Daily Archives: May 5, 2020

2020-05-05: News Headlines

Steven Sahiounie (2020-05-06). Syrian 'Regime Change' Architect: William Roebuck, US Ambassador of Destruction. globalresearch.ca Since 2006, William Roebuck, a US Diplomat, has been working toward 'regime change' in Syria at any cost. The destruction of Syria, hundreds of thousands of deaths and injuries, and the migration of one-third of the population have been …

Philip Giraldi (2020-05-06). USS Liberty: Israel's War Crimes Have Killed Americans. globalresearch.ca Imagine if you will a ship from a nation not at war with anyone sailing in international waters on a quiet June day being suddenly attacked by unidentified warplanes and torpedo boats, their markings covered up to conceal their country …

James Corbett (2020-05-06). Video: How Bill Gates Monopolized Global Health. James Corbett Documentary. globalresearch.ca Who is Bill Gates? A software developer? A businessman? A philanthropist? A global health expert? | This question, once merely academic, is becoming a very real question for those who are beginning to realize that Gates' unimaginable wealth has been used …

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2020-05-06). The Rohingya in Malaysia: Coronavirus and Alibis for Paranoia. globalresearch.ca Rounding up undocumented workers, migrant and refugees is part of a brutal order of things in Malaysia. When matters economic are going well, authorities turn the blindest of eyes. The money pours in; development goals are being met. During times …

Staff (2020-05-05). Solitary Confinement Used For Children As Young As 11 After COVID-19 Exposure. therealnews.com Lawyers say Maryland's Department of Juvenile Services and the Department of Correctional Services aren't being transparent about conditions in juvenile detention centers.

Rep. Ron Paul (2020-05-05). The Federal Reserve: More Lethal Than Coronavirus. globalresearch.ca Last week the Federal Reserve announced it will keep interest rates at or near zero until the economy recovers from the government-imposed shutdown. Following this announcement, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell urged Congress and the Trump administration to put aside …

WSWS (2020-05-05). Trump's Big Lie, accusing China of spreading COVID-19, a prelude to US war against China. wsws.org US efforts to scapegoat China, backed by allies such as Australia, are a crude attempt to deflect attention from its own criminal negligence, amid mounting opposition in the working class.

(2020-05-05). 'Get back to work!' — Trump tells meatpacking workers facing COVID-19 threat to their lives. workers.org The Southern Workers Assembly "Safe Jobs Save Lives" campaign released this statement on May 2 after the April 28 presidential "Get back to work" order was issued. On April 28, Workers Memorial Day — a day when the labor movement commemorates workers who have died on the job — and . . . |

Deirdre Griswold (2020-05-05). What the statistics reveal about Trump, China and the virus. workers.org May 4 — The Trump administration is trying to deflect anger at its dangerously neglectful attitude toward the COVID-19 pandemic by blaming China. No surprise there. Hikers observing COVID-19 social distancing and masking precautions on the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall on May Day, the beginning of a five-day . . . |

Nigel Bouvart (2020-05-05). The catastrophic unemployment crisis. workers.org The COVID-19 crisis has led to mass layoffs, putting millions out of work in a country where roughly 80 percent of workers lived paycheck to paycheck even prior to the pandemic. As of May 1, 30 million unemployment claims had been filed, yet the real number of unemployed is likely . . . |

Robert Fisk (2020-05-05). The Only Way the Fight Against Coronavirus Resembles the Real Wars I've Witnessed. counterpunch.org After 40 years of watching "real" war, I obviously have strong views about the fight which statesmen and politicians and liars — the three are, of course, interchangeable — regard as their "war" against coronavirus. Both "real" war and viral war (the Covid variety) produce casualties. They produce heroes. They demonstrate human endurance. But they

John Wojcik, C.J. Atkins (2020-05-05). Leaked CDC report projects 200,000 infections per day by June 1. peoplesworld.org The Trump administration, despite urging a re-opening of the economy, is sitting on its own projections that the daily death toll from COVID-19 will nearly double in the next four weeks. The report is in the form of an internal CDC document procured by a number of newspapers, including the New York Times and the …

Vijay Prashad, Paola Estrada, Ana Maldonado, and Zoe PC (2020-05-05). Defeat of a Dirty Military Incursion into Venezuela on a Sunday Morning. counterpunch.org In the early morning hours of Sunday, May 3, speedboats left the Colombian coastlines and headed toward Venezuela. These boats had no authorization to cross the maritime border. They landed on the Venezuelan coastline at La Guaira. This was clearly a hostile action, since the boats carried heavy weaponry, including assault rifles and ammunition; the people on the boats possessed satellite phones as well as uniforms and helmets with the flag of the United States of America.

Patrick Cockburn (2020-05-05). Trump is Igniting a Cold War With China to Try to Win Re-election. counterpunch.org "Go to China!", a woman in Denver, Colorado, shouts at two hospital workers standing in front of her car to prevent her from taking part in a protest against the coronavirus lockdown. Her cry is a sign that President Trump is having some success in demonising China: he says that that he has a "high degree of confidence" that the deadly virus emanated from a laboratory in Wuhan, though he cannot reveal the source of his information.

James Bovard (2020-05-05). 50 Years of Bat-Shit Crazy Televised Presidential Warmongering. counterpunch.org Fifty years ago, President Richard Nixon popped up on national television on a Thursday night to proudly announce that he invaded Cambodia. At that time, Nixon was selling himself as a peacemaker, promising to withdraw U.S. troops from the Vietnam War. But after the sixth time that Nixon watched the movie "Patton," he was overwhelmed

Peter Koenig (2020-05-05). WHO's Integrity Increasingly Questioned. Skepticism? globalresearch.ca Russian NTV: Donald Trump refused to Fund WHO. There are more and more people in the world who are skeptical of the organization. Does this skepticism have any Foundation? | Peter Koenig: Yes, it is true, and yes it does. WHO's …

Peter Koenig (2020-05-05). WHO's Integrity Questioned. Skepticism? globalresearch.ca Russian NTV: Donald Trump refused to Fund WHO. There are more and more people in the world who are skeptical of the organization. Does this skepticism have any Foundation? | Peter Koenig: Yes, it is true, and yes it does. WHO's …

Sunil Freeman (2020-05-05). New PSL book: 'Climate Solutions: Beyond Capitalism'. liberationnews.org "It is a small book, but expansive in outlook in a way that echoes the holistic eco-socialist society we will need…"

Joe Emersberger (2020-05-05). Paying the Price for Defeating Chevron: an Interview with Steven Donziger. counterpunch.org U.S. attorney Steven Donziger has been in house arrest in Manhattan for almost eight months. His pre-trial detention stems from a judgement he and a team of Ecuadorian lawyers won over Chevron that could cost the company billions of dollars — and combat climate change. In 1993, Donziger and other lawyers filed a lawsuit in

Aaron Maté (2020-05-05). US refuses to extradite CIA agent who killed UK teen Harry Dunn. thegrayzone.com As the US government hunts Julian Assange, it refuses to extradite a CIA agent who killed UK teen Harry Dunn…

Dan Wright (2020-05-05). Religion and COVID-19 physical distancing: A conflict of belief, or something else? peoplesworld.org The current coronavirus pandemic, in its scope and potential harm, demands that everyone, including members of religious groups, adhere to what best serves the common good. It might seem to be almost a truism, a given fact, that people everywhere would welcome, without question or dissent, measures to mitigate or slow the spread of a …

Annika Lee (2020-05-05). Detainees put at high risk for COVID-19 at Madison, Wi., jail. liberationnews.org To protect them from COVID-19, incarcerated people must be freed.

(2020-05-05). Tenants take on Philadelphia gentrifier. workers.org By Doris Grass Philadelphia—A new and rapidly growing association of residential and commercial tenants of OCF Realty was formed to demand that OCF meet the needs of its tenants during the COVID-19 crisis and beyond. Since the inception of Tenants of OCF several weeks ago, members have faced a high . . . |

Staff (2020-05-05). Navajo Nation Suffers Third-Highest COVID-19 Infection Rate in US. truthout.org We get an update from two doctors treating patients with the Navajo Nation, the largest Indigenous reservation in the country, which has been hard hit by the coronavirus pandemic. Dr. Michelle Tom is a member of the Navajo Nation and a family physician treating COVID-19 patients at the Winslow Indian Health Care Center and Little Colorado Medical Center in northern Arizona near the Navajo reservation. In Gallup, New Mexico, Dr. Sriram Shamasunder is leading a medical volunteer group of 21 nurses and doctor…

Staff (2020-05-05). Remembering Valentina Blackhorse, Beloved 28-Year-Old Navajo Community Activist Who Died of COVID-19. democracynow.org After New York and New Jersey, the next highest number of coronavirus infections per capita in the United States is in the Navajo Nation, the largest Indigenous reservation in the country. We go to Kayenta, Arizona, to speak with Robby Jones, a member of the Navajo Nation and the partner of one of those to die from the virus: 28-year-old Valentina Blackhorse, a beloved community leader who promoted Navajo culture and left behind a daughter named Poet.

Staff (2020-05-05). Navajo Nation Suffers Third-Highest COVID-19 Infection Rate in U.S. with Limited Healthcare & Water. democracynow.org We get an update from two doctors treating patients with the Navajo Nation, the largest Indigenous reservation in the country, which has been hard hit by the coronavirus pandemic. Dr. Michelle Tom is a member of the Navajo Nation and a family physician treating COVID-19 patients at the Winslow Indian Health Care Center and Little Colorado Medical Center in northern Arizona near the Navajo reservation. In Gallup, New Mexico, Dr. Sriram Shamasunder is leading a medical volunteer group of 21 nurses and doctors from the University of California, San Francisco as part of the HEAL Initiative. He says the coronavirus hi…

RT (2020-05-05). Five Eyes spies have NO EVIDENCE that coronavirus emerged from Wuhan lab, report suggests in U-turn from previous leaks. rt.com There is no evidence to substantiate the Trump administration's claims that Covid-19 came from a Chinese laboratory, according to intelligence sources, raising questions about a leaked dossier blaming Beijing for the pandemic. | Sources that

RT (2020-05-05). Kim Jong-un accepts WWII medal awarded by Putin days after DEATH rumors spread by Western media. rt.com He may have been reported dead last week by US/UK media, but today North Korean leader Kim Jong-un received a medal from President Putin for his contribution to perpetuating the memory of Soviet citizens buried in North Korea. | In 2019, the Kremlin announced the creation of a brand new award named '75 Years of Victory in the Great Patriotic War 1941-1945′, to be given to those chosen by the president. The award has already been presented to multiple people, many of whom are Russian veterans. | | @ Russian Embassy in North Korea | According to the Facebook page of the Russian Embassy in North Korea, Kim was…

WSWS Repost (2020-05-05). 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 (2020-05-05). 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…

Staff (2020-05-05). Johns Hopkins Leads The COVID-19 Response, But Just Laid Off Its Low-Wage Workers. therealnews.com At a May Day rally, workers said Johns Hopkins University reneged on a commitment to give laid off workers four weeks pay.

Federico Fuentes (2020-05-05). Bolivia vs Venezuela: COVID-19 response reveals true nature of governments. mronline.org Government responses to the COVID-19 pandemic have put into sharp relief their true nature. This is perhaps no more evident than when we compare Bolivia and Venezuela.

Mark Gruenberg (2020-05-05). Pandemic profits: Analysis shows the ultra-rich got ultra-richer as coronavirus hit. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—Call it pandemic profits: A new report by the Institute for Policy Studies, the latest in its biannual series, shows the ultra-rich got ultra-richer in the months since the coronavirus pandemic hit the U.S. And the richest of them all, Jeff Bezos, profited big time from the ensuing crash. Not that Bezos needed it. His …

Eds. (2020-05-05). Coronavirus deaths likely 60% higher than official numbers reflect, FT finds. mronline.org As experts try to model the true number of coronavirus deaths, and some random 'surveillance' studies have suggested that—at least in some badly hit areas—the number of confirmed coronavirus cases might be many multiples of the official count, the FT has published its latest attempt at trying to 'model' the true coronavirus death toll.

Roberta Wood (2020-05-05). Virus conspires with drive for profit to 'open the economy'. peoplesworld.org Capitalism is an enabler of the coronavirus's spread. The dynamics of our nation's capitalist economy are sabotaging efforts to protect the health and lives of the American people. That's what's behind the disastrous pressures to "re-open" the economy. It's not as if human survival depends on restaurants, bars, casinos, and shopping malls doing business. No, …

Ryan Foley (2020-05-05). Coronavirus cuts 'deep scars' through meatpacking towns across the country. peoplesworld.org IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP)—As the coronavirus spread from the nation's meatpacking plants to the broader communities where they are located, it burned through a modest duplex in Waterloo, Iowa. In the downstairs unit lived Jim Orvis, 65, a beloved friend and uncle who worked in the laundry department at the Tyson Foods pork processing facility, the largest …

Prensa Latina (2020-05-05). Venezuela denuncia serie de acciones de EE.UU y Colombia. peoplesworld.org CARACAS, 5 may (Prensa Latina) El Ministerio Público denunció hoy que el intento de invasión del pasado domingo a Venezuela forma parte de una serie de acciones preparadas y financiadas por Colombia y Estados Unidos para derrocar al presidente Nicolás Maduro. En la cuenta oficial de esa institución, en la red social Twitter, se anuncian …

Steve Sweeney (2020-05-05). Venezuela says U.S. behind another attempted coup this past weekend. peoplesworld.org Washington has been accused of orchestrating a coup attempt against Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro after the police and armed forces stopped "a terrorist group" entering the country by sea on Sunday. President of Venezuela's constituent assembly Diosdado Cabello Rondón described the attack as "a coup financed from the United States, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) …

Jim Naureckas (2020-05-05). It's crucial to distinguish between can't and won't—with a million lives at stake. mronline.org CNN should note that accepting a 60—70% infection rate means accepting a million deaths or more, assuming a fatality rate of 0.5%—which may be a conservative estimate.

Nic de la Riva (2020-05-05). Paramilitary invasions in Venezuela: Made in USA. liberationnews.org Attempted invasion taken care of swiftly and efficiently by the Venezuelan government.

Eds. (2020-05-05). Another life-saving brigade travels to South Africa. mronline.org More than 1,450 men and women in white lab coats from Cuba's Henry Reeve Contingent have traveled to 22 nations in Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, Africa and the Middle East to battle the pandemic.

Larry Holmes (2020-05-05). WWP message on May Day 2020 is Organize! workers.org This edited talk was given by First Secretary of Workers World Party Larry Holmes at "May Day Webinar! Workers Power: Building Workers Assemblies" sponsored by WWP on May 1. Larry Holmes, speaking during the WWP May Day webinar. Happy May Day to everyone. This is the perfect occasion for everybody . . . |

Ross Clark (2020-05-05). Herd Immunity May Only Need 10-20 Percent to Be Infected. anti-empire.com Since mid-March there has been an assumption that herd immunity against Covid-19 would not be achieved until around 60 per cent of the population has been infected. It is a figure which gave rise to the now-famous paper by Professor Neil Ferguson of Imperial College, which claimed that a herd immunity policy (which the government denies ever following) would result in the deaths of 250,000 people in Britain. That figure has been challenged by scientists who have questioned some of the assumptions behind it — for example, it assumed a mortality rate of 0.9 per cent which Imperial College itself has since…

Dr. Johan Giesecke (2020-05-05). "Gradually Everyone Is Approaching the Swedish Model" — Rock Star of Epidemiology, Dr. Giesecke, Points Out the Obvious (VIDEO). anti-empire.com www.youtube.com/watch?v=CajLDNg-Fb4&#038… | Highlights: "I must say I have been inwardly laughing when I see all the other countries in Europe puttin…

RT (2020-05-05). West Virginia governor explains his 'f**king follow the guidelines' Covid-19 advice as technical glitch as it turns into meme. rt.com West Virginia Governor Jim Justice urged businesses in his state to reopen, but only if they "f**king follow the guidelines." Justice tried to explain his f-bomb as a "technical glitch," but nobody's buying it. | Monday marked the second week of Justice's phased reopening of West Virginia. Restaurants, barber shops and dog groomers are all among the businesses that will open their doors again, yet Justice reminded employers that a resurgence of Covid-19 is still a threat. | "Again I encourage all businesses that are allowed to open to do so, only if they f**kin follow the guidelines to keep West Virginians saf…

RT (2020-05-05). Vienna's vice mayor takes heat after 'ASYLUM SEEKER VIRUS' reference. rt.com The vice mayor of Vienna and high-ranking member of Austria's anti-immigration party faced accusations of racism after he blamed the rise in daily Covid-19 infections on the local migrant community. | "It is now clear… that the increasing coronavirus numbers in Vienna can only be attributed to asylum seekers," Vice Mayor Dominik Nepp

The Canary (2020-05-05). National bereavement service rolled out for mourners during coronavirus lockdown. thecanary.co An end-of-life charity has launched a national bereavement service to support people struggling with losing loved ones during the coronavirus (Covid-19) lockdown.People finding it difficult to grieve will be able to access up to six weeks of support over the phone from a dedicated volunteer trained by the Marie Curie charity.More than 450,000 people will be mourning the loss of a family member or friend since the start of the lockdown, the charity estimates.Some 90,392 deaths from all causes were registered in England and Wales from the week ending March 27 to the week ending April 17, figures from the Office for…

RT (2020-05-05). Irish FM warns of 'crisis point' ahead if trade talks between UK & EU don't advance soon. rt.com Progress on Brexit trade talks between the European Union and Britain has "not been good" and another "crisis point" could be reached within weeks if there is no improvement, Ireland's Foreign Minister Simon Coveney has said. | Speaking to RTE Radio 1 on Tuesday, Coveney, who is also Ireland's deputy PM, said "time is short" and there's still "an awful lot to do" before the Brexit transition period ends on December 31. | "Progress has not been good in the couple of rounds of negotiations we've had," Coveney said, adding that "of course there have been huge distractions for everybody in the context of Covid-19.

