Monthly Archives: September 2020

2020-09-30: News Headlines

Asad Ismi (2020-09-30). Vietnam: Virus Contained, Inequality Let Loose. globalresearch.ca Vietnam won international praise for its response to COVID-19. But the country's intensifying capitalist restructuring may leave its people sicker and more impoverished. | *** | As of the first week of August, official records showed that 10 people had died of …

news.un (2020-09-30). Listen to older people's 'suggestions and ideas' for more inclusive societies, urges UN chief. news.un.org Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, the world is reckoning with the disproportionate and severe impact that the virus has wrought on the "health…rights and well being" of older persons, the UN chief has said, marking the international day highlighting their issues.

Robert Norse (2020-09-30). Growing Resistance to City Manager's Camp & FNB Sweep Threats. indybay.org Dozens of activists and volunteers gathered at 8 AM Monday morning in Parking Lot #27 on the 200th day of a SC Homeless Union COVID-19 Relief Center–created back in March at the Town Clock by the Union, Food Not Bombs [FNB], and Homeless United for Friendship & Freedom [HUFF] .

Staff (2020-09-30). COVID U.S. Death Toll Tops 205,000 & 7M Infections as Trump Mocks Biden's Mask, Attacks the ACA. democracynow.org During the first presidential debate, former Vice President Joe Biden repeatedly criticized President Trump over his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, which has killed over 205,000 people in the United States — the highest death toll in the world. Trump mocked Biden for wearing a mask, while claiming that a vaccine would be available within weeks. "It was very bizarre," says Marc Lamont Hill, author and professor of media studies and urban education at Temple University. "The idea of not erring on the side of caution is representative of the entire Trump administration's handling of the COVID-19 crisis.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-30). Iran registers 3,582 COVID-19 cases in 24 hours. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 30 (MNA) — The Iranian Health Ministry has confirmed 3,582 COVID-19 infections and 183 deaths due to the disease in the past 24 hours.

yenisafak (2020-09-30). New Zealand's Ardern admits to cannabis use 'a long time ago'. yenisafak.com New Zealand's ruling party leader Jacinda Ardern said she tried cannabis "a long time ago" when asked during a heated live debate on Wednesday ahead of the Oct 17 general election.Ardern, 40, is widely seen winning a second term in office on the back of her success in containing COVID-19 but her rival, conservative National Party leader Judith Collins, has been clawing back support.New Zealanders are also voting on two other issues – on legalising recreational cannabis and euthanasia – topics that have split opinions in the country.In the second election debate on Wednesday, when asked by the moderator if she has…

yenisafak (2020-09-30). Germany's Merkel pledges $100 mln for COVID-19 vacine for poor countries. yenisafak.com German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday pledged $100 million to help developing countries access a COVID-19 vaccine as World Bank President David Malpass said "broad, rapid and affordable" access to vaccines "will be at the core of a resilient global economic recovery that lifts everyone."Merkel also called on "those who are still dithering" to commit to the global vaccine effort.

RT (2020-09-30). 'Political theater'?! Pennsylvania lawmaker, governor caught joking about taking their MASKS OFF before speech in 'hot mic' VIDEO. rt.com Pennsylvania State Representative Wendy Ullman and Governor Tom Wolf were caught joking off camera about taking their masks off just before they spoke at a press conference touting the need to defend Obamacare during Covid-19. | Just as Ullman was preparing to speak behind the podium on Tuesday at a press conference north of Philadelphia, Wolf can be heard off camera to her left, saying: "So Wendy, I'm gonna take, I'm gonna take my mask off when I speak." | Ullman walks toward Wolf, off camera, and says: "I will as well, just, I'm waiting so that we can do a little political theater." | Wolf replies, "OK," and…

_____ (2020-09-30). Don't worry — progressives can win the culture wars — here's how. truepublica.org.uk TruePublica Editor: For all those people on the centre-left and centre-right in the current political spectrum — life in Britain can appear to be unfolding as some sort of apocalyptic nightmare that is on a trajectory to disaster and darkness. The Boris Johnson government have proved in the Covid-19 crisis without any ambiguity that they …

Steve Topple (2020-09-30). Universal Credit is back in the spotlight as the Tories dodge a massive issue. thecanary.co The Conservative government's response to the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic has consistently been in chaos. Now, an open letter is urging it to act over changes to Universal Credit. Because in April next year, hundreds of thousands of people Emergency measures: |

Jessica Suriano (2020-09-30). How Libertarianism Made Arizona a Covid-19 Hot Spot. thenation.com How Libertarianism Made Arizona a Covid-19 Hot Spot…

Amy Goodman (2020-09-30). COVID US death toll tops 205,000 & 7M infections as Trump mocks Biden's mask, attacks the ACA. nationofchange.org "It was very bizarre."

Kenneth Surin (2020-09-30). The UK Tory "Covid Chumocracy" counterpunch.org Media headlines in the UK have been dominated by the Tory government's endless bungles and mishaps in its handling of the Covid pandemic. The death toll of 50,000 (and rising), accompanied by a veritable cull of residents in care homes, to a promised "world beating" test and trace system that is still not running (even

Anthony Pahnke (2020-09-30). Amid COVID and Wildfires, Farmworkers Have Been Pushed to the Brink. zcomm.org Farmworker organizations are leading the way in showing us the need for reform; the question is if the rest of us will stand with some of the most essential people who sacrifice so much to feed us daily…

Thom Hartmann (2020-09-30). A COVID Primer for Your Trump-Loving Friends. zcomm.org If America doesn't shut down the virus fairly quickly, it may become so widespread that a testing and contact-tracing strategy is impossible, leaving the next president with an unrecoverable disaster to deal with…

yenisafak (2020-09-30). Slovak government approves state of emergency powers amid COVID spike. yenisafak.com The state of emergency, which should last 45 days, gives the government more powers to implement stricter measures but does not automatically mean a return to a strict lockdown such as that imposed at the outset of the pandemic.

James E. Garcia (2020-09-30). 'My People Are Being Hunted'. thenation.com 'My People Are Being Hunted'

Ashley Curtin (2020-09-30). Up to half a million sharks could be killed to create global coronavirus vaccines, conservationists warn. nationofchange.org Conservationists fear that if two doses of the vaccine are needed to immunize the global population than half a million sharks would subsequently die.

Zach Conti (2020-09-30). UN, Presidents and Prime Ministers Discuss Coronavirus Financial Crisis Solutions. indybay.org Presidents, prime ministers and world leaders focused on solutions for the global economic crisis spurred by the coronavirus at a virtual United Nations meeting.

Staff (2020-09-30). Headlines for September 30, 2020. democracynow.org Trump Refuses to Condemn White Supremacists or Rule Out Post-Election Violence, New York City Coronavirus Infections Surge for First Time in Months, Indian Health Officials Claim 60 Million Coronavirus Infections Nationwide, House Democrats Unveil Pared-Down $2.2 Trillion Coronavirus Relief Bill, Texas Sheriff and Prosecutor Indicted for Evidence Tampering in Javier Ambler Police Killing, Kentucky AG Didn't Recommend Murder Charges for Breonna Taylor's Killers, Trump Plans Pre-Election ICE Raids in U.S. Sanctuary Cities, More Women Detail Forced Sterilizations, Unnecessary Surgeries at Georgia ICE Jail, World Hea…

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-30). 17 Iranians arrive home from India after 7 months. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 30 (MNA) — 17 Iranian citizens arrived in the country after 7 months of being stuck in India due to travel restriction raised by the coronavirus pandemic.

sputniknews (2020-09-30). 'Not According to Harris': Biden Sets Off Meme Storm After Saying 'I'm the Democratic Party'. sputniknews.com The 29th of September saw the first presidential debate between incumbent Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden, during which the two exchanged barbs over a spate of issues, including the coronavirus, healthcare, and election integrity.

yenisafak (2020-09-30). What you need to know about the coronavirus right now. yenisafak.com Here's what you need to know about the coronavirus right now: Vaccine hopesResults from an early safety study of Moderna's coronavirus vaccine candidate in older adults showed that it produced virus-neutralizing antibodies at levels similar to those seen in younger adults, with side effects roughly on par with high-dose flu shots.The findings are reassuring because immunity tends to weaken with age, Dr. Evan Anderson, one of the study's lead researchers, said in a phone interview.Meanwhile, the chief executive of GlaxoSmithKline, the world's largest maker of vaccines, said she was optimistic the industr…

MEE and agencies (2020-09-30). Israel curbs protests with new coronavirus laws. middleeasteye.net Israel curbs protests with new coronavirus laws | Critics fear that the measures were introduced to stop anti-Netanyahu protests over his alleged corruption | Wed, 09/30/2020 – 10: 24 | The new laws also give the government powers to declare a 'special emergency caused by the coronavirus pandemic' for renewable periods of one week (AFP) | Israel's parliament on Wednesday approved a new set…

MEE and agencies (2020-09-30). Israel's parliament curbs protests with new coronavirus laws. middleeasteye.net Israel's parliament curbs protests with new coronavirus laws | Critics fear that the measures have been introduced to stop anti-Netanyahu protests over the prime minister's alleged corruption | Wed, 09/30/2020 – 10: 24 | The new laws also give the government powers to declare a 'special emergency caused by the coronavirus pandemic' for renewable periods of one week (Reuters) | Israel's par…

Eds. (2020-09-30). Online Charter schools are not a solution to education in a pandemic. mronline.org Nicholas Trombetta, the founder of Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School, which is unaffiliated with K12, received just 20 months in prison in 2018 for tax conspiracy after he moved $8 million from the school to a network of businesses he created and failed to pay $437,632 in taxes.

imperial.ac.uk (2020-09-30). Solar Orbiter's first science data shows the Sun at its quietest. imperial.ac.uk Three of the Solar Orbiter spacecraft's instruments, including Imperial's magnetometer, have released their first data.

imperial.ac.uk (2020-09-30). 'Skills mismatch' needs urgent action to enable tech firms and scaleups to grow. imperial.ac.uk £120bn of economic output could be lost by the end of 2029 if the skills 'mismatch' in the tech and scaleup sector remains unsolved.

yenisafak (2020-09-30). Outrage over Indian rape victims' cremation by police. yenisafak.com The covert cremation by police of the body of a 19-year-old gang-rape victim early Wednesday triggered protests and condemnations by citizens and activists in India.The Dalit (lower caste) woman was tortured and gang-raped by four men from an upper caste at her village in Hathras in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh on Sept. 14. She battled for her life for two weeks before succumbing to her injuries on Tuesday.In a video going viral on social media, the victim's mother is seen pleading with police to allow her to see her daughter one last time, and bring her body home, as the police cremated the body amid tigh…

WSWS (2020-09-29). New York City resumes in-person schools as COVID-19 infections continue to rise. wsws.org The reopening of the nation's largest school district threatens to produce a catastrophe in a city where nearly 25,000 have already succumbed to the deadly virus.

news.un (2020-09-29). At UN, Uganda highlights COVID-19 response, commitment to sustainable development. news.un.org Through deliberate and targeted actions, Uganda has been able to contain the spread of COVID-19, the country's representative to the UN told the General Assembly, adding that the Government also prioritized sustainable recovery from the pandemic in its national plans.

news.un (2020-09-29). The UN is 'right platform' to address global challenges — Tanzanian Ambassador. news.un.org The COVID-19 outbreak reminds the world that we need "to enhance solidarity within the multilateral system" to confront global challenges, the representative of Tanzania told the closing session of the UN's annual high-level session on Tuesday.

news.un (2020-09-29). Millionth death from COVID-19 'an agonizing milestone': UN Secretary-General. news.un.org With over one million lives now lost to COVID-19 globally, UN Secretary-General António Guterres has said that while the "agonizing milestone" is a "mind-numbing figure", the world must never lose sight of each and every individual life.

SLCUNCC (2020-09-29). Universal Collaboration is Needed to End This Pandemic. dissidentvoice.org Cuba, battling successfully to contain COVID-19 at home, also provides medical internationalism and solidarity abroad. While Cuba dispatches the Henry Reeve Brigade to countries requesting healthcare assistance, Donald Trump's administration escalates the anti-Cuba economic, financial and commercial blockade while threatening sovereign states who request needed Cuban medical solidarity — in a global pandemic. The limited measures implemented …

Ronald Newman (2020-09-29). How the ACLU is Flexing its Political Muscle in the 2020 Elections. aclu.org This week, the presidential candidates will face off in their first debate of the general election. Voters will hear Donald Trump and Joe Biden talk about their views on the COVID-19 pandemic, the economy, and the Supreme Court vacancy created by the untimely passing of ACLU alumna Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The ACLU and our supporters will be listening closely for how their answers relate to key civil liberties issues, including racial justice and reproductive freedom, just as we have throughout the presidential campaign., , This cycle, the ACLU has gotten involved in the presidential campaign in a serious way for…

news.un (2020-09-29). As historic virtual debate wraps, 'our political leaders demonstrated their commitment to multilateralism,' says UN Assembly President. news.un.org For the first time in the history of the United Nations, global leaders were not able to meet in person for the General Assembly's annual debate, but the 193-Member body's President said on Tuesday that the precautions forced by the COVID-19 pandemic "did not prevent multilateralism from operating at the highest levels."

Teresa M. Walker (2020-09-29). Covid-19 outbreak: Titans have reported 8 positive test results, first for the NFL. peoplesworld.org NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Titans suspended in-person activities through Friday after the NFL says three Titans players and five other personnel tested positive for the coronavirus. The NFL issued a statement Tuesday saying both the Titans and Minnesota Vikings suspended in-person activities following the test results. The Titans beat the Vikings 31-30 in Minneapolis on …

WSWS (2020-09-29). London bus drivers challenge Metroline over new COVID-19 infections at Cricklewood garage. wsws.org Drivers are calling for urgent safety measures to prevent the further spread of infection. Their open letter to Metroline is published in full.

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2020-09-29). Video: The Covid-19 "Second Wave". "Red Zones", Travel Bans, Quarantines, "Red Lists" globalresearch.ca "Red zones", travel bans, quarantines, "red lists". A "Second Wave" has been announced. The fear campaign has gone into overdrive. Drastic state measures are contemplated, including restrictions on social gatherings, marriages, funerals, the closing down of restaurants and bars, the …

WSWS (2020-09-29). US military suicides spike 20 percent in 2020. wsws.org US Army leaders have suggested that the stress of the COVID-19 pandemic has played a part in the sharp rise in suicides this year.

news.un (2020-09-29). Pandemic shows international cooperation 'delivers results', says German Foreign Minister. news.un.org The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed how international cooperation "delivers results" in efforts to resolve conflict, though there is still a long way to go, Germany's Foreign Minister told the UN General Assembly in a pre-recorded speech broadcast on Tuesday.

Peoples Dispatch (2020-09-29). One year of anti-government protests in Egypt. peoplesdispatch.org While corruption was the central issue for the protests last year, this time around people are also protesting spiralling inflation, frequent demolition of houses and the mishandling of the COVID-19 pandemic…

W.T. Whitney Jr. (2020-09-29). Colombia-U.S. Axis: Hitting at Venezuela. globalresearch.ca Secretary of State Michael Pompeo and Colombian President Iván Duque, meeting in Bogotá on Sept. 20, talked about "managing the COVID-19 response … narcotraffickers … and [President] Maduro's illegitimate regime," according to the

news.un (2020-09-29). Protect the world from sliding into global recession, urges UN chief. news.un.org The economic and social consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic "are as bad as we feared", the UN Secretary-General said, as he warned that the international community must act now if it is stave off a global recession, which could wipe out decades of development gains.

news.un (2020-09-29). COVID-19: 'Legitimate concerns' must be heard, and fears addressed over misinformation. news.un.org Amid continuing uncertainty, fear and anxiety around the world over the COVID-19 pandemic, senior UN officials are keen to stress the legitimacy of concerns, listen carefully to citizens around the world, and help them distinguish between misinformation and accurate information, based on science.

news.un (2020-09-29). Redouble efforts against 'global scourge' of gender-based violence, intensified by pandemic: Guterres. news.un.org From domestic violence to sexual abuse, online harassment and increased child marriage, gender-based violence (GBV) is "a global scourge" that is being exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, the UN chief said on Tuesday.

Newsclick (2020-09-29). Are we close to herd immunity? peoplesdispatch.org In this interview with scientist Satyajit Rath, we talk about whether the world is reaching any closer to herd immunity. While COVID-19 cases continue to rise almost exponentially, Rath talks about what is happening with the vaccine and more.

WSWS (2020-09-29). More than 2,000 schools in UK hit by COVID-19 outbreaks as thousands of children and staff sent home. wsws.org Thousands of children are being sent home to self-isolate, in some cases to isolate with vulnerable parents.

Staff (2020-09-29). Headlines for September 29, 2020. democracynow.org As COVID-19 Claims Over 1 Million Lives, Reports of Rift Among White House Advisers, Another Immigrant Prisoner Dies from COVID-19; Nurses Union Says U.S. Failed to Protect Medical Workers, Kentucky AG to Release Breonna Taylor Grand Jury Tapes as Juror Calls for Information to Be Made Public, Family of Black Man Shot Dead by Police While Handcuffed in Car Reaches $20 Million Settlement, Trump and Biden to Face Off in 1st Debate as NYT Drops Second Report on Trump's Taxes, Channel 4 Report Says Trump Campaign Sought to Deter Black Voters in 2016, Artist Ai Weiwei Holds Protest in Support of Julian Assange, Press…

Anand Naidoo (2020-09-29). The Heat: Fears of second wave of Covid-19. america.cgtn.com The death toll from COVID-19 is about to surpass one million people around the world. And there are fears that a second wave is just around the corner.

2020-09-29: News Headlines

Ronald Newman (2020-09-29). How the ACLU is Flexing its Political Muscle in the 2020 Elections. aclu.org This week, the presidential candidates will face off in their first debate of the general election. Voters will hear Donald Trump and Joe Biden talk about their views on the COVID-19 pandemic, the economy, and the Supreme Court vacancy created by the untimely passing of ACLU alumna Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The ACLU and our supporters will be listening closely for how their answers relate to key civil liberties issues, including racial justice and reproductive freedom, just as we have throughout the presidential campaign., , This cycle, the ACLU has gotten involved in the presidential campaign in a serious way for…

news.un (2020-09-29). Protect the world from sliding into global recession, urges UN chief. news.un.org The economic and social consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic "are as bad as we feared", the UN Secretary-General said, as he warned that the international community must act now if it is stave off a global recession, which could wipe out decades of development gains.

Teresa M. Walker (2020-09-29). Covid-19 outbreak: Titans have reported 8 positive test results, first for the NFL. peoplesworld.org NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Titans suspended in-person activities through Friday after the NFL says three Titans players and five other personnel tested positive for the coronavirus. The NFL issued a statement Tuesday saying both the Titans and Minnesota Vikings suspended in-person activities following the test results. The Titans beat the Vikings 31-30 in Minneapolis on …

Newsclick (2020-09-29). Are we close to herd immunity? peoplesdispatch.org In this interview with scientist Satyajit Rath, we talk about whether the world is reaching any closer to herd immunity. While COVID-19 cases continue to rise almost exponentially, Rath talks about what is happening with the vaccine and more.

