Daily Archives: May 21, 2020

2020-05-21: News Headlines

Tony Murphy (2020-05-22). Why socialist countries take lead in fighting COVID-19. workers.org 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. The coronavirus crisis has made it clear that society is run by workers. Our party is called Workers World Party precisely because those who produce the . . . |

Joe Piette (2020-05-22). Car caravan: Free Our Youth! workers.org As states across the U.S. took steps to stop the spread of COVID-19 — closing schools and workplaces, canceling events and shifting to supporting children in their homes and communities — one group of young people is being left behind: the nearly 50,000 youth locked up across the country. Releasing . . . |

graham (2020-05-22). Wave of global brands file for bankruptcy. truepublica.org.uk The COVID-19 pandemic has been a nightmare for countless industries — especially companies in the travel sector. The aviation industry is now littered with companies that are either bankrupt or on state-aid to stave it off. There are very few able to withstand many more weeks of having grounded planes. But economies all over the …

Socialists for Retirement Security (2020-05-21). Washing Our Hands of Financialized Pensions. globalresearch.ca Rethinking Retirement After COVID-19 | The unemployment crisis brought on by the coronavirus outbreak has suddenly destroyed the earnings of hundreds of thousands of working people in Canada. For many jobless workers, the immediate scramble to make ends meet will be …

Philip Giraldi (2020-05-21). Leading Neocon Directs Pentagon Middle East Planning. globalresearch.ca The Global War on Terror or GWOT was declared in the wake of 9/11 by President George W. Bush. It basically committed the United States to work to eliminate all "terrorist" groups worldwide, whether or not the countries being …

Norman Solomon (2020-05-21). Class war — not the media hokey pokey — is what it's all about. nationofchange.org Maybe you don't want to call it class war. But whatever you call it, the system always makes a killing.

Sara Roos (2020-05-21). Corporate consultants Bain & Company size up Los Angeles schools. peoplesworld.org LOS ANGELES—While families have been scrambling to homeschool and accessorize their 20 million+ Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) GrabNGo meals, the District's Superintendent and improbably employed former investment-banker, Austin Beutner, has sought guidance from his own comfort-sector, the world of corporate management consulting. On Wednesday, May 6, LAUSD announced that Bain & Company will …

Mark Gruenberg (2020-05-21). Using 'economic recovery' excuse, Trump trashes all federal rules and regulations. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—Catering to corporate chieftains and right-wing ideologues, GOP President Donald Trump ordered all federal departments and agencies, large and small, to trash rules and regulations, and their enforcement. He used the excuse that doing so would help stimulate the economy to recover from closures due to the coronavirus pandemic. Trump did not specify which rules …

Mark Bergfeld (2020-05-21). The COVID-19 crisis and the end of the 'low-skilled' worker. mronline.org IN A PANDEMIC, "ESSENTIAL" LABORERS ARE WORKING, BUT THE LABOR MARKET ISN'T.

John Whitehead (2020-05-21). COVID-19: The Slippery Slope to Despotism is Paved with Lockdowns, Raids and Forced Vaccinations. mintpressnews.com Until now, the police state has been more circumspect in its power grabs, but this latest state of emergency has brought the beast out of the shadows.

Ted Kelly (2020-05-21). Bolivian prisoners protest/ 'We want to live!'. workers.org Incarcerated workers at the largest prison in Bolivia staged a mass uprising on May 11, demanding freedom and protesting dangerous conditions exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. The rebels chanted, "We want to live!" and "This is not a riot, this is a fight for life!" Police mounted a repressive presence . . . |

Ian Goodrum (2020-05-21). Less talk, more action: Between Trump and Xi, the contrast is clear. peoplesworld.org The following op-ed comes from our Beijing correspondent, Ian Goodrum. | As COVID-19 continues its devastating spread, two laws of nature are revealing themselves: The virus infects, and the U.S. deflects. | In a letter sent to the World Health Organization and posted online Monday, President Donald Trump gave the global health body a blistering ultimatum: agree to vague, undefined "improvements" within 30 days or lose its funding. As the U.S. is the WHO's biggest contributor by far, this would strike a crippling blow to health systems all over the world. | It was a fiery broadside, unleashed at a time when the…

Eds. (2020-05-21). The proximal origin of SARS-CoV-2. mronline.org Infections with SARS-CoV-2 are now widespread, and as of 11 March 2020, 121,564 cases have been confirmed in more than 110 countries, with 4,373 deaths.

Marcha Noticias (2020-05-21). Wallmapu: "The Mapuche political prisoners are not alone" peoplesdispatch.org The Mapuche community demands protection for political prisoners in the prisons of the Araucanía region of Chile after being exposed to the risk of COVID-19 due to lack of necessary care…

Vijay Prashad (2020-05-21). How the United States Government Failed to Prepare for the Global Pandemic. counterpunch.org There were two immediate reasons for the U.S. to blame China for the novel coronavirus global pandemic. First, it was a convenient way to divert attention from the fact that the U.S. government had done nothing—despite months of notice—to effectively prepare for the arrival of the virus. Second, it was a necessary way to undermine the remarkable way China had been able to tackle the epidemic, with massive infusions of personnel and equipment as well as relief into Wuhan and Hubei province. U.S. President Donald Trump's attack on China is explained not as the rant of an unstable individual, but as part…

Staff (2020-05-21). 'Students Have Fallen Off The Face Of The Planet'. therealnews.com Remote learning has created huge barriers to learning for low income communities of color, where four in ten families lack high speed internet access.

Juan Cole (2020-05-21). Fundamentalist Pandemics: What Evangelicals Could Learn From The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyam. counterpunch.org This spring, the novel coronavirus pandemic has raised the issue of the relationship between the blindest kind of religious faith and rational skepticism — this time in two countries that think of themselves as polar opposites and enemies: Supreme Leader Ali Khameini's Iran and Donald Trump's America. On the U.S. side of things, New Orleans

Mark Gruenberg (2020-05-21). Auto Workers union demands Trump wear anti-virus mask on Ford plant visit. peoplesworld.org YPSILANTI, Mich.—When GOP President Donald Trump visits a Ford auto parts plant in Ypsilanti, Mich., on May 21, the United Auto Workers demands he wear an anti-coronavirus face mask. He said he may, depending on specific parts of the plant he visits. But if past is prologue, given his visits to plants in Allentown, Pa., …

Staff (2020-05-21). What Impact Has Coronavirus Had On Policing? therealnews.com Racial bias in policing has always existed, with tragic results for some. But has the coronavirus had an impact, or has it merely exposed just how deeply biased policing always was?

Ramzy Baroud (2020-05-21). Why Israel Fears the Nakba: How Memory Became Palestine's Greatest Weapon. mintpressnews.com On May 15, thousands of Palestinians in Occupied Palestine and throughout the 'shatat', or diaspora, participated in the commemoration of Nakba Day, the one event that unites all Palestinians, regardless of their political differences or backgrounds. | For years, social media has added a whole new stratum to this process of commemoration. #Nakba72, along with #NakbaDay and #Nakba, have all trended on Twitter for days. Facebook was inundated with countless stories, videos, images, and statements, written by Palestinians, or in global support of the Palestinian people. | The dominant Nakba narrative remains &#150…

Eds. (2020-05-21). Pandemic: How big banks and big AG share blame. mronline.org Here in the U.S., agribusiness lines up with pharmaceutical and military contractors in terms of being a political force to be reckoned with and, in effect, help run the country. Their needs are protected so that these pathogens have the best lawyers on the planet.

Evaggelos Vallianatos (2020-05-21). From Plague to a Livable World. counterpunch.org The 2020 corona virus pandemic is not merely killing countless people. It is also having invisible but deleterious effects: psychological, political, and intellectual. Some people cannot cope with the severe economic effects of the plague, the constant barrage of bad news, and of being alone and isolated. They probably commit suicide. Others enter realms of fantasy and conspiracy. And still others, who know how to oil the wheels of power and influence, are taking advantage of America's corrupt Trump administration.

Taegan Stross (2020-05-21). Organizing health care for patients, not profits. workers.org 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. I appreciate being given the chance to speak on such a critical topic as health care in the so-called United States. Many comrades have already spoken . . . |

(2020-05-21). Witness at the prison gates, Karnes Family 'Detention' Center. workers.org May 16 car caravan protesting migrant family imprisonment at the Karnes County Residential Center — first immigrant detention facility in Texas to be licensed as a 'child care provider.' By BLS On May 16, I found the Karnes County Family Residential Center tucked away on a secluded road in Karnes . . . |

Teresa Gutierrez (2020-05-21). Carrizo Comecrudo Tribunal for Human Rights: 'The Indian Wars are not over'. workers.org An important online tribunal — the Carrizo Comecrudo Tribunal for Human Rights — will take place on May 22-23 and should not be missed. The Carrizo Comecrudo Tribe of Texas is hosting this event in partnership with the Gulf Coast Center for Law and Policy. The tribunal involves "the continued . . . |

graham (2020-05-22). Tories making redundancies at HQ in cash crisis. truepublica.org.uk Rob Woodward: There are a lot of stories floating around the newsrooms of just how badly Boris Johnson's government are doing in the pandemic. What we see publicly and what happens behind closed doors are entirely different. Publicly, we see the Tories boycotting media organisations that dare to challenge their actions, blatantly lying about their …

Norman Solomon (2020-05-21). In a Class War—Like It or Not—the System Always Makes a Killing. commondreams.org Demonstrators unload fake body bags from a truck in protest of the Trump administration's response to the coronavirus pandemic, in Lafayette Park near the White House, May 20, 2020 in Washington, DC. All 50 states have reopened to varying degrees more than two months after lockdown, but the moves have not been coordinated, with the Northeast and West Coast moving slower than states in the South. (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

RT (2020-05-22). Forget figures, American views of Covid-19 reflect media narratives, with deep partisan divide — but unity against China. rt.com Americans are sharply divided about almost every aspect of the coronavirus pandemic, except for overwhelming mistrust of information coming from China, a new poll shows, aligning with the mainstream media coverage of the outbreak. | One phrase keeps coming up repeatedly in the results of a new American Trends poll,

RT (2020-05-21). Tory branded 'arrogant hypocrite' after calling left-wing UK MPs 'lazy' for wanting remote parliament to continue. rt.com A Conservative lawmaker has faced a fiery backlash after calling left-wing and pro-Scottish independence MPs "lazy" and "work-shy," after they voiced opposition to returning to a "physical" Parliament, amid the Covid-19 crisis. | Henry Smith, the Tory MP for Crawley, took to Twitter on Thursday to make the accusations — insisting that he wasn't surprised at the "the lazy left," but that it was "interesting how work-shy socialist and nationalist MPs" had tried to avoid travelling back to their place of work. | Not that I should be surprised by the lazy left but interesting how work-shy socialist and nation…

en.mehrnews (2020-05-21). Pursue a just cause for common good. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 21 (MNA) — On May 18, 2020, the 73rd World Health Assembly video conference opened. The world still faces a complex and severe situation caused by the COVID-19 as the pandemic is rampant and spreading around the globe. It is the focus of the international community to discuss how to deal with the most serious global public health emergency.

Liberation Staff (2020-05-21). La Riva designated presumptive Peace & Freedom Party presidential nominee in California. liberationnews.org The following statement was originally published by the Peace and Freedom Party.

Caitlin Johnstone (2020-05-21). How To Understand All This China Stuff. thealtworld.com pretending to be offended because a Chinese tabloid published the accusation that our nation is a "giant kangaroo that serves as a dog of the US", even though we all know that's completely true and we should be flattered that at least they said "giant". Before that we were getting indignant over Don Fitz (2020-05-21). Soaring Beyond the Green New Deal with Stan Cox. counterpunch.org When Stan Cox was writing his book, The Green New Deal and Beyond: Ending the Climate Emergency While We Still Can, he scripted these prophetic words: "The oft-predicted national decline in use of fossil fuels is nowhere to be seen, and it is unlikely to occur on its own, at least until the next economic meltdown." He became

Lance Olsen (2020-05-21). Too Many Demand Too Much of Renewable Energy. counterpunch.org Many have heard talk of coal miners finding new jobs installing rooftop solar panels. It's less often mentioned, but it seems just as likely that at least some coal miners will transition to new jobs in the metals mining basic to building those solar panels. Batteries for storing solar energy are also central to transition

Marshall Auerback (2020-05-21). How Germany's Courts Might Destroy the Euro. counterpunch.org Germany's highest court issued a ruling that could threaten the existence of the euro with a constitutional court decision that said the European Central Bank's bond-buying operations exceeded the ECB's legal remit, and violated German constitutional law. The U.S. equivalent of this would be a state Supreme Court limiting the ability of the U.S. Federal

The Canary (2020-05-21). Track and trace strategy coming late in the day, NHS leaders warn. thecanary.co The government has defended its position on track and trace, after NHS leaders warned that action to control the future spread of coronavirus (Covid-19) is coming late in the day.Security minister James Brokenshire said he remains "confident" that a test, track and trace system will be in place by 1 June — the earliest date by which primary schools in England and some non-essential shops could reopen.However, Brokenshire admitted the NHS app would not be ready in time and suggested "technical issues" were behind its hold-up, just over a week after health secretary Matt Hancock said it would be rolled out acr…

The Canary (2020-05-21). The lockdown achieved a 35% reduction in emissions from British power production. thecanary.co The lockdown has seen an impact on carbon pollution, with emissions from British power production falling 35% on the same period last year. Meanwhile, renewables generated more than 40% of Britain's power in the first three months of the year — overtaking fossil fuels for the first time, analysis shows.Wind farms were vying for top spot with gas in the electricity mix, generating 30.5% of power, just behind fossil fuels which contributed 30.6% between January and March.Severe winter storms in the wettest and windiest February since records began helped make it the first month on record when more electricity…

The Canary (2020-05-21). Police watchdog rejects criminal probe into PM over public money and access given to Jennifer Arcuri. thecanary.co Boris Johnson will not be the subject of a criminal investigation by the police watchdog over allegations that he used his position while London mayor to benefit and reward US businesswoman Jennifer Arcuri.The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) said on 21 May that it would not be launching a probe into the prime minister following claims of misconduct in public office, which he denies.But the London Assembly said it will resume its own investigation into allegations that Arcuri received thousands of pounds in public money and privileged access to three foreign trade trips led by Johnson when he headed C…

Staff (2020-05-21). The Proposed Nile Dam Is A Wedge Between Egypt, Ethiopia, And Sudan. therealnews.com The plan to build a giant hydroelectric dam on the Nile River is a cornerstone in Ethiopia's economic development strategy, but is fiercely opposed by President Abdel Fatah Al-Sisi in Egypt.

Andrew Stewart (2020-05-21). The Cynical Actors Surrounding Tara Reade. counterpunch.org At the outset, let me be absolutely clear that I have a particularly heightened level of sensitivity to matters of gender and violence against women. Almost everyone has either met someone with some kind of #MeToo story or, alternatively, has experienced gender-based violence in some form. But with that said, there's a metric ton of

pip.hinman (2020-05-21). Medical professionals: 'COVID-19 in institutions is a significant risk'. greenleft.org.au

RT (2020-05-21). State of emergency in Tokyo may be lifted next week — Japan's PM. rt.com Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has said it is possible that a state of emergency in Tokyo and its surrounding regions could end as early as next week if the number of coronavirus infections continues to decrease. | "The state of emergency will continue in Tokyo, Hokkaido and other regions. We will meet with experts (on Monday) to update the situation on infections," Abe told reporters on Thursday. | He made the statement after ending the state of emergency in Osaka, Kyoto and Hyogo prefectures. | "If the current situation continues, it is possible that the state of emergency could be lifted in those areas,…

Staff (2020-05-21). From Syria to U.S.-Mexico Border, Refugees Worldwide Face Hunger & Deprivation as COVID-19 Spreads. democracynow.org We look at the coronavirus threat to millions of refugees across the globe, where social distancing is often impossible and healthcare is extremely limited. We're joined by Dr. Miriam Orcutt, executive director of Lancet Migration.

Staff (2020-05-21). Crowded & Desperate: Rohingya in World's Largest Refugee Camp Face Dual Crises of Cyclone & COVID-19. democracynow.org A major cyclone hits India and Bangladesh amid the pandemic, displacing 3 million people and unleashing heavy rain on Cox's Bazar, home to 1 million Rohingya refugees, where the first cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed. We get an update from Steven Corliss, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees representative in Bangladesh, and speak with Tun Khin, a Rohingya activist, president of the Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK.

Staff (2020-05-21). Study Warns 1.1 Million Children Could Die as Pandemic Interrupts Access to Food & Medical Care. democracynow.org A new report finds 1.1 million children under 5 could die the next six months from secondary impacts of the pandemic, like disruptions to health services and access to food. Mothers are also imperiled. We speak with Tim Roberton, lead author of the study and assistant scientist in the Department of International Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and with infectious diseases pediatrician Dr. Beate Kampmann.

RT (2020-05-21). 'Humiliating women': South Korean club slapped with record fine for placing SEX DOLLS in stands. rt.com Angry fans have lashed out at FC Seoul and the club has received the largest fine in its history after the top-level South Korean K-League found organizers who unwittingly placed sex dolls in stadium seats guilty of misogyny. | Club officials claimed they did not know they were placing about 25 sex-dolls inside their vast stadium when they introduced the mannequins in an attempt to replicate the presence of fans prohibited from attending matches under public health guidelines aimed at curbing the spread of COVID-19. | One of the dolls carried the name of an adult toy manufacturer as part of a set of banners he…

RT (2020-05-21). Iran says new US sanctions on officials are 'fruitless & repetitive'. rt.com Tehran dismissed on Thursday new US sanctions on several Iranian officials, saying they were a sign of the complete inefficiency of Washington's previous sanctions on the Islamic Republic. | "Washington's fruitless and repetitive sanctions against Iranian officials is a sign of weakness, despair and confusion of the US administration," state TV quoted Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi as saying. | The US on Wednesday imposed sanctions on several Iranian authorities, including the interior minister, accusing them of engaging in serious cases of human rights abuse, Reuters said.

