
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: | Cuba Rejects US Terrorism Accusations, as Habana Blacklisted | 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…
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Fed chief calls for more money for Wall Street and corporations
wsws.org | 2020-05-14
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.
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COVID-19: Mélenchon offers national unity with France's banks
wsws.org | 2020-05-14
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.
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The Future is Up for Grabs
Laura Flanders | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-14
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,…
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Michael McClure: Beat Poet and Playwright Helped Thaw Cold War American Culture
Jonah Raskin | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-14
"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."

The Venezuela Kerfuffle and the Secret Team
Michael Doliner | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-14
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…
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Celebrated to Death: the Betrayal of the American Soldier
Erik Edstrom | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-14
"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

Political Fantasies Versus Economic and Health Realities
George Ochenski | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-14
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:…
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In (and Out) Like Flynn
Christopher Brauchli | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-14
"Lying she knew was a sin."

Bay Area car caravan: Stop state executions by COVID-19!
Liberation Staff | liberationnews.org | 2020-05-14
More than 80 cars drove around San Quentin prison in Marin County, California on Sat. May .
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Australian Labor Party leader revives bogus "fair go" call
wsws.org | 2020-05-14
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.
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India's calamitous COVID-19 lockdowns leave more than 120 million jobless
wsws.org | 2020-05-14
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.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/14/injo…

Illinois reports record COVID-19 death toll as businesses and politicians prepare to "reopen"
wsws.org | 2020-05-14
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.
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Over 90,000 health care workers worldwide have been infected with COVID-19
wsws.org | 2020-05-14
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.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/14/care…

Southeast Asia Witnesses Significant Rise in COVID-19 Cases
telesurenglish.net | 2020-05-14
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: | COVID-19 May Never Go Away, WHO Warns | 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…
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Former Georgian President Saakashvili becomes advisor to the Ukrainian government
wsws.org | 2020-05-14
The political return of the vociferously anti-Russian and cartoonish Saakashvilli to Ukraine is a sign of a profound crisis of the Ukrainian oligarchy.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/14/ukra…

Fruit pickers, garment workers strike as opposition grows to reopening US economy
wsws.org | 2020-05-14
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.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/14/work…

PDF download of May 14 issue
A. Majumdar | workers.org | 2020-05-14
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 . . . | Continue reading PDF download of May 14 issue at Workers.org
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The Other Americans: Trump is Spreading the Virus
Jeff Abbott | progressive.org | 2020-05-14
Deportations of migrants are exacerbating already weakened health care systems in Latin America.
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Sixteen migrant workers killed by goods train
wsws.org | 2020-05-14
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.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/14/inra…

UK: Johnson government readies post-lockdown onslaught against working class
wsws.org | 2020-05-14
The offensive is being prepared as the government is attempting to force millions back to work in unsafe conditions.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/14/ukte…

Working class democracy and centralism
Makasi Motema | workers.org | 2020-05-14
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 . . . | Continue reading Working class democracy and centralism at Workers.org
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Why Xi Won't Repeat Ming Dynasty Mistakes
Andrey Areshev | strategic-culture.org | 2020-05-14
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

You have to experience everything
Olujimi Alade | workers.org | 2020-05-14
My life today is completely different than it was four years ago: I am a college graduate and now a member of the workforce

ASOS worker in UK speaks on unsafe conditions in warehouse
wsws.org | 2020-05-14
"It all looks good on the outside (one-way system, tents with thermo-cameras), but inside they care less and less every day."
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/14/aso2…

UN economic commission backs guaranteed minimum income in Colombia
Adriaan Alsema | colombiareports.com | 2020-05-14
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…
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Reopening: A Chronicle of Needless Deaths Foretold
Gregg Gonsalves | thenation.com | 2020-05-14
Reopening: A Chronicle of Needless Deaths Foretold…
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Undocumented Workers in Coronavirus Crisis
Sasha Abramsky | thenation.com | 2020-05-14
Undocumented Workers in Coronavirus Crisis…
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There Is Only One Way to Prevent Mass Deaths in Prisons: Let Them Out
Daniel Fernandez | thenation.com | 2020-05-14
There Is Only One Way to Prevent Mass Deaths in Prisons: Let Them Out…
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'God Friended Me' Was the Strangest Show on TV
Erin Schwartz | thenation.com | 2020-05-14
'God Friended Me' Was the Strangest Show on TV…
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Britain's Political-media Complex in the COVID-19 War
True Publica | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-14
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 …
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Brazilian Indigenous Peoples Confront Double Threat of COVID-19 and Bolsonaro's Policies
Gabriel Leà£o | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-14
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…
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Brazilian Indigenous Peoples Confront Double Threat of COVID-19 and Bolsonaro's Policies
Gabriel Leà£o | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-14
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…
counterpunch.org/2020/05/14/brazilian-in…

