Daily Archives: May 11, 2020

2020-05-11: News Headlines

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2020-05-12). Fake Coronavirus Data, Fear Campaign. Spread of the COVID-19 Infection. globalresearch.ca Do not let yourself be misled by the fear campaign, pointing to a Worldwide coronavirus calamity with repeated "predictions" that hundreds of thousands of people are going to die. | According to the WHO, the death rate pertaining to Seasonal Influenza globally is between 6 to 12 times higher than COVID-19.

Orinoco Tribune (2020-05-11). China Will Not Accept Any US Invasion in Venezuela: Spokeswoman Hua Chunying. globalresearch.ca China repudiates the United States' attempt of a naval invasion of Venezuela and all interventionist maneuvers against the sovereignty of any country. | Through a statement, the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman, Hua Chunying, stressed again this Wednesday her rejection of …

Stephen Lendman (2020-05-11). Trump Regime Further Escalates War on China by Other Means. globalresearch.ca In early April, China's official People's Daily broadsheet slammed the Trump regime's unacceptable restrictions imposed on the country's journalists in the US. | It called hostile US actions a "clumsy performance (that) further exposed the hypocrisy of the self-styled advocate of …

Robert Koehler (2020-05-11). Can we Achieve Nuclear Adulthood? counterpunch.org "I'll never tire of repeating: We need to demilitarize world affairs, international politics and political thinking." What if a world leader — someone with extraordinary power, even, my God, control over nuclear weapons — were to talk this way? Well, this is as close as we can get for now. The words are those of

Xinhua (2020-05-11). Reality Check of US Allegations Against China on COVID-19. globalresearch.ca Recently, some US politicians and media outlets have been fabricating preposterous allegations and lies of one kind or another in order to shift the blame to China for their inadequate response to COVID-19. | However, as Abraham Lincoln said, "You can …

Leonard C. Goodman (2020-05-11). Once Again, Congress Will Let Wall Street Pillage Main Street. counterpunch.org Over the last decade, Congress's approval ratings have hovered around the mid-teens or low 20s, reflecting the reality that our representatives in Washington, D.C., serve the needs of big donors while throwing an occasional rhetorical bone to the "essential" workers who actually make the country function. Congress's handling of the current crisis of the pandemic

Andrey Areshev (2020-05-11). New House Documents Sow Further Doubt That Russia Hacked the DNC. strategic-culture.org For two and a half years the House Intelligence Committee knew CrowdStrike didn't have the goods on Russia. Now the public knows too. | Ray McGOVERN | House Intelligence Committee documents released Thursday reveal that the committee was told two and half years ago that the FBI had no concrete evidence that Russia hacked Democratic National Committee computers to filch the DNC emails published by WikiLeaks in July 2016. | The until-now-buried, closed-door testimony came on Dec. 5, 2017 from Shawn Henry, a protege of former FBI Director Robert Mueller (from 2001 to 2012), for whom Henry served as head of the Burea…

Aaron Maté (2020-05-11). Bombshell: Crowdstrike admits 'no evidence' Russia stole emails from DNC server. thegrayzone.com Crowdstrike, the firm behind the Russian email hacking allegation at the core of Russiagate, makes a bombshell admission: "We did…

Martin Begemann, Jan Seidel, Luise Poustka, Hannelore Ehrenreich (2020-05-11). Accumulated environmental risk in young refugees — A prospective evaluation. thelancet.com Young refugees, arriving in hosting countries with alarming 'risk burden', should be considered as highly vulnerable towards development of global functional deficits, behavioral abnormalities, and neuropsychiatric disorders. Rapid proactive integration or sustainable support of those who will return to rebuild their countries are mandatory.

PHHLC (2020-05-11). Holy Land: Heads of Churches Voice Concern About Israel's Planned Annexation of West Bank Land. globalresearch.ca As a result of the stagnation of the Peace Process in the Middle East between the Israelis and Palestinians, an array of plans for Israel to unilaterally annex West Bank land, backed mainly by right-wing factions, raises serious and catastrophic …

Prof. Vijay Prashad (2020-05-11). A Dirty Military Incursion into Venezuela. globalresearch.ca In the early morning hours of Sunday, May 3, speedboats left the Colombian coastlines and headed toward Venezuela. These boats had no authorization to cross the maritime border. They landed on the Venezuelan coastline at La Guaira. This was clearly …

Richard D. Wolff (2020-05-11). Mass Unemployment Is a Failure of Capitalism. counterpunch.org The difficulties caused to workers by record unemployment during the pandemic are a product of capitalism. Most of the time, employers decide to hire or fire workers depending on which choice maximizes employers' profits. Profit, not the full employment of workers nor of means of production, is "the bottom line" of capitalism and thus of capitalists. That is how the system works. Capitalists are rewarded when their profits are high and punished when they are not. It's nothing personal; it's just business.

Joshua Hanks (2020-05-11). How Vietnam has won again — this time vs. the virus. workers.org As of May 11, the Socialist Republic of Vietnam has not recorded any new cases of COVID-19 in 25 straight days, a remarkable achievement for the southeast Asian nation of nearly 100 million people. The number of confirmed cases remains at just 288, with 148 of those originating outside the . . . |

Lawrence Wittner (2020-05-11). Amid the Coronavirus Pandemic, America's Billionaires Thrive and Prosper. counterpunch.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,

Ian Goodrum (2020-05-11). Lab lies: U.S. continues disinformation campaign about Wuhan virus lab. peoplesworld.org As COVID-19 maintains its devastating spread throughout the world, it has found an unlikely ally: The United States government. Case and fatality counts in the U.S. continue to rise—nearly 1.4 million infected and over 80,000 dead as of May 11—but rather than take stock of its disastrous response and chart a new course, the U.S. …

G. Dunkel (2020-05-11). In Haiti/ICE is spreading COVID-19. workers.org Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the agency charged with deporting people from the United States, scheduled five deportations to Haiti on May 11 from the Pine Prairie Detention Center in Louisiana. The agency claims the five individuals have either tested positive for COVID-19 or show signs of having the disease. (Miami . . . |

Joe Bernick (2020-05-11). Right wing on the defensive in Arizona elections. peoplesworld.org TUCSON—Arizona's right-wing governor and state legislature are taking advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic in an attempt to defeat progressive change. The Republicans in this state are terrified that Arizona will flip to the Democrats in the 2020 elections. They are scared of the fightback by striking teachers, miners, and all working people, and of the rising militancy …

Martha Grevatt (2020-05-11). COVID-19 strike wave enters third month. workers.org Workers at 50 locations across Florida struck McDonald's, Starbucks and other fast-food restaurants on May 6. What united them was the failure of these multibillion-dollar enterprises to correct hazardous working conditions that put workers at risk of contracting COVID-19. Some of these McDonald's workers are also part of a statewide . . . |

Henry Giroux (2020-05-11). Radical Politics and Pandemic Nightmares. counterpunch.org In this wide ranging interview with educators from the University of Barcelona , I analyze the Covid-19 crisis as part of more comprehensive crisis of politics and morality through what I label as pandemic pedagogy. I argue that in a time of crisis, the relationship between language and politics becomes more vivid, if not urgent

Patrick Anderson (2020-05-11). The Execution of Julian Assange. mintpressnews.com I do not respect anyone who has not been to prison." Julian Assange once said to Renata Avila, a Guatemalan human rights activist who serves as legal counsel for WikiLeaks. "What he meant," Avila After a decade of being shuttled from house arrest to confinement in an embassy to Belmarsh Prison to, if the United States government ge…

Editor (2020-05-11). Changing the narrative in Lansing, Mich. workers.org On May 7, a breath of fresh air entered Lansing, Mich., the first since ultrarightist gangs — with the blessing of the Trump administration — held an armed demonstration and invaded the State Capitol April 30. To justify such brazen aggression, the Capitol assaulters hid behind the Second Amendment — . . . |

Editor (2020-05-11). Los fascistas hacen trabajo sucio para los jefes. workers.org La aparición de alimañas neofascistas debajo de sus rocas para exigir negocios de "reapertura", una demanda querida por los gobernantes capitalistas súper ricos, hace imperativo que la izquierda desarrolle un plan para contrarrestar la amenaza fascista, una amenaza que ha re aparecido constantemente en la historia de los Estados Unidos. . . . |

Speak Out Now (2020-05-11). COVID-19: Global Pandemic & Climate Disruption With Mike Davis. indybay.org Online Zoom meeting, see details here: speakoutsocialists.org/townhall-davis-5-…

yenisafak (2020-05-11). Bosnia report exposes institutions, individuals who deny Srebrenica genocide. yenisafak.com Bosnia and Herzegovina on Monday released a report on denial of the 1995 Srebrenica genocide, in which over 8,300 Muslims were killed by Serbian forces. | The report, written by historian Monica Hanson Green, includes many details about the war in Bosnia in 1992-1995, subsequent war crimes trials, and the media outlets and people who deny the genocide. | Emir Suljagic, head of the Srebrenica Memorial Center, which published the report, said that the problem of genocide denial is very important. | "We took a new responsibility to raise awareness of the genocide. This report is the first step in this," said Suljagi…

en.mehrnews (2020-05-11). VIDEO: Footage of Iranian Navy vessel's mishap. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 11 (MNA) — According to a statement by the Navy's Public Relations office, following an incident for an Iranian light vessel in the southern waters on Sunday, 19 crew onboard the vessel were martyred and 15 others were injured. The Iranian Navy's Kenarak logistics vessel was involved in an accident on Sunday afternoon in the perimeter of Iran's southern Jask port, in the Hormozgan province.

RT (2020-05-12). 'Humans are not herds': WHO thrashes 'brutal arithmetic' of herd immunity to beat Covid-19 pandemic. rt.com In the absence of a vaccine, the increasingly discussed idea of beating the novel coronavirus pandemic through achieving so-called herd immunity could be a disastrous miscalculation, a senior WHO official has warned. | "This is a really dangerous, dangerous calculation," Michael Ryan, head of the World Health Organization's health emergencies program, This idea that maybe countries that had lax measures and haven't done anything will all of a sudden magically reach some herd i…

RT (2020-05-12). Antibody tests show Ohio had first Covid-19 cases as early as JANUARY — state health director. rt.com There were at least five coronavirus infections in Ohio as far back as January, the state's health director said, suggesting the illness began spreading there weeks earlier than previously thought. | The five early cases — believed to have emerged across five Ohio counties between January 7 and 27 — were announced on Monday by Department of Health Director Dr Amy Acton, who said the previously unknown infections were picked up amid ramped up antibody testing. | "We actually have a new date of onset. We have found five cases now when the date of onset of symptoms was in January," Acton told a statehou…

RT (2020-05-12). Police officer rants about 'tyrannical' & 'unconstitutional' Covid-19 measures… gets in trouble for 'insubordination' (VIDEOS). rt.com A US police officer has urged fellow cops to stop enforcing coronavirus lockdown measures, slamming them as "unconstitutional." While his call to action landed him in trouble, other officers have started to speak out as well. | Port of Seattle Officer Greg Anderson was placed on administrative leave pending an investigation after he appeared in a viral video last weekend arguing the lockdown measures are violating the US Constitution and "trampling on people's liberties," questioning the restrictions and whether enforcing them is "the right thing" to do. | I want to remind you that regardless of where you stan…

RT (2020-05-12). 'I feel terrible': Bill Gates says he warned Trump of pandemic threat in 2016, regrets not doing more. rt.com Microsoft founder and multi-billionaire Bill Gates said he tried to warn President-elect Donald Trump of the dangers of a major viral outbreak soon after the 2016 race, but noted he feels guilty for not being even more vocal. | "I chose, when I met with people all the way up to the top, in Europe, in the US, around the world, to talk about this pandemic risk," he told the Wall Street Journal in an interview published on Monday, explaining that he even made the case to the US president during a December 2016 meeting at Trump Tower. | I feel terrible. The whole point of talking about it was that we could take ac…

RT (2020-05-11). 'We are at war. Make no mistake': WH official kicks anti-China rhetoric up a notch. rt.com The US is currently "at war" with China, White House official Peter Navarro said, insisting it owes compensation for the "damage" caused by Covid-19 as Washington heats up tensions with Beijing over the pandemic. | "We are at war, make no mistake about that. The Chinese unleashed a virus on the world," the Trump adviser told Fox & Friends on Monday. | Navarro also said China will owe the US "some form of compensatory damage" following the pandemic. | Peter Navarro: "It crossed me that Disneyland in Shanghai is opening this morning, while my own Disneyland in my own homeland in Orange County, in Anaheim, where…

Ted Kelly (2020-05-11). Black prisoners win victory vs. racist officials. workers.org Through strength and perseverance, Eric McGill and Leonttay Pratt have won a meaningful victory against the racist officials at the Lebanon County Correctional Facility in Pennsylvania. Held in solitary confinement for refusing to cut their dreadlocks, McGill and Pratt — both adherents of the Rastafarian faith — have been released . . . |

Mark Gruenberg (2020-05-11). Trumka proposes universal federal jobs payments. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON —Sticking to a here-and-now solution to coronavirus-caused joblessness, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka proposed the federal government guarantee paid employment — by actually shelling out the money — for all workers. Employers would be a pass-through, nothing more. In a 13-minute speech posted on the federation's Facebook page, Trumka said that with unemployment at highs …

Eds. (2020-05-11). Refusing to die for a confusing slogan. mronline.org THE government's latest injunction—Stay alert, Control the virus, Save lives—has come under instant criticism as providing ineffective advice.

Raul Diego (2020-05-11). The US Keeps Trying, and Failing, to Deport a Former CIA Operative Back to Haiti. mintpressnews.com Emmanuel "Toto" Constant was supposed to board an ICE deportation flight along with 100 other Haitian nationals in what is the third such flight the Trump administration has carried out to Haiti in the last several weeks.

Mike Garrity (2020-05-11). Alliance for the Wild Rockies Challenges Killing of Yellowstone Ecosystem Grizzlies to Protect Wyoming Cows. counterpunch.org There are tens of millions of cows in the U.S. but only about 700 grizzly bears in the remote and wild public lands known as the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem that include and surround America's first national park. Grizzlies are listed as "Threatened" under the Endangered Species Act and the federal government is legally mandated to stave

Thomas Klikauer — Nadine Campbell (2020-05-11). The Politics of Framing and the Framing of Politics. counterpunch.org We know how to frame from picture framing, and we also know the frame in which a picture is placed can influence how we see a picture. Well, virtually the same thing applies to politics. The way in which politics is framed can influence how we perceive politics. Social scientists have known about this for

Paul Street (2020-05-11). A Late-Breaking Bulletin From PBS: "For Many Americans, Health Insurance is Tied to a Job" counterpunch.org I would like to nominate the "Public" Broadcasting System's ("P"BS) "NewsHour" and its economics reporter Paul Solomon for the 2020 Piss Down Our Backs and Tell Us Its Raining Prize in broadcast journalism. Last Thursday, "P"BS "NewsHour" viewers got to see the show's longtime economics correspondent (Paul Solomon) give a chilling account of how newly unemployed people are disastrously losing their health insurance in the middle of a pandemic.

John Feffer (2020-05-11). Debunking Trump's Nonsense. counterpunch.org Conspiracy theorists never let a crisis go to waste. When something truly terrible happens, the conspiracy theorist sets to work to determine the dark, hidden forces at work behind the scenes that have produced the crisis. Some people might see God or the Devil as the prime mover behind a catastrophe. Others throw up their

Ramzy Baroud (2020-05-11). 'Justice is Indivisible': Placing Palestine Back at the Center of Muslim Discourse in the West. counterpunch.org It was nearly twenty years ago at a Muslim conference in Washington D.C. that I heard the distressing argument that Palestine should not be made a central topic in the American Muslim political agenda. The point, which took many by surprise, was enunciated by a young American Pakistani Muslim academic, whose name is not important

Pepe Escobar (2020-05-11). Why Xi won't repeat Ming Dynasty mistakes. thealtworld.com China has learned from its own rich history and is applying those lessons to re-emerge as a major 21st century power | With hybrid warfare 2.0 against China reaching fever pitch, the New Silk Roads, or Belt and Road Initiative, will continue to be demonized 24/7 as the proverbial evil communist plot for economic and geopolitical domination of the "free" world, boosted by a sinister disinformation campaign. | It's idle to discuss with simpletons. In the interest of an informed debate, what matters is to find the deeper roots of Beijing's strategy — what the Chinese learned from their own rich history and how…

Eds. (2020-05-11). U.S. ratchets up Hybrid Warfare in Venezuela. mronline.org Nino Pagliccia examines the recent mercenary incursion into the Venezuelan territory.

Ronald Blum (2020-05-11). Women's soccer players won't go down without a fight, demand equal pay appeal. peoplesworld.org (AP)—American women's soccer players want to delay a trial until after an appellate court reviews last week's decision to throw out their claim of unequal pay while allowing allegations of discriminatory work conditions to move forward. Lawyers for the women filed a motion Friday night asking U.S. District Judge R. Gary Klausner in Los Angeles to …

Staff (2020-05-11). "Weaponized and Racialized": Police Departments Use COVID-19 to Target Black & Brown Communities. democracynow.org Viral images have shone a spotlight on uneven policing. Some show police officers distributing masks to White residents in crowded New York City parks — and apparently arresting no one. Meanwhile, videos have emerged of violent crackdowns on social distancing measures in Black and Latinx neighborhoods. We continue our look at how Black and Brown communities are being disproportionately targeted and policed in New York City's enforcement measures during the pandemic, and also discuss how officers have ordered protesters to disband, citing executive orders from the mayor and the governor that ban "any non-ess…

Staff (2020-05-11). Trump Death Clock: Creator Eugene Jarecki Says "Reckless Mishandling" of COVID-19 Must Be Quantified. democracynow.org As the death toll from COVID-19 in the United States surpasses 80,000, an unusual new billboard called the Trump Death Clock in New York City's Times Square keeps tally of lives lost to government inaction. "What we found was that there was an amazing and very dark truth underlying the numbers that spoke to reckless mishandling of a pandemic by the president and his team, and we felt that ought to be quantified," says Eugene Jarecki, the award-winning documentary filmmaker, author and activist behind the project.