RT (2020-05-21). Covid-19 may end India's hopes of becoming world leading economic force, Professor Wolff tells Boom Bust. rt.com After Goldman Sachs projected the Indian economy to shrink by 45 percent this quarter, Professor Richard Wolff believes that no one can predict the future amid the coronavirus uncertainty. | "We're in uncharted waters, we do not know what the ramification of this crash is and we do not know how long it will last," he told the host of RT's Boom Bust. | He added that while India failed to stockpile the necessary medical supplies and was not prepared for the pandemic as was the case with many other nations, the situation there is aggravated by its enormous population living in very close quarters. | "And like…

RT (2020-05-21). The more you know? Over a third of Americans apprehensive about Covid-19 vaccine, citing rushed development & trust issues. rt.com As the Trump administration pushes for Covid-19 vaccine development on an ever-shrinking timetable and companies report lackluster early trials, 35 percent of Americans are less than thrilled about getting the shot. | Operation Warp Speed, the Trump administration's unprecedented drive to create and roll out a vaccine for the coronavirus pandemic by the end of the year, may be doing more harm than good, at least where Americans' trust is concerned. Between the shockingly abbreviated timetable and the lack of long-term safety testing, almost one in four Americans (24 percent) said they were not interested in th…

RT (2020-05-21). Paying for priority? US forks out over $1.2 billion for 300 MILLION doses of University of Oxford's Covid-19 vaccine. rt.com The US government has secured nearly one third of the anticipated production of a vaccine for coronavirus under development by AstraZeneca, after pledging more than $1 billion to fund the project. | The US Department of Health will dole out $1.2 billion for 300 million doses of the vaccine, which is being created in conjunction with the University of Oxford. Health Secretary Alex Azar described the deal as a "major milestone" in US President Donald Trump's program to fast-track a Covid-19 vaccine, dubbed Operation Warp Speed. | AstraZeneca, based in Cambridge, England, says it will be able to manufacture aroun…

RT (2020-05-21). Number of Covid-19 cases surpasses 5 million worldwide — Johns Hopkins University. rt.com The number of people worldwide who have tested positive for coronavirus has passed 5 million, according to a tally maintained by Johns Hopkins University. Globally, there have been over 328,000 Covid-19 related deaths. | The widely-cited dashboard said that confirmed cases reached 5,000,038 on Thursday. | Although believed to have started in Wuhan, China, the virus spread westward, with the United States becoming the new epicenter of the health crisis. With more than 1.5 million infections, the US currently has the highest number of confirmed cases. | Russia has the second-highest number of cases, at over 308,…

RT (2020-05-21). French care homes face manslaughter investigation: Victims' lawyer tells RT details of 'scandal amid epidemic'. rt.com Relatives of elderly people who didn't survive the Covid-19 epidemic in France's care homes want management to be held accountable for what they say was inaction and a cover-up that saw their loved ones die, their lawyer told RT. | Several French retirees, some as old as 89 and 96, died in nursing homes in March and April, amidst the coronavirus epidemic that is still raging in France. | Now, their families have filed a lawsuit against the care facilities, accusing their staff of being appallingly slow to test and safeguard the elderly, lawyer Fabien Arakelian, who represents the plaintiffs, said on RT. | Thei…

RT (2020-05-21). Hand sanitizers can cause FIRE if left in car on hot summer's day. rt.com Hand sanitizers, the new liquid gold sought after and rationed in the times of the Covid-19 pandemic, may cause even more harm than the virus itself if left unattended under the burning summer sun, firefighters have warned. | While vigorously trying to protect yourself from the coronavirus, which has already infected more than five million people around the globe and killed over 328,000, you could find your vehicle and even life in danger from the means to fend off the virus. | A Wisconsin fire department posted a photo of a destroyed car door on its Facebook page. It looks as if it was fired upon from a shotg…

RT (2020-05-21). Fracking 'complete sham' holding back US economy, energy market expert tells Keiser Report. rt.com The fracking industry relies on negative interest rates to convince investors that they will lose money slower than just holding cash, says Max Keiser of RT's Keiser Report. | He spoke to the director of Public Citizen's energy program Tyson Slocum about the structural failures in the energy market which allowed for a negative oil price. | "The US fracking industry, which has had structural financial problems for a very long time, was left completely exposed by the chain of events surrounding Covid-19," Slocum said, adding that the "entire business model has been exposed to be a complete sham." | As an example…

RT (2020-05-21). Another sucker punch for the poor amid Covid-19 crisis as new study reveals Britain's top 1% enjoy 17% of nation's income. rt.com According to new analysis, Britain's highest-paid one percent took home 17 percent of the country's income ahead of the coronavirus pandemic — more than was previously thought — provoking a bitter backlash. | A

RT (2020-05-21). 'You can't forever employ 5,000 people': IOC head Thomas Bach admits Tokyo Olympics will be CANCELLED if not held in 2021. rt.com The International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach has acknowledged that the Tokyo Games would have to be cancelled if Covid-19 remains a threat next year | The high-ranking official admitted that it's impossible to constantly reschedule all major sports events and keep athletes, sports federations and thousands of employees in a state of uncertainty. | "Quite frankly,…

RT (2020-05-21). N. Ireland won't use UK's contact-tracing app, will use own version to 'interact' with Republic of Ireland's one, minister says. rt.com The health minister for Northern Ireland has said the NHS Covid-19 tracing app is "not compulsory" to download, urging people to wait for a separate app being developed to work in conjunction with the Republic of Ireland's one. | Speaking to the Northern Ireland Assembly's Committee for Health, Robin Swann said that, since NI is part of the UK, residents will have access to the NHS app "whether we want it or not." | He did not suggest downloading it, however, as a "Northern Ireland version" is being created which "can interact with" with the Republic's one. | Northern Ireland is the only one of the UK's devolv…

RT (2020-05-21). Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov hospitalised in Moscow with suspected coronavirus – reports. rt.com The head of the Chechen Republic Ramzan Kadyrov is reportedly under medical supervision because of suspected Covid-19. Moscow news agency Interfax broke the news on Thursday afternoon, citing a source in health care circles. | Rumours of his evacuation to the Russian capital by private jet had been circulating on anonymous social media channels earlier in the day, and were picked up by several popular news outlets. "Kadyrov is suspected of having coronavirus, he is under the supervision of doctors," Interfax quoted its source as saying. | The news agency emphasised that it does not have official confirmation.

RT (2020-05-21). Governor Cuomo 'no hero' but VILLAIN of New York's Covid-19 tragedy: Surprising op-ed goes after MSM darling. rt.com A scathing opinion piece has accused Governor Andrew Cuomo of being a villain of the Covid-19 outbreak in New York, not a hero as most media outlets have depicted him. Where it appeared will come as a surprise to many. | Cuomo "should be one of the most loathed officials in America right now," says Wednesday's opinion piece by Lyta Gold and Nathan Robinson. They proceed to offer a thickly-sourced argument as to why the governor was at fault for New York leading the nation in the number of Covid-19 cases and deaths alike. | As one particularly stunning visual example, they bring up the "mask mural," a wall of h…

RT (2020-05-21). 'Dystopian hell world': Walmart & Pepsi blasted for 'Covid-19 testing site' promotional banner. rt.com Pepsi and Walmart are taking heat online over a banner which was hung outside one of the retail chain's stores cheerily advertising a Covid-19 testing site along with the beverage giant's latest slogan. | "Covid-19 testing site — near Walmart #908," the banner reads, alongside an image of a refreshing glass of ice-cold Pepsi. The company's slogan "That's what I like," appears underneath — rather ominously, considering the circumstances. | Unsurprisingly, the Walmart-Pepsi-Covid mashup

RT (2020-05-21). EU court rejects Nord Stream 2's complaint, insists it must share Russian gas pipeline to Europe with competitors. rt.com The operator of Nord Stream 2 plans to challenge a ruling by the European Court of Justice that could see Russia's Gazprom losing partial control of the massive gas pipeline project it spent years and billions to develop. | The companies operating the gas links between Russia and Germany, Nord Stream AG and Nord Stream 2 AG, filed the complaint in November last year, seeking a partial annulment of the amendment to European gas transportation rules, known as the EU Gas Directive. | The legislature requires that the rules governing the European gas market must apply to all pipelines to and from third countries,…

RT (2020-05-21). Beijing accuses Pompeo of using 'democracy' bill to blackmail Hong Kong govt. rt.com US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is using self-described human rights legislation to put pressure on the Hong Kong government and threaten China's sovereignty, Beijing has claimed. | Pompeo is "blackmailing" the semi-autonomous city with the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act, a spokesman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry's Office of the Commissioner to Hong Kong said on Thursday. He added that China was not intimidated by Washington's political maneuvering and that Beijing would protect its national interests from all foreign threats. | Signed into law in November 2019, the act requires the State Depart…

RT (2020-05-21). Top Russian, Turkish diplomats support Libya ceasefire, discuss Syria in phone call. rt.com Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu backed an immediate ceasefire in Libya during a phone call, Russia's Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Thursday. | The two diplomats also supported the resumption of the United Nations political process in the North African country, it said. | Lavrov and Cavusoglu spoke a day after the Libyan National Army of eastern military commander Khalifa Haftar said it had pulled back from some Tripoli frontlines amid its year-long offensive aimed at seizing the capital, Reuters reports. | The ministers also discussed Syria and conf…

RT (2020-05-21). Ankara warns against attacks on its interests in Libya amid anti-Haftar forces' advances. rt.com Turkey warned on Thursday that attacks on its interests in Libya by Khalifa Haftar's forces will have "very grave consequences," after advances by the country's Ankara-backed government. Turkey has provided military support to the internationally recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) in Libya, which has been battling to fend off a year-long offensive by Haftar's eastern forces to take control of the capital, Tripoli. | Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesman Hami Aksoy said Haftar's Libyan National Army (LNA) had received warplanes with "foreign support" and that they had vowed to target Turkish positions…

RT (2020-05-21). US 'KILLS' Russian draft seeking UNSC support for Venezuela amid sanctions & suspected coup attempt. rt.com The US has rejected a draft statement condemning terrorism and voicing support for Venezuela's sovereignty at the UN Security Council. The Russian-sponsored draft did not assign blame for the botched incursion. | The short statement was watered down to sound "politically neutral" in hopes it would not face any opposition from the UNSC members, the Russian mission to the United Nations said. | However, despite the text not even mentioning the recent boat incursion that led to the capture of two former US Green Berets, Washington did not give the document any chance, "killing" it "within 9 minutes" from the star…

RT (2020-05-21). US weekly jobless claims expected to climb by 2.4 million despite easing of lockdown measures. rt.com Millions more Americans are expected to have filed for unemployment benefits as the pandemic continues to wreck the economy, with the total number of US jobless claims over the past two months predicted at nearly 39 million. | Economists estimate an additional 2.4 million filings in the week ending May 16, following 2.98 million claims during the previous week. The rise in unemployment comes despite the reopening of the economy by an increasing number of states across the country. | Claims have been gradually declining since hitting a record 6.867 million in the week ending March 28. | "A couple of large state…

RT (2020-05-21). Polish govt aims for June 28 for presidential election previously postponed. rt.com Poland's PM Mateusz Morawiecki said on Thursday that his government is aiming for June 28 as the date of the presidential election that was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The poll, in which conservative President Andrzej Duda is vying for reelection against nine other candidates, was originally set for May 10. | It was postponed four days before it was due to take place amid coronavirus restrictions and political infighting over how and when to hold the vote. The ruling coalition had pushed for an all-postal vote, but the necessary legislation was not ready. | The legislation currently being worked…

RT (2020-05-21). 'R rate falling': Denmark opens museums and zoos weeks ahead of schedule. rt.com Denmark began re-opening museums and zoos ahead of schedule on Thursday as virologists said the virus epidemic was slowing despite the lifting of quarantine measures. Museums, zoos, theaters and cinemas were due to stay shut until June 8 but the Danish government has decided to accelerate the end of the lockdown. | The Danish health agency SSI said the coronavirus rate of transmission (R) had fallen to 0.6, down from 0.7 on May 7, meaning that the outbreak is slowing. An R rate of 0.6 means that 100 virus patients typically infect another 60 people, meaning that the number of cases falls over time. | Danish au…

RT (2020-05-21). Italy's Conte announces reforms to cut red tape, revive virus-hit economy. rt.com Italy's government is preparing a raft of reforms to cut red tape, improve company governance and encourage investment to revive the coronavirus-battered economy, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte told parliament on Thursday. | Conte promised a "simplification decree" to attract foreign capital by streamlining bureaucratic procedures, and said Rome would help the recapitalization of companies hit by the pandemic. | Red tape has long been blamed for delayed financial aid promised to business and families during a rigid lockdown to try to curb coronavirus contagion, Reuters said. | The European Commission has foreca…

RT (2020-05-21). One of Earth's main planetary defense telescopes just spotted a NEW kind of ASTEROID… with a tail. rt.com A newly discovered asteroid, unlike any we've seen before, has been reported by scientists at the University of Hawaii. Dubbed 2019 LD2, it is unique not just because of what it is, but where — sharing an orbit with Jupiter. | Asteroids that behave like comets, emitting gas or sublimating, are rare but not unknown, and are called active asteroids. | | (Left) ATLAS image of 2019 LD2 (indicated by two red lines) is almost lost in crowded field of stars. © University of Hawaii at MƒÅnoa | However, 2019 LD2 boasts an asteroidal orbit but a comet-like tail, and is part of an asteroid swarm c…

RT (2020-05-21). What does Trump's new spy director think of Russia and China? rt.com John Ratcliffe has been confirmed as the US' new director of national intelligence. As he gears up to oversee seventeen intelligence agencies, how will he use these organizations to work with, or against, America's adversaries? | The Senate confirmed Rep. Ratcliffe to the position on Friday, in a 49-44 vote along party lines. President Trump had previously tipped the Texas Republican for the role last year, before urging him to withdraw his application due to "months of slander and libel" from the "lamestream media." The supposed slander centered around Ratcliffe's defense of Trump during Special Counsel Rober…

RT (2020-05-21). Beijing complains to Washington about planned sale of advanced torpedoes to Taiwan. rt.com China's Foreign Ministry said on Thursday it had lodged "solemn representations" with the United States to complain about a planned Washington's sale of advanced torpedoes to Taiwan. | China firmly opposes US arms sales to Taiwan, ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told reporters in Beijing. | The US government has notified Congress of a possible sale of advanced torpedoes to Taiwan worth around $180 million, further souring already tense ties between Washington and Beijing, Reuters said. | The US State Department has approved a possible sale to Taiwan of 18 MK-48 Mod6 Advanced Technology Heavy Weight Torpedoes an…

RT (2020-05-21). Active shooter 'neutralized' at Naval Air Station Corpus Christi in Texas, base on lockdown. rt.com A US Navy air base in Corpus Christi, Texas is on lockdown after an active shooter incident at the facility. Soon after the alarm was raised, officials said the shooter had been "neutralized." | The shooting was reported at around 6.15am local time Thursday. As Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) investigators and local law enforcement responded, airbase officials warned anyone near the north gate of the base to "get out and away to safety." | "Execute lockdown procedures — remain indoors and away from windows," they added in a Facebook post about the unfolding incident. | www.facebook.com

RT (2020-05-21). 'Selfish' or 'correct'? Twitter's blue checks go to war over New York Post cover story demanding NYC lockdown ends NOW. rt.com As the New York Post prepares to run a cover story urging for an immediate end to the Big Apple's lockdown, pundits have raced to their battle stations to fire off a barrage of hot takes and pithy attacks on the hot-button column.

RT (2020-05-21). Russia's newest radar can track 1,000+ fast-moving & HYPERSONIC weapons, and is now available to foreign buyers. rt.com Russia once claimed gold in the race for hypersonic dominance after rolling out a range of ultra-fast projectiles. Now it's offering unique radar protecting against weapons of the same kind — even if they come in huge numbers. | Having unbeatable offensive weapons — for example hypersonic missiles — could be a game-changer in the age of modern, fast-paced warfare. But it's equally crucial to have something that shields you from those designed or deployed by an adversary. | And Russia's newest radar station is able to fit the bill, Rosoboronexport, the government agency in charge of arms trade,…

RT (2020-05-21). Civil war among 'Russia disinformation' crowd: How RT watchers fell out over not hating RT enough. rt.com Though awash with cash, the Western 'Russian disinformation' racket is at the mercy of the political winds. Thus, its gatekeepers need to ensure the officials who manage the money tree don't realise the emperor has no clothes. | You may remember a report last month from British academics revealing how "

RT (2020-05-21). Dutch emergency services battle fire at abandoned NUCLEAR PLANT, urge residents to lock windows and doors (VIDEOS). rt.com Dozens of firefighters have been deployed to tackle a blaze at a disused nuclear facility in Dodewaard in the Netherlands. Police have asked the public to stay away and lock all doors and windows to avoid exposure to the fumes. | The fire broke out shortly before noon local time on Thursday in Dodewaard, which is roughly 100 km from Amsterdam. Eyewitness video from the scene shows fire crews battling the blaze on the roof. | De brandweer is met veel menskracht aanwezig in

Anand Naidoo (2020-05-21). The Heat: China's Two Sessions Preview. america.cgtn.com China's political season gets underway. What can we expect in the wake of COVID-19?>

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2020-05-21). Towards a Culture of World Peace. globalresearch.ca "Towards a Culture of World Peace" constitutes a commitment to Human Livelihood. It consists in confronting the UU-NATO discourse in support of war and military intervention. It requires reviving a Worldwide anti-war movement, nationally and internationally as well as establishing a resolve by the governments of sovereign nation states to reject this Worldwide process of militarization.

