2020-05-22: News Headlines

Alan Macleod (2020-05-22). The Power of Propaganda: Americans Think Trump's COVID-19 Performance Better than China's. mintpressnews.com Americans rate their own government's response, along with that of the UK and Italy, higher than that of China despite those countries having much higher death and infection rates.

Paul Antonopoulos (2020-05-22). Dramatic Increase in Global Poverty Generated by Coronavirus Crisis. No Scaling Back of US Militarism. globalresearch.ca The World Bank warns that there is a global poverty increase as tens of millions of people have fallen back into poverty because of the pandemic. Up to 60 million people worldwide may fall into extreme poverty due to the …

Richard D. Wolff (2020-05-22). An Old Story Again: Capitalism vs. Health and Safety. counterpunch.org The U.S. president recently ordered meatpacking employees back into workplaces plagued by coronavirus. He did not order the employers to make their slaughterhouses safe. GOP-proposed legislation exempts employers from lawsuits by employees sickened or killed by coronavirus infections at workplaces. The GOP is mostly silent about requiring employers to maintain safe or healthy workplaces. Employers

Stephen Lendman (2020-05-22). Deal Breaking Trump Regime Abandons Open Skies Treaty (OST). globalresearch.ca Throughout his time in office, Trump proved he's more a deal breaker than observer of international law, treaties and agreements. | He abandoned the landmark 1987 INF Treaty with Russia, the 2016 Security Council adopted JCPOA, the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement, …

Max Blumenthal (2020-05-22). 'Los amigos americanos': Nuevos documentos revelan el espionaje de la CIA contra Julian Assange y el papel del financista de Trump. thegrayzone.com Una investigación exclusiva de The Grayzone revela nuevos detalles sobre el papel crítico que la compañía Las Vegas Sands del…

Mark Weisbrot (2020-05-22). Lives Depend on Argentina's Debt Talks. zcomm.org Creditors should accept the reality that unsustainable debt burdens only lead to worse crises up the road. At this crucial moment in the global pandemic and recession, many lives may depend on this understanding…

Eds. (2020-05-22). Venezuelan Army to escort Iranian tankers bringing gasoline to Venezuelans blockaded by U.S. sanctions. mronline.org This was announced by the Minister for Defense, Vladimir Padrino López, this Wednesday. "We have established contact with the Minister of Defense of Iran. All these ships, when they enter our exclusive economic zone (370Km), will be escorted by ships and planes of the Bolivarian National Armed Forces (FANB), to welcome them and say to …

Rob Urie (2020-05-22). Why Russiagate Still Matters. counterpunch.org A thought experiment with a purpose is to ask: if a group of former Directors of the CIA, NSA and FBI put forward a story about a malevolent foreign power acting against the U.S. without providing evidence that their story is true, who would believe them? While this wasn't precisely the setup for Russiagate, all

Marc Levy (2020-05-22). On Meeting Bao Ninh: "These Good Men Meant as Much to Me as Yours Did to You" counterpunch.org Three years after the Americans abandoned Vietnam, in the depths of the Jungle of Screaming Souls, NVA veterans search for the remains of men and women killed in combat. So begins The Sorrow of War, by Bao Ninh. In 1995, when reading my paperback copy, I would fall into a trance, feel as if I were floating above my bed. What was happening, I did not know. Several months later, traveling in Southeast Asia, I invented reasons not to locate Bao Ninh.

Vijay Prashad (2020-05-22). The Bouficha appeal against the preparations for war. mronline.org On 23 March, the UN Secretary General António Guterres called for a ceasefire. 'The fury of the virus', he said, 'illustrates the folly of war'. In a recent report, the Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project (ACLED) wrote that the 'call for a global ceasefire has not had the desired result'.

Yves Smith (2020-05-22). The lockdown protestors are not working class. mronline.org Sarah Jones, in The Coronavirus Class War in New York Magazine, does a neat, tidy job of kneecapping the notion that the anti-lockdown protests are manned by workers who want to get back to their jobs so they can start making money again.

Staff (2020-05-22). Inside America's Cash-Hungry Plainclothes Police Units. therealnews.com Breonna Taylor, an EMT, was shot eight times in a botched no-knock drug raid. PAR interviews an ex-cop who tells the truth about drug raids, warrants, and asset forfeiture, and speaks with cop watcher Laura Shark.

David A. Schultz (2020-05-22). America and the Rise of the Chinese Century. counterpunch.org News of America's global supremacy and victory as well as demise are often premature. In 1942 journalist Henry Luce described the coming years as the American Century. And it looked like he was right despite some setbacks. Yet coming out of the coronavirus and the Trump presidency, this time maybe the end of the American

Staff (2020-05-22). Can Public Education Survive COVID-19? therealnews.com The coronavirus pandemic has highlighted apartheid conditions in US public schools.

Tony Murphy (2020-05-22). Why socialist countries take lead in fighting COVID-19. workers.org This is a slightly edited version of a talk given during the"What Road To Socialism?" webinar held by Workers World Party on May 16. The coronavirus crisis has made it clear that society is run by workers. Our party is called Workers World Party precisely because those who produce the . . . |

Vijay Prashad (2020-05-22). How the United States Government failed to prepare for the Global Pandemic. mronline.org On March 20, just after the World Health Organization (WHO) declared a global pandemic on March 11, the U.S. National Security Council (NSC) sent a cable to U.S. State Department instructing officials how they should speak about China and the novel coronavirus, according to the Daily Beast, which obtained the cable.

Monica Moorehead (2020-05-22). Imperialism and the right to self-determination. workers.org This is a slightly edited version of a talk given during the"What Road To Socialism?" webinar held by Workers World Party on May 16. One of the five features V.I. Lenin, leader of the Russian Revolution, laid out in his 1916 book, "Imperialism: The Highest Stage of Capitalism," was the . . . |

Joe Piette (2020-05-22). Car caravan: Free Our Youth! workers.org As states across the U.S. took steps to stop the spread of COVID-19 — closing schools and workplaces, canceling events and shifting to supporting children in their homes and communities — one group of young people is being left behind: the nearly 50,000 youth locked up across the country. Releasing . . . |

Deirdre Griswold (2020-05-22). What is a Marxist-Leninist party? workers.org This is a slightly edited version of a talk given during a discussion with members and candidates of Workers World Party on May 17. Many parties calling themselves Marxist and Leninist have come and gone. WWP is here and growing, after more than 60 years of struggle. This is due . . . |

Arielle Robinson (2020-05-22). Why I joined Workers World. workers.org This is a slightly edited version of a talk given during the"What Road To Socialism?" webinar held by Workers World Party on May 16. Arielle Robinson speaking during What Road to Socialism Webinar, May 16. I was introduced to Workers World Party when I first moved to Atlanta from Derry, . . . |

Ahmed Abdulkareem (2020-05-22). Yemen: Aden Succumbs to COVID-19 as Saudi Coalition Infighting Distracts From Relief Efforts. mintpressnews.com The lives of civilians in Aden are being pushed into the abyss not only due to epidemic, disease, and fallout from flash floods but because of violent clashes between opposing factions of the Saudi-led Coalition.

Miko Peled (2020-05-22). The Palestinian Legacy of East Jerusalem's Sheikh Jarrah Neighborhood Cannot Be Erased. mintpressnews.com The rich history and historical significance of Sheikh Jarrah, an East Jerusalem neighborhood dating back to the times of Salahaddin, endures despite the best efforts of Israeli authorities.

Paul Street (2020-05-22). How Obama Could Find Some Redemption. counterpunch.org What would redemption look like for Barack Obama? First, it would entail admitting something unpleasant: his own deep complicity in the deadly ascendancy of the neofascist Donald Trump, who Noam Chomsky aptly calls "the most dangerous criminal in human history." To no small extent, Trump owes his disastrous and malevolent presidency to the silver-tongued Obama's eight years of White House service to the rich and powerful.

Staff (2020-05-22). "Diarrhea, Dehydration, Hunger, Exhaustion": India's Rural Poor Suffer Most Under Lockdown. democracynow.org India just saw its biggest spike in coronavirus cases in 24 hours with 6,000 new reported infections, as an estimated 3 million seek shelter from a powerful cyclone and tens of thousands have no work or food. We go to Mumbai for an update from renowned journalist P. Sainath, founder of the People's Archive of Rural India.

Staff (2020-05-22). Headlines for May 22, 2020. democracynow.org Unemployment Claims Reach 38.6 Million in Worst U.S. Economic Crisis Since Depression, As Millions Lose Jobs, the Billionaire Class Sees Wealth Soar by $434 Billion During Pandemic, COVID Cases Spike in Brazil, Mexico, India & Indonesia as Outbreak Grows in Global South, World Bank: 3 Billion People Don't Have Access to Clean Water & Soap, U.S. COVID Death Toll Tops 95,000, Trump Refuses to Wear Mask in Front of Media at Ford Plant in Michigan, Report: Striking Racial Divide Found in Nursing Homes Impacted by COVID Outbreak, COVID Racial Data Tracker Documents How Pandemic Is Devastating Communities of Color, Pol…

Staff (2020-05-22). FBI Says It Will Investigate Breonna Taylor Shooting Death as Police Chief Announces Retirement. democracynow.org We speak with Ben Crump, attorney for the family of Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old aspiring nurse who was shot to death by police inside her own apartment. Her family has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the Louisville Metro Police Department that details how police shot Taylor at least eight times after they burst into her apartment, unannounced, with a search warrant. The man police were looking for did not live in Taylor's apartment and was reportedly already detained by police when officers arrived at Taylor's residence on the night of March 13. At the time of her killing, Taylor had been working as an e…

Staff (2020-05-22). Mike Davis: Workers Face "Sophie's Choice" Between Income & Health as 50 States Reopen Amid Pandemic. democracynow.org All 50 states will be at least partially reopened this Memorial Day weekend, as the U.S. death toll from the COVID-19 outbreak tops 95,000 and some states prepare for a surge in cases. We're joined by historian and writer Mike Davis, who says in Jacobin that "Reopening the Economy Will Send Us to Hell."

