Daily Archives: May 28, 2020

2020-05-28: News Headlines

Prabir Purkayastha (2020-05-29). U.S. declares a vaccine war on the World. mronline.org Donald Trump launched a new vaccine war in May, but not against the virus. It was against the world.

Peoples Dispatch (2020-05-28). Police repress protests demanding justice for George Floyd. peoplesdispatch.org Protests broke out in Minneapolis following the brutal murder of 46-year-old George Floyd at the hands of a city police officer. The protests, demanding justice for Floyd and an end to racist police violence, were met with violent repression by the police who fired tear gas, water cannons and attacked protesters with batons. His family and social movements in the US demand that the officers responsible for his murder be brought to justice.

WSWS (2020-05-28). Thousands continue to protest in Minneapolis over the brutal police murder of George Floyd. wsws.org Surveillance video footage shows that Floyd was being compliant moments before he was pinned to the ground and choked to death by a Minneapolis police officer.

Fight Back (2020-05-28). Salt Lake to protest police killings on national day of action May 30. fightbacknews.org Salt Lake City, UT — The people of Salt Lake City plan to answer the National Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression (NAARPR) call for a national day of protest May 30, demanding justice for George Floyd, Bernardo Palacios and all the people murdered by cops in the U.S. | The country has been riven by the murder of Floyd, who died after a Minneapolis police officer put his knee directly on Floyd's neck while he struggled for air and said repeatedly that he couldn't breathe. The murder was caught on film, and as a result, more than 20,000 people took to the streets of Minneapolis May 26 to demand…

WSWS (2020-05-28). The murder of George Floyd and the fight against police violence in the US. wsws.org The murder of Floyd by Minneapolis police officers is the latest in a long string of killings and abuse which have their roots in the capitalist system.

teleSUR (2020-05-28). Floyd's Murder Protests Flare up in Minneapolis Overnight. telesurenglish.net The city of Minneapolis woke up convulsed as protests over the murder of George Floyd at the hands of police officers intensified this Wednesday with clashes and looting. | RELATED: | Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, thousands of people took to the streets for the second day in a row in a series of protests that included escraches in the homes of the police officer who choked Floyd with his knee and the county attorney.

Jack Rasmus (2020-05-28). Two Fictions of Mainstream Economics. counterpunch.org Mainstream economics consistently fails to predict the future. I'm talking about those 'schools' of mis-thought, ranging from Paul Krugman on the 'left' to Glenn Hubbard and other apologists of business and neoliberalism on the 'right'. One of the favorite myths they perpetrate is that 'wages are sticky downwards'. That means that in conditions of recession

Jesse Jackson (2020-05-28). It's Time for Bold Responses to a Stark Crisis. counterpunch.org We live in a time of bitter divisions. Today, even the wearing of masks has become a partisan question. Yet, this country has united before to meet external threats. The calamity that has been wrought by the coronavirus is the result of an external attack — this time by a virus rather than an armed

Stephen Lendman (2020-05-28). Trump Regime Escalates War by Other Means on Iran and China. globalresearch.ca The US under both right wings of its war party represents an unparalleled threat to world peace, stability, democratic values, and the rule of law. | As long as the world community fails to uphold UN Charter principles and other core …

Stephen Lendman (2020-05-28). Trump's Offer to Mediate China/India Border Dispute? globalresearch.ca On Wednesday, Trump tweeted the following: | "We have informed both India and China that the United States is ready, willing and able to mediate or arbitrate their now raging border dispute." | He ignored longstanding US efforts to drive a stake …

Andrew Korybko (2020-05-28). The US' Millennium Challenge Corporation Could Reshape Nepal's Geostrategic Role. globalresearch.ca The geostrategic state of Nepal is in a conundrum over whether to respect the previous government's agreement to accept a $500 million "grant" from the US' "Millennium Challenge Corporation" despite concerns that it could permanently undermine the country's sovereignty, but …

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2020-05-28). Who is Behind "Fake News"? Mainstream Media Use Fake Videos and Images. globalresearch.ca The mainstream corporate media is desperate. They want to suppress independent and alternative online media, which they categorize as "fake news". Readers on social media are warned not to go onto certain sites. Our analysis confirms that the mainstream media are routinely involved in distorting the facts and turning realities upside down.

teleSUR (2020-05-28). Far-Right's Fake News Network Under Investigation in Brazil. telesurenglish.net Brazil's Federal Supreme Court (STF) judge Alexandre De Moraes Wednesday issued 29 search warrants against RELATED: | The criminal association investigation is dir…

Paul Antonopoulos (2020-05-28). Has Coronavirus Pandemic Really Destroyed Globalization? globalresearch.ca The coronavirus pandemic has not only created contradictory information on the best ways to deal with it, on whether there are cures and vaccinations, or whether there will be a second wave, but they are also contradictory on how the …

Eds. (2020-05-28). Teaching Marx in a pandemic. mronline.org Barnaby Raine writes to mark the launch of a new class on Marx and his writing, as part of The Brooklyn Institute summer season…

Danny Sjursen (2020-05-28). The Future of Forever War, American-Style. counterpunch.org Covid-19, an ongoing global human tragedy, may have at least one silver lining. It has led millions of people to question America's most malignant policies at home and abroad. Regarding Washington's war policies abroad, there's been speculation that the coronavirus might, in the end, put a dent in such conflicts, if not prove an unintended

Martin Billheimer (2020-05-28). There is No Vacation Anymore. counterpunch.org "But the beauty is in the walking. We are betrayed by destinations." — Gwynn Thomas Covid has made a mockery of scheduling. Its new order of hibernation or death caught the Republic unawares, despite two months of international warnings and as many afternoons of mediocre golf. Shucks, accidents will happen! But I suspect that in

Evaggelos Vallianatos (2020-05-28). The Virtues of Not Eating Animals. counterpunch.org Growing up in a village I was born in a Greek village where land and food self-sufficiency were everything. My father had a few strips of land where he raised enough food for his family and the family of his brother who lost his life during the war years of the 1940s. My father cultivated

Melvin Goodman (2020-05-28). Trump's War on Arms Control and Disarmament. counterpunch.org A successor to the Trump administration will have to rebuild the credibility of the Department of Justice and the effectiveness of such regulatory agencies as the Environmental Protection Agency and the Consumer Finance Protection Agency. It will have to rebuild the intelligence community, which has been heavily politicized, and the Department of State, which has

Eds. (2020-05-28). Huawei ban drags China, U.S. into tech cold war. mronline.org Industries prepare for decoupling as worst scenario, accelerating homegrown technologies as Washington hawks destroy global supply chain.

yenisafak (2020-05-28). Pakistan court to hear appeals in Pearl's murder case. yenisafak.com Pakistan's Supreme Court will soon begin hearing appeals against the acquittal of four men convicted in the murder of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, according to court records and media reports.A three-judge panel will hear appeals June 1 filed by the government and Pearl's parents challenging the acquittal of the convicted men by the Sindh High Court (SHC) in Islamabad, local broadcaster Express News reported.British-born Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, Fahad Naseem, Salman Saqib and Sheikh Adil were found guilty of abducting and beheading Pearl in Pakistan.In June 2002, an anti-terrorist court sentenced Sh…

Staff (2020-05-28). "No Justification": Minneapolis Demands Murder Charges for Police Officer Who Killed George Floyd. democracynow.org Parts of Minneapolis erupted into flames Wednesday night as residents again took to the streets to protest the death of George Floyd, a Black man killed by white police officer Derek Chauvin on Monday. A viral video shows Chauvin kneeling on George Floyd's neck for a number of minutes as Floyd repeatedly says "I cannot breathe." Three other officers stood by as George Floyd suffocated. They have been identified as Tou Thao, Thomas Lane and J. Alexander Kueng. All four officers were fired on Tuesday. Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey has called on prosecutors to file criminal charges against Derek Chauvin. We speak wit…

Staff (2020-05-28). Headlines for May 28, 2020. democracynow.org U.S. Coronavirus Death Toll Tops 100,000, Minneapolis Erupts in Flames as Protesters Rage Against Police Killing of George Floyd, China Tightens Grip on Hong Kong with New National Security Law, House of Representatives Holds First-Ever Remote Vote Amid Coronavirus Pandemic, Protesters Surround Sing Sing Prison Demanding Release of Prisoners at Risk of COVID-19, Researchers: 6 Feet of Social Distancing Might Not Be Enough to Stop Coronavirus Spread, Doctors Without Borders Warns of Spike in Coronavirus Cases Among Florida Farmworkers, Brazilian Police Raid Fake News Network Linked to Son of Far-Right President, A…

South Front (2020-05-28). Video: Russian Warplanes in Libya. globalresearch.ca The US has finally discovered whom to blame for the ongoing escalation of the conflict in Libya. | On May 26, the US African Command (AFRICOM) claimed that Russia had deployed warplanes to Libya to support the Libyan National Army of …

Jeffrey St. Clair (2020-05-28). Last Stand in the Big Woods. counterpunch.org There was no reason it had to come down like this: Two militant greens standing in the middle of an isolated, snow-crusted road in a place where a road should never be; bracing their bodies against a train of logging trucks, snowmobiles, and Forest Service jeeps groaning at the gate, demanding entry; willingly subjecting themselves to arrest by Idaho troopers armed with guns, clubs, and a draconian and sub-constitutional new law. All in a last-gasp attempt to halt a vastly destructive timber sale in the heart of the nation's largest roadless area, a timber sale two federal judges had already found to be a brazen…

Solidarity (2020-05-28). Minneapolis Solidarity Demo. indybay.org Solidarity demonstration with the uprising in Minneapolis against the police murder of George Floyd | This Friday 5/29 8pm Downtown Oakland Oscar Grant (14th & Broadway)…

Staff (2020-05-28). Civil Rights Attorney: Minneapolis Police Have a Long Pattern of Racist Violence. truthout.org Image Credit: Sigal Photos | Parts of Minneapolis erupted into flames Wednesday night as residents again took to the streets to protest the death of George Floyd, a Black man killed by white police officer Derek Chauvin on Monday. A viral video shows Chauvin kneeling on George Floyd's neck for a number of minutes as Floyd repeatedly says "I cannot breathe." Three other officers stood by as George Floyd suffocated. They have been identified as Tou Thao, Thomas Lane and J. Alexander Kueng. All…

RT (2020-05-29). FBI seeks more proof of 'criminal excessive force' in George Floyd killing as outraged public demands immediate arrests. rt.com The FBI and local prosecutors say they need more evidence before they can file charges against officers involved in the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Angry residents claim investigators are dragging their feet. | While Minnesota officials said a "robust and meticulous" probe into Floyd's death is underway at a press conference on Thursday, they noted the investigation still needed to show that the officers broke any laws, with Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman warning against any hasty indictments. | "I will not rush to justice, I'm going to do this right," Freeman said, adding that the footage of…

RT (2020-05-28). Minnesota rolls out National Guard to stop riots & looting, 'ensure safety' of peaceful protests over George Floyd killing. rt.com Minnesota Governor Tim Walz has called in National Guard units after law enforcement failed to "provide safety" in Minneapolis as furious protests over the police killing of George Floyd erupted into vandalism, arson and looting. | Meeting an earlier request from the city's mayor to bring the situation under control, the Guard was activated on Thursday in the wake of intense street confrontations and chaos the night prior, which saw a number of businesses burned down and destroyed and at least one man killed, reportedly a looter. | "Unfortunately, some individuals have engaged in unlawful and dangerous activit…

Fight Back (2020-05-28). Statement on the lynching of George Floyd. fightbacknews.org Fight Back News Service is circulating the following statement from Frank Chapman, Executive Director National Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression. | Yet another murder of an unarmed Black person in the month of May. Finan Berhe, in Springfield, MD, Ahmaud Arbery in Brunswick, GA, Breonna Taylor in Louisville, KY and now George Floyd in Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN and all this in the worst pandemic in a century. What an outrage, what an American made tragedy that the lynching of Black people continues unabated, that racist terror continues to stalk the land like a beast of prey. With the brutal, callous…

Eds. (2020-05-28). How many dead Yemenis does it take to equal one Washington Post contributor? mronline.org The War Nerd dissects reporting on Saudi Arabia to show how the corporate media cares more about a dead Washington Post columnist than a quarter of a million Yemenis killed in a Western-backed war.

Mark Gruenberg (2020-05-28). Official pandemic jobless claims pass 40 million. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—More than 40 million people are now jobless thanks to closures resulting from the coronavirus pandemic, after the Labor Department reported 2.173 million more people joined the unemployment rolls in the week ending May 22. And that's just the official (under) count. DOL put the official number of jobless since mid-March at 30.957 million. AFL-CIO …

Dale Ho (2020-05-28). We're Working to Safeguard Our Democracy and Our Health. aclu.org No one should have to choose between their health and their vote, but during the Wisconsin primary, an estimated

Eddie Pells (2020-05-28). National Women's Soccer League resuming June tournament in Utah. peoplesworld.org (AP) Pro soccer returns to the U.S. next month when the National Women's Soccer League starts a 25-game tournament in a pair of stadiums in Utah that will be kept clear of fans to protect players from the coronavirus. Players from the league's nine teams will train and live at two Salt Lake City-area hotels, …

RT (2020-05-28). Cummings made 'minor breach' of Covid-19 lockdown rules, but no action will be taken — UK police. rt.com UK police have determined that there was a "minor breach" of Covid-19 regulations by PM Boris Johnson's top aide Dominic Cummings, but that no retrospective action will be taken against him. | Durham police said there "might have been a minor breach of the regulations that would have warranted police intervention" when Cummings made a 26-mile journey from his parents' farm in Durham to Barnard Castle. The breach was described as minor in nature because the family complied with social distancing guidelines. | Cummings found himself at the center of a major political storm this week after it was revealed that he…

RT (2020-05-28). Rush to bury Cummings story? UK govt slammed as Covid-19 contact tracing system won't be 'fully operational' till end of June. rt.com England's contact tracing system — billed last week as "world class" by PM Boris Johnson — will not be "fully operational" until the end of June, the head of the service has reportedly told UK MPs, prompting ridicule from Britons. | On the day the vital system was supposed to be launched, Dido Harding, the chair of NHS track and trace, told a group of UK lawmakers in a conference call on Thursday that local authorities in England and trained contact tracers wouldn't be fully linked to the system until the end of June, according to one of those MPs, Ben Bradshaw. | Bradshaw, the Labour MP for Exeter…

pip.hinman (2020-05-28). Re-elect Sue Bolton to Moreland Council. greenleft.org.au

RT (2020-05-28). 'A terrible indictment on society': Man who lost father to Covid-19 amid outbreak at Scottish nursing home shares story with RT. rt.com The son of a Covid-19 victim in Scotland has told RT how the government and senior staff failed to protect the residents at nursing homes hit by the deadly virus. Authorities have promised an inquiry into the crisis. | John Gordon told RT that his father, John Angus Gordon, was "a quiet and humble man." | "[His last] four years were spent at Home Farm nursing home, where he was very happy and very content. He was healthy enough, despite being 83 and having dementia," he said. | Gordon initially found out about a Covid-19 outbreak on Scotland's northwestern Isle of Skye, where the nursing home is based, from so…

RT (2020-05-28). 'NATO roulette': Norwegian port to host nuclear-powered US subs despite local objections. rt.com A municipal port in Norway is set to receive nuclear-powered submarines from NATO after the only naval base in the area was sold and decommissioned — but local politicians and environmental activists aren't on board with the plan. | When the Olavsvern base in Tromso was sold to private investors in 2009, pressure mounted from NATO to find an alternative point of arrival for reactor-driven vessels, other than Haakonsvern in Bergen, which is currently the only approved port in the country. | Now it appears a "temporary solution" to the problem has been found at Grotsund in Tromso, where the country's Armed…

Staff (2020-05-28). "Fight Back!": ACT UP Members & Tony Kushner Remember Trailblazing AIDS Activist Larry Kramer. democracynow.org We discuss the life and legacy of Larry Kramer, the legendary writer and trailblazing activist in the fight against AIDS, who has died at the age of 84. Kramer helped start Gay Men's Health Crisis and ACT UP to demand life-saving drugs, and faced off with Dr. Anthony Fauci before the two became friends. Many credit Kramer for saving thousands of lives. We hear from Kramer in his own words at the 2019 anti-corporate Queer Liberation March and host a roundtable with two former ACT UP members: "Gay USA" host Ann Northrop and Yale epidemiologist Gregg Gonsalves. We also speak with Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright To…

RT (2020-05-28). Trump's retweets declare 'only good Democrat is a dead Democrat' and Covid-19 masks 'slavery'… critics take the bait. rt.com Two retweets from President Donald Trump have outraged critics. One declares "the only good Democrat is a dead Democrat" and the other calls Covid-19 protective masks "social control." | Trump has been using Twitter in recent weeks to do everything from slamming mail-in voting to accusing MSNBC host Joe Scarborough of possible murder. And some of his latest tweets have proven just as incendiary. | One "thank you" tweet from Wednesday evening was in response to a video from the pro-Trump group Cowboys for Trump. The footage includes a speaker saying, "I've come to a place where I've come to the conclusion that…

The Canary (2020-05-28). India forced to deal with heatwave and plague of locusts as it battles Covid-19. thecanary.co As if Covid-19 was not enough, India has been grappling with scorching temperatures and the worst locust invasion in decades as authorities prepared for the end of lockdown despite recording thousands of new infections every day.This triple disaster drew biblical comparisons and forced officials to try to balance the competing demands of simultaneous public health crises: protection from eviscerating heat but also social distancing in newly reopened parks and markets.The heat wave threatens to compound challenges of containing the virus, which has started spreading more quickly and broadly since the government be…

The Canary (2020-05-28). UK weeks behind where it ought to be with testing and tracing — NHS Providers. thecanary.co The UK is "weeks behind" where it should to be with coronavirus (Covid-19) testing and tracing, the chief executive of NHS Providers has claimed amid reports of major problems with the service.The NHS Test and Trace system — seen as key to easing lockdown restrictions — has been rolled out across England with the help of 25,000 contact tracers.However, MPs said they were told the programme would not be operational at a local level until the end of next month, while an accompanying app is delayed by several weeks.(PA Graphics)The Department of Health and Social Care also admitted that "some staff initial…

The Canary (2020-05-28). UK-bound air passenger numbers plummet by 99% during coronavirus. thecanary.co The number of passengers arriving in the UK by air fell "sharply" since the start of the coronavirus pandemic from around 7.1 million in January to 112,300 in April.The figure for last month is 99% lower than the number of air passengers who came into the country in April 2019, according to the Advance Passenger Information (API) data published by the Home Office.A report published on Thursday said the majority (58%) of arrivals since the lockdown was announced on 23 March were British nationals coming back to the UK.The remaining 42% "will include foreign nationals who are UK residents returning to the UK, depen…

The Canary (2020-05-28). 'Test and Trace will fail if workers are pushed into financial hardship'. thecanary.co The Test and Trace system will fail to work effectively if statutory sick pay is not increased, the government has been warned. | Those self-isolating will be eligible for statutory sick pay but there are fears that many workers will not be able to afford to isolate and will be forced to keep working. | NHS Test and Trace — seen as key to easing the coronavirus lockdown restrictions — will be rolled out across England on Thursday, and there are concerns that people could be asked to self-isolate for period of 14 days more than once in the coming weeks. | TUC general secretary Frances O'Grady said: "We…

RT (2020-05-28). IKEA values vs Polish traditions: Manager faces up to TWO YEARS behind bars after firing employee opposing pro-LGBT event. rt.com An IKEA HR manager has been charged in Poland with violating the religious rights of a Bible-citing employee, who was fired after refusing to endorse a pro-LGBT event. Now, the manager could end up behind bars. | The Warsaw-Praga District Prosecutor's Office has decided to press charges against the manager, whose identity has not been revealed, arguing that this person has infringed upon an employee's rights on the basis of religion. The decision to sack the employee was based on "arbitrary assessment and prejudice" toward a man expressing "Christian" views, it added. Now, this person could face anything betwe…

RT (2020-05-28). Minneapolis police investigate 'homicide' amid reports of 'looter shot dead by pawn shop owner'. rt.com A suspected looter has reportedly been shot and killed in Minneapolis after a protest over police brutality escalated into a full-blown riot, with a law enforcement spokesman confirming one homicide amid the unrest. | Though few details have yet emerged about the murder — the first casualty linked to the riots — a number of unconfirmed reports, including from bystanders on the scene, suggest the man was shot while attempting to loot a pawn shop in the city on Wednesday night. | A video clip surfaced on social media purporting to show the man as emergency response workers attempted to revive him. | <...

