2020-05-30: News Headlines

Ralph Nader (2020-05-30). S. David Freeman: Seven Decades of Participating in Power for All of Us. zcomm.org Freeman had that unparalleled combination of managerial experience, scholarly knowledge, and programmatic urgency in confronting the climate crisis…

Global Research News (2020-05-30). Video: Suspicious Man Breaks Window and Starts Minneapolis Riots? globalresearch.ca "This was the first man to break a window at autozone. | A move that started the string of looting and damage to businesses. He is seen wearing all black and carrying an umbrella to conceal the hammer he is holding …

Andrew Korybko (2020-05-30). China "Optimistic" with regard to Post Coronavirus World and Relations with US. globalresearch.ca Listening to Mr. Wang was therefore a refreshing reminder that everything really isn't as bad as Trump says that it is. | Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi held an …

Eds. (2020-05-30). Minneapolis police leader defending George Floyd's killers tied to 'white power'-linked biker gang. mronline.org From The Grayzone vault: The record of a pro-Trump Minneapolis police leader defending the killers of George Floyd reveals a past marred in accusations of racist violence, including charges from fellow police officers that he once wore a "white power" badge on his motorcycle jacket.

Andre Vltchek (2020-05-30). In the West: Propaganda, Hysteria and Truly Foul Breath! dissidentvoice.org If it wasn't so tragic, it would be laughable: the political brigands in North America and Europe are fuming, spitting and rolling their eyes upwards towards the ceiling. They are pointing fingers in all directions, shouting incoherently "China!", "Russia!", "Venezuela and Cuba!", "Iran!"; "You, You, YOU!". China and Russia are quietly building a new world, …

WSWS (2020-05-30). After ignoring migrant workers' plight, the Indian Supreme Court now acknowledges unfolding social tragedy. wsws.org The court's intervention reflects concerns fear by India's legal authorities that mounting mass anger will erupt against the entire capitalist elite and its state.

Kim Petersen (2020-05-30). Lenses on Riots, Murder, and Racism in the US and Hong Kong. dissidentvoice.org The despicable police murder of a person, another Black person, who allegedly used a counterfeit $20 bill has caused widespread revulsion among Americans. This time, however, authorities acted relatively quickly calling in the FBI and firing all four police officers at the scene — Derek Chauvin, Thomas Lane, Tou Thao, and J Alexander Kueng. George …

Eds. (2020-05-30). The Monster Enters: COVID-19, Avian Flu and the Plagues of Capitalism — book review. mronline.org Mike Davis' The Monster Enters updates his earlier book on capitalism and pandemic disease to reflect on the current failure of the neoliberal state, finds Elaine Graham-Leigh…

John Bellamy Foster (2020-05-30). Catastrophe capitalism and the COVID-19 crisis. mronline.org àñ≈ûK: In an interview with Michael D. Yates ("Trump, neo-fascism, and the COVID-19 Pandemic,"April 11, 2020, MR Online) you mentioned that "Capitalism is in its biggest crisis this century." What makes this crisis the "biggest"? What will the outcome of this crisis look like? Will this crisis and failure lead to a major change in …

Staff (2020-05-30). Corrections Officers And Formerly Incarcerated People Protest Unsafe COVID-19 Conditions. therealnews.com Corrections officers joined prison abolitionists in a caravan rally protesting the lack of promised testing, PPE, and release of prisoners at four Maryland prisons.

Gerry Scoppettuolo (2020-05-30). Capitalism = Death: U.S. government response to COVID-19 mirrors ineptitude and malfeasance of response to HIV epidemic. liberationnews.org To compare the early years of the HIV epidemic to the COVID-19 pandemic is to relive a nightmare…

Eds. (2020-05-30). Families, in times of pandemic and always. mronline.org Families vary, in terms of their composition, structure, and functioning, but all play a key role in society and require special attention from government.

Paul Haeder (2020-05-30). Caught in a Madhouse without My Mask. dissidentvoice.org Caught with their proverbial pants down? The blustery conversations tied to corona virus, lockdown, Trump LLC, Pelosi and Comp., and the failed state that is the USA are to be expected. It is a country of nanosecond attention spans. A country with amnesia in vitro. A country that has sacrificed future and future-future generations for …

pip.hinman (2020-05-30). Us or them: Who pays for the pandemic? greenleft.org.au

Kathy Kelly (2020-05-30). The Glory and Duty of Beating Swords to Plowshares. commondreams.org On April 4, 2018, Mark Colville, Clare Grady, Martha Hennessy, Elizabeth McAlister, Patrick O'Neill, Carmen Trotta and Fr. Steve Kelly, S.J. prayed, poured blood, spray painted messages against nuclear weapons, hammered on a replica of a nuclear weapon, hung banners and waited to be arrested. (Photo: Kings Bay 7) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

CP Editor (2020-05-30). "We are Witnessing America as a Failed Social Experiment" — Dr. Cornell West Preaches on the System. counterpunch.org

The Canary (2020-05-30). Government advisers warn lockdown lifting too early as crowds flock to beaches. thecanary.co A growing number of expert advisers to the government on the coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis have expressed concern about plans to ease lockdown restrictions in England from 1 June.As people flocked to beaches and beauty spots in the sweltering heat over the weekend, Professor Peter Horby, of the University of Oxford, joined scientists Jeremy Farrar and Professor John Edmunds, all members of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE), to warn that ministers are taking risks.Boris Johnson has announced that from 1 June in England, friends and families can meet in parks and gardens in socially distanced gro…

_____ (2020-05-30). Fortress On A Hill: Interview With Gareth Porter. popularresistance.org Gareth Porter has long been one of my favorite foreign policy writers and investigative journalists. | Do check out his recent columns at the GrayZone! | He stopped by the podcast to discuss his long standing work on the Vietnam war, his thoughts on COVID-19 via the USS Theodore Roosevelt along with his previous work on the 1919 flu epidemic, the terrifying connections between Mike Pompeo and Bibi Netanyahu, and Israel's secret long standing nuclear stockpile. | Gareth Porter is an independent investigative journalist who has covered national security policy for decades, really, and was the recipient of the 2012…

Andrey Areshev (2020-05-30). Why the Lesser-Evil Argument for Biden Sounds Hollow. strategic-culture.org It is evident that neither candidate is actually going to do anything substantive to save us from ecological catastrophe, writes Jonathan Cook. | Jonathan COOK | We are entering the final stages of the election to decide who will head the most powerful nation on Earth. That inevitably means the progressive and dissident left in the U.S. are again being deluged with arguments to vote for the lesser-evil candidate. | It has become such a standard left argument at election time that lesser evil voting even has its own acronym: LEV. Anyone who opposes Donald Trump's re-election come November must set aside their con…

The Canary (2020-05-30). Government's 'mixed messages' cause chaos as people flock to beaches ahead of lockdown easing. thecanary.co People have flocked to beaches and train stations to enjoy the sunny weather ahead of lockdown restrictions being eased on 1 June.Hundreds swarmed to popular beaches, and the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) warned that "mixed messages" from the government has caused travel chaos. | Temperatures have soared well above the average for the time of year, with clear skies and highs of 28C on Saturday, according to the Met Office.Many people enjoyed the sunny weather on the coast by Durdle Door, near Lulworth in Dorset, despite police forces urging the public to "think twice" before travell…

RT (2020-05-30). Online fury as Ilhan Omar's daughter retweets leftists' call for supplies over violent Minneapolis riots. rt.com Isra Hirsi, the combative daughter of Ilhan Omar, had to go on the defensive after she threw a spark into the powder keg of Twitter rage by sharing a call to resupply those rioting over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

RT (2020-05-30). US 'not relying on Russia anymore' & keeping China on the outside: Trump campaign manager turns SpaceX launch into politics. rt.com Two NASA astronauts had barely taken off from the Kennedy Space Center when the achievement was already being politicized back on Earth. To the Trump campaign, it was an opportunity to blast Joe Biden and the Chinese government. | NASA Astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley successfully launched from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Saturday, en route to the International Space Station in a capsule developed by Elon Musk's SpaceX corporation. | Also on rt.com | | The launch marks…

RT (2020-05-30). Pageant queen wife seeks DIVORCE from Minneapolis cop charged with murder of George Floyd. rt.com A week that saw Derek Chauvin play a disturbing role in the death of unarmed black man George Floyd has ended with the cop behind bars and now facing divorce proceedings as his wife seeks to have their marriage dissolved. | Lawyers for Kellie Chauvin have announced that the former Mrs. Minnesota has filed for divorce from the ex-police officer who was her husband for around a decade. | In a

RT (2020-05-30). Officer dies from injuries after being shot during Oakland protests — police. rt.com One Federal Protective Service officer has succumbed to his injuries after he and his colleague were shot on Friday night in Oakland, which is currently engulfed in violent protests, police told media. | The anger of people across the US was sparked by the death of an African American man, George Floyd, in police custody in Minneapolis. A white officer, Derek Chauvin, has been charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter as a result of the incident. | Minneapolis, New York, Atlanta, Portland and other cities have seen violent protests in recent days, with rioters clashing with security forces and setting…

RT (2020-05-30). National Guard to be 'FULLY MOBILIZED' in Minnesota as governor brands George Floyd protests 'attack' on civil society. rt.com The governor of Minnesota has pledged to "fully mobilize" the National Guard saying that the protests that have gripped the state are no longer about the death of George Floyd but rather an "attack" on civil society. | "The situation in Minnesota is no longer in any way about the murder of George Floyd. It is about attacking civil society, instilling fear and disrupting our great cities," Governor Tim Walz said during a press conference on Saturday. | Walz said he arrived at the decision to fully mobilize the National Guard for the first time in Minnesota's history after speaking with the Secretary of Defense…

