Daily Archives: May 8, 2020

2020-05-08: News Headlines

Natasha McEnroe (2020-05-09). [Perspectives] Celebrating Florence Nightingale's bicentenary. thelancet.com For the many admirers of Florence Nightingale (1820—1910), the bicentenary of her birth on May 12, 2020, has been long anticipated. Few of us could have foreseen that this birthday would come at a time when a swathe of new temporary hospitals bearing her name had been set up in the UK—the NHS Nightingale Hospitals, intended to support the response to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). No other name could have been as suitable. 200 years after her birth, the work and concerns of Nightingale are as relevant today as they ever were.

The Lancet (2020-05-09). [Editorial] COVID-19 in Brazil: "So what?" thelancet.com The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic reached Latin America later than other continents. The first case recorded in Brazil was on Feb 25, 2020. But now, Brazil has the most cases and deaths in Latin America (105‚Äà222 cases and 7288 deaths as of May 4), and these are probably substantial underestimates. Even more worryingly, the doubling of the rate of deaths is estimated at only 5 days and a recent study by Imperial College (London, UK), which analysed the active transmission rate of COVID-19 in 48 countries, showed that Brazil is the country with the highest rate of transmission (R0…

John H Amuasi, Tamara Lucas, Richard Horton, Andrea S Winkler (2020-05-09). [Comment] Reconnecting for our future: The Lancet One Health Commission. thelancet.com The evolution and sustenance of our planet hinges on a symbiotic relationship between humans, animals, and the environment that we share—we are interconnected. However, this past century has seen human dominance over the biosphere, manifest in technological innovations, accelerated mobility, and converted ecosystems that characterise industrialisation, globalisation, and urbanisation.1 These developmental trajectories have advanced human health in unprecedented ways. However, they also make humans increasingly vulnerable to contemporary global health challenges, such as emerging and re-emerging infectious d…

Claudia Chaufan, Faisal Mohamed (2020-05-09). [Correspondence] Unfortunate distinction or corporate protectionism by design? thelancet.com We commend the Editors for bringing to readers' attention the "unfortunate distinction" of Canada's otherwise laudable publicly funded Medicare.1 The effects of this distinction on health, such as poor adherence, poor health outcomes, and avoidable hospital admissions, are well documented.2,3…

Marta López-Fraga, Beatriz Domínguez-Gil (2020-05-09). [Correspondence] The Global Kidney Exchange programme. thelancet.com We read the Health Policy about the Global Kidney Exchange programme by Francesca Minerva and colleagues1 with interest.

Robert A Byrne, Róisín Colleran (2020-05-09). [Comment] Aspirin for secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease. thelancet.com The antithrombotic efficacy of low-dose aspirin is well established. Its primary clinical effect is mediated by inhibition of platelet cyclooxygenase-1, which reduces thromboxane A2 formation and inhibits platelet aggregation. Over the course of recent decades, aspirin administration has shown a favourable risk—benefit ratio for reducing the risk of adverse events in patients with known atherosclerotic disease.1,2 By contrast, in patients without known atherosclerotic disease who are at risk of cardiovascular disease, the overall benefits of aspirin in terms of primary prevention of atherothrombotic events…

Peter Singer, Francesca Minerva, Julian Savulescu (2020-05-09). [Correspondence] The Global Kidney Exchange programme — Authors' reply. thelancet.com Marta López-Fraga and Beatriz Domínguez-Gil make their point about our Health Policy on the ethics of the Global Kidney Exchange (GKE) programme1 by asking us to imagine that Alyson, an Ohio farmer, is willing to donate a kidney to her daughter but unable to afford the surgery. Medicare pays for kidney transplantation surgery in the USA, even for people younger than 65 years, so there is no way in which GKE could prevent Alyson's daughter from receiving a kidney from her mother. Kidney transplantations are covered by national health services or insurance in every other high-income country (HIC) too.

Merete Lund Hetland (2020-05-09). [Comment] Psoriatic arthritis: still room for improvement. thelancet.com Psoriatic arthritis is a complex and heterogeneous inflammatory disease, characterised by diverse clinical manifestations. Patients might have musculoskeletal manifestations—ie, peripheral or axial arthritis, enthesitis, dactylitis, and tendinitis—but non-musculoskeletal involvement is also prevalent—eg, nails, gut, and eyes, in addition to latent or manifest psoriasis.1 Additionally, patients with psoriatic arthritis have increased risk of cardiovascular, psychological, and metabolic comorbidities.

Mauro Chiarito, Jorge Sanz-Sánchez, Francesco Cannata, Davide Cao, Matteo Sturla, Cristina Panico, Cosmo Godino, Damiano Regazzoli, Bernhard Reimers, Raffaele De Caterina, Gianluigi Condorelli, Giuseppe Ferrante, Giulio G Stefanini (2020-05-09). [Articles] Monotherapy with a P2Y12 inhibitor or aspirin for secondary prevention in patients with established atherosclerosis: a systematic review and meta-analysis. thelancet.com Compared with aspirin monotherapy, P2Y12 inhibitor monotherapy is associated with a risk reduction for myocardial infarction and a comparable risk of stroke in the setting of secondary prevention. The benefit of P2Y12 inhibitor monotherapy is of debatable clinical relevance, in view of the high number needed to treat to prevent a myocardial infarction and the absence of any effect on all-cause and vascular mortality.

Sophie Cousins (2020-05-09). [World Report] New Zealand eliminates COVID-19. thelancet.com An aggressive approach has enabled New Zealand to end community transmission of SARS-CoV-2. Sophie Cousins reports.

Barbara Fraser (2020-05-09). [World Report] Chile plans controversial COVID-19 certificates. thelancet.com Chile's contentious scheme to provide certification of past COVID-19 infection is aimed at reassuring patients about the risk of reinfection or infecting others. Barbara Fraser reports.

Andrew Korybko (2020-05-08). COVID-19 Might Cause Mass Starvation In The Global South Unless The World Acts Now. thealtworld.com Provided that developing nations are assured of debt relief (however it be agreed upon) and the world's leading agricultural exporters can ensure the continuance of their operations (preferably subsidized by the state as emergency aid to the Global South), then it's possible that this looming catastrophe can be averted. If that doesn't happen for some reason, then not only could countless people perish, but the geopolitical stability of this broad swath of the planet could be shattered if domestic and/or international unrest follows as a result. | The developing countries of Africa, Asia, and Latin America, colle…

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,

Anya Parampil (2020-05-08). Silvercorp co-founder speaks with The Grayzone: What did State Department know about failed Venezuela invasion? thegrayzone.com The Grayzone speaks to Drew White — a close friend and business partner of Silvercorp mercenary firm founder and failed…

Ahmed Abdulkareem (2020-05-08). As COVID-19 Grips Yemen, Saudi Warplanes Target Trucks Laden with Medical Supplies. mintpressnews.com The UN has warned that a shocking 16 million Yemenis are at risk of contracting the coronavirus, dealing a whopping blow to what it has already described as the world's worst humanitarian crisis.

Zero Hedge (2020-05-08). Beijing May Dump US Treasuries in Response to US Hostility, Start Its Own QE: Chinese Media. globalresearch.ca In response to recent media speculation that as the blame game over the origins of the coronavirus pandemic escalates the US may cancel some of its $1.1 trillion debt owed to China, the

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 …

Steve Sweeney (2020-05-08). Guaido Accused of Hiring Mercenaries Behind Foiled Coup Attempt in Venezuela. globalresearch.ca Washington-backed Venezuelan opposition politician Juan Guaido has been accused of hiring mercenaries responsible for two foiled terror attacks, as more details of the plot begin to emerge. | Venezuelan communications minister Jorge Rodriguez confirmed that the former president of the National …

RT (2020-05-09). No options: The choice between Trump & Biden is meaningless & proves US democracy is a 'sham' — Roger Waters to RT. rt.com With US President Donald Trump preparing to square off with presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden in the 2020 race, Americans might as well be choosing between Orwell and Huxley, Pink Floyd co-founder Roger Waters told RT. | Though the current US president is a "failed landlord" who somehow managed to become "the most powerful man in the western world," Biden, his likely rival, does not present a better option, Waters said in an interview with Rafael Correa, the former president of Ecuador who now hosts a show on RT Spanish. | "There's no choice to be made by the American people, this is why the idea that t…

RT (2020-05-09). War of words over actual war? US BLOCKS UN resolution on global Covid-19 ceasefire over its support for WHO. rt.com A dispute between the US and China scuttled the proposed UN resolution calling for a global ceasefire during the Covid-19 pandemic, after Beijing insisted on support for the World Health Organization and Washington vetoed it. | All 15 members of the UN Security Council agreed in principle with Secretary-General Antonio Guterres's call for a global ceasefire, made on March 23, but have wrangled over the wording of the resolution ever since. China has insisted on including support for the WHO and the agency's role in dealing with the pandemic, while the US demanded removal of all references to the WHO and insert…

RT (2020-05-09). Forgetting someone? WH attributes victory over Nazis to 'America & UK' in bizarre VE-Day message, gets schooled on Twitter. rt.com The White House has marked the victory over Nazi Germany in a tweet hailing the role of the US and the UK, while leaving out the nation that sacrificed the most — the Soviet Union. Netizens were quick to provide a history lesson.

RT (2020-05-09). Censors crack down on 'Plandemic' conspiracy documentary. What's so dangerous about it? rt.com Pulled from YouTube, censored in internet searches, and denounced by every single mainstream media outlet, what kind of information could make everyone so mad about 'Plandemic'? We watched it to find out. | A 23-minute teaser clip of the documentary went viral on Wednesday evening, notching up tens of millions of views across multiple platforms. However, a media outcry soon followed, with mainstream media outlets deploying their 'fact-checkers' to debunk its claims, and Facebook and YouTube removing the video, citing their new rules on Covid-19 "misinformation." | Yet censorship is also a sure-fire way to gene…

Richard Horton (2020-05-09). [Comment] Offline: Independent science advice for COVID-19—at last. thelancet.com "Is the government's objective to suppress infection or to manage the infection?", asked Sir David King at the first press conference of a newly formed independent Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE), held last week. The UK now has two SAGEs. The officially constituted SAGE has seen its reputation collapse during the past 3 months. Partly, this loss of credibility arose out of the group's unwillingness to be transparent about its membership and its proceedings. At a moment of national emergency, SAGE's secrecy simply became unacceptable.

Staff (2020-05-08). Headlines for May 8, 2020. democracynow.org U.S. Coronavirus Deaths Pass 75,000 as Trump Sidelines Top Medical Experts, Trump to Be Tested for Coronavirus Daily After Valet Tests Positive, Vigil at White House Honors 88 Who Died from "Trump's Abhorrent Failure to Protect Nurses", U.S. Unemployment Claims Soar to 33.3 Million Amid Pandemic | , Democrats Promise "Rooseveltian" Coronavirus Relief Bill | , Mitch McConnell Prioritizes Judicial Confirmations as Senate Returns Amid Pandemic | , Data Shows 35 of 40 People Arrested in NY for Social Distancing Violations Are Black | , Texas Stops Jailing Lockdown Violators; Nebraska Ends Reporting on Meat Plant COVI…

Staff (2020-05-08). "A Terrible Price": Mardi Gras Story Lays Bare How COVID-19 Is Devastating Black America. democracynow.org We look at the deadly disparate impact of the pandemic on African Americans as told through an in-depth story for The New York Times Magazine by writer Linda Villarosa in her new piece, "'A Terrible Price': The Deadly Racial Disparities of Covid-19 in America," that tells what happened to the Zulu club, a Black social organization in New Orleans, during and after Mardi Gras. She reports that the experience is usually a joy, but the coronavirus made it a tragedy.

Staff (2020-05-08). As States Loosen Pandemic Restrictions, Dr. Leana Wen Warns "We Are Not Ready for a Safe Reopening" democracynow.org As more than 40 states begin to reopen, President Trump is downplaying the need for mass COVID-19 testing, even as he himself is now being tested every day for the virus. We speak with emergency physician Dr. Leana Wen, who says, "Widespread testing is so critical. … Why shouldn't this testing be available to all Americans?"

Staff (2020-05-08). Trump Death Clock: Times Square Billboard Tallies Lives Lost to COVID-19 Inaction. democracynow.org A 56-foot billboard called the Trump Death Clock was unveiled in Times Square in New York City. The tally of lives lost to government inaction was created by filmmaker Eugene Jarecki, who says, "On behalf of all of those who needlessly lost their lives to this failed leadership in a pandemic, we need a symbol, a symbol that cries out not only for accountability, but also for more responsible and responsive stewardship, going forward." As of the Friday morning broadcast, the death toll count was nearly 47,000 and growing.

Staff (2020-05-08). "A Lynch Mob": After Months of Inaction, 2 White Men Are Charged with Murder of Ahmaud Arbery in GA. democracynow.org The two white men caught on camera shooting and killing Ahmaud Arbery, an unarmed 25-year-old African American man, were arrested and charged Thursday with murder. The arrests came two days after video of the attack in February was shared with the public, sparking widespread outrage. Today would have been Arbery's 26th birthday. We speak with civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump, who represents the Arbery family and formerly represented Trayvon Martin.

Ryan Cristián (2020-05-09). "Gene-Edited" Future Justified By COVID-19 & France Admits Athletes Infected At Wuhan Military Games. thelastamericanvagabond.com Welcome to The Daily Wrap Up, a concise show dedicated to bringing you the most relevant independent news, as we see it, from the last 24 hours (5/8/19). As always, take the information discussed in the video below and research it for yourself, and come to your own conclusions. Anyone telling you what the truth …

Jeffrey St. Clair (2020-05-08). Roaming Charges: Ain't Living Long Like This. counterpunch.org + The detestable rationalizations liberals make for sticking with Biden despite Tara Reade's convincing story can't come as any surprise. It's the same ritual contortions they've made about the Iraq war, fracking, abortion, the drug war, Anita Hill, social security, segregation, climate change, health care, deportations, a living wage, student debt, the Patriot Act, pipelines, the Libyan coup, climate change. To be a Democrat is to live in a constant state of denial, self-contradiction and moral hypocrisy.

W. T. Whitney (2020-05-08). Venezuela Confronts Intimidation, Myth-making, and Dirty War. counterpunch.org Venezuela's story currently is of vulnerability and precariousness amidst signs of rising U.S. aggression. The imperialist U.S. government wants the socialist government of President Nicolas Maduro removed and insists that Venezuela's massive oil reserves and the entire continent remain within the fold of international capitalism. Crucial to these U.S. designs is junior partner Colombia with

Steve Ellner (2020-05-08). On The Latest Failed Attempt To Topple Nicolas Maduro. zcomm.org To understand the workings of this latest botched Venezuelan regime-change scheme by a 60-man sea-borne assault group from Colombia, it's necessary to take into account the fragmentation among Venezuelan opposition extremists…

Scott Ritter (2020-05-08). US policy on Venezuela lacks meaningful direction — American mercenaries' involvement in failed coup against Maduro is more proof. thealtworld.com An abortive coup attempt with US ties exposes a lack of leadership and direction as the Trump …

sputniknews (2020-05-08). Never Cease to Fail? Private Military Company Behind Botched Venezuela Raid Suspected of Plagiarism. sputniknews.com Company head Jordan Goudreau has acknowledged his involvement in an attempt to capture Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro after two of his men were captured, with one of them making a confession aired on Venezuelan TV.

sputniknews (2020-05-08). Maduro Accuses US Chargé d'Affaires Story of Being Behind Boat Incursion From Colombia. sputniknews.com MEXICO CITY (Sputnik) – Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said on Friday that the US Chargé d' Affaires, for the Venezuela Affairs Unit, James Story, played a part in Sunday's boat incursion from Colombia.

RT (2020-05-08). 'It'd be called an invasion': Trump says he'd use ARMY to raid Venezuela as he doubles down on denial of ordering botched plot. rt.com US President Donald Trump has dismissed claims the foiled plot to kidnap Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro had government backing, insisting he'd have done it differently — as a proper "invasion" with an "army." | Trump called in to Fox & Friends on Friday to pour cold water on the idea that the mercenaries arrested earlier this week attempting to land at the northern tip of Venezuela were on official business from Washington. | If we ever did anything with Venezuela, it wouldn't be that way. It'd be slightly different. It'd be called an invasion. | Trump denies involvement in a failed operation to ove…

RT (2020-05-08). Venezuela charges two Americans with terrorism and conspiracy over failed mercenary plot. rt.com Venezuela has charged two former US soldiers with terrorism and conspiracy offences for taking part in a botched bid to oust President Nicolas Maduro, the country's top prosecutor said on Friday. | Luke Alexander Denman and Airan Berry were among at least 17 people captured by the Venezuelan military following a foiled attempt by mercenaries to kidnap President Maduro in the early hours of Sunday morning. | Attorney General Tarek William Saab said the ex-soldiers had been charged with "terrorism, conspiracy, illicit trafficking of weapons of war and [criminal] association," and could face up to 30 years in pri…

RT (2020-05-08). When silence speaks volumes: US cut off ALL communication channels with Caracas after botched mercenary raid, says Maduro. rt.com Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has said that evidence will soon reveal the US leader himself was behind the failed incursion attempt, noting that Washington severed all remaining ties with Caracas thereafter. | In an interview with Uruguayan reporter Jorge Gestoso on Thursday evening, Maduro said the freshly-appointed Ambassador James Story — the first formal US envoy to the country in some 10 years — and other senior American officials were to blame for last weekend's attempted raid, in which two US security contractors were arrested and eight local fighters killed. | "James Story has his feet,…

Sonali Kolhatkar (2020-05-08). Why Trump and Anti-Lockdown Protesters' Calls to Return to Normal Are Acts of White Supremacy. counterpunch.org When the coronavirus pandemic was first declared, Americans dutifully stayed at home to prevent outbreaks like the ones playing out in China and Italy. Although a majority of Americans continue to support quarantine orders intended to quell the spread of the virus, a growing number of anti-lockdown protests across the nation are sending a clear

Jim Naureckas (2020-05-08). NYT's 'Real Coronavirus Death Toll' Is Anything But. fair.org The New York Times graphics department has done some great work translating the data of the Covid-19 pandemic into visual form, allowing readers to get an intuitive sense of the scope and course of the outbreak. Their "Real Coronavirus Death Toll in Each State" (5/5/20) is not a good example of that great work. …

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.