Andrew Korybko (2020-05-21). The Real UkraineGate Scandal: There's No Longer Any Question that Joe Biden Carried Out a Cover-Up in Ukraine. globalresearch.ca Trump stands vindicated for accusing Biden of trying to cover up his son's corruption in Ukraine after one of that country's lawmakers released audio recordings of the former Vice President's numerous conversations with former President Poroshenko to that effect, proving …

Tracy Keeling (2020-05-21). Wuhan's latest anti-pandemic measure is a bold move in an essential direction. thecanary.co The coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic started in Wuhan, China. Although China is still

Zero Hedge (2020-05-21). Regime Change Back In Focus: Pompeo Targets Iran, Cuba & Venezuela In Epic Tweet Thread. iranian.com Given the very noticeable rise in threatening rhetoric focused on Iran over the past week, it seems thoughts of regime change in Tehran are once again top of the agenda. Or perhaps simultaneously the administration needs a significant distraction of sorts amid the coronavirus pandemic, and the persistent national reopening question and agenda. On Wednesday, Secretary …

Lucas Koerner (2020-05-21). Trump Claims to Have Venezuela 'Surrounded' as Iranian Tankers Approach. venezuelanalysis.com Venezuela's armed forces will escort the vessels upon reaching territorial waters.

Toby Blomé (2020-05-21). Memorial Day Peace Caravan. indybay.org Sponsored by CODEPINK | All invited to join Peace Caravan, with cars decorated with anti-war relevant signs and colorful visuals. We'll travel across the Golden Gate Bridge, thru the Presidio, and end up at Sen. Dianne Feinstein's SF Home for: Rally, Press Conference and Memorial Altar.

Jon Queally, staff writer (2020-05-21). "We're Ready for Whatever, Whenever,' Says Maduro as Venezuela Vows Navy Escort to Protect Iranian Oil Tankers from US Threats. commondreams.org Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif warns that the U.S. government "must give up bullying on the world stage and respect the rule of international law, especially free shipping in the high seas." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

sputniknews (2020-05-21). Maduro Accuses Colombian President of Ordering to 'Infect' Venezuela With Coronavirus – Report. sputniknews.com In the mid-March, Venezuela declared a state of emergency in the country due to the spread of coronavirus; so far, the country has registered only 824 cases of the infection and 10 deaths. However, 44% of these cases were diagnosed in the last five days, as many of the new patients were reportedly returning from Colombia.

Mark Weisbrot (2020-05-21). Lives Depend on Argentina's Debt Talks. counterpunch.org Argentina is currently engaged in intense negotiations with its creditors over at least $65 billion in government debt. The most important part of that negotiation, which can make or break Argentina's economic recovery, is foreign currency debt. That is mostly in dollars, and mostly owned by foreigners. Argentina's 45 million residents, as well as hundreds

Reese Erlich (2020-05-21). Foreign Correspondent: Michael Flynn's Forgotten Turkish Connection. progressive.org Before Russiagate, the former national security advisor was an operative for Turkey, tilting foreign policy against the Kurds.

Staff (2020-05-21). Headlines for May 21, 2020. democracynow.org Global Coronavirus Cases Top 5 Million as WHO Records Record One-Day Spike, Brazilian Mayor Fears "Genocide" from COVID-19, Accuses Bolsonaro of "Crime Against Humanity", Disease Modelers Say Delays in U.S. Lockdowns Cost Tens of Thousands of Lives, Pro-Trump Doctors to Promote Reopening States Despite CDC Warnings, Millions Flee as Cyclone Batters India and Bangladesh, Dam Disaster in Michigan Threatens to Flood Toxic Sites, Trump Threatens to Cut Funding to Michigan, Nevada over Mail-in Voting, McDonald's Workers Strike to Demand Personal Protective Equipment, Striking New Orleans Sanitation Workers Replaced by…

Staff (2020-05-21). Refugees Worldwide Face Hunger and Deprivation as COVID-19 Spreads. truthout.org We look at the coronavirus threat to millions of refugees across the globe, where social distancing is often impossible and healthcare is extremely limited. We're joined by Dr. Miriam Orcutt, executive director of Lancet Migration. | TRANSCRIPT: | This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form. | AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy Now!, democracynow.org, The Quarantine Report. I'm Amy Goodman, with Nermeen Shaikh, as we look now to the spread of the coronavirus across the globe and how i…

commondreams (2020-05-21). Sanders, Warner, Jones and Blumenthal Introduce Paycheck Security Act to Keep Millions of Workers on Payrolls During Pandemic. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Mnar Muhawesh (2020-05-21). Podcast: Aaron Mate Debunks RussiaGate and Discusses How Liberals Came to Love Bush-Era Neocons. mintpressnews.com Investigative journalist Aaron Mate unpacks four years of Russiagate propaganda and how it was the gift that kept on giving for both the Trump administration and the Democratic Party.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-21). Muslim World's freedom-fighters, peace-seekers support Palestine: Foreign Ministry. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 21 (MNA) — Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in its twitter account on Thursday wrote that real estate developer's wish for the Zionist regime won't be realized since Muslim World's freedom-fighters & peace-seekers support Palestine.

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2020-05-21). Warren Tops MoveOn Survey for Preferred Biden VP Pick. commondreams.org The new poll shows 73% of the group's members would be more likely to vote for the former vice president if Sen. Elizabeth Warren is his running mate. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2020-05-21). Lockdown Delays Contributed to Massive US Death Toll, Says Modeling, Suggesting Lessons to Be Learned as States Reopen. commondreams.org Implementing social distancing policies two weeks earlier could have saved nearly 54,000 lives, the new study found. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Ellie Rushforth (2020-05-21). Abortion Rights are on the Line in New Mexico's Primary. aclu.org Abortion is still legal in all 50 states, but if the past year has taught us anything, there is no guarantee it will stay that way. Should Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion, be overturned, several states — including New Mexico — still have abortion bans on the books that could go back into effect. In the case of New Mexico, a 1969 law that is mostly unenforceable could make abortion care a felony in almost every case. , , This old abortion ban would require patients — including survivors of rape and incest — at any stage of pregnancy to beg for permission t…

Stephen Lendman (2020-05-21). Will Trump Wage More Wars to Distract From COVID-19 and Economic Collapse? globalresearch.ca Trump is the latest in a long line of belligerent US presidents, throughout his tenure waging war on multiple fronts at home and abroad. | His priorities are self-enrichment, serving Wall Street, Big Oil, Big Pharma, Big Military, and other corporate …

Stephen Lendman (2020-05-21). "KievGate" and the November 2020 Presidential Elections. Biden and Poroshenko Colluded in Ukraine. globalresearch.ca Money-controlled US elections are farcical when held — world's apart from what democracy in action is supposed to. | It's a notion long abhorred by both right wings of the one-party state — the war party, the money party, the anti-peace, …

Stephen Lendman (2020-05-21). "KievGate" and the November Presidential Elections. Biden and Poroshenko Colluded in Ukraine. globalresearch.ca Money-controlled US elections are farcical when held — world's apart from what democracy in action is supposed to. | It's a notion long abhorred by both right wings of the one-party state — the war party, the money party, the anti-peace, …

en.mehrnews (2020-05-21). US analyst believes SA, PG rulers normalizing ties with Israel to assure West support. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 22 (MNA) — Criticizing Saudi Arabia and some Persian Gulf Arab states Stephen Lendman said they are trying to normalize ties with the Israeli regime to survive their political and economic relationship with the West adding all repressive regimes like them and Israel are doomed to decline.

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2020-05-21). Trump Condemned for Ditching Treaty That Has 'Helped Prevent Nuclear War for Nearly Three Decades'. commondreams.org In a move that alarmed nuclear experts, anti-war activists, and policymakers around the world, the U.S. government notified international partners on Thursday that President Donald Trump is withdrawing the country from the Treaty on Open Skies over alleged Russian violations. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2020-05-21). Climate Protesters Call Out 'Hot Air' of Financial Giant During BlackRock Annual Meeting. commondreams.org As BlackRock—the world's biggest investor in fossil fuels and deforestation—held its annual shareholders meeting Thursday, climate activists came together in New York City, San Francisco, Brussels, and London for socially distanced demonstrations protesting the massive asset manager's "failure to live up to its rhetoric on climate change." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Ed Rampell (2020-05-21). The History of the Peace Corps on Film. progressive.org A new documentary looks into the tensions that shaped the aid agency's role.

Jonathan Cook (2020-05-21). Outspoken Palestinians — Transformed Into Antisemites Simply Because They Call for Peace. globalresearch.ca 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), …

yenisafak (2020-05-21). Al-Watiya defeat derailed UAE's Libya plans: Analysis. yenisafak.com The legitimate and UN-recognized Libyan forces (of the Government of National Accord) captured Al-Watiya military airbase on May 18, after long-standing operations. Al-Watiya military airbase, southwest of the capital Tripoli — controlled by the putschist general Khalifa Haftar's forces in the Eastern part of Libya since August 2014, his second-most strategic base overall — was selected as a priority target by the Libyan government, while also being one of the priority targets of the Operation Peace Storm which started on all fronts on the morning of March 25 to break the blockade of Tripoli, due to i…

Charlotte Casey (2020-05-21). Memorial Day Car Caravan for Peace. indybay.org Stevens Creek & Winchester Blvds, San Jose…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-05-21). Teachers and students across Greece protest government's flawed educational policy. peoplesdispatch.org Protesters denounced a new bill on education proposed by the conservative New Democracy-led government in Greece. Critics claim the new bill is likely to worsen the operational running of schools in the country and increase class barriers to education…

C. J. Hopkins (2020-05-21). Brave New Normal (Part 2). dissidentvoice.org My columns haven't been very funny recently. This one isn't going to be any funnier. Sorry. Fascism makes me cranky. I don't mean the kind of fascism the corporate media and the fake Resistance have been desperately hyping for the last four years. God help me, but I'm not terribly worried about a few hundred …

WSWS (2020-05-21). Build rank-and-file factory and workplace committees to prevent transmission of the COVID-19 virus and save lives! wsws.org The government and corporations are demanding a return to work in the midst of a pandemic, which is claiming thousands of lives every week. Their drive for profits takes priority over the health and safety of workers and their families.

news.un (2020-05-21). Asia-Pacific nations commit the whole region to 'defeat' COVID-19. news.un.org Gathering together at the top UN intergovernmental body in Asia and the Pacific on Thursday, countries of the vast region of more than four billion people, urged greater measures that reinforce global solidarity in ending the COVID-19 pandemic.

news.un (2020-05-21). Somalia looks to first full elections in 51 years, despite COVID-19 crisis. news.un.org The consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic are acute for Somalia, but the Horn of Africa nation is doing what it can with the resources it has, even as it looks ahead to its first direct elections in a half-century, the top UN official in the country said on Thursday.

Vincent Mathieu (2020-05-21). Pandemic 2020: From Statistical Fraud to Controlled Society. globalresearch.ca The outbreak of Covid-19 which first occurred in China in the autumn of 2019 did not, at that time, seem to herald a crisis of such magnitude in the West. In Quebec, the new coronavirus (Sars-Cov-2) was referred to as …

Tanya Wadhwa (2020-05-21). Ecuadorians vow to resist Moreno's latest neoliberal economic measures. peoplesdispatch.org On May 20, several Ecuadorian social movements, Indigenous organizations and trade unions called for a national mobilization on May 25, against the neoliberal economic policies imposed by President Lenín Moreno in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. The People's Front, the Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador (CONAIE), the Indigenous and Peasant Movement of Cotopaxi (MICC), the Unitary Front of Workers (FUT), among others, are the organizations behind the call for national mobilization. | On May 19, Moreno announced a new set of austerity measures, involving a budget cut of 4 billion USD in public…

Kathleen Wong (2020-05-21). A Lesson From COVID-19: A History of Racism and Disease in Hawai'i. aclu.org As someone of Chinese descent who lives in the multicultural mixing pot that is Hawai'i, I find myself thinking about the fact that May is Asian and Pacific Islander (API) Heritage Month, and how the opportunity to reflect on API heritage in the United States could not have come at a better time. In some ways, what's happening today with COVID-19 is history repeating itself. As the disease has spread, there has also been a rise in anti-Asian sentiment and xenophobic attacks on Asian people throughout the country. These attacks are provoked and encouraged by the dangerous and inaccurate rhetoric spewed by the…

Tom Clifford (2020-05-21). China's Two Sessions During Coronavirus. counterpunch.org Beijing. Even though it's being held on its home turf, Beijing will play second fiddle for the next week as thousands of delegates pour into the capital to debate, argue and socialize amid the "Two Sessions". The sessions, taking place after being postponed in March due to COVID-19, are the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference,

Kester Kenn Klomegah (2020-05-21). COVID-19 Hits Hard, but Challenges BRICS. globalresearch.ca By and large, the coronavirus pandemic has taken a huge toll on Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) since it was declared late January by the World Health Organization (WHO). It allegedly originated (yet to be proved) from …

WSWS (2020-05-21). Almost no US prisoners have been released since the beginning of the pandemic. wsws.org Despite highly publicized executive orders, only a handful of inmates have been released from jails and prisons across the US even as 100,000 inmates are projected to die from COVID-19.

WSWS (2020-05-21). Deaths and illness among youth raise concerns as schools plan to reopen. wsws.org Several recent deaths of youth and students due to COVID-19 demonstrate that, despite efforts by the media and politicians to downplay the danger of the virus to youth, the virus can pose a deadly threat to young people.

WSWS (2020-05-21). COVID-19 pandemic exposes France's New Anti-capitalist Party. wsws.org The pandemic places workers in every country in irreconcilable conflict with pro-imperialist, middle class parties that the ruling class has long falsely presented as the left.

news.un (2020-05-21). UN agencies join forces to protect forcibly displaced during pandemic. news.un.org To strengthen and advance public health services for millions of forcibly displaced people globally, two United Nations signed an agreement on Thursday to better protect some 70 million from COVID-19.

WSWS (2020-05-21). COVID-19 cases at Ford plants in Detroit, Chicago as anger grows over inadequate safety measures. wsws.org New infections have emerged at Ford plants in Dearborn, Michigan and Chicago and also at supplier plant, just days after the reopening of the North American auto industry.

Dr. Pascal Sacré (2020-05-21). The WHO and the EU Want a Covid Vaccine for the Entire Planet, What About Water and Food… globalresearch.ca COVID-19: 324,990 deaths recorded worldwide … | Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, has launched a Global Telethon to speed up the delivery of a corona vaccine for all. | Deaths attributable to lack of access to water …

GRAIN (2020-05-21). Millions Forced to Choose Between Hunger or COVID-19. globalresearch.ca On the eve of May Day 2020, in full coronavirus pandemic, the International Labour Organisation (ILO) released some hair raising statistics. About 1.6 billion workers from the informal sector are in dire straits because of the lockdowns governments have imposed …

WSWS (2020-05-21). Brazil records 1,179 COVID-19 deaths in a single day amid spiraling political crisis. wsws.org Even as it closes ranks behind Bolsonaro's back-to-work campaign, the Brazilian ruling class is conscious that it is bringing Brazil to the brink of a social explosion.

Gideon Polya (2020-05-21). COVID-19 Timeline Exposes Falsehood of US and US Lackey Australian Anti-China Blame Game. globalresearch.ca Trump is blaming China for the Covid-19 pandemic to hide his criminal negligence during the crisis. A detailed Timeline of the disaster reveals that China informed the WHO and the World of the Wuhan outbreak on 31 December 2019 but …

Amee Chew (2020-05-21). Stop the $2 Billion Arms Sale to the Philippines. zcomm.org Amid the worsening COVID-19 pandemic in the Philippines, the US government is brokering a $2 billion arms sale to Rodrigo Duterte's repressive regime. The sale would only pour further fuel on an already dire human rights catastrophe…

Kim C. Domenico (2020-05-21). Social Studies for the Pandemic. counterpunch.org The moment of clarity [in the pandemic shutdown], expressed in climate and consciousness, will pass and progressives will resume their regular, but now carefully washed, handwringing. — John Davis, Visions of a Post-Covid-19 World Ignorant and inexperienced, it is not strange that in the first years of our new life [Reconstruction period] we began at

WSWS (2020-05-21). Florida scientist was fired for 'refusing to manipulate' COVID-19 data. wsws.org The state governments of both Florida and Georgia have been charged with manipulating their coronavirus case counts and death tolls in order to prematurely reopen their economies.

Dr. Sherri Tenpenny (2020-05-21). COVID-19 Testing: What Are We Doing? What Does "Positive" Test Really Mean? globalresearch.ca In 1965, scientists identified the first human coronavirus; it was associated with the common cold. The Coronavirus family, named for their crown-like appearance, currently includes

WSWS (2020-05-21). US prepares anti-Russian war games amid COVID-19 pandemic. wsws.org In a little over two weeks, 6,000 US and Polish troops will simulate ground and airborne attacks about 35 miles from the Russian territory of Kaliningrad.

Peoples Dispatch (2020-05-21). France sees a spike in COVID-19 cases after schools reopen. peoplesdispatch.org At least 70 new cases of COVID-19 were reported from schools in France following their reopening last week by French authorities. Teachers' unions and student organizations criticized the government for the move…

WSWS (2020-05-21). Australian government falsely claims credit for global COVID-19 inquiry. wsws.org Australia's push was obviously part of a US drive to demonise China and the World Health Organisation.

WSWS (2020-05-21). World Health Organisation warns pandemic could "turn the clock back" on other killer diseases in Africa. wsws.org The WHO has predicted that some quarter of a billion Africans will become infected with COVID-19 and as many as 190,000 will die within the first year of the pandemic.

