Monthly Archives: August 2020

2020-08-31: News Headlines

Muhammed Shabeer (2020-08-31). India's Communist youth raise $1.4 million for COVID relief with recycling drive. peoplesworld.org KERALA STATE, India—Ever since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, leftist youth organizations around the world have been in the forefront of both providing relief and resisting attempts to attack the rights of people. An instance of this has been the "Recycle Kerala" initiative launched by the communist Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI), which …

WSWS (2020-08-31). GM workers in Silao, Mexico, report eighth death from COVID-19, as corporation fires vulnerable workers. wsws.org GM and the corporate-controlled Confederation of Mexican Workers have refused to provide workers with any information about COVID-19 cases in the plant.

Fight Back (2020-08-31). Jacksonville demands People's Budget, justice for Jacob Blake. fightbacknews.org Jacksonville, FL – On Saturday August 29, the Jacksonville Community Action Committee organized a drive-in protest to demand a People's Budget, a Jacksonville Police Accountability Council (JPAC) and an end to the Law Enforcement Officers' Bill of Rights (LEOBOR). Protesters were joined by the families of Reginald Boston and Leah Baker; all of whom were killed by Jacksonville Sheriff Office (JSO) cops. Protesters also stood in solidarity with protestors in Kenosha, demanding Justice for Jacob Blake. | To ensure the safety of protesters in the midst of COVID-19 outbreaks in Florida, a drive-in protest was held. Ov…

Matthew Cunningham-Cook (2020-08-31). Teachers Expect UFT to Vote on Whether to Authorize a Strike Over School Reopening. zcomm.org The New York City teachers union wants to ensure good ventilation in schools and access to Covid-19 testing…

WSWS (2020-08-31). Greek government continues evictions of over 11,000 asylum seekers. wsws.org The ND government's actions are particularly brutal amid a resurgence of the COVID-19 pandemic, with hundreds of new infections being announced each day.

WSWS (2020-08-31). Central Michigan University faces COVID-19 outbreak as campus opens. wsws.org Shorty after the opening of the fall semester CMU has seen 117 new COVID-19 cases as a result of the reckless decision to move ahead with in-person classes.

Ben Norton (2020-08-31). US Sanctions Russian Research Institute that Developed COVID-19 Vaccine. globalresearch.ca Russia won the race to develop the first vaccine against the novel coronavirus. The United States has responded by slapping sanctions on a Russian research facility involved in creating it. | The US government has blacklisted several Russian scientific institutes, including …

WSWS (2020-08-31). Mounting evidence of COVID-19 reinfection. wsws.org Several recent studies suggest that survivors of the coronavirus can come down with a second case after recovering from a first infection.

Jon Cohen (2020-08-31). Here's How the U.S. Could Release a COVID-19 Vaccine before the Election—and Why that Scares Some. globalresearch.ca When President Donald Trump accepted his party's nomination for another term last night at the Republican National Convention, he pledged that the push by his administration's Operation Warp Speed to deliver a COVID-19 vaccine would succeed "before the end of …

WSWS (2020-08-31). Fifty-six-year-old Tennessee resident evicted from her home after contracting COVID-19. wsws.org Leslie Nelson reportedly suffered an epileptic seizure as her belongings were thrown into her yard under the close watch of the police.

WSWS (2020-08-31). Trump administration halts closure of California meatpacking plant despite eight COVID-19 deaths. wsws.org The Trump administration postponed the closure of a plant that local health officials had ordered closed after at least 392 workers tested positive for COVID-19 and eight died.

WSWS (2020-08-31). University of Florida graduate residents expose plans to quarantine COVID-19 victims in family housing. wsws.org The university management plans to quarantine people in family housing complexes in secret while pursuing a "herd immunity" strategy on campus.

WSWS (2020-08-31). California Governor Newsom continues murderous policies as COVID-19 cases in state reach 700,000. wsws.org The COVID-19 pandemic continues to rapidly spread through California, with over 6,000 new infections per day, including 1,500 in Los Angeles County alone.

news.un (2020-08-31). Kickstarting economies without COVID-19 plan, 'a recipe for disaster': Tedros. news.un.org Eight months into the COVID-19 pandemic, countries want to "get their economies going again", the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday, advising on the measures that governments, communities and individuals should take, to do so safely.

Robert F. Kennedy Jr (2020-08-31). Video: Robert F Kennedy Jr. in Berlin: COVID-19 Is Destroying Us All, Making the Powerful Elites More Powerful!! globalresearch.ca By the Children's Health Defense Team | Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. spoke to hundreds of thousands in the streets of Berlin, Germany, August 29, 2020. | With Groàüer Stern Square and the Siegesà§ule Monument as a backdrop, Mr. Kennedy talked about …

news.un (2020-08-31). Generations of progress for women and girls could be lost to COVID pandemic, UN chief warns. news.un.org Highlighting the disproportionate and devastating socio-economic impact of COVID-19 on women and girls globally, The UN chief António Guterres called on Monday for a major push to prevent "years, even generations" worth of progress on women's empowerment, from being lost to the pandemic.

Jack Davis (2020-08-31). CDC Now Admits that 94% of COVID Deaths Had "Another Cause of Death" globalresearch.ca What this CDC report suggests is that at the outset of the pandemic it had been instructed to change the methodology with a view to artificially inflating the numbers of "Covid deaths". This is confirmed by the H. Ealy, M. …

William rivers Pitt (2020-08-31). GOP Convention Pretended COVID Was Over While Creating Super-Spreader Conditions. zcomm.org With his death cult of cheering, sweaty, unmasked, shoulder-to-shoulder devotees arrayed before him, Trump painted a bleak portrait of the nation in chaotic hues of his own failed stewardship, all blood red and Klansman white…

Staff (2020-08-31). Headlines for August 31, 2020. democracynow.org Protests Continue in Kenosha as Officials Plead With Trump To Cancel Visit, One Dead in Portland as Pro-Trump Rally Clashes With Anti-Racist Protesters, U.S. Covid-19 Cases Top 6 Million, Deaths Top 183,000, Under Pressure From Trump, FDA Admits It Might Approve Vaccine Before Trials End, Gaza Extends Lockdown, India Reports Record Daily Numbers as Global Covid-19 Cases Top 25 Million, Chadwick Boseman, Beloved and Ground-Breaking Actor, Dies at 43 After Battle With Cancer, "Get Your Knee Off Our Necks" Rally Held on 57th Anniverary of March on Washington, Mustapha Adib Set to Become New Prime Minister of Lebanon…

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-31). Iran registers 1,642 COVID-19 cases in 24 hours. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 31 (MNA) — The Iranian Health Ministry has confirmed 1,642 COVID-19 infections and 109 deaths due to the disease in the past 24 hours.

sputniknews (2020-08-31). Hundreds Join Muharram Processions in India's Telangana Despite Top Court's Ban Amid COVID Pandemic. sputniknews.com New Delhi (Sputnik): India's apex court last week forbid Muharram processions in the country amid a rising number of coronavirus cases there, saying it could lead to "chaos" and "targeting of a particular community for spreading COVID-19".

sputniknews (2020-08-31). How UK Tax Hikes May Deal a New Blow to the British Economy & Estrange Foreign Investors. sputniknews.com While seeking ways to plug a gap in the country's budget caused by the COVID pandemic, the UK government is seemingly inclined to considerably raise tax rates. International observers have explained why it is not the best economic strategy to implement.

Staff (2020-08-31). Trump's New COVID Adviser Is Pushing Herd Immunity, Which Some Liken to Eugenics. truthout.org A new top COVID-19 adviser to President Trump, Scott Atlas, is pushing the White House to embrace a "herd immunity" approach to the pandemic, which would allow the virus to spread nearly unmitigated through the population while protecting nursing home residents and other vulnerable people, reports Building herd im…

yenisafak (2020-08-31). EU offers 400 mln euros in guarantees to WHO-led COVID-19 vaccine initiative. yenisafak.com The European Commission said on Monday it would contribute 400 million euros ($476 million) in guarantees to an initiative led by the World Health Organisation to buy COVID-19 vaccines.Countries wishing to be part of the WHO initiative, dubbed COVAX, had to submit expressions of interest by Monday.($1 = 0.8396 euros)…

yenisafak (2020-08-31). At least 100 doctors die of coronavirus in Indonesia. yenisafak.com At least 100 Indonesian doctors have died of the novel coronavirus since the pandemic started in March, a doctors association said on Monday."There have been 100 doctors who died while handling COVID-19. Likewise, the number of other health workers who have died also climbed," Daeng Faqih, chairman of Indonesian Doctors Association (IDI), said in a statement.Speaking to Anadolu Agency, Halik Malik, the association spokesman, said the number of doctors who have died increased significantly over the last two months.As of Aug. 4, the doctors association recorded deaths of 74 doctors, and the number climbed by 26 ove…

WSWS (2020-08-31). Major Australian corporations report windfalls from JobKeeper scheme. wsws.org Although the true extent of the corporate welfare grab is unknown, listed companies have received at least $625 million in COVID-19 wage subsidies.

_____ (2020-08-31). A no-deal Brexit may still be more costly than COVID-19. truepublica.org.uk Conventional wisdom holds that the impact of COVID-19 on the UK economy dwarfs the potential consequences of Brexit. This has led some Brexiteers to argue there is nothing to fear about a no-deal Brexit. Yet, data show that a no-deal Brexit may not be less costly than the longterm economic fallout from COVID-19, argues Thomas Sampson (LSE). As …

Brett Wilkins, staff writer (2020-08-31). Public Health Experts Sound Alarm Over FDA Willingness to Roll Out Covid-19 Vaccine Before Finishing Phase 3 Trials. commondreams.org "Circumventing clinical trials would place huge numbers of people at risk," warned one leading virologist. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/trial.jpg

Lisa Newcomb, staff writer (2020-08-31). DeVos Slammed for Arguing Pandemic Ultimately a 'Good Thing' for US Public Education. commondreams.org "Calling Covid-19 a 'good thing' for our schools just goes to show you how divorced this administration is from reality." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/getty-devos_mask.jpg

Juan Cole (2020-08-31). 6 Million Stricken With COVID-19: Trump Has Turned the US Into a Sh*thole Country. commondreams.org "Out of 194 countries in the world, only 10 have had a worst per capita death rate than the United States," writes Cole. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/coronavirus_1.png

Staff (2020-08-31). Schools Are Preparing for a Mental Health Crisis Amid COVID. truthout.org The calls started at 6 a.m., and Patrick McCauley was ready, having retreated to the privacy of his garage where he sat waiting for Angelenos to share how they're coping with the stresses of the coronavirus pandemic. | For the last 14 years, McCauley has worked as a mental health counselor and consultant in the Los Angeles Unified School District. In April, he began staffing a new hotline the district created to reach students, parents and teachers in need of mental health supports and other services as the v…

Staff (2020-08-31). In COVID Era, Artists Are Generating Hope and Illustrating Pandemic Inequities. truthout.org Almost immediately after the coronavirus began to spread throughout New York City, art historian Han Hongzheng, an immigrant from China, started seeing anti-Asian slurs on social media. | Then he experienced the hatred at close range. | "One day in early March, my partner, who is white, and I were walking our dog on the Upper West Side of Manhattan," Hongzheng says. "All of a sudden, this guy on skates got very close to us and screamed the word 'traitor' at my partner." | Hongzheng describes…

Sam Pizzigati (2020-08-31). How We Can Save Aviation Without Enriching Airline CEOs. counterpunch.org The next economic calamity of the Trump regime's Year Four? That will come October 1 when the federal coronavirus aid deal brokered last March for the airline industry expires. That deal poured $25 billion in emergency grants to the nation's hard-hit airlines. In return, the airlines agreed not to lay off any workers before October

Daniel Warner (2020-08-31). Basketball Plays Outside the Bubble. counterpunch.org Professional sports are trying to function within the constraints of the coronavirus. The National Basketball Association, in a most novel solution, has tried to finish its interrupted season within a bubble at Walt Disney World in Florida. The remaining games have been played under strict supervision; the players have been in virtual lockdown. But the

Lawrence Wittner (2020-08-31). American Workers Have Been Given a Raw Deal Throughout the Trump Era. zcomm.org Although Donald Trump has repeatedly claimed that American workers are "thriving" during his presidency, this contention rings hollow. The mishandled coronavirus pandemic, of course, has created levels of unemployment, hunger, and misery in the United States not seen since the Great Depression. But even in the years before the pandemic, when Trump claimed he had

Stephen Lendman (2020-08-31). Manufactured Pandemic and Economic Collapse a Boon for Billionaires. globalresearch.ca There's nothing natural about US-engineered coronavirus and economic collapse that made the dismal state of the nation much worse. | Things are unlikely to return to their former state when the current storm passes that won't happen any time soon. | Improvement …

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-31). Iranians for Iranians against pandemic in Muharram. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 31 (MNA) — Iranian society is experiencing new trends under the coronavirus pandemic and in Muharram, the most significant of which is the increasing people's support for each other and their cooperation on improving their livelihood.

sputniknews (2020-08-31). Vote for Joe Biden or Democrats Would 'Conflict' with True Belief in Jesus Christ, Claims Pastor. sputniknews.com Earlier, Los Angeles County moved to hold John MacArthur, Grace Community Church pastor, in contempt of court after hosting three indoor services in August in defiance of a court order that his church must comply with California's coronavirus restrictions.

yenisafak (2020-08-31). India's GDP shrinks by nearly one-fourth. yenisafak.com India's economy contracted by nearly a quarter from April to June, when the country went into complete lockdown to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus, according to official figures released Monday.According to the Statistics and Programme Implementation Ministry, the country's gross domestic product (GDP) shrank a record 23.9% in comparison to last year.The ministry's National Statistical Office released the data for the first quarter, which starts on April 1 and ends on June 30, of the 2020-21 fiscal year.India's construction sector contracted 50.3% from last year, while the manufacturing sector registered…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-08-31). Israeli restrictions, policies hinder Palestinians' fight against pandemic. peoplesdispatch.org Shatha Odeh of the Palestinian Health Work Committees talks about the difficulties faced by the people and health care professionals due to the rules and restrictions imposed by Israeli occupation.

Frank Scott (2020-08-31). "Billionaires Lives Matter", Far More than Yours… The Capitalist Pandemic, Fake Democracy Goes Live? globalresearch.ca As we stagger towards the ultimate expression of our fake democracy in November it's important to acknowledge what won't be changing a bit whichever of the two parties of capital come out ahead with a minority of the American electorate's …

Prof. Joseph H. Chung (2020-08-31). KOVID-19: "Virus Terrorism" in Korea? How Powerful Is the "Virus Weapon"? Who Will Win? globalresearch.ca South Korea has been the object of praise and envy of the world for its great success in anti-virus war, off-line presidential election despite the virus crisis and the best performance in GDP growth among the OECD countries. In fact, …

_____ (2020-08-31). Medicare For All Is A Beginning, Not The End Point. popularresistance.org As a coup de grâce to the Bernie Sanders campaign Joe Biden declared that he would veto Medicare-for-All. This could drive a dedicated health care advocate to relentlessly pursue Med-4-All as a final goal. However, it is not the final goal. It should be the first step in a complete transformation of medicine which includes combining community medicine with natural medicine and health-care-for-the-world. | Contrasting Cuban changes in medicine during the last 60 years with the US non-system of medical care gives a clear picture of why changes must be all-encompassing.

WSWS (2020-08-31). Mounting social and health disaster in Louisiana after Hurricane Laura. wsws.org Three days after the most powerful hurricane to hit the state since 1856, the scale of destruction and accompanying social crisis is coming into sharp relief.

Binoy Kampmark (2020-08-31). Waiting for the Old Bailey: Julian Assange and Britain's Judicial Establishment. counterpunch.org On September 7, Julian Assange will be facing another round of gruelling extradition proceedings, in the Old Bailey, part of a process that has become a form of gradual state-sanctioned torture. The US Department of Justice hungers for their man. The UK prison authorities are doing little to protect his health. The end result, should

_____ (2020-08-31). The Day After Election Day. popularresistance.org For the second election in a row two of the least favored politicians in American history represent the range of choices speaks to the vacuity of the 'process.' In the throes of electoral passion, the insistence has been that personality and tenor are substance, hence the promise 'to restore dignity to the presidency' is put forward as a ready substitute for adequate healthcare, meaningful employment at a living wage, environmental repair, and real political participation. | The American posture that elections create the political system has it perfectly backward. What better way to counterfeit the consent of the…

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-31). Ta'zieh ceremony on night of Sham-e-Ghariban in Gorgan. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 31 (MNA) — Ta'zieh ceremony for the martyrdom of Imam Hussein (PBUH) was held on the night of Sham-e-Ghariban in Gorgan with health protocols in place.

Staff (2020-08-31). GOP Incumbents' Opposition to the Affordable Care Act Could Be Their Undoing. truthout.org

_____ (2020-08-31). Know Your Rights — Don't Talk To Cops At The Airport. popularresistance.org "Have you ever been arrested for a crime?" I wasn't surprised that was the first question. I've said consistently over the past eight years that I wear my conviction for blowing the whistle on the CIA's torture program like a badge of honor. I said so on CNN, MSNBC, Fox News and NBC's Today Show. It's no secret. "I'm going to tell you guys exactly the same thing that I tell your friends at Dulles Airport when they harass me. I'm represented by counsel. I don't talk to cops. You have no right to detain me. I'm a journalist and I'm going to write about this incident using your true names. And you have no legal righ…

_____ (2020-08-31). DC Police Ramp Up Aggressive Tactics After March On Washington. popularresistance.org Friday's March on Washington brought massive crowds to downtown D.C. and ended without any significant confrontations between police and protesters. But as demonstrations bled into the weekend, the response from authorities took a combative turn. Locals who had been going to demonstrations in the District since the end of May said it was some of the most aggressive policing they had experienced at protests. Police deployed flash bangs and sprayed protesters with chemical irritants. Street medics with Medics for Justice, who have organized to provide medical assistance at protests throughout the summer, rushed to…

2020-08-30: News Headlines

Subodh Varma (2020-08-30). COVID-19: How and why India is losing the battle. peoplesdispatch.org It has become customary to say that given its huge population, India is doing much better than say, the US or Europe. This is how officialdom is trying to explain away the shockingly high numbers of total confirmed cases (over 340,000 on August 29) and total deaths (nearly 63,000) — both of which put India at the third position globally, behind the US and Brazil. | However, the comparison is not really valid. India needs to be compared not with the US and Europe but to regions of the world where the population's age, economic standards and healthcare access is similar. Such a comparison reveals that, in fac…

sputniknews (2020-08-30). UK Treasury Mulls $40 Billion Tax Hike to Plug Gap in Corona-Hit Finances, Report Says. sputniknews.com Earlier on Saturday, British business leaders berated Health Secretary Matt Hancock for "scaremongering" talk about a possible second national lockdown that they said risks causing "untold damage" to businesses trying to recover from the first one.

sputniknews (2020-08-30). German Police Push Back 'Anti-Corona' Protesters as They Attempt to Storm Parliament – Videos. sputniknews.com Saturday's demonstrations in Berlin saw tens of thousands of people, as per authorities' data, take to the streets to protest against the anti-coronavirus measures put in place by the German government to curb the spread of COVID-19.

Staff (2020-08-30). COVID-19 Could Set Back Women's Economic Progress for Decades. truthout.org Nothing in recent decades has shown the extent to which our care industry is

yenisafak (2020-08-30). Iran marks Ashura with low-key ceremonies over virus. yenisafak.com Iranians marked the annual Ashura ritual with low-key ceremonies on Sunday, amid a coronavirus outbreak in the country.Shia Muslims hold mourning processions, which attract large crowds, on the month of Muharram, the first month of the Islamic lunar calendar, to mark the martyrdom of Prophet Muhammad's grandson, Imam Hussein, who was killed in a battle in the Iraqi city of Karbala in 680 AD.The day is commonly known as Ashura.All major ceremonies marking the day, however, were canceled this year due to the COVID-19 outbreak.Iran, one of the first countries in the region to report coronavirus cases in mid-February…

yenisafak (2020-08-30). COVID-19 vaccine diplomacy: Mexico courts allies across ideological spectrum. yenisafak.com Mexico is pressing ahead with an effort to forge COVID-19 vaccine alliances across a wide ideological spectrum of countries from France to Cuba as a World Health Organization (WHO) vaccine initiative will fall short of its needs.Mexico joined in early June the WHO's global COVAX plan, which aims to deliver at least 2 billion doses of approved vaccines by the end of next year and ensure "equitable access."But Martha Delgado, a Mexican deputy foreign minister whom President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador put in charge of Mexico's international response, told Reuters its share of that program was unlikely to be enough…

Betsey Piette (2020-08-30). Trump's COVID-19 Rx: Less science, more politics. workers.org On the eve of the Republican National Convention, on Aug. 23, Trump took to the airwaves to announce that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration had approved an emergency use authorization for convalescent plasma for COVID-19 treatment. The previous day, Trump had accused the FDA of delaying the rollout of . . . |

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2020-08-30). September 11, 2001: "The Global War on Terrorism" is Fake. Al Qaeda is "Made in America" globalresearch.ca Next week, at the hight of the Covid crisis, we will be commemorating. It was 19 years ago. It was a criminal undertaking and a Big Lie. It was a pretext and justification to initiate the "Global War on Terrorism"…

Mark Taliano (2020-08-30). Video: Canada Anti-Civid Measures Rally in Ottawa on Parliament Hill, Against the Mask and Social Distancing. globalresearch.ca In the first video, Pastor Henry Hildebrandt of the Church of God, in Aylmer, ON., decries the government's infringement of Canadians' Constitutionally-enshrined freedoms to assemble and to worship. | He sees the government-imposed COVID measures as a form of social conditioning….

sputniknews (2020-08-30). UK's Matt Hancock Ripped for 'Scaremongering' Comments About 'Serious Threat' of Second COVID Wave. sputniknews.com A recent interview with the UK health chief has sparked utter disbelief and anger among business leaders, who suggested that "career politicians" will hardly lead the country successfully through the woes of the corona crisis.

sputniknews (2020-08-30). Development of Russo-Turkish Cooperation is Important for the Whole World, Istanbul Mayor Says. sputniknews.com This week, a delegation of the Russian-Turkish Business Council (RTBC) and Istanbul Mayor Ekrem Imamoglu held a meeting led by the Chairman Ahmet Palankoev discussing measures to boost the bilateral trade turnover amid the coronavirus outbreak. The mayor has shed light on potential spheres that could prove lucrative for both sides.

yenisafak (2020-08-30). Britain's Conservatives and opposition Labour tied in latest opinion poll. yenisafak.com Britain's Conservative Party and the main opposition Labour Party are tied in a new opinion poll, the first time the governing party has not been ahead for more than a year.The new poll by Opinium put both parties on 40%, with 47% of the 2,002 people polled between Aug. 26-28 disapproving of the government's handling of the country's coronavirus pandemic, compared with 31% who approved.Prime Minister Boris Johnson approval rating is still lower than Labour leader Keir Starmer's, although Starmer's rating has dipped, the poll showed on Saturday.

Maurizio Guerrero (2020-08-30). A Direct Legacy of Slavery, Domestic Worker Exploitation Is On the Rise In the U.S. zcomm.org The pandemic has left already vulnerable workers even more exposed to abuses on the job…

repost (2020-08-30). CCSF Reactionary Bd Of Trustees Send Art Supplies From Ft. Mason To Dump. indybay.org The reationary union busting CCSF Board Of Trustees including Board President Shanell Williams are sending Art supplies to a dump in the midst of a pandemic.

_____ (2020-08-30). The Two Parties Have Failed Us, But The People Can Succeed. popularresistance.org The Republican and Democratic Party conventions showed that both major parties are failing to control the pandemic and protect people, address the climate crisis and clean up the environment, support families and businesses during the economic collapse, prevent police violence or deal with any of the other major problems we face. | These were two substance-less conventions. The Democrats focused on criticizing Trump without putting forward an agenda while the Republicans claimed Biden was a front for socialism when he is a deeply embedded corporate Democrat.

yenisafak (2020-08-30). Montenegro holds parliamentary polls amid pandemic. yenisafak.com More than half a million voters are expected to cast their ballots on Sunday in Montenegro's fifth parliamentary elections since independence.Candidates from 11 coalitions, six alliances, and five parties are vying for a place in the 81-seat parliament.The main contest is expected between President Milo Djukanovic's pro-West Democratic Party of Socialists (DPS), which has ruled the country for 30 years, and the opposition Democratic Front (DF), which leans more towards Russia and Serbia.However, neither of the two is projected to win a majority in parliament.Montenegrins can vote at 1,217 polling stations until 8…

Glenn Greenwald (2020-08-30). The Social Fabric of the U.S. Is Fraying Severely, if Not Unravelling. zcomm.org Why, in the world's richest country, is every metric of mental health pathology rapidly worsening?>

Dave Welsh (2020-08-30). SF School bus drivers: 'Don't throw us under the bus!'. workers.org For 50 years, the San Francisco school bus drivers union has led the fight for safe — and unionized — transportation of children to and from school. Now the school district and its bus contractor First Student are threatening to lay off 260 drivers and strip them of their healthcare . . . |

news.un (2020-08-30). 'Wisdom' of Guatemala's indigenous people needed for sustainable development: A UN Resident Coordinator blog. news.un.org The wisdom and knowledge of indigenous people in Guatemala is central to the realization of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs, targets agreed by countries around the world to end poverty, maintain peace and preserve the health of the planet. In this blog, the UN Resident Coordinator in Guatemala Rebeca Arias Flores explains how sustainable development is not new, but simply a new name that draws on ancient wisdom that is renewed with each generation of indigenous people.

