2020-05-23: News Headlines

Beau Peters (2020-05-23). The Importance of Compensating Veterans for Trauma. dissidentvoice.org Image Source: Unsplash Since the United States was established, veterans have put their lives on the line to fight for freedom and so much more. From the deadly battles of the Civil War to uniting with allies in World War I and II, to fighting against terrorism in more recent years, our military has never …

Minnie Bruce Pratt (2020-05-23). Workers World: A communist newspaper, a collective organizer. 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. When I first started writing for Workers World/Mundo Obrero newspaper, longtime comrade Leslie Feinberg said to me that older comrades always told hir, "Remember, no . . . |

Scott Williams (2020-05-23). A historic crossroads: Socialism or Fascism? workers.org The following is a slightly edited talk given during the Workers World Party webinar "What Road to Socialism?" on May 16. We are at a great crossroads in the history of humanity. With the pandemic and the social and economic crises caused by it, this is the most significant moment . . . |

Federico Fuentes (2020-05-23). Mercenaries, pandemic and riots in Venezuela: A grassroots perspective. mronline.org Venezuela is confronting COVID-19 amid foreign sanctions and mercenary incursions. Complicating matters further is the explosive combination of deep recession and a nationwide lockdown, which has triggered incidents of looting and riots.

Yuri Martins Fontes (2020-05-23). Sobre a "origem" e as "responsabilidades" da pandemia (II). globalresearch.ca Primeiro artigo : | | [Continuaàßà£o] | Prosseguindo-se a reflexà£o comeàßada na primeira parte deste artigo, consideremos a melhor hipótese para a origem …

Staff (2020-05-23). Correction Officers And Inmate Advocates Prepare For Action At Jessup Prison. therealnews.com Corrections officers and prison abolitionists will join together Saturday to protest the lack of PPE and testing, and the need for parole, during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Nathan Tankus (2020-05-23). What are the three concurrent crises of the coronavirus depression? mronline.org The Keynes crisis, the Minsky crisis and the Means crisis…

RT (2020-05-23). Still looking for a bogeyman? Moscow slams US State Dept after it posts $250,000 grant to 'expose Russian health disinformation'. rt.com Instead of casting grudges aside to fight the coronavirus, anti-Russia elements in the US are striving to make the Kremlin a scapegoat, Moscow has said, decrying the new US grant to "expose Russian health disinformation."
| Instead of casting grudges aside to fight the coronavirus, anti-Russia elements in the US are striving to make the Kremlin a scapegoat, Moscow has said, decrying the new US grant to "expose Russian health disinformation." | The Russian Foreign Ministry…

RT (2020-05-23). BBC blasted after political editor jumps to defend PM adviser Cummings following cross-country lockdown breach. rt.com The revelation that Boris Johnson's top adviser traveled over 250 miles to his parents as he had Covid-19 symptoms has unleashed outrage in the UK. The BBC is also under fire after its political editor jumped to defend the move.
| The revelation that Boris Johnson's top adviser traveled over 250 miles to his parents as he had Covid-19 symptoms has unleashed outrage in the UK. The BBC is also under fire after its political editor jumped to defend the move. | News of Domin…

RT (2020-05-23). 'Most unwise': Police chief slams PM adviser Cummings' 250-mile lockdown-breaking trip. rt.com Boris Johnson's top adviser Dominic Cummings has been scolded by a police chief after traveling over 250 miles (400 km) to his parents' home despite the UK's coronavirus lockdown being in place.
| Boris Johnson's top adviser Dominic Cummings has been scolded by a police chief after traveling over 250 miles (400 km) to his parents' home despite the UK's coronavirus lockdown being in place. | Downing Street confirmed on Saturday that Cummings had undertaken the seemingly…

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2020-05-23). According to Dr. Anthony Fauci the Reopening of the US Economy Would Endanger People's Heath. globalresearch.ca Anthony Fauci, director of the IHSS is playing a "blame game". | He wants the lock down to continue, no reopening of the US economy because that would endanger people's health. | Dr. Fauci intimates that hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine are dangerous. …

RT (2020-05-23). Neither foul nor fireable offense? Opposition demands Cummings gets the boot for his lockdown-evading 'breach'. rt.com Number 10 has locked horns with the opposition after it was revealed that Boris Johnson's adviser, Dominic Cummings, took a cross-country journey in violation of the lockdown, leading to calls for his resignation.
| Number 10 has locked horns with the opposition after it was revealed that Boris Johnson's adviser, Dominic Cummings, took a cross-country journey in violation of the lockdown, leading to calls for his resignation. | A Downing Street spokesman argued on Saturday th…

Staff (2020-05-23). Can Sex Workers Survive COVID-19 When The Government Won't Give Aid? therealnews.com Sex Workers' rights advocates have been demanding decriminalization of their work, but now under the pandemic regulations even legal forms of sex work like strip clubs have been targeted by the federal government and alienated from government aid.

Zero Hedge (2020-05-23). Iranian Tankers To Reach Venezuela In Next 24 Hours Amid "Threat Of Imminent Military Force By US" iranian.com By as early as the evening on Saturday or Sunday morning it's expected that the first among the five Iranian tankers transporting fuel to gasoline-starved Venezuela will enter the Latin American country's coastal waters. Maduro officials have issued an emergency notice to the United Nations of an illegal "threat of imminent use of military force by the United States." And with Washington …

Toby Blomé (2020-05-23). 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.

RT (2020-05-23). Newcastle 'have made good offer to Pochettino' to become new manager as Saudi takeover nears completion. rt.com Talks have taken place between Newcastle representatives and Mauricio Pochettino and "a good offer" was made to make him new manager when the Saudi Arabian takeover of the club is complete, according to close friend Ossie Ardiles.
| Talks have taken place between Newcastle representatives and Mauricio Pochettino and "a good offer" was made to make him new manager when the Saudi Arabian takeover of the club is complete, according to close friend Ossie Ardiles. | Ex-To…

RT (2020-05-23). Car rental giant & pioneer Hertz files for bankruptcy protection as Covid-19 dries up businesses. rt.com Hertz, one of the world's largest vehicle-rental companies, has sought bankruptcy protection after business nosedived as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic severely impacting demand.
| Hertz, one of the world's largest vehicle-rental companies, has sought bankruptcy protection after business nosedived as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic severely impacting demand. | Corporations worldwide have struggled to stay afloat during the health crisis. The company announced o…

RT (2020-05-23). NBA legend Patrick Ewing in hospital after testing positive for Covid-19. rt.com Basketball icon Patrick Ewing, 57, has revealed he has tested positive for the coronavirus, urging fans "not to take the virus lightly" as he received treatment in hospital.
| Basketball icon Patrick Ewing, 57, has revealed he has tested positive for the coronavirus, urging fans "not to take the virus lightly" as he received treatment in hospital. | The current head coach of Georgetown University men's team sent out a statement on Twitter that revealed his result alongsid…

RT (2020-05-23). French industrialist calls for 5G MORATORIUM amid Covid-19, conspiracy theories & burning of masts. rt.com The CEO of French telecoms firm Bouygues has called on the government to postpone auctions for 5G frequencies, citing the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and public mistrust of the technology.
| The CEO of French telecoms firm Bouygues has called on the government to postpone auctions for 5G frequencies, citing the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and public mistrust of the technology. | France is planning on auctioning 5G frequencies to telecoms companies at the end of the summer. How…

