Daily Archives: May 4, 2020

2020-05-04: News Headlines

Ben Norton (2020-05-04). Anatomy of a fake news campaign: Media spreads lie from US govt-funded Korean outlet that Kim Jong-un died. thegrayzone.com Corporate media outlets spread fake news claiming North Korean leader Kim Jong-un had died. The lie originated with a Seoul-based…

Christopher Ketcham (2020-05-04). Cancel Rent and Stop Playing the Landlord's Game. counterpunch.org Years ago, I took an interest in the origins of the boardgame Monopoly, which was originally known as the Landlord's Game. Its history is germane, I think — and perhaps even might be a source of inspiration — for those heroic renters now contemplating a nationwide rent strike. The game of Monopoly was reportedly invented

Thomas Hon Wing Polin (2020-05-04). The South China Sea: Beyond the Smoke 'n Mirrors. counterpunch.org As the American Empire continues to intensify its many-fronted aggression against China, the South China Sea has become a potential flashpoint. The latest "freedom-of-navigation" (translation: freedom-of-provocation) sail-past by a US Navy destroyer was "expelled" by PLA forces, Chinese media reported. More confrontations are expected in that strategic maritime stretch. Despite the importance of the South

Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research (2020-05-04). This is what anti-imperialism looks like: Call for posters. peoplesdispatch.org Art and anti-imperialism | In the small French commune of Vallauris sits a 14th century chapel. On its walls, Spanish socialist painter Pablo Picasso created one of his largest murals — the diptych, War and Peace (1952). After preparing 278 sketches, Picasso's finished mural portrays a disease-carrying demon of war battling a heroic figure wielding a spear and shielded by a dove. It is a portrait of imperialism. Against the backdrop of this painting were the U.S. military aggressions in the Korean War that had begun two years earlier, which would claim three million lives by 1953. | "Painting is not made to…

WSWS (2020-05-04). Global audience for WSWS International Online 2020 May Day Rally. wsws.org Speakers from 11 countries advanced a socialist program in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Andrea Germanos (2020-05-04). 'Belongs in the Hague': Online Disgust Follows Glowing Praise for George W. Bush's Covid-19 Message. globalresearch.ca George W. Bush's record in office became the subject of numerous tweets after a video message released Saturday from the former president elicited praise from some Democrats. | . | . | . | Good morning. George W Bush belongs in The Hague. | — …

M.K. Bhadrakumar (2020-05-04). Russia-China entente deepens in the shadow of the pandemic. mronline.org The Russian-Chinese entente emerged as one of the most significant templates of international politics in the recent period since the hugely consequential developments in Ukraine in 2014 that led to western sanctions against Moscow, which in turn galvanised the latter's 'pivot to Asia'.

Dr. Bischara A. Egal (2020-05-04). The Impact of COVID-19 on Africa. The Case of Somalia. globalresearch.ca "We now live in a nation where doctors destroy health, lawyers destroy justice, universities destroy knowledge, governments destroy freedom, the press destroys information, religion destroys morals, and our banks destroy the economy". — Chris Hedges | The Coronavirus (Covid-19) …

Alan MacLeod (2020-05-04). Juan Guaidó Is Trying to Overthrow the Venezuelan Government Again. Calls on Military to Support Him. globalresearch.ca Exactly one year since his audacious coup attempt failed spectacularly, self-declared Venezuelan president Juan Guaidó is once again trying to overthrow the government of Nicolas Maduro. "Today I speak to the patriotic soldiers of our Armed Forces who rebelled …

Mike Whitney (2020-05-04). If We Want to Return to Normal, We Have to Fix the Policy. globalresearch.ca Most of the United States is still under lockdown, but why? What is the purpose of the policy? | We've had the "flatten the curve" meme pounded into our brains for so long, that most people think it's the objective of …

Alan Macleod (2020-05-04). US Government Fears China will Give Away COVID-19 Vaccine for Free. mintpressnews.com "The coronavirus pandemic is a clear instance in which the whole world shares a common interest in developing and distributing a vaccine."

Staff (2020-05-04). Small Devices Can Detect Oxygen Deprivation Earlier From COVID-19. truthout.org We speak with Dr. Richard Levitan, an emergency physician based in Littleton, New Hampshire, who volunteered at Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan for 10 days at the height of the COVID-19 surge in April. Based on what he saw, he argues patients should be going to hospitals sooner and that medical professionals could use a small device you clip on your fingertip, called a pulse oximeter, to help detect the virus earlier by revealing oxygenation problems and elevated heart rates. "A pulse oximeter is just a mea…

Staff (2020-05-04). Activists Demand Worker Safety Plans as COVID-19 Surges in Meat Plants. truthout.org At least 20 workers at meat processing plants have died from COVID-19, and around 5,000 have tested positive, but President Trump invoked an executive order to bar local governments from closing meat plants. We hear from meat plant workers and organizers about conditions during the pandemic and speak with Sindy Benavides, CEO of the League of United Latin American Citizens, which is supporting the workers with a virtual town hall on food worker safety with presumptive Democratic presidential candidate…

sputniknews (2020-05-04). US Supreme Court Breaks Precedent By Allowing Public Broadcast of Oral Arguments. sputniknews.com WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – For years, Justices had rejected proposals to broadcast oral arguments live. Tuesday's hearing took place by audio conference call, with the court building closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

sputniknews (2020-05-04). 'She is a Disaster': Trump Backs Ilhan Omar's Opponent in US House of Representatives' Elections. sputniknews.com The US president claimed that Ilhan Omar is looking to increase taxes and that she hates the US military and veterans, as he delivered his endorsement via social media.

Staff (2020-05-04). ER Doctor: Pulse Oximeters Detect Oxygen Deprivation Earlier from COVID-19, Help Avoid Ventilators. democracynow.org We speak with Dr. Richard Levitan, an emergency physician based in Littleton, New Hampshire, who volunteered at Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan for 10 days at the height of the COVID-19 surge in April. Based on what he saw, he argues patients should be going to hospitals sooner and that medical professionals could use a small device you clip on your fingertip, called a pulse oximeter, to help detect the virus earlier by revealing oxygenation problems and elevated heart rates. "A pulse oximeter is just a measure of identifying how well the lungs are working, and, I believe, can be basically an early warning system…

Staff (2020-05-04). "It's Very Scary": COVID Surges in Meat Plants as Activists Demand Worker Safety & Meatless Mondays. democracynow.org At least 20 workers at meat processing plants have died from COVID-19, and around 5,000 have tested positive, but President Trump invoked an executive order to bar local governments from closing meat plants. We hear from meat plant workers and organizers about conditions during the pandemic and speak with Sindy Benavides, CEO of the League of United Latin American Citizens, which is supporting the workers with a virtual town hall on food worker safety with presumptive Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and calling for Meatless May Mondays.

Staff (2020-05-04). As Workers Get Sick & Die from COVID-19, McConnell Demands Corporate Immunity in New Stimulus Bill. democracynow.org As the Senate reconvenes today, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is demanding that Congress use the next stimulus bill to protect corporations from liability for workers. "He wants to protect their right to engage in egregious misconduct," says Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen.

WSWS Repost (2020-05-04). Former top officials in Bernie Sanders campaign form super PAC to back Joe Biden. indybay.org With the Democratic Party uniting to promote Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders holds his nose to let his supporters build a super PAC.

www.speakoutsocialists (2020-05-04). On the Brink of Starvation: COVID-19 and the Global Food Chain with Raj Patel. indybay.org This is an online townhall. For links and information on how to join the Zoom call visit here: | speakoutsocialists.org/townhall-05-09-20…

Bhaskar Sunkara (2020-05-04). What Should Socialists Do in November? thenation.com What Should Socialists Do in November?

RT (2020-05-04). WHO should debunk 'conspiracy theorist' Pompeo with independent Covid-19 probe, says German politician. rt.com Leading member of Germany's Green Party Jàºrgen Trittin called on the World Health Organization to investigate the origins of the coronavirus so as to counter 'conspiracy theorists' such as the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. | Trittin reacted on Monday to claims by the top US diplomat that there was "enormous evidence" the Covid-19 pathogen originated in a Chinese laboratory, calling Pompeo a "conspiracy theorist" and demanding a WHO-led independent probe to clear the air. | Verschwà∂rungstheoretikern wie

RT (2020-05-04). North Korean defectors apologize for Kim Jong-un death rumors — but will Western media ever develop healthy skepticism? rt.com Defectors from North Korea have apologized for spreading fake news about leader Kim Jong-un's death. Will a Western media that believes their every word now finally start fact-checking their wild claims about the country? | Two defectors serving in South Korea's parliament issued public apologies on Monday after insisting the North Korean ruler was dead or close to it. The apologies came on the heels of heavy rebukes from the South's ruling Democratic Party, as well as calls for the defectors to be punished for spreading false rumors. | Over the course of Kim's three-week absence from public duties, the Wester…

RT (2020-05-04). President's ASSASSINATION was ultimate goal of US/Colombia-staged mercenary invasion of Venezuela — Maduro. rt.com The aim of the failed mercenary incursion into Venezuela was the death of the country's President Nicolas Maduro, he has claimed. Several mercenaries were killed and two captured, with one turning out to be a veteran DEA agent. | "The objective was to kill the president of Venezuela," Maduro said on Monday, citing the uncovered "evidence, testimonies and videos" of the incident. | Earlier in the day, the Venezuelan Foreign Ministry squarely pinned the blame for the failed incursion on the US and Colombia. | "The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela denounces to the international community a new mercenary and terro…

Gareth Porter (2020-05-04). Netanyahu pushed US towards war with Iran. zcomm.org An investigation of supposed Iranian nuclear documents presented in a dramatically staged Netanyahu press conference indicates they were an Israeli fabrication designed to trigger US military conflict with Iran…

The Canary (2020-05-04). French care home where staff locked themselves in with residents defies Covid-19. thecanary.co A care home in France which took a novel approach to warding off coronavirus (Covid-19) has emerged with a clean bill of health.As coronavirus cut a deadly path through care homes across the country, Valerie Martin vowed that the story would be different in the home she runs.To keep Covid-19 at bay and stop it from infecting and killing the vulnerable older adults in her care, Martin and her staff locked themselves in with the 106 residents.Residents at the Vilanova care home in Corbas, central France (Valerie Martin via AP)For 47 days and nights, staff and residents of the Vilanova care home on the outskirts of…

Ramzy Baroud, Romana Rubeo (2020-05-04). Portugal Leads the Way: How European Countries Fared in Their Treatment of Refugees. counterpunch.org As soon as the COVID-19 pandemic began spreading its tentacles throughout China and eventually to the rest of the world, the World Health Organization (WHO), along with other international groups, sounded the alarm that refugees and migrants are particularly vulnerable to the deadly disease. "We strongly emphasize the need for inclusive national public health measures

Juan Cole (2020-05-04). Right-Wing "Reopen" Fanatics Would Kill Nearly as Many Americans as Died in All US Wars. commondreams.org Protestors try to enter the Michigan House of Representative chamber and are being kept out by the Michigan State Police. (Photo: Jeff Kowalsky/AFP via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J.S. Davies (2020-05-04). Trump Must Choose Between a Global Ceasefire and America's Long Lost Wars. commondreams.org As of May 1, there were 7,145 cases of COVID-19 in the US military, with more falling sick every day. (Photo: Military Times/DoD) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

en.mehrnews (2020-05-04). Al-Nujaba distributed Subsistence packages in Palestine. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 04 (MNA) — Following its aids to Iraqi, Iranian and Syrian people, al-Nujaba Movement, on the occasion of Ramadan month, distributed aid packages, including foods and medical supplies, among some Palestinian families.

Alan Macleod (2020-05-04). New Details Emerge Linking US to Latest Coup Attempt in Venezuela. mintpressnews.com The government of Venezuela is celebrating after thwarting another foreign-backed coup attempt Sunday, just two days after self-declared another coup attempt by "Interim President" Juan Guaidó

Stephen Lendman (2020-05-04). Trump's Virtual Town Hall: A Vehicle for Deception, Finger-Pointing and Threats. globalresearch.ca On Sunday, Trump appeared on a Fox News televised virtual town hall session, using the Lincoln Memorial as a backdrop. | The event was part of his reelection campaign, notably an attempt to boost his low public approval rating in key …

Stephen Lendman (2020-05-04). A Hillary/Obama Ticket to Challenge Trump? globalresearch.ca Despite polls showing Biden favored to defeat Trump, the notion surfaced of resurrecting two-time loser Hillary with Obama as her VP running mate to replace the presumptive Dem nominee. | He's challenged by years of disturbing political baggage as US senator …

Andrew Korybko (2020-05-04). No, the US Isn't Going to Dump India over Its Atrocious Treatment of Minorities. globalresearch.ca There's been a lot of speculation that the US might be preparing to dump India over its atrocious treatment of minorities after the official White House Twitter account stopped following several Indian government ones including Prime Minister Modi's and the …

Adriaan Alsema (2020-05-04). The narco history of Colombia's security forces | Part 1: Santa Marta. colombiareports.com Colombia's security forces been involved in the drug trade since the beginning. On the Caribbean coast, cops began extorting marijuana traders in the 1960s and ended up being their enforcers….

Peadar O'Cearnaigh (2020-05-04). Protesters block HS2 building sites amid ongoing coronavirus lockdown. thecanary.co Activists protesting the continued construction of the HS2 high-speed railway have blocked access to building sites in London and Warwickshire. A group called

Ellen Brown (2020-05-04). Crushing the States, Saving the Banks: the Fed's Generous New Rules. counterpunch.org Congress seems to be at war with the states. Only $150 billion of its nearly $3 trillion coronavirus relief package — a mere 5% — has been allocated to the 50 states; and they are not allowed to use it where they need it most, to plug the holes in their budgets caused by the

Janine Jackson (2020-05-04). 'The Industry Chose to Protect Billions of Dollars a Year in Its Own Profit' – CounterSpin interview with Sriram Madhusoodanan on fossil fuel accountability. fair.org The Media…

Eds. (2020-05-04). ILO: Nearly half of all world's workers may lose their jobs due to COVID-19 pandemic. mronline.org In the absence of strong support measures by governments across the world, the estimated loss of mostly informal jobs would result in rising poverty, starvation and inequality, an ILO report says.

David Schultz (2020-05-04). The Anatomy of a Failing University. counterpunch.org American universities are failing. They are private or public schools. They could be religiously-affiliated or not. They could be in the east, west, north, or south of the United States. They traditionally emphasized liberal arts. They are facing an enrollment and budget crunch for several years, seeing that the declining number of eighteen-year-olds in the coming years poses an existential threat. It has a modest endowment. It is not an elite school. It is a school like the one that many professors teach at. It was failing before Covid-19. It may not be around in five years. Wirth COVID-19, it may be around even…

Staff (2020-05-04). Spy Plane Resumes Flights Over Baltimore Amid COVID-19. therealnews.com The expensive aerial surveillance program won't help heavily disinvested Baltimore, say Ceasefire co-founder Erricka Bridgeford and author Brandon Soderberg.

Mark Gruenberg (2020-05-04). 30 million jobs lost so far, but many workers can't access unemployment benefits. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—Another 3.84 million people filed for jobless benefits nationwide in the prior week, the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced on April 30. That shoots the actual number of jobless due to closures caused by the coronavirus pandemic to over 30 million. The Economic Policy Institute warns that 30 million total may actually be an undercount. …

Eric A. Gordon (2020-05-04). 'Working Man' film an important contribution toward understanding today's American proletariat. peoplesworld.org

Albert Bender (2020-05-04). Will the pandemic hasten the demise of capitalism? peoplesworld.org The U.S. economy is collapsing by leaps and bounds. By the latest figures, over 30 million workers have applied for unemployment benefits in the past six weeks. Many economists are predicting a depression that will far surpass the Great Depression of the 1930s. The lines of cars at food banks stretching for miles are surreal enough …

Morning Star (2020-05-04). Young Communists lead jobs drive in Vietnam for the unemployed. peoplesworld.org More than 10,000 people have found work in Vietnam's capital Hanoi thanks to a Communist-led initiative for students and young people whose jobs are most vulnerable due to the coronavirus pandemic. Led by the Hanoi section of the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union (HCYU), working alongside the Hanoi Students' Association and the Hanoi Youth …

George Wuerthner (2020-05-04). Landscape Amnesia and the Deschutes River. counterpunch.org I took a run along the Deschutes River in Bend's Riverbend Park the other day. The one thing I noticed is that the river is nearly opaque. You can see down maybe 2 feet, but no more. Why? Because the river was being flooded by water releases from an upstream reservoir to serve downstream irrigated

Timothy Messer-Kruse (2020-05-04). Lingg's Autobiography: An Overlooked Haymarket Confession? counterpunch.org While Lingg hid out on the southwest side of the city after the Haymarket bombing, police forced the door to his room and in a steamer trunk engraved with the initials "L.L." found a stack of letters, pamphlets, and newspapers, a loaded Remington rifle, a coil of fuse, and a round lead bomb, about the size of a softball, stuffed into an old grey sock. A bucket under Lingg's bed contained greasy sawdust that was later taken out to the lakefront, lit, and from the ensuing blast determined to be dynamite. Next to the dynamite bucket was a tin lunch pail filled with four pipe bombs, two loaded. In a washstand were a…

Sam Pizzigati (2020-05-04). Shed No Tears for CEOs with Sinking Share Prices. counterpunch.org Sometimes calendars can be cruel. A regularly reoccurring event can suddenly reoccur at a most inopportune moment. Just ask Ronald Rittenmeyer, the chief executive of Tenet Healthcare, a for-profit colossus that runs 65 hospitals and over 500 smaller care centers across the country. Every spring about this time, the Dallas-based Tenet files its required annual

Jefferson Morley (2020-05-04). A Lawless President Confronts an Untrustworthy Intelligence Community. counterpunch.org "There is no 'deep state'—not in the conspiratorial way that Donald Trump uses the term," writes David Rohde, a Pulitzer Prize-winning foreign correspondent, in his new book, In Deep: The FBI, the CIA and the Truth about America's "Deep State." "In dozens of interviews, no current or former government officials told me they had seen

Alison Weir (2020-05-04). FBI Documents Hint at Israeli Collusion with 2016 Trump Campaign. mintpressnews.com Previously sealed FBI documents indicate close contacts between Israel and the Trump campaign and that the Mueller investigation found evidence of Israeli involvement, but largely redacted it.

