2020-05-24: News Headlines

Lucas Koerner (2020-05-24). Trump Claims to Have Venezuela 'Surrounded' as Iranian Tankers Approach. zcomm.org Venezuela's armed forces will escort the vessels upon reaching territorial waters.

Stephen Lendman (2020-05-24). First of 5 Iranian Tankers Enters Venezuelan Waters. globalresearch.ca First some facts establishment media suppress. | International trade is the sovereign right of all nations — free from restraints imposed by one state against another. | Sanctions on nations is the exclusive prerogative of Security Council members. | No country may legally …

Andre Vltchek (2020-05-24). Battle Against COVID-19 in a Fragmented World has Ruined illions of Lives. dissidentvoice.org It is not only about physically surviving the pandemic. People miss people, and places, sometimes desperately. And they die when separated. We are bombarded by briefings and numbers. We are scared into submission by horrifying medical stories, by shocking images, and then, simultaneously, by predictions of economic and social downfall. Day and night, day and …

Vanessa Beeley (2020-05-24). Is C O V I D 19 Part of a Global Hybrid War Strategy? — Vanessa Beeley interview. thealtworld.com An eclectic and informal interview with Jason Liosatos. We cover everything from Covid-19 to Syria and the dissolving left/right paradigm.

Stephen Lendman (2020-05-24). China's New National Security Law. globalresearch.ca Details of the new law are coming in the weeks ahead, likely in June. | The measure aims to counter months of US orchestrated nonviolent and violent protests that rocked Hong Kong last year — led by 5th column elements. | Orchestrated …

John Rachel (2020-05-24). Crucial Reading For A Turbulent Time. dissidentvoice.org In an era where a man like Julian Assange can be mercilessly persecuted for just doing honest journalism, it takes a great deal of courage to expose the lies and misdeeds of America's imperial ambitions. Yet they must be exposed and condemned for exactly what they have been and continue to be. No More War: …

Sam Pizzigati (2020-05-24). The Inefficient and Incredibly Lucrative Chase for a Coronavirus Vaccine. zcomm.org Our hottest biotech firm hasn't yet manufactured an antidote to Covid-19. The company has manufactured three billionaires…

yenisafak (2020-05-24). EU ambassador urges Eid cease-fire in Libya. yenisafak.com Alan Bugeja urged Libyan army and militias of warlord Khalifa Haftar "to respect the spirituality of Eid al-Fitr and allow the holidays to be celebrated in peace and compassion, which is the basis of the religion of Islam.""While this year's Eid al-Fitr is being celebrated, Libyans, besides suffering from the coronavirus pandemic, still continue to be affected by the war that has caused death, destruction and displacement. It is time to hear the ongoing calls to end conflicts and return to dialogue," Bugeja said in a statement on Saturday.Libya's government, which has been under attack by Haftar's forces since Ap…

The Canary (2020-05-24). Delay in imposing lockdown saw cases rise by 1.3m in nine days — report. thecanary.co According to a report, the government's hesitance to implement lockdown restrictions saw the number of those infected with coronavirus (Covid-19) rise by 1.3 million in nine days.An investigation by the Sunday Times' Insight team has reported that Boris Johnson's delay in imposing measures saw cases rise from 200,000 on 14 March to 1.5 million on 23 March, as the government deliberated on the timing and scale of the lockdown.The increase in cases during this time is shown in a study by Imperial College London's pandemic modellers and Oxford University's department of statistics.The study used backward modelling t…

The Canary (2020-05-24). Police fire tear gas during protest in Hong Kong. thecanary.co Hong Kong police fired volleys of tear gas in a popular shopping district, as hundreds took to the streets on 24 May to march against China's proposed tough national security laws for the city.Pro-democracy supporters in Hong Kong have sharply criticised China's proposal to enact a national security law that would ban secessionist and subversive activity. The law would also ban foreign interference and terrorism in the semi-autonomous territory.One country, two systems: Critics say it goes against the "one country, two systems" framework that promises the city freedoms not found on the mainland.On Sunday a…

South Front (2020-05-24). Video: Syrian Army Hunts Down ISIS Terrorists in Desert. globalresearch.ca This week, the Syrian Army, Liwa al-Quds and the National Defense Forces have conducted a series of anti-ISIS raids in the Homs-Deir Ezzor desert. | The intensification of the anti-ISIS efforts followed an ISIS attack near Ghabagheb, on the Damascus-Deir Ezzor …

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2020-05-24). Michel Chossudovsky: Biographical Summary. globalresearch.ca There are a number of deliberate "errors" and omissions in Michel Chossudovsky's wikipedia entry. Defamatory statements | The same applies to the wikipedia entry for Global Research which has been merged with Chossudovsky's entry. | Below is a biographical summary focussing …

WSWS Repost (2020-05-24). 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.

