Daily Archives: May 2, 2020

2020-05-02: News Headlines

Talha Burki (2020-05-02). [World Report] Prisons are "in no way equipped" to deal with COVID-19. thelancet.com Prisons are a hotspot for COVID-19. In theory, prisoners have the same right to health as anyone else, but the reality is very different. Talha Burki reports.

Richard Horton (2020-05-02). [Comment] Offline: A global health crisis? No, something far worse. thelancet.com Every evening we scour those graphs looking for signs that the epidemic is in retreat. New cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). People in hospital with COVID-19. Critical care beds with COVID-19 patients. Daily COVID-19 deaths in hospital. And then the final and bluntly worded "global death comparison". Those with responsibility for leading us through this emergency have called it "a once in a century global health crisis". This statement is incorrect on two grounds. First, because we cannot know what the rest of the century will bring.

Wayne Dupree (2020-05-02). US Hospitals Getting Paid More to Label Cause of Death as 'Coronavirus'. globalresearch.ca First published on April 15, 2020 | Senator Scott Jensen represents Minnesota. He's also a doctor. He appeared on Fox News with Laura Ingram where he revealed a very disturbing piece of information. | Dr. Scott Jensen says the American Medical Association …

WSWS (2020-05-02). Navajo Nation COVID-19 cases rise while emergency federal aid remains delayed. wsws.org Endemic impoverishment and a lack of critical infrastructure imposed on Native Americans by Washington have contributed to some of the worst coronavirus infection rates in the country.

Bill Hackwell (2020-05-02). Cuba: May Day in the Year of the Pandemic. dissidentvoice.org Photo: Bill Hackwell, Havana, Plaza of the Revolution This photograph depicts how the Plaza of the Revolution in Havana usually looks on May 1, International Workers Day (IWD). Every year since 1959 when a revolution, whose backbone was made up of workers and peasants, was victorious against a brutal US-backed dictatorship, millions of Cubans and …

Nigel Bouvart (2020-05-02). Buffalo, N.Y., banner drop on May Day 2020. workers.org In honor of International Workers Day, Buffalo, N.Y., activists adorned several overpasses with radical demands on behalf of the working class, including calls for rent cancellation and universal healthcare. Credit: Oscar Elliot |

Caitlin Johnstone (2020-05-02). Biden Is Everything The Democrats Are: Notes From The Edge Of The Narrative Matrix. thealtworld.com Joe Biden is the Democrat's Democrat. He is the perfect representative of the party. They should even take it a step further and replace that donkey with Joe Biden. | Biden is to the Democrats as Trump is to the Republicans. Everyone's just wearing their true face now. | ~ | If you're willing to sacrifice all principles, all sanity and all morality to get rid of Trump, what exactly is the point of getting rid of Trump? | ~ | We know Biden is a liar. He's been pinged for lying his whole career. Everyone is trying to undermine the victim's character in order to discredit her while ignoring Joe's character. We know…

Dave Braneck (2020-05-02). Liberating logistics: all power to the frontline workers. zcomm.org May Day strikes are capping off a global wave of labor action through which logistic workers have asserted themselves against capital in the face of a pandemic…

Michael Marmot (2020-05-02). [Perspectives] Society and the slow burn of inequality. thelancet.com On June 14, 2017, Grenfell Tower, a high-rise housing block in the Royal London Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, UK, went up in flames. 72 people died, among the poorest and most marginalised in society. A dramatic conflagration such as this could teach us two kinds of lessons, if we were but open to receiving them. This event exposed underlying problems in society and it showed us that we have to do things differently. In the case of Grenfell, the underlying societal problem was deep-seated and enduring social inequalities and resultant health inequalities.

WSWS (2020-05-02). Nearly 300 meat-processing workers infected by coronavirus at German slaughterhouse. wsws.org While almost 300 workers at a Baden-Wàºrttemberg slaughterhouse have COVID-19, the plant remains open.

WSWS (2020-05-02). US autoworkers oppose early return to factories. wsws.org Detroit auto companies are pushing for a May 18 restart but workers are resisting this attempt to force them into the factories during the uncontained COVID-19 pandemic.

WSWS (2020-05-02). Australian government fast-tracks review of lockdown measures. wsws.org New clusters have emerged, including among meat workers in Melbourne, as governments seek to prematurely end social-distancing measures.

WSWS (2020-05-02). Communication Workers Union folds 48 hours after Royal Mail threatens 20,000 jobs. wsws.org Having initially warned of strike action against the ending of Saturday deliveries, the CWU organised a shameless retreat.

(2020-05-02). Cuba: 'We don't deny anyone our assistance'. workers.org The Cuban Foreign Ministry issued the following letter April 16 calling on the international community to come together to combat the COVID-19 outbreak. The impact of COVID-19 can already be measured and will be assessed in the future by the striking numbers of people infected, the unacceptable numbers of deaths, . . . |

WSWS (2020-05-02). Russia: Two ministers, one deputy test positive for COVID as workers' protests grow. wsws.org Just one day after Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin was hospitalized for COVID-19, the minister for construction, housing and communal services and his deputy also tested positive.

Ted Kelly (2020-05-02). PA prisoners tortured for protesting racist policies. workers.org Eric McGill was locked up in Lebanon County Correctional Facility in Lebanon, Pa., on Jan. 19, 2019. For 15 months now he has been held there, not because he has been convicted of a crime, but because he cannot afford the preposterous $1 million bail the judge set. And during . . . |

(2020-05-02). Declaración de Cuba: La pandemia demuestra la necesidad de cooperación. workers.org Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores de Cuba La necesidad de cooperación El impacto de la COVID19 puede medirse ya y podrá evaluarse en el futuro por la impresionante cantidad de personas infectadas, por las cifras inaceptables de muertes, por el daño indiscutible a la economía mundial, a la producción, el comercio, . . . |

a guest author (2020-05-02). Louisiana prisons are 'death concentration camps'. workers.org By: Quess Moore/transcribed by Mirinda Crissman This slightly edited talk is by Quess Moore speaking at the April 9 Workers World Party webinar. Moore organizes with New Orleans Workers Group and Take 'Em Down NOLA, a group which has been working to take down symbols of white supremacy and slavery. . . . |

RT (2020-05-02). DARPA research lab designing 'game changer' rapid coronavirus blood test repurposed from BIOWEAPONS detection project. rt.com Germ warfare researchers at the Pentagon's shadowy advanced projects unit have developed a new coronavirus test that could spot infected patients before they become contagious, originally created to diagnose victims of bioweapons. | The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) says the new test may be capable of identifying infections within 24 hours, some four days prior to any of the test kits currently available, the Guardian

RT (2020-05-02). WATCH North Korea's Kim re-emerge in public amid rumors of DEATH. rt.com North Korean state media has released video footage of the country's leader Kim Jong-un opening a new fertilizer plant. The video comes after weeks of rumors of his death, actively spread by Western media. | The video, said to have been shot on Friday, shows North Korea's leader cutting the red ribbon at a new plant in South Phyongan Province. The smiling Kim Jong-un is pictured meeting the workers of the plant and touring the facility alongside other officials, including his sister Kim Yo-jong. | While the plant's workers are seen wearing face masks as a precaution against coronavirus, none of the official…

RT (2020-05-02). Russia sees surge in new Covid-19 cases with almost 10,000 cases recorded in one day. rt.com Russian health officials on Saturday reported 9,623 new cases of coronavirus in a single day, significantly more than the 7,933 rise during the previous 24 hours. The nation's Covid-19 caseload now stands at 124,054. | The surge may reflect a recent increase in testing in Moscow, which is the part of Russia worst affected by the epidemic. A total of 5,358 new cases were reported in the Russian capital on Saturday, compared to 3,561 on Friday. | Mayor Sergey Sobyanin said on Saturday that the city has "radically improved" its screening protocols during the past week, putting Moscow among the world leaders in th…

Regeneration-Pájaro Valley Climate Action (2020-05-02). Watsonville: International Workers' Day Action. indybay.org Watsonville Plaza | 350 Main St, Watsonville…

Pacifica COVID-19 Taskforce (2020-05-02). 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.

Graton Day Labor Center and others (2020-05-02). Sacramento: May Day Car Caravan for Immigrant & Worker Rights. indybay.org Car Caravan: Southside Park, Sacramento…

en.mehrnews (2020-05-03). Police confiscates 257 kg illicit drugs in Iran's Damavand. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 03 (MNA) — The police chief of Damavand announced on Saturday that Anti-narcotics police forces have seized a consignment of illegal drugs following a series of intelligence operations.

Peoples Dispatch (2020-05-02). Delivery workers strike on May Day in the US. peoplesdispatch.org Workers of major corporations such as Amazon, FedEx, Walmart, Instacart and Target stayed off work demanding personal protective equipment, safe and sanitary work environments, extra paid leaves and time-offs…

Bryce Covert (2020-05-02). Amazon Tech Workers Join Warehouse Workers in Protests. zcomm.org Home-office climate activists and warehouse employees across the nation find common cause mobilizing against Amazon's policies…

WSWS (2020-05-02). May 1 "general strike" at Amazon: A failed adventure by the Democratic Party and the unions. wsws.org This was not a real struggle led by the workers, but a ploy by the Democratic Party, the unions, and their hangers-on to disrupt and gain control of growing working-class opposition to deadly workplace conditions.

Joyce Chediac (2020-05-02). OSHA abandons essential workers. liberationnews.org Months into the COVID-19 pandemic, OSHA has ignored the pleas of scores of trade unions to protect workers.

a guest author (2020-05-02). A Delaware prisoner's plea for PPE. workers.org This letter is from a prisoner at James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in New Castle County, Delaware. Two prisoners have died from COVID-19 in the Vaughn facility, and a combined 30 more have tested positive for the virus there and at a neighboring Sussex Community Corrections Center. On April 25, . . . |

RT (2020-05-02). Russia sees Covid-19 surge with almost 10,000 cases recorded in one day, as Moscow ramps up testing. rt.com Russian health officials on Saturday reported 9,623 new cases of coronavirus in a single day, significantly more than the 7,933 rise during the previous 24 hours. The nation's Covid-19 caseload now stands at 124,054. | The surge may reflect a recent increase in testing in Moscow, which is the part of Russia worst affected by the epidemic. A total of 5,358 new cases were reported in the Russian capital on Saturday, compared to 3,561 on Friday. | Mayor Sergey Sobyanin said on Saturday that the city has "radically improved" its screening protocols during the past week, putting Moscow among the world leaders in th…

Scott Ritter (2020-05-02). To impose further sanctions on Iran, the US rewrites history and engages in semantic gymnastics. thealtworld.com On May 8, 2018, President Trump withdrew from the Iran Nuclear deal. In an effort to enact crippling "snap-back" sanctions, his administration is now pretending it did no such thing. | "All our words", the American-Lebanese poet-philosopher Kahlil Gibran observed, "are but crumbs that fall down from the feast of the mind." If words are judged by their intellectual weight and adherence to integrity, the statements issued by the Trump administration in relation to its standing as a "participating nation" in the context of the agreement (known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA,) is more famine than…

The Canary (2020-05-02). New blood plasma coronavirus treatment set to be trialled in the UK. thecanary.co Doctors at London's Guy's and St Thomas' hospital are set to trial a potential treatment for coronavirus (Covid-19) using blood plasma from recovered patients. | The hospital's Biomedical Research Centre said the first plasma donations have been collected, and transfusions will begin in "the coming weeks". It's hoped the potential treatment, known as convalescent plasma, will help patients whose bodies are not producing sufficient antibodies to fight the virus. | The hospital said if the trials prove the treatment to be effective, NHS Blood and Transplant will begin a national programme to deliver up to 10,000 un…

F. William Engdahl (2020-05-02). Coronavirus, Vaccines and the Gates Foundation. globalresearch.ca First published on March 20, 2020 | Arguably, no one has been more active in promoting and funding research on vaccines aimed at dealing with coronavirus than Bill Gates and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. From sponsoring a simulation of …

sputniknews (2020-05-02). Race Against Time: Producers Rush to Find COVID-19 Vaccine as Global Infections Pass 3.3Mln. sputniknews.com MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Numerous biotech and pharmaceutical companies are working around the clock, conducting preclinical and clinical trials to find the ultimate weapon against the coronavirus — a vaccine — that will be able to end the current pandemic.

Staff (2020-05-02). Undocumented New Yorkers Are Essential and Underprotected in COVID's Epicenter. truthout.org They've gotten to know New York City in a way many have not, through the low-wage work of cleaning its skyscrapers, serving its restaurants and crisscrossing its streets on bicycles, through long subway rides very early in the morning and very late at night. The saying goes: You're not a true New Yorker unless you've lived here for a decade. They've done their time and felt a deep sense of belonging in this city of immigrants. | They are losing loved ones but do not qualify for city funding…

Norman Solomon (2020-05-02). Joe Biden Needs an Intervention: An Open Letter to DNC Chair Tom Perez. indybay.org "It takes two wings to fly."

The Lancet (2020-05-02). [Editorial] COVID-19: remaking the social contract. thelancet.com "Allegiance, after all, has to work two ways; and one can grow weary of an allegiance which is not reciprocal." The British playwright David Hare quoted this line by the American writer James Baldwin in his recent reflections on the UK Government's response to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. Baldwin's reminder and warning in the context of civil rights in the mid-20th century USA speak now in the pandemic to communities the world over who are unsure of their governments' allegiances to them.

Sarah Ditum (2020-05-02). [Perspectives] Death of a courtier. thelancet.com A plague sweeps the nation, the head of state's health is threatened, and the business of government is rendered fragile and unsteady. It has been over a decade since Hilary Mantel began her Thomas Cromwell trilogy with Wolf Hall in 2009, and 8 years since 2012's Bring Up the Bodies, but what felt like an arduous wait now seems like nothing but impeccable timing. Cromwell even ends the novel under his own version of lockdown as a prisoner in the Tower of London. The world has been uncannily prepared for The Mirror & the Light.

Peter J Blankestijn, Sabine C Meijvis (2020-05-02). [Comment] Renal denervation: time to refine the focus of research. thelancet.com In The Lancet, Michael Bà∂hm and colleagues report the results of their international, prospective, randomised controlled trial on the effects of renal denervation in unmedicated patients.1 They report that, in a cohort of 331 patients with hypertension assigned to either a renal denervation procedure (n=166; mean age 52 years [SD 11], 36% women) or sham procedure (n=165; 53 years [10], 32% women), treatment differences were ‚àí3 ∑9 mm Hg (Bayesian 95% credible interval ‚àí6 ∑2 to ‚àí1 ∑6) for 24 h systolic blood pressure and ‚&agr…

Kurt Nimmo (2020-05-02). German Lawyer Sent to Psychiatric Ward for Organizing Protest Against COVID-19 Lockdown. globalresearch.ca First published on April 16, 2020 | In the Soviet Union, activists were sent to state psychiatric wards. According to the state, any and all opposition to government policy was considered a form of mental illness. |

Gordon Duff (2020-05-02). Do we laugh? Backwoods Michigan Sees Powerful COVID Surge/Deaths After Lockdown Protests (updating). thealtworld.com COVID deaths doubled in one day, largely due to protests of lockdown. How many protesters or family members died last week? Without game playing, probably between 50 and 90 as deaths in "protest land" skyrocketed. | This was a single day.: | It is too easy to treat the pandemic as though it were a sport, watching the figures, cheering on the grim reaper, hoping he is killing off those other people. | This is wrong, there, I've said it. | From today's Detroit News: | "Michigan's death toll from the novel coronavirus reached 4,020 on Saturday after the state added 154 deaths to its count. | The state recor…

WSWS (2020-05-02). Trump tweets support for armed right-wing protesters in Michigan. wsws.org The right-wing demonstration in the Michigan state Capitol is part of a high-level campaign to force a return to work in the midst of the deadly COVID-19 pandemic.

