Monthly Archives: May 2020

2020-05-31: News Headlines

Caitlin Johnstone (2020-05-31). Many US Journalists Arrested After New York Times Falsely Claims That Doesn't Happen In America. thealtworld.com arrested a CNN reporter named Omar Jimenez the other day while he was live on air covering the protest of George Floyd's murder by police in Minneapolis. | The arrest was preceded by hours of sycophantic police-worshipping CNN coverage and followed by days of self-righteous preening by the entire corporate media machine about the crucial role of journalism in a free society, with Newsclick (2020-05-31). "Trump is making war on the American people" peoplesdispatch.org Newsclick brings you 'Signs of Our Times,' series of discussions between Vijay Prashad and Aijaz Ahmad. In the first episode, they discuss US aggression and sanctions at a time when the country itself struggles to deal with the pandemic…

Newsclick (2020-05-31). Shoddy implementation of lockdown is a crime against humanity: Arundhati Roy. peoplesdispatch.org Vijay Prashad, executive director, Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research, speaks to renowned author Arundhati Roy about the lockdown, economic policies of the government and plight of the people—particularly of the working class.

Kathy Kelly (2020-05-31). Beating Swords to Plowshares. dissidentvoice.org Baghdad, March 20, 2003 Inscribed on a wall across from the United Nations in New York City are ancient words of incalculable yearning: They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore. — Isaiah 2: 4 I've …

Fight Back (2020-05-31). Wisconsin FRSO condemns mayor's curfew and deployment of National Guard. fightbacknews.org Milwaukee, WI – The Wisconsin District of the Freedom Road Socialist Organization condemns the decision of Milwaukee mayor Tom Barrett to impose a 9 p.m. curfew and to call in members of the National Guard to help enforce it. This curfew and the troop deployment is meant to suppress the righteous anger of the masses in Milwaukee over the city's terrible record of police crimes. | This curfew and the National Guard deployment will not deescalate confrontations. The people of Milwaukee will stay in the streets, expressing their democratic rights and demanding justice for the victims of racist police murders. Milwau…

Keith Lamb (2020-05-31). China Bashing in High Gear. Sustained by Western Media. globalresearch.ca Since the outbreak of COVID 19 criticism of China, by both Western political elites in the U.S. and U.K., has seen an upsurge. This intensification of rhetoric is reflected in the simplistic cold war hyperbole spun in the right-wing Western …

Stephen Lendman (2020-05-31). Trump's Anti-Beijing Reelection Strategy. Anti-China Agenda Risks Direct Confrontation? globalresearch.ca Trump's anti-Beijing reelection strategy turned most Americans into China haters by the power of propaganda, along with greatly damaging the bilateral relationship. | His unacceptable China bashing risks rupturing relations if his regime continues its present path — policies hostile to …

K.J. Noh (2020-05-31). Is the THAAD Missile Crisis in South Korea Escalating? dissidentvoice.org Why are thousands of South Korean Riot Police Bashing Anti-THAAD Protestors? According to South Korea's Yonhap News Agency, 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] …

David Rovics (2020-05-31). A Note from the Ministry of Staple Guns. dissidentvoice.org The City of Portland, Oregon, and Multnomah County, are doing the best job in the country at kicking the can down the road. Now is the time to push for a real solution to the housing crisis, here and across the USA. Since the pandemic hit, I have joined the ranks of the unemployed, like …

Party for Socialism and Liberation (2020-05-31). Racism & police repression are the symptoms, capitalism is the disease, socialism is the cure. liberationnews.org The Party for Socialism and Liberation condemns the lynching murder of George Floyd by the Minneapolis Police Department.

Alan Macleod (2020-05-31). National Guard, Now Authorized to Use Live Ammo, Flood America's Streets. mintpressnews.com Already deployed in multiple states, over 10,000 guardsmen are scheduled to flood Minneapolis streets – representing the first time in its 164-year history that the organization has been fully mobilized – and they have been authorized to carry live ammunition.

Alan Macleod (2020-05-31). George Floyd Protests: Police Escalating Violence Across America. mintpressnews.com While some in media have condemned the protests as violent "looters" imposing "tyranny" upon the country, much of the violence is being deliberately instigated and propagated by an out of control police force that appears to have gone berserk over the widespread public challenge to their authority and their impunity to act as they wish.

RT (2020-05-31). Antifa 'fascists' hijacking George Floyd protests in US — Nigel Farage. rt.com The riots consuming the streets of the US have been "hijacked" by Antifa militants, Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage has claimed. The British politician accused the leftists of attempting to subvert Western democracy itself. | "Appalling that the tragic death in the USA is being hijacked by Antifa, who would replace our Western democratic values with something more extreme than those they accuse," Farage tweeted on Sunday. | "Antifa are the real fascists." | Appalling that the tragic death in the USA is being hijacked by Antifa, who would replace our Western democratic values with something more extreme than t…

_____ (2020-05-31). On Contact: COVID-19 And Critic Of Globalization. popularresistance.org On the show this week, Chris Hedges talks to John Ralston Saul, author and president emeritus of Pen International, about how the Covid-19 pandemic has exposed the weakness of American society, and accelerated the decline of the American Empire. | Among Saul's many books are: The Collapse of Globalism and the Reinvention of the World, and Voltaire's Bastards: The Dictatorship of Reason in the West.

The Canary (2020-05-31). Another night of unrest in the US as Black Lives Matter protests continue. thecanary.co Protests over the killing of George Floyd and other police killings of Black people in the US grew on 30 May from New York to Tulsa to Los Angeles.The protests began in Minneapolis after a police officer killed Floyd by holding a knee to his neck until he stopped breathing. They've now gained momentum with another night of unrest after months of coronavirus lockdowns.National unrest: The unrest has since become a national phenomenon as protesters decry years of Black deaths at police hands. More than 1,300 people have been arrested in 16 cities since Thursday, with more than 500 of those happening in Los A…

The Canary (2020-05-31). Union urges government to 'draw back' on school reopening, saying staff, pupils and families 'deserve better'. thecanary.co The government has been urged to drop plans to reopen primary schools to pupils in Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 on Monday 1 June. Current plans could see all primary schools in England returning to normal before the summer holidays.Schools, colleges and nurseries closed more than nine weeks ago due to the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak, remaining open only for vulnerable youngsters and the children of key workers. From Monday, class sizes will be limited to 15, with government guidance suggesting desks should be spaced further apart.Unions urge government to "draw back" plans: However, unions have called…

RT (2020-05-31). 'It's going to be a warzone x 10': Minneapolis activist tells RT more violence lays ahead for city rocked by protests, riots. rt.com An activist in Minneapolis has warned of more and heavier unrest in her city, following the death of George Floyd while in police custody. She also warned that widescale systemic change would be needed in order to restore peace. | Kayla Johnson recounted how she had been attacked by the Minneapolis police while peacefully demonstrating. The activist told RT that before riots and looting broke out earlier this week, non-violent protests had been met with rubber bullets, tear gas and other strong-arm tactics. | "I got hit with a flash grenade in my arm. The Minneapolis Police Department ended up giving me a seco…

RT (2020-05-31). 'There was a child inside!' Rioters torched house & blocked firefighters, Richmond police chief says vowing arrests. rt.com The head of police in Richmond, Virginia choked up describing how rioters set a building on fire and wouldn't let a fire truck get to the scene, forcing the officers to forcefully intervene to save a child trapped inside. | Peaceful protests in Richmond escalated into violence on Saturday, with radical mob setting ablaze a police cruiser, a bus and several buildings, including the United Daughters of the Confederacy headquarters. One of their targets was a building in Broad Street, in which there was a child, Richmond Police Chief Will Smith told journalists on Sunday. | Just a picture of the "peaceful" protes…

RT (2020-05-31). Dallas rioters savagely beat man to a pulp after he confronts them with a SWORD (GRAPHIC VIDEO). rt.com As looting and mayhem gripped the streets of Dallas, Texas, a mob descended on a man allegedly defending his neighborhood with a long blade. Punched, kicked and pelted with rocks, the man was left mangled and bloody. | Lawlessness continued to reign supreme in Dallas on Saturday night, five days after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis sparked nationwide protests and riots. Following an afternoon of mostly peaceful protests, nightfall saw a spree of vandalism and looting in downtown Dallas. | In one shocking and graphic video captured by Blaze TV's Elijah Schaffer, a man was set upon by a mob, after alle…

RT (2020-05-31). WAR on Antifa: As Trump vows to declare it a 'TERRORIST GROUP,' AG Barr equates rioting to domestic terrorism. rt.com The US "will be designating ANTIFA as a Terrorist Organization," President Donald Trump has said. The move comes amid anti-police-brutality protests and riots gripping the country, which he has blamed on the "radical left." | Trump tweeted his most serious threat to date to the Antifa activists on Sunday, offering no further explanation. One day earlier, Trump, as well as Attorney General William Barr, accused the loose-knit group of orchestrating rioting and looting across the country, following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis on Monday. | The United States of America will be designating ANTIFA as a…

RT (2020-05-31). 'It's not who we are!' County sheriff in Michigan JOINS march against police brutality. rt.com A sheriff in a Michigan county took an impressive step amid the massive George Floyd-inspired rallies, laying down his protective gear and marching side by side with protesters. His unorthodox gesture was met with glee. | Crowds of protesters had been amassing outside the Flint Township police station since earlier in the day, demanding justice for the slain Minnesotan George Floyd, and venting anger at police brutality. Shortly afterwards, Genesee County sheriff Chris Swanson turned up at the rally, engaging in a candid talk with those demonstrating. | "We want to be with you, I took my helmet off and laid th…

RT (2020-05-31). Obama adviser Susan Rice knows who's responsible for the George Floyd riots. You guessed right, it's RUSSIA! rt.com In a statement that will surprise absolutely nobody, former National Security Adviser Susan Rice has declared that Russia — and not outraged Americans — is responsible for the anarchy on the US' streets. How original. | After five straight nights of nationwide riots, a war of words has broken out between the right and left over who's responsible for the worst of the looting and destruction. Authorities in Minnesota — the epicenter of the unrest — have blamed 'White Supremacists' and drug cartels, while President Donald Trump and the Justice Department have blamed left-wing 'Antifa' milita…

RT (2020-05-31). NYPD police cruisers RUN INTO crowds of protesters in terrifying video. rt.com A pair of NYPD vehicles lurched through a crowd of New Yorkers that swarmed them amid the nationwide demonstrations over the death of Minnesotan George Floyd at the hands of police. | The terrifying footage, that garnered millions of views, starts with a Ford SUV facing multiple protesters who had installed a barricade blocking passage through a street in New York. The demonstrators are seen pelting things at the car and hitting it with their hands. | With lights flashing and sirens turned on, the police car briefly waits for another vehicle to arrive. Once it approaches the crowd, both cruisers accelerate,…

RT (2020-05-31). An eye for an eye? Enraged protesters violently drag & toss cop in Chicago amid George Floyd protests (VIDEO). rt.com A pair of cops were quickly overrun and wrestled to the ground by angry protesters during massive anti-police-brutality rallies in Chicago, with one female officer being violently dragged for several feet. | A widely shared video, captured in the middle of heavy demonstrations over the death of George Floyd, shows the infuriated crowd swarm and hit two police officers as they apparently tried to detain a protester. | A fracas suddenly broke out, with the cops being aggressively pushed to the ground by the demonstrators. The male officer managed to get to his feet while protecting himself against several protes…

RT (2020-05-31). iSnatch? Apple Store LOOTED during DC riots over George Floyd killing (VIDEO). rt.com Dozens of looters broke into a lavish Apple Store in the US capital, ransacking its stocks and smashing windows. Many of the company's retail outlets in other states have endured the same fate recently. | Footage that surfaced online captured looters swarming Apple's DC store gates and leaving wreckage behind, while others roam chaotically inside. | The facade of the building was ultimately vandalized, with social media users suggesting that nothing was left inside after looters missed no chance of coming away with a trophy. | The entire apple store in DC has been looted. There's nothing left. It took 7 minute…

RT (2020-05-31). 'NYPD scores a touchdown'? Cops TACKLE & BEAT protester with batons as he celebrates on police van (VIDEO). rt.com A protester in New York City quickly found himself pinned to the ground by a swarm of police officers, after mounting the hood of a NYPD vehicle. Footage of the incident has elicited both applause and anger on social media. | Countless police vehicles have been vandalized and destroyed in ongoing riots across the United States, but one demonstrator in New York City may have been too hasty while trying to get a piece of the action. | A video circulating on social media shows a man standing on a NYPD cruiser waving his arms. Seconds later, a police officer sprints from the driver's side of the vehicle and tackle…

RT (2020-05-31). Anonymous declares WAR on Minneapolis Police in video message attributed to hacker group. rt.com Hacker collective Anonymous has purportedly begun to target the Minneapolis Police Department, accusing the force of systemic violence and corruption while serving as an instrument for "the ruling class." | A video message posted to an Anonymous Facebook page with 11 million followers accused the Minneapolis Police of condoning behavior that led to the death of George Floyd. | "People have had enough of this corruption and violence from an organization that promises to keep them safe," the masked narrator says. | The group called for criminal charges to be brought against all of the officers who were filmed…

