2020-05-17: News Headlines

Lucas Koerner and Ricardo Vaz (2020-05-17). Venezuela: Guaido's Leadership in Question Following Failed Coup Attempt. venezuelanalysis.com A letter from Silvercorp's lawyers demanding payment has cast doubt on Guaido's denials of involvement in a recent paramilitary operation.

Jim Naureckas (2020-05-17). Grading the States' Coronavirus Control. fair.org I recently wrote a Twitter thread ( The good idea, which appears on the Times' "Coronavirus in the US"

Adriaan Alsema (2020-05-17). Coronavirus begins spiralling out of control in Colombia's major cities. colombiareports.com Colombia's third largest city, Cali, and port city Cartagena rang the alarm as the country's healthcare system appears to slowly be falling apart because of the coronavirus pandemic. An explosive…

Adriaan Alsema (2020-05-17). The sad story of Colombia's Supreme Court judge who only accidentally gets people in legal trouble. colombiareports.com Colombia's Supreme Court magistrate Cristina Lombana seems to have a special gift to accidentally get her allegedly criminal former army buddies in legal trouble. Since President Ivan Duque swore in…

Adriaan Alsema (2020-05-17). Operation Baton: Colombia's most epic military corruption probe in history? colombiareports.com Colombia's army is so corrupt, one general was even selling classified information to guerrillas, a counterintelligence operation discovered before its findings mysteriously disappeared. Operation Baton was meant to purge the…

ahtribune (2020-05-17). If You Think the Coronavirus Lockdown Is Worse Than the Disease, You Don't Understand the Disease. ahtribune.com It's no accident that one of the world's great morons—he who thinks injecting disinfectants and shining bright lights into bodily cavities will save the world from COVID-19—should be cheering on one the world's most moronic public health policy choices. | The novel coronavirus—aptly dubbed the stealth virus—is highly infectious, if not peerlessly contagious. People can be infected by the virus—and spread the disease to others—for up to two weeks before showing symptoms. Or they can experience symptoms so mild that they're not aware they're ill. If we believe it's now safe to…

ahtribune (2020-05-17). How Israel Instructed Its Worst Nightmare in the Art of War. ahtribune.com "We were Hezbollah trainers. It is an organization that learns quickly. The Hezbollah we met at the beginning (1982) is different from the one we left behind in 2000". This is what the former Chief of Staff and former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Gabi Ashkenazi, said twenty years after the Israeli "For the first time we met a non-conventional army, but also an ideological organization with deep faith: and this faith triumphed over us. We were more powerful, more technologically advanced and better…

ahtribune (2020-05-17). Dropshipping for Beginners – What Exactly is Dropshipping? ahtribune.com If you are looking to start making money through dropshipping, this overview will get you prepared to start succeeding in this type of market. Before we begin, it's important to understand what exactly it means to dropship items. | This particular business model allows entrepreneurs to tap into the ecommerce market and sell items without having the actual stock yourself. Instead of you physically shipping the item, a third party has your listed item shipped directly to the customer on your company's behalf. Sometimes even under your company's name as if it came from your own warehouse. All of this is done with…

The Canary (2020-05-17). Johnson's ratings plummet and he's warned early lockdown will 'fracture' UK. thecanary.co Boris Johnson has been warned he may cause a fracturing of national unity if he fails to listen to regional concerns about the easing of lockdown restrictions.Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham spoke out as a poll reported public support for the UK government's handling of the coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis had slipped.Meanwhile, only 39% of Britons approve of the Government's response — down from 48% a week ago — according to an Opinium survey of 2,005 adults on Wednesday and Thursday.Those saying they disapproved rose from 36% to 42%.Burnham said Johnson did not inform civic leaders of his easing of…

The Canary (2020-05-17). A hospital pharmacist says lockdown has been eased too soon. thecanary.co As a pharmacist working in a busy London hospital, Arvinder Sarai is concerned that the public needs to be "vigilant" about the spread of the coronavirus.As well as maintaining her usual post as a pharmacist at St Mary's Hospital in Paddington, Sarai has been campaigning for free transport for NHS staff continuing to work throughout the pandemic.In a series of profiles looking at workers on the front line of the battle against coronavirus (Covid-19), Sarai told the PA news agency about her experiences.How has it been, personally and emotionally, working on the front line?: You can read a patient's notes, t…

South Front (2020-05-17). Video: Syrian Army Suffers Casualties in Daraa. Militants Attack Russian-Turkish Patrol. globalresearch.ca The security situation has been escalating in southern Syria. Over the past 24 hours, at least 3 pro-government fighters and a civilian have been killed in attacks by gunmen in al-Musayfrah and Saida-al-Taebah. The attacks followed the March 14 and …

South Front (2020-05-17). Russia's COVID Game of Elites. globalresearch.ca Implementing President Putin's directives, Russian federal authorities intensified their efforts to contain both the economic and social impact of the nation-wide coronavirus lockdown, and also some local authorities' overzealous efforts. This move was impatiently awaited by the Russian society for …

