Daily Archives: June 5, 2020

2020-06-05: News Headlines

Matt Kennard (2020-06-06). Five questions for new Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer about his UK and US national security establishment links. thegrayzone.com The public deserves answers about the UK's new opposition leader and his relationship with the British national security establishment, including…

John Catalinotto (2020-06-06). Will U.S. troops be used against protesters? workers.org June 5 — Four days ago, the White House called on the U.S. military to deploy in U.S. cities to "dominate" the streets. Over the next three days, two former chairs of the Joint Chiefs of Staff spoke out against this deployment. So did Trump's own former and current secretaries . . . |

Richard Horton (2020-06-06). [Comment] Offline: COVID-19 and the ethics of memory. thelancet.com Lockdowns are lifting. Lives are returning. And livelihoods are being gradually reclaimed. Very tentatively, societies are beginning to put the pandemic behind them. There are understandable fears of flare-ups. In the UK, several scientists who advise government are warning that ending strict home curfews is premature. There are still about 2000 new cases of infection being diagnosed daily in the UK (the figure in Italy is around 500) and the test, trace, and isolate system remains incomplete. According to WHO, total confirmed cases of COVID-19 are now approaching 6 million globally, with almost 400‚Ä&…

Kaitlin Curtice, Esther Choo (2020-06-06). [Perspectives] Indigenous populations: left behind in the COVID-19 response. thelancet.com Scholar Annie Belcourt described Native American populations in the USA as having lives that are "challenging and short". Globally, across countries and populations, Indigenous peoples face a greater burden of disease than non-Indigenous peoples, including cardiovascular disease and HIV/AIDS and other infectious diseases, and have higher infant and maternal mortality and lower life expectancy. Their health is impacted by epigenetic stressors of generational oppression and violence, including disproportionate numbers of missing and murdered Indigenous women, lower educational attainment, and persistent poverty.

Healthier Societies for Healthy Populations Group (2020-06-06). [Comment] Healthier societies for healthy populations. thelancet.com The COVID-19 pandemic makes the importance of health and wellbeing clear. The pandemic's implications for societies are far reaching. Yet the response to this pandemic and the creation and promotion of health and wellbeing require action beyond the health sector—and beyond the usual ways of working in global health. Governments are not adequately tackling inequality, ongoing economic crises, or continuing environmental damage, which undermines the health of current and future generations. For example, tobacco and alcohol use, unhealthy diets, air pollution, and insufficient physical exercise contribute to m…

Giulio Cossu, Robin Fears, George Griffin, Volker ter Meulen (2020-06-06). [Comment] Regenerative medicine: challenges and opportunities. thelancet.com In 2018, the Lancet Commission on stem cells and regenerative medicine1 reported how, despite an exponential growth in experimental therapies, there had been limited clinical uptake. Regenerative medicine comprises various novel approaches such as cell and gene therapy that have produced life-saving therapies for a few genetic diseases affecting blood or skin. Enthusiasm about the broad potential of regenerative medicine led to a gap between expectations and the realities of translating technologies into clinical practice.

Andrew Green (2020-06-06). [Obituary] Fernando Morales. thelancet.com Infectious disease specialist focusing on HIV prevention and treatment. Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on Aug 15, 1970, he died from suspected complications of COVID-19 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, on May 5, 2020, aged 49 years.

The Lancet (2020-06-06). [Editorial] Salient lessons from Russia's COVID-19 outbreak. thelancet.com Alexander Myasnikov, Russia's COVID-19 information chief, said in mid-April that it would be "impossible" for Russians to get the virus, estimating the probability of extensive spread in Russia at "0 ∑0%". This hubris has been sorely exposed. As of June 2, Russia has 423‚Äà186 cases, the third most in the world, while relatively few deaths from COVID-19 (5031) have been recorded. The rapid spread of the epidemic in Russia has highlighted the strengths and weaknesses of the health system, and presents the traditionally strong Russian leadership with a new challenge.

Asher Mullard (2020-06-06). [World Report] COVID-19 vaccine development pipeline gears up. thelancet.com Vaccine makers are racing to develop COVID-19 vaccines, and have advanced ten candidates into clinical trials. But challenges remain. Asher Mullard reports.

Mohamed Ahmed Ahmed, Mahmoud Abdelnabi, Abdallah Almaghraby, Fatma R Elkafrawy, Karim Ziada (2020-06-06). [Clinical Picture] Neuropathy, encephalopathy, status epilepticus, and acute intermittent porphyria. thelancet.com A 23-year-old man was admitted to our hospital in status epilepticus—he had been having repeated episodes of generalised tonic-clonic seizures without gaining consciousness between them. He was in a wheelchair. He was intubated and the seizures were controlled with midazolam and he was then transferred to the intensive care unit (ICU). On examination his blood pressure (BP) was 220/110 mm Hg, and his heart rate was 120 beats per min. He was given labetalol and his blood pressure lowered.

Phil Withington (2020-06-06). [Perspectives] Journal of a plague year. thelancet.com Daniel Defoe's A Journal of the Plague Year is one of the best single accounts of an epidemic written in English. Published anonymously in 1722 as a contribution to public debates about the prospect of plague reaching Britain from the French port of Marseilles, it takes the form of the literary memoir by "H.F." during London's "great plague" of 1665. The sources for the memoir and its status as fact or fiction are complicated. Defoe clearly had strong opinions, informed by continental initiatives, about how societies and people should respond to plague and he used Restoration London as a place to rehearse them.

Deirdre Griswold (2020-06-06). The real looters pocketed $11.7 billion. workers.org Who are the real looters? They wear elegant business suits, not hoodies or jeans. They dine at fancy restaurants, not hotdog stands. They hang out in boardrooms, not on street corners. Bankers Get Out of Jail Free Monopoly They don't rob banks. They ARE the banks. They are the U.S. . . . |

Fight Back (2020-06-06). Don't believe the hype: Unemployment increased in May. fightbacknews.org San José, CA – Corporate-owned media is blaring that the unemployment rate unexpectedly fell in May to 13.3%, from 14.7% in April. This was far better than even the most optimistic economist expected and even led to at least one to declare that "the recession is over." Well, when something is too good to be true, it usually isn't true. | This report flies in the face of all the other reports on the job market in May. The Labor Department's own report on continuing unemployment insurance claims, including regular state unemployment insurance, the federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), the federal Pandemic…

A Guest Author (2020-06-06). Organizing against police brutality in Boston. workers.org By Queen-Cheyenne and Leighsandra Sheppard This talk was jointly read at the June 4 Workers World Party webinar on "It is right to rebel against police terror." Before we begin, we just want to inform everyone that we will be discussing police and military violence and our experiences on the . . . |

Gareth Porter (2020-06-05). FBI launches open attack on 'foreign' alternative media outlets challenging US foreign policy. thegrayzone.com Under FBI orders, Facebook and Google removed American Herald Tribune, an alternative site that publishes US and European writers critical…

Stephen Lendman (2020-06-05). Extraordinary Disconnect Between Stock Prices and Economic Collapse. globalresearch.ca US equity prices are near or at all-time highs at a time of unprecedented economic collapse, a festering main street Depression, unemployment way higher than in the 1930s, with no prospect for a V-shaped recovery, only its illusion. | The Wall …

Monica Moorehead (2020-06-06). Rebellion against police exposes the haves and have-nots. workers.org Monica Moorehead delivered this talk as a panelist on a June 4 Workers World Party webinar "It is right to rebel against police terror." This rebellion has not only swept the U.S. but is electrifying the entire world, from Palestine to France to Iran to Africa. Every global sector of . . . |

yenisafak (2020-06-05). India: No need for federal agency to probe Muslim group. yenisafak.com India's government said on Friday there is no need for separate probe by a federal agency into a gathering of a Muslim religious group in March, which has been blamed for the coronavirus outbreak in the country.The Tablighi Jamaat has recently faced public vilification in India, as the country's initial coronavirus cases in April were being linked to its gatherings, especially one in the capital New Delhi in March.In a written response on Friday, the government told the Supreme Court that the Delhi police's probe into the group's activities is "progressing on a day-to-day basis" and efforts are being made to comp…

Paul Antonopoulos (2020-06-05). Two U.S. Senators Determined to Stop Nord Stream 2 by Imposing Extra Sanctions. globalresearch.ca The Nord Stream 2 project involves the construction of two gas pipelines with a total capacity of 55 billion cubic meters of gas per year from Russia to Germany via the Baltic Sea. The gas pipeline will run through the …

Staff (2020-06-05). Our System Is Corroded: Carol Anderson on Rampant Police Violence and Assault on Voting Rights. democracynow.org On Thursday, disturbing new details were revealed in the case of Ahmaud Arbery, the 25-year-old Black man who was chased, ambushed and shot dead by a group of white men in Georgia in what many have called a modern-day lynching. In a nearly seven-hour hearing, a state judge concluded all three men — Travis McMichael, Gregory McMichael and William "Roddie" Bryan — would stand trial for Arbery's murder, after special agent Richard Dial of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation testified Travis McMichael said "f—ing n—" after shooting and killing Arbery. We speak with professor Carol Anderson, au…

Staff (2020-06-05). Headlines for June 5, 2020. democracynow.org George Floyd Honored at Memorial with Rallying Cry: "Get Your Knee Off Our Necks", Bail Set at $750,000 for Three Officers Charged with Aiding & Abetting George Floyd's Murder , Killer Used Racist Slur as Ahmaud Arbery Lay Dying, Investigator Testifies, New York Judge Will Allow Protesters to Be Jailed for Over 24 Hours, NYC Mayor Booed as 10,000 Honor George Floyd at Brooklyn Memorial Service , Witnesses Say Vallejo, CA Man Killed by Police Was on His Knees with Hands Up, Buffalo Police Assault Leaves 75-Year-Old Protester Hospitalized with Head Trauma, Trump Builds a Wall Around the White House Amid Mass Protes…

Staff (2020-06-05). Watch: Police Pepper-Spray Black Filmmaker in Face at Peaceful Protest & Medics Help Him Survive. democracynow.org As the nationwide uprising in defense of Black lives continues, demonstrators are recording videos of police brutality on the streets. We speak with Chris Frierson, an African American documentary filmmaker and cameraman who was filming a Black Lives Matter protest on Saturday in Brooklyn, New York, when police moved in on demonstrators. As Frierson filmed, police pepper-sprayed him directly in the face. Chris kept on filming as he struggled to the sidewalk crying in agony from the pain. Within seconds, someone took his arm and guided him to volunteer medics who came to his aid. We air his footage and speak about…

Staff (2020-06-05). Trump Threatens Protests with Troops, But Police Have Already Been Militarized — With Deadly Results. democracynow.org The American Civil Liberties Union and Black Lives Matter announced Thursday they are suing President Trump and Attorney General William Barr for authorizing an "unprovoked and frankly criminal attack" on protesters at Lafayette Park in Washington, D.C., where the National Guard and officers dressed in riot gear fired tear gas, rubber bullets and flashbangs to disperse peaceful protesters on Monday so Trump could have a photo op with a Bible in front of St. John's Episcopal Church. We look at the increasing militarization of the police with Stuart Schrader, author of "Badges Without Borders: How Global Counterins…

Staff (2020-06-05). "Get Your Knee Off Our Necks": At Memorial for George Floyd, Mourners Condemn 400 Years of Racism. democracynow.org In Minneapolis, members of George Floyd's family, loved ones and supporters gathered for a tribute to his life. During the memorial service, people stood in silence for eight minutes and 46 seconds — the amount of time police officer Derek Chauvin kneeled on Floyd's neck as he pleaded for his life. We hear the voices of Floyd's brother Philonise and Reverend Al Sharpton, who urged those gathered "to stand up in George's name and say, 'Get your knee off our necks!'"

Rania Khalek (2020-06-05). Shahid Buttar vs. Pelosi + Leslie Lee + Rania Khalek + Eugene Puryear. thealtworld.com Chat about protests and presidents and everything in between with Shahid Buttar: immigrant, constitutional lawyer, DJ, MC & poet running to replace Nancy Pelosi in CA-12; journalist, activist, author, former D.C. Statehood Green Party candidate, and former PSL candidate Eugene Puryear, fresh from reporting in Minneapolis; journalist, video producer, writer and host Rania Khalek; and writer, broadcast journalist and Struggle Session co-host Leslie Lee.

RT (2020-06-06). Ilhan Omar takes heat after backing call to disband Minneapolis police & replace with 'non-violent' alternative. rt.com Minnesota Democrat Ilhan Omar has joined a growing call to disband the Minneapolis police force, arguing it is "beyond reform" after the killing of George Floyd. Critics have pilloried the suggestion as dangerous and "asinine." | The congresswoman took to Twitter on Friday to endorse an The Minnea…

RT (2020-06-06). Biden hits delegate target to cement Democratic nomination after gaffe-prone campaign as protests overshadow election. rt.com Former Vice President Joe Biden has become the Democratic presidential nominee for 2020, scoring enough delegates to secure the nomination despite a string of embarrassing gaffes and major distractions from the race. | Also on rt.com | | Though a number of contests remain in this year's primary season, Biden reached the threshold for his party's nomination on Friday night, winning support from 1,993 delegates, according to the Associated Press."

RT (2020-06-06). George Floyd protest is 'for the benefit' of 'democratic struggles' abroad, says US group known for promoting regime change. rt.com The National Endowment for Democracy, a soft-power group mostly known for splashing government dollars on pro-US influence campaigns overseas to enforce regime change, has endorsed protests against police brutality at home. | Also on rt.com | | In a statement on Friday, the NED came out in support of the protests against the police killing of unarmed black man George Floyd, which, while originally peaceful, spiralled into violence, wreck…

Fight Back (2020-06-06). Italian communists to Freedom Road Socialist Organization: 'Fronte Popolare is at your side'. fightbacknews.org Fight Back News Service is circulating the following statement from Italian Marxist- Leninist organization Fronte Popolare. | Dear comrades of the Freedom Road Socialist Organization, | In these days of pain, pride and struggle, Fronte Popolare is at your side. Our organization is supportive of those who are fighting for the dignity and rights of all women and men. The results of the mass uprising that exploded with the murder of George Floyd by a racist policeman are of decisive importance not only for American society and for the redemption of the nationalities and oppressed communities that make it up, but for…

Xi Li, Harlan M Krumholz, Winnie Yip, Kar Keung Cheng, Jan De Maeseneer, Qingyue Meng, Elias Mossialos, Chuang Li, Jiapeng Lu, Meng Su, Qiuli Zhang, Dong Roman Xu, Liming Li, Sharon-Lise T Normand, Richard Peto, Jing Li, Zengwu Wang, Hongbing Yan, Runlin Gao, Somsak Chunharas, Xin Gao, Raniero Guerra, Huijie Ji, Yang Ke, Zhigang Pan, Xianping Wu, Shuiyuan Xiao, Xinying Xie, Yujuan Zhang, Jun Zhu, Shanzhu Zhu, Shengshou Hu (2020-06-06). [Review] Quality of primary health care in China: challenges and recommendations. thelancet.com China has substantially increased financial investment and introduced favourable policies for strengthening its primary health care system with core responsibilities in preventing and managing chronic diseases such as hypertension and emerging infectious diseases such as coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). However, widespread gaps in the quality of primary health care still exist. In this Review, we aim to identify the causes for this poor quality, and provide policy recommendations. System challenges include: the suboptimal education and training of primary health-care practitioners, a fee-for-service payment s…

Alan Macleod (2020-06-05). George Floyd Protests: US Arrests Now Higher Than Hong Kong Protest Total Figures. mintpressnews.com While the world condemns China for its response to the Hong Kong protests, the numbers and the images make clear that the US has responded to its popular uprising with more force and less tolerance than Beijing…

Alan Macleod (2020-06-05). Fake Taxis Among the Latest Tools in the NYPD's Rights-Busting Crackdown on Protesters. mintpressnews.com The NYPD is famous for violating civil rights so it comes as no surprise that protests over the police brutality in the city have elicited a violent crackdown from the city's finest.

RT (2020-06-05). Venezuelan FM says Guaido is holed up in French Embassy in Caracas, calls on Paris to 'hand over the fugitive'. rt.com Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido has taken refuge at the French Embassy in the country's capital, Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza said. Guaido previously sought to shoot down the rumors, insisting he is "with the people." | "We cannot enter the premises of any country's embassy whatsoever, in this case Spain or France," Arreaza said on Thursday, referring to both Guaido and fellow opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez, who fled to a Spanish diplomatic compound soon after a failed attempt to spark an insurrection in April 2019. Arreaza said this means that any arrest of the two men "is not possible." | We hop…

RT (2020-06-05). Paris denies that Guaido is hiding in French Embassy in Caracas as Venezuela demands he be handed over. rt.com France has rejected allegations that Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido has been holed up inside the nation's diplomatic mission in Caracas. Venezuelan authorities earlier labeled Guaido a "fugitive from justice." | "Juan Guaido is not at the French residence in Caracas. We have repeatedly confirmed this to the Venezuelan authorities," French Foreign Ministry spokesperson Agnes von der Muhll said. | Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza earlier claimed that Guaido, who was named 'interim president' by the opposition-controlled parliament last year, has been hiding inside the French Embassy, and deman…

Norman Solomon (2020-06-05). Solidarity Includes Wearing a Mask at Protests. counterpunch.org The nationwide outpouring of protests during the last 10 days has provided a historic moral response to the murder of George Floyd. In one city after another, people braved tear gas, pepper spray, clubs and other weaponry — as well as mass arrests — to nonviolently challenge racist police violence. Those same people were also risking infection

RT (2020-06-05). US military launches airstrikes against Taliban as Afghanistan ceasefire ends. rt.com The US conducted its first airstrikes against the Taliban since a rare ceasefire between the insurgents and Afghan forces ended more than a week ago. The two assaults took place on Thursday and Friday, in Farah province in the west and in Kandahar in the south, spokesman Sonny Leggett tweeted on Friday. | "These were the 1st US airstrikes against (the Taliban) since the start of the Eid ceasefire," he wrote. "We reiterate: All sides must reduce violence to allow the peace process to take hold," he added. | The airstrikes were intended to foil the militant group's plan to launch attacks on Afghan security force…

sputniknews (2020-06-05). US Carries Out First Airstrikes Against Taliban Since End of Afghan Ceasefire – Official. sputniknews.com A ceasefire, which was part of the peace deal negotiated between the Afghan government and the Taliban with the mediation of the United States earlier this year, expired on 26 May.

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2020-06-05). Jim Cramer: Coronavirus Pandemic Triggered 'One of the Greatest Wealth Transfers in History'. commondreams.org Small businesses are "dropping like flies," said the "Mad Money" host. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Ramzy Baroud (2020-06-05). 'Wolf Warrior Diplomacy': Israel's China Strategy in Peril. counterpunch.org Israel's balancing act that allowed it to reap America's unconditional and, often, blind support, while slowly benefiting from China's growing economic influence and political prestige, is already floundering. Thanks to the heated cold war between the US and Chinese economic superpowers, the Israeli strategy of playing both sides is unlikely to pay dividends in the

Miko Peled (2020-06-05). The Six-Day War: The Myth of an Israeli David Versus an Arab Goliath. mintpressnews.com The son of an Israeli General, Miko Peled reflects on the nefarious intent behind what was presented to the world as the heroic triumph of an outmatched Israel vs its aggressive Arab neighbors.

Chuck Collins (2020-06-05). As 42.6 Million Americans File for Unemployment, Billionaires Add Half a Trillion Dollars to Their Cumulative Wealth. counterpunch.org In a turbulent week across the nation, the wealth of U.S. billionaires surged past half a trillion dollars since the beginning of the pandemic unemployment. The announcement on June 4th that an additional 1.9 million more have filed for unemployment in the last week means that 42.6 million Americans have filed since March 18th, according

Liz Theoharis (2020-06-05). Organizing the Rich or the Poor? Which America Will Be Ours After the Pandemic? counterpunch.org In the summer of 1995, when I was 18, I started visiting Tent City, a temporary encampment in an abandoned lot in northeast Philadelphia. About 40 families had taken up residence in tents, shacks, and other makeshift structures. Among them were people of various races, ages, and sexual orientations, all homeless and fighting for the

Eds. (2020-06-05). What is the Bougaloo Movement? mronline.org There has been persistent speculation that peaceful protests against racism and police brutality may have been infiltrated by white provocateurs.

Staff (2020-06-05). Police Brutality Protesters Met With More Brutality: Is Martial Law Next? therealnews.com Police across the US have met protesters with violence, tear gas, and rubber bullets. We speak with Otto the Watchdog, injured by police in Denver, and Tawanda Jones, who has led peaceful anti-brutality protests since her brother's death in custody.