RT (2020-05-23). Around 12% of Muscovites have Covid-19 IMMUNITY, city says, after random testing of 50,000 people. rt.com At least 12.5 percent of Moscow residents have developed antibodies to Covid-19, the city authorities have said, after taking samples from 50,000 people. It's just the beginning of a massive survey that will see millions tested.
| At least 12.5 percent of Moscow residents have developed antibodies to Covid-19, the city authorities have said, after taking samples from 50,000 people. It's just the beginning of a massive survey that will see millions tested. | Some 6,250 among…

RT (2020-05-23). Russian scientists hope to begin HUMAN TESTING on Covid-19 vaccine within weeks, having tried it on themselves first. rt.com The very same researchers who tested a Covid-19 vaccine on their own bodies say they're hopefully weeks away from starting human trials. If everything goes smoothly, the sought-after cure may enter production by summer's end.
| The very same researchers who tested a Covid-19 vaccine on their own bodies say they're hopefully weeks away from starting human trials. If everything goes smoothly, the sought-after cure may enter production by summer's end. | A scientific task force…

RT (2020-05-23). Over 2 million infected with Covid-19 in Europe — AFP tally. rt.com
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RT (2020-05-23). 'Someone dropped the ball': Suspect in beating of 75yo nursing home patient was moved to facility AFTER contracting Covid-19. rt.com The 20-year-old man accused of beating an elderly patient in a Detroit nursing home — captured in a shocking viral video — was inexplicably moved to the facility after testing positive for Covid-19.
| The 20-year-old man accused of beating an elderly patient in a Detroit nursing home — captured in a shocking viral video — was inexplicably moved to the facility after testing positive for Covid-19. | The young man, who has not been named, was trans…

RT (2020-05-23). All aboard! Spain is reopening to international TOURISM from July. rt.com Spain took a major step towards the return of normality on Saturday, as Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez announced that the country will reopen to international tourism from July.
| Spain took a major step towards the return of normality on Saturday, as Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez announced that the country will reopen to international tourism from July. | Spain was among the nations worst affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, racking up more than 28,000 deaths fr…

RT (2020-05-23). US threatens MILITARY FORCE against Iranian tankers bound for Caracas — Venezuelan envoy to UN. rt.com Iranian oil tankers heading to Venezuela are facing an imminent threat of a US armed attack in what Caracas labels a "crime of aggression and extermination," the country's envoy to the United Nations has warned.
| Iranian oil tankers heading to Venezuela are facing an imminent threat of a US armed attack in what Caracas labels a "crime of aggression and extermination," the country's envoy to the United Nations has warned. | The South American country has previously deployed th…

RT (2020-05-23). US 'will be IN TROUBLE' if it makes 'MISTAKE' of interfering with Venezuela-bound tankers, Rouhani warns. rt.com The United States will face consequences if it takes action against Iranian tankers en route to Venezuela, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has vowed. It comes after the Venezuelan military said it would escort the ships to port.
| The United States will face consequences if it takes action against Iranian tankers en route to Venezuela, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has vowed. It comes after the Venezuelan military said it would escort the ships to port. | "If our tanke…

RT (2020-05-23). Trump's team considered 1st NUCLEAR TEST since 1992 as show of strength to Russia & China — reports. rt.com US authorities considered whether to carry out a "rapid" nuclear test — the first for almost three decades — to use as a bargaining chip in dealing with Russia and China, according to media reports.
| US authorities considered whether to carry out a "rapid" nuclear test — the first for almost three decades — to use as a bargaining chip in dealing with Russia and China, according to media reports. | The proposal to cause a controlled nuclear explosion is "very much…

RT (2020-05-23). 'NO QUESTION' US in COLD WAR 2 with China — Florida senator. rt.com The US is "absolutely" engaged in a new Cold War with China, Florida Senator Rick Scott declared, accusing Beijing of plotting "world domination." Meanwhile, Washington's anti-China stance goes all the way to the White House. | Speaking to talk show host Hugh Hewitt on Friday, the Florida Republican slammed Beijing's handling of the coronavirus pandemic, and its economic policies. Asked whether relations between the two superpowers had entered a "Cold War 2" phase, Scott replied "absolutely." | "There's no question about it," he said. "They're in for world domination. They take our jobs, they take our technolo…

RT (2020-05-23). FIRST coronavirus death confirmed in Gaza, as Palestinian territories lift lockdown. rt.com The death of a 77-year-old woman in the Gaza Strip marks the enclave's first coronavirus fatality, the Palestinian Health Ministry reported. The illness has so far claimed three lives across the Palestinian territories.
| The death of a 77-year-old woman in the Gaza Strip marks the enclave's first coronavirus fatality, the Palestinian Health Ministry reported. The illness has so far claimed three lives across the Palestinian territories. | The victim, who had been suffering fr…

RT (2020-05-23). US needs more production instead of dollar-printing, market analyst tells Keiser Report. rt.com When a country, namely the US, can print trillions of dollars to keep its economy afloat, but is struggling to produce basic medical gear during a pandemic, it raises serious questions about its economic basis.
| When a country, namely the US, can print trillions of dollars to keep its economy afloat, but is struggling to produce basic medical gear during a pandemic, it raises serious questions about its economic basis. | RT's veteran host Max Keiser sat in with Marshall Aue…

RT (2020-05-23). FIRST coronavirus death confirmed in Gaza, as Palestian territories lift lockdown. rt.com The death of a 77-year-old woman in the Gaza Strip marks the enclave's first coronavirus fatality, the Palestinian Health Ministry reported. The illness has so far claimed three lives across the Palestinian territories.
| The death of a 77-year-old woman in the Gaza Strip marks the enclave's first coronavirus fatality, the Palestinian Health Ministry reported. The illness has so far claimed three lives across the Palestinian territories. | The victim, who had been suffering fr…

RT (2020-05-23). Basketball rebounds: NBA set to resume play at Disney-owned ESPN complex in Florida in July. rt.com The NBA is holding discussions with The Walt Disney Company about resuming its season as the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Florida as the league looks to rebound from its self-imposed coronavirus hiatus.
| The NBA is holding discussions with The Walt Disney Company about resuming its season as the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Florida as the league looks to rebound from its self-imposed coronavirus hiatus. | NBA officials announced that the league was to be suspended in…

RT (2020-05-23). As Americans lose their jobs, Senate gears up to give Israel A MINIMUM of $38 billion over 10 years. rt.com With the US economy reeling from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee agreed to give Israel a minimum of $3.8 billion in military aid per year. A full vote on the gift is expected soon. | The US unemployment rate now stands at 14.7 percent, the worst figure since records began. Nearly 39 million Americans have lost their jobs since the coronavirus reached US shores in late January, and the Congressional Budget Office warned on Tuesday that the US economy won't recover from its current contraction until after next year. Moreover, the federal government's financial reli…

RT (2020-05-23). US tech giants still doing business with blacklisted Chinese companies, research firm claims. rt.com American behemoths such as Google, Amazon and Microsoft are providing web services to Chinese companies included in the infamous US Entity List, according to UK-based tech research firm Top10VPN.
| American behemoths such as Google, Amazon and Microsoft are providing web services to Chinese companies included in the infamous US Entity List, according to UK-based tech research firm Top10VPN. | "Despite the Trump administration's efforts to decouple the American and Ch…

RT (2020-05-23). 'Hitler's favorite alligator' dies at Moscow Zoo aged 84. rt.com A legendary alligator that survived World War II and was said to have been Adolf Hitler's favorite has finally breathed his last in Moscow.
| A legendary alligator that survived World War II and was said to have been Adolf Hitler's favorite has finally breathed his last in Moscow. | "Our Mississippi alligator Saturn has died of old age," Moscow Zoo announced on social media on Saturday. | The venerable reptile was believed to be aged around 84, which is an impressive feat,…

RT (2020-05-23). World's ONLY floating nuclear power plant project goes fully operational in Russia (PHOTOS, VIDEO). rt.com A one-of-a-kind floating nuclear power plant, designed and built by Russia, has become the most northerly nuclear facility in the world, as it begins commercial operations in a remote region in the Arctic.
| A one-of-a-kind floating nuclear power plant, designed and built by Russia, has become the most northerly nuclear facility in the world, as it begins commercial operations in a remote region in the Arctic. | The Akademik Lomonosov, in a small town called Pevek in the far…

Anand Naidoo (2020-05-23). The Heat: China's Two Sessions. america.cgtn.com China's Two Sessions continue in Beijing as Premier Li delivers the 2020 government work report.