Russian aviation industry gets government lifeline to stay afloat during pandemic-related flight restrictions
rt.com | 2020-05-14
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…
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Russia fills coffers with gold & adds $2.5 billion to forex reserves during coronavirus peak
rt.com | 2020-05-14
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…
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Beijing signals harsh counter-sanctions for US lawmakers & STATES targeting China over Covid-19 outbreak
rt.com | 2020-05-14
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 reported, citing analysts. | The "painful" countermeasures will likely target Senator John Haw…
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Gunpoint diplomacy: US to 'snap back' all UN sanctions on Iran if expiring arms embargo isn't renewed
rt.com | 2020-05-14
Two years after spectacularly exiting the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, the US has threatened to trigger a return of all UN sanctions

RT'S 2020 KHALED ALKHATEB AWARDS FOR WAR JOURNALISM OPEN FOR ENTRIES
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China's politburo: Task to prevent rebound in local coronavirus cases 'remains arduous'
rt.com | 2020-05-14
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…
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'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 | 2020-05-14
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…
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Philippines evacuates 200,000 people as Typhoon Vongfong makes landfall
rt.com | 2020-05-14
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…
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WATCH: Incredibly detailed 3D model reveals coronavirus down to ATOMIC level
rt.com | 2020-05-14
You can now look at the SARS-CoV-2 virus up close

French pharma chief backtracks after promise Covid-19 vaccine will reach American patients first sparks ire
rt.com | 2020-05-14
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…
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WHO warns Covid-19 may 'never go away' as Trump clashes with Fauci over US reopening
rt.com | 2020-05-14
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…
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Japan lifts coronavirus-related state of emergency in most regions, Tokyo not included
rt.com | 2020-05-14
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 | | 'Impossible' to hold Olympics unless pandemic is contained, Japan's PM Abe says | Japan declar…
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Global energy demand will collapse again if coronavirus makes a comeback, IEA warns
rt.com | 2020-05-14
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.
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More than 70 servicemen who helped to tackle coronavirus in Italy return to Russia
rt.com | 2020-05-14
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…
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Hungary's govt could end emergency powers in late June, ease curbs in Budapest next week
rt.com | 2020-05-14
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…
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Three Tory MPs accused of spreading 'fake news' about Labour leader Starmer after sharing edited video on grooming gang victims
rt.com | 2020-05-14
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

VIDEOS of GLOWING SPHERES hovering over Brazil light up UFO theories online
rt.com | 2020-05-14
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 @elonmusk another image supposedly t…
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It will 'take months for EU travel to return to normal,' says Irish PM Varadkar
rt.com | 2020-05-14
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…
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Beijing opposes 'US slander' after it says 'China-linked hackers breaking into Covid-19 research'
rt.com | 2020-05-14
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…
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British journo branded 'vile' after saying teachers should 'step up' & show 'same bravery' as health workers amid Covid-19 crisis
rt.com | 2020-05-14
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

Your money, your right? France disputes PRIVILEGED ACCESS to Covid-19 vaccine for US
rt.com | 2020-05-14
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…
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DOZENS of babies born to Ukrainian surrogate mothers left stranded in Kiev hotel due to Covid-19
rt.com | 2020-05-14
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…
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Global investments pour into China as Covid-19 turmoil grips financial markets
rt.com | 2020-05-14
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…
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How dare you… use CHINESE drones!? US lawmakers 'grill' feds over spying on lockdown-violating Americans
rt.com | 2020-05-14
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 two letters to the Departments of Homeland…
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Richard Burr to step down as Senate intel chair during FBI's probe into suspicious stock dumps before Covid-19 market crash
rt.com | 2020-05-14
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…
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Investigation opened after photos of HITLER & HIMMLER uploaded to Russian online WWII victory celebration
rt.com | 2020-05-14
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 'Immortal Regiment', a parade of ordinary Russian people who walk in the memory of their forefathers who fought in the war, often holding a sign with their picture. Originat…
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Fearsome storm ravages Siberian city, ripping roofs from buildings, tossing cars down street (VIDEOS)
rt.com | 2020-05-14
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…
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US sails guided-missile destroyer near Taiwan, a week before presidential inauguration
rt.com | 2020-05-14
The US Navy said on Thursday it had sailed a guided-missile destroyer through the sensitive Taiwan Strait, a week before Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen's inauguration for a second term in office. | The US Pacific Fleet said in a statement on its Facebook page the USS McCampbell had transited the narrow strait that separates Taiwan from mainland China on Wednesday. Taiwan's defence ministry said the ship had sailed south on what it termed an "ordinary mission." | In Beijing, Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said China "paid close attention" to the passage of the US ship. "We hope the US side can appropriat…
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US sails guided-missile destroyer near Taiwan, a week before presidential inauguration
rt.com | 2020-05-14
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…
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Simple vitamin treatment can 'flip the switch' on incurable genetic muscular disease, researchers say
rt.com | 2020-05-14
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.com/news/488659-vitamin-b3-fights-mus…

