2020-05-16: News Headlines

The Lancet (2020-05-16). [Editorial] Reviving the US CDC. thelancet.com The COVID-19 pandemic continues to worsen in the USA with 1 ∑3 million cases and an estimated death toll of 80‚Äà684 as of May 12. States that were initially the hardest hit, such as New York and New Jersey, have decelerated the rate of infections and deaths after the implementation of 2 months of lockdown. However, the emergence of new outbreaks in Minnesota, where the stay-at-home order is set to lift in mid-May, and Iowa, which did not enact any restrictions on movement or commerce, has prompted pointed new questions about the inconsistent and incoherent national response to the COVID-19…

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2020-05-16). Global Capitalism, "World Government" and the Corona Crisis. globalresearch.ca In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. | The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists, and will persist. (President Dwight D. Eisenhower …

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2020-05-16). 2009 H1N1 Vaccine Caused Brain Damage in Children. Dr. Anthony Fauci on "Vaccine Safety" Issues. globalresearch.ca In 2009, NIAID Director Anthony Fauci was firmly in support of a multibillion dollar H1N1 vaccine project | Today he is an avid supporter of a COVID-19 vaccine. | What he fails to acknowledge is that the 2009 H1N1 Vaccine caused brain …

Dr. Rudolf Hà§nsel (2020-05-16). The "Secret Agenda" of the So-called Elite. globalresearch.ca "The International" is the world-renowned battle song of the socialist labor movement. The English version of the original French text reads: | "Wake up, damned of this earth, who are still forced to starve! (…) Army of slaves, wake up! (…) …

teleSUR Desk (2020-05-16). U.S. blocks vote on UN's bid for global ceasefire amid COVID-19. mronline.org The U.S. veto trashes the UN's efforts to convince armed factions in more than a dozen countries to call for temporary truces as the world battles the pandemic.

Glen Ford (2020-05-16). Leftists jump the Corporate Democratic ship, leaving Sanders behind. mronline.org History may record that the corporate duopoly dike was finally broken in the Time of Plague, with the defection of Bernie's former sheep from the Democratic Party.

RT (2020-05-16). House Democrats push through $3 TRILLION Covid-19 relief bill as GOP puts up resistance to 'progressive wishlist'. rt.com Democratic lawmakers have passed a massive $3 trillion coronavirus aid package, the largest bill to ever move through Congress, but the Senate is likely to block the law, with Republicans deeming it a progressive "wishlist." | The 1,800-page bill passed 208-199 on Friday in a vote largely along party lines, with all but 14 Democrats voting in its favor, joined by a single GOP rep — Peter King of New York. | Introduced by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-California) without consultation from lawmakers across the aisle, the expansive law will provide financial relief for state and local governments, hazard pay…

Nils Karlson (2020-05-16). Sweden's Coronavirus Strategy Will Soon Be the World's. anti-empire.com China placed 50 million people under quarantine in Hubei Province in January. Since then, many liberal democracies have taken aggressive authoritarian measures of their own to fight the novel coronavirus. By mid-March, almost all Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) countries

Mitch Leslie (2020-05-16). People Who Have "T Cells' From Other Coronavirus Infections Are Resistant to COVID-19. anti-empire.com Immune warriors known as T cells help us fight some viruses, but their importance for battling SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, has been unclear. Now, two studies reveal infected people harbor T cells that target the virus—and may help them recover. Both studies also found some people never infected with SARS-CoV-2 have these cellular defenses, most likely because they were previously infected with other coronaviruses. | "This is encouraging data," says virologist Angela Rasmussen of Columbia University. Although the studies don't clarify whether people who clear a SARS-CoV-2 infection can war…

Denis Prager (2020-05-16). The Worldwide Lockdown Is the Biggest Man-Made Culling Since the Great Leap Forward. anti-empire.com

"The truth is, like most of the elites, it is Barber who is "merely inconvenienced." Indeed, the American battle today is between the merely inconvenienced and the rest of America."

| The idea that the worldwide lockdown of virtually every country other than Sweden may have been an enormous mistake strikes many — including world leaders, most scientists (especially health officials, doctors and epidemiologists), those who work in major news media, opinion writers in those media and the hundreds of millions, if not billions, of people who put their faith in these people — as so prep…

Brendan O'Neill (2020-05-16). Once Again Hysterical Media Is Complicit in the Needless Deaths of Tens of Thousands (So Far). anti-empire.com The media in this country have no shame. For two months they've been ramping up fear and hysteria over Covid-19. They predicted apocalypse. They reported the daily death tolls like gleeful grim reapers. They said hospitals would be overwhelmed. They interviewed doctor after doctor and nurse after nurse who told us in tearful tones that the health service was at breaking point. They painted a picture of a nation falling apart, of a plague visiting death upon every community, of institutions collapsing under the sheer weight of this mini Black Death. | And now, after all that, after pumping out 24-hour rolling d…

John Church (2020-05-16). The Xhosa Cattle Killing Movement — The Forerunners of the COVID Lockdown Cult. anti-empire.com

"During this time many Xhosa herds were plagued with "lung sickness", possibly introduced by European cattle"

| This week-end we were all hoping to hear about a lifting of restrictions and a view of a rapid road back to normality. I know I am not alone in being seriously alarmed by the direction of travel that is the opposite to what was wanted. We were initially locked-down in March to ensure the 'NHS wasn't overwhelmed'. Then in April it was extended to 'save lives' and this has now morphed into a rationale to 'prevent a second wave'. This weekend we were to hear about reduced restrictions,…

RT (2020-05-16). Intelsat, launcher of 1st commercial communications satellite, files for bankruptcy… it's a friend we didn't know we had. rt.com Born in the Cold War, powered by rivalry and unhindered by free-market restrictions, Intelsat linked the planet with its satellites — but hardly anyone knew about it. Now, it struggles to stay afloat. | Anyone who remembers television in the late 20th century will remember the thrill of watching international broadcasts. The grainy pictures of faraway and foreign places, with their strange road signs, adverts and people. The sound delayed and crackled like a long-distance phone call. | Now we live in an age where a crystal-clear conversation with multiple people on multiple continents using a device ligh…

The Canary (2020-05-16). Senior police officer accused of 'one rule for him, and one rule for the rest of us' after travelling to family home. thecanary.co A senior British Transport Police (BTP) officer has come under fire after he travelled from Glasgow to his family home in Yorkshire during lockdown.BTP confirmed chief superintendent Eddie Wylie returned to Yorkshire from his rented flat in Glasgow on two occasions between 21 March and 13 May, but said he did not breach Covid-19 regulations.It said that on both occasions he travelled home alone and by car to minimise any possible exposure to others.But Scottish Labour leader Richard Leonard said the journeys suggest Wylie "believes there is one rule for him, and one rule for the rest of us", and the officers has…

en.mehrnews (2020-05-16). Imam Khomeini viewed the right path toward Quds: Islamic Jihad representative. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 16 (MNA) — Glorifying the International Quds Day, initiated by the founder of the Islamic Republic Imam Khomeini in 1979, is an annual event held on the last Friday of Ramadan to express support for the Palestinians and oppose Zionism and the Israeli regime. Quds Day is a unique form of a wide-aware campaign against the Israeli occupation of Palestine.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-16). Iran to hold online intl. conf. on Quds as replacement to rallies. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 16 (MNA) — According to Ayatollah Alireza Arafi, head of the Islamic Seminaries of Iran, a two-day online international conference will be held on the issue of Palestine.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-16). Iran to hold online intl. conf. on Quds to as replacement to rallies. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 16 (MNA) — According to Ayatollah Alireza Arafi, head of the Islamic Seminaries of Iran, a two-day online international conference will be held on the issue of Palestine.

RT (2020-05-16). US threatens ICC with 'consequences' if it acts on war crimes complaint against Israel filed by 'fake' Palestinian state. rt.com Arguing that Palestine doesn't "qualify as a sovereign state" and that the International Criminal Court lacks jurisdiction over Israel, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has threatened "consequences" for any "illegitimate" probes. | Following his trip to Israel this week, Pompeo issued a brief

RT (2020-05-16). POLAND would gladly host American nukes if Germany refuses, US envoy claims, fanning 'Cuban missile crisis 2.0'. rt.com As the US ambassador to Germany — and acting spy chief — tried persuading Berlin to keep hosting US nuclear weapons, his colleague in Warsaw suggested Poland would be willing to take them instead, an act sure to provoke Moscow. | "If Germany wants to diminish nuclear capability and weaken NATO, perhaps Poland — which pays its fair share, understands the risks, and is on NATO's eastern flank — could house the capabilities here," Ambassador Georgette Mosbacher tweeted on Friday. | If Germany wants to diminish nuclear capability and weaken NATO, perhaps Poland – which pays its fair share, un…

RT (2020-05-16). Air traffic won't return to pre-pandemic levels until 2023 — IATA. rt.com Demand for air travel has plunged more than 90 percent in Europe and the United States since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) has said. | It warned that passenger traffic won't rebound to pre-crisis levels until at least 2023, noting that recovery will be even slower if lockdowns and travel restrictions are extended. | "We are asking governments to have a phased approach to restart the industry and to fly again," Alexandre de Juniac, the IATA's director general and CEO, told CNBC, raising hopes that some flying will resume by summer. | According to him, the…