Eds. (2020-05-04). Faced with coronavirus, the most effective health system is one focused on prevention. mronline.org "You really are the men and women who do everything eh, you people!" That was the reaction of an 88-year-old patient when she received a phone call from one of our Medicine for the People (MPLP) volunteer workers or staff in mid-March.

John Wojcik (2020-05-04). Trump says "safe to re-open" as infection and death rates soar. peoplesworld.org President Trump on Sunday told Americans it is safe for states to re-open even as the number of infected and dead continues to rise rapidly across the country. When the president made his remarks, the death toll from the coronavirus had passed 67,000 and the total number of infections approached 1.2 million. The CDC itself …

John Reynolds (2020-05-04). The Politics of the coronavirus conjuncture in Ireland. mronline.org The election in Ireland in early February marked a clear acceleration of the country's ongoing left turn over recent years. Then came the virus.

Ellen Knickmeyer, Jacquelyn Martin (2020-05-04). Hunger stalks the land: Parents skipping meals to feed their kids. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON (AP)—When all this started—when the coronavirus began stalking humanity like an animal hunting prey, when she and her husband lost their restaurant jobs overnight as the world shut down to hide, when she feared not being able to feed her family—Janeth went outside with a red kitchen towel. It was Passover. Her pastor had …

RT (2020-05-04). Greatest comeback? Trump ad hastily declares victory over Covid-19, includes praise from lib governors, & Pelosi eating ice cream. rt.com A new ad from Donald Trump's campaign touts his accomplishments during the Covid-19 pandemic, despite the country still being in the middle of it, and appears to curiously change his slogan. | The 60-second video features criticism of the president's handling of the coronavirus being answered with praise from unlikely sources, such as Democrat Governors Andrew Cuomo (New York) and Gavin Newsom (California). | It also features quick images of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi ripping up the president's State of the Union Speech and laughing maniacally with ice cream in hand. | The new campaign ad also demons…

CP Editor (2020-05-04). Unbroken Ground | A New Old Way to Grow Food. counterpunch.org

The Canary (2020-05-04). Government proposals examine how office life could look post-lockdown. thecanary.co Reduced hot-desking, the closure of office lifts and canteens, and putting tape on the floor to mark where people should stand are among measures being proposed by the government to get people back to work.Draft documents from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), seen by the BBC and the Financial Times, say extra cleaning should be introduced in office spaces and the use of protective equipment should be considered where maintaining a distance of two metres between workers is not possible.For workers who have customer-facing roles, plastic screens should be erected to help protect t…

Rob Lyons (2020-05-04). Dear Lockdown Enthusiasts, Science Isn't What You Think It Is. anti-empire.com According to David Blunkett, a former senior cabinet minister in Tony Blair's governments, attempts to have a blanket lockdown on the over-70s are discriminatory. He believes that the current 'shielding' rules are too crude and need to be more nuanced. Whatever the merits of his ideas, his comments on the scientific advice that the government is receiving are interesting. | Speaking on BBC Radio 4's

Joseph Scalia III (2020-05-04). An Ethical Imperative: the Visionary "Impossible" in the Northern Rockies. counterpunch.org We are rapidly dismantling the biological and aesthetic integrity of the entire planet, and can't pretend any longer that small and compromised efforts can fix our threatened condition. Yet pretending is exactly what the widespread and celebrated "collaboration and compromise" model of resolving conservation disputes does. That model's practitioners dismiss those who speak up for

RT (2020-05-04). BoJo's close ally resigns in disgrace from UK govt after 'intimidating' member of public, 'abusing' parliamentary privilege. rt.com Tory UK Trade Minister Conor Burns has quit from the government after a Commons watchdog recommended he serve a seven-day suspension for abusing his parliamentary privilege in an attempt to intimidate a member of the public. | Burns — a close political ally and friend of British PM Boris Johnson — was found to have used House of Commons note paper to write to an individual who was in dispute with the Conservative MP's father over the repayment of a loan. An investigation by the Commons Standards Commissioner, Kathryn Stone, revealed that Burns warned the individual that he could raise the personal ma…

LoadHelp (2020-05-04). Protesters in London Take Part in Group Hug in Defiance of Lockdown. The Po-Po Gets on Their Case. anti-empire.com The crowd outside New Scotland Yard, close to the Houses of Parliament, were seen hugging each other as others held signs reading: "My body, my choice." | Another at the protest in central Around 20 people appeared to be in the crowd, which included young children. | Police told the protesters to go home before arresting a man who did not comply. Gatherings of any sort are banned under the UK's rules to slow the sp…

Wolf Richter (2020-05-04). Bone-Chilling Charts of the Collapse in US Demand for Gasoline, Jet Fuel, and Diesel. anti-empire.com Oil companies are reporting financial fiascos every day: Today Exxon reported its first quarterly loss since 1999 ($610 million), on a "market-related" $2.9 billion write-down. "We've never seen anything like what the world is facing today," CEO Darren Woods said. | On Thursday, Texas-based shale-driller Concho Resources reported a quarterly loss of $9.3 billion, after writing down the value of its oil and gas assets by $12.6 billion. | Also on Thursday, it was reported that Oklahoma-based Chesapeake Energy, a pioneer in shale-drilling, was preparing to file for bankruptcy (what's taking so long?). | Still on…

Jeffrey A. Tucker (2020-05-04). Woodstock Occurred in the Middle of a Pandemic. anti-empire.com In my lifetime, there was another deadly flu epidemic in the United States. The flu spread from Hong Kong to the United States, arriving December 1968 and peaking a year later. It ultimately killed 100,000 people in the U.S., mostly over the age of 65, and one million worldwide. | Lifespan in the US in those days was 70 whereas it is 78 today. Population was 200 million as compared with 328 million today. It was also a healthier population with

The Babylon Bee (2020-05-04). Governor Unveils Innovative 37-Step Plan to Reopen State Over the Next 10 Years. anti-empire.com With many Americans eager to get back to work, state governors across the country are responding with their plans for giving everyone permission to be normal human beings again. One state governor is enjoying universal acclaim after unveiling his own innovative plan for getting his state reopened. | The new plan is called 'Our Vision for Health, Safety, Virtue, and Eternal Peace' and is a 37-step, 10-year plan for slowly opening up sections of the state economy. It reads as follows: | Form an exploratory committee to consult various experts on reopening things | Set date to hear recommendations from the explor…

Matt Taibbi (2020-05-04). The Inevitable Coronavirus Censorship Crisis Is Here. anti-empire.com

Instead of asking calmly if hydroxychloroquine works, or if the less restrictive Swedish crisis response has merit, or questioning why certain statistical assumptions about the seriousness of the crisis might have been off, we're denouncing the questions themselves as infamous

| Earlier this week, Atlantic magazine — fast becoming the favored media outlet for self-styled intellectual elites of the Aspen Institute type — ran an

RT (2020-05-04). 'Brain-dead on and off the pitch': Fans SLATE Liverpool's Lovren over coronavirus claims about Bill Gates, David Icke and vaccines. rt.com Fans have reacted with shock, derision and support on social media after Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren lashed out at a post by Bill Gates in support of health workers and endorsed David Icke's controversial views on COVID-19. | Long-serving center-back Lovren backed claims that the pandemic has been manufactured as a means of forcing the world to accept a vaccine, sounding a warning in response to a post by billionaire Gates, who theorists believe is behind a dastardly population control plan. | Gates, who has pledged some of his vast wealth towards the scientific search for a vaccine and medical aid efforts…

RT (2020-05-04). 'Bluffing': China demands 'enormous evidence' Pompeo cited regarding Covid-19 Wuhan lab origin. rt.com China has responded to Pompeo's claim that he has evidence that the novel coronavirus originated in a Chinese lab, saying that his claims were a "bluff," as the war of words continues to escalate between Washington and Beijing. | The Global Times newspaper — an outlet owned by the Chinese Communist Party — This comes in response to claims made by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in an interview with ABC that he has "enormous evidenc…

RT (2020-05-04). Parents in Paris exasperated as schools plan to take only 10% of students back in phase 1 of lifting lockdown. rt.com When public schools in Paris finally reopen on May 11, only 10 percent of children will be accommodated, leaving many worried French parents in the lurch as they attempt to return to work after the Covid-19 lockdown. | The limited capacity is due to the numerous health measures which will need to be implemented in schools as restrictions are being phased out, the deputy mayor in charge of education Patrick Bloche told Le Figaro on Sunday. | "If we reach [this figure], it will already be very good," Bloche said, given that Paris is within France's 'red zone' for Covid-19 and that some school premises will strug…

RT (2020-05-04). Liquor shops open in India… & partially close again as customers rush there ignoring social distancing rules (VIDEOS). rt.com Huge crowds were drawn to liquor stores in India after they were reopened amid the Covid-19 lockdown. The shops were quickly closed again by police in some areas due to massive social distancing violations. | Liquor stores, which were shut down on March 25, were allowed to open again on Monday across India, as part of the government's plan of gradually relaxing the lockdown. Only standalone shops located far from specific Covid-19 hotspots were cleared to resume work, while shopping malls remain closed. | Officials ordered everyone to continue wearing masks and stay two meters apart from each other when buying…

RT (2020-05-04). Shops, hair salons and bookstores reopen in Spain as rate of Covid-19 infections & deaths drop. rt.com Spain has initiated the first phase of relaxing its coronavirus restrictions, allowing smaller retail establishments and services to resume, while still observing strict disease control protocols. | Shops, hair salons, beauty parlors, bookstores, and hardware stores with premises less than 400 square meters (4,305 square feet) are allowed to reopen on condition they maintain quarantine measures and distancing rules. The visits have to be pre-arranged by phone or email, however, and the stores must reserve a priority schedule for people over 65 years old during certain hours. | The stores were also ordered to p…

RT (2020-05-04). May the 4th be with you to stay in: Darth Vader enforces Covid-19 lockdown in the Philippines. rt.com Darth Vader and his stormtroopers swapped spaceships for riverboats as they | made their way around Malabon City on the outskirts of Manila as local authorities tried to enforce the coronavirus lockdown. | The representatives of the galactic empire, or local officials in self-made disguise, were met with smiles and waves as they brought some light-hearted fun in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic. | Muriel Baldago, an elected official dressed up like a stormtrooper, explained they were enforcing the government guidelines and delivering relief packages to residents in the permanently flooded Artex Compound area…

RT (2020-05-04). Top engineer quits Amazon in protest over firings of Covid-19 whistleblower employees. rt.com Vice-president and top engineer at Amazon Web Services Tim Bray has resigned in protest over the firings of workers, mainly from minorities, who complained over conditions at the company's warehouses during the Covid-19 pandemic. | "I quit in dismay at Amazon firing whistleblowers who were making noise about warehouse employees frightened of Covid-19," Bray wrote in an open letter titled Bray admitted working with…

RT (2020-05-04). 'Political child abuse': UK govt's 'help for disadvantaged students' during Covid-19 crisis slammed by critics citing austerity. rt.com The UK government's pledge to give more resources to help disadvantaged school kids during the Covid-19 pandemic has received an angry backlash from critics who say students are suffering because of the Tories' self-imposed cuts. | During the government's daily Covid-19 briefing — led by cabinet office minister Michael Gove — on Sunday, it was revealed that vulnerable and disadvantaged young people would receive laptops and tablets to borrow, to help them carry on their school learning from home. Gove boasted that schools would continue to receive additional funding "worth around £2.4 billion a…

RT (2020-05-04). Asian markets plunge amid escalating US-China tensions. rt.com Stocks in Asia finished the first trading day of the week with losses tracking negative sentiment on Wall Street as the Trump administration continues verbal attacks on China over the coronavirus pandemic. | Shares trading in Hong Kong suffered steep losses, with the Hang Seng index dropping the most it has in six weeks by over four percent. Monday was the first trading day this month at the Hong Kong stock market as it was closed for holidays at the end of last week. | Also on rt.com | |

RT (2020-05-04). 'We can't be garbage dump for Europe': Fears in Turkey over imported plastic waste spike. rt.com Turkey has become a primary destination for plastic waste from richer European countries after the garbage was rejected by China and India. An environmental and health crisis is now in the making in Turkey, locals say. | In 2018, China banned the import of plastic waste, citing the environmental damage the practice had done to the country over the decades. India followed suit the next year. The decisions sent shockwaves across the global waste management industry, with exporting nations forced to find new destinations for their refuse. | For several European countries, Turkey became the new major target for se…

RT (2020-05-04). Assange extradition hearing postponed until September AT EARLIEST — WikiLeaks. rt.com The second part of Julian Assange's US extradition hearing has been postponed until at least September, WikiLeaks has confirmed, after parties returned to court in the UK for a brief 20-minute hearing to fix a new date. | Judge Vanessa Baraitser said at the procedural hearing on Monday that, having heard from the prosecution and defense, it was clear that a July date was unworkable. | That was due to the fact that some key witnesses would not be available in July, as well as there still being no guarantee that US prosecutors will be able to fly to the UK by July if Covid-19 measures are still in place. Assange…

RT (2020-05-04). First Covid-19 case in France could have been as early as December, new evidence suggests. rt.com The first coronavirus case in France could have occurred a month earlier than official figures suggest, according to a professor from Avicenne Hospital, following the retesting of 24 patient blood samples. | Professor Yves Cohen from the Avicenne Hospital in Bobigny said in an

RT (2020-05-04). Germany's actual Covid-19 cases could be TEN TIMES higher than officially confirmed number — study. rt.com The number of Covid-19 infections across Germany could be 10 times higher than official numbers show, researchers have concluded after conducting a study in one of the country's hardest-hit towns. | Researchers from the University of Bonn say that while the official count is around 160,000 cases nationwide, in reality about 1.8 million people in the country could be infected — with many people being asymptomatic and others having symptoms so mild that they were not reported. | The team analysed swabs from 919 people living in Heinsberg, a district on the Dutch border which recorded one of the highest deat…

RT (2020-05-04). Coronavirus death toll tops QUARTER MILLION worldwide as cases exceed 3.5 million – Reuters tally. rt.com The total number of Covid-19 fatalities has surpassed 250,000, marking yet another dark milestone for the pandemic's global death toll, as cases around the world surged past 3.5 million. | The fatality count hit 250,687 on Monday, increasing by some 3,200 deaths in the last 24 hours, while nearly 67,000 new infections were counted in the same period, bringing the global total to 3,573,864, according to data gathered by Johns Hopkins University. The United States — still the top Covid-19 hot spot — and Europe drove the surge in new cases and deaths. | The bulk of the cases occurred in Europe, where ou…

RT (2020-05-04). Covid-19 victims 'would have died anyway'? Not so, says new research. rt.com A new study analyzing the longevity prospects of people who died from Covid-19 has found that, far from being on death's door anyway, victims would have lived on for an average of 11 years had they not fallen to the disease.