RT (2020-05-30). WATCH traditionalist AMISH people protest in Minneapolis… peacefully, of course. rt.com Outrage over the death of George Floyd while in police custody has apparently even spread to the Amish community. A group belonging to the pacifist, traditionalist church was spotted singing and holding signs in Minneapolis. | Protesters who marched across the city's Stone Arch Bridge on Friday afternoon were greeted by a small group of modestly dressed Amish, some of them holding placards reading "Justice for George Floyd," "Thou shall not kill any man," and "I can't breathe." | Standing near the bridge's railing, the group serenaded demonstrators — eliciting claps (and a few rude laughs) from those who…

RT (2020-05-30). WATCH: Looters ransack Louis Vuitton, police HQ and smash BANKS as Portland erupts in protest. rt.com What began as a peaceful vigil soon spiraled into rioting and looting in Portland on Friday night as protesters set fire to the police headquarters, trashed several banks and ransacked high-end stores. | Portland was once again the scene of major public unrest after demonstrators protesting against Video footage captured destruction in the downtown area as protesters set fires, smashed windows, and spray-painted anarchist symbols a…

RT (2020-05-30). MASSIVE rallies block roads in Los Angeles as anti-police brutality protesters demand justice for George Floyd (VIDEOS). rt.com Huge crowds have hit the streets for the fourth consecutive day in Los Angeles after the death of George Floyd has triggered massive anti-police brutality rallies escalating into riots across the US. | Aerial footage shows massive crowds on the 3rd Street and Fairfax Avenue. The march has been peaceful so far, but police have t.co/k07mTvJDx6— Molly Knight (@molly_knight)

RT (2020-05-30). CNN blames 'RUSSIA, RUSSIA, RUSSIA' for George Floyd riots because they 'Can't blame China' – Trump. rt.com With riots sweeping America, a CNN guest suggested that Russia may be responsible for stoking anti-police anger in the US. President Trump ridiculed the "sick losers" at the network for their 'Russiagate' obsession. | "Here we go again," Trump tweeted on Saturday. "Fake News @CNN is blaming RUSSIA, RUSSIA, RUSSIA. They are sick losers with VERY bad ratings! P.S. Can't blame China because they need the cash?" | Here we go again. Fake News

Caitlin Johnstone (2020-05-30). Twitter Censorship, And Other Notes From The Edge Of The Narrative Matrix. thealtworld.com ~ | It is very telling that Twitter only started censoring Trump for violating terms of service when he promoted violence against Americans. He's been tweeting insanely hawkish threats against people in other nations for years, but they don't count as real people. | ~ | FYI if you're more upset by Twitter censoring one of the most powerful people in the world for inciting violence than by Twitter routinely censoring anti-imperialist accounts, it's because you're a mindless partisan hack. | ~ | Twitter going to war with Trump benefits ordinary people. If we're lucky Twitter winds up being forced to scale back its…

RT (2020-05-30). 'US statements are fake, not Libyan money': Moscow rebuffs accusations of printing counterfeit dinars. rt.com Moscow printed dinars for Libya in accordance with a government contract, so Washington's claims of it being fake money have nothing to do with reality, according to Russia's Foreign Ministry. | The US State Department announced on Friday that $1.1 billion worth of "counterfeit, Russian-printed Libyan currency" was seized in Malta earlier this week. | Moscow confirmed the dinars were indeed printed by Russian state-owned company Goznak, but it was done in accordance with a contract it signed with the Central Bank of Libya in 2015. The order was fully paid for by the Libyan side, it was announced. | Also on rt.

RT (2020-05-30). 'I can't believe I fought to defend you': Navy SEAL who shot Bin Laden unloads on 'politically-funded terrorists' & 'coward cops'. rt.com Former Navy SEAL Robert J. O'Neill has called the rioters looting the US' major cities "politically-funded terrorists," and called for a harsh military response. O'Neill isn't the only pundit who sees a dark hand behind the riots. | George Floyd, an unarmed black man, was pinned to the ground and apparently choked to death by Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin on Monday. Since then, riots have consumed the Minnesota city and spread like wildfire throughout the US. According to O'Neill — the Navy SEAL who shot Osama Bin Laden in the famous 2011 raid — the unrest is being orchestrated from behind…

RT (2020-05-30). Pentagon puts military police on alert to provide assistance to Minneapolis amid riots — reports. rt.com The Pentagon plans to send military police to Minneapolis to help restore order in the city, according to reports. The city has seen its fourth night of unrest. | The Defense Department has ordered active-duty military police units to prepare to deploy to Minneapolis, which has seen riots sparked by the alleged police killing of an unarmed black man, George Floyd. | Army personnel from Fort Bragg in North Carolina and Fort Drum in New York have been ordered to be ready to deploy within four hours if called, the Associated Press reported. | Soldiers in Kansas and Colorado have been told to be ready within 24 ho…

RT (2020-05-30). Get tougher with protesters, or federal government sends military — Trump warns 'Liberal governors & mayors'. rt.com President Donald Trump has warned states and cities if they don't get "much tougher" on protesters then the federal government will get involved using the military, who indicated they are on extraordinary four-hour recall status. | "Liberal Governors and Mayors must get MUCH tougher or the Federal Government will step in and do what has to be done, and that includes using the unlimited power of our Military and many arrests," Trump tweeted. | Crossing State lines to incite violence is a FEDERAL CRIME! Liberal Governors and Mayors must get MUCH tougher or the Federal Government will step in and do what has to b…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-05-30). Progressives in Germany denounce racist 'hygiene demos' and anti-lockdown protests. peoplesdispatch.org Progressive groups in Germany have denounced the 'hygiene demos' and anti-lockdown protests organized mainly by the German right-wing across the country. On May 23, Saturday, anti-fascist groups organized counter-mobilizations at the Rosa Luxemburg Platz/Alexanderplatz in Berlin under the slogan "Keep your distance against the right". A large number of people gathered to protest the far-right demonstrations being held in the city on the same date. | Around forty demonstrations — mobilizations by the right-wing and counter-mobilizations from leftists and anti-fascists — were registered within Berlin on S…

Saurav Sarkar (2020-05-30). Twin Cities Labor Mobilizes Against George Floyd Murder. zcomm.org The organized labor movement has begun swinging into action to support protests against the racist police murder of Minneapolis resident George Floyd…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-05-30). Protests sweep across US demanding justice and end to systemic racism. peoplesdispatch.org Protesters in many major cities across the country took over the streets, demanding justice for George Floyd who was murdered by police officers on May 25.

Fight Back (2020-05-30). Over 1000 march in Los Angeles demanding justice for George Floyd. fightbacknews.org Los Angeles, CA – More than 1000 people marched here, May 27, to demand justice for George Floyd, an African American man who was murdered by Minneapolis police. Protesters were also demanding justice for two others who were murdered by LAPD within the last 48 hours. The action was organized by Black Lives Matter-LA and assembled at the Hall of Justice in downtown. Los Angeles District Attorney Jackie Lacey has refused to prosecute police killings, and her office is located at the Hall of Justice. | The protest then marched onto the 101 Freeway, blocking traffic temporarily. The protesters chanted, "Black lives,…

WSWS (2020-05-30). Mass protests voice outrage over police murder of George Floyd. wsws.org Thousands defied a curfew in the Twin Cities while large protests took place in New York City, Atlanta, Washington, Los Angeles and dozens of other US cities.

Joe Piette (2020-05-30). Fight budget cuts in cities. workers.org Philadelphia Dozens of Philadelphia city workers wearing masks, standing on chalked X marks 6 feet apart, chanted, "Kenney's cuts hurt" and "Trash this budget," during a "Day of Action for a Just Philly Budget" on May 26. Protesters held signs for an hour in front of City Hall as spokespeople . . . |

Robert Shetterly (2020-05-30). The Murder of George Floyd: The Longest Running Play in America. commondreams.org A protester faces off with Minnesota State Police officers on May 29, 2020 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. – Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who was seen in an explosive video pressing his knee to the neck of handcuffed George Floyd for at least five minutes on May 25, was arrested earlier on May 29, said John Harrington, Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety. (Photo: Kerem Yucel / AFP via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jon Queally, staff writer (2020-05-30). What ACLU Says Was Trump Call to "Literally Murder Protesters," Facebook Says Doesn't Violate Standards. commondreams.org "Facebook has once again failed to act against an explicit violation of its own rules and has allowed the violent and racist post to remain up." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Zenobia Jeffries Warfield (2020-05-30). Another Uprising Was Inevitable. commondreams.org A person wears a mask that reads "I CAN'T BREATHE" as demonstrators continue to protest the death of George Floyd following a night of rioting on May 29, 2020 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Earlier today, former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was taken into custody for Floyd's death. Chauvin has been accused of kneeling on Floyd's neck as Floyd pleaded with him about not being able to breathe. Floyd was pronounced dead a short while later. Chauvin and 3 other officers, who were involved in the arrest, were fired from the police depart after a video of the arrest was circulated. (Photo: Sco…

yenisafak (2020-05-30). Bosnians protest as officials accused of COVID-19 graft. yenisafak.com Thousands of Bosnians took to the streets on Saturday to protest against bad governance, nationalism and corruption as senior government officials face graft accusations related to the procurement of defective ventilators for COVID-19 patients.The protest was organised by a small moderate party, the Platform for Progress, and joined by leaders of other opposition groups."What we are hoping to do is to wake the people up so that they know it is up to them, that they can actually bring about change," party leader Mirsad Hadzikadic told Reuters as he led the march.People wearing masks, some pushing baby buggies, mar…