Staff (2020-06-05). Cities Gain Momentum To Defund Police, Remove Them From Schools. therealnews.com The uprising sparked by George Floyd's death has prompted vows to defund police from officials in New York and Los Angeles, while Minneapolis and Portland's school systems are moving to end policing in schools.

Vijay Prashad (2020-06-05). Goliath is not invincible. mronline.org Last year, I walked with Mariela Machado in her housing complex known as Kaikachi in the neighbourhood of La Vega (Caracas, Venezuela). After Hugo Chávez was inaugurated president in 1999, a group of working-class residents of the city saw an empty piece of land and occupied it. Mariela and others went to the government and …

Betsey Piette (2020-06-05). Racist Rizzo statue taken down. workers.org Philadelphia Philadelphia city officials removed the hated Frank Rizzo statue, long the target of demonstrations against police brutality and white supremacy, during the night of June 3. Rizzo was Philadelphia police commissioner from 1968 to 1971 and mayor from 1972 to 1980. In both roles, Rizzo targeted Black activists, including . . . |

Monica Moorehead (2020-06-05). In response to George Floyd lynching, sports figures in solidarity with Black Lives Matter. workers.org "When civility leads to death, revolting is the only logical reaction. The cries for peace will rain down, and when they do, they will land on deaf ears, because your violence has brought this resistance. We have the right to fight back! Rest in Power George Floyd." Colin Kaepernick on . . . |

The Canary (2020-06-05). BAME staff account for 60% of coronavirus health worker deaths and faced the greatest PPE shortages. thecanary.co Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) staff account for 60% of frontline healthcare worker deaths with coronavirus, new analysis indicates.The PA news agency has verified the deaths of 166 frontline UK healthcare workers with coronavirus (Covid-19) since the start of March this year.Of those, 100 workers came from BAME backgrounds, while 39 (23%) were white and 27 (16%) were of unknown ethnic origin.The figures include people who were working in roles shortly before their deaths where they were likely to come into contact with patients.Staff at care homes have not been included in the figures as not enough reli…

RT (2020-06-05). Liberal journo roasted by left after yearning for Tony Blair as PM during Covid-19 crisis, rejects 'boring' Iraq War criticism. rt.com A British journalist has incurred the wrath of the left after suggesting Britain could do with Tony Blair at a time of national crisis and insisting that he didn't want to hear from people "banging on" about the Iraq War. | Ian Dunt — the editor of politics.co.uk and author of 'How to Be a Liberal' — took to Twitter on Friday to swoon over Blair's earlier contribution on BBC Radio 4's Today program. The former British prime minister gave his views on the pandemic and urged ministers to deliver a mass coronavirus testing program. | Blair's interview prompted Dunt to speculate how differently the Covid…

Ilana Cohen (2020-06-05). We Cannot Postpone Climate Talks Until 2021. thenation.com Lawmakers need to wake up: Climate change and the injustices it generates won't break for Covid-19. So the United Nations Climate Change Conference can't, either.

RT (2020-06-05). Moscow slams Prague for 'fabricated provocation' as false 'ricin poisoning plot' leads to Russian diplomats' expulsion. rt.com The Czech government has expelled two Russian diplomats for allegedly tricking the country's special services with a fake poisoning plot. The Russian embassy branded the accusations as a "provocation." | The decision to expel the Russian diplomats in Prague was announced by Prime Minister Andrej Babis and Foreign Minister Tomas Petricek at a joint media conference on Friday. | The prime minister said the high-profile media scandal over an alleged Kremlin plot to kill the mayor of Prague and two municipal officials with ricin poison was actually a ruse. The tip-off about the planned assassination came from a Ru…

RT (2020-06-05). Male hormones behind BALDNESS could be cause of higher Covid-19 FATALITIES in MEN — research. rt.com Scientists now believe that androgens, the group of male hormones that also cause baldness, actually help the coronavirus to attack cells and could be a major factor in the higher number of male Covid-19 deaths worldwide. | Researchers in Madrid are investigating the interaction between these male sex hormones — such as testosterone — and the coronavirus in Covid-19 patients, with multiple studies already finding that bald men suffer worse cases of the disease than others. | "We think androgens or male hormones are definitely the gateway for the virus to enter our cells," said Professor Carlos Wambie…

RT (2020-06-05). 'Basket of deplorables' 2.0? Biden claims up to 50 million Americans are 'not very good' people. rt.com Having called for Donald Trump to unify the country amidst George Floyd protests, Joe Biden referred to "10 to 15 percent" of Americans as "not very good people," a quote some have predicted will damage his campaign. | Biden made the comment during a virtual discussion that included 'Avengers' actor Don Cheadle. | "Do we want our kids — do we really think that this is as good as we can be as a nation? I don't think the vast majority of people think that. There are probably anywhere from 10 to 15 percent of the people out there that are just not very good people. But that's not who we are," the former vic…

RT (2020-06-05). Huge fire devastates Amazon warehouse & trucks in California (PHOTOS, VIDEOS). rt.com A fire ripped through an Amazon warehouse in Redlands, California, with work trucks also set ablaze, briefly closing a nearby highway. | Video from the scene shows smoke billowing out of the fulfillment center, and fire engulfing multiple Amazon trailers and trucks outside the building. | Redlands – Major Fire 3rdAlarm The blaze was reported at 5: 50am local time. Firefighters have not reported any injuries from…

RT (2020-06-05). Erdogan cancels Turkey's weekend lockdown after public backlash but warns of rise in coronavirus cases. rt.com Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday he had decided to cancel a weekend lockdown announced late on Thursday, following a public backlash. | The Interior Ministry said earlier that the stay-at-home order in 15 cities could help prevent the spread of the coronavirus, continuing the policy of weekend lockdowns. | Erdogan explained in a series of tweets on Friday that the government had to impose the weekend lockdown after daily new Covid-19 cases rose from around 700 to nearly 1,000. | "However, the reactions we received from our people pushed us to re-evaluate the decision," the president said,…

RT (2020-06-05). George Floyd protests will be Covid-19 'seeding event,' CDC director warns while taking heat over pandemic response. rt.com CDC head Robert Redfield has faced wrath online after urging protesters to be tested for Covid-19 and lamenting that his agency's message is not getting through. He was reminded of the CDC's own clumsy response to the crisis. | During a congressional hearing on the government's handling of the pandemic on Thursday, Redfield told lawmakers he was "very concerned" that the CDC's message on the virus is not "resonating" with the public. He warned that crowded anti-police brutality demonstrations held in scores of cities over the last week could propel a spike in new cases. | "I do think there is a potential, unfo…

RT (2020-06-05). China urges Facebook to drop 'ideological bias' after it slaps warning labels on 'state-controlled media' pages. rt.com The Chinese government has accused Facebook of "ideological bias" after the social media giant announced plans to put warning labels on Chinese "state-controlled" media pages including Xinhua and CCTV. | The Chinese news agency and TV channel are among the outlets which Facebook has designated as "wholly or partially under editorial control of a state", based on the opinion of unnamed experts. Beijing criticized the change on Friday, saying social media platforms should not create obstacles for traditional media. | "We hope that the relevant social media platform can put aside the ideological bias and hold an…

RT (2020-06-05). GRAPHIC VIDEO shows officers pushing protester, knocking him UNCONSCIOUS, then claim he 'tripped'. rt.com A chilling video captured an elderly protester being shoved to the ground by officers in Buffalo as they moved in to clear the area after the curfew. The man could be seen lying motionless while bleeding from his ear. | Graphic footage shows police officers swarming the area in front of City Hall in Buffalo, New York right after its 8pm curfew went into effect on Thursday. As police advance on protesters, a man with what looks like a smartphone in his hand approaches the officers leading the procession in an attempt to confront them. | WARNING: GRAPHIC VIDEO | Just about an hour ago, police officers shove man…

RT (2020-06-05). 'Dishonorable and unworthy' move: Moscow vows 'adequate response' to diplomats' expulsion from Czech Republic over 'poison plot'. rt.com The expulsion of two Russian diplomats over the imaginary Prague poisoning plot is a very hostile move, Russia's Foreign Ministry has said, warning the scandal is set to affect relations between the two countries. | "The Czech side has acted dishonorably and unworthily, taking this unfriendly step. Without any reason, the Czech authorities caused serious damage to Russian-Czech relations," the ministry said in a statement. | The actions of Prague will receive not only an adequate response, but will be also taken into account during formation of Russian policies towards the Czech Republic. | After weeks of unfo…

RT (2020-06-05). Forcing Chinese companies off United States exchanges will harm US interests — Beijing. rt.com Beijing said on Friday that forcing Chinese firms to retreat from Unites States stock exchanges would severely harm US interests. | Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang also accused Washington of making "hasty generalizations" about China-based companies' accounting practices, Reuters reported. | The spokesman made the comments when asked about remarks by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warning American investors about alleged fraudulent accounting practices of China-based firms. | President Donald Trump issued a memorandum on Thursday calling for recommendations to be issued within two months to protect U…

RT (2020-06-05). Gates dismisses 'bizarre' Covid-19 conspiracy theories as his impact on WHO, global health business increases. rt.com Bill Gates brushed off Covid-19 conspiracy theories about him wanting to track people through microchips just as he is poised to become the World Health Organization's biggest donor. | "It's almost hard to deny this stuff because it's so stupid or strange that even to repeat it gives it credibility," Gates said on numerous conspiracy theories swirling around him since the coronavirus crisis began and he became an outspoken champion for a vaccine. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has just recently pledged $1.6 billion to vaccine alliance group Gavi, which will use the money to immunize children in poorer nat…

RT (2020-06-05). Spain rules out reopening borders to foreign tourists before July. rt.com Spain plans to further ease the coronavirus lockdown in its two biggest cities from Monday, but will not start reopening its borders to foreign tourists before July 1, according to the government. | Health Minister Salvador Illa said on Friday that some restrictions would be lifted in Madrid and Barcelona, which have so far lagged behind the rest of the country's easing program. | From Monday, bar and restaurant customers will be allowed to sit inside rather than on outdoor terraces, and children will be able to play outside at any time of day. | Tourism Minister Reyes Maroto said on Thursday that land borders…

RT (2020-06-05). Just 20% of coronavirus cases responsible for 80% of transmissions according to explosive new research. rt.com The latest research into so-called "superspreader events" could inform public policy across the world, to help fight the widely feared "second wave" of coronavirus infections, but without the need for strict lockdowns. | A "superspreader" is an infected person who transmits a virus to a large number of people. A growing body of evidence has found that superspreaders account for the vast majority of coronavirus transmissions. | In the latest

RT (2020-06-05). Covid-19 pandemic 'under control' in France — head of government advisory body. rt.com The spread of the coronavirus is currently "under control" in the country, the head of the French government's Covid-19 scientific advisory council, Jean-Francois Delfraissy, has said. | "There were tens of thousands new daily cases, roughly 80,000, in early March before the lockdown. Now we have an estimated 1,000 cases per day," Delfraissy told France Inter radio on Friday. | Earlier on Thursday, the Covid-19 Scientific Council, an ad hoc body headed by Delfraissy, released a paper outlining four possible scenarios of how the situation in the country could develop with social distancing measures gradually li…

RT (2020-06-05). 'Blanket lockdown' should end now, Trump says, touting '2 million vaccines ready' if they're declared safe. rt.com Donald Trump has called for an end to the "blanket lockdown" of US states, imposed to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic, and hailed the country's "tremendous" progress on finding a safe vaccine. | "We want the continued blanket lockdown to end," the US president said during remarks at the White House on Friday, suggesting that the liberal coastal states of California and New York should hurry up the process of reopening. He also praised Florida for easing restrictions sooner. | Trump claimed the country has "over 2 million" Covid-19 vaccine doses "ready to go" if they are approved as being safe. Top White House…

RT (2020-06-05). Post-lockdown job recovery numbers are cooked, but not for the reason Paul Krugman & the never-Trumpers believe. rt.com The Trump administration has hailed new US jobs numbers showing a dip in sky-high unemployment rates as an economic victory, and the president's enemies are crying foul. They're right — but not for the reasons they think. | The president and his allies are hailing the addition of millions of jobs in Friday's report from the Department of Labor as a sign the US has reversed the economic death spiral that began when state governments forced entire industries to close their doors in March due to the coronavirus pandemic. | Economists surveyed by Dow Jones had expected the unemployment rate to spike from 14.

RT (2020-06-05). Twitter blasts Trump for saying it's a 'great day for George Floyd' after good US jobs numbers, but his words taken out of context. rt.com Twitter erupted in a rage after reports that Donald Trump said the murdered George Floyd would be "happy" about good US jobs figures. It turned out the president wasn't talking about jobs figures when he made the comment at all. | During remarks at the White House on Friday, Trump took time to boast about figures showing unemployment had fallen to 13.3 percent with 2.5 million jobs added in May, as the economy begins to rebound following the Covid-19 lockdown. | Many reporters on Twitter were then quick to share shortened versions of a clip in which Trump said Floyd was hopefully "looking down right now and sa…

RT (2020-06-05). VIDEO shows 'persons of interest' in murder of retired black cop David Dorn, 'killed by looters'. rt.com Police have released surveillance footage showing several individuals inside the ransacked pawn shop in St. Louis where retired police captain David Dorn was gunned down, deeming them "persons of interest" in the case. | Captured by several surveillance cameras inside the shop, the video shows a group of men snooping around the looted property around the time Dorn was killed. At least two of them appear to be armed, the footage shows. | RECOGNIZE THESE SUBJECTS? | They're persons of interest in the murder of Ret. Capt. David Dorn. | Anyone with info should call our Homicide Div directly @ 314-444-5371, or if y…

RT (2020-06-05). 'They don't do that': Governor Cuomo denies NYPD brutalized peaceful protesters despite video evidence. rt.com New York Governor Andrew Cuomo denied accusations that New York City police officers have used batons against people peacefully protesting against the death of George Floyd, even though multiple videos show them doing so. | During a press briefing on Thursday, Cuomo called the allegations "incendiary rhetoric," asking the reporter who brought them up: "Do you think there's any sensible police officer who believes their job is bludgeoning a peaceful person with a baton?" | "It's not a fact! It's not even an opinion! That is a hyper-partisan rhetorical attack!" he continued, adding that NYPD officers "don't do t…

RT (2020-06-05). ENTIRE emergency response team of Buffalo Police Department resigns over suspension of cops who pushed elderly protester. rt.com All 57 members of the Buffalo Police Department's Emergency Response Team have quit their unit in protest after two officers were suspended without pay over their unprovoked attack on an elderly peaceful protester. | The officers resigned from their positions en masse on Friday after their colleagues were suspended without pay the previous night as a "show of support and disgust," local media The Erie County District Attorney is investigati…

RT (2020-06-05). Arctic oil spill: Russian watchdog 'revealed violations' in Norilsk thermal power plant's operations in 2017. rt.com Russia's Federal Environmental, Industrial and Nuclear Supervision Service (Rostechnadzor) revealed violations in the operation of tanks at the combined heat and power plant CHPP-3 in Norilsk, in Russia's Krasnoyarsk Region, in 2017, according to the SPARK database. During inspections in the fall of 2017, Rostechnadzor found irregularities in the operation of two tanks for fuel storage at the thermal power plant that belongs to the Norilsk-Taimyr Energy Company (NTEC), which is part of the Nornickel group. | The watchdog also said the company had failed to conduct repair work which had been planned earlier at…

RT (2020-06-05). All residents in Singapore to get wearable virus contact tracing device — minister. rt.com Singapore plans to give a wearable device that will identify people who had interacted with carriers of coronavirus to all of its 5.7 million residents, according to the minister in charge of the city-state's smart nation initiative. | "We are developing and will soon roll out a portable wearable device that will… not depend on possession of a smartphone," Vivian Balakrishnan said on Friday. | The small device, which can be worn on the end of a lanyard or carried in a handbag, follows glitches with an earlier smartphone-based Bluetooth system. | Many experts have raised privacy concerns about contact tracing…

RT (2020-06-05). Baltic states & Poland to open common borders next week — Lithuanian PM. rt.com Poland and the Baltic states will open their borders to each other next week, Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis said on Friday after a video conference with his Polish counterpart. | "We agreed that free movement between the Baltic states and Poland will be restored next week," Skvernelis said on his Facebook page following talks with Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki on easing coronavirus travel restrictions. | Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia opened their common borders on May 15, creating the first 'travel bubble' within the European Union in a bid to jump-start stalled economies. | The Baltic countries…

RT (2020-06-05). Oxygen treatment: Russian doctors experimenting with PRESSURE CHAMBERS to defeat Covid-19. rt.com As the world researches vaccines and cures, it is no secret that defeating Covid-19 is everyone's top priority. In Moscow, some scientists are using a completely different, experimental technique: hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT). | The procedure works by placing a patient in a pressure chamber and having them breathe in oxygen-rich air. In the chamber, air pressure is much higher than the body is used to, meaning the lungs can breathe in much more pure oxygen, speeding up natural healing processes. | "The procedure aims to avoid transferring the patient to an artificial lung ventilation apparatus," said Serge…

RT (2020-06-05). Minneapolis mayor mocked for crying stunt at George Floyd's casket during memorial service. rt.com Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey was kneeling and sobbing for a full minute at the casket of George Floyd during a memorial service in the city, but few are buying into the tears. | In a video that has now been widely circulated on social media, Frey can be seen — while wearing a protective mask against Covid-19 — on his knee beside the casket sobbing during the Thursday ceremony that was attended by high-profile politicians and activists, along with people who actually knew Floyd. | pic.twitter.com/lAyXZjmibR— Neizan (@PMDawnStan) South Front (2020-06-05). Video: Turkish-led Forces Capture Tripoli Airport and Advance Even Further. globalresearch.ca On June 3, the Turkish-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) announced a military offensive to capture Tripoli Airport from the Libyan National Army (LNA) and push the LNA back from the southern suburbs of the city of Tripoli itself. | GNA …

Jack Rasmus (2020-06-05). Confronting Institutional Racism. counterpunch.org A week ago in Minneapolis, for all the world to see, a black man, George Floyd, was murdered by a policeman, Derek Chauvin. Protests broke out in nearly 100 American cities, and even worldwide, and have continued now for more than a week. Murders of black men by police in America are not new. They

Jeffrey St. Clair (2020-06-05). Roaming Charges: Mad Bull, Lost Its Way. counterpunch.org Trump the Brigand ranting about "law & order" in the Rose Garden, as tear gas deployed against nonviolent protesters swirls across the capital of a country that is mourning 105,000 dead and yet is still locking up kids in cages, pretty much capsulizes where the Republic stands at this fraught moment.

Dave Lindorff (2020-06-05). Urban Poor Lose Fear and Release Pent-Up Rage. zcomm.org The torching of our cities, and the looting of the malls is what is really sending the message that we're "all in this together," by making it clear that if this country continues down its current path towards ever increasing racial and economic inequality, no one, regardless of their wealth and power, will escape the consequences…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2020-06-05). Dems Introduce Bill to Curb President's Insurrection Act Powers After Trump Threatens to Send Troops to Cities Across US. commondreams.org After President Donald Trump threatened to deploy the U.S. military in response to ongoing protests against police brutality and systemic racism in cities across the country, a group of Democratic senators on Thursday introduced legislation to curb the president's power to do so under the Insurrection Act of 1807. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Bonnie Kristian (2020-06-05). How Endless War Contributes to Police Brutality. globalresearch.ca The indefensible death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police officers and the indiscriminate police violence in subsequent protests have returned police misconduct to the center of our national conversation. | It is not a conversation we may quickly …

MassPrivatel (2020-06-05). Police Use Contact Tracing and Big Tech to Identify Protesters. globalresearch.ca Countless warnings about how law enforcement could use contact-tracing apps to monitor people have gone unheeded. | As BGR.com "According to Minnesota Public Safety Commissioner John Harringon, officials there have been …

WSWS (2020-06-05). German protests in solidarity with George Floyd and against police violence. wsws.org The brutal video-recorded murder has shocked people in Germany and many have taken to the streets in protest.

JFLMES (2020-06-05). Direct Action and the Rejection of Monumental History. counterpunch.org As people have gathered across the country to oppose police violence, including the murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, they have targeted statues, monuments, and buildings commemorating white supremacy. In Philadelphia, protestors defaced a statue of Frank Rizzo, the city's segregationist mayor and police commissioner. In Birmingham, they toppled a likeness of Confederate veteran and Alabama banker Charles Linn and set fire to another of slaveowning president Thomas Jefferson.

