Daily Archives: May 18, 2020

2020-05-18: News Headlines

Rev. William Alberts (2020-05-18). Unmasking the "Wartime President" counterpunch.org There is an insidious attempt by President Trump to manipulate workers and consumers into believing they are "warriors," fighting to save the American economy from the coronavirus. His aim is to motivate citizens to return to work and to shop prematurely, in the belief that they are saving the country, when, in fact, their unnecessary

Patricio Zamorano (2020-05-18). Guaido Was the 'Commander in Chief' of the Failed Mercenary Operation Against Venezuela. globalresearch.ca New information divulged this week reveals that Juan Guaidó was designated as "commander and chief" of the mercenary operation that completely unraveled on the shores of Venezuela. The 41 page contract that formed the basis of the already known eight …

Ben Eder (2020-05-18). World Health Assembly 2020: Is our response to COVID-19 adequate? peoplesdispatch.org Activists of the People's Health Movement talk about the World Health Assembly that begins today, the key issues that will come up for discussion, and the collapse of the global governance system in the realm of public health…

Dr. Jack Rasmus (2020-05-18). The Deepening US Health Care Affordability and Coverage Crisis. globalresearch.ca The current pandemic is wreaking havoc with the US and global economy, accelerating and deepening the general economic crisis—and threatening to provoke a global financial crisis that will exacerbate the decline and usher in a great depression no doubt even …

Phyllis Bennis (2020-05-18). Sanctions in the Era of Pandemic. zcomm.org From Venezuela to Iran, Washington's illegal and inhumane economic sanctions are putting millions of lives at risk…

Howard Lisnoff (2020-05-18). Staying Above Water During the Pandemic. counterpunch.org Depression is a serious disease. In its most serious manifestation, clinical depression, a person can hardly function or not function at all. A best guess is that there are untold millions of people in the US and around the world who are now suffering from either mild depression, or its more serious form as Covid-19

Aaron Maté (2020-05-18). Exposed: CIA used Sheldon Adelson's firm to spy on Julian Assange. thegrayzone.com The Grayzone's Max Blumenthal reveals explosive new details on the CIA spying and sabotage operation against Wikileaks founder Julian Assange….

Abdallah El Harif — Vijay Prashad (2020-05-18). The Bouficha Appeal: Universal Call for Humanity to End Militarism and Stop War. counterpunch.org On March 15, 1950, the World Peace Council sent out the Stockholm Appeal, a short text that called for a ban on nuclear weapons and that would eventually be signed by almost 2 million people. The appeal was made up of three elegant sentences: + We demand the outlawing of atomic weapons as instruments of

Eds. (2020-05-18). Freedom Rider: New attacks on Venezuela. mronline.org The Democratic Party's "left" wing is mute on the latest US aggression against the people and government of Venezuela, thus giving assent to Trump by their silence.

Peoples Dispatch (2020-05-18). Ghani-Abdullah power sharing deal marks an end to stalemate in Afghanistan. peoplesdispatch.org According to the agreement, president Ashraf Ghani will continue as the Afghan president while rival Abdullah Abdullah will lead the peace talks with the Taliban. Abdullah will also choose an equal number of ministers in the government…

Joe Emersberger (2020-05-18). Disgraceful yet illuminating reactions to the 2002 coup that briefly ousted Hugo Chavez: IACHR, CPJ and RSF. zcomm.org The Inter American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) The IACHR claimed in 2009 report on Venezuela that its reaction to the "the attempted coup d'état [of 2002] was immediate and decisive" and that it "warned that these acts constituted an interruption of the constitutional order as defined in the Democratic Charter." The evidence it offered

Staff (2020-05-18). Stir Crazy! Episode #36: Slaves To The Economy. therealnews.com On today's show: Incoming TRNN Executive Director John Duda, PERI Gender and Care Work Program economist Katherine Moos, and Economic Update host and founder of Democracy at Work Richard Wolff. Hosted by Kim Brown.

Stephen Lendman (2020-05-18). Federal Reserve Financial Mismanagement. globalresearch.ca The misnamed Federal Reserve isn't federal. It's owned and controlled by major Wall Street banks. | It serves their interests at the expense of sound economic policy, ignoring its congressional mandate to "promote effectively the goals of maximum employment, stable prices, …

Stephen Lendman (2020-05-18). Trump Tightens Restrictions on Huawei, China Threatens Retaliation. globalresearch.ca Even during a major public health crisis compounded by economic collapse — a domestic perfect storm — the Trump regime continues waging war on China by other means, including its blame game, wanting Beijing held responsible for its own failures….

Ted Kelly (2020-05-18). The Nakba: 72 years of ongoing catastrophe. workers.org May 15 is the day commemorating Youm al-Nakba, the Day of Catastrophe, when white European settlers declared war on the people of Palestine in 1948. In the violence that immediately followed the settlers' so-called "independence" declaration, at least 700,000 Palestinians were forced out of their homes, and hundreds of towns . . . |

Michael Otto (2020-05-18). Ecuador regime wages 'war against workers' — Part 2. workers.org Ibarra, Ecuador Part 1, "Ecuador's pandemic: Rightist regime fails to confront crisis," is available at workers.org. In a "war against workers," President Lenín Moreno's regime is exploiting the pandemic crisis to advance the same International Monetary Fund austerity package that provoked the great uprising in Ecuador the first week of . . . |

Karl Grossman (2020-05-18). The Coming Nuclear Menace: Hypersonic Missiles. counterpunch.org The United States is seeking to acquire "volumes of hundreds or even thousands" of nuclear-capable hypersonic missiles that are "stealthy" and can fly undetected at 3,600 miles per hour, five times faster than the speed of sound. Why so many? A Pentagon official is quoted in the current issue of Aviation Week & Space Technology as saying "we have to be careful we're not building boutique weapons. If we build boutique weapons, we won't—we'll be very reluctant to—use them." |

Romana Rubeo (2020-05-18). What You Need to Know about the ICC Investigation of War Crimes in Occupied Palestine. mintpressnews.com Considering the number of UN resolutions that Israel has violated throughout the years – the perpetual occupation of Palestine, the siege on Gaza, and the elaborate system of apartheid imposed on Palestinians, finding Israel guilty of war crimes, among others "serious crimes" should be a straightforward matter.

yenisafak (2020-05-18). 'Some solidarity, little unity against COVID-19'. yenisafak.com The secretary-general of the UN said on Monday that the world had shown limited solidarity, yet very little unity in facing the novel coronavirus.Antonio Guterres was speaking at the opening of the first virtual World Health Assembly, the decision-making body of the World Health Organization (WHO) held over two days with a focus on the coronavirus."Despite the enormous scientific and technological advances of recent decades, a microscopic virus has brought us to our knees," said Guterres via video-link from New York to the WHO."We do not yet know how to eradicate, treat or vaccinate against COVID-19. We have no i…

yenisafak (2020-05-18). WHO chief to review its pandemic handling, vows transparency. yenisafak.com The head of the World Health Organization said on Monday an independent evaluation of the global coronavirus response would be launched as soon as possible, and China backed such a review.Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus made his promise during a virtual meeting of the WHO's decision-making body, the World Health Assembly, at which Chinese President Xi Jinping defended his country's own handling of the crisis.U.S. President Donald Trump has fiercely questioned the WHO's performance during the pandemic and led international criticism of China's handling of the early stages of the crisis.Tedros, who has…

yenisafak (2020-05-18). Taliban blamed for over 3,800 attacks after peace deal. yenisafak.com Afghan government on Monday blamed the Taliban for "blatantly violating" terms of their peace deal with the US signed in February.Flanked by the country's army chief and interior minister, Brig. Gen. Ahmad Zia Siraj, the head of the secret service NDS, told a news conference the Taliban continued their assaults across the country.Siraj also accused the Taliban of having close ties with foreign terrorist groups such as al-Qaida, Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, Islamic Movement of Eastern Turkistan, Lashkar-e-Taiba and others."The Taliban, after the peace deal with the US orchestrated over 3,800 attacks in differen…

Patrick Cockburn (2020-05-18). Trump's Megalomania and Boris Johnson's Incompetence Have Only Increased in COVID Pandemic. counterpunch.org It was the pandemic that turned Trump's and Johnson's character and behavioural flaws into lethal failings that have since killed many people. Both had risen to power by skilfully exploiting nativist fears and ambitions and scapegoating foreigners at home and abroad. They had become like a pair of conmen who have been successfully peddling lies and fantasies, but who must suddenly grapple with a highly-dangerous reality.

Zero Hedge (2020-05-18). US Headed For Another 'Tanker War' With Iran — This Time Off Venezuela's Coast. iranian.com Iranian state TV has announced at least five least five Iranian-flagged tankers are transporting fuel to Venezuela through the Atlantic Ocean and plan to break the American blockade on the Latin American country. Iran has warned that any US attempt at intercepting its fuel tankers "would have serious repercussions for the Trump administration ahead of the November elections." State-funded PressTV underscores that "Iran is shipping …

Kate Zeller (2020-05-18). World Health Assembly Wrestles with Coronavirus. indybay.org As the global coronavirus death toll tops 300,000 people, the leaders of the World Health Organization (WHO) prepare to hold their leadership meetings virtually from May 18th – 19th.

RT (2020-05-19). 'Rotten from the top': Sexual harassment 'RAMPANT' at McDonald's, international labor group tells OECD in complaint. rt.com An international group of labor unions has filed a complaint alleging "systemic" and "rampant" sexual harassment at McDonald's restaurants around the globe, arguing the corporate fast food giant has ignored the problem for years. | The complaint was filed with the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) on Monday by the International Union of Food Workers (IUF), which said McDonald's had allowed a "sexual harassment crisis" to persist in restaurants all over the world, including in the US, Brazil, Australia, France, the UK, Chile and Colombia, among other countries. | "McDonald's workers h…

RT (2020-05-19). 'Potential benefit outweighed the risk': Trump's doctor pens letter in defense of HCQ, Twitter still unconvinced he takes it. rt.com With media and online pundits going into a full-blown meltdown after US President Donald Trump said that he was taking hydroxychloroquine as a prophylaxis against coronavirus, his doctor issued a statement in support of the drug. | Trump's admission late Monday that he has been taking the experimental drug, originally designed to treat malaria and several other conditions, has caught many off-guard, spawning a torrent of reactions online. | pic.twitter.com/o9DQrfSjJH— Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) May 19,…

RT (2020-05-18). Beijing says it's premature 'to immediately begin investigation' into coronavirus origins. rt.com China's Foreign Ministry said on Monday it was premature to immediately launch an investigation into the origins and spread of the coronavirus. Spokesman Zhao Lijian told reporters in Beijing that the vast majority of countries in the world believe the pandemic is not yet over. | The ministry also said separately that President Xi Jinping will give a video speech for the opening ceremony of the World Health Assembly later on Monday. | Health ministers from around the world are expected to call for an independent evaluation of the World Health Organization's handling of the Covid-19 pandemic during a WHO meetin…

RT (2020-05-18). China supports WHO-led review of global response to pandemic after virus is under control — Xi Jinping. rt.com China supports a comprehensive review of the global response to the Covid-19 pandemic led by the World Health Organization (WHO) after the virus is brought under control, President Xi Jinping said on Monday. | In a video speech to the World Health Assembly, Xi said China has been open and transparent about the outbreak that first emerged in the country in late 2019, and will support an investigation conducted in an objective and impartial manner, Reuters reports. | The Chinese leader also pledged US$2 billion over two years to help with the Covid-19 response, adding that any vaccines developed against the dise…

RT (2020-05-18). 'Masks are Sharia-lite!' Explosive conservative host compares Covid-19 orders to 'ISIS & TALIBAN policies' on Rush Limbaugh Show. rt.com Conservative author Mark Steyn has taken criticism of Covid-19 lockdown orders to a new level by comparing the measures to terrorist policies and mask-wearing rules to the Sharia law. | Filling in for conservative Rush Limbaugh on his radio show on Monday, Steyn began his lockdown critique by comparing the canceling of live musical performances to performers being killed and banned in the Middle East by none other than Islamic State (IS, ISIS/ISIL) terrorists. | "You know the last time I was writing about societies banning music it was ISIS and the Taliban," Steyn said. "I'm creeped out by the fact that we're…

sputniknews (2020-05-18). WHO's Hesitation to Granting Taiwan Observer Status 'Further Damages' Its Credibility, Pompeo Says. sputniknews.com The World Health Organisation's member states agreed during the virtual World Health Assembly to postpone the discussion on granting Taiwan observer status in the agency, despite mounting pressure from the United States.

Evaggelos Vallianatos (2020-05-18). War and Power in Classical Greece: Lessons for Superpowers and the World. counterpunch.org Prologue Humans have had almost ceaseless difficulties in working and living together. Superstition, religious ideas, race, geography, ownership of land, and language engulf them so much, they often fail to extend a friendly hand to people who don't fit their schizophrenia of who among humans is like them. This culture has been generating a deadly

Benjamin Willis (2020-05-18). Unsettling Noises: Locked Down in Queens. counterpunch.org For the past nine weeks an eerie silence has descended upon my neighborhood, as it has for much of the rest of New York City. Being a musician, I am extremely aware of my sonic environment at all times and the soundscape of the city has abruptly changed since even a week before the Stay-at-Home order was given on March 22nd. Gone are the honking horns and idling engines in snarled traffic. I don't hear the traffic helicopter hovering overhead daily anymore. The incessant roar of the turbines from the high volume of commercial airliners coming in and out of nearby LaGuardia and JFK airports has been replaced by bi…

Douglas Bevington (2020-05-18). Taking the Air out of Balloon Pollution: Grassroots Environmental Activist of the Year Danielle Vosburgh. counterpunch.org Danielle Vosburgh has been selected as the Fund for Wild Nature's Grassroots Activist of the Year for 2020. Danielle is co-founder of the Florida-based grassroots group Balloons Blow, which opposes helium balloon releases and their harmful impact on wildlife. Discarded balloons are particularly dangerous for animals living in the ocean. When balloons deflate and fall

Rashid Nuri (2020-05-18). Covid-19, Big Ag and the Failing Food System. counterpunch.org Big Ag has separated humankind from the process of creating food that sustains existence. This separation has been done for material gain. Big Ag has interrupted the most natural relationship, a spiritual relationship, between humanity and the land. This human/land connection supersedes all religions. It is humankind's association with land that feeds us and fortifies

Stephanie Kenific (2020-05-18). Chicago nursing home workers achieve historic contract. liberationnews.org Nursing homes are among the places hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Eds. (2020-05-18). Trump unveils plan that would see Big Pharma reap massive profits from COVID-19 vaccine. mronline.org President Trump has revealed a plan to mobilize the US military to deliver mass vaccinations across the country, coupled with Operation Warp Speed, a "Manhattan project-style" race to produce a COVID-19 vaccine.

Alan MacLeod (2020-05-18). Latin America Braces for Major Spike in COVID-19 Cases. thealtworld.com Many Latin American countries have been hollowed out after decades of neoliberal "reforms," leaving them weaker than ever. | MPN— Latin America appears to be on a precipice, about to lose what little control over the COVID-19 pandemic it had. Across the region, daily positive tests are

Staff (2020-05-18). How Democracy Falls In East Europe And The Balkans. therealnews.com Freedom House says Eastern European and Balkans democracies are in danger. COVID-19 has opened the door to surveillance, and threatens democracies from Hungary to India to Israel.

Eds. (2020-05-18). UK COVID-19 Death-toll now exceeds 61,000. mronline.org The public, according to incessant government polling and monitoring of the public mood through focus groups and mass data has confirmed that the nation is quickly being 'traumatised' by the UK's experience of the pandemic.

Staff (2020-05-18). COVID-19 Exposes The Generational Injustices That Demand Reparations. therealnews.com Generations of racism created the conditions that made African Americans more susceptible to COVID-19, and reparations are the way to address that injustice.

Maxximilian Seijo (2020-05-18). Coordination Beyond the Corporation with Sanjukta Paul. mronline.org In this episode, Maxx and Scott speak with legal scholar Sanjukta Paul about imagining alternative and more just forms of economic association in ways that denaturalize the 20th-century monopolistic firm. The key, Paul argues, is to reveal and contest the public "coordination rights" that legally structure all economic activity. Sanjukta Paul is Assistant Professor of …

Joe Piette (2020-05-18). Philadelphia: #FreeBlackMamas demand prisoner release. workers.org Philadelphia Protesters, led by currently and formerly incarcerated women, trans and non gender-binary people, held a rally on May 15 in a city park next to Riverside Correctional Facility to demand the release of people held in Philadelphia jails and an end to unjust cash bail. The action featured speeches . . . |

Editor (2020-05-18). An all-too-familiar occurrence. workers.org Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old emergency medical technician in Louisville, Ky., was killed by eight police bullets as she lay in her bed at 1 a.m. on March 13. Breonna Taylor This tragic incident is an all-too-familiar event. Another young Black person has died at the hands of the shoot-first, ask-questions-later . . . |

Staff (2020-05-18). Climate Music To Soothe And Terrify You. therealnews.com Imagine if the climate crisis was a musical composition oscillating between musical highs and lows, between hope and despair. The ClimateMusic Project, in collaboration with Richard Festinger, a music composer and educator, has written the "science-guided" musical composition The composition was recently performed by San Francisco's Telegraph Quartet to celebrate Earth Day on April 22 in collaboration with the National Academy of Sciences (NAS). | "Icarus in Flight" premiered in 2018…

Adriaan Alsema (2020-05-18). North Colombia paramilitaries had access to classified US counternarcotics documents: report. colombiareports.com A paramilitary group from northern Colombia had access to classified information from Colombian and international counternarcotics agencies allowing it to avoid drug seizures, according to Noticias Uno. According to the…

RT (2020-05-18). 'Idiotic & unimplementable': Chief of Europe's largest lowcoster Ryanair slams UK response to Covid-19. rt.com Ryanair Chief Executive Michael O'Leary has blasted the British government for mismanaging the Covid-19 crisis, and hit out at fresh measures for quarantining travelers coming from abroad. | "It's idiotic and it's unimplementable. You don't have enough police in the UK," O'Leary told BBC radio. | "This [is] the same government that has… mismanaged the crisis for many weeks. | Last week, Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed that all travellers arriving in Britain will be quarantined for 14 days. The measure is expected to take effect in the end of the month. | O'Leary had previously criticized the idea of q…

The Canary (2020-05-18). Loss of smell or taste added to NHS Covid-19 symptoms list. thecanary.co A loss or changed sense of taste or smell are to be added to the NHS coronavirus symptoms list, weeks after experts first raised concerns that Covid-19 cases are being missed.Anyone suffering loss of taste or smell, or a noticeable change, should now self-isolate for seven days to reduce the risk of spreading the infection, England's deputy chief medical officer, Professor Jonathan Van-Tam said.If the symptomatic person lives with others, they should stay at home for seven days, while all other household members should stay home for 14 days even if they do not have symptoms.The move means loss of smell or taste w…

The Canary (2020-05-18). Liz Truss trumpets benefits of UK-US trade deal for 'workers, consumers and farmers'. thecanary.co The UK and US hope trade talks can proceed at an "accelerated pace" to deliver a "comprehensive" deal, Liz Truss said after the first round of transatlantic negotiations. | The International Trade Secretary said both sides wanted a deal to deliver benefits for workers, consumers and farmers. | Critics have warned that striking a deal will require Britain to accept looser US food and environmental standards, as well as opening up the NHS to American firms — something the government denies. | Truss said that during the talks, conducted remotely due to the coronavirus pandemic, "a number of areas showed partic…

The Canary (2020-05-18). Labour brands new immigration legislation a 'threat to national interest'. thecanary.co Ministers have been accused of "rank hypocrisy" over their attitude to key workers as Labour claimed new immigration legislation would make it harder to fill NHS roles.The government's measures to replace European Union freedom of movement rules in the UK face their first Commons hurdle on Monday.The Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) bill is part of the move towards the government's new points-based immigration system, to be introduced from 2021, although it does not set out the details on this. | These will be fleshed out in the immigration rules, which will explain the future system…

Staff (2020-05-18). How Will COVID-19 Change the World? Historian Frank Snowden on Epidemics From the Black Death to Now. democracynow.org Pandemics, like revolution, war and economic crises, are key determinants of historic change. We look at the history of epidemics, from Black Death to smallpox to COVID-19, and discuss how the coronavirus will reshape the world with leading medical historian Frank Snowden, author of "Epidemics and Society: From the Black Death to the Present." He is a professor emeritus at Yale University who has been in Italy since the pandemic began, and himself survived a COVID-19 infection.