Brad Evans (2020-05-08). This is Not a Conspiracy, It is a Terrifying Opportunity. counterpunch.org Every catastrophe and crisis are followed by a litany of conspiracy theories. The Covid-19 pandemic has proved no exception. From tales concerning transmission of some lethal agent through 5G infrastructure, to grand theories concerning a mastermind plot to destabilise the world, the fantastical and the absurd have spread almost as quickly as the virus. While the early culprits ranged from the Bill Gates to the Iranians, George Soros to the Eco-fascists, it's becoming more and more common to suggest some orchestrated Chinese plot. The alleged death of Kim Jong-un which had socialists the world over speculating ab…

Andrew Bacevich (2020-05-08). V-E Day Plus 75: From a Moment of Victory to a Time of Pandemic. counterpunch.org The 75th anniversary of Nazi Germany's surrender in May 1945 ought to prompt thoughtful reflection. For Americans, V-E Day, as it was then commonly called, marked the beginning of "our times." The Covid-19 pandemic may signal that our times are now coming to an end. Tom Engelhardt, editor and proprietor of TomDispatch, was born less

Vincent Tsai (2020-05-08). In NYC pandemic used as excuse to crackdown on the homeless. liberationnews.org This follows incitement by New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo against the homeless.

Tamara Pearson (2020-05-08). Strange and Excessive Abuses by Corporations, Officials, and Narcos are Slipping Under the Radar in Mexico. counterpunch.org It was basically a coup attempt and nobody noticed. Here in Puebla, Mexico, the state government tried to take over city buildings in order to secure power for drug cartels that they allegedly have a pact with. But with empty streets and the media covering Covid-19 to the almost exclusivity of anything else, few people

Evaggelos Vallianatos (2020-05-08). Water and Cadillac Deserts. counterpunch.org My lengthy experience at the US Environmental Protection Agency brought me face to face with the terrors of our "modern" times. One of those awful realizations was that the leaders of America — and the leaders of other countries — are not telling the truth about the impact of people and industries have been having out

Eve Ottenberg (2020-05-08). Rich Corporations Get $500 Billion, No Strings Attached. counterpunch.org It is beyond obscene that the U.S. government used the Covid-19 panic to ram through a $500 billion loan giveaway to rich corporations. Loans with no strings attached. How did the geniuses in Washington conclude that stuffing cash into the pockets of oligarchs would help the 30 million dumped out of work? Those plutocrats have

Ron Jacobs (2020-05-08). Jackson State Shootings, 1970. counterpunch.org It's hard to explain the situation in May 1970. I was in ninth grade at a junior high school administered by the US Department of Defense for what are known as dependents in military jargon. In plain English, they are family members of those in the military. Even from that seemingly remote environment, the events

Pam Martens, Russ Martens (2020-05-08). Congress Sets Up Taxpayers to Eat $454 Billion of Wall Street's Losses, Where is the Outrage? counterpunch.org Beginning on March 24 of this year, Larry Kudlow, the White House Economic Advisor, began to roll out the most deviously designed bailout of Wall Street in the history of America. After the Federal Reserve's secret $29 trillion bailout of Wall Street from 2007 to 2010, and the exposure of that by a government audit

John Davis (2020-05-08). Visions of a Post-Covid-19 World. counterpunch.org While we, perforce, sit at home, inured to many decades of sleep-walking towards the climate apocalypse, the skies cleared, the price of oil dropped to negative $40 a barrel (rebounding to just short of positive $20 at the time of writing) and a global reduction in carbon emissions of nearly 8% is forecast for the year. We are living the dream of effectively confronting our egregious consumption of fossil fuels. From a global warming perspective, our social isolation has been highly efficacious – the pernicious, growth-driven habits of exploitation, extraction and habitat destruction have been put on hold. A wind…

Andrew Levine (2020-05-08). Democrats: Dump Biden Now. counterpunch.org Listen up Democrats: dump Joe Biden; dump him now. I implore you not as one of you, but as someone who considers voting for Republicans unthinkable, and who nearly always does vote for Democrats for want of better alternatives. Ever since Ralph Nader's campaign twenty years ago, I have always voted for the Green candidate

T.J. Coles (2020-05-08). The Plot to Blame China for COVID-19. counterpunch.org The Trump lot—Steve Bannon, Peter Navarro, Mike Pompeo—and their media cheerleaders are as fanatically anti-China as the Biden crew is anti-Russia. Just like George W. Bush's WMD lies in the early-2000s, there is a developing timeline of Trumpian efforts to bend intelligence on COVID to the administration's anti-China policy. TARGET: CHINA In the 1980s, the

Ralph Nader (2020-05-08). 100 Years of Shame: Annexation of Palestine Began in San Remo. counterpunch.org One hundred years ago, representatives from a few powerful countries convened at San Remo, a sleepy town on the Italian Riviera. Together, they sealed the fate of the massive territories confiscated from the Ottoman Empire following its defeat in World War I. It was on April 25, 1920, that the San Remo Conference Resolution was

David Rosen (2020-05-08). "They Are Expendable": Who's Paying to Reopen Business? counterpunch.org In late March, Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick (R) made a bold, revealing, statement on Fox's "Tucker Carlson Tonight" in support of Pres. Trump's call for businesses to reopen and relaunch the national economic recovery. "Let's get back to living," Patrick said. "Let's be smart about it. And those of us who are 70-plus, we'll take

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 . . . |

(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 . . . |

Gordon Duff (2020-05-08). COVID May 8, 2020 An Intel Drop, White House Hiding a 500,000 Death Figure. thealtworld.com We begin with the deal breaker of all time. COVID is supposed to be a bat virus, a natural bat virus, unmodified, supposedly from China, right? | Name one animal that can't get COVID? | smiling COVID bat, Lugar Center 2018 | The folks in the White House mostly went to business school. They had statistics classes and they all know numbers. You can't steal without being able to count or at least without being able to hire someone who counts, as in Trump's case. | The numbers we are given are fake, not a little fake but great big fa…

Alan Macleod (2020-05-08). How Much Did the Trump Administration Know About the Failed Venezuela Coup Attempt? mintpressnews.com US regime change operations have been outsourced to semi-private companies and NGOs for decades, giving the government a paper-thin veneer of plausible deniability.

Adriaan Alsema (2020-05-08). Colombia's healthcare show: 'If you get sick, you die and that's the truth'. colombiareports.com While Colombia's health minister was in the southwestern town of Leticia faking aid, locals were building the first repository for the town's growing number of COVID-19 deaths. The capital of…

CounterSpin (2020-05-08). Ricardo Salvador on the Food System & Covid-19. fair.org Media…

Alan Macleod (2020-05-08). Victory in Europe Day: These American Corporations Aided Nazi Germany. mintpressnews.com May 8 marks the 75th anniversary of the Allied armies' victory in Europe, the day when they accepted the formal surrender of Nazi Germany after a bitter, six-year-long struggle that saw tens of millions killed in fighting, famines or exterminated in death camps. While many novel socially-distanced celebrations across the world are going on, some large corporations are laying low in the knowledge that they actively collaborated with and helped Hitler's war machine. | Standard Oil, a huge monolith now split up into a myriad of smaller ones, including Chevron, ExxonMobil, BP, and Marathon, was crucial to both prolon…

Staff (2020-05-08). Stir Crazy! Episode #31: Cancel Corporate Media. therealnews.com On today's show: TRNN climate reporter Aman Azhar, The Progressive Army founder Ben Dixon, and TRNN Executive Producer Lisa Snowden-McCray. Hosted by Kim Brown.

Staff (2020-05-08). Climate Crisis: False Techtopia, Tariffs Accounting, Orphan Wells, And The Dead Cow. therealnews.com Recent studies debunk the false techtopianism in climate science models, U.S. import tariffs failed climate accounting, and Argentina's shale industry is flailing. As fracking goes bust, what happens to orphaned wells?

RT (2020-05-08). Brexit trade talks timeline 'virtually impossible' — Dublin. rt.com The coronavirus pandemic has made a timeline for a British-EU trade deal "virtually impossible," Ireland's foreign minister Simon Coveney said on Friday. "Given the complexity of what we're trying to deal with here, and the added complications…as a result of Covid-19, it surely makes sense for us to seek a bit more time," Coveney told an online conference. | "I wouldn't be raising expectations to the British government agreeing to seek more time… Covid-19 has made what is already a very, very difficult timeline [by which] to get agreement virtually impossible," the minister said. | The EU says only a relat…

RT (2020-05-08). US attempts to push Covid-19 China lab theory undermine plan for independent probe into virus' origin — reports. rt.com The push for a comprehensive inquiry into the origin of the novel coronavirus is being hampered by the US narrative that Covid-19 may have stemmed from a lab in China, Australian diplomatic and intelligence sources told Reuters. | Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison wrote to G20 leaders at the end of April, asking them to launch an independent inquiry into the origins of Covid-19. | The country now finds itself between a rock and a hard place, counting both Washington and Beijing among the country's key diplomatic and trade partners. Given these circumstances, the "let's get China" approach puts spanner i…

RT (2020-05-08). Milan branded a ticking Covid-19 time 'BOMB' by Italian virologist as people flout precautions after lockdown eased. rt.com People snapped grouping together at popular spots in Milan, defying social-distancing rules just days after the city eased its lockdown, have prompted an Italian virologist to compare it to a ticking coronavirus infection 'bomb.' | Italy eased its strict lockdown measures on May 4, but still requires individuals to wear face masks and respect social-distancing measures to prevent a second wave of infections. The country went into lockdown on March 9, introducing some of the strictest measures in Europe, as it became one of the countries worst affected by the outbreak. | However, photos circulating on social me…

RT (2020-05-08). Coronavirus 'doesn't like heat' & stops being so infectious at just +30 ∞C — Russian health watchdog. rt.com Hot summer days may finally rid humanity of the Covid-19 scourge as the virus becomes almost non-infectious at air temperatures of over 30 degrees Celsius (86 degrees Fahrenheit), according to the Russian consumer watchdog. | "The new coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 doesn't like the heat and loses its infectious activity almost entirely at temperatures of over plus 30 Celsius," Rospotrebnadzor said. The watchdog was replying to questions on a government website dedicated to Russia's battle against the pandemic. | Direct sunlight and low humidity are also among the factors that make the disease weaker, while plus 70 deg…

RT (2020-05-08). Worst month since Great Depression: US unemployment rate soars to 14.7%, with 20.5 million jobs lost in April. rt.com The US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported on Friday that the coronavirus shutdown has slashed a record number of jobs from nonfarm payrolls, sending the unemployment rate to record highs. | The 20.5 million jobs lost last month represents by far the largest and most sudden decline since the government began tracking the data in 1939. The last time American joblessness was that severe was during the Great Depression. | With 870,000 jobs slashed in March, a decade's worth of job gains has now been wiped out in under two months. After the US was hit by coronavirus, the unemployment rate skyrocketed from 3.

RT (2020-05-08). Ankara claims reports of faulty PPE shipment to UK are part of campaign to 'defame' Turkey. rt.com Media reports about a large shipment of Turkish-made personal protective equipment (PPE) failing quality standards upon arrival in the UK are baseless smears, Ankara has claimed. The story has caused headaches for Downing Street. | A report first published by the Telegraph and later picked up by other outlets alleged that 400,000 items of PPE sent to the United Kingdom to help battle coronavirus were deemed unusable. | However, Turkey's communications director, Fahrettin Altun,

RT (2020-05-08). Elon Musk says Tesla to resume 'limited operations' at its California plant. rt.com US electric-car maker Tesla's CEO Elon Musk has told employees that its plant in Fremont, California will be reopened on Friday. It comes as California allows state manufacturers to start reopening following the lockdown. | Musk wrote on Thursday: "In light of Governor Newsom's statement earlier today approving manufacturing in California, we will aim to restart production in Fremont tomorrow afternoon. I will be on the line personally helping wherever I can." | He added: "However, if you feel uncomfortable coming back to work at this time, please do not feel obligated to do so. These are difficult times, so t…

RT (2020-05-08). Barcelona's beaches partially open as Spanish govt decides on next steps to exit lockdown. rt.com The Spanish government is expected to decide on Friday in which of its regions bars, restaurants and places of worship may reopen, under the next phase of a gradual exit from the coronavirus lockdown. | It looked likely that Madrid and Catalonia would not move forward but, in a sign of life returning to normal, Barcelona's beaches opened for a short window from 6am to 10am on Friday, to allow people to swim and jog. People paddled on boards and swam in the water under the supervision of police. | However, Spain's daily death toll from the novel coronavirus rose to 229 on Friday, up from 213 on the previous day…

RT (2020-05-08). Release the hounds! Singapore deploys ROBOT DOG to help enforce social distancing (PHOTOS, VIDEO). rt.com Singapore has taken the monitoring and enforcement of social distancing to a whole new level, opting to deploy a robot dog, backed by a fleet of drones, to make sure citizens keep their hands to themselves to combat coronavirus. | Beginning on Friday May 8, the robot dog, creatively dubbed 'Spot,' will monitor the Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park in the city-state. | It is the first trial of a new initiative to help manage and enforce social distancing in the Singapore's parks, gardens and nature reserves, all managed by the National Parks Board. | The motorized mutt delivers a pre-recorded message reminding visitors…

RT (2020-05-08). China will work 'to prevent rebound of coronavirus outbreak' amid pressure from imported cases. rt.com China will "resolutely prevent" a rebound of the coronavirus outbreak as the country faces mounting pressure from imported cases, state television reported on Friday, quoting a top level meeting chaired by President Xi Jinping. | Beijing will work to improve its capability in terms of responding to major public health emergencies, according to the report. | The country will gradually reopen cinemas, museums and other recreational venues, the state council said earlier in the day, as the coronavirus "has passed its peak" in China. | The reopening of those places will be subject to restrictions including reserva…

RT (2020-05-08). One in five US kids is obese, and it can get WORSE due to Covid-19 lockdowns, even amid growing shortages. rt.com Nearly a fifth of America's youth are severely overweight, the latest national data shows. The trend only got worse with millions idling indoors under Covid-19 lockdowns — even as the same policies propel food shortages in the US. | The newest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) — derived from a gold-standard health survey in which more than 2,800 children were polled — shows that 19.3 percent of American children aged between 2 and 19 are obese, up by about one percent from the previous national survey, according to the Associated Press. | The newly released data was…

RT (2020-05-08). Indian court asks govt to reply over challenge to mandatory coronavirus app. rt.com A court asked the Indian government on Friday to respond to a challenge against its order for compulsory use of a contact-tracing app by public and private sector employees returning to work. | Last month, India launched the Aarogya Setu — or 'Health Bridge' — app. Downloaded to the phones of 94 million Indians, it makes use of Bluetooth and GPS to alert users who may have encountered people who later test positive for the virus. | However, mandatory use of the app forces a user to "give away data to a system which [they] may or may not approve of, thereby attacking [their] right of informational aut…

RT (2020-05-08). French police break up medical smuggling networks, seize 440,000 face masks. rt.com Police in France have dismantled smuggling networks trying to take advantage of a rush to buy medical supplies — including face masks — to tackle the coronavirus epidemic. By the end of April, police had dismantled a number of such smuggling networks, stopped scams and attempted scams to the value of more than €30 million ($32 million), and seized 438,000 masks, Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said on Friday. | In addition, 5.7 million masks ostensibly ordered on the internet have been the subject of a scam or attempted scam, he said. "If this crisis has often shown the best of ourselves a…

RT (2020-05-08). Resistance rejoices as wife of Trump immigration aide tests positive for Covid-19. rt.com The White House asked reporters to wear face masks after a second staff member in two days tested positive for the coronavirus. Critics of President Donald Trump reacted with joy after finding out who it was. | Trump personally confirmed on Friday that a member of Vice President Mike Pence's staff tested positive for the virus, causing a delay in Pence's scheduled trip to Iowa. This follows the news that Trump's valet's test returned a positive result on Thursday. | "She's a wonderful young woman, Katie. She tested very good for a long period of time," Trump said, during a press spray, following a meeting with…

RT (2020-05-08). Jimmy Kimmel's non-apology for pushing FAKE NEWS about VP Pence shows partisanship rules MSM. rt.com After even mainstream outlets objected to a deceptively edited video of VP Mike Pence, comedian Jimmy Kimmel issued a sarcastic apology suggesting that lying about the Trump administration is fine because they don't "value truth." | A 40-second segment seen by millions showed Kimmel mocking Pence for delivering empty boxes of personal protective equipment into a Virginia nursing home. Democrat activists online — as well as in mainstream media outlets — were quick to denounce the VP for a publicity stunt in the times of pandemic. | There was just one tiny problem with the video: it was fake news. Even…

RT (2020-05-08). Kim Jong-un sends VERBAL MESSAGE to China's Xi, commends him for battling Covid-19. rt.com Delivering another blow to subsiding death rumors, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has apparently reached out to his Chinese counterpart, praising Beijing's battle against the Covid-19 pandemic. | Kim's "verbal message" congratulated Xi Jinping on "seizing a chance of victory in the war against the unprecedented epidemic," state-run KCNA news agency The North Korean commander-in-chief saluted Xi for "strategically and tactica…

RT (2020-05-08). China should TRIPLE nuclear arsenal to deter 'warmongering' US, editor of state-run Global Times argues. rt.com China should drastically increase its stockpile of nuclear warheads to dissuade the United States from pursuing its strategic ambitions abroad, the editor of the Global Times has urged. | In a piece published by his own paper, Hu Xijin said China is a "peace-loving nation" that has pledged to never be the first to use nuclear weapons. He argued, however, that Beijing must aim to expand the number of its nuclear warheads to 1,000 to create a powerful deterrent to "shape the attitudes of US elites toward China." The Asian power currently has around 300 nuclear weapons. | He said that bolstering China's nuclear c…

RT (2020-05-08). America facing debt 'conundrum' — former Fed insider tells Boom Bust. rt.com The US 10-year Treasury bond yield fell 0.7 percent in response to the latest report of jobless claims. That comes a week after the Treasury said it would borrow a record $2.99 trillion this quarter, and launch a 20-year bond. | RT's Boom Bust talks to former Federal Reserve insider Danielle DiMartino Booth about what all that means for the future. | "We're starting to see the actual numbers come out. It's no longer $25 trillion of debt in theory…" she said. "This is reality, folks. The Treasury will have to borrow a lot of money, and it's a unique time when the stock market and the bond market are serving u…

