2020-05-17: Social Media Postees

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Remembering Palestine on Nakba Day: Use the Hashtag COVID1948
Philip Giraldi | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-17
Palestinians worldwide have an annual day of remembrance called Nakba Day. Nakba comes from the Arabic al-Nakbah and means "disaster" or "catastrophe." It takes place on May 15th, the day after the Gregorian calendar date for Israeli …
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Trump Regime Aims to Block Legal Cooperation Between Iran and Venezuela
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-17
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 …
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Trump and GOP Oppose New House Economic Stimulus Measure
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-17
On Friday, the Dem-controlled House narrowly passed a new $3 trillion stimulus package

Normalized Relations with Russia Can Improve Baltic Economies During Pandemic
Paul Antonopoulos | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-17
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 report published only days ago. Estonia's GDP is projected to decline by six percent. A six …
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Why U.S. Must Be Prosecuted for Its War Crimes Against Iraq
Eric Zuesse | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-17
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 …
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Venezuela: Guaido's Leadership in Question Following Failed Coup Attempt
Lucas Koerner and Ricardo Vaz | venezuelanalysis.com | 2020-05-17
A letter from Silvercorp's lawyers demanding payment has cast doubt on Guaido's denials of involvement in a recent paramilitary operation.
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Afghanistan: Rivals Ghani and Abdullah Sign Power-Sharing Deal
telesurenglish.net | 2020-05-17
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: | Pompeo Arrives in Afghanistan to Revive Faltering Peace Talks | "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…
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Latin America Sees Rise in COVID-19 Cases as Economies Reopen
teleSUR-la | telesurenglish.net | 2020-05-17
Latin American countries on Saturday reported a further increase in COVID-19 cases and deaths, as some are gradually reopening their economies. | RELATED: | Puebla Group Discusses Peace in Colombia and Pandemic Crisis | 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…
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[Commentary] The imperative for universal healthcare to curtail the COVID-19 outbreak in the USA
Alison P. Galvani, Alyssa S. Parpia, Abhishek Pandey, Charlotte Zimmer, James G. Kahn, Meagan C. Fitzpatrick | thelancet.com | 2020-05-17
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.
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[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?
Gary L Ross | thelancet.com | 2020-05-17
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[Letter] Can we operate our patients without fear during the period of COVID-19 infection?
Jean-Jacques Tuech, Lilian Schwarz | thelancet.com | 2020-05-17
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.
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Indian migrant workers killed in road accident while returning home
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-05-17
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…
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Chinese Ambassador to Israel Found Dead Inside Home
telesurenglish.net | 2020-05-17
The Chinese ambassador to Israel Du Wei passed away in Tel Aviv Sunday, official sources said. | RELATED: | China: 5 Five Vaccines to Go Into Large-Scale Testing by July | 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…
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The COVID-19 Chronicles: China
Ulson Gunnar | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-17
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 …
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China Declares the U.S. an Enemy: Sea-Change in World Affairs
Eric Sommer | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-17
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 …
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Chinese Ridicule Trump's China 'Cut-Off' Threat
Global Times | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-17
"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 …
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The sad story of Colombia's Supreme Court judge who only accidentally gets people in legal trouble
Adriaan Alsema | colombiareports.com | 2020-05-17
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…
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Protest at Fort Mason Against CCSF Cuts
Leon Kunstenaar | indybay.org | 2020-05-17
People young and old protest CCSF cuts in programs that benefit seniors, immigrants and working people.
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China was, is, will be peace builder and promoter in ME: Chinese amb
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-17
TEHRAN, May 17 (MNA)

'Yalda, A Night for Forgiveness' to vie in PyeongChang Intl. Peace Filmfest
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-17
TEHRAN, May 17 (MNA)

'War and Peace' to go on screen in Italian film festival
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-17
TEHRAN, May 17 (MNA)

