Daily Archives: May 7, 2020

2020-05-07: News Headlines

Paul Antonopoulos (2020-05-08). Greece's Renewed Relations with Syria Further Isolates Turkey in the Eastern Mediterranean. globalresearch.ca On Tuesday, the

Lawrence Wittner (2020-05-08). Amid the Coronavirus Pandemic, America's Billionaires Thrive and Prosper. zcomm.org Although most Americans currently face hard times, with unemployment surging to the levels of the Great Depression and enormous numbers of people sick or dying from the coronavirus pandemic, the nation's super-rich remain a notable exception. Financially, they are doing remarkably well. According to the Institute for Policy Studies, between March 18 and April 28,

(2020-05-08). Mercenaries launch attack on Venezuelan coast, driven back. workers.org Workers World received this statement May 4 that originated from the Venezuelan Foreign Ministry about the May 3 attack on that country's shores, made even more ominous by the presence of U.S. Navy warships in the waters off Venezuela. Since that day the Venezuelans report that they stopped another similar . . . |

Otis Grotewohl (2020-05-08). Long Live the Spirit of Kent and Jackson State! workers.org May 4 and May 15, 2020, mark the 50th anniversaries of the murders of students at Kent State and Jackson State in the United States. Many people are familiar with the National Guard shooting of students and protesters at Ohio's Kent State University in 1970, which left four dead and . . . |

Aviva Levine (2020-05-08). U.S. to roll back infection control rules in nursing homes in midst of pandemic. liberationnews.org Even prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, a large number of long-term care facilities were failing to maintain appropriate standards of hygiene and disease prevention.

Peter Koenig (2020-05-08). Corona Tyranny — and Death by Famine. globalresearch.ca By the end of 2020 more people will have died from hunger, despair and suicide than from the corona disease. We, the world, is facing a famine-pandemic of biblical proportions. This real pandemic will overtake the "COVID-19 pandemic" by a …

graham (2020-05-08). COVID-19: The rest of the world is looking at Britain's shame. truepublica.org.uk By Rob Woodward — TruePublica: In Britain, there are two wars going on. The first is against a deadly virus. Officially it has taken well over 30,000 of our loved ones and put them in graves. Unofficially and according to research by the FT, that figure is more like 45,000. The other is being fought …

graham (2020-05-08). Euro at risk from uneven virus shock across EU. truepublica.org.uk By TruePublica: There is much speculation across the EU at the moment that the euro currency is in very serious trouble. It isn't the first time, but the COVID-19 crisis has put an entirely new threat into the system that makes its future look less certain. We have always speculated at TruePublica that because of …

Robert J. Burrowes (2020-05-08). The psychology of the COVID-19 coup: The elite, their victims and those who resist. nationofchange.org The longer it takes to muster a full response to defeat this coup, the more damage — to our rights, freedoms, economic security, opportunities, democratic governance, the global economy and the environment — will have been inflicted, making the struggle to restore them vastly more difficult.

graham (2020-05-08). The 'staggering' fall of global fossil fuel demand. truepublica.org.uk By Kieran Cooke: One of the pillars of industrial society is tottering: global fossil fuel demand is buckling, with only renewable energy expected to show any growth this year. Oil prices are going through the floor. The market for coal and gas is shrinking fast. And global emissions of climate-changing greenhouse gases are set to …

Pepe Escobar (2020-05-07). Get Ready for the Next Game-Changer: China's Digital Yuan, "Backed By Gold"? globalresearch.ca 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

Kathy Durkin (2020-05-07). Palestinian movement scores big legal win for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign in Britain. workers.org Members of Unite the Union, a British and Irish labor union, show support for the Palestinian people. The Palestine Solidarity Committee won a legal victory for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign in Britain when the country's highest court issued a landmark ruling that struck a blow against the Whitehall . . . |

Philip Giraldi (2020-05-07). Trump Against the Government: Officials Conflicted Over Lying for the President. globalresearch.ca Once upon a time in the United States there was a consensus among national politicians that there were two areas where there should be a unified approach to policy. They were national security and foreign policy, both of which involved …

Stephen Lendman (2020-05-07). Dutch Researchers Discover Effective Anti-COVID-19 Antibodies. globalresearch.ca Antibodies aren't COVID-19 cures, but the discovery by Utrecht University researchers of a "human monoclonal antibody that prevents the SARS-CoV-2 virus (that produces COVID-19 disease) from infecting cultured cells" is a positive development. | It's a step toward finding an effective …

Stephen Lendman (2020-05-07). German Researchers Discover Effective Anti-COVID-19 Antibodies. globalresearch.ca Antibodies aren't COVID-19 cures, but the discovery by Utrecht University researchers of a "human monoclonal antibody that prevents the SARS-CoV-2 virus (that produces COVID-19 disease) from infecting cultured cells" is a positive development. | It's a step toward finding an effective …

Julian Rose (2020-05-07). The COVID Shockdown Doctrine — and How to Beat It. globalresearch.ca Those who have read Naomi Klein's seminal book 'The Shock Doctrine' will remember how the 'short sharp shock' (primarily economic) was the tool fashioned by the Chicago School of Economics in order to create regime change in countries that resisted …

Lucas Koerner (2020-05-07). Guardian Blames Trump's Murderous US Exceptionalism on Hugo Chávez. fair.org What better time to vilify the popular former leader of a country under deadly US siege than a deadly pandemic? Such was clearly the reasoning of Guardian journalist Rory Carroll when he penned an op-ed headlined, "Blunder, Distraction, Denial: Trump Follows Chávez's Successful Template" (4/19/20). Seemingly immune to irony, Carroll compares Venezuela's late socialist …

Staff (2020-05-07). Sanders Is Back On The NY Primary Ballot. therealnews.com Before the ruling was announced, TRNN spoke with Norman Solomon and Marcus Ferrell about how the split between establishment Democrats and progressives could help hand Trump the November election.

Staff (2020-05-07). Sanders Is Back On The NY Primary Ballot. therealnews.com Before the ruling was announced, TRNN spoke with Norman Solomon and Marcus Ferrell about how the split between establishment Democrats and progressives could help hand Trump the November election.

Norman Solomon (2020-05-07). The Fight for Bernie Delegates Is Escalating — and Could Help Beat Trump. zcomm.org "Bernie's campaign has suspended, but the movement to fight for the Bernie platform must go on"

Fight Back (2020-05-07). Minnesota: Anti-war movement urges Rep. Omar to unsign AIPAC's Iran sanctions letter. fightbacknews.org Minneapolis, MN – The Twin Cities Anti-War Committee sent a letter to Minnesota's Representative Ilhan Omar, May 6, urging her to withdraw her support for a letter that furthers AIPAC's lobbying efforts to continue sanctions against Iran. | The letter states, "We strongly urge you to unsign AIPAC's statement and to stand with Representatives Betty McCullom, Rashida Tlaib, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley, and the few others brave enough to reject AIPAC's roadmap to an increase in sanctions against Iran." | "In the face of the world superpowers' saber-rattling, we should defend Iran's desire to prote…

Sputnik News (2020-05-08). Iconic Sassanid-Era Fortress in Iran Suffers Deep Cracks After 5.1 Magnitude Earthquake. iranian.com On Thursday, an earthquake estimated at 5.1 magnitude hit a large part of Iran, including the Tehran province in the northern areas of the country. One day earlier, another earthquake with the same strength hit the province of Lorestan in the western regions of the country. A Wednesday earthquake in Iran's western province of Lorestan caused …

Sarah Lazare (2020-05-07). Covid-19 Is a Reason To Start the Green New Deal Now. commondreams.org A worker installs solar panels at the Solarpark Eggersdorf solar park on September 4, 2012 near Muencheberg, Germany. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

RT (2020-05-08). Elon Musk says human language will be OBSOLETE in 10 years, after struggling to pronounce his baby's name on Joe Rogan. rt.com Elon Musk may have chosen a bizarre, cyborg-like name for his newborn child — just try pronouncing "X àÜ A-12" — but the billionaire entrepreneur says spoken language itself may soon become obsolete with the rise of new brain tech. | Appearing for another "How do you say the name? Is it a placeholder?" Rogan asked…

RT (2020-05-07). 'I guess we did': Simpsons writer admits 2020 pandemic clairvoyance as murder hornets clip goes viral. rt.com The Simpsons is widely known for predicting the future with eerie accuracy, but things are starting to get ridiculous; after apparently predicting the coronavirus, it now appears the show saw the murder hornets coming too. | Like an animated Nostradamus for the noughties, the animated TV show has a number of oddly accurate predictions already on the books over the course of its 30 years on air. | It apparently foresaw Disney buying Fox nearly 20 years ago, the invention of smart watches, the US winning an Olympic medal in curling and, of course, also predicted that Donald Trump would one day become president o…

RT (2020-05-07). 'Unprecedented in modern times': New research shows 1 in 5 children in US face food insecurity amid Covid-19 lockdowns. rt.com A new study has found that children in the United States are suffering the highest rate of food insecurity ever recorded in the country, as tens of millions of Americans are barred from working under coronavirus-induced lockdowns. | Food insecurity for American children was significantly worse in April than during any year since 2001, before which point no comparable data is available, according to "Looking ove…

RT (2020-05-07). US unemployment expected to pass 33 MILLION, marking worst economic downturn since Great Depression. rt.com Another three million Americans are expected to have filed for unemployment benefits during the week ending May 2, which brings the total claims over the seven weeks of the Covid-19 lockdown to 33 million. | Some 3.839 million initial jobless claims have been registered in the past week. Florida saw the highest number of initial filings, at an estimated 432,000 on an unadjusted basis, from 507,000 in the week prior. | California reported 328,000 claims — down from 528,000 in the previous week. Meanwhile, Georgia reported an estimated 265,000 and Texas 254,000. | "Initial jobless claims continued to modera…

RT (2020-05-07). ALL of China declared 'low Covid-19 risk' as daily infections approach zero. rt.com The first nation to step into the battle against Covid-19 earlier this year, China is also the first to report that the risk of the outbreak is now "low", as no fresh domestic cases have been recorded during the past few days.

www.speakoutsocialists (2020-05-07). 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…

Tom Luongo (2020-05-08). Is Trump Kicking the Saudis to the Curb the Beginning of Something Not Terrible? iranian.com More than anything else in Saudi Arabia, that thing you smell is fear. Everything is coming unglued for the royal family there all at once. If we all weren't so distracted by the Coronapocalypse these things would all be front-page news. In the past week there have been three major stories concerning Saudi Arabia, none …

Andrew Korybko (2020-05-07). The Neocons' COVID-19 Fearmongering Won't Derail CPEC. thealtworld.com US "deep state" operative Michael Rubin's recent fearmongering in "The National Interest" about how CPEC will supposedly facilitate the spread of COVID-19 throughout Pakistan is bound to fail because he lacks any credibility as an objective observer due to his professional credentials and thus simply resorts to regurgitating standard talking points aimed against their strategic partnership. | The "Deep State" Speaks | Indian media

Martha Grevatt (2020-05-07). COVID-19 = genocide for Detroit. workers.org Michigan State Representatives Jewell Jones and Isaac Robinson, co-sponsors of a bill for a 90-day moratorium on foreclosures, evictions and utility shutoffs. Robinson died March 29 of suspected COVID-19. Here they are protesting a polluting company US Ecology in Detroit. May 4 — Coronavirus, COVID-19, the pandemic — or as . . . |

Stephen Lendman (2020-05-07). A Grim New Normal Ahead? Worse than Orwell's 1984. Unprecedented Global Poverty and Human Misery. globalresearch.ca Will historians one day look back at unfolding events related to today's public health crisis and economic collapse as a post-coronavirus new normal that's grimly different from what preceded it? | Do ongoing events mark the beginning of an unacceptable dystopian …

Stephen Lendman (2020-05-07). December 2019 COVID-19 Outbreaks in France, China Rips Pompeo. globalresearch.ca Evidence suggests that one or more COVID-19 outbreaks likely first occurred in Hawaii late last summer, what a previous article discussed. | Did outbreaks begin in France before Wuhan, China? | According to a French hospital, a COVID-19 patient was treated on …

Staff (2020-05-07). Headlines for May 7, 2020. democracynow.org U.S. Coronavirus Death Toll Tops 73,400 as 41 States Begin Reopening | , White House Shelves Guidelines on Reopening, as Experts Warn U.S. Failing to Stem COVID-19 Deaths, Nearly 1 in 5 U.S. Children Going Hungry as Unemployment Surges to Great Depression Levels, State Budget Cuts Loom as Trump Rails Against "Blue State Bailouts" | , United Nations Seeks $6.7 Billion for Coronavirus Aid to Poor Countries | , EU Warns Pandemic Economic Recession Will Be Worst in History | , Closing Ceremony of Spanish Coronavirus Field Hospital Marred by Tightly Packed Crowds, Venezuelan TV Airs Video of Arrested U.S. Mercenary Co…

Staff (2020-05-07). How Russia Became the Next COVID-19 Hot Spot: Infection Rate Soars with 10,000 New Cases Each Day. democracynow.org We go to Moscow for an update on the pandemic in Russia, where the coronavirus is spreading rapidly, with at least 10,000 new cases a day and the second-highest infection rate in the world, and more than 100 medical workers have died fighting the virus, and many have reported lack of personal protective equipment. Meanwhile, three Russian healthcare workers mysteriously fell from hospital windows over the past two weeks. Two died, and the one who is hospitalized had posted a video online to note the lack of medical equipment and said he had to keep working despite testing positive. We speak with Joshua Yaffa, Mos…

Staff (2020-05-07). Profiting from the Pandemic: Will Pharmaceutical Giants Use Patents to Limit Access to COVID Drugs? democracynow.org As the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases worldwide approaches 4 million and the pandemic could be with us for months or years, we look at who can access drugs like remdesivir, being developed by pharmaceutical giant Gilead, which has the patent for the drug and is poised to make massive profits. We look at how much drugs like remdesivir will cost, and who can access them, with writer Achal Prabhala, coordinator of the AccessIBSA project, which campaigns for access to medicines in India, Brazil and South Africa.

Noam Chomsky (2020-05-07). COVID-19 & the Economy. zcomm.org Interview on COVID-19 politics, the global economy and the environment…

Brendan Fischer (2020-05-07). We Believe This "Dark Money" Group Illegally Spent Nearly $5 Million to Destroy Sanders 2020 Campaign. commondreams.org The FEC complaint filed by the Campaign Legal Center on Thursday alleges that Big Tent Project should have registered as a political committee, since it was created to oppose Sen. Bernie Sanders' election, and all its known activities were focused on opposing Sanders. (Image: via Campaign Legal Center) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

The Moscow Times (2020-05-07). Russian State TV in Media War Against No-Lockdown Belarus. anti-empire.com Editor's note: Recall how in 2014-15 the Russian opposition and western media was trying to prove Russians were fighting and dying en masse in Donbass by supposedly uncovering

David Cole (2020-05-07). No One, Not Even Trump, is Above the Law. aclu.org Next week, on May 12, the Supreme Court will hear arguments in three cases about whether President Trump can block subpoenas issued to his banks and accountant to hand over his personal financial documents in connection with investigations of potential crimes. We argue that Trump, no less than anyone else, has no right to block such subpoenas. No one, not even the president, is above the law. , , Our

Adriaan Alsema (2020-05-07). Colombia's great coronavirus heist | Part 4: agriculture minister, 11 governors to court over corruption. colombiareports.com Colombia's Supreme Court will investigate one minister and 11 governors after the prosecution opened more than 1,200 investigations into alleged corruption with coronavirus emergency funds. The Prosecutor General's Office, the…

Staff (2020-05-07). UK Supreme Court Reverses BDS Ban. therealnews.com The Palestine Solidarity Campaign, the largest British Palestinian solidarity group, successfully petitioned to reverse a 2016 ban preventing local governments divesting from companies involved in the Israeli occupation.

