2020-10-25: News Headlines

Cory Morningstar (2020-10-25). COVID-19 as a Weapon. The Crushing of the Disposable Working Class — by Design. globalresearch.ca This article was originally crossposted in April 2020. | The arrogance and brutality of the ruling class — is nothing less than breathtaking. | Let's begin. |

Peter Koenig (2020-10-25). "Democracy" vs. COVID: A No-Go. The Great Reset is the Antidote of Democracy. globalresearch.ca On 21 October 2020, the German Press Agency (dpa) reports that Germany pledges NATO soldiers for possible Covid-19 operations: | "German soldiers could be sent on crisis missions to other NATO and partner countries during the second wave of the Corona …

_____ (2020-10-25). Protests Against Greed And Inequality Are Spreading Like Wildfire Through Latin America. popularresistance.org With attention fixed on this week's events in Bolivia, you would be excused for not realizing that much of the rest of the region has for weeks also been ablaze in the flames of protest. | In Costa Rica, the neoliberal coalition government of Carlos Alverado attempted to force through a $1.75 billion loan from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to deal with the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic. As has been its modus operandi this year, the organization offered the money attached to a host of free-market changes, including tax changes, cuts to public services, and privatization of state-owned assets, s…

_____ (2020-10-25). Federal Judges Block Efforts To Ease Rules For Mail-In Ballots. popularresistance.org In the final weeks of the 2020 election, Republican-appointed appellate judges have overturned rulings that required states to make mail-in voting easier during the COVID-19 pandemic. Tens of millions of ballots have already been cast, even as federal judges kept changing the rules. | These decisions could be reviewed by the U.S. Supreme Court, which will include a 6-3 conservative majority if nominee Amy Coney Barrett is confirmed by the U.S. Senate next week as planned. So far, the court has ruled against voters in nearly every case it has reviewed.

The Canary (2020-10-25). Majority of doctors believe the tier system will have little to no impact on coronavirus spread. thecanary.co More than a third of doctors in England feel the government's tier system will have no impact on efforts to contain the spread of coronavirus (Covid-19), while almost half (46%) said they thought the system would only work to a slight extent. This is according to a wide-ranging survey from the British Medical Association (BMA). | The research also raises concerns about the confidence of healthcare staff for the autumn/winter period. More than half said they're "quite anxious" about it. | "Enormous scale" of challenges: | The findings show the "enormous scale of the challenges" facing the NHS into winter,…

The Canary (2020-10-25). Pressure mounts on government to sack NHS Test and Trace chief. thecanary.co The government is resisting pressure to sack the head of NHS Test and Trace. It comes amid deepening concern from ministers and MPs that the system is failing to stem the spread of coronavirus (Covid-19). | "Untenable": | Northern Ireland secretary Brandon Lewis insisted that baroness Dido Harding was doing "a very good job". This is after one Conservative MP called for her to be replaced by a senior military commander. | However, Labour warned that Harding's position was "untenable", after it emerged that ministers were considering cutting the time people have to self-isolate if they've been in contact w…

RT (2020-10-25). Pence's chief of staff tests positive for Covid-19, VP not infected — spokesman. rt.com Marc Short, known as Mike Pence's closest aide, has been infected with coronavirus, the vice president's spokesman has confirmed, adding that Pence himself tested negative and is not planning to halt his campaign. | "Vice President Pence and Mrs. Pence both tested negative for Covid-19 today, and remain in good health," spokesman Devin O'Malley reported on Saturday evening as he confirmed that the VP's right-hand man, Short, had contracted the virus. | Pence is not expected to cancel any of his scheduled events in light of his top aide's illness, O'Malley noted, adding that his boss "will maintain his schedule…

yenisafak (2020-10-25). Pence aide tests positive for coronavirus, spokesman says. yenisafak.com Marc Short, the chief of staff for Vice President Mike Pence, has tested positive for the new coronavirus, a spokesman for the vice president said on Saturday."Vice President Pence and Mrs. Pence both tested negative for COVID-19 today, and remain in good health," said Devin O'Malley, adding that Pence would maintain his scheduled "in accordance with the CDC guidelines for essential personnel."

yenisafak (2020-10-25). Spain's government to decree COVID-19 state of emergency, tighten controls. yenisafak.com Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez will announce a new state of emergency on Sunday in an effort to curb a resurgence of the coronavirus, local media reported.The state of emergency will give regions, which decide on their own health matters, the backing to impose stricter measures, including curfews.

yenisafak (2020-10-25). India's central bank chief tests positive for coronavirus. yenisafak.com "I have tested Covid-19 positive. Asymptomatic. Feeling very much alright," Das said in a tweet."Will continue to work from isolation. Work in the RBI (Reserve Bank of India) will go on normally," he said.Many top Indian politicians including Home Minister Amit Shah and actors such as Amitabh Bachchan have tested positive for the virus, and since recovered.Over 7.8 million Indians have tested positive for COVID-19 so far. The pandemic has claimed 118,534 lives in the world's second most populous country.

yenisafak (2020-10-25). Coronavirus cases in the Netherlands hit new record, up by more than 10,000. yenisafak.com The number of coronavirus infections in the Netherlands jumped by more than 10,000 in 24 hours, hitting a new record, data released by the National Institute for Public Health (RIVM) on Sunday showed.The RIVM reported 10,203 confirmed cases of COVID-19.The Dutch government imposed partial lockdown measures to contain the spread of the virus on Oct. 14, including the closure of all bars and restaurants in the country.

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2020-10-25). Pence Denounced for 'Grossly Negligent' Decision to Keep Campaigning Despite Exposure to Top Aide With Covid-19. commondreams.org "It's just an insult to everybody who has been working in public health and public health response." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/mike_pence_4.jpg

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2020-10-25). The Battle to Suppress Hydroxychloroquine as a Cheap and Effective Drug for the Treatment of Covid-19. globalresearch.ca The campaign against HCQ is carried out through slanderous political statements, media smears, not to mention an authoritative peer reviewed "evaluation" published on May 22nd by The Lancet, which was based on fake figures and test trials.

Al Carroll (2020-10-25). Trump's Body Count: Could Be Over a Million. indybay.org The combined death toll from all of Trump's many crimes is not "just" the over 222,000 COVID deaths. It includes at least 40,000 Venezuelans, Syrian Christian and Yazidi refugees, Karen Christians, Rohingya, refugees from Latin America, Afghans, Iraqis, Somalis, Yemenis, and tens of thousands of Americans who died by Trump sabotaging their healthcare.

Staff (2020-10-25). Pence Was Exposed to COVID From Top Aide. He Plans to Keep Campaigning Anyway. truthout.org Despite being considered a close contact with a top aide who The White House announc…

yenisafak (2020-10-25). Italy PM says new measures should curb COVID rise in coming weeks. yenisafak.com Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said tighter restrictions announced on Sunday, including early closing for restaurants and bars, should allow the rapidly rising curve of the coronavirus epidemic to be brought under control in the coming weeks."We think that we will suffer a bit this month but by gritting our teeth a bit with these restrictions, we'll be able to breathe again in December," he told a news conference, adding that the government aimed to protect both public health and the economy.Sectors hit by the measures would be helped out by support measures being worked out by the government, he said.

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2020-10-25). 'Such an Insult': Doctors Furious as Trump Peddles Baseless Claim That They Are Inflating Covid Death Count for Profit. commondreams.org "We report deaths how they occur. If you did your damn job we wouldn't be reporting so many." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/trump_coronavirus_doctors.jpg

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2020-10-25). "We're Not Going to Control the Pandemic," Trump Chief of Staff Says on Live TV as Covid Cases Surge. commondreams.org "'It is what it is' wasn't a randomly tossed off phrase: it's the official policy." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/mark_meadows.jpg

John C. A. Manley (2020-10-25). 605 Years Ago: Medieval Inspiration to Fight The Corona World Order Today. globalresearch.ca "The truth is, the technocrats have no intention of ever letting us go back to normal," writes Dr. Joseph Mercola in

Sonali Kolhatkar (2020-10-25). How Coronavirus Exposed the Flaws of the Childcare Economy. zcomm.org The pandemic has revealed the barbaric nature of an economy that has largely left the care of children to the whims of market forces. The well-being of children, women, and especially women of color is at stake…

Robert Freeman (2020-10-25). How Did We Get Here? And How Do We Get Out? commondreams.org President Donald Trump holds a press conference announcing Vice President Mike Pence will lead the effort combating the spread of the coronavirus in Washington, D.C. on February 26, 2020. (Photo: Yasin Ozturk/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/donald_trump_coronavirus_3.jpg

yenisafak (2020-10-25). Czech Republic reports 12,472 new coronavirus cases. yenisafak.com The Czech Republic reported 12,472 new cases of coronavirus for Oct. 24, its highest daily tally for a weekend day, when there are usually fewer tests, Health Ministry data showed on Sunday.The total number of cases rose to 250,797 in the country of 10.7 million, with 106 new deaths taking that total to 2,077.

Prabhat Patnaik (2020-10-25). The rising wealth of billionaires even amid a pandemic. peoplesdispatch.org It is inevitable under capitalism that every human tragedy which unleashes a crisis in this system becomes an occasion for an increase in wealth concentration, writes Prabhat Patnaik…

_____ (2020-10-25). The Future Of Pandemic Solidarity. popularresistance.org In their recent book Pandemic Solidarity, Colectiva Sembrar (Sowing Seeds Collective) collected first-hand experiences from around the world of people creating their own narratives of solidarity and mutual aid in our time of global crisis. Red Pepper interviewed members of the collective — carla bergman (she doesn't capitalise her name), Seyma Ozdemir, Nancy Piñeiro, Emre Sahin and Marina Sitrin — to discuss what unites these diverse experiences, what can be learned, and where they might fit into a broader project of systemic change.

_____ (2020-10-25). Why Black Families Are Choosing To Keep Their Kids Remote. popularresistance.org Mississippi – Yolanda Logan, the parent engagement coordinator for the Oxford School District, spent two weeks in July making home visits — some announced, some cold-calls — to check in on the students educators had been most worried about when schools shut down in the spring. Some had test scores at the bottom at their class. Some belonged to families who had been struggling to make ends meet before the pandemic struck and devastated the economy. | Logan asked the students, and the adults in their lives, how they were holding up and what support they needed.

Akram Al-Waara (2020-10-25). Family of Palestinian teen accuses Israeli soldiers of beating him to death. middleeasteye.net Family of Palestinian teen accuses Israeli soldiers of beating him to death | Amer Snobar died on Sunday from blunt-force trauma to the neck, the Palestinian Ministry of Health said | Sun, 10/25/2020 – 14: 07 | Amer Snobar, 18, from the Nablus-area village of Yatma, was reported dead early Sunday morning (Supplied) | The death of a Palestinian teenager early on Sunday morning, allegedly at the h…

Staff (2020-10-25). Fracking Isn't Just Bad for the Climate. It's Bad for Mental Health Too. truthout.org Hydraulic fracturing has boomed in the U.S. over the past decade, but unless you live near it, you may not realize just how close fracking wells can be to homes and schools. In Colorado, the wellbore — the hole drilled to extract oil or gas — can be 500 feet from someone's house under current state rules. In some states, like For people living in these areas, that me…

_____ (2020-10-25). How A Police Killing In Nigeria Sparked A Nationwide Movement. popularresistance.org Nigerian security forces opened fire this week on protesters in Lagos, killing at least 12 demonstrators and marking a deadly escalation in the weekslong protests against police brutality. | Since early October, tens of thousands of Nigerians have been marching in cities throughout the country, demanding the disbandment of a notorious police unit known as SARS—the Special Anti-Robbery Squad. An Amnesty International report published in June documented dozens of cases of torture and extrajudicial killing by the unit. But the incident that sparked the movement was a video of what appeared to be an unprovoked…

_____ (2020-10-25). Macron's Gamble Will Backfire as Brexit Will Make Both Him and France Big Losers of a No-Deal With Brussels. strategic-culture.org He couldn't save Lebanon, despite all the rhetoric. Libya too was a disaster, as was his more recent battle with the firebrand Turkish president over a row in the Eastern Med about energy exploration. And now, France's cursed President, Emmanuel Macron, is going to lead his nation in a campaign which will take him and the entire French economy over the abyss on Brexit. | Remarkably, as the EU stands and watches, Macron, a man tortured and cursed by defeat wherever he goes around the world, is about to throw the lever on the French economy as he prepares to go into battle against Boris Johnson over UK's rights to…

yenisafak (2020-10-25). Palestinian beaten to death by Israeli settlers. yenisafak.com A Palestinian teen was beaten to death early Sunday by Israeli settlers in the occupied West Bank, according to eyewitnesses and a medical source.Amer Snobar, 18, from the town of Yatma, south of Nablus city, was attacked by settlers guarding a Jewish settlement and died of his wounds, witnesses said.A medical source said the teen was admitted to hospital with signs of assault on his body.An Israeli military statement said a Palestinian fell while escaping and hit his head while being chased by army forces.According to the army, the chase came after settlers said that their cars were attacked by stone-throwing P…

WSWS (2020-10-24). With nearly a half-million COVID cases daily, WHO warns world is at a critical juncture. wsws.org With daily COVID-19 cases reaching nearly one-half million, the WHO warns if measures are not immediately taken to stem the exponential growth of the pandemic the health crisis will become catastrophic.

WSWS (2020-10-24). UK COVID-19 deaths surge to more than 1,100 over last week. wsws.org It was the premature ending of the national lockdown from June onwards, and the opening of schools, colleges and workplaces to facilitate the profitmaking of big business, that produced this disastrous situation.

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2020-10-24). The Covid-19 Numbers Game: The "Second Wave" is Based on Fake Statistics. globalresearch.ca "Red zones", travel bans, quarantines, "red lists". A "Second Wave". Millions of people are lining up for Covid-19 testing. The "Numbers Game". How statistics and "estimates" are used by politicians to justify the closure of the national economy and the derogation of fundamental civil rights.

WSWS (2020-10-24). Catastrophic increase of coronavirus infections in Germany. wsws.org Since January, over 380,000 people in Germany have been infected with COVID-19, more than one in ten within the last seven days.

Shatha Hammad (2020-10-24). Palestine Cinema Days film festival kicks off despite cash, pandemic challenges. middleeasteye.net Palestine Cinema Days film festival kicks off despite cash, pandemic challenges | Social distancing, international funding curbs on Palestinian cultural institutions fail to deter event's seventh edition | Sat, 10/24/2020 – 10: 23 | Seats sealed off in line with strict Covid-19 social-distancing measures at the Ramallah Cultural Palace on 20 October (MEE/Shatha Hammad) | In the main hall of the Ram…

WSWS (2020-10-24). Chicago officials plan to reopen schools for 20,000 students. wsws.org The plan to shift from online learning to a daily in-person schedule was announced as Illinois' seven-day average COVID-19 testing positivity rate surpassed five percent for the first time since early June.

Henry A. Giroux (2020-10-24). Dystopian Plagues, Pandemic Fears, and Fascist Politics in the Age of Trump. zcomm.org The COVID-19 crisis has amplified a surrealist hallucination that floods our screens and media with images of fear, trepidation, and dread…

_____ (2020-10-24). COVID-19: The World Is At A Critical Juncture. popularresistance.org The fall and winter surge of COVID-19 cases, as predicted, has begun. The number of cases across North America and Europe is rising exponentially in some regions. | There have been more than 42.4 million cases of COVID-19 globally, with 1.14 million deaths thus far. On Friday, the number of daily new cases reached an unprecedented 500,000-plus new infections. Global deaths have consistently tracked above 6,000 four days running. | At the World Health Organization Friday press briefing on the COVID-19 pandemic, Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus ominously warned…

Lynda Carson (2020-10-24). Oakland's new Encampment Management Policy (EMP) threatens the unhoused. indybay.org Black, Asian, & Latino Adults Have The Most Trouble Paying The Rent During The Coronavirus Covid-19 Pandemic:…

Dorota M Ruszkiewicz, Daniel Sanders, Rachel O'Brien, Frederik Hempel, Matthew J Reed, Ansgar C Riepe, Kenneth Bailie, Emma Brodrick, Kareen Darnley, Richard Ellerkmann, Oliver Mueller, Angelika Skarysz, Michael Truss, Thomas Wortelmann, Simeon Yordanov, C.L.Paul Thomas, Bernhard Schaaf, Michael Eddleston (2020-10-24). [Research Paper] Diagnosis of COVID-19 by analysis of breath with gas chromatography-ion mobility spectrometry – a feasibility study. thelancet.com These two studies independently indicate that patients with COVID-19 can be rapidly distinguished from patients with other conditions at first healthcare contact. The identity of the marker compounds is consistent with COVID-19 derangement of breath-biochemistry by ketosis, gastrointestinal effects, and inflammatory processes. Development and validation of this approach may allow rapid diagnosis of COVID-19 in the coming endemic flu seasons.

Michael J A Reid, Sachin Silva, Nimalan Arinaminpathy, Eric Goosby (2020-10-24). [Comment] Building a tuberculosis-free world while responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. thelancet.com In March, 2019, the Lancet Commission on Tuberculosis1 highlighted the opportunity to build a tuberculosis-free world. After years of neglect of this disease, the UN High-Level Meeting on Tuberculosis in September, 2018, made ending tuberculosis a global priority; global leaders committed to important steps, including ambitious country-specific tuberculosis case-finding and prevention targets, and a revitalised research agenda.2 The Lancet Commission concluded that the prospect of a tuberculosis-free world was a realistic objective that could be achieved with sufficient accountability and resources, and detailed…

Richard Horton (2020-10-24). [Comment] Offline: Science and politics in the era of COVID-19. thelancet.com "How can we follow the science when scientists haven't the foggiest." "'Big mouth' scientists losing trust of Ministers." Headlines such as these are increasingly common in UK newspapers. Scientists are no longer seen as providing impartial, independent advice to government. They are seen as being responsible for crashing economies, driving up unemployment, and ruining livelihoods. Chris Whitty, England's Chief Medical Officer, and Patrick Vallance, Chief Scientific Adviser, have received the sharpest criticism.

Sophie Cousins (2020-10-24). [World Report] Experts criticise Australia's aged care failings over COVID-19. thelancet.com Three-quarters of deaths from COVID-19 in Australia have been in aged care homes. Experts say that the pandemic is only exposing systemic weaknesses. Sophie Cousins reports.

Anthony Capon (2020-10-24). [Perspectives] Understanding planetary health. thelancet.com Planetary Health: Protecting Nature to Protect Ourselves is a milestone—the first textbook for the emerging field of planetary health. I read the book under lockdown at home in Australia, a requirement of the public health response to the COVID-19 pandemic in Melbourne. At the same time, wildfires were raging in the USA that made me recall the devastating 2019—20 Australian wildfire season. Those fires were unprecedented. They killed more than 30 people, burned more than 11 million hectares of land, and resulted in prolonged smoke pollution that has since been linked to more than 400 premature deaths.

Richard Lane (2020-10-24). [Perspectives] Kelvin Kong: trailblazer for Indigenous health in Australia. thelancet.com The equity of his nation's health services provision is a core mission for ear, nose, and throat (ENT) surgeon Kelvin Kong, Associate Professor at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), Sydney, and the University of Newcastle in eastern Australia. "As an Indigenous Australian, I feel obligated to strive to ensure that access to quality health care is available to all Australian citizens", he says. As a busy clinician, Kong sees the pressure on ENT and hearing services, recently compounded by the COVID-19 pandemic.

_____ (2020-10-24). COVID-19 Lockdowns Are in Lockstep With the 'Great Reset'. strategic-culture.org Dr. Mathew MAAVAK | In October 2019, a pandemic simulation exercise called When COVID-19 coincidentally emerged from Wuhan two months later, scientists were rushing to generate similar alarmist forecasts using a variety of questiona…

Anand Naidoo (2020-10-24). The Heat: Trump, Biden final debate. america.cgtn.com US President Donald Trump and rival Joe Biden clash over the handling of the COVID-19 pandemic in their final debate.

sputniknews (2020-10-24). Demonstrators Protest Outside Prime Minister Netanyahu's Residence in Jerusalem – Video. sputniknews.com Anti-government protests have been held weekly for the past several months across the Jewish state, with many Israelis demanding the Israeli prime minister's resignation over his indictment on corruption charges, as well as widespread anger over the government's response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Canary (2020-10-24). Scientist warns we may struggle to curb coronavirus spread without closing schools for older kids. thecanary.co Ministers may be forced to close schools to older children if coronavirus (Covid-19) cases continue to increase at the current rate, a scientist has warned.Professor Neil Ferguson said the NHS would soon be unable to cope unless the spread of the disease was stemmed. His modelling led to the original lockdown in March.He said there were currently 8,000 people in hospital with coronavirus. That's around a third of the peak earlier this year, and numbers are continuing to rise.Further action: He said the restrictions on households mixing may not be enough, and further action may be needed: If we go beyond tha…

Staff (2020-10-24). New Research Shows Masks Are Helping Hold Down COVID Death Rates Significantly. truthout.org The chances of dying from COVID-19 have fallen precipitously since the pandemic began, according to two new peer-reviewed studies. | One Patients treated by NYU's health system had a 25.6% chance of dying when the pandemic began but that number has fallen to 7.6%…

2020-10-24: News Headlines

Shatha Hammad (2020-10-24). Palestine Cinema Days film festival kicks off despite cash, pandemic challenges. middleeasteye.net Palestine Cinema Days film festival kicks off despite cash, pandemic challenges | Social distancing, international funding curbs on Palestinian cultural institutions fail to deter event's seventh edition | Sat, 10/24/2020 – 10: 23 | Seats sealed off in line with strict Covid-19 social-distancing measures at the Ramallah Cultural Palace on 20 October (MEE/Shatha Hammad) | In the main hall of the Ram…

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2020-10-24). The Covid-19 Numbers Game: The "Second Wave" is Based on Fake Statistics. globalresearch.ca "Red zones", travel bans, quarantines, "red lists". A "Second Wave". Millions of people are lining up for Covid-19 testing. The "Numbers Game". How statistics and "estimates" are used by politicians to justify the closure of the national economy and the derogation of fundamental civil rights.

Henry A. Giroux (2020-10-24). Dystopian Plagues, Pandemic Fears, and Fascist Politics in the Age of Trump. zcomm.org The COVID-19 crisis has amplified a surrealist hallucination that floods our screens and media with images of fear, trepidation, and dread…

_____ (2020-10-24). COVID-19: The World Is At A Critical Juncture. popularresistance.org The fall and winter surge of COVID-19 cases, as predicted, has begun. The number of cases across North America and Europe is rising exponentially in some regions. | There have been more than 42.4 million cases of COVID-19 globally, with 1.14 million deaths thus far. On Friday, the number of daily new cases reached an unprecedented 500,000-plus new infections. Global deaths have consistently tracked above 6,000 four days running. | At the World Health Organization Friday press briefing on the COVID-19 pandemic, Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus ominously warned…

Lynda Carson (2020-10-24). Oakland's new Encampment Management Policy (EMP) threatens the unhoused. indybay.org Black, Asian, & Latino Adults Have The Most Trouble Paying The Rent During The Coronavirus Covid-19 Pandemic:…

Anthony Capon (2020-10-24). [Perspectives] Understanding planetary health. thelancet.com Planetary Health: Protecting Nature to Protect Ourselves is a milestone—the first textbook for the emerging field of planetary health. I read the book under lockdown at home in Australia, a requirement of the public health response to the COVID-19 pandemic in Melbourne. At the same time, wildfires were raging in the USA that made me recall the devastating 2019—20 Australian wildfire season. Those fires were unprecedented. They killed more than 30 people, burned more than 11 million hectares of land, and resulted in prolonged smoke pollution that has since been linked to more than 400 premature deaths.

Richard Lane (2020-10-24). [Perspectives] Kelvin Kong: trailblazer for Indigenous health in Australia. thelancet.com The equity of his nation's health services provision is a core mission for ear, nose, and throat (ENT) surgeon Kelvin Kong, Associate Professor at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), Sydney, and the University of Newcastle in eastern Australia. "As an Indigenous Australian, I feel obligated to strive to ensure that access to quality health care is available to all Australian citizens", he says. As a busy clinician, Kong sees the pressure on ENT and hearing services, recently compounded by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sophie Cousins (2020-10-24). [World Report] Experts criticise Australia's aged care failings over COVID-19. thelancet.com Three-quarters of deaths from COVID-19 in Australia have been in aged care homes. Experts say that the pandemic is only exposing systemic weaknesses. Sophie Cousins reports.