Sianny Rooney (2020-06-05). The Murder of George Floyd: Racism and the Dark History of Slavery Colonialism. How it Relates to France. globalresearch.ca Riots have sparked all over US' cities for more than a week now for the extrajudicial killing of a black man named George Floyd on May 25 in Minnesota, USA. Similar protests on police's violence after the death of George …

Ron Jacobs (2020-06-05). Generals Are Not the People's Ally. counterpunch.org James Mattis is not a friend of the people protesting in the streets. He is the same murdering general he always was. People who think otherwise are only fooling themselves. He still thinks shooting people is "sometimes fun." He still supports the ongoing presence of US military around the globe. He still believes the US

WSWS (2020-06-05). Protests erupt in France against police violence and Trump's coup d'état. wsws.org After the anti-constitutional threats by Trump to deploy the military against protests in the United States, 20,000 people demonstrated in Paris on Tuesday.

WSWS (2020-06-05). Protests spread in Chile as hospitals reach saturation point. wsws.org The loss of life is the outcome of decades of pro-corporate policies that have led to a chronically underfunded health system, now on the verge of collapse and extreme poverty.

Jill Richardson (2020-06-05). It Doesn't Matter Who Protested and Who "Rioted" counterpunch.org The grocery store across from my old house in La Mesa, California (just outside of San Diego) has been vandalized and looted. Two nearby banks were burned to the ground. Who did it? In similar scenes across the country, it depends who you ask. Various reports blame white supremacists, far-right extremists, anarchists and outside agitators,

Paul Cantor (2020-06-05). Thank You, Peaceful Protesters! counterpunch.org Protest! No Justice No Peace. Sunday May 31st. Location: Stop & Shop. That was the message I received in my email Saturday. So Sunday I set out on a two mile walk to join the protest. And as I did so my mind took me on another trip entirely. First stop 2009. I am sitting

Workers World staff (2020-06-05). WW statement in solidarity with rebellion. workers.org The following Workers World Party public statement was issued on June 4. In SOLIDARITY we demand: Withdraw the Police & National Guard! End Mass Arrests & Curfews! Drop All Charges! Hands Off Antifa! Stop Attacks on Anti-Racist Protesters! Smash White Supremacy! No Justice! No Peace! Black Lives Matter! Minneapolis protest . . . |

Kollibri terre Sonnenblume (2020-06-05). Social Media Sucks for Reporting News. counterpunch.org What's happening at all the George Floyd protests around the country? How many people are showing up? What are the demographics? How many cops are there? Which community organizations are involved? Are local elected officials helping or hurting? Who really broke that window or set that fire? What about these reports of incitement by white

Robert Fantina (2020-06-05). Obama's Essay on Protests: Maintaining the Status Quo. globalresearch.ca Former President Barack Obama has weighed in on the current civil unrest and ongoing racial injustice. While most people recognize his intelligence, especially when compared to the irrational blustering of his successor, his calm, measured opinion on how the nation …

yenisafak (2020-06-05). What you need to know about the coronavirus right now. yenisafak.com Here's what you need to know about the coronavirus right now: When coronavirus and protests collideAustralian authorities are taking legal action to try to stop a Black Lives Matter protest scheduled for Saturday in Sydney, citing the risk of an outbreak of COVID-19 given the thousands expected to attend.French police have also banned a demonstration planned for Saturday in front of the U.S. Embassy in Paris because of what they said were risks of social disorder and health dangers from large gatherings.New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director Robert Redfiel…

_____ (2020-06-05). Veterans Protest Trump's Threats To Send Active Duty Military To Cities. popularresistance.org Army veteran Aubrey Rose cuts a striking figure at Denver's ongoing protests — wearing his formal army jacket with all his ribbons and medals, he's come day after day to march with an upside-down American flag dangling over his shoulder, a symbol of the nation in distress. | "The way that these police have been behaving, any military service member that would behave like this would be in Leavenworth right now," said Rose, who served 18 years in the Army, including combat tours in Afghanistan, Iraq and Bosnia. "The fact that we're letting these guys get away with murder, and there really isn't the stressors…

_____ (2020-06-05). Push Back: US Police State Faces Revolt. popularresistance.org Dr. Gerald Horne on the George Floyd protests, the black freedom struggle, and Trump's expansion of the US police state at home and around the world. | Historian and author Gerald Horne discusses the US uprisings against police brutality and systemic racism sparked by George Floyd's killing; the devastating impact of the US government's decades-old war on the black freedom struggle; the ongoing "Russia-baiting" of the protests; and how, amidst the suffering and repression at home, the U.S. government, in bipartisan fashion, continues to attempt to impose its will on countries abroad, from China to Venezuela. | Gu…

_____ (2020-06-05). We Protest Police In The Streets, So Why Do We Let Police In Our Schools? popularresistance.org There is a large body of research that shows that having police in schools negatively impacts student learning and makes kids feel unsafe. It took the murder of Philando Castille in 2016 and George Floyd, but the Minneapolis Public School Board voted last night to cut ties with the Minneapolis Police Department. We have examples in Chicago and across the country of police abusing our students in schools. This includes police tasing a student, body-slamming a 12-year-old, flipping a student's desk and dragging them across the floor, slapping and kicking a student, and arresting students as young as six years old.

_____ (2020-06-05). Black Misleaders Seek To End Protest. popularresistance.org The aftermath of George Floyd's murder at the hands of Minneapolis, Minnesota police has created a national political crisis. The revulsion caused by this latest killing caught on camera spawned protests in Minneapolis and all over the country. Black people are the angriest, knowing they are at risk of the same treatment and because most police killings rarely result in convictions. | But the mass actions present a problem for the rulers. Anger boiled beneath the surface after years of the race to the bottom austerity regime, the worsening economic collapse in the wake of the COVID-19 quarantine, and another Demo…

_____ (2020-06-05). FBI 'Has No Intelligence' Indicating Antifa Was Linked To Violence In Protests. popularresistance.org The FBI has collected no intelligence indicating that "antifa" was involved in violence over the weekend related to protests over the death of George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man who died on May 25 after a white police officer in Minneapolis knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes, The Nation reported. Trump announced on Twitter that day that "the United States of America will be designating ANTIFA as a Terrorist Organization." But an internal FBI situation report, the bureau's Washington, DC, field office "has no intelligence indicating Antifa involvement/presence" in the violence that took place on Sunday.

Michael Jansen (2020-06-05). Israel Is, Like the US, Prime Target for New Mass Uprising. globalresearch.ca Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu must be very worried over the US-wide protests by African-Americans and their supporters against the murder by smothering of a black man by a white police officer on May 25. | Having announced he would begin …

Andrey Areshev (2020-06-05). Washington's Hong Kong Hypocrisy Backfires. strategic-culture.org The mass protests raging across the United States over the police killing of yet another African-American man have had the salutary effect of exposing Washington's rank hypocrisy in international relations. | In particular, before the gruesome death of George Floyd at the hands of police officers on May 25, President Donald Trump and Congressional lawmakers were building a provocative campaign of vilification against China. That campaign was related to groundless claims that Beijing had engaged in an alleged cover-up of the coronavirus pandemic. | U.S. efforts to undermine China were given added impetus after Bei…

Labor Video Project (2020-06-05). Stop The Police Murders & Repression! Fruitvale Plaza Rally After Murder Of George Lloyd. indybay.org A rally was held at the Oscar Grant/Fruitvale BART Plaza in Oakland on June 1 to protest the murder of George Lloyd and many many others by the police.

Silence is Violence (2020-06-05). Saturday 6/6: Peaceful Protest and March: King Plaza Palo Alto. indybay.org In front of Palo Alto City Hall in MLK Jr. Plaza | 250 Hamilton Ave. | Palo Alto 94301…

Brenda Norrell (2020-06-05). Lakota and Navajo respond as police blind and beat reporters and peaceful protesters. indybay.org Lakota and Navajo respond, as news reporters and peaceful protesters are shot, blinded and beaten during Black Lives Matter protests. In Albuquerque, The Red Nation group was stalked and confronted by white vigilantes working with Albuquerque Police officers.

One Richmond (2020-06-05). Thursday 6/4: We Demand Justice Caravan – Peaceful Protest. indybay.org Meet at JFK Drive in Golden Gate Park.

Community (2020-06-05). Friday 6/5: Say No to Racism – Peaceful Solidarity Protest (Palo Alto). indybay.org Greer Park | 1127 Colorado Ave, Palo Alto…

JH (2020-06-05). Friday 6/5: Fire Jared Yuen – One Week After Peaceful Protest (San José). indybay.org San José City Hall | 200 E Santa Clara St.

Richard Armitage, Laura B Nellums (2020-06-05). [Letter] COVID-19: Compounding the health-related harms of human trafficking. thelancet.com Those affected by human trafficking are exposed to multiple severe health risks, including physical, sexual, and psychological violence, occupational hazards, and deprivation, and usually require urgent medical care to address the physical and psychological consequences of extreme exploitation [1]. COVID-19 threatens to exacerbate the health disparities faced by this vulnerable group.

Manar Alkuzweny, Anita Raj, Sanjay Mehta (2020-06-05). [Letter] Preparing for a COVID-19 surge. thelancet.com As of May 12, 2020, over 4.2 million cases of COVID-19 across 187 countries have been reported, of which 1.3 million have occurred in the United States (US) alone [1]. Although many infected individuals will have mild symptoms, older patients are disproportionately more likely to progress to severe disease (US adults aged 65—84 are hospitalized at a rate of 31—59%, and infected adults over 85 at a rate of 31—70%) [2]. As hospital capacity and the population density of older adults vary considerably across the country and worldwide, understanding which regions will face disproportionate burden fr…

en.mehrnews (2020-06-05). Russia backs Iran's peaceful satellite launch. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jun. 05 (MNA) — Russia has defended Iran's right to launch a satellite, dismissing US claims that Tehran was defying the UN resolution endorsing the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and six major powers by sending it into space.

Peoples Dispatch (2020-06-05). Nijmie Zakkiyah Dzurinko: "State violence has many fronts" peoplesdispatch.org Activist from Put People First! Pennsylvania discusses the denial of healthcare as an aspect of state violence and historic, systemic oppression of Black, Indigenous and working class people in the US…

Russell Mokhiber (2020-06-05). ICE Wants to Deport Marc Petitpierre to Switzerland. counterpunch.org People in Berkeley Springs, West Virginia will remember Marc Petitpierre as the political activist who would ride his Segway all over town. Petitpierre lived in Berkeley Springs for fourteen years from 1991 to 2005, when a divorce forced a move to Martinsburg. In Martinsburg, Petitpierre held jobs at McDonald's, Sheetz, FedEx and elsewhere. But his

Labor Video Project (2020-06-05). Enough Is Enough! Thousands Speak Out & Rally In SF Against Murder of George Floyd. indybay.org Ten to fifteen thousand youth, activists and fighters against racism rallied and marched against the murder of George Floyd.

Nicky Reid (2020-06-05). Because Imperialists Rape: Anarcha-Feminism In the Ashes of the MeToo Era. counterpunch.org The MeToo Movement died last month. It bled out slowly as it limped to the barn. It's hard to say who the triggerman was behind the coup de grace, but it wasn't Joe Biden. That derelict beast is anything but a feminist and this wound was clearly self-inflicted. My guess is the artery was severed

Don Rojas (2020-06-05). America has its knee on the necks of Black & Brown People. zcomm.org Our struggles moving forward must be guided by the principles of "nonviolent revolution" and inspired by all our fallen ancestors who gave their lives in the fight to liberate Black and Brown people here and around the world…

Zoe PC (2020-06-05). How do you resist a hybrid war amid a pandemic? peoplesdispatch.org The COVID-19 pandemic has provoked a series of unexpected challenges in countries across the world. However amid the uncertainty, crisis and tragedy, we have seen traces of a more humane society based in solidarity. In several countries, States have committed to paying the salaries of workers that lost their jobs, some have implemented a basic income, and the healthcare systems have been re-nationalized. These measures have shown not only that it is not antagonistic to protect and support the people but long term it is actually better for the economy. On the international level, China and Cuba stand out for showi…

WSWS (2020-06-05). Zambia's bid for IMF rescue deal thwarted by Washington's anti-China campaign. wsws.org Zambia has been caught in the crosshairs of US President Donald Trump's reckless campaign to undermine China, which he views as a threat to US global dominance.

WSWS (2020-06-05). New details emerge in hearing for three charged in murder of Ahmaud Arbery. wsws.org The judge in the Arbery case found probable cause against all three defendants and declared that all of their cases would move forward to trial.

Marshall Auerback (2020-06-05). The Battle Over Free Speech Online is a Volcano That's Ready to Blow. counterpunch.org Donald Trump threatened to close Twitter down a day after the social media giant marked his tweets with a fact-check warning label for the first time. The president followed this threat up with an executive order that would encourage federal regulators to allow tech companies to be held liable for the comments, videos, and other

Caitlin Johnstone (2020-06-05). Smartphone Cameras Are The Windows Into Society's Soul. thealtworld.com In ages past we knew hardly anything about what was going on in a given civilization. Mythology about a population's history were handed down around campfires in the form of verbal tradition from generation to generation. When the written word came around we invented something called "history", which was really just records of the ancient propaganda from whoever happened to have won the most recent war. Then later on we got very clever and invented something called "journalism", which was really just whatever stories the people who controlled the media wanted told. | None of these presentations were particularly…

WSWS (2020-06-05). Swedish health officials admit "herd immunity" policy led to "too many" deaths. wsws.org Sweden's policy has been lauded internationally by mouthpieces for the financial elite and big business, who were determined to force working people back to their jobs as soon as multi-billion bailouts for the financial oligarchy were completed.

Pam Martens, Russ Martens (2020-06-05). BlackRock is Bailing Out Its ETFs with Fed Money and Taxpayers Eating Losses; It's Also the Sole Manager for $335 Billion of Federal Employees' Retirement Funds. counterpunch.org BlackRock, the international investment management firm run by billionaire Larry Fink, has played an outsized role in Federal Reserve bailouts of Wall Street. As it turns out, it's also been quietly managing hundreds of billions of dollars for more than five million federal government employees in their retirement plan, known as the Thrift Savings Plan

Shant Shahrigian (2020-06-05). De Blasio Staffers Demand `Radical Change from Mayor' in Open Letter. zcomm.org Two-hundred thirty-six current and former staffers for Mayor de Blasio signed an open letter calling on him to live up to the promises of reform that initially drew them to work for him. One demand is to cut the $6 billion police budget by 1/6…

Tom Duggan (2020-06-05). Western Governments Collectively Punishing Syrian Civilians with Criminal Economic Embargoes. globalresearch.ca The Syrian Government is trying to keep medicine at an affordable price for the consumer by limiting the price of medicines, but the pharmaceutical industry inside Syria needs to raise the prices to sustain production. | This is due to two …

Lola Allen (2020-06-05). How Has Bolivia's de Facto Regime Taken Advantage of COVID-19 to Consolidate Its Power and Repress Political Rivals? counterpunch.org On April 29, Bolivia's de facto president, Jeanine àÅñez, announced that the country would be moving into a "dynamic quarantine" phase on May 11. This decision was intended to alleviate the social and economic repercussions of the pandemic by loosening lockdown restrictions. However, the most heavily affected areas ‚Äï located primarily in poor communities ‚Äï

Colin Todhunter (2020-06-05). Food and Agroecology: Coping with Future Shocks. counterpunch.org The food crisis that could follow in the wake of the various lockdowns that were implemented on the back of the coronavirus may have long-lasting consequences. We are already seeing food shortages in the making. In India, for instance, supply chains have been disrupted, farm input systems for the supply of seeds and fertilisers have

Abigail Devereaux (2020-06-05). Unemployment Far Worse in Lockdown States, Data Show. globalresearch.ca The novel coronavirus has done severe economic damage all over the globe. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) stated on June 1, 2020 that

WSWS (2020-06-05). Philippines begins lifting lockdown despite rising infection rates. wsws.org President Duterte is seeking to suppress any opposition to the premature reopening through the extension of his emergency powers and a new anti-terrorism bill.

Matthew Ehret-Kump (2020-06-05). The World Desperately Needs the Wisdom of Bobby Kennedy Now More than Ever. globalresearch.ca Today's fires which have spread across America in the wake of George Floyd's murder at the knee of Minnesota police officer Derek Chauvin has presented America with the chance to do some serious soul searching. It has also presented …

news.un (2020-06-05). Demonstrators must protect themselves, and others, from COVID-19: UN health agency. news.un.org Demonstrators who want to go into the street to make their voices heard, should take every precaution against catching or passing on the coronavirus, as the global pandemic is far from over, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday.

Philip A Farruggio (2020-06-05). The Corona Crisis: BS is Running Wild! Where does One Start? globalresearch.ca Well, let's go to that sea of new human interest corporate commercials saying how they all 'Care about you during this pandemic'. | All those nice and decent companies want to see you through this, of course IF you use their …

Denita Jones (2020-06-05). Going Back to Work in a Pandemic. counterpunch.org I'm terrified of going back to work. It's hard enough for the kids — missing school, missing friends, and now taking care of each other as I'm forced back to work in an environment where I don't feel safe. Now they're worried about me getting sick too, or bringing the virus home with me to

WSWS (2020-06-05). Mass reopenings worldwide have accelerated the coronavirus pandemic. wsws.org There are now more than 100,000 new cases of the coronavirus around the world each day, and at least 3,000 new deaths.

Peoples Dispatch (2020-06-05). CoronaShock: Five key questions about China and COVID-19. peoplesdispatch.org Since the world first heard about COVID-19 in December 2019, nearly every corner of the planet has been affected by this pandemic. Based on what media around the world is saying, it's hard to know what is true and what is not.

WSWS (2020-06-05). New US weekly unemployment claims near 2 million as foreclosures, hunger loom. wsws.org The economic meltdown triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic is evolving into a deep and long economic slump.

Peoples Dispatch (2020-06-05). Taxing large fortunes, a tool of social justice. peoplesdispatch.org Several countries around the world are discussing a tax on large fortunes to deal with the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. The question of combating extreme inequality is a political decision that governments have to make. | According to an Oxfam study, since 2015, the richest population, which accounts for 1% of the total, has more wealth than the rest of the planet. Small elites of countries seize an increasing proportion of national income, while hundreds of millions of people still do not have access to potable drinking water or enough food for their families. | The gap between rich and poor people wid…

WSWS (2020-06-05). Turkish Trotskyists call for independent working class action against the pandemic. wsws.org Sosyalist Eşitlik opposes the reckless back-to-work campaign and the reopening of non-essential workplaces and schools as the pandemic continues to spread.

Jaelani Turner-Williams (2020-06-05). Racism is a Public Health Crisis. counterpunch.org We're facing a state of emergency. Not only has the death toll of the COVID-19 pandemic risen above 105,000 in the United States alone, but it seems to be disproportionately lethal for Black Americans. While COVID-19 is still a growing pandemic, it's unmasking itself as a racial injustice as well. A growing number of communities

Louis Proyect (2020-06-05). Reflections on My COVID-19 Immunity. counterpunch.org The last couple of months leading up to a Quest serology test that yielded "positive" antibodies for COVID-19 have been a roller coaster ride. Take a seat in the car behind me, strap yourself in, and let me recount a story that Agatha Christie might have written.

Project Censored (2020-06-05). HBO's Foray into Fake News Amounts to Little More Than Corporate News Propaganda "After Truth: Disinformation and the Cost of Fake News" projectcensored.org A documentary film review by Nolan Higdon HBO's After Truth: Disinformation and the Cost of Fake News benefits from strong storytelling but falls short of addressing the central problems associated…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-06-05). Turkish parliament expels three opposition MPs convicted for dissident acts. peoplesdispatch.org Two of the MPs from the pro-Kurdish HDP have been convicted of belonging to a "terrorist organization" and the other from the Republican People's Party has been persecuted for providing information to a journalist…

Beyond Nuclear (2020-06-05). Beyond Nuclear Files Federal Lawsuit Challenging High-Level Radioactive Waste Dump for Entire Inventory of US "Spent" Reactor Fuel. globalresearch.ca Today the non-profit organization

William A. Haseltine (2020-06-05). Human COVID-19 Vaccine Trials Are Unnecessary, Uninformative, and Unethical. globalresearch.ca Deliberately infecting healthy human volunteers with the SARS-CoV-2 virus in order to test the efficacy of potential COVID-19 vaccines is unnecessary, uninformative, and unethical. And it risks destroying trust in the integrity of science and medicine for generations to come. …

Ellen Brown (2020-06-05). Rushing a Vaccine to Market for a Vanishing Virus. dissidentvoice.org More than 100 companies are competing to be first in the race to get a COVID-19 vaccine to market. It's a race against time, not because the death rate is climbing but because it is falling — to the point where there will soon be too few subjects to prove the effectiveness of the drug. …

WSWS (2020-06-05). Alberta's hard-right premier dismisses coronavirus as "influenza" wsws.org Kenney's callous remark is part of his government's reckless back-to-work policy, and underscores the broad support within Canada's ruling elite for a criminal "herd immunity" strategy.