Peoples Dispatch (2020-09-29). One year of anti-government protests in Egypt. peoplesdispatch.org While corruption was the central issue for the protests last year, this time around people are also protesting spiralling inflation, frequent demolition of houses and the mishandling of the COVID-19 pandemic…

news.un (2020-09-29). COVID-19: 'Legitimate concerns' must be heard, and fears addressed over misinformation. news.un.org Amid continuing uncertainty, fear and anxiety around the world over the COVID-19 pandemic, senior UN officials are keen to stress the legitimacy of concerns, listen carefully to citizens around the world, and help them distinguish between misinformation and accurate information, based on science.

Ike Nahem (2020-09-29). Universal Collaboration is Needed to End This Pandemic. dissidentvoice.org Cuba, battling successfully to contain COVID-19 at home, also provides medical internationalism and solidarity abroad. While Cuba dispatches the Henry Reeve Brigade to countries requesting healthcare assistance, Donald Trump's administration escalates the anti-Cuba economic, financial and commercial blockade while threatening sovereign states who request needed Cuban medical solidarity — in a global pandemic. The limited measures implemented …

news.un (2020-09-29). Pandemic shows international cooperation 'delivers results', says German Foreign Minister. news.un.org The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed how international cooperation "delivers results" in efforts to resolve conflict, though there is still a long way to go, Germany's Foreign Minister told the UN General Assembly in a pre-recorded speech broadcast on Tuesday.

news.un (2020-09-29). Millionth death from COVID-19 'an agonizing milestone': UN Secretary-General. news.un.org With over one million lives now lost to COVID-19 globally, UN Secretary-General António Guterres has said that while the "agonizing milestone" is a "mind-numbing figure", the world must never lose sight of each and every individual life.

news.un (2020-09-29). Redouble efforts against 'global scourge' of gender-based violence, intensified by pandemic: Guterres. news.un.org From domestic violence to sexual abuse, online harassment and increased child marriage, gender-based violence (GBV) is "a global scourge" that is being exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, the UN chief said on Tuesday.

Patrick Cockburn (2020-09-29). Britain Will Seek Coronavirus 'herd immunity' Covertly or by Default, Thanks to an Inability to Get anything Done. counterpunch.org I was six years old in 1956 when my parents decided to return to Ireland from London, though a polio epidemic was in full swing in Cork city thirty miles from where we lived. They thought we would be safe in our house deep in the countryside and were encouraged by the fact that there

Evaggelos Vallianatos (2020-09-29). On the Precipice of Tyranny. counterpunch.org As if climate change, its consuming heat and fires, and the killer pandemic plague were not enough, the country is getting closer to tyranny — by the day. Trump refuses peaceful transfer of power President Trump keeps saying the only result of the November 3 elections he will accept is his own reelection. His refusal

Binoy Kampmark (2020-09-29). Assange's Fifteenth Day at the Old Bailey: Solitary Confinement and Parlous Health Care. dissidentvoice.org September 28. Central Criminal Court, London. Throughout the sham process formally known as the Julian Assange extradition trial, prosecutors representing the United States have been adamant: the carceral conditions awaiting him in freedom's land will be pleasant, accommodating and appropriate. Confronting 17 charges under the US Espionage Act and one under the Computer Fraud and …

Peoples Dispatch (2020-09-29). Public healthcare strikes continue in Kenya as workers demand their rights. peoplesdispatch.org Doctors and nurses at Kenyatta National Hospital in Nairobi have downed tools. Meanwhile, the strike by medics in Embu county's government hospitals was called off after the government committed to a timeline to address their grievances…

_____ (2020-09-29). UK imports Dutch sewage for use on farmland despite being banned in Holland. truepublica.org.uk The UK is importing thousands of tonnes of sewage sludge to be used on farmland despite serious health and environmental concerns over the controversial practice, Unearthed can reveal. Documents obtained using freedom of information rules show that the Environment Agency (EA) has approved shipments that would see the arrival of 27,500 tonnes of sewage waste …

Anthony Pahnke (2020-09-29). Amid COVID and Wildfires, Farmworkers Have Been Pushed to the Brink. zcomm.org Farmworker organizations are leading the way in showing us the need for reform; the question is if the rest of us will stand with some of the most essential people who sacrifice so much to feed us daily…

Keith McHenry (2020-09-29). Santa Cruz City Officials to evict Food Not Bombs, the Homeless Union COVID -19 Relief Center. indybay.org Santa Cruz City Officials to evict Food Not Bombs, the Homeless Union COVID -19 Relief Center, and sweep those without housing.

Staff (2020-09-29). Headlines for September 29, 2020. democracynow.org As COVID-19 Claims Over 1 Million Lives, Reports of Rift Among White House Advisers, Another Immigrant Prisoner Dies from COVID-19; Nurses Union Says U.S. Failed to Protect Medical Workers, Kentucky AG to Release Breonna Taylor Grand Jury Tapes as Juror Calls for Information to Be Made Public, Family of Black Man Shot Dead by Police While Handcuffed in Car Reaches $20 Million Settlement, Trump and Biden to Face Off in 1st Debate as NYT Drops Second Report on Trump's Taxes, Channel 4 Report Says Trump Campaign Sought to Deter Black Voters in 2016, Artist Ai Weiwei Holds Protest in Support of Julian Assange, Press…

Anand Naidoo (2020-09-29). The Heat: Fears of second wave of Covid-19. america.cgtn.com The death toll from COVID-19 is about to surpass one million people around the world. And there are fears that a second wave is just around the corner.

sputniknews (2020-09-29). Tory Revolt Over Coronavirus Laws Expected to Be Ignored Despite Calls for Greater Scrutiny by MPs. sputniknews.com New measures for northeast England took effect on Monday including a ban on mass singing in pubs, attending public spots after 10 p.m., and huge fines for non-compliance with the updated rules.

The Canary (2020-09-29). 'Let us out': Isolating students hang window protest signs. thecanary.co Students isolating in their university halls of residence have been communicating with the outside world via signs in their windows saying "Let us out" and "Send beer".Unrest: Thousands of students have been forced to self-isolate following a surge in cases of coronavirus (Covid-19) at universities including Manchester Metropolitan, Glasgow, and Edinburgh Napier.1,700 people were told to stay in their rooms at Manchester Metropolitan University's Birley Campus and Cambridge Halls for 14 days after 127 tested positive for the virus.The signs have called on people to send help and food (Peter Byrne/PA)Studen…

The Canary (2020-09-29). Boris Johnson apologises for not understanding his government's own coronavirus restrictions. thecanary.co The prime minister has apologised after he failed to clarify the new local lockdown measures for large parts of the North East.Ignorance is this: Boris Johnson said he "misspoke" when he was asked to explain the new rules, which were announced on Monday and will come into effect from midnight.Deputy Labour leader Angela Rayner claimed Johnson did not understand the new regulations, set to put a ban on households mixing in private and also social settings, in Northumberland, Newcastle, Gateshead, North and South Tyneside, Sunderland, and County Durham.When asked by reporters to clarify whether people could…

Staff (2020-09-29). Domestic Workers Are Organizing to Make Care Work a 2020 Election Issue. truthout.org Angella Foster, 56, has worked as a nanny in the Boston area since immigrating from Jamaica in 2000. She is also a local political activist. Foster has been reaching out to voters since the early days of the 2020 presidential primary, before COVID-19 hit. | "At first, I was fearful to canvas door to door in case I came across someone who was racist, but I knew I had to do it. I did it for myself, and for the next generation," Foster told Truthout. | Since the pandemic has made in-person canvassing…

Staff (2020-09-29). Democrats Present GOP With Yet Another Opportunity to Pass COVID Relief. truthout.org Progressive advocacy groups and labor leaders are urging Senate Republicans and the Trump White House to stop

Staff (2020-09-29). White House Pressured CDC to Produce Data Backing Trump's Push to Reopen Schools. truthout.org Officials within the Trump administration sought to pressure the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to downplay the risks associated with coronavirus in children in order to bolster the narrative that it was safe for schools to resume in-person instruction across the United States, according to Trump officials also wanted the health agency to find data t…

yenisafak (2020-09-29). COVID-19 continues to claim more lives in Arab region. yenisafak.com Health authorities in four Arab countries confirmed additional fatalities due to the coronavirus outbreak on Tuesday. | In a statement, the Tunisian Health Ministry said 32 people died from COVID-19, while 1,291 others tested positive for the virus over the past 24 hours. | Tunisia's tally now rose to 17,405 confirmed cases, including 246 deaths. | In Oman, the Health Ministry confirmed 11 fatalities and 528 infections, taking the Gulf state's count to 98,585, including 935 deaths, and 88,528 recoveries. | In the United Arab Emirates, the country's nationwide death toll rose to 416 after three people lost their l…

yenisafak (2020-09-29). PM Johnson sows confusion as UK tightens COVID curbs. yenisafak.com British Prime Minister Boris Johnson corrected himself on Tuesday after appearing uncertain about basic social distancing rules that will apply in a large swathe of England.The government announced on Monday a tightening of restrictions on socialising in northeast England from Wednesday, in response to high and increasing COVID-19 infection rates in the region – the latest in a series of local measures.In the affected areas, which include large urban centres such as Newcastle, Gateshead, Sunderland and Durham, people will face fines if they are caught meeting people from other households indoors, including in hom…

yenisafak (2020-09-29). Saudi Arabia announces new Umrah measures. yenisafak.com Saudi Arabia on Tuesday announced fresh measures for the Umrah pilgrimage, which was suspended for six months due to the coronavirus outbreak.As part of the COVID-19 measures, the barricade placed around the Kaaba and the holy Black Stone will remain in its place and visitors will be prevented from touching them, the official SPA news agency reported.Masjid al-Haram, where the Kaaba is located, will be disinfected 10 times a day, SPA said, adding that quarantine rooms were already prepared for visitors showing symptoms of COVID-19.Saudi Arabia announced last week that it will gradually lift a coronavirus-related…

yenisafak (2020-09-29). Turkish parliament to open for 4th legislative session. yenisafak.com Turkish parliament will on Thursday start the fourth legislative session of its 27th term.The general assembly will convene at 2.00 p.m. local time (1100GMT) under the gavel of Parliament Speaker Mustafa Sentop.Later, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will deliver an opening speech at the assembly.This year, Sentop will not host an opening reception in the parliament due to novel coronavirus outbreak.On Oct. 6 and 7, the general assembly is scheduled to debate motions to extend the state's authority to launch cross-border military operations in northern Iraq and Syria for another year.Marathon deliberations on the 2…

yenisafak (2020-09-29). Coronavirus situation update in Eurasian countries. yenisafak.com Health authorities in Eurasian and Central Asian countries on Tuesday reported new coronavirus cases, related deaths and recoveries. | The world's death toll from the novel infection, meanwhile, crossed one million, a development the UN secretary general termed "mind-numbing" and "an agonizing milestone." | – Ukraine | The death toll in Ukraine reached 4,065 with 69 more fatalities reported over the past 24 hours. | Confirming another 3,627 cases, the tally of cases reached 204,932, with 90,250 recoveries. | Over 114,000 patients remain under treatment. | – Georgia | With 314 new cases and 270 more patients regai…

_____ (2020-09-29). Natural Gas Fracking Under Fire In Pennsylvania. popularresistance.org In a blistering report on Pennsylvania's 12-year experience with hydraulic fracturing for natural gas, a special statewide grand jury said public health and the environment have suffered and the state's environmental and health agencies, rather than acting as watchdogs, had a "culture of inadequate oversight." | "When it comes to fracking, Pennsylvania failed," said Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro, who convened the Investigating Statewide Grand Jury that listened to scores of witnesses and reports of investigators over two years.

The Canary (2020-09-29). Former Sainsbury's boss to take on key Test and Trace role. thecanary.co The former chief executive of Sainsbury's is to take over as testing director at Test and Trace.Mike Coupe, who retired as chief executive officer of Sainsbury's at the end of May, is set to replace Sarah-Jane Marsh who is returning to her post as chief executive of Birmingham Women's and Children's NHS Foundation Trust.Dido Harding, who runs NHS Test and Trace and is interim executive chair of the National Institute for Health Protection, said in an email to staff that Mr Coupe "will bring a wealth of experience in large scale supply chains, logistics and digital transformation".Baroness Dido Harding (Dominic Li…

yenisafak (2020-09-29). Indian court set to deliver verdict in Babri mosque demolition case. yenisafak.com A special court in India will deliver on Wednesday the verdict in the criminal case related to the Babri mosque demolition, almost 28 years after the structure in the Ayodhya town was pulled down.Last month, the Supreme Court had set Sept. 30 as the deadline to conclude the trial and pronounce the judgment.However, many senior defendants above 90 years of age may not be able to attend the court proceedings on that day due to health concerns although they are legally required to be present in court. It is not clear what arrangements the court would make for them.As many as 32 Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders w…

RT (2020-09-29). Major US health care firm hit by cyberattack, forcing hospitals to revert to 'pen and paper'. rt.com Universal Health Services, one of the largest US for-profit hospital operators, was hit by a massive cyberattack over the weekend, reportedly forcing staff at some of its facilities to record patient data with "pen and paper." | The attack "looks and smells like ransomware," Al…

Jasmine Norden (2020-09-29). The government is quietly trying to destroy freedom of speech in our schools. thecanary.co The Department for Education has updated its PSHE stands for 'personal, social, health and economic education'. It teaches children skills intended to prepare them for adult life, as well as knowledge about keeping themselves healthy and safe. | But the new guidelines amount to a direct attack on freedom of speech. And many education professionals have expressed concern about how this will affect their fr…

MEE and agencies (2020-09-29). Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah dies at 91. middleeasteye.net Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah dies at 91 | Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah had been receiving medical treament in the United States | Tue, 09/29/2020 – 14: 31 | Kuwait's Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad Al-Sabah waves upon his arrival to open the parliament's new term at the Gulf emirate's National Assembly in Kuwait City (AFP) | Kuwait on Tuesday confirmed the death of Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sab…

imperial.ac.uk (2020-09-29). Solar storms could be more extreme if they 'slipstream' behind each other. imperial.ac.uk Modelling of an extreme space weather event that narrowly missed Earth in 2012 shows it could have been even worse if paired with another event.

imperial.ac.uk (2020-09-29). Machine learning to automated daydreaming: Imperial academics map future of AI. imperial.ac.uk Imperial academics have plotted the roles that AI could play in our future society in a new map that connects reality to science fiction.

imperial.ac.uk (2020-09-29). Scientists plan new groundbreaking facility to transform UK cancer treatment. imperial.ac.uk Researchers have unveiled designs for a facility intended to make cheaper, more flexible proton beam therapy for cancer treatment a reality.

Staff (2020-09-29). Private Police at Hospital Hosting Trump-Biden Debate Mostly Arrest Black People. truthout.org A few minutes after noon on a September day in 2018, Jacarvi Jackson and Darcell Williams were crossing Euclid Avenue, a main road through Cleveland's medical area. Both of them worked for a vendor that supplies food to patients at the world-renowned Cleveland Clinic. Still in their work uniforms after finishing their eight-hour shifts at the hospital's loading dock, they were heading to a Burger King lot where their cars were parked. They were in a hurry — Jackson was worried about…

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2020-09-28). The Covid-19 Numbers Game: The "Second Wave" is Based on Fake Statistics. globalresearch.ca "Red zones", travel bans, quarantines, "red lists". A "Second Wave". Millions of people are lining up for Covid-19 testing. The "Numbers Game". How statistics and "estimates" are used by politicians to justify the closure of the national economy and the derogation of fundamental civil rights.

Peter Koenig (2020-09-28). Is a New Wave of Covid-Fascism Invading Europe? globalresearch.ca He spoke Truth to Power, about the covid-lie and what it did to humanity and to the global economy. And then he was suddenly arrested by police, handcuffed, pushed into a police car and driven to Wandsworth Custody Center, were he was detained for 22 hours, simply for telling the truth about covid-19.

teleSUR (2020-09-28). Peru: 3,000 Volunteers Added To Chinese COVID-19 Vaccines Tests. telesurenglish.net In Peru, the National University of San Marcos (UNMSM) and the Cayetano Heredia University Sunday announced that some 3,000 volunteers joined the third phase of clinical studies of two inactivated COVID-19 vaccines prepared by the China Sinopharm company. | RELATED: | After the registration process, the Sinopharm researching team would determine the volunteers' eligibility and contact the ones who suit as candidates. | Research…

Ben Lilliston (2020-09-28). Don't Grant Global Meat Corporations Immunity, Hold Them Accountable for COVID-19 Failures. globalresearch.ca As the Senate reconvenes this week, a lobbying blitz to grant corporations special immunity protection is ramping up. Global meat companies are helping lead the charge, and it's easy to see why. The

teleSUR (2020-09-28). Venezuela: President Maduro To Present Anti-Blockade Bill. telesurenglish.net Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro Sunday announced that he will present an Anti-Blockade Constitutional Bill to the National Constituent Assembly (ANC). | RELATED: | During his intervention in the meeting of the Presidential Commission for the Control and Prevention of COVID-19, he informed about this initiative to fight the U.S. arbitrary sanctions. | "It is an Anti-Blockade Bill that has been created and studied…

WSWS (2020-09-28). Youth protests over COVID-19 mount in working-class districts of Madrid. wsws.org Madrid is the epicentre of the resurgence of COVID-19 in Spain, now the worst-hit country in Western Europe, with 51 dying last Friday alone.

teleSUR (2020-09-28). Nearly Half of US States Report Increasing COVID-19 Infections. telesurenglish.net Almost half of the U.S. states are reporting increasing numbers of new COVID-19 cases as health experts warn of a potential coronavirus surge in the United States in the fall and winter. | As of Sunday, the number of new COVID-19 cases has increased by at least 10 percent or more than the week before in 21 states, most of them in the West, according to a CNN analysis of data from Johns Hopkins University. | RELATED: | Cases are rising in 21 states su…

WSWS (2020-09-28). The world has reached the grim milestone of one million COVID-19 deaths. wsws.org With some 33 million infected out of nearly eight billion people, "herd immunity" remains a distant prospect and winter could bring conditions for a rapid resurgence of the pandemic.

Dr. Heiko Schà∂ning (2020-09-28). Video: Dr. Heiko Schà∂ning Arrested for Speaking The Truth on Covid-19. Trafalgar Square London Protests. globalresearch.ca Dr. Heiko Schà∂ning, one of the founders of Doctors for the Truth which is an association of thousands of medical doctors around the world, said that the measures of the governments regarding COVID-19 are absolutely inappropriate. | "I would also …

news.un (2020-09-28). Most countries failing to protect women from COVID-19 economic and social fallout. news.un.org The COVID-19 pandemic is "hitting women hard", but most nations are failing to provide sufficient social and economic protection for them, the head of the UN gender empowerment agency said on Monday.