RT (2020-05-28). Chinese parliament passes national security bill amid raging Hong Kong protests. rt.com The Chinese parliament on Thursday passed a national security bill that ramps up security in Hong Kong. Anti-Beijing protests in the autonomous city were reignited by the draft's introduction. | The bill was approved by the National People's Congress (NPC) in Beijing and will now go to the country's leadership to be enacted into law. The parliament session was attended by President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang. | The details of the new legislation, which is expected to come into force by August, have not been made public yet. The bill is widely believed to introduce harsher punishments for things like ins…

RT (2020-05-28). US could conduct live NUCLEAR test 'within months' if Trump orders it. rt.com The US could carry out a live nuclear test within "months" should the president request it, a senior Pentagon official said, suggesting "geopolitical issues" — presumably referring to Moscow and Beijing — could prompt the order. | Though Washington has not altered its official stance on nuclear tests — which have been on pause for nearly three decades — that could change "rapidly," the acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear Matters Drew Walter told an online forum hosted by the Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies on Tuesday. | "If the president directed — becau…

RT (2020-05-28). Iran slams 'desperate attempt' by US to ramp up 'maximum pressure' campaign by ending sanctions waivers. rt.com Tehran has dismissed the Trump administration's "desperate attempt" to increase pressure on Iran by ending sanctions waivers that had allowed Russian, Chinese and European firms to keep working at civilian Iranian nuclear sites. | Washington will give foreign governments 60 days to wind down operations on the facilities or face new sanctions of their own, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday. The waivers had been in place since President Donald Trump tore up the 2015 nuclear deal two years ago. | The Atomic Energy Organization of Iran said Washington was engaging in a "desperate attempt to distr…

RT (2020-05-28). Coronavirus to 'go into HIBERNATION' in summer — Moscow's former chief doctor to RT. rt.com Covid-19 will lose its power in the summer and, as it passes through more people, it will no longer be a new challenge for immune systems. Instead it will behave like flu or even just a cold, Moscow's former top medic has told RT.

RT (2020-05-28). Cuomo desperately doles out celebs to sell new face mask executive order amid nursing home deaths debacle. rt.com With New York Governor Andrew Cuomo facing scrutiny over his treatment of nursing homes during his Covid-19 response, he turned to celebrities Chris Rock and Rosie Perez to help him sell his latest order regarding the pandemic. | 'Grown Ups' star and 'Birds of Prey' actress joined Cuomo at his Thursday press conference where the governor announced a new executive order allowing businesses to deny service to people not wearing masks. | "You don't want to wear a mask? Fine, but you don't have a right to then go into that store if that store owner doesn't want you to," the governor said. | Also on rt.com | | <...

RT (2020-05-28). US coronavirus death toll tops 100,000 as politics overshadows grief. rt.com Covid-19 has claimed over 100,000 lives in the United States, the latest figures show, marking another dark milestone in the pandemic — which has been increasingly politicized in the run-up to the November presidential election. | The US death toll now stands at 100,276, according to data gathered by Johns Hopkins University, adding 1,401 new fatalities in the last 24 hours. Just shy of 1.7 million people have been infected by the lethal virus nationwide. | As deaths crossed the 100,000 mark, former Vice President and 2020 Democratic hopeful Joe Biden issued a pre-recorded video response online. While…

RT (2020-05-28). Russia WILL NOT ban hydroxychloroquine, drug taken by US President Trump, for use in treating Covid-19. rt.com Russia's Health Ministry announced it will not ban hydroxychloroquine, seen by some as potentially dangerous. The drug, touted by US President Trump, has been suspended for use in treating Covid-19 in France, Italy, and Belgium. | On Thursday, the Russian Health Ministry stated on its website that hydroxychloroquine's effectiveness and safety in the treatment of coronavirus is continually being monitored, but the ministry is not taking any steps towards outlawing it. This decision is in sharp contrast to moves made by some European countries which, due to safety concerns, have completely stopped the prescripti…

RT (2020-05-28). Meteorite or rocket? Armenia baffled by large celestial body initially mistaken for FIREWORKS (VIDEO). rt.com A bright flash has lit up the night skies over western Armenia, leaving local residents and scientists wondering about the origins of a mysterious object that looked like a fireworks explosion. | A

RT (2020-05-28). Phase 2 of easing lockdown in France begins, Paris region leaves 'red' coronavirus zone. rt.com France is moving to phase two of relaxing its lockdown and the greater Paris region is no longer deemed to be a "red" coronavirus hot-spot zone, PM Edouard Philippe said on Thursday. "Freedom will become the rule, bans the exception," he said in a televised address. | The coronavirus has claimed the lives of more than 28,500 people in France, but on Wednesday the death toll rose by less than 100 for the seventh day running, Reuters reported. | The Paris region is now designated an "orange" zone, meaning it is still not as free of the virus as almost all other regions, which have been designated "green." | Fran…

RT (2020-05-28). Philippines coronavirus task force recommends Duterte ease one of world's toughest lockdowns in Manila. rt.com The Philippines' coronavirus task force has recommended President Rodrigo Duterte ease one of the toughest and longest lockdowns in the world for residents in the capital, Manila. This weekend, Manila's lockdown will surpass the 76-day quarantine of Wuhan, the Chinese city where the first outbreak of the coronavirus was detected. | The recommendation came even as daily infections this week were the highest since April 6. Confirmed cases in the past six days comprise nearly 11 percent of the total 15,049 recorded, of which 904 led to deaths, Reuters said. | Health authorities have missed the target of testing 3…

RT (2020-05-28). France to launch its contact-tracing app this weekend after lawmakers' approval. rt.com The French government is preparing a weekend launch of its contact-tracing app, a tool developed independently of the more widely used Apple/Google platform. | The plan for the 'StopCovid' app in France had led to a standoff with Apple, which had refused French officials' request to change the settings to let their app access Bluetooth in the background, so it is always switched on. | France and Britain have decided to keep contact data in a central database, arguing this would make it easier for authorities to track suspected coronavirus cases. However, Apple and Google want data to be stored on the phones th…

RT (2020-05-28). Denmark sees no increase in coronavirus infections after opening schools. rt.com A partial reopening of Danish schools did not lead to an increase in coronavirus infections among young students, according to an expert at the Danish Serum Institute. | Denmark was one of the first countries to reopen society on April 15 after a one-month lockdown. Students up to fifth grade were allowed back in school. | "You cannot see any negative effects from the reopening of schools," Peter Andersen, a doctor of infectious disease epidemiology and prevention, told Reuters on Thursday. | The data showed no significant increase in infections among children aged between one and 19 in the weeks after the par…

RT (2020-05-28). Germany's Foreign Ministry calls in Russian ambassador over 2015 cyberattack allegations. rt.com Berlin said on Thursday it is seeking EU sanctions against a Russian man over his alleged role in the hacking of the German parliament in 2015. Germany's Foreign Ministry said it called in Russian Ambassador Sergey Nechayev to inform him in person of the move. | Senior diplomat Miguel Berger "strongly condemned the attack on Germany's parliament in the name of the German government" while meeting with Nechayev, according to the ministry. | The attack on the Bundestag networks began on April 30, 2015, and over 16 gigabytes of data was reportedly stolen, including the lawmakers' emails. | The Russian Embassy in…

RT (2020-05-28). Envoy demands VOA ramp up anti-Iran efforts to 'support' Iranians… because what they really need is more US-funded propaganda. rt.com The US government-funded Voice of America's Persian news service must "do a better job" with its anti-Iran news coverage or it risks being shut down, US Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook has warned. | In an unintentionally irony-laden oped published by the New York Post on Wednesday, Hook

RT (2020-05-28). Battleground Minnesota: Disturbing VIDEOS show aftermath of violent riots over police killing of black man. rt.com A night of rioting and looting has left multiple buildings torched and businesses ransacked in Minneapolis, after protests over the police killing of an unarmed black man escalated into violence. | Footage from the scene shows the scale of the destruction, with the city's streets starting to resemble a war zone. On Wednesday night, multiple buildings across the city were set on fire, with smoke and fire still billowing from the ruins in the morning. | This is war torn America. We should all be ashamed.

RT (2020-05-28). NSA urges email providers to update software warning that 'Russian military hackers' already gained 'dream access' to them. rt.com The notorious US spy agency NSA has issued a rare warning to Exim mail server owners, calling on them to update the operating system and claiming that otherwise Russian "military cyber actors" could virtually take control of them. | A request to update one's operating system is usually so routine, pretty much every personal computer user is accustomed to it. That suddenly ceases to be the case when the request comes from none other the National Security Agency (NSA ), which does not issues such warnings all too often. | As if such a demand coming from a spy agency infamous for its world-spanning secret surveil…

Mark Gruenberg (2020-05-28). Unions: $500 billion went to corporations, Postal Service got nothing. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—As the GOP Trump government and its congressional allies have ladled out tons of cash towards private businesses hit in the worst depression in years, they've given the financial back of their hand to the one institution all those firms depend on: The U.S. Postal Service. And postal union leaders don't like it one bit. …

Fight Back (2020-05-28). FRSO leader Steff Yorek: '100,000 are dead and capitalism is making the pandemic a human-made disaster'. fightbacknews.org Minneapolis, MN – Political Secretary of Freedom Road Socialist Organization Steff Yorek stated on May 26, "The United States has just reached a grim milestone, 100,000 deaths from COVID-19 with no end in sight, earning this country the dubious distinction of edging into the top ten for deaths per person, with 30.46 deaths per 100,000." | Meanwhile Trump has continued to show an utter disregard for the loss of life. The federal response has been weak, ineffectual, has intentionally undermined state public health plans and continues to steal PPE and testing supplies from states. | Yorek continued, "Trump is fueli…

Fight Back (2020-05-28). General Appeal Regarding the International Health Emergency —Covid 19. fightbacknews.org Fight Back News Service is circulating the following appeal that was initiated by the German Communist Party (DKP), Communist Party Of Peoples Of Spain (CPPS), and the Communist Party Of Venezuela (CPV). Freedom Road Socialist Organization is among the signers. | The Communist and Workers' parties that suscribe the present APPEAL declare: | 1. The serious international situation which has come from the unstoppable global capitalist crisis – now expressed as a health emergency that spreads throughout so many countries – requires strong and decisive social and political action that puts the needs of the worki…

Norman Solomon (2020-05-28). Amy Klobuchar, Minneapolis Police and Her VP Quest. zcomm.org With Klobuchar now on Joe Biden's short list for vice president, the gruesome killing of Floyd has refocused attention on Klobuchar's history of racial injustice…

Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J.S. Davies (2020-05-28). Who Are the Secret Puppet-Masters Behind Trump's War on Iran? commondreams.org CODEPINK protesters at Congressional hearing on Iran in 2015. (Photo: CODEPINK) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Kathy Kelly (2020-05-28). Screen Shot 2020-05-28 at 1.58.44 PM.png. progressive.org Why the United States bears responsibility for Yemen's humanitarian crisis.

Kevin Zeese (2020-05-28). Baton Rouge Inmates Sue For Release Due To COVID-19, Potential 'Death Sentence'. popularresistance.org The inmates are seeking class-action status in an attempt to protect other current and future inmates. Their lawsuit also seeks to have a federal judge order East Baton Rouge to improve jail conditions and inmate treatment, including providing sufficient cleaning supplies and requiring staff to wear personal protective equipment. At least 70 inmates have tested positive and 48 of them have recovered, according to the sheriff's office. Several civil rights attorneys and organizations teamed up on the lawsuit, including the Advancement Project and the Center for Constitutional Rights. David Utter, an attorney on th…

Kevin Zeese (2020-05-28). Canadian Groups Fight For Covid-19 Recovery That Prioritizes Human And Ecological Health. popularresistance.org Nearly 200 Canadian organizations on Monday rolled out their demands for a "just recovery," saying that continuing business-as-usual after the pandemic would prevent the kind of far-reaching transformation needed to put "the health and well-being of ALL peoples and ecosystems first." | "The choices we make now about how to recover from this pandemic will shape not only our health and economic future, but also the future of human life on this planet," Canadian Labour Congress president Hassan Yussuff said in a statement. "This moment is a reminder that the status quo can and must be disrupted," the new Just Recove…

Kevin Zeese (2020-05-28). Law Enforcement Has Quietly Backed Anti-Protest Bills In At Least 8 States. popularresistance.org Law enforcement in at least eight states—Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Washington and Wyoming—lobbied on behalf of anti-protest bills in 2017 and 2018. The bills ran the gamut from punishing face coverings at protests to increasing penalties for "economic disruption" and highway blockage to criminalizing civil protests that interfere with "critical infrastructure" like oil pipelines. | Emboldened by the Trump administration, at least 31 states have considered 62 pieces of anti-protest legislation since November 2016, with at least seven enacted and 31 still pending. The full sc…

Tracy Keeling (2020-05-28). While everyone's focused on the Cummings circus, shocking news emerges about the UK death rate. thecanary.co The British public is understandably angry about Dominic Cummings' behaviour during lockdown. It's scandalous that he travelled to a different house and

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2020-05-28). Warnings of 'Catastrophic Consequences' as Locust Swarms Hit India and Pakistan in Midst of Coronavirus Crisis. commondreams.org For India, the invasion comes alongside "eviscerating heat." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

teleSUR (2020-05-28). The PLO Keeps Defending Palestine After 56 Years of Its Founding. telesurenglish.net On May 28, Palestinians celebrate 56 years of the founding of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and remember the words of Yasser Arafat who told them that the main challenge for the people is to achieve an independent state. | RELATED: | In 1964, The Palestinian National Council, at its first meeting held in East Jerusalem from May 28 to June 2, created the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) as the legitimate r…

Terrace (2020-05-28). Elections, A New Leadership And BDS Are Pivotal For Palestine. popularresistance.org Ever since President Donald Trump blundered blindly into the Middle East with his woefully inexperienced team of advisors, US foreign policy has swung wildly out of control. Predictably, it has destroyed the already fragile two-state solution as defined by the Oslo Accords. | It's no use pretending that such a solution is still viable. That, though, may not be all bad news for the Palestinians, whose current leadership in Ramallah is incapable of actually leading the people and taking control of the situation. | The Palestinians have never worn the cloak of victimhood very well; it is simply not in their DNA to s…

Rima Najjar (2020-05-28). Countering the Judaization of the Rest of Palestine. globalresearch.ca Netanyahu's impending annexation of the Judaized parts of the West Bank (he says July 1st) is a transformative event for Palestinian politics, and the Palestinian people, who have long been reined in by impositions that accept Zionist myths and outright …

Juan Cole (2020-05-28). Why does Far Right get a pass by American law enforcement? zcomm.org Top 6 Reasons Authorities are Cracking down Hard on Black Protesters while Treating White Supremacist Reopeners with Kid Gloves…

David Rosen (2020-05-28). Silence=Death: Larry Kramer, RIP. counterpunch.org Larry Kramer (1935-2020) died on Wednesday, May 27th, of pneumonia. He was 84 years old and, during much of his adult life as a writer and activist, he battled — both personally and politicly — the HIV/AIDS epidemic. He is survived by his husband, David Webster. Kramer was the author of the provocative 1978 novel,

teleSUR (2020-05-28). Argentina Revitalizes Pro-Abortion Movement on Social Media. telesurenglish.net Social activists in Argentina celebrated on Thursday rough virtual events the 15th anniversary of their campaign to legalize abortion, in order to inject new energy into the movement. | RELATED: | "Let it be law," "Legal abortion," it's the Hashtags who have flooded the social networks this Thursday. | "I'm proud to be part of this movement. For many of us, this is the fight of our lives," legalization campaign member M…

Terrace (2020-05-28). Global Crisis Spurs Global Activism. popularresistance.org The COVID-19 pandemic's global spread has highlighted inequities in the world like inequality of income and access to resources in many communities. The response to the crisis has been a varied patchwork of public health measures and economic assistance, but in most countries, those with wealth and access to resources have fared significantly better than poor and marginalized communities. | Now, a group of more than sixty academics, activists, writers, artists, workers, students, and others from more than twenty countries have come together to draft a manifesto addressing these inequities and offer some guidepost…

Terrace (2020-05-28). Memorial Day Panel By US Anti-war Veterans. popularresistance.org A group of anti-war veteran activists discuss how they view Memorial Day through the lens of their time in the military and their work afterwards. The guest list included Matthew Hoh, Clifton Hicks, Jovanni Reyes, Erik Edstrom, Ryan Keen, Keagan Miller, Danny Sjursen, and Chris Henrikson.

Ruth Robertson (2020-05-28). 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.

Fed Up Facebook User (2020-05-28). Fed-up Facebook Users Urge Shareholders To "Wake The Zuck Up" : Protesters Projected Messa. indybay.org Don't Let Facebook ZUCK Up our Democracy, a coalition of media advocacy organizations, human rights groups, pro-democracy activists, and fed-up Facebook users projected messages to Facebook shareholders on the evening before the annual Facebook shareholders meeting. The messages were projected onto Facebook's San Francisco offices at 181 Fremont Street.

teleSUR (2020-05-28). Norway: Municipality Forced to Receive NATO Nuclear Submarines. telesurenglish.net The port of Tromso, located in a Norwegian municipality above the Arctic Circle, will receive nuclear submarines from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) even though local politicians have opposed the decision. | RELATED: | "The government and parliament do not dare say 'no' to the U.S.," Norway's Greenpeace leader Frode Pleym said. | After private investors bought the Olavsvern naval base in Tromso, NATO pushed for a…

Terrace (2020-05-28). The Problem Of "Peaceful Protesters" popularresistance.org Across the world and across history, oppressed, marginalized, poor, and working-class people have used a variety of tactics to further their goals and fight back, and this includes things that could be considered violent. Overall, this means that when people refuse their roles within society and instead force the system into a state of crisis, that's when we can create a situation in which we can forward our own agenda. This often means that people refuse to do the things that allows the system to reproduce itself. In the case of workers, people strike. In the case of renters, they go on rent strike. For the poor…

Andrey Areshev (2020-05-28). Trump the Peace Candidate? This President Abhors International Treaties. strategic-culture.org Let us consider why the Donald Trump White House is currently considering

Peoples Dispatch (2020-05-28). Hirak protests continue across Algeria in solidarity with political prisoners. peoplesdispatch.org Algeria witnessed a fresh round of anti-government protests on May 25, Monday in solidarity with political prisoners associated with the Hirak movement, who are being held in jails on frivolous and motivated charges. Rallies and demonstrations were conducted in cities across Algeria, coinciding with the Eid-ul-Fitr celebrations. A ban on public demonstrations and other restrictions are in force in the country due to the COVID-19 pandemic. | One of the main sites of Monday's protest was Kherrata city in Bejaia province, east of Algerian capital Algiers. The city holds particular significance as it is where the Hir…

Palo Alto Protest (2020-05-28). Ceremony Marks 100,000 US Deaths from COVID-19. indybay.org Neighbors joined in, everyone observing safe distancing for a brief ceremony in Palo Alto on May 26. Less than 24 hours later, the count was official…100,000 in the US have died of COVID-19.