RT (2020-05-16). Italy to lift international and domestic travel restrictions in June. rt.com Italy will allow international travel, as well as transit between the country's regions, from June 3, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced on Saturday. | The authorities, however, have not ruled out curbing travel again in some areas — but only in the event that there is a new spike in infections. | The European state, one of the hardest-hit by the coronavirus pandemic, has begun to slowly ease restrictions that were put in place to stop the spread of the illness following a steady decline in the number of new cases recently. | Factories and parks opened in early May, while shops and restaurants are se…

RT (2020-05-16). Moscow hits lowest daily Covid-19 cases mark since early May, with 3,505 infections recorded. rt.com The Russian capital, which accounts for a half of all Covid-19 cases and deaths in the country, has reported the lowest new daily infections number since early May. | Some 3,505 new Covid-19 cases were confirmed in Moscow on Saturday. This has become the minimum daily rate in the city since the beginning of May, the capital's operational headquarters for monitoring the pandemic reported. | The total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the capital has now reached 138,969. According to the officials, in the third decade of April, an average of 2,700 to 2,800 cases were recorded every day in Moscow. As the t…

RT (2020-05-16). Russia's biggest automaker to jump-start production next week. rt.com Major Russian car manufacturer AvtoVAZ has announced that after more than a two-week shutdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic it will resume production on May 18. | "Due to the virus situation, work will be organized according to a safe schedule to avoid crowds of people in transport and at checkpoints. The start of shifts on the assembly lines and office staff work schedules will be timed," the company said. Starting from June 29, AvtoVAZ will switch over to a four-day work week. | Production of cars at AvtoVAZ was suspended from April 29 due to the spread of coronavirus infection in Russia, which led to a drop…

RT (2020-05-16). Biggest change in 231 years: Citing Covid-19, US House of Representatives adopts proxy votes & remote meetings in party-line vote. rt.com The US House of Representatives will allow members to cast votes for up to 10 others and hold hearings remotely. Billed as temporary due to the coronavirus outbreak, the rule change is the most radical in over two centuries. | The new rules passed on Friday evening in a 217-189 vote, with three Democrats and one Independent joining the Republicans in bipartisan opposition. | Democrats, who currently control the chamber, pushed for the change this week, calling it "a common-sense solution to an unprecedented crisis that demands our ingenuity and adaptability as an institution," in the words of House Majority Le…

RT (2020-05-16). Hungary's Orban says Budapest lockdown will now be gradually lifted amid Covid-19 powers row with EU. rt.com The gradual removal of coronavirus restrictions will begin in Budapest from Monday, bringing Hungarian PM Victor Orban closer to fulfilling his promise to give up the emergency powers that had angered the EU. | "It has become clear that we have managed to curb the epidemic in Budapest as well…and thus we can lift the lockdown," Orban announced in a video address on his Facebook page. | However, the prime minister pointed out that the government will be moving "cautiously" towards what he called the second phase of defense against the virus in Hungary's capital and largest city, which has a population of mor…

RT (2020-05-16). 'A bad joke': Trio admits to photo-bombing Russian WWII site with Nazi pics after police raid. rt.com Three suspects have admitted to uploading photos of Third Reich leaders onto a website honoring Soviet veterans of World War II. They admitted it was a lame joke — after getting arrested and facing criminal charges. | The suspects were detained in a series of raids this week in the cities of Perm, Samara, Ulyanovsk and Volgograd — the latter being the scene of the world's bloodiest WWII Battle of Stalingrad. | | Screenshot from YouTube © Russia's Investigative Committee | Faced with the evidence, three of the four suspects have confessed to putting up the photos of the likes of Adolf Hitler,…

RT (2020-05-16). War-loving 'propaganda machine' & 'neoliberal economics' driving humanity toward 'omnicidal destruction,' Roger Waters tells RT. rt.com Mankind is headed for annihilation unless societies reject unjust economic systems and media war propaganda, Pink Floyd co-founder Roger Waters told RT, noting that the Covid-19 crisis could serve as a much-needed wake-up call. | "Clearly what Covid-19 has told us all is that in order to face a common enemy, like a virulent virus, we're going to need to cooperate, to act together… as a global community," Waters told RT's Rick Sanchez on Friday. | If we don't cooperate, we're all dead. The planet's over. We're heading for the cliff of omnicidal destruction of everything. So will this be a wake-up call? I hope…

RT (2020-05-16). 'Propaganda machine says it's OK for there to be Bezos & Zuckerberg': Roger Waters tells RT how media shields Covid-19 villains. rt.com Mankind is headed for annihilation unless societies reject unjust economic systems and media war propaganda, Pink Floyd co-founder Roger Waters told RT, noting that the Covid-19 crisis could serve as a much-needed wake-up call. | "Clearly what Covid-19 has told us all is that in order to face a common enemy, like a virulent virus, we're going to need to cooperate, to act together… as a global community," Waters told RT's Rick Sanchez on Friday. | If we don't cooperate, we're all dead. The planet's over. We're heading for the cliff of omnicidal destruction of everything. So will this be a wake-up call? I hope…

Andrey Areshev (2020-05-16). Techno-Tyranny: How the U.S. National Security State is Using Coronavirus to Fulfill an Orwellian Vision. strategic-culture.org Whitney WEBB | LAST YEAR, A GOVERNMENT COMMISSION CALLED FOR THE US TO ADOPT AN AI-DRIVEN MASS SURVEILLANCE SYSTEM FAR BEYOND THAT USED IN ANY OTHER COUNTRY IN ORDER TO ENSURE AMERICAN HEGEMONY IN ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE. NOW, MANY OF THE "OBSTACLES" THEY HAD CITED AS PREVENTING ITS IMPLEMENTATION ARE RAPIDLY BEING REMOVED UNDER THE GUISE OF COMBATING THE CORONAVIRUS CRISIS. | Last year, a U.S. government body dedicated to examining how artificial intelligence can "address the national security and defense needs of the United States" discussed in detail the "structural" changes that the American economy and socie…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-05-16). On Nakba Day, Palestinians vow to continue resistance. peoplesdispatch.org May 15 is the anniversary of the Nakba, which means catastrophe or disaster. The day marks the forced exodus of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians from their homes during the formation of Israel in 1948. This year, despite the COVID-19 quarantine, Palestinians across the world will mark the Nakba. Despite Netanyahu's apartheid policies and Trump's fradulent deal of the century, the resistance of the people of Palestine continues.

RT (2020-05-16). Trump vows to strip 'radical left' of 'TOTAL COMMAND' over FB, IG, Twitter & Google. rt.com President Donald Trump has vowed to break the "radical left's" apparent control of social media platforms. Earlier, the president thanked his "keyboard warriors" for their support, as they accused the tech firms of censorship. | "The Radical Left is in total command & control of Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Google," Trump tweeted on Saturday. "The Administration is working to remedy this illegal situation. Stay tuned, and send names & events." | t.co/ZQfcfD3Hk9— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump)

RT (2020-05-16). 'Camera off, mask off?' CNN reporter blasted for removing mask seconds after end of WH press briefing. rt.com CNN correspondent Kaitlan Collins has been accused of Covid-19 theatrics, as she was caught hastily removing her face mask after a White House briefing. Collins has criticized Donald Trump for not wearing masks in public. | Despite the president's 'masks are optional' policy at White House briefings, the CNN journalist, like most of her colleagues, wore one during the press event on Friday. | However, when Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany walked off the podium, Collins wasted no time in taking off the protective item as she brushed past other people in the room — a social distancing faux pas in the age of…

RT (2020-05-16). Dems launch ANOTHER Trump probe — after he fires State Dept official who was investigating Pompeo & pushed a new 'dossier'. rt.com Two Democrat-led committees on Capitol Hill have launched a fresh investigation into President Trump. This probe focuses on allegations that Trump fired a State Department employee for political reasons. | Trump informed Congress on Friday that he intends to fire State Department Inspector General Steve Linick, claiming he "no longer" had confidence in him. | By Saturday, House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel (D-New York) and Senate Foreign Affairs Committee Ranking Member Bob Menendez (D-New Jersey) sent a letter to the White House, alleging the firing was "politically-motivated," and announcin…

RT (2020-05-16). 'Unreliable for allies, dangerous for rivals': Tehran blasts 'mindless' trio of Trump, Pompeo & US Iran envoy. rt.com A high-ranking Iranian politician has unloaded on three of the top US officials, saying their "mindless" behavior paints the US government as being dangerous for rivals, unreliable for allies and incompetent for the people. | Ali Shamkhani, the Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council took aim at US President Donald Trump, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook in a series of tweets on Friday. | "The rule of the incompetent and mindless is only a source of danger," Shamkhani said before proceeding to call the Americans by name. | The Trump-Pompeo-Hook triangl…

RT (2020-05-16). 'We surrender!' Roscosmos chief taunts Trump for bragging about 'super-duper' US missile. rt.com The head of Russia's space agency, Dmitry Rogozin, fired off a tongue-in-cheek tweet in response to Donald Trump's brag about the uber-powerful missile that he alleges leaves Russian or Chinese analogues far behind. | While unveiling the flag of the Space Force in the Oval Office on Friday, US President Donald Trump made some headline-grabbing remarks. | "We have no choice. We have to do it, with the adversaries we have out there…I call it the super-duper missile, and I heard the other night [it's] 17 times faster than what they have right now," Trump bragged. | The US president didn't give away a single clu…

Peter Koenig (2020-05-16). The Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic: The Real Danger is "Agenda ID2020" globalresearch.ca WHO has most likely received orders from "above", from those people who also manage Trump and the "leaders" (sic) of the EU, European Union. The final decision to go ahead NOW with COVID-19 pandemic, was taken in January 2020 at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos – behind very much closed doors.