2020-09-28: News Headlines

Dr. Heiko Schà∂ning (2020-09-28). Video: Dr. Heiko Schà∂ning Arrested for Speaking The Truth on Covid-19. Trafalgar Square London Protests. globalresearch.ca Dr. Heiko Schà∂ning, one of the founders of Doctors for the Truth which is an association of thousands of medical doctors around the world, said that the measures of the governments regarding COVID-19 are absolutely inappropriate. | "I would also …

John Scales Avery (2020-09-28). The ecological impact of militarism. nationofchange.org "In the face of both COVID-19 and the climate crisis, we urgently need to shift from a culture of war to a culture of care."

news.un (2020-09-28). Most countries failing to protect women from COVID-19 economic and social fallout. news.un.org The COVID-19 pandemic is "hitting women hard", but most nations are failing to provide sufficient social and economic protection for them, the head of the UN gender empowerment agency said on Monday.

Ben Lilliston (2020-09-28). Don't Grant Global Meat Corporations Immunity, Hold Them Accountable for COVID-19 Failures. globalresearch.ca As the Senate reconvenes this week, a lobbying blitz to grant corporations special immunity protection is ramping up. Global meat companies are helping lead the charge, and it's easy to see why. The

WSWS (2020-09-28). Youth protests over COVID-19 mount in working-class districts of Madrid. wsws.org Madrid is the epicentre of the resurgence of COVID-19 in Spain, now the worst-hit country in Western Europe, with 51 dying last Friday alone.

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2020-09-28). The Covid-19 Numbers Game: The "Second Wave" is Based on Fake Statistics. globalresearch.ca "Red zones", travel bans, quarantines, "red lists". A "Second Wave". Millions of people are lining up for Covid-19 testing. The "Numbers Game". How statistics and "estimates" are used by politicians to justify the closure of the national economy and the derogation of fundamental civil rights.

Wafaa Aludaini, Ramzy Baroud (2020-09-28). We are the children of Gaza: Now we face the coronavirus. peoplesworld.org The inevitable has finally happened, and the coronavirus pandemic is now ravaging the besieged Gaza Strip. On August 24, a total lockdown was imposed by the Gaza authorities following the discovery of several COVID-19 cases outside designated quarantine areas. Since then, over 1,000 cases have been identified and ten people have died. Experts estimate the …

WSWS (2020-09-28). The world has reached the grim milestone of one million COVID-19 deaths. wsws.org With some 33 million infected out of nearly eight billion people, "herd immunity" remains a distant prospect and winter could bring conditions for a rapid resurgence of the pandemic.

WSWS (2020-09-28). Public meeting: New Zealand's COVID election, the breakdown of capitalism and the fight for socialism. wsws.org The Socialist Equality Group (New Zealand) will hold a public online meeting, via Zoom, on Saturday October 3 at 4: 00p.m. NZ time.

WSWS (2020-09-28). US governors told in February that pandemic would get "much worse," but did not alert public. wsws.org In a secret meeting, 25 US governors were told: "The coronavirus outbreak is going to get much, much worse before it gets better."

Mohammad Ayesh (2020-09-28). Arabic press review: Saudi Arabia 'planned' to occupy Qatar, minister claims. middleeasteye.net Arabic press review: Saudi Arabia 'planned' to occupy Qatar, minister claims | Meanwhile, Algeria sentences activist for his role in toppling Bouteflika, $106bn smuggled out of Yemen during the war and 100,000 Jordanian restaurant staff out of work because of coronavirus | Mon, 09/28/2020 – 14: 50 | Years of civil war have led to billions of dollars being smuggled out of Yemen, Al-Araby Al-Jadee…

Dr. Heiko Schà∂ning (2020-09-28). Why Germany's Corona Extra-Parliamentary Inquiry Committee Is Necessary? Dr. Heiko Schà∂ning. globalresearch.ca Dr. Heiko Schà∂ning: | Dear fellow citizens, | Welcome to the ACU, the Corona Extra-Parliamentary Inquiry Committee. If Parliament does not do it, we, the citizens, are called upon to do it ourselves. | As the Corona Extra-Parliamentary Inquiry Committee, we will investigate …

Albert Bender (2020-09-28). Wyoming Indigenous face coronavirus treatment discrimination. peoplesworld.org RIVERTON, Wyoming—There is a hotbed of controversy raging about the treatment of Tribal members of the Wind River Indian Reservation by a local hospital and inflammatory statements made by the Fremont County Commission Chairman Travis Becker. In the early days of the pandemic Northern Arapaho Tribal members of the Wind River Indian Reservation in west central …

Matt Sedlar (2020-09-28). How Academic Medical Centers Made Out on Coronavirus Bailouts. cepr.net The American Prospect See article on original site Some of the most financially successful nonprofit health systems are academic medical centers and the systems they anchor. Despite being considered "nonprofit" hospitals, that doesn't mean they don't make a profit. Nonprofit is a tax status that means a hospital is exempt from paying federal, state, and …

_____ (2020-09-28). Watch: What you need to know about the Coronavirus Act. truepublica.org.uk Let's make sure we don't blame the wrong people here. The police are not the enemy, nor are many government agencies that are operating under difficult circumstances. Both have been given rules, areas of guidance and laws to manage that conflict with our understanding of civil society. But these are not normal times and because …

Dana Brown (2020-09-28). Four Steps to Transform the Pharmaceutical Industry and Survive the Pandemic. zcomm.org Dealing with the Covid crisis will require taking the profit motive out of our health systems. Here's how.

Michael Albert (2020-09-28). Lydia Sargent, Live Like Her. zcomm.org Death when one is diminished is devastating. Death when one is isolated is shattering. All manner of death is final. Lydia Sargent took her last breath sometime last night. She had been diminished with dementia for what seemed like an eternity but was only a horrid hiccup in a lovely lifetime. She was Covid isolated

Yes on Prop 16 (2020-09-28). Monday 9/28: Yes on 16: CA's Latinx Community & the Lack of Latinx Physicans During COVID-19. indybay.org Online…

Keith McHenry (2020-09-28). Santa Cruz City Officials to evict Food Not Bombs, the Homeless Union COVID -19 Relief Center. indybay.org Santa Cruz City Officials to evict Food Not Bombs, the Homeless Union COVID -19 Relief Center, and sweep those without housing.

sputniknews (2020-09-28). UK Emergency Lockdown Scheme Reportedly Aims to Ban Social Interaction Amid Fresh COVID-19 Alarms. sputniknews.com Last week, Downing Street introduced a set of updated measures to battle the rising COVID infection rates in a bid to avoid a total national lockdown – curfews in widely visited public spots like pubs and restaurants among other things.

The Canary (2020-09-28). Yet another government U-Turn as parliament drinking hours spark public backlash. thecanary.co UK businesses have criticised Boris Johnson's new strict curfew for England's pubs and bars during the Covid-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. They've raised concerns that it may do more harm than good by forcing crowds into the streets at the same time. | But the law caused even more protests when it emerged that MPs, lords and parliamentary staff would be able to continue drinking past the deadline in the Palace of Westminster. This was because its establishments are classed as workplace canteens. | As a result, parliament has now said it won't serve alcohol after the 10pm curfew. | Yet another U-turn: | Johns…

Staff (2020-09-28). CDC Director Overheard Saying Everything Trump's COVID Adviser Says "Is False" truthout.org During a phone conversation on a commercial airplane late last week "Everything he says is false,"

yenisafak (2020-09-28). Iran reports 190 more virus deaths, over 3,500 new cases. yenisafak.com At least 190 more coronavirus-related fatalities have raised the death toll in Iran to 25,779, the country's Health Ministry said on Monday. | Some 3,512 more people tested positive for COVID-19 over the past 24 hours, pushing the overall count up to 449,960, ministry spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari said. | She added that 376,531 patients have recovered so far, while 4,068 are hospitalized in critical condition. | Some 30 of Iran's 31 provinces are in the red zone with high risk of coronavirus, Lari warned. | Iran is struggling to contain the pandemic since February when the first cases were confirmed in the city of…

yenisafak (2020-09-28). Physicians speak on battle against COVID-19 in Turkey. yenisafak.com Turkish physicians, speaking to Anadolu Agency, told about the conditions medical staff had to endure and why the public, including the children, should be more careful when it comes to wearing masks and social distancing.Dr. Okan Caliskan of Turkey's Kars Public Hospital, a specialized hospital on COVID-19, and Zerrin Orbak, a pediatrician at the School of Medicine at Ataturk University, stressed the importance of following the rules in combat against COVID-19.Caliskan said the initial two to three weeks after the pandemic started in Turkey were particularly tough for him and all medical staff had to work for lo…

WSWS (2020-09-28). Australia: Victorian government accelerates lifting of COVID-19 restrictions to satisfy big business. wsws.org Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has fallen further into line with the "return to work" campaign of the corporate elite and the federal government.

Julia Conley, staff writer (2020-09-28). Trump's Failure on Covid-19 Testing and Tracking Data Has Led to Deaths of 1,700 Healthcare Workers, Nurses Union Report Shows. commondreams.org The largest nurses' union in the U.S. revealed Monday that the federal government's failure to track and report data on Covid-19 deaths has led to the deaths of at least 1,700 healthcare workers while leaving medical facilities with little incentive "to avoid becoming zones of infection." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/gettyimages-1223423042_1.jpg

commondreams (2020-09-28). New Report Reveals Widespread Government Failure to Track and Report Data on Covid-19 Deaths, Testing, and Infections. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Lisa Newcomb, staff writer (2020-09-28). As 21 States Report Surge in Covid-19 and Flu Season Looms, Nursing Homes Implore Congress for Urgent Relief. commondreams.org "We need Congress to prioritize our vulnerable seniors and their caregivers in nursing homes and assisted living communities by passing another Covid-19 funding package before they leave town for the elections." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/getty-nursing-home-2.jpg

Mary Ann Koruth (2020-09-28). Undocumented Immigrants Are Still Suffering With No Federal Relief. thenation.com Undocumented Immigrants Are Still Suffering With No Federal Relief…

Peter Koenig (2020-09-28). Is a New Wave of Covid-Fascism Invading Europe? globalresearch.ca German Doctor, Co-founder of ACU — German Extra-Parliamentary Commission for (Covid) Investigation, Arrested — and Swiss Parliament extending the Swiss Covid Emergency Law until End of 2021. | *** | United Kingdom | The scene looks like true fascism out of Hitler's playbook …

Peoples Dispatch (2020-09-28). Jordanian King dissolves national parliament ahead of November elections. peoplesdispatch.org National elections in Jordan are scheduled to held on November 10 in the midst of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and a rapidly deteriorating economic situation in the country…

Staff (2020-09-28). Headlines for September 28, 2020. democracynow.org Trump Nominates Amy Coney Barrett to SCOTUS; GOP-Led Senate Could Confirm Before Nov. 3, NYT: Trump Paid $750 in Fed. Income Taxes in 2016, No Income Taxes in 10 of Last 15 Years , Protests Continue over Impunity in Breonna Taylor's Case as Her Family Speaks Out, U.S. Coronavirus Cases Top 7 Million, on the Rise in Two Dozen States, Global Coronavirus Deaths Approach 1 Million; Latin America Has Half of Most Infected Nations, Armenia and Azerbaijan Declare Martial Law as Fighting Kills at Least 23 People, Belarus Protests Continue as EU and U.S. Refuse to Recognize Lukashenko as Legitimate Ruler, At Least 16 Refu…

sputniknews (2020-09-28). NHS Group Warns UK Test & Trace Scheme Won't Cope With Corona Resurgence, Calls to Boost Capacity. sputniknews.com Despite the overwhelming criticism of Britain's electronic coronavirus detection system, with many citing technical glitches and shenanigans with the Bluetooth signal, government figures suggest that on average a little over one infectious person in five fail to be traced.

yenisafak (2020-09-28). Virus death toll nears 35,500 in Africa. yenisafak.com A total of 35,440 people have died of the novel coronavirus across Africa, said the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention on Monday.It said nearly 1.46 people have so far been confirmed infected, of whom more than 1,2 million have recovered.Southern Africa continues to be the worst-hit region both in terms of number of cases and death toll, with 732,600 infections and 17,600 fatalities. But the region also has by far the largest number of recoveries that now stands at 649,400.North Africa has recorded 326,900 cases and 10,800 deaths; West Africa 175,400 cases and 2,600 deaths; East Africa 167,200 case…

yenisafak (2020-09-28). International Istanbul Opera Festival ends with Mozart. yenisafak.com The world-famous International Istanbul Opera Festival has ended with Mozart's The Abduction from the Seraglio.During the eight-day festival ending Sunday night and held for the 11th time, art-lovers had both amusing and emotional moments.The festival, however, could not reach the expected number of physical audience due to the strict measures against the novel coronavirus pandemic.But thousands could watch the festival on social media thanks to the Turkish Culture and Tourism Ministry.Deputy Minister for Culture and Tourism Ozgul Ozkan Yavuz said they worked to protect the connection between art and art-lovers d…

yenisafak (2020-09-28). Oman to reopen mosques on Nov. 15. yenisafak.com Oman will reopen mosques for prayers on Nov. 15, with strict measures in place to prevent the spread of coronavirus, state media reported on Monday, citing a statement from the Islamic affairs ministry.

Global Research News (2020-09-28). Selected Articles: Why Germany's Corona Extra-Parliamentary Inquiry Committee Is Necessary? Dr. Heiko Schà∂ning. 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

Alan Macleod (2020-09-28). Report: 56 Million Americans Depended on Food Banks During the Pandemic. mintpressnews.com Once only associated with enemy nations and the Great Depression, bread lines have returned to the US, often in form of miles-long traffic jams or car parks filled with hungry drivers.

Thomas Magstadt (2020-09-28). From superpower to failed state: Inequality and the public health crisis in America. nationofchange.org The pandemic has shined a spotlight on the failings of leaders and elites.

Paul Street (2020-09-28). The Rolling Constitutional-Fascist Coup in the World's Most Dangerous Nation. counterpunch.org We are in the middle of a rolling authoritarian and even fascist coup that is working with and through the United States Constitution to no small degree. To be sure, Trump is doing everything in his considerable power to undermine a "normal" bourgeois-constitutional election. He's working to sabotage mail delivery in an election that will depend on mail-in ballots thanks to the pandemic Trump has fanned. He's deploying armed right-wing "poll watchers" to intimidate minority and other Biden voters. He's encouraging terrorist street actions and intimidation by white "tough guys" (bikers, militia members, cops, and…

WSWS (2020-09-28). Warning strikes in German public sector: Growing anger over low wages and insecure working conditions. wsws.org Some 2.3 million public sector workers face a sellout by the Verdi union, including educators, local government workers and daycare workers who are at the forefront of the pandemic.

Jon Schwarz (2020-09-28). Hunger in America, Especially for Children, Has "Skyrocketed" During Pandemic. zcomm.org Estimates say hunger in US households has tripled since 2019, and about 5 million school age children sometimes or often went hungry in 2020. This increase has nothing to do with a shortage of food. It is purely the result of political decisions.

commondreams (2020-09-28). Report: America's Massive Wildlife Imports Fuel Global Pandemic Risks. commondreams.org ______________________________…

pip.hinman (2020-09-28). Right to protest and pandemics discussed. greenleft.org.au

Gary D. Barnett (2020-09-28). The State's Response to this 'Virus' Is Nothing More than a Weapon of Mass Submission. globalresearch.ca "The great masses of men, though theoretically free, are seen to submit supinely to oppression and exploitation of a hundred abhorrent sorts. Have they no means of resistance? Obviously they have. The worst tyrant, even under democratic plutocracy, has but …

Kendra Klein (2020-09-28). Organic Food Is a 'Human Right', Says Leading Food Scientist. globalresearch.ca To stamp out pesticides from our fragile food systems is to protect those most prone to ill health, Friends of the Earth's senior staff scientist, Kendra Klein explains to Yasmin Dahnoun. | *** | From seed to harvest, the food that arrives …

Kathy Durkin (2020-09-28). Illinois: Black and Latinx women health workers lead strike to victory. workers.org They won! The historic 10-day strike by workers at medical facilities in three Illinois cities resulted in an all-out victory, with every demand met. Black and Latinx women workers played a decisive role in organizing the strike and steering it to its successful conclusion. Chicago health workers in the 'Strike . . . |

Margaret Flowers (2020-09-28). Let's Talk About Racism And Health. dissidentvoice.org The current uprising across the nation is a take-off moment for systemic racism in the United States. A take-off moment occurs when awareness about a crisis reaches a level of public consciousness where an event (in this case, the recent high-profile police murders of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd) sparks protests across the country. Racist …

Linn Washington Jr. (2020-09-28). Big Lies About Blacks From Bigot Boy. counterpunch.org During President Trump's appearance on a nationally televised Town Hall forum held recently at the U.S. Constitution Center in Philadelphia, he engaged in the 'Big Lie' — that propaganda technique linked with Hitler's Nazi regime. Trump spun Big Lies of varying size on topics ranging from health care to racial hatred throughout that Q-&-A session broadcast from

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-28). Indian animator awarded in 16th Resistance Int. Film Fest. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 28 (MNA) — "The Saviour" by Arjun Mukherjee from India managed to snatch the Iran's 16th Resistance International Film Festival's "Health Defenders" Section's trophy and diploma of honour.

2020-09-27: News Headlines

Karen Attiah (2020-09-27). Africa has defied the covid-19 nightmare scenarios. We shouldn't be surprised. indybay.org Published Sept. 22, 2020- in The Washington Post…

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-27). 1,377 new COVID-19 cases hospitalized in 24h. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 27 (MNA) — According to the Iranian Health Ministry, 1,377 of the 3,362 new confirmed COVID-19 infections in the past 24 hours have been hospitalized.

