Daily Archives: May 27, 2020

2020-05-27: News Headlines

Sara Flounders (2020-05-27). U.S. tries to deflect COVID fiasco onto China. workers.org A growing world confrontation is roaring onto the political and economic scene. Not a day goes by without the corporate media in the U.S. carrying totally distorted and negative news attacks on the People's Republic of China. Republicans and Democrats are trading barbs over who is "soft" on China. Business . . . |

Alan Macleod (2020-05-27). As Chief Prosecutor, Klobuchar Declined to Bring Charges Against Cop that Killed George Floyd. mintpressnews.com While serving as Minnesota's chief prosecutor between 1999 and 2007, Klobuchar declined to bring charges against more than two dozen officers who had killed citizens while on duty — including against the cop that killed George Floyd.

Monica Moorehead (2020-05-27). Want justice for George Floyd? Jail & convict killer cops! — a WW commentary. workers.org Protesters at the Minneapolis police department before being assaulted by cops, May 26. May 27 — It was déjà vu, all over again. Another Black man captured on videotape, first, being tortured and, then, being choked to death by a white police officer. It was almost six years ago when, . . . |

Fight Back (2020-05-27). Over 20,000 march demanding justice for George Floyd. fightbacknews.org Minneapolis, MN — More than 20,000 people marched here, May 26, to demand justice for George Floyd, an African American man who as murdered by Minneapolis police on May 25. The three-mile march filled city streets for blocks and then closed a major four-lane highway. It started at the murder scene at Chicago Avenue and 38th Street and went to the Third Precinct station on Lake Street, where intense clashes took place. Police fired tear gas and rubber bullets. Bricks broke some of the stations windows, a police car was demolished, and the slogan "I can't breathe," were visible on the station's wall. | Angel…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-05-27). Widespread outrage across the US, over the murder of George Lloyd by police. peoplesdispatch.org On May 26, hundreds of protesters were attacked by police in the city of Minneapolis during a protest against the murder of George Floyd, an African-American man, by a police officer on Monday May 25. | Protesters gathered at the intersection where Lloyd was murdered on Tuesday May 26 after the news of his death spread over social media. A memorial for Floyd was organized and people chanted against the police and held up signs condemning institutionalized racism in the US. | Protests were also held outside the Minneapolis Police Department's 3rd precinct office building, the circle to which the accused police off…

Sarah Lahm (2020-05-27). Thousands Protest George Floyd's Murder in Minneapolis. progressive.org Ending in clashes between armed cops and angry community members, the protest showed the immensity of residents' distrust of police.

WSWS (2020-05-27). Police in the US fire tear gas on protest against brutal Memorial Day murder. wsws.org Video shared on social media shows that George Floyd was killed by a police officer who kneeled on his neck while he was subdued on the ground.

Chauncey K. Robinson (2020-05-27). 'I can't breathe!': Minneapolis erupts in protest after murder of George Floyd. peoplesworld.org Civil unrest and outrage have overtaken the city of Minneapolis as a community seeks retribution for the death of yet another Black person at the hands of police. Video footage went viral earlier this week showing four white officers using excessive force and an unauthorized restraint maneuver to arrest 46-year-old George Floyd. George lost his …

WSWS (2020-05-27). Police in the US fire tear gas at protest against brutal Memorial Day murder. wsws.org Video shared on social media shows that George Floyd was killed by a police officer who kneeled on his neck while he was subdued on the ground.

Terrace (2020-05-27). Update On Kings Bay Plowshare 7 Sentencing. popularresistance.org On Friday, May 22, Judge Lisa Godbey Wood of the Southern District Federal Court of Georgia in Brunswick assigned new dates for seven defendants, according to the Kings Bay Plowshares' attorney, Bill Quigley. Many of the defendants had asked the court to postpone their May 28th and 29th court dates to accommodate their right to be sentenced in person in open court, witnessed by the public and press and not by video. The seven were convicted of three felonies and one misdemeanor last October for their nonviolent, symbolic disarmament act at the Kings Bay Trident nuclear submarine base. | The defendants had also as…

Joe Emersberger (2020-05-27). In 2007, acclaimed US physician Paul Farmer pushed for Cuban Medical Brigades to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. zcomm.org Today Code Pink is making a push for that. It would be a lock in a civilized world. Click below to here to read Farmer's letter. In it, he glowingly sums up his decades of working closely with Cuban doctors in Haiti.

Joshua Hanks (2020-05-27). New York Times misses mark on Kerala's COVID-19 success. workers.org It is almost five months since China first alerted the World Health Organization about cases of what is now called COVID-19. The ensuing pandemic has revealed stark differences in the responses of governments around the world. As Workers World has reported, communist-led governments in countries like Cuba, Vietnam, China and . . . |

Shaniqua Pippen (2020-05-27). NYC schools and COVID-19: A failed response and a looming crisis. liberationnews.org The burden was put on teachers to make sure over 1.1 million students were fed and had a place to go during the pandemic at the expense of our own health.

John Whitehead (2020-05-27). From 9/11 to COVID-19: The United State[s] of Emergency. mintpressnews.com CHARLOTTESVILLE ( Pity them because they have spent their entire lives in a state of emergency. | They were born in the wake of the 9/11 attacks; raised without any expectation of privacy in a technologically-driven, mass surveillance state; educated in schools that teach conformity and compliance; saddled with a debt-ridden economy on the brink…

Arielle Robinson (2020-05-27). Georgia 'reopens' with questionable data. workers.org Georgia health care workers at Athens Piedmont Medical Center wave to a 'thank-you' caravan circling the hospital on April 4. Atlanta Even as Georgia reopens certain businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic, the state's Department of Public Health continues to make errors in tracking the number of COVID-19 cases. One error . . . |

Jamal Rich (2020-05-27). Another police killing during COVID-19: Seeking justice for Finan Berhe. peoplesworld.org SILVER SPRING, Md.—On May 7, 2020, a 30-year old Black man was killed by police in the White Oak suburb of Silver Spring, Md., outside his home. His name was Finan Berhe, a member of the local Eritrean community. Berhe was only armed with a knife and likely under distress, but his life was tragically …

Al Neal (2020-05-27). Players to MLB: "Sliding pay, no way." peoplesworld.org Major League Baseball made the right call by dropping its proposed revenue split to players, and the MLB Players Association as a way to restart the Covid-19 waylaid season by July. It was a foolish proposal—one players have fought against, and gone out on strike against—and was a non-starter at the tele-negotiation table. "If you …

Devin Cole (2020-05-27). As COVID-19 deaths surge, evictions and raids resume — WW commentary. workers.org Federal, state, county and city governments are quick to raid and displace a group of people who are unhoused but have established a home encampment together. No assistance is given to those people to maintain their collective living situation. Instead, orders are issued to "clean up" the neighborhood or park . . . |

John Bachtell (2020-05-27). Trump steps up deadly drive to reopen at all costs. peoplesworld.org The contrast on Memorial Day couldn't have been starker or more surreal. As the grim milestone of 100,000 COVID-19 deaths approached, Trump played golf, oblivious to the carnage, while mocking Joe Biden for wearing a mask. Following the lead of a president oblivious to the suffering and death across the nation, in some Americans ignored …

Minnie Bruce Pratt (2020-05-27). In dire economic crisis, lessons from the most oppressed. workers.org The U.S. is in a historic, crushing economic crisis, accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic. While the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on May 21 the official unemployment rate was 14.7 percent, that same day Fortune magazine — a voice of the capitalist class — said the U.S. real unemployment rate . . . |

Erik Molvar (2020-05-27). Should Federal Public Lands be Prioritized for Renewable Energy Development? counterpunch.org The Wilderness Society just teamed up with Yale University to release a reportpromoting renewable energy development on public lands, and like the recent Michael Moore documentary Planet of the Humans, it's stirring up controversy. The report suggests we should ramp up utility-scale renewable production on federal public lands, with a particular focus on Nevada's desert

Rep. Ron Paul (2020-05-27). Video: Dr. Ron Paul's Urgent Coronavirus Message for Every American. globalresearch.ca Most Americans will be blindsided by what's about to happen… | But not those who learn the critical steps necessary to protect yourself and your family from what's coming next. | |

Bruce Bostick (2020-05-27). Irish repay debt from famine to Native American Choctaws. peoplesworld.org Our nation is suffering through the coronavirus pandemic, without leadership and with a death toll in six figures. Especially hard hit are people of color. "First Nations" people, Native Americans, are suffering horribly, with our national administration making this situation worse. The national administration has not been helpful and has cut off badly needed U.S. …

Sam Pizzigati (2020-05-27). The Inefficient and Incredibly Lucrative Coronavirus Vaccine Race. counterpunch.org Centuries ago, back in the Middle Ages, battles against plagues seldom went well. Medieval public health warriors had little scientific knowledge about their viral assailants. And what little knowledge they did gain, they couldn't easily share. Kingdoms had no vehicles for rapid and reliable communicating. We don't have that problem today as we do viral

Staff (2020-05-27). NYU Response To Grad Student Sickout Puts Fall Semester In Question. therealnews.com On May 6-8, NYU's graduate students held a three-day sickout to try and force the administration to commit to additional financial support for students in the wake of the novel coronavirus. | The students of NYU are echoing the demands of students at other universities: summer funding, a one-year extension of current funding packages, committing to not have a hiring freeze, and support for undocumented students. But NYU's refusal to engage with the graduate students is especially galling given the university's endowment is, by its own accounting, $4.3 billion. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (C…

Staff (2020-05-27). Headlines for May 27, 2020. democracynow.org Four Minneapolis Cops Fired After Shocking Video Shows Killing of George Floyd, Federal Food Program Fails to Reach Millions Even as Child Hunger Surges in U.S., NY Governor Cuomo Shielded Nursing Homes from Liability After Big Campaign Donation, GOP Governors Vie for Republican National Convention as NC Won't Commit to Packed Arena, Yemen's Health System Has "Collapsed" Amid Explosion of Coronavirus Cases, India Resumes Domestic Air Travel Even as COVID-19 Cases Surge, China Completing Plans to Test 11 Million Wuhan Residents for Coronavirus, South Korea Reports 40 New Coronavirus Infections, Highest Level in 7…

Staff (2020-05-27). From George Floyd to Chris Cooper: Ibram X. Kendi on "Racist Terror" Facing Black People in America. democracynow.org "I can't breathe" — that's what George Floyd, an unarmed African American man, repeatedly told a white Minneapolis police officer who pinned him to the ground Monday with a knee to his neck. Video of the police attack went viral. Now four officers have been fired. This comes as another video went viral of a white woman calling the cops on a Black man in New York City's Central Park and falsely accusing him of "threatening her life" after he asked her to leash her dog. We discuss these developments and more with Ibram X. Kendi, founding director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American Univer…

Staff (2020-05-27). Police Fire Rubber Bullets, Tear Gas at Protest Against Killing of George Floyd. truthout.org Minneapolis police officers dressed in riot gear fired rubber bullets, tear gas, and

Staff (2020-05-27). George Floyd, Chris Cooper and the Racist Terror Faced by Black People in the US. truthout.org "I can't breathe" — that's what George Floyd, an unarmed African American man, repeatedly told a white Minneapolis police officer who pinned him to the ground Monday with a knee to his neck. Video of the police attack went viral. Now four officers have been fired. This comes as another video went viral of a white woman calling the cops on a Black man in New York City's Central Park and falsely accusing him of "threatening her life" after he asked her to leash her dog. We discuss these d…

RT (2020-05-27). HALF of positive coronavirus antibody tests could be wrong & give false sense of security — top US health agency. rt.com Antibody tests used to confirm whether someone has ever had the coronavirus could be wrong half of the time, driving bad policy decisions, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns. | The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a top federal health agency, said in a

Shawgi Tell (2020-05-27). Will 130 Trillion Digital Dollars Save America? dissidentvoice.org Simply "printing" more money and adding more debt to the existing enormous debt load in the U.S. is not a solution. It is particularly irresponsible when it is done with no connection to social production and the working class. Non-fictitious value comes only from the labor-time of workers involved in the process of producing goods …

Ramzy Baroud (2020-05-27). Why Does Israel Celebrate Its Terrorists: Ben Uliel and the Murder of the Dawabsheh Family. counterpunch.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

Eds. (2020-05-27). "Trump is Making War on American People" mronline.org Newsclick brings you 'Signs of Our Times,' series of discussions between Vijay Prashad and Aijaz Ahmad…

Ricardo Vaz (2020-05-27). Iranian fuel tanker reaches Venezuela, defying U.S. threats. mronline.org The five Iranian tankers are estimated to carry enough gasoline to supply Venezuela for 50 days.

Steve Sweeney (2020-05-27). Venezuela brands U.S.-backed Citgo sale 'an act of modern piracy'. mronline.org Venezuelan Vice-President Delcy Rodriguez last year branded the move an "organised crime that violates international law.

Kathy Durkin (2020-05-27). Iran-Venezuela solidarity breaks U.S. blockade. workers.org In an act of solidarity, Iran is sending a fleet of five tankers carrying 1.53 million barrels of needed gasoline and related fuel products to Venezuela. On May 23 and 25, the first two ships traveled through the Caribbean Sea and entered Venezuelan territorial waters with a Venezuelan naval and . . . |

Lawrence Davidson (2020-05-27). National Values: Reality or Propaganda? counterpunch.org Joe Biden, presumptive Democratic Party presidential candidate, thinks he knows what American values are. Here are some of them: "inclusivity, tolerance, diversity, respect for the rule of law." Biden defines these as among the "democratic values that define us." Actually, what Biden is describing are practices that allegedly reflect American values. And, indeed, these are the sort

Mary P. Kaessinger (2020-05-27). Fight for the rights of people with disabilities! workers.org This is a slightly edited version of a talk given during the"What Road To Socialism?" webinar held by Workers World Party on May 16. Disability is a condition that strikes all classes. Ruling-class families start charities, like the Kennedys, who started the Special Olympics. That's nice, but it didn't bring . . . |

Michael Otto (2020-05-27). Part 3: Ecuador's people speak out. workers.org A 2018 popular protest in Quito targets the Ecuadorean president. Ibarra, Ecuador Parts 1 and 2 are available on workers.org. Workers World spoke with Pedro de la Cruz, an Indigenous representative at the Constituent Assembly of 2008, the Constituyente, who spoke of what was happening in his region. De la . . . |

Mark Gruenberg (2020-05-27). AFL-CIO formally endorses Joe Biden for president. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—By vote of its general board, the AFL-CIO, the nation's largest labor federation, formally endorsed presumed Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden for election to the White House in 2020. The endorsement, announced in a 10-minute speech May 26 by federation President Richard Trumka, was expected. It followed Biden endorsements by two influential AFL-CIO unions: The …

Ron Skolnik (2020-05-27). Israel: A farewell to Labor, the peace and partial-annexation party. peoplesworld.org On April 26, the Central Committee of Israel's Labor Party voted (online, of course) to endorse Binyamin Netanyahu as prime minister. In doing so, the party lent its hand to the installation of a government that is poised to unilaterally annex West Bank territory this summer and perhaps deliver the knockout punch to the two-state …

Devin Cole (2020-05-27). Alabama clinic bought by abortion rights group. workers.org On May 15, 2019, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey signed into law one of the most restrictive anti-abortion bills in the U.S. The law banned all abortions in Alabama regardless of reason and with no exceptions. The Alabama law was part of a national right-wing campaign to challenge the Supreme Court's . . . |

RT (2020-05-27). Defeating Trump more important: Tulsi Gabbard drops lawsuit against Hillary Clinton over 'Russian asset' smear. rt.com Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) has chosen to let Hillary Clinton get away with calling her an agent of the Kremlin, dropping the defamation lawsuit for the sake of party unity and defeating President Donald Trump. | While Gabbard and her campaign "remain certain of the action's legal merit," the new reality of the Covid-19 pandemic requires them to "focus their time and attention on other priorities, including defeating Donald Trump in 2020, rather than righting the wrongs here," her attorney Dan Terzian wrote in the court filing withdrawing the lawsuit on Wednesday. | It was a far cry from the fiery t…

RT (2020-05-27). Russian president, Saudi crown prince agree to further coordinate oil output cuts — Kremlin. rt.com Russian President Vladimir Putin and Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman have agreed in a telephone call on further "close coordination" in restricting oil output, the Kremlin press service said on Wednesday. | They also noted the importance of joint efforts aimed at reaching agreements within the OPEC+ group in April on production curbs, the Kremlin said. | On April 10, the Russian president and the Saudi crown prince discussed issues relating to the OPEC+ talks on reducing oil production, and agreed to maintain bilateral contacts on the issue.

Paul Street (2020-05-27). Life in Hell: Online Teaching. counterpunch.org I had long heard rumors from academicians about how "online teaching is a nightmare," "online teaching ruined my life," "online teaching sucked the brains out of my head," "online teaching is a new and insidious form of labor degradation," and the like. I foolishly tended to write these complaints off as hyperbole, saying "it can't be that bad." No more. I get it now.

RT (2020-05-27). 'Inaccurate, divisive': British TV show roasted after using gender of world leaders to explain contrasting Covid-19 death tolls. rt.com A British morning television show suffered a backlash from viewers after using unfair comparisons to suggest countries with female leaders have done a better job than their male counterparts to suppress coronavirus deaths. | Good Morning Britain (GMB) — an ITV program frequently fronted by Piers Morgan — asked its viewers on Wednesday whether women are better leaders, claiming "few countries" with females at the helm "have high coronavirus death rates." | In an attempt to back up that claim, they produced a graphic with British PM Boris Johnson and US President Donald Trump together on one side with…

Staff (2020-05-27). COVID Racial Data Tracker: Ibram X. Kendi on How Better Data Reveals the True Toll of the Pandemic. democracynow.org Ibram X. Kendi says early media coverage of COVID-19 as "the great equalizer" missed the racial impact of the disease. But it soon became clear "that it was Latino Americans and African Americans and Native Americans in particular who were disproportionately being infected and dying." The award-winning author and founding director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University joins us to discuss why he started the COVID Racial Data Tracker.