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

Coronavirus Pandemic Prompts Global Mental Health Crisis
CP Editor | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-14
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Brian Hook threatens to trigger return of UN sanctions on Iran
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-14
TEHRAN, May 14 (MNA)

Army Forces in Lorestan stage 'Equality and Sincere Assistance Maneuver'
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-14
KHORRAMABAD, May 14 (MNA)

Tehran, Moscow discuss economic ties amid Covid-19 pandemic
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-14
TEHRAN, May 14 (MNA)

Number of Covid-19 confirmed Cases in world surpasses 4.43mn
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-14
TEHRAN, May 14 (MNA)

Covid-19 infects 114,533 in Iran: health min. spox
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-14
TEHRAN, May 14 (MNA)

Depite delay, consignment of Iranian-made COVID-19 test kits sent to Turkey: Jahanpour
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-14
TEHRAN, May 14 (MNA)

FM spox chides US claims on Iran's non-cooperation in fighting terrorism
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-14
TEHRAN, May 14 (MNA)

JCPOA none of US, Brian Hook's business: Zarif
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-14
TEHRAN, May 14 (MNA)

Iranian coastguards detain 4 trawlers, 8 foreign nationals in Hormozgan
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-14
TEHRAN, May 14 (MNA)

Iran marks National Day of Ferdowsi, father of modern Persian language
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-14
TEHRAN, May 14 (MNA)

Front pages of Iranian intl. dailies on May 14
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-14
TEHRAN, May 14 (MNA)

US reacts to Iran Navy vessel's mishap
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-14
TEHRAN, May 14 (MNA)

VIDEO: Iranian brown bears
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-14
TEHRAN, May 14 (MNA)

Headlines of Iranian dailies on May 14
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-14
TEHRAN, May 14 (MNA)

Rouhani underscores improvement in economy, Iranians' lives, hope for future
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-14
TEHRAN, May 14 (MNA)

Trump Admin Says New Bailout Will Help 35 Million Americans. It Probably Won't
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-05-14
Within a few weeks, the Federal Reserve will start a $600 billion lending program that the Trump administration says will help 40,000 midsized businesses that employ 35 million Americans. | 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…
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When Patients Die Alone, How Do Families and Health Workers Relieve Suffering?
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-05-14
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…
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Ousted Vaccine Agency Director Will Testify That Our "Darkest Winter" Is Ahead
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-05-14
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…
truthout.org/articles/ousted-vaccine-age…

Pandemic Policing Is Expanding the Use of Surveillance Technology
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-05-14
Last week's viral images of New York City Police Department (NYPD) officers handing out masks to crowds of white park-goers while violently attacking and arresting several Black and Latino residents for not properly distancing themselves has sparked widespread outrage. | A breakdown…
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Adventures in Digital Organizing With Mariame Kaba
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-05-14
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…
truthout.org/audio/adventures-in-digital…

McConnell's PATRIOT Act Expansion Would Hand Barr Unprecedented Spy Powers
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-05-14
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…
truthout.org/articles/mcconnells-patriot…

COVID-19 Response Fund: Cutting-edge technologies advance coronavirus fight
imperial.ac.uk | 2020-05-14
Imperial researchers are driving forward the fight against coronavirus with new healthcare innovations and data insights.
imperial.ac.uk/news/197517/covid-19-response-fund-cutting-edge-technologies-advance