The Canary (2020-09-27). 'Immediate action' needed to control coronavirus in London, mayor's office warns. thecanary.co The mayor's office has warned that "immediate action" is needed to get coronavirus (Covid-19) back under control in London. | A spokesperson for London mayor Sadiq Khan expressed concern for the capital, saying: London is at a very worrying tipping point right now. We're seeing a sharp rise in 111 calls, hospital admissions, and patients in ICU. | Whilst Londoners have made incredible collective sacrifices to reduce the spread of Covid-19, the number of cases is now rising steeply again and we have to take immediate action to get the virus back under control." | Ineffective curfew: | Their comments come af…

The Canary (2020-09-27). Let university students go home for Christmas, Labour urges government. thecanary.co University students must be allowed to return home to their families at Christmas, Labour has said. It comes amid fears that coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreaks could keep young people in halls when term ends.Scared and confused: Meanwhile, thousands of students are currently confined to their rooms following a surge in cases at institutions including Glasgow, Manchester Metropolitan and Edinburgh Napier.Students at Manchester Metropolitan University described being scared and confused as their accommodation was locked down without warning.Hundreds of students at the university have been told to stay in their…

Antonio Carty (2020-09-27). "Cheap, frequent COVID tests could be 'akin to vaccine," professor says. zcomm.org I'm surprised there is not more interest in a logical solution that definitely works and is ready to produce now, far easier than an unproven vaccine that may or may not work. Great if it did, but even if it eventually does it will take years to have an effect, that is waves and waves

yenisafak (2020-09-27). Egypt reopens Gaza terminal for stranded Palestinians. yenisafak.com Egyptian authorities on Sunday reopened the Rafah crossing with the Gaza Strip in both directions, the Palestinian Interior Ministry said.The Hamas-run ministry said the border terminal will remain open for three days to allow Palestinian travelers to leave Gaza and let Palestinians stranded in Egypt to return back to the territory.This is the second time for the Egyptian authorities to reopen the Rafah crossing since the coronavirus outbreak in March.According to the Palestinian health authorities, travelers arriving in Gaza will enter an obligatory quarantine for a period of 21 days.The Gaza Strip has recorded…

yenisafak (2020-09-27). Qatar Airways reports $1.92 billion loss amid coronavirus crisis. yenisafak.com Qatar Airways reported a loss of 7 billion riyals ($1.92 billion) on Sunday for the year ending March 31, as the coronavirus crisis hurt the aviation industry around the world.The airline also disclosed it had received a 7.3 billion riyal advance from its owner, the government of Qatar, after March that has since been converted into new shares. ($1 = 3.6411 Qatar riyals)…

WSWS (2020-09-26). Record growth of COVID-19 infections in Eastern Europe. wsws.org The numbers of new COVID-19 infections in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Romania and Hungary are breaking previous records.

news.un (2020-09-26). FROM THE FIELD: COVID-19's 'deadly layer of complexity' depicted in photos. news.un.org The fall-out from the COVID-19 pandemic is adding a "deadly layer of complexity" to the global challenge of preventing more people from falling into poverty, a view articulated in a photographic exhibition sponsored by the UN Development Programme (UNDP).

_____ (2020-09-26). Workers' Rights In Globalised Industry. popularresistance.org The Covid-19 crisis and the lockdowns imposed as a result hit the garment industry hard, causing order cancellations and job losses in producer countries. | What can trade unions do to press brands to shield suppliers from the risk of a sudden loss of income that they pass onto their workers? | "This problem emerged early in the pandemic. In April many brands endorsed a call to action, a tripartite initiative led by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) with a commitment by brands to pay for finished goods and goods in production.

WSWS (2020-09-26). Spain's PSOE-Podemos government assaults protests vs. herd immunity policy. wsws.org As 7,500 army troops deploy to Madrid amid a Europe-wide resurgence of COVID-19, this crackdown is a threat aimed at the entire working class.

news.un (2020-09-26). 'We must open our eyes to the weaknesses this pandemic has laid bare', Belgium leader tells UN General Assembly. news.un.org As the world continues to confront the COVID-19 pandemic and its aftershocks, we cannot 'turn our back' to other pressing global concerns, Belgian Prime Minister Sophie Wilmès told the UN General Assembly on Saturday.

news.un (2020-09-26). Amid COVID-19 pandemic, world needs masks, not weapons, declares Prime Minister of Nepal. news.un.org The global pandemic has put at risk hard-earned development achievements, the Prime Minister of Nepal told world leaders gathered virtually on Friday for the UN General Assembly, adding that the ones most affected are the smaller and more vulnerable countries.

WSWS (2020-09-26). Thousands at UK universities infected with coronavirus as new term opens. wsws.org The former regional director for public health in northwest England, Professor John Ashton, said it was "almost inevitable" that the return of students would lead to a spike in COVID-19 cases.

news.un (2020-09-26). New 'COVID-19 reality' should compel some to put aside narrow interests and seek multilateral solutions, Syrian Minister says. news.un.org As some States continue to pursue their own narrow agendas above all else, the world is straying further from the principles that underpin international norms and the work of the United Nations, the Foreign Minister of Syria told the high-level General Assembly plenary on Saturday.

teleSUR (2020-09-26). Portugal: Workers Demand Gov't Action Against Unemployment. telesurenglish.net Portuguese workers protested on Saturday to demand better salaraies and governmental action on employment protection during the COVID-19 pandemic. | RELATED: | The General Confederation of Portuguese Workers (CGTP) organized and convened peaceful demonstrations to demand that the government to raise the minimum salary from 635 euros to 850. Participants maintained social distance and wore masks. | "Workers' ri…

teleSUR (2020-09-26). Peru to Resume International Flights on October 5. telesurenglish.net Peru's Minister of Foreign Trade and Tourism, Rocío Barrios has announced the resumption of international flights on October 5th, following a six month cease on travel due to the COVID-19 pandemic. | RELATED: | "The Ministry of Transport has been coordinating with the private sector and with the airline operators. A survey has been carried out on the demand that would exist and the need for the number of flights to be ope…

WSWS (2020-09-26). Brazilian educators call strikes against homicidal reopening of schools. wsws.org The efforts of Brazil's ruling elite to reopen schools amid the catastrophic spread of COVID-19 are being met with a growing wave of resistance.

Julian Rose (2020-09-26). Manufactured Pandemic: Testing People for Any Strain of a Coronavirus, Not Specifically for COVID-19. globalresearch.ca First published by Global Research on March 27, 2020 | The following is from a medical forum. The writer, who is a widely respected professional scientist in the US, prefers to stay anonymous, because presenting any narrative different than the official …

news.un (2020-09-26). 'Instead of nationalism, we need global cooperation'; Caribbean leaders call for united front against COVID-19 pandemic. news.un.org Leaders from the Caribbean, in pre-recorded addresses to the UN General Assembly, stressed that their small economies are largely dependent on one or just a few industries, and called for strengthened global cooperation and financing mechanisms to overcome the health crisis sparked by the coronavirus pandemic and recover from its massive socio-economic fallout.

news.un (2020-09-26). COVID-19 a litmus test of global unity, Thai Prime Minister tells world leaders. news.un.org The COVID-19 pandemic is a "litmus test" of the faith in multilateralism and unity among nations, the Prime Minister of Thailand told world leaders gathered virtually at the UN General Assembly, urging every country to renew their trust in international cooperation.

Mia Barnes (2020-09-26). Is COVID-19 causing a spike in addiction rates? nationofchange.org Addiction is hard, especially in tough world or life circumstances, but with support from near or far, you can make it through.

Zach Conti (2020-09-26). G7 Finance Ministers Support Debt Relief for Poor Countries Combating COVID-19 Crisis. indybay.org The G7 supports a process for debt cancellation for vulnerable countries, they announced this morning after Treasury convened a special Finance Ministers meeting. In a G7 statement, the ministers also encouraged an extension of the G20 Debt Service Suspension Initiative (DSSI) into next year for the world's 73 poorest countries.

Susan Jaffe (2020-09-26). [World Report] Media reports reveal political interference at the US CDC. thelancet.com News accounts say that Trump administration officials wanted to edit and approve COVID-19 studies and publish guidance without the usual scientific review. Susan Jaffe reports.

Philip Ball (2020-09-26). [Perspectives] David Hare's fiery account of COVID-19. thelancet.com Going to the theatre is no longer normal, although it might be (in the already clichéd phrase) the new normal. It's not just the ubiquitous masks and hand gel, or the absence of mingling as everyone stays in their little social bubbles. The auditorium of the Bridge Theatre in London, UK, looked like it had been prepared for some other sort of performance art, at least half of the chairs having been physically removed. My solitary seat, set in isolation, made me feel simultaneously privileged, as if travelling first class, and vulnerable.

The Lancet (2020-09-26). [Editorial] COVID-19 in India: the dangers of false optimism. thelancet.com Despite a strong response at the outset of the pandemic, as of Sept 22, India has the world's fastest growing outbreak of COVID-19 in absolute numbers according to WHO, reporting more than 5 ∑6 million infections. Restrictions began to be lifted in June, and this relaxation has continued in the face of a continuing dramatic increase in case numbers nationally. Beneath these alarming national figures, the pattern of spread in India is nuanced and complex, with marked differences between states, and between rural and urban areas.

Arielle Lasry, Roberta Horth (2020-09-26). [Correspondence] Models for mortality require tailoring in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. thelancet.com Amitava Banerjee and colleagues1 present the estimated prevalence of serious underlying medical conditions indicative of susceptibility to severe COVID-19 and mortality in England.

Zion Hagay (2020-09-26). [Correspondence] Israeli aid to the West Bank and the Gaza Strip during the COVID-19 pandemic. thelancet.com The claims asserted in David Mills and colleagues in their Correspondence1 were so egregious that we feel the need to respond, even though some time has passed since its publication and the Correspondence has since been removed from The Lancet's website.

Amitava Banerjee, Laura Pasea, Spiros Denaxas, Bryan Williams, Harry Hemingway (2020-09-26). [Correspondence] Models for mortality require tailoring in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic — Authors' reply. thelancet.com We thank Arielle Lasry and Roberta Horth for their comments on our study1 and agree that long-term mortality models, applicable to people with different underlying conditions, have an important ongoing role in the COVID-19 response, and that they require further development to include wider determinants of health.

Richard Horton (2020-09-26). [Comment] Offline: COVID-19 is not a pandemic. thelancet.com As the world approaches 1 million deaths from COVID-19, we must confront the fact that we are taking a far too narrow approach to managing this outbreak of a new coronavirus. We have viewed the cause of this crisis as an infectious disease. All of our interventions have focused on cutting lines of viral transmission, thereby controlling the spread of the pathogen. The "science" that has guided governments has been driven mostly by epidemic modellers and infectious disease specialists, who understandably frame the present health emergency in centuries-old terms of plague.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-26). Iran COVID-19 update: 3,204 new cases, 172 deaths in 24h. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 26 (MNA) — Iran's Health Ministry confirmed 3,204 new COVID-19 infections and 172 deaths due to the disease in the past 24 hours.

sputniknews (2020-09-26). CDC: Young Adults Account for More COVID-19 Cases Than Any Other US Age Group. sputniknews.com Young adults aged 20 to 29 accounted for around 20% of all confirmed COVID-19 novel coronavirus cases recorded in the US between June and August, according to a new study from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The Canary (2020-09-26). Government should use coronavirus pandemic to tackle 'bad behaviour' in businesses, says former shadow chancellor. thecanary.co Former shadow chancellor John McDonnell is urging the government to use the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic to "stamp out bad behaviour" from businesses across the country. The Labour MP insisted that firms guilty of poor employment practices should not receive state help.Business standards: In his first major intervention since leaving Labour's front bench, he will put forward a Business Standards Bill. The bill will be aimed at tackling those firms that use fire and rehire tactics and zero-hour contracts, avoid tax, or pollute the environment.His proposals include an accreditation scheme for firms that m…

The Canary (2020-09-26). Glasgow University to refund one month's rent after coronavirus outbreak. thecanary.co Glasgow University will refund all students in halls of residence one month's rent, along with a £50 payment for food. | The return of students to campuses across Scotland has seen a spike in coronavirus (Covid-19) cases. It's forced hundreds into self-isolation, and led to the Scottish government and Universities Scotland to ask that students do not socialise in hospitality venues this weekend. | Outbreak: | At Glasgow University, 124 cases of the virus were reported on Thursday 24 September, with the number expected to rise. | As a result, a test centre was established at the Murano Street halls o…

The Canary (2020-09-26). Tory rebels continue bid for vote on coronavirus powers despite No 10 offer. thecanary.co Tory backbenchers will continue to push the government to give MPs a chance to debate and vote on coronavirus measures before they come into force. This is despite Downing Street's attempt to head off a rebellion. | Conservative Graham Brady, the chairman of the 1922 Committee, has tabled an amendment to the Coronavirus Act. The amendment is an attempt to force greater parliamentary scrutiny of the regulations. | Scrutiny: | A six-month review of coronavirus (Covid-19) powers is scheduled to take place on Wednesday 30 September. | In a bid to appease the backbenches, Downing Street has offered MPs a chanc…

yenisafak (2020-09-26). India fails to curb virus despite strict lockdown. yenisafak.com India enforced one of the world's most stringent lockdowns in March to check the spread of the coronavirus.The shutdown took effect four hours after Prime Minister Narendra Modi's announcement and created chaos and confusion as Indians were totally unprepared.All economic activities came to a standstill. More than 140 million migrant workers in big cities were suddenly left without work as shops, factories and establishments shut down.In the COVID-19-hit months of April to June, India's GDP shrank 23.9% year-on-year. Although the pandemic turned into a financial crisis and rendered millions jobless, the virus spr…

yenisafak (2020-09-26). COVID-19 recoveries top 75% in Bangladesh. yenisafak.com With 1,753 more patients cleared over the past 24 hours, the number of recoveries in the country now stands at 268,777, or 75.1%, according to the Health Ministry.Some 36 more deaths were also reported in Bangladesh over the past day, along with 1,106 more infections, the lowest single-day figure since Aug. 2.The overall COVID-19 case count is now at 357,873, including 5,129 — 1.43% — fatalities.A total of 3,974 men (77.48%) and 1,155 women (22.52%) have died of COVID-19 in Bangladesh, the ministry said.At least 10,680 more coronavirus tests were conducted over the past 24 hours, taking the total to o…

RT (2020-09-26). Worrying times in Kiev as Ukraine hits daily record of Covid-19 cases, while infections in Russia also continue to rise. rt.com As Western European countries, such as the UK and France, face a likely second wave of Covid-19, Eastern Europe — less severely hit in spring — may be following in tow. Russia and Ukraine are now seeing an uptick in infections.

WSWS (2020-09-26). New bailout for UK corporations as COVID-19 infections rocket. wsws.org Chancellor Sunak's announcement was unveiled outside his office in Downing Street, flanked by Trades Union Congress General Secretary Frances O'Grady and Confederation of British Industry Director General Dame Carolyn Fairbairn.

Derrick Z. Jackson (2020-09-26). Why Environmental Justice Needs to Be on the Docket in the Presidential Debates. commondreams.org If you want to talk about the inequality in our economy, COVID-19, race, and silent violence in our cities, you need to start with environmental injustice to Black and brown families. (Photo: Marcus Johnstone/CC BY-NC 2.0) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/environmental-justice-debates-2020.jpg

Ben Lilliston (2020-09-26). Don't Grant Global Meat Corporations Immunity, Hold Them Accountable for Covid-19 Failures. commondreams.org Exterior of the JBS Greeley Beef Plant on April 23, 2020. (Photo: Andy Cross/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/big-meat-workers-covid-immunity.jpg

news.un (2020-09-26). Repair ugly rifts and unite against common foe, COVID-19, 'or everyone will lose', warns UK's Johnson. news.un.org COVID-19 has "united humanity as never before", the United Kingdom Prime Minister told the UN General Assembly's annual high-level session on Saturday.

WSWS (2020-09-26). Pennsylvania nursing students demand refunds, financial support due to COVID policies. wsws.org Students say their calls for adequate support and transparency, quality education, reduced costs and licensing accommodations have been met with indifference and hostility from university administrators.

Dr. Martin Feeley (2020-09-26). 'You Can't Postpone Youth': Those Least at Risk from COVID Pay Highest Price, Says Doctor. globalresearch.ca The senior Dr

Staff (2020-09-26). Birth Control Is Harder to Get During COVID. Over-the-Counter Access Is Crucial. truthout.org In what was her As Justice Ginsburg knew,…

Beda M Stadler (2020-09-26). Coronavirus: Why Everyone Was Wrong. It is Not a "New Virus". "The Fairy Tale of No Immunity" globalresearch.ca So: Sars-Cov-2 isn't all that new, but merely a seasonal cold virus that mutated and disappears in summer, as all cold viri do — which is what we're observing globally right now. Flu viri mutate significantly more, by the way, and nobody would ever claim that a new flu virus strain was completely novel.

yenisafak (2020-09-26). Iran prepares to impose new coronavirus lockdowns as cases rise. yenisafak.com "We are forced to intensify regulations and supervisions," starting in the capital Tehran, Rouhani said in televised remarks.He said government-run coronavirus task-force offices around the country would make recommendations on restrictions and whether to impose one-week lockdowns.Iran's death toll from the coronavirus has surpassed 25,000 and identified cases on Friday totalled 439,882, according to the health ministry.Iran's health officials have expressed alarm over a surge in infections, urging the country to respect health protocols to control the spread of the disease.

WSWS (2020-09-26). Canadian PM Trudeau provides political cover for criminal back-to-work drive. wsws.org The Liberal government is determined to "reopen" the economy, even as it concedes that Canada is in the midst of a "second wave" of the pandemic that threatens to be worse than last spring.

Eds. (2020-09-26). Hate: A key strategy of the Venezuelan opposition. mronline.org Psychologist Fernando Giuliani analyses the retaliatory feelings of those who wish to annihilate the Bolivarian Revolution, which have been overheating during the pandemic.

Dr. T. P. Wilkinson (2020-09-26). Inferno and the "Fourth Circle". The American Empire and the 2020 Pandemic. globalresearch.ca In 1973, the world economy was brought almost to a halt by a supposed shortage of oil. The ostensible trigger for this alleged shortage was the so-called Yom Kippur War in which the armed forces of the Anglo-American Empire's settler-colonial …

2020-09-26: News Headlines

news.un (2020-09-26). FROM THE FIELD: COVID-19's 'deadly layer of complexity' depicted in photos. news.un.org The fall-out from the COVID-19 pandemic is adding a "deadly layer of complexity" to the global challenge of preventing more people from falling into poverty, a view articulated in a photographic exhibition sponsored by the UN Development Programme (UNDP).

Julian Rose (2020-09-26). Manufactured Pandemic: Testing People for Any Strain of a Coronavirus, Not Specifically for COVID-19. globalresearch.ca First published by Global Research on March 27, 2020 | The following is from a medical forum. The writer, who is a widely respected professional scientist in the US, prefers to stay anonymous, because presenting any narrative different than the official …

_____ (2020-09-26). Workers' Rights In Globalised Industry. popularresistance.org The Covid-19 crisis and the lockdowns imposed as a result hit the garment industry hard, causing order cancellations and job losses in producer countries. | What can trade unions do to press brands to shield suppliers from the risk of a sudden loss of income that they pass onto their workers? | "This problem emerged early in the pandemic. In April many brands endorsed a call to action, a tripartite initiative led by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) with a commitment by brands to pay for finished goods and goods in production.

Mia Barnes (2020-09-26). Is COVID-19 causing a spike in addiction rates? nationofchange.org Addiction is hard, especially in tough world or life circumstances, but with support from near or far, you can make it through.

Dr. Martin Feeley (2020-09-26). 'You Can't Postpone Youth': Those Least at Risk from COVID Pay Highest Price, Says Doctor. globalresearch.ca The senior Dr

Beda M Stadler (2020-09-26). Coronavirus: Why Everyone Was Wrong. It is Not a "New Virus". "The Fairy Tale of No Immunity" globalresearch.ca So: Sars-Cov-2 isn't all that new, but merely a seasonal cold virus that mutated and disappears in summer, as all cold viri do — which is what we're observing globally right now. Flu viri mutate significantly more, by the way, and nobody would ever claim that a new flu virus strain was completely novel.