Joel Kotkin (2020-05-02). The War of Two Middle Classes. anti-empire.com Politicians across the Western world like to speak fondly of the "middle class" as if it is one large constituency with common interests and aspirations. But, as Karl Marx observed, the middle class has always been divided by sources of wealth and worldview. Today, it is split into two distinct, and often opposing, middle classes. First there is the yeomanry or the traditional middle class, which consists of small business owners, minor landowners, craftspeople, and artisans, or what we would define historically as the bourgeoisie, or the old French Third Estate, deeply embedded in the private economy. The oth…

MoveOn (2020-05-02). MoveOn Protest: Twitter Rally to Demand #RealReliefNow during COVID-19. indybay.org Protest online via Twitter…

en.mehrnews (2020-05-02). MKO terrorists provoke Iraqi youth to kill resistance forces: report. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 02 (MNA) — Following protests of some Iraqi people against their poor economic conditions, a spokesperson with the Mujaheddin-e Khalq Organization (MKO) terrorists has encouraged the Iraqi youth to carry out terrorist attack against forces of Resistance groups.

yenisafak (2020-05-02). UN urges restraint amid Lebanon clashes. yenisafak.com The UN on Friday expressed concern and called for restraint amid protests in Lebanon over the deteriorating economic situation.Demonstrators during the week defied measures to fight the coronavirus pandemic by protesting in several cities against deteriorating living conditions and spiraling food prices.One protester was killed and almost 80 injured in violent clashes, while the Lebanese army said nearly 160 personnel were hurt, 15 of them critically."We are deeply concerned by the renewed violence in Lebanon this week, claiming the life of one protester and leaving dozens of other civilians and law enforcement o…

WSWS (2020-05-02). Former top officials in Bernie Sanders campaign form super PAC to back Joe Biden. wsws.org Despite his long record of opposition to super PACs, Sanders has remained silent on the creation of the "Future to Believe In" political action committee.

yenisafak (2020-05-02). Afghan spox says Taliban attacks kill over 350 civilians, injure hundreds. yenisafak.com Afghanistan on Saturday claimed that over 1,000 civilians have been killed or wounded in attacks by the Taliban over the last two-plus months.In the past 70 days, the Taliban killed 387 civilians while wounding 590 and abducting 200 others, Tariq Aryan, Interior Ministry spokesman, told a press conference in the capital Kabul."In response to these attacks, Afghan forces while maintaining a posture of defensive offense killed around 1,400 Taliban," he added.The news follows the top US envoy on Friday urging the warring parties once again to reduce violence and ultimately reach a ceasefire.In a series of tweets, Za…

Brianna Griffith (2020-05-02). During pandemic, Austin, TX police kill Mike Ramos days after damning city report. liberationnews.org As with so many police shootings, the Austin PD's first instinct was to spin the story and criminalize the victim.

Adriaan Alsema (2020-05-02). Paranoid Colombia: even Duque's former chief of staff target of military spying. colombiareports.com Colombia's military used US resources to spy on American journalists, local NGO's and politicians, and even President Ivan Duque's former chief of staff, according to weekly Semana. Weekly Semana on…

Preston Wood and Michael Prysner (2020-05-02). In memoriam: Dr. Roh Kil-nam, beloved fighter for reunification of Korea. liberationnews.org "Ken Roh embodied the spirit of eternal optimism in the long road of struggle of the Korean people for freedom and reunification."

Preston Wood and Michael Prysner (2020-05-02). In memoriam: Dr. Roh Kil-nam, beloved fighter for unification of Korea. liberationnews.org "Ken Roh embodied the spirit of eternal optimism in the long road of struggle of the Korean people for freedom and reunification."

RT (2020-05-02). 'Obstruction attempt': Iran rejects US claim that it's hoarding Venezuela's gold as payment for economic aid. rt.com An Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesperson has said that Washington is using false accusations to ramp up its pressure campaign in Venezuela following US claims that Caracas has sent planes loaded with golden bars to Tehran. | Seyd Abbas Mousavi described allegations that Iran is taking gold from Venezuela as "baseless comments" that are intended to mount more pressure on the South American nation. | Such claims by the US government are "an attempt to obstruct the Venezuelan government's plans for reviving that country's refineries and producing oil products, including gasoline, a shortage of which has been caus…

RT (2020-05-02). 'We don't care about coronavirus': Thousands attend mass prayer in Afghanistan during Ramadan, defying quarantine (VIDEO). rt.com Thousands of defiant Muslims have held public prayers during Ramadan in Afghanistan, ignoring Covid-19 safety measures. Their radical leader previously said that dying from the virus would be a form of martyrdom. | A large crowd of followers of hardline Salafist preacher Mujib Rahman Ansari had gathered for an open-air group prayer near the Gazer Gah Sharif pilgrimage site in Herat, Afghanistan's third-largest city. The worshippers sat in tight rows, close to each other, ignoring social distancing norms and not wearing masks or other protective gear. | "We don't care about the coronavirus. We believe God creat…

RT (2020-05-02). Trump corrects Capitol Hill MD who says Covid-19 testing 'NOT available' for all senators — but critics are still not impressed. rt.com US President Donald Trump touted the "tremendous coronavirus testing capacity" in the White House ahead of senators returning to work, but it's not enough for his critics, who are asking, "What about the rest of the country?" | "There is tremendous coronavirus testing capacity in Washington for the senators returning to Capital [sic] Hill on Monday," the president tweeted on Saturday. Predictably, Trump's misspelling of 'Capitol' was not missed by critics, including Rep. Justin Amash (L-Michigan), who announced his intention this week to run against the president in November on the Libertarian Party ticket.

RT (2020-05-02). Over 240,000 Covid-19-linked deaths globally — AFP tally. rt.com The global coronavirus death toll is approaching the 250,000 mark, an AFP tally indicates. The disease that has threatened to bring the global economy to a standstill has infected more than 3.3 million people worldwide. | The deaths of over 240,000 people have now been tied to the novel coronavirus that originated in Wuhan, China, the agency said on Saturday. More than 141,000 have died in Europe and some 65,000 in the United States. | #BREAKING More than 240,000 coronavirus deaths worldwide: AFP tally pic.twitter.com/Cej5aj3Wp8— AFP news agency (@AFP) RT (2020-05-02). Hillary ditches pantsuits for Covid face-mask with a message, is immediately MEMED to death with reminders of scandals. rt.com Hillary Clinton took to Twitter to show off her new facemask wardrobe in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic with a political message attached, but the pic quickly became easy cannon fodder for hungry meme-creating trolls. | "No makeup? No pantsuit? No problem," Clinton tweeted on Saturday. "I've got the must-have accessory for spring." | She then included a photo of her with her arms crossed donning a black facemask with the words "VOTE" written on it. | Unfortunately for the failed presidential candidate, the large black cloth mask has proven an irresistible target for meme-crafters online, who used it to…

RT (2020-05-02). Number of confirmed –°ovid-19 infections in Europe exceeds 1.5 million — AFP tally. rt.com The novel coronavirus continues to spread in Europe, passing a milestone of 1.5 million confirmed cases on Saturday, according to AFP. Meanwhile, some European nations began rolling out plans to ease quarantine rules. | Spain, Italy, the UK, France and Germany remain the leaders in Europe as regards the rate of the virus's spread, with more than 150,000 confirmed cases in each country, according to Johns Hopkins University. | Europe is trailing behind the US, which currently has over 1.1 million Covid-19 cases. | As the case numbers continue to grow, some European nations have been announcing plans to graduall…

RT (2020-05-02). 'Not today': UK says it's wrong timing to be scrutinizing China for Covid-19 origins. rt.com UK Housing Minister Robert Jenrick told reporters there will be a time when Britain will need to "consider" the roles of other countries in the origins of the Covid-19 pandemic but, he warned, that time is "not now." | Asked by a reporter about the possibility of investigating China's role in the start of the pandemic —the virus is believed to have begun in the city of Wuhan— and even of seeking reparations from its government, Jenrick answered: "There will come a time when we will want to analyze the origins of the virus in detail and consider the actions of other countries, but that's not now." | W…

RT (2020-05-02). Man mountain: Game of Thrones star Hafthor Bjornsson SMASHES world deadlift record, calls out rival Eddie Hall for fight (VIDEO). rt.com Hafthor Julius Bjornsson, who played "The Mountain" in the hit HBO series Game of Thrones, has shattered rival Eddie Hall's world deadlift record with a lift of 501kg (1105lbs) – and challenged his strongman foe to a fist-fight! | Bjornsson beat the record set by Hall in 2016 by one kilogram (2.2lbs) but while the British powerlifter struggled massively with his own record attempt (to the point where blood began pouring from his nose), Hafthor made it look relatively easy by comparison. | Bjornsson had intended to do the lift in a professional competition but coronavirus restrictions removed that possibility a…

RT (2020-05-02). Should we get closer? Media report UK govt mulls scrapping two-meter social distancing rule amid infection-spread debate. rt.com The UK government will hold discussions about whether it's necessary to stay two meters (six feet) apart from other people during the Covid-19 pandemic, a new report says. The WHO and EU guidelines on this issue are less strict. | Citing government sources, the Daily Telegraph reports that ministers have asked the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) to ascertain whether the two-meter social distance rule is effective in slowing down the spread of Covid-19. Last week, SAGE called the measure "appropriate," but officials now want to assess all options once more in the wake of the government's plans…

RT (2020-05-02). Twitter locks out Candace Owens for call to 'stand up' to Michigan governor over Covid lockdown — Trump supporters scream BIAS. rt.com Outspoken Trump supporter Candace Owens was locked out of her Twitter after she slammed the governor of Michigan as a "dictator," calling to defy her Covid-19 lockdown orders. Now Don Jr. is leading a chorus of many, crying bias. | "Candace tweeted that people in Michigan should go back to work. What rule did she break? Not even Twitter can say," tweeted Turning Point USA chief creative officer Benny Johnson on Saturday, along with a screenshot of the Owens tweet and an apparent message from Twitter saying it violates the platform's "rules," but not naming any specific ones. | The tweet from Owens slams Michig…

RT (2020-05-02). France extends health emergency until July 24 as Europe mulls lifting lockdown restrictions. rt.com France's minister of health has announced an extension of the public health state of emergency until July 24. The country was placed under emergency on March 24 due the Covid-19 outbreak. | The move was announced by Olivier Veran on Saturday, following an emergency meeting of the Council of Ministers. | While the state of health emergency was expected to be lifted on May 23, doing so was deemed to be "premature" and carrying risk of the "epidemic resurgence," the draft bill reads as quoted by local media. | The government's decision to extend the emergency is set be submitted to the country's legislature for f…

RT (2020-05-02). 'It's a Swift reference': Alex Jones says 'eat my neighbors' rant was SATIRE to highlight people 'starving' in Covid-19 lockdown. rt.com Infowars founder Alex Jones says his viral "eat my neighbors" rant was taken out of context by the media, insisting it's a reference to satirist Jonathan Swift and a way to bring attention to what he calls "population control." | Through his son Rex's Twitter account, Jones said on Saturday that his viral rant was an homage of sorts to the 1729 essay 'A Modest Proposal' by Swift in which the author recommends the poor use their children as food to sell to the rich to help with their economic burdens. | Not many would likely compare Jones to Swift, Irish writer and cleric, on any normal occassion, but the Infow…

RT (2020-05-02). French Foreign Legion soldier dies from injuries received in Mali IED blast. rt.com A Ukraine-born French legionnaire has died, succumbing to injuries sustained while on a mission in Mali, when an improvised explosive device (IED) went off. This brings the death toll of legionnaires in the Sahel since 2013 to 42. | Dmytro Martynyouk, 28, served as a brigadier (a rank equivalent to corporal) in the 1st Foreign Cavalry Regiment. He was injured on April 23, when an IED exploded under his tanker truck during a patrol in central Mali. He was airlifted to France and treated at the HIA Percy, a military hospital near Paris, but passed away on Friday, the French government said in a statement on Satu…

RT (2020-05-02). US deploys 4 B-1 bombers & 200 airmen to Guam for 'deterrence' amid weeklong 'show of force' over South China Sea (PHOTOS). rt.com Four B-1B heavy bombers and hundreds of servicemen were sent to Guam to carry out "deterrence missions" with eyes on Beijing, following days of provocative maneuvers near contested territory in the South China Sea. | The warplanes and personnel arrived at Andersen Air Force Base on Guam on Friday, US Strategic Command announced in a

RT (2020-05-02). Best-case scenario: German economy may need at least EIGHT YEARS to recover from Covid-19 recession, report says. rt.com The German economy continues to contract, losing ‚Ǩ15 billion ($16.6 billion) a week due to the recession caused by Covid-19, a new report has said. It warned that it will take at least eight years for the country to recover. | Germany is expected to lose between five and 10 percent of its GDP by the end of 2020, the German branch of the US-based consulting firm McKinsey & Company wrote in its recent report. | The economy contracted by 25 percent in April compared to the previous year, which amounts to losing roughly €15 billion ($16.6 billion) per week. | The analysts at McKinsey warned…

RT (2020-05-02). Florida sheriff refuses to stop Americans from witnessing historic manned space launch as NASA urges everyone to watch it online. rt.com A sheriff in Florida has invited residents to come out and watch a manned space launch set for late May, dismissing pleas from both NASA and SpaceX urging spectators to stay home to prevent the spread of Covid-19. | Sheriff Wayne Ivey of Brevard County — where the launch site is located — insisted that anyone who wanted to witness the event at the Kennedy Space Center should do so without worry, despite advice from NASA to watch remotely. | "We are not going to keep the great Americans that want to come watch that from coming here," Ivey said on Friday, calling on people to "come here just like you h…

RT (2020-05-02). Musk says he's 'selling all' for 'FREEDOM' as Tesla loses $14 BILLION on his tweets… Now it all makes sense! rt.com If Elon Musk believes his freedom depends on wiping Tesla's market value, he is now certainly far less constrained by the burden of worldly possessions. The company's worth plunged $14 billion on his Friday tweets. | The stock of the electric car manufacturer dropped over 10 percent at the close of Nasdaq trading. The CEO, who triggered the nosedive by tweeting that Tesla share price was too high, got a $2.4 billion hole in his fortune, according to a Forbes estimate. | The tweet was one in a barrage unleashed by Musk on Friday, escalating an already stange week in the life of the eccentric billionaire. He als…

RT (2020-05-02). US oil storage may have room for 'several hundred million barrels'. rt.com The US is working on ways to expand storage space to add several hundred million more barrels to it, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said at a White House briefing, as quoted by Reuters. | "We're also exploring potentially having the ability to store another several hundred million barrels, so we're looking at lots of different options," Mnuchin said after announcing that the federal government was drafting a plan to prop up troubled local oil producers. | The federal government already leased out 23 million barrels worth of storage space in the Strategic Petroleum Reserve to nine energy companies, and oil i…

RT (2020-05-02). Russia to boost coal production & sales, will be world's top exporter within decade. rt.com The world's largest coal-producing country, Russia, plans to increase its output and exports over the next 15 years. Russia's share of the global coal export market is projected to expand to 25 percent from the current 11 percent. | According to a draft document on Domestic coal consumption will increase by over 12 percent; it currently stands at around 196 million t…

Stephen S. Roach (2020-05-02). We've Seen the End of the US-China Relationship. The Rift Is Now Total. anti-empire.com It didn't have to end this way, but the die is now cast. After 48 years of painstaking progress, a major rupture of the US-China relationship is at hand. This is a tragic outcome for both sides — and for the world. From an unnecessary trade war to an increasingly desperate coronavirus war, two angry countries are trapped in a blame game with no easy way out. | A nationalistic American public is fed up with China. According to a

Marko Marjanović (2020-05-02). Bosnian Croats Ask the Russian Military for Anti-Virus Help, Bosnian Muslims Block It. anti-empire.com The political leader of the Bosnian Croats, Dragan Čović

Lindsey Snell (2020-05-02). "Turkey Lied to Us." Erdogan's Syrian Mercenaries in Libya Are Desperate to Leave. anti-empire.com "I just got back from Libya yesterday," said Zein Ahmad*, a Turkish-backed Syrian National Army (SNA) militant in Afrin. "But I had been trying to leave for more than a month." When the Libyan National Army (LNA) neared Tripoli in April 2019, the rival UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) in Tripoli called on Turkey for military support. | Turkish forces began heavily recruiting militants from SNA factions in Syria to fight on their behalf, and began flying hundreds to Libya every week. The exact number of Syrian militants Turkey has sent is unknown, but estimates range from 5,000 to 17,000. Flights c…

Steve Topple (2020-05-02). The BBC was just shamed by US media over Tory coronavirus testing lies. thecanary.co On Friday 1 May, the UK government

en.mehrnews (2020-05-02). Shamkhani reacts to German ban against Lebanon's Hezbollah. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 02 (MNA) — In reaction to German ban on Lebanon's Hezbollah, Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council Rear Admiral Shamkhani said that suppliers of chemical weapons to former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein have become defenders of human rights and call Lebanon's Hezbollah as 'terrorist' for fear of its child-killer friend.