Jonathon Flores and Nicholas McKenna (2020-08-30). Farm workers' lives on the line as California burns. liberationnews.org Even as fires in California cause unhealthy air quality all over the state, farmworkers are still working hard.

Bradley Allen (2020-08-30). Clean Air and Fire Safety Concerns at Calpella Wood Pellet Plant. indybay.org Activists are demanding transparency from the Air Quality Management District and an investigation by the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors and Public Health Department regarding the health and environmental hazards attributable to pollution from the Calpella Wood Pellet Plant.

Heinz Bontrup (2020-08-30). Working Hours: A four-day week. indybay.org Reducing working hours is a socio-economic investment that often brings better long-term health and more time sovereignty. A three-day or four-day workweek is the only way to ensure meaningful work to the rising generation. State or public employment is necessary to supplement private employment. Part-time workers should work more while 38-hour workers should work less.

yenisafak (2020-08-30). At least three migrants die as boat catches fire off Italy. yenisafak.com At least three migrants died when a fire broke out on a boat carrying them close to the southern coast of Italy on Sunday, police and health officials said.Another five migrants were injured and taken to hospital, health authorities in the Italian port city of Crotone said.Two police officers were hurt as they tried to help the migrants, the Crotone police force said, without going into further details.

yenisafak (2020-08-30). France in Lebanon: Solidarity or renewed neocolonialism? yenisafak.com Massive explosions that rocked Beirut on Aug. 4 made headlines around the world, with Hiroshima-like visuals that seemed hard to fathom.France, led by President Emmanuel Macron, rushed to the rescue of the ailing nation — with supplies, crisis and health care workers, and strong leadership.But why the immediate moves? Were Macron's actions a result of a shared history or a view on the future?Two enormous blasts erupted in the Port of Beirut after a neglected stockpile of 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate stored in a warehouse was left for more than six years to decay and then ignited by fireworks stored in the same…

Unicorn Riot (2020-08-29). COVID—19 Testing DeMystified at Community-Informed Coronavirus Testing Site. unicornriot.ninja Minneapolis, MN — For two afternoons, coronavirus testing was conducted in full view of the public, free to anyone, one block south of George Floyd Memorial Square. An open-air testing center had been assembled out of folding chairs, canopies, and clipboards in the parking lot…

WSWS (2020-08-29). German federal and state governments protect profits instead of lives. wsws.org Chancellor Merkel and the German state premiers to continue their dangerous policies, despite increasing COVID-19 infection rates.

Yanis Iqbal (2020-08-29). The nonexistent peace in Colombia. mronline.org In Colombia, a spate of killings has been going on amid the Covid-19 pandemic. On 13 August, 2020, Colombian armed forces killed two Indigenous people and injured two community members during an eviction operation in El Berraco village in the Cauca department. Journalists Abelardo Liz and Johel Rivera, part of the "Liberation of Mother Earth" movement, …

news.un (2020-08-29). The key to Viet Nam's successful COVID-19 response : a UN Resident Coordinator blog. news.un.org Whilst no country can claim to have beaten COVID-19, some countries have been noticeably more effective in curbing the spread of the disease. Kamal Malhotra, the UN Resident Coordinator in Viet Nam, explains why the country's response to the pandemic has been so successful.

WSWS (2020-08-29). Tate UK strikers: "COVID-19 is being used to inflict a jobs massacre" wsws.org Strikers warn that the pandemic is being used to enforce unprecedented job cuts and further privatise the arts and culture sector.

Eds. (2020-08-29). Struggles in social reproduction during COVID-19: from East to West and beyond. mronline.org The COVID-19 pandemic showed, more than anything, the deep interconnectedness and mutual dependence of different sectors, areas of life, and countries and regions within the global capitalist system.

Vietnam News Agency (2020-08-29). Promueven Vietnam y Cuba cooperación en medicina. peoplesworld.org HANOI (VNA) — El viceministro de Defensa de Vietnam y jefe de la Dirección de la cartera para la prevención y el control del COVID-19, Tran Don, recibió hoy a un grupo de expertos de Cuba. Tran Don afirmó que durante las últimas seis décadas, particularmente en los momentos más difíciles, la cooperación bilateral evidenció …

WSWS (2020-08-29). COVID-19 outbreaks continue unabated at schools, putting millions at risk. wsws.org The past week has seen a deepening of the disastrous crisis surrounding the reopening of schools, with significant outbreaks occurring in schools across the country.

news.un (2020-08-29). The key to Viet Nam's successful COVID-19 response: A UN Resident Coordinator blog. news.un.org Whilst no country can claim to have beaten COVID-19, some countries have been noticeably more effective in curbing the spread of the disease. Kamal Malhotra, the UN Resident Coordinator in Viet Nam, explains why the country's response to the pandemic has been so successful.

WSWS (2020-08-29). Classes resume at University of Iowa amid COVID-19 outbreak. wsws.org Over 600 students tested positive for COVID-19 within the first week of in person classes as cases surge in Iowa.

Mark Taliano (2020-08-29). COVID-19 Scientific Statements Contradict Government Lockdown Policies. Fake Death Certificates. globalresearch.ca This article was first published on May 12, 2020 | *** | There exists a huge disconnect between publicly available real scientific evidence and government policy surrounding the Covid crisis. Consider the following scientific "admissions" and how they contradict government "lockdown" policies: …

WSWS (2020-08-29). COVID-19 outbreaks continue unabated at US schools, putting millions at risk. wsws.org The past week has seen a deepening of the disastrous crisis surrounding the reopening of schools, with significant outbreaks occurring in schools across the country.

WSWS (2020-08-29). Government agency minutes reveal at least 40 active COVID-19 outbreaks at UK food processing plants. wsws.org The information is not available in the news section of the Food Standards Agency's website or its social media accounts.

The Lancet (2020-08-29). [Editorial] Research and higher education in the time of COVID-19. thelancet.com The COVID-19 pandemic has propelled the research and higher education sectors to the forefront of public attention. Laboratory capacity has been crucial for diagnostic testing; experts in infectious diseases, epidemiology, public health, mathematical modelling, and economics are central to national policy making and media coverage; clinical research has been vital to improving COVID-19 management; and our collective global future relies heavily on the development of an effective vaccine against severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2.

Sophie Cousins (2020-08-29). [World Report] Bangladesh's COVID-19 testing criticised. thelancet.com Experts say that the government's approach to testing and surveillance, including charging patients a fee, is hampering the response. Sophie Cousins reports.

Amy K McLennan, Anne Katrine Kleberg Hansen, Stanley J Ulijaszek (2020-08-29). [Correspondence] Health and medicine cannot solve COVID-19. thelancet.com Richard Horton argues that combination prevention and global health collaboration are required to address the COVID-19 pandemic.1 We agree and suggest this should incorporate further measures. Thinking closely in terms of medical solutions could create false public expectations of a return to normal, and risks closing out non-health interventions that could lead to substantial improvements.

_____ (2020-08-29). These Six Banks Have Frozen $4.6 Billion Belonging To Venezuelans. popularresistance.org The looting, theft and hijacking of resources from Venezuela has been of great magnitude, six banks withhold under the excuse of US sanctions, around 4.6 billion dollars much needed by and belonging to the Venezuelans, currently facing a spike in Covid-19 cases. The website La Tabla cited the data published by the Venezuelan NGO dedicated to the study, promotion, education and defense of human rights, "Organización Sures", which explained that this Venezuelan money is in the following banks: | Novo Banco: $ 1,547,322,175.89, | Bank of England: $ 1,323,228,162.57, | Clearstream: $ 517,088,580.00, | Citibank: $ 458…

_____ (2020-08-29). U.S. Sanctions Russian Research Institute That Developed Covid-19 Vaccine. strategic-culture.org The US Commerce Department blacklisted a Russian research institute that helped create the world's first Covid-19 vaccine. | Ben NORTON | Russia won the race to develop the first vaccine against the novel coronavirus. The United States has responded by slapping sanctions on a Russian research facility involved in creating it. | The US government has blacklisted several Russian scientific institutes, including the Russian Defense Ministry's 48th Central Research Institute, which has worked with other non-military medical centers to develop and test the world's first Covid-19 vaccine. | In the midst of the global c…

Mike Walter (2020-08-29). The Heat: COVID-19 in the U.S. america.cgtn.com The number of new coronavirus cases in the United States fell for the fifth straight week. Could this be a turning point in the fight against the global pandemic?

sputniknews (2020-08-29). Russia Presents Device That Detects Toxins, Pathogens Including COVID-19 in Air in Matter of Seconds. sputniknews.com The device, which was first conceived back in 2015, has been perfected over the last five years — and the timing couldn't be better, as countries are lifting their lockdowns while trying to prevent a second wave of the coronavirus pandemic.

sputniknews (2020-08-29). Study Suggests UK Could See Further 85,000 COVID-19 Deaths in Winter, Reports Say. sputniknews.com LONDON (Sputnik) – A study prepared by the UK government's Scientific Advisory Group for Emergency (SAGE) suggests that in a reasonable worst-case scenario, a further 85,000 people could die from COVID-19 in the United Kingdom this winter, the BBC reported on Saturday.

Julia Conley, staff writer (2020-08-29). Public Health Experts Fear Trump FDA's Remdesivir Approval 'Without Evidence' of Widespread Benefits Signal Likely Premature Vaccine. commondreams.org Public health experts on Saturday decried the Food and Drug Administration's "troubling" approval of a Covid-19 treatment which has not been proven to help patients who are severely ill with the disease. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/gettyimages-1227820551_1.jpg

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2020-08-29). Video: Covid-Gate, The Political Virus. globalresearch.ca The national economies of 193 countries, member states of the United Nations were ordered to close down on March 11, 2020. The order came from above, from Wall Street, the World Economic Forum, the billionaire foundations. And corrupt politicians throughout …

Melissa Kravitz Hoeffner (2020-08-29). 54 million people in the US may go hungry during pandemic—can urban farms help? nationofchange.org In the COVID era, growing food locally has become more essential than ever.

Shawgi Tell (2020-08-29). Cyber Charter School Disasters About to Worsen. dissidentvoice.org Recent news reports suggest that more parents and students are flocking to privately-owned-operated online charter schools, presumably due to concerns about the "COVID Pandemic."1 Parents, students, teachers, and the public at large should be aware that: The overall "academic performance" of cyber charter schools is consistently abysmal, even by the admission of staunch charter school …

Staff (2020-08-29). No Big Pharma Company Has Committed to Make the COVID Vaccine Free or Cheap. truthout.org In a business driven by profit, vaccines have a problem. They're not very profitable — at least not without government subsidies. Pharma companies favor expensive medicines that must be taken repeatedly and generate revenue for years or decades. Vaccines are often given only once or twice. In many parts of the world, established vaccines cost a few dollars per dose or less. | Last year only four companies were making vaccines for the U.S. market, down from more than 20 in the 1970s. As r…

2020-08-29: News Headlines

Mark Taliano (2020-08-29). COVID-19 Scientific Statements Contradict Government Lockdown Policies. Fake Death Certificates. globalresearch.ca This article was first published on May 12, 2020 | *** | There exists a huge disconnect between publicly available real scientific evidence and government policy surrounding the Covid crisis. Consider the following scientific "admissions" and how they contradict government "lockdown" policies: …

WSWS (2020-08-29). COVID-19 outbreaks continue unabated at schools, putting millions at risk. wsws.org The past week has seen a deepening of the disastrous crisis surrounding the reopening of schools, with significant outbreaks occurring in schools across the country.

Yanis Iqbal (2020-08-29). The nonexistent peace in Colombia. mronline.org In Colombia, a spate of killings has been going on amid the Covid-19 pandemic. On 13 August, 2020, Colombian armed forces killed two Indigenous people and injured two community members during an eviction operation in El Berraco village in the Cauca department. Journalists Abelardo Liz and Johel Rivera, part of the "Liberation of Mother Earth" movement, …

news.un (2020-08-29). The key to Viet Nam's successful COVID-19 response : a UN Resident Coordinator blog. news.un.org Whilst no country can claim to have beaten COVID-19, some countries have been noticeably more effective in curbing the spread of the disease. Kamal Malhotra, the UN Resident Coordinator in Viet Nam, explains why the country's response to the pandemic has been so successful.

Eds. (2020-08-29). Struggles in social reproduction during COVID-19: from East to West and beyond. mronline.org The COVID-19 pandemic showed, more than anything, the deep interconnectedness and mutual dependence of different sectors, areas of life, and countries and regions within the global capitalist system.

Shawgi Tell (2020-08-29). Cyber Charter School Disasters About to Worsen. dissidentvoice.org Recent news reports suggest that more parents and students are flocking to privately-owned-operated online charter schools, presumably due to concerns about the "COVID Pandemic."1 Parents, students, teachers, and the public at large should be aware that: The overall "academic performance" of cyber charter schools is consistently abysmal, even by the admission of staunch charter school …

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2020-08-29). Video: Covid-Gate, The Political Virus. globalresearch.ca The national economies of 193 countries, member states of the United Nations were ordered to close down on March 11, 2020. The order came from above, from Wall Street, the World Economic Forum, the billionaire foundations. And corrupt politicians throughout …

Todd Smith (2020-08-29). Hydroxychloriquine vs. The Mask": a herd divided… dissidentvoice.org It has taken quite a while, but famous 2nd — or 3rd — iteration Fleetwood Mac lead singer, Stevie Nicks, has finally opined on the coronavirus crisis, and the 72 year old songstress of note imploringly had this to say, in a paraphrase: If I get this, I'll never sing again! This was from a …

Peoples Dispatch (2020-08-29). Argentine government declares cell phone, internet and pay television as essential services. peoplesdispatch.org Argentine President Alberto Fernández, on August 21, announced that cell phone, internet and pay television services will be considered essential public services. He also anticipated that the rates of these services will be frozen until December 31. "In the face of the restrictions imposed by the pandemic, no one should give up a part of their income to face the increases in the prices of these services," said Fernández. | In a tweet, Fernández announced that "Education, access to knowledge, culture and communication are basic rights that we must preserve. That is why we have ordered that from now on there are in…

Binoy Kampmark (2020-08-29). Waiting for the Old Bailey: Julian Assange and Britain's Judicial Establishment. dissidentvoice.org On September 7, Julian Assange will be facing another round of gruelling extradition proceedings, in the Old Bailey, part of a process that has become a form of gradual state-sanctioned torture. The US Department of Justice hungers for their man. The UK prison authorities are doing little to protect his health. The end result, should …

repost (2020-08-29). CCSF Reactionary Bd Of Trustees Send Art Supplies From Ft. Mason To Dump. indybay.org The reationary union busting CCSF Board Of Trustees including Board President Shanell Williams are sending Art supplies to a dump in the midst of a pandemic.

Bradley Allen (2020-08-29). Clean Air and Fire Safety Concerns at Calpella Wood Pellet Plant. indybay.org Activists are demanding transparency from the Air Quality Management District and an investigation by the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors and Public Health Department regarding the health and environmental hazards attributable to pollution from the Calpella Wood Pellet Plant.

Heinz Bontrup (2020-08-29). Working Hours: A four-day week. indybay.org Reducing working hours is a socio-economic investment that often brings better long-term health and more time sovereignty. A three-day or four-day workweek is the only way to ensure meaningful work to the rising generation. State or public employment is necessary to supplement private employment. Part-time workers should work more while 38-hour workers should work less.

The Lancet (2020-08-29). [Editorial] Research and higher education in the time of COVID-19. thelancet.com The COVID-19 pandemic has propelled the research and higher education sectors to the forefront of public attention. Laboratory capacity has been crucial for diagnostic testing; experts in infectious diseases, epidemiology, public health, mathematical modelling, and economics are central to national policy making and media coverage; clinical research has been vital to improving COVID-19 management; and our collective global future relies heavily on the development of an effective vaccine against severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2.

Amy K McLennan, Anne Katrine Kleberg Hansen, Stanley J Ulijaszek (2020-08-29). [Correspondence] Health and medicine cannot solve COVID-19. thelancet.com Richard Horton argues that combination prevention and global health collaboration are required to address the COVID-19 pandemic.1 We agree and suggest this should incorporate further measures. Thinking closely in terms of medical solutions could create false public expectations of a return to normal, and risks closing out non-health interventions that could lead to substantial improvements.

Sophie Cousins (2020-08-29). [World Report] Bangladesh's COVID-19 testing criticised. thelancet.com Experts say that the government's approach to testing and surveillance, including charging patients a fee, is hampering the response. Sophie Cousins reports.

Bjà∏rn Bendz, Lars Aaberge (2020-08-29). [Comment] Acute coronary syndromes in older patients: does older age matter? thelancet.com Ischaemic heart disease is common in people aged 80 years or older, and is a major cause of morbidity and mortality in this age group worldwide. As this patient group grows, with an increase in life expectancy of up to 10 years or more, the absolute prevalence of cardiovascular disease is expected to increase.1 According to present guidelines, medical optimisation followed by an invasive strategy—including coronary angiography and subsequent revascularisation with percutaneous coronary intervention or coronary artery bypass graft—is recommended for eligible patients with acute coronary syndromes witho…

Sima Barmania (2020-08-29). [World Report] Questions over health response to Mauritius oil spill. thelancet.com The government has denied that symptoms are a direct result of oil exposure and experts have criticised the response. Sima Barmania reports.

Oye Gureje, John Appiah-Poku, Toyin Bello, Lola Kola, Ricardo Araya, Dan Chisholm, Oluyomi Esan, Benjamin Harris, Victor Makanjuola, Caleb Othieno, LeShawndra Price, Soraya Seedat (2020-08-29). [Articles] Effect of collaborative care between traditional and faith healers and primary health-care workers on psychosis outcomes in Nigeria and Ghana (COSIMPO): a cluster randomised controlled trial. thelancet.com A collaborative shared care delivered by TFH and conventional health-care providers for people with psychosis was effective and cost-effective. The model of care offers the prospect of scaling up improved care to this vulnerable population in settings with low resources.

Charlotte Hanlon, Atalay Alem (2020-08-29). [Comment] A leap of faith for more effective mental health care. thelancet.com Traditional and faith healers (TFHs) play an important, but contested, part in the response to mental health problems around the globe. Particularly for severe mental health conditions, such as psychosis, TFHs are often the first contact when help is sought by individuals and families in many countries of sub-Saharan Africa.1 In part, TFHs inhabit this privileged position due to a scarcity of accessible alternatives, but their approach might also be more acceptable to communities because of shared world views about causes of mental ill-health and processes of healing.

J Nwando Olayiwola, Esther Choo (2020-08-29). [Perspectives] Seven more things organisations should be doing to combat racism. thelancet.com The previous The Penumbra column outlined seven steps that organisations can take to address racism. In this month's column, we offer additional actions likely to be helpful in creating an anti-racist climate. With these suggestions, we highlight actions that fill obvious gaps in thinking and practice in our health-care environments.

_____ (2020-08-29). These Six Banks Have Frozen $4.6 Billion Belonging To Venezuelans. popularresistance.org The looting, theft and hijacking of resources from Venezuela has been of great magnitude, six banks withhold under the excuse of US sanctions, around 4.6 billion dollars much needed by and belonging to the Venezuelans, currently facing a spike in Covid-19 cases. The website La Tabla cited the data published by the Venezuelan NGO dedicated to the study, promotion, education and defense of human rights, "Organización Sures", which explained that this Venezuelan money is in the following banks: | Novo Banco: $ 1,547,322,175.89, | Bank of England: $ 1,323,228,162.57, | Clearstream: $ 517,088,580.00, | Citibank: $ 458…

_____ (2020-08-29). Kings Bay Plowshares Sentencing Delayed. popularresistance.org The six remaining Kings Bay Plowshares defendants have had their sentencing dates moved from September to October 15 and 16. They had requested a continuance because they want to appear in open court in Georgia and the virus situation there is still too out of control to safely allow it. | Steve Kelly has now served almost 29 months in county jails since the action in April 2018 so has already met the guidelines for his likely sentence. The court may not want to grant him further extensions. (You can send a postcard to Steve to let him know you're thinking of him. Directions on writing here.) | The other defendan…

_____ (2020-08-29). U.S. Sanctions Russian Research Institute That Developed Covid-19 Vaccine. strategic-culture.org The US Commerce Department blacklisted a Russian research institute that helped create the world's first Covid-19 vaccine. | Ben NORTON | Russia won the race to develop the first vaccine against the novel coronavirus. The United States has responded by slapping sanctions on a Russian research facility involved in creating it. | The US government has blacklisted several Russian scientific institutes, including the Russian Defense Ministry's 48th Central Research Institute, which has worked with other non-military medical centers to develop and test the world's first Covid-19 vaccine. | In the midst of the global c…

Mike Walter (2020-08-29). The Heat: COVID-19 in the U.S. america.cgtn.com The number of new coronavirus cases in the United States fell for the fifth straight week. Could this be a turning point in the fight against the global pandemic?

sputniknews (2020-08-29). Russia Presents Device That Detects Toxins, Pathogens Including COVID-19 in Air in Matter of Seconds. sputniknews.com The device, which was first conceived back in 2015, has been perfected over the last five years — and the timing couldn't be better, as countries are lifting their lockdowns while trying to prevent a second wave of the coronavirus pandemic.

sputniknews (2020-08-29). Study Suggests UK Could See Further 85,000 COVID-19 Deaths in Winter, Reports Say. sputniknews.com LONDON (Sputnik) – A study prepared by the UK government's Scientific Advisory Group for Emergency (SAGE) suggests that in a reasonable worst-case scenario, a further 85,000 people could die from COVID-19 in the United Kingdom this winter, the BBC reported on Saturday.

sputniknews (2020-08-29). US Secret Service Reportedly Struggling With Coronavirus Cases as Agents Work Trump Events. sputniknews.com Amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, US President Donald Trump, who marked his 2016 election campaign with large-scale rallies, has reduced the number of events. He delivered a speech on the Republican National Convention and has held smaller events.

yenisafak (2020-08-29). Istanbul to limit indoor gatherings over pandemic. yenisafak.com The Istanbul governor's office on Saturday issued a statement titled "Pandemic Measures for Weddings in Istanbul", banning some indoor gatherings as of Monday.According to the statement, some events and gatherings including engagement ceremonies, and similar activities will not be allowed in any indoor areas as part of new measures to stem the spread of the virus.At the wedding and ceremony halls, seating arrangements should not exceed one-third of the total capacity, in accordance with social distancing measures, said the statement.Under the new regulations, no food or drinks will be served at these events whil…

RT (2020-08-29). Brandon Straka dares media to report 'anti-gay' attack at BLM protest as pro-Trump rallies blasted as 'Covid-19 superspreaders'. rt.com Responding to MSNBC's Joy Reid blasting his pro-Trump event as a 'danger' during the Covid-19 pandemic, activist Brandon Straka silenced her by calling out hypocrisy on BLM coverage, and a refusal to cover a recent attack on him. | "So they're just gonna go back to their screaming rallies like there is no Covid, just because their Dear Leader needs the ego boost," Reid tweeted on Saturday, in reaction to video from a rally held by Straka in Chicago in support of President Donald Trump. | The video shows people, some wearing masks and some not, holding pro-Trump signs and chanting, "walk away," the name of a ca…

sputniknews (2020-08-29). US President Trump Says Feels Badly About Resignation of Japanese Prime Minister Abe. sputniknews.com WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — US President Donald Trump has expressed regret over Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's decision to leave his post due to deteriorating health condition.

Jesus A Cardenas-de la Garza, Jorge A Esquivel-Valerio, Rosa I Arvizu-Rivera, Perla R Colunga-Pedraza, Dionicio A Galarza-Delgado (2020-08-29). [Clinical Picture] Flushing out a plasmacytoma in a patient with POEMS and AESOP syndromes. thelancet.com A 58-year old man presented to our dermatology clinic with a 10-month history of discoloured skin patches on his chest, slowly progressive weakness and altered sensation in both legs. He also complained of chest pain, increased pigmentation of his arms, and episodic flushing of his face.