Betsey Piette (2020-05-05). Pennies for the workers, billions for the bosses. workers.org The distribution of government funds in response to the COVID-19 pandemic has torn away any facade of the U.S. as a "democracy," with equal access to wealth. Even as unemployment, poverty and hunger reach levels not seen since the Great Depression of the 1930s, banks and corporations look to their . . . |

The Canary (2020-05-05). UK officially surpasses Italy death toll as experts warn comparing countries is difficult. thecanary.co The UK has passed Italy as the country with the most Covid-19 deaths in Europe, new figures show — but academics have warned that cross-country comparisons are "difficult".The latest data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) shows that 29,710 deaths involving Covid-19 in England and Wales had been registered up to 2 May.Together with the latest equivalent numbers for Scotland (2,272 deaths registered up to 26 April) and Northern Ireland (393 deaths registered up to 29 April), it means a total of 32,375 deaths involving Covid-19 have now been registered across the UK.The official number of Covid-19 d…

Mark Gruenberg (2020-05-05). GOP Senate to hold stimulus hostage; demands coronavirus lawsuit immunity for bosses. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—If you go to work and get sick from coronavirus on the job, because of little protective gear and no social distancing, Mitch McConnell wants to make sure your boss walks, scot-free. That's his "line in the sand" in the next economic aid package to deal with the coronavirus pandemic and its massive closures. The …

Staff (2020-05-05). Calls Grow for Mass Release from Ohio's Marion Prison as 80% of Prisoners Test Positive for COVID-19. democracynow.org We get an update on one of the worst coronavirus outbreaks in the United States, at the Marion Correctional Institution in Ohio, where 11 prisoners and one staff member have died, and at least 80% of prisoners and half of the prison staff tested positive. Despite growing calls to release thousands of Ohio's nearly 50,000 incarcerated people as the coronavirus spreads, Governor Mike DeWine has only approved the release of more than 100 people in the state's prisons. "We're seeing a few people being released … but not anywhere near the 20,000 [we are] demanding," says Azzurra Crispino, whose husband, James, is in…

Staff (2020-05-05). The Case for Prison Abolition: Ruth Wilson Gilmore on COVID-19, Racial Capitalism & Decarceration. democracynow.org The spread of COVID-19 threatens the lives of more than 2.3 million people locked up in prisons and jails throughout the United States. We look at how the call to release prisoners during the coronavirus pandemic makes the case for prison abolition, with scholar Ruth Wilson Gilmore, co-founder of California Prison Moratorium Project and Critical Resistance and the author of "Golden Gulag: Prison, Surplus, Crisis, and Opposition in Globalizing California." Her forthcoming book is "Change Everything: Racial Capitalism and the Case for Abolition."

Susan Price (2020-05-05). Military spending peaks in the age of COVID-19. greenleft.org.au Total world military spending…

Susan Price (2020-05-05). Rohingyas lock down at the world's largest refugee camp. greenleft.org.au

RT (2020-05-05). 'Not surprising' earlier Covid-19 cases from December reported, more early cases possible — WHO. rt.com Reports that the first cases of Covid-19 in France could have occurred a month earlier than official figures suggest are "not surprising," the World Health Organization (WHO) has said. | The WHO said on Tuesday it's possible that more early cases will now emerge after researchers concluded that the first infection in France was in late December and not January or February, which was originally thought. | French media reported that the Avicenne Hospital in Bobigny re-analyzed negative tests on people who were admitted and diagnosed with pneumonia in December. Of the 24 patients, one came back positive for Covid…

RT (2020-05-05). Hate crimes against Chinese people in UK soar amid Covid-19 outbreak, nearly triple 2018 & 2019 rates. rt.com The number of hate crimes against Chinese people in the UK over the first three months of the year during the coronavirus crisis was almost three times that of the previous two years, according to new data released by police. | The shocking figures obtained from 45 UK police forces and the British Transport Police (BTP) by Sky News through a freedom of information request (FOI), show that as many as 267 offences — including assaults, harassment, robberies and criminal damage — were recorded between January and March 2020. | Most police forces disclosed data of hate crimes recorded against Chinese vic…

RT (2020-05-05). Hundreds protest coronavirus lockdown at Massachusetts State House after reopening delayed for two weeks (PHOTOS & VIDEOS). rt.com Scores of protesters hit the streets to demand Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker streamline the reopening of non-essential businesses, delayed due to the lack of progress in slowing down the spread of Covid-19. | Hundreds of demonstrators filled the streets around the Massachusetts State House in Boston on Monday for what event organizers dubbed a "Liberty Rally," voicing outrage over Baker's decision to extend the state's lockdown another two weeks to May 18, further putting off the reopening of nonessential businesses as hundreds of thousands of residents file for unemployment. | "Let my people go", "We a…

RT (2020-05-05). 'I will beat you': Seven-year-old blasts 'WEAK' Arshavin after ex-Russia star accuses Olympic champ of forcing child into videos. rt.com A bizarre row has broken out between Evgeni Plushenko's son and Andrey Arshavin after the Russia legend accused the figure-skating champion and his wife of forcing the infant to perform in a series of "painful" Instagram videos. | Two-time Olympic champion Plushenko and his wife, producer and TV personality Yana Rudkovskaya, have been prolific makers of videos with their son, Alexander, in the family's opulent home. | While Russia has been in lockdown under health guidelines aimed at stopping the spread of the Covid-19 outbreak, the seven-year-old known as Sasha has joined his parents indoors to test gym equip…

RT (2020-05-05). Russia's lead spacecraft designer & architect of ISS modules dies due to Covid-19. rt.com Yevgeny Mikrin, a top scientist behind Russia's manned spaceflight program and a contributor to the International Space Station designs, succumbed to the coronavirus in a Moscow hospital, the Academy of Sciences said. | Mikrin, who was due to turn 65 this year, has passed away "in the prime of life," President of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) Alexander Sergeev told the media on Tuesday, calling him an "outstanding scholar" and "a very bright man." | The scientist, who served as a chief designer for Russia's famed corporation Energia — founded by the forefather of the Soviet space program, Sergey K…

RT (2020-05-05). Useless & invasive? UK's Covid-19 contact tracing app gets bad reviews after reportedly failing all performance tests. rt.com Many Britons are scoffing at a government plan to roll out an NHS Covid-19 app to trace cases of the virus, describing the initiative as unnecessary and intrusive. The app received poor marks during initial trials. | The tracing app uses Bluetooth technology to register a "contact" when people come within six feet of each other. Those who later develop symptoms of coronavirus can inform the app, which then sends an alert to the people they've been in contact with.Similar apps have been adopted in countries such as Singapore and Germany. However, the idea has been met with considerable suspicion in Britain. | F…

RT (2020-05-05). 'Corona is under control': Bavaria lets residents go out & businesses reopen despite Covid-19 still blighting Germany. rt.com Despite warnings the Covid-19 crisis isn't over, one of Germany's wealthiest states is set to open up, allowing people to go out for any reason and letting almost all businesses — from retail to tourism — welcome visitors again. | "Now it is time to act," proclaimed Bavaria's Prime Minister Markus Soeder as he

RT (2020-05-05). UK health secretary branded a 'bully' after telling Labour doctor MP to check her 'tone' amid Covid-19 criticism. rt.com Health Secretary Matt Hancock has provoked a furious backlash after rebuking a Labour shadow minister — who happens to be an NHS doctor — for her "tone" after she suggested the government's lack of Covid-19 testing had cost lives. | While putting questions about the coronavirus crisis to Hancock in the House of Commons on Tuesday, Shadow Mental Health Minister Dr. Rosena Allin-Khan asked whether he would concede that his government's short supply of testing had been "responsible for many families being unnecessarily torn apart in grief." | The query drew a disgruntled response from Hancock who appe…

RT (2020-05-05). Summer holidays CANCELED in France? Macron announces indefinite 'limit' on international travel due to Covid-19 pandemic. rt.com President Emmanuel Macron has told French citizens that international travel will be restricted over the summer, dashing the hopes of those who were planning holiday getaways abroad. | The French leader said on Monday that "normal life" cannot resume until the coronavirus pandemic has ended, noting that summer plans will have to be modified accordingly. | "It is too soon to say whether we can take holidays. What I can say is that we will limit major international travel, even during the summer holidays. We will stay among Europeans and, depending on how the epidemic evolves, we might have to reduce that a litt…

RT (2020-05-05). No mission accomplished: Covid-19 task force to scale down, Fauci & Birx to keep advisory roles — Trump. rt.com US President Donald Trump said the White House's coronavirus task force will soon be wound down as the country moves ahead on plans to reopen, but noted that experts like Dr Anthony Fauci and Dr Deborah Birx will stay to advise.

RT (2020-05-05). India records its biggest single-day spike in coronavirus cases & deaths, counting nearly 4,000 infections in 24 hours. rt.com India has seen its largest ever one-day jump in Covid-19, both in terms of cases and fatalities, with 195 people succumbing to the illness in the space of 24 hours and 3,900 new infections. | The surge in India's disease and death tolls came between Monday and Tuesday, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 46,433 and fatalities to 1,568, according to data published by the Health Ministry. Over 14,000 patients are in Maharashtra, which remains the worst-hit state. | 3900

RT (2020-05-05). Russia waging 'HYBRID WAR' on Europe by protesting removal of Soviet liberator statue, claims Czech official who had it torn down. rt.com A Prague official responsible for removing a statue of Marshal Konev urged Brussels to protect the EU against Moscow's "interference" and "hybrid war," playing the time-tested 'Russia scare' card that never fails to be effective. | Proving that a strong offense sometimes makes the best defense, head of Prague's District 6 Ondrej Kolar wrote an open letter to European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, Read m…

RT (2020-05-05). Bone-breaking cart crashes & black widow spider bites: Swedish golfer Daniela Holmqvist opens up on horrific injury agony. rt.com Sweden's Daniela Holmqvist has discussed playing through the pain after a buggy she was traveling in flipped and smashed into a wall, causing severe injury – although Holmqvist already boasts a reputation as a tough cookie. | Golf may not seem the most demanding of sports at first glance but there's no denying Holmqvist is made of pretty strong stuff. | The 32-year-old from Sweden has suffered with constant pain since a bad accident in 2018 left her needing several injections in her back in order to play. | Holmqvist was in China competing on the tour when a golf cart she was riding in flipped backwards and lo…

RT (2020-05-05). Russian Embassy ridicules Pulitzer Board for awarding prize to NYT's 'undiluted fabrications'. rt.com The New York Times' staff have won a prestigious Pulitzer Prize for "exposing the predations of Vladimir Putin's regime." Russia, however, says the paper made it up. | The Pulitzer Prize Board loves a good yarn about Russia, and the New York Times certainly feeds their appetite. 2017 saw the paper score an award for reporting on the Kremlin's online "troll army;" while 2018 saw it

RT (2020-05-05). Pre-crime: Twitter will warn users about their 'HARMFUL' language, BEFORE they tweet. rt.com Twitter will now notify some users whenever they're about to post a reply using "harmful" language. On a platform that's already been pilloried for enforcing its rules haphazardly, the plan will surely offend potential offenders. | According to the social media giant, users on iOS who hit 'send' on a reply — be it a reasoned argument or a tirade of abuse — will receive a notification if Twitter determines their message "uses language that could be harmful." | The experiment began on Tuesday, and will run for several weeks. | Explaining the decision, Twitter took a motherly tone. "When things get heat…

RT (2020-05-05). First murder hornets, now tiger mosquitos? Over half of France warned of dengue & Zika-transmitting insects just as lockdown lifts. rt.com Almost 65 percent of France has been placed on red alert following another invasion by the aggressive tiger mosquito, a known carrier of dengue fever, chikungunya and the Zika virus, right before the country emerges from lockdown. | As the US braces for its own invasion by so-called 'murder hornets', a total of 57 of France's 101 departments have been placed on red alert as tiger mosquito hordes descend on the country — just as citizens prepare to return to work on May 11 following weeks of coronavirus lockdown. | A further 10 departments have been placed on orange alert, as experts predict that France wi…

RT (2020-05-05). A new song or same old tune? Memo warns of Russian 'plot' to influence 2020 vote by 'secretly advising' candidates. rt.com An internal American intelligence memo reportedly warns of a sinister Russian plot in the making to meddle in the upcoming US presidential election, including by directly advising the candidates and their campaigns. | Cobbled together by 'cyber experts' at the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the FBI in February, the memo effectively regurgitates the old Russiagate narrative, which quietly fizzled out after a special counsel probe led by Robert Mueller failed to find any proof of conspiracy or collusion between President Donald Trump and Russia. Excerpts from the document — dubbed "Possible Ru…

RT (2020-05-05). Germany issues warrant for 'GRU hacker' allegedly behind hacking parliament & US presidential election — report. rt.com A German media report suggests prosecutors have begun proceedings to arrest Dmitry Badin, who they believe to be a Russian agent behind a string of hacks dating back as far as 2014, and who is also wanted by the FBI. | German prosecutors have issued a warrant for the arrest of an alleged GRU agent accused of hacking the Bundestag, according to the country's Suddeutsche Zeitung newspaper. | The suspect is named as Dmitry Badin, wanted in Germany and the US in connection with numerous offences — among them, a cyber-attack on the German parliament and hacking the 2016 US presidential election. | Badin is bel…

RT (2020-05-05). Alien life could thrive on hydrogen worlds says new study, forcing rethink of how we hunt for ET. rt.com New research indicates that organic life could thrive on planets with hydrogen-dense atmospheres, throwing the search for extraterrestrial life wide open, just as the next generation of space telescopes comes online. | Astronomer Sara Seager, professor of Planetary Science, Physics, and Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT, is wary of our "terra-centric" view of life and wanted to explore what other kinds of habitats beyond Earth might foster life — just not necessarily oxygen-dependent, carbon-based life as we know it. | We already know of organisms — such as methanogens — here on Earth which th…

RT (2020-05-05). 'It's a donation to the country': Indians shrug off 70% CORONAVIRUS TAX as they queue up outside liquor shops (PHOTOS/VIDEOS). rt.com An eye-watering tax imposed on alcohol hasn't stopped Indians from swarming Delhi's liquor shops, which have reopened as the world's largest coronavirus lockdown begins to ease. | From Tuesday, the Delhi government will charge a staggering 70% "special corona fee" on all alcohol. The measure was introduced to improve Delhi's "financial condition," Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia told local media. Across the country, huge queues formed as liquor stores opened their doors for the first time in 40 days. It's not clear how long the new tax will remain. | Delhi: Large crowd of people seen at a government liquo…

RT (2020-05-05). 'Professor lockdown' Ferguson resigns after violating quarantine he designed to meet married lover. rt.com Professor Neil Ferguson, author of apocalyptic coronavirus models, has resigned from his position as adviser to 10 Downing Street after revelations that he violated quarantine himself to meet with a married lover. | Following Ferguson's resignation on Tuesday night, the Daily Telegraph made it public that the man known as 'Professor Lockdown' had allowed a married mother with whom he was having an affair to visit him at least twice during the quarantine. The woman was identified as Antonia Staats, 38. | üî¥ Prof Ferguson allowed the woman to visit him at home during the lockdown while le…

RT (2020-05-05). A new strain has come: Meet Spike D614G, the new & improved coronavirus. rt.com Fears that the coronavirus would mutate into a more dangerous strain appear to have been borne out, as research has identified that a new, more contagious strain of SARS-CoV-2 has become the dominant form worldwide. | The new strain, which has been dubbed 'Spike D614G' has been proliferating in Europe since at least mid-February, and spread to become the dominant form during the month of March. It is far more contagious than the original strain which emerged from Wuhan, for reasons as yet unknown. | Wherever it emerged it became dominant very quickly, and in some countries it became the only common strain with…

RT (2020-05-05). Oil prices rally as lockdowns ease & OPEC cuts pave way for recovery. rt.com Crude prices have been gaining for the fifth straight session as the production curbs agreed by OPEC and allied countries came into force and some countries started to ease coronavirus restrictions. | Futures for American oil benchmark jumped more than nine percent on Tuesday, extending their earlier gains. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) for June delivery was trading at over $22 a barrel as of 07: 30 GMT, more than doubling from last week's intraday lows. | Meanwhile, international benchmark Brent for July delivery gained more than six percent to $29.02 after climbing in the previous session. | Also on rt.com

RT (2020-05-05). China's rapid recovery forecast may have been overdone, professor tells RT's Boom Bust. rt.com China started reopening after the coronavirus-related restrictions, but it could still take at least till the second half of the year to fully rebound, John Quelch, dean of the University of Miami Business School, told Boom Bust. | "Although 91 percent of companies and businesses reopened, only 40 percent roughly are operating at full capacity," the professor said. He added that consumers in China have been left without sufficient funds to spur the economy. | "So I think that predictions about a rapid bounce-back are probably a little bit overdone." | The economic fallout from the pandemic has not stopped t…

RT (2020-05-05). Maduro says 2 Americans 'on Trump's security team' were among 'mercenaries' behind failed invasion attempt. rt.com Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro claimed that two US citizens were captured along with a group of "mercenaries" Caracas accused of trying to infiltrate the Latin American nation in order to assassinate him. | Also on rt.com | | "Among those captured are the traitor Antonio Sequea and a citizen with the last name Baduel, who stated that two Americans from Donald Trump's security team were in the raiding group," Maduro's office twee…

RT (2020-05-05). China launches new generation spaceship with Long March 5B rocket maiden flight. rt.com China has launched a test model of a next-generation Chinese crew capsule which lifted off Tuesday on top of a heavy-lift Long March 5B rocket, marking a milestone in the future of Chinese space exploration ambitions. | The rocket was launched from Hainan Island and did not have any astronauts on board, according to Chinese state media. | If the test launch is successful, future launches will be able to take off and land with three crew members on board and up to 500kg of cargo. The Manned Space Engineering Office told China's state broadcaster that the launch was a "complete success." | "It is a prelude to th…