Juan Cole (2020-05-23). Climate-Driven Monster Cyclone, Coronavirus hits Thousands in India,Bangladesh. zcomm.org Oceans have been heated by greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide and methane, which trap the heat of the sun's rays and prevent them from radiating back out into outer space…

Richard Horton (2020-05-23). [Comment] Offline: Health in the unhappy time of COVID-19. thelancet.com It was a tragedy for anyone hoping to see COVID-19 become a catalyst for international solidarity. On the first day of the first-ever virtual World Health Assembly, held during the worst acute global health crisis since WHO's creation in 1948, Alex Azar, US Secretary of Health and Human Services, further damaged the credibility of the US Government as a constructive member of the international community. "We must be frank", he began. What followed was an astonishing series of unsubstantiated allegations.

WSWS (2020-05-23). Bernie Sanders threatens delegates with removal if they criticize Biden. wsws.org Since ending his second bid for the presidency, Sanders has worked to browbeat his supporters into backing Joe Biden.

WSWS Repost (2020-05-23). Bernie Sanders' Political Team: Don't Criticize Biden! indybay.org The coming together of Sanders and Biden underscores the fraud that the Democratic Party can be transformed into an instrument of progressive change.

Andrey Areshev (2020-05-23). Trump Has Won the Propaganda War With China. strategic-culture.org Donald Trump has finally won a war. It's a war he's uniquely suited to fight, a propaganda war, and he's successfully waged it on China through his command of Western media. | Stating this doesn't imply any kind of judgment on my part as to whether he should or should not have waged this war with China. He has and he has emerged victorious, thanks to his reframing the threat from COVID-19 as an evil Chinese plot to kill millions of people. | Now, I'm convinced that the circumstances surrounding COVID-19 were a plot by evil people to kill millions of people and usher in a bleak, authoritarian nightmare they've had…

Andrey Areshev (2020-05-23). What Does Conservatism Mean After The Iraq War? strategic-culture.org An Iraqi-American takes stock of how the Right supported regime change and warns of falling into the trap again. | Luma SIMMS | As a Christian and an American citizen of Iraqi heritage, I want to address a point raised in John Burtka's recent "We do not know what we need to know until we ask the right questions, and we can identify the right questions only by subjecting our own ideas about the world to the test of public contro…

Talha Burki (2020-05-23). [World Report] England and Wales see 20‚Äà000 excess deaths in care homes. thelancet.com PPE shortages, lack of testing, and a vulnerable population have seen care homes in England and Wales become hotspots of the COVID-19 epidemic. Talha Burki reports.

David Agren (2020-05-23). [World Report] Mexican President López Obrador draws doctors' ire. thelancet.com President López Obrador later apologised after his comments were denounced by Mexican medical associations amid the COVID-19 pandemic. David Agren reports from Mexico City.

Angela Saini (2020-05-23). [Perspectives] Stereotype threat. thelancet.com Among the disturbing statistics to have emerged during the COVID-19 pandemic has been the disproportionate impact in terms of death and severe illness on ethnic minorities in the UK and the USA. On April 7, 2020, it was reported that in the US city of Chicago, where the black population is roughly 30%, nearly 70% of COVID-19 deaths were in this demographic. A report released by the UK Intensive Care National Audit and Research Centre on April 17, 2020, showed that 34% of patients in the UK receiving advanced respiratory support were non-white, despite the non-white population nationally being about 14%.

The Lancet (2020-05-23). [Editorial] The plight of essential workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. thelancet.com The COVID-19 pandemic has vividly highlighted how much society depends upon essential workers. Praise for the heroic work being done by health-care workers to save lives worldwide in dangerous, exhausting conditions is everywhere. But those same workers are often left unprotected by governments and systems that have failed to supply them with enough personal protective equipment (PPE), supplies, and resources to do their jobs. In April alone, there were an estimated 27 COVID-19-related health worker deaths in the USA, 106 in the UK, and 180 in Russia, with tens of thousands of infections.

Richard Lane (2020-05-23). [Perspectives] Helena Legido-Quigley: proponent of health systems strengthening. thelancet.com As Associate Professor in Health Systems at Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health at the National University of Singapore, Helena Legido-Quigley was able to observe at first-hand how the country responded to its first COVID-19 outbreak earlier this year. "It was striking how well Singapore was prepared, a legacy from the SARS era, with a dedicated infectious diseases hospital and 6 months of supplies of personal protective equipment and ventilators. The public health response was fast and efficient with good governance and effective health-risk communication", she says.

Angus W Thomson, Amit D Tevar (2020-05-23). [Comment] Kidney transplantation: a safe step forward for regulatory immune cell therapy. thelancet.com On the basis of promising animal studies and following the translational path of immune cell therapy in oncology,1 the field of organ transplantation has begun preliminary investigations of infusing regulatory immune cells into graft recipients. These early trials aim to reduce patients' immunosuppressive drug burden and promote drug-free transplant tolerance. The ONE Study was established in 2011 as a multicentre collaborative effort (centres in France, Germany, Italy, the UK, and the USA) to compare the feasibility, safety, and efficacy of regulatory cell-based medicinal products (CBMPs) when combined with redu…

Birgit Sawitzki, Paul N Harden, Petra Reinke, Aurélie Moreau, James A Hutchinson, David S Game, Qizhi Tang, Eva C Guinan, Manuela Battaglia, William J Burlingham, Ian S D Roberts, Mathias Streitz, Régis Josien, Carsten A Bà∂ger, Cristiano Scottà , James F Markmann, Joanna L Hester, Karsten Juerchott, Cecile Braudeau, Ben James, Laura Contreras-Ruiz, Jeroen B van der Net, Tobias Bergler, Rossana Caldara, William Petchey, Matthias Edinger, Nathalie Dupas, Michael Kapinsky, Ingrid Mutzbauer, Natalie M Otto, Robert àñllinger, Maria P Hernandez-Fuentes, Fadi Issa, Norbert Ahrens, Christoph Meyenberg, Sandra Karitzky, Ulrich Kunzendorf, Stuart J Knechtle, Josep Grinyó, Peter J Morris, Leslie Brent, Andrew Bushell, Laurence A Turka, Jeffrey A Bluestone, Robert I Lechler, Hans J Schlitt, Maria C Cuturi, Stephan Schlickeiser, Peter J Friend, Tewfik Miloud, Alexander Scheffold, Antonio Secchi, Kerry Crisalli, Sang-Mo Kang, Rachel Hilton, Bernhard Banas, Gilles Blancho, Hans-Dieter Volk, Giovanna Lombardi, Kathryn J Wood, Edward K Geissler (2020-05-23). [Articles] Regulatory cell therapy in kidney transplantation (The ONE Study): a harmonised design and analysis of seven non-randomised, single-arm, phase 1/2A trials. thelancet.com Regulatory cell therapy is achievable and safe in living-donor kidney transplant recipients, and is associated with fewer infectious complications, but similar rejection rates in the first year. Therefore, immune cell therapy is a potentially useful therapeutic approach in recipients of kidney transplant to minimise the burden of general immunosuppression.