Amit Kaura, Jonathan A C Sterne, Adam Trickey, Sam Abbott, Abdulrahim Mulla, Benjamin Glampson, Vasileios Panoulas, Jim Davies, Kerrie Woods, Joe Omigie, Anoop D Shah, Keith M Channon, Jonathan N Weber, Mark R Thursz, Paul Elliott, Harry Hemingway, Bryan Williams, Folkert W Asselbergs, Michael O'Sullivan, Graham M Lord, Narbeh Melikian, Thomas Johnson, Darrel P Francis, Ajay M Shah, Divaka Perera, Rajesh Kharbanda, Riyaz S Patel, Jamil Mayet (2020-08-29). [Articles] Invasive versus non-invasive management of older patients with non-ST elevation myocardial infarction (SENIOR-NSTEMI): a cohort study based on routine clinical data. thelancet.com The survival advantage of invasive compared with non-invasive management appears to extend to patients with NSTEMI who are aged 80 years or older.

Seamus O'Mahony (2020-08-29). [Perspectives] Jonathan Miller: finding the considerable in the negligible. thelancet.com When Jonathan Miller was a little boy, he asked his novelist mother Betty—as she sat typing—what she was doing. "Well, what I am trying to do is make the negligible considerable", she replied. Throughout his long career in the theatre and opera, Miller did the very same. He hadn't planned on a career as a director. After a brilliant preclinical career at Cambridge University, Cambridge, UK, Miller graduated as a doctor from University College Hospital (UCH), London, UK, in 1959, but abandoned medicine after less than 3 years because of the staggering success of Beyond the Fringe, the comedy review whi…

Karen S McCoy, Harry Heijerman, Jennifer L Taylor-Cousar, David Waltz, Patrick R Sosnay, Bonnie W Ramsey, Steven Rowe, John Welter (2020-08-29). [Correspondence] Transparency and diversity in cystic fibrosis research — Authors' reply. thelancet.com We appreciate the opportunity to respond to Meghan McGarry's queries about our study.1…

Jonas Lanz, Arnaud Kàºnzi, Stephan Windecker, Thomas Pilgrim (2020-08-29). [Correspondence] Predilatation and paravalvular leakage risk in TAVR — Authors' reply. thelancet.com We thank Liang Yao and colleagues for their interest in our Article.1…

Geoff Watts (2020-08-29). [Obituary] Roger Stanley Williams. thelancet.com Leading influence in UK liver medicine. He was born in Bexleyheath, UK, on Aug 28, 1931, and died in Southampton, UK, from a heart attack on July 26, 2020, aged 88 years.

Fuxiang Liang, Xiaoqin Wang, Qi Wang, Peijing Yan, Liang Yao (2020-08-29). [Correspondence] Predilatation and paravalvular leakage risk in TAVR. thelancet.com Jonas Lanz and colleagues1 compared the effect of a self-expanding valve with a balloon-expandable valve for transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) in patients with symptomatic severe aortic stenosis. According to the results, the incidence of paravalvular leakage was higher in the group of patients using the self-expanding ACURATE neo device than in the group of patients using the balloon-expandable SAPIEN 3 prosthesis. However, we are concerned that this finding might be at least partly caused by differences in predilatation between the groups.

Meghan McGarry (2020-08-29). [Correspondence] Transparency and diversity in cystic fibrosis research. thelancet.com In the Article by Harry Heijerman and colleagues,1 it was surprising to find that a description of the participants' race and ethnicity was not included.

James Corbett (2020-08-28). Video: Lies, Damned Lies and Coronavirus Statistics. globalresearch.ca This report was first released on April 17. It provides a detailed understanding of the lies and fabrications pertaining to COVID-19 | *** | The numbers are in on the great Covid-19 pandemic . . . but unfortunately those numbers are unreliable. …

Peoples Dispatch (2020-08-28). Occupation accentuates COVID-19's impact in Gaza. peoplesdispatch.org The COVID-19 lockdown, which has been in place in Gaza since Monday, was extended for three more days on August 26. Gaza has also suffered continuous attacks by Israel in the past month…

news.un (2020-08-28). India urged to lead global push for clean energy, climate action. news.un.org India has a crucial role to play in promoting clean energy and climate action as the world looks to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Friday.

Eve Ottenberg (2020-08-28). The COVID Heroism of Cuban Doctors. counterpunch.org With Covid-19 roaring through the U.S., now is a good time to discuss Cuban health care. It's about as different from the American variety as possible. It is not for profit. It is socialized. It does not first resort to expensive medical technology. Its doctors live among the people, like in Haiti after the earthquake,

WSWS (2020-08-28). Full transparency on COVID-19! Hands off Florida educators! Close schools now! wsws.org The Florida Department of Health issued a mandate Tuesday censoring COVID-19 data within Duval public schools while state officials threatened the jobs of educators who oppose the deadly school openings.

Deirdre Griswold (2020-08-28). Bannon's arrest exposes fraud at the top. workers.org Stephen K. Bannon may be in big trouble. Or maybe not. Pals of the very rich rarely pay for their crimes. It is generally the poor who are held in jail — which can be a death sentence in this COVID-19 pandemic. Advertising for money for the "privately-funded" We Build . . . |

Dr. T. P. Wilkinson (2020-08-28). Confess to COVID: Just Short of Witch Burning. There Was a Covid "Vaccine" Before the Pathogen… globalresearch.ca Despite the lamentations and orders from Geneva or the local capitals of Capital, I refuse to believe that COVID-19 or the putative pathogens are a principal challenge to humanity— except for those using these viruses for policing and/ or culling …

WSWS (2020-08-28). Scottish National Party oversaw COVID-19 disaster. wsws.org Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon's government has overseen a murderous COVID-19 policy, particularly against elderly care home residents.

Muhammed Shabeer (2020-08-28). How a communist youth organization in Kerala raised USD 1.4 million for COVID-19 relief. peoplesdispatch.org Cadre of the Democratic Youth Federation of India in the State of Kerala raised USD 1.4 million by running a recycling campaign where they collected scrap from across the State and sold in to recyclers…

Stephen Lendman (2020-08-28). Mandating Mass Compulsory Covid Vaccine Violates the Nuremberg Code? Hazardous Health Toxins. globalresearch.ca If ordered by federal, state, or local authorities, businesses or other entities in the US or elsewhere, mandating mass-vaxxing against COVID-19 will violate the Nuremberg Code. | All vaccines contain hazardous to human health toxins and are unsafe to use — …

Sandipan Talukdar (2020-08-28). COVID-19: deceased patients' autopsies show remarkable immune failure. peoplesdispatch.org Recent studies have found that the deceased patients lack germinal centers in the spleen and lymph nodes. Germinal centers are where mature B cells can proliferate, and undergo mutations so that become long-standing fighters against a pathogen…

2020-08-28: News Headlines

Ben Norton (2020-08-28). U.S. imposes sanctions on Russian research institute that developed Covid-19 vaccine. thegrayzone.com The US Commerce Department blacklisted a Russian research institute that helped create the world's first Covid-19 vaccine. Russia won the race to develop the first vaccine against the novel coronavirus. The United States has responded by slapping sanctions on a Russian research facility involved in creating it. The US government has blacklisted several Russian scientific …

James Corbett (2020-08-28). Video: Lies, Damned Lies and Coronavirus Statistics. globalresearch.ca This report was first released on April 17. It provides a detailed understanding of the lies and fabrications pertaining to COVID-19 | *** | The numbers are in on the great Covid-19 pandemic . . . but unfortunately those numbers are unreliable. …

Peoples Dispatch (2020-08-28). Occupation accentuates COVID-19's impact in Gaza. peoplesdispatch.org The COVID-19 lockdown, which has been in place in Gaza since Monday, was extended for three more days on August 26. Gaza has also suffered continuous attacks by Israel in the past month…

Eve Ottenberg (2020-08-28). The COVID Heroism of Cuban Doctors. counterpunch.org With Covid-19 roaring through the U.S., now is a good time to discuss Cuban health care. It's about as different from the American variety as possible. It is not for profit. It is socialized. It does not first resort to expensive medical technology. Its doctors live among the people, like in Haiti after the earthquake,

news.un (2020-08-28). India urged to lead global push for clean energy, climate action. news.un.org India has a crucial role to play in promoting clean energy and climate action as the world looks to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Friday.

Dr. T. P. Wilkinson (2020-08-28). Confess to COVID: Just Short of Witch Burning. There Was a Covid "Vaccine" Before the Pathogen… globalresearch.ca Despite the lamentations and orders from Geneva or the local capitals of Capital, I refuse to believe that COVID-19 or the putative pathogens are a principal challenge to humanity— except for those using these viruses for policing and/ or culling …

Stephen Lendman (2020-08-28). Mandating Mass Compulsory Covid Vaccine Violates the Nuremberg Code? Hazardous Health Toxins. globalresearch.ca If ordered by federal, state, or local authorities, businesses or other entities in the US or elsewhere, mandating mass-vaxxing against COVID-19 will violate the Nuremberg Code. | All vaccines contain hazardous to human health toxins and are unsafe to use — …

Sandipan Talukdar (2020-08-28). COVID-19: deceased patients' autopsies show remarkable immune failure. peoplesdispatch.org Recent studies have found that the deceased patients lack germinal centers in the spleen and lymph nodes. Germinal centers are where mature B cells can proliferate, and undergo mutations so that become long-standing fighters against a pathogen…

Deirdre Griswold (2020-08-28). Bannon's arrest exposes fraud at the top. workers.org Stephen K. Bannon may be in big trouble. Or maybe not. Pals of the very rich rarely pay for their crimes. It is generally the poor who are held in jail — which can be a death sentence in this COVID-19 pandemic. Advertising for money for the "privately-funded" We Build . . . |

Muhammed Shabeer (2020-08-28). How a communist youth organization in Kerala raised USD 1.4 million for COVID-19 relief. peoplesdispatch.org Cadre of the Democratic Youth Federation of India in the State of Kerala raised USD 1.4 million by running a recycling campaign where they collected scrap from across the State and sold in to recyclers…

A Guest Author (2020-08-28). On socialist Vietnam's response to COVID-19. workers.org By Dr. Ngo Thanh Nhan and Merle Ratner This slightly edited co-written article was presented as a talk by Dr. Ngo Thanh Nhan on Aug. 20 to a Workers World Party webinar on "COVID can be defeated: Cuba, China, Venezuela & Vietnam lead the way." The presentation began with a . . . |

Staff (2020-08-28). Headlines for August 28, 2020. democracynow.org Trump Assails Biden's "Socialist Agenda" in RNC Acceptance Speech Riddled With Lies, CDC Projects Official U.S. Death Toll Will Top 200,000 in September, Two Navajo Sisters Who Worked as Frontline Health Workers Die of COVID-19, Alabama Professors Ordered Not to Warn Students of Exposure to Infected Classmates, Hurricane Laura Leaves Path of Devastation in Louisiana, Triggers Chemical Plant Fire, Hurricane Topples Confederate Monument that Lake Charles Officials Refused to Remove, Jacob Blake, Left Paralyzed by Officer's Bullets, Reportedly Handcuffed to Hospital Bed, Teenage Militia Member Charged Over Shooting…

imperial.ac.uk (2020-08-28). COVID-19 immune system puzzles to be tackled by scientists. imperial.ac.uk Imperial scientists are members of a £8.4m project to solve key questions on how our immune system interacts with COVID-19…

Facing Two Pandemics (2020-08-28). Protesters Clash with Police Near Pedestrian Entrance to Golden Gate Bridge. indybay.org Protesters mourning two pandemics in America, one being COVID-19 and the other racism, gathered under the slogan "march for the dead and fight for the living." | Photos, including top photo, by Jasmin Van T. Additional photos by Garrett Schmid, as indicated.

Fuxiang Liang, Xiaoqin Wang, Qi Wang, Peijing Yan, Liang Yao (2020-08-29). [Correspondence] Predilatation and paravalvular leakage risk in TAVR. thelancet.com Jonas Lanz and colleagues1 compared the effect of a self-expanding valve with a balloon-expandable valve for transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) in patients with symptomatic severe aortic stenosis. According to the results, the incidence of paravalvular leakage was higher in the group of patients using the self-expanding ACURATE neo device than in the group of patients using the balloon-expandable SAPIEN 3 prosthesis. However, we are concerned that this finding might be at least partly caused by differences in predilatation between the groups.

The Lancet (2020-08-29). [Editorial] Research and higher education in the time of COVID-19. thelancet.com The COVID-19 pandemic has propelled the research and higher education sectors to the forefront of public attention. Laboratory capacity has been crucial for diagnostic testing; experts in infectious diseases, epidemiology, public health, mathematical modelling, and economics are central to national policy making and media coverage; clinical research has been vital to improving COVID-19 management; and our collective global future relies heavily on the development of an effective vaccine against severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2.

Amy K McLennan, Anne Katrine Kleberg Hansen, Stanley J Ulijaszek (2020-08-29). [Correspondence] Health and medicine cannot solve COVID-19. thelancet.com Richard Horton argues that combination prevention and global health collaboration are required to address the COVID-19 pandemic.1 We agree and suggest this should incorporate further measures. Thinking closely in terms of medical solutions could create false public expectations of a return to normal, and risks closing out non-health interventions that could lead to substantial improvements.

Sophie Cousins (2020-08-29). [World Report] Bangladesh's COVID-19 testing criticised. thelancet.com Experts say that the government's approach to testing and surveillance, including charging patients a fee, is hampering the response. Sophie Cousins reports.

Bjà∏rn Bendz, Lars Aaberge (2020-08-29). [Comment] Acute coronary syndromes in older patients: does older age matter? thelancet.com Ischaemic heart disease is common in people aged 80 years or older, and is a major cause of morbidity and mortality in this age group worldwide. As this patient group grows, with an increase in life expectancy of up to 10 years or more, the absolute prevalence of cardiovascular disease is expected to increase.1 According to present guidelines, medical optimisation followed by an invasive strategy—including coronary angiography and subsequent revascularisation with percutaneous coronary intervention or coronary artery bypass graft—is recommended for eligible patients with acute coronary syndromes witho…

Sima Barmania (2020-08-29). [World Report] Questions over health response to Mauritius oil spill. thelancet.com The government has denied that symptoms are a direct result of oil exposure and experts have criticised the response. Sima Barmania reports.

Charlotte Hanlon, Atalay Alem (2020-08-29). [Comment] A leap of faith for more effective mental health care. thelancet.com Traditional and faith healers (TFHs) play an important, but contested, part in the response to mental health problems around the globe. Particularly for severe mental health conditions, such as psychosis, TFHs are often the first contact when help is sought by individuals and families in many countries of sub-Saharan Africa.1 In part, TFHs inhabit this privileged position due to a scarcity of accessible alternatives, but their approach might also be more acceptable to communities because of shared world views about causes of mental ill-health and processes of healing.

Oye Gureje, John Appiah-Poku, Toyin Bello, Lola Kola, Ricardo Araya, Dan Chisholm, Oluyomi Esan, Benjamin Harris, Victor Makanjuola, Caleb Othieno, LeShawndra Price, Soraya Seedat (2020-08-29). [Articles] Effect of collaborative care between traditional and faith healers and primary health-care workers on psychosis outcomes in Nigeria and Ghana (COSIMPO): a cluster randomised controlled trial. thelancet.com A collaborative shared care delivered by TFH and conventional health-care providers for people with psychosis was effective and cost-effective. The model of care offers the prospect of scaling up improved care to this vulnerable population in settings with low resources.

J Nwando Olayiwola, Esther Choo (2020-08-29). [Perspectives] Seven more things organisations should be doing to combat racism. thelancet.com The previous The Penumbra column outlined seven steps that organisations can take to address racism. In this month's column, we offer additional actions likely to be helpful in creating an anti-racist climate. With these suggestions, we highlight actions that fill obvious gaps in thinking and practice in our health-care environments.

Amit Kaura, Jonathan A C Sterne, Adam Trickey, Sam Abbott, Abdulrahim Mulla, Benjamin Glampson, Vasileios Panoulas, Jim Davies, Kerrie Woods, Joe Omigie, Anoop D Shah, Keith M Channon, Jonathan N Weber, Mark R Thursz, Paul Elliott, Harry Hemingway, Bryan Williams, Folkert W Asselbergs, Michael O'Sullivan, Graham M Lord, Narbeh Melikian, Thomas Johnson, Darrel P Francis, Ajay M Shah, Divaka Perera, Rajesh Kharbanda, Riyaz S Patel, Jamil Mayet (2020-08-29). [Articles] Invasive versus non-invasive management of older patients with non-ST elevation myocardial infarction (SENIOR-NSTEMI): a cohort study based on routine clinical data. thelancet.com The survival advantage of invasive compared with non-invasive management appears to extend to patients with NSTEMI who are aged 80 years or older.

Jesus A Cardenas-de la Garza, Jorge A Esquivel-Valerio, Rosa I Arvizu-Rivera, Perla R Colunga-Pedraza, Dionicio A Galarza-Delgado (2020-08-29). [Clinical Picture] Flushing out a plasmacytoma in a patient with POEMS and AESOP syndromes. thelancet.com A 58-year old man presented to our dermatology clinic with a 10-month history of discoloured skin patches on his chest, slowly progressive weakness and altered sensation in both legs. He also complained of chest pain, increased pigmentation of his arms, and episodic flushing of his face.

Seamus O'Mahony (2020-08-29). [Perspectives] Jonathan Miller: finding the considerable in the negligible. thelancet.com When Jonathan Miller was a little boy, he asked his novelist mother Betty—as she sat typing—what she was doing. "Well, what I am trying to do is make the negligible considerable", she replied. Throughout his long career in the theatre and opera, Miller did the very same. He hadn't planned on a career as a director. After a brilliant preclinical career at Cambridge University, Cambridge, UK, Miller graduated as a doctor from University College Hospital (UCH), London, UK, in 1959, but abandoned medicine after less than 3 years because of the staggering success of Beyond the Fringe, the comedy review whi…

Karen S McCoy, Harry Heijerman, Jennifer L Taylor-Cousar, David Waltz, Patrick R Sosnay, Bonnie W Ramsey, Steven Rowe, John Welter (2020-08-29). [Correspondence] Transparency and diversity in cystic fibrosis research — Authors' reply. thelancet.com We appreciate the opportunity to respond to Meghan McGarry's queries about our study.1…

Meghan McGarry (2020-08-29). [Correspondence] Transparency and diversity in cystic fibrosis research. thelancet.com In the Article by Harry Heijerman and colleagues,1 it was surprising to find that a description of the participants' race and ethnicity was not included.

Jonas Lanz, Arnaud Kàºnzi, Stephan Windecker, Thomas Pilgrim (2020-08-29). [Correspondence] Predilatation and paravalvular leakage risk in TAVR — Authors' reply. thelancet.com We thank Liang Yao and colleagues for their interest in our Article.1…

Geoff Watts (2020-08-29). [Obituary] Roger Stanley Williams. thelancet.com Leading influence in UK liver medicine. He was born in Bexleyheath, UK, on Aug 28, 1931, and died in Southampton, UK, from a heart attack on July 26, 2020, aged 88 years.

sputniknews (2020-08-28). UK Study Shows Only Six Children Have Died Of Covid-19 — And All Had Serious Health Problems Already. sputniknews.com The new research may reassure worried parents but also anger education unions who have raised concerns over all pupils returning to school.

sputniknews (2020-08-28). Russian FM: US Sanctions on Institute Working on COVID Vaccine Aimed at Promoting Their Own Pharma. sputniknews.com On Wednesday, the US slapped sanctions on five Russian institutes, accusing them of developing chemical and biological weapons. The restrictions were specifically imposed on a research institute of the Russian Defence Ministry that developed the first COVID-19 vaccine together with the Gamaleya Institute.

yenisafak (2020-08-28). Indonesia sees highest single-day spike COVID-19 cases. yenisafak.com Indonesia on Friday confirmed 3,003 new cases of the novel coronavirus, the highest daily rise so far, raising the nationwide tally to 165,887.The Ministry of Health reported that the number of recoveries rose by 2,325 for a total of 120,900.A further 105 fatalities were recorded in the archipelago country, bringing the death toll to 7,169.The ministry also announced that more than 33,000 tests for the virus had been administered in the last 24 hours.Health professionals have conducted at least 2.1 million tests since the first case was reported in early March.The capital Jakarta reported the highest daily surge…

yenisafak (2020-08-28). Saudi Arabia reports over 1,000 more virus cases. yenisafak.com Saudi Arabia reported over 1,000 more coronavirus cases on Friday.According to the Health Ministry, 1,069 more people tested positive for COVID-19 over the past 24 hours, raising the overall count to 312,924.At least 28 more fatalities move the death toll up to 3,813, while the number of recoveries stands at 287,403.The pandemic has claimed more than 832,400 lives in 188 countries and regions since last December.Almost 24.5 million cases have been reported globally, with recoveries exceeding 16 million, according to figures compiled by the US' Johns Hopkins University.* Writing by Zehra Nur Duz…

yenisafak (2020-08-28). Turkish aid agency sends medical aid to Afghanistan. yenisafak.com A Turkish aid agency Friday sent medical aid to Afghanistan to help the country fight COVID-19.The Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency's (TIKA) Afghanistan office in Kabul facilitated the process.The two countries have strong historical, cultural and religious ties, and Turkey has always stood with Afghanistan, said Afghanistan's Deputy Health Minister Abdul Kadir in a statement. Kadir thanked Turkey for its contributions to Afghanistan's development.As part of the fight against COVID-19, the agency delivered to Afghanistan's Health Ministry the second batch of aid as well, said Zuhtu Cal, TIKA's coordina…

Anita McKone (2020-08-28). Questioning COVID19: Why I Will Never Trust the Medical Establishment About Respiratory Disease. A Case History. globalresearch.ca If you are interested in finding out the truth about the Covid19 scare, you can look for information in many areas. Understanding the corporate (profit-driven) and petrochemical-based history of the medical establishment helps. Being aware of the lack of scientific …

Zach Conti (2020-08-28). The Fed and Central Banks Seek Cure for COVID-hit Economy. indybay.org On August 27 and 28, the US Federal Reserve and other government central banks meet for their annual retreat.

Every Protest Needs a Dance (2020-08-28). Leap of Peace, Day of Mourning near Golden Gate Bridge. indybay.org Mourning two pandemics, COVID and racism, and calling out police for brutality…but first, the dance of peace.

Staff (2020-08-28). White House Official Spurns COVID Prevention: "Everybody Is Going to Catch This" truthout.org Around 1,500 of the president's supporters gathered on the South Lawn of the White House Thursday evening to hear Donald Trump formally accept the nomination for president at the Republican National Convention (RNC). | Before and during the speech, one thing was quite noticeable: In spite of guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Staff (2020-08-28). GOP Convention Pretended COVID Was Over While Creating Super-Spreader Conditions. truthout.org He lied about testing, again. He lied about the China travel ban, again. He lied about the pandemic dead, again. He lied about supporting Black people, again. He lied about protecting coverage for pre-existing conditions, again. He lied about Joe Biden and Barack Obama, again and again. He lied about petroleum, the police, the military, the border wall, immigration in general, NATO, the economy, veterans… for more than an hour in the hot COVID night of Washington D.C., Donald Trump brea…

yenisafak (2020-08-28). Spanish police arrest pandemic-denier for inciting hatred. yenisafak.com Spanish police said on Friday they had arrested a man near the northeastern city of Zaragoza, who believed the coronavirus pandemic to be a hoax, for inciting hatred and violence across several anonymous social-media profiles.The 38-year-old, who claimed that health professionals and the media were behind what he called the "COVID farce", urged his followers to attack politicians and journalists, police said."All this would be solved with a shot to the back of (Spanish Prime Minister) Pedro Sanchez's head," he wrote on one of his accounts.In other posts he said the headquarters of Spain's doctors' union should be…

Global Research News (2020-08-28). Selected Articles: The Imposition of Compulsory Vaccination with a Biometric Health Passport? globalresearch.ca By [The government's anti-COVID19 measures] are grotesque, absurd and very dangerous […] The consequences on medical care are profound. Already services to patients in need are reduced, operations cancelled, …

Lucas Leiroz de Almeida (2020-08-28). China's Project to Create A "Digital Yuan" globalresearch.ca The topic of cryptocurrencies has gained prominence among specialists in international trade in recent months. With the global economic crisis generated by the new coronavirus pandemic, this need has become even more evident. The world powers enter a new race, …

OffGuardian (2020-08-28). 12 Experts Questioning the Coronavirus Panic. globalresearch.ca First crossposted in March. | Below is our list of twelve medical experts whose opinions on the Coronavirus outbreak contradict the official narratives of the MSM, and the memes so prevalent on social media. | *** |

Staff (2020-08-28). Historian Rick Perlstein on the RNC & Trump's Dangerous Propaganda Driving People to Violence. democracynow.org President Donald Trump formally accepted the Republican Party's nomination on Thursday before a crowd of about 1,500 on the South Lawn of the White House. In defiance of social distancing guidelines, attendees sat shoulder-to-shoulder with few people wearing masks. Trump spoke as the U.S. death toll from the coronavirus neared 180,000 — by far the highest total in the world — and repeatedly defended his administration's handling of the pandemic. Trump warned of chaos and violence if Joe Biden becomes president, but made no reference to the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin, or the k…

sputniknews (2020-08-28). From Obama's Birth Certificate to Dancing Coronaviruses: Twitter Edits Melania Trump's RNC Dress. sputniknews.com The first lady's pick of wardrobe is rarely ignored by eagle-eyed netizens, and even more so if it truly stands out not only for its design, but for its colour.

sputniknews (2020-08-28). Noise of Modi's Self-Reliant India Lacks on Ground Action to Empower 3.5 Million Weavers, Artisans. sputniknews.com New Delhi (Sputnik): As India tries to bounce back from an unprecedented lockdown to contain the spread of the coronavirus, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has called for a "Self-Reliant India (Aatmanirbhar Bharat)". In the meantime, the Ministry of Textiles has abolished all Indian handicrafts and handloom boards.