RT (2020-05-07). Texas releases salon owner JAILED for reopening despite Covid-19 lockdown — after her case prompts Gov to ease penalties. rt.com Texas salon owner Shelley Luther has been ordered released from jail after the governor and attorney general protested her imprisonment over violating the state's lockdown and modified the shutdown orders to exclude imprisonment. | Luther, who became a symbol of the movement to end Texas' lockdown when she was arrested for refusing to shutter her Dallas salon despite a district judge's restraining order, was ordered released from jail on Thursday by the Texas Supreme Court after serving two days of a seven-day sentence. | Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick personally paid the $7,000 fine the judge had imposed on…

Ann Jones (2020-05-07). Testing Times: a Journal of the Onset of the Plague Year. counterpunch.org Donald Trump is not a president. He can't even play one on TV. He's a corrupt and dangerous braggart with ill-concealed aspirations for a Crown and, with an election coming up, he's been monopolizing prime time every day, spouting self-congratulation and misinformation. (No, don't inject that Lysol!) His never-ending absurd performances play out as farce

Eleanor Goldfield (2020-05-07). Surviving this Pandemic is Hard, For America's Most Vulnerable, its Nearly Impossible. mintpressnews.com This coronavirus pandemic has laid bare the exclusion of whole subsets of the most vulnerable in our society, exemplifying the toxic mix of racism, sexism, imperialism, and capitalism that the US blends so well.

Neal Sweeney (2020-05-07). How capitalism and racism hold back a COVID-19 cure. liberationnews.org In a few short months, the novel coronavirus COVID-19 has swept the world without any proven treatment or vaccine.

A. Majumdar (2020-05-07). PDF download of May 7 issue. workers.org Click to download entire 12-page PDF May Day coverage. Also: COVID‚Äë19 North Carolina protest; Genocide on Detroit; Cuban medical team; Trump and China; Pennies vs. billions; Tear down the walls A world without prisons; Mumia: On prison guards; Louisiana death camps; ‚ÄÇEditorial Fascists = bosses' tools; World Palestine Britain Venezuela . . . |

Joe Piette (2020-05-07). Protesters say: 'Shelters = Death, Hotels = Haven'. workers.org Cops stop activists from delivering demands to a city official's home. After the COVID-19 deaths of dozens of seniors at Philadelphia nursing homes and at least one homeless person in a city shelter, community activists converged on a city official's home on May 6 to deliver a message: The city . . . |

Staff (2020-05-07). Women In Prison Need More Than Cuomo's Order To Help Against COVID-19. therealnews.com Incarcerated women still face inadequate testing and an inability to self-isolate, and few will be helped by Cuomo's announcement releasing pregnant and elderly women.

Joshua Cho (2020-05-07). Why It's Wrong (and Racist) to Blame Covid-19 on Chinese 'Wet Markets'. fair.org The New York Times ( The stigmatization of Asian people and their culture as "inferior" or "exotic" isn't a ne…

Janine Jackson (2020-05-07). 'There's a Perceived Need to Get This Over With So We Can Get Back to Work' – CounterSpin interview with Jim Naureckas on Covid-19 false choices. fair.org Janine Jackson interviewed FAIR's Jim Naureckas about Covid-19 false choices for the Media…

T.P. Wilkinson (2020-05-07). There is One God, One Faith, and One Church. dissidentvoice.org On 1 May, International Labour Day (except in the USA),1 I happened to see the current prime minister of Portugal proclaim on television the next stages of the policing that began with the proclamation that the world was in the midst of a "pandemic". He explained that masks would be obligatory in schools after they …

RT (2020-05-07). 'Worst case' scenario: Second coronavirus wave could come as early as July, top doctor in Germany warns. rt.com Another wave of coronavirus infections could hit Germany as early as this summer, the vice president of the Robert Koch Institute for infectious diseases has warned. Health officials say they are preparing for all possibilities. | Case numbers in Germany are falling but the situation could change if people do not adhere to social distancing guidelines, Lars Schaade said at a news conference. A worst-case scenario would be a surge in cases returning in late July or early August, he added. | Germany began easing its nationwide lockdown two weeks ago. Although the number of new cases continues to drop, Helge Brau…

RT (2020-05-07). Stigma or precaution? DoD memo lists Covid-19 as 'permanently disqualifying' for survivors seeking to join army. rt.com New guidelines for US military recruiters severely limit the chances for survivors of the coronavirus to join the ranks of the armed forces, banning them from service outright unless they obtain a special waiver. | A memo penned by the US Military Entrance Processing Command (MEPCOM) laying out guidelines for staffers who screen applicants for military service has been circulated online. The authenticity of the document — which effectively makes the coronavirus a black mark, excluding survivors from the pool of potential recruits — was confirmed by Pentagon spokeswoman Jessica Maxwell on Wednesday, a…

Michael Maharrey (2020-05-07). Enjoy Your Future; We're Spending It Now. anti-empire.com Welcome to your future. Your government is spending it right now. And your children's and grandchildren's future to boot. | The US Treasury plans to borrow $2.99 trillion in the second quarter. The Treasury also plans to borrow another $677 billion in the July-September quarter, bringing the total fiscal 2020 debt to $4.48 trillion. | It's a level of borrowing that's difficult to even wrap your head around. | To put it into some perspective, before the pandemic, the CBO projected that the federal deficit would come in at just over $1 trillion in fiscal 2020. The government is set to borrow nearly three times t…

Jason Ditz (2020-05-07). Trump Vetoes 'Very Insulting' Measure Limiting His Powers to Attack Iran. anti-empire.com Passed in the Senate in February and the The resolution was a preemptive War Powers Act challenge to a war with Iran, aiming to note that Congress has not in any way authorized…

AFP (2020-05-07). Snubbing Merkel Pleas, German States Further Ease Virus Curbs. anti-empire.com Germany is accelerating its return to normality from a crippling lockdown, with regional leaders pushing back against Chancellor Angela Merkel's pleas for prudence [mindless totalitarianism] in the battle against the coronavirus pandemic. | On the eve of a key meeting between Merkel and premiers of Germany's 16 states to debate a new round of easing of stay-at-home measures, the country's biggest state pre-empted talks by saying it would reopen its restaurants and hotels this month. | Under the plan to progressively restart the gastronomy and hospitality sectors, Bavaria said restaurants would first be allowed…

Brendan O'Neill (2020-05-07). What Neil Ferguson's Booty Call Tells Us About Modern Politics. anti-empire.com The conspiratorial left, convinced the world is run by secret cabals of bankers and cigar-chomping media moguls, thinks the Neil Ferguson story is a 'dead cat'. In other words, they think the Daily Telegraph — Evil Tory Rag — revealed that Ferguson carried on bonking his mistress in defiance of a lockdown that he himself bears much responsibility for in order to distract attention from Britain overtaking Italy with the highest

Susan Price (2020-05-07). Brazil: As COVID-19 death toll spirals out of control, Bolsonaro pursues strategy of 'permanent radicalisation'. greenleft.org.au

RT (2020-05-07). Trump speaks with Putin by phone, offers to send coronavirus medical aid to Russia — Kremlin. rt.com US President Donald Trump offered to send medical aid to Russia to help fight the coronavirus pandemic, the Kremlin said, after a telephone call between the US leader and Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday. | The two presidents also discussed global oil markets, noting their support for last month's output deal between OPEC and non-OPEC producers, which they said had helped stabilize oil prices, according to the statement. | As well as discussing the coronavirus pandemic, the leaders discussed the US's desire for arms control, the White House said. "President Trump reaffirmed that the US is committed…

The Canary (2020-05-07). Shipment of 400,000 gowns from Turkey impounded over safety standards. thecanary.co A shipment of 400,000 medical gowns from Turkey has been impounded in a warehouse after falling short of UK standards.The personal protective equipment (PPE) was flown into the UK by the RAF last month but has not been released to NHS staff after inspectors deemed the gowns unsafe for guarding against coronavirus (Covid-19) when treating patients.Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis said the gowns turned out to "not be of the quality that we feel is good enough for our frontline staff".The ministerial confirmation of the decision to impound the imported goods is another blow in what has proved an embarrassing…

The Canary (2020-05-07). Johnson compared to Chamberlain in protest video on White Cliffs of Dover. thecanary.co Boris Johnson's response to the coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis has been compared to Neville Chamberlain's "peace for our time" moment, in a giant projection beamed on to the White Cliffs of Dover.The Kent landmark was lit up with a mock-up of the prime minister holding a scrap of paper saying "Highest death toll in Europe".The stunt was the brainchild of Led By Donkeys, a group of activists famed for their giant billboards of politicians' tweets.The group said the black and white creation is a comment on the government's "profound failure" and compares Johnson's conduct to Chamberlain's appeasement policy in the l…

RT (2020-05-07). UK moves to relax Covid-19 restrictions but Brits beg to #KeepTheLockdown, despite being cooped up since March. rt.com Boris Johnson is expected to permit unlimited exercise as well as allowing picnics and sunbathing in parks after six weeks of lockdown, but rather than being thrilled by new freedoms, many Britons want to be kept housebound. | The UK has seen significant curbs on personal freedoms since March, with travel restricted to essential trips only, just one outing for exercise a day otherwise permitted, and the shuttering of most shops to curb the spread of Covid-19. | On Thursday, the front pages of the UK's newspapers gleefully revealed that the government planned to ease restrictions after the WWII Victory in Europ…

RT (2020-05-07). Dutch to begin easing lockdown measures next week, watchdog to review govt performance. rt.com The Dutch Safety Board said on Thursday it would conduct an independent investigation and review of the country's preparedness and government performance during the coronavirus outbreak. | Prime Minister Mark Rutte on Wednesday announced a three-month roadmap toward relaxing lockdown measures imposed in mid-March, including opening schools and some businesses. The review will look at "the preparation for a pandemic, the crisis management and the measures taken, as well as the phasing out of those measures." | Easing restrictions in the Netherlands will be rolled out over the next four months. They could be cur…

RT (2020-05-07). Egyptian billionaire: Buffett is wrong, oil will hit $100 within 18 months. rt.com Oil could hit $100 per barrel within the next 18 months, Egyptian billionaire Naguib Sawiris told CNBC on Wednesday—a hard pill to swallow with Brent currently trading below $30 per barrel. | Sawiris, chairman of one of Egypt's largest companies, Orascom Telecom Media and Technology Holding S.A.E., is Egypt's second-richest man and has a net worth somewhere between $3 billion and $7.5 billion. It's hard to pin down because net worth is a (downward) moving target these days. | Sawiris told CNBC that he would buy airline stocks. At the same time, Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway dumped all of its airlin…

RT (2020-05-07). Famous VR artists recreate kids' drawings from World War II in virtual animation (VIDEO). rt.com RT's multimedia project #VictoryPages presents 'War: Kids' drawings in VR animation,' a series of children's drawings from the collection of the State Museum of the History of St. Petersburg interpreted by famous artists in VR. | For many decades, the Museum of the History of St. Petersburg has kept about 700 unique children's drawings that were created during the Siege of Leningrad (September 8, 1941 — January 27, 1944). These drawings, collected by workers in kindergartens, orphanages and schools, reflect a child's view of wartime events, exposing their feelings and ideas. Almost every drawing has an ac…

RT (2020-05-07). Sweden passes 3,000 coronavirus deaths as Scandinavian nation becomes battleground for lockdown debate. rt.com Sweden has recorded more than 3,000 coronavirus deaths, with the elderly bearing the brunt of the pandemic. But the Scandinavian nation has so far avoided the apocalyptic predictions made by its critics. | The country's Public Health Agency has registered 99 new Covid-19 fatalities, bringing the death toll to 3,040. Sweden currently has 24,623 confirmed cases of the virus. It has found itself at the forefront of a heated debate over the effectiveness and necessity of lockdowns. The Swedish government decided against shutting down schools and businesses, opting instead for a holistic approach that focuses more…

RT (2020-05-07). Merkel's aide says pandemic 'to last at least for rest of year'. rt.com The coronavirus pandemic will last for at least the rest of this year, German Chancellor Angela Merkel's chief of staff said on Thursday. | "We are not living after the pandemic now — rather we are living in the middle of a pandemic, one that will be with us for a while — at least for this year and that's being very optimistic," Helge Braun told Deutschlandfunk radio. | Merkel announced steps on Wednesday to ease the coronavirus lockdown in Germany. At the same time, she launched an "emergency brake" mechanism allowing for renewed restrictions in case infections pick up again. | A senior German healt…

RT (2020-05-07). Moscow has THREE TIMES more Coronavirus cases than officially accounted-for — Mayor. rt.com Despite Russia ranking fifth in the world for confirmed Covid-19 cases, the truth might be even worse. Moscow's Mayor Sergey Sobyanin believes the real tally in the city is about 300,000 — three times more than the official count. | In an interview with TV channel Russia 24, Sobyanin explained how the increased numbers are actually a positive. | "The fact that we have identified so many cases is not a minus, but a huge plus. Obviously, there are even more in the city. According to screening studies, [cases] are in the region of 2-to-2.5 percent of the total population of Moscow; in terms of the figures,…

RT (2020-05-07). UN increases appeal to $6.7bn to fight coronavirus pandemic in poor countries. rt.com The United Nations announced on Thursday it is increasing its appeal to fight the coronavirus pandemic in fragile and vulnerable countries from $2 billion to $6.7 billion. | UN humanitarian chief Mark Lowcock reiterated that the peak of the pandemic is not expected to hit the world's poorest countries for three to six months. However, he said there is already evidence of incomes plummeting and jobs disappearing, food supplies falling and prices soaring, and children missing vaccinations and meals, AP reports. | Since the original appeal on March 25, the UN said $1 billion has been raised to support efforts acr…

RT (2020-05-07). 'We are ending lockdown now,' Pakistan's PM Khan says, despite rising coronavirus cases. rt.com Pakistan's coronavirus lockdown will be lifted on Saturday, Prime Minister Imran Khan said, despite the fact that the number of cases in the country is still accelerating. | The decision is being taken because a large number of poor people and laborers cannot afford to live under lockdown any more, the PM said on Thursday. | "We're deciding that we are ending this lockdown now," Khan said in a televised address. "We know that we're doing it at a time when our curve is going up… but it is not edging up as we were expecting." | Pakistan has undergone a five-week lockdown. The government has reported 24,073 cor…