Philip Giraldi (2020-05-02). "America the Victim": Are "Enemies" Lining Up for Revenge in the Wake of the Coronavirus? globalresearch.ca When in trouble politically, governments have traditionally conjured up a foreign enemy to explain why things are going wrong. Whatever one chooses to believe about the coronavirus, the fact is that it has resulted in considerable political backlash against a …

Eugene E Ruyle (2020-05-02). 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

Pepe Escobar (2020-05-02). The deeper roots of Chinese demonization. thealtworld.com Fasten your seat belts: the US The US strategy remains, essentially, full spectrum dominance, with the National Security Strategy obsessed by the three top "threats" of China, Russia and Iran. China, in contrast, proposes…

Peter Bolton (2020-05-02). The stock market's latest rebound shows how disconnected from reality it truly is. thecanary.co Following a series of

Dean Baker (2020-05-02). Measuring Inflation in Times of Coronavirus. cepr.net There has been some discussion of whether we should anticipate deflation or inflation as a result of the impact of the pandemic. I have been in the camp arguing the latter, based on the idea that precautionary measures will raise costs in major areas of the economy while reducing supply. (This is not an argument …

WSWS (2020-05-02). German government accelerates its deadly back-to-work initiative. wsws.org Despite the continuing spread of the COVID-19 internationally, the German government is accelerating its lifting of the limited restrictions imposed to prevent transmission of the virus.

WSWS (2020-05-02). UK: Delays to medical treatment during pandemic will cost thousands of lives. wsws.org Reports claim that deaths due to the disruption of cancer services alone are likely to outnumber deaths from the coronavirus itself over the next five years.

Andrey Areshev (2020-05-02). Lockdown Wars: Debating Pandemic Measures in a Failed State. strategic-culture.org If you thought COVID-19 wouldn't get political, think again. | Peter VAN BUREN | If America has a fast forward button on it, someone should push it ahead to November. We won't be done with the virus until we're done with the election. Between prudence and overreaction lies politics. | We bleat about wanting decisions to be based on science, then we do the same dumb red-blue thing, even counting the corona dead differently (nothing left certain but taxes now) to make the numbers seem better or worse depending on shifty politics. Something that should not be about Trump at all is All About Trump. | It's killing us.

graham (2020-05-02). COVID-19 Vs the Economy — The trouble Britain now finds itself in. truepublica.org.uk TruePublica Editor: There is no doubting to the observant, that the government of Britain has been negligent in its approach to the coronavirus threat. It is a matter of public record that they have failed in their primary duty to protect us all. Cemeteries and unemployment will be a stark reminder of this abject failure …

teleSUR (2020-05-02). Brazil: Prisoners Riot in Manaus and Take Hostages. telesurenglish.net Inmates at the Puraquequara prison in Manaus city started a riot on Saturday morning and took seven prison officers hostage. They demand better living conditions inside the prison, which have been notoriously degraded because of the COVID-19 crisis. | RELATED: | "Through social media, the prisoners indicated that they want improvements such as light, mattresses, fans, good food, and medicine for the sick," local outlet UO…

WSWS (2020-05-02). Australian government places country on frontline of anti-China witch hunt. wsws.org Australia unilaterally called for an international inquiry into the COVID-19 pandemic, boosting the Trump administration's unsubstantiated accusations against China.

WSWS (2020-05-02). Trump escalates attacks on China over COVID-19. wsws.org US President Trump has stepped up his propaganda war and threats against China, blaming it for the deadly COVID-19 pandemic that has cost the lives of more than 230,000 people internationally.

teleSUR (2020-05-02). China Registers Only One New COVID-19 Case in the Whole Country. telesurenglish.net China's National Health Commission (NHC) Friday reported one new COVID-19 case in the entire country corresponding to a traveler from abroad, which is the lowest growth rate recorded in the Asian country since the pandemic began. | RELATED: | The NHC also reported two suspected cases, both related to someone from abroad. In the last 24 hours, 43 patients were discharged and 650 of their close contacts were no longer obs…

WSWS (2020-05-02). Record 50.8 million people internally displaced in 2019. wsws.org The plight of tens of millions of internally displaced people is virtually ignored, attracting little global attention during the escalating global pandemic.

John Cavanagh (2020-05-02). Trump Isn't the First to Threaten WHO, but His Threat Is the Most Dangerous. zcomm.org Only now, we're in the middle of a pandemic that's only just begun to devastate the vulnerable regions that need the WHO the most. The United States shouldn't be cutting support now…

teleSUR (2020-05-02). Social Leader Killed in Colombia, 84 so Far in 2020. telesurenglish.net Since the start of 2020 on average, one social leader in Colombia is killed every other day as Friday marked the 84th killed social leader in the Latin American nation. | RELATED: | According to local reports, on Friday as COVID-19 lockdown continues, armed men entered the home of Uenseslao Guerrero, community leader, killing him in the spot located in the violence-hit southwestern department of Cauca. | The mayo…

teleSUR (2020-05-02). Colombia's New Scandal: The Army Spied on Journalists. telesurenglish.net The magazine Semana Friday published a special investigation showing that the Colombian Army spied on journalists who were reporting on the armed conflict and military corruption. | RELATED: | Foreign journalists who were monitored by Colombian security forces include the New York Times correspondent Nick Casey, freelance photographer Stephen Ferry, and Lynsey Addario. | Between February and December 2019, the military also carried out comput…

WSWS (2020-05-02). Trump blocks federal funeral aid to families of COVID-19 victims. wsws.org While $45 billion has been allocated to the Federal Emergency Management Agency through the CARES Act, a memo from Trump bans the agency giving burial funds to thousands of victims.

news.un (2020-05-02). First person: South Korea's COVID-19 success story. news.un.org On Thursday, the Republic of Korea recorded no locally transmitted COVID-19 cases, prompting praise from UN Secretary-General António Guterres. UN News has been finding out, from two UN colleagues based in the capital, Seoul, how life is changing for the better.

WSWS (2020-05-02). US government prepares for hundreds of thousands of COVID-19 deaths. wsws.org Press inquiries have found that the federal government is ordering enough body bags for at least five times the current US death toll.

WSWS (2020-05-02). Germany's Lufthansa: Billions in state aid and mass layoffs. wsws.org The airline unions are appealing to Chancellor Merkel for state intervention.

Staff (2020-05-02). Betsy DeVos Sued for Garnishing Wages of 285,000 Student Borrowers Amid Pandemic. truthout.org A home health aide who earns just under $13 per hour is the lead plaintiff in a The CARES Act, which was signed into law in late March, pro…

Staff (2020-05-02). Israel's New Government Is Exploiting Pandemic to Annex 30 Percent of West Bank. truthout.org After three indecisive elections, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his opponent Benny Gantz One of the central pillars of this new regime is the unlawful annexation of the Jordan Valley and illegal Jewi…

Staff (2020-05-02). This State in India Shows Us Why Fighting COVID-19 Requires Working-Class Power. truthout.org Even as the death toll in the U.S. from COVID-19 climbs to 63,583 and increasing numbers of Americans are forced to decide whether to forgo potentially life-saving treatment or face bankruptcy, we are bombarded daily with pro-corporate rhetoric

Kate Zeller (2020-05-02). 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.

Lynda Carson (2020-05-02). The music of Vitamin Em during the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. indybay.org Music Of Vitamin Em During Coronavirus Covid-19 Pandemic…

John Malkin (2020-05-02). 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.

repost (2020-05-02). 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…

Anthony Ravlich (2020-05-02). 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.

Climate One (2020-05-02). COVID-19 and Climate: The Future of Energy. indybay.org Online via livestream (FREE)…

Women's March (2020-05-02). Connecting Community: Staying Positive and Empowered During COVID-19 (10am & 1pm WM). indybay.org Online via Zoom…

National Nurses United (2020-05-02). 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.

The Commonwealth Club (2020-05-02). Oakland Arts and Culture in the Era of COVID-19 (livestream talk). indybay.org Online via livestream…

The Canary (2020-05-02). Matt Hancock must support NHS staff as many 'break down' on frontline. thecanary.co NHS staff are "breaking down" on the frontline tackling coronavirus and their mental health must be made a priority now rather than when the crisis is over, Labour has warned. | Shadow mental health minister and A&E doctor Rosena Allin-Khan has written to the health secretary Matt Hancock to seek assurances that medics are getting the support they need. | In the letter, she said the fear of spreading the virus to patients and loved ones, a lack of PPE, an increased workload and witnessing more patients die were taking their toll. | Allin-Khan asked Hancock to outline what provisions are in place to support the me…

en.mehrnews (2020-05-02). Russian diplomat calls on US to talk about its commitments under resolution 2231. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 02 (MNA) — Referring to US officials' remarks to extend Iran's arms embargo, Russia's Permanent Representative to the UN Mikhail Ulyanov said that the US officials address their rights UNSC resolution 2231, but do not mention their commitments.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-02). Iranian dailies headlines on May 2. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 02 (MNA) — Mehr News takes a look at the important headlines of some of the Persian-language Iranian dailies on Saturday, May 02.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-02). Tehran's response will be harsh if Iran arms embargo extended. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 02 (MNA) — In a reaction to the plan adopted by the US, proposed to the UN Security Council on the extension of the arms embargo on Iran, Iranian Government Spokesman Ali Rabeie warned on Saturday that Iran will give a harsh response if the UN extends the embargo.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-02). Special flight brings home Iranians from Austria. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 02 (MNA) — Iran Air announced on Saturday that it will send one special flight to Austria on May 5 to return Iranians stranded in some European countries due to coronavirus pandemic.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-02). Larijani wishes speedy recovery for Pakistan's Parl. speaker. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 02 (MNA) — Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani in a message on Saturday wished a speedy recovery for Pakistan's National Assembly (NA) Speaker Asad Qaiser who was infected by the coronavirus.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-02). Iran, EAEU trade vol. tops 5mn tons: IRICA spox. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 02 (MNA) — After a six-month period since the implementation of the Preferential Trade Agreement (PTA) with the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU), Iran's trade volume exchanged with the Union exceeded five million tons.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-02). Around 3.5 tons of drugs busted in southeastern Iran. en.mehrnews.com ZAHEDAN, May 02 (MNA) — The police force of Iran's Sistan and Baluchestan have successfully busted 3,373 kilograms of different drugs through two separate operations in the southeastern province.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-02). Opposition to IMF's financial aid for Iran, an indication of US unilateralism: expert. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 02 (MNA) — Like most of the countries around the world, Iran is fighting the coronavirus pandemic and it has made the country facing some economic difficulties and limitations.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-02). Iranian short documentary wins at Sydney world film fest. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 03(MNA) — Iranian short documentary 'Pain Is Mine', by Farshid Akhlaghi, has won an award at the 2020 Sydney World Film Festival.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-02). UN urged to take action for release of Iranian prof. imprisoned in US. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 03 (MNA) — Vice Chairman of Iranian Parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Mohammad Javad Jamali Nobandegani on Sat. called on the UN Secretary General António Guterres to take necessary actions for the release of Iranian Scientist Dr. Sirous Asgari, imprisoned in the US, due to the critical situation of the United States in terms of COVID-19 outbreak.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-02). Berruto: Olympics medal achievable for Iran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 02 (MNA) — Ex-Italy volleyball coach Mauro Berruto believes that Iran National Team have a chance of winning an Olympic Games medal depending on how they prepare for the Games.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-02). US attempts to show itself as JCPOA participant bear no legal ground: envoy. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 02 (MNA) — "The US attempts to establish itself as 'JCPoA participant' have no legal grounds," said Iran's permanent representative to Vienna-based International Organizations.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-02). US imposes new sanctions on Iran regardless of COVID-19 situation. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 02 (MNA) — The United States has imposed new sanctions against Iran in the midst of the country's fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-02). "Iraq is an independent country": Iran envoy. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 02 (MNA) — Iranian Ambassador to Iraq Iraj Masjedi said that Iraq is an independent country and does not need intervention of anyone.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-02). 'There Will Be Spring' to take part in three intl. film festivals. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 03 (MNA) — Iranian short 'There Will Be Spring' by Saeed Bahman will take part in three international film festivals in Europe and North America.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-02). Iran able to export medical equipment in field of treating coronavirus: VP Sattari. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 02 (MNA) — Vice President for Science and Technology Sorena Sattari said that knowledge-based companies have produced a lot of equipment for the treating coronavirus, and Iran is able to export them to other countries.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-02). Iran's drug production exceeds 23% growth last year. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 02 (MNA) — Statistics of the Ministry of Industry, Mine and Trade showed that 48.2 billion human drugs were produced in the country last year [from March 21, 2019 to March 20, 2020], registering a 23.7 percent growth as compared to the same period of last year.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-02). 'Persian Garden' in northern Tehran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 02 (MNA) — The Iranian Garden, also known as the Persian Garden, in the northern parts of capital Tehran has become home to thousands of colorful tulips in the spring. The garden, covering a 3-hectare area, was designed in 2012 in an old park filled with centuries-oil trees.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-02). Front pages of Iran international dailies on May 2. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 02 (MNA) — Here are the front pages of Iran-based international newspapers on Saturday, May 02.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-02). Rapeseed fields in Razavi Khorasan Province. en.mehrnews.com MASHHAD, May 02 (MNA) — With the onset of spring, rapeseed yellow blossoms create eye-catching views in Razavi Khorasan Province, Iran.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-02). Rumors about Martyrdom of IRGC cmdr. rejected. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 02 (MNA) — Recent rumors, circulated by some anti-Iranian Arab media, that IRGC Aerospace Division Commander Brigadier General Amir-Ali Hajizadeh has been martyred in an Israeli regime missile attack in Homs, Syria, are dismissed as a lie in a statement released by Commander Hajizadeh's website.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-02). Iran has lowest COVID-19 death toll in population terms: official. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 02 (MNA) — The Chief of the Red Crescent Society of the Islamic Republic of Iran Karim Hemmati said on Sat. that Iran has the lowest number of death from the coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, in terms of population as compared to other countries.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-02). VIDEO: Iran's highest waterfall in Astara. en.mehrnews.com ASTARA, May 02 (MNA) — Laton waterfall, 15 kilometers south of Astara, the northern province of Gilan, is the tallest waterfall of Iran measuring 105 meters in height. It is also known as the four-season waterfall since the continuously-changing water levels in each season make its appearance to change.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-02). Iran coronavirus update: Over 77,000 patients recover. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 02 (MNA) — Over 77,400 patients diagnosed with the novel coronavirus (COVID_19) in Iran have fully recovered from the disease as of Saturday, says the Health Ministry's spokesman.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-02). World's top war initiator so worried about Iran: Zarif. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 02 (MNA) — Iranian Foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that the US' Pompeo is so worried about Iran that he is pouring weapons all over the globe.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-02). Iran ready to share anti-corona experiences with friend countries: cmdr. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 02 (MNA) — Chief of Staff of Iran's Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Bagheri expressed the country's readiness to share its experiences of fighting against coronavirus outbreak with regional countries.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-02). Iran's first drive-in cinema screens 'Exodus'. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 02 (MNA) — Tehraners enjoy the chance to experience the country's first drive-in cinema at Milad Tower parking lot to watch Ebrahim Hatamikia's latest feature, Exodus. The first night of the program on Friday received huge welcome by cinema fans and all the tickets were sold out in less than two hours. Ordinary cinemas are still closed due to the novel coronavirus outbreak.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-02). Drug-trafficking gang dismantled in W Iran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 02 (MNA) — The police forces of Kermanshah Province have dismantled a drug-trafficking band in the past 24 hours, a provincial police commander said on Saturday.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-02). Blood of Hashd al-Sha'abi Martyrs not to be wasted: al-Kazemi. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 02 (MNA) — In response to the martyrdom of a number of Hashd al-Sha'abi forces by ISIL, Iraqi Prime Minister designate Mustafa al-Kazemi swore to God that their blood will not be wasted.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-02). Washington attempting to bring terrorism back to Baghdad. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 02 (MNA) — Al-Nujaba Islamic Resistance calling the emptying of the US bases in Iraq a show warned on the US new project on bringing back terrorism and the top commanders of the ISIS to Iraq.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-02). COVID-19 death toll hits 239,602 worldwide: WHO. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 02 (MNA) — In its latest report, World Health Organization (WHO) put the current number of death toll caused by coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, at 239,602.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-02). VIDEO: Livelihood assistance packages distributed in Gonabad. en.mehrnews.com GONABAD, May 02 (MNA) — RASHT, Apr. 28 (MNA) — Under the framework of 'Equality and Sincere Assistance Maneuver', 1,000 livelihood assistance packages have been prepared to be distributed among the needy people of Gonabad in Razavi Khorasan Province with the aim of helping those in need during the COVID-19 pandemic.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-02). British PMs call for sanctions if Netanyahu carries out threat to annex parts of West Bank. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 02 (MNA) — Nearly 130 parliamentarians have written to Boris Johnson urging him to impose economic sanctions against Israeli regime if Benjamin Netanyahu's new coalition government goes ahead with its threat to annex parts of the West Bank.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-02). VIDEO: N. Korea leader ends weeks of speculation over his health by appearing in public. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 02 (MNA) — After weeks of speculation over the health of Kim Jong Un, leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), he attended a ceremony marking the completion of a fertilizer factory north of Pyongyang on Friday.

