Daily Archives: May 25, 2020

2020-05-25: News Headlines

Andre Vltchek (2020-05-26). Hong Kong Rioters Should Never Fight Against Their Own Country. dissidentvoice.org For several months, Western mass media called the Hong Kong rioters, "pro-democracy protesters". It still does. But I began noticing a new, even deadlier, terminology. Now, the black-clad ninja-looking men and women that are periodically and violently clashing with the law enforcement forces are once in a while described as "pro-independence". Some Hong Kong citizens …

Larry Holmes (2020-05-26). Pandemics have a way of fomenting social revolutions. workers.org The following is a slightly edited talk given during the Workers World Party webinar "What Road to Socialism?" on May 16. Welcome everyone to this important national meeting of Workers World Party. I wish we could be meeting in person, but dire circumstances make that impossible. So we have to . . . |

Peter Koenig (2020-05-26). The Farce and Diabolical Agenda of A "Universal Lockdown" globalresearch.ca First comes the farce, an (almost) universal government lie around the globe about a deadly virus, WHO named COVID-19. The decision for a global lockdown — literally for the collapse of the world economy — was already taken at the …

Fight Back (2020-05-26). California: UFCW Local 770 wants Farmer John Vernon Plant closed now. fightbacknews.org Los Angeles, CA – As more than 130 workers at the Farmer John plant in Vernon have contracted the coronavirus, May 25, the union representing 1300 plant employees is calling for an immediate closure to ensure workers are safe and to keep all workers on the payroll with their full pay and benefits. | Workers at Farmer John, which is owned by Smithfield, have pressed the company for increased safety measures, workplace protections and information about infections at the plant. Information has been incomplete and safety measures insufficient. The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) is cu…

Pavan Kulkarni (2020-05-26). Strike action looming in South Africa as government downgrades lockdown. peoplesdispatch.org Business associations claim that health and safety protocols will be followed, but unions point to previous violations which resulted in a further spread of the epidemic…

Stephen Lendman (2020-05-25). First of Five Iranian Tankers Docks in Venezuela Without Incident. globalresearch.ca First some facts about international maritime law. | No nation may interfere in the right of other states to engage in international trade. | No nation may enact legislation, regulations, or take other actions that contravene international agreements, treaties, or a body …

Jamie Rowen (2020-05-25). Memorial Day: Why veterans are particularly vulnerable to the coronavirus pandemic. zcomm.org With the challenges posed by the situation today, veterans who were already lacking adequate benefits and resources are now in deeper trouble, and it will be harder to answer their needs…

Paul Cantor (2020-05-25). Memorial Day 2020 and the Coronavirus. counterpunch.org This year I won't be attending the annual memorial ceremony in Richard Kemper Memorial Park as I have been wont to do for the better part of a century. Unfortunately it, along with parades and picnics and similar Memorial Day events everywhere, has been canceled. Richard Kemper, my uncle, was killed on August 5, 1944

WSWS (2020-05-25). Memorial Day in America: 100,000 COVID-19 deaths surpass combined US combat fatalities in Korea and Vietnam. wsws.org A false narrative dominates the entire coverage of the expanding pandemic—that human life must be balanced against the "economy," by which is meant the economy of the rich.

Dr. Jack Rasmus (2020-05-25). Two Fictions of Mainstream Economics. 45 Million US Workers Unemployed. globalresearch.ca Mainstream economics consistently fails to predict the future. I'm talking about those 'schools' of mis-thought, ranging from Paul Krugman on the 'left' to Glenn Hubbard and other apologists of business and neoliberalism on the 'right'. | One of the favorite myths …

Fight Back (2020-05-25). A school's unique response to COVID-19. fightbacknews.org Chicago, IL – Instituto Justice and Leadership Academy (IJLA) is a small two-floor building that rests on the corner of Western and Blue Island Avenues in Pilsen, Chicago. At first glance you would notice the mural that decorates the wall – women of color with fists in the air, "La Lucha Sigue." You might ask yourself, "Is this a school?" and the first answer is: yes. Though, the more accurate answer is: "It's a home, a safe haven." | First, some vital context. IJLA (more commonly referred to by its original name, Rudy, after the socialist Rudy Lozano) is an options school. This means that our students are 16 to…

Ramzy Baroud (2020-05-25). Why Does Israel Celebrate Its Terrorists? dissidentvoice.org Israeli media and Zionist apologists everywhere are busy whitewashing Israel's globally-tattered image using the rare indictment of an Israeli terrorist, Amiram Ben Uliel, who was recently convicted for murdering the Palestinian Dawabsheh family, including an 18-month-old toddler in the town of Duma, south of Nablus. The conviction of Ben Uliel by an Israeli three-judge court …

Lyn Neeley (2020-05-25). Portland caravan supports essential workers. workers.org Large placards covered supporters' cars during the Portland, Ore., caravan for essential workers held May 21. It started at the East Portland Post Office, circled two Fred Meyer grocery stores and ended at Legacy Emmanuel Hospital. The event was hosted by Communities and Postal Workers United and attended by a . . . |

Monica Moorehead (2020-05-25). El imperialismo y el derecho a la autodeterminación. workers.org Esta es una versión ligeramente editada de una charla dada durante " øQué camino hacia el socialismo?" seminario web realizado por Workers World Party el 16 de mayo. Una de las cinco características que V.I. Lenin, líder de la Revolución Rusa, presentó en su libro de 1916, "Imperialismo: la etapa más . . . |

Staff (2020-05-25). Noam Chomsky on Trump's Disastrous Coronavirus Response, WHO, China, Gaza and Global Capitalism. democracynow.org How did the United States — the richest country in the world — become the worldwide epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak, with one person dying of COVID-19 every 47 seconds? We spend the hour with Noam Chomsky, the world-renowned political dissident, linguist and author, discussing this unprecedented moment in history, and its political implications. Chomsky reflects on the significance of the Bernie Sanders campaign, calling it "an extraordinary success" that "completely shifted the arena of debate and discussion" in the United States. He also responds to President Trump's cuts to U.S. support for t…

Noam Chomsky (2020-05-25). Trump's Disastrous Coronavirus Response. zcomm.org How did the United States — the richest country in the world — become the worldwide epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak, with one person dying of COVID-19 every 47 seconds?>

Manlio Dinucci (2020-05-26). L'esercito Usa riprende le grandi manovre in Europa. globalresearch.ca Lo US Army Europe (Esercito Usa in Europa), ´dopo attenta valutazione e pianificazione ª, ha deciso che effettuerà in Polonia, dal 5 al 19 giugno, l'esercitazione

Manlio Dinucci (2020-05-26). Exército USA retoma as grandes manobras na Europa. globalresearch.ca O Exército dos EUA na Europa, "após cuidadosa avaliaàßà£o e planificaàßà£o", decidiu que efectuará na Polónia, de 5 a 19 de Junho, o exercício

Richard Eskow (2020-05-25). Let's Honor Fallen Workers on Memorial Day, Too. commondreams.org Members of National Nurses United stand in protest among empty shoes representing nurses who have died from Covid-19 in Lafayette Park across from the White House May 07, 2020. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Matthew Rothschild (2020-05-25). Remembering Slain Peace and Justice Activists on This—and Every—Memorial Day. commondreams.org On this Memorial Day, and all the days to come, let's remember the peace and justice activists—including Rachel Corrie—who died while demanding a better world. (Photo: Denny Sternstein/AP) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2020-05-25). Nearly 200 Groups in Canada Vow to Fight for Covid-19 Recovery That Puts Human and Ecological Health First. commondreams.org "The choices we make now about how to recover from this pandemic will shape not only our health and economic future, but also the future of human life on this planet." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2020-05-25). Chomsky Says Trump a 'Sociopathic Megalomaniac' Who Made US 'Singularly Unprepared' for Pandemic. commondreams.org New comments from the renowned academic come after he accused Trump of wanting "to destroy the prospects for all organized human life… in the near future." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Swords to Plowshares Now (2020-05-25). Police State Terrorism for Memorial Day Weekend. indybay.org On the eve of a war holiday, Memorial Day weekend, recognized as the beginning of summer, Friday, May 22, 2020, the police state was out in full force wasting our tax dollars while we have 100,000 unemployed in San Francisco and 40 million unemployed nationwide, and perhaps 20,000 homeless in San Francisco and perhaps 1 million homeless nationwide.

Michael Harris from Dave Roos (2020-05-25). 2020 Memorial Day Weekend ~ From Historic Negro Bar Cemetery, we remember… indybay.org 2020 Memorial Day Weekend, limited opportunities to gather in a good way to remember May 1865 and the initial "American" notion of Memorial Day after the US Civil War. Earliest documented burial on Historic Rancho Rio Del Los Americanos, Negro Bar Cemetery was 1846… Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Tour.

WSWS Repost (2020-05-25). Bernie Sanders' Political Team: Don't Criticize Biden! indybay.org The coming together of Sanders and Biden underscores the fraud that the Democratic Party can be transformed into an instrument of progressive change.

RT (2020-05-26). 'Is that like Soylent Green?' Trump adviser calls American workers 'human capital stock' & triggers cannibalism-themed meme storm. rt.com A White House adviser has triggered a wave of memes and mockery online after referring to US labor force as "human capital stock," drawing countless comparisons to the dystopian sci-fi flick Soylent Green (spoiler: it's people). | In calling to reopen the US economy amid the ongoing Covid-19 crisis in an interview with CNN on Monday, White House economic adviser Kevin Hassett noted that the country's "capital stock" was still intact, adding that "our human capital stock is ready to get back to work." Though the comment was meant to express a simple idea, Hassett's jargonistic wording conjured up much darker im…

RT (2020-05-25). Is that you, Joe? Biden's mask-sunglasses combo covers entire face at first public appearance in over 2 months. rt.com Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden sported a face-obscuring combination of black mask and black sunglasses during a Memorial Day wreath-laying ceremony, triggering an avalanche of memes and derision from the Trump camp. | The former vice president ventured outside his home for the first time in more than two months to lay a wreath at Veterans Memorial Park in New Castle, Delaware, on Monday. Along with his wife and a Secret Service detail, Biden wore a black face mask, the color presumably symbolizing mourning. Coupled with his trademark black aviator sunglasses, however, the get-up left little of his…

RT (2020-05-25). 'Something like 10 principles': After 'solving' Israel/Palestine conflict & coronavirus, Kushner 'turned loose' on GOP platform. rt.com White House adviser and Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner reportedly wants to shrink the 56-page Republican Party platform to a one-page "mission statement." After Middle East peace and Covid-19, this should be a cinch. | Kushner has been leading the charge to downsize the sprawling document over the past six months, Axios reported on Sunday. The silver-spoon scion has been ruffling feathers within the Republican National Committee and the Trump campaign alike in his quest to whittle the platform down to "something like the 10 principles we believe in," two sources confirmed to the outlet. | Also on rt.com

en.mehrnews (2020-05-25). 'Wisdom still alive in parts of US', says envoy after Iran tankers reach Venezuela. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 25 (MNA) — Iranian envoy to Venezuela, Hojjatollah Soltani, in a tweet on Monday said the fact that the US has expressed no aggression against the Iranian tankers carrying fuel to Venezuela proves Americans' reasonability.

sputniknews (2020-05-25). New Jersey Opens Its Beaches for Memorial Day Amid COVID-19 Pandemic – Video. sputniknews.com New Jersey is the US state worst by the coronavirus after New York, with nearly 155,000 cases and more than 11,000 deaths.

Dante Strobino (2020-05-25). Safe Jobs Save Lives': N.C. union rallies to free prisoners, support city workers. workers.org Union workers and community members organized a car caravan protest in front of Neuse Correctional Institute in Goldsboro, N.C., on May 12 to demand the freedom of all prisoners. This was in response to the fifth COVID-19 related death of a prisoner in state prisons the week prior. At Neuse . . . |

Sue Davis (2020-05-25). Los migrantes lideran la lucha porque la 'reapertura' alimenta la resistencia. workers.org 18 de mayo: El Gerente Ejecutivo, (CEO siglas en inglés), de Ford Motors, Jim Farley, dijo durante una reciente conferencia telefónica: "La industria automotriz es el motor económico [de los EE. UU.]. Reiniciar todo el ecosistema automotor es cómo reiniciamos la economía ". (New York Times, 18 de mayo) Los . . . |

Anthony Pahnke — Jim Goodman (2020-05-25). Make a Resilient, Localized Food System Part of the Next Stimulus. counterpunch.org Consider the many problems in the meat industry. Workers ill with COVID caused temporary processing facility closures, putting our nation's meat supply in jeopardy. President Trump forced meatpacking plants to re-open by executive order, yet, further disruptions are likely. Roughly half of those plant workers are immigrants, living at or below the poverty line, forced to return to work, they are still at risk of getting sick.

Dean Baker (2020-05-25). The Sure Way to End Concerns About China's "Theft" of a Vaccine: Make it Open. counterpunch.org 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

Riccardo Bellofiore (2020-05-25). Econ-apocalypse: economic and social aspects of the coronavirus crisis. mronline.org In this historical conjuncture we are faced with the risk of a double temporality. The double temporality that I have in mind is that between saying, 'now let's make the economy restart quickly', adding 'later we will think about its contents'. It is an illusion. And a dangerous illusion.

Thom Hartmann (2020-05-25). The Next Death Wave from Coronavirus Will Be the Poor, Rural and White. counterpunch.org What do you call a crisis that kills a hundred thousand Americans? It all depends on who does the dying. At first, it seemed like it was mostly white people infected and/or killed by the coronavirus. As the scale of the coronavirus pandemic dawned on Americans during the month of March, most of the media

Marshall Auerback (2020-05-25). If the Federal Government Won't Fund the States' Emergency Needs, There is Another Solution. counterpunch.org Many states are now experiencing severe budget deficits as they cope with the combined collapse of tax revenues and corresponding expansion of spending brought about by the coronavirus. Although the most recent $3 trillion fiscal package of the House Democrats proposes significant funding for the state and local governments, the GOP and the president have

Barrie Gilbert (2020-05-25). The Mismanagement of Wildlife in Utah Continues to be Irrational and a National Embarrassment. counterpunch.org The greater sage-grouse, now threatened with extinction, once occurred in the tens of millions. It has declined in over 93% of it range in the Sagebrush sea in seven western states. This largest of our grouse may be on its way to oblivion if not protected by the Endangered Species Act, first proposed in 2003

Michael Uhl (2020-05-25). A Memory Fragment of the Vietnam War. counterpunch.org We billeted with the Infantry, but no one except Division up at Chu Lai had the reins on our unit. We gathered intel on infrastructure, came and went as we pleased. A lot of down time, lots of time in the local Ville at Mr. Hue's roadside food stand with the three tables under a rickety awning. Ba Hue served me the soup with the chicken feet floating on the surface, a delicacy she said. They'd taught me how to use chopsticks, and I pliered that delicacy to the side of my plate. They laughed.

Eds. (2020-05-25). Cuba applies very efficient national drugs to save critical and severe COVID-19 patients. mronline.org The CIGB-258, a peptide designed to reduce inflammatory processes, and the monoclonal antibody Itolizumab (Anti-CD6) have shown great effectiveness for the survival of critical and severe COVID-19 patients in Cuba, announced Friday Francisco Duran, national director of epidemiology at the ministry of public health.

Leila Rafei (2020-05-25). For Betty Riddle, Amendment 4 Win Makes Her A Part of Society, Not Apart. aclu.org Betty Riddle made sure she was first in line to vote in the Florida primary this year. At age 62, it was her first time voting. "It was one of the greatest moments of my life," she told the ACLU. Her family made her a T-shirt just for the occasion, which read first in line, first time voting. | As a Floridian, Betty was subject to one of the nation's harshest felony disenfranchisement laws. Before

Caitlin A. Johnstone (2020-05-25). How to understand all this China stuff. mronline.org The notion of "pre-crime" is the purview of dystopian horror fiction when applied to individual people, and there's no reason we should find the prospect of attacking and destroying for hypothetical future offenses any less insane on an international scale.

T.P. Wilkinson (2020-05-25). Privacy, Auricular Confession and Computer Viruses. dissidentvoice.org The original business with personal secrets The unilateral declaration of independence adopted by the slave traders and slaveholders in congress assembled, otherwise known as the American Declaration of Independence, is one of the most successful psychological warfare instruments of modern history. Alone it did not win the fight of the colonial elite against its cousins …

RT (2020-05-25). Japan lifts Covid-19 state of emergency, eyes new stimulus package. rt.com Japan is ending its Covid-19 state of emergency after a drop in infection numbers, and is considering a stimulus package worth more than $900 billion. | The government earlier ended restrictions on economic activity in 42 of the country's 47 prefectures, and has now opened up the remaining five regions, including Tokyo. | Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said: "We did not enforce restrictions with punitive measures, but we have been able to bring the outbreak under control in just a month and a half." | "I would like to say that we were able to show the strength of the Japanese model," he added. | Also on rt.com

RT (2020-05-25). Cummings REFUSES to apologize for Covid lockdown-breaking trip, cites child's health — but convoluted story triggers MORE scrutiny. rt.com After days of controversy Boris Johnson's top adviser Dominic Cummings has offered a lengthy defense of his 260-mile lockdown trip across England. However, his lack of apology has sparked fury and left many asking more questions. | Cummings held a press conference in the garden of 10 Downing Street on Monday amid mounting calls for his resignation from across the political spectrum and the public at large. | The 48-year-old claimed that none of his usual childcare options were available and his wife had become suddenly ill. Out of worry for the safety of his family at their London home he decided to travel acr…

George Wuerthner (2020-05-25). Saving the Lionhead Wilderness. counterpunch.org One of the most outstanding wildlands on the Custer Gallatin National Forest is the 43,759-acre proposed Lionhead Wilderness. The Lionhead lies along the Continental Divide and rises up above Hebgen Lake near West Yellowstone. The Madison River and Quake Lake on the north, while Targhee Pass on the south and Raynold Pass on the west

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RT (2020-05-25). Chinese media TROLLS Pompeo, depicting him using dollars to lure Hong Kong protesters to hell. rt.com A Chinese state media outlet has mocked Mike Pompeo, who is tasked with 'certifying' Hong Kong's autonomy, depicting him dressed as a sheep, seducing protesters with cash into falling off a cliff into the fires of hell. | The unflattering portrayal of the US Secretary of State comes from the CGTN, Beijing's international broadcaster, which lampooned Pompeo's involvement in Hong Kong protests in a cartoon on Monday. | It shows a line of zombie-like protesters, some armed with Molotov cocktails, standing in line to receive apple-shaped dollar grants from the hands of the top US diplomat. They then walk through a…

RT (2020-05-25). Mexico may create more jobs as 'biggest factory in the world reduces output' — Lopez Obrador. rt.com A slowdown in China's economy this year should allow Mexico to attract more investment and lure companies, Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Monday. | Lopez Obrador cited forecasters' expectations that China's economy will, in 2020, post its weakest growth in years, amid disruptions caused by the coronavirus outbreak. | "That means this big factory, the biggest factory in the world, will reduce its output," he said, referring to China. "And this gives us the opportunity, Mexico, for more investment to arrive, for companies to set up, for jobs to be created." | Lopez Obrador noted that the…

RT (2020-05-25). 'Better and safer': As Russia prepares to open up, prime minister urges citizens to holiday at home. rt.com Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin has advised citizens not to rush abroad this summer, stressing that the risk of Covid-19 being imported into the country should be minimized. | Yes, some progress has been made in the fight against the spread of the coronavirus infection, but we must remember that coronavirus was [originally] imported from abroad. | Read more | | "I ask our citizens not to rush… for just a few days of holiday, you could pay a high price", he added.