Bloomberg changes headline YET AGAIN amid backlash over article on why Covid-19 'didn't kill more Russians'
rt.com | 2020-05-17
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…
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'Questioning EU's ability': Eurocrat accuses Russian media of spreading Covid-19 'CONSPIRACIES,' offers no examples
rt.com | 2020-05-17
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 told German paper Bild am Sonntag: "Our observations show that various official and state-backed sources from Russia

Big Oil Takes $1.9 Billion in CARES Act Tax Breaks Intended for Small Businesses
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-05-17
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

America's Newest Wedge Issue and the Tale of the Bizarre 2020 Presidential Elections
Andrey Areshev | strategic-culture.org | 2020-05-17
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.
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Video: Syrian Army Suffers Casualties in Daraa. Militants Attack Russian-Turkish Patrol
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-17
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 …
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Russia's COVID Game of Elites
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-17
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 …
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Grading the States' Coronavirus Control
Jim Naureckas | fair.org | 2020-05-17
I recently wrote a Twitter thread ( 5/12/20) about another New York Times graphic feature that was a good idea, strangely executed. | The good idea, which appears on the Times' "Coronavirus in the US" page, is to sort states in terms of how well they're controlling the coronavirus outbreak, using graphs of the daily count of new cases in each state. This seems like a good cho…
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Pandemic Scales Up Cases of Mental Illnesses
Lucas Leiroz de Almeida | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-17
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 …
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Covid-19 Outbreak Reported in Bolivia's Largest Prison
telesurenglish.net | 2020-05-17
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: | Bolivia: Añez Backs Down, Annuls Decree Against Speech Freedom | "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…
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Section 230: Protecting Internet Speech, The Censors and Censorship
Renee Parsons | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-17
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 …
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Salvadoran Officials Reject Quarantine Extension
telesurenglish.net | 2020-05-17
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: | El Salvador: Pot-Banging Against Bukele's Pandemic Management | 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…
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How Biosecurity Is Enabling Digital Neo-Feudalism
Pepe Escobar | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-17
Italian master thinker Giorgio Agamben has been on the

ISIS Terrorists Confess that They Have Carried Out Many Operations in Coordination with US Occupation Forces in Al-Tanf Base
Basma Qaddour | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-17
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….
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Video: Three ISIS-Daesh Terrorists Confess to Perpetrating a Number of Operations in Cooperation with US
SANA | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-17
Three Daesh terrorists confess to perpetrating a number of operations in cooperation with US occupation forces in al-Tanf. | …
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How Big Wireless Lobbied Governments to Build 5G for Citizen Data Collection and Surveillance
Derrick Broze | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-17
While selling 5G technology to the public as a means for faster downloads, Big Wireless

A Nation of Sheep
Judge Andrew Napolitano | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-17
When the people fear the government, there is tyranny. When the government fears the people, there is liberty."

A hospital pharmacist says lockdown has been eased too soon
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-05-17
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…
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BMJ damns UK government for mishandling coronavirus outbreak and ignoring science
Tom Coburg | thecanary.co | 2020-05-17
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…
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Johnson's ratings plummet and he's warned early lockdown will 'fracture' UK
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-05-17
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