sputniknews (2020-05-02). Tehran Denies US Envoy's Claims About Iran Helping Venezuela in Exchange for Gold. sputniknews.com The US special envoy for Venezuela earlier claimed that Iran has been helping Venezuela to restore its oil refineries, crippled by American sanctions, in exchange for gold. The official, however, presented no evidence to support his claims.

sputniknews (2020-05-02). Young Indian Boy Booked on Murder Charges for Dragging Police Official on Car Bonnet in Punjab. sputniknews.com New Delhi (Sputnik): India has been under a strict lockdown since 25 March as a way to tackle the further spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. Amid the lockdown, Indian cops have been on their toes, trying to maintain order across the country.

sputniknews (2020-05-02). 'Once Upon a Virus': China Releases a Bizarre Lego-Like Cartoon Mocking US COVID-19 Response. sputniknews.com US President Donald Trump has repeatedly criticised Beijing for its allegedly poor handling of the health crisis, accusing China of concealing vital data about the pandemic during its initial stage. He also ordered an investigation into reports that COVID-19 had been caused by an accident at the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

sputniknews (2020-05-02). Rapid Increase in COVID-19 Cases in Moscow Linked to Growing Testing Rate. sputniknews.com MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Moscow's COVID-19 response centre on Saturday explained the rapid increase in new cases of infection by the growing number of reference centers verifying positive coronavirus results in the Russian capital.

sputniknews (2020-05-02). US Scientists Design Coronavirus Test Detecting Carriers Before They Become Infectious – Report. sputniknews.com The development comes as the US Food and Drug Administration has authorised the use of remdesivir, a drug originally developed to treat Ebola. It will be used on people hospitalised with COVID-19. A recent trial showed that remdesivir helps shorten the recovery time, however, it doesn't improve survival rates.

sputniknews (2020-05-02). 122 CRPF Personnel Test Positive For COVID-19 in Indian Capital Delhi. sputniknews.com New Delhi (Sputnik): Amid the escalating cases of coronavirus in India, the largest lockdown in the world, slated to end on 3 May, has further been extended until 17 May. To distinguish COVID-19 hot spots from safer regions, India has been divided into red, orange, and green zones. The national capital, Delhi falls under the red zone.

sputniknews (2020-05-02). France Prolongs Public Health Emergency Until 24 July. sputniknews.com A public health emergency was established in France on 24 March, as the country was coping with the coronavirus pandemic that, according to the WHO, has infected 128,121 people as of 2 May.

sputniknews (2020-05-02). This Week in Pictures: 25 April – 1 May. sputniknews.com Nations around the globe continue to report new cases of the coronavirus infection, but despite the ongoing pandemic, life continues to go on in all the corners of our planet.

sputniknews (2020-05-02). Some Like it Freaky: Virtual Reality Strip Club Offers Alien and Cyborg Dancers. sputniknews.com Adult entertainment websites have become extremely popular during the coronavirus lockdown. Not willing to miss out on the chance to rake in some cash during the pandemic, industry players are adapting to the new reality, where close contact is off the table.

sputniknews (2020-05-02). India Reports Two Pakistani Terrorists Dead After Clash in Northern Kashmir. sputniknews.com The situation in the disputed region remains tense, with constant attacks on Indian forces and frequent clashes between the government and the militants that oppose New Delhi.

sputniknews (2020-05-02). Anti-China Stance Will Be There Whoever Rises to Power in US Presidential Vote, Analysts Suggest. sputniknews.com While Donald Trump firmly believes China is opposed to him being re-elected to another four years, some analysts point out that a Democratic president is no less likely to opt for a get-tough policy towards Beijing, alleging the general approach to China has been more or less the same on both sides of the aisle.

sputniknews (2020-05-02). David Icke Booted From Facebook For Spreading COVID-19 'Conspiracy Theories'. sputniknews.com David Icke is no stranger to controversy, and has in the past, among other things, claimed that the world in governed by a secret cabal of extraterrestrial reptiles and that the British Royal Family are lizards.

sputniknews (2020-05-02). US Air Force 'Interested in Accelerating' Hypersonic Cruise Missile Programme. sputniknews.com In March, Michael White, the Assistant Director for Hypersonics in the Office of the US Under Secretary of Defence for Research and Engineering, signaled the Pentagon's readiness to catch up with Russia and China in hypersonic arms development.

sputniknews (2020-05-02). Three Civilians Killed in Bomb Blast Near Prison in Afghanistan's East – Governor's Office. sputniknews.com KABUL (Sputnik) – Three civilians were killed and four others sustained injuries after a motorcycle bomb went off near a prison in Afghanistan's eastern province of Laghman on Saturday, the governor's spokesman said.

sputniknews (2020-05-02). Kim Jong-un Inspects a Fertiliser Plant After Weeks-Long Absence in a Video Released by State Media. sputniknews.com Kim Jong-un's well-being has been a matter of speculation over the past several weeks as the North Korean leader has been conspicuously absent from public events which led to rumours that he was either ill or even dead.

sputniknews (2020-05-02). Nord Stream 2 Pipe-Laying Ship Reportedly Approaching Russia's Kaliningrad. sputniknews.com The pipe-laying vessel, which recently changed course several times, has been operated by "Gazprom Fleet" since 2016. It was earlier touted by Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak as the ship capable of helping wrap up the Nord Stream 2 project.

yenisafak (2020-05-02). Iraq: Oil revenue falls over 50% in April. yenisafak.com Iraq's revenues from oil exports fell by over 50% in April due to the drastic drop in global oil prices, authorities said on Saturday.Baghdad exported over 103 million barrels of crude oil in April, generating approximately $1.42 billion at an average of $14 per barrel, the Iraqi Oil Ministry said in a statement.The revenue was less than half of the $2.96 billion earned in March through the export of 105 million barrels of crude oil at an average of $28 per barrel.Global oil prices have crashed due to the coronavirus pandemic, as reduced transportation and slowed industrial activity has brought about a sharp fall…

yenisafak (2020-05-02). Turkey sends Somalia domestic ventilators to tackle virus. yenisafak.com Turkey on Saturday sent a shipment of medical supplies, including new Turkish-made ventilators, to Somalia to help the Horn of Africa country combat the coronavirus outbreak.The ventilators, made through recent technological advances, will be "breath of life for our Somali brothers," Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Twitter.Sending the aid is not a matter of civilization but of conscience, he added, stressing how the capability and conscience of the Turkish nation stands with the oppressed and the needy.After Turkey's all-out effort to develop its own ventilators, which bore fruit last month, Somali…

yenisafak (2020-05-02). Buffett's Berkshire posts record net loss on coronavirus, operating profit rises. yenisafak.com Berkshire's first-quarter net loss totaled $49.75 billion, or $30,653 per Class A share, reflecting $54.52 billion of losses from investments, mainly common stocks. A year earlier, net earnings totaled $21.66 billion, or $13,209 per share.Quarterly operating profit, which Buffett considers a better performance measure, rose 6% to $5.87 billion from $5.56 billion.An accounting rule requires Berkshire to report unrealized stock losses and gains with earnings. This causes huge swings in Berkshire's net results that Buffett considers meaningless.

yenisafak (2020-05-02). Belgium: Virus cases near 50,000 as deaths drop. yenisafak.com The number of coronavirus cases in Belgium moved close to 50,000 on Saturday, with nearly 8,000 deaths.The Federal Public Health Service recorded 485 new COVID-19 cases over the past 24 hours, raising the total to 49,517.The death toll rose to 7,765 with 82 more fatalities, the first time since March 29 that fewer than 100 patients have died in a day.Following 128 additions on Friday, a total of 3,111 patients are currently in hospital, with the number in intensive care down by 60 to 689.Recoveries since March 15 reached 12,211 after 319 more patients were discharged from hospitals over the past 24 hours.More tha…

yenisafak (2020-05-02). Israel: Coronavirus death toll up to 227. yenisafak.com Israel confirmed two more fatalities from the coronavirus on Saturday, taking the death toll to 277.The Health Ministry said 51 new cases were reported in the country over the past 24 hours, raising the total to 16,152.It said 107 patients remain in critical condition, while at least 9,400 have recovered and been discharged from hospitals so far.Israel started taking measures to stem the spread of coronavirus in late February, initially barring non-residents arriving from virus hotspots and gradually imposing a near-total air travel ban.It also closed all educational institutions and prohibited citizens from leav…

yenisafak (2020-05-02). French state railway SNCF sees 2 bln euro hole, might need state aid. yenisafak.com France's state-owned railway company SNCF has lost about 2 billion euros ($2.20 billion) in revenue so far because of the coronavirus lockdown, its chief executive said on Saturday, adding that a government bailout might be needed.With more than 24,500 deaths during the outbreak, France has urged people to stay at home and avoid public transport."The virus, for the moment, means we're missing about 2 billion euros in revenue," SNCF Chief Executive Jean-Pierre Farandou told France Inter radio. "It wouldn't be abnormal to think of an aid plan for the SNCF," he added.The railway company, which also had a prolonged p…

yenisafak (2020-05-02). Turkey steps up medical device development amid virus. yenisafak.com Seeking to stem the hundreds of millions of dollars it costs annually to buy medical devices from abroad, Turkey has stepped up its efforts to develop and produce these devices within the country instead.Expenses for importing medical devices such as respirators or X-ray systems reached more than $8 billion in the last five years, while there has also been a gradual decline.Over the last month Turkey also rushed to set up mass production of mechanical ventilators, devices critical for treating COVID-19 patients.Defense and technology firms Baykar, Aselsan, and Arcelik supported medical technology firm BIOSYS' mec…

yenisafak (2020-05-02). Spain to launch 16 bln euro reconstruction fund: PM. yenisafak.com Spain's Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said on Saturday his government would approve a 16 billion euros ($17.57 billion) reconstruction fund to help regional authorities deal with the social and economic damage from the coronavirus.Speaking at a press conference, Sanchez also announced that the use of masks on public transport would be compulsory from Monday.($1 = 0.9105 euros)…

yenisafak (2020-05-02). NBA delays 2020 draft lottery, combine over virus. yenisafak.com With the future of pro basketball uncertain in the shadow of coronavirus, the NBA has postponed its annual draft lottery and draft combine.The draft lottery was to be held this month in Chicago, while the draft combine was set for May 19-24."More information on each event will be shared at a later date as the NBA continues to closely monitor the coronavirus pandemic and consult with infectious disease specialists, public health experts and government officials," said a NBA statement.The 2019-20 NBA season has been suspended since March 11 and there has been no decision yet on its resumption.On Monday, the NBA ann…

yenisafak (2020-05-02). Spain's streets come to life as deaths top 25,000. yenisafak.com As outdoor exercise was permitted for the first time in 48 days, Spain's Health Ministry on Saturday reported 276 more COVID-19 deaths and 1,147 new infections.Both numbers were down slightly from Friday and far below the peak in early April. In total, at least 25,100 people have lost their lives to COVID-19 in Spain and more than 216,500 cases have been confirmed.Of the confirmed cases, 117,248 people have recovered — up 2,572 people from Friday.Under one of the world's strictest lockdowns since March 14, Spain has managed to flatten the curve of the contagion. On Friday, health authorities closed the coun…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2020-05-02). Vice President Pence visits Mayo Clinic. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Vice President Mike Pence visited Mayo Clinic in Rochester to see firsthand how Mayo is providing scientific leadership to aid the national response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Gianrico Farrugia, Mayo Clinic president and CEO, guided the vice president on a tour where he was able to talk with Mayo Clinic scientists leading the country's …

Brian Mier (2020-05-02). Media Washes Hands of—and With—Boris Johnson. zcomm.org As the UK quickly becomes a world leader in death and infections from the Covid-19 pandemic, corporate media are transforming British Prime Minister Boris Johnson into an international Coronavirus bugaboo.

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2020-05-02). Mayo Clinic introduces skill for Amazon's Alexa about COVID-19. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org ROCHESTER, Minn.

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2020-05-02). Are pets at risk of getting, spreading COVID-19? newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Recent reports of cats and dogs becoming infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, has prompted the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to update its guidelines for pets. According to the CDC, two pet cats in New York City became the first domestic animals in the U.S. to test positive for the …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2020-05-02). Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: Skin care for your hands, face during COVID-19. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Your best defense against the spread of coronavirus is hand-washing, but frequent hand-washing can deplete the skin of its natural moisture and oils, causing dry and cracked skin. Recommendations to wear face masks also are taking a toll on the skin. Face masks may rub across the nose and behind the ears, which can irritate …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2020-05-02). Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: Respiratory therapists play critical role in treating COVID-19 patients. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org COVID-19 was first identified late last year with a cluster of pneumonia cases caused by a new coronavirus. The COVID-19 disease process heavily affects the respiratory system, and patients often need oxygen support. The respiratory therapist plays a critical role in managing oxygen levels, placing breathing tubes, and managing the mechanical ventilator, when necessary. On …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2020-05-02). Symptom list for COVID-19 expanded. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org COVID-19, the disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus, affects people in many ways. Early symptoms have included fever, cough and chills. The list of symptoms in people with confirmed COVID-19 disease has expanded since early reports of the disease. "We're learning more about the virus and more about the syndrome that it causes as people …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2020-05-02). Media backgrounder: COVID-19 readiness and helping the world respond to the global pandemic. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org ROCHESTER, Minn.

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2020-05-02). Mayo Clinic Q and A: Reducing anxiety and stress during COVID-19 pandemic. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org DEAR MAYO CLINIC: It's been weeks of being at home with my children and spouse due to the COVID-19 pandemic and stay-at-home requirements. I'm feeling overwhelmed and I'm also scared because we really don't know what's going to happen. How can I ease this anxiety? ANSWER: You certainly are not alone in those feelings. As …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2020-05-02). Infographic: Informed but not overwhelmed. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org For the latest updates on the COVID-19 pandemic, check the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. For more information and COVID-19 coverage, go to the Mayo Clinic News Network and mayoclinic.org.

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2020-05-02). Voluntary public disclosure on the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org ROCHESTER, Minn.

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2020-05-02). Physicians, scientists and physician-scientists connect dots between heart disease, potential for worse COVID-19 outcomes. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org ROCHESTER, Minn. ? People with certain heart diseases may be more susceptible to worse outcomes with COVID-19, but the reason why has remained unknown. New research from Mayo Clinic indicates that in patients with one specific type of heart disease ? obstructive hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) ? the heart increases production of the ACE2 RNA transcript …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2020-05-02). Why patients with lung cancer in a COVID-19 era need to keep their treatment. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Patients with cancer are at a higher risk of having a more severe COVID-19 illness. "Unfortunately, COVID-19 has severely affected those who are diagnosed with lung cancer," says Dr. Shanda Blackmon, a thoracic surgeon at Mayo Clinic. "We know that these patients who get infected with COVID-19 while they're immune compromised are increasingly susceptible to having a worse …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2020-05-02). AskMayoExpert's COVID-19 information made available to public. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Mayo Clinic is making parts of its AskMayoExpert clinical knowledge resource for providers available to the public to make trusted knowledge on COVID-19 easily available to other health systems and providers. AskMayoExpert, Mayo Clinic's primary clinical knowledge resource for providers at the point of care, is sharing its COVID-19 content with the public. "Mayo leadership …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2020-05-02). Mayo Clinic expert talks social distancing. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org The need for?social distancing?will continue into the summer as an important public health tool to reduce the spread of?COVID-19. ?Dr. Gregory Poland, an infectious diseases specialist at Mayo Clinic acknowledges the hardships of public safety measures and says they are important. "The nature of social distancing, isolating ourselves, and shelter-in-place has been tremendous hardships from …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2020-05-02). Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: Using tele-ICU to support New York hospital. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Using tele-ICU capabilities, Mayo Clinic physicians in critical care medicine are volunteering to support staff at New York-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital, which has been inundated with COVID-19 cases. At this unprecedented time, these two organizations are collaborating and innovating to help patients. On the Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast, Dr. Sean Caples, a Mayo Clinic pulmonologist and critical …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2020-05-02). Respiratory care and people who care for patients with COVID-19. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org When people experience severe symptoms with COVID-19, they are urged to seek medical attention. But what happens to patients when they are hospitalized and who helps them? Because COVID-19 heavily affects the respiratory system, respiratory care is an important part of the care and healing process, says Dr. Daniel Diedrich, an anesthesiologist and critical care specialist at Mayo Clinic. All clinicians play an important role in providing lifesaving …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2020-05-02). Science Saturday: Antimalarials, COVID-19, cardiac arrest. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Over the last few weeks, chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine have become household words. These antiparasitic drugs normally prescribed for malaria were introduced early in the rush to find potential treatments for COVID-19. As time goes on, the public discussion has centered on who should get these particular drugs and when. Meanwhile many doctors and medical researchers …

WSWS (2020-05-02). Biden denies sexual assault allegation, but Democrats' nervousness about his candidacy grows. wsws.org The deaths of 65,000 people and the collapse of jobs and incomes have not shaken the Democrats, who are as callous as Donald Trump, but a sex scandal is another matter.