RT (2020-05-25). UK hospital SHUTS to all new patients due to 'high number of Covid-19 cases' as country prepares to ease lockdown further. rt.com A hospital in Somerset, England has closed its doors to all new patients – even emergency cases – due to the high volume of coronavirus sufferers already being treated there. | In a statement on Monday morning, Weston General Hospital said the temporary measure was implemented at 8am local time, adding that alternative arrangements have been made for new patients to receive treatment in other healthcare facilities. | "We currently have a high number of patients with COVID-19 in Weston General Hospital," said Dr William Oldfield, medical director at University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust.

RT (2020-05-25). Iran reopens major Shiite shrines after 2-month closure over coronavirus outbreak. rt.com Iran on Monday reopened key Shiite shrines across the Islamic Republic, more than two months after they were closed because of the coronavirus outbreak. | At Tehran's Shah Abdol-Azim shrine, worshipers had to wear a mask, walk through a disinfection tunnel, and have their temperature checked, AFP reported. The Imam Reza shrine in Mashhad in northeast Iran, and the Fatima Masumeh shrine and Jamkaran mosque in the holy city of Qom also reopened while observing health protocols. | Worshipers were shown on state TV crying and running towards the Imam Reza shrine as they were guided by attendants. | Iran has allowe…

RT (2020-05-25). WHO SUSPENDS trials of Trump-chosen hydroxychloroquine drug over SAFETY RISKS for Covid-19 patients. rt.com The World Health Organization has paused the clinical trials of anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine in coronavirus patients. It says the drug, notably taken and endorsed by US President Donald Trump, has raised safety concerns. | The drug's safety data is being reviewed by a monitoring board, and the trials have been put on hold, the WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told reporters. It was being tested as part of the Solidarity international program aimed at tackling the Covid-19 pandemic. | The UN health body took the step out of an "abundance of caution," said Mike Ryan, the head of the organization's e…

RT (2020-05-25). Finland to spend ‚Ǩ100mn on coronavirus protective equipment, respirators. rt.com The Finnish government said on Monday it plans to place orders for protective gear and respirators worth €100 million ($109 million) between June and August to fight the coronavirus and prepare for a possible surge in demand for the equipment. | The decision was taken despite infections from the novel coronavirus slowing in the nation of 5.5 million. Last week, children were allowed to return to daycare centers and elementary schools, as part of easing coronavirus-related restrictions. | "We are prepared for the fact that the disease situation may change in the future and the demand for protective equipme…

RT (2020-05-25). Palestinians start 'cautiously returning' to normal life in West Bank. rt.com Mosques, churches and businesses in the occupied West Bank will reopen on Tuesday in an easing of coronavirus restrictions, Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh has said. It is time to "cautiously return life to normal" now that infection rates have slowed, Shtayyeh added. | The Palestinian Authority declared a health emergency in March and imposed lockdowns after the first cases of the novel coronavirus were confirmed in the West Bank town of Bethlehem. The Palestinian Health Ministry has confirmed 423 cases of Covid-19 in the West Bank and two deaths. In Gaza, which is run by the Palestinian Authorit…

RT (2020-05-25). PM Markovic declares Montenegro first coronavirus-free state in Europe. rt.com Prime Minister Dusko Markovic on Monday declared Montenegro a coronavirus-free country, 69 days after it reported its first case and after 20 without a new one. Montenegro has reported 324 confirmed cases of Covid-19 illness and nine deaths, Reuters said. | "The battle with such a vicious virus has been won and Montenegro now becomes the first coronavirus-free country in Europe," Markovic told reporters after meeting a body tasked with combating the epidemic. The PM started the news conference by taking off his face mask. | In early March, the Balkan republic of 620,000 people, which relies heavily on revenues…

RT (2020-05-25). 'Orwellian dictatorship': Italian government to recruit 60,000 'civic assistants' to snitch on Covid-19 rule-breakers. rt.com The Italian government is preparing to recruit unemployed citizens to act as volunteer social-distancing enforcers, who will operate amongst the masses as life returns to a semi-normal state after the Covid-19 lockdown. | The government will publish a call this week for 60,000 so-called "civic assistants" to help perform control and assistance tasks — like reporting social distancing infractions or a lack of masks — during its reopening phase, to prevent non-compliance and a new surge in infections, AdnKronos reported. | The government will specifically target unemployed people who are availing of so…

RT (2020-05-25). 'Ever thus to tyrants': WATCH protesters hang effigy of US governor in anti-lockdown protest. rt.com Political leaders across the spectrum have condemned an anti-lockdown protest outside the state capitol in Kentucky during which an effigy of the governor was hung from a tree. | At least 100 people attended a Second Amendment rally at the state capitol in Frankfort on Sunday. Many of the attendees were armed and bore US and Gadsden flags that read "Don't tread on me," as well as placards which read "Abort Beshear from office," and "My rights don't end where your fear begins." | After a failed attempt to hand-deliver a letter calling for the governor's resignation, an effigy of Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear w…

RT (2020-05-25). Patriotic consumers in Poland were duped by store into buying Ukrainian cucumbers, Belgian carrots as home-grown, watchdog finds. rt.com A Polish supermarket chain has been caught mislabeling imported produce as home-grown, that country's consumer watchdog has revealed. The violation might result in a fine of up to 10 percent of the company's annual turnover. | Poland's patriotic drive to support indigenous producers has been put in great jeopardy by the Biedronka chain, a

RT (2020-05-25). Race you, NASA!: China confirms July launch of first Mars rover, which rivals Perseverance mission. rt.com With a window of opportunity to send robots to Mars opening in July, Beijing plans to launch its Tianwen-1 mission sooner rather than later, and it may come ahead of NASA's Mars 2020 expedition. | The two scientific missions to the Red Planet both involve deploying a rover on its surface, but for Beijing, it will be a first attempt to do so. The Chinese mission may start slightly ahead of the American one, however. China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation said on Sunday that it is targeting a July launch for the Long March 5 Y4, which is to deliver an orbiter and a rover to Mars. | Èï&osl…

RT (2020-05-25). Newly discovered Comet SWAN is now VISIBLE from Earth, but facing fight for its life as it nears the Sun. rt.com Astronomers keeping a close eye on the newly discovered Comet SWAN have discovered that it faces a fight for survival as it nears the Sun. But it's good news for skywatchers, as the space rock is more beautiful than before. | The comet, the official name of which is C/2020 F8, was discovered in late March by astronomer Michael Mattiazzo from Australia. All indications suggest it is likely to be the brightest comet visible in 2020. | It got its nickname because the first images of the fireball were captured by the Solar Wind Anisotropies (SWAN) instrument on the joint ESA and NASA Solar and Heliospheric Observa…

Joe Piette (2020-05-25). Racist, sexist, job-killing, union-busting robber baron appointed to head USPS. workers.org An earlier version of this article appeared in Labor Notes May 15. The Trump administration, COVID-19 and U.S. Senate reluctance to provide needed funding have put the U.S. Postal Service in dire economic straits. To make matters worse, newly appointed Postmaster General Louis DeJoy comes with 35 years' experience in . . . |

Gary Macfarlane — Mike Garrity (2020-05-25). Grizzlies, Lynx, Bull Trout and Elk on the Chopping Block for Trump's Idaho Clearcuts. counterpunch.org What would you do if you caught Trump's Forest Service trying to slip through huge clearcuts and bulldozing roads into an already over-cut area? How about if the Forest Service then denied the potential presence of endangered species the agency is supposed to be keeping from extinction, lied about the existence of a wild and

Aaron Maté (2020-05-25). US threatens nuclear arms race 'into oblivion' as it kills another treaty and mulls bomb tests. thegrayzone.com The Trump administration continues to undermine global arms control and increase the threat of a nuclear weapons race with Russia…

Gary Brecher (2020-05-25). How many dead Yemenis does it take to equal one Washington Post contributor? thegrayzone.com The War Nerd dissects reporting on Saudi Arabia to show how the corporate media cares more about a dead Washington…

Jesse Jackson (2020-05-25). Americans Have United Before to Defeat an External Enemy and We Can Again. commondreams.org People wait in line as SF-Marin Food Bank hands out 1,600 food bags at a pop-up pantry at Bayview Opera House in San Francisco, California on Monday, April 20, 2020. Work furloughs and layoffs created by coronavirus shelter-in-place orders are driving thousands to seek food assistance. (Photo: Scott Strazzante/The San Francisco Chronicle via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Mike Whitney (2020-05-25). The "Lockdown" Has Turned America Into a Despotic, Cash-Strapped Basket-Case. globalresearch.ca "… and when we look back on this in two years time, from the ruins of our economy and the ruins of our liberty, we will want to see some kind of justice, that the people who made this decision …

Jed Lehman (2020-05-25). Remembering Toronto Peace Activist Michael Lucas. globalresearch.ca Michael Lucas (born Lukac in Vysna Jablonka in eastern Slovakia) died on May 4, 2020 in Toronto. Lucas, (born on March 7, 1926) was a political activist, author, advocate of peace and socialism. | His family stated in his obituary: | "An …

Ali Salam (2020-05-25). Israeli Settlers Run Over Sheep, Burn Palestinian Crops near Hebron. imemc.org An illegal Israeli settler, on Monday, ran over and killed three sheep belonging to Palestinian farmers, while injuring a dozen more, in the al-Dirat village, near Hebron, in the southern occupied West Bank, according to local activists. At the same time, another group of illegal colonists reportedly set fire to …

Staff (2020-05-25). Anti-Fascist Group Targeted for Murder by Far Right Won't Back Down. truthout.org "I'm going by the name 'Doug,'" my contact said, explaining his pseudonym. "The reason is that Nazis want to kill us." | Doug is a member of Atlanta Antifascists, an activist group based in Georgia. We connected via a secured encrypted channel using the Signal app to obscure Doug's exact location and personal details. | His hesitation was warranted. | Days before we spoke, Jacob Kaderli, Luke Austin Lane and Michael John Helterbrand — three members of the white nationalist extremist organization…

Michelle Chen (2020-05-25). A Spontaneous Rebellion of Low-Wage Workers Is Rising Up Amid Pandemic. commondreams.org A man rides through as grocery store workers and others stage a protest rally outside the Whole Foods Market, in the South End of Boston, to demand personal protective equipment, added benefits if needed and hazard pay, during the coronavirus pandemic on Apr. 7, 2020. (Photo by Pat Greenhouse/The Boston Globe via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Declaration for American Democracy (2020-05-25). #Protect Our VOTE: Car & Tailgate Protest in Contra Costa County. indybay.org Pleasant Hill: RSVPs will be sent exact location to participate…

Leon Kunstenaar (2020-05-25). Life Model Art Rally to Protest Fort Mason Arts Campus Closure. indybay.org Awareness Raising Drawing Session protests cuts to much loved CCSF Arts resource.

LCLAA Sacramento (2020-05-25). CalOsha Do Your Job – Lives Over Corporate Greed-Essential Workers Are Not Expendable. indybay.org LCLAA Sacramento will be protesting the lack of protection by Cal-OSHA and demand that 1,000 new inspectors for inspection of California workplaces.

Qilin Li, Xiuli Ding, Geqing Xia, Heng-Gui Chen, Fenghua Chen, Zhi Geng, Luming Xu, Shijun Lei, An Pan, Lin Wang, Zheng Wang (2020-05-25). Eosinopenia and elevated C-reactive protein facilitate triage of COVID-19 patients in fever clinic: A retrospective case-control study. thelancet.com The combination of eosinopenia and elevated hs-CRP can effectively triage suspected COVID-19 patients from other patients attending the fever clinic with COVID-19-like initial symptoms. This finding would be particularly useful for designing triage strategies in an epidemic region having a large number of patients with COVID-19 and other respiratory diseases while limited medical resources for nucleic acid tests and radiographic examination.

Cesar Chelala (2020-05-25). Challenges of the Evolving Coronavirus Pandemic. counterpunch.org On May 19, 2020, two notable events occurred in Brazil: for the first time in the country, there were more than a thousand COVID-19 deaths and its president, Jair Bolsonaro, gave an interview via Instagram to the blog website de Magno where he said, laughing, "The one on the right takes chloroquine, the one on

WSWS (2020-05-25). Gulf States force India and other South Asian states to repatriate impoverished migrant workers. wsws.org The migrant workers, whose labour has helped keep the Gulf States oligarchs basking in luxury, are being deported as COVID-19 renders them an economic burden and political threat.

Ricardo Vaz (2020-05-25). US Blocks UNSC Draft Resolution Denouncing Paramilitary Incursion into Venezuela. globalresearch.ca The United States rejected a Russia-proposed UN Security Council (UNSC) draft condemning a recent coup attempt in Venezuela. | During a virtual session of the UNSC on Wednesday, Russian Permanent Representative to the United Nations Dmitry Polyanskiy presented a

Robert J. Burrowes (2020-05-25). The Elite's COVID-19 Coup: Fighting for Our Humanity, Our Liberty and Our Future. globalresearch.ca We are being utterly transformed. And the world is being utterly transformed around us. | Ostensibly, this is to tackle a simple virus. In reality, it is to achieve an elite design at staggering cost to humanity and to life generally….

Caitlin Johnstone (2020-05-25). China Derangement Syndrome: Notes From The Edge Of The Narrative Matrix. thealtworld.com ~ | Believing cold war is no big deal because nuclear war hasn't happened yet is the same as believing your game of Russian roulette is safe because the gun hasn't gone off yet. | ~ | There's no legitimate reason why nations can't just mind their own affairs and care for their own people. Having to read news every day about our government and its allies scheming to destroy nations which disobey them is severely disordered, and we should oppose it ferociously. | ~ | 1. We are in the middle of a slow-motion third world war between the US power alliance and the remaining nations which have resisted its aggressive at…

Steve Watson (2020-05-25). British Health Officials Suggest Coronavirus Vaccine Could be Mandatory. globalresearch.ca The British health secretary Matt Hancock said during a briefing that he hopes 'everybody would have the vaccine', if and when a coronavirus shot is rolled out, and did not rule out making it mandatory for every citizen. | Hancock was …

WSWS (2020-05-25). White House coronavirus task force labels Washington, D.C. area a hot spot as region begins reopening. wsws.org On Friday, Dr. Deborah Birx noted the "ongoing cases" throughout the region even as state and local officials have begun reopening their economies.

WSWS (2020-05-25). Dozens of Nashville, Tennessee, construction workers test positive for COVID-19. wsws.org Last week it was confirmed that 74 construction workers at an exclusive Tennessee prep school building site had tested positive for coronavirus.

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2020-05-25). Budget Cockups in the Time of Coronavirus: Reporting Errors and Australia's JobKeeper Scheme. asia-pacificresearch.com

WSWS (2020-05-25). COVID-19 spreads, deaths rise in US following return to work. wsws.org Tens of thousands of workers have been infected with the coronavirus at grocery stores, meatpacking plants, Amazon warehouses, and in other industries.

Luciana Tellez-Chavez (2020-05-25). This Year's Forest Fire Season Could Be Even Deadlier. counterpunch.org The world's forests could soon join the growing list of casualties of the coronavirus pandemic. The fire season is approaching for many. And governments grappling with COVID-19 are rolling back enforcement of environmental protections that are crucial for containing the fires. COVID-19 makes the effort to reduce forest fires more urgent, not less. This is

Alison Weir (2020-05-25). US Senate Quietly Approves $38 Billion for Israel Amid Historic Economic Downturn. globalresearch.ca The Senate Foreign Relations Committee quietly passed a bill yesterday to give Israel a minimum of $38 billion over the next ten years despite the ongoing devastation to the U.S. economy caused by the coronavirus. | The bill —

Robert Bridge (2020-05-25). COVID-19 Has Replaced Osama bin Laden as the Fall Guy for Lost Liberties. globalresearch.ca The government and media have dumped at the doorstep of the coronavirus many of the political, economic and social afflictions that are now ravaging much of the global population. In reality, they need to point the finger at themselves. | As …

CGTN (2020-05-25). How the U.S. Response to COVID-19 Failed and Caused Thousands of Deaths. dissidentvoice.org There have been over 1.6 million #coronavirus cases and nearly 100,000 deaths in the U.S. While many countries are gradually recovering, no turning point for the pandemic in America is on the sight. Lots of people are shocked at how America, the largest economy in the world, and a great country in the eyes of …

Thomas Hon Wing Polin (2020-05-25). Beijing Acts on Hong Kong. counterpunch.org May 22, 2020. The best, most hopeful day in the life of Hong Kong since its pro forma reunification with China in 1997. The day Beijing decided to face down its premier Special Administrative Region's legions of destructive, China-hating subversives — who call themselves "democrats" — and their allies in the Anglo-American Empire. The day

WSWS (2020-05-25). High COVID-19 infection rates among doctors and nurses in Germany. wsws.org According to the public health body Robert Koch Institute, more than 20,000 workers in German hospitals, doctors' practices, nursing homes and care services are now infected.

Taylor Barnes (2020-05-25). Trump Administration Quietly Adds Foreign Arms Sale to List of "Essential Work" globalresearch.ca Buried on the 18th page of a recently updated federal government memo defining which workers are critical during the Covid-19 pandemic is a new category of essential workers: defense industry personnel employed in foreign arms sales. | The

news.un (2020-05-25). Mozambique school children face 'catastrophic' fall-out from COVID-19: a UN Resident Coordinator blog. news.un.org School children in Mozambique are facing what a senior United Nations and World Bank official in the southern African country are calling "catastrophic outcomes" from the COVID-19 pandemic. By the UN Resident Coordinator in Mozambique, Myrta Kaulard, and Mark Lundell, World Bank Country Director.

Colonel Ann Wright (2020-05-25). Despite the Danger of COVID-19, the US Military Continues War Practice in Europe and Pacific and Plans for More in 2021. globalresearch.ca During the COVID-19 pandemic, not only will the U.S. military have the largest maritime military maneuvers in the world, with Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) coming to the waters off Hawaii August 17-31, 2020 bringing 26 nations, 25,000 military personnel, …

WSWS (2020-05-25). US juvenile detention centers record 474 COVID-19 cases. wsws.org As more information about COVID-19's effects on minors emerges, the virus's unchecked spread in the juvenile prison population is leading to deadly consequences.