Andrey Areshev (2020-05-17). Why East Beat West on COVID-19. strategic-culture.org East Asia has handled and contained the pandemic far better than the West on nearly all metrics | Andrew SALMON | Perhaps the most startling trend visible in the global Covid-19 pandemic is the vast differential separating East Asia from the West when it comes to the disease's impact. | The chasm is visible — indeed, is impossible not to notice — when examining infection and death rates in either gross or percentage terms. | Very clearly East Asia, defined as the Sinic or Sinic-influenced nations of China, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and Vietnam, has done better than the West on virus management. | Why…

RT (2020-05-17). Bloomberg changes headline YET AGAIN amid backlash over article on why Covid-19 'didn't kill more Russians'. rt.com Bloomberg has yet again had to correct the title of an article, after rolling out a report about why Covid-19 hasn't "killed more Russians." Moscow has argued that Western media distort Russia's fight against the disease. | US-based Bloomberg News had published the story, originally titled "Experts Want to Know Why Coronavirus Hasn't Killed More Russians," on Wednesday. The news piece was ostensibly about how Russia's relatively low death toll from Covid-19 "puzzles health experts," especially since the nation has the second-highest number of officially-recorded cases of the disease, trailing only behind the…

RT (2020-05-17). NO PROOF to support 'Russian assassin' story, Czech govt concedes — yet minister claims suspicions are still 'credible'. rt.com The Czech interior minister has admitted that Prague has no evidence against a Russian diplomat branded by media as a poison courier in an alleged assassination plot. It didn't stop the minister pushing the theory further, though. | An acting head of the Russian foreign aid agency's office in the Czech Republic, Andrey Konchakov, has recently found himself at the center of a scandal, after local media identified him as a suspected "spy" supposedly involved in a plot to assassinate several local officials. | Now, Czech Minster of the Interior Jan Hamacek is explaining that expelling the man could prove complica…

RT (2020-05-17). 'Contradicting the idea of solidarity': France slams Italy for unilateral plan to reopen borders to tourists. rt.com Italy shouldn't have moved to reopen its borders without coordinating with other EU member states first, French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said, as a non-uniform Covid-19 pandemic response tests the bloc's unity. | Following more than two months of statewide lockdowns, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced on Saturday that the country will allow entry to European tourists, while the mandatory 14-day quarantine will be scrapped from June 3. France immediately slammed its neighbor for undermining the idea of European solidarity. | "It's very important for us to coordinate our decisions on th…

RT (2020-05-17). Boozing by letter: Alcohol sales rationing based on SURNAMES could soon be a thing in South Africa as it eases its 'dry' law. rt.com South Africa, which has some of the toughest Covid-19 restrictions, is set to relax them, including a ban on alcohol sales. To avert a feared onslaught of booze buyers, retailers are proposing what seems an outlandish scheme. | Alcohol is expected to rain on the arid market of South Africa from June 1, when the government is set to partially lift its coronavirus-related restrictions. The blanket ban on alcohol and tobacco sales was implemented late in March. | The government draft plan would allow liquor stores to operate from Monday to Wednesday between 8am and 12pm. Retailers, however, fear that the stores m…

RT (2020-05-17). Coronavirus to burn out 'naturally' BEFORE vaccine? Former top WHO oncologist Karol Sikora says there's 'REAL CHANCE' of that. rt.com Covid-19 could be "petering out by itself" before the world comes up with any vaccine, a leading academic, formerly the World Health Organization's (WHO) top oncologist has said. | "There's a real chance that the virus will burn out naturally before any vaccine is developed," Karol Sikora, the dean of the University of Buckingham's medical school, We're seeing a roughly similar pattern everywhere — I suspect we have more immunity than estimated. We need to keep slowing the virus,…

RT (2020-05-17). 'Guard of dishonor': VIDEO shows nurses & doctors giving ICY welcome to Belgian PM over govt's Covid-19 response. rt.com Belgium's PM Sophie Wilmes has visited one of the nation's hospitals battling the pandemic — but the medical staff literally turned their backs on her to show that her "display of support" for frontline workers was not enough. | Prime Minister Wilmes faced a cold welcome at the Saint-Pierre hospital in the Belgian capital Brussels, where the doctors and nurses found a novel way to show their dissatisfaction with the government's policies amid the novel coronavirus epidemic. The nation has had one of the highest Covid-19 mortality rates in Europe. | Footage obtained by RT's video agency Ruptly shows do…

RT (2020-05-17). 'EYE' in the sky: Russia's National Guard launches BLIMP to spot Covid-19 lockdown violators… to mixed reviews (VIDEO). rt.com Russia's National Guard has added a steampunk vibe to the coronavirus dystopia as it launched a blimp to monitor how the lockdown is being observed in Moscow Region. Not everyone was impressed, though. | Equipped with the OKO ("eye") surveillance system, the air balloon was deployed to hover several hundred meters above the ground, allowing servicemen to observe an area of around five square kilometers. | The blimp's prime task is to monitor the park and forest areas during the quarantine. Data gathered by the OKO system is transferred to patrols on the ground in real time, who are then dispatched to disperse…