Timothy Riddles, Nivene Saad, Helen Benham (2020-05-23). [Clinical Picture] Alternative causes of ankle pain in a patient with enthesopathy and X-linked hypophosphataemia. thelancet.com A 43-year-old Australian-born, white man was referred to our unit because of increasing pain in both his ankles. The pain had developed approximately 7 days earlier. 3 days before the pain started, he had been admitted to hospital with cellulitis of his upper arm; he had been treated for septicaemia and acute kidney injury caused by an infection with Streptococcus pyogenes.

Geoff Watts (2020-05-23). [Obituary] Robert McCredie May. thelancet.com Physicist turned ecologist and UK Chief Scientific Adviser. He was born in Sydney, NSW, Australia, on Jan 8, 1936, and died of pneumonia in Oxford, UK, on April 28, 2020, aged 84 years.

Fight Back (2020-05-23). March on the DNC meets with city of Milwaukee. fightbacknews.org Milwaukee, WI—The Coalition to March on the Democratic National Convention met with officials from the city of Milwaukee on May 21 to discuss the coalition's permit and plan to protest. The goals of the coalition are to defeat President Trump and to advance a progressive people's agenda, thus building stronger movements to challenge the Democratic Party. Lawyers for the Wisconsin ACLU arranged the meeting and led the discussions. | The meeting with the city of Milwaukee confirmed that the COVID-19 health crisis is causing most in the Democratic Party to consider alternatives to an indoor convention with th…

WSWS (2020-05-23). Representatives from Germany's parliamentary parties support far-right protests against coronavirus policies. wsws.org The far-right demonstrations in Germany are being used to drum up support for the dangerous policy of easing coronavirus pandemic restrictions and intimidate all opposition.

Peoples Dispatch (2020-05-23). Cyclone Amphan's death toll crosses 100, citizens protest over lack of facilities. peoplesdispatch.org The total damage is estimated to be in the range of USD 15 billion. Protests broke out in cities in the Indian State of West Bengal as normalcy has not been restored three days after the cyclone…

Leon Kunstenaar (2020-05-23). Life Model Art Rally to Protest Fort Mason Arts Campus Closure. indybay.org Awareness Raising Drawing Session protests cuts to much loved CCSF Arts resource.

Declaration for American Democracy (2020-05-23). #Protect Our VOTE: Car & Tailgate Protest in Contra Costa County. indybay.org Pleasant Hill: RSVPs will be sent exact location to participate…

Staff (2020-05-23). Secretive Right-Wing Nonprofit Plays Role in COVID-19 Organizing. truthout.org A shadowy right-wing nonprofit is helping coordinate coronavirus response strategy and promoting the lockdown protests. | Working alongside close allies that have helped coordinate the protests, including Stephen Moore of the Heritage Foundation and FreedomWorks, Council for National Policy Action (CNP Action) has been hosting conference calls and publishing action memos around reopening states' economies. | CNP Action is the 501(c)(4) nonprofit affiliate of the Council for National Policy (CNP), a coali…

news.un (2020-05-23). Policing the pandemic: how UN Police are maintaining law, order, and public health. news.un.org In several countries afflicted by years of armed conflict, The UN assists with law and order issues, including policing expertise. This work is being challenged, as never before, by the COVID-19 pandemic. In this interview with UN News, Luis Carrilho, head of the UN Police Division, describes how the virus is affecting the ability of his colleagues to keep the peace.

Charlotte Casey (2020-05-23). Memorial Day Car Caravan for Peace. indybay.org Stevens Creek & Winchester Blvds, San Jose…

Steve Gillis (2020-05-23). Role of a revolutionary party in an union. 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. United Steelworkers Local 8751 has three advantages during this pandemic when going to work on the frontlines is a daily exercise in confronting the life-or-death realities . . . |

Fight Back (2020-05-23). 36 UPS employees test positive for COVID-19 in Tucson hub. fightbacknews.org Tampa, FL – At least 36 employees at a UPS hub in Tucson, Arizona have tested positive for COVID-19. The news comes as many states, including Arizona, are beginning to reopen more commercial business. Three of the 36 employees are currently being treated in intensive care. Because of the lack of proper testing at the facility, the number of total cases could be much higher. | Teamsters Local 104, which represents workers in the Tucson building, released a statement May 22 calling on UPS to close the building until proper safety practices can be implemented. The local also stated that UPS could have prevented the…

WSWS (2020-05-23). South America a "new epicenter" of COVID-19 pandemic, WHO warns. wsws.org The number of new deaths on the continent is surpassing Europe, and Brazil is rapidly overtaking Russia as the country with the second most infections after the US.

WSWS (2020-05-23). Three UK meat processing workers die of COVID-19. wsws.org The three died in different sections of Cranswick Convenience Foods factory in Wombwell, Barnsley.

WSWS (2020-05-23). Auto companies continue opposition to mass testing as COVID-19 spreads in factories. wsws.org As more confirmed cases of COVID-19 are discovered at auto plants, the drive to restart production is being exposed as a reckless course of action that will inevitably lead to the needless deaths of workers.

WSWS (2020-05-23). The US opioid crisis in the era of COVID-19. wsws.org According to a report from the American Medical Association, over 20 states have reported an increase in opioid-related mortality since the official declaration of the pandemic.

Norman Stockwell (2020-05-23). Global Crisis Spurs Global Activism. progressive.org The COVID-19 Global Solidarity Coalition launches a manifesto for change.

WSWS (2020-05-23). Detroit, Michigan teacher speaks on public education during the pandemic. wsws.org Michigan is threatening mass layoffs of teachers and existential cuts to public schools while planning to reopen schools in the fall despite lack of COVID-19 safety measures.

David Bacon (2020-05-23). Washington Farmworkers Become COVID-19 Guinea Pigs. zcomm.org "Workers are trying to call attention to the danger to the whole community"

WSWS (2020-05-23). Australian governments fully reopen schools despite intense opposition. wsws.org The danger of sending up to a million children back full-time in New South Wales during the COVID-19 pandemic is compounded by the public transport crisis.

WSWS (2020-05-23). New Zealand unions enforce school returns, mass layoffs and wage cuts. wsws.org Unions are helping to implement deep inroads into jobs, wages and conditions and to ensure the reopening of businesses and schools regardless of safety risks from COVID-19.

Binoy Kampmark (2020-05-23). Patterns of Compromise: The EasyJet Data Breach. dissidentvoice.org It has been a withering time for the airlines, whose unused planes moulder in a gruelling waiting game of survival. The receivers are smacking their lips; administration has become a reality for many. Governments across the globe dispute what measures to ease in response to the coronavirus pandemic; travel has been largely suspended; and the …

Van Badham (2020-05-23). Jacinda Ardern Calls for Four-Day Week: No Wonder She's Popular. zcomm.org Among a claque of western leaders yearning for "snap back" to the way things were before the virus — some pursuing "recovery" strategies of even lesser benefit — it's New Zealand's, conspicuously, who repeatedly shows the courage to snap forward…

WSWS (2020-05-23). Hospitals overwhelmed in California and Alabama as national death toll approaches 100,000. wsws.org The spike in cases in such divergent areas of the country is another indication that, contrary to official policy, the spread of the coronavirus pandemic is not slowing but increasing.