James Bovard (2020-05-25). Will the Political Class be Held Liable for What They've Done? globalresearch.ca Politically-dictated lockdowns and prohibitions have recently destroyed tens of millions of American jobs. Politicians have effectively claimed a right to inflict unlimited economic damage in pursuit of zero COVID-19 contagion. The perverse incentives driving the policy have multiplied the harm …

Iroel Sánchez (2020-05-25). Fidel Versus COVID-19 and Beyond. globalresearch.ca Fidel began advocating the development of biotechnology, in the mid-1980s, insisting that the country would be a world power in medicine, despite the doubts of skeptics and taunts from his enemies | *** | The fact that Cuba's response to the COVID-19 …

Muhammed Shabeer (2020-05-25). "We won't pay for your crisis" peoplesdispatch.org The German Communist Party (DKP) proclaimed that the German working class would not pay for the crisis inflicted by the COVID-19 pandemic. They organized a meeting in Ernst-Wilczok-Platz at Bottrop on May 9 where DKP chairman Patrik Kà∂bele addressed the gathering. | The DKP has questioned, "where so much money suddenly comes from as a rescue umbrella for large industries, while the austerity measures in the healthcare sector push workers to the limits of resilience. With prices constantly rising, it is impossible for low-income earners and poor people to make ends meet, let alone to raise money for the nece…

WSWS (2020-05-25). Maquiladora workers expose deadly COVID-19 outbreak in Matamoros, Mexico. wsws.org A worker from a US-owned battery charger factory told the WSWS that management is forcing them to work despite a contagion outbreak at the facility.

WSWS (2020-05-25). Minnesota buys a warehouse to store bodies of expected COVID-19 victims. wsws.org The 75,000-square foot refrigerated produce warehouse has the capacity to store 5,100 bodies of persons expected to succumb to the COVID-19 surge in the coming weeks.

WSWS (2020-05-25). South Asian countries ease COVID-19 lockdowns despite sharp rise in infections. wsws.org The absence of health care infrastructure across the region means that huge numbers of cases are going undetected, and many are dying due to a lack of basic medical care.

Muhammed Shabeer (2020-05-25). Indian youth movement blazes a trail with COVID-19 mitigation initiatives rooted in solidarity. peoplesdispatch.org The initiatives of the Kerala unit of the Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI) have received widespread commendation for their comprehensive and scientific approach towards social solidarity…

WSWS (2020-05-25). Canadian medical experts warn COVID-19 will spike due to back-to-work push. wsws.org All Canada's provinces—including those where widespread community transmission of COVID-19 continues—are now lifting lockdown measures that slowed the pandemic's spread.

Various Contributors (2020-05-25). COVID-19 Global Solidarity Manifesto. zcomm.org We demand that when governments implement economic stimulus programs and re-open their economies they prioritize the needs of people over the interests of corporate, financial, and political elites…

WSWS (2020-05-25). More US grocery workers die from COVID-19. wsws.org An employee of Kings Soopers in Denver, Colorado, one of hundreds of supermarket workers who have been infected across the country, died last week.

WSWS (2020-05-25). Democratic governor extends Michigan stay-at-home order to June 12 while relaxing social distancing restrictions. wsws.org With COVID-19 still spreading throughout the state, Governor Whitmer extended the stay-at-home order even as automotive production ramps up and businesses are allowed to reopen.

Joyce Nelson (2020-05-25). Canadian Cities Hit by Pandemic Lockdown. Vulnerable to BlackRock's Privatization Agenda. globalresearch.ca More voices have been added to the urgent call for federal financial help to struggling municipal governments across Canada, hit by the pandemic lockdown. | On May 20, CUPE Ontario (representing 80,000 municipal employees) and the Association of Municipalities of Ontario …

Project Censored (2020-05-25). Episode 88 — COVID Chronicles: New Orleans. projectcensored.org Along the Line, is a member of the Demcast network, brought to you by the Media Freedom Foundation. On today's episode hosts Nicholas Baham III (Dr. Dreadlocks), Janice Domingo, and Nolan…

Project Censored (2020-05-25). Episode 90 — COVID Chronicles: Santa Clara. projectcensored.org Along the Line, is a member of the Demcast network, brought to you by the Media Freedom Foundation. On today's episode hosts Nicholas Baham III (Dr. Dreadlocks), Janice Domingo, and Nolan…

Project Censored (2020-05-25). Episode 87 — COVID Chronicles: Miami. projectcensored.org Along the Line, is a member of the Demcast network, brought to you by the Media Freedom Foundation. On today's episode hosts Nicholas Baham III (Dr. Dreadlocks), Janice Domingo, and Nolan…

Project Censored (2020-05-25). Episode 89 — COVID Chronicles: Worcester. projectcensored.org Along the Line, is a member of the Demcast network, brought to you by the Media Freedom Foundation. On today's episode hosts Nicholas Baham III (Dr. Dreadlocks), Janice Domingo, and Nolan…

Project Censored (2020-05-25). Episode 86 — COVID Chronicles: San Francisco. projectcensored.org Along the Line, is a member of the Demcast network, brought to you by the Media Freedom Foundation. On today's episode hosts Nicholas Baham III (Dr. Dreadlocks), Janice Domingo, and Nolan…

Paul Dobson (2020-05-25). Venezuelan Government Seizes AT&T Assets, Looks to Re-establish DirecTV Cable Service. venezuelanalysis.com The Texas-based multinational abandoned the country last week citing legal pressure caused by US sanctions.

Askiah Adam (2020-05-25). American Hubris Robust in a Cataclysmic Global Pandemic. globalresearch.ca Few can deny that a perfect storm is brewing and the early foundations for war are being set up by the obvious protagonists. That China has cancelled the dollar peg, in its stock exchange transactions, opting for the Chinese Yuan…

Wilfred Chan (2020-05-25). The Infinite Heartbreak of Loving Hong Kong. zcomm.org As China moves to impose a law that would criminalize dissent, Hong Kongers are facing a dark new era…

WSWS (2020-05-25). New Zealand opposition leadership change points to political instability. wsws.org The two-year tenure of departing National Party leader Simon Bridges was marked by sharp, inner-party divisions over New Zealand's relations with China.

Richard Falk (2020-05-25). Arms Control & Disarmament: A Failed Marriage. zcomm.org The linkages between contagious disease and climate change is too evident to ignore…

Shane Quinn (2020-05-25). The Cuban Revolution's Survival in the Face of Six Decades of US Attacks. globalresearch.ca Examining the introduction of communism to Cuba over 60 years ago, and the revolution's survival despite large-scale American attacks, one can conclude these occurrences would likely not have been possible without the involvement of Fidel Castro, the country's former …

Dr. Bassam Barakat (2020-05-25). The Illegal Burning of Syrian Wheat Fields by US Forces, on the Orders of Donald Trump. globalresearch.ca Doctor Barakat requested immediate legal action via the United Nations and the Syrian Foreign Ministry against the United States of America for its inhumane action in ordering and aiding the burning of Syrian wheat fields and other crops necessary to …

Caoimhghin àì Croidheáin (2020-05-25). Corrupt Elites: "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" globalresearch.ca "A prince being thus obliged to know well how to act as a beast must imitate the fox and the lion, for the lion cannot protect himself from traps, and the fox cannot defend himself from wolves. One must therefore …

Dr. Vandana Shiva (2020-05-25). Poisons Mean Extinction: For Bees and Humanity. globalresearch.ca "If the bee disappeared off the face of the earth, man would only have four years left to live." ‚Äï Maurice Maeterlinck, The Life of the Bee[1] | In the last 50 years agrotoxins have spread and are pushing bees …

Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (2020-05-25). VIPS Memo: To the President—Avoid Hostilities Over Iranian Fuel Shipment to Venezuela. globalresearch.ca MEMORANDUM FOR: The President | FROM: Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS) | SUBJECT: Avoiding Hostilities Over Iranian Fuel Shipment to Venezuela | Mr. President: | Recent U.S. rhetoric and actions against Venezuela — most immediately regarding Iran's shipping of gasoline desperately needed during …

Kit Knightly (2020-05-25). Report: EU Planning "Vaccination Passport" Since 2018. globalresearch.ca A report published by the European Commission in late 2019 reveals that the EU has been looking to increase the scope and power of vaccination programmes since well before the current "pandemic". | The endpoint of the Roadmap is, among many …

Nino Pagliccia (2020-05-25). Canada's Seat at the UN Security Council May be Coveted but Is Far From Being a Sure Bet. globalresearch.ca Next June the United Nations Assembly will hold elections at its 74th session for five non-permanent seats on the UN Security Council (UNSC) starting on January 1, 2021 for the period 2021—22. | The UNSC has 15 members five of which …

Kester Kenn Klomegah (2020-05-25). What Next if US Exits From Open Skies Treaty? globalresearch.ca President Donald Trump sudden or unexpected decision to withdraw from the 1992 Open Skies Treaty has posed unprecedented challenges, generated extensive debates among Russian politicians and experts, and equally worried are leaders in Europe and Asia. | Trump administration notified international …

Chuck Collins (2020-05-25). Billionaire Wealth, U.S. Job Losses and Pandemic Profiteers. zcomm.org The number of U.S. citizens filing for unemployment increased to 38.6 million since March 18, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Over the same two months, the wealth of U.S. billionaires has surged $434 billion — an increase of 15 percent…

Julie Hollar (2020-05-25). In pandemic, Sunday shows centered official voices, sidelined independent health experts. nationofchange.org While the Sunday shows have always leaned heavily on politicians, other public officials, and their surrogates, this skew is more pronounced than FAIR has found in the past.

IMEMC & Agencies (2020-05-25). Hamas's Political Head : No Prisoners Swap Deal without an Acceptable Price. imemc.org Hamas's political head, Ismail Haniyeh, reportedly said over the weekend, that his Islamist party, that rules the Gaza Strip, will agree to a prisoner swap deal with the state of Israel, only in return for an acceptable price. Haniyeh's remarks came on the eve of the Al-Fitr Muslims' Feast or …

IMEMC News (2020-05-25). Israeli Troops Shoot Palestinian Family Harvesting Wheat, Wounding Two. imemc.org Israeli forces on Monday attacked a family of Palestinians who were harvesting wheat on their farmland near al-Mughayyir village east of Jerusalem. The Israeli army was apparently called in by Israeli settlers who had earlier tried to harass the Palestinian family. Initially, the army issued a statement that two Palestinians …

IMEMC & Agencies (2020-05-25). Armed Israeli Settlers Shoot, Injure Two Palestinian Youths. imemc.org Palestinian media reports said, earlier on Monday, that at least two Palestinians were shot and wounded by armed Israeli settlers, in the village of al-Mughayyir, north of Ramallah city, in the central West Bank. Palestinian chief for resisting the Israeli Apartheid Wall and illegal Israeli settlement construction, across the West …

Ali Salam (2020-05-25). Israeli Authorities Demolish Palestinian-owned Structures near Bethlehem. imemc.org Israeli forces, on Monday, demolished a livestock barn and a tent, east of the southern occupied West Bank city of Bethlehem, Palestinian WAFA News Agency reported. Sources said the structures were owned by a local Palestinian, who was detained for several hours before being released. Palestinian security sources said the …

WSWS (2020-05-25). Global rental car giant Hertz added to growing list of US corporations filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. wsws.org The restructuring has already begun with Hertz laying off or furloughing about one fourth of its workforce, or 16,000 workers, since March.

Indivisible (2020-05-25). Indivisible: Demand Safe Voting Amid COVID19 Town Hall w/ Elizabeth Warren & more. indybay.org Online via livestream…

John Feffer (2020-05-25). In New Zealand, David Confronts 2 Goliaths. thenation.com In New Zealand, David Confronts 2 Goliaths…

The Commonwealth Club (2020-05-25). Challenges Facing LGBTQ+ Immigrants, Refugees and Asylum Seekers (webinar). indybay.org Online via livestream…

WSWS (2020-05-25). Boris Johnson defends key adviser over flouting UK lockdown rules. wsws.org Cummings was one of the chief advocates for Britain's "herd immunity" policy, based on the mass infection of the population with coronavirus.

sputniknews (2020-05-25). UK Prime Minister's Adviser to Make Rare Statement Amid Lockdown Trip Scandal — Reports. sputniknews.com MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Dominic Cummings, senior adviser to UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, is set to make a rare statement and field journalists' questions on Monday amid a scandal that came to light this past weekend after media reported that the adviser had flouted the country's lockdown rules to visit his parents.

graham (2020-05-25). Something more than a bit fishy about Cummings visiting Castle Barnard. truepublica.org.uk By Rob Woodward: Boris Johnson has offered full support to his embattled senior adviser Dominic Cummings but many questions still remain about the aide's actions, following allegations that he broke lockdown rules twice. The media are chasing this story down but they missed something really quite interesting. At the Sunday press briefing, Boris Johnson was specifically asked …

Johanna Ross (2020-05-25). UK Government in Crisis as Public Anger Grows Over Dominic Cummings. globalresearch.ca Boris Johnson and his trusty advisor Dominic Cummings are finished. That's the consensus much of the country has come to as people from all sides of the political spectrum joined together over the weekend to demand Dominic Cummings' resignation. Twitter …

Andrey Areshev (2020-05-25). Can NASA's 'Artemis Accords' Spark a U.S.-Russia Alliance? strategic-culture.org Amidst the global chaos and confusion unleashed by COVID-19, the need for a new global security and financial architecture is becoming clearer every day. Banks tremble upon the precipice of the The scale of chaos and death threatening humanity via the two-fold crises of economic collapse…

Kenneth Peres (2020-05-25). Murderer in Chief (Part Two): Trump's Gutting of Environmental Rules Will Lead to Hundreds of Thousands of Deaths. commondreams.org The Trump administration has attacked environmental regulations aimed at protecting people and the planet since the moment it came to power. (Photo: Mark Dixon/Flickr/cc) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2020-05-25). $3,278 ER Visit for Coughing Fits and Fever Amid Covid-19 Pandemic Highlights Failure of For-Profit System. commondreams.org A $3,278 bill that Timothy Regan received after coughing fits and a low-grade fever sent him to a Denver emergency room in early April—as the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in the United States continued to climb—garnered national media attention Monday as an example of how much the nation's for-profit healthcare system is costing Americans, particularly in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jon Queally, staff writer (2020-05-25). 'Here We Go Again': Richest Hospitals Sitting on Billions in Cash Got Golden Bailouts Compared to Those Serving Poorest. commondreams.org "If you ever hear a hospital complaining they don't have enough money, see if they have a venture fund." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Andrew Bacevich (2020-05-25). US Public Remain the Tacit Accomplice in America's Dead End Wars. commondreams.org A U.S. soldier fires an anti-tank rocket during a live-fire exercise in Zabul province, Afghanistan, in July 2010. (Photo: U.S. Army/flickr/cc) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

commondreams (2020-05-25). Federal Court Blocks South Carolina Witness Requirement That Would Put Voters at Risk During COVID-19 Pandemic. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Jon Queally, staff writer (2020-05-25). 'It Was Me Who Shattered 100% of the ISIS Caliphate,' Says Trump to Defend Golfing Amid Covid-19 Pandemic. commondreams.org www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

yenisafak (2020-05-25). Ethiopia setting record straight on grand dam on Nile. yenisafak.com Ethiopia on Monday briefed resident ambassadors of European countries and Americas about the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) under construction on the Nile River and latest developments in the technical, political and diplomatic developments surrounding the hydro dam.The briefing was held by Foreign Minister Gedu Andargachew and Gedeon Asfaw, an engineer member of Ethiopia's negotiating team.Tensions have escalated between Egypt and Ethiopia after the former complained to the United Nations Security Council on May 1 after Ethiopia announced its plan to begin first-phase filling of its $5billion hydro dam o…

yenisafak (2020-05-25). Trump warns he may move Republican convention site from NC. yenisafak.com U.S. President Donald Trump warned on Monday that he may move the Republican National Convention from North Carolina set for August if the event faces state social distancing restrictions as a result of the coronavirus.The coronavirus pandemic has forced Trump and presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden to halt campaign rallies. Some have raised concerns that the large formal nominating conventions that are typically packed with delegates could raise safety issues.Trump said on Twitter that if Democratic Governor Roy Cooper does not immediately answer "whether or not the space will be allowed to be fully occupie…

yenisafak (2020-05-25). Coronavirus death toll in Bangladesh crosses 500. yenisafak.com The death toll in Bangladesh from the novel coronavirus rose to 501, a government official said on Monday, as 21 more people lost their lives over the past 24 hours.In a media briefing, Nasima Sultana, director general health, said Bangladesh registered 1,975 COVID-19 new cases over the past 24 hours, the highest single-day cases since the outbreak in the country, pushing the tally to 35,585.Some 433 people also made recovery over the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of recoveries to 7,334, Sultana said.The death rate in the country was 1.41% and recovery rate is 20.61%, she added.Meanwhile, the novel cor…

yenisafak (2020-05-25). Italy to recruit volunteers to ensure social distancing. yenisafak.com In a desperate attempt to avoid a new wave of coronavirus contagions, the Italian government will issue a call to recruit 60,000 volunteers who will help people comply with the social distancing measures.The move came after thousands of citizens thronged Italian beaches, squares and bars to spend their first weekend outdoors, after the end of a two-month lockdown.Authorities, however, are worried that huge get-togethers and crowds in the cities' piazzas may provoke a new spike in the virus contagion curve, which has eventually started falling.The initiative of hiring volunteers came from the Minister for Regional…

yenisafak (2020-05-25). TRT launches Russian language news platform. yenisafak.com In a statement, TRT said it continued to increase and strengthen its foreign-languages broadcasting.The platform aims to be influential with its Russian coverage through informative and gripping interviews, reports and videos with an experienced news-crew.TRT Russian will focus on being an informative and balanced conduit of expression in the Russian-speaking world and across the globe. – TRT becoming international brandAfter TRT Arabic, TRT World and the German-language TRT Deutsch, TRT continues to move towards becoming a major worldwide brand.TRT Russian will play an active role in fighting disinformation and…

Andrey Areshev (2020-05-25). Biden Should Be Named in Criminal Probe in Ukraine, Judge Rules. strategic-culture.org Joe Biden should be named as an alleged perpetrator in a criminal investigation in Ukraine over the firing of former Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin, a Ukrainian judge has ruled. Shokin has alleged that Biden was illegally behind his dismissal in 2016 by threatening to withhold a $1 billion IMF loan to Ukraine if Shokin wasn't dismissed.