Colombia discards international flights 'on the short term' amid doubts about restarting economy
Adriaan Alsema | colombiareports.com | 2020-05-17
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…
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Colombia discards international flights 'on the short term' amid doubts about restarting economy
Adriaan Alsema | colombiareports.com | 2020-05-17
Colombia's President Ivan Duque said Saturday that he doesn't believe he'll allow international air travel "on the short term" amid failures to contain the coronavirus. In his daily Facebook live…
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Coronavirus begins spiralling out of control in Colombia's major cities
Adriaan Alsema | colombiareports.com | 2020-05-17
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…
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Operation Baton: Colombia's most epic military corruption probe in history?
Adriaan Alsema | colombiareports.com | 2020-05-17
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…
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Stuck in Colombia? Our home is your home until you're repatriated
Adriaan Alsema | colombiareports.com | 2020-05-17
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…
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United We Dream: Immigrants, COVID-19, Jobs & Healthcare Virtual Town Hall
United We Dream | indybay.org | 2020-05-17
Online…
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Santa Cruz Needs Community Control of Surveillance
Tracy Rosenberg | indybay.org | 2020-05-17
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…
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Citizens' Climate Lobby: Virtual Climate Conference 2020 (Day 1)
Citizens' Climate Lobby | indybay.org | 2020-05-17
Online/virtual conference…
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Citizens' Climate Lobby: Virtual Climate Conference 2020 (Day 2)
Citizens' Climate Lobby | indybay.org | 2020-05-17
Online/virtual conference…
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#Stop the Money Pipeline: Dump Climate Denier Lee Raymond from Chase Actionar
#StopTheMoneyPipeline and others | indybay.org | 2020-05-17
Online via Zoom | Register now: us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcsfu6…
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World Health Assembly Wrestles with Coronavirus
Kate Zeller | indybay.org | 2020-05-17
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.
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Music-Mix Parade In The Era Of Coronavirus Covid-19 Pandemic
Lynda Carson | indybay.org | 2020-05-17
The Era Of The Coronavirus Covid-19 Pandemic…
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Worldwide Webinar: Civil Society Response to COVID-19 in Prisons & Jails Globally
INCLO | indybay.org | 2020-05-17
Online via zoom…
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Jail Tesla Billionaire Elon Musk & Defend Health & Safety: Workers Speak Out At Tesla
Labor Video Project | indybay.org | 2020-05-17
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.
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US needs to read text of JCPOA more carefully: Ulyanov
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-17
TEHRAN, May 17 (MNA)

Iran supports continued alignment of all Afghan groups: Zarif
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-17
TEHRAN, May 17 (MNA)

Iran successful in fight against coronavirus: Shamkhani
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-17
TEHRAN, May 17 (MNA)

Leader to deliver speech on Intl. Quds Day
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-17
TEHRAN, May 17 (MNA)

Head of Tehran's Jewish community dismisses rumors around Esther and Mordchai tomb
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-17
TEHRAN, May 17 (MNA)

Iran's March-May petchem output up 6%
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-17
TEHRAN, May 17 (MNA)

Palestinian causes not to be fallen into oblivion by COVID-19: MP
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-17
TEHRAN, May 17 (MNA)

Iran coronavirus updates: 1,806 new coronavirus cases, 51deaths
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-17
TEHRAN, May 17 (MNA)

Indian pilgrims stranded in Iran go back home
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-17
TEHRAN, May 17 (MNA)

Export of goods from Bazargan customs up 56% despite COVID-19
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-17
TEHRAN, May 17 (MNA)

People of Shiraz observe Night of Decree in personal cars amid pandemic
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-17
SHIRAZ, May 17 (MNA)

Fourth tanker carrying Iranian fuel passes through Gibraltar: report
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-17
TEHRAN, May 17 (MNA)

Iran, Turkey to cooperate on manufacturing wind turbine blades
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-17
TEHRAN, May 17 (MNA)

Iraqi side has promised to open southern borders after Eid al-Fitr: official
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-17
TEHRAN, May 17 (MNA)

"Nothing left of JCPOA": chairman of key Parl. cmte
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-17
TEHRAN, May 17 (MNA)

Pakistan expresses condolence over martyrdom of Iranian Navy personnel
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-17
TEHRAN, May 17 (MNA)

Iran, Iraq defense ministers discuss ways to boost bilateral coop
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-17
TEHRAN, May 17 (MNA)

Afghanistan's Ghani, Abdullah accord to share power
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-17
TEHRAN, May 17 (MNA)