RT (2020-05-04). Time for 'post-mortem' on China's response to Covid-19 will come later, but questions need answering — UK defense chief. rt.com The UK defense secretary says Beijing's handling of the start of the Covid-19 pandemic must be scrutinized once the crisis is under control. The US has led the blame game, while China has slammed it for politicizing the outbreak. | Ben Wallace was asked by radio station LBC whether China has questions to answer over how quickly it notified the world about the extent of the Covid-19 outbreak. "I think it does," he replied. | The time for…

RT (2020-05-04). Why US and Russian high Covid-19 case counts are DECEPTIVE. rt.com You've probably seen the headlines about the US having the most cases of coronavirus and Russia moving into the worldwide top seven. Meanwhile, Italy receives a huge focus, but badly stricken Belgium is largely ignored. | When you read that there have been over 67,000 American deaths and over a million reported infections, it seems shocking. It also feels hugely worrying that Russia has over 145,000 diagnosed sufferers. Nevertheless, the fact is the US is a big country, with 328 million people. Russia is even larger, of course, but has a smaller population of 146 million. So although these figures are enormous…

RT (2020-05-04). House Republicans demand probe into Chinese investment in American colleges. rt.com In addition to blaming China for the Covid-19 pandemic, Republicans in Congress want to start a probe into Beijing's investment in US universities, insisting that China is attempting to "steal" ideas. | "Besides China peddling money for influence in US institutions of higher education, China is restricting any research regarding the origins of Covid-19 that does not comport with [Chinese Communist Party] propaganda," read a letter sent on Monday to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, calling for an investigation. "To nations battling peak pandemic outbreaks, the CCP's machinations undoubtedly hamper the global…

RT (2020-05-04). As number of recorded Covid-19 cases skyrocket, Russian official declares complete victory impossible. rt.com With Russia seeing another day of more than 10,000 confirmed coronavirus cases, it seems like Covid-19 will never end. According to one official, that fear might be exactly right. | Speaking to TV channel Russia 24, Anna Popova, the head of Russia's consumer watchdog Rospotrebnadzor, revealed that it is impossible to completely end the circulation of Covid-19. "No matter what, there will always be some kind of communication," she explained. "There are risks of renewal, even if the virus is no longer in the country." | Popova also announced that anti-coronavirus measures would have to be gradually removed, and…

RT (2020-05-04). Cuomo wants to fine people not wearing Covid-19 masks because they could 'literally kill someone'. rt.com New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has called people who don't wear masks to help stop the spread of the coronavirus "cruel and irresponsible," adding that he supports authorities fining them over it. | Wearing masks in public has been mandatory in New York since mid-April, but enforcement of the measure falls to local governments — and is something Cuomo wants to see happening. | "Do I think local government should be enforcing it? And should there be sanctions? Yes, because it is a public health emergency," Cuomo said at a press conference on Monday when asked about fining citizens for being in public witho…

RT (2020-05-04). Syria air defenses thwart 'hostile' missile attack over Aleppo countryside – state media. rt.com The Syrian air defense shield was activated to intercept missiles targeting the area south-east of Aleppo, the SANA news agency said. The missiles were reportedly launched by a "hostile" aircraft. | The incursion took place at around 22.32 pm local time Monday. A military source, cited by SANA, reported that the country's air defenses spotted an enemy aircraft approaching the nation's second-largest city from the north-east of Athria, a town near Hama, to the west of as-Safira area in Aleppo countryside. | Several military depots in as-Safira came under fire as result of the attack, with air defences scramblin…

RT (2020-05-04). West blocking Syrian refugees from returning places 'a bomb' to destroy neighbors' economies & security — Lebanese president. rt.com The US and its allies want to keep refugees from returning to Syria regardless of the economic and social damage the current situation does to hosting nations, the president of Lebanon has said in an interview. | "They want to place the refugees as a bomb in the countries neighboring Syria, even if it would blow up the society, the security, and the economy in nations like Lebanon," President Michel Aoun Lebanon has an estimated population of over six million. Of those, a million are regi…

RT (2020-05-04). 'Open up a long overdue Florida Cold Case': Trump sparks war of words with MSNBC host over intern's death. rt.com Donald Trump took some serious shots at MSNBC's Joe Scarborough by insinuating his involvement in the years-old death of a young intern in Florida, with the morning show host responding angrily to the suggestion. | "'Concast' should open up a long overdue Florida Cold Case against Psycho Joe Scarborough," the US president tweeted on Monday, referring to Comcast, the company that owns Scarborough's employer. | Trump continued by knocking Scarborough's co-host Mika Brzezinski, and claiming their show, 'Morning Joe,' suffers "bad ratings." The president finished his outburst with the hashtag #OPENJOECOLDCASE. | "

RT (2020-05-04). Buzzing where corona can't get you: Watch Russian warplanes train for V-Day air show. rt.com Russia may have suspended most public events marking the upcoming Victory Day, but demonstrations by military aircraft are still expected to take place. With less than a week to go, the crews are busy training. | Footage released by Russia's Southern Military District on Monday shows fighter jets training solo and in formations for next Saturday's demonstrations, held to celebrate the defeat of Nazi Germany. | May 9 is one of the biggest national holidays in Russia, with military parades and commemorative ceremonies held throughout the country. This year the coronavirus pandemic threw a spanner in the works…

RT (2020-05-04). 'Turbocharging' exodus: US beats trade war drums to remove supply chains out of China. rt.com The US wants to —Åut industrial and supply dependence on China amid rising tensions between the two powers. However, not everyone is eager to pack their bags and leave the lucrative Chinese market in the midst of the previous row. | The Trump administration has long been pushing American firms to get back to US soil, especially when trade tensions were flaring between the two biggest global economies. Now the US has revived the trade war rhetoric again. | Read more | | "We've been wor…

RT (2020-05-04). Russian flag-carrier Aeroflot warns air travel may not resume until mid-summer. rt.com As the coronavirus pandemic has halted almost all travel around the globe, Russian's biggest airline said that in the best-case scenario, international flights could be resumed in July. | "It is difficult to indicate the exact timing of flights so far but when looking at the best-case forecasts… international traffic may start recovering in the middle of summer," Aeroflot spokesperson Yulia Spivakova told Rossiya 24 TV. | Read more | | Even when most of the danger…

RT (2020-05-04). Flaring US-China tensions send European markets lower. rt.com Markets in Europe followed their Asian peers, suffering steep losses at Monday's opening, as Washington continues to pin the blame for the coronavirus outbreak on China. | Stock markets in Germany and France dipped on the first trading of this month, as they opened after the Labor Day holiday. France's CAC 40 led the losses, dropping nearly four percent, while Germany's DAX was not much higher as it lost over three percent. | Also on rt.com | | The British stock market, which wa…

RT (2020-05-04). Iran promises 'appropriate and decisive' response as US calls for arms embargo to be prolonged. rt.com Tehran's Foreign Ministry spokesman accused Washington of acting "illegally" in their efforts to influence the UN Security Council, adding Iran would not be "seeking to exit the 2015 nuclear deal" the US pulled out of in 2018. | Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi said Iran's response would be "proportionate" after the US said last week it was "hopeful" the UN Security Council would extend the arms embargo on Iran before it expires in October. | The Trump administration has taken a harder line against the Islamic Republic after withdrawing from the deal, which relaxed economic sanctions in exchange for Te…

RT (2020-05-04). Google & Apple set some lucky programmers up for lucrative monopoly with new rules for contact-tracing app. rt.com Google and Apple have set out ground rules for public health authorities looking to develop contact-tracing apps on their platform, and the guaranteed monopolies they enable could make some lucky developers very rich. | The tech behemoths unveiled a library of reference code on Monday, along with a list of rules that public-sector partners will have to follow in order to use their proprietary contact-tracing platform, which uses anonymized Bluetooth IDs to alert the user if they've come into contact with anyone who has tested positive for the coronavirus. As befits a platform whose privacy safeguards have been…

pip.hinman (2020-05-04). Reject Keneally's dog whistle politics on migrant workers. greenleft.org.au

The Canary (2020-05-04). Don't rush to the tip when it reopens, householders urged. thecanary.co Householders are being urged not to rush to the dumps when they reopen, amid concerns over long queues of people trying to get rid of lockdown rubbish.Many household waste and recycling centres are closed during the lockdown because they could not be operated within social distancing rules and to allow councils to focus on household waste collections.The government has since said it wants to see councils reopen tips, with social distancing in place, while residents should only go if their journey is essential.People queue in their cars outside a household waste recycling plant in Manchester (Peter Byrne/PA)Closur…

Global Research News (2020-05-04). Selected Articles: If We Want to Return to Normal, We Have to Fix the Policy. globalresearch.ca By On Sunday, Trump was his usual congenital lying self, falsely boasting to viewers that he's "done more than any other president in …

Staff (2020-05-04). Headlines for May 4, 2020. democracynow.org U.S. Makes Up a Third of Known Cases as Trump Revises Predicted Death Toll, NYC Nursing Home Reports Nearly 100 Deaths Linked to COVID-19, Trump Admin Continues Attack on China, Insists COVID-19 Developed in Wuhan Lab, White House Blocks Anthony Fauci from Testifying to House, Senators Return to Work in Coronavirus Hot Spot Washington, D.C., SCOTUS to Hear Cases by Phone, Arguments Will Be Open to Public, NYPD Violently Attack Two Black Men During Social Distancing Enforcement, Guards Sue ICE Jail for Failing to Protect Workers, Georgia Restaurants Refuse to Reopen After Gov. Kemp Lifts Lockdown, Spain, Italy Eas…

Eugene E Ruyle (2020-05-04). 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

WSWS (2020-05-04). This week in history: May 4-10. wsws.org 25 years ago: 104 killed in South African mine disasterOn May 10, 1994, 104 miners were killed in the Vaal Reefs gold mine in Orkney, one of South Africa's largest gold mines. The elevator bringing the miners to the surface of the mile-deep mine was crushed by an underground train which had fallen down the shaft. The two-story elevator at Vaal Reefs was compressed into one by the force of the collision. The majority of the miners killed were immigrants from Mozambique, Lesotho and Botswana.

Stella Moris (2020-05-04). Why Julian Assange Must Urgently be Freed: Stella Morris. globalresearch.ca Julian and I have two little boys. Since becoming a mother, I have been …

sputniknews (2020-05-04). Julian Assange's Dad Says 'We Won Today' as Judge Agrees Extradition Hearings Begin in September. sputniknews.com John Shipton, Julian Assange's 74-year-old father, has expressed his relief over the fact that his son's substantive extradition hearings will restart in September 2020 after previous options were deemed to be untenable by both the prosecution and the defence.

Women's and Feminist Collectives of Uruguay (2020-05-04). Uruguay: May First Feminist Manifesto. zcomm.org The exit from this crisis must be feminist, migrant, plurinational, anti-patriarchal, anti-racist, anti-prison, anti-capitalist, anti-extractivist and anti-fascist…

Alberto Lovera (2020-05-04). Venezuelan Armed Forces Neutralize Colombian Paramilitary Incursion on Coast of La Guaira. globalresearch.ca At dawn this Sunday, the Venezuelan state security forces neutralized a paramilitary incursion from Colombia on the coast of La Guaira, reported the Minister of People's Power for Interior, Justice and Peace, Nestor Reverol. | "They tried to carry out …

WSWS (2020-05-04). Fifty years since the massacre of students at Kent State. wsws.org The killing of four students by National Guard soldiers touched off an unprecedented national wave of antiwar protests involving millions of youth.

Paul Craig Roberts (2020-05-04). Ignorance Is Brewing a Second Wave of Covid-19. thealtworld.com A number of Americans are discrediting freedom by the irresponsible way they are acting in its name. I have in mind those attending in closely packed crowds "freedom rallies" in protest against social distancing, closedowns, and whatever else authorities are doing in the effort to lower the infection rate in order that steps can be taken toward reopening. I have in mind also those in dense crowds protesting closure of California beaches. If there are infected persons among these protesters, the consequence of the protesters will be to spread the virus and delay any reopening of economy and beaches. | Those who ar…

Michael Winship (2020-05-04). Fifty Years Later, the Gunfire at Kent State Still Echoes through America. commondreams.org Today's pandemic alters our tradition of protest and dissent.

Adriaan Alsema (2020-05-04). Colombia's ELN rebels have 'no offensive plans,' during coronavirus crisis. colombiareports.com Colombia's ELN rebels will adopt a defensive strategy during the coronavirus pandemic, according to the guerrilla group's leadership, which urged a bilateral ceasefire. In an interview with Caracol Radio, former…

Adriaan Alsema (2020-05-04). Restarting Colombia's economy take 2: regional reactivation. colombiareports.com President Ivan Duque is planning a second push to restart Colombia's economy, this time allowing the reactivation of normal economic activity in regions where the virus hasn't spread. A first…

Adriaan Alsema (2020-05-04). IMF agrees to lend Colombia $10.8B to combat coronavirus crisis. colombiareports.com The International Monetary Fund (IMF) agreed to extend a $10.8 billion flexible credit line (FCL) to Colombia's central bank to bolster its reserves while coping with the economic impact of…

WSWS (2020-05-04). Trump and Pompeo's "big lie" wsws.org Knowing that its policy will lead to a rapid growth in fatalities, the White House is preparing a narrative to argue that whatever happens, it is China's fault.

Barbara Nimri Aziz (2020-05-04). America's Long War… Family Stories from Ground Zero, by a New Generation of Filmmakers. globalresearch.ca For two decades now, following U.S. invasions of Afghanistan, then Iraq, and as we approach ten years of upheaval in Syria and five in Yemen, interpretation of these wars has been the domain of western observers— journalists, occupying soldiers, and …

Jacob G. Hornberger (2020-05-04). Why Foreign Interventionism? globalresearch.ca What is the point of U.S. foreign interventionism? | Why are U.S. troops killing and dying in faraway countries like Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, and Somalia? | Why does the U.S. government have 165,000 troops stationed in more than 150 foreign countries? | Why …

Mohammad Reza Mohammadi (2020-05-04). Coronavirus and Saudi Arabia's "Soft Power". Will This Year's Hajj be Cancelled? "Pilgrims bring in Billions of Dollars…" globalresearch.ca Today, the tourism industry is considered as one of the important sources of the soft power of countries in promoting and disseminating its material and spiritual attractions to attract other nations of the world. Saudi Arabia is known as a …

WSWS (2020-05-04). Devastating fire in South Korea kills at least 38 workers. wsws.org The government and big business will do nothing to address safety and the working conditions that led to this latest disaster.

Andrey Areshev (2020-05-04). David vs. Goliath: How Poorer Nations Can Fight for Their Interests. strategic-culture.org I thought I was winning, landing punch after punch, but then I was hit by a surprise left hook, and hit the canvas… intellectually speaking. In a debate segment a little while back I was arguing with a gent who was sure that the only way for smaller countries like Iran, North Korea and Pakistan to stand up to U.S. pressure was to use international "justice". For him this was something to the effect of going to the UN and trying to punish Washington with lawyers, courts and bureaucracy for its international bullying. The natural response to such flagrant naivete were my arguments like… | "Just who put together…

WSWS (2020-05-04). Austria lifts most measures to counter coronavirus pandemic. wsws.org Despite the continuing spread of COVID-19 throughout Europe, the government has adopted a pioneering "easing policy," posing a deadly risk for hundreds of thousands of people.

WSWS (2020-05-04). Inmates at Michigan prisons exposed to COVID-19 in unsanitary conditions. wsws.org As of May 2, almost 2,000 inmates have tested positive with 41 prisoners succumbing to the coronavirus.

Azhar Azam (2020-05-04). The COVID-19 Crisis Profoundly Exposes African Americans to the Scourge of Poverty and Racism. globalresearch.ca They live below the poverty level. They are prison …

news.un (2020-05-04). None of us is safe until we all are, says UN chief at EU push to end COVID-19 pandemic. news.un.org The "most massive public health effort in history" is needed to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic, the UN chief said on Monday, addressing a European Union pledging conference in Brussels.

Gloria Oladipo (2020-05-04). Rural America Needs a Real COVID-19 Response. counterpunch.org As the COVID-19 pandemic spreads, many rural communities are in a uniquely difficult position. According to Kaiser Health News, nearly 80 percent of rural America is categorized as a "medical desert," meaning the nearest hospital is more than 60 minutes away. These hospitals are also much harder pressed to come up with ventilators and personal

Sonali Kolhatkar (2020-05-04). America is Exceptional…In Some of the Worst Ways. counterpunch.org "America First," has been a pronouncement of pride for President Donald Trump and millions of his supporters. Today they have gotten their wish as the United States leads the world ≠ during a global deadly pandemic, racing well past other nations in the numbers of COVID-19 infections and deaths. It may not be the "first place"

Sarah Lazare (2020-05-04). Right-Wing Think Tanks Using Covid-19 To Push War with Iran. zcomm.org Amid an unprecedented global crisis, the self-declared "guardians of order" see an opening to push for more war, death and destruction…

Kate Masters (2020-05-04). Unreliable COVID-19 "Estimates"in Virginia: Increase in "Testing Numbers" Attributable to Change in "Counting Methodology": Health Officials. globalresearch.ca Officials with the Virginia Department of Health abruptly announced Friday that they were changing their methodology for reporting the number of COVID-19 tests conducted in Virginia. | The announcement came after data on the state's

WSWS (2020-05-04). Millions of Americans cannot pay their rent. wsws.org On May 1, millions of Americans were not able to pay their rent due to the dire social crisis sparked by the COVID-19 pandemic, opening up a housing crisis in which many working class families face a future of debt, eviction and homelessness.

WSWS (2020-05-04). The COVID-19 pandemic: A trigger event in world history. wsws.org We are publishing here the text of the opening report to the 2020 International Online May Day Rally delivered by David North.

RT News (2020-05-04). CIA and MI6 Put Together 'Scientific' Dossier 'Targeting China's COVID-19 Cover-up' — as West Readies to Demand Beijing Compensation. globalresearch.ca An informative RT review article. GR does not necessarily share the views expressed in this article. | ** | The West's wish to pin the blame on China (and probably the bill too) for the Covid-19 pandemic has been reportedly incarnated in …

Kim Petersen (2020-05-04). Does Weaponizing a Pandemic and Blaming China "Make America Great Again"? globalresearch.ca United States president Donald Trump is proud of the US effort against COVID-19. In his 1 May remarks on protecting America's seniors, he said, | Through aggressive actions and the devotion of our doctors and nurses, however, we have held our …

True Publica (2020-05-04). COVID-19 Vs the Economy — The Trouble Britain Now Finds Itself in. globalresearch.ca 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 …

WSWS (2020-05-04). Modi government punishes officials for urging increased taxation of rich to fight coronavirus. wsws.org Even as India's workers and toilers face the COVID-19 pandemic and mass hunger, the Modi government is opposed to imposing even one additional rupee of tax upon the capitalist elite.

graham (2020-05-04). UK government preparing to fight negligence claims over NHS staff deaths. truepublica.org.uk Over a month ago, TruePublica published an article that exposed the downgrading of COVID-19 as a dangerous infectious disease, known as a 'High Consequence Infectious Disease' (HCID) by the government. It was a mystery to some why the government would choose to do this against other infectious diseases that have killed very few. Indeed, one …

Wayne Madsen (2020-05-04). Cults and Bioterrorism: A Toxic Duo. thealtworld.com Although there is no recent history of nation-states propagating biological warfare attacks, there is a history of dangerous religious cults being involved in preparing for or carrying out them. | Far right-wingers in the United States and other countries are pushing the propaganda line that China was somehow involved in the creation or spread of the Covid-19 virus, formally known as SARS [Severe acute respiratory syndrome]-CoV-2, to the rest of the world either deliberately or from an accidental release from the Wuhan Institute of Virology. Although nation-states have, over the decades, conducted research on and…

Graham Peebles (2020-05-04). Only the Poor Starve: Hunger in the Time of Covid-19. counterpunch.org In addition to the global health crisis and the coming worldwide economic collapse, Covid-19 is fuelling a humanitarian crisis. The World Food Program (WFP) warns that, "millions of civilians living in conflict-scarred nations, including many women and children, face being pushed to the brink of starvation, with the spectre of famine a very real and dangerous possibility."