Deborah Toler (2020-05-28). Is Stacey Abrams Progressive? counterpunch.org Stacey Abrams is being widely touted as Joe Biden's best pick for the vice-presidential nomination. She has been a rising star in the Democratic Party ever since her historic and groundbreaking run in the 2018 Georgia gubernatorial race. But — while having a black woman on the ticket would be welcome — progressives need to

teleSUR (2020-05-28). US Military Brigade to Fight Drug Trafficking in Colombia. telesurenglish.net A U.S. brigade of special anti-drug units will arrive in Colombia in support of an operation announced by Washington in April that actually seeks to deploy military forces in the country's border states with Venezuela. | RELATED: | The U.S. Embassy in Colombia announced in a statement that a Security Force Assistance Brigade (SFAB) will travel to Colombia under the guise of helping it in its fight against drug traff…

Telesur (2020-05-28). Venezuela: Gold Kept at Bank of England Needed to Fight COVID. globalresearch.ca Venezuela's Central Bank (BCV) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) agreed to use part of the gold deposited in the Bank of England to acquire food and medicine to face the Covid-19 pandemic, BCV President Calixto Ortega declared on Wednesday….

teleSUR (2020-05-28). Fourth Iranian Tanker Arrives In Venezuela's Territory. telesurenglish.net The Faxon became the fourth Iranian-flagged tanker to reach Venezuela's Exclusive Economic Zone, as it entered this country jurisdictional waters, on Thursday. | RELATED: | This vessel is the fourth out of five to arrive after Forest, Fortune and Petunia entered in the past days to bring gasoline and related products as part of the bilateral energy deals signed by both countries. | Video: El buque iraní Faxon ingresó en el mar terr…

WSWS (2020-05-28). Trump bizarrely accuses television talk show host Joe Scarborough of 2001 murder. wsws.org The unhinged tweets concern the July 2001 death of Lori Klausutis, 28, a Scarborough staffer, who fainted due to an undiagnosed heart condition and struck her head, according to the coroner.

Amanda Mills (2020-05-28). Climate change to heat up oceans at seven times their current rate. nationofchange.org Rapid and inconsistent deep water heating will have a huge impact on ocean wildlife.

Dean Baker (2020-05-28). Restaurants in the Pandemic. counterpunch.org The NYT ran a column by a bar-restaurant owner telling of the horrible circumstances facing restaurants during and after the shutdown period. While the restaurant industry is among the hardest hit sectors, and many will not survive, a few of the complaints in the piece need some qualification. For example it tells readers: "Rent is

Louisa Willcox (2020-05-28). "What Are We Fighting About?" 9th Circuit Hears Yellowstone Grizzly Bear Delisting Case. counterpunch.org Court hearings over the fate of grizzlies have always made me nervous, and the one on May 5th was no exception. For the second time in ten years, a three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments on whether or not Yellowstone grizzlies should be protected under the Endangered Species Act

Steven Salaita (2020-05-28). To Students and Teachers Targeted by the Israel Lobby. counterpunch.org University students and instructors periodically drop into my inbox with stories of repression and reprisal for having criticized Israel—or merely for having spoken favorably of Palestinians. In some cases, faculty have been demoted or fired, or have been denied tenure. In other cases, they've lost funding or opportunities to publish. They've been threatened, if only

Binoy Kampmark (2020-05-28). Budget Cockups in the Time of Coronavirus. counterpunch.org Hell has, in its raging fires, ringside seats for those who like their spreadsheets. The seating, already peopled by those from human resources, white collar criminals and accountants, becomes toastier for those who make errors with those spreadsheets. Even in their self-celebrated expertise, blunders will happen. Few errors are as magisterial as that of the

Dean Baker (2020-05-28). Washington Post Tells Readers About Trump's "Existential" Threat to China. cepr.net Thankfully, it is not a nuclear war. Apparently the Washington Post thinks plans considered by Trump to delist Chinese companies from U.S. stock exchanges and to make it more difficult for the country to trade in dollars will pose an "existential" threat to the country. While these plans, which put into practice, will almost certainly …

WSWS (2020-05-28). US sets stage for anti-China sanctions over Hong Kong. wsws.org The determination by the US Secretary of State that Hong Kong is not autonomous from Beijing is a further step in the Trump administration's accelerating anti-China campaign.

Prof. Yakov M. Rabkin (2020-05-28). The Spectre of a "China-centric World" globalresearch.ca A spectre is haunting the United States—the spectre of a "China-centric world". By voicing this concern President Trump pledges to "Keep America Great". Some of the European allies echo this concern. Others remain conspicuously silent. But what exactly is this …

Todd Smith (2020-05-28). Jingo Unchained: Big Trouble with China Rising? dissidentvoice.org In the haze of the morning, China sits on Eternity And the opium farmers sell dreams to obscure fraternities On the horizon the curtains are closing. — Brian Eno, "China my China," from the album Taking Tiger Mountain by Strategy, 1974 It's a crazy and dangerous World out there, by Jingo! By now we've all …

teleSUR (2020-05-28). Piñera's Failure: Chile Reaches Almost 87,000 COVID-19 Cases. telesurenglish.net During the last 24 hours, Chile registered 4,654 new COVID-19 cases and thus reached 86,943 infections, a figure that exceeds China where the pandemic started. | RELATED: | Health Minister Jaime Mañalich acknowledged that 890 deaths have occurred so far and 3,707 health workers are infected, a figure which has been released one day after the ‚Äã‚Äã‚Äã‚&Aum…

teleSUR (2020-05-28). China Approves Hong Kong Security Law Despite Trump's Threats. telesurenglish.net Despite U.S. threats and international criticism, China's National People's Congress approved Thursday a proposed new national security law for the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. | RELATED: | The legislation, which aims to prevent, deter and punish acts in Hong Kong that threaten the country's security, was approved by 2,878 votes to 1, with 6 abstentions. | The proposal seeks to sanction secessionist and…

WSWS (2020-05-28). Canadian court rules extradition trial of top Huawei executive can proceed. wsws.org Yesterday's ruling strengthens Washington and Ottawa in their virulent anti-China campaign, which has been ratcheted up still further with mendacious claims that Beijing is responsible for the coronavirus pandemic.

Israel Shahak (2020-05-28). "Greater Israel": The Zionist Plan for the Middle East. globalresearch.ca When viewed in the current context, the war on Iraq, the 2006 war on Lebanon, the 2011 war on Libya, the ongoing wars on Syria and Iraq, the war on Yemen, must be understood in relation to the Zionist Plan for the Middle East…

Dr. Pascal Sacré (2020-05-28). The Tests: The Achilles Heel of the COVID-19 House of Cards. globalresearch.ca "The tool is not the problem, it's what we do with it." | — Tests which are not reliable! | — False negatives (real patients not detected). | — False positives (patients who are not positive) | — Tests that detect fragments of the …

Josh Ruebner (2020-05-28). Congress Is Poised to Pass Far-reaching Israeli Wish List. globalresearch.ca With the Senate Foreign Relations Committee's passage of the

Catherine Austin Fitts (2020-05-28). The Injection Fraud — It's Not a Vaccine. globalresearch.ca I am not a scientist. I am not a doctor. I am not a biotech engineer. I am not an attorney. However, I read, listen, appreciate and try to understand those who are. | I was an investment banker until politics …

Swiss Propaganda Research (2020-05-28). Studies on COVID-19 Lethality. globalresearch.ca . | The following tables provide links to important medical/health studies which are indicated in the Right column. | 1) Covid-19 infection fatality rates (IFR) based on antibody studies: …

James A. Lucas (2020-05-28). US Has Killed More Than 20 Million People in 37 "Victim Nations" Since World War II. globalresearch.ca First published in November 2015 | GR Editor's Note | Let us put this in historical perspective: the commemoration of the War to End All Wars acknowledges that 15 million lives were lost in the course of World War I (1914-18). | The …

Prof. Sam Ben-Meir (2020-05-28). The Unfolding Catastrophe. What Can Hegel Teach Us Today? globalresearch.ca G. W. F. Hegel was born in 1770 in Stuttgart, Germany. In light of this anniversary I reassess what Hegel's philosophy of nature can contribute to our contemporary understanding — what it …

Rosemary Frei (2020-05-28). Were Conditions for High Death Rates at Care Homes Created on Purpose? globalresearch.ca During the COVID-19 pandemic, people in care homes have been dying in droves. | Why is this happening? Is it simply because older adults are very vulnerable to SARS-CoV-2 and therefore it's not unexpected that many would succumb? | Or do care …

Dr. Keith Scott—Mumby (2020-05-28). Doctor Bill Gates Is Now "President of Planet Earth" globalresearch.ca A couple of days ago, I heard from Fort Russ News, that the US Surgeon General (equivalent of the British Chief Medical Officer) Jerome Adams is to officially dump the Bill Gates-CDC-Fauci nonsense predictions and start moving forward with… wait …

Irina Slav (2020-05-28). Will U.S. Shale Survive if Oil Price Hits $40? globalresearch.ca Within a month, the U.S. oil benchmark West Texas Intermediate recorded two first-of-a-kind events. First, it fell below zero on April 20. Then, it soared up so high it is about to book its best month ever, CNBC's Pippa Stevens …

Abayomi Azikiwe (2020-05-28). Outrage Mounts Over Racist Police and Vigilante Killings against African Americans. globalresearch.ca African Americans continue to be systematically profiled and executed by law-enforcement agencies and bigoted whites creating a volatile situation across the United States | *** | Four Minneapolis police officers have been terminated from their jobs in the aftermath of the videotaped …

Peoples Dispatch (2020-05-28). US announces end of sanction waivers under nuclear deal to Iran. peoplesdispatch.org US secretary of state Mike Pompeo announced the end of exemptions provided under the 2015 Iran nuclear deal to some foreign companies to work on certain Iranian nuclear sites. The waiver was renewed every 60 days despite the unilateral US withdrawal from the deal in 2018…

WSWS (2020-05-28). UK: Johnson government to unveil second multi-billion bailout of big business. wsws.org Project Birch follows on from the handing over of nearly a trillion pounds in the form of quantitative easing of £645 billion and £330 billion in business loans.

WSWS (2020-05-28). With US states facing a $230 billion loss in education funding, Betsy DeVos channels public assets to private schools. wsws.org Facing an unprecedented budget crisis in every state, the ruling class is working to impose the full burden of the pandemic on the working class through massive austerity, including an evisceration of K-12 public education.

Nathan Freed Wessler (2020-05-28). We're Taking Clearview AI to Court to End its Privacy-Destroying Face Surveillance Activities. aclu.org For several years, a little-known start-up based in New York has been amassing a database of billions of our faceprints — unique biometric identifiers akin to a fingerprint or DNA profile — drawn from personal photos on our social media accounts and elsewhere online. The company has captured these faceprints in secret, without our knowledge, much less our consent, using everything from casual selfies to photos of birthday parties, college graduations, weddings, and so much more., , Unbeknownst to the public, this company has offered up this massive faceprint database to private companies, police,…

news.un (2020-05-28). Yemen: Humanitarians seeking $2.41 billion to keep aid flowing amid COVID-19 pandemic. news.un.org UN agencies and their global partners are seeking $2.41 billion to fight COVID-19 spread in Yemen while continuing to support millions affected by the world's worst humanitarian crisis.

news.un (2020-05-28). COVID-19: Act now or risk 'unimaginable devastation' globally, warns UN chief. news.un.org Unless countries across the world act together now, the COVID-19 pandemic will cause "unimaginable devastation and suffering around the world", UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Thursday at a virtual high-level meeting on financing for development.

WSWS (2020-05-28). Over 62,300 US health workers infected and 291 dead from COVID-19. wsws.org Widespread employer and governmental neglect of basic safety protections are to blame for the massive increase in infection rates and deaths among health care workers.

William rivers Pitt (2020-05-28). Trump Adviser Says "Human Capital Stock" Should Get Back to Work. zcomm.org The COVID-19 pandemic is far from over, has only gotten started in the middle of the country, and will become worse by orders of magnitude so long as some people continue to believe the greedy, reckless words of this administration…

Frances Madeson (2020-05-28). Federal Prison 'Should Not Be a Death Sentence'. progressive.org Advocates press for the release of Native inmates due to COVID-19.

news.un (2020-05-28). Security Council: Paralysis and 'political infighting' must end, to boost COVID-19 fight: EU foreign affairs chief. news.un.org The global coronavirus pandemic is testing the multilateral system like never before and the Security Council must stop the "infighting", and step up to the challenge, the European Union's foreign policy chief told the 15-member body on Thursday.

WSWS (2020-05-28). As Brazil leads world in new COVID-19 deaths, Workers Party and pseudo-lefts rally behind capitalist state. wsws.org The so-called opposition has brought impeachment articles against Bolsonaro for harming "internal security" in his handling of the pandemic.

WSWS (2020-05-28). Yemen's health care system collapses under weight of pandemic. wsws.org The UN has warned that if its programmes close, "the world will have to witness what happens in a country without a functioning health system battling COVID-19".

teleSUR (2020-05-28). Unprotected Migrants Roam Through Southeastern Mexico. telesurenglish.net Hundreds of Central American migrants are going through situations of poverty and high risk of contracting COVID-19 while wandering the streets of Tapachula, Chiapas, Mexico. | RELATED: | In this municipality, humanitarian shelters decided to avoid overcrowding and suspended the admission of new guests from Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala | This decision left migrants stranded in Tapachula homeless as they hope to…

Prabir Purkayastha (2020-05-28). Trump declares COVID-19 vaccine war, but can he hold the world hostage? peoplesworld.org

Brasil de Fato (2020-05-28). Americas are the new epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic. peoplesdispatch.org With nearly 2.45 million confirmed cases, the Americas reached the current largest number of COVID-19 cases worldwide, with almost 500,000 cases more than Europe, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). | Two of the region's countries occupy the first and second places in the number of infected people. The United States lead the ranking of COVID-19 cases, with over 1 million 700 thousand cases while Brazil comes in second place, with 391.222 thousand cases. | The world has surpassed, last Wednesday May 21, the mark of 5 million COVID-19 cases, according to the US Johns Hopkins University's real time das…

Matt Sedlar (2020-05-28). We Can't Trust the IMF and World Bank to Lead the COVID-19 Recovery. cepr.net Jacobin See article on original site The International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank played a central role in shaping our current model of globalization, imposing policies that held countries back from climbing up the income ladder, weakened health systems, and subordinated development outcomes to the whims of private capital. As the vulnerabilities of this …

teleSUR (2020-05-28). Haiti: HR Groups Warn of Prisoner Vulnerability to COVID. telesurenglish.net Haiti's social justice organizations warned on May 27 about the health situation due to the COVID-19 outbreak in penitentiary centers. | RELATED: | "In practically all of the prisons, there are dozens of prisoners suffering from a fever, but we can't say for certain it's COVID-19," Haiti's National Human Rights Institution's Director, Renan Hédouville, stated. | According to the human rights advocators, "the figure is…

news.un (2020-05-28). Latin America and Caribbean: Millions more could miss meals due to COVID-19 pandemic. news.un.org Some 14 million people in Latin America and the Caribbean could experience severe food insecurity this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to projections released on Thursday by the World Food Programme (WFP).

WSWS (2020-05-28). Mumbai health care system overwhelmed as COVID-19 surges across India. wsws.org "It's a war zone," said a doctor employed at one of the main hospitals in India's second largest city.

Peoples Dispatch (2020-05-28). Ecuadorians resist government's attempt to push through neoliberal reforms. peoplesdispatch.org Trade unions and movements allege that Moreno is taking advantage of the crisis generated by COVID-19 pandemic to advance with the regressive economic reforms ordered by the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

teleSUR (2020-05-28). Guatemalan Congress to Dismiss Health Minister Amidst Pandemic. telesurenglish.net Guatemala's Ombudsman Jordan Rodas requested on May 27 Guatemalan Health Minister Hugo Monroy Castillo's dismissal due to corruption and inefficiency accusations amidst the COVID-19 crisis. | RELATED: | "So far the Ministry shows a low execution of its budget being evident that there is no capacity to provide resources and inputs to the health personnel who are in the front line and that places them in serious risk of contagion," Guate…

Sharon Lerner (2020-05-28). Despite Hype, Gilead's Remdesivir Will Do Nothing to End Pandemic. zcomm.org While the company's clever rollout has generated excitement among investors, politicians, and the public, a combination of generic drugs that appears to be more effective in fighting the coronavirus has flown under the radar…

WSWS (2020-05-28). Oppose the rush to reopen Australian schools! Form safety action committees of teachers and staff! wsws.org At stake is not just the immediate public safety concerns in the face of the coronavirus pandemic, but the future of the education system.

Pavan Kulkarni (2020-05-28). South African Union calls for resignation of CEO of Comair. peoplesdispatch.org The airline withheld workers' salaries for May and the union has argued that the company is using the pandemic as "a cover for the restructuring which is taking place"

Karen Conner (2020-05-28). The Impact of the Pandemic on Young People's Employment and Economic Security. cepr.net Young people's employment rate has been trending down over the past several decades. Factors include increasing school attendance, declining federal support for summer jobs, and the Great Recession. In Spring 2001, about 42 percent of 16 to 19-year-olds and 71 percent of 20 to 24-year-olds were employed. By Spring 2011, in the wake of the …

WSWS (2020-05-28). UK students threatened with eviction during coronavirus pandemic. wsws.org Eighty percent of students are worried about how they will cope financially. Even before the pandemic, soaring rents were creating social distress.

WSWS (2020-05-28). Angling for VP nomination, Warren holds fundraiser for Biden, drops "MedicareFor All" wsws.org Within the last two weeks, the self-styled progressive has backtracked on two corecampaign pledges…

WSWS (2020-05-28). Angling for VP nomination, Warren holds fundraiser for Biden, drops "Medicare for All" wsws.org Within the last two weeks, the self-styled progressive has backtracked on two corecampaign pledges…

teleSUR (2020-05-28). Ecuador: Native Communities Vulnerable to COVID Outbreaks. telesurenglish.net Ecuador's Ombudsman Office demanded on May 27 government health assistance and COVID testing kits for the Siekopai-Secoya native community. | RELATED: | "The Ombudsman's Office calls on the national Government and, through it, the Ministry of Public Health, the national and cantonal EOC of the municipalities of Shushu ndi and Cuyabeno, to provide immediate and appropriate preventive medical care and treatment for th…

teleSUR (2020-05-28). US: Trump Challenges Social Media With An Executive Order. telesurenglish.net U.S. President Donald Trump signed on Thursday an executive order that confronts the way Facebook, Google, and Twitter manage their online content policy. | RELATED: | This decision comes days after this social media stamped a fact-checking notification on a couple of Trump tweets, where he complained about the fact that a November presidential election's mail-in ballot would result in a "fraudulent election." Due to this, he cla…

teleSUR (2020-05-28). Morocco: Health Minister Uses Chloroquine Despite WHO Warnings. telesurenglish.net Morocco Health Minister Khalid AàØt Taleb confirmed on May 27 his nation continues using chloroquine in COVID treatments despite WHO warnings on its undesirable side effects. | RELATED: | "We found out after the adoption of this treatment on March 23, that patients healed faster than those admitted to hospital before them," Taleb stated to local news media. | In early May, the Moroccan health leader praised chlor…

Dave Zirin (2020-05-28). Edge of Sports: A Dangerous Game. progressive.org It should be the status of the virus, and not the wishes of humans, that sets the dates for reopening the sports world. But the people in charge do not seem to be listening.