Staff (2020-05-22). Third White Man Arrested for Murder in Ahmaud Arbery Shooting as DOJ Considers Hate Crime Charges. democracynow.org Authorities have arrested a third white man for the killing of Ahmaud Arbery, this one charged with felony murder and criminal attempt to commit false imprisonment. We speak with civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump about how William Bryan filmed Arbery jogging down a narrow road in Brunswick, Georgia, in broad daylight, before he was confronted by two armed white men — retired police officer Gregory McMichael and his son Travis — who shot him three times. "This was never about any trespassing or burglary," Crump says. "This was always about profiling Ahmaud Arbery because of the color of his skin."

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2020-05-22). Cuomo Order That Sent Estimated 4,300 Covid-19 Patients to Nursing Homes Denounced as 'Single Dumbest Decision Anyone Could Make'. commondreams.org www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

RT (2020-05-22). 'You ain't black' if you support Trump over me — Joe Biden to BLACK radio host. rt.com Joe Biden seems to have appointed himself the US' top racial scientist, telling a prominent black radio host that if he considers voting for Donald Trump instead of himself, then he "ain't black." | In a bizarre and often contentious interview, Joe Biden sat down with 'The Breakfast Club' host Charlamagne Tha God to discuss all things African-American, including the rumor that he's considering choosing a black female running mate for this year's election. | Charlamagne grilled Biden from the outset. An outspoken supporter of Bernie Sanders, he has previously hounded Biden for "avoiding" a sit-down interview on…

Raul Diego (2020-05-22). North Dakota Governor Delivers Testing Ground for Mass Tracking Tech. mintpressnews.com Privacy advocates are raising the alarm over the North Dakota governor's cozy ties to Bill Gates and big tech as the state deploys new mass surveillance tech under the auspices of limiting COVID-19.

Tim Anderson (2020-05-22). How the Pandemic Defrocked Hegemonic Neoliberalism. thealtworld.com The global pretensions of the USA and the UK have been stripped naked by the virus and responses to it. These profit-driven systems failed to protect lives. Only the fabricated anti-China hysteria and the pseudo-science of the pandemic sceptics hides this. In a diverse post neoliberal world, strong public health systems will be crucial. | The COVID19 pandemic has laid bare the human disaster that is hegemonic liberalism, a project of the Anglo-American powers. In terms of the basic protection of human life the virus has made it plain that there are few countries whose performance is as bad as that of the USA and…

Joseph Natoli (2020-05-22). Will Things Fall Apart Now or in November? counterpunch.org "[T]he Republican fraud drumbeat could lay the groundwork for Mr. Trump and his supporters to reject the election results should he lose." — Michael Wines, "Republicans to Pursue a Crackdown on Voting," The New York Times, May 19, 2020. Bill Maher has been asking this question for a long time now: "How will we get

Pete Dolack (2020-05-22). Work is Inevitable But its Organization is Not. counterpunch.org All human societies, from the most primitive to the most modern, have an important commonality — the need to work. Water, food, shelter and other basics of life don't arrive as gifts. Work is required to secure them and to raise the next generation. So fundamental is this basic principal of human life that generations

Matthew Stevenson (2020-05-22). Our Friend Eugene Schulman. counterpunch.org Our friend Gene Schulman died today. He was in his ninetieth year. Mercifully, he was only critically ill for less than twenty-four hours. Yesterday he had an aneurysm; last night he refused heroic, life-saving surgery on his heart; and today he is dead. He would rather still be with us, I am sure, but at

CounterSpin (2020-05-22). Diane Ravitch on Pandemic School Privatization. fair.org Media…

Staff (2020-05-22). 'Children Are Infected, Inmates Are Dying'. therealnews.com Maryland's largest public sector union staged a socially-distanced protest to demand more PPE, testing, and safer working conditions.

CP Editor (2020-05-22). Kurt Vonnegut: Unstuck in Time. counterpunch.org

RT (2020-05-22). Sinking alliance? Coronavirus puts Renault's existence in question & threatens 20,000 jobs at Nissan. rt.com The Renault-Nissan automaking alliance has taken a huge hit due to the Covid-19 pandemic. French carmaker Renault may not survive without government aid, and its Japanese partner faces massive job cuts to stay afloat. | Renault seeks a €5 billion (US$5.5 billion) state-guaranteed loan to cope with the fallout from the virus outbreak. While the government is still considering whether to provide the funds, French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire warned that the company is facing "serious financial difficulty" and its future could be at stake. | "Yes, Renault could disappear," the minister told Europe 1 radio…

RT (2020-05-22). 'We have lions on the front line, we need lions in leadership': Nobel Prize-winning scientist SLAMS UK govt response to Covid-19. rt.com Top scientist Sir Paul Nurse has blasted the UK government for lacking proper leadership over the Covid-19 outbreak, saying Westminster has been "increasingly playing catch-up" and "firefighting" its way through successive crises. | In an interview with BBC Radio 4 on Friday, Nurse claimed that he believed that the UK government has not responded effectively to the outbreak of Covid-19. | Nurse – who won a Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine in 2001 — even asked who's really in charge of handling the pandemic, before adding he's uncertain that the British leaders themselves know the answer to that ques…

Andrew Levine (2020-05-22). If Nancy Pelosi Is So Great, How Come Donald Trump Still Isn't Dead in the Water? counterpunch.org To hear Democratic Party propagandists and anti-Trump Republicans on the cable networks tell it, Nancy Pelosi is the shrewdest, most politically savvy Democrat in living memory. MSNBC is the worst, and Rachel Maddow is the worst of the worst, but, in effect, they all speak with one voice, and they all agree that the woman

RT (2020-05-22). Khashoggi family announces PARDON for slain journalist's killers as Muslims mark the end of Ramadan fest. rt.com The family of journalist Jamal Khashoggi has declared "forgiveness" for his killers, extending pardons to the accused, who faced execution in Saudi Arabia, as Muslims gear to celebrate the end of the holy month of Ramadan. | One of the Washington Post columnist's two sons, Salah Khashoggi, announced amnesty for the murderers in a statement posted to Twitter on Thursday. Five men were sentenced to death in the case last year in a Saudi court, while three others were given 24 years in prison for their role in the murder plot. | Sons of Jamal Khashoggi say they have decided to pardon the killers of their father -…

Louis Proyect (2020-05-22). What Stanford University and Fox News Have in Common. counterpunch.org On April 21, Fox News's Laura Ingraham, one of Donald Trump's most vociferous supporters, spoke to Stanford University physician-professor John Ioannidis about COVID-19. She prefaced the interview with reference to the pandemic as a nothing-burger: And new antibodies testing on the West and East Coast shows that the true infection rate may be 55 times

RT (2020-05-22). Robot sex dolls: The real winners in the coronavirus pandemic. rt.com Though made of silicone and often considered the choice of sexual loners, there's nothing inflated about the success of the robot sex doll industry, as the lockdown leaves singles and couples alike craving experimental excitement. | While the economic figures out So when yo…

Jeffrey St. Clair (2020-05-22). Roaming Charges: Shallà≤: 120 Days of COVID. counterpunch.org As the USA approaches an official tally of 100,000 dead from COVID-19, let us recall that this bracing toll is still 467,000 fewer deaths than the number of Iraqi children who died as a result of the Bush/Clinton economic sanctions (not to mention the ongoing war itself.)

Andrey Areshev (2020-05-22). Why the West Is Not the Best When It Comes to COVID-19. strategic-culture.org East Asia fares significantly better in terms of the impact of COVID-19 than the West. Although the virus is believed to have originated in East Asia, as of May 22, 2020 no East Asian nation was among the first ten countries in number of total cases of COVID-19. No matter what type of rule — democratic or autocratic — the numbers of total cases and deaths per 1 million of population in East Asian countries are significantly lower than in the West despite huge population density.

RT (2020-05-22). Tripoli-based govt retakes more areas of Libya's capital — reports. rt.com Libya's internationally recognized government retook parts of southern Tripoli on Friday from the eastern-based Libyan National Army (LNA) of Khalifa Haftar. His 13-month campaign to seize the capital is now under ever-greater pressure, Reuters said. | Fighters for the Government of National Accord (GNA) said they had advanced into several districts and overrun a military camp. However, the LNA said it had already pulled out of those areas as a humanitarian gesture for Ramadan. | The GNA has, with Turkish help, made sudden strides in recent weeks, seizing a string of towns from the LNA and capturing the strate…

RT (2020-05-22). Haftar's army spokesman accuses Turkey of sending arms & militants to Libya in violation of UN embargo. rt.com Turkey has been violating the UN embargo by sending arms and militants from Syria to Libya, a spokesman for Khalifa Haftar's Libyan National Army (LNA) claimed as he showed videos that allegedly proved Ankara's violations. | Turkey "continues its aggression against our country" by supporting the rivaling Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA), Major General Ahmed al-Mesmari, the LNA's official spokesman, said during a press-conference. | Once prosperous, Libya remains divided since 2011 when NATO led a bombing campaign to overthrow the country's longtime leader Muammar Gaddafi. The fighting between…

RT (2020-05-22). Soros says EU may not survive unless it props up 'sick man of Europe' Italy. rt.com Billionaire financier George Soros has warned that the preservation of the European Union is dependent upon the economic health of Italy and other states hit hard by coronavirus, adding that the current aid policies favor Germany. | The Hungarian-American philanthropist argued that the bloc must issue perpetual bonds in order to raise money to support countries that have suffered the most from Covid-19, singling out Italy as particularly vulnerable. In a transcript of a question-and-answer session distributed to the media, Soros also railed against the reluctance of better-off member states to work together to…

RT (2020-05-22). US billionaire wealth skyrockets to over $3 TRILLION during pandemic. rt.com Over the last two months unemployment in the United States has risen to levels not seen since the Great Depression. However, US billionaires got even richer during the same period of coronavirus pandemic. | A new The top five US billion…