Richard Horton (2020-10-24). [Comment] Offline: Science and politics in the era of COVID-19. thelancet.com "How can we follow the science when scientists haven't the foggiest." "'Big mouth' scientists losing trust of Ministers." Headlines such as these are increasingly common in UK newspapers. Scientists are no longer seen as providing impartial, independent advice to government. They are seen as being responsible for crashing economies, driving up unemployment, and ruining livelihoods. Chris Whitty, England's Chief Medical Officer, and Patrick Vallance, Chief Scientific Adviser, have received the sharpest criticism.

Michael J A Reid, Sachin Silva, Nimalan Arinaminpathy, Eric Goosby (2020-10-24). [Comment] Building a tuberculosis-free world while responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. thelancet.com In March, 2019, the Lancet Commission on Tuberculosis1 highlighted the opportunity to build a tuberculosis-free world. After years of neglect of this disease, the UN High-Level Meeting on Tuberculosis in September, 2018, made ending tuberculosis a global priority; global leaders committed to important steps, including ambitious country-specific tuberculosis case-finding and prevention targets, and a revitalised research agenda.2 The Lancet Commission concluded that the prospect of a tuberculosis-free world was a realistic objective that could be achieved with sufficient accountability and resources, and detailed…

_____ (2020-10-24). COVID-19 Lockdowns Are in Lockstep With the 'Great Reset'. strategic-culture.org Dr. Mathew MAAVAK | In October 2019, a pandemic simulation exercise called When COVID-19 coincidentally emerged from Wuhan two months later, scientists were rushing to generate similar alarmist forecasts using a variety of questiona…

The Canary (2020-10-24). Scientist warns we may struggle to curb coronavirus spread without closing schools for older kids. thecanary.co Ministers may be forced to close schools to older children if coronavirus (Covid-19) cases continue to increase at the current rate, a scientist has warned.Professor Neil Ferguson said the NHS would soon be unable to cope unless the spread of the disease was stemmed. His modelling led to the original lockdown in March.He said there were currently 8,000 people in hospital with coronavirus. That's around a third of the peak earlier this year, and numbers are continuing to rise.Further action: He said the restrictions on households mixing may not be enough, and further action may be needed: If we go beyond tha…

Staff (2020-10-24). New Research Shows Masks Are Helping Hold Down COVID Death Rates Significantly. truthout.org The chances of dying from COVID-19 have fallen precipitously since the pandemic began, according to two new peer-reviewed studies. | One Patients treated by NYU's health system had a 25.6% chance of dying when the pandemic began but that number has fallen to 7.6%…

yenisafak (2020-10-24). WHO says may have vaccine result at end of November. yenisafak.com The World Health Organization (WHO) is looking at 10 vaccines in phase three trials as the northern hemisphere with skyrocketing cases faces a critical juncture in the fight against COVID-19, the chief scientist of global body said Friday."Our best expectations, as far as we know by watching the trials that are moving ahead, is that we may have results from one or two of the vaccine trials before the end of the year, possibly starting late November," said Dr. Soumya Swaminathan.Speaking at a twice-weekly webinar hosted by the WHO, Swaminathan said that this is going to the bare minimum from results considered by…

Michael Welch (2020-10-24). Coronavirus: Killer Virus or Common Flu. globalresearch.ca This is part one of a special series devoted to the global pandemic that has coordinated an unprecedented attack on lives and civil liberties everywhere. In this chapter, we have two guests concluding that the threat is not nearly catastrophic …

Michael Welch (2020-10-24). Coronavirus: Corporate Plunder and Hope for Political Change. globalresearch.ca "It destroys peoples lives! And it destroys the nation-state! And eventually, what is happening is a structure whereby the financial establishment takes over the structures of government." | — Professor Michel Chossudovsky (from this week's interview) | LISTEN TO THE SHOW |

MEE staff (2020-10-24). Coronavirus: Algeria president to be quarantined after staff test positive. middleeasteye.net Coronavirus: Algeria president to be quarantined after staff test positive | Doctors advise 74-year-old Abdelmadjid Tebboune to start five-day quarantine as a precautionary measure, his office said on Saturday | Sat, 10/24/2020 – 13: 49 | Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune (AFP) | Algeria's President Abdelmadjid Tebboune will start a five-day quarantine from Saturday after senior staff tested positive for…

Elisabeth Rosenthal (2020-10-24). Winter Is Coming for Bars. Here's How to Save Them. And Us. zcomm.org With bars closed, you could still drink and socialize with smaller groups of people at home or outdoors, when the weather allows it. That may not be quite as much fun, but nothing is much fun while the coronavirus is around.

Bernard Freudenthal (2020-10-24). [Correspondence] Misuse of SARS-CoV-2 testing in symptomatic health-care staff in the UK. thelancet.com An initiative to screen asymptomatic health-care workers for severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) was timely and logical,1 and contrasted markedly with the UK Government's testing strategy of National Health Service (NHS) staff during the epidemic. The NHS staff testing policy was only to test symptomatic staff, precisely to reduce absenteeism by encouraging staff with negative results back to work, thus intentionally reducing their time in self-isolation. The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Matt Hancock, himself stated that "we want to get [NHS staff absences] down, and the…

James R M Black, Chris Bailey, Joanna Przewrocka, Krijn K Dijkstra, Sonia Gandhi, Steve Gamblin, Sam Barrell, Charles Swanton (2020-10-24). [Correspondence] Misuse of SARS-CoV-2 testing in symptomatic health-care staff in the UK — Authors' reply. thelancet.com We thank Bernard Freudenthal for his response to our previous Correspondence.1 We agree that use of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) testing among health-care workers (HCWs) solely to reduce absenteeism is inappropriate. Freudenthal correctly outlines the risks, posed by false-negative results, of advising potentially infectious HCWs to return to work. Moreover, staffing levels are currently far less problematic within UK health-care settings than during the peak of the pandemic.

Ashley Curtin (2020-10-24). Tesla delivers record number vehicles amid pandemic doubling third-quarter profits. nationofchange.org Third quarter net profit was at $331 million making Tesla on course to turn an annual profit for the first time ever.

Editor (2020-10-24). What Canvassing in Nevada Amid a Pandemic Has Taught Me. scheerpost.com Anthony Quintano / CC BY 2.0] By Rebecca Gordon / TomDispatch "Look, folks, the air quality is in the red zone today. The EPA says that means people with lung or heart issues should avoid prolonged activity outdoors." That was J.R. de Vera, one of two directors of UNITE-HERE!'s independent expenditure campaign to elect Biden and Harris in Reno, Nevada. UNITE-HERE! is a union representing 300… |

The Lancet (2020-10-24). [Editorial] Reimagining long-term care. thelancet.com A dichotomous narrative surrounds ageing in the 21st century. On the one hand, there is increasing research and recognition of healthy ageing, and a recognition that age is not synonymous with ill health. On the other hand, there is the fear of looming economic costs and providing care for increasing numbers of older people with increasingly complex needs. These two narratives are hard to marry. Even the name long-term care (given to the latter narrative) is at odds with a short-term neoliberal political economy and, as a result, is generally low on government agendas.

Susan Jaffe (2020-10-24). [World Report] US election 2020: research and health institutions. thelancet.com How will the NIH, CDC, and FDA change if President Donald Trump wins a second term or if his Democratic challenger, Joe Biden, defeats him? Susan Jaffe reports from Washington, DC.

Flavia K Borges, Mohit Bhandari, Ernesto Guerra-Farfan, Valerie Harvey, P J Devereaux (2020-10-24). [Correspondence] Accelerated surgery for hip fractures—the HIP ATTACK results discussed — Authors' reply. thelancet.com Daniel Pincus and Bheeshma Ravi highlight their observational study suggesting surgery for a hip fracture within 24 h of hospital arrival might result in a lower risk of 30-day mortality compared to surgery 24 h or more after hospital arrival.1 HIP ATTACK2 highlights why we need surgical and health-care system randomised controlled trials and why data from observational studies are unreliable. Moreover, other trial data have shown misleading risk adjusted time thresholds in observational studies.

The Canary (2020-10-24). Headteachers 'speechless' after ministers offer food standards advice during school meals battle. thecanary.co Headteachers have been left angry by a letter from ministers reminding them to provide pupils with nutritious food in school. It comes just days after MPs rejected a campaign to extend free meals to children during the holidays. | "Speechless": | The letter came from children's minister Vicky Ford and junior health minister Jo Churchill. It was sent to school leaders on the morning of Friday 23 October to encourage them to offer a healthy and nutritious hot meal to their pupils during term-time. Heads received the letter two days after a Labour motion to offer free school meals to poorer children during h…

Ellis Muggleton, Tàºlin Muggleton (2020-10-24). [Correspondence] Accelerated surgery for hip fractures—the HIP ATTACK results discussed. thelancet.com We would like to make several points regarding the HIP ATTACK trial results.1…

Mervyn Singer, Matt Inada-Kim, Mark Peters, Kathryn Maitland (2020-10-24). [Correspondence] Sepsis hysteria? Not for children — Authors' reply. thelancet.com We thank L Nelson Sanchez-Pinto and colleagues for their comments on our Correspondence1 and concur that every avoidable death of a child, or adult, is a death too many. However, their comments underline our points precisely—namely, issues with definition, denominators, attributable deaths, and avoidable deaths due to lack of timely antibiotics.

thelancet (2020-10-24). [Department of Error] Department of Error. thelancet.com Norman JE, Heazell AEP, Rodriguez A, et al. Awareness of fetal movements and care package to reduce fetal mortality (AFFIRM): a stepped wedge, cluster-randomised trial. Lancet 2018; 392: 1629—38—In table 2 of this Article, some data in the "Perinatal mortality, n (per 1000 births)" row have been amended in line with the definition for perinatal mortality given in the Outcomes section of the Methods, amends have been made to the legend to clarify the definition of stillbirths at ‚â•22 weeks' gestation, and the appendix has been corrected.

Geoff Watts (2020-10-24). [Obituary] Timothy Ray Brown. thelancet.com HIV activist and the first person to be cured of HIV. He was born in Seattle, WA, USA, on March 11, 1966, and died of acute myeloid leukaemia in Palm Springs, CA, USA, on Sept 29, 2020, aged 54 years.

Klaus F Steinsiepe, Markus Hauser (2020-10-24). [Correspondence] Leonardo da Vinci has been misinterpreted. thelancet.com About 1506—08, Leonardo da Vinci's studies of the brain culminated in filling the ventricles of an ox with melted wax, a pioneer accomplishment in medical science. An otherwise excellent review in The Lancet claimed that these drawings of the casted ventricles show the interventricular foramen of Monro and the paired lateral ventricles in a correct manner.1 This misconception has repeatedly been stated in the literature.2—4…

L Nelson Sanchez-Pinto, Sebastián González-Dambrauskas, Roberto Jabornisky, Kuban Naidoo, Luregn J Schlapbach, Niranjan Kissoon (2020-10-24). [Correspondence] Sepsis hysteria? Not for children. thelancet.com Mervyn Singer and colleagues assert that sepsis is an overhyped problem that mostly affects individuals who are "older, frail, and at the end of life".1 This message is misleading and problematic for children worldwide.

Suwasin Udomkarnjananun, Pongpratch Puapatanakul, Kearkiat Praditpornsilpa (2020-10-24). [Clinical Picture] Relapsing polychondritis associated with pauci-immune crescentic glomerulonephritis. thelancet.com A 37-year-old woman presented with a 3-year history of episodic pain, swelling, and redness of her left ear. She said the problem had re-occurred three to four times each year and had either resolved spontaneously or after she took non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) which she had bought over the counter. She also reported infrequent episodes of redness of her eyes.

Zhanlian Feng, Elena Glinskaya, Hongtu Chen, Sen Gong, Yue Qiu, Jianming Xu, Winnie Yip (2020-10-24). [Review] Long-term care system for older adults in China: policy landscape, challenges, and future prospects. thelancet.com In China, the population is rapidly ageing and the capacity of the system that cares for older people is increasingly a concern. In this Review, we provide a profile of the long-term care system and policy landscape in China. The long-term care system is characterised by rapid growth of the residential care sector, slow development of home and community-based services, and increasing involvement of the private sector. The long-term care workforce shortage and weak quality assurance are concerning.

Mohammad Ayesh (2020-10-23). Arabic press review: Iraqi bank triggers storm over 'second marriage' loan. middleeasteye.net Arabic press review: Iraqi bank triggers storm over 'second marriage' loan | Meanwhile, US diplomat says political solution in sight in Libya, and Palestinian lawyers sue UK over century-old Balfour Declaration | Fri, 10/23/2020 – 16: 48 | An Iraqi business owner adjusts a protective mask bearing a wedding invitation on a bridal shop mannequin amid the Covid-19 pandemic, in the southern port cit…

WSWS (2020-10-23). Support for socialism jumps by nearly 10 percent among US youth amid pandemic depression. wsws.org These statistics quantitatively express a significant shift in political mood and perspective that has occurred over just the last year, as the COVID-19 pandemic has ravaged the US and the world.

Peoples Dispatch (2020-10-23). Italian youth demand free and safe public transport. peoplesdispatch.org In the wake of opening up of schools and colleges across Italy in the midst of a spike in COVID-19 cases, youth groups have demanded free and safe transport facilities for students. The Communist Youth Front (FGC) initiated a campaign on this demand and gave a call for a mobilization in Rome for October 24, Saturday. A section of students including from the Alternative Students Opposition (OSA) observed October 19 as the national agitation day for public transport and organized a demonstration in front of the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transportation. | Earlier, on October 17, students protested and organized…

teleSUR (2020-10-23). US Response to COVID-19 Pandemic Took Center Stage at Debate. telesurenglish.net Democratic candidate Joe Biden slammed President Donald Trump for mishandling the COVID-19 pandemic at the final presidential debate on Thursday night. | RELATED: | "We're in a circumstance where the president thus far still has no plan, no comprehensive plan," Biden said and noted that the death toll had already surpassed 220,000 in the U.S., with 1,000 new deaths per day, accusing Trump of intentionally playing down the thre…

teleSUR (2020-10-23). China Launches Mobile COVID-19 Testing Lab. telesurenglish.net A team of researchers from Tsinghua University and CapitalBio Technology Co. has developed a COVID-19 Mobile Laboratory, which can analyze nucleic acid samples on the spot immediately, allowing people to obtain results within 45 minutes. | RELATED: | Since the outbreak of the novel coronavirus epidemic, waiting in long queues for a COVID-19 test has been a major hurdle in getting tested. However, the advent of a mobi…

Eve Ottenberg (2020-10-23). The Scourge of Herd Immunity. counterpunch.org Covid-19 kills, and its kill rate is significantly higher than the flu. Some who recover develop insufficient immunity to prevent getting infected again. Some don't appear to recover. They are stuck with debilities that last months, maybe longer. And it's possible that this disease is chronic and lingers in some people, like herpes, a virus

news.un (2020-10-23). Step up action to achieve COVID-19 ceasefire, Guterres says in UN Day message. news.un.org The UN's 75th anniversary this Saturday, which falls as countries continue to battle the COVID-19 pandemic, is an opportunity to accelerate action to achieve a global ceasefire during the crisis, Secretary-General António Guterres has said.

news.un (2020-10-23). 'Very tough' months ahead in COVID battle, WHO helping scale up dwindling oxygen supplies. news.un.org Facing another critical juncture in the COVID-19 pandemic, the World Health Organization (WHO) chief told reporters on Friday that a "very tough" few months lie ahead with too many nations seeing an exponential increase in cases.

Honggang Li, Xingyuan Xiao, Jie Zhang, Mohammad Ishraq Zafar, Chunlin Wu, Yuting Long, Wei Lu, Feng Pan, Tianqing Meng, Kai Zhao, Liquan Zhou, Shiliang Shen, Liang Liu, Qian Liu, Chengliang Xiong (2020-10-23). Impaired spermatogenesis in COVID-19 patients. thelancet.com Impairment of spermatogenesis was observed in COVID-19 patients, which could be partially explained as a result of an elevated immune response in testis. Additionally, autoimmune orchitis occurred in some COVID-19 patients. Further research on the reversibility of impairment and developing treatment are warranted.

Staff (2020-10-23). Trump Lies About COVID-19 Risks & Vaccine at Debate as Pandemic Is Tied to 300K Excess U.S. Deaths. democracynow.org President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden met in Nashville, Tennessee, on Thursday in the second and final debate of the 2020 campaign. It was a more subdued debate than their first clash, when Trump refused to abide by the rules and interrupted Biden at least 128 times. Thursday's debate was moderated by NBC's Kristen Welker, who began by asking the candidates about COVID-19. Biden criticized Trump for repeatedly downplaying the severity of the pandemic, while the president boasted about his handling of the crisis, falsely claiming a vaccine was "ready" to be deployed within weeks. Epidemiologis…

Staff (2020-10-23). Headlines for October 23, 2020. democracynow.org Donald Trump and Joe Biden Meet for Final Debate of 2020 Campaign, U.S. Confirms Over 71,000 Daily Coronavirus Cases as Some Hospitals Near Capacity, FDA Approves Remdesivir for COVID-19 Despite WHO Study Showing No Benefit, France Extends Curfew and Czech Republic Locks Down as COVID-19 Surges Across Europe, India's BJP Party Promises Free COVID-19 Vaccines But Only If It Wins Regional Election, Senate Democrats Boycott as Judiciary Committee Advances Amy Coney Barrett's Confirmation, Rocky Mountain National Park Closes as Colorado Experiences Two Largest Wildfires on Record, Asylum Seekers Say ICE Agents Tortur…

_____ (2020-10-23). U.S. Spends More Than $80 Billion a Year Incarcerating 2.3 Million People. strategic-culture.org Laura FLANDERS | The U.S. today spends more than $80 billion a year incarcerating 2.3 million people in state and federal prisons, local jails, youth facilities and deportation centers. That's $80 billion that comes out of public coffers and goes into public confinement. | With the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, many were shocked to see woman, children and migrants — including many pre-trial and pre-hearing — who had never been convicted of anything crammed into overcrowded lock-ups that might as well have been petri dishes for community spread of the disease. | By the middle of October, close to 150…

Anand Naidoo (2020-10-23). The Heat: COVID-19 skyrockets in U.S. and Europe. america.cgtn.com Cases of coronavirus are on the rise again in the U.S. and Europe. We will take a look on what is being done to contain the pandemic.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-23). Iran, Austria discuss joint coop. on containment of COVID-19. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 24 (MNA) — Iran's Ambassador to Austria and the Director of the Austrian Red Cross conferred on the expansion of bilateral relation on the containment of the COVID-19 pandemic.

yenisafak (2020-10-23). Russia registers record number of daily COVID-19 cases. yenisafak.com Russia has registered a new record in the daily coronavirus cases on Friday — 17,340 people tested positive for COVID-19 over the past day. The total number of people, who have been exposed to the infection, exceeded 1.48 million, meaning over 1% of the Russian population has already contracted the virus. According to Health Minister Mikhail Murashko, the active cases stand at 335,870 and the situation has a tendency to further deteriorate.The virus has already claimed 25,525 lives in Russia, including 283 over the last 24 hours.Recoveries increased by 11,263 since Thursday to reach 1.11 million.Since the beginn…

yenisafak (2020-10-23). Swiss report 10 more coronavirus deaths, 6,634 new infections. yenisafak.com Coronavirus infections rose by 6,634 confirmed cases, Swiss health authorities said on Friday, as the nation considers tightening restrictions meant to slow the accelerating spread of COVID-19.The total confirmed cases in Switzerland and tiny neighbouring principality Liechtenstein topped 100,000, rising to 103,653, and the death toll rose by 10 to 1,877.The numbers come as Germany has put Switzerland on its risk list for coronavirus hot spots and as the government in Bern considers tightening restrictions on public life if case numbers keep rising.

2020-10-23: News Headlines

Eve Ottenberg (2020-10-23). The Scourge of Herd Immunity. counterpunch.org Covid-19 kills, and its kill rate is significantly higher than the flu. Some who recover develop insufficient immunity to prevent getting infected again. Some don't appear to recover. They are stuck with debilities that last months, maybe longer. And it's possible that this disease is chronic and lingers in some people, like herpes, a virus

Lynda Carson (2020-10-23). Oakland's new Encampment Management Policy (EMP) threatens the unhoused. indybay.org Black, Asian, & Latino Adults Have The Most Trouble Paying The Rent During The Coronavirus Covid-19 Pandemic:…

yenisafak (2020-10-23). Russia registers record number of daily COVID-19 cases. yenisafak.com Russia has registered a new record in the daily coronavirus cases on Friday — 17,340 people tested positive for COVID-19 over the past day. The total number of people, who have been exposed to the infection, exceeded 1.48 million, meaning over 1% of the Russian population has already contracted the virus. According to Health Minister Mikhail Murashko, the active cases stand at 335,870 and the situation has a tendency to further deteriorate.The virus has already claimed 25,525 lives in Russia, including 283 over the last 24 hours.Recoveries increased by 11,263 since Thursday to reach 1.11 million.Since the beginn…

yenisafak (2020-10-23). Swiss report 10 more coronavirus deaths, 6,634 new infections. yenisafak.com Coronavirus infections rose by 6,634 confirmed cases, Swiss health authorities said on Friday, as the nation considers tightening restrictions meant to slow the accelerating spread of COVID-19.The total confirmed cases in Switzerland and tiny neighbouring principality Liechtenstein topped 100,000, rising to 103,653, and the death toll rose by 10 to 1,877.The numbers come as Germany has put Switzerland on its risk list for coronavirus hot spots and as the government in Bern considers tightening restrictions on public life if case numbers keep rising.

yenisafak (2020-10-23). German health minister expects COVID-19 vaccine in early 2021. yenisafak.com Germany's health minister expects a COVID-19 vaccine to be available early next year and believes a large proportion of Germans who want the shot could be vaccinated within six to seven months of enough doses being available.Jens Spahn was quoted as saying in Der Spiegel on Friday that a vaccine could be available in January, or maybe in February or March, or even later, but said there would be no compulsory vaccination."Of course, it would be best if a vaccine could prevent new infections. But it would also be a benefit if it makes the course of the disease milder," said Spahn, who tested positive for coronaviru…

Jeet Heer (2020-10-23). The 'Dark Winter' of Covid-19 Overshadows the Debate. thenation.com The 'Dark Winter' of Covid-19 Overshadows the Debate…

T.J. Coles (2020-10-23). How Trump Killed 220,000 Americans: the First Three Months of Covid. counterpunch.org Epidemiologists agree that early intervention is crucial for curbing the worst effects of pandemics. America's decentralized, state-level, bureaucratic response systems needed a President willing and able to take charge. Trump did the opposite. In order to keep market confidence as high as possible, Trump kept telling the public that all was well, leaving underfunded and privatized bureaucracies to navigate through the chaos.

Editor (2020-10-23). Los ricos se vuelven más ricos, los pobres se vuelven más pobres y más enfermos. workers.org "Los ricos se vuelven más ricos y los pobres más pobres". El viejo cliché sigue siendo cierto, obscenamente cierto. En seis meses, de marzo a septiembre, cuando la clase trabajadora fue golpeada por COVID, el desempleo masivo y un aumento en la supremacía blanca, los ricos se hicieron más ricos. . . . |

Jeffrey St. Clair (2020-10-23). A Day in My Life in the Time of Covid. counterpunch.org Find the remote and flip on CNN to check the headlines, before immediately clicking it off, recalling my vow, made at least once a week, to never watch cable news again. I've taken similar vows about reading the New York Times, the Guardian and the Washington Post. But you can't avoid them. They seek you out, relentlessly track you down, enter your mind, like it or not, like some cyber-Nosferatu, sucking your soul out before you've had the chance to fuel yourself with the day's first bitter cup of Arabica. I think of Eliot's line about J. Alfred measuring his days with "coffee spoons." Mine, I fear, will be measu…

yenisafak (2020-10-23). Over 1.3M coronavirus patients recover in Africa. yenisafak.com Africa continued to maintain a more than 80% recovery rate with 1,387,022 patients having recovered as of Friday, according to the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC).At least 40,690 people have died of the virus across the continent, revealed the latest update by the Africa CDC. The number of confirmed cases has reached 1,685,589.Southern Africa is the hardest hit region with 785,600 cases and 20,300 deaths; however, it also has the most recoveries that currently stand at 702,500.North Africa recorded 454,100 cases, East Africa 199,800, West Africa 186,600 and Central Africa 59,500.Sou…

repost (2020-10-23). Eight Black workers sue S.F. health department for racial discrimination. indybay.org Eight Black workers in the City and County of San Francisco filed suit against the city for systemic racism and bullying.