RT (2020-05-05). One year on, pilot of fatal Aeroflot Flight 1492 rejects all blame for deaths of 41 people. rt.com It's a year to the day since Aeroflot Flight 1492 burst into flames upon landing at Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport, taking the lives of 41 people. Now facing prosecution and jail time, the plane's pilot wants to clear his name. | Speaking to Russian news outlet Lenta, pilot Denis Evdokimov explained his version of events. According to Evdokimov, the fault lies with the airplane's non-compliance with standards of airworthiness, and he rejects all personal blame. | On May 5, 2019, a Sukhoi Superjet 100 plane operating Aeroflot Flight 1492 was gaining altitude when it was hit by lightning. As a result, the plane s…

RT (2020-05-05). 'This is NOT a filter': Russian swimming champ Efimova takes late-night dip in incredible bioluminescent ocean (VIDEO). rt.com Six-time world champion Yuliya Efimova has given fans another glimpse into her idyllic lifestyle during quarantine by joining friends for a twilight boat party and night swim in bioluminescent waters near her base in California. | Having demonstrated her breaststroke technique from her Los Angeles kitchen table and shown off her outdoor swimming pool in previous videos, the two-time silver medalist at the 2016 Olympic Games went a step further in her latest clip, setting off by boat to explore the bioluminescent waters of the surrounding coast. | Joined by fellow swimmers Alena Rumiantceva and Lisa Bazarova, E…

The Canary (2020-05-05). Campaigners warn government over 'unlawful' unconditional airline bailout. thecanary.co Green campaigners have warned the government not to give airlines an unconditional bailout, as a poll suggests people do not think the sector is a priority for public money. | Lawyers acting for climate action charity Possible have written to the chancellor asking for assurances any bailout of the UK aviation industry will have conditions to ensure there are meaningful emissions cuts from planes. | Legal firm Leigh Day has warned Rishi Sunak that a failure to attach carbon-cutting conditions to a bailout would be unlawful, because it would not be in line with the UK's legal goals to cut greenhouse gases. | It wou…

The Canary (2020-05-05). Strict lockdown measures unlikely to be lifted 'overnight' — Rees-Mogg. thecanary.co Jacob Rees-Mogg has warned that the lockdown will not be eased "overnight" as the UK prepares for changes to the current measures in place to control the coronavirus spread.Senior Conservatives, including ex-leader Iain Duncan Smith and Graham Brady, who chairs the influential 1922 Committee of Tory backbenchers, have piled pressure on the government in recent days to roll back the lockdown "as quickly as possible" in order to kick-start the UK economy.But Commons leader Rees-Mogg has looked to calm public and Tory expectations, suggesting the country should not expect complete freedoms to be restored immediately…

The Canary (2020-05-05). Headteachers say low staff numbers and lack of PPE could make it hard to reopen. thecanary.co The majority of headteachers say reduced staff numbers, an inability to implement social distancing measures and a lack of PPE could make it hard for schools to reopen to more pupils.The government should improve its guidance on social distancing, and provide the scientific evidence for pupils returning to class, as "prerequisites" to schools reopening, heads say.Parents will not have the confidence to send their children back to class if schools are not given enough time to prepare, the leader of the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) has warned.More than one in four (29%) heads do not believe it will…

The Canary (2020-05-05). Handful of new cases in South Korea and China as containment efforts pay off. thecanary.co China and South Korea, which had early outbreaks of coronavirus, have together reported only four new infections and are slowly resuming public events after months of containment efforts.South Korea's three new cases represented the lowest daily jump in nearly three months.More than 10,000 people have been infected in the nation's outbreak, and over 250 have died.As cases slow, South Korea will start reopening schools in phases next week, and its professional baseball league began its new season on Tuesday.A TV cameraman walks through the spectators' seats covered with pictures of fans before a baseball game in I…

Staff (2020-05-05). Headlines for May 5, 2020. democracynow.org Dire Forecasts Warn U.S. Death Toll Could Surge in Coming Weeks as States Move to Relax Restrictions, China Rebukes Trump Admin Claim That Coronavirus Was Man-Made, Report Says Brooklyn Jail Destroying Medical Records to Hide Toll of COVID-19, J. Crew Files for Bankruptcy, Betsy DeVos Sued for Garnishing Wages of Student Loan Holders During Pandemic, EU, World Leaders Pledge Billions to Fund Coronavirus Vaccine; U.S. Sits Out, Questions Raised After 3 Healthcare Workers in Russia Fall from Hospital Windows, U.K. May Have Second-Highest Coronavirus Death Toll; France Identifies COVID-19 Case from December, Venezue…

M. K. Bhadrakumar (2020-05-05). Trump's Threat to Iran Has a Hollow, Angsty Ring. counterpunch.org A tweet by the U.S. President Donald Trump on April 22 said, "I have instructed the United States Navy to shoot down and destroy any and all Iranian gunboats if they harass our ships at sea." Trump seems to be talking the language of war while indulging in politics by other means. Like his ban

M. K. Bhadrakumar (2020-05-05). Pompeo and the capricious virus. iranian.com Iran has delivered a devastating blow to the ego of the Trump administration, puncturing it beyond repair, by its announcement Sunday that mosques will start reopening in low-risk areas of the country from May 5. President Hassan Rouhani said mosques would reopen in 132 regions designated as white under a colour-coded system after being consistently …

Philip Giraldi (2020-05-05). Israel's War Crimes Have Killed Americans. thealtworld.com If the president loves to honor the military, start with the U.S.S. Liberty | Imagine if you will a ship from a nation not at war with anyone sailing in international waters on a quiet June day being suddenly attacked by unidentified warplanes and torpedo boats, their markings covered up to conceal their country of origin. The vessel under attack had little with which to defend itself, but its crew heroically made sure that a large national flag was hoisted to demonstrate that it was not a belligerent in anyone's conflict. The attackers noted the nationality of the vessel, but persisted in their aggression in a c…

en.mehrnews (2020-05-05). Venezuela arrests 13 mercenaries, incl. two Americans, for incursion attempt. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 05 (MNA) — Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said that 13 mercenaries including two US citizens working with an American military veteran who has earlier claimed responsibility for a recent marine incursion attempt into Venezuela have been arrested.

Andrew Korybko (2020-05-05). Putin Didn't Disappear: Russia's Ongoing Decentralization Process. globalresearch.ca The Western Mainstream Media's aggressively propagated infowar narrative that President Putin "disappeared" and is "paralyzed" in the face of World War C is factually false because it ignores the Russian leader's regular video conferences with various officials that are widely …

South Front (2020-05-05). Video: ISIS Rears Its Ugly Head in Southern Syria and Central Iraq. globalresearch.ca Tensions between Hayat Tahrir al-Sham and the Syrian Army are growing in southern Idlib. Recently, government forces repeatedly shelled positions of the terrorist groups in the Zawiya Mountain area. The most intense shelling targeted Hayat Tahrir al-Sham terrorists near Fatterah …

WSWS (2020-05-05). Assange extradition hearing rescheduled for September. wsws.org The British state continues to obstruct both Assange's ability to conduct his defence and journalists' ability to report on the case in detail.

Jean Trounstine (2020-05-05). When Coming North is the Only Option: Why We Must Change Our Immigration Policies. counterpunch.org At a time when the only thing anyone is talking about is COVID-19, I took a break to read Kelsey Freeman's astute look at the struggles of migrants to cross the border, recently published by IGPublishing (April, 2020): No Option But North: The Migrant World and the Perilous Path Across the Border. "Migrants will risk everything

en.mehrnews (2020-05-05). Lebanon summons German amb. over Hezbollah designation. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 05 (MNA) — Lebanon's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants has summoned the German ambassador to the country over the designation of Hezbollah as a terrorist organization by the German government.

yenisafak (2020-05-05). Italy to offer permits to illegal migrants for farm work in pandemic crisis. yenisafak.com Italy plans to give work permits to thousands of irregular migrants to help farms deal with the Covid-19 epidemic that has cut the flow of cheap labour from abroad, a political source said on Tuesday.The politically sensitive move, earlier reported in Italian media, was immediately attacked by right-wing opposition leader Matteo Salvini, whose League party has founded its success on a strong anti-migrant platform.Agriculture lobbies have warned Italy will have to throw away huge amounts of fruit and vegetables because there is nobody to pick them, worsening the effects of a shutdown costing the food sector 7 bill…

Fight Back (2020-05-05). Tampa UPS Teamsters organize for hazard pay. fightbacknews.org Tampa, FL – With the ongoing COVID-19 crisis putting workers at risk and UPS making huge profits, many rank-and-file Teamsters are demanding hazard pay. Teamsters in Tampa, Florida are organizing co-workers to fight for it. | Rank-and-file Teamsters activists distributed buttons and stickers to UPSers with the slogan "Hazard pay for UPS workers." | "We want to unite our co-workers around the demand for hazard pay. We're encouraging folks to wear the buttons at work," said Gage LaCharite, a UPS warehouse worker. "This is the first step in a national campaign to win hazard pay. UPS just announced they made $1 billi…

yenisafak (2020-05-05). Turkey urges powers supporting Haftar to rethink. yenisafak.com Turkey on Tuesday called on all powers supporting Libyan warlord Khalifa Haftar to "rethink their position and invest" in the Libyan government."Thanks to Turkey's support for the legitimate government of Libya, the destabilizing and illegitimate Haftar forces are losing ground in Libya. All those powers supporting Haftar must rethink their position and invest in the legitimate government for peace and stability," Fahrettin Altun, Turkey's communications director, said on Twitter.Under the guidance of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Altun said Turkey is "a capable country that can pursue terrorists in Sy…

Michael Lesher (2020-05-05). COVID-19 and the Left: an Ignored Civil Rights Crisis; a Missed Opportunity. zcomm.org The very last thing we should be doing is sitting back and watching while business elites manipulate working class protesters with appeals to their civil-rights concerns, steadily corralling all forms of pro-democracy resistance into the politics of the Republican right…

WSWS (2020-05-05). Spain bans May Day protests on "public health" grounds while sending millions back to work. wsws.org Spanish courts ruled that the COVID-19 danger outweighs basic democratic rights, but Madrid does not believe it outweighs workers' duty to produce profits for the capitalists.

WSWS (2020-05-05). Over 2,000 doctors infected with COVID-19 in Ukraine amid growing protest by medical workers. wsws.org Opposition grows among Ukrainian medical workers as they are left to combat the disease while lacking both essential equipment and funding.

Staff (2020-05-05). Far Right Group Behind Boston's "Straight Pride" Also Organized "Reopen" Protest. truthout.org In March of 1770, a group of British troops found themselves accosted by a mob of angry colonists in Boston. The soldiers were pelted with rocks, snowballs, and struck with clubs. Finally, one soldier fired his weapon in self-defense, and the other troops followed suit. When the smoke cleared, three colonists lay dead. Eight others were wounded, and two of those would later succumb to their injuries. | The event became known as the Boston Massacre, and was initially a public opinion coup for P…

sputniknews (2020-05-05). Pakistan Summons Indian Diplomat to Register Strong Protest Over Cross Border Fire. sputniknews.com New Delhi (Sputnik): India and Pakistan both control parts of Kashmir while claiming it in full. The recent escalations at the border began after India revoked the special status of the region in August 2019.

Thierry Meyssan (2020-05-05). Le projet politique global imposé à l'occasion du Covid-19. thealtworld.com

| Les réactions ineptes de gouvernements européens au Covid-19 ont été dictées par d'anciens conseillers de Donald Rumsfeld et de George W. Bush. Contrairement à la rhétorique publique, elles n'ont aucune prétention médicale. Loin de répondre à la réalité de l'épidémie, elles visent à transformer les sociétés européennes afin de les intégrer à leur projet politico-financier. | Indépendamment de savoir si l'épidémie de Covid-19 est naturelle ou a été provoquée, elle offre l'occasion à un groupe transnational d'imposer soudainement son projet politique sans qu'il soit discuté, ni même exposé. | En quelque…

Matt Sedlar (2020-05-05). Exportación de COVID-19: Inmigración estadounidense realizó vuelos de deportación a 11 países de América Latina, según datos aéreos. cepr.net Un análisis de CEPR revela que es probable que hubo 232 vuelos de deportación del Servicio de Inmigración y Control de Aduanas de Estados Unidos (ICE, por sus siglas en inglés) a países de América Latina y el Caribe entre el 3 de febrero y el 24 de abril de 2020. En 2019, el Servicio …

Graham Peebles (2020-05-05). Only the Poor Starve: Hunger in the Time of Covid. dissidentvoice.org Additional 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 …

Binoy Kampmark (2020-05-05). Brutal Choices: Anders Tegnell and Sweden's Herd Immunity Goal. counterpunch.org If the title of epidemiological czar were to be created, its first occupant would have to be Sweden's Anders Tegnell. He has held sway in the face of sceptics and concern that his "herd immunity" approach to COVID-19 is a dangerous, and breathtakingly cavalier approach, to public health. Tegnell T-shirts featuring him as a medieval

John Feffer (2020-05-05). What Does COVID-19 Mean for the Future of Capitalism? counterpunch.org You pay little attention to the systems of your body — circulatory, digestive, pulmonary — unless something goes wrong. These automatic systems ordinarily go about their business, like unseen clockwork, while you think about a vexing problem at work, drink your morning cup of coffee, walk up and down stairs, and head out to your

Prabir Purkayastha (2020-05-05). U.S. Trade War Against China Takes a Coronaviral Turn. counterpunch.org The Trump administration has expanded its trade war against China to include the COVID-19 pandemic. With more than 1 million already infected in the United States and about 60,000 dead, Trump's assertions in February and March that the coronavirus is just "like a flu" and will disappear have now been replaced by 'China did it,'

WSWS (2020-05-05). Denmark buys unreliable antibody tests to enforce back-to-work amid COVID-19 pandemic. wsws.org Social Democrat Prime Minister Mette Fredriksen said reopening schools is necessary so parents could get back to work and "get the economy going again."

Nyla Ali Khan (2020-05-05). COVID-19 Makes Manifest the Danger of Sectioning Off Humanity into Various "Races" and Various "Worlds" counterpunch.org All of us are trying to adjust to the unforeseen changes brought about by the onset of COVID-19. The transition to the virtual world has not been a cakewalk for everyone. Several people, particularly of my parents' generation, are not technology friendly but are now having to adapt to talking with friends and family via

David Vine (2020-05-05). What 9/11 Taught Me About COVID-19. counterpunch.org On the morning of September 11, 2001, I heard the impact of a plane hitting a building. I was a second-year graduate student living near downtown Brooklyn, not far from the World Trade Center towers. I watched one of the towers fall from a park near my home. For at least four days after the

Adam Ramsay (2020-05-05). Thousands at risk from COVID-19 in 'dangerous' UK call centres. zcomm.org Labour and Lib Dems urge government to stop firms playing 'Russian roulette' with workers' lives — as 'harrowing stories' emerge from new research…

splcenter (2020-05-05). Why White Supremacists Are Targeting Zoom Meetings During the COVID-19 Pandemic. splcenter.org White supremacists have harassed people through the video conferencing app Zoom during the COVID-19 pandemic, part of a broader trend in which they exploit emerging online platforms to promote hate before companies can sufficiently adapt to their presence.

Andrey Areshev (2020-05-05). America's Design Causes It to Fail the COVID-19 Challenge. strategic-culture.org America isn't the only country which is Virtually all other industrialized countries have social-welfare s…

graham (2020-05-05). UK civil servants tailored US anti-money laundering policies to suit Britain's financial services industry. truepublica.org.uk By Naomi Fowler: Amid the global crisis emanating from the spread of Covid-19, those of us who advocate for tax justice have seen our objectives sharpened as the already huge gulf between the living standards of the "poor" and the "rich" seemingly widens every day. The fight for tax equality concomitant with the wider notion …

WSWS (2020-05-05). At least 1,245 Philippine health workers test positive for COVID-19. wsws.org The WHO said that the rate of infection among health workers, which is now 13 percent of all cases in the Philippines, is likely linked to the shortage of personal protective equipment.

WSWS (2020-05-05). With lifting of restrictions, world must brace for a second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. wsws.org At every turn the ruling class has thwarted any real effort to stem and curtail the pandemic.

WSWS (2020-05-05). Australian governments reopen schools despite studies warning of COVID-19 danger. wsws.org The federal government's attack on the Victorian state premier was aimed at suppressing opposition by teachers and parents.

Thierry Meyssan (2020-05-05). The Global Political Project Imposed on the Occasion of Covid-19. thealtworld.com

| The inept reactions of European governments to Covid-19 were dictated by former advisers to Donald Rumsfeld and George W. Bush. Contrary to public rhetoric, they make no medical claims. Far from responding to the reality of the epidemic, they aim to transform European societies in order to integrate them into their political and financial project. | Regardless of whether the Covid-19 epidemic is natural or has been provoked, it offers an opportunity for a transnational group to suddenly impose its political project without discussion or even exposure. | Within a few weeks we have seen so-called democr…

RAIN (2020-05-05). Social Distancing With Tear Gas and Walls: the "Racist, Hateful, And Life-Threatening Campaign" Unleashed Against The Romani With Covid-19. counterpunch.org She was 37 years old. Her name was not reported. We will never know the name of her baby. For three days after her waters broke, she appealed multiple times for attention at Ohrid General Hospital in North Macedonia. Every visit ended the same way, with her being denied treatment. Her friend, who drove her

The Global Research Team (2020-05-05). Global Research: Stay Informed, Be Prepared. globalresearch.ca To say that the public has become disillusioned and wary of constant doomsday media reports and news coverage is a gross understatement — people see their world changing and they want to understand what is happening, and why. They want …

Matt Sedlar (2020-05-05). Don't Just Appreciate, Empower. cepr.net Today is #GivingTuesdayNow, a global day of unity and giving. In these times of stress and uncertainty, we are grateful to be part of a movement that promotes generosity, gratitude, and community spirit. No group embodies that spirit more than the heroes of this pandemic, frontline workers. The grocery store clerks, nurses, cleaners, warehouse workers, …

Robert F. Kennedy Jr (2020-05-05). Video: Robert F Kennedy Jr "The Rest of the Story" Statement on Vaccines (Oct 2015). globalresearch.ca Our good friend, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., whom we affectionately call "Bobby," was invited by Minister Louis Farrakhan to speak at the Million Man March Anniversary in October 2015. This is a clip of his complete message warning us …

CounterPunch News Service (2020-05-05). Circuit Court Hears Oral Arguments over Yellowstone Grizzly Delisting. counterpunch.org Today, in a hearing before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and televised over the internet, a coalition of conservation groups, including Alliance for the Wild Rockies, Native Ecosystems Council, and Western Watersheds Project, defended a lower court ruling to re-list the Yellowstone grizzlies under the Endangered Species Act and faced off against state agencies

Mel Gurtov (2020-05-05). The Coming New World Disorder. counterpunch.org After the demise of the Soviet Union and the US intervention that crushed Saddam Hussein's attack on Kuwait in 1991, President George H. W. Bush pronounced a new world order. His exuberance carried over into academia (Frances Fukuyama's "end of history") and conservative punditry (Charles Krauthammer's "unipolar moment"). The consensus among these American exceptionalists was

Dean Baker (2020-05-05). More Thoughts on Wealth and Tax Alternatives. counterpunch.org Last week the Boston Review (BR) published an exchange on a wealth tax that included a proposal from Berkeley economists Emmanuel Saez and Gabriel Zucman, with a number of responses, including one from me. I was critical of the proposal for both political reasons and because I think avoidance and evasion will be massive problems.