Leon Kunstenaar (2020-05-24). 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 (2020-05-24). #Protect Our VOTE: Car & Tailgate Protest in Contra Costa County. indybay.org Pleasant Hill: RSVPs will be sent exact location to participate…

RT (2020-05-24). First Iranian tanker crosses into Venezuela's economic zone as US ships spotted nearby – tracking data. rt.com The first of five Iranian tankers carrying fuel to Venezuela has entered the nation's exclusive economic zone, tracking data shows. Earlier, Tehran threatened the US with retaliation for interfering with the vessels' passage.
| The first of five Iranian tankers carrying fuel to Venezuela has entered the nation's exclusive economic zone, tracking data shows. Earlier, Tehran threatened the US with retaliation for interfering with the vessels' passage. | Iranian-flagged oil tanker 'F…

RT (2020-05-24). Washington pushing US & China to 'brink of new Cold War,' Beijing warns. rt.com The US is pursuing policies that risk creating a protracted conflict with Beijing, China's foreign minister has said. There is growing friction between the two nations over the Covid-19 pandemic and the situation in Hong Kong.
| The US is pursuing policies that risk creating a protracted conflict with Beijing, China's foreign minister has said. There is growing friction between the two nations over the Covid-19 pandemic and the situation in Hong Kong. | "It has come to our attention that som…

RT (2020-05-24). Dithering while Britain burned: Lockdown delay led to UK Covid-19 death toll soaring to worst in Europe, says report. rt.com As the UK government dithered and delayed over whether to introduce lockdown measures, the number of coronavirus infections skyrocketed and set the scene for Britain to suffer Europe's worst Covid-19 death toll.
| As the UK government dithered and delayed over whether to introduce lockdown measures, the number of coronavirus infections skyrocketed and set the scene for Britain to suffer Europe's worst Covid-19 death toll. | Infections soared from 200,000 to 1.5 million i…

RT (2020-05-24). Hotly-touted Oxford coronavirus VACCINE trial has only 50 percent chance of success, project leader warns. rt.com The professor leading Oxford University's highly-anticipated coronavirus vaccine trial has poured cold water on much of the hype surrounding the project by warning that it has only a 50 percent chance of being successful.
| The professor leading Oxford University's highly-anticipated coronavirus vaccine trial has poured cold water on much of the hype surrounding the project by warning that it has only a 50 percent chance of being successful. | In an interview…

RT (2020-05-24). Alyssa Milano goes on defensive after showing off her KNITTED mask (that does NOTHING to stop Covid-19). rt.com Actress and liberal activist Alyssa Milano has pushed back against an avalanche of online mockery, after she shared a photo of herself donning a visibly unreliable knitted mask.
| Actress and liberal activist Alyssa Milano has pushed back against an avalanche of online mockery, after she shared a photo of herself donning a visibly unreliable knitted mask. | The anti-Trump #Resistance 'heroine' urged her Twitter followers to don masks to stop the spread of Covid-19, and in…

RT (2020-05-24). Global human development to decline for first time in 30 years due to Covid-19, warns UN. rt.com A report by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) says that the coronavirus pandemic is "unleashing a human development crisis," with declines in fundamental areas of living standards expected to be felt worldwide.
| A report by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) says that the coronavirus pandemic is "unleashing a human development crisis," with declines in fundamental areas of living standards expected to be felt worldwide. | A combined measure of the w…