Peter Koenig (2020-05-16). The Farce and Diabolical Agenda of A "Universal Lockdown" globalresearch.ca First comes the farce, an (almost) universal government lie around the globe about a deadly virus, WHO named COVID-19. The decision for a global lockdown — literally for the collapse of the world economy — was already taken at the …

en.mehrnews (2020-05-16). Taliban does not recognize High Peace Council: spox. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 17 (MNA) — The Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, says the militant group does not recognize the Afghanistan High Peace Council (HPC) and will negotiate with Dr. Abdullah Abdullah outside the HPC's framework.

teleSUR (2020-05-16). Venezuelan Army Captures Another Member of Operation Gedeon. telesurenglish.net The Venezuelan armed forces captured another member Saturday involved in the failed coup plot, dubbed 'Operation Gedeon', against President Nicolas Maduro. | RELATED: | The Strategic Operational Command of the Bolivarian National Armed Forces (CEOFANB) reported that the arrest was made by the Operational Defense Comprehensive Zone (ZODI) of northern Aragua state. | The Venezuelan national police reported that se…

Leon Kunstenaar (2020-05-16). Protest at Fort Mason Against CCSF Cuts. indybay.org People young and old protest CCSF cuts in programs that benefit seniors, immigrants and working people.

Richard Horton (2020-05-16). [Comment] Offline: Don't let COVID-19 divert us completely. thelancet.com Dr Robert Spencer, a trustee of Dr Edward Jenner's House, Garden and Museum in Berkeley, Gloucestershire, UK, wrote to me last week on the 40th anniversary of the eradication of smallpox (May 8). He was polite but disappointed: "On this day in 1980 the WHO announced the eradication of smallpox from the world. This infection, which probably caused more deaths than any other disease, was finally condemned to the history books. Sorry to see you had no space in this week's edition of The Lancet to commemorate this milestone, especially at a time of COVID-19 pandemic." Dr Spencer was right to admonish me.

Michael Otto (2020-05-16). Ecuador's pandemic — Part 1: Rightist regime fails to confront crisis. workers.org Ibarra, Ecuador May 9 — During March and April, U.S. and European media spewed out shocking images from Guayaquil, the biggest city in Ecuador and capital of the province of Guayas on the Pacific Coast. No one in the port city of 2.9 million is untouched by the death of . . . |

Israel Shahak (2020-05-16). "Greater Israel": The Zionist Plan for the Middle East. globalresearch.ca When viewed in the current context, the war on Iraq, the 2006 war on Lebanon, the 2011 war on Libya, the ongoing wars on Syria and Iraq, the war on Yemen, must be understood in relation to the Zionist Plan for the Middle East…

WSWS (2020-05-16). Washington places Cuba and Venezuela on "terror" list. wsws.org After fostering an abortive mercenary invasion aimed at overthrowing Venezuela's government and murdering its president, the US placed Caracas on a list of governments deemed uncooperative in the "war on terrorism."

teleSUR (2020-05-16). 'Colombia's Policy Towards Venezuela Is Aggressive' Samper Says. telesurenglish.net Colombia's RELATED: | "Colombia has had ill-advised handling of its relationship with Venezuela. Colombian policy has been very aggressive to…

Andrey Areshev (2020-05-16). Lack of Empathy Equates to a Lack of Leadership Skills. strategic-culture.org U.S. Army Field Manual 6-22, titled "Leadership Development," states that the ability to show empathy toward others is a key factor in exhibiting Army leadership qualities. Donald Trump, who is ordering all 1000 graduating U.S. Army cadets at West Point back to campus on June 13 from sheltering at home during the Covid-19 pandemic, does not possess the leadership skills that have been drilled into each of the new Army Second Lieutenants who will be present for Trump's commencement address. In fact, Trump's overly-acquiescent Secretary of Defense, Mark Esper, had to issue a waiver for the cadets to travel because…

WSWS (2020-05-16). California State University, the largest public university system in the US, closes campuses for the fall semester. wsws.org In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, universities and colleges throughout the US are grappling with the new economic and social reality as uncertainty mounts over reopening campuses in the fall.

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2020-05-16). The Liabilities of History: The Dangers of Pandemic Compensation. The Blame China Lobby. globalresearch.ca Smug assertions of liability in history are often incautious things. They constitute a fruit salad mix: assertions of the wishful thinkers; hopes of the crazed; the quest of genuinely aggrieved generations who feel that wrongs need to be rectified (the …

WSWS (2020-05-16). Chile's government deploys troops in the streets as coronavirus cases soar. wsws.org Ultra-right President Sebastian Piñera has responded to the pandemic, and signs of growing popular resistance, by increasing repressive powers in Chile.

Finian Cunningham (2020-05-16). Trump Wants to Cut Off China in Guilt-Projection Meltdown. thealtworld.com China involved in pandemic cover-up? That's the most audacious American guilt-projection since the "War on Terror". | So President Trump, the self-declared business genius, wants to cut off the whole relationship with China and "save America $500 billion a year". That's what he told Fox News this week in an

WSWS (2020-05-16). Prices for basic foods soar in the US as pandemic disrupts supply chains. wsws.org Grocery prices in the country rose 2.6 percent in April, the largest increase in a single month since 1974.

WSWS (2020-05-16). Trump threatens to cut all ties with China. wsws.org The US president's phony allegations—that China failed to prevent COVID-19 becoming a global pandemic—have been integrated into Washington's trade war measures.

WSWS (2020-05-16). Overwhelming opposition to reopening of UK schools amid worsening COVID-19 pandemic. wsws.org The closure of schools is a key measure recommended by medical experts internationally to reduce the infection and death rate from the coronavirus.

WSWS (2020-05-16). One dead and more than 600 Irish meat processing workers infected with coronavirus. wsws.org There are 23,956 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Republic of Ireland and 1,518 deaths—one of the highest death ratios in the world. In Northern Ireland, 4,317 people have tested positive, with 469 deaths.

Paul Smeaton (2020-05-16). Catholic Clergy on COVID-19: Three Cardinals Join Global Appeal Decrying Crackdown on Basic Freedoms Over Coronavirus. globalresearch.ca UPDATE (May 8, 9: 00AM EST): Archbishop Viganà≤, who gathered the signatures and communicated with Cardinal Sarah about the initiative, has now issued a timeline of his communications with Sarah. Read full report UPDATE (May 7, 8: 00PM EST): This …

WSWS (2020-05-16). Coronavirus crisis exposes devastating conditions in the German meat processing industry. wsws.org German slaughterhouses have become coronavirus hotspots, with hundreds of workers, most of them sub-contracted from Eastern Europe, infected with the virus.

Wayne Dupree (2020-05-16). US Hospitals Getting Paid More to Label Cause of Death as 'Coronavirus'. globalresearch.ca First published on April 15, 2020 | Senator Scott Jensen represents Minnesota. He's also a doctor. He appeared on Fox News with Laura Ingram where he revealed a very disturbing piece of information. | Dr. Scott Jensen says the American Medical Association …

WSWS (2020-05-16). US House passes $3 trillion coronavirus "relief" bill. wsws.org In a near party-line vote, the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives passed a fourth stimulus bill that has no chance of being approved by the Republican-controlled Senate.

WSWS (2020-05-16). With private prison outbreak, Tennessee county leads US in per capita COVID-19 cases. wsws.org More than half of the 2,400 inmates at the CoreCivic Trousdale Turner Correctional Center have tested positive for coronavirus.

Don Fitz (2020-05-16). Cuba's Biotechnology and "Medical Internationalism". Monsanto "Bioimperialism" versus Cuba's "Biosolidarity" globalresearch.ca Genetically engineered crops are a form of food imperialism. This technology allows mega-corporations like Bayer/Monsanto to patent seeds, lure farmers into buying them with visions of high yields, and then destroy the ability of small farmers to survive. | Genetic engineering …

Dr. Annie Bukacek (2020-05-16). Video: How COVID-19 Death Certificates Are Being Manipulated. Montana Physician Dr. Annie Bukacek. globalresearch.ca First published by GR on April 8, 2020 | Dr. Annie Bukacek is a longtime Montana physician with over 30 years experience practicing medicine. Signing death certificates is a routine part of her job. | In this brief video, Dr. Bukacek blows …

Robert F. Kennedy Jr (2020-05-16). Gates' Globalist Vaccine Agenda: A Win-Win for Pharma and Mandatory Vaccination. globalresearch.ca First posted on GR on April 13, 2020 | Vaccines, for Bill Gates, are a strategic philanthropy that feed his many vaccine-related businesses (including Microsoft's ambition to control a

Andrey Areshev (2020-05-16). Architects Of American Carnage. strategic-culture.org Who cares what the Neocons think? They have no moral authority to police the bounds of allowable opinion | John A. BURTKA IV | The banner of principled conservatism is now being carried by the architects of American carnage. By "principled conservatives" all they mean is that they are conservatives who oppose the Republican president. If they have principles—foreign policy interventionism and neoliberal economics—they are bad ones. After The Weekly Standard closed its doors, Bill Kristol and his gang moved on to start new web publications like The Bulwark and The Dispatch. From their new perches, they…

WSWS (2020-05-16). Mississippi: Workers at Brentwood Originals pillow factory continue walkouts. wsws.org The walkouts at the Mississippi pillow factory are part of a wave of wildcat strikes and other job actions across the United States and internationally by workers demanding protection from COVID-19.