Paul Haeder (2020-05-18). Down and Out in Portland: Retired in Style in Waldport, OR. dissidentvoice.org The irony of this quote from the Dustin Hoffman movie, The Graduate, is not wasted on Duane Snider: — One word: plastics. That was Benjamin Braddock, just graduated from college, sitting in a swimming pool. Giving him advice on gaining the American dream, the neighbor's statement says it all. Today? Hedge funds? Flipping houses? Coronavirus …

Betsey Piette (2020-05-18). On anniversary of historic bombing: MOVE's message is 'Free Mumia!'. workers.org Philadelphia May 13 was an historic and emotionally charged day as the city of Philadelphia took time to commemorate the horrific bombing of the MOVE family 35 years ago. Police dropped a C4 military-grade bomb on their west Philadelphia home, killing six adults and five children. City officials, including then . . . |

RT (2020-05-18). 'S**t show of dynamic proportions': UK govt admits NHS Covid-19 tracing app still 'weeks' away from launch despite mid-May pledge. rt.com Downing Street has admitted that the NHS Covid-19 tracing app is still "weeks" away from being rolled out nationwide — despite previously saying that it would be launched in mid-May — prompting a scathing response from critics. | The delay in the rollout of the NHS app, currently being trialed on the Isle of Wight, is the latest setback for the UK government, which has been widely criticized for failing to hit a number of targets and causing unnecessary confusion throughout the coronavirus pandemic. | During a Downing Street media briefing on Monday, a spokesman for PM Boris Johnson appeared to pla…

Andrey Areshev (2020-05-18). Profiting From Coronavirus. strategic-culture.org Much has been written about the possibility for a new and better kind of world to emerge after coronavirus. Yet our governments cannot conceive of any model for fighting this threat to the whole world, other than the capitalist, money-making model. The much-touted "race to develop a vaccine" is not a race to save lives. It is a race to make billions.

RT (2020-05-18). Two asteroids to approach Earth on Monday, one of them BIGGER than STATUE OF LIBERTY. rt.com Just in case anyone was getting too comfy, NASA's Center for Near-Earth Object Studies is warning that two asteroids are heading towards Earth this Monday. Another one is expected to come close to us early on Tuesday. | All three of the near-Earth asteroids are expected to make close approaches at some point between Monday May 18 and Tuesday May 19, at speeds of between 13,000 and 31,000 miles per hour. | The first of the week's incoming asteroids, 2020 JE2, boasts a diameter of 56 feet, or the equivalent of two London buses one in front of the other, and will fly past us at roughly 2: 19 pm EDT, at a mercifull…

RT (2020-05-18). US may deploy intermediate & shorter-range missiles in Europe — Russian deputy FM. rt.com The United States may start deploying land-based intermediate- and shorter-range missiles in Europe after their deployment in the Asia-Pacific region, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said on Monday. | After the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty ceased to exist, Russia proposed that Moscow and the US, with its allies, exercise restraint to avoid an escalation in tension, he said during an online lecture covering key topics on US foreign policy for students at MGIMO University. | Washington has stated its intention to start deploying land-based intermediate- and shorter-range missiles in th…

RT (2020-05-18). Saudi-backed Yemen's govt accuses Houthis of covering up coronavirus outbreak, calls for global assistance. rt.com Yemen's Saudi-backed government accused the Houthi movement of covering up a big outbreak of coronavirus in areas it holds. The Aden-based government also called for urgent global assistance to help Yemen's war-ravaged health sector deal with Covid-19, Reuters said. | The United Nations warned that the country could suffer a "catastrophic" food security situation due to the pandemic. The World Health Organization (WHO) says the virus is spreading undetected among the population in the country, control of which is divided between the government in the south and the Houthi group in the north. | The government ha…

RT (2020-05-18). Spain may reopen borders to tourists in late June, transport minister says. rt.com Spain aims to reopen borders to visitors around the end of June as its coronavirus lockdown fully winds down, Transport Minister Jose Luis Abalos said on Monday. Madrid last week surprised its EU partners by imposing a two-week quarantine on all overseas travelers and effectively keeping borders closed, Reuters said. | Spain then explained that the measures were needed to avoid importing a second wave of the Covid-19 disease. However, the move was meant to be temporary and the transport minister said it would be phased out in parallel with travel being allowed within Spain, whose regions are easing restriction…

RT (2020-05-18). France & Germany suggest ‚Ǩ500 BILLION fund to help Europe recover from Covid-19 epidemic. rt.com France and Germany have agreed on establishing a joint European recovery fund amounting to ‚Ǩ500 billion (US$543 billion) that will be given out as grants to the economic sectors and regions most affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. | German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron have announced a joint initiative aimed at helping the European Union recover from the devastation the novel coronavirus pandemic has inflicted on its economy. The plan involves allocating a vast sum for the specialized recovery fund within the next Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) — a…

RT (2020-05-18). Erdogan LOCKS DOWN Turkey for Eid holidays over fears Muslim celebrations may turn into Covid-19 disaster. rt.com Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has announced a strict four-day nationwide lockdown during the upcoming Eid al-Fitr celebrations. The move comes in an effort to prevent a possible spike in coronavirus cases. | The decision was announced by Turkey's leader on Monday. The lockdown will come into effect on May 23, when Muslims worldwide will start celebrating the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan. | "I hope that after the holiday we'll be in a situation when such restrictions are not needed," Erdogan stated. | The Eid al-Fitr is a major holiday in Turkey, where Sunni Muslims are a majority, and peo…

RT (2020-05-18). Group that TRACKED protesters' cell phones accuses them of spreading Covid-19 across US… even if they DIDN'T leave their cars. rt.com A Democrat-linked advocacy group is blaming the spread of Covid-19 on anti-lockdown protesters in the US after tracking their cell phones cross-country. Despite the tempting partisan narrative, though, many never left their cars. | Anti-lockdown demonstrators traveled hundreds of miles to attend protests, almost certainly spreading the coronavirus to places where infections were rare, according to the Committee to Protect Medicare, a supposedly non-partisan group run by a former Democratic congressional candidate. The group provided a comprehensive analysis of smartphone location data from rallies in Michigan,…

RT (2020-05-18). 'THIS WILL KILL YOU': Media goes into anti-HCQ panic mode after Trump says he's taking the drug to fend off Covid-19. rt.com Media outlets rushed to denounce hydroxychloroquine after President Donald Trump revealed he was taking it as a prophylactic against the coronavirus. Pundits called the drug dangerous and ineffective based on selected studies. | "I've been taking it for about a week and a half now and I'm still here," Trump said Monday during an event at the White House, adding he had heard good things about the drug from medical professionals. | Fox News anchor Neil Cavuto immediately reacted by bringing up one long-documented side effect of the drug, used for decades to treat malaria and lupus. | 'I cannot stress this enough…

RT (2020-05-18). Personal pods, 'bumper tables' & pool noodle hats? Inventive 'social distancing' enforcers ensure New Normal is anything but. rt.com As populations emerge from Covid-19 lockdown, businesses are scrambling to comply with the onerous social-distancing regulations still in place, deploying everything from repurposed pool noodles to hula hoops to keep people apart. | Schools and 'non-essential' businesses like restaurants and bars are preparing to reopen after lengthy lockdowns, but many governments are insisting on the need for continued "social distancing" – keeping people six feet apart at all times to prevent the spread of Covid-19. After months all but trapped in their homes, many people want nothing more than human contact. How to prevent…

RT (2020-05-18). 'I'm still here': Trump reveals he's been taking Hydroxychloroquine against Covid-19. rt.com US President Donald Trump shocked reporters by revealing that he has been taking the anti-malaria drug Hydroxychloroquine as a preventative against the coronavirus, following the advice of the White House physician. | "I've been taking it for about a week and a half now and I'm still here," he said on Monday, following a meeting with governors at the White House. "I was just waiting to see your eyes light up when I said this," he told the reporter asking the question. | Asked what evidence he had that the drug was helpful, Trump said "I get a lot of positive calls about it," before adding, "What do you have to…

RT (2020-05-18). 'Have a good day & be safe': New Jersey cops are latest police force to REFUSE enforcing Covid-19 restrictions. rt.com Footage of police in New Jersey informing anti-lockdown protesters they're in violation of Covid-19 executive orders, but will not face consequences, is the latest example of officers taking a more hands-off approach to the rules. | People began gathering outside Atilis Gym in southern New Jersey hours before it opened on Monday to show support for the business defying executive orders from the governor, and to protest the continuing lockdown measures in place across the state. | While almost no protesters wore face coverings and were clearly breaking social distancing guidelines by gathering in a big crowd, p…

RT (2020-05-18). Covid-19 pandemic fuels knee-jerk anti-China sentiment just in time for Trump's reheated trade war. rt.com Two in five Americans won't buy products made in China, according to a recent survey, and nearly three-quarters blame Beijing for the Covid-19 pandemic — just in time for the relaunch of President Donald Trump's trade war! | On top of the 40 percent of Americans who said they wouldn't purchase made-in-China goods under any circumstances, in an FTI Consulting poll

RT (2020-05-18). Pompeo throws yet another accusation at WHO for being pro-China, after delays to Taiwan getting observer status. rt.com By delaying the decision to grant Taiwan observer status, the World Health Organization (WHO) is further undermining its credibility and exposing its pro-China bias, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has claimed. | WHO member nations unanimously voted to postpone the decision to grant Taiwan observer status until later in the year, in order to avoid shifting the focus away from the Covid-19 pandemic. This was in spite of the country having previously participated in a non-voting observer capacity between 2009 and 2016. | According to Pompeo, by delaying this decision, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebre…

RT (2020-05-18). Iraqi govt considers imposing full lockdown in Baghdad areas amid uptick in coronavirus cases. rt.com Iraq will impose a complete lockdown on some areas of the capital, the new health minister said on Monday, as in coronavirus cases have jumped in recent weeks since curfew hours were relaxed. | The new government under PM Mustafa al-Kadhimi was sworn into power just two weeks ago following a five-month leadership vacuum. Ministers have to respond to the pandemic and a severe economic crisis brought on by falling oil prices. | Areas of Baghdad believed to play a role in spreading the virus will face a full lockdown as of Wednesday for a period of two weeks, Health Minister Hassan al-Tamimi said in a statement.

RT (2020-05-18). Is that Big Brother behind the medical mask? Bill Gates to co-fund South Korean research of next-gen quarantine methods. rt.com South Korea's biggest telecom firm is banding with Bill Gates to develop next-generation quarantine methods. The $10-million project may stir uncomfortable thoughts in those who suspect the billionaire of having a sinister agenda. | KT, the Seongnam-based multinational giant,

RT (2020-05-18). Saudi pilot who went on gun rampage at Florida naval base linked to 'Al-Qaeda operative'. rt.com The FBI has found evidence linking the perpetrator of the December 2019 Pensacola naval airbase shooting, a trainee pilot of the Royal Saudi Air Force, to a suspected operative of the terrorist group Al-Qaeda. | The gun attack at the Naval Air Station Pensacola left three victims dead and eight others injured. The gunman, Second Lieutenant Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani, was killed by responding police forces. The incident was a major embarrassment for both nations involved. | Attorney General William Barr announced on Monday that FBI investigators discovered evidence of "significant ties" to Al-Qaeda in the Arabia…

RT (2020-05-18). A huge fleet of 117 tankers is bringing super cheap crude to China. rt.com While the rest of the world is tentatively coming out of lockdowns, China is taking advantage of the cheapest crude oil in years to stock up as demand is starting to return in the world's largest oil importer. | At present, a total of 117 very large crude carriers (VLCCs) — each capable of shipping 2 million barrels of oil — are traveling to China for unloading at its ports between the middle of May and the middle of August. If those supertankers transport standard-size crude oil cargoes, it could mean that China expects at least 230 million barrels of oil over the next three months, according to Blo…

RT (2020-05-18). Hungarian govt to table motion on May 26 to end its emergency powers — Orban aide. rt.com Hungary's government will submit a proposal to parliament on May 26 to end its special coronavirus emergency powers, Prime Minister Viktor Orban's chief of staff was quoted by media as saying. Gergely Gulyas put a date on a similar statement by Orban on Friday, Reuters reports. | Parliament would take a few days to pass the bill, which will end the emergency powers by early June, according to Gulyas. | No end date was set when parliament gave the government permission to rule by decree in matters related to the coronavirus.

RT (2020-05-18). 'Equipment on its way': US to send 200 ventilators to Russia after Moscow dispatches a planeload of aid to New York. rt.com The US has sent 200 ventilators to Russia, where the number of new coronavirus cases continues to ebb. The assistance comes more than a month after Moscow sent medical supplies to America in a similar move. | The California-manufactured equipment was donated on orders from President Donald Trump, who was responding to the request of Russian President Vladimir Putin, a US administration official told TASS. The life-saving equipment is being delivered free of charge, the official added. | Although Russia has recently seen a decrease in the number of daily infections – that have dropped below 10,000 for two days…

RT (2020-05-18). Italian lawmaker demands Bill Gates be ARRESTED for 'crimes against humanity'… But WHY? rt.com An Italian lawmaker has managed to bring the conspiracy blame-game to an entirely new level, exercising her parliamentary privilege to blast Bill Gates as a "vaccine criminal" and globalist tool. | Bill Gates and his latest anti-coronavirus efforts have been at the center of the wildest theories that explore possible sinister motives behind the billionaire's activities. In arguably the most high-profile outcry last week, an Italian MP for Rome Sara Cunial delivered a speech rarely (if ever at all) heard in any parliament. | In her passionate address, Cunial called upon fellow lawmakers to defy any plans for…

RT (2020-05-18). 'Take the red pill': Elon Musk sends Twitter into Matrix meltdown, gets Ivanka Trump's praise… & 'f*** you both' from Wachowski. rt.com Elon Musk has yet again triggered an online storm, urging the public to "take the red pill." The Matrix reference got him showered in praise from conservatives, but the creators of the iconic movie were not amused. | The new cryptic message from the billionaire, who has been repeatedly tweeting out bizarre things lately, arrived on Sunday afternoon. Unlike the lengthy and even less coherent threads Musk produced in the past, this time he stuck to a short form worthy of a true masterpiece. | "Take the red pill," he stated, posting a red rose emoji. | Take the red pill üåπ— Elon Musk…

RT (2020-05-18). Dump the dollar: Russia has now gotten rid of over 96% of its US debt holdings. rt.com Moscow has continued to sell off US Treasury securities, cutting its stockpile by US$8.73 billion in March, according to the latest data from the US Department of the Treasury. | Russia's holdings of US state debt amounted to $3.8 billion in March, compared with $12.5 billion a month earlier. Three years ago, the amount stood at $105 billion. Moscow has liquidated over 96 percent of its holdings in that period. The country's long-term US Treasury securities decreased by $928 million, while short-term securities plunged by $7.8 billion to just $473 million. | Japan remains the biggest holder of US state debt si…

RT (2020-05-18). Russia at its finest? BEAR ATTACKS man & chases cars in city streets (VIDEOS). rt.com If you still believe Russian cities are full of bears roaming the streets freely and attacking people, well, you're probably not wrong. At least that's exactly what some rare footage from one of Russia's cities would suggest. | The bizarre incident occurred overnight in the central Russian city of Yaroslavl, located some 260km (162 miles) from Moscow. An adolescent bear took to the streets and had a close encounter with an (un)lucky local, CCTV footage shows. | Spotting the bear, the man whipped out his smartphone, trying to film the animal. The ferocious beast, however, was apparently not in the mood for snap…

Anand Naidoo (2020-05-18). The Heat: China's War on Poverty. america.cgtn.com China's war on poverty. Personal stories, extraordinary access and how China is eradicating poverty.

Andre Vltchek (2020-05-18). Iran — Powerful and Determined. globalresearch.ca I refuse to describe Iran as a victim. It is not. It is one of the most influential and strong-minded nations on Earth. | When facing mortal danger, its people unite, harden themselves and get ready to face invaders, no matter …

Andre Vltchek (2020-05-18). Iran Is Not A Victim, It Is One of The Most Influential and Strong-Minded Nations on Earth. iranian.com When facing mortal danger, its people unite, harden themselves and get ready to face invaders, no matter how threatening they might be. Iran is home to one of the oldest and deepest cultures in the world, and it's precisely this culture that helps Iranian people to survive the most frightening moments. And one such moment …

Ted Glick (2020-05-18). Opening Up for Demonstrations? zcomm.org Stop racist killings! Act together to end the pandemic! Living wages or income now! A Green New Deal and Medicare for All! Trump must go!