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…

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…

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

a guest author (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 . . . |

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…

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…

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2020-05-01). On May Day, Pro-Worker Groups Demand Protections for Frontline Whistleblowers Who Expose Corporate Disregard for Labor Safety. commondreams.org "The current crisis has elevated workplace whistleblowing and collective action to a matter of national health." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

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. ….

2020-05-02: Social Media Postees

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[World Report] Prisons are "in no way equipped" to deal with COVID-19
Talha Burki | thelancet.com | 2020-05-02
Prisons are a hotspot for COVID-19. In theory, prisoners have the same right to health as anyone else, but the reality is very different. Talha Burki reports.
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[Comment] Offline: A global health crisis? No, something far worse
Richard Horton | thelancet.com | 2020-05-02
Every evening we scour those graphs looking for signs that the epidemic is in retreat. New cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). People in hospital with COVID-19. Critical care beds with COVID-19 patients. Daily COVID-19 deaths in hospital. And then the final and bluntly worded "global death comparison". Those with responsibility for leading us through this emergency have called it "a once in a century global health crisis". This statement is incorrect on two grounds. First, because we cannot know what the rest of the century will bring.
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US Hospitals Getting Paid More to Label Cause of Death as 'Coronavirus'
Wayne Dupree | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-02
First published on April 15, 2020 | Senator Scott Jensen represents Minnesota. He's also a doctor. He appeared on Fox News with Laura Ingram where he revealed a very disturbing piece of information. | Dr. Scott Jensen says the American Medical Association …
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Navajo Nation COVID-19 cases rise while emergency federal aid remains delayed
wsws.org | 2020-05-02
Endemic impoverishment and a lack of critical infrastructure imposed on Native Americans by Washington have contributed to some of the worst coronavirus infection rates in the country.
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Buffalo, N.Y., banner drop on May Day 2020
Nigel Bouvart | workers.org | 2020-05-02
In honor of International Workers Day, Buffalo, N.Y., activists adorned several overpasses with radical demands on behalf of the working class, including calls for rent cancellation and universal healthcare. Credit: Oscar Elliot | Continue reading Buffalo, N.Y., banner drop on May Day 2020 at Workers.org
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Cuba: May Day in the Year of the Pandemic
Bill Hackwell | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-05-02
Photo: Bill Hackwell, Havana, Plaza of the Revolution This photograph depicts how the Plaza of the Revolution in Havana usually looks on May 1, International Workers Day (IWD). Every year since 1959 when a revolution, whose backbone was made up of workers and peasants, was victorious against a brutal US-backed dictatorship, millions of Cubans and …
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Biden Is Everything The Democrats Are: Notes From The Edge Of The Narrative Matrix
Caitlin Johnstone | thealtworld.com | 2020-05-02
Joe Biden is the Democrat's Democrat. He is the perfect representative of the party. They should even take it a step further and replace that donkey with Joe Biden. | Biden is to the Democrats as Trump is to the Republicans. Everyone's just wearing their true face now. | ~ | If you're willing to sacrifice all principles, all sanity and all morality to get rid of Trump, what exactly is the point of getting rid of Trump? | ~ | We know Biden is a liar. He's been pinged for lying his whole career. Everyone is trying to undermine the victim's character in order to discredit her while ignoring Joe's character. We know…
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Liberating logistics: all power to the frontline workers
Dave Braneck | zcomm.org | 2020-05-02
May Day strikes are capping off a global wave of labor action through which logistic workers have asserted themselves against capital in the face of a pandemic…
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[Perspectives] Society and the slow burn of inequality
Michael Marmot | thelancet.com | 2020-05-02
On June 14, 2017, Grenfell Tower, a high-rise housing block in the Royal London Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, UK, went up in flames. 72 people died, among the poorest and most marginalised in society. A dramatic conflagration such as this could teach us two kinds of lessons, if we were but open to receiving them. This event exposed underlying problems in society and it showed us that we have to do things differently. In the case of Grenfell, the underlying societal problem was deep-seated and enduring social inequalities and resultant health inequalities.
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Louisiana prisons are 'death concentration camps'
a guest author | workers.org | 2020-05-02
By: Quess Moore/transcribed by Mirinda Crissman This slightly edited talk is by Quess Moore speaking at the April 9 Workers World Party webinar. Moore organizes with New Orleans Workers Group and Take 'Em Down NOLA, a group which has been working to take down symbols of white supremacy and slavery. . . . | Continue reading Louisiana prisons are 'death concentration camps' at Workers.org
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PA prisoners tortured for protesting racist policies
Ted Kelly | workers.org | 2020-05-02
Eric McGill was locked up in Lebanon County Correctional Facility in Lebanon, Pa., on Jan. 19, 2019. For 15 months now he has been held there, not because he has been convicted of a crime, but because he cannot afford the preposterous $1 million bail the judge set. And during . . . | Continue reading PA prisoners tortured for protesting racist policies at Workers.org
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Cuba: 'We don't deny anyone our assistance'
| workers.org | 2020-05-02
The Cuban Foreign Ministry issued the following letter April 16 calling on the international community to come together to combat the COVID-19 outbreak. The impact of COVID-19 can already be measured and will be assessed in the future by the striking numbers of people infected, the unacceptable numbers of deaths, . . . | Continue reading Cuba: 'We don't deny anyone our assistance' at Workers.org
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Declaración de Cuba: La pandemia demuestra la necesidad de cooperación
| workers.org | 2020-05-02
Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores de Cuba La necesidad de cooperación El impacto de la COVID19 puede medirse ya y podrá evaluarse en el futuro por la impresionante cantidad de personas infectadas, por las cifras inaceptables de muertes, por el daño indiscutible a la economía mundial, a la producción, el comercio, . . . | Continue reading Declaración de Cuba: La pandemia demuestra la necesidad de cooperación at Workers.org
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Nearly 300 meat-processing workers infected by coronavirus at German slaughterhouse
wsws.org | 2020-05-02
While almost 300 workers at a Baden-Wàºrttemberg slaughterhouse have COVID-19, the plant remains open.
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Communication Workers Union folds 48 hours after Royal Mail threatens 20,000 jobs
wsws.org | 2020-05-02
Having initially warned of strike action against the ending of Saturday deliveries, the CWU organised a shameless retreat.
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Russia: Two ministers, one deputy test positive for COVID as workers' protests grow
wsws.org | 2020-05-02
Just one day after Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin was hospitalized for COVID-19, the minister for construction, housing and communal services and his deputy also tested positive.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/02/russ…

OSHA abandons essential workers
Joyce Chediac | liberationnews.org | 2020-05-02
Months into the COVID-19 pandemic, OSHA has ignored the pleas of scores of trade unions to protect workers.
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US autoworkers oppose early return to factories
wsws.org | 2020-05-02
Detroit auto companies are pushing for a May 18 restart but workers are resisting this attempt to force them into the factories during the uncontained COVID-19 pandemic.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/02/auto…

Australian government fast-tracks review of lockdown measures
wsws.org | 2020-05-02
New clusters have emerged, including among meat workers in Melbourne, as governments seek to prematurely end social-distancing measures.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/02/augo…

DARPA research lab designing 'game changer' rapid coronavirus blood test repurposed from BIOWEAPONS detection project
rt.com | 2020-05-02
Germ warfare researchers at the Pentagon's shadowy advanced projects unit have developed a new coronavirus test that could spot infected patients before they become contagious, originally created to diagnose victims of bioweapons. | The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) says the new test may be capable of identifying infections within 24 hours, some four days prior to any of the test kits currently available, the Guardian reported on Friday.
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WATCH North Korea's Kim re-emerge in public amid rumors of DEATH
rt.com | 2020-05-02
North Korean state media has released video footage of the country's leader Kim Jong-un opening a new fertilizer plant. The video comes after weeks of rumors of his death, actively spread by Western media. | The video, said to have been shot on Friday, shows North Korea's leader cutting the red ribbon at a new plant in South Phyongan Province. The smiling Kim Jong-un is pictured meeting the workers of the plant and touring the facility alongside other officials, including his sister Kim Yo-jong. | While the plant's workers are seen wearing face masks as a precaution against coronavirus, none of the official…
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Watsonville: International Workers' Day Action
Regeneration-Pájaro Valley Climate Action | indybay.org | 2020-05-02
Watsonville Plaza | 350 Main St, Watsonville…
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24 hour May Day programing on mayday.pacifica.org
Pacifica COVID-19 Taskforce | indybay.org | 2020-05-02
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.
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Sacramento: May Day Car Caravan for Immigrant & Worker Rights
Graton Day Labor Center and others | indybay.org | 2020-05-02
Car Caravan: Southside Park, Sacramento…
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Delivery workers strike on May Day in the US
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-05-02
Workers of major corporations such as Amazon, FedEx, Walmart, Instacart and Target stayed off work demanding personal protective equipment, safe and sanitary work environments, extra paid leaves and time-offs…
peoplesdispatch.org/2020/05/02/delivery-…

May Day People's Strike
Kali Akuno | zcomm.org | 2020-05-02
Target, Amazon, Instacart Workers Demand Safe Conditions & Pandemic Relief…
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Amazon Tech Workers Join Warehouse Workers in Protests
Bryce Covert | zcomm.org | 2020-05-02
Home-office climate activists and warehouse employees across the nation find common cause mobilizing against Amazon's policies…
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May 1 "general strike" at Amazon: A failed adventure by the Democratic Party and the unions
wsws.org | 2020-05-02
This was not a real struggle led by the workers, but a ploy by the Democratic Party, the unions, and their hangers-on to disrupt and gain control of growing working-class opposition to deadly workplace conditions.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/02/amzn…

May 1 "general strike" at Amazon: A failed adventure by the Democratic Party and the unions
wsws.org | 2020-05-02
This was not a real struggle led by the workers, but a ploy by the Democratic Party, the unions, and their hangers-on to disrupt and gain control of growing working class opposition to deadly workplace conditions.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/02/amzn…

A Pandemic Is Not a War
Robin Andersen | commondreams.org | 2020-05-02
Health workers greet people as they arrive in cars at a mobile Covid-19 testing site at the Westside Community Center in the Goldsboro neighborhood of Sanford, Florida on April 23, 2020. (Photo: Paul Hennessy/NurPhoto via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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A Delaware prisoner's plea for PPE
a guest author | workers.org | 2020-05-02
This letter is from a prisoner at James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in New Castle County, Delaware. Two prisoners have died from COVID-19 in the Vaughn facility, and a combined 30 more have tested positive for the virus there and at a neighboring Sussex Community Corrections Center. On April 25, . . . | Continue reading A Delaware prisoner's plea for PPE at Workers.org
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Russia sees Covid-19 surge with almost 10,000 cases recorded in one day, as Moscow ramps up testing
rt.com | 2020-05-02
Russian health officials on Saturday reported 9,623 new cases of coronavirus in a single day, significantly more than the 7,933 rise during the previous 24 hours. The nation's Covid-19 caseload now stands at 124,054. | The surge may reflect a recent increase in testing in Moscow, which is the part of Russia worst affected by the epidemic. A total of 5,358 new cases were reported in the Russian capital on Saturday, compared to 3,561 on Friday. | Mayor Sergey Sobyanin said on Saturday that the city has "radically improved" its screening protocols during the past week, putting Moscow among the world leaders in th…
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Russia sees surge in new Covid-19 cases with almost 10,000 cases recorded in one day
rt.com | 2020-05-02
Russian health officials on Saturday reported 9,623 new cases of coronavirus in a single day, significantly more than the 7,933 rise during the previous 24 hours. The nation's Covid-19 caseload now stands at 124,054. | The surge may reflect a recent increase in testing in Moscow, which is the part of Russia worst affected by the epidemic. A total of 5,358 new cases were reported in the Russian capital on Saturday, compared to 3,561 on Friday. | Mayor Sergey Sobyanin said on Saturday that the city has "radically improved" its screening protocols during the past week, putting Moscow among the world leaders in th…
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To impose further sanctions on Iran, the US rewrites history and engages in semantic gymnastics
Scott Ritter | thealtworld.com | 2020-05-02
On May 8, 2018, President Trump withdrew from the Iran Nuclear deal. In an effort to enact crippling "snap-back" sanctions, his administration is now pretending it did no such thing. | "All our words", the American-Lebanese poet-philosopher Kahlil Gibran observed, "are but crumbs that fall down from the feast of the mind." If words are judged by their intellectual weight and adherence to integrity, the statements issued by the Trump administration in relation to its standing as a "participating nation" in the context of the agreement (known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA,) is more famine than…
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New blood plasma coronavirus treatment set to be trialled in the UK
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-05-02
Doctors at London's Guy's and St Thomas' hospital are set to trial a potential treatment for coronavirus (Covid-19) using blood plasma from recovered patients. | The hospital's Biomedical Research Centre said the first plasma donations have been collected, and transfusions will begin in "the coming weeks". It's hoped the potential treatment, known as convalescent plasma, will help patients whose bodies are not producing sufficient antibodies to fight the virus. | The hospital said if the trials prove the treatment to be effective, NHS Blood and Transplant will begin a national programme to deliver up to 10,000 un…
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Coronavirus, Vaccines and the Gates Foundation
F. William Engdahl | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-02
First published on March 20, 2020 | Arguably, no one has been more active in promoting and funding research on vaccines aimed at dealing with coronavirus than Bill Gates and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. From sponsoring a simulation of …
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Race Against Time: Producers Rush to Find COVID-19 Vaccine as Global Infections Pass 3.3Mln
sputniknews.com | 2020-05-02
MOSCOW (Sputnik)