Staff (2020-05-27). "Horrifying Neglect": COVID-19 Deaths in ICE Custody Spark New Calls for Mass Release of Prisoners. democracynow.org Calls are growing for Immigration and Customs Enforcement to release people from detention during the pandemic, as two people have died from COVID-19 while in custody. We speak with The Intercept's Ryan Devereaux, who reported on how Carlos Ernesto Escobar Mejia, held at the Otay Mesa Detention Center, suffered horrifying neglect before he passed away. We are also joined by Erika Andiola with RAICES Action. "None of those folks — especially people who migrated seeking asylum — they did not do anything to deserve a life sentence in a detention center," Andiola notes.

The Canary (2020-05-27). Johnson faces questions over Cummings' actions as poll ratings plummet. thecanary.co Boris Johnson will be questioned by senior MPs as he faces a growing Tory revolt and plummeting poll ratings over the Dominic Cummings row.The prime minister's senior adviser drove from London to Durham to isolate with his family during the lockdown and says he subsequently took a trip to Barnard Castle to see if he was fit enough to drive before returning to the capital.Johnson, who will be questioned by the Liaison Committee on Wednesday, has stood by his embattled aide.But one minister has quit in protest and dozens of Tory MPs have publicly called for Cummings to leave his post.A YouGov survey for the Times s…

Steve Topple (2020-05-27). It's official: coronavirus has shown that men and women still don't have equality. thecanary.co New research from the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) has

The Canary (2020-05-27). Twitter adds fact-check warnings to Donald Trump tweets. thecanary.co Twitter has flagged tweets from US president Donald Trump with a fact-check warning.The social media site added a warning phrase to two of Trump's tweets in which he called postal voting "fraudulent" and predicted that "mail boxes will be robbed".Under the tweets, there is now a link reading "Get the facts about mail-in ballots" that guides users to a Twitter Moments page with fact checks and news stories about Trump's unsubstantiated claims.RT (2020-05-27). Come on! Dominic Cummings' name didn't trend on Twitter… because of anti-porn filters. rt.com He may have remained relentlessly in the news for the past week, but Boris Johnson's embattled chief adviser Dominic Cummings still hasn't managed to trend on Twitter, despite being the subject of ample social media trolling. | That's because Twitter's anti-porn filters have prevented his full name in its correct form from appearing in the trends, according to the Guardian. | Cummings has been subjected to intense scrutiny since it emerged that the UK prime minister's top aide had made a 260-mile trip from London to Durham with his ill wife during the height of Britain's Covid-19 lockdown, when the government…

Betsey Piette (2020-05-27). International movement demands: 'Justice for Major Tillery! workers.org On May 17, word spread via social media that Major Tillery, a political prisoner at Pennsylvania's State Correctional Institution Chester, was sick with chills, a sore throat and a fever for several days. On hearing of Tillery's illness and knowing that COVID-19 was running rampant in U.S. prisons, the international . . . |

Betsey Piette (2020-05-27). Fossil fuel money funds 'back to work' movement. workers.org Picture this: Thousands of oil tankers surrounding the globe with nowhere to dock. The accompanying map shows the position of the tankers, mostly filled with oil, stranded around the world on May 4. They have no way to unload since onshore warehouses are full, pipelines are full, and under the . . . |

ahtribune (2020-05-27). A Death in Herzliya: Mystery Remains About the Death of the Chinese Ambassador. ahtribune.com On Sunday morning May 17th, China's Ambassador to Israel, Du Wei,

ahtribune (2020-05-27). What If China Promoted Hawaiian Independence? ahtribune.com A news website created by Tibetan exiles in India, Phayul, has featured The bill would "authorize the President to recognize the Tibet Autonomous Region of the People's Republic of China as a separate, independent country, and for other purposes." | Other purposes? That the US was running geopolitical intrig…

RT (2020-05-27). Chinese social media platform bans account claiming US is 'processing DEAD BODIES into hamburgers' — report. rt.com Beijing has reportedly shut down a widely popular anti-US account on its social media platform, WeChat, after the profile took up a bizarre theory positing that American Covid-19 victims are being ground up into lunch meat. | The social media account in question — Zhidao Xuegong (the Scholar Forum for Ultimate Truth) — had millions of followers under its belt prior to its ban, but apparently crossed the line with a controversial post alleging that "The US has been processing dead bodies from Covid-19 diseases into hamburgers." It was shut down on Sunday for "fabricating facts, stoking xenophobia and…

RT (2020-05-27). Masks up, pants down? Ukrainian woman dons UNDERWEAR on her face to meet Covid-19 safety demands (VIDEO). rt.com The coronavirus face mask game has hit a new height — or rather low — at a post office in Ukraine, where a woman without the protective gear instead chose to strip off her panties and wear them on her face to comply with the law.

RT (2020-05-27). Italy and Belgium join France in rejecting hydroxychloroquine for Covid-19 treatment. rt.com Italy and Belgium have joined France in‚Äã moving to ‚Äã‚Äãban the‚Äã use of the controversial hydroxychloroquine‚Äã to treat Covid-19 patients as questions continue to mount over its safety. | On Wednesday, France revoked its decree authorizing the prescription of the anti-malarial drug for the novel coronavirus following a decision from the government's health advisory agency. | Now Belgium's health body has warned against using the drug outside of ongoing registered clinical trials. | Italy's health authorities also co…

RT (2020-05-27). Russian capital to see quarantine rules relaxed as govt outlines anti-coronavirus plan until 2021. rt.com Starting next Monday the strict quarantine in Moscow will be lifted as the biggest hotspot of the Covid-19 epidemic in Russia eases restrictions. But many rules are here to stay, at least until the end of the year. | Moscow accounts for roughly half of all Covid-19 cases in Russia, but now the outbreak seems to be subsiding, so more quarantine measures will be lifted starting next week. Mayor Sergey Sobyanin on Wednesday outlined his plan to steer the city further out of the lockdown. | Arguably the most welcome change will be the relaxation of the stay-at-home order, under which Muscovites lived for almost tw…

RT (2020-05-27). Australia-New Zealand 'travel bubble is possible' as coronavirus cases fall. rt.com Falling numbers of active coronavirus cases in Australia and New Zealand are paving the way for an easing of travel restrictions between the two countries, according to health officials. | In Australia, active Covid-19 cases have dropped below 500 people, while New Zealand's last coronavirus patient was discharged from hospital on Wednesday. | "The trans-Tasman bubble is certainly a possibility," Australia's Deputy Chief Medical Officer Paul Kelly said. "If we look at the countries that are doing extremely well in controlling this Covid-19 problem, New Zealand is if anything a bit better than us. They have ver…

RT (2020-05-27). Poland to scrap compulsory outdoor masks from May 30, cinemas reopen on June 6. rt.com Poles will be allowed to go outside without protective masks from May 30 and cinemas, theaters and gyms will reopen on June 6, the government said on Wednesday. Public gatherings of up to 150 people will be allowed in coming days, while limits on the number of people in churches will also be relaxed. | The country of 38 million people has so far reported 22,074 cases of Covid-19 and 1,024 deaths. | Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki reiterated the government's desire to hold a delayed presidential election next month, Reuters said. The election, originally set for May 10, was canceled due to the pandemic. | Sch…

RT (2020-05-27). Cuomo blames nursing homes for following his Covid-19 order that KILLED PATIENTS – after removing it from website. rt.com New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has stealthily attempted to rewrite history, deleting his controversial order requiring nursing homes to admit Covid-19 patients from the state health website and blaming facilities for obeying it. | After being lambasted in the press for the March 25 executive order that forced New York elder care facilities to accept patients infected with the highly contagious virus, Cuomo attempted to blame the nursing homes for not disobeying his orders during a Wednesday press conference. | pic.twitter.com/W2YBdwhvXi— Janice Dean (@JaniceDean) RT (2020-05-27). Covid-19 and HIV use same tactics to evade our immune systems — Chinese study. rt.com In rather worrying news, researchers in China are warning that similar characteristics and tactics used by both HIV and SARS-CoV-2 could mean that humanity will have to adapt to life with the coronavirus, perhaps indefinitely. | Both viruses remove markers, known as the major histocompatibility complex or MHC for short, on the surface of cells used by our immune systems to identify and kill infections. Think of these markers like a special forces team marking a target with a laser before a precision airstrike. | The researchers, led by virologist Zhang Hui at Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou, collected kill…

RT (2020-05-27). California homeless deaths multiply as Covid-19 lockdowns cut off access to medical care, food & sanitation. rt.com Deaths of homeless people have spiked amid the Covid-19 pandemic — but not because of the virus. Lockdowns have deprived them of everything from medical care, to begging income, to soap and water, while shelter remains elusive. | San Francisco saw 48 deaths among its homeless population over the last two months, more than triple the fatalities seen during the same period last year, according to the city's Department of Public Health Street Medicine Team, which shared the grim statistics with the San Francisco Chronicle on Tuesday. An average of six homeless people have died every week since the city's lo…

RT (2020-05-27). 'Obsessive partisanship': Pew Research blasted for misleading tweet casting Dem districts as doing better on Covid-19 deaths. rt.com The Pew Research Center is being criticized on social media for appearing to spin a graphic depicting deaths from the coronavirus outbreak in favor of Democrats — despite the actual data painting a very different picture. | "Covid-19 deaths have declined in Democratic congressional districts since mid-April, but remained relatively steady in districts controlled by Republicans," the research body tweeted on Wednesday. | While the statement was technically true, it didn't quite match up with the data presented. According to Pew, and based on numbers from Johns Hopkins University (JHU), Democratic district…

RT (2020-05-27). 'Just a dwarf': Ex-German Chancellor Schroeder snubs Ukraine envoy who blasted him over calls for anti-Russian sanctions relief. rt.com Former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder brushed off criticism from the Ukrainian ambassador to Berlin, calling him "a dwarf" in his personal podcast. The diplomat had accused him of being a 'lobbyist' for Moscow. | The veteran politician, who is still deemed a talented orator in Germany, launched his own When spea…

RT (2020-05-27). US ends ALL BUT ONE sanctions waivers for Iran nuclear facilities. rt.com The US is giving foreign governments 60 days to wrap up work on Iranian nuclear facilities — 90 days for the civilian reactor in Bushehr — or face Washington's sanctions, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has announced. | Washington has offered waivers for its sanctions against Tehran in connection with several civilian facilities since President Donald Trump unilaterally exited a nuclear deal with Iran in 2018. Now those waivers are being phased out entirely, Pompeo said on Wednesday. | European, Chinese and Russian companies working on nuclear projects in Iran will have two months to wrap up their o…

RT (2020-05-27). Turkish soldiers wounded by roadside bomb in Syria's Idlib — report. rt.com A roadside bomb reportedly exploded in Syria's northwestern region of Idlib as a Turkish military convoy passed by on Wednesday. Soldiers were wounded in the explosion on the M4 highway, Demiroren News Agency said, adding that some were in critical condition. | Earlier media reports said that the Turkish Army deployed US-made medium-range surface-to-air MIM-23 Hawk missiles in Idlib. Satellite images shared on social media revealed the location of the air defense system in Al-Mastoumah camp, Al Bawaba reported. | The camp, five kilometers south of Idlib city, is strategically located along the Idlib-Latakia M4…

RT (2020-05-27). Majority voice non-democratic? Amid new protests, MSM piece grills Chinese students for voting to reject pro-Hong Kong resolution. rt.com As violence yet again grips the streets of Hong Kong, a fresh clash between Chinese students and a writer for website Axios shows how Western pundits are back demanding the people take a stand for 'pro-democracy' protesters. | Hong Kong's streets have once more become the scene of clashes between protesters and riot police as of last week. On Wednesday, officers used pepper pellets to disperse crowds at the city's financial heart. The fresh wave of demonstrations was triggered by a national security law proposed by Beijing, which would ramp up security in the autonomous Chinese city. | | ©REUTERS / Tyro…

RT (2020-05-27). Germany's states 'increasingly taking responsibility' for coronavirus steps — Merkel. rt.com The federal government is monitoring the coronavirus situation in Germany closely but practical responsibility lies increasingly with the 16 states, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Wednesday. Care must be taken to avoid the virus spreading fast again, she said. | "We are still at start of the pandemic," Merkel told reporters. "We can see… how fast it can happen that infections spread so we have to be very careful." | In a separate comment, a spokeswoman said on Wednesday that Merkel cannot confirm her physical presence at an envisaged summit of the Group of Seven (G7) in the United States yet. The decision…

RT (2020-05-27). Iran convenes newly elected parliament amid pandemic. rt.com Iran's newly elected parliament convened on Wednesday under strict social distancing regulations. The country is grappling with one of the deadliest outbreaks in the Middle East, with more than 7,500 fatalities among over 139,500 confirmed cases. | Turkey has the region's largest outbreak, with 156,800 confirmed cases and more than 4,300 deaths. | All 268 lawmakers who were in attendance on Wednesday have tested negative for the coronavirus, according to Iranian state TV. | The newly elected house is dominated by 220 conservative lawmakers, including more than 50 who are close allies of former President Mahmou…

RT (2020-05-27). Belgrade blocks flights from 'coronavirus-free' Montenegro as Podgorica doesn't welcome Serbians. rt.com The Serbian government has banned inbound flights by Montenegro's flag carrier Montenegro Airlines after Podgorica refused to open its borders to people from Serbia, where coronavirus persists. Serbia's Directorate for Civilian Aviation said it decided to act as Montenegro's move affects reciprocity in air transportation. | Montenegro's Prime Minister Dusko Markovic declared his country free of coronavirus on Monday. The PM said Montenegro would open its borders to travelers from countries reporting no more than 25 cases of infection per 100,000 people. Serbia, where the infection rate is higher, was not on th…

RT (2020-05-27). China will act against foreign interference over Hong Kong security law — Foreign Ministry. rt.com China will take necessary countermeasures to combat foreign interference amid deliberations over the new Hong Kong security legislation, the Foreign Ministry in Beijing said on Wednesday. | Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian made the remarks in response to a question about US President Donald Trump's comments on Tuesday that Washington is working on a strong response to the legislation that will be announced before the end of the week. | Trump's economic adviser, Larry Kudlow, called Beijing's actions "very disturbing," adding that Washington would welcome back any American companies from Hong Kong or China's main…

RT (2020-05-27). Italy & Spain would receive biggest share of EU's proposed ‚Ǩ750 billion post-Covid recovery fund. rt.com The European Commission has finally put forward its plans for post-pandemic economic recovery and is set to propose that hardest-hit Italy and Spain will receive the biggest chunks of the ‚Ǩ750 billion set aside. | The Commission said the package of measures would be worth €1.85 trillion in total "to help kick-start" the economy and "ensure Europe bounces forward." | Out of the €750 billion 'Next Generation EU' recovery fund, Italy could get 173 billion, while Spain could get 140 billion — and the fund will be offered in a combination of grants and loans, a senior EU official…

RT (2020-05-27). Teenage girl's brutal 'honor killing' death in Iran stirs Rouhani to call for harsher laws. rt.com The alleged murder of a young Iranian teen by her father for running away with her older boyfriend has sparked public anger and prompted President Hassan Rouhani to push for harsher punishments for so-called 'honor killings'. | Five days after leaving with her 34-year-old boyfriend, Romina Ashrafi — who was aged 13 or 14, according to local media reports — was returned home following official complaints from her family. Despite multiple warnings to the authorities that she feared retaliation from her father, Ashrafi was sent back home to the city of Talesh. | Her father, Reza Ashrafi, reportedly used…

RT (2020-05-27). US troop pullout from Afghanistan is 'ahead of schedule' — report. rt.com The US military's withdrawal from Afghanistan is considerably ahead of schedule, an official told AFP on Wednesday. President Donald Trump earlier reiterated calls for the Pentagon to bring troops home. | Questions are looming over the next phase of Afghanistan's war, as its three-day ceasefire comes to an end. Under a deal the US signed with the Taliban in February, the Pentagon was to bring troop levels down from about 12,000 to 8,600 by mid-July, before withdrawing all forces by May 2021. | However, a senior US defense official said the troop number was already down to around 7,500, as commanders sought to…

RT (2020-05-27). Huawei CFO's battle against US extradition dealt major blow with Canadian court ruling. rt.com Meng Wanzhou, Huawei's chief financial officer, has lost a key argument in her fight against extradition to the US, after a Canadian judge ruled that the charges would be seen as a crime in Canada and the case can move forward.

RT (2020-05-27). 'Intro to a good dystopian film': Amazon & media roasted online after TV stations aired segments scripted by company's PR team. rt.com Commenters online found it "disturbing" and dubious that several local US news channels ran stories praising Amazon… that were written by the company's own staffers. | At least 11 local TV stations have run pro-Amazon news segments which closely follow scripts written and supplied by the retail giant's PR people, Courier reported. | A montage of the anchors reading out nearly identically-structured stories has been circling on social media. According to Courier, the news package was produced by Amazon spokesperson Todd Walker, and only one station — WTVG, an ABC affiliate in Toledo, Ohio — acknowle…

RT (2020-05-27). Switzerland to reopen borders to all neighbors except Italy. rt.com The Swiss government unveiled plans on Wednesday to reopen borders with all neighboring countries except for Italy. Switzerland wants to restore free movement of people with other member countries of the Schengen Area by July 6. | Switzerland, which had previously closed its borders, reaffirmed plans with France, Germany and Austria to lift all travel restrictions among the four countries on June 15 due to the positive development of the pandemic, Reuters said. | The extraordinary situation that has been in place since March giving Bern heightened powers will be lifted on June 19. The government said that publ…

Anand Naidoo (2020-05-27). The Heat: COVID-19: US and South Africa. america.cgtn.com The World Health Organization warns about a second wave of the coronavirus, voicing concerns about countries reopening too quickly.

