2020-05-16: Social Media Postees

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[Editorial] Reviving the US CDC
The Lancet | thelancet.com | 2020-05-16
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…
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'Colombia's Policy Towards Venezuela Is Aggressive' Samper Says
telesurenglish.net | 2020-05-16
Colombia's former President Ernesto Samper (1994-1998) Friday said that his country has deployed an erroneous and aggressive foreign policy towards Venezuela. | RELATED: | President Maduro: New Mercenary Groups are Formed in Colombia | "Colombia has had ill-advised handling of its relationship with Venezuela. Colombian policy has been very aggressive to…
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Venezuelan Army Captures Another Member of Operation Gedeon
telesurenglish.net | 2020-05-16
The Venezuelan armed forces captured another member Saturday involved in the failed coup plot, dubbed 'Operation Gedeon', against President Nicolas Maduro. | RELATED: | Venezuela Arrests Another Man Involved in Failed Incursion Plan | 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…
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The "Secret Agenda" of the So-called Elite
Dr. Rudolf Hà§nsel | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-16
"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! (…) …
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2009 H1N1 Vaccine Caused Brain Damage in Children. Dr. Anthony Fauci on "Vaccine Safety" Issues
Prof Michel Chossudovsky | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-16
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 …
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Global Capitalism, "World Government" and the Corona Crisis
Prof Michel Chossudovsky | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-16
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 | …
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Global Capitalism, "World Government" and the Corona Crisis
Prof Michel Chossudovsky | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-16
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 | …
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Global Capitalism, "World Government" and the Corona Crisis
Prof Michel Chossudovsky | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-16
The COVID-19 crisis is marked by a public health "emergency" under WHO auspices which is being used as a pretext and a justification to triggering a Worldwide process of economic, social and political restructuring.
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The Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic: The Real Danger is "Agenda ID2020"
Peter Koenig | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-16
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.
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The Farce and Diabolical Agenda of A "Universal Lockdown"
Peter Koenig | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-16
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

Techno-Tyranny: How the U.S. National Security State is Using Coronavirus to Fulfill an Orwellian Vision
Andrey Areshev | strategic-culture.org | 2020-05-16
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…
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[Comment] Offline: Don't let COVID-19 divert us completely
Richard Horton | thelancet.com | 2020-05-16
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.
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Washington places Cuba and Venezuela on "terror" list
wsws.org | 2020-05-16
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."
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/16/cuba…

The murderous pseudoscience of "herd immunity"
wsws.org | 2020-05-16
Foreign Affairs has published an article endorsing a policy of allowing large portions of the world's population to be infected with COVID-19.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/16/pers…

Revolutionary Boiling Point, And Other Notes From The Edge Of The Narrative Matrix
Caitlin Johnstone | thealtworld.com | 2020-05-16
~ | 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…
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The murderous pseudoscience of "herd immunity"
wsws.org | 2020-05-16
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.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/16/pers…

"Greater Israel": The Zionist Plan for the Middle East
Israel Shahak | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-16
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…
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US Hospitals Getting Paid More to Label Cause of Death as 'Coronavirus'
Wayne Dupree | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-16
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 …
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With private prison outbreak, Tennessee county leads US in per capita COVID-19 cases
wsws.org | 2020-05-16
More than half of the 2,400 inmates at the CoreCivic Trousdale Turner Correctional Center have tested positive for coronavirus.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/16/core…

Overwhelming opposition to reopening of UK schools amid worsening COVID-19 pandemic
wsws.org | 2020-05-16
The closure of schools is a key measure recommended by medical experts internationally to reduce the infection and death rate from the coronavirus.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/16/scho…

One dead and more than 600 Irish meat processing workers infected with coronavirus
wsws.org | 2020-05-16
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.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/16/meir…

California State University, the largest public university system in the US, closes campuses for the fall semester
wsws.org | 2020-05-16
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.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/16/coll…

Mounting opposition among autoworkers on eve of industry restart
wsws.org | 2020-05-16
New cases of the virus have already emerged at FCA's Sterling Heights Assembly this week, even before the plants officially reopen Monday.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/16/auto…

Catholic Clergy on COVID-19: Three Cardinals Join Global Appeal Decrying Crackdown on Basic Freedoms Over Coronavirus
Paul Smeaton | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-16
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 here. | UPDATE (May 7, 8: 00PM EST): This …
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US University Leading COVID Response Leaves Black Workers Behind
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-05-16
On May Day, food service workers led a socially distanced protest at the campus of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, taking part in the international day of action to defend workers and highlight the disparate impact COVID-19 is having across the country. Donning masks, the workers read the names of their 188 colleagues who have been laid off amid the pandemic, 98 percent of whom are Black, according to UNITE HERE…
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US threatens ICC with 'consequences' if it acts on war crimes complaint against Israel filed by 'fake' Palestinian state
rt.com | 2020-05-16
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 statement, denouncing the ongoing efforts by the ICC to investigate allegations of war crimes against Palestinians, including the use of live ammunition against protesters, the demolition and shellin…
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Missing the Context of De Blasio's 'Jewish Community' Tweet
Ari Paul | fair.org | 2020-05-16
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio's tweet ( 4/28/20) to "the Jewish community." | Time for a Yiddish lesson: Shanda, meaning a shame or disgrace; a scandal. | Right-wing voices throughout the media thought they found one with New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's tweet ( 4/28/20) about a Hasidic funeral that violated Covid-19 social-distancing rules. But their shoddy coverage was the real shanda. | The background is this: Some Hasidic Jews in Brooklyn, members of a strictly Ort…
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Taliban does not recognize High Peace Council: spox
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-16
TEHRAN, May 17 (MNA)