WSWS (2020-05-05). The coronavirus crisis and its impact on the conditions for artists and arts workers. wsws.org The present crisis is devastating the lives of many artists, threatening to drive smaller galleries and related enterprises out of business and resulting in an even greater divide between haves and have-nots.

WSWS (2020-05-05). Human challenge trials are being pushed to develop a vaccine against the coronavirus. wsws.org Purposefully exposing volunteers to the coronavirus after they have been given an experimental vaccine is fraught with tremendous risks to the patients themselves and the population at large.

WSWS (2020-05-05). The coronavirus pandemic and the fight for socialism in Australia. wsws.org The experience of the past months has presented the real face of capitalism—a system that constitutes the greatest threat to mankind.

WSWS (2020-05-05). Gallup, New Mexico locked down to control spread of coronavirus. wsws.org The crisis in Gallup is a preview of the situation that small towns across America will face as states continue to ease social distancing restrictions and open their economies.

WSWS (2020-05-05). Global automakers press ahead with reopening in midst of coronavirus pandemic. wsws.org Auto production is already reopening in Europe, while the corporations are readying their supply chains in North America.

graham (2020-05-05). EU loses $27BN in corporate tax a year to UK, Switzerland, Luxembourg and Netherlands. truepublica.org.uk EU member states are losing over $17 billion in corporate tax a year from US firms abusing the law to shift their profits into the UK, Switzerland and Luxembourg, where corporate tax rates in practice range from 10 per cent to 0.8 per cent. The $17 billion annual corporate tax loss is in addition to …

Samson Atekojo Usman (2020-05-05). Compulsory Vaccination in Africa? Bill Gates Allegedly Offered Nigeria House of Representatives $10 Million Bribe for Speedy Passage of Compulsory Vaccine Bill: CUPP Opposition Party. globalresearch.ca This article published in Nigeria's Daily Post (Abuja) is based on a statement yet to be confirmed of Nigeria's opposition party CUPP. | Compulsory vaccination in Africa's most populated country would set the stage for a vaccination program for the entire …

Samson Atekojo Usman (2020-05-05). Compulsory Vaccination in Africa: Bill Gates Allegedly Offered Nigeria House of Representatives $10 Million Bribe for Speedy Passage of Compulsory Vaccine Bill: CUPP Opposition Party. globalresearch.ca This article is based on a statement yet to be confirmed of Nigeria's opposition party CUPP. | Compulsory vaccination in Africa's most populated country would set the stage for a vaccination program for the entire continent. | *** | The Coalition of United …

Samson Atekojo Usman (2020-05-05). Compulsory Vaccination in Africa? Bill Gates Allegedly Offered Nigeria House of Representatives $10 Million for Speedy Passage of Compulsory Vaccine Bill: CUPP Opposition Party. globalresearch.ca This article entitled "Bill Gates offered House of Reps $10m bribe for speedy passage of compulsory vaccine bill — CUPP published in Nigeria's Daily Post (Abuja) is based on a controversial and unconfirmed statement by Nigeria's opposition party CUPP (see …

Adriaan Alsema (2020-05-05). Colombia to call former army chief in for questioning over illegal spying. colombiareports.com Colombia's former army chief will be called in for questioning over his alleged role in spying on journalists, NGOs, opposition politicians and even the president's office, the chief prosecutor said…

Ted Glick (2020-05-05). On Lying and the 2020 Presidential Election. zcomm.org I would be lying if I said that I thought electing Biden, or anyone other than Sanders, was a guarantee of a transformation. It wouldn't be. But it would be a blow against rising fascism in this country, at least, and hopefully much more…

Finn Andreen (2020-05-05). Economic Cataclysm: Politicians Have Destroyed Markets and Ignored Human Rights with Alarming Enthusiasm. globalresearch.ca An economic cataclysm has been unleashed upon the world by Western politicians and bureaucrats. Unbelievably, economic activity in the West has slowed to a creep, as entire populations have been confined to their homes for weeks, if not months. As …

Chris Kanthan (2020-05-05). How Rockefeller Founded Modern Medicine and Killed Natural Cures. globalresearch.ca This was originally published in October 2015. | People these days look at you like a weirdo if you talk about the healing properties of plants or any other holistic practices. Much like anything else, there is a lot of politics …

Sundance (2020-05-05). The Ministry of COVID-Compliance Reminder. globalresearch.ca The Ministry of Covid Compliance is reminding us this week how the virus has a genetic targeting mechanism able to differentiate between essential cans of vegetables, bottles of liquor, lottery tickets and non-essential products like sneakers and paint. Thus the …

Alan Hope (2020-05-05). Health Workers Call for Caution Over 5G Roll-out. globalresearch.ca Some 400 doctors and 900 health care workers have signed The …

Shane Quinn (2020-05-05). 75 Years Ago: Nazi Germany Lies in Rubble and How the Wehrmacht's Ultimate Defeat Came About. globalresearch.ca Three-quarters of a century ago the Third Reich lay in ruins, its ruler Adolf Hitler dead, having shot himself in the right temple with his 7.65mm pistol on 30 April 1945. Hitler had refused to leave Berlin over previous days, …

Dave DeCamp (2020-05-05). OPCW Insiders Denounce Latest Syria Report. globalresearch.ca Over the past year, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has been quietly facing a crisis of credibility. The crisis started when whistleblowers within the organization shared information that contradicted the findings of an OPCW investigation into …

Colin Todhunter (2020-05-05). The Scourge of Authoritarianism in the Age of Pseudoscience. globalresearch.ca Following the court decision in the US to

James J. Zogby (2020-05-05). 100 Years After San Remo and the Denial of Arab Rights Continues. globalresearch.ca It was appropriate that during the week in which we commemorated the 100th anniversary of the San Remo Conference, Israelis and Americans were discussing the Israeli government's declared intention to annex large portions of occupied Palestinian lands. As was the …

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2020-05-05). Pandemic Revisionism: The George W. Bush Whitewash. globalresearch.ca "Our enemies are innovative and resourceful. And so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people. And neither do we." — President George W. Bush, Aug. 5, 2004 | Hatred is disorientating, and …

John Whitehead (2020-05-05). Technofascism: The Censorship of David Icke is Digital Book Burning in a Totalitarian Age. mintpressnews.com CHARLOTTESVILLE ( That's not a whole lot of freedom. Especially if you're inclined to voice opinions that may be construed as conspiratorial or dangerous. | Take David Icke, for example. | Icke, a popular c…

WSWS (2020-05-05). Layoffs and corporate bankruptcies spread as US workers face mounting hardship. wsws.org Job cuts are sweeping the US as major manufacturers join retailers in announcing long-term layoffs.

Andrey Areshev (2020-05-05). Get Ready for the Next Game-Changer: the Digital Yuan. strategic-culture.org A new, radical paradigm shift is in progress. The U.S. economy may shrink as much as 40% in the first semester of 2020. China, already the world's

WSWS (2020-05-05). South Africa: ANC government orders a partial return to work amid mounting economic crisis. wsws.org The lockdown has caused grave hardship for millions of South Africa's 60 million people, with videos of people waiting in kilometres-long queues for charity food aid going viral.

WSWS (2020-05-05). Washington and its puppet Guaidó implicated in armed attacks on Venezuela. wsws.org At least two of those captured in the abortive invasion plot have been identified as US citizens.

Peter Bolton (2020-05-05). We should never forget Bobby Sands, nor the brutality of the Thatcher government in Ireland. thecanary.co Today marks the 39th

WSWS (2020-05-05). The American oligarchy decides for death. wsws.org The Trump administration has embraced an approach to the pandemic that will—and that it knows will—result in the deaths of tens of thousands of people in the coming weeks and months.

WSWS (2020-05-05). Under US pressure, Mexican government vows to impose return to work and "herd immunity" policy. wsws.org Hundreds of non-essential maquiladora plants across Mexico have remained open during the pandemic and those that were closed after a wave of wildcat strikes are reopening with the sanctioning of the López Obrador government.

Manlio Dinucci (2020-05-05). A Pandemia da Despesa Militar. globalresearch.ca A cada minuto gastam-se no mundo, cerca de 4 milhàµes de dólares para fins militares. Indicam-no as últimas estimativas de Sipri: em 2019 [1], a despesa militar mundial quase atingiu 2 triliàµes de dólares, o nível mais alto desde 1988, …

Manlio Dinucci (2020-05-05). Pandemia della Spesa Militare. globalresearch.ca Ogni minuto si spendono nel mondo circa 4 milioni di dollari a scopo militare. Lo indicano le ultime stime del Sipri: nel 2019 [

WSWS (2020-05-05). Scientists set up independent committee to challenge UK government's COVID-19 response: "there is no transparency" wsws.org Professor David King pointed to daily media briefings with scientists standing alongside government ministers, stating "that is very different from being free to say what your advice is."

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

sputniknews (2020-05-05). White House Odd Couple: Trump, Pence Reportedly Form Close Bond Amid Coronavirus Pandemic. sputniknews.com The president named Mike Pence as chair of his White House Coronavirus Task Force in late February, with the vice president regularly appearing at President Trump's side for daily press briefings and faithfully defending his policies, and speaking to him two to three times a day on the federal response.

sputniknews (2020-05-05). Bollywood Director Ridiculed for 'Misogynist' Tweet About Women Queuing up to Buy Liquor in India. sputniknews.com New Delhi (Sputnik): Hundreds of people queued up outside liquor shops as they opened for the first time since lockdown on 24 March. Several shops had to be shut just hours later to overwhelming crowds defying social distancing norms.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-05). Covid-19 infects 99,970 individuals in Iran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 04 (MNA) — Iranian Health Ministry announced on Tuesday that the number of coronavirus cases has hit 99,970 in Iran, while 6,340 ones have lost their lives due to the disease.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-05). Talks underway between Iran, Turkey over reopening borders. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 05 (MNA) — Talks are underway between Islamic Republic of Iran and Turkey over the reopening of trade and business borders amid the outbreak of the coronavirus, COVID-19.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-05). Iran, Pakistan discuss ways to contain COVID-19. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 5 (MNA) — Top Iranian and Pakistani health officials discussed the coronavirus outbreak and ways of containing the pandemic through cooperation.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-05). Iran's RAILEXPO 2020 to be held thru. observing health protocols amid pandemic. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 05 (MNA) — Iran International Exhibitions Company [IIEC] said on Tue. that Rail Expo 2020 will be held in the country in full compliance with health protocols during the outbreak of coronavirus, COVID-19.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-05). SHAD system creates a teacher-student relationship during pandemic. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 5 (MNA) — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said that online SHAD system has created a teacher-student relationship during the outbreak of coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, in the country.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-05). World coronavirus death toll exceeds 252,000. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 05 (MNA) — Some 252,408 people around the world have now died from COVID-19, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-05). 'Zionists regime's parasitic life at risk': expert. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 5 (MNA) — Iranian political expert on West Asian Affairs Ahmadreza Rouhollahzad says the world powers are coping with economic challenges and the issue has negatively influenced the Zionist regime economic conditions, which is living a parasitic life.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-05). Headlines of Iranian dailies on May 5. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 05 (MNA) — Mehr News takes a look at the headlines of Iranian newspapers on Tuesday, May 05.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-05). Iran's production capacity of steel sections hits 47mn tons. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 05 (MNA) — As the capacity of steel sections' production plants in the country until the current Iranian calendar year was predicted to reach 45 million tons, production capacity of steel sections has currently exceeded 47 million tons at large, the Ministry of Industry, Mine and Trade reported on Tue.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-05). Iran to inaugurate 11.9bn energy projects by March 2021. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 6 (MNA) — Iranian Energy Minister Reza Ardakanian announced on Tuesday that following a scheme called "A-B-Iran", the ministry is going to inaugurate 500 trillion rials (about $11.9 billion) worth of energy projects in several provinces across the country during the current Iranian calendar year (ends on March 20, 2021).

en.mehrnews (2020-05-05). Iran's trade volume exchanged with Arab countries at $22bn last year: official. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 05 (MNA) — Iran's volume of trade exchanged with the Arab countries of the Persian Gulf littoral states in the last Iranian calendar year [ended March 20, 2020] stood at $22 billion.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-05). Lebanon appreciates Iran for sending medical aid to Beirut. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 05 (MNA) — The Lebanese Minister of Health Hamad Hassan appreciated Iran's efforts to send ventilators and diagnostic kits to Beirut, especially in the current critical situation.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-05). 'Eaten' goes on screen at Stuttgart Intl. Filmfest. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 05 (MNA) — Iranian animated piece, 'Eaten' by Mohsen Rezapour is set to go on screen at the 27th Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film in Germany.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-05). Pompeo should read UNSCR 2231: FM Zarif. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 05 (MNA) — Noting that UNSCR 2231 and JCPOA are inseparable, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif explained the resolution to his American counterpart once again.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-05). Renowned Iranian translator passes away. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 05 (MNA) — Najaf Daryabandari, a renowned Iranian writer and translator passed away at the age of 91 on Monday.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-05). Rouhani, Abe stress need for coop. between Iran, Japan to fight coronavirus. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 05 (MNA) — In a phone conversation on Tue., Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe stressed the need for cooperation between all countries in the world to fight the coronavirus, as well cooperation between the two countries to share the experiences in this regard.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-05). Iran hands over prisoners to China, Indonesia. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 05 (MNA) — Iranian Deputy Justice Minister for Human Rights and International Affairs Mahmoud Abbasi informed on Tuesday that Iran has handed over 15 Indonesian and one Chinses prisoners to their home countries.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-05). Iran, Oman discuss latest regional developments, bilateral ties. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 05 (MNA) — Iranian Ambassador to Oman Hojjatoleslam Nouri Shahroudi met and held talks with Omani Minister of Foreign Affairs Yusuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah in Oman on Tue.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-05). Iran saves ‚Ǩ3.4mn currency in domestic parts manufacturing last year. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 6 (MNA) — Islamic Republic of Iran saved over ‚Ǩ3.4 billion worth of foreign currency in the field of domestic manufacturing of parts last year [ended March 20, 2020].

en.mehrnews (2020-05-05). Front pages of Iran international dailies on May 5. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 05 (MNA) — Here are the front pages of Iran-based international newspapers on Tuesday, May 05.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-05). Iran dispatches coronavirus test kits consignment to Germany. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 05 (MNA) — Iranian consignment comprising 40,000 coronavirus test kits was dispatched from Tehran to Germany on Tuesday morning.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-05). Iranian vessels equipped with latest military technologies. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 05 (MNA) — Iranian Navy Commander Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi lauded the Iranian forces' readiness on the ground, see and the skies, saying that the country's naval fleet is equipped with the world's latest military technologies.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-05). Over 23 tons of narcotics seized in Iran in a week. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 05 (MNA) — Over 23 tons of different illicit drugs have been busted by Iran's anti-narcotics police forces in the country in the last week, according to an official.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-05). WHO rejects US' Wuhan lab claims. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 05 (MNA) — The World Health Organization has denied the US' claims that the coronavirus could have originated at a laboratory in the Chinese city of Wuhan.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-05). Era of Nazism has gone over: IDO's head to German govt. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 5 (MNA) — In his reaction to the heinous treatment of Federal Government of Germany against Muslims enthusiast to Lebanese Hezbollah while attending the mosques of this country, Head of Islamic Development Organization (IDO) Hojjatoleslam Mohammad Qomi on Tue. said that the German government should know that the era of Nazism has gone over.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-05). "Equality, Sincere Assistance Maneuver" in Gorgan. en.mehrnews.com GORGAN, May 5 (MNA) — The plan of distributing 17,000 livelihood foodstuff packages [special of the needy people in Golestan province] kicked off at the initiative taken by the Execution of Imam Khomeini Order [EIKO] on Tue. in a ceremony held in the presence of Leader's representative in Golestan, the director general of provincial Islamic Development Organization, governor general and executive managers of this province.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-05). Syria's air defense repels Israeli airstrike over Aleppo. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 05 (MNA) — Syria's army air defenses confronted on Monday a missile aggression on Assfaira region in Aleppo southeastern countryside.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-05). Operation against remnants of ISIL in Iraq underway: official. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 05 (MNA) — Commander in chief of the Armed Forces Adil Abd Al-Mahdi has ordered the launch of a large-scale operation against the remnants of ISIL Takfiris, according to the spokesperson of Iraq's Armed Forces.

yenisafak (2020-05-05). Coronavirus case tally rises in several Arab countries. yenisafak.com Health authorities in four Arab countries reported new fatalities and cases due to the novel coronavirus on Tuesday. | In a statement, Morocco's Health Ministry said one more patient had died from the virus, bringing the nationwide death toll to 180. | The ministry said 100 new cases were detected over the past 24 hours, raising the number of COVID-19 infections to 5,153. | A total of 7,799 people have recovered from the disease in the country so far, it added. | Qatar's Health Ministry said 951 more coronavirus cases were recorded in the Gulf state, bringing the overall figure to 17,142. | A total of 12 people h…

yenisafak (2020-05-05). Virgin Atlantic to cut 3,150 jobs after pandemic hits demand. yenisafak.com British airline Virgin Atlantic said on Tuesday it planned to cut 3,150 jobs and would move its flying programme from London Gatwick to Heathrow airport as it counts the cost of the COVID-19 pandemic.The company said it continued to explore all available options to get extra funding through talks with the government and other stakeholders about possible support for the airline.