Staff (2020-05-11). "COVID-19 Has Been Racialized": Black Scholar Jill Nelson Arrested for Chalking "Trump = Plague" democracynow.org Black and Brown communities are being disproportionately targeted and policed in New York City's response to the spread of COVID-19. We speak with author and activist Jill Nelson, who was herself arrested by NYPD in April for writing "Trump = Plague" in chalk on an abandoned building in her Washington Heights neighborhood. The 67-year-old scholar was handcuffed, taken to the police station and held for five hours. Now she is speaking out. The president is "telling us that as people of color, and older people, we should just die," says Nelson. "It's ridiculous."

CP Editor (2020-05-11). Kevin Morby and Waxahatchee. counterpunch.org

RT (2020-05-11). PM Johnson's 'confused' & 'shambolic' lockdown changes announcement causes ridicule instead of relief. rt.com British PM Boris Johnson's video address to the nation outlining the "roadmap" out of lockdown amid the Covid-19 crisis has provoked widespread derision, with critics suggesting he has created unnecessary confusion. | In a pre-recorded message broadcast on Sunday night, the PM announced a new system of alert levels that will be used to ease or tighten up Covid-19 suppression measures, depending on the rate at which the deadly virus is spreading. | Also on rt.com | |

RT (2020-05-11). What's in the UK government's Covid-19 lockdown easing plan? Here are the main points. rt.com Downing Street has finally published a detailed plan for easing the Covid-19 lockdown in England amid widespread confusion following PM Boris Johnson's address to the nation on Sunday, which was slammed for lacking clarity. | The 50-page

The Canary (2020-05-11). Rush-hour commuters 'nervous' after PM eases lockdown measures. thecanary.co Commuters have said they are worried about having to travel on busier trains as some returned to work following the easing of coronavirus lockdown measures.Passenger numbers remained low at Waterloo station — which is normally one of London's busiest — during Monday morning's rush-hour, with only a few dozen walking through the main concourse at any one time.It came after prime minister Boris Johnson

The Canary (2020-05-11). Key points from the PM's address to the nation. thecanary.co After almost two months of lockdown, Boris Johnson has set out what he called "the first sketch of a road map for reopening society". The guidelines will apply in England only.Here, presented without comment, are the key points: | A new Covid Alert System is being set up determined mainly by the reinfection rate and the number of cases.The alert levels will be one to five and the higher the level, the tougher social distancing measures will have to be. The PM said the UK had been in Level Four but "we are now in a position to begin to move in steps to Level Three".From Monday, people who cannot work from home are…

RT (2020-05-11). Dying industry? German coffin makers appeal for govt support to shield from foreign competition during Covid-19 pandemic. rt.com Coffin manufacturers in Germany say they're struggling to make money despite serving a crucial public health role, because the market has been flooded with cheaper imports from Eastern Europe. | The country's casket producers are calling for financial aid to help prop up Germany's dwindling coffin making industry, while pointing out that safe and hygienic burials are particularly important during the coronavirus pandemic. | Just 20 percent of the 950,000 caskets needed annually in Germany are made there, with local producers saying the market has been flooded by cheaper imports from Eastern Europe. | The Feder…

RT (2020-05-11). Moscow reports a sharp rise in 'excess' April deaths as Covid-19 continues to spread in Russia. rt.com As the coronavirus pandemic shows no signs of abating, grim April statistics from Russia's capital show an 18% rise in deaths from the same month last year, and a 10% increase compared to the corresponding period in 2018. | The preliminary

RT (2020-05-11). US coronavirus death toll tops 80,000. rt.com Deaths from the Covid-19 pandemic in the US have topped 80,000, just as some states have begun relaxing lockdown measures and President Donald Trump tweeted the numbers are "looking much better." | WH officials had previously predicted a death total of 100,000 to 240,000 from the virus. Some states have already begun slowly reopening, including New York, which has been the hardest hit state in the US. Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Monday some non-essential businesses will be allowed to reopen on Friday, declaring a partial victory over the virus, saying, "we are on the other side of the mountain." | The p…

RT (2020-05-11). Virgin Mary image flown on HELICOPTER over Ecuador's Covid-19 hotspot as families struggle to bury the dead. rt.com A Virgin Mary image was flown above Guayaquil, Ecuador in a helicopter, marking the end of a pilgrimage — which was held virtually this year as the city is the worst affected by Covid-19 in the country. | Usually, it's the worshippers who line up to a shrine, sometimes waiting for hours to receive a blessing. However, this year in Guayaquil, it was the Virgin Mary herself who set off on the 'Route of Health' pilgrimage, flying over the city on Saturday. | The local chapter of the Schoenstatt Apostolic Movement was behind the flyover. | "We thought about the possibility, at the beginning only as a possibi…

RT (2020-05-11). Mission 'social distancing' failed: Passengers packed onto Paris Metro train spark outrage as Covid-19 restrictions eased (VIDEO). rt.com Footage of Parisians crowded onto a Paris Metro train with no ability to implement social distancing rules left many French netizens fuming as the country began its 'gradual' reopening and easing of Covid-19 lockdown restrictions. | Passengers were packed like sardines onto a train running on Paris' busy Line 13 on Monday morning, video from news channel BFM showed, as many people finally returned to work and the government urged public caution to avoid a second spike in virus cases after eight weeks of confinement. | Social distancing seemed a thing of the past, however, as the metro was far too cramped to al…

RT (2020-05-11). Get your kit off: World Naked Bike Ride organizers say all-day exposure for NUDE cycling is 'best thing that could happen' (VIDEO). rt.com As mass activities worldwide fall victim to the COVID-19 pandemic, organizers of the world's foremost bare-biking gathering are planning to turn their annual stripped cycle into a day-long event open to even more pedaling nudists. | While the Tour de France was forced to postpone its launch by more than two months as mass gatherings were outlawed to meet health guidelines around the COVID-19 pandemic, another key date for cycling enthusiasts will go ahead on the tour's original start date of June 27 — albeit in slightly altered form. | Portland's edition of the World Naked Bike Ride is the flagbearer for…

RT (2020-05-11). Trudeau makes Covid-19 aid intended to 'save Canadian jobs' conditional on meeting climate change goals. rt.com Adding insult to the injury of Covid-19 closures, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced that businesses seeking emergency payroll funding will have to demonstrate their compliance with 'climate change' guidelines. | Citing the need to protect "Canadian middle-class jobs and safeguard our economy," Trudeau on Monday rolled out the expansion of the Large Employer Emergency Financing Facility (LEEFF), intended to provide bridge liquidity to companies unable to meet their payroll due to the shutdown. | We know Canadians are worried about their jobs as a result of the pandemic. Today, we're announcin…

RT (2020-05-11). 'European virus': Cuomo goes all-in on Covid-19 language gymnastics in standoff with Trump. rt.com New York Governor Andrew Cuomo called Covid-19 the "European virus," to zero pushback from the press that gave President Donald Trump no end of trouble back when he called it a "Chinese virus." | Outlining a plan to reopen some parts of the state for business — while keeping New York City and its environs under strict lockdown — at a press conference on Monday, Cuomo argued that the virus came to New York from Europe, not China, and even referred to it as the "European virus" multiple times. | New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is now describing the coronavirus pandemic that originated in Wuhan, China as…

RT (2020-05-11). 'He's just not there yet': MSNBC founder says Joe Biden not ready to face Trump in election 'primetime' & has no coherent message. rt.com Joe Biden is woefully unprepared to go up against Donald Trump in the 2020 election, having failed to offer a compelling narrative to voters and missing the mark even in "softball interviews," said the founder of MSNBC and CNBC. | Speaking on MSNBC's Morning Joe on Monday, Tom Rogers voiced concern that the former VP and presumptive Democratic nominee could be heading for a "crisis," unable to field any "eloquent" or "convincing" critiques of President Trump or his policies, namely his handling of the Covid-19 outbreak. | "It pains me to say this, it really does, but his performance in being able to come up wi…

RT (2020-05-11). 'Everything's up for grabs': Soros sees big opportunities after Covid-19 'endangers our civilization'. rt.com Billionaire currency speculator George Soros has hailed the Covid-19 pandemic as the crisis of his lifetime, all but salivating over the chance to remake society amid the "revolutionary moment" he claims preceded the virus. | "Even before the pandemic hit, I realized that we were in a revolutionary moment where what would be impossible or even inconceivable in normal times had become not only possible, but probably absolutely necessary," Soros told Project Syndicate on Monday. "And then came Covid-19." | Acknowledging the "unprecedented event that probably has never occurred in this combination…really endang…

RT (2020-05-11). Covid-19 crisis leaves 700,000 children without sufficient food in Italy — report. rt.com The coronavirus pandemic and ensuing economic hardship has left 700,000 children under 15 years of age in Italy without enough food, the country's biggest farming organization has warned. | "The number of children under the age of 15 who need help to get milk or food to eat has risen to 700,000," the farmers organization Coldiretti said in a statement released on Sunday, which was Mother's Day in Italy. | The "critical" situation has been "aggravated in many families by the closure of schools and school restaurants" which were where many children received a guaranteed hot meal every day, the union said. | The…

RT (2020-05-11). Leader of infamous Mexican cartel dies in prison after contracting Covid-19. rt.com Notorious Mexican cartel leader Moises Escamilla May has died after contracting the novel coronavirus while serving a lengthy sentence in maximum-security prison on a raft of serious drugs and weapons charges. | Escamilla headed one of the factions of the Los Zetas cartel — a notorious criminal gang in Mexico, involved in cross-border cocaine smuggling as well as kidnapping, sex trafficking and extortion. | Also on rt.com | | According to the Jalisco…

RT (2020-05-11). Surfer KILLED by great white shark after riding the waves at beach CLOSED during COVID-19 pandemic (VIDEO). rt.com Ben Kelly was brought to shore but could not recover from injuries sustained in an attack that is thought to have made him the first victim of a giant great white shark off the Manresa State Beach since 2004. | Authorities had kept the beach closed during the day as part of attempts to curb the spread of COVID-19, but experienced surf addict Ben Kelly could not resist heading off the shore of the North Carolina coast — despite footage showing schools of sharks in the vicinity just days earlier. | Rescuers could not save the 26-year-old Santa Cruz resident, who was around 100 yards from land when he was at…

RT (2020-05-11). US coronavirus death toll tops 80,000- Reuters tally. rt.com Deaths from the Covid-19 pandemic in the US have topped 80,000, just as some states have begun relaxing lockdown measures and President Donald Trump tweeted the numbers are "looking much better." | WH officials had previously predicted a death total of 100,000 to 240,000 from the virus. Some states have already begun slowly reopening, including New York, which has been the hardest hit state in the US. Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Monday some non-essential businesses will be allowed to reopen on Friday, declaring a partial victory over the virus, saying, "we are on the other side of the mountain." | The p…

RT (2020-05-11). 'Arrest me': Elon Musk DEFIES Covid-19 quarantine by reopening Tesla plant in California. rt.com Elon Musk escalated his confrontation with California, reopening the Tesla car factory in Fremont in defiance of local officials and saying he is ready to be arrested for it, after critics called him callous and even racist. | Having complained over the weekend about being the only carmaker in the US still shuttered by the Covid-19 lockdown, Musk I will be on the line with everyone else. If anyone is arrested, I ask that it onl…

RT (2020-05-11). Trump responsible for deaths in US and globally because of Covid-19 response, says Chomsky. rt.com Donald Trump is culpable for deaths in the US and beyond due to his Covid-19 pandemic response, according to Noam Chomsky, from making states deal with the crisis individually to cutting the World Health Organization funding. | The progressive activist and author is less than pleased with the president's coronavirus response, and insists his small government attitude and slashing of healthcare and research funds has put the US in a poor position to handle a pandemic. | "That's something that Trump has been doing every year of his term, cutting it back more. So [his plan is] let's continue to cut it back, let's…

RT (2020-05-11). Huawei goes FULL WOKE with black 'Covid-19 misinformation' panel to battle White House criticism. rt.com The US branch of Chinese tech giant Huawei has chosen a stunning and brave new public relations strategy to combat criticism, announcing web events with black journalists, environmentalists and women in technology. | Arguing that Covid-19 misinformation is "hitting African American, Asian, Hispanic, rural & low-income Americans hard," Huawei USA announced a May 13 event with musician will.i.am and CNN contributor and former Obama adviser Van Jones — among others — hosted by the National Association of Black Journalists. | #Misinformation on RT (2020-05-11). Dreaded comeback? Wuhan reports 5 new coronavirus cases, its highest surge in 2 MONTHS. rt.com Wuhan, China, the original hotspot of the Covid-19 pandemic, has reported five new indigenous cases as the number of infections across mainland China has grown slightly. | China reported 17 new cases of the novel coronavirus on Monday — three more than the day before. Of the newly-detected cases, seven are linked to overseas travel, and 10 are believed to be the result of local transmission. | In addition to five indigenous cases in Wuhan, three others

RT (2020-05-11). 'Pure provocation': Moscow fumes as Czech media names diplomat a ricin courier in alleged assassination plot. rt.com The Czech media has outed an employee of a Russian foreign aid agency as a suspect in an assassination plot against Prague officials. The agency called the allegations "pure provocation." | "Our representative is a young man fluent in Czech, who is fond of the country and loves it," Head of Rossotrudnichestvo Eleonora Mitrofanova told Ria Novosti. "This is baseless pure provocation on the part of the Czech authorities." | Mitrofanova's agency acts to further cultural ties and humanitarian projects. But one of its employees, Andrey Konchakov, is now at the center of a diplomatic scandal between Russia and the C…

RT (2020-05-11). German media watchdog rejects Browder's complaint against Spiegel over Magnitsky story report, says his own narrative lacks proof. rt.com Bill Browder's complaint against Der Spiegel for questioning the story he used to push for anti-Russian sanctions has backfired, with Germany's Press Council concluding his own position is far from being an "indisputable fact." | "We cannot agree with your analysis, in which you criticize the allegations made by the author," the German Press Council — a monitoring organization formed by major German publishers and journalistic associations — said in its response to Browder's team, as it rejected the complaint against one of Germany's major news media outlets. | The papers detailing the council's deci…

RT (2020-05-11). Suspected 'ISIS-inspired' terrorist cell members arrested in Poland over attack plot. rt.com Four Tajik nationals have been detained in Poland for allegedly recruiting Muslim converts with the aim of carrying out terrorist activities, according to the spokesman of the minister coordinator for special services. | According to the minister's spokesman, Stanislaw Zaryn, Poland's Internal Security Agency found evidence showing that the four suspects sympathized with, and supported, the activities of Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS), although they were not members. | The four were allegedly planning to recruit people to join their terrorist cell and were arrested on May 7. "They were inspired by ISIS," Za…

RT (2020-05-11). ÔªøPaid holidays end May 12, Russia to start gradually easing coronavirus quarantine measures — Putin. rt.com Russia will begin to ease its coronavirus-related restrictions, President Vladimir Putin has announced. The exit from the partial lockdown will be gradual and not too fast, he added. | "Starting from tomorrow, May 12, the joint non-working period for the whole country and for all the sectors of its economy ends," Putin said during a televised speech on Monday. | But the fight against the epidemic does not end. The danger persists, even in areas where the situation is relatively safe. | The non-working period was announced in Russia in late March and has been extended several times since then. | The conclusion…

RT (2020-05-11). Don't fear the mutant: Coronavirus may be 'adapting to humans,' warns MSM. Haven't they been paying attention? rt.com The MSM is pushing a narrative that the coronavirus presents an existential threat to humans, jumping on findings that the coronavirus is mutating as evidence for this. But in reality, mutations are anything but alarming. | Over the weekend, the Guardian published a

RT (2020-05-11). Coronavirus threatens to derail China's trade deal promises — US think tank. rt.com The coronavirus crisis is set to make it "impossible" for Beijing to fulfill purchases agreed under the "phase one" trade deal with Washington, the Center for Strategic and International Studies said in its recent forecast. | The deal, hammered out between the world's two biggest economies in January, forecasted a rise in goods exports of 36.6 percent this year. Instead, shipments of US goods to China dropped 10 percent year-on-year in the first three months of 2020, according to the think tank. | In its "worst-case scenario," the research projects that China could import US goods worth just $60 billion &#150…

RT (2020-05-11). China urges US to reverse decision to limit journalist visas, warns of possible 'countermeasures'. rt.com The US' decision to limit visas for Chinese journalists puts political pressure on Chinese media and Beijing will be forced to retaliate if Washington does not correct its "mistake," the Foreign Ministry spokesperson says. | Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian addressed the US' decision to limit visas for Chinese journalists to a maximum of 90 days in a press conference on Monday. | Journalist visas for Chinese media representatives within the US previously had no expiration date, making the 90-day limit a significant restriction. | Zhao accused the US of "suppressing" Chinese media and warned th…

RT (2020-05-11). Manhunt underway after man shot near Melbourne, Australia — reports. rt.com One person has been reportedly shot dead in Endeavour Hills, a suburb of Melbourne, Australia. A police operation is underway in the area, with helicopters circling in the sky. | The shooting victim was discovered by police responding to reports of gunshots in the neighborhood, which is located some 30 km southeast from the CBD, Melbourne's central business district, according to local media reports. | "I was just here with my kids when I heard the shot. Shortly afterwards, all the police started to arrive at the street. It's terrifying," a local resident told the Herald Sun. | The man is said to have died fro…

RT (2020-05-11). Lockheed Martin declares Mission (almost) Accomplished, brings F-35's 100+ safety flaws down to 8… and hundreds of lesser issues. rt.com The maker of the troubled F-35 fighter jet claims to have solved "most" of the safety issues that plagued the $1.5 trillion plane — but flaws that could injure pilots are still present, on top of hundreds of software issues. | Lockheed Martin has fixed all but eight of the 111 'Category 1' flight safety issues found during a January 2018 analysis of the fighter jet program, Bloomberg reported on Monday, citing the Government Accountability Office analyst in charge of monitoring the pricey plane's development. Category 1 issues are those that can "injure or kill pilots or otherwise jeopardize the plane's…

RT (2020-05-11). 'Binders full of women' anyone? Biden blasted for 'calendar model' VP search. rt.com Joe Biden is getting put through the ringer on social media for his latest reported blunder, comparing vice presidential picks to calendar models, which looks especially bad considering he wants a female running mate. | The tidbit that set social media ablaze was buried in a friendly New York Times piece about Biden picking a vice presidential nominee for November. | "Mr. Biden has likened running-mate evaluation to deciding among calendar models," The Times

RT (2020-05-11). Saudi Arabia's ADDITIONAL output cuts fuel oil price rally. rt.com Crude prices reversed early trading losses and finally advanced on Monday as Saudi Arabia ordered its state oil giant to slash production by 1 million barrels per day in addition to cuts agreed to by the OPEC+ deal. | Futures for US oil rose over one percent, with West Texas Intermediate (WTI) for June delivery trading above $25 a barrel after losing three and a half percent in earlier action. Global benchmark Brent jumped 0.4 percent to more than $31 per barrel amid choppy trading, before erasing most of the gains. | The moves in the oil market come as Saudi Arabia, which was hit hard by low prices for the co…

RT (2020-05-11). Incident during drills: At least 19 killed, 15 injured on Iranian ship near Strait of Hormuz. rt.com At least 19 Iranian sailors were killed and 15 injured in an incident during an exercise, the military has confirmed. Earlier unofficial reports said that an Iranian frigate accidentally fired a missile at a naval support vessel. | The incident involving the naval logistics and support ship Konarak occurred during an exercise in the port city of Jask in the Gulf of Oman on Sunday evening, local media reported earlier, citing the Iranian Navy. | Rescue teams were quickly deployed to the site where they evacuated the wounded. The damaged ship was taken to a port, and an investigation was launched to determine th…

RT (2020-05-11). VIDEO shows damaged Iranian naval ship involved in training incident that left 19 dead & 15 injured. rt.com Local media have released the first video of an Iranian ship which was accidentally destroyed during a military exercise near the Strait of Hormuz. More than a dozen sailors died. | The short clip, released by Iranian media, shows a heavily damaged vessel with plumes of smoke billowing from its surface. | The Iranian Navy had previously confirmed that at least 19 sailors were killed and 15 injured on board the logistics and support ship Konarak during a military drill near the port city of Jask in the Gulf of Oman on Sunday evening. The officials did not provide details of the incident, while an investigati…

Julie Hollar (2020-05-11). New York State tries to suspend Democracy; NYT and WaPo shrug. mronline.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.