Protest at Fort Mason Against CCSF Cuts
Leon Kunstenaar | indybay.org | 2020-05-16
People young and old protest CCSF cuts in programs that benefit seniors, immigrants and working people.
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On Nakba Day, Palestinians vow to continue resistance
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-05-16
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.
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US House passes $3 trillion coronavirus "relief" bill
wsws.org | 2020-05-16
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.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/16/dems…

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

Autoworkers express growing opposition on eve of industry restart
wsws.org | 2020-05-16
New cases of the virus have already emerged at FCA's Sterling Heights Assembly this week, even before the plants officially reopen Monday.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/16/auto…

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

Trump threatens to cut all ties with China
wsws.org | 2020-05-16
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.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/16/usch…

Trump Wants to Cut Off China in Guilt-Projection Meltdown
Finian Cunningham | thealtworld.com | 2020-05-16
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 interview referring to the US trade deficit with China. The fault of the chronic US trade deficit with China (and much of the world), like that of the Covid-19 crisis in America, is classic 3-D Trump: dissembli…
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Trump Wants to Cut Off China in Guilt-Projection Meltdown
Andrey Areshev | strategic-culture.org | 2020-05-16
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 interview referring to the US trade deficit with China. The fault of the chronic US trade deficit with China (and much of the world), like that of the Covid-19 crisis in America, is classic 3-D Trump: dissembling, distracting and dealing in guilt-projection. | Trump is a simpleton, a narcissistic buffoon and a demagogue whose unhinged me…
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The Liabilities of History: The Dangers of Pandemic Compensation. The Blame China Lobby
Dr. Binoy Kampmark | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-16
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 …
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Cuba's Biotechnology and "Medical Internationalism". Monsanto "Bioimperialism" versus Cuba's "Biosolidarity"
Don Fitz | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-16
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 …
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Canadian unions cement anti-worker corporatist alliance with government and big business
wsws.org | 2020-05-16
The unions' alliance with big business was epitomized by a joint statement from the Canadian Labour Congress and the Canadian Chamber of Commerce.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/16/trad…

Leftists jump the Corporate Democratic ship, leaving Sanders behind
Glen Ford | mronline.org | 2020-05-16
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.
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UK government ties Transport for London bailout to "back to work" drive
wsws.org | 2020-05-16
TfL, which runs the London Underground, bus and rail services, faced bankruptcy, threatening the Johnson government's efforts to restore corporate profits.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/16/lond…

Businessman Accused of Rwandan Genocide Arrested After 26 Years
telesurenglish.net | 2020-05-16
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: | Rwanda Honors Those Killed in Genocide 25 Years Ago | Kabuga played a key role in financing the massacres of hundreds of thousands of people committed…
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telesurenglish.net | 2020-05-16
Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro Saturday appointed General Eduardo Pazuello as Acting Health Minister amidst the crisis prompted by the resignation of the last two health ministers, both of whom disagreed with the President's vision on how to fight the pandemic. | RELATED: | Brazil Second Health Minister Quits, Deepening COVID-19 Crisis | "Gene…
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U.S. blocks vote on UN's bid for global ceasefire amid COVID-19
teleSUR Desk | mronline.org | 2020-05-16
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.
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Spain Wants to Extend the COVID-19 Measures for Another Month
telesurenglish.net | 2020-05-16
Spain's Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez announced that he will request authorization from Congress to extend the state of alarm decreed on March 14 for a further month to stop the advance of the pandemic. | RELATED: | Spain to Close Sea and Air Borders within the Schengen Area | The Prime Minister explained that, if there is no new outbreak, the country could…
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Herd immunity policy in Turkey risks thousands of new deaths
wsws.org | 2020-05-16
The government is launching a "normalization" policy forcing employees back to work over opposition from medical experts.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/16/turk…

Sekou Odinga: 'The right to struggle by any and all means'
| workers.org | 2020-05-16
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 . . . | Continue reading Sekou Odinga: 'The right to struggle by any and all means' at Workers.org
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Marc Lamont Hill: 'Outside the logic of the prison' on Mumia's birthday
| workers.org | 2020-05-16
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 . . . | Continue reading Marc Lamont Hill: 'Outside the logic of the prison' on Mumia's birthday at Workers.org
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Rashid Johnson: 'Prison has always served a particular political function'
a guest author | workers.org | 2020-05-16
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 . . . | Continue reading Rashid Johnson: 'Prison has always served a particular political function' at Workers.org
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Lack of Empathy Equates to a Lack of Leadership Skills
Andrey Areshev | strategic-culture.org | 2020-05-16
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…
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Lack of Empathy Equates to a Lack of Leadership Skills
Wayne Madsen | thealtworld.com | 2020-05-16
Trump never has and never will experience empathy and thousands of Americans and others have died and are dying because of it, Wayne Madsen writes. | 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 Tr…
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Architects Of American Carnage
Andrey Areshev | strategic-culture.org | 2020-05-16
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…
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Prices for basic foods soar in the US as pandemic disrupts supply chains
wsws.org | 2020-05-16
Grocery prices in the country rose 2.6 percent in April, the largest increase in a single month since 1974.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/16/pric…