RT (2020-05-22). No, there is not a parallel universe in Antarctica where time runs backwards. rt.com Mixed reports surrounding the possible discovery of a parallel universe in Antarctica have found their way into global news outlets in recent weeks. The initial stories were incorrect, so how did so many outlets get it wrong? | The actual source of the tale came from the April edition of New Scientist magazine. "We may have spotted a parallel universe going backwards in time" ran the feature in question, which

RT (2020-05-22). It is 'not safe' for England's schools to reopen on June 1, former UK chief scientific adviser's group warns. rt.com A group of top scientists led by a former UK government chief scientific adviser has warned against reopening English schools on June 1, saying it is too soon for kids to return to classrooms safely amid the threat of Covid-19. | A report

RT (2020-05-22). Putin warns of potential 2nd wave of Covid-19 infections in the fall, tells Russian Health Ministry to prepare. rt.com Right now, most of the world seems to think the worst of the coronavirus epidemic has passed, with many countries beginning to come out of lockdown. But Russian President Vladimir Putin believes there may be more pain ahead. | According to Putin, the virus may once again begin to spread widely from October to November. During a meeting to discuss the epidemiological situation in Russia, he said the country needs to be ready for a second wave later in the year. | Putin added that the removal of the present restrictions in Russia must be guided by science. However, he also asked officials to prepare recommendati…

RT (2020-05-22). WATCH: Drunk man tries to kill BEAR in Warsaw zoo just one day after coronavirus lockdown lifted. rt.com A 23-year-old man was arrested after a brief visit to hospital after he picked a fight with an elderly bear in Warsaw zoo, just one day after it reopened following the lifting of coronavirus lockdown restrictions. | In shocking and disturbing footage from the scene, the visibly intoxicated man can be seen jumping into the water in the bear's enclosure after she lunges at him. | Sabina the bear then hunts the foolish man down at which point he begins to grapple with her and tries to force and keep her head under the water in an attempt to drown her. | Zoo officials have said the bear was "disturbed" and "str…

RT (2020-05-22). 'WHO has worked day & night' on global response to pandemic, director-general tells 34-member board. rt.com The World Health Organization has worked non-stop since the novel coronavirus emerged, informing its 194 member states of its evolution and providing technical advice, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Friday. | "WHO has worked day and night to coordinate the global response at all three levels of the organization, providing technical advice, catalyzing political solidarity, mobilizing resources, coordinating resources and much more," he told the WHO Executive Board. | "So far almost $800 million has been pledged or received towards WHO's appeal for Covid-19 programs, leaving a gap of jus…

RT (2020-05-22). Biden apologizes for telling black DJ he 'ain't black,' but his supporters were already making excuses for him. rt.com Joe Biden has apologized for questioning the blackness of a black radio host, saying he "shouldn't have been such a wiseguy." His earlier remarks caused an outcry, but the former VP's supporters were already covering for him. | In a radio interview with 'The Breakfast Club' host Charlamagne Tha God on Friday morning, Biden appeared agitated. After Charlamagne pressed him on a list of racial issues, he asked Biden to return for another questioning before November, saying "we've got more questions." | Biden, having evidently reached the end of his tether, snapped. "You've got more questions?" he jibed. "Well I…

RT (2020-05-22). 'If you see his sister running the country, something's wrong': Rodman wades in on rumors of pal Kim Jong-un's ill health. rt.com NBA legend Dennis Rodman, who recently revealed his unlikely friendship with Kim Jong-un began at a boozy karaoke session, has fueled rumors of the North Korean leader's ill health by suggesting that his sister has succeeded him. | Kim Yo-jong, Jong-un's younger sister, made her first public statement in March, having long held the trust of her ruling sibling to inform policy behind the scenes and represent him at major global events including the 2018 Winter Olympic. | The prominent political figure accompanied her brother to his two summits with US President Donald Trump and was even said to be acting as his…

RT (2020-05-22). Scientists in Brazil make faster, cheaper coronavirus test that doesn't produce false negatives. rt.com Researchers in Brazil have announced a quicker, more accurate coronavirus test than the existing method, allowing them to assess more people at once. The test has already been patented in the US and will be available from June. | Scientists at the Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein in Sao Paulo used Next Generation Sequencing (NGS), which identifies a particular disease by reading fragments of DNA. They adapted the NGS test to detect ribonucleic acid (RNA), the predominant molecule in viruses like SARS-CoV-2. | "The virus has RNA and our research group was interested in knowing how a molecular test could be us…

RT (2020-05-22). How about '1 coffin'? BoJo's office ridiculed after suggesting people social distance '3 fridges' apart. rt.com No. 10 Downing Street's Twitter account was brutally mocked after recommending UK citizens visualize household items such as beds, benches, fridges and chairs to help them stick to the two-meter Covid-19 social distancing rule. | The strict regulation has been a key feature of coronavirus-mitigating restrictions imposed by countries around the globe, including the UK. In what was perhaps an attempt to communicate the physical distancing rule in a more relatable way, the PM's office tweeted on Friday: "Keep 2 metres apart when you go outside. That's 1 bed; 2 benches; 3 fridges; 4 chairs." | Keep 2 metres apart…

RT (2020-05-22). Covid-19 pandemic is all but OVER and we already have HERD IMMUNITY, says top Oxford scientist. rt.com The UK government was one of many that reacted to the coronavirus outbreak based on worst-case scenario predictions. But the author of an alternative model has restated her position, saying the virus is already "on its way out." | Sunetra Gupta is a professor of theoretical epidemiology at the University of Oxford. Back in March, before the UK's lockdown, she and her team published a

RT (2020-05-22). 'Not worthy of a test?': UK family unable to find closure after beloved grandma dies in care home during Covid-19 pandemic. rt.com The elderly are people too, but the UK authorities forgot that when they prioritized the NHS over care homes amid the coronavirus outbreak, a grieving relative told RT. Her late mom-in-law couldn't even get a Covid-19 test. | "We put her in a nursing home to keep her safe," Dawn Hopkins from Cheshire said of her mother-in-law and the grandmother of her children. But, tragically, things took a completely different turn, with the old lady passing away at the care facility after apparently becoming infected with Covid-19. | There's a 99.9 percent chance that the coronavirus was to blame for her death, but there's…

RT (2020-05-22). Covid-19 mass screening: first results show 14% of tested Russians have coronavirus antibodies. rt.com After the first few days of private clinic antibody testing in Russia, one national chain has revealed that at least 14% of the 40,000 people who took the test in their laboratory received a positive result for SARS-CoV-2. | Invitro, the chain who conducted the tests, began mass testing for Covid-19 antibodies on May 18, using their entire network, which comprises almost 1,500 medical offices. Each test costs 950 rubles ($13), with an extra 200-300 rubles ($3-4) charged for the process of taking the sample. The company is accepting anyone who wants to be tested, apart from those displaying symptoms of an acute…

RT (2020-05-22). Forget figures, American views of Covid-19 reflect media narratives, with deep partisan divide — but unity against China. rt.com Americans are sharply divided about almost every aspect of the coronavirus pandemic, except for overwhelming mistrust of information coming from China, a new poll shows, aligning with the mainstream media coverage of the outbreak. | One phrase keeps coming up repeatedly in the results of a new American Trends poll,

RT (2020-05-22). Spain to partly lift lockdown restrictions in Madrid on Monday as pace of contagion slows down. rt.com Spanish authorities will lift part of the lockdown restrictions in Madrid on Monday, the regional health department said on Friday. It says the pace of the coronavirus contagion in the region has slowed down. | The restrictions in the capital are now the same as in most of the country that started phasing out the lockdown in early May. | Bars and restaurants in Madrid will be allowed to reopen terraces and groups of up to 10 people will be allowed to meet, according to Reuters.

RT (2020-05-22). Epidemic 'is under control' in Czech Republic as it opens hotels, relaxes mask-wearing rules next week. rt.com Czech health authorities believe the spread of the new coronavirus is under control despite an uptick in cases in recent days. The country is preparing to open pubs, hotels and relax mask-wearing rules on Monday. | Public events for up to 300 people will be allowed next week, and swimming pools and schools will reopen. An initial easing of restrictions from May 11 had not had an adverse effect, Health Minister Adam Vojtech said. | The country had recorded 8,757 cases of Covid-19 by Friday morning, with 306 deaths, Reuters reports. | Chief public health officer Jarmila Razova said there were currently two main…

RT (2020-05-22). Russia grateful to US for help in fighting pandemic — deputy FM. rt.com Moscow is grateful to the US for providing help to counter the coronavirus pandemic, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said on Friday. "Yesterday, we received the first shipment of 50 ventilators from the US. We believe that these gestures are perfectly natural. They are exclusively of humanitarian nature, and we are grateful to the US side for the help provided at this stage," Ryabkov said. | The diplomat noted that on April 1 an An-124 jet delivered medical equipment to New York including 45 ventilators, 15,000 respirators and 1,000,000 masks as part of humanitarian aid to the US. | "I believe t…

RT (2020-05-22). Bars & restaurants set to reopen in Madrid as Spain sheds more lockdown measures. rt.com Patrons will soon be welcomed back to Madrid's bars and restaurants, marking a positive milestone in Spain's recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. The nation had one of the strictest lockdowns in Europe. | Eateries and watering holes in the Spanish capital are scheduled to resume operations on Monday, under a phased plan for reopening the city. Smaller cities and municipalities were permitted to open their bars and restaurants last week. | The new provisions come with some conditions, however. Establishments can only serve customers in outdoor terraces, with a capacity limit of 50%. Revelers will also be lim…

RT (2020-05-22). Lenin for sale? Russian politician suggests flogging Soviet leader's body to the Chinese. rt.com No stranger to controversy, veteran politician and perennial presidential candidate Vladimir Zhirinovsky caused a stir online after suggesting that Russia sells the preserved body of revolutionary leader Vladimir Lenin. | "In France, a businessman wants to sell the painting 'Mona Lisa'. We could sell Lenin's mummy. There are buyers: China, Vietnam, or some other kind of communist. Lenin, in good condition, mummified just 96 years ago," he tweeted. The Soviet leader's body has been on public display since shortly after his death in 1924. | The controversial Russian politician was referring to a recent suggestio…