WSWS (2020-05-21). Florida stalls jobless pay to force workers back to work. wsws.org The state has only paid out 22 percent of the claims for unemployment due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Project Censored (2020-05-21). Zooming Past Equity in Higher Education: Technocratic Pedagogy Fails Social Justice Test. projectcensored.org By Nolan Higdon and Mickey Huff The response to COVID-19 by governing institutions has altered the lives and practices of people across the nation, including the students, faculty, and staff…

news.un (2020-05-21). Danger awaits migrant children returned to Mexico and Central America during pandemic. news.un.org Migrant children forcibly returned from the United States to Mexico and Central America are facing danger and discrimination aggravated by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF).

Fight Back (2020-05-21). California Gov. Newsom calls for 10% state worker pay cuts. fightbacknews.org San José, CA – On May 14, Democrat Governor Gavin Newsom laid out his plan to deal with a projected $54 billion budget deficit for the state of California. Included in the plan was to save almost $3 billion by cutting state workers' pay by 10%. | Eleven years ago, California state workers were furloughed for one to two days a month as part of the effort to cut spending after a large budget deficit developed with the deep recession and financial crisis. While the unions tried to fight this, the courts ultimately sided with the state government. The furloughs continued for five years, even though the recession ende…

Dean Baker (2020-05-21). The Sure Way to End Concerns About China's "Theft" of a Vaccine: Make it Open. cepr.net In the last couple of weeks both the New York Times and National Public Radio have warned that China could steal a vaccine against the coronavirus, or at least steal work in the U.S. done towards developing a vaccine. Both outlets obviously thought their audiences should view this as a serious concern. As I wrote …

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2020-05-21). Pandemic Inquiry Wars: Australia, the United States and the Coronavirus Investigation. asia-pacificresearch.com

WSWS (2020-05-21). Australia: Twelve fast food outlets closed in Melbourne after coronavirus outbreak. wsws.org Around 1,000 McDonald's workers have been stood down, and hundreds are in self-isolation.

WSWS (2020-05-21). Amazon workers react to elimination of pandemic hazard pay. wsws.org Amazon has terminated its unpaid sick time policy and will roll back the $2 per hour pay raise it implemented during the coronavirus pandemic, despite the rising number of infections.

Jonathan Power (2020-05-21). A Machiavellian US in the Middle East. counterpunch.org The war in Syria has dropped out of the news, like almost everything else, in a time when the Coronavirus seems to dominate all discourse and reporting. But the regime of Bashar al-Assad continues to strangle its own country. The Russians continue to bomb on his behalf, terrifying civilians and hospitals. The Americans work semi-clandestinely

WSWS (2020-05-21). Coronavirus infections surging in German refugee shelters. wsws.org The forced placement of refugees in large communal accommodation facilities exposes many people whose health is weakened to a deadly risk.

Badri Raina (2020-05-21). When the People Are Not 'We the People'. zcomm.org The attainment of universal adult franchise has had little bearing on actually transforming the labouring masses into equal stakeholders in a constitutional democracy…

News Desk (2020-05-21). For Women in Qatar, Lockdown Is Nothing New. globalresearch.ca When it comes to the issue of women's rights in the Gulf , Saudi Arabia is most frequently cited as the most repressive country in the region, and Qatar is widely regarded as the most modern in terms of human …

Dr. Dennis Etler (2020-05-21). The US Is Trying to Dismember China by Promoting Separatism in Its Regions. globalresearch.ca The US Senate, on 14 May passed bill on the mistreatment of Uyghur minority in China. The bill demands President Donald Trump to sanction Chinese officials who partake in the violating rights and freedoms of Uyghur community in the northwestern …

Tsvetana Paraskova (2020-05-21). Ukraine's Port Odessa Welcomes First U.S. Crude Oil Cargo. Undermines Russia's Oil and Gas. globalresearch.ca The Ukrainian port Odessa on the Black Sea will receive its first-ever crude oil cargo of WTI Crude from the United States, after the U.S. shipped its first oil to Ukraine just last year as it looks to wean off …

Environmental Investigation Agency (2020-05-21). New Family of Synthetic Refrigerant Gases Poses Potential Dangers to Human Health and the Environment. globalresearch.ca Hydrofluoroolefins (HFOs) are being promoted as sustainable alternatives to climate-wrecking hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), which are widely used in refrigeration and air-conditioning and are currently being phased down under the Montreal Protocol. | HFOs are the next generation of synthetic chemicals being promoted …

John W. Whitehead (2020-05-21). The Slippery Slope to Despotism: Paved with Lockdowns, Raids and Forced Vaccinations. globalresearch.ca "You have no right not to be vaccinated, you have no right not to wear a mask, you have no right to open up your business… And if you refuse to be vaccinated,

Christian Correa (2020-05-21). Trump Admin. Punishes Renewables While Bailing Out Oil and Gas. globalresearch.ca Trump's Interior Department is demanding payment from the past two years from solar and wind projects on federal lands, Reuters is

Mark Harris (2020-05-21). Pandemic Capitalism's Cruel Absurdity. zcomm.org Under conditions of a public health emergency, the venality at the core of the capitalist way of life is now exposed for the acute threat to life it actually is…

Anya Briy (2020-05-21). Rojava: statelessness in a time of pandemic. zcomm.org Lack of international recognition as a state has disastrous consequences on an area already suffering from war and displacement…

Bill Lueders (2020-05-21). Comment: Trump's Pandemic of Ignorance. progressive.org The United States is in the midst of a full-blown health care crisis, headed by a man who is not just monumentally unfit to lead, but actually deranged.

WSWS (2020-05-21). Pandemic crisis: Tens of thousands of UK job losses announced. wsws.org The jobs cull in the UK began in April as firms in retail and hospitality collapsed into administration after the imposition of lockdown, accelerating an already existing trend towards recession.

David Cole (2020-05-21). The Absurd Attacks on the ACLU. aclu.org On May 19, the National Review editors condemned the ACLU's "absurd" lawsuit against Education Secretary Betsy DeVos's new Title IX regulations, which govern sexual harassment and assault at schools that receive federal funding. They argue that we had sacrificed our principles by seeking to "weaken" due process standards. President Trump promptly retweeted it, though showed no evidence that he actually read it. But the National Review's criticism bears no relation to the lawsuit we actually filed. Our suit challenges provisions letting schools ignore serious claims of sexual harassment altogether. It does not…

Jake Johnston (2020-05-21). ICE Confirms More than 100 Deportation Flights to 13 Countries in an Eight-Week Period. cepr.net On Tuesday, in a comment to CEPR's Americas Blog, an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) spokesperson confirmed that the agency had run 112 deportation flights to 13 countries during an eight-week period beginning in early March. This is the first on-the-record comment from ICE confirming the extent of the agency's deportations. Since late April, CEPR …

Brasil de Fato (2020-05-21). Murder of Black youth in Rio de Janeiro shows racist nature of policing in Brazil. peoplesdispatch.org 14-year-old Joà£o Pedro Mattos Pinto was playing in the yard of his house when he was shot in the midst of an operation involving the Federal Police and of the Coordinator of Special Resources (Core)…

WSWS (2020-05-21). Missouri executes 64-year-old man convicted on flimsy evidence. wsws.org Walter Barton was executed Tuesday by lethal injection despite new evidence that had made jurors question his murder conviction.

WSWS (2020-05-21). The Trump administration makes Taiwan latest front in anti-China campaign. wsws.org The US has provocatively hailed the re-election of Taiwanese president Tsai Ing-wen and pressed Taiwan's case at the annual World Health Organisation (WHO) ministerial assembly.

WSWS (2020-05-21). Canada's official opposition attacks Trudeau for "appeasing" China. wsws.org Conservative leader Scheer's inflammatory comment, likening the Liberal government's policy towards Beijing to British imperialism's attempt to reach an accommodation with Nazi Germany, marks a new high point in the Canadian elite's frenzied anti-China campaign.

WSWS (2020-05-21). The Berries of Wrath: Prince Charles demands "hard graft" from furloughed workers. wsws.org The Tories have long desired to replace cheap migrant labour with a native workforce so reduced to penury that they too will do backbreaking work for a pittance.

Peoples Dispatch (2020-05-21). Migrant workers in Lebanon reach agreement with waste management company. peoplesdispatch.org Approximately 400 migrant workers were on strike for weeks after management of the Lebanese waste management company, RAMCO, started cutting their wages and paying them in Lebanese pounds instead of the contractually obligated US dollar…

Extinction Rebellion (2020-05-21). What do laptops, children's shoes and fake oil spills have in common? zcomm.org Using their laptops and phones, and specially coded software, hundreds of synchronised rebels have bombarded websites, swarmed social media, and email blitzed major polluters and their enablers…

David Thorstad (2020-05-21). Frances Goldin and a Unique New York Story. counterpunch.org Death comes to us all but this is one that I feel acutely. For many years, I lived across from Frances on New York's East 11th Street, but I was not very familiar with her long history of housing activism. Our relationship began in 1981 when, overnight, little green trucks began towing cars supposedly illegally

Binoy Kampmark (2020-05-21). Why Thinking Makes It So: Donald Trump's Obamagate Fixation. counterpunch.org The "gate" suffix has been wearing thin since the break-in scandal that gave it its birth. Since Watergate, virtually anything dubious and suggestive, and much more besides, is suffixed. Which brings us to the issue of President Donald Trump's predecessor, Barack Obama. Finding himself in hot water (did he ever leave it?) Trump has been

en.mehrnews (2020-05-21). Elimination of Zionist regime doesn't mean eliminating Jews: Leader. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 21 (MNA) — In a Wednesday tweet, Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali said that eliminating the Zionist regime doesn't mean eliminating Jews.

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2020-05-21). 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 (2020-05-21). Mayo researchers, minority communities team up to combat COVID-19 health disparities. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Rochester, Minn.

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2020-05-21). Mayo Clinic encourages patients to practice good hand hygiene. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Mayo Clinic has placed reminders about good hand hygiene and also has placed hand sanitizer stations around campus to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Amy Williams, M.D., Mayo Clinic executive dean for practice, illustrates how to properly apply hand sanitizer. Watch: Mayo Clinic encourages patients to practice good hand hygiene youtu.be/NSohxy0aP9A Journalists: Video is …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2020-05-21). 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 (2020-05-21). 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 (2020-05-21). Updated visitor policy: Mayo Clinic limits number of visitors during COVID-19 response. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org ROCHESTER, Minn. ? To support the best safety for patients and staff, Mayo Clinic is currently limiting the number of outpatient and hospital visitors? UPDATED: Friday, May 15 As Mayo Clinic continues to monitor our communities for the spread of COVID-19, updates have been made to visitor restrictions at all Mayo Clinic sites. The ongoing …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2020-05-21). 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 (2020-05-21). Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: Ethnic disparities and COVID-19. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org As COVID-19 continues to take hundreds of lives each day in the U.S., public health officials say minorities are being affected disproportionately. Early data shows that African Americans and other U.S. ethnic minorities have contracted COVID-19 at a higher rate and experience greater sickness and a higher death rate than other Americans. On the Mayo …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2020-05-21). 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 (2020-05-21). 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 (2020-05-21). 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 …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2020-05-21). 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 (2020-05-21). 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 (2020-05-21). 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 (2020-05-21). Mayo Clinic Q and A: COVID-19 and people with disabilities. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Dear Mayo Clinic: My father, who suffers from Lou Gehrig's disease, lives with me and my family, including three children. While my husband can work at home, I am still required to go on-site for my job. Although I practice social distancing, I am wondering if I need to do anything differently in caring for …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2020-05-21). 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. …

Michael Lynk (2020-05-21). Canada Missing in Action on Israel's Proposed Annexation of the West Bank. globalresearch.ca The leaders of the two of Israel's largest political parties — Benjamin Netanyahu and Benny Gantz — In an initial six-month period, the coalition will address only two issues:

Michael Jansen (2020-05-21). Demanded by Israel's Radical Right-wing and Settler Movement, Annexation Has Become Netanyahu's Crutch. globalresearch.ca Israel's latest "national unity" government has, for the time being, ended 500 days of internal political crisis, the longest in Israel's 72-year history. At the same time, Israel embarked on an external political crisis over the potential annexation of occupied …

Cynthia Chung (2020-05-21). The 'Clean Break' Doctrine: A Modern-Day Sykes-Picot Waging War and Havoc in the Middle East. globalresearch.ca In 1996 a task force, led by Richard Perle, produced a policy document titled "A Clean Break: A New Strategy for Securing the Realm" for Benjamin Netanyahu, who was then in his first term as Prime Minister of …

graham (2020-05-21). Blaming Russia, China, Iran — to profit from Covid-19 vaccine. truepublica.org.uk By Craig Murray: On 5 May, the British security services released to their pet media the claim that Russia, China and Iran were attempting to hack into British research institutes conducting coronavirus research. The BBC reported it. Britain's shameful copy and paste media all, without exception, just copy and pasted the government press release. …

The Canary (2020-05-21). Police urged to review over 14,000 coronavirus fines after review reveals an 'outbreak of injustice'. thecanary.co Civil liberties groups and lawyers are calling for a review of more than 14,000 police fines for alleged breaches of coronavirus (Covid-19) lockdown rules over fears some have been "wrongly issued". | Police chiefs and prosecutors last week apologised after admitting that dozens of people have been wrongly charged under new coronavirus laws. | It followed a Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) review of all 231 prosecutions under the legislation in England and Wales to the end of April, which have either been stopped or ended in a conviction. | All 44 charges brought under the Coronavirus Act — which allows offi…

John Ranson (2020-05-21). While parts of lockdown are like going back to the 70s, the Tories want to drag us back to the 40s. thecanary.co The coronavirus (Covid-19) lockdown has made me even more grateful that I live in the arse end of nowhere. Or Norfolk, to give it its correct title. I've lived elsewhere, even on the fringe of That London for a few years. But now I'm two doors away from the house in which I grew up. The village has changed a lot in the *mumble* years I've known it. It's louder now, faster moving, more transitory. The shop has gone. The two women that I used to see daily, cycling slowly back from their work picking fruit and veg at one of the nearby farms, are probably just pictures in an album. | Lockdown hasn't brought the shop…

Johanna Ross (2020-05-21). Nicola Sturgeon Is Leading Scotland Out of Lockdown, and Out of the UK. globalresearch.ca Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has been voted the UK's 'most impressive' politician according to a recent poll. The

sputniknews (2020-05-21). Scotland's Sturgeon Unveils Lockdown Exit Plan, Lifting Restrictions From 28 May. sputniknews.com According to Nicola Sturgeon's plan, Scotland will be reopening in four stages over the nex few months, with "phase one" beginning as early as next Thursday.

Staff (2020-05-21). McConnell Vows to Block Benefits While Pushing Corporate Legal Immunity. truthout.org Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell The boosted unemployment insurance — whi…

Tamara Kunanayakam (2020-05-21). Sri Lanka, Fight or Flight From International Organisations: In the Footsteps of US President Trump? globalresearch.ca Speaking at the National War Heroes Commemoration Ceremony on 19 May 2020, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa declared that he will not hesitate to withdraw Sri Lanka from any international body or organisation that continuously targets the country and war heroes. | The …

WSWS (2020-05-21). Sri Lankan president demands legal immunity for the military. wsws.org The real purpose of Gotabhaya Rajapakse's defence and promotion of the military is to prepare for another savage war against the working class.

