2020-05-19: News Headlines

Paul Antonopoulos (2020-05-19). Trump's Threat to End Relations with China: Is It a Distraction From His Coronavirus Mishandling? globalresearch.ca The anti-China campaign in the U.S. is nearing its climax. Republican Senator Marsha Blackburn wrote a letter to colleagues calling for them to be careful when working with Chinese officials, or better, to avoid contact with them. Last week, Republican …

Jack Wareham, Dylan Burgoon (2020-05-19). Leftist Perspectives on Zoom: Socialist Struggle while Social Distancing. counterpunch.org Social distancing regulations have made video-chatting a necessity for many students, office workers, and anyone interested in maintaining their relationships while quarantined. No one foresaw that video-chatting software would receive such a large boost in popularity in 2020—least of all Zoom Video Communications, a Silicon Valley-based tech corporation that, in the past few months, has seen a $1 billion valuation turn into a $40.3 billion market cap.

F. William Engdahl (2020-05-19). The Warp Speed Push for Coronavirus Vaccines. globalresearch.ca The US White House has appointed a coronavirus "Vaccine Czar" from Big Pharma to oversee something dubbed Operation Warp Speed. The goal is to create and produce 300 million doses of a new vaccine to supposedly immunize the entire US …

Max Blumenthal (2020-05-19). 'Les amis américains' : de nouveaux documents révèlent l'étendue de l'opération d'espionnage sur Julian Assange. thegrayzone.com Une enquête exclusive de The Grayzone révèle de nouveaux détails sur le rà¥le clé joué par le milliardaire Sheldon Adelson…

Stephen Lendman (2020-05-19). Trump Sacks Another Regime Official, a Policy of Purging Critics. globalresearch.ca On Friday, Trump sacked State Department Inspector General Steve Linick — reportedly for launching an investigation into how Pompeo runs things. | A White House statement said Pompeo "recommended the move" — to quash an inquiry into his management of the …

Ted Rall (2020-05-19). 5 Things the Government Must Do Now to Avoid Collapse And/Or Revolution. counterpunch.org The COVID-19 medical and economic crisis remains mostly unaddressed by both the Republican and Democratic parties. They have only passed one piece of legislation that significantly helps workers: supplementing existing state unemployment benefits by $600 per week. Those additional payments expire in four months. Until then many people who are out of work will receive

Rep. Ron Paul (2020-05-19). Listening to the Coronavirus 'Experts' Has Led to Death and Despair. globalresearch.ca On April 21st the Washington Post savaged Georgia governor Brian Kemp's decision to begin opening his state after locking down for weeks. "Georgia leads the race to become America's No. 1 Death Destination," sneered the headline. | The author, liberal …

Stephen Lendman (2020-05-19). The Myth of a COVID-19 Vaccine to the Rescue. globalresearch.ca Aided by establishment media fear-mongering, the public mind is being manipulated to support COVID-19 mass vaxxing as a way to protect against coronavirus infections. | Unmentioned is that all vaccines are toxic and hazardous to human health. | Taking them risks contracting …

Stephen Lendman (2020-05-19). Sports Without Fans in the Stands. globalresearch.ca MLB, the NBA, NFL, NHL, and NCAA tout the surreal idea of playing in empty stadiums. | The roar of the crowd for home teams is part of the game. | I don't follow sports like I did long ago after my …

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2020-05-19). After the Lockdown: A Global Coronavirus Vaccination Program… globalresearch.ca The tendency is towards a Worldwide lockdown spearheaded by fear and media disinformation. Currently, hundreds of millions of people Worldwide are under lockdown. | What is the next step in the evolution of the COV-19 Crisis? A multibillion dollar coronavirus vaccination program to be implemented in the wake of the Lockdown.

Eds. (2020-05-19). Race—a capitalist invention. mronline.org Scientists are struggling to understand how Covid-19 affects people differently. Socialist Worker shows that the construct of race has more basis in exploitation than biology.

David Trujillo, Ismael Parra (2020-05-19). Socialist lessons learned: The political shifts brought by the coronavirus. peoplesworld.org Rev. Dr. William Barber of the New Poor People's Campaign has been preaching: "This virus is teaching us that from now on, living wages, guaranteed health care for all, unemployment and labor rights are not far-left issues but issues of right vs. wrong and life vs. death." Expanding on those truths, here are some more …

Andrew Korybko (2020-05-19). "Travel Bubbles" Would be Best if They Were Based on Regional Trade Blocs. globalresearch.ca Every regional trade bloc could put this strategy into practice so that the final phase of this plan could see them all eventually opening up with one another. Be it the East African Community (EAC) or Economic Community Of West …

Gareth Porter (2020-05-19). Washington's tall tale of Iranian-Al Qaeda alliance based on questionably sourced book 'The Exile'. thegrayzone.com A disinformation campaign aimed to justify the assassination of Qassem Soleimani by painting him and Iran as willing enablers of…

Gareth Porter (2020-05-19). Washington's tall tale of Iranian-al Qaeda alliance based on questionably sourced book, 'The Exile'. thegrayzone.com A disinformation campaign aimed to justify the assassination of Qassem Soleimani by painting him and Iran as willing enablers of…

Misión Verdad (2020-05-19). Genocide and military occupation: The five most important keys of the agreement executed between Guaidó and Silvercorp. peoplesdispatch.org Analysis by Misión Verdad of the contract between Silvercorp and the Venezuelan opposition which lays out their plan to overthrow Maduro and install a military occupation…

Philip Giraldi (2020-05-19). News Stories Avoid Naming Israel. globalresearch.ca There are two stories that seem to have been under-reported in the past couple of weeks. The first involves Michael Flynn's dealings with the Russian United Nations Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. And the second describes yet another bit of …

Andre Vltchek (2020-05-19). The Soviet Victory over Nazism 75 Years Ago and Covid-19. dissidentvoice.org How could the Great Patriotic War in which the Soviet people (including many members of my own family) lost at least 25 million lives, have anything in common with the latest outbreak of the novel coronavirus? You think this is an absolutely insane question? However, before you dismiss it, think twice. There are similarities how …

Andre Vltchek (2020-05-19). The Soviet Victory Over Nazism 75 Years Ago, China and COVID-19. globalresearch.ca How could the Great Patriotic War in which the Soviet people (including many members of my own family) lost at least 25 million lives, have anything in common with the latest outbreak of the novel coronavirus? | You think this is …

Junaid S. Ahmad (2020-05-19). Afghanistan: Will U.S. Finally Withdraw? globalresearch.ca Al Jazeera reports Monday: " He said today: "With the recent spate of attacks in Afghanistan, the so-called 'peace agreement' between the U.S. and the Taliban signed just a few weeks…

Rabbie Dovid Weiss (2020-05-19). Zionists Should Return Entire Occupied Lands to Palestinians: Rabbi Weiss. globalresearch.ca In an interview with Mehr News Agency, Rabbi Weiss said the Israeli regime was established in Palestine by committing all kinds of crimes against its people, which is a violation of Jewish religious laws towards fellow human beings, adding that …

sputniknews (2020-05-19). Entrance to 'Hidden Alien Base' Discovered on Indonesian Island, UFO Hunter Claims. sputniknews.com A "secluded" island in Indonesia that became a new source of scrutiny for self-proclaimed UFO expert Scott C. Waring, who seeks to uncover all unresolved extra-terrestrial mysteries around out planet and far beyond.

Jon Queally, staff writer (2020-05-19). No—Argue Noam Chomsky, Roger Waters, Monia Mazigh, and 100+ Others—Canada Does Not Deserve UN Security Council Seat. commondreams.org "Despite its peaceful reputation, Canada is not acting as a benevolent player on the international stage," warns open letter from activists, artists, and academics. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Ramzy Baroud, Romana Rubeo (2020-05-19). What You Need to Know about the ICC Investigation of War Crimes in Occupied Palestine. counterpunch.org Fatou Bensouda, Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), has, once and for all, settled the doubts on the Court's jurisdiction to investigate war crimes committed in occupied Palestine. On April 30, Bensouda released a 60-page document diligently laying down the legal bases for that decision, concluding that "the Prosecution has carefully considered the

South Front (2020-05-19). Video: ISIS Terrorists Attack Syrian Army Near Al-Sukhna. globalresearch.ca About 2 dozen Turkish-backed militants have been killed or wounded in a recent series of clashes in northern Syria. 14 of them were reportedly killed in a failed attack on positions of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) near Kubrlik overnight …

Ramzy Baroud (2020-05-19). ICC Investigation of War Crimes in Occupied Palestine. zcomm.org Fatou Bensouda, Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), has, once and for all, settled the doubts on the Court's jurisdiction to investigate war crimes committed in occupied Palestine.

Kate Zeller (2020-05-19). 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.

Freedom Socialist Party Bay Area (2020-05-19). Poetry in the Time of the Pandemic & Other Earthly Ills. indybay.org Zoom (access registration after ticket purchase)…

en.mehrnews (2020-05-19). Only Palestinians can, should decide for Palestine: Foreign Ministry. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 19 (MNA) — Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in its twitter account on Tuesday wrote that only Palestinians whether Muslim, Christian, or Jew with a national referendum can and should decide for Palestine.

sputniknews (2020-05-19). 73rd Session of Virtually-Held World Health Assembly Enters Final Day in Geneva – Video. sputniknews.com The international forum, which is the key policy-setting authority of the World Health Organisation, was held via videoconference this year for the first-time ever, due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Peter Koenig (2020-05-19). China's new Crypto-Currency: First Step to Full Dedollarization? dissidentvoice.org '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 he calls China's "mismanagement" of the corona crisis. This is consistent with the new China bashing …

Philip A Farruggio (2020-05-19). Right Off the Right Wing Radar Screen! globalresearch.ca Ok, let me be perfectly clear here. I know, from years of studying the real American history from writers like Parenti, Chomsky, Zinn, Chossudovsky, even Oliver Stone and Peter Kuznik, that the fix has always been in. Meaning, that this …

Mike Whitney (2020-05-19). Is the Lockdown the Greatest Policy Disaster in U.S. History? globalresearch.ca "Lockdowns are meant to condition people to obey without question. A nation of people who just do what they are told by the "experts" without question is a nation ripe for a descent into total tyranny." —Ron Paul | Donald Trump…

Gilbert Mercier (2020-05-19). COVID-19 Great Depression: Global Ecosocialism Is the Way Out. dissidentvoice.org Suffering in numbers The abstract science of mathematics is a language like music. But while music is in the realm of pure emotion, the language of mathematics only speaks to the mind not the heart. Numbers and equations do not lie. They are not, by essence, subjective. This being said, when the numbers are those …

Eds. (2020-05-19). Let evidence, not talk radio, determine whether the outbreak started in a lab. mronline.org The president and his secretary of state made a startling claim last week: that there is enough evidence to suggest with a high degree of confidence that the Wuhan Institute of Virology is the source of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic.