Dr. T. P. Wilkinson (2020-09-26). Inferno and the "Fourth Circle". The American Empire and the 2020 Pandemic. globalresearch.ca In 1973, the world economy was brought almost to a halt by a supposed shortage of oil. The ostensible trigger for this alleged shortage was the so-called Yom Kippur War in which the armed forces of the Anglo-American Empire's settler-colonial …

Eds. (2020-09-26). Hate: A key strategy of the Venezuelan opposition. mronline.org Psychologist Fernando Giuliani analyses the retaliatory feelings of those who wish to annihilate the Bolivarian Revolution, which have been overheating during the pandemic.

Dr. Russell Blaylock (2020-09-26). Face Masks Pose Serious Risks to the Healthy. globalresearch.ca First published by GR on May 26, 2020 | "By wearing a mask, the exhaled viruses will not be able to escape and will concentrate in the nasal passages, enter the olfactory nerves and travel into the brain." — Russell Blaylock, …

_____ (2020-09-26). Let's Talk About Racism And Health. popularresistance.org The current uprising across the nation is a take-off moment for systemic racism in the United States. A take-off moment occurs when awareness about a crisis reaches a level of public consciousness where an event (in this case, the recent high-profile police murders of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd) sparks protests across the country. Racist …

_____ (2020-09-26). Throw Sand In The Gears Of The Machine. popularresistance.org Humanity will continue along its self-destructive trajectory until the masses use the power of their numbers to force real change. Humanity will not use the power of its numbers to force real change as long as it's being successfully propagandized not to do so. The oligarchic propaganda machine is therefore the primary barrier to our transition from our self-destructive patterns into a healthy collaborative relationship with each other and with our ecosystem. | So throw sand in the gears of the machine. If enough of us throw enough sand, we can cause the whole thing to break down.

Dean Baker (2020-09-26). It's Not Vaccine Nationalism, It's Vaccine Idiocy. zcomm.org The pandemic gave us an extraordinary opportunity to experiment with an alternative mechanism for financing research that could have enormously benefitted public health…

Zach Conti (2020-09-26). G7 Finance Ministers Support Debt Relief for Poor Countries Combating COVID-19 Crisis. indybay.org The G7 supports a process for debt cancellation for vulnerable countries, they announced this morning after Treasury convened a special Finance Ministers meeting. In a G7 statement, the ministers also encouraged an extension of the G20 Debt Service Suspension Initiative (DSSI) into next year for the world's 73 poorest countries.

Karen Attiah (2020-09-26). Africa has defied the covid-19 nightmare scenarios. We shouldn't be surprised. indybay.org Published Sept. 22, 2020- in The Washington Post…

Amitava Banerjee, Laura Pasea, Spiros Denaxas, Bryan Williams, Harry Hemingway (2020-09-26). [Correspondence] Models for mortality require tailoring in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic — Authors' reply. thelancet.com We thank Arielle Lasry and Roberta Horth for their comments on our study1 and agree that long-term mortality models, applicable to people with different underlying conditions, have an important ongoing role in the COVID-19 response, and that they require further development to include wider determinants of health.

Philip Ball (2020-09-26). [Perspectives] David Hare's fiery account of COVID-19. thelancet.com Going to the theatre is no longer normal, although it might be (in the already clichéd phrase) the new normal. It's not just the ubiquitous masks and hand gel, or the absence of mingling as everyone stays in their little social bubbles. The auditorium of the Bridge Theatre in London, UK, looked like it had been prepared for some other sort of performance art, at least half of the chairs having been physically removed. My solitary seat, set in isolation, made me feel simultaneously privileged, as if travelling first class, and vulnerable.

Susan Jaffe (2020-09-26). [World Report] Media reports reveal political interference at the US CDC. thelancet.com News accounts say that Trump administration officials wanted to edit and approve COVID-19 studies and publish guidance without the usual scientific review. Susan Jaffe reports.

Richard Horton (2020-09-26). [Comment] Offline: COVID-19 is not a pandemic. thelancet.com As the world approaches 1 million deaths from COVID-19, we must confront the fact that we are taking a far too narrow approach to managing this outbreak of a new coronavirus. We have viewed the cause of this crisis as an infectious disease. All of our interventions have focused on cutting lines of viral transmission, thereby controlling the spread of the pathogen. The "science" that has guided governments has been driven mostly by epidemic modellers and infectious disease specialists, who understandably frame the present health emergency in centuries-old terms of plague.

Arielle Lasry, Roberta Horth (2020-09-26). [Correspondence] Models for mortality require tailoring in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. thelancet.com Amitava Banerjee and colleagues1 present the estimated prevalence of serious underlying medical conditions indicative of susceptibility to severe COVID-19 and mortality in England.

The Lancet (2020-09-26). [Editorial] COVID-19 in India: the dangers of false optimism. thelancet.com Despite a strong response at the outset of the pandemic, as of Sept 22, India has the world's fastest growing outbreak of COVID-19 in absolute numbers according to WHO, reporting more than 5 ∑6 million infections. Restrictions began to be lifted in June, and this relaxation has continued in the face of a continuing dramatic increase in case numbers nationally. Beneath these alarming national figures, the pattern of spread in India is nuanced and complex, with marked differences between states, and between rural and urban areas.

Zion Hagay (2020-09-26). [Correspondence] Israeli aid to the West Bank and the Gaza Strip during the COVID-19 pandemic. thelancet.com The claims asserted in David Mills and colleagues in their Correspondence1 were so egregious that we feel the need to respond, even though some time has passed since its publication and the Correspondence has since been removed from The Lancet's website.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-26). Iran COVID-19 update: 3,204 new cases, 172 deaths in 24h. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 26 (MNA) — Iran's Health Ministry confirmed 3,204 new COVID-19 infections and 172 deaths due to the disease in the past 24 hours.

sputniknews (2020-09-26). CDC: Young Adults Account for More COVID-19 Cases Than Any Other US Age Group. sputniknews.com Young adults aged 20 to 29 accounted for around 20% of all confirmed COVID-19 novel coronavirus cases recorded in the US between June and August, according to a new study from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The Canary (2020-09-26). Government should use coronavirus pandemic to tackle 'bad behaviour' in businesses, says former shadow chancellor. thecanary.co Former shadow chancellor John McDonnell is urging the government to use the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic to "stamp out bad behaviour" from businesses across the country. The Labour MP insisted that firms guilty of poor employment practices should not receive state help.Business standards: In his first major intervention since leaving Labour's front bench, he will put forward a Business Standards Bill. The bill will be aimed at tackling those firms that use fire and rehire tactics and zero-hour contracts, avoid tax, or pollute the environment.His proposals include an accreditation scheme for firms that m…

The Canary (2020-09-26). Glasgow University to refund one month's rent after coronavirus outbreak. thecanary.co Glasgow University will refund all students in halls of residence one month's rent, along with a £50 payment for food. | The return of students to campuses across Scotland has seen a spike in coronavirus (Covid-19) cases. It's forced hundreds into self-isolation, and led to the Scottish government and Universities Scotland to ask that students do not socialise in hospitality venues this weekend. | Outbreak: | At Glasgow University, 124 cases of the virus were reported on Thursday 24 September, with the number expected to rise. | As a result, a test centre was established at the Murano Street halls o…

The Canary (2020-09-26). Tory rebels continue bid for vote on coronavirus powers despite No 10 offer. thecanary.co Tory backbenchers will continue to push the government to give MPs a chance to debate and vote on coronavirus measures before they come into force. This is despite Downing Street's attempt to head off a rebellion. | Conservative Graham Brady, the chairman of the 1922 Committee, has tabled an amendment to the Coronavirus Act. The amendment is an attempt to force greater parliamentary scrutiny of the regulations. | Scrutiny: | A six-month review of coronavirus (Covid-19) powers is scheduled to take place on Wednesday 30 September. | In a bid to appease the backbenches, Downing Street has offered MPs a chanc…

Staff (2020-09-26). Birth Control Is Harder to Get During COVID. Over-the-Counter Access Is Crucial. truthout.org In what was her As Justice Ginsburg knew,…

yenisafak (2020-09-26). India fails to curb virus despite strict lockdown. yenisafak.com India enforced one of the world's most stringent lockdowns in March to check the spread of the coronavirus.The shutdown took effect four hours after Prime Minister Narendra Modi's announcement and created chaos and confusion as Indians were totally unprepared.All economic activities came to a standstill. More than 140 million migrant workers in big cities were suddenly left without work as shops, factories and establishments shut down.In the COVID-19-hit months of April to June, India's GDP shrank 23.9% year-on-year. Although the pandemic turned into a financial crisis and rendered millions jobless, the virus spr…

yenisafak (2020-09-26). COVID-19 recoveries top 75% in Bangladesh. yenisafak.com With 1,753 more patients cleared over the past 24 hours, the number of recoveries in the country now stands at 268,777, or 75.1%, according to the Health Ministry.Some 36 more deaths were also reported in Bangladesh over the past day, along with 1,106 more infections, the lowest single-day figure since Aug. 2.The overall COVID-19 case count is now at 357,873, including 5,129 — 1.43% — fatalities.A total of 3,974 men (77.48%) and 1,155 women (22.52%) have died of COVID-19 in Bangladesh, the ministry said.At least 10,680 more coronavirus tests were conducted over the past 24 hours, taking the total to o…

yenisafak (2020-09-26). Iran prepares to impose new coronavirus lockdowns as cases rise. yenisafak.com "We are forced to intensify regulations and supervisions," starting in the capital Tehran, Rouhani said in televised remarks.He said government-run coronavirus task-force offices around the country would make recommendations on restrictions and whether to impose one-week lockdowns.Iran's death toll from the coronavirus has surpassed 25,000 and identified cases on Friday totalled 439,882, according to the health ministry.Iran's health officials have expressed alarm over a surge in infections, urging the country to respect health protocols to control the spread of the disease.

Ricardo Ayala, Bernardo Alarcon (2020-09-26). [Correspondence] The social contract and health care in Chile. thelancet.com Francisca Crispi and colleagues' plea for public health in Chile to be rebuilt,1 although thought-provoking, sets the private against the public. As much as we agree that inequalities in Chile have increased since the neoliberal turn, the social contract2 is far from dismantling. In fact, the concept is based on a liberal doctrine that seeks to protect individual freedom and private property.3 Crispi and colleagues' plea is therefore contradictory. Banning discrimination is the one basic condition for the tacit contract between citizens and the state.

Rebeccah Slater, Fiona Moultrie, Ralph Bax, John van den Anker, Aomesh Bhatt (2020-09-26). [Comment] Preterm health: time to bridge the evidence gap. thelancet.com Despite the development of revolutionary life-sustaining advances in neonatal medicine, medications are frequently administered in an ad-hoc and suboptimal way. Most drugs prescribed in neonatal care have not been submitted to the stringent regulatory processes of drug licensing that are standard in adult medicine.1 Although clinical research and licensing regulations differ between countries, the scarcity of licensed medications and inevitable use of off-label drugs in neonates are universal problems1 (countries reporting these issues include the USA, Japan, China, the Netherlands, Australia, India, and Brazil).

Ikram Ahmed Tunio, Syed Mohammad Qaisar Sajjad, Pakistan Medical Association (2020-09-26). [Correspondence] End curfews in Kashmir. thelancet.com The Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) is a national organisation representing medical fraternity of Pakistan. PMA works for the betterment of patients and physicians, and it acts to achieve the highest possible standards of medical care, ethics, education, and health-related human rights for all people.

Abdul Rahman (2020-09-26). Diplomatic cables published by WikiLeaks helped CIA torture victim get justice. peoplesdispatch.org Wikileaks strengthened the case of Khalid El-Masri in the European Human Rights Court which handed first ever punishment to CIA operatives involved in rendition in 2012.

Daniel Fernando, Terrance Gardet (2020-09-26). [Correspondence] The recent interest of medical science in Black lives. thelancet.com We read with great interest the important Editorial1 about racism in medicine and medical science. Despite an eagerness to agree that Black lives must matter more, particularly given the historical disrespect for Black lives,2,3 and the police shooting of Rayshard Brooks on June 12, 2020, during demonstrations against the cruel murder of George Floyd, we argue that Black lives matter like any other lives matter; neither more nor less, because anything else will lead to the same conundrum that we are trying to overcome.

Andrew W Horne, Katy Vincent, Catherine A Hewitt, Lee J Middleton, Magda Koscielniak, Wojciech Szubert, Ann M Doust, Jane P Daniels, GaPP2 collaborative (2020-09-26). [Articles] Gabapentin for chronic pelvic pain in women (GaPP2): a multicentre, randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. thelancet.com This study was adequately powered, but treatment with gabapentin did not result in significantly lower pain scores in women with chronic pelvic pain, and was associated with higher rates of side-effects than placebo. Given the increasing reports of abuse and evidence of potential harms associated with gabapentin use, it is important that clinicians consider alternative treatment options to off-label gabapentin for the management of chronic pelvic pain and no obvious pelvic pathology.

Geoff Watts (2020-09-26). [Obituary] Noel Richard Rose. thelancet.com Leading pioneer of autoimmune disease research. He was born in Stamford, CT, USA, on Dec 3, 1927, and died of a stroke in Brookline MA, USA, on July 30, 2020, aged 92 years.

Hasan Tahsin àñzpolat, Bulent Baran, Filiz Akyuz (2020-09-26). [Clinical Picture] Skin lesions indicate cause of acute gastrointestinal bleeding: neurofibromatosis type 1. thelancet.com A 25-year-old man attended our department with persistent, severe abdominal pain, which had started suddenly 1 h before, located in the umbilical area. The pain was followed by a 20 min period when the patient passed fresh blood from his rectum. When he arrived at the hospital, he was in a state of shock. His peripheral pulses were weak, his heart rate was 130 beats per min, and he needed emergency supportive treatment—including 10 units of red blood cells. After 30 min, his bleeding stopped spontaneously, and he became haemodynamically stable.

Suresh Reddy, Seema Arora, Ravi Kolli, American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (2020-09-26). [Correspondence] Finding common ground in Kashmir. thelancet.com The American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI), representing the interests of approximately 80‚Äà000 practicing Indian physicians and 40‚Äà000 medical students, residents, and fellows in the USA, is disenchanted and disappointed with your Editorial.1AAPI, along with its counterpart in India and globally, denounces the Editorial not only as premature but biased and reprehensible for lack of due diligence in research and consultation with proprieties or stakeholders.

Talha Burki (2020-09-26). [World Report] Inappropriate behaviour claims at Stop TB prompt review. thelancet.com An independent external review is under way after allegations of inappropriate behaviour, including by Executive Director Lucica Ditiu. Talha Burki reports.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-26). El Salvadorian filmmaker hails medical personnel. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 26 (MNA) — Iran's 16th Resistance International Film Festival has held an interview with Susana Beatriz Serrano, a filmmaker from El Salvador.

Dr. Martin Feeley (2020-09-25). How Lethal is Covid-19? Young and Healthy Majority Need to be Allowed to Live. globalresearch.ca

news.un (2020-09-25). Pandemic is 'a time to separate what is necessary from what is not': Pope Francis. news.un.org The COVID-19 pandemic is a trial, but also "a time to choose what matters and what passes away, a time to separate what is necessary from what is not", Pope Francis told world leaders on Friday, in his virtual address to the UN General Assembly.

teleSUR (2020-09-25). COVID 19 Updates: US Cases Surpass 7 Million. telesurenglish.net The following are the updates on the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. | – – – – | RABAT — Morocco announced on Friday 2,423 new COVID-19 cases, taking the total tally in the North African country since March 2 to 112,522. | The number of recoveries from coronavirus in Morocco increased to 91,932 after 1,746 more were added, while the death toll rose by 42 to 1,998, the ministry of health said in a statement. | – – – – | RAMALLAH — The Palestinian health ministry on Friday reported 452 new COVID-19 cases and five deaths from the virus in the West Bank, the Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem. | In a pres…

news.un (2020-09-25). Japan to 'proactively lead' on COVID-19 response efforts. news.un.org Japan has signaled its intention to take a leading role in global response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its aftershocks, with new Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga highlighting the links between recovery, health and economic development.

news.un (2020-09-25). Pacific small islands and 'Big Ocean' nations at UN Assembly make the case for climate action, shift to clean energy. news.un.org Facing constant threats from climate change and wary of the possible spread of COVID-19 to their shores, Pacific Island leaders on Friday touted their own environmental action plans and called for more aggressive climate action from other nations, including rapid shifts toward clean energy.

WSWS (2020-09-25). Four Texas universities report over 1,000 COVID-19 cases each. wsws.org A surge in COVID-19 cases in Lubbock and Brazos counties coincided with the start of fall semester at Texas Tech University and Texas A&M University which are located in those respective counties.

W. T. Whitney (2020-09-25). Hitting at Venezuela: the Colombia/US Axis. counterpunch.org Secretary of State Michael Pompeo and Colombian President Ivan Duque, meeting in Bogota on September 20, talked about "managing the COVID-19 response … narcotraffickers … and [President] Maduro's illegitimate regime," according to the State Department. A Cuban observer insists they explored "when to begin military actions and sabotage in Venezuela." Elliott Abrams, the White House

Project Censored (2020-09-25). Episode 109 — RBG, The People's Party & RussiaGate with Jeremy Kuzmarov. projectcensored.org On today's episode, Nicholas Baham II (Dr. Dreadlocks), Janice Domingo, and Nolan Higdon discuss the life of RBG, The People's Party and RussiaGate with Jeremy Kuzmarov Along The Line is… | By Nolan Higdon It was just another day in 2020: COVID-19 continued ravaging communities; we were still on lockdown; police and protesters were clashing in cities across the US; and…

news.un (2020-09-25). Italy calls for reinvigorated multilateral system to combat 'invisible enemy', COVID-19. news.un.org Today the world is faced with "an invisible enemy" that has upended lives, suffocated the world economy and limited freedoms, the Prime Minster of Italy told the United Nations on Friday.

2020-09-25: News Headlines

Mumia Abu-Jamal (2020-09-25). The 'populism' of pandemics. workers.org Taken from an Sept. 9 audio column from prisonradio.org. For months now, the nation has been battered by the ravages of COVID-19 — the coronavirus. With millions of people infected and over 190,000 people now dead, it now turns out that from the very start, the U.S. president knew a . . . |

Kavaljit Singh (2020-09-25). COVID-19 and Sliding Indian Economy: What's the Way Out? counterpunch.org India has become the world's new hotspot for the COVID-19 pandemic as infection cases have surged in recent weeks. On September 22, the total number of confirmed cases surged past 5.6 million. If the current trend continues, India may soon become the world's worst-hit country, surpassing the US. With more than 90,000 people succumbing to

Olujimi Alade (2020-09-25). Is Marxism still relevant? — a commentary. workers.org With the dire economic circumstances brought on by COVID-19 and the rise in police brutality provoking civil unrest unseen since the 1960s, the Millennial Generation as well as Generation Z are beginning to see the pitfalls of both neoliberalism and U.S. conservatism. The Republicans in office are taking notice and . . . |

Beau Peters (2020-09-25). Societal Gaps Revealed by COVID-19. dissidentvoice.org Image Source: Pixabay It sometimes feels incredible that this time last year, many of us had never even heard of coronavirus. There had been no lockdowns. No lives lost. No economic collapse. And for many of us, the threat of a pandemic felt like a relic of the last century, something about as menacing as …

news.un (2020-09-25). CAR President calls for better representation of Africa on the Security Council. news.un.org Central African Republic, like nearly every nation on the planet, has not been spared by the COVID-19 pandemic, with indictors predicting a contraction by up to 1.2 of the country's economic growth, President Faustin Archange Touadera said on Thursday, calling on world leaders to unite against the virus.