_____ (2020-05-30). Update From General Strike 2020 — Upcoming Actions. popularresistance.org With the unconscionable murder of George Floyd by police officers in Minneapolis this past week, we're reminded of the importance that the fight against racism plays in our struggle. We've seen admirable solidarity in those who have taken to the streets to protest police brutality against African Americans in this country. If you're able, please consider making a donation towards legal aid for those Minnesota protesters working to advance civil rights and police reform: www.gofundme.com/f/g2xas-gs2020-legal-ai…

_____ (2020-05-30). NYC Bus Drivers Union Refuses To Transport Protesters For NYPD. popularresistance.org Workers for New York City's MTA are refusing to transport people arrested during protests against police brutality in the aftermath of the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. A video of a bus driver refusing to transport people arrested during protests in front of Brooklyn's Barclays Center went viral Friday night. | In the video, a crowd cheers a bus driver who appears to be refusing to sit behind the wheel: "the NYPD is using a bus to transfer arrested protesters at the Barclays Center," @berniebromanny, who shared the video, tweeted. "However, the bus driver refused to drive it." The video was viewe…

Read Black's Law Dictionary (2020-05-30). Manslaughter & 3rd degree murder charge for Kneeling Cop Chauvin. indybay.org After 48 hours of protest in Minnesota of the vicious murder by suffocation of a black man, George Floyd, on May 25, 2020, by 4 Minneapolis police, one of whom, Derek Chauvin, was caught on a video kneeling on the neck of handcuffed Floyd for 9 minutes, killing him, while his fellow thug cops allowed this murder to occur, only Chauvin was arrested on 5/29/30, and charged with 3rd degree murder and manslaughter! This low level of charge should have every attorney in this country screaming since it is a ringing indictment of the whole rotten legal system in this backward, racist, police state in which we live.

Robert Norse (2020-05-30). An Updated Letter to SCPD Police Chief Mills in the Wake of the George Floyd Murder. indybay.org In anticipation of possible protests in Santa Cruz regarding police violence and racial injustice, I've written Chief Andy Mills a follow-up letter regarding concerns I expressed 2 1/2 years ago. I begin with an earlier letter I sent him, and his responses to that letter. Attempts to get more detailed information were unsuccessful.

sputniknews (2020-05-30). Minneapolis is Burning: America's Biggest Riots of the Last Decade — From Ferguson to Charlotte. sputniknews.com Protests have flared up across the United States over the past four days following the death of an African American man in police custody, and while many are demonstrating peacefully, demanding justice for the victim, some groups have taken advantage of the resulting turmoil by engaging in violence and looting.

Alison P Galvani, Meagan C Fitzpatrick (2020-05-30). [Correspondence] Cost-effectiveness of transitional US plans for universal health care. thelancet.com The USA stands alone as the only high-income country not to provide health care as a human right, leaving almost 80 million of its citizens without adequate insurance.1—3 In a 2020 study, we found that securing quality health care for the entire country would save 68‚Äà000 lives and 1 ∑73 million life-years annually.4…

Sharmila Devi (2020-05-30). [World Report] Fears of "highly catastrophic" COVID-19 spread in Yemen. thelancet.com Yemen's health system has been devastated by years of conflict and COVID-19 deaths are reported to be surging in Aden. Sharmila Devi reports.

Parth Patel (2020-05-30). [Correspondence] The health-related determinants of politics. thelancet.com I was pleased to read Richard Horton's Comment about populist politics.1 However, the problem of political populism and solution that he charts out seem somewhat non-sequitur.

Barbara Fraser (2020-05-30). [World Report] COVID-19 strains remote regions of Peru. thelancet.com The health system in Iquitos is stretched and the true number of COVID-19 cases and deaths is unclear. Barbara Fraser reports from Lima.

Marion Nestle (2020-05-30). [Perspectives] A call for food system change. thelancet.com In shutting down entire societies, the COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the fundamental inequities and inadequacies of market-driven economies that prioritise profits over human welfare. Inequities show up in businesses that furlough employees while paying high salaries and bonuses to executives. They are also revealed by the dependence of food systems on poorly paid workers and cheap global supply chains. The COVID-19 crisis demonstrates how current food systems fail to protect populations from hunger and diet-influenced non-communicable diseases and why the poor, disenfranchised, discriminated against, and chronic…

Jennifer Prah Ruger, Richard Horton (2020-05-30). [Comment] Justice and health: The Lancet—Health Equity and Policy Lab Commission. thelancet.com Justice forms the foundation for what we owe each other and what fairness among human beings and institutions involves. Globally, there are large inequalities in health outcomes and opportunities for health. Not only is the global burden of disease distributed unevenly but capabilities to prevent and treat disease are also asymmetrical; those in greatest need often have the least access to human, physical, and financial resources for health. Global health justice provides an account of what justice across our planet embodies, offers solutions to global health problems, and identifies who has responsibilities and…

Anja M S Ariansen, Siri Gloppen, Lise Rakner, Kjell Arne Johansson, àòystein A Haaland (2020-05-30). [Correspondence] Time for global health diplomacy. thelancet.com 2019 was The Lancet's Year for Nutrition. Highlights included reports from the EAT-Lancet Commission1 and The Global Syndemic Commission,2 both emphasising that global trade systems must be transformed to ensure healthy and sustainable diets. But what developments can be expected following these reports? We might get an indication by considering what has happened since The Lancet's 2009 Trade and Health Series. This Series criticised the trade agreements of the World Trade Organization (WTO) for being detrimental to global health, among other things, by facilitating unhealthy diets.

Daniella Lent-Schochet, Glenn Yiu (2020-05-30). [Clinical Picture] Drusen in dense deposit disease: not just age-related macular degeneration. thelancet.com A 40-year-old woman was referred to our clinic by her optometrist because she had lesions on her retina suggestive of age-related macular degeneration (AMD). She was otherwise well: with no systemic or visual symptoms.

The Lancet (2020-05-30). [Editorial] COVID-19 in Africa: no room for complacency. thelancet.com Despite over 100‚Äà000 confirmed cases and infections in every country, the passage of COVID-19 through the African continent remains somewhat enigmatic. High numbers of deaths were expected in the region due to fragile health systems, lack of access to preventive measures, barriers to testing, and potentially vulnerable populations. But, according to WHO, Africa is the least affected region globally, with 1 ∑5% of the world's reported COVID-19 cases and 0 ∑1% of the world's deaths. Although comparisons are inaccurate, mortality rates have been lower compared with outbreaks of similar si…

Manuel W Hetzel, Bassirou Bonfoh (2020-05-30). [Correspondence] Towards more balanced representation in Lancet Commissions. thelancet.com Enthusiastically, Richard Horton1 reports on the foundation of the Italian Institute of Planetary Health at a time when youth strikes, an emerging pandemic of a new coronavirus, and burning forests remind us of our planet being in jeopardy. We agree that something must change so that the undoubtable advances in science and medicine that were made since the time of Lucretius translate into a better life for all humans, no matter who they are, where they were born, and where they live and work.1 Yet, the lamented crisis of trust in science and medicine cannot be overcome by concepts of global health or planetary he…

Richard Horton (2020-05-30). [Comment] Offline: After COVID-19—is an "alternate society" possible? thelancet.com How do we make sense of this pandemic? The first interpretations are now appearing. Slavoj ≈Ωi≈æek is a prolific philosopher and cultural theorist. He is the first to produce a volume of reflections—Pandemic! COVID-19 Shakes the World (Polity, 2020). ≈Ωi≈æek doubts the epidemic will make us wiser: he insists that "we should resist the temptation to treat the ongoing epidemic as something that has a deeper meaning". Despite these cautions, we still have an important question to answer: "What is wrong with our system that we were caught unprepared by the catastr…

news.un (2020-05-30). From fighting with guns to fighting the pandemic. news.un.org In countries suffering from conflict, readjusting to life in a peaceful society is a challenge, both for former fighters and the wider community. Since the spread of the COVID-19 crisis, the UN is having to refocus many of its programmes, aimed at reducing violence in communities, and rehabilitating combatants.

Peoples Dispatch (2020-05-30). Kuwait Airways to lay off 1,500 of its foreign employees. peoplesdispatch.org State-owned airline company Kuwait Airways announced on Thursday May 28, plans to lay off 1,500 of its employees. All of them are migrant workers from foreign countries. The company has a total workforce of around 7,000. | In a tweet issued on its official Twitter handle on Tuesday evenings, the company cited the impact of the coronavirus-related lockdown on its overall business as the reason for the layoffs. | Kuwait Airways was already showing losses before the advent of the lockdowns imposed globally due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The government has so far failed to announce any relief for workers in the airlin…

J.P. Linstroth (2020-05-30). Arundhati Roy on India's Fateful COVID Crisis. zcomm.org Thousands of migrants are still making the long trek home to their rural villages, while hundreds of them are dying along the way from exhaustion, heat fatigue, thirst, starvation, and road accidents…

WSWS (2020-05-30). The Accident unambiguously indicts the corporate elite. wsws.org The British television miniseries, The Accident, tells the story of a decayed former mining and steel town in Wales, in which a factory under construction collapses, resulting in a horrendous tragedy.

Manuel Perez Rocha (2020-05-30). Corporate Lawsuits Could Devastate Poor Countries Grappling with Covid-19. zcomm.org Wealthy corporations may use trade courts to keep public health measures from cutting into their profits…

WSWS (2020-05-30). Hundreds of thousands stage multiracial demonstrations against police violence in a powerful show of working-class unity. wsws.org Mass demonstrations of workers and youth of all races, triggered by the brutal murder of George Floyd, are an expression of tremendous social solidarity. It is not a question of black against white, but the working class against the rich.