Staff (2020-05-19). US Sanctions On Iran Fueled By Hate And Money. therealnews.com John Bolton brought Richard Goldberg from the neoconservative Foundation for Defense of Democracies to serve as a senior advisor for the National Security Council, ensuring that sanctions against Iran will intensify even as Iran is wracked by COVID-19.

Eds. (2020-05-19). COVID-19: Through the eyes of workers in the U.S. mronline.org Sarah Jaffe, with co-journalist Michelle Chan, interviews U.S. workers of all stripes for their podcast "Belabored" for Dissent Magazine. The following interviews are excerpts from their series on COVID-19 stories, republished with permission.

Xinhua News Agency (2020-05-19). OMS: Largo camino por recorrer pues riesgo de COVID-19 sigue siendo elevado. peoplesworld.org GINEBRA, 18 may (Xinhua) — La mayor parte de la población mundial sigue siendo susceptible a la COVID-19 y hay un largo camino por recorrer pues el riesgo sigue siendo elevado, dijo hoy el director general de la Organización Mundial de la Salud (OMS). "Este es un enemigo peligroso, con una peligrosa combinación de rasgos. …

Sam Pizzigati (2020-05-19). Civil Disobedience, Billionaire-Style. counterpunch.org Last week, billionaire Elon Musk defied local public health officials and reopened his flagship Tesla auto assembly plant in Fremont, California. Public safety officials had ordered that plant shut down — over Musk's fierce opposition — almost two months earlier. "Dumb" concern about the coronavirus, Musk had ragedwith that shutdown impending, had morphed into a

Daniel Warner (2020-05-19). The World Trade Organization and the Demise of Multilateralism. counterpunch.org Seventy-five years after the creation of the United Nations in the wake of the Second World War, the recent resignation of the director-general of the World Trade Organization (WTO), Roberto Azevedo, does not bode well for the international trading system, multilateralism and International Geneva. The organization has had several setbacks even before the pandemic: The

Melvin Goodman (2020-05-19). How the New York Times Enhances Trump's Propaganda. counterpunch.org The mendacity of Donald Trump is without parallel in the history of American presidential politics. His lies, as tabulated by the Washington Post's fact checker, number in the thousands. U.S. truth tellers have become Trump's favorite targets as Inspectors General, federal judges, intelligence officers, and the nation's media face constant punishment and harassment from the White

Chris Wright (2020-05-19). Learning from the Great Depression. counterpunch.org According to Mark Twain (supposedly), history doesn't repeat itself, but it frequently rhymes. He was right. Donald Trump, for example, rhymes with Mussolini. The decline of organized labor in recent decades rhymes with its decline in the 1920s. And the coming depression will rhyme, in many respects, with the Great Depression. For decades, in fact,

Walden Bello (2020-05-19). The Race to Replace a Dying Neoliberalism. counterpunch.org The morning will come When the world is mine. Tomorrow belongs to me! From Cabaret In response to the cataclysm occasioned by the coronavirus, three lines of thinking are emerging. One is that the emergency necessitates extraordinary measures, but the basic structure of production and consumption is sound, and the problem lies only in determining

Media Lens (2020-05-19). An Illusion Of Protection: The Pandemic, The "Criminal" Government And Public Distrust of The Media. dissidentvoice.org Any notion that the UK government actually considers that its primary responsibility is to protect the health and security of the country's population ought to have been demolished in 2020. The appalling death toll that continues to mount during the coronavirus pandemic is largely rooted, not merely in government 'incompetence', but in criminal dereliction of …

Mark Gruenberg (2020-05-19). AFL-CIO sues Trump's OSHA to force firms to protect workers from virus. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—Fed up with the Trump government's refusal to force firms to protect workers from the coronavirus, the AFL-CIO is suing the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to force it to do so. The suit, filed May 18, in the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for D.C., which handles most cases involving federal agencies and their …

Anthony Monteiro (2020-05-19). The revolutionary legacy of Malcolm X. peoplesworld.org Malcolm X, born Malcolm Little May 19, 1925, was assassinated Feb. 21, 1965, and buried El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz. He is the most remarkable figure in the African-American nationalist tradition and one of the more important figures in the entire struggle for democracy and Black liberation. In many respects, his legacy defines modern day revolutionary African-American …

Elijah Magnier (2020-05-19). Israel strikes Syria to keep the USA in the Levant. 20 years after the unconditional Israeli withdrawal from Lebanon, what has been achieved? (2). thealtworld.com Following its defeat in the second war on Lebanon, Israel discovered that its only way to suppress Hezbollah would …

Staff (2020-05-19). Pakistan's Minority Protection Doesn't Extend To Ahmadiyya. therealnews.com The new commission in Pakistan to safeguard minority rights fails to include even a single representative from the Ahmadiyya minority, a small and pacifist branch of Islam.

Emile Schepers (2020-05-19). Trump deportation frenzy threatens the lives of thousands. peoplesworld.org The hostility of President Donald Trump and his entourage toward immigrants from the poorer countries of Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Caribbean has long been notorious. It is at the root of a whole series of repressive policies aimed at those communities, including mass deportation and the horror of "children in cages" at the …

John Raby (2020-05-19). Mine Wars: 'Matewan Massacre' a century ago embodied miners' struggles. peoplesworld.org MATEWAN, W.Va. (AP) — The bullet holes in the brick wall of a former post office serve as a reminder of how Appalachian coal miners fought to improve the lives of workers a century ago. Ten people were killed in a gun battle between miners, who were led by a local police chief, and a …

RT (2020-05-19). UK government CAPITULATES to rebellion of Labour-led councils over June school reopening. rt.com A revolt of mainly Labour-led local councils has pushed 10 Downing Street to admit it will not penalize some 1,500 primary schools in England who said they'd disobey its call for reopening from Covid-19 closures. | Schools across the UK were shuttered due to the pandemic on March 20, and Prime Minister Boris Johnson's government sought to open them back up on June 1, so the pupils would get at least a month's worth of classroom time before the summer holidays. | That plan is now looking highly unlikely, as eighteen local councils — including two led by the PM's own Conservatives — have openly rejecte…

RT (2020-05-19). 'Fat shaming is cool now?' Pelosi's jab at Trump's weight sends #MorbidlyObese trending & the 'Resistance' can't get enough. rt.com US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was cheered by President Donald Trump's critics after dubbing him "morbidly obese," even making the phrase trend online, but many have condemned what they see as a double standard over "fat shaming." | Pelosi's comment came during an interview with CNN's Anderson Cooper on Monday, telling the pundit she was concerned about the president's health after he said he was taking hydroxychloroquine — a controversial treatment for Covid-19 which Trump says he's taking as a preventative measure. Speaking on air, Pelosi "diagnosed" the US leader as "morbidly obese." | "I would rather h…

The Canary (2020-05-19). IT experts unconvinced on effectiveness of Covid-19 contact tracing app. thecanary.co Less than a quarter of IT experts believe the UK's coronavirus (Covid-19) contact tracing app will be effective, according to a survey.Just under half (45%) said they were undecided about it, while almost a third (32%) believe the tool will not be useful in helping to contain Covid-19.The app is currently being trialled on the Isle of Wight as part of the government's "test, track and trace" strategy to ease the country out of lockdown.Health secretary Matt Hancock had indicated that a roll-out across the rest of England was on the cards for mid-May, but Downing Street has said the aim is to launch more widely in…

The Canary (2020-05-19). Scientists dismiss claims 'mega doses' of vitamin D can protect against Covid-19. thecanary.co Scientists have dismissed "very misleading" social media reports that so-called "mega doses" of vitamin D can protect against coronavirus.Some articles have claimed that the vitamin can act as a protective measure — which scientists say is "not true" and prompted an urgent need to inform the public.However, they have emphasised the importance of maintaining a healthy level of vitamin D in the body.Professor Colin Smith, the University of Brighton's professor of functional genomics, said: "There are currently some very misleading articles doing the rounds on social media about mega doses of vitamin D as a Cov…

The Canary (2020-05-19). What do the latest statistics tell us about Covid-19 deaths? thecanary.co The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has published its latest figures for the number of deaths involving coronavirus in England and Wales.Here are five things the data tells us about the situation across the country.— The number of deaths involving Covid-19 in the UK has passed 44,000Tuesday's ONS figures show that 39,071 deaths involving Covid-19 had occurred in England and Wales up to 8 May and had been registered up to 16 May.(PA Graphics)Latest figures from the National Records of Scotland, published last week, showed 3,213 deaths involving Covid-19 had been registered in Scotland up to 10 May.Data f…

The Canary (2020-05-19). MPs 'risk becoming 650 super-spreaders' if forced to return to Westminster. thecanary.co Plans for MPs to return to Westminster next month risk creating 650 Covid-19 "super-spreaders", a Labour MP has warned. | Commons leader Jacob Rees-Mogg has It comes as MPs learned that the planned multibillion-pound renovation of the Palace of Westminster is set for a review due to…

The Canary (2020-05-19). Harriet Harman says Covid-19 contact tracing app assurances do not cut the mustard. thecanary.co New laws to protect the privacy of personal information gathered by the coronavirus contact tracing app are a "no brainer" — and can be adopted quick enough without disrupting its rollout, Harriet Harman has said.The Joint Committee on Human Rights — which Harman chairs — has a bill drafted and ready for introduction, amid concerns about the data such an app can gather and who can access it.Using Bluetooth, the app keeps an anonymised log of other people also using the app who have been in close contact with the user.If someone shows symptoms, they can inform the app, which will instruct anyone who…

The Canary (2020-05-19). Grenfell Inquiry to resume when possible, but not for several weeks. thecanary.co The latest stage of the Grenfell Inquiry will not resume until at least July — more than three years after the west London tower block blaze that killed 72 people.The second phase of the investigation was halted on 16 March by chair Martin Moore-Bick as the coronavirus swept through Europe, with at least one panel member falling ill with suspected Covid-19 and concerns over the safety of other participants.The panel had spent more than a month hearing evidence from witnesses to examine the circumstances and causes of the disaster — on 14 June 2017 — before proceedings were drawn to an abrupt end.