Global Research News (2020-05-11). Selected Articles: Catholic Clergy Warns that COVID-19 Is Used as "Pretext" to "Control People" globalresearch.ca A future without independent media leaves us with an upside down reality where according to the corporate media "NATO deserves a Nobel Peace Prize", and where "nuclear weapons and wars make us safer" | | | If, like us, this is a …

Newsclick (2020-05-11). No greater hypocrisy than Indian Govt's pronouncements on migrants: Sitaram Yechury. peoplesdispatch.org Sitaram Yechury, General Secretary of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), talks about the Indian government's failure to prepare for the COVID-19 pandemic, the hypocrisy in its policy on migrants and the steps it needs to take to address the crisis. He also talks about how the pandemic has led to a greater realization of the failures of capitalism and will spur fresh struggles for a more just system.

Eugene E Ruyle (2020-05-11). The Bernie Sanders Movement, Its Historical Antecedents, and Its Legacy. indybay.org Online ZOOM Meeting. | LOG-IN INFORMATION AT OUR WEBSITE | ICSSMARX.ORG | OR EMAIL CUYLERUYLE [at] MAC.COM

Andrew Korybko (2020-05-11). Geopolitical Corridors: Did Iran Inadvertently Sacrifice "The India Chabahar Corridor" for the Sake of Afghan Border Security? globalresearch.ca The recent political crisis that exploded between Iran and Afghanistan after the former's security forces were accused of forcing over 50 of the latter's illegal immigrants into a river on their shared border (where the majority of them are thought …

Stephen Lendman (2020-05-11). Indifference Toward Public Health and Welfare in America. The COVID-19 Healthcare Fiasco. globalresearch.ca The US is the only developed nation without some form of universal healthcare coverage. | The world's richest country is indifferent toward the rights, needs, and welfare of its ordinary people in more normal times. | It's much the same at times …

Stephen Lendman (2020-05-11). Effects of US Lockdowns v. Lifting Them. globalresearch.ca A University of Pennsylvania Wharton School model isn't encouraging. | Its analysis is world's apart from what the Trump regime suggests. | Wharton warned that if US lockdowns are lifted nationwide, businesses reopen, and pre-COVID-19 activities resume, eight million cases and 350,000 …

Stephen Lendman (2020-05-11). Reinventing History a US Specialty. The Role of the Soviet Union In Defeating Nazi Germany. globalresearch.ca The power of endlessly repeated propaganda gets most people to believe almost anything — especially when pounded into the public consciousness by press agent establishment media. | In the US, they're mouthpieces for monied interests and the imperial state. Following government …

Telesur (2020-05-11). Venezuela: Full Silvercorp Contract Unveiled, Guaido Involved. globalresearch.ca According to the Washington Post, the document was provided by Venezuelan opposition officials on the condition that one of the attachments be redacted. Nonetheless, the text showcases the extent of the intervention financed by Juan Guaido and his supporters. | Some …

Staff (2020-05-11). Headlines for May 11, 2020. democracynow.org COVID-19 Cases Mount as States Reopen Economies, NY Investigating Deaths of at Least 3 Children Linked to COVID-19, Bronx Hospital Investigating Nurse Who Shared Video of Medical Staff Speaking Out About Lack of PPE, Cheyenne River Sioux Defies South Dakota Order to Remove Coronavirus Checkpoints, Another COVID-19 Case Confirmed at White House as Barack Obama Blasts Trump's "Chaotic" Response, Hunger-Striking Immigrant Women Released from California Prison, U.S. Continues to Deport Haitian Immigrants, Including Those with COVID-19 Infections, WSJ: Trump Planning to Ban H-1B Visas, Three Prisoners Die at Chino Fac…

sputniknews (2020-05-11). Afghanistan Not to Release More Taliban Prisoners Until Reciprocated by Armed Group. sputniknews.com New Delhi (Sputnik): The Afghanistan government and the Taliban signed a US-mediated peace pact in February. As part of the agreement both sides agreed to release prisoners — the government would release 5,000 Taliban and the armed group would release 1,000 pro-government captives.

Alan Macleod (2020-05-11). World's Super Rich Buying Pandemic Escape Mansions in New Zealand. mintpressnews.com A number of the planet's richest people, including billionaire co-founder of Paypal Peter Thiel, are escaping to New Zealand to shelter in luxury bunkers amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Alan Macleod (2020-05-11). New Facial Recognition Software Predicts You're a Criminal Based on your Face. mintpressnews.com The latest technological development appears to be an updated, "algorithmic phrenology," repackaging a dangerous idea for the 21st century, all the more noteworthy because they are trying to sell it to law enforcement as an unbiased tool helping society.

Zero Hedge (2020-05-11). Leaked UK Doc Shows Mandated Remote-Working Plan for Obese Brits. globalresearch.ca

Zero Hedge (2020-05-11). Pompeo Likens Iran To Nazis On 2nd Anniversary Of US Nuclear Deal Exit. iranian.com Perhaps attempting to ensure the anti-Iran 'maximum pressure' campaign remains front and center, even in the midst of a pandemic and historic unemployment, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has resorted to the one of the most common — and we might note laziest — labels for America's 'enemies'. In official statements Saturday, and on the same day Russia and …

Leon Kunstenaar (2020-05-11). San Quentin Gets Car Caravan Protest. indybay.org Protesters demand end to "Covid-19 death camps."

Peoples Dispatch (2020-05-11). US continues deportation of Haitians tested positive of COVID-19. peoplesdispatch.org A group of over 100 Haitian nationals are set to be deported from the United States by the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), on Monday, May 11. This is scheduled to happen despite requests from the Haitian government to wait until the spread of COVID-19 subsides. Among those being deported, at least five individuals are known to have tested positive for COVID-19 very recently. | The Haitian government panel assigned to direct the nation's pandemic response requested that the US government avoid deportations until the pandemic is contained. The presidential panel consisting of medical professionals and…

WSWS (2020-05-11). First ICE detainee dies of COVID-19 in San Diego. wsws.org Lacking basic sanitation and living in squalor, infections among immigrants in ICE custody have skyrocketed.

WSWS (2020-05-11). Hundreds of COVID-19 infections in German meatpacking plants. wsws.org Immigrants from Romania, who are the main workers in the German meatpacking industry, are now being struck down by COVID-19.

yenisafak (2020-05-11). Ethiopian migrants hit hard by pandemic. yenisafak.com A large number of Ethiopians living abroad have been severely impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, with their lives turned upside down, leaving them barely able to survive.Some are not able to pay their rent and bills, some have run out of food and some are relying on credit for survival as the virus impacts the global economy.Having migrated has changed their lives, and the pandemic has become a formidable obstacle blocking their every step.In 2019 alone, over a million citizens have fled Ethiopia due to economic hardships in the country, according to the latest data of the International Organization for Migrat…

teleSUR (2020-05-11). Chomsky, Sanders, Others Launch Progressive International. telesurenglish.net A coalition of left-leaning intellectuals, activists, and political leaders from around the world officially launched Monday the Progressive International with the support of the Democracy in Europe Movement 2025 and the Sanders Institute. | RELATED: | "Never before has international solidarity been more necessary—and more absent," General Coordinator of the PI David Adler said, adding that "only a common internat…

Staff (2020-05-11). Black Scholar Jill Nelson Arrested for Chalking "Trump = Plague" in New York. truthout.org Black and Brown communities are being disproportionately targeted and policed in New York City's response to the spread of COVID-19. We speak with author and activist Jill Nelson, who was herself arrested by NYPD in April for writing "Trump = Plague" in chalk on an abandoned building in her Washington Heights neighborhood. The 67-year-old scholar was handcuffed, taken to the police station and held for five hours. Now she is speaking out. The president is "telling us that as people of color, and old…

Jessica Corbett (2020-05-11). Fears of Bolsonaro's Threat to the Amazon Realized as New Data Shows Rainforest Destruction Up 55%. globalresearch.ca "Bolsonaro is not only turning a blind eye as land grabbers, illegal loggers, and miners continue to plunder Indigenous territories during the pandemic, he plans to make things easier for them." | *** | Greenpeace on Friday warned of far-right Brazilian President …

Peoples Dispatch (2020-05-11). Iraqis seek justice for murdered protesters, political transformation. peoplesdispatch.org Despite COVID-19 related restrictions, protests continue in Iraq. The protesters have demanded that the government of Mustafa al-Kadhimi deliver justice for the over 600 people who have been killed in the demonstration since October 1.

WSWS (2020-05-11). GM workers in Mexico call for an international struggle to keep plants closed during pandemic. wsws.org Asked about how workers should respond across North America, a worker said: "Through a strike protest to demand no reopening until it's safe and the virus has been eradicated."

teleSUR (2020-05-11). Bolivia: Citizens Protest Against De Facto Government. telesurenglish.net Bolivian citizens protested in many cities on Monday against coup-born government and its health crisis management. | RELATED: | Residents of El Alto, Cochabamba, La Paz, and other cities demonstrated in the streets demanding Jeanine Añez's removal from office. Protesters manifested their discontent with the de facto administration by calling for the removal of the regime and their financial backers | Protesters also…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-05-11). Fresh protests in Iraq demand elections, justice for those killed by security forces. peoplesdispatch.org The protesters reiterated the demands from when the anti-government agitation began in October 2019. They took place despite the new prime minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi making conciliatory gestures and promising to address their demands…

yenisafak (2020-05-11). US: Whites protest, blacks nabbed for virus violations. yenisafak.com Black people in the US are not only disproportionately affected by the coronavirus pandemic, but are also arrested four times more than whites for social distancing violations, according to ProPublica, a nonprofit news outlet.After analyzing data from the state of Ohio, where crowds of mostly white protesters have defied a stay-at-home order imposed last month without arrest, a ProPublica report said "police departments have primarily arrested black people for violating the order."In Ohio, a violation of the order is a misdemeanor, punishable by up to 90 days in jail and a $750 fine. Hundreds of people have alrea…

Paul Dobson (2020-05-11). Western Venezuela Rocked by Rolling Blackouts. venezuelanalysis.com Low water levels at hydroelectric dams, "terrorist sabotage" and damaged infrastructure have been blamed for the power cuts.

Adriaan Alsema (2020-05-11). Colombia's military to surrender illegal spying evidence to prosecution. colombiareports.com Colombia's defense minister said Sunday that the military will provide the prosecution with evidence against 13 of its members who allegedly took part in the illegal spying on journalists, NGO's,…

teleSUR (2020-05-11). UN Condemns Killings of Ex-FARC, Social Leaders in Colombia. telesurenglish.net The United Nations Verification Mission in Colombia condemned Saturday the murder of the 24th ex-combatant of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), expressing its "concern" over the systematic killings. | RELATED: | The Revolutionary Alternative Force for the Commons (FARC) party denounced that Wilder Marin's body was found "wrapped in a burning mattress" in the northwestern municipality of Bello. | The demobilized ex-combatant…

Adriaan Alsema (2020-05-11). Colombia fails to regulate local coronavirus lockdown exemption plan. colombiareports.com Colombia's health ministry failed to publish regulation that would allow mayors to request exemption from national lockdown measures on Monday as promised last week. The regional relaxation of lockdown measures…

Adriaan Alsema (2020-05-11). ICC looking into Colombia's private sector terrorism support: report. colombiareports.com The International Criminal Court (ICC) is looking into Colombia's private sector's ties to paramilitary groups, newspaper El Tiempo reported on Sunday. The daily received a March 10 report from the…

teleSUR (2020-05-11). Colombia: Avianca Airlines Declares Bankruptcy Due to COVID-19. telesurenglish.net Colombian airline Avianca announced Sunday that they are declaring bankruptcy after an 80% income drop due to the health crisis. | RELATED: | Avianca Holdings airline representatives published a communication announcing voluntary bankruptcy declaration to protect future operations. "Today our wings are closed so that tomorrow we can all continue to fly "tweeted Anko van der Werff, Avianca president. | The compa…

Michael Arney (2020-05-11). COVID-19 election question: Can absentee voting preserve democracy? peoplesworld.org

WSWS (2020-05-11). Selma, Alabama garment workers explain why they walked out of American Apparel plant. wsws.org The workers who produce facemasks for US troops in Iraq and Afghanistan have not been allowed to use the same masks to protect themselves from COVID-19…

WSWS (2020-05-11). Mexican workers, COVID-19 and the fight against the back-to-work campaign. wsws.org Thousands of workers at manufacturing plants across Mexico, called maquiladoras, have struck to force the closing of nonessential plants and to demand protective equipment at essential plants.

teleSUR (2020-05-11). China: New COVID-19 Outbreak Spreads Concern. telesurenglish.net A new coronavirus outbreak in Shulan, a Chinese city near the Russian border, and a spate of cases in Wuhan has prompted fears of a fresh wave of infections in China. | RELATED: | According to Chinese authorities, Shulan is at high risk. A family cluster was diagnosed with COVID-19, after having contact with a woman with no known history of travel or exposure to the virus. | The news were given a week after China designated a…

Roger D. Harris (2020-05-11). Joe Biden is Ridin' the Pandemic All the Way to the White House. mintpressnews.com A ruling class consensus is coalescing that Trump will be the fall guy, blamed for the increasingly undeniable defects of the neoliberal model.

teleSUR (2020-05-11). China Sent Medical Aid to Zimbabwe. telesurenglish.net A Chinese medical staff arrived on May 11 in Zimbabwe to assist the African nation to contain the spread of COVID-19. The 12 health workers traveled from the Hunan province to Zimbabwe. | RELATED: | Alongside the group, Zimbabwe received medical aid, consisting of ventilators, nucleic acid testing kits, masks, and biosecurity suits. | Zhu Yimin, medical team leader, stressed Zimbabwe and other African nations helped C…

WSWS (2020-05-11). For collective strike action against the end of the COVID-19 lockdown! wsws.org The mass opposition of workers against the return to work in France and internationally, which threatens millions of lives, must be politically mobilized.

Richard Falk (2020-05-11). Acknowledging Disorientation After COVID-19: Beyond Horizons of Fear and Doubt. globalresearch.ca More than earlier crises of my lifetime, including the Great Depression, World War II, 9/11, the COVID-19 pandemic illuminates as never before, how precarious and uncertain is the future wellbeing, and possibly survival, of the human species. The concreteness, immediacy, …

Matt Sedlar (2020-05-11). Mothers on the Frontlines of a Pandemic Need More than Flowers. cepr.net Daily Press Online The Free Lance-Star See article on original site More than 30 million U.S. workers are employed in industries that put them on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic. They include grocery store clerks, nurses, cleaners, warehouse workers and bus drivers, among others. Nearly one-in-four frontline workers — 7.5 million — are also …

WSWS (2020-05-11). Ten Canadian airport taxi drivers die from COVID-19. wsws.org The high death toll at Toronto airport underscores the grave threat all workers face from the reckless, premature back-to-work drive.

teleSUR (2020-05-11). France Begins Deconfinement with Strict Measures for Paris. telesurenglish.net France has started to progressively lift the quarantine measures imposed almost two months ago to limit the spread of the new coronavirus, as the number of cases, hospitalizations and deaths are slowing down. | RELATED: | According to French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe's announcement, deconfinement in France, which begins on Monday, will be tightened in Paris, where there are still a high number of COVID-19 infect…

WSWS (2020-05-11). Podemos pushes "back to work" as Spanish army expects new COVID-19 outbreak. wsws.org The state is placing the lives of millions of workers going back to work in danger, putting corporate profits above workers' lives.

WSWS (2020-05-11). China, South Korea and Germany report new COVID-19 outbreaks. wsws.org In all three countries, the new coronavirus cases come after lockdown measures in each country had been partially lifted.

Linda Wiggins-Chavis (2020-05-11). We Also Face a Pandemic of Racism. progressive.org COVID-19 sheds light on America's systemic oppression of people of color.

Arundhati Roy (2020-05-11). Our Task is to Disable the Engine. zcomm.org Covid-19 and the "super-surveillance" state…

WSWS (2020-05-11). Australian unions enforce continued mining production throughout pandemic. wsws.org Local authorities in mining regions have warned that the continued operations of the sector threaten outbreaks of COVID-19.

John Krzyzaniak (2020-05-11). Nuclear Weapons: The Anatomy of a U.S. STRATCOM "Disinfographic" globalresearch.ca United States Strategic Command, the branch of the US military responsible for the nation's nuclear weapons, recently released an

Robert F. Kennedy Jr (2020-05-11). Video: The Well-Known Hazards of Coronavirus Vaccines. Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Interviewed by Dr. J. Mercola. globalresearch.ca Robert F. Kennedy Jr.,1 son of Sen. and Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy and nephew of U.S. President John F. Kennedy, both of whom were tragically murdered, has continued in the footsteps of these famously courageous men by …

Alex Lantier (2020-05-11). Macron Government Ending France's Coronavirus Lockdown Beginning this Monday. globalresearch.ca In a televised address on Thursday afternoon, Prime Minister Édouard Philippe and five other ministers confirmed that President Emmanuel Macron had given the order for an end to confinement and the reopening of the economy on May 11. The government's …

WSWS (2020-05-11). UK: Johnson's "phased" return to work puts millions of workers at immediate risk. wsws.org Johnson tried to portray his six-week plan as "cautious" because of the massive opposition in the working class to ending the lockdown.