Fight Back (2020-05-30). Justice for George Floyd! Indict and convict the killer cops! Community control of the police now! fightbacknews.org The people of Minneapolis have taken to the streets the past 72 hours, demanding the arrest of the killer cops who murdered 46-year-old African American George Floyd on Monday night, May 25. Eyewitness video was released Tuesday morning showing now former Minneapolis cop Derek Chauvin pinning Floyd to the ground, with Chauvin's knee directly on the back of his neck – the video shows Floyd's last gasps for air. You can hear him telling the killer cop that he can't breathe and calling for his mother before you see his body going limp. Three other cops on the scene stand by, with two other cops actively helping to r…

Fight Back (2020-05-30). Continue the fight to get justice for George Floyd! fightbacknews.org The brutal police killing of George Floyd has sparked a powerful uprising that will settle for nothing less than justice. It is a case of murder. George Floyd, an African American man, was killed in broad daylight in front of witnesses who videotaped the crime. The crime was carried out by Officer Derek Chauvin and three accomplices from the Minneapolis Police Department. And everyone knows that the Minneapolis Police Department has a history of killing Black people for being Black. | The response from the community in the Twin Cities has been nothing short of an inspiration to all who yearn for equality, freedo…

WSWS (2020-05-30). UK: Official figures inflate COVID-19 testing rate by more than a million. wsws.org The Johnson government is again seeking to cover up criminal inaction that has led to tens of thousands of deaths.

WSWS (2020-05-30). Detroit autoworkers report unexplained illness at Jefferson North Assembly as COVID cases mount. wsws.org Several B Crew workers at Fiat Chrysler Jefferson North Assembly in Detroit fell ill from unknown causes during work on Thursday.

WSWS (2020-05-30). Bangladesh COVID-19 deaths soar past 500. wsws.org The death and infection curves are still rising, but the Awami League government is reopening the economy in the interests of big business.

WSWS (2020-05-30). Trump escalates anti-China campaign. wsws.org US President Trump dramatically escalated his reckless anti-China campaign yesterday, making clear that a dangerous confrontation between the two countries is all but inevitable.

Anthony Cartalucci (2020-05-30). Drawing Battlelines: US Openly Targets China's OBOR. thealtworld.com Judging by US foreign policy — China is a massive global threat — and by some accounts — the "top" threat. But a threat to what? | AFP would report in its article, "

John R. Hall (2020-05-30). Fear and Loathing in Tucson. dissidentvoice.org Since Hunter Thompson isn't here to continue along the Gonzo journalistic path of fear and loathing, I'll just have to do the job. I'm quite certain he would do so if he hadn't left us so abruptly. And unless I'm crazy, there's never before been a situation quite this frightening and loathsome. My lady left me a couple …

WSWS (2020-05-30). US Justice Department drops insider trading investigation of three senators. wsws.org The three senators, along with a fourth who remains under investigation, dumped large stock holdings based on classified briefings in January about the impending coronavirus disaster.

WSWS (2020-05-30). Coronavirus cases surpass six million globally. wsws.org New epicenters in Eastern Europe, South America, the Middle East and the Indian subcontinent are rapidly causing massive public health crises.

Linda Ford (2020-05-30). My Experience with Hospice, Inc. dissidentvoice.org One nurse told Clay, "I've given him the highest dosage I can. It's enough to kill a horse. Most hospice patients die from morphine, but I can only OD him within an acceptable margin of error." — From Christopher Bollen, A Beautiful Crime, 2020 In this age of coronavirus, it has become abundantly clear that Western culture …

WSWS (2020-05-30). Workers in Germany report on corona virus infection risk in workplaces. wsws.org Workers highlight the lack of safety measures in public transit and factories.

WSWS (2020-05-30). Pandemic intensifies social crisis in New Zealand. wsws.org More than a third of the population is in financial difficulty, as the Ardern Labour Party-led coalition government presides over tens of thousands of job cuts.

WSWS (2020-05-30). Trinity Health to terminate psychiatric beds in Massachusetts in midst of pandemic. wsws.org If approved by the state, the closure will eliminate 74 beds for adults, the elderly, and children, along with 202 jobs.

Adam Serwer (2020-05-30). Trump's Warped Definition of Free Speech. zcomm.org Trump is seeking to build social-media companies such as Twitter and Facebook into part of an authoritarian infrastructure that amplifies his power and silences the opposition…

Sarah Lazare (2020-05-30). Anti-War Veterans Call On National Guard to Stand Down. zcomm.org "We urge you to have the courage to do the right thing. Refuse activation orders."

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2020-05-30). Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: Health and Human Services plays key role in supporting Americans amid COVID-19 crisis. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org The COVID-19 pandemic has been a unique situation that has required work across federal and state agencies to support communities and frontline workers during this challenging time. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has played a key role by providing effective health and human services and fostering advances in medicine, public health …

Sam Pizzigati (2020-05-30). America Bravely Marches Towards 'Failed State' Status. commondreams.org US Representative Frank Pallone, Democrat of New Jersey, puts on a mask during a press conference about COVID-19 testing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, May 27, 2020. (Photo: Saul Loeb/ AFP/ via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

yenisafak (2020-05-30). Turkey condemns attack on aid workers in Somalia. yenisafak.com Turkey on Saturday denounced an attack on aid workers in Somalia, said the Turkish Foreign Ministry on Saturday.The ministry in a statement on its website expressed the country's condolences over the attack, in which eight aid workers of a health facility in Gololey Village were abducted and executed."We are deeply saddened by the news of the abduction and the brutally execution of eight aid workers working in a health facility in Gololey Village located in the Hirshabelle region by a group of unidentified gunmen."We strongly condemn this heinous terrorist attack. We extend our condolences to the brotherly people…

yenisafak (2020-05-30). Turkey rebuts Greece on Quran session in Hagia Sophia. yenisafak.com Turkey on Saturday shot back at an objection from Greece on the reading of passages from the Muslim holy book, the Quran, in the Ayasofya (Hagia Sophia), a landmark mosque-converted-museum in Istanbul.Accusing Athens of making "futile and ineffective statements" on the event, which marked the 567th anniversary of the Ottoman conquest of the former Byzantine capital, Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesman Hami Aksoy said Greece's displeasure illustrated its "intolerant psychology.""The fact that Greece, the only remaining European country without a mosque in its capital, is disturbed by the recital of the Holy Quran i…

yenisafak (2020-05-30). Rwandan medical workers deploy robots to minimise coronavirus risk. yenisafak.com At the Kanyinya COVID-19 treatment facility a short distance from Rwanda's capital Kigali, Akazuba, Ikizere and Ngabo report for duty, but these are no ordinary health care workers.In a bid to minimise contact between patients infected with the coronavirus and doctors and nurses, the country has deployed the three robots to carry out simple tasks like taking temperatures and monitoring patients.The sleek white robots, with big bright blue eyes and a rather human appearance, were donated by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and are helping frontline workers tackle the coronavirus crisis in the East A…

yenisafak (2020-05-30). Don't treat Italy like a leper colony says foreign minister. yenisafak.com European countries are cautiously reopening their borders as the coronavirus contagion subsides around the continent, with Italy set to let tourists back in from June 15.However, some EU states are looking to keep the door shut on visitors from places that have suffered a particularly high number of COVID-19 cases. Greece, for example, said on Friday it would open its frontiers to citizens from just 29 countries, excluding Italians, Spaniards and the British."We do not accept blacklists," Di Maio wrote on Facebook, announcing a forthcoming round of bilateral meetings both in Rome and abroad to press Italy's case.

yenisafak (2020-05-30). Kashmir: two militants killed in gunfight. yenisafak.com In a joint operation today, the Indian army and regional police launched a cordon and search operation in the Wanpora area of south Kashmir's Kulgam district.As per police, the hiding militants fired upon the search party which was retaliated, and a gunfight erupted in the region where two unidentified militants were killed."02 terrorists killed. Identity being ascertained. Search going on. Further details shall follow," Kashmir Zone Police tweeted.On May 19, Junaid Sehrai, the divisional commander of Hizbul Mujahideen, and another militant were killed in a gunfight in Srinagar. Around 15 residential houses were…

_____ (2020-05-30). Media Smeared Ahmaud Arbery After His Lynching. popularresistance.org While it took two and a half months for the authorities to finally make arrests in the killing of Ahmaud Arbery, corporate media were much quicker to follow the time-honored practice of besmirching victims of racist violence (FAIR.org, 3/22/17). | First they kill your body. Then they kill your reputation. When white supremacy is the foundation of the US's media, political, legal and corporate system, victims of racist violence are often killed twice in this way. | The Georgia Bureau of Investigation on May 7 arrested former cop Gregory McMichael, 64, and his son Travis McMichael, 34, for the murder of Arbery, an…

_____ (2020-05-30). Justice For George Floyd Requires Power To The People. popularresistance.org Black America is heartbroken and angered by the brutal murder of George Floyd at the hands of the Minneapolis police. Floyd's murder occurred in the third month of a pandemic that has taken over 100,000 lives overall and a disproportionate number of Black Americans. The Black masses in Minnesota have taken to the streets to not only call for justice for Floyd and his family but also to stand up to centuries of state sanctioned white supremacist violence. If George Floyd teaches us anything, it is that COVID-19 is not the only contagion in the U.S. that needs to be eradicated. Floyd's close friend and former NBA p…

_____ (2020-05-30). BAP Calls On United Nations To Address U.S. Human Rights Crisis. popularresistance.org The extrajudicial murders of African/Black people, such as Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and George Floyd, by agents of the U.S. government and armed civilians have sparked urban rebellions in cities across the United States. Yet these murders cannot be understood outside of the context of the U.S. state's ongoing assault on the human rights of African/Black people. | U.S. President Donald Trump's tweet demanding lethal violence—"…when the looting starts, the shooting starts…"—requires the United Nations to intervene. | Trump's threat comes as the U.S. state has tragically failed during the COVID-…