The Canary (2020-08-28). Nine out of 10 people want to continue working from home, report says. thecanary.co Nine out of 10 people in the UK who have worked from home during lockdown want to continue doing so, according to research. | The report — Homeworking in the UK: before and during the 2020 lockdown — is believed to be the first to analyse survey data focused on homeworking during the coronavirus pandemic. | It said working from home in the UK rose from 6% of employees before the start of the pandemic up to 43% in April, with results indicating that productivity mostly remained stable compared with the six months before. | Its publication comes after reports that the UK government is planning to encour…

The Canary (2020-08-28). Workers should not be intimidated back into the office, Nicola Sturgeon says. thecanary.co Nicola Sturgeon has said she will not "countenance" people being intimidated into going back to work in offices.Speaking at the daily coronavirus briefing, the first minister said reopening offices too soon would risk the virus spreading and compromise the ability to keep schools open."I will not countenance in Scotland any kind of narrative around this that is seeking to almost intimidate people back to work before, as a country, we have taken a decision that that is safe," she said. | 📺 Watch live: First Minister

yenisafak (2020-08-28). Merkel warns coronavirus situation to get more difficult over winter. yenisafak.com German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday the coronavirus pandemic was likely to worsen in coming months, and that her government would respond by prioritising the welfare of society as a whole, notably its children, and the economy.The government will be "doing everything so that our children are not the losers of the pandemic. School and daycare need to be the most important things," she told reporters at a news conference.The government would also seek to keep the economy going, or to restart it where it was still stunted by the pandemic, and to preserve jobs.The third priority would be a spirit of social…

2020-08-27: News Headlines

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2020-08-27). Global Capitalism, "World Government" and the Corona Crisis. globalresearch.ca The COVID-19 crisis is marked by a public health "emergency" under WHO auspices which is being used as a pretext and a justification to triggering a Worldwide process of economic, social and political restructuring.

Peoples Dispatch (2020-08-27). The pandemic has severely weakened US credibility. peoplesdispatch.org In the third part of our conversation with Charles Xu from the Qiao Collective, Xu talks about the rising Sinophobia in the US, particularly after the COVID-19 outbreak. While this has been fueled by the current conditions and the rhetoric mounted by the present US administration, Xu discusses how these anti-China sentiments are strong across the political spectrum.

Raul Diego (2020-08-27). The US Is Facing a Child Care Crisis as Schools Go Digital. mintpressnews.com A child care crisis is in the offing both in the United States and around the world as school-age children stay home for the new school year and working parents face the prospect of more state interference…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-08-27). Dutch socialist youth demand abolition of first class in railways to prevent overcrowding. peoplesdispatch.org Even during the raging COVID-19 pandemic, trains in the Netherlands have been running with overcrowded second class coaches and almost vacant expensive first class coaches…

news.un (2020-08-27). Globally, 1 in 3 children missed out on remote learning when COVID-19 shuttered schools. news.un.org For at least 463 million children whose schools closed due to COVID-19, "there was no such a thing as remote learning," the head of the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) said on Thursday, as the agency launched a new report outlining the limitations of remote learning and exposing the deep inequalities in access.

Mark Gruenberg (2020-08-27). After crippling mail delivery Trump now sabotages COVID-19 testing. peoplesworld.org OAKLAND, Calif.—On the third day of his "don't worry be happy" convention Trump's CDC bought into the president's long-standing argument that the best way to deal with the pandemic is to ignore it. The CDC issued new guidelines that essentially say much of the testing being done in the country is not really needed. Only …

Chuck Collins — Frank Clemente (2020-08-27). It's Time for a Pandemic Wealth Tax on Billionaires' Windfall Gains. counterpunch.org Nothing symbolizes the inequality of sacrifice during the COVID-19 pandemic more than watching a few hundred billionaires gain while everyone else struggles through job losses, debilitating illness, or death. Hundreds of thousands of Americans have died from COVID-19 and over 32 million have lost their jobs. U.S. households lost an estimated $6.5 trillion in wealth

Prof. Stephen C. Miller (2020-08-27). Lockdowns and Mask Mandates Do Not Lead to Reduced COVID Transmission Rates or Deaths, New Study Suggests. globalresearch.ca A new

Staff (2020-08-27). Headlines for August 27, 2020. democracynow.org Hurricane Laura Hits Louisiana with 150 MPH Winds, "Unsurvivable" 20-Foot Storm Surge, Mike Pence Tells Republican National Convention, "We Will Have Law and Order", Kenosha Police Officer Who Shot Jacob Blake ID'd as Rusten Sheskey, 17-Year-Old Trump-Supporting Militia Member Charged with Murdering 2 Protesters, NBA, WNBA, MLS and MLB Games Postponed as Players Protest Police Shootings, Trump Administration Officials Pressured CDC to Weaken Coronavirus Guidelines , Coronavirus Cases Hit Record High in Burma; Doctors Strike in South Korea Amid Outbreaks, Just Two States Are Distributing Trump's Promised Unemploym…

Direct Action Everywhere (2020-08-27). Cancel Animal Ag: Demand a Moratorium. indybay.org Animal abuse is rampant in California. Companies like Smithfield Foods are torturing animals, brewing disease inside filthy factory farms, and spreading COVID-19 among vulnerable slaughterhouse workers.

Facing Two Pandemics (2020-08-27). Protesters Clash with Police Near Pedestrian Entrance to Golden Gate Bridge. indybay.org Protesters mourning two pandemics in America, one being COVID-19 and the other racism, gathered under the slogan "march for the dead and fight for the living." | Photos, including top photo, by Jasmin Van T. Additional photos by Garrett Schmid, as indicated.

Facing Two Pandemics (2020-08-27). Protesters Clash with Police Near Pedestrian Entrance to Golden Golden Bridge. indybay.org Protesters mourning two pandemics in America, one being COVID-19 and the other racism, gathered under the slogan "march for the dead and fight for the living." | Photos, including top photo, by Jasmin Van T. Additional photos by Garrett Schmid, as indicated.

Every Protest Needs a Dance (2020-08-27). Leap of Peace, Day of Mourning near Golden Gate Bridge. indybay.org Mourning two pandemics, COVID and racism, and calling out police for brutality…but first, the dance of peace.

Zach Conti (2020-08-27). The Fed and Central Banks Seek Cure for COVID-hit Economy. indybay.org On August 27 and 28, the US Federal Reserve and other government central banks meet for their annual retreat.

editors (2020-08-27). "Don't let them take democracy away from you" indybay.org "United we can and will overcome the time of darkness in America," he said. After four years of Trump's presidency, the Biden-Harris team wants to reunite the country, overcome the Corona crisis and boost the economy with millions of new jobs. In addition, the challengers want to provide an answer to "racial injustice" and take decisive action against the climate crisis [1].

sputniknews (2020-08-27). Vladimir Putin Reveals His Daughter Developed COVID Antibodies After Taking Russian Vaccine. sputniknews.com Following the announcement of the world's first COVID-19 vaccine on 11 August, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that one of his daughters had been inoculated with it.

sputniknews (2020-08-27). 'Tremendously Effective': Face Coverings Block 99.9% of COVID-19 Respiratory Droplets – Study. sputniknews.com A new study by researchers at the UK's University of Edinburgh reveals that face coverings can block 99.9% of respiratory droplets, which in turn can significantly reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission.

sputniknews (2020-08-27). Teenage Indian-American Girl Designs Vibrating Cap That Beeps, Alerts to Maintain Social Distance. sputniknews.com New Delhi (Sputnik): The COVID-19 pandemic has taken the world by surprise in the last few months, however people have now come to terms with the difficult life that has become the new normal due to restrictions introduced in the wake of the outbreak.

sputniknews (2020-08-27). Observers: US Sanctions on Russian Institute Working on Sputnik V Caused by Fear to Lose Leadership. sputniknews.com As Moscow announced the beginning of post-registration trials of anti-COVID vaccine Sputnik V on 26 August, the US added a group of Russian research institutes, including the one testing the anti-coronavirus drug, to its sanctions list. International observers have discussed the US move unveiled amid the global effort to curb the pandemic.

sputniknews (2020-08-27). Democrats Wage #TrumpChaos 'War' Campaign via Billboards in DC Amid RNC Convention. sputniknews.com The Democratic National Committee (DNC) launched the Twitter hashtag #TrumpChaos, fueling both offline and online campaigns against US President Donald Trump, attacking the president for how he uses the coronavirus pandemic and condemning him for attempting to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

The Canary (2020-08-27). Test and Trace system fails to reach 80% target for ninth week in a row. thecanary.co Three-quarters of close contacts of people who tested positive for coronavirus (Covid-19) were reached through the NHS Test and Trace system, once again falling short of the government's target, the latest figures show.Some 75.5% of close contacts in England were reached in the week ending 19 August.While this is up from 71.6% in the previous week, it is the ninth week in a row where the government's Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) target of isolating 80% of contacts of coronavirus cases within 48-72 hours has been missed.Ahead of this week's figures being published, health secretary Matt Hancock…

The Canary (2020-08-27). A 'substantial' number of people plan to change lifestyle after pandemic ends. thecanary.co Only one in 10 people plan to return to living exactly as they did before coronavirus (Covid-19) after the pandemic ends, researchers have found. | The ongoing Covid-19 social study by University College London (UCL) found just over half (51%) of people said they were more likely on balance to return to how things were before lockdown. | However, a fifth (22%) of respondents felt they were more likely to change things, which rose to around a quarter for those aged 30-59 (25%) and for those with a diagnosed mental illness (26%). | Launched in the week before lockdown began, the research by UCL is the UK's largest…

The Canary (2020-08-27). Hancock defends isolation payments as council leader calls them a slap in face. thecanary.co Health secretary Matt Hancock has defended the level of compensation payments for people who have to self-isolate, but a council leader in one of the pilot areas has branded them "a slap in the face".The government has confirmed payments of up to £182 for 14 days — £13 per day — will be given to people in areas with high incidences of coronavirus (Covid-19), with a trial beginning in Blackburn with Darwen and Pendle in Lancashire, as well as Oldham in Greater Manchester.As of Tuesday 1 September, people in those areas on either Universal Credit or Working Tax Credit, who are required to self…

yenisafak (2020-08-27). Jordan to hold elections on Nov. 10 amid COVID-19. yenisafak.com Jordan is preparing for general elections scheduled for Nov. 10 in line with the guidelines issued by the country's election board due to coronavirus. | Taking into account the health and safety of the public, the Jordanian Election Board took a series of decisions to prevent the spread of the virus across the country. As part of the restrictions, authorities banned election rallies and gatherings of more than 20 people. | Zahir Amr, former secretary general of Jordan's Al-Hayat Party, said that he supports the board's instructions in principle as they play an important role in preventing violations by candidate…

yenisafak (2020-08-27). India's daily virus cases soar over 75,000. yenisafak.com India reported over 75,000 new coronavirus cases and more than 1,000 fatalities on Thursday.At least 75,760 more people tested positive for COVID-19, the country's highest daily figure to date, taking the total past 3.31 million, according to the Health Ministry's latest data.The nationwide death toll increased by 1,023 in the past day and now stands at 60,472.With 718,711 infections, the western state of Maharashtra remains India's worst-hit region.At least 106 members of the state police force tested positive for COVID-19 over the past 24 hours, the Maharashtra police said.A total of 14,295 police personnel hav…

yenisafak (2020-08-27). Tanzania bans more Kenyan airlines over coronavirus. yenisafak.com Tanzanian aviation authorities on Thursday banned three Kenyan airlines from flying into the country in retaliation for Kenya subjecting passengers from Tanzania to a mandatory 14-day COVID-19 quarantine.Tanzania reported 509 COVID-19 cases and 21 deaths in late April, when authorities stopped publishing the pandemic's tally. President John Magufuli has declared victory over the coronavirus pandemic, ordering social and economic activities to resume.Hamza Johari, head of the Tanzania Civil Aviation Authority, said in a statement that Air Kenya Express, Fly540, and Safari Link Aviation will not be allowed to enter…

yenisafak (2020-08-27). Wearing of face masks to be broadened further in Paris: French PM. yenisafak.com The compulsory wearing of facemasks outdoors in Paris, to curb the spread of the COVID-19 virus, is set to be broadened further, said French Prime Minister Jean Castex on Thursday.Castex said the final details on how this would take effect would follow a consultation with the Paris local government and police force.At the moment, the wearing of face masks outdoors is compulsory in much of Paris but is not obligatory in certain parts, such as public parks or some of the less busy streets of the capital.

Binoy Kampmark (2020-08-27). Free Speech Be Damned: Joshua Krook and the Australian Public Service. counterpunch.org There was very little controversial about it. A featured blog post in the Oxford Political Review, authored in April by Joshua Krook, suggested that COVID-19 had brought a host of benefits for big tech companies. Isolation ushered people towards online platforms. Engagement on such platforms had increased dramatically. Names were not mentioned. Krook's then employer,

pip.hinman (2020-08-27). Bus drivers stop work over COVID-19 safety, privatisation. greenleft.org.au

Global Research News (2020-08-27). Selected Articles: Towards a Second Covid Lockdown? globalresearch.ca If you look to Global Research as a resource for information and understanding, to stay current on world events, or to experience honesty and transparency in your news coverage, please consider making a

sputniknews (2020-08-27). 'Supreme Trolling' Seen in Pick of Books Placed in Background During Boris Johnson's Speech. sputniknews.com A set of politically charged books was immediately spotted just behind the UK prime minister's back as he spoke in a rambling manner about the importance of sending schoolchildren back to their classrooms after a lengthy coronavirus lockdown, and the frustrating public exams fiasco.

Dan Bacher (2020-08-27). State Estimates Delta Tunnel's Cost at $15.9 Billion, but Critics Point to Higher Cost. indybay.org "That Gavin Newsom and California Natural Resources Secretary Wade Crowfoot are working with Trump to push this through during a pandemic, while many of the people that will be impacted can't engage, shows disrespect for Native Americans and other rural and salmon dependent communities," said Regina Chichizola, co-director of Save California Salmon.

sputniknews (2020-08-27). Indian Prime Minister's Home State Top-Ranked in Export Readiness in Gov't Think Tank Report. sputniknews.com New Delhi (Sputnik): India's exports have been badly hit by the ongoing global pandemic with major economies in the world completely shutting down operations. According to Trade Ministry data, overall exports in April-July are estimated to be $141.82 billion, showing a negative growth of minus 21.99 percent over the same period in 2019.

Sasha Abramsky (2020-08-27). Half of the US Population Lacks Adequate Protections Against Evictions. zcomm.org The U.S. risks a 2008-style housing catastrophe on top of the public health and employment catastrophes that have already brought the U.S. to its knees…

Stephen Lendman (2020-08-27). Politicizing Alexey Navalny's Illness. globalresearch.ca Politicized claims that Putin critic Navalny (with scant public support) was poisoned appear greatly exaggerated. | On Tuesday, Moscow's Health Department Bureau of Forensic Medical Examination director Sergey Shigeev explained the following: | "There is a lot of information in the media …

Concerned Citizen (2020-08-27). CHP and Golden Gate Bridge Police Violate Mask Use Ordinance at Protest. indybay.org On August 21, employees of the California Highway Patrol and Golden Gate Bridge were observed to be in violation of the San Francisco ordinance for mask use. They were confronting younger and healthier protesters who took precautions and were all masked up. A registered nurse who was present addressed the issue in a letter to the CHP and GGBP.

Vijay Prashad (2020-08-27). Why Cuban Doctors Deserve the Nobel Peace Prize. counterpunch.org Five years ago, I read the story of Dr. Félix Báez, a Cuban doctor who had worked in West Africa to stop the spread of Ebola. Dr. Báez was one of 165 Cuban doctors of the Henry Reeve International Medical Brigade who went to Sierra Leone to fight a terrible outbreak in 2014 of a disease first detected in 1976. During his time there, Dr. Báez contracted Ebola.

Kenneth Surin (2020-08-26). What the President Continues to Say (About The Plague). counterpunch.org I have retained Trump's linguistic infelicities in this compendium of his remarks on the COVID-19 pandemic. July 1— "I think we're going to be very good with the coronavirus. I think that, at some point, that's going to sort of disappear, I hope." July 2— "Some areas that were very hard-hit are now doing very

WSWS (2020-08-26). India emerges as a global epicenter of COVID-19 pandemic. wsws.org India is the third country to surpass 3 million registered coronavirus cases, and its official death toll, widely considered to be an underestimation, is approaching 60,000.

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2020-08-26). "Collective Narcissism" and the "Dark Triad": Those Who Protest against the "Official" Covid-19 Narrative are Categorized as "Psychopaths". Is It A Witch Hunt? globalresearch.ca A diabolical process is underway which consists in "identifying" all those who are opposed to the governments' management of the coronavirus pandemic. According to ongoing psychological studies, these opponents are categorized as anti-social psychopaths. | The unspoken objective is to shunt …

calvin deutschbein (2020-08-26). COVID can be defeated / Cuba, China, Venezuela and Vietnam lead the way. workers.org As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to rage uncontrollably in the U.S., it must be understood that it doesn't have to be this way. Many countries around the world, especially those building socialism, have been able to effectively combat the pandemic, using the tools of a planned economy and robust national . . . |

WSWS (2020-08-26). New COVID-19 cases skyrocket at University of Alabama and University of North Carolina. wsws.org Since reopening in-person instruction, the University of Alabama has reported 566 new cases of COVID-19 and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 646 new cases.

Judy Greenspan (2020-08-26). Prisoners face wildfires and COVID-19. workers.org Family and supporters of prisoners at Aug. 2 demonstration at San Quentin protest the spread of COVID inside and the refusal by state authorities to release large numbers of prisoners. California is burning as the result of countless dangerous wildfires. People are being forced to evacuate their homes. But one . . . |

Global Research News (2020-08-26). Video: Covid-19 Lies: No Masks, No Lockdowns, No Social Distancing! Mass Mobilization in Ireland. globalresearch.ca Ireland is leading a movement. | The Statistics are manipulated. | More people will die as a result of the closing down of the global economy. | No justification for the schools to be closed down. | No justification to wearing a face mask. …

news.un (2020-08-26). Facing pandemic, economic and political challenges, Iraq Government 'operating in the eyes of multiple storms at once'. news.un.org The COVID-19 pandemic is aggravating deep-rooted economic, social and political challenges in Iraq, but elections in 2021 — if credible – could open a new chapter for the Middle East nation after years of conflict and strife, the UN's top official in the country said Wednesday.

Alan MacLeod (2020-08-26). New survey highlights effectiveness of anti-China COVID rhetoric. mronline.org A new YouGov survey reveals the real effects that Anti-China rhetoric is having on shaping public perception and the reality of COVID-19's impact on the world.

Andre Vltchek (2020-08-26). Madrid: One of the real but "polemic" ways to defeat the COVID-19. dissidentvoice.org What a joy to travel again! COVID-19 is not just a disease; it is also a state of mind, a psychosis, a fear. It is an event that, all over the world, unleashed irrational behavior by the governments, individuals, and media. It triggered speculations, bizarre analyses, and selective 'cut-and-paste science.' Result: while there are, undeniably, …

Michael T. Klare (2020-08-26). Robot Generals: Will They Make Better Decisions than Humans or Worse? globalresearch.ca With Covid-19 incapacitating

news.un (2020-08-26). COVID-19: UN urges ramping up social protection programmes to safeguard those most vulnerable. news.un.org The socio-economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic prompted UN agencies on Wednesday to call on countries to increase social protection programmes to protect those most at risk.

calvin deutschbein (2020-08-26). COVID can be defeated Cuba, China, Venezuela and Vietnam lead the way. workers.org As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to rage uncontrollably in the U.S., it must be understood that it doesn't have to be this way. Many countries around the world, especially those building socialism, have been able to effectively combat the pandemic, using the tools of a planned economy and robust national . . . |

2020-08-26: News Headlines

Kenneth Surin (2020-08-26). What the President Continues to Say (About The Plague). counterpunch.org I have retained Trump's linguistic infelicities in this compendium of his remarks on the COVID-19 pandemic. July 1— "I think we're going to be very good with the coronavirus. I think that, at some point, that's going to sort of disappear, I hope." July 2— "Some areas that were very hard-hit are now doing very

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2020-08-26). "Collective Narcissism" and the "Dark Triad": Those Who Protest against the "Official" Covid-19 Narrative are Categorized as "Psychopaths". Is It A Witch Hunt? globalresearch.ca A diabolical process is underway which consists in "identifying" all those who are opposed to the governments' management of the coronavirus pandemic. According to ongoing psychological studies, these opponents are categorized as anti-social psychopaths. | The unspoken objective is to shunt …

calvin deutschbein (2020-08-26). COVID can be defeated / Cuba, China, Venezuela and Vietnam lead the way. workers.org As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to rage uncontrollably in the U.S., it must be understood that it doesn't have to be this way. Many countries around the world, especially those building socialism, have been able to effectively combat the pandemic, using the tools of a planned economy and robust national . . . |

Michael T. Klare (2020-08-26). Robot Generals: Will They Make Better Decisions than Humans or Worse? globalresearch.ca With Covid-19 incapacitating

Pavan Kulkarni (2020-08-26). Anti-corruption protests, health workers' agitations point to depth of Kenya's COVID-19 crisis. peoplesdispatch.org Very little progress has been made in resolving the issues raised by doctors and nurses in Kenya. Meanwhile, protests have broken out in many cities against alleged misappropriation of funds for COVID-19 equipment…

Global Research News (2020-08-26). Video: Covid-19 Lies: No Masks, No Lockdowns, No Social Distancing! Mass Mobilization in Ireland. globalresearch.ca Ireland is leading a movement. | The Statistics are manipulated. | More people will die as a result of the closing down of the global economy. | No justification for the schools to be closed down. | No justification to wearing a face mask. …

Alan MacLeod (2020-08-26). New survey highlights effectiveness of anti-China COVID rhetoric. mronline.org A new YouGov survey reveals the real effects that Anti-China rhetoric is having on shaping public perception and the reality of COVID-19's impact on the world.

Peter Koenig (2020-08-26). Is the UN Preparing for the "Second Covid Lockdown"? Oppressive Measures Worldwide, Obedience and Acceptance… globalresearch.ca That's the level of fearmongering going on — justifying obliging face masks in public places and shops and closed areas. Also, new emphasis is put on 'social distancing'. People are to be trained and reminded at every corner to stay away from each other.

