Daily Archives: May 1, 2020

2020-05-01: News Headlines

WSWS (2020-05-01). Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa. wsws.org Protests are continuing against attempts to restart operations in the midst of the COVID 19 pandemic without proper safeguards, including French teachers, German doctors and nurses in South Africa and Zimbabwe.

Peoples Dispatch (2020-05-01). In India, lockdown is being used to attack workers' rights. peoplesdispatch.org On the occasion of International Workers' Day, president of the Centre of Indian Trade Unions K. Hemalatha talks about the conditions of Indian workers who are bearing the brunt of the lockdown…

teleSUR (2020-05-01). Police Brutality Marks Workers' Day in Chile. telesurenglish.net On the morning of the International Workers' Day, Chileans attempted to carry out peaceful protests in various public places in their country's main cities. | RELATED: | Although they initially followed COVID-19 physical distancing prevention measures, the military police violently lashed out at citizens in unsuccessful attempts to dissuade them from protesting against President Sebastian Piñera. The pretext for the police atta…

teleSUR (2020-05-01). Germany: Working Class Protests Against Unemployment in May Day. telesurenglish.net On International Workers' Day, Germany's trade unions protested over the collapse of labor rights and the significant increase of unemployment as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. | RELATED: | According to forecasts by Angela Merkel's administration, Germany will experience the worst recession since World War II this year. | Recent unemployment figures have soared despite the economic aid that Germany's authorities have set up to prevent mass layoffs. | In Apr…

(2020-05-01). Workers' Revolutionary and Anti-Imperialist International Manifesto. workers.org Workers World Party has endorsed this international declaration for May Day, initiated by the Party of Liberation of Argentina and others, and endorsed as of April 30 by the parties listed at the end. This May 1, fight together against imperialism. Activists in San Juan, Puerto Rico, hold up wooden . . . |

Telesur (2020-05-01). Cuba Cannot Get Swiss Respirators Due to US Inhuman Blockade. globalresearch.ca Journalist Laura Hunter published an article in the Swiss newspaper Le Courrier denouncing that the companies IMT Medical AG and Acutronic Medical Systems AG were ordered not to sell high-tech respirators to Cuba. | Claiming that they do not wish to …

WSWS (2020-05-01). Quebec workers denounce government's rush to "reopen" the economy amid raging COVID-19 pandemic. wsws.org "We are being sent out to babysit so that business can make profits on the backs of working people," a Montreal teacher told the WSWS.

Peoples Dispatch (2020-05-01). Our health over their profits: France's CGT in the thick of struggle. peoplesdispatch.org Patrick Correa of the CGT Metalworkers' union of France talks to Peoples Dispatch on the impact of COVID-19 on the workers of the country.

Abdul Rahman (2020-05-01). ILO: Nearly half of all world's workers may lose their jobs due to COVID-19 pandemic. peoplesdispatch.org In the absence of strong support measures by governments across the world, the estimated loss of mostly informal jobs would result in rising poverty, starvation and inequality, an ILO report says…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-05-01). We, the food workers, will sustain Zimbabwe. peoplesdispatch.org Edgar Riusere of the United Food and Allied Workers Union of Zimbabwe talks about the COVID-19 situation in the country, the issues faced by workers and the steps the union is taking to organize at a time of distancing…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-05-01). South Africa's largest dairy company forced to shutdown plant after workers test positive for COVID-19. peoplesdispatch.org After five workers tested positive for COVID-19 at Clover Industries' Bloemfontein plant, members of the General Industries Workers Union of South Africa (GIWUSA) forced the unit to close down production and called for nationalization…

teleSUR (2020-05-01). US: Workers Must Risk Infection or Lose Unemployment Payments. telesurenglish.net Some, among the millions of American workers laid off because of the COVID-19, are beginning to face a tough choice — return to work and risk infection, or stay home and risk losing unemployment payments, The Associated Press reported Thursday. | RELATED: | The decision is most pressing in states where governors have started allowing businesses such as restaurants to reopen with social-distancing r…

WSWS (2020-05-01). Tamil Nadu auto workers denounce Indian government responses to COVID-19. wsws.org Millions of workers, particularly those in the so-called informal sector, have been left without any income to purchase food and other basic items.

Peoples Dispatch (2020-05-01). Greek workers protest government's anti-labor policies on pretext of fighting COVID-19. peoplesdispatch.org Workers under the leadership of the All Workers Militant Front (PAME) in Greece observed the National Day of Action on April 28. PAME has demanded the abolition of the anti-worker measures introduced through bills citing the COVID-19 crisis…

Martha Grevatt (2020-05-01). Columbus car protest demands prisoner release. workers.org Columbus, Ohio Over 100 cars, driven by people from all over Ohio, circled the state's Department of Rehabilitation and Correction in Columbus, the capital, on April 24. From there, the car caravan went to the Statehouse to protest the dangerous conditions in state prisons. Marion and Pickaway correctional institutions have . . . |

Taegan Stross (2020-05-01). Austin: 'Justice 4 Mike Ramos!'. workers.org Austin, Texas The Austin Police Department carried out an extrajudicial killing of 42-year-old Michael Brent Ramos, known as "Mike," on April 24. Local media reported that the APD was responding to a call about two people, allegedly in possession of a gun, doing drugs in a parked car. Banner drops . . . |

(2020-05-01). Holding true to the abolitionist framework. workers.org Here is a slightly edited transcript of Amber-Rose Howard's talk during the April 9 Workers World Party webinar. Howard is the executive director of CURB, Californians United for a Responsible Budget. Experiencing a felony conviction as a young adult propelled Howard into a lifetime commitment of organizing against the prison-industrial . . . |

Calvin Deutschbein (2020-05-01). Car caravan in North Carolina demands aid for people, not companies. workers.org Durham, N.C. Following decades of genocidal governmental policies exposed by the coronavirus crisis, North Carolinians had enough! A coalition of hundreds of community groups called "NC United for Survival & Beyond" organized a 30-car caravan on April 24 — a protest that allowed activists to safely distance from one another. . . . |

Sue Davis (2020-05-01). Abortion access threatened during pandemic. workers.org "These anti-choice governors have created a health crisis within a health crisis," Julie Burkhart told the April 16 Los Angeles Times. She is the founder and CEO of Trust Women, which runs nonprofit health care clinics in Wichita, Kan., and Oklahoma City, Okla. In Texas, the Trust. Respect. Access. coalition . . . |

Staff (2020-05-01). COVID-19 Underscores Why We Need to Make May Day Radical Again. truthout.org Millions of Americans have lost their jobs and health care in the midst of the pandemic lockdown and people are, reasonably, looking for someone or something to blame for their hardship. Meanwhile, right-wing media, Republican politicians and their

Staff (2020-05-01). Target, Amazon, Instacart Workers Demand Safe Conditions and Pandemic Relief. truthout.org This May Day, an unprecedented coalition of essential workers from Amazon, Instacart, Whole Foods, Walmart, Target and FedEx are calling out sick or walking out during their lunch break to demand better health and safety conditions, along with hazard pay. Others are joining them for May Day actions that include rent strikes, car caravan protests and online organizing calling for a "People's Bailout" and economic recovery plan that prioritizes workers. We speak with Kali Akuno, co-founder and co-di…

RT (2020-05-01). WATCH protesters light flares, gather for Walpurgis Night in Berlin despite ban on mass rallies during Covid-19 lockdown. rt.com Police have broken up a Walpurgis Night demonstration in Berlin, where protesters had gathered in violation of the quarantine measures imposed amid the Covid-19 pandemic. More unauthorized rallies are expected on May Day. | A few dozen black-clad masked left-wing activists had gathered in the German capital's Friedrichshain District on Thursday evening, despite the ban on large public assemblies. They waved burning flares while standing on two balconies of a house, set up loudspeakers and hung banners from windows. | Police arrived at the scene and ordered the protesters to clear the area. No major clashes wer…

Regeneration-Pájaro Valley Climate Action (2020-05-01). Watsonville: International Workers' Day Action. indybay.org Watsonville Plaza | 350 Main St, Watsonville…

Pacifica COVID-19 Taskforce (2020-05-01). 24 hour May Day programing on mayday.pacifica.org. indybay.org Pacifica COVID-19 Taskforce is hosting May Day with programing from throughout the world. Live streaming from South Africa, Korea, Turkey, Mexico, Brazil, Chile and other countries.

People's Bailout coalition (2020-05-01). #PeoplesBailout May Day Actions & Livestream for COVID-19 Health & Economic Justice. indybay.org Online and actions across USA…

Graton Day Labor Center and others (2020-05-01). Sacramento: May Day Car Caravan for Immigrant & Worker Rights. indybay.org Car Caravan: Southside Park, Sacramento…

Peadar O'Cearnaigh (2020-05-01). As Amazon announces sales surge, its staff protest against poor safety conditions on International Workers' Day. thecanary.co The first quarter of 2020 saw a According to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index daily ranking on 1 May, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos is the world's

WSWS (2020-05-01). Democrats, unions set trap for workers with phony May Day Amazon strike. wsws.org The WSWS and International Amazon Workers Voice spoke to dozens of Amazon and logistics workers, none of whom had heard of or had any say in planning this protest.

Staff (2020-05-01). May Day People's Strike! Target, Amazon, Instacart Workers Demand Safe Conditions & Pandemic Relief. democracynow.org This May Day, an unprecedented coalition of essential workers from Amazon, Instacart, Whole Foods, Walmart, Target and FedEx are calling out sick or walking out during their lunch break to demand better health and safety conditions, along with hazard pay. Others are joining them for May Day actions that include rent strikes, car caravan protests and online organizing calling for a "People's Bailout" and economic recovery plan that prioritizes workers. We speak with Kali Akuno, co-founder and co-director of Cooperation Jackson, which issued a call for a people's strike starting May 1. "The corporations and the gov…

Massoud Nayeri (2020-05-01). International May Day 2020. Workers of the World Unite! globalresearch.ca In order to survive the plague of global capitalism and prosper, working people must join hands nationally and internationally. | As the indisputable producers, they must become the new owners of the means of production. | There is no other solution. ….

Adriaan Alsema (2020-05-01). Colombia vows to pay health workers' back payment 6 weeks into state of emergency. colombiareports.com Colombia's health minister said Thursday he will pay health workers' back payments amid confusion over where the $1.5 billion promised by President Ivan Duque six weeks ago went. In Duque's…

Aaron Maté (2020-05-01). Chomsky: COVID-19 strikes, solidarity can help defeat Trump and the neoliberal assault. thegrayzone.com Noam Chomsky on COVID-19 workers' strikes; Trump's attacks on China and the WHO; "lesser evil" voting; bipartisan war-mongering/sanctions; & what…

WSWS (2020-05-01). Millions spent by Trump to "salute" health care workers with military flyovers. wsws.org Vast sums of money are being spent to fly military aircraft over America's hospitals while health care workers still lack adequate protection from the coronavirus.

WSWS (2020-05-01). Russian workers protest animal-like conditions at oil field as prime minister hospitalized with COVID-19. wsws.org Hundreds demonstrated against Gazprom at a Siberian oil field, demanding safe working conditions and proper care for sick workers…

sputniknews (2020-05-01). #LabourDay Gift: India Begins Repatriation of Thousands of Stranded Workers Amid Lockdown. sputniknews.com New Delhi (Sputnik): India is currently under its second phase of nationwide lockdown, which was imposed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and was later extended until 3 May. The lockdown has brought the country to a standstill, with borders shut and only essential services allowed to function.

Peoples Dispatch (2020-05-01). It's going to be Amazon vs the People: Chris Smalls. peoplesdispatch.org Chris Smalls was fired from his job at Amazon's Staten Island facility in the US shortly after he raised issues regarding the lack of safety measures for workers during the COVID-19 pandemic…

WSWS (2020-05-01). Sixty-eight Amazon workers fall ill with COVID-19 at Winsen, Germany warehouse. wsws.org While Amazon has profited massively from the coronavirus pandemic, hundreds of its workers throughout the world have become infected with COVID-19.

Staff (2020-05-01). Stir Crazy! Episode #26: The Workers Strike Back! therealnews.com On today's show Vanessa Bain of the Gig Workers Collective, former Amazon employee Chris Smalls, and Danny Spitzberg of the Tech Workers Collective. Hosted by Kim Brown.

yenisafak (2020-05-01). COVID-19: Turkey to send medical supplies to Somalia. yenisafak.com Turkey will send medical supplies to Somalia to help the country combat the novel coronavirus outbreak, the presidential spokesman said on Friday."Today, by instructions of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, a cargo load of medical supplies, masks, overalls, test kits and other equipment is going to Somalia to help them against COVID-19," Ibrahim Kalin said on Twitter."Turkey stands together with Somalia and Africa against all calamities," Kalin added.Recalling Erdogan's first visit to Somalia in 2011 when "tens of thousands of people had died because of the famine," Kalin said: "The visit drew the world's attentio…

RT (2020-05-01). 'Attention-seeking' Madonna announces she's going to 'breathe in the Covid-19 air' after testing positive for virus antibodies. rt.com Madonna has cryptically revealed that she tested positive for coronavirus antibodies and now plans to "breathe in the Covid-19 air" in what appears to be the latest celebrity attempt to claw back some relevance during lockdown. | The 61-year-old singer "Took a test the other day, and I found out that I have the antibodies, so tomorrow, I'm just going to go for a long drive in the car and I'm going to roll down the win…

David Wenner (2020-05-01). The $20 Billion US Hospital Network UPMC Says COVID Not as Deadly as Feared, Will Shift Back to Normal. anti-empire.com A UPMC doctor on Thursday made a case the death rate for people infected with the new coronavirus may be as low as 0.25% — far lower than the mortality rates of 2-4% or even higher cited in the early days of the pandemic. | Dr. Donald Yealy based it partly on studies of levels of coronavirus antibodies detected in people in New York and California, and partly on COVID-19 deaths in the Pittsburgh region. The studies found that 5-20% of people had been exposed to the coronavirus, with many noticing only mild illness or none at all, he said. | "We've learned that way more people, far, far more people have a…

sputniknews (2020-05-01). 'Breathe in the COVID-19 Air': Madonna Tests Positive for Coronavirus Antibodies. sputniknews.com People around the world are suffering due to the virus and even those who are self-quarantining in the safety of their own homes are under constant stress. And this includes celebrities, who might have vast houses, but are still trapped inside, waiting for the disease to pass.

Anthony Cartalucci (2020-05-01). Criminal Big-Pharma Put in Charge of Covid-19 "Vaccine" thealtworld.com Big-Pharma — guilty of lying, cheating, stealing, bribery, and a history of exposing the public to dangerous and even deadly drugs — is being given billions to develop a Covid-19 "vaccine." Would you trust your health to these criminals? | Coronavirus Disease 2019 or

Tony Cartalucci (2020-05-01). Big-Pharma Put in Charge of COVID-19 "Vaccine" globalresearch.ca Big-Pharma is being given billions to develop a Covid-19 "vaccine." Would you trust your health to these profit driven criminals? | Coronavirus Disease 2019 or "Covid-19‚Ä≥ hysteria is sweeping the globe — with mass media-induced public panic paralyzing entire nations, gutting …

Jonathan Cook (2020-05-01). Welcome to the Era of the Great Disillusionment. counterpunch.org This is a column I have been mulling over for a while but, for reasons that should be immediately obvious, I have been hesitant to write. It is about 5G, vaccines, 9/11, aliens and lizard overlords. Or rather, it isn't. Let me preface my argument by making clear I do not intend to express any

imperial.ac.uk (2020-05-01). Millions in philanthropic gifts to accelerate coronavirus vaccine. imperial.ac.uk More than £4 million of donations to Imperial's COVID-19 Response Fund is providing crucial support in the race for a vaccine against coronavirus.

Marcia Brown (2020-05-01). A County Jail Battles COVID-19 and the Opioid Crisis—At the Same Time. progressive.org The pandemic and an increase in immigration detainees create a double whammy for the rural Ohio jail.

Sasha Abramsky (2020-05-01). Trump and GOP to Nation: Go Bankrupt, Drop Dead. thenation.com Trump and GOP to Nation: Go Bankrupt, Drop Dead…

Staff (2020-05-01). If a Budding Socialist Movement Can Defeat Amazon, Imagine What Else It Can Do. truthout.org For socialists, New York has been the site of the most important electoral campaign win yet: Ocasio-Cortez's insurgent run for the House in 2018. Her victory led to an explosion of membership in DSA nationally, the biggest jump in membership after the Sanders campaign and Donald Trump's victory. It also led to a sea change in American politics, putting critical issues like a Green New Deal on the public agenda. Less examined, however, is how Ocasio-Cortez's win was part of a massive shift in…

Xinhua (2020-05-01). US Deportations Add Extra Risk to Global Public Health. telesurenglish.net In the name of protecting U.S. citizens against COVID-19, Washington has recently stepped up the deportation of illegal immigrants from Mexico and Central American nations. | RELATED: | The U.S. authorities seem to have paid no regard that such moves at the time of a ravaging pandemic may overwhelm the often vulnerable public health systems in the recipient countries and thus pose a grave danger to the global an…

WSWS (2020-05-01). US citizens married to undocumented immigrants denied stimulus checks. wsws.org A provision in the CARES Act prohibits stimulus checks from being sent to couples if one of them has used an individual tax ID number in jointly-filed returns.

Norman Solomon (2020-05-01). Joe Biden Needs an Intervention: An Open Letter to DNC Chair Tom Perez. indybay.org "It takes two wings to fly."