Andrey Areshev (2020-05-25). Cuba Is Punished for not Emulating the U.S. strategic-culture.org In April 2015, the Obama Administration removed Cuba from the U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism — a move in line with the diplomacy pursued following the release of the Five years later under U.S. President Donald Trump, Cuba is back on the U.S. terror sponsor list, joining Iran, North Korea, Syria and Sudan. The U.S. State Department notes, "Cuban's refusal to productively engage with the Colombian government demonstrates that is not cooperating with U.S. work to support Colombia's eff…

Lynda Carson (2020-05-25). The death camp known as Gateway Care & Rehabilitation Center in Hayward. indybay.org Coronavirus Covid-19 Pandemic…

AP (2020-05-25). Circuit Judge Tosses Out Governor Kate Brown's Coronavirus Restrictions In Oregon. indybay.org

Labor Videeo Project (2020-05-25). Nurses, Covid-19, Healthcare Crisis & Defending Public Health With NNU Pres. Burger. indybay.org Deborah Burger R.N. president of the National Nurses Union NNU-California Nurses Association CNA talks about the crisis in the healthcare system and the fight of the NNU-CNA to defend nurses, healthcare workers and the public.

Health Care Voter and partners (2020-05-25). Covid-19 Pandemic: American Indian Nations & Tribal Communities (Health Care Voter). indybay.org Online via livestream…

Artists for Amazonia, Amazon Watch, others (2020-05-25). Artists United for Amazonia: Protecting the Protectors during COVID w/ Jane Goodall & more. indybay.org Online via livestream | www.youtube.com/watch?v=N6tWbDM0jAY | or | www.amazonemergencyfund.org/

Staff (2020-05-25). Without More Federal Funds, Half of All Child Care Centers Could Close Forever. truthout.org As the days of a national shutdown stretched on, Aliya Johnson-Roberts knew she would have to start cutting employees' hours and laying off some of her staff. When her child care center in northeast Philadelphia closed its doors in mid-March due to the coronavirus, she immediately started to lose out on a large portion of her revenue: $7,000 a month in tuition from private-paying families, co-pays from families who receive state support, and money she would normally receive through a federal…

Staff (2020-05-25). Praising Emissions Reductions Due to Coronavirus Plays Into Right-Wing Strategy. truthout.org A study published in Nature Climate Change recently found that, in early April, daily global carbon dioxide emissions decreased by 17 percent compared to the 2019 mean levels. Because of shelter-in-place rules and businesses being closed, people have been driving and flying less, leading to lower emissions. | Shortly after emissions started dropping in March, the climate community was careful to apply nuance to the emissions reduction discussion: Less carbon dioxide emissions, while good,…

Staff (2020-05-25). Dubious State Testing Numbers May Be Screwing Up National CDC Reports. truthout.org Health officials in Texas, Georgia, Vermont and Virginia acknowledged this week that they have been The difference is a matter of timing. Viral tests — taken by nasal swabs or saliva samp…

en.mehrnews (2020-05-25). Iran ready to share COVID-19 experiences with African countries: Zarif. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 25 (MNA) — In a Monday Tweet, Iranian FM congratulates Africa Day, which reminds everyone of the Africans struggles against oppression.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-25). Harvesting damask rose in N. Khorasan province. en.mehrnews.com BOJNOURD, May 25 (MNA) — Farmers in Iran's northeastern North Khorasan province have started harvesting damask rose, a widely cultivated flower throughout the country. The rose water produced from damask roses is applied in pharmaceutical and perfumery industries.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-25). US not qualified to judge other countries: Iran Foreign Ministry. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 25 (MNA) — Iran's Ministry of Foreign Affairs strongly condemned a recent anti-Iranian report issued by the US State Department, saying that the report is continuation of psychological war against Iran.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-25). Homayoun Shajarian holds online concert. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 25 (MNA) — Iranian traditional vocalist Homayoun Shajarian held a concert at Tehran's Vahdat hall Sunday night, which was streamed online. He was accompanied by the Tehran chamber orchestra, led by Bardia Kiaras.

sputniknews (2020-05-25). Head of French LREM Party Says Former Health Minister Determined to Become Paris Mayor. sputniknews.com MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Stanislas Guerini said he was convinced that former health minister and current LREM candidate Agnes Buzyn in the municipal elections in Paris, is determined to win the second round of the elections set for 28 June, though her position has weakened following her criticism of how the government is handling the COVID-19 crisis.

Ricardo Vaz (2020-05-24). Iranian Fuel Tanker Reaches Venezuela, Defying US Threats. venezuelanalysis.com The five Iranian tankers are estimated to carry enough gasoline to supply Venezuela for 50 days.

Andre Vltchek (2020-05-24). Battle Against COVID-19 in a Fragmented World has Ruined illions of Lives. dissidentvoice.org It is not only about physically surviving the pandemic. People miss people, and places, sometimes desperately. And they die when separated. We are bombarded by briefings and numbers. We are scared into submission by horrifying medical stories, by shocking images, and then, simultaneously, by predictions of economic and social downfall. Day and night, day and …

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2020-05-24). Global Capitalism, "World Government" and the Corona Crisis. globalresearch.ca The COVID-19 crisis is marked by a public health "emergency" under WHO auspices which is being used as a pretext and a justification to triggering a Worldwide process of economic, social and political restructuring.

Staff (2020-05-24). Climate Crisis: EU Green Stimulus, Meat Apocalypse, Public Lands, Climate Music. therealnews.com In this week's Climate Crisis News Roundup, COVID-19 has meat production in crisis, but what's its climate impact? And a new report says President Trump has the worst public lands protection record in history, while the EU and Spain will soon release a green economic stimulus plan.

John Rachel (2020-05-24). Crucial Reading For A Turbulent Time. dissidentvoice.org In an era where a man like Julian Assange can be mercilessly persecuted for just doing honest journalism, it takes a great deal of courage to expose the lies and misdeeds of America's imperial ambitions. Yet they must be exposed and condemned for exactly what they have been and continue to be. No More War: …

Eds. (2020-05-24). The World is in Their Care. mronline.org The World is in Their Care calls our awareness down upon those who do the daily work which improves, repairs, and sustains life. All labor is shared. Bless the listener without whom their is no poet. This poem is dedicated to Jerry Tucker.

The Canary (2020-05-24). Delay in imposing lockdown saw cases rise by 1.3m in nine days — report. thecanary.co According to a report, the government's hesitance to implement lockdown restrictions saw the number of those infected with coronavirus (Covid-19) rise by 1.3 million in nine days.An investigation by the Sunday Times' Insight team has reported that Boris Johnson's delay in imposing measures saw cases rise from 200,000 on 14 March to 1.5 million on 23 March, as the government deliberated on the timing and scale of the lockdown.The increase in cases during this time is shown in a study by Imperial College London's pandemic modellers and Oxford University's department of statistics.The study used backward modelling t…

The Canary (2020-05-24). Muslims celebrate Eid amid curfews and virus fears. thecanary.co Muslims around the world on Sunday 24 May began celebrating Eid al-Fitr, a normally festive holiday marking the end of the fasting month of Ramadan. Millions are under strict stay-at-home orders and many fearing renewed coronavirus outbreaks.The three-day holiday is usually a time of travel, family get-togethers and lavish daytime feasts after weeks of dawn-to-dusk fasting. But this year many can only celebrate at home with immediate family, with virus fears dampening the holiday spirit.Indonesia has reported nearly 22,000 infections and 1,350 fatalities, the most in Southeast Asia. Lockdown orders intended to co…

The Canary (2020-05-24). Police fire tear gas during protest in Hong Kong. thecanary.co Hong Kong police fired volleys of tear gas in a popular shopping district, as hundreds took to the streets on 24 May to march against China's proposed tough national security laws for the city.Pro-democracy supporters in Hong Kong have sharply criticised China's proposal to enact a national security law that would ban secessionist and subversive activity. The law would also ban foreign interference and terrorism in the semi-autonomous territory.One country, two systems: Critics say it goes against the "one country, two systems" framework that promises the city freedoms not found on the mainland.On Sunday a…

RT (2020-05-24). NYT includes MURDER VICTIM in controversial front page list of Covid-19 deaths. rt.com The New York Times has split the internet over a provocative front page spread of Covid-19 victims. The list itself has come under scrutiny, with at least one of the deaths found to have actually resulted from homicide. | As the US death toll approaches 100,000, the paper decided to print a "long, solemn list of people whose lives were lost to the coronavirus pandemic." Instead of trying to fit tens of thousands of names on the front page, the New York Times chose to highlight a curated selection of obituaries from across the country. | The Times explained that the list of 1,000 people was designed to remind A…

RT (2020-05-24). Alyssa Milano goes on defensive after showing off her KNITTED mask (that does NOTHING to stop Covid-19). rt.com Actress and liberal activist Alyssa Milano has pushed back against an avalanche of online mockery, after she shared a photo of herself donning a visibly unreliable knitted mask. | The anti-Trump #Resistance 'heroine' urged her Twitter followers to don masks to stop the spread of Covid-19, and included a pic of her face-covered family. | Show me your masks! Masks keep people safe and healthy. Show me yours! Ready? Go!

RT (2020-05-24). Hundreds call for 'end to tyranny' in anti-lockdown protest at California state Capitol (PHOTOS, VIDEO). rt.com Some 2,000 people have descended on the California Capitol in Sacramento, demanding that the remaining coronavirus restrictions — including a ban on church services — be lifted in one of the biggest anti-shutdown rallies to date. | Scores of demonstrators flocked to the west steps of the state capitol on Saturday afternoon to take part in the so-called "Liberty Fest," berating the strict lockdown measures that are being gradually phased out by California Governor Gavin Newsome. | Freedom rally continues in Sacramento. Lots of American flags and Trump flags. Gavin Newsom is the villain among the cro…

RT (2020-05-24). 'Dems could pick a GLASS OF WATER as candidate': Trump picks apart Biden & talks 'DEEP STATE' in new softball interview. rt.com President Trump has unloaded on rival Joe Biden, who he said "doesn't know he's alive," and has also promised that his new intelligence director and Attorney General William Barr will "Break the deep state." | In a relatively softball interview broadcast on Sunday, the president boasted to 'Full Measure' host Sharyl Atkinson about his response to the coronavirus pandemic, and slammed the Chinese government for its alleged role in allowing the virus to spread. | However, he saved his most characteristically Trumpian insults for Joe Biden, former Vice President and presumed Democratic candidate in this year's el…

Paul Antonopoulos (2020-05-24). Israel's Intent to Annex Part of West Bank May Spark New Wide-scale Middle East Crisis Amidst Global Pandemic. globalresearch.ca Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas announced that the Palestinian state and the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) will no longer adhere to the agreements they signed with Israel and the United States. It is a reaction to Israel's intentions to annex Jewish …

Vanessa Beeley (2020-05-24). Is C O V I D 19 Part of a Global Hybrid War Strategy? — Vanessa Beeley interview. thealtworld.com An eclectic and informal interview with Jason Liosatos. We cover everything from Covid-19 to Syria and the dissolving left/right paradigm.

Dr. Katrin Korb (2020-05-24). Video: German Medical Doctor Katrin Korb's Analysis of Big Pharma's "Dubious Vaccine" globalresearch.ca German Medical Doctor Katrin Korb discusses COVID-19, the lockdown and the vaccine during a protest held in Oldeburg. | Below is the transcript of her speech. | *** | Dear fellow citizens, | I'm thankful for being able to stand here today. My name …

Fight Back (2020-05-24). National Alliance calls for National Day of Protest: May 3Oth. fightbacknews.org Fight Back News Service is circulating the following call from the National Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression. | The recently re founded National Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression calls upon all its members, comrades, friends and allies to join in a national day of protest on May 30th, 2020 at 3: 00 PM EST. | We as a movement have been agitated into taking mass, united action not by the pandemic alone but even more significantly by the Federal Government and the financial lords and barons of Wall Street who, driven by their own greed and lust for political power, are willing to sacri…

news.un (2020-05-24). 5 reasons Costa Rica is winning plaudits for fighting COVID-19: a Resident Coordinator's blog. news.un.org Costa Rica is winning plaudits for its handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. Alice Shackleford, UN Resident Coordinator in Costa Rica, and WHO Representative María Dolores Pérez-Rosales, explain why the small Central American country is managing to keep the number of cases down, and its population healthy.

news.un (2020-05-24). Heed ceasefire call, UN chief urges, marking Africa Day. news.un.org African countries have "demonstrated commendable leadership" battling the COVID-19 pandemic, but more nations across the continent where conflict prevails, should heed the UN call for a global ceasefire to push back the deadly virus, said the Secretary-General on Monday.

Prabir Purkayastha (2020-05-24). US declares vaccine war on the world. peoplesdispatch.org What prevents any country from making drugs and vaccines, once developed? Is it the threat of the US, or the belief that in the US-China vaccine war, they need to be on the US side?

Philip A Farruggio (2020-05-24). Ants at a Pandemic Picnic. globalresearch.ca Remember when you were a kid, locked within that monster called a grade school, at dismissal time? You must recall how the seas just opened and the throng descended on the schoolyard… like , well… ants at a picnic. Thus, …

Dean Baker (2020-05-24). Restaurants in the Pandemic. cepr.net The NYT ran a column by a bar-restaurant owner telling of the horrible circumstances facing restaurants during and after the shutdown period. While the restaurant industry is among the hardest hit sectors, and many will not survive, a few of the complaints in the piece need some qualification. For example it tells readers: "Rent is …

IMEMC & Agencies (2020-05-24). Three Palestinian Prisoners enter 12th and 18th Years of Israeli Imprisonment. imemc.org The Ramallah-based Palestinian Prisoners' Society (PPS) confirmed, on Saturday, that both Palestinian prisoners, Mohammad Alkhaldi and Mohammad Auda, from the Arrana village, on the outskirts of Jenin, have both entered their 12th year of life sentences in Israeli prison. Montaser Sammour, Director of the Prisoners' Society in Jenin, further noted …

Ali Salam (2020-05-24). Israeli Police Assault, Arrest 4 Palestinians at Al-Aqsa, Soldiers Detain 3 Overnight. imemc.org Dozens of Israeli police, on Sunday, assaulted a number of Palestinian Muslim worshipers performing Eid al-Fitr prayers at Bab al-Asbat or Lion's Gate, leading to the holy Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in occupied Jerusalem, southern West Bank. Palestinian Muslims joined at the gate of the mosque to perform prayers for Eid …

Prabhat Patnaik (2020-05-24). The mendacity of Modi govt.'s 'rescue package'. peoplesdispatch.org The inhumanity of the Narendra Modi government towards the people is matched only by its mendacity. And in both respects, the Modi government is far ahead of most other governments in the world. Which other government would have passed off a slew of concessions to foreign and domestic monopolists as a "rescue package" for the people of the country? Which other government would have totted up loan plans for banks, and non-bank financial companies, as succor to the crisis-hit poor? Which other government would have projected abject prostration before globalized finance (and its credit-rating agencies) as a move…

graham (2020-05-24). Dominic Cummings — a cover story obscuring something far darker. truepublica.org.uk TruePublica Editor: There is genuine hatred for Dominic Cummings — without doubt the most toxic character a sitting government has had to defend. But without Cummings, the man who illegally used data systems designed for post battlefield propaganda campaigns to win 'hearts and minds' in war-torn countries — the Tories would not be in anything …

The Canary (2020-05-24). Tory MPs ramp up pressure on Johnson over Cummings 'lockdown breaches'. thecanary.co Conservative MPs have ramped up pressure on Boris Johnson to dispense with his top aide Dominic Cummings. The pressure comes amid fresh allegations that Cummings broke lockdown rules more than once. | The prime minister has been urged to sack Cummings after reports surfaced that he made a second trip to County Durham, where his family lives, despite stringent social restrictions. | Tory MPs, including prominent 1922 Committee member Steve Baker, said Cummings "must go". But transport secretary Grant Shapps said reports of a second trip were "not true". The PM pledged his "full support" on Saturday 23 May to his u…

Mirna Wabi-Sabi (2020-05-24). A History of News and Justice in the Americas. commondreams.org (Historical photos colorized by Marina Amaral, in project called 'In Color | | Slavery In Brazil, 1869') | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Andrey Areshev (2020-05-24). Who Deserves Impeachment More — Trump or Schiff? strategic-culture.org Donald Trump was impeached last winter for one technical violation of the law and a host of made-up ones. The technical violation was his move to block $391 million in Ukrainian military aid. | It was a violation because it because it interfered with Congress's exclusive spending powers. But it was purely technical because presidents traditionally have wide latitude in determining how expenditures are made. Back in 1801, Thomas Jefferson's treasury secretary, Albert Gallatin, argued that the executive branch should be allowed "a reasonable discretion" while, 160 years later, John F. Kennedy had no scruples about…

Staff (2020-05-24). Your Employers Are Behind the Rush to Reopen. truthout.org This article was originally published at The federal government squandered the time the states spent in lockdown. We still face a national shortage of COVID-19 test kits and PPE and there is no nationwide testing or contact tracing program. The United States has 4 percent of the world's population, but But some…

Staff (2020-05-24). What New York City's Cholera Epidemics Can Teach Us in the Age COVID-19. truthout.org This isn't the first time that New York City became the epicenter of a deadly disease. Consequently, this also isn't the first time a widespread disease has been racialized and linked to the "other." When cholera arrived on the shores of New York City in 1832, the disease had already ravaged parts of Asia and Europe. New York City officials and scientists did not understand the cause of the disease. Some saw cholera as divine retribution, only inflicted on the sinners of the city. In the 1830s, app…

Staff (2020-05-24). Tenants in Properties Linked to Jared Kushner Fear Lift of Eviction Ban. truthout.org It was the day after April rent was officially due — April 6 — and Kevin Maddox was officially late. The week before, he had lost both of his jobs within a few days of each other. Both were at food-service warehouses. "My job is to get the food to the restaurants, and if no one's going to the restaurants, then I'm out of a job," Maddox said. So he filed for unemployment and now stood outside his small rental row house just beyond the Baltimore city line watching his young daughter as s…

Danny Haiphong (2020-05-23). American exceptionalism and the American Left's China double standard. mronline.org The threat that the American Left sees in China aligns with the white supremacist underpinnings of American exceptionalism.