Yves Engler (2020-05-18). Ottawa's Ties with Far Right Colombian President Undermines Human Rights Rhetoric Regarding Venezuela. globalresearch.ca A week ago a former Canadian soldier instigated a harebrained bid to kidnap or kill Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro. Launched from Colombia, the plot failed spectacularly with most of the men captured or killed. | Still, the leader of the …

Alan Macleod (2020-05-18). US Military Planners Advise Expanded Online Psychological Warfare against China. mintpressnews.com Just three years ago, Americans had a neutral view of China (and nine years ago it was strongly favorable). Today, the same polls show that 66 percent of Americans dislike the country.

Lucas Koerner (2020-05-18). Iran Sends Fuel Tankers to Venezuela, Vows 'Decisive Response' to US Threats. venezuelanalysis.com Crippling US sanctions have caused severe fuel shortages in the Caribbean nation.

Paul Antonopoulos (2020-05-18). Germany's Kosovo Policy Shift. Implications for Serbia and the EU. globalresearch.ca The debate in the German Bundestag on the extension of the mandate of German Kosovo Force (KFOR) soldiers turned into a criticism of long-time Chancellor Angela Merkel and raised speculation that Berlin might adopt a different position on Kosovo. The …

Staff (2020-05-18). Headlines for May 18, 2020. democracynow.org U.S. Coronavirus Deaths on Track to Surpass 100,000 by June with Most States Partially Reopened , House Dems Probe Firing of State Dept. Watchdog, Pass $3 Trillion Stimulus Bill, Trump Names Ex-Pharma Exec and Army General to Lead Coronavirus Vaccine Effort, CDC Hits Back After WH Trade Adviser Criticism: CDC Director Is "Appointed by President Trump", Obama Slams Trump Admin Response to Crisis: "A Lot of Them Aren't Even Pretending to Be in Charge.", Belgian Medical Workers Stage Protests Against Gov't Response to Pandemic, Italy Opens Up Businesses, Starts Holding Public Masses as Part of "Calculated Risk", Ind…

Andrew Korybko (2020-05-18). The Prospects of Russia and India Jointly Leading a New Non-Aligned Movement. globalresearch.ca The ongoing global systemic transition is transforming international relations from its erstwhile unipolarity to what experts agree is either multipolarity or, less popularly, bipolarity. However one chooses to describe the present world order, it's clear that the US and China …

Andrew Korybko (2020-05-18). Improved Russia-Pakistan Relations. Moscow's "New Bipolarity" globalresearch.ca There's a growing consensus among Russia's leading experts that International Relations are increasingly characterized by what they've termed the "new bipolarity" that's emerging out of World War C, and it's within this global context that the continued improvement of Russian-Pakistani …

Freedom Socialist Party Bay Area (2020-05-18). Poetry in the Time of the Pandemic & Other Earthly Ills. indybay.org Zoom (access registration after ticket purchase)…

IMEMC News (2020-05-18). Soldiers Abduct Four Palestinians, Injure Many, In Hebron. imemc.org Israeli soldiers invaded, earlier Monday, Hebron city, and nearby towns of Beit Ummar and Yatta, in addition to the al-'Arroub refugee camp, in southern West Bank, searched and ransacked many homes and abducted four Palestinians, in addition to wounding several others. Mohammad Awad, a local nonviolent media activist in Beit …

news.un (2020-05-18). Renewed trust and cooperation could finally 'unlock progress' toward peace in Syria — UN envoy. news.un.org Renewed trust, confidence, and cooperation between international players and Syrians could finally "unlock progress", putting the country on a political path towards lasting peace, the UN Special Envoy for Syria told the Security Council on Monday.

graham (2020-05-18). Outspoken Palestinians — transformed into antisemites simply because they call for peace. truepublica.org.uk By Jonathan Cook: An attack on a prominent British-Palestinian doctor and academic, Ghada Karmi, by a self-styled "antisemitism watchdog" looks suspiciously like a new trend in anti-Palestinian bigotry and bullying dressed up as victimhood. Late last month, the Campaign Against Antisemitism (CAA), which claims to represent the interests of the UK's Jewish community, said it …

Dr. Katrin Korb (2020-05-18). Video: German Medical Doctor Katrin Korb's Analysis of Big Pharma's "Dubious Vaccine" globalresearch.ca German Medical Doctor Katrin Korb discusses COVID-19, the lockdown and the vaccine during a protest held in Oldeburg. | Below is the transcript of her speech. | *** | Dear fellow citizens, | I'm thankful for being able to stand here today. My name …

WSWS (2020-05-18). COVID-19: Podemos, social-democrats prepare to send Spanish police against workers' protests. wsws.org The "left populist" Podemos party is backing plans for Civil Guards to attack working class protests and monitor social media for signs of online dissent.

Project Censored (2020-05-18). Part II of the Kent-State Series. projectcensored.org 50 years have passed since Ohio National Guard troops opened fire on Kent State University students protesting the Vietnam War. Four students were killed and nine wounded. On this Part…

IMEMC News (2020-05-18). Israeli Soldiers Abduct Eight Palestinians, Injure Several Others, In West Bank. imemc.org Israeli soldiers abducted, Monday, eight Palestinians, and injured many others, in several parts of the occupied West Bank, after the soldiers invaded many communities, stormed and ransacked homes, and attack protesters. In Jenin, in northern West Bank, the soldiers invaded the home of Ahmad Nabeeh Abu ar-Rob, and violently searched …

yenisafak (2020-05-18). Iraqi protesters storm Saudi channel HQ in Baghdad. yenisafak.com Iraqi demonstrators on Monday stormed the premises of the Saudi-owned MBC channel in Baghdad to protest what they describe as an insult to late Shia leader Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis. | Scores of angry protesters gathered outside the MBC office in central Baghdad before forcing their way into the building and destroying everything inside, according to an Anadolu Agency reporter at the scene. | Waving photos of al-Muhandis and Iraqi flags, protesters chanted slogans against Saudi Arabia during their rally. | "We don't accept any insult to al-Muhandis, who is one of Iraq's symbols," Hussein al-Jumaili, a protester, told…

yenisafak (2020-05-18). UN sends 89 trucks carrying aid to Syria's Idlib. yenisafak.com The United Nations sent Monday 89 truckloads of humanitarian aid to Idlib, a northwestern Syrian province where millions are in urgent need of assistance.The trucks loaded with the supplies entered Syria through the Cilvegozu border gate in Turkey's southern Hatay province bordering Idlib.The aid will be distributed to vulnerable people in Idlib and nearby rural areas.Syria has been ravaged by a civil war since early 2011, when the Assad regime cracked down on pro-democracy protesters.Hundreds of thousands of people have been killed and more than 10 million displaced, according to UN estimates.Idlib falls within…

Leon Kunstenaar (2020-05-18). Protest at Fort Mason Against CCSF Cuts. indybay.org People young and old protest CCSF cuts in programs that benefit seniors, immigrants and working people.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-18). Protesters storm MBC Iraq office, destroy its contents: report. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 18 (MNA) — Protesters stormed on Monday, the office of MBC Iraq/ Saudi Arabia, refusing to describe Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis as a terrorist in a report.

WSWS (2020-05-18). On "This Week" news show, Sanders urges supporters to vote for Biden. wsws.org Sanders used the national platform afforded him to once again urge his supporters to vote for the right-wing Democratic candidate.

Paul Dobson (2020-05-18). Venezuela Sees COVID-19 Surge as Returning Migrants Surpass 40,000. venezuelanalysis.com Authorities say that 75 percent of recent cases have been "imported."

Wim Laven (2020-05-18). Caring About the Murder of Ahmaud Arbery. counterpunch.org Black men are being stalked and killed in the US—business as usual. Ahmaud Arbery's murder was based on: "He's a black man running down our road." Punishment for the crime of being black is sometimes death. Video footage has surfaced to challenge the citizen's-arrest-self-defense narrative. Of course, prosecutors were reluctant to charge the former law

Marshall Sahlins (2020-05-18). Reopen the Economy; or Charge of the Right Brigade. counterpunch.org Half a shop, half a bar, Half a school onward. Into the Virus of Death Goad the Sick Hundreds. "Forward the Right Brigade, Charge on your cards," he said. Into the Virus of Death Goad the sick hundreds. "Forward the Right Brigade!" Was there a MAGA dismayed? Not that the shoppers knew POTUS had blundered.

Mel Gurtov (2020-05-18). For Trump, It's Mission Accomplished. counterpunch.org "We have met the moment and we have prevailed," Donald Trump said at a news briefing May 11. "The moment" is quite a departure from Dr. Anthony Fauci's idea that "the virus determines the timeline," and from his caution that "we're not out of the woods yet." Fauci's points seem incontrovertible, but not in Trump

news.un (2020-05-18). Coronavirus impact on world's indigenous, goes well beyond health threat. news.un.org The COVID-19 pandemic is having a devastating impact on the world's indigenous peoples that stretches well beyond the immediate threat to their health, the new UN independent expert on the rights of indigenous peoples said on Monday.

Paul J. Baicich (2020-05-18). The Covid-19 Crisis Shows Why Food Should Be a Human Right. zcomm.org With lines at food banks stretching for miles, the need has never been clearer to guarantee food to all U.S. residents…

WSWS (2020-05-18). German Defence Ministry plans to wage international drone warfare. wsws.org Germany's ruling elite is responding to the mounting tensions between the major powers triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic by intensifying its drive to war.

WSWS (2020-05-18). Growing resistance in Germany to returning to schools as coronavirus pandemic continues. wsws.org Resistance is growing among German teachers and pupils against this irresponsible policy, which threatens to turn schools into new hotspots of COVID-19.

WSWS (2020-05-18). Maryland and Virginia begin "phase one" reopenings despite record increase in COVID-19 cases. wsws.org The two jurisdictions began reopening their economies amid a consistent uptick in the amount of infections produced by the coronavirus.

Miri Wood (2020-05-18). Trump Bombs Syrian Wheat Fields While Fighting COVID 'Enemy' at Home. globalresearch.ca US President Donald J. Trump took time from his domestic fight of battling COVID-19 single-handedly and with one arm tied behind his back to set fire to Syrian wheat fields in Hasakah governate. He performed the ritual of the double-war …

WSWS (2020-05-18). Amazon eliminates pay raises for workers as COVID-19 toll mounts. wsws.org As the number of infections and deaths continues to rise at Amazon, the world's richest man joins Trump's murderous campaign to "reopen" the economy.

Esha Bhandari (2020-05-18). Coronavirus 'Immunity Passports' are not the Answer. aclu.org As governments the world over seek ways to jumpstart economic activity, one proposal is a so-called "immunity passport" that would allow certain people who test positive for COVID-19 antibodies to return to work before others. We at the ACLU have serious concerns about the adoption of any such proposal, because of its potential to harm public health, incentivize economically-vulnerable people to risk their health by contracting COVID-19, exacerbate racial and economic disparities, and lead to a new health surveillance infrastructure that endangers privacy rights. , , An immunity passport system is fundamentall…

WSWS (2020-05-18). The last resort of the EU fighting refugees in Greece—armed force and COVID-19. wsws.org Greek soldiers used tear gas, stun grenades, rubber bullets and live ammunition against refugees stranded in the no-man's-land between Greece and Turkey.

WSWS (2020-05-18). Ontario government ignored workers' complaints at poultry plant hit by fatal COVID-19 outbreak. wsws.org Maple Lodge Farms workers complained about unsafe conditions two weeks before a COVID-19 outbreak that killed one worker and sickened more than 25 others.

WSWS (2020-05-18). Nicaraguan government lets COVID-19 spread freely, covers up toll. wsws.org The Ortega regime's response demonstrates the inevitable outcome of Sandinismo and all petty-bourgeois nationalist movements that have historically defended capitalism.

WSWS (2020-05-18). Modi promotes "herd immunity," vows "quantum jump" in pro-investor reforms. wsws.org As the Modi government expands its reckless back-to-work drive, India reported yesterday its biggest daily jump in COVID-19 cases to date.

news.un (2020-05-18). Covid-19 crisis closes 90 percent of museums globally, UNESCO plans for reopenings. news.un.org As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to wreak havoc globally, museums have not been spared, the UN cultural agency said on Monday, International Museum Day, revealing that nearly 90 per cent of the treasured cultural institutions have had to close their doors, while almost 13 per cent are under serious threat of never reopening.

Helen Buyniski (2020-05-18). Fear and Uncertainty: The Modern-Day Cult of Corona. "Gotta to Have Faith" globalresearch.ca Fear and uncertainty have dominated the media coverage of the Covid-19 epidemic. | The novel coronavirus is depicted not as a pedestrian pathogen certain to be beaten into submission by the miracles of modern science any day now, but as …

David Hearst (2020-05-18). Revealed: The Secret US-Iran Deal that Installed Kadhimi in Baghdad. globalresearch.ca Tehran ordered Shia factions to back prime minister in return for Washington 'looking the other way' over release of assets targeted by sanctions, Iraqi officials tell MEE | *** | The nomination of Mustafa al-Kadhimi as Iraqi prime minister was the result …

Steve Sweeney (2020-05-18). Britain Warned Against 'Coup-mongering' in Venezuela After Embassy Discovery. globalresearch.ca Venezuela has warned Britain against "coup-mongering" after the discovery of a "Venezuelan reconstruction unit" in the Foreign Office. | Demanding an urgent explanation, Foreign Minister Jorge Arreeaza lodged a formal complaint with ambassador Duncan Hill, who the minister said confirmed …

Raul Diego (2020-05-18). The Dem's $3 Trillion Dollar HEROES Act Can Not Brace Us for the Coming Shock. mintpressnews.com As the Trump show continues and each side of the political aisle takes aim at each other, the economy's freefall is quickly reaching catastrophic levels.

Julian Rose (2020-05-18). COVID Mask of the Beast and "Deadly Distancing" globalresearch.ca Have you experienced a sense of unease when witnessing a group of individuals wearing masks and/or keeping strictly two meters apart? If so, that's good news, because it means you're still sufficiently human to be able to respond to life's …

Raúl Capote (2020-05-18). Attack on Cuban Embassy in Washington Brings Complicit Silence From U.S. Government. globalresearch.ca Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla discussed the April 30 attack on the country's embassy in Washington with the press yesterday, stating: "Here is the attacker, an AK-47 rifle, 32 shell casings, 32 bullet holes and a statement — by …

The Levant (2020-05-18). Over 250 Artists, Writers Urge Israel to Stop Siege of Gaza. globalresearch.ca More than 250 global artists and writers including rocker Peter Gabriel, director Ken Loach and actor Viggo Mortensen have appealed to Israel to stop the "siege" of Gaza. | The coronavirus epidemic could have a devastating effect in "the world's largest …

Elijah J. Magnier (2020-05-18). Twenty Years After the Unconditional Israeli Withdrawal From Lebanon, What Has Been Achieved? globalresearch.ca "We were Hezbollah trainers. It is an organisation that learns quickly. The Hezbollah we met at the beginning (1982) is different from the one we left behind in 2000". This is what the former Chief of Staff and former Minister …

John R. Lott, Jr. (2020-05-18). The US Is Dramatically Overcounting Coronavirus Deaths. Deliberate Manipulation, Flawed Data. globalresearch.ca Over 86,500 people have reportedly died in the United States from the Coronavirus, and the fear generated by those deaths is driving the public policy debate. But that number is a dramatic overcount. Our metrics include deaths that have nothing …

Dispatches from the Edge (2020-05-18). Military Spending and the Pandemic. globalresearch.ca "There have been as many plagues as wars in history, yet plagues and wars take people equally by surprise" —Albert Camus | "The Plague" | Camus' novel of a lethal contagion in the North African city of Oran is filled with characters …

Will Kesler (2020-05-18). Beware of The Globalists' "New World Order" globalresearch.ca This article was originally published by The Aspen Times in 2011. | Eisenhower's legendary warning that the industrial-military complex could engender a "disastrous rise of misplaced power" has obviously come true. Notably, in the same speech, Eisenhower also advised of "equal …

Greg G. Wolff (2020-05-18). Influenza Vaccination and Respiratory Virus Interference Among Department of Defense Personnel During the 2017—2018 Influenza Season. globalresearch.ca Receiving influenza vaccination may increase the risk of other respiratory viruses, a phenomenon known as virus interference. Test-negative study designs are often utilized to calculate influenza vaccine effectiveness. The virus interference phenomenon goes against the basic assumption of the test-negative …

Kester Kenn Klomegah (2020-05-18). Despite Criticisms, Madagascar Moves Ahead with COVID-Organics. globalresearch.ca While Western and Europeans and Asians race to find vaccines for coronavirus, Africa can no longer wait for that scientific discovery that experts have said it would, most probably, be ready in a year or two. Some experts have argued …

Gregory Shupak (2020-05-18). Corporate Media Setting Stage for "New Cold War" with China. globalresearch.ca Corporate media are laying the ideological groundwork for a new cold war with China, presenting the nation as a hostile power that needs to be kept in check. | The Washington Post (

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2020-05-18). Hacking for Vaccines. Intellectual Property and Espionage. globalresearch.ca If you cannot discover or create something, best steal it. It has been the operating principle for everything from wealth to technology. With the efforts to discover a vaccine to the novel coronavirus being all but bound by solidarity, the …

Peoples Dispatch (2020-05-18). Israeli youth convicted for murdering 3 members of a Palestinian family in 2015 terrorist attack. peoplesdispatch.org The convicted Israeli is part of an extremist settler terror group called hilltop youth. Members of this group are followers of Meir Kahane, who called for the expulsion of all non-Jewish people from Israel…

WSWS (2020-05-18). US Fed report reveals depth of financial crisis it helped create. wsws.org A Foreign Policy article noted that with its asset holdings predicted to reach $9 trillion by the year's end, the Fed is pumping money into the financial system at the rate of $1 million every second.

Karen J. Greenberg (2020-05-18). Over There Is Now Over Here: America's Pandemic Role Reversal. zcomm.org The world watches us as we lose Americans by the thousands on an almost daily basis…

David Bacon (2020-05-18). COVID-Related Strikes Hit Washington's Apple Sheds. zcomm.org Demands for safer working conditions and extra hourly hazard pay during the pandemic are powering a strike wave in the Yakima Valley…

WSWS (2020-05-18). As death toll mounts, White House steps up efforts to scapegoat China for pandemic. wsws.org Blaming China not only deflects attention from the Trump administration's responsibility for the horrific US death toll but feeds into its anti-China trade war measures.