Gates' Globalist Vaccine Agenda: A Win-Win for Pharma and Mandatory Vaccination
Robert F. Kennedy Jr | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-16
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 global vaccination ID enterprise) and give him dictatorial control of global …
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Video: How COVID-19 Death Certificates Are Being Manipulated. Montana Physician Dr. Annie Bukacek
Dr. Annie Bukacek | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-16
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 …
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Hundreds of workers walk out at six fruit packing plants in Washington state
wsws.org | 2020-05-16
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.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/16/yaki…

Mississippi: Workers at Brentwood Originals pillow factory continue walkouts
wsws.org | 2020-05-16
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.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/16/bren…

Unemployment soars in New Zealand
wsws.org | 2020-05-16
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.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/16/nzjc…

House Passes $3 Trillion Relief Package, But Progressives Say More Must Be Done
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-05-16
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…
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Hospital Workers Report Failures by Management to Notify Them of COVID Exposures
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-05-16
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…
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Cuba's Resilience Through Economic Crisis Prepared It for COVID Health Crisis
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-05-16
In times of crisis, who we are is revealed. That is true of people and of nations. What COVID-19 has exposed

COVID-19: Military steps up repression in war-ravaged northern Sri Lanka
wsws.org | 2020-05-16
The government and the military are nervous about the growing unrest among workers and poor against the draconian social conditions.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/16/nort…

Worsening conditions at Hirdaramani garment plants in Sri Lanka
wsws.org | 2020-05-16
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.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/16/sril…

Venezuela calls on UK government to 'abandon coup-mongering plans' after The Canary's investigation
John McEvoy | thecanary.co | 2020-05-16
Following an investigation by The Canary, the Venezuelan government has formally called on the UK to "abandon Washington's coup-mongering plans and any destabilizing initiative". | Venezuela Reconstruction Unit: | On 13 May, The Canary revealed the existence of a specialist unit within the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) dedicated to the 'reconstruction' of Venezuela. Files obtained un…
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Senior police officer accused of 'one rule for him, and one rule for the rest of us' after travelling to family home
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-05-16
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…
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Woody Allen's A Rainy Day in New York: A little more of an edge than usual
wsws.org | 2020-05-16
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.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/16/rain…

Can Britain Survive Boris Johnson?
Gary Younge | thenation.com | 2020-05-16
Can Britain Survive Boris Johnson?
thenation.com/article/world/uk-labour-jo…

How Covid-19 Is Affecting Military Families
Andrea Mazzarino | thenation.com | 2020-05-16
How Covid-19 Is Affecting Military Families…
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Moscow hits lowest daily Covid-19 cases mark since early May, with 3,505 infections recorded
rt.com | 2020-05-16
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…
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Russia's biggest automaker to jump-start production next week
rt.com | 2020-05-16
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…
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Hungary's Orban says Budapest lockdown will now be gradually lifted amid Covid-19 powers row with EU
rt.com | 2020-05-16
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…
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'Propaganda machine says it's OK for there to be Bezos & Zuckerberg': Roger Waters tells RT how media shields Covid-19 villains
rt.com | 2020-05-16
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.com/news/488838-roger-waters-humanity…

Biggest change in 231 years: Citing Covid-19, US House of Representatives adopts proxy votes & remote meetings in party-line vote
rt.com | 2020-05-16
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…
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Italy to lift international and domestic travel restrictions in June
rt.com | 2020-05-16
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

War-loving 'propaganda machine' & 'neoliberal economics' driving humanity toward 'omnicidal destruction,' Roger Waters tells RT
rt.com | 2020-05-16
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.com/news/488838-roger-waters-humanity…

House Democrats push through $3 TRILLION Covid-19 relief bill as GOP puts up resistance to 'progressive wishlist'
rt.com | 2020-05-16
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

POLAND would gladly host American nukes if Germany refuses, US envoy claims, fanning 'Cuban missile crisis 2.0'
rt.com | 2020-05-16
As the US ambassador to Germany

Intelsat, launcher of 1st commercial communications satellite, files for bankruptcy… it's a friend we didn't know we had
rt.com | 2020-05-16
Born in the Cold War, powered by rivalry and unhindered by free-market restrictions, Intelsat linked the planet with its satellites

Trump vows to strip 'radical left' of 'TOTAL COMMAND' over FB, IG, Twitter & Google
rt.com | 2020-05-16
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." | The Radical Left is in total command & control of Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Google. The Administration is working to remedy this illegal situation. Stay tun…
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Trump vows to strip 'radical left' of 'TOTAL COMMAND' over FB, IG, Twitter & Google
rt.com | 2020-05-16
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) …
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'A bad joke': Trio admits to photo-bombing Russian WWII site with Nazi pics after police raid
rt.com | 2020-05-16
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

'Unreliable for allies, dangerous for rivals': Tehran blasts 'mindless' trio of Trump, Pompeo & US Iran envoy
rt.com | 2020-05-16
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…
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'We surrender!' Roscosmos chief taunts Trump for bragging about 'super-duper' US missile
rt.com | 2020-05-16
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…
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'Camera off, mask off?' CNN reporter blasted for removing mask seconds after end of WH press briefing
rt.com | 2020-05-16
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

People Who Have "T Cells' From Other Coronavirus Infections Are Resistant to COVID-19
Mitch Leslie | anti-empire.com | 2020-05-16
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…
anti-empire.com/people-who-have-t-cells-…

