2020-11-19: News Headlines

Phyllis Bennis (2020-11-19). It's Time for Congress to Remember the Rest of the World. counterpunch.org The 2020 election will have enormous consequences for the pandemic, the planet, the economy, our democracy and people's lives. And that will be true even before the next Congress and administration take office. After the vote, the current Congress will have another six weeks or so in office. For some members, it will be a

Gloria Rubac (2020-11-19). Ramsey Prison terrorizes Texas incarcerated. workers.org Just like in this 1970s Houston Chronicle photo, Texas prisoners still pick cotton with armed guards on horseback overseeing them. Prisoners earn $0.00 an hour. "We're already stressed out because of the virus. We've all had it, and now there are new threats that it's returning. On top of that, . . . |

George Ochenski (2020-11-19). Time to End Trump's Incredible Damage to Our Nation. counterpunch.org For four long years, the United States of America has suffered the presidency of a narcissistic reality-TV actor incompetently playing his role as president. But finally this embarrassing charade of governance has come to an end. Yet, incapable of handling the truth of his loss to president-elect Joe Biden, this spoiled man-child has spent the

Liberation Staff (2020-11-19). "We're not camping, we're living." Tent city residents and supporters in Manchester, New Hampshire, continue to resist illegal eviction. liberationnews.org A tent city outside Hillsborough County Superior Court has become a flashpoint of class struggle.

Liberation Staff (2020-11-19). "Where can my people go?" Tent city residents and supporters in Manchester, New Hampshire, continue to resist illegal eviction. liberationnews.org A tent city outside Hillsborough County Superior Court has become a flashpoint of class struggle.

Eds. (2020-11-19). The capitalist economy doesn't work for workers. mronline.org We believe that socialism provides the solution to the world's ills and that marxist theory gives us the tools to enact social change we so desperately need.

Andrew Korybko (2020-11-19). Trump's Decision to Withdraw US Troops From Afghanistan. globalresearch.ca Trump's decision to cut the number of US troops in Afghanistan from 4500 to 2500 raised questions about whether he's simply fulfilling a campaign promise out of principle or whether he's hedging his bets in a Machiavellian way by preemptively …

Robert F. Kennedy Jr (2020-11-19). Gates' Globalist Vaccine Agenda: A Win-Win for Pharma and Mandatory Vaccination. globalresearch.ca First posted on GR on April 13, 2020 | Vaccines, for Bill Gates, are a strategic philanthropy that feed his many vaccine-related businesses (including Microsoft's ambition to control a

Abayomi Azikiwe (2020-11-19). United States Imperialism Threatening War Against Iran During Contested Presidential Elections Struggle. globalresearch.ca There have been serious threats to the Islamic Republic of Iran and its allies in the aftermath of the contested presidential and congressional elections in the United States. | Inside the U.S., the incumbent administration of President Donald J. Trump has …

Glen Ford (2020-11-19). Black "Misleaders" Back Susan Rice as Top Diplomat. Black Democrats See Her a Role Model. globalresearch.ca Genocide in Congo and militarization of the African continent are Susan Rice's specialties, but Black Democrats see her as a "role model." | "Rice cultivated relations with every pro-U.S. warlord in Africa." | No one in high levels of U.S. government …

Polina Aniftou (2020-11-19). "The End of the War in Syria Will Come as Part of the Agreement Between Iran and China," Says Iranian Foreign Policy Analyst. globalresearch.ca As the US changes leadership, new opportunities for re-alignment may open up for the Middle East and the wider region. To understand more fully the implications presented in conflicts ranging from the US-Iran tension, the Syrian war, and the role …

Hajira Asghar (2020-11-19). Palestinians, Iran in the crosshairs as Pompeo makes farewell visit to Israel. liberationnews.org Pompeo used the occasion to deepen two of the most odious features of U.S. foreign policy: support for the colonial occupation of Palestinian land, and warmongering against Iran.

progressive (2020-11-19). Smoking Gun: Crisis? What Crisis? progressive.org A timeline of the pandemic warning signs ignored by the Trump Administration.

Kim Petersen (2020-11-19). Understanding The History of the Korean War (1950-1953). globalresearch.ca Education is supposed to encourage critical thinking. However, if critical thinking ever were a part of the education curriculum, it usually goes out the window around Remembrance Day. | Take, for instance, Canada Remembers Times the Veterans' Week Special Edition (5-11 …

Keith Lamb (2020-11-19). Why Trump Has Been Unable to End Endless Wars. US Troop Withdrawals from Afghanistan? globalresearch.ca The

Dr. Zuhair Sabbagh (2020-11-19). Forbidden Weapons and Israeli War Crimes. globalresearch.ca In the period 2008-2014, Zionist settler colonialists launched three aggressive wars against the Palestinians of the Gaza Strip: (1) Dec 2008-Jan 2009, (2) 14 Nov 2012, and (3) July-August 2014. During these aggressive wars, the Israeli military used a number …

Peoples Dispatch (2020-11-19). New York City schools shut again due to second COVID-19 wave. peoplesdispatch.org Schools were opened up in phases in September and October, months after they were shut down in mid-March. The State's governor has warned of a tremendous spike in the coming weeks…

Tim Pelzer (2020-11-19). Confession from the profession: 'Presstitutes' in the service of the CIA. peoplesworld.org It is well documented that the CIA uses the media to spread disinformation. After 1945, the agency, in what is known as "Operation Mockingbird," recruited journalists in major U.S. media to promote its Cold War anti-Communist perspective. According to former CIA agent turned whistleblower Philip Agee , the agency had journalists on its payroll across …

Pip Hinman (2020-11-19). Thoughts towards a synthesis between ecosocialism and ecoanarchism. greenleft.org.au In arriving at a synthesis between ecosocialism and ecoanarchism, Ted Trainer argues that the kind of socialism he supports avoids domination, hierarchy, authoritarianism, centralisation and top-down power.

The Canary (2020-11-19). Africa records two million coronavirus cases amid fears of fresh surge. thecanary.co Africa has surpassed two million confirmed coronavirus (Covid-19) cases as health officials warn of infections starting to creep up again into a second surge.Second wave: The Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on Thursday that the 54-country continent has seen more than 48,000 deaths from coronavirus. The continent of 1.3bn people is being warned against "prevention fatigue" as countries loosen pandemic restrictions to ease their economies' suffering and more people travel.The Africa CDC director this week openly worried that the level of mask-wearing has gone down and called that…

The Canary (2020-11-19). Priti Patel likely to face 'robust criticisms' in bullying allegations investigation. thecanary.co A long-awaited investigation into allegations of bullying by Priti Patel must be published without delay, Labour has demanded as it labelled reports that the Home Secretary will be issued with a warning as "incredibly serious". | The Financial Times said that the probe would be concluded "imminently" but that Boris Johnson would only issue Patel with a written warning, rather than dismissing her from the Cabinet. | Citing unnamed Whitehall officials, the paper said the prime minister was intending to "fudge" the outcome of the report which has "robust criticisms" of Patel's behaviour. | Shadow home secretary Nick…

The Canary (2020-11-19). Local authorities 'braced for second wave of homelessness' anticipate 'absolute train wreck'. thecanary.co Local authorities are braced for an "absolute train wreck" as they anticipate a second wave of homelessness of people hit by the pandemic's economic fall out, a report warns. | Rising demand: | English councils fear they may run out of emergency accommodation over the winter months, amid concerns that government funding will not be sufficient to allow them to meet rising demand. A report by the homelessness charity Crisis said councils in England, Scotland, and Wales have seen a continued new flow of people since the pandemic started. | Services are now concerned about a newly emerging need for support as…

D. Watkins (2020-11-19). Poet Nikki Giovanni shares her wisdom about Biden, cowardly racism, and why love is a pineapple. salon.com The acclaimed activist and educator returned to "Salon Talks" to discuss the presidency & the writing process…

Phyllis Bennis (2020-11-19). With the Election Over, Congress Needs to Focus on Burning Issues. zcomm.org It's bad enough that our federal government has refused to take responsibility for a national response to the pandemic here in the United States. Even worse, it's refused to even acknowledge the necessity of international coordination…

David L. McCollum (2020-11-19). Coronavirus relief funds could easily pay to stop the worst of climate change while rebooting economies. zcomm.org Like with so many things, the question seems to be one of political will — are governments and companies willing and able to turn toward a cleaner, more prosperous future to the benefit of all?>

A Guest Author (2020-11-19). Alaskan and Caribbean storms increase dangers for Indigenous peoples, workers. workers.org People in Honduras deluged after 2020 hurricanes. By Paddy Colligan and G. Dunkel Nov. 16 — The storms battering the north and northwest coast of Alaska and the hurricanes rampaging through the Caribbean and southeastern North America may or may not be produced by human-generated global warming. Scientists differ on . . . |

Tim Wheeler (2020-11-19). Karl Yoneda and Elaine Black—star-crossed lovers in a class war. peoplesworld.org In October 1987, I covered a rally in Washington, D.C., for the People's Daily World celebrating the federal government's apology for the mass incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II. The event, which drew hundreds to the U.S. Capitol steps, was sponsored by the Japanese American Citizens League. Among those who flew into town …

Alex Bainbridge (2020-11-19). Death squads trained at Duntroon — not just a few bad apples. greenleft.org.au Alex Bainbridge writes that the release of the report into Australian war crimes in Afghanistan should be shocking — but it isn't.

news.un (2020-11-19). Future of an entire generation at risk, as COVID-19 pandemic drags on. news.un.org While symptoms among children infected with COVID-19 mostly remain mild, infections are rising and the longer-term impact on the education, nutrition and well-being of an entire generation of young people can be life-altering, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) has warned.