Imperial MBBS medics deliver action plans for London GPs and local communities
imperial.ac.uk | 2020-05-14
Third-year medical students have partnered with community, voluntary, health & social care leaders to respond to local needs in the era of COVID-19.
imperial.ac.uk/news/197237/imperial-mbbs-medics-deliver-action-plans

AI-Powered Medical "Pre-Crime" Is Officially Here To "Fight COVID-19"
Ryan Cristián | thelastamericanvagabond.com | 2020-05-14
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 …
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U.S. Sanctions: The Weaponization of the Global Financial System
IFCSS | indybay.org | 2020-05-14
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
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We Can't Go Back to Normal: A Moral Respnse to Coronavirus Town Hall (PPC)
Poor People's Campaign & MoveOn | indybay.org | 2020-05-14
Online via livestream…
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Pine Ridge locks down for 72 hours after two Lakotas test positive for coronavirus
Brenda Norrell | indybay.org | 2020-05-14
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.
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/05/12/1883299…

Wearing 'smallpox blankets' Lakota Dakota oppose casinos reopening
Brenda Norrell | indybay.org | 2020-05-14
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.
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/05/13/1883300…

Confirmed known Covid-19 cases for 2,818 federal inmates
Lynda Carson | indybay.org | 2020-05-14
Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic…
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Delta Tunnel Forges Ahead in Pandemic: Agreement in Principal Reached for SWP Contract Amendment
Dan Bacher | indybay.org | 2020-05-14
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.
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/05/13/1883300…

Speak out against oil drilling in Brentwood
The hills are alive | indybay.org | 2020-05-14
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).
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/05/13/1883300…

Dispatch from the Frontlines: Gender Inequality and COVID-19 (CPCC)
Congressional Progressive Caucus Ctr & others | indybay.org | 2020-05-14
Online livestream & Zoom…
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21-Year-Old Dies in Santa Cruz County Jail
Santa Cruz Police News | indybay.org | 2020-05-14
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.
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/05/11/1883298…

ACLU of California Legislative Webinar: COVID-19, Current Bills, & Building Community
ACLU Northern California | indybay.org | 2020-05-14
Online via Zoom…
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/05/12/1883299…

The Frontline Response: Local Latino Leaders Address COVID-19 (town hall)
Unidos US | indybay.org | 2020-05-14
Online via Zoom: unidosus.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_8vJ…
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/05/12/1883299…

Nuclear Weapons: Stopping the War That No One Wants (livestream)
The Commonwealth Club | indybay.org | 2020-05-14
Online via livestream…
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/05/11/1883298…

Intersection of the Climate Crisis & Social Justice Webinar (PPC & CRP)
Poor People's Campaign, Climate Reality Proj. | indybay.org | 2020-05-14
Online via Zoom…
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/05/13/1883301…

Ethical Human Rights: China criticizes New Zealand for supporting Taiwan
Anthony Ravlich | indybay.org | 2020-05-14
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.
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/05/13/1883300…

Health leaders say it will take months for NHS services to fully resume
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-05-14
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…
thecanary.co/discovery/news-discovery/20…

Argentine Senate Approves Government Decree to Face Pandemic
telesurenglish.net | 2020-05-14
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: | Argentina Debt Deadlock Remains, Fernandez Says Talks Continue | 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.
telesurenglish.net/news/argentine-senate…

More than £30,000 raised for family of rail worker who died after being spat at
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-05-14
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…
thecanary.co/uk/news/2020/05/14/more-tha…

Strong typhoon slams into pandemic-hit Philippines, making social distancing 'almost impossible'
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-05-14
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…
thecanary.co/discovery/2020/05/14/strong…

Selected Articles: More on COVID-19, Economic Crisis and NATO
Global Research News | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-14
To say that the public has become disillusioned and wary of constant doomsday media reports and news coverage is a gross understatement

The U.S. Military is hell-bent on trying to overpower China
Vijay Prashad | mronline.org | 2020-05-13
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.
mronline.org/2020/05/13/the-u-s-military…

The "Zionist Virus" and the Future of Palestine
Rima Najjar | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-13
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 …
globalresearch.ca/governor-cuomo-virus-n…

Iraq in the balance between Iran and the USA
Elijah Magnier | thealtworld.com | 2020-05-13
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…
thealtworld.com/elijah_magnier/iraq-in-t…

The Health Care Industry Could Profit From the COVID-19 Crisis
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-05-13
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…
truthout.org/video/the-health-care-indus…