RT (2020-05-08). The lesson of WWII? 'Industrialized mass murder' only possible when people stop questioning narratives, Werner Herzog tells RT. rt.com The 75th anniversary of victory over Nazi Germany should serve as a reminder to all that the Holocaust was carried out using a tightly controlled, unchallenged narrative, filmmaker Werner Herzog told RT. | Having grown up in the ruins of post-war Germany, the acclaimed director, screenwriter and producer spoke with Sophie Co. host Sophie Shevardnadze about lessons that can be gleaned from one of the darkest episodes in human history. | The atrocities carried out by the Nazis were the result of a lockstep narrative of "demonization" which replaced facts, Herzog observed. He argued that scapegoating people and e…

RT (2020-05-08). 'Second phase': Denmark to reopen museums and cinemas from June 8. rt.com Danish museums, amusement parks and cinemas will be allowed to reopen from June 8, the government said on Friday. It had struck a deal with parliament on how restrictions to curb the spread of Covid-19 could be eased further. Shopping malls, schools for the oldest students and restaurants will be allowed to reopen in the coming weeks, as the country enters the second phase of reopening after curbing the spread of the virus. | So far, 10,083 people have been diagnosed with Covid-19 in the country of 5.8 million people, and 514 have died of the disease, Reuters said. | In the third phase of its reopening plan, D…

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 on another "How do you say the name? Is it a placeholder?" Rogan asked,…

RT (2020-05-08). 'Drunk as sh*t': Dennis Rodman recalls boozy karaoke session with Kim Jong-un. rt.com Former Chicago Bulls star Dennis Rodman has discussed how his unlikely friendship with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un was forged in a vodka-soaked karaoke session after the pair had watched a basketball game together. | Rodman was famed for his larger-than-life character during his playing days, which included a colorful on-court persona and wild-child lifestyle off it. | But even by Rodman's eccentric standards his life took a bizarre twist when in 2013 he found himself striking up a friendship with one of the world's most reclusive leaders. | The tale is all the more surprising given that Rodman said he had…

RT (2020-05-08). Vietnam protests Beijing's 'unilateral fishing ban' in S. China Sea. rt.com Hanoi protested on Friday against what it described as Beijing's unilateral fishing ban in the disputed South China Sea from May 1 to August 16. The statement comes weeks after Vietnamese boat had reportedly been rammed by a Chinese maritime surveillance vessel, Reuters said. | China and Vietnam have for years been embroiled in a dispute over the potentially energy-rich stretch of water, called the East Sea by Hanoi. | "Vietnam demands that China not further complicate the situation in the South China Sea," Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Le Thi Thu Hang said in a statement. | China's Foreign Ministry said on Apr…

RT (2020-05-08). Bonny & Clyde, who? WATCH 10yo carjacker FLEE Russian cops with 4yo toddler as 'accomplice'. rt.com A 10-year-old boy and his younger sister sparked a bizarre GTA-style car chase in the Siberian city of Tomsk after the pair grabbed hold of the family vehicle and went for the ride of their lives, which police won't soon forget.

RT (2020-05-08). White House accuses FBI of 'MANUFACTURING CRIME' in case against General Flynn. rt.com The war of words between the White House and the James Comey-era FBI has intensified, with Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany accusing the agency of "manufacturing" a criminal case against Michael Flynn. | President Donald Trump's original National Security Adviser, retired General Michael Flynn, was the first and most prominent White House official ensnared by the FBI's 'Russiagate' investigation. Flynn was fired in early 2017 and later pleaded guilty to lying to FBI agents about his contacts with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. | The Department of Justice dropped its charges against Flynn on Thursday, after…

RT (2020-05-08). Positive sign? On VE Day, Putin and Johnson agree need to improve British-Russian relationship. rt.com Victory Day brought a rare positive moment between Russia and the UK, as | President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Boris Johnson agreed on the need to improve the badly soured relations between the two countries. | In a phone call on Friday, Putin and Johnson expressed a mutual desire for improved relations and for renewed "dialogue and cooperation" between London and Moscow, the Kremlin said. | "Both sides expressed readiness to establish dialogue and cooperation on issues on the agenda of Russian-British relations, as well as in solving pressing international problems," the Kremlin said in a readout. | D…

RT (2020-05-08). Trump says 'sick man' Comey and 'Sleepy Joe' Biden tried to take him down, warns 'it's all coming out'. rt.com A day after the Justice Department dropped charges against Gen. Michael Flynn, President Trump is accusing Joe Biden and a host of Obama administration officials of trying to sabotage his presidency, saying "it's all coming out." | The Justice Department on Thursday dropped its charges against former national security adviser Gen. Michael Flynn. One of the first Trump officials ensnared in the FBI's 'Russiagate' probe, Flynn's charges were nixed after it emerged that the FBI pushed him to lie in an interview, and kept their investigation open knowing that they had no evidence of wrongdoing. | In a phone interv…

RT (2020-05-08). 'Police state' & bad for IT business: Telegram founder who ditched Russia unloads on the US & life in Silicon Valley. rt.com High taxes, bad healthcare, police repression, lack of culture, poor education… Telegram founder Pavel Durov wants you to know he really doesn't like Silicon Valley and thinks living or doing business in the US is a terrible idea. | The St. Petersburg-born Durov, 35, is best known as a cofounder of Russia's premier social network VKontakte and later Telegram, an immensely popular encrypted messaging app. As a self-professed vegetarian and libertarian, he gives many Silicon Valley tech moguls a run for their money when it comes to quirks — but outdid them all when he resigned from VKontakte in 2014 and l…

RT (2020-05-08). Victory Day karaoke: Russian flashmob invites ANYONE to iconic WWII sing-along in 100+ languages. rt.com A one-of-the-kind Russian website has enabled anyone to pay vocal tribute to the 75th anniversary of Nazi Germany's defeat — by performing a beloved Russian Victory Day song with lyrics available in multiple languages. | Singing became a tradition in the Red Army during World War II, with soldiers using selected folk or patriotic tunes to raise morale. Innumerable video chronicles from May 1945 show Soviet service members dancing or singing along as they celebrated the fall of the Third Reich in Berlin, or boarded the long-awaited trains home. | 75 years later, a Russian group is taking that tradition fo…

RT (2020-05-08). Documents don't forget: Leaked 1996 court file shows Biden accuser Tara Reade told of 'sexual harassment' in his office. rt.com A court document has surfaced showing that Tara Reade — a former Senate staffer for Joe Biden who has accused him of sexual assault — told her then-husband she was harassed while working in his office. | The 1996 court declaration, On "several occasions," Reade told Dronen ab…

RT (2020-05-08). 'Craven and repugnant': Dem Feinstein roasted for attack on Biden accuser Reade after backing Blasey Ford during Kavanaugh fiasco. rt.com Democrat Senator Dianne Feinstein is being lambasted for apparent double standards after attacking Tara Reade, the former Joe Biden staffer who alleges the Democrat presidential candidate sexually assaulted her. | The Californian politician unequivocally supported Christine Blasey Ford when she accused then Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault in 2018. However, now that it's a Democrat facing the charges, Feinstein's singing an entirely different tune. | Discussing Reade's claims, which date back to 1993, Feinstein questioned why she waited 27 years to make them public. | Also on rt.com

RT (2020-05-08). British coastguards rescue more than 120 migrants on 7 boats in Channel. rt.com British coastguards rescued more than 120 migrants trying to cross the English Channel on seven small boats, French maritime authorities said on Friday. | The rescue took place in the night from Thursday to Friday, according to a spokesman for the Maritime Prefecture for the Channel and North Sea. | Border officials and coastguards in Britain and France have intercepted numerous attempted crossings in recent months as migrants have repeatedly tried to travel from destinations in Asia and Africa to Britain. | "It's little wonder people living in France's refugee camps are desperate to make this dangerous crossi…

RT (2020-05-08). 'Situation fragile': EU says borders should stay closed until June 15 on Covid-19 fears. rt.com The European Union will likely keep its external borders shut until June 15, after a recommendation from the European Commission to extend the current Covid-19 travel ban by another 30 days. | In a Lifting travel restrictions should therefore be effected in a "phased and coordinated" way in o…

RT (2020-05-08). British designers create typographic tribute to cities affected by World War II. rt.com Designers Liam + Jord have created a series of minimalistic history-inspired "logos" for cities affected by World War II as part of RT's tribute project #VictoryPages featuring cities such as Moscow, Warsaw, Berlin, and Hiroshima. | Anti-aircraft floodlights were an integral part of Moscow's defense system in the first year of the Great Patriotic War — 1941 — when Nazi Germany invaded the USSR. More than 600 floodlight installations were installed and helped protect the capital from German air raids. | | "Moscow defended itself during the war using immensely powerful searchlights that illuminated t…

Julie Hollar (2020-05-08). New York State Tries to Suspend Democracy; NYT and WaPo Shrug. fair.org Blaming health risks due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the New York State Board of Elections announced last week that the state would simply cancel its Democratic presidential primary, leaving former Vice President Joe Biden to be proclaimed the victor without a vote. The response from the country's two most prominent newspapers? Meh. The Washington Post (

Staff (2020-05-08). Palestinians And Israelis Remember Casualties Together. therealnews.com The alternative memorial service organized by peace organizations in Israel/Palestine challenges the racist official memorial services of the State of Israel in which only Israeli casualties are remembered.

Dave Lindorff (2020-05-08). US Wants Release of Two Special Forces Veterans Who Led Failed Coup Invasion of Venezuela. counterpunch.org Imperial overreach was on full display this week as the US government demanded that a pair of US citizens — former Special Forces soldiers leading a 60-man invasion of Venezuela with the goal of fomenting a coup and/or capturing or killing that country's elected president — be released from arrest and returned to the US.

Global Research News (2020-05-08). Selected Articles: Economics and the Pandemic, Where's the Money coming From? globalresearch.ca By As coronavirus broke out, Israel became the first Western country to close itself off to all flights . It then proceeded …

The New Arab (2020-05-08). Palestine President Abbas Threatens to Tear-up Agreements with Israel, US if West Bank Is Annexed. globalresearch.ca The During a meeting in Ramallah with the Fatah Central Committee, Mahmoud…

Ramzy Baroud (2020-05-08). Justice is Indivisible: Placing Palestine Back at the Center of American Muslim Activism. mintpressnews.com In many mosques across the US, Palestine, Kashmir, Afghanistan, and other places of great and perpetual injustice are hardly mentioned. Perhaps, argues Ramzy Baroud, over fear that doing so would place them at the radar of the FBI or local enforcement agencies.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-08). S Arabia, UAE promulgate relations with Israel thru. content of TV series: al-Houthi. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 08 (MNA) — Leader of Yemen's Houthi Ansarullah Movement Abdul-Malik Badreddin al-Houthi said that Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates [UAE] promulgate their relations with the Zionist regime through the content of TV series containing fake theories and insults to the oppressed people of Palestine.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-08). Right of Palestine should be taken from usurper regime of Israel in force: official. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 08 (MNA) — A member of Political Bureau of Islamic Jihad Movement Yousef al-Hasanya said on Fri. that right of Palestinian people should be taken from the usurper regime of Israel coercively.

Ben Norton (2020-05-08). Russian journalists accuse NY Times of stealing stories that earned it Pulitzer Prize — for second time. thegrayzone.com The New York Times has apparently stolen its Pulitzer Prize-winning stories from Russian journalists — the same liberal anti-Putin reporters…

Stephen Lendman (2020-05-08). US-China "War of Words", COVID-19, Economic Collapse, Is the US-China Trade Deal in Jeopardy? globalresearch.ca In December, China agreed to buy an additional $200 billion worth of US goods and services over 2017 levels in the next two years (in 2020 and 2021). | In return, the Trump regime partially rolled back tariffs on Chinese imports …

Stephen Lendman (2020-05-08). What Future for American High School and University-College Graduates? Grim US "Class of 2020" Job Prospects. globalresearch.ca US class of 2020 high school and higher education graduates face the most dismal job market since the 1930s Great Depression with no near-term end of it in prospect. | According to the National Bureau of Economic Research, "(g)raduating in a …

Paul Antonopoulos (2020-05-08). The Coronavirus Crisis Has Exposed Germany's Ambition to Take Control of the EU. globalresearch.ca It has been repeatedly stated that the management of the coronavirus pandemic will be a barometer of how capable leaders are handling unprecedented crisis. Think how U.S. President Donald Trump has been lambasted all over the globe for letting coronavirus …

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

Reese Erlich (2020-05-08). Foreign Correspondent: Biden vs. Trump on Foreign Policy. progressive.org The differences are not as great as you might suspect, but there is a clear winner.

Staff (2020-05-08). Republicans Say They'd Break Rule They Invented to Derail Obama's SCOTUS Pick. truthout.org Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was discharged from Baltimore's Johns Hopkins hospital on Wednesday evening after having been treated for an infection in her gallbladder. | Ginsburg is "doing well and glad to be home,"

WSWS (2020-05-08). For the United Socialist States of the Middle East and Central Asia. wsws.org The pandemic exposes not only the bankruptcy of the Middle Eastern bourgeoisies, but the true face of imperialism.

WSWS (2020-05-08). Freedom for Assange is inseparable from the fight against war and for socialism. wsws.org All those political tendencies and individuals who refused to defend Assange—and who joined in the slander campaign against him—have blood on their hands.

Tana Ganeva (2020-05-08). Crowded Prisons Are About to Create a Coronavirus Crisis in Rural America. zcomm.org For the past several decades, rural America's economic lifeline has been the construction and operation of prisons and immigrant detention centers, both public and for-profit…

Andrea Arroyo (2020-05-08). The Pandemic's Impact on Immigration Detention Centers. thenation.com The Pandemic's Impact on Immigration Detention Centers…

Pavan Kulkarni (2020-05-08). Karnataka State government concedes unions' demands, allows migrants to return home. peoplesdispatch.org The State government had earlier decided to seek a halt to special train services for migrant workers from other States to return home amid the COVID-19 crisis. This was after a meeting with real estate developers who reportedly said they want to retain the laborers for construction work…

MoveOn, Greenpeace, others (2020-05-08). #WorkerRightsNow: Day of Action for Essential Worker Bill of Rights. indybay.org Online and/or phone call actions…

Santa Cruz News (2020-05-08). Prodded by Right Wingers, Santa Cruz Businesses Operate Outside of Health Restrictions. indybay.org The "Committee to Reopen Santa Cruz," a group founded recently by right wing extremists who believe the COVID-19 Pandemic is a hoax, is prodding local businesses to open early. The group has announced that the Om Gallery on Pacific Avenue is opening to two shoppers at a time from 1-5pm on Friday, May 8, by appointment. The Committee to Reopen Santa Cruz also plans to do "guerrilla yoga" at a studio that will secretly open its doors for the group. "Some studios are opening the back door for the cool kids club. No Snitches," a flyer for a May 8 "Freedom Friday" protest states. On May 6, the Santa Cruz County Health…

Jane R. Millar, Nomonde Bengu, Rowena Fillis, Ken Sprenger, Vuyokazi Ntlantsana, Vinicius A. Vieira, Nisreen Khambati, Moherndran Archary, Maximilian Muenchhoff, Andreas Groll, Nicholas Grayson, John Adamson, Katya Govender, Krista Dong, Photini Kiepiela, Bruce D. Walker, David Bonsall, Thomas Connor, Matthew J. Bull, Nelisiwe Nxele, Julia Roider, Nasreen Ismail, Emily Adland, Maria C. Puertas, Javier Martinez-Picado, Philippa C. Matthews, Thumbi Ndung'u, Philip Goulder, the Ucwaningo Lwabantwana Consortium (2020-05-08). HIGH-FREQUENCY failure of combination antiretroviral therapy in paediatric HIV infection is associated with unmet maternal needs causing maternal NON-ADHERENCE. thelancet.com The success of early infant testing and cART initiation strategies is severely limited by subsequent cART non-adherence in HIV-infected children. Although there are practical challenges to administering paediatric cART formulations, these are overcome by mothers who themselves are cART-adherent. These findings point to the ongoing obligation to address the unmet needs of the mothers. Eliminating the particular barriers preventing adequate treatment for these vulnerable women and infants need to be prioritised in order to achieve durable suppression of viraemia on cART, let alone HIV cure/remission, in HIV-infecte…

WSWS (2020-05-08). Indian migrant workers in Chennai speak to WSWS about coronavirus pandemic. wsws.org "We've received no help whatsoever from any political parties or the government. None of us living here have been given a coronavirus medical test or provided with face masks for safety."

Global Research News (2020-05-08). Video: COVID-19 "Fake" Data in Italy: Politician Slams False Numbers: Vittorio Sgarbi. globalresearch.ca Vittorio Sgarbi, MP (Forza Italia) slammed the closure of 60% of Italian businesses. A decision which was taken on the basis an alleged 25,000 Coronavirus deaths. "It's not true," he said. | . | According to the National Institute of Health, 96.3% …

Bryan Dyne (2020-05-08). Trump Administration Suppresses Centers for Disease Control Coronavirus Guidance Document. globalresearch.ca The Trump administration reportedly shelved a document from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which would have provided detailed instructions for local authorities on appropriate measures to reopen a variety of businesses and institutions. The document is …

Adriaan Alsema (2020-05-08). Court intervenes as coronavirus spreads to six of Colombia's prisons. colombiareports.com Colombia's Constitutional Court ordered the country's prison authority to speed up prison releases after the coronavirus infected 709 prisoners and guards in at least six prisons. The court ordered prison…

WSWS (2020-05-08). Russian COVID-19 cases rise, as 750,000 join unemployment rolls. wsws.org Layoffs are spreading in Russia, as the country surpasses France and Germany in total coronavirus infections.

Leonard C. Goodman (2020-05-08). Once Again, Congress Will Let Wall Street Pillage Main Street. zcomm.org Coronavirus bailouts are helping big donors while leaving small businesses and families behind…

Adriaan Alsema (2020-05-08). Colombia's coronavirus response: refusing treatment to children with cancer. colombiareports.com Parents said Thursday that Colombia's hospitals have been refusing treatment to children with cancer following a "hospital expansion" order that seeks to create capacity to deal with coronavirus infections. The…

Raul Diego (2020-05-08). Are We on the Verge of a Global Financial Collapse. mintpressnews.com As jobs disappear and our everyday lives are disrupted in the name of flattening the coronavirus curve, a picture of what tomorrow will look like is still too uncertain to make out, but all indications show that we are close to a breaking point.