WSWS (2020-05-23). Wealth of US billionaires soars as pandemic expands, nearly 40 million unemployed. wsws.org The class logic at play in the homicidal push to reopen the US economy before the spread of the coronavirus has been controlled is becoming increasingly clear.

Fight Back (2020-05-23). Three states' unemployment rates at Great Depression levels. fightbacknews.org San José, CA – On Friday, May 22, the monthly report on state-level labor markets saw the – unemployment rate for three states – Nevada, Michigan and Hawai'i – all soar to more than 20%, levels unseen since the worst of the Great Depression of the 1930s. Actual job losses, reported by business, came to almost 20% between March and April in Vermont and New York, along with Hawai'i. | Since the survey for state-level unemployment rates was taken in mid-April, as many as 15 million more unemployment insurance claims have been filed with the states and with the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program set up by the C…

Alison Weir (2020-05-23). US Senate Quietly Approves $38 Billion for Israel Amid Historic Economic Downturn. mintpressnews.com S.3176 was passed without being named, debated, or even discussed, even though it would set into law the largest such aid package in US history.

Raul Diego (2020-05-23). Wayback Machine Latest Victim of Big Tech Consolidation and Censorship. mintpressnews.com The promise of an internet modeled around democratized access to information is quickly eroding before our very eyes as the Wayback Machine falls prey to censorship creep and major tech sector consolidations take us to the point of no return…

Helen Buyniski (2020-05-23). The Modern-Day Cult of Corona: The Imposition of a "Multilayer Control Grid". The "Lock Step" Future of Humanity? globalresearch.ca Omnipotence and Omniscience in the 21st century | The contact-tracing platforms — both digital and human-based — being rolled out around the world have their philosophical roots in religious rites of confession, cross-bred with the police-state logic …

WSWS (2020-05-23). US Agriculture Department outlines program to aid farmers hit by pandemic. wsws.org The design of the program will inevitably lead to a disproportionate share of funding flowing to large firms.

WSWS (2020-05-23). UK Local councils face financial collapse due to pandemic. wsws.org Social care spending could face a shortfall of £3.5 billion, placing up to 225,000 adult social care places at risk in the coming year.

Yadul Krishna (2020-05-23). Combating Covid Through Peoples' Collectives‚Ä®. zcomm.org The Indian state of Kerala has gained successful control over the pandemic with its people-centric policies and the role of participatory governance…

Philip Farruggio (2020-05-23). Right off the right wing radar screen!! nationofchange.org What we have here in this, the middle of an 'Era changing' pandemic, is the use of power by this administration and its Republican Party cohorts going right off the radar screen!

Zephyr Teachout (2020-05-23). Cuomo is Letting Billionaires Plan New York's Future. zcomm.org The New York governor is replacing elected representatives with private, unaccountable monopolists, and lawmakers across the US are doing the same thing…

WSWS (2020-05-23). Oppose the Trump administration's deportation of 1,000 immigrant children! wsws.org International laws and statutes that once offered special protections for immigrant youth seeking asylum have been made a dead letter by the Trump administration.

Ali Salam (2020-05-23). VIDEO: Settlers Hold Parade While Soldiers Assault Palestinians in Jersualem. imemc.org Israeli security forces, on Friday, blocked several streets in occupied Jerusalem as illegal Israeli settlers provocative March outside Jaffa Gate, celebrated the so-called "reunification of Jerusalem as capital of Israel", Quds News reported. Also on Friday, occupation forces assaulted Palestinians, near Bab Al-Asbat or Lion's Gate, in the old city …

Ali Salam (2020-05-23). VIDEO — Israeli Settlers Attack Palestinian Family in Hebron, Soldiers Watch. imemc.org Palestinian WAFA News correspondent reported that Israeli settlers, on Saturday, attacked Palestinians in the Al-Sahla neighborhood of the Old City of Hebron, in the southern occupied West Bank. The video shows illegal settlers, youths and adults, harassing Palestinians, shouting, throwing stones among other objects at the Palestinians. Israeli soldiers are …

Manlio Dinucci (2020-05-23). Trump, o 'Serial Killer' dos Tratados. globalresearch.ca O Presidente Trump anunciou a retirada dos Estados Unidos do

Manlio Dinucci (2020-05-23). Trump, Stracciatore Seriale di Trattati. globalresearch.ca Il presidente Trump ha annunciato il ritiro degli Stati uniti dal Trattato Open Skies (Cieli Aperti). Firmato nel 1992 subito dopo la fine della Guerra fredda ed entrato in vigore nel 2002, esso permette a ciascuno dei 34 Stati-parte di …

The Canary (2020-05-23). Cummings has turned Johnson's 'very simple instruction' into a complicated nightmare. thecanary.co The government has insisted Dominic Cummings was well within the rules when he travelled 260 miles from London to his family home in Durham during the lockdown. Cummings said he wanted help from his family caring for his young son if he and his wife became too ill to do so alone. Michael Gove tweeted: Caring for your wife and child is not a crime.But when Boris Johnson introduced the UK lockdown he gave "a very simple instruction — you must stay at home". | Breaking the law?: | The rules, announced in a speech the prime minister made to the nation on March 23, stated that people would only be allowed…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2020-05-23). Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: Convalescent plasma program. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Government is supporting a national Expanded Access Program to collect and provide convalescent plasma to patients in need across the country (uscovidplasma.org). Convalescent plasma refers to blood plasma collected from people who have recovered from COVID-19. That plasma, which contains antibodies against the virus, is then used …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2020-05-23). COVID-19: Tips for going out again. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org If coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) stay-at-home restrictions are easing in your community, you might wonder how to visit public places and protect your health. Here's what you need to know. Before you head out Follow guidance where you live. In the U.S., activity restrictions vary among cities and states. Before you head out, check your …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2020-05-23). Mayo Clinic Q and A: Skin protection with excessive hand-washing, masking. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Dear Mayo Clinic: Frequent hand-washing and cleaning during the COVID-19 pandemic has made my hands so dry that my skin in cracking. With recommendations for everyone to now wear a face mask while in public, I'm concerned about the mask rubbing across my face and irritating the skin. What is the best way for me …

WSWS (2020-05-23). Sri Lankan government understates COVID-19 figures to recklessly reopen economy. wsws.org The low number of infections in Sri Lanka is because few COVID-19 tests are being conducted—an average of less than 600 per day between February 18 and May 20.

sputniknews (2020-05-23). Dominic Cummings Defied Coronavirus Lockdown Rules Twice to Visit Parents, Report Claims. sputniknews.com On 5 April, Boris Johnson's top aide was spotted in Durham, in breach of nationwide lockdown regulations – the stay-at-home orders implemented to slow the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in the United Kingdom – according to a joint investigation by The Guardian and the Daily Mirror released on Friday.