WSWS (2020-05-28). Trump threatens to close social media platforms after Twitter puts fact-check warnings on his tweets. wsws.org President Trump issued a threat to shut down social media companies on Wednesday after Twitter placed a fact-checking label on two of his tweets making unsubstantiated claims about mail-in ballots.

sputniknews (2020-05-28). UK Police Say Will Take No Further Action on PM Adviser Cummings. sputniknews.com Earlier this week, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson urged Britain to "move on" from the controversy surrounding his chief advisor Dominic Cummings, who has been facing criticism for breaching the government's own coronavirus lockdown regulations.

Terrace (2020-05-28). Why Iran's Fuel Tankers For Venezuela Are Sending Shudders Through Washington. popularresistance.org There was worry that as the Iranian tankers approached the Venezuelan coast the US warships would challenge their progress. As it turned out, the US Navy did not intervene. A major internal incident was averted. | Why the United States did not block the Iranian vessels does not have to do with Iran or Venezuela alone. It has to do with the presence of China behind both countries. | China has deep commercial links with Iran, and it has gradually developed such linkages with Venezuela. During the global pandemic, China has flown vital supplies to both countries. But, crucially, at the United Nations China has been…

Dr. Paul Craig Roberts (2020-05-28). The Campaign Against Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) Sustained by Corrupt Medical Professionals with Ties the Big Pharma. globalresearch.ca A few years ago the British medical journal, The Lancet, published a paper touting the safety of HCQ. But this was before HCQ with zinc was found effective if used earlier enough against Covid-19. Covid-19 turned HCQ's effectiveness into a …

Paul Craig Roberts (2020-05-28). Caution Is the Safest Policy. thealtworld.com Many commentators are interpretating the reopenings as signaling the end of the pandemic. Many of these commentators are those who deny the reality or seriousness of Covid-19, or deny the need for, or effectiveness of, the closedowns and social distancing and the need for, or usefulness of, masks. | The pandemic and the official responses have aroused suspicions that it is all a plot to further advance the police state that has been advancing on us since 9/11. Others stress that it is a manufactured opportunity for Bill Gates' mass vaccination program and multi-billion dollar profits for Big Pharma. Whether or no…

Paul Craig Roberts (2020-05-28). The Campaign Against HCQ—Part II. thealtworld.com A few years ago the British medical journal, The Lancet, published a paper touting the safety of HCQ. But this was before HCQ with zinc was found effective if used earlier enough against Covid-19. Covid-19 turned HCQ's effectiveness into a big problem for Big Pharma's big profits. | The solution was another study by medical professionals some of whom have ties to Big Pharma and none of whom, apparently, are involved in the treatment of Covid patients. The study lumps together people in different stages of the disease and undergoing different treatments. It touts its large sample, but many of the patients in the s…

Jon Queally, staff writer (2020-05-28). In Latest Legal Blow to Trump and Dirty Energy, Federal Appeals Court Upholds Block on Keystone XL Permit. commondreams.org "Contrary to what the Trump administration has argued, the law is clear. We won't sacrifice imperiled species so giant corporations can profit from the dirty fossil fuels that pollute our waters and climate." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jamie Henn (2020-05-28). Big Oil Is Pretending It Doesn't Want a Bailout. That's Bullshit. commondreams.org A view of the Marathon Petroleum Corp's Los Angeles Refinery in Carson, California, on April 25, 2020. The price for crude oil plunged into negative territory for the first time in history on April 20 amid the global coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Robyn Beck / AFP / Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2020-05-28). As More Parents Head Back to Work Amid Pandemic, Advocates Demand $100 Billion Federal Boost for Child Care. commondreams.org As state governments direct offices, stores, and other businesses to reopen in the coming weeks, millions of American parents are expecting to return to work—and to potentially be left with few options for child care. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2020-05-28). Progressives Say 'People Know Who Real Looters Are': Not Those Angry Over Police Killings, But Oligarchs Robbing Nation Blind. commondreams.org "Americans know who the real looters are. It's the billionaires who plundered America for $434 billion during the pandemic while the essential workers keeping our country afloat make barely over minimum wage." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jon Queally, staff writer (2020-05-28). Ethics Complaint Filed to Force Trump's Covid-19 Vaccine Czar—a Former Pharma Exec—to Submit to Ethics Rules. commondreams.org "Trump has put a pharmaceutical executive in charge of handing out the government contracts for coronavirus vaccine development. How could this possibly go wrong?" | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2020-05-28). Former Federal Reserve Governor Rebukes Central Bank for Using Covid-19 Lending Power to Bail Out 'Dying' Fossil Fuel Industry. commondreams.org "If polluters want to deny the existence of the ongoing bailout, Congress should swiftly repeal these blatant corporate tax giveaways and make fossil fuels ineligible for stimulus lending programs." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Nomi Prins (2020-05-28). Here Comes the Great Coronavirus Depression. commondreams.org Floating trillions to Wall Street banks and big corporations might push their share prices up, but it won't solve the issues that truly matter. (Photo: Screenshot) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Ra√∫l Carrillo (2020-05-28). We Need a Public Option for Banking. commondreams.org The pandemic has shown that we need a public option for basic banking services. (Photo: Shutterstock) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2020-05-28). With Nation Focused on Pandemic, Trump Interior Dept. to Greenlight Killing of Bear Cubs and Wolf Pups in Their Dens. commondreams.org www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

commondreams (2020-05-28). Pandemic Devastates Youth Employment, Relief Policies Offer Little Help. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2020-05-28). ACLU Sues Tech Firm to Halt 'Unlawful, Privacy-Destroying' Facial Recognition Activities. commondreams.org The ACLU and law firm Edelson PC on Thursday filed a lawsuit in Illinois state court to end the "unlawful, privacy-destroying surveillance activities" of Clearview AI, a U.S.-based facial recognition technology startup that has contracted with hundreds of law enforcement agencies across the country. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Benjamin Dangl (2020-05-28). Bibles at the Barricades: How the Right Seized Power in Bolivia. commondreams.org Bolivia's self-declared interim president Jeanine Anez talks during a conference at the presidential palace on November 13, 2019 in La Paz, Bolivia. (Photo: Javier Mamani/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2020-05-28). Pelosi Accused of 'Trying to Do an End-Run Around Her Own Party' by Sending Spy Powers Bill to Conference. commondreams.org After the U.S. House voted Thursday to request a conference with the Senate for legislation to reauthorize controversial government surveillance powers, civil liberties advocates called out Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Democratic Party leaders, warning that the move could further weaken a measure that already lacks crucial privacy protections. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2020-05-28). 'Cowardly' and 'Shameful': Critics Say Trump Refusal to Release Mid-Year Economic Forecast an Obvious Election Year Ploy. commondreams.org "It gets them off the hook for having to say what the economic outlook looks like." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

WSWS Repost (2020-05-28). Warren holds fundraiser for Biden, drops "MedicareFor All" indybay.org Elizabeth Warren's populist pretensions were nothing more than a marketing tool, to be discarded as soon as they become inconvenient.

Steve Brodner (2020-05-28). Depicting Those Lost to Covid-19. thenation.com Depicting Those Lost to Covid-19…

Steve Brodner (2020-05-28). Illustrating Those Lost to Covid-19. thenation.com Illustrating Those Lost to Covid-19…

Gregg Gonsalves (2020-05-28). Solidarity Is Our Silver Linings Pandemic Playbook. thenation.com Solidarity Is Our Silver Linings Pandemic Playbook…

Ella Fassler (2020-05-28). When Losing Your Job Means Losing Your Psychiatric Medication. thenation.com When Losing Your Job Means Losing Your Psychiatric Medication…

Tim Shorrock, Injeong Kim (2020-05-28). 2 Days in May That Shattered Korean Democracy. thenation.com 2 Days in May That Shattered Korean Democracy…

graham (2020-05-28). Did Conservative HQ demand Emily Maitlis be publicly reprimanded? truepublica.org.uk TruePublica Editor: Most of the mainstream media are reporting that Emily Maitlis was replaced as host of Wednesday night's episode of Newsnight by another member of the programme's team after BBC bosses reprimanded her over a monologue in which she attacked the government's handling of Dominic Cummings' lockdown trip to Durham. News bosses at the corporation …

Staff (2020-05-28). Trump Retweets Speech That Says "the Only Good Democrat Is a Dead Democrat" truthout.org President Donald Trump early Thursday boosted a comment from the founder of the group Cowboys for Trump that "the only good Democrat is a dead Democrat." | In his midnight tweet, the president responded to a video clip of Otero County, New Mexico Commissioner and Cowboys for Trump founder Couy Griffin making the remark, tweeting from his phone: "Thank you Cowboys. See you in New Mexico!" | t.co/aCRJeskUA8 | — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) WSWS (2020-05-28). COVID-19 destroys almost half a million tourism jobs in Sri Lanka. wsws.org Big tourist companies demand more funds to revive their businesses, not out of sympathy for workers, but to boost profits.

yenisafak (2020-05-28). Turkey to repatriate cancer patient from France. yenisafak.com Turkey will bring home an expat from France who is suffering from cancer but is not getting the treatment she needs, a prominent ruling party lawmaker said on Thursday."We surely could not ignore the call for help from our sister Emine Eskil… No ambulance has been dispatched to her house yet," Zafer Sirakaya, an Istanbul lawmaker of the ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party, told Anadolu Agency.Eskil is fighting both breast and bone cancer in Reims, northern France.She and her husband implored President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to help them earlier this week via Turkish media."Emine Eskil, who was denied admiss…

yenisafak (2020-05-28). Azerbaijan marks 102nd Republic Day. yenisafak.com Azerbaijan marked on Thursday the 102nd anniversary of its Republic Day.As part of the celebrations, President Ilham Aliyev attended the ceremony held in front of the Republic Monument and laid a wreath.Many leaders, including Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and international organizations sent congratulatory messages to the president.On May 28, 1918, the Azerbaijani National Council, headed by Mammad Amin Rasulzadeh, declared the independent Azerbaijan Democratic Republic, in Tbilisi, Georgia.The same year, Ottoman Empire and newly formed Azerbaijan signed an agreement of friendship and cooperation. Rasu…

yenisafak (2020-05-28). US planning to cancel visas of Chinese graduate students: sources. yenisafak.com The United States is planning to cancel the visas of thousands of Chinese graduate students believed by President Donald Trump's administration to have links with China's military, two sources with knowledge of the matter said on Thursday.The move, first reported by the New York Times, could impact 3,000 to 5,000 Chinese students and could be announced as early as this week, according to the sources, including a current U.S. official and another individual who was briefed on the administration's internal discussions.The United States and China are at loggerheads over China's decision to go forward with national s…

yenisafak (2020-05-28). EasyJet to cut 4,500 jobs amid pandemic. yenisafak.com British-based low-cost airline EasyJet announced Thursday it is cutting 4,500 jobs due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which hit the aviation sector deeply.The air carrier, which has around 15,000 personnel, plans to shed about 30% of its staff, Johan Lundgren, the firm's CEO, said in a press release."We realise that these are very difficult times and we are having to consider very difficult decisions which will impact our people, but we want to protect as many jobs as we can for the long-term," he said.Saying the firm is focused on the long term, he added: "Although we will restart flying on 15 June, we expect demand…

yenisafak (2020-05-28). Feline good: French cat survives coronavirus infection. yenisafak.com Papille purrs contentedly as her owner rubs the back of her head, her coat glossy and her eyes a piercing green – back to her old affection-seeking self after recovering from COVID-19.The nine-year-old cat is the first known case of a pet being infected by the coronavirus in France. There have only been a handful of other known cases globally. The likely source of infection: her owners, themselves COVID-19 sufferers."We didn't know what was wrong with her," said Papille's owner Brian.He asked Reuters not reveal his surname after the family received hate messages on social media following the cat's illness."Mum fo…

yenisafak (2020-05-28). 'COVID-19 cases low in Africa due to strong leadership'. yenisafak.com Coronavirus cases in Africa remain lower than in some other parts of the world due to "strong country leadership," the World Health Organization's (WHO) regional director for Africa said on Thursday.Africa has just 1.5% of the world's reported cases of COVID-19, and less than 0.1 % of the world's deaths, according to the UN health agency."With strong country leadership and implementation of social and public health measures, cases in Africa remain lower than in some other parts of the world," Dr. Matshidiso Moeti told a joint media briefing with WHO and the World Economic Forum."However, we cannot let our guard d…

yenisafak (2020-05-28). 'Azerbaijan wouldn't exist without Caucasian Islamic Army'. yenisafak.com If the Caucasian Islamic Army had not come to the aid of the Azerbaijani people in 1918, their republic would not have been able to survive for a precarious two years until 1920, when it fell into Soviet hands, according to an Azerbaijani historian.Anar Isgandarov, who is also a lawmaker at the Azerbaijani Parliament, told Anadolu Agency in an exclusive interview that the establishment of the Azerbaijani Democratic Republic, also known as the Azerbaijan People's Republic, on May 28, 1918, was one of the most glorious chapters in the country's history and is celebrated each year in Azerbaijan as Republic Day.The C…

yenisafak (2020-05-28). Turkey congratulates Azerbaijan on Republic Day. yenisafak.com President Recep Tayyip Erdogan wrote a greeting message in Azerbaijani language on Twitter. Erdogan also sent his greetings to Azerbaijani president and people on behalf of his country."Happy 102nd anniversary of the establishment of our friendly and brotherly Azerbaijan," Vice President Fuat Oktay also said on Twitter.Parliament Speaker Mustafa Sentop also congratulated Azerbaijan on the Republic Day in a Twitter message, wishing luck and health to Azerbaijani people.On May 28, 1918, the Azerbaijani National Council, headed by Mammad Amin Rasulzadeh, declared the independent Azerbaijan Democratic Republic, in Tb…

Michael Jansen (2020-05-28). Netanyahu's Trial Closely Resembles Trump's Impeachment. globalresearch.ca Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sought in vain to escape his mandatory appearance in court Sunday in his trial for fraud, bribery and breach of trust. At the insistence of the bench, he turned up surrounded by loyalists from his …

Prof. Tony Heron (2020-05-28). COVID-19 Is a Reminder of How Deeply the UK's Food Security Is Dependent on the EU. globalresearch.ca Prior to and since the June 2016 referendum, the politics of Brexit has been accompanied by two recurrent (and seemingly contradictory) narratives: first, the narrative of Brexit as 'taking back control' for those voters 'left behind' by the twin forces …

graham (2020-05-28). Into the heart of the NHS — an American backed spy programme at the centre of Brexit. truepublica.org.uk By RobWoodward: Palantir is a special ops company. It is considered at best as a controversial and highly opaque company that has long sought to sell governments an unmatched power to sift and exploit information of any kind for any purpose. Its billionaire owner Peter Thiel, the co-founder of PayPal, through Palantir has worked for …

graham (2020-05-28). The collapse of anti-immigrant sentiment in Britain. truepublica.org.uk In June 2016, Lord Ashcroft's poll discovered that one third (33%) of leave voters said the main reason was that leaving the EU "offered the best chance for the UK to regain control over immigration and its own borders. For all of the many other reasons that voters decided to vote Brexit, immigration, you could …

Derrick Broze (2020-05-28). Bill Gates' Web of Dark Money and Influence — Part 2: The COVID-19 Operation. thelastamericanvagabond.com This piece will continue our look into Bill Gates and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Please see part 1 before reading. In part 2, we will focus on the role the Foundation has played in the response to COVID-19, as well as the influence the organization has on global health institutions. Before we dive …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2020-05-28). Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: Hospital safety during COVID-19. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org While many nonessential businesses closed or suspended operations during the COVID-19 pandemic, hospitals continued to operate and take care of COVID-19 and non-COVID-19 patients. How have Mayo Clinic hospitals navigated the pandemic and kept patients and staff safe? On the Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast, Dr. Robert Cima, chair of hospital practice at Mayo Clinic, explains …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2020-05-28). Racing against time, medical researchers, life science companies and COVID-19 survivors launch national campaign to drive plasma donation. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org "The Fight Is In Us" campaign seeks to mobilize COVID-19 survivors to accelerate the development of potentially lifesaving therapies [ROCHESTER, Minn.]

Andrey Areshev (2020-05-28). U.S. Empire: Biden and Kerry Gave Orders to Ukraine's President. strategic-culture.org On May 19th, an implicit international political warning was issued, but it wasn't issued between countries; it was issued between allied versus opposed factions within each of two countries: U.S. and Ukraine. In the United States, it's a Republican Party warning to the Democratic Party: a warning by Trump, against Biden and against Obama. It's saying: "We've got the goods on you, and we're not releasing it yet. But here's a sample. So, let's deal." | It's a warning that comes from the current President of Ukraine, Volodmyr Zelenskiy, and that places into an exceptionally bad light his immediate predecessor, Petr…

People's Strike Bay Area (2020-05-28). Oakland From Covid-19 To Cops: We Can't Breath Caravan. indybay.org There will be a day of action focusing worker protection from Covid-19, the murder of Blacks repression and against gentrification and privatization by billionaires like A's owner John Fisher who also runs the KIPP and Rocketship charter school chains.

Jon Queally, Common Dreams (2020-05-28). US Death Toll Hits 100,000 People, Trump Made Covid-19 Much Worse. indybay.org To assist those wanting a more simple accounting of how President Donald Trump's mishandling of the Covid-19 pandemic, Public Citizen released a fresh list of a dozen specific ways the president's decisions and public pronouncements served to speed up the spread of the deadly virus.

Lynda Carson (2020-05-28). Oakland reaches nearly 1,000 covid 19 cases in Alameda County. indybay.org Coronavirus Covid-19 Pandemic:…

Posted by Lynda Carson (2020-05-28). Gray Panther Alert: Thur May 28, Online Teach-In: COVID Crisis in California Nursing Homes. indybay.org Coronavirus Covid-19 Pandemic Crisis In California Nursing Homes In California: Posted by Lynda Carson, from the Gray Panthers of Berkeley, and Alameda County:…

WSWS Repost (2020-05-28). Trump cheers on mass gatherings as US pandemic death toll hits 100,000. indybay.org 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.

Ms., Girls Learn International, others (2020-05-28). Fundamental Justice: Fighting Racism and Patriarchy in Brazil and the U.S. (films & panel). indybay.org Online via Zoom: virtual screenings w/ post panel discussion…

Leon Kunstenaar (2020-05-28). Code Pink Delivers Anti-War Message to Sen. Feinstein. indybay.org In Memorial Day Action, Code Pink brings anti-war message to the steps of her San Francisco mansion.