WSWS (2020-05-08). UK government covers up PPE shortages leading to health care worker deaths. wsws.org Inquests into medical worker deaths from coronavirus will not address government failure to provide personal protective equipment, even as many health care workers still lack adequate equipment.

Chris Jones (2020-05-08). Time to Change: Coronavirus and Refugees on Greece's Samos Island. globalresearch.ca The global coronavirus pandemic is affecting every aspect of human life on earth. The challenge is awesome in its scale and scope. | To date we have no cases of the virus on Samos. But still its impact on life here …

F. Douglas Stephenson (2020-05-08). Is Big Pharma more Interested in Profiteering than Protecting us from Coronavirus? zcomm.org Forty years of private corporatist Big Pharma and oligarch control of our economy has left the public totally exposed and ill-prepared to face the public health crisis of COVID-19…

WSWS (2020-05-08). Canada: Trudeau gives cash handout to meatpacking giants as COVID-19 cases rise among workers. wsws.org Even as the federal Liberals announced a $77 million handout to major producers, new coronavirus outbreaks were exposed at meatpacking plants in Alberta and Quebec.

Lauren Bauer (2020-05-08). The COVID-19 Crisis Has Already Left Too Many Children Hungry in America. globalresearch.ca Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, food insecurity has increased in the United States. This is particularly true for households with young children. | I document new evidence from two nationally representative surveys that were initiated to provide up-to-date estimates …

Joshua Tartakovsky (2020-05-08). Israel: A Lab for "The New Vaccine Order"? Towards a Second Lockdown? globalresearch.ca In the fight against corona virus, when trying to discern in what direction the Western world is going, it is almost always useful to watch the steps taken by Israel, the Zionist State.[1]. | Israel is not only a threat to …

Bryant Brown (2020-05-08). Economics and the Pandemic: 'Where's the Money Coming From? Where's the Money Going To? globalresearch.ca When governments announced the huge amounts of money they were to provide to help with the economic shutdown, a friend asked, 'where's the money going to come from?' The question is a good one, better than he realized because of …

Abayomi Azikiwe (2020-05-08). COVID-19 in Detroit: A Case Study in Resilience and Resistance. globalresearch.ca Detroit has been disproportionately impacted by the onslaught of the COVID-19 pandemic beginning in early-to-mid- March. | Almost no preparation by the municipal administration was made in advance of such a tremendous healthcare and subsequent social crises. | The majority of the …

Shannon Jones (2020-05-08). Mass Joblessness Deepens in US as Corporations Move to Implement Permanent Layoffs. 40.6 Million Unemployed. globalresearch.ca US government figures to be released today are expected to show mass unemployment in April unlike anything seen since the Great Depression. In numbers released Wednesday, ADP Research said that US payrolls in April fell by an astounding 20,236,000, a …

True Publica (2020-05-08). Britain: "The Stench of Corruption Could Hardly be Stronger" globalresearch.ca It's exhausting following this government. They appear to have less boundaries or rules that they won't break. And there are some rules for those in office because it is they that are supposed to be the ones with the moral …

Dr. Chandra Muzaffar (2020-05-08). Venezuela: A Failed US Invasion in the Midst of a Pandemic. globalresearch.ca In the midst of a massive global pandemic that has killed tens of thousands of people and wrecked economies all over the world leaving millions jobless, some terrorists and mercenaries allegedly backed by certain governments had on 3rd May …

Etienne de Harven (2020-05-08). Virus Mania: How the Medical Industry Continually Invents Epidemics, Making Billion Dollar Profits at Our Expense. globalresearch.ca

Kollibri terre Sonnenblume (2020-05-08). Slaughter of the Innocents: COVID-19 & the Future of Agriculture. counterpunch.org It's early days yet, but the COVID-19 pandemic has already proven to be revelatory, exposing much that is ugly about the "normal" functioning of the US: the sorry state of health care, the unresponsiveness of corporate-owned government, the hyper individuality of the populace, the high levels of ignorance among the same, and the racism of

WSWS (2020-05-08). With minimal federal relief, US states plan huge cuts to public education. wsws.org The impact of the pandemic has thoroughly undermined state budgets, which is being used by Democratic and Republican politicians to dismantle and privatize public education and other vital social services.

Anna Grugel Smith (2020-05-08). Covid-19 hits an economically weak and deeply unequal Latin America. zcomm.org Will Latin American economies returning to "normal" or build for a more equitable future after the pandemic?

WSWS (2020-05-08). Why is Canada's ruling elite deploying the military amid the COVID-19 pandemic? wsws.org While Canadian military personnel are now being deployed to assist overwhelmed staff at long-term care facilities, the CBC has reported that troops are also readying to quell "public disturbances" in a "worst case scenario."

Osha Neumann (2020-05-08). Faint Praise for the Pandemic. counterpunch.org Alas, we Who wanted to prepare the ground for kindness Could not ourselves be kind — Bertolt Brecht, "To Future Generations" I have not been touched, not really. No one I know has died or even sickened. At most I've experienced petty annoyances. I am 81 years old, white, male, an attorney for poor and unhoused people.

Diane Ravitch (2020-05-08). Cuomo Adds Another Billionaire to "Reimagine" Public Education. zcomm.org The pandemic is turning into a grand opportunity for the foxes to raid the henhouse under cover of darknessdiane ra…

WSWS (2020-05-08). New Iraq government faces economy in freefall amid COVID-19 pandemic. wsws.org Prime Minister Al-Khadimi will uphold the political sectarian system known as muhasasa and work with Washington in the "strategic dialogue" over relations between the two countries.

WSWS (2020-05-08). What Do We Need to Talk About?: Richard Nelson's "Zoom theater" in the midst of the pandemic. wsws.org The Apple family in Rhinebeck, New York, tries to carry on, as the world faces disaster and social upheaval.

Richard Moser (2020-05-08). What is the General Strike? counterpunch.org The General Strike in the US is a multi-faceted, poly-centered resistance movement responding to the general crisis of capitalism and corporate power triggered by the Covid-19 crisis. The pandemic is revealing to millions what was always well hidden: America is a house of cards. The bosses and their government have no interest in defending the

Richard C. Gross (2020-05-08). Presidential Irresponsibility in Spades. counterpunch.org The president of the United States says he's not responsible for dealing with the pandemic that has savaged America and already has killed tens of thousands of his countrymen. If he's not ultimately responsible, who is? Who runs the country? Are they the state governors, who have their hands full competing with each other for

Lara Merling (2020-05-08). Without an Economic Recovery, Argentina Cannot Repay Its Debt. counterpunch.org For those following Argentina's debt saga, the current situation might seem eerily familiar: after the implosion of an IMF program, Argentina finds itself at the brink of default, with a debt burden, denominated in foreign currencies, that it simply cannot pay. In contrast with Argentina's default in 2001, when it reached agreements with most of

Marshall Auerback (2020-05-08). Why COVID-19 is the Great Unequalizer. counterpunch.org In his now must-see-TV daily press conferences, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has referred to COVID-19 as "the great equalizer." In the sense that anybody can be infected by the virus, the governor is right. Yet after several months, the data shows clearly the impact is unequally landing on the shoulders of people of color

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 …

WSWS (2020-05-08). Modi eases lockdown restrictions even as COVID-19 cases surge across India. wsws.org India's far-right BJP government is pressing to "reopen" the economy so that sweatshop exploitation of the working class can resume at full throttle, even as the number of COVID-19 cases surges.

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.

WSWS (2020-05-08). Trump vetoes war powers resolution on Iran. wsws.org As anticipated, the US Senate failed to muster the two-thirds vote necessary to override the veto of a bill purporting to limit the president's power to launch aggressive war against Iran.

WSWS (2020-05-08). German government ends lockdown, putting hundreds of thousands of lives at risk. wsws.org Three weeks after the decision of the federal and state governments to gradually withdraw the restrictions imposed in March, the end of the lockdown in Germany has largely been completed.

WSWS (2020-05-08). Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa. wsws.org South African nurses' stayaway defies premature lockdown end; health workers in South Africa, Kenya, refuse workers in UK, demand personal protection equipment.

WSWS (2020-05-08). US state and municipal governments plan massive austerity to meet COVID-19 budget shortfalls. wsws.org State and municipal governments are announcing cuts to medical programs and education and are furloughing workers to make up for the budget shortfall.

WSWS (2020-05-08). Deemed essential, US farmworkers face wage reductions, zero protections from COVID-19. wsws.org Farmworkers lack access to basic medical care and suffer from significantly higher rates of diabetes, hypertension and health conditions such as heart disease and environmental cancers due to long exposure to pesticides.

Peoples Dispatch (2020-05-08). Widespread criticism forces right-wing Polish government to postpone presidential polls. peoplesdispatch.org After drawing widespread criticism from the opposition, wide sections of the Polish society and even coalition partners, the government in Poland led by the right-wing Law and Justice (PiS) party decided on May 6, Wednesday to postpone the presidential polls scheduled for May 10. PiS' bid to hold the polls through postal voting amid the COVID-19 crisis was viewed as a desperate attempt to get incumbent president Andrzej Duda re-elected and also significantly affected the government's anti-COVID-19 policies. | On May 5, the opposition-dominated Polish Senate had vetoed the decision to conduct presidential polls by…

WSWS (2020-05-08). New outbreaks of COVID-19 reported at workplaces across the US. wsws.org As states continue to push to reopen their economies and force workers back on the job, new hot-spots are emerging in factories and stores from Iowa to Massachusetts.

WSWS (2020-05-08). Seventy-five years since the end of World War II. wsws.org Three quarters of a century after the end of the war, fascism and war are imminent global dangers once again.

WSWS (2020-05-08). Illinois nursing home workers' strike blocked by SEIU. wsws.org The union pushed through a concessions contract that gives the corporate management of the nursing home facilities everything they wanted and leaves nursing home workers in poverty and working under life-threatening conditions.

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 …

Staff (2020-05-08). One Mardi Gras Story Lays Bare How COVID-19 Is Devastating Black People. truthout.org Image Credit: L. Kasimu Harris | We look at the deadly disparate impact of the pandemic on African Americans as told through an in-depth story for The New York Times Magazine by writer Linda Villarosa in her new piece, "'A Terrible Price': The Deadly Racial Disparities of Covid-19 in America," that tells what happened to the Zulu club, a Black social organization in New Orleans, during and after Mardi Gras. She reports that the experience is usually a joy, but the coronavirus made it a tragedy. |

Staff (2020-05-08). Pandemic Crash Shows Worker Co-ops Are More Resilient Than Traditional Business. truthout.org While we have no way to know yet the full extent of the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic, by all accounts it could be as bad — if not far worse — than the 2008 crash. In fact, in terms of unemployment alone, the numbers are already staggering: more than

Staff (2020-05-08). Communities Forced to Fight Planned School Closures, Privatization Amid COVID-19. truthout.org Since mid-March, public school students in Minnesota have had to stay home because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, This hasn't stopped the Minn…

Staff (2020-05-08). After Months of Inaction, 2 White Men Are Charged With Murder of Ahmaud Arbery. truthout.org The two white men caught on camera shooting and killing Ahmaud Arbery, an unarmed 25-year-old African American man, were arrested and charged Thursday with murder. The arrests came two days after video of the attack in February was shared with the public, sparking widespread outrage. Today would have been Arbery's 26th birthday. We speak with civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump, who represents the Arbery family and formerly represented Trayvon Martin. | TRANSCRIPT: | This is a rush tra…

Staff (2020-05-08). Gun Violence Increases in the US Amid COVID-19 Shutdown. truthout.org At a time when millions of Americans are following the advice of public health experts and sheltering in place to protect themselves and their neighbors, some officials continue to ignore Since shelter-in-place orders went into effect in March, the overall crime rate and the rate of injury from automobile and…

Staff (2020-05-08). Jared Kushner Reportedly in Charge of Push for Vaccine — What Could Go Wrong? truthout.org President Trump has turned to Jared Kushner, his son-in-law and senior adviser — whose The project, titled "Operation Warp Speed," yokes Kushner together with senior…

Staff (2020-05-08). Barr Says "History Is Written by the Winners" After Flynn's Charges Were Dropped. truthout.org "My god." | That was the initial two-word

sputniknews (2020-05-08). Merkel, Steinmeier Attend Wreath-Laying Ceremony to Mark 75th Anniversary of WWII End – Video. sputniknews.com Europe is commemorating the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II, though because of the raging coronavirus pandemic countries have downsized parades and commemorative events.

sputniknews (2020-05-08). Coronavirus Crunch Triggers New Call for US Pullout From WTO. sputniknews.com Senator Josh Hawley has claimed that leaving the WTO will be an appropriate start for the US to turn a new leaf in trade ties with its historic allies and usher in a rebound in the COVID-19 lockdown-hit economy.

sputniknews (2020-05-08). Syria Reopens Umayyad Mosque in Damascus – Video. sputniknews.com The Syrian authorities earlier decided to ease coronavirus-related restrictions in the country, lifting the ban on public transportation within provinces on May 10 and reopening certain categories of schools on 31 May.

sputniknews (2020-05-08). Revival Road Map for India's Once Booming Tourism Industry, Which is Now in Abyss. sputniknews.com New Delhi (Sputnik): With a diverse culture and a myriad of landscapes, India's tourism industry was thriving, with 11 million foreign tourists visiting the country every year. Although the COVID-19 pandemic has crippled all major industries, travel and tourism have come to a complete halt, spelling a bleak economic outlook for the sector.

sputniknews (2020-05-08). Chinese Researchers Find COVID-19 Material in Sperm of Infected Men. sputniknews.com While the pandemic is raging across the world, some facts about the virus remain unclear and new studies may reveal truly bizarre details about the disease.

sputniknews (2020-05-08). Indian Museum Buys Pakistani Cricketer's Bat for Raising COVID-19 Relief Fund. sputniknews.com New Delhi (Sputnik): With all sports activities banned in several countries across the globe, many players are contributing in their own ways to help the needy who have been severely hit by the pandemic.

sputniknews (2020-05-08). Online Marriages: Will They Linger on in Saudi Arabia After Pandemic is Over? sputniknews.com Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Justice has said that the government wants to hold a series of training seminars for those wishing to get married remotely.

sputniknews (2020-05-08). COVID-19 Pandemic Added to Daesh 'Uptick in Activity' in Iraq, US Coalition Official Says. sputniknews.com Although in late 2017 Baghdad declared that the military presence of Daesh* in Iraq had been all but destroyed, jihadist attacks on the country's security forces show no signs of abating.

sputniknews (2020-05-08). India Builds Strategic Route Connecting China Border for Better Accessibility to Security Forces. sputniknews.com New Delhi (Sputnik): Devout believers take an annual holy pilgrimage to Kailash Mansarovar through Uttarakhand's Lipulekh Pass, connecting India to China. While the pilgrimage is now shrouded in uncertainty due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the new route will give easy access to troops in the region.

sputniknews (2020-05-08). #VizagGasLeak: India's Green Tribunal Asks S Korean LG Polymers to Deposit $6.6 Million For Damages. sputniknews.com New Delhi (Sputnik): As many as 12 people lost their lives and 300 were hospitalised due to the leakage of hazardous styrene gas from a polymers factory in India's Andhra Pradesh. A rescue operation and evacuation were carried out in areas in close proximity to the factory.

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 …

sputniknews (2020-05-08). US Intel, Obama Aides Never Saw Any Direct Proof of Trump-Russia Collusion, Transcripts Reveal. sputniknews.com In late July, former Special Counsel Robert Mueller confirmed in testimony to Congress that his team of investigators had failed to find sufficient evidence of President Trump's collusion with Russia to rig the US 2016 election, basically repeating the conclusions of his report that was released earlier in 2019.

sputniknews (2020-05-08). Putin, Merkel Exchange Congratulations on Anniversary of Liberation From Fascism. sputniknews.com MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have exchanged congratulations, in a phone conversation, on the 75th anniversary of the world's liberation from fascism, the Kremlin said on Friday.

sputniknews (2020-05-08). Cop Beats Man for Allegedly Hugging Others on Road Without Consent in Delhi – Video. sputniknews.com New Delhi (Sputnik): India is under the third phase of its nationwide lockdown imposed by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to combat COVID-19. The government has asked people to stay indoors and only step out for essential things. Social distancing is being strictly enforced at every place or shop.

sputniknews (2020-05-08). Trump Likely Desperate to Secure US-UK Trade Deal in Wake of COVID-19, G7 Research Group States. sputniknews.com LONDON (Sputnik) – US President Donald Trump and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson are likely to place renewed importance on reaching a new trade deal between the UK and the US in…

sputniknews (2020-05-08). We'll Meet Again: Royal Albert Hall to Host 1st Closed Door Victory Day Concert Amid COVID-19 – CEO. sputniknews.com The Royal Albert Hall will hold a major performance unlike any of its kind in the venue's 150-year history to commemorate the 75th Victory Day at 18: 00 GMT. The event promises to be a powerful rendition of classic songs celebrating the sacrifices of veterans across the United Kingdom and the Allied victory over Nazism on the Western Front.

sputniknews (2020-05-08). EU Project is at Stake if Strong Common COVID-19 Response Not Agreed, Economics Commissioner Says. sputniknews.com Paolo Gentiloni called for creating a recovery fund in the coming months, in what he said could help tackle economic divergences among EU member states amid the COVID-19 crisis.

sputniknews (2020-05-08). Researchers Unveil Why Earth's Magnetic North Pole Is Being Irreversibly Pulled Toward Siberia. sputniknews.com The World Magnetic Model is normally updated every five years, but it has of late needed to be edited more frequently due to a stunning phenomenon registered just beneath the Earth's core.

sputniknews (2020-05-08). Shape-Changing UFO Spotted in Broad Daylight in Colombia. sputniknews.com The South American country, known for its biodiversity and rich cultural history, risks becoming the mecca of ufologists, as reports about mysterious sightings discovered in the skies over Colombia have been pouring in recently.

imperial.ac.uk (2020-05-08). Citizen-science project measures impact of coronavirus pandemic on mental health. imperial.ac.uk What impact has the lockdown had on our mental health, and what determines how people cope with isolation?>

Lucas Leiroz de Almeida (2020-05-08). Coronavirus Threatens Indigenous Peoples in the Amazon. globalresearch.ca The effects of the global pandemic of the new coronavirus on large cities are well known and occupy the news all over the world. However, little is said about infection in rural areas and among isolated peoples. In South America, …

en.mehrnews (2020-05-08). Dubai Expo 2020 postponement to affect UAE economy. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 08 (MNA) — While Expo 2020 Dubai has been postponed one year due to the coronavirus pandemic, some experts believe that…

en.mehrnews (2020-05-08). Iran coronavirus updates: 1,556 new COVID-19 cases, 55 deaths. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 08 (MNA) — Iranian Health Ministry announced on Friday that 1,556 new COVID-19 infections have been identified in the country during the past 24 hours.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-08). Global coronavirus death toll exceeds 270k. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 08 (MNA) — As of Fri., 3,917,564 people have been diagnosed with the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, in various countries around the world, while 270,720 have lost their lives due to the disease and 1,344,120 people have recovered.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-08). Iran's trade exchanges with Azerbaijan, Turkey 'underway' amid pandemic. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 08 (MNA) — Iranian Minister of Roads and Urban Development Mohammad Eslami said that Iran's trade exchanges with the two neighboring countries of Turkey and Republic of Azerbaijan are underway amid the coronavirus global pandemic.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-08). US extends Iraq's sanctions waiver to import electricity from Iran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 08 (MNA) — US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced on Thu. that Iraq's sanctions waiver for importing electricity from the Islamic Republic of Iran will continue for another four months.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-08). US should end its humiliating 'unilateralism': FM spox. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 08 (MNA) — Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Seyyed Abbas Mousavi in a tweet on Fri. wrote that the United States should end its humiliating 'unilateralism'.