Sweden's Coronavirus Strategy Will Soon Be the World's
Nils Karlson | anti-empire.com | 2020-05-16
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 had implemented some combination of school, university, workplace, and public transportation closures; restrictions on public events; and limits on domestic and international travel. One country, however, stand…
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The Worldwide Lockdown Is the Biggest Man-Made Culling Since the Great Leap Forward
Denis Prager | anti-empire.com | 2020-05-16

"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

Once Again Hysterical Media Is Complicit in the Needless Deaths of Tens of Thousands (So Far)
Brendan O'Neill | anti-empire.com | 2020-05-16
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…
anti-empire.com/once-again-hysterical-me…

Russian amb. rejects reports on Iran, Turkey, Russia agreement on removal of Assad
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-16
TEHRAN, May 16 (MNA)

Iran, Syria discuss cooperation in fight against terrorism
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-16
TEHRAN, May 16 (MNA)

Russian amb. talks of Iran, Russia bilateral relation, regional developments
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-16
TEHRAN, May 16 (MNA)

Al-Nujaba calls on Iraqi emulation sources to condemn Saudis' insult to Shahid al-Muhandis
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-16
TEHRAN, May 16 (MNA)

Al-Nujaba calls for condemnation of Saudis' insult to Shahid al-Muhandis
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-16
TEHRAN, May 16 (MNA)

Saudis react to economic squeeze
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-16
TEHRAN, May 16 (MNA)

MP warns about relocation of ISIL terrorists to Iraq
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-16
TEHRAN, May 16 (MNA)

Iran, Iraq discuss military, defense cooperation
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-16
TEHRAN, May 16 (MNA)

Talks underway between Iran, Iraq to reopen Mehran border crossing amid pandemic
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-16
TEHRAN, May 16 (MNA)

Iran treating foreign nationals infected by Covid-19 free of charge: official
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-16
TEHRAN, May 17 (MNA)

Schools reopened in Hamedan
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-16
TEHRAN, May 16 (MNA)

Covid-19 infects above 4.6mn globally
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-16
TEHRAN, May 16 (MNA)

Iran condemns US' coronavirus blame game against China
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-16
TEHRAN, May 16 (MNA)

Iran's COVID-19 cases surpass 118,000
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-16
TEHRAN, May 16 (MNA)

Leader, university studesnts to meet via videoconference
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-16
TEHRAN, May 16 (MNA)

Iran's COVID-19 cases surpass 118,000 with recovery rate at 78%
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-16
TEHRAN, May 16 (MNA)

Trade exchange between Iran, Venezuela has nothing to do with anyone else
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-16
TEHRAN, May 16 (MNA)

Nuclear deal opponents helpless, ignorant: Ulyanov
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-16
TEHRAN, May 16 (MNA)

Imam Khomeini viewed the right path toward Quds: Islamic Jihad representative
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-16
TEHRAN, May 16 (MNA)

US continues to disrupt world despite need for unity against pandemic
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-16
TEHRAN, May 16 (MNA)

Parl. National Security Committee ratifies anti-Zionism motion
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-16
TEHRAN, May 16 (MNA)

Resistance will terminate fake Israeli regime's existence: Amir-Abdollahian
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-16
TEHRAN, May 16 (MNA)

Iran to hold online intl. conf. on Quds to as replacement to rallies
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-16
TEHRAN, May 16 (MNA)

Headlines of Iranian dailies on May 16
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-16
TEHRAN, May 16 (MNA)

Iran's OPEC governor passes away after brain haemorrhage
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-16
TEHRAN, May 16 (MNA)

Military secrets must not be revealed to enemies: Sayyari
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-16
TEHRAN, May 16 (MNA)

The CORONAREVAYAT Festival invites public to submit 'corona narrative' in a variety of forms
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-16
TEHRAN, May 16 (MNA)

'incompetent' Trump-Pompeo-Hook triangle is only a source of threat: Shamkhani
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-16
TEHRAN, May 16 (MNA)

Zarif, Zanganeh offer condolences on passing of Iran OPEC governor
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-16
TEHRAN, May 16 (MNA)

Eid al-Fitr prayers to be held all across Iran: Rouhani
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-16
TEHRAN, May 16 (MNA)

Front pages of Iran international dailies on May 16
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-16
TEHRAN, May 16 (MNA)

Fariba Adelkhah sentenced to 6 years in prison
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-16
TEHRAN, May 16 (MNA)

Zarif main online speaker of intl. Quds Day on May 22
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-16
TEHRAN, May 16 (MNA)

Iran to hold online intl. conf. on Quds as replacement to rallies
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-16
TEHRAN, May 16 (MNA)

U.S. Sanctions: The Weaponization of the Global Financial System
IFCSS | indybay.org | 2020-05-16
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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World Health Assembly Wrestles with Coronavirus
Kate Zeller | indybay.org | 2020-05-16
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.
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/05/15/1883305…

We Can't Go Back to Normal: A Moral Respnse to Coronavirus Town Hall (PPC)
Poor People's Campaign & MoveOn | indybay.org | 2020-05-16
Online via livestream…
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Speak out against oil drilling in Brentwood
The hills are alive | indybay.org | 2020-05-16
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).
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Delta Tunnel Forges Ahead in Pandemic: Agreement in Principal Reached for SWP Contract Amendment
Dan Bacher | indybay.org | 2020-05-16
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…

Dispatch from the Frontlines: Gender Inequality and COVID-19 (CPCC)
Congressional Progressive Caucus Ctr & others | indybay.org | 2020-05-16
Online livestream & Zoom…
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Worldwide Webinar: Civil Society Response to COVID-19 in Prisons & Jails Globally
INCLO | indybay.org | 2020-05-16
Online via zoom…
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Citizens' Climate Lobby: Virtual Climate Conference 2020 (Day 2)
Citizens' Climate Lobby | indybay.org | 2020-05-16
Online/virtual conference…
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/05/15/1883304…