Mirinda Crissman (2020-10-23). From Texas to Nigeria, end police brutality! workers.org Houston Hundreds of people gathered near Wazobia African Market on the southwest side of Houston on Oct. 14 to protest police brutality in Nigeria. They came together to draw attention to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, known in Nigeria for its extrajudicial killings, torture, extortion, frame-ups and blackmail. "End SARS" protests . . . |

Anita Raj (2020-10-23). [Research Paper] Gun violence in the U.S.: It is past time we listen to the voices of women and black communities. thelancet.com The United States (U.S.) presidential election is upon us at a time when the nation faces increasing polarization on many issues, including guns and violence, and our presidential candidates reflect this polarization. The incumbent Republican Nominee, Donald Trump, warns voters that his opponent will "take away your guns (and) destroy your Second Amendment," which secures the right of the people to keep and bear firearms [1]. Democratic nominee and former Vice President under Barack Obama, Joe Biden, in fact includes in his platform a commitment to effective gun control policies, including banning assault weapons…

Jason Holland (2020-10-22). Covid-19: A Series of Unlikely Events. dissidentvoice.org You could say I lost my faith in science and progress… I never saw no miracle of science, That didn't go from a blessing to a curse — Sting, "If I Ever Lose My Faith in You" (Recorded in 1992, Released in 1993) I do this real moron thing, and it's called thinking. And apparently …

Peter Koenig (2020-10-22). The Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic: The Real Danger is "Agenda ID2020" globalresearch.ca WHO has most likely received orders from "above", from those people who also manage Trump and the "leaders" (sic) of the EU, European Union. The final decision to go ahead NOW with COVID-19 pandemic, was taken in January 2020 at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos – behind very much closed doors.

John C. A. Manley (2020-10-22). "Second Wave" Covid-19 Cases, With Face Masks… globalresearch.ca Dr. Gary Magdar, a . | . ….

WSWS (2020-10-22). Houston schools reopen as COVID-19 surges in Texas. wsws.org The push to reopen the largest district in the state, and seventh-largest in the country, takes place as the coronavirus pandemic is raging in Texas, which has over 881,000 confirmed cases and 17,646 deaths, the second highest numbers in the country.

WSWS (2020-10-22). COVID-19 pandemic surges despite limited curfew measures across Europe. wsws.org With 700,000 new cases and 8,000 deaths from the virus last week, health officials are warning mortality this winter could reach four to five times that in the spring of 2020.

WSWS (2020-10-22). GM victimizes Mexican worker for quarantining after catching COVID-19. wsws.org After 26 years working for GM, Sergio Contreras was fired after he quarantined, challenging the efforts of the corporation to cover up COVID-19 outbreaks and continue production.

WSWS (2020-10-22). Woman died from COVID-19 on Spirit Airline flight in July. wsws.org The case was just confirmed this weekend, meaning that the whole cabin, medical crews and many people in the airport were, unbeknownst to themselves, potentially exposed to the deadly pathogen.

WSWS (2020-10-22). Excess US deaths during COVID-19 pandemic top 300,000. wsws.org The estimate by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is nearly 50 percent higher than the official coronavirus death toll of 220,000 in the United States.

Staff (2020-10-22). COVID-19 is raging in prisons. Why are America's aging political prisoners still behind bars? therealnews.com Ericka Payne discusses the struggle to get her uncle Ed Poindexter released, and how political prisoners are left out of the conversation about protecting aging prisoners from the pandemic.

Katharine Early (2020-10-22). Transforming Our Food Systems is the Only Way to Nourish the World. counterpunch.org The way we produce our food is under pressure like never before. And with the climate crisis and the Covid-19 pandemic now posing the greatest challenges to nourishing the expanding global population, our precious and fragile food system is fast reaching breaking point. So do we intensify the current system of farming or is there

Stephanie Tromblay (2020-10-22). Indigenous Peoples Day in the time of COVID-19. workers.org "We are not your Halloween costumes! We are not your dime store Indians!" a speaker shouted from the bandstand on the Santa Fe Plaza this Indigenous Peoples Day in Santa Fe, N.M., as a colonialist obelisk was taken down by Puebloan activists To see people still celebrating Columbus in the . . . |

ACU (2020-10-22). Video: The Moment for Change Is Now. Medical Doctors Speak Out. globalresearch.ca On October 10, 2020, ACU2020.org announced the world doctors' alliance in Berlin, Germany. | It is an alliance of medical doctors, scientists and peace activists who together claim that this COVID-19 affair is just not true. | And as medical doctors, it …

Robert J. Burrowes (2020-10-22). Working to End Human Violence in the Time of COVID-19. globalresearch.ca At what is arguably the most important time in human history, with Homo Sapiens confronted by an enormous range of violent challenges that threaten our very survival, the only question of any genuine importance is this: Can we craft and …

Makbule Sahan — Ruwan Subasinghe (2020-10-22). Ending Corporate Impunity is at the Heart of a Sustainable Post-Pandemic Global Recovery. counterpunch.org The Covid-19 pandemic has once again exposed the fragility of global supply chains and business models built on non-standard forms of employment and informality. Following the global drop in demand as a result of the pandemic, many companies resorted to abruptly ending the procurement of goods and services and even to defaulting on prior commitments made —

Mike Kuhlenbeck (2020-10-22). Warehouse workers organize for COVID-19 safety at Mars Wrigley. workers.org Chicago — The Warehouse Workers for Justice, Mars Workers for Justice, the Foodchain Workers Alliance and the HEAL Alliance are organizing a rally at Mars Wrigley headquarters on Oct. 27. It will be part of a Halloween week of actions protesting the candy company's retaliation against warehouse workers in Joliet, . . . |

news.un (2020-10-22). Classroom crisis: Avert a 'generational catastrophe', urges UN chief. news.un.org The world is at risk of suffering "a generational catastrophe" as COVID-19 wreaks havoc on the education of students globally, the UN chief said on Thursday.

ACLU NorCal (2020-10-22). Wednesday 10/21: Voting Plan, CA Ballot Info, & Voting Rights During COVID-19 Webinar w/ ACLU. indybay.org Online voter webinar and online volunteering opportunities…

The Canary (2020-10-22). Liverpool hospitals treating more coronavirus patients than at peak of pandemic. thecanary.co Hospitals in Liverpool are treating more coronavirus patients than they were during the peak of the first wave of the pandemic, the medical director has said. | Dr Tristan Cope, medical director of Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs the Royal, Aintree and Broadgreen hospitals in the city, said the numbers were continuing to rise. | Writing on Twitter, he said: "Sadly we are now treating more patients in hospital with Covid-19 @LivHospitals than we did in April at the peak of the first wave and numbers continue to rise. | "So important that people in #liverpool and @LivCityRegion adhere to social…

The Canary (2020-10-22). Welsh government announces nationalisation of rail service. thecanary.co The Welsh government has decided to nationalise its railways following a significant drop in passenger numbers because of coronavirus (Covid-19). | The country's transport minister Ken Skates said bringing day-to-day rail services for its Wales and Borders franchise under public control would help secure the future of passenger services and protect jobs. | Private firm KeolisAmey, a joint venture between French transport giant Keolis and Amey, has run the franchise in Wales for just two years after taking it over from Arriva Trains Wales. | Following today's announcement on the future of rail in Wales, all custo…

yenisafak (2020-10-22). Top Belgian diplomat in intensive care with COVID-19. yenisafak.com Belgium's foreign minister has been hospitalized in intensive care for treatment of the coronavirus.A Foreign Ministry spokeswoman on Thursday confirmed Sophie Wilmes had been in hospital since last night.Wilmes announced Saturday on Twitter that she had tested positive for the novel coronavirus, adding: "An infection that probably occurred in the family circle, given the precautions I have taken outdoors." She was in self-quarantine since Friday.In the past few days, Belgium has recorded a steep rise in the infections. With the country's health minister warning of a "tsunami" of infections, the government has or…

RT (2020-10-22). FDA formally approves pricey antiviral Remdesivir as Covid-19 treatment. rt.com The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Gilead Sciences' expensive antiviral drug Remdesivir to treat Covid-19, expanding its earlier emergency use authorization and guaranteeing huge profits for the company. | Remdesivir has become the first and only drug to be officially approved in the US for treating infection with the novel coronavirus after the FDA issued its decision on Thursday. The move expands on a May emergency use authorization, which allowed doctors to use it to treat hospitalized Covid-19 patients. | Gilead has issued a statement confirming the drug will be used for Covid-19 patien…

RT (2020-10-22). Conservatives accuse Twitter of selectively ignoring own policies on REVENGE PORN, misleading content in Borat prank on Giuliani. rt.com Conservatives blasted Twitter for ignoring and even promoting what they called a misleading revenge-porn attack on Rudy Giuliani after censoring reporting on alleged influence-peddling by Joe Biden's family. | At issue was a picture posted on Twitter on Wednesday showing Giuliani laying back on a bed with his hand reaching inside his pants while a woman stands nearby. The image was taken from the new 'Borat' sequel, in which Giuliani, a personal lawyer for President Donald Trump, believed himself to be doing an interview on the Covid-19 pandemic with a female Russian reporter. After the interview, Giuliani and…

RT (2020-10-22). 'He wants to preserve that legacy': Khabib coach Javier Mendez says UFC fighter driven to honor late father Abdulmanap. rt.com Khabib Nurmagomedov's coach Javier Mendez said the fighter is driven to preserve the legacy he and his late father Abdulmanap had planned ahead of his clash with Justin Gaethje at UFC 254. | The Russian fighter's father and trainer died in July aged 57 as a result of Covid-19 complications. | Asked how the UFC lightweight champion had dealt with the loss, Mendez said: "He's been handling it fantastic, he's driven, he's motivated to preserve the legacy that him and his father had planned. That's the one thing I can say that is great, his mind. | "He says 'Coach, if anything breaks it's ok because my mind is not…

RT (2020-10-22). 11 arrested at anti-Covid-lockdown protest in Dublin, police violently clash with demonstrators (VIDEOS). rt.com More than 100 demonstrators protesting against ramped-up Covid-19 lockdown restrictions clashed with police in Dublin, with 11 being arrested and an investigation launched into the organizers of the event. | Nine of the people arrested have been charged with public order offenses, as the protest broke lockdown restrictions, which only allow citizens to leave their homes for essential trips. | Law enforcement attempted to block a crowd at Grafton Street and ordered the demonstrators to disperse as they were "in breach of public health regulations." | A small group managed to break through a wall of officers dep…

RT (2020-10-22). Cristiano Ronaldo 'COULD STILL face Barcelona and Lionel Messi in Champions League' despite second positive Covid test — reports. rt.com Cristiano Ronaldo may still be able to play for Juventus in their UEFA Champions League clash with Barcelona on Wednesday despite testing positive for Covid-19 a second time, according to reports. | Ronaldo initially tested positive for coronavirus on October 13 and according to Portuguese outlet Also on rt…

RT (2020-10-22). Leading Russian virologist says another Covid-19 lockdown may lead to RIOTS, economic fallout could be worse than pandemic itself. rt.com After a strict lockdown last spring, the introduction of a second coronavirus quarantine in Russia has the potential to result in severe economic hardship and psychological suffering, which could eventually lead to mass unrest. | That's according to Fyodor Lisitsyn, a senior specialist at Moscow's Gamaleya Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology, which was responsible for creating the world's first-registered Covid-19 vaccine, Sputnik V. | Speaking to the TV channel Russia-24, the virologist explained that the knock-on effects of a strict lockdown, such as economic problems for millions of people,…

RT (2020-10-22). France expands curfews to cover 46 million people as Covid-19 cases set new daily record. rt.com Coronavirus curfews in France will be extended to include some two-thirds of the population, with the country reporting a record 41,622 new confirmed cases of the disease on Wednesday. | French Prime Minister Jean Castex said the curfews that were imposed in Paris and eight other major cities last week will be expanded to 38 more departments. That means 46 million out of the country's 67 million population will be barred from leaving their homes between 9pm and 6am. | The country has found itself in a "serious situation" due to the second wave of the coronavirus and that is continuing to "degrade," Castex said…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2020-10-22). The Elders Call for Surge in Global Cooperation to Combat 'Current Disarray' Set Off by Covid-19, Climate Crisis. commondreams.org The global group of independent world leaders and justice advocates known as the Elders on Thursday issued a rebuke of the current failure by world leaders to employ a multilateral approach to confronting multiple existential crises facing the world population. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/gettyimages-1220687626_1.jpg

Brett Wilkins, staff writer (2020-10-22). Blasting 'Deliberate Indifference' to Inmate Health, California Court Orders San Quentin Prison to Reduce Population by Half. commondreams.org The ruling called the Covid-19 outbreak at the notorious lockup "the worst epidemiological disaster in California correctional history." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/sq.jpg

Navina Khanna, Axel Fuentes (2020-10-22). Here's How Meatpacking Corporations Could Protect Workers From COVID-19—and What They're Doing Instead. commondreams.org JBS, the world's largest meatpacking corporation, has refused to compensate the families of employees who died after contracting COVID at its facility in Colorado. (Photo: Andy Cross/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/big-meat-workers-covid-immunity_0.jpg

Common Dreams staff (2020-10-22). WATCH: Joe Biden and Donald Trump Face Off in Final Presidential Debate Before Election Day. commondreams.org The candidates are expected to address Covid-19, climate change, and national security, among other topics. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/gettyimages-122922049611.jpg

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2020-10-22). Citing 'Big Mistakes' Made in Covid-19 Fight, Khanna and Warren Lead 130+ Dems Calling for Congress to Prevent the Next Pandemic. commondreams.org "The current administration's response has exposed serious flaws in the country's ability to combat large scale public health challenges." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/gettyimages-12277376881.jpg

Tim Libretti (2020-10-22). Democrats right to close the door on McConnell's sham COVID rescue bills. peoplesworld.org Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell brought his two stand-alone COVID relief bills to a vote in the Senate this week two stand-alone COVID-19 relief packages. On Tuesday, he put up an extension of the Paycheck Protection Program bill to help small businesses, and on Wednesday again staged a vote on the same "skinny" $500 billion …

WSWS (2020-10-22). Sri Lankan SEP to hold online meeting on a socialist program to fight COVID-19. wsws.org The event will discuss the policies necessary for workers, the rural poor and youth to combat the coronavirus disaster and the Rajapakse administration's austerity and anti-democratic measures.

WSWS (2020-10-22). Sri Lankan workers must rally the rural poor against Rajapakse's "herd immunity" policies. wsws.org The true situation was hidden from the outset because the government refused to implement rigorous anti-COVID-19 measures when the virus first impacted on the country in late January.

IndustriALL (2020-10-22). Employers fail to control COVID, but Sri Lankan army rounds up workers instead. peoplesworld.org Garment workers in Sri Lanka were herded off into quarantine by the army in the middle of the night following a rapid increase of infections at their factory. Unions say that this could have been avoided by forming the recommended health committees. According to reports, on Oct. 19, the total number of COVID-19 cases in …

Makia Freeman (2020-10-22). 16 Glaring Parallels Between the 9/11 and COVID Ops. globalresearch.ca There are numerous 9/11 COVID similarities to be seen and understood as the world goes ever deeper into Operation Coronavirus. | Many nations around the world, including

2020-10-22: News Headlines

Mike Kuhlenbeck (2020-10-22). Warehouse workers organize for COVID-19 safety at Mars Wrigley. workers.org Chicago — The Warehouse Workers for Justice, Mars Workers for Justice, the Foodchain Workers Alliance and the HEAL Alliance are organizing a rally at Mars Wrigley headquarters on Oct. 27. It will be part of a Halloween week of actions protesting the candy company's retaliation against warehouse workers in Joliet, . . . |

ACU (2020-10-22). Video: The Moment for Change Is Now. Medical Doctors Speak Out. globalresearch.ca On October 10, 2020, ACU2020.org announced the world doctors' alliance in Berlin, Germany. | It is an alliance of medical doctors, scientists and peace activists who together claim that this COVID-19 affair is just not true. | And as medical doctors, it …

Peter Koenig (2020-10-22). The Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic: The Real Danger is "Agenda ID2020" globalresearch.ca WHO has most likely received orders from "above", from those people who also manage Trump and the "leaders" (sic) of the EU, European Union. The final decision to go ahead NOW with COVID-19 pandemic, was taken in January 2020 at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos – behind very much closed doors.

Stephanie Tromblay (2020-10-22). Indigenous Peoples Day in the time of COVID-19. workers.org "We are not your Halloween costumes! We are not your dime store Indians!" a speaker shouted from the bandstand on the Santa Fe Plaza this Indigenous Peoples Day in Santa Fe, N.M., as a colonialist obelisk was taken down by Puebloan activists To see people still celebrating Columbus in the . . . |

Makbule Sahan — Ruwan Subasinghe (2020-10-22). Ending Corporate Impunity is at the Heart of a Sustainable Post-Pandemic Global Recovery. counterpunch.org The Covid-19 pandemic has once again exposed the fragility of global supply chains and business models built on non-standard forms of employment and informality. Following the global drop in demand as a result of the pandemic, many companies resorted to abruptly ending the procurement of goods and services and even to defaulting on prior commitments made —

Katharine Early (2020-10-22). Transforming Our Food Systems is the Only Way to Nourish the World. counterpunch.org The way we produce our food is under pressure like never before. And with the climate crisis and the Covid-19 pandemic now posing the greatest challenges to nourishing the expanding global population, our precious and fragile food system is fast reaching breaking point. So do we intensify the current system of farming or is there

ACLU NorCal (2020-10-22). Wednesday 10/21: Voting Plan, CA Ballot Info, & Voting Rights During COVID-19 Webinar w/ ACLU. indybay.org Online voter webinar and online volunteering opportunities…

The Canary (2020-10-22). Welsh government announces nationalisation of rail service. thecanary.co The Welsh government has decided to nationalise its railways following a significant drop in passenger numbers because of coronavirus (Covid-19). | The country's transport minister Ken Skates said bringing day-to-day rail services for its Wales and Borders franchise under public control would help secure the future of passenger services and protect jobs. | Private firm KeolisAmey, a joint venture between French transport giant Keolis and Amey, has run the franchise in Wales for just two years after taking it over from Arriva Trains Wales. | Following today's announcement on the future of rail in Wales, all custo…

The Canary (2020-10-22). Liverpool hospitals treating more coronavirus patients than at peak of pandemic. thecanary.co Hospitals in Liverpool are treating more coronavirus patients than they were during the peak of the first wave of the pandemic, the medical director has said. | Dr Tristan Cope, medical director of Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs the Royal, Aintree and Broadgreen hospitals in the city, said the numbers were continuing to rise. | Writing on Twitter, he said: "Sadly we are now treating more patients in hospital with Covid-19 @LivHospitals than we did in April at the peak of the first wave and numbers continue to rise. | "So important that people in #liverpool and @LivCityRegion adhere to social…

yenisafak (2020-10-22). Top Belgian diplomat in intensive care with COVID-19. yenisafak.com Belgium's foreign minister has been hospitalized in intensive care for treatment of the coronavirus.A Foreign Ministry spokeswoman on Thursday confirmed Sophie Wilmes had been in hospital since last night.Wilmes announced Saturday on Twitter that she had tested positive for the novel coronavirus, adding: "An infection that probably occurred in the family circle, given the precautions I have taken outdoors." She was in self-quarantine since Friday.In the past few days, Belgium has recorded a steep rise in the infections. With the country's health minister warning of a "tsunami" of infections, the government has or…

RT (2020-10-22). Conservatives accuse Twitter of selectively ignoring own policies on REVENGE PORN, misleading content in Borat prank on Giuliani. rt.com Conservatives blasted Twitter for ignoring and even promoting what they called a misleading revenge-porn attack on Rudy Giuliani after censoring reporting on alleged influence-peddling by Joe Biden's family. | At issue was a picture posted on Twitter on Wednesday showing Giuliani laying back on a bed with his hand reaching inside his pants while a woman stands nearby. The image was taken from the new 'Borat' sequel, in which Giuliani, a personal lawyer for President Donald Trump, believed himself to be doing an interview on the Covid-19 pandemic with a female Russian reporter. After the interview, Giuliani and…

WSWS (2020-10-22). Sri Lankan SEP to hold online meeting on a socialist program to fight COVID-19. wsws.org The event will discuss the policies necessary for workers, the rural poor and youth to combat the coronavirus disaster and the Rajapakse administration's austerity and anti-democratic measures.

WSWS (2020-10-22). Sri Lankan workers must rally the rural poor against Rajapakse's "herd immunity" policies. wsws.org The true situation was hidden from the outset because the government refused to implement rigorous anti-COVID-19 measures when the virus first impacted on the country in late January.

John Nichols (2020-10-22). Biden, Use This Debate to Prosecute Trump's Covid Crimes. thenation.com Biden, Use This Debate to Prosecute Trump's Covid Crimes…

yenisafak (2020-10-22). British Airways jumbo saved from scrap heap by film deal. yenisafak.com A British Airways jumbo jet has found a new role as a film set, saving it from the scrap heap where dozens of BA's other retired jumbos have ended up.British Airways said that one of its 747s will fly to Dunsfold Aerodrome in Surrey, southern England, later on Thursday, where the airport will preserve it as a commercial TV and film set.Blaming the coronavirus pandemic, BA said in July it would have to retire its entire jumbo jet fleet, a source of huge regret for aero-geeks and fans of the "Queen of the Skies", the aircraft which brought long-haul flights to the masses.The pandemic has brought financial ruin to t…

yenisafak (2020-10-22). Turk-German restaurateurs suffer amid new virus curbs. yenisafak.com Hoteliers and restaurateurs in Germany are badly affected by tougher new restrictions on public life to stem the spread of coronavirus.Last week, the European country, which has devolved the management of the virus and restrictions to regional leaders within its 16 states, announced new measures including limits on the number of people at private gatherings, and cafes and restaurants to close by 11 p.m. in areas classified as hotspots.As Cologne exceeded its coronavirus threshold of 50 new infections per 100,000 people over a seven-day period, its mayor, Henriette Reker, banned alcohol consumption in public after…

Chuck Collins (2020-10-22). U.S. Billionaires Wealth Surges $931 Billion since Beginning of Pandemic. zcomm.org An Unseemly Juxtaposition: 220,000 Dead and Millions Lose their Health, Wealth and Livelihoods…

Karthik Ramanathan (2020-10-22). When Trump And Steven Miller Tried To Kill My Father, California And Stanford Tried To Save Him. zcomm.org The ongoing pandemic, just like cancer in a family, is ruthless, but is also a truth teller that doesn't hide anything uncomfortable we prefer to avoid. It doesn't hide the cruelty and ignorance of our elected national leadership either, that is now there for all to see…

Patrick Cockburn (2020-10-22). When Does Incompetence Become a Crime? zcomm.org Instead of relying on experienced public health experts with a successful record in finding, containing and isolating people infected with HIV and TB, the government handed the project over to the private sector…

repost (2020-10-22). Eight Black workers sue S.F. health department for racial discrimination. indybay.org Eight Black workers in the City and County of San Francisco filed suit against the city for systemic racism and bullying.

Fight Back (2020-10-22). Justice for Eric Briceno, killed by ELA Sheriffs. fightbacknews.org Los Angeles, CA – Family, neighbors, supporters and Centro Community Service Organization (CSO) attended an October 16 press conference, rally and celebration of the life of Eric Briceno, who was killed by East LA Sheriffs in Maywood, California. Other families who have lost loved ones to police killings also joined the Briceno family. Well-known civil rights attorney Samuel Paz had asked Centro CSO to help the Briceno family. | Briceno was killed on March 16 after his parents called 911 for help with a mental health crisis. Briceno was beaten and tased to death in his bedroom, after he woke up to sheriffs shouti…

teleSUR (2020-10-21). Freedom of Expression Was Restricted in Ecuador, Report Shows. telesurenglish.net The Inter-American Press Association (IAPA) published a report that highlights that freedom of expression was violated during the first months of the COVID-19 pandemic in Ecuador, a country where 23 journalists have died from the coronavirus so far. | RELATED: | The Standing Committee for the Defense of Human Rights warned that, under the pretext of public security and health emergency, freedom of expression was viola…

John Bachtell (2020-10-21). Trump dances, Americans die, SEIU's frontline workers fight back. peoplesworld.org The president may be dancing now at his super-spreader rallies, but if the union representing frontline workers has its way, he won't be dancing on Election Night. Millions of essential frontline workers have borne the brunt of the COVID-19 pandemic. They are all about ending his presidency as they mount the most massive voter engagement …

Jon Miltimore (2020-10-21). Masks Aren't Helpful in Beating COVID-19: Europe's Top Health Officials. globalresearch.ca This article was first crossposted in August. | Denmark boasts one of the lowest COVID-19 death rates in the world. As of August 4, the Danes have suffered 616 COVID-19 deaths, That's less

Kaleigh O'Keefe (2020-10-21). When will there be a COVID-19 vaccine? liberationnews.org A dramatic increase in COVID-19 infection rates across the country has confirmed a grim reality: the United States is entering a new resurgence of the pandemic.