WSWS (2020-05-18). Back-to-work drive places countless thousands at risk. wsws.org Major American factories are reopening today, each one the potential center for a major new outbreak of the coronavirus.

WSWS (2020-05-18). Spike in Kawasaki-like disease linked to coronavirus in France and Italy, one child dies. wsws.org This is a damning indictment of capitalist governments internationally which are reopening schools and asserting that the virus does not harm children.

WSWS (2020-05-18). Even as death toll climbs, Indonesian government urges workers under 45 to resume work. wsws.org Indonesian epidemiologists have warned that a return to work will dramatically increase transmission of the virus and put the entire population, regardless of age, at extreme risk.

WSWS (2020-05-18). Britain's covert operations to overthrow Syrian government exposed. wsws.org Sarkha is one of many programmes in a vast network of fake news activities carried out by the intelligence arms of the US and European powers.

WSWS (2020-05-18). New York Democratic governor enlists tech billionaires to push distance learning. wsws.org New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced "Reimagine Education," a partnership with Microsoft's Bill Gates and Google's Eric Schmidt.

WSWS (2020-05-18). Australian government heightens trade conflict with China. wsws.org Successive Australian governments have been in the forefront of imposing tariffs and other restrictions on imports from China.

IMEMC News (2020-05-18). Israeli Colonist Stabs A Palestinian Teen In The Neck, In Jerusalem. imemc.org An Israeli colonialist settler stabbed, on Sunday evening, a Palestinian teenage boy in the neck, in occupied East Jerusalem, causing a mild-to-moderate injury. Eyewitnesses said the colonist assaulted the teen, Mohammad Natsha, 17, and stabbed him with a sharp object in his neck. They added that the Israeli assailant is …

IMEMC & Agencies (2020-05-18). Israeli Army Bulldozers Raze Palestinian Farm Land in Tulkarem. imemc.org In the West Bank city of Tulkarem, Israeli troops reportedly attacked Palestinian farm land, earlier on Monday, and army bulldozers began razing olive trees in an area estimated at four acres in size. Local Palestinian sources said that the farm land razed is located between the Kafa and Shoufa villages, …

IMEMC & Agencies (2020-05-18). Israeli Military Court Extends Detention of a Palestinian Teen Boy. imemc.org The Israeli military court of Salem, near Jenin city in the West Bank, ordered on Monday, the extension of the detention of Palestinian teenager, Qasem Abu Baker, 17, from the Palestinian village of Y'abad, south of Jenin city. The mother of Qasem, told media outlets that Monday's extension is the …

IMEMC News (2020-05-18). Israeli Colonists Hurl Stones At Teqoua' Town Council. imemc.org Several Israeli colonists hurled stones, Sunday, at the building of the Local Municipal Council of Teqoua' town, east of Bethlehem, south of occupied Jerusalem in the West Bank. Salem Abu Mfarreh, the mayor of Teqoua', said the colonists stopped their car in front of the Local Council's building, before jumping …

IMEMC News (2020-05-18). Israeli Colonists Chop Down 80 Olive Trees In Nablus, Bethlehem. imemc.org Several fanatic illegal Israeli colonists invaded, Sunday, a Palestinian olive orchard, south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus, and cut more than 40 olive trees. Ghassan Daghlas, a Palestinian Authority official who monitors Israel's illegal colonialist activities in northern West Bank, said the colonists stormed an olive orchard …

IMEMC News (2020-05-18). Soldiers Assault A Palestinian Before Abducting Him In Jenin. imemc.org Israeli soldiers assaulted, on Monday at dawn, a young Palestinian man in Misilyah town, south of the northern West Bank city of Jenin, and abducted him after searching and ransacking his home. Media sources said several army jeeps invaded the town, before the soldiers stormed and ransacked the home of …

Ali Salam (2020-05-18). Jerusalem Charity Closed for "Violating Israeli Sovereignty" imemc.org Israeli police invaded the "Volunteer for Hope" charitable organization in Jerusalem, on Sunday, ordering it's closure for a total of six months, Quds News Network reported. The charity, located in Beit Hanina village, in occupied East Jerusalem is said to be associated with the Palestinian Authority (PA). The order included …

Adriaan Alsema (2020-05-18). Colombia's most infamous far-right group 'founded by important personalities'. colombiareports.com Presumed members of Colombia's far-right group "Aguilas Negras" said Saturday they were founded by "important national personalities" in a death threat sent to politicians, a unionist and a journalist. In…

Adriaan Alsema (2020-05-18). How the international community is helping Colombia confront the coronavirus. colombiareports.com The governments of the United States and Canada have announced financial aid to help Colombia's authorities combat the coronavirus pandemic while European nations plan to do the same. The US…

Adriaan Alsema (2020-05-18). Colombia protecting general who worked for guerrillas for 18 years. colombiareports.com Colombia's military has been so busy covering up corruption, it never filed criminal charges against an army general who worked for guerrillas and FARC dissidents for more than a decade….

Karen Greenberg (2020-05-18). So Long to American Exceptionalism. commondreams.org The virus has put the realities of wealth inequality, health insecurity, and poor work conditions under a high-powered microscope. (Photo: Shutterstock) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2020-05-18). Why you need to keep your child's vaccine schedule during COVID-19. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Millions of children may be at risk of missing or delaying their routine childhood vaccines due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Tina Ardon, a Mayo Clinic family medicine specialist, says she understands being thoughtful about taking your children outside the home for doctor's visits during this time. "The current situation with the novel coronavirus shows us how scary …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2020-05-18). FDA issues emergency use authorization for algorithm designed to improve detection of heart failure during COVID-19. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org The FDA granted Emergency Use Authorization to Eko, a digital health company, for the heart screening algorithm developed by Mayo Clinic. The AI-driven algorithm can detect weak heart pump, which is commonly detected by echocardiogram, a test that is not normally conducted during a physical exam, requires specially trained technicians to record, and requires prolonged contact with …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2020-05-18). Masking your kids during COVID-19. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Do you or don't you wear a mask? If you do, what material is best? And what about children? Questions around masks during the COVID-19 pandemic abound, especially in light of the recent recommendation by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that all Americans wear masks in public settings. "The direction around face masks has …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2020-05-18). New collaboration on COVID-19 response to include new serology test. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. announced it will expand its response to the COVID-19 pandemic by developing a total antibodies test in collaboration with WuXi Diagnostics and Mayo Clinic. The new test is the result of ongoing collaboration between all three organizations, including clinical evaluation and support from Mayo Clinic. Thermo Fisher will seek U.S. FDA …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2020-05-18). 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 (2020-05-18). Packing on pounds during COVID-19 and how to turn it around. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org If you've gained weight during the COVID-19 pandemic, you aren't alone. The "Quarantine 15"

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2020-05-18). Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: Mayo Clinic expands in-person care. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, hospitals and clinics were forced to postpone nonessential appointments and surgeries in March and April. Thanks to social distancing and executive stay-at-home orders which helped flatten the curve of the COVID-19 outbreak, Mayo Clinic is prepared now, not only to meet the projected needs of COVID-19 patients, but safely treat …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2020-05-18). Convalescent plasma advocate donates at Mayo Clinic. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org A recovered COVID-19 patient who has become a strong nationwide advocate for the Convalescent Plasma Expanded Access Program made a plasma donation at Mayo Clinic in Rochester. Chaim Lebovits became involved with the program in March and since then has rallied thousands, who have also recovered, to donate.The initiative, which Mayo Clinic is leading, studies …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2020-05-18). Mayo Clinic expands in-person care on all campuses. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Mayo Clinic will expand in-person care on all of its campuses as COVID-19 executive orders are lifted for elective procedures by governors in Arizona, Florida, Minnesota and Wisconsin. "Our patients' health and safety is always our top priority," says Amy Williams, M.D., Mayo Clinic Executive Dean for Practice. "We have taken several extra precautions to …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2020-05-18). Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: Possible neurological effects of COVID-19. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org 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 (2020-05-18). Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: COVID-19 news briefing. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org On the Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast, Dr. Gregory Poland, an infectious diseases expert and head of Mayo Clinic's Vaccine Research Group, covers the latest news on the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Poland discusses how the novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, is changing, and how scientists and researchers are rapidly gaining new knowledge about the virus and the disease that it …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2020-05-18). VIRUS: COVID-19 registry first to track global ICU experience to shed light on trends in care of critically ill patients. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org MOUNT PROSPECT, Ill

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2020-05-18). Mayo Clinic receives $26 million from BARDA for COVID-19 convalescent plasma expanded access program. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org 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. …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2020-05-18). 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 (2020-05-18). Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: COVID-19 research at Mayo Clinic. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Thanks to its combination of practice, education, and research, Mayo Clinic has a strong foundation to respond quickly to a medical crisis such as COVID-19. As the SARS-CoV-2 virus spread worldwide, a research task force was formed at Mayo Clinic to review and approve research proposals related to the virus and the disease it causes. …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2020-05-18). 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 (2020-05-18). Mayo Clinic launches radio campaign to encourage recovered patients of COVID-19 to donate plasma. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org 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 …

Rob Woodward (2020-05-18). Covid Chaos: From Lockdown to Body Bags. globalresearch.ca The national Covid strategy managed by the government is now in disarray. The mood in Tory HQ is migrating away from its beloved Brexit leader. The mainstream media are now causing confusion, the country is heading towards chaos. | What is …

Megan Sherman (2020-05-18). Brexit and the Sovereignty Delusion. globalresearch.ca Brexit is nothing if not exclusive and elitist. The government and Conservative party are united in contempt for the sovereignty of parliament, and the sovereignty of the people. The Remain campaign may have been one of the most vibrant and …

graham (2020-05-18). Brexit — Tory treachery against UK farmers favours US agribusiness. truepublica.org.uk By Rob Woodward — TruePublica: At TruePublica we said this was going to happen all along — and this is just a taster for what is coming down the road. Brexit will not defend anything at all in Britain except deregulation. Brexit is not about the EU, it's about corporate power, profits and about America. …

sputniknews (2020-05-18). Putin, Erdogan Discuss Coronavirus Response, Situation in Syria and Libya. sputniknews.com ANKARA (Sputnik) – Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan have discussed cooperation on the coronavirus fight and the situation in Syria, both the Kremlin and the office of the Turkish president said Monday.

The Canary (2020-05-18). EU calls for independent probe of the WHO's pandemic response. thecanary.co The European Union and other countries have called for an independent evaluation of the World Health Organisation's (WHO) response to the coronavirus pandemic "to review experience gained and lessons learned". | The resolution has the support of more than half of the WHO's member countries and will be discussed this week at the decision-making body of the UN health agency, being held virtually this year. | The proposal is intended to initiate "a stepwise process of impartial, independent and comprehensive evaluation" of the WHO's efforts to coordinate the international response to Covid-19, including the function…

Slava Zilber (2020-05-18). Left-winger smashes the idea that establishment centrists offer a 'safe electoral choice'. thecanary.co Anti-war left-winger Shahid Buttar is "More of the same" is not a reasonable option: | Buttar stressed that: | Sometimes, what we perceive as safe choices are, unfortunately, simply choices for more of the same. And I think if there's anything that the pandemic,…

The Canary (2020-05-18). Hiscox faces legal action from companies pursuing coronavirus payouts. thecanary.co A group of angry Hiscox policyholders have been given the go-ahead to launch legal action against the insurance giant. | The Hiscox Action Group — which was set up by policyholders frustrated by Hiscox's decision to exclude coronavirus disruption from its business interruption policies — said it intends to launch a claim in the coming days. | Mishcon de Reya, the city law firm leading the case, says that over 400 policyholders have signed up with almost £40 million in claims against the insurer. | The law firm is expected to file an "expedited arbitration claim" and has advised members of the gr…

yenisafak (2020-05-18). Voluntary groups in Kashmir battle invisible enemy. yenisafak.com As the novel coronavirus or COVID-19 has spread rapidly across Indian-administered Jammu and Kashmir, many volunteer groups have joined to combat the pandemic which has so far killed 15 people and infected more than 1,200.Since the first case of COVID-19 was detected in the region on March 18, hundreds of volunteers have been working tirelessly to help stem the spread of the infection.Hakim Mohammad Ilyas, general secretary of Ehsaas International, a non-government organization that mainly works to impart education to downtrodden, was moved with the news of deaths taking place across the globe due to the pandemic…

yenisafak (2020-05-18). Fast in, first out: Denmark leads lockdown exit. yenisafak.com Four weeks after Denmark began easing its lockdown, Danes on Monday returned to cafes and restaurants, confident that the coronavirus outbreak is under control.Denmark last month became the first country in Europe to reopen schools, day-care centres and smaller businesses. It did not see a subsequent rise in COVID-19 cases."The quick shutdown and the fact that Danes actually listened to messages from authorities about good hygiene and social distancing are the main reasons we've come this far," said Hans Jorn Kolmos, a professor in clinical microbiology at the University of Southern Denmark.Contrary to the French…

yenisafak (2020-05-18). Bangladesh may see coronavirus peak next week: Experts. yenisafak.com As the number of confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus continues to rise in Bangladesh, experts say the South Asian nation may see a peak in infections in the next two weeks. The country on Monday registered 1,602 new infections of COVID-19, with 21 deaths, marking the single day record in the country of around 165 million population."Bangladesh may see a peak in COVID-19 cases in next two weeks or so," said Dr. Bijon Kumar Sil, leader of a Bangladeshi research team at Gonoshasthaya Kendra Hospital that invented a $3 test kit that can detect the coronavirus in less than 15 minutes.Since the first positive case…

yenisafak (2020-05-18). Loss of smell, taste added to UK COVID-19 symptoms list. yenisafak.com The UK government updated its COVID-19 advice on Monday, adding the loss of smell and taste to the list of symptoms induced by coronavirus."From today, all individuals should self-isolate if they develop a new continuous cough or fever or anosmia," the government statement said."Anosmia is the loss or a change in your normal sense of smell. It can also affect your sense of taste as the two are closely linked."We have been closely monitoring the emerging data and evidence on Covid-19 and after thorough consideration, we are now confident enough to recommend this new measure."The individual's household should also…

yenisafak (2020-05-18). Turkey condemns pig's-head vandalism of German mosque. yenisafak.com An Islamophobic incident in which a pig's head was mounted onto the door of mosque in southern Germany drew condemnation from Turkey on Monday."Even during the holy month of Ramadan and the epidemic, racism and hostility against Islam continues in Europe. The ugly attack on our mosque in Germany is the latest example of this," Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu tweeted on Monday.Denouncing the perpetrators' "sick mentality," he urged that they be caught immediately.The incident took place Saturday at the Fatih Mosque in the city of Vaihingen, run by the Turkish-Islamic Union for Religious Affairs. The incident too…

yenisafak (2020-05-18). Coronavirus pushes Swedish deaths to highest since 1993 in April. yenisafak.com More Swedes died in April than in any one month since 1993, figures from the Statistics Office showed on Monday, as the outbreak of the novel coronavirus pushed the death toll higher.Sweden, which has stopped short of the strict lockdown measures enforced by many countries, has suffered a higher death rate during the coronavirus pandemic than its Scandinavian neighbours.In Sweden, the pandemic has caused around 3,700 deaths since the first reported fatality in March, but has not been as deadly as some seasonal flu over the last three decades, when the toll in December 1993 and January 2000 was higher, the Statist…

yenisafak (2020-05-18). Kuwait's coronavirus death toll rises to 118. yenisafak.com Kuwait confirmed six fatalities due to the novel coronavirus on Monday, according to the country's Health Ministry. | A ministry spokesman said 841 people have tested positive for the virus over the past 24 hours, the official KUNA news agency reported. | The Gulf state's death toll now stands at 118 and 15,691 infections, the spokesman said. | He said 161 patients are still in intensive care, while a total of 4,339 have recovered. | Since the virus emerged in Wuhan, China last December, it has spread to 188 countries and regions. | The global death toll from the novel coronavirus has exceeded 315,000, with more…

yenisafak (2020-05-18). Qatar reports new 1365 coronavirus infections. yenisafak.com The ministry said the number of recoveries rose by 529 to reach 4,899, the official QNA news agency reported.Qatar's virus-linked death toll now stands at 15.The ministry said 19 patients were admitted to intensive care due to complications resulting from the infection, bringing the total number of cases receiving care in the ICU to 172.Qatar reported its first coronavirus cases on Feb. 29.Since the virus emerged in China last December, it has spread to 188 countries and regions.The global death toll from the novel coronavirus has exceeded 315,600, with more than 4.73 million confirmed cases, and recoveries toppi…

yenisafak (2020-05-18). Germany hopes to end global travel warning in June, but no return to normal. yenisafak.com Germany is hoping to replace a travel warning that is in place for all touristic trips abroad until June 15 with softer guidelines, Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said on Monday, but warned there would be no quick return to holidays as usual."June 15 is not the starting date for taking holidays – June 15 is the date when we need to make a decision on whether we will lift the global travel warning and we're working on replacing this travel warning with travel guidelines," Maas said.He said he wanted summer holidays to be possible but stressed that this needed to be done in a responsible way and added that it was too…

Mike Robinson (2020-05-18). COVID Coercion: Boris Johnson's Psychological Attack on the UK Public. globalresearch.ca Coercion: the practice of forcing another party to act in an involuntary manner by use of threats or force. | Over the course of the Covid-19 'crisis', scientific advice to the UK Government has been co-ordinated by the Scientific Advisory Group …

sputniknews (2020-05-18). Indian Equities Give Thumbs Down to PM Modi's $266 Bln COVID Stimulus, Sensex Crashes 800 Points. sputniknews.com New Delhi (Sputnik): India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a $266 billion stimulus package on 12 May. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced the proposals in a series of press conferences until 17 May.