WSWS (2020-05-04). Tourism collapse threatens Pacific islands with deepening poverty. wsws.org In preparation for social unrest as their economies collapse, many Pacific island governments are using the COVID-19 pandemic to impose authoritarian measures.

WSWS (2020-05-04). Canadian workers speak out against lack of protective equipment in health facilities. wsws.org Hospitals are rationing masks even for frontline health workers treating COVID-19 patients.

Jill Richardson (2020-05-04). A Death Sentence for Meatpackers. counterpunch.org Meat processing plants are high risk for spreading COVID-19, and many are shutting down. Animals due for processing have nowhere to go, and they are being culled. Workers there aren't treated a great deal better. I've interviewed one meatpacker who worked at a pork plant, years ago. He told me he was recruited with promises

WSWS (2020-05-04). Tennessee health commissioner blocks release of data on likely COVID-19 deaths. wsws.org Tennessee Department of Health Commissioner Lisa Piercey has refused to release figures on "probable" deaths where symptoms were present but no test was done.

Peoples Dispatch (2020-05-04). COVID-19: US Blames China to Cover Up Its Own Failures. peoplesdispatch.org Newsclick's Prabir Purkayastha explains why China and other Asian countries were more equipped to handle the crisis and the role they played in the development of testing kits. He also analyses the blame game by the US and punctures claims US authorities have been making about China.

Andrew Emett (2020-05-04). Bernie urges Treasury Secretary to clarify PPP loan forgiveness. nationofchange.org "We encourage Treasury and the SBA to act now to avoid more confusion for small business owners and lenders."

WSWS (2020-05-04). ASOS warehouse workers: Lives versus corporate profit in the UK. wsws.org The struggle by ASOS workers has demonstrated that they cannot rely on the local authority, state bodies or the unions for protection.

Joaquin Flores (2020-05-04). China Calls for Closing All U.S. Deep-State Bioweapons Laboratories in Former USSR Countries. globalresearch.ca As countries have openly begun to utilize their military structures in fighting the coronavirus in programs intended to guard against biological warfare, Chinese authorities have come out in support the official position of Russia and considers it dangerous that there …

WSWS (2020-05-04). West Australian principal stood down for warning of coronavirus dangers in schools. wsws.org The victimisation of Bronwyn White is a warning that the reopening of schools is being accompanied by the suppression of opposition.

Andrey Areshev (2020-05-04). Hybrid War flashback: the Deeper Roots of Chinese Demonizatio. strategic-culture.org Hegel saw history moving east to west — 'Europe thus absolutely being the end of history, Asia the beginning' | Pepe ESCOBAR | Fasten your seat belts: the US The US strategy remains, ess…

Nebojsa Malic (2020-05-04). US Push for "Low-yield Nukes" Makes Nuclear War More Likely as Russia Will Retaliate with Full Force, Moscow Says. globalresearch.ca The US State Department's case for tactical nuclear weapons is a case study in psychological projection not seen since the darkest days of the Cold War and its ever-present threat of world-ending atomic holocaust. | Back in February, the Pentagon announced …

Graham Peebles (2020-05-04). Only the poor starve: Hunger in the time of COVID. nationofchange.org The World Food Program (WFP) warns that, "millions of civilians living in conflict-scarred nations, including many women and children, face being pushed to the brink of starvation, with the spectra of famine a very real and dangerous possibility."

Mandy Smithberger (2020-05-04). Beware the Pentagon's Pandemic Profiteers. zcomm.org Hasn't the Military-Industrial Complex Taken Enough of Our Money?>

Dr. Chandra Muzaffar (2020-05-04). Video: The Coronavirus Crisis: A Plea to Pause and Ponder. globalresearch.ca A Sharing by Dr. Chandra Muzaffar, President, International Movement for a Just World (JUST), Research Associate of the Centre for Research on Globalization (CRG) | Recorded on May 1, 2020 | . | * | Note to readers: please click the share …

The New Arab (2020-05-04). Trump Welcomes Israel's Illegal Plan to Annex West Bank Amid Growing Anger. globalresearch.ca The US announced it is willing to recognise and support Israeli Prime Minister

Adam Dick (2020-05-04). Knock, Knock. We're From the Government, and We Want Your Family's Blood. globalresearch.ca Talk about creepy. The Georgia Department of Public Health has announced that it, the United Sates Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and county health boards are together

(2020-05-04). Colorado Bans Cruel Wildlife-killing Contests. globalresearch.ca The Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission voted yesterday to ban wildlife-killing contests for various furbearing and small game species in the state. Colorado is the sixth state to prohibit these cruel events. | When it goes into effect on June 30, …

The Palestinian Information Center (2020-05-04). Likud Files Knesset Bill to Annex Occupied Palestinian Territories. globalresearch.ca Member of the Knesset May Golan (Likud) on Sunday submitted a bill calling for imposing Israel's sovereignty on the occupied territories of the Jordan Valley, the northern Dead Sea area and the West Bank. | According to Israel's Channel 7, economy …

Philip A Farruggio (2020-05-04). The 'White Makes Right' Continuance. globalresearch.ca In September of 1962 James Meredith, a 28 Year old Air Force veteran, and proud black man, enrolled in the segregated University of Mississippi. All hell literally broke loose. In David Talbot's great look at the Kennedy years, aptly entitled …

Pepe Escobar (2020-05-04). The Deeper Historical Roots of Chinese Demonization. globalresearch.ca Fasten your seat belts: the US The US …

Frank Morales (2020-05-04). "Homeland Defense" and the Militarisation of America. globalresearch.ca The document states that although "the Founding Fathers' hesitancy to raise a standing army & their desire to render the military subordinate to civilian authority" is "rooted in the Constitution," "exceptions to the restrictions on employment of federal armed forces to assist state & local authorities are grounded in the Constitution…"

Elijah J. Magnier (2020-05-04). Hezbollah and The Government of Lebanon. globalresearch.ca The current government in Lebanon is challenging its politicians with the accusation of having supported the corrupt political and financial system for at least three decades. These politicians accuse Hezbollah, claiming that it is responsible for this corruption. And indeed, …

Prof. Paul Jobin (2020-05-04). The Fukushima Nuclear Disaster and Civil Actions as a Social Movement. globalresearch.ca Like the many industrial disasters that have marked the history of modern and contemporary Japan, the nuclear disaster of March 2011 resulted in much litigation. By the ninth anniversary of the catastrophe in 2020, nearly four hundred individual civil actions, …

graham (2020-05-04). US-UK trade deal negotiations start today when government stretched to limit. truepublica.org.uk UK ministers are to start trade deal talks with the United States today, with Britain issuing the order to start formal negotiation despite the coronavirus pandemic that is stretching every government department to the limits. The first round of the talks will be held between UK International Trade Secretary Liz Truss and U.S. Trade Representative …

WSWS (2020-05-04). Furloughed workers face hunger in New Jersey, America's second-wealthiest state. wsws.org The shuttering of workplaces in New Jersey, an epicenter of the pandemic, has forced workers with little savings to join mile-long lines for food assistance.

Binoy Kampmark (2020-05-04). Scuttling New START: Trump's China Distraction. counterpunch.org "If we want to preserve strategic stability using arms control as a counterpart of that, as a tool in that toolkit, then China should be in as well." — US Defense Secretary Mark Esper, Defense News, Feb 26, 2020 For a person keen on throwing babies out with their bath water, only to then ask

Greg Moses (2020-05-04). Not Trusting that Department of Ed: Looking to Higher Ed Relief via States. counterpunch.org Reeling from last week's attacks on Harvard and Stanford that bullied those schools and others into refusing federal relief allocated to their most needy students, the Young Invincibles this week released an open letter asking the schools to reconsider. The "Open Letter to College and University Leaders" argues that all schools "should make certain they

Bill McKibben (2020-05-04). 'A Bomb in the Center of the Climate Movement'. zcomm.org Michael Moore Damages Our Most Important Goal…

WSWS (2020-05-04). UK Nightingale field hospitals to be "mothballed" as coronavirus death toll reaches 28,446. wsws.org The new Nightingale facilities were meant to provide overflow capacity to overwhelmed hospitals, but patients have been turned away due to a lack of suitable equipment or staff.

WSWS (2020-05-04). Trump White House steps up return to work drive. wsws.org The recent surge in coronavirus cases and deaths heralds even greater suffering by the population as states continue to reopen.

WSWS (2020-05-04). Think tank sees coronavirus crisis as "opportunity" for German militarism. wsws.org The German Council on Foreign Relations calls for a "comprehensive conflict strategy" in order to emerge "even stronger" from the crisis.

Felix Collins (2020-05-04). An Examination of Britain's Coronavirus Strategy and its Corresponding Propaganda. zcomm.org It is somewhat reassuring to see the ineffectiveness of some elements of Britain's propaganda campaigns, but its scope, reality and consequences are disturbing…

Staff (2020-05-04). Trump Just Doubled His Previous Projections for COVID-19 Deaths in the US. truthout.org President Donald Trump took part in a virtual town hall event on Sunday hosted by Fox News, in which he — yet again — altered his projections for how many Americans could die from COVID-19. | Though the president

Staff (2020-05-04). Trump Restricts COVID-19 Relief Funds From Hospitals Serving Nation's Poorest. truthout.org Public health experts, state officials, and frontline medical workers are sounding the alarm and demanding an urgent change of course as the Trump administration disproportionately allocates Covid-19 relief funds to higher-revenue hospitals while The Los Angeles Times reported late last week that t…

Staff (2020-05-04). Following Mexico's Worker Strikes, the US Steps in to Keep Border Factories Open. truthout.org In Washington, D.C., President Trump is trying his best to reopen closed meatpacking plants, as packinghouse workers catch the COVID-19 virus and die. In Tijuana, Mexico, where workers are dying in mostly U.S.-owned factories (known as maquiladoras) that produce and export goods to the U.S., the Baja California state governor, a former California Republican Party stalwart, is doing the same thing. | Jaime Bonilla Valdez rode into the governorship in 2018 on the coattails of Mexican Presiden…

Staff (2020-05-04). Born Into a Pandemic — Coronavirus Complicates Births for Moms and Babies. truthout.org Mallory Pease's contractions grew stronger as her husband, Mitchell, drove her to Oaklawn Hospital in Marshall, Michigan, to give birth to their second child. It had been a routine pregnancy, but she told her doctor she'd recently developed a sore throat, aches, coughing and shortness of breath — symptoms her provider knew could indicate COVID-19. | So, when she arrived at the hospital, she was taken to an isolation area, tested for the coronavirus and given oxygen. She took shallow, panting…

Staff (2020-05-04). Surviving Pandemics Is Indigenous Resistance. truthout.org Kelly Hayes talks with Morning Star Gali about Native life and death in the age of COVID-19. | Copy may not be in its final form. | TRANSCRIPT: | Kelly Hayes: Welcome to Movement Memos, a Truthout podcast about things you should know if you want to change the world. I'm your host, Kelly Hayes. Today's guest is Morning Star Gali. Morning Star is a longtime Native organizer and a member of the Ajumawi band of the Pit River Nation. She has coordinated the annual thankstaking Alcatraz gatherings for over 12 years and…

Staff (2020-05-04). Defying Trump and Their Governors, Many Workers Are Refusing to "Reopen" truthout.org The argument over whether or not to extend stay-at-home orders has reached a crescendo after weeks of COVID-19 cloistering — combined with scant assistance from the federal government — and left millions forced to choose between their money and their lives. Many people need cash after weeks without working; those people want and need to work, but many of those people don't want to die for work. | If Congress and Donald Trump were to act with the powers at their disposal — a nationa…

Staff (2020-05-04). The Pentagon Continues to Profit at Taxpayers' Expense During Pandemic. truthout.org At this moment of unprecedented crisis, you might think that those not overcome by the economic and

Staff (2020-05-04). Demanding Tax Cut in Next Stimulus Package, Trump Holds COVID Relief Hostage. truthout.org President Donald Trump on Sunday said he will not approve another "I told Steve just tod…

graham (2020-05-04). Northern Ireland: Another reminder that a hard Brexit is looming. truepublica.org.uk RTÉ News is the national news service provided by Irish public broadcaster Raidió Teilifís Éireann. Its Europe Editor, Tony Connelly has written a piece that further exposes the lie that the British government is actively working towards signing a mutually agreeable trade deal with the EU and that the 'Withdrawal Agreement' was anything but an …

sputniknews (2020-05-04). Finding The Right Exit: How Might Britain Find Its Way Out Of COVID-19 Lockdown Safely? sputniknews.com Britain is set to overtake Italy this week as the European country with the most deaths from coronavirus. But despite that morbid milestone, the Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to reveal his exit strategy from the lockdown later this week.

sputniknews (2020-05-04). UK Among Five European States Not Seeing Decline in Covid-19 Cases, Despite Government Claims. sputniknews.com The United Kingdom has boasted that its lockdown strategy, intended to enforce social distancing measures and slow the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, was a success. However, this claim has now been contradicted by new reports released by European Union affiliated research groups.

sputniknews (2020-05-04). 'Are They Observing Us?': Mysterious Red Lights in Virginia and Nevada Prompt UFO Speculation. sputniknews.com The ongoing coronavirus lockdown seems to have endowed prominent star-gazers with more time and energy to observe the night skies in the search for some unusual activity, as myriads of videos have been circulating online, pointing at alleged proof of UFO existence. Or might there be another explanation for what is going on?

sputniknews (2020-05-04). 'Education, not Compulsion' Required for Successful Deployment of COVID-19 Vaccine – Commentator. sputniknews.com European countries have pledged to raise £6.6 billion in a bid to help accelerate the process of finding a coronavirus vaccine. The UK will contribute £388 million to the cause. The UN has repeatedly outlined that the pandemic can only be ended, should an effective vaccine be developed and mass produced.

sputniknews (2020-05-04). Defectors Who Claimed Kim Jong-un Was Gravely Ill or Dead Apologize for False Speculation. sputniknews.com Weeks of speculation regarding the whereabouts and health status of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un fueled by South Korea-based English-language media and CNN were brought to an abrupt end late last week after Kim reemerged in public, seemingly alive and well.

sputniknews (2020-05-04). WHO Says It Received No Data from US Proving Artificial Origin of COVID-19. sputniknews.com The international health watchdog has also called for a 'scientific-based' rather than a political inquiry into the origin of the coronavirus.

sputniknews (2020-05-04). US Refineries Cut Volumes More Than 20% in Past Month Due to COVID-19 – Energy Department. sputniknews.com WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – Volumes of oil processed by US refineries into gasoline and other petroleum products fell by more than 20 percent in the past month as nationwide stay-at-home orders made rush-hour traffic disappear and cut routine travel to a trickle, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) said in a report on Monday.

sputniknews (2020-05-04). Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Pledges $100Mln to Global COVID-19 Response. sputniknews.com MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will give $100 million to the global effort to tackle the new coronavirus, Melinda Gates, the co-chair of the fund, said on Monday.

sputniknews (2020-05-04). Canada's Air Carrier Records Nearly $740Bln Net Loss in First Quarter – Statement. sputniknews.com TORONTO (Sputnik) – Air Canada announced in a statement on Monday that it has incurred a net loss of $740 million in the first quarter as a result of the challenges posed to the airline industry by the measures imposed to fight the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

sputniknews (2020-05-04). Russian-German Board Chair Calls for Reconsidering Sanctions Against Russia Amid COVID-19. sputniknews.com BERLIN (Sputnik) – The COVID-19 pandemic could be the basis for considering the issue of lifting European sanctions against Russia, Matthias Platzeck, the board chairman of the German-Russian Forum and a former minister-president of Germany's Brandenburg, said on Monday during a video conference in Berlin.

sputniknews (2020-05-04). The Hague Invasion Act: Dutch in Denial of US Threat. sputniknews.com Although hosting the International Criminal Court in The Hague, attacks from the US are left unanswered by the Dutch government. It's even turning a blind eye to the 'The Hague Invasion Act'.

sputniknews (2020-05-04). Seven Dead as Plane Carrying Aid Crashes in Somalia – Security Official. sputniknews.com According to Kenyan news outlet Kahawa Tungu, the plane was a light Kenyan Embraer 120 aircraft with six people onboard.

sputniknews (2020-05-04). Three Indian Security Personnel, One Terrorist Killed After Clash in Kashmir – Police. sputniknews.com New Delhi (Sputnik): Terror activities in India's Jammu and Kashmir have increased since April. On Sunday, five Indian army security personnel were killed in an overnight encounter in the Kupwara district and a further seven sustained injuries in a nearby explosion.

sputniknews (2020-05-04). US' COVID Psy-Op Against Beijing is One of Five Strategic Battles to Undermine China's Rise — Prof. sputniknews.com The US has launched a media offensive against Beijing and is forging an international anti-China coalition while the People's Republic is carrying out a global health assistance initiative having largely curbed the outbreak, says Dr. Heinz Dieterich, coordinator at the World Advanced Research Project (WARP).

sputniknews (2020-05-04). Iran to Drop Four Zeros From National Currency Rial, Rename It as the Toman. sputniknews.com Iran's central bank has been planning to overhaul its currency since 2008, but the idea began to materialise only after the rial lost more than half of its value due to the US withdrawal from the landmark nuclear deal in May 2018.

sputniknews (2020-05-04). Russian Embassy in Bosnia Expresses Dismay Over Entry Ban for Russian Humanitarian Convoy. sputniknews.com BELGRADE (Sputnik) – The Russian embassy in Bosnia and Herzegovina expressed on Monday its perplexity due to the entry ban for a humanitarian convoy of the Russian Defense Ministry to assist in the fight against the coronavirus.