Citizens' Climate Lobby: Virtual Climate Conference 2020 (Day 1)
Citizens' Climate Lobby | indybay.org | 2020-05-16
Online/virtual conference…
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Intersection of the Climate Crisis & Social Justice Webinar (PPC & CRP)
Poor People's Campaign, Climate Reality Proj. | indybay.org | 2020-05-16
Online via Zoom…
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#Stop the Money Pipeline: Dump Climate Denier Lee Raymond from Chase Actionar
#StopTheMoneyPipeline and others | indybay.org | 2020-05-16
Online via Zoom | Register now: us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcsfu6…
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/05/14/1883302…

Covid-19 changes to NHS services may lead to worsening health inequalities
imperial.ac.uk | 2020-05-15
The decision to suspend non-urgent services at NHS hospitals in response to the Covid-19 pandemic will lead to worsening health inequalities.
imperial.ac.uk/news/197534/covid-19-changes-nhs-services-lead-worsening

Hunger gnaws at the edges of the World
Vijay Prashad | mronline.org | 2020-05-15
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.
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Is Universal Basic Income the Way Out of the Current Economic Crisis?
Ellen Brown | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-15
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 …
globalresearch.ca/universal-basic-income…

Neither Iraq, nor Syria can afford to allow Daesh to Return as Major Challenge
Michael Jansen | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-15
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 …
globalresearch.ca/neither-iraq-nor-syria…

'The American friends': New court files expose Sheldon Adelson's security team in US spy operation against Julian Assange
Max Blumenthal | thegrayzone.com | 2020-05-15
An exclusive investigation by The Grayzone reveals new details on the critical role Sheldon Adelson's Las Vegas Sands played in…
thegrayzone.com/2020/05/14/american-shel…

"Can Democracy Survive the Pandemic?": Election Hangs in the Balance as Trump Attacks Mail-In Voting
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-05-15
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.
www.democracynow.org/2020/5/15/securing_…

"The Wuhan of the Americas": U.S. Deports COVID-19-Positive Immigrants to Haiti & Guatemala
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-05-15
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.
www.democracynow.org/2020/5/15/us_deport…

Democracy At Stake: "Faithless Electors" SCOTUS Case Tests If Electoral College Members Can Go Rogue
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-05-15
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

Roaming Charges: Unmasked and Anonymous
Jeffrey St. Clair | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-15
I'm hyped for some ObamaGate action, as long as its about things that matter: health care plan designed by Heritage Foundation, bailing out Wall Street, failing to close Gitmo, droning US citizens, Afghan surge, the jailing of whistleblowers and legal harassment of journalists, the Libyan and Honduran coups, mass surveillance, the funding and arming of proxy wars in Yemen and Syria, record deportations, Deepwater Horizon, new nukes (both power plants and weapons), etc…
counterpunch.org/2020/05/15/roaming-char…

Video: Coronavirus: Economic and Social Collapse: Mass Unemployment, Bankruptcy, Poverty and Despair
Prof Michel Chossudovsky | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-15
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 …
globalresearch.ca/video-corona-virus-eco…

What Happens In the Wake of the COVID-19 Lockdown? Economic Destruction, Global Poverty, Bankruptcies, Mass Unemployment. Neoliberalism to the Rescue
Prof Michel Chossudovsky | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-15
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 …
globalresearch.ca/what-happens-in-the-wa…

Arabs, UN Must Move to Swiftly Protect the Status of Palestinian Refugees
Ramzy Baroud | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-15
'Heinous racism,' 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…
counterpunch.org/2020/05/15/arabs-un-mus…

Our Greener, Climate-Friendly Future Is Going to Be Amazing—It's Our Job to Tell That Story
Jamie Henn | commondreams.org | 2020-05-15
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…
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Senator Bernie Sanders Says We Must Be "Flexible and Aggressive" to Save Small Businesses
commondreams.org | 2020-05-15
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China's International Solidarity Aid to the World During the Corona Pandemic
Stansfield Smith | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-05-15
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 …
dissidentvoice.org/2020/05/chinas-intern…

DeVos's Channeling of CARES Act Funds Seen as Boosting 'Perennial Goal' of Advancing Voucher Program
Andrea Germanos, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-05-15
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…
commondreams.org/news/2020/05/15/devoss-…

Amid the Coronavirus Pandemic, America's Billionaires Thrive and Prosper
Lawrence Wittner | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-05-15
Although most Americans currently face hard times, with unemployment surging to the levels of the Great Depression and enormous numbers of people sick or dying from the coronavirus pandemic, the nation's super-rich remain a notable exception. Financially, they are doing remarkably well. According to the Institute for Policy Studies, between March 18 and April 28, …
dissidentvoice.org/2020/05/amid-the-coro…

Israel Perfecting Surveillance Tech
Philip Giraldi | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-15
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 …
globalresearch.ca/israel-perfecting-surv…

Malcolm X, Ho Chi Minh °presente!
Editor | workers.org | 2020-05-15
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 . . . | Continue reading Malcolm X, Ho Chi Minh °presente! at Workers.org
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Venezuela Shows World Under No Less Threat of War After Donald Trump's First Term
ahtribune.com | 2020-05-15
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 COVID-19 pandemic worldwide. Anti-war forces in the U.S. made the mistake of believing Donald Trump would truly make a difference in the bipartisan war agenda. Venezuela is facing th…
ahtribune.com/world/americas/venezuela/4…

Massachusetts Contact Tracing Program Handed to Clinton-Linked NGO with Questionable Past
Raul Diego | mintpressnews.com | 2020-05-15
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.
mintpressnews.com/massachusetts-contact-…

Dark Winter? Honey Badger Trump Don't Care
Paul Street | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-15
"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."