Andrey Areshev (2020-05-23). What Does Conservatism Mean After The Iraq War? strategic-culture.org An Iraqi-American takes stock of how the Right supported regime change and warns of falling into the trap again. | Luma SIMMS | As a Christian and an American citizen of Iraqi heritage, I want to address a point raised in John Burtka's recent "We do not know what we need to know until we ask the right questions, and we can identify the right questions only by subjecting our own ideas about the world to the test of public contro…

2020-05-25: Social Media Postees

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Hong Kong Rioters Should Never Fight Against Their Own Country
Andre Vltchek | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-05-26
For several months, Western mass media called the Hong Kong rioters, "pro-democracy protesters". It still does. But I began noticing a new, even deadlier, terminology. Now, the black-clad ninja-looking men and women that are periodically and violently clashing with the law enforcement forces are once in a while described as "pro-independence". Some Hong Kong citizens …
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The Farce and Diabolical Agenda of A "Universal Lockdown"
Peter Koenig | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-26
First comes the farce, an (almost) universal government lie around the globe about a deadly virus, WHO named COVID-19. The decision for a global lockdown

Strike action looming in South Africa as government downgrades lockdown
Pavan Kulkarni | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-05-26
Business associations claim that health and safety protocols will be followed, but unions point to previous violations which resulted in a further spread of the epidemic…
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California: UFCW Local 770 wants Farmer John Vernon Plant closed now
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-05-26
Los Angeles, CA – As more than 130 workers at the Farmer John plant in Vernon have contracted the coronavirus, May 25, the union representing 1300 plant employees is calling for an immediate closure to ensure workers are safe and to keep all workers on the payroll with their full pay and benefits. | Workers at Farmer John, which is owned by Smithfield, have pressed the company for increased safety measures, workplace protections and information about infections at the plant. Information has been incomplete and safety measures insufficient. The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) is cu…
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Pandemics have a way of fomenting social revolutions
Larry Holmes | workers.org | 2020-05-26
The following is a slightly edited talk given during the Workers World Party webinar "What Road to Socialism?" on May 16. Welcome everyone to this important national meeting of Workers World Party. I wish we could be meeting in person, but dire circumstances make that impossible. So we have to . . . | Continue reading Pandemics have a way of fomenting social revolutions at Workers.org
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First of Five Iranian Tankers Docks in Venezuela Without Incident
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-25
First some facts about international maritime law. | No nation may interfere in the right of other states to engage in international trade. | No nation may enact legislation, regulations, or take other actions that contravene international agreements, treaties, or a body …
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Hong Kong Rioters Should Never Fight Against Their Own Country
Andre Vltchek | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-25
For several months, Western mass media called the Hong Kong rioters, "pro-democracy protesters". It still does. But I began noticing a new, even deadlier terminology. Now, the black-clad ninja-looking men and women that are periodically and violently clashing with the …
globalresearch.ca/hong-kong-rioters-shou…

A Memorial Day For Lies?
Laura Flanders | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-25
So which will it be? Will this disaster spark a shift for the better? Or will the deadly myths white Americans tell ourselves survive Covid-19? Memorial Day messaging bodes ill. I want to believe that after the coronavirus crisis, US society will emerge sobered, smarter and more aware of the ways that inequality not only…
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Memorial Day in America: 100,000 COVID-19 deaths surpass combined US combat fatalities in Korea and Vietnam
wsws.org | 2020-05-25
A false narrative dominates the entire coverage of the expanding pandemic–that human life must be balanced against the "economy," by which is meant the economy of the rich.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/25/pers…

Memorial Day 2020 and the Coronavirus
Paul Cantor | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-25
This year I won't be attending the annual memorial ceremony in Richard Kemper Memorial Park as I have been wont to do for the better part of a century. Unfortunately it, along with parades and picnics and similar Memorial Day events everywhere, has been canceled. Richard Kemper, my uncle, was killed on August 5, 1944…
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Memorial Day: Why veterans are particularly vulnerable to the coronavirus pandemic
Jamie Rowen | zcomm.org | 2020-05-25
With the challenges posed by the situation today, veterans who were already lacking adequate benefits and resources are now in deeper trouble, and it will be harder to answer their needs…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/memorial-day-why-v…

US threatens nuclear arms race 'into oblivion' as it kills another treaty and mulls bomb tests
Aaron Maté | thegrayzone.com | 2020-05-25
The Trump administration continues to undermine global arms control and increase the threat of a nuclear weapons race with Russia…
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A 'wholesale slaughter' and a mass razing of homes in Britain is the final straw. Enough is enough
Tracy Keeling | thecanary.co | 2020-05-25
Here we stand, ravaged by a disease born out of our short-sighted and self-centred relationship with (other) animals. Here we stand too, threatened with even greater societal collapse due to a climate crisis that's born of the same sort of relationship with the planet and its life as a whole. Yet still, still, we're justifying maintaining exactly the same relationship, entrenched so deeply in our devotion to the principle that 'the h…
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Noam Chomsky on Trump's Disastrous Coronavirus Response, WHO, China, Gaza and Global Capitalism
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-05-25
How did the United States

Exército USA retoma as grandes manobras na Europa
Manlio Dinucci | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-26
O Exército dos EUA na Europa, "após cuidadosa avaliaàßà£o e planificaàßà£o", decidiu que efectuará na Polónia, de 5 a 19 de Junho, o exercício Allied Spirit , no âmbito da grande manobra estratégica Defender-Europe 20 (Defensor da Europa 2020). Participarà£o …
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L'esercito Usa riprende le grandi manovre in Europa
Manlio Dinucci | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-26
Lo US Army Europe (Esercito Usa in Europa), ´dopo attenta valutazione e pianificazione ª, ha deciso che effettuerà in Polonia, dal 5 al 19 giugno, l'esercitazione Allied Spirit nel quadro della grande manovra strategica Defender-Europe 20 (Difensore dell'Europa 2020). Vi parteciperanno …
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Let's Honor Fallen Workers on Memorial Day, Too
Richard Eskow | commondreams.org | 2020-05-25
Members of National Nurses United stand in protest among empty shoes representing nurses who have died from Covid-19 in Lafayette Park across from the White House May 07, 2020. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Remembering Slain Peace and Justice Activists on This—and Every—Memorial Day
Matthew Rothschild | commondreams.org | 2020-05-25
On this Memorial Day, and all the days to come, let's remember the peace and justice activists—including Rachel Corrie—who died while demanding a better world. (Photo: Denny Sternstein/AP) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Americans Have United Before to Defeat an External Enemy and We Can Again
Jesse Jackson | commondreams.org | 2020-05-25
People wait in line as SF-Marin Food Bank hands out 1,600 food bags at a pop-up pantry at Bayview Opera House in San Francisco, California on Monday, April 20, 2020. Work furloughs and layoffs created by coronavirus shelter-in-place orders are driving thousands to seek food assistance. (Photo: Scott Strazzante/The San Francisco Chronicle via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Nearly 200 Groups in Canada Vow to Fight for Covid-19 Recovery That Puts Human and Ecological Health First
Andrea Germanos, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-05-25
"The choices we make now about how to recover from this pandemic will shape not only our health and economic future, but also the future of human life on this planet." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Chomsky Says Trump a 'Sociopathic Megalomaniac' Who Made US 'Singularly Unprepared' for Pandemic
Andrea Germanos, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-05-25
New comments from the renowned academic come after he accused Trump of wanting "to destroy the prospects for all organized human life… in the near future." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Trump's Disastrous Coronavirus Response
Noam Chomsky | zcomm.org | 2020-05-25
How did the United States

How many dead Yemenis does it take to equal one Washington Post contributor?
Gary Brecher | thegrayzone.com | 2020-05-25
The War Nerd dissects reporting on Saudi Arabia to show how the corporate media cares more about a dead Washington…
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Police State Terrorism for Memorial Day Weekend
Swords to Plowshares Now | indybay.org | 2020-05-25
On the eve of a war holiday, Memorial Day weekend, recognized as the beginning of summer, Friday, May 22, 2020, the police state was out in full force wasting our tax dollars while we have 100,000 unemployed in San Francisco and 40 million unemployed nationwide, and perhaps 20,000 homeless in San Francisco and perhaps 1 million homeless nationwide.
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2020 Memorial Day Weekend ~ From Historic Negro Bar Cemetery, we remember
Michael Harris from Dave Roos | indybay.org | 2020-05-25
2020 Memorial Day Weekend, limited opportunities to gather in a good way to remember May 1865 and the initial "American" notion of Memorial Day after the US Civil War. Earliest documented burial on Historic Rancho Rio Del Los Americanos, Negro Bar Cemetery was 1846… Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Tour.
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/05/24/1883324…

Bernie Sanders' Political Team: Don't Criticize Biden!
WSWS Repost | indybay.org | 2020-05-25
The coming together of Sanders and Biden underscores the fraud that the Democratic Party can be transformed into an instrument of progressive change.
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/05/23/1883322…

'Is that like Soylent Green?' Trump adviser calls American workers 'human capital stock' & triggers cannibalism-themed meme storm
rt.com | 2020-05-26
A White House adviser has triggered a wave of memes and mockery online after referring to US labor force as "human capital stock," drawing countless comparisons to the dystopian sci-fi flick Soylent Green (spoiler: it's people). | In calling to reopen the US economy amid the ongoing Covid-19 crisis in an interview with CNN on Monday, White House economic adviser Kevin Hassett noted that the country's "capital stock" was still intact, adding that "our human capital stock is ready to get back to work." Though the comment was meant to express a simple idea, Hassett's jargonistic wording conjured up much darker im…
rt.com/usa/489737-human-capital-soylent-…

Is that you, Joe? Biden's mask-sunglasses combo covers entire face at first public appearance in over 2 months
rt.com | 2020-05-25
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden sported a face-obscuring combination of black mask and black sunglasses during a Memorial Day wreath-laying ceremony, triggering an avalanche of memes and derision from the Trump camp. | The former vice president ventured outside his home for the first time in more than two months to lay a wreath at Veterans Memorial Park in New Castle, Delaware, on Monday. Along with his wife and a Secret Service detail, Biden wore a black face mask, the color presumably symbolizing mourning. Coupled with his trademark black aviator sunglasses, however, the get-up left little of his…
rt.com/usa/489731-biden-mask-memorial-me…

'Something like 10 principles': After 'solving' Israel/Palestine conflict & coronavirus, Kushner 'turned loose' on GOP platform
rt.com | 2020-05-25
White House adviser and Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner reportedly wants to shrink the 56-page Republican Party platform to a one-page "mission statement." After Middle East peace and Covid-19, this should be a cinch. | Kushner has been leading the charge to downsize the sprawling document over the past six months, Axios reported on Sunday. The silver-spoon scion has been ruffling feathers within the Republican National Committee and the Trump campaign alike in his quest to whittle the platform down to "something like the 10 principles we believe in," two sources confirmed to the outlet. | Also on rt.com
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New Jersey Opens Its Beaches for Memorial Day Amid COVID-19 Pandemic – Video
sputniknews.com | 2020-05-25
New Jersey is the US state worst by the coronavirus after New York, with nearly 155,000 cases and more than 11,000 deaths.
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Why Does Israel Celebrate Its Terrorists?
Ramzy Baroud | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-05-25
Israeli media and Zionist apologists everywhere are busy whitewashing Israel's globally-tattered image using the rare indictment of an Israeli terrorist, Amiram Ben Uliel, who was recently convicted for murdering the Palestinian Dawabsheh family, including an 18-month-old toddler in the town of Duma, south of Nablus. The conviction of Ben Uliel by an Israeli three-judge court …
dissidentvoice.org/2020/05/why-does-isra…

The "Lockdown" Has Turned America Into a Despotic, Cash-Strapped Basket-Case
Mike Whitney | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-25
"… and when we look back on this in two years time, from the ruins of our economy and the ruins of our liberty, we will want to see some kind of justice, that the people who made this decision …
globalresearch.ca/lockdown-turned-americ…

Two Fictions of Mainstream Economics. 45 Million US Workers Unemployed
Dr. Jack Rasmus | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-25
Mainstream economics consistently fails to predict the future. I'm talking about those 'schools' of mis-thought, ranging from Paul Krugman on the 'left' to Glenn Hubbard and other apologists of business and neoliberalism on the 'right'. | One of the favorite myths …
globalresearch.ca/mainstream-economics/5…

A school's unique response to COVID-19
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-05-25
Chicago, IL – Instituto Justice and Leadership Academy (IJLA) is a small two-floor building that rests on the corner of Western and Blue Island Avenues in Pilsen, Chicago. At first glance you would notice the mural that decorates the wall – women of color with fists in the air, "La Lucha Sigue." You might ask yourself, "Is this a school?" and the first answer is: yes. Though, the more accurate answer is: "It's a home, a safe haven." | First, some vital context. IJLA (more commonly referred to by its original name, Rudy, after the socialist Rudy Lozano) is an options school. This means that our students are 16 to…
www.fightbacknews.org/2020/5/25/school-s…

Safe Jobs Save Lives': N.C. union rallies to free prisoners, support city workers
Dante Strobino | workers.org | 2020-05-25
Union workers and community members organized a car caravan protest in front of Neuse Correctional Institute in Goldsboro, N.C., on May 12 to demand the freedom of all prisoners. This was in response to the fifth COVID-19 related death of a prisoner in state prisons the week prior. At Neuse . . . | Continue reading Safe Jobs Save Lives': N.C. union rallies to free prisoners, support city workers at Workers.org
workers.org/2020/05/48920/?utm_source=rs…

A Spontaneous Rebellion of Low-Wage Workers Is Rising Up Amid Pandemic
Michelle Chen | commondreams.org | 2020-05-25
A man rides through as grocery store workers and others stage a protest rally outside the Whole Foods Market, in the South End of Boston, to demand personal protective equipment, added benefits if needed and hazard pay, during the coronavirus pandemic on Apr. 7, 2020. (Photo by Pat Greenhouse/The Boston Globe via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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#Protect Our VOTE: Car & Tailgate Protest in Contra Costa County
Declaration for American Democracy | indybay.org | 2020-05-25
Pleasant Hill: RSVPs will be sent exact location to participate…
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/05/22/1883318…

Life Model Art Rally to Protest Fort Mason Arts Campus Closure
Leon Kunstenaar | indybay.org | 2020-05-25
Awareness Raising Drawing Session protests cuts to much loved CCSF Arts resource.
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/05/22/1883318…

CalOsha Do Your Job – Lives Over Corporate Greed-Essential Workers Are Not Expendable
LCLAA Sacramento | indybay.org | 2020-05-25
LCLAA Sacramento will be protesting the lack of protection by Cal-OSHA and demand that 1,000 new inspectors for inspection of California workplaces.
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/05/24/1883324…

'Ever thus to tyrants': WATCH protesters hang effigy of US governor in anti-lockdown protest
rt.com | 2020-05-25
Political leaders across the spectrum have condemned an anti-lockdown protest outside the state capitol in Kentucky during which an effigy of the governor was hung from a tree. | At least 100 people attended a Second Amendment rally at the state capitol in Frankfort on Sunday. Many of the attendees were armed and bore US and Gadsden flags that read "Don't tread on me," as well as placards which read "Abort Beshear from office," and "My rights don't end where your fear begins." | After a failed attempt to hand-deliver a letter calling for the governor's resignation, an effigy of Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear w…
rt.com/usa/489670-protestors-lynch-effig…

Chinese media TROLLS Pompeo, depicting him using dollars to lure Hong Kong protesters to hell
rt.com | 2020-05-25
A Chinese state media outlet has mocked Mike Pompeo, who is tasked with 'certifying' Hong Kong's autonomy, depicting him dressed as a sheep, seducing protesters with cash into falling off a cliff into the fires of hell. | The unflattering portrayal of the US Secretary of State comes from the CGTN, Beijing's international broadcaster, which lampooned Pompeo's involvement in Hong Kong protests in a cartoon on Monday. | It shows a line of zombie-like protesters, some armed with Molotov cocktails, standing in line to receive apple-shaped dollar grants from the hands of the top US diplomat. They then walk through a…
rt.com/news/489715-pompeo-devil-chinese-…

Remembering Toronto Peace Activist Michael Lucas
Jed Lehman | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-25
Michael Lucas (born Lukac in Vysna Jablonka in eastern Slovakia) died on May 4, 2020 in Toronto. Lucas, (born on March 7, 1926) was a political activist, author, advocate of peace and socialism. | His family stated in his obituary: | "An | …
globalresearch.ca/obituary-michael-lucas…

Israeli Settlers Run Over Sheep, Burn Palestinian Crops near Hebron
Ali Salam | imemc.org | 2020-05-25
An illegal Israeli settler, on Monday, ran over and killed three sheep belonging to Palestinian farmers, while injuring a dozen more, in the al-Dirat village, near Hebron, in the southern occupied West Bank, according to local activists. At the same time, another group of illegal colonists reportedly set fire to …
imemc.org/article/israeli-settlers-run-o…

Anti-Fascist Group Targeted for Murder by Far Right Won't Back Down
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-05-25
"I'm going by the name 'Doug,'" my contact said, explaining his pseudonym. "The reason is that Nazis want to kill us." | Doug is a member of Atlanta Antifascists, an activist group based in Georgia. We connected via a secured encrypted channel using the Signal app to obscure Doug's exact location and personal details. | His hesitation was warranted. | Days before we spoke, Jacob Kaderli, Luke Austin Lane and Michael John Helterbrand

Eosinopenia and elevated C-reactive protein facilitate triage of COVID-19 patients in fever clinic: A retrospective case-control study
Qilin Li, Xiuli Ding, Geqing Xia, Heng-Gui Chen, Fenghua Chen, Zhi Geng, Luming Xu, Shijun Lei, An Pan, Lin Wang, Zheng Wang | thelancet.com | 2020-05-25
The combination of eosinopenia and elevated hs-CRP can effectively triage suspected COVID-19 patients from other patients attending the fever clinic with COVID-19-like initial symptoms. This finding would be particularly useful for designing triage strategies in an epidemic region having a large number of patients with COVID-19 and other respiratory diseases while limited medical resources for nucleic acid tests and radiographic examination.
thelancet.com/journals/eclinm/article/PI…(20)30119-X/fulltext?rss=yes

Trump Administration Quietly Adds Foreign Arms Sale to List of "Essential Work"
Taylor Barnes | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-25
Buried on the 18th page of a recently updated federal government memo defining which workers are critical during the Covid-19 pandemic is a new category of essential workers: defense industry personnel employed in foreign arms sales. | The memo, issued …
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South Asian countries ease COVID-19 lockdowns despite sharp rise in infections
wsws.org | 2020-05-25
The absence of health care infrastructure across the region means that huge numbers of cases are going undetected, and many are dying due to a lack of basic medical care.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/25/soua…

Minnesota buys a warehouse to store bodies of expected COVID-19 victims
wsws.org | 2020-05-25
The 75,000-square foot refrigerated produce warehouse has the capacity to store 5,100 bodies of persons expected to succumb to the COVID-19 surge in the coming weeks.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/25/minn…

Canadian medical experts warn COVID-19 will spike due to back-to-work push
wsws.org | 2020-05-25
All Canada's provinces–including those where widespread community transmission of COVID-19 continues–are now lifting lockdown measures that slowed the pandemic's spread.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/25/medi…