sputniknews (2020-05-04). Coronavirus; US Election; Harry Dunn; Could Sport Events Be Done Behind Closed Doors? sputniknews.com Join George Galloway on the new home for the Mother of All Talk Shows – this week we talk all about coronavirus, US election and Harry Dunn.

yenisafak (2020-05-04). Turkey may be Libya's supply chain leader in new normal. yenisafak.com If positioned well, Turkey can be the leader in Libya's supply chain in the new normal, said a top business leader on Monday.Murtaza Karanfil, head of Foreign Economic Relations Board (DEIK) Turkey-Libya Business Council, underlined that countries that restarted production swiftly by combatting the COVID-19 outbreak will play a key role post-pandemic.Karanfil suggested that Turkey should improve its ability to respond quickly to demand and be ready for post-pandemic trade.Praising Turkey's steps to mitigate economic fallout and to stem the spread of the coronavirus, Karanfil said: "If we add the production strate…

yenisafak (2020-05-04). Singapore set to ease lockdown amid new virus cases. yenisafak.com As Singapore is set to ease coronavirus-related restrictions for businesses from May 12, the country on Monday reported 573 new cases over the past 24 hours, bringing the national tally to 18,788.According to the official data, the death toll in the country stood at 18.On Saturday, Singapore's National Development Minister Lawrence Wong said that some businesses will resume operations from May 12."We will allow selected services to resume operations," Chan said while addressing a virtual news conference.The services include home-based food businesses, selected food retail outlets, food manufacturing firms, laundr…

yenisafak (2020-05-04). Italy joins nations warily leaving lockdown amid fears of 'second wave'. yenisafak.com Italy was among a slew of countries easing lockdown restrictions on Monday to resurrect their economies, but officials cautioned against moving too swiftly as new coronavirus cases passed 3.5 million globally and deaths neared a quarter of a million.Italy, among the world's hardest-hit countries, started to relax the longest lockdown in Europe, allowing about 4.5 million people to return to work after nearly two months at home.Spain, Nigeria, Azerbaijan, Malaysia, Israel, Tunisia and Lebanon were also among countries easing some restrictions, variously reopening factories, construction sites, parks, hairdressers…

yenisafak (2020-05-04). Syria: Rift opens up in Assad family, tycoon slams regime. yenisafak.com Rami Makhlouf, a Syrian business tycoon and billionaire cousin of the head of the Syrian regime, Bashar al-Assad, has decried the practices of the regime security apparatus against his businesses.In a new video on his Facebook page, Makhlouf said regime security forces had arrested his employees in spite of "all the services that his companies have provided to those apparatuses".He pointed out that the regime asked him to distance himself from his companies and obey instructions, underlining his rejection of the regime's practices against his firms.Makhlouf, who has been labeled as the "artery of the regime's eco…

yenisafak (2020-05-04). Germany's Merkel pledges 525 million euros to global coronavirus vaccine hunt. yenisafak.com "We will contribute 525 million euros directly to this pledging conference and we will also continue our obligations for global health overall with around 1.3 billion euros," Merkel said. ($1 = 0.9154 euros) Norway pledges $1 bln to vaccines against COVID-19, other diseasesNorway will give $1 billion to support the distribution worldwide of any vaccine developed against COVID-19 as well as for vaccines against other diseases, Prime Minister Erna Solberg said on Monday.Oslo made the pledge as part of a donor conference held on Monday by the European Union to raise 7.5 billion euros ($8.23 billion) towards the test…

yenisafak (2020-05-04). Turkey donates mechanical ventilators to Somalia. yenisafak.com Turkey donated mechanical ventilators to Somalia to help in Mogadishu's efforts against the novel coronavirus pandemic, a senior Turkish official said on Monday.Turkish Industry and Technology Minister Mustafa Varank said the ventilators had become a "breath" for Somalia, with many low-income countries hard-pressed in treating COVID-19 due to medical equipment shortages.Ankara-based biotech firm BIOSYS began mass-producing a Turkish indigenous respirator last month with the support of technology firms Baykar, Arcelik and Aselsan. The first 100 devices have since been delivered and the production of 5,000 more is…

yenisafak (2020-05-04). Turkey quarantines 143 expats evacuated from S. Arabia. yenisafak.com A total of 143 Turkish nationals, who were evacuated from Saudi Arabia, were placed under a 14-day quarantine on Monday to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus.The flight landed at Van Ferit Melen Airport in eastern Turkey and the group was placed in a dormitory after health checks.Upon the instruction of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and in coordination with the Foreign Ministry, Turkey repatriated nearly 25,000 citizens from 59 countries ahead of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.As of Sunday, Turkey registered a total of 3,397 deaths due to coronavirus whereas nearly 63,200 people have recovered from th…

yenisafak (2020-05-04). UK: China has questions to answer over COVID-19. yenisafak.com After everything gets back to normal, China will have some questions to answer, UK's defense secretary said on Monday, referring to the origin and spread of the coronavirus pandemic. | Responding to a question during a radio show on whether China had questions to answer over how speedily it made the world aware of the extent of the crisis, Ben Wallace said: "I think it does." | "The time for…

yenisafak (2020-05-04). Ethiopian, Pakistani leaders talk over phone. yenisafak.com Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said Monday he held a discussion with his Pakistani counterpart on ways to withstand the economic fallout of COVID-19."In a phone call with PM @ImranKhanPTI we both agreed on the importance of debt relief for developing countries to withstand the #COVID19 challenges as well as to quickly absorb recover from economic shocks. We will work together to ensure the progression of our economies," Abiy tweeted.In March, the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa urged the G20 countries to "[…] support and encourage open trade corridors, especially for pharmaceuticals and other…

2020-05-04: Social Media Postees

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Five Things That Are Revealed By Democrats' Rehabilitation Of Bush
Caitlin Johnstone | thealtworld.com | 2020-05-04
George W Bush is in the news again today, and once again it's not for the only legitimate reason that he should ever be in the news, namely a war crimes tribunal. No, it's because his voice was used in a cutesy feel-good video about unity during the Covid-19 pandemic. | "Let us remember how small our differences are in the face of this shared threat," Bush is heard saying. "We are not partisan combatants. We are human beings, equally vulnerable and equally wonderful…
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The South China Sea: Beyond the Smoke 'n Mirrors
Thomas Hon Wing Polin | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-04
As the American Empire continues to intensify its many-fronted aggression against China, the South China Sea has become a potential flashpoint. The latest "freedom-of-navigation" (translation: freedom-of-provocation) sail-past by a US Navy destroyer was "expelled" by PLA forces, Chinese media reported. More confrontations are expected in that strategic maritime stretch. Despite the importance of the South…
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Cancel Rent and Stop Playing the Landlord's Game
Christopher Ketcham | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-04
Years ago, I took an interest in the origins of the boardgame Monopoly, which was originally known as the Landlord's Game. Its history is germane, I think

Anatomy of a fake news campaign: Media spreads lie from US govt-funded Korean outlet that Kim Jong-un died
Ben Norton | thegrayzone.com | 2020-05-04
Corporate media outlets spread fake news claiming North Korean leader Kim Jong-un had died. The lie originated with a Seoul-based…
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America's Super-Rich See Their Wealth Rise by $282 Billion in Three Weeks of Pandemic
Alan MacLeod | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-04
A new report from the Institute for Policy Studies found that, while tens of millions of Americans have lost their jobs during the coronavirus pandemic, America's ultra-wealthy elite have seen their net worth surge by $282 billion in just 23 …
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US Government Fears China will Give Away COVID-19 Vaccine for Free
Alan Macleod | mintpressnews.com | 2020-05-04
"The coronavirus pandemic is a clear instance in which the whole world shares a common interest in developing and distributing a vaccine."

Juan Guaidó Is Trying to Overthrow the Venezuelan Government Again. Calls on Military to Support Him
Alan MacLeod | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-04
Exactly one year since his audacious coup attempt failed spectacularly, self-declared Venezuelan president Juan Guaidó is once again trying to overthrow the government of Nicolas Maduro. "Today I speak to the patriotic soldiers of our Armed Forces who rebelled …
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New Details Emerge Linking US to Latest Coup Attempt in Venezuela
Alan Macleod | mintpressnews.com | 2020-05-04
The government of Venezuela is celebrating after thwarting another foreign-backed coup attempt Sunday, just two days after self-declared another coup attempt by "Interim President" Juan Guaidó ended in total failure. A flotilla of small speed boats, led by retired Major Cliver Alcala and filled with up to 300 paramilitary units, sailed from their training ground in Colombia heading for a port near the country's capital Caracas, fro…
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New Details Emerge Linking US to Latest Coup Attempt in Venezuela
Alan Macleod | mintpressnews.com | 2020-05-04
The government of Venezuela is celebrating after thwarting another foreign-backed coup attempt Sunday, just two days after self-declared another coup attempt by "Interim President" Juan Guaidó ended in total failure. A flotilla of small speed boats filled with up to 300 paramilitary units, sailed from their training ground in Colombia heading for a port near the country's capital Caracas, from where they were aiming to kickstart an…
mintpressnews.com/new-details-latest-us-…

Trump Must Choose Between a Global Ceasefire and America's Long Lost Wars
Medea Benjamin | zcomm.org | 2020-05-04
Trump has so far spurned this chance to make good on his promise to bring U.S. troops home, even as his lost wars and ill-defined global military occupation expose thousands of troops to the Covid-19 virus…
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A Hillary/Obama Ticket to Challenge Trump?
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-04
Despite polls showing Biden favored to defeat Trump, the notion surfaced of resurrecting two-time loser Hillary with Obama as her VP running mate to replace the presumptive Dem nominee. | He's challenged by years of disturbing political baggage as US senator …
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Trump's Virtual Town Hall: A Vehicle for Deception, Finger-Pointing and Threats
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-04
On Sunday, Trump appeared on a Fox News televised virtual town hall session, using the Lincoln Memorial as a backdrop. | The event was part of his reelection campaign, notably an attempt to boost his low public approval rating in key …
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Russia-China entente deepens in the shadow of the pandemic
M.K. Bhadrakumar | mronline.org | 2020-05-04
The Russian-Chinese entente emerged as one of the most significant templates of international politics in the recent period since the hugely consequential developments in Ukraine in 2014 that led to western sanctions against Moscow, which in turn galvanised the latter's 'pivot to Asia'.
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If We Want to Return to Normal, We Have to Fix the Policy
Mike Whitney | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-04
Most of the United States is still under lockdown, but why? What is the purpose of the policy? | We've had the "flatten the curve" meme pounded into our brains for so long, that most people think it's the objective of …
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No, the US Isn't Going to Dump India over Its Atrocious Treatment of Minorities
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-04
There's been a lot of speculation that the US might be preparing to dump India over its atrocious treatment of minorities after the official White House Twitter account stopped following several Indian government ones including Prime Minister Modi's and the …
globalresearch.ca/us-isnt-going-dump-ind…

As Workers Get Sick & Die from COVID-19, McConnell Demands Corporate Immunity in New Stimulus Bill
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-05-04
As the Senate reconvenes today, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is demanding that Congress use the next stimulus bill to protect corporations from liability for workers. "He wants to protect their right to engage in egregious misconduct," says Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen.
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US Supreme Court Breaks Precedent By Allowing Public Broadcast of Oral Arguments
sputniknews.com | 2020-05-04
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – For years, Justices had rejected proposals to broadcast oral arguments live. Tuesday's hearing took place by audio conference call, with the court building closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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French care home where staff locked themselves in with residents defies Covid-19
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-05-04
A care home in France which took a novel approach to warding off coronavirus (Covid-19) has emerged with a clean bill of health.As coronavirus cut a deadly path through care homes across the country, Valerie Martin vowed that the story would be different in the home she runs.To keep Covid-19 at bay and stop it from infecting and killing the vulnerable older adults in her care, Martin and her staff locked themselves in with the 106 residents.Residents at the Vilanova care home in Corbas, central France (Valerie Martin via AP)For 47 days and nights, staff and residents of the Vilanova care home on the outskirts of…
thecanary.co/global/world-news/2020/05/0…

Netanyahu pushed US towards war with Iran
Gareth Porter | zcomm.org | 2020-05-04
An investigation of supposed Iranian nuclear documents presented in a dramatically staged Netanyahu press conference indicates they were an Israeli fabrication designed to trigger US military conflict with Iran…
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Small Devices Can Detect Oxygen Deprivation Earlier From COVID-19
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-05-04
We speak with Dr. Richard Levitan, an emergency physician based in Littleton, New Hampshire, who volunteered at Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan for 10 days at the height of the COVID-19 surge in April. Based on what he saw, he argues patients should be going to hospitals sooner and that medical professionals could use a small device you clip on your fingertip, called a pulse oximeter, to help detect the virus earlier by revealing oxygenation problems and elevated heart rates. "A pulse oximeter is just a mea…
truthout.org/video/small-devices-can-det…

Activists Demand Worker Safety Plans as COVID-19 Surges in Meat Plants
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-05-04
At least 20 workers at meat processing plants have died from COVID-19, and around 5,000 have tested positive, but President Trump invoked an executive order to bar local governments from closing meat plants. We hear from meat plant workers and organizers about conditions during the pandemic and speak with Sindy Benavides, CEO of the League of United Latin American Citizens, which is supporting the workers with a virtual town hall on food worker safety with presumptive Democratic presidential candidate…
truthout.org/video/activists-demand-work…

Trump Must Choose Between a Global Ceasefire and America's Long Lost Wars
Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J.S. Davies | commondreams.org | 2020-05-04
As of May 1, there were 7,145 cases of COVID-19 in the US military, with more falling sick every day. (Photo: Military Times/DoD) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Right-Wing "Reopen" Fanatics Would Kill Nearly as Many Americans as Died in All US Wars
Juan Cole | commondreams.org | 2020-05-04
Protestors try to enter the Michigan House of Representative chamber and are being kept out by the Michigan State Police. (Photo: Jeff Kowalsky/AFP via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/views/2020/05/04/right-…

ER Doctor: Pulse Oximeters Detect Oxygen Deprivation Earlier from COVID-19, Help Avoid Ventilators
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-05-04
We speak with Dr. Richard Levitan, an emergency physician based in Littleton, New Hampshire, who volunteered at Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan for 10 days at the height of the COVID-19 surge in April. Based on what he saw, he argues patients should be going to hospitals sooner and that medical professionals could use a small device you clip on your fingertip, called a pulse oximeter, to help detect the virus earlier by revealing oxygenation problems and elevated heart rates. "A pulse oximeter is just a measure of identifying how well the lungs are working, and, I believe, can be basically an early warning system…
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Portugal Leads the Way: How European Countries Fared in Their Treatment of Refugees
Ramzy Baroud, Romana Rubeo | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-04
As soon as the COVID-19 pandemic began spreading its tentacles throughout China and eventually to the rest of the world, the World Health Organization (WHO), along with other international groups, sounded the alarm that refugees and migrants are particularly vulnerable to the deadly disease.
counterpunch.org/2020/05/04/portugal-lea…

WHO should debunk 'conspiracy theorist' Pompeo with independent Covid-19 probe, says German politician
rt.com | 2020-05-04
Leading member of Germany's Green Party Jàºrgen Trittin called on the World Health Organization to investigate the origins of the coronavirus so as to counter 'conspiracy theorists' such as the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. | Trittin reacted on Monday to claims by the top US diplomat that there was "enormous evidence" the Covid-19 pathogen originated in a Chinese laboratory, calling Pompeo a "conspiracy theorist" and demanding a WHO-led independent probe to clear the air. | Verschwà∂rungstheoretikern wie @SecPompeo und seinen Unters…
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Lenin on Democracy and Dictatorship & its relevance for our time
Eugene E Ruyle | indybay.org | 2020-05-04
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Former top officials in Bernie Sanders campaign form super PAC to back Joe Biden
WSWS Repost | indybay.org | 2020-05-04
With the Democratic Party uniting to promote Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders holds his nose to let his supporters build a super PAC.
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/05/02/1883277…

"It's Very Scary": COVID Surges in Meat Plants as Activists Demand Worker Safety & Meatless Mondays
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-05-04
At least 20 workers at meat processing plants have died from COVID-19, and around 5,000 have tested positive, but President Trump invoked an executive order to bar local governments from closing meat plants. We hear from meat plant workers and organizers about conditions during the pandemic and speak with Sindy Benavides, CEO of the League of United Latin American Citizens, which is supporting the workers with a virtual town hall on food worker safety with presumptive Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and calling for Meatless May Mondays.
www.democracynow.org/2020/5/4/covid_19_m…

Selected Articles: If We Want to Return to Normal, We Have to Fix the Policy
Global Research News | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-04
Trump's Virtual Town Hall: A Vehicle for Deception, Finger-Pointing and Threats | By Stephen Lendman, May 04 2020 | On Sunday, Trump was his usual congenital lying self, falsely boasting to viewers that he's…
globalresearch.ca/selected-articles-if-w…

Al-Nujaba distributed Subsistence packages in Palestine
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-04
TEHRAN, May 04 (MNA)

'She is a Disaster': Trump Backs Ilhan Omar's Opponent in US House of Representatives' Elections
sputniknews.com | 2020-05-04
The US president claimed that Ilhan Omar is looking to increase taxes and that she hates the US military and veterans, as he delivered his endorsement via social media.
sputniknews.com/us/202005041079194834-sh…

This is what anti-imperialism looks like: Call for posters
Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-05-04
Art and anti-imperialism | In the small French commune of Vallauris sits a 14th century chapel. On its walls, Spanish socialist painter Pablo Picasso created one of his largest murals

Global audience for WSWS International Online 2020 May Day Rally
wsws.org | 2020-05-04
Speakers from 11 countries advanced a socialist program in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/04/rall…