RT (2020-05-07). Demand physical gold & avoid paper gold market 'scam' — metals expert to RT's Keiser Report. rt.com The gold market is set to hit new highs this year amid the Covid-19 outbreak while banks, facing delivery troubles, cannot fulfil real demand for the precious metal. | RT's Max Keiser sat in with Craig Hemke of TFMetalsReport.com to discuss the future of gold prices. The analyst says that while the metal has already reached multi-year highs, the pandemic has created more conditions to boost investment into it. | Investors are currently scrambling for physical gold due to delivery issues as miners and refineries had to shut down over the virus outbreak. At the same time, people started to figure out that the pa…

RT (2020-05-07). China's exports return to growth in April, but imports tumble. rt.com China says that its exports rebounded last month, beating most expectations of a sharp decline. However, the drop in the country's imports accelerated as the coronavirus continues to crush demand. | Data released by the General Administration of Customs shows that April's exports surpassed $200 billion. This is a 3.5 percent rise from the previous year. Last month's results reversed the 6.6 percent fall in March, as well as the collapse recorded at the beginning of the year. China's exports are also much better than some economists polled by various media predicted, with the expected decline varying between 10…

RT (2020-05-07). Polish MPs approve law allowing presidential election to be held by postal ballot. rt.com The Polish lower house of parliament, the Sejm, approved on Thursday government-sponsored legislation that would allow the presidential election to go ahead by postal ballot, according to voting records. | The presidential election was scheduled to take place on Sunday. The ruling party wants to hold it by postal ballot, due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, opposition parties strongly oppose the plan, saying the election would be neither transparent nor fair. | Although lawmakers have in principle approved a postal ballot, the deputy prime minister said on Thursday that June was now the earliest date the…

RT (2020-05-07). Greece to reopen ancient sites to visitors on May 18. rt.com Ancient sites in Greece, including the Acropolis hill towering over Athens, will reopen to visitors on May 18, authorities said on Thursday. The ancient monuments were closed along with museums in mid-March as part of a lockdown to curb the spread of the coronavirus. | Restrictions have gradually been eased this week. Museums will open again in mid-June while open-air performances will resume in mid-July, Culture Minister Lina Mendoni said, adding that distance and safety rules will apply. | Historical sites are one of the mainstays of Greece's vital tourism sector and efforts will now kick in to encourage vis…

RT (2020-05-07). Assad postpones Syria's parliamentary elections for 2nd time over coronavirus. rt.com Syrian President Bashar Assad on Thursday issued a decree delaying the elections of the People's Assembly for the third legislative term until July 19, due to precautionary measures to deal with the coronavirus outbreak. | On March 14, Assad had already ordered to delay the elections until May 20. The polls, which were initially supposed to happen on April 13 across government-run areas, are the third since the start of a conflict in the country nine years ago. | The government has recorded 44 coronavirus cases, including three deaths in areas under its control, while the Kurdish administration in northeastern…

RT (2020-05-07). 'When clowns purchase gowns': UK govt skewered after ALL 400,000 items of PPE bought from Turkey fail inspection. rt.com A highly-publicized shipment of urgently-needed personal protective equipment (PPE) for health workers fighting Covid-19 has backfired spectacularly for Downing Street, after the items were deemed unfit for use. | British ministers used the arrival of 400,000 protective gowns flown in from Turkey last month as evidence of the government's pro-active approach to overcoming the health crisis. Some two weeks later, the British public has learned that the PPE shipment has been impounded after being deemed unsuitable by UK standards. Unsurprisingly, people are fuming. | Speaking to Sky News about the scandal, Mayor…

RT (2020-05-07). France will gradually end lockdown from Monday, some restrictions remain in Paris region — PM. rt.com France will gradually end its lockdown from Monday, May 11, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said on Thursday. Some restrictions will remain in place in the Paris region where the new coronavirus is still circulating. | "From Monday we will progressively unwind the lockdown that started on March 17… but the country is cut in two, with the virus circulating more quickly in some regions, notably in the Ile de France region, which is very densely populated," the PM said. | In other parts of France, secondary schools, cafes and restaurants may open from early June if the infection rate remains low, Reuters quoted…

RT (2020-05-07). Acute Covid-19 illness could affect the BRAIN as well as the lungs, new study says. rt.com Conditions that severely damage the respiratory system, such as Covid-19, can also cause inflammation to the part of the brain that controls breathing, US researchers have revealed. | The new research, published in In general, when the immune system battles against a pulmonary infection, it…

RT (2020-05-07). 'Peak cringe': New York Times roasted for Biden 'hottest-bad-boy' election campaign strategy article. rt.com The New York Times is being credited with finally achieving "peak cringe" on the topic of Joe Biden, after the publication of an election strategy article that casts the presidential hopeful as "the hottest bad boy" in media. | The opinion piece by Democratic communications strategist Lis Smith attempts to plot Biden's course to the White House amidst the unprecedented election scenario brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. | Smith, who was an adviser on Pete Buttigieg's failed presidential bid, says that the pandemic could be a "blessing in disguise" for Biden, as it offers him the opportunity to skip the g…

RT (2020-05-07). Health officials 'withholding evidence' on why UK did not follow South Korea's successful Covid-19 strategy — UK science chair. rt.com Health officials are failing to provide evidence outlining the reasons why the UK government decided not to copy South Korea's Covid-19 action plan — including mass testing — according to the Commons Science Committee chairman. | Greg Clark, who is also a former minister, said on Thursday that it is "regrettable and concerning that this evidence is being withheld" from his panel of MPs — despite senior officials at Public Health England (PHE) promising to provide it in March. | The Tory MP said he believes that the decision to reject South Korea's approach to the coronavirus outbreak "may be o…

RT (2020-05-07). Kadhimi takes office as Iraq's PM amid fiscal & coronavirus crises. rt.com Mustafa al-Kadhimi took office as Iraq's prime minister early Thursday after breaking months of political deadlock. The former intelligence chief will have to tackle a staggering economic crisis, a health pandemic and the specter of renewed protests. | Observing social distancing, lawmakers gathered at parliament in masks and gloves around 9: 00pm local time, but the vote was delayed to make last-minute edits to ministerial posts. | Kadhemi soon received a congratulatory call from US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who announced a 120-day waiver extension on US sanctions to let Iraq buy gas from neighboring Ira…

RT (2020-05-07). Japan's state of emergency could be lifted early in some areas — minister. rt.com The state of emergency imposed because of Covid-19 could be lifted early in some areas of Japan that have seen a decline in new infections, Economy Minister Yasutoshi Nishimura said on Thursday. He told reporters it was possible the emergency powers would be removed in those regions from May 14. | On Monday, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe extended the nationwide state of emergency to May 31, saying the infection rate had yet to drop enough to justify ending lockdown measures. | Tokyo reported just 38 cases of coronavirus on Wednesday, marking a fifth straight day of declining numbers of new infections, Reuters said…

RT (2020-05-07). Welcome to the bungle: US treasury sec posts spectacular fail during Twitter row with G'n'R frontman Axl Rose. rt.com If anyone needed more evidence that things have gone a bit mad with the world under lockdown, Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose and US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin have thrown down in a Twitter spat. | In an online row absolutely no one saw coming, nor wanted to see coming to be fair, rocker Rose criticized secretary Mnuchin, declaring him "officially an asshole." | An exchange on Twitter. "What have yo…

RT (2020-05-07). No smoke without fire? Trump nominates new envoy to Venezuela, first in 10 YEARS after denying US involvement in failed incursion. rt.com The White House has tapped a new ambassador to Venezuela, the first in a decade, even as relations with the country's government hit all-time lows. The appointment comes as the US continues to deny any role in a recent coup plot.

RT (2020-05-07). 'Never saw any direct evidence': Clapper admission torpedoes Democrat push to revive Trump-Russia conspiracy with transcript dump. rt.com House Intelligence Committee chair Adam Schiff has published all the transcripts of 'Russigate' interviews he previously kept secret, blaming President Donald Trump for the delay, but their content belied his conspiracy narrative. | Schiff (D-California) published on Thursday afternoon While it will take time to sift through the thousands of pages, some of t…

RT (2020-05-07). 'America needs you!' Comey rallies anti-Trump #Resistance amid meltdown over DOJ dropping Flynn case. rt.com The Justice Department's dropping of charges against former National Security Advisor Gen. Michael Flynn unleashed a torrent of liberal rage. Among those seething at the Trump administration was former FBI chief James Comey. | Flynn was one of the first Trump officials to be targeted by the FBI's 'Russiagate' probe, and pleaded guilty in 2017 of lying to the Bureau about his communications with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak. | Also on rt.com | | However, the Dep…

RT (2020-05-07). End of Russiagate? DOJ drops case against Trump adviser Flynn that started 'witch hunt'. rt.com Charges against US President Donald Trump's first national security adviser, General Michael Flynn, have been dropped due to new evidence showing they were baseless. Flynn was the first to be targeted in the 'Russiagate' probe. | BREAKING: ‚&A…

RT (2020-05-07). 'No sign Britain has plan to succeed in EU trade talks' — Brussels. rt.com "There is no real sign that our British friends are approaching the negotiations with a plan to succeed," European Trade Commissioner Phil Hogan said on Thursday. The talks, now focused on setting new trading terms from 2021, when London's status-quo transition period after Brexit ends, quickly hit an impasse when they resumed last month, Reuters said, citing EU diplomats and officials. | "I am afraid we are only making very slow progress in the Brexit negotiations," Hogan told Irish broadcaster RTE. "I think that the UK politicians and government have certainly decided that [Covid-19] is going to be blamed fo…

RT (2020-05-07). 'I could have lifted more': Game of Thrones behemoth Bjornsson says he was HOLDING BACK in world deadlift record. rt.com Icelandic man mountain Hafthor Bjornsson has said he could have obliterated the world deadlift record by a mammoth margin but settled for a modest 501kg (1,105lbs), as he discussed tensions with previous record holder Eddie Hall. | Bjornsson – who is famed for playing aptly-named character 'The Mountain' in Game of Thrones – set a new deadlift mark of 501kg last weekend at a gym in his homeland, with a limited number of people in attendance due to Covid-19 measures. | The 31-year-old muscleman added 1kg to the record formerly held by UK strongman Eddie Hall – who like Bjornsson is also a previous World's Stron…

pip.hinman (2020-05-07). Renters demand more assistance during the pandemic. greenleft.org.au

Global Research News (2020-05-07). Selected Articles: Fake News About North Korea, Failed Invasion of Venezuela. globalresearch.ca A future without independent media leaves us with an upside down reality where according to the corporate media "NATO deserves a Nobel Peace Prize", and where "nuclear weapons and wars make us safer" | | | If, like us, this is a …

Ricardo Vaz and Lucas Koerner (2020-05-07). US Investigating Ex-Green Beret, Denies 'Direct' Involvement in Failed Venezuela Coup. venezuelanalysis.com New documents confirm that the Venezuelan opposition signed a contract with Miami-based Silvercorp to kidnap President Nicolas Maduro.

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2020-05-07). Amazon Warehouses Flouting Sick Leave Law as Outrage Swells Over Worker Conditions in Midst of Pandemic. commondreams.org www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Dave Lindorff (2020-05-07). Thoughts on the Liberation of Saigon and the end to America's Genocidal War Against the Vietnamese People. counterpunch.org The following are recollections from several members of the ThisCantBeHappening! about their anti-war movement struggles and the day of final triumph in Vietnam 45 years ago. A Day in the Park Like No Other When the US war on Vietnam ended on April 30 with the Vietnamese liberation forces marching into Saigon, a victory celebration

Adriaan Alsema (2020-05-07). 'Duque ordered to facilitate botched mercenary invasion in Venezuela': Maduro. colombiareports.com Colombia's President Ivan Duque ordered to support American and Venezuelan "mercenaries" to overthrow Venezuela's government, its president Nicolas Maduro said Wednesday. The two former members of the United States' Special…

Telesur (2020-05-07). Mercenary Confesses Failed Plot Was to Bring President Maduro to US. globalresearch.ca Former United States ex-green beret Luke Denman, that was captured Monday by Venezuela's Armed Forces, confessed Wednesday that his group aimed at kidnapping President Nicolas Maduro as part of 'Operation Gedeon'. | "I was expecting anywhere between US$50,000 to US$100,000," …

Peoples Dispatch (2020-05-07). Venezuela foils yet another coup attempt. peoplesdispatch.org We look at Operation Gideon, mounted by the Venezuelan opposition with the involvement of US mercenaries, with the aim of overthrowing the legitimate Venezuelan government of Nicolas Maduro.

Ben Norton (2020-05-07). Anatomy of a Fake News Campaign: Media Spreads Lie From US Govt-funded Korean Outlet that Kim Jong-un Died. globalresearch.ca Corporate media outlets spread fake news claiming North Korean leader Kim Jong-un had died. The lie originated with a Seoul-based website funded by the US government's regime-change arm the NED. | *** | There may be no other country on Earth lied …

news.un (2020-05-07). FROM THE FIELD: Protecting the displaced in the time of COVID-19. news.un.org Refugees and displaced people living in camps are amongst the most vulnerable communities across the world and more likely to catch COVID-19 than others, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

Jake Johnston (2020-05-07). The US Has Been Exporting COVID-19 to Haiti; Now, It is Returning a Death Squad Leader. counterpunch.org As the COVID-19 pandemic has shut down borders and airports across the world, planes chartered by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) continue to fly. Every two or three weeks, a deportation flight operated by Swift Air, LLC has landed at the Port-au-Prince airport. After one such flight in early April, at least three of

news.un (2020-05-07). Migrants stranded 'all over the world' and at risk from coronavirus. news.un.org Thousands of migrants have been stranded "all over the world" where they face a heightened risk of COVID-19 infection, the head of UN migration agency, IOM, said on Thursday.