2020-05-08: Social Media Postees

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[World Report] Chile plans controversial COVID-19 certificates
Barbara Fraser | thelancet.com | 2020-05-09
Chile's contentious scheme to provide certification of past COVID-19 infection is aimed at reassuring patients about the risk of reinfection or infecting others. Barbara Fraser reports.
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[World Report] New Zealand eliminates COVID-19
Sophie Cousins | thelancet.com | 2020-05-09
An aggressive approach has enabled New Zealand to end community transmission of SARS-CoV-2. Sophie Cousins reports.
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[Perspectives] Celebrating Florence Nightingale's bicentenary
Natasha McEnroe | thelancet.com | 2020-05-09
For the many admirers of Florence Nightingale (1820–1910), the bicentenary of her birth on May 12, 2020, has been long anticipated. Few of us could have foreseen that this birthday would come at a time when a swathe of new temporary hospitals bearing her name had been set up in the UK–the NHS Nightingale Hospitals, intended to support the response to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). No other name could have been as suitable. 200 years after her birth, the work and concerns of Nightingale are as relevant today as they ever were.
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[Editorial] COVID-19 in Brazil: "So what?"
The Lancet | thelancet.com | 2020-05-09
The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic reached Latin America later than other continents. The first case recorded in Brazil was on Feb 25, 2020. But now, Brazil has the most cases and deaths in Latin America (105‚Äà222 cases and 7288 deaths as of May 4), and these are probably substantial underestimates. Even more worryingly, the doubling of the rate of deaths is estimated at only 5 days and a recent study by Imperial College (London, UK), which analysed the active transmission rate of COVID-19 in 48 countries, showed that Brazil is the country with the highest rate of transmission (R0…
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[Comment] Aspirin for secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease
Robert A Byrne, Róisín Colleran | thelancet.com | 2020-05-09
The antithrombotic efficacy of low-dose aspirin is well established. Its primary clinical effect is mediated by inhibition of platelet cyclooxygenase-1, which reduces thromboxane A2 formation and inhibits platelet aggregation. Over the course of recent decades, aspirin administration has shown a favourable risk–benefit ratio for reducing the risk of adverse events in patients with known atherosclerotic disease.1,2 By contrast, in patients without known atherosclerotic disease who are at risk of cardiovascular disease, the overall benefits of aspirin in terms of primary prevention of atherothrombotic events…
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[Comment] Psoriatic arthritis: still room for improvement
Merete Lund Hetland | thelancet.com | 2020-05-09
Psoriatic arthritis is a complex and heterogeneous inflammatory disease, characterised by diverse clinical manifestations. Patients might have musculoskeletal manifestations–ie, peripheral or axial arthritis, enthesitis, dactylitis, and tendinitis–but non-musculoskeletal involvement is also prevalent–eg, nails, gut, and eyes, in addition to latent or manifest psoriasis.1 Additionally, patients with psoriatic arthritis have increased risk of cardiovascular, psychological, and metabolic comorbidities.
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[Correspondence] Unfortunate distinction or corporate protectionism by design?
Claudia Chaufan, Faisal Mohamed | thelancet.com | 2020-05-09
We commend the Editors for bringing to readers' attention the "unfortunate distinction" of Canada's otherwise laudable publicly funded Medicare.1 The effects of this distinction on health, such as poor adherence, poor health outcomes, and avoidable hospital admissions, are well documented.2,3…
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[Articles] Monotherapy with a P2Y12 inhibitor or aspirin for secondary prevention in patients with established atherosclerosis: a systematic review and meta-analysis
Mauro Chiarito, Jorge Sanz-Sánchez, Francesco Cannata, Davide Cao, Matteo Sturla, Cristina Panico, Cosmo Godino, Damiano Regazzoli, Bernhard Reimers, Raffaele De Caterina, Gianluigi Condorelli, Giuseppe Ferrante, Giulio G Stefanini | thelancet.com | 2020-05-09
Compared with aspirin monotherapy, P2Y12 inhibitor monotherapy is associated with a risk reduction for myocardial infarction and a comparable risk of stroke in the setting of secondary prevention. The benefit of P2Y12 inhibitor monotherapy is of debatable clinical relevance, in view of the high number needed to treat to prevent a myocardial infarction and the absence of any effect on all-cause and vascular mortality.
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[Comment] Reconnecting for our future: The Lancet One Health Commission
John H Amuasi, Tamara Lucas, Richard Horton, Andrea S Winkler | thelancet.com | 2020-05-09
The evolution and sustenance of our planet hinges on a symbiotic relationship between humans, animals, and the environment that we share–we are interconnected. However, this past century has seen human dominance over the biosphere, manifest in technological innovations, accelerated mobility, and converted ecosystems that characterise industrialisation, globalisation, and urbanisation.1 These developmental trajectories have advanced human health in unprecedented ways. However, they also make humans increasingly vulnerable to contemporary global health challenges, such as emerging and re-emerging infectious d…
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[Correspondence] The Global Kidney Exchange programme
Gabriel M Danovitch | thelancet.com | 2020-05-09
In their favourable review of the ethics of the Global Kidney Exchange (GKE), Francesca Minerva and colleagues1 gloss over a key point: the absence of transparency in the selection of the compatible donor–recipient pairs in the low-income and middle-income countries (LMICs). It is precisely this transparency and the promotion of ethical and effective organ donor and allocation that the Council of Europe's Committee on Organ Transplantation2 and the Declaration of Istanbul Custodian Group3 strive to attain.
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[Correspondence] The Global Kidney Exchange programme
Luca Valera, María Alejandra Carrasco | thelancet.com | 2020-05-09
Francesca Minerva and colleagues1 recently presented an ethical solution to kidney failure, in response to the low numbers of transplantations in high-income countries (HICs) and low-income and middle-income countries (LMICs). It is the Global Kidney Exchange (GKE) programme, which matches donor–recipient pairs across HICs and LMICs.
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[Correspondence] The Global Kidney Exchange programme
Marta López-Fraga, Beatriz Domínguez-Gil | thelancet.com | 2020-05-09
We read the Health Policy about the Global Kidney Exchange programme by Francesca Minerva and colleagues1 with interest.
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COVID-19 Might Cause Mass Starvation In The Global South Unless The World Acts Now
Andrew Korybko | thealtworld.com | 2020-05-08
Provided that developing nations are assured of debt relief (however it be agreed upon) and the world's leading agricultural exporters can ensure the continuance of their operations (preferably subsidized by the state as emergency aid to the Global South), then it's possible that this looming catastrophe can be averted. If that doesn't happen for some reason, then not only could countless people perish, but the geopolitical stability of this broad swath of the planet could be shattered if domestic and/or international unrest follows as a result. | The developing countries of Africa, Asia, and Latin America, colle…
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COVID-19 Might Cause Mass Starvation in the Global South Unless the World Acts Now
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-08
Provided that developing nations are assured of debt relief (however it be agreed upon) and the world's leading agricultural exporters can ensure the continuance of their operations (preferably subsidized by the state as emergency aid to the Global South), then …
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100 Years of Shame: Annexation of Palestine Began in San Remo
Ralph Nader | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-08
One hundred years ago, representatives from a few powerful countries convened at San Remo, a sleepy town on the Italian Riviera. Together, they sealed the fate of the massive territories confiscated from the Ottoman Empire following its defeat in World War I. It was on April 25, 1920, that the San Remo Conference Resolution was…
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Democrats: Dump Biden Now
Andrew Levine | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-08
Listen up Democrats: dump Joe Biden; dump him now. I implore you not as one of you, but as someone who considers voting for Republicans unthinkable, and who nearly always does vote for Democrats for want of better alternatives. Ever since Ralph Nader's campaign twenty years ago, I have always voted for the Green candidate…
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100 Years of Shame: Annexation of Palestine Began in San Remo
Ramzy Baroud | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-08
One hundred years ago, representatives from a few powerful countries convened at San Remo, a sleepy town on the Italian Riviera. Together, they sealed the fate of the massive territories confiscated from the Ottoman Empire following its defeat in World War I. It was on April 25, 1920, that the San Remo Conference Resolution was…
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Justice is Indivisible: Placing Palestine Back at the Center of American Muslim Activism
Ramzy Baroud | mintpressnews.com | 2020-05-08
In many mosques across the US, Palestine, Kashmir, Afghanistan, and other places of great and perpetual injustice are hardly mentioned. Perhaps, argues Ramzy Baroud, over fear that doing so would place them at the radar of the FBI or local enforcement agencies.
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Palestine President Abbas Threatens to Tear-up Agreements with Israel, US if West Bank Is Annexed
The New Arab | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-08
The Palestinian Authority has threatened to cut all agreements signed with Israel and the US, if the annexation of parts of the occupied West Bank goes ahead. | During a meeting in Ramallah with the Fatah Central Committee, Mahmoud…
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Silvercorp co-founder speaks with The Grayzone: What did State Department know about failed Venezuela invasion?
Anya Parampil | thegrayzone.com | 2020-05-08
The Grayzone speaks to Drew White

Live and Let Die
Paul Street | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-08
Real Time Reflections from Sheltered Radicals in the Time of the Most Dangerous Criminal in Human History May 3 + Street: Comrades, this article never ends but it's worth a read: "34 days of pandemic: Inside Trump's desperate attempts to reopen America." It is a blow-by-blow account of Trump's total reckless insanity in response to…
counterpunch.org/2020/05/08/live-and-let…

Right of Palestine should be taken from usurper regime of Israel in force: official
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-08
TEHRAN, May 08 (MNA)

[Comment] Offline: Independent science advice for COVID-19–at last
Richard Horton | thelancet.com | 2020-05-09
"Is the government's objective to suppress infection or to manage the infection?", asked Sir David King at the first press conference of a newly formed independent Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE), held last week. The UK now has two SAGEs. The officially constituted SAGE has seen its reputation collapse during the past 3 months. Partly, this loss of credibility arose out of the group's unwillingness to be transparent about its membership and its proceedings. At a moment of national emergency, SAGE's secrecy simply became unacceptable.
thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PI…(20)31098-9/fulltext?rss=yes

Palestinians And Israelis Remember Casualties Together
Staff | therealnews.com | 2020-05-08
The alternative memorial service organized by peace organizations in Israel/Palestine challenges the racist official memorial services of the State of Israel in which only Israeli casualties are remembered.
therealnews.com/stories/palestinians-isr…

War of words over actual war? US BLOCKS UN resolution on global Covid-19 ceasefire over its support for WHO
rt.com | 2020-05-09
A dispute between the US and China scuttled the proposed UN resolution calling for a global ceasefire during the Covid-19 pandemic, after Beijing insisted on support for the World Health Organization and Washington vetoed it. | All 15 members of the UN Security Council agreed in principle with Secretary-General Antonio Guterres's call for a global ceasefire, made on March 23, but have wrangled over the wording of the resolution ever since. China has insisted on including support for the WHO and the agency's role in dealing with the pandemic, while the US demanded removal of all references to the WHO and insert…
rt.com/news/488214-us-blocks-un-ceasefir…

Censors crack down on 'Plandemic' conspiracy documentary. What's so dangerous about it?
rt.com | 2020-05-09
Pulled from YouTube, censored in internet searches, and denounced by every single mainstream media outlet, what kind of information could make everyone so mad about 'Plandemic'? We watched it to find out. | A 23-minute teaser clip of the documentary went viral on Wednesday evening, notching up tens of millions of views across multiple platforms. However, a media outcry soon followed, with mainstream media outlets deploying their 'fact-checkers' to debunk its claims, and Facebook and YouTube removing the video, citing their new rules on Covid-19 "misinformation." | Yet censorship is also a sure-fire way to gene…
rt.com/usa/488215-plandemic-conspiracy-d…

Forgetting someone? WH attributes victory over Nazis to 'America & UK' in bizarre VE-Day message, gets schooled on Twitter
rt.com | 2020-05-09
The White House has marked the victory over Nazi Germany in a tweet hailing the role of the US and the UK, while leaving out the nation that sacrificed the most

'Craven and repugnant': Dem Feinstein roasted for attack on Biden accuser Reade after backing Blasey Ford during Kavanaugh fiasco
rt.com | 2020-05-08
Democrat Senator Dianne Feinstein is being lambasted for apparent double standards after attacking Tara Reade, the former Joe Biden staffer who alleges the Democrat presidential candidate sexually assaulted her. | The Californian politician unequivocally supported Christine Blasey Ford when she accused then Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault in 2018. However, now that it's a Democrat facing the charges, Feinstein's singing an entirely different tune. | Discussing Reade's claims, which date back to 1993, Feinstein questioned why she waited 27 years to make them public. | Also on rt.com
rt.com/usa/488176-feinstein-roasted-tara…

"Gene-Edited" Future Justified By COVID-19 & France Admits Athletes Infected At Wuhan Military Games
Ryan Cristián | thelastamericanvagabond.com | 2020-05-09
Welcome to The Daily Wrap Up, a concise show dedicated to bringing you the most relevant independent news, as we see it, from the last 24 hours (5/8/19). As always, take the information discussed in the video below and research it for yourself, and come to your own conclusions. Anyone telling you what the truth …
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Republicans Say They'd Break Rule They Invented to Derail Obama's SCOTUS Pick
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-05-08
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was discharged from Baltimore's Johns Hopkins hospital on Wednesday evening after having been treated for an infection in her gallbladder. | Ginsburg is "doing well and glad to be home," according to a spokeswoman for the Court, but that hasn't stopped some Republicans in the Senate from considering what they might do if her seat (or even somebody else's) were suddenly to become vacant…
truthout.org/articles/republicans-say-th…

Live and Let Die
Paul Street | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-08
Real Time Reflections from Sheltered Radicals in the Time of the Most Dangerous Criminal in Human History May 3 + Street: Comrades, this article never ends but it's worth a read: "34 days of pandemic: Inside Trump's desperate attempts to reopen America." It is a blow-by-blow account of Trump's total reckless insanity in response to…
counterpunch.org/2020/05/08/live-and-let…

As COVID-19 Grips Yemen, Saudi Warplanes Target Trucks Laden with Medical Supplies
Ahmed Abdulkareem | mintpressnews.com | 2020-05-08
The UN has warned that a shocking 16 million Yemenis are at risk of contracting the coronavirus, dealing a whopping blow to what it has already described as the world's worst humanitarian crisis.
mintpressnews.com/covid-19-grips-yemen-s…

Beijing May Dump US Treasuries in Response to US Hostility, Start Its Own QE: Chinese Media
Zero Hedge | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-08
In response to recent media speculation that as the blame game over the origins of the coronavirus pandemic escalates the US may cancel some of its $1.1 trillion debt owed to China, the South China Morning Post reported today that …
globalresearch.ca/beijing-may-dump-us-tr…

Trump Death Clock: Times Square Billboard Tallies Lives Lost to COVID-19 Inaction
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-05-08
A 56-foot billboard called the Trump Death Clock was unveiled in Times Square in New York City. The tally of lives lost to government inaction was created by filmmaker Eugene Jarecki, who says, "On behalf of all of those who needlessly lost their lives to this failed leadership in a pandemic, we need a symbol, a symbol that cries out not only for accountability, but also for more responsible and responsive stewardship, going forward." As of the Friday morning broadcast, the death toll count was nearly 47,000 and growing.
www.democracynow.org/2020/5/8/times_squa…

As States Loosen Pandemic Restrictions, Dr. Leana Wen Warns "We Are Not Ready for a Safe Reopening"
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-05-08
As more than 40 states begin to reopen, President Trump is downplaying the need for mass COVID-19 testing, even as he himself is now being tested every day for the virus. We speak with emergency physician Dr. Leana Wen, who says, "Widespread testing is so critical. … Why shouldn't this testing be available to all Americans?"
www.democracynow.org/2020/5/8/dr_leana_w…

"A Terrible Price": Mardi Gras Story Lays Bare How COVID-19 Is Devastating Black America
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-05-08
We look at the deadly disparate impact of the pandemic on African Americans as told through an in-depth story for The New York Times Magazine by writer Linda Villarosa in her new piece, "'A Terrible Price': The Deadly Racial Disparities of Covid-19 in America," that tells what happened to the Zulu club, a Black social organization in New Orleans, during and after Mardi Gras. She reports that the experience is usually a joy, but the coronavirus made it a tragedy.
www.democracynow.org/2020/5/8/coronaviru…

"A Lynch Mob": After Months of Inaction, 2 White Men Are Charged with Murder of Ahmaud Arbery in GA
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-05-08
The two white men caught on camera shooting and killing Ahmaud Arbery, an unarmed 25-year-old African American man, were arrested and charged Thursday with murder. The arrests came two days after video of the attack in February was shared with the public, sparking widespread outrage. Today would have been Arbery's 26th birthday. We speak with civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump, who represents the Arbery family and formerly represented Trayvon Martin.
www.democracynow.org/2020/5/8/ahmaud_arb…