WSWS (2020-10-21). Europe on course for double-dip recession. wsws.org The IMF's forecast for a global recovery in 2021 is looking increasingly shaky in the face of a second wave of COVID-19 infections.

_____ (2020-10-21). OECD shields corporations from due taxes in Covid gripped world. truepublica.org.uk Blueprints published by the OECD last week on how it plans to tackle tax havens do not come close to the reforms needed, the Tax Justice Network has warned. Hundreds of billions in corporate tax is lost to tax havens every year under current international rules, and the costs of the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic make …

Eds. (2020-10-21). 'Exhausted, angry and worried sick!': French health workers protest. mronline.org French health and social care workers stage mass protests for better staffing, pay and conditions as a second wave of COVID-19 engulfs the country, writes Susan Ram…

WSWS (2020-10-21). School nurse dies from COVID-19 as officials in Baltimore—Washington region reopen schools. wsws.org The push to reopen Democrat-controlled districts throughout the region is part of a nationwide trend that has been spearheaded in New York City, the largest district in the US.

WSWS (2020-10-21). Missouri coronavirus infection rates spike, creating havoc in schools, economy. wsws.org As in the Midwest more generally, Missouri hit another record level number of COVID-19 infections over the last week, driven by the White House's "herd immunity" policy.

John C. A. Manley (2020-10-21). Does this CDC Report Actually Show that Mask Wearers Are 17x More Likely to Get COVID-19? globalresearch.ca I'm afraid I'm going to be the fact-checking party, again. I must call foul on those claiming that a recent I hate face masks, but I …

teleSUR (2020-10-21). Europe Faces a Second Wave of COVID-19 Cases. telesurenglish.net Europe is going through a new wave of COVID-19 cases, which health authorities will try to contain through measures that could include the return of curfews in some regions. | RELATED: | In the last 24 hours, Germany registered 7,595 new infections, the second-highest value since March. The cumulative number of cases is 380,762 with 9,875 fatalities so far. | In France, health authorities reported that the number of COVID-19 patients…

Jens Marquardt (2020-10-21). How the youth climate movement is influencing the green recovery from COVID-19. nationofchange.org The vibrant protests that catapulted climate change to the political fore are actually needed now more than ever.

news.un (2020-10-21). Collapsing consumer demand amid lockdowns cripple Asia-Pacific garment industry. news.un.org The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered government lockdowns, collapsed consumer demand, and disrupted imports of raw materials, battering the Asia Pacific garment industry especially hard, according to a new report released on Wednesday by the International Labour Organization (ILO).

news.un (2020-10-21). Kosovo: Show solidarity in face of COVID, UN Mission chief urges. news.un.org The top UN official in Kosovo, briefing the Security Council on Wednesday, called for solidarity as its new Government grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic and a host of other challenges.

The Canary (2020-10-21). South Yorkshire to be placed in Tier 3 coronavirus restrictions. thecanary.co South Yorkshire will be the latest region placed into Tier 3 coronavirus (Covid-19) restrictions. | Sheffield City Region mayor Dan Jarvis said the restrictions will come into force on the morning of Saturday 24 October. They'll cover around 1.4 million people in Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield. The government will give the region a £41m support package. | With the number of people in hospital with coronavirus having doubled over the past 10 days, Jarvis said that leaders had to take the decision. He said: We all recognise the gravity of the situation and have taken the responsible route to ensu…

The Canary (2020-10-21). SAGE scientist says UK can expect 'tens of thousands' of deaths in the second wave. thecanary.co The UK can expect tens of thousands of deaths from the second wave of coronavirus in what is a "bleak" situation, a government scientist has said."Gloomy": Professor John Edmunds, a member of the government's Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) and from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, told MPs that immediate action was needed — and not just regionally — to stem the rising tide of coronavirus (Covid-19) cases.Asked for his view on current government measures and what the trajectory looked like in terms of the number of cases, deaths and pressure on the NHS, Prof Ed…

yenisafak (2020-10-21). Medical staff struggle against coronavirus in Iran. yenisafak.com Healthcare workers in Iran are struggling against the novel coronavirus as the country has seen a rising trend in infections and deaths in October. | A total of 164 Iranian medical personnel have died due to COVID-19, Iranian Health Minister Saeed Namaki said in a statement on Aug.22. | Since late August, a large number of health workers have tested positive for the coronavirus, while many others lost their lives due to the pandemic. | In Iran, especially in the capital Tehran, hospitals allocated to COVID-19 patients have reached their maximum capacity. Therefore, newly diagnosed patients are treated at their ho…

yenisafak (2020-10-21). Air pollution added over 6.6M deaths to toll in 2019. yenisafak.com Air pollution, the fourth leading risk factor for early death, added 6.67 million deaths to the global toll last year, according to a new study published on Wednesday."Air pollution is the leading environmental risk factor for early death, with its total impact exceeding only by high blood pressure (10.8 million), tobacco use (8.71 million), and dietary risks (7.94 million)," State of Global Air 2020 report highlighted.On newborn deaths, the report stated that lack of air quality also led to almost 500,000 deaths worldwide last year among babies in their first month of life."[Due to unprecedented COVID-19 restric…

RT (2020-10-21). Covid-19 patients FIVE TIMES more likely to die in hospital than those with flu, are at higher risk for 17 complications — CDC. rt.com The risk of dying from the coronavirus is five times higher than that of seasonal flu, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a new report, based on the records of 9,000 hospital patients. | "Compared with patients with influenza, those with COVID-19 had a more than five times higher risk for in-hospital death and approximately double the ICU admission risk and hospital length of stay, and were at higher risk for 17 acute respiratory, cardiovascular, hematologic, neurologic, renal and other complications," the CDC said in a new report released on Tuesday. | The study found that while 21 percent…

RT (2020-10-21). Gyms 1 – Government 0: Major win as Liverpool's gyms get green light to reopen because restrictions weren't working out. rt.com Liverpool's fitness community has won a hard-fought victory against the government as gyms will now reopen on Friday morning in spite of the Tier 3 lockdown restrictions in place in the region. | The city was among the first in the UK to re-enter lockdown amid a spike in Covid-19 cases in the north of England, however, local gym owners remained defiant throughout. | Nick Whitcombe, owner of Bodytech Fitness in Moreton, defied the government's rules and remained open, prompting a visit from armed police who issued him with a £1,000 fine for breach of coronavirus restrictions, following an anonymous tip.

RT (2020-10-21). Shakhtar shocker: Real Madrid suffer nightmare Champions League start against Covid-ravaged Ukrainian rivals. rt.com Real Madrid suffered a second home defeat in five days as they slumped to a shock loss against Champions League opponents ravaged by players ruled out by positive coronavirus tests, conceding three times in 14 first-half minutes. | The 13-time European champions were heavy pre-match favorites against the Ukrainian side, whose coach, Luis Castro, had described his squad's preparations as a "nightmare". | Castro was without several key players after Covid-19 ripped through his squad, including star striker Junior Moraes, but his patched-up side raced into a 3-0 half time lead at the Alfredo Di Stefano. | "It's a…

RT (2020-10-21). Spain tops 1 million Covid-19 cases & UK sets daily record for positive tests as second wave surge continues. rt.com Spain has become the first Western European nation to exceed 1 million coronavirus cases, while the UK reported 26,688 new infections on Wednesday – a record for the country. | With 16,973 confirmed cases in the last 24 hours, the overall number of infected in Spain has reached 1,005,295 people, according to data from the country's health ministry. | The tally has doubled in just six weeks despite restrictions introduced by the government, including a two-week state of emergency in Madrid. | The death toll increased by 156, according to figures released on Wednesday, reaching 34,366 people in total to date. Th…

RT (2020-10-21). Spain tops 1 million Covid-19 cases & UK sets daily record for positive tests as second-wave surge continues. rt.com Spain has become the first Western European nation to exceed one million coronavirus cases, while the UK reported 26,688 new infections on Wednesday — a record for the country. | With 16,973 confirmed cases in the last 24 hours, the overall number of infected in Spain has reached 1,005,295 people, according to data from the country's Health Ministry. | The tally has doubled in just six weeks despite restrictions introduced by the government, including a two-week state of emergency in Madrid. | The death toll increased by 156, according to figures released on Wednesday, reaching 34,366 people in total to…

Brett Wilkins, staff writer (2020-10-21). ACLU Sues Trump Admin. to Obtain Key Records on 'Dishonest and Incompetent' Federal Handling of Coronavirus Pandemic in Prisons. commondreams.org The suit seeks "the immediate release of improperly withheld agency records related to federal government's failed response to the spread of Covid-19 in prisons in jails." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/carvajal_0.jpg

Dr. John P.A. Ioannidis (2020-10-21). Infection Fatality Rate of COVID-19 Inferred from Seroprevalence Data. globalresearch.ca Abstract | Objective: To estimate the infection fatality rate of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) from seroprevalence data. | Methods: I searched PubMed and preprint servers for COVID-19 seroprevalence studies with a sample size ‚â• 500 as of 9 September, 2020. I also …

teleSUR (2020-10-21). UK: Highest Ever Daily COVID Cases Since Start of Pandemic. telesurenglish.net Another 26,688 people in Britain have tested positive for COVID-19, the highest daily increase ever since the pandemic began in the country, according to official figures released Wednesday. | The total number of coronavirus cases in the country reached 789,229, while the coronavirus-related deaths in Britain rose by 191 to 44,158, the data showed. | RELATED: | Meanwhile, Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon sa…

Justinas Baltrusaitis (2020-10-21). Critical Increase in the National Debt Triggered by Covid Crisis. globalresearch.ca The debt-to-GDP ratio has emerged as a vital metric for determining economic prospects for a given country. Most countries usually strive to put in place measures to keep their ratio as low as possible. | Data presented by

Robert Wheeler (2020-10-21). Operation Moonshot: UK Says Weekly COVID Tests Could Offer "Passport to Freedom" globalresearch.ca Those who have watched the police state grow over decades have known that as the UK goes, so does the rest of the Western world. | Unfortunately, the UK population the testing grounds for intrusive and totalitarian policies that will be …

Stephen Wade (2020-10-21). Tokyo says next year's Olympics can be COVID safe. peoplesworld.org &nbsp…

2020-10-21: News Headlines

Jon Miltimore (2020-10-21). Masks Aren't Helpful in Beating COVID-19: Europe's Top Health Officials. globalresearch.ca This article was first crossposted in August. | Denmark boasts one of the lowest COVID-19 death rates in the world. As of August 4, the Danes have suffered 616 COVID-19 deaths, That's less

WSWS (2020-10-21). Missouri coronavirus infection rates spike, creating havoc in schools, economy. wsws.org As in the Midwest more generally, Missouri hit another record level number of COVID-19 infections over the last week, driven by the White House's "herd immunity" policy.

_____ (2020-10-21). OECD shields corporations from due taxes in Covid gripped world. truepublica.org.uk Blueprints published by the OECD last week on how it plans to tackle tax havens do not come close to the reforms needed, the Tax Justice Network has warned. Hundreds of billions in corporate tax is lost to tax havens every year under current international rules, and the costs of the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic make …

Eds. (2020-10-21). 'Exhausted, angry and worried sick!': French health workers protest. mronline.org French health and social care workers stage mass protests for better staffing, pay and conditions as a second wave of COVID-19 engulfs the country, writes Susan Ram…

The Canary (2020-10-21). South Yorkshire to be placed in Tier 3 coronavirus restrictions. thecanary.co South Yorkshire will be the latest region placed into Tier 3 coronavirus (Covid-19) restrictions. | Sheffield City Region mayor Dan Jarvis said the restrictions will come into force on the morning of Saturday 24 October. They'll cover around 1.4 million people in Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield. The government will give the region a £41m support package. | With the number of people in hospital with coronavirus having doubled over the past 10 days, Jarvis said that leaders had to take the decision. He said: We all recognise the gravity of the situation and have taken the responsible route to ensu…

yenisafak (2020-10-21). Air pollution added over 6.6M deaths to toll in 2019. yenisafak.com Air pollution, the fourth leading risk factor for early death, added 6.67 million deaths to the global toll last year, according to a new study published on Wednesday."Air pollution is the leading environmental risk factor for early death, with its total impact exceeding only by high blood pressure (10.8 million), tobacco use (8.71 million), and dietary risks (7.94 million)," State of Global Air 2020 report highlighted.On newborn deaths, the report stated that lack of air quality also led to almost 500,000 deaths worldwide last year among babies in their first month of life."[Due to unprecedented COVID-19 restric…

yenisafak (2020-10-21). Medical staff struggle against coronavirus in Iran. yenisafak.com Healthcare workers in Iran are struggling against the novel coronavirus as the country has seen a rising trend in infections and deaths in October. | A total of 164 Iranian medical personnel have died due to COVID-19, Iranian Health Minister Saeed Namaki said in a statement on Aug.22. | Since late August, a large number of health workers have tested positive for the coronavirus, while many others lost their lives due to the pandemic. | In Iran, especially in the capital Tehran, hospitals allocated to COVID-19 patients have reached their maximum capacity. Therefore, newly diagnosed patients are treated at their ho…

RT (2020-10-21). Covid-19 patients FIVE TIMES more likely to die in hospital than those with flu, are at higher risk for 17 complications — CDC. rt.com The risk of dying from the coronavirus is five times higher than that of seasonal flu, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a new report, based on the records of 9,000 hospital patients. | "Compared with patients with influenza, those with COVID-19 had a more than five times higher risk for in-hospital death and approximately double the ICU admission risk and hospital length of stay, and were at higher risk for 17 acute respiratory, cardiovascular, hematologic, neurologic, renal and other complications," the CDC said in a new report released on Tuesday. | The study found that while 21 percent…

WSWS (2020-10-21). Washtenaw County issues stay-at-home order at University of Michigan campus in the wake of campus COVID outbreak. wsws.org The rise in cases at the University of Michigan follows the shutdown of the graduate student strike last month, which was waged in opposition to the university's unsafe reopening policy.

Nadia Maria Mohamed (2020-10-21). Labor, Land, and Legacy: What New Might We Grow in the Shell of the Old? thenation.com Labor, Land, and Legacy: What New Might We Grow in the Shell of the Old?

Mark Hertsgaard (2020-10-21). Amy Coney Barrett Gets That Covid Is Infectious—but Not That Climate Change Is Real. thenation.com Amy Coney Barrett Gets That Covid Is Infectious—but Not That Climate Change Is Real…

Bryce Covert (2020-10-21). The Pandemic Sent Americans' Health Care Coverage Into Free Fall. thenation.com The Pandemic Sent Americans' Health Care Coverage Into Free Fall…

Jens Berger and Tobias Riegel (2020-10-21). Corona vaccine development – they prefer not to ask about risks and side effects. indybay.org Thousands or even millions could be vaccinated on the basis of "emergency approval." We will probably have to live with the virus. The current strategy of damaging measures until a vaccine is available is a bumpy path with incalculable risks, side effects and already visible collateral damage. Jens Berger and Tobias Riegel are German journalists who publish regularly on nachdenkseiten.de.

Tobias Riegel (2020-10-21). Welcome to the new normality! indybay.org Contradiction is demonized in general. A state of emergency becomes the new normality. Corona criticism creates "strange bedfellows."

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-21). Coronavirus cases climb toward a new peak in Iran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 21 (MNA) — The coronavirus outbreak has been worsening in Iran, as the number of infections, hospitalizations and fatalities due to the respiratory disease has been increasing in the past days.

Newsclick (2020-10-21). Indian beedi workers struggle due to pandemic. peoplesdispatch.org Workers in the beedi sector in the Indian State of Tamil Nadu are facing a deep crisis as the pandemic has affected the industry and severely reduced their incomes…

imperial.ac.uk (2020-10-21). Podcast: Pandemic mental health, hidden strengths and severe morning sickness. imperial.ac.uk In this edition: Exploring pandemic mental health, comparing spaceflight and frontline NHS work, and linking severe morning sickness with depression.

imperial.ac.uk (2020-10-21). Imperial and TUM launch joint PhD programme in AI, robotics and healthcare. imperial.ac.uk Imperial and the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have launched a joint PhD programme that will initially focus on AI, robotics and healthcare.

Melvin Goodman (2020-10-21). Brennan's Nuremberg Defense: One More Whitewash of the CIA's Torture Program. counterpunch.org With his disingenuous memoir, Brennan has now joined forces with former CIA directors and deputy directors such as Tenet, McLaughlin, Goss, and Michael Morell who refuse to recognize the CIA created a sadistic program that went far beyond DoJ guidelines, and then lied about the extent of the torture and the fact that nothing was learned that stopped terrorist activity.

William rivers Pitt (2020-10-21). Trump Will Never Admit Error. His Lack of Self-Accountability Is Deadly. zcomm.org Trump is still breathing because of the medical data gathered from people he allowed to die…

J. Blommaert, A. Radwan, C. Sleurs, C. Maggen, M. van Gerwen, V. Wolters, D. Christiaens, R. Peeters, P. Dupont, S. Sunaert, K. Van Calsteren, S. Deprez, F. Amant (2020-10-21). The impact of cancer and chemotherapy during pregnancy on child neurodevelopment: A multimodal neuroimaging analysis. thelancet.com Prenatal exposure to maternal cancer and its treatment might affect local grey and white matter structure, but not functional connectivity or global organization. While platinum-based therapy was identified as a potential risk factor, this was not the case for chemotherapy in general.

Kuehn BM. (2020-10-20). New Insights on COVID-19's Hyperinflammation in Children. jamanetwork.com A rare, life-threatening hyperinflammatory syndrome that some children develop after coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is distinct from Kawasaki disease, according to a collaboration among European scientists.

WSWS (2020-10-20). World Bank: South Asian economies hit hard by COVID-19. wsws.org The report bluntly warns that "more people will be added to the ranks of the extreme poor in South Asia than in any other region in 2020."

WSWS (2020-10-20). COVID-19 resurgence devastates Spanish working class. wsws.org Despite the devastation caused by COVID-19, the Socialist Party-Podemos government is refusing to take any serious measures to contain the pandemic.

Staff (2020-10-20). The eviction crisis is making surviving the pandemic harder. Here's how we fight back. therealnews.com Evictions are happening all across the United States, and COVID-19 has only made it worse. We look at the data surrounding evictions and what people are doing to solve this crisis. We also talk about the recent Bolivian elections.

Ashley Smith (2020-10-20). Competing with Nature: COVID-19 as a capitalist virus. mronline.org He's turned it into a political propaganda unit to the point that it is unable to deal even with a major outbreak within our own borders. The U.S. is beginning to exhibit the features of a failed nation state.

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2020-10-20). Video: The "Smoking Guns" of a Manufactured Pandemic. globalresearch.ca "Closing down the Global Economy as a means to combating the Killer Virus. That's what they want us to believe. If the public had been informed that Covid-19 is "similar to Influenza", the fear campaign would have fallen flat…"

WSWS (2020-10-20). Workers Struggles: The Americas. wsws.org Health care sector worker in Buenos Aires, Argentina march to the city government offices to press demands for nurses to attain permanent professional status, emergency raises and additional staffing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Johnnie Lewis (2020-10-20). Oregon prisoners resist denial of Covid-19 protocol. workers.org Portland, Ore. On four successive days in late September, four prisoners in Oregon state prisons died of Covid-19. On Oct. 17, two more prisoners died of the virus. Family members protest Covid conditions in Oregon prisons, Pendleton, July. Credit: Bob Lonergan In mid-September more than 3,000 prisoners, including over 1,000 . . . |

WSWS (2020-10-20). UK COVID-19 "alert" system overseen by UK spy chiefs. wsws.org The decision to invest in this secretive body, rather than the National Health Service, is part of the policy of herd immunity, while using the pandemic to restructure economic and social relations and strengthen the state apparatus.

news.un (2020-10-20). New UN gender study: Women 'far from having an equal voice to men'. news.un.org The COVID-19 pandemic is "interrupting efforts" to achieve gender equality and threatening to "reverse hard-won gains" over the past decades, a senior UN official said on Tuesday.

news.un (2020-10-20). UN urges people to #PledgetoPause before sharing information online. news.un.org With the COVID-19 pandemic sparking a "communications emergency" caused by false information disseminated on social media, the UN Secretary-General is encouraging people everywhere to take a breath before sharing content online.

news.un (2020-10-20). One in six children living in extreme poverty, with figure set to rise during pandemic. news.un.org An estimated one in six children — or 356 million globally — were living in extreme poverty before the COVID-19 pandemic began, and this is set to worsen significantly, according to a new World Bank Group and UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) analysis released on Tuesday.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-20). Iranian COVID-19 vaccine to enter human phase in mid-Nov. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 20 (MNA) — Iranian Health Minister Saeed Namaki said that the Iranian coronavirus vaccine has passed animal test and will enter the human test phase in mid-November 2020.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-20). Iran Covid-19 update: 322 deaths in past 24 hours. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 20 (MNA) — The Iranian Health Ministry has confirmed 5,039 new COVID-19 infections and 322 deaths due to the disease in the past 24 hours.

imperial.ac.uk (2020-10-20). UK researchers to explore human challenge studies for COVID-19. imperial.ac.uk Researchers are set to explore a human challenge study with the virus that causes COVID-19, the first such study anywhere in the world.

sputniknews (2020-10-20). US Mortality Data Indicates COVID-19 Death Toll Nearly Double Reported Toll. sputniknews.com WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – The true death toll from COVID-19 likely exceeds 400,000, nearly twice the official tally, according to a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) based on an analysis of "excess deaths" in the first eight months of the novel coronavirus pandemic.

sputniknews (2020-10-20). Seniors Found Prone to 'Brain Fog', Weakness, Emotional Turmoil After Surviving COVID-19. sputniknews.com Many older adults who've become critically ill from the COVID-19 coronavirus describe experiencing "brain fog" – or difficulty stringing together thoughts, problems concentrating and issues with short-term memory – after battling the disease.