RT (2020-05-22). Trump designates houses of worship as essential, orders US governors to reopen them NOW. rt.com US President Donald Trump has declared that churches, synagogues and mosques are 'essential' establishments. He ordered governors to allow them to reopen immediately, and threatened to override them if they refuse. | "These are places that hold our society together and keep our people united," Trump announced at the White House on Friday, adding that it's "not right" that some states have deemed liquor stores and abortion clinics as essential, but mandated that houses of worship remain closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. | Any governor that has a problem with this can call the president, but will not find un…

RT (2020-05-22). Hollywood producer charged with defrauding Covid-19 aid program, stealing from studio. rt.com Prosecutors in New York and Los Angeles have charged William Sadleir, former chair of Aviron Pictures, with defrauding both studio investors and the federal government's Paycheck Protection Program to pay for personal expenses. | Sadleir took more than $25 million from Aviron to buy a $14 million mansion in Beverly Hills, California and other personal expenses, according to a criminal indictment in New York. Another case, brought against him in Los Angeles, accuses the producer of taking $1.7 million in PPP loans — intended for small businesses to survive the Covid-19 pandemic — and using them to mak…

RT (2020-05-22). New hydrophobic membrane could hold key to combating global mask shortage. rt.com While shortages of protective equipment against Covid-19 are still common worldwide, researchers have created a hydrophobic membrane that makes the surgical grade N95 mask, used globally in hospitals, reusable and more effective. | Populations have been advised that the masks mitigate the risks of Covid-19, as the virus is believed to be transmitted via respiratory droplets. But the production has not been able to keep up with demand, especially when it comes to N95 masks, believed to be the most effective. | Researchers from King Abdullah University of Science and Technology and the University of California <...

RT (2020-05-22). Portugal's 'doors are open to tourists' as EU's doors are still closed. rt.com Portugal's Foreign Minister Augusto Santos Silva said on Friday that the country's doors are open to tourists as it becomes one of the first European satets to welcome back visitors from elsewhere in the continent. | "Tourists are welcome in Portugal," Santos Silva told Observador newspaper, explaining that some health checks will be introduced at airports but there will be no compulsory quarantine for those flying in. | Portugal, which has so far recorded 30,200 confirmed Covid-19 cases and 1,289 deaths, is slowly easing restrictions in place since mid-March, Reuters said. Many shops and have already reopened…

Anand Naidoo (2020-05-22). The Heat: COVID-19 in Mexico and Global Impact. america.cgtn.com Latin America is seeing a surge in cases with Mexico emerging as one of the hotspots. More than 54,000 people have been infected and over five thousand people have died.

Charles Pierson (2020-05-22). Is the US-Saudi Alliance Headed Off a Cliff? counterpunch.org Can the US-Saudi alliance endure? Should it? World oil prices crashed in March during a price war between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and rival oil producer Russia. Disregarding the advice of his ministers, Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman ("MBS," as he is known to friends and foes), the kingdom's de facto ruler, turned the

Pam Martens, Russ Martens (2020-05-22). The Fed's Chair and Vice Chair Got Rich at Carlyle Group, a Private Equity Fund With a String of Bankruptcies and Job Losses. counterpunch.org Private equity funds have been variously called "merchants of debt," "vultures," or "corporate raiders." What a private equity fund typically does is to buy up companies by piling debt on the balance sheet, selling off valuable assets like real estate, extracting giant dividends for the private equity partners to the detriment of workers and customers,

Joan Roelofs (2020-05-22). Greening the Old New Deal. counterpunch.org New bills in Congress "Pandemic Response and Opportunity Through National Service Act" (H.R. 6702 and S. 3624) invoke the 1930s recovery programs as precedents: More than 80 years ago, the Nation rose to the challenge of the Great Depression with the creation of citizen service programs like the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) and the Works Progress Administration (WPA).

Eds. (2020-05-22). The role of the state in Venezuela. mronline.org Venezuelan former Vice President Elias Jaua calls for the government to rebuild the state and retake the reins of the economy.

F. William Engdahl (2020-05-22). Seeds of Destruction: The Diabolical World of Genetic Manipulation. globalresearch.ca "Control the oil, and you control nations. Control the food, and you control the people."* -Henry Kissenger | "

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2020-05-22). England Falsifies COVID Data: More than A Hundred Thousand Coronavirus Tests were "Double-counted" globalresearch.ca According to "Tens of thousands of

Andrew Korybko (2020-05-22). Poland is America's Main Partner in Europe: The Talk About US Nukes in Poland Proves that Warsaw Trumps Berlin for Washington. globalresearch.ca It's unimportant whether US nukes will eventually be deployed to Poland or not since the very fact that this scenario is seriously being discussed by both American and Russian diplomats proves that Warsaw trumps Berlin for Washington and that Poland …

Toby Blomé (2020-05-22). Memorial Day Peace Caravan. indybay.org Sponsored by CODEPINK | All invited to join Peace Caravan, with cars decorated with anti-war relevant signs and colorful visuals. We'll travel across the Golden Gate Bridge, thru the Presidio, and end up at Sen. Dianne Feinstein's SF Home for: Rally, Press Conference and Memorial Altar.

Whitney Webb (2020-05-22). As Moderna's COVID-19 Vaccine Takes the Lead, The Issue of "Gene-editing Vaccines" globalresearch.ca More and more frequently, government officials, political pundits and self-appointed "global health experts" like billionaire Bill Gates have been instructing the public that mass gatherings and any semblance of "normalcy" will not return until a vaccine for the novel coronavirus …

South Front (2020-05-22). Video: Turkey Supported GNA Confronts Libya's LNA: Turkish Drones Destroy LNA Pantsir Systems. globalresearch.ca Over the past days, forces of the Government of National Accord (GNA) and Syrian militants supported by the Turkish military continued developing momentum against the Libyan National Army (LNA) in northern Libya. | After capturing the Watiya Air Base from the …

Alan MacLeod (2020-05-22). With Iran Defying US Sanctions on Venezuela, Trump Must Choose Between Two Different Cowardly Paths. thealtworld.com Washington's illegal and deadly sanctions on Venezuela continue. However, President Nicolas Maduro has found an ally from across the world in …

Lucas Koerner (2020-05-22). Trump Claims to Have Venezuela 'Surrounded' as Iranian Tankers Approach. globalresearch.ca US President Donald Trump issued new threats against Venezuela on Wednesday. | "We've got it [Venezuela] surrounded, it's surrounded at a level that nobody even knows but they know. We are watching to see what happens," he …

Alan Macleod (2020-05-22). "We Thought You Were Muslim": Police in India Apologize for Beating Hindu lawyer. mintpressnews.com A group of Hindu policemen in central India beat a diabetic man seeking treatment at a hospital after they mistook him for a Muslim man because of his beard.

commondreams (2020-05-22). ACLU Asks Supreme Court to Deny Bureau of Prisons Request to Block Order That Will Save Lives. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Brasil de Fato (2020-05-22). Brazilian President Bolsonaro confesses to intervening in Police in order to protect his family. peoplesdispatch.org A video that surfaced today Friday May 22 revealed that far-right Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro intervened in the Federal Police in order to protect his and his families' interests. In the video, which was released during a court proceeding against the president in the Supreme Court, Bolsonaro, in a meeting of ministers, expresses his attempt to intervene in the Federal Police (PF) in order to protect his family. | "We have not had the strategic aspect. And forgive me, but the information service is ours, everyone, it is a…they are an embarrassment, an embarrassment. They don't tell me anything! And I cann…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-05-22). Indian trade unions protest attack on workers' rights. peoplesdispatch.org Ten central trade unions in India issued a nationwide protest call against the changes being made to labour laws. On Friday, May 22, unions across the country took to the streets to stage demonstrations against the attack on workers' rights. The protestors were peaceful and followed physical distancing and other safety norms. Still, multiple instances of repression and detentions took place.

CJPME (2020-05-22). Canada Must Oppose Israel's Annexation Plans. globalresearch.ca Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME) urges the Canadian government to take a strong stand against Israel's planned annexation of huge swaths of Palestinian territory in the West Bank. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his …

Charlotte Casey (2020-05-22). Memorial Day Car Caravan for Peace. indybay.org Stevens Creek & Winchester Blvds, San Jose…

WSWS (2020-05-22). Strikes and protests by Brazilian nurses amid explosion of COVID-19 cases. wsws.org Over the last 15 days, there have been dozens of protests and strikes by health care workers across Brazil, as more nurses are dying than anywhere else in the world.

Peoples Dispatch (2020-05-22). Venezuela sends military to escort Iranian fuel tankers over US threats. peoplesdispatch.org Officials in the Trump administration have told the press that the US will consider mobilizing its forces in the Caribbean against Iranian shipment of petrol en route to Venezuela…

WSWS (2020-05-22). Trump issues new threats as Iranian tankers approach Venezuela. wsws.org The Trump administration has vowed to take unspecified "measures" to block the shipment of Iranian fuel to Venezuela, raising the threat of state piracy on the high seas.

Aadesh Ravi (2020-05-22). The Long March of the Locked-Down Migrants. counterpunch.org I had to write this song because the world is facing a difficult and turbulent time. At the very hour that some of us implemented the lockdown and bolted ourselves in our houses, we hardly expected hundreds, thousands, lakhs of people to start walking to their faraway homes. This made me extremely sad and agonised.

WSWS (2020-05-22). Merkel and Macron's European bailout: €500 billion for trade war and austerity. wsws.org Merkel and Macron see the coronavirus crisis as an opportunity to strengthen their countries' position in the world market and reorganise the European economy in the interests of the major corporations.

WSWS (2020-05-22). Georgetown, Kentucky Toyota plant remains open as autoworker tests positive for COVID-19. wsws.org In the absence of testing, it is likely that many more infected workers are in the auto plants, unaware that they are carriers.

WSWS (2020-05-22). UK Labour council, Community union reject appeal to close ASOS warehouse after confirmed COVID-19 cases. wsws.org The defence of ASOS workers' lives requires a fight against the veto that such corporations enjoy over workplace safety.