'EYE' in the sky: Russia's National Guard launches BLIMP to spot Covid-19 lockdown violators… to mixed reviews (VIDEO)
rt.com | 2020-05-17
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…
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Putin calls Russia a 'distinct civilization' that needs to be SAVED with homegrown high-tech
rt.com | 2020-05-17
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 interview that aired on Sunday, Putin told the Rossiya-1 channel that Russia was "more than merely a country, but truly a distinct civilization." Being "a multi-ethnic country with many traditions, cultures and faiths," the nation has to maintain its status and power by nurturing modern tech, he said. | I…
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Coronavirus brings diamond sales to an almost complete halt
rt.com | 2020-05-17
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…
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Chinese envoy to Tel Aviv found dead at his residence, Israeli foreign ministry confirms
rt.com | 2020-05-17
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…
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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 | 2020-05-17
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…
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DHS & FBI fear more attacks on 5G infrastructure fueled by Covid-19 conspiracies
rt.com | 2020-05-17
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, obtained by ABC News, noted that the widening online "misinformation…
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Coronavirus to burn out 'naturally' BEFORE vaccine? Former WHO oncologist says there's 'REAL chance' of that
rt.com | 2020-05-17
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, wrote on Twitter. | We're seeing a roughly similar pattern everywhere

'Guard of dishonor': VIDEO shows nurses & doctors giving ICY welcome to Belgian PM over govt's Covid-19 response
rt.com | 2020-05-17
Belgium's PM Sophie Wilmes has visited one of the nation's hospitals battling the pandemic

Coronavirus to burn out 'naturally' BEFORE vaccine? Former top WHO oncologist Karol Sikora says there's 'REAL CHANCE' of that
rt.com | 2020-05-17
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, wrote on Twitter. | We're seeing a roughly similar pattern everywhere

'Contradicting the idea of solidarity': France slams Italy for unilateral plan to reopen borders to tourists
rt.com | 2020-05-17
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…
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DHS & FBI fear more attacks on 5G infrastructure fueled by Covid-19 conspiracies
rt.com | 2020-05-17
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, obtained by ABC News, noted that the widening online "misinformation…
rt.com/usa/488881-dhs-fbi-5g-attacks-cor…

'Contradicting the idea of solidarity': France slams Italy for unilateral plan to reopen borders to tourists
rt.com | 2020-05-17
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…
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Prophetic? EU once paid for a comic book that showed how it BOTCHED response to PANDEMIC (yet took all the credit anyway)
rt.com | 2020-05-17
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.com/news/488902-eu-pandemic-comic-boo…

Jews to Palestinian Whose Home They Occupy: What Do You Want?
Najwan Simri | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-17
"On the anniversary of the Nakba… a tour through depopulated Palestinian villages within Israel … and rare meetings between the owners of the original Palestinian homes and their current Jewish residents"

COVID-19 Exposes Systemic Devaluation of Elderly and Dementia Patients
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-05-17
I hold my breath when I see my friends from the nursing home have texted. How many cases today? Are there any new fatalities? | I left the nursing home nearly six years ago, but I worry about my friends who still w…
truthout.org/articles/covid-19-exposes-s…

Missouri GOP Votes to Gut Anti-Gerrymandering Reform Approved by Voters
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-05-17
This article was produced by Sludge, an independent, ad-free investigative news site covering money in politics. Click here to support Sludge. | 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…
truthout.org/articles/missouri-gop-votes…

Ahmaud Arbery's Murder Shows Lynching Remains a Reality for Black America
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-05-17
On May 4, Ida B. Wells received a posthumous Pulitzer award. The Pulitzer board shared that she was awarded for "her outstanding and courageous reporting on the horrific and vicious violence against African Americans during the era of lynching." The news rang out internationally and was widely celebrated. A Financial Times headline said…
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Formerly Incarcerated People Should Be Compensated for Telling Their Stories
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-05-17
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," Roy E. Finkenbine told NPR. | 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…
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How a Lobbying Campaign Pushed the CDC to Relax Protective Gear Guidelines
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-05-17
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 revealnews.org and subscribe to the Reveal podcast, produced with PRX, at revealnews.org/podcast. | Rick Lucas' cellphone chimed, alerting him to an emergency in the acute care unit. He wondered whether it would be another case of COVID…
truthout.org/articles/how-a-lobbying-cam…