yenisafak (2020-05-05). Turkey says major auto factories to reopen by May 11. yenisafak.com As Turkey eases coronavirus measures, all major automotive factories in the country will restart operations by May 11, the country's industry and technology minister said Tuesday."A large chunk of automotive factories have already restarted production," Mustafa Varank told an Ankara Chamber of Commerce online meeting.He also said some textile firms are back in operation, and with the normalization of malls and export channels, this sector will recover fast.After the worldwide spread of coronavirus from China, many factories had to halt production due to measures to stem the virus' spread, such as lockdowns.Varank…

yenisafak (2020-05-05). Galatasaray chairman to undergo medical surgeries. yenisafak.com Galatasaray said Tuesday that its chairman, Mustafa Cengiz, will undergo a series of operations following medical tests after he was rushed to a hospital for weakness and weight loss complaints.The Istanbul team said Cengiz is doing well but did not disclose any further information about his condition.At the time of his hospitalization last week, the club said his complaints were not related to the coronavirus.Cengiz was given two units of blood and doctors advised him to remain at the hospital for treatment.He has been president of Galatasaray since 2018, winning back-to-back Turkish Super Lig titles beginning t…

yenisafak (2020-05-05). Islamic | call to prayer to be broadcast in Australia's largest mosque every | night during Ramadan. yenisafak.com The Islamic call to prayer (adhan) will be broadcast in Australia's largest mosque to motivate the Muslim community during the holy month of Ramadan as Down under struggles to cope with the coronavirus epidemic.The adhan will be broadcast every night and last until the end of Ramadan on May 22, at the Lakemba Mosque in Sydney."With the coronavirus restrictions and the closing of mosques and places of worship, people were denied the special atmosphere of Ramadan," Ahmad Malas, the executive director of the Lebanese Muslim Association, told SBS.The holiest month in the Islamic calendar is one of family and together…

yenisafak (2020-05-05). EU calls for independent probe of virus' origins. yenisafak.com The EU will propose an independent probe of the origins of the coronavirus pandemic at the WHO's World Health Assembly, the bloc's foreign affairs spokesperson confirmed on Tuesday. | "A thorough understanding of the epidemiology of the coronavirus pandemic is essential for public authorities to make informed decisions," Virginie Battu-Henriksson told Anadolu Agency. | EU diplomats are currently working on a draft resolution to be adopted at the assembly on May 18. | The document calls for an independent review of lessons learned from the global health crisis to help prepare the international community for future…

yenisafak (2020-05-05). Yemen's Houthis announce first coronavirus case in Sanaa. yenisafak.com Yemen's Houthi rebel group has recorded a first confirmed case of the novel coronavirus in the capital Sanaa, the group's al-Masirah TV reported on Tuesday citing the health minister.Masirah added the infection was recorded in a Somali national.

yenisafak (2020-05-05). Lebanon summons German ambassador over Hezbollah ban. yenisafak.com Lebanon on Tuesday summoned the German ambassador in Beirut over Berlin's decision to ban Hezbollah group.German Ambassador Georg Birgelen stated that the decision to ban the activities of Hezbollah was taken a while ago and it finally entered into force, the Lebanese Foreign Ministry said in a statement."The decision does not classify Hezbollah as a terrorist [group], but rather prohibits its activities on German soil," the ambassador said.Lebanese Foreign Minister Nassif Hitti, for his part, reiterated that Hezbollah "is a fundamental political component in the country and represents a broad class of the peopl…

yenisafak (2020-05-05). Turkish Central Bank boosts swap sale limit. yenisafak.com The Turkish Central Bank on Tuesday boosted its lira swap sale limits from 30% to 40%."The total Turkish liras swap sale limit in the Central Bank's Turkish lira currency swap market was raised from 30% to 40% for swap transactions that have not matured," banking sources told Anadolu Agency, speaking anonymously due to restrictions on speaking to the media.On April 22 the bank raised the limit from 20% to 30%.Analysts said the move will pave the way for banks to swap for larger amounts thus allowing the Central Bank to boost its reserves.

2020-05-05: Social Media Postees

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Syrian 'Regime Change' Architect: William Roebuck, US Ambassador of Destruction
Steven Sahiounie | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-06
Since 2006, William Roebuck, a US Diplomat, has been working toward 'regime change' in Syria at any cost. The destruction of Syria, hundreds of thousands of deaths and injuries, and the migration of one-third of the population have been …
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USS Liberty: Israel's War Crimes Have Killed Americans
Philip Giraldi | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-06
Imagine if you will a ship from a nation not at war with anyone sailing in international waters on a quiet June day being suddenly attacked by unidentified warplanes and torpedo boats, their markings covered up to conceal their country …
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Video: How Bill Gates Monopolized Global Health. James Corbett Documentary
James Corbett | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-06
Who is Bill Gates? A software developer? A businessman? A philanthropist? A global health expert? | This question, once merely academic, is becoming a very real question for those who are beginning to realize that Gates' unimaginable wealth has been used …
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The Rohingya in Malaysia: Coronavirus and Alibis for Paranoia
Dr. Binoy Kampmark | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-06
Rounding up undocumented workers, migrant and refugees is part of a brutal order of things in Malaysia. When matters economic are going well, authorities turn the blindest of eyes. The money pours in; development goals are being met. During times …
globalresearch.ca/rohingya-malaysia-coro…

50 Years of Bat-Shit Crazy Televised Presidential Warmongering
James Bovard | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-05
Fifty years ago, President Richard Nixon popped up on national television on a Thursday night to proudly announce that he invaded Cambodia. At that time, Nixon was selling himself as a peacemaker, promising to withdraw U.S. troops from the Vietnam War. But after the sixth time that Nixon watched the movie "Patton," he was overwhelmed…
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The catastrophic unemployment crisis
Nigel Bouvart | workers.org | 2020-05-05
The COVID-19 crisis has led to mass layoffs, putting millions out of work in a country where roughly 80 percent of workers lived paycheck to paycheck even prior to the pandemic. As of May 1, 30 million unemployment claims had been filed, yet the real number of unemployed is likely . . . | Continue reading The catastrophic unemployment crisis at Workers.org
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Trump Is Igniting a Cold War With China to Try to Win Re-election
Andrey Areshev | strategic-culture.org | 2020-05-05
Patrick COCKBURN | "Go to China!", a woman in Denver, Colorado, shouts at two hospital workers standing in front of her car to prevent her from taking part in a protest against the coronavirus lockdown. Her cry is a sign that President Trump is having some success in demonising China: he says that that he has a "high degree of confidence" that the deadly virus emanated from a laboratory in Wuhan, though he cannot reveal the source of his information. | The level of Trump's mendacity is far grosser than that used to sell the Iraq War by claiming that Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction (WMD). Then…
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Trump is Igniting a Cold War With China to Try to Win Re-election
Patrick Cockburn | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-05
"Go to China!", a woman in Denver, Colorado, shouts at two hospital workers standing in front of her car to prevent her from taking part in a protest against the coronavirus lockdown. Her cry is a sign that President Trump is having some success in demonising China: he says that that he has a "high degree of confidence" that the deadly virus emanated from a laboratory in Wuhan, though he cannot reveal the source of his information.
counterpunch.org/2020/05/05/trump-is-ign…

The Only Way the Fight Against Coronavirus Resembles the Real Wars I've Witnessed
Robert Fisk | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-05
After 40 years of watching "real" war, I obviously have strong views about the fight which statesmen and politicians and liars

Trump is Igniting a Cold War With China to Try to Win Re-election
Robert Fisk | zcomm.org | 2020-05-05
The purpose of Trump's lies is not to convince by rational argument but to dominate the news agenda by outrageous allegations…
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What the statistics reveal about Trump, China and the virus
Deirdre Griswold | workers.org | 2020-05-05
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The Federal Reserve: More Lethal Than Coronavirus
Rep. Ron Paul | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-05
Last week the Federal Reserve announced it will keep interest rates at or near zero until the economy recovers from the government-imposed shutdown. Following this announcement, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell urged Congress and the Trump administration to put aside …
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The Federal Reserve: More Lethal Than Coronavirus
Rep. Ron Paul | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-05
Last week the Federal Reserve announced it will keep interest rates at or near zero until the economy recovers from the government-imposed shutdown. Following this announcement, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell urged Congress and the Trump administration to put aside …
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Leaked CDC report projects 200,000 infections per day by June 1
John Wojcik, C.J. Atkins | peoplesworld.org | 2020-05-05
The Trump administration, despite urging a re-opening of the economy, is sitting on its own projections that the daily death toll from COVID-19 will nearly double in the next four weeks. The report is in the form of an internal CDC document procured by a number of newspapers, including the New York Times and the …
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Trump's Big Lie, accusing China of spreading COVID-19, a prelude to US war against China
wsws.org | 2020-05-05
US efforts to scapegoat China, backed by allies such as Australia, are a crude attempt to deflect attention from its own criminal negligence, amid mounting opposition in the working class.
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Solitary Confinement Used For Children As Young As 11 After COVID-19 Exposure
Staff | therealnews.com | 2020-05-05
Lawyers say Maryland's Department of Juvenile Services and the Department of Correctional Services aren't being transparent about conditions in juvenile detention centers.
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Defeat of a Dirty Military Incursion into Venezuela on a Sunday Morning
Vijay Prashad, Paola Estrada, Ana Maldonado, and Zoe PC | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-05
In the early morning hours of Sunday, May 3, speedboats left the Colombian coastlines and headed toward Venezuela. These boats had no authorization to cross the maritime border. They landed on the Venezuelan coastline at La Guaira. This was clearly a hostile action, since the boats carried heavy weaponry, including assault rifles and ammunition; the people on the boats possessed satellite phones as well as uniforms and helmets with the flag of the United States of America.
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Paying the Price for Defeating Chevron: an Interview with Steven Donziger
Joe Emersberger | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-05
U.S. attorney Steven Donziger has been in house arrest in Manhattan for almost eight months. His pre-trial detention stems from a judgement he and a team of Ecuadorian lawyers won over Chevron that could cost the company billions of dollars

Trump's Threat to Iran Has a Hollow, Angsty Ring
M. K. Bhadrakumar | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-05
A tweet by the U.S. President Donald Trump on April 22 said, "I have instructed the United States Navy to shoot down and destroy any and all Iranian gunboats if they harass our ships at sea." Trump seems to be talking the language of war while indulging in politics by other means. Like his ban…
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US refuses to extradite CIA agent who killed UK teen Harry Dunn
Aaron Maté | thegrayzone.com | 2020-05-05
As the US government hunts Julian Assange, it refuses to extradite a CIA agent who killed UK teen Harry Dunn…
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New PSL book: 'Climate Solutions: Beyond Capitalism'
Sunil Freeman | liberationnews.org | 2020-05-05
"It is a small book, but expansive in outlook in a way that echoes the holistic eco-socialist society we will need…"
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Israel's War Crimes Have Killed Americans
Philip Giraldi | thealtworld.com | 2020-05-05
If the president loves to honor the military, start with the U.S.S. Liberty | Imagine if you will a ship from a nation not at war with anyone sailing in international waters on a quiet June day being suddenly attacked by unidentified warplanes and torpedo boats, their markings covered up to conceal their country of origin. The vessel under attack had little with which to defend itself, but its crew heroically made sure that a large national flag was hoisted to demonstrate that it was not a belligerent in anyone's conflict. The attackers noted the nationality of the vessel, but persisted in their aggression in a c…
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On the Brink of Starvation: COVID-19 and the Global Food Chain with Raj Patel
www.speakoutsocialists | indybay.org | 2020-05-05

This is an online townhall. For links and information on how to join the Zoom call visit here: | speakoutsocialists.org/townhall-05-09-20…
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Five Eyes spies have NO EVIDENCE that coronavirus emerged from Wuhan lab, report suggests in U-turn from previous leaks
rt.com | 2020-05-05
There is no evidence to substantiate the Trump administration's claims that Covid-19 came from a Chinese laboratory, according to intelligence sources, raising questions about a leaked dossier blaming Beijing for the pandemic. | Sources that spoke to the Guardian said that a 15-page dossier which accused China of carrying out a cover-up to hide its role in the global health crisis was not based on intelligence taken from the infamous 'Five Eyes' network, which incl…
rt.com/news/487782-five-eyes-china-intel…

Kim Jong-un accepts WWII medal awarded by Putin days after DEATH rumors spread by Western media
rt.com | 2020-05-05
He may have been reported dead last week by US/UK media, but today North Korean leader Kim Jong-un received a medal from President Putin for his contribution to perpetuating the memory of Soviet citizens buried in North Korea. | In 2019, the Kremlin announced the creation of a brand new award named '75 Years of Victory in the Great Patriotic War 1941-1945′, to be given to those chosen by the president. The award has already been presented to multiple people, many of whom are Russian veterans. | | © Russian Embassy in North Korea | According to the Facebook page of the Russian Embassy in North Korea, Kim…
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Kim Jong-un accepts WWII medal awarded by Putin days after DEATH rumors spread by Western media
rt.com | 2020-05-05
He may have been reported dead last week by US/UK media, but today North Korean leader Kim Jong-un received a medal from President Putin for his contribution to perpetuating the memory of Soviet citizens buried in North Korea. | In 2019, the Kremlin announced the creation of a brand new award named '75 Years of Victory in the Great Patriotic War 1941-1945′, to be given to those chosen by the president. The award has already been presented to multiple people, many of whom are Russian veterans. | | @ Russian Embassy in North Korea | According to the Facebook page of the Russian Embassy in North Korea, Kim was…
rt.com/russia/487828-russia-award-kim-me…

Navajo Nation Suffers Third-Highest COVID-19 Infection Rate in US
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-05-05
We get an update from two doctors treating patients with the Navajo Nation, the largest Indigenous reservation in the country, which has been hard hit by the coronavirus pandemic. Dr. Michelle Tom is a member of the Navajo Nation and a family physician treating COVID-19 patients at the Winslow Indian Health Care Center and Little Colorado Medical Center in northern Arizona near the Navajo reservation. In Gallup, New Mexico, Dr. Sriram Shamasunder is leading a medical volunteer group of 21 nurses and doctor…
truthout.org/video/navajo-nation-suffers…

Remembering Valentina Blackhorse, Beloved 28-Year-Old Navajo Community Activist Who Died of COVID-19
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-05-05
After New York and New Jersey, the next highest number of coronavirus infections per capita in the United States is in the Navajo Nation, the largest Indigenous reservation in the country. We go to Kayenta, Arizona, to speak with Robby Jones, a member of the Navajo Nation and the partner of one of those to die from the virus: 28-year-old Valentina Blackhorse, a beloved community leader who promoted Navajo culture and left behind a daughter named Poet.
www.democracynow.org/2020/5/5/rememberin…

Navajo Nation Suffers Third-Highest COVID-19 Infection Rate in U.S. with Limited Healthcare & Water
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-05-05
We get an update from two doctors treating patients with the Navajo Nation, the largest Indigenous reservation in the country, which has been hard hit by the coronavirus pandemic. Dr. Michelle Tom is a member of the Navajo Nation and a family physician treating COVID-19 patients at the Winslow Indian Health Care Center and Little Colorado Medical Center in northern Arizona near the Navajo reservation. In Gallup, New Mexico, Dr. Sriram Shamasunder is leading a medical volunteer group of 21 nurses and doctors from the University of California, San Francisco as part of the HEAL Initiative. He says the coronavirus hi…
www.democracynow.org/2020/5/5/navajo_nat…

Pompeo and the capricious virus
M. K. Bhadrakumar | iranian.com | 2020-05-05
Iran has delivered a devastating blow to the ego of the Trump administration, puncturing it beyond repair, by its announcement Sunday that mosques will start reopening in low-risk areas of the country from May 5. President Hassan Rouhani said mosques would reopen in 132 regions designated as white under a colour-coded system after being consistently …
iranian.com/2020/05/04/pompeo-and-the-ca…

The Case for Prison Abolition: Ruth Wilson Gilmore on COVID-19, Racial Capitalism & Decarceration
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-05-05
The spread of COVID-19 threatens the lives of more than 2.3 million people locked up in prisons and jails throughout the United States. We look at how the call to release prisoners during the coronavirus pandemic makes the case for prison abolition, with scholar Ruth Wilson Gilmore, co-founder of California Prison Moratorium Project and Critical Resistance and the author of "Golden Gulag: Prison, Surplus, Crisis, and Opposition in Globalizing California." Her forthcoming book is "Change Everything: Racial Capitalism and the Case for Abolition."
www.democracynow.org/2020/5/5/ruth_wilso…

Calls Grow for Mass Release from Ohio's Marion Prison as 80% of Prisoners Test Positive for COVID-19
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-05-05
We get an update on one of the worst coronavirus outbreaks in the United States, at the Marion Correctional Institution in Ohio, where 11 prisoners and one staff member have died, and at least 80% of prisoners and half of the prison staff tested positive. Despite growing calls to release thousands of Ohio's nearly 50,000 incarcerated people as the coronavirus spreads, Governor Mike DeWine has only approved the release of more than 100 people in the state's prisons. "We're seeing a few people being released … but not anywhere near the 20,000 [we are] demanding," says Azzurra Crispino, whose husband, James, is in…
www.democracynow.org/2020/5/5/marion_cor…

Former top officials in Bernie Sanders campaign form super PAC to back Joe Biden
WSWS Repost | indybay.org | 2020-05-05
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…