WSWS (2020-05-16). Hundreds of workers walk out at six fruit packing plants in Washington state. wsws.org Located in the county with the highest COVID-19 infection rate in the state, the agricultural workers are demanding companies provide adequate personal protective equipment, hazard pay and safe working conditions.

teleSUR (2020-05-16). Spain Wants to Extend the COVID-19 Measures for Another Month. telesurenglish.net Spain's RELATED: | The Prime Minister explained that, if there is no new outbreak, the country could…

WSWS (2020-05-16). The murderous pseudoscience of "herd immunity" wsws.org Proponents of "herd immunity" argue that measures to contain COVID-19 should be abandoned, allowing the disease to infect billions of people and kill countless millions.

WSWS (2020-05-16). Autoworkers express growing opposition on eve of industry restart. wsws.org New cases of the virus have already emerged at FCA's Sterling Heights Assembly this week, even before the plants officially reopen Monday.

WSWS (2020-05-16). Mounting opposition among autoworkers on eve of industry restart. wsws.org New cases of the virus have already emerged at FCA's Sterling Heights Assembly this week, even before the plants officially reopen Monday.

(2020-05-16). Sekou Odinga: 'The right to struggle by any and all means'. workers.org These slightly edited remarks were given April 24 at the "U.S. Empire vs. Political Prisoners" webinar teach-in sponsored by Mobilization4Mumia and held in honor of the 66th birthday of political prisoner and revolutionary Mumia Abu-Jamal, incarcerated for 39 years by the U.S. state. By Sekou Odinga I'm a representative of . . . |

a guest author (2020-05-16). Rashid Johnson: 'Prison has always served a particular political function'. workers.org Remarks were given April 24 at the "U.S. Empire vs. Political Prisoners" webinar teach-in sponsored by Mobilization4Mumia and held in honor of the 66th birthday of political prisoner and revolutionary Mumia Abu-Jamal, incarcerated for 39 years by the U.S. state. Kevin Rashid Johnson, currently incarcerated in the Pendleton Correctional Facility . . . |

(2020-05-16). Marc Lamont Hill: 'Outside the logic of the prison' on Mumia's birthday. workers.org By Marc Lamont Hill These slightly edited remarks were given April 24 at the "U.S. Empire vs. Political Prisoners" webinar teach-in sponsored by Mobilization4Mumia and held in honor of the 66th birthday of political prisoner and revolutionary Mumia Abu-Jamal, incarcerated for 39 years by the U.S. state. Marc Lamont Hill . . . |

Larry Holmes (2020-05-16). Pandemia ha acelerado etapa final del capitalismo — °El resto depende de nosotros! — un análisis. workers.org La semana pasada, los trabajadores celebraron el Día Internacional de los Trabajadores 2020. No ha habido otro momento en nuestras vidas en que el mensaje del Primero de Mayo, —la solidaridad global de los trabajadores en la lucha contra el capitalismo— haya sido más urgente. Hemos entrado en un período . . . |

WSWS (2020-05-16). Herd immunity policy in Turkey risks thousands of new deaths. wsws.org The government is launching a "normalization" policy forcing employees back to work over opposition from medical experts.

teleSUR (2020-05-16). Businessman Accused of Rwandan Genocide Arrested After 26 Years. telesurenglish.net The International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals (IRMCT) reported that Felicien Kabuga, one of the most wanted fugitives from the 1994 Rwandan genocide, was arrested in Paris on Saturday and is expected to be transferred to the Netherlands, where he will appear before the International Court of Justice in The Hague. | RELATED: | Kabuga played a key role in financing the massacres of hundreds of thousands of people committed…

Caitlin Johnstone (2020-05-16). Revolutionary Boiling Point, And Other Notes From The Edge Of The Narrative Matrix. thealtworld.com ~ | Arresting people for future crimes is called "pre-crime", and it's the stuff of dystopian horror fiction. | Violently dominating an entire planet because another country might hurt yours in the future is called "US foreign policy", and it's the stuff of mainstream news punditry. | ~ | Saying a US politician is bad on foreign policy but good on domestic policy is a bit like saying "Yeah my boyfriend murders hitchhikers, but he cooks." | ~ | Dominant revolutionary thought consistently fails to adequately appreciate the power of oligarchic propaganda and its ability to manipulate the way people think, act…

WSWS (2020-05-16). Canadian unions cement anti-worker corporatist alliance with government and big business. wsws.org The unions' alliance with big business was epitomized by a joint statement from the Canadian Labour Congress and the Canadian Chamber of Commerce.

WSWS (2020-05-16). UK government ties Transport for London bailout to "back to work" drive. wsws.org TfL, which runs the London Underground, bus and rail services, faced bankruptcy, threatening the Johnson government's efforts to restore corporate profits.

WSWS (2020-05-16). Unemployment soars in New Zealand. wsws.org Having handed tens of billions of dollars to big business, the Labour Party-led government is presiding over an increase in unemployment and social misery on a scale not seen in generations.

Dan Bacher (2020-05-16). 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.

Kate Zeller (2020-05-16). World Health Assembly Wrestles with Coronavirus. indybay.org As the global coronavirus death toll tops 300,000 people, the leaders of the World Health Organization (WHO) prepare to hold their leadership meetings virtually from May 18th – 19th.

Poor People's Campaign & MoveOn (2020-05-16). We Can't Go Back to Normal: A Moral Respnse to Coronavirus Town Hall (PPC). indybay.org Online via livestream…

INCLO (2020-05-16). Worldwide Webinar: Civil Society Response to COVID-19 in Prisons & Jails Globally. indybay.org Online via zoom…

Congressional Progressive Caucus Ctr & others (2020-05-16). Dispatch from the Frontlines: Gender Inequality and COVID-19 (CPCC). indybay.org Online livestream & Zoom…

IFCSS (2020-05-16). 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

Citizens' Climate Lobby (2020-05-16). Citizens' Climate Lobby: Virtual Climate Conference 2020 (Day 1). indybay.org Online/virtual conference…

#StopTheMoneyPipeline and others (2020-05-16). #Stop the Money Pipeline: Dump Climate Denier Lee Raymond from Chase Actionar. indybay.org Online via Zoom | Register now: us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcsfu6…

Poor People's Campaign, Climate Reality Proj. (2020-05-16). Intersection of the Climate Crisis & Social Justice Webinar (PPC & CRP). indybay.org Online via Zoom…

Citizens' Climate Lobby (2020-05-16). Citizens' Climate Lobby: Virtual Climate Conference 2020 (Day 2). indybay.org Online/virtual conference…

The hills are alive (2020-05-16). 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).

Project Censored (2020-05-16). Episode 84 — The History of 420 and Teaching in Quarantine with Ben Boyington (Vice President of ACME). projectcensored.org Along the Line, is a member of the Demcast network, brought to you by the Media Freedom Foundation. On today's episode hosts Nicholas Baham III (Dr. Dreadlocks), Janice Domingo, and Nolan…

Staff (2020-05-16). US University Leading COVID Response Leaves Black Workers Behind. truthout.org On May Day, food service workers led a socially distanced

John McEvoy (2020-05-16). Venezuela calls on UK government to 'abandon coup-mongering plans' after The Canary's investigation. thecanary.co Following an investigation by The Canary, the Venezuelan government has Venezuela Reconstruction Unit: | On 13 May, The Canary