WSWS (2020-05-11). Over 5 million live in families with hungry children since UK lockdown. wsws.org Before the lockdown, schools provided the threads of a safety net for struggling families through free school meals and breakfast clubs.

Trudy Hess (2020-05-11). Senator Nina Turner has something to Share! peoplesparty.org has something to share! | I'm happy to say that after her courageous show of support last weekend, Senator Nina Turner will be joining us on a National Call soon. She wanted me to let you know she's been watching our movement with admiration for some time. | SNT has a history of standing up for what is right, even in the face of immense pressure and adversity. She is not afraid to stand up for bold new ideas. | | Justice for Ahmaud Arbery | Join the call at 8 pm ET on May 13. |

WSWS (2020-05-11). Hardship for UK carers worsens during coronavirus pandemic. wsws.org A carer of an elderly family member wrote to the WSWS about the problems faced by carers during the pandemic.

WSWS (2020-05-11). Governments globally reopen schools, ignoring scientists' warnings of coronavirus impact on children. wsws.org Governments see reopening schools as essential as a false symbol of a return to normal, and so that they can herd parents back into their workplaces.

WSWS (2020-05-11). Right-wing ideologues in Germany demand sacrifice of human lives in coronavirus pandemic. wsws.org Three-quarters of a century after the end of the most brutal war in world history, the German ruling elite is returning to authoritarian and ultimately fascist policies to enforce militarism and inequality.

Children's Health Defense (2020-05-11). Video: Here's Why Bill Gates Wants Indemnity for Vaccines — Are You Willing to Take the Risk? globalresearch.ca Why are the world's top vaccine promoters, like Paul Offit and Peter Hotez, frantically warning us about the unique and frightening dangers inherent in developing a coronavirus vaccine? | Scientists first attempted to develop coronavirus vaccines after China's 2002 …

Andrey Areshev (2020-05-11). On the Battleground of the Virus, The Fox Laughs Last. strategic-culture.org U.S. professor of history at John Hopkins University, Mike Vlahos, in a series of

Paul Smeaton (2020-05-11). Three Cardinals Join Global Appeal Decrying Crackdown on Basic Freedoms Over Coronavirus. globalresearch.ca UPDATE (May 8, 9: 00AM EST): Archbishop Viganà≤, who gathered the signatures and communicated with Cardinal Sarah about the initiative, has now issued a timeline of his communications with Sarah. Read full report UPDATE (May 7, 8: 00PM EST): This …

Binoy Kampmark (2020-05-11). Patriotic Vaccines: The Divided Coronavirus Cause. dissidentvoice.org When it comes to the politics of medicine and disease, the United States has always attempted to steal the limelight, while adding the now faded colouring of universal human welfare. In 1965, Washington pledged financial and technical support to the international effort to eradicate smallpox, though the initiative had initially been spurred by the Soviet …

Arielle Pardes (2020-05-11). There Are No Hours or Days in Coronatime. zcomm.org The days blend together, the months lurch ahead, and we have no idea what time it is. The virus has created its own clock…

Andrey Areshev (2020-05-11). Bolsonaro Is Facilitating U.S. Intervention in Latin America. strategic-culture.org While most countries across the world implemented measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro dismissed concerns of the spread and refused to consider measures to safeguard the population. So far Brazil has In retaliation for suggesting health measures to avoid the pandemic spreading, Bo…

Derrick Broze (2020-05-11). How Big Wireless Lobbied Governments to Build 5G For Citizen Data Collection and Surveillance. mintpressnews.com While selling 5G technology to the public as a means for faster downloads, Big Wireless

Leonardo Flores (2020-05-11). The Botched Infiltration of Venezuela Leaves Guaidó Tainted Beyond Repair. mintpressnews.com Given Guaidó's involvement, it is impossible for Washington to wash its hands of the plot. The Trump administration is responsible for giving him what little power he has, and therefore it is responsible for his actions.

Maximilian Werner (2020-05-11). An Irrational Fear of Predators Drives Utah Politics. counterpunch.org A couple months ago I went to the Utah Capitol to oppose House Bill 228 (the brainchild of state Rep. Casey Snyder), otherwise known as the Livestock Predators Removal Amendments. The bill was one of two designed to do what all predator-related bills are designed to do, which is to make it easier to kill

Mary Fitzgerald (2020-05-11). We Need Urgent Answers About the Massive British NHS COVID Data Deal. globalresearch.ca Why is the UK government refusing to release details of its 'unprecedented' data transfer to US tech giants? If we don't get answers, we may seek them in the courts. | *** | This week openDemocracy and Foxglove, a tech justice start-up, …

graham (2020-05-11). Bank of England secret bail out of big business — over £100bn committed in 3 weeks. truepublica.org.uk By TruePublica: While small and independent businesses are struggling to survive, the Bank of England is creating billions in new money to bail out Britain's biggest companies — in secret. As public money, we deserve to know where this is being spent, and which companies are receiving it. As part of their activities to …

Eleanor J. Bader (2020-05-11). College Faculty Are Speaking Out Against Billionaire Donors. progressive.org Resignations from a growing number of professors bring attention to the undue influence of deep-pocketed donors like Charles Koch.

WSWS (2020-05-11). Automakers continue production restarts as US death toll tops 80,000. wsws.org Billionaire Tesla CEO Elon Musk threatened to withdraw the company's US operations from California Saturday unless the company is allowed to immediately restart production.

True Publica (2020-05-11). Bank of England Secret Bail Out of Big Business — Over £100bn Committed in Three Weeks. globalresearch.ca While small and independent businesses are struggling to survive, the Bank of England is creating billions in new money to bail out Britain's biggest companies — in secret. As public money, we deserve to know where this is being spent, …

Peoples Dispatch (2020-05-11). 6 months after the civic-military coup in Bolivia, Evo Morales denounces setbacks. peoplesdispatch.org Former Bolivian President Evo Morales pointed out that "fascism and racism have been reborn" in Bolivia and that "the de-facto government itself is promoting inequality"

WSWS (2020-05-11). Australian intelligence sources alarmed by US "Wuhan lab" claim. wsws.org The primary fear in these ruling circles is that the assertions are so unreliable that they discredit the US confrontation with China, in which Australia is on the frontline.

WSWS (2020-05-11). New Zealand sees increase in racist anti-Chinese attacks. wsws.org Racists are being emboldened as the Labour Party-NZ First-Greens coalition government strengthens its alignment with US imperialism against China.

teleSUR (2020-05-11). Venezuela Captures 14 Mercenaries in the Last 24 Hours. telesurenglish.net Venezuelan State Security Forces captured In the last 24 hours a total of 14 mercenaries involved in an armed maritime incursion. | RELATED: | "At the end of Sunday, three mercenaries were captured in the mountain town of San Miguel, in the parish of Carayaca, Vargas state," the Strategic Region of Integral Defense Capital of the Bolivarian National Armed Force (FANB) reported on Monday on…

teleSUR (2020-05-11). Iran: Military Vessel Accident Leaves 19 Dead and 15 Injured. telesurenglish.net Iran's army confirmed on Monday that 19 people were killed and 15 injured after an accident on May 10 aboard the Iranian military vessel Konarak. | RELATED: | The ship was participating in a military exercise in the waters off the port of Jask in the Gulf of Oman. | Of those 15 people, 12 were hospitalized and three more, with minor injuries, received medical assistance. | "The circumstances of the incident are c…

teleSUR (2020-05-11). Bahrain Blocks Event Criticizing Normalization With Israel. telesurenglish.net Authorities in Bahrain canceled Saturday an online event on the Gulf state's normalization of relations with Israel, shortly after its transmission began on YouTube. | RELATED: | The event's organizer, the Bahraini Democratic Youth Society, said it had received a phone call from the security authorities ordering them to stop live-streaming the event "without discussions." | The president of Bahrain's chapter o…

Henry A. Giroux (2020-05-11). It Is Impossible to Be Radical Without Being Optimistic in the Pandemic Age. zcomm.org In a time of crisis, the relationship between language and politics becomes more vivid, if not urgent…

WSWS (2020-05-11). Japan's PM exploits pandemic to push pro-war constitutional revisions. wsws.org Abe is pressing ahead with his long-held agenda of revising the country's constitution to remove barriers to remilitarization and to tear up democratic rights.

WSWS (2020-05-11). Capitalist economics and the politics of death. wsws.org The more terrible the reports of death and human suffering, the more ecstatic the response of Wall Street. The fight against the pandemic is the fight against capitalism and for socialism.

splcenter (2020-05-11). SPLC fights to keep children out of juvenile detention, other confined settings during pandemic. splcenter.org

Andrey Areshev (2020-05-11). How Much Are You Prepared to Pay for Your 'Free' Press? Arab Media Wars Are Driving Us All Towards Twitter. strategic-culture.org In the coming months, it is likely that more Arab media titles in the region will fold following the financial crisis and the vociferous media wars which they conduct which are costly and self-defeating. How do you like your fake news? With or without a media banner? | World Press Day passed like a thief in the night in the Arab world. It's largely seen as something lauded by western countries who use it to chastise what they see as backward countries with authoritarian leaders who only know the one model of journalism in their countries: pay-as-you-go. | Or, if you like, the advanced version of the state dictati…

Christopher Black (2020-05-11). May 9th World War II Commemoration: Russian Victory, NATO Defeat. globalresearch.ca This article was originally published on New Eastern Outlook in July 2015. | On February 2nd, 1943, the 6th German Army, under the command of Field Marshall Von Paulus, and elements of the 4th Panzer Army, surrendered to the Red Army …

Conor Friedersdorf (2020-05-11). Take the Shutdown Skeptics Seriously. zcomm.org This is not a straightforward battle between a pro-human and a pro-economy camp…

Jessica Goldstein (2020-05-11). Democratic Governor and UAW Collude with Auto Bosses to Force Return to Work in Michigan. globalresearch.ca Democratic Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced Thursday that manufacturing will be officially allowed to reopen in the state on Monday, May 11. The announcement stands in contrast to Whitmer's same-day extension of the state's stay-at-home order until May 28. | "Manufacturing …

Dominic Alexander (2020-05-11). Winston Churchill: He Fought for His Class, Never Ours. globalresearch.ca Who was Winston Churchill? He was an aristocrat whose overwhelming commitment was to the maintenance of empire. He was a bitter opponent of the workers' movement in Britain, whether in Tonypandy and Llanelli in 1910 and 1911, where troops …

Dave DeCamp (2020-05-11). Facebook Removes News Outlets in Latest Orwellian Purge. globalresearch.ca Over the past three years, Facebook has been removing accounts for participating in what they call "coordinated inauthentic behavior" (CIB).

Prof Susan Babbitt (2020-05-11). Bees and the "Eternally Not Talked About" globalresearch.ca Dostoevsky said former seminarians (which included many Russian radicals then) were "too complete, too hostile, too sharp and therefore too limited." That is, they were limited precisely by being too complete, by fitting all the pieces together, in a tight-fitting …

Rebecca Salamacha (2020-05-11). Federal Appeals Court Allows US Military Base Construction in Okinawa Despite Environmental Concerns. globalresearch.ca A federal appeals court

Robert Fantina (2020-05-11). Kashmiri Oppression and Suffering. Self-Determination and the Derogation of Fundamental Civil Rights. globalresearch.ca There are certain basic freedoms to which all people are entitled. Foundational to all of them is self-determination. Once that principle is enshrined in any nation, such freedoms as speech, press, movement, etc. follow. People who live under any system …

The Global Research Team (2020-05-11). Global Research: Breaking Down Divisions and Building Dialogue. globalresearch.ca On GlobalResearch.ca, the view points we put forth are not selected in the interest of pushing a specific narrative, but rather in breaking down divisions and building a dialogue. We publish pieces by a wide variety of specialists including journalists …

Lynda Carson (2020-05-11). During COVID-19 pandemic the California Guitar Trio releases a new music video. indybay.org Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic…

PPAFVL (2020-05-11). Latinx Communities & Accessing Reproductive Health Care During COVID-19. indybay.org Online via Instagram livestream…

Lynda Carson (2020-05-11). HUD allocates relief funds to protect public housing & Section 8 tenants. indybay.org Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic…

Lynda Carson (2020-05-11). Oakland hot spot for COVID-19 cases is zip code area 94601. indybay.org Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic…

Monique Ryser (2020-05-11). Corona: US military develops rapid Covid-19 test. indybay.org "Our test would be an absolute breakthrough," says Ringeisen. It would massively improve the diagnosis of infected persons and enable them to be quickly quarantined so that they do not infect other people. The test should be introduced as soon as possible. He specifies mid-May as the date.

Lynda Carson (2020-05-11). Mosser Company is among the landlords facing a rent strike in Oakland. indybay.org Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic…

Santa Cruz Police News (2020-05-11). 21-Year-Old Dies in Santa Cruz County Jail. indybay.org The Santa Cruz Sheriff's Office says on Sunday evening, May 10, correctional officers discovered 21-year-old Tamario Smith was unresponsive in his cell at the County Jail. At about 6pm, paramedics administered medical aid, however Smith was pronounced deceased at the scene. According to the Sheriff's Office, Smith did not share a cell, and foul play is not suspected. The Sheriff's Office states there were no signs of trauma or visible injuries, and that Smith did not show signs of COVID-19 symptoms.

The Commonwealth Club (2020-05-11). Nuclear Weapons: Stopping the War That No One Wants (livestream). indybay.org Online via livestream…

Brenda Norrell (2020-05-11). Oglala Lakota enforce coronavirus border checkpoints after South Dakota Governor's threats. indybay.org On Pine Ridge, Oglala Lakota Police and Lakota warriors are manning protective roadblocks at the tribal border entrances today on Mother's Day, as South Dakota State threatens Native Nations over their coronavirus roadblocks.

Brenda Norrell (2020-05-11). Navajo coronavirus relief efforts expand and former bordertown mayor counters racism. indybay.org Relief efforts expand as coronavirus cases and deaths increase. Former Mayor of Page, Arizona, joins relief efforts, countering the recent racist incidents in the bordertown of Page. The Navajo Nation reports 103 new cases of coronavirus and three more deaths in the past 24 hours, bringing the total to 2,757 and 88 deaths.

Brenda Norrell (2020-05-11). Cheyenne River Lakota won't back down at checkpoints after South Dakota Gov's threats. indybay.org Cheyenne River Lakota Chairman Harold Frazier said the South Dakota Governor never contacted him, but made fiery statements in the media. Regardless of the threats, Lakota here maintain their checkpoints and are focused on saving lives and halting the spread of coronavirus.

Brenda Norrell (2020-05-11). Disruption of the Earth and Coronavirus: Dineh Louise Benally on First Voices Radio. indybay.org Louise Benally, Dine' of Big Mountain, shares the message of Navajo elders on the disruptions of the earth by mining and the disrespect for Mother Earth that led to the coronavirus. Louise speaks with Lakota Tiokasin Ghosthorse on First Voices Radio today.

Dan Bacher (2020-05-11). New California oil permits rose 7.8% in 2020's first quarter as oil prices plunged. indybay.org From January 1 to March 31, 2020, the same time that the Newsom Administration approved 1,623 new permits, the Western States Petroleum Association (WSPA), the largest and most powerful corporate lobby in California, spent $1,089,702 lobbying state officials during the period. | Chevron spent even more: $1,638,497 in the fifth quarter of the 2019-20 legislation session to influence legislators, the Governor's Office and other state officials. The two oil industry giants combined to spend a total of $2,728,199 lobbying in the session's fifth quarter.

Workingclass Is The Essential Class (2020-05-11). Real Unemployment is 35.7%; The Internationale. indybay.org The real unemployment rate for April 2020 as of May 8, 2020 is 35.7% Peak unemployment during the 1930s Great Depression was 24.9%. April job losses were 20.5 million, preceded by March's job losses of 30 million. California's unemployment claims were 4 million in the past 7 weeks. San Francisco's unemployed to date are 17,500. The economic crisis preceded the pandemic which is accelerating the economic crisis of the capitalist profit motive. Only a serious labor movement capable of carrying out a general strike to abolish the profit motive can end this Great Depression of the 21st Century.

MDAEFG (2020-05-11). #WearOrange for National Gun Violence Awareness Day 2020 (virtual). indybay.org Social media…

The People's Collective (2020-05-11). Essential For Survival: The Need Of Global Solidarity. indybay.org People are dying, every day. Many people are dying too early. People are dying through war, poverty, disease, lack of healthcare or lack of food. People are dying of starvation. Now, in the year 2020, a new disease is spreading around the globe, killing hundreds of thousands and affecting everybody's life.

Musuk Nolte, The Nation, Magnum Foundation (2020-05-11). Covid-19 Is Forcing an Exodus From Peru's Cities. thenation.com Musuk Nolte, The Nation, Magnum Foundation Covid-19 Is Forcing an Exodus From Peru's Cities…

P.E. Moskowitz (2020-05-11). One Hospital System's Response to Covid-19? Union-Busting. thenation.com One Hospital System's Response to Covid-19? Union-Busting.