Global Research News (2020-05-18). Selected Articles: Who Is Behind the Failed Invasion of Venezuela? globalresearch.ca Lying is a money making activity and lies are commodities. There is a profitable global market for media and public figures committed to spreading disinformation. | Needless to say, "Telling the Truth", on the other hand, Is Not a Money-Making Proposition. …

Press TV (2020-05-18). US unable to block Iran gasoline shipments to Venezuela: Source. iranian.com A senior source within the Iranian petroleum industry says the United States would be practically unable to block shipments of gasoline from Iran to Venezuela at a time the two countries need to cooperate to mitigate the impacts of American sanctions on their energy sectors. Hamid Hosseini, who serves as the spokesman of the Iranian …

Andrey Areshev (2020-05-18). Our Civilisational Quagmire — Looking Truth in the Eye. strategic-culture.org First, the bottom line: If you don't solve the biology, the economy won't recover. That is where we are now. A sealed-off, 'exceptionalist' mindset has brought about — surprise; surprise — an exceptionalist outcome. We have both a deluge of avoidable deaths, and clearly, a staggering amount of possibly avoidable economic damage (albeit some of which was It is the worst of both worlds. Initially, dilatory in mitigating the pandemic for fear of damaging the e…

Billie Pierre (2020-05-18). Tribal Leader Red-Tagged in Philippines During COVID-19 Crisis. indybay.org 00: 21.42 Length. Hi, this is Billie Pierre with Media Coop, in so-called Canada. Today is May 17, 2020, and we'll be hearing from a tribal indigenous land defender Windel Bolinget from the Cordillera People's Alliance in the Northern Philippines. Himself and his children are currently being smeared in a dangerous disinformation campaign through social media.

United We Dream (2020-05-18). United We Dream: Immigrants, COVID-19, Jobs & Healthcare Virtual Town Hall. indybay.org Online…

Lynda Carson (2020-05-18). New Covid-19 testing site opens May 18, at Allen Temple Baptist Church. indybay.org Coronavirus Covid-19 Pandemic…

INCLO (2020-05-18). Worldwide Webinar: Civil Society Response to COVID-19 in Prisons & Jails Globally. indybay.org Online via zoom…

Lynda Carson (2020-05-18). Music-Mix Parade In The Era Of Coronavirus Covid-19 Pandemic. indybay.org The Era Of The Coronavirus Covid-19 Pandemic…

Labor Video Project (2020-05-18). Jail Tesla Billionaire Elon Musk & Defend Health & Safety: Workers Speak Out At Tesla. indybay.org Workers spoke out against the bullying and intimidation of billionaire Elon Musk who has started his Tesla factory violating a shelter in place law. He challenged the Fremont police and Governor Newsom to arrest him but they are allowing him to open without any CA-OSHA inspections. Newsom has continued the destruction of CA-OSHA and there are less than 200 inspectors for the 18 million workers in California and only 1 doctor and 1 nurse at CA. OSHA.

Citizens' Climate Lobby (2020-05-18). Citizens' Climate Lobby: Virtual Climate Conference 2020 (Day 2). indybay.org Online/virtual conference…

2020-05-18: Social Media Postees

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The Bouficha Appeal
Abdallah El Harif | zcomm.org | 2020-05-18
Universal Call for Humanity to End Militarism and Stop War…
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Chicago nursing home workers achieve historic contract
Stephanie Kenific | liberationnews.org | 2020-05-18
Nursing homes are among the places hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Unmasking the "Wartime President"
Rev. William Alberts | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-18
There is an insidious attempt by President Trump to manipulate workers and consumers into believing they are "warriors," fighting to save the American economy from the coronavirus. His aim is to motivate citizens to return to work and to shop prematurely, in the belief that they are saving the country, when, in fact, their unnecessary…
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Exposed: CIA used Sheldon Adelson's firm to spy on Julian Assange
Aaron Maté | thegrayzone.com | 2020-05-18
The Grayzone's Max Blumenthal reveals explosive new details on the CIA spying and sabotage operation against Wikileaks founder Julian Assange….
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Guaido Was the 'Commander in Chief' of the Failed Mercenary Operation Against Venezuela
Patricio Zamorano | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-18
New information divulged this week reveals that Juan Guaidó was designated as "commander and chief" of the mercenary operation that completely unraveled on the shores of Venezuela. The 41 page contract that formed the basis of the already known eight …
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Guaido Was the 'Commander in Chief' of the Failed Mercenary Operation Against Venezuela
Patricio Zamorano | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-18
New information divulged this week reveals that Juan Guaidó was designated as "commander and chief" of the mercenary operation that completely unraveled on the shores of Venezuela. The 41 page contract that formed the basis of the already known eight …
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Staying Above Water During the Pandemic
Howard Lisnoff | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-18
Depression is a serious disease. In its most serious manifestation, clinical depression, a person can hardly function or not function at all. A best guess is that there are untold millions of people in the US and around the world who are now suffering from either mild depression, or its more serious form as Covid-19…
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Sanctions in the Era of Pandemic
Phyllis Bennis | zcomm.org | 2020-05-18
From Venezuela to Iran, Washington's illegal and inhumane economic sanctions are putting millions of lives at risk…
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Freedom Rider: New attacks on Venezuela
Eds. | mronline.org | 2020-05-18
The Democratic Party's "left" wing is mute on the latest US aggression against the people and government of Venezuela, thus giving assent to Trump by their silence.
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The Deepening US Health Care Affordability and Coverage Crisis
Dr. Jack Rasmus | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-18
The current pandemic is wreaking havoc with the US and global economy, accelerating and deepening the general economic crisis–and threatening to provoke a global financial crisis that will exacerbate the decline and usher in a great depression no doubt even …
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World Health Assembly 2020: Is our response to COVID-19 adequate?
Ben Eder | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-05-18
Activists of the People's Health Movement talk about the World Health Assembly that begins today, the key issues that will come up for discussion, and the collapse of the global governance system in the realm of public health…
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Ghani-Abdullah power sharing deal marks an end to stalemate in Afghanistan
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-05-18
According to the agreement, president Ashraf Ghani will continue as the Afghan president while rival Abdullah Abdullah will lead the peace talks with the Taliban. Abdullah will also choose an equal number of ministers in the government…
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The Prospects of Russia and India Jointly Leading a New Non-Aligned Movement
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-18
The ongoing global systemic transition is transforming international relations from its erstwhile unipolarity to what experts agree is either multipolarity or, less popularly, bipolarity. However one chooses to describe the present world order, it's clear that the US and China …
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Improved Russia-Pakistan Relations. Moscow's "New Bipolarity"
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-18
There's a growing consensus among Russia's leading experts that International Relations are increasingly characterized by what they've termed the "new bipolarity" that's emerging out of World War C, and it's within this global context that the continued improvement of Russian-Pakistani …
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Disgraceful yet illuminating reactions to the 2002 coup that briefly ousted Hugo Chavez: IACHR, CPJ and RSF
Joe Emersberger | zcomm.org | 2020-05-18
The Inter American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) The IACHR claimed in 2009 report on Venezuela that its reaction to the "the attempted coup d'état [of 2002] was immediate and decisive" and that it "warned that these acts constituted an interruption of the constitutional order as defined in the Democratic Charter." The evidence it offered Read…
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Opening Up for Demonstrations?
Ted Glick | zcomm.org | 2020-05-18
Stop racist killings! Act together to end the pandemic! Living wages or income now! A Green New Deal and Medicare for All! Trump must go!
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How Will COVID-19 Change the World? Historian Frank Snowden on Epidemics From the Black Death to Now
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-05-18
Pandemics, like revolution, war and economic crises, are key determinants of historic change. We look at the history of epidemics, from Black Death to smallpox to COVID-19, and discuss how the coronavirus will reshape the world with leading medical historian Frank Snowden, author of "Epidemics and Society: From the Black Death to the Present." He is a professor emeritus at Yale University who has been in Italy since the pandemic began, and himself survived a COVID-19 infection.
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'Some solidarity, little unity against COVID-19'
yenisafak.com | 2020-05-18
The secretary-general of the UN said on Monday that the world had shown limited solidarity, yet very little unity in facing the novel coronavirus.Antonio Guterres was speaking at the opening of the first virtual World Health Assembly, the decision-making body of the World Health Organization (WHO) held over two days with a focus on the coronavirus."Despite the enormous scientific and technological advances of recent decades, a microscopic virus has brought us to our knees," said Guterres via video-link from New York to the WHO."We do not yet know how to eradicate, treat or vaccinate against COVID-19. We have no i…
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WHO chief to review its pandemic handling, vows transparency
yenisafak.com | 2020-05-18
The head of the World Health Organization said on Monday an independent evaluation of the global coronavirus response would be launched as soon as possible, and China backed such a review.Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus made his promise during a virtual meeting of the WHO's decision-making body, the World Health Assembly, at which Chinese President Xi Jinping defended his country's own handling of the crisis.U.S. President Donald Trump has fiercely questioned the WHO's performance during the pandemic and led international criticism of China's handling of the early stages of the crisis.Tedros, who has…
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Taliban blamed for over 3,800 attacks after peace deal
yenisafak.com | 2020-05-18
Afghan government on Monday blamed the Taliban for "blatantly violating" terms of their peace deal with the US signed in February.Flanked by the country's army chief and interior minister, Brig. Gen. Ahmad Zia Siraj, the head of the secret service NDS, told a news conference the Taliban continued their assaults across the country.Siraj also accused the Taliban of having close ties with foreign terrorist groups such as al-Qaida, Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, Islamic Movement of Eastern Turkistan, Lashkar-e-Taiba and others."The Taliban, after the peace deal with the US orchestrated over 3,800 attacks in differen…
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What You Need to Know about the ICC Investigation of War Crimes in Occupied Palestine
Romana Rubeo | mintpressnews.com | 2020-05-18
Considering the number of UN resolutions that Israel has violated throughout the years – the perpetual occupation of Palestine, the siege on Gaza, and the elaborate system of apartheid imposed on Palestinians, finding Israel guilty of war crimes, among others "serious crimes" should be a straightforward matter.
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Trump's Megalomania and Boris Johnson's Incompetence Have Only Increased in COVID Pandemic
Patrick Cockburn | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-18
It was the pandemic that turned Trump's and Johnson's character and behavioural flaws into lethal failings that have since killed many people. Both had risen to power by skilfully exploiting nativist fears and ambitions and scapegoating foreigners at home and abroad. They had become like a pair of conmen who have been successfully peddling lies and fantasies, but who must suddenly grapple with a highly-dangerous reality.
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Trump's Megalomania and Boris Johnson's Incompetence Have Only Increased in COVID Pandemic
Patrick Cockburn | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-18
It was the pandemic that turned Trump's and Johnson's character and behavioural flaws into lethal failings that have since killed many people. Both had risen to power by skilfully exploiting nativist fears and ambitions and scapegoating foreigners at home and abroad. They had become like a pair of conmen who have been successfully peddling lies and fantasies, but who must suddenly grapple with a highly-dangerous reality.
counterpunch.org/2020/05/18/trumps-megal…

Germany's Kosovo Policy Shift. Implications for Serbia and the EU
Paul Antonopoulos | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-18
The debate in the German Bundestag on the extension of the mandate of German Kosovo Force (KFOR) soldiers turned into a criticism of long-time Chancellor Angela Merkel and raised speculation that Berlin might adopt a different position on Kosovo. The …
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World Health Assembly Wrestles with Coronavirus
Kate Zeller | indybay.org | 2020-05-18
As the global coronavirus death toll tops 300,000 people, the leaders of the World Health Organization (WHO) prepare to hold their leadership meetings virtually from May 18th – 19th.
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'Rotten from the top': Sexual harassment 'RAMPANT' at McDonald's, international labor group tells OECD in complaint
rt.com | 2020-05-19
An international group of labor unions has filed a complaint alleging "systemic" and "rampant" sexual harassment at McDonald's restaurants around the globe, arguing the corporate fast food giant has ignored the problem for years. | The complaint was filed with the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) on Monday by the International Union of Food Workers (IUF), which said McDonald's had allowed a "sexual harassment crisis" to persist in restaurants all over the world, including in the US, Brazil, Australia, France, the UK, Chile and Colombia, among other countries. | "McDonald's workers h…
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'Potential benefit outweighed the risk': Trump's doctor pens letter in defense of HCQ, Twitter still unconvinced he takes it
rt.com | 2020-05-19
With media and online pundits going into a full-blown meltdown after US President Donald Trump said that he was taking hydroxychloroquine as a prophylaxis against coronavirus, his doctor issued a statement in support of the drug. | Trump's admission late Monday that he has been taking the experimental drug, originally designed to treat malaria and several other conditions, has caught many off-guard, spawning a torrent of reactions online. | pic.twitter.com/o9DQrfSjJH– Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) May 19,…
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Beijing says it's premature 'to immediately begin investigation' into coronavirus origins
rt.com | 2020-05-18
China's Foreign Ministry said on Monday it was premature to immediately launch an investigation into the origins and spread of the coronavirus. Spokesman Zhao Lijian told reporters in Beijing that the vast majority of countries in the world believe the pandemic is not yet over. | The ministry also said separately that President Xi Jinping will give a video speech for the opening ceremony of the World Health Assembly later on Monday. | Health ministers from around the world are expected to call for an independent evaluation of the World Health Organization's handling of the Covid-19 pandemic during a WHO meetin…
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'Masks are Sharia-lite!' Explosive conservative host compares Covid-19 orders to 'ISIS & TALIBAN policies' on Rush Limbaugh Show
rt.com | 2020-05-18
Conservative author Mark Steyn has taken criticism of Covid-19 lockdown orders to a new level by comparing the measures to terrorist policies and mask-wearing rules to the Sharia law. | Filling in for conservative Rush Limbaugh on his radio show on Monday, Steyn began his lockdown critique by comparing the canceling of live musical performances to performers being killed and banned in the Middle East by none other than Islamic State (IS, ISIS/ISIL) terrorists. | "You know the last time I was writing about societies banning music it was ISIS and the Taliban," Steyn said. "I'm creeped out by the fact that we're…
rt.com/usa/489020-limbaugh-sharia-masks-…

WHO's Hesitation to Granting Taiwan Observer Status 'Further Damages' Its Credibility, Pompeo Says
sputniknews.com | 2020-05-18
The World Health Organisation's member states agreed during the virtual World Health Assembly to postpone the discussion on granting Taiwan observer status in the agency, despite mounting pressure from the United States.
sputniknews.com/world/202005181079341338…

Latin America Braces for Major Spike in COVID-19 Cases
Alan MacLeod | thealtworld.com | 2020-05-18
Many Latin American countries have been hollowed out after decades of neoliberal "reforms," leaving them weaker than ever. | MPN– Latin America appears to be on a precipice, about to lose what little control over the COVID-19 pandemic it had. Across the region, daily positive tests are rising rapidly. Chilean figures show infections have doubled since last week. Around 4,000 Peruvians have tested positive each day in the past week. Meanwhile, Argentina, where an official 12 percent mortality rate suggests authorities…
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Latin America Braces for Major Spike in COVID-19 Cases
Alan MacLeod | thealtworld.com | 2020-05-18
Many Latin American countries have been hollowed out after decades of neoliberal "reforms," leaving them weaker than ever. | MPN– Latin America appears to be on a precipice, about to lose what little control over the COVID-19 pandemic it had. Across the region, daily positive tests are rising rapidly. Chilean figures show infections have doubled since last week. Around 4,000 Peruvians have tested positive each day in the past week. Meanwhile, Argentina, where an official 12 percent mortality rate suggests authorities…
thealtworld.com/alan_macleod/latin-ameri…

Latin America Braces for Major Spike in COVID-19 Cases
Alan Macleod | mintpressnews.com | 2020-05-18
Latin America appears to be on a precipice, about to lose what little control over the COVID-19 pandemic it had. Across the region, daily positive tests are rising rapidly. Chilean figures show infections have doubled since last week. Around 4,000 Peruvians have tested positive each day in the past week. Meanwhile, Argentina, where an official 12 percent mortality rate suggests authorities are testing nowhere near enough people, suffered its two worst days on Friday and Saturday. As figures are often revised upwards the d…
mintpressnews.com/latin-america-massive-…

US Military Planners Advise Expanded Online Psychological Warfare against China
Alan MacLeod | thealtworld.com | 2020-05-18
Just three years ago, Americans had a neutral view of China (and nine years ago it was strongly favorable). Today, the same polls show that 66 percent of Americans dislike the country. | MPN– As the U.S. military turns its attention from the Middle East to conflict with Russia and China, American war planners are advising that the United States greatly expand its own online "psychological operations" against Beijing. | A new report from the Financial Times details how top brass in Washington are strategiz…
thealtworld.com/alan_macleod/us-military…

US Military Planners Advise Expanded Online Psychological Warfare against China
Alan Macleod | mintpressnews.com | 2020-05-18
Just three years ago, Americans had a neutral view of China (and nine years ago it was strongly favorable). Today, the same polls show that 66 percent of Americans dislike the country.
mintpressnews.com/us-military-planners-a…

Iran Is Not A Victim, It Is One of The Most Influential and Strong-Minded Nations on Earth
Andre Vltchek | iranian.com | 2020-05-18
When facing mortal danger, its people unite, harden themselves and get ready to face invaders, no matter how threatening they might be. Iran is home to one of the oldest and deepest cultures in the world, and it's precisely this culture that helps Iranian people to survive the most frightening moments. And one such moment …
iranian.com/2020/05/17/iran-is-not-a-vic…

Poetry in the Time of the Pandemic & Other Earthly Ills
Freedom Socialist Party Bay Area | indybay.org | 2020-05-18
Zoom (access registration after ticket purchase)…
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Ottawa's Ties with Far Right Colombian President Undermines Human Rights Rhetoric Regarding Venezuela
Yves Engler | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-18
A week ago a former Canadian soldier instigated a harebrained bid to kidnap or kill Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro. Launched from Colombia, the plot failed spectacularly with most of the men captured or killed. | Still, the leader of the …
globalresearch.ca/ottawa-colombian-presi…

Iran Sends Fuel Tankers to Venezuela, Vows 'Decisive Response' to US Threats
Lucas Koerner | venezuelanalysis.com | 2020-05-18
Crippling US sanctions have caused severe fuel shortages in the Caribbean nation.
venezuelanalysis.com/news/14877

Iran Sends Fuel Tankers to Venezuela, Vows 'Decisive Response' to US Threats
Lucas Koerner | venezuelanalysis.com | 2020-05-18
Crippling US sanctions have caused severe fuel shortages in the Caribbean nation.
venezuelanalysis.com/news/14877

Stir Crazy! Episode #36: Slaves To The Economy
Staff | therealnews.com | 2020-05-18
On today's show: Incoming TRNN Executive Director John Duda, PERI Gender and Care Work Program economist Katherine Moos, and Economic Update host and founder of Democracy at Work Richard Wolff. Hosted by Kim Brown.
therealnews.com/stories/stir-crazy-episo…