_____ (2020-05-30). Health Care Workers Call On Labor Movement To Take Action. popularresistance.org As health care workers, we condemn the murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officers as an act of racist violence. We condemn the murder of Breonna Taylor by Louisville police officers as an act of racist violence. We condemn the murder of Tony McDade by Tallahassee police officers as an act of racist violence. Their killings are just a handful of countless examples of police brutality responsible for the early deaths of many Black people in the United States. Black people are three times more likely than white people to die by police violence. As health care workers, we witness first-hand how widespread…

_____ (2020-05-30). NOLA Garbage Workers Form Union To Fightback. popularresistance.org "We are digging in for a long fight," says New Orleans striking sanitation worker Jonathan Edwards late on Thursday night about being fired in early May by People Ready, a contractor of New Orleans' Metro Services. | Nearly a month ago, People Ready fired Edwards and 13 other coworkers who went on strike. | Forced to work in one of the world's worst hotbeds of COVID, garbage pickers like Edwards, employed through the temp firm People Ready and contracted by Metro Services, were only paid $10.25 an hour without benefits. | On May 6th, workers went on strike demanding $15 an hour, hazard pay, protective equipment,…

_____ (2020-05-30). Is the THAAD Missile Crisis in South Korea Escalating? popularresistance.org On May 28th, 2020, "The Ministry of National Defense and the USFK (United States Forces in Korea) engaged in a transportation operation in the middle of the night to bring equipment to the Seongju THAAD [missile defense] system in Gyeong sang buk do [Province]. The Ministry of National Defense said that it supported the land transportation operation by the USFK from the night of the 28th to the morning of the 29th. The work was said to have ended at 6 am" | This stealth operation in the middle of the night was nevertheless challenged by the residents of the area. 3700 South Korean riot police had to be deployed a…

WSWS Repost (2020-05-30). Warren holds fundraiser for Biden, drops "MedicareFor All" indybay.org Elizabeth Warren's populist pretensions were nothing more than a marketing tool, to be discarded as soon as they become inconvenient.

The Canary (2020-05-30). As schools open with 300+ deaths per day, public doesn't trust government to put children first. thecanary.co On 29 May, 324 deaths from coronavirus and 2,095 more infections were recorded in the UK. Meanwhile, with the decision to open schools to Reception, Y1 and Y6 pupils on 1 June, a survey has found that half of the general public doesn't trust the government to put children's best interests first. | Some 49% of people felt this way. This was the same figure as those who believe the government's too distracted by the Dominic Cummings affair to be making the right decisions about opening up schools, nurseries and colleges. There's been public outrage after allegations that Cummings, the prime minister's senior advise…

Albrecht Mueller (2020-05-30). Extremely Growing Inequality Destroys Democracy. indybay.org When one percent have half of the wealth, mistrust and cynicism drown out public spirit and trust between the generations. A fair tax system includes closing tax havens, micro-second trading, stock buybacks and insider trading…

APTP (2020-05-30). George Floyd's Murder: Hitting the Streets of Oakland and Wanting a World Worth Fighting For. indybay.org An anonymous group has called for a display of "vengeance" Friday night beginning at Oscar Grant Plaza at 8pm in response to the murder of George Floyd.

Speak Out Now (2020-05-30). May 30 4pm Online Townhall: Justice for George Floyd – Speak Out Now. indybay.org The people of Minneapolis and other cities are right to take to the streets. George Floyd's murder can not be forgotten. We can not remain silent or continue with business as usual. Their whole system of capitalism is guilty! We have to stand up against racist violence and organize and fight to protect the health and lives of of us all! Join us for an online town hall.

People's Strike Bay Area (2020-05-30). Oakland From Covid-19 To Cops: We Can't Breath Caravan. indybay.org There will be a day of action focusing worker protection from Covid-19, the murder of Blacks repression and against gentrification and privatization by billionaires like A's owner John Fisher who also runs the KIPP and Rocketship charter school chains.

Dolores Huerta Foundation (2020-05-30). Dolores Huerta's 90th Birthday Celebration for DHF COVID19 Relief Fund. indybay.org Online via livestream…

Center for Constitutional Rights & others (2020-05-30). Justice Beats Virtual Festival and Fundraiser for COVID-19 Crisis Relief. indybay.org Online via livestream: www.justicebeats.com/

Center for Constitutional Rights & others (2020-05-30). Saturday 5/30: Justice Beats Virtual Festival and Fundraiser for COVID-19 Crisis Relief. indybay.org Online via livestream: www.justicebeats.com/

Lynda Carson (2020-05-30). A dozen workers test positive for Covid-19 at Cardenas Market in East Oakland. indybay.org Coronavirus Covid-19 Pandemic in Oakland:…

Reclaim SF (2020-05-30). Friday 6/5: Capitalism is the Virus, Housing is the Cure: Candlelight Vigil & Noise Demo. indybay.org Harvey Milk Center for the Arts, Duboce Park…

Infinite Onion (2020-05-30). This Book Shouldn't Exist. indybay.org With these words as my only weapon—though that is unlikely to keep me from being labeled a 'terrorist' and getting an unannounced late-night visit—I say the authority of the United States government is illegitimate and struggle by its people to overthrow the regime by whatever means seems best to them is justified.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-30). Tehran, Caracas prove US sanctions' demise. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 30 (MNA) — Referring to the arrival of Iranian oil tankers to Venezuela this week, in a report on Saturday, an American newspaper admitted that US sanctions on the two countries have so far had little impact on their policies.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-30). Yemen criticizes UN's lack of action against COVID-19 crisis. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 30 (MNA) — Yemen has criticized the United Nations' lack of actions amid the pandemic, saying international organization's actions do not reach to the level of the crisis faced by the health sector in the country.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-30). Iran's battle against COVID-19 successful global model: Namaki. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 31 (MNA) — Iranian Minister of Health and Medical Education Saeed Namaki said on Saturday that the world considers Iran's approach in the fight against Coronavirus as a successful model.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-30). Iran records 2,282 new COVID-19 on Saturday. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 30 (MNA) — The Iranian Health Ministry announced 2,282 new cases of infection with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in the past 24 hours, putting the total number of cases in the country at 148,950.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-30). Crossing "Khoda Afarin" bridge. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 31 (MNA) — The Bakhtiaris are a southwestern Iranian tribe and a subgroup of the Lurs. There are numerus nomadic pathways all over Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari Province one of which is named "Khoda Afarin" in Gazestan region.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-30). Jahangiri calls for facilitation of granting residency to foreign investors. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 31 (MNA) — In a Saturday meeting, Iranian First Vice President Es'hagh Jahangiri urged facilitation of implementation of a by-law, which grants residency to foreign investors in Iran.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-30). 'Galena' to go on screen at Sheffield Doc/Fest. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 30 (MNA) — Iranian documentary "Galena" by Ezzatollah Parvazeh will take part at Sheffield Doc/Fest in the UK.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-30). US decline accelerated in intl. arena: Iran's top security official. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 30 (MNA) — Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council [SNSC] Rear Admiral Ali Shamkhani said that the decline of the United States has been accelerated in the international arena.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-30). Rouhani congratulates Croatia on national day. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 30 (MNA) — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has extended congratulation to his Croatian counterpart, Zoran Milanovic, on the occasion of the country's national day.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-30). US act to end sanctions waiver against Iran violates NPT: Ulyanov. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 30 (MNA) — Russia's Permanent Representative to International Organizations in Vienna Mikhail Ulyanov said that the US act to end sanctions waiver against Iran means further violations of UN Charter, UNSC Resolution 2231 and NPT.

sputniknews (2020-05-30). Chinese Scientist '99%' Sure That COVID-19 Vaccine Will Prove Successful – Report. sputniknews.com Global powers are jockeying to develop a desperately needed vaccine to COVID-19. The UK's Oxford University previously expressed confidence that it would be the first to create one, but now, a Chinese biotech company may be taking the lead.

sputniknews (2020-05-30). Russian Health Ministry Approves First Domestic Drug for COVID-19. sputniknews.com MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The Russian Health Ministry has approved the first domestic drug, called Avifavir, for treating coronavirus patients, according to a new entry to the national drug registry.

Vijay Prashad (2020-05-29). If you do not feel for humanity, you have forgotten to be human. mronline.org The coronavirus continues its contagious march across the planet: almost 350,000 known deaths and over 5.4 million people infected. Meanwhile, in the Bay of Bengal, Cyclone Amphan makes its fierce landing, its immense energy tearing a corridor through Bangladesh and India (Odisha and West Bengal).