RT (2020-05-31). NYPD teaches masked protester a BRUTAL lesson after he dares climb onto a police car (VIDEO). rt.com A protester in New York City quickly found himself pinned to the ground by a swarm of police officers, after mounting the hood of a NYPD vehicle. Footage of the incident has elicited both applause and anger on social media. | Countless police vehicles have been vandalized and destroyed in ongoing riots across the United States, but one demonstrator in New York City may have been too hasty while trying to get a piece of the action. | A video circulating on social media shows a man standing on a NYPD cruiser waving his arms. Seconds later, a police officer sprints from the driver's side of the vehicle and tackle…

RT (2020-05-31). Twitter turns its logo BLACK amid George Floyd riots & adds hashtag #BlackLivesMatter to profile. rt.com With rioting in full swing across America, social media giant Twitter has made its offering to the gods of corporate wokeness, blacking out its distinctive logo and replacing its bio with the hashtag "#BlackLivesMatter." | The Silicon Valley firm made the changes to its profile on Sunday, after five consecutive nights of protests and rioting in major cities around the US. The company didn't immediately explain its redesign, but has already tweeted about the "long-standing racism and injustices faced by Black and Brown people on a daily basis." | Racism does not adhere to social distancing. | Amid the already g…

RT (2020-05-31). Trump INFLAMES the Left, delights the Right with TERROR-list threat for Antifa. rt.com US President Donald Trump has angered the online Left by vowing to declare Antifa a "terrorist organization." For his supporters, however, the promise was long overdue. | "The United States of America will be designating ANTIFA as a Terrorist Organization," Trump tweeted on Sunday, after militants associated with the left-wing group were accused of fomenting riots across the country. | Get tough Democrat Mayors and Governors. These people are ANARCHISTS. Call in our National Guard NOW. The World is watching and laughing at you and Sleepy Joe. Is this what America wants? NO!!!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonal…

South Front (2020-05-31). Video: Turkish Proxies Once Again Turned Afrin City Into Battle Zone. globalresearch.ca On May 28, an intense fighting erupted between Turkish-backed militant groups in the Turkish-occupied city of Afrin. The clashes started after Hamza Division militants shot and killed a child and an owner of a shop that had refused to loan …

South Front (2020-05-31). Video: Arctic in Flames. globalresearch.ca Of all the theaters of militarized international rivalry in the early 21st century, the Arctic promises to be the most complex and unpredictable. In terms of domain, military operations there would be conducted on land, in the air, on …

Black Alliance for Peace (2020-05-31). Black Alliance for Peace Calls on United Nations to Address Human Rights Crisis in the United States. globalresearch.ca 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. Such murderous acts cannot be understood …

Leon Kunstenaar (2020-05-31). San Franciscans Protest George Floyd Murder. indybay.org Over 1000 in peaceful protest at San Francisco's City Hall.

Danica Jorden (2020-05-31). African American Mayors and Sheriffs Stand Among George Floyd Protestors in Central North Carolina. zcomm.org "Let us be resolved to fight for justice for all here in Durham. Let us commit to stand up or kneel down when injustices are identified."

Fight Back (2020-05-31). Milwaukee: Large protests against police crimes. fightbacknews.org Milwaukee, WI – Several marches were held in Milwaukee on May 29 to demand justice for George Floyd, an African American man who was murdered by Minneapolis police. Protesters were also demanding justice for Joel Acevedo, a Chicano murdered by an off-duty Milwaukee police officer. | Protesters met up on the corner of N 27th and Center, where they heard various community speakers demand justice in their communities. Organizers from UW Parkside Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) and Young People's Resistance Committee were handing out fliers for an organization that will primarily focus on demanding commu…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-05-31). People's rebellion in the belly of the beast. peoplesdispatch.org Since Monday May 25 people have taken the streets in cities across the United States demanding justice for George Floyd who was killed by police in Minneapolis. A video of his unjust murder circulated widely across social media and his death has served as the tipping point for people frustrated with the racist, capitalist system. The protests are some of the most intense and largest seen since the 2014 Ferguson uprising which occurred after police murdered 18-year-old Michael Brown.

Peoples Dispatch (2020-05-31). "The people of the United States are fed up" peoplesdispatch.org Claudia de La Cruz of The People's Forum and The Popular Education Project talks about the protests in the US in the aftermath of the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

Fight Back (2020-05-31). Hundreds of protesters demand justice for victims of police crimes in Tallahassee. fightbacknews.org Tallahassee, FL- For the last two days hundreds of people have been gathering in Tallahassee to demand justice for police crime victims. In just the past two months, the Tallahassee Police Department murdered three people, under the watch of killer cop Chief of Police Lawrence Revell, who murdered George "Lil Nuke" Williams in 1996. On Friday afternoon, May 29, protesters gathered at the capitol in the afternoon and then joined ranks with an evening protest organized by others at the TPD headquarters. | Protesters demanded justice for African Americans across the country who have been slain by police, including G…

Unicorn Riot (2020-05-31). New Footage Reveals Moments Before George Floyd's Death. unicornriot.ninja MINNEAPOLIS — While unprecedented protests erupt across the nation, new surveillance footage has surfaced online of the moments before the death of George Floyd. The 46-year-old unarmed African American man was accused of forgery before he was killed by Minneapolis Police Officers on May 25,…

Leon Kunstenaar (2020-05-31). Pelosi's Support of Sanctions Protested. indybay.org Car caravan protest at Pelosi's home as part of "International Days of Action"

_____ (2020-05-31). White Supremacy Is The Virus; Police Are The Vector. popularresistance.org Tensions are high as Minneapolis police murdered a black man named George Floyd, not by gunshot, but by an agonizingly long kneel on his neck; which was not released for seven minutes, several of which the man was not breathing. Protest is a place to emerge into the collective and become unoriginal, to humble yourself in silence as others more aware with said experience lead the charge. However, writing should be the place for originality. A place where we solve the problems of theory that informs action. | It is here where I would like to address a kind of Othering. This is not the Othering of making the minorit…

_____ (2020-05-31). Nothing Is Certain But Death, Taxes, And Police Infiltration Of US Protests. popularresistance.org Local outlet KHOU 11 News was told by the Houston police department that protests over George Floyd's murder would be attended by both "uniformed officers and plain-clothed officers". This admission cannot be found in KHOU's reporting any longer, but it has been screenshotted and still shows up on Google searches as of this writing. | In New York, protesters have conclusively worked out that cops posing as demonstrators are currently wearing white armbands to identify each other. Ways of identifying plain-clothes cops are being circulated by protesters on social media. | None of these people are paranoid or irrat…

Anna Jacobs (2020-05-31). A Warning to Joe Biden: Trump Is Winning the Covid-19 Spin Game. commondreams.org Protesters rally in downtown San Diego against California's stay-at-home order to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, which causes COVID-19, on April 18, 2020. Hundreds protested Saturday in cities across the country against coronavirus-related lockdowns—with encouragement from President Donald Trump. (Photo: Ariana Drehsler/AFP via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Danielle K. Kilgo (2020-05-31). Riot or Resistance? How Media Frames Unrest in Minneapolis Will Shape Public's View of Protest. commondreams.org Demonstrators hold a protest in response to the police killing of George Floyd in Lafayette Square Park in the early morning hours of May 30, 2020 in Washington, DC. Across country, protests against Floyd's death have set off days and nights of rage as the most recent in a series of deaths of black Americans involving the police. Earlier yesterday, former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was taken into custody and charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Common Dreams staff (2020-05-31). 'I Took the Helmet Off and Laid the Batons Down': Michigan Sheriff and Police Didn't Disperse Their Town's Protest—They Joined It. commondreams.org "Do I think this has solved the issue between police and unarmed black, human beings? No. But I do believe that this type of leadership is a positive step in the right direction and gives me hope for black men and women around the world and for all of humanity." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Essence (2020-05-31). Sunday 5/31: Ukiah: Protest Against Police Brutality & Murder of Black People. indybay.org The Courthouse | 100 N State St. | Ukiah CA, 95482…

Read Black's Law Dictionary (2020-05-31). 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 (2020-05-31). 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.

Lynda Carson (2020-05-31). Publicly traded corporate looters are ripping off the Small Business Administration. indybay.org Mayor London Breed and some trigger happy cops are blowing a lot of hot air at the petty thefts taking place during the George Floyd protests, as they look the other way as the publicly traded corporate looters are ripping off over $200 million from the Small Business Administration, that hurts the small businesses that can not get the loans that were meant to go to them through the Cares Act, and Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)!

Trump is the Terrorist (2020-05-31). Trump Says He Will Name Antifa a Terrorist Organization. indybay.org Corporate media is reporting Trump said Sunday that he will designate antifa as a terrorist organization. This follows Democratic and Republican officials' statements that extremist groups are responsible for violence at protests calling for Justice for George Floyd across the nation.

Timothy Alexander Guzman (2020-05-31). The U.S. War Machine Needs Oil: A War with Iran Is More Likely Then a War with China. globalresearch.ca What happens when the Covid-19 state of emergency ends for the time being? Well, the likelihood of a world war seems more absolute by the day. | The US and its allies including Israel have been increasing tensions in the Middle …

Steven Sahiounie (2020-05-31). Russia Denies US Accusations Concerning Aircraft to Libya. globalresearch.ca

Dawn Paley (2020-05-31). Women rise against violence in Ecuador. zcomm.org The pandemic has pushed women in Ecuador to mobilize their networks for the purposes of mutual aid.

Jane Slaughter (2020-05-31). In a Pandemic, Finding New and Old Ways To Fight New and Old Foes. zcomm.org Workers this spring were forced to find new ways to assert their rights when faced with a deadly foe and employers indifferent to their lives…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-05-31). Scottish govt. issues pandemic hygiene guidelines following tenants' union intervention. peoplesdispatch.org The tenants' union Living Rent has been conducting a campaign called Hygiene Kills The Virus, demanding that landlords resume block cleaning operations that have been suspended during the lockdown…

Javier Calderón Castillo (2020-05-31). Pandemic, science and technology: lagging behind and dependence in Latin America. peoplesdispatch.org The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed Latin America's strong dependence on the countries of the global north. The active deindustrialization and neoliberalism in most countries and a very low investment in science and technology, create a critical scenario for the future of this part of the world. The debate on state budgets for scientific research is principal. It involves analyzing the active role of the state in resolving basic and specialized supply chains, which are considered strategic. It also involves thinking about how changes in geopolitics can be generated, focusing on technological and scientific cooperat…

Keval Bharadia (2020-05-31). Fighting the inequality pandemic: the case for a super-tax. zcomm.org An argument for a super-tax on financial markets to curb extreme inequality in the wake of Covid-19…

Mike Adams (2020-05-31). Hundreds of Children Brain Damaged by the Swine Flu Vaccine to Receive $90 Million in Financial Compensation from UK Government. globalresearch.ca First published in April 2015. The H1N1 vaccine fiasco ordered by the (corrupt) WHO Director General is of relevance to the current debate on a COVID-19 vaccine. | **** | The 2009 swine flu vaccine caused severe brain damage in over 800 …

Muhammed Shabeer (2020-05-31). "We demand an income for each student in France, financed by social security" peoplesdispatch.org As part of the national lockdown to fight COVID-19, France closed down schools, colleges and universities from March 17. After the government started reopening schools after May 11, at least 70 new cases of COVID-19 were reported from schools across France. The government then ordered the closure of the schools which reported new infections. However, the development has raised serious concerns among the students, teachers and parents. Here, Peoples Dispatch talks to Anais Fley, National Secretary of the Union of Communist Students (UEC), regarding the vulnerabilities faced by students during the lockdown and thei…

J.P. Linstroth (2020-05-31). 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…

Thom Hartmann (2020-05-31). The real reason Trump and the GOP don't want mail-in voting. zcomm.org Trump and Republicans don't want mail-in voting this November because it blows up a couple of their most effective voter suppression schemes…

Saed Bannoura (2020-05-31). Mother of Slain Palestinian: "My Son Was A Child In A Man's Body" imemc.org The mother of the Palestinian who was shot and killed by Israeli soldiers in occupied Jerusalem, said that the Israeli allegations and justifications for his brutal murder are mere lies, as the slain man was autistic, and was a child in a man's body. The Palestinian, Eyad al-Hallaq, 32, was …

Daniele Pozzati (2020-05-31). German Official Leaks Report Denouncing Corona as 'A Global False Alarm'. globalresearch.ca Germany's federal government and mainstream media are engaged in damage control after a Some of the report key passages are: | The dangerousness of Covid-19 was overestimated: probably at …

Newsclick (2020-05-31). Vaccines will be the true game changers, says Dr. Satyajit Rath. peoplesdispatch.org In this interview with NewsClick, Dr. Satyajit Rath, talks about the future of vaccine development for COVID-19 and the present usage of Hydroxychloroquine, which has been controversial.