As US Reels From COVID-19, Trump Turns to Sanctions, War Making and Threats
Alan Macleod | mintpressnews.com | 2020-05-15
The Trump admin has decisively chosen war over peace and conflict over cooperation. Yet it appears less able than ever to coerce the world into following its lead.
mintpressnews.com/us-reels-covid-19-trum…

Study: Coronavirus Has a Been a Massive Boon for America's Billionaires
Alan Macleod | mintpressnews.com | 2020-05-15
A new study found that in the past eight weeks alone, the country's super wealthy have added a further $368.8 billion to their already enormous fortunes.
mintpressnews.com/study-coronavirus-bill…

'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 | 2020-05-15
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…
rt.com/news/488800-orban-covid-emergency…

'Matarife': Colombia's narconovela of the decade?
Adriaan Alsema | colombiareports.com | 2020-05-15
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.
colombiareports.com/matarife-colombias-n…

"Faithless Electors" SCOTUS Case Tests If Electoral College Members Can Go Rogue
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-05-15
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

In the Race for Immunity, Sweden Leads the Pack
Mike Whitney | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-15
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 …
globalresearch.ca/immunity-sweden/571300…

Starving Bolivian workers clash with troops deployed by coup regime
wsws.org | 2020-05-15
Amid the spread of the COVID-19 epidemic in Bolivia, Jeanine àÅñez's self-proclaimed "interim government" is escalating state repression.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/15/boli…

COVID-19 Lockdown Is Liberalism Last Hurrah
ahtribune.com | 2020-05-15
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…
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Trump's "Operation Warp Speed" for Mass Vaxxing. "Big Bucks for Big Pharma"
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-15
Big Pharma is poised to cash in big from mass COVID-19 vaxxing

"My Job Is to Make Syria a Quagmire for the Russians": CIA Doctrine Made Official Policy
Zero Hedge | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-15
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 …
globalresearch.ca/make-syria-quagmire-ru…

Ecuador: Human Rights Organizations Denounce Police Brutality
telesurenglish.net | 2020-05-15
Ecuador's Human Rights organizations Thursday denounced that police force abuse against pacific protesters in Guayaquil. Claimers denounced the negligence of health authorities in corpses counting and handling. | RELATED: | Ecuador Faces Wave of Corruption Amid Pandemic | Protesters gathered at Centenary Park for a sit-in demonstration against both President Lenin Moreno's budget cuts and lack of economic aid for those in need. | "We are mourning and resisting," was their protest's maxim. Cit…
telesurenglish.net/news/ecuador-human-ri…

Bolivia: Añez Backs Down, Annuls Decree Against Speech Freedom
telesurenglish.net | 2020-05-15
Due to pressure stemming from human rights defenders, Bolivia's coup-born regime led by Jeanine Añez Thursday was forced to repeal a decree allowing it to extend restrictions on freedom of expression during the COVID-19 pandemic. | RELATED: | Bolivia De-Facto Govt Repress Protesters That Can't Afford More Lockdown | The ‚Äã‚Äã‚Äã‚Äã‚Äã‚Äãdecree issued on May 7 aimed at…
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Finland: Schools Reopen Despite Health Situation
telesurenglish.net | 2020-05-15
Finland's Education Ministry reopened Thursday schools after a two-month closure period due to the Covid-19 outbreak. Pre-school and elementary school children were the first to return their activities. | RELATED: | Tense Calm in Montenegro After Day of Mass Protests | "Experts affirm schools reopening would have a minimal impact on the pandemic, but grand benefits for children," Education Minister Li Andersson said, adding that her office instructed municipality authorities to enforce p…
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Anonymous shootings target students as violence against activists increases in Chile
Carole Concha Bell | thecanary.co | 2020-05-15
Chile has had a turbulent few months. And at the end of April, a dozen people were shot from an unmarked car in one of Santiago's most populated suburbs, La Florida, during a peaceful protest. This was not an isolated incident. Violence against students and protesters by anonymous attackers has…
thecanary.co/feature/2020/05/15/anonymou…

Tampa students demand COVID-19 relief for undocumented students
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-05-15
Tampa, FL – On May 14, Tampa Bay Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) held a car protest at the University of South Florida (USF) to demand COVID-19 relief funds for undocumented students. USF has offered no financial help for undocumented students during the pandemic and the only COVID-19 aid for students is the CARES Act Fund, for which DACA and undocumented students are ineligible. | Students and SDS members parked near the USF president's mansion on campus for socially-distanced speeches and chants demanding that USF provide relief for undocumented students. Simon Rowe, a member of SDS stated, "DACA stude…
fightbacknews.org/2020/5/15/tampa-studen…

MI Legislature Cancels Work as "Reopen" Protesters Call for Whitmer's "Lynching"
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-05-15
The Michigan state legislature called off meetings scheduled to take place on Thursday as demonstrations were set to take place against Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's stay-at-home order. | According to state police, 200 individuals took part in a demonstration near the capitol building in Lansing against Whitmer's social distancing measures, which were put in place in order to stem the spread o…
truthout.org/articles/mi-legislature-can…