Pip Hinman (2020-11-19). Towards an anti-capitalist synthesis: what can ecosocialists learn from ecoanarchists? greenleft.org.au Ecosocialists and ecoanarchists share an anti-capitalist stance, both viewing capitalism as the root of numerous social and environmental problems, writes Hans Baer.

news.un (2020-11-19). Development funding and trade transparency needed, to stop COVID-19 dividing the world. news.un.org The pandemic has redefined the world economy in ways that will deepen inequality and can only be reversed if a global transformation in attitudes towards trade and development allows the whole world to recover together, the UN trade body UNCTAD said, in a report published on Thursday.

William Stroock (2020-11-19). Biden 'Wins' Trump Contests. globalresearch.ca A few days before the presidential election, this observer predicted President Trump would win about 50% of the popular vote and around 325 electoral votes. Obviously that didn't happen. But most polls and poll aggregates predicted a Blue Wave leading …

_____ (2020-11-19). The U.S. Working Class Meets the Elections and Loses Ground. strategic-culture.org W. T. WHITNEY | The recent election campaign pitted one capitalist-oriented political party against another. But class conflict continued and working people did not fare well. | The election period was show-time for U.S. racial antagonisms. Candidates of both parties responded variously to racism. With working-class voters filling the ranks of each one, the U.S. working class was shown to be divided as it responded to racism. These are divisions that weaken the working class. | The police killing of George Floyd occurred in late May. Soon crowds of white and Black people were protesting together in little towns a…

Edmund Phelps (2020-11-19). The US economy needs Joe Biden. indybay.org The economic and socio-political record of US President Donald Trump is devastating. Wages stagnated even before the Corona crisis. Instead, the national debt increased because he lowered taxes for the rich – without any economic benefit. Joe Biden knows the reasons for the misery and knows what to do.

Staff (2020-11-19). Headlines for November 19, 2020. democracynow.org U.S. COVID-19 Death Toll Passes 250,000; Nearly 1% of U.S. Population Currently Infectious, Pfizer to Seek Emergency Authorization of COVID-19 Vaccine, Touting 95% Efficacy, Lawsuit Alleges Tyson Foods Managers Wagered on Meatpackers' Coronavirus Infection Rate, COVID-19 Surge Overwhelms Hospitals as Healthcare Workers Fall Ill, Biden Says Trump's Refusal to Concede Could Set Back Vaccine Rollout by Months, Arizona Secretary of State Faces Death Threats as Trump Promotes Election Conspiracy Theories, Democratic Congressmembers Reelect Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the House, Australian Military Apologizes to Afghan…

Jeff Cohen (2020-11-19). Time for Biden to Follow the Science. counterpunch.org One of the keys to Joe Biden's victory over Donald Trump was his constant and accurate accusation that Trump "refuses to follow the science" on COVID-19 — that "he won't listen to the scientists." It proved to be a winning campaign theme. Indeed, it's sobering to realize that without COVID — both Trump's mishandling of

Liz Theoharis (2020-11-19). The New Politics of the Poor in Joe Biden's (and Mitch McConnell's) USA. counterpunch.org In the two weeks since Election 2020, the country has oscillated between joy and anger, hope and dread in an era of polarization sharpened by the forces of racism, nativism, and hate. Still, truth be told, though the divisive tone of this moment may only be sharpening, division in the United States of America is

Jeff Abbott (2020-11-19). The Other Americans: What Joe Biden's Win Means for Central America. progressive.org Though it might undo many of Trump's policies, the Biden Administration will likely return to an Obama-era approach in the region.

Caitlin A. Johnstone (2020-11-19). Biden will likely be worse than Obama. The left must lead the backlash, or the right will. mronline.org It looks like a safe bet that Joe Biden will be sworn in on January 20th after successfully campaigning on returning the murderous and oppressive Orwellian US empire back to its pre-Trump "normal".

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-19). Reproducing soft, hard power key to lifting sanctions. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 19 (MNA) — Stressing that Biden is not Iran's friend and master key, Iranian Parliament Speaker's Special Aide for International Affairs said that reproducing soft and hard power is key to lifting sanctions.

Children's Health Defense (2020-11-19). Media Hypes Moderna's COVID Vaccine, Downplays Risks. globalresearch.ca For the second time in a week, news of a "promising"

Dean Baker (2020-11-19). Moderna Vaccine Follows Pfizer with Very Strong Results on Effectiveness: What This Means. cepr.net Last week, we got the very good news that preliminary results from its Phase 3 trial showed that Pfizer's vaccine had an effectiveness rate of 92 percent. (We now have final results that put it at 95 percent.) This week, Moderna released results showing that its vaccine also has a 95 percent effectiveness rate. In …

Stephen Lendman (2020-11-19). Covid Vaccine, Hazardous to Human Health? Big Pharma's Rush to Cash in on Multibillion Bonanza. globalresearch.ca All vaccines are toxic and hazardous to human health. | The great covid vaccines to the rescue scheme risks widespread harm, not protection. | In cahoots with Big Government, Big Pharma prioritizes maximum profits over human health. | Drug companies are rushing to …

Chris Marshall (2020-11-19). Are you sure Trump's plan to steal the election has failed? You shouldn't be. salon.com Surely Republicans would never stage a ludicrous constitutional end-around with Brett Kavanaugh's help, would they?>

Peter Lackowski (2020-11-19). 'Election fraud': A strategy comes home to roost. peoplesworld.org Traveling around Venezuela in 2005, it occurred to me that paint merchants must be doing very well. There had been a recall referendum the year before. The question on the ballot was a simple yes or no: Shall President Hugo Chávez be recalled? The word "NO" was still painted on walls, pillars, even random rocks …

Common Cause (2020-11-19). Thursday 11/19: What's Next: 2020 Election Wrap-Up Town Hall w/ Common Cause. indybay.org Online via Zoom…

Sofia Perez (2020-11-19). Why Venezuela's Dec. 6 election is legitimate. liberationnews.org On December 6, Venezuela will hold parliamentary elections to choose new deputies for the National Assembly, the country's legislature.

Brett Redmayne-Titley (2020-11-19). The "Dominion" of Election Fraud? globalresearch.ca "The maintenance of Americans' constitutional rights should not depend on the good graces and sketchy ethics of a handful of well-connected corporations… who have stonewalled Congress, lied to Congress, and have questionable judgment when it comes to security…" -Sen. Ron …

John P. Geyman (2020-11-19). Beyond COVID-19: the Power Struggle Over Alternatives for Health Care Reform. counterpunch.org Today we face the COVID-19 pandemic, with its resultant economic downturn and systemic racism—the triple crises that have exposed the serious problems of U. S. health care. It is now obvious to most observers that the system is broken, raising the question of how it can be put together through the political process after a hotly contested election season filled with disinformation and confusion about potential reform alternatives.

Sarah Toce (2020-11-19). "Abuse of office": Graham hit with formal ethics complaint amid allegations of election meddling. salon.com "If these allegations are true, Senator Graham's conduct constitutes . . . conduct unbecoming of a senator"

Andrew Moss (2020-11-19). Fighting Covid by Empowering Workers. zcomm.org This winter, worker committees, the first in the nation, will come on line in Los Angeles County…

Roger Sollenberger (2020-11-19). McEnany tells "Fox Friends" that COVID-19 restrictions are "Orwellian" as pandemic surges across US. salon.com "We don't lose our freedom in this country," McEnany tells hosts of Trump's favorite morning show "Fox & Friends"

Andrea Germanos (2020-11-19). Greenpeace releases far-reaching 'just recovery agenda' to tackle interlocking crises of inequality, racial injustice, Covid-19, and climate chaos. nationofchange.org We must "shift from an economy that is extractive and exploitative to one that regenerates and repairs," the new report says.

imperial.ac.uk (2020-11-19). Arthritis drug effective in treating sickest COVID-19 patients. imperial.ac.uk Critically ill COVID-19 patients treated with an arthritis drug are significantly more likely to have improved outcomes, a study has found.

Dr. Annie Bukacek (2020-11-19). Video: How COVID-19 Death Certificates Are Being Manipulated. Montana Physician Dr. Annie Bukacek. globalresearch.ca First published by GR on April 8, 2020 | Dr. Annie Bukacek is a longtime Montana physician with over 30 years experience practicing medicine. Signing death certificates is a routine part of her job. | In this brief video, Dr. Bukacek blows …

Editor (2020-11-19). Pandemic surges, economy sputters. workers.org It's really quite sickening. The bourgeoisie calculates profit and loss with callous disregard for the masses suffering from both the soaring COVID caseload and a collapsed job market. Now, many who became unemployed in the spring are running out of their 26 weeks of unemployment benefits. There were nearly 1 . . . |

_____ (2020-11-19). Training Bias Out Of Teachers. popularresistance.org This summer, the Des Moines, Iowa, public schools held a series of anti-racist town hall meetings in the wake of the police-led killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor and the disproportionate effects of COVID-19 on people of color in their community. But the conversation rapidly turned to inequalities within in the school system. | "I would describe it as a harsh look into the current realities of what our students and our families are saying to us around anti-racism in our schools," said Goodrell Middle School Principal Peter LeBlanc, who noted the conversations are part of the district's ongoing equity aud…

Daniel Horowitz (2020-11-19). Surgical Face Masks: No Statistically Significant Benefit Against COVID-19. Danish Study in Annals of Internal Medicine. globalresearch.ca Most Western elites are telegraphing the message that we will be forced to cover our humanity with cheap face masks indefinitely. They are mandating that even two-year-olds must wear masks. The

news.un (2020-11-19). In the face of ridicule: one woman's fight to bring sanitation to a Nepali village. news.un.org 4.2 billion people are living without access to safely managed sanitation, putting them at increased risk of catching a host of infectious diseases, such as COVID-19, cholera, and typhoid. On this year's World Toilet Day, which is marked on 19 November, we look at how Ratna Khawas has fought ridicule and tradition to improve hygiene in her Nepali village, with the help of the UN.