Global Research News (2020-06-05). Video: COVID-19 "Fake" Data in Italy: Politician Slams False Numbers: Vittorio Sgarbi. globalresearch.ca Vittorio Sgarbi, MP (Forza Italia) slammed the closure of 60% of Italian businesses: A decision which was taken on the basis of an alleged 25,000 Coronavirus deaths. "It's not true," he said. | . | According to the National Institute of Health, …

WSWS (2020-06-05). London bus workers face COVID-19 disaster: Build rank-and-file safety committees! wsws.org Unite has signed off on the Johnson government's COVID-19 transport plan despite the serious and imminent danger it poses to drivers and the travelling public.

WSWS (2020-06-05). Hundreds of jobs axed as News Corp Australia shuts regional and suburban newspapers. wsws.org The Murdoch-owned company, like other media conglomerates, has seized on the COVID-19 crisis to drastically restructure operations and drive up profits.

_____ (2020-06-05). Covid-19: BAME review — "did not survive contact with Matt Hancock's office" truepublica.org.uk By TruePublica: The government removed a key section from Public Health England's review of the relative risk of covid-19 to specific groups. The report found a crucial piece of information had been deliberately left out by Matt Hancock's office because "of concerns it would stoke racial tension." The report was published on Tuesday, with very little …

WSWS (2020-06-05). UAW withholds information six days after Louisville Ford worker tests positive for COVID-19. wsws.org Workers were outraged at the United Auto Workers union for concealing information about the spread of the deadly disease at the Kentucky Truck Plant.

IMEMC & Agencies (2020-06-05). Israel Bans Sheikh Sabri from Al-Aqsa for Four Months. imemc.org Israeli occupation authorities in the internationally-recognized city of occupied East Jerusalem, reportedly imposed, on Thursday, a four-month-long entry ban on Muslim scholar and Imam of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, Sheikh Ikrima Sabri. According to the Israeli order, the senior Palestinian Muslim scholar and former Mufti of Jerusalem, will be banned from …

David Yearsley (2020-06-05). Dam Nation and Woody Guthrie. counterpunch.org It is a miracle—even if not as great as the natural one it describes—that a song so simple, so welcoming, so resolute, so reassuring, so optimistic as Woody Guthrie's "Roll on, Columbia" is not dragged down by the ironies that eddy around it. The song springs from a clever musical pun. Guthrie re-used the music

Kim C. Domenico (2020-06-05). Misfit Redemption: Escape from the Cruelty of White Liberal Innocence. counterpunch.org "She would have been a good woman if it had been somebody there to shoot her every minute of her life." — Flannery O'Connor, A Good Man Is Hard To Find …the Radical approach…defines a sphere which is outside the reach of scientific investigation, and whose value judgments cannot be proved… this is the traditional

Marilyn Bruya (2020-06-05). Trump is the Looter to Worry About. counterpunch.org Looting — Wikipedia: "Looting, also referred to as sacking, ransacking, plundering, despoiling… and pillaging, is indiscriminate taking of goods by force as part of a … political victory…" Donald Trump is the looter in chief. Trump has tried to loot the Arctic National Wildlife Preserve for oil and gas. Trump has tried to loot the Tongas

Ariel Dorfman (2020-06-05). Literature in Times of Turmoil. counterpunch.org It is a sad paradox, but perhaps not surprising, that some of humanity's greatest writing has been born in times of turmoil. In an effort to make sense of painful encounters with death and loss, authors have always tried to turn their sorrow and confusion into enduring monuments of beauty among the ruins, masterpieces that

Sister Karen M. Donahue (2020-06-05). I'm Outraged by Trump's Church Photo-Op. counterpunch.org n the book of Jeremiah, the Hebrew prophet shares instructions from God about entering a place of worship. "Stand at the gate of the house of the Lord and proclaim this message there," God tells the prophet. "Reform your ways and your deeds so that I may dwell with you in this place." You can

Peoples Dispatch (2020-06-05). Teachers in Greece gear up for another mobilization against controversial bill on education. peoplesdispatch.org The new bill for education proposed by the conservative New Democracy (ND)-led government in Greece has been opposed by teachers, students and parents across the country…

Michael Snyder (2020-06-05). The DOJ Has Launched an Investigation as More Evidence Emerges that Someone Is Orchestrating the Violent Riots. globalresearch.ca The Department of Justice has announced that it is attempting to determine if there is a "coordinated command and control" behind the violent riots that have erupted all over the United States. In recent days, officials all over the country …

James Bovard (2020-06-05). The Media Has Conveniently Forgotten George W. Bush's Many Atrocities. globalresearch.ca Former president George W. Bush has returned to the spotlight to give moral guidance to America in these troubled times. In

Fight Back (2020-06-05). Portland holds vigil honoring victims of state violence. fightbacknews.org Portland, OR – A casket sat at the bottom of the steps of Terry Shrunk plaza, as a sizeable crowd gathered to remember the lives of the most recent victims of state terror carried out by our nation's police force, May 29. | Impassioned speeches, song and poetry filled the plaza as speakers stressed the need for continual action and solidarity against racism and institutional white supremacy. | "The reality is, is that white America has accepted the fact that black and brown bodies are expendable. That in order for you to feel secure, we have been silenced while our bodies continue to pile up," said Portland City…

WSWS (2020-06-05). Trump intensifies campaign to brand domestic opposition as terrorism. wsws.org The White House's planned use of anti-terrorism units to apprehend "agitators" is aimed at criminalizing opposition to police violence and the policies of the oligarchy.

Vandana Shiva (2020-06-05). The Path Beyond Extinction and Escape: Return to Earth, Regenerate and Share. commondreams.org The game billionaires play is not worthy of being called economy, either as care for the home, or as the art of living. It is exractive, naked money making, at war with life and creativity. (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2020-06-05). World Environment Day Provokes Warnings That 'To Care for Humanity, We Must Care for Nature'. commondreams.org As a pandemic that's killed over 393,000 people rages on and demonstrations demanding racial justice continue across the globe, the international community on Friday marked World Environment Day with scientifically supported warnings about the importance of protecting nature for the future of humanity. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2020-06-05). #SayHerName: On Breonna Taylor's 27th Birthday, Advocates Demand Justice in Shooting Death by Louisville Police. commondreams.org Racial justice advocates on Friday demanded the three Louisville police officers who shot Breonna Taylor to death in March be fired immediately and criminally charged for Taylor's murder. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2020-06-05). Mounting Death Toll and Confirmed Covid-19 Cases in Brazil Increase Anger Over Bolsonaro's Response. commondreams.org The rising number of confirmed Covid-19 cases and related deaths in Brazil is leading to further condemnation of how President Jair Bolsonaro has responded to the pandemic—which, as of Friday afternoon, had left over 34,000 Brazilians dead and nearly 615,000 infected, according to the Johns Hopkins global tracker. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Eve Ottenberg (2020-06-05). Killing Workers (and Customers) — With No Liability. counterpunch.org Republicans want to help businesses kill workers. They want to force employees to return to Covid-19 hotspots, like slaughterhouses, by depriving them of unemployment checks if they don't clock in. In addition, Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell wants to give these businesses and others, like nursing homes, legal immunity for deliberately exposing workers to a

yenisafak (2020-06-05). Palestinians recall 1967 war, observe setback day. yenisafak.com Amid Israel's plans to annex occupied West Bank, Palestinians marked the 53rd anniversary of Naksa or setback day on Friday. | The day also marked the displacement of tens of thousands of Palestinians from their homelands at the end of the 1967 Six-Day War, also known as the June War, resulting in the defeat of Arab armies of Egypt, Jordan, and Syria. | As a result of the war, Israel took control of the Palestinian-populated West Bank, Gaza Strip, Egypt's the Sinai Peninsula and Syria's Golan Heights. While the first displacement of Palestinians had taken place in May 1948 soon after the establishment of the Jewi…

yenisafak (2020-06-05). UAE airstrikes kill 2 Libyan Army soldiers. yenisafak.com Two Libyan Army soldiers were killed on Friday in an airstrike by a United Arab Emirates (UAE)-made drone in northwestern Libya, according to an army spokesman.The UAE drone attacked Libyan army units along the Abu Qurayn front in Misrata province, Mustafa al-Majei, a spokesman for the Burkan Al-Ghadab (Volcano of Rage) Operation, told Anadolu Agency.The UAE is one of several countries — along with Egypt and Russia — that have supported the militias of warlord Khalifa Haftar against Libya's government.The attack came after the Libyan Army this week announced the complete liberation of the capital Trip…

yenisafak (2020-06-05). Poland to open borders with the Baltic states next week, says Lithuanian PM. yenisafak.com Poland and the Baltic States will open their borders to each other next week in an easing of travel restrictions put in place due to the pandemic, Lithuanian Prime Minister said on Friday after a video conference with his Polish counterpart.The Baltic states – Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia – opened their common borders on May 15, creating the first so called "travel bubble" within the European Union in a bid to jump-start economies stalled by the outbreak of the novel coronavirus."We agreed that free movement between the Baltic States and Poland will be restored next week," Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skver…

yenisafak (2020-06-05). Turks living in Europe to reunite with homeland soon. yenisafak.com The roads used often by expats in France, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Germany opened completely, via Austria, Hungary, Serbia, and Bulgaria.As of Thursday, June 4, Austria decided to open its borders to all its neighbors except Italy, and it was announced that health checks will be terminated, especially in Germany, Czechia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Switzerland, Liechtenstein and Hungary, and quarantine and test conditions will be lifted.In Hungary, another country on the route to Turkey, the border crossings can be made at certain times of the day without prior permission, according to the government's regulation o…

yenisafak (2020-06-05). Ready for take-off! Turkey certifies 53 airports as anti-virus ready. yenisafak.com Turkey has certified 53 of its airports as having taken all necessary measures against the spread of COVID-19, the nation's transport and infrastructure minister said on Friday."In addition to six airports that were previously certified, 47 more airports have become entitled to carry the certificate of 'airworthy' as of today," Adil Karaismailoglu said in a statement.He noted that all the precautionary measures are applied at every stage of travel."The priority of the airports that earned the certificate is our public health and safety," Karaismailoglu stressed.Turkey resumed domestic flights on Monday and is set…

yenisafak (2020-06-05). Turkey working on broad 'employment shield' package. yenisafak.com Turkey is working on a comprehensive "employment shield" package to support jobs in the face of the coronavirus fallout, said the country's treasury and finance minister on Friday.Berat Albayrak told journalists in Istanbul, the country's commercial capital, that the issue of employment will top Turkey's normalization efforts."For this package, being prepared by the Family, Labor and Social Services Ministry, we also are contributing as much as we can in coordination," he noted."We're doing work that will provide relief to the markets with a package we can call an employment shield," he added.The government will…

yenisafak (2020-06-05). Saudi Arabia reimposes curfew in Jeddah for two weeks. yenisafak.com Saudi Arabia has reimposed a curfew in the Red Sea city of Jeddah 3 p.m to 6 a.m for two weeks starting on Saturday due to the spread of the coronavirus, and suspended work in offices, state news agency SPA reported.SPA said prayers in the city's mosques had also been suspended.

yenisafak (2020-06-05). Russia nearing 450,000 coronavirus cases. yenisafak.com The number of COVID-19 cases in Russia approached 450,000 on Friday. As many as 449,834 people are being treated of the virus, including 8,726 confirmed over the last 24 hours, the country's emergency task force said in a daily report.Meanwhile, over the same period, recoveries rose by 8,057 and reached 212,680, it added.So far, the authorities have not been able to overcome a negative trend in mortality, with the virus claiming over 100 lives for 11th day in a row

Manlio Dinucci (2020-06-05). 5G, the New Track of the Arms Race. globalresearch.ca At Nellis air base in Nevada — the Pentagon announced — the construction of an experimental 5G network which will begin in July, the network will be fully operational in January of next year. | In this base, Red Flag, the …

_____ (2020-06-05). We Need The NYPD Out Of Vision Zero. popularresistance.org Earlier this month, a drunk driver plowed onto a Williamsburg sidewalk at 3 a.m., seriously injuring three people and killing one. The scene painted by witnesses was reminiscent of a bloody war movie—a severed leg, a body impaled on a fence, and people running in fear. | While bystanders tried to aid the victims, ripping their shirts into tourniquets to stop the bleeding, the driver tried to flee. When he was stopped by still more heroic New Yorkers, he hopped in the passenger seat and acted clueless about what had happened. | He was an NYPD officer scheduled to work in less than four hours. | This episode…

John Kendall Hawkins (2020-06-05). The Coming Purge of Doppelgà§ngers and the Palast Revolution. counterpunch.org "Hell, you can't get people to vote once, let alone twice." — Santiago Juarez, League of United Latin American Citizens "Your chance of having your vote spoiled is 900% higher if you're Black than if you're white." — US Civil Rights Commission We were warned about an imminent threat on Pearl Harbor before the attack.

_____ (2020-06-05). Just like America — UK on collision course with China. truepublica.org.uk Boris Johnson's government is desperate to do a deal with Donald Trump's America ahead of the US election in early November. To do this, the UK is kowtowing to Trump and is now heading for a damaging showdown with China as it takes on Beijing over Hong Kong and Huawei Technologies Co. Boris Johnson's government …

_____ (2020-06-05). This week — What happened behind your backs. truepublica.org.uk TruePublica has been warning that the entire ideology of Brexit was nothing to do with immigration and sovereignty and much to do with the pivot towards the free-market model (America) and away from a more regulated one under the umbrella of the EU. It's a right-wing, centre-left-wing thing. The whole principle of this pivot really …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2020-06-05). Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: Health and Human Services plays key role in supporting Americans amid COVID-19 crisis. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org The COVID-19 pandemic has been a unique situation that has required work across federal and state agencies to support communities and frontline workers during this challenging time. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has played a key role by providing effective health and human services and fostering advances in medicine, public health …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2020-06-05). How to safely go to your doctor during the COVID-19 pandemic. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Are you wondering if it's time to schedule those doctor appointments you've been putting off? Restrictions related to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) are easing in many places, but you may still have concerns about COVID-19. Learn how to stay safe from coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) while getting the care you need. Do your homework Before you …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2020-06-05). Coronavirus grief: Coping with the loss of routine during the pandemic. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org It isn't easy adjusting to changes brought on by the pandemic. Consider how to deal with grief caused by the loss of your normal routine. The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has changed people's lives in many ways. In addition to feeling grief over the loss of life caused by COVID-19, you're likely grieving the loss …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2020-06-05). Mayo Clinic Minute: Why tobacco users should call it quits. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Tobacco users have an increased risk of becoming very sick if they contract the virus that causes COVID-19. If you use tobacco and want to stop, consider World No Tobacco Day on Sunday, May 31 as a start date. "During this time when the COVID-19 pandemic has made maintaining the health of ourselves and our …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2020-06-05). Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: What we know about virus transmission. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the most common mode of transmission for COVID-19 is through close contact from person to person. While it is possible that someone can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose or possibly their eyes, this …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2020-06-05). Managing levels of specific protein, mineral early in COVID-19 may prevent severe illness. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org PHOENIX ? Managing levels of calcium in the blood and the protein albumin early on in COVID-19 may prevent patients from progressing to severe illness and death, a study by Mayo Clinic researchers published in the journal Gastroenterology found. The findings are based on the remarkably similar clinical features and autopsy results of patients who died …

Alvaro Huerta (2020-06-05). Police Abuse in America's Barrios. counterpunch.org Growing up on the mean streets of East Los Angeles—Ramona Gardens public housing project or Big Hazard projects—I witnessed/experienced police abuse. For myself, along with childhood homeboys and siblings, it occurred so frequently, where I naively thought that all Americans feared the cops. It first starts as fear; it then morphs into hate. "Hands up."

Edward Curtin (2020-06-05). The Shallow Deep-State Goes Deeper as It Moves Toward Martial Law. globalresearch.ca I am not trying to be cute and play with words. That title is meant to convey what it says, so let me explain. | The people who own the United States and their allies around the world have a plan….

Edward Curtin (2020-06-05). The Blatant Conspiracy behind Senator Robert F. Kennedy's Assassination. globalresearch.ca Robert Kennedy was a marked man. And he knew it. That he was nevertheless willing to stand up to the forces of hate and violence that were killing innocents at home and abroad is a testimony to his incredible courage and love of country. To honor him requires that we discover the truth about those who killed him.

Kester Kenn Klomegah (2020-06-05). Russia's Invitation to G7 Summit Sparks Debate. globalresearch.ca The rescheduling of the Group of Seven (G7) summit from late June to September and Russia's invitation to participate alongside Australia, India and South Korea has sparked discussions among both Russian officials and experts. | The Kremlin reported that Russian President …

Andrey Areshev (2020-06-05). VIDEO: How Barack Obama Destroyed Libya. strategic-culture.org Libya as a nation has never been the same since the start of its Civil War. A war that was ultimately started by then U.S. President Barack Obama.

Andrey Areshev (2020-06-05). 'Great Power Competition' Is a Cheap Slogan Justifying Cold War. strategic-culture.org The fact is, we cannot afford a confrontation with China, no matter how it is packaged. | Daniel LARISON | The hawks that speak loudest about the importance of great power competition don't have the first clue what the U.S. needs to do to remain competitive against other major powers. This has become impossible to miss in the growing push for pursuing a confrontational China policy. | "Great power competition" has become the slogan that hawks now use to justify never-ending increases to the military budget without paying any attention to the importance of developing the social, intellectual, and economic resource…

Andrey Areshev (2020-06-05). Somalia: Erratic U.S. Policy Failure Doesn't Get Noticed. But a U.S. Diplomat Struggling With an End-of-Career Crisis Might. strategic-culture.org Churchill is believed to have once said that "diplomacy is the art of telling people to go to hell in such a way that they ask for directions." If that is true, then can we assume that Washington's man in East Africa has lost his edge? Or perhaps just his mind. | There is a fable of a senior foreign office official from London in colonial times visiting a 'District Officer' in East Africa. They both venture out into the dessert in a Land Rover and the official asks his khaki clad DO three questions. | "What is the name of the tribe in this area?" | "What language do they speak?" | And "where is drinking water her…

Andrey Areshev (2020-06-05). The Revolution the U.S. Needs Will Not Be Televised. strategic-culture.org When Gil Scott-Heron released the iconic song it was a cry for racial justice. But it was far deeper than that. Because Scott-Heron spoke the truth that media was subordinate to power. | That's why he knew the revolution he spoke of would never be on television, the most powerful form of media in the world at the time. Controlled by very few because technology had not transformed communication, corporate media crafted whatever narratives it and those it was subordinate to wanted. | And those narratives are always sick, divisive and foremost fake. | Today social media companies are supposed to act as democratized…

DLI (2020-06-05). 100,000 Covid19 deaths later, USA empire blames China instead. indybay.org After getting lots of info and warnings on then emerging global Covid19 pandemic in January & February, the USA ruling elite chose to ignore and sidestep best practice measures to combat the impending disaster. Instead, both White House and Congress continued bipartisan bickering, in addition to simply blaming China and the WHO for not getting the word out sooner. This is the typical m.o. of a serial global bully, who offers nothing but wild criticism of others while doing nothing to resolve urgent problems.

WeCopwatch (2020-06-05). The arrests of officers in the George Floyd murder is part of pacification campaign. indybay.org What we have been seeing the last couple days is the beginning of a pacification campaign. Police violence is growing an uncontrollable and leaderless movement and now that the rabbit has the gun, the state is working on overdrive to pacify a popular rebellion before it creates space for substantial change. This campaign is layered and we must pay attention as:…

Zachary Conti (2020-06-05). G7 Finance Ministers Discuss COVID-19 Debt & Transparency Impacts for Developing Countries. indybay.org Amidst questions of upcoming G7 meeting dates and which countries are participating, G7 Finance Ministers met virtually about economic issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The G7 meeting focused on aid, debt and transparency issues affecting developing countries impacted by the coronavirus.

en.mehrnews (2020-06-05). Iran releases American convict due to Islamic Kindness. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jun. 05 (MNA) — Tehran has announced the release of a US citizen, Michael White, who had been imprisoned on security charges in Iran.

en.mehrnews (2020-06-05). Imam Khomeini forced US to get its knee off the oppressed people's necks. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jun. 05 (MNA) — Parliament Speaker Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf said 57 years ago people shouted "we cannot breathe", but it was Imam Khomeini, the late founder of the Islamic Republic, who forced the US to get its knee off the oppressed people's neck.

en.mehrnews (2020-06-05). Iran urges lifting of 'all inhumane sanctions' against Syria. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jun. 05 (MNA) — Tehran has reiterated its support to the Syrian government and nation, calling for the removal of all sanctions, which have hampered Damascus' efforts in the reconstruction of the country.