The Canary (2020-05-19). Rees-Mogg says resisting return of MPs to Commons is an attempt to 'stymie' government. thecanary.co Commons leader Jacob Rees-Mogg has accused Labour of opposing the return of MPs to Westminster in order to "stymie" the government.Ahead of a meeting with Commons speaker Lindsay Hoyle, senior politicians from opposition parties and representatives of the unions, Rees-Mogg claimed that parliament was not able to do its job properly under the current arrangements.Critics of Rees-Mogg's approach have warned that returning to Westminster would put staff and MPs at risk of spreading coronavirus and fly in the face of the advice to work from home wherever possible. | Hybrid proceedings mean that MPs will be able to pa…

The Canary (2020-05-19). Ministers face pressure as councils and teachers question school reopening date. thecanary.co Ministers are facing increasing pressure from council leaders and teaching unions to reconsider their plans to open primary schools in England to more pupils from next month. | Calderdale Council in West Yorkshire has joined a number of local authorities in advising its schools against reopening more widely to Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 pupils from 1 June amid safety concerns. | Solihull Council, believed to be one of the first Conservative-led local authorities to question the government's proposed start date, has warned that some school places may not be ready for the first week of June. | It came as a poll f…

pip.hinman (2020-05-19). Making up 28% inside, First Nations inmates are still at threat from COVID-19. greenleft.org.au

Staff (2020-05-19). Harvard Doctor: As States Rush to Reopen, Lack of COVID-19 Testing Is "Achilles Heel" for U.S. democracynow.org President Trump claimed Monday he's been taking the antimalarial drug hydroxychloroquine, even though multiple studies show the drug can be dangerous and is not an effective treatment for COVID-19. This comes as the U.S. COVID-19 death count tops 90,000 and all 50 U.S. states prepare to partially reopen by Memorial Day. We speak with Dr. Ashish Jha, the director of Harvard University's Global Health Institute, who says that testing needs to vastly improve in order for widespread reopenings. He calls the lack of accurate tests in the U.S. the nation's "Achilles heel," saying, "The testing saga will go down as one…

Staff (2020-05-19). "Whitening of the Media": As Pandemic Cuts Ravage Newsrooms, Diversity Is "First Thing That Goes" democracynow.org At a time when many journalists are risking their lives to cover the coronavirus, media companies are slashing jobs and salaries. Over the past week, hundreds of journalists at Vice, Quartz, The Economist, BuzzFeed and Condé Nast have been laid off. In April, The New York Times estimated 36,000 employees of news media companies had been laid off, furloughed or had their pay reduced since the arrival of the pandemic. We speak with award-winning journalist and former editor of The Denver Post, Gregory Moore. He says, "Advertising has fallen out of these newspapers because of the economic shutdown, and it has led to…

RT (2020-05-19). 'Rotten from the top': Sexual harassment 'RAMPANT' at McDonald's, international labor group tells OECD in complaint. rt.com An international group of labor unions has filed a complaint alleging "systemic" and "rampant" sexual harassment at McDonald's restaurants around the globe, arguing the corporate fast food giant has ignored the problem for years. | The complaint was filed with the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) on Monday by the International Union of Food Workers (IUF), which said McDonald's had allowed a "sexual harassment crisis" to persist in restaurants all over the world, including in the US, Brazil, Australia, France, the UK, Chile, and Colombia, among other countries. | "McDonald's workers…

RT (2020-05-19). Pakistan suffers 1st economic decline in 68 years due to Covid-19 pandemic. rt.com While 2020 was projected to be a breakthrough year for Pakistan, the global coronavirus crisis has hit the country's economy hard, causing its first contraction since 1951-52. | Coupled with currency devaluation, the economic contraction has caused the size of the economy to slip to around $265.6 billion from $280 billion a year ago. | According to the National Accounts Committee (NAC), GDP is projected to have a negative growth rate of 0.38 percent during the fiscal year 2019-20 ending on June 30. The estimates are based on six to nine months provisional data projected for the whole year and adjusted for the…

RT (2020-05-19). 'Man of my word': Leaked audio seemingly sheds light on Biden's efforts to pressure Poroshenko into firing Burisma investigator. rt.com Audio recordings released by Ukrainian MP Andrii Derkach allegedly offer confirmation that Joe Biden pressured former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to fire an attorney general in exchange for a billion-dollar loan. | Former top Ukrainian prosecutor Viktor Shokin filed a criminal complaint in January, alleging that Biden had Biden himself has boasted publicly that h…

RT (2020-05-19). New tapes of Poroshenko-Biden calls reveal 'independent' Ukraine was total US client. rt.com On top of firing a prosecutor on orders from US Vice President Joe Biden, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko also robbed his own people by raising tariffs to please his US overlords, according to audio of their alleged calls. | On Tuesday, Ukrainian parliamentarian Andrii Derkach published audio recordings of what sounds like Poroshenko's conversations with various Obama administration officials in 2015 and 2016. Derkach said he got the audio from investigative journalists, who told him that Poroshenko personally recorded the calls. They have not been independently verified. | If true, however, they show the…

RT (2020-05-19). Censorship detected? Russian Embassy says NYT 'refused' to publish comparative Covid-19 death statistics in official's letter. rt.com Russia's Embassy in the US has accused the NYT of refusing to publish a comparison of the Covid-19 death rates in Moscow, London, and New York. The paper earlier accused Russia of "underreporting" the death rate from the disease. | On May 11, the New York Times ran a story which claimed to have solved the "mystery" of Russia's relatively lower death rate from Covid-19, which is below the world average. Citing official statistics, the paper noted that Moscow's number of overall deaths in April exceeded its five-year average for the same period by more than 1,700. Together with the city's official death toll fro…

RT (2020-05-19). 'We turned our back on PM because of budget cuts & lack of staff' — Belgian nurse to RT on viral protest. rt.com Belgian nurses and frontline medical staff had been striking for a year, before they were called up to fight the Covid-19 pandemic. After months of ignored demands, they seized their chance when the prime minister came to visit. | By now the video of the viral protest has been seen the world over; the heroes of the coronavirus turning their backs on Belgium's PM Sophie Wilmes upon her arrival at the Saint-Pierre hospital in Brussels. RT sat down with one nurse at the hospital, Nicolas Houyoux, to understand what exactly motivated the stirring protest after a year of strikes at the hospital over poor working co…

RT (2020-05-19). Italy warns against 'tourism corridors' between EU states in about-face, urges reopening all borders AT ONCE. rt.com Italy urged fellow EU countries to work together to reanimate the tourism industry after the coronavirus pandemic, speaking against any bilateral deals between member states — after Rome reportedly considered doing just that. | All European countries should open their borders at once after passing the Covid-19 peak, Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio said in a speech "We need to restart the country and ensure the safety of Italians. This is why Italy has the opportun…

RT (2020-05-19). Study Trump cited in his latest attack on WHO does NOT EXIST, says editor-in-chief of prestigious medical journal. rt.com US President Donald Trump cited a study supposedly published in the Lancet medical journal as he once again accused the WHO of ignoring early Covid-19 warnings. Now, the Lancet chief editor says there has been no such publication. | "Dear President Trump, you cite the Lancet in your attack on WHO. Please let me correct the record," Dr. Richard Horton, the editor-in-chief of the prestigious British medical journal, wrote on Twitter on Monday. Trump referred to the outlet in his latest letter to the World Health Organization head, Director General Tedros Ghebreyesus, in which he warned that Washington would perm…

RT (2020-05-19). MSNBC and Fox News finally agree! Media comments on Trump 'taking' malaria drug against Covid-19 reach new level of bizarre. rt.com MSNBC's Joe Scarborough has recommended listening to Fox's Neil Cavuto over hydroxychloroquine — an anti-malarial drug with hotly-debated effectiveness in fighting Covid-19 — slamming the president's support for the medicine. | The media went into a frenzy after Donald Trump said he was taking hydroxychloroquine as a preventive measure against coronavirus, but none of the responses have been more bizarre than the apparent teaming-up of liberal commentator Scarborough and Fox News' Cavuto. | "I say this to seniors who I'm so worried about, and I know we're all worried about you, because the presiden…

RT (2020-05-19). 'No time to waste': Trump gives WHO 30 days to make 'major improvements' before US PERMANENTLY freezes funding. rt.com US President Donald Trump has threatened to halt American funding for the World Health Organization (WHO) for good, giving the agency 30 days to clean up its act while insisting it mishandled the Covid-19 pandemic. | This is the letter sent to Dr. Tedros of the World Health Organization. It is self-explanatory! In a scathing letter addressed to WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom on Monday night…

RT (2020-05-19). 'You first then': Prince Charles' plea to Brits to 'Pick for Britain' during Covid-19 crisis provokes anger. rt.com Britain's Prince Charles' appeal to citizens to join a movement — similar to the 'Land Army' of World War II — and descend on farmlands up and down the nation to help harvest produce during the pandemic has prompted resentment. | Clarence House in London, Charles' official residence, tweeted out a 'Pick for Britain' campaign video fronted by the Prince of Wales on Tuesday. The royal called on Britons to make "a vital contribution to the national effort" by taking on the arduous work this summer to avoid the scenario of crops rotting in fields and going to waste. | The UK's agricultural industry is…

RT (2020-05-19). 17yo blood sample with SARS antibodies could be new secret weapon against CORONAVIRUS — study. rt.com Scientists have made a major breakthrough in the war against the coronavirus, discovering an antibody from a patient who recovered from SARS in 2003, which blocks Covid-19 infection while stopping the virus from mutating. | Scientists based in Switzerland and the United States examined 25 different types of antibodies, which each target different protein spikes on the virus, which it uses to infiltrate host cells and infect them with genetic material. From this list of antibodies, the researchers identified eight that could bind to both Covid-19 and the infected cells. | One in particular — S309 — wa…

RT (2020-05-19). Taiwan tells US 'it is complying' with international N. Korea sanctions. rt.com Taiwan is complying with international sanctions against North Korea, a senior Taiwanese security official told the US' deputy representative for North Korea on Tuesday, having previously been called out for breaking them. | Tsai Ming-yen, deputy secretary-general of Taiwan's National Security Council, told Alex Wong, the US State Department's deputy assistant secretary for North Korea, during a teleconference that Taipei "will continue to closely cooperate with the US, and carry out and implement actions to comply with international sanctions against North Korea." | Independent UN monitors said in 2018 that t…