500,000 Germans apply to take part in Stuttgart lockdown protest, but police RESTRICT rally to 5,000 due to 'social distancing'
rt.com | 2020-05-15
The city of Stuttgart has reluctantly agreed to let a demonstration go ahead on Saturday, ordering that masks be worn on public transport and people stay apart, after dissent over the lockdown swept across Germany last weekend. | Five thousand protesters are set to hit the streets of the southwestern city to protest Covid-19 restrictions. And that's only one percent of the half a million who applied to take part in the rally against Covid-19 prevention measures. | The local government has permitted only a limited number of protestors, and also requires them to maintain social distancing. Anyone caught travelin…
rt.com/news/488790-social-distancing-pro…

Climate Crisis: KXL Ruling, Unity Task Force, California Pollution, and TRNN's New Climate Reporter
Staff | therealnews.com | 2020-05-15
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.
therealnews.com/columns/climate-crisis-k…

Jailing people who use Covid-19 as bioweapon would be 'discrimination.' So better lock up everyone instead?
rt.com | 2020-05-15
Accidentally spreading Covid-19 is wanting grandma dead, say opponents of ending lockdowns. Yet activists now worry that proposed laws to punish those who threaten to spread it deliberately would discriminate against minorities. | A Florida man spat and coughed on a police officer responding to a domestic violence call, and faces up to five years in prison on a federal charge of biological weapons hoax (he was negative for Covid-19). Another man in Texas, who falsely claimed on Facebook that he paid someone to spread the virus at local grocery stores, was charged with the same thing. A Michigan man who wiped h…
rt.com/usa/488692-criminalizing-covid-di…

A universal appeal for humanity to end militarism and stop war
Abdallah El Harif | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-05-15
On March 15, 1950, the World Peace Council sent out the Stockholm Appeal, a short text that called for a ban on nuclear weapons and that would eventually be signed by almost 2 million people. The appeal was made up of three elegant sentences: | -We demand the outlawing of atomic weapons as instruments of intimidation and mass murder of peoples. We demand strict international control to enforce this measure. | -We believe that any government which first uses atomic weapons against any other country whatsoever will be committing a crime against humanity and should be dealt with as a war criminal. | -We call on a…
peoplesdispatch.org/2020/05/15/a-univers…

Give Peace a Chance: Saudi Arabia and the UAE Jostle for Position in War-Ravaged Countries for Contracts
Andrey Areshev | strategic-culture.org | 2020-05-15
Is the coronavirus, which has hit GCC countries quite hard, going to fuel proxy wars further with the economic objective of fortunes to be made, once the fighting stops? Or dig them in deeper? Don't overlook Russia in the scramble for reconstruction contracts. | The bigger they are, the harder they fall. This certainly applies to countries in the GCC which are attempting to pick themselves up again. It's a cruel irony, some might argue, that the UAE's diversification in its economy away from oil dependency, made it more vulnerable than Saudi Arabia's and so was hit harder by the virus. An economy dependent on tou…
strategic-culture.org/news/2020/05/15/gi…

Puebla Group Discusses Peace in Colombia and Pandemic Crisis
telesurenglish.net | 2020-05-15
The Puebla Group today is discussing the peace process in Colombia, the health crisis, and the regional economy, during a new virtual meeting that brings together progressive leaders from Latin America. | RELATED: | Puebla Group to Analyze COVID-19 Crisis in Latin America | Colombia is the host of the new virtual meeting, in the voices of former President Ernesto Samper and former Minister of Labor Clara Lopez Obregon. | "Peace measures are the level of civilization of a country," sa…
telesurenglish.net/news/puebla-group-to-…

Jordan's king warns Israel of 'massive conflict' if it proceeds with West Bank annexation plans
rt.com | 2020-05-15
Jordan's King Abdullah II warned Israel of a "massive conflict" if it proceeds with plans to annex large parts of the occupied West Bank. | Israel has vowed to annex Jewish settlements and the Jordan Valley. The move could spell the end of the long-stalled peace process by making it virtually impossible to establish a viable Palestinian state. | "Leaders who advocate a one-state solution do not understand what that would mean," Jordan's king said in an interview with the German magazine Der Spiegel. | European Union foreign ministers met on Friday to discuss what action the bloc might take in response to Israe…
rt.com/newsline/488812-jordan-israel-con…

No Lockdowns: The Terrifying Polio Pandemic of 1949-52
Jeffrey A. Tucker | anti-empire.com | 2020-05-15
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…
anti-empire.com/no-lockdowns-the-terrify…

'Boogaloo Boy' Arrested in Texas, Charged With Plotting To Murder Cops on Facebook Live
Hatewatch Staff | splcenter.org | 2020-05-15
"Boogaloo Boys"

US-Backed Militants Steal a Bank of the Syrian State in Hasakah City then Hand It to US Forces
ahtribune.com | 2020-05-15
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…
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How Economic Misery Helped Fuel the Syrian War
Louis Proyect | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-15
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…
counterpunch.org/2020/05/15/how-economic…

Guaidó and the Failed Military Operation Against Venezuela: a Story of Betrayal and Financial Corruption
Patricio Zamorano | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-15
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…
counterpunch.org/2020/05/15/guaido-and-t…