Mark Gruenberg (2020-05-27). Biden picks up Communications Workers, Steelworkers endorsements. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—Accelerating his backing from big unions, former Vice President Joe Biden, the presumed Democratic presidential nominee, picked up the official backing of the Steelworkers on May 20 and the Communications Workers two days later. The decisions put Biden ever closer to the magic numbers he needed for the AFL-CIO's presidential endorsement, which has now come …

Paul Antonopoulos (2020-05-27). EU Trying To Take Over Serbia-Kosovo Negotiations From U.S. globalresearch.ca French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian and German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas

Kevin Zeese (2020-05-27). Launch Of Apartheid Off Campus. popularresistance.org Apartheid Off Campus was born officially just over a week ago and it could not have come at a better time, with the new and ever-mounting challenges the Palestinians have had to face. In this 7-day window, AOC acquired over 2000 followers across three social media platforms: Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. AOC has received far-reaching and overwhelming support from students and activists alike, enough to remind us that now is as perfect a time as any to launch an active, dynamic student-led movement for Palestine. | After an online-only (courtesy of the lockdown!) student campaign launch, hundreds of students a…

Nash Landesman (2020-05-27). Across Colombia, red flags of despair fly as harsh Covid lockdown is extended for a third time. thegrayzone.com Colombia's infection rate is relatively low, but its ruthlessly enforced lockdown is causing hunger and nationwide anger. In the working…

Stephen Lendman (2020-05-27). Iran and Venezuela: Standing Tall Against Imperial USA. globalresearch.ca If all nations operated like Iran and Venezuela, world peace and stability would replace endless wars of aggression against nations threatening no one. | If countries worldwide refused to subordinate their sovereign rights to US interests, its imperial scourge would be …

Stephen Lendman (2020-05-27). Hong Kong and China's New National Security Strategy. US Interventionism. Beijing is Intent on Fighting Back. globalresearch.ca Months of violence and vandalism in Hong Kong last year were orchestrated. | Any pretext will do for the US to wage wars on other nations by hot and/or other means — directly by terror-bombing and/or use of proxies, financed and …

Alan Macleod (2020-05-27). "Germ-Ridden Masses" — How America's Wealthy Elite Describe the Rest of Us. mintpressnews.com Many of the world's super wealthy are trying to wait out the COVID-19 pandemic on their luxury yachts. But how to get to them without interacting with the public and catching the virus themselves? Such are the difficult quandaries only billionaires have to deal with. Fortunately, financial news outlet Bloomberg has solved the big question of the current era. A new company, it excitedly

Andrew Korybko (2020-05-27). Pakistan's Role in Russia's Greater Eurasian Partnership. globalresearch.ca Connectivity is one of the key trends of the 21st century, which Russia is fully embracing with its Greater Eurasian Partnership (GEP) in order to counteract the chaotic processes unleashed throughout the course of the ongoing systemic transition from unipolarity …

Andrew Korybko (2020-05-27). The US Rubbished Another Arms Control Regime as Part of Its Risky Renegotiating Gamble. globalresearch.ca The US' planned withdrawal from the Open Skies Treaty represents yet another rubbishing of the international arms control regimes that helped maintain strategic stability after the end of the Old Cold War, with this dramatic move and the others like …

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2020-05-27). ACLU Sues FDA Over Abortion Care Restrictions in Midst of Covid-19 Crisis. commondreams.org The federal government's decision "results in discrimination in access and threatens to harm patients and their clinicians during a time of national crisis." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2020-05-27). Private Insurers Urged to Extend Free Covid-19 Coverage Until Pandemic Over. commondreams.org "If you are going to contract Covid-19, you'd better hurry up or you're out of luck!" | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Juan Cole (2020-05-27). Twitter finally Fact-Checks Trump, but Still Lets him Get Away with Murder (Literally). zcomm.org Twitter routinely bans accounts for breaking its rules, but has let Trump act with impunity…

Gareth Porter (2020-05-27). Washington's Tall Tale of Iranian-Al Qaeda Alliance. globalresearch.ca The U.S. assassination of

WSWS (2020-05-27). Build rank-and-file factory and workplace committees in the UK to prevent transmission of the COVID-19 virus and save lives! wsws.org The Socialist Equality Party (UK) opposes the reckless back-to-work campaign and the reopening of schools and non-essential workplaces as the pandemic continues to spread.

WSWS (2020-05-27). Build rank-and-file factory and workplace committees to prevent transmission of the COVID-19 virus and save lives! wsws.org The Socialist Equality Party (UK) opposes the reckless back-to-work campaign and the reopening of schools and non-essential workplaces as the pandemic continues to spread.

WSWS (2020-05-27). Socialist Equality Party (Australia) to hold online lectures on history of Trotskyism. wsws.org Amid the breakdown of capitalism triggered by the coronavirus pandemic, the lectures will outline the contemporary significance of the Trotskyist movement's decades-long fight for a socialist and internationalist perspective.

Vijay Prashad (2020-05-27). Why Iran's Fuel Tankers for Venezuela Are Sending Shudders Through Washington. zcomm.org At the United Nations China has been outspoken against the regime change policy driven by the United States against both states. It has been this Chinese shield that enabled the tankers to go through what is effectively a U.S. naval blockade of Venezuela…

Kevin Zeese (2020-05-27). Ecuador Protests New Neoliberal Measures Amid Lockdown. popularresistance.org Above photo: Ecuador protests against neoliberal measures during pandemic from Twitter. Protesters state that Lenin Moreno's government has made decisions that only benefit big companies and private banks. Unions, students, teachers, workers, and social organizations took to the streets in Quito as others followed from home in several cities Monday with a pot-banging protest. In Quito, Cuenca, and Guayaquil the protesters …

Terrace (2020-05-27). Making Peace An Election Issue. popularresistance.org In this series of interviews by the United National Antiwar Coalition, Joe Lombardo speaks with Margaret Kimberley who is an author, editor of Black Agenda Report and coordinating committee member of Black Alliance for Peace. She speaks about the Black Alliance for Peace's campaign to make peace an election issue. The demands include cutting military spending, losing military bases, stopping sanctions and ending militarism domestically. Margaret Kimberley explains why this is an important issue and what people can do to support the campaign.

Ruth Robertson (2020-05-27). Memorial Day Peace Caravan/Demonstrators Drive to Donate to Homeless in San Jose. indybay.org On May 25, a Peace Caravan of activists drove in decorated cars through the streets of San Jose to demand human rights to health, housing, education, a living wage and all the components of a dignified life. The colorful caravan of about a dozen cars ended their protest at a homeless encampment where they made a donation and received thanks from Scott Wagers who serves and ministers to the city's unhoused.

WSWS (2020-05-27). US exploits Hong Kong protests for anti-China campaign. wsws.org Once again, US imperialism is using the banner of "human rights" to advance its economic and strategic interests.

Peoples Dispatch (2020-05-27). Harassment of healthcare professionals triggers protests in Kashmir. peoplesdispatch.org The Doctors Association in Kashmir staged a protest against the rising harassment of healthcare workers on May 26. There have been a number of instances of senior medical professionals being assaulted or prevented from doing their duty by the police…

Melanie Amna Abas, Helen Anne Weiss, Victoria Simms, Ruth Verhey, Simbarashe Rusakaniko, Ricardo Araya, Dixon Chibanda (2020-05-27). The effect of co-morbid anxiety on remission from depression for people participating in a randomised controlled trial of the Friendship Bench intervention in Zimbabwe. thelancet.com There is a lack of data from low- and middle-income countries on whether anxiety independently predicts a more chronic course for depression.

Matt Sedlar (2020-05-27). The Impact of Upward Redistribution on Social Security Solvency (2020 Update). cepr.net Economic inequality in the US has ballooned since the early 1980s. Wage and salary growth at the top of the earnings distribution has significantly outpaced that at the bottom and middle, resulting in decades of unabated upward redistribution of income. The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed and exacerbated this divide. In addition to the immediate problems …

news.un (2020-05-27). 'Business as unusual': How COVID-19 could change the future of work. news.un.org Millions of people around the world have been working remotely due to the coronavirus pandemic and now experts are asking whether this "business as unusual" could be the future of work, at least for those people whose job doesn't require them to be tied to a particular location.

Peoples Dispatch (2020-05-27). UK tenants union calls for no homelessness and rent debt. peoplesdispatch.org The call for the mobilization was given by the union, ACORN, which has also started a petition to protect tenants, lodgers and mortgage holders from eviction and debt during the COVID-19 outbreak…

William Walter Kay (2020-05-27). The Montreal Nursing Homes' COVID-19 Fatalities. "Increasing" Quebec COVID-19 Death Rate? globalresearch.ca We bring to the attention of our readers this important article by author William Walter Kay. The article raises two fundamental issues: | The first pertains to the deplorable heath care conditions (and the lack of personnel) affecting patients in Quebec's …

WSWS (2020-05-27). Reports question accuracy of COVID-19 death counts in US and globally. wsws.org There is increasing evidence that the actual fatalities caused by the pandemic are up to three times the numbers officially reported.

WSWS (2020-05-27). East Africa: Millions face triple disasters of floods, locusts and COVID-19. wsws.org With water levels rising, some 40 million people living in major cities are at a heightened risk of flooding and infrastructure damage.

Terrace (2020-05-27). American Exceptionalism And The Left's China Double Standard. popularresistance.org The COVID-19 pandemic has laid bare the contradictions of U.S. imperialism, including those that continue to render the American left politically isolated and ineffectual. China has found itself at the center of this process. U.S. imperialism has successfully convinced many of its so-called "citizens" to believe that the U.S. government is the principle arbiter of bourgeois freedoms such as the right to individual liberty and free speech. China, on the other hand, has long been depicted by the U.S. ruling class as an "authoritarian regime" where the rights of individuals are crushed under the weight of a centrali…

John W. Whitehead (2020-05-27). From 9/11 to COVID-19, It's Been a Perpetual State of Emergency. globalresearch.ca "The fundamental political question is why do people obey a government. The answer is that they tend to enslave themselves, to let themselves be governed by tyrants. Freedom from servitude comes not from violent action, but from the refusal to …

Jessica Corbett (2020-05-27). Survey shows 1 in 5 teachers—citing COVID-19 concerns—likely won't return to US schools this fall. nationofchange.org "Though Americans are optimistic about a return to in-person learning, there is angst among teachers, parents, and America at large about how to keep our schools safe if the virus isn't fully contained."

WSWS (2020-05-27). Pennsylvania reopens despite gross mishandling of COVID-19 data. wsws.org Figures released this week paint a horrific picture of the suffering and despair caused by the pandemic among the elderly and infirm.

WSWS (2020-05-27). JBS meatpacking plant reopens in Brazil as Latin America becomes COVID-19 epicenter. wsws.org Workers Party governments financed JBS's transformation into a transnational, whose plants have become COVID-19 hotspots in both Brazil and the US.

WSWS (2020-05-27). US corporations, government cover up workplace infections and deaths. wsws.org Recent reports on the meatpacking, logistics and other industries document a systematic effort to conceal the number of COVID-19 cases in workplaces.

Rosemary Frei (2020-05-27). Fog Around COVID-19 Made Thicker by New Ontario Rules for Handling Deaths. globalresearch.ca Alarming COVID-19 death statistics from seniors' facilities continue to be in the spotlight in Ontario and elsewhere. | However, all is not as it seems in the mainstream-media reports of those statistics. | Procedures that came into effect in Ontario one month …

Julia Kaye (2020-05-27). The FDA is Making Needless COVID-19 Risks a Condition of Abortion and Miscarriage Care. We're Suing. aclu.org The COVID-19 pandemic has swept the globe and upended normal life. In the four months since the first U.S. case was reported, more than 1.5 million people have been infected and 100,000 people have died in the United States. To mitigate risk, public health authorities tell us to get our

WSWS (2020-05-27). Quebec Premier accelerates return to work in Montreal—Canada's COVID-19 epicenter. wsws.org Acknowledging that it is "taking a gamble" with workers' lives, the Quebec government is intensifying its drive to "reopen" the economy.

WSWS (2020-05-27). Indonesia experiences major surge in confirmed COVID-19 cases. wsws.org The Indonesian government is blaming the sharp rise in confirmed cases on ordinary workers and peasants for not adhering to social distancing measures.

news.un (2020-05-27). 'Lockdown generation' of young workers will need extra help after COVID-19, urges UN labour chief. news.un.org Further evidence of the unprecedented impact of COVID-19 on the global job market has emerged in a new study by the UN labour agency, which on Wednesday said that more than one in six young people have stopped working since the onset of the pandemic.

news.un (2020-05-27). COVID-19: A 'new and deadly threat' for civilians caught up in violence. news.un.org Innocent civilians trapped in violence now face "a new and deadly threat" from COVID-19, the UN chief told the Security Council on Wednesday, warning that the pandemic is "amplifying and exploiting the fragilities of our world".

Sam Pizzigati (2020-05-27). The Inefficient and Incredibly Lucrative Chase for a Coronavirus Vaccine. zcomm.org Our hottest biotech firm hasn't yet manufactured an antidote to Covid-19. The company has manufactured three billionaires…

graham (2020-05-27). First to close — first to reopen: Denmark's gain from virus response. truepublica.org.uk Denmark was one of the first European countries to close down its public spaces to stem the spread of coronavirus, shutting its borders, schools and restaurants in mid-March. Its swift response seems to have paid off. As Covid-19 cases plummeted, Denmark last month became the first EU nation to reopen primary schools. Its restaurants, hairdressers, …

WSWS (2020-05-27). Cultural resources wiped out by COVID-19 crisis: 13 percent of museums worldwide may never reopen. wsws.org Some 95 percent of the world's museums are currently closed, and more than 11,000 institutions may remain closed after the pandemic recedes.

Mark Ashwill (2020-05-27). Vietnam Criticized for Its First-Round Victory Over COVID-19. counterpunch.org You can't please everyone, especially those who do their utmost to find fault with a country that has distinguished itself as a national role model in the midst of a global pandemic. Earlier this month, Foreign Policy (FP) published a slanderous and mean-spirited op-ed with the clickbait title Vietnam's Coronavirus Success Is Built on Repression

Raul Diego (2020-05-27). COVID-19 is Laying Bare How Big Ag is Taking America's Small Farmers to Slaughter. mintpressnews.com As the door for greater consolidation across industries opens wider, entrenched transnational food interests are feeling the heat from American farmers and ranchers to curb their monopolistic dreams.

news.un (2020-05-27). US states 'manipulating' COVID-19 pandemic to restrict abortion access, rights experts charge. news.un.org Independent UN human rights experts fear that some authorities in the United States are using the COVID-19 pandemic to restrict access to abortion, with at least eight states suspending procedures deemed medically unnecessary.

graham (2020-05-27). UK economy faces 5% budget deficit by 2024 — FT. truepublica.org.uk The Covid crisis is severely damaging the UK economy. The lockdown is slowly coming to an end but many businesses are going to go out of business. Britain is likely to run a budget deficit of 5% of national income in 2024, when Britain's next election is due, as the hit to the economy from …

graham (2020-05-27). Lagarde: It's even worse than we thought. truepublica.org.uk European Central Bank President Christine Lagarde warned Wednesday the eurozone economy will "very likely" contract more than forecast after governments shut down business to contain the pandemic. The ECB now expects the euro club's economy to shrink between 8 percent and 12 percent, depending on how fast lockdown measures are lifted and economic activity picks …

WSWS (2020-05-27). Sweden's "herd immunity" policy produces one of world's highest fatality rates. wsws.org Sweden's policy has been praised by reactionary political forces and the corporate media internationally to bolster their criminal back-to-work campaigns.

WSWS (2020-05-27). Australian PM launches union-employer offensive against workers. wsws.org The unions have signalled their readiness to enforce a corporate drive to exploit the pandemic to mount a major assault on jobs, wages and conditions.

WSWS (2020-05-27). Dow Jones hits 25,000 as pandemic death toll reaches 100,000. wsws.org The Wall Street surge anticipates the shutdown of all restraints on corporate operations and capitalist profiteerring.

Terrace (2020-05-27). Co-op Has A Plan To Democratise Large Parts Of The Internet. popularresistance.org Around 5% of all websites use the .org domain, with the most popular being Wikipedia. These websites represent around 6% of the top 1000 websites and 7% of the top 100 000 domains. The domain itself has been controlled by ICANN (The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers), which is part of the non-profit Internet Society. In 2019 a private equity firm, Ethos capital, approached ICANN with an offer of buying the .org registrar for $1.6 billion. | As the deal seemed likely to pass, the opposition to the deal mobilised a massive campaign to stop it. ICANN received 3,252 comments, with only 6 in favour o…

WSWS (2020-05-27). US state and local budget crisis looms. wsws.org The full cost of the massive corporate bailout and the collapse in state and local tax revenues will be borne by the working class.