Sandy Smith-Nonini, Olivia Paschal (2020-09-25). As COVID-19 hit Georgia Meatpacking Counties, Officials and Industry Shifted Blame. counterpunch.org Hall County in north central Georgia is home to Gainesville, a town of about 43,000 where a large chicken-topped monument in its center declares it the "Poultry Capital of the World." There are more than a dozen meat processing plants in Hall County, and several others in surrounding counties. But Hall County is also home to

news.un (2020-09-25). At UN Assembly, President of Burundi rejects diplomatic aggression against his country. news.un.org The "indiscriminate consequences" of the COVID-19 pandemic have underscored the importance of multilateralism and how the world handles global challenges and contradictions, the President of Burundi told world leaders gathered virtually for the UN General Assembly.

W. T. Whitney (2020-09-25). Hitting at Venezuela: the Colombia/US Axis. counterpunch.org Secretary of State Michael Pompeo and Colombian President Ivan Duque, meeting in Bogota on September 20, talked about "managing the COVID-19 response … narcotraffickers … and [President] Maduro's illegitimate regime," according to the State Department. A Cuban observer insists they explored "when to begin military actions and sabotage in Venezuela." Elliott Abrams, the White House

A Guest Author (2020-09-25). Surviving a pandemic under siege. workers.org During a Sept. 18 "Free Palestine" webinar, Palestinian writers and activists Susan Abulhawa and Khaled Barakat were asked to comment on the spread of COVID-19 in occupied Palestine, and what it means to have access to healthcare under foreign occupation. The following is an edited version of their replies. Susan . . . |

sputniknews (2020-09-25). Tory MPs Back Rebel Bid to Grant Parliament Final Scrutiny of COVID-19 Restrictions. sputniknews.com Earlier, senior Tory MPs were reported to be eyeing legislation that would prevent Boris Johnson from pursuing future COVID-19 restrictions in the UK without parliament having the final say.

sputniknews (2020-09-25). Any Meaningful Talks With Pakistan Can Only Be Held in Atmosphere Free of Terror – India's UN Envoy. sputniknews.com Sputnik has discussed a wide array of issues with Ambassador T.S. Tirumurti, permanent representative of India to the United Nations, including India's bid for a permanent seat at the UNSC, the ongoing border tensions with China, Pakistan, the COVID-19 pandemic, and more.

yenisafak (2020-09-25). Iran, Russia discussing joint production of COVID-19 vaccine. yenisafak.com Iran and Russia's sovereign wealth fund RDIF are discussing the joint production of a vaccine against COVID-19, Russian news agencies cited the Iranian ambassador to Moscow as saying on Friday."We are holding talks, I spoke with the head of RDIF Kirill Dmitriev, our officials have held several rounds of consultations and we announced that we will co-operate," Ambassador to Moscow Kazem Jalali was cited as saying.Thus far, Russia has struck a manufacturing partnership deal with India, which is due to produce 300 million doses of the 'Sputnik-V' vaccine domestically. It is also discussing such partnerships with sev…

yenisafak (2020-09-25). Brazil's famous Rio Carnival postponed due to COVID-19. yenisafak.com Brazil has postponed the 2021 edition of the world-famous Rio de Janeiro Carnival, as the country struggles to contain one of the world's worst coronavirus outbreaks."We came to the conclusion that the event should be postponed," Jorge Castanheiras, president of the Independent League of Rio de Janeiro Samba Schools (LIESA), which organizes the annual event, said on Thursday."We cannot do it in February. The samba schools do not have the time or financial and organizational resources to be ready in February."Authorities are yet to announce whether the traditional street parties, called blocos, will be allowed.The…

sputniknews (2020-09-25). Commentator Explains Why the Left 'Is Biggest Threat to America, Western Civilization'. sputniknews.com In the upcoming US presidential election, where incumbent President Donald Trump is set to face Democratic rival candidate Joe Biden, the United States is dealing with an ongoing global coronavirus pandemic and nation-wide mass protests against racism and police brutality.

yenisafak (2020-09-25). Over 1.1M coronavirus patients recover across Africa. yenisafak.com The number of people in Africa who have recovered from the coronavirus topped 1.18 million, the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention said on Friday.The death toll from the virus reached 35,007, it said, adding more than 1.43 million people have so far contracted the virus, with the Southern Africa region being the most affected with 727,500 cases.North Africa recorded 314,100 cases, West Africa 173,900, East Africa 164,200 and Central Africa 57,400.At least 640,500 patients have recovered in Southern Africa, 246,900 in North Africa, 154,500 in West Africa, 92,700 in East Africa and 50,000 in Central…

Aída Chávez (2020-09-25). How QAnon Conspiracy Theories Spread in My Colorado Hometown. zcomm.org During the pandemic, some of the people I grew up with got sucked into QAnon and the Q-adjacent "Save the Children" movement…

Unnamed Nurse (2020-09-25). An Anonymous Nurse Speaks Out: The RT-PCR Test is Totally Unreliable, It Does not Detect the Virus. globalresearch.ca An Anonymous Nurse SPEAKS OUT! Just a shame they can't put their name to it out of fear of losing their job. | This is from a nurse. | *** | I work in the healthcare field. Here's the problem, we are testing …

Binoy Kampmark (2020-09-25). Assange's Thirteenth Day at the Old Bailey: Mental Health, Managed Risk and Publication Chronologies. dissidentvoice.org September 24. Central Criminal Court, London. The lion's share of today's Old Bailey proceedings in Julian Assange's extradition trial was spent on battles over mental health and dire risk. The prosecution continued its attempt to minimise the dangers facing Assange were he to be extradited to the United States for 17 charges under the US …

Jeff Cohen (2020-09-25). Earth to Presidential Debate Moderators: "I'm Burning Up" zcomm.org With the horrific fires on the West Coast and hurricanes and storms pounding the Caribbean and Gulf Coast, in a healthy democracy, one would expect presidential candidates to be pressed hard about climate chaos. I'm not holding my breath.

Health workers & nursing students (2020-09-25). Sunday 9/27: Vigil to Honor Migrant Women and Human Rights Defenders. indybay.org Lake Merritt Amphitheater…

Eliza Egret (2020-09-25). Protesters dump horse sh*t on Serco's doorstep. thecanary.co Protesters have dumped horse manure on the doorstep of Serco's headquarters in Hampshire. The action has sent a clear message to the company, which is responsible for the UK's test and trace system. | The activists are part of the campaign group Protect Our NHS. They also unfurled a banner saying: "Serco Test & Trace Stinks! — Corrupt & Deadly Incompetent — Give LOCAL PUBLIC HEALTH TEAMS the Cash". The action was timed to coincide with other protests against Serco in the UK, including in London. | 'Deadly incompetence': | Mike Campbell of Protect Our NHS Bristol said in a press release: We're tak…

Monica Moorehead (2020-09-25). Justice for Breonna Taylor means abolishing the police & capitalism — a WW commentary. workers.org More than six months after the heinous March 13 murder of Breonna Taylor — a 26-year-old African American emergency medical technician — by three white Louisville, Ky., police officers, a secret grand jury on Sept. 23 charged only one of those officers with three counts of "wanton endangerment." And this . . . |

imperial.ac.uk (2020-09-25). Imperial and LSE showcase student startups. imperial.ac.uk Over 25 startups from two of London's leading universities, Imperial College London and LSE, pitched their business ideas at a virtual demo day.

_____ (2020-09-24). Solidarity Across Species. popularresistance.org We are animals. While human beings often repress this basic fact, the novel coronavirus has revealed our connection to and dependence on the well-being of other creatures. In various ways, our disregard for other species led to and worsened this pandemic. To mount an adequate response—and to prevent future disasters—we need to start taking animals into consideration. | Like countless fearsome diseases, including Ebola and AIDS, COVID-19 is zoonotic in origin, meaning it jumped from one species to another (likely from bats to humans).

WSWS (2020-09-24). Las Vegas health reports detail spread of COVID-19 in casinos. wsws.org The vast majority of exposures in the Las Vegas area, where over 1,350 people have already died, occurred in casinos and resort hotels.

WSWS (2020-09-24). "Lear is hell": Workers speak out as COVID-19 outbreak at Indiana auto parts plant worsens. wsws.org The WSWS recently spoke with two workers from Lear's Hammond, Indiana, plant who had tested positive for COVID-19.

WSWS (2020-09-24). The Senate holds a COVID-19 hearing as US tops 200,000 COVID-19 deaths. wsws.org The number of individuals infected with COVID-19 is now more than 32 million globally, of which almost one million have perished.

MEE and agencies (2020-09-24). Iran's coronavirus death toll surpasses 25,000. middleeasteye.net Iran's coronavirus death toll surpasses 25,000 | Health Ministry says 5,000 people have died from Covid-19 in past month and warns of 'third wave' | Thu, 09/24/2020 – 18: 47 | Islamic Republic has suffered worst outbreak of Covid-19 in Middle East (AFP) | The death toll from Covid-19 in Iran has surpassed 25,000, the highest total in the Middle East, with infection rates continuing to surg…

news.un (2020-09-24). INTERVIEW: 'Famine is preventable, if there is political will'. news.un.org The UN is warning of an impending hunger pandemic across the world, partly a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic. With the World Food Programme (WFP) preparing to launch an unprecedented food aid operation, UN News spoke to WFP Assistant Executive-Director Valerie Guarnieri, on the devastating rise in hunger, and the scale of funding needed to feed those most vulnerable.

WSWS (2020-09-24). Germany's school openings throw fuel onto the pandemic's fire. wsws.org Only five of the almost 300 German administrative districts currently report no new infections, as the number of people with COVID-19 rises rapidly.

teleSUR (2020-09-24). Argentina's Gov't To Extend Rent Freeze and Eviction Ban. telesurenglish.net The Argentinian government announced on Thursday that it would extend the rent freeze and the ban on evictions to continue protecting the most vulnerable sectors amid the COVID-19. | RELATED: | "The two decrees are already written. We are going to continue accompanying the people who rent because we understand that these months have been difficult, that families have not yet been able to recover all the income they hav…

news.un (2020-09-24). Pandemic shocks world, reinforces need for multilateralism, says Estonian President. news.un.org The COVID-19 pandemic gave the world "a thorough shock" and taught several lessons on the realities of climate change, the President of Estonia said to the UN General Assembly on Thursday.

teleSUR (2020-09-24). US: COVID-19 Is Mutating to Become More Contagious, Study. telesurenglish.net The U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIH) said on Thursday that COVID-19 is mutating to become more contagious, as new cases spike in the United States. | RELATED: | After analyzing 5,000 COVID-19 genetic codes, the experts found that the virus has not become more lethal, although it has come to be more transmissible. Viruses tend to change as a response to different circumstances, but se…

news.un (2020-09-24). Through solidarity, humanity will overcome COVID-19 pandemic: Timor-Leste President. news.un.org The COVID-19 pandemic provides an opportunity to focus on the importance of achieving a sustainable future for all people and the planet, the President of Timor-Leste said in his speech to the 75th session of the UN General Assembly on Thursday.

news.un (2020-09-24). Viet Nam is 'duty-bound' to help strengthen the UN, world's largest multilateral organization. news.un.org Against the backdrop of the "extraordinary" circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic, "global and regional multilateral mechanisms must be strengthened", the President of Viet Nam told the high-level debate of UN General Assembly on Thursday.

Vijay Prashad (2020-09-24). Hunger Will Kill Us before Coronavirus. dissidentvoice.org Baasanjav Choijiljav (Mongolia), Promise, 2018. In April 2020, a month after the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared the pandemic, the UN's World Food Programme (WFP) warned that the numbers of people who lived with acute hunger around the world would double due to COVID-19 by the end of 2020 'unless swift action is taken'. A …

news.un (2020-09-24). FROM THE FIELD: Protecting the post-pandemic planet. news.un.org An emphasis on sustainable development and fighting climate change will benefit countries around the world as they recover from the unprecedented economic and social impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, says the UN Development Programme, (UNDP).

news.un (2020-09-24). UN and partners press for seafarers to be designated 'key workers' during COVID pandemic. news.un.org The UN Secretary-General has again appealed for governments to act on behalf of hundreds of thousands of seafarers and other maritime workers stuck at sea for endless months, in some cases more than a year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

news.un (2020-09-24). Somalia committed to promoting democracy, accountability despite COVID-19 challenge. news.un.org Somalia is working with its international partners to build a democratic, inclusive and prosperous country for its citizens, President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, known as 'Farmajo', told the UN General Assembly on Thursday.

WSWS (2020-09-24). A twenty-year-old student dies from COVID-19 at California University of Pennsylvania. wsws.org California University of Pennsylvania student Jamain Stephens Jr. died September 9 from a blood clot in his heart after he contracted COVID-19.

WSWS (2020-09-24). As Creek Fire become the largest in California history, farmworkers continue to labor without protection from smoke. wsws.org Even though plans were announced over a month ago to distribute hundreds of thousands of N95 masks to Fresno area farmworkers, few have received these masks, which provide a high level of protection against both air pollution and COVID-19.

Staff (2020-09-24). Headlines for September 24, 2020. democracynow.org Officer Who Shot into Breonna Taylor's Apartment Charged, But Not for Her Killing, Donald Trump Won't Commit to Peaceful Transfer of Power If He Loses Election, Dr. Deborah Birx Reportedly "Distressed" by Direction of WH Coronavirus Response, Dr. Anthony Fauci Warns of Long-Term Effects of COVID-19 on Survivors, Missouri Gov. Mike Parson, Who Opposes Mask Mandates, Tests Positive for Coronavirus, Canadian PM Justin Trudeau Warns of Second Wave of Coronavirus Infections, Antarctic Ice Melt May Bring 8 Feet of Sea Level Rise Even If Paris Climate Goals Are Met, Climate Crisis Drives Record Fires in Brazil, Western…

Mike Walter (2020-09-24). The Heat: COVID-19 soars in US, UK and India. america.cgtn.com The World Health Organization says COVID-19 appears to be accelerating, with cases soaring in the United States, the United Kingdom and India.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-24). Iran's COVID-19 death toll tops 25,000. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 24 (MNA) — According to the Iranian Health Ministry, more than 25,000 people have died due to the COVID-19 since the start of the outbreak.

imperial.ac.uk (2020-09-24). Theoretical physics to pandemic modelling: Neil Ferguson on his life in science. imperial.ac.uk The head of the College's COVID-19 Response Team is the latest Imperial scientist to appear on BBC Radio 4's Life Scientific.

sputniknews (2020-09-24). Huawei to Boost Global Access To EduTech, Green Programmes Amid COVID-19 Crises, Official Says. sputniknews.com Speaking at a key summit in Shanghai, a top official said that the Chinese tech giant would boost such sectors via technologies, applications and improving skills, and urged more partners to join a programme aimed at boosting digital inclusion so that 'no one will be left behind'.

sputniknews (2020-09-24). Less Than One-in-Ten US Residents Immune to COVID-19, CDC Chief Warns. sputniknews.com The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention director, Robert Redfield, told a Senate hearing that the number of people who had so far been been infected with the COVID-19 virus varied from state to state, from one percent up to a quarter of the population.

Staff (2020-09-24). Trump's Vaccine Czar Refuses to Divest From Company Developing COVID Vaccine. truthout.org The former pharmaceutical executive tapped by President Donald Trump to lead the administration's race to a COVID-19 vaccine is refusing to give up investments that stand to benefit from his work — at least during his lifetime. | The executive, Moncef Slaoui, is the top scientist on Operation Warp Speed, the administration's effort to develop a coronavirus vaccine in record time. Federal law requires government officials to disclose their personal finances and divest any holdings relat…

Staff (2020-09-24). Trump Threatens to Block Stricter COVID-19 Vaccine Standards. truthout.org With the Food and Drug Administration reportedly planning to propose stricter guidelines for emergency approval of a coronavirus vaccine, President Donald Trump late Wednesday threatened to block the agency's push for tougher standards because he trusts for-profit pharmaceutical corporations to conduct adequate safety testing. | "I have tremendous trust in these massive companies that are so brilliantly organized in terms of what they've been doing with the tests. I don't know that a government as big as we…

yenisafak (2020-09-24). Russia's Lavrov, WHO Europe chief discuss virus fight. yenisafak.com Russia's foreign minister and the World Health Organization's (WHO) Europe director discussed the fight against COVID-19 in a meeting, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Thursday.Sergey Lavrov and Hans Kluge met on Sept. 23 to discuss Russia and the WHO's cooperation, paying special attention to the coronavirus situation, the ministry said in a statement on its website."Mutual interest in developing cooperation was confirmed, and plans were considered to assist countries in the region in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic and other health challenges," the statement said.Lavrov conveyed Russia's support for…

2020-09-24: News Headlines

Manuel García, Jr. (2020-09-24). Global Warming Burps, Bubbles, Simmers and Sours On. counterpunch.org The Northern Hemisphere saw a record high temperature increase, to +1.38 ∞C above the global average temperature during 1881-1920, during this COVID-19 pandemic summer of 2020. [1] The Arctic sea ice has been melting at an increasing rate, not just from above because of the now Global Warming-enhanced elevated air temperature during the Arctic summer, but

news.un (2020-09-24). UN and partners press for seafarers to be designated 'key workers' during COVID pandemic. news.un.org The UN Secretary-General has again appealed for governments to act on behalf of hundreds of thousands of seafarers and other maritime workers stuck at sea for endless months, in some cases more than a year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

news.un (2020-09-24). FROM THE FIELD: Protecting the post-pandemic planet. news.un.org An emphasis on sustainable development and fighting climate change will benefit countries around the world as they recover from the unprecedented economic and social impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, says the UN Development Programme, (UNDP).