Nanjala Nyabola (2020-05-11). Africa Is Not Waiting to Be Saved From the Coronavirus. thenation.com Africa Is Not Waiting to Be Saved From the Coronavirus…

Promise Li, Esther K (2020-05-11). Chinatowns Must Radicalize to Survive. thenation.com Chinatowns Must Radicalize to Survive…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2020-05-11). National Nurses Day: Not all heroes wear capes. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org 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 (2020-05-11). Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: Cancer treatment during the COVID-19 pandemic. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org 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 (2020-05-11). Science Saturday: Regenerative approaches could foster healing from COVID-19. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org 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 (2020-05-11). Mayo Clinic's comprehensive COVID-19 research. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org "At Mayo, we've developed a comprehensive research portfolio, or what we call a COVID-19 research task force, in order to respond to every area that we need to learn more about this virus. We have scientists doing research in epidemiology. We have people doing research in immunology and vaccine development, in virology, in translational work, in …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2020-05-11). Spring cleaning takes on a new importance during COVID-19 pandemic. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released reopening guidelines for cleaning and disinfecting public spaces, workplaces, businesses, schools and homes. Dr. Gregory Poland, a Mayo Clinic infectious diseases expert, suggests taking a practical approach to spring cleaning. If no one in your household has been infected, he says standard spring cleaning practices …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2020-05-11). Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: Maintaining routine vaccine schedules during COVID-19. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org 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 …

2020-05-11: Social Media Postees

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Fake Coronavirus Data, Fear Campaign. Spread of the COVID-19 Infection
Prof Michel Chossudovsky | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-12
Do not let yourself be misled by the fear campaign, pointing to a Worldwide coronavirus calamity with repeated "predictions" that hundreds of thousands of people are going to die. | According to the WHO, the death rate pertaining to Seasonal Influenza globally is between 6 to 12 times higher than COVID-19.
globalresearch.ca/fake-coronavirus-data-…

Holy Land: Heads of Churches Voice Concern About Israel's Planned Annexation of West Bank Land
PHHLC | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-11
As a result of the stagnation of the Peace Process in the Middle East between the Israelis and Palestinians, an array of plans for Israel to unilaterally annex West Bank land, backed mainly by right-wing factions, raises serious and catastrophic …
globalresearch.ca/heads-churches-voice-c…

Once Again, Congress Will Let Wall Street Pillage Main Street
Leonard C. Goodman | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-11
Over the last decade, Congress's approval ratings have hovered around the mid-teens or low 20s, reflecting the reality that our representatives in Washington, D.C., serve the needs of big donors while throwing an occasional rhetorical bone to the "essential" workers who actually make the country function. Congress's handling of the current crisis of the pandemic…
counterpunch.org/2020/05/11/once-again-c…

Trump Regime Further Escalates War on China by Other Means
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-11
In early April, China's official People's Daily broadsheet slammed the Trump regime's unacceptable restrictions imposed on the country's journalists in the US. | It called hostile US actions a "clumsy performance (that) further exposed the hypocrisy of the self-styled advocate of …
globalresearch.ca/trump-regime-escalates…

Reality Check of US Allegations Against China on COVID-19
Xinhua | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-11
Recently, some US politicians and media outlets have been fabricating preposterous allegations and lies of one kind or another in order to shift the blame to China for their inadequate response to COVID-19. | However, as Abraham Lincoln said, "You can …
globalresearch.ca/reality-check-us-alleg…

Mass Unemployment Is a Failure of Capitalism
Richard D. Wolff | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-11
The difficulties caused to workers by record unemployment during the pandemic are a product of capitalism. Most of the time, employers decide to hire or fire workers depending on which choice maximizes employers' profits. Profit, not the full employment of workers nor of means of production, is "the bottom line" of capitalism and thus of capitalists. That is how the system works. Capitalists are rewarded when their profits are high and punished when they are not. It's nothing personal; it's just business.
counterpunch.org/2020/05/11/mass-unemplo…

Mass Unemployment Is a Failure of Capitalism
Richard D. Wolff | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-11
The difficulties caused to workers by record unemployment during the pandemic are a product of capitalism. Most of the time, employers decide to hire or fire workers depending on which choice maximizes employers' profits. Profit, not the full employment of workers nor of means of production, is "the bottom line" of capitalism and thus of capitalists. That is how the system works. Capitalists are rewarded when their profits are high and punished when they are not. It's nothing personal; it's just business.
counterpunch.org/2020/05/11/mass-unemplo…

A Dirty Military Incursion into Venezuela
Prof. Vijay Prashad | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-11
In the early morning hours of Sunday, May 3, speedboats left the Colombian coastlines and headed toward Venezuela. These boats had no authorization to cross the maritime border. They landed on the Venezuelan coastline at La Guaira. This was clearly …
globalresearch.ca/military-incursion-ven…

Can we Achieve Nuclear Adulthood?
Robert Koehler | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-11
"I'll never tire of repeating: We need to demilitarize world affairs, international politics and political thinking." What if a world leader

New House Documents Sow Further Doubt That Russia Hacked the DNC
Andrey Areshev | strategic-culture.org | 2020-05-11
For two and a half years the House Intelligence Committee knew CrowdStrike didn't have the goods on Russia. Now the public knows too. | Ray McGOVERN | House Intelligence Committee documents released Thursday reveal that the committee was told two and half years ago that the FBI had no concrete evidence that Russia hacked Democratic National Committee computers to filch the DNC emails published by WikiLeaks in July 2016. | The until-now-buried, closed-door testimony came on Dec. 5, 2017 from Shawn Henry, a protege of former FBI Director Robert Mueller (from 2001 to 2012), for whom Henry served as head of the Burea…
strategic-culture.org/news/2020/05/11/ne…

Bombshell: Crowdstrike admits 'no evidence' Russia stole emails from DNC server
Aaron Maté | thegrayzone.com | 2020-05-11
Crowdstrike, the firm behind the Russian email hacking allegation at the core of Russiagate, makes a bombshell admission: "We did…
thegrayzone.com/2020/05/11/bombshell-cro…

China Will Not Accept Any US Invasion in Venezuela: Spokeswoman Hua Chunying
Orinoco Tribune | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-11
China repudiates the United States' attempt of a naval invasion of Venezuela and all interventionist maneuvers against the sovereignty of any country. | Through a statement, the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman, Hua Chunying, stressed again this Wednesday her rejection of …
globalresearch.ca/china-will-not-accept-…

Fake Coronavirus Data, Fear Campaign. Spread of the COVID-19 Infection
Prof Michel Chossudovsky | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-11
Do not let yourself be misled by the fear campaign, pointing to a Worldwide coronavirus calamity with repeated "predictions" that hundreds of thousands of people are going to die. | According to the WHO, the death rate pertaining to Seasonal Influenza globally is between 6 to 12 times higher than COVID-19.
globalresearch.ca/fake-coronavirus-data-…

'Justice is Indivisible': Placing Palestine Back at the Center of Muslim Discourse in the West
Ramzy Baroud | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-11
It was nearly twenty years ago at a Muslim conference in Washington D.C. that I heard the distressing argument that Palestine should not be made a central topic in the American Muslim political agenda. The point, which took many by surprise, was enunciated by a young American Pakistani Muslim academic, whose name is not important…
counterpunch.org/2020/05/11/justice-is-i…

Guaidó's mercenary hit contract on Venezuela's Maduro mirrors official US bounty, authorizes death squad killings
Alan MacLeod | thegrayzone.com | 2020-05-11
The leaked contract between Juan Guaidó and the Silvercorp USA mercenary firm closely resembles a DEA bounty placed on the…
thegrayzone.com/2020/05/10/guaido-mercen…

Venezuela: Full Silvercorp Contract Unveiled, Guaido Involved
Telesur | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-11
According to the Washington Post, the document was provided by Venezuelan opposition officials on the condition that one of the attachments be redacted. Nonetheless, the text showcases the extent of the intervention financed by Juan Guaido and his supporters. | Some …
globalresearch.ca/venezuela-full-silverc…

COVID-19 strike wave enters third month
Martha Grevatt | workers.org | 2020-05-11
Workers at 50 locations across Florida struck McDonald's, Starbucks and other fast-food restaurants on May 6. What united them was the failure of these multibillion-dollar enterprises to correct hazardous working conditions that put workers at risk of contracting COVID-19. Some of these McDonald's workers are also part of a statewide . . . | Continue reading COVID-19 strike wave enters third month at Workers.org
workers.org/2020/05/48519/?utm_source=rs…

Geopolitical Corridors: Did Iran Inadvertently Sacrifice "The India Chabahar Corridor" for the Sake of Afghan Border Security?
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-11
The recent political crisis that exploded between Iran and Afghanistan after the former's security forces were accused of forcing over 50 of the latter's illegal immigrants into a river on their shared border (where the majority of them are thought …
globalresearch.ca/did-iran-sacrifice-cha…

World's Super Rich Buying Pandemic Escape Mansions in New Zealand
Alan Macleod | mintpressnews.com | 2020-05-11
A number of the planet's richest people, including billionaire co-founder of Paypal Peter Thiel, are escaping to New Zealand to shelter in luxury bunkers amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
mintpressnews.com/super-rich-buying-covi…

"COVID-19 Has Been Racialized": Black Scholar Jill Nelson Arrested for Chalking "Trump = Plague"
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-05-11
Black and Brown communities are being disproportionately targeted and policed in New York City's response to the spread of COVID-19. We speak with author and activist Jill Nelson, who was herself arrested by NYPD in April for writing "Trump = Plague" in chalk on an abandoned building in her Washington Heights neighborhood. The 67-year-old scholar was handcuffed, taken to the police station and held for five hours. Now she is speaking out. The president is "telling us that as people of color, and older people, we should just die," says Nelson. "It's ridiculous."
www.democracynow.org/2020/5/11/jill_nels…

Trump Death Clock: Creator Eugene Jarecki Says "Reckless Mishandling" of COVID-19 Must Be Quantified
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-05-11
As the death toll from COVID-19 in the United States surpasses 80,000, an unusual new billboard called the Trump Death Clock in New York City's Times Square keeps tally of lives lost to government inaction. "What we found was that there was an amazing and very dark truth underlying the numbers that spoke to reckless mishandling of a pandemic by the president and his team, and we felt that ought to be quantified," says Eugene Jarecki, the award-winning documentary filmmaker, author and activist behind the project.
www.democracynow.org/2020/5/11/eugene_ja…

"Weaponized and Racialized": Police Departments Use COVID-19 to Target Black & Brown Communities
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-05-11
Viral images have shone a spotlight on uneven policing. Some show police officers distributing masks to White residents in crowded New York City parks

'I feel terrible': Bill Gates says he warned Trump of pandemic threat in 2016, regrets not doing more
rt.com | 2020-05-12
Microsoft founder and multi-billionaire Bill Gates said he tried to warn President-elect Donald Trump of the dangers of a major viral outbreak soon after the 2016 race, but noted he feels guilty for not being even more vocal. | "I chose, when I met with people all the way up to the top, in Europe, in the US, around the world, to talk about this pandemic risk," he told the Wall Street Journal in an interview published on Monday, explaining that he even made the case to the US president during a December 2016 meeting at Trump Tower. | I feel terrible. The whole point of talking about it was that we could take ac…
rt.com/usa/488409-bill-gates-trump-pande…

'Humans are not herds': WHO thrashes 'brutal arithmetic' of herd immunity to beat Covid-19 pandemic
rt.com | 2020-05-12
In the absence of a vaccine, the increasingly discussed idea of beating the novel coronavirus pandemic through achieving so-called herd immunity could be a disastrous miscalculation, a senior WHO official has warned. | "This is a really dangerous, dangerous calculation," Michael Ryan, head of the World Health Organization's health emergencies program, said at a briefing on Monday. | This idea that maybe countries that had lax measures and haven't done anything will all of a sudden magically reach some herd i…
rt.com/news/488403-who-herd-immunity-cov…

Police officer rants about 'tyrannical' & 'unconstitutional' Covid-19 measures… gets in trouble for 'insubordination' (VIDEOS)
rt.com | 2020-05-12
A US police officer has urged fellow cops to stop enforcing coronavirus lockdown measures, slamming them as "unconstitutional." While his call to action landed him in trouble, other officers have started to speak out as well. | Port of Seattle Officer Greg Anderson was placed on administrative leave pending an investigation after he appeared in a viral video last weekend arguing the lockdown measures are violating the US Constitution and "trampling on people's liberties," questioning the restrictions and whether enforcing them is "the right thing" to do. | I want to remind you that regardless of where you stan…
rt.com/usa/488383-police-speak-out-lockd…

'We are at war. Make no mistake': WH official kicks anti-China rhetoric up a notch
rt.com | 2020-05-11
The US is currently "at war" with China, White House official Peter Navarro said, insisting it owes compensation for the "damage" caused by Covid-19 as Washington heats up tensions with Beijing over the pandemic. | "We are at war, make no mistake about that. The Chinese unleashed a virus on the world," the Trump adviser told Fox & Friends on Monday. | Navarro also said China will owe the US "some form of compensatory damage" following the pandemic. | Peter Navarro: "It crossed me that Disneyland in Shanghai is opening this morning, while my own Disneyland in my own homeland in Orange County, in Anaheim, where…
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'We are at war. Make no mistake': WH official kicks anti-China rhetoric up a notch
rt.com | 2020-05-11
The US is currently "at war" with China, White House official Peter Navarro said, insisting it owes compensation for the "damage" caused by Covid-19 as Washington heats up tensions with Beijing over the pandemic. | "We are at war, make no mistake about that. The Chinese unleashed a virus on the world," the Trump adviser told Fox & Friends on Monday. | Navarro also said China will owe the US "some form of compensatory damage" following the pandemic. | pic.twitter.com/Z6Onr98wkn– Bobby Lewis (@revrrlewis) May 11, 20…
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Afghanistan Not to Release More Taliban Prisoners Until Reciprocated by Armed Group
sputniknews.com | 2020-05-11
New Delhi (Sputnik): The Afghanistan government and the Taliban signed a US-mediated peace pact in February. As part of the agreement both sides agreed to release prisoners

The Bernie Sanders Movement, Its Historical Antecedents, and Its Legacy
Eugene E Ruyle | indybay.org | 2020-05-11
Online ZOOM Meeting. | LOG-IN INFORMATION AT OUR WEBSITE | ICSSMARX.ORG | OR EMAIL CUYLERUYLE [at] MAC.COM
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Bosnia report exposes institutions, individuals who deny Srebrenica genocide
yenisafak.com | 2020-05-11
Bosnia and Herzegovina on Monday released a report on denial of the 1995 Srebrenica genocide, in which over 8,300 Muslims were killed by Serbian forces. | The report, written by historian Monica Hanson Green, includes many details about the war in Bosnia in 1992-1995, subsequent war crimes trials, and the media outlets and people who deny the genocide. | Emir Suljagic, head of the Srebrenica Memorial Center, which published the report, said that the problem of genocide denial is very important. | "We took a new responsibility to raise awareness of the genocide. This report is the first step in this," said Suljagi…
yenisafak.com/en/world/bosnia-report-exp…

New Facial Recognition Software Predicts You're a Criminal Based on your Face
Alan Macleod | mintpressnews.com | 2020-05-11
The latest technological development appears to be an updated, "algorithmic phrenology," repackaging a dangerous idea for the 21st century, all the more noteworthy because they are trying to sell it to law enforcement as an unbiased tool helping society.
mintpressnews.com/new-facial-recognition…

Victory in Europe Day: These American Corporations Aided Nazi Germany
Alan MacLeod | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-11
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 …
globalresearch.ca/victory-europe-day-ame…

Amid the Coronavirus Pandemic, America's Billionaires Thrive and Prosper
Lawrence Wittner | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-11
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,…
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A Late-Breaking Bulletin From PBS: "For Many Americans, Health Insurance is Tied to a Job"
Paul Street | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-11
I would like to nominate the "Public" Broadcasting System's ("P"BS) "NewsHour" and its economics reporter Paul Solomon for the 2020 Piss Down Our Backs and Tell Us Its Raining Prize in broadcast journalism. Last Thursday, "P"BS "NewsHour" viewers got to see the show's longtime economics correspondent (Paul Solomon) give a chilling account of how newly unemployed people are disastrously losing their health insurance in the middle of a pandemic.
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A Late-Breaking Bulletin From PBS: "For Many Americans, Health Insurance is Tied to a Job"
Paul Street | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-11
I would like to nominate the "Public" Broadcasting System's ("P"BS) "NewsHour" and its economics reporter Paul Solomon for the 2020 Piss Down Our Backs and Tell Us Its Raining Prize in broadcast journalism. Last Thursday, "P"BS "NewsHour" viewers got to see the show's longtime economics correspondent (Paul Solomon) give a chilling account of how newly…
counterpunch.org/2020/05/11/a-late-break…

As the Earth Dies
Eve Ottenberg | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-11
The Robbery of Nature John Bellamy Foster and Brett Clark (Monthly Review Press) The earth is dying and capitalism is to blame. Facing this, one can opt for hope, as Marxist ecosocialists do, or one can succumb to pessimism fed by dark thoughts on human nature and the intractable, deadly persistence of our economic system…
counterpunch.org/2020/05/11/as-the-earth…

No greater hypocrisy than Indian Govt's pronouncements on migrants: Sitaram Yechury
Newsclick | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-05-11
Sitaram Yechury, General Secretary of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), talks about the Indian government's failure to prepare for the COVID-19 pandemic, the hypocrisy in its policy on migrants and the steps it needs to take to address the crisis. He also talks about how the pandemic has led to a greater realization of the failures of capitalism and will spur fresh struggles for a more just system.
peoplesdispatch.org/2020/05/11/no-greate…

Trump responsible for deaths in US and globally because of Covid-19 response, says Chomsky
rt.com | 2020-05-11
Donald Trump is culpable for deaths in the US and beyond due to his Covid-19 pandemic response, according to Noam Chomsky, from making states deal with the crisis individually to cutting the World Health Organization funding. | The progressive activist and author is less than pleased with the president's coronavirus response, and insists his small government attitude and slashing of healthcare and research funds has put the US in a poor position to handle a pandemic. | …
rt.com/usa/488381-chomsky-trump-coronavi…

Leaked UK Doc Shows Mandated Remote-Working Plan for Obese Brits
Zero Hedge | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-11
Being fat obese can double someone's risk of going to the hospital for severe COVID-19 symptoms, a new report published by the University of Glasgow concluded this week. With that being said, a leaked document from the UK government obtained …
globalresearch.ca/leaked-uk-doc-shows-ma…

Pompeo Likens Iran To Nazis On 2nd Anniversary Of US Nuclear Deal Exit
Zero Hedge | iranian.com | 2020-05-11
Perhaps attempting to ensure the anti-Iran 'maximum pressure' campaign remains front and center, even in the midst of a pandemic and historic unemployment, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has resorted to the one of the most common

Indifference Toward Public Health and Welfare in America. The COVID-19 Healthcare Fiasco
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-11
The US is the only developed nation without some form of universal healthcare coverage. | The world's richest country is indifferent toward the rights, needs, and welfare of its ordinary people in more normal times. | It's much the same at times …
globalresearch.ca/indifference-toward-pu…

Effects of US Lockdowns v. Lifting Them
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-11
A University of Pennsylvania Wharton School model isn't encouraging. | Its analysis is world's apart from what the Trump regime suggests. | Wharton warned that if US lockdowns are lifted nationwide, businesses reopen, and pre-COVID-19 activities resume, eight million cases and 350,000 …
globalresearch.ca/effects-us-lockdowns-l…