Bryant Arroyo (2020-11-19). COVID-19 protocols: Recipe for disaster in Pennsylvania prisons. workers.org Bryant Arroyo (left) with Joe Piette of WWP Prisoners Solidarity Committee. Incarcerated workers across Pennsylvania are demanding that Department of Corrections Secretary John Wetzel reverse his disastrous decision to begin mass transfers of prisoners at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. The following commentary is from jailhouse organizer and environmentalist . . . |

Children's Health Defense (2020-11-19). Leading Canadian Health Expert Outraged at Government Response to COVID. globalresearch.ca

news.un (2020-11-19). In the face of ridicule: one woman's fight to bring sanitation to a Nepalese village. news.un.org 4.2 billion people are living without access to safely managed sanitation, putting them at increased risk of catching a host of infectious diseases, such as COVID-19, cholera, and typhoid. On this year's World Toilet Day, which is marked on 19 November, we look at how Ratna Khawas has fought ridicule and tradition to improve hygiene in her Nepalese village, with the help of the UN.

Igor Derysh (2020-11-19). Trump campaign avoids $8M bill by limiting Wisconsin recount to cities with large Black populations. salon.com Campaign dodges $8 million statewide recount bill by targeting two cities home to 74% of state's Black residents…

Manuela Solé (2020-11-19). Venezuela's Attorney General to Investigate Police Abuses. venezuelanalysis.com The FAES special forces practices have been repeatedly denounced in recent months.

Areeb Ullah (2020-11-19). UK's Raab 'directly' intervenes on behalf of arrested Egyptian activists. middleeasteye.net UK's Raab 'directly' intervenes on behalf of arrested Egyptian activists | Three members of a prominent human rights organisation detained after meeting with western diplomats, including the British ambassador in Cairo | Thu, 11/19/2020 – 16: 17 | Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has raised the activists' case directly with his Egyptian counterpart (Reuters) | British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has per…

WSWS (2020-11-19). Record daily coronavirus death tolls in Italy and Spain since September. wsws.org On Tuesday, another 731 people died in Italy, and 753 on Wednesday, the highest tolls since the previous peak in March.

news.un (2020-11-19). Heartbreaking stories from refugees fleeing Ethiopia violence. news.un.org In a briefing to journalists on Thursday, a senior UN humanitarian official in Sudan recounted moving testimony from refugees who are crossing the border from Ethiopia in their thousands, fleeing fighting in Tigray province.

Stephen Shenfield (2020-11-19). What's going on in Belarus? dissidentvoice.org An interview conducted by Stephen Shenfield of the World Socialist Party of the United States with Dmitry Kosmachev, a member of the Minsk Socialist Circle, about the situation in Belarus, the current protests, and where they may lead. ***** Stephen Shenfield: In the 1990s I made visits to five of the new post-Soviet republics — Russia, …

Erik Molvar (2020-11-19). Why Red States Want to Seize Control of the Endangered Species Act. counterpunch.org In September, Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon, testifying on behalf of Wyoming Sen. John Barrasso's latest bill to gut the Endangered Species Act (ESA) peddled the fake-news narrative that the ESA is "broken." States would do a better job recovering endangered wildlife, Gordon testified, ignoring the obvious reality that every single species protected under the ESA got to the brink of extinction as a result of wildlife management failures by state agencies.

MEE staff (2020-11-19). Saudi court sentences Salman al-Odah's brother to five years in prison. middleeasteye.net Saudi court sentences Salman al-Odah's brother to five years in prison | Khaled al-Odah's sentencing comes three and a half years after he was detained for showing solidarity with his brother on social media | Thu, 11/19/2020 – 17: 39 | Khaled al-Odah was also issued a travel ban preventing him from leaving the country (Abdullah Alaoudh/Twitter) | Saudi Arabia sentenced the brother of jailed cleric Salman al-O…

MEE staff (2020-11-19). Amnesty urges G20 leaders to 'stand up for brave activists' jailed in Saudi Arabia. middleeasteye.net Amnesty urges G20 leaders to 'stand up for brave activists' jailed in Saudi Arabia | Women's empowerment features prominently on G20 Agenda, despite several activists languishing in jail or facing trial | Thu, 11/19/2020 – 18: 17 | Protesters gather at Saudi embassy in Washington to remember slain Middle East Eye columnist Jamal Khashoggi (AFP/File photo) | Member states of the Group of 20 (G20) meeting in thi…

Ragip Soylu (2020-11-19). Turkey hikes interest rates after Erdogan agrees to swallow the bitter pill. middleeasteye.net Turkey hikes interest rates after Erdogan agrees to swallow the bitter pill | Central Bank vows to continue monetary tightening until a permanent fall in inflation | Thu, 11/19/2020 – 12: 27 | A man walks past an information screen displaying rates in front of an exchange office in Istanbul, on October 26, 2020 (AFP) | The Turkish Central Bank has increased its policy interest rate by 475 points to 15 pe…

Miko Peled (2020-11-19). The Last Negotiator: The Death of Saeb Erekat Could Mark the End of Palestinian Reconciliation. mintpressnews.com Saeb Erekat was one of the last of a generation of Palestinian negotiators inspired by the conciliatory style of Yasser Arafat. His death may be the end of an era of hope that a peaceful solution with Israel is possible.

Sheren Khalel (2020-11-19). 'We are not afraid of you, Mike': Activists react to Pompeo's move against pro-BDS groups. middleeasteye.net 'We are not afraid of you, Mike': Activists react to Pompeo's move against pro-BDS groups | Secretary of State Mike Pompeo designated any group that supports Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement as antisemitic | Thu, 11/19/2020 – 19: 35 | Palestinians demonstrate near Israeli settlement of Psagot against visit by Mike Pompeo on 18 November (AFP/File photo) | Pro-Palestine and…

Dean Baker (2020-11-19). Consumer Price Index: "There is Zero Basis for any Concerns About Inflation" counterpunch.org + US CPI overall and core CPI were both flat in October, up 1.2 percent and 1.6 percent year over year, respectively. A sharp drop in energy prices lowered overall US CPI, with the core being held down by a drop in medical care prices by 0.4 percent. + Rental inflation remains low; rent proper

MEE staff (2020-11-19). Macron tells French Muslim leaders to produce charter of 'republican values'. middleeasteye.net Macron tells French Muslim leaders to produce charter of 'republican values' | The French government's plan to regulate Islam in the country comes amid tensions in the wake of several attacks | Thu, 11/19/2020 – 14: 44 | French President Emmanuel Macron, pictured here during a videoconference on 17 November 2020, has taken a strong-handed approach to Islam (AFP) | French President Emmanuel Macron has given the…

John Wojcik (2020-11-19). When Mississippi tried to silence Black mayor, People's World was there. peoplesworld.org As a young reporter back in the early 1980s, I stayed for weeks at a time in the Mississippi Delta covering the story of the first African-American mayor elected in that state since Reconstruction. But it's not to the Tchula, Mississippi town hall that I frequently went to meet with him. I went instead to …

Peter Koenig (2020-11-19). Bill Gates and the Depopulation Agenda. Robert F. Kennedy Junior Calls for an Investigation. globalresearch.ca Robert F Kennedy Jr, an avid Defender of Children's Rights and anti-vaccination activist, has launched a petition sent to the White House, calling for "Investigations into the 'Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation' for Medical Malpractice & Crimes Against Humanity"

Peter Koenig (2020-11-19). The Secret Agenda of the World Bank and the IMF. globalresearch.ca The World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) work hand in glove — smoothly. Not only are they regularly lending huge sums of money to horror regimes around the world, but they blackmail poor nations into accepting draconian conditions …

_____ (2020-11-19). City Workers Push For Collective Bargaining Rights. popularresistance.org Virginia Beach, VA – While local government employees are not legally allowed to engage in collective bargaining in the commonwealth until May 1, a group of workers from public utilities and public works making known their desire to have "a seat at the table" as soon as possible. | On Tuesday evening, ahead of City Council's formal session at the convention center, roughly 30 members of the city workforce chanted about the desire for hazard pay and fair wages before delivering a petition to the city manager's office that lists four demands.

teleSUR (2020-11-19). Colombia Goes on Strike to Demand an End to Violence. telesurenglish.net A new day of national mobilization Thursday will take place, "for life, democracy and the negotiation of the emergency plan," led by unions, workers' centers, students, farmers, and other social sectors. | RELATED: | The new day of the National Strike comes one year after the mobilizations of November 21, 2019, in which hundreds of Colombians took to the streets, demanding the right to life, the defense of social leaders…

Joseph Gascoigne (2020-11-19). "Nazi Satan Death Cults" and other Mass Distractions. dissidentvoice.org Recently, Dissident Voice contributor, the never-compromising class- and labor-blogger, Michael K. Smith, took on a dragon of the progressive left whose slaying really seems long overdue. Writing in his typically potent style, Smith hammered out the following: How many times do we need to request a meaningless 'denunciation' of white supremacy? We, on what passes for …

news.un (2020-11-19). Refugee resettlement numbers fall to lowest in two decades: UNHCR. news.un.org Refugee resettlement numbers will be at a "record low" this year, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) said on Wednesday, with only 15,425 people resettled in the first nine months of 2020, compared to more than 50,000 in 2019.