RT (2020-05-24). Police in Hamburg use WATER CANNONS to disperse demonstrators against anti-lockdown protest (VIDEO, PHOTOS). rt.com Police have deployed water cannons to break up a sparse crowd demonstrating against a sanctioned anti-lockdown rally in Hamburg, Germany, that saw dozens turn out while minding social distancing rules.
| Police have deployed water cannons to break up a sparse crowd demonstrating against a sanctioned anti-lockdown rally in Hamburg, Germany, that saw dozens turn out while minding social distancing rules. | Police had to intervene after a small group of about 120 counter-pro…

RT (2020-05-24). Lawsuits targeting China are mere 'daydreaming', but Beijing's 'open' to impartial Covid-19 probe — Chinese FM. rt.com Threats to sue China for its alleged role in the coronavirus pandemic are misguided, the country's foreign minister has stated, adding that Beijing would co-operate with an even-handed inquiry into the global health crisis.
| Threats to sue China for its alleged role in the coronavirus pandemic are misguided, the country's foreign minister has stated, adding that Beijing would co-operate with an even-handed inquiry into the global health crisis. | Lawsuits being threatened…

RT (2020-05-24). Breaking bad? '300-person' DANCE PARTY in Siberia flouts social distancing rules (VIDEO). rt.com Scores of Russians poured into Siberia's largest city Novosibirsk at the weekend to let off some steam during the coronavirus pandemic — but the flash dance party did not go unnoticed by local media and the police.
| Scores of Russians poured into Siberia's largest city Novosibirsk at the weekend to let off some steam during the coronavirus pandemic — but the flash dance party did not go unnoticed by local media and the police. | The city of 1.6 million has r…

RT (2020-05-24). NYT includes MURDER VICTIM in controversial front page list of Covid-19 deaths. rt.com The New York Times has split the internet over a provocative front page spread of Covid-19 victims. The list itself has come under scrutiny, with at least one of the deaths found to have actually resulted from homicide. | As the US death toll approaches 100,000, the paper decided to print a "long, solemn list of people whose lives were lost to the coronavirus pandemic." Instead of trying to fit tens of thousands of names on the front page, the New York Times chose to highlight a curated selection of obituaries from across the country. | The Times explained that the list of 1,000 people was designed to remind A…

RT (2020-05-24). Hundreds call for 'end to tyranny' in anti-lockdown protest at California state Capitol (PHOTOS, VIDEO). rt.com Some 2,000 people have descended on the California Capitol in Sacramento, demanding that the remaining coronavirus restrictions — including a ban on church services — be lifted in one of the biggest anti-shutdown rallies to date.
| Some 2,000 people have descended on the California Capitol in Sacramento, demanding that the remaining coronavirus restrictions — including a ban on church services — be lifted in one of the biggest anti-shutdown rallie…

RT (2020-05-24). 'Pure fabrication': Head of Wuhan lab DENIES claims virus leaked from there, says 'we didn't even know it existed'. rt.com The head of Wuhan's virology institute has debunked the evolving US 'Wuhan virus' theory, saying Covid-19 couldn't have artificially leaked. She said her lab didn't have the first virus samples until as late as the end of 2019.
| The head of Wuhan's virology institute has debunked the evolving US 'Wuhan virus' theory, saying Covid-19 couldn't have artificially leaked. She said her lab didn't have the first virus samples until as late as the end of 2019. | Wuhan Institute of Virolog…

RT (2020-05-24). Kim Jong-un calls for stronger NUCLEAR WAR DETERRENT, vows to put strategic forces on HIGH ALERT — state media. rt.com North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has urged his army's top brass to boost the country's "strategic forces" and put them on high alert, as reports that he may be seriously ill have yet to cease completely.
| North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has urged his army's top brass to boost the country's "strategic forces" and put them on high alert, as reports that he may be seriously ill have yet to cease completely. | The call-to-arms was made at a high-profile gathering of military commanders a…

RT (2020-05-24). Fumes & scuffles as riot police fire tear gas amid renewed anti-govt unrest in Hong Kong (PHOTOS, VIDEOS). rt.com Brewing unrest in Hong Kong turned violent on Sunday, with police deploying tear gas grenades to keep back crowds of protesters who tried to go on the offensive, forcing the riot squad to retreat at times.
| Brewing unrest in Hong Kong turned violent on Sunday, with police deploying tear gas grenades to keep back crowds of protesters who tried to go on the offensive, forcing the riot squad to retreat at times. | Turmoil resumed in the former British colony shortly after the Chinese governme…