Fight Back (2020-05-07). Madison May Day caravan supports community safety and workers' rights. fightbacknews.org Madison, WI – On a sunny May 1 afternoon which marked both May Day and A Day Without Immigrants, a caravan comprised of about 20 different vehicles made its way to the Capitol Square in a careful procession in support of a timely cause. | Organizers gathered at noon in the parking lot of the Madison Labor Temple to begin the drive along Park Street to the Square. Participants remained in their vehicles, or on bicycles at a distance from others, to respect rules of social distancing and provide a safe rally for all who wished to participate. Safe participation was ensured as well through use of hazard lights and a…

Jeff Jurgens (2020-05-07). Once Again Trump Scoffs Congressional War Powers with Republican Help. peaceaction.org Once Again Trump Scoffs Congressional War Powers with Republican Help Washington, D.C. — May 7, 2020 — In response to the veto by President Trump yesterday of a bill (S.J.Res.68) to reclaim congressional war powers in regards to Iran and the anticipated failure today of the Senate override vote, Paul Kawika Martin, Senior Director for …

Catherine Killough (2020-05-07). Kim Jong Un Is Still Alive. What About Peace with North Korea? globalresearch.ca The second anniversary of the 2018 Inter-Korean Summit has just passed. Marking the moment, South Korean President Moon Jae-in

commondreams (2020-05-07). Peace Action: Once Again Trump Scoffs Congressional War Powers with Republican Help. commondreams.org ______________________________…

MoveOn, Greenpeace, others (2020-05-07). #WorkerRightsNow: Day of Action for Essential Worker Bill of Rights. indybay.org Online and/or phone call actions…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-05-07). Second member of persecuted Turkish leftist folk band dies, days after ending hunger strike. peoplesdispatch.org Ibrahim Gà∂kàßek's death follows the deaths of another band member along with an ally in April, who were both also on hunger strikes to protest the state persecution of the band stemming from the crackdown carried out by the Turkish government in retaliation to the failed 2016 coup…

Abdul Rahman (2020-05-07). Mustafa al-Kadhimi, Iraq's new PM, faces tough challenges on economy, foreign soldiers. peoplesdispatch.org After months of political uncertainty, Mustafa al-Kadhimi has been confirmed as the new prime minister of Iraq. However, the former intelligence chief is likely to face a number of challenges, including addressing the demands of protesters…

William rivers Pitt (2020-05-07). Far Right Group Behind Boston's "Straight Pride" Also Organized "Reopen" Protest. zcomm.org If the federal government actually starts helping people, Trump and his allies fear that capitalism will lose its stranglehold on the nation…

yenisafak (2020-05-07). Daesh/ISIS increases attacks in Iraq amid virus. yenisafak.com The Daesh/ISIS terror group has increased its attacks in Iraq, especially in rural areas, amid political instability and security weakness in the country as well as the US-led coalition forces' withdrawal due to the coronavirus outbreak.Daesh has been trying to strengthen its operational capability in rural areas since mass protests against Iraqi government erupted in October in the capital Baghdad and southern provinces.Iraq has been roiled by mass protests since early October over poor living conditions and corruption, forcing Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi to resign.At least 496 Iraqis have been killed and 17…

Labor Video Project (2020-05-07). "Blood Money & Murder On The Job" Amazon 2020 On May Day. indybay.org New York MTA TWU 100 steward John Ferretti and Amazon worker Chris Smalls are interviewed about May Day and why they were protesting at the Amazon JFK8 Staten Island warehouse.

Chuck Collins — Helen Flannery (2020-05-07). Time for an Emergency Charity Stimulus. counterpunch.org We are living through a time of unprecedented challenges: a major public health crisis and a deepening recession. Congress has already authorized trillions in stimulus funds. But millions of Americans are still relying on the support of local nonprofits such as food banks and human services. These nonprofits are going to need major infusions of

Greg Moses (2020-05-07). Gen Z National Student Leadership Begins Fightback for College Relief. zcomm.org If states don't step up, if the federal government doesn't weigh in with a trillion-dollar deal, will we ask students to soak up tuition increases and bundle them into another generation of loans?>

Charles Pierson (2020-05-07). COVID-19 and the High Cost of Dying. counterpunch.org Put down the Clorox. Remdesivir may not be the effective coronavirus treatment the world desperately needs, but it has to be better than President Donald Trump's idea about ingesting disinfectants. One strong point in remdesivir's favor: the MAGA crowd hates it. Remdesivir, which is administered intravenously, is an antiviral drug developed by Gilead Sciences, Inc. which patented it in 2017. It has just been approved by the Food and Drug Administration for emergency use in treating cases of Covid-19.

Johnny Hazard (2020-05-07). COVID-19 Comes to Nezahualcóyotl: a Mexican City Confronts a Pandemic. counterpunch.org One of the cities most vulnerable to Covid-19 in Mexico is Ciudad Nezahualcóyotl, often known simply as Neza, which is adjacent to the east side of Mexico City and specifically to the boroughs of Iztacalco and Iztapalapa. The latter has the highest Covid infection rate in the capital city.

Binoy Kampmark (2020-05-07). The Rohingya in Malaysia: Coronavirus and Alibis for Paranoia. counterpunch.org 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 of crisis, the eye sharpens in the search for scapegoats. With the enervating effects of

John Kendall Hawkins (2020-05-07). All the Presidents' Miens. counterpunch.org All the Presidents' Miens All I know is we face an up and coming always up and coming electoral battle in the fall between, always between, pussygrabbers, to the Left and pussygrabbers to the Right, two guys stroking, littoral and clitoral, you choose the prez, keep your hand on that ballot, hold on. Oh, Lord,

Philip Doe (2020-05-07). The Great Divorce: the People of Colorado v. the State. counterpunch.org When I was a boy, my dad took me and my twin sister and brothers to see the demolition of the Omaha-Grant Smoke Stack in Globeville. At the time it was among the tallest smokestacks in the world. It stood 350 feet high, with brick walls 12 feet thick. It was said to contain enough

Howard Lisnoff (2020-05-07). Online Education in a Time of Grave Danger. counterpunch.org I taught a college course online. I used a program that was accepted at that level of education as the standard for teaching. The program took several sessions of individual instruction at the community college's tech center and lots of off-site practice to become competent in meeting students online for one class out of four classes each week. There is also a learning curve for students in how to use and navigate online learning software.

George Ochenski (2020-05-07). Freedom of Press Under Attack by Trump. counterpunch.org Sunday was World Press Freedom Day and although it's far from a national holiday, freedom of the press is a right granted to all Americans. Unfortunately, this critical freedom, which has survived and served our nation well for nearly two and a half centuries, is under attack by Donald Trump and his benighted administration. Our

Geoff Dutton (2020-05-07). A Good Time: Civilization Hits the Pause Button. counterpunch.org Think of all the times you were on hold, waiting for a response, something to take place, like a decision about a school or financial aid application, a job interview, a submission to a publication, or even a marriage proposal. Did you simply sit on your thumbs, immobilized, until some far-off entity decided your fate?

Dean Baker (2020-05-07). How Many People Will Patent Monopolies Kill This Pandemic? counterpunch.org No one wants to die, but hey, who wouldn't be willing to sacrifice their life to protect someone's patent monopoly? That is a question that is implicitly raised in this New York Times piece on the race to develop an effective vaccine against the coronavirus. Near the beginning the piece tells readers: "In an era

Rev. William Alberts (2020-05-07). "What the Hell Do You Have to Lose?" counterpunch.org The coronavirus does not care whether we are Republican or Democrat; mainline or evangelical Christian; Jew, Muslim or Hindu; white, black or brown; Chinese, Italian, Iranian, Russian, African or American, richer or poorer, older or younger. We are all human and subject to the same illnesses. Our nationality, faith, race, class, location or age does

Kirkpatrick Sale (2020-05-07). Two Truths from the Pandemic No One Is Mentioning. counterpunch.org Two truths at least are certain in this post-pandemic world: 1) Humans have so dominated the world, destroying much of non-human life and systems in the process, that the world has struck back in recoil and seeks to readjust the balance. 2) Human sustenance systems are far too large and unwieldly to be effective and

ACLU (2020-05-07). Our Vision for Equitable Marijuana Reform. aclu.org

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Greece's Renewed Relations with Syria Further Isolates Turkey in the Eastern Mediterranean
Paul Antonopoulos | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-08
On Tuesday, the Greek Foreign Ministry finally announced a restoration of relations between Greece and Syria and assigned former ambassador to Syria and Russia, Tasia Athanassiou, as a Special Envoy of Greece's Foreign Ministry for Syria. Greek Foreign Minister …
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Amid the Coronavirus Pandemic, America's Billionaires Thrive and Prosper
Lawrence Wittner | zcomm.org | 2020-05-08
Although most Americans currently face hard times, with unemployment surging to the levels of the Great Depression and enormous numbers of people sick or dying from the coronavirus pandemic, the nation's super-rich remain a notable exception. Financially, they are doing remarkably well. According to the Institute for Policy Studies, between March 18 and April 28, Read…
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Long Live the Spirit of Kent and Jackson State!
Otis Grotewohl | workers.org | 2020-05-08
May 4 and May 15, 2020, mark the 50th anniversaries of the murders of students at Kent State and Jackson State in the United States. Many people are familiar with the National Guard shooting of students and protesters at Ohio's Kent State University in 1970, which left four dead and . . . | Continue reading Long Live the Spirit of Kent and Jackson State! at Workers.org
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COVID-19: The rest of the world is looking at Britain's shame
graham | truepublica.org.uk | 2020-05-08
By Rob Woodward

Euro at risk from uneven virus shock across EU
graham | truepublica.org.uk | 2020-05-08
By TruePublica: There is much speculation across the EU at the moment that the euro currency is in very serious trouble. It isn't the first time, but the COVID-19 crisis has put an entirely new threat into the system that makes its future look less certain. We have always speculated at TruePublica that because of …
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U.S. to roll back infection control rules in nursing homes in midst of pandemic
Aviva Levine | liberationnews.org | 2020-05-08
Even prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, a large number of long-term care facilities were failing to maintain appropriate standards of hygiene and disease prevention.
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The psychology of the COVID-19 coup: The elite, their victims and those who resist
Robert J. Burrowes | nationofchange.org | 2020-05-08
The longer it takes to muster a full response to defeat this coup, the more damage

The 'staggering' fall of global fossil fuel demand
graham | truepublica.org.uk | 2020-05-08
By Kieran Cooke: One of the pillars of industrial society is tottering: global fossil fuel demand is buckling, with only renewable energy expected to show any growth this year. Oil prices are going through the floor. The market for coal and gas is shrinking fast. And global emissions of climate-changing greenhouse gases are set to …
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Mercenaries launch attack on Venezuelan coast, driven back
| workers.org | 2020-05-08
Workers World received this statement May 4 that originated from the Venezuelan Foreign Ministry about the May 3 attack on that country's shores, made even more ominous by the presence of U.S. Navy warships in the waters off Venezuela. Since that day the Venezuelans report that they stopped another similar . . . | Continue reading Mercenaries launch attack on Venezuelan coast, driven back at Workers.org
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Palestinian movement scores big legal win for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign in Britain
Kathy Durkin | workers.org | 2020-05-07
Members of Unite the Union, a British and Irish labor union, show support for the Palestinian people. The Palestine Solidarity Committee won a legal victory for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign in Britain when the country's highest court issued a landmark ruling that struck a blow against the Whitehall . . . | Continue reading Palestinian movement scores big legal win for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign in Britain at Workers.org
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Palestinian movement scores big legal win for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign in Britain
Kathy Durkin | workers.org | 2020-05-07
Members of Unite the Union, a British and Irish labor union, show support for the Palestinian people. The Palestine Solidarity Committee won a legal victory for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign in Britain when the country's highest court issued a landmark ruling that struck a blow against the Whitehall . . . | Continue reading Palestinian movement scores big legal win for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign in Britain at Workers.org
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Trump Against the Government: Officials Conflicted Over Lying for the President
Philip Giraldi | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-07
Once upon a time in the United States there was a consensus among national politicians that there were two areas where there should be a unified approach to policy. They were national security and foreign policy, both of which involved …
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Dutch Researchers Discover Effective Anti-COVID-19 Antibodies
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-07
Antibodies aren't COVID-19 cures, but the discovery by Utrecht University researchers of a "human monoclonal antibody that prevents the SARS-CoV-2 virus (that produces COVID-19 disease) from infecting cultured cells" is a positive development. | It's a step toward finding an effective …
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German Researchers Discover Effective Anti-COVID-19 Antibodies
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-07
Antibodies aren't COVID-19 cures, but the discovery by Utrecht University researchers of a "human monoclonal antibody that prevents the SARS-CoV-2 virus (that produces COVID-19 disease) from infecting cultured cells" is a positive development. | It's a step toward finding an effective …
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Get Ready for the Next Game-Changer: China's Digital Yuan, "Backed By Gold"?
Pepe Escobar | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-07
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 …
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COVID-19 = genocide for Detroit
Martha Grevatt | workers.org | 2020-05-07
Michigan State Representatives Jewell Jones and Isaac Robinson, co-sponsors of a bill for a 90-day moratorium on foreclosures, evictions and utility shutoffs. Robinson died March 29 of suspected COVID-19. Here they are protesting a polluting company US Ecology in Detroit. May 4

Guardian Blames Trump's Murderous US Exceptionalism on Hugo Chávez
Lucas Koerner | fair.org | 2020-05-07
What better time to vilify the popular former leader of a country under deadly US siege than a deadly pandemic? Such was clearly the reasoning of Guardian journalist Rory Carroll when he penned an op-ed headlined, "Blunder, Distraction, Denial: Trump Follows Chávez's Successful Template" (4/19/20). Seemingly immune to irony, Carroll compares Venezuela's late socialist …
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Minnesota: Anti-war movement urges Rep. Omar to unsign AIPAC's Iran sanctions letter
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-05-07
Minneapolis, MN – The Twin Cities Anti-War Committee sent a letter to Minnesota's Representative Ilhan Omar, May 6, urging her to withdraw her support for a letter that furthers AIPAC's lobbying efforts to continue sanctions against Iran. | The letter states, "We strongly urge you to unsign AIPAC's statement and to stand with Representatives Betty McCullom, Rashida Tlaib, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley, and the few others brave enough to reject AIPAC's roadmap to an increase in sanctions against Iran." | "In the face of the world superpowers' saber-rattling, we should defend Iran's desire to prote…
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UK Supreme Court Reverses BDS Ban
Staff | therealnews.com | 2020-05-07
The Palestine Solidarity Campaign, the largest British Palestinian solidarity group, successfully petitioned to reverse a 2016 ban preventing local governments divesting from companies involved in the Israeli occupation.
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PDF download of May 7 issue
A. Majumdar | workers.org | 2020-05-07
Click to download entire 12-page PDF May Day coverage. Also: COVID‚Äë19 North Carolina protest; Genocide on Detroit; Cuban medical team; Trump and China; Pennies vs. billions; Tear down the walls A world without prisons; Mumia: On prison guards; Louisiana death camps; ‚ÄÇEditorial Fascists = bosses' tools; World Palestine Britain Venezuela . . . | Continue reading PDF download of May 7 issue at Workers.org
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Amazon Warehouses Flouting Sick Leave Law as Outrage Swells Over Worker Conditions in Midst of Pandemic
Andrea Germanos, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-05-07
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On the Brink of Starvation: COVID-19 and the Global Food Chain with Raj Patel
www.speakoutsocialists | indybay.org | 2020-05-07

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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No going back to 'normal'?
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2020-05-07
Socialist Alliance Peter BoyleIssue 1264 Australia COVID-19 ecosocialism Our Common CauseMay 7, 2020The slogan "There's no going b…
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Elon Musk says human language will be OBSOLETE in 10 years, after struggling to pronounce his baby's name on Joe Rogan
rt.com | 2020-05-08
Elon Musk may have chosen a bizarre, cyborg-like name for his newborn child