2020-06-05: Social Media Postees

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Five questions for new Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer about his UK and US national security establishment links
Matt Kennard | thegrayzone.com | 2020-06-06
The public deserves answers about the UK's new opposition leader and his relationship with the British national security establishment, including…
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[Obituary] Fernando Morales
Andrew Green | thelancet.com | 2020-06-06
Infectious disease specialist focusing on HIV prevention and treatment. Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on Aug 15, 1970, he died from suspected complications of COVID-19 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, on May 5, 2020, aged 49 years.
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[Comment] Offline: COVID-19 and the ethics of memory
Richard Horton | thelancet.com | 2020-06-06
Lockdowns are lifting. Lives are returning. And livelihoods are being gradually reclaimed. Very tentatively, societies are beginning to put the pandemic behind them. There are understandable fears of flare-ups. In the UK, several scientists who advise government are warning that ending strict home curfews is premature. There are still about 2000 new cases of infection being diagnosed daily in the UK (the figure in Italy is around 500) and the test, trace, and isolate system remains incomplete. According to WHO, total confirmed cases of COVID-19 are now approaching 6 million globally, with almost 400‚Ä&…
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[Editorial] Salient lessons from Russia's COVID-19 outbreak
The Lancet | thelancet.com | 2020-06-06
Alexander Myasnikov, Russia's COVID-19 information chief, said in mid-April that it would be "impossible" for Russians to get the virus, estimating the probability of extensive spread in Russia at "0 ∑0%". This hubris has been sorely exposed. As of June 2, Russia has 423‚Äà186 cases, the third most in the world, while relatively few deaths from COVID-19 (5031) have been recorded. The rapid spread of the epidemic in Russia has highlighted the strengths and weaknesses of the health system, and presents the traditionally strong Russian leadership with a new challenge.
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[World Report] COVID-19 vaccine development pipeline gears up
Asher Mullard | thelancet.com | 2020-06-06
Vaccine makers are racing to develop COVID-19 vaccines, and have advanced ten candidates into clinical trials. But challenges remain. Asher Mullard reports.
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[Comment] Healthier societies for healthy populations
Healthier Societies for Healthy Populations Group | thelancet.com | 2020-06-06
The COVID-19 pandemic makes the importance of health and wellbeing clear. The pandemic's implications for societies are far reaching. Yet the response to this pandemic and the creation and promotion of health and wellbeing require action beyond the health sector–and beyond the usual ways of working in global health. Governments are not adequately tackling inequality, ongoing economic crises, or continuing environmental damage, which undermines the health of current and future generations. For example, tobacco and alcohol use, unhealthy diets, air pollution, and insufficient physical exercise contribute to m…
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[Perspectives] Indigenous populations: left behind in the COVID-19 response
Kaitlin Curtice, Esther Choo | thelancet.com | 2020-06-06
Scholar Annie Belcourt described Native American populations in the USA as having lives that are "challenging and short". Globally, across countries and populations, Indigenous peoples face a greater burden of disease than non-Indigenous peoples, including cardiovascular disease and HIV/AIDS and other infectious diseases, and have higher infant and maternal mortality and lower life expectancy. Their health is impacted by epigenetic stressors of generational oppression and violence, including disproportionate numbers of missing and murdered Indigenous women, lower educational attainment, and persistent poverty.
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[Clinical Picture] Neuropathy, encephalopathy, status epilepticus, and acute intermittent porphyria
Mohamed Ahmed Ahmed, Mahmoud Abdelnabi, Abdallah Almaghraby, Fatma R Elkafrawy, Karim Ziada | thelancet.com | 2020-06-06
A 23-year-old man was admitted to our hospital in status epilepticus–he had been having repeated episodes of generalised tonic-clonic seizures without gaining consciousness between them. He was in a wheelchair. He was intubated and the seizures were controlled with midazolam and he was then transferred to the intensive care unit (ICU). On examination his blood pressure (BP) was 220/110 mm Hg, and his heart rate was 120 beats per min. He was given labetalol and his blood pressure lowered.
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[Perspectives] Journal of a plague year
Phil Withington | thelancet.com | 2020-06-06
Daniel Defoe's A Journal of the Plague Year is one of the best single accounts of an epidemic written in English. Published anonymously in 1722 as a contribution to public debates about the prospect of plague reaching Britain from the French port of Marseilles, it takes the form of the literary memoir by "H.F." during London's "great plague" of 1665. The sources for the memoir and its status as fact or fiction are complicated. Defoe clearly had strong opinions, informed by continental initiatives, about how societies and people should respond to plague and he used Restoration London as a place to rehearse them.
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[Comment] Regenerative medicine: challenges and opportunities
Giulio Cossu, Robin Fears, George Griffin, Volker ter Meulen | thelancet.com | 2020-06-06
In 2018, the Lancet Commission on stem cells and regenerative medicine1 reported how, despite an exponential growth in experimental therapies, there had been limited clinical uptake. Regenerative medicine comprises various novel approaches such as cell and gene therapy that have produced life-saving therapies for a few genetic diseases affecting blood or skin. Enthusiasm about the broad potential of regenerative medicine led to a gap between expectations and the realities of translating technologies into clinical practice.
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Will U.S. troops be used against protesters?
John Catalinotto | workers.org | 2020-06-06
June 5

Organizing against police brutality in Boston
| workers.org | 2020-06-06
By Queen-Cheyenne and Leighsandra Sheppard This talk was jointly read at the June 4 Workers World Party webinar on "It is right to rebel against police terror." Before we begin, we just want to inform everyone that we will be discussing police and military violence and our experiences on the . . . | Continue reading Organizing against police brutality in Boston at Workers.org
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The real looters pocketed $11.7 billion
Deirdre Griswold | workers.org | 2020-06-06
Who are the real looters? They wear elegant business suits, not hoodies or jeans. They dine at fancy restaurants, not hotdog stands. They hang out in boardrooms, not on street corners. Bankers Get Out of Jail Free Monopoly They don't rob banks. They ARE the banks. They are the U.S. . . . | Continue reading The real looters pocketed $11.7 billion at Workers.org
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Don't believe the hype: Unemployment increased in May
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-06-06
San José, CA – Corporate-owned media is blaring that the unemployment rate unexpectedly fell in May to 13.3%, from 14.7% in April. This was far better than even the most optimistic economist expected and even led to at least one to declare that "the recession is over." Well, when something is too good to be true, it usually isn't true. | This report flies in the face of all the other reports on the job market in May. The Labor Department's own report on continuing unemployment insurance claims, including regular state unemployment insurance, the federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), the federal Pandemic…
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Confronting Institutional Racism
Jack Rasmus | counterpunch.org | 2020-06-05
A week ago in Minneapolis, for all the world to see, a black man, George Floyd, was murdered by a policeman, Derek Chauvin. Protests broke out in nearly 100 American cities, and even worldwide, and have continued now for more than a week. Murders of black men by police in America are not new. They…
counterpunch.org/2020/06/05/confronting-…

Solidarity Includes Wearing a Mask at Protests
Norman Solomon | counterpunch.org | 2020-06-05
The nationwide outpouring of protests during the last 10 days has provided a historic moral response to the murder of George Floyd. In one city after another, people braved tear gas, pepper spray, clubs and other weaponry

Dear History Students
Paul Street | counterpunch.org | 2020-06-05
Last (Wednesday) Night: Interstates Matter Dear XXX.edu History Students: Last night, around maybe 11 pm, I got to taste some especially nasty tear gas along with 500 or so people one-third my age (and less). This taste-test came courtesy of maybe 100 or so state and/or county police in full riot gear just south of…
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Video: Turkish-led Forces Capture Tripoli Airport and Advance Even Further
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2020-06-05
On June 3, the Turkish-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) announced a military offensive to capture Tripoli Airport from the Libyan National Army (LNA) and push the LNA back from the southern suburbs of the city of Tripoli itself. | GNA …
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Urban Poor Lose Fear and Release Pent-Up Rage
Dave Lindorff | zcomm.org | 2020-06-05
The torching of our cities, and the looting of the malls is what is really sending the message that we're "all in this together," by making it clear that if this country continues down its current path towards ever increasing racial and economic inequality, no one, regardless of their wealth and power, will escape the consequences…
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'Wolf Warrior Diplomacy': Israel's China Strategy in Peril
Ramzy Baroud | counterpunch.org | 2020-06-05
Israel's balancing act that allowed it to reap America's unconditional and, often, blind support, while slowly benefiting from China's growing economic influence and political prestige, is already floundering. Thanks to the heated cold war between the US and Chinese economic superpowers, the Israeli strategy of playing both sides is unlikely to pay dividends in the…
counterpunch.org/2020/06/05/wolf-warrior…

Rebellion against police exposes the haves and have-nots
Monica Moorehead | workers.org | 2020-06-06
Monica Moorehead delivered this talk as a panelist on a June 4 Workers World Party webinar "It is right to rebel against police terror." This rebellion has not only swept the U.S. but is electrifying the entire world, from Palestine to France to Iran to Africa. Every global sector of . . . | Continue reading Rebellion against police exposes the haves and have-nots at Workers.org
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Dems Introduce Bill to Curb President's Insurrection Act Powers After Trump Threatens to Send Troops to Cities Across US
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-06-05
After President Donald Trump threatened to deploy the U.S. military in response to ongoing protests against police brutality and systemic racism in cities across the country, a group of Democratic senators on Thursday introduced legislation to curb the president's power to do so under the Insurrection Act of 1807. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Jim Cramer: Coronavirus Pandemic Triggered 'One of the Greatest Wealth Transfers in History'
Andrea Germanos, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-06-05
Small businesses are "dropping like flies," said the "Mad Money" host. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Two U.S. Senators Determined to Stop Nord Stream 2 by Imposing Extra Sanctions
Paul Antonopoulos | globalresearch.ca | 2020-06-05
The Nord Stream 2 project involves the construction of two gas pipelines with a total capacity of 55 billion cubic meters of gas per year from Russia to Germany via the Baltic Sea. The gas pipeline will run through the …
globalresearch.ca/two-us-senators-determ…

Roaming Charges: Mad Bull, Lost Its Way
Jeffrey St. Clair | counterpunch.org | 2020-06-05
Trump the Brigand ranting about "law & order" in the Rose Garden, as tear gas deployed against nonviolent protesters swirls across the capital of a country that is mourning 105,000 dead and yet is still locking up kids in cages, pretty much capsulizes where the Republic stands at this fraught moment.
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Ilhan Omar takes heat after backing call to disband Minneapolis police & replace with 'non-violent' alternative
rt.com | 2020-06-06
Minnesota Democrat Ilhan Omar has joined a growing call to disband the Minneapolis police force, arguing it is "beyond reform" after the killing of George Floyd. Critics have pilloried the suggestion as dangerous and "asinine." | The congresswoman took to Twitter on Friday to endorse an op-ed penned by a Minneapolis councilman, which urged the dissolution of the city's police department and "start fresh" after years of failed efforts at reform. Such improvements are impossible under a "system that is rotten," Omar said. | The Minnea…
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George Floyd protest is 'for the benefit' of 'democratic struggles' abroad, says US group known for promoting regime change
rt.com | 2020-06-06
The National Endowment for Democracy, a soft-power group mostly known for splashing government dollars on pro-US influence campaigns overseas to enforce regime change, has endorsed protests against police brutality at home. | Also on rt.com | | America masterminded 'color revolutions' around the world. Now the very same techniques are being used at home | In a statement on Friday, the NED came out in support of the protests against the police killing of unarmed black man George Floyd, which, while originally peaceful, spiralled into violence, wreck…
rt.com/usa/491008-ned-endorses-protests-…

Biden hits delegate target to cement Democratic nomination after gaffe-prone campaign as protests overshadow election
rt.com | 2020-06-06
Former Vice President Joe Biden has become the Democratic presidential nominee for 2020, scoring enough delegates to secure the nomination despite a string of embarrassing gaffes and major distractions from the race. | Also on rt.com | | Biden apologizes for telling black DJ he 'ain't black,' but his supporters were already making excuses for him | Though a number of contests remain in this year's primary season, Biden reached the threshold for his party's nomination on Friday night, winning support from 1,993 delegates, according to the Associated Press."
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Italian communists to Freedom Road Socialist Organization: 'Fronte Popolare is at your side'
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-06-06
Fight Back News Service is circulating the following statement from Italian Marxist- Leninist organization Fronte Popolare. | Dear comrades of the Freedom Road Socialist Organization, | In these days of pain, pride and struggle, Fronte Popolare is at your side. Our organization is supportive of those who are fighting for the dignity and rights of all women and men. The results of the mass uprising that exploded with the murder of George Floyd by a racist policeman are of decisive importance not only for American society and for the redemption of the nationalities and oppressed communities that make it up, but for…
www.fightbacknews.org/2020/6/5/italian-c…

[Review] Quality of primary health care in China: challenges and recommendations
Xi Li, Harlan M Krumholz, Winnie Yip, Kar Keung Cheng, Jan De Maeseneer, Qingyue Meng, Elias Mossialos, Chuang Li, Jiapeng Lu, Meng Su, Qiuli Zhang, Dong Roman Xu, Liming Li, Sharon-Lise T Normand, Richard Peto, Jing Li, Zengwu Wang, Hongbing Yan, Runlin Gao, Somsak Chunharas, Xin Gao, Raniero Guerra, Huijie Ji, Yang Ke, Zhigang Pan, Xianping Wu, Shuiyuan Xiao, Xinying Xie, Yujuan Zhang, Jun Zhu, Shanzhu Zhu, Shengshou Hu | thelancet.com | 2020-06-06
China has substantially increased financial investment and introduced favourable policies for strengthening its primary health care system with core responsibilities in preventing and managing chronic diseases such as hypertension and emerging infectious diseases such as coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). However, widespread gaps in the quality of primary health care still exist. In this Review, we aim to identify the causes for this poor quality, and provide policy recommendations. System challenges include: the suboptimal education and training of primary health-care practitioners, a fee-for-service payment s…
thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PI…(20)30122-7/fulltext?rss=yes

Goliath is not invincible
Vijay Prashad | mronline.org | 2020-06-05
Last year, I walked with Mariela Machado in her housing complex known as Kaikachi in the neighbourhood of La Vega (Caracas, Venezuela). After Hugo Chávez was inaugurated president in 1999, a group of working-class residents of the city saw an empty piece of land and occupied it. Mariela and others went to the government and …
mronline.org/2020/06/05/goliath-is-not-i…

Venezuelan FM says Guaido is holed up in French Embassy in Caracas, calls on Paris to 'hand over the fugitive'
rt.com | 2020-06-05
Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido has taken refuge at the French Embassy in the country's capital, Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza said. Guaido previously sought to shoot down the rumors, insisting he is "with the people." | "We cannot enter the premises of any country's embassy whatsoever, in this case Spain or France," Arreaza said on Thursday, referring to both Guaido and fellow opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez, who fled to a Spanish diplomatic compound soon after a failed attempt to spark an insurrection in April 2019. Arreaza said this means that any arrest of the two men "is not possible." | We hop…
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Paris denies that Guaido is hiding in French Embassy in Caracas as Venezuela demands he be handed over
rt.com | 2020-06-05
France has rejected allegations that Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido has been holed up inside the nation's diplomatic mission in Caracas. Venezuelan authorities earlier labeled Guaido a "fugitive from justice." | "Juan Guaido is not at the French residence in Caracas. We have repeatedly confirmed this to the Venezuelan authorities," French Foreign Ministry spokesperson Agnes von der Muhll said. | Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza earlier claimed that Guaido, who was named 'interim president' by the opposition-controlled parliament last year, has been hiding inside the French Embassy, and deman…
rt.com/news/490878-venezuela-guiado-fren…

Shahid Buttar vs. Pelosi + Leslie Lee + Rania Khalek + Eugene Puryear
Rania Khalek | thealtworld.com | 2020-06-05
Chat about protests and presidents and everything in between with Shahid Buttar: immigrant, constitutional lawyer, DJ, MC & poet running to replace Nancy Pelosi in CA-12; journalist, activist, author, former D.C. Statehood Green Party candidate, and former PSL candidate Eugene Puryear, fresh from reporting in Minneapolis; journalist, video producer, writer and host Rania Khalek; and writer, broadcast journalist and Struggle Session co-host Leslie Lee.
thealtworld.com/rania_khalek/shahid-butt…

India: No need for federal agency to probe Muslim group
yenisafak.com | 2020-06-05
India's government said on Friday there is no need for separate probe by a federal agency into a gathering of a Muslim religious group in March, which has been blamed for the coronavirus outbreak in the country.The Tablighi Jamaat has recently faced public vilification in India, as the country's initial coronavirus cases in April were being linked to its gatherings, especially one in the capital New Delhi in March.In a written response on Friday, the government told the Supreme Court that the Delhi police's probe into the group's activities is "progressing on a day-to-day basis" and efforts are being made to comp…
yenisafak.com/en/world/india-no-need-for…

Our System Is Corroded: Carol Anderson on Rampant Police Violence and Assault on Voting Rights
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-06-05
On Thursday, disturbing new details were revealed in the case of Ahmaud Arbery, the 25-year-old Black man who was chased, ambushed and shot dead by a group of white men in Georgia in what many have called a modern-day lynching. In a nearly seven-hour hearing, a state judge concluded all three men

"Get Your Knee Off Our Necks": At Memorial for George Floyd, Mourners Condemn 400 Years of Racism
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-06-05
In Minneapolis, members of George Floyd's family, loved ones and supporters gathered for a tribute to his life. During the memorial service, people stood in silence for eight minutes and 46 seconds

Watch: Police Pepper-Spray Black Filmmaker in Face at Peaceful Protest & Medics Help Him Survive
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-06-05
As the nationwide uprising in defense of Black lives continues, demonstrators are recording videos of police brutality on the streets. We speak with Chris Frierson, an African American documentary filmmaker and cameraman who was filming a Black Lives Matter protest on Saturday in Brooklyn, New York, when police moved in on demonstrators. As Frierson filmed, police pepper-sprayed him directly in the face. Chris kept on filming as he struggled to the sidewalk crying in agony from the pain. Within seconds, someone took his arm and guided him to volunteer medics who came to his aid. We air his footage and speak about…
www.democracynow.org/2020/6/5/chris_frie…

FBI launches open attack on 'foreign' alternative media outlets challenging US foreign policy
Gareth Porter | thegrayzone.com | 2020-06-05
Under FBI orders, Facebook and Google removed American Herald Tribune, an alternative site that publishes US and European writers critical…
thegrayzone.com/2020/06/05/the-fbi-launc…

George Floyd Protests: US Arrests Now Higher Than Hong Kong Protest Total Figures
Alan Macleod | mintpressnews.com | 2020-06-05
While the world condemns China for its response to the Hong Kong protests, the numbers and the images make clear that the US has responded to its popular uprising with more force and less tolerance than Beijing…
mintpressnews.com/george-floyd-protests-…

Fake Taxis Among the Latest Tools in the NYPD's Rights-Busting Crackdown on Protesters
Alan Macleod | mintpressnews.com | 2020-06-05
The NYPD is famous for violating civil rights so it comes as no surprise that protests over the police brutality in the city have elicited a violent crackdown from the city's finest.
mintpressnews.com/fake-taxis-among-lates…

US military launches airstrikes against Taliban as Afghanistan ceasefire ends
rt.com | 2020-06-05
The US conducted its first airstrikes against the Taliban since a rare ceasefire between the insurgents and Afghan forces ended more than a week ago. The two assaults took place on Thursday and Friday, in Farah province in the west and in Kandahar in the south, spokesman Sonny Leggett tweeted on Friday. | "These were the 1st US airstrikes against (the Taliban) since the start of the Eid ceasefire," he wrote. "We reiterate: All sides must reduce violence to allow the peace process to take hold," he added. | The airstrikes were intended to foil the militant group's plan to launch attacks on Afghan security force…
rt.com/newsline/490928-us-airstrikes-tal…

US Carries Out First Airstrikes Against Taliban Since End of Afghan Ceasefire – Official
sputniknews.com | 2020-06-05
A ceasefire, which was part of the peace deal negotiated between the Afghan government and the Taliban with the mediation of the United States earlier this year, expired on 26 May.
sputniknews.com/world/202006051079528634…