Staff (2020-05-28). GOP Lawmaker Hid Positive COVID Results From Democrat Colleagues for Over a Week. truthout.org Democratic lawmakers in Pennsylvania's House of Representatives are upset with their Republican colleagues after a member of the GOP caucus revealed he had tested positive for coronavirus but had Rep. Andrew Lewis (R-Pennsylvania) released a statement on Wednesday acknowledging his diagnosis. For a period of two week…

Staff (2020-05-28). We Must Respond to the COVID Crash Like We Did to the Great Depression — Boldly. truthout.org Many economists believe that a recession is already underway. So do millions of Americans struggling with bills and job losses. While the ghosts of the 2008 financial crisis that sent

Staff (2020-05-28). Trump's Reelection Strategies Are Killing a Massive Number of People. truthout.org Let us assume, for the sake of discussion, that there will be a presidential election in 159 days as scheduled. This assumption, given the extent of the COVID pandemic combined with comprehensive Republican resistance to the very notion of voting, requires a leap of faith that would challenge even the Bear with me, though, because there is at least one person in the U.S. who believes there will be an election in November, and…

imperial.ac.uk (2020-05-28). 50 billion years of evolutionary history threatened by human activity. imperial.ac.uk Unique animals with long evolutionary histories are under increased threat of extinction around the world, according to a new study.

imperial.ac.uk (2020-05-28). Lab-free COVID-19 test trialled in London hospitals. imperial.ac.uk DnaNudge's MHRA-approved rapid COVID-19 test is now rolling out in urgent patient care settings across London hospitals.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-28). Iran criticizes US for further violation of JCPOA, UNSCR 2231. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 28 (MNA) — Iran's Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations criticized the new decision by the United States to end the remaining sanctions waivers under the nuclear deal, saying Washington is further violating the terms of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action and the UNSC Resolution 2231.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-28). Iran records 2,258 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 28 (MNA) — The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has infected 2,258 people and claimed 63 lives in Iran in the past 24 hours, a senior health official said.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-28). Healthcare officials urge close coop to defeat COVID-19. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 28 (MNA) — Islamic countries stressed that global impact and irreparable economic and health damages which the virus has brought requires global unity and solidarity to defeat and contain the disease.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-28). COVID-19 vaccine candidate results to be released in June. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 28 (MNA) — Professor Ugur Sahin gave a speech on "Developing COVID-19 mRNA vaccines" during the 7th Science and Technology Exchange Program (STEP) on May 28.

2020-05-28: Social Media Postees

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Floyd's Murder Protests Flare up in Minneapolis Overnight
telesurenglish.net | 2020-05-28
The city of Minneapolis woke up convulsed as protests over the murder of George Floyd at the hands of police officers intensified this Wednesday with clashes and looting. | RELATED: | Trump Silent on George Floyd's Killing, Biden Demands a Probe | Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, thousands of people took to the streets for the second day in a row in a series of protests that included escraches in the homes of the police officer who choked Floyd with his knee and the county attorney.
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The murder of George Floyd and the fight against police violence in the US
wsws.org | 2020-05-28
The murder of Floyd by Minneapolis police officers is the latest in a long string of killings and abuse which have their roots in the capitalist system.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/28/pers…

Police repress protests demanding justice for George Floyd
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-05-28
Protests broke out in Minneapolis following the brutal murder of 46-year-old George Floyd at the hands of a city police officer. The protests, demanding justice for Floyd and an end to racist police violence, were met with violent repression by the police who fired tear gas, water cannons and attacked protesters with batons. His family and social movements in the US demand that the officers responsible for his murder be brought to justice.
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Thousands continue to protest in Minneapolis over the brutal police murder of George Floyd
wsws.org | 2020-05-28
Surveillance video footage shows that Floyd was being compliant moments before he was pinned to the ground and choked to death by a Minneapolis police officer.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/28/poli…

Far-Right's Fake News Network Under Investigation in Brazil
telesurenglish.net | 2020-05-28
Brazil's Federal Supreme Court (STF) judge Alexandre De Moraes Wednesday issued 29 search warrants against President Jair Bolsonaro's allies who are being investigated for forming a fake news network popularly known as "the Hate Office." | RELATED: | Video Exposes Bolsonaro's Little Concern in Fighting COVID-19 | The criminal association investigation is dir…
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Who is Behind "Fake News"? Mainstream Media Use Fake Videos and Images
Prof Michel Chossudovsky | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-28
The mainstream corporate media is desperate. They want to suppress independent and alternative online media, which they categorize as "fake news". Readers on social media are warned not to go onto certain sites. Our analysis confirms that the mainstream media are routinely involved in distorting the facts and turning realities upside down.
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Has Coronavirus Pandemic Really Destroyed Globalization?
Paul Antonopoulos | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-28
The coronavirus pandemic has not only created contradictory information on the best ways to deal with it, on whether there are cures and vaccinations, or whether there will be a second wave, but they are also contradictory on how the …
globalresearch.ca/has-coronavirus-pandem…

Trump the Peace Candidate? This President Abhors International Treaties
Philip Giraldi | thealtworld.com | 2020-05-28
Trump and his advisers are opposed to any international bodies on principle, most particularly if they are not completely supportive of U.S. policies | Let us consider why the Donald Trump White House is currently considering detonating a nuclear weapon. It would be the first "test" of a nuke since 1992 and is clearly intended to send a message that those weapons sitting around in storage will be available for use. The…
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The US' Millennium Challenge Corporation Could Reshape Nepal's Geostrategic Role
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-28
The geostrategic state of Nepal is in a conundrum over whether to respect the previous government's agreement to accept a $500 million "grant" from the US' "Millennium Challenge Corporation" despite concerns that it could permanently undermine the country's sovereignty, but …
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Trump Regime Escalates War by Other Means on Iran and China
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-28
The US under both right wings of its war party represents an unparalleled threat to world peace, stability, democratic values, and the rule of law. | As long as the world community fails to uphold UN Charter principles and other core …
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Countering the Judaization of the Rest of Palestine
Rima Najjar | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-28
Netanyahu's impending annexation of the Judaized parts of the West Bank (he says July 1st) is a transformative event for Palestinian politics, and the Palestinian people, who have long been reined in by impositions that accept Zionist myths and outright …
globalresearch.ca/judaization-rest-pales…

The PLO Keeps Defending Palestine After 56 Years of Its Founding
telesurenglish.net | 2020-05-28
On May 28, Palestinians celebrate 56 years of the founding of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and remember the words of Yasser Arafat who told them that the main challenge for the people is to achieve an independent state. | RELATED: | West Bank Annexation Set for July: Netanyahu to Likud MPs | In 1964, The Palestinian National Council, at its first meeting held in East Jerusalem from May 28 to June 2, created the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) as the legitimate r…
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"Fight Back!": ACT UP Members & Tony Kushner Remember Trailblazing AIDS Activist Larry Kramer
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-05-28
We discuss the life and legacy of Larry Kramer, the legendary writer and trailblazing activist in the fight against AIDS, who has died at the age of 84. Kramer helped start Gay Men's Health Crisis and ACT UP to demand life-saving drugs, and faced off with Dr. Anthony Fauci before the two became friends. Many credit Kramer for saving thousands of lives. We hear from Kramer in his own words at the 2019 anti-corporate Queer Liberation March and host a roundtable with two former ACT UP members: "Gay USA" host Ann Northrop and Yale epidemiologist Gregg Gonsalves. We also speak with Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright To…
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"No Justification": Minneapolis Demands Murder Charges for Police Officer Who Killed George Floyd
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-05-28
Parts of Minneapolis erupted into flames Wednesday night as residents again took to the streets to protest the death of George Floyd, a Black man killed by white police officer Derek Chauvin on Monday. A viral video shows Chauvin kneeling on George Floyd's neck for a number of minutes as Floyd repeatedly says "I cannot breathe." Three other officers stood by as George Floyd suffocated. They have been identified as Tou Thao, Thomas Lane and J. Alexander Kueng. All four officers were fired on Tuesday. Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey has called on prosecutors to file criminal charges against Derek Chauvin. We speak wit…
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Amy Klobuchar, Minneapolis Police and Her VP Quest
Norman Solomon | commondreams.org | 2020-05-28
Klobuchar has risen to the top tier of Biden's possible VP picks. Her selection would likely be disastrous. (Photo by Zach Gibson/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Who Are the Secret Puppet-Masters Behind Trump's War on Iran?
Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J.S. Davies | commondreams.org | 2020-05-28
CODEPINK protesters at Congressional hearing on Iran in 2015. (Photo: CODEPINK) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Warnings of 'Catastrophic Consequences' as Locust Swarms Hit India and Pakistan in Midst of Coronavirus Crisis
Andrea Germanos, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-05-28
For India, the invasion comes alongside "eviscerating heat." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Pakistan court to hear appeals in Pearl's murder case
yenisafak.com | 2020-05-28
Pakistan's Supreme Court will soon begin hearing appeals against the acquittal of four men convicted in the murder of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, according to court records and media reports.A three-judge panel will hear appeals June 1 filed by the government and Pearl's parents challenging the acquittal of the convicted men by the Sindh High Court (SHC) in Islamabad, local broadcaster Express News reported.British-born Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, Fahad Naseem, Salman Saqib and Sheikh Adil were found guilty of abducting and beheading Pearl in Pakistan.In June 2002, an anti-terrorist court sentenced Sh…
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Elections, A New Leadership And BDS Are Pivotal For Palestine
Terrace | popularresistance.org | 2020-05-28
Ever since President Donald Trump blundered blindly into the Middle East with his woefully inexperienced team of advisors, US foreign policy has swung wildly out of control. Predictably, it has destroyed the already fragile two-state solution as defined by the Oslo Accords. | It's no use pretending that such a solution is still viable. That, though, may not be all bad news for the Palestinians, whose current leadership in Ramallah is incapable of actually leading the people and taking control of the situation. | The Palestinians have never worn the cloak of victimhood very well; it is simply not in their DNA to s…
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Canadian Groups Fight For Covid-19 Recovery That Prioritizes Human And Ecological Health
Kevin Zeese | popularresistance.org | 2020-05-28
Nearly 200 Canadian organizations on Monday rolled out their demands for a "just recovery," saying that continuing business-as-usual after the pandemic would prevent the kind of far-reaching transformation needed to put "the health and well-being of ALL peoples and ecosystems first." | "The choices we make now about how to recover from this pandemic will shape not only our health and economic future, but also the future of human life on this planet," Canadian Labour Congress president Hassan Yussuff said in a statement. "This moment is a reminder that the status quo can and must be disrupted," the new Just Recove…
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Baton Rouge Inmates Sue For Release Due To COVID-19, Potential 'Death Sentence'
Kevin Zeese | popularresistance.org | 2020-05-28
The inmates are seeking class-action status in an attempt to protect other current and future inmates. Their lawsuit also seeks to have a federal judge order East Baton Rouge to improve jail conditions and inmate treatment, including providing sufficient cleaning supplies and requiring staff to wear personal protective equipment. At least 70 inmates have tested positive and 48 of them have recovered, according to the sheriff's office. Several civil rights attorneys and organizations teamed up on the lawsuit, including the Advancement Project and the Center for Constitutional Rights. David Utter, an attorney on th…
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Law Enforcement Has Quietly Backed Anti-Protest Bills In At Least 8 States
Kevin Zeese | popularresistance.org | 2020-05-28
Law enforcement in at least eight states–Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Washington and Wyoming–lobbied on behalf of anti-protest bills in 2017 and 2018. The bills ran the gamut from punishing face coverings at protests to increasing penalties for "economic disruption" and highway blockage to criminalizing civil protests that interfere with "critical infrastructure" like oil pipelines. | Emboldened by the Trump administration, at least 31 states have considered 62 pieces of anti-protest legislation since November 2016, with at least seven enacted and 31 still pending. The full sc…
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Video: Russian Warplanes in Libya
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-28
The US has finally discovered whom to blame for the ongoing escalation of the conflict in Libya. | On May 26, the US African Command (AFRICOM) claimed that Russia had deployed warplanes to Libya to support the Libyan National Army of …
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Last Stand in the Big Woods
Jeffrey St. Clair | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-28
There was no reason it had to come down like this: Two militant greens standing in the middle of an isolated, snow-crusted road in a place where a road should never be; bracing their bodies against a train of logging trucks, snowmobiles, and Forest Service jeeps groaning at the gate, demanding entry; willingly subjecting themselves to arrest by Idaho troopers armed with guns, clubs, and a draconian and sub-constitutional new law. All in a last-gasp attempt to halt a vastly destructive timber sale in the heart of the nation's largest roadless area, a timber sale two federal judges had already found to be a brazen…
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Minneapolis Solidarity Demo
Solidarity | indybay.org | 2020-05-28
Solidarity demonstration with the uprising in Minneapolis against the police murder of George Floyd | This Friday 5/29 8pm Downtown Oakland Oscar Grant (14th & Broadway)…
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Civil Rights Attorney: Minneapolis Police Have a Long Pattern of Racist Violence
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-05-28
Image Credit: Sigal Photos | Parts of Minneapolis erupted into flames Wednesday night as residents again took to the streets to protest the death of George Floyd, a Black man killed by white police officer Derek Chauvin on Monday. A viral video shows Chauvin kneeling on George Floyd's neck for a number of minutes as Floyd repeatedly says "I cannot breathe." Three other officers stood by as George Floyd suffocated. They have been identified as Tou Thao, Thomas Lane and J. Alexander Kueng. All…
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Minnesota rolls out National Guard to stop riots & looting, 'ensure safety' of peaceful protests over George Floyd killing
rt.com | 2020-05-28
Minnesota Governor Tim Walz has called in National Guard units after law enforcement failed to "provide safety" in Minneapolis as furious protests over the police killing of George Floyd erupted into vandalism, arson and looting. | Meeting an earlier request from the city's mayor to bring the situation under control, the Guard was activated on Thursday in the wake of intense street confrontations and chaos the night prior, which saw a number of businesses burned down and destroyed and at least one man killed, reportedly a looter. | "Unfortunately, some individuals have engaged in unlawful and dangerous activit…
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Statement on the lynching of George Floyd
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-05-28
Fight Back News Service is circulating the following statement from Frank Chapman, Executive Director National Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression. | Yet another murder of an unarmed Black person in the month of May. Finan Berhe, in Springfield, MD, Ahmaud Arbery in Brunswick, GA, Breonna Taylor in Louisville, KY and now George Floyd in Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN and all this in the worst pandemic in a century. What an outrage, what an American made tragedy that the lynching of Black people continues unabated, that racist terror continues to stalk the land like a beast of prey. With the brutal, callous…
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Statement on the lynching of George Floyd
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-05-28
Fight Back News Service is circulating the following statement from Frank Chapman, Executive Director National Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression. | Yet another murder of an unarmed Black person in the month of May. Finan Berhe, in Springfield, MD, Ahmaud Arbery in Brunswick, GA, Breonna Taylor in Louisville, KY and now George Floyd in Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN and all this in the worst pandemic in a century. What an outrage, what an American made tragedy that the lynching of Black people continues unabated, that racist terror continues to stalk the land like a beast of prey. With the brutal, callous…
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Amy Klobuchar, Minneapolis Police and Her VP Quest
Norman Solomon | zcomm.org | 2020-05-28
With Klobuchar now on Joe Biden's short list for vice president, the gruesome killing of Floyd has refocused attention on Klobuchar's history of racial injustice…
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Trump's Offer to Mediate China/India Border Dispute?
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-28
On Wednesday, Trump tweeted the following: | "We have informed both India and China that the United States is ready, willing and able to mediate or arbitrate their now raging border dispute." | He ignored longstanding US efforts to drive a stake …
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Kathy Kelly | progressive.org | 2020-05-28
Why the United States bears responsibility for Yemen's humanitarian crisis.
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While everyone's focused on the Cummings circus, shocking news emerges about the UK death rate
Tracy Keeling | thecanary.co | 2020-05-28
The British public is understandably angry about Dominic Cummings' behaviour during lockdown. It's scandalous that he travelled to a different house and drove to Barnard Castle

It's Time for Bold Responses to a Stark Crisis
Jesse Jackson | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-28
We live in a time of bitter divisions. Today, even the wearing of masks has become a partisan question. Yet, this country has united before to meet external threats. The calamity that has been wrought by the coronavirus is the result of an external attack

PDF of May 28 issue
A. Majumdar | workers.org | 2020-05-28
Download 12-page PDF here. Iran-Venezuela solidarity breaks U.S. blockade. Pandemics can foment social revolutions. Also: What is a Marxist-Leninist party? COVID cover-up in Georgia; Reproductive justice Labor fights back: Postal workers; Portland essential workers; Agricultural workers; CUNY instructors. World: Kerala, India; Ecuador; China. Tear down prisons: Major Tillery; ICE detainees; . . . | Continue reading PDF of May 28 issue at Workers.org
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Teaching Marx in a pandemic
Eds. | mronline.org | 2020-05-28
Barnaby Raine writes to mark the launch of a new class on Marx and his writing, as part of The Brooklyn Institute summer season…
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FRSO leader Steff Yorek: '100,000 are dead and capitalism is making the pandemic a human-made disaster'
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-05-28
Minneapolis, MN – Political Secretary of Freedom Road Socialist Organization Steff Yorek stated on May 26, "The United States has just reached a grim milestone, 100,000 deaths from COVID-19 with no end in sight, earning this country the dubious distinction of edging into the top ten for deaths per person, with 30.46 deaths per 100,000." | Meanwhile Trump has continued to show an utter disregard for the loss of life. The federal response has been weak, ineffectual, has intentionally undermined state public health plans and continues to steal PPE and testing supplies from states. | Yorek continued, "Trump is fueli…
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FRSO leader Steff Yorek: '100,000 are dead and capitalism is making the pandemic a human-made disaster'
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-05-28
Minneapolis, MN – Political Secretary of Freedom Road Socialist Organization Steff Yorek stated on May 26, "The United States has just reached a grim milestone, 100,000 deaths from COVID-19 with no end in sight, earning this country the dubious distinction of edging into the top ten for deaths per person, with 30.46 deaths per 100,000." | Meanwhile Trump has continued to show an utter disregard for the loss of life. The federal response has been weak, ineffectual, has intentionally undermined state public health plans and continues to steal PPE and testing supplies from states. | Yorek continued, "Trump is fueli…
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Re-elect Sue Bolton to Moreland Council
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2020-05-28
Socialist Alliance Chloe DSIssue 1267 Australia Moreland City Council election MelbourneMay 28, 2020Socialist councillor Sue Bolton, first elected to Moreland City Council in 2012 an…
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General Appeal Regarding the International Health Emergency –Covid 19
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-05-28
Fight Back News Service is circulating the following appeal that was initiated by the German Communist Party (DKP), Communist Party Of Peoples Of Spain (CPPS), and the Communist Party Of Venezuela (CPV). Freedom Road Socialist Organization is among the signers. | The Communist and Workers' parties that suscribe the present APPEAL declare: | 1. The serious international situation which has come from the unstoppable global capitalist crisis – now expressed as a health emergency that spreads throughout so many countries – requires strong and decisive social and political action that puts the needs of the worki…
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General Appeal Regarding the International Health Emergency –Covid 19
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-05-28
Fight Back News Service is circulating the following appeal that was initiated by the German Communist Party (DKP), Communist Party Of Peoples Of Spain (CPPS), and the Communist Party Of Venezuela (CPV). Freedom Road Socialist Organization is among the signers. | The Communist and Workers' parties that suscribe the present APPEAL declare: | 1. The serious international situation which has come from the unstoppable global capitalist crisis – now expressed as a health emergency that spreads throughout so many countries – requires strong and decisive social and political action that puts the needs of the worki…
www.fightbacknews.org/2020/5/28/general-…