Staff (2020-05-01). Caravan for Life: Protesters in Puerto Rico Demand More Tests & Resources to Combat the Coronavirus. democracynow.org On Thursday in Puerto Rico, activists in dozens of cars held a "Caravan Por La Vida," or "Caravan for Life," through San Juan to demand the government provide more COVID-19 tests and sufficient resources for people to stay at home during the pandemic. At least 92 people have died from COVID-19 in Puerto Rico, and last week the island was reporting a testing rate lower than any U.S. state, at an abysmal average of 15 tests a day for every 100,000 people. No one in Puerto Rico has received $1,200 checks from the government, according to San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz. Police stopped the caravan and said their sou…

Mike Alewitz (2020-05-01). Sanitizing the Kent State Massacre. counterpunch.org May 4, 2020 will mark the 50th anniversary of the massacre at Kent State University (KSU). We were peacefully protesting the US invasion of Cambodia when the Ohio National Guard launched a teargas attack and then opened fire at us. 67 shots in 13 seconds left our campus strewn with dead and wounded. Four dead

Mike Alewitz (2020-05-01). Bright and Shining Things. counterpunch.org May 4, 2020 will mark the 50th anniversary of the massacre at Kent State University (KSU). We were peacefully protesting the US invasion of Cambodia when the Ohio National Guard launched a teargas attacked and then opened fire at us. 67 shots in 13 seconds left our campus strewn with dead and wounded. Four dead

Jà∂rg Guido Hàºlsmann (2020-05-01). A Protest From France. The Great Danger of Ill-Conceived Lockdowns. globalresearch.ca After WWI, the distinguished British economist Edwin Cannan was asked, somewhat reproachfully, what he did during the terrible war years. He replied: "I protested." The present article is a similar protest against the current lockdown policies put into place in …

Peoples Dispatch (2020-05-01). Protests over lack of government aid during lockdown intensify in Panama. peoplesdispatch.org Residents of various parts of the country have denounced that they don't have money to buy food and haven't received any aid from the government…

teleSUR (2020-05-01). Colombia: Protests Over Lack of Food Aid Persist. telesurenglish.net Colombian protests continue due to a lack of food aid and financial help. Bogota citizens demonstrated and blocked roads despite COVID-19 preventive measures. | RELATED: | As local news media reported, Barrio Quindío inhabitants gathered at the San Cristobal locality. Crowds surpassed 20 people. Protesters stated their will not to use violent demonstrations and requested Bogota's mayor presence. | Claudia Lopez, Bogo…

Patrick Bond (2020-05-01). Should South Africa Follow the Law of the Jungle … or the Doctrine of Odious Debt? counterpunch.org South Africa's fierce debates over the costs and benefits of a proposed International Monetary Fund (IMF) bail out of $4.2 billion unveil the country's massive weaknesses and potential strengths, at a time food protests have moved from the slums of Cape Town to the Johannesburg Central Business District. Unemployment already at 40% before the Covid-19

Staff (2020-05-01). Armed Gunmen Enter Michigan Capitol Demanding End to COVID-19 Lockdown. truthout.org The right-wing movement against public health measures designed to stave off the coronavirus pandemic escalated on Thursday as armed gunmen were among those who stormed the Michigan state house and tried to enter the legislative chamber. | The protesters

RT (2020-05-01). CROWDS of Californians protest governor's order to close BEACHES over coronavirus fears (VIDEOS). rt.com Residents in Orange County, California turned out by the hundreds to protest Governor Gavin Newsom's order to close all beaches, in the latest outburst of frustration with Covid-19 lockdowns now entering week seven. | Newsom ordered a "hard close" of state and local beaches on Thursday, arguing that people from outside the area were coming to congregate there and posing a risk to public health. Huntington Beach, located south of Los Angeles and known as "Surf City," said it would resist. | Before the city fathers could sue, however, local residents gathered on the beach to confront mounted and heavily armed po…

RT (2020-05-01). Macron warns life 'won't be back to normal' as Covid-19 forces French to find new way of 'social distance' protest. rt.com France's president has said that the national recovery would need to be 'organized,' in a speech at the Elysee Palace as the country celebrated a subdued Labor Day, while movement in the country remains tightly restricted. | Emmanuel Macron said that the end of the nationwide lockdown in 10 days would just be a tentative first step on the road to recovery from the Covid-19 crisis. | The president said life "wouldn't be back to normal" and there will be "several phases" in lifting the restrictions, with May 11 just being "one of them." He added that a "recovery [period] has to be organized"; his comments follow…

RT (2020-05-01). 'These are very good people': Trump urges Michigan governor to 'make a deal' with capitol protesters. rt.com US President Donald Trump has instructed Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer to "make a deal" with the protesters who have been demonstrating against her decision to prolong the state's coronavirus lockdown measures. | While the atmosphere has been fraught in Michigan's state capitol, President Trump suggested that the matter could be resolved quite easily in a tweet on Friday. | "The Governor of Michigan should give a little, and put out the fire. These are very good people, but they are angry," he said. "They want their lives back again, safely! See them, talk to them, make a deal." | The Governor of Michigan…

MoveOn (2020-05-01). MoveOn Protest: Twitter Rally to Demand #RealReliefNow during COVID-19. indybay.org Protest online via Twitter…

sputniknews (2020-05-01). Protesters Stage Public Action Against COVID-19 Measures in Berlin – Video. sputniknews.com Germany was forced to introduce lockdown measures on 17 March to battle the spread of the coronavirus in the country. However, in recent days the nation moved to relax certain restrictions reopening playgrounds, churches, and cultural institutions.

sputniknews (2020-05-01). Turkey Delays S-400 Deployment Due to Coronavirus Pandemic. sputniknews.com The country was planning to make the newly acquired air defence systems operational in April despite numerous protests from the US, which had been pressuring Ankara to ditch the systems for good.

Staff (2020-05-01). Headlines for May 1, 2020. democracynow.org Trump Touts "Very, Very Strong" U.S. Coronavirus Death Totals as States Begin Reopening | , Trump Claims Pandemic Began in Chinese Laboratory, Offers No Evidence | , Trump Blames Obama for Shortage of Tests for Virus That Emerged in 2019, Maryland National Guard Defends Coronavirus Tests from Feds in "Undisclosed Location", Texas Won't Name Nursing Homes with COVID-19 Cases; California Closes Beaches in OC, Michael Bloomberg to Lead New York Contact Tracing Program as NYC Subway Ends 24/7 Service | , Medical Professionals Stage Die-in Outside SF Mayor's Home Demanding Hotels for the Unhoused, Armed Protesters Sto…

Zero Hedge (2020-05-01). Pompeo Demands Countries Block Airspace to Iran's 'Terrorist Airline' After Venezuela Deliveries. globalresearch.ca The US is going on the offensive once again against Venezuela, this time attempting to break up growing Iranian cooperation and assistance to Caracas. The two so-called 'rogue states' recently targeted for US-imposed regime change are helping each other fight …

Priti Gulati Cox — Stan Cox (2020-05-01). The Recent History of GDP Growth, CO2 Emissions, and Climate Policy Paralysis, All in One Table-Runner. counterpunch.org Note: I began designing this table-runner just before the COVID-19 pandemic blew up in the United States. In the time I have been embroidering it, rates of death and misery have soared while wealth generation and carbon emissions (the two subjects of this work) have ended their decades-long rise and have plummeted. A deadly virus

Eds. (2020-05-01). No Going Back—The COVID-19 pandemic theses. mronline.org We live in the age of the pandemic. We live in an age of environmental destruction and climate change. None of these are natural disasters—they all result from the way society and production is currently organised.

Bruce E. Levine (2020-05-01). If Trump is a Pathological Liar, What Type of Liar is Biden? counterpunch.org Bernie Sanders has routinely called Trump a "pathological liar." The term pathological liar, a controversial one for psychiatrists, in common usage coveys someone who is an extraordinarily unrestrained liar. And so, Bernie knows that it is in no way radical to use this term to describe the unrelentingly self-serving Trump who unhesitatingly lies if he

Eva Bartlett (2020-05-01). Syria is not under lockdown, is not the dystopian society of war propagandists. thealtworld.com After seeing a Basically, the piece claims people are cowering in fear and under lockdown here (we/they are not, there's a partial curfew, people still on the street, in mark…

Eve Ottenberg (2020-05-01). The Small Business Loan Racket. counterpunch.org A scandal blew up over the small business loan fund recently. The first, $350 billion Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) was created to help small business — walloped by Covid-19 lockdowns — keep paying employees. But the banks were in charge of disbursing these loans. And it turned out these banks doled out $365 million in forgivable loans to big, publicly traded chains like Potbelly Sandwich Shop, Shake Shack and Quantum Corp.

Ahmed Abdulkareem (2020-05-01). First Official Cases of Coronavirus and Deadly Flooding Mark Ramadan in Yemen. mintpressnews.com Health officials tell MintPress that flooding has impeded coronavirus prevention measures in a country already devastated from five years of Saudi bombing that has left 70 percent of its health facilities destroyed.

Mnar Muhawesh (2020-05-01). Podcast: Dan Kovalik on How Sanctions and Humanitarian Interventions are Used to Plunder Nations. mintpressnews.com Dan Kovalik discusses the history of Washington's policy of sanctions and humanitarian intervention, a policy that provides the framework for the mass pillaging of foreign nations on behalf of the U.S. establishment.

Marc Norton (2020-05-01). The Tenderloin Containment Zone: A Photo Essay. counterpunch.org San Francisco — Sunday morning, April 26, 2020. San Francisco is openly violating its own Department of Public Health guidelines during the COVID-19 pandemic, turning the sidewalks of the Tenderloin into a containment zone for the homeless — in a 20,000 person neighborhood right next to City Hall, while keeping large public spaces like Civic

Alan MacLeod (2020-05-01). Groundhog Day: Juan Guaidó Is Trying to Overthrow the Venezuelan Government Again. thealtworld.com One year since his audacious coup attempt failed spectacularly, Guaidó is once again trying to overthrow the government of Nicolas Maduro. | MPN— Exactly one year since his audacious coup attempt failed spectacularly, self-declared Venezuelan president Juan Guaidó is once again trying to overthrow the government of Nicolas Maduro. "Today I speak to the patriotic soldiers of our Armed Forces who rebelled against hunger and destruction and sided with the constitution," he

Martha Rosenberg (2020-05-01). Meat/Mental Health Story Latest in Fake Nutritional Science. counterpunch.org "Meat Improves Mental Health" mainstream media blasted out this week, without mentioning the "study," published in Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition, was funded by an "unrestricted research grant from the Beef Checkoff, through the National Cattlemen's Beef Association." Such fake science from the meat industry is becoming more common as people drop meat. Whereas only

Andrew Levine (2020-05-01). How To Make the Best of the Mess Our Ruling Class Has Made. counterpunch.org It seems like eons ago, though, according to the calendar, it has been barely more than two months, since social distancing, compulsive hand washing, and other manifestations of acute germaphobia stopped being colorful eccentricities or, in extreme cases, signs of mental illness, rather than unavoidable underpinnings of daily life; and since, on the political scene,

David Rosen (2020-05-01). Coronavirus and the Increase in Domestic Violence. counterpunch.org Americans are paying dearly as they suffer through the coronavirus epidemic. The costs of inadequate testing, poor medical care and even death in isolation are only compounded by the nation's staggering economy, mounting unemployment rate and uncertainty of recovery. Making matters worse, there has been an increase in domestic violence. "My husband won't let me

Charlotte Dennett (2020-05-01). So We're All in This Together…Really? What About Big Oil? counterpunch.org What are we make of the fact that the price of oil tanked to below zero per barrel on April 22, the greatest drop in history? The price has gone up slightly since then, hovering around $16 a barrel on April 25th, but it is still severely depressed. Who will suffer from this? And perhaps more importantly, who will gain?

Pam Martens, Russ Martens (2020-05-01). This Chart Shows How the Fed Manipulated Junk Bonds to Help the Dow. counterpunch.org Thus far, the highly controversial corporate bond buying programs that the Federal Reserve first announced on March 23 have yet to spend a dime according to a spokesperson for the New York Fed, the regional Fed bank that is overseeing almost all of Wall Street's emergency bailout programs today as well as during the financial

Peter Linebaugh — David Roediger (2020-05-01). 'The Merry Month of May:' a Summons to Grasp the Spirit of the Time. counterpunch.org Death by plague is personified in this quote: "Men, women, & children dropt downe before him: houses were rifled, streetes ransack, beautifull maidens throwne on their beds and ravisht by sickness: rich mens cofers broken open, and shared amongst prodigall heirs and unthrifty servants: poore men used poorely, but not pittifully; he did much hurt, yet some say he did very much good."

Jim Naureckas (2020-05-01). It's Crucial to Distinguish Between Can't and Won't—With a Million Lives at Stake. fair.org CNN ( In a story predicting two more years for the coronavirus pandemic, CNN (

Joshua Cho (2020-05-01). Corporate Looting as 'Rescue Plan,' Robber Barons as 'Saviors'. fair.org Framing a massive corporate bailout as a "rescue package" (NPR, For a perfect illustration of how corporate media function as ruling class propaganda, watch how they spin a titanic upward redistribution of wealth as a "rescue plan" for the US economy, and paint a robber baron like US Treasury Secretary

CounterSpin (2020-05-01). Jim Naureckas on Coronavirus False Choices, Peter Maybarduk on Pharmaceutical Price-Gouging. fair.org Media…

Party for Socialism and Liberation (2020-05-01). PSL condemns terrorist attack on Cuban Embassy. liberationnews.org Cuba is not alone. The world stands with Cuba.

Party for Socialism and Liberation (2020-05-01). PSL denuncia ataque terrorista a Embajada Cubana. liberationnews.org Cuba no está sola. El mundo está con Cuba.

Staff (2020-05-01). American Police Have Stashed Away Billions-And You Are Paying The Bill. therealnews.com The first part of our investigation into the hidden costs of policing reveals the exorbitant amount of money funneled to police through police pension funds; a PAR conversation with guest Otto the Watchdog…

RT (2020-05-01). Ireland extends coronavirus lockdown to May 18 as PM gives first details for easing restrictions. rt.com The Irish government on Friday announced a further extension to the country's lockdown measures, with Prime Minister Leo Varadkar saying they would remain in place until May 18; then first steps to ease restrictions will be made. | Varadkar said the Irish economy would reopen in five stages, with each successive easing dependent on the level of coronavirus infections being kept under control. The current travel limit for personal exercise will be extended from two to five kilometers from Tuesday, while people aged over 70 — who have been advised since late March by government health officials to 'cocoon'

RT (2020-05-01). Remdesivir approved for emergency use for Covid-19 treatment in US despite lackluster clinical trials. rt.com The antiviral drug remdesivir has been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration for emergency use for Covid-19 treatment, despite mixed clinical results and lingering scientific questions. | Remdesivir, made exclusively by Gilead, received FDA approval for emergency use on Friday after appearing to show clinical benefit in a single trial conducted by the National Institute for Allergy and Infections Disease (NIAID). Gilead has pledged to donate 1.5 million doses of the drug, and the stockpile currently on hand will be distributed to hospitals starting on Monday, according to Vice President Mike Pence.

RT (2020-05-01). Russia reports almost 8,000 new Covid-19 cases in a record daily rise. rt.com Russian health officials have recorded 7,933 new Covid-19 cases since Thursday, according to the daily update. It brings the total number of coronavirus infections in the country to 114,431. | Moscow remains the biggest hotbed for the outbreak, with roughly half of the identified cases localized in the capital. The death toll in Russia stands at 13,220, after 96 more people succumbed to the disease. | On Thursday, Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin tested positive for coronavirus. He

RT (2020-05-01). Enormous Arctic ozone layer hole now CLOSED but it's nothing to do with Covid-19 — UN. rt.com An gigantic hole that opened up in the ozone layer above the Arctic in March has now closed up again but UN scientists were keen to point out that it has nothing to do with the Covid-19 pandemic. | Ozone depletion hit a "record level" in March, with experts saying that the hole covered an area about three times the size of Greenland. However, just as suddenly as it formed, the gash has now healed. | Boffins from the UN's World Meteorological Organization said on Friday that the springtime phenomenon was driven by ozone-depleting substances still in the atmosphere, and by a very cold winter in the stratosphere.

RT (2020-05-01). ANOTHER Russian minister diagnosed with Covid-19, after PM ends up in hospital. rt.com Russia's Minister of Construction and Housing, as well as his deputy, have been hospitalized with coronavirus. This comes a day after PM Mikhail Mishustin informed the president he was being admitted to hospital due to Covid-19. | The ministry's press service broke the news on Vladimir Yakushev's test late on Friday. While he and his deputy, Dmitry Volkov, have been hospitalized, another of Yakushev's deputies, Nikita Stasishin, has stepped up as acting minister. | "I'll be treated at one of the city's clinics, in the care of medics. I'll be keeping in close touch," the minister said. | Yakushev is the second…

RT (2020-05-01). Mayor of Nice calls for Covid-19 'health passports' to enter or leave France. rt.com The mayor of Nice has urged French PM Edouard Philippe to introduce new travel controls during the Covid-19 pandemic through "health passports" in the parts of France which border other countries. | Christian Estrosi posted the details of his letter on

RT (2020-05-01). Alex Jones threatens to EAT GLOBALISTS (and neighbors) to keep children from starving amid Covid-19 pandemic. rt.com Infowars founder Alex Jones is trending on social media and making waves with critics, including his ex-wife, thanks to a video rant where he says he's ready to cannibalize his neighbors to survive the Covid-19 pandemic. | "I'll admit it. I will eat my neighbors. I'm not letting my kids die. I'm just going to be honest," Jones said during a live broadcast of his show this week. | Jones continued to rant about having a "few years" worth of food stored up, but he doubled down on the promise to "eat" his neighbors should it come to that. | "I'm literally looking at my neighbors now, going, 'Am I ready to hang the…

RT (2020-05-01). Poorest in England MORE THAN TWICE as likely to die from Covid-19 as richest, new stats reveal. rt.com New UK figures show that the deadly coronavirus does indeed discriminate in unequal societies, and badly, revealing that Covid-19 deaths in the most deprived areas of England are over double the amount in the least deprived areas. | Data

RT (2020-05-01). WHO's not invited? World Health Organization seeks permission to participate in China's investigation into Covid-19 origins. rt.com The World Health Organization (WHO) has said that Beijing is investigating the origins of the novel coronavirus that first appeared in Wuhan, but the agency has so far been prevented from participating in the probe. | It has now said that it wants an invitation to take part in China's investigation into the outbreak of Covid-19. Tarik Jasarevic, a spokesman for the WHO,

RT (2020-05-01). Bezos ordered to testify in Congress, as Amazon accused of 'possibly criminally false' statements on business practices. rt.com Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has been ordered to testify before Congress by the House Judiciary Committee, which has accused the corporation of lying about its private labeling practices to cover up possible antitrust violations. | In a

RT (2020-05-01). Wall Street tumbles as US threatens China with tariffs. rt.com US stocks are facing a second straight day of losses, after President Donald Trump threatened to unleash a new barrage of retaliatory tariffs on China over the coronavirus crisis. | The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell over 400 points while both the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq Composite lost around two percent.Thus all three indexes extended Thursday losses that came on Most European and Asian markets were closed for holidays on Friday. The London Stock Exchange was one of the few working, wi…

RT (2020-05-01). Stocks and Chinese yuan cave in on Trump's China tariff threat. rt.com US President Donald Trump's renewed attack on Beijing over the coronavirus crisis has sunk the Chinese national currency, the yuan, to a one month-low, while global markets also dipped lower. | The yuan fell by 0.7 percent in morning trading on Friday, before crawling back up to 7.0632, but was still down versus the dollar. | Bourses in Hong Kong and Shanghai, as well as some other markets is Asia, were closed for a holiday on Friday. The Japanese market was one of the few that was open, with its benchmark Nikkei index finishing the trading day nearly three percent lower. Meanwhile, Australian shares faced the…