Miko Peled (2020-05-27). Extortion, Entitlement and Mafia-Style Tactics Mark Israel's Current State of Affairs. mintpressnews.com Anyone who is not yet alarmed may not be aware of the underhanded mafia-style tactics, political extortion, and patronizing sense of entitlement currently on display in Israel. The following developments demonstrate how the county operates both internally and in the international arena. | Czech Foreign Minister slammed!: | As Israel prepares to formally annex large tracts of the West Bank, Tomas Petricek, the Czech Republic's Foreign Minister, was quoted as saying that "annexation is forbidden by international law and also raises serious questions about Israel's future as a democracy." By any normal diplo…

(2020-05-27). Trump Administration Again OKs Oil Drilling in California's Carrizo Plain National Monument. globalresearch.ca On the eve of a holiday weekend and during a global pandemic, the Trump administration last week

The New Arab (2020-05-27). Erdogan Warns that Turkey 'Will Not Allow' Israel to Annex West Bank. globalresearch.ca Turkey's President "We are witnessing a new plan of occupation…

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2020-05-27). Ego Trip: US Space Flags and Super-Duper Missiles. globalresearch.ca US President Donald Trump is much taken with the bombastic and the exaggerated. In

Philip A Farruggio (2020-05-27). When the War Was Close to Home. globalresearch.ca Memories are like those fireflies that sparkle your vision on a deep hot summer night. They entice you with their sudden appearance and just as sudden departure. So it is with this baby boomer's mind, transversed back so many decades …

Almasdar News (2020-05-27). Israel Reveals Date of Planned West Bank Annexation. globalresearch.ca The head of the Governmental Coalition in Israel, Mickey Zohar, revealed that the measures to legislate the process of imposing Israeli sovereignty on all Jewish residential communities in the West Bank will begin in early July. | The Likud MP said …

Sam Biddle (2020-05-27). Coronavirus Monitoring Bracelets Flood the Market, Ready to Snitch on People Who Don't Distance. globalresearch.ca Surveillance firms around the world are licking their lips at a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to cash in on the coronavirus by repositioning one of their most invasive products: the tracking bracelet. | Body monitors are associated with criminality and guilt in the …

Jonathan Power (2020-05-27). The Attacks on China Must Stop. counterpunch.org The world is supposed to be pulling together to defeat the Coronavirus and to some extent it is. Earlier on Russia sent special equipment to the US and recently the US has sent some to Russia. China has aided Italy and Africa with doctors and equipment. Tiny Cuba, with its deep pool of doctors, has

Terrace (2020-05-27). Schools Are Feeding Millions Of Children. popularresistance.org Public schools served tens of millions of emergency meals in April to low-income children after coronavirus closures ended cafeteria service, said a survey released on Monday. But with roughly half of the 1,894 districts taking part in the School Nutrition Association survey reporting a drop-off of at least 50 percent in meals served, losses are expected to balloon this year. | School food directors put the median loss at $200,000, meaning half of all schools will lose more money, and half less. Among large districts, the median loss could be $2.5 million. | SNA president Gay Anderson said schools would be hobble…

graham (2020-05-27). Global energy investment set to slump by record $400bn in 2020. truepublica.org.uk Global energy investment is expected to suffer its greatest annual fall on record this year due to the coronavirus crisis. Investment is set to crash by $400bn ( £325bn) — or 20 per cent — in 2020, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA). At the start of the year, funding was on track for a …

graham (2020-05-27). European Commission to propose ‚Ǩ750B EU recovery package. truepublica.org.uk The European Commission plans to propose a Recovery Instrument of ‚Ǩ750 billion to combat the impact of the coronavirus crisis, Economy Commissioner Paolo Gentiloni said on Twitter Wednesday. Of the ‚Ǩ750 billion, ‚Ǩ500 billion would be distributed in the form of grants, and ‚Ǩ250 billion in the form of loans, according to a person familiar with the …

Dean Baker (2020-05-27). A Gilead-Remdesivir Fix: The Ten Percent Solution. cepr.net The Washington Post had an excellent piece documenting how the government put up most of the money for developing remdesivir, a drug that now offers the hope of being the first effective treatment for the coronavirus. As the piece explains, in spite of the substantial contribution of public funds, Gilead Sciences holds a patent monopoly …

Sam Biddle (2020-05-27). Coronavirus Monitoring Bracelets Flood Market. zcomm.org Ready to Snitch on People Who Don't Distance…

Raul Diego (2020-05-27). EU Foreign Policy Chief Calls for Rapprochement with Russia and End of "American-led System" mintpressnews.com A recent address by the EU's top diplomat, Josep Borell, hints at a new pro-Asian political order on the continent as Germany gets ready to lead the 27-nation bloc. But, is it just a ploy to check Chinese hegemony?

Gene Glickman (2020-05-27). A Comradely Letter: What's a Progressive to Do? counterpunch.org This article is a call-to-arms on global warming. But before I turn to my main concern, I need to express some thoughts about the 2020 presidential campaign and the way we understand it. After I lay that out, I'll connect those campaign-related thoughts with the issue of climate change. Now that the presidential election has

Terrace (2020-05-27). Fear-mongering Over National Security Law Unfounded. popularresistance.org "If it makes any fuss on Hong Kong's unique linked exchange rate regime which ensures its monetary base is backed with US dollars, how big would the US lose when global investors lose faith in US-denominated assets, which are considered as lifeline for the US economy," Lui said. | When it comes to the new national security law, China's top legislators are committed to pushing forward it smoothly, in spite of how hard foreign forces have been trying to pressure China on the matter. The US should not underestimate the central government's determination in defending its sovereignty and national security, some observ…

Ken Ward Jr. and Alex Mierjeski (2020-05-27). The billionaire governor who's been sued dozens of times for millions in unpaid bills. nationofchange.org Gov. Jim Justice is West Virginia's richest man. Over the last three decades, lawsuits over unpaid bills have cost his constellation of companies more than $128 million in judgments and settlements.

graham (2020-05-27). Ryanair challenges Lufthansa's bailout package. truepublica.org.uk Low-cost carrier Ryanair challenged Germany's ‚Ǩ9 billion rescue package for Lufthansa on Tuesday (26 May), saying it distorted competition, while the German carrier moves towards finalising the deal next month. The government-backed aid will allow Lufthansa to "engage in below-cost selling" and make it harder for Ryanair, its Laudamotion subsidiary and rival low-cost carrier easyJet …

Amanda Priebe (2020-05-27). Towards a borderless world where we can all "just stay home" zcomm.org Now may be a strange time to call for border abolition, but as the pandemic has shown: we are collectively no safer than the least protected among us…

news.un (2020-05-27). UN agencies welcome donor pledges for Venezuelan refugees and migrants. news.un.org The UN refugee and migration agencies have welcomed $2.79 billion pledged by donors at a solidarity conference aimed at supporting Venezuelans who fled the protracted crisis in their country for host communities across the region.

R. G. Davis (2020-05-27). Fascism: Is it Too Extreme a Label? counterpunch.org In examining two productions of The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui. A Parable Play.(1) Bertolt Brecht wrote about the rise of Ui, which illustrated Hitler's rise to power that was resistible —but was not, we see some elements related to today's events. The Berliner Ensemble housed the first in1959 and the second in 1995. First

David Rovics (2020-05-27). A Note from the Ministry of Staple Guns. counterpunch.org The City of Portland, Oregon, and Multnomah County, are doing the best job in the country at kicking the can down the road. Now is the time to push for a real solution to the housing crisis, here and across the USA. Since the pandemic hit, I have joined the ranks of the unemployed, like

Nino Pagliccia (2020-05-27). Canada's Seat at the UN Security Council May be Coveted But is Far From a Sure Bet. counterpunch.org 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 are permanent veto-wielding members: U.S., Great Britain, France, Russia and China. The remaining ten seats are elected

WSWS (2020-05-27). Thomson Reuters actively helping Trump administration target immigrants. wsws.org The parent company of the Reuters news agency has been aiding Immigration and Customs Enforcement with the targeting of immigrants for arrest, detention and deportation.

Alexia Ramirez (2020-05-27). ICE Records Confirm that Immigration Enforcement Agencies are Using Invasive Cell Phone Surveillance Devices. aclu.org For years, immigration enforcement agencies have been using invasive cell phone surveillance technology known as Stingrays in near-total secrecy. To find out more, the ACLU and New York Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit under the Freedom of Information Act, and now we've forced the agencies to turn over documents revealing new details about the agencies' practices. Today, we are publishing

Finian Cunningham (2020-05-27). From Open Skies to Open Season for Nukes. thealtworld.com Washington is destroying trust and integrity by deliberately creating insecurity in order to achieve its geopolitical objective of controlling China. | Another one bites the dust. In less two years, President Donald Trump has now binned three major arms-control treaties — quite a record for undermining decades of international security architecture. First there was the nuclear accord with Iran (2018), then the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces treaty (2019), and now the Open Skies Treaty. | There is growing concern that the Trump administration will let the last-remaining arms-control treaty fall — th…

Stephanie Woodard (2020-05-27). Sioux Tribes Are Protecting Their People from Pandemic. zcomm.org The Governor Is Trying to Stop Them…

Sonali Kolhatkar (2020-05-27). For America's Wealthiest, the Pandemic Is a Time to Profit. zcomm.org Even in the midst of the pandemic, the rich are getting richer and bolder in their fight against working Americans…

Karen Rothmyer (2020-05-27). In Rural America, Opioids Kill Many More Than Covid-19. thenation.com In Rural America, Opioids Kill Many More Than Covid-19…

Dania Rajendra (2020-05-27). Surviving the Virus, Reading 'Late Victorian Holocausts'. thenation.com Surviving the Virus, Reading 'Late Victorian Holocausts'

Dave Zirin (2020-05-27). Would a 2020 NBA Champion Ever Be Seen as Legitimate? thenation.com Would a 2020 NBA Champion Ever Be Seen as Legitimate?

Danny Sjursen (2020-05-27). What Will Post-Pandemic Warfare Look Like? thenation.com What Will Post-Pandemic Warfare Look Like?

Ken Klippenstein (2020-05-27). Trump's Decision to Freeze WHO Funding Worries the US Military. thenation.com Trump's Decision to Freeze WHO Funding Worries the US Military…

en.mehrnews (2020-05-27). Four EU states warn Israeli regime over West Bank annexation. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 27 (MNA) — Four European countries namely France, England, Spain, and Italy warned Benjamin Netanyahu regarding the dire consequences of the illegal annexation of the West Bank.

The Canary (2020-05-27). Lennie's lockdown tunes hit fundraising target after delighting online followers. thecanary.co An eight-year-old boy with cerebral palsy and hydrocephalus has hit his fundraising target after delighting his online followers with scores of piano tunes chosen by those who donate. | Lennie Street, from Morley, West Yorkshire, cannot stand or walk independently but loves music and decided to challenge himself during lockdown to play 100 songs picked by his supporters. | He has had thousands of views on his social media accounts as he tried and mastered everything from Beethoven to Justin Bieber and Stevie Wonder. | Lennie first set himself a fundraising target of £750 for his special school — Paces…

yenisafak (2020-05-27). Japan approves second stimulus package amid COVID-19. yenisafak.com Japan's government on Wednesday approved a second supplementary budget for the current fiscal year of around $296 billion, local media reported.The record supplementary budget was approved by the Cabinet of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and is aimed at aiding struggling businesses of the world's third largest economy.The fresh 31.9 trillion yen budget will also fund 117 trillion yen ($1 trillion) economic stimulus package to help fight the economic impact of the novel coronavirus pandemic, the local Kyodo news agency reported on Wednesday.It would be world's largest stimulus package

yenisafak (2020-05-27). Over 1 in 6 youth out of work due to COVID-19: ILO. yenisafak.com "The COVID-19 economic crisis is hitting young people — especially women — harder and faster than any other group," said ILO Director-General Guy Ryder at a video press conference in Geneva."If we do not take significant and immediate action to improve their situation, the legacy of the virus could be with us for decades," said Ryder.The estimated number of overall jobs lost around the world in the second quarter of 2020 remains unchanged at 305 million, said the ILO.From a regional perspective, the Americas (13.1%), and Europe and Central Asia (12.9%) present the most substantial losses in hours work…

yenisafak (2020-05-27). Iran records 56 coronavirus deaths in 24 hours. yenisafak.com Iran on Wednesday confirmed 56 additional fatalities from coronavirus over the past 24 hours, bringing the nationwide death toll to 7,564.A further 2,080 people have tested positive for COVID-19, raising the overall count to 141,591, Health Ministry spokesman Kianoush Jahanpour said.He added that 111,176 patients have recovered and been discharged from hospitals so far, while 2,551 patients remain in critical condition.In Iran, one of the countries in the Middle East hardest-hit by the disease, COVID-19 was first detected in the city of Qom on Feb. 19 and then spread throughout the country.The pandemic has claime…

yenisafak (2020-05-27). India faces 'sanitary napkin shortage' amid COVID-19. yenisafak.com With schools shut down, free supplies of "sanitary napkins" by the government have come to a halt, forcing teenage girls to use dirty pieces of cloth and rags.Maya, a 16-year-old resident of southeast Delhi, has not been able to afford sanitary napkins and is using old t-shirts for her monthly cycle. Previously, she would receive a pack of 10 from her state-run school, but the supply stopped after its sudden shutdown due to COVID-19."A pack of eight pads 30 Indian rupees [40 cent]. My father works as a rickshaw puller and is barely earning any money. How can I ask him for money to spend on sanitary napkins? I hav…

yenisafak (2020-05-27). Turkey exports more than 1,000 mechanical ventilators. yenisafak.com Turkey has exported more than 1,000 mechanical ventilators crucial in treating COVID-19 so far, the country's industry and technology minister said on Wednesday.Addressing a meeting of a local trade chamber via a video link, Mustafa Varank said Turkey is also carrying out apace innovative projects for diagnostic kits and systems that will make a name for the country worldwide.Varank pointed that many countries face crisis of producing basic medical equipment."The discrimination between developed or developing countries has disappeared."Countries boasting their economic and technological power have been late in co…

yenisafak (2020-05-27). Germany can't confirm Merkel will attend G7 in person. yenisafak.com German Chancellor Angela Merkel cannot confirm her physical presence at an envisaged summit of the Group of Seven (G7) in the United States yet, a spokeswoman said on Wednesday, adding that this would depend on how the coronavirus pandemic develops.President Donald Trump believes there would be "no greater example of reopening" than holding a summit of Group of Seven leaders in the United States near the end of June, the White House said on Tuesday.

yenisafak (2020-05-27). Brits may not be allowed to travel to Spain this summer. yenisafak.com While Spanish authorities have invited foreign tourists to start planning their holidays to Spain, the country's top epidemiologist cautioned that travelers from countries that do not have coronavirus under control could be banned from entering.That message could be especially relevant to Brits, who are one of Spain's leading source markets for tourism, but have been struggling to contain the infection."We have to evaluate the risk of importing [coronavirus]," said Fernando Simon, Spain's chief epidemiologist, at a press conference on Tuesday, adding: "It's not an easy task."He said Spain will judge the risk of v…

yenisafak (2020-05-27). Don't abandon us, we don't transmit coronavirus, say Cairo dogs and cats. yenisafak.com The doggies and kitties of a Cairo veterinary clinic have an important message, and they are taking it to the internet.Don't abandon us. We don't spread the coronavirus."We started this campaign after noticing that there were many people leaving dogs and cats outside our clinic," explained veterinarian Corolos Majdi at the Animalia clinic in the Egyptian capital.Pets looked after at home are highly unlikely to spread any disease, but dogs or cats abandoned on the street can be dangerous, he said.Doctors at the clinic decided to let the pets spread the message. They began photographing dogs and cats wearing signs…

yenisafak (2020-05-27). Turkey hails US denial of parole for diplomat's killer. yenisafak.com Turkey on Wednesday welcomed a US governor's decision to reject the parole request of Hampig Sassounian, an Armenian who assassinated a Turkish diplomat in Los Angeles in 1982."Turkey has welcomed this decision that shows once again that terrorism, which is the utmost point of hate speech and extremism in the world, will not go unpunished," the Foreign Ministry said in a written statement, referring to California Governor Gavin Newsom's denial of a parole request by Sassounian on Monday.Newsom reversed the Board of Parole Hearings' decision which earlier found Sassounian suitable for parole."After reviewing and c…

yenisafak (2020-05-27). German-Turkish mother seeks help from Merkel to rescue daughter. yenisafak.com A German-Turkish mother has called on Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday to help mothers who struggle to rescue their children from the terrorist PKK group.Maide T. told reporters in front of the Chancellory that she would continue demonstrations to get her voice heard by Merkel and the government."Please help us to rescue our children. Monitor cultural associations used by the PKK. These are not cultural houses, these are the houses of the PKK," she said, stressing that the outlawed group has been using such cultural centers in Germany for brainwashing children, and recruiting them to the group.She said her…

Massoud Nayeri (2020-05-27). I Can't Breathe. Police Brutality and Social Arrest. globalresearch.ca Every year in the U.S. more than 1,000 poor working people of all races and ethnicities are killed by police. | While President Trump and GOP encourage and glorify police brutality, the Democratic establishment and their functionaries with their racialist politics, …

Binoy Kampmark (2020-05-27). One Rule for Me and Another for Everyone Else: The Cummings Coronavirus Factor. counterpunch.org Leaving crises to Prime Minister Boris Johnson's management skills will never disappoint those who favour chaos and the attractions of vague direction. The double standard is to be preferred to the equal one. With the United Kingdom sundered by death and the effects of COVID-19 (the PM himself having had his battle with the virus),

graham (2020-05-27). The founder of 'Conservative Home' says it all. truepublica.org.uk By Rob Woodward — TruePublica: Boris Johnson is now fighting the COVID-19 public health crisis, the economic crisis, a public relations crisis and a crisis within his own party. It demonstrates the inadequacy of his leadership and his ability to lead the country in a national emergency. Churchill, he is not. What Britain needs right …

graham (2020-05-27). Johnson's popularity crashes, Brexit support craters, Starmer takes leads. truepublica.org.uk TruePublica Editor: Just four days ago — the bounce in public support for Boris Johnson at the peak of the coronavirus pandemic had started to fall away. The number of people who feel favourably towards for the prime minister dropped by 6 points since last month — when he was battling the virus in intensive care — to …

Dr. Paul Craig Roberts (2020-05-27). The Campaign Against Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ). Clearing the Way for A Big Pharma Vaccine. globalresearch.ca The Covid-19 pandemic has brought out many disturbing features of our society. Misinformation, or perhaps more accurately, disinformation, abounds in the service of agendas ranging from those who interpret the virus as a useful ploy for the construction of a …