RT (2020-05-19). 'A bright ball crossed the sky': Falling METEOR spotted in Siberia (VIDEOS). rt.com Bewildered residents in Russia have witnessed a spectacular glowing meteor shooting across the night sky. The incident was caught on CCTV cameras and was seen from several locations. | The dazzling object was seen travelling over the city of Kansk in western Siberia and several other areas of the Krasnoyarsk Region at around 22: 40 local time. | Some local media reported that witnesses also heard a "loud bang." However, top local emergency official Eduard Bille told Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper that everything was quiet. | It literally lasted several seconds; a bright ball crossed the sky and disappeared s…

RT (2020-05-19). E. Libyan forces pull out of parts of Tripoli as campaign to seize capital continues. rt.com Eastern Libyan forces pulled out of parts of Tripoli overnight, it has been announced, after losing one of their main strongholds in western Libya on Monday. Libyan National Army (LNA) spokesman Ahmed al-Mismari was cited as saying the forces had carried out a "redistribution and repositioning in the battle fronts, disengaging from some crowded residential areas." | Commander Khalifa Haftar's LNA has been fighting for more than a year to capture Tripoli, seat of the Government of National Accord (GNA), which is recognized by the UN and has been active since January with military help from Turkey, Reuters repor…

RT (2020-05-19). Australia's most populated state reopens schools full-time next week. rt.com Children in Australia's most populated state will return to school full-time next week, a major step towards normalizing life amid the coronavirus pandemic. | The directive from New South Wales (NSW) Premier Gladys Berejiklian to reopen schools full-time eases childcare responsibilities for the parents and carers of around 800,000 children in public schools, as Australia seeks to stem a surge in unemployment and restart the economy. | Teachers Federation President Angelo Gavrielatos said the decision "caused a lot of concern, frustration and anger among teachers and principals." According to Berejiklian, indiv…

RT (2020-05-19). 'Deep, deep mistrust': Warring parties in Syria agree to reconvene Geneva talks, UN envoy says. rt.com Opposing sides in Syria's conflict have agreed to reconvene in Geneva for talks on the constitution, United Nations special envoy Geir Pedersen said on Tuesday. | He added that a lull in fighting could provide an opportunity to start healing "deep, deep mistrust" between them. | "As soon as the pandemic situation allows, they have agreed to come to Geneva and they have agreed on an agenda for the next meeting," he told reporters. The envoy did not give a date and said that a virtual meeting of the constitutional committee would not be possible. | Pedersen also repeated a message made to the UN Security Council…

RT (2020-05-19). WHO member states agree to independent investigation of agency's coronavirus response. rt.com Member states of the World Health Organization (WHO) agreed on Tuesday to an independent probe into the UN agency's coronavirus response. Countries taking part in the WHO's annual assembly adopted a resolution by consensus urging a joint response to the crisis. The event was held virtually for the first time. | The resolution was tabled by the European Union and called for an "impartial, independent and comprehensive evaluation" of the international response to the pandemic, which has so far infected more than 4.8 million people and killed over 318,000, AFP said. | The investigation should include a probe into…

RT (2020-05-19). All of EU should back Franco-German recovery plan or 'nobody will be able to get out of crisis' — French FM. rt.com France's Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Tuesday EU states which are skeptical about a Franco-German proposal for a €500 billion (US$546 billion) coronavirus recovery fund should back it or risk making it even harder to get out of the crisis. | "It's in the interest of all European countries to sign up for this initiative… if there isn't this momentum, nobody will be able to get out of it," Le Drian told LCI television. | The plan proposed by Berlin and Paris on Monday would offer non-repayable grants to EU regions and sectors hit hardest by the pandemic, with the cash borrowed by the bloc a…

RT (2020-05-19). Entire EU should back Franco-German recovery plan or 'nobody will be able to get out of crisis' — French FM. rt.com France's Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Tuesday that EU states which are skeptical about a Franco-German proposal for a €500 billion (US$546 billion) coronavirus recovery fund should back it or risk making it even harder to get out of the crisis. | "It's in the interest of all European countries to sign up for this initiative… if there isn't this momentum, nobody will be able to get out of it," Le Drian told television channel LCI. | The plan proposed by Berlin and Paris on Monday would offer non-repayable grants to EU regions and sectors hit hardest by the pandemic, with the cash borrowed…

RT (2020-05-19). Report claims 70% of Indian startups will run out of money in less than 3 months. rt.com India's startup community, the third largest in the world, is facing an existential crisis brought about by the coronavirus pandemic. | A month-long survey released last week by the Indian trade association Nasscom revealed that 70 percent of startups in India have less than three months of money left in the bank, with almost a quarter (22 percent) stating that they might not make it to the end of the year. | Also on rt.com | | In stark contrast to its immediate f…

RT (2020-05-19). Britain suffers BIGGEST surge in unemployment claims SINCE RECORDS BEGAN, as UK minister insists country can cope. rt.com Britain can cope with the massive increase in people claiming unemployment benefits — the largest rise since records began — propelled by the coronavirus crisis, according to a UK minister. | Data

RT (2020-05-19). 'Potential benefit outweighed the risk': Trump's doctor pens letter in defense of HCQ, Twitter still unconvinced he takes it. rt.com With media and online pundits going into a full-blown meltdown after US President Donald Trump said that he was taking hydroxychloroquine as a prophylaxis against coronavirus, his doctor issued a statement in support of the drug. | Trump's admission late Monday that he has been taking the experimental drug, originally designed to treat malaria and several other conditions, has caught many off-guard, spawning a torrent of reactions online. | pic.twitter.com/o9DQrfSjJH— Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) May 19,…

RT (2020-05-19). 'Potential benefit outweighed the risk': Trump's doctor pens letter in defense of HCQ, Twitter still unconvinced he's taking it. rt.com With media and online pundits going into a full-blown meltdown after US President Donald Trump said that he was taking hydroxychloroquine as a prophylaxis against coronavirus, his doctor issued a statement in support of the drug. | Trump's admission late Monday that he has been taking the experimental drug, originally designed to treat malaria and several other conditions, has caught many off-guard, spawning a torrent of reactions online. | The White House physician says he and the president "concluded the potential benefit from treatment outweighed the relative risks." The FDA says there's no evidence hydroxy…

RT (2020-05-19). WATCH: UK Speaker of the House shows zero tolerance for Tory MP struggling with Zoom video call. rt.com The Speaker of the UK's House of Commons, Lindsay Hoyle, showed little sympathy for a Conservative lawmaker struggling to be heard at her home via Zoom — not once, but twice — during a parliamentary session in Westminster. | During questions put to Health and Social Care Minister Matt Hancock regarding the issue of coronavirus and care homes on Tuesday, Hoyle called on Jane Stevenson, the Tory MP for Wolverhampton North East, to make her contribution via Zoom. | Stevenson is then seen staring quite blankly at her screen and speaking for a few brief moments before realising that she was muted and so…

RT (2020-05-19). Fearing the baying mobs? Jamie Dimon roasted for belated show of caring about inequality. rt.com JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon has called for "rebuilding a more inclusive economy" in a letter to shareholders. The internet isn't buying the plutocrat's change of heart, however, reasoning he's more concerned about populist rage. | Dimon used his company's latest shareholder

RT (2020-05-19). China's provinces offer farmers cash to end exotic animal trade. rt.com Farmers in China are being offered cash to stop breeding exotic animals as pressure grows to crack down on the illegal wildlife trade that has been blamed for the coronavirus outbreak. Authorities have, for the first time, pledged to buy out breeders in an attempt to curb the practice, AFP reported on Tuesday, citing animal rights activists. | In recent months, China has banned the sale of wild animals for food, citing the risk of diseases spreading to humans. The trade remains legal for other purposes, including research and traditional medicine. | Two central provinces have outlined details of a buyout progr…

RT (2020-05-19). 'I don't want World War III': Gym bosses CLASH with cops & face JAIL threat as mob cheers fitness fans flouting lockdown (VIDEO). rt.com A masked gymgoer has been arrested and crowds of people have protested against police after bosses defied a state governor's stark warning of "a different reality" to open their facility to the public for a second straight day. | A man was arrested and indignant boss Frank Trumbetti, of Atilis Gym in New Jersey, insisted he was "…prepared to deal with whatever consequences come our way," after receiving a summons from Bellmawr Police, whose officers dispersed rowdy crowds as they ordered the facility to close for the second day in a row. | A mob of around 200 people, some of whom waved the flag of the United…

RT (2020-05-19). Paper gold trade is now bigger than ALL of Germany's reserves. rt.com The price of gold exchange-traded funds (ETFs) steadied on Tuesday at the equivalent of $1,733 per ounce after retreating on the news of a potential coronavirus vaccine by drug maker Moderna. | Gold ETFs are not equal to physical gold, as they are simply securities backed by the commodity designed to track the gold price. | Gold bullion, which hit an eight-year high just before the news, lost $40 per ounce for US dollar traders by the start of Tuesday's London trade. It has also dropped over two percent from new all-time highs in British pound and euro currency terms. | "Gold sold off on upbeat trader attitude…

RT (2020-05-19). India to help millions of migrant workers leave cities as some states report rising infection rate. rt.com India will run more special trains and buses to allow millions of distressed migrant workers to leave big cities, the federal government said on Tuesday. | Workers are walking long distances to their homes in the countryside ever since PM Narendra Modi imposed a vast lockdown in March to control the spread of coronavirus, shutting down all public transportation. | After initially trying to keep workers in their cities of employment, authorities are now helping them get home. The Ministry of Home Affairs is in talks with states to run trains and buses, and set up rest stops for those on foot. | The move comes a…

RT (2020-05-19). India to help millions of migrant workers leave cities as some states report rising infections rate. rt.com India will run more special trains and buses to allow millions of distressed migrant workers to leave big cities, the federal government said on Tuesday. | Workers are walking long distances to their homes in the countryside ever since PM Narendra Modi imposed a vast lockdown in March to control the spread of coronavirus, shutting down all public transport. | After initially trying to keep workers in their cities of employment, authorities are now helping them get home. The federal home ministry is in talks with states to run trains and buses, and set up rest stops for those on foot. | The move comes as India'