RT (2020-05-01). US-led coalition 'restricts' its 'last remaining' metrics on Taliban attacks in Afghanistan — watchdog. rt.com The US-led NATO coalition in Afghanistan in now withholding the data used publicly as a means to assess the security situation on the ground, a US government watchdog has warned. | The change in the way NATO forces report developments on the ground was revealed in a new The NATO Resolute Support (RS) mission has "restricted from public release data on the number of enemy-initiated attacks (EIA)" this qu…

RT (2020-05-01). What's in the archives? Panicked Biden tries to dodge search for sexual assault claims proof in bizarre Morning Joe interview. rt.com Democratic presidential frontrunner Joe Biden came off panicked in an interview that was supposed to put the Tara Reade sexual assault allegations to rest, raising questions about what incriminating evidence is in his archives. | An increasingly nervous Biden appeared to unravel before viewers' eyes in an interview with Mika Brzezinski on Morning Joe on Friday. The former vice president became noticeably agitated as the host pushed him to allow a search for former Senate staffer Tara Reade's name in his personal archives at the University of Delaware, records the university recently ordered re-sealed until two…

RT (2020-05-01). Global smartphone market suffers largest annual decline in history due to coronavirus pandemic. rt.com The coronavirus has hit the global smartphone market hard, sinking worldwide shipments by up to 13 percent in the first quarter of 2020, new data from analyst firms shows. | While the International Data Corporation (IDC) says that the smartphones shipments tumbled 11.7 percent, analysts from Counterpoint Research and Canalys indicate that they fell even worse – by 13 percent. Whichever numbers are more accurate, this means that the global smartphone market declined the fastest ever. | Companies shipped fewer than 300 million smartphones in the first three months of 2020, with the IDC quarterly mobile tracker s…

RT (2020-05-01). Will OPEC+ production cuts agreement save the troubled oil market? rt.com The historic oil deal meant to help crude prices rebound amid the coronavirus crisis has come into force. Starting today, global oil production is set to be slashed by nearly 10 million barrels per day. | On April 12, the group known as OPEC+, which includes 13 members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and 10 other major oil-producing states led by Russia,

RT (2020-05-01). 'Never happened': Joe Biden rejects sexual assault allegation by former staffer in first public comment on accusation. rt.com US Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden has finally spoken about the allegation of sexual misconduct by his former staffer Tara Reade, saying in his first statement on the issue that the alleged incident "never happened." | "I want to address allegations by a former staffer that I engaged in misconduct 27 years ago," Biden wrote. "They aren't true. This never happened." | Public and media pressure had been mounting on Biden to address the allegations directly, given that only his campaign had commented on Reade's claims until now. | Biden said that while the details of the allegations of harassment and se…

RT (2020-05-01). Forget #BelieveWomen, 'I Believe Biden' is trending! Democrats rush to defend sex assault denial — but they won't like the results. rt.com Joe Biden on Friday finally addressed a sexual assault allegation leveled against him by former staffer Tara Reade, prompting '#IbelieveBiden' to trend on Twitter. But the messages were far from an endorsement of the Democrat. | "I'm saying unequivocally: it never, never happened," the presidential hopeful said of the allegations, during a The performance was enough to get Democr…

RT (2020-05-01). 'Illegitimate presence': Iran says Persian Gulf confrontation was sparked by US Navy encroaching on planned drills. rt.com A US-Iran confrontation in the Persian Gulf earlier this month kicked off due to the US Navy's unauthorised presence during Iran's planned military drills, a senior Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) official has said. | IRGC naval commander Alireza Tangsiri told local media that the US forces were an "illegitimate presence" at the planned military maneuvers, "so they were ordered to leave." | Also on rt.com | | Responding to US accusations that the IRGC f…

RT (2020-05-01). Heads up! More than 16,000kg of EXTRATERRESTRIAL MATERIAL blasts Earth every year, study reveals. rt.com Groundbreaking fresh research has revealed that Earth is under constant assault from the heavens with 16,000kg of space material raining down on our planet every year. | A team of UK scientists went to Antarctica to hunt for meteorites in order to work out how often Earth is battered by space projectiles. It turns out that it happens all the time, as their calculations revealed that more than 16,000kg of meteorite material with a mass above 50g wallops the planet each year. | When smaller material is included, the figure rockets up to a staggering total of 40 million, but this is mostly made up of fine space d…

RT (2020-05-01). North Korea's Kim makes public appearance at FERTILIZER PLANT amid death rumors fueled by Trump's 'no comments' (PHOTOS). rt.com North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has made his first public appearance in weeks, at a fertilizer factory north of Pyongyang. The state media reports and photos, however, have not entirely dispelled speculations about his health. | A news broadcast by the North Korean state radio said that Kim cut the ribbon on a fertilizer plant in Sunchon, in South Phyongan Province, on Friday. He was accompanied by his sister Kim Yo-jong and several other officials. The Sunchon event was also reported by the state news agency KCNA, and by South Korea's news agency Yonhap, who said it "contradicted rumors" about Kim's health.

RT (2020-05-01). Oil prices grow as historic OPEC+ production cut deal comes into effect. rt.com The prices for Brent crude and WTI have increased after the hard-fought OPEC+ deal took effect on Friday. The oil market had seen a dramatic crash last month due to global glut and fears of a lack of storage capacity. | The price for Brent crude oil (ICE) has grown by 1.77 percent, reaching nearly $27 per barrel. The price for WTI (Nymex), meanwhile, currently stands at $19.35 per barrel, which is a 2.7 percent increase. | On April 12, the members of OPEC and other oil-producing countries, including Russia and Mexico, agreed to cut production by 9.7 million barrels per day for May and June, marking the biggest…

By Noah Biesiada (2020-05-01). California County to Defy Statewide Lockdown, California City to Sue the State Over Order to Close Beaches. anti-empire.com Modoc County — one of California's most desolate jurisdictions with no known coronavirus cases — says it will allow bars, restaurants and churches to reopen Friday despite Gov. Gavin Newsom's statewide lockdown. | "We're not in this at all to defy anything. We align with the plans. We're just at a different phase in this because of where we are and how we live," Heather Hadwick, deputy director of the county's Office of Emergency Services, told POLITICO on Thursday. | Modoc officials submitted a plan last week to Newsom outlining their proposal to lift the statewide lockdown order, but the governor…

Marko Marjanović (2020-05-01). Australia Claimed ICU Covid Hospitalizations Would Peak at 5000 Even With Lockdown. They Never Broke 200. anti-empire.com After the Australian government ordered medical martial law in late March it

Marko Marjanović (2020-05-01). 41 US States Lost More People to the 2018 Flu Than to Covid-19. anti-empire.com Here's an interesting graphic comparing people who succumbed to the flu in the 2017-18 season by US states and people who perished while testing positive for Covid-19 in 2020, or who are merely "suspected" of having perished with Covid-19, or who were heart attack excess deaths declared "Covid victims" by the diktat of CDC or Governor Cuomo: | Just eight states

Fraser Myers (2020-05-01). How Covid Alarmists Waged Biological Warfare on Nursing Homes. anti-empire.com

"And now we have a situation in which we have protected the healthy from a disease that poses little threat to them and exposed the most vulnerable to a disease that could kill them"

| The daily death figures from hospitals have dominated the news headlines and the government's press briefings during Britain's coronavirus crisis so far. Mercifully, those figures have been in decline for some time now. The peak of hospital deaths was passed on 8 April — three weeks ago. | Indeed, the passing of the hospital peak has led some experts, like Professor Carl Heneghan, director of Oxford Univer…

Cindy Harper (2020-05-01). Police Asks Brits to Call Them If 'Friends or Family' Repeat Conspiracy Theories. anti-empire.com Asking people to call the police on family engaging in "conspiracy theories" is an idea that sounds like it comes out of China's social credit system. | But it's not. It's happening in the United Kingdom. | Police in Manchester, England, are engaging in a social media campaign, requesting local residents to call police if any of their friends and family are engaging in "conspiracy theories." | "Online platforms can be a fun world. Unfortunately, they can also be used to exploit vulnerable people. If you are worried that one of your friends or family is showing signs of radicalisation seek advice or call police…

Edward Slavsquat (2020-05-01). Liberation From Insanity: Moscow Suburb in Open Rebellion Against Sobyanin's Covid Gulag. anti-empire.com In a quiet town not far from Moscow, a nameless hero unceremoniously cut the Caution tape that once vandalized the neighborhood swing set. | In a quiet town not far from Moscow, children are playing in the park as their parents (probably now unemployed, but with their self-respect forever intact) stroll arm in arm. | In a quiet town not far from Moscow, my son's great-grandmother (once harassed by the police for daring to show her face) now marches through the streets. | In a quiet town not far from Moscow, public trashcans reveal a holocaust of Non-Essential Activity. | In a quiet town not far from Moscow, t…

Kyle Anzalone (2020-05-01). Podcast: Netanyahu's Fake Documents Pushed the US Towards War. anti-empire.com On FPF #486, I discuss how Israel apparently used fake documents to push Trump towards war with Iran in April 2018. | Netanyahu released the documents in April of 2018 before Trump withdrew from the Iran Nuclear Deal and imposed a 'maximum pressure' sanctions campaign against Iran. | The economic war – and other provocative actions by Trump – has moved the US un…

Jeffrey A. Tucker (2020-05-01). There Will Be Blowback, In Mostly Good Ways. anti-empire.com Two months ago, it had been mandatory in my local grocery to use only shopping bags brought from home. Plastic bags were illegal by local ordinance. Then the virus hit. Suddenly the opposite was true. It was illegal to bring bags from home because they could spread disease. Plastic bags were mandatory. As a huge fan of plastic bags, I experienced profound Schadenfreude. | It's amazing how the prospect of death clarifies priorities. | Before the virus, we indulged in all sorts of luxuries such as dabbling in dirtiness and imagining a world purified by bucolic naturalness. But when the virus hit, we suddenly rea…

The Canary (2020-05-01). Experts slam Tories for NHS cuts and systematic failures in coronavirus testing. thecanary.co A public health professor has claimed Conservative government cuts have "emaciated" the testing system and made the ability to track down coronavirus (Covid-19) cases more difficult.Gabriel Scally, a former regional director of public health, said he was "very worried" about the country's ability to get to the levels of contact tracers needed. Scally said 10 years ago it would have been possible — but cuts have damaged this.His anger was in response to Conservative former Cabinet minister David Gauke's defence of reductions in public spending. Gauke warned of an "even more difficult situation" without auster…

CP Editor (2020-05-01). Neil Young with Crazy Horse — Shut It Down 2020. counterpunch.org

Staff (2020-05-01). Tara Reade's Ex-Neighbor on Biden Sexual Assault Allegation: I Believed Her Then & I Believe Her Now. democracynow.org Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden denied sexual assault allegations against him on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" on Friday, breaking his silence after weeks of mounting pressure to respond to claims put forward by former staffer Tara Reade, who says he sexually assaulted her in 1993. In a statement, Biden said, "I want to address allegations by a former staffer that I engaged in misconduct 27 years ago. They aren't true. This never happened." Tara Reade first came forward with her allegations in March, saying Biden pushed her up against a wall and digitally penetrated her. In a Democracy Now! broadcas…

pip.hinman (2020-05-01). COVID-19: When schools reopen, it needs to be on a radically different basis. greenleft.org.au

Philip Giraldi (2020-05-01). Hasidic Jews Defy New York's Lockdown. thealtworld.com When does religious observance override community health? | Last Tuesday an estimated 2,500 male

Jeffrey St. Clair (2020-05-01). Roaming Charges: American Thanatos, Inc. counterpunch.org "Poverty made a sound like a wet cough in the shadows of the room." — Ray Bradbury, The Golden Apples of the Sun + How much is the future trading for on the future's market these days? + We are witnessing an all-out push to salvage and bailout the very industries that helped create, spread,

Andrew Korybko (2020-05-01). Blaming the Victim Is the West's Latest Infowar Tactic Against China. globalresearch.ca Fewer and fewer people believe Western officials and their media, which is the West's own fault for confusing their targeted audience with the mixed messages that they disseminated about COVID-19 over the past couple of months. It was an epic …

Alan Macleod (2020-05-01). Experts Warn of New Nuclear Arms Race After Trump Signals US Withdrawal from START Treaty. mintpressnews.com While much of the corporate press has blamed Russia and China for the sudden failure of multiple longstanding nuclear treaties, experts put the blame on squarely on the Trump administration.

Gary Leupp (2020-05-01). The Working Life of the Meat Packer in the Time of the Plague. counterpunch.org End of the day, factory whistle cries, Men walk through these gates with death in their eyes. And you just better believe, boy, somebody's gonna get hurt tonight, It's the working, the working, just the working life. -Bruce Springsteen, "Factory" (1978) President Trump, responding to meatpacking plant closures occasioned by COVID-19 has ordered the plants

Juan Cole (2020-05-01). Trump threatened to pull US Security Umbrella from Saudi. zcomm.org Trump insisted with OPEC+ (including Vladimir Putin's Russia) that they do their effing job and put prices back up to forestall a collapse of the US petroleum industry…

Tyler Olson (2020-05-01). Case Asking Supreme Court to Halt Enforcement of "Stay-at-home Order". Justice Alito Orders Pennsylvania Government to Respond. globalresearch.ca

Eugene E Ruyle (2020-05-01). Lenin on Democracy and Dictatorship & its relevance for our time. indybay.org Online ZOOM Meeting. | LOG-IN INFORMATION AT OUR WEBSITE | ICSSMARX.ORG | OR EMAIL CUYLERUYLE@MAC.COM

Tim Shorrock (2020-05-01). Electoral Triumph Spurs Green New Deal in South Korea. thenation.com Electoral Triumph Spurs Green New Deal in South Korea…

Andre Vltchek (2020-05-01). Cold War of Trump/Navarro v. China: More Dangerous than COVID-19. dissidentvoice.org It is getting ugly, extremely ugly. It is increasingly looking like a war — at least a new 'cold', ideological war. But in the shadow of COVID-19, it goes almost unnoticed. The blind horseman, who hates China intuitively, without knowing hardly anything about it, is leading the pack, pushing his president into a confrontation with …

Zero Hedge (2020-05-01). "Food Supply Chain Is Breaking": Tyson Foods. globalresearch.ca News feeds in April have been inundated with food supply chain disruption stories due to

Donald Monaco (2020-05-01). The Defeat of Bernie Sanders and the Perfidy of the Democrats. globalresearch.ca The sudden collapse of Bernie Sanders' campaign for the presidency comes amidst what official sources are calling the worst influenza pandemic to hit the United States and much of the world since the misnamed 'Spanish Flu' in 1918. Sensational …

South Front (2020-05-01). Video: Prospects of Turkish-Russian Military Conflict in Syria. globalresearch.ca The region of Greater Idlib remains the main source of tensions in Syria. | The March 5th ceasefire deal reached by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow allowed an end to be made to the …

Stephen Lendman (2020-05-01). Trump Regime Threatens Escalated War on China by Other Means. globalresearch.ca Hegemons aren't like other nations. They operate extrajudicially on the world stage by their own rules — in pursuit of their aims, exploiting their own people at the same time. | The US is waging undeclared war by other means against …

Stephen Lendman (2020-05-01). Harvard Postpones Commencement Indefinitely? Tele-Education and Tele-Medicine. globalresearch.ca Founded in 1636, Harvard commencements began in 1642, a handful of graduates alone in its early years, nine in 1642. | There were few college entrants at that time. In the 17th century after the school's founding, there were no graduates …

Peter Bolton (2020-05-01). Leading scholar says current pandemic could be a tipping point in the climate crisis. thecanary.co The coronavirus (Covid-19)

Michael Moore (2020-05-01). Video: Planet of the Humans. Michael Moore's Documentary. globalresearch.ca Michael Moore presents Planet of the Humans, a documentary that dares to say what no one else will this Earth Day — that we are losing the battle to stop climate change on planet earth because we are following leaders …

Project Censored (2020-05-01). Episode 81 — The Biden Veepstakes and The Media's COVID War Rhetoric and Bernie Coverage with Dr. Robin Andersen. projectcensored.org Along the Line, is a member of the Demcast network, brought to you by the Media Freedom Foundation. On today's episode hosts Nicholas Baham III (Dr. Dreadlocks), Janice Domingo, and Nolan…

WSWS (2020-05-01). Australian governments rushing to reverse lockdown measures. wsws.org Official modelling openly acknowledges that the policies being pursued by governments will result in a "higher number of cases, hospitalisations and deaths."

WSWS (2020-05-01). Johnson pledges to "restart the economy" as pandemic rages in UK. wsws.org The continuing loss of life barely registered with a national media obsessed with reporting which chain store is opening its doors, when the lockdown "exit strategy" might be announced, and the prime minister's new baby.

Andrey Areshev (2020-05-01). How to Think Post-Planet Lockdown. strategic-culture.org Pepe ESCOBAR | Between unaccountability of elites and total fragmentation of civil society, Covid-19 as a circuit breaker is showing how the king — systemic design — is naked. | We are being sucked into a What we already know for sure, as Shoshana Zuboff detailed in The Age of Surveillance Capitalism, is that "industrial capitalism followed i…

graham (2020-05-01). COVID-19 study: Who are you — 'the accepting', 'the suffering' or 'the resisting'? truepublica.org.uk Lots of things have changed in what seems an age over the COVID-19 lockdown. Eating habits have changed, shopping and what we consume through media online. Drinking alcohol and tea has changed and so have other things like exercise. It remains to be seen how much changes in the long-term. A study by Kings College …

Ana Laura Palomino García (2020-05-01). Dr. Anthony Fauci: COVID-19 "May Turn Out to be Like a Bad Flu Season". His Peer Reviewed Article Versus His Public Statements. globalresearch.ca Dr. Anthony Fauci and two co-authors published an article on March 26, 2020 in the New England Journal of Medicine. | Anthony Fauci is head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. In the article, linked below, he states …

WSWS (2020-05-01). Dozens of decaying corpses found piled in unrefrigerated trucks at New York City funeral home. wsws.org More than 18,000 New York City residents have so far died from COVID-19, and the city's ability to deal with the bodies is at the breaking point.