en.mehrnews (2020-05-16). Nuclear deal opponents helpless, ignorant: Ulyanov. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 16 (MNA) — Russia's Permanent Representative to International Organizations in Vienna Mikhail Ulyanov termed the opponents of the 2015 nuclear deal, also known as Iran deal, ignorant and helpless.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-16). Iran, Iraq discuss military, defense cooperation. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 16 (MNA) — Second Brigadier General Mustafa Moradian emphasized expanding military-defense cooperation with Baghdad in a meeting with Iraqi Defense Minister Juma Anad.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-16). Talks underway between Iran, Iraq to reopen Mehran border crossing amid pandemic. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 16 (MNA) — The Director-General of Ilam Customs Office Rouhollah Gholami said on Sat. that Iranian and Iraqi customs officials are in talks with each other for reopening Mehran Border Crossing with the aim of resuming trade activities halted due to the spread of the novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-16). Al-Nujaba calls on Iraqi emulation sources to condemn Saudis' insult to Shahid al-Muhandis. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 16 (MNA) — The spokesman of al-Nujaba Islamic Resistance has responded to the insult made by the Saudi MBC TV channel to the commander of the IPMF, Shahid Abu Mehdi al-Muhandis.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-16). MP warns about relocation of ISIL terrorists to Iraq. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 16 (MNA) — A senior member of the Iraqi parliament's security and defense commission has warned about the growing number of ISIL terrorists entering the Iraqi soil by the help of foreign troops.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-16). Russian amb. rejects reports on Iran, Turkey, Russia agreement on removal of Assad. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 16 (MNA) — Rejecting some reports on Iran, Russia and Turkey's agreement to remove Syrian President from the power, Russian ambassador to Tehran Levan Dzhagaryan told Mehr News Agency that the future of President Assad and Syria will be decided by Syrian people through free transparent elections, not by us.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-16). Iran, Syria discuss cooperation in fight against terrorism. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 16 (MNA) — Senior Iranian and Syrian officials discussed on Saturday the bilateral ties, especially the cooperation in the fight against terrorism.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-16). Russian amb. talks of Iran, Russia bilateral relation, regional developments. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 16 (MNA) — Russian Ambassador to Tehran Levan Dzhagaryan in an exclusive interview with Mehr News Agency on Wednesday talked of Tehran-Moscow bilateral relations, as well as the recent developments in Syria and region.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-16). Trade exchange between Iran, Venezuela has nothing to do with anyone else. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 16 (MNA) — Iranian Government Spokesman Ali Rabiei said that trade volume exchange between Islamic Republic of Iran and Venezuela, as two independent countries in the world, has nothing to do with anyone else, and the Islamic Republic of Iran will not hesitate to sell its oil.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-16). Covid-19 infects above 4.6mn globally. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 16 (MNA) — On Saturday, the global death toll from the coronavirus pandemic reached 308,676, while 4,629,407 cases of the infection have been detected.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-16). US continues to disrupt world despite need for unity against pandemic. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 16 (MNA) — Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Abbas Mousavi condemned the disruptive measures of the United States across the globe while the world needs to be united against the pandemic.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-16). Schools reopened in Hamedan. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 16 (MNA) — According to the direct order of the National Committee on Combating Coronavirus, schools in Iran have been reopened as of May 16. These pictures depict school students in the western Iranian province of Hamedan.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-16). Iran's COVID-19 cases surpass 118,000 with recovery rate at 78%. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 16 (MNA) — More than 118,000 people have contracted the novel coronavirus in Iran with the death toll exceeding 6,900, a senior health official said.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-16). Leader, university studesnts to meet via videoconference. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 16 (MNA) — On the 22nd day of the holy month of Ramadan (May 17), the Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Ali Khamenei will meet with a group of university students and the representatives of students associations via videoconference, due to the coronavirus outbreak.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-16). Iran's COVID-19 cases surpass 118,000. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 16 (MNA) — More than 118,000 people have contracted the novel coronavirus in Iran with the death toll exceeding 6,900, a senior health official said.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-16). Iran treating foreign nationals infected by Covid-19 free of charge: official. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 17 (MNA) — Director-General of Bureau for Aliens and Foreign Immigrants Affairs of the Iranian ministry of foreign affairs Mehdi Mahmoudi announced on Saturday that all foreign nationals, in particular those from Afghanistan, infected by the coronavirus are being treated free of charge in Iranian hospitals.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-16). Iran condemns US' coronavirus blame game against China. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 16 (MNA) — Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Seyyed Abbas Mousavi has condemned American officials' COVID-19 related blame game against China, noting that these measures are being taken to divert attention from Trump administration's incompetency to fight the outbreak.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-16). Saudis react to economic squeeze. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 16 (MNA) — Saudi Arabia and the UAE introduced the five percent Value Added Tax (VAT) in January of 2018, a first for the Persian Gulf region which had long prided itself on its tax-free, cradle-to-grave welfare system. On the same day, Saudi Arabia announced a petrol price hike of 127 percent.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-16). 'incompetent' Trump-Pompeo-Hook triangle is only a source of threat: Shamkhani. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 16 (MNA) — The Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council [SNSC] Rear Admiral Ali Shamkhani said that the triangle of the Trump, Pompeo & Hook has created an image of the US administration that its allies consider it 'unreliable'.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-16). Zarif main online speaker of intl. Quds Day on May 22. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 16 (MNA) — Iranian FM Mohammad Javad Zarif is to deliver an online speech on the International Quds Day on Instagram, when the world chides the cruelties of the Zionist regime on last Friday of Ramadan (this year May 22).

en.mehrnews (2020-05-16). Zarif, Zanganeh offer condolences on passing of Iran OPEC governor. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 16 (MNA) — Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh have offered commiserations on the passing of Iran's OPEC Governor Hossein Kazempour Ardebili.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-16). Fariba Adelkhah sentenced to 6 years in prison. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 16 (MNA) — Islamic Revolutionary Court of Iran sentenced Fariba Adelkhah to six years in prison on charges of breaching national security and spreading propaganda against the country.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-16). Iran's OPEC governor passes away after brain haemorrhage. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 16 (MNA) — Iran's veteran OPEC Governor Hossein Kazempour Ardebili has died of a brain haemorrhage two weeks after slipping into a coma.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-16). Military secrets must not be revealed to enemies: Sayyari. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 16 (MNA) — Deputy Coordinator of the Islamic Republic of Iran's Army Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari said that no country reveals its defense secrets and Iran must not divulge any military information to the enemies.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-16). Front pages of Iran international dailies on May 16. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 16 (MNA) — Here are the front pages of Iran-based international newspapers on Saturday, May 16.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-16). Headlines of Iranian dailies on May 16. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 16 (MNA) — Mehr News takes a look at the headlines of Iranian dailies on Saturday, May 16.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-16). Resistance will terminate fake Israeli regime's existence: Amir-Abdollahian. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 16 (MNA) — Iranian Parliament Speaker's Special Aide for International Affairs said on Friday that the Resistance movement will end the Israeli regime's presence in the region.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-16). Parl. National Security Committee ratifies anti-Zionism motion. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 16 (MNA) — National Security and Foreign Policy Committee of the Iranian Parliament, on Saturday, approved a motion which obliges the Iranian government to take certain measures against hostile measures of the Israeli regime.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-16). Eid al-Fitr prayers to be held all across Iran: Rouhani. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 16 (MNA) — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani announced on Saturday that the Eid al-Fitr prayers (on May 24) will be held in all mosques across the country by observing health protocols.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-16). The CORONAREVAYAT Festival invites public to submit 'corona narrative' in a variety of forms. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 16 (MNA) — The Medical Council of the Islamic Republic of Iran has started and called for a big documentation project in order to record and archive the lasting moments in corona management.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-16). Al-Nujaba calls for condemnation of Saudis' insult to Shahid al-Muhandis. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 16 (MNA) — The spokesman of al-Nujaba Islamic Resistance has responded to the insult made by the Saudi MBC TV channel to the commander of the IPMF, Shahid Abu Mehdi al-Muhandis.

Gary Younge (2020-05-16). Can Britain Survive Boris Johnson? thenation.com Can Britain Survive Boris Johnson?

Andrea Mazzarino (2020-05-16). How Covid-19 Is Affecting Military Families. thenation.com How Covid-19 Is Affecting Military Families…

WSWS (2020-05-16). Woody Allen's A Rainy Day in New York: A little more of an edge than usual. wsws.org Disgracefully, A Rainy Day in New York has been suppressed in the US. The film was completed in 2018, but Amazon Studios refused to distribute it.

Staff (2020-05-16). House Passes $3 Trillion Relief Package, But Progressives Say More Must Be Done. truthout.org The Democrat majority House of Representatives passed a massive, $3 trillion coronavirus relief stimulus package known as the HEROES Act roughly along party lines on Friday night despite progressive concerns over the bill's provisions. | "The truth is that while a significant step in the right direction, the bill does not go far enough to provide urgently needed economic relief to the millions of people who lost their income and whose families are now standing in food lines," Ana Maria Archi…

Staff (2020-05-16). Cuba's Resilience Through Economic Crisis Prepared It for COVID Health Crisis. truthout.org In times of crisis, who we are is revealed. That is true of people and of nations. What COVID-19 has exposed — not created — is a deeply flawed and inequitable society. The truths of how race and class intersect to shorten the existence of some in our society are now laid bare for all to see. The collapse of structures that were barely holding on have revealed how inadequate they were to begin with. The failure of many states to prevent, protect against and help contain an illness…

Staff (2020-05-16). Hospital Workers Report Failures by Management to Notify Them of COVID Exposures. truthout.org Dinah Jimenez assumed a world-class hospital would be better prepared than a chowder house to inform workers when they had been exposed to a deadly virus. | So, when her boyfriend, an employee of a popular seafood restaurant in Seattle, received a call from his boss on a Sunday in late March telling him a co-worker had tested positive for COVID-19 and that he needed to quarantine for 14 days, she said she assumed she'd get a similar call from the University of Washington Medical Center. A…

WSWS (2020-05-16). COVID-19: Military steps up repression in war-ravaged northern Sri Lanka. wsws.org The government and the military are nervous about the growing unrest among workers and poor against the draconian social conditions.

WSWS (2020-05-16). Worsening conditions at Hirdaramani garment plants in Sri Lanka. wsws.org Sri Lankan apparel manufacturers have responded to the COVID-19 crisis with a wave of wage and job cuts and the imposition of increased working hours and productivity targets.

Ellen Brown (2020-05-15). Is Universal Basic Income the Way Out of the Current Economic Crisis? globalresearch.ca Philip's third interview with Ellen Brown focused on the Universal Basic Income, which Philip believes is the ONLY way out of the current economic crisis. The social distancing forced by the COVID-19 epidemic has shut down the country, and one-time …

Vijay Prashad (2020-05-15). Hunger gnaws at the edges of the World. mronline.org On 21 April, the head of the UN World Food Programme (WFP) David Beasley said that the world was experiencing a 'hunger pandemic'. That day, the Global Network Against Food Crises and the Food Security Information Network released the 2020 Global Report on Food Crises.