Indigenous Leadership Points the Way Out of the COVID Crisis
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-05-05
The United States is in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has infected more than 1.2 million people and claimed over 70,000 lives. President Donald Trump has failed the American public, bungling the response while forsaking and targeting vulnerable communities. Meanwhile, the hopes for a progressive insurgency have faded with Sen. Bernie Sanders's withdrawal from the race for the Democratic nomination for president…
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Venezuela says U.S. behind another attempted coup this past weekend
Steve Sweeney | peoplesworld.org | 2020-05-05
Washington has been accused of orchestrating a coup attempt against Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro after the police and armed forces stopped "a terrorist group" entering the country by sea on Sunday. President of Venezuela's constituent assembly Diosdado Cabello Rondón described the attack as "a coup financed from the United States, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) …
peoplesworld.org/article/venezuela-says-…

Venezuela denuncia serie de acciones de EE.UU y Colombia
Prensa Latina | peoplesworld.org | 2020-05-05
CARACAS, 5 may (Prensa Latina) El Ministerio Público denunció hoy que el intento de invasión del pasado domingo a Venezuela forma parte de una serie de acciones preparadas y financiadas por Colombia y Estados Unidos para derrocar al presidente Nicolás Maduro. En la cuenta oficial de esa institución, en la red social Twitter, se anuncian …
peoplesworld.org/article/venezuela-denun…

Maduro says 2 Americans 'on Trump's security team' were among 'mercenaries' behind failed invasion attempt
rt.com | 2020-05-05
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro claimed that two US citizens were captured along with a group of "mercenaries" Caracas accused of trying to infiltrate the Latin American nation in order to assassinate him. | Also on rt.com | | President's ASSASSINATION was ultimate goal of US/Colombia-staged mercenary invasion of Venezuela

WHO's Integrity Questioned. Skepticism?
Peter Koenig | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-05
Russian NTV: Donald Trump refused to Fund WHO. There are more and more people in the world who are skeptical of the organization. Does this skepticism have any Foundation? | Peter Koenig: Yes, it is true, and yes it does. WHO's …
globalresearch.ca/who-integrity/5711795

WHO's Integrity Increasingly Questioned. Skepticism?
Peter Koenig | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-05
Russian NTV: Donald Trump refused to Fund WHO. There are more and more people in the world who are skeptical of the organization. Does this skepticism have any Foundation? | Peter Koenig: Yes, it is true, and yes it does. WHO's …
globalresearch.ca/who-integrity/5711795

Putin Didn't Disappear: Russia's Ongoing Decentralization Process
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-05
The Western Mainstream Media's aggressively propagated infowar narrative that President Putin "disappeared" and is "paralyzed" in the face of World War C is factually false because it ignores the Russian leader's regular video conferences with various officials that are widely …
globalresearch.ca/putin-didnt-disappear-…

Video: ISIS Rears Its Ugly Head in Southern Syria and Central Iraq
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-05
Tensions between Hayat Tahrir al-Sham and the Syrian Army are growing in southern Idlib. Recently, government forces repeatedly shelled positions of the terrorist groups in the Zawiya Mountain area. The most intense shelling targeted Hayat Tahrir al-Sham terrorists near Fatterah …
globalresearch.ca/video-isis-southern-sy…

Video: ISIS Rears Its Ugly Head in Southern Syria and Central Iraq
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-05
Tensions between Hayat Tahrir al-Sham and the Syrian Army are growing in southern Idlib. Recently, government forces repeatedly shelled positions of the terrorist groups in the Zawiya Mountain area. The most intense shelling targeted Hayat Tahrir al-Sham terrorists near Fatterah …
globalresearch.ca/video-isis-southern-sy…

Assange extradition hearing rescheduled for September
wsws.org | 2020-05-05
The British state continues to obstruct both Assange's ability to conduct his defence and journalists' ability to report on the case in detail.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/05/assa…

When Coming North is the Only Option: Why We Must Change Our Immigration Policies
Jean Trounstine | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-05
At a time when the only thing anyone is talking about is COVID-19, I took a break to read Kelsey Freeman's astute look at the struggles of migrants to cross the border, recently published by IGPublishing (April, 2020): No Option But North: The Migrant World and the Perilous Path Across the Border.
counterpunch.org/2020/05/05/when-coming-…

Vienna's vice mayor takes heat after 'ASYLUM SEEKER VIRUS' reference
rt.com | 2020-05-05
The vice mayor of Vienna and high-ranking member of Austria's anti-immigration party faced accusations of racism after he blamed the rise in daily Covid-19 infections on the local migrant community. | "It is now clear… that the increasing coronavirus numbers in Vienna can only be attributed to asylum seekers," Vice Mayor Dominik Nepp said on Monday, after a recent testing campaign at migrants' quarters in the district of Erdberg revealed 26 new Covid…
rt.com/news/487790-coronavirus-vienna-fp…

Italy to offer permits to illegal migrants for farm work in pandemic crisis
yenisafak.com | 2020-05-05
Italy plans to give work permits to thousands of irregular migrants to help farms deal with the Covid-19 epidemic that has cut the flow of cheap labour from abroad, a political source said on Tuesday.The politically sensitive move, earlier reported in Italian media, was immediately attacked by right-wing opposition leader Matteo Salvini, whose League party has founded its success on a strong anti-migrant platform.Agriculture lobbies have warned Italy will have to throw away huge amounts of fruit and vegetables because there is nobody to pick them, worsening the effects of a shutdown costing the food sector 7 bill…
yenisafak.com/en/world/italy-to-offer-pe…

Rohingyas lock down at the world's largest refugee camp
Susan Price | greenleft.org.au | 2020-05-05
Healthcare Refugees & migrants Paul GregoireIssue 1264 Bangladesh COVID-19 Rohingya refugeesMay 5, 2020To date, there have be…
greenleft.org.au/content/rohingyas-lock-…

Tampa UPS Teamsters organize for hazard pay
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-05-05
Tampa, FL – With the ongoing COVID-19 crisis putting workers at risk and UPS making huge profits, many rank-and-file Teamsters are demanding hazard pay. Teamsters in Tampa, Florida are organizing co-workers to fight for it. | Rank-and-file Teamsters activists distributed buttons and stickers to UPSers with the slogan "Hazard pay for UPS workers." | "We want to unite our co-workers around the demand for hazard pay. We're encouraging folks to wear the buttons at work," said Gage LaCharite, a UPS warehouse worker. "This is the first step in a national campaign to win hazard pay. UPS just announced they made $1 billi…
www.fightbacknews.org/2020/5/4/tampa-ups…

Turkey urges powers supporting Haftar to rethink
yenisafak.com | 2020-05-05
Turkey on Tuesday called on all powers supporting Libyan warlord Khalifa Haftar to "rethink their position and invest" in the Libyan government."Thanks to Turkey's support for the legitimate government of Libya, the destabilizing and illegitimate Haftar forces are losing ground in Libya. All those powers supporting Haftar must rethink their position and invest in the legitimate government for peace and stability," Fahrettin Altun, Turkey's communications director, said on Twitter.Under the guidance of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Altun said Turkey is "a capable country that can pursue terrorists in Sy…
yenisafak.com/en/news/turkey-urges-power…

COVID-19 and the Left: an Ignored Civil Rights Crisis; a Missed Opportunity
Michael Lesher | zcomm.org | 2020-05-05
The very last thing we should be doing is sitting back and watching while business elites manipulate working class protesters with appeals to their civil-rights concerns, steadily corralling all forms of pro-democracy resistance into the politics of the Republican right…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/covid-19-and-the-l…

Spain bans May Day protests on "public health" grounds while sending millions back to work
wsws.org | 2020-05-05
Spanish courts ruled that the COVID-19 danger outweighs basic democratic rights, but Madrid does not believe it outweighs workers' duty to produce profits for the capitalists.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/05/spai…

Over 2,000 doctors infected with COVID-19 in Ukraine amid growing protest by medical workers
wsws.org | 2020-05-05
Opposition grows among Ukrainian medical workers as they are left to combat the disease while lacking both essential equipment and funding.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/05/ukra…

Pakistan Summons Indian Diplomat to Register Strong Protest Over Cross Border Fire
sputniknews.com | 2020-05-05
New Delhi (Sputnik): India and Pakistan both control parts of Kashmir while claiming it in full. The recent escalations at the border began after India revoked the special status of the region in August 2019.
sputniknews.com/asia/202005051079199750-…

Hundreds protest coronavirus lockdown at Massachusetts State House after reopening delayed for two weeks (PHOTOS & VIDEOS)
rt.com | 2020-05-05
Scores of protesters hit the streets to demand Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker streamline the reopening of non-essential businesses, delayed due to the lack of progress in slowing down the spread of Covid-19. | Hundreds of demonstrators filled the streets around the Massachusetts State House in Boston on Monday for what event organizers dubbed a "Liberty Rally," voicing outrage over Baker's decision to extend the state's lockdown another two weeks to May 18, further putting off the reopening of nonessential businesses as hundreds of thousands of residents file for unemployment. | "Let my people go", "We a…
rt.com/usa/487773-massachusetts-state-ho…

Hundreds protest coronavirus lockdown at Massachusetts State House after reopening delayed for two weeks (PHOTOS & VIDEOS)
rt.com | 2020-05-05
Scores of protesters hit the streets to demand Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker streamline the reopening of non-essential businesses, delayed due to the lack of progress in slowing down the spread of Covid-19. | Hundreds of demonstrators filled the streets around the Massachusetts State House in Boston on Monday for what event organizers dubbed a "Liberty Rally," voicing outrage over Baker's decision to extend the state's lockdown another two weeks to May 18, further putting off the reopening of nonessential businesses as hundreds of thousands of residents file for unemployment. | t.co/p6j0L5nf2e
rt.com/usa/487773-massachusetts-state-ho…

Russia waging 'HYBRID WAR' on Europe by protesting removal of Soviet liberator statue, claims Czech official who had it torn down
rt.com | 2020-05-05
A Prague official responsible for removing a statue of Marshal Konev urged Brussels to protect the EU against Moscow's "interference" and "hybrid war," playing the time-tested 'Russia scare' card that never fails to be effective. | Proving that a strong offense sometimes makes the best defense, head of Prague's District 6 Ondrej Kolar wrote an open letter to European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, according to Czech media. | Read m…
rt.com/news/487777-prague-konev-monument…

Far Right Group Behind Boston's "Straight Pride" Also Organized "Reopen" Protest
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-05-05
In March of 1770, a group of British troops found themselves accosted by a mob of angry colonists in Boston. The soldiers were pelted with rocks, snowballs, and struck with clubs. Finally, one soldier fired his weapon in self-defense, and the other troops followed suit. When the smoke cleared, three colonists lay dead. Eight others were wounded, and two of those would later succumb to their injuries. | The event became known as the Boston Massacre, and was initially a public opinion coup for P…
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The coronavirus pandemic and the fight for socialism in Australia
wsws.org | 2020-05-05
The experience of the past months has presented the real face of capitalism–a system that constitutes the greatest threat to mankind.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/05/cher…

Pandemic profits: Analysis shows the ultra-rich got ultra-richer as coronavirus hit
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2020-05-05
WASHINGTON–Call it pandemic profits: A new report by the Institute for Policy Studies, the latest in its biannual series, shows the ultra-rich got ultra-richer in the months since the coronavirus pandemic hit the U.S. And the richest of them all, Jeff Bezos, profited big time from the ensuing crash. Not that Bezos needed it. His …
peoplesworld.org/article/pandemic-profit…

Don't Just Appreciate, Empower
Matt Sedlar | cepr.net | 2020-05-05
Today is #GivingTuesdayNow, a global day of unity and giving. In these times of stress and uncertainty, we are grateful to be part of a movement that promotes generosity, gratitude, and community spirit. No group embodies that spirit more than the heroes of this pandemic, frontline workers. The grocery store clerks, nurses, cleaners, warehouse workers, …
cepr.net/dont-just-appreciate-empower/

Why White Supremacists Are Targeting Zoom Meetings During the COVID-19 Pandemic
splcenter.org | 2020-05-05
White supremacists have harassed people through the video conferencing app Zoom during the COVID-19 pandemic, part of a broader trend in which they exploit emerging online platforms to promote hate before companies can sufficiently adapt to their presence.
splcenter.org/hatewatch/2020/05/05/why-w…

Pandemic Revisionism: The George W. Bush Whitewash
Dr. Binoy Kampmark | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-05
"Our enemies are innovative and resourceful. And so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people. And neither do we."

With lifting of restrictions, world must brace for a second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic
wsws.org | 2020-05-05
At every turn the ruling class has thwarted any real effort to stem and curtail the pandemic.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/05/viru…

Religion and COVID-19 physical distancing: A conflict of belief, or something else?
Dan Wright | peoplesworld.org | 2020-05-05
The current coronavirus pandemic, in its scope and potential harm, demands that everyone, including members of religious groups, adhere to what best serves the common good. It might seem to be almost a truism, a given fact, that people everywhere would welcome, without question or dissent, measures to mitigate or slow the spread of a …
peoplesworld.org/article/religion-and-co…

U.S. Trade War Against China Takes a Coronaviral Turn
Prabir Purkayastha | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-05
The Trump administration has expanded its trade war against China to include the COVID-19 pandemic. With more than 1 million already infected in the United States and about 60,000 dead, Trump's assertions in February and March that the coronavirus is just "like a flu" and will disappear have now been replaced by 'China did it,'…
counterpunch.org/2020/05/05/u-s-trade-wa…

Bolivia vs Venezuela: COVID-19 response reveals true nature of governments
Federico Fuentes | mronline.org | 2020-05-05
Government responses to the COVID-19 pandemic have put into sharp relief their true nature. This is perhaps no more evident than when we compare Bolivia and Venezuela.
mronline.org/2020/05/05/bolivia-vs-venez…

The American oligarchy decides for death
wsws.org | 2020-05-05
The Trump administration has embraced an approach to the pandemic that will–and that it knows will–result in the deaths of tens of thousands of people in the coming weeks and months.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/05/pers…

Pandemic Revisionism: The George W. Bush Whitewash
Binoy Kampmark | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-05-05
Our enemies are innovative and resourceful. And so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people. And neither do we.

Global automakers press ahead with reopening in midst of coronavirus pandemic
wsws.org | 2020-05-05
Auto production is already reopening in Europe, while the corporations are readying their supply chains in North America.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/05/auto…

Under US pressure, Mexican government vows to impose return to work and "herd immunity" policy
wsws.org | 2020-05-05
Hundreds of non-essential maquiladora plants across Mexico have remained open during the pandemic and those that were closed after a wave of wildcat strikes are reopening with the sanctioning of the López Obrador government.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/05/mexi…

Denmark buys unreliable antibody tests to enforce back-to-work amid COVID-19 pandemic
wsws.org | 2020-05-05
Social Democrat Prime Minister Mette Fredriksen said reopening schools is necessary so parents could get back to work and "get the economy going again."
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/05/denm…

Another life-saving brigade travels to South Africa
Eds. | mronline.org | 2020-05-05
More than 1,450 men and women in white lab coats from Cuba's Henry Reeve Contingent have traveled to 22 nations in Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, Africa and the Middle East to battle the pandemic.
mronline.org/2020/05/05/another-life-sav…

Paramilitary invasions in Venezuela: Made in USA
Nic de la Riva | liberationnews.org | 2020-05-05
Attempted invasion taken care of swiftly and efficiently by the Venezuelan government.
liberationnews.org/paramilitary-invasion…

Washington and its puppet Guaidó implicated in armed attacks on Venezuela
wsws.org | 2020-05-05
At least two of those captured in the abortive invasion plot have been identified as US citizens.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/05/vene…

OPCW Insiders Denounce Latest Syria Report
Dave DeCamp | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-05
Over the past year, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has been quietly facing a crisis of credibility. The crisis started when whistleblowers within the organization shared information that contradicted the findings of an OPCW investigation into …
globalresearch.ca/opcw-insiders-denounce…

Economic Cataclysm: Politicians Have Destroyed Markets and Ignored Human Rights with Alarming Enthusiasm
Finn Andreen | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-05
An economic cataclysm has been unleashed upon the world by Western politicians and bureaucrats. Unbelievably, economic activity in the West has slowed to a creep, as entire populations have been confined to their homes for weeks, if not months. As …
globalresearch.ca/politicians-destroyed-…

Video: Robert F Kennedy Jr "The Rest of the Story" Statement on Vaccines (Oct 2015)
Robert F. Kennedy Jr | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-05
Our good friend, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., whom we affectionately call "Bobby," was invited by Minister Louis Farrakhan to speak at the Million Man March Anniversary in October 2015. This is a clip of his complete message warning us …
globalresearch.ca/video-robert-f-kennedy…

Health Workers Call for Caution Over 5G Roll-out
Alan Hope | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-05
Some 400 doctors and 900 health care workers have signed an open letter to the government, urging them to exercise caution regarding the roll-out by Proximus of a forerunner of the next generation of mobile data, known as 5G. | The …
globalresearch.ca/health-workers-call-ca…

Global Research: Stay Informed, Be Prepared
The Global Research Team | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-05
To say that the public has become disillusioned and wary of constant doomsday media reports and news coverage is a gross understatement

Compulsory Vaccination in Africa? Bill Gates Allegedly Offered Nigeria House of Representatives $10 Million for Speedy Passage of Compulsory Vaccine Bill: CUPP Opposition Party
Samson Atekojo Usman | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-05
This article entitled "Bill Gates offered House of Reps $10m bribe for speedy passage of compulsory vaccine bill

75 Years Ago: Nazi Germany Lies in Rubble and How the Wehrmacht's Ultimate Defeat Came About
Shane Quinn | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-05
Three-quarters of a century ago the Third Reich lay in ruins, its ruler Adolf Hitler dead, having shot himself in the right temple with his 7.65mm pistol on 30 April 1945. Hitler had refused to leave Berlin over previous days, …
globalresearch.ca/75-years-ago-nazi-germ…

100 Years After San Remo and the Denial of Arab Rights Continues
James J. Zogby | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-05
It was appropriate that during the week in which we commemorated the 100th anniversary of the San Remo Conference, Israelis and Americans were discussing the Israeli government's declared intention to annex large portions of occupied Palestinian lands. As was the …
globalresearch.ca/100-years-after-san-re…

Global Research: Stay Informed, Be Prepared
The Global Research Team | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-05
To say that the public has become disillusioned and wary of constant doomsday media reports and news coverage is a gross understatement