Judy Rohrer (2020-05-23). COVID-19 Reveals Viral Discrimination, Higher Ed Should Pay Attention. commondreams.org A sign asking Navajo residents to stay safe and warning of a curfew near the Navajo Nation town of Casamero Lake in New Mexico on May 20, 2020. – The Navajo Nation now has the highest per capita COVID-19 infection rate in the country after surpassing New York. (Photo by MARK RALSTON/AFP via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Anthony Pahnke, Jim Goodman (2020-05-23). Make a Resilient, Localized Food System Part of the Next Stimulus. commondreams.org MEAT SOLUTIONS: The Cargill meatpacking plant remains in operation after scaling production after as many as 18 employees have contracted the coronavirus (COVID-19) virus on April 17, 2020 in Fort Morgan, Colorado. Meatpacking plants are altering their production as outbreaks of the virus have been reported at the factories in Colorado, South Dakota, and Iowa. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Common Dreams staff (2020-05-23). Iran Warns US Not to Interfere with Venezuelan Oil Flotilla. commondreams.org www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Common Dreams staff (2020-05-23). As Nation Mourns 100,000 Dead, Trump Goes Golfing. commondreams.org "100,000 Americans dead. 40,000,000 unemployed. So let's go golfing." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Christopher Brauchli (2020-05-23). The Pandemic and the Trumps. commondreams.org Eric Trump arrives as US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump participate in a wreath-laying and deliver remarks at the New York City Veterans Day Parade on November 11, 2019. (Photo by BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Andrey Areshev (2020-05-23). Why Britain Will Now Fail to Contain the Fallout of COVID-19. strategic-culture.org TruePublica | Today we have a Prime Minister in charge of a national crisis, who is quite clearly out of his depth. To be fair, so would any PM right now. The problem is that the Coronavirus has a modus operandi that is not fully understood — so no matter what the government does, their actions to combat the virus could be wrong. The fact that the Boris Johnson government is now effectively run by former Vote Leave campaigners who are only concerned about good public relations is clearly of no real help and provides no expertise — and that much is patently evident. Indeed, if anything, it has heavily…

sputniknews (2020-05-23). Senior Tory Says Boris Johnson 'Lost His Edge' After Battle With COVID-19 – Report. sputniknews.com The comments come as Boris Johnson finds himself flanked by a series of challenges to his premiership, including widespread criticism of his response to the coronavirus and an increasingly popular opposition leader.

yenisafak (2020-05-23). UK govt under fire as top adviser flouts lockdown rules. yenisafak.com British government has come under fire from all opposition parties as they demand a top adviser to resign after reports that he flouted official directives weeks ago during the coronavirus lockdown and traveled hundreds of miles after developing symptoms. | Local media reported that Dominic Cummings, the chief aide to Premier Boris Johnson, visited his parents in Durham, north England around six weeks ago when he had the symptoms and had to self-isolate for two weeks in line with the official government advice. | Cummings travelled with his wife to Durham while she was also unwell, according to reports by the Gua…

yenisafak (2020-05-23). Foreign mercenary found dead south of Tripoli in Libya. yenisafak.com A dead body of a foreign mercenary was found south of Tripoli, Libya's capital, the country's Foreign Ministry said on Saturday.In a statement, the ministry said the Libyan army found the dead body in an area in the Salahaddin region, which was cleared of militias loyal to warlord Khalifa Haftar.The concerned security units and judicial authorities are carrying out a joint investigation to clarify the facts related to the foreign mercenary, it said.After completing the investigation, the Libyan Foreign Ministry will submit the report on the matter to the United Nations Security Council as an additional evidence f…

yenisafak (2020-05-23). Coronavirus cases, deaths on rise in Eurasian countries. yenisafak.com – UkraineIn Ukraine, the total number of cases has reached 20,580, while the death toll hit 605 with new 17 fatalities.The country conducted 10,248 tests in the last 24 hours and a total of 6,929 people have recovered from the virus.- KazakhstanIn Kazakhstan, the number of cases rose by 322, bringing the total to 7,919.So far, 35 people have died and 3,788 people are still under treatment while 4,096 have recovered.- ArmeniaIn Armenia, another 374 people were confirmed to have contracted COVID-19, bringing the total to 6,302.The number of recoveries reached 2,936 and the death toll hit 77.Also, 49,080 tests were…

yenisafak (2020-05-23). Bangladesh: Virus cases top 32,000 after highest spike. yenisafak.com The number of coronavirus cases in Bangladesh crossed 32,000 on Saturday after the country's highest single-day spike to date.Over the past 24 hours, 1,873 more people tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total number of cases to 32,078, a top health official told a news briefing.The death toll rose to 452 with 20 more fatalities, while 296 recoveries pushed the total to 6,486, according to Dr. Nasima Sultana of the Health Services Directorate General.She said 10,834 samples were tested at 47 authorized laboratories since Friday, raising the total to around 235,000.Infections among Bangladeshi police person…

yenisafak (2020-05-23). NBA legend Ewing contracts coronavirus. yenisafak.com NBA's legendary player Patrick Ewing has tested positive for the new coronavirus."I want to share that I have tested positive for COVID-19. This virus is serious and should not be taken lightly. I want to encourage everyone to stay safe and take care of yourselves and your loved ones," Ewing, 57, said on Twitter early Saturday.Ewing was a New York Knicks star, playing for the franchise for 15 seasons (1985-2000).He has been coaching Georgetown University men's basketball team Georgetown Hoyas since 2017.Before the 1985 NBA draft, Ewing had played for Georgetown while in college.The Knicks' ex-center appeared in t…

yenisafak (2020-05-23). Eid preparation horde may worsen pandemic in Bangladesh. yenisafak.com People in Bangladesh, especially women, have been massively gathering for the Eid al-Fitr shopping, violating social distancing rules, which a medical doctor dubbed destructive amid the country's rising records of coronavirus.Until Friday, the South Asian state of 165 million people registered 432 deaths from the fatal virus while the tally of infections surpassed 30,000 mark.The virus has already reached to the country's all of 64 districts and the fatality rate is on rise for the last couple of days.The government imposed countrywide lockdown on March 26 to stem the spread of the COVID-19 virus that has also pa…

yenisafak (2020-05-23). UK charges 5 with murder of Muslim woman in shooting. yenisafak.com Three more men were charged on Friday night with the murder of Aya Hachem, a Muslim woman shot dead in broad daylight in Blackburn, England on Sunday.Lancashire Police said Uthman Satia, 28, Judy Chapman, 26, and Kashif Manzoor, 24, were charged for 19-year-old Hachem's murder.The police announced earlier on Friday that two men had been charged: Feroz Suleman, 39, and Abubakir Satia, 31.The total number of people charged is now five.They will be charged for Hachem's murder as well as the attempted murder of a man who was not the intended target in the incident. Police said two shots were fired, one hit a building…

yenisafak (2020-05-23). Spain to reopen to international tourism from July, PM Sanchez says. yenisafak.com Spain will reopen to international tourism from July, Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said on Saturday.The country is emerging from one of Europe's strictest lockdowns, implemented on March 14.

yenisafak (2020-05-23). Turkey boasts 3rd-largest number of Blue Flag beaches. yenisafak.com This year 23 more Turkish beaches got the Blue Flag, an international label from the International Foundation for Environmental Education recognizing high standards of cleanliness, pristine waters, and other parameters, said Turkey's Culture and Tourism Ministry on Friday.Turkey has a total of 486 beaches, 22 marinas and seven yacht docks bearing the coveted flag, behind only Spain and Greece, according to the Danish-based group.The number of Blue Flags in Turkey's Mediterranean tourist hotspot of Antalya rose to 206, while Mugla has 105, Aydin 35, Izmir 52, Balikesir 31, Samsun 13, and Istanbul two.Other beaches…

Andrey Areshev (2020-05-23). To Understand Iran's 150-Year Fight, Follow the Trail of Blood and Oil. strategic-culture.org This past Sunday, April 17th, a dispute between Iran and the U.S. occurred over the U.S.' decision to increase its military presence in Caribbean and Eastern Pacific waters, with the purported reason being a counter-narcotics campaign. | Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif wrote to the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres this past Sunday, that the real purpose for this move by the U.S. is to "intervene and create disruption in the transfer of Iran's fuel to Venezuela." In the same letter, Zarif expressed concern over "the United States' intention to consider dangerous, unlawful and provocative measure…

Swords to Plowshares Now (2020-05-23). Police State Terrorism for Memorial Day Weekend. indybay.org On the eve of a war holiday, Memorial Day weekend, recognized as the beginning of summer, Friday, May 22, 2020, the police state was out in full force wasting our tax dollars while we have 100,000 unemployed in San Francisco and 40 million unemployed nationwide, and perhaps 20,000 homeless in San Francisco and perhaps 1 million homeless nationwide.