Why does Far Right get a pass by American law enforcement?
Juan Cole | zcomm.org | 2020-05-28
Top 6 Reasons Authorities are Cracking down Hard on Black Protesters while Treating White Supremacist Reopeners with Kid Gloves…
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Two Fictions of Mainstream Economics
Jack Rasmus | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-28
Mainstream economics consistently fails to predict the future. I'm talking about those 'schools' of mis-thought, ranging from Paul Krugman on the 'left' to Glenn Hubbard and other apologists of business and neoliberalism on the 'right'. One of the favorite myths they perpetrate is that 'wages are sticky downwards'. That means that in conditions of recession…
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Norway: Municipality Forced to Receive NATO Nuclear Submarines
telesurenglish.net | 2020-05-28
The port of Tromso, located in a Norwegian municipality above the Arctic Circle, will receive nuclear submarines from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) even though local politicians have opposed the decision. | RELATED: | Norway: 'Venezuela Dialogue Continues to be Successful' | "The government and parliament do not dare say 'no' to the U.S.," Norway's Greenpeace leader Frode Pleym said. | After private investors bought the Olavsvern naval base in Tromso, NATO pushed for a…
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The Problem Of "Peaceful Protesters"
Terrace | popularresistance.org | 2020-05-28
Across the world and across history, oppressed, marginalized, poor, and working-class people have used a variety of tactics to further their goals and fight back, and this includes things that could be considered violent. Overall, this means that when people refuse their roles within society and instead force the system into a state of crisis, that's when we can create a situation in which we can forward our own agenda. This often means that people refuse to do the things that allows the system to reproduce itself. In the case of workers, people strike. In the case of renters, they go on rent strike. For the poor…
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Trump the Peace Candidate? This President Abhors International Treaties
Andrey Areshev | strategic-culture.org | 2020-05-28
Let us consider why the Donald Trump White House is currently considering detonating a nuclear weapon. It would be the first "test" of a nuke since 1992 and is clearly intended to send a message that those weapons sitting around in storage will be available for use. The testing is in response to alleged development of low-yield tactical nuclear devices by Beijing and Moscow, a claim that is unsupported by any evidence a…
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Memorial Day Peace Caravan/Demonstrators Drive to Donate to Homeless in San Jose
Ruth Robertson | indybay.org | 2020-05-28
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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Silence=Death: Larry Kramer, RIP
David Rosen | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-28
Larry Kramer (1935-2020) died on Wednesday, May 27th, of pneumonia. He was 84 years old and, during much of his adult life as a writer and activist, he battled

Argentina Revitalizes Pro-Abortion Movement on Social Media
telesurenglish.net | 2020-05-28
Social activists in Argentina celebrated on Thursday rough virtual events the 15th anniversary of their campaign to legalize abortion, in order to inject new energy into the movement. | RELATED: | Argentina: Pro-Legal Abortion Demonstration Amidst Covid-19 | "Let it be law," "Legal abortion," it's the Hashtags who have flooded the social networks this Thursday. | "I'm proud to be part of this movement. For many of us, this is the fight of our lives," legalization campaign member M…
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Global Crisis Spurs Global Activism
Terrace | popularresistance.org | 2020-05-28
The COVID-19 pandemic's global spread has highlighted inequities in the world like inequality of income and access to resources in many communities. The response to the crisis has been a varied patchwork of public health measures and economic assistance, but in most countries, those with wealth and access to resources have fared significantly better than poor and marginalized communities. | Now, a group of more than sixty academics, activists, writers, artists, workers, students, and others from more than twenty countries have come together to draft a manifesto addressing these inequities and offer some guidepost…
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Memorial Day Panel By US Anti-war Veterans
Terrace | popularresistance.org | 2020-05-28
A group of anti-war veteran activists discuss how they view Memorial Day through the lens of their time in the military and their work afterwards. The guest list included Matthew Hoh, Clifton Hicks, Jovanni Reyes, Erik Edstrom, Ryan Keen, Keagan Miller, Danny Sjursen, and Chris Henrikson.
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Fed-up Facebook Users Urge Shareholders To "Wake The Zuck Up" : Protesters Projected Messa
Fed Up Facebook User | indybay.org | 2020-05-28
Don't Let Facebook ZUCK Up our Democracy, a coalition of media advocacy organizations, human rights groups, pro-democracy activists, and fed-up Facebook users projected messages to Facebook shareholders on the evening before the annual Facebook shareholders meeting. The messages were projected onto Facebook's San Francisco offices at 181 Fremont Street.
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Hirak protests continue across Algeria in solidarity with political prisoners
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-05-28
Algeria witnessed a fresh round of anti-government protests on May 25, Monday in solidarity with political prisoners associated with the Hirak movement, who are being held in jails on frivolous and motivated charges. Rallies and demonstrations were conducted in cities across Algeria, coinciding with the Eid-ul-Fitr celebrations. A ban on public demonstrations and other restrictions are in force in the country due to the COVID-19 pandemic. | One of the main sites of Monday's protest was Kherrata city in Bejaia province, east of Algerian capital Algiers. The city holds particular significance as it is where the Hir…
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Ecuador: Native Communities Vulnerable to COVID Outbreaks
telesurenglish.net | 2020-05-28
Ecuador's Ombudsman Office demanded on May 27 government health assistance and COVID testing kits for the Siekopai-Secoya native community. | RELATED: | Ecuadoreans Take to the Streets to Protest Against Lenin Moreno | "The Ombudsman's Office calls on the national Government and, through it, the Ministry of Public Health, the national and cantonal EOC of the municipalities of Shushu ndi and Cuyabeno, to provide immediate and appropriate preventive medical care and treatment for th…
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Salt Lake to protest police killings on national day of action May 30
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-05-28
Salt Lake City, UT

Vale Rod Webb
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2020-05-28
Film & theatre Greg AdamsonIssue 1267 Australia ObituaryMay 28, 2020By the late 1960s the Vietnam War was drawing mass protest, the feminist movement had burst onto the scene and the gay liberation movement, as it was then known, was emerging. The heart of Sydney activism…
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Ceremony Marks 100,000 US Deaths from COVID-19
Palo Alto Protest | indybay.org | 2020-05-28
Neighbors joined in, everyone observing safe distancing for a brief ceremony in Palo Alto on May 26. Less than 24 hours later, the count was official…100,000 in the US have died of COVID-19.
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Chinese parliament passes national security bill amid raging Hong Kong protests
rt.com | 2020-05-28
The Chinese parliament on Thursday passed a national security bill that ramps up security in Hong Kong. Anti-Beijing protests in the autonomous city were reignited by the draft's introduction. | The bill was approved by the National People's Congress (NPC) in Beijing and will now go to the country's leadership to be enacted into law. The parliament session was attended by President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang. | The details of the new legislation, which is expected to come into force by August, have not been made public yet. The bill is widely believed to introduce harsher punishments for things like ins…
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Battleground Minnesota: Disturbing VIDEOS show aftermath of violent riots over police killing of black man
rt.com | 2020-05-28
A night of rioting and looting has left multiple buildings torched and businesses ransacked in Minneapolis, after protests over the police killing of an unarmed black man escalated into violence. | Footage from the scene shows the scale of the destruction, with the city's streets starting to resemble a war zone. On Wednesday night, multiple buildings across the city were set on fire, with smoke and fire still billowing from the ruins in the morning. | This is war torn America. We should all be ashamed. pic.twitter.com/sYTCGd5Hok– üá∫&u…
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Minneapolis police investigate 'homicide' amid reports of 'looter shot dead by pawn shop owner'
rt.com | 2020-05-28
A suspected looter has reportedly been shot and killed in Minneapolis after a protest over police brutality escalated into a full-blown riot, with a law enforcement spokesman confirming one homicide amid the unrest. | Though few details have yet emerged about the murder

Restaurants in the Pandemic
Dean Baker | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-28
The NYT ran a column by a bar-restaurant owner telling of the horrible circumstances facing restaurants during and after the shutdown period. While the restaurant industry is among the hardest hit sectors, and many will not survive, a few of the complaints in the piece need some qualification. For example it tells readers:…
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There is No Vacation Anymore
Martin Billheimer | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-28
"But the beauty is in the walking. We are betrayed by destinations."

The Future of Forever War, American-Style
Danny Sjursen | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-28
Covid-19, an ongoing global human tragedy, may have at least one silver lining. It has led millions of people to question America's most malignant policies at home and abroad. Regarding Washington's war policies abroad, there's been speculation that the coronavirus might, in the end, put a dent in such conflicts, if not prove an unintended…
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"What Are We Fighting About?" 9th Circuit Hears Yellowstone Grizzly Bear Delisting Case
Louisa Willcox | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-28
Court hearings over the fate of grizzlies have always made me nervous, and the one on May 5th was no exception. For the second time in ten years, a three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments on whether or not Yellowstone grizzlies should be protected under the Endangered Species Act…
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Trump's War on Arms Control and Disarmament
Melvin Goodman | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-28
A successor to the Trump administration will have to rebuild the credibility of the Department of Justice and the effectiveness of such regulatory agencies as the Environmental Protection Agency and the Consumer Finance Protection Agency. It will have to rebuild the intelligence community, which has been heavily politicized, and the Department of State, which has…
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The Virtues of Not Eating Animals
Evaggelos Vallianatos | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-28
Growing up in a village I was born in a Greek village where land and food self-sufficiency were everything. My father had a few strips of land where he raised enough food for his family and the family of his brother who lost his life during the war years of the 1940s. My father cultivated…
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Budget Cockups in the Time of Coronavirus
Binoy Kampmark | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-28
Hell has, in its raging fires, ringside seats for those who like their spreadsheets. The seating, already peopled by those from human resources, white collar criminals and accountants, becomes toastier for those who make errors with those spreadsheets. Even in their self-celebrated expertise, blunders will happen. Few errors are as magisterial as that of the…
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Is Stacey Abrams Progressive?
Deborah Toler | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-28
Stacey Abrams is being widely touted as Joe Biden's best pick for the vice-presidential nomination. She has been a rising star in the Democratic Party ever since her historic and groundbreaking run in the 2018 Georgia gubernatorial race. But

To Students and Teachers Targeted by the Israel Lobby
Steven Salaita | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-28
University students and instructors periodically drop into my inbox with stories of repression and reprisal for having criticized Israel–or merely for having spoken favorably of Palestinians. In some cases, faculty have been demoted or fired, or have been denied tenure. In other cases, they've lost funding or opportunities to publish. They've been threatened, if only…
counterpunch.org/2020/05/28/to-students-…

Fourth Iranian Tanker Arrives In Venezuela's Territory
telesurenglish.net | 2020-05-28
The Faxon became the fourth Iranian-flagged tanker to reach Venezuela's Exclusive Economic Zone, as it entered this country jurisdictional waters, on Thursday. | RELATED: | Third Iranian Tanker Reaches Venezuelan Waters | This vessel is the fourth out of five to arrive after Forest, Fortune and Petunia entered in the past days to bring gasoline and related products as part of the bilateral energy deals signed by both countries. | Video: El buque iraní Faxon ingresó en el mar terr…
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US announces end of sanction waivers under nuclear deal to Iran
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-05-28
US secretary of state Mike Pompeo announced the end of exemptions provided under the 2015 Iran nuclear deal to some foreign companies to work on certain Iranian nuclear sites. The waiver was renewed every 60 days despite the unilateral US withdrawal from the deal in 2018…
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Huawei ban drags China, U.S. into tech cold war
Eds. | mronline.org | 2020-05-28
Industries prepare for decoupling as worst scenario, accelerating homegrown technologies as Washington hawks destroy global supply chain.
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Doctor Bill Gates Is Now "President of Planet Earth"
Dr. Keith Scott–Mumby | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-28
A couple of days ago, I heard from Fort Russ News, that the US Surgeon General (equivalent of the British Chief Medical Officer) Jerome Adams is to officially dump the Bill Gates-CDC-Fauci nonsense predictions and start moving forward with… wait …
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US: Trump Challenges Social Media With An Executive Order
telesurenglish.net | 2020-05-28
U.S. President Donald Trump signed on Thursday an executive order that confronts the way Facebook, Google, and Twitter manage their online content policy. | RELATED: | US President Trump Threatens to Shut Down Social Media | This decision comes days after this social media stamped a fact-checking notification on a couple of Trump tweets, where he complained about the fact that a November presidential election's mail-in ballot would result in a "fraudulent election." Due to this, he cla…
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As Brazil leads world in new COVID-19 deaths, Workers Party and pseudo-lefts rally behind capitalist state
wsws.org | 2020-05-28
The so-called opposition has brought impeachment articles against Bolsonaro for harming "internal security" in his handling of the pandemic.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/28/braz…

We're Working to Safeguard Our Democracy and Our Health
Dale Ho | aclu.org | 2020-05-28
No one should have to choose between their health and their vote, but during the Wisconsin primary, an estimated 19,000 Milwaukeeans were forced to risk their health to cast their primary ballots. More than 50 Milwaukee County voters have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and were identified as having been infectious or infected at the time of voting; more than half of them had no other known po…
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Unprotected Migrants Roam Through Southeastern Mexico
telesurenglish.net | 2020-05-28
Hundreds of Central American migrants are going through situations of poverty and high risk of contracting COVID-19 while wandering the streets of Tapachula, Chiapas, Mexico. | RELATED: | Women, Migrants & Blacks Most Affected by COVID-19 in Latam | In this municipality, humanitarian shelters decided to avoid overcrowding and suspended the admission of new guests from Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala | This decision left migrants stranded in Tapachula homeless as they hope to…
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"Greater Israel": The Zionist Plan for the Middle East
Israel Shahak | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-28
When viewed in the current context, the war on Iraq, the 2006 war on Lebanon, the 2011 war on Libya, the ongoing wars on Syria and Iraq, the war on Yemen, must be understood in relation to the Zionist Plan for the Middle East…
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Venezuela: Gold Kept at Bank of England Needed to Fight COVID
Telesur | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-28
Venezuela's Central Bank (BCV) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) agreed to use part of the gold deposited in the Bank of England to acquire food and medicine to face the Covid-19 pandemic, BCV President Calixto Ortega declared on Wednesday….
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The Tests: The Achilles Heel of the COVID-19 House of Cards
Dr. Pascal Sacré | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-28
"The tool is not the problem, it's what we do with it." |

Congress Is Poised to Pass Far-reaching Israeli Wish List
Josh Ruebner | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-28
With the Senate Foreign Relations Committee's passage of the United States-Israel Security Assistance Authorization Act of 2020 last week, the current Congress is now poised to enact with little transparency its most far-reaching bill related to Israel at the height …
globalresearch.ca/congress-pass-israeli-…

The Unfolding Catastrophe. What Can Hegel Teach Us Today?
Prof. Sam Ben-Meir | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-28
G. W. F. Hegel was born in 1770 in Stuttgart, Germany. In light of this anniversary I reassess what Hegel's philosophy of nature can contribute to our contemporary understanding

Were Conditions for High Death Rates at Care Homes Created on Purpose?
Rosemary Frei | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-28
During the COVID-19 pandemic, people in care homes have been dying in droves. | Why is this happening? Is it simply because older adults are very vulnerable to SARS-CoV-2 and therefore it's not unexpected that many would succumb? | Or do care …
globalresearch.ca/were-conditions-high-d…

Will U.S. Shale Survive if Oil Price Hits $40?
Irina Slav | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-28
Within a month, the U.S. oil benchmark West Texas Intermediate recorded two first-of-a-kind events. First, it fell below zero on April 20. Then, it soared up so high it is about to book its best month ever, CNBC's Pippa Stevens …
globalresearch.ca/will-us-shale-survive-…

US Has Killed More Than 20 Million People in 37 "Victim Nations" Since World War II
James A. Lucas | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-28
First published in November 2015 | GR Editor's Note | Let us put this in historical perspective: the commemoration of the War to End All Wars acknowledges that 15 million lives were lost in the course of World War I (1914-18). | The | …
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The Spectre of a "China-centric World"
Prof. Yakov M. Rabkin | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-28
A spectre is haunting the United States–the spectre of a "China-centric world". By voicing this concern President Trump pledges to "Keep America Great". Some of the European allies echo this concern. Others remain conspicuously silent. But what exactly is this …
globalresearch.ca/spectre-china-centric-…

Studies on COVID-19 Lethality
Swiss Propaganda Research | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-28
| . | The following tables provide links to important medical/health studies which are indicated in the Right column. | To access the original article at swprs.org click here | 1) Covid-19 infection fatality rates (IFR) based on antibody studies: | …
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Outrage Mounts Over Racist Police and Vigilante Killings against African Americans
Abayomi Azikiwe | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-28
African Americans continue to be systematically profiled and executed by law-enforcement agencies and bigoted whites creating a volatile situation across the United States | *** | Four Minneapolis police officers have been terminated from their jobs in the aftermath of the videotaped …
globalresearch.ca/outrage-mounts-racist-…

UK: Johnson government to unveil second multi-billion bailout of big business
wsws.org | 2020-05-28
Project Birch follows on from the handing over of nearly a trillion pounds in the form of quantitative easing of £645 billion and £330 billion in business loans.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/28/birc…

How many dead Yemenis does it take to equal one Washington Post contributor?
Eds. | mronline.org | 2020-05-28
The War Nerd dissects reporting on Saudi Arabia to show how the corporate media cares more about a dead Washington Post columnist than a quarter of a million Yemenis killed in a Western-backed war.
mronline.org/2020/05/28/how-many-dead-ye…

Security Council: Paralysis and 'political infighting' must end, to boost COVID-19 fight: EU foreign affairs chief
news.un.org | 2020-05-28
The global coronavirus pandemic is testing the multilateral system like never before and the Security Council must stop the "infighting", and step up to the challenge, the European Union's foreign policy chief told the 15-member body on Thursday.
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Official pandemic jobless claims pass 40 million
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2020-05-28
WASHINGTON–More than 40 million people are now jobless thanks to closures resulting from the coronavirus pandemic, after the Labor Department reported 2.173 million more people joined the unemployment rolls in the week ending May 22. And that's just the official (under) count. DOL put the official number of jobless since mid-March at 30.957 million. AFL-CIO …
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Trump Adviser Says "Human Capital Stock" Should Get Back to Work
William rivers Pitt | zcomm.org | 2020-05-28
The COVID-19 pandemic is far from over, has only gotten started in the middle of the country, and will become worse by orders of magnitude so long as some people continue to believe the greedy, reckless words of this administration…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/trump-adviser-says…

Despite Hype, Gilead's Remdesivir Will Do Nothing to End Pandemic
Sharon Lerner | zcomm.org | 2020-05-28
While the company's clever rollout has generated excitement among investors, politicians, and the public, a combination of generic drugs that appears to be more effective in fighting the coronavirus has flown under the radar…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/despite-hype-gilea…

Yemen: Humanitarians seeking $2.41 billion to keep aid flowing amid COVID-19 pandemic
news.un.org | 2020-05-28
UN agencies and their global partners are seeking $2.41 billion to fight COVID-19 spread in Yemen while continuing to support millions affected by the world's worst humanitarian crisis.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2020/05/1…

South African Union calls for resignation of CEO of Comair
Pavan Kulkarni | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-05-28
The airline withheld workers' salaries for May and the union has argued that the company is using the pandemic as "a cover for the restructuring which is taking place"
peoplesdispatch.org/2020/05/28/south-afr…

U.S. Declares a Vaccine War on the World
Prabir Purkayastha | zcomm.org | 2020-05-28
The U.S. has fumbled its own response to the pandemic at the same time that its greedy and selfish behavior about vaccines alienates the rest of the world…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/u-s-declares-a-vac…

COVID-19: Act now or risk 'unimaginable devastation' globally, warns UN chief
news.un.org | 2020-05-28
Unless countries across the world act together now, the COVID-19 pandemic will cause "unimaginable devastation and suffering around the world", UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Thursday at a virtual high-level meeting on financing for development.
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Piñera's Failure: Chile Reaches Almost 87,000 COVID-19 Cases
telesurenglish.net | 2020-05-28
During the last 24 hours, Chile registered 4,654 new COVID-19 cases and thus reached 86,943 infections, a figure that exceeds China where the pandemic started. | RELATED: | Chile: Santiago to Collapse With No Beds for Critical Patients | Health Minister Jaime Mañalich acknowledged that 890 deaths have occurred so far and 3,707 health workers are infected, a figure which has been released one day after the ‚Äã‚Äã‚Äã‚&Aum…
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With US states facing a $230 billion loss in education funding, Betsy DeVos channels public assets to private schools
wsws.org | 2020-05-28
Facing an unprecedented budget crisis in every state, the ruling class is working to impose the full burden of the pandemic on the working class through massive austerity, including an evisceration of K-12 public education.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/28/educ…