How Rockefeller Founded Modern Medicine and Killed Natural Cures
Chris Kanthan | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-05
This was originally published in October 2015. | People these days look at you like a weirdo if you talk about the healing properties of plants or any other holistic practices. Much like anything else, there is a lot of politics …
globalresearch.ca/how-rockefeller-founde…

The Ministry of COVID-Compliance Reminder
Sundance | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-05
The Ministry of Covid Compliance is reminding us this week how the virus has a genetic targeting mechanism able to differentiate between essential cans of vegetables, bottles of liquor, lottery tickets and non-essential products like sneakers and paint. Thus the …
globalresearch.ca/ministry-covid-complia…

Compulsory Vaccination in Africa? Bill Gates Allegedly Offered Nigeria House of Representatives $10 Million for Speedy Passage of Compulsory Vaccine Bill: CUPP Opposition Party
Samson Atekojo Usman | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-05
This article entitled "Bill Gates offered House of Reps $10m bribe for speedy passage of compulsory vaccine bill

Compulsory Vaccination in Africa? Bill Gates Allegedly Offered Nigeria House of Representatives $10 Million Bribe for Speedy Passage of Compulsory Vaccine Bill: CUPP Opposition Party
Samson Atekojo Usman | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-05
This article published in Nigeria's Daily Post (Abuja) is based on a statement yet to be confirmed of Nigeria's opposition party CUPP. | Compulsory vaccination in Africa's most populated country would set the stage for a vaccination program for the entire …
globalresearch.ca/bill-gates-offered-nig…

The Ministry of COVID-Compliance Reminder
Sundance | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-05
The Ministry of Covid Compliance is reminding us this week how the virus has a genetic targeting mechanism able to differentiate between essential cans of vegetables, bottles of liquor, lottery tickets and non-essential products like sneakers and paint. Thus the …
globalresearch.ca/ministry-covid-complia…

How Rockefeller Founded Modern Medicine and Killed Natural Cures
Chris Kanthan | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-05
This was originally published in October 2015. | People these days look at you like a weirdo if you talk about the healing properties of plants or any other holistic practices. Much like anything else, there is a lot of politics …
globalresearch.ca/how-rockefeller-founde…

The Scourge of Authoritarianism in the Age of Pseudoscience
Colin Todhunter | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-05
Following the court decision in the US to award in favour of Dewayne Johnson (exposure to Monsanto's Roundup weed killer and its active ingredient, glyphosate, caused Johnson to develop non-Hodgkin lymphoma), attorney Robert Kennedy Jr said at…
globalresearch.ca/authoritarianism-age-p…

Video: Robert F Kennedy Jr "The Rest of the Story" Statement on Vaccines (Oct 2015)
Robert F. Kennedy Jr | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-05
Our good friend, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., whom we affectionately call "Bobby," was invited by Minister Louis Farrakhan to speak at the Million Man March Anniversary in October 2015. This is a clip of his complete message warning us …
globalresearch.ca/video-robert-f-kennedy…

Compulsory Vaccination in Africa: Bill Gates Allegedly Offered Nigeria House of Representatives $10 Million Bribe for Speedy Passage of Compulsory Vaccine Bill: CUPP Opposition Party
Samson Atekojo Usman | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-05
This article is based on a statement yet to be confirmed of Nigeria's opposition party CUPP. | Compulsory vaccination in Africa's most populated country would set the stage for a vaccination program for the entire continent. | *** | The Coalition of United …
globalresearch.ca/bill-gates-offered-nig…

America's Design Causes It to Fail the COVID-19 Challenge
Andrey Areshev | strategic-culture.org | 2020-05-05
America isn't the only country which is so corrupt as to stand at or near the top of the global coronavirus-infection rankings, but, as the June 2020 issue of The Atlantic headlines, "We Are Living in a Failed State: The coronavirus didn't break America. It revealed what was already broken." Why did this happen? | Virtually all other industrialized countries have social-welfare s…
strategic-culture.org/news/2020/05/05/am…

Coronavirus cuts 'deep scars' through meatpacking towns across the country
Ryan Foley | peoplesworld.org | 2020-05-05
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP)–As the coronavirus spread from the nation's meatpacking plants to the broader communities where they are located, it burned through a modest duplex in Waterloo, Iowa. In the downstairs unit lived Jim Orvis, 65, a beloved friend and uncle who worked in the laundry department at the Tyson Foods pork processing facility, the largest …
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Virus conspires with drive for profit to 'open the economy'
Roberta Wood | peoplesworld.org | 2020-05-05
Capitalism is an enabler of the coronavirus's spread. The dynamics of our nation's capitalist economy are sabotaging efforts to protect the health and lives of the American people. That's what's behind the disastrous pressures to "re-open" the economy. It's not as if human survival depends on restaurants, bars, casinos, and shopping malls doing business. No, …
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The coronavirus crisis and its impact on the conditions for artists and arts workers
wsws.org | 2020-05-05
The present crisis is devastating the lives of many artists, threatening to drive smaller galleries and related enterprises out of business and resulting in an even greater divide between haves and have-nots.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/05/arts…

Matt Hancock patronises A&E doctor just as UK sinks to worst death toll in Europe
Ed Sykes | thecanary.co | 2020-05-05
The UK currently has the highest coronavirus (Covid-19) death toll in Europe

Gallup, New Mexico locked down to control spread of coronavirus
wsws.org | 2020-05-05
The crisis in Gallup is a preview of the situation that small towns across America will face as states continue to ease social distancing restrictions and open their economies.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/05/nav3…

Johns Hopkins Leads The COVID-19 Response, But Just Laid Off Its Low-Wage Workers
Staff | therealnews.com | 2020-05-05
At a May Day rally, workers said Johns Hopkins University reneged on a commitment to give laid off workers four weeks pay.
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Coronavirus deaths likely 60% higher than official numbers reflect, FT finds
Eds. | mronline.org | 2020-05-05
As experts try to model the true number of coronavirus deaths, and some random 'surveillance' studies have suggested that–at least in some badly hit areas–the number of confirmed coronavirus cases might be many multiples of the official count, the FT has published its latest attempt at trying to 'model' the true coronavirus death toll.
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Human challenge trials are being pushed to develop a vaccine against the coronavirus
wsws.org | 2020-05-05
Purposefully exposing volunteers to the coronavirus after they have been given an experimental vaccine is fraught with tremendous risks to the patients themselves and the population at large.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/05/vacc…

Only the Poor Starve: Hunger in the Time of Covid
Graham Peebles | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-05-05
Additional 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 …
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Australian governments reopen schools despite studies warning of COVID-19 danger
wsws.org | 2020-05-05
The federal government's attack on the Victorian state premier was aimed at suppressing opposition by teachers and parents.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/05/teac…

Technofascism: The Censorship of David Icke is Digital Book Burning in a Totalitarian Age
John Whitehead | mintpressnews.com | 2020-05-05
CHARLOTTESVILLE ( Rutherford) —-We are fast becoming a nation–nay, a world–of book burners.While on paper, we are technically free to speak–at least according to the U.S. Constitution–in reality, however, we are only as free to speak as the government and its corporate partners such as Facebook, Google or YouTube may allow. | That's not a whole lot of freedom. Especially if you're inclined to voice opinions that may be construed as conspiratorial or dangerous. | Take David Icke, for example. | Icke, a popular c…
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The Coming New World Disorder
Mel Gurtov | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-05
After the demise of the Soviet Union and the US intervention that crushed Saddam Hussein's attack on Kuwait in 1991, President George H. W. Bush pronounced a new world order. His exuberance carried over into academia (Frances Fukuyama's "end of history") and conservative punditry (Charles Krauthammer's "unipolar moment"). The consensus among these American exceptionalists was…
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COVID-19 Makes Manifest the Danger of Sectioning Off Humanity into Various "Races" and Various "Worlds"
Nyla Ali Khan | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-05
All of us are trying to adjust to the unforeseen changes brought about by the onset of COVID-19. The transition to the virtual world has not been a cakewalk for everyone. Several people, particularly of my parents' generation, are not technology friendly but are now having to adapt to talking with friends and family via…
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Brutal Choices: Anders Tegnell and Sweden's Herd Immunity Goal
Binoy Kampmark | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-05
If the title of epidemiological czar were to be created, its first occupant would have to be Sweden's Anders Tegnell. He has held sway in the face of sceptics and concern that his "herd immunity" approach to COVID-19 is a dangerous, and breathtakingly cavalier approach, to public health. Tegnell T-shirts featuring him as a medieval…
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Where is Joe Biden?
Lawrence Davidson | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-05
Do you remember that classic puzzle book, Where's Waldo? It was first marketed in 1987 and placed Waldo, a tiny, oddly dressed, twenty-something figure amidst hundreds of other ordinary folks. The challenge was to find him in the crowd. Today the Waldo puzzle is still out there but, because in the latest version he is wearing a mask and practicing…
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What Does COVID-19 Mean for the Future of Capitalism?
John Feffer | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-05
You pay little attention to the systems of your body

What 9/11 Taught Me About COVID-19
David Vine | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-05
On the morning of September 11, 2001, I heard the impact of a plane hitting a building. I was a second-year graduate student living near downtown Brooklyn, not far from the World Trade Center towers. I watched one of the towers fall from a park near my home. For at least four days after the…
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More Thoughts on Wealth and Tax Alternatives
Dean Baker | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-05
Last week the Boston Review (BR) published an exchange on a wealth tax that included a proposal from Berkeley economists Emmanuel Saez and Gabriel Zucman, with a number of responses, including one from me. I was critical of the proposal for both political reasons and because I think avoidance and evasion will be massive problems.
counterpunch.org/2020/05/05/more-thought…

Social Distancing With Tear Gas and Walls: the "Racist, Hateful, And Life-Threatening Campaign" Unleashed Against The Romani With Covid-19
RAIN | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-05
She was 37 years old. Her name was not reported. We will never know the name of her baby. For three days after her waters broke, she appealed multiple times for attention at Ohrid General Hospital in North Macedonia. Every visit ended the same way, with her being denied treatment. Her friend, who drove her…
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WWP message on May Day 2020 is Organize!
Larry Holmes | workers.org | 2020-05-05
This edited talk was given by First Secretary of Workers World Party Larry Holmes at "May Day Webinar! Workers Power: Building Workers Assemblies" sponsored by WWP on May 1. Larry Holmes, speaking during the WWP May Day webinar. Happy May Day to everyone. This is the perfect occasion for everybody . . . | Continue reading WWP message on May Day 2020 is Organize! at Workers.org
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Tenants take on Philadelphia gentrifier
| workers.org | 2020-05-05
By Doris Grass Philadelphia–A new and rapidly growing association of residential and commercial tenants of OCF Realty was formed to demand that OCF meet the needs of its tenants during the COVID-19 crisis and beyond. Since the inception of Tenants of OCF several weeks ago, members have faced a high . . . | Continue reading Tenants take on Philadelphia gentrifier at Workers.org
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Get Ready for the Next Game-Changer: the Digital Yuan
Andrey Areshev | strategic-culture.org | 2020-05-05
A new, radical paradigm shift is in progress. The U.S. economy may shrink as much as 40% in the first semester of 2020. China, already the world's largest economy by PPP for a few years now, may soon become the world's largest economy even in exchange rate terms.
strategic-culture.org/news/2020/05/05/ge…

South Africa: ANC government orders a partial return to work amid mounting economic crisis
wsws.org | 2020-05-05
The lockdown has caused grave hardship for millions of South Africa's 60 million people, with videos of people waiting in kilometres-long queues for charity food aid going viral.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/05/safr…

Colombia to call former army chief in for questioning over illegal spying
Adriaan Alsema | colombiareports.com | 2020-05-05
Colombia's former army chief will be called in for questioning over his alleged role in spying on journalists, NGOs, opposition politicians and even the president's office, the chief prosecutor said…
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EU loses $27BN in corporate tax a year to UK, Switzerland, Luxembourg and Netherlands
graham | truepublica.org.uk | 2020-05-05
EU member states are losing over $17 billion in corporate tax a year from US firms abusing the law to shift their profits into the UK, Switzerland and Luxembourg, where corporate tax rates in practice range from 10 per cent to 0.8 per cent. The $17 billion annual corporate tax loss is in addition to …
truepublica.org.uk/united-kingdom/eu-loses-27bn-in-corporate-tax-a-year-to-uk-switzerland-luxembourg-and-netherlands/

Layoffs and corporate bankruptcies spread as US workers face mounting hardship
wsws.org | 2020-05-05
Job cuts are sweeping the US as major manufacturers join retailers in announcing long-term layoffs.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/05/jobs…

On Lying and the 2020 Presidential Election
Ted Glick | zcomm.org | 2020-05-05
I would be lying if I said that I thought electing Biden, or anyone other than Sanders, was a guarantee of a transformation. It wouldn't be. But it would be a blow against rising fascism in this country, at least, and hopefully much…
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Thousands at risk from COVID-19 in 'dangerous' UK call centres
Adam Ramsay | zcomm.org | 2020-05-05
Labour and Lib Dems urge government to stop firms playing 'Russian roulette' with workers' lives

Why Keep On Confronting?
Andrey Areshev | strategic-culture.org | 2020-05-05
On April 25 the White House published a heartening and most welcome "Joint Statement by President Donald J. Trump and President Vladimir Putin of Russia" to mark "the 75th Anniversary of the historic meeting between American and Soviet troops, who shook hands on the damaged bridge over the Elbe River. This event heralded the decisive defeat of the Nazi regime." Some of us considered this a most positive step in relations between the cou…
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We should never forget Bobby Sands, nor the brutality of the Thatcher government in Ireland
Peter Bolton | thecanary.co | 2020-05-05
Today marks the 39th anniversary of the death of Bobby Sands inside the H-blocks of Long Kesh internment camp. On 5 May 1981, Sands laid down his life for his and his comrades' right for recognition as political prisoners. On this day, we should remember the sacrifice he made for the cause of Irish freedom. But his struggle does not just provide an example that all anti-imperialists should follow. It also serve…
thecanary.co/opinion/2020/05/05/we-shoul…

Le projet politique global imposé à l'occasion du Covid-19
Thierry Meyssan | thealtworld.com | 2020-05-05

| Les réactions ineptes de gouvernements européens au Covid-19 ont été dictées par d'anciens conseillers de Donald Rumsfeld et de George W. Bush. Contrairement à la rhétorique publique, elles n'ont aucune prétention médicale. Loin de répondre à la réalité de l'épidémie, elles visent à transformer les sociétés européennes afin de les intégrer à leur projet politico-financier. | Indépendamment de savoir si l'épidémie de Covid-19 est naturelle ou a été provoquée, elle offre l'occasion à un groupe transnational d'imposer soudainement son projet politique sans qu'il soit discuté, ni même exposé. | En quelque…
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UK civil servants tailored US anti-money laundering policies to suit Britain's financial services industry
graham | truepublica.org.uk | 2020-05-05
By Naomi Fowler: Amid the global crisis emanating from the spread of Covid-19, those of us who advocate for tax justice have seen our objectives sharpened as the already huge gulf between the living standards of the "poor" and the "rich" seemingly widens every day. The fight for tax equality concomitant with the wider notion …
truepublica.org.uk/united-kingdom/uk-civil-servants-tailored-us-anti-money-laundering-policies-to-suit-britains-financial-services-industry/

At least 1,245 Philippine health workers test positive for COVID-19
wsws.org | 2020-05-05
The WHO said that the rate of infection among health workers, which is now 13 percent of all cases in the Philippines, is likely linked to the shortage of personal protective equipment.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/05/phil…

The Global Political Project Imposed on the Occasion of Covid-19
Thierry Meyssan | thealtworld.com | 2020-05-05

| The inept reactions of European governments to Covid-19 were dictated by former advisers to Donald Rumsfeld and George W. Bush. Contrary to public rhetoric, they make no medical claims. Far from responding to the reality of the epidemic, they aim to transform European societies in order to integrate them into their political and financial project. | Regardless of whether the Covid-19 epidemic is natural or has been provoked, it offers an opportunity for a transnational group to suddenly impose its political project without discussion or even exposure. | Within a few weeks we have seen so-called democr…
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Detainees put at high risk for COVID-19 at Madison, Wi., jail
Annika Lee | liberationnews.org | 2020-05-05
To protect them from COVID-19, incarcerated people must be freed.
liberationnews.org/detainees-put-at-high…

Exportación de COVID-19: Inmigración estadounidense realizó vuelos de deportación a 11 países de América Latina, según datos aéreos
Matt Sedlar | cepr.net | 2020-05-05
Un análisis de CEPR revela que es probable que hubo 232 vuelos de deportación del Servicio de Inmigración y Control de Aduanas de Estados Unidos (ICE, por sus siglas en inglés) a países de América Latina y el Caribe entre el 3 de febrero y el 24 de abril de 2020. En 2019, el Servicio …
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GOP Senate to hold stimulus hostage; demands coronavirus lawsuit immunity for bosses
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2020-05-05
WASHINGTON–If you go to work and get sick from coronavirus on the job, because of little protective gear and no social distancing, Mitch McConnell wants to make sure your boss walks, scot-free. That's his "line in the sand" in the next economic aid package to deal with the coronavirus pandemic and its massive closures. The …
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US Senate reconvenes to push return to work and social cuts
wsws.org | 2020-05-05
The Trump administration and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell are demanding that a new pandemic relief bill provide businesses with legal immunity for causing disease or death to employees by failing to provide a safe work environment.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/05/sena…

Did McConnell Pressure Judge to Retire to Pave Way for His Unqualified Protégé?
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-05-05
A federal court has requested an investigation into whether Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell unethically pressured a judge on the powerful U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to retire to pave the way for the Kentucky Republican's 38-year-old protégé Justin Walker, who is set for a confirmation hearing for the vacancy on Wednesday. | The New York Times reported la…
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Herd Immunity May Only Need 10-20 Percent to Be Infected
Ross Clark | anti-empire.com | 2020-05-05
Since mid-March there has been an assumption that herd immunity against Covid-19 would not be achieved until around 60 per cent of the population has been infected. It is a figure which gave rise to the now-famous paper by Professor Neil Ferguson of Imperial College, which claimed that a herd immunity policy (which the government denies ever following) would result in the deaths of 250,000 people in Britain. That figure has been challenged by scientists who have questioned some of the assumptions behind it

Rouhani, Abe stress need for coop. between Iran, Japan to fight coronavirus
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-05
TEHRAN, May 05 (MNA)

Government-Granted Patent Monopolies Give Drug Companies an Incentive to Lie About the Safety and Effectiveness of Their Drugs
Dean Baker | cepr.net | 2020-05-05
I know the media are prohibited from stating this obvious truth, but it seemed a good time to remind folks. The NYT posted an article about how Japan's prime minister, Shinzo Abe, is promoting a drug produced by a subsidiary of Fujifilm, a large Japanese company, as a treatment for the coronavirus. According to the …
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Mayo Clinic Q and A: Reducing anxiety and stress during COVID-19 pandemic
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org | 2020-05-05
DEAR MAYO CLINIC: It's been weeks of being at home with my children and spouse due to the COVID-19 pandemic and stay-at-home requirements. I'm feeling overwhelmed and I'm also scared because we really don't know what's going to happen. How can I ease this anxiety? ANSWER: You certainly are not alone in those feelings. As …
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Infographic: Informed but not overwhelmed
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org | 2020-05-05
For the latest updates on the COVID-19 pandemic, check the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. For more information and COVID-19 coverage, go to the Mayo Clinic News Network and mayoclinic.org.
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Media backgrounder: COVID-19 readiness and helping the world respond to the global pandemic
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org | 2020-05-05
ROCHESTER, Minn.