What Should Socialists Do in November?
Bhaskar Sunkara | thenation.com | 2020-05-04
What Should Socialists Do in November?
thenation.com/article/politics/socialist…

On the Brink of Starvation: COVID-19 and the Global Food Chain with Raj Patel
www.speakoutsocialists | indybay.org | 2020-05-04

This is an online townhall. For links and information on how to join the Zoom call visit here: | speakoutsocialists.org/townhall-05-09-20…
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/05/04/1883281…

'Belongs in the Hague': Online Disgust Follows Glowing Praise for George W. Bush's Covid-19 Message
Andrea Germanos | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-04
George W. Bush's record in office became the subject of numerous tweets after a video message released Saturday from the former president elicited praise from some Democrats. | . | . | . | Good morning. George W Bush belongs in The Hague. |

This week in history: May 4-10
wsws.org | 2020-05-04
25 years ago: 104 killed in South African mine disasterOn May 10, 1994, 104 miners were killed in the Vaal Reefs gold mine in Orkney, one of South Africa's largest gold mines. The elevator bringing the miners to the surface of the mile-deep mine was crushed by an underground train which had fallen down the shaft. The two-story elevator at Vaal Reefs was compressed into one by the force of the collision. The majority of the miners killed were immigrants from Mozambique, Lesotho and Botswana.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/04/twih…

Tamil detainee speaks out from Christmas Island
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2020-05-04
Refugees & migrants Chris SleeIssue 1264 Australia Chrismas islandMay 4, 2020Priya, a Tamil refugee detained on Christmas Island, was the featured speaker at a Zoom "digital rally" organised by the Tamil Refugee Council on May 2. | Until 26 months ago, Priya live…
greenleft.org.au/content/tamil-detainee-…

Why Julian Assange Must Urgently be Freed: Stella Morris
Stella Moris | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-04
Julian and I have two little boys. Since becoming a mother, I have been …
globalresearch.ca/why-julian-assange-mus…

Julian Assange's Dad Says 'We Won Today' as Judge Agrees Extradition Hearings Begin in September
sputniknews.com | 2020-05-04
John Shipton, Julian Assange's 74-year-old father, has expressed his relief over the fact that his son's substantive extradition hearings will restart in September 2020 after previous options were deemed to be untenable by both the prosecution and the defence.
sputniknews.com/news/202005041079192034-…

Protesters block HS2 building sites amid ongoing coronavirus lockdown
Peadar O'Cearnaigh | thecanary.co | 2020-05-04
Activists protesting the continued construction of the HS2 high-speed railway have blocked access to building sites in London and Warwickshire. A group called HS2 Rebellion is protesting construction work continuing amid the coronavirus crisis. It's also protesting the environmental damage this project is doing to "our ancient woodlands". The group claims this work is non-essential and it's putting the lives of workers and their families at risk.Furthermore it believes the money spent on this project would be better spent on…
thecanary.co/uk/news/2020/05/04/proteste…

Uruguay: May First Feminist Manifesto
Women's and Feminist Collectives of Uruguay | zcomm.org | 2020-05-04
The exit from this crisis must be feminist, migrant, plurinational, anti-patriarchal, anti-racist, anti-prison, anti-capitalist, anti-extractivist and anti-fascist…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/uruguay-may-first-…

Venezuelan Armed Forces Neutralize Colombian Paramilitary Incursion on Coast of La Guaira
Alberto Lovera | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-04
At dawn this Sunday, the Venezuelan state security forces neutralized a paramilitary incursion from Colombia on the coast of La Guaira, reported the Minister of People's Power for Interior, Justice and Peace, Nestor Reverol. | "They tried to carry out | …
globalresearch.ca/paramilitary-incursion…

Four Dead in Ohio
Frank Joyce | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-04
If you are old enough, you will recognize that snippet from a song by Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. If not, I am here to tell you that on May 4, 1970, four students were shot to death by members of the Ohio National Guard on the campus of Kent State University in Ohio. Nine others were wounded. | The students weren't doing anything wrong. Actually, they were doing something right. They were peacefully assembled to protest the U.S. war on Viet Nam, Laos, and Cambodia. They were part of an eruption of nationwide campus protests that followed President Nixon's announcement that the United States had launched a bom…
counterpunch.org/2020/05/04/four-dead-in…

Governor Unveils Innovative 37-Step Plan to Reopen State Over the Next 10 Years
The Babylon Bee | anti-empire.com | 2020-05-04
With many Americans eager to get back to work, state governors across the country are responding with their plans for giving everyone permission to be normal human beings again. One state governor is enjoying universal acclaim after unveiling his own innovative plan for getting his state reopened. | The new plan is called 'Our Vision for Health, Safety, Virtue, and Eternal Peace' and is a 37-step, 10-year plan for slowly opening up sections of the state economy. It reads as follows: | Form an exploratory committee to consult various experts on reopening things | Set date to hear recommendations from the explor…
anti-empire.com/governor-unveils-innovat…

The COVID-19 Crisis Profoundly Exposes African Americans to the Scourge of Poverty and Racism
Azhar Azam | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-04
They live below the poverty level. They are prison inmates in large numbers. They are most likely to be killed by the police, a longstanding grievance that originated the Black Lives Matter (BTM) movement to protest against police killing and | …
globalresearch.ca/covid-19-profoundly-ex…

Fifty years since the massacre of students at Kent State
wsws.org | 2020-05-04
The killing of four students by National Guard soldiers touched off an unprecedented national wave of antiwar protests involving millions of youth.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/04/kent…

Protesters in London Take Part in Group Hug in Defiance of Lockdown. The Po-Po Gets on Their Case
LoadHelp | anti-empire.com | 2020-05-04
The crowd outside New Scotland Yard, close to the Houses of Parliament, were seen hugging each other as others held signs reading: "My body, my choice." | Another at the protest in central London on Saturday afternoon held a sign saying: "No more lockdown." | Around 20 people appeared to be in the crowd, which included young children. | Police told the protesters to go home before arresting a man who did not comply. Gatherings of any sort are banned under the UK's rules to slow the sp…
anti-empire.com/protesters-in-london-tak…

Fifty Years Later, the Gunfire at Kent State Still Echoes through America
Michael Winship | commondreams.org | 2020-05-04
Today's pandemic alters our tradition of protest and dissent.
commondreams.org/views/2020/05/04/fifty-…

Top engineer quits Amazon in protest over firings of Covid-19 whistleblower employees
rt.com | 2020-05-04
Vice-president and top engineer at Amazon Web Services Tim Bray has resigned in protest over the firings of workers, mainly from minorities, who complained over conditions at the company's warehouses during the Covid-19 pandemic. | "I quit in dismay at Amazon firing whistleblowers who were making noise about warehouse employees frightened of Covid-19," Bray wrote in an open letter titled 'Bye, Amazon' which he posted on his personal blog. His last day at the company was May 1. | Bray admitted working with…
rt.com/usa/487734-amazon-vp-quits-corona…

Ignorance Is Brewing a Second Wave of Covid-19
Paul Craig Roberts | thealtworld.com | 2020-05-04
A number of Americans are discrediting freedom by the irresponsible way they are acting in its name. I have in mind those attending in closely packed crowds "freedom rallies" in protest against social distancing, closedowns, and whatever else authorities are doing in the effort to lower the infection rate in order that steps can be taken toward reopening. I have in mind also those in dense crowds protesting closure of California beaches. If there are infected persons among these protesters, the consequence of the protesters will be to spread the virus and delay any reopening of economy and beaches. | Those who ar…
thealtworld.com/paul_craig_roberts/ignor…

Knock, Knock. We're From the Government, and We Want Your Family's Blood
Adam Dick | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-04
Talk about creepy. The Georgia Department of Public Health has announced that it, the United Sates Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and county health boards are together sending teams of government agents to randomly selected homes in two …
globalresearch.ca/knock-knock-were-from-…

Spy Plane Resumes Flights Over Baltimore Amid COVID-19
Staff | therealnews.com | 2020-05-04
The expensive aerial surveillance program won't help heavily disinvested Baltimore, say Ceasefire co-founder Erricka Bridgeford and author Brandon Soderberg.
therealnews.com/stories/spy-plane-aerial…

Devastating fire in South Korea kills at least 38 workers
wsws.org | 2020-05-04
The government and big business will do nothing to address safety and the working conditions that led to this latest disaster.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/04/skor…

David vs. Goliath: How Poorer Nations Can Fight for Their Interests
Andrey Areshev | strategic-culture.org | 2020-05-04
I thought I was winning, landing punch after punch, but then I was hit by a surprise left hook, and hit the canvas… intellectually speaking. In a debate segment a little while back I was arguing with a gent who was sure that the only way for smaller countries like Iran, North Korea and Pakistan to stand up to U.S. pressure was to use international "justice". For him this was something to the effect of going to the UN and trying to punish Washington with lawyers, courts and bureaucracy for its international bullying. The natural response to such flagrant naivete were my arguments like… | "Just who put together…
strategic-culture.org/news/2020/05/04/da…

The COVID-19 pandemic: A trigger event in world history
wsws.org | 2020-05-04
We are publishing here the text of the opening report to the 2020 International Online May Day Rally delivered by David North.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/04/dave…

Does Weaponizing a Pandemic and Blaming China "Make America Great Again"?
Kim Petersen | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-04
United States president Donald Trump is proud of the US effort against COVID-19. In his 1 May remarks on protecting America's seniors, he said, | Through aggressive actions and the devotion of our doctors and nurses, however, we have held our | …
globalresearch.ca/does-weaponizing-pande…

Will the pandemic hasten the demise of capitalism?
Albert Bender | peoplesworld.org | 2020-05-04
The U.S. economy is collapsing by leaps and bounds. By the latest figures, over 30 million workers have applied for unemployment benefits in the past six weeks. Many economists are predicting a depression that will far surpass the Great Depression of the 1930s. The lines of cars at food banks stretching for miles are surreal enough …
peoplesworld.org/article/will-the-pandem…

Rural America Needs a Real COVID-19 Response
Gloria Oladipo | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-04
As the COVID-19 pandemic spreads, many rural communities are in a uniquely difficult position. According to Kaiser Health News, nearly 80 percent of rural America is categorized as a "medical desert," meaning the nearest hospital is more than 60 minutes away. These hospitals are also much harder pressed to come up with ventilators and personal…
counterpunch.org/2020/05/04/rural-americ…

Tourism collapse threatens Pacific islands with deepening poverty
wsws.org | 2020-05-04
In preparation for social unrest as their economies collapse, many Pacific island governments are using the COVID-19 pandemic to impose authoritarian measures.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/04/paci…

Austria lifts most measures to counter coronavirus pandemic
wsws.org | 2020-05-04
Despite the continuing spread of COVID-19 throughout Europe, the government has adopted a pioneering "easing policy," posing a deadly risk for hundreds of thousands of people.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/04/aust…

Colombia's ELN rebels have 'no offensive plans,' during coronavirus crisis
Adriaan Alsema | colombiareports.com | 2020-05-04
Colombia's ELN rebels will adopt a defensive strategy during the coronavirus pandemic, according to the guerrilla group's leadership, which urged a bilateral ceasefire. In an interview with Caracol Radio, former…
colombiareports.com/colombias-eln-rebels…

None of us is safe until we all are, says UN chief at EU push to end COVID-19 pandemic
news.un.org | 2020-05-04
The "most massive public health effort in history" is needed to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic, the UN chief said on Monday, addressing a European Union pledging conference in Brussels.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2020/05/1…

Modi government punishes officials for urging increased taxation of rich to fight coronavirus
wsws.org | 2020-05-04
Even as India's workers and toilers face the COVID-19 pandemic and mass hunger, the Modi government is opposed to imposing even one additional rupee of tax upon the capitalist elite.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/04/intx…

America is Exceptional…In Some of the Worst Ways
Sonali Kolhatkar | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-04
"America First," has been a pronouncement of pride for President Donald Trump and millions of his supporters. Today they have gotten their wish as the United States leads the world ≠ during a global deadly pandemic, racing well past other nations in the numbers of COVID-19 infections and deaths. It may not be the "first place"
counterpunch.org/2020/05/04/america-is-e…

Beware the Pentagon's Pandemic Profiteers
Mandy Smithberger | zcomm.org | 2020-05-04
Hasn't the Military-Industrial Complex Taken Enough of Our Money?>…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/beware-the-pentago…

Millions of Americans cannot pay their rent
wsws.org | 2020-05-04
On May 1, millions of Americans were not able to pay their rent due to the dire social crisis sparked by the COVID-19 pandemic, opening up a housing crisis in which many working class families face a future of debt, eviction and homelessness.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/04/rent…

Beware the Pentagon's pandemic profiteers
Mandy Smithberger | nationofchange.org | 2020-05-04
Hasn't the military-industrial complex taken enough of our money?>…
nationofchange.org/2020/05/04/beware-the…

Furloughed workers face hunger in New Jersey, America's second-wealthiest state
wsws.org | 2020-05-04
The shuttering of workplaces in New Jersey, an epicenter of the pandemic, has forced workers with little savings to join mile-long lines for food assistance.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/04/newj…

ILO: Nearly half of all world's workers may lose their jobs due to COVID-19 pandemic
Eds. | mronline.org | 2020-05-04
In the absence of strong support measures by governments across the world, the estimated loss of mostly informal jobs would result in rising poverty, starvation and inequality, an ILO report says.
mronline.org/2020/05/04/ilo-nearly-half-…

30 million jobs lost so far, but many workers can't access unemployment benefits
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2020-05-04
WASHINGTON–Another 3.84 million people filed for jobless benefits nationwide in the prior week, the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced on April 30. That shoots the actual number of jobless due to closures caused by the coronavirus pandemic to over 30 million. The Economic Policy Institute warns that 30 million total may actually be an undercount. …
peoplesworld.org/article/30-million-jobs…

Young Communists lead jobs drive in Vietnam for the unemployed
Morning Star | peoplesworld.org | 2020-05-04
More than 10,000 people have found work in Vietnam's capital Hanoi thanks to a Communist-led initiative for students and young people whose jobs are most vulnerable due to the coronavirus pandemic. Led by the Hanoi section of the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union (HCYU), working alongside the Hanoi Students' Association and the Hanoi Youth …
peoplesworld.org/article/young-communist…

US-UK trade deal negotiations start today when government stretched to limit
graham | truepublica.org.uk | 2020-05-04
UK ministers are to start trade deal talks with the United States today, with Britain issuing the order to start formal negotiation despite the coronavirus pandemic that is stretching every government department to the limits. The first round of the talks will be held between UK International Trade Secretary Liz Truss and U.S. Trade Representative …
truepublica.org.uk/united-kingdom/us-uk-trade-deal-negotiations-start-today-when-government-stretched-to-limit/

America's Long War… Family Stories from Ground Zero, by a New Generation of Filmmakers
Barbara Nimri Aziz | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-04
For two decades now, following U.S. invasions of Afghanistan, then Iraq, and as we approach ten years of upheaval in Syria and five in Yemen, interpretation of these wars has been the domain of western observers– journalists, occupying soldiers, and …
globalresearch.ca/family-stories-from-gr…

Why Foreign Interventionism?
Jacob G. Hornberger | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-04
What is the point of U.S. foreign interventionism? | Why are U.S. troops killing and dying in faraway countries like Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, and Somalia? | Why does the U.S. government have 165,000 troops stationed in more than 150 foreign countries? | Why …
globalresearch.ca/why-foreign-interventi…

ASOS warehouse workers: Lives versus corporate profit in the UK
wsws.org | 2020-05-04
The struggle by ASOS workers has demonstrated that they cannot rely on the local authority, state bodies or the unions for protection.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/04/asos…

You Can't Make Me
Matthew Cable | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-04
You can't make me vote for Biden Four years after Trump's infamous comments about grabbing women "by the pussy," Democratic voters have been put in a strange position. After making hay of this comment for years, particularly after the numerous allegations of sexual assault against the president, our party leadership

US Push for "Low-yield Nukes" Makes Nuclear War More Likely as Russia Will Retaliate with Full Force, Moscow Says
Nebojsa Malic | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-04
The US State Department's case for tactical nuclear weapons is a case study in psychological projection not seen since the darkest days of the Cold War and its ever-present threat of world-ending atomic holocaust. | Back in February, the Pentagon announced | …
globalresearch.ca/us-push-low-yield-nuke…

The Fukushima Nuclear Disaster and Civil Actions as a Social Movement
Prof. Paul Jobin | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-04
Like the many industrial disasters that have marked the history of modern and contemporary Japan, the nuclear disaster of March 2011 resulted in much litigation. By the ninth anniversary of the catastrophe in 2020, nearly four hundred individual civil actions, …
globalresearch.ca/fukushima-nuclear-disa…

Hybrid War flashback: the Deeper Roots of Chinese Demonizatio
Andrey Areshev | strategic-culture.org | 2020-05-04
Hegel saw history moving east to west

Cults and Bioterrorism: A Toxic Duo
Wayne Madsen | thealtworld.com | 2020-05-04
Although there is no recent history of nation-states propagating biological warfare attacks, there is a history of dangerous religious cults being involved in preparing for or carrying out them. | Far right-wingers in the United States and other countries are pushing the propaganda line that China was somehow involved in the creation or spread of the Covid-19 virus, formally known as SARS [Severe acute respiratory syndrome]-CoV-2, to the rest of the world either deliberately or from an accidental release from the Wuhan Institute of Virology. Although nation-states have, over the decades, conducted research on and…
thealtworld.com/wayne_madsen/cults-and-b…

Cults and Bioterrorism: A Toxic Duo
Andrey Areshev | strategic-culture.org | 2020-05-04
Far right-wingers in the United States and other countries are pushing the propaganda line that China was somehow involved in the creation or spread of the Covid-19 virus, formally known as SARS [Severe acute respiratory syndrome]-CoV-2, to the rest of the world either deliberately or from an accidental release from the Wuhan Institute of Virology. Although nation-states have, over the decades, conducted research on and produced biological warfare weapons, there is no recent documented proof of a government being engaged in the widespread release of a biological warfare agent to cause maximum deaths. The 1972 Con…
strategic-culture.org/news/2020/05/04/cu…

COVID-19: US Blames China to Cover Up Its Own Failures
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-05-04
Newsclick's Prabir Purkayastha explains why China and other Asian countries were more equipped to handle the crisis and the role they played in the development of testing kits. He also analyses the blame game by the US and punctures claims US authorities have been making about China.
peoplesdispatch.org/2020/05/04/covid-19-…

Scuttling New START: Trump's China Distraction
Binoy Kampmark | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-04
"If we want to preserve strategic stability using arms control as a counterpart of that, as a tool in that toolkit, then China should be in as well."