Russell Weaver (2020-05-27). Can the COVID War Become a Fight for Health Care Democracy? commondreams.org The seemingly unbreakable bonds between employment and health care mean that COVID-19 might have already cost 16.2 million newly unemployed American "warriors"—and their families—access to medical services and treatment. (Photo: © Greg Nash) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Julia Kaye (2020-05-27). The FDA Is Making Needless COVID-19 Risks a Condition of Abortion and Miscarriage Care. We're Suing. commondreams.org For months, leading medical authorities have implored the FDA to suspend this restriction and give clinicians who provide abortion and miscarriage care the flexibility they need to protect their patients during this crisis. But the administration is intransigent. (Photo: Robin Marty/Flickr) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Michael Winship (2020-05-27). COVID-19 and the Unmasking of Donald Trump. commondreams.org Then Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump holds a mask of himself which he picked up from supporter during a rally in the Robarts Arena of the Sarasota Fairgrounds on November 7, 2016 in Sarasota, Florida. (Photo illustration: Common Dreams/ Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jon Queally, staff writer (2020-05-27). As US Death Toll Hits 100,000 People, Here's a Simple Guide to 12 Things Trump Did To Make Covid-19 Much Worse. commondreams.org The president's "chaotic and incompetent response has fueled the spread of the coronavirus in the U.S. and beyond, causing tens of thousands of preventable deaths." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Celine McNicholas, Margaret Poydock (2020-05-27). Republicans and Corporate Interests Exploit Coronavirus Crisis to Erase Companies' Liability. commondreams.org This most recent effort to limit corporate accountability must be examined in the larger political and legal context. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2020-05-27). Trump-Connected Fossil Fuel Companies Permitted to Delay Payments of $56 Million in Pollution Fines During Pandemic. commondreams.org "People are struggling to find rent money for next month, but thank god the Trump administration is providing relief for the millions these poor, vulnerable corporate polluters owe." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2020-05-27). 'What Corporate Welfare Is All About': Sanders Condemns Lack of Price Controls on Taxpayer-Funded Remdesivir. commondreams.org "Gilead did not make this drug alone. The public has a stake and must have a say in setting the price." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

commondreams (2020-05-27). Shareholders Raise Alarm: Petrochemical Investments Are a Risky Bet. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2020-05-27). Facebook Under Fire After Its Response to Coronavirus Misinformation Makes Clear Company Could Do More to Combat Political Lies. commondreams.org www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

commondreams (2020-05-27). End Date Approaches for Seven Health Insurers' Offers of Free Coronavirus Care. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2020-05-27). Without Government Intervention, Economists Warn Renters Across US Could Soon Face 'Avalanche of Evictions'. commondreams.org Economists and housing experts warned on Wednesday of an impending "avalanche of evictions" unless the federal government steps in to provide renters with robust financial assistance during the coronavirus pandemic. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2020-05-27). Global Groups Challenge Financial Sector to 'End Its Support for Fossil Fuels and Climate Chaos' Ahead of ExxonMobil Shareholders Meeting. commondreams.org Ahead of oil and gas giant ExxonMobil's virtual annual shareholders meeting Wednesday morning, scores of international climate, human rights, faith, and Indigenous groups launched the Finance Climate Challenge, calling on the global financial sector to "end its support for fossil fuels and climate chaos." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Bronwen Tucker , Kate DeAngelis (2020-05-27). Why $77 Billion a Year in Public Finance for Oil, Gas, and Coal Is Even Worse Than It Sounds. commondreams.org 2019 Climate strike in Jakarta, Indonesia ©Gilang Kharisma (Photo: CC BY-NC-SA 2.0) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2020-05-27). New Report Details How G20 Nations Spend $77 Billion a Year to Destroy Climate. commondreams.org Even after the world's largest economies adopted the landmark Paris agreement to tackle the climate crisis in late 2015, governments continued to pour $77 billion a year in public finance into propping up the fossil fuel industry, according to a report released Wednesday. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jon Queally, staff writer (2020-05-27). 'Just Let the Patriot Act Die You Cowards': House Lawmakers Urged to Vote Down Flawed Domestic Spy Bill. commondreams.org "It would be unconscionable for the Democratic House to pass any PATRIOT Act reauthorization without critical privacy reforms." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

2020-05-27: Social Media Postees

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Update On Kings Bay Plowshare 7 Sentencing
Terrace | popularresistance.org | 2020-05-27
On Friday, May 22, Judge Lisa Godbey Wood of the Southern District Federal Court of Georgia in Brunswick assigned new dates for seven defendants, according to the Kings Bay Plowshares' attorney, Bill Quigley. Many of the defendants had asked the court to postpone their May 28th and 29th court dates to accommodate their right to be sentenced in person in open court, witnessed by the public and press and not by video. The seven were convicted of three felonies and one misdemeanor last October for their nonviolent, symbolic disarmament act at the Kings Bay Trident nuclear submarine base. | The defendants had also as…
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As Chief Prosecutor, Klobuchar Declined to Bring Charges Against Cop that Killed George Floyd
Alan Macleod | mintpressnews.com | 2020-05-27
While serving as Minnesota's chief prosecutor between 1999 and 2007, Klobuchar declined to bring charges against more than two dozen officers who had killed citizens while on duty

'I can't breathe!': Minneapolis erupts in protest after murder of George Floyd
Chauncey K. Robinson | peoplesworld.org | 2020-05-27
Civil unrest and outrage have overtaken the city of Minneapolis as a community seeks retribution for the death of yet another Black person at the hands of police. Video footage went viral earlier this week showing four white officers using excessive force and an unauthorized restraint maneuver to arrest 46-year-old George Floyd. George lost his …
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Widespread outrage across the US, over the murder of George Lloyd by police
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-05-27
On May 26, hundreds of protesters were attacked by police in the city of Minneapolis during a protest against the murder of George Floyd, an African-American man, by a police officer on Monday May 25. | Protesters gathered at the intersection where Lloyd was murdered on Tuesday May 26 after the news of his death spread over social media. A memorial for Floyd was organized and people chanted against the police and held up signs condemning institutionalized racism in the US. | Protests were also held outside the Minneapolis Police Department's 3rd precinct office building, the circle to which the accused police off…
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Over 20,000 march demanding justice for George Floyd
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-05-27
Minneapolis, MN

Thousands Protest George Floyd's Murder in Minneapolis
Sarah Lahm | progressive.org | 2020-05-27
Ending in clashes between armed cops and angry community members, the protest showed the immensity of residents' distrust of police.
progressive.org/dispatches/protest-georg…

Police in the US fire tear gas on protest against brutal Memorial Day murder
wsws.org | 2020-05-27
Video shared on social media shows that George Floyd was killed by a police officer who kneeled on his neck while he was subdued on the ground.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/27/poli…

Police in the US fire tear gas at protest against brutal Memorial Day murder
wsws.org | 2020-05-27
Video shared on social media shows that George Floyd was killed by a police officer who kneeled on his neck while he was subdued on the ground.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/27/poli…

U.S. tries to deflect COVID fiasco onto China
Sara Flounders | workers.org | 2020-05-27
A growing world confrontation is roaring onto the political and economic scene. Not a day goes by without the corporate media in the U.S. carrying totally distorted and negative news attacks on the People's Republic of China. Republicans and Democrats are trading barbs over who is "soft" on China. Business . . . | Continue reading U.S. tries to deflect COVID fiasco onto China at Workers.org
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Governments are Using COVID-19 Crisis to Crush Free Speech
Patrick Cockburn | zcomm.org | 2020-05-27
Great disasters shine a bright light on the incompetence and greed of the powers-that-be, exposing them for what they are. No wonder they see independent journalists as dangerous foes, "non-humans" to be silenced wherever possible…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/1034213/

Why Iran's Fuel Tankers for Venezuela Are Sending Shudders Through Washington
Vijay Prashad | zcomm.org | 2020-05-27
At the United Nations China has been outspoken against the regime change policy driven by the United States against both states. It has been this Chinese shield that enabled the tankers to go through what is effectively a U.S. naval blockade of Venezuela…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/why-irans-fuel-tan…

Twitter finally Fact-Checks Trump, but Still Lets him Get Away with Murder (Literally)
Juan Cole | zcomm.org | 2020-05-27
Twitter routinely bans accounts for breaking its rules, but has let Trump act with impunity…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/twitter-finally-fa…

Washington's Tall Tale of Iranian-Al Qaeda Alliance
Gareth Porter | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-27
The U.S. assassination of Qassem Soleimani in January touched off a new wave of disinformation about the top Iranian major general, with Trump administration allies branding him a global terrorist while painting Iran as the world's worst state sponsor …
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Ecuador Protests New Neoliberal Measures Amid Lockdown
Kevin Zeese | popularresistance.org | 2020-05-27
Above photo: Ecuador protests against neoliberal measures during pandemic from Twitter. Protesters state that Lenin Moreno's government has made decisions that only benefit big companies and private banks. Unions, students, teachers, workers, and social organizations took to the streets in Quito as others followed from home in several cities Monday with a pot-banging protest. In Quito, Cuenca, and Guayaquil the protesters …
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Launch Of Apartheid Off Campus
Kevin Zeese | popularresistance.org | 2020-05-27
Apartheid Off Campus was born officially just over a week ago and it could not have come at a better time, with the new and ever-mounting challenges the Palestinians have had to face. In this 7-day window, AOC acquired over 2000 followers across three social media platforms: Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. AOC has received far-reaching and overwhelming support from students and activists alike, enough to remind us that now is as perfect a time as any to launch an active, dynamic student-led movement for Palestine. | After an online-only (courtesy of the lockdown!) student campaign launch, hundreds of students a…
popularresistance.org/launch-of-aparthei…

Socialist Equality Party (Australia) to hold online lectures on history of Trotskyism
wsws.org | 2020-05-27
Amid the breakdown of capitalism triggered by the coronavirus pandemic, the lectures will outline the contemporary significance of the Trotskyist movement's decades-long fight for a socialist and internationalist perspective.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/27/lect…

Build rank-and-file factory and workplace committees in the UK to prevent transmission of the COVID-19 virus and save lives!
wsws.org | 2020-05-27
The Socialist Equality Party (UK) opposes the reckless back-to-work campaign and the reopening of schools and non-essential workplaces as the pandemic continues to spread.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/27/ukbu…

Build rank-and-file factory and workplace committees to prevent transmission of the COVID-19 virus and save lives!
wsws.org | 2020-05-27
The Socialist Equality Party (UK) opposes the reckless back-to-work campaign and the reopening of schools and non-essential workplaces as the pandemic continues to spread.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/27/ukbu…

Video: Dr. Ron Paul's Urgent Coronavirus Message for Every American
Rep. Ron Paul | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-27
Most Americans will be blindsided by what's about to happen… | But not those who learn the critical steps necessary to protect yourself and your family from what's coming next. | | Click the image or click here to watch the video….
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Why Does Israel Celebrate Its Terrorists: Ben Uliel and the Murder of the Dawabsheh Family
Ramzy Baroud | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-27
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…
counterpunch.org/2020/05/27/why-does-isr…

Life in Hell: Online Teaching
Paul Street | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-27
I had long heard rumors from academicians about how "online teaching is a nightmare," "online teaching ruined my life," "online teaching sucked the brains out of my head," "online teaching is a new and insidious form of labor degradation," and the like. I foolishly tended to write these complaints off as hyperbole, saying "it can't be that bad." No more. I get it now.
counterpunch.org/2020/05/27/life-in-hell…

EU Trying To Take Over Serbia-Kosovo Negotiations From U.S
Paul Antonopoulos | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-27
French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian and German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas in a joint statement on the weekend said that EU-led dialogue between Serbia and Kosovo must restart as soon as possible and that shortcuts and quick fixes are …
globalresearch.ca/eu-trying-to-take-over…

Private Insurers Urged to Extend Free Covid-19 Coverage Until Pandemic Over
Andrea Germanos, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-05-27
"If you are going to contract Covid-19, you'd better hurry up or you're out of luck!" | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/news/2020/05/27/private…

ACLU Sues FDA Over Abortion Care Restrictions in Midst of Covid-19 Crisis
Andrea Germanos, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-05-27
The federal government's decision "results in discrimination in access and threatens to harm patients and their clinicians during a time of national crisis." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/news/2020/05/27/aclu-su…

From George Floyd to Chris Cooper: Ibram X. Kendi on "Racist Terror" Facing Black People in America
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-05-27
"I can't breathe"

"Horrifying Neglect": COVID-19 Deaths in ICE Custody Spark New Calls for Mass Release of Prisoners
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-05-27
Calls are growing for Immigration and Customs Enforcement to release people from detention during the pandemic, as two people have died from COVID-19 while in custody. We speak with The Intercept's Ryan Devereaux, who reported on how Carlos Ernesto Escobar Mejia, held at the Otay Mesa Detention Center, suffered horrifying neglect before he passed away. We are also joined by Erika Andiola with RAICES Action. "None of those folks

COVID Racial Data Tracker: Ibram X. Kendi on How Better Data Reveals the True Toll of the Pandemic
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-05-27
Ibram X. Kendi says early media coverage of COVID-19 as "the great equalizer" missed the racial impact of the disease. But it soon became clear "that it was Latino Americans and African Americans and Native Americans in particular who were disproportionately being infected and dying." The award-winning author and founding director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University joins us to discuss why he started the COVID Racial Data Tracker.
www.democracynow.org/2020/5/27/the_covid…

A Death in Herzliya: Mystery Remains About the Death of the Chinese Ambassador
ahtribune.com | 2020-05-27
On Sunday morning May 17th, China's Ambassador to Israel, Du Wei, was found dead in bed inside his official residence in the Tel Aviv upscale suburb of Herzliya. He was 57 years old, married and the father of a son, and had been appointed to his position in February. He was reported to be in good health. His wife and son were not yet in Israel when he died.
ahtribune.com/world/north-africa-south-w…

George Floyd, Chris Cooper and the Racist Terror Faced by Black People in the US
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-05-27
"I can't breathe"

Police Fire Rubber Bullets, Tear Gas at Protest Against Killing of George Floyd
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-05-27
Minneapolis police officers dressed in riot gear fired rubber bullets, tear gas, and stun grenades into crowds of protesters that gathered late Tuesday to demand justice for the killing of George Floyd after video footage showed a cop kneeling on the back of the man's neck as he cr…
truthout.org/articles/police-fire-rubber…

Across Colombia, red flags of despair fly as harsh Covid lockdown is extended for a third time
Nash Landesman | thegrayzone.com | 2020-05-27
Colombia's infection rate is relatively low, but its ruthlessly enforced lockdown is causing hunger and nationwide anger. In the working…
thegrayzone.com/2020/05/27/colombia-red-…

Iran and Venezuela: Standing Tall Against Imperial USA
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-27
If all nations operated like Iran and Venezuela, world peace and stability would replace endless wars of aggression against nations threatening no one. | If countries worldwide refused to subordinate their sovereign rights to US interests, its imperial scourge would be | …
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Hong Kong and China's New National Security Strategy. US Interventionism. Beijing is Intent on Fighting Back
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-27
Months of violence and vandalism in Hong Kong last year were orchestrated. | Any pretext will do for the US to wage wars on other nations by hot and/or other means

Defeating Trump more important: Tulsi Gabbard drops lawsuit against Hillary Clinton over 'Russian asset' smear
rt.com | 2020-05-27
Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) has chosen to let Hillary Clinton get away with calling her an agent of the Kremlin, dropping the defamation lawsuit for the sake of party unity and defeating President Donald Trump. | While Gabbard and her campaign "remain certain of the action's legal merit," the new reality of the Covid-19 pandemic requires them to "focus their time and attention on other priorities, including defeating Donald Trump in 2020, rather than righting the wrongs here," her attorney Dan Terzian wrote in the court filing withdrawing the lawsuit on Wednesday. | It was a far cry from the fiery t…
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Alabama clinic bought by abortion rights group
Devin Cole | workers.org | 2020-05-27
On May 15, 2019, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey signed into law one of the most restrictive anti-abortion bills in the U.S. The law banned all abortions in Alabama regardless of reason and with no exceptions. The Alabama law was part of a national right-wing campaign to challenge the Supreme Court's . . . | Continue reading Alabama clinic bought by abortion rights group at Workers.org
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"Trump is Making War on American People"
Eds. | mronline.org | 2020-05-27
Newsclick brings you 'Signs of Our Times,' series of discussions between Vijay Prashad and Aijaz Ahmad…
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In 2007, acclaimed US physician Paul Farmer pushed for Cuban Medical Brigades to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize
Joe Emersberger | zcomm.org | 2020-05-27
Today Code Pink is making a push for that. It would be a lock in a civilized world. Click below to here to read Farmer's letter. In it, he glowingly sums up his decades of working closely with Cuban doctors in Haiti.
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The US Rubbished Another Arms Control Regime as Part of Its Risky Renegotiating Gamble
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-27
The US' planned withdrawal from the Open Skies Treaty represents yet another rubbishing of the international arms control regimes that helped maintain strategic stability after the end of the Old Cold War, with this dramatic move and the others like …
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Pakistan's Role in Russia's Greater Eurasian Partnership
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-27
Connectivity is one of the key trends of the 21st century, which Russia is fully embracing with its Greater Eurasian Partnership (GEP) in order to counteract the chaotic processes unleashed throughout the course of the ongoing systemic transition from unipolarity | …
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Making Peace An Election Issue
Terrace | popularresistance.org | 2020-05-27
In this series of interviews by the United National Antiwar Coalition, Joe Lombardo speaks with Margaret Kimberley who is an author, editor of Black Agenda Report and coordinating committee member of Black Alliance for Peace. She speaks about the Black Alliance for Peace's campaign to make peace an election issue. The demands include cutting military spending, losing military bases, stopping sanctions and ending militarism domestically. Margaret Kimberley explains why this is an important issue and what people can do to support the campaign.
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Israel: A farewell to Labor, the peace and partial-annexation party
Ron Skolnik | peoplesworld.org | 2020-05-27
On April 26, the Central Committee of Israel's Labor Party voted (online, of course) to endorse Binyamin Netanyahu as prime minister. In doing so, the party lent its hand to the installation of a government that is poised to unilaterally annex West Bank territory this summer and perhaps deliver the knockout punch to the two-state …
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Memorial Day Peace Caravan/Demonstrators Drive to Donate to Homeless in San Jose
Ruth Robertson | indybay.org | 2020-05-27
On May 25, a Peace Caravan of activists drove in decorated cars through the streets of San Jose to demand human rights to health, housing, education, a living wage and all the components of a dignified life. The colorful caravan of about a dozen cars ended their protest at a homeless encampment where they made a donation and received thanks from Scott Wagers who serves and ministers to the city's unhoused.
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The effect of co-morbid anxiety on remission from depression for people participating in a randomised controlled trial of the Friendship Bench intervention in Zimbabwe
Melanie Amna Abas, Helen Anne Weiss, Victoria Simms, Ruth Verhey, Simbarashe Rusakaniko, Ricardo Araya, Dixon Chibanda | thelancet.com | 2020-05-27
There is a lack of data from low- and middle-income countries on whether anxiety independently predicts a more chronic course for depression.
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Part 3: Ecuador's people speak out
Michael Otto | workers.org | 2020-05-27
A 2018 popular protest in Quito targets the Ecuadorean president. Ibarra, Ecuador Parts 1 and 2 are available on workers.org. Workers World spoke with Pedro de la Cruz, an Indigenous representative at the Constituent Assembly of 2008, the Constituyente, who spoke of what was happening in his region. De la . . . | Continue reading Part 3: Ecuador's people speak out at Workers.org
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US exploits Hong Kong protests for anti-China campaign
wsws.org | 2020-05-27
Once again, US imperialism is using the banner of "human rights" to advance its economic and strategic interests.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/27/upso…