Michael Snyder (2020-11-19). Why Did Hundreds Of CEOs Resign Just Before The World Started Going Absolutely Crazy? globalresearch.ca This article was first published by GR in July 2020. | In the months prior to the most ferocious stock market crash in history and the eruption of the biggest public health crisis of our generation, we witnessed the biggest exodus …

splcenter (2020-11-19). Neo-Nazi, Klan Leader Thomas Metzger Dies in California. splcenter.org Thomas Linton Metzger, a neo-Nazi former Ku Klux Klansman who later formed the White Aryan Resistance, died early this month, according to his website.

Peoples Dispatch (2020-11-19). Bill to tax large fortunes in Argentina advances to the Senate. peoplesdispatch.org The Argentine Chamber of Deputies passed the bill which seeks to collect 307 billion pesos to finance public health and productive projects by taxing large fortunes…

Marlee Kokotovic (2020-11-19). Senate proposes almost $700 billion for the Pentagon while millions of Americans remain unemployed amid the pandemic. nationofchange.org With the current unemployment rate reaching roughly 6.8 million and nearly 8 million Americans facing eviction, the government should be focusing on its citizens and not a defense budget.

Marc Chadeau-Hyam, Barbara Bodinier, Roel Vermeulen, Maryam Karimi, Verena Zuber, Raphaà´le Castagné, Joshua Elliott, David Muller, Dusan Petrovic, Matthew Whitaker, Silvia Stringhini, Ioanna Tzoulaki, Mika Kivimà§ki, Paolo Vineis, Paul Elliott, Michelle Kelly-Irving, Cyrille Delpierre (2020-11-19). Education, biological ageing, all-cause and cause-specific mortality and morbidity: UK biobank cohort study. thelancet.com The BHS captures features of the embodiment of education, health behaviours, and more proximal unknown factors which all complementarily contribute to all-cause, cancer and CVD morbidity and premature death.

_____ (2020-11-19). Groups Call For Federal Investigation Of City Over Toxic Industry. popularresistance.org The city of Chicago's role helping General Iron move from affluent white Lincoln Park to a majority-Latino Southeast Side neighborhood to make way for the Lincoln Yards redevelopment violated federal fair housing laws and should be investigated, community groups say. | The move is an example of years of unfair zoning and land-use practices that discriminate against Black and Latino residents while benefiting white neighborhoods that have seen their home values soar, the groups said in a complaint filed with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Wednesday.

news.un (2020-11-19). Ensure safe and hygienic sanitation for all, UN urges, marking World Toilet Day. news.un.org The UN is marking World Toilet Day on Thursday, in a bid to reinforce the need for equal access to sanitation for all. More than a quarter of the global population lack basic facilities, and more than three billion people live in homes without basic hand washing facilities, soap and water.

Lynda Carson (2020-11-19). John Harris donates fabulous guitar collection to San Francisco Conservatory of Music. indybay.org The Harris Guitar Collection:…

Editor (2020-11-19). We'll Never Have Gender Equality Without This Crucial Reform. scheerpost.com Neil Moralee / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0] By Jill Richardson / OtherWords This week my students turned in papers relating news articles to what they learned in class about parenting. Every single student's paper is about how the pandemic is exacerbating pre-existing inequalities. I'm a teaching assistant in a family sociology course, and inequality is one of the most important things we study. |

Chauncey DeVega (2020-11-19). Make fun of the "Million MAGA March" all you want — white supremacy has not been defeated. salon.com American fascism held power for four years — and now controls the Republican Party. Don't look the other way…

Historic Preservation Commission (2020-11-19). Wednesday 11/18: Discussion of Removing Mission Bells from the City of Santa Cruz. indybay.org Online, join meeting here: | ecm.cityofsantacruz.com/OnBaseAgendaOnli…

Eran Bornstein, Yael Eliner, Frank A. Chervenak, Amos Gràºnebaum (2020-11-19). Concerning trends in maternal risk factors in the United States: 1989—2018. thelancet.com Our study shows a marked increase in the prevalence of five pregnancy risk factors/complications over the past three decades (1989—2018). This may point to a significant deterioration in the health of US pregnant women, which potentially contributes to both maternal morbidity and mortality.

Kfir Oved, Liraz Olmer, Yonat Shemer-Avni, Tamar Wolf, Lia Supino-Rosin, George Prajgrod, Yotam Shenhar, Irina Payorsky, Yuval Cohen, Yishai Kohn, Victoria Indenbaum, Rachel Lazar, Valeria Geylis, Michal Tepperberg Oikawa, Eilat Shinar, Evgeniy Stoyanov, Lital Keinan-Boker, Ravit Bassal, Shay Reichar, Ruti Yishai, Adina Bar-Chaim, Ram Doolman, Yoram Reiter, Ella Mendelson, Zvi Livneh, Laurence S. Freedman, Yaniv Lustig (2020-11-19). Multi-center nationwide comparison of seven serology assays reveals a SARS-CoV-2 non-responding seronegative subpopulation. thelancet.com wThe commercially available automated immunoassays exhibit significant differences in performance and expected PPV in low prevalence scenarios. The low false-positivity rate in under 20‚Ä≤s suggests that cross-reactive immunity from previous CoV strains is unlikely to explain the milder disease course in children. Finding no decrease in antibody titers in the first 8 weeks is in contrast to some reports of short half-life for SARS-CoV-2 antibodies. The ~5% who were seronegative non-responders, using multiple assays in a population-wide manner, represents the proportion of patients that may be at ris…

_____ (2020-11-19). Inmate Kitchen Workers Forced To Serve Expired Meat In Prison. popularresistance.org Arizona – Incarcerated people who work in the kitchens at the Eyman, Lewis and Yuma state prisons claim they were forced to serve expired meat to their fellow inmates, resulting in foodborne illnesses. | Several inmates report being diagnosed with H. pylori infections, which they attribute to the food and unsanitary conditions in the kitchens. The inmates say they were subsequently put on antibiotics in recent days and weeks to treat the infections. | KJZZ is not naming the inmates because they fear retaliation for speaking out about the prison conditions.

news.un (2020-11-19). Climate crisis: 'Nowhere near the finish line' — UN chief. news.un.org Pointing to its "pioneering legislation and policies", on Thursday the UN chief hailed the 27-member European Union (EU) as a "a leader on climate action", that had shown that it was possible to cut emissions while achieving economic growth.

Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis (2020-11-19). We Still Live In 2 Americas, Not 1. thenation.com We Still Live In 2 Americas, Not 1…

Philip V. McHarris (2020-11-19). 'I Experience a Hollowing Fear Any Time I'm Stopped by Police'. thenation.com 'I Experience a Hollowing Fear Any Time I'm Stopped by Police'

_____ (2020-11-19). Susan Rice Is Asia's Worst Nightmare. strategic-culture.org Forget Libya—the Obama alumna was an absolute disaster in Asian affairs. That alone should disqualify her for Secretary of State. | Tanner GREER | There is a movement

Matthew Cunningham-Cook (2020-11-19). Georgia's Senate Runoff Will Determine Whether the Minimum Wage Increases. zcomm.org "Dollar stores feed more Americans than Whole Foods Market, and what we've learned is that they're not just a symptom of poverty, they are a cause of it."

Peoples Dispatch (2020-11-19). Palestinians oppose Pompeo's visit to illegal Israeli settlement in the occupied West Bank. peoplesdispatch.org Mike Pompeo became the first top US diplomat to visit an illegal Israeli settlement. He also said that the US government had historically been wrong about settlements and it could be done in a lawful manner…

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-19). Inauguration of Gorgan Intl. Airport project. en.mehrnews.com GORGAN, Nov. 19 (MNA) — The inauguration ceremony of the Gorgan International Airport projects was held on Thursday morning in the presence of President Hassan Rouhani through videoconference.

Oakland Privacy (2020-11-19). Wednesday 12/16: Oakland Privacy: Fighting Against the Surveillance State. indybay.org Online via Zoom.

news.un (2020-11-19). UN holds dialogues to examine racism in its ranks. news.un.org In an address on Thursday at an event for UN staff, Secretary-General António Guterres underscored the need to confront racism within the world body, initiating a series of discussions on the subject.