Lynda Carson (2020-05-23). Has coronavirus Covid-19 turned local skilled nursing facilities into death camps? indybay.org Coronavirus Covid-19 Pandemic…

Lynda Carson (2020-05-23). The death camp known as Gateway Care & Rehabilitation Center in Hayward. indybay.org Coronavirus Covid-19 Pandemic…

Health Care Voter and partners (2020-05-23). Covid-19 Pandemic: American Indian Nations & Tribal Communities (Health Care Voter). indybay.org Online via livestream…

Artists for Amazonia, Amazon Watch, others (2020-05-23). Artists United for Amazonia: Protecting the Protectors during COVID w/ Jane Goodall & more. indybay.org Online via livestream | www.youtube.com/watch?v=N6tWbDM0jAY | or | www.amazonemergencyfund.org/

Keith McHenry (2020-05-23). 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.

Poor People's Campaign (2020-05-23). Poor People's Campaign: Virtual Mass Meeting on Poverty Amidst Pandemic. indybay.org Online via livestream…

The Commonwealth Club (2020-05-23). Climate Change and the 2020 Election during the Pandemic. indybay.org Online via livestream…

Staff (2020-05-23). Law Firms Plan to Sue Governments for Profits Lost Due to Pandemic Measures. truthout.org As in any crisis, there will be winners and losers from this global pandemic. | Those paying the price for COVID-19 are becoming more visible every day — from the nurses risking their own lives to save others, to the poorly paid workers toiling overtime to produce food and deliver essential goods. Globally, we are also starting to see the impact on impoverished countries that have been forced to deal with an unprecedented health and economic crisis. | Some of the winners are also becomin…

Staff (2020-05-23). Immigrants Jailed by ICE Are Winning Court Battles to Get Free. truthout.org By the time the coronavirus pandemic reached a crisis level in the United States in March, José Velásquez had already spent almost 900 days in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention. A Guatemalan asylum seeker, Velásquez had celebrated his 18th and 19th birthdays behind bars, and, as the pandemic worsened, he worried about making it to his 20th. Over the course of two years in the notorious Adelanto detention center in California, the teenager had developed serious hypertension, a condition th…

Staff (2020-05-23). Cuomo Denounced for Order Sending Thousands of COVID Patients to Nursing Homes. truthout.org New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is facing new criticism after the Associated Press "It was a death sentence,"

Staff (2020-05-23). I'm a Frontline Medical Worker. I Contracted COVID — and It Took My Grandfather. truthout.org "CAC Foreman 8th floor." "Rapid response Klau 4th floor." The voice that echoes in my head is the voice that blares overhead every few seconds in my workplace, indicating where to go for yet another cardiac arrest or another patient on the verge of death. | I am a first-year internal medicine resident in New York City, and the physical and emotional toll placed on me is immeasurable. My attending physician reminds me of someone commanding a battlefield. I'm surrounded by "allied" residents (do…

en.mehrnews (2020-05-23). Iranian fuel tankers approach Caribbean: report. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 23 (MNA) — A flotilla of five tankers carrying Iranian fuel for Venezuela is approaching the Caribbean, with the first vessel expected to reach the South American country's waters on Sunday.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-23). FM spox felicitates anniversary of Khorramshahr liberation. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 23 (MNA) — Foreign Ministry Spokesman Abbas Mousavi congratulated the Iranian nation on the anniversary of the liberation of the city of Khorramshahr from Iraq's Ba'ath forces in 1982.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-23). Iran to respond to any US aggression against its oil tankers: Rouhani. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 23 (MNA) — In a telephone conversation with Emir of Qatar Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani warned that the Islamic Republic will respond to any possible US aggression against Iranian oil tankers in the Caribean Sea or any other point in the world.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-23). Health min. congratulates Eid al-Fitr to counterparts in Islamic countries. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 24 (MNA) — Iranian Minister of Health and Medical Education Saeed Namaki sent separate congratulatory messages to his counterparts in Islamic countries to congratulate them on Eid al-Fitr.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-23). 'Funfair' to take part in 8 intl. film festivals. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 24 (MNA) — Iranian short film 'Funfair', directed by Kaveh Mazaheri will take part in eight international film festivals around the world in the coming weeks.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-23). Kyrgyz President felicitates Iran on Eid al-Fitr. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 23 (MNA) —In a Saturday message to his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani, Sooronbay Jeenbekov President of Kyrgyzstan congratulated Iran and the Iranian nation on the occasion of Eid al-Fitr (May 24).

en.mehrnews (2020-05-23). Iranian documentary to vie at US' Southeast Regional filmfest. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 24 (MNA) — Directed by Iman Bayatfar, 'To Be Is Better Than Not To Be' will compete in the long documentary section of the 2020 Southeast Regional Film Festival.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-23). VIDEO: FM Zarif's full speech on occasion of Intl. Quds Day. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 23 (MNA) — Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif delivered a speech on Friday live on Instagram for a Johannesburg-based online conference. Here is the full video of his speech as published by the Iranian Foreign Ministry.

sputniknews (2020-05-23). Video: Four-Alarm Fire Destroys Warehouse on San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf. sputniknews.com The huge fire is said to have also affected an iconic World War II-era vessel, which prompted firefighters to go above and beyond in their efforts to stop the flames from further damaging the museum-ship.

sputniknews (2020-05-23). 'Tremendously Bright' Radio Bursts Not Necessarily Caused by Aliens, Research Suggests. sputniknews.com New astronomic findings seem to have dealt a blow to persistent alien radio communication theories, or at least provided food for thought when it comes to super-distinct signals from outer space.

IMEMC & Agencies (2020-05-23). Israeli Authorities Place Palestinian under Administrative Detention. imemc.org Israeli Prison Service (IPS) reportedly placed, on Saturday, a Palestinian man from the northern West Bank city of Jenin, under administrative detention, with no charges, for a period of six months. Family members of Mahmoud Said Alsa'dy, 40, told the Palestinian WAFA News Agency that the Israeli prison authority of …

Alan MacLeod (2020-05-22). The Power of Propaganda: Americans Think Trump's COVID-19 Performance Better than China's. thealtworld.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. | MPN— A

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, …

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

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 | "

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.

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'.

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 …

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

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…

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…

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…

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 …

World Socialist Web Site (2020-05-22). Trump issues new threats as Iranian tankers approach Venezuela. iranian.com In a telephone conference with right-wing Hispanic supporters in the United States Wednesday, President Donald Trump issued new threats against Venezuela, bragging about the US military siege that has been mounted against the embattled South American country. Referring to Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, Trump declared,"We have surrounded him at a level that no one knows, …

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). "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). 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). 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."

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.

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.