Andrey Areshev (2020-05-01). Draft Dodger Trump Charts Course for War With China. strategic-culture.org It's a grim number. This week sees the United States' death toll from the Covid-19 pandemic exceeding the total number of American troops that were killed during the decade-long Vietnam War — some 58,000. | In a matter of just a few weeks, U.S. deaths from the disease make that nation the world's leader, in a macabre way not imagined by preening "American exceptionalism". | But never mind, Americans can take heart that they have got Donald Trump as their leader. (That's genuine sarcasm unlike Trump's brand of fake retro-sarcasm.) | He has described himself as a "wartime president" heroically fighting "a war…

teleSUR (2020-05-01). Colombia: Medical Team to Assist Villavicencio Prison Inmates. telesurenglish.net Colombia's National Penitentiary and Prison Institute (INPEC) Thursday decided to send a medical team to the Villavicencio prison, a public facility located in the Meta department that has 1,738 inmates and at least 421 COVID-19 cases. | RELATED: | "They will have to ensure that the social isolation protocol is respected," the INPEC Director Norberto Mujica said. | He also explained that the Penitentiary Services Unit will be in charge of hi…

graham (2020-05-01). The radical right is weaponising COVID-19 online. truepublica.org.uk By Bethan Johnson: In the last four months, Coronavirus (COVID-19) has spread across every populated continent and infected more than two million people, with estimates of many more to come. More than just a tragic outbreak of an infectious disease, COVID-19 is proving to be something of a social and political Rorschach Test. Before movement …

teleSUR (2020-05-01). US: FEMA Ordered 100,000 Body Bags. telesurenglish.net The U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) requested 100,000 more body bags amidst the COVID-19 outbreak. The agency ordered a similar amount in early April. | RELATED: | E.M. Oil Transport Inc. of Montebello, California, received the new body bags batch order. The company advertises construction vehicles, building materials, and electronics on its website. According to local news media, the delivery would a…

Project Veritas Action (2020-05-01). "They're Writing COVID On All the Death Certificates": NYC Funeral Directors Doubt Legitimacy of Deaths Attributed to Pandemic. globalresearch.ca Project Veritas today released another video featuring conversations with funeral home directors and their staff throughout New York City questioning the number of deaths officially attributed to the COVID-19 pandemic. | *** | Project Veritas today released another video featuring conversations with …

teleSUR (2020-05-01). Africa: Comoros Registers its First COVID-19 Case. telesurenglish.net Comoros' President Azali Assoumani Thursday announced the first COVID-19 case in this South-Eastern African nation. | RELATED: | "While other countries who were hit earlier are preparing to go back to normality, our country is entering a critical phase," Assoumani warned.‚Äã‚Äã‚Äã | The COVID-19 patient is a Comoran citizen who was in contact with a 50-year-o…

WSWS (2020-05-01). Florida governor reopening state while suppressing reporting of COVID-19 deaths. wsws.org The Florida Department of Health is blocking medical examiners from reporting the accurate number of COVID-19 deaths.

WSWS (2020-05-01). Detroit mayor pushes back-to-work agenda as COVID-19 cases rise across Michigan. wsws.org The number of confirmed cases and deaths across the state of Michigan continues rising as Democratic Governor Whitmer and Mayor Mike Duggan push for a rapid reopening of Detroit.

Andrey Areshev (2020-05-01). Back to the Future: 'Evil Communist' Bogeyman Returns. strategic-culture.org U.S. pundits and politicians have with gusto taken to dusting off an old bogeyman — "evil communism" — in reference to China over the Covid-19 pandemic. Such retrograde rhetoric shows how politically bankrupt Washington is. | Leading the charge is Secretary of State Mike Pompeo who hardly ever now refers to China simply as "China" in media interviews. He continually and feverishly equates the nation with the "Chinese Communist Party". In recent weeks, going by the number of times the word "communist" has been heard across U.S. media one would be forgiven for thinking that we have been transported back…

WSWS (2020-05-01). New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman calls for letting COVID-19 run rampant. wsws.org Friedman has published an op-ed endorsing a policy of allowing large portions of the US population to be infected with COVID-19.

Ayat S. Karokaro (2020-05-01). For World's Rarest Great Ape, COVID-19 Is Latest in a Litany of Threats. globalresearch.ca The COVID-19 pandemic has become the latest threat to the Tapanuli orangutan in Indonesia, the rarest great ape species of all and one already under severe pressure from a range of human threats. | The

Jack Rasmus (2020-05-01). The Myth of the V-Shaped US Economic Recovery. counterpunch.org The spin is in! Trump administration economic 'message bearers', Steve Mnuchin, US Treasury Secretary, and Kevin Hasset, senior economic adviser to Trump, this past Sunday on the Washington TV talking heads circuit launched a coordinated effort to calm the growing public concern that the current economic contraction may be as bad (or worse) than the

Robert L. Kendrick (2020-05-01). Virtual Liberation in Italy. counterpunch.org For most years in Italy, April 25th would be a day of commemoration and sociability. It marks the 1945 call from the anti-Nazi Committee of National Liberation (CLN) for the final uprising against the German occupiers and Mussolini's puppet regime, and is thus Liberation Day, with special emphasis on the Italian Resistance of 1943-45. It

Diana Block (2020-05-01). What Cuba Has to Teach, in Pandemic Times and Beyond. counterpunch.org In July 2019, I visited the Cuban Institute for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (CIGB) as part of the 50th Anniversary Venceremos Brigade. We were impressed by the many scientific advances that the Institute had achieved, including the development of interferons to successfully fight viral diseases such as dengue and ebola. Little did we imagine that

Gary Olson (2020-05-01). The Youth and the Looming Economic Crisis: Prospects for Radical Change. counterpunch.org History shows us that economic crises do not become political crises that severely threaten the ruling order until a critical mass of people come to the realization that the system itself is rotten, unbearable and incapable of meaningful reform. — Glen Ford, Executive Editor, Black Agenda Report The estimated 73 million Millennials (those born between

Marshall Auerback (2020-05-01). Why the Oil and Gas Industry Will Never be the Same. counterpunch.org When a staple commodity collapses to negative value it signals that something is clearly amiss in the global economy. When it is a global energy source like crude oil, it does not just signal pain in the oil patch, but an economic dislocation evocative of the Great Depression. Rare is the time when a commodity

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2020-05-01). Scuttling New START Treaty: Trump's China Distraction. globalresearch.ca "If we want to preserve strategic stability using arms control as a counterpart of that, as a tool in that toolkit, then China should be in as well." — US Defence Secretary Mark Esper,

Jon Schwarz (2020-05-01). Go Back to Work, or Starve. zcomm.org From the point of view of the masters of humankind, it's worth any number of dead Americans to stop us from asking: If we can use the power of the government on a huge scale in a crisis like this, what else can we do?jon sc…

Rob Woodward (2020-05-01). Surveillance System and Privacy: Britain's NHS Ordered to Hand Over Security Keys of NHS Data to UK Intel and Security Authority GCHQ. globalresearch.ca Britain's NHS has become the latest target for big tech to stick its money funnel into and harvest our most personal and private data. It was bad enough that the state illegally and secretly stole our privacy, captured our secrets, …

Mark Ashwill (2020-05-01). A Letter From Viet Nam on the 45th Anniversary of the End of the War. zcomm.org While 1966 was a time of war, embargo, deprivation, and suffering caused by the US, 2020 is one of unprecedented economic well-being, continued optimism, and access to knowledge, experience, and resources.

graham (2020-05-01). NHS ordered to hand over security keys of NHS data to GCHQ. truepublica.org.uk By Rob Woodward — TruePublica: Britain's NHS has become the latest target for big tech to stick its money funnel into and harvest our most personal and private data. It was bad enough that the state illegally and secretly stole our privacy, captured our secrets, recorded our conversations, filmed our private moments, took images of …

Abdel Bari Atwan (2020-05-01). Arab dictatorships and the virus. thealtworld.com Repressive regimes have been relatively successful at containing the pandemic. Their real problems begin once it's over. | There is no disputing that the majority of Arab states are governed by dictatorial regimes, varying only in degree. But its must be admitted, as even some Western observers concede, that these dictatorships have proven effective at confronting the coronavirus outbreak and containing its spread. They have done so by imposing drastic measures such as states of emergency and curfews in addition to closing down shops, businesses and places of worship. As a result, infection rates in most countrie…

Paul Anthony Taylor (2020-05-01). Video: Nobel Prize-Winning Scientist Who Discovered HIV Says Coronavirus Was Created in Laboratory. globalresearch.ca In a highly significant development, Professor Luc Montagnier, the French scientist who shared the

Thomas Piketty (2020-05-01). Coronavirus Pandemic Has Exposed "Violence of Social Inequality" zcomm.org As nearly 30 million Americans have filed for unemployment in just six weeks and millions worldwide face hunger and poverty, we look at the global economic catastrophe triggered by the pandemic and its impact on the most vulnerable…

Michael Snyder (2020-05-01). All of the Coronavirus Models Were Wrong. globalresearch.ca How is it possible that all of the coronavirus models could have been so completely and utterly wrong about what was going to happen? Very early in this pandemic, some models that were predicting millions of deaths caused quite a …

Peoples Dispatch (2020-05-01). El Salvador's President faces criticism for violating rights of imprisoned gang members. peoplesdispatch.org National and international human rights organizations have condemned the president's actions as the crackdown on inmates comes amid fears over the spread of the novel coronavirus…

teleSUR (2020-05-01). CARICOM Observer Team for Guyana Elections Recount Arrives. telesurenglish.net The three-member team is led by Ms. Cynthia Barrow-Giles, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Government at the University of the West Indies (UWI), and includes Mr. John Jarvis, Commissioner of the Antigua and Barbuda Electoral Commission and Mr. Sylvester King, Deputy Supervisor of Elections of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

teleSUR (2020-05-01). Hole in the Ozone Layer Over Arctic Is Closed, WMO Confirms. telesurenglish.net The United Nations RELATED: | "The ozone depletion levels were worse than those detected in 2011, but it has already returned to normal, due to weather factors, and the ho…

CJ Hopkins (2020-05-01). The Truth Behind "Refrigerated Morgue Truck" Stories — Or How to Manufacture Mass Hysteria by Burying the Details. globalresearch.ca By now, everyone has seen the stories about the "refrigerated morgue trucks" and "ice rink morgues in Madrid." If you dig down into some of those stories, you will discover a rather mundane, but perfectly understandable explanation for these improvised …

Bharath Syal (2020-05-01). Why Keir Starmer cosying up to India's far-right government is utterly unacceptable. thecanary.co On 30 April, UK Labour leader Keir Starmer

Peoples Dispatch (2020-05-01). Cuba denounces attack on diplomatic mission in the US. peoplesdispatch.org On April 30, in the early hours of the morning, a terrorist attack was perpetrated against the embassy of the Republic of Cuba to the United States in Washington. According to the statement by the Cuban Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bruno Rodríguez, an unknown man shot several times at the embassy's building using an assault rifle. | At the moment of the attack, ten Cuban officials and diplomats were inside the building. Fortunately, none of the diplomatic officials or any other staff members were injured. The aggressor was arrested by local authorities and is currently in their custody. | Cuba's foreign minister…

WSWS (2020-05-01). Remdesivir as "miracle drug": Back-to-work propaganda vs. science. wsws.org The media's adulation of this "breakthrough" takes place in the midst of an increasingly frenzied effort to create the impression that the virus is "under control" and the crisis is all but over.

WSWS (2020-05-01). At least 31 US states easing restrictions despite rising pandemic death toll. wsws.org Trump is promoting a reckless and criminal policy of reopening the economy, placing the health and lives of countless millions of Americans in danger.

Staff (2020-05-01). "Reopening the Economy" Isn't the Way to Save Restaurants. What Is? truthout.org In the early days of shelter-in-place, I cooperated with some friends in Sacramento's city government on a concept designed to channel money to local restaurants so that they could keep dollars flowing to at least some employees. | The idea was pretty straightforward: When we go out to restaurants, to bars, or to cafés, we are willing to pay a premium for our food and our drink because we value the social camaraderie we find in such places. Essentially, in addition to paying for the raw ingredients of the…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-05-01). Arab League warns Israel against plans to annex occupied Palestinian territories. peoplesdispatch.org A new national unity government in Israel, headed by prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, has announced plans to annex large parts of the occupied West Bank with US support…

Troy Prouty* (2020-05-01). The Deterioration of the United States. indybay.org COVID-19 is just a Virus. Propaganda is the Disease.

Posted by Lynda Carson (2020-05-01). Housing Justice Organizers Across Nation Announce Mass Rent Strike Campaign. indybay.org "We Strike Together" to Launch in Response to Exacerbation of the Housing Crisis Fueled by COVID-19; Hundreds of Thousands from All 50 States Join in Solidarity to Demand Rent Relief…

Lynda Carson (2020-05-01). The music of Vitamin Em during the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. indybay.org Music Of Vitamin Em During Coronavirus Covid-19 Pandemic…

National Nurses United (2020-05-01). RNs to Hold Vigil in Memory of El Paso RN Karla Dominguez Who Died of COVID-19. indybay.org Registered nurses will hold a memorial Wednesday night in memory of Karla Dominguez, a pediatric intensive care nurse at Hospitals of Providence Memorial Campus in El Paso who died of COVID-19.

Women's March (2020-05-01). Connecting Community: Staying Positive and Empowered During COVID-19 (10am & 1pm WM). indybay.org Online via Zoom…

repost (2020-05-01). 4/30/20: 45th Anniversary of Victory in Vietnam. indybay.org On April 30, 1975, the "little people in black pajamas" of Vietnam defeated the mightiest, most despicable war machine the world had seen since Nazi Germany, namely the US military, as they chased the US military and their local lackeys onto helicopters, boats and planes, causing celebrations around the world, including here in the Bay Area where we, who opposed the war machine and resisted the draft, danced in streets. Today, Vietnam has ZERO deaths from the coronavirus because it has SOCIALIZED medicine. For more, see www.counterpunch.org/2020/04/30/a-letter…

Kate Zeller (2020-05-01). Developing Countries Struggle with Coronavirus Health and Economic Impacts. indybay.org From Ecuador to the Dominican Republic to Ethiopia, developing countries are struggling to obtain aid and financing to address the health and economic impacts of the coronavirus.

Anthony Ravlich (2020-05-01). The Coronavirus Pandemic and a One World Government. indybay.org The connection between the coronavirus pandemic, China, the United Nations and a One World Government.

John Malkin (2020-05-01). Good Riddance Releases EP to Benefit Aid During Virus Pandemic. indybay.org Santa Cruz punk band Good Riddance released a benefit EP on April 15 to benefit the World Food Programme, the food assistance branch of the United Nations. The four songs are previously unreleased tracks from the band's "Thoughts and Prayers" recording sessions.

imperial.ac.uk (2020-05-01). COVID-19 pandemic could significantly increase HIV, TB and malaria cases. imperial.ac.uk Some regions may see deaths related to HIV, TB and malaria increase by up to 10, 20 and 36% respectively over five years due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-01). Iran's coronavirus death toll hits 6,091 on Fri. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 01 (MNA) — Iran's Health Ministry Spokesman Kianoush Jahanpour said on Friday that 95,646 people have been infected with COVID-19 virus, of whom 6,091 have unfortunately lost their lives.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-01). US trying to disrupt trade relations between Iran, Venezuela: Mousavi. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 01 (MNA) — Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi said that the US officials' remarks are aimed at paving the way for Washington to put more pressure on the Venezuelan government and disrupt trade relations between Tehran and Caracas.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-01). Recent crisis between Iran, US result of Trump's foreign policy: Zaccara. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 01 (MNA) — Pompeo declaration is publicly recognizing that this particular crisis in US-Iran relations was a direct consequence of the US foreign policy towards Iran implemented during Trump's administration.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-01). Silence toward corruption not permissible: Nasrallah. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 01 (MNA) — The head of Lebanon's resistance movement said silence towards corruption and occupiers is not permissible.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-01). Trump threatens Saudis with withdrawal of US troops if OPEC does not begin to cut oil production. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 01 (MNA) — As the United States forced Saudi Arabia to end the oil price war with Russia, US President Donald Trump issued an ultimatum to Saudi leaders.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-01). Iranian, Cuban FMs hold talks on coronavirus. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 01 (MNA) — Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and his Cuban counterpart Bruno Eduardo Rodriguez Parrilla held a telephone conversation on Thursday evening.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-01). Coronavirus death toll exceeds 234,000 worldwide. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 01 (MNA) — Globally, more than 3.3 million people have been diagnosed with the virus and more than 234,000 have died, according to Johns Hopkins University.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-01). Rouhani stresses need for accurate info on determination of white, yellow and red indicators for cities. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 01 (MNA) — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani stressed the need for timely, accurate and comprehensive information to the people regarding the indicators for determining the white, yellow and red status for cities and provinces in terms of the situation and spread of coronavirus in the country.