Stephen Lendman (2020-05-24). US War on Humanity Rages While Honoring Its Fallen Military Service Members. globalresearch.ca Memorial Day weekend should be a time to reflect on why a day was established to commemorate lost lives of US military men and women who were sent to wage preemptive wars against other nations threatening no one. | From before …

Sophie Jones (2020-05-24). Mutual Aid in Queens Amidst COVID-19. zcomm.org We must create new, resilient social living systems. We need autonomy, and we need mutual aid. Most of all, we need each other…

Zephyr Teachout (2020-05-24). 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…

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2020-05-24). Airlines at a Time of Crisis: Patterns of Compromise: The EasyJet Data Breach. globalresearch.ca 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 …

Caoimhghin àì Croidheáin (2020-05-24). Changing Depictions of America in Cinema: Signs of 'Self-Awareness', 'Resistance' or a 'Multipolar World'? globalresearch.ca "How can I confound myself with those who today already find a hearing? — Only the day after tomorrow belongs to me. Some are born posthumously." Friedrich Nietzsche — The Antichrist | Introduction | 2019 was a very interesting year in cinema, …

Deborah Hermanns (2020-05-24). Forward Momentum: Democracy isn't a distraction. zcomm.org Democracy isn't a distraction – it's the only way to transform Momentum and the Labour Party and effectively build power in our communities…

Prabir Purkayastha (2020-05-24). US declares vaccine war on the world. peoplesdispatch.org What prevents any country from making drugs and vaccines, once developed? Is it the threat of the US, or the belief that in the US-China vaccine war, they need to be on the US side?

Prabhat Patnaik (2020-05-24). The mendacity of Modi govt.'s 'rescue package'. peoplesdispatch.org The inhumanity of the Narendra Modi government towards the people is matched only by its mendacity. And in both respects, the Modi government is far ahead of most other governments in the world. Which other government would have passed off a slew of concessions to foreign and domestic monopolists as a "rescue package" for the people of the country? Which other government would have totted up loan plans for banks, and non-bank financial companies, as succor to the crisis-hit poor? Which other government would have projected abject prostration before globalized finance (and its credit-rating agencies) as a move…

graham (2020-05-24). Dominic Cummings — a cover story obscuring something far darker. truepublica.org.uk TruePublica Editor: There is genuine hatred for Dominic Cummings — without doubt the most toxic character a sitting government has had to defend. But without Cummings, the man who illegally used data systems designed for post battlefield propaganda campaigns to win 'hearts and minds' in war-torn countries — the Tories would not be in anything …

Juliana Pino (2020-05-24). A Chicago Neighborhood Fights Back. zcomm.org Interview on environmental racism and some of the dirty work that's been unfolding under the cover of a pandemic…

yenisafak (2020-05-24). Death toll from coronavirus nears 7,500 in Iran. yenisafak.com Iran on Sunday confirmed 58 more fatalities from coronavirus over the past 24 hours, bringing the nationwide death toll to 7,417.A further 2,180 people tested positive for COVID-19, raising the overall count to 135,701, said the Health Ministry spokesman Kianoush Jahanpour.He said 105,801 patients have recovered and been discharged from hospitals so far, while 2,615 patients remain in critical condition.Jahanpour said no deaths have been reported in 13 states of the country in the last 24 hours due to COVID-19.In Iran, one of the countries in the Middle East hardest hit by the disease, COVID-19 was first detected…

yenisafak (2020-05-24). Thailand reports no new coronavirus cases for fourth time this month. yenisafak.com Thailand on Sunday reported no new coronavirus cases and no new deaths, maintaining the total to 3,040 confirmed cases and 56 fatalities since the outbreak began in January.Sunday was the fourth day in this month that there were no new daily cases, said Panprapa Yongtrakul, a spokeswoman for the government's coronavirus task force.There are 2,921 patients who have recovered and returned home since the outbreak started.