Dr. Roberto Petrella (2020-08-26). The Dangers of the COVID Operation. Dr. Roberto Petrella. globalresearch.ca What do we know? | We know that the tests do not work but governments pretend that they do. We also know that some vaccines sterilize people. Warp Speed vaccine preparation almost guarantees vaccine injury, plus it is an entirely new …

Peter Koenig (2020-08-26). Is the UN Preparing for the "Second Covid Lockdown"? Oppressive Measures Worldwide, Obedience and Acceptance… globalresearch.ca The Geneva UN Medical Directors (UNMD) group has just issued a CONSENSUS STATEMENT for UN staff in Geneva that is essentially warning UN staff of stricter measures be taken, such as mask wearing in the office when 2-meter distances could …

Binoy Kampmark (2020-08-26). Permitted Unlawfulness: The New Zealand Coronavirus Lockdown. counterpunch.org "Limitation is essential to authority. A government is legitimate only if it is effectively limited." — Lord Acton It is a study both troublesome and perplexing. To what end can a state trample on human rights ostensibly to preserve such objects a public health? The coronavirus lockdowns have become a feature of global politics and

A Guest Author (2020-08-26). Socialist Cuba: a global leader in the fight against COVID-19. workers.org By Rosemari Mealy This is a slightly edited talk given at a Workers World Party webinar on Aug. 20 on "COVID can be defeated: Cuba, China, Venezuela and Vietnam lead the way." Cuban doctors battle COVID-19. I would like to thank Workers World for the opportunity to participate in this . . . |

A Guest Author (2020-08-26). How China won the COVID-19 fight and what this means for the world. workers.org By Lee Siu Hin This Aug. 15, the city of Wuhan in China — the first city to report a COVID-19 outbreak early this year — after 76 days of lockdown to fully contain the virus that had started in early April, kicked off something unimaginable for the rest of . . . |

Staff (2020-08-26). Headlines for August 26, 2020. democracynow.org Two Killed as White Militia Member Fires on Black Lives Matter Protesters in Kenosha, WI, Family of Jacob Blake Demands Arrest of Officers Who Shot Him in the Back, Black Lives Matter Protesters Shot At While Marching in Pennsylvania, Republican National Convention Speakers Continue to Flout Hatch Act Ethics Laws, CDC Quietly Drops Test Recommendation for Asymptomatic People Exposed to COVID-19, Far-Right Militia Leader Ammon Bundy Arrested at Idaho State Capitol, Argentina Posts Record Coronavirus Toll; COVID-19 Resurgent in Europe, Hurricane Laura Could Become Category 4 Storm Ahead of Gulf Coast Landfall, Leba…

Staff (2020-08-26). RNC Night 2: Trump Loyalists & Family Members Ignore COVID Death Toll & Flout Election Laws. democracynow.org At the second night of the Republican National Convention in Charlotte, speakers largely ignored the devastating public health and economic crisis facing the country as the U.S. death toll from the coronavirus nears 180,000 and tens of millions of Americans are out of work and struggling to pay for food and housing. We feature excerpts from the night, which included praise for President Trump's actions in the Middle East and more dire warnings about a Joe Biden presidency, as well as several speeches that appear to violate the Hatch Act, which prohibits federal employees from using their office for partisan polit…

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-26). Global COVID-19 infections top 23.9 million. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 26 (MNA) — According to the latest figures, the COVID-19 has infected more than 23.9 million people across the world.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-26). Iran coronavirus update: 2,243 cases, 119 deaths in 24 hours. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 26 (MNA) — As of Wednesday, the total number of coronavirus cases in Iran has passed 365,000, of whom 21,020 have lost their lives to the deadly virus.

Direct Action Everywhere (2020-08-26). Cancel Animal Ag: Demand a Moratorium. indybay.org Animal abuse is rampant in California. Companies like Smithfield Foods are torturing animals, brewing disease inside filthy factory farms, and spreading COVID-19 among vulnerable slaughterhouse workers.

editors (2020-08-26). "Don't let them take democracy away from you" indybay.org "United we can and will overcome the time of darkness in America," he said. After four years of Trump's presidency, the Biden-Harris team wants to reunite the country, overcome the Corona crisis and boost the economy with millions of new jobs. In addition, the challengers want to provide an answer to "racial injustice" and take decisive action against the climate crisis [1].

_____ (2020-08-26). Teachers Organize As COVID-19 Outbreaks At Schools Concealed. popularresistance.org Using the fraudulent pretext of "protecting medical privacy," a growing number of states and school districts across the United States are deliberately concealing information from the public on COVID-19 outbreaks in schools that have reopened. These include the states of Maine, Virginia and Oklahoma, as well as Camden County, Georgia, and Orange County, Florida. In Tennessee, Louisiana, and many other states, the decision is left to each individual county, and an unknown number of county officials are concealing outbreaks in schools from the public.

_____ (2020-08-26). Houseless Resist Second Eviction Effort In Philadelphia. popularresistance.org An encampment of over 100 houseless people sits on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway here, steps away from the iconic art museum of "Rocky" movie fame and under the noses of the Philadelphia bourgeoisie. JTD camp is a self-declared autonomous and cop-free zone providing a safe environment at a time when the COVID pandemic is ravaging the city. A large "Black Lives Matter" banner hangs at the entrance. | The James Talib Dean camp, named to honor an organizer who died shortly after it was established in June, is the latest in a series of camps set up by local activist groups.

_____ (2020-08-26). Organizing Call: After The DNC And RNC — We Can't Breathe! popularresistance.org The Democratic and Republican Conventions are not confronting the crises of our times – the economic collapse, COVID pandemic, lack of access to healthcare, inequality, racism, the cost of education, and never-ending wars and more. | No matter which corporate-funded party wins the election, the people must rule from below. | The national uprising against police violence and the hundreds of wildcat strikes and rent strikes are a few examples among many that show once again that the only way to challenge this racist, militarized system is with the explosive power of people making demands and shutting the system dow…

sputniknews (2020-08-26). Russia Ready to Start COVID-19 Vaccine Supplies to Brazil in November, RDIF CEO Says. sputniknews.com BUENOS AIRES (Sputnik) – Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) CEO Kirill Dmitriev said on Wednesday that Russia is ready to start deliveries of the newly registered COVID-19 vaccine to Brazil in November.

sputniknews (2020-08-26). Boris Johnson Spotted with Celebrity Personal Trainer in Post-Covid Recovery Run. sputniknews.com Boris Johnson's turbulent time with coronavirus has seen him take up a new fitness regime, aiming to shed the weight which the Prime Minister claimed was the reason for his drastic reaction to the illness.

sputniknews (2020-08-26). Russian COVID Vaccine for Kazakhstan to Be Produced by Partner of Russia's Sovereign Fund. sputniknews.com MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) said on Wednesday that the production of Russia's coronavirus vaccine, dubbed Sputnik V, for Kazakhstan would be carried out by one of its international partners.

sputniknews (2020-08-26). Debate on Entrance Exam Rages in India Amid Complaints Over Unfair Competition, Virus Restrictions. sputniknews.com New Delhi (Sputnik): More than a million medical and engineering students in India are spending days in high anxiety and stress after the government decided to go ahead with entrance exams on 13 September. #PostponeJEE_NEETinCOVID has been trending on Twitter and students are calling for the prime minister to intervene.

Thomas Klikauer — Nadine Campbell (2020-08-26). COVID-19 Changed Work in Germany. counterpunch.org Germany is generally known as a high-tech country producing machinery and cars. But a few decades ago, Germany passed the 50% mark, entering the service industry. The 50% mark indicated that more than half of Germany's wealth now comes from the service industry and no longer from making machines like Porsches and Volkswagens. By 2020,

Michael T. Klare (2020-08-26). Robot Generals Will They Make Better Decisions Than Humans…Or Worse? counterpunch.org With Covid-19 incapacitating startling numbers of U.S. service members and modern weapons proving increasingly lethal, the American military is relyingever more frequently on intelligent robots to conduct hazardous combat operations. Such devices, known in the military as "autonomous weapons systems," include robotic sentries, battlefield-surveillance drones, and autonomous submarines. So far, in other words, robotic devices

Adam Ramsay (2020-08-26). Deloitte Accountancy Firm Gets Another Huge COVID Contract — For 'Crazy' Plan to Test Millions Each Day. globalresearch.ca The British government had plans to test everyone in the country for coronavirus every week by October — and it's handed most of the work to the global accountancy firm Deloitte, openDemocracy can reveal. Labour MP Clive Lewis has dubbed …

Sachin J. Shah, Peter N. Barish, Priya A. Prasad, Amy Kistler, Norma Neff, Jack Kamm, Lucy M. Li, Charles Y. Chiu, Jennifer M. Babik, Margaret C. Fang, Kirsten Neudoerffer Kangelaris, Charles Langelier, Yumiko Abe-Jones, Narges Alipanah, Francisco N. Alvarez, Olga Borisovna Botvinnik, Gloria Castaneda, The CZB CLIAhub Consortium, Rand M. Dadasovich, Jennifer Davis, Xianding Deng, Joseph L. DeRisi, Angela M. Detweiler, Scot Federman, John Haliburton, Samantha Hao, Andrew D. Kerkhoff, G.Renuka Kumar, Katherine B. Malcolm, Sabrina A. Mann, Sandra Martinez, Rupa K. Mary, Eran Mick, Lusajo Mwakibete, Nader Najafi, Michael J. Peluso, Maira Phelps, Angela Oliveira Pisco, Kalani Ratnasiri, Luis A. Rubio, Anna Sellas, Kyla D. Sherwood, Jonathan Sheu, Natasha Spottiswoode, Michelle Tan, Guixia Yu (2020-08-26). Clinical features, diagnostics, and outcomes of patients presenting with acute respiratory illness: A retrospective cohort study of patients with and without COVID-19. thelancet.com While we found differences in clinical features of COVID-19 compared to other acute respiratory illnesses, there was significant overlap in presentation and comorbidities. Patients with COVID-19 were more likely to be admitted to the hospital, have longer hospitalizations and develop ARDS, and were unlikely to have co-existent viral infections.

_____ (2020-08-26). Syria Faces Calamity as Trump's New Sanctions Combine With Surging Coronavirus. strategic-culture.org The number of Syrians who are food insecure has risen in the last six months by 1.4 million to 9.3 million, more than half the population, according to the WFP. The Caesar Act and coronavirus do not appear to be weakening Assad, Russia and Iran, but there is every sign they are together plunging ordinary Syrians into a deep and lethal quagmire.

yenisafak (2020-08-26). Cambridge university aims for autumn trials of coronavirus vaccine after UK funding. yenisafak.com The University of Cambridge is aiming to start clinical trials of its possible coronavirus vaccine in the autumn after it received 1.9 million pounds ($2.5 million) in funding from the British government, the university said on Wednesday.The scientists behind the vaccine said their approach, which uses genetic sequences of all known coronaviruses to hone the immune response, could help avoid the adverse effects of a hyper-inflammatory immune response."We're looking for chinks in its armour, crucial pieces of the virus that we can use to construct the vaccine to direct the immune response in the right direction,"

yenisafak (2020-08-26). Coronavirus outbreak kills 1, sickens 8 in Gaza. yenisafak.com Health authorities in the blockaded Gaza Strip on Wednesday registered one death and eight cases from the coronavirus pandemic.The Palestinian Health Ministry in Gaza said a 61-year-old Palestinian died from the virus, while eight people were infected, bringing the total number of cases in the enclave since Monday to 15.On Monday, authorities in the enclave imposed a two-day lockdown as part of measures to stem the virus' spread.Previous infections were reported from inside quarantine centers for arrivals to Gaza.*Writing by Mahmoud Barakat…

Eds. (2020-08-26). Revolutionary Black resistance has a long tradition. mronline.org As the country faces crisis after crisis—an economic one, on top of a war against Black America all against the backdrop of a global pandemic—a small minority of the rich elite continues to profit off this misery, generating over $308 billion since the start of March.

Rick Baum (2020-08-26). Sanders' Inadequate Pandemic Wealth Tax Proposal. counterpunch.org Humanity is obviously in the middle of a grave crisis that "socialist" Bernie Sanders understands. In a column recently published in the Guardian with the title "The Pandemic is helping the rich get even richer. It's time to tax their obscene wealth," he characterizes the current conditions as, "an extraordinary moment in American history: a

Juan Cole (2020-08-26). As Party of Climate Denial Meets, Wildfires Rage and Hurricanes Target Gulf Coast. zcomm.org The Republican Party cannot solve the climate emergency just as it cannot solve the pandemic. It is about making money for its billionaire clientele, not about delivering better lives to working Americans.

_____ (2020-08-26). Exxon Booted From Dow As Oil And Gas Falls. popularresistance.org Spending 92 years doing anything is an accomplishment, so let's cheers to Exxon Mobil Corp., which spent more than nine decades as a member of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, pillaging the planet, lying about climate change, and making rich people even richer. | Now, those days have come to an end. One of the biggest oil companies on Earth has hemorrhaged money this year, and now it's been booted from the Dow Jones because it just isn't the superpower it once was. I almost feel bad for Big Oil these days. Almost. | The news of Exxon's removal from the Dow Jones comes amid a pandemic that has absolutely crushed…

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-26). Muharram mourning ceremonies in Tabriz. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 26 (MNA) — Mourning ceremonies in the sixth night of Muharram were held in Tabriz with health protocols in place.

imperial.ac.uk (2020-08-26). Syrian conflict the focus of redesigned global health degree. imperial.ac.uk Collaborations with on-the-ground expertise helped refocus Imperial's Global Health BSc on one of the world's worst health crises of recent times…

imperial.ac.uk (2020-08-26). Syrian conflict the focus of redesigned global health degree. imperial.ac.uk Imperial's Global Health BSc focuses on one of the world's worst health crises of recent times, through collaborations with on the ground expertise…

imperial.ac.uk (2020-08-26). Hip fracture risk linked to nanoscale bone inflexibility. imperial.ac.uk New research has highlighted a preventative treatment gap in patients prone to bone fractures who are otherwise healthy.

sputniknews (2020-08-26). Kim Jong-un Appears in Public, Deflating Media Claims of His 'Comatose' State. sputniknews.com Tabloids, US government-funded media, and a throng of unnamed sources and ex-officials have been speculating about Kim Jong-un's health for months, with the North Korean leader reported missing and presumed dead or gravely ill at least four times in 2020. The rumours vanish each time Kim makes a public appearance, only to surface again soon after.

The Canary (2020-08-26). Devastating flooding in Afghanistan kills at least 100 people. thecanary.co Heavy flooding has killed at least 100 people as heavy rain drenched northern and eastern Afghanistan.Annual heavy rain, compounded by mudslides, often threatens remote areas of Afghanistan. Summer often brings heavy rainfall in northern and eastern parts of the country, leading to floods that leave hundreds dead every year.State minister for disaster management Ghulam Bahawudin Jilani said that in northern Parwan province, water inundated the central city of Charikar, where the health ministry said the local hospital was partially destroyed and many of the injured were being transferred to the capital, Kabul.An…

yenisafak (2020-08-26). Displaced Yemenis suffer as aid shortfall closes clinics. yenisafak.com "Enough is enough now, we can't go on," said administrative worker Mansour, who financially supports his and his deceased brother's family. His salary, while he was still paid, was around $180 a month.Across Yemen health, sanitation and nutrition services that keep millions from starvation and disease are gradually closing amid an acute funding shortage for the world's largest humanitarian crisis.The United Nations said last week 12 of its 38 major programmes have shut or scaled down, and between August and September 20 programmes face further reductions or closure.In the Mahraba displacement camp in Hajjah provi…

Caitlin Johnstone (2020-08-26). Reminder: The US Empire Tortures Journalists And Whistleblowers. thealtworld.com "He was wearing a yellow armband to indicate his level of prisoner status, and you could see how thin his arms were," Moris "Moris said her partner is still suffering from a frozen shoulder, and had recently sprained his ankle," PA reports. | "He is in a lot of pain," Moris added. | This additional physical pain is just one more piece of information on top of the mountain of evidence we already had that the United States and United Kingdom are t…

The Canary (2020-08-26). Williamson continues to flounder after yet another government U-turn. thecanary.co The education secretary has insisted that the government is following the "best scientific and medical advice" after announcing a U-turn on guidance in England for face coverings in schools.Gavin Williamson said an "extra precautionary measure" had been put in place with the updated guidance — issued on Tuesday evening — which says face coverings should be worn in communal areas of schools in local lockdown areas. | It followed pressure from teaching unions, which urged clarity before pupils return to school next week, and an announcement from Scotland that all secondary pupils there will be required to…

_____ (2020-08-26). Doctors Decry 'Less Lethal' Police Munitions. popularresistance.org A group of doctors from the Dell Seton Medical Center at The University of Texas, Austin penned a letter published in the New England Journal of Medicine to warn of the dangers of police's less-lethal munitions used to subdue Black Lives Matter protesters after treating several patients with severe injuries. | The Associated Press (AP) reports that 12 doctors from Dell Seton said Austin police used bean bag rounds in place of actual bullets to control the protests, but the bean bags still resulted in injuries like bleeding in the brain and a skull fracture.

jamanetwork (2020-08-25). Experts Discuss COVID-19—Remdesivir, Vaccines, and More. jamanetwork.com This JAMA Live Highlights feature provides comments about the coronavirus 2019 pandemic from experts in clinical medicine, public health, and health policy expressed during livestream interviews with JAMA Network Editor in Chief Howard Bauchner, MD.

David Schultz (2020-08-25). COVID-19 and the Nakedness of the Corporate University. counterpunch.org The coronavirus pandemic has both changed everything and accelerated trends that were already occurring across the world in business, politics, and how people shop and interact. The same is true with American higher education. As colleges and universities across America are restarting, Covid-19 has laid bare the nakedness of the corporate university, revealing how education and learning have long been displaced as the primary purpose of colleges and universities.

Wiersinga W, Rhodes A, Cheng AC, et al. (2020-08-25). Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)—Epidemiology, Diagnosis, and Treatment. jamanetwork.com This narrative review discusses what is currently known about the pathophysiology, epidemiology, diagnosis, management, prognosis, and prevention of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

2020-08-25: News Headlines

jamanetwork (2020-08-25). Experts Discuss COVID-19—Remdesivir, Vaccines, and More. jamanetwork.com This JAMA Live Highlights feature provides comments about the coronavirus 2019 pandemic from experts in clinical medicine, public health, and health policy expressed during livestream interviews with JAMA Network Editor in Chief Howard Bauchner, MD.

David Schultz (2020-08-25). COVID-19 and the Nakedness of the Corporate University. counterpunch.org The coronavirus pandemic has both changed everything and accelerated trends that were already occurring across the world in business, politics, and how people shop and interact. The same is true with American higher education. As colleges and universities across America are restarting, Covid-19 has laid bare the nakedness of the corporate university, revealing how education and learning have long been displaced as the primary purpose of colleges and universities.

Donohue JM, Hernandez I, Hershey T. (2020-08-25). Drug Shortages and Group Purchasing Organizations—Reply. jamanetwork.com In Reply We agree with Ms Calleja that GPOs play an important role in the supply of health care products, including pharmaceuticals. The need for a high-functioning supply chain for health care products has never been more salient than now, during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.

Wiersinga W, Rhodes A, Cheng AC, et al. (2020-08-25). Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)—Epidemiology, Diagnosis, and Treatment. jamanetwork.com This narrative review discusses what is currently known about the pathophysiology, epidemiology, diagnosis, management, prognosis, and prevention of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Mello MM, Greene JA, Sharfstein JM. (2020-08-25). Attacks on Public Health Officials During COVID-19. jamanetwork.com This Viewpoint discusses ongoing harassment and threats against US public health officials who propose or take steps to protect communities from coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and it proposes possible responses, including a call to elected leaders to implement protection of the officials from illegal harassment, assault, and violence.

news.un (2020-08-25). COVID-19 reinfection seems not to be a 'regular event', says UN health agency. news.un.org There is likely only a slim possibility of people being reinfected with COVID-19, the UN health agency said on Tuesday, following reports in Hong Kong that a man had contracted new coronavirus for a second time after an interval of more than four months.

Peoples Dispatch (2020-08-25). Paraguayan students and peasants demand greater budget for public education. peoplesdispatch.org In the light of the economic crisis faced by a large number of families due to the COVID-19 pandemic, high school and university students as well as peasants of Paraguay are demanding a greater budget for the public education sector. They are also demanding that the national government pass the bill that prohibits charging tuition fees in public universities and implement it on the national level and on a permanent basis. | On August 24, students and peasants' organizations such as the National Federation of Secondary Students (FENAES), the Coordinator of University Students of the National University of Asuncion…

Surajit Das (2020-08-25). Governments need to boost economies with large fiscal stimulus. peoplesdispatch.org The world economy is currently facing an acute shortage in demand due to the lockdown imposed to contain the spread of COVID-19. Most of the economies are projected to register a negative growth rate and unemployment rates are set to skyrocket. This would further reduce the aggregate demand, pushing economies into a vicious trap of decline in demand leading to lower profits and investment, which in turn would further curtail growth and aggravate unemployment. Rising unemployment and falling wages would further depress the levels of demand in the economy. To get out of this vicious cycle, economies require a big p…

Robert J. Burrowes (2020-08-25). Halting our descent into tyranny: Defeating the global elite's Covid-19 coup. nationofchange.org You can submit to tyranny or you can resist it.

calvin deutschbein (2020-08-25). Opening No. Carolina universities threatens COVID-19 explosion. workers.org Chapel Hill, N.C. Aug. 22 — The UNC System of state colleges and universities is the largest employer in the only state in the South where Walmart isn't. It operates six designated minority-serving institutions (MSIs) — five Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and UNC Pembroke, which serves the Indigenous . . . |

Helen Yaffe (2020-08-25). With COVID-19 Under Control, Cuba Launches New Economic Battle. counterpunch.org The exemplary domestic and international response of socialist Cuba to the global SARS-CoV2 pandemic has been recognised worldwide. By late July, authorities had the virus under control; 87 people had died, none of them children or healthcare workers, and Cuba was entering phase three of post-Covid-19 recovery. While Cuba's public health response protected the population,

news.un (2020-08-25). First Person: tourism in Hawaii grounded during pandemic. news.un.org Tourism is Hawaii's biggest industry, with some 10 million visitors to the lslands ever year. But that has all changed since the COVID-19 pandemic, and many businesses on the archipelago have been forced to shut down for good, according to a helicopter pilot who flies pleasure trips for tourists.

Charles Kwuelum (2020-08-25). How the U.S. Can Support Developing Countries Fighting COVID… for Almost Nothing. counterpunch.org As the world seeks to mitigate economic fallout from the COVID-19 global pandemic and its unprecedented disruptions, the United States has, to date, prioritized its domestic challenges, largely abandoning its traditional role as a provider of humanitarian assistance during times of international crisis. On July 31, the House of Representatives took an important step toward

Vijay Prashad (2020-08-25). Why Cuban doctors deserve the Nobel Peace Prize. mronline.org U.S. allies in Latin America, such as Brazil, Bolivia, and Ecuador, expelled the Cuban medical missions. This would become a catastrophic decision for these countries as the COVID-19 pandemic developed across Latin America.

John Kendall Hawkins (2020-08-25). DARPA, Operation Warp Speed, and the Covid-19 Ka-ching Ahead. counterpunch.org If/When Eli Lilly and AstraZeneca put out a viable Covid-19 solution in October, it won't come as a surprise to DARPA. The Department of Defense agency that 'gifted' the original Internet (ARPANET) to the world back in the 70s, set up the Pandemic Prevention Program (P3) shortly after Donald J. Trump's presidential inauguration in January

Paul Antonopoulos (2020-08-25). Newly Strengthened Albanian Political Power in North Macedonia Will Not Lead to a Greater Albania. globalresearch.ca North Macedonia conducted elections on July 15 that were originally scheduled for April 12 but were postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. On August 18, the Social Democratic Union of Macedonia (SDSM) and the Democratic Union for Integration (DUI) reached …

Detsky AS, Bogoch II. (2020-08-25). The Canadian Response To COVID-19. jamanetwork.com This Viewpoint summarizes federal, provincial, and regional responses to the COVID-19 pandemic in Canada and explores reasons for differences in pandemic outcomes in Canada and the US.

Wiersinga W, Prescott HC. (2020-08-25). Patient Information: COVID-19. jamanetwork.com This JAMA Patient Page provides an overview of COVID-19 transmission, symptoms, diagnosis, disease course, and treatment.

Prescott HC, Girard TD. (2020-08-25). Using Lessons From Sepsis for Recovery From COVID-19. jamanetwork.com This Viewpoint discusses the possibility that survivors of severe COVID-19 will experience persistent symptoms similar to those of post-sepsis syndrome and reviews best practices for promoting recovery from intensive care illness, including referral to physical and occupational therapy, medication optimization, and structured exercise.

Staff (2020-08-25). Headlines for August 25, 2020. democracynow.org Trump Claims Dems Trying to Steal Election, Biden Will "Destroy" Country, as RNC Kicks Off, WI Calls in National Guard as Protests Intensify over Police Shooting of Unarmed Black Man, FDA Head Says Plasma Treatment Results Were Overstated as Schools Grapple with Reopening, Hong Kong COVID-19 Patient Becomes Reinfected; Reports of Brutal Repression in Xinjiang Pandemic Response, Gaza Goes into Lockdown After New COVID-19 Cases; Libyan Doctors Warn System Can't Cope with Pandemic, Death Toll in Climate-Fueled California Wildfires Climbs to 7 as 600+ Blazes Burn Across the State, Postmaster General Louis DeJoy Fails…

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-25). Iran COVID-19 update: 125 deaths, 2,213 cases in 24 hours. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 25 (MNA) — The Iranian Health Ministry has confirmed 2,213 COVID-19 infections and 125 deaths due to the disease in the past 24 hours.