Max Blumenthal (2020-05-15). 'The American friends': New court files expose Sheldon Adelson's security team in US spy operation against Julian Assange. thegrayzone.com An exclusive investigation by The Grayzone reveals new details on the critical role Sheldon Adelson's Las Vegas Sands played in…

Michael Jansen (2020-05-15). Neither Iraq, nor Syria can afford to allow Daesh to Return as Major Challenge. globalresearch.ca Despite Covid-19, Iraqis have returned to the streets to demand an end to mismanagement, corruption and sectarianism as Mustafa Al Kadhimi was confirmed as the country's new prime minister. His first act was to mollify protesters by calling for the …

imperial.ac.uk (2020-05-15). Covid-19 changes to NHS services may lead to worsening health inequalities. imperial.ac.uk The decision to suspend non-urgent services at NHS hospitals in response to the Covid-19 pandemic will lead to worsening health inequalities.

Raul Diego (2020-05-15). 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.

ahtribune (2020-05-15). Venezuela Shows World Under No Less Threat of War After Donald Trump's First Term. ahtribune.com When Donald Trump ran for president in the 2016 election, his criticisms of regime change presented a real opportunity for anti-war voices and organizations to demand an end to U.S. regime change wars abroad. That did not happen. In fact, the Trump administration has become even more bellicose amid the spread of the

Adriaan Alsema (2020-05-15). 'Matarife': Colombia's narconovela of the decade? colombiareports.com Colombia's former President Alvaro Uribe is finally getting his own "narconovela," courtesy of the journalist who got the Supreme Court to investigate his alleged rigging of the 2018 elections. More…

Staff (2020-05-15). "Faithless Electors" SCOTUS Case Tests If Electoral College Members Can Go Rogue. truthout.org The Supreme Court heard arguments on Wednesday in a case that could shape the outcome of future presidential elections. The question at hand was whether Electoral College members can "go rogue" and support candidates who did not win the state's popular vote. In 2016, one of Colorado's nine electors, Michael Baca, attempted to cast his Electoral College ballot for Republican John Kasich instead of Democrat Hillary Clinton. The Colorado secretary of state at the time — a Republican —…

Staff (2020-05-15). Democracy At Stake: "Faithless Electors" SCOTUS Case Tests If Electoral College Members Can Go Rogue. democracynow.org The Supreme Court heard arguments on Wednesday in a case that could shape the outcome of future presidential elections. The question at hand was whether Electoral College members can "go rogue" and support candidates who did not win the state's popular vote. In 2016, one of Colorado's nine electors, Michael Baca, attempted to cast his Electoral College ballot for Republican John Kasich instead of Democrat Hillary Clinton. The Colorado secretary of state at the time — a Republican — removed Baca as an elector. Colorado is one of 31 other states that has a law requiring presidential electors to vote for…

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2020-05-15). What Happens In the Wake of the COVID-19 Lockdown? Economic Destruction, Global Poverty, Bankruptcies, Mass Unemployment. Neoliberalism to the Rescue. globalresearch.ca In the wake of the lockdown: Bankruptcies and mass unemployment, the economic destabilization of entire countries. | Millions of people have lost their jobs, and their lifelong savings. They are unable to pay their home mortgages. | In developing countries, poverty and …

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2020-05-15). Video: Coronavirus: Economic and Social Collapse: Mass Unemployment, Bankruptcy, Poverty and Despair. globalresearch.ca First published on April 16, 2020 | There is a serious health crisis which must be duly resolved. But there is another important dimension which has to be addressed. | Millions of people have lost their jobs, and their lifelong savings. In …

Mike Whitney (2020-05-15). In the Race for Immunity, Sweden Leads the Pack. globalresearch.ca In a pandemic, there is no substitute for immunity, because immunity provides the best protection against reinfection. That's why Sweden set its sights on immunity from the very beginning. They crafted a policy that was designed to protect the old …

Jamie Henn (2020-05-15). Our Greener, Climate-Friendly Future Is Going to Be Amazing—It's Our Job to Tell That Story. commondreams.org The Green New Deal is a brilliant vision of sweeping, national change, but there's still more work to be done to translate that vision down to an individual level. (Photo: iStock/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Stansfield Smith (2020-05-15). China's International Solidarity Aid to the World During the Corona Pandemic. dissidentvoice.org China's worldwide assistance and medical aid to other countries to combat the coronavirus is barely covered in the corporate press. Instead, the US has ramped up its anti-China campaign to cover up its own incompetence in combating the virus. As John Pilger shows in his Obama era film The Coming War on China, this is no …

Editor (2020-05-15). Malcolm X, Ho Chi Minh °presente! workers.org This editorial first appeared on workers.org on May 18, 2018. We celebrate on May 19 the birthdays of two world-bending revolutionaries, Ho Chi Minh and Malcolm X. Born in 1890 in central Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh was the Marxist-Leninist communist who forged and led a people's movement and army that . . . |

Philip Giraldi (2020-05-15). Israel Perfecting Surveillance Tech. globalresearch.ca Israel's external spy organization Mossad and its internal espionage equivalent Shin Bet have reputations that are much larger than their actual successes, but the one area where they have excelled is electronic intelligence gathering. Recent electronic spying around the White …

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2020-05-15). DeVos's Channeling of CARES Act Funds Seen as Boosting 'Perennial Goal' of Advancing Voucher Program. commondreams.org New reporting on the Education Secretary's directing of the money follows concern by a House Democrat that DeVos may be hampering "the response of public school systems in the states most severely impacted by the coronavirus crisis." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Stephen Lendman (2020-05-15). Trump's "Operation Warp Speed" for Mass Vaxxing. "Big Bucks for Big Pharma" globalresearch.ca Big Pharma is poised to cash in big from mass COVID-19 vaxxing — at the expense of human health and welfare. | Author of "Pharma: Greed, Lies, and the Poisoning of America" Gerald Posner explained that drug companies "view Covid-19 …

Staff (2020-05-15). Headlines for May 15, 2020. democracynow.org Coronavirus Whistleblower Says U.S. Unprepared for Second Wave of Infections, The Lancet Assails Trump's "Inconsistent and Incoherent" COVID-19 Response, Trump Says Mass Coronavirus Testing May Be "Overrated", FDA Warns of Inaccurate Results from Rapid Coronavirus Test Used by White House | , Michigan Cancels Legislative Session as Armed Protesters Gather at State Capitol, California to Slash Billions from State Budget as Coronavirus Hammers Tax Revenues, Amazon to End $2-an-Hour Hazard Pay as CEO Jeff Bezos Gains $30 Billion During Pandemic, New York Police Tackle and Arrest Mother for Allegedly Wearing a Mask I…

Staff (2020-05-15). "The Wuhan of the Americas": U.S. Deports COVID-19-Positive Immigrants to Haiti & Guatemala. democracynow.org The United States continues to deport thousands during the coronavirus pandemic, causing a dangerous spread of COVID-19 to Central America and the Caribbean. We speak with Haitian American novelist Edwidge Danticat, who says "U.S. deportations to Haiti during coronavirus pandemic are 'unconscionable,'" and go to Guatemala City for an update from reporter José Alejandro García Escobar.

Staff (2020-05-15). "Can Democracy Survive the Pandemic?": Election Hangs in the Balance as Trump Attacks Mail-In Voting. democracynow.org The coronavirus pandemic poses unprecedented challenges to the November presidential election, as President Trump and the GOP capitalize on the moment to attack voting rights. We speak with Emily Bazelon, staff writer at The New York Times Magazine, whose new cover story examines the bureaucratic and political challenges of mobilizing widespread vote-by-mail by November. We also speak with Jena Griswold, secretary of state of Colorado, which already has universal vote-by-mail and the second-highest voter turnout in the country.

RT (2020-05-15). 'Time to APOLOGIZE!' Orban hits back at critics as he plans to hand back emergency Covid-19 powers that caused major spat with EU. rt.com Hungarian PM Viktor Orban has said emergency laws granting his government the right to rule by decree during the Covid-19 crisis will be rescinded soon and those who accused him of using it as a power grab should "apologize. | Orban secured open-ended emergency powers from parliament at the end of March, angering the country's opposition and triggering a spat with Brussels. The move predictably ignited a fresh round of condemnation in Western media as the PM was accused of dismantling democracy and taking another step toward "authoritarianism." | Now, having announced that he expects parliament will be able to…

Zero Hedge (2020-05-15). "My Job Is to Make Syria a Quagmire for the Russians": CIA Doctrine Made Official Policy. globalresearch.ca Like with the disastrous Iraq quagmire years before the US war machine came to Syria under Obama, Washington's rationale and justification for occupying the Syrian Arab Republic has shifted and changed drastically multiple times over. | When ultimately what started …