yenisafak (2020-05-24). Africa records nearly 3,500 virus cases in a single day. yenisafak.com Coronavirus cases in Africa jumped to nearly 107,500 on Sunday after some 3,500 people contracted the contagious virus across the continent in the last 24 hours.The latest update by the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention showed that 63 patients have died over the same period, bringing the tally of continental death toll to 3,245.More than 42,600 patients have recovered from the disease so far, according to the data.South Africa remains the most affected country in terms of cases with 21,300 people having been infected while Egypt has followed it with 16,500 cases. However, Egypt has suffered 735 fa…

The Canary (2020-05-24). Tory MPs ramp up pressure on Johnson over Cummings 'lockdown breaches'. thecanary.co Conservative MPs have ramped up pressure on Boris Johnson to dispense with his top aide Dominic Cummings. The pressure comes amid fresh allegations that Cummings broke lockdown rules more than once. | The prime minister has been urged to sack Cummings after reports surfaced that he made a second trip to County Durham, where his family lives, despite stringent social restrictions. | Tory MPs, including prominent 1922 Committee member Steve Baker, said Cummings "must go". But transport secretary Grant Shapps said reports of a second trip were "not true". The PM pledged his "full support" on Saturday 23 May to his u…

Dr. Paul Craig Roberts (2020-05-24). Whoever Is Elected War Is the Policy. globalresearch.ca Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tells us that despite the record of destroying in whole or part eight countries in recent years, the US is a "force for good." This is the Trump regime's version of the neoconservative doctrine espoused …

Manlio Dinucci (2020-05-24). USA Plan: Militarized Control of Population. The "National Covid-19 Testing Action Plan" globalresearch.ca The Rockefeller Foundation has presented the "National Covid-19 Testing Action Plan", indicating the "pragmatic steps to reopen our workplaces and our communities". However, it is not simply a matter of health measures as it appears from the title. | The …

Commonwealth Club & SF Pride (2020-05-24). Challenges Facing LGBTQ Immigrants, Refugees and Asylum Seekers (webinar). indybay.org Online via livestream…

Edward Curtin (2020-05-24). Passing Behind Our Backs."Everyone's Life has a Shape, as if it Were a Drawing or Story or Song" globalresearch.ca I never met the great basketball player, Bob Cousy, the man known as "the Houdini of the Hardwood," yet he somehow influenced my life in ways I never knew, or to be more accurate, in ways I didn't reflect upon …

Lynda Carson (2020-05-24). The death camp known as Gateway Care & Rehabilitation Center in Hayward. indybay.org Coronavirus Covid-19 Pandemic…

AP (2020-05-24). Circuit Judge Tosses Out Governor Kate Brown's Coronavirus Restrictions In Oregon. indybay.org

Artists for Amazonia, Amazon Watch, others (2020-05-24). 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/

Swords to Plowshares Now (2020-05-24). 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.

Health Care Voter and partners (2020-05-24). Covid-19 Pandemic: American Indian Nations & Tribal Communities (Health Care Voter). indybay.org Online via livestream…

Labor Videeo Project (2020-05-24). Nurses, Covid-19, Healthcare Crisis & Defending Public Health With NNU Pres. Burger. indybay.org Deborah Burger R.N. president of the National Nurses Union NNU-California Nurses Association CNA talks about the crisis in the healthcare system and the fight of the NNU-CNA to defend nurses, healthcare workers and the public.

Poor People's Campaign (2020-05-24). Poor People's Campaign: Virtual Mass Meeting on Poverty Amidst Pandemic. indybay.org Online via livestream…

Keith McHenry (2020-05-24). 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 (2020-05-24). 2020 Eid al-Fitr prayers in Iran's provinces (1). en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 24 (MNA) — Eid al-Fitr prayers were held across Iran with special health protocols being observed by worshippers amid the coronavirus pandemic. Here are photos of prayers on Sunday in Qazvin, Yazd, Qom, Rasht, and Tabriz.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-24). Iran COVID-19 update: 2,180 new cases, 58 deaths in past 24 hours. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 24 (MNA) — The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has infected 2,180 people and claimed 58 lives in Iran in the past 24 hours, a senior health official said.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-24). Iran, Turkey stress need to reopen borders, resume trade. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 24 (MNA) — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani held a phone conversation with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan where both sides pointed to the need to resume bilateral trade.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-24). Iran calls for development of scientific, academic ties with Iraq. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 24 (MNA) — In a Sunday meeting with Iraq's Higher Education and Science Minister Nabil Khadim Abdul Sahib, Iranian envoy to Baghdad Iraj Masjedi voiced his country's tendency for expansion of scientific, student and academic cooperation with Iraq.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-24). Tehran-Caracas ties stronger than ever, says Iranian diplomat. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 24 (MNA) — Iranian ambassador to Venezuela Hojatollah Soltani hailed on Sunday the growing friendly ties between Tehran and Caracas.