2020-05-01: Social Media Postees

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Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa
wsws.org | 2020-05-01
Protests are continuing against attempts to restart operations in the midst of the COVID 19 pandemic without proper safeguards, including French teachers, German doctors and nurses in South Africa and Zimbabwe.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/01/wor2…

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa
wsws.org | 2020-05-01
Protests are continuing against attempts to restart operations in the midst of the COVID 19 pandemic without proper safeguards, including French teachers, German doctors and nurses in South Africa and Zimbabwe.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/01/wor2…

Germany: Working Class Protests Against Unemployment in May Day
telesurenglish.net | 2020-05-01
On International Workers' Day, Germany's trade unions protested over the collapse of labor rights and the significant increase of unemployment as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. | RELATED: | Germany Bans All Hezbollah Activities | According to forecasts by Angela Merkel's administration, Germany will experience the worst recession since World War II this year. | Recent unemployment figures have soared despite the economic aid that Germany's authorities have set up to prevent mass layoffs. | In Apr…
telesurenglish.net/news/germany-working-…

Police Brutality Marks Workers' Day in Chile
telesurenglish.net | 2020-05-01
On the morning of the International Workers' Day, Chileans attempted to carry out peaceful protests in various public places in their country's main cities. | RELATED: | Chilean Police Violently Repress Protesters in Santiago | Although they initially followed COVID-19 physical distancing prevention measures, the military police violently lashed out at citizens in unsuccessful attempts to dissuade them from protesting against President Sebastian Piñera. The pretext for the police atta…
telesurenglish.net/news/Police-Brutality…

In India, lockdown is being used to attack workers' rights
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-05-01
On the occasion of International Workers' Day, president of the Centre of Indian Trade Unions K. Hemalatha talks about the conditions of Indian workers who are bearing the brunt of the lockdown…
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Workers' Revolutionary and Anti-Imperialist International Manifesto
| workers.org | 2020-05-01
Workers World Party has endorsed this international declaration for May Day, initiated by the Party of Liberation of Argentina and others, and endorsed as of April 30 by the parties listed at the end. This May 1, fight together against imperialism. Activists in San Juan, Puerto Rico, hold up wooden . . . | Continue reading Workers' Revolutionary and Anti-Imperialist International Manifesto at Workers.org
workers.org/2020/05/48074/?utm_source=rs…

Africa: Comoros Registers its First COVID-19 Case
telesurenglish.net | 2020-05-01
Comoros' President Azali Assoumani Thursday announced the first COVID-19 case in this South-Eastern African nation. | RELATED: | Germany: Working Class Protests Against Unemployment in May Day | "While other countries who were hit earlier are preparing to go back to normality, our country is entering a critical phase," Assoumani warned.‚Äã‚Äã‚Äã | The COVID-19 patient is a Comoran citizen who was in contact with a 50-year-o…
telesurenglish.net/news/africa-comoro-re…

This May Day, UK renters join thousands around the world on rent strike
Eliza Egret | thecanary.co | 2020-05-01
Renters around the world are going on rent strike. As millions of people find themselves in precarious situations due to the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, many will have to choose between feeding themselves or paying their rent. | Coordinated rent strikes ensure that people aren't alone in their refusal to pay. A mass movement…
thecanary.co/trending/2020/05/01/this-ma…

Cuba Cannot Get Swiss Respirators Due to US Inhuman Blockade
Telesur | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-01
Journalist Laura Hunter published an article in the Swiss newspaper Le Courrier denouncing that the companies IMT Medical AG and Acutronic Medical Systems AG were ordered not to sell high-tech respirators to Cuba. | Claiming that they do not wish to …
globalresearch.ca/cuba-cannot-get-swiss-…

Columbus car protest demands prisoner release
Martha Grevatt | workers.org | 2020-05-01
Columbus, Ohio Over 100 cars, driven by people from all over Ohio, circled the state's Department of Rehabilitation and Correction in Columbus, the capital, on April 24. From there, the car caravan went to the Statehouse to protest the dangerous conditions in state prisons. Marion and Pickaway correctional institutions have . . . | Continue reading Columbus car protest demands prisoner release at Workers.org
workers.org/2020/04/48056/?utm_source=rs…

Abortion access threatened during pandemic
Sue Davis | workers.org | 2020-05-01
"These anti-choice governors have created a health crisis within a health crisis," Julie Burkhart told the April 16 Los Angeles Times. She is the founder and CEO of Trust Women, which runs nonprofit health care clinics in Wichita, Kan., and Oklahoma City, Okla. In Texas, the Trust. Respect. Access. coalition . . . | Continue reading Abortion access threatened during pandemic at Workers.org
workers.org/2020/04/48050/?utm_source=rs…

Holding true to the abolitionist framework
| workers.org | 2020-05-01
Here is a slightly edited transcript of Amber-Rose Howard's talk during the April 9 Workers World Party webinar. Howard is the executive director of CURB, Californians United for a Responsible Budget. Experiencing a felony conviction as a young adult propelled Howard into a lifetime commitment of organizing against the prison-industrial . . . | Continue reading Holding true to the abolitionist framework at Workers.org
workers.org/2020/04/48065/?utm_source=rs…

Austin: 'Justice 4 Mike Ramos!'
Taegan Stross | workers.org | 2020-05-01
Austin, Texas The Austin Police Department carried out an extrajudicial killing of 42-year-old Michael Brent Ramos, known as "Mike," on April 24. Local media reported that the APD was responding to a call about two people, allegedly in possession of a gun, doing drugs in a parked car. Banner drops . . . | Continue reading Austin: 'Justice 4 Mike Ramos!' at Workers.org
workers.org/2020/04/48068/?utm_source=rs…

Car caravan in North Carolina demands aid for people, not companies
Calvin Deutschbein | workers.org | 2020-05-01
Durham, N.C. Following decades of genocidal governmental policies exposed by the coronavirus crisis, North Carolinians had enough! A coalition of hundreds of community groups called "NC United for Survival & Beyond" organized a 30-car caravan on April 24

COVID-19 Underscores Why We Need to Make May Day Radical Again
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-05-01
Millions of Americans have lost their jobs and health care in the midst of the pandemic lockdown and people are, reasonably, looking for someone or something to blame for their hardship. Meanwhile, right-wing media, Republican politicians and their Tea Party-funded "grassroots" allies are directing fury and desperation toward various scapegoats: Chinese people, the World Health Organiz…
truthout.org/articles/covid-19-underscor…

COVID-19 Underscores Why We Need to Make May Day Radical Again
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-05-01
Millions of Americans have lost their jobs and health care in the midst of the pandemic lockdown and people are, reasonably, looking for someone or something to blame for their hardship. Meanwhile, right-wing media, Republican politicians and their Tea Party-funded "grassroots" allies are directing fury and desperation toward various scapegoats: Chinese people, the World Health Organiz…
truthout.org/articles/covid-19-underscor…

Target, Amazon, Instacart Workers Demand Safe Conditions and Pandemic Relief
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-05-01
This May Day, an unprecedented coalition of essential workers from Amazon, Instacart, Whole Foods, Walmart, Target and FedEx are calling out sick or walking out during their lunch break to demand better health and safety conditions, along with hazard pay. Others are joining them for May Day actions that include rent strikes, car caravan protests and online organizing calling for a "People's Bailout" and economic recovery plan that prioritizes workers. We speak with Kali Akuno, co-founder and co-di…
truthout.org/video/target-amazon-instaca…

WATCH protesters light flares, gather for Walpurgis Night in Berlin despite ban on mass rallies during Covid-19 lockdown
rt.com | 2020-05-01
Police have broken up a Walpurgis Night demonstration in Berlin, where protesters had gathered in violation of the quarantine measures imposed amid the Covid-19 pandemic. More unauthorized rallies are expected on May Day. | A few dozen black-clad masked left-wing activists had gathered in the German capital's Friedrichshain District on Thursday evening, despite the ban on large public assemblies. They waved burning flares while standing on two balconies of a house, set up loudspeakers and hung banners from windows. | Police arrived at the scene and ordered the protesters to clear the area. No major clashes wer…
rt.com/news/487489-germany-walpurgis-nig…

Watsonville: International Workers' Day Action
Regeneration-Pájaro Valley Climate Action | indybay.org | 2020-05-01
Watsonville Plaza | 350 Main St, Watsonville…
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/04/30/1883270…

24 hour May Day programing on mayday.pacifica.org
Pacifica COVID-19 Taskforce | indybay.org | 2020-05-01
Pacifica COVID-19 Taskforce is hosting May Day with programing from throughout the world. Live streaming from South Africa, Korea, Turkey, Mexico, Brazil, Chile and other countries.
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/04/30/1883271…

#PeoplesBailout May Day Actions & Livestream for COVID-19 Health & Economic Justice
People's Bailout coalition | indybay.org | 2020-05-01
Online and actions across USA…
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/04/29/1883268…

Sacramento: May Day Car Caravan for Immigrant & Worker Rights
Graton Day Labor Center and others | indybay.org | 2020-05-01
Car Caravan: Southside Park, Sacramento…
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/04/30/1883271…

As Amazon announces sales surge, its staff protest against poor safety conditions on International Workers' Day
Peadar O'Cearnaigh | thecanary.co | 2020-05-01
The first quarter of 2020 saw a surge in Amazon sales as a result of the coronavirus (Covid-19) lockdown. Sales are also expected to increase again in the second three months of the year. | According to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index daily ranking on 1 May, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos is the world's richest man. The pandemic has also resulted in his personal wealth rising by £19bn. And the increase in online shopping has boosted the company's…
thecanary.co/global/world-analysis/2020/…

May Day People's Strike! Target, Amazon, Instacart Workers Demand Safe Conditions & Pandemic Relief
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-05-01
This May Day, an unprecedented coalition of essential workers from Amazon, Instacart, Whole Foods, Walmart, Target and FedEx are calling out sick or walking out during their lunch break to demand better health and safety conditions, along with hazard pay. Others are joining them for May Day actions that include rent strikes, car caravan protests and online organizing calling for a "People's Bailout" and economic recovery plan that prioritizes workers. We speak with Kali Akuno, co-founder and co-director of Cooperation Jackson, which issued a call for a people's strike starting May 1. "The corporations and the gov…
www.democracynow.org/2020/5/1/kali_akuno…

May Day People's Strike! Target, Amazon, Instacart Workers Demand Safe Conditions & Pandemic Relief
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-05-01
This May Day, an unprecedented coalition of essential workers from Amazon, Instacart, Whole Foods, Walmart, Target and FedEx are calling out sick or walking out during their lunch break to demand better health and safety conditions, along with hazard pay. Others are joining them for May Day actions that include rent strikes, car caravan protests and online organizing calling for a "People's Bailout" and economic recovery plan that prioritizes workers. We speak with Kali Akuno, co-founder and co-director of Cooperation Jackson, which issued a call for a people's strike starting May 1. "The corporations and the gov…
www.democracynow.org/2020/5/1/kali_akuno…

Democrats, unions set trap for workers with phony May Day Amazon strike
wsws.org | 2020-05-01
The WSWS and International Amazon Workers Voice spoke to dozens of Amazon and logistics workers, none of whom had heard of or had any say in planning this protest.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/01/amaz…

Democrats, unions set trap for workers with phony May Day Amazon strike
wsws.org | 2020-05-01
The WSWS and International Amazon Workers Voice spoke to dozens of Amazon and logistics workers, none of whom had heard of or had any say in planning this protest.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/01/amaz…

May Day car convoy calls for no worker to be left behind
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2020-05-01
Workers & unions Jim McIlroyIssue 1263 Australia may day COVID-19 SydneyMay 1, 2020About 100 vehicles joined a car convoy in Sydney to mark May D…
greenleft.org.au/content/may-day-car-con…

May Day 2020: Build a better future for people in times of multiple crises
Susan Price | greenleft.org.au | 2020-05-01
Asia & the Pacific International solidarityIssue 1263 Asia-Pacific COVID-19. May Day workers rightsMay 1, 2020Joint Statement for May Day 2020: | Build a better future for w…
greenleft.org.au/content/may-day-2020-bu…

International May Day 2020. Workers of the World Unite!
Massoud Nayeri | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-01
In order to survive the plague of global capitalism and prosper, working people must join hands nationally and internationally. | As the indisputable producers, they must become the new owners of the means of production. | There is no other solution. | ….
globalresearch.ca/international-may-day-…

We, the food workers, will sustain Zimbabwe
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-05-01
Edgar Riusere of the United Food and Allied Workers Union of Zimbabwe talks about the COVID-19 situation in the country, the issues faced by workers and the steps the union is taking to organize at a time of distancing…
peoplesdispatch.org/2020/05/01/we-the-fo…

Tamil Nadu auto workers denounce Indian government responses to COVID-19
wsws.org | 2020-05-01
Millions of workers, particularly those in the so-called informal sector, have been left without any income to purchase food and other basic items.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/01/tmln…

US: Workers Must Risk Infection or Lose Unemployment Payments
telesurenglish.net | 2020-05-01
Some, among the millions of American workers laid off because of the COVID-19, are beginning to face a tough choice

US: FEMA Ordered 100,000 Body Bags
telesurenglish.net | 2020-05-01
The U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) requested 100,000 more body bags amidst the COVID-19 outbreak. The agency ordered a similar amount in early April. | RELATED: | US: Workers Must Risk Infection or Lose Unemployment Payments | E.M. Oil Transport Inc. of Montebello, California, received the new body bags batch order. The company advertises construction vehicles, building materials, and electronics on its website. According to local news media, the delivery would a…
telesurenglish.net/news/us-fema-ordered-…

Our health over their profits: France's CGT in the thick of struggle
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-05-01
Patrick Correa of the CGT Metalworkers' union of France talks to Peoples Dispatch on the impact of COVID-19 on the workers of the country.
peoplesdispatch.org/2020/05/01/our-healt…

South Africa's largest dairy company forced to shutdown plant after workers test positive for COVID-19
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-05-01
After five workers tested positive for COVID-19 at Clover Industries' Bloemfontein plant, members of the General Industries Workers Union of South Africa (GIWUSA) forced the unit to close down production and called for nationalization…
peoplesdispatch.org/2020/05/01/south-afr…

Quebec workers denounce government's rush to "reopen" the economy amid raging COVID-19 pandemic
wsws.org | 2020-05-01
"We are being sent out to babysit so that business can make profits on the backs of working people," a Montreal teacher told the WSWS.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/01/quco…

Quebec workers denounce government's rush to "reopen" the economy amid raging COVID-19 pandemic
wsws.org | 2020-05-01
"We are being sent out to babysit so that business can make profits on the backs of working people," a Montreal teacher told the WSWS.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/01/quco…

Greek workers protest government's anti-labor policies on pretext of fighting COVID-19
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-05-01
Workers under the leadership of the All Workers Militant Front (PAME) in Greece observed the National Day of Action on April 28. PAME has demanded the abolition of the anti-worker measures introduced through bills citing the COVID-19 crisis…
peoplesdispatch.org/2020/05/01/greek-wor…

ILO: Nearly half of all world's workers may lose their jobs due to COVID-19 pandemic
Abdul Rahman | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-05-01
In the absence of strong support measures by governments across the world, the estimated loss of mostly informal jobs would result in rising poverty, starvation and inequality, an ILO report says…
peoplesdispatch.org/2020/05/01/ilo-nearl…

Colombia vows to pay health workers' back payment 6 weeks into state of emergency
Adriaan Alsema | colombiareports.com | 2020-05-01
Colombia's health minister said Thursday he will pay health workers' back payments amid confusion over where the $1.5 billion promised by President Ivan Duque six weeks ago went. In Duque's…
colombiareports.com/colombia-vows-to-pay…

As US Unemployment Reaches Great Depression Levels, Millions Still Unable to Obtain Assistance
Shannon Jones | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-01
More than 3.8 million workers in the US filed for unemployment benefits last week as the country faced the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. More than 30 million American workers have filed unemployment claims since the beginning of …
globalresearch.ca/us-unemployment-reache…

Chomsky: COVID-19 strikes, solidarity can help defeat Trump and the neoliberal assault
Aaron Maté | thegrayzone.com | 2020-05-01
Noam Chomsky on COVID-19 workers' strikes; Trump's attacks on China and the WHO; "lesser evil" voting; bipartisan war-mongering/sanctions; & what…
thegrayzone.com/2020/04/30/chomsky-covid…

Millions spent by Trump to "salute" health care workers with military flyovers
wsws.org | 2020-05-01
Vast sums of money are being spent to fly military aircraft over America's hospitals while health care workers still lack adequate protection from the coronavirus.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/01/msts…

Millions spent by Trump to "salute" health care workers with military flyovers
wsws.org | 2020-05-01
Vast sums of money are being spent to fly military aircraft over America's hospitals while health care workers still lack adequate protection from the coronavirus.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/01/msts…

Russian workers protest animal-like conditions at oil field as prime minister hospitalized with COVID-19
wsws.org | 2020-05-01
Hundreds demonstrated against Gazprom at a Siberian oil field, demanding safe working conditions and proper care for sick workers…
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/01/ruga…

Russian workers protest animal-like conditions at oil field as prime minister hospitalized with COVID-19
wsws.org | 2020-05-01
Hundreds demonstrated against Gazprom at a Siberian oil field, demanding safe working conditions and proper care for sick workers…
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/01/ruga…

#LabourDay Gift: India Begins Repatriation of Thousands of Stranded Workers Amid Lockdown
sputniknews.com | 2020-05-01
New Delhi (Sputnik): India is currently under its second phase of nationwide lockdown, which was imposed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and was later extended until 3 May. The lockdown has brought the country to a standstill, with borders shut and only essential services allowed to function.
sputniknews.com/india/202005011079158606…

Sixty-eight Amazon workers fall ill with COVID-19 at Winsen, Germany warehouse
wsws.org | 2020-05-01
While Amazon has profited massively from the coronavirus pandemic, hundreds of its workers throughout the world have become infected with COVID-19.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/01/wins…

It's going to be Amazon vs the People: Chris Smalls
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-05-01
Chris Smalls was fired from his job at Amazon's Staten Island facility in the US shortly after he raised issues regarding the lack of safety measures for workers during the COVID-19 pandemic…
peoplesdispatch.org/2020/05/01/its-going…

Stir Crazy! Episode #26: The Workers Strike Back!
Staff | therealnews.com | 2020-05-01
On today's show Vanessa Bain of the Gig Workers Collective, former Amazon employee Chris Smalls, and Danny Spitzberg of the Tech Workers Collective. Hosted by Kim Brown.
therealnews.com/stories/stir-crazy-episo…

Workers must fight back: 10 demands to make sure no worker is left behind
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2020-05-01
Workers & unions Socialist AllianceIssue 1263 Australia COVID-19 Socialist Alliance short fightback planMay 1, 2020The economic crisis created by COVID-19 means millions of…
greenleft.org.au/content/workers-must-fi…

UK: Indian Students Starving and Unable to Return Home
telesurenglish.net | 2020-05-01
The closure of borders in India left thousands of students stranded in the United Kingdom. Now they depend on food donations from charity institutions to survive. | RELATED: | Thousands of Migrants Workers Demand Indian Govt Trains to Go Back Home | According to local media, most Indian college students work part-time in low-paying jobs to support their studies in this European country. | "The confinement forced by COVID-19 has caused many of them to lose their jobs,"
telesurenglish.net/news/uk-indian-studen…

COVID-19: Turkey to send medical supplies to Somalia
yenisafak.com | 2020-05-01
Turkey will send medical supplies to Somalia to help the country combat the novel coronavirus outbreak, the presidential spokesman said on Friday."Today, by instructions of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, a cargo load of medical supplies, masks, overalls, test kits and other equipment is going to Somalia to help them against COVID-19," Ibrahim Kalin said on Twitter."Turkey stands together with Somalia and Africa against all calamities," Kalin added.Recalling Erdogan's first visit to Somalia in 2011 when "tens of thousands of people had died because of the famine," Kalin said: "The visit drew the world's attentio…
yenisafak.com/en/world/covid-19-turkey-t…

'Attention-seeking' Madonna announces she's going to 'breathe in the Covid-19 air' after testing positive for virus antibodies
rt.com | 2020-05-01
Madonna has cryptically revealed that she tested positive for coronavirus antibodies and now plans to "breathe in the Covid-19 air" in what appears to be the latest celebrity attempt to claw back some relevance during lockdown. | The 61-year-old singer divulged the results of her antibody test on Friday in her "Quarantine Diary" on Instagram. | "Took a test the other day, and I found out that I have the antibodies, so tomorrow, I'm just going to go for a long drive in the car and I'm going to roll down the win…
rt.com/news/487583-madonna-breathe-covid…

'Breathe in the COVID-19 Air': Madonna Tests Positive for Coronavirus Antibodies
sputniknews.com | 2020-05-01
People around the world are suffering due to the virus and even those who are self-quarantining in the safety of their own homes are under constant stress. And this includes celebrities, who might have vast houses, but are still trapped inside, waiting for the disease to pass.
sputniknews.com/viral/202005011079158504…

Criminal Big-Pharma Put in Charge of Covid-19 "Vaccine"
Anthony Cartalucci | thealtworld.com | 2020-05-01
Big-Pharma

Big-Pharma Put in Charge of COVID-19 "Vaccine"
Tony Cartalucci | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-01
Big-Pharma is being given billions to develop a Covid-19 "vaccine." Would you trust your health to these profit driven criminals? | Coronavirus Disease 2019 or "Covid-19″ hysteria is sweeping the globe