Guaido Accused of Hiring Mercenaries Behind Foiled Coup Attempt in Venezuela
Steve Sweeney | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-08
Washington-backed Venezuelan opposition politician Juan Guaido has been accused of hiring mercenaries responsible for two foiled terror attacks, as more details of the plot begin to emerge. | Venezuelan communications minister Jorge Rodriguez confirmed that the former president of the National …
globalresearch.ca/guaido-accused-hiring-…

Venezuela Confronts Intimidation, Myth-making, and Dirty War
W. T. Whitney | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-08
Venezuela's story currently is of vulnerability and precariousness amidst signs of rising U.S. aggression. The imperialist U.S. government wants the socialist government of President Nicolas Maduro removed and insists that Venezuela's massive oil reserves and the entire continent remain within the fold of international capitalism. Crucial to these U.S. designs is junior partner Colombia with…
counterpunch.org/2020/05/08/venezuela-co…

This is Not a Conspiracy, It is a Terrifying Opportunity
Brad Evans | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-08
Every catastrophe and crisis are followed by a litany of conspiracy theories. The Covid-19 pandemic has proved no exception. From tales concerning transmission of some lethal agent through 5G infrastructure, to grand theories concerning a mastermind plot to destabilise the world, the fantastical and the absurd have spread almost as quickly as the virus. While the early culprits ranged from the Bill Gates to the Iranians, George Soros to the Eco-fascists, it's becoming more and more common to suggest some orchestrated Chinese plot. The alleged death of Kim Jong-un which had socialists the world over speculating ab…
counterpunch.org/2020/05/08/this-is-not-…

For the United Socialist States of the Middle East and Central Asia
wsws.org | 2020-05-08
The pandemic exposes not only the bankruptcy of the Middle Eastern bourgeoisies, but the true face of imperialism.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/08/uasp…

How Much Did the Trump Administration Know About the Failed Venezuela Coup Attempt?
Alan Macleod | mintpressnews.com | 2020-05-08
US regime change operations have been outsourced to semi-private companies and NGOs for decades, giving the government a paper-thin veneer of plausible deniability.
mintpressnews.com/how-much-trump-adminis…

How Much Did the Trump Administration Know About the Failed Venezuela Coup Attempt?
Alan MacLeod | thealtworld.com | 2020-05-08
US regime change operations have been outsourced to semi-private companies and NGOs for decades, giving the government a paper-thin veneer of plausible deniability. | MPN– The government of Venezuela is claiming victory after a coup attempt led by a group of mercenaries led by ex-Green Berets failed spectacularly Sunday, as the highly trained group's incursion failed to even make it to the beach, overpowered by local fishermen's collectives. Eight of the party were killed, and 23 more are in custody, incl…
thealtworld.com/alan_macleod/how-much-di…

Victory in Europe Day: These American Corporations Aided Nazi Germany
Alan Macleod | mintpressnews.com | 2020-05-08
May 8 marks the 75th anniversary of the Allied armies' victory in Europe, the day when they accepted the formal surrender of Nazi Germany after a bitter, six-year-long struggle that saw tens of millions killed in fighting, famines or exterminated in death camps. While many novel socially-distanced celebrations across the world are going on, some large corporations are laying low in the knowledge that they actively collaborated with and helped Hitler's war machine. | Standard Oil, a huge monolith now split up into a myriad of smaller ones, including Chevron, ExxonMobil, BP, and Marathon, was crucial to both prolon…
mintpressnews.com/victory-in-europe-day-…

Victory in Europe Day: These American Corporations Aided Nazi Germany
Alan MacLeod | thealtworld.com | 2020-05-08
From Coca-Cola to Nestle, some of the most iconic American brands eagerly took part in the Nazi experiment. | MPN– May 8 marks the 75th anniversary of the Allied armies' victory in Europe, the day when they accepted the formal surrender of Nazi Germany after a bitter, six-year-long struggle that saw tens of millions killed in fighting, famines or exterminated in death camps. While many novel socially-distanced celebrations across the world are going on, some large corporations are laying low in the knowledge that they actively collaborated with and helped Hitler's war machine. | Standard Oil, a huge monolith…
thealtworld.com/alan_macleod/victory-in-…

US Wants Release of Two Special Forces Veterans Who Led Failed Coup Invasion of Venezuela
Dave Lindorff | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-08
Imperial overreach was on full display this week as the US government demanded that a pair of US citizens

Roaming Charges: Ain't Living Long Like This
Jeffrey St. Clair | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-08
+ The detestable rationalizations liberals make for sticking with Biden despite Tara Reade's convincing story can't come as any surprise. It's the same ritual contortions they've made about the Iraq war, fracking, abortion, the drug war, Anita Hill, social security, segregation, climate change, health care, deportations, a living wage, student debt, the Patriot Act, pipelines, the Libyan coup, climate change. To be a Democrat is to live in a constant state of denial, self-contradiction and moral hypocrisy.
counterpunch.org/2020/05/08/roaming-char…

Foreign Correspondent: Biden vs. Trump on Foreign Policy
Reese Erlich | progressive.org | 2020-05-08
The differences are not as great as you might suspect, but there is a clear winner.
progressive.org/dispatches/biden-vs-trum…

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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On The Latest Failed Attempt To Topple Nicolas Maduro
Steve Ellner | zcomm.org | 2020-05-08
To understand the workings of this latest botched Venezuelan regime-change scheme by a 60-man sea-borne assault group from Colombia, it's necessary to take into account the fragmentation among Venezuelan opposition extremists…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/on-the-latest-fail…

Never Cease to Fail? Private Military Company Behind Botched Venezuela Raid Suspected of Plagiarism
sputniknews.com | 2020-05-08
Company head Jordan Goudreau has acknowledged his involvement in an attempt to capture Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro after two of his men were captured, with one of them making a confession aired on Venezuelan TV.
sputniknews.com/us/202005081079243317-ne…

Maduro Accuses US Chargé d'Affaires Story of Being Behind Boat Incursion From Colombia
sputniknews.com | 2020-05-08
MEXICO CITY (Sputnik) – Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said on Friday that the US Chargé d' Affaires, for the Venezuela Affairs Unit, James Story, played a part in Sunday's boat incursion from Colombia.
sputniknews.com/latam/202005081079243245…

Venezuela charges two Americans with terrorism and conspiracy over failed mercenary plot
rt.com | 2020-05-08
Venezuela has charged two former US soldiers with terrorism and conspiracy offences for taking part in a botched bid to oust President Nicolas Maduro, the country's top prosecutor said on Friday. | Luke Alexander Denman and Airan Berry were among at least 17 people captured by the Venezuelan military following a foiled attempt by mercenaries to kidnap President Maduro in the early hours of Sunday morning. | Attorney General Tarek William Saab said the ex-soldiers had been charged with "terrorism, conspiracy, illicit trafficking of weapons of war and [criminal] association," and could face up to 30 years in pri…
rt.com/news/488195-americans-charged-ter…

When silence speaks volumes: US cut off ALL communication channels with Caracas after botched mercenary raid, says Maduro
rt.com | 2020-05-08
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has said that evidence will soon reveal the US leader himself was behind the failed incursion attempt, noting that Washington severed all remaining ties with Caracas thereafter. | In an interview with Uruguayan reporter Jorge Gestoso on Thursday evening, Maduro said the freshly-appointed Ambassador James Story

'It'd be called an invasion': Trump says he'd use ARMY to raid Venezuela as he doubles down on denial of ordering botched plot
rt.com | 2020-05-08
US President Donald Trump has dismissed claims the foiled plot to kidnap Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro had government backing, insisting he'd have done it differently

US-China "War of Words", COVID-19, Economic Collapse, Is the US-China Trade Deal in Jeopardy?
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-08
In December, China agreed to buy an additional $200 billion worth of US goods and services over 2017 levels in the next two years (in 2020 and 2021). | In return, the Trump regime partially rolled back tariffs on Chinese imports …
globalresearch.ca/sino-us-war-words-covi…

What Future for American High School and University-College Graduates? Grim US "Class of 2020" Job Prospects
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-08
US class of 2020 high school and higher education graduates face the most dismal job market since the 1930s Great Depression with no near-term end of it in prospect. | According to the National Bureau of Economic Research, "(g)raduating in a …
globalresearch.ca/us-class-2020-job-pros…

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 …
globalresearch.ca/greece-renewed-relatio…

The Coronavirus Crisis Has Exposed Germany's Ambition to Take Control of the EU
Paul Antonopoulos | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-08
It has been repeatedly stated that the management of the coronavirus pandemic will be a barometer of how capable leaders are handling unprecedented crisis. Think how U.S. President Donald Trump has been lambasted all over the globe for letting coronavirus …
globalresearch.ca/coronavirus-exposed-ge…

Freedom for Assange is inseparable from the fight against war and for socialism
wsws.org | 2020-05-08
All those political tendencies and individuals who refused to defend Assange–and who joined in the slander campaign against him–have blood on their hands.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/08/thom…

British coastguards rescue more than 120 migrants on 7 boats in Channel
rt.com | 2020-05-08
British coastguards rescued more than 120 migrants trying to cross the English Channel on seven small boats, French maritime authorities said on Friday. | The rescue took place in the night from Thursday to Friday, according to a spokesman for the Maritime Prefecture for the Channel and North Sea. | Border officials and coastguards in Britain and France have intercepted numerous attempted crossings in recent months as migrants have repeatedly tried to travel from destinations in Asia and Africa to Britain. | "It's little wonder people living in France's refugee camps are desperate to make this dangerous crossi…
rt.com/newsline/488175-british-coastguar…

Crowded Prisons Are About to Create a Coronavirus Crisis in Rural America
Tana Ganeva | zcomm.org | 2020-05-08
For the past several decades, rural America's economic lifeline has been the construction and operation of prisons and immigrant detention centers, both public and for-profit…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/crowded-prisons-ar…

The Pandemic's Impact on Immigration Detention Centers
Andrea Arroyo | thenation.com | 2020-05-08
The Pandemic's Impact on Immigration Detention Centers…
thenation.com/article/society/pandemic-i…

Resistance rejoices as wife of Trump immigration aide tests positive for Covid-19
rt.com | 2020-05-08
The White House asked reporters to wear face masks after a second staff member in two days tested positive for the coronavirus. Critics of President Donald Trump reacted with joy after finding out who it was. | Trump personally confirmed on Friday that a member of Vice President Mike Pence's staff tested positive for the virus, causing a delay in Pence's scheduled trip to Iowa. This follows the news that Trump's valet's test returned a positive result on Thursday. | "She's a wonderful young woman, Katie. She tested very good for a long period of time," Trump said, during a press spray, following a meeting with…
rt.com/usa/488208-white-house-aide-coron…

Karnataka State government concedes unions' demands, allows migrants to return home
Pavan Kulkarni | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-05-08
The State government had earlier decided to seek a halt to special train services for migrant workers from other States to return home amid the COVID-19 crisis. This was after a meeting with real estate developers who reportedly said they want to retain the laborers for construction work…
peoplesdispatch.org/2020/05/08/karnataka…

Jimmy Kimmel's non-apology for pushing FAKE NEWS about VP Pence shows partisanship rules MSM
rt.com | 2020-05-08
After even mainstream outlets objected to a deceptively edited video of VP Mike Pence, comedian Jimmy Kimmel issued a sarcastic apology suggesting that lying about the Trump administration is fine because they don't "value truth." | A 40-second segment seen by millions showed Kimmel mocking Pence for delivering empty boxes of personal protective equipment into a Virginia nursing home. Democrat activists online

China should TRIPLE nuclear arsenal to deter 'warmongering' US, editor of state-run Global Times argues
rt.com | 2020-05-08
China should drastically increase its stockpile of nuclear warheads to dissuade the United States from pursuing its strategic ambitions abroad, the editor of the Global Times has urged. | In a piece published by his own paper, Hu Xijin said China is a "peace-loving nation" that has pledged to never be the first to use nuclear weapons. He argued, however, that Beijing must aim to expand the number of its nuclear warheads to 1,000 to create a powerful deterrent to "shape the attitudes of US elites toward China." The Asian power currently has around 300 nuclear weapons. | He said that bolstering China's nuclear c…
rt.com/news/488157-china-nuclear-warhead…

#WorkerRightsNow: Day of Action for Essential Worker Bill of Rights
MoveOn, Greenpeace, others | indybay.org | 2020-05-08
Online and/or phone call actions…
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/05/06/1883285…

Why Trump and Anti-Lockdown Protesters' Calls to Return to Normal Are Acts of White Supremacy
Sonali Kolhatkar | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-08
When the coronavirus pandemic was first declared, Americans dutifully stayed at home to prevent outbreaks like the ones playing out in China and Italy. Although a majority of Americans continue to support quarantine orders intended to quell the spread of the virus, a growing number of anti-lockdown protests across the nation are sending a clear…
counterpunch.org/2020/05/08/why-trump-an…

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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Vietnam protests Beijing's 'unilateral fishing ban' in S. China Sea
rt.com | 2020-05-08
Hanoi protested on Friday against what it described as Beijing's unilateral fishing ban in the disputed South China Sea from May 1 to August 16. The statement comes weeks after Vietnamese boat had reportedly been rammed by a Chinese maritime surveillance vessel, Reuters said. | China and Vietnam have for years been embroiled in a dispute over the potentially energy-rich stretch of water, called the East Sea by Hanoi. | "Vietnam demands that China not further complicate the situation in the South China Sea," Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Le Thi Thu Hang said in a statement. | China's Foreign Ministry said on Apr…
rt.com/newsline/488120-vietnam-china-sea…

Prodded by Right Wingers, Santa Cruz Businesses Operate Outside of Health Restrictions
Santa Cruz News | indybay.org | 2020-05-08
The "Committee to Reopen Santa Cruz," a group founded recently by right wing extremists who believe the COVID-19 Pandemic is a hoax, is prodding local businesses to open early. The group has announced that the Om Gallery on Pacific Avenue is opening to two shoppers at a time from 1-5pm on Friday, May 8, by appointment. The Committee to Reopen Santa Cruz also plans to do "guerrilla yoga" at a studio that will secretly open its doors for the group. "Some studios are opening the back door for the cool kids club. No Snitches," a flyer for a May 8 "Freedom Friday" protest states. On May 6, the Santa Cruz County Health…
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/05/07/1883287…

HIGH-FREQUENCY failure of combination antiretroviral therapy in paediatric HIV infection is associated with unmet maternal needs causing maternal NON-ADHERENCE
Jane R. Millar, Nomonde Bengu, Rowena Fillis, Ken Sprenger, Vuyokazi Ntlantsana, Vinicius A. Vieira, Nisreen Khambati, Moherndran Archary, Maximilian Muenchhoff, Andreas Groll, Nicholas Grayson, John Adamson, Katya Govender, Krista Dong, Photini Kiepiela, Bruce D. Walker, David Bonsall, Thomas Connor, Matthew J. Bull, Nelisiwe Nxele, Julia Roider, Nasreen Ismail, Emily Adland, Maria C. Puertas, Javier Martinez-Picado, Philippa C. Matthews, Thumbi Ndung'u, Philip Goulder, the Ucwaningo Lwabantwana Consortium | thelancet.com | 2020-05-08
The success of early infant testing and cART initiation strategies is severely limited by subsequent cART non-adherence in HIV-infected children. Although there are practical challenges to administering paediatric cART formulations, these are overcome by mothers who themselves are cART-adherent. These findings point to the ongoing obligation to address the unmet needs of the mothers. Eliminating the particular barriers preventing adequate treatment for these vulnerable women and infants need to be prioritised in order to achieve durable suppression of viraemia on cART, let alone HIV cure/remission, in HIV-infecte…
thelancet.com/journals/eclinm/article/PI…(20)30088-2/fulltext?rss=yes

Modi eases lockdown restrictions even as COVID-19 cases surge across India
wsws.org | 2020-05-08
India's far-right BJP government is pressing to "reopen" the economy so that sweatshop exploitation of the working class can resume at full throttle, even as the number of COVID-19 cases surges.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/08/indi…

Water and Cadillac Deserts
Evaggelos Vallianatos | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-08
My lengthy experience at the US Environmental Protection Agency brought me face to face with the terrors of our "modern" times. One of those awful realizations was that the leaders of America

Venezuela: A Failed US Invasion in the Midst of a Pandemic
Dr. Chandra Muzaffar | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-08
In the midst of a massive global pandemic that has killed tens of thousands of people and wrecked economies all over the world leaving millions jobless, some terrorists and mercenaries allegedly backed by certain governments had on 3rd May …
globalresearch.ca/invasion-midst-pandemi…

Attacking the Messenger
Pete Dolack | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-08
When it comes to global warming, there continues to be plenty of magical thinking going on. And such magical thinking is not exclusive to the conservative side of the political spectrum. It is easy to take apart conservative denial of global warming, based as it is on ideology and a total lack of scientific grounding.
counterpunch.org/2020/05/08/attacking-th…

Seventy-five years since the end of World War II
wsws.org | 2020-05-08
Three quarters of a century after the end of the war, fascism and war are imminent global dangers once again.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/08/pers…

COVID-19: The rest of the world is looking at Britain's shame
graham | truepublica.org.uk | 2020-05-08
By Rob Woodward

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
workers.org/2020/05/48353/?utm_source=rs…

Trump vetoes war powers resolution on Iran
wsws.org | 2020-05-08
As anticipated, the US Senate failed to muster the two-thirds vote necessary to override the veto of a bill purporting to limit the president's power to launch aggressive war against Iran.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/08/iran…

Visions of a Post-Covid-19 World
John Davis | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-08
While we, perforce, sit at home, inured to many decades of sleep-walking towards the climate apocalypse, the skies cleared, the price of oil dropped to negative $40 a barrel (rebounding to just short of positive $20 at the time of writing) and a global reduction in carbon emissions of nearly 8% is forecast for the year. We are living the dream of effectively confronting our egregious consumption of fossil fuels. From a global warming perspective, our social isolation has been highly efficacious – the pernicious, growth-driven habits of exploitation, extraction and habitat destruction have been put on hold. A wind…
counterpunch.org/2020/05/08/visions-of-a…

Israel: A Lab for "The New Vaccine Order"? Towards a Second Lockdown?
Joshua Tartakovsky | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-08
In the fight against corona virus, when trying to discern in what direction the Western world is going, it is almost always useful to watch the steps taken by Israel, the Zionist State.[1]. | Israel is not only a threat to …
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New Iraq government faces economy in freefall amid COVID-19 pandemic
wsws.org | 2020-05-08
Prime Minister Al-Khadimi will uphold the political sectarian system known as muhasasa and work with Washington in the "strategic dialogue" over relations between the two countries.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/08/iraq…