IMEMC News (2020-05-31). As Dozens Of Colonists, Soldiers Invade Al-Aqsa Mosque, Army Abducts Four Palestinians. imemc.org Marking the first day of reopening the Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied Jerusalem, after seventy days of closure due to coronavirus concerns, Israeli soldiers and police officers accompanied dozens of illegal colonialist settlers in a provocative tour into the courtyards of the holy site, and abducted four Palestinians, including two women. …

Newsclick (2020-05-31). Bush to Trump: The path of complete destruction. peoplesdispatch.org Prabir Purkayastha talks about the implications of the US leaving the Treaty on Open Skies. He also talks about the increased warmongering by the US in this period…

Ramesh Srinivasan (2020-05-31). Twitter Warns Trump Tweet Glorifies Violence. zcomm.org "Trump has prospered through his use of social media and its attention-hoarding algorithms to basically disinform and misinform people"

Prabir Purkayastha (2020-05-31). US abandons Open Skies for new age space weapons. peoplesdispatch.org The US walking out of the Open Skies Agreement is a clear signal that it seeks global dominance. As other countries are unlikely to surrender, we are back to hair-trigger nuclear alerts and the Doomsday Clock inching towards midnight…

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2020-05-31). Trump Versus Twitter. globalresearch.ca Sawing off the branch you sit on can hardly be the best of policies. But that all depends on the nature of the branch. US President Donald Trump has huffed himself into another small historical moment, going on the offensive …

Philip A Farruggio (2020-05-31). Racism and the Empire's Executioners? globalresearch.ca From a recent report by the Insider publication: "George Floyd and Officer Derek Chauvin actually worked for the same Minneapolis night club- Chauvin as a security guard for many years, and Floyd as a bouncer during 2019." It begs the …

Abayomi Azikiwe (2020-05-31). Systematic Racist Violence in America: Minnesota National Guard and State Police Deployed in Twin Cities Rebellion. globalresearch.ca A cell phone videotaped deadly encounter between African American George Floyd and several Minneapolis law-enforcement officers resulting in a brutal strangulation has proven to be a turning point in the long saga of systematic racist violence in the United States….

Elizabeth Woodworth (2020-05-31). The Human Heart and the Unspeakable Death of George Floyd. globalresearch.ca I am not American. Nor am I black, nor male. | But my heart broke in a new way while watching the slow, agonized death of George Floyd, as for nine minutes a police officer kneeled on his neck, crushing …

Germán Gorraiz López (2020-05-31). Racism in US: The African-American Dystopia. globalresearch.ca The totalitarian drift suffered by the United States during the mandate of George W. Bush caused that in the name of the holy-holy security of the State, in practice, the principle of inviolability (habeas corpus) of people was annulled, de …

Tony Cartalucci (2020-05-31). Drawing Battlelines: US Openly Targets China's "Belt and Road" globalresearch.ca 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, "

Ali Salam (2020-05-31). Israeli Forces Evict Palestinians from Ibrahimi Mosque, Permit Settlers. imemc.org Israeli forces, on Friday, blocked Palestinian Muslim worshipers from performing the dawn prayer, evicted hundreds of worshipers and banned the call to prayer at the Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron/Al-Khalil, Quds News Network reported. Sheikh Hifzi Abu Sneineh, the head of the local Waqf Department, stated that military barriers were placed …

IMEMC & Agencies (2020-05-31). Armed Israeli Settlers Invade Local Markets in Hebron. imemc.org Armed Israeli settlers in the Palestinian West Bank city of Hebron, reportedly invaded, on Saturday afternoon, some local markets in the city, causing panic among local Palestinians. Palestinian WAFA News Agency reported that a large group of armed colonists invaded the Allaban, Alqasaba and Ein Alaskar local markets and began …

IMEMC News (2020-05-31). Israeli Forces Kill Autistic Palestinian Man in Jerusalem. imemc.org On Saturday, Israeli police in Jerusalem shot and killed an unarmed, autistic Palestinian man, then left him lying on the ground with multiple gunshot wounds for over an hour until he bled to death. Eyad Khairi al-Hallaq, 32, was on his way to an institution for people with special needs, …

_____ (2020-05-31). Blocked from sending our weekly newsletter. truepublica.org.uk By Rob Woodward — TruePublica: In the month of May (up to this morning), TruePublica had 599,106 visitors who read 958,569 pages of content. The site experienced a DOS or DDOS attack and prevented probably another 100,000 or so people accessing stories about Dominic Cummings and the shenanigans of the Boris Johnson government in the …

Jon Queally, staff writer (2020-05-31). With Over 100,000 Dead and Depression-Level Unemployment, Sanders Calls McConnell's Sandbagging of Covid-19 Relief 'Incomprehensible'. commondreams.org "Our most vulnerable communities are hungry, desperate and under enormous emotional stress. The American people want action from Congress and they want it NOW." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

yenisafak (2020-05-31). Iran records 63 new virus deaths, 2,516 more cases. yenisafak.com A further 2,516 people have tested positive for COVID-19, raising the overall count to 151,466, Health Ministry spokesman Kianoush Jahanpour said.Jahanpour said 112,988 patients have recovered and been discharged from hospitals so far, while 2,543 patients remain in critical condition.Despite the rising number of cases, government employees went back to work, and mosques resumed daily prayers across the Middle Eastern country on Saturday.Shopping malls are now open beyond the 6 p.m. (13: 30 GMT) closing time imposed as part of the virus restrictions.Iran started loosening the containment measures in April, and cla…

yenisafak (2020-05-31). North Korea seeks UN recognition for 'sacred' Mt Paektu. yenisafak.com North Korea on Sunday said it is seeking the listing of country's "sacred" Mount Paektu at the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). | Mount Paektu is located in the country's northern Yanggang province along its border with China. | "The Mt Paektu area is drawing attention of the international geological circles for its rich biodiversity and great geological significance," the state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said."North's National Commission for UNESCO is recently pushing ahead with the enlisting of Mt Paektu area as a UNESCO Global Geopark." | It said that DPRK s…

yenisafak (2020-05-31). Link between virus, Chinese incursions: Indian military experts. yenisafak.com Indian military experts say there was a link between China's mishandling of the COVID-19 pandemic and its latest military incursions into the Ladakh region, resulting in a face-off between the armies."Globally, China is losing its leverage as it is believed to have caused the pandemic. Industries are looking to move out of China. This is causing China to divert attention from the COVID-19 situation," Lt. Gen. Vinod Bhatia, India's former director-general of military operations (DGMO), told Anadolu Agency.He said…

yenisafak (2020-05-31). COVID-19 death toll in Mexico nears 10,000. yenisafak.com A total of 364 people have died in the past 24 hours from the novel coronavirus in Mexico, bringing the total fatalities to almost 10,000, health officials said Sunday.The number of confirmed cases climbed to 87,512 with new 2,885 infections, and the death toll rose to 9,779 in the country.Mexico confirmed its first case on Feb. 28 and the first death from COVID-19 on March 19.Globally, more than 6 million cases have been confirmed in 188 countries and regions since the virus emerged in China last year.The pandemic has killed nearly 370,000 people worldwide, while over 2.57 million people have recovered so far, a…

yenisafak (2020-05-31). Saudi mosques reopen for prayers after closure. yenisafak.com Mosques across Saudi Arabia reopened for prayers on Sunday, for the first time in more than two months due to the outbreak of coronavirus.Worshipers were allowed to enter the mosques, except the mosques in the holy city of Makkah, for the dawn prayers with a limit of 40% capacity.The official SPA news agency published several images of worshippers performing prayers at mosques amid preventive measures to combat the virus.Saudi authorities said millions of text messages were sent to people to inform them about the new rules for prayers. These rules include keeping a two-meter (six-foot) distance between people dur…

_____ (2020-05-31). Who Are The Secret Puppet-Masters Behind Trump's War On Iran? popularresistance.org On May 6th, President Trump vetoed a war powers bill specifying that he must ask Congress for authorization to use military force against Iran. Trump's "maximum pressure" campaign of deadly sanctions and threats of war against Iran has seen no let-up, even as the U.S., Iran and the whole world desperately need to set aside our conflicts to face down the common danger of the Covid-19 pandemic. | So what is it about Iran that makes it such a target of hostility for Trump and the neocons? There are many repressive regimes in the world, and many of them are close U.S. allies, so this policy is clearly not based on an…

_____ (2020-05-31). In The West — Propaganda, Hysteria And Truly Foul Breath! popularresistance.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, which includes brand new infrastructure, factories and entire neighborhoods for the people. Hospitals are being constructed, and so are universities, parks, concert halls and public transportation networks. Both countries are doing all this quickly and noise…

_____ (2020-05-31). Public Health, COVID-19 And Recovery. popularresistance.org In all epidemics, there are some principles which determine how well communities and nations will respond, how long the crisis will last and how soon there will be recovery. We can already draw some lessons from the very big differences between particular countries in the COVID-19 pandemic, in particular why some wealthy nations like the UK and the USA are amongst the hardest hit. Although the numbers infected are still rising and the impact has not yet peaked, in most countries, we are entitled to ask: why have some countries controlled infections and minimized deaths better than others? This question, I suggest…

_____ (2020-05-31). US Firms Shield CEO Pay As Pandemic Hits Workers, Investors. popularresistance.org New York/ Boston – Sonic Automotive Inc (SAH.N), which operates 95 U.S. car dealerships, started laying off and furloughing about a third of its workforce as the coronavirus pandemic crushed its sales. Then it changed its executives' pay packages – handing them a multimillion-dollar windfall. | On April 10, Sonic's board gave its top executives stock options to replace performance-based share awards, regulatory filings show. The options it gave Chief Executive David Smith, whose family controls the company, are now worth about $5.16 million – more than four times the value of the performance-based stock awards he…

_____ (2020-05-31). The Plague Here And There. popularresistance.org The state of Pennsylvania has a population similar to that of Cuba, but has 35 times more confirmed cases of coronavirus and 63 times more lethal victims. From May 13 to this past Wednesday, the island has reported one death; Pennsylvania, 1,251. | The figures, no matter what they are, are tragic, but the comparisons feed the perplexity; how are the statistics so disparate between the world's richest country and the nation that is the victim of "the longest genocidal attempt in history?" as Gabriel Garcia Marquez called the U.S. economic blockade. Does it have to do with the fact that President Miguel Diaz-Canel…

_____ (2020-05-31). Beijing Sees Trump's Hand And Won't Fold. popularresistance.org Stranger things have happened. | Everyone was expecting US President Donald Trump to go nuclear by de facto sanctioning China to death over Hong Kong. In an environment where Twitter and the President of the United States are now engaged in open warfare, the rule is that there are no rules anymore. | So in the end, what was announced against China amounted to an anti-climax. | The US government, as it stands, is terminating its relationship with the World Health Organization (WHO). The geopolitical repercussions are immense and that will take time to sink in.

Jon Queally, staff writer (2020-05-31). 'As Incoherent as It Is Dangerous': Trump Threatens to Designate Antifa—Which Isn't an Actual Group—as Terrorist Organization. commondreams.org "Let's be clear," warned the ACLU. "There is no legal authority for designating a domestic group. Any such designation would raise significant due process and First Amendment concerns." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Andrey Areshev (2020-05-31). Silicon Valley Has Effectively Banned the Freedom of Speech. It's Time We Take It Back. strategic-culture.org Somewhere along the road of America's development, corporations were blessed with not only 'personhood,' but with the power to sanction what sort of messages were permissible to enter the public realm. Let's be clear: This sort of corporate control, which borders on pure fascism, has no place in a democracy. | There is no need to ask. There is no need to be polite. There is no need to debate. It is only necessary to point to the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution for this fundamental human right, inscribed into law over 200 years ago, to be returned to the American people. | "Congress shall make no law resp…

Sylvie Laurent (2020-05-31). The misunderstood class warrior Martin Luther King. indybay.org Today, 50 years after his assassination, Martin Luther King is more glorified than ever… The memory of the social revolutionary was politically instrumentalized, King was appropriated from all sides. But in order to tell the story of the reconciled nation, the dissident had to be erased from memory.

Khubaka, Michael Harris (2020-05-31). Making the case for Restorative Justice from the California State Legislature. indybay.org From Sea to Shinning Sea, 2020 Alta California Juneteenth Fandango opens up a positive new way forward.

Reclaim SF (2020-05-31). 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 (2020-05-31). 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 (2020-05-31). Iran gets admission into Uncrewed Underwater Vehicle elite club. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 31 (MNA) — The unveiling of an Uncrewed Underwater Vehicle (UUV) by the Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC) Navy, while showing off Iran's domestic capabilities, also sent another message to those countries which are trying to keep Iran away from any kind of advancement.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-31). Iran COVID-19 update: 2,516 cases, 63 deaths. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 31 (MNA) — Some 2,516 new cases of infection with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) have been diagnosed in Iran in the past 24 hours, increasing the country's total infections to 151,466.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-31). Iran's foreign trade value exceeds $9bn in two months: IRICA. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 31 (MNA) — Iran's foreign trade value in the first two months of the current year [from March 21 to April 20] hit $9.341 billion.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-31). US should listen to its people, change its bankrupt policies: Foreign Ministry. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 31 (MNA) — Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in its twitter account on Sunday wrote that the US should listen to its people and change its bankrupt policies.

sputniknews (2020-05-31). US Government 'Selling $1.8 Billion Worth of Property in Elite Hong Kong Area'. sputniknews.com On 29 May, US President Donald Trump declared that "Hong Kong is no longer sufficiently autonomous to warrant the special treatment that we have afforded the territory" and is therefore subject to a number of restrictions.

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 …

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…

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.

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

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…

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…

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 …

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.

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 …

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.

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.