Cuba applies very efficient national drugs to save critical and severe COVID-19 patients
Eds. | mronline.org | 2020-05-25
The CIGB-258, a peptide designed to reduce inflammatory processes, and the monoclonal antibody Itolizumab (Anti-CD6) have shown great effectiveness for the survival of critical and severe COVID-19 patients in Cuba, announced Friday Francisco Duran, national director of epidemiology at the ministry of public health.
mronline.org/2020/05/25/cuba-applies-ver…

More US grocery workers die from COVID-19
wsws.org | 2020-05-25
An employee of Kings Soopers in Denver, Colorado, one of hundreds of supermarket workers who have been infected across the country, died last week.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/25/krog…

Dozens of Nashville, Tennessee, construction workers test positive for COVID-19
wsws.org | 2020-05-25
Last week it was confirmed that 74 construction workers at an exclusive Tennessee prep school building site had tested positive for coronavirus.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/25/tenn…

High COVID-19 infection rates among doctors and nurses in Germany
wsws.org | 2020-05-25
According to the public health body Robert Koch Institute, more than 20,000 workers in German hospitals, doctors' practices, nursing homes and care services are now infected.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/25/doct…

Indian youth movement blazes a trail with COVID-19 mitigation initiatives rooted in solidarity
Muhammed Shabeer | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-05-25
The initiatives of the Kerala unit of the Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI) have received widespread commendation for their comprehensive and scientific approach towards social solidarity…
peoplesdispatch.org/2020/05/25/indian-yo…

Fidel Versus COVID-19 and Beyond
Iroel Sánchez | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-25
Fidel began advocating the development of biotechnology, in the mid-1980s, insisting that the country would be a world power in medicine, despite the doubts of skeptics and taunts from his enemies | *** | The fact that Cuba's response to the COVID-19 …
globalresearch.ca/fidel-covid-19/5713982

"We won't pay for your crisis"
Muhammed Shabeer | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-05-25
The German Communist Party (DKP) proclaimed that the German working class would not pay for the crisis inflicted by the COVID-19 pandemic. They organized a meeting in Ernst-Wilczok-Platz at Bottrop on May 9 where DKP chairman Patrik Kà∂bele addressed the gathering. | The DKP has questioned, "where so much money suddenly comes from as a rescue umbrella for large industries, while the austerity measures in the healthcare sector push workers to the limits of resilience. With prices constantly rising, it is impossible for low-income earners and poor people to make ends meet, let alone to raise money for the nece…
peoplesdispatch.org/2020/05/25/we-wont-p…

This Year's Forest Fire Season Could Be Even Deadlier
Luciana Tellez-Chavez | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-25
The world's forests could soon join the growing list of casualties of the coronavirus pandemic. The fire season is approaching for many. And governments grappling with COVID-19 are rolling back enforcement of environmental protections that are crucial for containing the fires. COVID-19 makes the effort to reduce forest fires more urgent, not less. This is…
counterpunch.org/2020/05/25/this-years-f…

US juvenile detention centers record 474 COVID-19 cases
wsws.org | 2020-05-25
As more information about COVID-19's effects on minors emerges, the virus's unchecked spread in the juvenile prison population is leading to deadly consequences.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/25/juve…

COVID-19 Has Replaced Osama bin Laden as the Fall Guy for Lost Liberties
Robert Bridge | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-25
The government and media have dumped at the doorstep of the coronavirus many of the political, economic and social afflictions that are now ravaging much of the global population. In reality, they need to point the finger at themselves. | As …
globalresearch.ca/covid-19-replaced-osam…

How the U.S. Response to COVID-19 Failed and Caused Thousands of Deaths
CGTN | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-05-25
There have been over 1.6 million #coronavirus cases and nearly 100,000 deaths in the U.S. While many countries are gradually recovering, no turning point for the pandemic in America is on the sight. Lots of people are shocked at how America, the largest economy in the world, and a great country in the eyes of …
dissidentvoice.org/2020/05/how-the-u-s-r…

COVID-19 spreads, deaths rise in US following return to work
wsws.org | 2020-05-25
Tens of thousands of workers have been infected with the coronavirus at grocery stores, meatpacking plants, Amazon warehouses, and in other industries.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/25/work…

Despite the Danger of COVID-19, the US Military Continues War Practice in Europe and Pacific and Plans for More in 2021
Colonel Ann Wright | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-25
During the COVID-19 pandemic, not only will the U.S. military have the largest maritime military maneuvers in the world, with Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) coming to the waters off Hawaii August 17-31, 2020 bringing 26 nations, 25,000 military personnel, …
globalresearch.ca/us-military-war-practi…

COVID-19 Global Solidarity Manifesto
Various Contributors | zcomm.org | 2020-05-25
We demand that when governments implement economic stimulus programs and re-open their economies they prioritize the needs of people over the interests of corporate, financial, and political elites…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/covid-19-global-so…

Mozambique school children face 'catastrophic' fall-out from COVID-19: a UN Resident Coordinator blog
news.un.org | 2020-05-25
School children in Mozambique are facing what a senior United Nations and World Bank official in the southern African country are calling "catastrophic outcomes" from the COVID-19 pandemic. By the UN Resident Coordinator in Mozambique, Myrta Kaulard, and Mark Lundell, World Bank Country Director.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2020/05/1…

Will the Political Class be Held Liable for What They've Done?
James Bovard | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-25
Politically-dictated lockdowns and prohibitions have recently destroyed tens of millions of American jobs. Politicians have effectively claimed a right to inflict unlimited economic damage in pursuit of zero COVID-19 contagion. The perverse incentives driving the policy have multiplied the harm …
globalresearch.ca/will-political-class-l…

Maquiladora workers expose deadly COVID-19 outbreak in Matamoros, Mexico
wsws.org | 2020-05-25
A worker from a US-owned battery charger factory told the WSWS that management is forcing them to work despite a contagion outbreak at the facility.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/25/mata…

Gulf States force India and other South Asian states to repatriate impoverished migrant workers
wsws.org | 2020-05-25
The migrant workers, whose labour has helped keep the Gulf States oligarchs basking in luxury, are being deported as COVID-19 renders them an economic burden and political threat.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/25/gulf…

Democratic governor extends Michigan stay-at-home order to June 12 while relaxing social distancing restrictions
wsws.org | 2020-05-25
With COVID-19 still spreading throughout the state, Governor Whitmer extended the stay-at-home order even as automotive production ramps up and businesses are allowed to reopen.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/25/mich…

Challenges of the Evolving Coronavirus Pandemic
Cesar Chelala | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-25
On May 19, 2020, two notable events occurred in Brazil: for the first time in the country, there were more than a thousand COVID-19 deaths and its president, Jair Bolsonaro, gave an interview via Instagram to the blog website de Magno where he said, laughing,…
counterpunch.org/2020/05/25/challenges-o…

The Elite's COVID-19 Coup: Fighting for Our Humanity, Our Liberty and Our Future
Robert J. Burrowes | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-25
We are being utterly transformed. And the world is being utterly transformed around us. | Ostensibly, this is to tackle a simple virus. In reality, it is to achieve an elite design at staggering cost to humanity and to life generally….
globalresearch.ca/elite-covid-19-coup-fi…

China Derangement Syndrome: Notes From The Edge Of The Narrative Matrix
Caitlin Johnstone | thealtworld.com | 2020-05-25
~ | Believing cold war is no big deal because nuclear war hasn't happened yet is the same as believing your game of Russian roulette is safe because the gun hasn't gone off yet. | ~ | There's no legitimate reason why nations can't just mind their own affairs and care for their own people. Having to read news every day about our government and its allies scheming to destroy nations which disobey them is severely disordered, and we should oppose it ferociously. | ~ | 1. We are in the middle of a slow-motion third world war between the US power alliance and the remaining nations which have resisted its aggressive at…
thealtworld.com/caitlin_johnston/china-d…

American Hubris Robust in a Cataclysmic Global Pandemic
Askiah Adam | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-25
Few can deny that a perfect storm is brewing and the early foundations for war are being set up by the obvious protagonists. That China has cancelled the dollar peg, in its stock exchange transactions, opting for the Chinese Yuan…
globalresearch.ca/american-hubris-global…

A Memory Fragment of the Vietnam War
Michael Uhl | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-25
We billeted with the Infantry, but no one except Division up at Chu Lai had the reins on our unit. We gathered intel on infrastructure, came and went as we pleased. A lot of down time, lots of time in the local Ville at Mr. Hue's roadside food stand with the three tables under a rickety awning. Ba Hue served me the soup with the chicken feet floating on the surface, a delicacy she said. They'd taught me how to use chopsticks, and I pliered that delicacy to the side of my plate. They laughed.
counterpunch.org/2020/05/25/a-memory-fra…

The Sure Way to End Concerns About China's "Theft" of a Vaccine: Make it Open
Dean Baker | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-25
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…
counterpunch.org/2020/05/25/the-sure-way…

Privacy, Auricular Confession and Computer Viruses
T.P. Wilkinson | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-05-25
The original business with personal secrets The unilateral declaration of independence adopted by the slave traders and slaveholders in congress assembled, otherwise known as the American Declaration of Independence, is one of the most successful psychological warfare instruments of modern history. Alone it did not win the fight of the colonial elite against its cousins …
dissidentvoice.org/2020/05/privacy-auric…

The Mismanagement of Wildlife in Utah Continues to be Irrational and a National Embarrassment
Barrie Gilbert | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-25
The greater sage-grouse, now threatened with extinction, once occurred in the tens of millions. It has declined in over 93% of it range in the Sagebrush sea in seven western states. This largest of our grouse may be on its way to oblivion if not protected by the Endangered Species Act, first proposed in 2003…
counterpunch.org/2020/05/25/the-mismanag…

The Next Death Wave from Coronavirus Will Be the Poor, Rural and White
Thom Hartmann | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-25
What do you call a crisis that kills a hundred thousand Americans? It all depends on who does the dying. At first, it seemed like it was mostly white people infected and/or killed by the coronavirus. As the scale of the coronavirus pandemic dawned on Americans during the month of March, most of the media…
counterpunch.org/2020/05/25/the-next-dea…

If the Federal Government Won't Fund the States' Emergency Needs, There is Another Solution
Marshall Auerback | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-25
Many states are now experiencing severe budget deficits as they cope with the combined collapse of tax revenues and corresponding expansion of spending brought about by the coronavirus. Although the most recent $3 trillion fiscal package of the House Democrats proposes significant funding for the state and local governments, the GOP and the president have…
counterpunch.org/2020/05/25/if-the-feder…

Beijing Acts on Hong Kong
Thomas Hon Wing Polin | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-25
May 22, 2020. The best, most hopeful day in the life of Hong Kong since its pro forma reunification with China in 1997. The day Beijing decided to face down its premier Special Administrative Region's legions of destructive, China-hating subversives

Hamas's Political Head : No Prisoners Swap Deal without an Acceptable Price
IMEMC & Agencies | imemc.org | 2020-05-25
Hamas's political head, Ismail Haniyeh, reportedly said over the weekend, that his Islamist party, that rules the Gaza Strip, will agree to a prisoner swap deal with the state of Israel, only in return for an acceptable price. Haniyeh's remarks came on the eve of the Al-Fitr Muslims' Feast or …
imemc.org/article/hamass-political-head-…

For Betty Riddle, Amendment 4 Win Makes Her A Part of Society, Not Apart
Leila Rafei | aclu.org | 2020-05-25
Betty Riddle made sure she was first in line to vote in the Florida primary this year. At age 62, it was her first time voting. "It was one of the greatest moments of my life," she told the ACLU. Her family made her a T-shirt just for the occasion, which read first in line, first time voting. | As a Floridian, Betty was subject to one of the nation's harshest felony disenfranchisement laws. Before Amendment 4, Florida barred her from voting for life because of past felony convictions, even though she completed her sentence…
aclu.org/news/voting-rights/for-betty-ri…

Canadian Cities Hit by Pandemic Lockdown. Vulnerable to BlackRock's Privatization Agenda
Joyce Nelson | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-25
More voices have been added to the urgent call for federal financial help to struggling municipal governments across Canada, hit by the pandemic lockdown. | On May 20, CUPE Ontario (representing 80,000 municipal employees) and the Association of Municipalities of Ontario …
globalresearch.ca/canadian-cities-vulner…

The Illegal Burning of Syrian Wheat Fields by US Forces, on the Orders of Donald Trump
Dr. Bassam Barakat | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-25
Doctor Barakat requested immediate legal action via the United Nations and the Syrian Foreign Ministry against the United States of America for its inhumane action in ordering and aiding the burning of Syrian wheat fields and other crops necessary to …
globalresearch.ca/illegal-burning-syrian…

VIPS Memo: To the President–Avoid Hostilities Over Iranian Fuel Shipment to Venezuela
Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-25
MEMORANDUM FOR: The President | FROM: Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS) | SUBJECT: Avoiding Hostilities Over Iranian Fuel Shipment to Venezuela | Mr. President: | Recent U.S. rhetoric and actions against Venezuela

Venezuelan Government Seizes AT&T Assets, Looks to Re-establish DirecTV Cable Service
Paul Dobson | venezuelanalysis.com | 2020-05-25
The Texas-based multinational abandoned the country last week citing legal pressure caused by US sanctions.
venezuelanalysis.com/news/14887

Los migrantes lideran la lucha porque la 'reapertura' alimenta la resistencia
Sue Davis | workers.org | 2020-05-25
18 de mayo: El Gerente Ejecutivo, (CEO siglas en inglés), de Ford Motors, Jim Farley, dijo durante una reciente conferencia telefónica: "La industria automotriz es el motor económico [de los EE. UU.]. Reiniciar todo el ecosistema automotor es cómo reiniciamos la economía ". (New York Times, 18 de mayo) Los . . . | Continue reading Los migrantes lideran la lucha porque la 'reapertura' alimenta la resistencia at Workers.org
workers.org/2020/05/48906/?utm_source=rs…

US Blocks UNSC Draft Resolution Denouncing Paramilitary Incursion into Venezuela
Ricardo Vaz | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-25
The United States rejected a Russia-proposed UN Security Council (UNSC) draft condemning a recent coup attempt in Venezuela. | During a virtual session of the UNSC on Wednesday, Russian Permanent Representative to the United Nations Dmitry Polyanskiy presented a resolution calling …
globalresearch.ca/us-blocks-unsc-draft-r…

The Infinite Heartbreak of Loving Hong Kong
Wilfred Chan | zcomm.org | 2020-05-25
As China moves to impose a law that would criminalize dissent, Hong Kongers are facing a dark new era…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/the-infinite-heart…

Budget Cockups in the Time of Coronavirus: Reporting Errors and Australia's JobKeeper Scheme
Dr. Binoy Kampmark | asia-pacificresearch.com | 2020-05-25
asia-pacificresearch.com/errors-australi…

British Health Officials Suggest Coronavirus Vaccine Could be Mandatory
Steve Watson | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-25
The British health secretary Matt Hancock said during a briefing that he hopes 'everybody would have the vaccine', if and when a coronavirus shot is rolled out, and did not rule out making it mandatory for every citizen. | Hancock was …
globalresearch.ca/british-health-officia…

US Senate Quietly Approves $38 Billion for Israel Amid Historic Economic Downturn
Alison Weir | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-25
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee quietly passed a bill yesterday to give Israel a minimum of $38 billion over the next ten years despite the ongoing devastation to the U.S. economy caused by the coronavirus. | The bill

Econ-apocalypse: economic and social aspects of the coronavirus crisis
Riccardo Bellofiore | mronline.org | 2020-05-25
In this historical conjuncture we are faced with the risk of a double temporality. The double temporality that I have in mind is that between saying, 'now let's make the economy restart quickly', adding 'later we will think about its contents'. It is an illusion. And a dangerous illusion.
mronline.org/2020/05/25/econ-apocalypse-…

White House coronavirus task force labels Washington, D.C. area a hot spot as region begins reopening
wsws.org | 2020-05-25
On Friday, Dr. Deborah Birx noted the "ongoing cases" throughout the region even as state and local officials have begun reopening their economies.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/25/wash…

Arms Control & Disarmament: A Failed Marriage
Richard Falk | zcomm.org | 2020-05-25
The linkages between contagious disease and climate change is too evident to ignore…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/arms-control-disar…

What Next if US Exits From Open Skies Treaty?
Kester Kenn Klomegah | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-25
President Donald Trump sudden or unexpected decision to withdraw from the 1992 Open Skies Treaty has posed unprecedented challenges, generated extensive debates among Russian politicians and experts, and equally worried are leaders in Europe and Asia. | Trump administration notified international …
globalresearch.ca/us-exits-open-skies-tr…

The Cuban Revolution's Survival in the Face of Six Decades of US Attacks
Shane Quinn | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-25
Examining the introduction of communism to Cuba over 60 years ago, and the revolution's survival despite large-scale American attacks, one can conclude these occurrences would likely not have been possible without the involvement of Fidel Castro, the country's former …
globalresearch.ca/cuban-revolution-survi…

Poisons Mean Extinction: For Bees and Humanity
Dr. Vandana Shiva | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-25
"If the bee disappeared off the face of the earth, man would only have four years left to live." ‚Äï Maurice Maeterlinck, The Life of the Bee[1] | In the last 50 years agrotoxins have spread and are pushing bees …
globalresearch.ca/poisons-mean-extinctio…

Canada's Seat at the UN Security Council May be Coveted but Is Far From Being a Sure Bet
Nino Pagliccia | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-25
Next June the United Nations Assembly will hold elections at its 74th session for five non-permanent seats on the UN Security Council (UNSC) starting on January 1, 2021 for the period 2021–22. | The UNSC has 15 members five of which …
globalresearch.ca/canada-seat-unsc/57139…

Corrupt Elites: "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington"
Caoimhghin àì Croidheáin | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-25
"A prince being thus obliged to know well how to act as a beast must imitate the fox and the lion, for the lion cannot protect himself from traps, and the fox cannot defend himself from wolves. One must therefore …
globalresearch.ca/individual-collective-…

Report: EU Planning "Vaccination Passport" Since 2018
Kit Knightly | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-25
A report published by the European Commission in late 2019 reveals that the EU has been looking to increase the scope and power of vaccination programmes since well before the current "pandemic". | The endpoint of the Roadmap is, among many …
globalresearch.ca/eu-planning-vaccinatio…

New Zealand opposition leadership change points to political instability
wsws.org | 2020-05-25
The two-year tenure of departing National Party leader Simon Bridges was marked by sharp, inner-party divisions over New Zealand's relations with China.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/25/nati…

How to understand all this China stuff
Caitlin A. Johnstone | mronline.org | 2020-05-25
The notion of "pre-crime" is the purview of dystopian horror fiction when applied to individual people, and there's no reason we should find the prospect of attacking and destroying for hypothetical future offenses any less insane on an international scale.
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Billionaire Wealth, U.S. Job Losses and Pandemic Profiteers
Chuck Collins | zcomm.org | 2020-05-25
The number of U.S. citizens filing for unemployment increased to 38.6 million since March 18, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Over the same two months, the wealth of U.S. billionaires has surged $434 billion