RT (2020-05-19). Czech authorities cite biggest jump in coronavirus cases in 4 weeks as they begin reopening economy. rt.com The number of new coronavirus cases in the Czech Republic showed its biggest daily rise in four weeks and climbed above 100 for the first time this month, the Health Ministry said on Tuesday. | It said that 111 new cases were recorded on Monday, bringing the total in the central European country to 8,586. The ministry reported no new deaths, leaving the toll at 297, Reuters said. | Authorities have been reopening the economy in recent weeks by getting most shops back up and running along with cinemas, theatres and outdoor dining places. There are plans to let restaurants open indoor areas next week. | The gove…

RT (2020-05-19). Global consumer will benefit from US-China trade row, economics professor tells Boom Bust. rt.com The United States has issued a new regulation aiming to limit chip exports to Chinese tech giant Huawei. The firm said its business will "inevitably be impacted" and that "survival is the key word" for the company at present. | RT's Boom Bust is joined by John Quelch, Dean of Miami Business School, to talk about the future of US-China relations. | Huawei will be able to survive, Quelch says, adding that Washington aims to slow down the Chinese company's efforts to globally dominate the 5G market. "The consumer division of Huawei accounts for about 50 percent of its total sales, and this particular regulation i…

RT (2020-05-19). Deadly stabbing attack at Toronto erotic massage parlor treated as 'INCEL TERRORISM'. rt.com A stabbing attack at a Toronto massage parlor in February in which one woman was killed and another injured is now being treated as a terrorist attack, allegedly inspired by the so-called misogynistic "incel ideology." | Canadian police uncovered new evidence, upgrading charges in the case to 'murder — terrorist activity' on Tuesday. The 17-year-old suspect, whose name has not been released as he's still a minor, is already facing murder and attempted murder charges. | The attack "was inspired by the Ideologically Motivated Violent Extremist (IMVE) movement commonly known as INCEL," the RCMP and Toronto P…

RT (2020-05-19). Nature unloads on Cancun, Mexico with waterspout, solar halo, lightning, wind & hail (VIDEOS). rt.com Residents in Cancun, Mexico were stunned when a massive waterspout appeared just 500 meters offshore of the area's normally picturesque beaches. It wasn't the only unusual natural phenomenon to hit the area, however. | Terrified locals watched the waterspout descend on their peaceful coastal village at approximately 15: 45 local time following a bout of ferocious winds and lashing rain which hit the north of Quintana Roo state on Monday. Eyewitness video captured the stomach-churning sight, as residents faced the tough choice of whether to run or hide. | Global warming is getting real. Tornado cuerpo de agua…

RT (2020-05-19). Four coaches FIRED after investigation discovers partially NUDE, DRUNK cheerleaders at University of Kentucky awaydays. rt.com The University of Kentucky sensationally fired its entire cheerleading coaching staff after an investigation uncovered public nudity, alcohol use and inappropriate conduct. | Cheerleading head coach Jomo Thompson and assistant coaches Ben Head, Spencer Clan and Kelsey LaCroix were all fired following the investigation, which found incidents of inappropriate routines, partially-clothed cheerleaders and alcohol abuse had taken place under the coaches' stewardship during off-campus events. | According to a press release from the university, the three-month investigation saw that the coaches had "failed to provide…

RT (2020-05-19). Keep away: US Navy issues strange warning for mariners to stay 100 yards away or be seen as threat. rt.com The US Navy has issued new guidelines for mariners in the Persian Gulf, warning anyone against approaching too close to its vessels. Those defying the warning would be seen as a threat and met with "defensive measures." | US military vessels will take "lawful defensive measures" against ships that would come closer that 100 yards (about 91 meters), warns a new notice to mariners, according to reports by Reuters and AP. | The usual actions taken in case of a close encounter involve turning the ship away from the approaching vessel, sounding a horn and shooting off flares before firing even warning shots. | Also…

RT (2020-05-19). Macron loses absolute majority in parliament as frustrated MPs DEFECT to new left-leaning grouping. rt.com Emmanuel Macron has lost his outright majority in France's National Assembly as a group of defectors from his LREM party jumped ship to join a new left-wing grouping, in another indication of his floundering leadership. | Seven lawmakers announced a split from President Macron's La Republique En Marche (LREM) on Tuesday, saying they would join the newly-formed 'Ecology, Democracy, Solidarity' (EDS) group, which now consists of 17 parliamentarians who are demanding more left-leaning policies. | "I am a leftist. To remain so, I must leave LREM," one of the breakaway MPs, Aurelien Tache, told Le Journal du Dimanc…

George Wuerthner (2020-05-19). Bozeman Watershed Project Spills Bad Blood. counterpunch.org Back in the Middle Ages, it was a common practice for "doctors" to bleed the "bad blood" from sick patients. If the patient survived, the doctors took credit for their recovery. If the patient died, well, obviously, not enough bad blood was removed. A similar logic drives the Forest Service thinning programs like the proposed

Mark Gruenberg (2020-05-19). Virus or no virus, Service Employees and allies to mobilize 3 million voters. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—Coronavirus or no coronavirus, the Service Employees and three other progressive organizations rolled out a $30 million campaign to register and mobilize three million new voters—women, people of color, and union members—for the fall election. But the pandemic, which has killed over 92,000 people nationwide as of this writing and sickened over 1.5 million in …

WSWS (2020-05-19). US courts revoke emergency protections in coronavirus pandemic. wsws.org Over the past week, the US Supreme Court and the Texas Supreme Court have issued a series of antidemocratic decisions that place countless lives at risk and increase the hardships faced by workers in the coronavirus pandemic.

Staff (2020-05-19). Headlines for May 19, 2020. democracynow.org Trump Claims He Is Taking Hydroxychloroquine Despite FDA Warnings, Navajo Nation Has Highest Coronavirus Infection Rate in the U.S., 60-Year-Old Burmese Refugee Becomes Eighth COVID-19 Victim at Colorado Meat Plant, 74-Year-Old Man at California ICE Prison Dies of Suicide, Trump Attacks WHO as U.S. and China Trade Barbs over Pandemic Response, Early COVID Vaccine Trials Show Positive Results, Outbreak at Refugee Center in Germany Infects at Least 70 people, France and Germany Propose 500 Billion-Euro Coronavirus Assistance Fund for EU, Sà£o Paulo's Hospitals "Near Collapse" as Brazil Becomes Third Most Infe…

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2020-05-19). 'Extremely Severe Cyclonic Storm' Amphan Barrels Towards India, Bangladesh. commondreams.org Meteorologists say there's "catastrophic storm surge potential." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2020-05-19). 'More Testing, Not More Bombs': 29 House Democrats Demand Cuts to Pentagon Budget Amid Pandemic. commondreams.org www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Eleanor J. Bader (2020-05-19). Staging a Defense of Reproductive Rights. progressive.org As anti-choice activists try using the pandemic to stop abortions, this nonprofit theater group pushes back.

Peoples Dispatch (2020-05-19). Activist who denounced lack of water in poor neighborhoods in Buenos Aires died of coronavirus. peoplesdispatch.org Ramona Medina was hospitalized and connected to a respirator after she tested positive for coronavirus.There are more than 1,000 confirmed cases in Buenos Aires' poor neighborhoods…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-05-19). Prominent Hirak movement activists released in Algeria. peoplesdispatch.org Two prominent activists related to the Hirak protest movement in Algeria were released on Monday after an Algiers court reduced one's sentence and awarded the other a suspended sentence. The duo was convicted on frivolous and trumped up charges…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2020-05-19). 'Shell Must Fall,' Climate Activists Declare at Oil Giant's Headquarters During Shareholders Meeting. commondreams.org Donning face masks and abiding by social distancing guidelines because of the coronavirus pandemic, climate activists gathered at Royal Dutch Shell's headquarters in The Hague Tuesday during the oil giant's annual shareholders meeting to declare that "Shell must fall." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2020-05-19). 'This Is Only the Beginning': JPMorgan Chase Faces Investor Revolt Over Financing Climate Destruction. commondreams.org Activist and shareholder frustrations with JPMorgan Chase's funding of global climate catastrophe were on full display Tuesday during the multinational investment bank's virtual Annual General Meeting. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Potere al Popolo (2020-05-19). From fields to supermarkets, solidarity with laborers on strike. peoplesdispatch.org On May 21, migrant agricultural workers across Italy are set to strike in protest over the new immigration rules announced by the government. These rules — offering only six month permits for workers in limited sectors — fall far short of what has been demanded…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-05-19). German Left demands national rent cover, protests CDU's pro-real estate policies. peoplesdispatch.org Die Linke (The Left) in Germany has demanded that rent hikes be halted. It has also called for a ban on evictions during this period of crisis triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-05-19). Following outcry, Belgian minister 'deletes' criticism of hospital workers' protest. peoplesdispatch.org Belgian federal minister Marie-Christine Marghem had criticized staff of the Saint-Pierre University Hospital in Brussels, who were protesting the government's insensitivity towards health workers during the COVID-19 pandemic…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-05-19). Mismanagement of pandemic by Haitian President Jovenel MoàØse fuels latest protests demanding his resignation. peoplesdispatch.org In response to the anti-government demonstrations, the Haitian National Police used tear gas and water cannons to disperse the crowd and arrested many social leaders…

Leon Kunstenaar (2020-05-19). 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.

Yves Engler (2020-05-19). Canada Does Not Deserve a Seat on the UN Security Council. globalresearch.ca Despite its peaceful reputation, Canada is not acting as a benevolent player on the international stage. | Rather, Canada ranks among the twelve largest arms exporters and its

commondreams (2020-05-19). New Greenpeace Report Exposes Big Tech Connection to Big Oil. commondreams.org ______________________________…

en.mehrnews (2020-05-19). Iran seeks peaceful coexistence with neighbors: amb. to Moscow. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 19 (MNA) — Iran is interested in maintaining peaceful relations with its neighbors and it does not seek expansionism, said Iran's Ambassador to Russia Kazem Jalali.

sputniknews (2020-05-19). 'Enmity Towards God and Corruption on Earth': Iran MPs Ban Work with Israel. sputniknews.com Previously, the Iranian parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission had prepared and approved a bill on "confronting the hostile acts of the Zionist regime against peace and security".

sputniknews (2020-05-19). Killed By Mistake: Lebanese Teenager Who Moved to UK is Gunned Down Outside Supermarket. sputniknews.com The family of Aya Hachem moved to England from the Lebanese village of Qlaileh – only five miles from the Israeli border – in 2011, looking for security and peace. But on Sunday the 19-year-old law student was shot dead outside a supermarket.