Chauncey K. Robinson (2020-05-22). 'Mossville: When Great Trees Fall' exposes environmental and racial terror of capitalism. peoplesworld.org "When great souls die, the air around us becomes light, rare, sterile. We breathe, briefly. Our eyes, briefly, see with a hurtful clarity." — Maya Angelou A piece of American history, showcasing the perseverance of a people despite centuries of oppression and enslavement, is on the verge of being lost forever due to greed, negligence, and …

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 . . . |

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, . . . |

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 . . . |

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 . . . |

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

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.

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 …

Michael Biesecker, Jason Dearen (2020-05-22). Conservatives recruit 'pro-Trump' doctors to deliver only good news about reopening. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON (AP)—Republican political operatives are recruiting "extremely pro-Trump" doctors to go on television to prescribe reviving the U.S. economy as quickly as possible, without waiting to meet safety benchmarks proposed by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to slow the spread of the new coronavirus. The plan was discussed in a May 11 …

Mark Gruenberg (2020-05-22). McCOVID protest combo: McDonald's workers PPE strike hits stores, shareholders meeting. peoplesworld.org OAK BROOK, Ill.—Lack of protection against the ravages of the coronavirus, including no masks, no paid sick leave, and no hazardous duty pay, led thousands of McDonald's workers from coast to coast undertake a "virtual strike" of their giant fast-food employer on May 20. And pickets—spaced six feet apart to prevent spread of the virus—actually …

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.

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.

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.

National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (2020-05-22). Will the Democrats' HEROES stimulus bill rescue farmers? peoplesworld.org As farmers and communities across the country continue to struggle to adapt to the new normal that is life amidst a global pandemic, Congress set the stage this week for the fourth round of federal aid to combat this crisis. And while previous aid packages have addressed some of the most urgent relief, our nation's …

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

V.P. Franklin (2020-05-22). Georgetown Students Demonstrate How Reparations Can Be Made to African-American Students. aclu.org This spring, something extraordinary and worthy of imitation occurred on Georgetown University's campus in Washington, D.C., , On April 11, two-thirds of the undergraduate student body who took part in a referendum

Jeffery Robinson (2020-05-22). America, It Is Time to Talk About Reparations. aclu.org We are two months away from the 400th anniversary of the first enslaved people arriving in what would become the United States of America. It is time to renew the public discussion about reparations to descendants of Africans who were enslaved as our country was forming and growing rich. , , First as colonies and then as a nation, America has existed longer with slavery (1619-1865: 246 years) than without it (1865-2019: 154 years). And the reality of the institution of enslaving people is not the "good food and a decent place to live" narrative of Bill O'Reilly on Fox News and others who minimize the horror of…

The Canary (2020-05-22). Number of deaths in UK involving coronavirus passes 45,000, according to latest data. thecanary.co The number of deaths involving coronavirus (Covid-19) in the UK has passed 45,000, according to the latest available data.Figures published on 22 May by the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency showed that 664 deaths involving Covid-19 had been registered in Northern Ireland up to 20 May.On 20 May, figures from the National Records of Scotland showed 3,546 deaths involving Covid-19 had been registered in Scotland up to 17 May.And the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics, published on 19 May, showed 39,071 deaths involving Covid-19 occurred in England and Wales up to May 8 (and had bee…

The Canary (2020-05-22). Downing Street feeling the heat as pressure grows on PM to sack Cummings. thecanary.co Lockdown questions continue to bombard the government going into the bank holiday weekend as the prime minister faces pressure to sack his closest aide, Dominic Cummings. Pressure has mounted following reports Cummings broke coronavirus (Covid-19)-related travel restrictions. | Police have confirmed Dominic Cummings and his wife attended the family property in County Durham. This was after allegations emerged that Cummings travelled more than 260 miles from his London home during the lockdown that his boss put in place across England. | Political leaders have piled pressure on Johnson to sack the 48-year-old stra…

The Canary (2020-05-22). As government eases lockdown, local councils are urging people to keep away from UK beaches over bank holiday weekend. thecanary.co Local councils are urging the public to stay away from beaches over the bank holiday weekend, when England is expected to bask in dry, sunny weather.Pictures of crowds flocking to beaches in Brighton and Southend in recent days have raised fears over social distancing. Councils with responsibility for beauty spots around England are therefore warning people to stay away.The Canary has

The Canary (2020-05-22). Three more charged over murder of law student in drive-by shooting. thecanary.co Another three people have been charged over the murder of a law student and the attempted murder of their intended target in a drive-by shooting, Lancashire Police said.Innocent passer-by Aya Hachem, 19, was gunned down as she walked to a supermarket near her home in Blackburn on Sunday.The first of two shots fired from a passing vehicle hit a building but the second fatally struck the teenager in the chest.: Aya Hachem was a 19-year-old law student (Lancashire Police/PA): Blackburn residents Uthman Satia, 28, Kashif Manzoor, 24, and Judy Chapman, 26, from Great Harwood have been charged with the mu…

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). 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?
| 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…

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 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 aggressi…

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…

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). 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). 'It was terrifying': Wife of former Russia international Pogrebnyak speaks of fears as striker & family catch coronavirus. rt.com Glamorous Russian reality TV star Maria Pogrebnyak-Shatalova has confessed her fears to her Instagram following of almost 2 million after her husband caught Covid-19 and their family suffered fevers and vomiting.
| Glamorous Russian reality TV star Maria Pogrebnyak-Shatalova has confessed her fears to her Instagram following of almost 2 million after her husband caught Covid-19 and their family suffered fevers and vomiting. | The chic fashion fanatic, who shot to fame when sh…

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 pay for 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 the…

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.
| 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…

RT (2020-05-22). Gamer training platform that uses AI & cognitive science secures big investment while lockdown makes esports hot. rt.com Cash might be tight for many industries amid the Covid-19 pandemic, but not when it comes to the ever-evolving esports industry. Take Statespace, a platform that trains gamers which has raised $15 million in Series A funding.
| Cash might be tight for many industries amid the Covid-19 pandemic, but not when it comes to the ever-evolving esports industry. Take Statespace, a platform that trains gamers which has raised $15 million in Series A funding. | Launched in 2…

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.

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.

Stan Cox (2020-05-22). Creating a Climate for Real Change. progressive.org The Green New Deal is only a starting point toward a sustainable future.

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 …

Marwa Osman (2020-05-22). Palestine — Quds Day 2020: Marwa Osman. thealtworld.com TeleSur English- Political Commentator Dr. Marwa Osman joins Camila on From the Lebanon to discuss the history and significance of Quds Day and analyzes today's geopolitical context. Dr. Osman discusses the U.S. and Israeli regime's intensifying threats against the Palestinian people within the context of the "deal of the century" saying the 'deal' constitutes the imprisonment of Palestinians. Blockaded Palestine has much in common with other blockaded nations included Iran and Venezuela.

IMEMC & Agencies (2020-05-22). Arab League Supports Palestine Against Israeli Annexation Plans. imemc.org The League of Arab States, comprising of 22 Arab countries, expressed, on Thursday, its full support for the Palestinian leadership, in the latter's defiance of Israel's plans, including the plan to annex parts of the West Bank and the Jordan Valley area of Al-Aghwar. Said Abuali, Under-Secretary General of the …

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 …

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.)

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…

Staff (2020-05-22). We Can't Afford to Be Bystanders During a Pandemic, Says Activist Linda Sarsour. truthout.org Linda Sarsour has become one of the most celebrated intersectional movement leaders to disrupt the economic, political and racist paradigms in the United States. Her

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.