Staff (2020-10-20). The US Is Missing a Chance to Tackle Climate Crisis and Pandemic Relief Together. truthout.org The pandemic crisis has exacerbated existing inequalities and has been an abject lesson in what happens when nations don't prepare in advance for catastrophe. It has also led many to draw the comparison between this health crisis and the ongoing climate crisis — and the growing and urgent need to tackle climate change now before it spirals out of control. | The U.S., which continues to lead the world in COVID-19 infections, has taken the opposite approach — rolling back enviro…

Staff (2020-10-20). COVID-19 in Prisons Is Far Worse Than Previously Thought, Data Trackers Say. truthout.org James King was incarcerated in California's San Quentin State Prison for roughly six years. He spent much of that time analyzing the politics of incarceration by chronicling his experiences living in one of the country's most notorious prisons. When he was released from prison in December 2019, he joined the staff of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, where he has campaigned for decarceration. | While incarcerated, King endured life in a cramped and racially segregated prison — a sit…

Staff (2020-10-20). Overdoses Are Skyrocketing During COVID-19. The DEA Is Making It Worse. truthout.org Drug overdose deaths have seen an alarming spike as the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted treatment and aggravated the underlying causes of drug misuse, according to multiple data sources. Meanwhile, millions of people in the United States continue to face significant barriers to evidence-based addiction treatment as law enforcement restricts the supply of pharmaceutical opioids, forcing pain patients and drug users toward dangerous substitutes such as heroin and fentanyl that fuel high rates of fatal…

yenisafak (2020-10-20). 'China's potential vaccines show no adverse reaction'. yenisafak.com China claimed on Tuesday that its experimental vaccines for protection against COVID-19 have shown "no adverse reaction." "So far, none of those who have received the 'emergency use' vaccine have shown severe adverse reactions," Zheng Zhongwei, a top official at China's National Health Commission, was quoted as saying by the state-run Global Times newspaper.Pharma giants in many countries have resisted the idea of taking a shortcut in rolling out an antigen for the novel virus.China and Russia, however, have started vaccinating a select group of people with experimental shots, prompting a debate on risks of admin…

yenisafak (2020-10-20). Iran reports record 5,039 new daily COVID-19 cases. yenisafak.com Iran's health ministry on Tuesday reported 5,039 new coronavirus infections in the previous 24 hours, the highest ever daily tally, pushing the national total to 539,670.Ministry spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari told state TV that 322 people had died from the disease in the previous 24 hours, bringing the official death toll to 31,034 in Iran, one of the worst-hit countries in the Middle East.

yenisafak (2020-10-20). Coronavirus cases in Eurasia up by 7,376. yenisafak.com Coronavirus infections and deaths continued their upward trend across Eurasia and Central Asia on Tuesday.- UkraineUkraine's Health Minister Maksim Stepanov announced 5,469 new cases over the past 24 hours, bringing the tally on 309,107.The death toll in the country rose to 5,786 as 113 people died from COVID-19, while 3,044 more patients recovered, raising the total number of recoveries to 126,489, Stepanov said.Ukraine's President Vladimir Zelenskiy met with religious leaders in his country and asked for their support amid the rising number of virus cases.Zelenskiy said that if the number of daily cases reach 9…

RT (2020-10-20). Melania Trump cancels campaign event with Donald over 'lingering cough' following Covid diagnosis. rt.com The return of Melania Trump to the US campaign trail has been delayed, with the first lady cancelling her trip to Pennsylvania with her husband due to an ongoing cough, as she continues to recover from her Covid-19 infection. | Melania will not now travel together with President Donald Trump on Tuesday night "out of abundance of caution," said Stephanie Grisham, her chief of staff. | The first lady "continues to feel better every day following her recovery from Covid-19," Grisham added, but she said her "lingering cough" remained an issue. | The campaign rally in Erie, Pennsylvania was expected to be Melania's…

RT (2020-10-20). Manchester hit with extra Covid-19 restrictions as Johnson govt accused of 'playing poker with people's lives'. rt.com Greater Manchester will enter the highest level of England's coronavirus restrictions from Friday, UK PM Boris Johnson has announced. The decision follows a collapse in talks between the government and local leaders on new rules. | Speaking at a press conference on Tuesday afternoon, the prime minister It comes as the UK recorded a furth…

RT (2020-10-20). 'You don't need to completely isolate any more,' Sweden to tell elderly amid country's relaxed handling of Covid-19. rt.com In its latest approach to the pandemic, Sweden plans to ease coronavirus restrictions for elderly citizens. The country's state epidemiologist says the situation is less "dramatic" than in the rest of Europe. | With the exception of those over 70, Swedish citizens have faced few restrictions during the pandemic. Now, the government's "priority" is to return normalcy to the lives of elderly Swedes, according to Anders Tegnell. In contrast to most of Europe, older Swedish residents are now being encouraged to emerge from their isolation and resume their lives. | "We would send the message to elderly people, you…

RT (2020-10-20). Spanish government eyes Covid-19 curfews, but needs opposition backing to extend state of alarm. rt.com The Spanish government is considering new curfews and other measures in a bid to curb rising Covid-19 infections as the country battles a second wave, with Health Minister Salvador Illa warning that "very tough weeks are coming." | Speaking at a press conference on Tuesday, Illa stressed that another state of alarm would need to be enacted for his government to bring in curfews across Spain, with a particular focus on the Community of Madrid. The region has been the worst affected in the country, with 281,388 confirmed Covid-19 cases as of Monday. | The Community of Madrid's President Isabel Díaz Ayuso…

Kuehn BM. (2020-10-20). COVID-19 Halts Reproductive Care for Millions of Women. jamanetwork.com Since coronavirus disease 2019 ushered in lockdowns and limited movement, London-based Marie Stopes International reported that roughly 2 million fewer women have received reproductive care services through its programs in 37 countries. The result could be 1.5 million additional unsafe abortions, 900‚ÄØ000 unintended pregnancies, and 3100 additional deaths, according to the nonprofit organization that provides contraception and safe abortion.

WSWS (2020-10-20). Queensland state election underscores political instability in Australia. wsws.org While focussing on closing the state borders due to COVID-19, Labor is reassuring the corporate elite that a Labor government will meet all its requirements.

2020-10-20: News Headlines

Staff (2020-10-20). The eviction crisis is making surviving the pandemic harder. Here's how we fight back. therealnews.com Evictions are happening all across the United States, and COVID-19 has only made it worse. We look at the data surrounding evictions and what people are doing to solve this crisis. We also talk about the recent Bolivian elections.

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2020-10-20). Video: The "Smoking Guns" of a Manufactured Pandemic. globalresearch.ca "Closing down the Global Economy as a means to combating the Killer Virus. That's what they want us to believe. If the public had been informed that Covid-19 is "similar to Influenza", the fear campaign would have fallen flat…"

WSWS (2020-10-20). Workers Struggles: The Americas. wsws.org Health care sector worker in Buenos Aires, Argentina march to the city government offices to press demands for nurses to attain permanent professional status, emergency raises and additional staffing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ashley Smith (2020-10-20). Competing with Nature: COVID-19 as a capitalist virus. mronline.org He's turned it into a political propaganda unit to the point that it is unable to deal even with a major outbreak within our own borders. The U.S. is beginning to exhibit the features of a failed nation state.

Johnnie Lewis (2020-10-20). Oregon prisoners resist denial of Covid-19 protocol. workers.org Portland, Ore. On four successive days in late September, four prisoners in Oregon state prisons died of Covid-19. On Oct. 17, two more prisoners died of the virus. Family members protest Covid conditions in Oregon prisons, Pendleton, July. Credit: Bob Lonergan In mid-September more than 3,000 prisoners, including over 1,000 . . . |

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-20). Iran Covid-19 update: 322 deaths in past 24 hours. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 20 (MNA) — The Iranian Health Ministry has confirmed 5,039 new COVID-19 infections and 322 deaths due to the disease in the past 24 hours.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-20). Iranian COVID-19 vaccine to enter human phase in mid-Nov. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 20 (MNA) — Iranian Health Minister Saeed Namaki said that the Iranian coronavirus vaccine has passed animal test and will enter the human test phase in mid-November 2020.

imperial.ac.uk (2020-10-20). UK researchers to explore human challenge studies for COVID-19. imperial.ac.uk Researchers are set to explore a human challenge study with the virus that causes COVID-19, the first such study anywhere in the world.

yenisafak (2020-10-20). Iran reports record 5,039 new daily COVID-19 cases. yenisafak.com Iran's health ministry on Tuesday reported 5,039 new coronavirus infections in the previous 24 hours, the highest ever daily tally, pushing the national total to 539,670.Ministry spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari told state TV that 322 people had died from the disease in the previous 24 hours, bringing the official death toll to 31,034 in Iran, one of the worst-hit countries in the Middle East.

yenisafak (2020-10-20). 'China's potential vaccines show no adverse reaction'. yenisafak.com China claimed on Tuesday that its experimental vaccines for protection against COVID-19 have shown "no adverse reaction." "So far, none of those who have received the 'emergency use' vaccine have shown severe adverse reactions," Zheng Zhongwei, a top official at China's National Health Commission, was quoted as saying by the state-run Global Times newspaper.Pharma giants in many countries have resisted the idea of taking a shortcut in rolling out an antigen for the novel virus.China and Russia, however, have started vaccinating a select group of people with experimental shots, prompting a debate on risks of admin…

yenisafak (2020-10-20). Coronavirus cases in Eurasia up by 7,376. yenisafak.com Coronavirus infections and deaths continued their upward trend across Eurasia and Central Asia on Tuesday.- UkraineUkraine's Health Minister Maksim Stepanov announced 5,469 new cases over the past 24 hours, bringing the tally on 309,107.The death toll in the country rose to 5,786 as 113 people died from COVID-19, while 3,044 more patients recovered, raising the total number of recoveries to 126,489, Stepanov said.Ukraine's President Vladimir Zelenskiy met with religious leaders in his country and asked for their support amid the rising number of virus cases.Zelenskiy said that if the number of daily cases reach 9…

RT (2020-10-20). Melania Trump cancels campaign event with Donald over 'lingering cough' following Covid diagnosis. rt.com The return of Melania Trump to the US campaign trail has been delayed, with the first lady cancelling her trip to Pennsylvania with her husband due to an ongoing cough, as she continues to recover from her Covid-19 infection. | Melania will not now travel together with President Donald Trump on Tuesday night "out of abundance of caution," said Stephanie Grisham, her chief of staff. | The first lady "continues to feel better every day following her recovery from Covid-19," Grisham added, but she said her "lingering cough" remained an issue. | The campaign rally in Erie, Pennsylvania was expected to be Melania's…

Robert F. Kennedy Jr (2020-10-20). $18 Billion COVID Vaccine Gold Rush Threatens Horseshoe Crabs, Ocean Ecosystem. globalresearch.ca The annual spring congregation of egg-laden horseshoe crabs on the east coast provide a vital food source for annual migrations of millions of shore birds. | The

_____ (2020-10-20). Instability, Poverty and Nuclear Weapons. strategic-culture.org The President of the United States has the power to fire off thousands of nuclear weapons and destroy the world. As succinctly This is the Trump who contracted the Covid 19 virus and on October 2 was tak…

James Haught (2020-10-20). Will 'Nones' Bring a Progressive Future? counterpunch.org Someday, the coronavirus tragedy will be gone, wiped out by scientific vaccines. And Donald Trump will be just an unpleasant memory, an absurd reminder of what can happen when bigotry contaminates democracy. This part of the 21st century will be remembered chiefly, I predict, as the era when supernatural religion died among intelligent western people. I think it

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2020-10-20). America's "Corona 2020 Great Depression": US Federal Budget Deficit Hits $3.1 Trillion. globalresearch.ca On March 11, the governments of 193 member states were ordered to close down their national economies as a means to combating V-The Virus. | Corporate bankruptcies, mass unemployment and poverty: The closure of the planet's real economy has triggered a …

Jens Berger and Tobias Riegel (2020-10-20). Corona vaccine development – they prefer not to ask about risks and side effects. indybay.org Thousands or even millions could be vaccinated on the basis of "emergency approval." We will probably have to live with the virus. The current strategy of damaging measures until a vaccine is available is a bumpy path with incalculable risks, side effects and already visible collateral damage. Jens Berger and Tobias Riegel are German journalists who publish regularly on nachdenkseiten.de.

Tobias Riegel (2020-10-20). Welcome to the new normality! indybay.org Contradiction is demonized in general. A state of emergency becomes the new normality. Corona criticism creates "strange bedfellows."

Staff (2020-10-20). Headlines for October 20, 2020. democracynow.org Trump Continues Attack on Fauci as U.S. Coronavirus Cases Surge and Death Toll Mounts, SCOTUS Deadlock Hands Victory to Voters in Pennsylvania as Floridians Break Early Voting Record, Debate Commission Announces Changes Ahead of Final Presidential Face-Off, Evo Morales Celebrates Victory of MAS Party, Says He Will Return to Bolivia, Trump Admin to Remove Sudan from U.S. List of Terrorist States, At Least 15 People Killed as Nigerian Protests Against Police Violence Continue, WSJ: U.S. Held Talks with Syrian Intelligence About Missing U.S. Citizens, Palestinian Prisoner in Critical Condition After Nearly 3 Months…

yenisafak (2020-10-20). Russia's daily coronavirus cases hit record high of 16,319. yenisafak.com Russia recorded a record high 16,319 new cases of coronavirus on Tuesday, including 4,999 in the capital Moscow, to take the national total to 1,431,635.Authorities reported 269 deaths in the last 24 hours, taking Russia's official death toll to 24,635.

_____ (2020-10-20). Amnesty International condemns Johnson government. truepublica.org.uk By TruePublica: Amnesty International has catalogued how the actions of Boris Johnson's Conservative government led to the deaths of thousands of elderly people in care homes during the first stage of the coronavirus pandemic. Amnesty's report was largely ignored by the media or relegated to inside pages. Yet it presents evidence that the government's policy …

Dave Zirin (2020-10-20). Why Are People Watching Less Sports? thenation.com Why Are People Watching Less Sports?

Ana Santoyo (2020-10-20). CPS pushes to reopen: Parent solidarity says, 'Keep children, teachers and administrators safe!'. liberationnews.org The following is re-posted from Reds in Ed website. The unelected school board of Chicago Public Schools and mayor of our city, at every stage of the pandemic, have pushed for reopening and in-person learning despite unsafe conditions in the midst of a global pandemic. On October 15, a record setting day with 4,015 new …

Sà¥nia Guajajara (2020-10-20). Amazonia: In the Flames, They See Money. counterpunch.org Sà¥nia Guajajara delivered this speech to accept the 2020 Letelier-Moffitt Human Rights Award on behalf of the Association of Indigenous Peoples of Brazil (APIB). The Association is standing up to powerful corporations, backed by an oppressive government, to protect indigenous rights and lands — all while fighting a deadly pandemic. On October 15, award-winning author

Staff (2020-10-20). "A Fire That Has Spread Across the Country": Jelani Cobb on Voter Suppression in the 2020 Election. democracynow.org As tens of millions of people across the U.S. cast their ballots in early voting ahead of the November 3 election, we look at voter suppression efforts with journalist and academic Jelani Cobb. His new "Frontline" documentary "Whose Vote Counts" examines the long lines, record number of mail-in ballots and the legal fights that have marked voting during the pandemic, with a focus on Wisconsin. "This is a state where the presidency was essentially decided in the last election," says Cobb, a professor of journalism at Columbia University and a contributor to The New Yorker. He describes voter suppression as "a fire…

Dr. Stephen Malthouse (2020-10-20). Epidemiological Evidence: The "Pandemic" is Over. No "Second Wave" will Follow. globalresearch.ca October 2020 | Dr. Bonnie Henry, | British Columbia Provincial Health Officer, | Ministry of Health, | Victoria, BC V8W 3C9 | Dear Dr. Henry, | I am a physician who has been in family medical practice in BC for more than 40 years and …

yenisafak (2020-10-20). India: 20 Muslims cleared of flouting virus rules. yenisafak.com A court in western on India Tuesday acquitted 20 members of a Muslim group who had been charged with violating the nationwide lockdown in April.The members of the Tablighi Jamaat, including 10 from Kyrgyzstan and 10 from Indonesia, were booked in the state of Maharashtra for attempted murder and culpable homicide not amounting to murder.The police also charged them under laws against spreading diseases and preventing disasters.Ruling in the case, Metropolitan Magistrate RR Khan said: "There was no iota of evidence with prosecution to show any contravention of order by accused persons beyond all shadow of doubt. D…

Prof. Bill Willers (2020-10-20). What Are the Pharmaceutical Industry's Connections to Schools of Public Health? globalresearch.ca Dr. Eric Rubin, an adjunct professor at Harvard's

Binoy Kampmark (2020-10-20). Britannic Impunity: Torture and the UK Overseas Operations Bill. counterpunch.org It was praised by Michael Clarke, former Director-General of the Royal United Services Institute, as "clear and entire laudable" — at least up to a point. The UK Overseas Operations (Service Personnel and Veterans) Bill would "give [British] troops serving overseas much-needed extra protection against fraudulent or frivolous claims against them of criminal behaviour." It

William rivers Pitt (2020-10-20). Trump Will Never Admit Error. His Lack of Self-Accountability Is Deadly. zcomm.org Trump is still breathing because of the medical data gathered from people he allowed to die…

imperial.ac.uk (2020-10-20). "Our art should reflect who we are today" – Imperial artworks group formed. imperial.ac.uk Imperial is to review the artwork displayed on its campuses in a drive to better represent the diversity of its community.

WSWS (2020-10-19). As safety protocols vanish, Fiat Chrysler advises workers "protect your pets from COVID" wsws.org Management advises workers to protect their pets from COVID-19 as it junks safety measures.

teleSUR (2020-10-19). WHO: 184 Countries Join COVAX for a COVID-19 Vaccine. telesurenglish.net The World Health Organization (WHO) announced that 184 countries had joined the COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access (COVAX), aimed at providing at least 2 billion doses of a vaccine by 2021. | RELATED: | "COVAX represents the largest portfolio of potential COVID-19 vaccines and the most effective way to share safe and effective vaccines equitably across the world," WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said during his media brief…

Martin Hart-Landsberg (2020-10-19). COVID-19 economic crisis snapshot. mronline.org Workers in the United States are in the midst of a punishing COVID-19 economic crisis.

WSWS (2020-10-19). Florida school bus driver dies from COVID-19 weeks before her planned retirement. wsws.org The tragic October 9 death of 66-year old school bus driver Gail Brusseau in Florida has again exposed the homicidal campaign being waged against the working class.

teleSUR (2020-10-19). US: Biden Gains Latinos Confidence In The Face Of Elections. telesurenglish.net The Pew Research Center (PRC) on Monday published a study showing that Latino voters have growing confidence in Democrat candidate Joe Biden on key issues. | RELATED: | The study was based on a survey of over 11,000 registered Latino voters and found that two-thirds of those interviewed were even more supportive than four months ago of Biden's capacity to manage issues such as the COVID-19 pandemic or the economic crisis. | "The share with confidenc…

Special to People's World (2020-10-19). Video tribute to radical composer Marc Blitzstein by University of Wisconsin Opera. peoplesworld.org American composer Marc Blitzstein (1905-1964), one of Leonard Bernstein's early mentors and the celebrated English-language translator of The Threepenny Opera, is the subject of University Opera at the University of Wisconsin-Madison's first project of the 2020-21 season. Owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, it is being produced in video format and will be available for viewing …

teleSUR (2020-10-19). Cuba Announces Clinical Trials Of New COVID-19 Vaccine. telesurenglish.net The Cuban Public Registry of Clinical Trials (CRCT) Monday revealed that a new clinical trial with a second COVID-19 vaccine is underway in the Finlay Institute of Vaccines (IFV). | RELATED: | This is the second Cuban vaccine candidate after the IFV presented SOBERANA01 in August, which is recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO) as the only one produced as of today by a Latin American country. | So far, th…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-10-19). Workers' Party of Belgium demands measures to combat worsening COVID-19 crisis. peoplesdispatch.org Amid a steep rise in COVID-19 cases and the subsequent impact on workers' livelihoods, the Workers' Party of Belgium has demanded that incomes be protected and the rich be taxed…

WSWS (2020-10-19). COVID-19 pandemic surges in Turkey as government continues to hide data. wsws.org The government is allowing the virus to spread, citing false data to refuse any demands for lock-downs and suppress growing anger and concern within the working class.

teleSUR (2020-10-19). Africa's COVID-19 Death Toll Nears 40,000: Africa CDC. telesurenglish.net The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases across the African continent has reached 1,644,780 as of Monday afternoon as the death toll due to the pandemic reached 39,738, the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) said. | RELATED: | The Africa CDC said the number of people who have recovered from the infectious virus across the continent has reached 1,356,239 so far. | The most COVID-19 a…

WSWS (2020-10-19). Tennessee educator dies of COVID-19 after governor touts "strong safety measures" in schools. wsws.org Fifty-three-year old Susan Keener, an educational assistant at Walter Hill Elementary School in Rutherford County, Tennessee, died after being placed on a ventilator due to the contraction of COVID-19 in August.

Mark Anthony Espinoza (2020-10-19). To Beat COVID-19, We Must Dump Trump. progressive.org Everyone should have access to quality care, especially in the middle of a pandemic.

WSWS (2020-10-19). COVID-19 infections soar in US. wsws.org The massive spike in COVID-19 cases is an indication that the US ruling elite's policy of reopening businesses and schools is already resulting in the surge predicted by public health experts for the fall and winter.

Asharq Al-Awsat (2020-10-19). China Fires Health Officials after New COVID-19 Outbreak. globalresearch.ca A hospital president and the director of the health commission in the northern Chinese city of Qingdao have been fired after China's latest coronavirus outbreak, authorities said Thursday. | A brief notice on the Qingdao city government's official microblog Thursday said …

Dean Baker (2020-10-19). Waiting for a Vaccine and the Collaborative Research Alternative. counterpunch.org It seems increasingly likely that China will begin providing vaccines to its own people, as well as those in some other countries, by December, and possibly as early as next month. The prospect of a vaccine being available that soon has to look good to people here, now that the Trump administration's pandemic control efforts

news.un (2020-10-19). COVID-19 vaccine: UNICEF to stockpile more than half a billion syringes by year's end. news.un.org With countries and pharmaceutical companies around the world gearing up to distribute COVID-19 vaccines following trials, the UN Children's Fund UNICEF has begun laying the groundwork for the rapid, safe and efficient delivery by buying and pre-positioning syringes and other necessary equipment.

news.un (2020-10-19). 'Biocups', electric motorcycle taxis and recycling 500 billion bottles for a sustainable Thailand: a UN Resident Coordinator blog. news.un.org The private sector in Thailand has a key role to play in helping the south-east Asian country to reach poverty reduction and sustainable development goals agreed by the international community. In this blog, Gita Sabharwal, the UN Resident Coordinator in Thailand and the Chairperson of the UN Global Compact Network Thailand, Suphachai Chearavanont, explain how, despite the global COVID-19 pandemic, progress is being made towards the goals.

news.un (2020-10-19). Focus on fundamentals as COVID-19 caseloads rise: WHO. news.un.org As COVID-19 cases continue to accelerate, particularly in Europe and North America, the World Health Organization (WHO) is advising governments and people everywhere not to let their guard down, for the benefit of those hospitalized, or working on the front line of the battle to end the pandemic.

Ndella Diouf Paye (2020-10-19). Frontline workers and Covid-19: a carer's account. zcomm.org Ndella Diouf Paye writes about her experiences working as a carer for a private company…

2020-10-19: News Headlines

Mark Anthony Espinoza (2020-10-19). To Beat COVID-19, We Must Dump Trump. progressive.org Everyone should have access to quality care, especially in the middle of a pandemic.

WSWS (2020-10-19). Tennessee educator dies of COVID-19 after governor touts "strong safety measures" in schools. wsws.org Fifty-three-year old Susan Keener, an educational assistant at Walter Hill Elementary School in Rutherford County, Tennessee, died after being placed on a ventilator due to the contraction of COVID-19 in August.

WSWS (2020-10-19). Florida school bus driver dies from COVID-19 weeks before her planned retirement. wsws.org The tragic October 9 death of 66-year old school bus driver Gail Brusseau in Florida has again exposed the homicidal campaign being waged against the working class.

WSWS (2020-10-19). As safety protocols vanish, Fiat Chrysler advises workers "protect your pets from COVID" wsws.org Management advises workers to protect their pets from COVID-19 as it junks safety measures.

Asharq Al-Awsat (2020-10-19). China Fires Health Officials after New COVID-19 Outbreak. globalresearch.ca A hospital president and the director of the health commission in the northern Chinese city of Qingdao have been fired after China's latest coronavirus outbreak, authorities said Thursday. | A brief notice on the Qingdao city government's official microblog Thursday said …

WSWS (2020-10-19). COVID-19 infections soar in US. wsws.org The massive spike in COVID-19 cases is an indication that the US ruling elite's policy of reopening businesses and schools is already resulting in the surge predicted by public health experts for the fall and winter.

WSWS (2020-10-19). COVID-19 pandemic surges in Turkey as government continues to hide data. wsws.org The government is allowing the virus to spread, citing false data to refuse any demands for lock-downs and suppress growing anger and concern within the working class.

Special to People's World (2020-10-19). Video tribute to radical composer Marc Blitzstein by University of Wisconsin Opera. peoplesworld.org American composer Marc Blitzstein (1905-1964), one of Leonard Bernstein's early mentors and the celebrated English-language translator of The Threepenny Opera, is the subject of University Opera at the University of Wisconsin-Madison's first project of the 2020-21 season. Owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, it is being produced in video format and will be available for viewing …

Martin Hart-Landsberg (2020-10-19). COVID-19 economic crisis snapshot. mronline.org Workers in the United States are in the midst of a punishing COVID-19 economic crisis.