Trump and Pompeo's "big lie"
wsws.org | 2020-05-04
Knowing that its policy will lead to a rapid growth in fatalities, the White House is preparing a narrative to argue that whatever happens, it is China's fault.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/04/pers…

China Calls for Closing All U.S. Deep-State Bioweapons Laboratories in Former USSR Countries
Joaquin Flores | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-04
As countries have openly begun to utilize their military structures in fighting the coronavirus in programs intended to guard against biological warfare, Chinese authorities have come out in support the official position of Russia and considers it dangerous that there …
globalresearch.ca/china-calls-closing-al…

The Deeper Historical Roots of Chinese Demonization
Pepe Escobar | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-04
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

Crushing the States, Saving the Banks: the Fed's Generous New Rules
Ellen Brown | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-04
Congress seems to be at war with the states. Only $150 billion of its nearly $3 trillion coronavirus relief package

An Ethical Imperative: the Visionary "Impossible" in the Northern Rockies
Joseph Scalia III | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-04
We are rapidly dismantling the biological and aesthetic integrity of the entire planet, and can't pretend any longer that small and compromised efforts can fix our threatened condition. Yet pretending is exactly what the widespread and celebrated "collaboration and compromise" model of resolving conservation disputes does. That model's practitioners dismiss those who speak up for…
counterpunch.org/2020/05/04/an-ethical-i…

A Lawless President Confronts an Untrustworthy Intelligence Community
Jefferson Morley | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-04
"There is no 'deep state'–not in the conspiratorial way that Donald Trump uses the term," writes David Rohde, a Pulitzer Prize-winning foreign correspondent, in his new book, In Deep: The FBI, the CIA and the Truth about America's "Deep State."
counterpunch.org/2020/05/04/a-lawless-pr…

Lingg's Autobiography: An Overlooked Haymarket Confession?
Timothy Messer-Kruse | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-04
While Lingg hid out on the southwest side of the city after the Haymarket bombing, police forced the door to his room and in a steamer trunk engraved with the initials "L.L." found a stack of letters, pamphlets, and newspapers, a loaded Remington rifle, a coil of fuse, and a round lead bomb, about the size of a softball, stuffed into an old grey sock. A bucket under Lingg's bed contained greasy sawdust that was later taken out to the lakefront, lit, and from the ensuing blast determined to be dynamite. Next to the dynamite bucket was a tin lunch pail filled with four pipe bombs, two loaded. In a washstand were a…
counterpunch.org/2020/05/04/linggs-autob…

Landscape Amnesia and the Deschutes River
George Wuerthner | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-04
I took a run along the Deschutes River in Bend's Riverbend Park the other day. The one thing I noticed is that the river is nearly opaque. You can see down maybe 2 feet, but no more. Why? Because the river was being flooded by water releases from an upstream reservoir to serve downstream irrigated…
counterpunch.org/2020/05/04/landscape-am…

Not Trusting that Department of Ed: Looking to Higher Ed Relief via States
Greg Moses | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-04
Reeling from last week's attacks on Harvard and Stanford that bullied those schools and others into refusing federal relief allocated to their most needy students, the Young Invincibles this week released an open letter asking the schools to reconsider. The "Open Letter to College and University Leaders" argues that all schools…
counterpunch.org/2020/05/04/not-trusting…

Only the Poor Starve: Hunger in the Time of Covid-19
Graham Peebles | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-04
In addition to the global health crisis and the coming worldwide economic collapse, Covid-19 is fuelling a humanitarian crisis. The World Food Program (WFP) warns that, "millions of civilians living in conflict-scarred nations, including many women and children, face being pushed to the brink of starvation, with the spectre of famine a very real and dangerous possibility."
counterpunch.org/2020/05/04/only-the-poo…

A Death Sentence for Meatpackers
Jill Richardson | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-04
Meat processing plants are high risk for spreading COVID-19, and many are shutting down. Animals due for processing have nowhere to go, and they are being culled. Workers there aren't treated a great deal better. I've interviewed one meatpacker who worked at a pork plant, years ago. He told me he was recruited with promises…
counterpunch.org/2020/05/04/a-death-sent…

Shed No Tears for CEOs with Sinking Share Prices
Sam Pizzigati | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-04
Sometimes calendars can be cruel. A regularly reoccurring event can suddenly reoccur at a most inopportune moment. Just ask Ronald Rittenmeyer, the chief executive of Tenet Healthcare, a for-profit colossus that runs 65 hospitals and over 500 smaller care centers across the country. Every spring about this time, the Dallas-based Tenet files its required annual…
counterpunch.org/2020/05/04/shed-no-tear…

The Anatomy of a Failing University
David Schultz | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-04
American universities are failing. They are private or public schools. They could be religiously-affiliated or not. They could be in the east, west, north, or south of the United States. They traditionally emphasized liberal arts. They are facing an enrollment and budget crunch for several years, seeing that the declining number of eighteen-year-olds in the coming years poses an existential threat. It has a modest endowment. It is not an elite school. It is a school like the one that many professors teach at. It was failing before Covid-19. It may not be around in five years. Wirth COVID-19, it may be around even…
counterpunch.org/2020/05/04/the-anatomy-…

Coronavirus and Saudi Arabia's "Soft Power". Will This Year's Hajj be Cancelled? "Pilgrims bring in Billions of Dollars…"
Mohammad Reza Mohammadi | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-04
Today, the tourism industry is considered as one of the important sources of the soft power of countries in promoting and disseminating its material and spiritual attractions to attract other nations of the world. Saudi Arabia is known as a …
globalresearch.ca/coronavirus-consequenc…

'The Industry Chose to Protect Billions of Dollars a Year in Its Own Profit' – CounterSpin interview with Sriram Madhusoodanan on fossil fuel accountability
Janine Jackson | fair.org | 2020-05-04
The April 24, 2020, episode of CounterSpin included an archived interview with Sriram Madhusoodanan about fossil fuel accountability, which originally aired August 2, 2019. This is a lightly edited transcript. | Media…
fair.org/home/the-industry-chose-to-prot…

Crushing the States, Saving the Banks: The Fed's Generous New Rules
Ellen Brown | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-05-04
Congress seems to be at war with the states. Only $150 billion of its nearly $3 trillion coronavirus relief package

IMF agrees to lend Colombia $10.8B to combat coronavirus crisis
Adriaan Alsema | colombiareports.com | 2020-05-04
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) agreed to extend a $10.8 billion flexible credit line (FCL) to Colombia's central bank to bolster its reserves while coping with the economic impact of…
colombiareports.com/imf-agrees-to-lend-c…

Crushing the States, Saving the Banks: The Fed's Generous New Rules
Ellen Brown | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-04
Congress seems to be at war with the states. Only $150 billion of its nearly $3 trillion coronavirus relief package

Video: The Coronavirus Crisis: A Plea to Pause and Ponder
Dr. Chandra Muzaffar | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-04
A Sharing by Dr. Chandra Muzaffar, President, International Movement for a Just World (JUST), Research Associate of the Centre for Research on Globalization (CRG) | Recorded on May 1, 2020 | . | * | Note to readers: please click the share …
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Faced with coronavirus, the most effective health system is one focused on prevention
Eds. | mronline.org | 2020-05-04
"You really are the men and women who do everything eh, you people!" That was the reaction of an 88-year-old patient when she received a phone call from one of our Medicine for the People (MPLP) volunteer workers or staff in mid-March.
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The Impact of COVID-19 on Africa. The Case of Somalia
Dr. Bischara A. Egal | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-04
"We now live in a nation where doctors destroy health, lawyers destroy justice, universities destroy knowledge, governments destroy freedom, the press destroys information, religion destroys morals, and our banks destroy the economy".

The Politics of the coronavirus conjuncture in Ireland
John Reynolds | mronline.org | 2020-05-04
The election in Ireland in early February marked a clear acceleration of the country's ongoing left turn over recent years. Then came the virus.
mronline.org/2020/05/04/the-politics-of-…

Trump White House steps up return to work drive
wsws.org | 2020-05-04
The recent surge in coronavirus cases and deaths heralds even greater suffering by the population as states continue to reopen.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/04/covi…

Think tank sees coronavirus crisis as "opportunity" for German militarism
wsws.org | 2020-05-04
The German Council on Foreign Relations calls for a "comprehensive conflict strategy" in order to emerge "even stronger" from the crisis.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/04/mili…

Trump says "safe to re-open" as infection and death rates soar
John Wojcik | peoplesworld.org | 2020-05-04
President Trump on Sunday told Americans it is safe for states to re-open even as the number of infected and dead continues to rise rapidly across the country. When the president made his remarks, the death toll from the coronavirus had passed 67,000 and the total number of infections approached 1.2 million. The CDC itself …
peoplesworld.org/article/trump-says-safe…

UK Nightingale field hospitals to be "mothballed" as coronavirus death toll reaches 28,446
wsws.org | 2020-05-04
The new Nightingale facilities were meant to provide overflow capacity to overwhelmed hospitals, but patients have been turned away due to a lack of suitable equipment or staff.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/04/nigh…

Unreliable COVID-19 "Estimates"in Virginia: Increase in "Testing Numbers" Attributable to Change in "Counting Methodology": Health Officials
Kate Masters | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-04
Officials with the Virginia Department of Health abruptly announced Friday that they were changing their methodology for reporting the number of COVID-19 tests conducted in Virginia. | The announcement came after data on the state's coronavirus surveillance page appeared to show …
globalresearch.ca/increase-virginia-test…

Inmates at Michigan prisons exposed to COVID-19 in unsanitary conditions
wsws.org | 2020-05-04
As of May 2, almost 2,000 inmates have tested positive with 41 prisoners succumbing to the coronavirus.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/04/mich…

An Examination of Britain's Coronavirus Strategy and its Corresponding Propaganda
Felix Collins | zcomm.org | 2020-05-04
It is somewhat reassuring to see the ineffectiveness of some elements of Britain's propaganda campaigns, but its scope, reality and consequences are disturbing…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/an-examination-of-…

West Australian principal stood down for warning of coronavirus dangers in schools
wsws.org | 2020-05-04
The victimisation of Bronwyn White is a warning that the reopening of schools is being accompanied by the suppression of opposition.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/04/west…

Restarting Colombia's economy take 2: regional reactivation
Adriaan Alsema | colombiareports.com | 2020-05-04
President Ivan Duque is planning a second push to restart Colombia's economy, this time allowing the reactivation of normal economic activity in regions where the virus hasn't spread. A first…
colombiareports.com/restarting-colombias…

Hunger stalks the land: Parents skipping meals to feed their kids
Ellen Knickmeyer, Jacquelyn Martin | peoplesworld.org | 2020-05-04
WASHINGTON (AP)–When all this started–when the coronavirus began stalking humanity like an animal hunting prey, when she and her husband lost their restaurant jobs overnight as the world shut down to hide, when she feared not being able to feed her family–Janeth went outside with a red kitchen towel. It was Passover. Her pastor had …
peoplesworld.org/article/hunger-stalks-t…

The narco history of Colombia's security forces | Part 1: Santa Marta
Adriaan Alsema | colombiareports.com | 2020-05-04
Colombia's security forces been involved in the drug trade since the beginning. On the Caribbean coast, cops began extorting marijuana traders in the 1960s and ended up being their enforcers….
colombiareports.com/the-narco-history-of…

Hezbollah and The Government of Lebanon
Elijah J. Magnier | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-04
The current government in Lebanon is challenging its politicians with the accusation of having supported the corrupt political and financial system for at least three decades. These politicians accuse Hezbollah, claiming that it is responsible for this corruption. And indeed, …
globalresearch.ca/hezbollah-great-satan/…

Colorado Bans Cruel Wildlife-killing Contests

| globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-04
The Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission voted yesterday to ban wildlife-killing contests for various furbearing and small game species in the state. Colorado is the sixth state to prohibit these cruel events. | When it goes into effect on June 30, | …
globalresearch.ca/colorado-bans-cruel-wi…

"Homeland Defense" and the Militarisation of America
Frank Morales | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-04
The document states that although "the Founding Fathers' hesitancy to raise a standing army & their desire to render the military subordinate to civilian authority" is "rooted in the Constitution," "exceptions to the restrictions on employment of federal armed forces to assist state & local authorities are grounded in the Constitution…"
globalresearch.ca/homeland-defense-and-t…

Likud Files Knesset Bill to Annex Occupied Palestinian Territories
The Palestinian Information Center | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-04
Member of the Knesset May Golan (Likud) on Sunday submitted a bill calling for imposing Israel's sovereignty on the occupied territories of the Jordan Valley, the northern Dead Sea area and the West Bank. | According to Israel's Channel 7, economy …
globalresearch.ca/likud-files-knesset-bi…

The 'White Makes Right' Continuance
Philip A Farruggio | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-04
In September of 1962 James Meredith, a 28 Year old Air Force veteran, and proud black man, enrolled in the segregated University of Mississippi. All hell literally broke loose. In David Talbot's great look at the Kennedy years, aptly entitled …
globalresearch.ca/white-makes-right-cont…

Right-Wing Think Tanks Using Covid-19 To Push War with Iran
Sarah Lazare | zcomm.org | 2020-05-04
Amid an unprecedented global crisis, the self-declared "guardians of order" see an opening to push for more war, death and destruction…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/right-wing-think-t…

'A Bomb in the Center of the Climate Movement'
Bill McKibben | zcomm.org | 2020-05-04
Michael Moore Damages Our Most Important Goal…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/a-bomb-in-the-cent…

Tennessee health commissioner blocks release of data on likely COVID-19 deaths
wsws.org | 2020-05-04
Tennessee Department of Health Commissioner Lisa Piercey has refused to release figures on "probable" deaths where symptoms were present but no test was done.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/04/tenn…

UK government preparing to fight negligence claims over NHS staff deaths
graham | truepublica.org.uk | 2020-05-04
Over a month ago, TruePublica published an article that exposed the downgrading of COVID-19 as a dangerous infectious disease, known as a 'High Consequence Infectious Disease' (HCID) by the government. It was a mystery to some why the government would choose to do this against other infectious diseases that have killed very few. Indeed, one …
truepublica.org.uk/united-kingdom/uk-government-preparing-to-fight-negligence-claims-over-nhs-staff-deaths/

Canadian workers speak out against lack of protective equipment in health facilities
wsws.org | 2020-05-04
Hospitals are rationing masks even for frontline health workers treating COVID-19 patients.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/04/inte…

FBI Documents Hint at Israeli Collusion with 2016 Trump Campaign
Alison Weir | mintpressnews.com | 2020-05-04
Previously sealed FBI documents indicate close contacts between Israel and the Trump campaign and that the Mueller investigation found evidence of Israeli involvement, but largely redacted it.
mintpressnews.com/fbi-documents-israel-c…

'Working Man' film an important contribution toward understanding today's American proletariat
Eric A. Gordon | peoplesworld.org | 2020-05-04
peoplesworld.org/article/working-man-fil…

Only the poor starve: Hunger in the time of COVID
Graham Peebles | nationofchange.org | 2020-05-04
The World Food Program (WFP) warns that, "millions of civilians living in conflict-scarred nations, including many women and children, face being pushed to the brink of starvation, with the spectra of famine a very real and dangerous possibility."
nationofchange.org/2020/05/04/only-the-p…

Bernie urges Treasury Secretary to clarify PPP loan forgiveness
Andrew Emett | nationofchange.org | 2020-05-04
nationofchange.org/2020/05/04/bernie-urg…

Shock Doctrine: The McConnell Method
Robert L. Borosage | thenation.com | 2020-05-04
Shock Doctrine: The McConnell Method…
thenation.com/article/politics/mcconnell…

Government proposals examine how office life could look post-lockdown
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-05-04
Reduced hot-desking, the closure of office lifts and canteens, and putting tape on the floor to mark where people should stand are among measures being proposed by the government to get people back to work.Draft documents from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), seen by the BBC and the Financial Times, say extra cleaning should be introduced in office spaces and the use of protective equipment should be considered where maintaining a distance of two metres between workers is not possible.For workers who have customer-facing roles, plastic screens should be erected to help protect t…
thecanary.co/uk/news/2020/05/04/governme…

Dear Lockdown Enthusiasts, Science Isn't What You Think It Is
Rob Lyons | anti-empire.com | 2020-05-04
According to David Blunkett, a former senior cabinet minister in Tony Blair's governments, attempts to have a blanket lockdown on the over-70s are discriminatory. He believes that the current 'shielding' rules are too crude and need to be more nuanced. Whatever the merits of his ideas, his comments on the scientific advice that the government is receiving are interesting. | Speaking on BBC Radio 4's The World at One on 28 April, Blunkett argued that the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) has a problem. Drawing on Matthew Syed's book, Rebel…
anti-empire.com/there-is-no-such-thing-a…