WSWS (2020-05-22). US withdraws from Open Skies Treaty, heightening danger of war with Russia. wsws.org US withdrawal from the Open Skies Treaty is a deliberate escalation of military tensions not only with Russia, but also with the major European imperialist powers.

WSWS (2020-05-22). World on Fire: Dramas of World War II. wsws.org World on Fire, a seven-episode series, is set at the beginning of World War II and follows characters from five countries. Colored by anti-war and anti-fascist views, it takes place in France, Britain, Germany and Poland.

WSWS (2020-05-22). "Obamagate" claims spark new round in internal US political warfare. wsws.org There is no progressive or democratic side in the conflict between Trump and the Democrats.

Robert F. Kennedy Jr (2020-05-22). Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.: Moderna's "Clinical Trial Results for Its Groundbreaking COVID Vaccine Could Not Be Much Worse" globalresearch.ca The Warp Speed Timeline — is what Dr. Fauci, NIAID / NIH and Bill Gates called the Covid-19 vaccination program that should have started in a few weeks ('should have' — hopefully now it won't). | The world should know about …

Heather Gray — Jonathan King (2020-05-22). Coronavirus and Other US Health Threats? Fund Public Health Not Foreign Wars. counterpunch.org How is it that in the richest nation on Earth we don't have enough masks, gowns, virus tests, and ventilators to serve our front-line healthcare providers in this coronavirus pandemic? Part of the answer is that the nation's wealth has been mis-allocated between military and civilian needs over the past four decades. All of the

Peoples Dispatch (2020-05-22). South African teachers' unions warn against reopening schools without proper precautions. peoplesdispatch.org Five unions in the education sector have advised their members to not return to schools unless PPE is provided and the premises are sanitized. Classes are set to resume in South Africa on June 1 and teachers have to report for duty on May 25…

Sandipan Talukdar (2020-05-22). Tropical cyclones become stronger as Earth warms. peoplesdispatch.org Super cyclone Amphan has just passed, devastating large parts of India and Bangladesh. In India, large parts of the State of West Bengal, including the capital Kolkata, faced its wrath. Just a year ago, Cyclone Foni had wreaked havoc in the eastern coast of India. Large and very intense storms have become an almost yearly phenomenon in different parts of the globe. Every year, super cyclones in the tropics take a heavy toll on human lives and properties. | For at least the past two decades, a very significant question in cyclone and hurricane research is whether there is already a discernible trend of stronger wi…

Tanya Wadhwa (2020-05-22). Bolivians continue their struggle against the coup regime. peoplesdispatch.org Since May 11, thousands of Bolivians have been mobilizing, against hunger and to demand the resignation of self-appointed president Jeanine àÅñez and for democratic elections in the country…

Vyshakh T (2020-05-22). The human toll of COVID-19 in Brazil. peoplesdispatch.org The corona crisis has also brought to the forefront the crisis in Brazil's healthcare system. The Sistema àönico de Saúde – SUS -, Brazil's publicly funded health system has been facing dire budget cuts over the past several years while the private system has been steadily growing.

Lucas Leiroz de Almeida (2020-05-22). US Militarizes the Caribbean Sea to Surround Venezuela. globalresearch.ca Recently, the number of American ships and planes in the Caribbean Sea has increased exponentially. The most likely hypothesis so far is that there will be an attempt to block Venezuela, as the military flow in the region began to …

Prof. Lynn Wolfe (2020-05-22). Coronavirus and the Constitution: Entering the Not-So-Brave New World. globalresearch.ca Two months have passed since the lockdown began, and statistics indicate that the coronavirus death toll hasn't risen as high as we might have supposed. Yet already we hear rhetoric of a "post-COVID world," hauntingly reminiscent of the "post-9/11 world." …

Richard Gale (2020-05-22). Fast-Tracking a COVID-19 Vaccine: Why Should We Worry? globalresearch.ca The CoV-19 pandemic is now exposing the hidden agendas and motives of the powers that be in government, in the pharmaceutical industry and Wall Street, and in the media. Despairingly opponents of vaccine mandates are largely divided. Many Trump supporters …

Michael Sfard (2020-05-22). Land Grab and Deportation: A Leading Israeli Lawyer's Annexation Prediction. globalresearch.ca Almost 53 years after it occupied the West Bank, Israel is closer than ever to annexing parts of the Palestinian territory. |

Bill Sardi (2020-05-22). COVID-19 Coronavirus: Scripted by the CDC in 2003? Dead Zone Plague. globalresearch.ca Deadzone (2003, Screenplay Stephen King, Jeffrey Boam): When Johnny Smith (Christopher Walken) awakens from a coma caused by a car accident, he finds that years have passed, and he now has psychic abilities. Heartbroken that his girlfriend (Brooke Adams) has …

Niles Niemuth (2020-05-22). US Unemployment Insurance Claims Approaches 40 Million… globalresearch.ca The United States Department of Labor reported on Thursday that more than 2.4 million Americans applied for unemployment insurance last week, bringing the total number of new claims to 38.6 million since mid-March, when social distancing measures and statewide stay-at-home …

WSWS (2020-05-22). Australian unions back pay cuts for fast food workers. wsws.org The attack on some of the lowest-paid workers, on the pretext of the coronavirus pandemic, is a precedent for a broader pro-business restructuring.

WSWS (2020-05-22). The economic impact of the pandemic on young workers in Wayne County, Michigan. wsws.org The WSWS spoke with Karissa, 27, about her experiences over the past eight weeks since she and her fiancé lost their jobs when the coronavirus pandemic hit the Detroit area.

WSWS (2020-05-22). No to the anti-China campaign! For international solidarity against the pandemic and capitalism! wsws.org The SEP rejects the chauvinistic attacks by the Trump administration and Democrats aimed at shifting responsibility for the mass death due to the coronavirus pandemic from the American ruling class.

WSWS (2020-05-22). New Zealand government stokes tensions with China. wsws.org New Zealand, a de facto American ally and member of the US-led Five Eyes intelligence network, is integrated into the anti-China build-up.

WSWS (2020-05-22). Washington incites India in tense border dispute with China. wsws.org Washington's vocal support for New Delhi is in marked contrast with its stance during the 2017 Indo-China border dispute, and is part of a dramatic escalation of its anti-China offensive.

Kenn Orphan (2020-05-22). A Pandemic and a Plague of Absurdity. counterpunch.org At a certain point in an age of absurdity the normalization of madness becomes so common that it is almost indiscernible to most in the thick of it. Indeed, late capitalism, the stage which is undoubtedly preceding complete barbarism, has produced an endless stream of absurdities which not only insult the senses of those who

Brian Cloughley (2020-05-22). Don't Be Black in America. counterpunch.org Brown and blue and white and black, All one color on the one-way track. — Bob Dylan The musical 'West Side Story' was produced over sixty years ago, and the lyrics by Stephen Sondheim still strike a chord, most notably in the song 'America' in which Puerto Ricans look at both social sides of their

Ishmael Reed (2020-05-22). Alex Azar Knows About Diabetes. counterpunch.org As soon as the Administration got into trouble because it failed to respond to the plague, it began hunting around for scapegoats. Trump's calling it a "Chinese virus" put heat on the entire Asian American community because the average American can't distinguish between members of 38 culturally distinct groups. This gave the Trump Shirts an

WSWS (2020-05-22). Nearly 1.5 million health care workers laid off in pandemic-fueled jobs massacre. wsws.org According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 43,000 health care workers lost their jobs in March, while 1.4 million more lost their jobs in April.

Fight Back (2020-05-22). 3.6 million more applied for unemployment last week. fightbacknews.org San José, CA – On Thursday, May 21, the U.S. Department of Labor reported that 2.4 million more people have applied for state unemployment insurance, or UI, in the week ending May 16. In addition, about 1.2 million people applied for the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, or PUA, set up by the recent CARES act for the self-employed. This increase of 3.6 million applications for unemployment benefits means that a total of more than 47 million people have lost their livelihood in the last eight weeks. | Where is the good news? Well for the second week in a row, new claims for state unemployment benefits drop…

WSWS (2020-05-22). NY Governor Cuomo shields nursing homes from prosecutions related to 5,600 COVID-19 deaths. wsws.org The Democratic governor simultaneously praised his administration's response to the pandemic and asserted that "nobody" should be held accountable for the tremendous number of needless deaths.

WSWS (2020-05-22). US pandemic cover-up responsible for the deaths of tens of thousands. wsws.org On Wednesday, researchers from Columbia University posted a study showing that the massive US death toll, now approaching 100,000, is a direct consequence of decisions made by the Trump administration.

graham (2020-05-22). Wave of global brands file for bankruptcy. truepublica.org.uk The COVID-19 pandemic has been a nightmare for countless industries — especially companies in the travel sector. The aviation industry is now littered with companies that are either bankrupt or on state-aid to stave it off. There are very few able to withstand many more weeks of having grounded planes. But economies all over the …

WSWS (2020-05-22). Third man charged in the murder of Ahmaud Arbery. wsws.org William Bryan, who recorded video of Arbery being shot and killed by Travis McMichael in February, was arrested Thursday and charged with felony murder and criminal attempt to commit false imprisonment.

Newsclick (2020-05-22). COVID-19 and the race for the vaccine. peoplesdispatch.org There are over 100 candidate vaccines that are currently being developed in labs across the world. Human trials have begun for three potential vaccines developed by the University of Oxford, Moderna Pharmaceuticals and the Wuhan Institute of Biological Products. Who might get there first and how affordable is it going to be?

Mike Ludwig (2020-05-22). Trump's COVID-19 Disinformation Campaign Is a Preview of the 2020 Elections. zcomm.org Media watchdogs say homegrown disinformation is now a much bigger problem than foreign interference, thanks to President Trump, his reelection campaign and right-wing extremists fueling viral media content shared widely by the president's supporters…

WSWS (2020-05-22). Cyclone Amphan kills over 90 and devastates wide areas of eastern India and Bangladesh. wsws.org Millions of people have been evacuated from cyclone-hit areas in South Asia, but their relocation into overcrowded temporary shelters place them in real danger of contracting COVID-19.