The Nakba: 72 years of ongoing catastrophe
Ted Kelly | workers.org | 2020-05-18
May 15 is the day commemorating Youm al-Nakba, the Day of Catastrophe, when white European settlers declared war on the people of Palestine in 1948. In the violence that immediately followed the settlers' so-called "independence" declaration, at least 700,000 Palestinians were forced out of their homes, and hundreds of towns . . . | Continue reading The Nakba: 72 years of ongoing catastrophe at Workers.org
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Federal Reserve Financial Mismanagement
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-18
The misnamed Federal Reserve isn't federal. It's owned and controlled by major Wall Street banks. | It serves their interests at the expense of sound economic policy, ignoring its congressional mandate to "promote effectively the goals of maximum employment, stable prices, …
globalresearch.ca/federal-reserve-financ…

Trump Tightens Restrictions on Huawei, China Threatens Retaliation
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-18
Even during a major public health crisis compounded by economic collapse

Federal Reserve Financial Mismanagement
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-18
The misnamed Federal Reserve isn't federal. It's owned and controlled by major Wall Street banks. | It serves their interests at the expense of sound economic policy, ignoring its congressional mandate to "promote effectively the goals of maximum employment, stable prices, …
globalresearch.ca/federal-reserve-financ…

Trump Tightens Restrictions on Huawei, China Threatens Retaliation
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-18
Even during a major public health crisis compounded by economic collapse

COVID-19: Podemos, social-democrats prepare to send Spanish police against workers' protests
wsws.org | 2020-05-18
The "left populist" Podemos party is backing plans for Civil Guards to attack working class protests and monitor social media for signs of online dissent.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/18/pode…

Video: German Medical Doctor Katrin Korb's Analysis of Big Pharma's "Dubious Vaccine"
Dr. Katrin Korb | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-18
German Medical Doctor Katrin Korb discusses COVID-19, the lockdown and the vaccine during a protest held in Oldeburg. | Below is the transcript of her speech. | *** | Dear fellow citizens, | I'm thankful for being able to stand here today. My name …
globalresearch.ca/video-german-medical-d…

Israeli Soldiers Abduct Eight Palestinians, Injure Several Others, In West Bank
IMEMC News | imemc.org | 2020-05-18
Israeli soldiers abducted, Monday, eight Palestinians, and injured many others, in several parts of the occupied West Bank, after the soldiers invaded many communities, stormed and ransacked homes, and attack protesters. In Jenin, in northern West Bank, the soldiers invaded the home of Ahmad Nabeeh Abu ar-Rob, and violently searched …
imemc.org/article/israeli-soldiers-abduc…

Philadelphia: #FreeBlackMamas demand prisoner release
Joe Piette | workers.org | 2020-05-18
Philadelphia Protesters, led by currently and formerly incarcerated women, trans and non gender-binary people, held a rally on May 15 in a city park next to Riverside Correctional Facility to demand the release of people held in Philadelphia jails and an end to unjust cash bail. The action featured speeches . . . | Continue reading Philadelphia: #FreeBlackMamas demand prisoner release at Workers.org
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Part II of the Kent-State Series
Project Censored | projectcensored.org | 2020-05-18
50 years have passed since Ohio National Guard troops opened fire on Kent State University students protesting the Vietnam War. Four students were killed and nine wounded. On this Part…
projectcensored.org/part-ii-of-the-kent-…

UN sends 89 trucks carrying aid to Syria's Idlib
yenisafak.com | 2020-05-18
The United Nations sent Monday 89 truckloads of humanitarian aid to Idlib, a northwestern Syrian province where millions are in urgent need of assistance.The trucks loaded with the supplies entered Syria through the Cilvegozu border gate in Turkey's southern Hatay province bordering Idlib.The aid will be distributed to vulnerable people in Idlib and nearby rural areas.Syria has been ravaged by a civil war since early 2011, when the Assad regime cracked down on pro-democracy protesters.Hundreds of thousands of people have been killed and more than 10 million displaced, according to UN estimates.Idlib falls within…
yenisafak.com/en/world/un-sends-89-truck…

Iraqi protesters storm Saudi channel HQ in Baghdad
yenisafak.com | 2020-05-18
Iraqi demonstrators on Monday stormed the premises of the Saudi-owned MBC channel in Baghdad to protest what they describe as an insult to late Shia leader Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis. | Scores of angry protesters gathered outside the MBC office in central Baghdad before forcing their way into the building and destroying everything inside, according to an Anadolu Agency reporter at the scene. | Waving photos of al-Muhandis and Iraqi flags, protesters chanted slogans against Saudi Arabia during their rally. | "We don't accept any insult to al-Muhandis, who is one of Iraq's symbols," Hussein al-Jumaili, a protester, told…
yenisafak.com/en/world/iraqi-protesters-…

Protest at Fort Mason Against CCSF Cuts
Leon Kunstenaar | indybay.org | 2020-05-18
People young and old protest CCSF cuts in programs that benefit seniors, immigrants and working people.
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/05/15/1883305…

Group that TRACKED protesters' cell phones accuses them of spreading Covid-19 across US… even if they DIDN'T leave their cars
rt.com | 2020-05-18
A Democrat-linked advocacy group is blaming the spread of Covid-19 on anti-lockdown protesters in the US after tracking their cell phones cross-country. Despite the tempting partisan narrative, though, many never left their cars. | Anti-lockdown demonstrators traveled hundreds of miles to attend protests, almost certainly spreading the coronavirus to places where infections were rare, according to the Committee to Protect Medicare, a supposedly non-partisan group run by a former Democratic congressional candidate. The group provided a comprehensive analysis of smartphone location data from rallies in Michigan,…
rt.com/usa/488992-lockdown-protests-spre…

'Have a good day & be safe': New Jersey cops are latest police force to REFUSE enforcing Covid-19 restrictions
rt.com | 2020-05-18
Footage of police in New Jersey informing anti-lockdown protesters they're in violation of Covid-19 executive orders, but will not face consequences, is the latest example of officers taking a more hands-off approach to the rules. | People began gathering outside Atilis Gym in southern New Jersey hours before it opened on Monday to show support for the business defying executive orders from the governor, and to protest the continuing lockdown measures in place across the state. | While almost no protesters wore face coverings and were clearly breaking social distancing guidelines by gathering in a big crowd, p…
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Protesters storm MBC Iraq office, destroy its contents: report
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-18
TEHRAN, May 18 (MNA)

Soldiers Abduct Four Palestinians, Injure Many, In Hebron
IMEMC News | imemc.org | 2020-05-18
Israeli soldiers invaded, earlier Monday, Hebron city, and nearby towns of Beit Ummar and Yatta, in addition to the al-'Arroub refugee camp, in southern West Bank, searched and ransacked many homes and abducted four Palestinians, in addition to wounding several others. Mohammad Awad, a local nonviolent media activist in Beit …
imemc.org/article/soldiers-abduct-four-p…

Taking the Air out of Balloon Pollution: Grassroots Environmental Activist of the Year Danielle Vosburgh
Douglas Bevington | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-18
Danielle Vosburgh has been selected as the Fund for Wild Nature's Grassroots Activist of the Year for 2020. Danielle is co-founder of the Florida-based grassroots group Balloons Blow, which opposes helium balloon releases and their harmful impact on wildlife. Discarded balloons are particularly dangerous for animals living in the ocean. When balloons deflate and fall…
counterpunch.org/2020/05/18/taking-the-a…

Venezuela Sees COVID-19 Surge as Returning Migrants Surpass 40,000
Paul Dobson | venezuelanalysis.com | 2020-05-18
Authorities say that 75 percent of recent cases have been "imported."
venezuelanalysis.com/news/14878

Coronavirus impact on world's indigenous, goes well beyond health threat
news.un.org | 2020-05-18
The COVID-19 pandemic is having a devastating impact on the world's indigenous peoples that stretches well beyond the immediate threat to their health, the new UN independent expert on the rights of indigenous peoples said on Monday.
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UK COVID-19 Death-toll now exceeds 61,000
Eds. | mronline.org | 2020-05-18
The public, according to incessant government polling and monitoring of the public mood through focus groups and mass data has confirmed that the nation is quickly being 'traumatised' by the UK's experience of the pandemic.
mronline.org/2020/05/18/uk-covid-19-deat…

Fear and Uncertainty: The Modern-Day Cult of Corona. "Gotta to Have Faith"
Helen Buyniski | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-18
Fear and uncertainty have dominated the media coverage of the Covid-19 epidemic. | The novel coronavirus is depicted not as a pedestrian pathogen certain to be beaten into submission by the miracles of modern science any day now, but as …
globalresearch.ca/duck-cover-burn-hereti…

Growing resistance in Germany to returning to schools as coronavirus pandemic continues
wsws.org | 2020-05-18
Resistance is growing among German teachers and pupils against this irresponsible policy, which threatens to turn schools into new hotspots of COVID-19.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/18/retu…

Ontario government ignored workers' complaints at poultry plant hit by fatal COVID-19 outbreak
wsws.org | 2020-05-18
Maple Lodge Farms workers complained about unsafe conditions two weeks before a COVID-19 outbreak that killed one worker and sickened more than 25 others.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/18/poul…

Modi promotes "herd immunity," vows "quantum jump" in pro-investor reforms
wsws.org | 2020-05-18
As the Modi government expands its reckless back-to-work drive, India reported yesterday its biggest daily jump in COVID-19 cases to date.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/18/inco…

Trump unveils plan that would see Big Pharma reap massive profits from COVID-19 vaccine
Eds. | mronline.org | 2020-05-18
President Trump has revealed a plan to mobilize the US military to deliver mass vaccinations across the country, coupled with Operation Warp Speed, a "Manhattan project-style" race to produce a COVID-19 vaccine.
mronline.org/2020/05/18/trump-unveils-pl…

Maryland and Virginia begin "phase one" reopenings despite record increase in COVID-19 cases
wsws.org | 2020-05-18
The two jurisdictions began reopening their economies amid a consistent uptick in the amount of infections produced by the coronavirus.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/18/mida…

Trump unveils plan that would see Big Pharma reap massive profits from COVID-19 vaccine
Eds. | mronline.org | 2020-05-18
President Trump has revealed a plan to mobilize the US military to deliver mass vaccinations across the country, coupled with Operation Warp Speed, a "Manhattan project-style" race to produce a COVID-19 vaccine.
mronline.org/2020/05/18/trump-unveils-pl…

Coronavirus 'Immunity Passports' are not the Answer
Esha Bhandari | aclu.org | 2020-05-18
As governments the world over seek ways to jumpstart economic activity, one proposal is a so-called "immunity passport" that would allow certain people who test positive for COVID-19 antibodies to return to work before others. We at the ACLU have serious concerns about the adoption of any such proposal, because of its potential to harm public health, incentivize economically-vulnerable people to risk their health by contracting COVID-19, exacerbate racial and economic disparities, and lead to a new health surveillance infrastructure that endangers privacy rights. , , An immunity passport system is fundamentall…
aclu.org/news/privacy-technology/coronav…

Covid-19, Big Ag and the Failing Food System
Rashid Nuri | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-18
Big Ag has separated humankind from the process of creating food that sustains existence. This separation has been done for material gain. Big Ag has interrupted the most natural relationship, a spiritual relationship, between humanity and the land. This human/land connection supersedes all religions. It is humankind's association with land that feeds us and fortifies…
counterpunch.org/2020/05/18/covid19-big-…

Amazon eliminates pay raises for workers as COVID-19 toll mounts
wsws.org | 2020-05-18
As the number of infections and deaths continues to rise at Amazon, the world's richest man joins Trump's murderous campaign to "reopen" the economy.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/18/amau…

COVID-19 Exposes The Generational Injustices That Demand Reparations
Staff | therealnews.com | 2020-05-18
Generations of racism created the conditions that made African Americans more susceptible to COVID-19, and reparations are the way to address that injustice.
therealnews.com/stories/covid-19-exposes…

Trump Bombs Syrian Wheat Fields While Fighting COVID 'Enemy' at Home
Miri Wood | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-18
US President Donald J. Trump took time from his domestic fight of battling COVID-19 single-handedly and with one arm tied behind his back to set fire to Syrian wheat fields in Hasakah governate. He performed the ritual of the double-war …
globalresearch.ca/trump-bombs-syrian-whe…

The Covid-19 Crisis Shows Why Food Should Be a Human Right
Paul J. Baicich | zcomm.org | 2020-05-18
With lines at food banks stretching for miles, the need has never been clearer to guarantee food to all U.S. residents…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/the-covid-19-crisi…

German Defence Ministry plans to wage international drone warfare
wsws.org | 2020-05-18
Germany's ruling elite is responding to the mounting tensions between the major powers triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic by intensifying its drive to war.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/18/dron…

The last resort of the EU fighting refugees in Greece–armed force and COVID-19
wsws.org | 2020-05-18
Greek soldiers used tear gas, stun grenades, rubber bullets and live ammunition against refugees stranded in the no-man's-land between Greece and Turkey.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/18/gree…

How Democracy Falls In East Europe And The Balkans
Staff | therealnews.com | 2020-05-18
Freedom House says Eastern European and Balkans democracies are in danger. COVID-19 has opened the door to surveillance, and threatens democracies from Hungary to India to Israel.
therealnews.com/stories/how-democracy-fa…

Covid-19 crisis closes 90 percent of museums globally, UNESCO plans for reopenings
news.un.org | 2020-05-18
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to wreak havoc globally, museums have not been spared, the UN cultural agency said on Monday, International Museum Day, revealing that nearly 90 per cent of the treasured cultural institutions have had to close their doors, while almost 13 per cent are under serious threat of never reopening.
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Nicaraguan government lets COVID-19 spread freely, covers up toll
wsws.org | 2020-05-18
The Ortega regime's response demonstrates the inevitable outcome of Sandinismo and all petty-bourgeois nationalist movements that have historically defended capitalism.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/18/nica…

As death toll mounts, White House steps up efforts to scapegoat China for pandemic
wsws.org | 2020-05-18
Blaming China not only deflects attention from the Trump administration's responsibility for the horrific US death toll but feeds into its anti-China trade war measures.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/18/usch…

Over There Is Now Over Here: America's Pandemic Role Reversal
Karen J. Greenberg | zcomm.org | 2020-05-18
The world watches us as we lose Americans by the thousands on an almost daily basis…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/over-there-is-now-…

Military Spending and the Pandemic
Dispatches from the Edge | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-18
"There have been as many plagues as wars in history, yet plagues and wars take people equally by surprise" –Albert Camus | "The Plague" | Camus' novel of a lethal contagion in the North African city of Oran is filled with characters …
globalresearch.ca/military-spending-pand…

COVID-Related Strikes Hit Washington's Apple Sheds
David Bacon | zcomm.org | 2020-05-18
Demands for safer working conditions and extra hourly hazard pay during the pandemic are powering a strike wave in the Yakima Valley…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/covid-related-stri…

The US Is Dramatically Overcounting Coronavirus Deaths. Deliberate Manipulation, Flawed Data
John R. Lott, Jr. | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-18
Over 86,500 people have reportedly died in the United States from the Coronavirus, and the fear generated by those deaths is driving the public policy debate. But that number is a dramatic overcount. Our metrics include deaths that have nothing …
globalresearch.ca/us-overcounting-corona…

Beware of The Globalists' "New World Order"
Will Kesler | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-18
This article was originally published by The Aspen Times in 2011. | Eisenhower's legendary warning that the industrial-military complex could engender a "disastrous rise of misplaced power" has obviously come true. Notably, in the same speech, Eisenhower also advised of "equal …
globalresearch.ca/beware-of-the-globalis…

Corporate Media Setting Stage for "New Cold War" with China
Gregory Shupak | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-18
Corporate media are laying the ideological groundwork for a new cold war with China, presenting the nation as a hostile power that needs to be kept in check. | The Washington Post ( 4/23/20) ran an article by Republican Sen. …
globalresearch.ca/corporate-media-settin…

Revealed: The Secret US-Iran Deal that Installed Kadhimi in Baghdad
David Hearst | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-18
Tehran ordered Shia factions to back prime minister in return for Washington 'looking the other way' over release of assets targeted by sanctions, Iraqi officials tell MEE | *** | The nomination of Mustafa al-Kadhimi as Iraqi prime minister was the result …
globalresearch.ca/secret-us-iran-deal-in…

Influenza Vaccination and Respiratory Virus Interference Among Department of Defense Personnel During the 2017–2018 Influenza Season
Greg G. Wolff | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-18
Receiving influenza vaccination may increase the risk of other respiratory viruses, a phenomenon known as virus interference. Test-negative study designs are often utilized to calculate influenza vaccine effectiveness. The virus interference phenomenon goes against the basic assumption of the test-negative | …
globalresearch.ca/influenza-vaccination-…

Twenty Years After the Unconditional Israeli Withdrawal From Lebanon, What Has Been Achieved?
Elijah J. Magnier | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-18
"We were Hezbollah trainers. It is an organisation that learns quickly. The Hezbollah we met at the beginning (1982) is different from the one we left behind in 2000". This is what the former Chief of Staff and former Minister …
globalresearch.ca/twenty-years-after-unc…

Hacking for Vaccines. Intellectual Property and Espionage
Dr. Binoy Kampmark | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-18
If you cannot discover or create something, best steal it. It has been the operating principle for everything from wealth to technology. With the efforts to discover a vaccine to the novel coronavirus being all but bound by solidarity, the …
globalresearch.ca/hacking-vaccines/57132…

COVID Mask of the Beast and "Deadly Distancing"
Julian Rose | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-18
Have you experienced a sense of unease when witnessing a group of individuals wearing masks and/or keeping strictly two meters apart? If so, that's good news, because it means you're still sufficiently human to be able to respond to life's …
globalresearch.ca/mask-distancing/571326…

Over 250 Artists, Writers Urge Israel to Stop Siege of Gaza
The Levant | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-18
More than 250 global artists and writers including rocker Peter Gabriel, director Ken Loach and actor Viggo Mortensen have appealed to Israel to stop the "siege" of Gaza. | The coronavirus epidemic could have a devastating effect in "the world's largest …
globalresearch.ca/over-250-artists-write…

Britain Warned Against 'Coup-mongering' in Venezuela After Embassy Discovery
Steve Sweeney | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-18
Venezuela has warned Britain against "coup-mongering" after the discovery of a "Venezuelan reconstruction unit" in the Foreign Office. | Demanding an urgent explanation, Foreign Minister Jorge Arreeaza lodged a formal complaint with ambassador Duncan Hill, who the minister said confirmed …
globalresearch.ca/britain-warned-against…