Welcome to the Era of the Great Disillusionment
Jonathan Cook | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-01
This is a column I have been mulling over for a while but, for reasons that should be immediately obvious, I have been hesitant to write. It is about 5G, vaccines, 9/11, aliens and lizard overlords. Or rather, it isn't. Let me preface my argument by making clear I do not intend to express any…
counterpunch.org/2020/05/01/welcome-to-t…

Welcome to the Era of the Great Disillusionment
Jonathan Cook | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-01
This is a column I have been mulling over for a while but, for reasons that should be immediately obvious, I have been hesitant to write. It is about 5G, vaccines, 9/11, aliens and lizard overlords. Or rather, it isn't. Let me preface my argument by making clear I do not intend to express any…
counterpunch.org/2020/05/01/welcome-to-t…

Millions in philanthropic gifts to accelerate coronavirus vaccine
imperial.ac.uk | 2020-05-01
More than £4 million of donations to Imperial's COVID-19 Response Fund is providing crucial support in the race for a vaccine against coronavirus.
imperial.ac.uk/news/196958/millions-philanthropic-gifts-accelerate-coronavirus-vaccine

A County Jail Battles COVID-19 and the Opioid Crisis–At the Same Time
Marcia Brown | progressive.org | 2020-05-01
The pandemic and an increase in immigration detainees create a double whammy for the rural Ohio jail.
progressive.org/dispatches/county-jail-b…

Trump and GOP to Nation: Go Bankrupt, Drop Dead
Sasha Abramsky | thenation.com | 2020-05-01
Trump and GOP to Nation: Go Bankrupt, Drop Dead…
thenation.com/article/society/trump-gop-…

If a Budding Socialist Movement Can Defeat Amazon, Imagine What Else It Can Do
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-05-01
For socialists, New York has been the site of the most important electoral campaign win yet: Ocasio-Cortez's insurgent run for the House in 2018. Her victory led to an explosion of membership in DSA nationally, the biggest jump in membership after the Sanders campaign and Donald Trump's victory. It also led to a sea change in American politics, putting critical issues like a Green New Deal on the public agenda. Less examined, however, is how Ocasio-Cortez's win was part of a massive shift in…
truthout.org/articles/if-a-budding-socia…

US Deportations Add Extra Risk to Global Public Health
Xinhua | telesurenglish.net | 2020-05-01
In the name of protecting U.S. citizens against COVID-19, Washington has recently stepped up the deportation of illegal immigrants from Mexico and Central American nations. | RELATED: | US Deports Thousands of Migrants to COVID-19 Vulnerable Nations | The U.S. authorities seem to have paid no regard that such moves at the time of a ravaging pandemic may overwhelm the often vulnerable public health systems in the recipient countries and thus pose a grave danger to the global an…
telesurenglish.net/news/US-Deportations-…

US citizens married to undocumented immigrants denied stimulus checks
wsws.org | 2020-05-01
A provision in the CARES Act prohibits stimulus checks from being sent to couples if one of them has used an individual tax ID number in jointly-filed returns.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/01/care…

Joe Biden Needs an Intervention: An Open Letter to DNC Chair Tom Perez
Norman Solomon | indybay.org | 2020-05-01
"It takes two wings to fly."
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/04/30/1883270…

Caravan for Life: Protesters in Puerto Rico Demand More Tests & Resources to Combat the Coronavirus
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-05-01
On Thursday in Puerto Rico, activists in dozens of cars held a "Caravan Por La Vida," or "Caravan for Life," through San Juan to demand the government provide more COVID-19 tests and sufficient resources for people to stay at home during the pandemic. At least 92 people have died from COVID-19 in Puerto Rico, and last week the island was reporting a testing rate lower than any U.S. state, at an abysmal average of 15 tests a day for every 100,000 people. No one in Puerto Rico has received $1,200 checks from the government, according to San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz. Police stopped the caravan and said their sou…
www.democracynow.org/2020/5/1/puerto_ric…

Bright and Shining Things
Mike Alewitz | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-01
May 4, 2020 will mark the 50th anniversary of the massacre at Kent State University (KSU). We were peacefully protesting the US invasion of Cambodia when the Ohio National Guard launched a teargas attacked and then opened fire at us. 67 shots in 13 seconds left our campus strewn with dead and wounded. Four dead…
counterpunch.org/2020/05/01/bright-and-s…

Sanitizing the Kent State Massacre
Mike Alewitz | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-01
May 4, 2020 will mark the 50th anniversary of the massacre at Kent State University (KSU). We were peacefully protesting the US invasion of Cambodia when the Ohio National Guard launched a teargas attack and then opened fire at us. 67 shots in 13 seconds left our campus strewn with dead and wounded. Four dead…
counterpunch.org/2020/05/01/sanitizing-t…

Sanitizing the Kent State Massacre
Mike Alewitz | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-01
May 4, 2020 will mark the 50th anniversary of the massacre at Kent State University (KSU). We were peacefully protesting the US invasion of Cambodia when the Ohio National Guard launched a teargas attack and then opened fire at us. 67 shots in 13 seconds left our campus strewn with dead and wounded. Four dead…
counterpunch.org/2020/05/01/sanitizing-t…

Should South Africa Follow the Law of the Jungle … or the Doctrine of Odious Debt?
Patrick Bond | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-01
South Africa's fierce debates over the costs and benefits of a proposed International Monetary Fund (IMF) bail out of $4.2 billion unveil the country's massive weaknesses and potential strengths, at a time food protests have moved from the slums of Cape Town to the Johannesburg Central Business District. Unemployment already at 40% before the Covid-19…
counterpunch.org/2020/05/01/should-south…

Colombia: Protests Over Lack of Food Aid Persist
telesurenglish.net | 2020-05-01
Colombian protests continue due to a lack of food aid and financial help. Bogota citizens demonstrated and blocked roads despite COVID-19 preventive measures. | RELATED: | Colombia: Medical Team to Assist Villavicencio Prison Inmates | As local news media reported, Barrio Quindío inhabitants gathered at the San Cristobal locality. Crowds surpassed 20 people. Protesters stated their will not to use violent demonstrations and requested Bogota's mayor presence. | Claudia Lopez, Bogo…
telesurenglish.net/news/colombia-protest…

Colombia: Medical Team to Assist Villavicencio Prison Inmates
telesurenglish.net | 2020-05-01
Colombia's National Penitentiary and Prison Institute (INPEC) Thursday decided to send a medical team to the Villavicencio prison, a public facility located in the Meta department that has 1,738 inmates and at least 421 COVID-19 cases. | RELATED: | Colombia: Hunger Protests Continue Amid Pandemic | "They will have to ensure that the social isolation protocol is respected," the INPEC Director Norberto Mujica said. | He also explained that the Penitentiary Services Unit will be in charge of hi…
telesurenglish.net/news/colombia-medical…

A Protest From France. The Great Danger of Ill-Conceived Lockdowns
Jà∂rg Guido Hàºlsmann | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-01
After WWI, the distinguished British economist Edwin Cannan was asked, somewhat reproachfully, what he did during the terrible war years. He replied: "I protested." The present article is a similar protest against the current lockdown policies put into place in | …
globalresearch.ca/protest-france/5711469

Protests over lack of government aid during lockdown intensify in Panama
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-05-01
Residents of various parts of the country have denounced that they don't have money to buy food and haven't received any aid from the government…
peoplesdispatch.org/2020/05/01/protests-…

Armed Gunmen Enter Michigan Capitol Demanding End to COVID-19 Lockdown
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-05-01
The right-wing movement against public health measures designed to stave off the coronavirus pandemic escalated on Thursday as armed gunmen were among those who stormed the Michigan state house and tried to enter the legislative chamber. | The protesters entered the building after holding a small rally outside the State House in Lansing, calling fo…
truthout.org/articles/armed-gunmen-enter…

CROWDS of Californians protest governor's order to close BEACHES over coronavirus fears (VIDEOS)
rt.com | 2020-05-01
Residents in Orange County, California turned out by the hundreds to protest Governor Gavin Newsom's order to close all beaches, in the latest outburst of frustration with Covid-19 lockdowns now entering week seven. | Newsom ordered a "hard close" of state and local beaches on Thursday, arguing that people from outside the area were coming to congregate there and posing a risk to public health. Huntington Beach, located south of Los Angeles and known as "Surf City," said it would resist. | Before the city fathers could sue, however, local residents gathered on the beach to confront mounted and heavily armed po…
rt.com/usa/487602-california-beach-prote…

Macron warns life 'won't be back to normal' as Covid-19 forces French to find new way of 'social distance' protest
rt.com | 2020-05-01
France's president has said that the national recovery would need to be 'organized,' in a speech at the Elysee Palace as the country celebrated a subdued Labor Day, while movement in the country remains tightly restricted. | Emmanuel Macron said that the end of the nationwide lockdown in 10 days would just be a tentative first step on the road to recovery from the Covid-19 crisis. | The president said life "wouldn't be back to normal" and there will be "several phases" in lifting the restrictions, with May 11 just being "one of them." He added that a "recovery [period] has to be organized"; his comments follow…
rt.com/news/487565-macron-coronavirus-ma…

CROWDS of Californians protest governor's order to close BEACHES over coronavirus fears (VIDEOS)
rt.com | 2020-05-01
Residents in Orange County, California turned out by the hundreds to protest Governor Gavin Newsom's order to close all beaches, in the latest outburst of frustration with Covid-19 lockdowns now entering week seven. | Newsom ordered a "hard close" of state and local beaches on Thursday, arguing that people from outside the area were coming to congregate there and posing a risk to public health. Huntington Beach, located south of Los Angeles and known as "Surf City," said it would resist. | Before the city fathers could sue, however, local residents gathered on the beach to confront mounted and heavily armed po…
rt.com/usa/487602-california-beach-prote…

'These are very good people': Trump urges Michigan governor to 'make a deal' with capitol protesters
rt.com | 2020-05-01
US President Donald Trump has instructed Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer to "make a deal" with the protesters who have been demonstrating against her decision to prolong the state's coronavirus lockdown measures. | While the atmosphere has been fraught in Michigan's state capitol, President Trump suggested that the matter could be resolved quite easily in a tweet on Friday. | "The Governor of Michigan should give a little, and put out the fire. These are very good people, but they are angry," he said. "They want their lives back again, safely! See them, talk to them, make a deal." | The Governor of Michigan…
rt.com/usa/487562-trump-michigan-governo…

MoveOn Protest: Twitter Rally to Demand #RealReliefNow during COVID-19
MoveOn | indybay.org | 2020-05-01
Protest online via Twitter…
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/04/30/1883270…

Protesters Stage Public Action Against COVID-19 Measures in Berlin – Video
sputniknews.com | 2020-05-01
Germany was forced to introduce lockdown measures on 17 March to battle the spread of the coronavirus in the country. However, in recent days the nation moved to relax certain restrictions reopening playgrounds, churches, and cultural institutions.
sputniknews.com/europe/20200501107915824…

Turkey Delays S-400 Deployment Due to Coronavirus Pandemic
sputniknews.com | 2020-05-01
The country was planning to make the newly acquired air defence systems operational in April despite numerous protests from the US, which had been pressuring Ankara to ditch the systems for good.
sputniknews.com/middleeast/2020050110791…

Case Asking Supreme Court to Halt Enforcement of "Stay-at-home Order". Justice Alito Orders Pennsylvania Government to Respond
Tyler Olson | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-01
Justice Samuel Alito this week ordered the Pennsylvania government to respond to arguments from a variety of Pennsylvanians asking the Supreme Court to halt enforcement of Gov. Tom Wolf's strict stay-at-home order, aimed at fighting the coronavirus, because they …
globalresearch.ca/alito-orders-pennsylva…

Tara Reade's Ex-Neighbor on Biden Sexual Assault Allegation: I Believed Her Then & I Believe Her Now
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-05-01
Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden denied sexual assault allegations against him on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" on Friday, breaking his silence after weeks of mounting pressure to respond to claims put forward by former staffer Tara Reade, who says he sexually assaulted her in 1993. In a statement, Biden said, "I want to address allegations by a former staffer that I engaged in misconduct 27 years ago. They aren't true. This never happened." Tara Reade first came forward with her allegations in March, saying Biden pushed her up against a wall and digitally penetrated her. In a Democracy Now! broadcas…
www.democracynow.org/2020/5/1/lynda_laca…

Tara Reade's Ex-Neighbor on Biden Sexual Assault Allegation: I Believed Her Then & I Believe Her Now
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-05-01
Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden denied sexual assault allegations against him on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" on Friday, breaking his silence after weeks of mounting pressure to respond to claims put forward by former staffer Tara Reade, who says he sexually assaulted her in 1993. In a statement, Biden said, "I want to address allegations by a former staffer that I engaged in misconduct 27 years ago. They aren't true. This never happened." Tara Reade first came forward with her allegations in March, saying Biden pushed her up against a wall and digitally penetrated her. In a Democracy Now! broadcas…
www.democracynow.org/2020/5/1/lynda_laca…

Dr. Donald J. Trump, M.D
Mark Fiore | progressive.org | 2020-05-01
Trump is clearly the worst possible person to be leading our country through one of the deadliest pandemics and worst economic calamity of our time.
progressive.org/dispatches/dr-donald-j-t…

Pompeo Demands Countries Block Airspace to Iran's 'Terrorist Airline' After Venezuela Deliveries
Zero Hedge | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-01
The US is going on the offensive once again against Venezuela, this time attempting to break up growing Iranian cooperation and assistance to Caracas. The two so-called 'rogue states' recently targeted for US-imposed regime change are helping each other fight …
globalresearch.ca/pompeo-demands-countri…

Pompeo Demands Countries Block Airspace To Iran's 'Terrorist Airline' After Venezuela Deliveries
Zero Hedge | iranian.com | 2020-05-01
The US is going on the offensive once again against Venezuela, this time attempting to break up growing Iranian cooperation and assistance to Caracas. The two so-called 'rogue states' recently targeted for US-imposed regime change are helping each other fight coronavirus as well as Washington-led sanctions. Specifically, Tehran has ramped up cargo deliveries related getting Venezuela's …
iranian.com/2020/04/30/pompeo-demands-co…

Syria is not under lockdown, is not the dystopian society of war propagandists
Eva Bartlett | thealtworld.com | 2020-05-01
After seeing a pathetic propaganda piece on life in Syria during Covid, shared by a Beirut-based representative for the Canadian regime…I decided to both address the shoddy article and add my own thoughts on life in Syria nowadays. | Basically, the piece claims people are cowering in fear and under lockdown here (we/they are not, there's a partial curfew, people still on the street, in mark…
thealtworld.com/eva_bartlett/syria-is-no…

Lenin on Democracy and Dictatorship & its relevance for our time
Eugene E Ruyle | indybay.org | 2020-05-01
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indybay.org/newsitems/2020/05/01/1883273…

Groundhog Day: Juan Guaidó Is Trying to Overthrow the Venezuelan Government Again
Alan Macleod | mintpressnews.com | 2020-05-01
Exactly one year since his audacious coup attempt failed spectacularly, self-declared Venezuelan president Juan Guaidó is once again trying to overthrow the government of Nicolas Maduro. "Today I speak to the patriotic soldiers of our Armed Forces who rebelled against hunger and destruction and sided with the constitution," he announced on social media last night,…
mintpressnews.com/juan-guaido-trying-to-…

Groundhog Day: Juan Guaidó Is Trying to Overthrow the Venezuelan Government Again
Alan MacLeod | thealtworld.com | 2020-05-01
One year since his audacious coup attempt failed spectacularly, Guaidó is once again trying to overthrow the government of Nicolas Maduro. | MPN– Exactly one year since his audacious coup attempt failed spectacularly, self-declared Venezuelan president Juan Guaidó is once again trying to overthrow the government of Nicolas Maduro. "Today I speak to the patriotic soldiers of our Armed Forces who rebelled against hunger and destruction and sided with the constitution," he announced on social media last night, "To the…
thealtworld.com/alan_macleod/groundhog-d…

Video: Prospects of Turkish-Russian Military Conflict in Syria
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-01
The region of Greater Idlib remains the main source of tensions in Syria. | The March 5th ceasefire deal reached by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow allowed an end to be made to the …
globalresearch.ca/video-prospects-turkis…

Electoral Triumph Spurs Green New Deal in South Korea
Tim Shorrock | thenation.com | 2020-05-01
Electoral Triumph Spurs Green New Deal in South Korea…
thenation.com/article/world/south-korea-…

The Defeat of Bernie Sanders and the Perfidy of the Democrats
Donald Monaco | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-01
The sudden collapse of Bernie Sanders' campaign for the presidency comes amidst what official sources are calling the worst influenza pandemic to hit the United States and much of the world since the misnamed 'Spanish Flu' in 1918. Sensational …
globalresearch.ca/defeat-bernie-sanders-…

If Trump is a Pathological Liar, What Type of Liar is Biden?
Bruce E. Levine | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-01
Bernie Sanders has routinely called Trump a "pathological liar." The term pathological liar, a controversial one for psychiatrists, in common usage coveys someone who is an extraordinarily unrestrained liar. And so, Bernie knows that it is in no way radical to use this term to describe the unrelentingly self-serving Trump who unhesitatingly lies if he…
counterpunch.org/2020/05/01/if-trump-is-…

Cold War of Trump/Navarro v. China: More Dangerous than COVID-19
Andre Vltchek | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-05-01
It is getting ugly, extremely ugly. It is increasingly looking like a war

The Working Life of the Meat Packer in the Time of the Plague
Gary Leupp | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-01
End of the day, factory whistle cries, Men walk through these gates with death in their eyes. And you just better believe, boy, somebody's gonna get hurt tonight, It's the working, the working, just the working life. -Bruce Springsteen, "Factory" (1978) President Trump, responding to meatpacking plant closures occasioned by COVID-19 has ordered the plants…
counterpunch.org/2020/05/01/the-working-…

"Food Supply Chain Is Breaking": Tyson Foods
Zero Hedge | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-01
News feeds in April have been inundated with food supply chain disruption stories due to coronavirus-related shutdowns. At least a third of US meatpacking facilities handling hogs have shifted offline this month, other plants that process cows and chickens …
globalresearch.ca/tyson-foods-warns-food…

Trump threatened to pull US Security Umbrella from Saudi
Juan Cole | zcomm.org | 2020-05-01
Trump insisted with OPEC+ (including Vladimir Putin's Russia) that they do their effing job and put prices back up to forestall a collapse of the US petroleum industry…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/trump-threatened-t…

First Official Cases of Coronavirus and Deadly Flooding Mark Ramadan in Yemen
Ahmed Abdulkareem | mintpressnews.com | 2020-05-01
Health officials tell MintPress that flooding has impeded coronavirus prevention measures in a country already devastated from five years of Saudi bombing that has left 70 percent of its health facilities destroyed.
mintpressnews.com/first-cases-coronaviru…

Blaming the Victim Is the West's Latest Infowar Tactic Against China
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-01
Fewer and fewer people believe Western officials and their media, which is the West's own fault for confusing their targeted audience with the mixed messages that they disseminated about COVID-19 over the past couple of months. It was an epic …
globalresearch.ca/blaming-the-victim-is-…

Roaming Charges: American Thanatos, Inc
Jeffrey St. Clair | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-01
"Poverty made a sound like a wet cough in the shadows of the room."