ALL of China declared 'low Covid-19 risk' as daily infections approach zero
rt.com | 2020-05-07
The first nation to step into the battle against Covid-19 earlier this year, China is also the first to report that the risk of the outbreak is now "low", as no fresh domestic cases have been recorded during the past few days. | …
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'I guess we did': Simpsons writer admits 2020 pandemic clairvoyance as murder hornets clip goes viral
rt.com | 2020-05-07
The Simpsons is widely known for predicting the future with eerie accuracy, but things are starting to get ridiculous; after apparently predicting the coronavirus, it now appears the show saw the murder hornets coming too. | Like an animated Nostradamus for the noughties, the animated TV show has a number of oddly accurate predictions already on the books over the course of its 30 years on air. | It apparently foresaw Disney buying Fox nearly 20 years ago, the invention of smart watches, the US winning an Olympic medal in curling and, of course, also predicted that Donald Trump would one day become president o…
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US unemployment expected to pass 33 MILLION, marking worst economic downturn since Great Depression
rt.com | 2020-05-07
Another three million Americans are expected to have filed for unemployment benefits during the week ending May 2, which brings the total claims over the seven weeks of the Covid-19 lockdown to 33 million. | Some 3.839 million initial jobless claims have been registered in the past week. Florida saw the highest number of initial filings, at an estimated 432,000 on an unadjusted basis, from 507,000 in the week prior. | California reported 328,000 claims

'Unprecedented in modern times': New research shows 1 in 5 children in US face food insecurity amid Covid-19 lockdowns
rt.com | 2020-05-07
A new study has found that children in the United States are suffering the highest rate of food insecurity ever recorded in the country, as tens of millions of Americans are barred from working under coronavirus-induced lockdowns. | Food insecurity for American children was significantly worse in April than during any year since 2001, before which point no comparable data is available, according to research published on Wednesday by the Brookings Institution. | "Looking ove…
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Iconic Sassanid-Era Fortress in Iran Suffers Deep Cracks After 5.1 Magnitude Earthquake
Sputnik News | iranian.com | 2020-05-08
On Thursday, an earthquake estimated at 5.1 magnitude hit a large part of Iran, including the Tehran province in the northern areas of the country. One day earlier, another earthquake with the same strength hit the province of Lorestan in the western regions of the country. A Wednesday earthquake in Iran's western province of Lorestan caused …
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Is Trump Kicking the Saudis to the Curb the Beginning of Something Not Terrible?
Tom Luongo | iranian.com | 2020-05-08
More than anything else in Saudi Arabia, that thing you smell is fear. Everything is coming unglued for the royal family there all at once. If we all weren't so distracted by the Coronapocalypse these things would all be front-page news. In the past week there have been three major stories concerning Saudi Arabia, none …
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Sanders Is Back On The NY Primary Ballot
Staff | therealnews.com | 2020-05-07
Before the ruling was announced, TRNN spoke with Norman Solomon and Marcus Ferrell about how the split between establishment Democrats and progressives could help hand Trump the November election.
therealnews.com/stories/bernie-sanders-n…

Russian State TV in Media War Against No-Lockdown Belarus
The Moscow Times | anti-empire.com | 2020-05-07
Editor's note: Recall how in 2014-15 the Russian opposition and western media was trying to prove Russians were fighting and dying en masse in Donbass by supposedly uncovering "secret burials" all over Russia? Well the Russian state media has now adopted the same tactics to be deployed against brotherly Belarus. Why? While Russians have been forced into Sobyanin's cybergulag (now expanded nationally) Belarus has met the virus with the scorn it deserves, has allowed its people to remain free, and will p…
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COVID-19 & the Economy
Noam Chomsky | zcomm.org | 2020-05-07
Interview on COVID-19 politics, the global economy and the environment…
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How Russia Became the Next COVID-19 Hot Spot: Infection Rate Soars with 10,000 New Cases Each Day
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-05-07
We go to Moscow for an update on the pandemic in Russia, where the coronavirus is spreading rapidly, with at least 10,000 new cases a day and the second-highest infection rate in the world, and more than 100 medical workers have died fighting the virus, and many have reported lack of personal protective equipment. Meanwhile, three Russian healthcare workers mysteriously fell from hospital windows over the past two weeks. Two died, and the one who is hospitalized had posted a video online to note the lack of medical equipment and said he had to keep working despite testing positive. We speak with Joshua Yaffa, Mos…
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Profiting from the Pandemic: Will Pharmaceutical Giants Use Patents to Limit Access to COVID Drugs?
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-05-07
As the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases worldwide approaches 4 million and the pandemic could be with us for months or years, we look at who can access drugs like remdesivir, being developed by pharmaceutical giant Gilead, which has the patent for the drug and is poised to make massive profits. We look at how much drugs like remdesivir will cost, and who can access them, with writer Achal Prabhala, coordinator of the AccessIBSA project, which campaigns for access to medicines in India, Brazil and South Africa.
www.democracynow.org/2020/5/7/remdesivir…

Anatomy of a Fake News Campaign: Media Spreads Lie From US Govt-funded Korean Outlet that Kim Jong-un Died
Ben Norton | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-07
Corporate media outlets spread fake news claiming North Korean leader Kim Jong-un had died. The lie originated with a Seoul-based website funded by the US government's regime-change arm the NED. | *** | There may be no other country on Earth lied …
globalresearch.ca/anatomy-fake-news-camp…

Covid-19 Is a Reason To Start the Green New Deal Now
Sarah Lazare | commondreams.org | 2020-05-07
A worker installs solar panels at the Solarpark Eggersdorf solar park on September 4, 2012 near Muencheberg, Germany. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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We Believe This "Dark Money" Group Illegally Spent Nearly $5 Million to Destroy Sanders 2020 Campaign
Brendan Fischer | commondreams.org | 2020-05-07
The FEC complaint filed by the Campaign Legal Center on Thursday alleges that Big Tent Project should have registered as a political committee, since it was created to oppose Sen. Bernie Sanders' election, and all its known activities were focused on opposing Sanders. (Image: via Campaign Legal Center) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/views/2020/05/07/we-bel…

A Grim New Normal Ahead? Worse than Orwell's 1984. Unprecedented Global Poverty and Human Misery
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-07
Will historians one day look back at unfolding events related to today's public health crisis and economic collapse as a post-coronavirus new normal that's grimly different from what preceded it? | Do ongoing events mark the beginning of an unacceptable dystopian …
globalresearch.ca/grim-new-normal/571211…

December 2019 COVID-19 Outbreaks in France, China Rips Pompeo
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-07
Evidence suggests that one or more COVID-19 outbreaks likely first occurred in Hawaii late last summer, what a previous article discussed. | Did outbreaks begin in France before Wuhan, China? | According to a French hospital, a COVID-19 patient was treated on …
globalresearch.ca/december-2019-covid-19…

Thoughts on the Liberation of Saigon and the end to America's Genocidal War Against the Vietnamese People
Dave Lindorff | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-07
The following are recollections from several members of the ThisCantBeHappening! about their anti-war movement struggles and the day of final triumph in Vietnam 45 years ago. A Day in the Park Like No Other When the US war on Vietnam ended on April 30 with the Vietnamese liberation forces marching into Saigon, a victory celebration…
counterpunch.org/2020/05/07/thoughts-on-…

US Investigating Ex-Green Beret, Denies 'Direct' Involvement in Failed Venezuela Coup
Ricardo Vaz and Lucas Koerner | venezuelanalysis.com | 2020-05-07
New documents confirm that the Venezuelan opposition signed a contract with Miami-based Silvercorp to kidnap President Nicolas Maduro.
venezuelanalysis.com/news/14867

The Neocons' COVID-19 Fearmongering Won't Derail CPEC
Andrew Korybko | thealtworld.com | 2020-05-07
US "deep state" operative Michael Rubin's recent fearmongering in "The National Interest" about how CPEC will supposedly facilitate the spread of COVID-19 throughout Pakistan is bound to fail because he lacks any credibility as an objective observer due to his professional credentials and thus simply resorts to regurgitating standard talking points aimed against their strategic partnership. | The "Deep State" Speaks | Indian media picked up the rec…
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Venezuela foils yet another coup attempt
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-05-07
We look at Operation Gideon, mounted by the Venezuelan opposition with the involvement of US mercenaries, with the aim of overthrowing the legitimate Venezuelan government of Nicolas Maduro.
peoplesdispatch.org/2020/05/07/venezuela…

'Duque ordered to facilitate botched mercenary invasion in Venezuela': Maduro
Adriaan Alsema | colombiareports.com | 2020-05-07
Colombia's President Ivan Duque ordered to support American and Venezuelan "mercenaries" to overthrow Venezuela's government, its president Nicolas Maduro said Wednesday. The two former members of the United States' Special…
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Mercenary Confesses Failed Plot Was to Bring President Maduro to US
Telesur | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-07
Former United States ex-green beret Luke Denman, that was captured Monday by Venezuela's Armed Forces, confessed Wednesday that his group aimed at kidnapping President Nicolas Maduro as part of 'Operation Gedeon'. | "I was expecting anywhere between US$50,000 to US$100,000," | …
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Colombia's great coronavirus heist | Part 4: agriculture minister, 11 governors to court over corruption
Adriaan Alsema | colombiareports.com | 2020-05-07
Colombia's Supreme Court will investigate one minister and 11 governors after the prosecution opened more than 1,200 investigations into alleged corruption with coronavirus emergency funds. The Prosecutor General's Office, the…
colombiareports.com/colombias-great-coro…

No One, Not Even Trump, is Above the Law
David Cole | aclu.org | 2020-05-07
Next week, on May 12, the Supreme Court will hear arguments in three cases about whether President Trump can block subpoenas issued to his banks and accountant to hand over his personal financial documents in connection with investigations of potential crimes. We argue that Trump, no less than anyone else, has no right to block such subpoenas. No one, not even the president, is above the law. , , Our amicus curiae briefs for the cases, Trump v. Mazars/Trump v. Deutsche Bank AG and…
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FROM THE FIELD: Protecting the displaced in the time of COVID-19
news.un.org | 2020-05-07
Refugees and displaced people living in camps are amongst the most vulnerable communities across the world and more likely to catch COVID-19 than others, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM).
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The US Has Been Exporting COVID-19 to Haiti; Now, It is Returning a Death Squad Leader
Jake Johnston | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-07
As the COVID-19 pandemic has shut down borders and airports across the world, planes chartered by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) continue to fly. Every two or three weeks, a deportation flight operated by Swift Air, LLC has landed at the Port-au-Prince airport. After one such flight in early April, at least three of…
counterpunch.org/2020/05/07/the-us-has-b…

Migrants stranded 'all over the world' and at risk from coronavirus
news.un.org | 2020-05-07
Thousands of migrants have been stranded "all over the world" where they face a heightened risk of COVID-19 infection, the head of UN migration agency, IOM, said on Thursday.
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Madison May Day caravan supports community safety and workers' rights
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-05-07
Madison, WI – On a sunny May 1 afternoon which marked both May Day and A Day Without Immigrants, a caravan comprised of about 20 different vehicles made its way to the Capitol Square in a careful procession in support of a timely cause. | Organizers gathered at noon in the parking lot of the Madison Labor Temple to begin the drive along Park Street to the Square. Participants remained in their vehicles, or on bicycles at a distance from others, to respect rules of social distancing and provide a safe rally for all who wished to participate. Safe participation was ensured as well through use of hazard lights and a…
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Protesters say: 'Shelters = Death, Hotels = Haven'
Joe Piette | workers.org | 2020-05-07
Cops stop activists from delivering demands to a city official's home. After the COVID-19 deaths of dozens of seniors at Philadelphia nursing homes and at least one homeless person in a city shelter, community activists converged on a city official's home on May 6 to deliver a message: The city . . . | Continue reading Protesters say: 'Shelters = Death, Hotels = Haven' at Workers.org
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Johnson compared to Chamberlain in protest video on White Cliffs of Dover
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-05-07
Boris Johnson's response to the coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis has been compared to Neville Chamberlain's "peace for our time" moment, in a giant projection beamed on to the White Cliffs of Dover.The Kent landmark was lit up with a mock-up of the prime minister holding a scrap of paper saying "Highest death toll in Europe".The stunt was the brainchild of Led By Donkeys, a group of activists famed for their giant billboards of politicians' tweets.The group said the black and white creation is a comment on the government's "profound failure" and compares Johnson's conduct to Chamberlain's appeasement policy in the l…
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Once Again Trump Scoffs Congressional War Powers with Republican Help
Jeff Jurgens | peaceaction.org | 2020-05-07
Once Again Trump Scoffs Congressional War Powers with Republican Help Washington, D.C.

Kim Jong Un Is Still Alive. What About Peace with North Korea?
Catherine Killough | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-07
The second anniversary of the 2018 Inter-Korean Summit has just passed. Marking the moment, South Korean President Moon Jae-in lamented, "We have been made keenly aware once again that peace will not come overnight." Images of the two Korean …
globalresearch.ca/kim-jong-un-alive-what…

#WorkerRightsNow: Day of Action for Essential Worker Bill of Rights
MoveOn, Greenpeace, others | indybay.org | 2020-05-07
Online and/or phone call actions…
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Peace Action: Once Again Trump Scoffs Congressional War Powers with Republican Help
commondreams.org | 2020-05-07
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Selected Articles: Fake News About North Korea, Failed Invasion of Venezuela
Global Research News | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-07
A future without independent media leaves us with an upside down reality where according to the corporate media "NATO deserves a Nobel Peace Prize", and where "nuclear weapons and wars make us safer" | | | If, like us, this is a …
globalresearch.ca/selected-articles-fake…

Second member of persecuted Turkish leftist folk band dies, days after ending hunger strike
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-05-07
Ibrahim Gà∂kàßek's death follows the deaths of another band member along with an ally in April, who were both also on hunger strikes to protest the state persecution of the band stemming from the crackdown carried out by the Turkish government in retaliation to the failed 2016 coup…
peoplesdispatch.org/2020/05/07/second-me…

Far Right Group Behind Boston's "Straight Pride" Also Organized "Reopen" Protest
William rivers Pitt | zcomm.org | 2020-05-07
If the federal government actually starts helping people, Trump and his allies fear that capitalism will lose its stranglehold on the nation…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/far-right-group-be…

Mustafa al-Kadhimi, Iraq's new PM, faces tough challenges on economy, foreign soldiers
Abdul Rahman | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-05-07
After months of political uncertainty, Mustafa al-Kadhimi has been confirmed as the new prime minister of Iraq. However, the former intelligence chief is likely to face a number of challenges, including addressing the demands of protesters…
peoplesdispatch.org/2020/05/07/mustafa-a…

Daesh/ISIS increases attacks in Iraq amid virus
yenisafak.com | 2020-05-07
The Daesh/ISIS terror group has increased its attacks in Iraq, especially in rural areas, amid political instability and security weakness in the country as well as the US-led coalition forces' withdrawal due to the coronavirus outbreak.Daesh has been trying to strengthen its operational capability in rural areas since mass protests against Iraqi government erupted in October in the capital Baghdad and southern provinces.Iraq has been roiled by mass protests since early October over poor living conditions and corruption, forcing Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi to resign.At least 496 Iraqis have been killed and 17…
yenisafak.com/en/world/daesh-isis-increa…

"Blood Money & Murder On The Job" Amazon 2020 On May Day
Labor Video Project | indybay.org | 2020-05-07
New York MTA TWU 100 steward John Ferretti and Amazon worker Chris Smalls are interviewed about May Day and why they were protesting at the Amazon JFK8 Staten Island warehouse.
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/05/05/1883283…