Extraordinary Disconnect Between Stock Prices and Economic Collapse
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2020-06-05
US equity prices are near or at all-time highs at a time of unprecedented economic collapse, a festering main street Depression, unemployment way higher than in the 1930s, with no prospect for a V-shaped recovery, only its illusion. | The Wall …
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Nijmie Zakkiyah Dzurinko: "State violence has many fronts"
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-06-05
Activist from Put People First! Pennsylvania discusses the denial of healthcare as an aspect of state violence and historic, systemic oppression of Black, Indigenous and working class people in the US…
peoplesdispatch.org/2020/06/05/nijmie-za…

ICE Wants to Deport Marc Petitpierre to Switzerland
Russell Mokhiber | counterpunch.org | 2020-06-05
People in Berkeley Springs, West Virginia will remember Marc Petitpierre as the political activist who would ride his Segway all over town. Petitpierre lived in Berkeley Springs for fourteen years from 1991 to 2005, when a divorce forced a move to Martinsburg. In Martinsburg, Petitpierre held jobs at McDonald's, Sheetz, FedEx and elsewhere. But his…
counterpunch.org/2020/06/05/ice-wants-to…

Racist Rizzo statue taken down
Betsey Piette | workers.org | 2020-06-05
Philadelphia Philadelphia city officials removed the hated Frank Rizzo statue, long the target of demonstrations against police brutality and white supremacy, during the night of June 3. Rizzo was Philadelphia police commissioner from 1968 to 1971 and mayor from 1972 to 1980. In both roles, Rizzo targeted Black activists, including . . . | Continue reading Racist Rizzo statue taken down at Workers.org
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Enough Is Enough! Thousands Speak Out & Rally In SF Against Murder of George Floyd
Labor Video Project | indybay.org | 2020-06-05
Ten to fifteen thousand youth, activists and fighters against racism rallied and marched against the murder of George Floyd.
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/06/04/1883371…

WW statement in solidarity with rebellion
Workers World staff | workers.org | 2020-06-05
The following Workers World Party public statement was issued on June 4. In SOLIDARITY we demand: Withdraw the Police & National Guard! End Mass Arrests & Curfews! Drop All Charges! Hands Off Antifa! Stop Attacks on Anti-Racist Protesters! Smash White Supremacy! No Justice! No Peace! Black Lives Matter! Minneapolis protest . . . | Continue reading WW statement in solidarity with rebellion at Workers.org
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What is the Bougaloo Movement?
Eds. | mronline.org | 2020-06-05
There has been persistent speculation that peaceful protests against racism and police brutality may have been infiltrated by white provocateurs.
mronline.org/2020/06/05/115274/?utm_sour…

Police Brutality Protesters Met With More Brutality: Is Martial Law Next?
Staff | therealnews.com | 2020-06-05
Police across the US have met protesters with violence, tear gas, and rubber bullets. We speak with Otto the Watchdog, injured by police in Denver, and Tawanda Jones, who has led peaceful anti-brutality protests since her brother's death in custody.
therealnews.com/stories/police-brutality…

Showdown on 16th Street
Jefferson Morley | counterpunch.org | 2020-06-05
The zone of incomprehension was about a foot wide. That was the distance separating a boisterous but peaceful crowd of several hundred protesters and a silent line of several dozen uniformed Airborne Rangers in downtown Washington DC on Wednesday night. A young black woman in long braids patrolled the zone with a bullhorn, alternately telling…
counterpunch.org/2020/06/05/showdown-on-…

A Matter of Focus
Richard Ward | counterpunch.org | 2020-06-05
I returned a couple of days ago from three days camping at the Rio Chama in Rio Arriba County to a burning country and images of the Orange Beach Ball in Washington DC holding a bible in the middle of tear gas, stun grenades, and rubber bullets fired by federal troops at peaceful protesters. The…
counterpunch.org/2020/06/05/a-matter-of-…

Thank You, Peaceful Protesters!
Paul Cantor | counterpunch.org | 2020-06-05
Protest! No Justice No Peace. Sunday May 31st. Location: Stop & Shop. That was the message I received in my email Saturday. So Sunday I set out on a two mile walk to join the protest. And as I did so my mind took me on another trip entirely. First stop 2009. I am sitting…
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In response to George Floyd lynching, sports figures in solidarity with Black Lives Matter
Monica Moorehead | workers.org | 2020-06-05
"When civility leads to death, revolting is the only logical reaction. The cries for peace will rain down, and when they do, they will land on deaf ears, because your violence has brought this resistance. We have the right to fight back! Rest in Power George Floyd." Colin Kaepernick on . . . | Continue reading In response to George Floyd lynching, sports figures in solidarity with Black Lives Matter at Workers.org
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Thursday 6/4: We Demand Justice Caravan – Peaceful Protest
One Richmond | indybay.org | 2020-06-05
Meet at JFK Drive in Golden Gate Park.
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/06/04/1883371…

Lakota and Navajo respond as police blind and beat reporters and peaceful protesters
Brenda Norrell | indybay.org | 2020-06-05
Lakota and Navajo respond, as news reporters and peaceful protesters are shot, blinded and beaten during Black Lives Matter protests. In Albuquerque, The Red Nation group was stalked and confronted by white vigilantes working with Albuquerque Police officers.
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/06/04/1883370…

Saturday 6/6: Peaceful Protest and March: King Plaza Palo Alto
Silence is Violence | indybay.org | 2020-06-05
In front of Palo Alto City Hall in MLK Jr. Plaza | 250 Hamilton Ave. | Palo Alto 94301…
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/06/05/1883383…

Friday 6/5: Say No to Racism – Peaceful Solidarity Protest (Palo Alto)
Community | indybay.org | 2020-06-05
Greer Park | 1127 Colorado Ave, Palo Alto…
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/06/05/1883382…

Friday 6/5: Fire Jared Yuen – One Week After Peaceful Protest (San José)
JH | indybay.org | 2020-06-05
San José City Hall | 200 E Santa Clara St.
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/06/05/1883382…

'They don't do that': Governor Cuomo denies NYPD brutalized peaceful protesters despite video evidence
rt.com | 2020-06-05
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo denied accusations that New York City police officers have used batons against people peacefully protesting against the death of George Floyd, even though multiple videos show them doing so. | During a press briefing on Thursday, Cuomo called the allegations "incendiary rhetoric," asking the reporter who brought them up: "Do you think there's any sensible police officer who believes their job is bludgeoning a peaceful person with a baton?" | "It's not a fact! It's not even an opinion! That is a hyper-partisan rhetorical attack!" he continued, adding that NYPD officers "don't do t…
rt.com/usa/490837-cuomo-police-incendiar…

ENTIRE emergency response team of Buffalo Police Department resigns over suspension of cops who pushed elderly protester
rt.com | 2020-06-05
All 57 members of the Buffalo Police Department's Emergency Response Team have quit their unit in protest after two officers were suspended without pay over their unprovoked attack on an elderly peaceful protester. | The officers resigned from their positions en masse on Friday after their colleagues were suspended without pay the previous night as a "show of support and disgust," local media reported. They have not quit the police department entirely, however. | The Erie County District Attorney is investigati…
rt.com/usa/490987-buffalo-riot-police-un…

'They don't do that': Governor Cuomo denies NYPD brutalized peaceful protesters despite video evidence
rt.com | 2020-06-05
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo denied accusations that New York City police officers have used batons against peaceful protesters against the death of George Floyd, even though multiple videos showed them doing so. | During a press briefing on Thursday, Cuomo called the allegations "incendiary rhetoric," asking the reporter who brought them up: "Do you think there's any sensible police officer who believes their job is bludgeoning a peaceful person with a baton?" | "It's not a fact! It's not even an opinion! That is a hyper-partisan rhetorical attack!" he continued, adding that the NYPD officers "don't do that…
rt.com/usa/490837-cuomo-police-incendiar…

Russia backs Iran's peaceful satellite launch
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-06-05
TEHRAN, Jun. 05 (MNA)

[Letter] Preparing for a COVID-19 surge
Manar Alkuzweny, Anita Raj, Sanjay Mehta | thelancet.com | 2020-06-05
As of May 12, 2020, over 4.2 million cases of COVID-19 across 187 countries have been reported, of which 1.3 million have occurred in the United States (US) alone [1]. Although many infected individuals will have mild symptoms, older patients are disproportionately more likely to progress to severe disease (US adults aged 65–84 are hospitalized at a rate of 31–59%, and infected adults over 85 at a rate of 31–70%) [2]. As hospital capacity and the population density of older adults vary considerably across the country and worldwide, understanding which regions will face disproportionate burden fr…
thelancet.com/journals/eclinm/article/PI…(20)30144-9/fulltext?rss=yes

[Letter] COVID-19: Compounding the health-related harms of human trafficking
Richard Armitage, Laura B Nellums | thelancet.com | 2020-06-05
Those affected by human trafficking are exposed to multiple severe health risks, including physical, sexual, and psychological violence, occupational hazards, and deprivation, and usually require urgent medical care to address the physical and psychological consequences of extreme exploitation [1]. COVID-19 threatens to exacerbate the health disparities faced by this vulnerable group.
thelancet.com/journals/eclinm/article/PI…(20)30153-X/fulltext?rss=yes

Generals Are Not the People's Ally
Ron Jacobs | counterpunch.org | 2020-06-05
James Mattis is not a friend of the people protesting in the streets. He is the same murdering general he always was. People who think otherwise are only fooling themselves. He still thinks shooting people is "sometimes fun." He still supports the ongoing presence of US military around the globe. He still believes the US…
counterpunch.org/2020/06/05/generals-are…

German protests in solidarity with George Floyd and against police violence
wsws.org | 2020-06-05
The brutal video-recorded murder has shocked people in Germany and many have taken to the streets in protest.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/06/05/germ…

The Murder of George Floyd: Racism and the Dark History of Slavery Colonialism. How it Relates to France
Sianny Rooney | globalresearch.ca | 2020-06-05
Riots have sparked all over US' cities for more than a week now for the extrajudicial killing of a black man named George Floyd on May 25 in Minnesota, USA. Similar protests on police's violence after the death of George …
globalresearch.ca/murder-george-floyd-re…

Direct Action and the Rejection of Monumental History
JFLMES | counterpunch.org | 2020-06-05
As people have gathered across the country to oppose police violence, including the murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, they have targeted statues, monuments, and buildings commemorating white supremacy. In Philadelphia, protestors defaced a statue of Frank Rizzo, the city's segregationist mayor and police commissioner. In Birmingham, they toppled a likeness of Confederate veteran and Alabama banker Charles Linn and set fire to another of slaveowning president Thomas Jefferson.
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Protests spread in Chile as hospitals reach saturation point
wsws.org | 2020-06-05
The loss of life is the outcome of decades of pro-corporate policies that have led to a chronically underfunded health system, now on the verge of collapse and extreme poverty.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/06/05/chil…

Everywhere is War
Stanley L. Cohen | counterpunch.org | 2020-06-05
Like a chorus of obedient social referees, pundits of all pedigree and purpose, the political and the pompous have tripped over one another the last few days as they race to be the first and loudest to dictate to hundreds of thousands in the streets, in this country, what is and what is not acceptable protest. All that has been missing from this stew of politically correct is announcing to the world, from statehouses and zoom alike, is the mascot… some of my best friends are …
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How Endless War Contributes to Police Brutality
Bonnie Kristian | globalresearch.ca | 2020-06-05
The indefensible death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police officers and the indiscriminate police violence in subsequent protests have returned police misconduct to the center of our national conversation. | It is not a conversation we may quickly …
globalresearch.ca/how-endless-war-contri…

Police Use Contact Tracing and Big Tech to Identify Protesters
MassPrivatel | globalresearch.ca | 2020-06-05
Countless warnings about how law enforcement could use contact-tracing apps to monitor people have gone unheeded. | As BGR.com revealed police are using contact tracing to identify protester's affiliations. | "According to Minnesota Public Safety Commissioner John Harringon, officials there have been | …
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A Tale of Two Americas
Tracey L. Rogers | counterpunch.org | 2020-06-05
As protests and riots spread like wildfire across the nation in response to the death of George Floyd and other black people at the hands of white police officers, I cannot help but recall an old African Proverb: "The child who is not embraced by the village will burn it down to feel its warmth."
counterpunch.org/2020/06/05/a-tale-of-tw…

It Doesn't Matter Who Protested and Who "Rioted"
Jill Richardson | counterpunch.org | 2020-06-05
The grocery store across from my old house in La Mesa, California (just outside of San Diego) has been vandalized and looted. Two nearby banks were burned to the ground. Who did it? In similar scenes across the country, it depends who you ask. Various reports blame white supremacists, far-right extremists, anarchists and outside agitators,…
counterpunch.org/2020/06/05/it-doesnt-ma…

Protests erupt in France against police violence and Trump's coup d'état
wsws.org | 2020-06-05
After the anti-constitutional threats by Trump to deploy the military against protests in the United States, 20,000 people demonstrated in Paris on Tuesday.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/06/05/pari…

Social Media Sucks for Reporting News
Kollibri terre Sonnenblume | counterpunch.org | 2020-06-05
What's happening at all the George Floyd protests around the country? How many people are showing up? What are the demographics? How many cops are there? Which community organizations are involved? Are local elected officials helping or hurting? Who really broke that window or set that fire? What about these reports of incitement by white…
counterpunch.org/2020/06/05/social-media…

Obama's Essay on Protests: Maintaining the Status Quo
Robert Fantina | globalresearch.ca | 2020-06-05
Former President Barack Obama has weighed in on the current civil unrest and ongoing racial injustice. While most people recognize his intelligence, especially when compared to the irrational blustering of his successor, his calm, measured opinion on how the nation …
globalresearch.ca/obama-protests-maintai…

As US protests Show, the Challenge is How to Rise Above the Violence Inherent in State Power
Jonathan Cook | counterpunch.org | 2020-06-05
Here is one thing I can write with an unusual degree of certainty and confidence: Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin would not have been charged with the (third-degree) murder of George Floyd had the United States not been teetering on a knife edge of open revolt. Had demonstrators not turned out in massive numbers on the streets…
counterpunch.org/2020/06/05/as-us-protes…

What you need to know about the coronavirus right now
yenisafak.com | 2020-06-05
Here's what you need to know about the coronavirus right now: When coronavirus and protests collideAustralian authorities are taking legal action to try to stop a Black Lives Matter protest scheduled for Saturday in Sydney, citing the risk of an outbreak of COVID-19 given the thousands expected to attend.French police have also banned a demonstration planned for Saturday in front of the U.S. Embassy in Paris because of what they said were risks of social disorder and health dangers from large gatherings.New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director Robert Redfiel…
yenisafak.com/en/life/what-you-need-to-k…

Israel Is, Like the US, Prime Target for New Mass Uprising
Michael Jansen | globalresearch.ca | 2020-06-05
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu must be very worried over the US-wide protests by African-Americans and their supporters against the murder by smothering of a black man by a white police officer on May 25. | Having announced he would begin …
globalresearch.ca/israel-prime-target-ne…

Veterans Protest Trump's Threats To Send Active Duty Military To Cities
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2020-06-05
Army veteran Aubrey Rose cuts a striking figure at Denver's ongoing protests

Black Misleaders Seek To End Protest
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2020-06-05
The aftermath of George Floyd's murder at the hands of Minneapolis, Minnesota police has created a national political crisis. The revulsion caused by this latest killing caught on camera spawned protests in Minneapolis and all over the country. Black people are the angriest, knowing they are at risk of the same treatment and because most police killings rarely result in convictions. | But the mass actions present a problem for the rulers. Anger boiled beneath the surface after years of the race to the bottom austerity regime, the worsening economic collapse in the wake of the COVID-19 quarantine, and another Demo…
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We Protest Police In The Streets, So Why Do We Let Police In Our Schools?
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2020-06-05
There is a large body of research that shows that having police in schools negatively impacts student learning and makes kids feel unsafe. It took the murder of Philando Castille in 2016 and George Floyd, but the Minneapolis Public School Board voted last night to cut ties with the Minneapolis Police Department. We have examples in Chicago and across the country of police abusing our students in schools. This includes police tasing a student, body-slamming a 12-year-old, flipping a student's desk and dragging them across the floor, slapping and kicking a student, and arresting students as young as six years old.
popularresistance.org/we-protest-police-…

FBI 'Has No Intelligence' Indicating Antifa Was Linked To Violence In Protests
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2020-06-05
The FBI has collected no intelligence indicating that "antifa" was involved in violence over the weekend related to protests over the death of George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man who died on May 25 after a white police officer in Minneapolis knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes, The Nation reported. Trump announced on Twitter that day that "the United States of America will be designating ANTIFA as a Terrorist Organization." But an internal FBI situation report, the bureau's Washington, DC, field office "has no intelligence indicating Antifa involvement/presence" in the violence that took place on Sunday.
popularresistance.org/fbi-has-no-intelli…

Push Back: US Police State Faces Revolt
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2020-06-05
Dr. Gerald Horne on the George Floyd protests, the black freedom struggle, and Trump's expansion of the US police state at home and around the world. | Historian and author Gerald Horne discusses the US uprisings against police brutality and systemic racism sparked by George Floyd's killing; the devastating impact of the US government's decades-old war on the black freedom struggle; the ongoing "Russia-baiting" of the protests; and how, amidst the suffering and repression at home, the U.S. government, in bipartisan fashion, continues to attempt to impose its will on countries abroad, from China to Venezuela. | Gu…
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Washington's Hong Kong Hypocrisy Backfires
Andrey Areshev | strategic-culture.org | 2020-06-05
The mass protests raging across the United States over the police killing of yet another African-American man have had the salutary effect of exposing Washington's rank hypocrisy in international relations. | In particular, before the gruesome death of George Floyd at the hands of police officers on May 25, President Donald Trump and Congressional lawmakers were building a provocative campaign of vilification against China. That campaign was related to groundless claims that Beijing had engaged in an alleged cover-up of the coronavirus pandemic. | U.S. efforts to undermine China were given added impetus after Bei…
strategic-culture.org/news/2020/06/05/wa…

Stop The Police Murders & Repression! Fruitvale Plaza Rally After Murder Of George Lloyd
Labor Video Project | indybay.org | 2020-06-05
A rally was held at the Oscar Grant/Fruitvale BART Plaza in Oakland on June 1 to protest the murder of George Lloyd and many many others by the police.
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/06/03/1883369…

'Basket of deplorables' 2.0? Biden claims up to 50 million Americans are 'not very good' people
rt.com | 2020-06-05
Having called for Donald Trump to unify the country amidst George Floyd protests, Joe Biden referred to "10 to 15 percent" of Americans as "not very good people," a quote some have predicted will damage his campaign. | Biden made the comment during a virtual discussion that included 'Avengers' actor Don Cheadle. | "Do we want our kids

George Floyd protests will be Covid-19 'seeding event,' CDC director warns while taking heat over pandemic response
rt.com | 2020-06-05
CDC head Robert Redfield has faced wrath online after urging protesters to be tested for Covid-19 and lamenting that his agency's message is not getting through. He was reminded of the CDC's own clumsy response to the crisis. | During a congressional hearing on the government's handling of the pandemic on Thursday, Redfield told lawmakers he was "very concerned" that the CDC's message on the virus is not "resonating" with the public. He warned that crowded anti-police brutality demonstrations held in scores of cities over the last week could propel a spike in new cases. | "I do think there is a potential, unfo…
rt.com/usa/490835-cdc-director-protests-…

GRAPHIC VIDEO shows officers pushing protester, knocking him UNCONSCIOUS, then claim he 'tripped'
rt.com | 2020-06-05
A chilling video captured an elderly protester being shoved to the ground by officers in Buffalo as they moved in to clear the area after the curfew. The man could be seen lying motionless while bleeding from his ear. | Graphic footage shows police officers swarming the area in front of City Hall in Buffalo, New York right after its 8pm curfew went into effect on Thursday. As police advance on protesters, a man with what looks like a smartphone in his hand approaches the officers leading the procession in an attempt to confront them. | WARNING: GRAPHIC VIDEO | Just about an hour ago, police officers shove man…
rt.com/usa/490839-buffalo-police-graphic…

Western Governments Collectively Punishing Syrian Civilians with Criminal Economic Embargoes
Tom Duggan | globalresearch.ca | 2020-06-05
The Syrian Government is trying to keep medicine at an affordable price for the consumer by limiting the price of medicines, but the pharmaceutical industry inside Syria needs to raise the prices to sustain production. | This is due to two …
globalresearch.ca/western-governments-pu…

Because Imperialists Rape: Anarcha-Feminism In the Ashes of the MeToo Era
Nicky Reid | counterpunch.org | 2020-06-05
The MeToo Movement died last month. It bled out slowly as it limped to the barn. It's hard to say who the triggerman was behind the coup de grace, but it wasn't Joe Biden. That derelict beast is anything but a feminist and this wound was clearly self-inflicted. My guess is the artery was severed…
counterpunch.org/2020/06/05/because-impe…