Colombia's healthcare show: 'If you get sick, you die and that's the truth'
Adriaan Alsema | colombiareports.com | 2020-05-08
While Colombia's health minister was in the southwestern town of Leticia faking aid, locals were building the first repository for the town's growing number of COVID-19 deaths. The capital of…
colombiareports.com/colombias-healthcare…

NYT's 'Real Coronavirus Death Toll' Is Anything But
Jim Naureckas | fair.org | 2020-05-08
The New York Times graphics department has done some great work translating the data of the Covid-19 pandemic into visual form, allowing readers to get an intuitive sense of the scope and course of the outbreak. Their "Real Coronavirus Death Toll in Each State" (5/5/20) is not a good example of that great work. …
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V-E Day Plus 75: From a Moment of Victory to a Time of Pandemic
Andrew Bacevich | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-08
The 75th anniversary of Nazi Germany's surrender in May 1945 ought to prompt thoughtful reflection. For Americans, V-E Day, as it was then commonly called, marked the beginning of "our times." The Covid-19 pandemic may signal that our times are now coming to an end. Tom Engelhardt, editor and proprietor of TomDispatch, was born less…
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Slaughter of the Innocents: COVID-19 & the Future of Agriculture
Kollibri terre Sonnenblume | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-08
It's early days yet, but the COVID-19 pandemic has already proven to be revelatory, exposing much that is ugly about the "normal" functioning of the US: the sorry state of health care, the unresponsiveness of corporate-owned government, the hyper individuality of the populace, the high levels of ignorance among the same, and the racism of…
counterpunch.org/2020/05/08/slaughter-of…

Canada: Trudeau gives cash handout to meatpacking giants as COVID-19 cases rise among workers
wsws.org | 2020-05-08
Even as the federal Liberals announced a $77 million handout to major producers, new coronavirus outbreaks were exposed at meatpacking plants in Alberta and Quebec.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/08/came…

Russian COVID-19 cases rise, as 750,000 join unemployment rolls
wsws.org | 2020-05-08
Layoffs are spreading in Russia, as the country surpasses France and Germany in total coronavirus infections.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/08/ruco…

Video: COVID-19 "Fake" Data in Italy: Politician Slams False Numbers: Vittorio Sgarbi
Global Research News | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-08
Vittorio Sgarbi, MP (Forza Italia) slammed the closure of 60% of Italian businesses. A decision which was taken on the basis an alleged 25,000 Coronavirus deaths. "It's not true," he said. | . | According to the National Institute of Health, 96.3% …
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Is Big Pharma more Interested in Profiteering than Protecting us from Coronavirus?
F. Douglas Stephenson | zcomm.org | 2020-05-08
Forty years of private corporatist Big Pharma and oligarch control of our economy has left the public totally exposed and ill-prepared to face the public health crisis of COVID-19…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/is-big-pharma-more…

COVID-19 in Detroit: A Case Study in Resilience and Resistance
Abayomi Azikiwe | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-08
Detroit has been disproportionately impacted by the onslaught of the COVID-19 pandemic beginning in early-to-mid- March. | Almost no preparation by the municipal administration was made in advance of such a tremendous healthcare and subsequent social crises. | The majority of the …
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The COVID-19 Crisis Has Already Left Too Many Children Hungry in America
Lauren Bauer | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-08
Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, food insecurity has increased in the United States. This is particularly true for households with young children. | I document new evidence from two nationally representative surveys that were initiated to provide up-to-date estimates …
globalresearch.ca/covid-19-crisis-many-c…

US state and municipal governments plan massive austerity to meet COVID-19 budget shortfalls
wsws.org | 2020-05-08
State and municipal governments are announcing cuts to medical programs and education and are furloughing workers to make up for the budget shortfall.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/08/cuts…

Rich Corporations Get $500 Billion, No Strings Attached
Eve Ottenberg | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-08
It is beyond obscene that the U.S. government used the Covid-19 panic to ram through a $500 billion loan giveaway to rich corporations. Loans with no strings attached. How did the geniuses in Washington conclude that stuffing cash into the pockets of oligarchs would help the 30 million dumped out of work? Those plutocrats have…
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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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Ricardo Salvador on the Food System & Covid-19
CounterSpin | fair.org | 2020-05-08
Media…
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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 …
truepublica.org.uk/eu/euro-at-risk-from-uneven-virus-shock-across-eu/

Deemed essential, US farmworkers face wage reductions, zero protections from COVID-19
wsws.org | 2020-05-08
Farmworkers lack access to basic medical care and suffer from significantly higher rates of diabetes, hypertension and health conditions such as heart disease and environmental cancers due to long exposure to pesticides.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/08/farm…

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

Widespread criticism forces right-wing Polish government to postpone presidential polls
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-05-08
After drawing widespread criticism from the opposition, wide sections of the Polish society and even coalition partners, the government in Poland led by the right-wing Law and Justice (PiS) party decided on May 6, Wednesday to postpone the presidential polls scheduled for May 10. PiS' bid to hold the polls through postal voting amid the COVID-19 crisis was viewed as a desperate attempt to get incumbent president Andrzej Duda re-elected and also significantly affected the government's anti-COVID-19 policies. | On May 5, the opposition-dominated Polish Senate had vetoed the decision to conduct presidential polls by…
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The Plot to Blame China for COVID-19
T.J. Coles | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-08
The Trump lot–Steve Bannon, Peter Navarro, Mike Pompeo–and their media cheerleaders are as fanatically anti-China as the Biden crew is anti-Russia. Just like George W. Bush's WMD lies in the early-2000s, there is a developing timeline of Trumpian efforts to bend intelligence on COVID to the administration's anti-China policy. TARGET: CHINA In the 1980s, the…
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Why COVID-19 is the Great Unequalizer
Marshall Auerback | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-08
In his now must-see-TV daily press conferences, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has referred to COVID-19 as "the great equalizer." In the sense that anybody can be infected by the virus, the governor is right. Yet after several months, the data shows clearly the impact is unequally landing on the shoulders of people of color…
counterpunch.org/2020/05/08/why-covid-19…

Why is Canada's ruling elite deploying the military amid the COVID-19 pandemic?
wsws.org | 2020-05-08
While Canadian military personnel are now being deployed to assist overwhelmed staff at long-term care facilities, the CBC has reported that troops are also readying to quell "public disturbances" in a "worst case scenario."
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/08/caco…

New outbreaks of COVID-19 reported at workplaces across the US
wsws.org | 2020-05-08
As states continue to push to reopen their economies and force workers back on the job, new hot-spots are emerging in factories and stores from Iowa to Massachusetts.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/08/covd…

Covid-19 hits an economically weak and deeply unequal Latin America
Anna Grugel Smith | zcomm.org | 2020-05-08
Will Latin American economies returning to "normal" or build for a more equitable future after the pandemic?
zcomm.org/znetarticle/covid-19-hits-an-e…

What is the General Strike?
Richard Moser | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-08
The General Strike in the US is a multi-faceted, poly-centered resistance movement responding to the general crisis of capitalism and corporate power triggered by the Covid-19 crisis. The pandemic is revealing to millions what was always well hidden: America is a house of cards. The bosses and their government have no interest in defending the…
counterpunch.org/2020/05/08/what-is-the-…

Strange and Excessive Abuses by Corporations, Officials, and Narcos are Slipping Under the Radar in Mexico
Tamara Pearson | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-08
It was basically a coup attempt and nobody noticed. Here in Puebla, Mexico, the state government tried to take over city buildings in order to secure power for drug cartels that they allegedly have a pact with. But with empty streets and the media covering Covid-19 to the almost exclusivity of anything else, few people…
counterpunch.org/2020/05/08/strange-and-…

Cuomo Adds Another Billionaire to "Reimagine" Public Education
Diane Ravitch | zcomm.org | 2020-05-08
The pandemic is turning into a grand opportunity for the foxes to raid the henhouse under cover of darknessdiane ra…
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Congress Sets Up Taxpayers to Eat $454 Billion of Wall Street's Losses, Where is the Outrage?
Pam Martens, Russ Martens | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-08
Beginning on March 24 of this year, Larry Kudlow, the White House Economic Advisor, began to roll out the most deviously designed bailout of Wall Street in the history of America. After the Federal Reserve's secret $29 trillion bailout of Wall Street from 2007 to 2010, and the exposure of that by a government audit…
counterpunch.org/2020/05/08/congress-set…

Virus Mania: How the Medical Industry Continually Invents Epidemics, Making Billion Dollar Profits at Our Expense
Etienne de Harven | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-08
The 2007 book Virus Mania by Torsten Engelbrecht and Claus Kà∂hnlein presents a tragic message that will, hopefully, contribute to the re-insertion of ethical values in the conduct of virus research, public health policies, media communications, and activities of the …
globalresearch.ca/virus-mania-how-the-me…

Jackson State Shootings, 1970
Ron Jacobs | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-08
It's hard to explain the situation in May 1970. I was in ninth grade at a junior high school administered by the US Department of Defense for what are known as dependents in military jargon. In plain English, they are family members of those in the military. Even from that seemingly remote environment, the events…
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Presidential Irresponsibility in Spades
Richard C. Gross | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-08
The president of the United States says he's not responsible for dealing with the pandemic that has savaged America and already has killed tens of thousands of his countrymen. If he's not ultimately responsible, who is? Who runs the country? Are they the state governors, who have their hands full competing with each other for…
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Faint Praise for the Pandemic
Osha Neumann | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-08
Alas, we Who wanted to prepare the ground for kindness Could not ourselves be kind

Without an Economic Recovery, Argentina Cannot Repay Its Debt
Lara Merling | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-08
For those following Argentina's debt saga, the current situation might seem eerily familiar: after the implosion of an IMF program, Argentina finds itself at the brink of default, with a debt burden, denominated in foreign currencies, that it simply cannot pay. In contrast with Argentina's default in 2001, when it reached agreements with most of…
counterpunch.org/2020/05/08/without-an-e…

"They Are Expendable": Who's Paying to Reopen Business?
David Rosen | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-08
In late March, Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick (R) made a bold, revealing, statement on Fox's "Tucker Carlson Tonight" in support of Pres. Trump's call for businesses to reopen and relaunch the national economic recovery. "Let's get back to living," Patrick said.
counterpunch.org/2020/05/08/they-are-exp…

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa
wsws.org | 2020-05-08
South African nurses' stayaway defies premature lockdown end; health workers in South Africa, Kenya, refuse workers in UK, demand personal protection equipment.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/08/wrks…

German government ends lockdown, putting hundreds of thousands of lives at risk
wsws.org | 2020-05-08
Three weeks after the decision of the federal and state governments to gradually withdraw the restrictions imposed in March, the end of the lockdown in Germany has largely been completed.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/08/germ…

Indian migrant workers in Chennai speak to WSWS about coronavirus pandemic
wsws.org | 2020-05-08
"We've received no help whatsoever from any political parties or the government. None of us living here have been given a coronavirus medical test or provided with face masks for safety."
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/08/chen…

In NYC pandemic used as excuse to crackdown on the homeless
Vincent Tsai | liberationnews.org | 2020-05-08
This follows incitement by New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo against the homeless.
liberationnews.org/in-nyc-pandemic-used-…

What Do We Need to Talk About?: Richard Nelson's "Zoom theater" in the midst of the pandemic
wsws.org | 2020-05-08
The Apple family in Rhinebeck, New York, tries to carry on, as the world faces disaster and social upheaval.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/08/what…

With minimal federal relief, US states plan huge cuts to public education
wsws.org | 2020-05-08
The impact of the pandemic has thoroughly undermined state budgets, which is being used by Democratic and Republican politicians to dismantle and privatize public education and other vital social services.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/08/educ…

Economics and the Pandemic: 'Where's the Money Coming From? Where's the Money Going To?
Bryant Brown | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-08
When governments announced the huge amounts of money they were to provide to help with the economic shutdown, a friend asked, 'where's the money going to come from?' The question is a good one, better than he realized because of …
globalresearch.ca/economics-pandemic/571…

Time to Change: Coronavirus and Refugees on Greece's Samos Island
Chris Jones | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-08
The global coronavirus pandemic is affecting every aspect of human life on earth. The challenge is awesome in its scale and scope. | To date we have no cases of the virus on Samos. But still its impact on life here …
globalresearch.ca/coronavirus-refugees-s…

Illinois nursing home workers' strike blocked by SEIU
wsws.org | 2020-05-08
The union pushed through a concessions contract that gives the corporate management of the nursing home facilities everything they wanted and leaves nursing home workers in poverty and working under life-threatening conditions.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/08/nurs…

Mass Joblessness Deepens in US as Corporations Move to Implement Permanent Layoffs. 40.6 Million Unemployed
Shannon Jones | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-08
US government figures to be released today are expected to show mass unemployment in April unlike anything seen since the Great Depression. In numbers released Wednesday, ADP Research said that US payrolls in April fell by an astounding 20,236,000, a …
globalresearch.ca/mass-joblessness-us-co…

Stir Crazy! Episode #31: Cancel Corporate Media
Staff | therealnews.com | 2020-05-08
On today's show: TRNN climate reporter Aman Azhar, The Progressive Army founder Ben Dixon, and TRNN Executive Producer Lisa Snowden-McCray. Hosted by Kim Brown.
therealnews.com/stories/stir-crazy-episo…

Court intervenes as coronavirus spreads to six of Colombia's prisons
Adriaan Alsema | colombiareports.com | 2020-05-08
Colombia's Constitutional Court ordered the country's prison authority to speed up prison releases after the coronavirus infected 709 prisoners and guards in at least six prisons. The court ordered prison…
colombiareports.com/court-intervenes-as-…

Colombia's coronavirus response: refusing treatment to children with cancer
Adriaan Alsema | colombiareports.com | 2020-05-08
Parents said Thursday that Colombia's hospitals have been refusing treatment to children with cancer following a "hospital expansion" order that seeks to create capacity to deal with coronavirus infections. The…
colombiareports.com/colombias-coronaviru…

Are We on the Verge of a Global Financial Collapse
Raul Diego | mintpressnews.com | 2020-05-08
As jobs disappear and our everyday lives are disrupted in the name of flattening the coronavirus curve, a picture of what tomorrow will look like is still too uncertain to make out, but all indications show that we are close to a breaking point.
mintpressnews.com/coronavirus-verge-glob…

UK government covers up PPE shortages leading to health care worker deaths
wsws.org | 2020-05-08
Inquests into medical worker deaths from coronavirus will not address government failure to provide personal protective equipment, even as many health care workers still lack adequate equipment.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/08/inqu…

Once Again, Congress Will Let Wall Street Pillage Main Street
Leonard C. Goodman | zcomm.org | 2020-05-08
Coronavirus bailouts are helping big donors while leaving small businesses and families behind…
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Trump administration suppresses Centers for Disease Control coronavirus guidance document
wsws.org | 2020-05-08
The CDC report would have laid out step-by-step instructions for a variety of "critical" businesses and institutions to safely reopen.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/08/cdcg…

COVID May 8, 2020 An Intel Drop, White House Hiding a 500,000 Death Figure
Gordon Duff | thealtworld.com | 2020-05-08
We begin with the deal breaker of all time. COVID is supposed to be a bat virus, a natural bat virus, unmodified, supposedly from China, right? | Name one animal that can't get COVID? | smiling COVID bat, Lugar Center 2018 | The folks in the White House mostly went to business school. They had statistics classes and they all know numbers. You can't steal without being able to count or at least without being able to hire someone who counts, as in Trump's case. | The numbers we are given are fake, not a little fake but great big fa…
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Trump Administration Suppresses Centers for Disease Control Coronavirus Guidance Document
Bryan Dyne | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-08
The Trump administration reportedly shelved a document from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which would have provided detailed instructions for local authorities on appropriate measures to reopen a variety of businesses and institutions. The document is …
globalresearch.ca/trump-administration-s…

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 …
truepublica.org.uk/global/the-staggering-fall-of-global-fossil-fuel-demand/

Climate Crisis: False Techtopia, Tariffs Accounting, Orphan Wells, And The Dead Cow
Staff | therealnews.com | 2020-05-08
Recent studies debunk the false techtopianism in climate science models, U.S. import tariffs failed climate accounting, and Argentina's shale industry is flailing. As fracking goes bust, what happens to orphaned wells?
therealnews.com/columns/climate-crisis-f…

Britain: "The Stench of Corruption Could Hardly be Stronger"
True Publica | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-08
It's exhausting following this government. They appear to have less boundaries or rules that they won't break. And there are some rules for those in office because it is they that are supposed to be the ones with the moral …
globalresearch.ca/stench-corruption-stro…

Spanish police detain Daesh/ISIS suspect in Barcelona
yenisafak.com | 2020-05-08
Spanish police have arrested a Moroccan man in Barcelona with suspected links to the Daesh terror group, also known as ISIS.The Guardia Civil force said it had arrested the man after a joint investigation with security forces in Morocco and the United States."The suspect intended to carry out a terrorist act, the details of which are unknown," police said in a statement on Friday.
yenisafak.com/en/world/spanish-police-de…

Putin holds phone talk with Merkel over Victory Day
yenisafak.com | 2020-05-08
Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday talked on the phone over the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II.The two leaders stressed that for Russia and Germany this date is of particular importance, and vowed to preserve the historical memory of the tragic events of those years to avoid repetition in the future, the Kremlin said in a statement published on its website.Putin and Merkel called Russia and Germany "partners in resolving many international problems" and confirmed the intention to further build constructive relations.Turning to the coronavirus pandemic, both…
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South Korea detects new COVID-19 cluster
yenisafak.com | 2020-05-08
South Korea on Friday detected a cluster of new coronavirus cases, prompting authorities to issue warning against an increase in new virus cases, local media reported.The new cluster was detected two days after the government allowed normalization of public facilities and other business establishments under the condition that they follow basic sanitation measures.At least 13 people tested positive for the virus after a COVID-19 patient had visited clubs and bars in Itaewon neighborhood of capital Seoul over the last weekend, according to Yonhap news agency.Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention official…
yenisafak.com/en/world/south-korea-detec…