Kadhimi takes office as Iraq's PM amid fiscal & coronavirus crises
rt.com | 2020-05-07
Mustafa al-Kadhimi took office as Iraq's prime minister early Thursday after breaking months of political deadlock. The former intelligence chief will have to tackle a staggering economic crisis, a health pandemic and the specter of renewed protests. | Observing social distancing, lawmakers gathered at parliament in masks and gloves around 9: 00pm local time, but the vote was delayed to make last-minute edits to ministerial posts. | Kadhemi soon received a congratulatory call from US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who announced a 120-day waiver extension on US sanctions to let Iraq buy gas from neighboring Ira…
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To Survive, Lebanon Needs a Revolution that Delivers Lebanese People From Want, Despair
Michael Jansen | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-07
In an unprecedented call for action on Lebanon's turbulent domestic front, the UN Security Council has urged the Lebanese authorities "to respond to the aspirations of the Lebanese people by implementing meaningful economic reforms" and addressing security, humanitarian and coronavirus …
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How Many People Will Patent Monopolies Kill This Pandemic?
Dean Baker | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-07
No one wants to die, but hey, who wouldn't be willing to sacrifice their life to protect someone's patent monopoly? That is a question that is implicitly raised in this New York Times piece on the race to develop an effective vaccine against the coronavirus. Near the beginning the piece tells readers:…
counterpunch.org/2020/05/07/how-many-peo…

COVID-19 and the High Cost of Dying
Charles Pierson | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-07
Put down the Clorox. Remdesivir may not be the effective coronavirus treatment the world desperately needs, but it has to be better than President Donald Trump's idea about ingesting disinfectants. One strong point in remdesivir's favor: the MAGA crowd hates it. Remdesivir, which is administered intravenously, is an antiviral drug developed by Gilead Sciences, Inc. which patented it in 2017. It has just been approved by the Food and Drug Administration for emergency use in treating cases of Covid-19.
counterpunch.org/2020/05/07/covid-19-and…

Surviving this Pandemic is Hard, For America's Most Vulnerable, its Nearly Impossible
Eleanor Goldfield | mintpressnews.com | 2020-05-07
This coronavirus pandemic has laid bare the exclusion of whole subsets of the most vulnerable in our society, exemplifying the toxic mix of racism, sexism, imperialism, and capitalism that the US blends so well.
mintpressnews.com/surviving-coronavirus-…

At least 8 health workers killed, 560 infected by coronavirus in Colombia
Adriaan Alsema | colombiareports.com | 2020-05-07
Eight health workers have died and 560 have been infected by the coronavirus in Colombia, the National Health Institute (INS) said Wednesday as medical organizations call for the urgent provision…
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At least 8 health workers killed, 560 infected by coronavirus in Colombia
Adriaan Alsema | colombiareports.com | 2020-05-07
Eight health workers have died and 560 have been infected by the coronavirus in Colombia, the National Health Institute (INS) said Wednesday as medical organizations call to urgently provide personal…
colombiareports.com/at-least-8-health-wo…

America: Job losses in April likely topped 22 million
graham | truepublica.org.uk | 2020-05-07
The United States appears to have lost more than 20 million jobs in April, but even such a shockingly large increase might understate the destruction wrought by the coronavirus on the labour market. The large payroll processor ADP on Wednesday reported a 20.2 million decline in employment in April among the nation's privately run companies. …
truepublica.org.uk/newsbits/america-job-losses-in-april-likely-topped-22-million/

"What the Hell Do You Have to Lose?"
Rev. William Alberts | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-07
The coronavirus does not care whether we are Republican or Democrat; mainline or evangelical Christian; Jew, Muslim or Hindu; white, black or brown; Chinese, Italian, Iranian, Russian, African or American, richer or poorer, older or younger. We are all human and subject to the same illnesses. Our nationality, faith, race, class, location or age does…
counterpunch.org/2020/05/07/what-the-hel…

Pandemic and Hunger Threaten Africa
Lucas Leiroz de Almeida | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-07
The situation of the new coronavirus on the African continent worsens day after day. Although the pandemic has not yet reached its peak of infection in Africa, the figures remain alarming and without due attention from the media and authorities. …
globalresearch.ca/pandemic-hunger-threat…

Bank of England: Unemployment to double
graham | truepublica.org.uk | 2020-05-07
The Bank of England has warned the British economy could shrink by 14% this year and unemployment more than double by next spring as the coronavirus causes the deepest recession in modern history. Leaving interest rates on hold at a record low of 0.1% as the economic crisis unfolds, the central bank said economic activity across …
truepublica.org.uk/newsbits/bank-of-england-unemployment-to-double/

Our Vision for Equitable Marijuana Reform
aclu.org | 2020-05-07

| Legalizing marijuana, while vital, is not enough to remedy the harms of deca…
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Trump economy faces long-term disaster as jobs data looms
graham | truepublica.org.uk | 2020-05-07
The staggering economic pain, perhaps the worst since the 1930s, of the American economy in the time of coronavirus will be graphically underscored in two new rounds of unemployment data that are due on Thursday and Friday. The figures will show Americans who have and will lose their livelihoods as common victims of the most cruel public health crisis …
truepublica.org.uk/newsbits/trump-economy-faces-long-term-disaster-as-jobs-data-looms/

Mass Incarceration Poses a Uniquely American Risk in Pandemic
Alice Speri | zcomm.org | 2020-05-07
Mass incarceration is not only causing people to die of Covid-19 behind bars. As corrections facilities become hot spots, the virus is also rapidly spreading into the surrounding communities…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/mass-incarceration…

Global sales of luxury goods are expected to slump by 50% to 60%
graham | truepublica.org.uk | 2020-05-07
Global sales of luxury goods are expected to slump by 50% to 60% in the second quarter even as some countries begin to ease coronavirus lockdowns and despite signs of recovery in the Chinese market, consultancy Bain said on Thursday. With the April to June decline coming on top of an estimated 25% drop in …
truepublica.org.uk/newsbits/global-sales-of-luxury-goods-are-expected-to-slump-by-50-to-60/

The Rohingya in Malaysia: Coronavirus and Alibis for Paranoia
Binoy Kampmark | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-07
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 of crisis, the eye sharpens in the search for scapegoats. With the enervating effects of…
counterpunch.org/2020/05/07/the-rohingya…

Researcher 'On Verge of Making Very Significant' Coronavirus Findings Shot to Death
Tim Stelloh | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-07
The Pennsylvania researcher "was on the verge of making very significant findings toward understanding the cellular mechanisms that underlie" COVID-19, his university said. | Below are selected quotes fro NBC report together with a statement from the the University Research Unit …
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How capitalism and racism hold back a COVID-19 cure
Neal Sweeney | liberationnews.org | 2020-05-07
In a few short months, the novel coronavirus COVID-19 has swept the world without any proven treatment or vaccine.
liberationnews.org/how-capitalism-and-ra…

Bank of England stress tests banks and building societies
graham | truepublica.org.uk | 2020-05-07
Britain's top banks and building societies are robust enough to keep lending if the economy were to shrink by 30% in the coronavirus pandemic, according to a stress test carried out by the Bank of England. The stress test was based on an economic scenario published by the BoE in its Monetary Policy Report (MPR) …
truepublica.org.uk/newsbits/bank-of-england-stress-tests-banks-and-building-societies/

COVID-19: UN and partners launch $6.7 billion appeal for vulnerable countries
news.un.org | 2020-05-07
Humanitarians are seeking nearly $7 billion to protect millions of lives and halt the spread of COVID-19 in more than 60 of the world's most fragile countries.
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Government C19 tracing app 'failed' cybersecurity, performance and clinical safety tests
graham | truepublica.org.uk | 2020-05-07
By TruePublica: On 5th April Apple and Google released details about the Bluetooth system they were building into both Android and iOS that will let health care authorities track potential encounters with Covid-19. Most countries in the world have given it a green light. But the British government decided to do their own thing and …
truepublica.org.uk/united-kingdom/government-c19-tracing-app-failed-cybersecurity-performance-and-clinical-safety-tests/

'There's a Perceived Need to Get This Over With So We Can Get Back to Work' – CounterSpin interview with Jim Naureckas on Covid-19 false choices
Janine Jackson | fair.org | 2020-05-07
Janine Jackson interviewed FAIR's Jim Naureckas about Covid-19 false choices for the May 1, 2020, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. | Media…
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COVID-19 causes some illegal drug prices to surge, as supplies are disrupted worldwide
news.un.org | 2020-05-07
Measures by governments across the world to curb the COVID-19 pandemic have led to the widespread disruption of trafficking routes for illegal drugs, mainly by air and on land, upping some prices, according to a new UN report published on Thursday.
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COVID-19 Comes to Nezahualcóyotl: a Mexican City Confronts a Pandemic
Johnny Hazard | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-07
One of the cities most vulnerable to Covid-19 in Mexico is Ciudad Nezahualcóyotl, often known simply as Neza, which is adjacent to the east side of Mexico City and specifically to the boroughs of Iztacalco and Iztapalapa. The latter has the highest Covid infection rate in the capital city. Nezhualcóyotl is named for…
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Africa, IMF Conditionality and the COVID-19 Pandemic
Abayomi Azikiwe | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-07
African states across the continent have enacted stringent measures aimed at containing the spread of COVID-19. | From Kenya, to Egypt and South Africa, governmental leaders, labor unions, community organizations and professional groupings are contributing resources and talents to assist in …
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Body bags instead of requested COVID-19 testing kits for Native American clinic seen as cruel metaphor
Eoin Higgins | nationofchange.org | 2020-05-07
"Are we going to keep getting body bags or are we going to get what we actually need?"
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The Rise of Optical Biophysics and the Clash between "Two Sciences"
Matthew J. L. Ehret | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-05-07
In a previous paper entitled "Big Pharma Beware: Dr. Montagnier Shines New Light on Covid-19 and the Future of Medicine," I elaborated upon the powerful intervention of the Nobel Prize winning virologist Dr. Luc Montagnier. In that location, I covered the reasonability of Montagnier's assessment of the laboratory origin theory of COVID-19 and I discussed …
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Reopening the United States Economy: Myths and Realities
Abayomi Azikiwe | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-07
There are tremendous economic and political pressures emanating from the White House and the corporate community to "reopen" the United States economy. | At present the U.S. has outstripped all other countries in the world in the number of COVID-19 infections …
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African artists take creative approach to fighting the COVID-19 pandemic
news.un.org | 2020-05-07
Top artists from across Africa and throughout the African Diaspora have joined forces with the UN cultural agency, UNESCO, to save lives and counter misinformation during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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COVID-19 and Fake News
Mark Taliano | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-07
The people who define "legacy systems" are the billionaires like Gates, and the monopolies like Big Pharma. "They" define the problem, and "they" "fix" the problem. The Corona shock gave them all the power and opportunity to fast track it …
globalresearch.ca/covid-19-fake-news/571…

COVID-19 Comes to Nezahualcóyotl: a Mexican City Confronts a Pandemic
Johnny Hazard | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-07
One of the cities most vulnerable to Covid-19 in Mexico is Ciudad Nezahualcóyotl, often known simply as Neza, which is adjacent to the east side of Mexico City and specifically to the boroughs of Iztacalco and Iztapalapa. The latter has the highest Covid infection rate in the capital city.
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New Yorkers staying home make up newest group hospitalized with COVID-19, new data shows
Ashley Curtin | nationofchange.org | 2020-05-07
During the press conference on Wednesday, Gov. Cuomo's confirmed that isolation was the answer to preventing transmission contrary to what the newest state data revealed.
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Why It's Wrong (and Racist) to Blame Covid-19 on Chinese 'Wet Markets'
Joshua Cho | fair.org | 2020-05-07
The New York Times ( 1/25/20) says the eating of unusual animals like turtles and snakes is "driven as much by the desire to flaunt wealth as by a mix of superstition and belief about the health benefits of wildlife." Whereas people eat frog legs at Coney Island because, well, they like the way they taste. | The stigmatization of Asian people and their culture as "inferior" or "exotic" isn't a ne…
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80% of Prisoners at Ohio's Marion Prison Test Positive for COVID-19
Azzurra Crispino | zcomm.org | 2020-05-07
Calls Grow for Mass Release…
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Women In Prison Need More Than Cuomo's Order To Help Against COVID-19
Staff | therealnews.com | 2020-05-07
Incarcerated women still face inadequate testing and an inability to self-isolate, and few will be helped by Cuomo's announcement releasing pregnant and elderly women.
therealnews.com/stories/women-prison-cuo…

Iran anti-war bill in tatters after Trump veto and Senate failure to uphold it
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-05-07
The presidential veto is set to be challenged in the US Congress, where the resolution would require a two-thirds majority in both houses to override the veto…
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Replacing 50% of animal products with plant-based foods could prevent 1.6 billion tons of greenhouse gas emissions
Marlee Kokotovic | nationofchange.org | 2020-05-07
"Moving the American appetite from our burger-heavy diet to plant-based eating is a powerful and necessary part of curbing the climate crisis."
nationofchange.org/2020/05/07/replacing-…

Colonial Settlers Uproot Hundreds of Grapevines In Bethlehem
IMEMC & Agencies | imemc.org | 2020-05-07
Israeli colonial settlers in the occupied West Bank city of Bethlehem, reportedly uprooted hundreds of newly-planted grapevines, south of the city. Head of the Palestinian Office for Fighting Israeli Settlements and Israel's Apartheid wall in Bethlehem, Hassan Breega, told media outlets that Israeli settlers from the nearby colonial illegal Israeli …
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Israeli Navy Opens Fire at Palestinian Fishermen off Gaza Shore
IMEMC & Agencies | imemc.org | 2020-05-07
Israeli naval forces targeted, on Thursday at dawn, several Palestinian fishermen, while attempting to earn a living, sailing off the northern shores of the Gaza Strip. Local media outlets and witnesses said that Israeli naval vessels attacked fishermen in Alwaha, Alsudaniya areas, north of the coastal enclave, as the fishermen …
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Colombia raids army command as illegal spying scandal mushrooms
Adriaan Alsema | colombiareports.com | 2020-05-07
Colombia's Inspector General's said his office had carried out a raid at the country's army command on Wednesday as part of an investigation into reported illegal spying practices. Inspector General…
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Colombia declares 2nd state of emergency to subsidize small business wages
Adriaan Alsema | colombiareports.com | 2020-05-07
Colombia's President Ivan Duque issued a second state of emergency on Wednesday and announced subsidies for small businesses to continue paying wages during an ongoing shutdown. The second state of…
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Colombia declares 2nd state of emergency to subsidize small business wages
Adriaan Alsema | colombiareports.com | 2020-05-07
Colombia's President Ivan Duque issued a second state of emergency on Wednesday and announced subsidies for small businesses to continue paying wages during an ongoing shutdown. The second state of…
colombiareports.com/colombia-declares-2n…