Harassment of healthcare professionals triggers protests in Kashmir
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-05-27
The Doctors Association in Kashmir staged a protest against the rising harassment of healthcare workers on May 26. There have been a number of instances of senior medical professionals being assaulted or prevented from doing their duty by the police…
peoplesdispatch.org/2020/05/27/harassmen…

Johnson faces questions over Cummings' actions as poll ratings plummet
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-05-27
Boris Johnson will be questioned by senior MPs as he faces a growing Tory revolt and plummeting poll ratings over the Dominic Cummings row.The prime minister's senior adviser drove from London to Durham to isolate with his family during the lockdown and says he subsequently took a trip to Barnard Castle to see if he was fit enough to drive before returning to the capital.Johnson, who will be questioned by the Liaison Committee on Wednesday, has stood by his embattled aide.But one minister has quit in protest and dozens of Tory MPs have publicly called for Cummings to leave his post.A YouGov survey for the Times s…
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Majority voice non-democratic? Amid new protests, MSM piece grills Chinese students for voting to reject pro-Hong Kong resolution
rt.com | 2020-05-27
As violence yet again grips the streets of Hong Kong, a fresh clash between Chinese students and a writer for website Axios shows how Western pundits are back demanding the people take a stand for 'pro-democracy' protesters. | Hong Kong's streets have once more become the scene of clashes between protesters and riot police as of last week. On Wednesday, officers used pepper pellets to disperse crowds at the city's financial heart. The fresh wave of demonstrations was triggered by a national security law proposed by Beijing, which would ramp up security in the autonomous Chinese city. | | ©REUTERS / Tyro…
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ICE Records Confirm that Immigration Enforcement Agencies are Using Invasive Cell Phone Surveillance Devices
Alexia Ramirez | aclu.org | 2020-05-27
For years, immigration enforcement agencies have been using invasive cell phone surveillance technology known as Stingrays in near-total secrecy. To find out more, the ACLU and New York Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit under the Freedom of Information Act, and now we've forced the agencies to turn over documents revealing new details about the agencies' practices. Today, we are publishing more than a thousand pages of record we've received from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) about their purchase and use of Sting…
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Thomson Reuters actively helping Trump administration target immigrants
wsws.org | 2020-05-27
The parent company of the Reuters news agency has been aiding Immigration and Customs Enforcement with the targeting of immigrants for arrest, detention and deportation.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/27/thom…

A Comradely Letter: What's a Progressive to Do?
Gene Glickman | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-27
This article is a call-to-arms on global warming. But before I turn to my main concern, I need to express some thoughts about the 2020 presidential campaign and the way we understand it. After I lay that out, I'll connect those campaign-related thoughts with the issue of climate change. Now that the presidential election has…
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The Future Is Public
Terrace | popularresistance.org | 2020-05-27
Resistance to privatisation has turned into a powerful force for change. (Re)municipalisation refers to the reclaiming of public ownership of services as well as the creation of new public services. In recent years, our research has identified more than 1,400 successful (re)municipalisation cases involving more than 2,400 cities in 58 countries around the world. But this book is about more than just numbers. It shows that public services are more important than ever in the face of the climate catastrophe, mounting inequalities, and growing political unrest. Together, civil society organisations, trade unions, and…
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JBS meatpacking plant reopens in Brazil as Latin America becomes COVID-19 epicenter
wsws.org | 2020-05-27
Workers Party governments financed JBS's transformation into a transnational, whose plants have become COVID-19 hotspots in both Brazil and the US.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/27/jbsb…

Should Federal Public Lands be Prioritized for Renewable Energy Development?
Erik Molvar | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-27
The Wilderness Society just teamed up with Yale University to release a reportpromoting renewable energy development on public lands, and like the recent Michael Moore documentary Planet of the Humans, it's stirring up controversy. The report suggests we should ramp up utility-scale renewable production on federal public lands, with a particular focus on Nevada's desert…
counterpunch.org/2020/05/27/should-feder…

Sweden's "herd immunity" policy produces one of world's highest fatality rates
wsws.org | 2020-05-27
Sweden's policy has been praised by reactionary political forces and the corporate media internationally to bolster their criminal back-to-work campaigns.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/27/swed…

Co-op Has A Plan To Democratise Large Parts Of The Internet
Terrace | popularresistance.org | 2020-05-27
Around 5% of all websites use the .org domain, with the most popular being Wikipedia. These websites represent around 6% of the top 1000 websites and 7% of the top 100 000 domains. The domain itself has been controlled by ICANN (The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers), which is part of the non-profit Internet Society. In 2019 a private equity firm, Ethos capital, approached ICANN with an offer of buying the .org registrar for $1.6 billion. | As the deal seemed likely to pass, the opposition to the deal mobilised a massive campaign to stop it. ICANN received 3,252 comments, with only 6 in favour o…
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US corporations, government cover up workplace infections and deaths
wsws.org | 2020-05-27
Recent reports on the meatpacking, logistics and other industries document a systematic effort to conceal the number of COVID-19 cases in workplaces.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/27/cove…

Dow Jones hits 25,000 as pandemic death toll reaches 100,000
wsws.org | 2020-05-27
The Wall Street surge anticipates the shutdown of all restraints on corporate operations and capitalist profiteerring.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/27/pers…

US state and local budget crisis looms
wsws.org | 2020-05-27
The full cost of the massive corporate bailout and the collapse in state and local tax revenues will be borne by the working class.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/27/budg…

Australian PM launches union-employer offensive against workers
wsws.org | 2020-05-27
The unions have signalled their readiness to enforce a corporate drive to exploit the pandemic to mount a major assault on jobs, wages and conditions.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/27/morr…

The Machine Stops
George Monbiot | zcomm.org | 2020-05-27
The government knowingly and deliberately de-prepared the UK, even as the pandemic began to bite…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/the-machine-stops/

NYC schools and COVID-19: A failed response and a looming crisis
Shaniqua Pippen | liberationnews.org | 2020-05-27
The burden was put on teachers to make sure over 1.1 million students were fed and had a place to go during the pandemic at the expense of our own health.
liberationnews.org/nyc-schools-and-covid…

Irish repay debt from famine to Native American Choctaws
Bruce Bostick | peoplesworld.org | 2020-05-27
Our nation is suffering through the coronavirus pandemic, without leadership and with a death toll in six figures. Especially hard hit are people of color. "First Nations" people, Native Americans, are suffering horribly, with our national administration making this situation worse. The national administration has not been helpful and has cut off badly needed U.S. …
peoplesworld.org/article/irish-repay-deb…

In dire economic crisis, lessons from the most oppressed
Minnie Bruce Pratt | workers.org | 2020-05-27
The U.S. is in a historic, crushing economic crisis, accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic. While the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on May 21 the official unemployment rate was 14.7 percent, that same day Fortune magazine

Pennsylvania reopens despite gross mishandling of COVID-19 data
wsws.org | 2020-05-27
Figures released this week paint a horrific picture of the suffering and despair caused by the pandemic among the elderly and infirm.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/27/penn…

A Note from the Ministry of Staple Guns
David Rovics | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-27
The City of Portland, Oregon, and Multnomah County, are doing the best job in the country at kicking the can down the road. Now is the time to push for a real solution to the housing crisis, here and across the USA. Since the pandemic hit, I have joined the ranks of the unemployed, like…
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The FDA is Making Needless COVID-19 Risks a Condition of Abortion and Miscarriage Care. We're Suing
Julia Kaye | aclu.org | 2020-05-27
The COVID-19 pandemic has swept the globe and upended normal life. In the four months since the first U.S. case was reported, more than 1.5 million people have been infected and 100,000 people have died in the United States. To mitigate risk, public health authorities tell us to get our groceries and prescriptions delivered, wave to grandma from the window, and generally avoid all unnecessary trips and close p…
aclu.org/news/reproductive-freedom/the-f…

American Exceptionalism And The Left's China Double Standard
Terrace | popularresistance.org | 2020-05-27
The COVID-19 pandemic has laid bare the contradictions of U.S. imperialism, including those that continue to render the American left politically isolated and ineffectual. China has found itself at the center of this process. U.S. imperialism has successfully convinced many of its so-called "citizens" to believe that the U.S. government is the principle arbiter of bourgeois freedoms such as the right to individual liberty and free speech. China, on the other hand, has long been depicted by the U.S. ruling class as an "authoritarian regime" where the rights of individuals are crushed under the weight of a centrali…
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'Business as unusual': How COVID-19 could change the future of work
news.un.org | 2020-05-27
Millions of people around the world have been working remotely due to the coronavirus pandemic and now experts are asking whether this "business as unusual" could be the future of work, at least for those people whose job doesn't require them to be tied to a particular location.
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COVID-19: A 'new and deadly threat' for civilians caught up in violence
news.un.org | 2020-05-27
Innocent civilians trapped in violence now face "a new and deadly threat" from COVID-19, the UN chief told the Security Council on Wednesday, warning that the pandemic is "amplifying and exploiting the fragilities of our world".
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Cultural resources wiped out by COVID-19 crisis: 13 percent of museums worldwide may never reopen
wsws.org | 2020-05-27
Some 95 percent of the world's museums are currently closed, and more than 11,000 institutions may remain closed after the pandemic recedes.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/27/muse…

US states 'manipulating' COVID-19 pandemic to restrict abortion access, rights experts charge
news.un.org | 2020-05-27
Independent UN human rights experts fear that some authorities in the United States are using the COVID-19 pandemic to restrict access to abortion, with at least eight states suspending procedures deemed medically unnecessary.
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Lagarde: It's even worse than we thought
graham | truepublica.org.uk | 2020-05-27
European Central Bank President Christine Lagarde warned Wednesday the eurozone economy will "very likely" contract more than forecast after governments shut down business to contain the pandemic. The ECB now expects the euro club's economy to shrink between 8 percent and 12 percent, depending on how fast lockdown measures are lifted and economic activity picks …
truepublica.org.uk/newsbits/lagarde-its-even-worse-than-we-thought/

Georgia 'reopens' with questionable data
Arielle Robinson | workers.org | 2020-05-27
Georgia health care workers at Athens Piedmont Medical Center wave to a 'thank-you' caravan circling the hospital on April 4. Atlanta Even as Georgia reopens certain businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic, the state's Department of Public Health continues to make errors in tracking the number of COVID-19 cases. One error . . . | Continue reading Georgia 'reopens' with questionable data at Workers.org
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Reports question accuracy of COVID-19 death counts in US and globally
wsws.org | 2020-05-27
There is increasing evidence that the actual fatalities caused by the pandemic are up to three times the numbers officially reported.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/27/deat…

Sioux Tribes Are Protecting Their People from Pandemic
Stephanie Woodard | zcomm.org | 2020-05-27
The Governor Is Trying to Stop Them…
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The Impact of Upward Redistribution on Social Security Solvency (2020 Update)
Matt Sedlar | cepr.net | 2020-05-27
Economic inequality in the US has ballooned since the early 1980s. Wage and salary growth at the top of the earnings distribution has significantly outpaced that at the bottom and middle, resulting in decades of unabated upward redistribution of income. The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed and exacerbated this divide. In addition to the immediate problems …
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'Lockdown generation' of young workers will need extra help after COVID-19, urges UN labour chief
news.un.org | 2020-05-27
Further evidence of the unprecedented impact of COVID-19 on the global job market has emerged in a new study by the UN labour agency, which on Wednesday said that more than one in six young people have stopped working since the onset of the pandemic.
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Vietnam Criticized for Its First-Round Victory Over COVID-19
Mark Ashwill | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-27
You can't please everyone, especially those who do their utmost to find fault with a country that has distinguished itself as a national role model in the midst of a global pandemic. Earlier this month, Foreign Policy (FP) published a slanderous and mean-spirited op-ed with the clickbait title Vietnam's Coronavirus Success Is Built on Repression…
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Trump Administration Again OKs Oil Drilling in California's Carrizo Plain National Monument

| globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-27
On the eve of a holiday weekend and during a global pandemic, the Trump administration last week approved a new oil well and pipeline in Carrizo Plain National Monument. It would be the first well drilled in the monument since …
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For America's Wealthiest, the Pandemic Is a Time to Profit
Sonali Kolhatkar | zcomm.org | 2020-05-27
Even in the midst of the pandemic, the rich are getting richer and bolder in their fight against working Americans…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/for-americas-wealt…

Towards a borderless world where we can all "just stay home"
Amanda Priebe | zcomm.org | 2020-05-27
Now may be a strange time to call for border abolition, but as the pandemic has shown: we are collectively no safer than the least protected among us…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/towards-a-borderle…

From 9/11 to COVID-19: The United State[s] of Emergency
John Whitehead | mintpressnews.com | 2020-05-27
CHARLOTTESVILLE ( Rutherford) —- Don't pity this year's crop of graduates because this COVID-19 pandemic caused them to miss out on the antics of their senior year and the pomp and circumstance of graduation. | Pity them because they have spent their entire lives in a state of emergency. | They were born in the wake of the 9/11 attacks; raised without any expectation of privacy in a technologically-driven, mass surveillance state; educated in schools that teach conformity and compliance; saddled with a debt-ridden economy on the brink…
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New York Times misses mark on Kerala's COVID-19 success
Joshua Hanks | workers.org | 2020-05-27
It is almost five months since China first alerted the World Health Organization about cases of what is now called COVID-19. The ensuing pandemic has revealed stark differences in the responses of governments around the world. As Workers World has reported, communist-led governments in countries like Cuba, Vietnam, China and . . . | Continue reading New York Times misses mark on Kerala's COVID-19 success at Workers.org
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National Values: Reality or Propaganda?
Lawrence Davidson | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-27
Joe Biden, presumptive Democratic Party presidential candidate, thinks he knows what American values are. Here are some of them: "inclusivity, tolerance, diversity, respect for the rule of law." Biden defines these as among the "democratic values that define us." Actually, what Biden is describing are practices that allegedly reflect American values. And, indeed, these are the sort…
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The Inefficient and Incredibly Lucrative Coronavirus Vaccine Race
Sam Pizzigati | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-27
Centuries ago, back in the Middle Ages, battles against plagues seldom went well. Medieval public health warriors had little scientific knowledge about their viral assailants. And what little knowledge they did gain, they couldn't easily share. Kingdoms had no vehicles for rapid and reliable communicating. We don't have that problem today as we do viral…
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The Attacks on China Must Stop
Jonathan Power | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-27
The world is supposed to be pulling together to defeat the Coronavirus and to some extent it is. Earlier on Russia sent special equipment to the US and recently the US has sent some to Russia. China has aided Italy and Africa with doctors and equipment. Tiny Cuba, with its deep pool of doctors, has…
counterpunch.org/2020/05/27/the-attacks-…

The Asian Pivot
John Kendall Hawkins | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-27
The Asian Pivot sometimes I think carpetbombing the Chinese Reds with trueblue capitalism was like gleefully dropping the gay bomb without figuring out first which way the wind was blowing payback is a kitsch what if they Taiwan on and claim America as her own remind us of trans-Aleutian migration call it a down payment…
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Canada's Seat at the UN Security Council May be Coveted But is Far From a Sure Bet
Nino Pagliccia | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-27
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 are permanent veto-wielding members: U.S., Great Britain, France, Russia and China. The remaining ten seats are elected…
counterpunch.org/2020/05/27/canadas-seat…

Fascism: Is it Too Extreme a Label?
R. G. Davis | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-27
In examining two productions of The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui. A Parable Play.(1) Bertolt Brecht wrote about the rise of Ui, which illustrated Hitler's rise to power that was resistible –but was not, we see some elements related to today's events. The Berliner Ensemble housed the first in1959 and the second in 1995. First…
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Iranian fuel tanker reaches Venezuela, defying U.S. threats
Ricardo Vaz | mronline.org | 2020-05-27
The five Iranian tankers are estimated to carry enough gasoline to supply Venezuela for 50 days.
mronline.org/2020/05/27/iranian-fuel-tan…

Venezuela brands U.S.-backed Citgo sale 'an act of modern piracy'
Steve Sweeney | mronline.org | 2020-05-27
Venezuelan Vice-President Delcy Rodriguez last year branded the move an "organised crime that violates international law.
mronline.org/2020/05/27/venezuela-brands…

UN agencies welcome donor pledges for Venezuelan refugees and migrants
news.un.org | 2020-05-27
The UN refugee and migration agencies have welcomed $2.79 billion pledged by donors at a solidarity conference aimed at supporting Venezuelans who fled the protracted crisis in their country for host communities across the region.
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Iran-Venezuela solidarity breaks U.S. blockade
Kathy Durkin | workers.org | 2020-05-27
In an act of solidarity, Iran is sending a fleet of five tankers carrying 1.53 million barrels of needed gasoline and related fuel products to Venezuela. On May 23 and 25, the first two ships traveled through the Caribbean Sea and entered Venezuelan territorial waters with a Venezuelan naval and . . . | Continue reading Iran-Venezuela solidarity breaks U.S. blockade at Workers.org
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Fear-mongering Over National Security Law Unfounded
Terrace | popularresistance.org | 2020-05-27
"If it makes any fuss on Hong Kong's unique linked exchange rate regime which ensures its monetary base is backed with US dollars, how big would the US lose when global investors lose faith in US-denominated assets, which are considered as lifeline for the US economy," Lui said. | When it comes to the new national security law, China's top legislators are committed to pushing forward it smoothly, in spite of how hard foreign forces have been trying to pressure China on the matter. The US should not underestimate the central government's determination in defending its sovereignty and national security, some observ…
popularresistance.org/fear-mongering-ove…

Coronavirus Monitoring Bracelets Flood Market
Sam Biddle | zcomm.org | 2020-05-27
Ready to Snitch on People Who Don't Distance…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/coronavirus-monito…

European Commission to propose €750B EU recovery package
graham | truepublica.org.uk | 2020-05-27
The European Commission plans to propose a Recovery Instrument of ‚Ǩ750 billion to combat the impact of the coronavirus crisis, Economy Commissioner Paolo Gentiloni said on Twitter Wednesday. Of the ‚Ǩ750 billion, ‚Ǩ500 billion would be distributed in the form of grants, and ‚Ǩ250 billion in the form of loans, according to a person familiar with the …
truepublica.org.uk/newsbits/european-commission-to-propose-e750b-eu-recovery-package/