Red Army Choir performs Ottoman war song amid pandemic
yenisafak.com | 2020-05-08
Russia's Red Army Choir shot a video at home playing notes from the Ottoman military band Mehter in support of Turkey's fight with the novel coronavirus.The video was directed by the choir's art director, Gen. Gennadiy Sachenyuk.The video was shared by the Red Army Choir's social media accounts with a note: "With love and respect to the heroic Turkish nation."The Russian and Turkish flags are hurled at the start of the video with choir members singing and playing their instruments.A montage of the choir's concerts in Turkey plays in the background along with images of Turkey's disinfecting drive at historical and…
yenisafak.com/en/news/red-army-choir-per…

Libyan gov't airstrikes neutralize 15 of Haftar militia
yenisafak.com | 2020-05-08
The Libyan government's airstrikes on Friday neutralized 15 members of warlord Khalifa Haftar militias in the vicinity of al-Watiya airbase. "The air force carried out airstrikes this morning in the vicinity of al-Watiya airbase

Turkey sends medical supplies to Ukraine to fight virus
yenisafak.com | 2020-05-08
Turkey sent Friday medical aid supplies to Ukraine to help fight against novel coronavirus outbreak that claimed thousands of lives worldwide."Medical aid supplies, prepared at the direction of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for use against the COVID-19 outbreak, have been sent to Ukraine," Turkish National Defense Ministry said on Twitter.Turkey also sent supplies to Tunisia earlier in the day.In a Wednesday statement, the Turkish foreign minister said some two-thirds of the nations of the world have requested medical supplies from Turkey to fight coronavirus, and nearly half of these requests were met. | The co…
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South Africa to grant 19,000 inmates parole to curb coronavirus spread
yenisafak.com | 2020-05-08
Around 19,000 people would be freed by the move, taken in response to a U.N. call on all countries to reduce prison populations so that social distancing and self-isolation conditions could be observed, Ramaphosa said.South Africa, which long battled high crime rates and violence against women and children, has 155,000 prisoners. The country of 58 million has recorded 8,232 cases of COVID-19 as of Thursday and 161 deaths."In South Africa, as in many other countries, correctional facilities have witnessed outbreaks of coronavirus infections among inmates and personnel," Ramaphosa's statement said.Ramaphosa said th…
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Turkey: 44 inmates infected with COVID-19 in Istanbul
yenisafak.com | 2020-05-08
Turkish prosecutors on Friday said that 44 inmates in an Istanbul prison have tested positive for COVID-19.In a statement, Istanbul Chief Public Prosecutor's Office said two inmates and 42 others who came in contact with them tested positive at Silivri Prison.The treatment of four prisoners continues at the prison hospital, while others who are asymptomatic are being kept in isolation under the supervision of a doctor.The virus officially known as COVID-19 emerged in Wuhan, China last December, and has spread to at least 187 countries and territories. Europe and the US are currently the worst-hit regions.The glob…
yenisafak.com/en/news/turkey-44-inmates-…

After virus closure, malls set to reopen in Turkey
yenisafak.com | 2020-05-08
As Turkey eases measures against coronavirus, amid improving numbers, shopping malls are set to reopen their doors on Monday from a nearly two-month closure, and with stepped-up hygiene.President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced this week that the country will normalize gradually during this May to July.Numerous factories in the country will also restart production in the next week.Shopping malls, ordered closed on March 21 to stem the spread of COVID-19, will reopen on Monday, two weeks before the Eid al-Fitr holiday, which normally spurs a spike in shopping.Ahead of the reopening, the Council of Shopping Centers…
yenisafak.com/en/world/after-virus-closu…

Spain sees slight rise in COVID-19 deaths, infections
yenisafak.com | 2020-05-08
Spain reported another 229 COVID-19 deaths on Friday and 1,095 more infections, as regions across the country prepare to further relax lockdown measures next week.In total, Spanish Health Ministry has counted nearly 223,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 26,299 deaths. More than 121,700 people have been hospitalized and 131,148 have recovered from the disease.Data published on Thursday confirms nearly 46,000 health care workers in Spain contracted the virus

Iran: Death toll from coronavirus rises to 6,541
yenisafak.com | 2020-05-08
The death toll in Iran from the coronavirus rose to 6,541, as 55 new deaths were reported over the last 24 hours, state media reported on Friday.A further of 1,556 more people tested positive for COVID-19 over the past day, bringing the total number of cases to 104,691, Iran's state broadcaster reported, citing a statement from the Health Ministry spokesman Kianoush Jahanpour.Jahanpour said 83,837 people have recovered so far and been discharged from hospitals, while 2,711 others are in critical condition.Nearly 558,900 tests have been conducted so far in the country, he added.In Iran, one of the Middle Eastern c…
yenisafak.com/en/world/iran-death-toll-f…

India: 3,000 Muslims forced to quarantine after 40 days
yenisafak.com | 2020-05-08
A total of 3,013 members of a Muslim religious group still remain detained at various quarantine facilities in Delhi after over 40 days.The Tablighi Jamaat members, who have tested negative and their 14-day quarantine period is long over, have not been released despite requests.Dr. Mohammad Shoaib, Delhi Health Department's COVID-19 coordinator, confirmed to Anadolu Agency all members are ready to be released."All members have now tested negative and await their release. We have approached the officials a few times but got the same answer that paperwork is underway. The Delhi localities have not been released eit…
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Facebook to allow employees to work remotely until year end
yenisafak.com | 2020-05-08
Facebook Inc said on Friday it would allow its workers who are able to work remotely to do so until the end of the year as the coronavirus pandemic forces governments to extend stay-at-home orders to curb the spread of the disease.The social media giant also expects most offices to stay closed until July 6, according to a company spokesperson.The virus, which has infected more than 3.8 million people globally so far, has forced strict lockdowns in most countries and changed the way businesses function, with work from home emerging as the new norm.
yenisafak.com/en/technology/facebook-to-…

Wuhan market had role in virus outbreak, but more research needed
yenisafak.com | 2020-05-08
A wholesale market in the central Chinese city of Wuhan played a role in the outbreak of the novel coronavirus last year, as the source or possibly as an "amplifying setting", the World Health Organization said on Friday, calling for more research.Chinese authorities shut down the market in January as part of efforts to halt the spread of the virus and ordered a temporary ban on trade and consumption of wildlife."The market played a role in the event, that's clear. But what role we don't know, whether it was the source or amplifying setting or just a coincidence that some cases were detected in and around that ma…
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Turkey schedules new evacuation flights for citizens in US
yenisafak.com | 2020-05-08
Turkey has scheduled four new evacuation flights from the coronavirus-hit US for its citizens who have short-term visas, the Turkish Embassy in Washington announced.To ensure the return of these Turkish nationals, "Turkish Airlines is planning to organize one commercial flight from New York and Chicago on May 15, 2020, from Houston on May 16, 2020 and from Miami on May 17, 2020," the embassy said late Thursday in a Twitter statement.Citizens who take these flights must make a written commitment to remain in quarantine for 14 days following their arrival in Turkey.Such quarantines are standard for citizens returni…
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US Intel, Obama Aides Never Saw Any Direct Proof of Trump-Russia Collusion, Transcripts Reveal
sputniknews.com | 2020-05-08
In late July, former Special Counsel Robert Mueller confirmed in testimony to Congress that his team of investigators had failed to find sufficient evidence of President Trump's collusion with Russia to rig the US 2016 election, basically repeating the conclusions of his report that was released earlier in 2019.
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Researchers Unveil Why Earth's Magnetic North Pole Is Being Irreversibly Pulled Toward Siberia
sputniknews.com | 2020-05-08
The World Magnetic Model is normally updated every five years, but it has of late needed to be edited more frequently due to a stunning phenomenon registered just beneath the Earth's core.
sputniknews.com/science/2020050810792398…

Merkel, Steinmeier Attend Wreath-Laying Ceremony to Mark 75th Anniversary of WWII End – Video
sputniknews.com | 2020-05-08
Europe is commemorating the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II, though because of the raging coronavirus pandemic countries have downsized parades and commemorative events.
sputniknews.com/europe/20200508107924020…

We'll Meet Again: Royal Albert Hall to Host 1st Closed Door Victory Day Concert Amid COVID-19 – CEO
sputniknews.com | 2020-05-08
The Royal Albert Hall will hold a major performance unlike any of its kind in the venue's 150-year history to commemorate the 75th Victory Day at 18: 00 GMT. The event promises to be a powerful rendition of classic songs celebrating the sacrifices of veterans across the United Kingdom and the Allied victory over Nazism on the Western Front.
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Cop Beats Man for Allegedly Hugging Others on Road Without Consent in Delhi – Video
sputniknews.com | 2020-05-08
New Delhi (Sputnik): India is under the third phase of its nationwide lockdown imposed by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to combat COVID-19. The government has asked people to stay indoors and only step out for essential things. Social distancing is being strictly enforced at every place or shop.
sputniknews.com/india/202005081079238260…

Coronavirus Crunch Triggers New Call for US Pullout From WTO
sputniknews.com | 2020-05-08
Senator Josh Hawley has claimed that leaving the WTO will be an appropriate start for the US to turn a new leaf in trade ties with its historic allies and usher in a rebound in the COVID-19 lockdown-hit economy.
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India Builds Strategic Route Connecting China Border for Better Accessibility to Security Forces
sputniknews.com | 2020-05-08
New Delhi (Sputnik): Devout believers take an annual holy pilgrimage to Kailash Mansarovar through Uttarakhand's Lipulekh Pass, connecting India to China. While the pilgrimage is now shrouded in uncertainty due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the new route will give easy access to troops in the region.
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Indian Museum Buys Pakistani Cricketer's Bat for Raising COVID-19 Relief Fund
sputniknews.com | 2020-05-08
New Delhi (Sputnik): With all sports activities banned in several countries across the globe, many players are contributing in their own ways to help the needy who have been severely hit by the pandemic.
sputniknews.com/india/202005081079239939…

EU Project is at Stake if Strong Common COVID-19 Response Not Agreed, Economics Commissioner Says
sputniknews.com | 2020-05-08
Paolo Gentiloni called for creating a recovery fund in the coming months, in what he said could help tackle economic divergences among EU member states amid the COVID-19 crisis.
sputniknews.com/europe/20200508107924350…

Chinese Researchers Find COVID-19 Material in Sperm of Infected Men
sputniknews.com | 2020-05-08
While the pandemic is raging across the world, some facts about the virus remain unclear and new studies may reveal truly bizarre details about the disease.
sputniknews.com/asia/202005081079242751-…

COVID-19 Pandemic Added to Daesh 'Uptick in Activity' in Iraq, US Coalition Official Says
sputniknews.com | 2020-05-08
Although in late 2017 Baghdad declared that the military presence of Daesh* in Iraq had been all but destroyed, jihadist attacks on the country's security forces show no signs of abating.
sputniknews.com/middleeast/2020050810792…

Trump Likely Desperate to Secure US-UK Trade Deal in Wake of COVID-19, G7 Research Group States
sputniknews.com | 2020-05-08
LONDON (Sputnik) – US President Donald Trump and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson are likely to place renewed importance on reaching a new trade deal between the UK and the US in…
sputniknews.com/analysis/202005081079242…

Revival Road Map for India's Once Booming Tourism Industry, Which is Now in Abyss
sputniknews.com | 2020-05-08
New Delhi (Sputnik): With a diverse culture and a myriad of landscapes, India's tourism industry was thriving, with 11 million foreign tourists visiting the country every year. Although the COVID-19 pandemic has crippled all major industries, travel and tourism have come to a complete halt, spelling a bleak economic outlook for the sector.
sputniknews.com/world/202005081079229984…

Putin, Merkel Exchange Congratulations on Anniversary of Liberation From Fascism
sputniknews.com | 2020-05-08
MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have exchanged congratulations, in a phone conversation, on the 75th anniversary of the world's liberation from fascism, the Kremlin said on Friday.
sputniknews.com/europe/20200508107924249…

Online Marriages: Will They Linger on in Saudi Arabia After Pandemic is Over?
sputniknews.com | 2020-05-08
Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Justice has said that the government wants to hold a series of training seminars for those wishing to get married remotely.
sputniknews.com/society/2020050810792323…

Syria Reopens Umayyad Mosque in Damascus – Video
sputniknews.com | 2020-05-08
The Syrian authorities earlier decided to ease coronavirus-related restrictions in the country, lifting the ban on public transportation within provinces on May 10 and reopening certain categories of schools on 31 May.
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#VizagGasLeak: India's Green Tribunal Asks S Korean LG Polymers to Deposit $6.6 Million For Damages
sputniknews.com | 2020-05-08
New Delhi (Sputnik): As many as 12 people lost their lives and 300 were hospitalised due to the leakage of hazardous styrene gas from a polymers factory in India's Andhra Pradesh. A rescue operation and evacuation were carried out in areas in close proximity to the factory.
sputniknews.com/asia/202005081079240043-…

Shape-Changing UFO Spotted in Broad Daylight in Colombia
sputniknews.com | 2020-05-08
The South American country, known for its biodiversity and rich cultural history, risks becoming the mecca of ufologists, as reports about mysterious sightings discovered in the skies over Colombia have been pouring in recently.
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Coronavirus Threatens Indigenous Peoples in the Amazon
Lucas Leiroz de Almeida | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-08
The effects of the global pandemic of the new coronavirus on large cities are well known and occupy the news all over the world. However, little is said about infection in rural areas and among isolated peoples. In South America, …
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Iran coronavirus updates: 1,556 new COVID-19 cases, 55 deaths
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-08
TEHRAN, May 08 (MNA)

Global coronavirus death toll exceeds 270k
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-08
TEHRAN, May 08 (MNA)

Tehran, Moscow emphasize strengthening bilateral, intl. coop
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-08
TEHRAN, May 08 (MNA)

US extends Iraq's sanctions waiver to import electricity from Iran
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-08
TEHRAN, May 08 (MNA)

S Arabia, UAE promulgate relations with Israel thru. content of TV series: al-Houthi
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-08
TEHRAN, May 08 (MNA)

Iran's trade exchanges with Azerbaijan, Turkey 'underway' amid pandemic
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-08
TEHRAN, May 08 (MNA)

Dubai Expo 2020 postponement to affect UAE economy
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-08
TEHRAN, May 08 (MNA)

Iran, 'leading steel producer, exporter' in ME region
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-08
TEHRAN, May 08 (MNA)

US should end its humiliating 'unilateralism': FM spox
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-08
TEHRAN, May 08 (MNA)

Victory Day karaoke: Russian flashmob invites ANYONE to iconic WWII sing-along in 100+ languages
rt.com | 2020-05-08
A one-of-the-kind Russian website has enabled anyone to pay vocal tribute to the 75th anniversary of Nazi Germany's defeat

Gun Violence Increases in the US Amid COVID-19 Shutdown
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-05-08
At a time when millions of Americans are following the advice of public health experts and sheltering in place to protect themselves and their neighbors, some officials continue to ignore existing public health data related to another grave threat to public safety: gun violence. | Since shelter-in-place orders went into effect in March, the overall crime rate and the rate of injury from automobile and…
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New York State Tries to Suspend Democracy; NYT and WaPo Shrug
Julie Hollar | fair.org | 2020-05-08
Blaming health risks due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the New York State Board of Elections announced last week that the state would simply cancel its Democratic presidential primary, leaving former Vice President Joe Biden to be proclaimed the victor without a vote. The response from the country's two most prominent newspapers? Meh. The Washington Post ( 4/27/20) frames the cancellation of dem…
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Citizen-science project measures impact of coronavirus pandemic on mental health
imperial.ac.uk | 2020-05-08
What impact has the lockdown had on our mental health, and what determines how people cope with isolation?>…
imperial.ac.uk/news/197453/citizen-science-project-measures-impact-coronavirus-pandemic

Mayo Clinic receives $26 million from BARDA for COVID-19 convalescent plasma expanded access program
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org | 2020-05-08
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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Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: Cancer treatment during the COVID-19 pandemic
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org | 2020-05-08
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 …
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org/discussion/ma…

Mayo Clinic reopens orthopedics and sports medicine facility in downtown Minneapolis
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org | 2020-05-08
MINNEAPOLIS

Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: Maintaining routine vaccine schedules during COVID-19
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org | 2020-05-08
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 …
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org/discussion/ma…

Masking your kids during COVID-19
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org | 2020-05-08
Do you or don't you wear a mask? If you do, what material is best? And what about children? Questions around masks during the COVID-19 pandemic abound, especially in light of the recent recommendation by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that all Americans wear masks in public settings. "The direction around face masks has …
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org/discussion/ma…

What COVID-19 does to your lungs
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org | 2020-05-08
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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National Nurses Day: Not all heroes wear capes
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org | 2020-05-08
Photo and article are courtesy of Mayo Clinic News Center andMayo Clinic Employee Facebook. Not all heroes wear capes. Some wear scrubs, protective equipment and step out in difficult times to be there for others. As COVID-19 continues to spread and people heed notices to socially distance themselves and hunker down in their homes, there …
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org/discussion/na…

Why patients with lung cancer in a COVID-19 era need to keep their treatment
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org | 2020-05-08
Patients with cancer are at a higher risk of having a more severe COVID-19 illness. "Unfortunately, COVID-19 has severely affected those who are diagnosed with lung cancer," says Dr. Shanda Blackmon, a thoracic surgeon at Mayo Clinic. "We know that these patients who get infected with COVID-19 while they're immune compromised are increasingly susceptible to having a worse …
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org/discussion/wh…

Mayo Clinic's comprehensive COVID-19 research
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org | 2020-05-08
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Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: Respiratory therapists play critical role in treating COVID-19 patients
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org | 2020-05-08
COVID-19 was first identified late last year with a cluster of pneumonia cases caused by a new coronavirus. The COVID-19 disease process heavily affects the respiratory system, and patients often need oxygen support. The respiratory therapist plays a critical role in managing oxygen levels, placing breathing tubes, and managing the mechanical ventilator, when necessary. On …
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org/discussion/ma…

Why you need to keep your child's vaccine schedule during COVID-19
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org | 2020-05-08
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 …
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org/discussion/wh…

'Mayo Clinic Anxiety Coach' e-tool to help children with mental health concerns
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org | 2020-05-08
ROCHESTER, Minn.

Science Saturday: Regenerative approaches could foster healing from COVID-19
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org | 2020-05-08
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 …
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org/discussion/sc…

Are pets at risk of getting, spreading COVID-19?
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org | 2020-05-08
Recent reports of cats and dogs becoming infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, has prompted the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to update its guidelines for pets. According to the CDC, two pet cats in New York City became the first domestic animals in the U.S. to test positive for the …
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org/discussion/ar…