sputniknews (2020-05-24). Trump at Loss for Words When Asked About Biden's Strong Points as Potential President. sputniknews.com POTUS earlier criticised Biden while the latter was still in the thick of the Democratic Party primary race, insisting that the former vice president was one of the weakest candidates in the field, giving him the moniker "sleepy Joe".

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…

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. …

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.

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 …

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…

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 …

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.

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.

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 . . . |

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.

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). 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). 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). 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.
| 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 no…

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 young man, who has not been named, was transferred from an Ann Arbor hospital to Detroit's Westwood Nursing Center last week after contracting the coronavirus, his father

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,…

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.

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.

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.

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…

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…

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…

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.

Elizabeth M. Hechenbleikner, Daniel V. Samarov, Ed Lin (2020-05-23). [Commentary] Data explosion during COVID-19: A call for collaboration with the tech industry & data scrutiny. thelancet.com The volume and speed of data generation in biomedical literature, social media, and other resources during the COVID-19 pandemic is unprecedented. This mountain of data is growing daily across PubMed, Twitter, Google Scholar, and the World Health Organization's COVID-19 database [1], naming a few. The recently published COVID-19 Twitter dataset may offer insights into multiple topics from compliance with social distancing to assembling homemade masks and mental health tips [2]. Beyond social media, the massive COVID-19 Open Research Dataset (CORD-19) has been assembled from tech giants like Microsoft, the Allen I…

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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…

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%.

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.

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 …

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.

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…

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). 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). 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.

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.

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). 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.

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). 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.

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). 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.

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 . . . |

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.

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…

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 …

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 …

Wilfred Chan (2020-05-23). The Infinite Heartbreak of Loving Hong Kong. thenation.com The Infinite Heartbreak of Loving Hong Kong…

Derrick Broze (2020-05-23). Bill Gates' Web of Dark Money and Influence — Part 1: Philanthropic Narrative Shaping. thelastamericanvagabond.com In the first few months of 2020, business tycoon and billionaire Bill Gates saw his popularity soar through the roof. According to YouGov, 58 percent of Americans polled about Gates had a positive opinion of him, he is equally liked by men and women, and both Boomers and Millennials adore him. Gates' popularity might have …

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…

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.

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 …

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 …

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…

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…

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…

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…

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). 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). 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…

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,"

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 …

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 …

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…

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 . . . |

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…

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.)

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.

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 …

Ramzy Baroud (2020-05-22). Why Israel Fears the Nakba: How Memory Became Palestine's Greatest Weapon. counterpunch.org 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

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). 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."

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…

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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…

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, …

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'.

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 …

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 | "

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 …

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 …

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

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.

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 …

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…

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

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.

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.

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 …

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). 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.

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 . . . |

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, . . . |

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

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 …

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). 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…

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

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). 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). 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…

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.

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 …

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 …

IMEMC & Agencies (2020-05-22). Israeli Troops Suppress Weekly Kufur Qaddoum Protest, Cause 5 Inhalation Injuries. imemc.org Three Palestinian children were reportedly injured, on Friday, due to tear gas inhalation, after Israeli troops fired tear-gas canisters against protestors at the weekly protest of Kufur Qaddoum village, east of the northern West Bank city of Qalqilia. The protest, staged on Fridays, in protest of Israel's Apartheid Wall, settlements …

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." …

Caroline Chen (2020-05-22). Measuring "Social Distancing". Do I Know Enough to Get a Job as a Coronavirus "Contact Tracer"? globalresearch.ca Though requirements vary from state to state, many of them are hiring thousands of contact tracers in an effort to curb coronavirus spread. Here's a brief quiz to check your knowledge. | *** | States across the country are scrambling to hire …

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