WSWS (2020-05-22). UK university team predicts doubling or tripling of US death toll over the next two months. wsws.org The Imperial College projection predicts that community transmission of the virus will accelerate in the US over the next two months, with the death toll rising to 2—3 times the current total.

Project Censored (2020-05-22). Episode 85 — ATL Recommendations: What to Watch, Read, and Listen Too in Quarantine. projectcensored.org Along the Line, is a member of the Demcast network, brought to you by the Media Freedom Foundation. On today's episode hosts Nicholas Baham III (Dr. Dreadlocks), Janice Domingo, and Nolan…

The Canary (2020-05-22). Investigation needed after Serco shared email addresses of contact tracers. thecanary.co The Government has been urged to launch an investigation after the email addresses of almost 300 new recruits to its coronavirus contact-tracing programme were shared by mistake. | The error prompted an apology from outsourcing firm Serco which said it would "review its processes" following the incident in which it had emailed new trainees to tell them about training. | A total of 296 addresses were included in a CC (carbon copy) section of an email rather than BCC (blind carbon copy), meaning they were visible to recipients. | The company are helping to sign people up to support efforts to track and trace cases…

sputniknews (2020-05-22). UK Dropped South Korea-Style Widespread Testing Due to 'Sheer Scale' of Coronavirus Outbreak. sputniknews.com The coronavirus pandemic has spread across the United Kingdom to such a degree that it has become the worst country in Europe for total deaths from the disease. The government has been under fire in recent weeks for not rolling out sufficient testing and learning from the example of countries which were hit by the outbreak earlier.

Martin Sieff (2020-05-22). How the British Empire Created and Killed George Orwell. globalresearch.ca The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), happily amplified by the Public Broadcasting System (PBS) in the United States which carries its World News, continues to pump out its regular dreck about the alleged economic chaos in Russia and the imagined miserable …

Luciana Tellez-Chavez (2020-05-22). This Year's Forest Fire Season Could Be Even Deadlier. commondreams.org In addition to contributing to climate change, forest fires present a more immediate and very grave threat to public health. (Photo: Shutterstock) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2020-05-22). Fridays for Future Europe Calls for Transforming Agricultural Policy to Tackle the Climate Crisis. commondreams.org As the world recognized the International Day for Biological Diversity on Friday, the youth-led Fridays for Future movement sent an open letter to European Union leaders demanding a transformation of the economic and political coalition's agricultural policies to tackle the intertwined biodiversity and climate crises. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Robert P. Alvarez (2020-05-22). A Simple Solution for the Coronavirus Crisis in Prisons. commondreams.org We've got over a million people in prison, nearly a million more in jail, and half a million in immigrant detention. (Photo: Shutterstock) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

commondreams (2020-05-22). ACLU and Partners Challenge Michigan Absentee Ballot Deadline. commondreams.org ______________________________…

commondreams (2020-05-22). U.S. Unprepared for Nuclear Accident During Pandemic. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2020-05-22). Michigan Flood, Says Group, Shows US Unprepared for 'Nightmarish' Threat of Nuclear Disaster Combined With Pandemic. commondreams.org "The prospect of a nuclear disaster prompting a mass evacuation during a viral pandemic reinforces the need for an energy policy focused on safe, clean and affordable renewable energy." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Amber Col√≥n N√∫√±ez (2020-05-22). Covid-19 Profiteers Are Making a Killing. commondreams.org Amazon head Jeff Bezos appears at a company event Sept. 25, 2019. Thanks to Covid-19's sales boosts, in the first quarter of 2020 Bezos made back the $10 billion he lost in 2019 more than twice over. Photo: Andrej Sokolow/dpa (Photo: Andrej Sokolow/picture alliance via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Kelly Trout (2020-05-22). 5 Reasons We Must Act Now to End Oil and Gas Production. commondreams.org A return to "normal" in governments' policies towards fossil fuel production—which were largely still enabling its expansion—is out of the question. To "build back better," governments must exit the unstable boom-bust cycles of extraction, and instead manage its phase-out in a predictable, people-centered, and Paris-proof way. (Photo: Pixabay.com) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2020-05-22). As Warnings Mount of So-Called 'Second Wave' of Covid-19, Trump Says He Won't 'Close the Country' Again. commondreams.org "We are witnessing the complete breakdown of the United States government." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Katitza Rodriguez, Svea Windwehr (2020-05-22). International Proposals for Warrantless Location Surveillance To Fight COVID-19. commondreams.org While location surveillance is problematic at any time, the coronavirus crisis has led to a rapid uptick in its use; many measures to facilitate it have been passed by fast-tracked legislative procedures during national state of emergencies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Steve Kotecki) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2020-05-22). 'A Misbegotten, Warped Freedom Obsession Is Killing Us': Video of Trumpian Anti-Mask Jerks Goes Viral. commondreams.org On social media Friday, author Anand Giridharadas shared what he called an "end-of-empire" video featuring a number of people refusing to wear face masks in public places, coughing on others, and claiming their "freedom" is being trampled by public health guidance. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Mitchell Plitnick (2020-05-22). Key Biden Adviser Offers Little Hope for Palestinians. commondreams.org Speaking in a web broadcast organized by the so-called Democratic Majority for Israel, Blinken stated bluntly that Biden "would not tie military assistance to Israel to any political decisions it makes, full stop."(Photo: Matt Smith Photographer / Shutterstock) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2020-05-22). Oil Companies Can Set Their Own Rates for Royalties From Drilling on Public Lands Thanks to Trump: Report. commondreams.org "Oil and gas corporations already pay pennies compared to what they make in profits from plundering public lands—land that belongs to the American people—and now they'll pay even less." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jules Boykoff (2020-05-22). Why We Should Commandeer Hotels to House the Homeless. commondreams.org A homeless man walks down the street in the Montclair district of Oakland, Calif., on Monday, May 18, 2019. Unhoused people across the U.S. are among the most vulnerable to the pandemic, but there are ways to ease their burdens amid the crisis—and for the long term. (Photo: Jane Tyska/Digital First Media/East Bay Times via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

graham (2020-05-22). Tories making redundancies at HQ in cash crisis. truepublica.org.uk Rob Woodward: There are a lot of stories floating around the newsrooms of just how badly Boris Johnson's government are doing in the pandemic. What we see publicly and what happens behind closed doors are entirely different. Publicly, we see the Tories boycotting media organisations that dare to challenge their actions, blatantly lying about their …

Dr. Paul Craig Roberts (2020-05-22). America is Drowning in Problems: Washington is Picking Another Fight With China. globalresearch.ca Washington is picking yet another fight with China. On top of the trade war we now have the coronavirus war. China is accused of being responsible for the virus by withholding information about it. Some in Washington want to make …

Meaghan Beatley, Sam Edwards (2020-05-22). Is Mexico's 'Mayan Train' a Boondoggle? thenation.com Is Mexico's 'Mayan Train' a Boondoggle?

Sasha Abramsky (2020-05-22). Here's What We're Doing With Your Check, Donald. thenation.com Here's What We're Doing With Your Check, Donald…

yenisafak (2020-05-22). Conflicts displaced over half-million amid virus: Report. yenisafak.com At least 661,000 people have been displaced due to armed conflicts in 19 countries during the coronavirus pandemic, according to a new report. | The report, Crossfire and Covid-19: Double crisis for displaced civilians, by the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), said the "conflict-affected countries are likely to be among the worst affected by the Covid-19 pandemic." | It stressed that hundreds of thousands of people have been displaced between March 23 and May 15 as conflicts continued in various regions despite calls by the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to all warring sides to cease fire globally to ensure…

yenisafak (2020-05-22). Malaysia PM in home quarantine after officer tests positive for COVID-19. yenisafak.com Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin will be home quarantined for 14 days after an officer who attended a meeting with him this week tested positive for the new coronavirus, the prime minister's office said in a statement on Friday.Muhyiddin has tested negative but "all members of the meeting have been instructed to undergo screening and 14 days' home quarantine", the statement added.

Andrey Areshev (2020-05-22). U.S. Warplane Profits Scramble Over Germany's Anti-Nuclear Push. strategic-culture.org When Germany's Social Democrats — the junior governing coalition partner — renewed long-standing calls for withdrawing U.S. nuclear bombs from the country, the backlash from Washington was fast and furious. | Richard Grenell, the U.S. ambassador to Berlin, wrote an

Andrey Areshev (2020-05-22). Aiming Missiles at Viruses: a Plea for Sanity in a Time of Plague. strategic-culture.org Hugh IGLARSH | The point I am trying to make here is a simple and obvious one, or would be in a society not burdened with a two-pronged ideology of extreme militarism and extreme individualism. It is this: In feeding the military-industrial complex so richly at this time, we are starving ourselves of many vital things and weakening ourselves as a society, perhaps to the point of suicide. We are in effect sacrificing our future on the altar of American imperialism, which like some dark god of the past, is ever hungry and can be assuaged only by human life. | The coronavirus plague now sweeping the globe — si…

Andrey Areshev (2020-05-22). America the Terrified: What Makes This Superpower So Sensitive? strategic-culture.org They want to meet me not because I'm Mike from Kansas, because I represent the greatest nation in the history of civilization. | I want everyone to be reminded that America remains the world's leading light of humanitarian goodness as well amidst this global pandemic. | …no greater privilege and no greater hono…

The Commonwealth Club (2020-05-22). Climate Change and the 2020 Election during the Pandemic. indybay.org Online via livestream…

Lynda Carson (2020-05-22). Covid-19 resurgence is a real possibility warns a leaked Pentagon memo. indybay.org Coronavirus Covid-19 Pandemic…

Lynda Carson (2020-05-22). Has coronavirus Covid-19 turned local skilled nursing facilities into death camps? indybay.org Coronavirus Covid-19 Pandemic…

Lynda carson (2020-05-22). Tenants denied rent relief, as Trump Organization seeks rent relief. indybay.org Coronavirus Covid-19 Pandemic

Posted By Lynda Carson (2020-05-22). #MakeThemPay: Rent Striking Tenants Car Caravan to Bay Area Corporate Landlord. indybay.org #MakeThemPay: Rent Striking Tenants Car Caravan to Bay Area Corporate Landlord as Part of National Day of Action Organized by #CancelRent Movement!