Audrey Wollen (2020-11-19). Annie Ernaux's Memoirs Ask a Radical Question. thenation.com Annie Ernaux's Memoirs Ask a Radical Question…

Wendy Snyder (2020-11-19). Saturday 11/21: Learn about and support the Amah Mutsun Tribal Land Trust. indybay.org Virtual event on Zoom and Facebook…

Nicole Karlis (2020-11-19). CDC adjusts its public health messaging to appeal to Americans' individualism. salon.com Reflecting American culture, CDC is now emphasizing personal benefits of mask-wearing instead of collective ones…

LaborFest (2020-11-19). Thursday 11/19: Press Conference-Defend The Bernard Zakheim UCSF Toland Hall Murals On History Of Medicine. indybay.org UCSF Hospital | 505 Parnassus | San Francisco…

Elise Swain (2020-11-19). Anti-Nuclear Pacifists Get Federal Prison Terms for Nonviolent Protest. zcomm.org The most dedicated peace activists you've never heard of are headed to federal prison amid a deadly pandemic…

Spencer Garcia (2020-11-19). Remembrance, Resilience, and Response: Addressing An Epidemic of Violence Against Trans and Non-Binary People. aclu.org Each year on Nov. 20,

Common Cause (2020-11-19). Thursday 12/10: 2021 Planned Actions at State Level & Post Census Redistricting Town Hall w/ Common Cause. indybay.org Online via Zoom…

Pip Hinman (2020-11-19). NSW renewable roadmap falls short. greenleft.org.au The NSW government's says its Electricity Infrastructure Roadmap is responding to community concerns about reducing emissions and energy costs. But is it? Patrick McDonald takes a look.

Direct Action Everywhere (2020-11-19). Monday 12/7: Together Against Factory Farming – December Day of Action. indybay.org Crocker Park, 211 O St, Sacramento, CA 95814…

Carla Stea (2020-11-19). Strangling Sanctions against North Korea. "Psychopathic Double Standards" at the UN Security Council. globalresearch.ca Do They Have a Conscience? | "A key difference between a psychopath and a sociopath is whether he has a conscience, the little voice inside that lets us know when we're doing something wrong, says L. Michael Tompkins, EdD. He's a …

Direct Action Everywhere (2020-11-19). Tuesday 11/24: Community Discussion: Anticolonialism. indybay.org Zoom online…

Pip Hinman (2020-11-19). Take action on November 28 against the gas-fired 'recovery'. greenleft.org.au A national day of protest has been called by community groups following the federal government's push for a gas-led recovery, reports Pip Hinman.

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-19). Iran's new amb. submits credentials to South Africa President. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 19 (MNA) — Iran's new Ambassador to South Africa submitted his credentials to the country's president on Thursday.

Sharon Kelly (2020-11-19). Investigation: How pesticide companies are marketing themselves as a solution to climate change. nationofchange.org "The current food system is responsible for one-third of global greenhouse gas emissions; it's also fully dependent on oil both for transport and because pesticides and fertilizers are petrochemically-derived."

news.un (2020-11-19). Libyans charting way to secure and prosperous future, but challenges lie ahead. news.un.org Following years of political instability and conflict, Libya is making substantial progress on the path to peace, the top UN official in the country told the Security Council on Thursday.

John C. A. Manley (2020-11-19). Catholic Priest Says Face Mask Wearing Spreads Lies and Harm; Not Love and Charity. globalresearch.ca Finally, a priest gives a sermon against the devilish new normal: Father Anthony Hannon is a Latin Rite Catholic priest incardinated with the Archdiocese of Ottawa, Canada. In a comment, after his "Wearing …

Staff (2020-11-19). GAO Study Shows How Taxpayers Subsidize "Starvation Wages" of Corporate Giants. truthout.org Pinpointing a reality denounced as "

imperial.ac.uk (2020-11-19). New membrane could pave way for cheap, efficiently made biofuels. imperial.ac.uk Scientists have developed a cost-effective method of biofuel extraction which could make them viable alternatives to fossil fuels in transport.

On the Picket Line (2020-11-19). International Union of Operating Engineers Local 39 Strike at Macy's. indybay.org Striking IUOE Local 39 stationary engineers at the Macy's main store in San Francisco's Union Square.

Soham Bandyopadhyay (2020-11-19). An Institutionally Racist Lockdown Policy. globalresearch.ca For Christians across the world, Christmas is a time for families and friends to come together and revel in their importance to one another. Similarly, for Hindus, Jains, Sikhs, and some Buddhists, Diwali represents a celebration of the relationships between …

Common Cause (2020-11-19). Thursday 12/3: What's Next for Civil Rights: Democracy in the 117th Congress Town Hall w/ Common Cause. indybay.org Online via Zoom…

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-19). Iran not to negotiate its defensive power: Leader's advisor. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 19 (MNA) — A military aide to the Leader of the Islamic Revolution said that Iran will not negotiate its defensive power with anybody under any circumstances.

Peoples Dispatch (2020-11-19). On anniversary of 'Velvet Revolution,' Slovakian left denounces betrayal of people. peoplesdispatch.org Every year, rallies are held in Slovakia on the anniversary of the 'Velvet Revolution' which marked the transition from communism. This year, the left and other sections too protested against the government and the policies of the past three decades…

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-19). Iran's futsal maintains 6th rank in world. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 19 (MNA) — According to the latest ranking published by Futsal World Ranking, Iranian futsal team kept its first place in Asia and 6th in the world.

Thomas Madreiter (2020-11-19). Vienna: The Most Livable City of the World. indybay.org As early as the zero hour, about ten years ago, we developed the vision of the Smart City with the involvement of civil society. There were countless workshops with politicians, scientists, business people and, of course, the city's residents. They all dealt with the question: What kind of Vienna do we want to live in by 2050? Citizens have said quite clearly: cars out, public transport and pedestrians in.

Peoples Dispatch (2020-11-19). Peaceful movement will prevail, says BDS in response to Pompeo calling it anti-Semitic. peoplesdispatch.org In a press conference with Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu, US secretary of state Mike Pompeo said the government would label the BDS movement as anti-Semitic and withdraw funds to organizations which are part of it…

Fight Back (2020-11-19). Israeli missile attack kills 3 Syrian soldiers. fightbacknews.org The Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) reports Israel launched an attack on Syria, November 18. Citing a military source, SANA states "at about 03: 11 a.m. on Wednesday, the Israeli enemy launched an aerial aggression from the direction of the occupied Syrian Golan that targeted the southern region as the Syrian air defenses confronted it and downed a number of rockets." | The SANA report added "three soldiers were martyred in the aggression, and a soldier was injured, in addition to causing material damages." | With U.S. backing, Israel regularly launches air assaults on Syria and is illegally occupying the Golan Hei…

Bill Lueders (2020-11-19). Truth, Misinformation and the Press. progressive.org Our obligation as journalists is to insist that truth is knowable, and deserves more fidelity than falsehoods.

Peoples Dispatch (2020-11-19). Palestinian Authority to restore ties with Israel. peoplesdispatch.org The PA had cut ties with Israel in May after it announced plans to annex parts of the West Bank. The proposal for restoration of relations comes after assurances by Israel of a return to the status quo before May…

Roger Sollenberger (2020-11-19). The brief, confused life of a super PAC scam that tried to pose as a breast cancer charity. salon.com After a phone call with Salon, the American Breast Cancer Society PAC filed to terminate its federal registration…

Phyllis Bennis (2020-11-18). With the Election Over, Congress Must Remember the Rest of the World. commondreams.org Even a lame-duck Congress must remember their actions have global consequences too. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Andrew Korybko (2020-11-18). Syrian Foreign Minister Muallem Was a Multipolar Visionary. globalresearch.ca Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem passed away earlier this week, but his multipolar vision will be remembered forever. The Arab Republic's top diplomat previously served as his country's Ambassador to the US from 1990-1999 prior to becoming Assistant Foreign Minister …

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-18). Neutrality, non-interference Iran stance on Kharabakh issue. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 19 (MNA) — President of the Center for Strategic Studies noted that "Neutrality" and the need for "non-interference of intra-regional powers" are Iran's main policies toward the Karabakh dispute.

RT (2020-11-18). 'Testament to transparency'? Pentagon reveals data on 'confirmed' civilian casualties of intervention against IS in Syria & Iraq. rt.com The Pentagon has released "the most comprehensive" data on civilian casualties of the US-led coalition operations against Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, Airwars has said. Only officially conceded deaths are in it, though. | The UK-based conflict monitoring group Airwars said "more than three years of extensive engagement" with the US military allowed it to obtain the "most accurate and comprehensive data ever publicly revealed" by the Pentagon about civilian casualties inflicted by the US-led coalition operations in Syria and Iraq over the last five years. | New: Following several years of patient engagement…

teleSUR (2020-11-18). PAHO: Initial Vaccination in Latam Estimated at $2 Billion. telesurenglish.net The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) reported on Wednesday that vaccinating 20 percent of the population of Latin America and the Caribbean will cost at least $2 billion. This, as the organization works with international partners to guarantee access to low-income countries. | RELATED: | PAHO Assistant Director Jarbas Barbosa acknowledges that "this is a remarkable figure," but the organization is aware that "it won't be suffi…

news.un (2020-11-18). Silent Pandemic: Overuse renders antimicrobials less effective — UN agriculture agency. news.un.org People, plants and animals around the world are dying from untreatable infections — even with the best medicines available — due to a rise in antimicrobial resistance, the UN food agriculture agency said on Wednesday, kicking off World Antimicrobial Awareness Week.