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

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 …

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…

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…

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 Alternative World (2020-05-30). Is public opinion on Covid-19 being shaped by facts — or 'terrorized' by propaganda? thealtworld.com Piers Robinson- Have censorship of scientists, alarmist messaging and conspiracy theory smears all been used to reinforce the 'official' narrative on coronavirus? Can these distortions ever be justified? | One of the problems with researching and writing about propaganda is that so many people believe it is something alien to democratic states. | What Edward Bernays, considered by many to be a key figure in the development of 20th-century propaganda techniques, said was that "the conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society…

Anand Naidoo (2020-05-30). The Heat: U.S.-China tensions. america.cgtn.com United States President Donald Trump lashes out at China and says the U-S is pulling out of the World Health Organization.

_____ (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…

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, …

IMEMC News (2020-05-30). Israeli Colonists Install A Tent Of Palestinian Lands Near Hebron. imemc.org Illegal Israeli colonialist settlers installed, on Saturday evening, a big tent on Palestinian lands in the at-Tiwana village, in Masafer Yatta area, south of Hebron, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank. Fuad al-'Amour, a local nonviolent activist and a member of the Civil Protection Committee south of …

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.

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.

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…

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…

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.

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…

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…

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.

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.

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.

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…

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…

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 . . . |

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.

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.

Tim Wise (2020-05-30). Protest, Uprisings, and Race War. zcomm.org 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…

Ali Salam (2020-05-30). Five Palestinians, Including Journalist Injured at Kufur Qaddoum. imemc.org A photojournalist was among the five Palestinians injured, on Friday, when Israeli soldiers opened fire at protestors, during the weekly protest in the village of Kufur Qaddoum in the northern West Bank, according to local sources. Morad Eshteiwi, Coordinator for the popular resistance against the Israeli Apartheid Wall, told Palestinian …

_____ (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…

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…

Staff (2020-05-30). Cornel West: "We Are Witnessing America as a Failed Social Experiment" truthout.org Harvard University philosophy professor Dr. Cornel West appeared on CNN Friday night amid nationwide protests over the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota and offered a searing indictment not just of white supremacy, the neo-fascism of President Donald Trump, and a criminal justice system that repeatedly brutalizes the poor and people of color—but also of a deep depravity that exists within the neoliberal capitalist system of the 21st Century in the United States that domina…

Staff (2020-05-30). US Border Patrol Is Using a Predator Drone to Spy on Minneapolis Protests. truthout.org Civil liberties advocates sounded the alarm Friday after reporting indicated Customs and Border Protection has been flying an unmanned Predator drone over Minneapolis as the city continues to roil with protest over the police killing of George Floyd earlier this week. | "This is what happens when leaders sign blank check after blank check to militarize police, CBP, etc while letting violence go unchecked,"

news.un (2020-05-30). Life and death for Yemen's women and girls, as funding evaporates. news.un.org In mid-May, just as the COVID-19 pandemic arrived in Yemen, funding for UNFPA's life-saving reproductive health services dried up. The agency has been forced to suspend the provision of reproductive healthcare in 140 out of the 180 health facilities, it supports, meaning only 40 now remain.

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.

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…

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). 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…

Dean Baker (2020-05-30). Trump Veto Student Loan Debt Relief Measure Will Save Government 0.02 Percent of Projected Spending. cepr.net Yesterday Donald Trump vetoed a resolution passed by Congress, which would have left in place rules making it easier for students to default on debt owed to for-profit colleges that had engaged in deceptive marketing practices. The Washington Post told readers that this veto is expected to save the government $11 billion over the next …

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.

Michael T. Hertz (2020-05-30). What have we learned from COVID-19? nationofchange.org For I believe that this catastrophe should have taught us something about what is good and bad about life.

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). 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.

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). 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.

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."

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). 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.

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, "

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.

IMEMC News (2020-05-30). Soldiers Assault A Palestinian Man, Cause Fractures In His Leg. imemc.org Israeli soldiers assaulted, Saturday, a Palestinian man near the illegal Annexation Wall as he was returning home in 'Aneen village, west of the northern West Bank city of Jenin, causing various fractures in one of his legs. The Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS) said its medics were called to the …

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 …

_____ (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). 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). 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). 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). 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,…

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…

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…

Andrey Areshev (2020-05-30). What's NATO Up to These Days? Provoking Russia, Draining Healthcare Budgets and Protecting Its Own From COVID. strategic-culture.org T.J. COLES | In November 2019, as experts At least 2 percent of n…

Staff (2020-05-30). The "Pro-Life" Movement's Response to COVID-19 Reveals Its Hypocrisy. truthout.org As communities reel from the devastating impacts of COVID-19, conservative politicians and lawmakers in an alarming number of states have capitalized on the fear and scarcity surrounding the pandemic. They are using legitimate health concerns as a smokescreen to enact anti-choice abortion bans. They have done so under the pretense of public safety, but their actions jeopardize the health and well-being of their communities. | Abortion clinics in Texas have been locked in a legal battle with the state go…

Staff (2020-05-30). Trump Boosts Nuclear Weapons Spending, Fueling a New Arms Race. truthout.org Spending by the world's nine nuclear nations climbed to nearly $73 billion in 2019, nearly half of it by the United States alone. At the same time, the Trump administration has prioritized nuclear weapons in its defense budget while abandoning nuclear treaties, fumbling negotiations and confounding allies. The administration's lack of coherent goals, strategies or polices have increased nuclear dangers, leaving the U.S. "blundering toward nuclear chaos with potentially disastrous consequences." Those are th…

Staff (2020-05-30). COVID-Related Fiscal Issues Could Become New Excuse to Privatize Drinking Water. truthout.org The Philadelphia suburb is trying to sell its drinking water system. "The city's fiscal issues have been greatly exacerbated by the COVID-19 crisis," Mayor Thaddeus Kirkland wrote in an April That "path to financial stability" is to hand ov…

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).

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…

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

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

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). "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). 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.

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

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.

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 …

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,

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,

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 …

2020-05-31: Social Media Postees

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"Trump is making war on the American people"
Newsclick | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-05-31
Newsclick brings you 'Signs of Our Times,' series of discussions between Vijay Prashad and Aijaz Ahmad. In the first episode, they discuss US aggression and sanctions at a time when the country itself struggles to deal with the pandemic…
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Shoddy implementation of lockdown is a crime against humanity: Arundhati Roy
Newsclick | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-05-31
Vijay Prashad, executive director, Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research, speaks to renowned author Arundhati Roy about the lockdown, economic policies of the government and plight of the people–particularly of the working class.
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Beating Swords to Plowshares
Kathy Kelly | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-05-31
Baghdad, March 20, 2003 Inscribed on a wall across from the United Nations in New York City are ancient words of incalculable yearning: They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore.

George Floyd Protests: Police Escalating Violence Across America
Alan Macleod | mintpressnews.com | 2020-05-31
While some in media have condemned the protests as violent "looters" imposing "tyranny" upon the country, much of the violence is being deliberately instigated and propagated by an out of control police force that appears to have gone berserk over the widespread public challenge to their authority and their impunity to act as they wish.
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National Guard, Now Authorized to Use Live Ammo, Flood America's Streets
Alan Macleod | mintpressnews.com | 2020-05-31
Already deployed in multiple states, over 10,000 guardsmen are scheduled to flood Minneapolis streets – representing the first time in its 164-year history that the organization has been fully mobilized – and they have been authorized to carry live ammunition.
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China Bashing in High Gear. Sustained by Western Media
Keith Lamb | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-31
Since the outbreak of COVID 19 criticism of China, by both Western political elites in the U.S. and U.K., has seen an upsurge. This intensification of rhetoric is reflected in the simplistic cold war hyperbole spun in the right-wing Western …
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China Bashing in High Gear. Sustained by Western Media
Keith Lamb | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-31
Since the outbreak of COVID 19 criticism of China, by both Western political elites in the U.S. and U.K., has seen an upsurge. This intensification of rhetoric is reflected in the simplistic cold war hyperbole spun in the right-wing Western …
globalresearch.ca/cgtn-fake-experts-prop…

Trump's Anti-Beijing Reelection Strategy. Anti-China Agenda Risks Direct Confrontation?
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-31
Trump's anti-Beijing reelection strategy turned most Americans into China haters by the power of propaganda, along with greatly damaging the bilateral relationship. | His unacceptable China bashing risks rupturing relations if his regime continues its present path

Wisconsin FRSO condemns mayor's curfew and deployment of National Guard
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-05-31
Milwaukee, WI – The Wisconsin District of the Freedom Road Socialist Organization condemns the decision of Milwaukee mayor Tom Barrett to impose a 9 p.m. curfew and to call in members of the National Guard to help enforce it. This curfew and the troop deployment is meant to suppress the righteous anger of the masses in Milwaukee over the city's terrible record of police crimes. | This curfew and the National Guard deployment will not deescalate confrontations. The people of Milwaukee will stay in the streets, expressing their democratic rights and demanding justice for the victims of racist police murders. Milwau…
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Wisconsin FRSO condemns mayor's curfew and deployment of National Guard
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-05-31
Milwaukee, WI – The Wisconsin District of the Freedom Road Socialist Organization condemns the decision of Milwaukee mayor Tom Barrett to impose a 9 p.m. curfew and to call in members of the National Guard to help enforce it. This curfew and the troop deployment is meant to suppress the righteous anger of the masses in Milwaukee over the city's terrible record of police crimes. | This curfew and the National Guard deployment will not deescalate confrontations. The people of Milwaukee will stay in the streets, expressing their democratic rights and demanding justice for the victims of racist police murders. Milwau…
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Is the THAAD Missile Crisis in South Korea Escalating?
K.J. Noh | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-05-31
Why are thousands of South Korean Riot Police Bashing Anti-THAAD Protestors? According to South Korea's Yonhap News Agency, 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] …
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People's rebellion in the belly of the beast
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-05-31
Since Monday May 25 people have taken the streets in cities across the United States demanding justice for George Floyd who was killed by police in Minneapolis. A video of his unjust murder circulated widely across social media and his death has served as the tipping point for people frustrated with the racist, capitalist system. The protests are some of the most intense and largest seen since the 2014 Ferguson uprising which occurred after police murdered 18-year-old Michael Brown.
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Hundreds of protesters demand justice for victims of police crimes in Tallahassee
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-05-31
Tallahassee, FL- For the last two days hundreds of people have been gathering in Tallahassee to demand justice for police crime victims. In just the past two months, the Tallahassee Police Department murdered three people, under the watch of killer cop Chief of Police Lawrence Revell, who murdered George "Lil Nuke" Williams in 1996. On Friday afternoon, May 29, protesters gathered at the capitol in the afternoon and then joined ranks with an evening protest organized by others at the TPD headquarters. | Protesters demanded justice for African Americans across the country who have been slain by police, including G…
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Hundreds of protesters demand justice for victims of police crimes in Tallahassee
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-05-31
Tallahassee, FL- For the last two days hundreds of people have been gathering in Tallahassee to demand justice for police crime victims. In just the past two months, the Tallahassee Police Department murdered three people, under the watch of killer cop Chief of Police Lawrence Revell, who murdered George "Lil Nuke" Williams in 1996. On Friday afternoon, May 29, protesters gathered at the capitol in the afternoon and then joined ranks with an evening protest organized by others at the TPD headquarters. | Protesters demanded justice for African Americans across the country who have been slain by police, including G…
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Milwaukee: Large protests against police crimes
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-05-31
Milwaukee, WI – Several marches were held in Milwaukee on May 29 to demand justice for George Floyd, an African American man who was murdered by Minneapolis police. Protesters were also demanding justice for Joel Acevedo, a Chicano murdered by an off-duty Milwaukee police officer. | Protesters met up on the corner of N 27th and Center, where they heard various community speakers demand justice in their communities. Organizers from UW Parkside Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) and Young People's Resistance Committee were handing out fliers for an organization that will primarily focus on demanding commu…
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Milwaukee: Large protests against police crimes
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-05-31
Milwaukee, WI – Several marches were held in Milwaukee on May 29 to demand justice for George Floyd, an African American man who was murdered by Minneapolis police. Protesters were also demanding justice for Joel Acevedo, a Chicano murdered by an off-duty Milwaukee police officer. | Protesters met up on the corner of N 27th and Center, where they heard various community speakers demand justice in their communities. Organizers from UW Parkside Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) and Young People's Resistance Committee were handing out fliers for an organization that will primarily focus on demanding commu…
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"The people of the United States are fed up"
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-05-31
Claudia de La Cruz of The People's Forum and The Popular Education Project talks about the protests in the US in the aftermath of the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
peoplesdispatch.org/2020/05/31/the-peopl…

African American Mayors and Sheriffs Stand Among George Floyd Protestors in Central North Carolina
Danica Jorden | zcomm.org | 2020-05-31
"Let us be resolved to fight for justice for all here in Durham. Let us commit to stand up or kneel down when injustices are identified."
zcomm.org/znetarticle/african-american-m…

Pelosi's Support of Sanctions Protested
Leon Kunstenaar | indybay.org | 2020-05-31
Car caravan protest at Pelosi's home as part of "International Days of Action"
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/05/31/1883345…

On Contact: COVID-19 And Critic Of Globalization
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2020-05-31
On the show this week, Chris Hedges talks to John Ralston Saul, author and president emeritus of Pen International, about how the Covid-19 pandemic has exposed the weakness of American society, and accelerated the decline of the American Empire. | Among Saul's many books are: The Collapse of Globalism and the Reinvention of the World, and Voltaire's Bastards: The Dictatorship of Reason in the West.
popularresistance.org/on-contact-covid-1…