Israeli Troops Shoot Palestinian Family Harvesting Wheat, Wounding Two
IMEMC News | imemc.org | 2020-05-25
Israeli forces on Monday attacked a family of Palestinians who were harvesting wheat on their farmland near al-Mughayyir village east of Jerusalem. The Israeli army was apparently called in by Israeli settlers who had earlier tried to harass the Palestinian family. Initially, the army issued a statement that two Palestinians …
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Armed Israeli Settlers Shoot, Injure Two Palestinian Youths
IMEMC & Agencies | imemc.org | 2020-05-25
Palestinian media reports said, earlier on Monday, that at least two Palestinians were shot and wounded by armed Israeli settlers, in the village of al-Mughayyir, north of Ramallah city, in the central West Bank. Palestinian chief for resisting the Israeli Apartheid Wall and illegal Israeli settlement construction, across the West …
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Israeli Authorities Demolish Palestinian-owned Structures near Bethlehem
Ali Salam | imemc.org | 2020-05-25
Israeli forces, on Monday, demolished a livestock barn and a tent, east of the southern occupied West Bank city of Bethlehem, Palestinian WAFA News Agency reported. Sources said the structures were owned by a local Palestinian, who was detained for several hours before being released. Palestinian security sources said the …
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In pandemic, Sunday shows centered official voices, sidelined independent health experts
Julie Hollar | nationofchange.org | 2020-05-25
While the Sunday shows have always leaned heavily on politicians, other public officials, and their surrogates, this skew is more pronounced than FAIR has found in the past.
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Global rental car giant Hertz added to growing list of US corporations filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy
wsws.org | 2020-05-25
The restructuring has already begun with Hertz laying off or furloughing about one fourth of its workforce, or 16,000 workers, since March.
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El imperialismo y el derecho a la autodeterminación
Monica Moorehead | workers.org | 2020-05-25
Esta es una versión ligeramente editada de una charla dada durante " øQué camino hacia el socialismo?" seminario web realizado por Workers World Party el 16 de mayo. Una de las cinco características que V.I. Lenin, líder de la Revolución Rusa, presentó en su libro de 1916, "Imperialismo: la etapa más . . . | Continue reading El imperialismo y el derecho a la autodeterminación at Workers.org
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Portland caravan supports essential workers
Lyn Neeley | workers.org | 2020-05-25
Large placards covered supporters' cars during the Portland, Ore., caravan for essential workers held May 21. It started at the East Portland Post Office, circled two Fred Meyer grocery stores and ended at Legacy Emmanuel Hospital. The event was hosted by Communities and Postal Workers United and attended by a . . . | Continue reading Portland caravan supports essential workers at Workers.org
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Ethiopia setting record straight on grand dam on Nile
yenisafak.com | 2020-05-25
Ethiopia on Monday briefed resident ambassadors of European countries and Americas about the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) under construction on the Nile River and latest developments in the technical, political and diplomatic developments surrounding the hydro dam.The briefing was held by Foreign Minister Gedu Andargachew and Gedeon Asfaw, an engineer member of Ethiopia's negotiating team.Tensions have escalated between Egypt and Ethiopia after the former complained to the United Nations Security Council on May 1 after Ethiopia announced its plan to begin first-phase filling of its $5billion hydro dam o…
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Indivisible: Demand Safe Voting Amid COVID19 Town Hall w/ Elizabeth Warren & more
Indivisible | indybay.org | 2020-05-25
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Challenges Facing LGBTQ+ Immigrants, Refugees and Asylum Seekers (webinar)
The Commonwealth Club | indybay.org | 2020-05-25
Online via livestream…
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In New Zealand, David Confronts 2 Goliaths
John Feffer | thenation.com | 2020-05-25
In New Zealand, David Confronts 2 Goliaths…
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Calls grow to make childcare accessible, fully funded
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2020-05-25
Education Jim McIlroyIssue 1267 Australia early childhood education childcare workers COVID-19May 25, 2020Calls are growing f…
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Leave no one behind
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2020-05-25
Green Left Pip HinmanIssue 1267 Australia women precarious workers COVID-19 recessionMay 25, 2020In addition to facing a sharp –…
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Japan lifts Covid-19 state of emergency, eyes new stimulus package
rt.com | 2020-05-25
Japan is ending its Covid-19 state of emergency after a drop in infection numbers, and is considering a stimulus package worth more than $900 billion. | The government earlier ended restrictions on economic activity in 42 of the country's 47 prefectures, and has now opened up the remaining five regions, including Tokyo. | Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said: "We did not enforce restrictions with punitive measures, but we have been able to bring the outbreak under control in just a month and a half." | "I would like to say that we were able to show the strength of the Japanese model," he added. | Also on rt.com
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Saving the Lionhead Wilderness
George Wuerthner | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-25
One of the most outstanding wildlands on the Custer Gallatin National Forest is the 43,759-acre proposed Lionhead Wilderness. The Lionhead lies along the Continental Divide and rises up above Hebgen Lake near West Yellowstone. The Madison River and Quake Lake on the north, while Targhee Pass on the south and Raynold Pass on the west…
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Can NASA's 'Artemis Accords' Spark a U.S.-Russia Alliance?
Andrey Areshev | strategic-culture.org | 2020-05-25
Amidst the global chaos and confusion unleashed by COVID-19, the need for a new global security and financial architecture is becoming clearer every day. Banks tremble upon the precipice of the greatest financial meltdown in history while radical forces of the Anglo-American elite knowing only how to think in terms of "balance of power" geopolitics gear up for war with Russia and China. | The scale of chaos and death threatening humanity via the two-fold crises of economic collapse…
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Federal Court Blocks South Carolina Witness Requirement That Would Put Voters at Risk During COVID-19 Pandemic
commondreams.org | 2020-05-25
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'It Was Me Who Shattered 100% of the ISIS Caliphate,' Says Trump to Defend Golfing Amid Covid-19 Pandemic
Jon Queally, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-05-25
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$3,278 ER Visit for Coughing Fits and Fever Amid Covid-19 Pandemic Highlights Failure of For-Profit System
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-05-25
A $3,278 bill that Timothy Regan received after coughing fits and a low-grade fever sent him to a Denver emergency room in early April—as the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in the United States continued to climb—garnered national media attention Monday as an example of how much the nation's for-profit healthcare system is costing Americans, particularly in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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US Public Remain the Tacit Accomplice in America's Dead End Wars
Andrew Bacevich | commondreams.org | 2020-05-25
A U.S. soldier fires an anti-tank rocket during a live-fire exercise in Zabul province, Afghanistan, in July 2010. (Photo: U.S. Army/flickr/cc) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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'Here We Go Again': Richest Hospitals Sitting on Billions in Cash Got Golden Bailouts Compared to Those Serving Poorest
Jon Queally, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-05-25
"If you ever hear a hospital complaining they don't have enough money, see if they have a venture fund." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Murderer in Chief (Part Two): Trump's Gutting of Environmental Rules Will Lead to Hundreds of Thousands of Deaths
Kenneth Peres | commondreams.org | 2020-05-25
The Trump administration has attacked environmental regulations aimed at protecting people and the planet since the moment it came to power. (Photo: Mark Dixon/Flickr/cc) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Something more than a bit fishy about Cummings visiting Castle Barnard
graham | truepublica.org.uk | 2020-05-25
By Rob Woodward: Boris Johnson has offered full support to his embattled senior adviser Dominic Cummings but many questions still remain about the aide's actions, following allegations that he broke lockdown rules twice. The media are chasing this story down but they missed something really quite interesting. At the Sunday press briefing, Boris Johnson was specifically asked …
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Boris Johnson defends key adviser over flouting UK lockdown rules
wsws.org | 2020-05-25
Cummings was one of the chief advocates for Britain's "herd immunity" policy, based on the mass infection of the population with coronavirus.
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UK Government in Crisis as Public Anger Grows Over Dominic Cummings
Johanna Ross | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-25
Boris Johnson and his trusty advisor Dominic Cummings are finished. That's the consensus much of the country has come to as people from all sides of the political spectrum joined together over the weekend to demand Dominic Cummings' resignation. Twitter …
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Coronavirus death toll in Bangladesh crosses 500
yenisafak.com | 2020-05-25
The death toll in Bangladesh from the novel coronavirus rose to 501, a government official said on Monday, as 21 more people lost their lives over the past 24 hours.In a media briefing, Nasima Sultana, director general health, said Bangladesh registered 1,975 COVID-19 new cases over the past 24 hours, the highest single-day cases since the outbreak in the country, pushing the tally to 35,585.Some 433 people also made recovery over the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of recoveries to 7,334, Sultana said.The death rate in the country was 1.41% and recovery rate is 20.61%, she added.Meanwhile, the novel cor…
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TRT launches Russian language news platform
yenisafak.com | 2020-05-25
In a statement, TRT said it continued to increase and strengthen its foreign-languages broadcasting.The platform aims to be influential with its Russian coverage through informative and gripping interviews, reports and videos with an experienced news-crew.TRT Russian will focus on being an informative and balanced conduit of expression in the Russian-speaking world and across the globe. – TRT becoming international brandAfter TRT Arabic, TRT World and the German-language TRT Deutsch, TRT continues to move towards becoming a major worldwide brand.TRT Russian will play an active role in fighting disinformation and…
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Trump warns he may move Republican convention site from NC
yenisafak.com | 2020-05-25
U.S. President Donald Trump warned on Monday that he may move the Republican National Convention from North Carolina set for August if the event faces state social distancing restrictions as a result of the coronavirus.The coronavirus pandemic has forced Trump and presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden to halt campaign rallies. Some have raised concerns that the large formal nominating conventions that are typically packed with delegates could raise safety issues.Trump said on Twitter that if Democratic Governor Roy Cooper does not immediately answer "whether or not the space will be allowed to be fully occupie…
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Italy to recruit volunteers to ensure social distancing
yenisafak.com | 2020-05-25
In a desperate attempt to avoid a new wave of coronavirus contagions, the Italian government will issue a call to recruit 60,000 volunteers who will help people comply with the social distancing measures.The move came after thousands of citizens thronged Italian beaches, squares and bars to spend their first weekend outdoors, after the end of a two-month lockdown.Authorities, however, are worried that huge get-togethers and crowds in the cities' piazzas may provoke a new spike in the virus contagion curve, which has eventually started falling.The initiative of hiring volunteers came from the Minister for Regional…
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Selected Articles: The "National Covid-19 Testing Action Plan"
Global Research News | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-25
Do you value the reporting and in-depth analysis provided by Global Research on a daily basis? | Click to | * * * | | USA Plan: Militarized Control of Population. The …
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Cuba Is Punished for not Emulating the U.S
Andrey Areshev | strategic-culture.org | 2020-05-25
In April 2015, the Obama Administration removed Cuba from the U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism

Biden Should Be Named in Criminal Probe in Ukraine, Judge Rules
Andrey Areshev | strategic-culture.org | 2020-05-25
Joe Biden should be named as an alleged perpetrator in a criminal investigation in Ukraine over the firing of former Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin, a Ukrainian judge has ruled. Shokin has alleged that Biden was illegally behind his dismissal in 2016 by threatening to withhold a $1 billion IMF loan to Ukraine if Shokin wasn't dismissed.
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Nurses, Covid-19, Healthcare Crisis & Defending Public Health With NNU Pres. Burger
Labor Videeo Project | indybay.org | 2020-05-25
Deborah Burger R.N. president of the National Nurses Union NNU-California Nurses Association CNA talks about the crisis in the healthcare system and the fight of the NNU-CNA to defend nurses, healthcare workers and the public.
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/05/23/1883323…

Covid-19 Pandemic: American Indian Nations & Tribal Communities (Health Care Voter)
Health Care Voter and partners | indybay.org | 2020-05-25
Online via livestream…
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The death camp known as Gateway Care & Rehabilitation Center in Hayward
Lynda Carson | indybay.org | 2020-05-25
Coronavirus Covid-19 Pandemic…
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Circuit Judge Tosses Out Governor Kate Brown's Coronavirus Restrictions In Oregon
AP | indybay.org | 2020-05-25
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Artists United for Amazonia: Protecting the Protectors during COVID w/ Jane Goodall & more
Artists for Amazonia, Amazon Watch, others | indybay.org | 2020-05-25
Online via livestream | www.youtube.com/watch?v=N6tWbDM0jAY | or | www.amazonemergencyfund.org/
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Dubious State Testing Numbers May Be Screwing Up National CDC Reports
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-05-25
Health officials in Texas, Georgia, Vermont and Virginia acknowledged this week that they have been combining viral and antibody test results. Those results may well have painted an inaccurate picture of how the coronavirus has spread over time, and led to an overestimation of how well officials are tracking the contagion. | The difference is a matter of timing. Viral tests

Without More Federal Funds, Half of All Child Care Centers Could Close Forever
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-05-25
As the days of a national shutdown stretched on, Aliya Johnson-Roberts knew she would have to start cutting employees' hours and laying off some of her staff. When her child care center in northeast Philadelphia closed its doors in mid-March due to the coronavirus, she immediately started to lose out on a large portion of her revenue: $7,000 a month in tuition from private-paying families, co-pays from families who receive state support, and money she would normally receive through a federal…
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Praising Emissions Reductions Due to Coronavirus Plays Into Right-Wing Strategy
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-05-25
A study published in Nature Climate Change recently found that, in early April, daily global carbon dioxide emissions decreased by 17 percent compared to the 2019 mean levels. Because of shelter-in-place rules and businesses being closed, people have been driving and flying less, leading to lower emissions. | Shortly after emissions started dropping in March, the climate community was careful to apply nuance to the emissions reduction discussion: Less carbon dioxide emissions, while good,…
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'Better and safer': As Russia prepares to open up, prime minister urges citizens to holiday at home
rt.com | 2020-05-25
Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin has advised citizens not to rush abroad this summer, stressing that the risk of Covid-19 being imported into the country should be minimized. | Yes, some progress has been made in the fight against the spread of the coronavirus infection, but we must remember that coronavirus was [originally] imported from abroad. | Read more | | Russian border may not open fully UNTIL 2021

UK hospital SHUTS to all new patients due to 'high number of Covid-19 cases' as country prepares to ease lockdown further
rt.com | 2020-05-25
A hospital in Somerset, England has closed its doors to all new patients – even emergency cases – due to the high volume of coronavirus sufferers already being treated there. | In a statement on Monday morning, Weston General Hospital said the temporary measure was implemented at 8am local time, adding that alternative arrangements have been made for new patients to receive treatment in other healthcare facilities. | "We currently have a high number of patients with COVID-19 in Weston General Hospital," said Dr William Oldfield, medical director at University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust.
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WHO SUSPENDS trials of Trump-chosen hydroxychloroquine drug over SAFETY RISKS for Covid-19 patients
rt.com | 2020-05-25
The World Health Organization has paused the clinical trials of anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine in coronavirus patients. It says the drug, notably taken and endorsed by US President Donald Trump, has raised safety concerns. | The drug's safety data is being reviewed by a monitoring board, and the trials have been put on hold, the WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told reporters. It was being tested as part of the Solidarity international program aimed at tackling the Covid-19 pandemic. | The UN health body took the step out of an "abundance of caution," said Mike Ryan, the head of the organization's e…
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Palestinians start 'cautiously returning' to normal life in West Bank
rt.com | 2020-05-25
Mosques, churches and businesses in the occupied West Bank will reopen on Tuesday in an easing of coronavirus restrictions, Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh has said. It is time to "cautiously return life to normal" now that infection rates have slowed, Shtayyeh added. | The Palestinian Authority declared a health emergency in March and imposed lockdowns after the first cases of the novel coronavirus were confirmed in the West Bank town of Bethlehem. The Palestinian Health Ministry has confirmed 423 cases of Covid-19 in the West Bank and two deaths. In Gaza, which is run by the Palestinian Authorit…
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'Orwellian dictatorship': Italian government to recruit 60,000 'civic assistants' to snitch on Covid-19 rule-breakers
rt.com | 2020-05-25
The Italian government is preparing to recruit unemployed citizens to act as volunteer social-distancing enforcers, who will operate amongst the masses as life returns to a semi-normal state after the Covid-19 lockdown. | The government will publish a call this week for 60,000 so-called "civic assistants" to help perform control and assistance tasks

PM Markovic declares Montenegro first coronavirus-free state in Europe
rt.com | 2020-05-25
Prime Minister Dusko Markovic on Monday declared Montenegro a coronavirus-free country, 69 days after it reported its first case and after 20 without a new one. Montenegro has reported 324 confirmed cases of Covid-19 illness and nine deaths, Reuters said. | "The battle with such a vicious virus has been won and Montenegro now becomes the first coronavirus-free country in Europe," Markovic told reporters after meeting a body tasked with combating the epidemic. The PM started the news conference by taking off his face mask. | In early March, the Balkan republic of 620,000 people, which relies heavily on revenues…
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Iran reopens major Shiite shrines after 2-month closure over coronavirus outbreak
rt.com | 2020-05-25
Iran on Monday reopened key Shiite shrines across the Islamic Republic, more than two months after they were closed because of the coronavirus outbreak. | At Tehran's Shah Abdol-Azim shrine, worshipers had to wear a mask, walk through a disinfection tunnel, and have their temperature checked, AFP reported. The Imam Reza shrine in Mashhad in northeast Iran, and the Fatima Masumeh shrine and Jamkaran mosque in the holy city of Qom also reopened while observing health protocols. | Worshipers were shown on state TV crying and running towards the Imam Reza shrine as they were guided by attendants. | Iran has allowe…
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Finland to spend €100mn on coronavirus protective equipment, respirators
rt.com | 2020-05-25
The Finnish government said on Monday it plans to place orders for protective gear and respirators worth €100 million ($109 million) between June and August to fight the coronavirus and prepare for a possible surge in demand for the equipment. | The decision was taken despite infections from the novel coronavirus slowing in the nation of 5.5 million. Last week, children were allowed to return to daycare centers and elementary schools, as part of easing coronavirus-related restrictions. | "We are prepared for the fact that the disease situation may change in the future and the demand for protective equipme…
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Race you, NASA!: China confirms July launch of first Mars rover, which rivals Perseverance mission
rt.com | 2020-05-25
With a window of opportunity to send robots to Mars opening in July, Beijing plans to launch its Tianwen-1 mission sooner rather than later, and it may come ahead of NASA's Mars 2020 expedition. | The two scientific missions to the Red Planet both involve deploying a rover on its surface, but for Beijing, it will be a first attempt to do so. The Chinese mission may start slightly ahead of the American one, however. China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation said on Sunday that it is targeting a July launch for the Long March 5 Y4, which is to deliver an orbiter and a rover to Mars. | Èï&osl…
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Patriotic consumers in Poland were duped by store into buying Ukrainian cucumbers, Belgian carrots as home-grown, watchdog finds
rt.com | 2020-05-25
A Polish supermarket chain has been caught mislabeling imported produce as home-grown, that country's consumer watchdog has revealed. The violation might result in a fine of up to 10 percent of the company's annual turnover. | Poland's patriotic drive to support indigenous producers has been put in great jeopardy by the Biedronka chain, a statement released on Monday by the UOKiK anti-monopoly watchdog suggests. As a vast majority of Poles is striving to buy locally-produced items, the retailer has apparently been si…
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Newly discovered Comet SWAN is now VISIBLE from Earth, but facing fight for its life as it nears the Sun
rt.com | 2020-05-25
Astronomers keeping a close eye on the newly discovered Comet SWAN have discovered that it faces a fight for survival as it nears the Sun. But it's good news for skywatchers, as the space rock is more beautiful than before. | The comet, the official name of which is C/2020 F8, was discovered in late March by astronomer Michael Mattiazzo from Australia. All indications suggest it is likely to be the brightest comet visible in 2020. | It got its nickname because the first images of the fireball were captured by the Solar Wind Anisotropies (SWAN) instrument on the joint ESA and NASA Solar and Heliospheric Observa…
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Iran ready to share COVID-19 experiences with African countries: Zarif
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-25
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US not qualified to judge other countries: Iran Foreign Ministry
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-25
TEHRAN, May 25 (MNA)