Staff (2020-11-18). Hunger Strikers Caged in the Second Wave Are "Just Trying to Survive the Winter" truthout.org "Our society created the framework for this atrocity just like the trenches of World War I created perfect incubation zones for the 1918 flu," Truthout's Kelly Hayes talks with Eric, an organizer with Oakland Abolition and Solidarity about the escalating COVID-19 outbreak at the California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility, where some imprisoned people have launched a hunger strike over unsafe, unlivable conditions. | TRANSCRIPT: | Note: This a rush transcript and has been lightly edi…

RT (2020-11-18). NYC schools to close 'indefinitely' as city's weekly Covid-19 positive rate reaches 3%. rt.com New York City's public-school system is to close its doors "indefinitely," officials announced, after the city's seven-day coronavirus positive rate hit three percent. They won't necessarily open their doors when it dips, either. | Schools will suspend all in-person instruction on Thursday, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio confirmed via tweet on Wednesday. The mayor's announcement came after schools chancellor Richard Carranza sent an email to principals warning them that New York had "reached [the three percent] threshold of test positivity citywide." | In-person classes are not expected to begin again anyt…

Kenny Stancil, staff writer (2020-11-18). 'No Vaccine for Climate Change': Coronavirus Has Been Disastrous, Says Red Cross, But Global Warming Poses Greater Threat. commondreams.org "The Covid-19 pandemic has shown how vulnerable the world is to a truly global catastrophe. But another, bigger, catastrophe has been building for many decades, and humanity is still lagging far behind in efforts to address it." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

South Front (2020-11-18). Video: Silent Retreat of Neo-Ottoman Forces from Syria. globalresearch.ca In October and the first half of November, the war in Syria remained in a relatively calm phase, which was not marked by any active military actions of the sides involved in the conflict. Nonetheless, this period demonstrated several trends …

Media Lens (2020-11-18). The Dead and Those about to Die: Climate Protests and the Corporate Media. dissidentvoice.org The Roman poet Horace famously declared: Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori. It is sweet and fitting to die for one's country. Wilfred Owen, the great English poet of the First World War, described this phrase as 'the old Lie' in his famous war poem, 'Dulce et decorum est'. Patriotism so often means 'honouring' …

Ralph Underhill (2020-11-18). The only kind of coronavirus contracting the government cares about. thecanary.co Image descriptionWhite text is pictured on a blue background. The headline text reads. "Imagine if the government cared as much about those contracting the virus cared about 'contracting' during the virus!".Under this are three bullet points, each illustrated with green virus with a pound sign in them. They read as follows: | £10.5 billion awarded without competition | Companies with links to to politicians or senior officials given 'high priority' | Key documentation on why suppliers chosen is missing | By

a guest author (2020-11-18). A survivor speaks: 'I had to defend myself'. workers.org This is a slightly edited version of a talk given at the webinar "Women and Oppressed Genders: Survival and Resistance" hosted by WWP's Prisoners Solidarity Committee on Sept. 24. Wendy Howard with daughters Bailey (left) and Miranda (right) in front of the office of the Kern County District Attorney. . . . |

RT (2020-11-18). EU warns rapid Covid tests are less accurate for detecting virus in asymptomatic cases. rt.com The European Commission has recommended that rapid Covid-19 antigen tests should be used primarily on individuals who are already showing symptoms of the virus, as they have been found to be less effective in asymptomatic cases. | In new recommendations for its 27 member states on the use of different coronavirus tests, the Commission

Nathaniel Chase (2020-11-18). The white vote for Trump: Is multinational working class solidarity possible? workers.org Why did nearly 73 million people vote for Trump, given his disastrous pandemic response and the economic collapse? The answer, simply put, is racism. In a country built on white supremacy, from slavery and genocide to mass incarceration and imperialist war, it should come as no surprise that a substantial . . . |

RT (2020-11-18). France to postpone unwinding of Covid lockdown, but gradual steps are in the works — govt. rt.com The prospect of starting to lift tough lockdown measures in France is not on the immediate horizon, government spokesman Gabriel Attal warned on Wednesday, a day after the country's Covid cases topped two million. | President Emmanuel Macron held a meeting with the health defense council on Wednesday and is expected to announce gradual steps for easing restrictions next week. However, Attal said on Wednesday that the unwinding of lockdown is not planned for the near future. | "Work is in progress on the developing rules for the weeks and months to come," the government spokesman said. The aim is to organize th…

Erin Schwartz (2020-11-18). The Horrors of Charlie Kaufman. thenation.com The Horrors of Charlie Kaufman…

Vijay Prashad (2020-11-18). Why Biden will keep the US-imposed Cold War rolling. peoplesdispatch.org Will US foreign policy change significantly under the incoming Biden administration? Vijay Prashad argues that this is unlikely, especially with regard to the Cold War on China…

_____ (2020-11-18). Afghanistan War: A Troop Drawdown is Welcome, But It's Not Enough. popularresistance.org "A drawdown of U.S. troops in Afghanistan and Iraq is a long-overdue and welcome step in the right direction. But let's be clear: this is just a step, not an end to these long wars. Maintaining thousands of troops in indefinite occupation is far from a rethinking of the logic of militarism, particularly when past drawdowns have been repeatedly undermined by troop surges, redeployments to nearby countries, increased reliance on private contractors, and the dramatic growth of aerial warfare, resulting in massive increases in civilian deaths.

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2020-11-18). 'Incredibly Important Step' Toward Restorative Justice as Tribes, Dem Governors, and Klamath Dam Owner Announce Salmon Restoration Plan. commondreams.org "At its heart, dam removal is about healing and restoration for the river, for the salmon, and for our people," said the Yurok Tribe chair. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Paul Cochrane (2020-11-18). The US's long financial war on Hezbollah – and Lebanon. middleeasteye.net The US's long financial war on Hezbollah – and Lebanon | The United States has piled sanctions on the Lebanese movement, but to what effect? | Wed, 11/18/2020 – 13: 14 | Supporters of Hezbollah and the Lebanese Communist Party demonstrate at the entrance of Beirut's international airport on 8 July 2020, to denounce the visit of the US Central Command chief to the country (AFP) | Over the past two d…

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-18). Diplomats defend legitimacy of Iranian people during war. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 18 (MNA) — Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs said that diplomats defended the legitimacy of Iranian people during eight years of Iraqi imposed war against Iran.

_____ (2020-11-18). A Typical Democratic Official On The Pentagon And War. popularresistance.org Jeh Johnson, formerly homeland security secretary under President Obama, showed how a typical Democratic official approaches the Pentagon and war as he spoke on ABC's This Week on Sunday (11/15). For Johnson, the Pentagon "is typically an island of stability" in the U.S. government, but President Trump was destabilizing that island because of recent changes to Pentagon personnel. Trump's changes could be driven by his desire to get U.S. troops out of Afghanistan, speculated Johnson, which was not a good thing:…

Eds. (2020-11-18). Quebec, Canada, and the Indigenous Peoples: Toward plurinational alliances around a decolonial outlook? mronline.org Until the 1960s, the left in Canada and in Quebec was mainly Canadian and Anglophone.

Taylor Griggs (2020-11-18). Biden vs. the Climate Revolution. progressive.org Though wary of electoral politics, progressive climate activists helped Biden win—and now must make him deliver.

teleSUR (2020-11-18). Ethiopia: Gov't Issues Arrest Warrants Over Tigray Conflict. telesurenglish.net On Wednesday, Ethiopian authorities issued an arrest warrant for 76 High Ranking Military Officers and Sub-ordinate military personnel over treason related to the Tigray conflict north of the country. | RELATED: | The Ethiopian Federal Police Commission said that the officers involved participated in an attack two weeks ago on the Ethiopian army. The authorities have refused to accept international mediation as the confli…

Nadda Osman (2020-11-18). Jordanian children's channel 'servant' song causes backlash online. middleeasteye.net Jordanian children's channel 'servant' song causes backlash online | The song has been condemned as racist and accused of dehumanising domestic workers | Wed, 11/18/2020 – 12: 06 | Many have demanded that the video is removed for its derogatory and offensive content towards domestic workers (Screengrab/Twitter) | A children's song played on the Jordanian children's channel Karameesh, in which children si…

Graham Peebles (2020-11-18). The Tide is Turning: Change and the Coming of Maitreya. dissidentvoice.org For most of 2020 Covid-19 has dominated mainstream media, and whilst serious, the pandemic is but the latest in a series of dark clouds gathering upon our collective horizon: interconnected crises, from the environmental emergency to war, poverty, inequality, and social division among others. All flow from the same root — a misguided set of …

Sheren Khalel (2020-11-18). Senators urge Trump to axe 'Made in West Bank' settlement labels before end of term. middleeasteye.net Senators urge Trump to axe 'Made in West Bank' settlement labels before end of term | Four Republican senators warn Trump administration that labelling Israeli settlement products anything other than 'Made in Israel' encourages BDS movement | Wed, 11/18/2020 – 19: 35 | Israeli protestor carries national flag and US President Donald Trump campaign hat after heckling tour by EU diplomats at settlemen…

sputniknews (2020-11-18). 'Happy Outcome': Wreaths Across America Applauds Decision to Go Forward With Annual Event. sputniknews.com The annual Wreaths Across America event, in which volunteers recognize veterans by placing wreaths at their tombstones across cemeteries in the US, will take place this year despite the COVID-19 pandemic.