Leo Panitch (2020-05-19). In and Against the Brazilian State. globalresearch.ca Following the demise of the communist regimes, and the collaboration of so many social-democratic parties in neoliberal, capitalist globalization, a strong anarchist sensibility emerged, quite understandably, on the radical left, and remained influential for a considerable period of time. From …

WSWS (2020-05-19). Brazilian police massacre 13 in brutal operation in Rio de Janeiro. wsws.org "Instead of sending doctors and nurses to protect the residents from COVID-19, the government sends police, armored vehicles and helicopters to kill us."

Robert J. Burrowes (2020-05-19). Covid-19: Breaking the lockdown, defeating the coup, averting extinction. nationofchange.org Humanity has reached the most critical point in its history. Using COVID-19 as 'cover', the global elite is conducting a coup to take vastly greater control of our lives.

The BMJ (2020-05-19). COVID-19: Testing Testing. globalresearch.ca The following article published by the British Medical Journal provides a critical perspective on the health impacts and political implications of the Lockdown. | Lockdown is a crude instrument. On its own it can't eliminate covid-19, but it buys a …

WSWS (2020-05-19). Turkish government steps up attack on Kurdish HDP amid COVID-19 pandemic. wsws.org The dismissal of five Kurdish-nationalist mayors comes amid growing military tensions in the region and growing social anger at the government's failure to handle COVID-19.

WSWS (2020-05-19). As Modi government eases lockdown, coronavirus cases surge in India. wsws.org Municipal authorities in Mumbai, India's second largest city, recently announced that due to a lack of hospital beds, they were placing COVID-19 patients on a waiting list for medical treatment.

WSWS (2020-05-19). Millions of Americans, including front-line workers' families, face loss of employer-sponsored health insurance in pandemic. wsws.org The families of health care workers, first responders and other workers deemed essential who have died from COVID-19 now face the prospect of losing their health coverage due to the cut-off of their loved ones' employer-sponsored insurance.

graham (2020-05-19). Private healthcare hospitals poised to cash in on exploding surgery waiting list. truepublica.org.uk The COVID-19 crisis caused NHS Doctors to postponed more than 2million operations after non-emergency surgery was cancelled for at least three months to free up beds for coronavirus patients. This number was just less than eight weeks of booked operations that currently costs the NHS £1billion a month. "We have to do a really major …

J.P. Linstroth (2020-05-19). Coronavirus, Poverty, and Structural Violence. counterpunch.org As a nation, obviously, there are so many things we can do better. There always will be. Yet, what the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has made all too apparent is how we have not appropriately dealt with poverty in the United States. This is not just about the Trump Administration, it is about all past presidential

Joshua K. Leon (2020-05-19). Nations Fight Extreme Patenting to Ensure Access to COVID-19 Relief. progressive.org The pandemic is spurring fresh efforts to rein in the ability of Big Pharma to put profits over public health.

Tom Clifford (2020-05-19). China's "Two Sessions" in Beijing Against a Backdrop of COVID-19. globalresearch.ca Even though it's being held on its home turf, Beijing will play second fiddle for the next week as thousands of delegates pour into the capital to debate, argue and socialize amid the "Two Sessions". | The sessions, taking place after …

WSWS (2020-05-19). New Zealand Labour government promises billions for big business. wsws.org While handing over billions to big business through the COVID-19 crisis, Labour's budget boosts the military and prepares a sweeping assault on the social position of the working class.

WSWS (2020-05-19). US retailer JCPenney to close nearly one-third of department stores, announces bankruptcy. wsws.org The decline of traditional "brick and mortar" retail is part of a protracted process which has spanned decades. The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated processes which were already well underway.

WSWS (2020-05-19). US health care system devastated by COVID-19 as the markets clamor to reopen the economy. wsws.org Health care workers throughout the US have been furloughed as health care systems are facing economic devastation caused by the pandemic. A second surge in economically hard-hit areas will confront an equally devasted health care infrastructure.

WSWS (2020-05-19). Trump official blames high US coronavirus death toll on the diversity that "unfortunately" exists in the population. wsws.org The fascistic comment is the latest attempt by the Trump administration to find an excuse for its catastrophic performance in the COVID-19 pandemic.

Scott Ritter (2020-05-19). US nukes in Poland would not be a deterrent, but a MASSIVE provocation for Russia. thealtworld.com The US has promoted the deployment of US nuclear weapons on Polish soil as part of NATO's 'nuclear sharing' arrangement. Such a move would only increase the chances of the very war such a deployment seeks to deter. | For the second time in little more than a year, the US ambassadors to Germany and Poland have commented on matters of NATO security in a manner which undermines the unity of the alliance while threatening European security by seeking to alter the balance of power in a way that is unduly provocative to Russia. | Richard Grenell, the US ambassador to Germany and the acting director of national intellig…

Binoy Kampmark (2020-05-19). The Mouse Roars: Australia, China and a Coronavirus Independent Inquiry. counterpunch.org 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

John Feffer (2020-05-19). Death and the Economy: a Dialogue. counterpunch.org Welcome to Chewing the Fat, our weekly talk show here at WXYZ. Today, we have a special treat for you — two guests who will answer the question on everyone's mind. Should we stay at home in virtual quarantine or should we head out the front door and reopen the economy? The coronavirus pandemic is

WSWS (2020-05-19). Petition demanding pandemic hazard pay for UPS workers gains 300,000 signatures. wsws.org The response to the petition demonstrates workers' willingness to fight, but its appeal to the Teamsters union is a dead end. A genuine struggle for safety requires the formation of independent rank-and-file committees.

Lucas Leiroz de Almeida (2020-05-19). US Donates War Equipment to Kiev. globalresearch.ca Apparently, Washington is helping to increase the violence in the Donbass. In the midst of a pandemic and the civil war at a softer stage, Kiev is promoting a gradual increase in the actions of pro-Maidan paramilitary groups in the …

WSWS (2020-05-19). Workers angry, concerned as US auto plants reopen. wsws.org Tens of thousands of workers returned to factories across the US Monday in a major test of the Trump administration's plans to restart the flow of corporate profits even as the death toll of the pandemic continues to rise.

WSWS (2020-05-19). Canada: Quebec government advocates hiring children to disinfect daycare centres amid coronavirus pandemic. wsws.org Faced with a shortage of childcare staff, Quebec's CAQ government is advocating their replacement by teenagers as young as 14, thus threatening to expose them to the potentially lethal coronavirus.

Bill Van Auken (2020-05-19). Washington Places Cuba and Venezuela on "Terror" List. globalresearch.ca Less than two weeks after an abortive mercenary invasion aimed at overthrowing Venezuela's government and murdering its president that was hatched by the Trump White House, the US State Department on Wednesday renewed it classification of the country as "not …

WSWS (2020-05-19). World health conference dominated by US-China conflict as coronavirus spreads across the globe. wsws.org Washington sought to turn Monday's annual conference of the World Health Organization into an arena for its relentless campaign to scapegoat China.

Christian Sorace (2020-05-19). Gratitude: the ideology of sovereignty in crisis. zcomm.org When governments demand gratitude for their response to the coronavirus they reveal the insecurity of sovereign power that the left must exploit…

Dr. Anthony Fauci (2020-05-19). Video: Dr. Anthony Fauci Stated in 2017 There Will be a "Surprise Outbreak" Coming Administration Will Face. globalresearch.ca Dr. Anthony Fauci, member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, stating in January 2017 that there will be a "surprise outbreak" the coming administration will face. | * | Note to readers: please click the share buttons above or below. …

Jeffrey A. Tucker (2020-05-19). The 2006 Origins of the Lockdown Idea. globalresearch.ca Now begins the grand effort, on display in thousands of articles and news broadcasts daily, somehow to normalize the lockdown and all its destruction of the last two months. We didn't lock down almost the entire country in

Newsclick (2020-05-19). Global north has forgotten that private sector wants ill-health. peoplesdispatch.org The increasing corporatisation of the health sector has meant that private interests not only play a huge role in determining policy, but also control licensing. This is a threat for countries like India.

WSWS (2020-05-19). US steps up witch hunt against Chinese scientists. wsws.org The US federal government has arrested researchers and scientists of Chinese descent as part of an accelerated crackdown on alleged participants of China's "Thousand Talents" program.

David Hearst (2020-05-19). Israel's Annexation Plan Is "The Nakba Revisited" globalresearch.ca Anniversaries commemorate past events. And you could be forgiven for thinking that an event which happened 72 years ago is indeed in the past. | This is true of most anniversaries, except when it comes to

Ashley Curtin (2020-05-19). 5G Wireless Radiation: Scientists Warn Harmful Biologic, Health Effects. "We Are Flying Blindly" globalresearch.ca New 5G cellular wireless technology is already rolling out in some states. But as a country, there is little to no research on the health effects of the new technology. As one United States' senator put it, we are "flying …

Ellen Brown (2020-05-19). Another U.S Bank Bailout Under Cover of a Virus. globalresearch.ca When the Dodd Frank Act was passed in 2010, President Obama triumphantly declared, "No more bailouts!" But what the Act actually said was that the next time the banks failed, they would be subject to "bail ins" — the funds …

WSWS (2020-05-19). Hundreds of Mexican maquiladora workers dying after back-to-work orders take effect. wsws.org In Northern Baja California, 432 of the 519 people who have officially died from the virus in the state were maquiladora workers.

Ellen Brown (2020-05-19). Another Bank Bailout Under Cover of a Virus. dissidentvoice.org Insolvent Wall Street banks have been quietly bailed out again. Banks made risk-free by the government should be public utilities. When the Dodd Frank Act was passed in 2010, President Obama triumphantly declared, "No more bailouts!" But what the Act actually said was that the next time the banks failed, they would be subject …

WSWS (2020-05-19). Explosion at downtown Los Angeles warehouse injures 12 firefighters. wsws.org The warehouse explosion spread the fire to adjacent buildings but was contained in about an hour by some 230 responders.