RT (2020-05-17). Coronavirus brings diamond sales to an almost complete halt. rt.com A leading global diamond producer, Russia's ALROSA, is reporting that its sales were down tenfold in one month alone, as the impact of Covid-19 ripples through the global economy and supply chains. | In April, ALROSA sold a total of just $15.6 million-worth of rough and polished diamonds. This is down from over $152 million a month earlier and from $400 million in sales in the beginning of the year. | "Restrictions imposed to fight the coronavirus and a decline in demand for diamond jewelry have minimized the trade in rough and polished diamonds across the world," Evgeny Agureev, Deputy CEO of ALROSA, said in…

RT (2020-05-17). Coronavirus to burn out 'naturally' BEFORE vaccine? Former WHO oncologist says there's 'REAL chance' of that. rt.com Covid-19 could be "petering out by itself" before the world comes up with any vaccine, a leading academic, formerly the World Health Organization's (WHO) top oncologist has said. | "There's a real chance that the virus will burn out naturally before any vaccine is developed," Karol Sikora, the dean of the University of Buckingham's medical school, We're seeing a roughly similar pattern everywhere — I suspect we have more immunity than estimated. We need to keep slowing the virus,…

RT (2020-05-17). DHS & FBI fear more attacks on 5G infrastructure fueled by Covid-19 conspiracies. rt.com The Department of Homeland Security and other federal agencies are worried that conspiracy theories, bizarrely linking the Covid-19 pandemic to the 5G technology rollout, could inspire more vandalism and violence in the US. | The DHS, FBI and the National Counterterrorism Center issued a joint warning to US law enforcement officials about the growing threat this week, while a separate DHS intelligence report,

RT (2020-05-17). Prophetic? EU once paid for a comic book that showed how it BOTCHED response to PANDEMIC (yet took all the credit anyway). rt.com A pandemic has claimed a million lives despite a vaccine sent from the future, yet EU officials are patting themselves on the back for a good job and mull even more bureaucracy. That is how a comic book published by the EU ends.

RT (2020-05-17). Putin calls Russia a 'distinct civilization' that needs to be SAVED with homegrown high-tech. rt.com President Vladimir Putin has compared his multi-ethnic and multi-faith nation to an entire civilization, saying that if Russia is to maintain its independent status, it has to develop its own cutting-edge technologies. | In an I…

RT (2020-05-17). 'Questioning EU's ability': Eurocrat accuses Russian media of spreading Covid-19 'CONSPIRACIES,' offers no examples. rt.com An EU Commission spokesperson alleged, giving no details, that the Russian media and "Kremlin-friendly" sources push conspiracy theories about Covid-19. The news comes on the heels of anti-lockdown protests in Germany and the UK. | Not mincing his words, Peter Stano

RT (2020-05-17). Chinese envoy to Tel Aviv found dead at his residence, Israeli foreign ministry confirms. rt.com China's ambassador to Israel, Du Wei, was found dead at his home on Sunday morning, Israel's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and police have confirmed. | Du, 57, was found dead at the apartment in the city of Herzliya, north of Tel Aviv, Israeli Police spokesperson Micky Rosenfeld told AFP. The report of Du's death was also confirmed by Israel's foreign ministry. | Israeli media said earlier that Du's body was discovered in his bed with no signs of violence, and that police are investigating the cause of his death. It was also reported that the initial indications were that the diplomat had died in his sleep of na…

Staff (2020-05-17). Big Oil Takes $1.9 Billion in CARES Act Tax Breaks Intended for Small Businesses. truthout.org Sen. Bernie Sanders was among critics outraged that the fossil fuel industry is using tax breaks in the CARES Act meant to help businesses keep workers employed to avoid paying millions of dollars in taxes — and then delivering that money to executives. | "Good thing President Trump is looking out for the real victims of the coronavirus: fossil fuel executives," Sanders tweeted sarcastically Friday. | t.co/4sj6gT53f9 | — Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) Stephen Lendman (2020-05-17). Trump Regime Aims to Block Legal Cooperation Between Iran and Venezuela. globalresearch.ca The US is at war by hot or others means against all nations unwilling to subordinate their sovereign rights to its interests. | Russia and China top its regime change target list, Iran and Venezuela close behind. | The Islamic and Bolivarian …

Stephen Lendman (2020-05-17). Trump and GOP Oppose New House Economic Stimulus Measure. globalresearch.ca On Friday, the Dem-controlled House narrowly passed a new $3 trillion stimulus package — by a 208 — 199 majority. | Fourteen House Dems opposed the measure. Republican Peter King, representing New York's hard-hit 2nd district, supported the so-called Health …

Peter Koenig (2020-05-17). China's New Crypto-Currency — First Step to Full Dedollarization? globalresearch.ca 'We'll cut off the whole relationship' — Trump threatened China in a recent Fox-Business interview, suggesting he may cut diplomatic relations with China and thereby saving US$ 500 billion. He didn't say how, though. | Mr. Trump's anger referred to what …

Paul Antonopoulos (2020-05-17). Normalized Relations with Russia Can Improve Baltic Economies During Pandemic. globalresearch.ca In 2020, Lithuania's and Latvia's gross domestic product (GDP) will decrease by seven per cent, according to a European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

Alison P. Galvani, Alyssa S. Parpia, Abhishek Pandey, Charlotte Zimmer, James G. Kahn, Meagan C. Fitzpatrick (2020-05-17). [Commentary] The imperative for universal healthcare to curtail the COVID-19 outbreak in the USA. thelancet.com The COVID-19 outbreak in the United States is growing steeply and spreading widely. As of March 26, national incidence surpassed every other country, and as of April 28 has reported over a million cases. The COVID-19 crisis is exposing the systemic frailties in our healthcare system. More than 78 million people in America do not have access to adequate health insurance [1]. Given that health insurance in the US is typically provided by employers, millions more are at risk of losing their healthcare coverage as unemployment surges.