Why East Beat West on COVID-19
Andrey Areshev | strategic-culture.org | 2020-05-17
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

A New Pandemic? Two Trailblazing COVID-19 Researchers Dead in a Month
Andrey Areshev | strategic-culture.org | 2020-05-17
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…
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Trump Goes on Offense Against Obama
Andrey Areshev | strategic-culture.org | 2020-05-17
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…
strategic-culture.org/news/2020/05/17/tr…

If You Think the Coronavirus Lockdown Is Worse Than the Disease, You Don't Understand the Disease
ahtribune.com | 2020-05-17
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.com/world/covid-19/4163-lockdo…

Dropshipping for Beginners – What Exactly is Dropshipping?
ahtribune.com | 2020-05-17
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…
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How Israel Instructed Its Worst Nightmare in the Art of War
ahtribune.com | 2020-05-17
"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 unconditional withdrawal from Lebanon. | …
ahtribune.com/world/north-africa-south-w…

COVID-19 vaccine secures new government investment
imperial.ac.uk | 2020-05-17
Imperial researchers have received a further £18.5 million in government support as they develop a coronavirus vaccine.
imperial.ac.uk/news/197573/covid-19-vaccine-secures-government-investment

The Online Double-bind. "Digital Revolution, …. Many More People are Crazy"
Edward Curtin | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-17
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 …
globalresearch.ca/online-double-bind/571…

Laura Veirs: I Was a Fool
CP Editor | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-17
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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 …
globalresearch.ca/video-dr-anthony-fauci…

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 | …
globalresearch.ca/global-capitalism-worl…

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 | …
globalresearch.ca/global-capitalism-worl…

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.
globalresearch.ca/global-capitalism-worl…

[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…
thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PI…(20)31140-5/fulltext?rss=yes

Jordan Warns Israel of 'Massive Conflict' Over Annexation
telesurenglish.net | 2020-05-16
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: | On the 72nd Nakba Palestine Faces Its Biggest Threat | "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…
telesurenglish.net/news/Jordan-Warns-Isr…

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…
rt.com/news/488880-pompeo-israel-icc-war…

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.
peoplesdispatch.org/2020/05/16/on-nakba-…

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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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…
fair.org/home/missing-the-context-of-de-…

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.
globalresearch.ca/coronavirus-causes-eff…

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

Daesh terrorists Confess Terrorism Done In Coordination With US Occupation Forces
Eva Bartlett | thealtworld.com | 2020-05-16
SANA, May 14: | "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…
thealtworld.com/eva_bartlett/daesh-terro…

Why U.S. Must Be Prosecuted for Its War Crimes Against Iraq
ahtribune.com | 2020-05-16
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

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…
telesurenglish.net/news/Venezuelan-Army-…

'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…
telesurenglish.net/news/Colombias-Policy…

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! (…) …
globalresearch.ca/reflections-secret-age…

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.
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/05/15/1883305…

Exploiting Pandemic, Trump Admin Weighs Banning Immigration Indefinitely
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-05-16
Earlier this week, the Trump administration started hinting that the president's "temporary" ban on immigration, rushed into effect in late April as a part of the pandemic response, was about to be extended indefinitely. | 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…
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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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[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.
thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PI…(20)31130-2/fulltext?rss=yes

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.
mronline.org/2020/05/16/leftists-jump-th…

Brazilian Workers' Party Ask for Impeachment Against Bolsonaro
telesurenglish.net | 2020-05-16
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: | Brazil Second Health Minister Quits, Deepening COVID-19 Crisis | 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…
telesurenglish.net/news/Brazilian-Worker…