COVID-19 Spreads in Yemen With Health System in Shambles
telesurenglish.net | 2020-05-15
Hundreds of people in Aden, southern Yemen's main city, have died in the past week from symptoms of what appears to be the COVID-19, local health officials said in interviews with The Associated Press. | RELATED: | COVID-19 Will Spread Easily Across Yemen, WHO Warns | The officials fear the situation is only going to get worse: Yemen has little capacity to test those suspected of having the virus, and a 5-year-long civil war has left the health system in shambles. | One gravedigger in Aden told A…
telesurenglish.net/news/COVID-19-Spreads…

The positive side of Colombia: ambassador can eat two families' monthly income in just one lunch
Adriaan Alsema | colombiareports.com | 2020-05-15
Many Colombians may have no food, but that doesn't mean their Ambassador to Geneva can't have lunch that could sustain two families for a month for lunch. One cannot form…
colombiareports.com/the-positive-side-of…

Colombia's opposition filing criminal charges against 9 generals and Duque ally over illegal spying
Adriaan Alsema | colombiareports.com | 2020-05-15
Colombia's opposition announced criminal charges against nine army generals and an ideologue of President Ivan Duque's far-right political party, which again found itself accused of having ties to the mafia….
colombiareports.com/colombias-opposition…

The positive side of Colombia: ambassador can eat two families' monthly income in just one lunch
Adriaan Alsema | colombiareports.com | 2020-05-15
Many Colombians may have no food, but that doesn't mean their Permanent Representative to the United Nations Office at Geneva, Switzerland, can't have lunch that could sustain two families for…
colombiareports.com/the-positive-side-of…

Canadians Must Ask Questions About the Mercenary Raid on Venezuela
Nino Pagliccia | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-15
Details of the failed armed mercenary incursion on Venezuela are surfacing daily thanks to the prompt public information system from Venezuela and scant corporate media reports. The so-called Operation Gideon took off from Colombia on May 3 and was effectively …
globalresearch.ca/canadians-must-ask-que…

'Not their business': Iran slams US threats to reimpose UN sanctions
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-05-15
The US has threatened to reimpose UN sanctions on Iran if its draft resolution to extend the arms embargo is vetoed in the UN Security Council…
peoplesdispatch.org/2020/05/15/not-their…

China: 5 Five Vaccines to Go Into Large-Scale Testing by July
telesurenglish.net | 2020-05-15
China's National Health Commission (NHC) predicts that five coronavirus vaccines that have entered the second phase of clinical trials will pass that phase in July. | RELATED: | Trump Threatens to Break Ties With China Over COVID-19 Issues | "We have registered none serious adverse effects on the volunteers during the tests. If everything goes as planned, the projects would finish the second part of their tests in July," the NHC deputy director Zeng Yixin said. | China has five…
telesurenglish.net/news/China-5-Five-Vac…

Ari Berman on Voter Suppression and Coronavirus
CounterSpin | fair.org | 2020-05-15
Media…
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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
Janine Jackson | fair.org | 2020-05-15
Foreign Policy ( 5/12/20) illustrates a story on "repression" in Vietnam with a photo of a "propaganda poster" encouraging people to wear masks. | A recent piece in Foreign Policy ( 5/12/20) is headed with a photograph of a placard that features an image of a nurse demonstrating the importance of wearing a face mask as both personal and interpersonal protection against the coronavirus. But reader beware: It's not pu…
fair.org/home/foreign-policy-sees-repres…

The Real Coronavirus Victims: Relations between People
Dr. Pascal Sacré | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-15
"Only touch, medicine and speech can truly heal. ª |

Russia ends federal COVID-19 shutdown measures as it surges to second place in infections worldwide
wsws.org | 2020-05-15
There are now more coronavirus infections in Russia than anywhere else in the world, with the exception of the United States and Spain.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/15/russ…

The 2003 SARS epidemic: How Canada's elite squandered the chance to prepare for the COVID-19 pandemic
wsws.org | 2020-05-15
Canada's disastrous response to the pandemic is all the more criminal given the impact of SARS and the repeated government vows that the country's health system would be well-prepared for any future novel virus.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/15/sars…

If the media's on Starmer's side, you know something's very, very wrong
Ed Sykes | thecanary.co | 2020-05-15
The last five years have been a nightmare. And as a result, we have a government whose handling of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic has been fatally incompetent. Another result is a new opposition leader who seems to have the disgraced media establishment firmly behind him. | To escape this nightmare, we need to learn from it. | Five years of establishment terror: | The political and econ…
thecanary.co/opinion/2020/05/15/if-the-m…

"Corona demonstrations" in Germany: Neo-Nazis join hands with Free Democrats, Christian Democrats and Left Party
wsws.org | 2020-05-15
The FDP's leader in Thuringia, Thomas Kemmerich, participated in a demonstration against the measures put in place to restrict the spread of the coronavirus. Like other such mobilisations in Germany, it was dominated by the extreme right.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/15/kemm…

Back to work, or else: Trump administration tells states to pull unemployment benefits
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2020-05-15
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 …
peoplesworld.org/article/back-to-work-or…

South Africa To Protect Groundwater From Massive Burials
telesurenglish.net | 2020-05-15
The South African Cemeteries Association (SACA) Friday warned that burial land could not be sufficient given the current spreading rate of the COVID-19. | RELATED: | China: 5 Five Vaccines to Go Into Large-Scale Testing by July | Because of the likely proliferation of makeshift cemeteries, bacteria, decomposition resulting substances, and the virus could seep into underground water reserves. | Sanitary authorities must take into account circumstances such as grave depth, buries…
telesurenglish.net/news/South-Africa-To-…