Despite Criticisms, Madagascar Moves Ahead with COVID-Organics
Kester Kenn Klomegah | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-18
While Western and Europeans and Asians race to find vaccines for coronavirus, Africa can no longer wait for that scientific discovery that experts have said it would, most probably, be ready in a year or two. Some experts have argued …
globalresearch.ca/despite-criticisms-mad…

Influenza Vaccination and Respiratory Virus Interference Among Department of Defense Personnel During the 2017–2018 Influenza Season
Greg G. Wolff | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-18
Receiving influenza vaccination may increase the risk of other respiratory viruses, a phenomenon known as virus interference. Test-negative study designs are often utilized to calculate influenza vaccine effectiveness. The virus interference phenomenon goes against the basic assumption of the test-negative | …
globalresearch.ca/influenza-vaccination-…

Britain Warned Against 'Coup-mongering' in Venezuela After Embassy Discovery
Steve Sweeney | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-18
Venezuela has warned Britain against "coup-mongering" after the discovery of a "Venezuelan reconstruction unit" in the Foreign Office. | Demanding an urgent explanation, Foreign Minister Jorge Arreeaza lodged a formal complaint with ambassador Duncan Hill, who the minister said confirmed …
globalresearch.ca/britain-warned-against…

Attack on Cuban Embassy in Washington Brings Complicit Silence From U.S. Government
Raúl Capote | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-18
Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla discussed the April 30 attack on the country's embassy in Washington with the press yesterday, stating: "Here is the attacker, an AK-47 rifle, 32 shell casings, 32 bullet holes and a statement

Despite Criticisms, Madagascar Moves Ahead with COVID-Organics
Kester Kenn Klomegah | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-18
While Western and Europeans and Asians race to find vaccines for coronavirus, Africa can no longer wait for that scientific discovery that experts have said it would, most probably, be ready in a year or two. Some experts have argued …
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Israeli youth convicted for murdering 3 members of a Palestinian family in 2015 terrorist attack
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-05-18
The convicted Israeli is part of an extremist settler terror group called hilltop youth. Members of this group are followers of Meir Kahane, who called for the expulsion of all non-Jewish people from Israel…
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Caring About the Murder of Ahmaud Arbery
Wim Laven | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-18
Black men are being stalked and killed in the US–business as usual. Ahmaud Arbery's murder was based on: "He's a black man running down our road." Punishment for the crime of being black is sometimes death. Video footage has surfaced to challenge the citizen's-arrest-self-defense narrative. Of course, prosecutors were reluctant to charge the former law…
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Caring about the Murder of Ahmaud Arbery
Wim Laven | zcomm.org | 2020-05-18
We must socialize ourselves to understand the conditions and structures of violence, especially as it intersects with racism, in our country…
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New York Democratic governor enlists tech billionaires to push distance learning
wsws.org | 2020-05-18
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced "Reimagine Education," a partnership with Microsoft's Bill Gates and Google's Eric Schmidt.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/18/nydg…

Climate Music To Soothe And Terrify You
Staff | therealnews.com | 2020-05-18
Imagine if the climate crisis was a musical composition oscillating between musical highs and lows, between hope and despair. The ClimateMusic Project, in collaboration with Richard Festinger, a music composer and educator, has written the "science-guided" musical composition "Icarus in Flight" using environmental datasets spanning two centuries. | The composition was recently performed by San Francisco's Telegraph Quartet to celebrate Earth Day on April 22 in collaboration with the National Academy of Sciences (NAS). | "Icarus in Flight" premiered in 2018…
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Prisons and class war
Mirinda Crissman | workers.org | 2020-05-18
This is a slightly edited version of a talk given during the "What Road To Socialism?" webinar held by Workers World Party on May 16. Abolitionist Ruth Wilson Gilmore lays out in her book, "Golden Gulag," the political climate in the state of California that gave rise to prison expansion. . . . | Continue reading Prisons and class war at Workers.org
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Australian government heightens trade conflict with China
wsws.org | 2020-05-18
Successive Australian governments have been in the forefront of imposing tariffs and other restrictions on imports from China.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/18/auch…

Britain's covert operations to overthrow Syrian government exposed
wsws.org | 2020-05-18
Sarkha is one of many programmes in a vast network of fake news activities carried out by the intelligence arms of the US and European powers.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/18/syri…

The Coming Nuclear Menace: Hypersonic Missiles
Karl Grossman | zcomm.org | 2020-05-18
These weapons need to be outlawed, not produced and purchased en masse…
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The Coming Nuclear Menace: Hypersonic Missiles
Karl Grossman | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-18
The United States is seeking to acquire "volumes of hundreds or even thousands" of nuclear-capable hypersonic missiles that are "stealthy" and can fly undetected at 3,600 miles per hour, five times faster than the speed of sound. Why so many? A Pentagon official is quoted in the current issue of Aviation Week & Space Technology as saying "we have to be careful we're not building boutique weapons. If we build boutique weapons, we won't–we'll be very reluctant to–use them." | …
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Soldiers Assault A Palestinian Before Abducting Him In Jenin
IMEMC News | imemc.org | 2020-05-18
Israeli soldiers assaulted, on Monday at dawn, a young Palestinian man in Misilyah town, south of the northern West Bank city of Jenin, and abducted him after searching and ransacking his home. Media sources said several army jeeps invaded the town, before the soldiers stormed and ransacked the home of …
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Israeli Colonists Chop Down 80 Olive Trees In Nablus, Bethlehem
IMEMC News | imemc.org | 2020-05-18
Several fanatic illegal Israeli colonists invaded, Sunday, a Palestinian olive orchard, south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus, and cut more than 40 olive trees. Ghassan Daghlas, a Palestinian Authority official who monitors Israel's illegal colonialist activities in northern West Bank, said the colonists stormed an olive orchard …
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Jerusalem Charity Closed for "Violating Israeli Sovereignty"
Ali Salam | imemc.org | 2020-05-18
Israeli police invaded the "Volunteer for Hope" charitable organization in Jerusalem, on Sunday, ordering it's closure for a total of six months, Quds News Network reported. The charity, located in Beit Hanina village, in occupied East Jerusalem is said to be associated with the Palestinian Authority (PA). The order included …
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Israeli Colonists Hurl Stones At Teqoua' Town Council
IMEMC News | imemc.org | 2020-05-18
Several Israeli colonists hurled stones, Sunday, at the building of the Local Municipal Council of Teqoua' town, east of Bethlehem, south of occupied Jerusalem in the West Bank. Salem Abu Mfarreh, the mayor of Teqoua', said the colonists stopped their car in front of the Local Council's building, before jumping …
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Israeli Military Court Extends Detention of a Palestinian Teen Boy
IMEMC & Agencies | imemc.org | 2020-05-18
The Israeli military court of Salem, near Jenin city in the West Bank, ordered on Monday, the extension of the detention of Palestinian teenager, Qasem Abu Baker, 17, from the Palestinian village of Y'abad, south of Jenin city. The mother of Qasem, told media outlets that Monday's extension is the …
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Israeli Colonist Stabs A Palestinian Teen In The Neck, In Jerusalem
IMEMC News | imemc.org | 2020-05-18
An Israeli colonialist settler stabbed, on Sunday evening, a Palestinian teenage boy in the neck, in occupied East Jerusalem, causing a mild-to-moderate injury. Eyewitnesses said the colonist assaulted the teen, Mohammad Natsha, 17, and stabbed him with a sharp object in his neck. They added that the Israeli assailant is …
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Israeli Army Bulldozers Raze Palestinian Farm Land in Tulkarem
IMEMC & Agencies | imemc.org | 2020-05-18
In the West Bank city of Tulkarem, Israeli troops reportedly attacked Palestinian farm land, earlier on Monday, and army bulldozers began razing olive trees in an area estimated at four acres in size. Local Palestinian sources said that the farm land razed is located between the Kafa and Shoufa villages, …
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An all-too-familiar occurrence
Editor | workers.org | 2020-05-18
Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old emergency medical technician in Louisville, Ky., was killed by eight police bullets as she lay in her bed at 1 a.m. on March 13. Breonna Taylor This tragic incident is an all-too-familiar event. Another young Black person has died at the hands of the shoot-first, ask-questions-later . . . | Continue reading An all-too-familiar occurrence at Workers.org
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Spike in Kawasaki-like disease linked to coronavirus in France and Italy, one child dies
wsws.org | 2020-05-18
This is a damning indictment of capitalist governments internationally which are reopening schools and asserting that the virus does not harm children.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/18/kawa…

Back-to-work drive places countless thousands at risk
wsws.org | 2020-05-18
Major American factories are reopening today, each one the potential center for a major new outbreak of the coronavirus.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/18/pers…

War and Power in Classical Greece: Lessons for Superpowers and the World
Evaggelos Vallianatos | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-18
Prologue Humans have had almost ceaseless difficulties in working and living together. Superstition, religious ideas, race, geography, ownership of land, and language engulf them so much, they often fail to extend a friendly hand to people who don't fit their schizophrenia of who among humans is like them. This culture has been generating a deadly…
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For Trump, It's Mission Accomplished
Mel Gurtov | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-18
"We have met the moment and we have prevailed," Donald Trump said at a news briefing May 11. "The moment" is quite a departure from Dr. Anthony Fauci's idea that "the virus determines the timeline," and from his caution that "we're not out of the woods yet." Fauci's points seem incontrovertible, but not in Trump…
counterpunch.org/2020/05/18/for-trump-it…

Unsettling Noises: Locked Down in Queens
Benjamin Willis | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-18
For the past nine weeks an eerie silence has descended upon my neighborhood, as it has for much of the rest of New York City. Being a musician, I am extremely aware of my sonic environment at all times and the soundscape of the city has abruptly changed since even a week before the Stay-at-Home order was given on March 22nd. Gone are the honking horns and idling engines in snarled traffic. I don't hear the traffic helicopter hovering overhead daily anymore. The incessant roar of the turbines from the high volume of commercial airliners coming in and out of nearby LaGuardia and JFK airports has been replaced by bi…
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Reopen the Economy; or Charge of the Right Brigade
Marshall Sahlins | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-18
Half a shop, half a bar, Half a school onward. Into the Virus of Death Goad the Sick Hundreds. "Forward the Right Brigade, Charge on your cards," he said. Into the Virus of Death Goad the sick hundreds. "Forward the Right Brigade!" Was there a MAGA dismayed? Not that the shoppers knew POTUS had blundered.
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Even as death toll climbs, Indonesian government urges workers under 45 to resume work
wsws.org | 2020-05-18
Indonesian epidemiologists have warned that a return to work will dramatically increase transmission of the virus and put the entire population, regardless of age, at extreme risk.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/18/indo…

Coordination Beyond the Corporation with Sanjukta Paul
Maxximilian Seijo | mronline.org | 2020-05-18
In this episode, Maxx and Scott speak with legal scholar Sanjukta Paul about imagining alternative and more just forms of economic association in ways that denaturalize the 20th-century monopolistic firm. The key, Paul argues, is to reveal and contest the public "coordination rights" that legally structure all economic activity. Sanjukta Paul is Assistant Professor of …
mronline.org/2020/05/18/coordination-bey…

On "This Week" news show, Sanders urges supporters to vote for Biden
wsws.org | 2020-05-18
Sanders used the national platform afforded him to once again urge his supporters to vote for the right-wing Democratic candidate.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/18/sand…

US Fed report reveals depth of financial crisis it helped create
wsws.org | 2020-05-18
A Foreign Policy article noted that with its asset holdings predicted to reach $9 trillion by the year's end, the Fed is pumping money into the financial system at the rate of $1 million every second.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/18/fede…

The Dem's $3 Trillion Dollar HEROES Act Can Not Brace Us for the Coming Shock
Raul Diego | mintpressnews.com | 2020-05-18
As the Trump show continues and each side of the political aisle takes aim at each other, the economy's freefall is quickly reaching catastrophic levels.
mintpressnews.com/democrats-heroes-act-c…

Putin, Erdogan Discuss Coronavirus Response, Situation in Syria and Libya
sputniknews.com | 2020-05-18
ANKARA (Sputnik) – Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan have discussed cooperation on the coronavirus fight and the situation in Syria, both the Kremlin and the office of the Turkish president said Monday.
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Loss of smell or taste added to NHS Covid-19 symptoms list
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-05-18
A loss or changed sense of taste or smell are to be added to the NHS coronavirus symptoms list, weeks after experts first raised concerns that Covid-19 cases are being missed.Anyone suffering loss of taste or smell, or a noticeable change, should now self-isolate for seven days to reduce the risk of spreading the infection, England's deputy chief medical officer, Professor Jonathan Van-Tam said.If the symptomatic person lives with others, they should stay at home for seven days, while all other household members should stay home for 14 days even if they do not have symptoms.The move means loss of smell or taste w…
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EU calls for independent probe of the WHO's pandemic response
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-05-18
The European Union and other countries have called for an independent evaluation of the World Health Organisation's (WHO) response to the coronavirus pandemic "to review experience gained and lessons learned". | The resolution has the support of more than half of the WHO's member countries and will be discussed this week at the decision-making body of the UN health agency, being held virtually this year. | The proposal is intended to initiate "a stepwise process of impartial, independent and comprehensive evaluation" of the WHO's efforts to coordinate the international response to Covid-19, including the function…
thecanary.co/discovery/news-discovery/20…

Liz Truss trumpets benefits of UK-US trade deal for 'workers, consumers and farmers'
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-05-18
The UK and US hope trade talks can proceed at an "accelerated pace" to deliver a "comprehensive" deal, Liz Truss said after the first round of transatlantic negotiations. | The International Trade Secretary said both sides wanted a deal to deliver benefits for workers, consumers and farmers. | Critics have warned that striking a deal will require Britain to accept looser US food and environmental standards, as well as opening up the NHS to American firms

Left-winger smashes the idea that establishment centrists offer a 'safe electoral choice'
Slava Zilber | thecanary.co | 2020-05-18
Anti-war left-winger Shahid Buttar is campaigning to unseat powerful establishment Democrat Nancy Pelosi. And speaking to The Canary recently, he smashed the establishment argument that corporate centrists offer a 'safe electoral choice'. | "More of the same" is not a reasonable option: | Buttar stressed that: | Sometimes, what we perceive as safe choices are, unfortunately, simply choices for more of the same. And I think if there's anything that the pandemic,…
thecanary.co/feature/2020/05/18/left-win…

Labour brands new immigration legislation a 'threat to national interest'
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-05-18
Ministers have been accused of "rank hypocrisy" over their attitude to key workers as Labour claimed new immigration legislation would make it harder to fill NHS roles.The government's measures to replace European Union freedom of movement rules in the UK face their first Commons hurdle on Monday.The Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) bill is part of the move towards the government's new points-based immigration system, to be introduced from 2021, although it does not set out the details on this. | These will be fleshed out in the immigration rules, which will explain the future system…
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Hiscox faces legal action from companies pursuing coronavirus payouts
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-05-18
A group of angry Hiscox policyholders have been given the go-ahead to launch legal action against the insurance giant. | The Hiscox Action Group

How the international community is helping Colombia confront the coronavirus
Adriaan Alsema | colombiareports.com | 2020-05-18
The governments of the United States and Canada have announced financial aid to help Colombia's authorities combat the coronavirus pandemic while European nations plan to do the same. The US…
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Colombia's most infamous far-right group 'founded by important personalities'
Adriaan Alsema | colombiareports.com | 2020-05-18
Presumed members of Colombia's far-right group "Aguilas Negras" said Saturday they were founded by "important national personalities" in a death threat sent to politicians, a unionist and a journalist. In…
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Colombia's most infamous far-right group 'founded by important personalities'
Adriaan Alsema | colombiareports.com | 2020-05-18
Presumed members of Colombia's far-right group "Aguilas Negras" said on Saturday they were founded by "important national personalities" in a death threat sent to politicians, a unionist and a journalist….
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North Colombia paramilitaries had access to classified US counternarcotics documents: report
Adriaan Alsema | colombiareports.com | 2020-05-18
A paramilitary group from northern Colombia had access classified information from Colombian and international counternarcotics agencies allowing it to avoid drug seizures, according to Noticias Uno. According to the the…
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North Colombia paramilitaries had access to classified US counternarcotics documents: report
Adriaan Alsema | colombiareports.com | 2020-05-18
A paramilitary group from northern Colombia had access to classified information from Colombian and international counternarcotics agencies allowing it to avoid drug seizures, according to Noticias Uno. According to the…
colombiareports.com/north-colombia-param…

Colombia protecting general who worked for guerrillas for 18 years
Adriaan Alsema | colombiareports.com | 2020-05-18
Colombia's military has been so busy covering up corruption, it never filed criminal charges against an army general who worked for guerrillas and FARC dissidents for more than a decade….
colombiareports.com/colombia-protecting-…

Detainees call for their release from Mantra prison
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2020-05-18
Refugees & migrants Chloe DS and Chris SleeIssue 1266 Australia COVID-19 Mantra Hotel detainees MelbourneMay 1…
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'Idiotic & unimplementable': Chief of Europe's largest lowcoster Ryanair slams UK response to Covid-19
rt.com | 2020-05-18
Ryanair Chief Executive Michael O'Leary has blasted the British government for mismanaging the Covid-19 crisis, and hit out at fresh measures for quarantining travelers coming from abroad. | "It's idiotic and it's unimplementable. You don't have enough police in the UK," O'Leary told BBC radio. | "This [is] the same government that has… mismanaged the crisis for many weeks. | Last week, Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed that all travellers arriving in Britain will be quarantined for 14 days. The measure is expected to take effect in the end of the month. | O'Leary had previously criticized the idea of q…
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On anniversary of historic bombing: MOVE's message is 'Free Mumia!'
Betsey Piette | workers.org | 2020-05-18
Philadelphia May 13 was an historic and emotionally charged day as the city of Philadelphia took time to commemorate the horrific bombing of the MOVE family 35 years ago. Police dropped a C4 military-grade bomb on their west Philadelphia home, killing six adults and five children. City officials, including then . . . | Continue reading On anniversary of historic bombing: MOVE's message is 'Free Mumia!' at Workers.org
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Loss of smell, taste added to UK COVID-19 symptoms list
yenisafak.com | 2020-05-18
The UK government updated its COVID-19 advice on Monday, adding the loss of smell and taste to the list of symptoms induced by coronavirus."From today, all individuals should self-isolate if they develop a new continuous cough or fever or anosmia," the government statement said."Anosmia is the loss or a change in your normal sense of smell. It can also affect your sense of taste as the two are closely linked."We have been closely monitoring the emerging data and evidence on Covid-19 and after thorough consideration, we are now confident enough to recommend this new measure."The individual's household should also…
yenisafak.com/en/life/loss-of-smell-tast…