A. Majumdar (2020-05-15). 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 . . . |

Louis Proyect (2020-05-15). How Economic Misery Helped Fuel the Syrian War. counterpunch.org Ever since the civil war began in Syria in early 2011, the left has largely ignored the social and economic circumstances that led to a conflict costing over a half-million deaths and the migration—internal and external—of half the population. The tendency was to see Syria as a piece on a global chessboard with "the axis

ahtribune (2020-05-15). US-Backed Militants Steal a Bank of the Syrian State in Hasakah City then Hand It to US Forces. ahtribune.com Armed groups of the US-backed "Syrian Democratic Forces" have stolen the Syrian Commercial Bank located within the security square of the Syrian state in Hasakah city. | Local sources from Hasaka said that during daylight hours, a large number of "SDF" militants attacked the bank and took control of the entire building after expelling the guards and employees from it and stealing the money and contents there. | The sources pointed out that after controlling the bank, the militants broke the iron fences and the walls surrounding it, then they stole its contents and transferred them to their centers before they…

Patricio Zamorano (2020-05-15). Guaidó and the Failed Military Operation Against Venezuela: a Story of Betrayal and Financial Corruption. counterpunch.org Now that we have had a few days to study the failed, illegal paramilitary incursion by a group of American and Venezuelan mercenaries into Venezuela, some key details have emerged in this incredible story. They reveal the internal dynamics of the fractured, demoralized, and financially corrupt nature of the hardline sectors of the opposition. Much

W. T. Whitney (2020-05-15). For Cuba and Venezuela, US Silence May Not Be Golden. counterpunch.org The U. S. President and his Secretary of State frequently expound about the supposed failings of enemies abroad. Recently they've blasted China's response to the pandemic, Venezuela's dictatorship, Cuba's "slave doctors" overseas, and even Iranian border guards beating up on Afghan migrants. But they've been mostly silent about two recent disruptions of the imperialist status

Winslow Wheeler (2020-05-15). Do the Most Severe Lockdowns Coincide to the Highest COVID-19 Death Rates? counterpunch.org The organization Our World in Data is running an article on the severity of government lockdown policies used to deal with the Covid-19 disease, "How Are Governments Responding to the Coronavirus Pandemic?". It is shows rankings of the severity ("stringency") on nine measures of lockdown policies throughout the world; it also addresses testing and tracking.

Kimball Cariou (2020-05-15). Fake pandemic science and conspiracy theories a key part of far-right agenda. peoplesworld.org When is science not actually scientific? One answer is that research which cherry-picks and manipulates facts to support a preconceived hypothesis is not truly scientific. Long after Galileo and Copernicus demolished the Ptolemaic theory, some highly educated scientists kept creating astronomical models showing that the sun, planets, and stars revolve around Earth. The sheer weight …

Conn Hallinan (2020-05-15). War and Plagues: Military Spending During a Pandemic. counterpunch.org Welcome to the world of the hypersonic weapons, devices that are not only superfluous, but which will almost certainly not work, They will, however, cost enormous amounts of money. At a time when countries across the globe are facing economic chaos, financial deficits and unemployment at Great Depression levels, arms manufacturers are set to cash in big.

Dean Baker (2020-05-15). Corruption and the Pandemic Bailout. counterpunch.org 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 get the economy back on its feet. Irwin's point

John Wojcik (2020-05-15). Whistleblower Dr. Rick Bright testifies winter could be 'darkest in modern history'. peoplesworld.org Dr. Rick Bright, the top Health and Human Services official dumped by Trump for blowing the whistle on the administration's disastrous response to the coronavirus pandemic, testified to Congress Thursday that essentially everything the president is saying about his administration's response to the pandemic is a lie. One of the most damaging of those lies, …

Mark Gruenberg (2020-05-15). Back to work, or else: Trump administration tells states to pull unemployment benefits. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—GOP President Donald Trump's Labor Secretary, Eugene Scalia, and his #2 who runs the agency that oversees jobless benefits want employers to report—and states to bar benefits from—workers who fear returning to their old jobs because their employers won't protect them against the coronavirus. The memo, from John Pallasch, a GOP operative, an advocate for …

Mirinda Crissman (2020-05-15). Andrea Circle Bear and six centuries of genocide. workers.org Andrea Circle Bear, of the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation near Eagle Butte, S.D., was the 29th federal inmate to die due to the coronavirus in Bureau of Prisons custody. She was sentenced to serve 26 months. Circle Bear was being held at Tripp County Jail in South Dakota up until . . . |

Pam Martens, Russ Martens (2020-05-15). The Fed Hasn't Spent a Dime Yet for Main Street Versus $735 Billion for Wall Street. counterpunch.org The stimulus bill known as the CARES Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act) was signed into law by President Donald Trump on March 27. Among its many features (such as direct checks to struggling Americans and enhancing unemployment compensation by $600 per week for four months to unemployed workers so they could pay

Janine Jackson (2020-05-15). Foreign Policy Sees 'Repression' in Vietnam's Fight Against Coronavirus – In the US, government may surveill you, but at least it doesn't protect your health. fair.org Foreign Policy ( A recent piece in Foreign Policy (

CounterSpin (2020-05-15). Ari Berman on Voter Suppression and Coronavirus. fair.org Media…

Eve Ottenberg (2020-05-15). The Covid-19 Testing Fiasco. counterpunch.org From the start, testing for Covid-19 in the U.S. has been abysmal. Experts agree that without adequate testing, the disease cannot be stopped. Poor testing means no idea how many are infected or how to trace and quarantine their contacts or how to prevent hospitals from becoming overwhelmed. There has been speculation that the Trump

IndustriALL (2020-05-15). India: Right wing uses COVID-19 to implement 12-hour workday, 72-hour week. peoplesworld.org Some Indian states are using coronavirus as a pretext to attack working conditions. Many have increased the working day to 12 hours, while others have suspended or provided exemptions to labor law. State governments, including Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, and Himachal Pradesh, have increased the workday to 12 hours and the standard workweek to …

Ariel Gold (2020-05-15). My Israeli Nemesis is Moving to America. counterpunch.org My first run-in with Israeli politician Gilad Erdan took place on July 1, 2018, when I arrived at Ben Gurion airport in Tel Aviv, passport and visa in hand. After seven hours of interrogation, I was told that Erdan had had my visa revoked and was sending me directly back to the U.S. "We prevented

Tony McKenna (2020-05-15). El Diego: the Two Lives of Maradona. counterpunch.org 22 June 1986. A world cup quarter-final is about to play out in the Estadio Azteca stadium at the heart of Mexico City. Under the billowing blue skies and the streaming sunlight the pitch is shadowless and pastel green. The teams line up. The English in white. The Argentinians in blue. As the Argentine anthem plays, the camera moves across the team, before lingering momentarily on the solemn, stormy features of the captain — a small, squat man, a head shorter than his teammates, his dark, handsome features shadowed with determination. Diego. Armando. Maradona. Despite the blue, open vistas of the sky and th…

ahtribune (2020-05-15). Iran Is Not A Victim, It Is One of The Most Influential and Strong-Minded Nations on Earth. ahtribune.com When facing mortal danger, its people unite, harden themselves and get ready to face invaders, no matter how threatening they might be. | Iran is home to one of the oldest and deepest cultures in the world, and it's precisely this culture that helps Iranian people to survive the most frightening moments. | And one such moment is sadly, right now. | *** | US battleships are sailing right next to the Iranian territorial waters. One mistake, one false move, and war could erupt, engulfing the entire region in flames. Iran is a proud nation, and it takes its independence extremely seriously. | Right now, the countr…

Paul Street (2020-05-15). Dark Winter? Honey Badger Trump Don't Care. counterpunch.org "This coalition of the business elite, right-wing Christian evangelicals, and white nationalists and other white supremacists is very dangerous. Fascism is ultimately a death cult." — Jason Stanley , May 11, 2020 From the Annals of "The Most Dangerous Criminal in Human History" Despite timely alerts given by senior public health experts and warnings from

Maxximilian Seijo (2020-05-15). #Unis4all: An Open Letter to the U.S. Higher Education Community. mronline.org Universities can immediately bypass feckless state & federal legislatures & finance themselves directly with "Unis" supported by the Federal Reserve For a growing majority of outspoken administrators and faculty, the economic fallout associated with the Covid-19 crisis threatens to catapult U. S. higher education into a draconian age of austerity, layoffs, and closures. The question, …

Ron Jacobs (2020-05-15). Workingman's Blues (COVID 19 Version). counterpunch.org I went back to work last week. Even though neither I most of my fellow workers are convinced library books are an essential service, the fact that we are once again loaning them out appeals to a certain pretense that they are. This is despite the fact that libraries—both public and academic—are often the first

ahtribune (2020-05-15). COVID-19 Lockdown Is Liberalism Last Hurrah. ahtribune.com Ode of a Liberal | They passed the USA PATRIOT Act—and I did nothing because I am a patriot. | They passed the USA Freedom Act—and I believe in freedom. | They nominated Hillary Clinton—and I voted for the lesser evil. | They declared medical marshal law—and I didn't want to kill grandma. | They said to wear a facemask—and I passively obeyed. | I believe in Joe Biden—because I am a liberal. | In 2010 Chris Hedges declared the liberal class as dead as a doornail. He was late. Liberalism had died decades earlier. All that remains is the separate components of the body of liberalism. The stinking comp…

ahtribune (2020-05-15). The American Genie — Engineering a Catastrophe. ahtribune.com The first signs that something terrible had gone wrong with the security at the Fort Detrick bio-defence facility fifty miles north-west of Washington DC were when cases of a previously unknown and serious

Michael Barker (2020-05-15). COVID-19 Planning: Is It Time to Nationalize Big Pharma? counterpunch.org Pharmaceutical corporations make billions providing drugs to help improve some people's lives, in much the same way that privately-run hospitals provide care to those who can afford to pay. But Big Pharma is not a caring industry. Big Pharma has done some truly despicable things over the past hundred years or so. This is why

Staff (2020-05-15). The Secretive Police Commission The Justice Department Doesn't Want You To Notice. therealnews.com PAR learns about life under lockdown with COVID-19 from a guest just released from 10 months of incarceration, and examines the secretive police commission created by Attorney General Barr.