Caitlin Johnstone (2020-05-29). You Sided With The Abuser Like A Fucking Cliché. thealtworld.com You sided with the abuser like a fucking cliché. | You told your son he shouldn't displease his mother when he showed you the bite marks and bruises. | You chugged Nyquil while your husband raped your daughters and pretended to faint whenever they tried to tell you. | You invited the priest for dinner every Thursday and called your son an evil liar when he said what happens during prayer time. | You sided with the abuser like a fucking cliché. | You shrieked "rioting" and "looting" when people expressed their anger about cops murdering them with impunity. | You shrieked "terrorism" and "antisemitism" when Palesti…

Paul Antonopoulos (2020-05-29). Trump Is No Longer Interested in Trade Deal with China? globalresearch.ca U.S. President Donald Trump is losing interest in the trade deal he made with China, according to his economic adviser, and the reason could be that as we progress further into the election season, fixing relations with China is less …

Ramzy Baroud (2020-05-29). Political Ambiguity or a Doomsday Weapon: Why Abbas Abandoned Oslo. counterpunch.org This time, we are told, it is different and that President of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, is absolutely serious about his decision to absolve his leadership from all previous agreements signed with Israel and the United States. But this time is not different, and Abbas is not serious. "The Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and

Prabir Purkayastha (2020-05-29). U.S. Declares a Vaccine War on the World. counterpunch.org Donald Trump launched a new vaccine war in May, but not against the virus. It was against the world. The United States and the UK were the only two holdouts in the World Health Assembly from the declaration that vaccines and medicines for COVID-19 should be available as public goods, and not under exclusive patent

Shih-Yu Chou (2020-05-29). Taiwan and WHO in the COVID-19 pandemic. mronline.org The ruling establishment's intrigue against the WHO might seem at odds with Taiwan's failed bid to join the World Health Assembly (WHA) this past May, but there was no contradiction between Taiwan being seen fighting a David and Goliath-like battle with both the WHO and China, thereby flaring up geopolitical tensions from without. Both served …

Max Blumenthal (2020-05-29). Exclusive images from inside British court expose Assange's un-democratic treatment, physical deterioration. thegrayzone.com Photographs surreptitiously taken inside a British courtroom and provided to The Grayzone show a visibly disoriented Julian Assange confined to…

Stephen Sefton (2020-05-29). The US Violent Failed Coup against Nicaragua. The Falsity of Western Media. globalresearch.ca On May 28th 2018, the organizers of that year's violent failed coup attempt executed a carefully planned, well coordinated attack to destroy the pro-government Sandinista radio station Nueva Radio Ya. During the attack,

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2020-05-29). Rep. Katie Porter Accuses UnitedHealth of 'Putting Profits Before Patients and Providers' in Midst of Pandemic. commondreams.org "It's flat out wrong for the world's largest insurance company to pass costs on to families in the middle of a pandemic—I want answers." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Global Research News (2020-05-29). Video: How to Start a Riot? Police Provocateurs Dressed up as "Activists" at Peaceful Anti-Globalization Rally. globalresearch.ca The issue of Police Provocateurs is currently in the news following the police murder in Minneapolis of George Floyd. | This video was first produced in 2007 | Today are thoughts are with the family and friends of George Floyd. | Michel Chossudovsky. …

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2020-05-29). 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 …

Kevin Alexander Gray, Jeffrey St. Clair, JoAnn Wypijewski (2020-05-29). There is No Peace: an Incitement to Justice. counterpunch.org Summer 2014: a year since George Zimmerman was acquitted for killing Trayvon Martin. Another summer of violence and justification: US shells incinerating Palestinian children, devastating UN refuges in Gaza, pounding Afghan villages, again. Another trial of another white man who says he was scared, who had to defend himself with a blast of ammunition against

Dave Lindorff (2020-05-29). Pandemic Crisis and Recession Can Spark a Fight for Real Change in the US. counterpunch.org American workers have a huge opportunity as a result of this coronavirus pandemic — an opportunity to massively expand union membership in the workplace, and a chance, after decades of being ignored by Congress, to finally win a desperately needed increase in the federal minimum wage from its current $7.25 per hour to at least

Joshua Frank (2020-05-29). In Search of a Lost Socialism. counterpunch.org In May of 1914 — 107 years ago this month — a small, yet vibrant socialist colony on the edge of Los Angeles County took root that is worth revisiting. In the Age of Covid-19, and with the continued violent assault on black and brown people across the US, one must visualize a more peaceful,

Alan Macleod (2020-05-29). As Establishment Condemns China for Hong Kong Repression, Trump Tweets About "Shooting Looters" mintpressnews.com Democrats and Republicans are united in condemning Beijing for its overreach, but perhaps its time to look closer to home to find examples of state repression.

Alan MacLeod (2020-05-29). Media Elite Denounce Looting Even as Billionaires Reap Record Profits from Taxpayer-Funded Bailouts. thealtworld.com A mountain of studies on wealth inequality have shown its corrosive effect on social cohesion, with the more unequal a society gets, the less likely people are to see themselves as participants in a community and view others as a threat. | MPN— The extrajudicial killing of African-American man George Floyd by Police Officer Derek Chauvin sparked a storm of protests both in Minneapolis and across the country. These have included large peaceful demonstrations, but also arson, destruction of property and looting. Police have abandoned multiple precincts in the face of overwhelming popular rage. | The Reverend M…

Mark Fiore (2020-05-29). Screen Shot 2020-05-28 at 3.31.34 PM.png. progressive.org The Trump Administration is handling the COVID-19 pandemic in the same way the Trump Organization has handled the real estate business—with bluster, overconfidence, and fudged numbers.

South Front (2020-05-29). Video: Turkish Army Suffers Casualties in Southern Idlib. globalresearch.ca One Turkish soldier died and another was injured in an IED attack in Syria's southern Idlib, the Turkish Defense Ministry reported late on May 27. The incident happened while units of the Turkish Army and the Turkish-backed militant group Sham …

Staff (2020-05-29). "It Was Murder": Minneapolis Demands Charges in Police Killing of George Floyd, Calls to Defund Cops. democracynow.org As thousands take to the streets of Minneapolis to protest against the police killing of George Floyd for the third night in a row, we go to Minneapolis to speak with City Councilmember Jeremiah Ellison. Police pointed an automatic rifle at his head in 2015 when he was peacefully protesting the police killing of another African American man, Jamar Clark. We also speak with Kandace Montgomery with the Black Visions Collective, which is calling for the abolition of police.

Staff (2020-05-29). As Pandemic Epicenter Shifts to Latin America, Gov'ts Use COVID-19 as Pretext for Police Repression. democracynow.org As the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic shifts to Latin America, so too has the use of COVID-19 as a pretext for police repression. "We're seeing that COVID-19, like other pandemics before it, magnifies structural discrimination. And sadly, it's often the most marginalized that are the first targets," says Louise Tillotson, co-author of a new Amnesty International report on the abuse. We also go to San Salvador to speak with journalist Jorge Cuéllar.

Staff (2020-05-29). Headlines for May 29, 2020. democracynow.org Protests Rage After Minneapolis Prosecutor Does Not Bring Charges Against Officers Who Killed George Floyd, Scores Tear-Gassed, Arrested as Protests Against George Floyd's Killing Spread to Other Cities, Twitter Flags Trump Tweet for Glorifying Violence After President Attacks Minnesota Protesters as "THUGS", Trump Executive Order Threatens to Punish Social Media Companies over Fact-Checking, U.S. Economy Sheds Another 2.1 Million Jobs, Leaving 40.7 Million Unemployed Since Start of Pandemic, Pennsylvania Democratic Lawmakers Accuse Republicans of Knowingly Exposing Them to Coronavirus, Protesters Demand ICE Empt…

Staff (2020-05-29). Twitter Warns Trump Tweet Glorifies Violence as He Signs Executive Order to Weaken Social Media. democracynow.org As President Trump calls Minneapolis protesters "THUGS" and tweets, "when the looting starts, the shooting starts," Twitter flags the tweet with a warning it glorifies violence, just as Trump signs an executive order to punish social media companies for how they monitor content. "Trump has prospered through his use of social media and its attention-hoarding algorithms to basically disinform and misinform people," says Ramesh Srinivasan, professor in the Department of Information Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Stephen Lendman (2020-05-29). The Great US 2020 Wealth Transfer Heist. Deep Inequalities in US Society. globalresearch.ca In less than three-and-a-half years in office, Trump oversaw the Great GOP 2017 tax cut heist. | It handed corporate America and high-net-worth individuals a multi-billion dollar bonanza of enhanced wealth — followed this year by what I call 9/11 2.0, …

Stephen Lendman (2020-05-29). How Far Will the Trump Regime and Congress Push China? globalresearch.ca The US is waging undeclared war on China by other means. | Trump and congressional hardliners escalated things beyond where their predecessors went. | What's going on is all about aiming to undermine China's growing political, economic, financial, industrial, technological, and military …

Philip Giraldi (2020-05-29). Trump the "Peace Candidate": Contemplating War During Pandemic against Two Global Competitors. Nuclear Weapons "Tests" against China and Russia. globalresearch.ca Let us consider why the Donald Trump White House is currently considering

Gareth Porter (2020-05-29). Gareth Porter — Ep 65. thealtworld.com E-Book PDF (transcripts): Gareth Porter stops by the podcast to discuss his long standing work on the Vietnam war, his thoughts on COVID-19 via the USS Theodore Roosevelt along with his previous work on the 1919 flu epi…

Medea Benjamin (2020-05-29). Who Are the Secret Puppet-Masters Behind Trump's War on Iran? zcomm.org The message of these groups dedicated to "countering extremism" is clear and none too subtle: Saudi Arabia and the UAE are always U.S. allies and victims of extremism, never a problem or a source of danger, violence or chaos…

Filiberto Nolasco Gomez (2020-05-29). While Minneapolis burned immigrant prisoners in Sherburne County jail started hunger strike. peoplesworld.org Editor's note: This article is reprinted from Workday Minnesota. In a press statement, Interfaith Coalition on Immigration (ICOM) announced that immigrant detainees had begun a hunger strike at the Sherburne County jail in Elk River, Minnesota. ICOM explained that the hunger strikers have asked for their release from Sherburne County Jail. In the statement, ICOM explained they …

Ron Jacobs (2020-05-29). The Odyssey of Elias Demetracopoulos. counterpunch.org In twenty-first-century mainstream media, a real journalist is difficult to find. Instead, one finds multiple purveyors of corporate and government propaganda, entertainers who sensationalize the most meaningless tidbits about the lives of public figures, faux investigations of misdoings that focus on the symptoms and not the causes, and outright liars. Elected and non-elected officials use

Pam Martens, Russ Martens (2020-05-29). A Growing Wave of Bankruptcies Threatens U.S. Recovery. counterpunch.org The bankruptcy epidemic in the U.S. started last year, long before any COVID-19 pandemic had touched down. U.S. retailers ranked among the greatest casualties of 2019 with a total of 17 bankruptcies. Big names among the retail bankruptcies in 2019 included Gymboree on January 16; Charlotte Russe on February 3; Things Remembered on February 6;

David Ruccio (2020-05-29). Corporate university—pandemic edition. mronline.org Will colleges and universities reopen in the fall? That's the question on the minds of many these day—administrators, faculty, staff, students, and their families, not to mention the communities in which they live.