Reinventing History a US Specialty. The Role of the Soviet Union In Defeating Nazi Germany
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-11
The power of endlessly repeated propaganda gets most people to believe almost anything

COVID-19: Global Pandemic & Climate Disruption With Mike Davis
Speak Out Now | indybay.org | 2020-05-11
Online Zoom meeting, see details here: speakoutsocialists.org/townhall-davis-5-…
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The Execution of Julian Assange
Patrick Anderson | mintpressnews.com | 2020-05-11
I do not respect anyone who has not been to prison." Julian Assange once said to Renata Avila, a Guatemalan human rights activist who serves as legal counsel for WikiLeaks. "What he meant," Avila says, "was that being in prison means that you have made so much trouble for the system that the only way for the system to deal with you is to lock you up and try to silence you." | After a decade of being shuttled from house arrest to confinement in an embassy to Belmarsh Prison to, if the United States government ge…
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San Quentin Gets Car Caravan Protest
Leon Kunstenaar | indybay.org | 2020-05-11
Protesters demand end to "Covid-19 death camps."
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/05/09/1883294…

In Haiti/ICE is spreading COVID-19
G. Dunkel | workers.org | 2020-05-11
Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the agency charged with deporting people from the United States, scheduled five deportations to Haiti on May 11 from the Pine Prairie Detention Center in Louisiana. The agency claims the five individuals have either tested positive for COVID-19 or show signs of having the disease. (Miami . . . | Continue reading In Haiti/ICE is spreading COVID-19 at Workers.org
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US continues deportation of Haitians tested positive of COVID-19
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-05-11
A group of over 100 Haitian nationals are set to be deported from the United States by the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), on Monday, May 11. This is scheduled to happen despite requests from the Haitian government to wait until the spread of COVID-19 subsides. Among those being deported, at least five individuals are known to have tested positive for COVID-19 very recently. | The Haitian government panel assigned to direct the nation's pandemic response requested that the US government avoid deportations until the pandemic is contained. The presidential panel consisting of medical professionals and…
peoplesdispatch.org/2020/05/11/us-contin…

First ICE detainee dies of COVID-19 in San Diego
wsws.org | 2020-05-11
Lacking basic sanitation and living in squalor, infections among immigrants in ICE custody have skyrocketed.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/11/immi…

Hundreds of COVID-19 infections in German meatpacking plants
wsws.org | 2020-05-11
Immigrants from Romania, who are the main workers in the German meatpacking industry, are now being struck down by COVID-19.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/11/geme…

Ethiopian migrants hit hard by pandemic
yenisafak.com | 2020-05-11
A large number of Ethiopians living abroad have been severely impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, with their lives turned upside down, leaving them barely able to survive.Some are not able to pay their rent and bills, some have run out of food and some are relying on credit for survival as the virus impacts the global economy.Having migrated has changed their lives, and the pandemic has become a formidable obstacle blocking their every step.In 2019 alone, over a million citizens have fled Ethiopia due to economic hardships in the country, according to the latest data of the International Organization for Migrat…
yenisafak.com/en/world/ethiopian-migrant…

UN Condemns Killings of Ex-FARC, Social Leaders in Colombia
telesurenglish.net | 2020-05-11
The United Nations Verification Mission in Colombia condemned Saturday the murder of the 24th ex-combatant of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), expressing its "concern" over the systematic killings. | RELATED: | Killings of Social Activists Continues in Colombia | The Revolutionary Alternative Force for the Commons (FARC) party denounced that Wilder Marin's body was found "wrapped in a burning mattress" in the northwestern municipality of Bello. | The demobilized ex-combatant…
telesurenglish.net/news/UN-Condemns-Kill…

Chomsky, Sanders, Others Launch Progressive International
telesurenglish.net | 2020-05-11
A coalition of left-leaning intellectuals, activists, and political leaders from around the world officially launched Monday the Progressive International with the support of the Democracy in Europe Movement 2025 and the Sanders Institute. | RELATED: | COVID-19: Seeds of Revolution Grown on Capitalism's Corpse? | "Never before has international solidarity been more necessary–and more absent," General Coordinator of the PI David Adler said, adding that "only a common internat…
telesurenglish.net/news/Chomsky-Sanders-…

Federal Appeals Court Allows US Military Base Construction in Okinawa Despite Environmental Concerns
Rebecca Salamacha | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-11
A federal appeals court ruled Wednesday that the US military can construct a base in Okinawa, Japan, despite environmental activists' concerns over the base's construction threatening the local dugong population. The activists filed suit under the National Historic Preservation Act …
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Black Scholar Jill Nelson Arrested for Chalking "Trump = Plague" in New York
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-05-11
Black and Brown communities are being disproportionately targeted and policed in New York City's response to the spread of COVID-19. We speak with author and activist Jill Nelson, who was herself arrested by NYPD in April for writing "Trump = Plague" in chalk on an abandoned building in her Washington Heights neighborhood. The 67-year-old scholar was handcuffed, taken to the police station and held for five hours. Now she is speaking out. The president is "telling us that as people of color, and old…
truthout.org/video/black-scholar-jill-ne…

UK: Johnson Criticized for Opening Economy Amid Pandemic
telesurenglish.net | 2020-05-11
The United Kingdom union leader Keir Starmer criticized on May 10 the opening of the economy amid the coronavirus pandemic that has affected the world. | RELATED: | Indigenous, Activists Protest as KXL Pipeline Construction Begins | Johnson announced a progressive quarantine relaxation plan and economic, productive, and leisure activities resumption this week. The United Kingdom decreed an emergency quarantine on March 23 due to the virus outbreak. | "I think what the count…
telesurenglish.net/news/uk-johnson-criti…

Fears of Bolsonaro's Threat to the Amazon Realized as New Data Shows Rainforest Destruction Up 55%
Jessica Corbett | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-11
"Bolsonaro is not only turning a blind eye as land grabbers, illegal loggers, and miners continue to plunder Indigenous territories during the pandemic, he plans to make things easier for them." | *** | Greenpeace on Friday warned of far-right Brazilian President …
globalresearch.ca/fears-bolsonaro-threat…

Selected Articles: Catholic Clergy Warns that COVID-19 Is Used as "Pretext" to "Control People"
Global Research News | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-11
A future without independent media leaves us with an upside down reality where according to the corporate media "NATO deserves a Nobel Peace Prize", and where "nuclear weapons and wars make us safer" | | | If, like us, this is a …
globalresearch.ca/selected-articles-thre…

Bolivia: Citizens Protest Against De Facto Government
telesurenglish.net | 2020-05-11
Bolivian citizens protested in many cities on Monday against coup-born government and its health crisis management. | RELATED: | Bolivia's Public Companies Are Being Dismantled, Morales Says | Residents of El Alto, Cochabamba, La Paz, and other cities demonstrated in the streets demanding Jeanine Añez's removal from office. Protesters manifested their discontent with the de facto administration by calling for the removal of the regime and their financial backers | Protesters also…
telesurenglish.net/news/bolivia-citizens…

Iraqis seek justice for murdered protesters, political transformation
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-05-11
Despite COVID-19 related restrictions, protests continue in Iraq. The protesters have demanded that the government of Mustafa al-Kadhimi deliver justice for the over 600 people who have been killed in the demonstration since October 1.
peoplesdispatch.org/2020/05/11/iraqis-se…

Fresh protests in Iraq demand elections, justice for those killed by security forces
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-05-11
The protesters reiterated the demands from when the anti-government agitation began in October 2019. They took place despite the new prime minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi making conciliatory gestures and promising to address their demands…
peoplesdispatch.org/2020/05/11/fresh-pro…

GM workers in Mexico call for an international struggle to keep plants closed during pandemic
wsws.org | 2020-05-11
Asked about how workers should respond across North America, a worker said: "Through a strike protest to demand no reopening until it's safe and the virus has been eradicated."
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/11/sila…

US: Whites protest, blacks nabbed for virus violations
yenisafak.com | 2020-05-11
Black people in the US are not only disproportionately affected by the coronavirus pandemic, but are also arrested four times more than whites for social distancing violations, according to ProPublica, a nonprofit news outlet.After analyzing data from the state of Ohio, where crowds of mostly white protesters have defied a stay-at-home order imposed last month without arrest, a ProPublica report said "police departments have primarily arrested black people for violating the order."In Ohio, a violation of the order is a misdemeanor, punishable by up to 90 days in jail and a $750 fine. Hundreds of people have alrea…
yenisafak.com/en/world/us-whites-protest…

Colombia fails to regulate local coronavirus lockdown exemption plan
Adriaan Alsema | colombiareports.com | 2020-05-11
Colombia's health ministry failed to publish regulation that would allow mayors to request exemption from national lockdown measures on Monday as promised last week. The regional relaxation of lockdown measures…
colombiareports.com/colombia-fails-to-re…

ICC looking into Colombia's private sector terrorism support: report
Adriaan Alsema | colombiareports.com | 2020-05-11
The International Criminal Court (ICC) is looking into Colombia's private sector's ties to paramilitary groups, newspaper El Tiempo reported on Sunday. The daily received a March 10 report from the…
colombiareports.com/icc-looking-into-col…

Colombia's military to surrender illegal spying evidence to prosecution
Adriaan Alsema | colombiareports.com | 2020-05-11
Colombia's defense minister said Sunday that the military will provide the prosecution with evidence against 13 of its members who allegedly took part in the illegal spying on journalists, NGO's,…
colombiareports.com/colombias-military-t…

Colombia: Avianca Airlines Declares Bankruptcy Due to COVID-19
telesurenglish.net | 2020-05-11
Colombian airline Avianca announced Sunday that they are declaring bankruptcy after an 80% income drop due to the health crisis. | RELATED: | Venezuela Seizes Three Combat Boats With Colombian Navy Emblems | Avianca Holdings airline representatives published a communication announcing voluntary bankruptcy declaration to protect future operations. "Today our wings are closed so that tomorrow we can all continue to fly "tweeted Anko van der Werff, Avianca president. | The compa…
telesurenglish.net/news/colombia-avianca…

Colombia's military to surrender illegal spying evidence to prosecution
Adriaan Alsema | colombiareports.com | 2020-05-11
Colombia's defense minister said Sunday that the military will provide the prosecution evidence against 13 of its members who allegedly took part in the illegal spying on journalists, NGO's, politicians…
colombiareports.com/colombias-military-t…

Western Venezuela Rocked by Rolling Blackouts
Paul Dobson | venezuelanalysis.com | 2020-05-11
Low water levels at hydroelectric dams, "terrorist sabotage" and damaged infrastructure have been blamed for the power cuts.
venezuelanalysis.com/news/14873

China Sent Medical Aid to Zimbabwe
telesurenglish.net | 2020-05-11
A Chinese medical staff arrived on May 11 in Zimbabwe to assist the African nation to contain the spread of COVID-19. The 12 health workers traveled from the Hunan province to Zimbabwe. | RELATED: | Iran: Military Vessel Accident Leaves 19 Dead and 15 Injured | Alongside the group, Zimbabwe received medical aid, consisting of ventilators, nucleic acid testing kits, masks, and biosecurity suits. | Zhu Yimin, medical team leader, stressed Zimbabwe and other African nations helped C…
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Iran: Military Vessel Accident Leaves 19 Dead and 15 Injured
telesurenglish.net | 2020-05-11
Iran's army confirmed on Monday that 19 people were killed and 15 injured after an accident on May 10 aboard the Iranian military vessel Konarak. | RELATED: | Iran Sent Medical Supplies to Afghanistan, Lebanon, and Germany | The ship was participating in a military exercise in the waters off the port of Jask in the Gulf of Oman. | Of those 15 people, 12 were hospitalized and three more, with minor injuries, received medical assistance. | "The circumstances of the incident are c…
telesurenglish.net/news/iran-military-ve…

The Botched Infiltration of Venezuela Leaves Guaidó Tainted Beyond Repair
Leonardo Flores | mintpressnews.com | 2020-05-11
Given Guaidó's involvement, it is impossible for Washington to wash its hands of the plot. The Trump administration is responsible for giving him what little power he has, and therefore it is responsible for his actions.
mintpressnews.com/botched-coup-venezuela…

An Irrational Fear of Predators Drives Utah Politics
Maximilian Werner | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-11
A couple months ago I went to the Utah Capitol to oppose House Bill 228 (the brainchild of state Rep. Casey Snyder), otherwise known as the Livestock Predators Removal Amendments. The bill was one of two designed to do what all predator-related bills are designed to do, which is to make it easier to kill…
counterpunch.org/2020/05/11/an-irrationa…

Venezuela Captures 14 Mercenaries in the Last 24 Hours
telesurenglish.net | 2020-05-11
Venezuelan State Security Forces captured In the last 24 hours a total of 14 mercenaries involved in an armed maritime incursion. | RELATED: | Three More Mercenaries Arrested in Venezuela With Ties to Foiled Coup Plot | "At the end of Sunday, three mercenaries were captured in the mountain town of San Miguel, in the parish of Carayaca, Vargas state," the Strategic Region of Integral Defense Capital of the Bolivarian National Armed Force (FANB) reported on Monday on…
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6 months after the civic-military coup in Bolivia, Evo Morales denounces setbacks
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-05-11
Former Bolivian President Evo Morales pointed out that "fascism and racism have been reborn" in Bolivia and that "the de-facto government itself is promoting inequality"
peoplesdispatch.org/2020/05/11/6-months-…

The Shallow State
Marshall Sahlins | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-11
The CDC, Dr. Fauci, and other pandemic experts are sidelined in the midst of the plague. So are many scientists in the E.P.A. and other agencies charged with protecting the health and safety of the people. Government regulations designed for those purposes are cancelled, allowing free enterprise the profitable freedom to freely pollute the air…
counterpunch.org/2020/05/11/122659/

Alliance for the Wild Rockies Challenges Killing of Yellowstone Ecosystem Grizzlies to Protect Wyoming Cows
Mike Garrity | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-11
There are tens of millions of cows in the U.S. but only about 700 grizzly bears in the remote and wild public lands known as the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem that include and surround America's first national park. Grizzlies are listed as "Threatened" under the Endangered Species Act and the federal government is legally mandated to stave…
counterpunch.org/2020/05/11/alliance-for…

Radical Politics and Pandemic Nightmares
Henry Giroux | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-11
In this wide ranging interview with educators from the University of Barcelona , I analyze the Covid-19 crisis as part of more comprehensive crisis of politics and morality through what I label as pandemic pedagogy. I argue that in a time of crisis, the relationship between language and politics becomes more vivid, if not urgent…
counterpunch.org/2020/05/11/radical-poli…

Debunking Trump's Nonsense
John Feffer | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-11
Conspiracy theorists never let a crisis go to waste. When something truly terrible happens, the conspiracy theorist sets to work to determine the dark, hidden forces at work behind the scenes that have produced the crisis. Some people might see God or the Devil as the prime mover behind a catastrophe. Others throw up their…
counterpunch.org/2020/05/11/debunking-tr…

Radical Politics and Pandemic Nightmares
Henry Giroux | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-11
In this wide ranging interview with educators from the University of Barcelona , I analyze the Covid-19 crisis as part of more comprehensive crisis of politics and morality through what I label as pandemic pedagogy. I argue that in a time of crisis, the relationship between language and politics becomes more vivid, if not…
counterpunch.org/2020/05/11/radical-poli…

Debunking Trump's Nonsense
John Feffer | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-11
Conspiracy theorists never let a crisis go to waste. When something truly terrible happens, the conspiracy theorist sets to work to determine the dark, hidden forces at work behind the scenes that have produced the crisis. Some people might see God or the Devil as the prime mover behind a catastrophe. Others throw up their…
counterpunch.org/2020/05/11/debunking-tr…

Selma, Alabama garment workers explain why they walked out of American Apparel plant
wsws.org | 2020-05-11
The workers who produce facemasks for US troops in Iraq and Afghanistan have not been allowed to use the same masks to protect themselves from COVID-19…
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/11/selm…

Three Cardinals Join Global Appeal Decrying Crackdown on Basic Freedoms Over Coronavirus
Paul Smeaton | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-11
UPDATE (May 8, 9: 00AM EST): Archbishop Viganà≤, who gathered the signatures and communicated with Cardinal Sarah about the initiative, has now issued a timeline of his communications with Sarah. Read full report here. | UPDATE (May 7, 8: 00PM EST): This …
globalresearch.ca/three-cardinals-join-g…

Right-wing ideologues in Germany demand sacrifice of human lives in coronavirus pandemic
wsws.org | 2020-05-11
Three-quarters of a century after the end of the most brutal war in world history, the German ruling elite is returning to authoritarian and ultimately fascist policies to enforce militarism and inequality.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/11/rech…

China, South Korea and Germany report new COVID-19 outbreaks
wsws.org | 2020-05-11
In all three countries, the new coronavirus cases come after lockdown measures in each country had been partially lifted.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/11/covi…

Hardship for UK carers worsens during coronavirus pandemic
wsws.org | 2020-05-11
A carer of an elderly family member wrote to the WSWS about the problems faced by carers during the pandemic.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/11/cauk…

Governments globally reopen schools, ignoring scientists' warnings of coronavirus impact on children
wsws.org | 2020-05-11
Governments see reopening schools as essential as a false symbol of a return to normal, and so that they can herd parents back into their workplaces.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/11/scho…

Bolsonaro Is Facilitating U.S. Intervention in Latin America
Andrey Areshev | strategic-culture.org | 2020-05-11
While most countries across the world implemented measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro dismissed concerns of the spread and refused to consider measures to safeguard the population. So far Brazil has registered 53,000 cases and over 3,600 people have died from the virus. Scientists believe the spread in Brazil has reached over 1 million people. | In retaliation for suggesting health measures to avoid the pandemic spreading, Bo…
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Video: The Well-Known Hazards of Coronavirus Vaccines. Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Interviewed by Dr. J. Mercola
Robert F. Kennedy Jr | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-11
Robert F. Kennedy Jr.,1 son of Sen. and Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy and nephew of U.S. President John F. Kennedy, both of whom were tragically murdered, has continued in the footsteps of these famously courageous men by …
globalresearch.ca/well-known-hazards-cor…