Caitlin Johnstone (2020-05-19). Dissident Circles Too Often Become Another Nerdy Hobby Group. thealtworld.com On the whole and in general, anti-establishment circles are just another nerdy hobby group. Leftist groups, populist groups, conspiracy analysis groups, groups centered around revolutionary ideas — if you actually look at them and look at what's actually happening in the discussions therein, most of the time it's nothing more than a bunch of nerds arguing in the exact same nerdy ways as people who are really into Star Wars or video games. And accomplishing just as much. | The mind can turn anything into a toy for the ego, and this is never more clear than in online discussion forums. Even forums that are ex…

Fight Back (2020-05-19). Read some Ho Chi Minh for his birthday. fightbacknews.org To mark the birthday of Ho Chi Minh, May, 19, 1890, Fight Back is circulating his 1960 article The path which led me to Leninism. | After World War I, I made my living in Paris, now as a retoucher at a photographer's, now as painter of "Chinese antiquities" (made in France!). I would distribute leaflets denouncing the crimes committed by the French colonialists in Viet Nam. | At that time, I supported the October Revolution only instinctively, not yet grasping all its historic importance. I loved and admired Lenin because he was a great patriot who liberated his compatriots; until then, I had read none of his boo…

WSWS (2020-05-19). Kraftwerk's Florian Schneider: The pioneer of electronica (1947-2020). wsws.org The cultural background of a disoriented avant-garde in the aftermath of World War II and the division of Germany helped shape the music of Schneider and his peers.

yenisafak (2020-05-19). Brazil overtakes UK in virus cases, behind US, Russia. yenisafak.com South America's COVID-19 epicenter Brazil on Tuesday became the country with the third-highest number of coronavirus cases in the world, overtaking former hotspots the UK, Spain, and Italy.According to a running tally by the Johns Hopkins University, the country has registered 255,368 cases and nearly 17,000 deaths.Health experts say the real number of cases could be even higher because of insufficient testing in the country of around 210 million people.Manaus, in the Brazilian Amazon, has recently had to resort to mass graves to accommodate COVID-19 victims, while Sao Paulo's hospitals have reached 90% capacity.

yenisafak (2020-05-19). Coronavirus continues march across Eurasia. yenisafak.com Coronavirus cases and fatalities continued to rise across Eurasia on Tuesday.In Ukraine, 260 new cases pushed the overall count to 18,876, including 548 deaths and 5,632 recoveries.However, the country is set to start easing lockdown measures, with Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal announcing that public transportation will resume from May 22.In Moldova, two more people died of COVID-19, raising the death toll to 219. A total of 6,138 cases have been reported in the country to date, including 2,508 recoveries, according to health officials.Eight more people also tested positive in Moldova's autonomous region of Gagauz…

yenisafak (2020-05-19). China says US trying to shift blame and smear Beijing over WHO. yenisafak.com China said the United States was trying to shift the blame for Washington's own mishandling of the COVID-19 crisis, responding to President Donald Trump's letter threatening to halt funding to the World Health Organization.Trump threatened on Monday to reconsider the United States' membership of the World Health Organization (WHO) if the organisation did not commit to improvements within 30 days, and said the body had shown an "alarming lack of independence" from China.Chinese Foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told reporters on Tuesday that the United States was trying to smear China and had miscalculated by…

yenisafak (2020-05-19). 'Post-traumatic stress rampant in Spain's health staff'. yenisafak.com In the aftermath of the devastating first wave of COVID-19 in Spain, over half of the country's healthcare workers are showing signs of post-traumatic stress, anxiety and depression, a new study suggests.The first results of a survey conducted by a psychology group from the Complutense University of Madrid found that 53% of healthcare workers surveyed showed symptoms of post-traumatic stress.Nearly 80% of healthcare staff also presented signs of anxiety, with 21.2% manifesting signs compatible with severe anxiety disorder.On top of that, 51% of those surveyed manifested signs of depression

yenisafak (2020-05-19). Iran's death toll from coronavirus hits 7,100. yenisafak.com Iran on Tuesday confirmed 62 more fatalities from coronavirus over the past 24 hours, bringing the nationwide death toll to 7,119. | A further 2,111 people tested positive for COVID-19, raising the overall count to 124,603, Iran's state broadcaster reported, citing a Health Ministry statement. | The statement added that 97,173 patients have recovered and been discharged from hospitals so far. | In Iran, one of the countries in the Middle East hardest hit by the virus, COVID-19 was first detected in the city of Qom on Feb. 19 and then spread throughout the country.More than 4.82 million cases have been reported in…

yenisafak (2020-05-19). Some 1.8M people recover from COVID-19 globally. yenisafak.com The global coronavirus recoveries surpassed the 1.8 million mark on Tuesday, according to a running tally by the US-based Johns Hopkins University.The university's data showed a total of 1,801,461 people won the battle against COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.The number of cases crossed 4.82 million, while 319,031 deaths were recorded.The US has the highest number of recoveries with 283,178, followed by Germany with 155,681 and Spain with 150,376.But the US continues to be the worst-hit country, with the highest numbers of infections and deaths

yenisafak (2020-05-19). Turkish, German foreign ministers discuss tourism. yenisafak.com Turkish and German foreign ministers over the phone on Tuesday discussed tourism as the world is hit by the novel coronavirus pandemic.Mevlut Cavusoglu and Heiko Maas also exchanged views on the normalization process amid coronavirus as well as the EU and regional issues, according to diplomatic sources.On Sunday, Turkey started to carry out telephone diplomacy with 70 countries to inform them about the country's health infrastructure over the pandemic, the culture and tourism minister said.Turkey in a certification system detailed that the country is a safe place for tourism, regarding measures against COVID-19,…

yenisafak (2020-05-19). Europe loosens lockdown as virus cases drop. yenisafak.com Dropping number of COVID-19 cases and daily deaths prompt Europe to reopen businesses and revive social life after battling the virus for more than two months.The UK started easing lockdown restrictions as of Monday, those who cannot work from home start commuting with measures such as social distancing and wearing masks in the trains.After two months of strict lockdown, citizens and businesses restarted a more regular life, as restaurants, bars and shops reopened their doors in Italy too.As of Monday, several Spanish regions, including Valencia and Malaga, can now open small shops and outdoor bar and restaurant…

yenisafak (2020-05-19). Tunisia, Oman, Yemen report new COVID-19 infections. yenisafak.com Coronavirus case tally rose Tuesday in Tunisia, Oman and Yemen, according to health authorities in the three Arab states. | Tunisia's Health Ministry said one fatality and 6 infections were recorded in the country over the past 24 hours. | Tunisia's toll now stands at 46 deaths, 1,043 infections and 816 recoveries. | In Oman, the Health Ministry confirmed one death and 292 new virus cases. | A ministry statement said the Gulf state's virus tally rose to 5,671 cases, including 26 deaths and 1,574 recoveries.In Yemen, the government's anti-coronavirus committee said two people had died from the COVID-19 virus and 1…

yenisafak (2020-05-19). Coronavirus infections rise in Qatar, Bahrain. yenisafak.com Health authorities in Qatar and Bahrain confirmed new infections from the novel coronavirus on Tuesday. | In a statement, the Qatari Health Ministry said 1,637 new cases were detected over the past 24 hours, taking the figure to 35,606. | The ministry said 735 people have recovered from the disease, pushing the recoveries to 5,634. | The country's death toll now stands at 15. | In Bahrain, the Health Ministry said the total infections rose to 7,374 after 190 new cases were registered. | The ministry said 21 more people have recovered from the COVID-19 virus, bringing the recoveries to 952. | Bahrain has recorded…

yenisafak (2020-05-19). Russian prime minister recovers from coronavirus. yenisafak.com Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin returned to work on Tuesday after recovery from coronavirus, according to the government's press service.Mishustin, 54, tested positive for COVID-19 on April 30 and hospitalized afterwards in a condition of moderate severity.Last week, Mishustin started to take part in the government's meetings via videoconferencing.Mishustin became the third member of the Cabinet recovering from the disease as earlier Culture Minister Olga Lybimova and Education Minister Valery Falkov had also announced themselves recovered from a mild form of the virus.Meanwhile, Kremlin spokesman Dmitr…

yenisafak (2020-05-19). Iran's fuel shipments to Venezuela face US threat. yenisafak.com In a symbolic defiance to US sanctions, Iran has sent fuel shipments to Venezuela in a move that seems to be fraught with danger. | Five Iranian super-tankers carrying gasoline and other similar products, estimated to be worth $45.5 million, have sailed towards Venezuela, an ally of Tehran and adversary of Washington. | The tankers embarked on the long journey to Venezuela from Iran's coastal city of Bandar Abbas in the Persian Gulf region and traveled around the Arabian Peninsula through the Suez Canal before entering the waters of the Mediterranean Sea, according to data gathered from the ship's Automatic Iden…

yenisafak (2020-05-19). Libya army defeats Haftar militias near Tunisian border. yenisafak.com The Libyan army has captured two towns near Tunisian border from eastern warlord Khalifa Haftar's militias. | The capture of the two towns was announced by the media office of the government-led Burkan Al-Ghadab (Volcano of Rage) Operation. | "Our heroic forces have entered the towns of Badr and Tij amid welcome from their residents," the media office said in a statement on Facebook on Tuesday. | No further details were available. | Libya-based February TV aired a video showing the deployment of Libyan military vehicles in the town of Badr after taking it from Haftar's militias. | On Monday, the Libyan army reto…

yenisafak (2020-05-19). Indonesia seeks clarity as pandemic threatens Hajj. yenisafak.com Indonesia on Tuesday urged Saudi Arabia to announce a final decision and end speculation on whether the annual Islamic Hajj pilgrimage will be canceled this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.Oman Fathurahman, spokesperson of Ministry of Religion, said Indonesia expected the kingdom to decide before the end of Ramadan, the Islamic month of fasting that is now in its last week."We hope that the exact information on whether this year's Hajj will be held or canceled can be announced soon by Saudi government. Hopefully before the end of Ramadan," he said in a statement.As the country with the world's largest Muslim…

yenisafak (2020-05-19). Turkey extends 15-day travel ban in 15 major cities. yenisafak.com Turkey officially extended a travel ban in 15 major cities for 15 more days due to the pandemic, according to Interior Ministry on Tuesday.In a statement, the ministry said the travel ban will continue between May 20 and June 3 and those who do not comply with the travel restrictions will be imposed administrative fines.The ministry added that air, land, and sea travel to and from these provinces will be restricted.The cities with the travel ban include Istanbul, Ankara, Izmir, Balikesir, Bursa, Eskisehir, Gaziantep, Kayseri, Kocaeli, Konya, Manisa, Sakarya, Samsun, Van, and Zonguldak.Earlier in April, Turkey imp…