Keith McHenry (2020-05-22). Food Not Bombs Marks its 40th Anniversary by Responding to the Global Pandemic. indybay.org The shock of COVID 19 and economic crisis is not the way I imagined Food Not Bombs would be marking our fourth decade. The vision of free concerts in cities all over the world has vanished and now we find ourselves rushing to support the food and safety needs of people who were already marginalized before the crisis.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-22). Top general vows Iran's crushing response in case of enemy miscalculation. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 22 (MNA) — The Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces warned the enemies against any miscalculation to attack Iran, reminding them that the country will give a crushing response if they make any mistake in this regard.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-22). Iran records 2,311 new cases, 51 deaths on Friday. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 22 (MNA) — As of Friday, the total number of coronavirus cases in Iran has passed 131,600, of whom 7,300 have lost their lives to the deadly virus.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-22). Widespread media coverage of Leader's speech on Quds Day. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 22 (MNA) — The speech of Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei on the occasion of International Quds Day has been reflected in international media outlets and received widespread media coverage.

sputniknews (2020-05-22). Government Probe Urged After Email Addresses of COVID-19 Contact Tracers Shared in Error by Serco. sputniknews.com Outsourcing company Serco accidentally shared the email addresses of almost 300 contact tracers, who had signed up to the UK government's coronavirus "test, track and trace" strategy, with the incident occurring when the company was contacting new recruits about the details of their training.

Fight Back (2020-05-22). UNAC denounces any attempts by the US to stop shipments of Iranian fuel to Venezuela. fightbacknews.org Fight Back News Service is circulating the following statement from the United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC). | Last week, an Iran-flagged tanker passed the Suez Canal, reportedly bound for Venezuela with a shipment of refined fuel. Despite having the largest proven oil reserves in the world, Venezuela's refining capacity has been damaged by the U.S. embargo, greatly hindering its economy US officials have claimed that Venezuela has begun to purchase fuel from Iran directly with gold, thereby bypassing U.S. controlled imperialist trade mechanisms. | Four additional Iran-flagged tankers loaded with refined fue…

Fight Back (2020-05-22). Tampa students say no to attack on video game club by USF administration. fightbacknews.org Tampa, FL – Tampa Bay Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) hosted an email-in on Wednesday, May 20, fighting back against the University of South Florida's administration. Under the panic of the COVID-19 crisis, USF administration has defunded, suspended and effectively disbanded the Video Game Club (VGC) at USF. The student organizers demanded the reinstatement of the VGC, in addition to maintaining students' prior demands of refunds for 'distance learning fees' and all activity and service fees, as the mandatory off-campus learning gives the fees no reason to be charged. | The suspension of student-run Vide…

Tracy Keeling (2020-05-21). Wuhan's latest anti-pandemic measure is a bold move in an essential direction. thecanary.co The coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic started in Wuhan, China. Although China is still

Staff (2020-05-21). Headlines for May 21, 2020. democracynow.org Global Coronavirus Cases Top 5 Million as WHO Records Record One-Day Spike, Brazilian Mayor Fears "Genocide" from COVID-19, Accuses Bolsonaro of "Crime Against Humanity", Disease Modelers Say Delays in U.S. Lockdowns Cost Tens of Thousands of Lives, Pro-Trump Doctors to Promote Reopening States Despite CDC Warnings, Millions Flee as Cyclone Batters India and Bangladesh, Dam Disaster in Michigan Threatens to Flood Toxic Sites, Trump Threatens to Cut Funding to Michigan, Nevada over Mail-in Voting, McDonald's Workers Strike to Demand Personal Protective Equipment, Striking New Orleans Sanitation Workers Replaced by…

Staff (2020-05-21). Study Warns 1.1 Million Children Could Die as Pandemic Interrupts Access to Food & Medical Care. democracynow.org A new report finds 1.1 million children under 5 could die the next six months from secondary impacts of the pandemic, like disruptions to health services and access to food. Mothers are also imperiled. We speak with Tim Roberton, lead author of the study and assistant scientist in the Department of International Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and with infectious diseases pediatrician Dr. Beate Kampmann.

Staff (2020-05-21). From Syria to U.S.-Mexico Border, Refugees Worldwide Face Hunger & Deprivation as COVID-19 Spreads. democracynow.org We look at the coronavirus threat to millions of refugees across the globe, where social distancing is often impossible and healthcare is extremely limited. We're joined by Dr. Miriam Orcutt, executive director of Lancet Migration.

Staff (2020-05-21). Refugees Worldwide Face Hunger and Deprivation as COVID-19 Spreads. truthout.org We look at the coronavirus threat to millions of refugees across the globe, where social distancing is often impossible and healthcare is extremely limited. We're joined by Dr. Miriam Orcutt, executive director of Lancet Migration. | TRANSCRIPT: | This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form. | AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy Now!, democracynow.org, The Quarantine Report. I'm Amy Goodman, with Nermeen Shaikh, as we look now to the spread of the coronavirus across the globe and how i…

Staff (2020-05-21). Crowded & Desperate: Rohingya in World's Largest Refugee Camp Face Dual Crises of Cyclone & COVID-19. democracynow.org A major cyclone hits India and Bangladesh amid the pandemic, displacing 3 million people and unleashing heavy rain on Cox's Bazar, home to 1 million Rohingya refugees, where the first cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed. We get an update from Steven Corliss, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees representative in Bangladesh, and speak with Tun Khin, a Rohingya activist, president of the Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK.

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2020-05-21). Warren Tops MoveOn Survey for Preferred Biden VP Pick. commondreams.org The new poll shows 73% of the group's members would be more likely to vote for the former vice president if Sen. Elizabeth Warren is his running mate. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2020-05-21). Lockdown Delays Contributed to Massive US Death Toll, Says Modeling, Suggesting Lessons to Be Learned as States Reopen. commondreams.org Implementing social distancing policies two weeks earlier could have saved nearly 54,000 lives, the new study found. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

(2020-05-21). Witness at the prison gates, Karnes Family 'Detention' Center. workers.org May 16 car caravan protesting migrant family imprisonment at the Karnes County Residential Center — first immigrant detention facility in Texas to be licensed as a 'child care provider.' By BLS On May 16, I found the Karnes County Family Residential Center tucked away on a secluded road in Karnes . . . |

Teresa Gutierrez (2020-05-21). Carrizo Comecrudo Tribunal for Human Rights: 'The Indian Wars are not over'. workers.org An important online tribunal — the Carrizo Comecrudo Tribunal for Human Rights — will take place on May 22-23 and should not be missed. The Carrizo Comecrudo Tribe of Texas is hosting this event in partnership with the Gulf Coast Center for Law and Policy. The tribunal involves "the continued . . . |

Mark Gruenberg (2020-05-21). Auto Workers union demands Trump wear anti-virus mask on Ford plant visit. peoplesworld.org YPSILANTI, Mich.—When GOP President Donald Trump visits a Ford auto parts plant in Ypsilanti, Mich., on May 21, the United Auto Workers demands he wear an anti-coronavirus face mask. He said he may, depending on specific parts of the plant he visits. But if past is prologue, given his visits to plants in Allentown, Pa., …

Staff (2020-05-21). 'Students Have Fallen Off The Face Of The Planet'. therealnews.com Remote learning has created huge barriers to learning for low income communities of color, where four in ten families lack high speed internet access.

Mark Gruenberg (2020-05-21). Using 'economic recovery' excuse, Trump trashes all federal rules and regulations. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—Catering to corporate chieftains and right-wing ideologues, GOP President Donald Trump ordered all federal departments and agencies, large and small, to trash rules and regulations, and their enforcement. He used the excuse that doing so would help stimulate the economy to recover from closures due to the coronavirus pandemic. Trump did not specify which rules …

Staff (2020-05-21). What Impact Has Coronavirus Had On Policing? therealnews.com Racial bias in policing has always existed, with tragic results for some. But has the coronavirus had an impact, or has it merely exposed just how deeply biased policing always was?

John Whitehead (2020-05-21). COVID-19: The Slippery Slope to Despotism is Paved with Lockdowns, Raids and Forced Vaccinations. mintpressnews.com Until now, the police state has been more circumspect in its power grabs, but this latest state of emergency has brought the beast out of the shadows.

Ted Kelly (2020-05-21). Bolivian prisoners protest/ 'We want to live!'. workers.org Incarcerated workers at the largest prison in Bolivia staged a mass uprising on May 11, demanding freedom and protesting dangerous conditions exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. The rebels chanted, "We want to live!" and "This is not a riot, this is a fight for life!" Police mounted a repressive presence . . . |

Taegan Stross (2020-05-21). Organizing health care for patients, not profits. workers.org This is a slightly edited version of a talk given during the"What Road To Socialism?" webinar held by Workers World Party on May 16. I appreciate being given the chance to speak on such a critical topic as health care in the so-called United States. Many comrades have already spoken . . . |

Sara Roos (2020-05-21). Corporate consultants Bain & Company size up Los Angeles schools. peoplesworld.org LOS ANGELES—While families have been scrambling to homeschool and accessorize their 20 million+ Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) GrabNGo meals, the District's Superintendent and improbably employed former investment-banker, Austin Beutner, has sought guidance from his own comfort-sector, the world of corporate management consulting. On Wednesday, May 6, LAUSD announced that Bain & Company will …

Ramzy Baroud (2020-05-21). Why Israel Fears the Nakba: How Memory Became Palestine's Greatest Weapon. mintpressnews.com On May 15, thousands of Palestinians in Occupied Palestine and throughout the 'shatat', or diaspora, participated in the commemoration of Nakba Day, the one event that unites all Palestinians, regardless of their political differences or backgrounds. | For years, social media has added a whole new stratum to this process of commemoration. #Nakba72, along with #NakbaDay and #Nakba, have all trended on Twitter for days. Facebook was inundated with countless stories, videos, images, and statements, written by Palestinians, or in global support of the Palestinian people. | The dominant Nakba narrative remains &#150…

Liberation Staff (2020-05-21). La Riva designated presumptive Peace & Freedom Party presidential nominee in California. liberationnews.org The following statement was originally published by the Peace and Freedom Party.