Jean-Jacques Tuech, Lilian Schwarz (2020-05-17). [Letter] Can we operate our patients without fear during the period of COVID-19 infection? thelancet.com We read the paper by Shaoquin LEI and colleagues [1] with great interest. The authors reported 34 patients in whom the infection was revealed after surgery was performed. In this group of patients 15 (44.1%) needed ICU care and 7 (20.5%) died. This retrospective cohort study is the first one to describe the outcome of operative patients with SARS-Cov-2 infection.

Gary L Ross (2020-05-17). [Letter] Clinical characteristics and outcomes of patients undergoing surgeries during the incubation period of COVID-19 infection. What are the implications for the commencement of elective surgery? thelancet.com

en.mehrnews (2020-05-17). 'War and Peace' to go on screen in Italian film festival. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 17 (MNA) — Iranian short film 'War and Peace' directed by Ehsan Mirzaie will take part in the 9th Tracce Cinematografiche Film Fest International Short Film in Rome, Italy.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-17). 'Yalda, A Night for Forgiveness' to vie in PyeongChang Intl. Peace Filmfest. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 17 (MNA) — The feature film 'Yalda, A Night for Forgiveness' by Iranian director Masoud Bakhshi, has been accepted into the competition program of the 2nd Pyeongchang International Peace Film Festival in South Korea.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-17). China was, is, will be peace builder and promoter in ME: Chinese amb. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 17 (MNA) — Chinese ambassador to Tehran Chang Hua in an interview with Mehr News agency criticized the US baseless accusations over the outbreak of coronavirus, adding "China was, is and will be peace and stability builder and promoter in the region."

Leon Kunstenaar (2020-05-17). 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.

Andrey Areshev (2020-05-17). America's Newest Wedge Issue and the Tale of the Bizarre 2020 Presidential Elections. strategic-culture.org The answer to 1776 is not 1984 and if anything needs to be protested it would be any efforts by the government to make elections "go digital". Ironically such a move would actually be the way that the Chinese and Russians could actually get the guy they want in the Oval Office.

teleSUR (2020-05-17). Afghanistan: Rivals Ghani and Abdullah Sign Power-Sharing Deal. telesurenglish.net Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani and his rival Abdullah Abdullah signed Sunday a power-sharing deal, ending months of political deadlock since the September 2019 polls. | RELATED: | "We will share the burden and our shoulders, God willing, will be lighter," Ghani said at the signing ceremony, adding the day is "historic" as the agreement was reached without any international mediation. | With the deal, Abdullah…

Basma Qaddour (2020-05-17). ISIS Terrorists Confess that They Have Carried Out Many Operations in Coordination with US Occupation Forces in Al-Tanf Base. globalresearch.ca During a security operation carried out with the help of the Syrian Badia's residents, an ambush was set up against an ISIS terrorist group composed of 6 members where 3 of them were killed and the remaining ones were arrested….

Renee Parsons (2020-05-17). Section 230: Protecting Internet Speech, The Censors and Censorship. globalresearch.ca With a better world on the horizon, the old order is desperately asserting its last vestige of power. What the perpetrators of the coronavirus event were not counting on was that the pandemic would usher in a new era of …

Eric Sommer (2020-05-17). China Declares the U.S. an Enemy: Sea-Change in World Affairs. globalresearch.ca For a long period the Chinese regime has vacillated between seeking accommodation with the U.S.-led imperialist forces to 'do business' with the western world, and defending itself against the attempted economic, political, and military encirclement and strangulation of China by …

Derrick Broze (2020-05-17). How Big Wireless Lobbied Governments to Build 5G for Citizen Data Collection and Surveillance. globalresearch.ca While selling 5G technology to the public as a means for faster downloads, Big Wireless — comprising a web of telecom companies, lobbyists and law firms— is spending millions to lobby governments the world over to implement the next generation …

Lucas Leiroz de Almeida (2020-05-17). Pandemic Scales Up Cases of Mental Illnesses. globalresearch.ca The global pandemic of the new coronavirus worsens day after day worldwide, bringing with it a series of harms for humanity. As it is known, in addition to the simple infection by the virus, the pandemic causes problems in society …

SANA (2020-05-17). Video: Three ISIS-Daesh Terrorists Confess to Perpetrating a Number of Operations in Cooperation with US. globalresearch.ca Three Daesh terrorists confess to perpetrating a number of operations in cooperation with US occupation forces in al-Tanf. …