Unemployment Far Worse in Lockdown States, Data Show
Abigail Devereaux | globalresearch.ca | 2020-06-05
The novel coronavirus has done severe economic damage all over the globe. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) stated on June 1, 2020 that it could take nearly a decade for the economy to grow back to levels forecasted this January…
globalresearch.ca/unemployment-worse-loc…

Mass reopenings worldwide have accelerated the coronavirus pandemic
wsws.org | 2020-06-05
There are now more than 100,000 new cases of the coronavirus around the world each day, and at least 3,000 new deaths.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/06/05/covi…

Food and Agroecology: Coping with Future Shocks
Colin Todhunter | counterpunch.org | 2020-06-05
The food crisis that could follow in the wake of the various lockdowns that were implemented on the back of the coronavirus may have long-lasting consequences. We are already seeing food shortages in the making. In India, for instance, supply chains have been disrupted, farm input systems for the supply of seeds and fertilisers have…
counterpunch.org/2020/06/05/food-and-agr…

Demonstrators must protect themselves, and others, from COVID-19: UN health agency
news.un.org | 2020-06-05
Demonstrators who want to go into the street to make their voices heard, should take every precaution against catching or passing on the coronavirus, as the global pandemic is far from over, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2020/06/1…

Video: COVID-19 "Fake" Data in Italy: Politician Slams False Numbers: Vittorio Sgarbi
Global Research News | globalresearch.ca | 2020-06-05
Vittorio Sgarbi, MP (Forza Italia) slammed the closure of 60% of Italian businesses: A decision which was taken on the basis of an alleged 25,000 Coronavirus deaths. "It's not true," he said. | . | According to the National Institute of Health, …
globalresearch.ca/video-covid-19-fake-da…

Alberta's hard-right premier dismisses coronavirus as "influenza"
wsws.org | 2020-06-05
Kenney's callous remark is part of his government's reckless back-to-work policy, and underscores the broad support within Canada's ruling elite for a criminal "herd immunity" strategy.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/06/05/kenn…

Hundreds of jobs axed as News Corp Australia shuts regional and suburban newspapers
wsws.org | 2020-06-05
The Murdoch-owned company, like other media conglomerates, has seized on the COVID-19 crisis to drastically restructure operations and drive up profits.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/06/05/medi…

Taxing large fortunes, a tool of social justice
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-06-05
Several countries around the world are discussing a tax on large fortunes to deal with the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. The question of combating extreme inequality is a political decision that governments have to make. | According to an Oxfam study, since 2015, the richest population, which accounts for 1% of the total, has more wealth than the rest of the planet. Small elites of countries seize an increasing proportion of national income, while hundreds of millions of people still do not have access to potable drinking water or enough food for their families. | The gap between rich and poor people wid…
peoplesdispatch.org/2020/06/05/taxing-la…

Racism is a Public Health Crisis
Jaelani Turner-Williams | counterpunch.org | 2020-06-05
We're facing a state of emergency. Not only has the death toll of the COVID-19 pandemic risen above 105,000 in the United States alone, but it seems to be disproportionately lethal for Black Americans. While COVID-19 is still a growing pandemic, it's unmasking itself as a racial injustice as well. A growing number of communities…
counterpunch.org/2020/06/05/racism-is-a-…

How do you resist a hybrid war amid a pandemic?
Zoe PC | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-06-05
The COVID-19 pandemic has provoked a series of unexpected challenges in countries across the world. However amid the uncertainty, crisis and tragedy, we have seen traces of a more humane society based in solidarity. In several countries, States have committed to paying the salaries of workers that lost their jobs, some have implemented a basic income, and the healthcare systems have been re-nationalized. These measures have shown not only that it is not antagonistic to protect and support the people but long term it is actually better for the economy. On the international level, China and Cuba stand out for showi…
peoplesdispatch.org/2020/06/05/how-do-yo…

New US weekly unemployment claims near 2 million as foreclosures, hunger loom
wsws.org | 2020-06-05
The economic meltdown triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic is evolving into a deep and long economic slump.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/06/05/usun…

Trump's Election to Lose
David Rosen | counterpunch.org | 2020-06-05
Will the riots that swept the country following the murder of George Floyd by the Minneapolis police enable Donald Trump's reelection? No one must have been more upset by the Covid-19 pandemic than Trump. His concern for the fate of the 100,000 people who have lost their lives and the 1.65 million Americans infected seems…
counterpunch.org/2020/06/05/trumps-elect…

London bus workers face COVID-19 disaster: Build rank-and-file safety committees!
wsws.org | 2020-06-05
Unite has signed off on the Johnson government's COVID-19 transport plan despite the serious and imminent danger it poses to drivers and the travelling public.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/06/05/busd…

CoronaShock: Five key questions about China and COVID-19
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-06-05
Since the world first heard about COVID-19 in December 2019, nearly every corner of the planet has been affected by this pandemic. Based on what media around the world is saying, it's hard to know what is true and what is not.
peoplesdispatch.org/2020/06/05/coronasho…

How Has Bolivia's de Facto Regime Taken Advantage of COVID-19 to Consolidate Its Power and Repress Political Rivals?
Lola Allen | counterpunch.org | 2020-06-05
On April 29, Bolivia's de facto president, Jeanine àÅñez, announced that the country would be moving into a "dynamic quarantine" phase on May 11. This decision was intended to alleviate the social and economic repercussions of the pandemic by loosening lockdown restrictions. However, the most heavily affected areas ‚Äï located primarily in poor communities ‚Äï…
counterpunch.org/2020/06/05/how-has-boli…

Reflections on My COVID-19 Immunity
Louis Proyect | counterpunch.org | 2020-06-05
The last couple of months leading up to a Quest serology test that yielded "positive" antibodies for COVID-19 have been a roller coaster ride. Take a seat in the car behind me, strap yourself in, and let me recount a story that Agatha Christie might have written.
counterpunch.org/2020/06/05/reflections-…

UAW withholds information six days after Louisville Ford worker tests positive for COVID-19
wsws.org | 2020-06-05
Workers were outraged at the United Auto Workers union for concealing information about the spread of the deadly disease at the Kentucky Truck Plant.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/06/05/ford…

Human COVID-19 Vaccine Trials Are Unnecessary, Uninformative, and Unethical
William A. Haseltine | globalresearch.ca | 2020-06-05
Deliberately infecting healthy human volunteers with the SARS-CoV-2 virus in order to test the efficacy of potential COVID-19 vaccines is unnecessary, uninformative, and unethical. And it risks destroying trust in the integrity of science and medicine for generations to come. | …
globalresearch.ca/human-covid-19-vaccine…

Rushing a Vaccine to Market for a Vanishing Virus
Ellen Brown | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-06-05
More than 100 companies are competing to be first in the race to get a COVID-19 vaccine to market. It's a race against time, not because the death rate is climbing but because it is falling

The Six-Day War: The Myth of an Israeli David Versus an Arab Goliath
Miko Peled | mintpressnews.com | 2020-06-05
The son of an Israeli General, Miko Peled reflects on the nefarious intent behind what was presented to the world as the heroic triumph of an outmatched Israel vs its aggressive Arab neighbors.
mintpressnews.com/six-day-war-myth-of-an…

Beyond Nuclear Files Federal Lawsuit Challenging High-Level Radioactive Waste Dump for Entire Inventory of US "Spent" Reactor Fuel
Beyond Nuclear | globalresearch.ca | 2020-06-05
Today the non-profit organization Beyond Nuclear filed an appeal with the U.S. Cou…
globalresearch.ca/beyond-nuclear-files-f…

Trump's War on Democracy
Melvin Goodman | counterpunch.org | 2020-06-05
"I've had a lot of wars of my own. I'm really good at war. I love war…."

The World Desperately Needs the Wisdom of Bobby Kennedy Now More than Ever
Matthew Ehret-Kump | globalresearch.ca | 2020-06-05
Today's fires which have spread across America in the wake of George Floyd's murder at the knee of Minnesota police officer Derek Chauvin has presented America with the chance to do some serious soul searching. It has also presented …
globalresearch.ca/world-desperately-need…

Jakarta: Force and Fraud at Home and Abroad. What's Next?
Gary Olson | counterpunch.org | 2020-06-05
I'm guessing that "Jakarta Is Coming" or "Plan Jakarta" won't elicit immediate recognition from most of you and until very recently that was also true for me. But before defining it, here's a bit of necessary background: In 1965-66, the United States engineered a systematic mass murder in Indonesia that killed more than one million…
counterpunch.org/2020/06/05/jakarta-forc…

New details emerge in hearing for three charged in murder of Ahmaud Arbery
wsws.org | 2020-06-05
The judge in the Arbery case found probable cause against all three defendants and declared that all of their cases would move forward to trial.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/06/05/arbr…

Turkish parliament expels three opposition MPs convicted for dissident acts
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-06-05
Two of the MPs from the pro-Kurdish HDP have been convicted of belonging to a "terrorist organization" and the other from the Republican People's Party has been persecuted for providing information to a journalist…
peoplesdispatch.org/2020/06/05/turkish-p…

Trump intensifies campaign to brand domestic opposition as terrorism
wsws.org | 2020-06-05
The White House's planned use of anti-terrorism units to apprehend "agitators" is aimed at criminalizing opposition to police violence and the policies of the oligarchy.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/06/05/pers…

Philippines begins lifting lockdown despite rising infection rates
wsws.org | 2020-06-05
President Duterte is seeking to suppress any opposition to the premature reopening through the extension of his emergency powers and a new anti-terrorism bill.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/06/05/phil…

Portland holds vigil honoring victims of state violence
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-06-05
Portland, OR – A casket sat at the bottom of the steps of Terry Shrunk plaza, as a sizeable crowd gathered to remember the lives of the most recent victims of state terror carried out by our nation's police force, May 29. | Impassioned speeches, song and poetry filled the plaza as speakers stressed the need for continual action and solidarity against racism and institutional white supremacy. | "The reality is, is that white America has accepted the fact that black and brown bodies are expendable. That in order for you to feel secure, we have been silenced while our bodies continue to pile up," said Portland City…
www.fightbacknews.org/2020/6/5/portland-…

Teachers in Greece gear up for another mobilization against controversial bill on education
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-06-05
The new bill for education proposed by the conservative New Democracy (ND)-led government in Greece has been opposed by teachers, students and parents across the country…
peoplesdispatch.org/2020/06/05/teachers-…

De Blasio Staffers Demand `Radical Change from Mayor' in Open Letter
Shant Shahrigian | zcomm.org | 2020-06-05
Two-hundred thirty-six current and former staffers for Mayor de Blasio signed an open letter calling on him to live up to the promises of reform that initially drew them to work for him. One demand is to cut the $6 billion police budget by 1/6…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/de-blasio-staffers…

Swedish health officials admit "herd immunity" policy led to "too many" deaths
wsws.org | 2020-06-05
Sweden's policy has been lauded internationally by mouthpieces for the financial elite and big business, who were determined to force working people back to their jobs as soon as multi-billion bailouts for the financial oligarchy were completed.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/06/05/swed…

BlackRock is Bailing Out Its ETFs with Fed Money and Taxpayers Eating Losses; It's Also the Sole Manager for $335 Billion of Federal Employees' Retirement Funds
Pam Martens, Russ Martens | counterpunch.org | 2020-06-05
BlackRock, the international investment management firm run by billionaire Larry Fink, has played an outsized role in Federal Reserve bailouts of Wall Street. As it turns out, it's also been quietly managing hundreds of billions of dollars for more than five million federal government employees in their retirement plan, known as the Thrift Savings Plan…
counterpunch.org/2020/06/05/blackrock-is…

As 42.6 Million Americans File for Unemployment, Billionaires Add Half a Trillion Dollars to Their Cumulative Wealth
Chuck Collins | counterpunch.org | 2020-06-05
In a turbulent week across the nation, the wealth of U.S. billionaires surged past half a trillion dollars since the beginning of the pandemic unemployment. The announcement on June 4th that an additional 1.9 million more have filed for unemployment in the last week means that 42.6 million Americans have filed since March 18th, according…
counterpunch.org/2020/06/05/as-42-6-mill…

The Corona Crisis: BS is Running Wild! Where does One Start?
Philip A Farruggio | globalresearch.ca | 2020-06-05
Well, let's go to that sea of new human interest corporate commercials saying how they all 'Care about you during this pandemic'. | All those nice and decent companies want to see you through this, of course IF you use their …
globalresearch.ca/the-corona-crisis-bs-i…

HBO's Foray into Fake News Amounts to Little More Than Corporate News Propaganda "After Truth: Disinformation and the Cost of Fake News"
Project Censored | projectcensored.org | 2020-06-05
A documentary film review by Nolan Higdon HBO's After Truth: Disinformation and the Cost of Fake News benefits from strong storytelling but falls short of addressing the central problems associated…
projectcensored.org/hbos-foray-into-fake…

America has its knee on the necks of Black & Brown People
Don Rojas | zcomm.org | 2020-06-05
Our struggles moving forward must be guided by the principles of "nonviolent revolution" and inspired by all our fallen ancestors who gave their lives in the fight to liberate Black and Brown people here and around the world…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/america-has-its-kn…

Zambia's bid for IMF rescue deal thwarted by Washington's anti-China campaign
wsws.org | 2020-06-05
Zambia has been caught in the crosshairs of US President Donald Trump's reckless campaign to undermine China, which he views as a threat to US global dominance.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/06/05/zamb…

Smartphone Cameras Are The Windows Into Society's Soul
Caitlin Johnstone | thealtworld.com | 2020-06-05
In ages past we knew hardly anything about what was going on in a given civilization. Mythology about a population's history were handed down around campfires in the form of verbal tradition from generation to generation. When the written word came around we invented something called "history", which was really just records of the ancient propaganda from whoever happened to have won the most recent war. Then later on we got very clever and invented something called "journalism", which was really just whatever stories the people who controlled the media wanted told. | None of these presentations were particularly…
thealtworld.com/caitlin_johnston/smartph…

The Battle Over Free Speech Online is a Volcano That's Ready to Blow
Marshall Auerback | counterpunch.org | 2020-06-05
Donald Trump threatened to close Twitter down a day after the social media giant marked his tweets with a fact-check warning label for the first time. The president followed this threat up with an executive order that would encourage federal regulators to allow tech companies to be held liable for the comments, videos, and other…
counterpunch.org/2020/06/05/the-battle-o…

Turkish Trotskyists call for independent working class action against the pandemic
wsws.org | 2020-06-05
Sosyalist Eşitlik opposes the reckless back-to-work campaign and the reopening of non-essential workplaces and schools as the pandemic continues to spread.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/06/05/turk…

Going Back to Work in a Pandemic
Denita Jones | counterpunch.org | 2020-06-05
I'm terrified of going back to work. It's hard enough for the kids

Israel Bans Sheikh Sabri from Al-Aqsa for Four Months
IMEMC & Agencies | imemc.org | 2020-06-05
Israeli occupation authorities in the internationally-recognized city of occupied East Jerusalem, reportedly imposed, on Thursday, a four-month-long entry ban on Muslim scholar and Imam of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, Sheikh Ikrima Sabri. According to the Israeli order, the senior Palestinian Muslim scholar and former Mufti of Jerusalem, will be banned from …
imemc.org/article/israel-bans-sheikh-sab…

Organizing the Rich or the Poor? Which America Will Be Ours After the Pandemic?
Liz Theoharis | counterpunch.org | 2020-06-05
In the summer of 1995, when I was 18, I started visiting Tent City, a temporary encampment in an abandoned lot in northeast Philadelphia. About 40 families had taken up residence in tents, shacks, and other makeshift structures. Among them were people of various races, ages, and sexual orientations, all homeless and fighting for the…
counterpunch.org/2020/06/05/organizing-t…

Misfit Redemption: Escape from the Cruelty of White Liberal Innocence
Kim C. Domenico | counterpunch.org | 2020-06-05
"She would have been a good woman if it had been somebody there to shoot her every minute of her life."

Say Their Names!
Peter Linebaugh | counterpunch.org | 2020-06-05
Benjamin Bowsey, John Glover, and the Delivery of Newgate, 6 June 1780 We might say that there were two ways of understanding broad, social phenomena including whole social systems. We can understand them by their structure or we can understand them by their origin. This goes for capitalism and the class struggle inherent to it. When…
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Dam Nation and Woody Guthrie
David Yearsley | counterpunch.org | 2020-06-05
It is a miracle–even if not as great as the natural one it describes–that a song so simple, so welcoming, so resolute, so reassuring, so optimistic as Woody Guthrie's "Roll on, Columbia" is not dragged down by the ironies that eddy around it. The song springs from a clever musical pun. Guthrie re-used the music…
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I'm Outraged by Trump's Church Photo-Op
Sister Karen M. Donahue | counterpunch.org | 2020-06-05
n the book of Jeremiah, the Hebrew prophet shares instructions from God about entering a place of worship. "Stand at the gate of the house of the Lord and proclaim this message there," God tells the prophet. "Reform your ways and your deeds so that I may dwell with you in this place." You can…
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Trump is the Looter to Worry About
Marilyn Bruya | counterpunch.org | 2020-06-05
Looting

Literature in Times of Turmoil
Ariel Dorfman | counterpunch.org | 2020-06-05
It is a sad paradox, but perhaps not surprising, that some of humanity's greatest writing has been born in times of turmoil. In an effort to make sense of painful encounters with death and loss, authors have always tried to turn their sorrow and confusion into enduring monuments of beauty among the ruins, masterpieces that…
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The DOJ Has Launched an Investigation as More Evidence Emerges that Someone Is Orchestrating the Violent Riots
Michael Snyder | globalresearch.ca | 2020-06-05
The Department of Justice has announced that it is attempting to determine if there is a "coordinated command and control" behind the violent riots that have erupted all over the United States. In recent days, officials all over the country …
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The Media Has Conveniently Forgotten George W. Bush's Many Atrocities
James Bovard | globalresearch.ca | 2020-06-05
Former president George W. Bush has returned to the spotlight to give moral guidance to America in these troubled times. In a statement released on Tuesday, Bush announced that he was "anguished" by the "brutal suffocation" of George Floyd…
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We Cannot Postpone Climate Talks Until 2021
Ilana Cohen | thenation.com | 2020-06-05
Lawmakers need to wake up: Climate change and the injustices it generates won't break for Covid-19. So the United Nations Climate Change Conference can't, either.
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PDF of June 4 issue
A. Majumdar | workers.org | 2020-06-05
Download 12-page PDF here. Not a riot

Liberal journo roasted by left after yearning for Tony Blair as PM during Covid-19 crisis, rejects 'boring' Iraq War criticism
rt.com | 2020-06-05
A British journalist has incurred the wrath of the left after suggesting Britain could do with Tony Blair at a time of national crisis and insisting that he didn't want to hear from people "banging on" about the Iraq War. | Ian Dunt

The Blatant Conspiracy behind Senator Robert F. Kennedy's Assassination
Edward Curtin | globalresearch.ca | 2020-06-05
Robert Kennedy was a marked man. And he knew it. That he was nevertheless willing to stand up to the forces of hate and violence that were killing innocents at home and abroad is a testimony to his incredible courage and love of country. To honor him requires that we discover the truth about those who killed him.
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The Shallow Deep-State Goes Deeper as It Moves Toward Martial Law
Edward Curtin | globalresearch.ca | 2020-06-05
I am not trying to be cute and play with words. That title is meant to convey what it says, so let me explain. | The people who own the United States and their allies around the world have a plan….
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Moscow slams Prague for 'fabricated provocation' as false 'ricin poisoning plot' leads to Russian diplomats' expulsion
rt.com | 2020-06-05
The Czech government has expelled two Russian diplomats for allegedly tricking the country's special services with a fake poisoning plot. The Russian embassy branded the accusations as a "provocation." | The decision to expel the Russian diplomats in Prague was announced by Prime Minister Andrej Babis and Foreign Minister Tomas Petricek at a joint media conference on Friday. | The prime minister said the high-profile media scandal over an alleged Kremlin plot to kill the mayor of Prague and two municipal officials with ricin poison was actually a ruse. The tip-off about the planned assassination came from a Ru…
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Russia's Invitation to G7 Summit Sparks Debate
Kester Kenn Klomegah | globalresearch.ca | 2020-06-05
The rescheduling of the Group of Seven (G7) summit from late June to September and Russia's invitation to participate alongside Australia, India and South Korea has sparked discussions among both Russian officials and experts. | The Kremlin reported that Russian President …
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The Coming Purge of Doppelgà§ngers and the Palast Revolution
John Kendall Hawkins | counterpunch.org | 2020-06-05
"Hell, you can't get people to vote once, let alone twice."