NYU Response To Grad Student Sickout Puts Fall Semester In Question
Staff | therealnews.com | 2020-05-27
On May 6-8, NYU's graduate students held a three-day sickout to try and force the administration to commit to additional financial support for students in the wake of the novel coronavirus. | The students of NYU are echoing the demands of students at other universities: summer funding, a one-year extension of current funding packages, committing to not have a hiring freeze, and support for undocumented students. But NYU's refusal to engage with the graduate students is especially galling given the university's endowment is, by its own accounting, $4.3 billion. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (C…
therealnews.com/columns/nyu-response-to-…

Schools Are Feeding Millions Of Children
Terrace | popularresistance.org | 2020-05-27
Public schools served tens of millions of emergency meals in April to low-income children after coronavirus closures ended cafeteria service, said a survey released on Monday. But with roughly half of the 1,894 districts taking part in the School Nutrition Association survey reporting a drop-off of at least 50 percent in meals served, losses are expected to balloon this year. | School food directors put the median loss at $200,000, meaning half of all schools will lose more money, and half less. Among large districts, the median loss could be $2.5 million. | SNA president Gay Anderson said schools would be hobble…
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Global energy investment set to slump by record $400bn in 2020
graham | truepublica.org.uk | 2020-05-27
Global energy investment is expected to suffer its greatest annual fall on record this year due to the coronavirus crisis. Investment is set to crash by $400bn ( £325bn)

Survey shows 1 in 5 teachers–citing COVID-19 concerns–likely won't return to US schools this fall
Jessica Corbett | nationofchange.org | 2020-05-27
"Though Americans are optimistic about a return to in-person learning, there is angst among teachers, parents, and America at large about how to keep our schools safe if the virus isn't fully contained."
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The Inefficient and Incredibly Lucrative Chase for a Coronavirus Vaccine
Sam Pizzigati | zcomm.org | 2020-05-27
Our hottest biotech firm hasn't yet manufactured an antidote to Covid-19. The company has manufactured three billionaires…
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A Gilead-Remdesivir Fix: The Ten Percent Solution
Dean Baker | cepr.net | 2020-05-27
The Washington Post had an excellent piece documenting how the government put up most of the money for developing remdesivir, a drug that now offers the hope of being the first effective treatment for the coronavirus. As the piece explains, in spite of the substantial contribution of public funds, Gilead Sciences holds a patent monopoly …
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Coronavirus Monitoring Bracelets Flood the Market, Ready to Snitch on People Who Don't Distance
Sam Biddle | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-27
Surveillance firms around the world are licking their lips at a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to cash in on the coronavirus by repositioning one of their most invasive products: the tracking bracelet. | Body monitors are associated with criminality and guilt in the | …
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From Open Skies to Open Season for Nukes
Finian Cunningham | thealtworld.com | 2020-05-27
Washington is destroying trust and integrity by deliberately creating insecurity in order to achieve its geopolitical objective of controlling China. | Another one bites the dust. In less two years, President Donald Trump has now binned three major arms-control treaties

Erdogan Warns that Turkey 'Will Not Allow' Israel to Annex West Bank
The New Arab | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-27
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned in his Eid al-Fitr address that his country would not allow Israel's new government go ahead with its planned annexation of West Bank territory. | "We are witnessing a new plan of occupation…
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What if China Promoted Hawaiian Independence?
Kim Petersen | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-27
A news website created by Tibetan exiles in India, Phayul, has featured an article on a bill (H.R. 6948) introduced in the House of Representatives by United States Congressman Scott Perry (R-PA) that promotes Tibetan separation from China. | The bill …
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Fog Around COVID-19 Made Thicker by New Ontario Rules for Handling Deaths
Rosemary Frei | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-27
Alarming COVID-19 death statistics from seniors' facilities continue to be in the spotlight in Ontario and elsewhere. | However, all is not as it seems in the mainstream-media reports of those statistics. | Procedures that came into effect in Ontario one month …
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East Africa: Millions face triple disasters of floods, locusts and COVID-19
wsws.org | 2020-05-27
With water levels rising, some 40 million people living in major cities are at a heightened risk of flooding and infrastructure damage.
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Trump steps up deadly drive to reopen at all costs
John Bachtell | peoplesworld.org | 2020-05-27
The contrast on Memorial Day couldn't have been starker or more surreal. As the grim milestone of 100,000 COVID-19 deaths approached, Trump played golf, oblivious to the carnage, while mocking Joe Biden for wearing a mask. Following the lead of a president oblivious to the suffering and death across the nation, in some Americans ignored …
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COVID-19 is Laying Bare How Big Ag is Taking America's Small Farmers to Slaughter
Raul Diego | mintpressnews.com | 2020-05-27
As the door for greater consolidation across industries opens wider, entrenched transnational food interests are feeling the heat from American farmers and ranchers to curb their monopolistic dreams.
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Another police killing during COVID-19: Seeking justice for Finan Berhe
Jamal Rich | peoplesworld.org | 2020-05-27
SILVER SPRING, Md.–On May 7, 2020, a 30-year old Black man was killed by police in the White Oak suburb of Silver Spring, Md., outside his home. His name was Finan Berhe, a member of the local Eritrean community. Berhe was only armed with a knife and likely under distress, but his life was tragically …
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Indonesia experiences major surge in confirmed COVID-19 cases
wsws.org | 2020-05-27
The Indonesian government is blaming the sharp rise in confirmed cases on ordinary workers and peasants for not adhering to social distancing measures.
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The Montreal Nursing Homes' COVID-19 Fatalities. "Increasing" Quebec COVID-19 Death Rate?
William Walter Kay | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-27
We bring to the attention of our readers this important article by author William Walter Kay. The article raises two fundamental issues: | The first pertains to the deplorable heath care conditions (and the lack of personnel) affecting patients in Quebec's …
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Quebec Premier accelerates return to work in Montreal–Canada's COVID-19 epicenter
wsws.org | 2020-05-27
Acknowledging that it is "taking a gamble" with workers' lives, the Quebec government is intensifying its drive to "reopen" the economy.
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Players to MLB: "Sliding pay, no way."
Al Neal | peoplesworld.org | 2020-05-27
Major League Baseball made the right call by dropping its proposed revenue split to players, and the MLB Players Association as a way to restart the Covid-19 waylaid season by July. It was a foolish proposal–one players have fought against, and gone out on strike against–and was a non-starter at the tele-negotiation table. "If you …
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From 9/11 to COVID-19, It's Been a Perpetual State of Emergency
John W. Whitehead | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-27
"The fundamental political question is why do people obey a government. The answer is that they tend to enslave themselves, to let themselves be governed by tyrants. Freedom from servitude comes not from violent action, but from the refusal to …
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UK tenants union calls for no homelessness and rent debt
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-05-27
The call for the mobilization was given by the union, ACORN, which has also started a petition to protect tenants, lodgers and mortgage holders from eviction and debt during the COVID-19 outbreak…
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Will 130 Trillion Digital Dollars Save America?
Shawgi Tell | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-05-27
Simply "printing" more money and adding more debt to the existing enormous debt load in the U.S. is not a solution. It is particularly irresponsible when it is done with no connection to social production and the working class. Non-fictitious value comes only from the labor-time of workers involved in the process of producing goods …
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Fight for the rights of people with disabilities!
Mary P. Kaessinger | workers.org | 2020-05-27
This is a slightly edited version of a talk given during the"What Road To Socialism?" webinar held by Workers World Party on May 16. Disability is a condition that strikes all classes. Ruling-class families start charities, like the Kennedys, who started the Special Olympics. That's nice, but it didn't bring . . . | Continue reading Fight for the rights of people with disabilities! at Workers.org
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EU Foreign Policy Chief Calls for Rapprochement with Russia and End of "American-led System"
Raul Diego | mintpressnews.com | 2020-05-27
A recent address by the EU's top diplomat, Josep Borell, hints at a new pro-Asian political order on the continent as Germany gets ready to lead the 27-nation bloc. But, is it just a ploy to check Chinese hegemony?
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Extortion, Entitlement and Mafia-Style Tactics Mark Israel's Current State of Affairs
Miko Peled | mintpressnews.com | 2020-05-27
Anyone who is not yet alarmed may not be aware of the underhanded mafia-style tactics, political extortion, and patronizing sense of entitlement currently on display in Israel. The following developments demonstrate how the county operates both internally and in the international arena. | Czech Foreign Minister slammed!: | As Israel prepares to formally annex large tracts of the West Bank, Tomas Petricek, the Czech Republic's Foreign Minister, was quoted as saying that "annexation is forbidden by international law and also raises serious questions about Israel's future as a democracy." By any normal diplo…
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Ryanair challenges Lufthansa's bailout package
graham | truepublica.org.uk | 2020-05-27
Low-cost carrier Ryanair challenged Germany's ‚Ǩ9 billion rescue package for Lufthansa on Tuesday (26 May), saying it distorted competition, while the German carrier moves towards finalising the deal next month. The government-backed aid will allow Lufthansa to "engage in below-cost selling" and make it harder for Ryanair, its Laudamotion subsidiary and rival low-cost carrier easyJet …
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When the War Was Close to Home
Philip A Farruggio | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-27
Memories are like those fireflies that sparkle your vision on a deep hot summer night. They entice you with their sudden appearance and just as sudden departure. So it is with this baby boomer's mind, transversed back so many decades …
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The billionaire governor who's been sued dozens of times for millions in unpaid bills
Ken Ward Jr. and Alex Mierjeski | nationofchange.org | 2020-05-27
Gov. Jim Justice is West Virginia's richest man. Over the last three decades, lawsuits over unpaid bills have cost his constellation of companies more than $128 million in judgments and settlements.
nationofchange.org/2020/05/27/the-billio…

Ego Trip: US Space Flags and Super-Duper Missiles
Dr. Binoy Kampmark | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-27
US President Donald Trump is much taken with the bombastic and the exaggerated. In an interview with the Associated Press in April 2017, he spoke of his infamous if somewhat less than successful wall project on the US-Mexican border. Ever …
globalresearch.ca/us-space-flags-super-d…

Israel Reveals Date of Planned West Bank Annexation
Almasdar News | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-27
The head of the Governmental Coalition in Israel, Mickey Zohar, revealed that the measures to legislate the process of imposing Israeli sovereignty on all Jewish residential communities in the West Bank will begin in early July. | The Likud MP said …
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AFL-CIO formally endorses Joe Biden for president
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2020-05-27
WASHINGTON–By vote of its general board, the AFL-CIO, the nation's largest labor federation, formally endorsed presumed Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden for election to the White House in 2020. The endorsement, announced in a 10-minute speech May 26 by federation President Richard Trumka, was expected. It followed Biden endorsements by two influential AFL-CIO unions: The …
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Elon Musk is a shithead
Eds. | mronline.org | 2020-05-27
Musk's supporters might respond that, in contrast to most other members of his class, he is a "self-made" man, who built his US$36 billion fortune through hard work and a visionary entrepreneurial spirit. This is bullshit. Musk, like Trump, comes from a highly privileged background.
mronline.org/2020/05/27/elon-musk-is-a-s…

'Inaccurate, divisive': British TV show roasted after using gender of world leaders to explain contrasting Covid-19 death tolls
rt.com | 2020-05-27
A British morning television show suffered a backlash from viewers after using unfair comparisons to suggest countries with female leaders have done a better job than their male counterparts to suppress coronavirus deaths. | Good Morning Britain (GMB)

International movement demands: 'Justice for Major Tillery!
Betsey Piette | workers.org | 2020-05-27
On May 17, word spread via social media that Major Tillery, a political prisoner at Pennsylvania's State Correctional Institution Chester, was sick with chills, a sore throat and a fever for several days. On hearing of Tillery's illness and knowing that COVID-19 was running rampant in U.S. prisons, the international . . . | Continue reading International movement demands: 'Justice for Major Tillery! at Workers.org
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Fossil fuel money funds 'back to work' movement
Betsey Piette | workers.org | 2020-05-27
Picture this: Thousands of oil tankers surrounding the globe with nowhere to dock. The accompanying map shows the position of the tankers, mostly filled with oil, stranded around the world on May 4. They have no way to unload since onshore warehouses are full, pipelines are full, and under the . . . | Continue reading Fossil fuel money funds 'back to work' movement at Workers.org
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Johnson's popularity crashes, Brexit support craters, Starmer takes leads
graham | truepublica.org.uk | 2020-05-27
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Brexit: How deeply the UK's food security is dependent on the EU
graham | truepublica.org.uk | 2020-05-27
By Tony Heron: In 2008, the sight of Northern Rock customers queuing to withdraw their savings from the stricken High Street bank became one of the first and

What Will Post-Pandemic Warfare Look Like?
Danny Sjursen | thenation.com | 2020-05-27
What Will Post-Pandemic Warfare Look Like?
thenation.com/article/world/post-pandemi…

Would a 2020 NBA Champion Ever Be Seen as Legitimate?
Dave Zirin | thenation.com | 2020-05-27
Would a 2020 NBA Champion Ever Be Seen as Legitimate?
thenation.com/article/society/2020-nba-s…

Surviving the Virus, Reading 'Late Victorian Holocausts'
Dania Rajendra | thenation.com | 2020-05-27
Surviving the Virus, Reading 'Late Victorian Holocausts'…
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Trump's Decision to Freeze WHO Funding Worries the US Military
Ken Klippenstein | thenation.com | 2020-05-27
Trump's Decision to Freeze WHO Funding Worries the US Military…
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In Rural America, Opioids Kill Many More Than Covid-19
Karen Rothmyer | thenation.com | 2020-05-27
In Rural America, Opioids Kill Many More Than Covid-19…
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It's official: coronavirus has shown that men and women still don't have equality
Steve Topple | thecanary.co | 2020-05-27
New research from the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) has revealed some telling stats about life during the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. But it's exposed something most women probably already knew: that far from them having equality with men, the patriarchy is still alive and kicking in society.Coronavirus research: The IFS has published research into how lockdown has affected men and women in "two-parent, opposite gender families". The d…
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Lennie's lockdown tunes hit fundraising target after delighting online followers
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-05-27
An eight-year-old boy with cerebral palsy and hydrocephalus has hit his fundraising target after delighting his online followers with scores of piano tunes chosen by those who donate. | Lennie Street, from Morley, West Yorkshire, cannot stand or walk independently but loves music and decided to challenge himself during lockdown to play 100 songs picked by his supporters. | He has had thousands of views on his social media accounts as he tried and mastered everything from Beethoven to Justin Bieber and Stevie Wonder. | Lennie first set himself a fundraising target of £750 for his special school

One Rule for Me and Another for Everyone Else: The Cummings Coronavirus Factor
Binoy Kampmark | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-27
Leaving crises to Prime Minister Boris Johnson's management skills will never disappoint those who favour chaos and the attractions of vague direction. The double standard is to be preferred to the equal one. With the United Kingdom sundered by death and the effects of COVID-19 (the PM himself having had his battle with the virus),…
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Come on! Dominic Cummings' name didn't trend on Twitter… because of anti-porn filters
rt.com | 2020-05-27
He may have remained relentlessly in the news for the past week, but Boris Johnson's embattled chief adviser Dominic Cummings still hasn't managed to trend on Twitter, despite being the subject of ample social media trolling. | That's because Twitter's anti-porn filters have prevented his full name in its correct form from appearing in the trends, according to the Guardian. | Cummings has been subjected to intense scrutiny since it emerged that the UK prime minister's top aide had made a 260-mile trip from London to Durham with his ill wife during the height of Britain's Covid-19 lockdown, when the government…
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The founder of 'Conservative Home' says it all
graham | truepublica.org.uk | 2020-05-27
By Rob Woodward