Nothing Is Certain But Death, Taxes, And Police Infiltration Of US Protests
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2020-05-31
Local outlet KHOU 11 News was told by the Houston police department that protests over George Floyd's murder would be attended by both "uniformed officers and plain-clothed officers". This admission cannot be found in KHOU's reporting any longer, but it has been screenshotted and still shows up on Google searches as of this writing. | In New York, protesters have conclusively worked out that cops posing as demonstrators are currently wearing white armbands to identify each other. Ways of identifying plain-clothes cops are being circulated by protesters on social media. | None of these people are paranoid or irrat…
popularresistance.org/nothing-is-certain…

White Supremacy Is The Virus; Police Are The Vector
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2020-05-31
Tensions are high as Minneapolis police murdered a black man named George Floyd, not by gunshot, but by an agonizingly long kneel on his neck; which was not released for seven minutes, several of which the man was not breathing. Protest is a place to emerge into the collective and become unoriginal, to humble yourself in silence as others more aware with said experience lead the charge. However, writing should be the place for originality. A place where we solve the problems of theory that informs action. | It is here where I would like to address a kind of Othering. This is not the Othering of making the minorit…
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Video: Turkish Proxies Once Again Turned Afrin City Into Battle Zone
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-31
On May 28, an intense fighting erupted between Turkish-backed militant groups in the Turkish-occupied city of Afrin. The clashes started after Hamza Division militants shot and killed a child and an owner of a shop that had refused to loan …
globalresearch.ca/video-turkish-proxies-…

Video: Arctic in Flames
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-31
Of all the theaters of militarized international rivalry in the early 21st century, the Arctic promises to be the most complex and unpredictable. In terms of domain, military operations there would be conducted on land, in the air, on …
globalresearch.ca/video-arctic-flames/57…

Another night of unrest in the US as Black Lives Matter protests continue
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-05-31
Protests over the killing of George Floyd and other police killings of Black people in the US grew on 30 May from New York to Tulsa to Los Angeles.The protests began in Minneapolis after a police officer killed Floyd by holding a knee to his neck until he stopped breathing. They've now gained momentum with another night of unrest after months of coronavirus lockdowns.National unrest: The unrest has since become a national phenomenon as protesters decry years of Black deaths at police hands. More than 1,300 people have been arrested in 16 cities since Thursday, with more than 500 of those happening in Los A…
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A Warning to Joe Biden: Trump Is Winning the Covid-19 Spin Game
Anna Jacobs | commondreams.org | 2020-05-31
Protesters rally in downtown San Diego against California's stay-at-home order to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, which causes COVID-19, on April 18, 2020. Hundreds protested Saturday in cities across the country against coronavirus-related lockdowns—with encouragement from President Donald Trump. (Photo: Ariana Drehsler/AFP via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Riot or Resistance? How Media Frames Unrest in Minneapolis Will Shape Public's View of Protest
Danielle K. Kilgo | commondreams.org | 2020-05-31
Demonstrators hold a protest in response to the police killing of George Floyd in Lafayette Square Park in the early morning hours of May 30, 2020 in Washington, DC. Across country, protests against Floyd's death have set off days and nights of rage as the most recent in a series of deaths of black Americans involving the police. Earlier yesterday, former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was taken into custody and charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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'I Took the Helmet Off and Laid the Batons Down': Michigan Sheriff and Police Didn't Disperse Their Town's Protest—They Joined It
Common Dreams staff | commondreams.org | 2020-05-31
"Do I think this has solved the issue between police and unarmed black, human beings? No. But I do believe that this type of leadership is a positive step in the right direction and gives me hope for black men and women around the world and for all of humanity." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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'It's going to be a warzone x 10': Minneapolis activist tells RT more violence lays ahead for city rocked by protests, riots
rt.com | 2020-05-31
An activist in Minneapolis has warned of more and heavier unrest in her city, following the death of George Floyd while in police custody. She also warned that widescale systemic change would be needed in order to restore peace. | Kayla Johnson recounted how she had been attacked by the Minneapolis police while peacefully demonstrating. The activist told RT that before riots and looting broke out earlier this week, non-violent protests had been met with rubber bullets, tear gas and other strong-arm tactics. | "I got hit with a flash grenade in my arm. The Minneapolis Police Department ended up giving me a seco…
rt.com/usa/490296-minneapolis-warzone-ri…

WAR on Antifa: As Trump vows to declare it a 'TERRORIST GROUP,' AG Barr equates rioting to domestic terrorism
rt.com | 2020-05-31
The US "will be designating ANTIFA as a Terrorist Organization," President Donald Trump has said. The move comes amid anti-police-brutality protests and riots gripping the country, which he has blamed on the "radical left." | Trump tweeted his most serious threat to date to the Antifa activists on Sunday, offering no further explanation. One day earlier, Trump, as well as Attorney General William Barr, accused the loose-knit group of orchestrating rioting and looting across the country, following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis on Monday. | The United States of America will be designating ANTIFA as a…
rt.com/usa/490330-trump-vows-declare-ant…

Manslaughter & 3rd degree murder charge for Kneeling Cop Chauvin
Read Black's Law Dictionary | indybay.org | 2020-05-31
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.
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/05/29/1883336…

Sunday 5/31: Ukiah: Protest Against Police Brutality & Murder of Black People
Essence | indybay.org | 2020-05-31
The Courthouse | 100 N State St. | Ukiah CA, 95482…
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An Updated Letter to SCPD Police Chief Mills in the Wake of the George Floyd Murder
Robert Norse | indybay.org | 2020-05-31
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.
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/05/29/1883336…

San Franciscans Protest George Floyd Murder
Leon Kunstenaar | indybay.org | 2020-05-31
Over 1000 in peaceful protest at San Francisco's City Hall.
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/05/30/1883342…

Trump Says He Will Name Antifa a Terrorist Organization
Trump is the Terrorist | indybay.org | 2020-05-31
Corporate media is reporting Trump said Sunday that he will designate antifa as a terrorist organization. This follows Democratic and Republican officials' statements that extremist groups are responsible for violence at protests calling for Justice for George Floyd across the nation.
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/05/31/1883347…

Publicly traded corporate looters are ripping off the Small Business Administration
Lynda Carson | indybay.org | 2020-05-31
Mayor London Breed and some trigger happy cops are blowing a lot of hot air at the petty thefts taking place during the George Floyd protests, as they look the other way as the publicly traded corporate looters are ripping off over $200 million from the Small Business Administration, that hurts the small businesses that can not get the loans that were meant to go to them through the Cares Act, and Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)!
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/05/30/1883344…

Twitter turns its logo BLACK amid George Floyd riots & adds hashtag #BlackLivesMatter to profile
rt.com | 2020-05-31
With rioting in full swing across America, social media giant Twitter has made its offering to the gods of corporate wokeness, blacking out its distinctive logo and replacing its bio with the hashtag "#BlackLivesMatter." | The Silicon Valley firm made the changes to its profile on Sunday, after five consecutive nights of protests and rioting in major cities around the US. The company didn't immediately explain its redesign, but has already tweeted about the "long-standing racism and injustices faced by Black and Brown people on a daily basis." | Racism does not adhere to social distancing. | Amid the already g…
rt.com/usa/490325-twitter-black-lives-ma…

'NYPD scores a touchdown'? Cops TACKLE & BEAT protester with batons as he celebrates on police van (VIDEO)
rt.com | 2020-05-31
A protester in New York City quickly found himself pinned to the ground by a swarm of police officers, after mounting the hood of a NYPD vehicle. Footage of the incident has elicited both applause and anger on social media. | Countless police vehicles have been vandalized and destroyed in ongoing riots across the United States, but one demonstrator in New York City may have been too hasty while trying to get a piece of the action. | A video circulating on social media shows a man standing on a NYPD cruiser waving his arms. Seconds later, a police officer sprints from the driver's side of the vehicle and tackle…
rt.com/usa/490299-nypd-protester-tackled…

'It's not who we are!' County sheriff in Michigan JOINS march against police brutality
rt.com | 2020-05-31
A sheriff in a Michigan county took an impressive step amid the massive George Floyd-inspired rallies, laying down his protective gear and marching side by side with protesters. His unorthodox gesture was met with glee. | Crowds of protesters had been amassing outside the Flint Township police station since earlier in the day, demanding justice for the slain Minnesotan George Floyd, and venting anger at police brutality. Shortly afterwards, Genesee County sheriff Chris Swanson turned up at the rally, engaging in a candid talk with those demonstrating. | "We want to be with you, I took my helmet off and laid th…
rt.com/usa/490294-sheriff-joins-protest-…

NYPD police cruisers RUN INTO crowds of protesters in terrifying video
rt.com | 2020-05-31
A pair of NYPD vehicles lurched through a crowd of New Yorkers that swarmed them amid the nationwide demonstrations over the death of Minnesotan George Floyd at the hands of police. | The terrifying footage, that garnered millions of views, starts with a Ford SUV facing multiple protesters who had installed a barricade blocking passage through a street in New York. The demonstrators are seen pelting things at the car and hitting it with their hands. | With lights flashing and sirens turned on, the police car briefly waits for another vehicle to arrive. Once it approaches the crowd, both cruisers accelerate,…
rt.com/uk/490291-new-york-police-rams-pr…

NYPD teaches masked protester a BRUTAL lesson after he dares climb onto a police car (VIDEO)
rt.com | 2020-05-31
A protester in New York City quickly found himself pinned to the ground by a swarm of police officers, after mounting the hood of a NYPD vehicle. Footage of the incident has elicited both applause and anger on social media. | Countless police vehicles have been vandalized and destroyed in ongoing riots across the United States, but one demonstrator in New York City may have been too hasty while trying to get a piece of the action. | A video circulating on social media shows a man standing on a NYPD cruiser waving his arms. Seconds later, a police officer sprints from the driver's side of the vehicle and tackle…
rt.com/usa/490299-nypd-protester-tackled…

NYPD police cruisers RUN INTO crowds of protesters in terrifying video
rt.com | 2020-05-31
A pair of NYPD vehicles lurched through a crowd of New Yorkers that swarmed them amid the nationwide demonstrations over the death of Minnesotan George Floyd at the hands of police. | The terrifying footage, that garnered millions of views, starts with a Ford SUV facing multiple protesters who had installed a barricade blocking passage through a street in New York. The demonstrators are seen pelting things at the car and hitting it with their hands. | With lights flashing and sirens turned on, the police car briefly waits for another vehicle to arrive. Once it approaches the crowd, both cruisers accelerate, sm…
rt.com/uk/490291-new-york-police-rams-pr…

An eye for an eye? Enraged protesters violently drag & toss cop in Chicago amid George Floyd protests (VIDEO)
rt.com | 2020-05-31
A pair of cops were quickly overrun and wrestled to the ground by angry protesters during massive anti-police-brutality rallies in Chicago, with one female officer being violently dragged for several feet. | A widely shared video, captured in the middle of heavy demonstrations over the death of George Floyd, shows the infuriated crowd swarm and hit two police officers as they apparently tried to detain a protester. | A fracas suddenly broke out, with the cops being aggressively pushed to the ground by the demonstrators. The male officer managed to get to his feet while protecting himself against several protes…
rt.com/usa/490287-chicago-cops-dragged-p…

Dallas rioters savagely beat man to a pulp after he confronts them with a SWORD (GRAPHIC VIDEO)
rt.com | 2020-05-31
As looting and mayhem gripped the streets of Dallas, Texas, a mob descended on a man allegedly defending his neighborhood with a long blade. Punched, kicked and pelted with rocks, the man was left mangled and bloody. | Lawlessness continued to reign supreme in Dallas on Saturday night, five days after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis sparked nationwide protests and riots. Following an afternoon of mostly peaceful protests, nightfall saw a spree of vandalism and looting in downtown Dallas. | In one shocking and graphic video captured by Blaze TV's Elijah Schaffer, a man was set upon by a mob, after alle…
rt.com/usa/490322-dallas-man-attacked-sw…

'There was a child inside!' Rioters torched house & blocked firefighters, Richmond police chief says vowing arrests
rt.com | 2020-05-31
The head of police in Richmond, Virginia choked up describing how rioters set a building on fire and wouldn't let a fire truck get to the scene, forcing the officers to forcefully intervene to save a child trapped inside. | Peaceful protests in Richmond escalated into violence on Saturday, with radical mob setting ablaze a police cruiser, a bus and several buildings, including the United Daughters of the Confederacy headquarters. One of their targets was a building in Broad Street, in which there was a child, Richmond Police Chief Will Smith told journalists on Sunday. | Just a picture of the "peaceful" protes…
rt.com/usa/490349-richmond-protesters-ar…

Black Alliance for Peace Calls on United Nations to Address Human Rights Crisis in the United States
Black Alliance for Peace | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-31
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. Such murderous acts cannot be understood …
globalresearch.ca/united-nations-address…

Russia Denies US Accusations Concerning Aircraft to Libya
Steven Sahiounie | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-31
US Army Gen. Stephen Townsend, commander, US Africa Command, released a statement on May 26 accusing Russia of sending Russian military aircraft to Libya to support the Libyan National Army (LNA). The accusations are detailed and include photos and …
globalresearch.ca/russia-denies-us-accus…