Global Times (2020-05-17). Chinese Ridicule Trump's China 'Cut-Off' Threat. globalresearch.ca "Is Trump totally insane?" Experts and the international community couldn't help but ask this question after US President Donald Trump threatened to "cut off the whole relationship" with China on Thursday in an interview with FOX Business. Observers said that …

Pepe Escobar (2020-05-17). How Biosecurity Is Enabling Digital Neo-Feudalism. globalresearch.ca Italian master thinker Giorgio Agamben has been on the — controversial — forefront examining what new paradigm may be emerging out of our current pandemic distress. | He recently called

Ulson Gunnar (2020-05-17). The COVID-19 Chronicles: China. globalresearch.ca With the US spiraling downward, a downward trajectory merely steepened by the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak, we'd expect other nations to suffer likewise. | But China, where we are told the virus first appeared, has already bounced back. While it …

teleSUR (2020-05-17). Salvadoran Officials Reject Quarantine Extension. telesurenglish.net The President of El Salvador, Nayib Bukele, extended the state of emergency in the country on the grounds of stopping the spread of Covid-19. | RELATED: | The state of emergency, approved on April 30 by the Legislative Assembly, expired on Saturday night, so, under the protection of an article of the Civil Protection Law, the government extended it for another month. | The decree empowers the government to use funds f…

teleSUR-la (2020-05-17). Latin America Sees Rise in COVID-19 Cases as Economies Reopen. telesurenglish.net Latin American countries on Saturday reported a further increase in COVID-19 cases and deaths, as some are gradually reopening their economies. | RELATED: | Brazil reported a total of 15,633 deaths from COVID-19 and 233,142 confirmed cases, after 816 more patients died of the disease and 14,919 infections were detected in the past 24 hours, according to the Health Ministry. | Sao Paulo, the most populous state, was h…

teleSUR (2020-05-17). Covid-19 Outbreak Reported in Bolivia's Largest Prison. telesurenglish.net Authorities from the Santa Cruz department in eastern Bolivia confirmed an outbreak of coronavirus in the Palmasola prison on Saturday, reporting that 25 inmates tested positive for the disease. | RELATED: | "A total of 25 people deprived of liberty have tested positive for Covid-19. Having an epidemiological outbreak inside the Palmasola prison, we are going to establish two isolation centers: one for suspects and…

teleSUR (2020-05-17). Chinese Ambassador to Israel Found Dead Inside Home. telesurenglish.net The Chinese ambassador to Israel Du Wei passed away in Tel Aviv Sunday, official sources said. | RELATED: | The preliminary judgment is that Du died unexpectedly of health reasons, but the details need to be further confirmed, sources told China's Xinhua News Agency. | The Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed the authenticity of press reports that revealed Sunday the body of the Chinese ambassador to Israel…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-05-17). Indian migrant workers killed in road accident while returning home. peoplesdispatch.org 24 laborers who were on their way home from India's capital city of New Delhi were killed when a truck carrying migrant workers rammed the vehicle they were on…

en.mehrnews (2020-05-17). Afghanistan's Ghani, Abdullah accord to share power. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 17 (MNA) — After months of political discord between Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah, the two rivals signed a power-sharing deal in Kabul on Sunday to break the political deadlock.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-17). Indian pilgrims stranded in Iran go back home. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 17 (MNA) — A group of Indian passengers stranded in Iran due to the cancelation of flights as a precautionary measure against the Covid-19 outbreak, returned home on a flight from Tehran to New Delhi on Saturday.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-17). Pakistan expresses condolence over martyrdom of Iranian Navy personnel. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 17 (MNA) — Pakistan Navy Chief extended condolence over the martyrdom of 19 personnel of Iranian Navy incident.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-17). "Nothing left of JCPOA": chairman of key Parl. cmte. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 17 (MNA) — Chairman of the Iranian Parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission says that Iran was the only side adhering to its commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