The Impact of the Pandemic on Young People's Employment and Economic Security
Karen Conner | cepr.net | 2020-05-28
Young people's employment rate has been trending down over the past several decades. Factors include increasing school attendance, declining federal support for summer jobs, and the Great Recession. In Spring 2001, about 42 percent of 16 to 19-year-olds and 71 percent of 20 to 24-year-olds were employed. By Spring 2011, in the wake of the …
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UK students threatened with eviction during coronavirus pandemic
wsws.org | 2020-05-28
Eighty percent of students are worried about how they will cope financially. Even before the pandemic, soaring rents were creating social distress.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/28/stud…

Guatemalan Congress to Dismiss Health Minister Amidst Pandemic
telesurenglish.net | 2020-05-28
Guatemala's Ombudsman Jordan Rodas requested on May 27 Guatemalan Health Minister Hugo Monroy Castillo's dismissal due to corruption and inefficiency accusations amidst the COVID-19 crisis. | RELATED: | Guatemala: Doctors Demand Better Working Conditions | "So far the Ministry shows a low execution of its budget being evident that there is no capacity to provide resources and inputs to the health personnel who are in the front line and that places them in serious risk of contagion," Guate…
telesurenglish.net/news/guatemalan-congr…

Americas are the new epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic
Brasil de Fato | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-05-28
With nearly 2.45 million confirmed cases, the Americas reached the current largest number of COVID-19 cases worldwide, with almost 500,000 cases more than Europe, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). | Two of the region's countries occupy the first and second places in the number of infected people. The United States lead the ranking of COVID-19 cases, with over 1 million 700 thousand cases while Brazil comes in second place, with 391.222 thousand cases. | The world has surpassed, last Wednesday May 21, the mark of 5 million COVID-19 cases, according to the US Johns Hopkins University's real time das…
peoplesdispatch.org/2020/05/28/americas-…

Ecuadorians resist government's attempt to push through neoliberal reforms
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-05-28
Trade unions and movements allege that Moreno is taking advantage of the crisis generated by COVID-19 pandemic to advance with the regressive economic reforms ordered by the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
peoplesdispatch.org/2020/05/28/ecuadoria…

Latin America and Caribbean: Millions more could miss meals due to COVID-19 pandemic
news.un.org | 2020-05-28
Some 14 million people in Latin America and the Caribbean could experience severe food insecurity this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to projections released on Thursday by the World Food Programme (WFP).
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Oppose the rush to reopen Australian schools! Form safety action committees of teachers and staff!
wsws.org | 2020-05-28
At stake is not just the immediate public safety concerns in the face of the coronavirus pandemic, but the future of the education system.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/28/cfpe…

Yemen's health care system collapses under weight of pandemic
wsws.org | 2020-05-28
The UN has warned that if its programmes close, "the world will have to witness what happens in a country without a functioning health system battling COVID-19".
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/28/yeme…

Canadian court rules extradition trial of top Huawei executive can proceed
wsws.org | 2020-05-28
Yesterday's ruling strengthens Washington and Ottawa in their virulent anti-China campaign, which has been ratcheted up still further with mendacious claims that Beijing is responsible for the coronavirus pandemic.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/28/meng…

US sets stage for anti-China sanctions over Hong Kong
wsws.org | 2020-05-28
The determination by the US Secretary of State that Hong Kong is not autonomous from Beijing is a further step in the Trump administration's accelerating anti-China campaign.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/28/hong…

Haiti: HR Groups Warn of Prisoner Vulnerability to COVID
telesurenglish.net | 2020-05-28
Haiti's social justice organizations warned on May 27 about the health situation due to the COVID-19 outbreak in penitentiary centers. | RELATED: | Haiti: Charities Warn on the US Deportations' Health Effects | "In practically all of the prisons, there are dozens of prisoners suffering from a fever, but we can't say for certain it's COVID-19," Haiti's National Human Rights Institution's Director, Renan Hédouville, stated. | According to the human rights advocators, "the figure is…
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Trump declares COVID-19 vaccine war, but can he hold the world hostage?
Prabir Purkayastha | peoplesworld.org | 2020-05-28
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Over 62,300 US health workers infected and 291 dead from COVID-19
wsws.org | 2020-05-28
Widespread employer and governmental neglect of basic safety protections are to blame for the massive increase in infection rates and deaths among health care workers.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/28/cdcr…

Federal Prison 'Should Not Be a Death Sentence'
Frances Madeson | progressive.org | 2020-05-28
Advocates press for the release of Native inmates due to COVID-19.
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Mumbai health care system overwhelmed as COVID-19 surges across India
wsws.org | 2020-05-28
"It's a war zone," said a doctor employed at one of the main hospitals in India's second largest city.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/28/mumb…

US Military Brigade to Fight Drug Trafficking in Colombia
telesurenglish.net | 2020-05-28
A U.S. brigade of special anti-drug units will arrive in Colombia in support of an operation announced by Washington in April that actually seeks to deploy military forces in the country's border states with Venezuela. | RELATED: | Another Social Leader Killed in Colombia During COVID-19 Curfew | The U.S. Embassy in Colombia announced in a statement that a Security Force Assistance Brigade (SFAB) will travel to Colombia under the guise of helping it in its fight against drug traff…
telesurenglish.net/news/us-military-brig…

We Can't Trust the IMF and World Bank to Lead the COVID-19 Recovery
Matt Sedlar | cepr.net | 2020-05-28
Jacobin See article on original site The International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank played a central role in shaping our current model of globalization, imposing policies that held countries back from climbing up the income ladder, weakened health systems, and subordinated development outcomes to the whims of private capital. As the vulnerabilities of this …
cepr.net/we-cant-trust-the-imf-and-world…

Climate change to heat up oceans at seven times their current rate
Amanda Mills | nationofchange.org | 2020-05-28
Rapid and inconsistent deep water heating will have a huge impact on ocean wildlife.
nationofchange.org/2020/05/28/climate-ch…

China Approves Hong Kong Security Law Despite Trump's Threats
telesurenglish.net | 2020-05-28
Despite U.S. threats and international criticism, China's National People's Congress approved Thursday a proposed new national security law for the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. | RELATED: | China Rejects Illegal, Violent Actions Against Venezuela, Cuba | The legislation, which aims to prevent, deter and punish acts in Hong Kong that threaten the country's security, was approved by 2,878 votes to 1, with 6 abstentions. | The proposal seeks to sanction secessionist and…
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Morocco: Health Minister Uses Chloroquine Despite WHO Warnings
telesurenglish.net | 2020-05-28
Morocco Health Minister Khalid AàØt Taleb confirmed on May 27 his nation continues using chloroquine in COVID treatments despite WHO warnings on its undesirable side effects. | RELATED: | China Approves Hong Kong Security Law Despite Trump's Threats | "We found out after the adoption of this treatment on March 23, that patients healed faster than those admitted to hospital before them," Taleb stated to local news media. | In early May, the Moroccan health leader praised chlor…
telesurenglish.net/news/morocco-health-m…

Edge of Sports: A Dangerous Game
Dave Zirin | progressive.org | 2020-05-28
It should be the status of the virus, and not the wishes of humans, that sets the dates for reopening the sports world. But the people in charge do not seem to be listening.
progressive.org/magazine/a-dangerous-gam…

National Women's Soccer League resuming June tournament in Utah
Eddie Pells | peoplesworld.org | 2020-05-28
(AP) Pro soccer returns to the U.S. next month when the National Women's Soccer League starts a 25-game tournament in a pair of stadiums in Utah that will be kept clear of fans to protect players from the coronavirus. Players from the league's nine teams will train and live at two Salt Lake City-area hotels, …
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We're Taking Clearview AI to Court to End its Privacy-Destroying Face Surveillance Activities
Nathan Freed Wessler | aclu.org | 2020-05-28
For several years, a little-known start-up based in New York has been amassing a database of billions of our faceprints

Washington Post Tells Readers About Trump's "Existential" Threat to China
Dean Baker | cepr.net | 2020-05-28
Thankfully, it is not a nuclear war. Apparently the Washington Post thinks plans considered by Trump to delist Chinese companies from U.S. stock exchanges and to make it more difficult for the country to trade in dollars will pose an "existential" threat to the country. While these plans, which put into practice, will almost certainly …
cepr.net/washington-post-tells-readers-a…

Trump threatens to close social media platforms after Twitter puts fact-check warnings on his tweets
wsws.org | 2020-05-28
President Trump issued a threat to shut down social media companies on Wednesday after Twitter placed a fact-checking label on two of his tweets making unsubstantiated claims about mail-in ballots.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/28/trum…

Angling for VP nomination, Warren holds fundraiser for Biden, drops "Medicare for All"
wsws.org | 2020-05-28
Within the last two weeks, the self-styled progressive has backtracked on two corecampaign pledges…
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/28/warr…

Angling for VP nomination, Warren holds fundraiser for Biden, drops "MedicareFor All"
wsws.org | 2020-05-28
Within the last two weeks, the self-styled progressive has backtracked on two corecampaign pledges…
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/28/warr…

Jingo Unchained: Big Trouble with China Rising?
Todd Smith | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-05-28
In the haze of the morning, China sits on Eternity And the opium farmers sell dreams to obscure fraternities On the horizon the curtains are closing.

Trump bizarrely accuses television talk show host Joe Scarborough of 2001 murder
wsws.org | 2020-05-28
The unhinged tweets concern the July 2001 death of Lori Klausutis, 28, a Scarborough staffer, who fainted due to an undiagnosed heart condition and struck her head, according to the coroner.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/28/scar…

Netanyahu's Trial Closely Resembles Trump's Impeachment
Michael Jansen | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-28
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sought in vain to escape his mandatory appearance in court Sunday in his trial for fraud, bribery and breach of trust. At the insistence of the bench, he turned up surrounded by loyalists from his …
globalresearch.ca/netanyahu-trial-resemb…

Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: Hospital safety during COVID-19
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org | 2020-05-28
While many nonessential businesses closed or suspended operations during the COVID-19 pandemic, hospitals continued to operate and take care of COVID-19 and non-COVID-19 patients. How have Mayo Clinic hospitals navigated the pandemic and kept patients and staff safe? On the Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast, Dr. Robert Cima, chair of hospital practice at Mayo Clinic, explains …
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org/discussion/ma…

Racing against time, medical researchers, life science companies and COVID-19 survivors launch national campaign to drive plasma donation
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org | 2020-05-28
"The Fight Is In Us" campaign seeks to mobilize COVID-19 survivors to accelerate the development of potentially lifesaving therapies [ROCHESTER, Minn.]

Pelosi Accused of 'Trying to Do an End-Run Around Her Own Party' by Sending Spy Powers Bill to Conference
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-05-28
After the U.S. House voted Thursday to request a conference with the Senate for legislation to reauthorize controversial government surveillance powers, civil liberties advocates called out Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Democratic Party leaders, warning that the move could further weaken a measure that already lacks crucial privacy protections. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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The Campaign Against Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) Sustained by Corrupt Medical Professionals with Ties the Big Pharma
Dr. Paul Craig Roberts | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-28
A few years ago the British medical journal, The Lancet, published a paper touting the safety of HCQ. But this was before HCQ with zinc was found effective if used earlier enough against Covid-19. Covid-19 turned HCQ's effectiveness into a …
globalresearch.ca/campaign-against-hcq-2…

The Campaign Against HCQ–Part II
Paul Craig Roberts | thealtworld.com | 2020-05-28
A few years ago the British medical journal, The Lancet, published a paper touting the safety of HCQ. But this was before HCQ with zinc was found effective if used earlier enough against Covid-19. Covid-19 turned HCQ's effectiveness into a big problem for Big Pharma's big profits. | The solution was another study by medical professionals some of whom have ties to Big Pharma and none of whom, apparently, are involved in the treatment of Covid patients. The study lumps together people in different stages of the disease and undergoing different treatments. It touts its large sample, but many of the patients in the s…
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Caution Is the Safest Policy
Paul Craig Roberts | thealtworld.com | 2020-05-28
Many commentators are interpretating the reopenings as signaling the end of the pandemic. Many of these commentators are those who deny the reality or seriousness of Covid-19, or deny the need for, or effectiveness of, the closedowns and social distancing and the need for, or usefulness of, masks. | The pandemic and the official responses have aroused suspicions that it is all a plot to further advance the police state that has been advancing on us since 9/11. Others stress that it is a manufactured opportunity for Bill Gates' mass vaccination program and multi-billion dollar profits for Big Pharma. Whether or no…
thealtworld.com/paul_craig_roberts/cauti…

Warren holds fundraiser for Biden, drops "MedicareFor All"
WSWS Repost | indybay.org | 2020-05-28
Elizabeth Warren's populist pretensions were nothing more than a marketing tool, to be discarded as soon as they become inconvenient.
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/05/28/1883334…

Did Conservative HQ demand Emily Maitlis be publicly reprimanded?
graham | truepublica.org.uk | 2020-05-28
TruePublica Editor: Most of the mainstream media are reporting that Emily Maitlis was replaced as host of Wednesday night's episode of Newsnight by another member of the programme's team after BBC bosses reprimanded her over a monologue in which she attacked the government's handling of Dominic Cummings' lockdown trip to Durham. News bosses at the corporation …
truepublica.org.uk/united-kingdom/did-conservative-hq-demand-emily-maitlis-be-publicly-reprimanded/

IKEA values vs Polish traditions: Manager faces up to TWO YEARS behind bars after firing employee opposing pro-LGBT event
rt.com | 2020-05-28
An IKEA HR manager has been charged in Poland with violating the religious rights of a Bible-citing employee, who was fired after refusing to endorse a pro-LGBT event. Now, the manager could end up behind bars. | The Warsaw-Praga District Prosecutor's Office has decided to press charges against the manager, whose identity has not been revealed, arguing that this person has infringed upon an employee's rights on the basis of religion. The decision to sack the employee was based on "arbitrary assessment and prejudice" toward a man expressing "Christian" views, it added. Now, this person could face anything betwe…
rt.com/news/490049-poland-ikea-employee-…

Bibles at the Barricades: How the Right Seized Power in Bolivia
Benjamin Dangl | commondreams.org | 2020-05-28
Bolivia's self-declared interim president Jeanine Anez talks during a conference at the presidential palace on November 13, 2019 in La Paz, Bolivia. (Photo: Javier Mamani/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Here Comes the Great Coronavirus Depression
Nomi Prins | commondreams.org | 2020-05-28
Floating trillions to Wall Street banks and big corporations might push their share prices up, but it won't solve the issues that truly matter. (Photo: Screenshot) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/views/2020/05/28/here-c…

We Need a Public Option for Banking
Ra√∫l Carrillo | commondreams.org | 2020-05-28
The pandemic has shown that we need a public option for basic banking services. (Photo: Shutterstock) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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As More Parents Head Back to Work Amid Pandemic, Advocates Demand $100 Billion Federal Boost for Child Care
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-05-28
As state governments direct offices, stores, and other businesses to reopen in the coming weeks, millions of American parents are expecting to return to work—and to potentially be left with few options for child care. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/news/2020/05/28/more-pa…

With Nation Focused on Pandemic, Trump Interior Dept. to Greenlight Killing of Bear Cubs and Wolf Pups in Their Dens
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-05-28
commondreams.org/sites/default/files/sty…

Progressives Say 'People Know Who Real Looters Are': Not Those Angry Over Police Killings, But Oligarchs Robbing Nation Blind
Eoin Higgins, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-05-28
"Americans know who the real looters are. It's the billionaires who plundered America for $434 billion during the pandemic while the essential workers keeping our country afloat make barely over minimum wage." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/news/2020/05/28/progres…

Pandemic Devastates Youth Employment, Relief Policies Offer Little Help
commondreams.org | 2020-05-28
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Big Oil Is Pretending It Doesn't Want a Bailout. That's Bullshit
Jamie Henn | commondreams.org | 2020-05-28
A view of the Marathon Petroleum Corp's Los Angeles Refinery in Carson, California, on April 25, 2020. The price for crude oil plunged into negative territory for the first time in history on April 20 amid the global coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Robyn Beck / AFP / Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Former Federal Reserve Governor Rebukes Central Bank for Using Covid-19 Lending Power to Bail Out 'Dying' Fossil Fuel Industry
Eoin Higgins, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-05-28
"If polluters want to deny the existence of the ongoing bailout, Congress should swiftly repeal these blatant corporate tax giveaways and make fossil fuels ineligible for stimulus lending programs." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/news/2020/05/28/former-…

Ethics Complaint Filed to Force Trump's Covid-19 Vaccine Czar—a Former Pharma Exec—to Submit to Ethics Rules
Jon Queally, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-05-28
"Trump has put a pharmaceutical executive in charge of handing out the government contracts for coronavirus vaccine development. How could this possibly go wrong?" | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/news/2020/05/28/ethics-…

In Latest Legal Blow to Trump and Dirty Energy, Federal Appeals Court Upholds Block on Keystone XL Permit
Jon Queally, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-05-28
"Contrary to what the Trump administration has argued, the law is clear. We won't sacrifice imperiled species so giant corporations can profit from the dirty fossil fuels that pollute our waters and climate." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/news/2020/05/28/latest-…

'Cowardly' and 'Shameful': Critics Say Trump Refusal to Release Mid-Year Economic Forecast an Obvious Election Year Ploy
Eoin Higgins, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-05-28
"It gets them off the hook for having to say what the economic outlook looks like." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/news/2020/05/28/cowardl…

ACLU Sues Tech Firm to Halt 'Unlawful, Privacy-Destroying' Facial Recognition Activities
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-05-28
The ACLU and law firm Edelson PC on Thursday filed a lawsuit in Illinois state court to end the "unlawful, privacy-destroying surveillance activities" of Clearview AI, a U.S.-based facial recognition technology startup that has contracted with hundreds of law enforcement agencies across the country. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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'A terrible indictment on society': Man who lost father to Covid-19 amid outbreak at Scottish nursing home shares story with RT
rt.com | 2020-05-28
The son of a Covid-19 victim in Scotland has told RT how the government and senior staff failed to protect the residents at nursing homes hit by the deadly virus. Authorities have promised an inquiry into the crisis. | John Gordon told RT that his father, John Angus Gordon, was "a quiet and humble man." | "[His last] four years were spent at Home Farm nursing home, where he was very happy and very content. He was healthy enough, despite being 83 and having dementia," he said. | Gordon initially found out about a Covid-19 outbreak on Scotland's northwestern Isle of Skye, where the nursing home is based, from so…
rt.com/uk/489985-scotland-nursing-home-o…

Vale Ken Muir: a well respected and lifelong education unionist
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2020-05-28
Workers & unions Dave BellIssue 1267 Australia undefinedMay 28, 2020Drought, bushfires and the pandemic have made this a memorable year. It has also recently been marked by the death of Ken Muir, a fine comrade, in Perth where he was living in retirement with his daughter Mi…
greenleft.org.au/content/vale-ken-muir-w…

UK-bound air passenger numbers plummet by 99% during coronavirus
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-05-28
The number of passengers arriving in the UK by air fell "sharply" since the start of the coronavirus pandemic from around 7.1 million in January to 112,300 in April.The figure for last month is 99% lower than the number of air passengers who came into the country in April 2019, according to the Advance Passenger Information (API) data published by the Home Office.A report published on Thursday said the majority (58%) of arrivals since the lockdown was announced on 23 March were British nationals coming back to the UK.The remaining 42% "will include foreign nationals who are UK residents returning to the UK, depen…
thecanary.co/uk/news/2020/05/28/uk-bound…