The real reason Trump and the GOP don't want mail-in voting
Thom Hartmann | zcomm.org | 2020-05-31
Trump and Republicans don't want mail-in voting this November because it blows up a couple of their most effective voter suppression schemes…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/the-real-reason-tr…

Racism & police repression are the symptoms, capitalism is the disease, socialism is the cure
Party for Socialism and Liberation | liberationnews.org | 2020-05-31
The Party for Socialism and Liberation condemns the lynching murder of George Floyd by the Minneapolis Police Department.
liberationnews.org/racism-police-repress…

Mother of Slain Palestinian: "My Son Was A Child In A Man's Body"
Saed Bannoura | imemc.org | 2020-05-31
The mother of the Palestinian who was shot and killed by Israeli soldiers in occupied Jerusalem, said that the Israeli allegations and justifications for his brutal murder are mere lies, as the slain man was autistic, and was a child in a man's body. The Palestinian, Eyad al-Hallaq, 32, was …
imemc.org/article/mother-of-slain-palest…

Vaccines will be the true game changers, says Dr. Satyajit Rath
Newsclick | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-05-31
In this interview with NewsClick, Dr. Satyajit Rath, talks about the future of vaccine development for COVID-19 and the present usage of Hydroxychloroquine, which has been controversial.
peoplesdispatch.org/2020/05/31/vaccines-…

Hundreds of Children Brain Damaged by the Swine Flu Vaccine to Receive $90 Million in Financial Compensation from UK Government
Mike Adams | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-31
First published in April 2015. The H1N1 vaccine fiasco ordered by the (corrupt) WHO Director General is of relevance to the current debate on a COVID-19 vaccine. | **** | The 2009 swine flu vaccine caused severe brain damage in over 800 …
globalresearch.ca/hundreds-of-children-b…

German Official Leaks Report Denouncing Corona as 'A Global False Alarm'
Daniele Pozzati | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-31
Germany's federal government and mainstream media are engaged in damage control after a report that challenges the established Corona narrative leaked from the interior ministry. | Some of the report key passages are: | The dangerousness of Covid-19 was overestimated: probably at | …
globalresearch.ca/german-official-leaks-…

The U.S. War Machine Needs Oil: A War with Iran Is More Likely Then a War with China
Timothy Alexander Guzman | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-31
What happens when the Covid-19 state of emergency ends for the time being? Well, the likelihood of a world war seems more absolute by the day. | The US and its allies including Israel have been increasing tensions in the Middle …
globalresearch.ca/us-war-machine-needs-o…

German Official Leaks Report Denouncing Corona as 'A Global False Alarm'
Daniele Pozzati | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-31
Germany's federal government and mainstream media are engaged in damage control after a report that challenges the established Corona narrative leaked from the interior ministry. | Some of the report key passages are: | The dangerousness of Covid-19 was overestimated: probably at | …
globalresearch.ca/german-official-leaks-…

Pandemic, science and technology: lagging behind and dependence in Latin America
Javier Calderón Castillo | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-05-31
The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed Latin America's strong dependence on the countries of the global north. The active deindustrialization and neoliberalism in most countries and a very low investment in science and technology, create a critical scenario for the future of this part of the world. The debate on state budgets for scientific research is principal. It involves analyzing the active role of the state in resolving basic and specialized supply chains, which are considered strategic. It also involves thinking about how changes in geopolitics can be generated, focusing on technological and scientific cooperat…
peoplesdispatch.org/2020/05/31/pandemic-…

Fighting the inequality pandemic: the case for a super-tax
Keval Bharadia | zcomm.org | 2020-05-31
An argument for a super-tax on financial markets to curb extreme inequality in the wake of Covid-19…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/fighting-the-inequ…

The U.S. War Machine Needs Oil: A War with Iran Is More Likely Then a War with China
Timothy Alexander Guzman | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-31
What happens when the Covid-19 state of emergency ends for the time being? Well, the likelihood of a world war seems more absolute by the day. | The US and its allies including Israel have been increasing tensions in the Middle …
globalresearch.ca/us-war-machine-needs-o…

"We demand an income for each student in France, financed by social security"
Muhammed Shabeer | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-05-31
As part of the national lockdown to fight COVID-19, France closed down schools, colleges and universities from March 17. After the government started reopening schools after May 11, at least 70 new cases of COVID-19 were reported from schools across France. The government then ordered the closure of the schools which reported new infections. However, the development has raised serious concerns among the students, teachers and parents. Here, Peoples Dispatch talks to Anais Fley, National Secretary of the Union of Communist Students (UEC), regarding the vulnerabilities faced by students during the lockdown and thei…
peoplesdispatch.org/2020/05/31/we-demand…

As Dozens Of Colonists, Soldiers Invade Al-Aqsa Mosque, Army Abducts Four Palestinians
IMEMC News | imemc.org | 2020-05-31
Marking the first day of reopening the Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied Jerusalem, after seventy days of closure due to coronavirus concerns, Israeli soldiers and police officers accompanied dozens of illegal colonialist settlers in a provocative tour into the courtyards of the holy site, and abducted four Palestinians, including two women. …
imemc.org/article/as-dozens-of-colonists…

Women rise against violence in Ecuador
Dawn Paley | zcomm.org | 2020-05-31
The pandemic has pushed women in Ecuador to mobilize their networks for the purposes of mutual aid.
zcomm.org/znetarticle/women-rise-against…

Systematic Racist Violence in America: Minnesota National Guard and State Police Deployed in Twin Cities Rebellion
Abayomi Azikiwe | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-31
A cell phone videotaped deadly encounter between African American George Floyd and several Minneapolis law-enforcement officers resulting in a brutal strangulation has proven to be a turning point in the long saga of systematic racist violence in the United States….
globalresearch.ca/minnesota-national-gua…

Drawing Battlelines: US Openly Targets China's "Belt and Road"
Tony Cartalucci | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-31
Judging by US foreign policy

Racism in US: The African-American Dystopia
Germán Gorraiz López | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-31
The totalitarian drift suffered by the United States during the mandate of George W. Bush caused that in the name of the holy-holy security of the State, in practice, the principle of inviolability (habeas corpus) of people was annulled, de …
globalresearch.ca/racism-in-us-the-afric…

Trump Versus Twitter
Dr. Binoy Kampmark | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-31
Sawing off the branch you sit on can hardly be the best of policies. But that all depends on the nature of the branch. US President Donald Trump has huffed himself into another small historical moment, going on the offensive …
globalresearch.ca/trump-versus-twitter/5…

Trump Versus Twitter
Dr. Binoy Kampmark | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-31
Sawing off the branch you sit on can hardly be the best of policies. But that all depends on the nature of the branch. US President Donald Trump has huffed himself into another small historical moment, going on the offensive …
globalresearch.ca/trump-versus-twitter/5…

The Human Heart and the Unspeakable Death of George Floyd
Elizabeth Woodworth | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-31
I am not American. Nor am I black, nor male. | But my heart broke in a new way while watching the slow, agonized death of George Floyd, as for nine minutes a police officer kneeled on his neck, crushing …
globalresearch.ca/human-heart-unspeakabl…

Racism and the Empire's Executioners?
Philip A Farruggio | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-31
From a recent report by the Insider publication: "George Floyd and Officer Derek Chauvin actually worked for the same Minneapolis night club- Chauvin as a security guard for many years, and Floyd as a bouncer during 2019." It begs the …
globalresearch.ca/empire-executioners/57…

The Human Heart and the Unspeakable Death of George Floyd
Elizabeth Woodworth | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-31
I am not American. Nor am I black, nor male. | But my heart broke in a new way while watching the slow, agonized death of George Floyd, as for nine minutes a police officer kneeled on his neck, crushing …
globalresearch.ca/human-heart-unspeakabl…

Racism and the Empire's Executioners?
Philip A Farruggio | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-31
From a recent report by the Insider publication: "George Floyd and Officer Derek Chauvin actually worked for the same Minneapolis night club- Chauvin as a security guard for many years, and Floyd as a bouncer during 2019." It begs the …
globalresearch.ca/empire-executioners/57…

Drawing Battlelines: US Openly Targets China's "Belt and Road"
Tony Cartalucci | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-31
Judging by US foreign policy

Systematic Racist Violence in America: Minnesota National Guard and State Police Deployed in Twin Cities Rebellion
Abayomi Azikiwe | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-31
A cell phone videotaped deadly encounter between African American George Floyd and several Minneapolis law-enforcement officers resulting in a brutal strangulation has proven to be a turning point in the long saga of systematic racist violence in the United States….
globalresearch.ca/minnesota-national-gua…

Israeli Forces Kill Autistic Palestinian Man in Jerusalem
IMEMC News | imemc.org | 2020-05-31
On Saturday, Israeli police in Jerusalem shot and killed an unarmed, autistic Palestinian man, then left him lying on the ground with multiple gunshot wounds for over an hour until he bled to death. Eyad Khairi al-Hallaq, 32, was on his way to an institution for people with special needs, …
imemc.org/article/israeli-forces-kill-au…

Armed Israeli Settlers Invade Local Markets in Hebron
IMEMC & Agencies | imemc.org | 2020-05-31
Armed Israeli settlers in the Palestinian West Bank city of Hebron, reportedly invaded, on Saturday afternoon, some local markets in the city, causing panic among local Palestinians. Palestinian WAFA News Agency reported that a large group of armed colonists invaded the Allaban, Alqasaba and Ein Alaskar local markets and began …
imemc.org/article/armed-israeli-settlers…

Israeli Forces Evict Palestinians from Ibrahimi Mosque, Permit Settlers
Ali Salam | imemc.org | 2020-05-31
Israeli forces, on Friday, blocked Palestinian Muslim worshipers from performing the dawn prayer, evicted hundreds of worshipers and banned the call to prayer at the Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron/Al-Khalil, Quds News Network reported. Sheikh Hifzi Abu Sneineh, the head of the local Waqf Department, stated that military barriers were placed …
imemc.org/article/israeli-forces-evict-p…

Arundhati Roy on India's Fateful COVID Crisis
J.P. Linstroth | zcomm.org | 2020-05-31
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…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/arundhati-roy-on-i…

A Note from the Ministry of Staple Guns
David Rovics | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-05-31
The City of Portland, Oregon, and Multnomah County, are doing the best job in the country at kicking the can down the road. Now is the time to push for a real solution to the housing crisis, here and across the USA. Since the pandemic hit, I have joined the ranks of the unemployed, like …
dissidentvoice.org/2020/05/a-note-from-t…

In a Pandemic, Finding New and Old Ways To Fight New and Old Foes
Jane Slaughter | zcomm.org | 2020-05-31
Workers this spring were forced to find new ways to assert their rights when faced with a deadly foe and employers indifferent to their lives…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/in-a-pandemic-find…

Scottish govt. issues pandemic hygiene guidelines following tenants' union intervention
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-05-31
The tenants' union Living Rent has been conducting a campaign called Hygiene Kills The Virus, demanding that landlords resume block cleaning operations that have been suspended during the lockdown…
peoplesdispatch.org/2020/05/31/scottish-…

Twitter Warns Trump Tweet Glorifies Violence
Ramesh Srinivasan | zcomm.org | 2020-05-31
"Trump has prospered through his use of social media and its attention-hoarding algorithms to basically disinform and misinform people"
zcomm.org/znetarticle/twitter-warns-trum…

Bush to Trump: The path of complete destruction
Newsclick | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-05-31
Prabir Purkayastha talks about the implications of the US leaving the Treaty on Open Skies. He also talks about the increased warmongering by the US in this period…
peoplesdispatch.org/2020/05/31/bush-to-t…

US abandons Open Skies for new age space weapons
Prabir Purkayastha | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-05-31
The US walking out of the Open Skies Agreement is a clear signal that it seeks global dominance. As other countries are unlikely to surrender, we are back to hair-trigger nuclear alerts and the Doomsday Clock inching towards midnight…
peoplesdispatch.org/2020/05/31/us-abando…