Voluntary groups in Kashmir battle invisible enemy
yenisafak.com | 2020-05-18
As the novel coronavirus or COVID-19 has spread rapidly across Indian-administered Jammu and Kashmir, many volunteer groups have joined to combat the pandemic which has so far killed 15 people and infected more than 1,200.Since the first case of COVID-19 was detected in the region on March 18, hundreds of volunteers have been working tirelessly to help stem the spread of the infection.Hakim Mohammad Ilyas, general secretary of Ehsaas International, a non-government organization that mainly works to impart education to downtrodden, was moved with the news of deaths taking place across the globe due to the pandemic…
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Bangladesh may see coronavirus peak next week: Experts
yenisafak.com | 2020-05-18
As the number of confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus continues to rise in Bangladesh, experts say the South Asian nation may see a peak in infections in the next two weeks. The country on Monday registered 1,602 new infections of COVID-19, with 21 deaths, marking the single day record in the country of around 165 million population."Bangladesh may see a peak in COVID-19 cases in next two weeks or so," said Dr. Bijon Kumar Sil, leader of a Bangladeshi research team at Gonoshasthaya Kendra Hospital that invented a $3 test kit that can detect the coronavirus in less than 15 minutes.Since the first positive case…
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Fast in, first out: Denmark leads lockdown exit
yenisafak.com | 2020-05-18
Four weeks after Denmark began easing its lockdown, Danes on Monday returned to cafes and restaurants, confident that the coronavirus outbreak is under control.Denmark last month became the first country in Europe to reopen schools, day-care centres and smaller businesses. It did not see a subsequent rise in COVID-19 cases."The quick shutdown and the fact that Danes actually listened to messages from authorities about good hygiene and social distancing are the main reasons we've come this far," said Hans Jorn Kolmos, a professor in clinical microbiology at the University of Southern Denmark.Contrary to the French…
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Coronavirus pushes Swedish deaths to highest since 1993 in April
yenisafak.com | 2020-05-18
More Swedes died in April than in any one month since 1993, figures from the Statistics Office showed on Monday, as the outbreak of the novel coronavirus pushed the death toll higher.Sweden, which has stopped short of the strict lockdown measures enforced by many countries, has suffered a higher death rate during the coronavirus pandemic than its Scandinavian neighbours.In Sweden, the pandemic has caused around 3,700 deaths since the first reported fatality in March, but has not been as deadly as some seasonal flu over the last three decades, when the toll in December 1993 and January 2000 was higher, the Statist…
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Turkey condemns pig's-head vandalism of German mosque
yenisafak.com | 2020-05-18
An Islamophobic incident in which a pig's head was mounted onto the door of mosque in southern Germany drew condemnation from Turkey on Monday."Even during the holy month of Ramadan and the epidemic, racism and hostility against Islam continues in Europe. The ugly attack on our mosque in Germany is the latest example of this," Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu tweeted on Monday.Denouncing the perpetrators' "sick mentality," he urged that they be caught immediately.The incident took place Saturday at the Fatih Mosque in the city of Vaihingen, run by the Turkish-Islamic Union for Religious Affairs. The incident too…
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Kuwait's coronavirus death toll rises to 118
yenisafak.com | 2020-05-18
Kuwait confirmed six fatalities due to the novel coronavirus on Monday, according to the country's Health Ministry. | A ministry spokesman said 841 people have tested positive for the virus over the past 24 hours, the official KUNA news agency reported. | The Gulf state's death toll now stands at 118 and 15,691 infections, the spokesman said. | He said 161 patients are still in intensive care, while a total of 4,339 have recovered. | Since the virus emerged in Wuhan, China last December, it has spread to 188 countries and regions. | The global death toll from the novel coronavirus has exceeded 315,000, with…
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Qatar reports new 1365 coronavirus infections
yenisafak.com | 2020-05-18
The ministry said the number of recoveries rose by 529 to reach 4,899, the official QNA news agency reported.Qatar's virus-linked death toll now stands at 15.The ministry said 19 patients were admitted to intensive care due to complications resulting from the infection, bringing the total number of cases receiving care in the ICU to 172.Qatar reported its first coronavirus cases on Feb. 29.Since the virus emerged in China last December, it has spread to 188 countries and regions.The global death toll from the novel coronavirus has exceeded 315,600, with more than 4.73 million confirmed cases, and recoveries toppi…
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Germany hopes to end global travel warning in June, but no return to normal
yenisafak.com | 2020-05-18
Germany is hoping to replace a travel warning that is in place for all touristic trips abroad until June 15 with softer guidelines, Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said on Monday, but warned there would be no quick return to holidays as usual."June 15 is not the starting date for taking holidays – June 15 is the date when we need to make a decision on whether we will lift the global travel warning and we're working on replacing this travel warning with travel guidelines," Maas said.He said he wanted summer holidays to be possible but stressed that this needed to be done in a responsible way and added that it was too…
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So Long to American Exceptionalism
Karen Greenberg | commondreams.org | 2020-05-18
The virus has put the realities of wealth inequality, health insecurity, and poor work conditions under a high-powered microscope. (Photo: Shutterstock) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Down and Out in Portland: Retired in Style in Waldport, OR
Paul Haeder | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-05-18
The irony of this quote from the Dustin Hoffman movie, The Graduate, is not wasted on Duane Snider:

COVID Coercion: Boris Johnson's Psychological Attack on the UK Public
Mike Robinson | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-18
Coercion: the practice of forcing another party to act in an involuntary manner by use of threats or force. | Over the course of the Covid-19 'crisis', scientific advice to the UK Government has been co-ordinated by the Scientific Advisory Group …
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'S**t show of dynamic proportions': UK govt admits NHS Covid-19 tracing app still 'weeks' away from launch despite mid-May pledge
rt.com | 2020-05-18
Downing Street has admitted that the NHS Covid-19 tracing app is still "weeks" away from being rolled out nationwide

COVID Coercion: Boris Johnson's Psychological Attack on the UK Public
Mike Robinson | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-18
Coercion: the practice of forcing another party to act in an involuntary manner by use of threats or force. | Over the course of the Covid-19 'crisis', scientific advice to the UK Government has been co-ordinated by the Scientific Advisory Group …
globalresearch.ca/covid-coercion-boris-j…

Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: The "Quarantine 15"
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org | 2020-05-18
It's being called the "Quarantine 15" online

Why you need to keep your child's vaccine schedule during COVID-19
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org | 2020-05-18
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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National Nurses Day: Not all heroes wear capes
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org | 2020-05-18
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…

Packing on pounds during COVID-19 and how to turn it around
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org | 2020-05-18
If you've gained weight during the COVID-19 pandemic, you aren't alone. The "Quarantine 15"

Spring cleaning takes on a new importance during COVID-19 pandemic
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org | 2020-05-18
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.org/discussion/sp…

Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: Possible neurological effects of COVID-19
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org | 2020-05-18
Originally identified as a respiratory disease, some COVID-19 patients exhibit neurologic symptoms including stroke, loss of consciousness, headache, and even the loss of taste and smell. What's unknown is whether these are direct effects of the virus entering the nervous system, or consequences of the disease's effect on the body. On the Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast, …
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Mayo Clinic receives $26 million from BARDA for COVID-19 convalescent plasma expanded access program
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org | 2020-05-18
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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Masking your kids during COVID-19
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org | 2020-05-18
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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FDA issues emergency use authorization for algorithm designed to improve detection of heart failure during COVID-19
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org | 2020-05-18
The FDA granted Emergency Use Authorization to Eko, a digital health company, for the heart screening algorithm developed by Mayo Clinic. The AI-driven algorithm can detect weak heart pump, which is commonly detected by echocardiogram, a test that is not normally conducted during a physical exam, requires specially trained technicians to record, and requires prolonged contact with …
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Mayo Clinic launches radio campaign to encourage recovered patients of COVID-19 to donate plasma
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org | 2020-05-18
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 Q&A podcast: Mayo Clinic expands in-person care
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org | 2020-05-18
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, hospitals and clinics were forced to postpone nonessential appointments and surgeries in March and April. Thanks to social distancing and executive stay-at-home orders which helped flatten the curve of the COVID-19 outbreak, Mayo Clinic is prepared now, not only to meet the projected needs of COVID-19 patients, but safely treat …
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VIRUS: COVID-19 registry first to track global ICU experience to shed light on trends in care of critically ill patients
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org | 2020-05-18
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New collaboration on COVID-19 response to include new serology test
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org | 2020-05-18
Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. announced it will expand its response to the COVID-19 pandemic by developing a total antibodies test in collaboration with WuXi Diagnostics and Mayo Clinic. The new test is the result of ongoing collaboration between all three organizations, including clinical evaluation and support from Mayo Clinic. Thermo Fisher will seek U.S. FDA …
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Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: COVID-19 research at Mayo Clinic
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org | 2020-05-18
Thanks to its combination of practice, education, and research, Mayo Clinic has a strong foundation to respond quickly to a medical crisis such as COVID-19. As the SARS-CoV-2 virus spread worldwide, a research task force was formed at Mayo Clinic to review and approve research proposals related to the virus and the disease it causes. …
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Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: COVID-19 news briefing
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org | 2020-05-18
On the Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast, Dr. Gregory Poland, an infectious diseases expert and head of Mayo Clinic's Vaccine Research Group, covers the latest news on the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Poland discusses how the novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, is changing, and how scientists and researchers are rapidly gaining new knowledge about the virus and the disease that it …
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Mayo Clinic expands in-person care on all campuses
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org | 2020-05-18
Mayo Clinic will expand in-person care on all of its campuses as COVID-19 executive orders are lifted for elective procedures by governors in Arizona, Florida, Minnesota and Wisconsin. "Our patients' health and safety is always our top priority," says Amy Williams, M.D., Mayo Clinic Executive Dean for Practice. "We have taken several extra precautions to …
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Convalescent plasma advocate donates at Mayo Clinic
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org | 2020-05-18
A recovered COVID-19 patient who has become a strong nationwide advocate for the Convalescent Plasma Expanded Access Program made a plasma donation at Mayo Clinic in Rochester. Chaim Lebovits became involved with the program in March and since then has rallied thousands, who have also recovered, to donate.The initiative, which Mayo Clinic is leading, studies …
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Brexit and the Sovereignty Delusion
Megan Sherman | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-18
Brexit is nothing if not exclusive and elitist. The government and Conservative party are united in contempt for the sovereignty of parliament, and the sovereignty of the people. The Remain campaign may have been one of the most vibrant and …
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Brexit and the Sovereignty Delusion
Megan Sherman | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-18
Brexit is nothing if not exclusive and elitist. The government and Conservative party are united in contempt for the sovereignty of parliament, and the sovereignty of the people. The Remain campaign may have been one of the most vibrant and …
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Covid Chaos: From Lockdown to Body Bags
Rob Woodward | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-18
The national Covid strategy managed by the government is now in disarray. The mood in Tory HQ is migrating away from its beloved Brexit leader. The mainstream media are now causing confusion, the country is heading towards chaos. | What is …
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Indian Equities Give Thumbs Down to PM Modi's $266 Bln COVID Stimulus, Sensex Crashes 800 Points
sputniknews.com | 2020-05-18
New Delhi (Sputnik): India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a $266 billion stimulus package on 12 May. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced the proposals in a series of press conferences until 17 May.
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Selected Articles: Who Is Behind the Failed Invasion of Venezuela?
Global Research News | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-18
Lying is a money making activity and lies are commodities. There is a profitable global market for media and public figures committed to spreading disinformation. | Needless to say, "Telling the Truth", on the other hand, Is Not a Money-Making Proposition. …
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US unable to block Iran gasoline shipments to Venezuela: Source
Press TV | iranian.com | 2020-05-18
A senior source within the Iranian petroleum industry says the United States would be practically unable to block shipments of gasoline from Iran to Venezuela at a time the two countries need to cooperate to mitigate the impacts of American sanctions on their energy sectors. Hamid Hosseini, who serves as the spokesman of the Iranian …
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Profiting From Coronavirus
Andrey Areshev | strategic-culture.org | 2020-05-18
Much has been written about the possibility for a new and better kind of world to emerge after coronavirus. Yet our governments cannot conceive of any model for fighting this threat to the whole world, other than the capitalist, money-making model. The much-touted "race to develop a vaccine" is not a race to save lives. It is a race to make billions.
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New Covid-19 testing site opens May 18, at Allen Temple Baptist Church
Lynda Carson | indybay.org | 2020-05-18
Coronavirus Covid-19 Pandemic…
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United We Dream: Immigrants, COVID-19, Jobs & Healthcare Virtual Town Hall
United We Dream | indybay.org | 2020-05-18
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Worldwide Webinar: Civil Society Response to COVID-19 in Prisons & Jails Globally
INCLO | indybay.org | 2020-05-18
Online via zoom…
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Music-Mix Parade In The Era Of Coronavirus Covid-19 Pandemic
Lynda Carson | indybay.org | 2020-05-18
The Era Of The Coronavirus Covid-19 Pandemic…
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Tribal Leader Red-Tagged in Philippines During COVID-19 Crisis
Billie Pierre | indybay.org | 2020-05-18
00: 21.42 Length. Hi, this is Billie Pierre with Media Coop, in so-called Canada. Today is May 17, 2020, and we'll be hearing from a tribal indigenous land defender Windel Bolinget from the Cordillera People's Alliance in the Northern Philippines. Himself and his children are currently being smeared in a dangerous disinformation campaign through social media.
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Jail Tesla Billionaire Elon Musk & Defend Health & Safety: Workers Speak Out At Tesla
Labor Video Project | indybay.org | 2020-05-18
Workers spoke out against the bullying and intimidation of billionaire Elon Musk who has started his Tesla factory violating a shelter in place law. He challenged the Fremont police and Governor Newsom to arrest him but they are allowing him to open without any CA-OSHA inspections. Newsom has continued the destruction of CA-OSHA and there are less than 200 inspectors for the 18 million workers in California and only 1 doctor and 1 nurse at CA. OSHA.
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Citizens' Climate Lobby: Virtual Climate Conference 2020 (Day 1)
Citizens' Climate Lobby | indybay.org | 2020-05-18
Online/virtual conference…
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Citizens' Climate Lobby: Virtual Climate Conference 2020 (Day 2)
Citizens' Climate Lobby | indybay.org | 2020-05-18
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Santa Cruz Needs Community Control of Surveillance
Tracy Rosenberg | indybay.org | 2020-05-18
Santa Cruz has a community control of surveillance law in front of the City Council. We need transparency, advanced notice and joint decisionmaking about pervasive surveillance everywhere. Sign the petition (from ACLU) action.aclu.org/petition/cn-santa-cruz-s…
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The war metaphor in the Corona crisis
Johannes Haver | indybay.org | 2020-05-18
Instead of a positive elimination of conditions, a social regression could also occur: intensified competition in the fight for market share, "exclusive solidarity" (Klaus Dà∂rre) in the fight for jobs and welfare benefits. Will governments master the crisis? Will world society cannibalize itself?>…
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Imperial donate excess food to local food banks and community projects
imperial.ac.uk | 2020-05-18
Imperial's Catering team have donated excess food and drink to support those in need during COVID-19.
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MSc virologists explore infections and cell biology in new virtual laboratory
imperial.ac.uk | 2020-05-18
As the College continues remote learning, MSc Molecular Biology & Pathology of Viruses students are trialling remote research in a 'virtual lab'.
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'THIS WILL KILL YOU': Media goes into anti-HCQ panic mode after Trump says he's taking the drug to fend off Covid-19
rt.com | 2020-05-18
Media outlets rushed to denounce hydroxychloroquine after President Donald Trump revealed he was taking it as a prophylactic against the coronavirus. Pundits called the drug dangerous and ineffective based on selected studies. | "I've been taking it for about a week and a half now and I'm still here," Trump said Monday during an event at the White House, adding he had heard good things about the drug from medical professionals. | Fox News anchor Neil Cavuto immediately reacted by bringing up one long-documented side effect of the drug, used for decades to treat malaria and lupus. | 'I cannot stress this enough…
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France & Germany suggest €500 BILLION fund to help Europe recover from Covid-19 epidemic
rt.com | 2020-05-18
France and Germany have agreed on establishing a joint European recovery fund amounting to €500 billion (US$543 billion) that will be given out as grants to the economic sectors and regions most affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. | German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron have announced a joint initiative aimed at helping the European Union recover from the devastation the novel coronavirus pandemic has inflicted on its economy. The plan involves allocating a vast sum for the specialized recovery fund within the next Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF)

Spain may reopen borders to tourists in late June, transport minister says
rt.com | 2020-05-18
Spain aims to reopen borders to visitors around the end of June as its coronavirus lockdown fully winds down, Transport Minister Jose Luis Abalos said on Monday. Madrid last week surprised its EU partners by imposing a two-week quarantine on all overseas travelers and effectively keeping borders closed, Reuters said. | Spain then explained that the measures were needed to avoid importing a second wave of the Covid-19 disease. However, the move was meant to be temporary and the transport minister said it would be phased out in parallel with travel being allowed within Spain, whose regions are easing restriction…
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Erdogan LOCKS DOWN Turkey for Eid holidays over fears Muslim celebrations may turn into Covid-19 disaster
rt.com | 2020-05-18
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has announced a strict four-day nationwide lockdown during the upcoming Eid al-Fitr celebrations. The move comes in an effort to prevent a possible spike in coronavirus cases. | The decision was announced by Turkey's leader on Monday. The lockdown will come into effect on May 23, when Muslims worldwide will start celebrating the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan. | "I hope that after the holiday we'll be in a situation when such restrictions are not needed," Erdogan stated. | The Eid al-Fitr is a major holiday in Turkey, where Sunni Muslims are a majority, and peo…
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'I'm still here': Trump reveals he's been taking Hydroxychloroquine against Covid-19
rt.com | 2020-05-18
US President Donald Trump shocked reporters by revealing that he has been taking the anti-malaria drug Hydroxychloroquine as a preventative against the coronavirus, following the advice of the White House physician. | "I've been taking it for about a week and a half now and I'm still here," he said on Monday, following a meeting with governors at the White House. "I was just waiting to see your eyes light up when I said this," he told the reporter asking the question. | Asked what evidence he had that the drug was helpful, Trump said "I get a lot of positive calls about it," before adding, "What do you have to…
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