Experts Warn of New Nuclear Arms Race After Trump Signals US Withdrawal from START Treaty
Alan Macleod | mintpressnews.com | 2020-05-01
While much of the corporate press has blamed Russia and China for the sudden failure of multiple longstanding nuclear treaties, experts put the blame on squarely on the Trump administration.
mintpressnews.com/experts-warn-of-new-nu…

Harvard Postpones Commencement Indefinitely? Tele-Education and Tele-Medicine
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-01
Founded in 1636, Harvard commencements began in 1642, a handful of graduates alone in its early years, nine in 1642. | There were few college entrants at that time. In the 17th century after the school's founding, there were no graduates …
globalresearch.ca/harvard-postpones-comm…

Trump Regime Threatens Escalated War on China by Other Means
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-01
Hegemons aren't like other nations. They operate extrajudicially on the world stage by their own rules

Hating Arabs as a Common Ground: Why Israel's Coalition Government is Likely to Survive
Ramzy Baroud | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-01
Shortly after an agreement to form a "national emergency government" in Israel, leader of the Blue and White (Kahol Lavan) party, Benny Gantz, tweeted triumphantly that 'democracy' in Israel has been 'safeguarded'. But how is a deal that would grant Israel's right-wing Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, a veto power over the very judicial system which…
counterpunch.org/2020/05/01/hating-arabs…

Hating Arabs as a Common Ground: Why Israel's Coalition Government is Likely to Survive
Ramzy Baroud | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-01
Shortly after an agreement to form a "national emergency government" in Israel, leader of the Blue and White (Kahol Lavan) party, Benny Gantz, tweeted triumphantly that 'democracy' in Israel has been 'safeguarded'. But how is a deal that would grant Israel's right-wing Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, a veto power over the very judicial system which…
counterpunch.org/2020/05/01/hating-arabs…

Podcast: Netanyahu's Fake Documents Pushed the US Towards War
Kyle Anzalone | anti-empire.com | 2020-05-01
On FPF #486, I discuss how Israel apparently used fake documents to push Trump towards war with Iran in April 2018. | Gareth Porter has a great article out that explains how it is clear the documents were forgeries. | Netanyahu released the documents in April of 2018 before Trump withdrew from the Iran Nuclear Deal and imposed a 'maximum pressure' sanctions campaign against Iran. | The economic war – and other provocative actions by Trump – has moved the US un…
anti-empire.com/netanyahus-fake-document…

Hasidic Jews Defy New York's Lockdown
Philip Giraldi | thealtworld.com | 2020-05-01
When does religious observance override community health? | Last Tuesday an estimated 2,500 male Hasidic Jews gathered in the streets of the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn to attend the funeral of Rabbi Chaim Mertz. The gathering was contrary to New York City's coronavirus lockdown, which forbids gatherings of more than ten persons while also mandating that individuals must maintain "social distancing" of at least six…
thealtworld.com/philip_giraldi/hasidic-j…

Why Keir Starmer cosying up to India's far-right government is utterly unacceptable
Bharath Syal | thecanary.co | 2020-05-01
On 30 April, UK Labour leader Keir Starmer faced criticism for backtracking on the party's previous commitment to Kashmiri people living under Indian occupation. This comes amid rising far-right nationalism in India, and the erosion of the country's…
thecanary.co/global/world-analysis/2020/…

Florida governor reopening state while suppressing reporting of COVID-19 deaths
wsws.org | 2020-05-01
The Florida Department of Health is blocking medical examiners from reporting the accurate number of COVID-19 deaths.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/01/flor…

How to Think Post-Planet Lockdown
Andrey Areshev | strategic-culture.org | 2020-05-01
Pepe ESCOBAR | Between unaccountability of elites and total fragmentation of civil society, Covid-19 as a circuit breaker is showing how the king

Dozens of decaying corpses found piled in unrefrigerated trucks at New York City funeral home
wsws.org | 2020-05-01
More than 18,000 New York City residents have so far died from COVID-19, and the city's ability to deal with the bodies is at the breaking point.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/01/corp…

Detroit mayor pushes back-to-work agenda as COVID-19 cases rise across Michigan
wsws.org | 2020-05-01
The number of confirmed cases and deaths across the state of Michigan continues rising as Democratic Governor Whitmer and Mayor Mike Duggan push for a rapid reopening of Detroit.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/01/dugg…

The Tenderloin Containment Zone: A Photo Essay
Marc Norton | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-01
San Francisco

The Small Business Loan Racket
Eve Ottenberg | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-01
A scandal blew up over the small business loan fund recently. The first, $350 billion Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) was created to help small business

Dr. Anthony Fauci: COVID-19 "May Turn Out to be Like a Bad Flu Season". His Peer Reviewed Article Versus His Public Statements
Ana Laura Palomino García | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-01
Dr. Anthony Fauci and two co-authors published an article on March 26, 2020 in the New England Journal of Medicine. | Anthony Fauci is head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. In the article, linked below, he states …
globalresearch.ca/dr-fauci-covid-19-may-…

Draft Dodger Trump Charts Course for War With China
Andrey Areshev | strategic-culture.org | 2020-05-01
It's a grim number. This week sees the United States' death toll from the Covid-19 pandemic exceeding the total number of American troops that were killed during the decade-long Vietnam War

The Small Business Loan Racket
Eve Ottenberg | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-01
A scandal blew up over the small business loan fund recently. The first, $350 billion Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) was created to help small business

"They're Writing COVID On All the Death Certificates": NYC Funeral Directors Doubt Legitimacy of Deaths Attributed to Pandemic
Project Veritas Action | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-01
Project Veritas today released another video featuring conversations with funeral home directors and their staff throughout New York City questioning the number of deaths officially attributed to the COVID-19 pandemic. | *** | Project Veritas today released another video featuring conversations with …
globalresearch.ca/funeral-directors-covi…

New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman calls for letting COVID-19 run rampant
wsws.org | 2020-05-01
Friedman has published an op-ed endorsing a policy of allowing large portions of the US population to be infected with COVID-19.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/01/frie…

The Tenderloin Containment Zone: A Photo Essay
Marc Norton | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-01
San Francisco

Back to the Future: 'Evil Communist' Bogeyman Returns
Andrey Areshev | strategic-culture.org | 2020-05-01
U.S. pundits and politicians have with gusto taken to dusting off an old bogeyman

For World's Rarest Great Ape, COVID-19 Is Latest in a Litany of Threats
Ayat S. Karokaro | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-01
The COVID-19 pandemic has become the latest threat to the Tapanuli orangutan in Indonesia, the rarest great ape species of all and one already under severe pressure from a range of human threats. | The critically endangered species, Pongo tapanuliensis…
globalresearch.ca/world-rarest-great-ape…

The radical right is weaponising COVID-19 online
graham | truepublica.org.uk | 2020-05-01
By Bethan Johnson: In the last four months, Coronavirus (COVID-19) has spread across every populated continent and infected more than two million people, with estimates of many more to come. More than just a tragic outbreak of an infectious disease, COVID-19 is proving to be something of a social and political Rorschach Test. Before movement …
truepublica.org.uk/united-kingdom/the-radical-right-is-weaponising-covid-19-online/

No Going Back–The COVID-19 pandemic theses
Eds. | mronline.org | 2020-05-01
We live in the age of the pandemic. We live in an age of environmental destruction and climate change. None of these are natural disasters–they all result from the way society and production is currently organised.
mronline.org/2020/05/01/no-going-back-th…

Hole in the Ozone Layer Over Arctic Is Closed, WMO Confirms
telesurenglish.net | 2020-05-01
The United Nations World Meteorological Organization (WMO) reported that the hole in the ozone layer, which meteorologists detected in the Arctic in March, is closed now. | RELATED: | Global Climate Fight Continues Despite Isolation | "The ozone depletion levels were worse than those detected in 2011, but it has already returned to normal, due to weather factors, and the ho…
telesurenglish.net/news/Hole-in-the-Ozon…

American Police Have Stashed Away Billions-And You Are Paying The Bill
Staff | therealnews.com | 2020-05-01
The first part of our investigation into the hidden costs of policing reveals the exorbitant amount of money funneled to police through police pension funds; a PAR conversation with guest Otto the Watchdog…
therealnews.com/stories/pamerican-police…

CARICOM Observer Team for Guyana Elections Recount Arrives
telesurenglish.net | 2020-05-01
The three-member team is led by Ms. Cynthia Barrow-Giles, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Government at the University of the West Indies (UWI), and includes Mr. John Jarvis, Commissioner of the Antigua and Barbuda Electoral Commission and Mr. Sylvester King, Deputy Supervisor of Elections of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
telesurenglish.net/news/CARICOM-Observer…

The Yemeni Quagmire
Azhar Azam | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-01
A Saudi-led coalition has rejected the enforcement of a "self-administration rule" by the Southern Transitional Council (STC) in Yemen and called on all the parties to honor the Riyadh Agreement that includes the formation of a technocrat government with equal …
globalresearch.ca/yemeni-quagmire/571148…

Podcast: Dan Kovalik on How Sanctions and Humanitarian Interventions are Used to Plunder Nations
Mnar Muhawesh | mintpressnews.com | 2020-05-01
Dan Kovalik discusses the history of Washington's policy of sanctions and humanitarian intervention, a policy that provides the framework for the mass pillaging of foreign nations on behalf of the U.S. establishment.
mintpressnews.com/podcast-dan-kovalik-us…

This Chart Shows How the Fed Manipulated Junk Bonds to Help the Dow
Pam Martens, Russ Martens | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-01
Thus far, the highly controversial corporate bond buying programs that the Federal Reserve first announced on March 23 have yet to spend a dime according to a spokesperson for the New York Fed, the regional Fed bank that is overseeing almost all of Wall Street's emergency bailout programs today as well as during the financial…
counterpunch.org/2020/05/01/this-chart-s…

Corporate Looting as 'Rescue Plan,' Robber Barons as 'Saviors'
Joshua Cho | fair.org | 2020-05-01
Framing a massive corporate bailout as a "rescue package" (NPR, 3/27/20) was a PR coup. | For a perfect illustration of how corporate media function as ruling class propaganda, watch how they spin a titanic upward redistribution of wealth as a "rescue plan" for the US economy, and paint a robber baron like US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin as…
fair.org/home/corporate-looting-as-rescu…

Remdesivir as "miracle drug": Back-to-work propaganda vs. science
wsws.org | 2020-05-01
The media's adulation of this "breakthrough" takes place in the midst of an increasingly frenzied effort to create the impression that the virus is "under control" and the crisis is all but over.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/01/pers…

Arab dictatorships and the virus
Abdel Bari Atwan | thealtworld.com | 2020-05-01
Repressive regimes have been relatively successful at containing the pandemic. Their real problems begin once it's over. | There is no disputing that the majority of Arab states are governed by dictatorial regimes, varying only in degree. But its must be admitted, as even some Western observers concede, that these dictatorships have proven effective at confronting the coronavirus outbreak and containing its spread. They have done so by imposing drastic measures such as states of emergency and curfews in addition to closing down shops, businesses and places of worship. As a result, infection rates in most countrie…
thealtworld.com/abdel_bari_atwan/arab-di…

Remdesivir as "miracle drug": Back-to-work propaganda vs. science
wsws.org | 2020-05-01
The media's adulation of this "breakthrough" takes place in the midst of an increasingly frenzied effort to create the impression that the virus is "under control" and the crisis is all but over.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/01/pers…

Coronavirus and the Increase in Domestic Violence
David Rosen | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-01
Americans are paying dearly as they suffer through the coronavirus epidemic. The costs of inadequate testing, poor medical care and even death in isolation are only compounded by the nation's staggering economy, mounting unemployment rate and uncertainty of recovery. Making matters worse, there has been an increase in domestic violence.
counterpunch.org/2020/05/01/coronavirus-…

Coronavirus Pandemic Has Exposed "Violence of Social Inequality"
Thomas Piketty | zcomm.org | 2020-05-01
As nearly 30 million Americans have filed for unemployment in just six weeks and millions worldwide face hunger and poverty, we look at the global economic catastrophe triggered by the pandemic and its impact on the most vulnerable…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/coronavirus-pandem…

All of the Coronavirus Models Were Wrong
Michael Snyder | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-01
How is it possible that all of the coronavirus models could have been so completely and utterly wrong about what was going to happen? Very early in this pandemic, some models that were predicting millions of deaths caused quite a …
globalresearch.ca/all-coronavirus-models…

It's Crucial to Distinguish Between Can't and Won't–With a Million Lives at Stake
Jim Naureckas | fair.org | 2020-05-01
CNN ( 5/1/20) fails to note that its expert is predicting a seven-figure death toll for the United States. | In a story predicting two more years for the coronavirus pandemic, CNN ( 5/1/20) quotes Michael Osterholm, who directs the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota: "This thing's not going to stop until it infects 60 to 70% of people," he said. "The idea that this is going to be done soon defies micr…
fair.org/home/its-crucial-to-distinguish…

Jim Naureckas on Coronavirus False Choices, Peter Maybarduk on Pharmaceutical Price-Gouging
CounterSpin | fair.org | 2020-05-01
Media…
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El Salvador's President faces criticism for violating rights of imprisoned gang members
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-05-01
National and international human rights organizations have condemned the president's actions as the crackdown on inmates comes amid fears over the spread of the novel coronavirus…
peoplesdispatch.org/2020/05/01/el-salvad…

Video: Nobel Prize-Winning Scientist Who Discovered HIV Says Coronavirus Was Created in Laboratory
Paul Anthony Taylor | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-01
In a highly significant development, Professor Luc Montagnier, the French scientist who shared the 2008 Nobel Prize in Medicine for discovery of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), has added his voice to those who believe the new coronavirus was …
globalresearch.ca/nobel-prize-winning-sc…

Video: Planet of the Humans. Michael Moore's Documentary
Michael Moore | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-01
Michael Moore presents Planet of the Humans, a documentary that dares to say what no one else will this Earth Day

Surveillance System and Privacy: Britain's NHS Ordered to Hand Over Security Keys of NHS Data to UK Intel and Security Authority GCHQ
Rob Woodward | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-01
Britain's NHS has become the latest target for big tech to stick its money funnel into and harvest our most personal and private data. It was bad enough that the state illegally and secretly stole our privacy, captured our secrets, …
globalresearch.ca/nhs-ordered-hand-over-…

Scuttling New START Treaty: Trump's China Distraction
Dr. Binoy Kampmark | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-01
"If we want to preserve strategic stability using arms control as a counterpart of that, as a tool in that toolkit, then China should be in as well."

Johnson pledges to "restart the economy" as pandemic rages in UK
wsws.org | 2020-05-01
The continuing loss of life barely registered with a national media obsessed with reporting which chain store is opening its doors, when the lockdown "exit strategy" might be announced, and the prime minister's new baby.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/01/couk…

What Cuba Has to Teach, in Pandemic Times and Beyond
Diana Block | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-01
In July 2019, I visited the Cuban Institute for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (CIGB) as part of the 50th Anniversary Venceremos Brigade. We were impressed by the many scientific advances that the Institute had achieved, including the development of interferons to successfully fight viral diseases such as dengue and ebola. Little did we imagine that…
counterpunch.org/2020/05/01/what-cuba-ha…

At least 31 US states easing restrictions despite rising pandemic death toll
wsws.org | 2020-05-01
Trump is promoting a reckless and criminal policy of reopening the economy, placing the health and lives of countless millions of Americans in danger.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/01/open…

What Cuba Has to Teach, in Pandemic Times and Beyond
Diana Block | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-01
In July 2019, I visited the Cuban Institute for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (CIGB) as part of the 50th Anniversary Venceremos Brigade. We were impressed by the many scientific advances that the Institute had achieved, including the development of interferons to successfully fight viral diseases such as dengue and ebola. Little did we imagine that…
counterpunch.org/2020/05/01/what-cuba-ha…

Roaming Charges: American Thanatos, Inc
Andrey Areshev | strategic-culture.org | 2020-05-01
We are witnessing an all-out push to salvage and bailout the very industries that helped create, spread, exacerbate, deny and exploit the global pandemic which is killing hundreds of thousands of people. Apparently, the only lessons learned from the current crisis will be how to make the next one even worse.
strategic-culture.org/news/2020/05/01/ro…

A Letter From Viet Nam on the 45th Anniversary of the End of the War
Mark Ashwill | zcomm.org | 2020-05-01
While 1966 was a time of war, embargo, deprivation, and suffering caused by the US, 2020 is one of unprecedented economic well-being, continued optimism, and access to knowledge, experience, and resources.
zcomm.org/znetarticle/a-letter-from-viet…

Go Back to Work, or Starve
Jon Schwarz | zcomm.org | 2020-05-01
From the point of view of the masters of humankind, it's worth any number of dead Americans to stop us from asking: If we can use the power of the government on a huge scale in a crisis like this, what else can we do?jon sc…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/go-back-to-work-or…

NHS ordered to hand over security keys of NHS data to GCHQ
graham | truepublica.org.uk | 2020-05-01
By Rob Woodward

Australian governments rushing to reverse lockdown measures
wsws.org | 2020-05-01
Official modelling openly acknowledges that the policies being pursued by governments will result in a "higher number of cases, hospitalisations and deaths."
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/01/aust…

PSL condemns terrorist attack on Cuban Embassy
Party for Socialism and Liberation | liberationnews.org | 2020-05-01
Cuba is not alone. The world stands with Cuba.
liberationnews.org/psl-condemns-terroris…

Cuba denounces attack on diplomatic mission in the US
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-05-01
On April 30, in the early hours of the morning, a terrorist attack was perpetrated against the embassy of the Republic of Cuba to the United States in Washington. According to the statement by the Cuban Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bruno Rodríguez, an unknown man shot several times at the embassy's building using an assault rifle. | At the moment of the attack, ten Cuban officials and diplomats were inside the building. Fortunately, none of the diplomatic officials or any other staff members were injured. The aggressor was arrested by local authorities and is currently in their custody. | Cuba's foreign minister…
peoplesdispatch.org/2020/05/01/cuba-deno…

PSL denuncia ataque terrorista a Embajada Cubana
Party for Socialism and Liberation | liberationnews.org | 2020-05-01
Cuba no está sola. El mundo está con Cuba.
liberationnews.org/psl-denuncia-ataque-t…

Why the Oil and Gas Industry Will Never be the Same
Marshall Auerback | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-01
When a staple commodity collapses to negative value it signals that something is clearly amiss in the global economy. When it is a global energy source like crude oil, it does not just signal pain in the oil patch, but an economic dislocation evocative of the Great Depression. Rare is the time when a commodity…
counterpunch.org/2020/05/01/why-the-oil-…

So We're All in This Together…Really? What About Big Oil?
Charlotte Dennett | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-01
What are we make of the fact that the price of oil tanked to below zero per barrel on April 22, the greatest drop in history? The price has gone up slightly since then, hovering around $16 a barrel on April 25th, but it is still severely depressed. Who will suffer from this? And perhaps more importantly, who will gain?
counterpunch.org/2020/05/01/so-were-all-…

Meat/Mental Health Story Latest in Fake Nutritional Science
Martha Rosenberg | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-01
"Meat Improves Mental Health" mainstream media blasted out this week, without mentioning the "study," published in Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition, was funded by an "unrestricted research grant from the Beef Checkoff, through the National Cattlemen's Beef Association." Such fake science from the meat industry is becoming more common as people drop meat. Whereas only…
counterpunch.org/2020/05/01/meat-mental-…

How To Make the Best of the Mess Our Ruling Class Has Made
Andrew Levine | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-01
It seems like eons ago, though, according to the calendar, it has been barely more than two months, since social distancing, compulsive hand washing, and other manifestations of acute germaphobia stopped being colorful eccentricities or, in extreme cases, signs of mental illness, rather than unavoidable underpinnings of daily life; and since, on the political scene,…
counterpunch.org/2020/05/01/how-to-make-…

The Youth and the Looming Economic Crisis: Prospects for Radical Change
Gary Olson | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-01
History shows us that economic crises do not become political crises that severely threaten the ruling order until a critical mass of people come to the realization that the system itself is rotten, unbearable and incapable of meaningful reform.