Andrew Levine (2020-05-29). Trump Is Unbeatable in the Race to the Bottom and So Is the GOP. counterpunch.org In the race to the bottom, Donald Trump is unbeatable. Therefore, so now too is the Republican Party; being under his thumb, it is with him, every step of the way. This is why Joe Biden will have a hard time losing in November, no matter how good he and other corporate Democrats are at

JF Allen (2020-05-29). George Floyd's execution and the burning of a precinct. peoplesworld.org My police department murdered a man on Monday. Actually. No. He was executed. Murder implies some sort of emotional act or cold, non-feeling release by a psychopath. Whether emotional, premeditated, or impulsive, murder is committed by an individual (or individuals). This killing was committed by the state. Specifically, the Minneapolis Police Department. I am an …

Greg Kearney (2020-05-29). George Floyd's murder: The spark for a powderkeg of racism. peoplesworld.org People's World coverage of the George Floyd murder: | 'I can't breathe!': Minneapolis erupts in protest after George Floyd murder: | 'When the looting starts, the shooting starts': Trump revives segregationist war cry:…

Tim Sullivan, Amy Forliti (2020-05-29). 3rd degree murder charge for George Floyd's killer; activists say #RaiseTheDegree. peoplesworld.org MINNEAPOLIS (AP)—The Minneapolis police officer who was seen on video kneeling on the neck of George Floyd, a handcuffed Black man who died in custody after pleading that he could not breathe, was arrested Friday and charged with murder. Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said Derek Chauvin was charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter, after …

T.J. Coles (2020-05-29). What's NATO Up to These Days? Provoking Russia, Draining Healthcare Budgets and Protecting Its Own from COVID. counterpunch.org In November 2019, as experts warned that a novel coronavirus was likely to develop in the near-future, NATO boasted that its European Allies, including the UK, as well as Canada, were boosting their military budgets by an average of 4.6 percent, or an additional $130bn since 2016. The implication is that this increase in military spending is at the expense of healthcare, which is being privatized worldwide.

David Schultz (2020-05-29). Trump isn't the Pope and This Ain't the Middle Ages. counterpunch.org President Trump orders governors to open up the churches. Churches defy governors and seek to open. Someone needs to remind both the president and religious institutions that the Middle Ages are over and Modernity won. President Trump and many religious institutions are pushing arguments reminiscent of those found in the Medieval Christian Europe where secular

Charles Pierson (2020-05-29). Who are the "Wrong Hands" in Yemen? counterpunch.org Politics makes strange bedfellows. Some of them want to kill us. Take Abu Abbas (as Henny Youngman used to say: "Please."). Abu Abbas (a nom de guerre for one Adil Abduh Fari al-Dabhani) is the founder and leader of the Abu Abbas brigade, a militia fighting on the government side in Yemen. Abbas and his

Benjamin Dangl (2020-05-29). Bibles at the Barricades: How the Right Seized Power in Bolivia. counterpunch.org Returning to La Paz, Bolivia after last November's coup was like returning to the scene of a crime. Since Bolivian President Evo Morales was removed from power, right-wing interim President Jeanine àÅñez has led the country with an iron fist. State repression immediately following the coup left dozens dead and the government has been throwing

Mike Bader (2020-05-29). The Only Way to Save Grizzlies: Connect Their Habitats. counterpunch.org Linkages, biological corridors, demographic connectivity or intervening areas. These are the lands outside and between the Grizzly Bear Recovery Areas in the Northern Rockies. Over the past 20 years grizzly bears have begun to recolonize this historic habitat, increasing the possibilities of linking genetically isolated populations and reestablishing a breeding population in the vast Bitterroot

Tim Wise (2020-05-29). Protest, Uprisings, and Race War. counterpunch.org The moralizing has begun. Those who have rarely been the target of organized police gangsterism are once again lecturing those who have about how best to respond to it. Be peaceful, they implore, as protesters rise up in Minneapolis and across the country in response to the killing of George Floyd. This, coming from the

Paul Buhle (2020-05-29). Why Does W.E.B. Du Bois Matter Today? counterpunch.org In their new book, W.E.B. Du Bois: A Life in American History,Charisse Burden-Stelly and Gerald Horne pose the question that every scholar of African American history, a central part of all US history, must sooner or later approach. W.E.B. Du Bois is without question one of the largest, perhaps the very largest, figure in African-American history.

Staff (2020-05-29). Essential Remittances To Africa Devastated By Coronavirus Pandemic. therealnews.com Families dependent on remittances from seasonal workers are facing a crisis, even in countries without widespread COVID-19 cases.

ACLU (2020-05-29). Anthony Romero on Leading in a Time of Crisis. aclu.org Anthony Romero started his job as executive director of the ACLU just seven days before September 11, 2001, and he's been with us ever since. The subsequent "war on terror" presented new and widespread threats to civil rights and civil liberties. Now, he faces a new challenge: leading the ACLU during the COVID-19 pandemic. He joined the podcast this week to discuss how the ACLU is navigating the current moment., , "In moments of crisis, in moments of fear, civil liberties are often imperiled," Romero told our host, Emerson Sykes. The organization has had to "adjust to our understanding of what liberty and free…

David Cavendish (2020-05-29). Millions jobless, benefits hard to get — We need a federal unemployment system. peoplesworld.org The current federal-state unemployment insurance (UI) system in the United States was a disaster waiting to happen. And when COVID-19 forced large parts of the economy to shut down in recent months, the disaster proved to be even worse than feared. With the number of newly unemployed people now officially passing 40 million (with millions more uncounted), …

Special to Workers World (2020-05-29). CUNY and the struggle against COVID-19 cuts. workers.org Special to Workers World The City University of New York is the largest urban public university system in the United States. It has 275,000 students, spread over 11 senior colleges funded by New York state; seven community colleges, funded by New York City; and seven postgraduate institutions. Its students are . . . |

Jim McMahan (2020-05-29). Packinghouse workers strike vs. bosses & COVID-19. workers.org Seattle May 24 — Strikes broke out May 7 in several apple packinghouses and continue in Washington state's Yakima Valley. Latinx workers are striking more than a half-dozen big, rich packinghouses. Fruit packers in Washington state are in their third week on strike. At least 400 workers have stayed out . . . |

Staff (2020-05-29). Baltimore Mayoral Candidate Wants to Limit Mayoral Power. therealnews.com Baltimore's upcoming primary election will be notable and not just because residents will primarily vote by mail due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The mayoral election on June 2 comes after a massive corruption scandal led to a federal indictment against the previously-elected mayor in 2019. As a result of that corruption scandal, there is a heated debate over whether the city should reform its "Strong Mayor" system of governance that gives more power to Baltimore's City executive than any other major city, offers few checks on their power and many argue, enabled the 2019 scandal. | One leading mayoral candidate, Cit…

Joe Piette (2020-05-29). Car caravan: Free Our Youth! workers.org Philadelphia 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. . . . |

Leonid Savin (2020-05-29). The Volleys Of An Information War Against China. thealtworld.com A strategic information campaign against a particular state usually involves a number of elements and layers. While officials and diplomats gradually increase the aggressiveness of their rhetoric, "independent" media outlets publish a range of articles from life stories to special investigations. They may differ in tone and subject matter, but they all have the same goal. Campaigns like these are of particular importance to the US, where there is a tradition of enlisting the support of public opinion. Therefore, to ensure the success of foreign policy actions, the public must be prepared. | Stories about bad guys…

James O'Neill (2020-05-29). Western Reaction to China Shows the Bad Old Days Haven't Passed. dissidentvoice.org One of the most tiresome clichés uttered by the western nations, including Australia, is their alleged commitment to the "rules based international order". By this they generally mean a set of rules of supposed international authority, to which all developed nations are expected to adhere. Those who allegedly failed to do so are labelled as …

Miko Peled (2020-05-29). "Deadly Exchange": America's Racist Policing Has Roots in Israel. mintpressnews.com During training sessions in Israel, American police delegations meet with Israeli military, police, and intelligence agencies and taught what Israel calls counterterrorism, but is in fact no more than "refining methods of racial profiling."

Monica Moorehead (2020-05-29). Against police violence and capitalism, to rebel is justified. workers.org Workers World salutes all the brave protesters in Minneapolis, currently ground zero against police terror. We also salute those activists in Los Angeles, Memphis and other cities who are organizing protests and braving the pandemic to be in the streets or in car caravans to show solidarity with the demand: . . . |

Pratyush Chandra (2020-05-29). Bethune's socialized medicine and the public health crisis today. mronline.org We are at war! The heads of states throughout the globe are posing as chieftains in this quixotic war against an enemy who no one understands.

Staff (2020-05-29). New Details Of Deadly No-Knock Warrant Show Just How Reckless Police Can Be. therealnews.com PAR uncovers new information on the dangers of serving no-knock warrants and analyzes the raid that killed 26-year-old EMT Breonna Taylor. Cop watcher Kenneth Dunham alleges continued intimidation from local Oregon police.