_____ (2020-08-25). NAARPR Calls For Justice For Jacob Blake. popularresistance.org Once again the hour of tragedy strikes for another Black family, in another Black community caught in the grip of the pandemic crises of COVID-19 and racism. | First of all, we want to express our solidarity with the traumatized family of Jacob Blake, and the protestors in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Sometime after 5pm on Aug. 23, 2020 Jacob was returning to his car, unarmed, after attempting to break up a fight between two women. The police arriving, guns drawn, were pleaded with by bystanders not to shoot, yet they shot Blake 7 times as he was opening his car door.

RT (2020-08-25). Fauci argues against potential emergency approval for Covid-19 vaccine, says it'll put other vaccines at disadvantage. rt.com Anthony Fauci, a top federal health expert, has warned that rolling out a coronavirus vaccine under an emergency approval could make testing for other immunizations "impossible," arguing it might rob the trials of participants. | Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told Reuters in an interview on Monday that a vaccine should not be given an emergency use authorization (EUA) "before you have a signal of efficacy," saying it could jeopardize the other various vaccines under testing. | "One of the potential dangers if you prematurely let a vaccine out is that it would…

RT (2020-08-25). Washington Post does about-face on Covid-19 plasma treatment the moment Trump comes out in favor. rt.com Media coverage of a promising Covid-19 treatment has flipped from supportive to negative, a US health official has revealed, suggesting the president's praise of the treatment might relate to it falling out of favor. | The Washington Post's outlook on using blood plasma from recovered Covid-19 patients to treat the sick has flipped from optimistic to skeptical following a Sunday announcement from US President Donald Trump that the treatment has received emergency approval by the Food and Drug Administration. The switch in coverage was noted by the spokesman for the Department of Health and Human Services on Mo…

sputniknews (2020-08-25). COVID-19 Infects Host Cells Differently Than Other Viruses, Researchers Say. sputniknews.com Researchers at Johns Hopkins University are studying the unusual and complex method the COVID-19 novel coronavirus uses to replicate itself and are trying to identify whether the process could potentially be exploited to prevent the virus from reproducing.

sputniknews (2020-08-25). India, China, Pakistan Set to Participate in Wargames in Russia Next Month. sputniknews.com New Delhi (Sputnik): Russia is set to host at least 18 countries, including member-states of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) for the bilateral and multilateral military exercises that were delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The participating nations will have to follow COVID-19 protocols during their stay.

Staff (2020-08-25). Nursing Homes Will Receive Fast, Cheap COVID Tests — With a Catch. truthout.org The Trump administration's latest effort to use COVID-19 rapid tests — touted by one senior official as a "turning point" in arresting the coronavirus's spread within nursing homes — is running into roadblocks likely to limit how widely they'll be used. | Federal officials are distributing point-of-care antigen tests — which are cheaper and faster than tests that must be run by a lab — to 14,000 nursing homes to increase routine screening of residents and staff. The initial distribu…

Fight Back (2020-08-25). National Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression calls for justice for Jacob Blake in Kenosha, WI. fightbacknews.org Fight Back News Service is circulating the following August 25 statement from the National Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression. | Once again, the hour of tragedy strikes for another Black family, in another Black community caught in the grip of the pandemic crises of COVID-19 and racism. | First of all, we want to express our solidarity with the traumatized family of Jacob Blake, and the protesters in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Sometime after 5 p.m. on August 23, 2020 Jacob was returning to his car, unarmed, after attempting to break up a fight between two women. The police arriving, guns drawn, were pleade…

yenisafak (2020-08-25). Virus claims 77 more lives in Iraq, 31 in Saudi Arabia. yenisafak.com Health authorities in Iraq, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait confirmed more fatalities and infections related to the novel coronavirus on Tuesday.The Iraqi Health Ministry said 77 people died from COVID-19 over the past 24 hours, pushing the nationwide death toll to 6,596.The virus has also sickened 3,962 more people, bringing the total cases to 211,947, including 153,761 recoveries.In Saudi Arabia, the Health Ministry recorded 31 more deaths and 1,114 new cases over the past day.The kingdom's count now stands at 3,722 deaths and 309,768 infections as well as 283,932 recoveries.Meanwhile, the Kuwaiti Health Ministry regis…

yenisafak (2020-08-25). In California heatwave, pandemic makes it hard to cool off. yenisafak.com Before the COVID-19 pandemic shut down air-conditioned shopping malls and movie theaters, Debera Diaz and her adult son Joshua could have ducked inside to escape the 109 degree Fahrenheit heat that roasted their town near Sacramento last week.So the pair, who have been living in Debera's Honda Civic since her divorce and eviction a few months ago, were grateful to find a cooling center in city hall, complete with masks and a showing of the Meryl Streep movie "The Devil Wears Prada.""You can't even go to the library," said Diaz, 58. "It was really bad."The coronavirus pandemic presents vexing challenges for offici…

yenisafak (2020-08-25). Turkey reports 1,500-plus coronavirus cases in a day. yenisafak.com Turkey on Tuesday confirmed 1,502 new cases of the novel coronavirus, while the number of tests conducted exceeded 6.5 million.On Twitter, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said 887 patients recovered from COVID-19 over the past day, pushing the total count of recoveries to 238,795.Meanwhile, the death toll in the country reached 6,163, as 24 more people lost their lives.Health care professionals run 98,231 more tests to diagnose the disease over the last 24 hours, pushing the tally beyond 6.5 million.Since it originated in China last December, the coronavirus has claimed around 814,500 lives in 188 countries and re…

Robin Park, Anusha Chidharla, Kathan Mehta, Weijing Sun, Elizabeth Wulff-Burchfield, Anup Kasi (2020-08-25). Sex-bias in COVID-19-associated illness severity and mortality in cancer patients: A systematic review and meta-analysis. thelancet.com Male sex was associated with a higher risk of severe illness and death attributable to COVID-19. This finding has implications in informing the clinical prognosis and decision making in the care of cancer patients.

Global Research News (2020-08-25). Selected Articles: COVID-19: Trigger for a New World Order. Economic Stagnation and Social Destruction. globalresearch.ca We hope that by publishing diverse view points, submitted by journalists and experts dotted all over the world, the website can serve as a reminder that no matter what narrative we are presented with, things are rarely as cut and …

Jeffrey A. Tucker (2020-08-25). The Covid Crisis: Governments Are Faking It, and Copying Each Other. globalresearch.ca A mystery for months is how it is that so many governments in so many different places on earth could have adopted the same or very similar preposterous policies, no matter the threat level of the virus, and without firm …

By the Company They Keep (2020-08-25). Republican Party O.K. with COVID19 Deaths & Economy. indybay.org Some 57% of Republicans believe 180,000 American deaths from COVID19 is acceptable and 75% of Republicans believe the USA is better than 4 years ago. This a death cult. See www.cbsnews.com/news/republicans-economy-coronavirus-opinion-poll-cbs-news-battleground-tracker/

_____ (2020-08-25). White Flight or Fight? Either Way, the American Dream Is Turning Into a Nightmare. strategic-culture.org Amid rampant violence, urban decay and racial strife across much of the ultra-Liberal heartland, more and more Whites are migrating to the suburbs and rural areas. However, as disaffection for the pale-face tribe continues to climb, this demographic is facing some unexpected hurdles along the road. | For even the most progressive liberal, the daunting problems plaguing America's inner cities — homelessness, homicide, racial tensions and of course Covid lockdowns — is becoming too much to bear. Now, an increasing number of Americans are pulling up stakes out of Dodge for some semblance of peace and sec…

Staff (2020-08-25). Trump's Botched Response to COVID Draws High Praise at Virtual RNC. truthout.org Much of the commentary emanating from speakers on night one of the Republican National Convention (RNC) either ignored the coronavirus pandemic completely or exaggerated President Donald Trump's handling of it, several observers noted. | "The message coming from the RNC last night was basically, 'Forget everything that you're seeing right now, remember the good times,'"

Pereira NL, Farkouh ME, So D, et al. (2020-08-25). Effect of Genotype-Guided Oral P2Y12 Inhibitor Selection vs Clopidogrel on Ischemic Outcomes After PCI. jamanetwork.com This open-label randomized trial compares the effect of a genotype-guided oral P2Y12 inhibitor selection strategy vs conventional clopidogrel prescribing on 12-month ischemic outcomes after percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) in CYP2C19*2/CYP2C19*3 loss-of-function allele carriers with acute coronary syndromes and stable cardiovascular disease.

Patrick Cockburn (2020-08-25). Syria's Face Calamity as Trump's New Sanctions Combine With Surging Coronavirus. counterpunch.org "If I don't buy masks or medicine, I may die or survive, but if I don't buy bread for the family, we will all die of starvation," says a retired 68-year-old teacher in Damascus, explaining why he does not have masks, sterilisers or medicines. "We need two bundles of loaves every day which costs us at least 600 Syrian pounds (24 US cents), but if we buy masks, they will cost us about 1000 SP (40 cents). The choice is between bread and masks."

Patrick Cockburn (2020-08-25). Syria Faces Calamity as Trump's New Sanctions Combine With Surging Coronavirus. counterpunch.org "If I don't buy masks or medicine, I may die or survive, but if I don't buy bread for the family, we will all die of starvation," says a retired 68-year-old teacher in Damascus, explaining why he does not have masks, sterilisers or medicines. "We need two bundles of loaves every day which costs us at least 600 Syrian pounds (24 US cents), but if we buy masks, they will cost us about 1000 SP (40 cents). The choice is between bread and masks."

Mark Gruenberg (2020-08-25). GOP convention speeches: Lies, damned lies and (no) statistics. peoplesworld.org CHARLOTTE, N.C.—Mark Twain once said, "There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics." Well, speakers at the Republican National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., engaged in something worse: Lies, damned lies and no statistics—especially about the coronavirus pandemic. As of 8: 30 a.m. on August 25, 5.742 million people in the U.S. have tested …

Staff (2020-08-25). "A Human Tragedy": Wildfires Reveal California's Reliance on Incarcerated Firefighters. democracynow.org As climate-fueled wildfires engulf California, tens of thousands of firefighters have been deployed across the state to combat the blazes amid a record heat wave and deadly pandemic. We look at how more than 1,300 incarcerated firefighters — who are annually deployed to the frontlines in California for just $1 an hour — are fighting back the blazes as coronavirus outbreaks in state prisons limit how many are available to fight the fires, and lay bare the state's reliance on prison labor to control its ever-growing wildfire season with an exploitative system many have called slave labor. "What they're…

Staff (2020-08-25). RNC Opens with Baseless Trump Claims of Rigged Election & Warnings About Socialism and Unions. democracynow.org The Republican National Convention opened in Charlotte, North Carolina, with dire warnings that a Joe Biden presidency could destroy the country. We feature excerpts from President Trump's surprise speech after he was formally nominated for a second term, claiming without evidence that Democrats are planning to steal the election, and other speakers throughout the evening who repeatedly praised Trump's handling of the pandemic even as the U.S. coronavirus death toll passes 177,000.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-25). 5th night of Muharram mourning in Zanjan. en.mehrnews.com ZANJAN, Aug. 25 (MNA) — The mourning ceremonies on the fifth night of Muharram in Zanjan Province, west of Iran, were held preserving the anti-coronavirus health and social-distancing protocols.

Olga Fajardo (2020-08-25). Schools Is In and Education is Back in Tampa Bay. indybay.org Despite all the adversity and all the state ordinances to handle these imposed health protocols, placed to create a safe environment during the Coronavirus pandemic.

RT (2020-08-25). 'Hear me roar!' Trump Jr's girlfriend Kimberly Guilfoyle steals show at RNC with high-volume speech (VIDEO). rt.com Former Fox News host Kimberly Guilfoyle made a loud impression on viewers of the Republican convention, delivering a high-decibel speech in support of President Donald Trump which was deemed ear-splitting by critics online. | Guilfoyle, former host of Fox's 'The Five' and the girlfriend of Donald Trump Jr, took the stage on the first night of the Republican National Convention on Monday, where she addressed a virtual audience due to coronavirus concerns. | "Don't let the Democrats take you for granted. Don't let them step on you," she boomed to an empty hall, closing the speech with a promise for a second Trum…

The Canary (2020-08-25). Johnson dismisses rumours he will quit due to ill health as absolute nonsense. thecanary.co Boris Johnson has dismissed as "absolute nonsense" a suggestion that he will quit early next year.Speculation about the prime minister's future was fuelled after the father-in-law of his senior aide Dominic Cummings reportedly said Johnson was struggling with his health and would leave Number 10 in six months' time.But during a visit to Devon, Johnson, who spent time in intensive care with coronavirus in April, said he was feeling "far better", partly due to losing weight.Prime minister Boris Johnson during his visit to Appledore Shipyard in Devon (Ben Birchall/PA)Johnson was forced to address questions about his…

Staff (2020-08-25). California's Dependence on Incarcerated Labor Exposed as Wildfires Rage. truthout.org As climate-fueled wildfires engulf California, tens of thousands of firefighters have been deployed across the state to combat the blazes amid a record heat wave and deadly pandemic. We look at how more than 1,300 incarcerated firefighters — who are annually deployed to the frontlines in California for just $1 an hour — are fighting back the blazes as coronavirus outbreaks in state prisons limit how many are available to fight the fires, and lay bare the state's reliance on prison labor to…

yenisafak (2020-08-25). What you need to know about the coronavirus right now. yenisafak.com Here's what you need to know about the coronavirus right now: Patients reinfectedTwo European patients were confirmed to have been re-infected with the coronavirus, according to regional public broadcasters, raising concerns about immunity.The news follows a report this week by researchers in Hong Kong about a man there who had been re-infected four and a half months after recovering.Broadcasters said on Tuesday a patient in the Netherlands and another in Belgium had also been re-infected with the virus.Dutch broadcaster NOS cited virologist Marion Koopmans as saying the patient in the Netherlands was an older per…

news.un (2020-08-25). Devastated by pandemic, tourism sector must be rebuilt in a safe, equitable and climate friendly way — UN chief. news.un.org Tourism is much more than visiting cultural landmarks or swimming in tropical beaches; it is "one of the world's most important economic sectors", the UN chief said on Tuesday.

2020-08-24: News Headlines

Peoples Dispatch (2020-08-24). Cuba's vaccine candidate "Sovereign" is all set to enter clinical trials. mronline.org Cuba's vaccine candidate is the first from the Latin America and the Caribbean region and marks a continuation of its pioneering work in combating COVID-19 across the world.

Chris Gilbert (2020-08-24). The Spanish State's "Nationalization" of Clinics Resembles Privatization. counterpunch.org We hear it throughout the English-language press, both mainstream and progressive: "The Covid-19 crisis led Spain to nationalize its private clinics!" It would be great if it were true. Moreover, since governments like to say that we are "at war" with the coronavirus, shouldn't a war involve more than just confining people in their houses,

WSWS (2020-08-24). Canada's Liberal government slashes COVID-19 emergency aid. wsws.org By reducing by 20 percent the aid given to workers rendered jobless by the pandemic, the Liberal government is trying to goad them into returning to work under unsafe conditions.

Eds. (2020-08-24). What media moguls don't want you to know: Youtube and Google attack Cuba and Venezuela. mronline.org On Aug. 20, just ahead of programming about the start of clinical trials for Cuba's COVID-19 vaccine, Soberana-01, YouTube management disabled Mesa Redonda's channel. Mesa Redonda (Roundtable) airs Monday through Friday evenings on Cuban national television.

WSWS (2020-08-24). States and counties across US conceal COVID-19 outbreaks at schools. wsws.org The policy of concealing cases has become the modus operandi across industries and serves as a mechanism for implementing the homicidal return-to-work campaign of the ruling class.

news.un (2020-08-24). Strengthening global cooperation on counter-terrorism must remain a priority during and after pandemic. news.un.org With Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da'esh) and other terrorist groups attempting to exploit the COVID-19 pandemic for their own ends, the international community must respond with stronger collective action and cooperation, the top UN counter-terrorism official said on Monday.

John McDevitt (2020-08-24). 'It's a death trap:' Angola inmate put in isolation for organizing against COVID-19. liberationnews.org "Because of COVID, you know, many are at risk due to pre-existing conditions…."

Zero Hedge (2020-08-24). Virginia Plans Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccinations for All Residents. globalresearch.ca As Friday's hospitalization numbers across the Sun Belt appear to confirm CDC head Dr. Robert Redfield's assertion that the American COVID-19 outbreak has peaked and is starting to fade, the State of Virginia is setting a new precedent by …

news.un (2020-08-24). WHO presses for greater investment in global COVID-19 vaccine facility. news.un.org Investing in a mechanism that will guarantee all countries have fair and timely access to a COVID-19 vaccine is the only way out of the global pandemic, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday.

Eric W. Dolan (2020-08-24). Sociopathic Traits Linked to Non-compliance with Mask Guidelines and Other COVID-19 Containment Measures. globalresearch.ca New research from Brazil has found that people who are unconcerned with adhering to measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 tend to display higher levels of traits associated with antisocial personality disorder, also known as sociopathy. The findings have …

WSWS (2020-08-24). The origins and evolution of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. wsws.org The COVID-19 pandemic is a once in a century event, a trigger event, that has exposed the deep contradictions and terminal decay in the capitalist organization of world resources.

WSWS (2020-08-24). Private schools in Massachusetts to get rapid COVID-19 testing. wsws.org The project is being initiated by the Broad Institute in Cambridge, which is associated with the Broad Foundation, best known for its school privatization efforts around the country.

Aaron Arabian (2020-08-24). Raging wildfires worsen crisis in California. liberationnews.org Image from Wikimedia.org As of Aug. 24, 650 wildfires are raging across California, with over a million acres having burned in just the last month. Millions have been forced to breathe polluted air, combining with the threat posed by COVID-19 of respiratory damage and other negative health effects. Around 250,000 people have either been evacuated …

Patrick Henningsen (2020-08-24). COVID-19: Trigger for a New World Order. Economic Stagnation and Social Destruction. globalresearch.ca I can remember them saying that 'everything changed after 9/11'. It did, but certainly not for the better. I think we can all agree on that. I remember how everyone surrendered their rights and key aspects of democracy, all in …

Frances Madeson (2020-08-24). African Asylum Seekers Jailed in Louisiana Stop Eating in Protest. counterpunch.org In the Mankon language, spoken in northwest Cameroon, mughu is a word for hell. Northwest Cameroon was home to more than a dozen of the 48 African asylum seekers now confined in Louisiana at Pine Prairie ICE Processing Center, where COVID has taken a firm grip. Along with men from Uganda, Ghana, Kenya, Senegal, and Burkino

Alan Macleod (2020-08-24). New Survey Highlights Effectiveness of Anti-China COVID Rhetoric. mintpressnews.com A

Staff (2020-08-24). Headlines for August 24, 2020. democracynow.org Raging California Wildfires Displace 120,000, Burn 1.2 Million Acres, FDA Approves Blood Plasma Treatment as U.S. COVID-19 Death Toll Tops 176,000 , Countries Grapple with Second Wave, as South Korea Warns Country Is in "Grave Situation", House Passes Bill to Halt Changes at USPS as Fears Mount over Mail-in Ballots, House Passes Bill to Provide Emergency Funding for USCIS as Agency Plans Major Staff Cuts, Belarus Protests Continue Demanding Resignation of President Lukashenko, At Least 17 Killed in Colombia Over Deadly Weekend, At Least 14 People Killed in Twin Bombings in the Philippines, U.S. Troops Withdraw fr…

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-24). Iran to mass-produce COVID-19 rapid diagnostic device. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 24 (MNA) — Secretary of Iran Nanotechnology Initiative Council, Saeed Sarkar said on Monday that Iran will mass-produce a rapid diagnostic device that can be used in public places such as airports.

imperial.ac.uk (2020-08-24). Ventilators could be adapted to help two COVID-19 patients at once. imperial.ac.uk New research has shown how ventilators could be adapted to help two patients simultaneously in the event of a shortage.

RT (2020-08-24). 57% of Republicans think US Covid-19 death toll of 175,000 is 'acceptable', 68% of Democrats say it is underreported, poll finds. rt.com A majority of Republicans — as opposed to only ten percent of Democrats — said the Covid-19 death toll in the US is at "acceptable" levels, according to a new poll, exposing a deep partisan rift over the handling of the pandemic.

The Canary (2020-08-24). Coronavirus test booking system under fire as some face 350-mile round trip for a test. thecanary.co The NHS Test and Trace system has faced fresh criticism for a flaw in its online booking system which tries to direct people to test centres more than 100 miles away.Some people with coronavirus (Covid-19) symptoms who try to book a test online are directed to centres which would take them more than three hours to reach by car.Off-putting: A person from Ilfracombe in Devon who has symptoms of coronavirus — including a persistent cough, fever or loss of sense of taste or smell — is directed to a test centre in Swansea when they try to book a test online. This would see them drive past centres in T…

The Canary (2020-08-24). How does the Covid-19 vaccine work? thecanary.co President Donald Trump's administration is considering fast-tracking an experimental coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccine from the UK for use in America ahead of the presidential election, it has been reported.Human trials of the coronavirus vaccine candidate being developed at the University of Oxford suggest it is safe and induces an immune response to Covid-19.Early results indicate the jab could provide double protection — generating an immune response which stimulates the body to produce both an antibody and T-cell response. | But what is the US president considering, what does the vaccine do and how does it…

The Canary (2020-08-24). Deputy chief medical officer calls for 'fair distribution' of a Covid-19 vaccine. thecanary.co England's deputy chief medical officer has advocated for "fair distribution" of any Covid-19 vaccine after it was According to reports, the White House is considering granting emergency authorisation for a vaccine being developed by Oxford University and pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca. | Meanwhile Trump also announced the emergency authorisation of convalescent plasma for Covid-19 patients…

yenisafak (2020-08-24). Hong Kong documents man twice infected by COVID-19. yenisafak.com Researchers in Hong Kong Monday claimed to have proved that a man was infected by COVID-19 for a second time after having recovered from the illness. | It is the first such case documented by a team of researchers at the University of Hong Kong. The man, 33, an IT worker, recovered from coronavirus and later was released from hospital in April, according to rthk.com. However, he again tested positive for the virus when he returned from Spain the following month. | According to the university research team, the "genetic sequencing showed the virus strains contracted by him in April and August were clearly differen…

yenisafak (2020-08-24). Pandemic claims more lives in Libya, Oman, Qatar. yenisafak.com Local health authorities in Libya, Oman and Qatar on Monday confirmed additional fatalities due to the coronavirus pandemic, while the United Arab Emirates (UAE) reported only fresh infections. | In a statement, Libya's National Center for Disease Control said 11 people had died from COVID-19 and 572 others tested positive, while 11 patients had recovered. | The country's tally now rose to 11,009 confirmed cases, including 199 deaths, and 1,096 recoveries. | In Oman, 28 deaths and 740 infections were recorded as well as 526 recoveries over the past 24 hours, the Health Ministry said in a statement. | The Gulf sta…

yenisafak (2020-08-24). WHO urges countries to join forces in vaccine plan. yenisafak.com The World Health Organization on Monday urged countries to join its plan to ensure equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines so they can work together in a coordinated manner.Bruce Aylward, senior adviser to the WHO director-general, told a news briefing that "the critical thing is to ensure that some vaccine gets to all countries as early as possible".

yenisafak (2020-08-24). Italy begins testing potential COVID-19 vaccine on volunteers. yenisafak.com Italy kicked off human trials of a potential COVID-19 vaccine on Monday, joining a global effort to develop a response to the virus which has shown signs of resurging in Europe.Rome's Lazzaro Spallanzani institute, a hospital specializing in infectious diseases will conduct trials on 90 volunteers over the coming weeks, with the hope a vaccine may be available by spring of next year.Francesco Vaia, health director of the Spallanzani hospital, told Reuters the first patient will be monitored for four hours before being allowed to go home where he will be kept under observation for 12 weeks."We will see if it produ…

Dr. Meryl Nass (2020-08-24). How a False Hydroxychloroquine Narrative Was Created. "Dangerous" When Used for Covid-19. globalresearch.ca First published on June 29, 2020 | It is remarkable that a series of events taking place over the past 3 months produced a unified message about hydroxychloroquine, and produced similar policies about the drug in the US, Canada, Australia, NZ …

WSWS (2020-08-24). Australia's two major airlines axe thousands of jobs. wsws.org Qantas and Virgin, like their global rivals, are using COVID-19 to slash costs by eliminating thousands of jobs.