Vice President Pence visits Mayo Clinic
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org | 2020-05-05
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 …
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Mayo Clinic introduces skill for Amazon's Alexa about COVID-19
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org | 2020-05-05
ROCHESTER, Minn.

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

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

Science Saturday: Antimalarials, COVID-19, cardiac arrest
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org | 2020-05-05
Over the last few weeks, chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine have become household words. These antiparasitic drugs normally prescribed for malaria were introduced early in the rush to find potential treatments for COVID-19. As time goes on, the public discussion has centered on who should get these particular drugs and when. Meanwhile many doctors and medical researchers …
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Mayo Clinic expert talks social distancing
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org | 2020-05-05
The need for?social distancing?will continue into the summer as an important public health tool to reduce the spread of?COVID-19. ?Dr. Gregory Poland, an infectious diseases specialist at Mayo Clinic acknowledges the hardships of public safety measures and says they are important. "The nature of social distancing, isolating ourselves, and shelter-in-place has been tremendous hardships from …
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Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: Using tele-ICU to support New York hospital
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org | 2020-05-05
Using tele-ICU capabilities, Mayo Clinic physicians in critical care medicine are volunteering to support staff at New York-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital, which has been inundated with COVID-19 cases. At this unprecedented time, these two organizations are collaborating and innovating to help patients. On the Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast, Dr. Sean Caples, a Mayo Clinic pulmonologist and critical …
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AskMayoExpert's COVID-19 information made available to public
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org | 2020-05-05
Mayo Clinic is making parts of its AskMayoExpert clinical knowledge resource for providers available to the public to make trusted knowledge on COVID-19 easily available to other health systems and providers. AskMayoExpert, Mayo Clinic's primary clinical knowledge resource for providers at the point of care, is sharing its COVID-19 content with the public. "Mayo leadership …
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Respiratory care and people who care for patients with COVID-19
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org | 2020-05-05
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…

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

Physicians, scientists and physician-scientists connect dots between heart disease, potential for worse COVID-19 outcomes
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org | 2020-05-05
ROCHESTER, Minn. ? People with certain heart diseases may be more susceptible to worse outcomes with COVID-19, but the reason why has remained unknown. New research from Mayo Clinic indicates that in patients with one specific type of heart disease ? obstructive hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) ? the heart increases production of the ACE2 RNA transcript …
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The Pandemic Has Made the Poor People's Campaign Virtual–and Vital
Katrina vanden Heuvel | thenation.com | 2020-05-05
The Pandemic Has Made the Poor People's Campaign Virtual–and Vital…
thenation.com/article/politics/the-pande…

Why Are Republicans Stampeding to Reopen?
Sasha Abramsky | thenation.com | 2020-05-05
Why Are Republicans Stampeding to Reopen?
thenation.com/article/society/trump-coro…

Covid Is About to Become the Newest Excuse for Police Brutality
Elie Mystal | thenation.com | 2020-05-05
Covid Is About to Become the Newest Excuse for Police Brutality…
thenation.com/article/society/coronaviru…

Reopening America Is Only Safe in Trump's Dreams
Tom Tomorrow | thenation.com | 2020-05-05
Reopening America Is Only Safe in Trump's Dreams…
thenation.com/article/politics/coronavir…

The Coronavirus Is About to Become the Newest Excuse for Police to Harass Black People
Elie Mystal | thenation.com | 2020-05-05
The Coronavirus Is About to Become the Newest Excuse for Police to Harass Black People…
thenation.com/article/society/coronaviru…

Why Are We Still Prioritizing Military Spending?
Mandy Smithberger | thenation.com | 2020-05-05
Why Are We Still Prioritizing Military Spending?
thenation.com/article/politics/coronavir…

The Worlds of Edward Said
Rashid Khalidi | thenation.com | 2020-05-05
The Worlds of Edward Said…
thenation.com/article/culture/edward-sai…

One Damn Thing After Another
Jan-Werner Màºller | thenation.com | 2020-05-05
One Damn Thing After Another…
thenation.com/article/culture/sheri-berm…

I Believe Tara Reade. And You Should, Too
Kate Manne | thenation.com | 2020-05-05
I Believe Tara Reade. And You Should, Too.
thenation.com/article/politics/tara-read…

Virgin Atlantic to cut 3,150 jobs after pandemic hits demand
yenisafak.com | 2020-05-05
British airline Virgin Atlantic said on Tuesday it planned to cut 3,150 jobs and would move its flying programme from London Gatwick to Heathrow airport as it counts the cost of the COVID-19 pandemic.The company said it continued to explore all available options to get extra funding through talks with the government and other stakeholders about possible support for the airline.
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EU calls for independent probe of virus' origins
yenisafak.com | 2020-05-05
The EU will propose an independent probe of the origins of the coronavirus pandemic at the WHO's World Health Assembly, the bloc's foreign affairs spokesperson confirmed on Tuesday. | "A thorough understanding of the epidemiology of the coronavirus pandemic is essential for public authorities to make informed decisions," Virginie Battu-Henriksson told Anadolu Agency. | EU diplomats are currently working on a draft resolution to be adopted at the assembly on May 18. | The document calls for an independent review of lessons learned from the global health crisis to help prepare the international community for future…
yenisafak.com/en/news/eu-calls-for-indep…

Islamic | call to prayer to be broadcast in Australia's largest mosque every | night during Ramadan
yenisafak.com | 2020-05-05
The Islamic call to prayer (adhan) will be broadcast in Australia's largest mosque to motivate the Muslim community during the holy month of Ramadan as Down under struggles to cope with the coronavirus epidemic.The adhan will be broadcast every night and last until the end of Ramadan on May 22, at the Lakemba Mosque in Sydney."With the coronavirus restrictions and the closing of mosques and places of worship, people were denied the special atmosphere of Ramadan," Ahmad Malas, the executive director of the Lebanese Muslim Association, told SBS.The holiest month in the Islamic calendar is one of family and together…
yenisafak.com/en/world/islamiccall-to-pr…

Turkey says major auto factories to reopen by May 11
yenisafak.com | 2020-05-05
As Turkey eases coronavirus measures, all major automotive factories in the country will restart operations by May 11, the country's industry and technology minister said Tuesday."A large chunk of automotive factories have already restarted production," Mustafa Varank told an Ankara Chamber of Commerce online meeting.He also said some textile firms are back in operation, and with the normalization of malls and export channels, this sector will recover fast.After the worldwide spread of coronavirus from China, many factories had to halt production due to measures to stem the virus' spread, such as lockdowns.Varank…
yenisafak.com/en/economy/turkey-says-maj…

Yemen's Houthis announce first coronavirus case in Sanaa
yenisafak.com | 2020-05-05
Yemen's Houthi rebel group has recorded a first confirmed case of the novel coronavirus in the capital Sanaa, the group's al-Masirah TV reported on Tuesday citing the health minister.Masirah added the infection was recorded in a Somali national.
yenisafak.com/en/world/yemens-houthis-an…

Galatasaray chairman to undergo medical surgeries
yenisafak.com | 2020-05-05
Galatasaray said Tuesday that its chairman, Mustafa Cengiz, will undergo a series of operations following medical tests after he was rushed to a hospital for weakness and weight loss complaints.The Istanbul team said Cengiz is doing well but did not disclose any further information about his condition.At the time of his hospitalization last week, the club said his complaints were not related to the coronavirus.Cengiz was given two units of blood and doctors advised him to remain at the hospital for treatment.He has been president of Galatasaray since 2018, winning back-to-back Turkish Super Lig titles beginning t…
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Coronavirus case tally rises in several Arab countries
yenisafak.com | 2020-05-05
Health authorities in four Arab countries reported new fatalities and cases due to the novel coronavirus on Tuesday. | In a statement, Morocco's Health Ministry said one more patient had died from the virus, bringing the nationwide death toll to 180. | The ministry said 100 new cases were detected over the past 24 hours, raising the number of COVID-19 infections to 5,153. | A total of 7,799 people have recovered from the disease in the country so far, it added. | Qatar's Health Ministry said 951 more coronavirus cases were recorded in the Gulf state, bringing the overall figure to 17,142. | A total of 12 people h…
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Turkish Central Bank boosts swap sale limit
yenisafak.com | 2020-05-05
The Turkish Central Bank on Tuesday boosted its lira swap sale limits from 30% to 40%."The total Turkish liras swap sale limit in the Central Bank's Turkish lira currency swap market was raised from 30% to 40% for swap transactions that have not matured," banking sources told Anadolu Agency, speaking anonymously due to restrictions on speaking to the media.On April 22 the bank raised the limit from 20% to 30%.Analysts said the move will pave the way for banks to swap for larger amounts thus allowing the Central Bank to boost its reserves.
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Lebanon summons German ambassador over Hezbollah ban
yenisafak.com | 2020-05-05
Lebanon on Tuesday summoned the German ambassador in Beirut over Berlin's decision to ban Hezbollah group.German Ambassador Georg Birgelen stated that the decision to ban the activities of Hezbollah was taken a while ago and it finally entered into force, the Lebanese Foreign Ministry said in a statement."The decision does not classify Hezbollah as a terrorist [group], but rather prohibits its activities on German soil," the ambassador said.Lebanese Foreign Minister Nassif Hitti, for his part, reiterated that Hezbollah "is a fundamental political component in the country and represents a broad class of the peopl…
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Pandemia della Spesa Militare
Manlio Dinucci | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-05
Ogni minuto si spendono nel mondo circa 4 milioni di dollari a scopo militare. Lo indicano le ultime stime del Sipri: nel 2019 [ 1] la spesa militare mondiale ha quasi raggiunto i 2.000 miliardi di dollari, il più …
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Pandemia della Spesa Militare
Manlio Dinucci | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-05
Ogni minuto si spendono nel mondo circa 4 milioni di dollari a scopo militare. Lo indicano le ultime stime del Sipri: nel 2019 [ 1] la spesa militare mondiale ha quasi raggiunto i 2.000 miliardi di dollari, il più …
globalresearch.ca/pandemia-della-spesa-m…

A Pandemia da Despesa Militar
Manlio Dinucci | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-05
A cada minuto gastam-se no mundo, cerca de 4 milhàµes de dólares para fins militares. Indicam-no as últimas estimativas de Sipri: em 2019 [1], a despesa militar mundial quase atingiu 2 triliàµes de dólares, o nível mais alto desde 1988, …
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National bereavement service rolled out for mourners during coronavirus lockdown
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-05-05
An end-of-life charity has launched a national bereavement service to support people struggling with losing loved ones during the coronavirus (Covid-19) lockdown.People finding it difficult to grieve will be able to access up to six weeks of support over the phone from a dedicated volunteer trained by the Marie Curie charity.More than 450,000 people will be mourning the loss of a family member or friend since the start of the lockdown, the charity estimates.Some 90,392 deaths from all causes were registered in England and Wales from the week ending March 27 to the week ending April 17, figures from the Office for…
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Handful of new cases in South Korea and China as containment efforts pay off
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-05-05
China and South Korea, which had early outbreaks of coronavirus, have together reported only four new infections and are slowly resuming public events after months of containment efforts.South Korea's three new cases represented the lowest daily jump in nearly three months.More than 10,000 people have been infected in the nation's outbreak, and over 250 have died.As cases slow, South Korea will start reopening schools in phases next week, and its professional baseball league began its new season on Tuesday.A TV cameraman walks through the spectators' seats covered with pictures of fans before a baseball game in I…
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Fewer than one in six have Covid-19 antibody protection suggests Patrick Vallance
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-05-05
Fewer than one in six people have any sort of antibody protection to Covid-19, England's chief scientific adviser has said. | Patrick Vallance told MPs on the Health and Social Care Committee that data from around five weeks ago suggested "something like a 10% antibody positivity in London", with 3% to 4% antibody positivity in other regions and even less in some areas. | At the current time, he said he would "not expect to see antibody levels much above mid-teens" in any region. This suggests fewer than one in six people have had coronavirus. | Vallance said that while the R number

Campaigners warn government over 'unlawful' unconditional airline bailout
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-05-05
Green campaigners have warned the government not to give airlines an unconditional bailout, as a poll suggests people do not think the sector is a priority for public money. | Lawyers acting for climate action charity Possible have written to the chancellor asking for assurances any bailout of the UK aviation industry will have conditions to ensure there are meaningful emissions cuts from planes. | Legal firm Leigh Day has warned Rishi Sunak that a failure to attach carbon-cutting conditions to a bailout would be unlawful, because it would not be in line with the UK's legal goals to cut greenhouse gases. | It wou…
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UK officially surpasses Italy death toll as experts warn comparing countries is difficult
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-05-05
The UK has passed Italy as the country with the most Covid-19 deaths in Europe, new figures show

Headteachers say low staff numbers and lack of PPE could make it hard to reopen
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-05-05
The majority of headteachers say reduced staff numbers, an inability to implement social distancing measures and a lack of PPE could make it hard for schools to reopen to more pupils.The government should improve its guidance on social distancing, and provide the scientific evidence for pupils returning to class, as "prerequisites" to schools reopening, heads say.Parents will not have the confidence to send their children back to class if schools are not given enough time to prepare, the leader of the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) has warned.More than one in four (29%) heads do not believe it will…
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Just 22% of carers needing a Covid-19 test can get one, research says
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-05-05
Just 22% of social care workers considered a priority for a Covid-19 test have been able to access one, research by a body representing the sector has found. | A survey by the National Care Forum (NCF) found that out of a sample of 31,262 care staff, 6,469 were in urgent need of testing due to having symptoms of the virus. | But despite a government pledge made on 15 April that all frontline care workers in need of a test should have one, only 1,463

Team of experts put forward a sustainable approach to coronavirus recovery
imperial.ac.uk | 2020-05-05
Researchers from the UK's top universities have found that climate-friendly investment policies are the best medicine for a failing economy.
imperial.ac.uk/news/197313/team-experts-forward-sustainable-approach-coronavirus

Philanthropists making 'crucial difference' in coronavirus crisis
imperial.ac.uk | 2020-05-05
The scientific battle against COVID-19 is accelerating thanks to charitable donations, President Alice Gast writes in the Financial Times.
imperial.ac.uk/news/197275/philanthropists-making-crucial-difference-coronavirus-crisis

New report models Italy's potential exit strategy from COVID-19 lockdown
imperial.ac.uk | 2020-05-05
Imperial researchers have analysed the likely impact of easing lockdown measures in Italy and the impact on transmission of coronavirus.
imperial.ac.uk/news/189351/new-report-models-italys-potential-exit

SHAD system creates a teacher-student relationship during pandemic
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-05
TEHRAN, May 5 (MNA)

Iran's RAILEXPO 2020 to be held thru. observing health protocols amid pandemic
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-05
TEHRAN, May 05 (MNA)

Iran, Pakistan discuss ways to contain COVID-19
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-05
TEHRAN, May 5 (MNA)

Venezuela arrests 13 mercenaries, incl. two Americans, for incursion attempt
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-05
TEHRAN, May 05 (MNA)

Iran to inaugurate 11.9bn energy projects by March 2021
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-05
TEHRAN, May 6 (MNA)

Covid-19 infects 99,970 individuals in Iran
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-05
TEHRAN, May 04 (MNA)

Iran dispatches coronavirus test kits consignment to Germany
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-05
TEHRAN, May 05 (MNA)

Talks underway between Iran, Turkey over reopening borders
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-05
TEHRAN, May 05 (MNA)

WHO rejects US' Wuhan lab claims
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-05
TEHRAN, May 05 (MNA)

World coronavirus death toll exceeds 252,000
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-05
TEHRAN, May 05 (MNA)

Lebanon summons German amb. over Hezbollah designation
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-05
TEHRAN, May 05 (MNA)

Iran hands over prisoners to China, Indonesia
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-05
TEHRAN, May 05 (MNA)

Pompeo should read UNSCR 2231: FM Zarif
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-05
TEHRAN, May 05 (MNA)

Syria's air defense repels Israeli airstrike over Aleppo
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-05
TEHRAN, May 05 (MNA)

Iran's trade volume exchanged with Arab countries at $22bn last year: official
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-05
TEHRAN, May 05 (MNA)

Iran saves €3.4mn currency in domestic parts manufacturing last year
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-05
TEHRAN, May 6 (MNA)

"Equality, Sincere Assistance Maneuver" in Gorgan
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-05
GORGAN, May 5 (MNA)

Era of Nazism has gone over: IDO's head to German govt
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-05
TEHRAN, May 5 (MNA)