Andrew McCormick (2020-05-21). How the Covid-19 Lockdown Is Reshaping Uighur Activism. thenation.com How the Covid-19 Lockdown Is Reshaping Uighur Activism…

Augie Lindmark (2020-05-21). Covid-19 Isn't the Only American Health Epidemic. thenation.com Covid-19 Isn't the Only American Health Epidemic…

Mark Harris (2020-05-21). Pandemic Capitalism's Cruel Absurdity. commondreams.org The United States has long established itself as the neoliberal superstar, the modern nation with the most wealth inequality, threadbare social safety net, and thoroughly corporatized political leaders from both major parties. (Photo: Erik McGregor/LightRocket via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

commondreams (2020-05-21). Fink Thinks BlackRock Already 'Operates in Accordance' With New Purpose of a Corporation. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2020-05-21). 'This Is My Retirement': Trump's Covid-19 Vaccine Czar Refuses to Sell Stock Holdings of Major Drug Company. commondreams.org The chief adviser overseeing President Donald Trump's task force aimed at discovering a Covid-19 vaccine by the end of 2020 has refused to divest his shares in his former pharmaceutical company, GlaxoSmithKline. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Astrid Caldas (2020-05-21). Dangerous Hurricane Season To Open Amidst COVID-19. commondreams.org Imagine one million people on the move right now, all trying to find safe shelter. (Photo: NASA) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2020-05-21). With Covid-19 Raging, Warnings of Worse-Than-Usual Hurricane Season Point to Trouble Ahead. commondreams.org "Hurricane season is about to start and its risks will only grow and potentially compound any impacts from the pandemic." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2020-05-21). Demanding Greater Say in Covid-19 Safety Policies, Just 9% of Walmart Workers Report Ability to Socially Distance at Work. commondreams.org The labor rights movement United for Respect released polling data showing that months after companies across the U.S. implemented various social distancing measures, employees at Walmart are reporting that the company is still not keeping its workers safe. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Stan Karp (2020-05-21). Getting a Covid-19 Education: From Race to the Top to a Plunge to the Bottom. commondreams.org From a rally for public education in Washington D.C. in July 2017. (Photo: Bob Korn) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Sandra Lubarsky (2020-05-21). Now Is the Time to Practice Beauty. commondreams.org In this time of the great disruptions brought on by the coronavirus, the practice of beauty keeps us centered on the ultimate importance and worth of the world in which we live. (Photo: Flickr/cc) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2020-05-21). Despite Deadly Pandemic, Trump Says: "We Don't Want Anybody to Do Mail-in Ballots" commondreams.org "Five states already have all-mail elections—Colorado, Hawaii, Oregon, Utah, and Washington." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Robert C. Koehler (2020-05-21). Rethinking Public Safety: Trust vs. Force. commondreams.org We must disarm our concept of social order. This means a different sort of training for police officers—less target practice, more psychological awareness. (Photo: Kevin Cortopassi/Flickr/cc) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2020-05-21). "Tom Perez's Worst Nightmare": Newly Elected DNC Member RL Miller to Push Dems on Climate. commondreams.org RL Miller, founder of the advocacy group Climate Hawks Vote, was elected to the Democratic National Committee last Friday—and she intends to push the Democratic Party's governing body to improve how it handles the climate crisis and fossil fuel industry, according to a Thursday interview in Emily Atkin's HEATED newsletter. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

graham (2020-05-21). Indoor pollution — Another slow-burning scandal. truepublica.org.uk By George Monbiot: Everything gets buried by something (Brexit and Covid-19)— that, after all, is the point. It's the great disrupter and the great distractor. Under the cover of chaos, essential public protections are destroyed. Take the scandal that should be creating headlines everywhere: the toxic flame retardants now penetrating the lives of everyone in …

yenisafak (2020-05-21). Turkey distributes food aid to hundreds in Lesotho. yenisafak.com Turkey's state-run aid agency distributed food aid in Lesotho to hundreds of vulnerable families and fasting Muslims affected by the economic impact of the novel coronavirus."The distribution was done in four districts of Lesotho, which include, Maseru, Berea, Leribe and Botha Bothe," the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) told Anadolu Agency on Thursday.TIKA said the food aid was meant to help fasting Muslims during the month of Ramadan as well as vulnerable non-Muslims affected by the restrictions introduced to curb the spread of COVID-19, which have stopped millions from working for several wee…

yenisafak (2020-05-21). Healthcare workers 'face violence' for pandemic work. yenisafak.com The International Council of Nurses (ICN) on Thursday said its global network has informed it of "highly concerning" reports of mounting violence aimed directly at nurses and other healthcare workers on the frontline of the COVID-19 pandemic."Violence against nurses and other healthcare workers has always been a serious issue, but it should never be accepted as part of the job," states an article published in British medical journal The Lancet.It is co-authored by ICN chief executive officer Howard Catton who told journalists covering the UN in Geneva last week that the association estimated that nearly 100,000 h…

yenisafak (2020-05-21). China's Wuhan says conducted 887,321 COVID-19 tests on May 20. yenisafak.com The city of Wuhan, the original epicentre of the new coronavirus outbreak in China, conducted 887,321 nucleic acid tests on May 20, the local health authority said on Thursday, compared with 856,128 a day earlier.Wuhan kicked off a campaign on May 14 to look for asymptomatic carriers – infected people who show no outward sign of illness – after confirming on May 9-10 its first cluster of COVID-19 infections since its release from a virtual lockdown on April 8.

2020-05-21: Social Media Postees

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Trump Claims to Have Venezuela 'Surrounded' as Iranian Tankers Approach
Lucas Koerner | venezuelanalysis.com | 2020-05-21
Venezuela's armed forces will escort the vessels upon reaching territorial waters.
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How the United States Government Failed to Prepare for the Global Pandemic
Vijay Prashad | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-21
There were two immediate reasons for the U.S. to blame China for the novel coronavirus global pandemic. First, it was a convenient way to divert attention from the fact that the U.S. government had done nothing–despite months of notice–to effectively prepare for the arrival of the virus. Second, it was a necessary way to undermine the remarkable way China had been able to tackle the epidemic, with massive infusions of personnel and equipment as well as relief into Wuhan and Hubei province. U.S. President Donald Trump's attack on China is explained not as the rant of an unstable individual, but as part…
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Washing Our Hands of Financialized Pensions
Socialists for Retirement Security | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-21
Rethinking Retirement After COVID-19 | The unemployment crisis brought on by the coronavirus outbreak has suddenly destroyed the earnings of hundreds of thousands of working people in Canada. For many jobless workers, the immediate scramble to make ends meet will be …
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Towards a Culture of World Peace
Prof Michel Chossudovsky | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-21
"Towards a Culture of World Peace" constitutes a commitment to Human Livelihood. It consists in confronting the UU-NATO discourse in support of war and military intervention. It requires reviving a Worldwide anti-war movement, nationally and internationally as well as establishing a resolve by the governments of sovereign nation states to reject this Worldwide process of militarization.
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Lives Depend on Argentina's Debt Talks
Mark Weisbrot | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-21
Argentina is currently engaged in intense negotiations with its creditors over at least $65 billion in government debt. The most important part of that negotiation, which can make or break Argentina's economic recovery, is foreign currency debt. That is mostly in dollars, and mostly owned by foreigners. Argentina's 45 million residents, as well as hundreds…
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Will Trump Wage More Wars to Distract From COVID-19 and Economic Collapse?
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-21
Trump is the latest in a long line of belligerent US presidents, throughout his tenure waging war on multiple fronts at home and abroad. | His priorities are self-enrichment, serving Wall Street, Big Oil, Big Pharma, Big Military, and other corporate …
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"KievGate" and the November Presidential Elections. Biden and Poroshenko Colluded in Ukraine
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-21
Money-controlled US elections are farcical when held

"KievGate" and the November 2020 Presidential Elections. Biden and Poroshenko Colluded in Ukraine
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-21
Money-controlled US elections are farcical when held

How Germany's Courts Might Destroy the Euro
Marshall Auerback | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-21
Germany's highest court issued a ruling that could threaten the existence of the euro with a constitutional court decision that said the European Central Bank's bond-buying operations exceeded the ECB's legal remit, and violated German constitutional law. The U.S. equivalent of this would be a state Supreme Court limiting the ability of the U.S. Federal…
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Abortion Rights are on the Line in New Mexico's Primary
Ellie Rushforth | aclu.org | 2020-05-21
Abortion is still legal in all 50 states, but if the past year has taught us anything, there is no guarantee it will stay that way. Should Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion, be overturned, several states

Soaring Beyond the Green New Deal with Stan Cox
Don Fitz | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-21
When Stan Cox was writing his book, The Green New Deal and Beyond: Ending the Climate Emergency While We Still Can, he scripted these prophetic words: "The oft-predicted national decline in use of fossil fuels is nowhere to be seen, and it is unlikely to occur on its own, at least until the next economic meltdown." He became…
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Why Israel Fears the Nakba: How Memory Became Palestine's Greatest Weapon
Ramzy Baroud | mintpressnews.com | 2020-05-21
On May 15, thousands of Palestinians in Occupied Palestine and throughout the 'shatat', or diaspora, participated in the commemoration of Nakba Day, the one event that unites all Palestinians, regardless of their political differences or backgrounds. | For years, social media has added a whole new stratum to this process of commemoration. #Nakba72, along with #NakbaDay and #Nakba, have all trended on Twitter for days. Facebook was inundated with countless stories, videos, images, and statements, written by Palestinians, or in global support of the Palestinian people. | The dominant Nakba narrative remains &#150…
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Leading Neocon Directs Pentagon Middle East Planning
Philip Giraldi | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-21
The Global War on Terror or GWOT was declared in the wake of 9/11 by President George W. Bush. It basically committed the United States to work to eliminate all "terrorist" groups worldwide, whether or not the countries being …
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Leading Neocon Directs Pentagon Middle East Planning
Philip Giraldi | thealtworld.com | 2020-05-21
One aspect of the American heavy footprint that is little noted is the ruin of many formerly functioning countries that it brings with it. | The Global War on Terror or GWOT was declared in the wake of 9/11 by President George W. Bush. It basically committed the United States to work to eliminate all "terrorist" groups worldwide, whether or not the countries being targeted agreed that they were beset by terrorists and whether or not they welcomed U.S. "help." The GWOT was promoted with brain-dead expressions like "there's a new sheriff in town" which, after the destruction of large parts of the Middle East and Ce…
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Podcast: Aaron Mate Debunks RussiaGate and Discusses How Liberals Came to Love Bush-Era Neocons
Mnar Muhawesh | mintpressnews.com | 2020-05-21
Investigative journalist Aaron Mate unpacks four years of Russiagate propaganda and how it was the gift that kept on giving for both the Trump administration and the Democratic Party.
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PDF of May 21 issue
A. Majumdar | workers.org | 2020-05-21
Download entire 12-page PDF here. 'Reopening' fuels resistance. Capitalism or Socialism? Also: #FreeBlackMamas; Save the USPS! Working-class democracy; Trump vs. birth control; Becoming a Marxist; MOVE says "Free Mumia'; Sandino lives! Editorial: . Breonna Taylor; Malcolm X & Ho Chi Minh. World: Palestine's Nakba; Sanctions Kill; Ecuador. Tear down prisons: Andrea . . . | Continue reading PDF of May 21 issue at Workers.org
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Fundamentalist Pandemics: What Evangelicals Could Learn From The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyam
Juan Cole | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-21
This spring, the novel coronavirus pandemic has raised the issue of the relationship between the blindest kind of religious faith and rational skepticism

In a Class War—Like It or Not—the System Always Makes a Killing
Norman Solomon | commondreams.org | 2020-05-21
Demonstrators unload fake body bags from a truck in protest of the Trump administration's response to the coronavirus pandemic, in Lafayette Park near the White House, May 20, 2020 in Washington, DC. All 50 states have reopened to varying degrees more than two months after lockdown, but the moves have not been coordinated, with the Northeast and West Coast moving slower than states in the South. (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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"We're Ready for Whatever, Whenever,' Says Maduro as Venezuela Vows Navy Escort to Protect Iranian Oil Tankers from US Threats
Jon Queally, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-05-21
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif warns that the U.S. government "must give up bullying on the world stage and respect the rule of international law, especially free shipping in the high seas." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Sanders, Warner, Jones and Blumenthal Introduce Paycheck Security Act to Keep Millions of Workers on Payrolls During Pandemic
commondreams.org | 2020-05-21
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Warren Tops MoveOn Survey for Preferred Biden VP Pick
Andrea Germanos, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-05-21
The new poll shows 73% of the group's members would be more likely to vote for the former vice president if Sen. Elizabeth Warren is his running mate. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Lockdown Delays Contributed to Massive US Death Toll, Says Modeling, Suggesting Lessons to Be Learned as States Reopen
Andrea Germanos, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-05-21
Implementing social distancing policies two weeks earlier could have saved nearly 54,000 lives, the new study found. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/news/2020/05/21/lockdow…

Refugees Worldwide Face Hunger and Deprivation as COVID-19 Spreads
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-05-21
We look at the coronavirus threat to millions of refugees across the globe, where social distancing is often impossible and healthcare is extremely limited. We're joined by Dr. Miriam Orcutt, executive director of Lancet Migration. | TRANSCRIPT: | This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form. | AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy Now!, democracynow.org, The Quarantine Report. I'm Amy Goodman, with Nermeen Shaikh, as we look now to the spread of the coronavirus across the globe and how i…
truthout.org/video/refugees-worldwide-fa…

Crowded & Desperate: Rohingya in World's Largest Refugee Camp Face Dual Crises of Cyclone & COVID-19
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-05-21
A major cyclone hits India and Bangladesh amid the pandemic, displacing 3 million people and unleashing heavy rain on Cox's Bazar, home to 1 million Rohingya refugees, where the first cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed. We get an update from Steven Corliss, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees representative in Bangladesh, and speak with Tun Khin, a Rohingya activist, president of the Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK.
www.democracynow.org/2020/5/21/seg1

From Syria to U.S.-Mexico Border, Refugees Worldwide Face Hunger & Deprivation as COVID-19 Spreads
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-05-21
We look at the coronavirus threat to millions of refugees across the globe, where social distancing is often impossible and healthcare is extremely limited. We're joined by Dr. Miriam Orcutt, executive director of Lancet Migration.
www.democracynow.org/2020/5/21/refugees_…

Study Warns 1.1 Million Children Could Die as Pandemic Interrupts Access to Food & Medical Care
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-05-21
A new report finds 1.1 million children under 5 could die the next six months from secondary impacts of the pandemic, like disruptions to health services and access to food. Mothers are also imperiled. We speak with Tim Roberton, lead author of the study and assistant scientist in the Department of International Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and with infectious diseases pediatrician Dr. Beate Kampmann.
www.democracynow.org/2020/5/21/report_ch…

Wuhan's latest anti-pandemic measure is a bold move in an essential direction
Tracy Keeling | thecanary.co | 2020-05-21
The coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic started in Wuhan, China. Although China is still investigating the exact origin of the disease, it's believed it was connected to a live animal market in the city. Now, Wuhan has made a bold and promising move: it has banned people from eating wild animals for five years. The authorities have also introduced new restrictions on hunting and breeding wild animals. And it seems other provinces a…
thecanary.co/discovery/analysis-discover…

Ideology and Coronavirus
Andrey Areshev | strategic-culture.org | 2020-05-21
There are two polar-opposite approaches for dealing with the challenge of coronavirus-19: libertarian proposals prioritize the economy above the public's health, whereas socialist proposals prioritize the public's health above the economy. Libertarian countries rely on developing "herd immunity" to the disease, in preference to imposing social distancing and "lockdowns," which aim instead to reduce the spread of the infection. Unlike socialist measures, the "herd immunity" approach doesn't need any regulations, because it allows the disease to spread so that the people who survive it will become predominant; it a…
strategic-culture.org/news/2020/05/21/id…

Muslim World's freedom-fighters, peace-seekers support Palestine: Foreign Ministry
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-21
TEHRAN, May 21 (MNA)

Maduro Accuses Colombian President of Ordering to 'Infect' Venezuela With Coronavirus – Report
sputniknews.com | 2020-05-21
In the mid-March, Venezuela declared a state of emergency in the country due to the spread of coronavirus; so far, the country has registered only 824 cases of the infection and 10 deaths. However, 44% of these cases were diagnosed in the last five days, as many of the new patients were reportedly returning from Colombia.
sputniknews.com/latam/202005211079373850…

Memorial Day Peace Caravan
Toby Blomé | indybay.org | 2020-05-21
Sponsored by CODEPINK | All invited to join Peace Caravan, with cars decorated with anti-war relevant signs and colorful visuals. We'll travel across the Golden Gate Bridge, thru the Presidio, and end up at Sen. Dianne Feinstein's SF Home for: Rally, Press Conference and Memorial Altar.
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/05/21/1883316…

Regime Change Back In Focus: Pompeo Targets Iran, Cuba & Venezuela In Epic Tweet Thread
Zero Hedge | iranian.com | 2020-05-21
Given the very noticeable rise in threatening rhetoric focused on Iran over the past week, it seems thoughts of regime change in Tehran are once again top of the agenda. Or perhaps simultaneously the administration needs a significant distraction of sorts amid the coronavirus pandemic, and the persistent national reopening question and agenda. On Wednesday, Secretary …
iranian.com/2020/05/20/regime-change-bac…

Foreign Correspondent: Michael Flynn's Forgotten Turkish Connection
Reese Erlich | progressive.org | 2020-05-21
Before Russiagate, the former national security advisor was an operative for Turkey, tilting foreign policy against the Kurds.
progressive.org/dispatches/michael-flynn…

The Real UkraineGate Scandal: There's No Longer Any Question that Joe Biden Carried Out a Cover-Up in Ukraine
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-21
Trump stands vindicated for accusing Biden of trying to cover up his son's corruption in Ukraine after one of that country's lawmakers released audio recordings of the former Vice President's numerous conversations with former President Poroshenko to that effect, proving …
globalresearch.ca/no-question-biden-carr…

Covid-19 may end India's hopes of becoming world leading economic force, Professor Wolff tells Boom Bust
rt.com | 2020-05-21
After Goldman Sachs projected the Indian economy to shrink by 45 percent this quarter, Professor Richard Wolff believes that no one can predict the future amid the coronavirus uncertainty. | "We're in uncharted waters, we do not know what the ramification of this crash is and we do not know how long it will last," he told the host of RT's Boom Bust. | He added that while India failed to stockpile the necessary medical supplies and was not prepared for the pandemic as was the case with many other nations, the situation there is aggravated by its enormous population living in very close quarters. | "And like…
rt.com/business/489328-india-economic-co…

La Riva designated presumptive Peace & Freedom Party presidential nominee in California
Liberation Staff | liberationnews.org | 2020-05-21
The following statement was originally published by the Peace and Freedom Party.
liberationnews.org/la-riva-designated-pr…

The History of the Peace Corps on Film
Ed Rampell | progressive.org | 2020-05-21
A new documentary looks into the tensions that shaped the aid agency's role.
progressive.org/dispatches/history-of-pe…

Memorial Day Car Caravan for Peace
Charlotte Casey | indybay.org | 2020-05-21
Stevens Creek & Winchester Blvds, San Jose…
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/05/21/1883316…

Bolivian prisoners protest/ 'We want to live!'
Ted Kelly | workers.org | 2020-05-21
Incarcerated workers at the largest prison in Bolivia staged a mass uprising on May 11, demanding freedom and protesting dangerous conditions exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. The rebels chanted, "We want to live!" and "This is not a riot, this is a fight for life!" Police mounted a repressive presence . . . | Continue reading Bolivian prisoners protest/ 'We want to live!' at Workers.org
workers.org/2020/05/48843/?utm_source=rs…

Teachers and students across Greece protest government's flawed educational policy
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-05-21
Protesters denounced a new bill on education proposed by the conservative New Democracy-led government in Greece. Critics claim the new bill is likely to worsen the operational running of schools in the country and increase class barriers to education…
peoplesdispatch.org/2020/05/21/teachers-…

Teachers and students across Greece protest government's flawed educational policy
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-05-21
Protesters denounced a new bill on education proposed by the conservative New Democracy-led government in Greece. Critics claim the new bill is likely to worsen the operation of schools and increase class barriers to education…
peoplesdispatch.org/2020/05/21/teachers-…