Colombia raids army command as illegal spying scandal mushrooms
Adriaan Alsema | colombiareports.com | 2020-05-07
Colombia's Inspector General said his office had carried out a raid at the country's army command on Wednesday as part of an investigation into reported illegal spying practices. Inspector General…
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Iraq: Guterres welcomes new Prime Minister, calls for 'meaningful' reforms
news.un.org | 2020-05-07
UN Secretary-General António Guterres and his Special Representative in Iraq, welcomed the long-delayed formation of a new Government in Baghdad on Thursday and called for meaningful reforms to be put into place to better the lives of the Iraqi people and strengthen democratic institutions.
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11 dead and hundreds hospitalized following massive gas leak in India
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-05-07
The accident took place due to a styrene vapor leak at a polymer plant run by LG Polymers India Pvt Ltd, a subsidiary of the South Korean LG Group, in the city of Visakhapatnam in the State of Andhra Pradesh…
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The Great Divorce: the People of Colorado v. the State
Philip Doe | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-07
When I was a boy, my dad took me and my twin sister and brothers to see the demolition of the Omaha-Grant Smoke Stack in Globeville. At the time it was among the tallest smokestacks in the world. It stood 350 feet high, with brick walls 12 feet thick. It was said to contain enough…
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Freedom of Press Under Attack by Trump
George Ochenski | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-07
Sunday was World Press Freedom Day and although it's far from a national holiday, freedom of the press is a right granted to all Americans. Unfortunately, this critical freedom, which has survived and served our nation well for nearly two and a half centuries, is under attack by Donald Trump and his benighted administration. Our…
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A Good Time: Civilization Hits the Pause Button
Geoff Dutton | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-07
Think of all the times you were on hold, waiting for a response, something to take place, like a decision about a school or financial aid application, a job interview, a submission to a publication, or even a marriage proposal. Did you simply sit on your thumbs, immobilized, until some far-off entity decided your fate?
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All the Presidents' Miens
John Kendall Hawkins | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-07
All the Presidents' Miens All I know is we face an up and coming always up and coming electoral battle in the fall between, always between, pussygrabbers, to the Left and pussygrabbers to the Right, two guys stroking, littoral and clitoral, you choose the prez, keep your hand on that ballot, hold on. Oh, Lord,…
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Two Truths from the Pandemic No One Is Mentioning
Kirkpatrick Sale | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-07
Two truths at least are certain in this post-pandemic world: 1) Humans have so dominated the world, destroying much of non-human life and systems in the process, that the world has struck back in recoil and seeks to readjust the balance. 2) Human sustenance systems are far too large and unwieldly to be effective and…
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Online Education in a Time of Grave Danger
Howard Lisnoff | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-07
I taught a college course online. I used a program that was accepted at that level of education as the standard for teaching. The program took several sessions of individual instruction at the community college's tech center and lots of off-site practice to become competent in meeting students online for one class out of four classes each week. There is also a learning curve for students in how to use and navigate online learning software.
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Testing Times: a Journal of the Onset of the Plague Year
Ann Jones | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-07
Donald Trump is not a president. He can't even play one on TV. He's a corrupt and dangerous braggart with ill-concealed aspirations for a Crown and, with an election coming up, he's been monopolizing prime time every day, spouting self-congratulation and misinformation. (No, don't inject that Lysol!) His never-ending absurd performances play out as farce…
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Online Education in a Time of Grave Danger
Howard Lisnoff | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-07
I taught a college course online. I used a program that was accepted at that level of education as the standard for teaching. The program took several sessions of individual instruction at the community college's tech center and lots of off-site practice to become competent in meeting students online for one class out of four…
counterpunch.org/2020/05/07/online-educa…

Gen Z National Student Leadership Begins Fightback for College Relief
Greg Moses | zcomm.org | 2020-05-07
If states don't step up, if the federal government doesn't weigh in with a trillion-dollar deal, will we ask students to soak up tuition increases and bundle them into another generation of loans?>…
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Global stocks prediction: 50 percent wipeout
graham | truepublica.org.uk | 2020-05-07
Paul Singer, the hedge-fund billionaire behind Elliott Management, warned last month that the ultimate path of global stock markets is a drop of at least 50% from February highs. What's an investor to do in the face of such a grim outlook? Load up on gold, perhaps. After all, according to a report this week from the Financial …
truepublica.org.uk/newsbits/global-stocks-prediction-50-percent-wipeout/

The Hybrid War on Venezuela Moves to a New Stage of Aggression
Nino Pagliccia | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-07
In the early morning of last May 3 Venezuela has witnessed the first attempt of a raid by speedboats with armed mercenary forces on the central coast of Venezuela, just a few kilometres from the capital city, Caracas. The response …
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Lawsuit Targets Toxic Copper Mine Threatening Minnesota's Boundary Waters Wilderness

| globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-07
Conservation groups sued the Trump administration today over its May 2019 renewal of two mineral leases that pave the way for a massive copper mine at the edge of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in northeastern Minnesota. | The Wilderness …
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Initial Reflections on 'Debt Jubilee', Modern Money Theory (MMT) and the Limits of Monetary Policy
Dr. Jack Rasmus | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-07
One of the readers of this blog recently asked me my views on topics such as the call by some left economists for a general debt forgiveness (Debt Jubilee), on Modern Money Theory (MMT or sometimes referred to as 'Magical …
globalresearch.ca/debt-jubilee-mmt-limit…

May 1945: Nazi Germany Surrenders, but… on May 7, 8, or 9?
Dr. Jacques R. Pauwels | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-07
After the Casablanca Conference of January 1943, the Americans, British, and Soviets had agreed that there would be no separate negotiations with Nazi Germany with respect to its capitulation.
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There is One God, One Faith, and One Church
T.P. Wilkinson | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-05-07
On 1 May, International Labour Day (except in the USA),1 I happened to see the current prime minister of Portugal proclaim on television the next stages of the policing that began with the proclamation that the world was in the midst of a "pandemic". He explained that masks would be obligatory in schools after they …
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'Timeless message of unity' resonates on holy day celebrating Buddhism, amidst pandemic
news.un.org | 2020-05-07
To the millions around the world who celebrate the birth, enlightenment and passing of Lord Buddha, the UN chief sent warm wishes on Thursday, officially marked as the Day of Vesak, noting that "we can all be inspired by his teachings".
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How Many People Will Patent Monopolies Kill In This Pandemic?
Dean Baker | zcomm.org | 2020-05-07
Apparently the New York Times didn't think it was worth mentioning that the Trump administration's policies might lead to massive loss of life to protect his ego and industry profits…
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LAPD cop caught on video brutalizing Chicano
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-05-07
Los Angeles, CA – The violent attack happened on April 27. The video released was not caught on LAPD Hollenbeck patrol vehicles, nor on body cameras. Instead the video was recorded by a neighbor witness in Boyle Heights. | Two LAPD Hollenbeck station police officers were present, one of whom was Frank Hernandez, the other officer a woman. The officers responded to a radio call about a trespassing suspect near the Church of God of the Prophecy, located at the 2400 block of Houston Street. | The video initially shows the unnamed victim being arrested, his hands behind his back, not resisting. Without warning, Herna…
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'Protecting birds, habitats more important than ever'
yenisafak.com | 2020-05-07
Protecting bird population and ecosystems is vital, the UN Environment Program said on Thursday, as destruction of nature are linked to infectious diseases such as the novel coronavirus."The coronavirus pandemic is reminding us that we live in a connected world. It's an opportunity to revisit our relationship with nature and rebuild a more environmentally responsible world," the UN agency said in a statement, ahead of the World Migratory Bird Day.World Migratory Bird Day is a biannual awareness-raising event marked on two peak days in the year

Turkish Airlines not to carry tameless animal to Turkey
yenisafak.com | 2020-05-07
Turkish Airlines will not carry tameless animals to Turkey from any countries both on passenger and cargo planes to stem the spread of coronavirus, the national flag carrier announced Thursday.The move came after the General Directorate of Food and Control of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry suspended entry into Turkey of exotic animals and invertebrates, amphibians, ferrets, reptiles, and rodents from all countries for any purpose, either accompanied by passengers or transported by cargo.Transporting pets such as dogs, cats, birds and ornamental fish on Turkish Airlines aircraft is permitted if accompani…
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European bank loans $27M to Turkish logistics firm
yenisafak.com | 2020-05-07
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) on Thursday announced it extended a ‚Ǩ25 ($27 million) loan to its longstanding partner Netlog Logistics, the largest provider of logistics services in Turkey."The EBRD is providing a financial boost to Turkey's logistics sector as the coronavirus pandemic makes the continued flow of essential goods more important than ever," the Bank said in a statement.The new financing will make supply chains more resilient and support domestic and international trade."Redoubled effort is needed to keep logistics and supply chains running," said Arvi…
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Johns Hopkins expert warns against wide reopening of US
yenisafak.com | 2020-05-07
The US is at a "critical moment" in its battle against the coronavirus pandemic as more than 40 states will have reopened in varying degrees by the weekend, an expert of Maryland-based Johns Hopkins University warned."It's clear to me we are at a critical moment of this fight," epidemiologist Caitlin Rivers addressed House Committee on Appropriations on Wednesday, as cited by Los Angeles Times."We risk complacency in accepting the preventable deaths of 2,000 Americans each day, we risk complacency in accepting that our healthcare workers do not have what they need to do their jobs safely, and we risk complacency…
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Turkey brings back expats, Ukrainians from Argentina
yenisafak.com | 2020-05-07
Turkey on Thursday brought back nine Ukrainian citizens from Argentina along with Turkish expatriates as part of its relief operations during the coronavirus pandemic.The Ukrainian ambassador to Turkey said six other countries had rejected their request to repatriate the citizens."We are grateful to Turkey for bringing Ukrainians along with Turkish citizens via a specially arranged Turkish Airlines flight," Andrii Sybiha told Anadolu Agency.The ambassador gave assurances that the Ukrainian citizens will follow the mandatory quarantine rules, and will then be sent back to Ukraine via Minsk.Sybiha said 3,000 Ukrain…
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Japan approves Gilead Sciences' remdesivir as COVID-19 drug
yenisafak.com | 2020-05-07
Japan has approved Gilead Sciences Inc's remdesivir as a treatment for COVID-19, the health ministry said on Thursday, making it the country's first officially authorized drug for the coronavirus disease.Japan reached the decision just three days after the U.S. drugmaker filed for fast-track approval for the treatment.Remdesivir will be give to patients with severe COVID-19 symptoms, a Japanese health ministry official said at a press briefing. With no other approved treatments for COVID-19, interest in the drug is growing around the world.Remdesivir was granted authorisation last week by the U.S. Food and Drug A…
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Greece to reopen ancient monuments this month as it eases coronavirus ban
yenisafak.com | 2020-05-07
The ancient monuments were closed along with museums in mid-March in Greece's lockdown to curb the spread of the coronavirus. Restrictions have gradually been eased this week.Museums will open again in mid-June while open-air performances will resume in mid-July, Culture Minister Lina Mendoni said. Distance and safety rules will apply.The many historical sites are one of the mainstays of Greece's vital tourism sector and efforts will now kick in to encourage visitors after travel restrictions and widespread closures caused a collapse in bookings.Hundreds of musicians, actors and art workers rallied outside parlia…
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Pakistan to lift lockdown from Saturday, despite rising COVID-19 curve
yenisafak.com | 2020-05-07
Pakistan's coronavirus lockdown will be lifted on Saturday, Prime Minister Imran Khan said, despite the fact that the number of cases in the country is still accelerating.The decision is being taken because the country's large number of poor people and labourers cannot not afford to live under lockdown any more, he said on Thursday."We're deciding that we are ending this lockdown now," Khan said in a televised address. "We know that we're doing it at a time when our curve is going up…. but it is not edging up as we were expecting."Pakistan, which has undergone a five-week lockdown, has reported 24,073 coronavir…
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Turkish agency gives aid to people in lockdown across UK
yenisafak.com | 2020-05-07
A Turkish state agency and Turkish civil society groups in the UK are distributing aid to needy people, including the elderly, amid the coronavirus lockdown.The British Turkish Cypriot Association, International Democrat Union, and other groups are working together with the Presidency for Turks Abroad and Related Communities (YTB) in facilitating the initiative, the Diaspora COVID-19 Support and Coordination Program.Distribution of 1,000 aid packages containing food and personal care products began on Thursday.Packages will be distributed throughout the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.-Making and donating masksWith…
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Bank of England sees worst slump in 300 years as coronavirus bites
yenisafak.com | 2020-05-07
The Bank of England said Britain could be headed for its biggest economic slump in over 300 years due to the coronavirus lockdown and kept the door open on Thursday for more stimulus next month.In what it called an 'illustrative scenario' rather than a standard forecast, the BoE said Britain's economy might be on course to shrink by 25% in the three months to June and unemployment could more than double to 9% of the workforce.In 2020 as a whole, output risked shrinking by 14% – the biggest plunge since a 'Great Frost' in 1709 – despite the huge stimulus provided so far by the BoE's rock-bottom interest rates and…
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Putin warns global market rivarly rising amid coronavirus pandemic
yenisafak.com | 2020-05-07
Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that international rivalry on global markets was rising because of a fall in demand caused by the coronavirus pandemic."Against the backdrop of falling global demand, the struggle for international markets for deliveries of fuel and raw material goods, food, and other products has intensified," Putin said at a government meeting broadcast on state television.
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Security forces seize 70 Roman-era coins in SE Turkey
yenisafak.com | 2020-05-07
Turkish security forces seized Roman-era bronze coins in the southeastern Sanliurfa province on Thursday, according to security sources.Some 70 Roman-era coins were found from a car stopped by gendarmerie forces in Akcakale district.As many as 1,500 packets of smuggled cigarettes were also seized from six trucks in the district. Nine suspects were arrested during the operation. Akcakale maintains a border crossing with Syria's Tell Abyad town.
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Turkey sets price limit for face masks
yenisafak.com | 2020-05-07
Turkey has set a price limit of maximum 1 Turkish lira ($0.14)

Chinese climbers set to remeasure height of Everest
yenisafak.com | 2020-05-07
A group of 30 Chinese climbers and surveyors are set to remeasure the height of the world's highest mountain Everest, according to the state media.The team of professional climbers and surveyors from China's Natural Resources Ministry left their base camp at the mountain en-route to the summit point on Wednesday, the official Xinhua news agency reported.A group of 30 is expected to conduct surveys at the highest mountain peak above sea level using such devices as the Global Navigation Satellite System and gravimeter, Xinhua quoted Wang Yongfeng, vice director of the mountaineering administrative center of the Gen…
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Global coronavirus death toll surpasses 265k
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-07
TEHRAN, May 07 (MNA)

38th Fajr intl. film fest canceled
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-07
TEHRAN, May 07 (MNA)

Health Ministry confirms 1,485 new COVID-19 cases across country
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-07
TEHRAN, May 07 (MNA)

Rouhani inaugurates national copper projects
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-07
TEHRAN, May 07 (MNA)

Iran receives medical cargo purchased from France
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-07
TEHRAN, May 07 (MNA)

Police confiscates 65 kg of illicit drugs in central Iran
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-07
TEHRAN, May 07 (MNA)