Naomi Klein: Healthcare Industry Sees "Potential Bonanza" of Profits in COVID-19 Crisis
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-05-13
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."
www.democracynow.org/2020/5/13/naomi_kle…

Screen New Deal: Naomi Klein on How Companies Like Google Plan to Profit in High-Tech COVID Dystopia
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-05-13
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

Jeremy Corbyn discovers the class struggle–and opposes it
wsws.org | 2020-05-13
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."
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/13/corb…

COVID-19: Global Pandemic & Climate Disruption With Mike Davis
Speak Out Now | indybay.org | 2020-05-13
Online Zoom meeting, see details here: speakoutsocialists.org/townhall-davis-5-…
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/05/10/1883296…

Vowing to Be 'Fully Accountable' to Movement, Ocasio-Cortez Joins Biden's Climate Crisis Task Force
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-05-13
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…
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The Murder of Ahmaud Arbery—And Our Continuing Terror
Jesse Jackson | commondreams.org | 2020-05-13
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…
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From Lebanon to Syria, the Arab World is Failing Palestinian Refugees
Ramzy Baroud | mintpressnews.com | 2020-05-13
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 ever-diminishing population of Palestinian refugees is nothing new. However, this event is particularly alarming as it may be linked to a long-term official policy regarding the residency status of Palestinian refugees in this Arab country. | Many were ta…
mintpressnews.com/lebanon-syria-arab-wor…

Soros Thinks That Germany Is A Greater Threat To His Plans Than COVID, Trump, Or China
Andrew Korybko | thealtworld.com | 2020-05-13
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…
thealtworld.com/andrew_korybko/soros-thi…

Russia Ready to Assist the US in the Taliban Peace Agreement
telesurenglish.net | 2020-05-13
Russia's Foreign Affairs Minister Sergei Lavrov said his country is ready to help the United States and the Taliban overcome difficulties in implementing the Doha Peace Agreement. | RELATED: | At Least 14 People Killed in Afghanistan Hospital Attack | …
telesurenglish.net/news/Russia-Ready-to-…

US: Twitter Announces Work-From-Home Strategy Extension
telesurenglish.net | 2020-05-13
Twitter chief executive officer Jack Dorsey announced on May 12 Company allowed employees to work indefinitely from home. | RELATED: | Russia Ready to Assist the US in the Taliban Peace Agreement | "We were uniquely positioned to respond quickly and allow folks to work from home given our emphasis on decentralization and supporting a distributed workforce capable of working from anywhere," Twitter representatives stated. | The social network administration was one of the first t…
telesurenglish.net/news/twitter-announce…

[UPDATED] Venezuelan Oil Sector Continues Slump Amid Pandemic, US Sanctions
Ricardo Vaz | venezuelanalysis.com | 2020-05-13
The Maduro government is working to repair refineries with Chinese and Iranian assistance to tackle fuel shortages.
venezuelanalysis.com/news/14874

Secret UK Plan to Intervene in Venezuelan Politics Revealed
telesurenglish.net | 2020-05-13
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: | Venezuela Arrests Another Man Involved in Failed Incursion Plan | According to documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, journalist McEvoy points out that in the last 16 months, the British Govern…
telesurenglish.net/news/Secret-UK-Plan-t…

Trump Administration Won't Guarantee Universal Access to COVID-19 Vaccine
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-05-13
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…
truthout.org/articles/trump-administrati…

The Longterm Social Impacts from Economic Collapse and COVID-19 Outbreaks
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-13
Economic collapse that's harming most ordinary people in the US, West, and elsewhere

Pompeo in Israel
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-13
At a time of COVID-19 related lockdowns and social distancing in most countries, Pompeo showed up in Israel Tuesday. | He came to meet with and bolster Netanyahu ahead of his upcoming trial to start later this month for bribery, fraud, …
globalresearch.ca/pompeo-israel/5712754

Don't Expect to See Trump's Tax Returns Before the Election
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-05-13
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…
truthout.org/articles/dont-expect-to-see…

Outsourcing 'regime change': US imperialism's decomposition accelerates
Francisco Dominguez | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-05-13
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.
peoplesdispatch.org/2020/05/13/outsourci…

Wall Street Will Likely Be the Only Winners in the Pandemic Housing Crisis
Alan Macleod | mintpressnews.com | 2020-05-13
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.
mintpressnews.com/wall-street-likely-onl…