Witness at the prison gates, Karnes Family 'Detention' Center
| workers.org | 2020-05-21
May 16 car caravan protesting migrant family imprisonment at the Karnes County Residential Center

Climate Protesters Call Out 'Hot Air' of Financial Giant During BlackRock Annual Meeting
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-05-21
As BlackRock—the world's biggest investor in fossil fuels and deforestation—held its annual shareholders meeting Thursday, climate activists came together in New York City, San Francisco, Brussels, and London for socially distanced demonstrations protesting the massive asset manager's "failure to live up to its rhetoric on climate change." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/news/2020/05/21/climate…

Trump Condemned for Ditching Treaty That Has 'Helped Prevent Nuclear War for Nearly Three Decades'
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-05-21
In a move that alarmed nuclear experts, anti-war activists, and policymakers around the world, the U.S. government notified international partners on Thursday that President Donald Trump is withdrawing the country from the Treaty on Open Skies over alleged Russian violations. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/news/2020/05/21/trump-c…

COVID-19 Hits Hard, but Challenges BRICS
Kester Kenn Klomegah | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-21
By and large, the coronavirus pandemic has taken a huge toll on Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) since it was declared late January by the World Health Organization (WHO). It allegedly originated (yet to be proved) from …
globalresearch.ca/covid-19-brics/5713648

Murder of Black youth in Rio de Janeiro shows racist nature of policing in Brazil
Brasil de Fato | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-05-21
14-year-old Joà£o Pedro Mattos Pinto was playing in the yard of his house when he was shot in the midst of an operation involving the Federal Police and of the Coordinator of Special Resources (Core)…
peoplesdispatch.org/2020/05/21/murder-of…

Brazil records 1,179 COVID-19 deaths in a single day amid spiraling political crisis
wsws.org | 2020-05-21
Even as it closes ranks behind Bolsonaro's back-to-work campaign, the Brazilian ruling class is conscious that it is bringing Brazil to the brink of a social explosion.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/21/braz…

Pandemic 2020: From Statistical Fraud to Controlled Society
Vincent Mathieu | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-21
The outbreak of Covid-19 which first occurred in China in the autumn of 2019 did not, at that time, seem to herald a crisis of such magnitude in the West. In Quebec, the new coronavirus (Sars-Cov-2) was referred to as …
globalresearch.ca/pandemic-2020-from-sta…

Australian government falsely claims credit for global COVID-19 inquiry
wsws.org | 2020-05-21
Australia's push was obviously part of a US drive to demonise China and the World Health Organisation.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/21/auch…

COVID-19 Timeline Exposes Falsehood of US and US Lackey Australian Anti-China Blame Game
Gideon Polya | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-21
Trump is blaming China for the Covid-19 pandemic to hide his criminal negligence during the crisis. A detailed Timeline of the disaster reveals that China informed the WHO and the World of the Wuhan outbreak on 31 December 2019 but …
globalresearch.ca/covid-19-timeline-expo…

US prepares anti-Russian war games amid COVID-19 pandemic
wsws.org | 2020-05-21
In a little over two weeks, 6,000 US and Polish troops will simulate ground and airborne attacks about 35 miles from the Russian territory of Kaliningrad.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/21/nato…

Social Studies for the Pandemic
Kim C. Domenico | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-21
The moment of clarity [in the pandemic shutdown], expressed in climate and consciousness, will pass and progressives will resume their regular, but now carefully washed, handwringing.

Zooming Past Equity in Higher Education: Technocratic Pedagogy Fails Social Justice Test
Project Censored | projectcensored.org | 2020-05-21
By Nolan Higdon and Mickey Huff The response to COVID-19 by governing institutions has altered the lives and practices of people across the nation, including the students, faculty, and staff…
projectcensored.org/zooming-past-equity-…

Asia-Pacific nations commit the whole region to 'defeat' COVID-19
news.un.org | 2020-05-21
Gathering together at the top UN intergovernmental body in Asia and the Pacific on Thursday, countries of the vast region of more than four billion people, urged greater measures that reinforce global solidarity in ending the COVID-19 pandemic.
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COVID-19 Testing: What Are We Doing? What Does "Positive" Test Really Mean?
Dr. Sherri Tenpenny | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-21
In 1965, scientists identified the first human coronavirus; it was associated with the common cold. The Coronavirus family, named for their crown-like appearance, currently includes 36 viruses. Within that group, there are 4 common viruses that have been causing infection …
globalresearch.ca/covid-19-testing/57136…

A Lesson From COVID-19: A History of Racism and Disease in Hawai'i
Kathleen Wong | aclu.org | 2020-05-21
As someone of Chinese descent who lives in the multicultural mixing pot that is Hawai'i, I find myself thinking about the fact that May is Asian and Pacific Islander (API) Heritage Month, and how the opportunity to reflect on API heritage in the United States could not have come at a better time. In some ways, what's happening today with COVID-19 is history repeating itself. As the disease has spread, there has also been a rise in anti-Asian sentiment and xenophobic attacks on Asian people throughout the country. These attacks are provoked and encouraged by the dangerous and inaccurate rhetoric spewed by the…
aclu.org/news/racial-justice/a-lesson-fr…

World Health Organisation warns pandemic could "turn the clock back" on other killer diseases in Africa
wsws.org | 2020-05-21
The WHO has predicted that some quarter of a billion Africans will become infected with COVID-19 and as many as 190,000 will die within the first year of the pandemic.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/21/afri…

Deaths and illness among youth raise concerns as schools plan to reopen
wsws.org | 2020-05-21
Several recent deaths of youth and students due to COVID-19 demonstrate that, despite efforts by the media and politicians to downplay the danger of the virus to youth, the virus can pose a deadly threat to young people.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/21/deat…

Danger awaits migrant children returned to Mexico and Central America during pandemic
news.un.org | 2020-05-21
Migrant children forcibly returned from the United States to Mexico and Central America are facing danger and discrimination aggravated by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF).
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2020/05/1…

COVID-19 pandemic exposes France's New Anti-capitalist Party
wsws.org | 2020-05-21
The pandemic places workers in every country in irreconcilable conflict with pro-imperialist, middle class parties that the ruling class has long falsely presented as the left.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/21/npac…

France sees a spike in COVID-19 cases after schools reopen
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-05-21
At least 70 new cases of COVID-19 were reported from schools in France following their reopening last week by French authorities. Teachers' unions and student organizations criticized the government for the move…
peoplesdispatch.org/2020/05/21/france-se…

Somalia looks to first full elections in 51 years, despite COVID-19 crisis
news.un.org | 2020-05-21
The consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic are acute for Somalia, but the Horn of Africa nation is doing what it can with the resources it has, even as it looks ahead to its first direct elections in a half-century, the top UN official in the country said on Thursday.
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Build rank-and-file factory and workplace committees to prevent transmission of the COVID-19 virus and save lives!
wsws.org | 2020-05-21
The government and corporations are demanding a return to work in the midst of a pandemic, which is claiming thousands of lives every week. Their drive for profits takes priority over the health and safety of workers and their families.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/21/pers…

Florida scientist was fired for 'refusing to manipulate' COVID-19 data
wsws.org | 2020-05-21
The state governments of both Florida and Georgia have been charged with manipulating their coronavirus case counts and death tolls in order to prematurely reopen their economies.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/21/covi…

Less talk, more action: Between Trump and Xi, the contrast is clear
Ian Goodrum | peoplesworld.org | 2020-05-21
The following op-ed comes from our Beijing correspondent, Ian Goodrum. | As COVID-19 continues its devastating spread, two laws of nature are revealing themselves: The virus infects, and the U.S. deflects. | In a letter sent to the World Health Organization and posted online Monday, President Donald Trump gave the global health body a blistering ultimatum: agree to vague, undefined "improvements" within 30 days or lose its funding. As the U.S. is the WHO's biggest contributor by far, this would strike a crippling blow to health systems all over the world. | It was a fiery broadside, unleashed at a time when the…
peoplesworld.org/article/less-talk-more-…

Ecuadorians vow to resist Moreno's latest neoliberal economic measures
Tanya Wadhwa | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-05-21
On May 20, several Ecuadorian social movements, Indigenous organizations and trade unions called for a national mobilization on May 25, against the neoliberal economic policies imposed by President Lenín Moreno in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. The People's Front, the Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador (CONAIE), the Indigenous and Peasant Movement of Cotopaxi (MICC), the Unitary Front of Workers (FUT), among others, are the organizations behind the call for national mobilization. | On May 19, Moreno announced a new set of austerity measures, involving a budget cut of 4 billion USD in public…
peoplesdispatch.org/2020/05/21/ecuadoria…

UN agencies join forces to protect forcibly displaced during pandemic
news.un.org | 2020-05-21
To strengthen and advance public health services for millions of forcibly displaced people globally, two United Nations signed an agreement on Thursday to better protect some 70 million from COVID-19.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2020/05/1…

China's Two Sessions During Coronavirus
Tom Clifford | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-21
Beijing. Even though it's being held on its home turf, Beijing will play second fiddle for the next week as thousands of delegates pour into the capital to debate, argue and socialize amid the "Two Sessions". The sessions, taking place after being postponed in March due to COVID-19, are the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference,…
counterpunch.org/2020/05/21/chinas-two-s…

Florida stalls jobless pay to force workers back to work
wsws.org | 2020-05-21
The state has only paid out 22 percent of the claims for unemployment due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/21/flor…

Millions Forced to Choose Between Hunger or COVID-19
GRAIN | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-21
On the eve of May Day 2020, in full coronavirus pandemic, the International Labour Organisation (ILO) released some hair raising statistics. About 1.6 billion workers from the informal sector are in dire straits because of the lockdowns governments have imposed …
globalresearch.ca/millions-forced-choose…

The WHO and the EU Want a Covid Vaccine for the Entire Planet, What About Water and Food
Dr. Pascal Sacré | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-21
COVID-19: 324,990 deaths recorded worldwide … | Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, has launched a Global Telethon to speed up the delivery of a corona vaccine for all. | Deaths attributable to lack of access to water …
globalresearch.ca/the-who-and-the-eu-wan…

Stop the $2 Billion Arms Sale to the Philippines
Amee Chew | zcomm.org | 2020-05-21
Amid the worsening COVID-19 pandemic in the Philippines, the US government is brokering a $2 billion arms sale to Rodrigo Duterte's repressive regime. The sale would only pour further fuel on an already dire human rights catastrophe…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/stop-the-2-billion…

The COVID-19 crisis and the end of the 'low-skilled' worker
Mark Bergfeld | mronline.org | 2020-05-21
IN A PANDEMIC, "ESSENTIAL" LABORERS ARE WORKING, BUT THE LABOR MARKET ISN'T.
mronline.org/2020/05/21/the-covid-19-cri…

COVID-19 cases at Ford plants in Detroit, Chicago as anger grows over inadequate safety measures
wsws.org | 2020-05-21
New infections have emerged at Ford plants in Dearborn, Michigan and Chicago and also at supplier plant, just days after the reopening of the North American auto industry.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/21/auto…

COVID-19: The Slippery Slope to Despotism is Paved with Lockdowns, Raids and Forced Vaccinations
John Whitehead | mintpressnews.com | 2020-05-21
Until now, the police state has been more circumspect in its power grabs, but this latest state of emergency has brought the beast out of the shadows.
mintpressnews.com/covid-19-slippery-slop…

Almost no US prisoners have been released since the beginning of the pandemic
wsws.org | 2020-05-21
Despite highly publicized executive orders, only a handful of inmates have been released from jails and prisons across the US even as 100,000 inmates are projected to die from COVID-19.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/21/pris…

Wallmapu: "The Mapuche political prisoners are not alone"
Marcha Noticias | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-05-21
The Mapuche community demands protection for political prisoners in the prisons of the Araucanía region of Chile after being exposed to the risk of COVID-19 due to lack of necessary care…
peoplesdispatch.org/2020/05/21/wallmapu-…

Amazon workers react to elimination of pandemic hazard pay
wsws.org | 2020-05-21
Amazon has terminated its unpaid sick time policy and will roll back the $2 per hour pay raise it implemented during the coronavirus pandemic, despite the rising number of infections.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/21/amsp…

A Machiavellian US in the Middle East
Jonathan Power | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-21
The war in Syria has dropped out of the news, like almost everything else, in a time when the Coronavirus seems to dominate all discourse and reporting. But the regime of Bashar al-Assad continues to strangle its own country. The Russians continue to bomb on his behalf, terrifying civilians and hospitals. The Americans work semi-clandestinely…
counterpunch.org/2020/05/21/a-machiavell…

Missouri executes 64-year-old man convicted on flimsy evidence
wsws.org | 2020-05-21
Walter Barton was executed Tuesday by lethal injection despite new evidence that had made jurors question his murder conviction.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/21/bart…

For Women in Qatar, Lockdown Is Nothing New
News Desk | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-21
When it comes to the issue of women's rights in the Gulf , Saudi Arabia is most frequently cited as the most repressive country in the region, and Qatar is widely regarded as the most modern in terms of human …
globalresearch.ca/women-qatar-lockdown-n…

Auto Workers union demands Trump wear anti-virus mask on Ford plant visit
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2020-05-21
YPSILANTI, Mich.–When GOP President Donald Trump visits a Ford auto parts plant in Ypsilanti, Mich., on May 21, the United Auto Workers demands he wear an anti-coronavirus face mask. He said he may, depending on specific parts of the plant he visits. But if past is prologue, given his visits to plants in Allentown, Pa., …
peoplesworld.org/article/auto-workers-un…

'Students Have Fallen Off The Face Of The Planet'
Staff | therealnews.com | 2020-05-21
Remote learning has created huge barriers to learning for low income communities of color, where four in ten families lack high speed internet access.
therealnews.com/stories/students-remote-…

Coronavirus infections surging in German refugee shelters
wsws.org | 2020-05-21
The forced placement of refugees in large communal accommodation facilities exposes many people whose health is weakened to a deadly risk.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/21/refu…

The Sure Way to End Concerns About China's "Theft" of a Vaccine: Make it Open
Dean Baker | cepr.net | 2020-05-21
In the last couple of weeks both the New York Times and National Public Radio have warned that China could steal a vaccine against the coronavirus, or at least steal work in the U.S. done towards developing a vaccine. Both outlets obviously thought their audiences should view this as a serious concern. As I wrote …
cepr.net/the-sure-way-to-end-concerns-ab…

Using 'economic recovery' excuse, Trump trashes all federal rules and regulations
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2020-05-21
WASHINGTON–Catering to corporate chieftains and right-wing ideologues, GOP President Donald Trump ordered all federal departments and agencies, large and small, to trash rules and regulations, and their enforcement. He used the excuse that doing so would help stimulate the economy to recover from closures due to the coronavirus pandemic. Trump did not specify which rules …
peoplesworld.org/article/using-economic-…

Australia: Twelve fast food outlets closed in Melbourne after coronavirus outbreak
wsws.org | 2020-05-21
Around 1,000 McDonald's workers have been stood down, and hundreds are in self-isolation.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/21/mcdo…

What Impact Has Coronavirus Had On Policing?
Staff | therealnews.com | 2020-05-21
Racial bias in policing has always existed, with tragic results for some. But has the coronavirus had an impact, or has it merely exposed just how deeply biased policing always was?
therealnews.com/stories/what-impact-coro…

Pandemic Inquiry Wars: Australia, the United States and the Coronavirus Investigation
Dr. Binoy Kampmark | asia-pacificresearch.com | 2020-05-21
asia-pacificresearch.com/australia-unite…

The US Is Trying to Dismember China by Promoting Separatism in Its Regions
Dr. Dennis Etler | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-21
The US Senate, on 14 May passed bill on the mistreatment of Uyghur minority in China. The bill demands President Donald Trump to sanction Chinese officials who partake in the violating rights and freedoms of Uyghur community in the northwestern …
globalresearch.ca/us-trying-dismember-ch…

Canada's official opposition attacks Trudeau for "appeasing" China
wsws.org | 2020-05-21
Conservative leader Scheer's inflammatory comment, likening the Liberal government's policy towards Beijing to British imperialism's attempt to reach an accommodation with Nazi Germany, marks a new high point in the Canadian elite's frenzied anti-China campaign.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/21/cach…

The Trump administration makes Taiwan latest front in anti-China campaign
wsws.org | 2020-05-21
The US has provocatively hailed the re-election of Taiwanese president Tsai Ing-wen and pressed Taiwan's case at the annual World Health Organisation (WHO) ministerial assembly.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/21/usch…

New Family of Synthetic Refrigerant Gases Poses Potential Dangers to Human Health and the Environment
Environmental Investigation Agency | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-21
Hydrofluoroolefins (HFOs) are being promoted as sustainable alternatives to climate-wrecking hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), which are widely used in refrigeration and air-conditioning and are currently being phased down under the Montreal Protocol. | HFOs are the next generation of synthetic chemicals being promoted …
globalresearch.ca/new-family-synthetic-r…

Frances Goldin and a Unique New York Story
David Thorstad | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-21
Death comes to us all but this is one that I feel acutely. For many years, I lived across from Frances on New York's East 11th Street, but I was not very familiar with her long history of housing activism. Our relationship began in 1981 when, overnight, little green trucks began towing cars supposedly illegally…
counterpunch.org/2020/05/21/frances-gold…

Why Thinking Makes It So: Donald Trump's Obamagate Fixation
Binoy Kampmark | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-21
The "gate" suffix has been wearing thin since the break-in scandal that gave it its birth. Since Watergate, virtually anything dubious and suggestive, and much more besides, is suffixed. Which brings us to the issue of President Donald Trump's predecessor, Barack Obama. Finding himself in hot water (did he ever leave it?) Trump has been…
counterpunch.org/2020/05/21/why-thinking…