Undocumented New Yorkers Are Essential and Underprotected in COVID's Epicenter
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-05-02
They've gotten to know New York City in a way many have not, through the low-wage work of cleaning its skyscrapers, serving its restaurants and crisscrossing its streets on bicycles, through long subway rides very early in the morning and very late at night. The saying goes: You're not a true New Yorker unless you've lived here for a decade. They've done their time and felt a deep sense of belonging in this city of immigrants. | They are losing loved ones but do not qualify for city funding…
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Joe Biden Needs an Intervention: An Open Letter to DNC Chair Tom Perez
Norman Solomon | indybay.org | 2020-05-02
"It takes two wings to fly."
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[Comment] Renal denervation: time to refine the focus of research
Peter J Blankestijn, Sabine C Meijvis | thelancet.com | 2020-05-02
In The Lancet, Michael Bà∂hm and colleagues report the results of their international, prospective, randomised controlled trial on the effects of renal denervation in unmedicated patients.1 They report that, in a cohort of 331 patients with hypertension assigned to either a renal denervation procedure (n=166; mean age 52 years [SD 11], 36% women) or sham procedure (n=165; 53 years [10], 32% women), treatment differences were ‚àí3 ∑9 mm Hg (Bayesian 95% credible interval ‚àí6 ∑2 to ‚àí1 ∑6) for 24 h systolic blood pressure and ‚&agr…
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[Obituary] Gita Ramjee
Andrew Green | thelancet.com | 2020-05-02
HIV researcher who specialised in HIV prevention for women. Born on April 8, 1956, in Kampala, Uganda, she died of complications from COVID-19 on March 31, 2020, outside Durban, South Africa, aged 63 years.
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[Editorial] COVID-19: remaking the social contract
The Lancet | thelancet.com | 2020-05-02
"Allegiance, after all, has to work two ways; and one can grow weary of an allegiance which is not reciprocal." The British playwright David Hare quoted this line by the American writer James Baldwin in his recent reflections on the UK Government's response to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. Baldwin's reminder and warning in the context of civil rights in the mid-20th century USA speak now in the pandemic to communities the world over who are unsure of their governments' allegiances to them.
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[Perspectives] Death of a courtier
Sarah Ditum | thelancet.com | 2020-05-02
A plague sweeps the nation, the head of state's health is threatened, and the business of government is rendered fragile and unsteady. It has been over a decade since Hilary Mantel began her Thomas Cromwell trilogy with Wolf Hall in 2009, and 8 years since 2012's Bring Up the Bodies, but what felt like an arduous wait now seems like nothing but impeccable timing. Cromwell even ends the novel under his own version of lockdown as a prisoner in the Tower of London. The world has been uncannily prepared for The Mirror & the Light.
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German Lawyer Sent to Psychiatric Ward for Organizing Protest Against COVID-19 Lockdown
Kurt Nimmo | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-02
First published on April 16, 2020 | In the Soviet Union, activists were sent to state psychiatric wards. According to the state, any and all opposition to government policy was considered a form of mental illness. | Stephanie Buck writes about the …
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Do we laugh? Backwoods Michigan Sees Powerful COVID Surge/Deaths After Lockdown Protests (updating)
Gordon Duff | thealtworld.com | 2020-05-02
COVID deaths doubled in one day, largely due to protests of lockdown. How many protesters or family members died last week? Without game playing, probably between 50 and 90 as deaths in "protest land" skyrocketed. | This was a single day.: | It is too easy to treat the pandemic as though it were a sport, watching the figures, cheering on the grim reaper, hoping he is killing off those other people. | This is wrong, there, I've said it. | From today's Detroit News: | "Michigan's death toll from the novel coronavirus reached 4,020 on Saturday after the state added 154 deaths to its count. | The state recor…
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Colombia's New Scandal: The Army Spied on Journalists
telesurenglish.net | 2020-05-02
The magazine Semana Friday published a special investigation showing that the Colombian Army spied on journalists who were reporting on the armed conflict and military corruption. | RELATED: | Colombia: Protests Over Lack of Food Aid Persist | Foreign journalists who were monitored by Colombian security forces include the New York Times correspondent Nick Casey, freelance photographer Stephen Ferry, and Lynsey Addario. | Between February and December 2019, the military also carried out comput…
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Trump tweets support for armed right-wing protesters in Michigan
wsws.org | 2020-05-02
The right-wing demonstration in the Michigan state Capitol is part of a high-level campaign to force a return to work in the midst of the deadly COVID-19 pandemic.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/02/lans…

MoveOn Protest: Twitter Rally to Demand #RealReliefNow during COVID-19
MoveOn | indybay.org | 2020-05-02
Protest online via Twitter…
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UN urges restraint amid Lebanon clashes
yenisafak.com | 2020-05-02
The UN on Friday expressed concern and called for restraint amid protests in Lebanon over the deteriorating economic situation.Demonstrators during the week defied measures to fight the coronavirus pandemic by protesting in several cities against deteriorating living conditions and spiraling food prices.One protester was killed and almost 80 injured in violent clashes, while the Lebanese army said nearly 160 personnel were hurt, 15 of them critically."We are deeply concerned by the renewed violence in Lebanon this week, claiming the life of one protester and leaving dozens of other civilians and law enforcement o…
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"America the Victim": Are "Enemies" Lining Up for Revenge in the Wake of the Coronavirus?
Philip Giraldi | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-02
When in trouble politically, governments have traditionally conjured up a foreign enemy to explain why things are going wrong. Whatever one chooses to believe about the coronavirus, the fact is that it has resulted in considerable political backlash against a …
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The War of Two Middle Classes
Joel Kotkin | anti-empire.com | 2020-05-02
Politicians across the Western world like to speak fondly of the "middle class" as if it is one large constituency with common interests and aspirations. But, as Karl Marx observed, the middle class has always been divided by sources of wealth and worldview. Today, it is split into two distinct, and often opposing, middle classes. First there is the yeomanry or the traditional middle class, which consists of small business owners, minor landowners, craftspeople, and artisans, or what we would define historically as the bourgeoisie, or the old French Third Estate, deeply embedded in the private economy. The oth…
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Lenin on Democracy and Dictatorship & its relevance for our time
Eugene E Ruyle | indybay.org | 2020-05-02
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If a Budding Socialist Movement Can Defeat Amazon, Imagine What Else It Can Do
Meagan Day | zcomm.org | 2020-05-02
Those electoral wins and the broader progressive upsurge they were a part of translating into pressure on key city and state leaders to come out against Amazon and its scheme to receive billions in public subsidies.
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Afghan spox says Taliban attacks kill over 350 civilians, injure hundreds
yenisafak.com | 2020-05-02
Afghanistan on Saturday claimed that over 1,000 civilians have been killed or wounded in attacks by the Taliban over the last two-plus months.In the past 70 days, the Taliban killed 387 civilians while wounding 590 and abducting 200 others, Tariq Aryan, Interior Ministry spokesman, told a press conference in the capital Kabul."In response to these attacks, Afghan forces while maintaining a posture of defensive offense killed around 1,400 Taliban," he added.The news follows the top US envoy on Friday urging the warring parties once again to reduce violence and ultimately reach a ceasefire.In a series of tweets, Za…
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Former top officials in Bernie Sanders campaign form super PAC to back Joe Biden
wsws.org | 2020-05-02
Despite his long record of opposition to super PACs, Sanders has remained silent on the creation of the "Future to Believe In" political action committee.
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Former top officials in Bernie Sanders campaign form super PAC to back Joe Biden
WSWS Repost | indybay.org | 2020-05-02
With the Democratic Party uniting to promote Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders holds his nose to let his supporters build a super PAC.
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Brazil: Prisoners Riot in Manaus and Take Hostages
telesurenglish.net | 2020-05-02
Inmates at the Puraquequara prison in Manaus city started a riot on Saturday morning and took seven prison officers hostage. They demand better living conditions inside the prison, which have been notoriously degraded because of the COVID-19 crisis. | RELATED: | Brazil: Manaus Collapses as COVID-19 Hits Indigenous People | "Through social media, the prisoners indicated that they want improvements such as light, mattresses, fans, good food, and medicine for the sick," local outlet UO…
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Measuring Inflation in Times of Coronavirus
Dean Baker | cepr.net | 2020-05-02
There has been some discussion of whether we should anticipate deflation or inflation as a result of the impact of the pandemic. I have been in the camp arguing the latter, based on the idea that precautionary measures will raise costs in major areas of the economy while reducing supply. (This is not an argument …
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The stock market's latest rebound shows how disconnected from reality it truly is
Peter Bolton | thecanary.co | 2020-05-02
Following a series of dramatic plummets in the wake of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, the stock market recently bounced back with one of its best-ever recorded months. This might, on the surface, seem like a good thing. But it also raises a question about the paradoxical nature of modern finance capitalism. I…
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UK: Delays to medical treatment during pandemic will cost thousands of lives
wsws.org | 2020-05-02
Reports claim that deaths due to the disruption of cancer services alone are likely to outnumber deaths from the coronavirus itself over the next five years.
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Lockdown Wars: Debating Pandemic Measures in a Failed State
Andrey Areshev | strategic-culture.org | 2020-05-02
If you thought COVID-19 wouldn't get political, think again. | Peter VAN BUREN | If America has a fast forward button on it, someone should push it ahead to November. We won't be done with the virus until we're done with the election. Between prudence and overreaction lies politics. | We bleat about wanting decisions to be based on science, then we do the same dumb red-blue thing, even counting the corona dead differently (nothing left certain but taxes now) to make the numbers seem better or worse depending on shifty politics. Something that should not be about Trump at all is All About Trump. | It's killing us.
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Trump escalates attacks on China over COVID-19
wsws.org | 2020-05-02
US President Trump has stepped up his propaganda war and threats against China, blaming it for the deadly COVID-19 pandemic that has cost the lives of more than 230,000 people internationally.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/02/usch…

The deeper roots of Chinese demonization
Pepe Escobar | thealtworld.com | 2020-05-02
Fasten your seat belts: the US hybrid war against China is bound to go on frenetic overdrive, as economic reports are already identifying Covid-19 as the tipping point when the Asian

China Registers Only One New COVID-19 Case in the Whole Country
telesurenglish.net | 2020-05-02
China's National Health Commission (NHC) Friday reported one new COVID-19 case in the entire country corresponding to a traveler from abroad, which is the lowest growth rate recorded in the Asian country since the pandemic began. | RELATED: | Russia Refutes Western Attempts To Blame China For COVID-19 | The NHC also reported two suspected cases, both related to someone from abroad. In the last 24 hours, 43 patients were discharged and 650 of their close contacts were no longer obs…
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Social Leader Killed in Colombia, 84 so Far in 2020
telesurenglish.net | 2020-05-02
Since the start of 2020 on average, one social leader in Colombia is killed every other day as Friday marked the 84th killed social leader in the Latin American nation. | RELATED: | Colombia: Gunmen Kill Social Leader and Family Members in Cauca | According to local reports, on Friday as COVID-19 lockdown continues, armed men entered the home of Uenseslao Guerrero, community leader, killing him in the spot located in the violence-hit southwestern department of Cauca. | The mayo…
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In memoriam: Dr. Roh Kil-nam, beloved fighter for unification of Korea
Preston Wood and Michael Prysner | liberationnews.org | 2020-05-02
"Ken Roh embodied the spirit of eternal optimism in the long road of struggle of the Korean people for freedom and reunification."
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First person: South Korea's COVID-19 success story
news.un.org | 2020-05-02
On Thursday, the Republic of Korea recorded no locally transmitted COVID-19 cases, prompting praise from UN Secretary-General António Guterres. UN News has been finding out, from two UN colleagues based in the capital, Seoul, how life is changing for the better.
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In memoriam: Dr. Roh Kil-nam, beloved fighter for reunification of Korea
Preston Wood and Michael Prysner | liberationnews.org | 2020-05-02
"Ken Roh embodied the spirit of eternal optimism in the long road of struggle of the Korean people for freedom and reunification."
liberationnews.org/in-memoriam-dr-roh-ki…

Paranoid Colombia: even Duque's former chief of staff target of military spying
Adriaan Alsema | colombiareports.com | 2020-05-02
Colombia's military used US resources to spy on American journalists, local NGO's and politicians, and even President Ivan Duque's former chief of staff, according to weekly Semana. Weekly Semana on…
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Trump Isn't the First to Threaten WHO, but His Threat Is the Most Dangerous
John Cavanagh | zcomm.org | 2020-05-02
Only now, we're in the middle of a pandemic that's only just begun to devastate the vulnerable regions that need the WHO the most. The United States shouldn't be cutting support now…
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Australian government places country on frontline of anti-China witch hunt
wsws.org | 2020-05-02
Australia unilaterally called for an international inquiry into the COVID-19 pandemic, boosting the Trump administration's unsubstantiated accusations against China.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/02/auch…

Record 50.8 million people internally displaced in 2019
wsws.org | 2020-05-02
The plight of tens of millions of internally displaced people is virtually ignored, attracting little global attention during the escalating global pandemic.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/02/disp…

During pandemic, Austin, TX police kill Mike Ramos days after damning city report
Brianna Griffith | liberationnews.org | 2020-05-02
As with so many police shootings, the Austin PD's first instinct was to spin the story and criminalize the victim.
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German government accelerates its deadly back-to-work initiative
wsws.org | 2020-05-02
Despite the continuing spread of the COVID-19 internationally, the German government is accelerating its lifting of the limited restrictions imposed to prevent transmission of the virus.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/02/germ…

Trump blocks federal funeral aid to families of COVID-19 victims
wsws.org | 2020-05-02
While $45 billion has been allocated to the Federal Emergency Management Agency through the CARES Act, a memo from Trump bans the agency giving burial funds to thousands of victims.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/02/fema…

US government prepares for hundreds of thousands of COVID-19 deaths
wsws.org | 2020-05-02
Press inquiries have found that the federal government is ordering enough body bags for at least five times the current US death toll.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/02/pers…

Essential work doesn't include repairing million-pound luxury yachts. This needs to stop
Peadar O'Cearnaigh | thecanary.co | 2020-05-02
When the UK went into lockdown on 23 March, the government ordered "certain businesses" to close. The exception to this was key providers like supermarkets and retailers offering "essential goods and services". | And while other businesses can open "where [employees] cannot work from home", it's dif…
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Germany's Lufthansa: Billions in state aid and mass layoffs
wsws.org | 2020-05-02
The airline unions are appealing to Chancellor Merkel for state intervention.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/02/luft…