Julia Conley, staff writer (2020-08-24). Public Health Experts Watch 'In Horror' as FDA Approves Narrowly Tested Covid-19 Treatment Amid Pressure From Trump. commondreams.org Public health experts on Monday raised alarm over President Donald Trump's overstating of the efficacy of convalescent plasma and his suggestion that the Food and Drug Administration purposefully held up approval of the potential Covid-19 treatment just before the agency authorized its expanded use. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/gettyimages-1210677513_1.jpg

By the Company They Keep (2020-08-24). Republican Party O.K. with COVID19 Deaths & Economy. indybay.org Some 57% of Republicans believe 180,000 American deaths from COVID19 is acceptable and 75% of Republicans believe the USA is better than 4 years ago. This a death cult. See www.cbsnews.com/news/republicans-economy-coronavirus-opinion-poll-cbs-news-battleground-tracker/

Poor People's Campaign (2020-08-24). Monday 8/24: Call to Action: Demand McConnell & Senate Return to Pass COVID Relief, Fund USPS, Voting! indybay.org Online via livestream…

United We Dream (2020-08-24). Wednesday 8/26: Fighting to Include Immigrants in COVID Relief and Defeating White Supremacy webinar. indybay.org Online…

Paul Craig Roberts (2020-08-24). Where Is #MeToo when All of Us Are About to Be Raped by Forced Vaccination? thealtworld.com The United States and the Western World fared poorly in responding to Covid for two main reasons. One reason is Big Pharma and associated public health organizations such as NIH saw big profits in the virus. The response to the virus was not to protect public health but to create a mass market for a profitable vaccine. | The other reason is that liability and sanctions have stopped most doctors from thinking on their own when the safest course is to follow officially approved treatments. Those few who did think discovered that the combination of HCQ/azithromycin/zinc dramatically reduced the death rate and severi…

FreiheitsFreund (2020-08-24). Video: Big Anti-Corona Demonstration in Berlin. Example for the Rest of the World. globalresearch.ca According to confirmation from the police of Berlin, Germany, it has been confirmed that between 500,000 and 1 million peaceful protesters (mostly without masks) demonstrate against the Corona rules. | Watch the video below. | * | Note to readers: please click the …

WSWS (2020-08-24). At least 13 Peruvian youth killed in police raid on Lima disco. wsws.org The tragedy is the direct outcome of the government's police-state enforcement of coronavirus restrictions, even as it grants a free rein to mining and other business interests.

WSWS (2020-08-24). Corbyn was "lectured" by Johnson government on "herd immunity" and said nothing. wsws.org Corbyn was involved in talks with the Tories who told him explicitly that theirs was a murderous policy of allowing the coronavirus to develop unchecked.

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2020-08-24). Permitted Unlawfulness: The New Zealand Coronavirus Lockdown. asia-pacificresearch.com

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-24). Muharram mourning in Jami' Mosque of Gorgan under pandemic. en.mehrnews.com GORGAN, Aug. 24 (MNA) — Preserving anti-coronavirus health protocols, people held the mourning ceremonies on the fourth night of Muharram in the Jami' Mosque of Gorgan, the capital of Golestan Province, northeast of Iran.

_____ (2020-08-24). People Who Are in Denial About Coronavirus. strategic-culture.org There are basically two different policy-approaches to the coronavirus problem: One is the passive approach, waiting for 'herd immunity' to develop naturally. And the other is the active approach, in which the Government does take action — not just wait while the most-vulnerable individuals die off from the disease. The "herd immunity" approach is libertarian; it assumes that "let nature take its course" is always best; it is "laissez faire." The "take action" approach is the exact opposite — very restrictive (including strong disincentives — "punishment" — for individuals' misbehaviors th…

Staff (2020-08-24). Pelosi Warns Trump Against "Cutting Corners" on New Unproven Vaccine From UK. truthout.org A new report suggests President Donald Trump may push for an unproven vaccine for coronavirus from the United Kingdom to be made available in the United States just one month before voters are set to decide if he deserves another term in office. |

yenisafak (2020-08-24). What you need to know about the coronavirus right now. yenisafak.com Here's what you need to know about the coronavirus right now: Plasma treatment authorisedU.S. President Donald Trump hailed the Food & Drug Administration's authorisation of a coronavirus treatment that uses blood plasma from recovered patients, a day after accusing the agency of impeding the roll-out of vaccines and therapeutics for political reasons.The FDA, explaining its decision, cited early evidence suggesting blood plasma can decrease mortality and improve the health of patients when administered in the first three days of their hospitalization.Equity markets gained for a second straight session on Monday a…

yenisafak (2020-08-24). Fenerbahce player tests positive for coronavirus. yenisafak.com The Turkish Super Lig club Fenerbahce confirmed on Monday that one of its players tested positive for coronavirus.With the name of the player withheld, the Istanbul powerhouse said his treatment has started.The infected player has been isolated at home.

yenisafak (2020-08-24). Putin, Lukashenko discussed Belarus crisis on phone. yenisafak.com Russian President Vladmir Putin and Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko spoke by telephone on Monday and discussed the situation in Belarus, the Belta news agency reported.The Belarusian state-run agency also reported the two leaders had agreed that Belarusians would take part in Phase Three trials of Russia's coronavirus vaccine.Belarus would be the first foreign country to receive deliveries of the vaccine, Belta added.

yenisafak (2020-08-24). France reports highest daily rise in coronavirus cases. yenisafak.com France confirmed on Monday a spike of 4,897 new coronavirus cases over the last 24 hours, the highest single-day figure since the start of the outbreak.The death toll in France currently stands at 30,513 with overall cases at 242,899, according to the Health Ministry.A total of 4,709 people remain in hospital — 383 of those in intensive care.Health Minister Olivier Veran said in a statement that France has achieved the ability to test 700,000 people per week — roughly 1% of the French population."We have just exceeded our objective of 700,000 tests carried out each week, precisely 725,000," Veran told Le Journa…

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2020-08-24). LancetGate: "Scientific Corona Lies" and Big Pharma Corruption. Hydroxychloroquine versus Gilead's Remdesivir. 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.

FreiheitsFreund (2020-08-24). Video: Corona Madness! This is What the Pandemic Makes People Do… The Face Mask and Social Distancing. globalresearch.ca THE FACE MASK | Ample scientific literature. Medical consensus (shared by Dr. Fauci) until it was repealed by government directives. | By wearing a mask, the exhaled viruses will not be able to escape and will concentrate in the nasal passages, enter …

Peoples Dispatch (2020-08-24). UK housing rights group demands end to evictions during pandemic. peoplesdispatch.org Housing rights group ACORN said that despite the government's extension of the ban on evictions, landlords can still issue a Section 21 Notice of Possession to their tenants and begin the process of taking over a property…

progressive (2020-08-24). Smoking Gun: Crisis? What Crisis? progressive.org A timeline of the pandemic warning signs ignored by the Trump Administration.

Sofia Lopez and Sara Myklebust (2020-08-24). Make Corporate Landlords Pay the Bills During the Pandemic. zcomm.org With fortunes inflated by corporate welfare, wealthy real estate owners can afford to cancel housing-related expenses and debts for millions of struggling American families.

2020-08-23: News Headlines

news.un (2020-08-23). Protecting people from conflict, cyclones and COVID-19 in Mozambique: a UN Resident Coordinator blog. news.un.org By the UN Resident Coordinator Myrta Kaulard, Laura Tomm-Bonde, IOM Chief of Mission and Samuel Chakwera, UNHCR Resident Representative, all based in Mozambique.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-23). Iran registers 2,113 COVID-19 cases in 24 hours. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 23 (MNA) — The novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has infected 2,113 people and claimed 141 lives in Iran in the past 24 hours, a senior health official said.

The Canary (2020-08-23). Trump plans to veto House-approved bill to protect US Postal Service amid election row. thecanary.co Legislation that would reverse recent changes in US Postal Service operations has been approved by the House of Representatives in a rare Saturday session. The legislation would also send 25bn USD (£19bn) to shore up the agency ahead of the November election.Speaker Nancy Pelosi recalled lawmakers to Washington over objections from Republicans dismissing the action as a stunt."It is all designed to suppress the vote": President Donald Trump urged a no vote, including in a tweet on Saturday 22 August, railing against mail-in ballots expected to surge in the coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis. He has said h…

The Canary (2020-08-23). Care homes were bullied into accepting coronavirus patients, research reveals. thecanary.co Care homes were pressured into accepting patients with coronavirus (Covid-19) while simultaneously being refused treatment for residents by hospitals and GPs, research has revealed. | A report by the Queen's Nursing Institute (QNI) found homes were told that hospitals had a blanket "no admissions" policy at the height of the pandemic. | The QNI, a charity which focuses on the improvement of nursing care of people in their own home, found care home residents were regularly refused treatment in April and May. | Published by the Independent, the research also found that GPs and local managers in some homes had place…

yenisafak (2020-08-23). Indonesia reports 2,037 new coronavirus cases. yenisafak.com Indonesia reported 2,037 new coronavirus cases on Sunday, bringing its total tally to 153,535, data from the country's COVID-19 taskforce showed.The Southeast Asian country also added 86 new deaths on Sunday, taking the total number to 6,680, the highest COVID-19 death toll in Southeast Asia.

yenisafak (2020-08-23). Russia plans COVID-19 vaccine output at 6 mln doses a month. yenisafak.com Russia expects to produce between 1.5 million and 2 million doses per month of its potential COVID-19 vaccine by the year end, gradually ramping up production to 6 million doses a month, the RIA news agency cited industry minister Denis Manturov as saying on Sunday.Large-scale testing of the vaccine, developed by Moscow's Gamaleya institute, is due to start in Russia next week.

Robert Pollin (2020-08-23). If Trump Had Followed Vietnam's Lead on COVID, US Would Have Fewer Than 100 Dead. zcomm.org 35 percent of the entire U.S. labor force filed unemployment claims between March and August.

Poor People's Campaign (2020-08-23). Monday 8/24: Call to Action: Demand McConnell & Senate Return to Pass COVID Relief, Fund USPS, Voting! indybay.org Online via livestream…

The Canary (2020-08-23). Leaked dossier reveals chaotic worst-case scenario if no-deal Brexit and coronavirus coincide. thecanary.co The military may be drafted in to airdrop food to the Channel Islands under emergency plans drawn up by the government to protect the UK if a second coronavirus wave coincides with a no-deal Brexit. | A Cabinet Office "reasonable worst-case scenario" document, leaked to the Sun newspaper, also discusses using the Navy to stop British fishermen clashing with illegal European fishing boat incursions. | No-deal chaos: | The document says parts of the UK may face power and petrol shortages if thousands of lorries are stranded in Dover. Meanwhile, shortages of medicines caused by port blockages could lead to a…

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-23). Muharram ceremonies in Shahriar. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 23 (MNA) — People held the mourning ceremonies in the second night of Muharram in Shahriar County with health protocols in place.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-23). S. Korea offers medical equipment for clearing debt to Iran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 23 (MNA) — Hossein Tanhayi, head of the Iran-South Korea chamber of commerce said on Sunday that South Korea has made an offer to clear part of its $7.5-billion debt to Iran via selling medical equipment to the country.

Peoples Dispatch (2020-08-22). Cuba's vaccine candidate "Sovereign" is all set to enter clinical trials. peoplesdispatch.org Cuba's vaccine candidate is the first from the Latin America and the Caribbean region and marks a continuation of its pioneering work in combating COVID-19 across the world…

teleSUR, ce (2020-08-22). Jamaica's Election Campaigning Affected by COVID-19 Measures. telesurenglish.net With Jamaica's elections less than two weeks away, campaigning is looking a bit different under the current COVID-19 restrictions. | RELATED: | On Friday, Prime Minister Andrew Holness announced that political motorcades have been prohibited in a bid to contain the spread of the coronavirus. | "This is to say, motorcades with more than two buses, which we call Coaster buses; motorcades that are stopping and greeting; motorcades t…

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2020-08-22). Global Capitalism, "World Government" and the Corona Crisis. globalresearch.ca The COVID-19 crisis is marked by a public health "emergency" under WHO auspices which is being used as a pretext and a justification to triggering a Worldwide process of economic, social and political restructuring.

WSWS (2020-08-22). Nearly 300 workers infected in COVID-19 outbreak at Northampton sandwich factory. wsws.org Northampton, already on a coronavirus watchlist, has the highest rate of new cases in England and could be subjected to a local lockdown.

teleSUR (2020-08-22). Over 800,000 People Have Died From COVID-19 in the World. telesurenglish.net Worldometers website Friday warned that the COVID-19 deaths worldwide Friday exceeded 800,000, while new infections reached 23 million. | RELATED: | "The COVID-19 has caused so far 803,374 deaths and 23,130,443 infections," the website assured. | The numbers of coronavirus infections and deaths "have been rising amidst a relaxation of measures to prevent the spread and rebound of the virus in Europe," Wordometers added. | The most…

WSWS (2020-08-22). European countries force children back to school amid resurgence of COVID-19. wsws.org The drive to reopen schools after the summer break continues unabated throughout Europe as the resurgence of the COVID-19 pandemic accelerates across the continent.

teleSUR (2020-08-22). Brazil Calls for COVID-19 Plan to Protect Indigenous People. telesurenglish.net Brazil's Supreme Federal Court (STF) Judge Luis Roberto Barroso Friday ordered President Jair Bolsonaro's administration to present a new version of the plan to halt the COVID-19 in the Indigenous communities. | RELATED: | The original plan was requested last July, following a request from the Articulation of the Indigenous Peoples of Brazil (APIB) and several political parties. | The new order requires the document to be reworked and sub…

news.un (2020-08-22). Defeat COVID-19 and put an end to hate and discrimination: UN chief. news.un.org In a message published on the International Day Commemorating the Victims of Violence Based on Religious Belief, which falls on 22 August, UN Secretary-General António Guterres warned of a rise in racism since the spread of COVID-19 across the world.

teleSUR (2020-08-22). US: Top Medical Association Prohibits Use of Hydroxychloroquine. telesurenglish.net The Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) has revised its guidelines for the use of hydroxychloroquine advising hospitals to stop using the drug to treat COVID-19 patients. | RELATED: | On Friday, the IDSA updated its guidelines on COVID-19 patients, recommending not to use hydroxychloroquine in hospitals by itself or along with the antibiotic azithromycin. The IDSA had previously advised for a limited use of hydroxychloroqu…

teleSUR, ce (2020-08-22). Venezuela Receives 73 Tons of Supplies & Equipment from Europe. telesurenglish.net Seventy-three tons of donated supplies Saturday arrived in Caracas, Venezuela, from Europe to assist in the fight against COVID-19. | RELATED: | The shipment includes equipment and supplies such as medicine, vaccines, PPE, water purification equipment and family hygiene kits. | The two flights which came from Madrid, were received by Foreign Affairs Deputy Minister for Europe, Yvan Gil, in the company of Jan Harfst, representative…

teleSUR (2020-08-22). 'A Vaccine Will Not End the Pandemic on Its Own' WHO Warns. telesurenglish.net World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Friday warned that a COVID-19 vaccine creation does not mean the pandemic will end on its own. | RELATED: | "Although a vaccine will be a vital tool, we know little about the long-term effects it may have," Adhanom said. | Most countries that have reopened their economies are experiencing new outbreaks after a period of little or no transmission. "Thi…

news.un (2020-08-22). First Person: Pakistan health worker commits to polio fight, despite COVID fears. news.un.org Despite suffering the after-effects of the COVID-19 virus, Husna Gul, a staff member with the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) in Pakistan, is committed to ensuring that as many children as possible are vaccinated against the devastating consequences of polio, which can cause muscle-wasting, paralysis and death.

Caitlin Johnstone (2020-08-22). On Covid-19 And Authoritarian Abuses. thealtworld.com Over the last few months there's been a clique of indie media who've been urging their respective followings to bully and cajole other indie media into focusing on Covid-19, lockdowns, mask laws and Covid-related authoritarian agendas in their coverage of world events. | I personally find the idea of fighting with indie media in a world that is dominated by murderous globe-spanning power structures absurd, so I won't make this about them, but since their attacks are getting more heated now I'm going to try to spell out my own position on the matter here as clearly as possible. I don't expect this essay to have an…

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-22). Iran COVID-19 update: 126 deaths, 2,028 cases in 24 hours. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 22 (MNA) — The Iranian Health Ministry announced 2,028 new cases of infection with the novel coronavirus in the past 24 hours, putting the total number of cases in the country at 356,792.

RT (2020-08-22). Half of Russians don't want to take world's first Covid-19 vaccine — only 42% willing to try Sputnik V. rt.com A majority of Russians don't want to be vaccinated against coronavirus, according to a brand-new survey, which showed only 42 percent of the country wants to be immunized with the homegrown 'Sputnik V' formula, unveiled last week. | On August 11, Russia's president Vladimir Putin announced that the country had registered the world's first Covid-19 vaccine. Developed by Moscow's Gamaleya Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology, the vaccine will be available to the general public from January 2021, but is to be offered to teachers and medical workers first. The process of creating the vaccine has bee…

RT (2020-08-22). 'A bit like flu': Coronavirus will stay with us 'FOREVER', British scientist says. rt.com Covid-19 will stay with humankind "forever in some form or another," a leading British scientist has predicted, advocating regular vaccinations of the population against the deadly disease. | The not-exactly-optimistic prognosis was produced by Sir Mark Walport, a member of the UK government's Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE), on Saturday. | Unlike some other diseases, like smallpox "which could be eradicated by vaccination," Covid-19 is unlikely to be completely destroyed, the scientist told BBC Radio 4. At the same time, "global vaccination" is a must merely to contain the ongoing pandemic, h…

RT (2020-08-22). Virginia health chief says he will MANDATE coronavirus vaccine, 'strongly opposes' exemptions. rt.com Virginia's health commissioner said he will make a coronavirus vaccine legally mandatory for all state residents when one is ready, arguing it will save lives, as critics push back, demanding the right to choose for themselves. | Dr Norman Oliver, who heads up the state's department of health, said he would require all Virginians to get the jab so long as he remains health commissioner when a vaccine is available, "[Covid-19] is…

RT (2020-08-22). 'DANGEROUS statement': Pelosi slams Trump for tweet claiming 'DEEP STATE' FDA delaying Covid-19 vaccine. rt.com Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-California) has accused Donald Trump of making a "dangerous statement" by tweeting that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has hindered the US' covid-19 response, including the approval of a vaccine. | In a Saturday "The deep state, or whoever, over at the FDA is making it very difficult for dr…

sputniknews (2020-08-22). COVID-19 Pandemic May Fuel International 'Famine of Biblical Proportions', UN Official Warns. sputniknews.com Prior to the pandemic, the head of UN World Food Programme warned that 2020 would be the worst year since the Second World War because of the severe damage inflicted upon food systems by natural disasters and conflicts.

_____ (2020-08-22). Bismarck, Britain's COVID -19 Crisis and the Failure of the National Health Service. strategic-culture.org The appalling record of Britain's National Health Service in dealing with the continuing COVID-19 pandemic has also revealed the country's false pride, ignorance and arrogance about the NHS in striking contrast with that of Russia and Germany. | It is often commented that after the exhausted and bankrupt British were forced to give up their enormous global empire after World War II, they comforted themselves — very much in the manner of a spoiled and immature child sucking his or her favorite frozen sweet — by assuring each other that they had the most advanced and impressive free health care service…

teleSUR (2020-08-22). Venezuela Receives Humanitarian Aid To Fight Covid-19. telesurenglish.net Venezuela's Vice Minister for Europe Yvan Gil Saturday announced the arrival of a 73 tons' Humanitarian aid bound from Spain and Portugal, in order to face COVID-19 in the country. | RELATED: | "This shipment is a contribution made by the European Union (EU) and the governments of Spain and Portugal to fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. We are talking about 73 tons of medical supplies," Gil said. | Gil pointed out…

yenisafak (2020-08-22). Turkish dentists say visits safe during COVID-19. yenisafak.com Patients can visit dental hospitals or clinics without worry despite the coronavirus pandemic, a Turkish dentist told Anadolu Agency."Under the control of the Turkish Health Ministry, dental clinics and hospitals have taken advanced level of measures against COVID-19," according to Lutfi Ciftci, chief physician at the Bursa Oral and Dental Health Hospital.Ciftci said they took measures against the virus such as taking temperatures of patients at the entrance, asking if they have any symptoms, hanging information brochures on walls as well as informing them to wear masks and using disinfectants regularly."Consider…

yenisafak (2020-08-22). France delays launch of COVID-19 economic reboot plan to September. yenisafak.com The French government said on Saturday it would unveil details of its 100 billion euro ($118 billion) plan to reinvigorate the economy in the first week of September, instead of next Tuesday, as it focuses on preparing the new school term."The recovery plan is ready, the timetable for its implementation still stands," government spokesman Gabriel Attal said in a statement.Schools are set to reopen on Sept. 1, after most were closed during a two-month lockdown earlier this year to fight the coronavirus, and the government is working to ensure protective measures will be adequate, Attal said.France has already outl…

yenisafak (2020-08-22). Turkey: Hot air balloons up in the skies after months. yenisafak.com Colorful hot air balloons dotted the skies of Pamukkale in southwestern Turkey on Saturday morning, as the popular tourist activity resumed after a pause of over five months due to the coronavirus pandemic.The UNESCO World Heritage Site in Denizli province is famous for its mineral-rich thermal waters and white travertine terraces.The balloon tours, which give visitors the chance to take in the area's natural splendor from up above, were grounded on March 15 as part of measures to curb the spread of COVID-19.Pamukkale's Kocacukur area swarmed with tourists on Saturday morning, who lined up for their balloon rides…

yenisafak (2020-08-22). Philippines reports 4,933 coronavirus infections, 26 deaths. yenisafak.com The Philippines reported 4,933 infections of the new coronavirus on Saturday, the fifth straight day above 4,000, and 26 COVID-19 deaths.In a bulletin, the health ministry said total confirmed cases have increased to 187,249 while confirmed deaths have reached 2,966. The Philippines has the most infections in Southeast Asia, and second-highest number of deaths, behind Indonesia.

Aaron van Dorn (2020-08-22). [World Report] COVID-19 and readjusting clinical trials. thelancet.com The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted clinical trials worldwide, with long-lasting effects on medical science. Aaron van Dorn reports.

The Lancet (2020-08-22). [Editorial] Trump versus Biden: a fight for the health of a nation. thelancet.com With only 73 days until Nov 3, the 2020 presidential election in the US has entered a decisive phase with Democratic candidate Joe Biden's announcement of California Senator Kamala Harris as his running mate. It comes against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic that has revealed a nation of stark inequity, especially in terms of health. Over the past three decades, non-communicable diseases, especially cardiovascular diseases, cancers, neurological disorders, chronic respiratory diseases, diabetes, and chronic kidney disease have been the predominant causes of death and disability in the US.

sputniknews (2020-08-22). COVID Dampens Ganesha Festivities: Idol Sculptors Left in Lurch Over Celebration Curbs in India. sputniknews.com New Delhi (Sputnik): Drenched in a glorious past and cloaked with traditions and culture, festivals showcase the spirit of the Indian way of life. As celebrations and reminders of India's secularity, its 1.35 billion people get together in at least 36 annual festivals, most of which begin after Ganesha Chaturthi.

sputniknews (2020-08-22). Why COVID-Led Surge in Public Debt Has Become a Double-Edged Sword for the UK Economy. sputniknews.com UK public debt has exceeded 100% of gross domestic product for the first time since 1963, breaching £2 trillion ($2.6 trillion) following the government's £26.7 billion ($34.9 billion) borrowing in July. Economists have explained how Britain found itself under such a massive debt burden and whether they can get it under control.

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2020-08-22). Does the Face Mask Protect You From Covid? Ask Dr. Anthony Fauci. When He Spoke against the Mask, It Was Categorized as "Fake News" globalresearch.ca Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) described as one of the world's leading experts on infectious diseases was until recently categorically against wearing the face mask. | He offered advice and provided specific …

Barbara Madeloni (2020-08-22). Educators Demand Virtual Schools as 'Least Bad' but Safe Option. zcomm.org As the coronavirus continues to spread, teachers and school employees are being handed reopening plans that require them to be in their classrooms at the bell—and they are resisting.

WSWS (2020-08-22). Cornell residential advisors hold one-day strike over coronavirus safety as school reopens. wsws.org The strike action was spontaneously organized in response to the university's reckless reopening plans that left RAs with larger workloads than in pre-pandemic semesters.

WSWS (2020-08-22). Coronavirus testing remains at reduced levels in the US. wsws.org To fully map spread of the pandemic, and contain the disease, the US should be doing 6—10 million tests per day. It currently does about 700,000.