Why $77 Billion a Year in Public Finance for Oil, Gas, and Coal Is Even Worse Than It Sounds
Bronwen Tucker , Kate DeAngelis | commondreams.org | 2020-05-27
2019 Climate strike in Jakarta, Indonesia ©Gilang Kharisma (Photo: CC BY-NC-SA 2.0) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Why $77 Billion a Year in Public Finance for Oil, Gas, and Coal Is Even Worse Than It Sounds
Bronwen Tucker | commondreams.org | 2020-05-27
2019 Climate strike in Jakarta, Indonesia ©Gilang Kharisma (Photo: CC BY-NC-SA 2.0) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Exxon, Amazon and Facebook Should Heed Shareholders' Calls for Political Activity Disclosure, Removal of Political Misinformation
commondreams.org | 2020-05-27
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Local TV Stations Pilloried for 'Shamelessly' Passing Off Amazon-Scripted Propaganda as News
Eoin Higgins, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-05-27
"Jeff Bezos can run as many scripted news segments he wants. It still doesn't change the fact that he made $34.5 billion over the course of this pandemic while putting his workers in harm's way and shirking on their hazard pay." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Global Groups Challenge Financial Sector to 'End Its Support for Fossil Fuels and Climate Chaos' Ahead of ExxonMobil Shareholders Meeting
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-05-27
Ahead of oil and gas giant ExxonMobil's virtual annual shareholders meeting Wednesday morning, scores of international climate, human rights, faith, and Indigenous groups launched the Finance Climate Challenge, calling on the global financial sector to "end its support for fossil fuels and climate chaos." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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New Report Details How G20 Nations Spend $77 Billion a Year to Destroy Climate
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-05-27
Even after the world's largest economies adopted the landmark Paris agreement to tackle the climate crisis in late 2015, governments continued to pour $77 billion a year in public finance into propping up the fossil fuel industry, according to a report released Wednesday. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Republicans and Corporate Interests Exploit Coronavirus Crisis to Erase Companies' Liability
Celine McNicholas, Margaret Poydock | commondreams.org | 2020-05-27
This most recent effort to limit corporate accountability must be examined in the larger political and legal context. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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'What Corporate Welfare Is All About': Sanders Condemns Lack of Price Controls on Taxpayer-Funded Remdesivir
Eoin Higgins, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-05-27
"Gilead did not make this drug alone. The public has a stake and must have a say in setting the price." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Trump-Connected Fossil Fuel Companies Permitted to Delay Payments of $56 Million in Pollution Fines During Pandemic
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-05-27
"People are struggling to find rent money for next month, but thank god the Trump administration is providing relief for the millions these poor, vulnerable corporate polluters owe." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Without Government Intervention, Economists Warn Renters Across US Could Soon Face 'Avalanche of Evictions'
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-05-27
Economists and housing experts warned on Wednesday of an impending "avalanche of evictions" unless the federal government steps in to provide renters with robust financial assistance during the coronavirus pandemic. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Facebook Under Fire After Its Response to Coronavirus Misinformation Makes Clear Company Could Do More to Combat Political Lies
Eoin Higgins, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-05-27
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As US Death Toll Hits 100,000 People, Here's a Simple Guide to 12 Things Trump Did To Make Covid-19 Much Worse
Jon Queally, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-05-27
The president's "chaotic and incompetent response has fueled the spread of the coronavirus in the U.S. and beyond, causing tens of thousands of preventable deaths." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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End Date Approaches for Seven Health Insurers' Offers of Free Coronavirus Care
commondreams.org | 2020-05-27
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COVID-19 and the Unmasking of Donald Trump
Michael Winship | commondreams.org | 2020-05-27
Then Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump holds a mask of himself which he picked up from supporter during a rally in the Robarts Arena of the Sarasota Fairgrounds on November 7, 2016 in Sarasota, Florida. (Photo illustration: Common Dreams/ Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Leaders Must Act to Protect Refugees and Internally Displaced People in Africa
Pauline Muchina, Kennedy Akolo | commondreams.org | 2020-05-27
An internally displaced woman voluntarily returning to her home in Bentiu, South Sudan, is being checked for fever. (Photo: United Nations/Isaac Billy) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Can the COVID War Become a Fight for Health Care Democracy?
Russell Weaver | commondreams.org | 2020-05-27
The seemingly unbreakable bonds between employment and health care mean that COVID-19 might have already cost 16.2 million newly unemployed American "warriors"—and their families—access to medical services and treatment. (Photo: © Greg Nash) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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The FDA Is Making Needless COVID-19 Risks a Condition of Abortion and Miscarriage Care. We're Suing
Julia Kaye | commondreams.org | 2020-05-27
For months, leading medical authorities have implored the FDA to suspend this restriction and give clinicians who provide abortion and miscarriage care the flexibility they need to protect their patients during this crisis. But the administration is intransigent. (Photo: Robin Marty/Flickr) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Shareholders Raise Alarm: Petrochemical Investments Are a Risky Bet
commondreams.org | 2020-05-27
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NIAC Statement on Trump Termination of Iran Nonproliferation Waivers
commondreams.org | 2020-05-27
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'Just Let the Patriot Act Die You Cowards': House Lawmakers Urged to Vote Down Flawed Domestic Spy Bill
Jon Queally, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-05-27
"It would be unconscionable for the Democratic House to pass any PATRIOT Act reauthorization without critical privacy reforms." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Joe Biden, Rape Culture, and Living in the Dark
Anthony Zenkus | commondreams.org | 2020-05-27
A sign reading, "We Will Be Heard" at the 2019 Women's March in Washington, D.C. (Photo: TC Davis/Flickr/cc) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Report: G20 Governments Bankrolling the Fossil Fuel Industry with at least $77 Billion a Year
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Four EU states warn Israeli regime over West Bank annexation
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-27
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The Campaign Against Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ). Clearing the Way for A Big Pharma Vaccine
Dr. Paul Craig Roberts | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-27
The Covid-19 pandemic has brought out many disturbing features of our society. Misinformation, or perhaps more accurately, disinformation, abounds in the service of agendas ranging from those who interpret the virus as a useful ploy for the construction of a …
globalresearch.ca/campaign-against-hcq/5…

I Can't Breathe. Police Brutality and Social Arrest
Massoud Nayeri | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-27
Every year in the U.S. more than 1,000 poor working people of all races and ethnicities are killed by police. | While President Trump and GOP encourage and glorify police brutality, the Democratic establishment and their functionaries with their racialist politics, …
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Germany can't confirm Merkel will attend G7 in person
yenisafak.com | 2020-05-27
German Chancellor Angela Merkel cannot confirm her physical presence at an envisaged summit of the Group of Seven (G7) in the United States yet, a spokeswoman said on Wednesday, adding that this would depend on how the coronavirus pandemic develops.President Donald Trump believes there would be "no greater example of reopening" than holding a summit of Group of Seven leaders in the United States near the end of June, the White House said on Tuesday.
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Iran records 56 coronavirus deaths in 24 hours
yenisafak.com | 2020-05-27
Iran on Wednesday confirmed 56 additional fatalities from coronavirus over the past 24 hours, bringing the nationwide death toll to 7,564.A further 2,080 people have tested positive for COVID-19, raising the overall count to 141,591, Health Ministry spokesman Kianoush Jahanpour said.He added that 111,176 patients have recovered and been discharged from hospitals so far, while 2,551 patients remain in critical condition.In Iran, one of the countries in the Middle East hardest-hit by the disease, COVID-19 was first detected in the city of Qom on Feb. 19 and then spread throughout the country.The pandemic has claime…
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Japan approves second stimulus package amid COVID-19
yenisafak.com | 2020-05-27
Japan's government on Wednesday approved a second supplementary budget for the current fiscal year of around $296 billion, local media reported.The record supplementary budget was approved by the Cabinet of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and is aimed at aiding struggling businesses of the world's third largest economy.The fresh 31.9 trillion yen budget will also fund 117 trillion yen ($1 trillion) economic stimulus package to help fight the economic impact of the novel coronavirus pandemic, the local Kyodo news agency reported on Wednesday.It would be world's largest stimulus package

Brits may not be allowed to travel to Spain this summer
yenisafak.com | 2020-05-27
While Spanish authorities have invited foreign tourists to start planning their holidays to Spain, the country's top epidemiologist cautioned that travelers from countries that do not have coronavirus under control could be banned from entering.That message could be especially relevant to Brits, who are one of Spain's leading source markets for tourism, but have been struggling to contain the infection."We have to evaluate the risk of importing [coronavirus]," said Fernando Simon, Spain's chief epidemiologist, at a press conference on Tuesday, adding: "It's not an easy task."He said Spain will judge the risk of v…
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Don't abandon us, we don't transmit coronavirus, say Cairo dogs and cats
yenisafak.com | 2020-05-27
The doggies and kitties of a Cairo veterinary clinic have an important message, and they are taking it to the internet.Don't abandon us. We don't spread the coronavirus."We started this campaign after noticing that there were many people leaving dogs and cats outside our clinic," explained veterinarian Corolos Majdi at the Animalia clinic in the Egyptian capital.Pets looked after at home are highly unlikely to spread any disease, but dogs or cats abandoned on the street can be dangerous, he said.Doctors at the clinic decided to let the pets spread the message. They began photographing dogs and cats wearing signs…
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Over 1 in 6 youth out of work due to COVID-19: ILO
yenisafak.com | 2020-05-27
"The COVID-19 economic crisis is hitting young people

German-Turkish mother seeks help from Merkel to rescue daughter
yenisafak.com | 2020-05-27
A German-Turkish mother has called on Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday to help mothers who struggle to rescue their children from the terrorist PKK group.Maide T. told reporters in front of the Chancellory that she would continue demonstrations to get her voice heard by Merkel and the government."Please help us to rescue our children. Monitor cultural associations used by the PKK. These are not cultural houses, these are the houses of the PKK," she said, stressing that the outlawed group has been using such cultural centers in Germany for brainwashing children, and recruiting them to the group.She said her…
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Turkey hails US denial of parole for diplomat's killer
yenisafak.com | 2020-05-27
Turkey on Wednesday welcomed a US governor's decision to reject the parole request of Hampig Sassounian, an Armenian who assassinated a Turkish diplomat in Los Angeles in 1982."Turkey has welcomed this decision that shows once again that terrorism, which is the utmost point of hate speech and extremism in the world, will not go unpunished," the Foreign Ministry said in a written statement, referring to California Governor Gavin Newsom's denial of a parole request by Sassounian on Monday.Newsom reversed the Board of Parole Hearings' decision which earlier found Sassounian suitable for parole."After reviewing and c…
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Turkey exports more than 1,000 mechanical ventilators
yenisafak.com | 2020-05-27
Turkey has exported more than 1,000 mechanical ventilators crucial in treating COVID-19 so far, the country's industry and technology minister said on Wednesday.Addressing a meeting of a local trade chamber via a video link, Mustafa Varank said Turkey is also carrying out apace innovative projects for diagnostic kits and systems that will make a name for the country worldwide.Varank pointed that many countries face crisis of producing basic medical equipment."The discrimination between developed or developing countries has disappeared."Countries boasting their economic and technological power have been late in co…
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India faces 'sanitary napkin shortage' amid COVID-19
yenisafak.com | 2020-05-27
With schools shut down, free supplies of "sanitary napkins" by the government have come to a halt, forcing teenage girls to use dirty pieces of cloth and rags.Maya, a 16-year-old resident of southeast Delhi, has not been able to afford sanitary napkins and is using old t-shirts for her monthly cycle. Previously, she would receive a pack of 10 from her state-run school, but the supply stopped after its sudden shutdown due to COVID-19."A pack of eight pads 30 Indian rupees [40 cent]. My father works as a rickshaw puller and is barely earning any money. How can I ask him for money to spend on sanitary napkins? I hav…
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Selected Articles: US-China Relations. Are We Seeing a New Cold War?
Global Research News | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-27
We hope that by publishing diverse view points, submitted by journalists and experts dotted all over the world, the website can serve as a reminder that no matter what narrative we are presented with, things are rarely as cut and …
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The Silence of the Lambs
Andrey Areshev | strategic-culture.org | 2020-05-27
Inspector Gregory: Is there any other point to which you would wish to draw my attention? | Sherlock Holmes: To the curious incident of the dog in the night-time. | Gregory: The dog did nothing in the night-time. | Sherlock Holmes: That was the curious incident. | "The Adventure of Silver Blaze"

Mail-Order Presidency: Democrats Will Do Anything to Beat Trump in November
Andrey Areshev | strategic-culture.org | 2020-05-27
Just like in 2016 when WikiLeaks revealed that the DNC was feeding Hillary Clinton debate questions, 2020 will be no different with the Democrats employing every dirty trick in the book to oust Donald Trump from office. | Following on the backs of Russiagate, Impeachment, and now mass-media hysteria over Coronavirus, which of course has dealt Trump a major blow with regards to his hopes for reelection in November, is there anyone still not convinced that the Democrat machine is prepared to do absolutely anything to win in November? | Liberals are painfully aware that if Trump wins another four years in office all…
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One Good Thing About the Lockdown
Andrey Areshev | strategic-culture.org | 2020-05-27
Ron PAUL | One of the few good things to come out of the government-mandated shutdown is that many parents have started homeschooling their children. Many of these parents are likely to continue homeschooling after the government schools reopen. | Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) did its part to encourage homeschooling when it unveiled "guidelines" for schools to follow when they reopen. Among the CDC's guidelines are that schools put tape on the hallways, directing children which direction to walk and how much distance to keep between themselves and their classmates. The CDC also r…
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From Open Skies to Open Season for Nukes
Andrey Areshev | strategic-culture.org | 2020-05-27
Another one bites the dust. In less two years, President Donald Trump has now binned three major arms-control treaties

Trump: I Can and Will Start Wars Whenever I Please
Andrey Areshev | strategic-culture.org | 2020-05-27
Michael TENNANT | President Donald Trump's May 6 veto of a Senate resolution that would have required him to seek congressional approval for any further military confrontations with Iran demonstrates that, despite his occasional feints toward scaling back foreign intervention, Trump is as much a warmonger as anyone else in Washington. Worse still, his explanation for his veto indicates that he believes presidents have unlimited authority to launch wars, contrary to clear constitutional language. | "The question of whether United States forces should be engaged in armed conflict against Iran should only be made fo…
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What If China Promoted Hawaiian Independence?
ahtribune.com | 2020-05-27
A news website created by Tibetan exiles in India, Phayul, has featured an article on a bill (H.R. 6948) introduced in the House of Representatives by United States Congressman Scott Perry (R-PA) that promotes Tibetan separation from China. | The bill would "authorize the President to recognize the Tibet Autonomous Region of the People's Republic of China as a separate, independent country, and for other purposes." | Other purposes? That the US was running geopolitical intrig…
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Fundamental Justice: Fighting Racism and Patriarchy in Brazil and the U.S. (films & panel)
Ms., Girls Learn International, others | indybay.org | 2020-05-27
Online via Zoom: virtual screenings w/ post panel discussion…
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Trump cheers on mass gatherings as US pandemic death toll hits 100,000
WSWS Repost | indybay.org | 2020-05-27
The narrative that it is necessary to "balance" between human life and the "economy," is false. What is referred to as the "economy" is the economy of the rich, not the working class. | Workers are being given the "alternative" of returning to death traps or permanently losing their jobs and income.
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/05/26/1883329…

Oakland reaches nearly 1,000 covid 19 cases in Alameda County
Lynda Carson | indybay.org | 2020-05-27
Coronavirus Covid-19 Pandemic:…
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Code Pink Delivers Anti-War Message to Sen. Feinstein
Leon Kunstenaar | indybay.org | 2020-05-27
In Memorial Day Action, Code Pink brings anti-war message to the steps of her San Francisco mansion.
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/05/25/1883325…

2020 Memorial Day Weekend ~ From Historic Negro Bar Cemetery, we remember
Michael Harris from Dave Roos | indybay.org | 2020-05-27
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…

Small Towns Have Been Left to Fend for Themselves as COVID-19 Depletes Budgets
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-05-27
Kevin Smith, the mayor of Helena-West Helena, Arkansas, feels abandoned by the federal government. On Easter Sunday, a storm hit his city of 10,000, one of the poorest in the state. It knocked out power for most residents; those who'd used SNAP benefits to stock their refrigerators saw their groceries spoil. Streets flooded. Sewers overflowed. In the thick of a pandemic, debris blocked roads to the hospital. | His city faces a loss of up to 30% in revenue because of the coronavirus, but doe…
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Trump Demanded Meat Plants Stay Open, COVID Cases Have Now Tripled
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-05-27
President Donald Trump issued an executive order in late April requiring all meat processing plants in the U.S. to remain open, despite reports of coronavirus infections and related deaths being prevalent at a number of the plants. | Since that order was issued, the number of COVID-19 cases that have been identified at meat plants across the country has likely tripled, according to estimates from a nonprofit watchdog group. | At the time of Trump's executive order, the Centers for Disease Control and Pr…
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As US Death Count Nears 100,000, Trump Indulges His Ego and Deflects Blame
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-05-27
Donald Trump had quite a day for himself on Tuesday. During a Rose Garden event intended to promote protections for senior citizens with diabetes, the man who recently pondered the possibility of injecting COVID-19 patients with disinfectant mused audibly on the potential virtues of insulin… for himself. | "I don't use insulin," he said. "Should I be? Huh? I never thought about it. But I know a lot of people are very badly aff…
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In the Era of COVID-19, Collective Grief Is Rebellion
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-05-27
Kelly talks with author and organizer Cindy Milstein about reclaiming collective grief and resisting fascism. | Note: This is a rush transcript and has been lightly edited for clarity. Copy may not be in its final form. | TRANSCRIPT: | Kelly Hayes: Welcome to "Movement Memos," a Truthout podcast about things you should know if you want to change the world. I'm your host, Kelly Hayes. By the time this episode airs, on Wednesday, May 27, over a hundred thousand people in the United States will have been lost to C…
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Trump Threatens to "Close" Twitter for Fact Checking His Tweets on Voting
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-05-27
President Donald Trump is threatening that his administration "will strongly regulate, or close" social media sites that attach disclaimers to inaccurate or misleading content, following an incident in which Twitter fact-checked his tweet about mail-in voting. | On Tuesday, a tweet from Trump that included an unsubstantiated claim about voter fraud and mail-in voting was examined by Twitter and later featured a disclaimer from the site at the bottom of it. | "There is NO WAY (ZERO!) that Mail-In B…
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'Intro to a good dystopian film': Amazon & media roasted online after TV stations aired segments scripted by company's PR team
rt.com | 2020-05-27
Commenters online found it "disturbing" and dubious that several local US news channels ran stories praising Amazon… that were written by the company's own staffers. | At least 11 local TV stations have run pro-Amazon news segments which closely follow scripts written and supplied by the retail giant's PR people, Courier reported. | A montage of the anchors reading out nearly identically-structured stories has been circling on social media. According to Courier, the news package was produced by Amazon spokesperson Todd Walker, and only one station

'Just a dwarf': Ex-German Chancellor Schroeder snubs Ukraine envoy who blasted him over calls for anti-Russian sanctions relief
rt.com | 2020-05-27
Former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder brushed off criticism from the Ukrainian ambassador to Berlin, calling him "a dwarf" in his personal podcast. The diplomat had accused him of being a 'lobbyist' for Moscow. | The veteran politician, who is still deemed a talented orator in Germany, launched his own podcast this week. The otherwise calm conversation, mostly revolving around Germany's "good" handling of the Covid-19 epidemic, suddenly spiraled into an angry outburst by the ex-chancellor near the end. | When spea…
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US ends ALL BUT ONE sanctions waivers for Iran nuclear facilities
rt.com | 2020-05-27
The US is giving foreign governments 60 days to wrap up work on Iranian nuclear facilities

Iran convenes newly elected parliament amid pandemic
rt.com | 2020-05-27
Iran's newly elected parliament convened on Wednesday under strict social distancing regulations. The country is grappling with one of the deadliest outbreaks in the Middle East, with more than 7,500 fatalities among over 139,500 confirmed cases. | Turkey has the region's largest outbreak, with 156,800 confirmed cases and more than 4,300 deaths. | All 268 lawmakers who were in attendance on Wednesday have tested negative for the coronavirus, according to Iranian state TV. | The newly elected house is dominated by 220 conservative lawmakers, including more than 50 who are close allies of former President Mahmou…
rt.com/newsline/489890-iran-convenes-ele…