Betsy DeVos Sued for Garnishing Wages of 285,000 Student Borrowers Amid Pandemic
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-05-02
A home health aide who earns just under $13 per hour is the lead plaintiff in a class-action lawsuit filed Thursday against Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, whose department has continued garnishing the wages of hundreds of thousands of student loan borrowers in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. | The CARES Act, which was signed into law in late March, pro…
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This State in India Shows Us Why Fighting COVID-19 Requires Working-Class Power
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-05-02
Even as the death toll in the U.S. from COVID-19 climbs to 63,583 and increasing numbers of Americans are forced to decide whether to forgo potentially life-saving treatment or face bankruptcy, we are bombarded daily with pro-corporate rhetoric opposed to universal health care systems. We are told that the market is the most efficient mechanism for distrib…
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Israel's New Government Is Exploiting Pandemic to Annex 30 Percent of West Bank
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-05-02
After three indecisive elections, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his opponent Benny Gantz agreed to form a unity government in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. | One of the central pillars of this new regime is the unlawful annexation of the Jordan Valley and illegal Jewi…
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'Obstruction attempt': Iran rejects US claim that it's hoarding Venezuela's gold as payment for economic aid
rt.com | 2020-05-02
An Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesperson has said that Washington is using false accusations to ramp up its pressure campaign in Venezuela following US claims that Caracas has sent planes loaded with golden bars to Tehran. | Seyd Abbas Mousavi described allegations that Iran is taking gold from Venezuela as "baseless comments" that are intended to mount more pressure on the South American nation. | Such claims by the US government are "an attempt to obstruct the Venezuelan government's plans for reviving that country's refineries and producing oil products, including gasoline, a shortage of which has been caus…
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Hillary ditches pantsuits for Covid face-mask with a message, is immediately MEMED to death with reminders of scandals
rt.com | 2020-05-02
Hillary Clinton took to Twitter to show off her new facemask wardrobe in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic with a political message attached, but the pic quickly became easy cannon fodder for hungry meme-creating trolls. | "No makeup? No pantsuit? No problem," Clinton tweeted on Saturday. "I've got the must-have accessory for spring." | She then included a photo of her with her arms crossed donning a black facemask with the words "VOTE" written on it. | Unfortunately for the failed presidential candidate, the large black cloth mask has proven an irresistible target for meme-crafters online, who used it to…
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'Not today': UK says it's wrong timing to be scrutinizing China for Covid-19 origins
rt.com | 2020-05-02
UK Housing Minister Robert Jenrick told reporters there will be a time when Britain will need to "consider" the roles of other countries in the origins of the Covid-19 pandemic but, he warned, that time is "not now." | Asked by a reporter about the possibility of investigating China's role in the start of the pandemic –the virus is believed to have begun in the city of Wuhan– and even of seeking reparations from its government, Jenrick answered: "There will come a time when we will want to analyze the origins of the virus in detail and consider the actions of other countries, but that's not now." | W…
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Man mountain: Game of Thrones star Hafthor Bjornsson SMASHES world deadlift record, calls out rival Eddie Hall for fight (VIDEO)
rt.com | 2020-05-02
Hafthor Julius Bjornsson, who played "The Mountain" in the hit HBO series Game of Thrones, has shattered rival Eddie Hall's world deadlift record with a lift of 501kg (1105lbs) – and challenged his strongman foe to a fist-fight! | Bjornsson beat the record set by Hall in 2016 by one kilogram (2.2lbs) but while the British powerlifter struggled massively with his own record attempt (to the point where blood began pouring from his nose), Hafthor made it look relatively easy by comparison. | Bjornsson had intended to do the lift in a professional competition but coronavirus restrictions removed that possibility a…
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'We don't care about coronavirus': Thousands attend mass prayer in Afghanistan during Ramadan, defying quarantine (VIDEO)
rt.com | 2020-05-02
Thousands of defiant Muslims have held public prayers during Ramadan in Afghanistan, ignoring Covid-19 safety measures. Their radical leader previously said that dying from the virus would be a form of martyrdom. | A large crowd of followers of hardline Salafist preacher Mujib Rahman Ansari had gathered for an open-air group prayer near the Gazer Gah Sharif pilgrimage site in Herat, Afghanistan's third-largest city. The worshippers sat in tight rows, close to each other, ignoring social distancing norms and not wearing masks or other protective gear. | "We don't care about the coronavirus. We believe God creat…
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US oil storage may have room for 'several hundred million barrels'
rt.com | 2020-05-02
The US is working on ways to expand storage space to add several hundred million more barrels to it, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said at a White House briefing, as quoted by Reuters. | "We're also exploring potentially having the ability to store another several hundred million barrels, so we're looking at lots of different options," Mnuchin said after announcing that the federal government was drafting a plan to prop up troubled local oil producers. | The federal government already leased out 23 million barrels worth of storage space in the Strategic Petroleum Reserve to nine energy companies, and oil i…
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'It's a Swift reference': Alex Jones says 'eat my neighbors' rant was SATIRE to highlight people 'starving' in Covid-19 lockdown
rt.com | 2020-05-02
Infowars founder Alex Jones says his viral "eat my neighbors" rant was taken out of context by the media, insisting it's a reference to satirist Jonathan Swift and a way to bring attention to what he calls "population control." | Through his son Rex's Twitter account, Jones said on Saturday that his viral rant was an homage of sorts to the 1729 essay 'A Modest Proposal' by Swift in which the author recommends the poor use their children as food to sell to the rich to help with their economic burdens. | Not many would likely compare Jones to Swift, Irish writer and cleric, on any normal occassion, but the Infow…
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Best-case scenario: German economy may need at least EIGHT YEARS to recover from Covid-19 recession, report says
rt.com | 2020-05-02
The German economy continues to contract, losing ‚Ǩ15 billion ($16.6 billion) a week due to the recession caused by Covid-19, a new report has said. It warned that it will take at least eight years for the country to recover. | Germany is expected to lose between five and 10 percent of its GDP by the end of 2020, the German branch of the US-based consulting firm McKinsey & Company wrote in its recent report. | The economy contracted by 25 percent in April compared to the previous year, which amounts to losing roughly €15 billion ($16.6 billion) per week. | The analysts at McKinsey warned…
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US deploys 4 B-1 bombers & 200 airmen to Guam for 'deterrence' amid weeklong 'show of force' over South China Sea (PHOTOS)
rt.com | 2020-05-02
Four B-1B heavy bombers and hundreds of servicemen were sent to Guam to carry out "deterrence missions" with eyes on Beijing, following days of provocative maneuvers near contested territory in the South China Sea. | The warplanes and personnel arrived at Andersen Air Force Base on Guam on Friday, US Strategic Command announced in a statement, noting that three of the B-1B Lancers flew directly to the base, while one diverted to waters near Japan to train wit…
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Russia to boost coal production & sales, will be world's top exporter within decade
rt.com | 2020-05-02
The world's largest coal-producing country, Russia, plans to increase its output and exports over the next 15 years. Russia's share of the global coal export market is projected to expand to 25 percent from the current 11 percent. | According to a draft document on state strategy issued by Russia's Ministry of Energy, production will grow to 448-530 million tons annually until 2024 and up to 485-668 million tons annually until 2035. | Domestic coal consumption will increase by over 12 percent; it currently stands at around 196 million t…
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French Foreign Legion soldier dies from injuries received in Mali IED blast
rt.com | 2020-05-02
A Ukraine-born French legionnaire has died, succumbing to injuries sustained while on a mission in Mali, when an improvised explosive device (IED) went off. This brings the death toll of legionnaires in the Sahel since 2013 to 42. | Dmytro Martynyouk, 28, served as a brigadier (a rank equivalent to corporal) in the 1st Foreign Cavalry Regiment. He was injured on April 23, when an IED exploded under his tanker truck during a patrol in central Mali. He was airlifted to France and treated at the HIA Percy, a military hospital near Paris, but passed away on Friday, the French government said in a statement on Satu…
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Should we get closer? Media report UK govt mulls scrapping two-meter social distancing rule amid infection-spread debate
rt.com | 2020-05-02
The UK government will hold discussions about whether it's necessary to stay two meters (six feet) apart from other people during the Covid-19 pandemic, a new report says. The WHO and EU guidelines on this issue are less strict. | Citing government sources, the Daily Telegraph reports that ministers have asked the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) to ascertain whether the two-meter social distance rule is effective in slowing down the spread of Covid-19. Last week, SAGE called the measure "appropriate," but officials now want to assess all options once more in the wake of the government's plans…
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Florida sheriff refuses to stop Americans from witnessing historic manned space launch as NASA urges everyone to watch it online
rt.com | 2020-05-02
A sheriff in Florida has invited residents to come out and watch a manned space launch set for late May, dismissing pleas from both NASA and SpaceX urging spectators to stay home to prevent the spread of Covid-19. | Sheriff Wayne Ivey of Brevard County

France extends health emergency until July 24 as Europe mulls lifting lockdown restrictions
rt.com | 2020-05-02
France's minister of health has announced an extension of the public health state of emergency until July 24. The country was placed under emergency on March 24 due the Covid-19 outbreak. | The move was announced by Olivier Veran on Saturday, following an emergency meeting of the Council of Ministers. | While the state of health emergency was expected to be lifted on May 23, doing so was deemed to be "premature" and carrying risk of the "epidemic resurgence," the draft bill reads as quoted by local media. | The government's decision to extend the emergency is set be submitted to the country's legislature for f…
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Musk says he's 'selling all' for 'FREEDOM' as Tesla loses $14 BILLION on his tweets… Now it all makes sense!
rt.com | 2020-05-02
If Elon Musk believes his freedom depends on wiping Tesla's market value, he is now certainly far less constrained by the burden of worldly possessions. The company's worth plunged $14 billion on his Friday tweets. | The stock of the electric car manufacturer dropped over 10 percent at the close of Nasdaq trading. The CEO, who triggered the nosedive by tweeting that Tesla share price was too high, got a $2.4 billion hole in his fortune, according to a Forbes estimate. | The tweet was one in a barrage unleashed by Musk on Friday, escalating an already stange week in the life of the eccentric billionaire. He als…
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Musk says he's 'selling all' for 'FREEDOM' as Tesla loses $14 BILLION on his tweets… Now it all makes sense!
rt.com | 2020-05-02
If Elon Musk believes his freedom depends on wiping Tesla's market value, he is now certainly far less constrained by the burden of worldly possessions. The company's worth plunged $14 billion on his Friday tweets. | The stock of the electric car manufacturer dropped over 10 percent at the close of Nasdaq trading. The CEO, who triggered the nosedive by tweeting that Tesla share price was too high, got a $2.4 billion hole in his fortune, according to a Forbes estimate. | The tweet was one in a barrage unleashed by Musk on Friday, escalating an already stange week in the life of the eccentric billionaire. He als…
rt.com/usa/487635-musk-wipes-tesla-value…

"Turkey Lied to Us." Erdogan's Syrian Mercenaries in Libya Are Desperate to Leave
Lindsey Snell | anti-empire.com | 2020-05-02
"I just got back from Libya yesterday," said Zein Ahmad*, a Turkish-backed Syrian National Army (SNA) militant in Afrin. "But I had been trying to leave for more than a month." When the Libyan National Army (LNA) neared Tripoli in April 2019, the rival UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) in Tripoli called on Turkey for military support. | Turkish forces began heavily recruiting militants from SNA factions in Syria to fight on their behalf, and began flying hundreds to Libya every week. The exact number of Syrian militants Turkey has sent is unknown, but estimates range from 5,000 to 17,000. Flights c…
anti-empire.com/turkey-lied-to-us-erdoga…

We've Seen the End of the US-China Relationship. The Rift Is Now Total
Stephen S. Roach | anti-empire.com | 2020-05-02
It didn't have to end this way, but the die is now cast. After 48 years of painstaking progress, a major rupture of the US-China relationship is at hand. This is a tragic outcome for both sides

Bosnian Croats Ask the Russian Military for Anti-Virus Help, Bosnian Muslims Block It
Marko Marjanović | anti-empire.com | 2020-05-02
The political leader of the Bosnian Croats, Dragan Čović

Developing Countries Struggle with Coronavirus Health and Economic Impacts
Kate Zeller | indybay.org | 2020-05-02
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.
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/05/01/1883273…

The Coronavirus Pandemic and a One World Government
Anthony Ravlich | indybay.org | 2020-05-02
The connection between the coronavirus pandemic, China, the United Nations and a One World Government.
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/04/30/1883270…

The music of Vitamin Em during the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic
Lynda Carson | indybay.org | 2020-05-02
Music Of Vitamin Em During Coronavirus Covid-19 Pandemic…
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4/30/20: 45th Anniversary of Victory in Vietnam
repost | indybay.org | 2020-05-02
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…
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Good Riddance Releases EP to Benefit Aid During Virus Pandemic
John Malkin | indybay.org | 2020-05-02
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.
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/04/30/1883271…

Pandemic in Poor Country
Michelle Ann Stanton | indybay.org | 2020-05-02
How the COVID-19 Pandemic is Affecting Small Businesses in the Restaurant Industry in Lake County, California…
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COVID-19 and Climate: The Future of Energy
Climate One | indybay.org | 2020-05-02
Online via livestream (FREE)…
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RNs to Hold Vigil in Memory of El Paso RN Karla Dominguez Who Died of COVID-19
National Nurses United | indybay.org | 2020-05-02
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.
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/04/29/1883269…

Connecting Community: Staying Positive and Empowered During COVID-19 (10am & 1pm WM)
Women's March | indybay.org | 2020-05-02
Online via Zoom…
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Oakland Arts and Culture in the Era of COVID-19 (livestream talk)
The Commonwealth Club | indybay.org | 2020-05-02
Online via livestream…
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Matt Hancock must support NHS staff as many 'break down' on frontline
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-05-02
NHS staff are "breaking down" on the frontline tackling coronavirus and their mental health must be made a priority now rather than when the crisis is over, Labour has warned. | Shadow mental health minister and A&E doctor Rosena Allin-Khan has written to the health secretary Matt Hancock to seek assurances that medics are getting the support they need. | In the letter, she said the fear of spreading the virus to patients and loved ones, a lack of PPE, an increased workload and witnessing more patients die were taking their toll. | Allin-Khan asked Hancock to outline what provisions are in place to support the me…
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Rumors about Martyrdom of IRGC cmdr. rejected
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-02
TEHRAN, May 02 (MNA)

Larijani wishes speedy recovery for Pakistan's Parl. speaker
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-02
TEHRAN, May 02 (MNA)

Iran ready to share anti-corona experiences with friend countries: cmdr
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-02
TEHRAN, May 02 (MNA)

US imposes new sanctions on Iran regardless of COVID-19 situation
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-02
TEHRAN, May 02 (MNA)

Special flight brings home Iranians from Austria
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-02
TEHRAN, May 02 (MNA)

Opposition to IMF's financial aid for Iran, an indication of US unilateralism: expert
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-02
TEHRAN, May 02 (MNA)

Iran's first drive-in cinema screens 'Exodus'
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-02
TEHRAN, May 02 (MNA)

Iran coronavirus update: Over 77,000 patients recover
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-02
TEHRAN, May 02 (MNA)

COVID-19 death toll hits 239,602 worldwide: WHO
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-02
TEHRAN, May 02 (MNA)

Iran has lowest COVID-19 death toll in population terms: official
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-02
TEHRAN, May 02 (MNA)

Iran able to export medical equipment in field of treating coronavirus: VP Sattari
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-02
TEHRAN, May 02 (MNA)

Iranian short documentary wins at Sydney world film fest
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-02
TEHRAN, May 03(MNA)

Washington attempting to bring terrorism back to Baghdad
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-02
TEHRAN, May 02 (MNA)

World's top war initiator so worried about Iran: Zarif
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-02
TEHRAN, May 02 (MNA)

Tehran's response will be harsh if Iran arms embargo extended
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-02
TEHRAN, May 02 (MNA)

Russian diplomat calls on US to talk about its commitments under resolution 2231
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-02
TEHRAN, May 02 (MNA)

UN urged to take action for release of Iranian prof. imprisoned in US
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-02
TEHRAN, May 03 (MNA)

Shamkhani reacts to German ban against Lebanon's Hezbollah
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-02
TEHRAN, May 02 (MNA)

Blood of Hashd al-Sha'abi Martyrs not to be wasted: al-Kazemi
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-02
TEHRAN, May 02 (MNA)

"Iraq is an independent country": Iran envoy
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-02
TEHRAN, May 02 (MNA)

MKO terrorists provoke Iraqi youth to kill resistance forces: report
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-02
TEHRAN, May 02 (MNA)

VIDEO: N. Korea leader ends weeks of speculation over his health by appearing in public
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-02
TEHRAN, May 02 (MNA)

VIDEO: Livelihood assistance packages distributed in Gonabad
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-02
GONABAD, May 02 (MNA)

British PMs call for sanctions if Netanyahu carries out threat to annex parts of West Bank
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-02
TEHRAN, May 02 (MNA)

Iran's drug production exceeds 23% growth last year
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-02
TEHRAN, May 02 (MNA)

Iranian dailies headlines on May 2
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-02
TEHRAN, May 02 (MNA)

VIDEO: Iran's highest waterfall in Astara
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-02
ASTARA, May 02 (MNA)

Rapeseed fields in Razavi Khorasan Province
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-02
MASHHAD, May 02 (MNA)

Drug-trafficking gang dismantled in W Iran
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-02
TEHRAN, May 02 (MNA)

'Persian Garden' in northern Tehran
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-02
TEHRAN, May 02 (MNA)

'There Will Be Spring' to take part in three intl. film festivals
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-02
TEHRAN, May 03 (MNA)

US attempts to show itself as JCPOA participant bear no legal ground: envoy
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-02
TEHRAN, May 02 (MNA)

Front pages of Iran international dailies on May 2
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-02
TEHRAN, May 02 (MNA)

Around 3.5 tons of drugs busted in southeastern Iran
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-02
ZAHEDAN, May 02 (MNA)

Berruto: Olympics medal achievable for Iran
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-02
TEHRAN, May 02 (MNA)

Iran, EAEU trade vol. tops 5mn tons: IRICA spox
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-02
TEHRAN, May 02 (MNA)

Some Like it Freaky: Virtual Reality Strip Club Offers Alien and Cyborg Dancers
sputniknews.com | 2020-05-02
Adult entertainment websites have become extremely popular during the coronavirus lockdown. Not willing to miss out on the chance to rake in some cash during the pandemic, industry players are adapting to the new reality, where close contact is off the table.
sputniknews.com/viral/202005021079171298…

Rapid Increase in COVID-19 Cases in Moscow Linked to Growing Testing Rate
sputniknews.com | 2020-05-02
MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Moscow's COVID-19 response centre on Saturday explained the rapid increase in new cases of infection by the growing number of reference centers verifying positive coronavirus results in the Russian capital.
sputniknews.com/russia/20200502107917153…

France Prolongs Public Health Emergency Until 24 July
sputniknews.com | 2020-05-02
A public health emergency was established in France on 24 March, as the country was coping with the coronavirus pandemic that, according to the WHO, has infected 128,121 people as of 2 May.
sputniknews.com/europe/20200502107917268…

122 CRPF Personnel Test Positive For COVID-19 in Indian Capital Delhi
sputniknews.com | 2020-05-02
New Delhi (Sputnik): Amid the escalating cases of coronavirus in India, the largest lockdown in the world, slated to end on 3 May, has further been extended until 17 May. To distinguish COVID-19 hot spots from safer regions, India has been divided into red, orange, and green zones. The national capital, Delhi falls under the red zone.
sputniknews.com/india/202005021079169429…

This Week in Pictures: 25 April – 1 May
sputniknews.com | 2020-05-02
Nations around the globe continue to report new cases of the coronavirus infection, but despite the ongoing pandemic, life continues to go on in all the corners of our planet.
sputniknews.com/photo/202005021079170997…

US Scientists Design Coronavirus Test Detecting Carriers Before They Become Infectious – Report
sputniknews.com | 2020-05-02
The development comes as the US Food and Drug Administration has authorised the use of remdesivir, a drug originally developed to treat Ebola. It will be used on people hospitalised with COVID-19. A recent trial showed that remdesivir helps shorten the recovery time, however, it doesn't improve survival rates.
sputniknews.com/us/202005021079172233-us…