Ralph Lopez (2020-09-24). Chief Science Officer for Pfizer Says "Second Wave" Faked on False-Positive COVID Tests, "Pandemic Is Over" globalresearch.ca In a stunning development, a former Chief Science Officer for the pharmaceutical giant Pfizer says "there is no science to suggest a second wave should happen." The "Big Pharma" insider asserts that false positive results from inherently unreliable COVID tests …

Editor (2020-09-24). The Opioids Crisis During the Covid Pandemic. scheerpost.com K-State Research and Extension / CC BY 2.0] By Mattea Kramer / TomDispatch In our new era of nearly unparalleled upheaval, as a pandemic ravages the bodies of some and the minds of nearly everyone, as the associated economic damage disposes of the livelihoods of many, and as even the promise of democracy fades, the people whose lives were already on a razor's edge — who were vulnerable and… |

George Ochenski (2020-09-24). Trump's Herd Mentality Won't Save Us. counterpunch.org y now most people are aware of Donald Trump's latest blunder when he claimed "herd mentality" would ultimately save us from the coronavirus pandemic that has decimated the nation's economy, killed nearly 200,000 American citizens, and shows no sign of "disappearing almost like a miracle" as he predicted six long months ago. Given Trump's denial

Vandana Shiva (2020-09-24). Bill Gates' Global Agenda and How We Can Resist His War on Life. counterpunch.org In March 2015, Bill Gates showed an image of the coronavirus during a TED Talk and told the audience that it was what the greatest catastrophe of our time would look like. The real threat to life, he said, is 'not missiles, but microbes.' When the coronavirus pandemic swept over the earth like a tsunami

Steven Hill (2020-09-24). Corona-fied: Employers Spying on Remote Workers in Their Homes. counterpunch.org Disturbing increases in the use of digital surveillance technologies by employers to monitor their remote workers are raising alarm bells. With the number of remote workers surging as a result of the pandemic—42 percent of U.S. workers are now doing their jobs from their kitchens, living rooms, and home offices—a number of employers have begun requiring their workers to download spying software to their laptops and smartphones.

President Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez (2020-09-24). Speech by the President of the Republic of Cuba Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez at the General Debate of the 75th session of the UNGA. globalresearch.ca September 22, 2020 | Mr. Secretary General, | Mr. President, | A global pandemic has changed everyday life drastically. From one day to the next, millions of people get infected and thousands die even when their life expectancy was longer thanks to development. …

news.un (2020-09-24). LIVE: UN Climate Change Roundtable. news.un.org Live coverage of the High-Level UN Climate Change Roundtable, featuring UN chief António Guterres, designed to rally momentum for more ambitious action to limit global warking and ensure sustainable post-pandemic recovery plans. | Highlights | UN chief warns that 'the world has a fever and is burning up' | Watch roundtable live on UN Web TV | UK and UN to co-host December climate event.

Florina Rodov (2020-09-24). Online Charter Schools Are Not a Solution to Education in a Pandemic. zcomm.org Coronavirus and racism combined with online charters would create a plague of injustice that will never be wiped out…

Juan Cole (2020-09-24). Every Day is Memorial Day. zcomm.org The Trump Virus has killed as Many Americans as Died in Combat in the 4 Years of the Civil War…

Public Citizen and numerous partners (2020-09-24). Wednesday 9/23: Medicare for All Town Hall: Building the Movement for Health Care Justice. indybay.org Online/virtual…

Staff (2020-09-24). Headlines for September 24, 2020. democracynow.org Officer Who Shot into Breonna Taylor's Apartment Charged, But Not for Her Killing, Donald Trump Won't Commit to Peaceful Transfer of Power If He Loses Election, Dr. Deborah Birx Reportedly "Distressed" by Direction of WH Coronavirus Response, Dr. Anthony Fauci Warns of Long-Term Effects of COVID-19 on Survivors, Missouri Gov. Mike Parson, Who Opposes Mask Mandates, Tests Positive for Coronavirus, Canadian PM Justin Trudeau Warns of Second Wave of Coronavirus Infections, Antarctic Ice Melt May Bring 8 Feet of Sea Level Rise Even If Paris Climate Goals Are Met, Climate Crisis Drives Record Fires in Brazil, Western…

Mike Walter (2020-09-24). The Heat: COVID-19 soars in US, UK and India. america.cgtn.com The World Health Organization says COVID-19 appears to be accelerating, with cases soaring in the United States, the United Kingdom and India.

imperial.ac.uk (2020-09-24). Theoretical physics to pandemic modelling: Neil Ferguson on his life in science. imperial.ac.uk The head of the College's COVID-19 Response Team is the latest Imperial scientist to appear on BBC Radio 4's Life Scientific.

sputniknews (2020-09-24). Huawei to Boost Global Access To EduTech, Green Programmes Amid COVID-19 Crises, Official Says. sputniknews.com Speaking at a key summit in Shanghai, a top official said that the Chinese tech giant would boost such sectors via technologies, applications and improving skills, and urged more partners to join a programme aimed at boosting digital inclusion so that 'no one will be left behind'.

sputniknews (2020-09-24). Less Than One-in-Ten US Residents Immune to COVID-19, CDC Chief Warns. sputniknews.com The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention director, Robert Redfield, told a Senate hearing that the number of people who had so far been been infected with the COVID-19 virus varied from state to state, from one percent up to a quarter of the population.

sputniknews (2020-09-24). Global Sell-Off Drives European Stocks to Three-Month Lows. sputniknews.com The EU equities suffered the latest losses amid a lack of new stimuli for the US economy and fears of an approaching second wave of the coronavirus pandemic.

Staff (2020-09-24). Trump Threatens to Block Stricter COVID-19 Vaccine Standards. truthout.org With the Food and Drug Administration reportedly planning to propose stricter guidelines for emergency approval of a coronavirus vaccine, President Donald Trump late Wednesday threatened to block the agency's push for tougher standards because he trusts for-profit pharmaceutical corporations to conduct adequate safety testing. | "I have tremendous trust in these massive companies that are so brilliantly organized in terms of what they've been doing with the tests. I don't know that a government as big as we…

yenisafak (2020-09-24). Russia's Lavrov, WHO Europe chief discuss virus fight. yenisafak.com Russia's foreign minister and the World Health Organization's (WHO) Europe director discussed the fight against COVID-19 in a meeting, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Thursday.Sergey Lavrov and Hans Kluge met on Sept. 23 to discuss Russia and the WHO's cooperation, paying special attention to the coronavirus situation, the ministry said in a statement on its website."Mutual interest in developing cooperation was confirmed, and plans were considered to assist countries in the region in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic and other health challenges," the statement said.Lavrov conveyed Russia's support for…

yenisafak (2020-09-24). WHO praises Africa's response as virus cases decline. yenisafak.com The World Health Organization (WHO) on Thursday praised Africa's coronavirus response as the continent has seen a decrease in the infection rate. | There are over 1.4 million reported COVID-19 cases on the African continent, and 34,000 "people have sadly lost their lives," Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Africa region director, said at a virtual media briefing. | Moeti said most African governments quickly implemented restrictions on movement and gathering and this created a window of opportunity to keep case numbers low, and strengthen public health capacities. | "Overall, I really commend the response in African countrie…

yenisafak (2020-09-24). Dogs used to detect coronavirus in pilot project at Helsinki airport. yenisafak.com Dogs trained to detect the novel coronavirus began sniffing passenger samples at Finland's Helsinki-Vantaa airport this week, authorities said, in a pilot project running alongside more usual testing at the airport.The dogs' efficiency has not been proven in comparative scientific studies so passengers who volunteer to be tested and are suspected as carrying the virus are instructed to also take a swab to confirm the result.A team of 15 dogs and 10 instructors are being trained for the job in Finland by volunteers, sponsored by a private veterinary clinic. Among them is Kossi, a rescue dog from Spain, who was tra…

yenisafak (2020-09-24). Italian president, in response to Johnson, says Italy also freedom-loving, but serious. yenisafak.com Italian President Sergio Mattarella, responding to comments from British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on the spread of coronavirus, said on Thursday that Italy loved freedom, but was also serious.Johnson told parliament in London this week that Britain had a worse infection rate than nations like Italy and Germany because it was a "freedom-loving country" which therefore resisted social restrictions to curb the virus.Asked about the comment during a visit to Sardinia, Mattarella said: "We Italians also love freedom, but we also care about seriousness."

yenisafak (2020-09-24). Virus cases in Eurasia, Central Asia rise by over 4,600. yenisafak.com More cases of the novel coronavirus and fatalities related to the disease were reported in several Eurasian and Central Asian countries on Thursday.- UkraineThe death toll in Ukraine reached 3,757 with 52 more fatalities over the past 24 hours, the country's Health Minister Maksym Stepanov said.Confirming another 3,372 cases that brought the total to 188,106, the minister added that 83,458 have recovered from the virus, so far.- UzbekistanAs many as 392 new virus cases brought Uzbekistan's tally to 53,667.One more fatality raised the death toll to 445, while recoveries rose to 49,832, according to the Health Mini…

yenisafak (2020-09-24). 2020 US ELECTION: What you need to know right now. yenisafak.com Court battles over how votes are tallied have now spread to almost every competitive state, as the effect of the pandemic has led the two sides to clash over seemingly mundane issues such as witness signatures, postmarks, and the use of drop boxes for ballots.- With speculation swirling over his pick for the Supreme Court, President Donald Trump heads to Florida on Thursday, hoping to shore up support in that hotly contested state. On Wednesday, the president, who has repeatedly attempted to cast doubt on the legitimacy of the election, declined to commit to a peaceful transfer of power if he loses.- Retired Gene…

Gregg Gonsalves (2020-09-24). The Virus That Stole Christmas. thenation.com The Virus That Stole Christmas…

MEE and agencies (2020-09-24). 'Edge of the abyss': Israel tightens coronavirus lockdown as infections climb. middleeasteye.net 'Edge of the abyss': Israel tightens coronavirus lockdown as infections climb | Move comes after number of daily new cases has reached nearly 7,000 among a population of just nine million | Thu, 09/24/2020 – 08: 04 | Netanyahu has rejected allegations from protesters that a tougher lockdown was essentially aimed at quashing demonstrations against him (Reuters) | Prime Minister Benjamin Net…

Global Research News (2020-09-24). Selected Articles: "Second Wave" Faked on False-Positive COVID Tests. globalresearch.ca By The confrontation with Russia and the decision to boost America's military presence in Syria is but a microcosm of America's wider struggle to maintain its invasive primacy over the …

news.un (2020-09-24). UN chief and UK premier announce December climate summit. news.un.org With the COVID-19 pandemic having disrupted plans to hold the annual international UN climate meeting – known as the COP – this year, the UN Secretary-General António Guterres and Prime Minister of the United Kingdom have announced that they will instead co-host a "landmark global event" on 12 December, the fifth anniversary of the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement.

news.un (2020-09-24). Venezuelan President Maduro proposes new UN fund to support countries facing discrimination. news.un.org Venezuela has proposed creation of a "revolving public purchasing fund" within the United Nations system to guarantee access to food and health products, financed with public resources, to facilitate countries suffering "discrimination and economic blockade" acquire necessary goods and services.

Caitlin Johnstone (2020-09-24). Throw Sand In The Gears Of The Machine. thealtworld.com So throw sand in the gears of the machine. If enough of us throw enough sand, we can cause the whole thing to break down. | Kill public trust in the mass media by exposing their lies at every opportunity, from whatever platform you can gain access to. Anywhere you can find an audience, whether it's an audience of one or ten thousand, kill public trust in the establishment propaganda engine. | Amplify solid voices, arguments, narratives and facts that those in power don't want amplified. Wherever you see something healthy that makes them squirm, give your energy to it and help it get as much traction as possible.

JenMarie Macdonald and Veronica Adams (2020-09-24). Lancaster demands justice: The police murder of Ricardo Muñoz and its aftermath. liberationnews.org On September 13, a Lancaster police officer shot and killed Ricardo Muñoz when responding to a call. Deborah Muñoz, the victim's sister, reported to local media that she had called a crisis intervention organization and nonemergency police number with the intention of getting her brother mental health support. Her calls were dispatched to the police. …

Binoy Kampmark (2020-09-24). Assange on Trial: Suicide, Hallucinations and Psychological Torture. counterpunch.org September 22. Central Criminal Court, London. The prosecutors in the Julian Assange case did their show trial predecessors from other legal traditions proud. The ghosts of such figures as Soviet state prosecutor Andrey Vyshinsky, would have approved of the line of questioning taken by James Lewis QC: suggest that Assange, accused of 17 counts of

Binoy Kampmark (2020-09-24). Assange's Twelfth Day at the Old Bailey: Autism, Suicide and Prisons. dissidentvoice.org September 23. Central Criminal Court, London. Following the script sheet of the previous day, the non sequitur, pop medical view of the prosecution was again in sharp evidence at the Old Bailey. In an effort to make the road for Julian Assange's extradition to the United States for 17 charges under the US Espionage Act …

sputniknews (2020-09-24). Assange is a 'Resilient Man' Who Isn't at Risk of Suicide If Extradited, Government Expert Says. sputniknews.com A psychiatrist testifying for the government says that whilst the WikiLeaks publisher is suffering from mild clinical depression he does not think he is a suicide risk if he is extradited to the United States to face espionage charges.

MEE staff (2020-09-24). Three UK Labour MPs demoted over opposition to torture prosecution bill. middleeasteye.net Three UK Labour MPs demoted over opposition to torture prosecution bill | Nadia Whittome, Beth Winter and Olivia Blake defied a Labour Party whip to oppose Overseas Operations Bill against 'vexatious' lawsuits

| Thu, 09/24/2020 – 14: 31 | Kuwaiti and British soldiers take part in exercises about 40km north of Kuwait City (AFP) | Three Labour MPs have lost their roles in the United Kingdom shadow cabine…

imperial.ac.uk (2020-09-24). Imperial and MIT launch seed fund for ideas that reduce the impact of pollution. imperial.ac.uk Imperial and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have launched a research seed fund for ideas that will help reduce the impact of pollution.

imperial.ac.uk (2020-09-24). Genome of Alexander Fleming's original penicillin-producing mould sequenced. imperial.ac.uk Researchers have sequenced the genome of Alexander Fleming's penicillin mould for the first time and compared it to later versions.

imperial.ac.uk (2020-09-24). Deforestation squeezes top predators in forest streams. imperial.ac.uk Streams in areas converted to oil palm have different top predators to those flowing through intact forests, affecting stream food webs.

imperial.ac.uk (2020-09-24). Alice Gast joins Lewis Hamilton to grow diversity in engineering and F1. imperial.ac.uk Imperial's President will help improve representation of Black people in motorsport through a new initiative led by Lewis Hamilton.

imperial.ac.uk (2020-09-24). Re-design the future, Mary Robinson urges at Transition to Zero Pollution launch. imperial.ac.uk Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland, called for "a bold new vision for the future" at the launch of Transition to Zero Pollution.

Howard Lisnoff (2020-09-23). Teaching During a Pandemic. counterpunch.org As the summer wore on, the Covid-19 pandemic marched on and on and on. I wondered how I could help with the education of one of my grandchildren. When a curriculum and content text arrived in the mail, I began drawing up a plan for our first lesson together. Since my grandchild will visit over

news.un (2020-09-23). Countries urged to act against COVID-19 'infodemic'. news.un.org The UN and partners have urged countries to take urgent action to address what they have described as the "infodemic" that has surfaced in tandem with the COVID-19 pandemic, both in the real world and online.

news.un (2020-09-23). Impact on workers of COVID-19 is 'catastrophic': ILO. news.un.org COVID-19 has had a "catastrophic" impact on workers, the head of the International Labour Organization (ILO) said on Wednesday, with lost working hours higher than originally forecast, and equivalent to 495 million full-time jobs globally in the second quarter of the year.

Dianne Mathiowetz (2020-09-23). Whistleblower exposes: ICE abuses detainees. workers.org EDITOR'S NOTES: As we go to press, a Sept. 21 press release from Georgia Detention Watch announced that Cipriano Chavez-Alvarez, 61, is the third detainee at the Stewart Detention Center located in Lumpkin, Georgia to die of COVID-19. Press conference on ICE abuse, Ocilla, Ga., Sept. 15. Whistleblower Dawn Wooten . . . |

news.un (2020-09-23). Saudi King outlines country's contributions to pandemic response, denounces attack on its oil facilities. news.un.org Saudi Arabia continues to promote global response efforts and help countries reeling under the devastating impact of COVID-19, King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud told world leaders, gathered virtually at the United Nations General Assembly.

WSWS (2020-09-23). Students occupy schools across Greece to protest unsafe return to classrooms. wsws.org Anger is erupting among youth in Greece at being forced back to school amid a raging pandemic of COVID-19.

Peoples Dispatch (2020-09-23). Colombians rise up against injustice. peoplesdispatch.org Massive demonstrations were carried out in different cities in rejection of police brutality, economic crisis, mishandling of the COVID-19 pandemic and ceaseless assassination of social leaders.

news.un (2020-09-23). European unity is an example to the world: Bosnia and Herzegovina Head of State. news.un.org Šefik Džaferović, the Bosnia and Herzegovina Head of State, used his address to the General Debate of the General Assembly on Wednesday to praise the European Union's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the help it has given to non-EU countries, such as his own.

2020-09-23: News Headlines

news.un (2020-09-23). European unity is an example to the world: Bosnia and Herzegovina Head of State. news.un.org Šefik Džaferović, the Bosnia and Herzegovina Head of State, used his address to the General Debate of the General Assembly on Wednesday to praise the European Union's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the help it has given to non-EU countries, such as his own.

Peoples Dispatch (2020-09-23). Colombians rise up against injustice. peoplesdispatch.org Massive demonstrations were carried out in different cities in rejection of police brutality, economic crisis, mishandling of the COVID-19 pandemic and ceaseless assassination of social leaders.

news.un (2020-09-23). 'COVID-19 has exposed our past mistakes and failures' says Kazakhstan President. news.un.org The COVID-19 pandemic has been a stress test for the world, and has exposed our past mistakes and failures, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, the President of Kazakhstan, told world leaders, during his address to the General Debate of the UN General Assembly on Wednesday.

Dianne Mathiowetz (2020-09-23). Whistleblower exposes: ICE abuses detainees. workers.org EDITOR'S NOTES: As we go to press, a Sept. 21 press release from Georgia Detention Watch announced that Cipriano Chavez-Alvarez, 61, is the third detainee at the Stewart Detention Center located in Lumpkin, Georgia to die of COVID-19. Press conference on ICE abuse, Ocilla, Ga., Sept. 15. Whistleblower Dawn Wooten . . . |

WSWS (2020-09-23). Hundreds of Kenosha, Wisconsin teachers call in sick to force schools to close. wsws.org Starting Monday, 276 Kenosha teachers engaged in a sickout strike in opposition to increasing COVID-19 outbreaks and deadly conditions in the school district.

news.un (2020-09-23). Saudi King outlines country's contributions to pandemic response, denounces attack on its oil facilities. news.un.org Saudi Arabia continues to promote global response efforts and help countries reeling under the devastating impact of COVID-19, King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud told world leaders, gathered virtually at the United Nations General Assembly.

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2020-09-23). What is Covid-19, SARS-2. How is it Tested? How is It Measured? The Fear Campaign Has No Scientific Basis. globalresearch.ca The data and concepts have been manipulated with a view to sustaining the fear campaign. The estimates are meaningless. The figures have been hyped to justify the closure of the national economy. Covid-19 is a public health concern but it is NOT a dangerous virus.

Eds. (2020-09-23). No socialist paradise: Sweden's COVID-19 response is nothing to envy. mronline.org Eleanor Goldfield reports from Stockholm on how COVID-19 has laid bare the U..S-style capitalist reality creeping into Sweden's already struggling socialized programs.