Staff (2020-05-15). Climate Crisis: KXL Ruling, Unity Task Force, California Pollution, and TRNN's New Climate Reporter. therealnews.com Climate activists get a big court win on Keystone XL as the Biden and Sanders camps unite. California has delayed air pollution rules at the behest of industry during COVID-19 as polluting oil tankers line its coast.

a guest author (2020-05-15). Political Prisoners Teach-In: 'We got out because of the people'. workers.org These slightly edited remarks were given April 24 at the "U.S. Empire vs. Political Prisoners" webinar teach-in sponsored by Mobilization4Mumia and held in honor of the 66th birthday of political prisoner and revolutionary Mumia Abu-Jamal, incarcerated for 39 years by the U.S. state. By Janet Africa On the Move! Happy . . . |

Sue Harris (2020-05-15). The struggle and personal growth. workers.org What motivates some people to dominate and/or destroy, based on their illusory sense of superiority, even when it is against their own interests? Who are these people who profess to be acting in the name of "freedom and individual liberty," while gathering together and refusing to wear protective masks in . . . |

Manuel García, Jr. (2020-05-15). End Game for Green Utopia. counterpunch.org On these two opposing types of responses to the movie "Planet Of The Humans": PRO: "The key, however, is that all these ['greenish'] energy policies have to be carried out after capitalism has been wiped out and under conditions where production is based strictly on use." CON: "This documentary is trashy fake news. It's Trumpian

Staff (2020-05-15). HEROES Act Includes Utility Shutoff Ban, $4 Billion For Broadband Access. therealnews.com Republicans oppose the HEROES Act provision to expand broadband, but students and educators say lack of internet access is a major roadblock to learning in low income and rural communities.

Ryan Parry (2020-05-15). Venezuelan TV Exposed US Mercenaries' Names, Photos and Incursion Plan a Month Before It Happened. anti-empire.com The Americans behind the failed Venezuelan coup went ahead with the ill-fated mission even though the country's ruling regime publicly exposed their plan on live TV more than a month earlier. | In footage unearthed by DailyMail.com Venezuelan state television claimed its government had infiltrated the 'mercenaries' and even aired photographs of the coup's US leader, Jordan Goudreau. | They also appeared to have the names of the other two Americans captured and paraded on TV this week, ex Green Berets Luke Denman and Airan Berry. | The revelation, alongside the apparent lack of funding and adequate equipment fo…

Irina Slav (2020-05-15). Up to Five Iranian Tankers en Route to Venezuela Carrying Much-Needed Gasoline. anti-empire.com An Iranian tanker loaded with gasoline has set sail for Venezuela, Reuters reports, citing tanker tracking data. The cargo should help alleviate a growing shortage of gasoline in the sanctions-stricken South American country. | The Clavel, a medium tanker, loaded in March at the Iranian port of Bandar Abbas, and this week passed the Suez Canal, the data showed. | TankerTrackers.com co-founder Samir Madani confirmed the data to Oilprice.com, noting that there were several vessels en route from Iran to Venezuela, with the cargo all or mostly gasoline. | twitter.com/Joyce_Karam/status/126102216…

Jeffrey A. Tucker (2020-05-15). No Lockdowns: The Terrifying Polio Pandemic of 1949-52. anti-empire.com World War II had ended four years earlier and the U.S. was trying to return to peace and prosperity. Price controls and rationing were ended. Trade was opening. People were returning to normal life. The economy started humming again. Optimism for the future was growing. Harry Truman became the symbol of a new normacy. From Depression and war, society was on the mend. | As if to serve as a reminder that there were still threats to life and liberty present, an old enemy made its appearance: polio. It's a disease with ancient origins, with its most terrifying effect, the paralysis of the lower extremities. It mai…

Karl Denninger (2020-05-15). Bye-Bye TEACHERS, COPS And Government PENSIONS. anti-empire.com Retail sales for April were 22% below last year's figures. | No stores open, no bars and restaurants open, nobody actually spending money. "Oh, you can order out." Uh huh. The volume of business collapsed anyway. | That means no tax receipts. No sales taxes. | It means commercial property, which has property taxation at much higher rates than residences, is now wort…

Ash Warren (2020-05-15). The Japanese Art of Avoiding Your Relatives (Or Why Covid-19 Flopped in Japan). anti-empire.com Let's say you do not get along with your mother-in-law and you do not wish to have contact with her like, ever. | Here are two possible methods you might employ. | The first is to burn down your house, fake your own death and move somewhere else under an assumed identity, or failing that to dig up the entire road between your place and hers, blow up her car and steal all her shoes. | This may discourage the urge to visit. | The other is to just not open the door when she knocks. | In many countries as we all well know, in order to avoid coming in contact with the dreaded Covid-19, which is possibly even more i…

Lyn Neeley (2020-05-15). Portland, Ore.: 'U.S. mail not for sale'. workers.org Over 20 cars lined up to cheer postal workers during the afternoon shift change on May 8 at the Portland, Ore., United States Postal Service Processing and Distribution Center. Messages of solidarity were plastered over the cars and Elvis Presley's "Return to Sender" was playing. Portland, Ore., car caravan shows . . . |

The Canary (2020-05-15). 'Worrying data' reveals more than 12,500 people in care homes have now died with Covid-19. thecanary.co More than 12,500 people living in care homes have now died with Covid-19, with the majority dying in their care home, new figures show.Data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) reveals that just over one in four of all deaths of care home residents in England and Wales between March 2 and May 1 involved Covid-19.Of 45,899 care home residents who died during this period, 27% (12,526) had Covid-19 mentioned on their death certificate.Some 9,039 (72%) of the deaths occurred within a care home and 27% were in hospital.(PA Graphics)The latest data includes all care home residents who died with coronavirus eit…

The Canary (2020-05-15). Vast majority support Scottish government's lockdown strategy. thecanary.co The majority of the public back the Scottish government's lockdown approach, according to polling announced by Nicola Sturgeon.At her daily coronavirus briefing on Friday, the first minister said government polling shows 84% support a "slow and gradual" lifting of restrictions, while 82% agree that before further significant changes to lockdown are made the impact of those already introduced should be assessed.The survey also found 86% said "decisions on when and how to lift restrictions must be based on saving lives and protecting the NHS".Nicola Sturgeon said she will outline her thoughts on easing lockdown nex…

The Canary (2020-05-15). Government £1.6bn bailout of TfL will be paid for by 'ordinary people doing the right thing'. thecanary.co Public transport users in London will be hit by fare increases and restrictions on free travel due to the Government's £1.6 billion bailout of Transport for London (TfL).Mayor Sadiq Khan accused the Department for Transport (DfT) of "making ordinary Londoners pay the cost for doing the right thing on Covid-19".The department said it included a series of caveats as part of the funding package "in order to safeguard services in the future".Temporary measures consist of stopping free travel for children and only allowing people over 60 or with a disability to travel for free outside peak hours.London bus and t…

RT (2020-05-15). MILLIONS of Americans dead from Covid-19? 85k jobs lost? What? Joe Biden commits gaffe after gaffe in confusing broadcast. rt.com Joe Biden has once again caught flak for his creative and often confusing oratory, this time after the former VP and presumptive Democratic nominee struggled to relay how many Americans have died from coronavirus. | Speaking during a "virtual round table," Biden argued that playing the "blame game" during the ongoing health crisis would be counterproductive. But when it came time to relaying exactly what politicians might blame each other for, the presidential candidate faltered. | "We're in the middle of a pandemic that has cost us more than 85,000 jobs as of today. Lives of millions of people, millions of pe…

RT (2020-05-15). Brazilian Health Minister Teich resigns after just weeks in job. rt.com Brazilian Health Minister Nelson Teich resigned on Friday after just weeks in the job. President Jair Bolsonaro had criticized Teich as being too timid in the push to reopen the economy and to advocate the use of anti-malarial drugs. | Military members of the Brazilian cabinet are pushing for deputy health minister Eduardo Pazuello, an army general on active duty, to become the new health minister, making permanent his interim role, Reuters reported, citing a government source. | Teich is the second health minister to resign amid the pandemic in Brazil. He replaced Nelson Mandetta, who was fired on April 16 fo…

RT (2020-05-15). From US to Easter Island 'everyone is in same situation': RT Documentary embarks on WORLD TOUR of Covid-19 pandemic. rt.com As coronavirus paralyzes the planet, RT documentary channel RTD has gone on an online world tour to learn from locals about the common dreads and unique problems caused by the pandemic faced by the world's nations. | Documentary filmmaker Natalya Karachkova was just recently tracking polar bears and Siberian tigers with her crew — but now she has found herself stuck in lockdown in her Moscow apartment. Thankfully, the internet allowed her to reach out to faraway countries, connecting with journalists and heroes of RTD's earlier films in order to feel the weakened pulse of the planet, heavily hit by the de…