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…

Iran Warns US Against Actions on Tankers Heading to Venezuela
telesurenglish.net | 2020-05-16
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: | Venezuela Denounces US at UN Security Council | "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…
telesurenglish.net/news/Iran-Warns-US-Ag…

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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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 …
globalresearch.ca/dangers-pandemic-compe…

Ecuador's pandemic: Rightist regime fails to confront crisis
Michael Otto | workers.org | 2020-05-16
Ibarra, Ecuador May 9

Ecuador's pandemic: Rightist regime fails to confront crisis
Michael Otto | workers.org | 2020-05-16
Ibarra, Ecuador May 9

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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 …
globalresearch.ca/hospitals-getting-paid…

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 …
globalresearch.ca/three-cardinals-join-g…

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…

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…

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 …
globalresearch.ca/difference-between-bio…

14 Dead in Sixth Day of Fighting in South Yemen
telesurenglish.net | 2020-05-16
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: | COVID-19 Spreads in Yemen With Health System in Shambles | "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…
telesurenglish.net/news/14-Dead-in-Sixth…

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…
thealtworld.com/wayne_madsen/lack-of-emp…

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…

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…

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…

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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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.
mronline.org/2020/05/16/u-s-blocks-vote-…

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…
telesurenglish.net/news/Spain-Wants-to-E…

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…

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…

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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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
workers.org/2020/05/48698/?utm_source=rs…

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
workers.org/2020/05/48703/?utm_source=rs…

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…
telesurenglish.net/news/Businessman-Accu…

Puerto Rico to Hold Statehood Referendum Amid Disillusion
telesurenglish.net | 2020-05-16
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: | Puerto Rico Asks Washington for More Post-Earthquake Aid | 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…
telesurenglish.net/news/Puerto-Rico-to-H…

"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…
globalresearch.ca/greater-israel-the-zio…

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…

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 …
globalresearch.ca/gates-globalist-vaccin…

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…
thealtworld.com/caitlin_johnston/revolut…

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…

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…
thecanary.co/uk/news/2020/05/16/venezuel…

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…
thecanary.co/uk/news/2020/05/16/senior-p…

It's time for a basic, guaranteed income for all
Stewart Lansley | thecanary.co | 2020-05-16
The pandemic crisis has laid bare the multiple flaws in the British system of social support. With the economy shrinking and unemployment soaring, the government has been forced to support falling incomes through wage subsidies and the easing of Universal Credit rules. While these are welcome, millions are missing out, opening up a new divide between those protected by government measures and those who are not. But there is another way to support everyone.
thecanary.co/feature/2020/05/16/its-time…

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…

Citizens' Climate Lobby: Virtual Climate Conference 2020 (Day 2)
Citizens' Climate Lobby | indybay.org | 2020-05-16
Online/virtual conference…
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Citizens' Climate Lobby: Virtual Climate Conference 2020 (Day 1)
Citizens' Climate Lobby | indybay.org | 2020-05-16
Online/virtual conference…
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/05/15/1883304…

#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…

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…
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/05/13/1883301…

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…
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/05/13/1883301…

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).
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…
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/05/13/1883300…

Worldwide Webinar: Civil Society Response to COVID-19 in Prisons & Jails Globally
INCLO | indybay.org | 2020-05-16
Online via zoom…
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/05/16/1883308…

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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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…

Russian amb. talks of Iran, Russia bilateral relation, regional developments
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)

Russian amb. rejects reports on Iran, Turkey, Russia agreement on removal of Assad
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)

Military secrets must not be revealed to enemies: Sayyari
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)

Imam Khomeini viewed the right path toward Quds: Islamic Jihad representative
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)

The CORONAREVAYAT Festival invites public to submit 'corona narrative' in a variety of forms
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)

Leader, university studesnts to meet via videoconference
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)

Trade exchange between Iran, Venezuela has nothing to do with anyone else
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)

Saudis react to economic squeeze
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)

'incompetent' Trump-Pompeo-Hook triangle is only a source of threat: Shamkhani
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)