Is it safe to open schools?
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2020-05-04
Workers & unions Mary Merkenich David Linden and Vivian MessimerisIssue 1264 Australia COVID-19 schoolsMay 4, 2…
greenleft.org.au/content/it-safe-open-sc…

Reject Keneally's dog whistle politics on migrant workers
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2020-05-04
Green Left Pip HinmanIssue 1264 Australia Green Left Fighting Fund migrant workers ACTUMay 4, 2020While the Australian Council of Tr…
greenleft.org.au/content/reject-keneally…

Turkey may be Libya's supply chain leader in new normal
yenisafak.com | 2020-05-04
If positioned well, Turkey can be the leader in Libya's supply chain in the new normal, said a top business leader on Monday.Murtaza Karanfil, head of Foreign Economic Relations Board (DEIK) Turkey-Libya Business Council, underlined that countries that restarted production swiftly by combatting the COVID-19 outbreak will play a key role post-pandemic.Karanfil suggested that Turkey should improve its ability to respond quickly to demand and be ready for post-pandemic trade.Praising Turkey's steps to mitigate economic fallout and to stem the spread of the coronavirus, Karanfil said: "If we add the production strate…
yenisafak.com/en/news/turkey-may-be-liby…

Australia, New Zealand look to open borders
yenisafak.com | 2020-05-04
In a rare move, New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will attend Australia's national cabinet meeting on Tuesday through video conferencing to discuss progress in combating the coronavirus or COVID-19 pandemic and to re-establish international travel connections.Addressing a news briefing in Auckland

Turkey donates mechanical ventilators to Somalia
yenisafak.com | 2020-05-04
Turkey donated mechanical ventilators to Somalia to help in Mogadishu's efforts against the novel coronavirus pandemic, a senior Turkish official said on Monday.Turkish Industry and Technology Minister Mustafa Varank said the ventilators had become a "breath" for Somalia, with many low-income countries hard-pressed in treating COVID-19 due to medical equipment shortages.Ankara-based biotech firm BIOSYS began mass-producing a Turkish indigenous respirator last month with the support of technology firms Baykar, Arcelik and Aselsan. The first 100 devices have since been delivered and the production of 5,000 more is…
yenisafak.com/en/news/turkey-donates-mec…

UK: China has questions to answer over COVID-19
yenisafak.com | 2020-05-04
After everything gets back to normal, China will have some questions to answer, UK's defense secretary said on Monday, referring to the origin and spread of the coronavirus pandemic. | Responding to a question during a radio show on whether China had questions to answer over how speedily it made the world aware of the extent of the crisis, Ben Wallace said: "I think it does." | "The time for…
yenisafak.com/en/world/uk-china-has-ques…

China, Russia take advantage of virus emergency, US defense secretary says
yenisafak.com | 2020-05-04
Russia and China are taking advantage of the coronavirus emergency to put their interests forward in Europe, U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Monday, describing Chinese efforts to promote Huawei mobile phone network equipment as malign."(The United States) is aware that some (countries) will try to use the pandemic as a way to invest in critical industry and infrastructure, with effect on security in the long term," Esper told newspaper La Stampa, when asked whether China and Russia were trying to gain influence in Italy by sending aid."Potential opponents will almost certainly try to use their interest…
yenisafak.com/en/world/china-russia-take…

Syria: Rift opens up in Assad family, tycoon slams regime
yenisafak.com | 2020-05-04
Rami Makhlouf, a Syrian business tycoon and billionaire cousin of the head of the Syrian regime, Bashar al-Assad, has decried the practices of the regime security apparatus against his businesses.In a new video on his Facebook page, Makhlouf said regime security forces had arrested his employees in spite of "all the services that his companies have provided to those apparatuses".He pointed out that the regime asked him to distance himself from his companies and obey instructions, underlining his rejection of the regime's practices against his firms.Makhlouf, who has been labeled as the "artery of the regime's eco…
yenisafak.com/en/world/syria-rift-opens-…

Turkey quarantines 143 expats evacuated from S. Arabia
yenisafak.com | 2020-05-04
A total of 143 Turkish nationals, who were evacuated from Saudi Arabia, were placed under a 14-day quarantine on Monday to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus.The flight landed at Van Ferit Melen Airport in eastern Turkey and the group was placed in a dormitory after health checks.Upon the instruction of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and in coordination with the Foreign Ministry, Turkey repatriated nearly 25,000 citizens from 59 countries ahead of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.As of Sunday, Turkey registered a total of 3,397 deaths due to coronavirus whereas nearly 63,200 people have recovered from th…
yenisafak.com/en/news/turkey-quarantines…

Germany's Merkel pledges 525 million euros to global coronavirus vaccine hunt
yenisafak.com | 2020-05-04
"We will contribute 525 million euros directly to this pledging conference and we will also continue our obligations for global health overall with around 1.3 billion euros," Merkel said. ($1 = 0.9154 euros) Norway pledges $1 bln to vaccines against COVID-19, other diseasesNorway will give $1 billion to support the distribution worldwide of any vaccine developed against COVID-19 as well as for vaccines against other diseases, Prime Minister Erna Solberg said on Monday.Oslo made the pledge as part of a donor conference held on Monday by the European Union to raise 7.5 billion euros ($8.23 billion) towards the test…
yenisafak.com/en/world/germanys-merkel-p…

Singapore set to ease lockdown amid new virus cases
yenisafak.com | 2020-05-04
As Singapore is set to ease coronavirus-related restrictions for businesses from May 12, the country on Monday reported 573 new cases over the past 24 hours, bringing the national tally to 18,788.According to the official data, the death toll in the country stood at 18.On Saturday, Singapore's National Development Minister Lawrence Wong said that some businesses will resume operations from May 12."We will allow selected services to resume operations," Chan said while addressing a virtual news conference.The services include home-based food businesses, selected food retail outlets, food manufacturing firms, laundr…
yenisafak.com/en/world/singapore-set-to-…

Italy joins nations warily leaving lockdown amid fears of 'second wave'
yenisafak.com | 2020-05-04
Italy was among a slew of countries easing lockdown restrictions on Monday to resurrect their economies, but officials cautioned against moving too swiftly as new coronavirus cases passed 3.5 million globally and deaths neared a quarter of a million.Italy, among the world's hardest-hit countries, started to relax the longest lockdown in Europe, allowing about 4.5 million people to return to work after nearly two months at home.Spain, Nigeria, Azerbaijan, Malaysia, Israel, Tunisia and Lebanon were also among countries easing some restrictions, variously reopening factories, construction sites, parks, hairdressers…
yenisafak.com/en/world/italy-joins-natio…

Dutch confirmed coronavirus cases rise by 199 to 40,770
yenisafak.com | 2020-05-04
The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the Netherlands rose by 199 on Monday to 40,770, with 26 new deaths, health authorities said.Total deaths in the country rose to 5,082, the Netherlands Institute for Health (RIVM) said in its daily update. The RIVM cautioned that it only reports confirmed cases and deaths, and actual numbers are higher.
yenisafak.com/en/world/dutch-confirmed-c…

Germany extends border checks until May 15, says spox
yenisafak.com | 2020-05-04
Germany, which is part of Europe's open-border Schengen area, will extend its border checks until May 15, a spokesman for the interior ministry said on Monday.The measure is in line with the European Commission, he added. "Of course, we are guided by the European spirit not to act unilaterally or in an uncoordinated way."Numerous Schengen countries have imposed emergency border checks in a bid to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
yenisafak.com/en/world/germany-extends-b…

Ethiopian, Pakistani leaders talk over phone
yenisafak.com | 2020-05-04
Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said Monday he held a discussion with his Pakistani counterpart on ways to withstand the economic fallout of COVID-19."In a phone call with PM @ImranKhanPTI we both agreed on the importance of debt relief for developing countries to withstand the #COVID19 challenges as well as to quickly absorb recover from economic shocks. We will work together to ensure the progression of our economies," Abiy tweeted.In March, the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa urged the G20 countries to "[…] support and encourage open trade corridors, especially for pharmaceuticals and other…
yenisafak.com/en/news/ethiopian-pakistan…

Trade talks between UK and US to start on Tuesday
yenisafak.com | 2020-05-04
Trade talks between Britain and the United States will begin via a video conferencing call on Tuesday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson's spokesman said, as the two countries seek to strike an "ambitious free trade agreement"."Both sides have expressed their willingnes to make progress as quickly as possible, so we look forward to a constructive two weeks of talks," the spokesman told reporters."We want to strike an ambitious free trade agreement with out biggest single trading partner."Britain left the European Union in January and is now negotiating future trading terms with Brussels and other major economies.
yenisafak.com/en/economy/trade-talks-bet…

Northern Ireland: Another reminder that a hard Brexit is looming
graham | truepublica.org.uk | 2020-05-04
RTÉ News is the national news service provided by Irish public broadcaster Raidió Teilifís Éireann. Its Europe Editor, Tony Connelly has written a piece that further exposes the lie that the British government is actively working towards signing a mutually agreeable trade deal with the EU and that the 'Withdrawal Agreement' was anything but an …
truepublica.org.uk/united-kingdom/northern-ireland-another-reminder-that-a-hard-brexit-is-looming/

Media backgrounder: COVID-19 readiness and helping the world respond to the global pandemic
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org | 2020-05-04
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Vice President Pence visits Mayo Clinic
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org | 2020-05-04
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…

Mayo Clinic introduces skill for Amazon's Alexa about COVID-19
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org | 2020-05-04
ROCHESTER, Minn.

Infographic: Informed but not overwhelmed
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org | 2020-05-04
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.org/discussion/in…

Mayo Clinic Q and A: Reducing anxiety and stress during COVID-19 pandemic
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org | 2020-05-04
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.org/discussion/ma…

Symptom list for COVID-19 expanded
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org | 2020-05-04
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.
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org/discussion/sy…

Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: Skin care for your hands, face during COVID-19
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org | 2020-05-04
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 | 2020-05-04
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.org/discussion/ma…

Are pets at risk of getting, spreading COVID-19?
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org | 2020-05-04
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.org/discussion/ar…

Mayo Clinic expert talks social distancing
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org | 2020-05-04
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.org/discussion/ma…

Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: Using tele-ICU to support New York hospital
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org | 2020-05-04
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.org/discussion/ma…

Science Saturday: Antimalarials, COVID-19, cardiac arrest
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org | 2020-05-04
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 …
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org/discussion/sc…

Respiratory care and people who care for patients with COVID-19
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org | 2020-05-04
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.org/discussion/re…

Physicians, scientists and physician-scientists connect dots between heart disease, potential for worse COVID-19 outcomes
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org | 2020-05-04
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.org/discussion/ph…

Why patients with lung cancer in a COVID-19 era need to keep their treatment
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org | 2020-05-04
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.org/discussion/wh…

AskMayoExpert's COVID-19 information made available to public
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org | 2020-05-04
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.org/discussion/as…

Defectors Who Claimed Kim Jong-un Was Gravely Ill or Dead Apologize for False Speculation
sputniknews.com | 2020-05-04
Weeks of speculation regarding the whereabouts and health status of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un fueled by South Korea-based English-language media and CNN were brought to an abrupt end late last week after Kim reemerged in public, seemingly alive and well.
sputniknews.com/asia/202005041079193927-…

Russian-German Board Chair Calls for Reconsidering Sanctions Against Russia Amid COVID-19
sputniknews.com | 2020-05-04
BERLIN (Sputnik) – The COVID-19 pandemic could be the basis for considering the issue of lifting European sanctions against Russia, Matthias Platzeck, the board chairman of the German-Russian Forum and a former minister-president of Germany's Brandenburg, said on Monday during a video conference in Berlin.
sputniknews.com/world/202005041079194331…

UK Among Five European States Not Seeing Decline in Covid-19 Cases, Despite Government Claims
sputniknews.com | 2020-05-04
The United Kingdom has boasted that its lockdown strategy, intended to enforce social distancing measures and slow the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, was a success. However, this claim has now been contradicted by new reports released by European Union affiliated research groups.
sputniknews.com/uk/202005041079193249-uk…

Canada's Air Carrier Records Nearly $740Bln Net Loss in First Quarter – Statement
sputniknews.com | 2020-05-04
TORONTO (Sputnik) – Air Canada announced in a statement on Monday that it has incurred a net loss of $740 million in the first quarter as a result of the challenges posed to the airline industry by the measures imposed to fight the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
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'Education, not Compulsion' Required for Successful Deployment of COVID-19 Vaccine – Commentator
sputniknews.com | 2020-05-04
European countries have pledged to raise £6.6 billion in a bid to help accelerate the process of finding a coronavirus vaccine. The UK will contribute £388 million to the cause. The UN has repeatedly outlined that the pandemic can only be ended, should an effective vaccine be developed and mass produced.
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Iran to Drop Four Zeros From National Currency Rial, Rename It as the Toman
sputniknews.com | 2020-05-04
Iran's central bank has been planning to overhaul its currency since 2008, but the idea began to materialise only after the rial lost more than half of its value due to the US withdrawal from the landmark nuclear deal in May 2018.
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The Hague Invasion Act: Dutch in Denial of US Threat
sputniknews.com | 2020-05-04
Although hosting the International Criminal Court in The Hague, attacks from the US are left unanswered by the Dutch government. It's even turning a blind eye to the 'The Hague Invasion Act'.
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US Refineries Cut Volumes More Than 20% in Past Month Due to COVID-19 – Energy Department
sputniknews.com | 2020-05-04
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – Volumes of oil processed by US refineries into gasoline and other petroleum products fell by more than 20 percent in the past month as nationwide stay-at-home orders made rush-hour traffic disappear and cut routine travel to a trickle, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) said in a report on Monday.
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Russian Embassy in Bosnia Expresses Dismay Over Entry Ban for Russian Humanitarian Convoy
sputniknews.com | 2020-05-04
BELGRADE (Sputnik) – The Russian embassy in Bosnia and Herzegovina expressed on Monday its perplexity due to the entry ban for a humanitarian convoy of the Russian Defense Ministry to assist in the fight against the coronavirus.
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Finding The Right Exit: How Might Britain Find Its Way Out Of COVID-19 Lockdown Safely?
sputniknews.com | 2020-05-04
Britain is set to overtake Italy this week as the European country with the most deaths from coronavirus. But despite that morbid milestone, the Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to reveal his exit strategy from the lockdown later this week.
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'Are They Observing Us?': Mysterious Red Lights in Virginia and Nevada Prompt UFO Speculation
sputniknews.com | 2020-05-04
The ongoing coronavirus lockdown seems to have endowed prominent star-gazers with more time and energy to observe the night skies in the search for some unusual activity, as myriads of videos have been circulating online, pointing at alleged proof of UFO existence. Or might there be another explanation for what is going on?
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Coronavirus; US Election; Harry Dunn; Could Sport Events Be Done Behind Closed Doors?
sputniknews.com | 2020-05-04
Join George Galloway on the new home for the Mother of All Talk Shows – this week we talk all about coronavirus, US election and Harry Dunn.
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Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Pledges $100Mln to Global COVID-19 Response
sputniknews.com | 2020-05-04
MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will give $100 million to the global effort to tackle the new coronavirus, Melinda Gates, the co-chair of the fund, said on Monday.
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WHO Says It Received No Data from US Proving Artificial Origin of COVID-19
sputniknews.com | 2020-05-04
The international health watchdog has also called for a 'scientific-based' rather than a political inquiry into the origin of the coronavirus.
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Three Indian Security Personnel, One Terrorist Killed After Clash in Kashmir – Police
sputniknews.com | 2020-05-04
New Delhi (Sputnik): Terror activities in India's Jammu and Kashmir have increased since April. On Sunday, five Indian army security personnel were killed in an overnight encounter in the Kupwara district and a further seven sustained injuries in a nearby explosion.
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Seven Dead as Plane Carrying Aid Crashes in Somalia – Security Official
sputniknews.com | 2020-05-04
According to Kenyan news outlet Kahawa Tungu, the plane was a light Kenyan Embraer 120 aircraft with six people onboard.
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Pakistan reopens Pishin border to facilitate imports from Iran
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-04
TEHRAN, May 04, (MNA)

Iran Air to launch flight to bring home Iranians from Netherlands
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-04
TEHRAN, May 04 (MNA)

Russia slams US for obstructing Iran's loan request from IMF
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-04
TEHRAN, May 4 (MNA)

KRG's Sartak-Pishta border crossing reopens with Iran amid pandemic
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-04
TEHRAN, May 04, (MNA)

Iran's corona diagnostic kits to be exported to Germany, Turkey: VP
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-04
TEHRAN, May 04 (MNA)

Need to boost coop. between Iran, Turkey more than before: Vaezi
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-04
TEHRAN, May 4 (MNA)

PMO resumes constructing port projects halted due to COVID-19
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-04
TEHRAN, May 04 (MNA)

US' anti-human rights actions posed challenges to Iran's fight against coronavirus
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-04
TEHRAN, May 04 (MNA)

Iran to overcome sanctions and become more powerful: Emile Lahoud
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-04
TEHRAN, May 04 (MNA)

Global coronavirus confirmed cases exceed 3.5mn
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-04
TEHRAN, May 04 (MNA)

Iran's confirmed COVID-19 cases hit over 98k with almost 79k recovered
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-04
TEHRAN, May 04 (MNA)

Hashd al-Sha'abi urges vigilance against US plots to revive ISIL in Iraq
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-04
TEHRAN, May 04 (MNA)

Iraqi MP criticizes Salih for delay in approval of ISIL terrorists' death penalty
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-04
TEHRAN, May 04 (MNA)

Envoy describes US invocation of UNSC 2231 as 'travesty'
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-04
TEHRAN, May 04 (MNA)

Meighan Wetland in Markazi province
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-04
TEHRAN, May 04 (MNA)

Headlines of Iranian dailies on May 4
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-04
TEHRAN, May 04 (MNA)