New Footage Reveals Moments Before George Floyd's Death
Unicorn Riot | unicornriot.ninja | 2020-05-31
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North Korea seeks UN recognition for 'sacred' Mt Paektu
yenisafak.com | 2020-05-31
North Korea on Sunday said it is seeking the listing of country's "sacred" Mount Paektu at the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). | Mount Paektu is located in the country's northern Yanggang province along its border with China. | "The Mt Paektu area is drawing attention of the international geological circles for its rich biodiversity and great geological significance," the state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said."North's National Commission for UNESCO is recently pushing ahead with the enlisting of Mt Paektu area as a UNESCO Global Geopark." | It said that DPRK s…
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COVID-19 death toll in Mexico nears 10,000
yenisafak.com | 2020-05-31
A total of 364 people have died in the past 24 hours from the novel coronavirus in Mexico, bringing the total fatalities to almost 10,000, health officials said Sunday.The number of confirmed cases climbed to 87,512 with new 2,885 infections, and the death toll rose to 9,779 in the country.Mexico confirmed its first case on Feb. 28 and the first death from COVID-19 on March 19.Globally, more than 6 million cases have been confirmed in 188 countries and regions since the virus emerged in China last year.The pandemic has killed nearly 370,000 people worldwide, while over 2.57 million people have recovered so far, a…
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Link between virus, Chinese incursions: Indian military experts
yenisafak.com | 2020-05-31
Indian military experts say there was a link between China's mishandling of the COVID-19 pandemic and its latest military incursions into the Ladakh region, resulting in a face-off between the armies."Globally, China is losing its leverage as it is believed to have caused the pandemic. Industries are looking to move out of China. This is causing China to divert attention from the COVID-19 situation," Lt. Gen. Vinod Bhatia, India's former director-general of military operations (DGMO), told Anadolu Agency.He said…
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Iran records 63 new virus deaths, 2,516 more cases
yenisafak.com | 2020-05-31
A further 2,516 people have tested positive for COVID-19, raising the overall count to 151,466, Health Ministry spokesman Kianoush Jahanpour said.Jahanpour said 112,988 patients have recovered and been discharged from hospitals so far, while 2,543 patients remain in critical condition.Despite the rising number of cases, government employees went back to work, and mosques resumed daily prayers across the Middle Eastern country on Saturday.Shopping malls are now open beyond the 6 p.m. (13: 30 GMT) closing time imposed as part of the virus restrictions.Iran started loosening the containment measures in April, and cla…
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Saudi mosques reopen for prayers after closure
yenisafak.com | 2020-05-31
Mosques across Saudi Arabia reopened for prayers on Sunday, for the first time in more than two months due to the outbreak of coronavirus.Worshipers were allowed to enter the mosques, except the mosques in the holy city of Makkah, for the dawn prayers with a limit of 40% capacity.The official SPA news agency published several images of worshippers performing prayers at mosques amid preventive measures to combat the virus.Saudi authorities said millions of text messages were sent to people to inform them about the new rules for prayers. These rules include keeping a two-meter (six-foot) distance between people dur…
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With Over 100,000 Dead and Depression-Level Unemployment, Sanders Calls McConnell's Sandbagging of Covid-19 Relief 'Incomprehensible'
Jon Queally, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-05-31
"Our most vulnerable communities are hungry, desperate and under enormous emotional stress. The American people want action from Congress and they want it NOW." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Public Health, COVID-19 And Recovery
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2020-05-31
In all epidemics, there are some principles which determine how well communities and nations will respond, how long the crisis will last and how soon there will be recovery. We can already draw some lessons from the very big differences between particular countries in the COVID-19 pandemic, in particular why some wealthy nations like the UK and the USA are amongst the hardest hit. Although the numbers infected are still rising and the impact has not yet peaked, in most countries, we are entitled to ask: why have some countries controlled infections and minimized deaths better than others? This question, I suggest…
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Who Are The Secret Puppet-Masters Behind Trump's War On Iran?
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2020-05-31
On May 6th, President Trump vetoed a war powers bill specifying that he must ask Congress for authorization to use military force against Iran. Trump's "maximum pressure" campaign of deadly sanctions and threats of war against Iran has seen no let-up, even as the U.S., Iran and the whole world desperately need to set aside our conflicts to face down the common danger of the Covid-19 pandemic. | So what is it about Iran that makes it such a target of hostility for Trump and the neocons? There are many repressive regimes in the world, and many of them are close U.S. allies, so this policy is clearly not based on an…
popularresistance.org/who-are-the-secret…

US Firms Shield CEO Pay As Pandemic Hits Workers, Investors
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2020-05-31
New York/ Boston – Sonic Automotive Inc (SAH.N), which operates 95 U.S. car dealerships, started laying off and furloughing about a third of its workforce as the coronavirus pandemic crushed its sales. Then it changed its executives' pay packages – handing them a multimillion-dollar windfall. | On April 10, Sonic's board gave its top executives stock options to replace performance-based share awards, regulatory filings show. The options it gave Chief Executive David Smith, whose family controls the company, are now worth about $5.16 million – more than four times the value of the performance-based stock awards he…
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The Plague Here And There
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2020-05-31
The state of Pennsylvania has a population similar to that of Cuba, but has 35 times more confirmed cases of coronavirus and 63 times more lethal victims. From May 13 to this past Wednesday, the island has reported one death; Pennsylvania, 1,251. | The figures, no matter what they are, are tragic, but the comparisons feed the perplexity; how are the statistics so disparate between the world's richest country and the nation that is the victim of "the longest genocidal attempt in history?" as Gabriel Garcia Marquez called the U.S. economic blockade. Does it have to do with the fact that President Miguel Diaz-Canel…
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Beijing Sees Trump's Hand And Won't Fold
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2020-05-31
Stranger things have happened. | Everyone was expecting US President Donald Trump to go nuclear by de facto sanctioning China to death over Hong Kong. In an environment where Twitter and the President of the United States are now engaged in open warfare, the rule is that there are no rules anymore. | So in the end, what was announced against China amounted to an anti-climax. | The US government, as it stands, is terminating its relationship with the World Health Organization (WHO). The geopolitical repercussions are immense and that will take time to sink in.
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Union urges government to 'draw back' on school reopening, saying staff, pupils and families 'deserve better'
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-05-31
The government has been urged to drop plans to reopen primary schools to pupils in Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 on Monday 1 June. Current plans could see all primary schools in England returning to normal before the summer holidays.Schools, colleges and nurseries closed more than nine weeks ago due to the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak, remaining open only for vulnerable youngsters and the children of key workers. From Monday, class sizes will be limited to 15, with government guidance suggesting desks should be spaced further apart.Unions urge government to "draw back" plans: However, unions have called…
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'As Incoherent as It Is Dangerous': Trump Threatens to Designate Antifa—Which Isn't an Actual Group—as Terrorist Organization
Jon Queally, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-05-31
"Let's be clear," warned the ACLU. "There is no legal authority for designating a domestic group. Any such designation would raise significant due process and First Amendment concerns." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Beijing Sees Trump's Hand and Won't Fold
Andrey Areshev | strategic-culture.org | 2020-05-31
It would be too much to expect Team Trump to learn from Gramscian analyses of Belt and Road, which demonstrate how the Chinese Dream

Silicon Valley Has Effectively Banned the Freedom of Speech. It's Time We Take It Back
Andrey Areshev | strategic-culture.org | 2020-05-31
Somewhere along the road of America's development, corporations were blessed with not only 'personhood,' but with the power to sanction what sort of messages were permissible to enter the public realm. Let's be clear: This sort of corporate control, which borders on pure fascism, has no place in a democracy. | There is no need to ask. There is no need to be polite. There is no need to debate. It is only necessary to point to the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution for this fundamental human right, inscribed into law over 200 years ago, to be returned to the American people. | "Congress shall make no law resp…
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Friday 6/5: Capitalism is the Virus, Housing is the Cure: Candlelight Vigil & Noise Demo
Reclaim SF | indybay.org | 2020-05-31
Harvey Milk Center for the Arts, Duboce Park…
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Making the case for Restorative Justice from the California State Legislature
Khubaka, Michael Harris | indybay.org | 2020-05-31
From Sea to Shinning Sea, 2020 Alta California Juneteenth Fandango opens up a positive new way forward.
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/05/30/1883341…

The misunderstood class warrior Martin Luther King
Sylvie Laurent | indybay.org | 2020-05-31
Today, 50 years after his assassination, Martin Luther King is more glorified than ever… The memory of the social revolutionary was politically instrumentalized, King was appropriated from all sides. But in order to tell the story of the reconciled nation, the dissident had to be erased from memory.
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This Book Shouldn't Exist
Infinite Onion | indybay.org | 2020-05-31
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.
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the con-vid farce
ALETH | indybay.org | 2020-05-31
there is no "covid" and bill gates is its prophet…
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/05/31/1883344…

Obama adviser Susan Rice knows who's responsible for the George Floyd riots. You guessed right, it's RUSSIA!
rt.com | 2020-05-31
In a statement that will surprise absolutely nobody, former National Security Adviser Susan Rice has declared that Russia

Anonymous declares WAR on Minneapolis Police in video message attributed to hacker group
rt.com | 2020-05-31
Hacker collective Anonymous has purportedly begun to target the Minneapolis Police Department, accusing the force of systemic violence and corruption while serving as an instrument for "the ruling class." | A video message posted to an Anonymous Facebook page with 11 million followers accused the Minneapolis Police of condoning behavior that led to the death of George Floyd. | "People have had enough of this corruption and violence from an organization that promises to keep them safe," the masked narrator says. | The group called for criminal charges to be brought against all of the officers who were filmed…
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iSnatch? Apple Store LOOTED during DC riots over George Floyd killing (VIDEO)
rt.com | 2020-05-31
Dozens of looters broke into a lavish Apple Store in the US capital, ransacking its stocks and smashing windows. Many of the company's retail outlets in other states have endured the same fate recently. | Footage that surfaced online captured looters swarming Apple's DC store gates and leaving wreckage behind, while others roam chaotically inside. | The facade of the building was ultimately vandalized, with social media users suggesting that nothing was left inside after looters missed no chance of coming away with a trophy. | The entire apple store in DC has been looted. There's nothing left. It took 7 minute…
rt.com/usa/490310-apple-store-dc-looted/

Trump INFLAMES the Left, delights the Right with TERROR-list threat for Antifa
rt.com | 2020-05-31
US President Donald Trump has angered the online Left by vowing to declare Antifa a "terrorist organization." For his supporters, however, the promise was long overdue. | "The United States of America will be designating ANTIFA as a Terrorist Organization," Trump tweeted on Sunday, after militants associated with the left-wing group were accused of fomenting riots across the country. | Get tough Democrat Mayors and Governors. These people are ANARCHISTS. Call in our National Guard NOW. The World is watching and laughing at you and Sleepy Joe. Is this what America wants? NO!!!– Donald J. Trump (@realDonal…
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Iran's foreign trade value exceeds $9bn in two months: IRICA
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-31
TEHRAN, May 31 (MNA)

Iran COVID-19 update: 2,516 cases, 63 deaths
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-31
TEHRAN, May 31 (MNA)

Iran gets admission into Uncrewed Underwater Vehicle elite club
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-31
TEHRAN, May 31 (MNA)

US should listen to its people, change its bankrupt policies: Foreign Ministry
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-31
TEHRAN, May 31 (MNA)

US Government 'Selling $1.8 Billion Worth of Property in Elite Hong Kong Area'
sputniknews.com | 2020-05-31
On 29 May, US President Donald Trump declared that "Hong Kong is no longer sufficiently autonomous to warrant the special treatment that we have afforded the territory" and is therefore subject to a number of restrictions.
sputniknews.com/asia/202005311079476941-…

Video: Suspicious Man Breaks Window and Starts Minneapolis Riots?
Global Research News | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-30
"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 …
globalresearch.ca/video-suspicious-man-b…

China "Optimistic" with regard to Post Coronavirus World and Relations with US
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-30
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 impressive press conference on Sunday where he answered questions about a wide | …
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China "Optimistic" with regard to Post Coronavirus World and Relations with US
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-30
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 impressive press conference on Sunday where he answered questions about a wide | …
globalresearch.ca/china-optimistic-with-…

In the West: Propaganda, Hysteria and Truly Foul Breath!
Andre Vltchek | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-05-30
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, …
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The Glory and Duty of Beating Swords to Plowshares
Kathy Kelly | commondreams.org | 2020-05-30
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…
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Fortress On A Hill: Interview With Gareth Porter
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2020-05-30
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…
popularresistance.org/fortress-on-a-hill…

After ignoring migrant workers' plight, the Indian Supreme Court now acknowledges unfolding social tragedy
wsws.org | 2020-05-30
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.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/30/indi…

Minneapolis police leader defending George Floyd's killers tied to 'white power'-linked biker gang
Eds. | mronline.org | 2020-05-30
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.
mronline.org/2020/05/30/minneapolis-poli…

Israeli Colonists Install A Tent Of Palestinian Lands Near Hebron
IMEMC News | imemc.org | 2020-05-30
Illegal Israeli colonialist settlers installed, on Saturday evening, a big tent on Palestinian lands in the at-Tiwana village, in Masafer Yatta area, south of Hebron, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank. Fuad al-'Amour, a local nonviolent activist and a member of the Civil Protection Committee south of …
imemc.org/article/israeli-colonists-inst…

Twin Cities Labor Mobilizes Against George Floyd Murder
Saurav Sarkar | zcomm.org | 2020-05-30
The organized labor movement has begun swinging into action to support protests against the racist police murder of Minneapolis resident George Floyd…
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Protests sweep across US demanding justice and end to systemic racism
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-05-30
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.
peoplesdispatch.org/2020/05/30/protests-…

Mass protests voice outrage over police murder of George Floyd
wsws.org | 2020-05-30
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.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/30/floy…

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

Fight budget cuts in cities
Joe Piette | workers.org | 2020-05-30
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 . . . | Continue reading Fight budget cuts in cities at Workers.org
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Five Palestinians, Including Journalist Injured at Kufur Qaddoum
Ali Salam | imemc.org | 2020-05-30
A photojournalist was among the five Palestinians injured, on Friday, when Israeli soldiers opened fire at protestors, during the weekly protest in the village of Kufur Qaddoum in the northern West Bank, according to local sources. Morad Eshteiwi, Coordinator for the popular resistance against the Israeli Apartheid Wall, told Palestinian …
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Progressives in Germany denounce racist 'hygiene demos' and anti-lockdown protests
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-05-30
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