WSWS (2020-08-22). Fiat Chrysler, UAW conspire to keep workers on the job after exposure to coronavirus. wsws.org In order to cut costs and boost profits, management and the UAW are seeking to eliminate the limited and inadequate safety protocols put in place in May.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-22). Muharram mourning in Semnan. en.mehrnews.com SEMNAN, Aug. 22 (MNA) — Observing health protocols and social distancing due to coronavirus, people of the central Iranian city of Semnan attended the mourning ceremonies for Imam Hussein (PBUH) on the second night of Muharram.

yenisafak (2020-08-22). US House takes on Postal reforms seen as threat to mail-in ballots. yenisafak.com The Democratic-led U.S. House of Representatives will vote on Saturday on providing the cash-strapped Postal Service with $25 billion and block policies that have stirred concerns about mail-in balloting ahead of the Nov. 3 election.The Democratic-led chamber is widely expected to pass the bill, dubbed the "Delivering for America Act," at a rare Saturday session called by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi during the congressional August recess. But it is unlikely to be taken up in the Republican-controlled Senate.With mail-in voting expected to surge during the coronavirus pandemic, President Donald Trump has alarmed De…

Fight Back (2020-08-22). Hundreds march on the DNC in Milwaukee, 'We can't breathe!'. fightbacknews.org Milwaukee, WI – In the early evening of August 20, around 500 people gathered in Dontre Hamilton (officially Red Arrow) Park in downtown Milwaukee to mark the final day of the Democratic National Convention. The turnout in spite of the pandemic and the vastly diminished physical presence in the city for the convention was a testament to the hard work and dedication of the organizers with the Coalition to March on the DNC. | "No matter who anybody votes for, no matter who wins, we're always going to be out in the streets. We're always going to be fighting for justice," said Omar Flores, an organizer with the Milwa…

Tabia Schmidt (2020-08-22). Eviction crisis looms in Portland, Or. liberationnews.org Even before the pandemic hit, Portland was one of the most rent-burdened cities in the United States, with almost half of renters spending more than 30 percent of their income on housing.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-22). Hosseini Infants Ceremony marked in Hazrat Masoumeh Mausoleum. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 22 (MNA) — The Hosseini Infancy Ceremony was held at the holy Mausoleum of Hazrat Masoumeh (PBUH) on Sat. on Qom province by fully observing of health protocols and guidelines due to the spread of pandemic in the country.

2020-08-22: News Headlines

news.un (2020-08-22). First Person: Pakistan health worker commits to polio fight, despite COVID fears. news.un.org Despite suffering the after-effects of the COVID-19 virus, Husna Gul, a staff member with the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) in Pakistan, is committed to ensuring that as many children as possible are vaccinated against the devastating consequences of polio, which can cause muscle-wasting, paralysis and death.

Caitlin Johnstone (2020-08-22). On Covid-19 And Authoritarian Abuses. thealtworld.com I personally find the idea of fighting with indie media in a world that is dominated by murderous globe-spanning power structures absurd, so I won't make this about them, but since their attacks are getting more heated now I'm going to try to spell out my own position on the matter here as clearly as possible. I don't expect this essay to have any effect on this online mobbing behavior's primary drivers, who appear to operating in bad faith; this is more for my longtime readers who've been expressing bafflement that I haven't made Covid-related abuses a primary focus of my writing. | To sum up the gist of my posi…

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-22). Iran COVID-19 update: 126 deaths, 2,028 cases in 24 hours. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 22 (MNA) — The Iranian Health Ministry announced 2,028 new cases of infection with the novel coronavirus in the past 24 hours, putting the total number of cases in the country at 356,792.

RT (2020-08-22). Virginia health chief says he will MANDATE coronavirus vaccine, 'strongly opposes' exemptions. rt.com Virginia's health commissioner said he will make a coronavirus vaccine legally mandatory for all state residents when one is ready, arguing it will save lives, as critics push back, demanding the right to choose for themselves. | Dr Norman Oliver, who heads up the state's department of health, said he would require all Virginians to get the jab so long as he remains health commissioner when a vaccine is available, "[Covid-19] is…

yenisafak (2020-08-22). Turkish dentists say visits safe during COVID-19. yenisafak.com Patients can visit dental hospitals or clinics without worry despite the coronavirus pandemic, a Turkish dentist told Anadolu Agency."Under the control of the Turkish Health Ministry, dental clinics and hospitals have taken advanced level of measures against COVID-19," according to Lutfi Ciftci, chief physician at the Bursa Oral and Dental Health Hospital.Ciftci said they took measures against the virus such as taking temperatures of patients at the entrance, asking if they have any symptoms, hanging information brochures on walls as well as informing them to wear masks and using disinfectants regularly."Consider…

yenisafak (2020-08-22). Turkey: Hot air balloons up in the skies after months. yenisafak.com Colorful hot air balloons dotted the skies of Pamukkale in southwestern Turkey on Saturday morning, as the popular tourist activity resumed after a pause of over five months due to the coronavirus pandemic.The UNESCO World Heritage Site in Denizli province is famous for its mineral-rich thermal waters and white travertine terraces.The balloon tours, which give visitors the chance to take in the area's natural splendor from up above, were grounded on March 15 as part of measures to curb the spread of COVID-19.Pamukkale's Kocacukur area swarmed with tourists on Saturday morning, who lined up for their balloon rides…

yenisafak (2020-08-22). France delays launch of COVID-19 economic reboot plan to September. yenisafak.com The French government said on Saturday it would unveil details of its 100 billion euro ($118 billion) plan to reinvigorate the economy in the first week of September, instead of next Tuesday, as it focuses on preparing the new school term."The recovery plan is ready, the timetable for its implementation still stands," government spokesman Gabriel Attal said in a statement.Schools are set to reopen on Sept. 1, after most were closed during a two-month lockdown earlier this year to fight the coronavirus, and the government is working to ensure protective measures will be adequate, Attal said.France has already outl…

yenisafak (2020-08-22). Philippines reports 4,933 coronavirus infections, 26 deaths. yenisafak.com The Philippines reported 4,933 infections of the new coronavirus on Saturday, the fifth straight day above 4,000, and 26 COVID-19 deaths.In a bulletin, the health ministry said total confirmed cases have increased to 187,249 while confirmed deaths have reached 2,966. The Philippines has the most infections in Southeast Asia, and second-highest number of deaths, behind Indonesia.

Aaron van Dorn (2020-08-22). [World Report] COVID-19 and readjusting clinical trials. thelancet.com The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted clinical trials worldwide, with long-lasting effects on medical science. Aaron van Dorn reports.

The Lancet (2020-08-22). [Editorial] Trump versus Biden: a fight for the health of a nation. thelancet.com With only 73 days until Nov 3, the 2020 presidential election in the US has entered a decisive phase with Democratic candidate Joe Biden's announcement of California Senator Kamala Harris as his running mate. It comes against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic that has revealed a nation of stark inequity, especially in terms of health. Over the past three decades, non-communicable diseases, especially cardiovascular diseases, cancers, neurological disorders, chronic respiratory diseases, diabetes, and chronic kidney disease have been the predominant causes of death and disability in the US.

sputniknews (2020-08-22). COVID Dampens Ganesha Festivities: Idol Sculptors Left in Lurch Over Celebration Curbs in India. sputniknews.com New Delhi (Sputnik): Drenched in a glorious past and cloaked with traditions and culture, festivals showcase the spirit of the Indian way of life. As celebrations and reminders of India's secularity, its 1.35 billion people get together in at least 36 annual festivals, most of which begin after Ganesha Chaturthi.

sputniknews (2020-08-22). Why COVID-Led Surge in Public Debt Has Become a Double-Edged Sword for the UK Economy. sputniknews.com UK public debt has exceeded 100% of gross domestic product for the first time since 1963, breaching £2 trillion ($2.6 trillion) following the government's £26.7 billion ($34.9 billion) borrowing in July. Economists have explained how Britain found itself under such a massive debt burden and whether they can get it under control.

Barbara Madeloni (2020-08-22). Educators Demand Virtual Schools as 'Least Bad' but Safe Option. zcomm.org As the coronavirus continues to spread, teachers and school employees are being handed reopening plans that require them to be in their classrooms at the bell—and they are resisting.

yenisafak (2020-08-22). US House takes on Postal reforms seen as threat to mail-in ballots. yenisafak.com The Democratic-led U.S. House of Representatives will vote on Saturday on providing the cash-strapped Postal Service with $25 billion and block policies that have stirred concerns about mail-in balloting ahead of the Nov. 3 election.The Democratic-led chamber is widely expected to pass the bill, dubbed the "Delivering for America Act," at a rare Saturday session called by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi during the congressional August recess. But it is unlikely to be taken up in the Republican-controlled Senate.With mail-in voting expected to surge during the coronavirus pandemic, President Donald Trump has alarmed De…

Tabia Schmidt (2020-08-22). Eviction crisis looms in Portland, Or. liberationnews.org Even before the pandemic hit, Portland was one of the most rent-burdened cities in the United States, with almost half of renters spending more than 30 percent of their income on housing.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-22). Hosseini Infants Ceremony marked in Hazrat Masoumeh Mausoleum. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 22 (MNA) — The Hosseini Infancy Ceremony was held at the holy Mausoleum of Hazrat Masoumeh (PBUH) on Sat. on Qom province by fully observing of health protocols and guidelines due to the spread of pandemic in the country.

Margaret McCartney (2020-08-22). [Perspectives] Pandemics past and dystopian futures. thelancet.com My children, when small, asked me, variously: "tell me a story not in a book"; "tell me a story from your mouth". The youngest now asks instead: "tell me a dystopian future". Last year, this amused me. I could tell tall tales, weird and bad. Now, I am not sure where to start, and I am certainly not sure where to end. This is still our world, but we queue compliantly in supermarkets at 2 m intervals; we shout to our older relatives as we drop off food from the end of the garden path, walking away as we do, and we need to find a face mask before going into a shop or onto a train.

Richard Lane (2020-08-22). [Perspectives] Noni MacDonald: inspirational leader in Canadian and global health. thelancet.com It is not easy to pigeon-hole Noni MacDonald, Professor of Pediatrics at Dalhousie University in Halifax, NS, Canada. Paediatrician, infectious disease specialist, vaccinologist, founder of a paediatrics journal, the first woman in Canada to become Dean of Medicine, and passionate global health advocate, her career has been long and diverse. "My professional life has all been about confronting health problems. In my view, if you don't do something to solve the problem, you end up being part of the problem", she says.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-22). Rouhani thanks 'health defenders' on National Doctors Day. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 22 (MNA) — President Hassan Rouhani congratulated in a message the National Doctors Day to the "heroes who sacrificed their lives to save others".

Labor Video Project (2020-08-22). Don't Throw Us Under The Bus! SMART 1741 SF School Bus Drivers Fight For Healthcare. indybay.org The San Francisco Unified School District Superintendent Vincent Matthews and the SFUSD school board are taking away healthcare benefits from the SMART 1741 school bus drivers and union members protested on 8/20/20…

Franck Mauvais-Jarvis, Noel Bairey Merz, Peter J Barnes, Roberta D Brinton, Juan-Jesus Carrero, Dawn L DeMeo, Geert J De Vries, C Neill Epperson, Ramaswamy Govindan, Sabra L Klein, Amedeo Lonardo, Pauline M Maki, Louise D McCullough, Vera Regitz-Zagrosek, Judith G Regensteiner, Joshua B Rubin, Kathryn Sandberg, Ayako Suzuki (2020-08-22). [Review] Sex and gender: modifiers of health, disease, and medicine. thelancet.com Clinicians can encounter sex and gender disparities in diagnostic and therapeutic responses. These disparities are noted in epidemiology, pathophysiology, clinical manifestations, disease progression, and response to treatment. This Review discusses the fundamental influences of sex and gender as modifiers of the major causes of death and morbidity. We articulate how the genetic, epigenetic, and hormonal influences of biological sex influence physiology and disease, and how the social constructs of gender affect the behaviour of the community, clinicians, and patients in the health-care system and interact with p…

Peter von Dadelszen, Zulfiqar A Bhutta, Sumedha Sharma, Jeffrey Bone, Joel Singer, Hubert Wong, Mrutyunjaya B Bellad, Shivaprasad S Goudar, Tang Lee, Jing Li, Ashalata A Mallapur, Khátia Munguambe, Beth A Payne, Rahat N Qureshi, Charfudin Sacoor, Esperanàßa Sevene, Marianne Vidler, Laura A Magee, CLIP Trials Working Group (2020-08-22). [Articles] The Community-Level Interventions for Pre-eclampsia (CLIP) cluster randomised trials in Mozambique, Pakistan, and India: an individual participant-level meta-analysis. thelancet.com The CLIP intervention did not reduce adverse pregnancy outcomes. Future community-level interventions should expand the community health worker workforce, assess general (rather than condition-specific) messaging, and include health system strengthening.

Michael Brainin, World Stroke Organization, Karen Sliwa, World Heart Federation (2020-08-22). [Correspondence] WSO and WHF joint position statement on population-wide prevention strategies. thelancet.com In 2008, Rod Jackson and colleagues1 proposed that prevention strategies for high-risk cardiovascular disease, based on screening individuals at high risk of cardiovascular disease, would deliver large benefits for the population. Simon Capewell2 cautioned that these strategies could mislead health professionals and politicians into thinking they can tick the box reading mission accomplished and, with screening completed, cardiovascular disease prevention would be resolved. Both sides of this debate were based on assumptions and therefore did not reach consensus, but the high-risk approach to the prevention of ca…

Florian Poschenrieder, Michael Rotter, Andreas Gschwendtner, Okka W Hamer (2020-08-22). [Clinical Picture] E-cigarette-induced lung disease: from acute to chronic. thelancet.com A 52-year-old man attended our hospital reporting breathlessness on exertion that had been worsening over the past 2 weeks. He had smoked 20 cigarettes a day for the past 40 years. He had no other symptoms—specifically no systemic or gastrointestinal complaints. The patient had tried to quit smoking 4 months earlier and had started vaping: he had been using commercially available e-cigarettes which did not have any Œî9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) added.

Graeme MacLaren (2020-08-22). [Comment] In sepsis-induced heart failure, extracorporeal membrane oxygenation can provide support. thelancet.com Sepsis is defined as a life-threatening organ dysfunction caused by a dysregulated host response to infection.1 Septic shock occurs when serum lactate is elevated and vasopressor medication is required despite adequate fluid resuscitation.2 Many cardiovascular features of septic shock exist, including tachycardia, alterations in vascular tone, and reduced ventricular function. Haemodynamic patterns differ with age, characteristically manifesting as pulmonary hypertension and right heart failure in newborn infants, left heart failure in young children, and distributive shock in adolescents and adults.

Geoff Watts (2020-08-22). [Obituary] William Charles Dement. thelancet.com Founder of sleep medicine. He was born in Wenatchee, WA, USA, on July 29, 1928, and died of cardiovascular disease in Stanford, CA, USA, on June 17, 2020, aged 91 years.

Nicolas Bréchot, David Hajage, Antoine Kimmoun, Julien Demiselle, Cara Agerstrand, Santiago Montero, Matthieu Schmidt, Charles-Edouard Luyt, Guillaume Lebreton, Guillaume Hékimian, Erwan Flecher, Elie Zogheib, Bruno Levy, Arthur S Slutsky, Daniel Brodie, Pierre Asfar, Alain Combes, International ECMO Network (2020-08-22). [Articles] Venoarterial extracorporeal membrane oxygenation to rescue sepsis-induced cardiogenic shock: a retrospective, multicentre, international cohort study. thelancet.com Patients with severe sepsis-induced cardiogenic shock treated with VA-ECMO had a large and significant improvement in survival compared with controls not receiving ECMO. However, despite the careful propensity-weighted analysis, we cannot rule out unmeasured confounders.

Tony Cartalucci (2020-08-21). The Real Problem with COVID-19 Vaccines. globalresearch.ca Before even debating the efficacy, safety, and necessity of different vaccines — one must get past the fact that the most corrupt corporations on Earth hold a monopoly over their development (and the profits made from them). | Forbes in their …

WSWS (2020-08-21). Federal judge orders second investigation into Virginia immigrant detention center hit by mass outbreak of COVID-19. wsws.org The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found prison staff were refusing to use safety equipment or provide inmates with protection from COVID-19.

news.un (2020-08-21). As Burkina Faso grapples with COVID-19, new UN data reveals 'alarming deterioration' in food security. news.un.org An estimated 3.3 million people in Burkina Faso are facing acute food insecurity, two United Nations agencies warned on Friday.

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2020-08-21). The Covid-19 "Big Lie": Is This What You Want for Your Children? globalresearch.ca The Daily Mail has come out with an incisive review of a Kinder-garden in Thailand which has applied the model of social engineering imposed by the Royal Thai government. | Similar guidelines have been imposed by governments throughout the World. | Social …

WSWS (2020-08-21). Millions of Indian workers strike to protest attacks by Modi government amid COVID-19 pandemic. wsws.org Millions of workers have joined strikes and protests opposing the government's attacks on their wages and working conditions.

ROAR Collective (2020-08-21). A feminist response to the pandemic. zcomm.org The COVID-19 pandemic has put a spotlight on the essential roles care work and reproductive labor fulfill in our societies. But will it lead to gender liberation?>

news.un (2020-08-21). Rohingya crisis needs lasting solutions, renewed commitment amid COVID-19 pandemic, UN refugee agency. news.un.org Three years after violence in Myanmar forced hundreds of thousands of Rohingyas to seek refuge in Bangladesh, the international community must adapt its assistance to the critical needs of those displaced and the host communities supporting them, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) said on Friday.

Subodh Varma (2020-08-21). Understanding India's low COVID-19 death rate. peoplesdispatch.org Contrary to the Narendra Modi government's claims, India's low case fatality rate in the COVID-19 pandemic is not because of any well-thought out strategy. It is rather due to a relatively young population and some statistical tricks…

Mark Taliano (2020-08-21). Mismanagement of the Covid Crisis: Governments and Their Agencies Are Killing Their Own People? globalresearch.ca Governments subservient to globalist diktats are willfully killing their own people in the name of fighting a misnamed "pandemic". | SARS-COV-2, the virus said to be the causative agent of COVID-19, has been neither isolated nor purified. Nevertheless, even according to …

news.un (2020-08-21). WHO stresses need for quick action amid reports of fresh COVID-19 outbreaks. news.un.org With several countries experiencing fresh COVID-19 outbreaks after periods of little or no transmission, the UN World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday highlighted the need for authorities to be able to move quickly to prevent further spread of the disease.

WSWS (2020-08-21). German authorities cover up COVID-19 infections in Hamburg schools. wsws.org Events in Hamburg show how recklessly the ruling class is putting the lives of teachers, pupils and parents at risk and covering up the true extent of the pandemic.

A Guest Author (2020-08-21). Florida education workers organize week of action. workers.org By Sharon Paige Tallahassee, Fla. To protect school staff, bus drivers, students and parents during the COVID-19 crisis, Workers World Party-Central Gulf Coast and the Party for Socialism and Liberation-Central Gulf Coast teamed up to call "Six Days of Actions: Florida Fights Back!" across the state on Aug. 3-8. . . . |

_____ (2020-08-21). New York Teachers Union To Strike Against School Reopening. popularresistance.org Despite Donald Trump's administration pressure for schools reopening, several states and institutions postponed the resume of learning activities or issued not-in-person strategies due to new spikes of COVID-19 cases. | The U.S New York United Federation of Teachers (UFT) on Wednesday said the organization would strike or sue district authorities if they do not enforce an accurate precautionary plan before schools reopening. | "The minute we feel that the mayor is trying to force people into a situation that is unsafe, we go to court, we take job action," UFT President Michael Mulgrew said.

RT (2020-08-21). Biden tells Trump there's 'no miracle coming,' then vows to stop coronavirus… with 'Covid truth & mandatory masks'? rt.com Instead of "waiting for a miracle" like Donald Trump, Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden has vowed to bring Covid-19 under control — starting with a national mandate to wear masks as a "patriotic duty." | Biden gave his official acceptance speech on the last night of the Democratic National Convention on Thursday, at one point taking shots at US President Donald Trump's coronavirus response. But moments after warning that "no miracle is coming," Biden said his administration would provide just that, promising to roll out a "national strategy" to bring the pandemic under control on "day one." | Joe…

RT (2020-08-21). WHO chief 'hopes' coronavirus pandemic will end in under TWO YEARS. rt.com The Covid-19 crisis is unlikely to be over any time soon, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) has indicated, in a not very optimistic prognosis, saying he "hopes" it'll be over in less than two years. | Given the developments of modern technology, the Covid-19 pandemic is likely to end faster than the deadly 1918 outbreak of the Spanish flu, WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said during a press conference in Geneva on Friday. However, the world has become significantly more global since then, which gives the coronavirus "a better chance of spreading," he noted. | At the same time, we also have t…

RT (2020-08-21). Cones of shame? Maine orders restaurant servers to don face shields like dog collars in bizarre Covid-19 guidelines. rt.com The Maine state government is in the doghouse with residents after an order mandating that restaurant staff wear face shields upside down, attached at the collar, which netizens dubbed "cones of shame" more befitting a family pet. | The latest "

The Canary (2020-08-21). Experts 'do not have confidence that R is currently below 1 in England'. thecanary.co There is a risk the overall coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic in the UK is growing as figures for the reproduction number (R value) suggest it has risen above 1.0. Data released on Friday by the Government Office for Science and the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) shows the estimate for R across the UK is now between 0.9 and 1.1. This is an increase from the range of between 0.8 and 1.0 one week ago.Transmission: The growth rate of coronavirus transmission, which reflects how quickly the number of infections is changing day by day, has also changed slightly across the UK since last week, wit…

The Canary (2020-08-21). Half of young people want a job in the green economy, survey finds. thecanary.co Published on the eve of so-called Earth Overshoot Day, a survey of 1,000 people aged 18 to 34 found 50% wanted a job in the green economy. Earth Overshoot Day marks the point at which humanity has used up all the resources the planet can provide for a year.This year, the date was pushed back by three weeks due to a reduction in carbon emissions and commercial forestry caused by the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. It had previously been falling earlier and earlier — arriving in July for the first time in 2019.Overshot: The Global Footprint Network calculates that humans currently use 60% more resource…

The Canary (2020-08-21). MPs slam ministers for paying 'scant regard' to data protection during pandemic. thecanary.co The UK's information rights body must act to ensure the government stops "playing fast and loose" with people's health, it has been claimed.A cross-party group of MPs has written to information commissioner Elizabeth Denham raising concerns over the government's approach to data protection and privacy.In a letter, the group accused ministers of paying "scant regard" to both privacy concerns and data protection duties during the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.Government "appears unwilling to understand its legal duties": The group accused the government of engaging with private contractors that have "probl…

The Canary (2020-08-21). Six million people in UK are behind on bills due to coronavirus, study finds. thecanary.co Six million people across the UK have fallen behind on household bills due to coronavirus (Covid-19), a new study has found. Research from Citizens Advice shows that one in nine people in the UK are behind on bills, with around a fifth of these individuals having to go without essentials including food. | Disparity: | The study finds that carers, those who were shielding during the pandemic, and key workers are twice as likely to have fallen behind on bill payments due to coronavirus. It also found that Black people, those aged between 18 and 34, and disabled people are at least twice as likely to be in a…

The Canary (2020-08-21). Four-week extension of eviction ban confirmed amid fears of homelessness surge. thecanary.co The eviction ban has been extended for four weeks and landlords will have to give the majority of tenants six months' notice to protect vulnerable renters hit by the coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis from a winter eviction. | 28 days: | The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) announced the move after charities warned there could be mass evictions around Christmas and said tens of thousands of outgoing tenants could be unable to access affordable homes, prompting a "devastating homelessness crisis". | Renters have been protected during the virus crisis by a ban announced in March and…

Sarah Anderson, Scott Klinger (2020-08-21). Are Postal Service Cuts Motivated by Voter Suppression or Privatization—or Both? commondreams.org A USPS postal worker wears protective gloves while making deliveries in Cambridge, Massachusetts during the COVID-19 pandemic on April 8, 2020. (Photo: David L. Ryan/The Boston Globe via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/postal_service_coronavirus_0.jpg

yenisafak (2020-08-21). What you need to know about the coronavirus right now. yenisafak.com Here's what you need to know about the coronavirus right now: New, milder, virus variant foundResearchers in Singapore have discovered a new variant of the COVID-19 coronavirus that causes milder infections, a study published in The Lancet medical journal found.The study showed that COVID-19 patients infected with the variant of SARS-CoV-2 had better clinical outcomes, with a lower proportion developing low blood oxygen or requiring intensive care.The study also showed the variant elicited a more robust immune response.The variant, which likely came from Wuhan, China, was detected in a cluster of infections from J…