en.mehrnews (2020-05-17). Iran successful in fight against coronavirus: Shamkhani. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 17 (MNA) — The Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council Rear Admiral Ali Shamkhani said that the Islamic Republic of Iran and its infrastructure were successful in the fight against coronavirus.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-17). Iran coronavirus updates: 1,806 new coronavirus cases, 51deaths. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 17 (MNA) — Iranian Health Ministry announced on Tuesday that 1,806 new COVID-19 infections have been identified in the country during the past 24 hours.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-17). Iran, Turkey to cooperate on manufacturing wind turbine blades. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 17 (MNA) — Head of Iran's Materials and Energy Center (MERC) announced on Sunday that Iran and Turkey are to jointly start designing, manufacturing and testing of new wind turbine blades.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-17). Iran supports continued alignment of all Afghan groups: Zarif. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 17 (MNA) — Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that the Islamic Republic of Iran supports the continued alignment of all Afghan groups.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-17). Iran, Iraq defense ministers discuss ways to boost bilateral coop. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 17 (MNA) — Iran's Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami and Iraqi Minister of Defense Juma Anad Saadoun held a videoconference on the expansion of defense cooperation.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-17). Iran's March-May petchem output up 6%. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 17 (MNA) — The director of production control at the National Petrochemical Company (NPC) said, the country's petrochemical complexes achieved a 6% increase in production in the current fiscal (started on March 20) compared to the same period last year.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-17). Iraqi side has promised to open southern borders after Eid al-Fitr: official. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 17 (MNA) — A Presiding Board Member of Iran-Iraq Joint Chamber of Commerce Seyyed Hamid Hosseini said that Iraqi officials have promised to open southern borders with Iran, including Mehran, to ease trade.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-17). Fourth tanker carrying Iranian fuel passes through Gibraltar: report. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 17 (MNA) — Based on tanker tracking data, a tanker carrying Iranian fuel has passed through Gibraltar heading towards Latin America, according to media.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-17). US needs to read text of JCPOA more carefully: Ulyanov. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 17 (MNA) — Russia's Permanent Representative to International Organizations in Vienna Mikhail Ulyanov has strongly criticized the United States' new stance on restoring UN sanctions against Iran.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-17). Palestinian causes not to be fallen into oblivion by COVID-19: MP. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 17 (MNA) — A newly-elected representative of Tehran in the 11th Parliament Seyyed Nezameddin Mousavi said on Sunday that outbreak of coronavirus, COVID-19, will not cause Palestinian ideals and causes to fall into oblivion.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-17). People of Shiraz observe Night of Decree in personal cars amid pandemic. en.mehrnews.com SHIRAZ, May 17 (MNA) — Hundreds of people in Shiraz drove their cars to a parking lot to observe the Night of Decree on Saturday night while also following health guidelines amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-17). Export of goods from Bazargan customs up 56% despite COVID-19. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 17 (MNA) — The Director General of Bazargan Customs Sadegh Namdar said that export of goods from Bazargan Customs in the first month of the current year [from March 21 to April 19] registered a significant 56 percent growth as compared to last year's corresponding period.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-17). Leader to deliver speech on Intl. Quds Day. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 17 (MNA) — Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei will deliver a speech on Friday, May 22, on the occasion of the International Quds Day, a senior official said.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-17). Head of Tehran's Jewish community dismisses rumors around Esther and Mordchai tomb. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 17 (MNA) — The head of Tehran's Jewish community, Homayoun Samayeh, dismissed the rumors circulating about damage to Esther and Mordechai's tomb in Hamedan, saying that these are media propaganda waged by enemies of the Islamic Republic.

Adriaan Alsema (2020-05-17). Colombia discards international flights 'on the short term' amid doubts about restarting economy. colombiareports.com Colombia's President Ivan Duque said Saturday that he doesn't believe he'll allow international air travel "in the short term" amid failures to contain the coronavirus. In his daily Facebook live…

Adriaan Alsema (2020-05-17). Stuck in Colombia? Our home is your home until you're repatriated. colombiareports.com Colombia may maintain its ban on international travel. Your embassy will inform you about repatriation. Meanwhile, our home is your home. President Ivan Duque's consideration is not unique. Because Latin…

Tom Coburg (2020-05-17). BMJ damns UK government for mishandling coronavirus outbreak and ignoring science. thecanary.co An editorial in the prestigious British Medical Journal (BMJ) condemns the Johnson-led government for the way it has handled the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic and for ignoring the science. It amounts to possibly the most damning criticism of the government's management of the pandemic so far. | Moreover, a set of slides seen by The Canary reveals that the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) referenced a document, issued in 2019, that provided detailed projections for a major UK epidemic. Yet, this doesn't seem to have informed the government's response to the crisis. | Early failings: | The…

Andrey Areshev (2020-05-17). Trump Goes on Offense Against Obama. strategic-culture.org If Donald Trump wants to get re-elected as President of the U.S. he's going to have to take out former President Barack Obama. At this point Obama is the person who most stands in his path for a second term. | Former Vice President Joe Biden may well wind up being the nominee but that's only because he is Obama's stand in since Obama can't run for a third term thanks to the only part of the U.S. Constitution anyone seems to give a damn about anymore. | But, make no mistake, the current flap about the unmasking of Trump's first (and short-lived) National Security Adviser Gen. Michael Flynn is all about Trump final…

United We Dream (2020-05-17). United We Dream: Immigrants, COVID-19, Jobs & Healthcare Virtual Town Hall. indybay.org Online…

Kate Zeller (2020-05-17). 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.

Lynda Carson (2020-05-17). Music-Mix Parade In The Era Of Coronavirus Covid-19 Pandemic. indybay.org The Era Of The Coronavirus Covid-19 Pandemic…

INCLO (2020-05-17). Worldwide Webinar: Civil Society Response to COVID-19 in Prisons & Jails Globally. indybay.org Online via zoom…

Labor Video Project (2020-05-17). Jail Tesla Billionaire Elon Musk & Defend Health & Safety: Workers Speak Out At Tesla. indybay.org Workers spoke out against the bullying and intimidation of billionaire Elon Musk who has started his Tesla factory violating a shelter in place law. He challenged the Fremont police and Governor Newsom to arrest him but they are allowing him to open without any CA-OSHA inspections. Newsom has continued the destruction of CA-OSHA and there are less than 200 inspectors for the 18 million workers in California and only 1 doctor and 1 nurse at CA. OSHA.