Mounting Death Toll and Confirmed Covid-19 Cases in Brazil Increase Anger Over Bolsonaro's Response
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-06-05
The rising number of confirmed Covid-19 cases and related deaths in Brazil is leading to further condemnation of how President Jair Bolsonaro has responded to the pandemic—which, as of Friday afternoon, had left over 34,000 Brazilians dead and nearly 615,000 infected, according to the Johns Hopkins global tracker. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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#SayHerName: On Breonna Taylor's 27th Birthday, Advocates Demand Justice in Shooting Death by Louisville Police
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-06-05
Racial justice advocates on Friday demanded the three Louisville police officers who shot Breonna Taylor to death in March be fired immediately and criminally charged for Taylor's murder. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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The Path Beyond Extinction and Escape: Return to Earth, Regenerate and Share
Vandana Shiva | commondreams.org | 2020-06-05
The game billionaires play is not worthy of being called economy, either as care for the home, or as the art of living. It is exractive, naked money making, at war with life and creativity. (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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World Environment Day Provokes Warnings That 'To Care for Humanity, We Must Care for Nature'
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-06-05
As a pandemic that's killed over 393,000 people rages on and demonstrations demanding racial justice continue across the globe, the international community on Friday marked World Environment Day with scientifically supported warnings about the importance of protecting nature for the future of humanity. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Coronavirus grief: Coping with the loss of routine during the pandemic
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org | 2020-06-05
It isn't easy adjusting to changes brought on by the pandemic. Consider how to deal with grief caused by the loss of your normal routine. The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has changed people's lives in many ways. In addition to feeling grief over the loss of life caused by COVID-19, you're likely grieving the loss …
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How to safely go to your doctor during the COVID-19 pandemic
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org | 2020-06-05
Are you wondering if it's time to schedule those doctor appointments you've been putting off? Restrictions related to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) are easing in many places, but you may still have concerns about COVID-19. Learn how to stay safe from coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) while getting the care you need. Do your homework Before you …
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Mayo Clinic Minute: Why tobacco users should call it quits
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org | 2020-06-05
Tobacco users have an increased risk of becoming very sick if they contract the virus that causes COVID-19. If you use tobacco and want to stop, consider World No Tobacco Day on Sunday, May 31 as a start date. "During this time when the COVID-19 pandemic has made maintaining the health of ourselves and our …
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Managing levels of specific protein, mineral early in COVID-19 may prevent severe illness
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org | 2020-06-05
PHOENIX ? Managing levels of calcium in the blood and the protein albumin early on in COVID-19 may prevent patients from progressing to severe illness and death, a study by Mayo Clinic researchers published in the journal Gastroenterology found. The findings are based on the remarkably similar clinical features and autopsy results of patients who died …
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Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: What we know about virus transmission
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org | 2020-06-05
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the most common mode of transmission for COVID-19 is through close contact from person to person. While it is possible that someone can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose or possibly their eyes, this …
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Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: Health and Human Services plays key role in supporting Americans amid COVID-19 crisis
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org | 2020-06-05
The COVID-19 pandemic has been a unique situation that has required work across federal and state agencies to support communities and frontline workers during this challenging time. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has played a key role by providing effective health and human services and fostering advances in medicine, public health …
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5G, the New Track of the Arms Race
Manlio Dinucci | globalresearch.ca | 2020-06-05
At Nellis air base in Nevada

BAME staff account for 60% of coronavirus health worker deaths and faced the greatest PPE shortages
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-06-05
Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) staff account for 60% of frontline healthcare worker deaths with coronavirus, new analysis indicates.The PA news agency has verified the deaths of 166 frontline UK healthcare workers with coronavirus (Covid-19) since the start of March this year.Of those, 100 workers came from BAME backgrounds, while 39 (23%) were white and 27 (16%) were of unknown ethnic origin.The figures include people who were working in roles shortly before their deaths where they were likely to come into contact with patients.Staff at care homes have not been included in the figures as not enough reli…
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Police Abuse in America's Barrios
Alvaro Huerta | counterpunch.org | 2020-06-05
Growing up on the mean streets of East Los Angeles–Ramona Gardens public housing project or Big Hazard projects–I witnessed/experienced police abuse. For myself, along with childhood homeboys and siblings, it occurred so frequently, where I naively thought that all Americans feared the cops. It first starts as fear; it then morphs into hate. "Hands up."
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Palestinians recall 1967 war, observe setback day
yenisafak.com | 2020-06-05
Amid Israel's plans to annex occupied West Bank, Palestinians marked the 53rd anniversary of Naksa or setback day on Friday. | The day also marked the displacement of tens of thousands of Palestinians from their homelands at the end of the 1967 Six-Day War, also known as the June War, resulting in the defeat of Arab armies of Egypt, Jordan, and Syria. | As a result of the war, Israel took control of the Palestinian-populated West Bank, Gaza Strip, Egypt's the Sinai Peninsula and Syria's Golan Heights. While the first displacement of Palestinians had taken place in May 1948 soon after the establishment of the Jewi…
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Poland to open borders with the Baltic states next week, says Lithuanian PM
yenisafak.com | 2020-06-05
Poland and the Baltic States will open their borders to each other next week in an easing of travel restrictions put in place due to the pandemic, Lithuanian Prime Minister said on Friday after a video conference with his Polish counterpart.The Baltic states – Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia – opened their common borders on May 15, creating the first so called "travel bubble" within the European Union in a bid to jump-start economies stalled by the outbreak of the novel coronavirus."We agreed that free movement between the Baltic States and Poland will be restored next week," Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skver…
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Turkey working on broad 'employment shield' package
yenisafak.com | 2020-06-05
Turkey is working on a comprehensive "employment shield" package to support jobs in the face of the coronavirus fallout, said the country's treasury and finance minister on Friday.Berat Albayrak told journalists in Istanbul, the country's commercial capital, that the issue of employment will top Turkey's normalization efforts."For this package, being prepared by the Family, Labor and Social Services Ministry, we also are contributing as much as we can in coordination," he noted."We're doing work that will provide relief to the markets with a package we can call an employment shield," he added.The government will…
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Saudi Arabia reimposes curfew in Jeddah for two weeks
yenisafak.com | 2020-06-05
Saudi Arabia has reimposed a curfew in the Red Sea city of Jeddah 3 p.m to 6 a.m for two weeks starting on Saturday due to the spread of the coronavirus, and suspended work in offices, state news agency SPA reported.SPA said prayers in the city's mosques had also been suspended.
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Russia nearing 450,000 coronavirus cases
yenisafak.com | 2020-06-05
The number of COVID-19 cases in Russia approached 450,000 on Friday. As many as 449,834 people are being treated of the virus, including 8,726 confirmed over the last 24 hours, the country's emergency task force said in a daily report.Meanwhile, over the same period, recoveries rose by 8,057 and reached 212,680, it added.So far, the authorities have not been able to overcome a negative trend in mortality, with the virus claiming over 100 lives for 11th day in a row

Ready for take-off! Turkey certifies 53 airports as anti-virus ready
yenisafak.com | 2020-06-05
Turkey has certified 53 of its airports as having taken all necessary measures against the spread of COVID-19, the nation's transport and infrastructure minister said on Friday."In addition to six airports that were previously certified, 47 more airports have become entitled to carry the certificate of 'airworthy' as of today," Adil Karaismailoglu said in a statement.He noted that all the precautionary measures are applied at every stage of travel."The priority of the airports that earned the certificate is our public health and safety," Karaismailoglu stressed.Turkey resumed domestic flights on Monday and is set…
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Turks living in Europe to reunite with homeland soon
yenisafak.com | 2020-06-05
The roads used often by expats in France, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Germany opened completely, via Austria, Hungary, Serbia, and Bulgaria.As of Thursday, June 4, Austria decided to open its borders to all its neighbors except Italy, and it was announced that health checks will be terminated, especially in Germany, Czechia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Switzerland, Liechtenstein and Hungary, and quarantine and test conditions will be lifted.In Hungary, another country on the route to Turkey, the border crossings can be made at certain times of the day without prior permission, according to the government's regulation o…
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UAE airstrikes kill 2 Libyan Army soldiers
yenisafak.com | 2020-06-05
Two Libyan Army soldiers were killed on Friday in an airstrike by a United Arab Emirates (UAE)-made drone in northwestern Libya, according to an army spokesman.The UAE drone attacked Libyan army units along the Abu Qurayn front in Misrata province, Mustafa al-Majei, a spokesman for the Burkan Al-Ghadab (Volcano of Rage) Operation, told Anadolu Agency.The UAE is one of several countries

We Need The NYPD Out Of Vision Zero
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2020-06-05
Earlier this month, a drunk driver plowed onto a Williamsburg sidewalk at 3 a.m., seriously injuring three people and killing one. The scene painted by witnesses was reminiscent of a bloody war movie–a severed leg, a body impaled on a fence, and people running in fear. | While bystanders tried to aid the victims, ripping their shirts into tourniquets to stop the bleeding, the driver tried to flee. When he was stopped by still more heroic New Yorkers, he hopped in the passenger seat and acted clueless about what had happened. | He was an NYPD officer scheduled to work in less than four hours. | This episode…
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VIDEO: How Barack Obama Destroyed Libya
Andrey Areshev | strategic-culture.org | 2020-06-05
Libya as a nation has never been the same since the start of its Civil War. A war that was ultimately started by then U.S. President Barack Obama.
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The Revolution the U.S. Needs Will Not Be Televised
Andrey Areshev | strategic-culture.org | 2020-06-05
When Gil Scott-Heron released the iconic song it was a cry for racial justice. But it was far deeper than that. Because Scott-Heron spoke the truth that media was subordinate to power. | That's why he knew the revolution he spoke of would never be on television, the most powerful form of media in the world at the time. Controlled by very few because technology had not transformed communication, corporate media crafted whatever narratives it and those it was subordinate to wanted. | And those narratives are always sick, divisive and foremost fake. | Today social media companies are supposed to act as democratized…
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Somalia: Erratic U.S. Policy Failure Doesn't Get Noticed. But a U.S. Diplomat Struggling With an End-of-Career Crisis Might
Andrey Areshev | strategic-culture.org | 2020-06-05
Churchill is believed to have once said that "diplomacy is the art of telling people to go to hell in such a way that they ask for directions." If that is true, then can we assume that Washington's man in East Africa has lost his edge? Or perhaps just his mind. | There is a fable of a senior foreign office official from London in colonial times visiting a 'District Officer' in East Africa. They both venture out into the dessert in a Land Rover and the official asks his khaki clad DO three questions. | "What is the name of the tribe in this area?" | "What language do they speak?" | And "where is drinking water her…
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'Great Power Competition' Is a Cheap Slogan Justifying Cold War
Andrey Areshev | strategic-culture.org | 2020-06-05
The fact is, we cannot afford a confrontation with China, no matter how it is packaged. | Daniel LARISON | The hawks that speak loudest about the importance of great power competition don't have the first clue what the U.S. needs to do to remain competitive against other major powers. This has become impossible to miss in the growing push for pursuing a confrontational China policy. | "Great power competition" has become the slogan that hawks now use to justify never-ending increases to the military budget without paying any attention to the importance of developing the social, intellectual, and economic resource…
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G7 Finance Ministers Discuss COVID-19 Debt & Transparency Impacts for Developing Countries
Zachary Conti | indybay.org | 2020-06-05
Amidst questions of upcoming G7 meeting dates and which countries are participating, G7 Finance Ministers met virtually about economic issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The G7 meeting focused on aid, debt and transparency issues affecting developing countries impacted by the coronavirus.
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The arrests of officers in the George Floyd murder is part of pacification campaign
WeCopwatch | indybay.org | 2020-06-05
What we have been seeing the last couple days is the beginning of a pacification campaign. Police violence is growing an uncontrollable and leaderless movement and now that the rabbit has the gun, the state is working on overdrive to pacify a popular rebellion before it creates space for substantial change. This campaign is layered and we must pay attention as:…
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100,000 Covid19 deaths later, USA empire blames China instead
DLI | indybay.org | 2020-06-05
After getting lots of info and warnings on then emerging global Covid19 pandemic in January & February, the USA ruling elite chose to ignore and sidestep best practice measures to combat the impending disaster. Instead, both White House and Congress continued bipartisan bickering, in addition to simply blaming China and the WHO for not getting the word out sooner. This is the typical m.o. of a serial global bully, who offers nothing but wild criticism of others while doing nothing to resolve urgent problems.
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Just 20% of coronavirus cases responsible for 80% of transmissions according to explosive new research
rt.com | 2020-06-05
The latest research into so-called "superspreader events" could inform public policy across the world, to help fight the widely feared "second wave" of coronavirus infections, but without the need for strict lockdowns. | A "superspreader" is an infected person who transmits a virus to a large number of people. A growing body of evidence has found that superspreaders account for the vast majority of coronavirus transmissions. | In the latest study on superspreaders, epidemiologists in Hong Kong analyzed over 1,000 coronav…
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Erdogan cancels Turkey's weekend lockdown after public backlash but warns of rise in coronavirus cases
rt.com | 2020-06-05
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday he had decided to cancel a weekend lockdown announced late on Thursday, following a public backlash. | The Interior Ministry said earlier that the stay-at-home order in 15 cities could help prevent the spread of the coronavirus, continuing the policy of weekend lockdowns. | Erdogan explained in a series of tweets on Friday that the government had to impose the weekend lockdown after daily new Covid-19 cases rose from around 700 to nearly 1,000. | "However, the reactions we received from our people pushed us to re-evaluate the decision," the president said,…
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Post-lockdown job recovery numbers are cooked, but not for the reason Paul Krugman & the never-Trumpers believe
rt.com | 2020-06-05
The Trump administration has hailed new US jobs numbers showing a dip in sky-high unemployment rates as an economic victory, and the president's enemies are crying foul. They're right

Spain rules out reopening borders to foreign tourists before July
rt.com | 2020-06-05
Spain plans to further ease the coronavirus lockdown in its two biggest cities from Monday, but will not start reopening its borders to foreign tourists before July 1, according to the government. | Health Minister Salvador Illa said on Friday that some restrictions would be lifted in Madrid and Barcelona, which have so far lagged behind the rest of the country's easing program. | From Monday, bar and restaurant customers will be allowed to sit inside rather than on outdoor terraces, and children will be able to play outside at any time of day. | Tourism Minister Reyes Maroto said on Thursday that land borders…
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Gates dismisses 'bizarre' Covid-19 conspiracy theories as his impact on WHO, global health business increases
rt.com | 2020-06-05
Bill Gates brushed off Covid-19 conspiracy theories about him wanting to track people through microchips just as he is poised to become the World Health Organization's biggest donor. | "It's almost hard to deny this stuff because it's so stupid or strange that even to repeat it gives it credibility," Gates said on numerous conspiracy theories swirling around him since the coronavirus crisis began and he became an outspoken champion for a vaccine. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has just recently pledged $1.6 billion to vaccine alliance group Gavi, which will use the money to immunize children in poorer nat…
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Oxygen treatment: Russian doctors experimenting with PRESSURE CHAMBERS to defeat Covid-19
rt.com | 2020-06-05
As the world researches vaccines and cures, it is no secret that defeating Covid-19 is everyone's top priority. In Moscow, some scientists are using a completely different, experimental technique: hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT). | The procedure works by placing a patient in a pressure chamber and having them breathe in oxygen-rich air. In the chamber, air pressure is much higher than the body is used to, meaning the lungs can breathe in much more pure oxygen, speeding up natural healing processes. | "The procedure aims to avoid transferring the patient to an artificial lung ventilation apparatus," said Serge…
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Twitter blasts Trump for saying it's a 'great day for George Floyd' after good US jobs numbers, but his words taken out of context
rt.com | 2020-06-05
Twitter erupted in a rage after reports that Donald Trump said the murdered George Floyd would be "happy" about good US jobs figures. It turned out the president wasn't talking about jobs figures when he made the comment at all. | During remarks at the White House on Friday, Trump took time to boast about figures showing unemployment had fallen to 13.3 percent with 2.5 million jobs added in May, as the economy begins to rebound following the Covid-19 lockdown. | Many reporters on Twitter were then quick to share shortened versions of a clip in which Trump said Floyd was hopefully "looking down right now and sa…
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'Blanket lockdown' should end now, Trump says, touting '2 million vaccines ready' if they're declared safe
rt.com | 2020-06-05
Donald Trump has called for an end to the "blanket lockdown" of US states, imposed to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic, and hailed the country's "tremendous" progress on finding a safe vaccine. | "We want the continued blanket lockdown to end," the US president said during remarks at the White House on Friday, suggesting that the liberal coastal states of California and New York should hurry up the process of reopening. He also praised Florida for easing restrictions sooner. | Trump claimed the country has "over 2 million" Covid-19 vaccine doses "ready to go" if they are approved as being safe. Top White House…
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Arctic oil spill: Russian watchdog 'revealed violations' in Norilsk thermal power plant's operations in 2017
rt.com | 2020-06-05
Russia's Federal Environmental, Industrial and Nuclear Supervision Service (Rostechnadzor) revealed violations in the operation of tanks at the combined heat and power plant CHPP-3 in Norilsk, in Russia's Krasnoyarsk Region, in 2017, according to the SPARK database. During inspections in the fall of 2017, Rostechnadzor found irregularities in the operation of two tanks for fuel storage at the thermal power plant that belongs to the Norilsk-Taimyr Energy Company (NTEC), which is part of the Nornickel group. | The watchdog also said the company had failed to conduct repair work which had been planned earlier at…
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VIDEO shows 'persons of interest' in murder of retired black cop David Dorn, 'killed by looters'
rt.com | 2020-06-05
Police have released surveillance footage showing several individuals inside the ransacked pawn shop in St. Louis where retired police captain David Dorn was gunned down, deeming them "persons of interest" in the case. | Captured by several surveillance cameras inside the shop, the video shows a group of men snooping around the looted property around the time Dorn was killed. At least two of them appear to be armed, the footage shows. | RECOGNIZE THESE SUBJECTS? | They're persons of interest in the murder of Ret. Capt. David Dorn. | Anyone with info should call our Homicide Div directly @ 314-444-5371, or if y…
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China urges Facebook to drop 'ideological bias' after it slaps warning labels on 'state-controlled media' pages
rt.com | 2020-06-05
The Chinese government has accused Facebook of "ideological bias" after the social media giant announced plans to put warning labels on Chinese "state-controlled" media pages including Xinhua and CCTV. | The Chinese news agency and TV channel are among the outlets which Facebook has designated as "wholly or partially under editorial control of a state", based on the opinion of unnamed experts. Beijing criticized the change on Friday, saying social media platforms should not create obstacles for traditional media. | "We hope that the relevant social media platform can put aside the ideological bias and hold an…
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'Dishonorable and unworthy' move: Moscow vows 'adequate response' to diplomats' expulsion from Czech Republic over 'poison plot'
rt.com | 2020-06-05
The expulsion of two Russian diplomats over the imaginary Prague poisoning plot is a very hostile move, Russia's Foreign Ministry has said, warning the scandal is set to affect relations between the two countries. | "The Czech side has acted dishonorably and unworthily, taking this unfriendly step. Without any reason, the Czech authorities caused serious damage to Russian-Czech relations," the ministry said in a statement. | The actions of Prague will receive not only an adequate response, but will be also taken into account during formation of Russian policies towards the Czech Republic. | After weeks of unfo…
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Huge fire devastates Amazon warehouse & trucks in California (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)
rt.com | 2020-06-05
A fire ripped through an Amazon warehouse in Redlands, California, with work trucks also set ablaze, briefly closing a nearby highway. | Video from the scene shows smoke billowing out of the fulfillment center, and fire engulfing multiple Amazon trailers and trucks outside the building. | Redlands – Major Fire 3rdAlarm t.co/s0n6fgGxYw– 564FIRE (@564FIREPhoto) June 5, 2020 | The blaze was reported at 5: 50am local time. Firefighters have not reported any injuries from…
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Iranian ship sinks off Iraqi coast
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-06-05
TEHRAN, Jun. 05 (MNA)

Foreign Ministry delivers initial report on Iranian ship's sinking in Iraqi port
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-06-05
TEHRAN, Jun. 05 (MNA)

Iran urges lifting of 'all inhumane sanctions' against Syria
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-06-05
TEHRAN, Jun. 05 (MNA)

Iran COVID-19 update: 2886 new cases, 63 deaths in 24 hours
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-06-05
TEHRAN, Jun. 05 (MNA)