'Wisdom still alive in parts of US', says envoy after Iran tankers reach Venezuela
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-25
TEHRAN, May 25 (MNA)

Harvesting damask rose in N. Khorasan province
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-25
BOJNOURD, May 25 (MNA)

Homayoun Shajarian holds online concert
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-25
TEHRAN, May 25 (MNA)

Head of French LREM Party Says Former Health Minister Determined to Become Paris Mayor
sputniknews.com | 2020-05-25
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Racist, sexist, job-killing, union-busting robber baron appointed to head USPS
Joe Piette | workers.org | 2020-05-25
An earlier version of this article appeared in Labor Notes May 15. The Trump administration, COVID-19 and U.S. Senate reluctance to provide needed funding have put the U.S. Postal Service in dire economic straits. To make matters worse, newly appointed Postmaster General Louis DeJoy comes with 35 years' experience in . . . | Continue reading Racist, sexist, job-killing, union-busting robber baron appointed to head USPS at Workers.org
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Iranian Fuel Tanker Reaches Venezuela, Defying US Threats
Ricardo Vaz | venezuelanalysis.com | 2020-05-24
The five Iranian tankers are estimated to carry enough gasoline to supply Venezuela for 50 days.
venezuelanalysis.com/news/14886

Global Capitalism, "World Government" and the Corona Crisis
Prof Michel Chossudovsky | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-24
The COVID-19 crisis is marked by a public health "emergency" under WHO auspices which is being used as a pretext and a justification to triggering a Worldwide process of economic, social and political restructuring.
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Israel's Intent to Annex Part of West Bank May Spark New Wide-scale Middle East Crisis Amidst Global Pandemic
Paul Antonopoulos | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-24
Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas announced that the Palestinian state and the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) will no longer adhere to the agreements they signed with Israel and the United States. It is a reaction to Israel's intentions to annex Jewish …
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Battle Against COVID-19 in a Fragmented World has Ruined illions of Lives
Andre Vltchek | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-05-24
It is not only about physically surviving the pandemic. People miss people, and places, sometimes desperately. And they die when separated. We are bombarded by briefings and numbers. We are scared into submission by horrifying medical stories, by shocking images, and then, simultaneously, by predictions of economic and social downfall. Day and night, day and …
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Video: German Medical Doctor Katrin Korb's Analysis of Big Pharma's "Dubious Vaccine"
Dr. Katrin Korb | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-24
German Medical Doctor Katrin Korb discusses COVID-19, the lockdown and the vaccine during a protest held in Oldeburg. | Below is the transcript of her speech. | *** | Dear fellow citizens, | I'm thankful for being able to stand here today. My name …
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Police fire tear gas during protest in Hong Kong
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-05-24
Hong Kong police fired volleys of tear gas in a popular shopping district, as hundreds took to the streets on 24 May to march against China's proposed tough national security laws for the city.Pro-democracy supporters in Hong Kong have sharply criticised China's proposal to enact a national security law that would ban secessionist and subversive activity. The law would also ban foreign interference and terrorism in the semi-autonomous territory.One country, two systems: Critics say it goes against the "one country, two systems" framework that promises the city freedoms not found on the mainland.On Sunday a…
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Hundreds call for 'end to tyranny' in anti-lockdown protest at California state Capitol (PHOTOS, VIDEO)
rt.com | 2020-05-24
Some 2,000 people have descended on the California Capitol in Sacramento, demanding that the remaining coronavirus restrictions

National Alliance calls for National Day of Protest: May 3Oth
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-05-24
Fight Back News Service is circulating the following call from the National Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression. | The recently re founded National Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression calls upon all its members, comrades, friends and allies to join in a national day of protest on May 30th, 2020 at 3: 00 PM EST. | We as a movement have been agitated into taking mass, united action not by the pandemic alone but even more significantly by the Federal Government and the financial lords and barons of Wall Street who, driven by their own greed and lust for political power, are willing to sacri…
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Alyssa Milano goes on defensive after showing off her KNITTED mask (that does NOTHING to stop Covid-19)
rt.com | 2020-05-24
Actress and liberal activist Alyssa Milano has pushed back against an avalanche of online mockery, after she shared a photo of herself donning a visibly unreliable knitted mask. | The anti-Trump #Resistance 'heroine' urged her Twitter followers to don masks to stop the spread of Covid-19, and included a pic of her face-covered family. | Show me your masks! Masks keep people safe and healthy. Show me yours! Ready? Go! #WearAMask pic.twitter.com/MV9xANK9ll– Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano)
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Crucial Reading For A Turbulent Time
John Rachel | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-05-24
In an era where a man like Julian Assange can be mercilessly persecuted for just doing honest journalism, it takes a great deal of courage to expose the lies and misdeeds of America's imperial ambitions. Yet they must be exposed and condemned for exactly what they have been and continue to be. No More War: …
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5 reasons Costa Rica is winning plaudits for fighting COVID-19: a Resident Coordinator's blog
news.un.org | 2020-05-24
Costa Rica is winning plaudits for its handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. Alice Shackleford, UN Resident Coordinator in Costa Rica, and WHO Representative María Dolores Pérez-Rosales, explain why the small Central American country is managing to keep the number of cases down, and its population healthy.
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Climate Crisis: EU Green Stimulus, Meat Apocalypse, Public Lands, Climate Music
Staff | therealnews.com | 2020-05-24
In this week's Climate Crisis News Roundup, COVID-19 has meat production in crisis, but what's its climate impact? And a new report says President Trump has the worst public lands protection record in history, while the EU and Spain will soon release a green economic stimulus plan.
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Heed ceasefire call, UN chief urges, marking Africa Day
news.un.org | 2020-05-24
African countries have "demonstrated commendable leadership" battling the COVID-19 pandemic, but more nations across the continent where conflict prevails, should heed the UN call for a global ceasefire to push back the deadly virus, said the Secretary-General on Monday.
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US declares vaccine war on the world
Prabir Purkayastha | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-05-24
What prevents any country from making drugs and vaccines, once developed? Is it the threat of the US, or the belief that in the US-China vaccine war, they need to be on the US side?
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The mendacity of Modi govt.'s 'rescue package'
Prabhat Patnaik | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-05-24
The inhumanity of the Narendra Modi government towards the people is matched only by its mendacity. And in both respects, the Modi government is far ahead of most other governments in the world. Which other government would have passed off a slew of concessions to foreign and domestic monopolists as a "rescue package" for the people of the country? Which other government would have totted up loan plans for banks, and non-bank financial companies, as succor to the crisis-hit poor? Which other government would have projected abject prostration before globalized finance (and its credit-rating agencies) as a move…
peoplesdispatch.org/2020/05/24/the-menda…

The World is in Their Care
Eds. | mronline.org | 2020-05-24
The World is in Their Care calls our awareness down upon those who do the daily work which improves, repairs, and sustains life. All labor is shared. Bless the listener without whom their is no poet. This poem is dedicated to Jerry Tucker.
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Ants at a Pandemic Picnic
Philip A Farruggio | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-24
Remember when you were a kid, locked within that monster called a grade school, at dismissal time? You must recall how the seas just opened and the throng descended on the schoolyard… like , well… ants at a picnic. Thus, …
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Israeli Police Assault, Arrest 4 Palestinians at Al-Aqsa, Soldiers Detain 3 Overnight
Ali Salam | imemc.org | 2020-05-24
Dozens of Israeli police, on Sunday, assaulted a number of Palestinian Muslim worshipers performing Eid al-Fitr prayers at Bab al-Asbat or Lion's Gate, leading to the holy Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in occupied Jerusalem, southern West Bank. Palestinian Muslims joined at the gate of the mosque to perform prayers for Eid …
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Three Palestinian Prisoners enter 12th and 18th Years of Israeli Imprisonment
IMEMC & Agencies | imemc.org | 2020-05-24
The Ramallah-based Palestinian Prisoners' Society (PPS) confirmed, on Saturday, that both Palestinian prisoners, Mohammad Alkhaldi and Mohammad Auda, from the Arrana village, on the outskirts of Jenin, have both entered their 12th year of life sentences in Israeli prison. Montaser Sammour, Director of the Prisoners' Society in Jenin, further noted …
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Restaurants in the Pandemic
Dean Baker | cepr.net | 2020-05-24
The NYT ran a column by a bar-restaurant owner telling of the horrible circumstances facing restaurants during and after the shutdown period. While the restaurant industry is among the hardest hit sectors, and many will not survive, a few of the complaints in the piece need some qualification. For example it tells readers: "Rent is …
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Left-wing MPs put Starmer's weak response to the Cummings scandal to shame
Ed Sykes | thecanary.co | 2020-05-24
The scandal over Boris Johnson's chief adviser Dominic Cummings allegedly breaking coronavirus (Covid-19) lockdown rules has sparked widespread anger. Over 50% of people now reportedly think he should step down. But that's something Labour leader Keir Starmer seems unhappy to demand. | The comments of left-wing Labour MPs, meanwhile, have shown a much better understanding of what people around the country want right now. | 'Breaking the law': | Back in…
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Tory MPs ramp up pressure on Johnson over Cummings 'lockdown breaches'
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-05-24
Conservative MPs have ramped up pressure on Boris Johnson to dispense with his top aide Dominic Cummings. The pressure comes amid fresh allegations that Cummings broke lockdown rules more than once. | The prime minister has been urged to sack Cummings after reports surfaced that he made a second trip to County Durham, where his family lives, despite stringent social restrictions. | Tory MPs, including prominent 1922 Committee member Steve Baker, said Cummings "must go". But transport secretary Grant Shapps said reports of a second trip were "not true". The PM pledged his "full support" on Saturday 23 May to his u…
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Muslims celebrate Eid amid curfews and virus fears
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-05-24
Muslims around the world on Sunday 24 May began celebrating Eid al-Fitr, a normally festive holiday marking the end of the fasting month of Ramadan. Millions are under strict stay-at-home orders and many fearing renewed coronavirus outbreaks.The three-day holiday is usually a time of travel, family get-togethers and lavish daytime feasts after weeks of dawn-to-dusk fasting. But this year many can only celebrate at home with immediate family, with virus fears dampening the holiday spirit.Indonesia has reported nearly 22,000 infections and 1,350 fatalities, the most in Southeast Asia. Lockdown orders intended to co…
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A History of News and Justice in the Americas
Mirna Wabi-Sabi | commondreams.org | 2020-05-24
(Historical photos colorized by Marina Amaral, in project called 'In Color | | Slavery In Brazil, 1869') | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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What New York City's Cholera Epidemics Can Teach Us in the Age COVID-19
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-05-24
This isn't the first time that New York City became the epicenter of a deadly disease. Consequently, this also isn't the first time a widespread disease has been racialized and linked to the "other." When cholera arrived on the shores of New York City in 1832, the disease had already ravaged parts of Asia and Europe. New York City officials and scientists did not understand the cause of the disease. Some saw cholera as divine retribution, only inflicted on the sinners of the city. In the 1830s, app…
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Your Employers Are Behind the Rush to Reopen
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-05-24
This article was originally published at Labor Notes. | The federal government squandered the time the states spent in lockdown. We still face a national shortage of COVID-19 test kits and PPE and there is no nationwide testing or contact tracing program. The United States has 4 percent of the world's population, but about a third of the world's coronavirus cases. | But some…
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Tenants in Properties Linked to Jared Kushner Fear Lift of Eviction Ban
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-05-24
It was the day after April rent was officially due

NYT includes MURDER VICTIM in controversial front page list of Covid-19 deaths
rt.com | 2020-05-24
The New York Times has split the internet over a provocative front page spread of Covid-19 victims. The list itself has come under scrutiny, with at least one of the deaths found to have actually resulted from homicide. | As the US death toll approaches 100,000, the paper decided to print a "long, solemn list of people whose lives were lost to the coronavirus pandemic." Instead of trying to fit tens of thousands of names on the front page, the New York Times chose to highlight a curated selection of obituaries from across the country. | The Times explained that the list of 1,000 people was designed to remind A…
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'Dems could pick a GLASS OF WATER as candidate': Trump picks apart Biden & talks 'DEEP STATE' in new softball interview
rt.com | 2020-05-24
President Trump has unloaded on rival Joe Biden, who he said "doesn't know he's alive," and has also promised that his new intelligence director and Attorney General William Barr will "Break the deep state." | In a relatively softball interview broadcast on Sunday, the president boasted to 'Full Measure' host Sharyl Atkinson about his response to the coronavirus pandemic, and slammed the Chinese government for its alleged role in allowing the virus to spread. | However, he saved his most characteristically Trumpian insults for Joe Biden, former Vice President and presumed Democratic candidate in this year's el…
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American exceptionalism and the American Left's China double standard
Danny Haiphong | mronline.org | 2020-05-23
The threat that the American Left sees in China aligns with the white supremacist underpinnings of American exceptionalism.
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Trump Has Won the Propaganda War With China
Andrey Areshev | strategic-culture.org | 2020-05-23
Donald Trump has finally won a war. It's a war he's uniquely suited to fight, a propaganda war, and he's successfully waged it on China through his command of Western media. | Stating this doesn't imply any kind of judgment on my part as to whether he should or should not have waged this war with China. He has and he has emerged victorious, thanks to his reframing the threat from COVID-19 as an evil Chinese plot to kill millions of people. | Now, I'm convinced that the circumstances surrounding COVID-19 were a plot by evil people to kill millions of people and usher in a bleak, authoritarian nightmare they've had…
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What Does Conservatism Mean After The Iraq War?
Andrey Areshev | strategic-culture.org | 2020-05-23
An Iraqi-American takes stock of how the Right supported regime change and warns of falling into the trap again. | Luma SIMMS | As a Christian and an American citizen of Iraqi heritage, I want to address a point raised in John Burtka's recent article defending First Things. Namely, the impact of the War in Iraq on Christians in the country and conservatism in America. | "We do not know what we need to know until we ask the right questions, and we can identify the right questions only by subjecting our own ideas about the world to the test of public contro…
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[Comment] Offline: Health in the unhappy time of COVID-19
Richard Horton | thelancet.com | 2020-05-23
It was a tragedy for anyone hoping to see COVID-19 become a catalyst for international solidarity. On the first day of the first-ever virtual World Health Assembly, held during the worst acute global health crisis since WHO's creation in 1948, Alex Azar, US Secretary of Health and Human Services, further damaged the credibility of the US Government as a constructive member of the international community. "We must be frank", he began. What followed was an astonishing series of unsubstantiated allegations.
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March on the DNC meets with city of Milwaukee
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-05-23
Milwaukee, WI–The Coalition to March on the Democratic National Convention met with officials from the city of Milwaukee on May 21 to discuss the coalition's permit and plan to protest. The goals of the coalition are to defeat President Trump and to advance a progressive people's agenda, thus building stronger movements to challenge the Democratic Party. Lawyers for the Wisconsin ACLU arranged the meeting and led the discussions. | The meeting with the city of Milwaukee confirmed that the COVID-19 health crisis is causing most in the Democratic Party to consider alternatives to an indoor convention with th…
www.fightbacknews.org/2020/5/23/march-dn…

Correction Officers And Inmate Advocates Prepare For Action At Jessup Prison
Staff | therealnews.com | 2020-05-23
Corrections officers and prison abolitionists will join together Saturday to protest the lack of PPE and testing, and the need for parole, during the COVID-19 pandemic.
therealnews.com/stories/correction-offic…

Cyclone Amphan's death toll crosses 100, citizens protest over lack of facilities
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-05-23
The total damage is estimated to be in the range of USD 15 billion. Protests broke out in cities in the Indian State of West Bengal as normalcy has not been restored three days after the cyclone…
peoplesdispatch.org/2020/05/23/cyclone-a…

[Commentary] Data explosion during COVID-19: A call for collaboration with the tech industry & data scrutiny
Elizabeth M. Hechenbleikner, Daniel V. Samarov, Ed Lin | thelancet.com | 2020-05-23
The volume and speed of data generation in biomedical literature, social media, and other resources during the COVID-19 pandemic is unprecedented. This mountain of data is growing daily across PubMed, Twitter, Google Scholar, and the World Health Organization's COVID-19 database [1], naming a few. The recently published COVID-19 Twitter dataset may offer insights into multiple topics from compliance with social distancing to assembling homemade masks and mental health tips [2]. Beyond social media, the massive COVID-19 Open Research Dataset (CORD-19) has been assembled from tech giants like Microsoft, the Allen I…
thelancet.com/journals/eclinm/article/PI…(20)30121-8/fulltext?rss=yes

[World Report] Mexican President López Obrador draws doctors' ire
David Agren | thelancet.com | 2020-05-23
President López Obrador later apologised after his comments were denounced by Mexican medical associations amid the COVID-19 pandemic. David Agren reports from Mexico City.
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[Perspectives] Helena Legido-Quigley: proponent of health systems strengthening
Richard Lane | thelancet.com | 2020-05-23
As Associate Professor in Health Systems at Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health at the National University of Singapore, Helena Legido-Quigley was able to observe at first-hand how the country responded to its first COVID-19 outbreak earlier this year. "It was striking how well Singapore was prepared, a legacy from the SARS era, with a dedicated infectious diseases hospital and 6 months of supplies of personal protective equipment and ventilators. The public health response was fast and efficient with good governance and effective health-risk communication", she says.
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