yenisafak (2020-05-19). Cook and deliver: Dubai restaurants turn creative in cut-throat market. yenisafak.com Running a restaurant in Dubai, where a discerning international clientele has more than twice as many dining options per head as in New York, was a cut-throat business even before the coronavirus struck.Now restaurateurs are having to adapt fast by learning how to make money delivering their food, a service new for some and for others more familiar as a marketing tool than a profitable sideline."What this epidemic has done is leap forward the digital age of ordering by five years," said Mohamad Ballout, CEO of Dubai-based Kitopi, which runs shared kitchens specifically for online deliveries.For fine dining Peruvi…

yenisafak (2020-05-19). Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa Mosque to reopen after Eid holiday. yenisafak.com Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa Mosque will reopen to worshippers after Eid al-Fitr holiday, the authority responsible for overseeing the city's holy sites said on Tuesday. | In a statement, the Jordan-run Islamic Waqf Department said steps to reopen the site will be announced soon. | Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, will start on Sunday. | The mosque was shut to worshippers late March amid the spread of the novel coronavirus in Palestinian territories. | Palestinian authorities confirmed 576 coronavirus infections, including 67 cases in East Jerusalem, where Al-Aqsa is located. | Al-A…

yenisafak (2020-05-19). Bulgaria agrees to ease travel with Greece, Serbia as of June 1. yenisafak.com Bulgaria has closed its borders to most travellers since mid-March as part of its lockdown measures. Diplomats, seasonal workers and returning Bulgarian nationals are still admitted but currently have to spend 14 days in quarantine.The European Union member state has started to ease its lockdown as the number of new infections has decreased. It reported 24 new cases on Tuesday, bringing the total to 2,259 cases, including 112 deaths, a relatively low number in Europe."We have agreed with Greece as of June 1 to allow travel without the obligatory 14-day quarantine for people who travel for business, family or huma…

yenisafak (2020-05-19). China | forces Uyghurs to eat pork, abandon Islamic practices during Ramadan. yenisafak.com China is continuing its constant oppression of the Uyghur minority at full-speed as many Muslims are forbidden from performing their religious duties even during the holy Islamic month of Ramadan. Since the beginning of Ramadan, law enforcement have been ordered by local Chinese governments to step up the surveillance and report the locations of Muslims at real-time, especially during Friday prayers, and to screen Uyghur tourists coming from Xinjiang, even searching their baggage, according to the China-based online news agency Bitter Winter.Eyebrows were especially raised after a Muslim living in Qinghai said th…

yenisafak (2020-05-19). Syrian regime seizes assets of Assad's tycoon cousin Makhlouf. yenisafak.com The Syrian regime decided on Tuesday to seize assets belonging to Rami Makhlouf, a tycoon cousin of President Bashar al-Assad and one of Syria's richest men, and his wife and children, according to a regime document seen by Reuters.The document, stamped May 19 and signed by the Syrian finance minister, said the "precautionary seizure" aimed to guarantee payment of sums owned to the Syrian telecom regulatory authority.Makhlouf said in a video statement issued on Sunday that officials had told him to quit as head of mobile operator Syriatel. The unprecedented public tussle has uncovered a rift at the heart of the…

yenisafak (2020-05-19). Pakistan rejects new Kashmir residency law. yenisafak.com Pakistan on Tuesday said a new residency law introduced in Indian-administered Jammu and Kashmir is "illegal and contravenes" international law.Islamabad termed New Delhi's move an attempt to the change the demography of the disputed Himalayan region, and called for Indian to be held accountable for violating global laws and agreements."Pakistan strongly condemns and completely rejects the Indian Government's attempts to further deprive the people of Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir through Jammu and Kashmir Grant of Domicile Certificate (Procedure), 2020," the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.It said the ne…

yenisafak (2020-05-19). Iraq's treasury almost empty: Prime Minister. yenisafak.com Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi said Tuesday he has assumed power as the country's treasury was almost empty. | "When I assumed responsibility I found only an almost empty treasury and an unenviable situation after 17 years of change," al-Kadhimi said in an article published by Baghdad Today newspaper. | "Our sovereignty continued to be deficient, violated and doubted," he said. | The Iraqi premier said the crisis engulfs all state institutions and impedes the country's economic revival. | "The past period did not see any [effort to] upgrade vital sectors as the industry, investment, food self-sufficiency…

yenisafak (2020-05-19). Swap talks continue with many countries: Turkey. yenisafak.com Turkey's swap negotiations with many countries continue, including trade in local currencies, according to the Treasury and Finance Ministry officials on Tuesday.Reports saying Turkey is in talks with a total of four nations as well as reaching deals with two countries for swap lines should not be respected, said the officials.Authorities noted that as soon as concrete results emerge during the talks, the necessary information will be provided.Turkey has been in talks to establish swap lines with members of G20, with more than one swap line possible, the country's Treasury and Finance Minister Berat Albayrak said…

graham (2020-05-19). BMJ lays out how the government response to Covid-19 got it so wrong. truepublica.org.uk The British Medical Journal is one of the world's oldest and most respected general medical journals. It has published a damning report that details the Boris Johnson government response to the COVID-19 crisis that can be distilled down to just a few words, — 'too little, too late and too flawed'. The BMJ identifies what …

The Canary (2020-05-19). Trump talks from the top of his head, says ex-UK scientific adviser. thecanary.co Donald Trump's widely-criticised admission that he is taking a malaria drug to try to protect against coronavirus "should be ignored", a former chief scientific adviser has urged. | David King said the US president is "making it up as he goes along" after Mr Trump said he is using hydroxychloroquine, despite there being no evidence it combats Covid-19. | Trump's own government warns that the drug should only be administered for coronavirus in a hospital or research environment because it has potentially fatal side effects. | Work and pensions secretary Thérèse Coffey said on Tuesday that the admission was surpris…

John McEvoy (2020-05-19). "I was outraged": Venezuelan foreign minister responds to secretive British 'reconstruction' plans. thecanary.co On 13 May, The Canary

Sarah Anderson (2020-05-19). Trump: Postal Workers Don't Deserve a Financial Lifeline. zcomm.org No one else can deliver essential goods to every home in America. But the president is dismissing dire warnings of an imminent USPS collapse, falsely claiming that postal financial woes are self-inflicted…

WSWS (2020-05-19). Ukrainian National Police official demands a list of Jews living in Kolomyya. wsws.org The intimidation and persecution of ethnic and religious minorities within Ukraine has become routine, with far-right elements operating openly as officials of the Ukrainian state.

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2020-05-19). Spring cleaning takes on a new importance during COVID-19 pandemic. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released reopening guidelines for cleaning and disinfecting public spaces, workplaces, businesses, schools and homes. Dr. Gregory Poland, a Mayo Clinic infectious diseases expert, suggests taking a practical approach to spring cleaning. If no one in your household has been infected, he says standard spring cleaning practices …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2020-05-19). Mayo Clinic launches radio campaign to encourage recovered patients of COVID-19 to donate plasma. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Mayo Clinic is collaborating with Entercom Communications to launch a radio campaign that raises awareness in Detroit, New York City, Miami and Chicago of the federally-sponsored national Expanded Access Program (EAP) for Convalescent Plasma. The Food and Drug Administration announced Mayo Clinic as the lead site for the EAP program to speed access and increase availability of investigational convalescent plasma for hospitalized patients …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2020-05-19). Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: COVID-19 news briefing. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org On the Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast, Dr. Gregory Poland, an infectious diseases expert and head of Mayo Clinic's Vaccine Research Group, covers the latest news on the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Poland discusses how the novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, is changing, and how scientists and researchers are rapidly gaining new knowledge about the virus and the disease that it …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2020-05-19). Mayo Clinic expands in-person care on all campuses. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Mayo Clinic will expand in-person care on all of its campuses as COVID-19 executive orders are lifted for elective procedures by governors in Arizona, Florida, Minnesota and Wisconsin. "Our patients' health and safety is always our top priority," says Amy Williams, M.D., Mayo Clinic Executive Dean for Practice. "We have taken several extra precautions to …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2020-05-19). Convalescent plasma advocate donates at Mayo Clinic. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org A recovered COVID-19 patient who has become a strong nationwide advocate for the Convalescent Plasma Expanded Access Program made a plasma donation at Mayo Clinic in Rochester. Chaim Lebovits became involved with the program in March and since then has rallied thousands, who have also recovered, to donate.The initiative, which Mayo Clinic is leading, studies …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2020-05-19). Masking your kids during COVID-19. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Do you or don't you wear a mask? If you do, what material is best? And what about children? Questions around masks during the COVID-19 pandemic abound, especially in light of the recent recommendation by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that all Americans wear masks in public settings. "The direction around face masks has …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2020-05-19). Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: Mayo Clinic expands in-person care. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, hospitals and clinics were forced to postpone nonessential appointments and surgeries in March and April. Thanks to social distancing and executive stay-at-home orders which helped flatten the curve of the COVID-19 outbreak, Mayo Clinic is prepared now, not only to meet the projected needs of COVID-19 patients, but safely treat …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2020-05-19). Mayo Clinic's comprehensive COVID-19 research. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org "At Mayo, we've developed a comprehensive research portfolio, or what we call a COVID-19 research task force, in order to respond to every area that we need to learn more about this virus. We have scientists doing research in epidemiology. We have people doing research in immunology and vaccine development, in virology, in translational work, in …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2020-05-19). Mayo Clinic Q and A: COVID-19 and people with disabilities. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Dear Mayo Clinic: My father, who suffers from Lou Gehrig's disease, lives with me and my family, including three children. While my husband can work at home, I am still required to go on-site for my job. Although I practice social distancing, I am wondering if I need to do anything differently in caring for …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2020-05-19). VIRUS: COVID-19 registry first to track global ICU experience to shed light on trends in care of critically ill patients. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org MOUNT PROSPECT, Ill

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2020-05-19). FDA issues emergency use authorization for algorithm designed to improve detection of heart failure during COVID-19. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org The FDA granted Emergency Use Authorization to Eko, a digital health company, for the heart screening algorithm developed by Mayo Clinic. The AI-driven algorithm can detect weak heart pump, which is commonly detected by echocardiogram, a test that is not normally conducted during a physical exam, requires specially trained technicians to record, and requires prolonged contact with …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2020-05-19). New collaboration on COVID-19 response to include new serology test. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. announced it will expand its response to the COVID-19 pandemic by developing a total antibodies test in collaboration with WuXi Diagnostics and Mayo Clinic. The new test is the result of ongoing collaboration between all three organizations, including clinical evaluation and support from Mayo Clinic. Thermo Fisher will seek U.S. FDA …