Citizens' Climate Lobby (2020-05-17). Citizens' Climate Lobby: Virtual Climate Conference 2020 (Day 1). indybay.org Online/virtual conference…

Citizens' Climate Lobby (2020-05-17). Citizens' Climate Lobby: Virtual Climate Conference 2020 (Day 2). indybay.org Online/virtual conference…

#StopTheMoneyPipeline and others (2020-05-17). #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…

Tracy Rosenberg (2020-05-17). Santa Cruz Needs Community Control of Surveillance. indybay.org Santa Cruz has a community control of surveillance law in front of the City Council. We need transparency, advanced notice and joint decisionmaking about pervasive surveillance everywhere. Sign the petition (from ACLU) action.aclu.org/petition/cn-santa-cruz-s…

Najwan Simri (2020-05-17). Jews to Palestinian Whose Home They Occupy: What Do You Want? globalresearch.ca "On the anniversary of the

CP Editor (2020-05-17). Laura Veirs: I Was a Fool. counterpunch.org

Staff (2020-05-17). Missouri GOP Votes to Gut Anti-Gerrymandering Reform Approved by Voters. truthout.org This article was produced by While most people are focused on their health and livelihoods amid the pandemic, Republican legislators in Missouri are working to overturn a voter-approved measure meant to make legislativ…

Staff (2020-05-17). Ahmaud Arbery's Murder Shows Lynching Remains a Reality for Black America. truthout.org On May 4, Ida B. Wells received a posthumous Pulitzer award.

Staff (2020-05-17). How a Lobbying Campaign Pushed the CDC to Relax Protective Gear Guidelines. truthout.org This story was originally published by Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting, a nonprofit news organization based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Learn more at Rick Lucas' cellphone chimed, alerting him to an emergency in the acute care unit. He wondered whether it would be another case of COVID…

Staff (2020-05-17). COVID-19 Exposes Systemic Devaluation of Elderly and Dementia Patients. truthout.org I hold my breath when I see I left the nursing home nearly six years ago, but I worry about my friends who still w…

Staff (2020-05-17). Formerly Incarcerated People Should Be Compensated for Telling Their Stories. truthout.org During the 19th-century emancipation movement, some of the most important voices were those of Black abolitionists. "This was especially true of those who had experienced slavery," When they told their stories it "disabused listeners and readers of the notion that slaves were contented or well-treated," Finkenbine said, and even "unlettered fu…

Andrey Areshev (2020-05-17). A New Pandemic? Two Trailblazing COVID-19 Researchers Dead in a Month. strategic-culture.org Academia does not really have a reputation for being riddled with violence and sudden unexplained deaths. Yet at the peak of the Covid-19 pandemic, two young pioneering researchers from the same obscure field of study met with mysterious ends. | Outside of academic circles, Dr. James Taylor and Dr. Bing Liu were relative unknowns. Inside of the scientific community, however, the two had achieved something like rock-star status. And now, within a period of 30 days, both young men are dead at a time when their talents are needed most. | James Taylor, 1979-2020 | Let's first consider the life and work of James Taylo…

imperial.ac.uk (2020-05-17). COVID-19 vaccine secures new government investment. imperial.ac.uk Imperial researchers have received a further £18.5 million in government support as they develop a coronavirus vaccine.

Edward Curtin (2020-05-17). The Online Double-bind. "Digital Revolution, …. Many More People are Crazy" globalresearch.ca The trap was set at least twenty-five years ago and the mice jumped at the smell of the cheese. I am referring to the introduction of the computer as a mass necessity and the Internet that followed. I was slow …

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). 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 …

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 …

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.

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). 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.

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). 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

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…

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.

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…

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

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…

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,…

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…

Brendan O'Neill (2020-05-16). Once Again the Screeching, Do-Gooder 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…

ahtribune (2020-05-16). Why U.S. Must Be Prosecuted for Its War Crimes Against Iraq. ahtribune.com The reason why the U.S. Government must be prosecuted for its war-crimes against Iraq is that they are so horrific and there are so many of them, and international law crumbles until they become prosecuted and severely punished for what they did. We therefore now have internationally a lawless world (or "World Order") in which "Might makes right," and in which there is really no effective international law, at all. This is merely gangster "law," ruling on an international level. It is what Hitler and his Axis of fascist imperialists had imposed upon the world until the Allies — U.S. under FDR, UK under C…

ahtribune (2020-05-16). Trump Creates New Base in Syria and Ships ISIS to Iraq. ahtribune.com The 300 US military shipments reached al-Jazrat over the past few days, according to 'SOHR', based in the UK. They further reported the US troops are expanding their base at the al-Omar…

ahtribune (2020-05-16). The Mouse Roars: Australia, China and a Coronavirus Independent Inquiry. ahtribune.com Australia matters little when it comes to international muscle. It is the retainer and pretender of power, a middle-distance runner who runs out of puff on the final stride. The big boys and girls look, agog. Why did you even bother? In the recent international relations shouting match (for Australia, shouting; for China, sotto voce with a touch of menace), you are left with a remarkable impression that Australia has the sort of heft to terrify opponents. It never has and never will, except when it comes to victimising refugees and bullying neighbouring states in the Pacific, whom they supposedly claim to have…