How To Make the Best of the Mess Our Ruling Class Has Made
Andrew Levine | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-01
It seems like eons ago, though, according to the calendar, it has been barely more than two months, since social distancing, compulsive hand washing, and other manifestations of acute germaphobia stopped being colorful eccentricities or, in extreme cases, signs of mental illness, rather than unavoidable underpinnings of daily life; and since, on the political scene,…
counterpunch.org/2020/05/01/how-to-make-…

The Biomass Fiasco
Robert Hunziker | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-01
Stop cutting down trees for biomass… STOP WOODY BIOMASS! That should be a bumper sticker on every vehicle in America and around the world as easy-to-read bumper stickers are more effective than many forms of advertising. And, just for starters, maybe plaster that new biomass bumper sticker over the old one that reads:…
counterpunch.org/2020/05/01/the-biomass-…

Virtual Liberation in Italy
Robert L. Kendrick | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-01
For most years in Italy, April 25th would be a day of commemoration and sociability. It marks the 1945 call from the anti-Nazi Committee of National Liberation (CLN) for the final uprising against the German occupiers and Mussolini's puppet regime, and is thus Liberation Day, with special emphasis on the Italian Resistance of 1943-45. It…
counterpunch.org/2020/05/01/virtual-libe…

The Myth of the V-Shaped US Economic Recovery
Jack Rasmus | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-01
The spin is in! Trump administration economic 'message bearers', Steve Mnuchin, US Treasury Secretary, and Kevin Hasset, senior economic adviser to Trump, this past Sunday on the Washington TV talking heads circuit launched a coordinated effort to calm the growing public concern that the current economic contraction may be as bad (or worse) than the…
counterpunch.org/2020/05/01/the-myth-of-…

The Biomass Fiasco
Robert Hunziker | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-01
Stop cutting down trees for biomass… STOP WOODY BIOMASS! That should be a bumper sticker on every vehicle in America and around the world as easy-to-read bumper stickers are more effective than many forms of advertising. And, just for starters, maybe plaster that new biomass bumper sticker over the old one that reads:…
counterpunch.org/2020/05/01/the-biomass-…

"Reopening the Economy" Isn't the Way to Save Restaurants. What Is?
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-05-01
In the early days of shelter-in-place, I cooperated with some friends in Sacramento's city government on a concept designed to channel money to local restaurants so that they could keep dollars flowing to at least some employees. | The idea was pretty straightforward: When we go out to restaurants, to bars, or to cafés, we are willing to pay a premium for our food and our drink because we value the social camaraderie we find in such places. Essentially, in addition to paying for the raw ingredients of the…
truthout.org/articles/reopening-the-econ…

"Reopening the Economy" Isn't the Way to Save Restaurants. What Is?
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-05-01
In the early days of shelter-in-place, I cooperated with some friends in Sacramento's city government on a concept designed to channel money to local restaurants so that they could keep dollars flowing to at least some employees. | The idea was pretty straightforward: When we go out to restaurants, to bars, or to cafés, we are willing to pay a premium for our food and our drink because we value the social camaraderie we find in such places. Essentially, in addition to paying for the raw ingredients of the…
truthout.org/articles/reopening-the-econ…

'Illegitimate presence': Iran says Persian Gulf confrontation was sparked by US Navy encroaching on planned drills
rt.com | 2020-05-01
A US-Iran confrontation in the Persian Gulf earlier this month kicked off due to the US Navy's unauthorised presence during Iran's planned military drills, a senior Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) official has said. | IRGC naval commander Alireza Tangsiri told local media that the US forces were an "illegitimate presence" at the planned military maneuvers, "so they were ordered to leave." | Also on rt.com | | 'Dangerous & harassing'? WATCH Iranian boats buzz US Navy vessels 'patrolling' Persian Gulf | Responding to US accusations that the IRGC f…
rt.com/news/487581-iran-navy-gulf-illegi…

'That's a hell of a video!' Trump's reaction to Pentagon's declassified UFO footage leaves ET hunters puzzled
rt.com | 2020-05-01
Weighing in on recently declassified footage of "unexplained aerial phenomena"

Poorest in England MORE THAN TWICE as likely to die from Covid-19 as richest, new stats reveal
rt.com | 2020-05-01
New UK figures show that the deadly coronavirus does indeed discriminate in unequal societies, and badly, revealing that Covid-19 deaths in the most deprived areas of England are over double the amount in the least deprived areas. | Data published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) on F…
rt.com/uk/487505-coronavirus-deaths-doub…

WHO's not invited? World Health Organization seeks permission to participate in China's investigation into Covid-19 origins
rt.com | 2020-05-01
The World Health Organization (WHO) has said that Beijing is investigating the origins of the novel coronavirus that first appeared in Wuhan, but the agency has so far been prevented from participating in the probe. | It has now said that it wants an invitation to take part in China's investigation into the outbreak of Covid-19. Tarik Jasarevic, a spokesman for the WHO, said the organization "would be keen to work" at the "invitation of the Chinese…
rt.com/news/487530-who-covid-investigati…

Alex Jones threatens to EAT GLOBALISTS (and neighbors) to keep children from starving amid Covid-19 pandemic
rt.com | 2020-05-01
Infowars founder Alex Jones is trending on social media and making waves with critics, including his ex-wife, thanks to a video rant where he says he's ready to cannibalize his neighbors to survive the Covid-19 pandemic. | "I'll admit it. I will eat my neighbors. I'm not letting my kids die. I'm just going to be honest," Jones said during a live broadcast of his show this week. | Jones continued to rant about having a "few years" worth of food stored up, but he doubled down on the promise to "eat" his neighbors should it come to that. | "I'm literally looking at my neighbors now, going, 'Am I ready to hang the…
rt.com/usa/487595-alex-jones-eat-neighbo…

Mayor of Nice calls for Covid-19 'health passports' to enter or leave France
rt.com | 2020-05-01
The mayor of Nice has urged French PM Edouard Philippe to introduce new travel controls during the Covid-19 pandemic through "health passports" in the parts of France which border other countries. | Christian Estrosi posted the details of his letter on Facebook a day after PM Philippe unveiled plans to ease France's lockdown in May, including finally increasing the strict one-kilometer movement limit to 100km of a person's home. Philippe warned that people would need t…
rt.com/news/487573-france-health-passpor…

Russia reports almost 8,000 new Covid-19 cases in a record daily rise
rt.com | 2020-05-01
Russian health officials have recorded 7,933 new Covid-19 cases since Thursday, according to the daily update. It brings the total number of coronavirus infections in the country to 114,431. | Moscow remains the biggest hotbed for the outbreak, with roughly half of the identified cases localized in the capital. The death toll in Russia stands at 13,220, after 96 more people succumbed to the disease. | On Thursday, Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin tested positive for coronavirus. He revealed his diagnosis du…
rt.com/newsline/487504-russia-coronaviru…

Remdesivir approved for emergency use for Covid-19 treatment in US despite lackluster clinical trials
rt.com | 2020-05-01
The antiviral drug remdesivir has been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration for emergency use for Covid-19 treatment, despite mixed clinical results and lingering scientific questions. | Remdesivir, made exclusively by Gilead, received FDA approval for emergency use on Friday after appearing to show clinical benefit in a single trial conducted by the National Institute for Allergy and Infections Disease (NIAID). Gilead has pledged to donate 1.5 million doses of the drug, and the stockpile currently on hand will be distributed to hospitals starting on Monday, according to Vice President Mike Pence.
rt.com/usa/487596-remdesivir-approved-fd…

ANOTHER Russian minister diagnosed with Covid-19, after PM ends up in hospital
rt.com | 2020-05-01
Russia's Minister of Construction and Housing, as well as his deputy, have been hospitalized with coronavirus. This comes a day after PM Mikhail Mishustin informed the president he was being admitted to hospital due to Covid-19. | The ministry's press service broke the news on Vladimir Yakushev's test late on Friday. While he and his deputy, Dmitry Volkov, have been hospitalized, another of Yakushev's deputies, Nikita Stasishin, has stepped up as acting minister. | "I'll be treated at one of the city's clinics, in the care of medics. I'll be keeping in close touch," the minister said. | Yakushev is the second…
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Remdesivir approved for emergency use for Covid-19 treatment in US despite lackluster clinical trials
rt.com | 2020-05-01
The antiviral drug remdesivir has been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration for emergency use for Covid-19 treatment, despite mixed clinical results and lingering scientific questions. | Remdesivir, made exclusively by Gilead, received FDA approval for emergency use on Friday after appearing to show clinical benefit in a single trial conducted by the National Institute for Allergy and Infections Disease (NIAID). Gilead has pledged to donate 1.5 million doses of the drug, and the stockpile currently on hand will be distributed to hospitals starting on Monday, according to Vice President Mike Pence.
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'That's a hell of a video!' Trump's reaction to Pentagon's declassified UFO footage leaves ET hunters puzzled
rt.com | 2020-05-01
Weighing in on recently declassified footage of "unexplained aerial phenomena"

Heads up! More than 16,000kg of EXTRATERRESTRIAL MATERIAL blasts Earth every year, study reveals
rt.com | 2020-05-01
Groundbreaking fresh research has revealed that Earth is under constant assault from the heavens with 16,000kg of space material raining down on our planet every year. | A team of UK scientists went to Antarctica to hunt for meteorites in order to work out how often Earth is battered by space projectiles. It turns out that it happens all the time, as their calculations revealed that more than 16,000kg of meteorite material with a mass above 50g wallops the planet each year. | When smaller material is included, the figure rockets up to a staggering total of 40 million, but this is mostly made up of fine space d…
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Bezos ordered to testify in Congress, as Amazon accused of 'possibly criminally false' statements on business practices
rt.com | 2020-05-01
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has been ordered to testify before Congress by the House Judiciary Committee, which has accused the corporation of lying about its private labeling practices to cover up possible antitrust violations. | In a letter the committee sent to Bezos on Friday, the e-commerce behemoth is accused of making "misleading, and possibly criminally false or perjurious statements" in previous testimony before the judiciary. Citing Amazon's sworn testimony that it "does not use any s…
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Bezos ordered to testify in Congress, as Amazon accused of 'possibly criminally false' statements on business practices
rt.com | 2020-05-01
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has been ordered to testify before Congress by the House Judiciary Committee, which has accused the corporation of lying about its private labeling practices to cover up possible antitrust violations. | In a letter the committee sent to Bezos on Friday, the e-commerce behemoth is accused of making "misleading, and possibly criminally false or perjurious statements" in previous testimony before the judiciary. Citing Amazon's sworn testimony that it "does not use any s…
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Will OPEC+ production cuts agreement save the troubled oil market?
rt.com | 2020-05-01
The historic oil deal meant to help crude prices rebound amid the coronavirus crisis has come into force. Starting today, global oil production is set to be slashed by nearly 10 million barrels per day. | On April 12, the group known as OPEC+, which includes 13 members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and 10 other major oil-producing states led by Russia, finalized the deal to cut crude output. Effective for two years, the accord includes several stages. The initial 9.7 million…
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Global smartphone market suffers largest annual decline in history due to coronavirus pandemic
rt.com | 2020-05-01
The coronavirus has hit the global smartphone market hard, sinking worldwide shipments by up to 13 percent in the first quarter of 2020, new data from analyst firms shows. | While the International Data Corporation (IDC) says that the smartphones shipments tumbled 11.7 percent, analysts from Counterpoint Research and Canalys indicate that they fell even worse – by 13 percent. Whichever numbers are more accurate, this means that the global smartphone market declined the fastest ever. | Companies shipped fewer than 300 million smartphones in the first three months of 2020, with the IDC quarterly mobile tracker s…
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North Korea's Kim makes public appearance at FERTILIZER PLANT amid death rumors fueled by Trump's 'no comments' (PHOTOS)
rt.com | 2020-05-01
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has made his first public appearance in weeks, at a fertilizer factory north of Pyongyang. The state media reports and photos, however, have not entirely dispelled speculations about his health. | A news broadcast by the North Korean state radio said that Kim cut the ribbon on a fertilizer plant in Sunchon, in South Phyongan Province, on Friday. He was accompanied by his sister Kim Yo-jong and several other officials. The Sunchon event was also reported by the state news agency KCNA, and by South Korea's news agency Yonhap, who said it "contradicted rumors" about Kim's health.
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Stocks and Chinese yuan cave in on Trump's China tariff threat
rt.com | 2020-05-01
US President Donald Trump's renewed attack on Beijing over the coronavirus crisis has sunk the Chinese national currency, the yuan, to a one month-low, while global markets also dipped lower. | The yuan fell by 0.7 percent in morning trading on Friday, before crawling back up to 7.0632, but was still down versus the dollar. | Bourses in Hong Kong and Shanghai, as well as some other markets is Asia, were closed for a holiday on Friday. The Japanese market was one of the few that was open, with its benchmark Nikkei index finishing the trading day nearly three percent lower. Meanwhile, Australian shares faced the…
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Wall Street tumbles as US threatens China with tariffs
rt.com | 2020-05-01
US stocks are facing a second straight day of losses, after President Donald Trump threatened to unleash a new barrage of retaliatory tariffs on China over the coronavirus crisis. | The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell over 400 points while both the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq Composite lost around two percent.Thus all three indexes extended Thursday losses that came on gloomy jobless data. | Most European and Asian markets were closed for holidays on Friday. The London Stock Exchange was one of the few working, wi…
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Ireland extends coronavirus lockdown to May 18 as PM gives first details for easing restrictions
rt.com | 2020-05-01
The Irish government on Friday announced a further extension to the country's lockdown measures, with Prime Minister Leo Varadkar saying they would remain in place until May 18; then first steps to ease restrictions will be made. | Varadkar said the Irish economy would reopen in five stages, with each successive easing dependent on the level of coronavirus infections being kept under control. The current travel limit for personal exercise will be extended from two to five kilometers from Tuesday, while people aged over 70

What's in the archives? Panicked Biden tries to dodge search for sexual assault claims proof in bizarre Morning Joe interview
rt.com | 2020-05-01
Democratic presidential frontrunner Joe Biden came off panicked in an interview that was supposed to put the Tara Reade sexual assault allegations to rest, raising questions about what incriminating evidence is in his archives. | An increasingly nervous Biden appeared to unravel before viewers' eyes in an interview with Mika Brzezinski on Morning Joe on Friday. The former vice president became noticeably agitated as the host pushed him to allow a search for former Senate staffer Tara Reade's name in his personal archives at the University of Delaware, records the university recently ordered re-sealed until two…
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Oil prices grow as historic OPEC+ production cut deal comes into effect
rt.com | 2020-05-01
The prices for Brent crude and WTI have increased after the hard-fought OPEC+ deal took effect on Friday. The oil market had seen a dramatic crash last month due to global glut and fears of a lack of storage capacity. | The price for Brent crude oil (ICE) has grown by 1.77 percent, reaching nearly $27 per barrel. The price for WTI (Nymex), meanwhile, currently stands at $19.35 per barrel, which is a 2.7 percent increase. | On April 12, the members of OPEC and other oil-producing countries, including Russia and Mexico, agreed to cut production by 9.7 million barrels per day for May and June, marking the biggest…
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'Never happened': Joe Biden rejects sexual assault allegation by former staffer in first public comment on accusation
rt.com | 2020-05-01
US Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden has finally spoken about the allegation of sexual misconduct by his former staffer Tara Reade, saying in his first statement on the issue that the alleged incident "never happened." | "I want to address allegations by a former staffer that I engaged in misconduct 27 years ago," Biden wrote. "They aren't true. This never happened." | Public and media pressure had been mounting on Biden to address the allegations directly, given that only his campaign had commented on Reade's claims until now. | Biden said that while the details of the allegations of harassment and se…
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'Never happened': Joe Biden rejects sexual assault allegation by former staffer in first public comment on accusation
rt.com | 2020-05-01
US Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden has finally spoken about the allegation of sexual misconduct by his former staffer Tara Reade, saying in his first statement on the issue that the alleged incident "never happened." | "I want to address allegations by a former staffer that I engaged in misconduct 27 years ago," Biden wrote. "They aren't true. This never happened." | Public and media pressure had been mounting on Biden to address the allegations directly, given that only his campaign had commented on Reade's claims until now. | Biden said that while the details of the allegations of harassment and se…
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Arab League warns Israel against plans to annex occupied Palestinian territories
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-05-01
A new national unity government in Israel, headed by prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, has announced plans to annex large parts of the occupied West Bank with US support…
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The $20 Billion US Hospital Network UPMC Says COVID Not as Deadly as Feared, Will Shift Back to Normal
David Wenner | anti-empire.com | 2020-05-01
A UPMC doctor on Thursday made a case the death rate for people infected with the new coronavirus may be as low as 0.25%

41 US States Lost More People to the 2018 Flu Than to Covid-19
Marko Marjanović | anti-empire.com | 2020-05-01
Here's an interesting graphic comparing people who succumbed to the flu in the 2017-18 season by US states and people who perished while testing positive for Covid-19 in 2020, or who are merely "suspected" of having perished with Covid-19, or who were heart attack excess deaths declared "Covid victims" by the diktat of CDC or Governor Cuomo: | Just eight states