Too Many Demand Too Much of Renewable Energy
Lance Olsen | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-21
Many have heard talk of coal miners finding new jobs installing rooftop solar panels. It's less often mentioned, but it seems just as likely that at least some coal miners will transition to new jobs in the metals mining basic to building those solar panels. Batteries for storing solar energy are also central to transition…
counterpunch.org/2020/05/21/too-many-dem…

From Plague to a Livable World
Evaggelos Vallianatos | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-21
The 2020 corona virus pandemic is not merely killing countless people. It is also having invisible but deleterious effects: psychological, political, and intellectual. Some people cannot cope with the severe economic effects of the plague, the constant barrage of bad news, and of being alone and isolated. They probably commit suicide. Others enter realms of fantasy and conspiracy. And still others, who know how to oil the wheels of power and influence, are taking advantage of America's corrupt Trump administration.
counterpunch.org/2020/05/21/from-plague-…

The Absurd Attacks on the ACLU
David Cole | aclu.org | 2020-05-21
On May 19, the National Review editors condemned the ACLU's "absurd" lawsuit against Education Secretary Betsy DeVos's new Title IX regulations, which govern sexual harassment and assault at schools that receive federal funding. They argue that we had sacrificed our principles by seeking to "weaken" due process standards. President Trump promptly retweeted it, though showed no evidence that he actually read it. But the National Review's criticism bears no relation to the lawsuit we actually filed. Our suit challenges provisions letting schools ignore serious claims of sexual harassment altogether. It does not…
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ICE Confirms More than 100 Deportation Flights to 13 Countries in an Eight-Week Period
Jake Johnston | cepr.net | 2020-05-21
On Tuesday, in a comment to CEPR's Americas Blog, an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) spokesperson confirmed that the agency had run 112 deportation flights to 13 countries during an eight-week period beginning in early March. This is the first on-the-record comment from ICE confirming the extent of the agency's deportations. Since late April, CEPR …
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Pandemic crisis: Tens of thousands of UK job losses announced
wsws.org | 2020-05-21
The jobs cull in the UK began in April as firms in retail and hospitality collapsed into administration after the imposition of lockdown, accelerating an already existing trend towards recession.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/21/ukjo…

What do laptops, children's shoes and fake oil spills have in common?
Extinction Rebellion | zcomm.org | 2020-05-21
Using their laptops and phones, and specially coded software, hundreds of synchronised rebels have bombarded websites, swarmed social media, and email blitzed major polluters and their enablers…
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Carrizo Comecrudo Tribunal for Human Rights: 'The Indian Wars are not over'
Teresa Gutierrez | workers.org | 2020-05-21
An important online tribunal

Rojava: statelessness in a time of pandemic
Anya Briy | zcomm.org | 2020-05-21
Lack of international recognition as a state has disastrous consequences on an area already suffering from war and displacement…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/rojava-statelessne…

A tale of two pandemics
Robert Reich | nationofchange.org | 2020-05-21
In one, billionaires are sheltering in place on their yachts in the Caribbean, and wealthy families are safely quarantining in multimillion-dollar mansions. In the other boats sit people risking their lives for their jobs and people without incomes going hungry.
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Pandemic: How big banks and big AG share blame
Eds. | mronline.org | 2020-05-21
Here in the U.S., agribusiness lines up with pharmaceutical and military contractors in terms of being a political force to be reckoned with and, in effect, help run the country. Their needs are protected so that these pathogens have the best lawyers on the planet.
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Pandemic Capitalism's Cruel Absurdity
Mark Harris | zcomm.org | 2020-05-21
Under conditions of a public health emergency, the venality at the core of the capitalist way of life is now exposed for the acute threat to life it actually is…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/pandemic-capitalis…

Comment: Trump's Pandemic of Ignorance
Bill Lueders | progressive.org | 2020-05-21
The United States is in the midst of a full-blown health care crisis, headed by a man who is not just monumentally unfit to lead, but actually deranged.
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California Gov. Newsom calls for 10% state worker pay cuts
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-05-21
San José, CA – On May 14, Democrat Governor Gavin Newsom laid out his plan to deal with a projected $54 billion budget deficit for the state of California. Included in the plan was to save almost $3 billion by cutting state workers' pay by 10%. | Eleven years ago, California state workers were furloughed for one to two days a month as part of the effort to cut spending after a large budget deficit developed with the deep recession and financial crisis. While the unions tried to fight this, the courts ultimately sided with the state government. The furloughs continued for five years, even though the recession ende…
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When the People Are Not 'We the People'
Badri Raina | zcomm.org | 2020-05-21
The attainment of universal adult franchise has had little bearing on actually transforming the labouring masses into equal stakeholders in a constitutional democracy…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/when-the-people-ar…

Corporate consultants Bain & Company size up Los Angeles schools
Sara Roos | peoplesworld.org | 2020-05-21
LOS ANGELES–While families have been scrambling to homeschool and accessorize their 20 million+ Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) GrabNGo meals, the District's Superintendent and improbably employed former investment-banker, Austin Beutner, has sought guidance from his own comfort-sector, the world of corporate management consulting. On Wednesday, May 6, LAUSD announced that Bain & Company will …
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Brave New Normal (Part 2)
C. J. Hopkins | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-05-21
My columns haven't been very funny recently. This one isn't going to be any funnier. Sorry. Fascism makes me cranky. I don't mean the kind of fascism the corporate media and the fake Resistance have been desperately hyping for the last four years. God help me, but I'm not terribly worried about a few hundred …
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The Slippery Slope to Despotism: Paved with Lockdowns, Raids and Forced Vaccinations
John W. Whitehead | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-21
"You have no right not to be vaccinated, you have no right not to wear a mask, you have no right to open up your business… And if you refuse to be vaccinated, the state has the power to literally …
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Organizing health care for patients, not profits
Taegan Stross | workers.org | 2020-05-21
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. I appreciate being given the chance to speak on such a critical topic as health care in the so-called United States. Many comrades have already spoken . . . | Continue reading Organizing health care for patients, not profits at Workers.org
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Migrant workers in Lebanon reach agreement with waste management company
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-05-21
Approximately 400 migrant workers were on strike for weeks after management of the Lebanese waste management company, RAMCO, started cutting their wages and paying them in Lebanese pounds instead of the contractually obligated US dollar…
peoplesdispatch.org/2020/05/21/migrant-w…

The Berries of Wrath: Prince Charles demands "hard graft" from furloughed workers
wsws.org | 2020-05-21
The Tories have long desired to replace cheap migrant labour with a native workforce so reduced to penury that they too will do backbreaking work for a pittance.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/21/frui…

Trump Admin. Punishes Renewables While Bailing Out Oil and Gas
Christian Correa | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-21
Trump's Interior Department is demanding payment from the past two years from solar and wind projects on federal lands, Reuters is reporting. The move, described as a "multi-million-dollar hit" to the wind and solar industries, is a stark contras…
globalresearch.ca/trump-admin-punishes-r…

Ukraine's Port Odessa Welcomes First U.S. Crude Oil Cargo. Undermines Russia's Oil and Gas
Tsvetana Paraskova | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-21
The Ukrainian port Odessa on the Black Sea will receive its first-ever crude oil cargo of WTI Crude from the United States, after the U.S. shipped its first oil to Ukraine just last year as it looks to wean off …
globalresearch.ca/ukraine-port-odessa-we…

The Cynical Actors Surrounding Tara Reade
Andrew Stewart | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-21
At the outset, let me be absolutely clear that I have a particularly heightened level of sensitivity to matters of gender and violence against women. Almost everyone has either met someone with some kind of #MeToo story or, alternatively, has experienced gender-based violence in some form. But with that said, there's a metric ton of…
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Canada Missing in Action on Israel's Proposed Annexation of the West Bank
Michael Lynk | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-21
The leaders of the two of Israel's largest political parties

The 'Clean Break' Doctrine: A Modern-Day Sykes-Picot Waging War and Havoc in the Middle East
Cynthia Chung | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-21
In 1996 a task force, led by Richard Perle, produced a policy document titled "A Clean Break: A New Strategy for Securing the Realm" for Benjamin Netanyahu, who was then in his first term as Prime Minister of …
globalresearch.ca/clean-break-doctrine-w…

Demanded by Israel's Radical Right-wing and Settler Movement, Annexation Has Become Netanyahu's Crutch
Michael Jansen | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-21
Israel's latest "national unity" government has, for the time being, ended 500 days of internal political crisis, the longest in Israel's 72-year history. At the same time, Israel embarked on an external political crisis over the potential annexation of occupied …
globalresearch.ca/annexation-netanyahu/5…

VIRUS: COVID-19 registry first to track global ICU experience to shed light on trends in care of critically ill patients
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org | 2020-05-21
MOUNT PROSPECT, Ill

Mayo Clinic launches radio campaign to encourage recovered patients of COVID-19 to donate plasma
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org | 2020-05-21
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: The "Quarantine 15"
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org | 2020-05-21
It's being called the "Quarantine 15" online

Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: Ethnic disparities and COVID-19
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org | 2020-05-21
As COVID-19 continues to take hundreds of lives each day in the U.S., public health officials say minorities are being affected disproportionately. Early data shows that African Americans and other U.S. ethnic minorities have contracted COVID-19 at a higher rate and experience greater sickness and a higher death rate than other Americans. On the Mayo …
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Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: Mayo Clinic expands in-person care
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org | 2020-05-21
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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New collaboration on COVID-19 response to include new serology test
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org | 2020-05-21
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 | 2020-05-21
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 researchers, minority communities team up to combat COVID-19 health disparities
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org | 2020-05-21
Rochester, Minn.

Mayo Clinic Q and A: COVID-19 and people with disabilities
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org | 2020-05-21
Dear Mayo Clinic: My father, who suffers from Lou Gehrig's disease, lives with me and my family, including three children. While my husband can work at home, I am still required to go on-site for my job. Although I practice social distancing, I am wondering if I need to do anything differently in caring for …
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Mayo Clinic encourages patients to practice good hand hygiene
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org | 2020-05-21
Mayo Clinic has placed reminders about good hand hygiene and also has placed hand sanitizer stations around campus to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Amy Williams, M.D., Mayo Clinic executive dean for practice, illustrates how to properly apply hand sanitizer. Watch: Mayo Clinic encourages patients to practice good hand hygiene youtu.be/NSohxy0aP9A Journalists: Video is …
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Updated visitor policy: Mayo Clinic limits number of visitors during COVID-19 response
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org | 2020-05-21
ROCHESTER, Minn. ? To support the best safety for patients and staff, Mayo Clinic is currently limiting the number of outpatient and hospital visitors? UPDATED: Friday, May 15 As Mayo Clinic continues to monitor our communities for the spread of COVID-19, updates have been made to visitor restrictions at all Mayo Clinic sites. The ongoing …
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Mayo Clinic expands in-person care on all campuses
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org | 2020-05-21
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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Spring cleaning takes on a new importance during COVID-19 pandemic
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org | 2020-05-21
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released reopening guidelines for cleaning and disinfecting public spaces, workplaces, businesses, schools and homes. Dr. Gregory Poland, a Mayo Clinic infectious diseases expert, suggests taking a practical approach to spring cleaning. If no one in your household has been infected, he says standard spring cleaning practices …
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FDA issues emergency use authorization for algorithm designed to improve detection of heart failure during COVID-19
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org | 2020-05-21
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 Q&A podcast: COVID-19 news briefing
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org | 2020-05-21
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.org/discussion/ma…

Packing on pounds during COVID-19 and how to turn it around
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org | 2020-05-21
If you've gained weight during the COVID-19 pandemic, you aren't alone. The "Quarantine 15"

Convalescent plasma advocate donates at Mayo Clinic
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org | 2020-05-21
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.org/discussion/co…

Scotland's Sturgeon Unveils Lockdown Exit Plan, Lifting Restrictions From 28 May
sputniknews.com | 2020-05-21
According to Nicola Sturgeon's plan, Scotland will be reopening in four stages over the nex few months, with "phase one" beginning as early as next Thursday.
sputniknews.com/uk/202005211079375058-sc…

Nicola Sturgeon Is Leading Scotland Out of Lockdown, and Out of the UK
Johanna Ross | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-21
Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has been voted the UK's 'most impressive' politician according to a recent poll. The survey, carried out by Press Gazette, asked 2700 people who they thought was doing best at handling the current crisis. …
globalresearch.ca/nicola-sturgeon-scotla…

Medical professionals: 'COVID-19 in institutions is a significant risk'
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2020-05-21
Refugees & migrants David IsaacsIssue 1266 Australia COVID-19 Mantra Hotel detainees Kangaroo Point detaineesM…
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Elimination of Zionist regime doesn't mean eliminating Jews: Leader
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-21
TEHRAN, May 21 (MNA)

Dangerous Hurricane Season To Open Amidst COVID-19
Astrid Caldas | commondreams.org | 2020-05-21
Imagine one million people on the move right now, all trying to find safe shelter. (Photo: NASA) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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'This Is My Retirement': Trump's Covid-19 Vaccine Czar Refuses to Sell Stock Holdings of Major Drug Company
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-05-21
The chief adviser overseeing President Donald Trump's task force aimed at discovering a Covid-19 vaccine by the end of 2020 has refused to divest his shares in his former pharmaceutical company, GlaxoSmithKline. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Demanding Greater Say in Covid-19 Safety Policies, Just 9% of Walmart Workers Report Ability to Socially Distance at Work
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-05-21
The labor rights movement United for Respect released polling data showing that months after companies across the U.S. implemented various social distancing measures, employees at Walmart are reporting that the company is still not keeping its workers safe. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Getting a Covid-19 Education: From Race to the Top to a Plunge to the Bottom
Stan Karp | commondreams.org | 2020-05-21
From a rally for public education in Washington D.C. in July 2017. (Photo: Bob Korn) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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With Covid-19 Raging, Warnings of Worse-Than-Usual Hurricane Season Point to Trouble Ahead
Eoin Higgins, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-05-21
"Hurricane season is about to start and its risks will only grow and potentially compound any impacts from the pandemic." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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The Wuhan Hoax
Bob Dreyfuss | commondreams.org | 2020-05-21
But the Trump administration's zeal in shifting attention from its own bungling of the Covid-19 crisis to China's alleged culpability in creating a global pandemic only raises tensions precipitously between the planet's two great powers at a terrible moment. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Now Is the Time to Practice Beauty
Sandra Lubarsky | commondreams.org | 2020-05-21
In this time of the great disruptions brought on by the coronavirus, the practice of beauty keeps us centered on the ultimate importance and worth of the world in which we live. (Photo: Flickr/cc) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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"Tom Perez's Worst Nightmare": Newly Elected DNC Member RL Miller to Push Dems on Climate
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-05-21
RL Miller, founder of the advocacy group Climate Hawks Vote, was elected to the Democratic National Committee last Friday—and she intends to push the Democratic Party's governing body to improve how it handles the climate crisis and fossil fuel industry, according to a Thursday interview in Emily Atkin's HEATED newsletter. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Rethinking Public Safety: Trust vs. Force
Robert C. Koehler | commondreams.org | 2020-05-21
We must disarm our concept of social order. This means a different sort of training for police officers—less target practice, more psychological awareness. (Photo: Kevin Cortopassi/Flickr/cc) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Despite Deadly Pandemic, Trump Says: "We Don't Want Anybody to Do Mail-in Ballots"
Eoin Higgins, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-05-21
"Five states already have all-mail elections—Colorado, Hawaii, Oregon, Utah, and Washington." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Pandemic Capitalism's Cruel Absurdity
Mark Harris | commondreams.org | 2020-05-21
The United States has long established itself as the neoliberal superstar, the modern nation with the most wealth inequality, threadbare social safety net, and thoroughly corporatized political leaders from both major parties. (Photo: Erik McGregor/LightRocket via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Fink Thinks BlackRock Already 'Operates in Accordance' With New Purpose of a Corporation
commondreams.org | 2020-05-21
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The Proposed Nile Dam Is A Wedge Between Egypt, Ethiopia, And Sudan
Staff | therealnews.com | 2020-05-21
The plan to build a giant hydroelectric dam on the Nile River is a cornerstone in Ethiopia's economic development strategy, but is fiercely opposed by President Abdel Fatah Al-Sisi in Egypt.
therealnews.com/stories/proposed-nile-ri…

Police watchdog rejects criminal probe into PM over public money and access given to Jennifer Arcuri
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-05-21
Boris Johnson will not be the subject of a criminal investigation by the police watchdog over allegations that he used his position while London mayor to benefit and reward US businesswoman Jennifer Arcuri.The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) said on 21 May that it would not be launching a probe into the prime minister following claims of misconduct in public office, which he denies.But the London Assembly said it will resume its own investigation into allegations that Arcuri received thousands of pounds in public money and privileged access to three foreign trade trips led by Johnson when he headed C…
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Israel Uses COVID To Further Infiltrate US Cybersecurity & US Gov Sets Fire To Wheat Crops In Syria
Ryan Cristián | thelastamericanvagabond.com | 2020-05-21
Welcome to The Daily Wrap Up, a concise show dedicated to bringing you the most relevant independent news, as we see it, from the last 24 hours (5/21/19). As always, take the information discussed in the video below and research it for yourself, and come to your own conclusions. Anyone telling you what the truth …
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Bob Langer The Coronavirus "Common Denominator" Tied To Charles Lieber & Israel's NY "Smart Cities"
Ryan Cristián | thelastamericanvagabond.com | 2020-05-21
Welcome to The Daily Wrap Up, a concise show dedicated to bringing you the most relevant independent news, as we see it, from the last 24 hours (5/20/19). As always, take the information discussed in the video below and research it for yourself, and come to your own conclusions. Anyone telling you what the truth …
thelastamericanvagabond.com/daily-wrap-u…