Eds. (2020-05-21). Pandemic: How big banks and big AG share blame. mronline.org Here in the U.S., agribusiness lines up with pharmaceutical and military contractors in terms of being a political force to be reckoned with and, in effect, help run the country. Their needs are protected so that these pathogens have the best lawyers on the planet.

Mark Bergfeld (2020-05-21). The COVID-19 crisis and the end of the 'low-skilled' worker. mronline.org IN A PANDEMIC, "ESSENTIAL" LABORERS ARE WORKING, BUT THE LABOR MARKET ISN'T.

Ian Goodrum (2020-05-21). Less talk, more action: Between Trump and Xi, the contrast is clear. peoplesworld.org The following op-ed comes from our Beijing correspondent, Ian Goodrum. | As COVID-19 continues its devastating spread, two laws of nature are revealing themselves: The virus infects, and the U.S. deflects. | In a letter sent to the World Health Organization and posted online Monday, President Donald Trump gave the global health body a blistering ultimatum: agree to vague, undefined "improvements" within 30 days or lose its funding. As the U.S. is the WHO's biggest contributor by far, this would strike a crippling blow to health systems all over the world. | It was a fiery broadside, unleashed at a time when the…

Eds. (2020-05-21). The proximal origin of SARS-CoV-2. mronline.org Infections with SARS-CoV-2 are now widespread, and as of 11 March 2020, 121,564 cases have been confirmed in more than 110 countries, with 4,373 deaths.

Marcha Noticias (2020-05-21). Wallmapu: "The Mapuche political prisoners are not alone" peoplesdispatch.org The Mapuche community demands protection for political prisoners in the prisons of the Araucanía region of Chile after being exposed to the risk of COVID-19 due to lack of necessary care…

Staff (2020-05-21). The Proposed Nile Dam Is A Wedge Between Egypt, Ethiopia, And Sudan. therealnews.com The plan to build a giant hydroelectric dam on the Nile River is a cornerstone in Ethiopia's economic development strategy, but is fiercely opposed by President Abdel Fatah Al-Sisi in Egypt.

The Canary (2020-05-21). Police watchdog rejects criminal probe into PM over public money and access given to Jennifer Arcuri. thecanary.co Boris Johnson will not be the subject of a criminal investigation by the police watchdog over allegations that he used his position while London mayor to benefit and reward US businesswoman Jennifer Arcuri.The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) said on 21 May that it would not be launching a probe into the prime minister following claims of misconduct in public office, which he denies.But the London Assembly said it will resume its own investigation into allegations that Arcuri received thousands of pounds in public money and privileged access to three foreign trade trips led by Johnson when he headed C…

The Canary (2020-05-21). Track and trace strategy coming late in the day, NHS leaders warn. thecanary.co The government has defended its position on track and trace, after NHS leaders warned that action to control the future spread of coronavirus (Covid-19) is coming late in the day.Security minister James Brokenshire said he remains "confident" that a test, track and trace system will be in place by 1 June — the earliest date by which primary schools in England and some non-essential shops could reopen.However, Brokenshire admitted the NHS app would not be ready in time and suggested "technical issues" were behind its hold-up, just over a week after health secretary Matt Hancock said it would be rolled out acr…

The Canary (2020-05-21). The lockdown achieved a 35% reduction in emissions from British power production. thecanary.co The lockdown has seen an impact on carbon pollution, with emissions from British power production falling 35% on the same period last year. Meanwhile, renewables generated more than 40% of Britain's power in the first three months of the year — overtaking fossil fuels for the first time, analysis shows.Wind farms were vying for top spot with gas in the electricity mix, generating 30.5% of power, just behind fossil fuels which contributed 30.6% between January and March.Severe winter storms in the wettest and windiest February since records began helped make it the first month on record when more electricity…

pip.hinman (2020-05-21). Medical professionals: 'COVID-19 in institutions is a significant risk'. greenleft.org.au

RT (2020-05-21). 'We'll spend you into oblivion': US nuclear envoy reveals 'negotiating' tactic for New START, last arms control deal with Russia. rt.com The new US arms control czar has laid out Washington's thinking on the last remaining nuclear pact with Russia, hoping that US threats of a new arms race will force Moscow and Beijing to negotiate a new three-way deal instead. | "We intend to establish a new arms control regime now, precisely to prevent a full-blown arms race," Ambassador Marshall Billingslea, special presidential envoy for arms control, said Thursday during a half-hour interview hosted by the Hudson Institute, a DC-based think tank. | In case there is an arms race, he added, US President Donald Trump "has made clear that we have a tried and t…

RT (2020-05-21). Paying for priority? US forks out over $1.2 billion for 300 MILLION doses of University of Oxford's Covid-19 vaccine. rt.com The US government has secured nearly one third of the anticipated production of a vaccine for coronavirus under development by AstraZeneca, after pledging more than $1 billion to fund the project. | The US Department of Health will dole out $1.2 billion for 300 million doses of the vaccine, which is being created in conjunction with the University of Oxford. Health Secretary Alex Azar described the deal as a "major milestone" in US President Donald Trump's program to fast-track a Covid-19 vaccine, dubbed Operation Warp Speed. | AstraZeneca, based in Cambridge, England, says it will be able to manufacture aroun…

RT (2020-05-21). Hand sanitizers can cause FIRE if left in car on hot summer's day. rt.com Hand sanitizers, the new liquid gold sought after and rationed in the times of the Covid-19 pandemic, may cause even more harm than the virus itself if left unattended under the burning summer sun, firefighters have warned. | While vigorously trying to protect yourself from the coronavirus, which has already infected more than five million people around the globe and killed over 328,000, you could find your vehicle and even life in danger from the means to fend off the virus. | A Wisconsin fire department posted a photo of a destroyed car door on its Facebook page. It looks as if it was fired upon from a shotg…

RT (2020-05-21). Active shooter 'neutralized' at Naval Air Station Corpus Christi in Texas, base on lockdown. rt.com A US Navy air base in Corpus Christi, Texas is on lockdown after an active shooter incident at the facility. Soon after the alarm was raised, officials said the shooter had been "neutralized." | The shooting was reported at around 6.15am local time Thursday. As Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) investigators and local law enforcement responded, airbase officials warned anyone near the north gate of the base to "get out and away to safety." | "Execute lockdown procedures — remain indoors and away from windows," they added in a Facebook post about the unfolding incident. | www.facebook.com

RT (2020-05-21). The more you know? Over a third of Americans apprehensive about Covid-19 vaccine, citing rushed development & trust issues. rt.com As the Trump administration pushes for Covid-19 vaccine development on an ever-shrinking timetable and companies report lackluster early trials, 35 percent of Americans are less than thrilled about getting the shot. | Operation Warp Speed, the Trump administration's unprecedented drive to create and roll out a vaccine for the coronavirus pandemic by the end of the year, may be doing more harm than good, at least where Americans' trust is concerned. Between the shockingly abbreviated timetable and the lack of long-term safety testing, almost one in four Americans (24 percent) said they were not interested in th…

RT (2020-05-21). 'Selfish' or 'correct'? Twitter's blue checks go to war over New York Post cover story demanding NYC lockdown ends NOW. rt.com As the New York Post prepares to run a cover story urging for an immediate end to the Big Apple's lockdown, pundits have raced to their battle stations to fire off a barrage of hot takes and pithy attacks on the hot-button column.

RT (2020-05-21). Governor Cuomo 'no hero' but VILLAIN of New York's Covid-19 tragedy: Surprising op-ed goes after MSM darling. rt.com A scathing opinion piece has accused Governor Andrew Cuomo of being a villain of the Covid-19 outbreak in New York, not a hero as most media outlets have depicted him. Where it appeared will come as a surprise to many. | Cuomo "should be one of the most loathed officials in America right now," says Wednesday's opinion piece by Lyta Gold and Nathan Robinson. They proceed to offer a thickly-sourced argument as to why the governor was at fault for New York leading the nation in the number of Covid-19 cases and deaths alike. | As one particularly stunning visual example, they bring up the "mask mural," a wall of h…

RT (2020-05-21). 'R rate falling': Denmark opens museums and zoos weeks ahead of schedule. rt.com Denmark began re-opening museums and zoos ahead of schedule on Thursday as virologists said the virus epidemic was slowing despite the lifting of quarantine measures. Museums, zoos, theaters and cinemas were due to stay shut until June 8 but the Danish government has decided to accelerate the end of the lockdown. | The Danish health agency SSI said the coronavirus rate of transmission (R) had fallen to 0.6, down from 0.7 on May 7, meaning that the outbreak is slowing. An R rate of 0.6 means that 100 virus patients typically infect another 60 people, meaning that the number of cases falls over time. | Danish au…

RT (2020-05-21). What does Trump's new spy director think of Russia and China? rt.com John Ratcliffe has been confirmed as the US' new director of national intelligence. As he gears up to oversee seventeen intelligence agencies, how will he use these organizations to work with, or against, America's adversaries? | The Senate confirmed Rep. Ratcliffe to the position on Friday, in a 49-44 vote along party lines. President Trump had previously tipped the Texas Republican for the role last year, before urging him to withdraw his application due to "months of slander and libel" from the "lamestream media." The supposed slander centered around Ratcliffe's defense of Trump during Special Counsel Rober…

RT (2020-05-21). 'Dystopian hell world': Walmart & Pepsi blasted for 'Covid-19 testing site' promotional banner. rt.com Pepsi and Walmart are taking heat online over a banner which was hung outside one of the retail chain's stores cheerily advertising a Covid-19 testing site along with the beverage giant's latest slogan. | "Covid-19 testing site — near Walmart #908," the banner reads, alongside an image of a refreshing glass of ice-cold Pepsi. The company's slogan "That's what I like," appears underneath — rather ominously, considering the circumstances. | Unsurprisingly, the Walmart-Pepsi-Covid mashup