India forced to deal with heatwave and plague of locusts as it battles Covid-19
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-05-28
As if Covid-19 was not enough, India has been grappling with scorching temperatures and the worst locust invasion in decades as authorities prepared for the end of lockdown despite recording thousands of new infections every day.This triple disaster drew biblical comparisons and forced officials to try to balance the competing demands of simultaneous public health crises: protection from eviscerating heat but also social distancing in newly reopened parks and markets.The heat wave threatens to compound challenges of containing the virus, which has started spreading more quickly and broadly since the government be…
thecanary.co/global/world-news/2020/05/2…

'Test and Trace will fail if workers are pushed into financial hardship'
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-05-28
The Test and Trace system will fail to work effectively if statutory sick pay is not increased, the government has been warned. | Those self-isolating will be eligible for statutory sick pay but there are fears that many workers will not be able to afford to isolate and will be forced to keep working. | NHS Test and Trace

COVID-19 destroys almost half a million tourism jobs in Sri Lanka
wsws.org | 2020-05-28
Big tourist companies demand more funds to revive their businesses, not out of sympathy for workers, but to boost profits.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/28/tour…

Why Iran's Fuel Tankers For Venezuela Are Sending Shudders Through Washington
Terrace | popularresistance.org | 2020-05-28
There was worry that as the Iranian tankers approached the Venezuelan coast the US warships would challenge their progress. As it turned out, the US Navy did not intervene. A major internal incident was averted. | Why the United States did not block the Iranian vessels does not have to do with Iran or Venezuela alone. It has to do with the presence of China behind both countries. | China has deep commercial links with Iran, and it has gradually developed such linkages with Venezuela. During the global pandemic, China has flown vital supplies to both countries. But, crucially, at the United Nations China has been…
popularresistance.org/why-irans-fuel-tan…

Rush to bury Cummings story? UK govt slammed as Covid-19 contact tracing system won't be 'fully operational' till end of June
rt.com | 2020-05-28
England's contact tracing system

UK Police Say Will Take No Further Action on PM Adviser Cummings
sputniknews.com | 2020-05-28
Earlier this week, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson urged Britain to "move on" from the controversy surrounding his chief advisor Dominic Cummings, who has been facing criticism for breaching the government's own coronavirus lockdown regulations.
sputniknews.com/uk/202005281079443132-uk…

Trump's retweets declare 'only good Democrat is a dead Democrat' and Covid-19 masks 'slavery'… critics take the bait
rt.com | 2020-05-28
Two retweets from President Donald Trump have outraged critics. One declares "the only good Democrat is a dead Democrat" and the other calls Covid-19 protective masks "social control." | Trump has been using Twitter in recent weeks to do everything from slamming mail-in voting to accusing MSNBC host Joe Scarborough of possible murder. And some of his latest tweets have proven just as incendiary. | One "thank you" tweet from Wednesday evening was in response to a video from the pro-Trump group Cowboys for Trump. The footage includes a speaker saying, "I've come to a place where I've come to the conclusion that…
rt.com/usa/490039-trum-dead-democrats-tw…

Trump Retweets Speech That Says "the Only Good Democrat Is a Dead Democrat"
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-05-28
President Donald Trump early Thursday boosted a comment from the founder of the group Cowboys for Trump that "the only good Democrat is a dead Democrat." | In his midnight tweet, the president responded to a video clip of Otero County, New Mexico Commissioner and Cowboys for Trump founder Couy Griffin making the remark, tweeting from his phone: "Thank you Cowboys. See you in New Mexico!" | t.co/aCRJeskUA8 |

EasyJet to cut 4,500 jobs amid pandemic
yenisafak.com | 2020-05-28
British-based low-cost airline EasyJet announced Thursday it is cutting 4,500 jobs due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which hit the aviation sector deeply.The air carrier, which has around 15,000 personnel, plans to shed about 30% of its staff, Johan Lundgren, the firm's CEO, said in a press release."We realise that these are very difficult times and we are having to consider very difficult decisions which will impact our people, but we want to protect as many jobs as we can for the long-term," he said.Saying the firm is focused on the long term, he added: "Although we will restart flying on 15 June, we expect demand…
yenisafak.com/en/life/easyjet-to-cut-450…

Feline good: French cat survives coronavirus infection
yenisafak.com | 2020-05-28
Papille purrs contentedly as her owner rubs the back of her head, her coat glossy and her eyes a piercing green – back to her old affection-seeking self after recovering from COVID-19.The nine-year-old cat is the first known case of a pet being infected by the coronavirus in France. There have only been a handful of other known cases globally. The likely source of infection: her owners, themselves COVID-19 sufferers."We didn't know what was wrong with her," said Papille's owner Brian.He asked Reuters not reveal his surname after the family received hate messages on social media following the cat's illness."Mum fo…
yenisafak.com/en/world/feline-good-frenc…

'COVID-19 cases low in Africa due to strong leadership'
yenisafak.com | 2020-05-28
Coronavirus cases in Africa remain lower than in some other parts of the world due to "strong country leadership," the World Health Organization's (WHO) regional director for Africa said on Thursday.Africa has just 1.5% of the world's reported cases of COVID-19, and less than 0.1 % of the world's deaths, according to the UN health agency."With strong country leadership and implementation of social and public health measures, cases in Africa remain lower than in some other parts of the world," Dr. Matshidiso Moeti told a joint media briefing with WHO and the World Economic Forum."However, we cannot let our guard d…
yenisafak.com/en/world/covid-19-cases-lo…

US planning to cancel visas of Chinese graduate students: sources
yenisafak.com | 2020-05-28
The United States is planning to cancel the visas of thousands of Chinese graduate students believed by President Donald Trump's administration to have links with China's military, two sources with knowledge of the matter said on Thursday.The move, first reported by the New York Times, could impact 3,000 to 5,000 Chinese students and could be announced as early as this week, according to the sources, including a current U.S. official and another individual who was briefed on the administration's internal discussions.The United States and China are at loggerheads over China's decision to go forward with national s…
yenisafak.com/en/world/us-planning-to-ca…

Turkey to repatriate cancer patient from France
yenisafak.com | 2020-05-28
Turkey will bring home an expat from France who is suffering from cancer but is not getting the treatment she needs, a prominent ruling party lawmaker said on Thursday."We surely could not ignore the call for help from our sister Emine Eskil… No ambulance has been dispatched to her house yet," Zafer Sirakaya, an Istanbul lawmaker of the ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party, told Anadolu Agency.Eskil is fighting both breast and bone cancer in Reims, northern France.She and her husband implored President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to help them earlier this week via Turkish media."Emine Eskil, who was denied admiss…
yenisafak.com/en/news/turkey-to-repatria…

Turkey congratulates Azerbaijan on Republic Day
yenisafak.com | 2020-05-28
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan wrote a greeting message in Azerbaijani language on Twitter. Erdogan also sent his greetings to Azerbaijani president and people on behalf of his country."Happy 102nd anniversary of the establishment of our friendly and brotherly Azerbaijan," Vice President Fuat Oktay also said on Twitter.Parliament Speaker Mustafa Sentop also congratulated Azerbaijan on the Republic Day in a Twitter message, wishing luck and health to Azerbaijani people.On May 28, 1918, the Azerbaijani National Council, headed by Mammad Amin Rasulzadeh, declared the independent Azerbaijan Democratic Republic, in Tb…
yenisafak.com/en/news/turkey-congratulat…

Azerbaijan marks 102nd Republic Day
yenisafak.com | 2020-05-28
Azerbaijan marked on Thursday the 102nd anniversary of its Republic Day.As part of the celebrations, President Ilham Aliyev attended the ceremony held in front of the Republic Monument and laid a wreath.Many leaders, including Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and international organizations sent congratulatory messages to the president.On May 28, 1918, the Azerbaijani National Council, headed by Mammad Amin Rasulzadeh, declared the independent Azerbaijan Democratic Republic, in Tbilisi, Georgia.The same year, Ottoman Empire and newly formed Azerbaijan signed an agreement of friendship and cooperation. Rasu…
yenisafak.com/en/world/azerbaijan-marks-…

'Azerbaijan wouldn't exist without Caucasian Islamic Army'
yenisafak.com | 2020-05-28
If the Caucasian Islamic Army had not come to the aid of the Azerbaijani people in 1918, their republic would not have been able to survive for a precarious two years until 1920, when it fell into Soviet hands, according to an Azerbaijani historian.Anar Isgandarov, who is also a lawmaker at the Azerbaijani Parliament, told Anadolu Agency in an exclusive interview that the establishment of the Azerbaijani Democratic Republic, also known as the Azerbaijan People's Republic, on May 28, 1918, was one of the most glorious chapters in the country's history and is celebrated each year in Azerbaijan as Republic Day.The C…
yenisafak.com/en/world/azerbaijan-wouldn…

2 Days in May That Shattered Korean Democracy
Tim Shorrock, Injeong Kim | thenation.com | 2020-05-28
2 Days in May That Shattered Korean Democracy…
thenation.com/article/world/two-days-in-…

Solidarity Is Our Silver Linings Pandemic Playbook
Gregg Gonsalves | thenation.com | 2020-05-28
Solidarity Is Our Silver Linings Pandemic Playbook…
thenation.com/article/society/solidarity…

Illustrating Those Lost to Covid-19
Steve Brodner | thenation.com | 2020-05-28
Illustrating Those Lost to Covid-19…
thenation.com/article/society/illustrati…

Depicting Those Lost to Covid-19
Steve Brodner | thenation.com | 2020-05-28
Depicting Those Lost to Covid-19…
thenation.com/article/society/illustrati…

When Losing Your Job Means Losing Your Psychiatric Medication
Ella Fassler | thenation.com | 2020-05-28
When Losing Your Job Means Losing Your Psychiatric Medication…
thenation.com/article/society/mental-hea…

COVID-19 Is a Reminder of How Deeply the UK's Food Security Is Dependent on the EU
Prof. Tony Heron | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-28
Prior to and since the June 2016 referendum, the politics of Brexit has been accompanied by two recurrent (and seemingly contradictory) narratives: first, the narrative of Brexit as 'taking back control' for those voters 'left behind' by the twin forces …
globalresearch.ca/covid-19-reminder-uk-f…

The collapse of anti-immigrant sentiment in Britain
graham | truepublica.org.uk | 2020-05-28
In June 2016, Lord Ashcroft's poll discovered that one third (33%) of leave voters said the main reason was that leaving the EU "offered the best chance for the UK to regain control over immigration and its own borders. For all of the many other reasons that voters decided to vote Brexit, immigration, you could …
truepublica.org.uk/united-kingdom/the-collapse-of-anti-immigrant-sentiment-in-britain/

American Shadow Creatures Exposed: But Will the Empire Still Win the Day?
Andrey Areshev | strategic-culture.org | 2020-05-28
It is rare in life to experience a sustained ray of light shine upon the shadow creatures that have so long perverted recent history. At times, a bit of light has shone upon these creatures, but never for very long. | From 1869-1872, the world got to see these creatures exposed when the first international criminal case occurred between Britain and the USA known as the Alabama Claims affair. The outcome of this case found Britain guilty of militarily supplying the Confederate South during the Civil War which nearly saw t…
strategic-culture.org/news/2020/05/28/am…

U.S. Empire: Biden and Kerry Gave Orders to Ukraine's President
Andrey Areshev | strategic-culture.org | 2020-05-28
On May 19th, an implicit international political warning was issued, but it wasn't issued between countries; it was issued between allied versus opposed factions within each of two countries: U.S. and Ukraine. In the United States, it's a Republican Party warning to the Democratic Party: a warning by Trump, against Biden and against Obama. It's saying: "We've got the goods on you, and we're not releasing it yet. But here's a sample. So, let's deal." | It's a warning that comes from the current President of Ukraine, Volodmyr Zelenskiy, and that places into an exceptionally bad light his immediate predecessor, Petr…
strategic-culture.org/news/2020/05/28/us…

Trump's War on Arms Control and Disarmament
Andrey Areshev | strategic-culture.org | 2020-05-28
Melvin GOODMAN | A successor to the Trump administration will have to rebuild the credibility of the Department of Justice and the effectiveness of such regulatory agencies as the Environmental Protection Agency and the Consumer Finance Protection Agency. It will have to rebuild the intelligence community, which has been heavily politicized, and the Department of State, which has been hallowed out. Now, you can add the field of arms control and disarmament to the list of reclamation projects because of the hostile and counterproductive acts of the Trump administration. | Every U.S. president since Dwight David Ei…
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the "covid" coup
ALETH | indybay.org | 2020-05-28
there is no "covid" : the evidence…
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/05/28/1883333…

Oakland reaches nearly 1,000 covid 19 cases in Alameda County
Lynda Carson | indybay.org | 2020-05-28
Coronavirus Covid-19 Pandemic:…
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/05/25/1883325…

Trump cheers on mass gatherings as US pandemic death toll hits 100,000
WSWS Repost | indybay.org | 2020-05-28
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…

US Death Toll Hits 100,000 People, Trump Made Covid-19 Much Worse
Jon Queally, Common Dreams | indybay.org | 2020-05-28
To assist those wanting a more simple accounting of how President Donald Trump's mishandling of the Covid-19 pandemic, Public Citizen released a fresh list of a dozen specific ways the president's decisions and public pronouncements served to speed up the spread of the deadly virus.
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/05/28/1883333…

Gray Panther Alert: Thur May 28, Online Teach-In: COVID Crisis in California Nursing Homes
Posted by Lynda Carson | indybay.org | 2020-05-28
Coronavirus Covid-19 Pandemic Crisis In California Nursing Homes In California: Posted by Lynda Carson, from the Gray Panthers of Berkeley, and Alameda County:…
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/05/27/1883332…

Oakland From Covid-19 To Cops: We Can't Breath Caravan
People's Strike Bay Area | indybay.org | 2020-05-28
There will be a day of action focusing worker protection from Covid-19, the murder of Blacks repression and against gentrification and privatization by billionaires like A's owner John Fisher who also runs the KIPP and Rocketship charter school chains.
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/05/28/1883334…

Code Pink Delivers Anti-War Message to Sen. Feinstein
Leon Kunstenaar | indybay.org | 2020-05-28
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…

Fundamental Justice: Fighting Racism and Patriarchy in Brazil and the U.S. (films & panel)
Ms., Girls Learn International, others | indybay.org | 2020-05-28
Online via Zoom: virtual screenings w/ post panel discussion…
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/05/26/1883329…

Trump's Reelection Strategies Are Killing a Massive Number of People
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-05-28
Let us assume, for the sake of discussion, that there will be a presidential election in 159 days as scheduled. This assumption, given the extent of the COVID pandemic combined with comprehensive Republican resistance to the very notion of voting, requires a leap of faith that would challenge even the vast talents of Simone Biles. | Bear with me, though, because there is at least one person in the U.S. who believes there will be an election in November, and…
truthout.org/articles/trumps-re-election…

GOP Lawmaker Hid Positive COVID Results From Democrat Colleagues for Over a Week
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-05-28
Democratic lawmakers in Pennsylvania's House of Representatives are upset with their Republican colleagues after a member of the GOP caucus revealed he had tested positive for coronavirus but had hid the test result for more than a week from officials across the aisle. | Rep. Andrew Lewis (R-Pennsylvania) released a statement on Wednesday acknowledging his diagnosis. For a period of two week…
truthout.org/articles/gop-lawmaker-teste…

Lab-free COVID-19 test trialled in London hospitals
imperial.ac.uk | 2020-05-28
DnaNudge's MHRA-approved rapid COVID-19 test is now rolling out in urgent patient care settings across London hospitals.
imperial.ac.uk/news/197798/lab-free-covid-19-test-trialled-london-hospitals

50 billion years of evolutionary history threatened by human activity
imperial.ac.uk | 2020-05-28
Unique animals with long evolutionary histories are under increased threat of extinction around the world, according to a new study.
imperial.ac.uk/news/197797/50-billion-years-evolutionary-history-threatened

Iran slams 'desperate attempt' by US to ramp up 'maximum pressure' campaign by ending sanctions waivers
rt.com | 2020-05-28
Tehran has dismissed the Trump administration's "desperate attempt" to increase pressure on Iran by ending sanctions waivers that had allowed Russian, Chinese and European firms to keep working at civilian Iranian nuclear sites. | Washington will give foreign governments 60 days to wind down operations on the facilities or face new sanctions of their own, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday. The waivers had been in place since President Donald Trump tore up the 2015 nuclear deal two years ago. | The Atomic Energy Organization of Iran said Washington was engaging in a "desperate attempt to distr…
rt.com/news/490017-iran-sanctions-waiver…

Envoy demands VOA ramp up anti-Iran efforts to 'support' Iranians… because what they really need is more US-funded propaganda
rt.com | 2020-05-28
The US government-funded Voice of America's Persian news service must "do a better job" with its anti-Iran news coverage or it risks being shut down, US Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook has warned. | In an unintentionally irony-laden oped published by the New York Post on Wednesday, Hook wrote that VOA Persian "needs to do a better job of countering Iranian disinformation and propaganda." This is a priority for the Trump administration which is merely trying to "support t…
rt.com/news/490041-iran-voa-propaganda-h…

US coronavirus death toll tops 100,000 as politics overshadows grief
rt.com | 2020-05-28
Covid-19 has claimed over 100,000 lives in the United States, the latest figures show, marking another dark milestone in the pandemic

Cuomo desperately doles out celebs to sell new face mask executive order amid nursing home deaths debacle
rt.com | 2020-05-28
With New York Governor Andrew Cuomo facing scrutiny over his treatment of nursing homes during his Covid-19 response, he turned to celebrities Chris Rock and Rosie Perez to help him sell his latest order regarding the pandemic. | 'Grown Ups' star and 'Birds of Prey' actress joined Cuomo at his Thursday press conference where the governor announced a new executive order allowing businesses to deny service to people not wearing masks. | "You don't want to wear a mask? Fine, but you don't have a right to then go into that store if that store owner doesn't want you to," the governor said. | Also on rt.com | |
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Germany's Foreign Ministry calls in Russian ambassador over 2015 cyberattack allegations
rt.com | 2020-05-28
Berlin said on Thursday it is seeking EU sanctions against a Russian man over his alleged role in the hacking of the German parliament in 2015. Germany's Foreign Ministry said it called in Russian Ambassador Sergey Nechayev to inform him in person of the move. | Senior diplomat Miguel Berger "strongly condemned the attack on Germany's parliament in the name of the German government" while meeting with Nechayev, according to the ministry. | The attack on the Bundestag networks began on April 30, 2015, and over 16 gigabytes of data was reportedly stolen, including the lawmakers' emails. | The Russian Embassy in…
rt.com/newsline/490004-germany-russian-a…

Russia WILL NOT ban hydroxychloroquine, drug taken by US President Trump, for use in treating Covid-19
rt.com | 2020-05-28
Russia's Health Ministry announced it will not ban hydroxychloroquine, seen by some as potentially dangerous. The drug, touted by US President Trump, has been suspended for use in treating Covid-19 in France, Italy, and Belgium. | On Thursday, the Russian Health Ministry stated on its website that hydroxychloroquine's effectiveness and safety in the treatment of coronavirus is continually being monitored, but the ministry is not taking any steps towards outlawing it. This decision is in sharp contrast to moves made by some European countries which, due to safety concerns, have completely stopped the prescripti…
rt.com/russia/490018-russia-not-ban-drug…

Meteorite or rocket? Armenia baffled by large celestial body initially mistaken for FIREWORKS (VIDEO)
rt.com | 2020-05-28
A bright flash has lit up the night skies over western Armenia, leaving local residents and scientists wondering about the origins of a mysterious object that looked like a fireworks explosion. | A video published by Armenian weather service official Gagik Surenyan shows a bright, glowing orb traversing the sky over mountains to the north-west of the nation's capital of Yerevan. The orb is seen rushing towards the ground before disappearing in a massive explosion somewhere close to the Earth's surface.
rt.com/news/490036-armenia-meteorite-roc…