Anti-China Stance Will Be There Whoever Rises to Power in US Presidential Vote, Analysts Suggest
sputniknews.com | 2020-05-02
While Donald Trump firmly believes China is opposed to him being re-elected to another four years, some analysts point out that a Democratic president is no less likely to opt for a get-tough policy towards Beijing, alleging the general approach to China has been more or less the same on both sides of the aisle.
sputniknews.com/analysis/202005021079172…

India Reports Two Pakistani Terrorists Dead After Clash in Northern Kashmir
sputniknews.com | 2020-05-02
The situation in the disputed region remains tense, with constant attacks on Indian forces and frequent clashes between the government and the militants that oppose New Delhi.
sputniknews.com/india/202005021079172206…

US Air Force 'Interested in Accelerating' Hypersonic Cruise Missile Programme
sputniknews.com | 2020-05-02
In March, Michael White, the Assistant Director for Hypersonics in the Office of the US Under Secretary of Defence for Research and Engineering, signaled the Pentagon's readiness to catch up with Russia and China in hypersonic arms development.
sputniknews.com/military/202005021079169…

Nord Stream 2 Pipe-Laying Ship Reportedly Approaching Russia's Kaliningrad
sputniknews.com | 2020-05-02
The pipe-laying vessel, which recently changed course several times, has been operated by "Gazprom Fleet" since 2016. It was earlier touted by Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak as the ship capable of helping wrap up the Nord Stream 2 project.
sputniknews.com/russia/20200502107917216…

Three Civilians Killed in Bomb Blast Near Prison in Afghanistan's East – Governor's Office
sputniknews.com | 2020-05-02
KABUL (Sputnik) – Three civilians were killed and four others sustained injuries after a motorcycle bomb went off near a prison in Afghanistan's eastern province of Laghman on Saturday, the governor's spokesman said.
sputniknews.com/asia/202005021079169799-…

Kim Jong-un Inspects a Fertiliser Plant After Weeks-Long Absence in a Video Released by State Media
sputniknews.com | 2020-05-02
Kim Jong-un's well-being has been a matter of speculation over the past several weeks as the North Korean leader has been conspicuously absent from public events which led to rumours that he was either ill or even dead.
sputniknews.com/asia/202005021079171446-…

Tehran Denies US Envoy's Claims About Iran Helping Venezuela in Exchange for Gold
sputniknews.com | 2020-05-02
The US special envoy for Venezuela earlier claimed that Iran has been helping Venezuela to restore its oil refineries, crippled by American sanctions, in exchange for gold. The official, however, presented no evidence to support his claims.
sputniknews.com/world/202005021079171493…

Young Indian Boy Booked on Murder Charges for Dragging Police Official on Car Bonnet in Punjab
sputniknews.com | 2020-05-02
New Delhi (Sputnik): India has been under a strict lockdown since 25 March as a way to tackle the further spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. Amid the lockdown, Indian cops have been on their toes, trying to maintain order across the country.
sputniknews.com/india/202005021079171039…

'Once Upon a Virus': China Releases a Bizarre Lego-Like Cartoon Mocking US COVID-19 Response
sputniknews.com | 2020-05-02
US President Donald Trump has repeatedly criticised Beijing for its allegedly poor handling of the health crisis, accusing China of concealing vital data about the pandemic during its initial stage. He also ordered an investigation into reports that COVID-19 had been caused by an accident at the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
sputniknews.com/world/202005021079171972…

David Icke Booted From Facebook For Spreading COVID-19 'Conspiracy Theories'
sputniknews.com | 2020-05-02
David Icke is no stranger to controversy, and has in the past, among other things, claimed that the world in governed by a secret cabal of extraterrestrial reptiles and that the British Royal Family are lizards.
sputniknews.com/uk/202005021079171287-Da…

Belgium: Virus cases near 50,000 as deaths drop
yenisafak.com | 2020-05-02
The number of coronavirus cases in Belgium moved close to 50,000 on Saturday, with nearly 8,000 deaths.The Federal Public Health Service recorded 485 new COVID-19 cases over the past 24 hours, raising the total to 49,517.The death toll rose to 7,765 with 82 more fatalities, the first time since March 29 that fewer than 100 patients have died in a day.Following 128 additions on Friday, a total of 3,111 patients are currently in hospital, with the number in intensive care down by 60 to 689.Recoveries since March 15 reached 12,211 after 319 more patients were discharged from hospitals over the past 24 hours.More tha…
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NBA delays 2020 draft lottery, combine over virus
yenisafak.com | 2020-05-02
With the future of pro basketball uncertain in the shadow of coronavirus, the NBA has postponed its annual draft lottery and draft combine.The draft lottery was to be held this month in Chicago, while the draft combine was set for May 19-24."More information on each event will be shared at a later date as the NBA continues to closely monitor the coronavirus pandemic and consult with infectious disease specialists, public health experts and government officials," said a NBA statement.The 2019-20 NBA season has been suspended since March 11 and there has been no decision yet on its resumption.On Monday, the NBA ann…
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Spain to launch 16 bln euro reconstruction fund: PM
yenisafak.com | 2020-05-02
Spain's Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said on Saturday his government would approve a 16 billion euros ($17.57 billion) reconstruction fund to help regional authorities deal with the social and economic damage from the coronavirus.Speaking at a press conference, Sanchez also announced that the use of masks on public transport would be compulsory from Monday.($1 = 0.9105 euros)…
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Buffett's Berkshire posts record net loss on coronavirus, operating profit rises
yenisafak.com | 2020-05-02
Berkshire's first-quarter net loss totaled $49.75 billion, or $30,653 per Class A share, reflecting $54.52 billion of losses from investments, mainly common stocks. A year earlier, net earnings totaled $21.66 billion, or $13,209 per share.Quarterly operating profit, which Buffett considers a better performance measure, rose 6% to $5.87 billion from $5.56 billion.An accounting rule requires Berkshire to report unrealized stock losses and gains with earnings. This causes huge swings in Berkshire's net results that Buffett considers meaningless.
yenisafak.com/en/world/buffetts-berkshir…

Turkey sends Somalia domestic ventilators to tackle virus
yenisafak.com | 2020-05-02
Turkey on Saturday sent a shipment of medical supplies, including new Turkish-made ventilators, to Somalia to help the Horn of Africa country combat the coronavirus outbreak.The ventilators, made through recent technological advances, will be "breath of life for our Somali brothers," Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Twitter.Sending the aid is not a matter of civilization but of conscience, he added, stressing how the capability and conscience of the Turkish nation stands with the oppressed and the needy.After Turkey's all-out effort to develop its own ventilators, which bore fruit last month, Somali…
yenisafak.com/en/world/turkey-sends-soma…

Iraq: Oil revenue falls over 50% in April
yenisafak.com | 2020-05-02
Iraq's revenues from oil exports fell by over 50% in April due to the drastic drop in global oil prices, authorities said on Saturday.Baghdad exported over 103 million barrels of crude oil in April, generating approximately $1.42 billion at an average of $14 per barrel, the Iraqi Oil Ministry said in a statement.The revenue was less than half of the $2.96 billion earned in March through the export of 105 million barrels of crude oil at an average of $28 per barrel.Global oil prices have crashed due to the coronavirus pandemic, as reduced transportation and slowed industrial activity has brought about a sharp fall…
yenisafak.com/en/world/iraq-oil-revenue-…

Israel: Coronavirus death toll up to 227
yenisafak.com | 2020-05-02
Israel confirmed two more fatalities from the coronavirus on Saturday, taking the death toll to 277.The Health Ministry said 51 new cases were reported in the country over the past 24 hours, raising the total to 16,152.It said 107 patients remain in critical condition, while at least 9,400 have recovered and been discharged from hospitals so far.Israel started taking measures to stem the spread of coronavirus in late February, initially barring non-residents arriving from virus hotspots and gradually imposing a near-total air travel ban.It also closed all educational institutions and prohibited citizens from leav…
yenisafak.com/en/world/israel-coronaviru…

French state railway SNCF sees 2 bln euro hole, might need state aid
yenisafak.com | 2020-05-02
France's state-owned railway company SNCF has lost about 2 billion euros ($2.20 billion) in revenue so far because of the coronavirus lockdown, its chief executive said on Saturday, adding that a government bailout might be needed.With more than 24,500 deaths during the outbreak, France has urged people to stay at home and avoid public transport."The virus, for the moment, means we're missing about 2 billion euros in revenue," SNCF Chief Executive Jean-Pierre Farandou told France Inter radio. "It wouldn't be abnormal to think of an aid plan for the SNCF," he added.The railway company, which also had a prolonged p…
yenisafak.com/en/world/french-state-rail…

Turkey steps up medical device development amid virus
yenisafak.com | 2020-05-02
Seeking to stem the hundreds of millions of dollars it costs annually to buy medical devices from abroad, Turkey has stepped up its efforts to develop and produce these devices within the country instead.Expenses for importing medical devices such as respirators or X-ray systems reached more than $8 billion in the last five years, while there has also been a gradual decline.Over the last month Turkey also rushed to set up mass production of mechanical ventilators, devices critical for treating COVID-19 patients.Defense and technology firms Baykar, Aselsan, and Arcelik supported medical technology firm BIOSYS' mec…
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Spain's streets come to life as deaths top 25,000
yenisafak.com | 2020-05-02
As outdoor exercise was permitted for the first time in 48 days, Spain's Health Ministry on Saturday reported 276 more COVID-19 deaths and 1,147 new infections.Both numbers were down slightly from Friday and far below the peak in early April. In total, at least 25,100 people have lost their lives to COVID-19 in Spain and more than 216,500 cases have been confirmed.Of the confirmed cases, 117,248 people have recovered

Vice President Pence visits Mayo Clinic
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org | 2020-05-02
Vice President Mike Pence visited Mayo Clinic in Rochester to see firsthand how Mayo is providing scientific leadership to aid the national response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Gianrico Farrugia, Mayo Clinic president and CEO, guided the vice president on a tour where he was able to talk with Mayo Clinic scientists leading the country's …
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org/discussion/vi…

Media Washes Hands of–and With–Boris Johnson
Brian Mier | zcomm.org | 2020-05-02
As the UK quickly becomes a world leader in death and infections from the Covid-19 pandemic, corporate media are transforming British Prime Minister Boris Johnson into an international Coronavirus bugaboo.
zcomm.org/znetarticle/media-washes-hands…

Mayo Clinic introduces skill for Amazon's Alexa about COVID-19
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org | 2020-05-02
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The BBC was just shamed by US media over Tory coronavirus testing lies
Steve Topple | thecanary.co | 2020-05-02
On Friday 1 May, the UK government said it had exceeded its 100,000 coronavirus (Covid-19) tests a day target. Just in the nick of time, as its deadline was 30 April. No prizes for guessing, of course, that this wasn't strictly true. And no prizes either for knowing that the BBC fell straight in line with Tor…
thecanary.co/opinion/2020/05/02/the-bbc-…

Planet of the Humans: a muddy cocktail of valid criticisms, disinformation and defeatism
Stuart Munckton | greenleft.org.au | 2020-05-02
Climate crisis Environment Film & theatre Zane AlcornIssue 1264 Michael MooreMay 2, 2020 Planet of the Humans | Directed by Jeff Gibbs | Planet of the…
greenleft.org.au/content/planet-humans-m…

Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: Skin care for your hands, face during COVID-19
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org | 2020-05-02
Your best defense against the spread of coronavirus is hand-washing, but frequent hand-washing can deplete the skin of its natural moisture and oils, causing dry and cracked skin. Recommendations to wear face masks also are taking a toll on the skin. Face masks may rub across the nose and behind the ears, which can irritate …
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org/discussion/ma…

Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: Respiratory therapists play critical role in treating COVID-19 patients
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org | 2020-05-02
COVID-19 was first identified late last year with a cluster of pneumonia cases caused by a new coronavirus. The COVID-19 disease process heavily affects the respiratory system, and patients often need oxygen support. The respiratory therapist plays a critical role in managing oxygen levels, placing breathing tubes, and managing the mechanical ventilator, when necessary. On …
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Mayo Clinic Q and A: Reducing anxiety and stress during COVID-19 pandemic
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org | 2020-05-02
DEAR MAYO CLINIC: It's been weeks of being at home with my children and spouse due to the COVID-19 pandemic and stay-at-home requirements. I'm feeling overwhelmed and I'm also scared because we really don't know what's going to happen. How can I ease this anxiety? ANSWER: You certainly are not alone in those feelings. As …
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Media backgrounder: COVID-19 readiness and helping the world respond to the global pandemic
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org | 2020-05-02
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Infographic: Informed but not overwhelmed
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org | 2020-05-02
For the latest updates on the COVID-19 pandemic, check the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. For more information and COVID-19 coverage, go to the Mayo Clinic News Network and mayoclinic.org.
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Respiratory care and people who care for patients with COVID-19
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org | 2020-05-02
When people experience severe symptoms with COVID-19, they are urged to seek medical attention. But what happens to patients when they are hospitalized and who helps them? Because COVID-19 heavily affects the respiratory system, respiratory care is an important part of the care and healing process, says Dr. Daniel Diedrich, an anesthesiologist and critical care specialist at Mayo Clinic. All clinicians play an important role in providing lifesaving …
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Symptom list for COVID-19 expanded
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org | 2020-05-02
COVID-19, the disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus, affects people in many ways. Early symptoms have included fever, cough and chills. The list of symptoms in people with confirmed COVID-19 disease has expanded since early reports of the disease.
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Are pets at risk of getting, spreading COVID-19?
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org | 2020-05-02
Recent reports of cats and dogs becoming infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, has prompted the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to update its guidelines for pets. According to the CDC, two pet cats in New York City became the first domestic animals in the U.S. to test positive for the …
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Why patients with lung cancer in a COVID-19 era need to keep their treatment
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org | 2020-05-02
Patients with cancer are at a higher risk of having a more severe COVID-19 illness. "Unfortunately, COVID-19 has severely affected those who are diagnosed with lung cancer," says Dr. Shanda Blackmon, a thoracic surgeon at Mayo Clinic. "We know that these patients who get infected with COVID-19 while they're immune compromised are increasingly susceptible to having a worse …
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Science Saturday: Antimalarials, COVID-19, cardiac arrest
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org | 2020-05-02
Over the last few weeks, chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine have become household words. These antiparasitic drugs normally prescribed for malaria were introduced early in the rush to find potential treatments for COVID-19. As time goes on, the public discussion has centered on who should get these particular drugs and when. Meanwhile many doctors and medical researchers …
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Physicians, scientists and physician-scientists connect dots between heart disease, potential for worse COVID-19 outcomes
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org | 2020-05-02
ROCHESTER, Minn. ? People with certain heart diseases may be more susceptible to worse outcomes with COVID-19, but the reason why has remained unknown. New research from Mayo Clinic indicates that in patients with one specific type of heart disease ? obstructive hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) ? the heart increases production of the ACE2 RNA transcript …
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AskMayoExpert's COVID-19 information made available to public
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org | 2020-05-02
Mayo Clinic is making parts of its AskMayoExpert clinical knowledge resource for providers available to the public to make trusted knowledge on COVID-19 easily available to other health systems and providers. AskMayoExpert, Mayo Clinic's primary clinical knowledge resource for providers at the point of care, is sharing its COVID-19 content with the public. "Mayo leadership …
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Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: Using tele-ICU to support New York hospital
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org | 2020-05-02
Using tele-ICU capabilities, Mayo Clinic physicians in critical care medicine are volunteering to support staff at New York-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital, which has been inundated with COVID-19 cases. At this unprecedented time, these two organizations are collaborating and innovating to help patients. On the Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast, Dr. Sean Caples, a Mayo Clinic pulmonologist and critical …
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Mayo Clinic expert talks social distancing
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org | 2020-05-02
The need for?social distancing?will continue into the summer as an important public health tool to reduce the spread of?COVID-19. ?Dr. Gregory Poland, an infectious diseases specialist at Mayo Clinic acknowledges the hardships of public safety measures and says they are important. "The nature of social distancing, isolating ourselves, and shelter-in-place has been tremendous hardships from …
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Biden denies sexual assault allegation, but Democrats' nervousness about his candidacy grows
wsws.org | 2020-05-02
The deaths of 65,000 people and the collapse of jobs and incomes have not shaken the Democrats, who are as callous as Donald Trump, but a sex scandal is another matter.
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May Day 2020
subMedia | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-05-01
This May Day finds us at an important historic crossroads. Amidst a global pandemic, this year the streets will be eerily silent as people forgo the marches, rallies and riots that are the annual rituals of international workers day. But while the streets may be calm, the class war rages on. Wildcat strikes are popping …
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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