On the Battleground of the Virus, The Fox Laughs Last
Andrey Areshev | strategic-culture.org | 2020-05-11
U.S. professor of history at John Hopkins University, Mike Vlahos, in a series of short interviews with John Batchelor, tells us how Coronavirus has become a fiery pivot, pushing different leaders in the U.S. to take existential stands on how to deal with this virus. With various separate American states insisting to pursue directly polarised paths: Mandated 'sheltering' (the U.S. term for distancing) versus economic…
strategic-culture.org/news/2020/05/11/on…

France Begins Deconfinement with Strict Measures for Paris
telesurenglish.net | 2020-05-11
France has started to progressively lift the quarantine measures imposed almost two months ago to limit the spread of the new coronavirus, as the number of cases, hospitalizations and deaths are slowing down. | RELATED: | France: Violent Confrontations Between Police and Parisians | According to French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe's announcement, deconfinement in France, which begins on Monday, will be tightened in Paris, where there are still a high number of COVID-19 infect…
telesurenglish.net/news/france-begins-de…

Trumka proposes universal federal jobs payments
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2020-05-11
WASHINGTON –Sticking to a here-and-now solution to coronavirus-caused joblessness, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka proposed the federal government guarantee paid employment

China: New COVID-19 Outbreak Spreads Concern
telesurenglish.net | 2020-05-11
A new coronavirus outbreak in Shulan, a Chinese city near the Russian border, and a spate of cases in Wuhan has prompted fears of a fresh wave of infections in China. | RELATED: | China: Middle School Students Return to Classes in Wuhan | According to Chinese authorities, Shulan is at high risk. A family cluster was diagnosed with COVID-19, after having contact with a woman with no known history of travel or exposure to the virus. | The news were given a week after China designated a…
telesurenglish.net/news/china-new-covid1…

China, South Korea and Germany report new COVID-19 outbreaks
wsws.org | 2020-05-11
In all three countries, the new coronavirus cases have come after the partial lifting of lockdown measures.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/11/covi…

Macron Government Ending France's Coronavirus Lockdown Beginning this Monday
Alex Lantier | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-11
In a televised address on Thursday afternoon, Prime Minister Édouard Philippe and five other ministers confirmed that President Emmanuel Macron had given the order for an end to confinement and the reopening of the economy on May 11. The government's …
globalresearch.ca/macron-government-endi…

Patriotic Vaccines: The Divided Coronavirus Cause
Dr. Binoy Kampmark | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-11
When it comes to the politics of medicine and disease, the United States has always attempted to steal the limelight, while adding the now faded colouring of universal human welfare. In 1965, Washington pledged financial and technical support to the …
globalresearch.ca/vaccines-divided-coron…

Patriotic Vaccines: The Divided Coronavirus Cause
Binoy Kampmark | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-05-11
When it comes to the politics of medicine and disease, the United States has always attempted to steal the limelight, while adding the now faded colouring of universal human welfare. In 1965, Washington pledged financial and technical support to the international effort to eradicate smallpox, though the initiative had initially been spurred by the Soviet …
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Nuclear Weapons: The Anatomy of a U.S. STRATCOM "Disinfographic"
John Krzyzaniak | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-11
United States Strategic Command, the branch of the US military responsible for the nation's nuclear weapons, recently released an imperially misleading infographic on Twitter. The graphic is confused–not only about when to use bold typeface, but also about the …
globalresearch.ca/anatomy-stratcom-disin…

Asparagus and bombers
Victor Grossman | mronline.org | 2020-05-11
While prices and recipes for asparagus, dates and restrictions for re-opening dominated the media and many conversations, a far more significant matter found little attention. Ever since 1955 an estimated twenty American nuclear bombs have been stored underground at the U.S. Air Force base in Bàºchel in Rhineland. A German politician recently proposed spending $3 …
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May 9th World War II Commemoration: Russian Victory, NATO Defeat
Christopher Black | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-11
This article was originally published on New Eastern Outlook in July 2015. | On February 2nd, 1943, the 6th German Army, under the command of Field Marshall Von Paulus, and elements of the 4th Panzer Army, surrendered to the Red Army …
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Bees and the "Eternally Not Talked About"
Prof Susan Babbitt | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-11
Dostoevsky said former seminarians (which included many Russian radicals then) were "too complete, too hostile, too sharp and therefore too limited." That is, they were limited precisely by being too complete, by fitting all the pieces together, in a tight-fitting …
globalresearch.ca/bees-eternally-not-tal…

Australian intelligence sources alarmed by US "Wuhan lab" claim
wsws.org | 2020-05-11
The primary fear in these ruling circles is that the assertions are so unreliable that they discredit the US confrontation with China, in which Australia is on the frontline.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/11/auch…

Why Xi won't repeat Ming Dynasty mistakes
Pepe Escobar | thealtworld.com | 2020-05-11
China has learned from its own rich history and is applying those lessons to re-emerge as a major 21st century power | With hybrid warfare 2.0 against China reaching fever pitch, the New Silk Roads, or Belt and Road Initiative, will continue to be demonized 24/7 as the proverbial evil communist plot for economic and geopolitical domination of the "free" world, boosted by a sinister disinformation campaign. | It's idle to discuss with simpletons. In the interest of an informed debate, what matters is to find the deeper roots of Beijing's strategy

New Zealand sees increase in racist anti-Chinese attacks
wsws.org | 2020-05-11
Racists are being emboldened as the Labour Party-NZ First-Greens coalition government strengthens its alignment with US imperialism against China.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/11/nzra…

College Faculty Are Speaking Out Against Billionaire Donors
Eleanor J. Bader | progressive.org | 2020-05-11
Resignations from a growing number of professors bring attention to the undue influence of deep-pocketed donors like Charles Koch.
progressive.org/dispatches/college-facul…

Automakers continue production restarts as US death toll tops 80,000
wsws.org | 2020-05-11
Billionaire Tesla CEO Elon Musk threatened to withdraw the company's US operations from California Saturday unless the company is allowed to immediately restart production.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/11/auto…

Los fascistas hacen trabajo sucio para los jefes
Editor | workers.org | 2020-05-11
La aparición de alimañas neofascistas debajo de sus rocas para exigir negocios de "reapertura", una demanda querida por los gobernantes capitalistas súper ricos, hace imperativo que la izquierda desarrolle un plan para contrarrestar la amenaza fascista, una amenaza que ha re aparecido constantemente en la historia de los Estados Unidos. . . . | Continue reading Los fascistas hacen trabajo sucio para los jefes at Workers.org
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Changing the narrative in Lansing, Mich
Editor | workers.org | 2020-05-11
On May 7, a breath of fresh air entered Lansing, Mich., the first since ultrarightist gangs

Black prisoners win victory vs. racist officials
Ted Kelly | workers.org | 2020-05-11
Through strength and perseverance, Eric McGill and Leonttay Pratt have won a meaningful victory against the racist officials at the Lebanon County Correctional Facility in Pennsylvania. Held in solitary confinement for refusing to cut their dreadlocks, McGill and Pratt

Kashmiri Oppression and Suffering. Self-Determination and the Derogation of Fundamental Civil Rights
Robert Fantina | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-11
There are certain basic freedoms to which all people are entitled. Foundational to all of them is self-determination. Once that principle is enshrined in any nation, such freedoms as speech, press, movement, etc. follow. People who live under any system …
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COVID-19 election question: Can absentee voting preserve democracy?
Michael Arney | peoplesworld.org | 2020-05-11
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We Need Urgent Answers About the Massive British NHS COVID Data Deal
Mary Fitzgerald | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-11
Why is the UK government refusing to release details of its 'unprecedented' data transfer to US tech giants? If we don't get answers, we may seek them in the courts. | *** | This week openDemocracy and Foxglove, a tech justice start-up, | …
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Bahrain Blocks Event Criticizing Normalization With Israel
telesurenglish.net | 2020-05-11
Authorities in Bahrain canceled Saturday an online event on the Gulf state's normalization of relations with Israel, shortly after its transmission began on YouTube. | RELATED: | Israel Plans Thousands New Illegal Settlements in the West Bank | The event's organizer, the Bahraini Democratic Youth Society, said it had received a phone call from the security authorities ordering them to stop live-streaming the event "without discussions." | The president of Bahrain's chapter o…
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Japan's PM exploits pandemic to push pro-war constitutional revisions
wsws.org | 2020-05-11
Abe is pressing ahead with his long-held agenda of revising the country's constitution to remove barriers to remilitarization and to tear up democratic rights.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/11/japa…

Capitalist economics and the politics of death
wsws.org | 2020-05-11
The more terrible the reports of death and human suffering, the more ecstatic the response of Wall Street. The fight against the pandemic is the fight against capitalism and for socialism.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/11/pers…

Acknowledging Disorientation After COVID-19: Beyond Horizons of Fear and Doubt
Richard Falk | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-11
More than earlier crises of my lifetime, including the Great Depression, World War II, 9/11, the COVID-19 pandemic illuminates as never before, how precarious and uncertain is the future wellbeing, and possibly survival, of the human species. The concreteness, immediacy, …
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Political Hope Rises
Radhika Desai | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-11
The COVID-19 pandemic appears to be peaking in the mostly Western countries worst affected so far, though it will continue to scythe down thousands for weeks to come. The virus could also return for a far worse second wave, and …
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SPLC fights to keep children out of juvenile detention, other confined settings during pandemic
splcenter.org | 2020-05-11
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Australian unions enforce continued mining production throughout pandemic
wsws.org | 2020-05-11
Local authorities in mining regions have warned that the continued operations of the sector threaten outbreaks of COVID-19.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/11/mine…

It Is Impossible to Be Radical Without Being Optimistic in the Pandemic Age
Henry A. Giroux | zcomm.org | 2020-05-11
In a time of crisis, the relationship between language and politics becomes more vivid, if not urgent…
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We Also Face a Pandemic of Racism
Linda Wiggins-Chavis | progressive.org | 2020-05-11
COVID-19 sheds light on America's systemic oppression of people of color.
progressive.org/op-eds/we-face-pandemic-…

Right wing on the defensive in Arizona elections
Joe Bernick | peoplesworld.org | 2020-05-11
TUCSON–Arizona's right-wing governor and state legislature are taking advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic in an attempt to defeat progressive change. The Republicans in this state are terrified that Arizona will flip to the Democrats in the 2020 elections. They are scared of the fightback by striking teachers, miners, and all working people, and of the rising militancy …
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Joe Biden is Ridin' the Pandemic All the Way to the White House
Roger D. Harris | mintpressnews.com | 2020-05-11
A ruling class consensus is coalescing that Trump will be the fall guy, blamed for the increasingly undeniable defects of the neoliberal model.
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Mothers on the Frontlines of a Pandemic Need More than Flowers
Matt Sedlar | cepr.net | 2020-05-11
Daily Press Online The Free Lance-Star See article on original site More than 30 million U.S. workers are employed in industries that put them on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic. They include grocery store clerks, nurses, cleaners, warehouse workers and bus drivers, among others. Nearly one-in-four frontline workers

Refusing to die for a confusing slogan
Eds. | mronline.org | 2020-05-11
THE government's latest injunction–Stay alert, Control the virus, Save lives–has come under instant criticism as providing ineffective advice.
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There Are No Hours or Days in Coronatime
Arielle Pardes | zcomm.org | 2020-05-11
The days blend together, the months lurch ahead, and we have no idea what time it is. The virus has created its own clock…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/there-are-no-hours…

Lab lies: U.S. continues disinformation campaign about Wuhan virus lab
Ian Goodrum | peoplesworld.org | 2020-05-11
As COVID-19 maintains its devastating spread throughout the world, it has found an unlikely ally: The United States government. Case and fatality counts in the U.S. continue to rise–nearly 1.4 million infected and over 80,000 dead as of May 11–but rather than take stock of its disastrous response and chart a new course, the U.S. …
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U.S. ratchets up Hybrid Warfare in Venezuela
Eds. | mronline.org | 2020-05-11
Nino Pagliccia examines the recent mercenary incursion into the Venezuelan territory.
mronline.org/2020/05/11/u-s-ratchets-up-…

UK: Johnson's "phased" return to work puts millions of workers at immediate risk
wsws.org | 2020-05-11
Johnson tried to portray his six-week plan as "cautious" because of the massive opposition in the working class to ending the lockdown.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/11/john…

For collective strike action against the end of the COVID-19 lockdown!
wsws.org | 2020-05-11
The mass opposition of workers against the return to work in France and internationally, which threatens millions of lives, must be politically mobilized.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/11/frel…

Over 5 million live in families with hungry children since UK lockdown
wsws.org | 2020-05-11
Before the lockdown, schools provided the threads of a safety net for struggling families through free school meals and breakfast clubs.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/11/foun…

How Much Are You Prepared to Pay for Your 'Free' Press? Arab Media Wars Are Driving Us All Towards Twitter
Andrey Areshev | strategic-culture.org | 2020-05-11
In the coming months, it is likely that more Arab media titles in the region will fold following the financial crisis and the vociferous media wars which they conduct which are costly and self-defeating. How do you like your fake news? With or without a media banner? | World Press Day passed like a thief in the night in the Arab world. It's largely seen as something lauded by western countries who use it to chastise what they see as backward countries with authoritarian leaders who only know the one model of journalism in their countries: pay-as-you-go. | Or, if you like, the advanced version of the state dictati…
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Take the Shutdown Skeptics Seriously
Conor Friedersdorf | zcomm.org | 2020-05-11
This is not a straightforward battle between a pro-human and a pro-economy camp…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/take-the-shutdown-…

Women's soccer players won't go down without a fight, demand equal pay appeal
Ronald Blum | peoplesworld.org | 2020-05-11
(AP)–American women's soccer players want to delay a trial until after an appellate court reviews last week's decision to throw out their claim of unequal pay while allowing allegations of discriminatory work conditions to move forward. Lawyers for the women filed a motion Friday night asking U.S. District Judge R. Gary Klausner in Los Angeles to …
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Podemos pushes "back to work" as Spanish army expects new COVID-19 outbreak
wsws.org | 2020-05-11
The state is placing the lives of millions of workers going back to work in danger, putting corporate profits above workers' lives.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/11/pode…

How Big Wireless Lobbied Governments to Build 5G For Citizen Data Collection and Surveillance
Derrick Broze | mintpressnews.com | 2020-05-11
While selling 5G technology to the public as a means for faster downloads, Big Wireless

The US Keeps Trying, and Failing, to Deport a Former CIA Operative Back to Haiti
Raul Diego | mintpressnews.com | 2020-05-11
Emmanuel "Toto" Constant was supposed to board an ICE deportation flight along with 100 other Haitian nationals in what is the third such flight the Trump administration has carried out to Haiti in the last several weeks.
mintpressnews.com/us-trying-failing-depo…

Don't Cage Our Oceans
Recirculating Farms Coalition | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-11
On Thursday May 7, 2020, amid the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, the White House issued a controversial Executive Order to streamline permitting for industrial marine finfish farms and gut other protective regulatory processes for managing ocean wildlife and habitat. The move …
globalresearch.ca/dont-cage-our-oceans/5…

Our Task is to Disable the Engine
Arundhati Roy | zcomm.org | 2020-05-11
Covid-19 and the "super-surveillance" state…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/our-task-is-to-dis…

Ten Canadian airport taxi drivers die from COVID-19
wsws.org | 2020-05-11
The high death toll at Toronto airport underscores the grave threat all workers face from the reckless, premature back-to-work drive.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/11/totx…

Mexican workers, COVID-19 and the fight against the back-to-work campaign
wsws.org | 2020-05-11
Thousands of workers at manufacturing plants across Mexico, called maquiladoras, have struck to force the closing of nonessential plants and to demand protective equipment at essential plants.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/11/andr…

Global Research: Breaking Down Divisions and Building Dialogue
The Global Research Team | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-11
On GlobalResearch.ca, the view points we put forth are not selected in the interest of pushing a specific narrative, but rather in breaking down divisions and building a dialogue. We publish pieces by a wide variety of specialists including journalists …
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Winston Churchill: He Fought for His Class, Never Ours
Dominic Alexander | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-11
Who was Winston Churchill? He was an aristocrat whose overwhelming commitment was to the maintenance of empire. He was a bitter opponent of the workers' movement in Britain, whether in Tonypandy and Llanelli in 1910 and 1911, where troops …
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Facebook Removes News Outlets in Latest Orwellian Purge
Dave DeCamp | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-11
Over the past three years, Facebook has been removing accounts for participating in what they call "coordinated inauthentic behavior" (CIB). According to Facebook's head of cybersecurity policy, the Orwellian term refers to when "groups of pages or people work together …
globalresearch.ca/facebook-removes-news-…

Democratic Governor and UAW Collude with Auto Bosses to Force Return to Work in Michigan
Jessica Goldstein | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-11
Democratic Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced Thursday that manufacturing will be officially allowed to reopen in the state on Monday, May 11. The announcement stands in contrast to Whitmer's same-day extension of the state's stay-at-home order until May 28. | "Manufacturing | …
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How will coronavirus shape our response to climate change?>
imperial.ac.uk | 2020-05-11
The global response to the COVID-19 crisis could inform the fight against climate change, Imperial College London experts say.
imperial.ac.uk/news/197473/how-will-coronavirus-shape-response-climate

Coronavirus 'not yet under control' in Brazil, scientists warn
imperial.ac.uk | 2020-05-11
The coronavirus epidemic in Brazil is not yet under control according to a report from Imperial researchers.
imperial.ac.uk/news/197474/coronavirus-under-control-brazil-scientists-warn

This Is Why You Can't Trust The Fact Checkers
Derrick Broze | thelastamericanvagabond.com | 2020-05-11
For the last eight years I have worked as a writer, researcher, and investigative reporter for many well-known American independent media outlets. I have spent my time investigating digital surveillance technology, attacks on indigenous communities, and the overall growth of the government and corporate power. As someone working in this field, writing about topics which …
thelastamericanvagabond.com/censorship/t…

Doctors Speak Out About COVID 19 & The Violent Suppression Of Your Rights
Ryan Cristián | thelastamericanvagabond.com | 2020-05-11
The only question, is whether We The People have the courage to stand for what we know to be right, or if we will allow ourselves to be scared into passively accepting the "new normal," a locked down controlled society that was prepped for, planned out, and designed years ago. I for one, will never …
thelastamericanvagabond.com/censorship/d…

Keir Starmer Rejects Calls for Brexit Transition Period Extension
sputniknews.com | 2020-05-11
The United Kingdom is set to end the transition period and fully leave the European Union at the end of the year. But as the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic spreads across the country, opposition figures are pressuring the government to seek an extension.
sputniknews.com/uk/202005111079270149-ke…

Boris Johnson Shifts COVID-19 Blame Game to the Public
Andrey Areshev | strategic-culture.org | 2020-05-11
The Prime Minister is urging millions of non-essential workers to go out to work

Why you need to keep your child's vaccine schedule during COVID-19
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org | 2020-05-11
Millions of children may be at risk of missing or delaying their routine childhood vaccines due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Tina Ardon, a Mayo Clinic family medicine specialist, says she understands being thoughtful about taking your children outside the home for doctor's visits during this time. "The current situation with the novel coronavirus shows us how scary …
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Mayo Clinic expert discusses potential neurological effects of COVID-19
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org | 2020-05-11
SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, can take a severe toll on the respiratory system. However, recent research suggests that the virus may also infect the nervous system. A study of patients with COVID-19 out of Wuhan, China found that possible neurological signs and symptoms caused by COVID-19 can include loss of taste and smell, …
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org/discussion/ma…

Science Saturday: Regenerative approaches could foster healing from COVID-19
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org | 2020-05-11
Regenerative Medicine aims not only to repair or restore the function of cells, tissues or organs, but also the whole person. The latter is particularly important amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Regenerative approaches draw on the body's natural abilities to heal, focus on establishing the healing environments and building new, healthy ways of functioning. These aspects of regenerative …
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Masking your kids during COVID-19
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org | 2020-05-11
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 …
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'Mayo Clinic Anxiety Coach' e-tool to help children with mental health concerns
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org | 2020-05-11
ROCHESTER, Minn.

Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: Maintaining routine vaccine schedules during COVID-19
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org | 2020-05-11
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…

Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: Cancer treatment during the COVID-19 pandemic
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org | 2020-05-11
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 Q&A podcast: The "Quarantine 15"
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org | 2020-05-11
It's being called the "Quarantine 15" online

Mayo Clinic reopens orthopedics and sports medicine facility in downtown Minneapolis
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org | 2020-05-11
MINNEAPOLIS

What COVID-19 does to your lungs
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org | 2020-05-11
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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Spring cleaning takes on a new importance during COVID-19 pandemic
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org | 2020-05-11
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released reopening guidelines for cleaning and disinfecting public spaces, workplaces, businesses, schools and homes. Dr. Gregory Poland, a Mayo Clinic infectious diseases expert, suggests taking a practical approach to spring cleaning. If no one in your household has been infected, he says standard spring cleaning practices …
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Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: Possible neurological effects of COVID-19
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org | 2020-05-11
Originally identified as a respiratory disease, some COVID-19 patients exhibit neurologic symptoms including stroke, loss of consciousness, headache, and even the loss of taste and smell. What's unknown is whether these are direct effects of the virus entering the nervous system, or consequences of the disease's effect on the body. On the Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast, …
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org/discussion/ma…

Mayo Clinic launches radio campaign to encourage recovered patients of COVID-19 to donate plasma
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org | 2020-05-11
Mayo Clinic is collaborating with Entercom Communications to launch a radio campaign that raises awareness in Detroit, New York City, Miami and Chicago of the federally-sponsored national Expanded Access Program (EAP) for Convalescent Plasma. The Food and Drug Administration announced Mayo Clinic as the lead site for the EAP program to speed access and increase availability of investigational convalescent plasma for hospitalized patients …
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Mayo Clinic receives $26 million from BARDA for COVID-19 convalescent plasma expanded access program
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org | 2020-05-11
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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National Nurses Day: Not all heroes wear capes
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org | 2020-05-11
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…

Connecting Patients: COVID-19 and transplant patients
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org | 2020-05-11
Mayo Clinic Connect is an online community where you can share your experiences and find support from people like you. You can also read Mayo Clinic expert blogs and take part in educational events. COVID-19 and Transplant Patients "As a kidney transplant recipient I have been extra vigilant/worried about protecting myself as COVID-19 spreads. Like …
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org/discussion/co…

Mayo Clinic's comprehensive COVID-19 research
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org | 2020-05-11
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PM Johnson's 'confused' & 'shambolic' lockdown changes announcement causes ridicule instead of relief
rt.com | 2020-05-11
British PM Boris Johnson's video address to the nation outlining the "roadmap" out of lockdown amid the Covid-19 crisis has provoked widespread derision, with critics suggesting he has created unnecessary confusion. | In a pre-recorded message broadcast on Sunday night, the PM announced a new system of alert levels that will be used to ease or tighten up Covid-19 suppression measures, depending on the rate at which the deadly virus is spreading. | Also on rt.com | | BoJo introduces Covid-19 'alert levels' for UK as part of 'roadmap' out of lockdown (VIDEO)…
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Jahangiri sends congratulatory message to al-Kazemi
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-11
TEHRAN, May 11 (MNA)

Pence Insists on No Masks at Public Meeting Despite His Staffer Testing Positive
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-05-11
On Friday evening, Katie Miller, the press secretary for Vice President Mike Pence (and spouse of Trump adviser Stephen Miller), tested positive for coronavirus. | The news sent shockwaves through Washington as it became clear that people close to the president and vice president were contracting the disease that has already spread across much of the country. (The day…
truthout.org/articles/pence-insists-on-n…

New York State tries to suspend Democracy; NYT and WaPo shrug
Julie Hollar | mronline.org | 2020-05-11
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.
mronline.org/2020/05/11/new-york-state-t…

'Binders full of women' anyone? Biden blasted for 'calendar model' VP search
rt.com | 2020-05-11
Joe Biden is getting put through the ringer on social media for his latest reported blunder, comparing vice presidential picks to calendar models, which looks especially bad considering he wants a female running mate. | The tidbit that set social media ablaze was buried in a friendly New York Times piece about Biden picking a vice presidential nominee for November. | "Mr. Biden has likened running-mate evaluation to deciding among calendar models," The Times wrote, going on to describe a three…
rt.com/usa/488402-biden-vp-calendar-mode…

Kevin Morby and Waxahatchee
CP Editor | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-11
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Richard Spencer Is Trying to Stage a Comeback Using a Russian Payment Platform
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-05-11
While a lot of ink has been spilled about the " fall of the 'alt-right'" after the "Unite the Right" catastrophe in 2017, organized white nationalism's recent decline may ultimately prove to be only a temporary setback. The "alt-right" (white nationalist) movement in the U.S. has been punctuated by starts and stops, and fascist thought leaders like Richard Spencer have always found ways back into t…
truthout.org/articles/richard-spencer-is…

Trump Admin Wants to Cut Social Security in Exchange for Direct COVID Payments
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-05-11
Suddenly concerned about the growing national debt now that corporations have secured access to trillions of dollars in Covid-19 bailout funds with little oversight, Trump administration officials are reportedly considering several proposals purportedly aimed at reducing government spending

Trump Death Clock Creator Says Reckless Mishandling of COVID Must Be Quantified
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-05-11
As the death toll from COVID-19 in the United States surpasses 80,000, an unusual new billboard called the Trump Death Clock in New York City's Times Square keeps tally of lives lost to government inaction. "What we found was that there was an amazing and very dark truth underlying the numbers that spoke to reckless mishandling of a pandemic by the president and his team, and we felt that ought to be quantified," says Eugene Jarecki, the award-winning documentary filmmaker, author and activis…
truthout.org/video/trump-death-clock-cre…

Trump Judge Argues the Government Can Execute People Any Way It Wants
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-05-11
As we noted in April, President Donald Trump has appointed a staggering number of judges to the federal bench, including more circuit court judges than any president by this point in their tenure. | The success of these judicial nominees, it turns out, is in part attributable to cold, hard cash

VIDEO shows damaged Iranian naval ship involved in training incident that left 19 dead & 15 injured
rt.com | 2020-05-11
Local media have released the first video of an Iranian ship which was accidentally destroyed during a military exercise near the Strait of Hormuz. More than a dozen sailors died. | The short clip, released by Iranian media, shows a heavily damaged vessel with plumes of smoke billowing from its surface. | The Iranian Navy had previously confirmed that at least 19 sailors were killed and 15 injured on board the logistics and support ship Konarak during a military drill near the port city of Jask in the Gulf of Oman on Sunday evening. The officials did not provide details of the incident, while an investigati…
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Incident during drills: At least 19 killed, 15 injured on Iranian ship near Strait of Hormuz
rt.com | 2020-05-11
At least 19 Iranian sailors were killed and 15 injured in an incident during an exercise, the military has confirmed. Earlier unofficial reports said that an Iranian frigate accidentally fired a missile at a naval support vessel. | The incident involving the naval logistics and support ship Konarak occurred during an exercise in the port city of Jask in the Gulf of Oman on Sunday evening, local media reported earlier, citing the Iranian Navy. | Rescue teams were quickly deployed to the site where they evacuated the wounded. The damaged ship was taken to a port, and an investigation was launched to determine th…
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'Pure provocation': Moscow fumes as Czech media names diplomat a ricin courier in alleged assassination plot
rt.com | 2020-05-11
The Czech media has outed an employee of a Russian foreign aid agency as a suspect in an assassination plot against Prague officials. The agency called the allegations "pure provocation." | "Our representative is a young man fluent in Czech, who is fond of the country and loves it," Head of Rossotrudnichestvo Eleonora Mitrofanova told Ria Novosti. "This is baseless pure provocation on the part of the Czech authorities." | Mitrofanova's agency acts to further cultural ties and humanitarian projects. But one of its employees, Andrey Konchakov, is now at the center of a diplomatic scandal between Russia and the C…
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Saudi Arabia's ADDITIONAL output cuts fuel oil price rally
rt.com | 2020-05-11
Crude prices reversed early trading losses and finally advanced on Monday as Saudi Arabia ordered its state oil giant to slash production by 1 million barrels per day in addition to cuts agreed to by the OPEC+ deal. | Futures for US oil rose over one percent, with West Texas Intermediate (WTI) for June delivery trading above $25 a barrel after losing three and a half percent in earlier action. Global benchmark Brent jumped 0.4 percent to more than $31 per barrel amid choppy trading, before erasing most of the gains. | The moves in the oil market come as Saudi Arabia, which was hit hard by low prices for the co…
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Surfer KILLED by great white shark after riding the waves at beach CLOSED during COVID-19 pandemic (VIDEO)
rt.com | 2020-05-11
Ben Kelly was brought to shore but could not recover from injuries sustained in an attack that is thought to have made him the first victim of a giant great white shark off the Manresa State Beach since 2004. | Authorities had kept the beach closed during the day as part of attempts to curb the spread of COVID-19, but experienced surf addict Ben Kelly could not resist heading off the shore of the North Carolina coast

Dreaded comeback? Wuhan reports 5 new coronavirus cases, its highest surge in 2 MONTHS
rt.com | 2020-05-11
Wuhan, China, the original hotspot of the Covid-19 pandemic, has reported five new indigenous cases as the number of infections across mainland China has grown slightly. | China reported 17 new cases of the novel coronavirus on Monday

Dying industry? German coffin makers appeal for govt support to shield from foreign competition during Covid-19 pandemic
rt.com | 2020-05-11
Coffin manufacturers in Germany say they're struggling to make money despite serving a crucial public health role, because the market has been flooded with cheaper imports from Eastern Europe. | The country's casket producers are calling for financial aid to help prop up Germany's dwindling coffin making industry, while pointing out that safe and hygienic burials are particularly important during the coronavirus pandemic. | Just 20 percent of the 950,000 caskets needed annually in Germany are made there, with local producers saying the market has been flooded by cheaper imports from Eastern Europe. | The Feder…
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Leader of infamous Mexican cartel dies in prison after contracting Covid-19
rt.com | 2020-05-11
Notorious Mexican cartel leader Moises Escamilla May has died after contracting the novel coronavirus while serving a lengthy sentence in maximum-security prison on a raft of serious drugs and weapons charges. | Escamilla headed one of the factions of the Los Zetas cartel

Virgin Mary image flown on HELICOPTER over Ecuador's Covid-19 hotspot as families struggle to bury the dead
rt.com | 2020-05-11
A Virgin Mary image was flown above Guayaquil, Ecuador in a helicopter, marking the end of a pilgrimage

'European virus': Cuomo goes all-in on Covid-19 language gymnastics in standoff with Trump
rt.com | 2020-05-11
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo called Covid-19 the "European virus," to zero pushback from the press that gave President Donald Trump no end of trouble back when he called it a "Chinese virus." | Outlining a plan to reopen some parts of the state for business

Moscow reports a sharp rise in 'excess' April deaths as Covid-19 continues to spread in Russia
rt.com | 2020-05-11
As the coronavirus pandemic shows no signs of abating, grim April statistics from Russia's capital show an 18% rise in deaths from the same month last year, and a 10% increase compared to the corresponding period in 2018. | The preliminary figures from Moscow's Civil Registry Office show that 11,846 people died in April 2020, compared to 10,005 twelve months previously, and 10,825 the year before that. The
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US coronavirus death toll tops 80,000
rt.com | 2020-05-11
Deaths from the Covid-19 pandemic in the US have topped 80,000, just as some states have begun relaxing lockdown measures and President Donald Trump tweeted the numbers are "looking much better." | WH officials had previously predicted a death total of 100,000 to 240,000 from the virus. Some states have already begun slowly reopening, including New York, which has been the hardest hit state in the US. Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Monday some non-essential businesses will be allowed to reopen on Friday, declaring a partial victory over the virus, saying, "we are on the other side of the mountain." | The p…
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What's in the UK government's Covid-19 lockdown easing plan? Here are the main points
rt.com | 2020-05-11
Downing Street has finally published a detailed plan for easing the Covid-19 lockdown in England amid widespread confusion following PM Boris Johnson's address to the nation on Sunday, which was slammed for lacking clarity. | The 50-page document begins with a foreword from Johnson admitting that the UK has "paid a heavy price" during the coronavirus crisis, but touting the nation's "success" at beating back t…
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Don't fear the mutant: Coronavirus may be 'adapting to humans,' warns MSM. Haven't they been paying attention?
rt.com | 2020-05-11
The MSM is pushing a narrative that the coronavirus presents an existential threat to humans, jumping on findings that the coronavirus is mutating as evidence for this. But in reality, mutations are anything but alarming. | Over the weekend, the Guardian published a piece titled: 'Scientists concerned that coronavirus is adapting to humans'. One might be forgiven for doing a double-take at this headline

US coronavirus death toll tops 80,000- Reuters tally
rt.com | 2020-05-11
Deaths from the Covid-19 pandemic in the US have topped 80,000, just as some states have begun relaxing lockdown measures and President Donald Trump tweeted the numbers are "looking much better." | WH officials had previously predicted a death total of 100,000 to 240,000 from the virus. Some states have already begun slowly reopening, including New York, which has been the hardest hit state in the US. Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Monday some non-essential businesses will be allowed to reopen on Friday, declaring a partial victory over the virus, saying, "we are on the other side of the mountain." | The p…
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German media watchdog rejects Browder's complaint against Spiegel over Magnitsky story report, says his own narrative lacks proof
rt.com | 2020-05-11
Bill Browder's complaint against Der Spiegel for questioning the story he used to push for anti-Russian sanctions has backfired, with Germany's Press Council concluding his own position is far from being an "indisputable fact." | "We cannot agree with your analysis, in which you criticize the allegations made by the author," the German Press Council

China urges US to reverse decision to limit journalist visas, warns of possible 'countermeasures'
rt.com | 2020-05-11
The US' decision to limit visas for Chinese journalists puts political pressure on Chinese media and Beijing will be forced to retaliate if Washington does not correct its "mistake," the Foreign Ministry spokesperson says. | Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian addressed the US' decision to limit visas for Chinese journalists to a maximum of 90 days in a press conference on Monday. | Journalist visas for Chinese media representatives within the US previously had no expiration date, making the 90-day limit a significant restriction. | Zhao accused the US of "suppressing" Chinese media and warned th…
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'Everything's up for grabs': Soros sees big opportunities after Covid-19 'endangers our civilization'
rt.com | 2020-05-11
Billionaire currency speculator George Soros has hailed the Covid-19 pandemic as the crisis of his lifetime, all but salivating over the chance to remake society amid the "revolutionary moment" he claims preceded the virus. | "Even before the pandemic hit, I realized that we were in a revolutionary moment where what would be impossible or even inconceivable in normal times had become not only possible, but probably absolutely necessary," Soros told Project Syndicate on Monday. "And then came Covid-19." | Acknowledging the "unprecedented event that probably has never occurred in this combination…really endang…
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Lockheed Martin declares Mission (almost) Accomplished, brings F-35's 100+ safety flaws down to 8… and hundreds of lesser issues
rt.com | 2020-05-11
The maker of the troubled F-35 fighter jet claims to have solved "most" of the safety issues that plagued the $1.5 trillion plane

Suspected 'ISIS-inspired' terrorist cell members arrested in Poland over attack plot
rt.com | 2020-05-11
Four Tajik nationals have been detained in Poland for allegedly recruiting Muslim converts with the aim of carrying out terrorist activities, according to the spokesman of the minister coordinator for special services. | According to the minister's spokesman, Stanislaw Zaryn, Poland's Internal Security Agency found evidence showing that the four suspects sympathized with, and supported, the activities of Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS), although they were not members. | The four were allegedly planning to recruit people to join their terrorist cell and were arrested on May 7. "They were inspired by ISIS," Za…
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Trudeau makes Covid-19 aid intended to 'save Canadian jobs' conditional on meeting climate change goals
rt.com | 2020-05-11
Adding insult to the injury of Covid-19 closures, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced that businesses seeking emergency payroll funding will have to demonstrate their compliance with 'climate change' guidelines. | Citing the need to protect "Canadian middle-class jobs and safeguard our economy," Trudeau on Monday rolled out the expansion of the Large Employer Emergency Financing Facility (LEEFF), intended to provide bridge liquidity to companies unable to meet their payroll due to the shutdown. | We know Canadians are worried about their jobs as a result of the pandemic. Today, we're announcin…
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Get your kit off: World Naked Bike Ride organizers say all-day exposure for NUDE cycling is 'best thing that could happen' (VIDEO)
rt.com | 2020-05-11
As mass activities worldwide fall victim to the COVID-19 pandemic, organizers of the world's foremost bare-biking gathering are planning to turn their annual stripped cycle into a day-long event open to even more pedaling nudists. | While the Tour de France was forced to postpone its launch by more than two months as mass gatherings were outlawed to meet health guidelines around the COVID-19 pandemic, another key date for cycling enthusiasts will go ahead on the tour's original start date of June 27