ahtribune (2020-05-16). Obamagate Shows Biden Is Inadequate in Challenging Trump. ahtribune.com Former U.S. President Barack Obama is coming under increasing pressure, led by what President Donald Trump is calling "Obamagate." This comes as Mexico has requested to finally clarify the affair with the secret sale of American weapons to Mexican drug cartels. Mexico is asking for the case to be clarified after almost ten years. | In this secret operation conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, weapons from the U.S. were sold to Mexican drug cartels. The U.S. claimed that about 2,000 automatic weapons were sold to Mexicans so that the Barack Obama administration could follow thei…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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). 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). 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). 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). 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). 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). 'A bad joke': Trio held after police raid admit to photo-bombing Russian WWII honor-roll site with Nazi pics. rt.com Three suspects have admitted to uploading photos of Third Reich leaders to 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 WWII's bloodiest engagement, the Battle of Stalingrad. | | Screenshot from YouTube © Russia's Investigative Committee | Faced with the evidence, three of the four suspects confessed to putting photos of the likes of Adolf Hitler, SS chief…

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…

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). 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." | 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…

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…

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). '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…

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 …

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! (…) …

Eva Bartlett (2020-05-16). Daesh terrorists Confess Terrorism Done In Coordination With US Occupation Forces. thealtworld.com SANA, "Through a security operation, that was launched in cooperation with Syrian citizens in al-Badyah (Syrian semi-desert), an ambush has targeted a group from Daesh terrorist organization, including 6 persons. | The security operation ended up with killing three of the groups and arresting the three others. …The three terrorists, in a program broadcast on the Syrian TV on Thursday, confessed to perpetrating different terrorist operations, inducing acts of killing, execution, abduction, acts of sabotage and destruction of public and private properties…

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.

Staff (2020-05-16). Exploiting Pandemic, Trump Admin Weighs Banning Immigration Indefinitely. truthout.org Earlier this week, the Trump administration started hinting that With the country entirely preoccupied by the public health and economic catastrophes, and with protest all but impossible given the dangers of congregating in large crowds, Tr…

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…

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 …

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 …

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 …

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

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 …

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 …

teleSUR (2020-05-16). Iran Warns US Against Actions on Tankers Heading to Venezuela. telesurenglish.net Iran warned that any "pirate-like" actions take by the United States against an Iranian fuel shipment to Venezuela would trigger Tehran's "harsh response," as reported Saturday by Iran's Nour News Agency. | RELATED: | "If the United States, just like pirates, intends to create insecurity on international waterways, it would be taking a dangerous risk, and that will certainly not go without repercussion," Iran's Nour news agency said. | Iran's Fars…

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). Puerto Rico to Hold Statehood Referendum Amid Disillusion. telesurenglish.net Puerto Rico's Governor Wanda Vazquez announced Saturday that she will hold a nonbinding referendum in November to decide whether Puerto Rico should become a U.S. state, a move that comes amid growing disillusion with the island's U.S. territorial status. | RELATED: | For the first time in the island's history, the referendum will ask a single, simple question: Should Puerto Rico be immediately admitted as a U.S. state? | It i…

teleSUR (2020-05-16). Jordan Warns Israel of 'Massive Conflict' Over Annexation. telesurenglish.net Jordan's King Abdullah II warned Friday that if Israel annexes the West Bank, it would lead to a "massive conflict" with Jordan, while European Union (UE) foreign ministers agreed to step up diplomatic efforts to try to head off such a move. | RELATED: | "If Israel really annexes the West Bank in July, it would lead to a massive conflict with the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan," King Abdullah II said in an interview published by De…

teleSUR (2020-05-16). Brazilian Workers' Party Ask for Impeachment Against Bolsonaro. telesurenglish.net The Workers' Party (PT) of Brazil will present a formal petition to initiate an impeachment against the far-right President Jair Bolsonaro for his mismanagement in the face of the health crisis that the country is going through due to COVID-19. | RELATED: | In a statement, the left-wing party reported that its executive commission "decided to submit to the Chamber of Deputies a collective impeachment petition agai…

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…

teleSUR (2020-05-16). 14 Dead in Sixth Day of Fighting in South Yemen. telesurenglish.net Fourteen combatants died in Yemen Saturday, as fighting between pro-government troops and separatist forces of the Southern Transitional Council (STC) entered a sixth day in the southern province of Abyan, according to sources on both sides. | RELATED: | "Fourteen fighters, including ten pro-government soldiers, were killed on Saturday," a government military official told AFP on condition of anonymity. | The toll was confirm…

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…

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…

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). 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Wayne Madsen (2020-05-16). Lack of Empathy Equates to a Lack of Leadership Skills. thealtworld.com 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…

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.

Michael Otto (2020-05-16). Ecuador's pandemic: 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 . . . |

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 . . . |

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). 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.

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). 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.

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). 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.

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). 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). 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.

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…

(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 . . . |

(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 . . . |

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 . . . |

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 . . . |

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). 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). 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). 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). 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). 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'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). 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). 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). 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). 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). 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). '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'.