Peoples Dispatch (2020-10-19). Workers' Party of Belgium demands measures to combat worsening COVID-19 crisis. peoplesdispatch.org Amid a steep rise in COVID-19 cases and the subsequent impact on workers' livelihoods, the Workers' Party of Belgium has demanded that incomes be protected and the rich be taxed…

Dean Baker (2020-10-19). Waiting for a Vaccine and the Collaborative Research Alternative. counterpunch.org It seems increasingly likely that China will begin providing vaccines to its own people, as well as those in some other countries, by December, and possibly as early as next month. The prospect of a vaccine being available that soon has to look good to people here, now that the Trump administration's pandemic control efforts

John Wojcik (2020-10-19). Instead of offering COVID relief, Trump mocks Biden for being pro-science. peoplesworld.org &nbsp…

WSWS (2020-10-19). Brazilian nurse speaks out against closure of COVID hospital and firing of 300 employees. wsws.org The workers of the Castanhal Regional Hospital carried out a protest last Thursday demanding their jobs back and the payment of overdue salaries.

news.un (2020-10-19). COVID-19 vaccine: UNICEF to stockpile more than half a billion syringes by year's end. news.un.org With countries and pharmaceutical companies around the world gearing up to distribute COVID-19 vaccines following trials, the UN Children's Fund UNICEF has begun laying the groundwork for the rapid, safe and efficient delivery by buying and pre-positioning syringes and other necessary equipment.

news.un (2020-10-19). 'Biocups', electric motorcycle taxis and recycling 500 billion bottles for a sustainable Thailand: a UN Resident Coordinator blog. news.un.org The private sector in Thailand has a key role to play in helping the south-east Asian country to reach poverty reduction and sustainable development goals agreed by the international community. In this blog, Gita Sabharwal, the UN Resident Coordinator in Thailand and the Chairperson of the UN Global Compact Network Thailand, Suphachai Chearavanont, explain how, despite the global COVID-19 pandemic, progress is being made towards the goals.

news.un (2020-10-19). Focus on fundamentals as COVID-19 caseloads rise: WHO. news.un.org As COVID-19 cases continue to accelerate, particularly in Europe and North America, the World Health Organization (WHO) is advising governments and people everywhere not to let their guard down, for the benefit of those hospitalized, or working on the front line of the battle to end the pandemic.

Elise Gould (2020-10-19). Young Workers Hit Hard by the COVID-19 Economy. zcomm.org Workers ages 16—24 face high unemployment and an uncertain future…

Ndella Diouf Paye (2020-10-19). Frontline workers and Covid-19: a carer's account. zcomm.org Ndella Diouf Paye writes about her experiences working as a carer for a private company…

_____ (2020-10-19). Embracing The Gifts Of Conflict For Social Change. popularresistance.org As a collective, we are living in unprecedented times. The triple pandemic of COVID-19, white supremacy, and capitalist-driven climate crisis has intensified survival fears and made the structural oppression we are living under more palpable and unbearable. We are coming face to face with the fact of our interdependence, and the stakes are high. Either we as a species learn to live well with each other and the earth now, or die trying. | As so many wise souls are reminding us, our liberation is bound together, and we need each other, now, more than ever.

_____ (2020-10-19). With COVID-19 Resurgence, Nurses Speak Out About Unsafe Conditions. popularresistance.org New York, NY— Nurses from Albany Medical Center gathered in front of the hospital to highlight conditions that may threaten nurse and patient safety, as the region prepares for a second surge of COVID-19. In the Capital District, newly identified COVID-19 cases have been trending upward since August, and in late September, spiked to their highest rate since July. | After 7 months of the COVID pandemic, nurses are speaking out about the continued lack of preparations and safety protocols at Albany Med.

Bigots Forced to Flee (2020-10-19). Large San Francisco Counter-Protest Overwhelms Tiny Ultra-Right Rally. indybay.org On Saturday, October 17, 2020, labor union members, anti-police brutality campaigners, advocates for release of prisoners affected by COVID-19, and leftists from Oakland and San Francisco came together to form a counter-demonstration against a rally of far-right demonstrators.

Staff (2020-10-19). Headlines for October 19, 2020. democracynow.org U.S. COVID-19 Cases Surge as Trump Continues Unmasked Campaign Rallies, Cases Mounting Across Europe as New Restrictions Enacted, Top Palestinian Official Saeb Erekat in Critical Condition with COVID-19, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer Accuses Trump of Inspiring, Incentivizing and Inciting Terrorism, White Supremacists Indicted for Arms Trafficking, Murder and Plotting to Bomb Synagogue, Death Toll in Nagorno-Karabakh Fighting Mounts as New Ceasefire Falls Apart, Kyrgyzstan Installs New President, Who Will Also Serve as Prime Minister, Alexei Navalny Calls on Trump to Denounce Use of Chemical Weapons, Car Bomb in…

imperial.ac.uk (2020-10-19). Exploring the impact of COVID-19 on teen mental health. imperial.ac.uk An Imperial-led project is set to explore the impact the COVID-19 pandemic on the mental health and wellbeing of adolescents in the UK.

imperial.ac.uk (2020-10-19). Improving incentives for people to use COVID apps is key to widespread usage. imperial.ac.uk People need greater personal incentives to convince them to use COVID-19 apps, according to a new report from Imperial College Business School.

Staff (2020-10-19). COVID-19 Spikes in Rural Areas While Hospitals Face Financial Crisis. truthout.org This story was originally published by Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting, a nonprofit news organization based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Learn more at One by one, COVID-19 outbreaks popped up in April and May at meatpacking plants across the country, fanning fears that the infectious corona…

Staff (2020-10-19). In Nevada, Trump Mocks Biden for Listening to Scientists. truthout.org Speaking to a largely maskless crowd of supporters on Carson City, Nevada late Sunday, President Donald Trump mocked Democratic nominee Joe Biden for vowing to "listen to the scientists" on the Covid-19 pandemic if elected in November and boasted about his own refusal to heed the advice of experts even as coronavirus cases and deaths continue to surge nationwide. | "If I listened totally to the scientists, we would right now have a country that would be in a massive depression," Trump said, neglecting to mention…

yenisafak (2020-10-19). Europe braces for second COVID-19 wave with tough measures. yenisafak.com The European countries are taking new measures to stem the spread of coronavirus as the rising daily cases triggered fears of a second wave. Belgium was hit hard by the COVID-19, according to data released by the country's health authorities on Monday.Between Oct. 9 and 15, an average of 7,876 new infections a day were reported, an increase of 79% from the previous week.In the country with a population of 11.4 million, the total number of cases increased to 222,253 since the beginning of the pandemic, while 10,413 people died.Speaking to Belgian broadcaster RTL, Frank Vandenbroucke, the federal minister, said the…

RT (2020-10-19). New York Governor Cuomo goes 'full anti-vaxxer' on Covid-19 vaccine, says people should be 'very skeptical'. rt.com Gov. Andrew Cuomo is the latest Democrat to cast doubt on a potential Covid-19 vaccine, saying he is "not that confidant" in the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) and CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). | In a Monday morning interview with ABC's 'Good Morning America', Cuomo claimed the CDC and FDA "don't have any credibility" while President Donald Trump is in office and the public should be "very skeptical" of any vaccine pushed out. | "I'm not that confident, but my opinion doesn't matter. I don't believe the American people are that confident," the governor said. "I think it's going to be a…

Kenny Stancil, staff writer (2020-10-19). Study Confirms Paid Sick Leave is Crucial in Fight Against Covid-19. commondreams.org "It's not a magic bullet, but it's one tool that's been shown to work. Over and over again." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/sick_leave.jpg

Dr. Paul Craig Roberts (2020-10-19). Why Are Fauci, Redfield, and the "Presstitutes" Deceiving Us About the Masks? globalresearch.ca Twitter, the Censor and Explainer Controller for the Deep State, removed a tweet from White House Covid adviser Dr. Scott Atlas who reported accurately that the masks people are wearing do not prevent the transmission of Covid-19. | As I have …

yenisafak (2020-10-19). At least 56 US lawmakers urge Egypt's Sisi to release prisoners. yenisafak.com In a letter being sent to the Egyptian leader on Monday, the 55 Democrats and one Independent — Senator Bernie Sanders — said al-Sisi should free detained lawyers, activists, journalists and other prisoners of conscience amid a COVID outbreak in Egypt's prison system.Led by Democratic lawmakers Ro Khanna, Jim McGovern and Sherrod Brown, the bicameral letter urges Sisi "to immediately and unconditionally release those prisoners whose cases we have cited, and all other prisoners of conscience unjustly detained for exercising their fundamental human rights.""These are people who should never have been im…

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2020-10-19). As Pandemic Surges in US, Trump Says 'People Are Tired of Hearing Fauci and All These Idiots'. commondreams.org "People are tired of a science-denying president that has allowed over 218,000 people to die from Covid," responded Rep. Mark Pocan. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/fauci_trump_0.jpg

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2020-10-19). 'No Wonder the US Leads the World in Covid Deaths': Trump Mocks Biden for Vowing to 'Listen to the Scientists'. commondreams.org The president also claimed the economy is rising "like a rocket ship," a claim belied by ongoing layoffs and widespread economic suffering. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/donald_trump_coronavirus_5.jpg

Justinas Baltrusaitis (2020-10-19). Pandemic to Trigger $4 Trillion Loss in Global Real GDP in 2020. globalresearch.ca The coronavirus induced recession has plunged many countries into economic uncertainty as a result of the severe containment measures. As expected, the pandemic has triggered massive losses in different sectors of the economy which can be reflected in metrics like …

One America News Network (2020-10-19). Video: "Don't be Afraid of the Virus": American Doctors Speak Out on Misinformation Surrounding the Coronavirus. globalresearch.ca A group of medical experts from around the country are speaking out against misinformation surrounding the coronavirus. | The doctors gathered on the Supreme Court steps in the nation's capitol Saturday October 17, 2020 to inform Americans not to be afraid …

MEE staff (2020-10-19). Democrats urge Egypt's Sisi to free dissidents before jail terms 'become death sentences'. middleeasteye.net Democrats urge Egypt's Sisi to free dissidents before jail terms 'become death sentences' | More than 50 lawmakers issued a letter to Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi urging him to release prisoners of conscience during the coronavirus pandemic | Mon, 10/19/2020 – 17: 02 | An Egyptian police officer at the entrance of the Tora prison in the Egyptian capital Cairo on 11 February (AFP/File photo) | More t…

Staff (2020-10-19). Jeremy Scahill on Trump's "Homicidal" Pandemic Response & What's at Stake in November Election. democracynow.org As President Trump campaigns in swing states that are also coronavirus hot spots, The Intercept's Jeremy Scahill argues he is directly responsible for the poor U.S. response to the coronavirus pandemic, which has killed almost 220,000 people in the country so far and sickened millions. "I don't know how else to describe what Trump has done except homicidal," says Scahill, host of a new seven-part audio series that examines the Trump era.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-19). Dubai-Lengeh Port ferry route resumes operation. en.mehrnews.com TEHRNA, Oct. 19 (MNA) — The ferry route between Lengeh Port in Iran's Hormozgan province and Dubai has resumed operation, after eight months of closure due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-19). Iran records highest coronavirus daily death toll again. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 19 (MNA) — Deaths from the coronavirus pandemic in Iran hit a high record on Monday as 337 new deaths were registered over the past 24 hours, the highest since the virus outbreak in the country.

yenisafak (2020-10-19). Tunisian PM orders nationwide curfew over pandemic. yenisafak.com Tunisia's Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi on Monday ordered a curfew starting from Tuesday in all regions of the country.Coronavirus cases have been surging in Tunisia, which had managed to contain the virus earlier in the year, and have now reached more than 40,000.

yenisafak (2020-10-19). Chileans turn bakers and pizza makers as pandemic sparks business boom silver lining. yenisafak.com Chilean Pedro Campos hatched a plan to bake and sell homemade sourdough bread to neighbors after riots in Santiago last year shuttered the restaurant where he worked and the coronavirus pandemic left many shops closed. Business is now booming.Campos is not alone in reinventing himself. More than 2 million Chileans have lost their jobs in the past year, the result of a one-two punch from the mass protests in 2019 and the pandemic this year.Campos told Reuters the predicament forced him to learn a new trade. "I needed to start making something," he said.Now he doubts he'll ever go back to work for someone else.The…

yenisafak (2020-10-19). ILO urges social spending against growing poverty. yenisafak.com The International Labour Organization (ILO) on Monday urged sustained social spending and other changes to counter the economic fallout caused by the novel coronavirus pandemic.ILO chief Guy Ryder made his recommendations on behalf of the global body representing workers, employers and governments to the annual meetings of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF)."The world economy needs to find a new, or at least supplemental engine of economic recovery," said Ryder underlining that countries must respond to the dangers of growing poverty, joblessness and inequality.He argued that the pandemic ha…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2020-10-19). Amid Trump Failure to Get Pandemic Under Control, Canada Extends Border Closure With US. commondreams.org Canadian officials are regarding the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S. warily, as Public Safety Minister Bill Blair on Monday announced the country is extending its border restrictions for at least another month. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/screen_shot_2020-10-19_at_4.34.52_pm.png

Michael Barajas (2020-10-19). The Long Tail of Voter Suppression. zcomm.org As the growing number of Black and Latinx voters threaten the GOP's stranglehold on power, attempts to limit safe voting options during the pandemic reveal a deeper sickness in Texas politics…

David Vine (2020-10-19). The US Chose Endless War Over Pandemic Preparedness. Now We See the Effects. zcomm.org While other wealthy nations have built social welfare states, U.S. politicians and elites have invested in a state dedicated above all to waging war and to preparations for waging war.

WSWS (2020-10-19). Who are the New York Watchmen? wsws.org The New York Watchmen are a newly formed right-wing militia with close ties to Michael Caputo, the Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services for the Trump Administration.

Gil Netter (2020-10-19). Patients before profits: Connecticut Backus Hospital nurses' strike wins tentative contract. peoplesworld.org NORWICH, Conn.—Three days after over 400 unionized nurses at Backus Hospital carried out a two-day strike, a tentative four-year contract was reached with the nurses gaining improvements in staffing levels and wages. The Oct. 13-15 strike was protesting unfair labor practices by Hartford HealthCare bosses, which included intimidating and threatening nurses for union activities and …

Chris Floyd (2020-10-19). Rule Draconia: Tories and Labor Collude in Enabling Act for State Crimes. counterpunch.org The Tory government (with the collusion of the Labour leadership) is ramming through one of the most draconian and tyrannical laws ever seen in an ostensible democracy, a bill that will give a wide and ever-expanding number of state agencies the power to torture, rape and kill citizens without any legal consequences. This is no rhetorical exaggeration; it is the plain fact — as that notoriously far-left commie rag, the Spectator, points out.

MEE staff (2020-10-19). Widespread abuse revealed in Islamic schools across Sudan. middleeasteye.net Widespread abuse revealed in Islamic schools across Sudan | An investigation by BBC Arabic into Sudan's khalwas has revealed that thousands of boys are routinely tortured by their teachers | Mon, 10/19/2020 – 14: 42 | As many as six or seven children are often chained together as punishment at some religious schools in Sudan (Jess Kelly/BBC News) | Thousands of boys are routinely brutally beaten, shackled and…

MEE staff (2020-10-19). UK parliament to probe reports UAE 'torture' chief could become head of Interpol. middleeasteye.net UK parliament to probe reports UAE 'torture' chief could become head of Interpol | Inquiry will hear that the global police organisation is open to manipulation by 'rogue' member states including Russia, China and the UAE | Mon, 10/19/2020 – 13: 11 | UAE security chief Nasser Ahmed al-Raisi, left, pictured in 2018 (Wikicommons) | British MPs will be told this week that Russia is a "criminal state" which is "ab…

2020-10-18: News Headlines

Richard Gale (2020-10-18). Playing Russian Roulette with a COVID-19 Vaccine. globalresearch.ca America, we need to have a conversation. It is a very serious and dire conversation that has been intentionally ignored and swept under the rug for far too long. It concerns a dialogue that our entire mainstream media, in its …

Bigots Forced to Flee (2020-10-18). Large San Francisco Counter-Protest Overwhelms Tiny Proud Boys Rally. indybay.org On Saturday, October 17, 2020, labor union members, anti-police brutality campaigners, advocates for release of prisoners affected by COVID-19, and leftists from Oakland and San Francisco came together to form a counter-demonstration against a rally by the far-right Proud Boys.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-18). Iran registers 3,890 new COVID-19 infections, 252 deaths. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 18 (MNA) — The Iranian Health Ministry has confirmed 3,890 COVID-19 infections and 252 deaths due to the disease in the past 24 hours.

Tina Landis (2020-10-18). Remote work aids climate protection, fuels inequality under capitalism. liberationnews.org By the author of Climate Solutions Beyond Capitalism.

Arjun Walia (2020-10-18). Bill Gates: 'A Second Wave of (COVID) Vaccines Will Come Next Year' After the First. globalresearch.ca What Happened: Bill Gates

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-18). Holy Prophet (S) Shrine reopened in Medina. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 18 (MNA) — After a hiatus that Holy Prophet Muhammad (S) Shrine had been closed due to the outbreak of coronavirus global pandemic, doors of the holy shrine were reopened as limited by fully observing of health protocols.

Manlio Dinucci (2020-10-18). Trinta biliàµes do 'Recovery Fund' destinados aos militares. globalresearch.ca Enquanto a "crise do Coronavirus" continua a provocar consequências socio-económicas devastadoras, também em Itália, uma grande parte do "Fundo para a Recuperaàßà£o" é destinada nà£o aos sectores económicos e sociais mais atingidos, mas aos sectores mais avanàßados da indústria bélica….

Dan Bacher (2020-10-18). Newsom Administration approves 6 more fracking permits, bringing the total to 54 this year. indybay.org "Gov. Newsom sacrifices our health, food, water and climate while dodging criticism when he issues new fracking permits on a Friday night," said Alexandra Nagy, California Director of Food & Water Watch and Food & Water Action. "Newsom's concern over climate change is a deceptive mirage as his actions reveal a strong adherence to the status quo.

Pip Hinman (2020-10-18). Nurses protest NSW wage freeze. greenleft.org.au Mental health nurses from the Waratah Mental Health Centre branch protested the NSW government's effective wage freeze outside their hospital, reports Niko Leka.

Kareem Chehayeb (2020-10-17). Beirut protests mark a year since Lebanon's mass uprising. middleeasteye.net Beirut protests mark a year since Lebanon's mass uprising | Amid the crippling economic crisis and Covid-19 pandemic, and with no functioning government, there is little optimism change in Lebanon will happen anytime soon | Sat, 10/17/2020 – 16: 55 | Protesters take to the streets of Beirut on 17 October to mark the first anniversary of the Lebanon uprising (Kareem Chehayeb) | Over a thousand…

WSWS (2020-10-17). Brazil's COVID-19 deaths pass 150,000 mark amid back-to-school campaign. wsws.org After reaching the grim milestone, state governments are following Bolsonaro's homicidal back-to-school policies with the support of the unions.

WSWS (2020-10-17). UK's local lockdown system in disarray as COVID-19 cases surge out of control. wsws.org This dispute been the local Labour authorities and central government confirms that combating the spread of this deadly disease cannot be left in the hands of any faction of the ruling elite, and their political representatives.

WSWS (2020-10-17). Mobilize the working class against the European Union's "herd immunity" policies! wsws.org As Europe emerges as an epicenter of a global resurgence of COVID-19, the EU is pursuing a policy leading to deaths on an unprecedented scale, far surpassing the 200,000 deaths this spring.

WSWS (2020-10-17). Alarming spike of COVID-19 infections in Michigan amid ruling class push for "herd immunity" wsws.org Several Republican state senators in the Michigan Senate held an online meeting last Saturday, where they discussed steps towards the lifting of mandates to wear masks indoors despite a clear resurgence of the disease.

Posted by Lynda Carson (2020-10-17). Trump Admin Issues CDC Eviction Moratorium Guidance to Benefit Landlords over Renters. indybay.org Change's To Coronavirus Covid-19 CDC Eviction Moratorium:…

The Lancet (2020-10-17). [Editorial] Global health: time for radical change? thelancet.com What strategies should governments adopt to improve the health of their citizens? Amid the COVID-19 syndemic it would be easy to focus attention on global health security—at a minimum, strong public health and health-care systems. WHO has based its global health strategy on three pillars: universal health coverage, health emergencies, and better health and wellbeing. The indispensable elements of robust public health and health care are well known and endlessly rehearsed—a capable health workforce; effective, safe, and high-quality service delivery; health information systems; access to essential medi…

_____ (2020-10-17). COVID-19: The Case Against Herd Immunity. strategic-culture.org Marcello Ferrada de Noli has studied Sweden's response to the virus and advises countries elsewhere to reject the neoliberal model and survive instead. | Marcello FERRADA DE NOLI | The elderly have comprised the vast majority of Covid-19 fatalities in Sweden, either dying in care homes or their own residence, often alone. | By mid-May 2020, only 13 percent of the care home victims had received treatment at Swedish hospitals. In August 2020, only five percent of the Covid-19 patients admitted for treatment at Swedish hospitals came from care home facilities. | Sweden has by far the highest proportion of deaths am…

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-17). Iran Covid-19 update: 253 deaths in past 24 hours. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 17 (MNA) —The Iranian Health Ministry has confirmed 4,103 new COVID-19 infections and 253 deaths due to the disease in the past 24 hours.

sputniknews (2020-10-17). NY Health Officials Shutdown Giant 10,000 Person Wedding Amid COVID-19. sputniknews.com Health officials in New York City announced the ban a few days before the planned wedding, which is expected to draw 10,000 guests in Brooklyn, New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said.

The Canary (2020-10-17). Medics 'extremely worried' about coming weeks because of coronavirus second wave. thecanary.co Medics are "extremely worried" about how the next few weeks will look in hospitals as the number of coronavirus (Covid-19) cases continues to rise, a doctor has said. | Dr Indeewar Kapila is a consultant in anaesthesia and intensive care medicine in Manchester. He said intensive care units in the North West were getting busier. And staff were bracing themselves for a difficult second wave. | "We're extremely worried": | Asked whether he's worried about where hospitals will be in a few weeks' time, Dr Kapila told the PA news agency: We're extremely worried. | I think if if the current situation continues, i…

RT (2020-10-17). 'We are in a truly Orwellian culture': Amazon yanks Covid-19 skeptic's book for ominously vague 'content violations'. rt.com Amazon has joined its Big Tech fellows in ramping up censorship of any criticism of the "official" Covid-19 narrative, deploying obfuscatory excuses to justify removing journalist James Perloff's latest book, he told RT. | After selling a respectable 3,500 copies over the last two months, Perloff's book on the coronavirus pandemic and its weaponization by world governments, 'Covid-19 and the Agendas to Come: Red-Pilled,' was suddenly "banned" by Amazon.com, the writer revealed on Twitter on Thursday. | BAD NEWS. After selling over 3,500 copies for Amazon since publication on August 20, Amazon has banned my boo…

RT (2020-10-17). Kansas man arrested for threatening to 'kidnap' and 'slash' the throat of Wichita mayor over Covid-19 restrictions. rt.com Wichita, Kansas Mayor Brandon Whipple has revealed a man was placed under arrest on suspicion of plotting to kidnap and kill the politician over frustrations with Covid-19 restrictions across the city. | Meredith Dowty, 59, was booked on Friday evening and could face a charge of a criminal threat over a series of text messages threatening the mayor. | "He said he was going to kidnap me and slash my throat and he needed my address because I needed to see the hangman — me and everyone who, something about tyranny," Whipple told reporters. | The mayor said the suspect expressed his outrage over "mask mandat…

RT (2020-10-17). India gives go-ahead to domestic trial of Russia's pioneering 'Sputnik V' Covid-19 vaccine. rt.com India's vaccines regulator has given the green light for a clinical study of the Russia-developed Covid-19 vaccine. Similar trials of the formulation are underway in Russia itself and in some other nations. | The Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI), a department in India's drug regulator that is responsible for licensing vaccines, has given its approval for a domestic clinical study of the Russian candidate vaccine dubbed "Sputnik V," Indian and Russian partners have announced in a joint statement. The "multi-center and randomized controlled study" will be conducted by Dr Reddy's Laboratories, a Hyderabad…

RT (2020-10-17). No time for 'biting around edges' on Covid-19: Senior adviser urges UK govt to impose national 'circuit-breaker' lockdown. rt.com Restrictions that were recently introduced in the UK are not enough to stop the rapid spread of coronavirus, a top government adviser has said, calling for a new nationwide lockdown. | "Things look pretty grave at the moment and the numbers are going up pretty rapidly," John Bell, a government adviser and immunologist, told BBC Radio 4. Bell, who is also a professor of medicine at Oxford University, acknowledged that people are "pretty unhappy" and tired of existing restrictions. Nonetheless, he highlighted the importance of imposing tougher measures against Covid-19. | I can see very little way of getting on…

RT (2020-10-17). 'American stupidity': Furious Italian governor imposes CURFEW on Halloween, blaming partygoers for Covid-19 spread. rt.com The governor of the south-western Campania region didn't mince his words as he lashed out at those defying social distancing rules to enjoy nightlife, and vowed to stop Halloween celebrations he called "American stupidity." | Vincenzo de Luca said he plans to "close everything at 22: 00" and impose a curfew from the last day of October — supposedly to prevent "uncivilized" Italians from throwing Halloween parties right in the middle of the Covid-19 epidemic. | And the official did not hide the fact he thinks nothing of the occasion itself. "Halloween weekend is … immense idiocy, immense American stupidit…

WSWS (2020-10-17). 7,000 new infections in 24 hours: Germany's highest COVID numbers since beginning of pandemic. wsws.org The German chancellor and leaders of the federal states are maintaining their policy of herd immunity despite the eruption of a second wave of coronavirus cases.