MEE and agencies (2020-11-18). Iraq and Saudi Arabia reopen their land border after 30 years. middleeasteye.net Iraq and Saudi Arabia reopen their land border after 30 years | Saudi Arabia closed its border to Iraq after Saddam Hussein's invasion of Kuwait | Wed, 11/18/2020 – 14: 26 | The Arar border crossing between Iraq and Saudi Arabia (AFP) | Iraq and Saudi Arabia have reopened their land border 30 years after the Gulf War prompted its closure. | Top Iraqi officials including the interior minist…

Meg Sherman (2020-11-18). The Healthcare Multinational Profiting off Fraudulent Detentions. dissidentvoice.org In July 2020, US healthcare multinational UHS Delaware reached a $122million settlement with the US federal government as the result of an investigation by the FBI into fraudulent detentions of psychiatric patients for profit. Following the resolution of the investigation and civil settlement, UHS must retain an independent monitor selected by the Office of Inspector …

news.un (2020-11-18). Extortion, bio-warfare and terrorism: Extremists are exploiting the pandemic, says UN report. news.un.org Criminals and violent extremists are exploiting the pandemic to build their support networks, undermine trust in government and even weaponize the virus, according to a research report published on Wednesday by the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI).

sputniknews (2020-11-18). Climate Change 'Bigger Catastrophe' Than COVID-19 Pandemic, Red Cross Warns. sputniknews.com The COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc across the globe this year, infecting more than 56 million people to date and claiming more than 1.3 million lives, according to the latest tally by Worldometer.

_____ (2020-11-18). Order Out of Chaos: Who Will Replace 'President Biden'? strategic-culture.org Mathew MAAVAK | "If you count the legal votes, I easily win. If you count the illegal votes, they can try to steal the election from us." That statement by US President Donald J. Trump is actually posted on the official White House Before the 46th President o…

Jesse Jackson (2020-11-18). Senate Runoffs in Georgia Offer a Clear Choice. commondreams.org The races will be determined by whether Georgia's voters choose to embrace and build a New South coalition or revert to the Old South. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

RT (2020-11-18). Pennsylvania Supreme Court shoots down Trump campaign claims of blocking Philadelphia election observers. rt.com The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania has rejected allegations by President Donald Trump's campaign team that election observers in Philadelphia were deprived of "meaningful access" to the polls, overturning a lower court's ruling. | The state's liberal-leaning Supreme Court ruled 5-2 against Trump's lawsuit on Tuesday, rebuffing claims that local election officials barred Republican poll-watchers from standing close enough to the vote-counting process to see what was happening. | "We conclude the [Philadelphia County Board of Elections] did not act contrary to law… during the precanvassing and canvassing proces…

teleSUR (2020-11-18). Brazil: Superior Justice Court Rules Out Lula's Motion on Guaruja Case. telesurenglish.net Brazil's Superior Justice Court (STJ) Tuesday rejected unanimously former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva's (2003-2011) motion regarding the sentence on the Guaruja Triplex case which led to his arrest between April 2018 and November 2019. | RELATED: | The decisions was voted down by ministers Felix Fischer, Joao Otavio de Noronha, Reynaldo Soares da Fonseca, and Ribeiro Dantas. | Lula's defense team called for a cha…

teleSUR (2020-11-18). Brazil: Supreme Court Rules Out Lula's Motion on Guaruja Case. telesurenglish.net Brazil's Supreme Court (STJ) Tuesday rejected unanimously former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva's (2003-2011) appeal regarding the sentence on the Guaruja Triplex case which led to his arrest between April 2018 and November 2019. | RELATED: | The decisions was voted down by ministers Felix Fischer, Joao Otavio de Noronha, Reynaldo Soares da Fonseca, and Ribeiro Dantas. | Lula's defense team called for a change in th…

The Coalition for Sensible Safeguards (2020-11-18). Poll: 71% of Voters Support Strong Regulation to Protect the Public. zcomm.org Poll Shows Overwhelming Bipartisan Support for Regulation Protecting Workers, Public Health, Our Environment…

Council of Canadians (2020-11-18). Cuban Medical Teams for 2021 Nobel Peace Prize. globalresearch.ca At the June 2020 Annual Meeting, Council of Canadians' members voted to endorse and promote a Canadian nominating process for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize to go the Henry Reeve medical teams from Cuba for their international work in the …

John Wojcik (2020-11-18). People power stops a racist GOP electoral coup in Michigan. peoplesworld.org The Wayne County, Michigan Board of Canvassers did an about-face late last night and voted to certify the results of the Nov. 3 election in the predominantly African-American city of Detroit and its suburbs. The vote was a unanimous 4-0. Only three hours earlier, the board was deadlocked, 2-2, with two GOP members opposed to …

teleSUR (2020-11-18). Chile: Senate to Vote for Seats Reserved for Indigenous Peoples. telesurenglish.net Chile's Senate Wednesday will vote on the quorum required for the approval of a bill that seeks to reserve seats for representatives of Indigenous peoples to the Constitutional Convention. | RELATED: | Right wing parties and the government proposed 15 seats for representatives of Indigenous people, which represents 10 percent of the 155 Constitutional Convention seats set to draft a new Constitution. | The prop…

Amanda Marcotte (2020-11-18). The crackpot factor: Why the GOP is worried about turning out the vote after Trump. salon.com Future GOP candidates lack Trump's secret sauce for attracting new voters — his appeal with Crank-Americans…

Igor Derysh (2020-11-18). GOP secretary of state: Trump "would have won" Georgia, but he "suppressed" Republican mail-in votes. salon.com "He would have won by 10,000 votes," Brad Raffenspeger says. "He actually . . . suppressed his own voting base"

Stephen Lendman (2020-11-18). US Election 2020: The Moment of Truth Approaches. globalresearch.ca Joe Biden is not and never will be US president-elect legitimately. | Clear evidence shows significant election fraud in key swing states — favoring Biden/Harris over Trump. | If all US Election 2020 votes were tabulated accurately, Trump would carry key swing …

Common Cause & partners (2020-11-18). Thursday 11/19: 270 by 2024: National Popular Vote for President Virtual Summit. indybay.org Online via Zoom…

teleSUR (2020-11-18). Chile: Second Fund Withdrawal Bill Goes Into a Debate. telesurenglish.net Chile's Senate Constitution Commission (TC) voted to open the debate on the constitutional reform bill that seeks to allow the second withdrawal of funds by affiliates to the Pension Fund Administrators (AFP). | RELATED: | The debate was approved by three votes in favor and two against. The votes against were those of senators Luz Ebensperger and Rodrigo Galilea; while the votes in favor were given by senators Pedro Ar…

Kester Kenn Klomegah (2020-11-18). BRICS 2020: Achievements and Future Challenges. Summit of Leaders of Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa. globalresearch.ca On November 17, under Russia's BRICS Chairmanship, Vladimir Putin hosted the 12th BRICS Summit via videoconference. The leaders of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa participated to discuss the state and prospects of cooperation within BRICS, discussed the global …

sputniknews (2020-11-18). Canadian Intelligence Agency Claims China, Russia Pose Greatest State-Sponsored Cyber Threat. sputniknews.com TORONTO (Sputnik) – China, Russia, Iran and North Korea pose the greatest cybersecurity threat to Canada, a division of the country's Communications Security Establishment (CSE) intelligence agency said in a Wednesday report.

commondreams (2020-11-18). Center for Food Safety's Biden Administration Priority Recommendations Urgently Needed to Protect Our Food and Environment. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Mia Barnes (2020-11-18). Biden's health care plans could mean new changes to your health care options. nationofchange.org Biden's health care plans could benefit millions of Americans, especially as the nation faces a potential second wave of the coronavirus.

Editor (2020-11-18). There's One Issue Joe Biden Has Refused to Follow the Science On. scheerpost.com jlhervàs / CC BY 2.0] By Jeff Cohen One of the keys to Joe Biden's victory over Donald Trump was his constant and accurate accusation that Trump "refuses to follow the science" on COVID-19 — that "he won't listen to the scientists." It proved to be a winning campaign theme. Indeed, it's sobering to realize that without COVID — both Trump's mishandling of it and the accompanying economic downturn… |

sputniknews (2020-11-18). George Soros Speaks For the First Time on Conspiracy Theories Surrounding Him. sputniknews.com The Hungarian-born billionaire and philanthropist has long been the target of politicians in several countries, who accuse him of sowing political chaos. Last week, a former US Republican Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich, accused the 90-year-old of helping Democrats steal the Joe Biden ticket victory in the 2020 presidential election.

commondreams (2020-11-18). Trump Administration's Refusal to Cooperate With President-Elect Biden Is Worsening COVID-19 Human Rights Crisis. commondreams.org ______________________________…

commondreams (2020-11-18). National Education Association Releases Policy Playbook for Biden-Harris Administration. commondreams.org ______________________________…

commondreams (2020-11-18). Drug Policy Alliance Outlines Priorities for the Biden-Harris Administration's First 100 Days. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Steve Watson (2020-11-18). UK MP Suggests People Shouldn't be Allowed to Work Without COVID Vaccine. globalresearch.ca A British MP faced backlash Monday after suggesting that employees in the UK should not be allowed to go to work unless they can prove that they have been vaccinated against COVID-19, when the shot becomes available. | "If vaccination works …

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2020-11-18). 'Lindsey Graham Must Resign': Outrage Grows Over GOP Senator's Alleged Assault on Election Integrity. commondreams.org Critics called on the Justice Department and various congressional committees to "conduct an immediate and thorough investigation." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Roger Sollenberger (2020-11-18). Right-wing trolls launch Stop the Steal PAC to cash in on election lies. salon.com "Donate" button disappeared from the group's website amid alleged grift and self-dealing — so now there's a PAC…

Kweku Toure (2020-11-18). 'If You Want to Make the Gods Laugh, Tell Them Your Plans'. thenation.com 'If You Want to Make the Gods Laugh, Tell Them Your Plans'

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-18). Cinema Vérité to review world's top docs. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 19 (MNA) — A selection of documentaries acclaimed at 2020 international events across the world will be reviewed in a special program at the 14th edition of the Cinema Vérité festival in Iran.