Protest, Uprisings, and Race War
Tim Wise | zcomm.org | 2020-05-30
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…
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No More Cop Unions
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2020-05-30
When Derek Chauvin of the Minneapolis Police Department killed 46-year-old George Floyd in cold blood last week, he showed the world exactly what kind of man he is. Chauvin has been cited multiple times for using excessive force on the job; he has been involved in at least two other police shootings, including that of Ira Latrell Toles, who is Black, in 2008. Chauvin has repeatedly abused his power, privilege, and authority to menace and terrorize–and he's now been shown killing a human being on camera. Even so, he remains free to cower in his house and order delivery while demonstrators protest outside. An…
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NYC Bus Drivers Union Refuses To Transport Protesters For NYPD
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2020-05-30
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…
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The Murder of George Floyd: The Longest Running Play in America
Robert Shetterly | commondreams.org | 2020-05-30
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…
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What ACLU Says Was Trump Call to "Literally Murder Protesters," Facebook Says Doesn't Violate Standards
Jon Queally, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-05-30
"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…
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Another Uprising Was Inevitable
Zenobia Jeffries Warfield | commondreams.org | 2020-05-30
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…
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Cornel West: "We Are Witnessing America as a Failed Social Experiment"
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-05-30
Harvard University philosophy professor Dr. Cornel West appeared on CNN Friday night amid nationwide protests over the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota and offered a searing indictment not just of white supremacy, the neo-fascism of President Donald Trump, and a criminal justice system that repeatedly brutalizes the poor and people of color–but also of a deep depravity that exists within the neoliberal capitalist system of the 21st Century in the United States that domina…
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US Border Patrol Is Using a Predator Drone to Spy on Minneapolis Protests
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-05-30
Civil liberties advocates sounded the alarm Friday after reporting indicated Customs and Border Protection has been flying an unmanned Predator drone over Minneapolis as the city continues to roil with protest over the police killing of George Floyd earlier this week. | "This is what happens when leaders sign blank check after blank check to militarize police, CBP, etc while letting violence go unchecked," tweeted Rep. Alexandria Oca…
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[World Report] COVID-19 strains remote regions of Peru
Barbara Fraser | thelancet.com | 2020-05-30
The health system in Iquitos is stretched and the true number of COVID-19 cases and deaths is unclear. Barbara Fraser reports from Lima.
thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PI…(20)31236-8/fulltext?rss=yes

[World Report] Fears of "highly catastrophic" COVID-19 spread in Yemen
Sharmila Devi | thelancet.com | 2020-05-30
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.
thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PI…(20)31235-6/fulltext?rss=yes

[Comment] Offline: After COVID-19–is an "alternate society" possible?
Richard Horton | thelancet.com | 2020-05-30
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…
thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PI…(20)31241-1/fulltext?rss=yes

[Perspectives] A call for food system change
Marion Nestle | thelancet.com | 2020-05-30
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…
thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PI…(20)31146-6/fulltext?rss=yes

[Editorial] COVID-19 in Africa: no room for complacency
The Lancet | thelancet.com | 2020-05-30
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…
thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PI…(20)31237-X/fulltext?rss=yes

[Correspondence] Towards more balanced representation in Lancet Commissions
Manuel W Hetzel, Bassirou Bonfoh | thelancet.com | 2020-05-30
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…
thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PI…(20)30617-6/fulltext?rss=yes

[Comment] Justice and health: The Lancet–Health Equity and Policy Lab Commission
Jennifer Prah Ruger, Richard Horton | thelancet.com | 2020-05-30
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…
thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PI…(20)30928-4/fulltext?rss=yes

[Correspondence] Cost-effectiveness of transitional US plans for universal health care
Alison P Galvani, Meagan C Fitzpatrick | thelancet.com | 2020-05-30
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…
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[Correspondence] The health-related determinants of politics
Parth Patel | thelancet.com | 2020-05-30
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.
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[Clinical Picture] Drusen in dense deposit disease: not just age-related macular degeneration
Daniella Lent-Schochet, Glenn Yiu | thelancet.com | 2020-05-30
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.
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[Correspondence] Time for global health diplomacy
Anja M S Ariansen, Siri Gloppen, Lise Rakner, Kjell Arne Johansson, àòystein A Haaland | thelancet.com | 2020-05-30
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.
thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PI…(20)30490-6/fulltext?rss=yes

From fighting with guns to fighting the pandemic
news.un.org | 2020-05-30
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.
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Fear and Loathing in Tucson
John R. Hall | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-05-30
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 …
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Hundreds of thousands stage multiracial demonstrations against police violence in a powerful show of working-class unity
wsws.org | 2020-05-30
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.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/30/pers…

Lenses on Riots, Murder, and Racism in the US and Hong Kong
Kim Petersen | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-05-30
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

Justice for George Floyd! Indict and convict the killer cops! Community control of the police now!
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-05-30
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…
www.fightbacknews.org/2020/5/29/justice-…

Continue the fight to get justice for George Floyd!
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-05-30
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…
fightbacknews.org/2020/5/29/continue-fig…

Continue the fight to get justice for George Floyd!
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-05-30
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…
www.fightbacknews.org/2020/5/29/continue…

Justice for George Floyd! Indict and convict the killer cops! Community control of the police now!
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-05-30
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…
fightbacknews.org/2020/5/29/justice-geor…

Trump Veto Student Loan Debt Relief Measure Will Save Government 0.02 Percent of Projected Spending
Dean Baker | cepr.net | 2020-05-30
Yesterday Donald Trump vetoed a resolution passed by Congress, which would have left in place rules making it easier for students to default on debt owed to for-profit colleges that had engaged in deceptive marketing practices. The Washington Post told readers that this veto is expected to save the government $11 billion over the next …
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Mourning and Organizing
Sarah Jaffe | zcomm.org | 2020-05-30
Collective grief, from Minneapolis to vigils for victims of COVID-19, is inseparable from rebellion…
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Kuwait Airways to lay off 1,500 of its foreign employees
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-05-30
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…
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What have we learned from COVID-19?
Michael T. Hertz | nationofchange.org | 2020-05-30
For I believe that this catastrophe should have taught us something about what is good and bad about life.
nationofchange.org/2020/05/30/what-have-…

Capitalism = Death: U.S. government response to COVID-19 mirrors ineptitude and malfeasance of response to HIV epidemic
Gerry Scoppettuolo | liberationnews.org | 2020-05-30
To compare the early years of the HIV epidemic to the COVID-19 pandemic is to relive a nightmare…
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Life and death for Yemen's women and girls, as funding evaporates
news.un.org | 2020-05-30
In mid-May, just as the COVID-19 pandemic arrived in Yemen, funding for UNFPA's life-saving reproductive health services dried up. The agency has been forced to suspend the provision of reproductive healthcare in 140 out of the 180 health facilities, it supports, meaning only 40 now remain.
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Bangladesh COVID-19 deaths soar past 500
wsws.org | 2020-05-30
The death and infection curves are still rising, but the Awami League government is reopening the economy in the interests of big business.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/30/bang…

Catastrophe capitalism and the COVID-19 crisis
John Bellamy Foster | mronline.org | 2020-05-30
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 …
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UK: Official figures inflate COVID-19 testing rate by more than a million
wsws.org | 2020-05-30
The Johnson government is again seeking to cover up criminal inaction that has led to tens of thousands of deaths.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/30/test…

Coronavirus cases surpass six million globally
wsws.org | 2020-05-30
New epicenters in Eastern Europe, South America, the Middle East and the Indian subcontinent are rapidly causing massive public health crises.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/30/covi…

US Justice Department drops insider trading investigation of three senators
wsws.org | 2020-05-30
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.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/30/trad…

My Experience with Hospice, Inc
Linda Ford | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-05-30
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."

Drawing Battlelines: US Openly Targets China's OBOR
Anthony Cartalucci | thealtworld.com | 2020-05-30
Judging by US foreign policy

Trump escalates anti-China campaign
wsws.org | 2020-05-30
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.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/30/trum…

The Accident unambiguously indicts the corporate elite
wsws.org | 2020-05-30
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.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/30/acci…

Soldiers Assault A Palestinian Man, Cause Fractures In His Leg
IMEMC News | imemc.org | 2020-05-30
Israeli soldiers assaulted, Saturday, a Palestinian man near the illegal Annexation Wall as he was returning home in 'Aneen village, west of the northern West Bank city of Jenin, causing various fractures in one of his legs. The Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS) said its medics were called to the …
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Pandemic intensifies social crisis in New Zealand
wsws.org | 2020-05-30
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.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/30/nzpo…

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

The Other Pandemic
H. Patricia Hynes | zcomm.org | 2020-05-30
We haven't Even begun to Flatten the Curve on the Climate Crisis…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/the-other-pandemic…

Trinity Health to terminate psychiatric beds in Massachusetts in midst of pandemic
wsws.org | 2020-05-30
If approved by the state, the closure will eliminate 74 beds for adults, the elderly, and children, along with 202 jobs.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/30/prov…

Workers in Germany report on corona virus infection risk in workplaces
wsws.org | 2020-05-30
Workers highlight the lack of safety measures in public transit and factories.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/30/germ…

Trump's Warped Definition of Free Speech
Adam Serwer | zcomm.org | 2020-05-30
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…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/trumps-warped-defi…

Anti-War Veterans Call On National Guard to Stand Down
Sarah Lazare | zcomm.org | 2020-05-30
"We urge you to have the courage to do the right thing. Refuse activation orders."
zcomm.org/znetarticle/anti-war-veterans-…

Detroit autoworkers report unexplained illness at Jefferson North Assembly as COVID cases mount
wsws.org | 2020-05-30
Several B Crew workers at Fiat Chrysler Jefferson North Assembly in Detroit fell ill from unknown causes during work on Thursday.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/30/auto…

Us or them: Who pays for the pandemic?
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2020-05-30
Economy Graham MatthewsIssue 1278 Australia COVID-19 wages inflation public sector…
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How JobKeeper is being abused
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2020-05-30
Workers & unions Julian StewartIssue 1278 Australia COVID-19 JobKeeperMay 30, 2020While JobKeeper is a valuable lifeline for ensuring job security for some workers, it is also being exploited by some employ…
greenleft.org.au/content/how-jobkeeper-b…

Government advisers warn lockdown lifting too early as crowds flock to beaches
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-05-30
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…
thecanary.co/uk/news/2020/05/30/governme…

Caught in a Madhouse without My Mask
Paul Haeder | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-05-30
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 …
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Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: Health and Human Services plays key role in supporting Americans amid COVID-19 crisis
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org | 2020-05-30
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 …
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org/discussion/ma…

Is the THAAD Missile Crisis in South Korea Escalating?
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2020-05-30
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…
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Health Care Workers Call On Labor Movement To Take Action
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2020-05-30
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…
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Media Smeared Ahmaud Arbery After His Lynching
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2020-05-30
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…
popularresistance.org/media-smeared-ahma…

BAP Calls On United Nations To Address U.S. Human Rights Crisis
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2020-05-30
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-…
popularresistance.org/bap-calls-on-unite…

Justice For George Floyd Requires Power To The People
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2020-05-30
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…
popularresistance.org/justice-for-george…

NOLA Garbage Workers Form Union To Fightback
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2020-05-30
"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,…
popularresistance.org/nola-garbage-worke…

As schools open with 300+ deaths per day, public doesn't trust government to put children first
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-05-30
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…
thecanary.co/uk/news/2020/05/30/as-schoo…

Government's 'mixed messages' cause chaos as people flock to beaches ahead of lockdown easing
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-05-30
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…
thecanary.co/uk/2020/05/30/governments-m…

Why the Lesser-Evil Argument for Biden Sounds Hollow
Andrey Areshev | strategic-culture.org | 2020-05-30
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…
strategic-culture.org/news/2020/05/30/wh…

America Bravely Marches Towards 'Failed State' Status
Sam Pizzigati | commondreams.org | 2020-05-30
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…
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What's NATO Up to These Days? Provoking Russia, Draining Healthcare Budgets and Protecting Its Own From COVID
Andrey Areshev | strategic-culture.org | 2020-05-30
T.J. COLES | 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. | At least 2 percent of n…
strategic-culture.org/news/2020/05/30/wh…

Stephen Jackson Is Right: Justice for George Floyd Requires Power to the People
ahtribune.com | 2020-05-30
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…
ahtribune.com/us/black-america/4195-just…

Lenses on Riots, Murder, and Racism in the US and Hong Kong
ahtribune.com | 2020-05-30
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

Trump Boosts Nuclear Weapons Spending, Fueling a New Arms Race
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-05-30
Spending by the world's nine nuclear nations climbed to nearly $73 billion in 2019, nearly half of it by the United States alone. At the same time, the Trump administration has prioritized nuclear weapons in its defense budget while abandoning nuclear treaties, fumbling negotiations and confounding allies. The administration's lack of coherent goals, strategies or polices have increased nuclear dangers, leaving the U.S. "blundering toward nuclear chaos with potentially disastrous consequences." Those are th…
truthout.org/articles/trump-boosts-nucle…

COVID-Related Fiscal Issues Could Become New Excuse to Privatize Drinking Water
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-05-30
The Philadelphia suburb is trying to sell its drinking water system. "The city's fiscal issues have been greatly exacerbated by the COVID-19 crisis," Mayor Thaddeus Kirkland wrote in an April letter to residents. "It is our hope that the fiscal problems will be of a limited duration, however, as there is a path to financial stability on the horizon." | That "path to financial stability" is to hand ov…
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