Covid-19 Isn't the Only American Health Epidemic
Augie Lindmark | thenation.com | 2020-05-21
Covid-19 Isn't the Only American Health Epidemic…
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How the Covid-19 Lockdown Is Reshaping Uighur Activism
Andrew McCormick | thenation.com | 2020-05-21
How the Covid-19 Lockdown Is Reshaping Uighur Activism…
thenation.com/article/activism/coronavir…

Turkey distributes food aid to hundreds in Lesotho
yenisafak.com | 2020-05-21
Turkey's state-run aid agency distributed food aid in Lesotho to hundreds of vulnerable families and fasting Muslims affected by the economic impact of the novel coronavirus."The distribution was done in four districts of Lesotho, which include, Maseru, Berea, Leribe and Botha Bothe," the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) told Anadolu Agency on Thursday.TIKA said the food aid was meant to help fasting Muslims during the month of Ramadan as well as vulnerable non-Muslims affected by the restrictions introduced to curb the spread of COVID-19, which have stopped millions from working for several wee…
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Turkey says Haftar forces will be 'legitimate target' if Ankara's interests attacked
yenisafak.com | 2020-05-21
Turkey reiterated Thursday it will respond to putschists Khalifa Haftar's elements in Libya as a "legitimate target" if they attack Turkey's interests in the country."We remind it once again that in case of targeting Turkish interests in Libya, this will have very heavy consequences and the putschist Haftar elements will be considered as a legitimate target," Hami Aksoy, a spokesman for the Foreign Ministry, said in a written statement.Aksoy's statement came after eastern Libya-based renegade Gen. Haftar's militias said they would target Turkish forces and interests."It is noteworthy that the statement, which is…
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Turkey's virus guidelines 'sensible, working': US envoy
yenisafak.com | 2020-05-21
The US ambassador in Ankara on Thursday praised Turkey's handling of the coronavirus pandemic, saying the guidelines are "sensible" and "working.""We have high regard for the care and attention that Turkish officials have given to protecting all those who live in Turkey from this disease," David Satterfield told Anadolu Agency.Saying that the US Embassy and Consulate communities are following Turkish Government guidelines, Satterfield added: "They're sensible and appear to us to be working.""We all hope for a period when COVID-19 is something in the past, as opposed to dominating everything about the present," he…
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Healthcare workers 'face violence' for pandemic work
yenisafak.com | 2020-05-21
The International Council of Nurses (ICN) on Thursday said its global network has informed it of "highly concerning" reports of mounting violence aimed directly at nurses and other healthcare workers on the frontline of the COVID-19 pandemic."Violence against nurses and other healthcare workers has always been a serious issue, but it should never be accepted as part of the job," states an article published in British medical journal The Lancet.It is co-authored by ICN chief executive officer Howard Catton who told journalists covering the UN in Geneva last week that the association estimated that nearly 100,000 h…
yenisafak.com/en/life/healthcare-workers…

China's Wuhan says conducted 887,321 COVID-19 tests on May 20
yenisafak.com | 2020-05-21
The city of Wuhan, the original epicentre of the new coronavirus outbreak in China, conducted 887,321 nucleic acid tests on May 20, the local health authority said on Thursday, compared with 856,128 a day earlier.Wuhan kicked off a campaign on May 14 to look for asymptomatic carriers – infected people who show no outward sign of illness – after confirming on May 9-10 its first cluster of COVID-19 infections since its release from a virtual lockdown on April 8.
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Amazon taps into food delivery services in India
yenisafak.com | 2020-05-21
Amazon.com Inc is rolling out services to deliver food in India, pitting it against established players Swiggy and Zomato in a market that has seen explosive growth in the last few years.Amazon already has a strong presence in India with its e-commerce business and the food delivery services would only add an attractive option for the company that has been investing heavily in the country."Customers have been telling us for some time that they would like to order prepared meals on Amazon in addition to shopping for all other essentials," an Amazon spokesperson said in a statement, adding that the company had roll…
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Eurozone PMI hits 3-month high in May amid pandemic
yenisafak.com | 2020-05-21
The Eurozone Purchasing Manager Index (PMI) recorded the three-month high in May after seeing all-time low last month, according to a flash estimate on Thursday.The PMI, which dropped to 13.6 in April, rose to 30.5 this month, a report by the London-based global data firm IHS Markit said."The eurozone economy remained stuck in its deepest downturn ever recorded in May due to ongoing measures taken to control the coronavirus disease," it stated."However, the rate of decline eased as parts of the economy started to emerge from lockdowns."The report warned that social distance and other measures continue to affect s…
yenisafak.com/en/world/eurozone-pmi-hits…

France: End of lockdown sees bicycle use balloon
yenisafak.com | 2020-05-21
Since the coronavirus lockdown was lifted in France, bicycle usage has gone up 44% nationwide, as reported by cycling advocacy group Velo et Territoire. | The data was gathered by 182 counters who counted bicycles on popular cycling routes nationwide. | Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo has pushed for the continued use of bikes throughout the Paris region during the crisis, feeling it was the right move to keep traffic at bay, thus reducing the spread of infection where possible. | To that end, Paris will add 50 kilometers of temporary cycling lanes, while towns and villages in the region will add 150 km of lanes. | The F…
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EasyJet to restart some flights in June with compulsory masks
yenisafak.com | 2020-05-21
British low-cost airline easyJet said it would restart a small number of flights on June 15, becoming the latest airline to plan for the return of European travel by making face masks mandatory onboard.EasyJet's planes have been grounded since late March when the novel coronavirus spread across Europe. The airline said it would restart primarily domestic flights in Britain and France, before adding other destinations.Flights would restart with new safety measures including the wearing of masks by passengers and cabin crew, enhanced cleaning of aircraft and no food service onboard.EasyJet shares, which have sunk 6…
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Over 2.4M more Americans file jobless claims: US Labor Dept
yenisafak.com | 2020-05-21
More than 2.4 million more Americans filed for unemployment benefits last week as the novel coronavirus continues to hammer the US economy, the Labor Department said Thursday.Approximately 2.43 million jobless claims were filed, representing a week-on-week fall of 249,000. The figure has been shy of 3 million for a second week in a row since mid-March.The nine-week total for those who lost their jobs during the pandemic now tops 38.6 million.Though the pandemic has caused the biggest loss in US history by far, the figures indicate that losses are slowing for a seventh straight week after a peak of 6.9 million in…
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Dining dummies help cafe-goers keep a fashionable distance in Vilnius
yenisafak.com | 2020-05-21
Mannequins dressed in clown hats and couture frocks have taken up seats in restaurants in Lithuania's capital, to coax real customers back after the coronavirus lockdown and help them out with social distancing.Bernie ter Braak said he came up with the idea when he reopened his Cozy restaurant in Vilnius' old town and saw how empty it looked.Even when customers started coming back in, he had to obey restrictions and keep every second table clear, killing the atmosphere.So he asked local designers to dress up some mannequins and seat them at the quarantined tables."When we had all the mannequins sitting in their p…
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Libyan Army enters downtown al-Asabaa
yenisafak.com | 2020-05-21
The Libyan Army on Thursday entered al-Asabaa downtown after clashes with warlord Khalifa Haftar's militia.Libya Al-Ahrar TV channel cited unnamed military source as saying the army launched an attack on the remnants of Haftar's militia, who had escaped from the al-Watiya airbase.On Wednesday, the Libyan army said it was in progress towards liberating the town located 100 kilometers (62 miles) of the capital Tripoli from Haftar's militia.Local tribes in al-Asabaa announced their support to the Libyan government on the same day.Libya's army on Monday retook al-Watiya Airbase, a key facility now back under governme…
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US: FedEx to rehire two black employees after viral video
yenisafak.com | 2020-05-21
American cargo company FedEx said early Thursday it offers reemployment to two African-American workers who were fired after sharing a confrontation video with a white costumer."We are aware of the incident in GA [Georgia] that led to the release of two drivers employed by a service provider. We're offering employment while investigating to ensure an appropriate outcome," it said on Twitter.The company added that it takes allegations of "discrimination, retaliation, or improper employment actions" seriously.A driver of FedEx shared the video on Twitter Wednesday, which went viral within hours, saying he and a co-…
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Texas naval air station reports active shooter
yenisafak.com | 2020-05-21
The U.S. Navy said on Thursday it is aware of reports of a possible active shooter at a naval air station in Corpus Christi, Texas.The station itself tweeted earlier there was an active shooter near one of its gates and that the base was in lockdown.
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Active shooter at Texas naval air station 'neutralized', says US Navy
yenisafak.com | 2020-05-21
The U.S. Navy said on Thursday an active shooter at its Corpus Christi naval air station in Texas had been "neutralized," with one security force member injured in the events that unfolded in the early morning hours."Naval Security Forces at Naval Air Station Corpus Christi responded to an active shooter at approximately 6: 15 a.m. this morning," said the U.S. Navy Information Office in a statement."The shooter has been neutralized. One Security Force member is injured," it said, without providing details.The station itself said in a post on Facebook that the station remained on lockdown and the scene was not "cle…
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Al-Watiya defeat derailed UAE's Libya plans: Analysis
yenisafak.com | 2020-05-21
Al-Watiya had long been the main airbase used by the LNA in western Libya. This airbase was not only the main center of air operations but also the center of all land operations carried out by the LNA in western Libya. For this reason, the Libyan government controlling the airbase is a large loss for the LNA's military presence in western Libya. In particular, following this defeat the LNA can no longer provide military supplies to certain critical fronts south of Tripoli and western Libya. For this reason, LNA spokesperson Ahmed Al-Mismari announced the evening after the defeat that they would be "tactically" re…
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Al-Watiya defeat derailed UAE's Libya plans: Analysis
yenisafak.com | 2020-05-21
The legitimate and UN-recognized Libyan forces (of the Government of National Accord) captured Al-Watiya military airbase on May 18, after long-standing operations. Al-Watiya military airbase, southwest of the capital Tripoli

Sri Lankan president demands legal immunity for the military
wsws.org | 2020-05-21
The real purpose of Gotabhaya Rajapakse's defence and promotion of the military is to prepare for another savage war against the working class.
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Sri Lanka, Fight or Flight From International Organisations: In the Footsteps of US President Trump?
Tamara Kunanayakam | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-21
Speaking at the National War Heroes Commemoration Ceremony on 19 May 2020, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa declared that he will not hesitate to withdraw Sri Lanka from any international body or organisation that continuously targets the country and war heroes. | The …
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While parts of lockdown are like going back to the 70s, the Tories want to drag us back to the 40s
John Ranson | thecanary.co | 2020-05-21
The coronavirus (Covid-19) lockdown has made me even more grateful that I live in the arse end of nowhere. Or Norfolk, to give it its correct title. I've lived elsewhere, even on the fringe of That London for a few years. But now I'm two doors away from the house in which I grew up. The village has changed a lot in the *mumble* years I've known it. It's louder now, faster moving, more transitory. The shop has gone. The two women that I used to see daily, cycling slowly back from their work picking fruit and veg at one of the nearby farms, are probably just pictures in an album. | Lockdown hasn't brought the shop…
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Track and trace strategy coming late in the day, NHS leaders warn
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-05-21
The government has defended its position on track and trace, after NHS leaders warned that action to control the future spread of coronavirus (Covid-19) is coming late in the day.Security minister James Brokenshire said he remains "confident" that a test, track and trace system will be in place by 1 June

Police urged to review over 14,000 coronavirus fines after review reveals an 'outbreak of injustice'
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-05-21
Civil liberties groups and lawyers are calling for a review of more than 14,000 police fines for alleged breaches of coronavirus (Covid-19) lockdown rules over fears some have been "wrongly issued". | Police chiefs and prosecutors last week apologised after admitting that dozens of people have been wrongly charged under new coronavirus laws. | It followed a Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) review of all 231 prosecutions under the legislation in England and Wales to the end of April, which have either been stopped or ended in a conviction. | All 44 charges brought under the Coronavirus Act

Stop listening to the government and establishment media. It's time for ordinary people to take control
Emily Apple | thecanary.co | 2020-05-21
The Conservative government and its allies in the establishment media have made it clear that they don't care about the lives of ordinary people. | The UK has the highest coronavirus (Covid 19) death rate in Europe and the second-highest total number of deaths in the world; the reproduction rate (R number) hasn't consistently…
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The lockdown achieved a 35% reduction in emissions from British power production
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-05-21
The lockdown has seen an impact on carbon pollution, with emissions from British power production falling 35% on the same period last year. Meanwhile, renewables generated more than 40% of Britain's power in the first three months of the year

McConnell Vows to Block Benefits While Pushing Corporate Legal Immunity
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-05-21
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell vowed in a private call with House Republicans Wednesday that the enhanced unemployment benefits keeping millions of people afloat amid Great Depression-level joblessness will not be extended in the next coronavirus stimulus legislation, effectively endorsing a major income cut for a large swath of the U.S. population. | The boosted unemployment insurance

'Humiliating women': South Korean club slapped with record fine for placing SEX DOLLS in stands
rt.com | 2020-05-21
Angry fans have lashed out at FC Seoul and the club has received the largest fine in its history after the top-level South Korean K-League found organizers who unwittingly placed sex dolls in stadium seats guilty of misogyny. | Club officials claimed they did not know they were placing about 25 sex-dolls inside their vast stadium when they introduced the mannequins in an attempt to replicate the presence of fans prohibited from attending matches under public health guidelines aimed at curbing the spread of COVID-19. | One of the dolls carried the name of an adult toy manufacturer as part of a set of banners he…
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Selected Articles: Warmongering Amid COVID-19
Global Research News | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-21
To say that the public has become disillusioned and wary of constant doomsday media reports and news coverage is a gross understatement

Iran's population growth drops to less than 1% for first time
Tehran Times | iranian.com | 2020-05-21
The country's population growth rate has decreased to less than one percent for the first time over the past four decades, Seyed Hamed Barakati, deputy health minister for family and school population has said. The marriage rate in the country has dropped by 40 percent since 10 years ago, which is an alarm that threatens …
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Who Is 'Essential' to Our COVID-19 World
Andrey Areshev | strategic-culture.org | 2020-05-21
A Military Spouse's Perspective on Fighting This Pandemic | Andrea MAZZARINO | "When he first came home, it was tough." So Aleha, the wife of an airman in Colorado, told me. She was describing her family's life since her husband, who lives with chronic depression, completed a partial hospitalization program and, in March, along with other members of his unit, entered a pandemic lockdown. He was now spending full days at home with her…
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A Vaccine Might Mitigate COVID-19, but What About the Plague in Its Wake That's Not Novel and Is Spreading
Andrey Areshev | strategic-culture.org | 2020-05-21
RAIN | "Nobody's seen this I would say since 1917, which was the greatest of them all, the greatest of this kind of battle," the self-dubbed "wartime president" said. It's reassuring, no doubt, to a grateful nation on course to lose over 100,000 of its citizens to COVID-19 by month's end, to know that their health and wellbeing is the hands of a "wartime president" who once stated that avoiding STDs was the equivalent of the tour of duty he never did in Vietnam. When coronavirus deaths on his watch surp…
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Leading Neocon Directs Pentagon Middle East Planning
Andrey Areshev | strategic-culture.org | 2020-05-21
The Global War on Terror or GWOT was declared in the wake of 9/11 by President George W. Bush. It basically committed the United States to work to eliminate all "terrorist" groups worldwide, whether or not the countries being targeted agreed that they were beset by terrorists and whether or not they welcomed U.S. "help." The GWOT was promoted with brain-dead expressions like "there's a new sheriff in town" which, after the destruction of large parts of the Middle East and Central Asia, later morphed into the matrix of the God-awful belief that something called "American Exceptionalism" existed. | With a national…
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Art & Resistance in the Era of COVID-19 (Women's March)
Women's March | indybay.org | 2020-05-21
Online via Zoom…
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Tenants denied rent relief, as Trump Organization seeks rent relief
Lynda carson | indybay.org | 2020-05-21
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Covid-19 resurgence is a real possibility warns a leaked Pentagon memo
Lynda Carson | indybay.org | 2020-05-21
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Will Climate Matter in the 2020 Election during the Pandemic?
The Commonwealth Club | indybay.org | 2020-05-21
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Labor and Environmental Groups Ask Governor to 'Protect People and Not Polluters
Dan Bacher | indybay.org | 2020-05-21
"Workers in the fossil fuel industry, like workers in every industry, should receive direct relief during this crisis, and should receive transition assistance going forward as oil and gas production and use in California continues its inevitable decline."
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The Science We Need + The Science We Have: Internationalism in the Pandemic
Science for the People & partner | indybay.org | 2020-05-21
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#MakeThemPay: Rent Striking Tenants Car Caravan to Bay Area Corporate Landlord
Posted By Lynda Carson | indybay.org | 2020-05-21
#MakeThemPay: Rent Striking Tenants Car Caravan to Bay Area Corporate Landlord as Part of National Day of Action Organized by #CancelRent Movement!
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Florida, Georgia and Trump Are Lying. COVID Is Far From Over
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-05-21
COVID-19 doesn't care about your opinions regarding its threat. It can come into your house, fluff your pillows, breathe on your toothbrush, lick your doorknobs, rearrange your furniture and settle down for a nice long visit before you even know it's there. | By the time you figure out you have a guest, you yourself have become a vector spraying COVID into the wind like the fountains at the Bellagio in Las Vegas, because you've likely been infected for days or even weeks, and may never feel a single symptom. I…
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Trump's COVID-19 Disinformation Campaign Is a Preview of the 2020 Elections
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-05-21
In 2016, along with domestic pro-Trump propaganda campaigns, Russian operatives spread conspiracy theories and disinformation online in an attempt to sow political chaos and sway the presidential election. Now, the misinformation and conspiracy theories swirling around the COVID-19 pandemic provide a grim reminder of how disinformation continues to shape public discourse, with the 2020 elections only months away. Media watchdogs say homegrown disinformation is now a much bigger problem than for…
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