Headlines of Iranian dailies on May 7
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-07
TEHRAN, May 07 (MNA)

US in no position to raise issues about JCPOA: Foreign Ministry
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-07
TEHRAN, May 07 (MNA)

Iranian amb. to Baghdad congratulates al-Kazemi on approval as PM
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-07
TEHRAN, May 07 (MNA)

Zarif congratulates Iraqis for formation of government
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-07
TEHRAN, May 07 (MNA)

Police arrest two drug lords after massive drug bust in SE Iran
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-07
TEHRAN, May 07 (MNA)

Front pages of Iran international dailies on May 7
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-07
TEHRAN, May 07 (MNA)

Iran voices sympathy with Uzbekistan over recent flood
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-07
TEHRAN, May 07 (MNA)

Iraqi Parl. approves Mustafa al-Kazemi's cabinet
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-07
TEHRAN, May 07 (MNA)

Lake Urmia's water volume surpasses 5bn cubic meters
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-07
TEHRAN, May 07 (MNA)

Snubbing Merkel Pleas, German States Further Ease Virus Curbs
AFP | anti-empire.com | 2020-05-07
Germany is accelerating its return to normality from a crippling lockdown, with regional leaders pushing back against Chancellor Angela Merkel's pleas for prudence [mindless totalitarianism] in the battle against the coronavirus pandemic. | On the eve of a key meeting between Merkel and premiers of Germany's 16 states to debate a new round of easing of stay-at-home measures, the country's biggest state pre-empted talks by saying it would reopen its restaurants and hotels this month. | Under the plan to progressively restart the gastronomy and hospitality sectors, Bavaria said restaurants would first be allowed…
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Trump Vetoes 'Very Insulting' Measure Limiting His Powers to Attack Iran
Jason Ditz | anti-empire.com | 2020-05-07
Passed in the Senate in February and the House in March, the Iran War Powers Resolution appears to have come to an end on Wednesday when it was vetoed by President Trump, who insisted it was " very insulting" and dangerous to limit his ability to attack Iran. | The resolution was a preemptive War Powers Act challenge to a war with Iran, aiming to note that Congress has not in any way authorized…
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What Neil Ferguson's Booty Call Tells Us About Modern Politics
Brendan O'Neill | anti-empire.com | 2020-05-07
The conspiratorial left, convinced the world is run by secret cabals of bankers and cigar-chomping media moguls, thinks the Neil Ferguson story is a 'dead cat'. In other words, they think the Daily Telegraph

Enjoy Your Future; We're Spending It Now
Michael Maharrey | anti-empire.com | 2020-05-07
Welcome to your future. Your government is spending it right now. And your children's and grandchildren's future to boot. | The US Treasury plans to borrow $2.99 trillion in the second quarter. The Treasury also plans to borrow another $677 billion in the July-September quarter, bringing the total fiscal 2020 debt to $4.48 trillion. | It's a level of borrowing that's difficult to even wrap your head around. | To put it into some perspective, before the pandemic, the CBO projected that the federal deficit would come in at just over $1 trillion in fiscal 2020. The government is set to borrow nearly three times t…
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Conserving Politics or Conserving Nature?
Joseph Scalia III | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-07
Imagine a world in which conservation decisions were based on ethics and aesthetics, that including the interdependence of all the earth's organic and inorganic elements. Imagine a northern Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem in which the science of ecology, the science of conservation biology, were inextricable and uncompromising parts of those decisions. Imagine a Gallatin Range from…
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Schumer Says Democrats About to Go "Rooseveltian" on Covid-19 Relief. Progressives Say We Hope So
Eoin Higgins, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-05-07
"Let's see what they propose. Not holding hope too high though." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: Possible neurological effects of COVID-19
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org | 2020-05-07
Originally identified as a respiratory disease, some COVID-19 patients exhibit neurologic symptoms including stroke, loss of consciousness, headache, and even the loss of taste and smell. What's unknown is whether these are direct effects of the virus entering the nervous system, or consequences of the disease's effect on the body. On the Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast, …
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Are pets at risk of getting, spreading COVID-19?
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org | 2020-05-07
Recent reports of cats and dogs becoming infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, has prompted the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to update its guidelines for pets. According to the CDC, two pet cats in New York City became the first domestic animals in the U.S. to test positive for the …
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Why you need to keep your child's vaccine schedule during COVID-19
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org | 2020-05-07
Millions of children may be at risk of missing or delaying their routine childhood vaccines due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Tina Ardon, a Mayo Clinic family medicine specialist, says she understands being thoughtful about taking your children outside the home for doctor's visits during this time. "The current situation with the novel coronavirus shows us how scary …
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Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: Respiratory therapists play critical role in treating COVID-19 patients
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org | 2020-05-07
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 expert discusses potential neurological effects of COVID-19
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org | 2020-05-07
SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, can take a severe toll on the respiratory system. However, recent research suggests that the virus may also infect the nervous system. A study of patients with COVID-19 out of Wuhan, China found that possible neurological signs and symptoms caused by COVID-19 can include loss of taste and smell, …
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Mayo Clinic expert talks social distancing
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org | 2020-05-07
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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What COVID-19 does to your lungs
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org | 2020-05-07
m __________________________________________________ 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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Vice President Pence visits Mayo Clinic
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org | 2020-05-07
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 Q&A podcast: Maintaining routine vaccine schedules during COVID-19
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org | 2020-05-07
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the World Health Organization(WHO) says more than 117 million children in 37 countries may be missing out on the lifesaving measles vaccine. The WHO had issued some guidelines to help countries sustain immunization activities during the COVID-19 pandemic. On the Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast, Dr. Tina Ardon, a Mayo Clinic …
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Science Saturday: Regenerative approaches could foster healing from COVID-19
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org | 2020-05-07
Regenerative Medicine aims not only to repair or restore the function of cells, tissues or organs, but also the whole person. The latter is particularly important amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Regenerative approaches draw on the body's natural abilities to heal, focus on establishing the healing environments and building new, healthy ways of functioning. These aspects of regenerative …
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Mayo Clinic receives $26 million from BARDA for COVID-19 convalescent plasma expanded access program
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org | 2020-05-07
Mayo Clinic was awarded a $26 million contract today from the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), part of the office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The financial support is for the Expanded Access Program (EAP) for convalescent plasma to fight COVID-19. …
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Why patients with lung cancer in a COVID-19 era need to keep their treatment
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org | 2020-05-07
Patients with cancer are at a higher risk of having a more severe COVID-19 illness. "Unfortunately, COVID-19 has severely affected those who are diagnosed with lung cancer," says Dr. Shanda Blackmon, a thoracic surgeon at Mayo Clinic. "We know that these patients who get infected with COVID-19 while they're immune compromised are increasingly susceptible to having a worse …
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Connecting Patients: COVID-19 and transplant patients
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org | 2020-05-07
Mayo Clinic Connect is an online community where you can share your experiences and find support from people like you. You can also read Mayo Clinic expert blogs and take part in educational events. COVID-19 and Transplant Patients "As a kidney transplant recipient I have been extra vigilant/worried about protecting myself as COVID-19 spreads. Like …
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AskMayoExpert's COVID-19 information made available to public
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org | 2020-05-07
Mayo Clinic is making parts of its AskMayoExpert clinical knowledge resource for providers available to the public to make trusted knowledge on COVID-19 easily available to other health systems and providers. AskMayoExpert, Mayo Clinic's primary clinical knowledge resource for providers at the point of care, is sharing its COVID-19 content with the public. "Mayo leadership …
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Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: Cancer treatment during the COVID-19 pandemic
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org | 2020-05-07
Because cancer treatments can weaken the immune system, cancer patients are at increased risk of complications from COVID-19. Despite these concerns, cancer patients often still need treatment, including going to the clinic or to the hospital, and many have questions about whether cancer should be treated differently during the COVID-19 pandemic. On the Mayo Clinic …
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Mayo Clinic reopens orthopedics and sports medicine facility in downtown Minneapolis
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org | 2020-05-07
MINNEAPOLIS

'Mayo Clinic Anxiety Coach' e-tool to help children with mental health concerns
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org | 2020-05-07
ROCHESTER, Minn.

Amazon May Raise Holdings in India's Debt-Ridden Future Retail Ltd From 1.3% to 49%, Report Says
sputniknews.com | 2020-05-07
New Delhi (Sputnik): Before the novel coronavirus pandemic began spreading in the country, India kick-started 2020 with fresh rounds of foreign investments: US-based e-commerce giant Amazon announced an investment of $1 billion in India, aiming at empowering small and medium businesses digitally.
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What Not to Do During a Pandemic: Business-As-Usual on Trade Negotiations
Deborah James | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-07
Reduce governments' ability to respond to the needs of citizens and prioritize foreign investors. Constrain developing countries from investing in small-scale fisheries. Hand over control of more aspects of citizens' lives, and data, to Google and Amazon. These are not proposals you would think governments would be eager to negotiate in international treaties during the…
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Genocidal Disease, as it is Happening in Amazonia
J.P. Linstroth | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-07
Back in 2009 with a Fulbright Foreign Scholarship and as a Visiting Professor at the Universidade Federal do Amazonas (UFAM), I conducted ethnographic fieldwork in the Amazonian and Brazilian city of Manaus of over two-million people among urban Amerindians there. The urbanized Native peoples living in Manaus, the capitol of Amazonas State, may number as…
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The NFL Is Now Part of Trump's Reelection Project
Dave Zirin | thenation.com | 2020-05-07
The NFL Is Now Part of Trump's Reelection Project…
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Iowa's Republican Governor Sacrifices Citizens to Trump
Emily Berch | thenation.com | 2020-05-07
Iowa's Republican Governor Sacrifices Citizens to Trump…
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The Coronavirus Means Curtains for Artists
William Deresiewicz | thenation.com | 2020-05-07
The Coronavirus Means Curtains for Artists…
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South Korean, Chinese Smartphone Players Get Nod to Restart Production in India's Uttar Pradesh
sputniknews.com | 2020-05-07
New Delhi (Sputnik): India has entered the third phase of its nationwide lockdown in the battle against the coronavirus. In order to revive the faint heartbeat of the Indian economy, the country has begun issuing partial relaxations to government and private offices along with some manufacturers.
sputniknews.com/india/202005071079229217…

India's Financial Stress: Army Abolishes Over 9,000 Jobs in Engineering Services
sputniknews.com | 2020-05-07
New Delhi (Sputnik): India's federal Finance Ministry has asked all ministries to scale down expenditures, varying from 20 to 60 percent, due to stress on finances after the coronavirus spread across the country. Accordingly, the defence minister has asked military commanders to identify and prioritise their tasks.
sputniknews.com/india/202005071079228503…

Argentinian Entrepreneur: Closing Borders Early Was a Good Decision of Our Government
sputniknews.com | 2020-05-07
Argentina remains one of the South American nations that managed to avoid a massive spread of COVID-19, with Johns Hopkins University data from 7 May revealing 5,208 confirmed coronavirus cases and 273 deaths.
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Sikh Doctors Shave Beards Despite Religious Beliefs to Help COVID-19 Patients in Canada, Reports Say
sputniknews.com | 2020-05-07
As the spread of COVID-19 continues, people are required to wear face masks as one of several actions to reduce the risk of contracting the highly contagious virus. Medical workers who treat patients with coronavirus have to wear respirator masks and surgical masks as well as gloves and face shields.
sputniknews.com/society/2020050710792302…

UK Government's Purchase of Substandard COVID-19 Protective Equipment Embarrassing, Mayor Says
sputniknews.com | 2020-05-07
MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The United Kingdom's purchase of substandard personal protective equipment from Turkey amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is embarrassing for the government, Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham said on Thursday.
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75 Years of Victory: Capture of Berlin by Soviet Forces in 1945
sputniknews.com | 2020-05-07
On 9 May, Russia is marking the 75th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany in the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945.
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Russia Discusses With Turkey Delivery of Extra S-400 Systems – Defence Cooperation Agency
sputniknews.com | 2020-05-07
MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Moscow and Ankara discuss the composition and the time frame for the delivery of an additional batch of the Russian S-400 air defence systems, the head of the Russian Federal Service of Military-Technical Cooperation, Dmitry Shugayev, has said.
sputniknews.com/military/202005071079230…

Levelling Up: US Soldiers Play Russian Simulator Videogame to Gain Skills Amid Lockdown
sputniknews.com | 2020-05-07
The lockdown amid the pandemic has severely impacted various activities – including military drills, as troops can't fight against the invisible enemy. However, the US Army has found a way to help soldiers stay focused and polish their skills during the quarantine… by playing a Russian MMO videogame.
sputniknews.com/military/202005071079228…

'Daddy Pig Says Go Home': UK Police Officer's Bike Stolen Enforcing Lockdown
sputniknews.com | 2020-05-07
It isn't known if lockdown restrictions were eventually enforced successfully, or indeed if the bike was returned in one piece. Similarly, it's unknown precisely when the footage was taken, but it was posted on Twitter 5th May.
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Bella Thorne Spawns Twitterblast as She Posts She's 'Done With Dating S***'
sputniknews.com | 2020-05-07
The child model and budding film director has zeroed in on updating her social networks during the pandemic-induced lockdown as she is staying at her California estate. Some posts apparently cause more questions than awe among her 22 million-strong army of subscribers.
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Drunk 'Indian Michael Jackson' Wins Hearts on Twitter With Rocking Moves – Video
sputniknews.com | 2020-05-07
New Delhi (Sputnik): News of the sale of alcohol amid the lockdown in India has brought many onto the roads, queuing outside liquor stores. Strange videos and pictures of the sale of liquor and its effects due to the lockdown have been going viral.
sputniknews.com/viral/202005071079226208…

Saudi Aramco Raises Most June Crude Pricing to Asia, Reports Say
sputniknews.com | 2020-05-07
MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Saudi Arabia's state oil giant Aramco has raised most June pricing to Asia, the Bloomberg news agency reported Thursday, citing the official price list.
sputniknews.com/business/202005071079229…

Ex-State Chief Seeks Action From Indian Commerce Ministry Against S Korean Firm Over Deadly Gas Leak
sputniknews.com | 2020-05-07
New Delhi (Sputnik): As many as 10 people have died and thousands directly exposed to styrene gas due to their close proximity to a major gas leak at an LG Polymers Pvt Ltd plant in Visakhapatnam.
sputniknews.com/india/202005071079228760…

Textile Manufacturers Rue as India Imports PPE from China While Their Capacity Remains Idle
sputniknews.com | 2020-05-07
New Delhi (Sputnik): India ordered the import of 15 million personal protective equipment (PPE) kits, including gowns and masks, from China in mid-April, despite criticism from several importing nations over the quality. 50,000 PPE kits from the earlier import of a 150,000 batch failed quality tests according to Indian standards.
sputniknews.com/india/202005071079225006…

Watch Powerful Sandstorm Sweep Over Nigerien Capital
sputniknews.com | 2020-05-07
Dust-laden winds and sandstorms that sweep Saharan sand through Niger and neighbouring countries out towards the Atlantic Ocean are common across West Africa during the dry season, which usually lasts from January to April.
sputniknews.com/africa/20200507107922808…