William rivers Pitt (2020-10-17). Trump Got the Best COVID Treatment. For the Rest of Us He Wants "Herd Immunity" zcomm.org Trump is alive because he got the best treatment science can deliver, buttressed by data gathered from the corpses he has already caused…

Public Citizen (2020-10-17). HHS Must Release Billion Dollar Coronavirus Vaccine Contracts, Public Citizen Lawsuit Says. globalresearch.ca Public Citizen today The suit, filed in the U.S. …

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-17). Envoy urges intl. community to unite against US unilateralism. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 17 (MNA) — Iran's representative in the Third Committee of the UN General Assembly expressed concern over the US' lack of respect to the UN's stance amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The Canary (2020-10-17). Parent left 'shouting at the television' after PM gets coronavirus rules wrong again. thecanary.co A parent who asked the prime minister if he could still see his son under new local lockdown rules has said he was left "shouting at the television" after Boris Johnson failed to answer his question.Not happy: Chris Eldridge, from Margate, Kent, asked Johnson whether he would be able to visit his son in Essex if either area rises from the "medium" level of restrictions — as much of Essex will do from 17 October.Eldridge said he was left unhappy with Johnson's response after he advised Eldridge to check the rules on the government's website. Johnson also suggested parents who live apart from their chi…

Staff (2020-10-17). Billionaires Now Collectively Hold a Record-Breaking $10 Trillion in Wealth. truthout.org Billionaire wealth increased to $10.2 trillion through the end of July, setting a new record amid the coronavirus pandemic even as millions of unemployed people fall into poverty. | Wealth held by billionaires around the world rose to $10.2 trillion in July, up from the previous record of $8.9 trillion in 2017, according to an The number of billionaire…

Jeff Bryant (2020-10-17). How online learning companies are using the Pandemic to take over classroom teaching. mronline.org Experts warn the rush to outsource teaching to private companies is bad for students, teachers, and taxpayers.

Noam Chomsky (2020-10-17). The President, the Pandemic & the Election. zcomm.org The urgent problem of overcoming the existential crises—global warming, nuclear war, pandemics—has to be done within the general framework of existing institutions. We can improve them. But you won't be able to overcome them in the relevant time frame…

_____ (2020-10-17). Agribusiness Interests Hijack 2021 UN Food Systems Summit. popularresistance.org Oakland, CA -This World Food Day (October 16) amidst the ongoing pandemic and the devastating impact of the climate crisis, a Food Systems Summit is being planned a year from now by the United Nations, to fulfil the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals. As the Summit takes shape, it is obvious that it does not intend to trigger the deep systemic changes necessary to address the massive challenges that we face. The Summit will do more of the same — green and poor wash — to preserve and perpetuate interests of agribusiness and agro-chemical corporations at the expense of people and the plane…

Manlio Dinucci (2020-10-17). Il virus nucleare di cui nessuno parla — intervista a Manlio Dinucci, giornalista. globalresearch.ca Trasmissione radiofonica. | Conducono in studio Mauro Caruso e Ludovica Di Chiara …

Robert Maxim (2020-10-17). Aaron Steichen Murder Inquiry. indybay.org Mandated reporters and first responders repeatedly and willfully fail to provide emergency mental health intervention for Aaron's schizophrenic brother, Jacob. The end result is the death of a loved one after a 5 week escalation spanning a speculated 8 calls to authorities.

Roland Rottenfuss (2020-10-17). Behavior and body in the sights of capital. indybay.org The proclamation of states of emergency in the spring of 2020, even if not in all countries, helped to consolidate a state crisis management system that overturned constitutions and now completely bypassed democratic decision-making processes. In the name of public health… the measures were presented as without alternative and divergent expert opinions were ignored or defamed.

GBD 2019 Risk Factors Collaborators (2020-10-17). [Global Health Metrics] Global burden of 87 risk factors in 204 countries and territories, 1990—2019: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2019. thelancet.com Overall, the record for reducing exposure to harmful risks over the past three decades is poor. Success with reducing smoking and lead exposure through regulatory policy might point the way for a stronger role for public policy on other risks in addition to continued efforts to provide information on risk factor harm to the general public.

GBD 2019 Diseases and Injuries Collaborators (2020-10-17). [Global Health Metrics] Global burden of 369 diseases and injuries in 204 countries and territories, 1990—2019: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2019. thelancet.com As disability becomes an increasingly large component of disease burden and a larger component of health expenditure, greater research and development investment is needed to identify new, more effective intervention strategies. With a rapidly ageing global population, the demands on health services to deal with disabling outcomes, which increase with age, will require policy makers to anticipate these changes. The mix of universal and more geographically specific influences on health reinforces the need for regular reporting on population health in detail and by underlying cause to help decision makers to identi…

GBD 2019 Viewpoint Collaborators (2020-10-17). [Viewpoint] Five insights from the Global Burden of Disease Study 2019. thelancet.com The Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries, and Risk Factors Study (GBD) 2019 provides a rules-based synthesis of the available evidence on levels and trends in health outcomes, a diverse set of risk factors, and health system responses. GBD 2019 covered 204 countries and territories, as well as first administrative level disaggregations for 22 countries, from 1990 to 2019. Because GBD is highly standardised and comprehensive, spanning both fatal and non-fatal outcomes, and uses a mutually exclusive and collectively exhaustive list of hierarchical disease and injury causes, the study provides a powerful basis for de…

GBD 2019 Demographics Collaborators (2020-10-17). [Global Health Metrics] Global age-sex-specific fertility, mortality, healthy life expectancy (HALE), and population estimates in 204 countries and territories, 1950—2019: a comprehensive demographic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2019. thelancet.com Over the past 20 years, fertility rates have been dropping steadily and life expectancy has been increasing, with few exceptions. Much of this change follows historical patterns linking social and economic determinants, such as those captured by the GBD Socio-demographic Index, with demographic outcomes. More recently, several countries have experienced a combination of low fertility and stagnating improvement in mortality rates, pushing more populations into the late stages of the demographic transition.

Jon Queally, staff writer (2020-10-17). Despite Warnings of Otherwise 'Preventable Deaths,' Trump Heads to Wisconsin for Super-Spreader Rally. commondreams.org As the Trump campaign continues to make attendees sign liability waivers in case they become infected, one public health expert said that "indicates they know the reality because if they weren't worried about it then they wouldn't bother." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/trump_death_rally_wisconsin.jpg

_____ (2020-10-17). Persecuting Assange Is A Blow To Reporting And Human Rights Advocacy. popularresistance.org If it were not for a tiny handful of journalists—ShadowProof's Kevin Gosztola preeminent among them—Americans might be utterly unaware that a London magistrate, for the last month, has been considering nothing less than whether journalists have a right to publish information the US government doesn't want them to. Not whether outlets can leak classified information, but whether they can publish that information on, as in the case of Wikileaks, US war crimes and torture and assorted malfeasance to do with, for instance, the war on Afghanistan, which just entered its 19th year, with zero US corporate me…

imperial.ac.uk (2020-10-17). Imperial Athletes: a new sports hub for clubs at Imperial. imperial.ac.uk Move Imperial and Imperial College Union (ICU) have launched Imperial Athletes, a new collaborative hub for the College's almost 100 sports clubs.

WSWS (2020-10-16). New cluster of COVID-19 hits Faurecia Gladstone factory in Columbus, Indiana. wsws.org In spite of stonewalling by management, auto parts workers have been able to verify the infections of at least five individuals, including equipment drivers who move throughout the plant.

WSWS (2020-10-16). San Diego educators force delay in school reopenings as COVID-19 spreads in the region. wsws.org The delay to school reopenings stems directly from the actions of rank-and-file educators and parents, who have organized car caravan protests and have been increasingly outspoken on social media.

People's World (2020-10-16). People's World Oct. 25 Voter Town Hall: 'The People Have the Power'. peoplesworld.org Join us Sunday, Oct. 25, for a People's World event: The People Have the Power: A Voter Town Hall We're now in the home stretch, the last big push before the election, but we can't let up for a minute. Issues like COVID-19, the Heroes Act, aid for the unemployed climate change, the fight for …

Paul Street (2020-10-16). The Coup Already Underway. counterpunch.org This might be a good time for Americans to stop masochistically worshipping at the feet of their nation's authoritarian Constitution. A proto-fascistic genocidal racist maniac and anti-science eco-exterminist determined to kill two million more Americans with COVID-19 sits in the White House thanks in no small part due to the absurdly venerated 1788 United States

Urooj Alavi (2020-10-16). ICE is Trying to Deport My Husband While I Treat COVID Patients. aclu.org I work as a registered nurse in an intensive care unit in Southern California. Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, I've been working alongside my colleagues as we try to save the lives of the sickest patients and comfort their families. The hours have been long, and we have all seen more than our share of sorrow., , Fortunately, for most of the pandemic I had my husband to lean on. It was comforting to know that while I was in the unit, he was at home caring for our two young children and that when I came home he would be there to support me., , That changed in July, when ICE detained him during a routine check…

Karen Dolan (2020-10-16). Congress Must Deliver COVID-19 Relief. progressive.org Where is the concern for the families of the more than 215,000 Americans who have lost their lives to the coronavirus?

2020-10-17: News Headlines

Posted by Lynda Carson (2020-10-17). Trump Admin Issues CDC Eviction Moratorium Guidance to Benefit Landlords over Renters. indybay.org Change's To Coronavirus Covid-19 CDC Eviction Moratorium:…

The Lancet (2020-10-17). [Editorial] Global health: time for radical change? thelancet.com What strategies should governments adopt to improve the health of their citizens? Amid the COVID-19 syndemic it would be easy to focus attention on global health security—at a minimum, strong public health and health-care systems. WHO has based its global health strategy on three pillars: universal health coverage, health emergencies, and better health and wellbeing. The indispensable elements of robust public health and health care are well known and endlessly rehearsed—a capable health workforce; effective, safe, and high-quality service delivery; health information systems; access to essential medi…

The Canary (2020-10-17). Medics 'extremely worried' about coming weeks because of coronavirus second wave. thecanary.co Medics are "extremely worried" about how the next few weeks will look in hospitals as the number of coronavirus (Covid-19) cases continues to rise, a doctor has said. | Dr Indeewar Kapila is a consultant in anaesthesia and intensive care medicine in Manchester. He said intensive care units in the North West were getting busier. And staff were bracing themselves for a difficult second wave. | "We're extremely worried": | Asked whether he's worried about where hospitals will be in a few weeks' time, Dr Kapila told the PA news agency: We're extremely worried. | I think if if the current situation continues, i…

RT (2020-10-17). 'We are in a truly Orwellian culture': Amazon yanks Covid-19 skeptic's book for ominously vague 'content violations'. rt.com Amazon has joined its Big Tech fellows in ramping up censorship of any criticism of the "official" Covid-19 narrative, deploying obfuscatory excuses to justify removing journalist James Perloff's latest book, he told RT. | After selling a respectable 3,500 copies over the last two months, Perloff's book on the coronavirus pandemic and its weaponization by world governments, 'Covid-19 and the Agendas to Come: Red-Pilled,' was suddenly "banned" by Amazon.com, the writer revealed on Twitter on Thursday. | t.co/MCvENktgr4 & I offer it in bulk quantities t.co/Fl…

William rivers Pitt (2020-10-17). Trump Got the Best COVID Treatment. For the Rest of Us He Wants "Herd Immunity" zcomm.org Trump is alive because he got the best treatment science can deliver, buttressed by data gathered from the corpses he has already caused…

Noam Chomsky (2020-10-17). The President, the Pandemic & the Election. zcomm.org The urgent problem of overcoming the existential crises—global warming, nuclear war, pandemics—has to be done within the general framework of existing institutions. We can improve them. But you won't be able to overcome them in the relevant time frame…

Roland Rottenfuss (2020-10-17). Behavior and body in the sights of capital. indybay.org The proclamation of states of emergency in the spring of 2020, even if not in all countries, helped to consolidate a state crisis management system that overturned constitutions and now completely bypassed democratic decision-making processes. In the name of public health… the measures were presented as without alternative and divergent expert opinions were ignored or defamed.

Robert Maxim (2020-10-17). Aaron Steichen Murder Inquiry. indybay.org Mandated reporters and first responders repeatedly and willfully fail to provide emergency mental health intervention for Aaron's schizophrenic brother, Jacob. The end result is the death of a loved one after a 5 week escalation spanning a speculated 8 calls to authorities.

GBD 2019 Diseases and Injuries Collaborators (2020-10-17). [Global Health Metrics] Global burden of 369 diseases and injuries in 204 countries and territories, 1990—2019: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2019. thelancet.com As disability becomes an increasingly large component of disease burden and a larger component of health expenditure, greater research and development investment is needed to identify new, more effective intervention strategies. With a rapidly ageing global population, the demands on health services to deal with disabling outcomes, which increase with age, will require policy makers to anticipate these changes. The mix of universal and more geographically specific influences on health reinforces the need for regular reporting on population health in detail and by underlying cause to help decision makers to identi…

GBD 2019 Viewpoint Collaborators (2020-10-17). [Viewpoint] Five insights from the Global Burden of Disease Study 2019. thelancet.com The Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries, and Risk Factors Study (GBD) 2019 provides a rules-based synthesis of the available evidence on levels and trends in health outcomes, a diverse set of risk factors, and health system responses. GBD 2019 covered 204 countries and territories, as well as first administrative level disaggregations for 22 countries, from 1990 to 2019. Because GBD is highly standardised and comprehensive, spanning both fatal and non-fatal outcomes, and uses a mutually exclusive and collectively exhaustive list of hierarchical disease and injury causes, the study provides a powerful basis for de…

GBD 2019 Risk Factors Collaborators (2020-10-17). [Global Health Metrics] Global burden of 87 risk factors in 204 countries and territories, 1990—2019: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2019. thelancet.com Overall, the record for reducing exposure to harmful risks over the past three decades is poor. Success with reducing smoking and lead exposure through regulatory policy might point the way for a stronger role for public policy on other risks in addition to continued efforts to provide information on risk factor harm to the general public.

GBD 2019 Demographics Collaborators (2020-10-17). [Global Health Metrics] Global age-sex-specific fertility, mortality, healthy life expectancy (HALE), and population estimates in 204 countries and territories, 1950—2019: a comprehensive demographic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2019. thelancet.com Over the past 20 years, fertility rates have been dropping steadily and life expectancy has been increasing, with few exceptions. Much of this change follows historical patterns linking social and economic determinants, such as those captured by the GBD Socio-demographic Index, with demographic outcomes. More recently, several countries have experienced a combination of low fertility and stagnating improvement in mortality rates, pushing more populations into the late stages of the demographic transition.

Areeb Ullah (2020-10-16). Family of Egyptian doctor paralysed by coronavirus faces possible deportation from Britain. middleeasteye.net Family of Egyptian doctor paralysed by coronavirus faces possible deportation from Britain | Dr Basem Enany served the NHS during Britain's pandemic and is now fighting for his life after contracting Covid-19 | Fri, 10/16/2020 – 15: 37 | Since his diagnosis, Enany developed paralysis in both of his legs after developing Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GoFundMe) | The family of an Egyptian doctor who worked on t…

Paul Street (2020-10-16). The Coup Already Underway. counterpunch.org This might be a good time for Americans to stop masochistically worshipping at the feet of their nation's authoritarian Constitution. A proto-fascistic genocidal racist maniac and anti-science eco-exterminist determined to kill two million more Americans with COVID-19 sits in the White House thanks in no small part due to the absurdly venerated 1788 United States

Peoples Dispatch (2020-10-16). Health workers protest in France amid new COVID-19 spike. peoplesdispatch.org In the wake of a fresh spike in COVID-19 cases, a state of health emergency has been declared in Paris. Health workers have demanded increased workforce and resources to fight the pandemic…

Urooj Alavi (2020-10-16). ICE is Trying to Deport My Husband While I Treat COVID Patients. aclu.org I work as a registered nurse in an intensive care unit in Southern California. Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, I've been working alongside my colleagues as we try to save the lives of the sickest patients and comfort their families. The hours have been long, and we have all seen more than our share of sorrow., , Fortunately, for most of the pandemic I had my husband to lean on. It was comforting to know that while I was in the unit, he was at home caring for our two young children and that when I came home he would be there to support me., , That changed in July, when ICE detained him during a routine check…

WSWS (2020-10-16). University of Michigan cafeteria workers oppose reopening of dining halls as coronavirus continues to spread on campus. wsws.org In the weeks following the sellout of the graduate student strike, multiple COVID-19 clusters have been confirmed on campus, demonstrating the complete inadequacy of the university's testing regime.

Karen Dolan (2020-10-16). Congress Must Deliver COVID-19 Relief. progressive.org Where is the concern for the families of the more than 215,000 Americans who have lost their lives to the coronavirus?

WSWS (2020-10-16). New cluster of COVID-19 hits Faurecia Gladstone factory in Columbus, Indiana. wsws.org In spite of stonewalling by management, auto parts workers have been able to verify the infections of at least five individuals, including equipment drivers who move throughout the plant.

WSWS (2020-10-16). Global surge in COVID-19 cases as governments abandon efforts to contain the pandemic. wsws.org The policy of "herd immunity," effectively allowing a killer disease to run rampant, threatens to overwhelm hospitals and lead to a rising tide of deaths and suffering.

WSWS (2020-10-16). San Diego educators force delay in school reopenings as COVID-19 spreads in the region. wsws.org The delay to school reopenings stems directly from the actions of rank-and-file educators and parents, who have organized car caravan protests and have been increasingly outspoken on social media.

People's World (2020-10-16). People's World Oct. 25 Voter Town Hall: 'The People Have the Power'. peoplesworld.org Join us Sunday, Oct. 25, for a People's World event: The People Have the Power: A Voter Town Hall We're now in the home stretch, the last big push before the election, but we can't let up for a minute. Issues like COVID-19, the Heroes Act, aid for the unemployed climate change, the fight for …

WSWS (2020-10-16). New York University defies state COVID-19 guidelines and continues in-person classes. wsws.org The decision to not immediately halt in-person classes and work at NYU amid a resurgence of the pandemic underscores the recklessness of the university administration.

news.un (2020-10-16). COVID-19: 'Little or no' benefit from trials of anti-virals, says WHO. news.un.org Latest results from a UN-coordinated international trial on four COVID-19 therapeutic drugs, indicate that they have "little or no" positive impact on preventing deaths in patients infected with the new coronavirus.

Anindya S. Bhattacharjee, Samir V. Joshi, Shilpa Naik, Shashikala Sangle, Nixon M. Abraham (2020-10-16). [Research Paper] Quantitative assessment of olfactory dysfunction accurately detects asymptomatic COVID-19 carriers. thelancet.com Compromised olfactory fitness can serve as a strong basis for identifying asymptomatic COVID-19 patients. Detailed design specifications and protocols provided here should enable the development of a sensitive, fast, and economical screening strategy that can be administered to large populations to prevent the rapid spread of COVID-19.

Staff (2020-10-16). Headlines for October 16, 2020. democracynow.org COVID-19 Hospitalizations on the Rise Across U.S. as Confirmed Cases Hit 8 Million, French Police Raid Homes of Government Officials in Probe of Failed Coronavirus Response, WHO Finds Remdesivir Fails to Prevent COVID-19 Deaths, World Health Organization Warns Many Will Have to Wait Until 2022 for Vaccine, Senate on Track to Confirm Far-Right Supreme Court Nominee Amy Coney Barrett on Oct. 26, Joe Biden Defends 1994 Crime Bill and Calls for More Police Funding, President Trump Refuses to Disavow Far-Right Anti-Semitic QAnon Conspiracy Theory, Trump Celebrates Apparent Extrajudicial Killing by U.S. Marshals Carryi…

imperial.ac.uk (2020-10-16). Imperial agree vaccine research and education collaboration with Indonesia. imperial.ac.uk Imperial has agreed a pioneering research and education collaboration with Indonesia to advance vaccine development and help tackle COVID-19.

sputniknews (2020-10-16). 'Distraction Mechanism': NYT's Crocodile Tears Over Iran Sanctions Disguise Role in Justifying Them. sputniknews.com What seems to be a compassionate plea for mercy from Washington by a major US newspaper is actually just a furthering of the US propaganda war against Iran that's responsible for the strangling sanctions that frustrate its ability to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, a doctor and activist told Sputnik.

RT (2020-10-16). Biden won't rule out MANDATORY Covid-19 vaccination, but admits that enforcement would be nearly impossible. rt.com Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden said he might make a Covid-19 vaccine mandatory, depending on the "nature" of the drug, but then admitted that such a mandate probably couldn't be fully enforced. | Speaking on Thursday night at a town hall event hosted by ABC News, Biden said his decision on whether to make a Covid-19 vaccine compulsory for all Americans would depend on the "state" and "nature" of the vaccine, including whether it's seen as something that would positively affect 85 percent of the public or as a "golden key" to ending the pandemic. | Biden says you can't mandate masks and a COVID vacci…

RT (2020-10-16). 'No need to quarantine': Biden says he was wearing mask, '50+ feet away' from crew member who had Covid-19 on board campaign plane. rt.com Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden said he will not quarantine after being on board the same airplane as a crew member who tested positive for the coronavirus, saying he was far away and wearing a N-95 mask. | "My COVID test from last night came back negative," Biden tweeted on Thursday evening, just before the platform unexpectedly crashed. | "Not only was the individual 50+ feet [15 meters] away and wearing a mask, but I was wearing an N-95 mask," he added. "My doctors have advised that there is no need for me to quarantine." | Not only was the individual 50+ feet away and wearing a mask, but I was w…

Johanna Ross (2020-10-16). UK COVID Crisis: Standoff Between North and South over Lockdown. globalresearch.ca Mayor of Manchester, Andy Burnham, is furious. In a dramatic spectacle, the mayor spoke with anger at how the Westminster government was 'treating the north with contempt' in its approach to Covid-19. The mayor has reservations over Boris Johnson's …

W. T. Whitney (2020-10-16). Medical Doctors Seek Social and Political Solutions for COVID 19 Crisis. counterpunch.org It didn't seem to fit. The website of the Colombian Communist Party on October 5 published a medical doctor's reflections on recharacterizing a disease. Félix León Martínez MD quoted extensively from an editorial appearing in the famous British medical journal Lancet. He and Lancet editor Richard Horton MD claim that COVID 19 is not a

Julia Conley, staff writer (2020-10-16). Town of Great Barrington Joins Health Experts in Condemning 'Herd Immunity' Death Cult That Bears Its Name. commondreams.org "Many town leaders believe herd immunity is a dangerous Covid-19 strategy… Please wear a mask." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/fauci_2.jpg

Kenny Stancil, staff writer (2020-10-16). Trump Advisers Privately Warned GOP Donors About Covid-19 in February While Telling Public Virus Was 'Very Much Under Control'. commondreams.org "Apparently, if Americans want to hear the full truth from the Trump administration about the severity of Covid-19, they need to be wealthy and well-connected donors." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/kudlow_1.jpg

commondreams (2020-10-16). While Trump Downplayed COVID-19 In Public, His Advisors Warned GOP Donors of Its Severity. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Sarah Anderson (2020-10-16). Farmers and Meatpackers Are Teaming Up. counterpunch.org For family farmers like Hans Breitenmoser, the odds of catching COVID-19 on the job are slim. Social distancing is not exactly a challenge when you're farming more than 1,300 acres in rural Wisconsin. But Breitenmoser is one of many Wisconsin farmers who are showing solidarity with others in the food supply chain who are at

Eve Ottenberg (2020-10-16). How Trust in a Covid Vaccine Eroded. counterpunch.org The Trump regime has managed to scare most Americans off taking a covid vaccine, by convincing them it politicized the science to rush it to market. People have concluded it may not be safe. So much for Operation Warp Speed. It turned into Operation Warp Distrust. So what if it provides 300 million vaccine doses by early 2021 — if few people take it, that's a waste of time and effort.

Joshua Cho (2020-10-16). No, China didn't 'stall' critical Covid information at outbreak's start. mronline.org Now that some time has passed since the beginning of the outbreak, it's worth revisiting the less-conspiratorial corporate media narrative that the Chinese government maliciously or incompetently delayed the release of critical information early on, thereby causing many unnecessary deaths.