_____ (2020-11-18). Why A 58-day vigil Is Going On Outside The Governor's House. popularresistance.org Demonstrators gathered outside the Executive Mansion on Sunday to demand that Gov. Roy Cooper use his powers of pardon and clemency to protect people who are incarcerated during the pandemic. | Members of Decarcerate Now NC, a coalition of organizations which say they're working to end to mass incarceration, have been holding daily vigils outside the governor's mansion since Election Day and plan to continue through Jan. 1, when Cooper begins his second term. That's a total of 58 days. | "We stand vigil to bring attention to your Administration's ongoing failure to prioritize and appropriately protect Black lives…

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-18). No safe, impenetrable refuge for criminals: Shamkhani. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 18 (MNA) — Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) said that Iran's security forces will eventually terminate any aggressor or criminal.

WSWS (2020-11-18). New York Governor Cuomo keeps schools open despite rising COVID-19 positivity rate. wsws.org Schools will remain open in New York City Wednesday despite the positivity rate reaching 3.2 percent Tuesday, with the latest data showing a 2.74 percent seven-day rolling average infection rate in the city.

WSWS (2020-11-18). Hunger and evictions surge in the US. wsws.org As COVID-19 cases skyrocket, food lines snake for miles, and eviction filings increase across the country, Congress refuses to pass emergency jobless aid.

Staff (2020-11-18). Mobile Morgues Fill Up in El Paso as Gov. Greg Abbott Refuses New Lockdown. truthout.org Image Credit: Reuters / Ivan Pierre Aguirre | Some Republican governors are dropping their resistance to mask mandates, as public health officials in the United States brace for a COVID-19 surge from the Thanksgiving holiday amid already record-high infection rates. However, Republican resistance to other public health safety measures continues as coronavirus cases in Texas reach record highs for a second time during the pandemic. El Paso County, an area along the U.S.-Mexico border where 80% of re…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-11-18). Defying police deployment, Greeks commemorate 47th anniversary of Polytechnic uprising. peoplesdispatch.org The Athens Polytechnic uprising of 1973 was a key moment in the resistance to the right-wing junta that then ruled Greece. This year, the New Democracy government had tried to ban commemorative gatherings citing COVID-19…

Brett Wilkins, staff writer (2020-11-18). Billionaire Bonanza Continues as Workers Pounded by Pandemic, Recession, and GOP Relief Refusal. commondreams.org Since Covid-19 struck in March, the combined wealth of the 647 richest Americans has increased by nearly $1 trillion, largely at the expense of workers' safety—and sometimes their lives. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Staff (2020-11-18). COVID-Positive Health Care Staff Told to Stay on the Job in North Dakota. truthout.org Nurse Leslie McKamey has gotten used to the 16-hour shifts, to skipping lunch, to the nightly ritual of throwing all her clothes in the laundry and showering as soon as she walks through the door to avoid potentially infecting her children. She's even grown accustomed to triaging COVID patients, who often arrive at the emergency room so short of breath they struggle to describe their symptoms. | But despite the trauma and exhaustion of the past eight months, she was shocked when North Dakota Gov.

WSWS (2020-11-18). Second wave of coronavirus pandemic hits New York and New Jersey. wsws.org Amid the worst-hit regions in the world during the spring, COVID-19 is resurging in New York and New Jersey.

WSWS (2020-11-18). As Mexico records 1 million coronavirus cases, 53 percent of tests are coming out positive. wsws.org Mexico has reached 1 million cases and is expected to reach 100,000 deaths this week, while the country reports the highest COVID-19 positivity rate in the world.

teleSUR (2020-11-18). Paraguay Prepares for the 27th Ibero-American Summit. telesurenglish.net Authorities from Paraguay and Andorra Tuesday held a working meeting as part of the preparations for the 27th Ibero-American Summit to take place on April 21 and 22 next year. | RELATED: | Paraguay's Foreign Minister Federico Gonzalez and his Andorran counterpart Maria Ubach Font debated virtually on the economic and social measures to be adopted in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic as part of the topic to be discuss…

RT (2020-11-18). Scottish police involve prosecutors in probe into MP Margaret Ferrier's 400-mile train journey after Covid diagnosis. rt.com Police in Scotland have asked public prosecutors for an initial assessment of whether MP Margaret Ferrier broke the country's Covid-19 rules by travelling over 400 miles (640km) from London after testing positive for the virus. | London's Metropolitan Police had The MP tested positive for the virus later the same day, before…

Peter Koenig (2020-11-18). World Economic Forum (WEF) Step Two: "Resetting the Future of Work Agenda" After The Great Reset. dissidentvoice.org The WEF gang have just published (October 2020) a so-called White Paper, entitled "Resetting the Future of Work Agenda in a Post-Covid World". This 31-page document reads like a blueprint on how to "execute" because an execution it would be — "Covid-19 — The Great Reset" (July 2020), by Klaus Schwab, founder and CEO (since …

WSWS (2020-11-18). British Medical Journal accuses UK government of the "suppression of science" wsws.org The COVID-19 pandemic and the British ruling class' criminal "herd immunity" response has created a humanitarian disaster.

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-18). Austrian RC keen on assisting IRCS amid COVID-19: Sec. Gen. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 18 (MNA) — Expressing Austrian Red Cross readiness to aid IRCS amid COVID-19, the Secretary-General of the Austrian RC stressed boycotting the Red Cross and Red Crescent societies is contrary to the international principles."

WSWS (2020-11-18). COVID-19 drastically impacts Bangladesh students and youth. wsws.org Students, like other poor sections of the society, have been ignored by the Awami League government.

RT (2020-11-18). Covid-19 lockdown declared at Belmarsh prison holding Julian Assange — partner fears his life is in 'serious risk'. rt.com The London prison block where WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange is being held has been locked down even harder after three inmates tested positive for Covid-19. Assange's partner Stella Morris says she's worried for his life. | "We've introduced further safety measures following a number of positive cases," a spokesperson for Her Majesty's Prison Service confirmed to British media on Wednesday, amid reports that three inmates at House Block 1 at Belmarsh have tested positive for the virus. | Assange has been held at the high-security prison in southeast London since his April 2019 arrest at the Ecuadorian e…

RT (2020-11-18). EU still looking for solutions to budget deal block after Hungary and Poland vetoes. rt.com France's Europe minister has said that the European Union is looking into solutions to its budget stalemate after Hungary and Poland vetoed the 2021-2027 budget deal over concerns around a 'rule of law' provision. | Speaking on Wednesday, French Europe Minister Clement Beaune said "a solution will be found in the coming weeks" despite the issues that prompted the two member states to block the EU's €1.8 trillion ($2.1 trillion) financial package. | The budget includes a large Covid-19 economic recovery plan. | The French minister's confident comments come a day after the EU Council's German presidency sai…

Staff (2020-11-18). As North Dakota Faces World's Deadliest Outbreak, Native Communities Condemn States' COVID Response. democracynow.org As COVID-19 rampages through the U.S., we look at how the rapid spread of the disease is affecting Native American communities, which have already faced disproportionate infection and death rates throughout the pandemic. "We're having a lot of people perish. We're having a lot of death, a lot of hospitalizations," says Jodi Archambault, a citizen of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and former special assistant to President Obama for Native American affairs. We also speak with Allie Young, founder of Protect the Sacred, who says the Navajo Nation has "worked hard to flatten the curve" of COVID-19 infections but is st…

Staff (2020-11-18). As COVID Deaths Soar, El Paso at Breaking Point with Hospitals & Mobile Morgues Filling Up. 18.224.45.15 Some Republican governors are dropping their resistance to mask mandates, as public health officials in the United States brace for a COVID-19 surge from the Thanksgiving holiday amid already record-high infection rates. However, Republican resistance to other public health safety measures continues as coronavirus cases in Texas reach record highs for a second time during the pandemic. El Paso County, an area along the U.S.-Mexico border where 80% of residents are Latinx, is also facing one of the worst COVID-19 outbreaks in the U.S. and now has 10 mobile morgues to hold bodies. Some prisoners are being paid just…

WSWS (2020-11-18). Situation critical as COVID-19 spreads through US auto plants. wsws.org Workers are daily reporting the spread of COVID-19 cases in auto plants, with an apparent major outbreak now reported at the Ford Avon Lake, Ohio facility.

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-18). Iran COVID-19 cases exceed 800,000. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 10 (MNA) — The Iranian Health Ministry has confirmed 13,421 COVID-19 infections in the past 24 hours, bringing the total cases in the country to 801,894.