C.J. Atkins (2020-05-29). 'When the looting starts, the shooting starts': Trump revives segregationist war cry. peoplesworld.org On the day following George Floyd's lynching by officers of the Minneapolis Police Department, President Donald Trump announced an FBI investigation into what happened. Facing a mass public outcry against the backdrop of incontrovertible video evidence of Officer Derek Chauvin's killing of Floyd, even Trump was compelled to say he'd do something. The charade of …

Raul Diego (2020-05-29). Police Deny Any Connection to Mysterious Minneapolis "Umbrella Man" Saboteur. mintpressnews.com Regardless of the truth behind who started the fires and the looting, the rage felt by the people of Minneapolis and elsewhere is the result of a deep and profound problem in this country that cannot go on.

Mat Ward (2020-05-29). 10 radical new albums to banish your coronavirus blues. greenleft.org.au

The Canary (2020-05-29). Sheffield City Council advises against schools reopening on Monday. thecanary.co Sheffield City Council is advising schools not to open to more pupils from Monday, citing fears that the NHS Test and Trace system will not be "robust enough" to be in place by next week. | The decision comes after prime minister Boris Johnson announced that the government's five key tests required for the easing of the lockdown have been met — and schools can admit more pupils from next week. | Primary schools across England can reopen to children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 from 1 June. | But the local authority in South Yorkshire said it does "not yet feel assured that it is the right time" to admit…

Jonathan Cook (2020-05-29). Emily Maitlis is No Media Hero: She Simply Forgot What She and the BBC Are There To Do. dissidentvoice.org The wrong conclusions are being drawn about Emily Maitlis's comments on Dominic Cummings on the BBC flagship Newsnight show this week. Her remarks are not evidence of her courage, or that journalists are being gagged, or that the BBC is suddenly capitulating to the government. | The problem is caused by our desire to focus on whether Maitlis was right or wrong about Cummings, Boris Johnson's chief adviser, breaking the lockdown rules. But it is actually a distraction to fixate on the issue of whether Maitlis should or should not have been allowed to express the widely shared view — supported by a police…

Global Research News (2020-05-29). Selected Articles: The Horrific Minneapolis Police Killing of George Floyd. globalresearch.ca Do you value the reporting and in-depth analysis provided by Global Research on a daily basis? | Click to | * * * | |

WSWS (2020-05-29). Mass anger erupts throughout the US in protests against police murder of George Floyd. wsws.org The police murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis has set off a wave of social anger, sparking demonstrations in Kentucky, Colorado, California, Ohio and other states throughout the country.

Unicorn Riot (2020-05-29). Twin Cities Protest Death of George Floyd: Day #3. unicornriot.ninja Minneapolis, MN — Protesters are continuing to gather outside the Minneapolis Police (MPD) 3rd Precinct building today after extended protests and clashes with police yesterday. The Twin Cities is still engulfed in mass outrage after MPD officer Derek Chauvin was filmed choking a black man…

commondreams (2020-05-29). ACLU Statement On Trump Tweet Directing the National Guard to Murder Protesters in Minneapolis. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2020-05-29). After Days of Protest, Police Officer Derek Chauvin Charged With 3rd Degree Murder for Killing George Floyd. commondreams.org Following three days of intense demonstrations in Minneapolis over the killing of George Floyd by a police officer while three other officers stood by, Derek Chauvin was taken into custody by state authorities Friday afternoon. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

_____ (2020-05-29). Bus Drivers Refuse To Help Police, Prison Labor Replaces Meatpackers And More. popularresistance.org With protests erupting all over Minneapolis over the death of George Floyd, cops are attempting to arrest protesters in mass. | However, some bus drivers in Minneapolis are refusing to use their buses to transport protestors to jail. | "As a transit worker and union member, I refuse to transport my class and radical youth," Minneapolis bus driver Adam Burch told Payday. "An injury to one is an injury to all. The police murdered George Floyd and the protest against is completely justified and should continue until their demands are met." | While it would be illegal for Burch's union to call for a wildcat strike, h…

_____ (2020-05-29). Minneapolis Protests Police Murder Of George Floyd: Day 2. popularresistance.org Protesters are continuing to gather outside the Minneapolis Police (MPD) 3rd Precinct building today after extended protests and clashes with police yesterday. The Twin Cities is still engulfed in mass outrage after MPD officer Derek Chauvin was filmed choking a black man named George Floyd to death in a disturbing video that went viral Monday night. On Wednesday, Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey called on Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman to file criminal charges against Officer Chauvin. Chauvin and three other officers involved in Floyd's were fired on Tuesday. Such a quick firing of officers after a police kil…

Staff (2020-05-29). Police Arrest CNN Journalist During Live TV Coverage of George Floyd Protests. truthout.org A CNN journalist and his entire camera crew were arrested by Minnesota state police Friday morning during their live television coverage of the aftermath of Minneapolis protests over the killing of George Floyd. | While standing in the middle of a street in front of police officers in riot gear, CNN correspondent Omar Jimenez cooperatively asked the officers where they would like him to stand before two officers approached him from behind, placed him in handcuffs, and led him away. The offic…

Staff (2020-05-29). Minneapolis Protesters Call to Defund the Police. truthout.org UPDATE: Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin has now been arrested in the killing of George Floyd. | As thousands take to the streets of Minneapolis to protest against the police killing of George Floyd for the third night in a row, we go to Minneapolis to speak with City Councilmember Jeremiah Ellison. Police pointed an automatic rifle at his head in 2015 when he was peacefully protesting the police killing of another African American man, Jamar Clark. We also speak with Kandace Montgomery with the Black Vision…

Fight Back (2020-05-29). Chicanos in Boyle Heights to participate in the National Day of Action May 30. fightbacknews.org Los Angeles, CA – On Saturday, May 30 at 3 p.m. Centro Community Service Organization (CSO) will be participating in the National Day of Protest to demand the mass release of all prisoners due to COVID-19. The action is called by the National Alliance Against Racist & Political Repression and CSO is an affiliated organization with the Alliance. We are protesting the murders of Ahmaud Aubery in Georgia, Breonna Taylor in Louisville, and George Floyd in Minneapolis because they are outraging, and we must demand justice. This lynch-style, racist terrorism must stop and perpetrators must be punished. | The Boyle Heig…

_____ (2020-05-29). Rent Strike: Can't Pay, Won't Pay. popularresistance.org The Covid-19 crisis has triggered an international rent strike. Housing activists hope to build strong networks of solidarity as a financial crisis and mass evictions loom. Across the world, significant amounts of people have stopped paying rent, and in some places mortgage payments, in the wake of Covid-19. Many simply don't have the money and now face homelessness. Rent strikes are taking place in the US, Spain, Canada, France, Britain, South Africa, and elsewhere as activists call for a stop to rent payments and evictions and for everyone to have shelter and space to get through the pandemic. Most of us would…

news.un (2020-05-29). Peacekeepers exemplify 'service, sacrifice and selflessness', in face of pandemic. news.un.org To honour the more than 3,900 women and men who have lost their lives under the UN flag since 1948, Secretary-General António Guterres laid a wreath at the Peacekeepers' memorial on Friday, International Day of UN Peacekeepers.

David Penner (2020-05-29). We are Being Held Hostage to Unfettered Capitalism: not to Trump, Racism, the Chinese or COVID-19. dissidentvoice.org As the US continues to be ravaged by the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, the country remains in lockdown, a morbid irony of which is that we appear to have traded COVID-19 deaths for suicides. The catastrophe has laid bare the cruelties of neoliberalism, yet this has not stopped the media from unleashing a barrage of misinformation, blaming …

Dr. Malcolm Kendrick (2020-05-29). I've Signed Death Certificates During COVID-19. Here's Why You Can't Trust Any of the Statistics on the Number of Victims. globalresearch.ca As an NHS doctor, I've seen people die and be listed as a victim of coronavirus without ever being tested for it. But unless we have accurate data, we won't know which has killed more: the disease or the lockdown?…

J.P. Linstroth (2020-05-29). Arundhati Roy on Indian Migrant-Worker Oppression and India's Fateful COVID Crisis. counterpunch.org In India there is never one story but thousands, even millions, and so the detrimental impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19) on this country of more than 1.3 billion, especially among the poor, has been profound, causing immense suffering. Nor did it help matters much when Prime Minister Narendra Modi shut India into immediate lockdown without warning

Peoples Dispatch (2020-05-29). 30 migrants in Libya killed after death of human trafficker. peoplesdispatch.org The chaos created by the NATO-led invasion of Libya in 2011 has made the country a breeding ground for human trafficking to Europe, leading to hundreds of deaths each year…

A Guest Author (2020-05-29). Pandemic and Trump's anti-migrant agenda. workers.org By B.L.S. The following is a slightly edited talk given during the Workers World Party webinar "What Road to Socialism?"on May 16. I'm humbled and thankful to have this opportunity to share some of my firsthand experiences with y'all. As a legal assistant, I work closely with asylum seekers who . . . |

James Goodman (2020-05-29). Immigrants in Limbo Speak Out. progressive.org DACA and Temporary Protected Status holders seek road to citizenship.

David Sirota (2020-05-29). Democrats fueling corporate counter-revolution against progressives. zcomm.org Democrats in Washington are not just passively failing to mount an opposition to Trump. They are actively helping Republicans…

WSWS (2020-05-29). Attorney Lee Merritt speaks on conspiracy to cover-up Ahmaud Arbery's murder. wsws.org Merritt spoke to the WSWS Wednesday about developments in the Arbery case and what has been exposed about the efforts of the police and prosecutors to whitewash the killing.

Niko Georgiades (2020-05-29). Minneapolis Police Murder Handcuffed Man with Neck-Kneel. globalresearch.ca "I can't breathe" were some of the last words of the latest victim to police terror. | Memorial Day in Minneapolis saw the echoing of the same words as Eric Garner before he was killed by police six years …