_____ (2020-10-16). Priest Sentenced To 33 Months For Protesting Nuclear Weapons. popularresistance.org Fifteen supporters in a carefully Covid masked and distanced courtroom witnessed Father Steve Kelly receive a sentence of 33 months today. After a 20 minute delay to get the telephone conference line working and properly muted 160 people listened in to the proceedings on the audio link. | Fr. Steve's sentence falls in the middle of the proposed guidelines and will likely allow his release from the Glynn County Detention Center where he is presently being detained 30 months after the action.

Julie Hollar (2020-10-16). Democracy Dies in the Light. commondreams.org The president has repeatedly made baseless allegations of voter fraud, urged his followers to intimidate voters at the polls, and overruled FDA vaccine safety guidelines in an attempt to push out a Covid vaccine before the election, against the advice of scientific experts. (Photo: Brendan Smialowski / AFP / Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/trump_stolen_time_1.jpg

commondreams (2020-10-16). New Poll: Nearly Half of Black-Owned Small Businesses Closed Permanently Or Will Soon Shutter Due to Insufficient Federal COVID Relief. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Derek Royden (2020-10-16). How Covid capitalism is making the pandemic worse. nationofchange.org The very existence of covid capitalism points to the essential truth of George Carlin's adage that government, "[Is] a big club and you aren't in it".

Manlio Dinucci (2020-10-16). From the EU Covid Recovery Fund Thirty Billion Goes to the War Industry. globalresearch.ca While the "Coronavirus crisis" continues to cause devastating socio-economic consequences also in Italy, a large part of the "Recovery Fund" is destined not to the most affected economic and social sectors, but to the most advanced sectors of the war …

Michael Barajas, The Texas Observer (2020-10-16). Texas and the Long Tail of Voter Suppression. thenation.com Texas and the Long Tail of Voter Suppression…

WSWS (2020-10-16). Large-scale police deployment evicts alternative housing project in Berlin, Germany. wsws.org The mobilization of thousands of police officers to evict an alternative housing project must be understood as a serious warning. In the face of social tensions and the catastrophic consequences of the coronavirus pandemic, the ruling class is preparing to violently suppress any opposition from below.

Mark Gruenberg (2020-10-16). Cori Bush, nurse turned BLM leader and congressional candidate, pushes turnout. peoplesworld.org OAKLAND, Calif.—The nation's largest union of registered nurses, National Nurses United, will open a new, week-long advocacy drive for premium pay for frontline anti-coronavirus pandemic workers and protective gear for all of them on Oct. 26. The Nurse Advocacy Action drive, which will run through Nov. 1, will feature coordinated vigils outside hospitals and nursing …

WSWS (2020-10-16). Trump administration tipped off wealthy investors about coronavirus while it downplayed threat in public. wsws.org The revelations reveal the overriding concern of the US government was the protection of the financial aristocracy at the expense of the health and safety of the population.

Mark Gruenberg (2020-10-16). Election 2020: Trump and the 1% vs. the rest of us. peoplesworld.org White nationalism. Police killings of innocent unarmed Blacks. A mass crusade for economic, social, and racial justice. The coronavirus pandemic. The worst depression since the Great Depression, with the GOP-run Senate's refusal for the last six months to help the 26 million people without jobs. A big GOP threat to everyone's health care coverage. Lack …

Michael Welch (2020-10-16). Coronavirus: The Trojan Vaccine. A Challenge to Health, and Freedom. globalresearch.ca " A vaccine with those reaction rates could cause grave injuries in 1.5 billion humans if administered to "every person on earth". That is the threshold that Gates has established for ending the global lockdown." | . | . | — Robert …

_____ (2020-10-16). Tenants Blockade Courthouse, Shut Down Much Of Eviction Docket. popularresistance.org Kansas City tenants chained themselves to the doors of the Jackson County Courthouse downtown Thursday morning and shut down virtual eviction proceedings with online disruptions. | The protest, organized by KC Tenants, drew about 100 people, who held signs saying "eviction kills" and "court's closed today." They called on Jackson County Circuit Court Presiding Judge David Byrn to halt the hearings. For months, KC Tenants has been pushing Byrn to reestablish an eviction moratorium to keep residents in their homes during the coronavirus pandemic and associated economic crisis.

2020-10-16: News Headlines

WSWS (2020-10-16). San Diego educators force delay in school reopenings as COVID-19 spreads in the region. wsws.org The delay to school reopenings stems directly from the actions of rank-and-file educators and parents, who have organized car caravan protests and have been increasingly outspoken on social media.

Paul Street (2020-10-16). The Coup Already Underway. counterpunch.org This might be a good time for Americans to stop masochistically worshipping at the feet of their nation's authoritarian Constitution. A proto-fascistic genocidal racist maniac and anti-science eco-exterminist determined to kill two million more Americans with COVID-19 sits in the White House thanks in no small part due to the absurdly venerated 1788 United States

WSWS (2020-10-16). Global surge in COVID-19 cases as governments abandon efforts to contain the pandemic. wsws.org The policy of "herd immunity," effectively allowing a killer disease to run rampant, threatens to overwhelm hospitals and lead to a rising tide of deaths and suffering.

People's World (2020-10-16). People's World Oct. 25 Voter Town Hall: 'The People Have the Power'. peoplesworld.org Join us Sunday, Oct. 25, for a People's World event: The People Have the Power: A Voter Town Hall We're now in the home stretch, the last big push before the election, but we can't let up for a minute. Issues like COVID-19, the Heroes Act, aid for the unemployed climate change, the fight for …

Karen Dolan (2020-10-16). Congress Must Deliver COVID-19 Relief. progressive.org Where is the concern for the families of the more than 215,000 Americans who have lost their lives to the coronavirus?

Urooj Alavi (2020-10-16). ICE is Trying to Deport My Husband While I Treat COVID Patients. aclu.org I work as a registered nurse in an intensive care unit in Southern California. Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, I've been working alongside my colleagues as we try to save the lives of the sickest patients and comfort their families. The hours have been long, and we have all seen more than our share of sorrow., , Fortunately, for most of the pandemic I had my husband to lean on. It was comforting to know that while I was in the unit, he was at home caring for our two young children and that when I came home he would be there to support me., , That changed in July, when ICE detained him during a routine check…

Areeb Ullah (2020-10-16). Family of Egyptian doctor paralysed by coronavirus faces possible deportation from Britain. middleeasteye.net Family of Egyptian doctor paralysed by coronavirus faces possible deportation from Britain | Dr Basem Enany served the NHS during Britain's pandemic and is now fighting for his life after contracting Covid-19 | Fri, 10/16/2020 – 15: 37 | Since his diagnosis, Enany developed paralysis in both of his legs after developing Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GoFundMe) | The family of an Egyptian doctor who worked on t…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-10-16). Health workers protest in France amid new COVID-19 spike. peoplesdispatch.org In the wake of a fresh spike in COVID-19 cases, a state of health emergency has been declared in Paris. Health workers have demanded increased workforce and resources to fight the pandemic…

Joshua Cho (2020-10-16). No, China didn't 'stall' critical Covid information at outbreak's start. mronline.org Now that some time has passed since the beginning of the outbreak, it's worth revisiting the less-conspiratorial corporate media narrative that the Chinese government maliciously or incompetently delayed the release of critical information early on, thereby causing many unnecessary deaths.

Eve Ottenberg (2020-10-16). How Trust in a Covid Vaccine Eroded. counterpunch.org The Trump regime has managed to scare most Americans off taking a covid vaccine, by convincing them it politicized the science to rush it to market. People have concluded it may not be safe. So much for Operation Warp Speed. It turned into Operation Warp Distrust. So what if it provides 300 million vaccine doses by early 2021 — if few people take it, that's a waste of time and effort.

Mark Gruenberg (2020-10-16). Election 2020: Trump and the 1% vs. the rest of us. peoplesworld.org White nationalism. Police killings of innocent unarmed Blacks. A mass crusade for economic, social, and racial justice. The coronavirus pandemic. The worst depression since the Great Depression, with the GOP-run Senate's refusal for the last six months to help the 26 million people without jobs. A big GOP threat to everyone's health care coverage. Lack …

Michael Welch (2020-10-16). Coronavirus: The Trojan Vaccine. A Challenge to Health, and Freedom. globalresearch.ca " A vaccine with those reaction rates could cause grave injuries in 1.5 billion humans if administered to "every person on earth". That is the threshold that Gates has established for ending the global lockdown." | . | . | — Robert …

Mark Gruenberg (2020-10-16). Cori Bush, nurse turned BLM leader and congressional candidate, pushes turnout. peoplesworld.org OAKLAND, Calif.—The nation's largest union of registered nurses, National Nurses United, will open a new, week-long advocacy drive for premium pay for frontline anti-coronavirus pandemic workers and protective gear for all of them on Oct. 26. The Nurse Advocacy Action drive, which will run through Nov. 1, will feature coordinated vigils outside hospitals and nursing …

WSWS (2020-10-16). Trump administration tipped off wealthy investors about coronavirus while it downplayed threat in public. wsws.org The revelations reveal the overriding concern of the US government was the protection of the financial aristocracy at the expense of the health and safety of the population.

news.un (2020-10-16). COVID-19: 'Little or no' benefit from trials of anti-virals, says WHO. news.un.org Latest results from a UN-coordinated international trial on four COVID-19 therapeutic drugs, indicate that they have "little or no" positive impact on preventing deaths in patients infected with the new coronavirus.

_____ (2020-10-16). Priest Sentenced To 33 Months For Protesting Nuclear Weapons. popularresistance.org Fifteen supporters in a carefully Covid masked and distanced courtroom witnessed Father Steve Kelly receive a sentence of 33 months today. After a 20 minute delay to get the telephone conference line working and properly muted 160 people listened in to the proceedings on the audio link. | Fr. Steve's sentence falls in the middle of the proposed guidelines and will likely allow his release from the Glynn County Detention Center where he is presently being detained 30 months after the action.

_____ (2020-10-16). Tenants Blockade Courthouse, Shut Down Much Of Eviction Docket. popularresistance.org Kansas City tenants chained themselves to the doors of the Jackson County Courthouse downtown Thursday morning and shut down virtual eviction proceedings with online disruptions. | The protest, organized by KC Tenants, drew about 100 people, who held signs saying "eviction kills" and "court's closed today." They called on Jackson County Circuit Court Presiding Judge David Byrn to halt the hearings. For months, KC Tenants has been pushing Byrn to reestablish an eviction moratorium to keep residents in their homes during the coronavirus pandemic and associated economic crisis.

Posted by Lynda Carson (2020-10-16). Trump Admin Issues CDC Eviction Moratorium Guidance to Benefit Landlords over Renters. indybay.org Change's To Coronavirus Covid-19 CDC Eviction Moratorium:…

Anindya S. Bhattacharjee, Samir V. Joshi, Shilpa Naik, Shashikala Sangle, Nixon M. Abraham (2020-10-16). [Research Paper] Quantitative assessment of olfactory dysfunction accurately detects asymptomatic COVID-19 carriers. thelancet.com Compromised olfactory fitness can serve as a strong basis for identifying asymptomatic COVID-19 patients. Detailed design specifications and protocols provided here should enable the development of a sensitive, fast, and economical screening strategy that can be administered to large populations to prevent the rapid spread of COVID-19.

Staff (2020-10-16). Headlines for October 16, 2020. democracynow.org COVID-19 Hospitalizations on the Rise Across U.S. as Confirmed Cases Hit 8 Million, French Police Raid Homes of Government Officials in Probe of Failed Coronavirus Response, WHO Finds Remdesivir Fails to Prevent COVID-19 Deaths, World Health Organization Warns Many Will Have to Wait Until 2022 for Vaccine, Senate on Track to Confirm Far-Right Supreme Court Nominee Amy Coney Barrett on Oct. 26, Joe Biden Defends 1994 Crime Bill and Calls for More Police Funding, President Trump Refuses to Disavow Far-Right Anti-Semitic QAnon Conspiracy Theory, Trump Celebrates Apparent Extrajudicial Killing by U.S. Marshals Carryi…

imperial.ac.uk (2020-10-16). Imperial agree vaccine research and education collaboration with Indonesia. imperial.ac.uk Imperial has agreed a pioneering research and education collaboration with Indonesia to advance vaccine development and help tackle COVID-19.

RT (2020-10-16). Biden won't rule out MANDATORY Covid-19 vaccination, but admits that enforcement would be nearly impossible. rt.com Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden said he might make a Covid-19 vaccine mandatory, depending on the "nature" of the drug, but then admitted that such a mandate probably couldn't be fully enforced. | Speaking on Thursday night at a town hall event hosted by ABC News, Biden said his decision on whether to make a Covid-19 vaccine compulsory for all Americans would depend on the "state" and "nature" of the vaccine, including whether it's seen as something that would positively affect 85 percent of the public or as a "golden key" to ending the pandemic. | Biden says you can't mandate masks and a COVID vacci…

RT (2020-10-16). 'No need to quarantine': Biden says he was wearing mask, '50+ feet away' from crew member who had Covid-19 on board campaign plane. rt.com Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden said he will not quarantine after being on board the same airplane as a crew member who tested positive for the coronavirus, saying he was far away and wearing a N-95 mask. | "My COVID test from last night came back negative," Biden tweeted on Thursday evening, just before the platform unexpectedly crashed. | "Not only was the individual 50+ feet [15 meters] away and wearing a mask, but I was wearing an N-95 mask," he added. "My doctors have advised that there is no need for me to quarantine." | Not only was the individual 50+ feet away and wearing a mask, but I was w…

RT (2020-10-16). 'Unethical & illegal': CDC warns against mandatory virus testing in K-12 schools, says parents must decide on 'voluntary basis'. rt.com The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has declared that all coronavirus screening in public schools must be "voluntary," warning that compulsory testing is a violation of both ethics and the law. | In a new set of

Johanna Ross (2020-10-16). UK COVID Crisis: Standoff Between North and South over Lockdown. globalresearch.ca Mayor of Manchester, Andy Burnham, is furious. In a dramatic spectacle, the mayor spoke with anger at how the Westminster government was 'treating the north with contempt' in its approach to Covid-19. The mayor has reservations over Boris Johnson's …

W. T. Whitney (2020-10-16). Medical Doctors Seek Social and Political Solutions for COVID 19 Crisis. counterpunch.org It didn't seem to fit. The website of the Colombian Communist Party on October 5 published a medical doctor's reflections on recharacterizing a disease. Félix León Martínez MD quoted extensively from an editorial appearing in the famous British medical journal Lancet. He and Lancet editor Richard Horton MD claim that COVID 19 is not a

Derek Royden (2020-10-16). How Covid capitalism is making the pandemic worse. nationofchange.org The very existence of covid capitalism points to the essential truth of George Carlin's adage that government, "[Is] a big club and you aren't in it".

Manlio Dinucci (2020-10-16). From the EU Covid Recovery Fund Thirty Billion Goes to the War Industry. globalresearch.ca While the "Coronavirus crisis" continues to cause devastating socio-economic consequences also in Italy, a large part of the "Recovery Fund" is destined not to the most affected economic and social sectors, but to the most advanced sectors of the war …

Sarah Anderson (2020-10-16). Farmers and Meatpackers Are Teaming Up. counterpunch.org For family farmers like Hans Breitenmoser, the odds of catching COVID-19 on the job are slim. Social distancing is not exactly a challenge when you're farming more than 1,300 acres in rural Wisconsin. But Breitenmoser is one of many Wisconsin farmers who are showing solidarity with others in the food supply chain who are at

Michael Barajas, The Texas Observer (2020-10-16). Texas and the Long Tail of Voter Suppression. thenation.com Texas and the Long Tail of Voter Suppression…

RT (2020-10-16). A no-feel Sexxit? UK reintroduces sprawling casual-sex ban amid nationwide lockdown ramp-up. rt.com The UK government has warned horny citizens that getting down with someone who lives outside their household will violate strict new lockdown measures which have reanimated an unpopular policy from earlier this summer. | British couples who don't live together have once again been banned from bonking by London's coronavirus restrictions, which – as of Friday – forbid individuals living in "high risk" Tiers Two and Three regions from staying overnight at the house of someone outside their "bubble." Unlike similar regulations rolled out over the summer, even individuals in an "established relationship" are stron…

Dean Baker (2020-10-16). Waiting for a Vaccine and the Collaborative Research Alternative. cepr.net It seems increasingly likely that China will begin providing vaccines to its own people, as well as those in some other countries, by December, and possibly as early as next month. The prospect of a vaccine being available that soon has to look good to people here, now that the Trump administration's pandemic control efforts …

WSWS (2020-10-16). The Great Barrington Declaration: A manifesto of death. wsws.org The White House's embrace of "herd immunity" is a statement of malicious intent to allow hundreds of thousands more people to die amid a global resurgence of the pandemic.

Staff (2020-10-16). Federal judge certifies class-action suit against US Treasury for not providing prisoners stimulus checks. therealnews.com The Trump administration was ordered to stop denying billions in pandemic relief to 1.4 million prisoners.

Fight Back (2020-10-16). Unemployment insurance claims up more than 50,000 in one week. fightbacknews.org San José, CA – On Thursday, October 15, the U.S. Department of Labor reported the biggest one week increase in new claims for unemployment insurance since late July. The latest report for the week ending October 10 saw 898,000 new claims for regular state unemployment insurance, up 53,000 from the week before. | The broadest measure of unemployment insurance – which includes those actually being paid under the regular state UI, the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, the state Extended Benefits and the federal Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) – fell by 215,000 for the week ending Septembe…

_____ (2020-10-16). Activists Mobilize To Help Incarcerated People Get Stimulus Checks. popularresistance.org For months incarcerated people and their families heard conflicting messages about whether they were eligible to receive the pandemic stimulus payments provided by Congress as the Trump administration attempted to block prisoners from receiving their checks. Last week a federal judge slammed the administration with an order to provide the stimulus relief, and now advocates across the country are working to ensure low-income people caged in state and federal prisons can apply for the much-needed federal aid as deadlines loom.

The Canary (2020-10-16). Short, sharp lockdown considered to tackle virus in Wales. thecanary.co The Welsh government is looking "very carefully" at introducing a time-limited circuit-breaker lockdown in Wales, the first minister has confirmed. Mark Drakeford said the "short, sharp" lockdown could last for between two and three weeks, with a decision due to be announced on 19 October.The Welsh Labour leader also suggested Wales could introduce a new set of national restrictions after a successful reset of the virus, after warning around 2,500 people in the country are currently being infected every day.Lockdown: It was also confirmed that a travel ban preventing people from areas of the UK with high l…

Staff (2020-10-16). Barrett Is Poised to Become the Most Radical Right-Wing Member of Supreme Court. truthout.org During her Supreme Court confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Amy Coney Barrett refused to say that voter intimidation is illegal, that armed poll watchers are intimidating, that voter discrimination exists, whether the president could deny someone the right to vote based on race or that Congress has a constitutional duty to protect the right to vote. | She refused to affirm that Medicare is constitutional; that married couples should not lose their right to contrace…

Rev. William Alberts (2020-10-16). Why Pray for the Renewed Health of a Tyrant Who will Merely Continue to Lie and Harm People? counterpunch.org Full disclosure: I am a non-sectarian humanist who does not engage in personal prayer. Still, as a hospital chaplain for almost 25 years, I prayed daily with patients, aware and appreciative of their particular Christian orientation and the important role of prayer in affirming, sustaining and comforting them and their loved ones. And recently, in

Al Neal (2020-10-16). Trump's Labor Dept. probes Microsoft in search of 'reverse racism' in hiring. peoplesworld.org In the eyes of the Trump administration, workers, their families, their health, and their safety are not worth defending. Workers are expendable cogs in the vast capitalist machine. They serve only one purpose: background actors for the various television ads portraying Trump's failures as victories as he aims to win (steal) re-election. The U.S. Dept. …

Paul Joseph Watson (2020-10-16). WHO Europe Director Says Governments Should Stop Enforcing Lockdowns. globalresearch.ca The World Health Organization's Regional Director for Europe Hans Kluge says governments should stop enforcing lockdowns, unless as a "last resort," because the impact on other areas of health and mental well-being is more damaging. | In an interview with Euro …

Robert Maxim (2020-10-16). Aaron Steichen Murder Inquiry. indybay.org Mandated reporters and first responders repeatedly and willfully fail to provide emergency mental health intervention for Aaron's schizophrenic brother, Jacob. The end result is the death of a loved one after a 5 week escalation spanning a speculated 8 calls to authorities.

Roland Rottenfuss (2020-10-16). Behavior and body in the sights of capital. indybay.org The proclamation of states of emergency in the spring of 2020, even if not in all countries, helped to consolidate a state crisis management system that overturned constitutions and now completely bypassed democratic decision-making processes. In the name of public health… the measures were presented as without alternative and divergent expert opinions were ignored or defamed.

Priya Morjaria, Andrew Bastawrous, Gudlavalleti Venkata Satyanarayana Murthy, Jennifer Evans, Mekala Jayanthi Sagar, Dinesh Raj Pallepogula, Kalluri Viswanath, Clare Gilbert (2020-10-16). Effectiveness of a novel mobile health (Peek) and education intervention on spectacle wear amongst children in India: Results from a randomized superiority trial in India. thelancet.com Spectacle wear was similar in both arms of the trial, one explanation being that health education for parents was not fully received. Health education messages to create behaviour change need to be targeted at the recipient and influencers in an appropriate, acceptable and accessible medium.

Raul Diego (2020-10-16). David Price Takes on the CIA Over Its Secret Torture Program, But Is He Asking the Right Questions? mintpressnews.com A Congressman wrote to the CIA looking for answers about his state's role in an illegal program that unlawfully detained and tortured hundreds of Muslims, but his late and limited election-time appeal smacks of political showmanship.

MEE staff (2020-10-16). Amnesty urges participants at W20 Saudi summit to speak out for human rights. middleeasteye.net Amnesty urges participants at W20 Saudi summit to speak out for human rights | Rights groups says G20 women's summit is chance to hold Riyadh accountable for its treatment of women's rights activists | Fri, 10/16/2020 – 18: 17 | Loujain al-Hathloul, Nobel prize-nominated activist, has allegedly been tortured while in prison (AFP/File photo) | Amnesty International has urged participants at this year's Women 20…

Ian Cobain (2020-10-16). 'Don't get yourselves caught': How the British state allowed its secret agents to commit crime. middleeasteye.net 'Don't get yourselves caught': How the British state allowed its secret agents to commit crime | Fri, 10/16/2020 – 22: 39 | The Covert Human Intelligence Sources Bill marks the UK government's latest attempt to permit its intelligence and security agencies to break the law lawfully | In the early months of 2011, as Muammar Gaddafi and the people around him fought for their lives, significant numbers of youn…

Jennifer M. Hah, Jodie A. Trafton, Balasubramanian Narasimhan, Partha Krishnamurthy, Heather Hilmoe, Yasamin Sharifzadeh, James I. Huddleston, Derek Amanatullah, William J. Maloney, Stuart Goodman, Ian Carroll, Sean C. Mackey (2020-10-16). Efficacy of motivational-interviewing and guided opioid tapering support for patients undergoing orthopedic surgery (MI-Opioid Taper): A prospective, assessor-blind, randomized controlled pilot trial. thelancet.com In patients undergoing total joint arthroplasty, MI-Opioid Taper is feasible and future research is needed to establish the efficacy of MI-Opioid Taper to promote postoperative opioid cessation.

Gabrielle Campbell, Firouzeh Noghrehchi, Suzanne Nielsen, Phillip Clare, Raimondo Bruno, Nicholas Lintzeris, Milton Cohen, Fiona Blyth, Wayne Hall, Briony Larance, Phillip Hungerford, Timothy Dobbins, Michael Farrell, Louisa Degenhardt (2020-10-16). Risk factors for indicators of opioid-related harms amongst people living with chronic non-cancer pain: Findings from a 5-year prospective cohort study. thelancet.com Both patient risk factors and opioid dose are associated with problematic opioid use behaviours.

Steve Kanters, Marco Vitoria, Michael Zoratti, Meg Doherty, Martina Penazzato, Ajay Rangaraj, Nathan Ford, Kristian Thorlund, Prof. Aslam H. Anis, Mohammad Ehsanul Karim, Lynne Mofenson, Rebecca Zash, Alexandra Calmy, Tamara Kredo, Nick Bansback (2020-10-16). Comparative efficacy, tolerability and safety of dolutegravir and efavirenz 400mg among antiretroviral therapies for first-line HIV treatment: A systematic literature review and network meta-analysis. thelancet.com The evidence supports choosing dolutegravir in combination with lamivudine/emtricitabine and tenofovir disoproxil fumarate as the preferred first-line regimen and low-dose efavirenz-based regimens as an alternative. Dolutegravir can be considered to be effective, safe and tolerable.