Howard Lisnoff (2020-09-23). Teaching During a Pandemic. counterpunch.org As the summer wore on, the Covid-19 pandemic marched on and on and on. I wondered how I could help with the education of one of my grandchildren. When a curriculum and content text arrived in the mail, I began drawing up a plan for our first lesson together. Since my grandchild will visit over

news.un (2020-09-23). Countries urged to act against COVID-19 'infodemic'. news.un.org The UN and partners have urged countries to take urgent action to address what they have described as the "infodemic" that has surfaced in tandem with the COVID-19 pandemic, both in the real world and online.

Martin Hart-Landsberg (2020-09-23). There is a union difference: mortality rates from COVID-19 are lower in unionized nursing homes. mronline.org We need strong unions, all of us. Tragically, even during the pandemic, businesses continue to aggressively resist worker attempts at unionization. And recent decisions by the NLRB only add to worker difficulties.

Dr. Ronald B. Brown (2020-09-23). Public Health Lessons Learned from Biases in Coronavirus Mortality Overestimation. globalresearch.ca The following is an important article by Dr. Ronald B Brown's focussing on coronavirus mortality overestimation. | This scientific contribution provides and understanding of the Covid crisis and the often misleading estimates provided by our health authorities. | Our thanks to Dr. …

The Poor People's Campaign (2020-09-23). McConnell must pass fair COVID-19 relief, end hypocrisy about RBG vacancy. zcomm.org "This is about what kind of world we want to live in, and he does not represent it"

RVSCA (2020-09-23). Monday 10/5: Voting During the COVID-19 Pandemic Virtual Townhall for Santa Clara & Alameda Counties. indybay.org Online…

Health Care Voter (2020-09-23). Wednesday 10/28: What's At Stake: America's Newest Pre-Existing Condition of COVID-19 w/ Health Care Voter. indybay.org Online…

Staff (2020-09-23). Headlines for September 23, 2020. democracynow.org U.S. Coronavirus Death Toll Tops 200,000, On Track to Double by Year's End, FDA Reportedly Planning Stricter Guidelines for Release of COVID-19 Vaccine, Pentagon Spent $1 Billion of Coronavirus Funds on Military Supplies, Trump Says Coronavirus "Affects Virtually Nobody" as U.S. Death Toll Tops 200,000, U.N. Secretary-General Warns of New Cold War as Trump Attacks China over Coronavirus, Sen. Mitt Romney Backs Rapid Vote on Trump's Supreme Court Nominee, Officer Involved in Breonna Taylor's Killing Defends Actions, Calls Protesters "Thugs", Federal Agents Tapped Cellphones of Portland Protesters, President Trump…

_____ (2020-09-23). As Assange Faces Extradition, the State of U.S. Prisons Grows Worse. strategic-culture.org John KIRIAKOU | The Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) is in a state of chaos. Leadership changes, Covid-19, and criminal activity on the part of BOP officers and staff members has plunged the Justice Department's largest and best-funded bureau into a scandal that, while it has not made the mainstream media, has harmed thousands of prisoners. | [The issue was raised last week in the hearing of Julian Assange in London as the state of mental health care for prisoners, cited in a BOP report, came up in witness testimony in the defense's argument against sending Assange to the U.S. to face time in a U.S. prison.] Micha…

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-23). MSTF holds meeting on COVID-19 vaccine development. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 23 (MNA) — The Mustafa Science and Technology Foundation (MSTF) held a meeting during which prominent scientific figures discussed different vaccines in development by different countries.

imperial.ac.uk (2020-09-23). Podcast: Maths marvel, COVID in children and cooking with hyperfoods. imperial.ac.uk In this edition: A $3m-prizewinning mathematician, a new project into how children transmit COVID-19, and recipes with anti-cancer properties.

sputniknews (2020-09-23). 'A War Machine With a Country Attached': US Pandemic Relief Revealed as Diverted to Defense Firms. sputniknews.com A Tuesday Washington Post article revealed the US Congress gave the Pentagon $1 billion in March to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, that money has mostly been paid to defense contractors, further growing the US war machine, according to medical doctor Dr. Yolandra Hancock and investigative journalist Daniel Lazare.

sputniknews (2020-09-23). Indian Markets Snap Downward Trend, Sensex Jumps 322 Points in Opening Trade. sputniknews.com India's benchmark stock index, the Sensex, shed almost 16,000 points within weeks after a nationwide lockdown was imposed in India in late March due to COVID-19. From a peak of about 42,000 in early March, the Sensex plunged to 26,000 by the end of the same month and has since recovered almost 50 percent.

sputniknews (2020-09-23). US Drugmaker Launches Final COVID-19 Vaccine Trial With 60,000 People. sputniknews.com US pharmaceutical company Johnson & Johnson launched the final stage of clinical trials for its COVID-19 vaccine this week.

sputniknews (2020-09-23). Low Chance For Pre-Election COVID Vaccine as FDA Readies Tougher Emergency Standards – Report. sputniknews.com The Trump administration has been accused of interfering with federal agencies so as to shape coronavirus-related guidelines to fit with Trump's political agenda and put his COVID-19 response in a good light.

Staff (2020-09-23). Why the Fascists Don't Want Us to Grieve. truthout.org Note: This a rush transcript and has been lightly edited for clarity. Copy may not be in its final form. | Welcome to "Movement Memos," a Truthout podcast about things you should know if you want to change the world. I'm your host, Kelly Hayes. | This week we've witnessed a new chapter in Trump's desperation to replace headlines about the massive death toll caused by his bungled response to COVID-19 with headlines about anarchists and unrest. | The Department of Justice on Monday released a list of cities it has deemed "anarchist j…

Steve Topple (2020-09-23). The new coronavirus rules only work if you're rich. thecanary.co Boris Johnson revealed the Tory government's latest coronavirus (Covid-19) measures on Tuesday 22 September. But some of the advice will only work for richer people. And it shows that

yenisafak (2020-09-23). Turkey's trade minister urges G20 to avoid protectionism. yenisafak.com Turkey's trade minister on Wednesday urged G20 officials to maintain cooperation and avoid protectionism for better implementation of the group's actions."Open, free, fair and rules-based multilateral trading system plays a vital role in promoting predictability and stability for international trade and achieving economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic," Ruhsar Pekcan told a G20 Trade and Investment Ministers Meeting held virtually with the participation of top officials from 26 countries.Pekcan stressed that the pandemic shaped discussions at this year's meeting, focused on tackling the outbreak's fallout o…

yenisafak (2020-09-23). UK to host 'human challenge' trials for COVID-19 vaccines. yenisafak.com The UK will host clinical trials where volunteers would be deliberately infected with the new coronavirus to assess the effectiveness of experimental vaccines, the Financial Times reported on Wednesday, citing people involved in the project.The government-funded project is expected to begin in January at a quarantine facility in London, the report said. (on.ft.com/2G5o0jP)FT reported that volunteers will be first inoculated with a vaccine and later receive a challenge dose of the coronavirus, without naming the vaccine that would be tested in the project.

yenisafak (2020-09-23). Czech Republic reports second highest daily rise in COVID-19 cases. yenisafak.com The Czech Republic recorded 2,394 new infections in its second highest daily rise since the coronavirus pandemic began, Health Ministry data showed on Wednesday.New cases have doubled in September as infections increase at the second fastest rate in Europe, for a tally of 53,158 cases since the Czech Republic's first detections in March.Authorities have reinstated some measures to rein in the virus, such as mask-wearing and, from Thursday, stricter limits on opening hours for bars.

RT (2020-09-23). Pentagon slammed for turning $1 billion 'coronavirus fund' into more military-industrial pork — but what did Congress expect? rt.com The Pentagon has defended its decision to repurpose Covid-19 preparedness funds — meant for pandemic response — to prop up weapons contractors as House Democrats slammed its double-dipping. | While the Department of Defense received $1 billion in March's CARES Act stimulus bill specifically to "prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus," it ultimately diverted most of the windfall to defense contractors, the Washington Post revealed on Tuesday. | The pandemic response fund, created under the aegis of the Defense Production Act, was supposed to be used to produce N95 masks, gloves, and other…

news.un (2020-09-23). Sri Lankan President calls on WHO to facilitate 'universal access' to COVID vaccine. news.un.org The President of Sri Lanka has highlighted the success of his country's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, underscoring the importance of a well-coordinated approach, underpinned by robust local health care system, to contain the disease.

Torsten Engelbrecht (2020-09-23). COVID19 PCR Tests Are Scientifically Meaningless. globalresearch.ca First published on June 29, 2020 | Lockdowns and hygienic measures around the world are based on numbers of cases and mortality rates created by the so-called SARS-CoV-2 RT-PCR tests used to identify "positive" patients, whereby "positive" is usually equated with …

sputniknews (2020-09-23). COVID Reaction is an Eton-Led Mess! sputniknews.com How dare Boris Johnson blame us for the mess he has created? His performance last night resembled a liberal out-of-touch headmaster trying to impose his authority over school uniform rules after some sixth formers have already torched the science block.

Staff (2020-09-23). Colleges Reopening Fueled 3,000 COVID Cases a Day, Researchers Say. truthout.org Reopening colleges drove a coronavirus surge of about 3,000 new cases a day in the United States, according to a draft study released Tuesday. | The study, done jointly by researchers at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, Indiana University, the University of Washington and Davidson College, tracked cellphone data and matched it to reopening schedules at 1,400 schools, along with county infection rates. | "Our study was looking to see whether we could observe increases both in movement and in c…

Staff (2020-09-23). Voters Want to Use Climate Change Policies to Rebuild the Economy After COVID. truthout.org A majority of U.S. voters want to see corrective climate change policies and the creation of jobs in the clean energy sector as a way to recover from the mismanagement and economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a new poll. | The poll, conducted by VICE Media Group and several partners, found that 54% of Americans disapprove of President Trump's handling of the pandemic, while 78% of Americans want to see Congress take a more aggressive stance in stamping out the coronavir…

A New Orleans Plague Pod (2020-09-23). 'Nobody Gets Left Behind'. thenation.com A New Orleans Plague Pod 'Nobody Gets Left Behind'

_____ (2020-09-23). Three Cities Designated As 'Anarchist Jurisdictions' — What That Means. popularresistance.org On Sept. 21, 2020, millions of people in three major U.S. cities awoke to find themselves living in what President Donald Trump and his Justice Department cronies had declared "anarchist jurisdictions." New York City, Portland, Oregon, and Seattle — all of which are led by Democrats — were slapped with the label and, as a result, are now at risk of being defunded by the federal government, even as they grapple with massive budget shortfalls tied to the coronavirus pandemic. The president is playing a political game with those whom he considers to be his enemies, and that list is growing day by day.

Tim Libretti (2020-09-23). Coronavirus is no excuse for Trump's failing economy: A socialist viewpoint. peoplesworld.org The narrative Trump and his Republican allies have been weaving about his managing of the U.S. economy is that he had presided over, if not himself built, the strongest economy in the nation's history and that it was only slowed by the coronavirus outbreak, which was not his fault. He can't be held responsible for …

Adam Dick (2020-09-23). The No-Compromise Texas Republican Party Resolution Telling the Republican Governor to Immediately End His Entire Coronavirus Crackdown. globalresearch.ca The Republican Party of Texas executive committee has taken a heroic action that could serve as an example for Republican and Democratic parties across America. It has adopted, by a 54 to 4 vote, a resolution clearly and emphatically demanding …

WSWS (2020-09-23). The CDC retracts its guidance that stipulated the airborne danger of the coronavirus. wsws.org Though the CDC said it had erroneously published the unvetted draft, the political fallout faced by the CDC suggests it was a political maneuver to save face.

Staff (2020-09-23). Anthony Fauci Slams Sen. Rand Paul: You Are Not Listening. truthout.org Anthony Fauci, who serves as director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and is a member of the White House's coronavirus task force team, rebuked Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) Paul expressed misgivings over Fauci's praise for how New York Gov. Andrew…

yenisafak (2020-09-23). German cabinet approves second-highest net new debt since World War Two in 2021 budget. yenisafak.com The German cabinet on Wednesday approved Finance Minister Olaf Scholz's draft budget for next year which envisages net new debt of 96.2 billion euros ($112.43 billion) to finance further measures to tackle the coronavirus crisis, an official said.The additional borrowing marks the second-highest amount of net new debt in Europe's largest economy since the end of World War Two and comes after the government already took on record high borrowing of some 218 billion euros this year.The budget underlines Scholz's determination to move Germany further away from its former image as Europe's austerity champion and secur…

yenisafak (2020-09-23). Saudi king calls for comprehensive solution on Iran. yenisafak.com He said Iran has exploited a 2015 nuclear deal with world powers "to intensify its expansionist activities, creates its terrorist networks, and use terrorism," adding that this had produced nothing but "chaos, extremism, and sectarianism.""A comprehensive solution and a firm international position are required," he told the 193-member General Assembly in a video statement, pre-recorded due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Editor (2020-09-23). Journalists Need to Be Clear About a Clear Threat to Democracy. scheerpost.com Matt Johnson / CC BY 2.0] By Joshua Cho / FAIR When the president of the United States has: explicitly declared his intentions to withhold federal election funding from states that are trying to make it easier to vote during a pandemic; appointed a major donor to his campaign with conflicts of interest to sabotage the US Postal Service—while stating that he opposes additional funding for…

Florina Rodov (2020-09-23). Online Charter Schools Are Not a Solution to Education in a Pandemic. counterpunch.org "Instead of going to school every morning, what if school could come to you?" an ad asks enticingly, promising students "online personalized learning" tailored to their specific needs. It's one of hundreds of active Facebook ads run by K12 Inc., the largest for-profit virtual charter school provider in the United States. As public schools rose to the

Keegan James Sarmiento Kloer, David Correia, and Justin Bendell (2020-09-23). Albuquerque Police, Mayor Ignore CDC Advice, Aggressively Police Unsheltered People During Pandemic. counterpunch.org Albuquerque Police Department (APD) and Albuquerque's Department of Family and Community Services (FCS) engage in a pattern and practice of harassing, criminalizing, and displacing unsheltered people living on city streets, parks, or private property, according to sources on the street, a review of 32 criminal complaints filed with the courts in early 2020, and survey data collected by a group of unaffiliated advocates for the homeless.

Annie Levin (2020-09-23). 'We're Facing Some Hard Shit': Performing Artists Are Organizing to Weather the Pandemic. progressive.org With the industry in freefall, the artists who remain are getting radical and getting organized.

Peoples Dispatch (2020-09-23). Why are Indian farmers protesting Modi's agriculture bills? peoplesdispatch.org During this pandemic, the Narendra Modi led BJP government in India has pushed through multiple legislations that are a direct assault on people's rights. The latest among these are three bills on agriculture. The government passed these three bills brazenly flouting parliamentary rules and ignoring the protesting farmers across the country.

RT (2020-09-23). Seattle lawmakers successfully override mayor's veto on $3 million police budget cut & 100 officer layoffs. rt.com Seattle City Council has voted to overturn Mayor Jenny Durkan's veto on legislation that would slash millions of dollars from the local police budget, a move cheered by activist groups and reviled by some residents. | The council overturned Durkan's veto by a vote of 7-2, securing exactly the number of votes needed to put the legislation into effect. | "In the wake of a racial reckoning, a $300 million budget shortfall, a pandemic, a climate crisis, a homelessness crisis… and a lack of federal leadership, our fundamental duty remains: to balance the city's budget and meet the needs of Seattle's most vulnerab…

RT (2020-09-23). Chlamydia & gonorrhea rates in younger US women SOAR, as health experts raise alarm over drop in tests during pandemic. rt.com Rates of chlamydia and gonorrhea have skyrocketed among young women in the US in recent years. Health experts are concerned infections are now going undiagnosed after testing dropped precipitously as a result of the pandemic. | According to the results of a recent study conducted by Quest Diagnostics, The research examined 17 million laboratory samples from women aged 1…

Jasmine Norden (2020-09-23). 'Schools aren't always able to support young people.' Charity launches inquiry into mental health in education. thecanary.co Mental health charity Mind has launched an The inquiry, 'Educating Mental Health', encourages young people, parents, and staff to speak out about their experience with mental health support in schools. The charity warned that going back to school with little support could have serious long-term effects on young people's mental health. | Vicki Nash, head of policy and campaigns at Mind, said: | The pandemic has alr…

2020-09-22: News Headlines

_____ (2020-09-22). Make Corporate Landlords Pay The Bills During The Pandemic. popularresistance.org The Covid-19 crisis has both exposed and exacerbated racial and wealth inequality in the United States. As unemployment skyrockets and tens of millions of Americans struggle with a sudden loss of income, many are unable to pay rents or mortgages and are facing eviction, foreclosure, and possible homelessness. | We've seen this eviction crisis brewing for months, and despite platitudes about racial justice, our elected officials and corporate landlords haven't taken any meaningful action to prevent it from hitting poor people of color hardest.

Bressler NM. (2020-09-22). Ophthalmology and COVID-19. jamanetwork.com In this Viewpoint, JAMA Ophthalmology's editor reviews the known eye manifestations of COVID-19, the potential for ocular transmission of illness, and the effects of the pandemic on ophthalmologic practice and research.

_____ (2020-09-22). COVID-19: On The Decline In Nicaragua As Its Critics Fall Silent. popularresistance.org No country can yet claim to have defeated Covid-19, but clearly some are having more success than others. Nicaragua is one of these, and could yet be recognized as a world leader. With under 5,000 Covid-19 cases since the pandemic began, according to official figures, its infection level is far below that of Panama (105,000), Guatemala (85,000), Honduras (71,000), Costa Rica (63,000) or El Salvador (27,000). Of course, it is certain that Nicaragua's figure, like those of the other countries, undercounts the real incidence of the virus.

news.un (2020-09-22). UN chief appeals for global solidarity at General Assembly, warns COVID is 'dress rehearsal' for challenges ahead. news.un.org In his centerpiece address to the historic and unprecedented 75th session of the UN General Assembly, Secretary-General António Guterres on Tuesday appealed for global solidarity to overcome the COVID-19, and again call for a global ceasefire during the pandemic, by the end of the year.

Kathryn Shihadah (2020-09-22). Israel Promised to Slow Down Home Demolitions During COVID-19, It Stepped Them Up Instead. mintpressnews.com The period from March to August 2020, a period marking the height of the coronavirus pandemic, represented the highest rate of Israeli home demolitions in four years.

news.un (2020-09-22). Brazilian President outlines action taken to address COVID-19 pandemic, unemployment. news.un.org Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has highlighted social and economic measures his administration implemented, to address the COVID-19 pandemic and what he views as the politicization of the virus in South America's largest country.

Editor (2020-09-22). Trump Gets History About as Much as He Understands Epidemics. scheerpost.com By Juan Cole / Informed Comment Trump has a long history of proclaiming that he understands things better than the people who are experts in those things. When Dr. Robert Redfield, the head of the Centers for Disease Control, testified to Congress that mask-wearing is even more effective against Covid-19 than a vaccine is likely to be. The next day Trump contradicted him. Redfield is an eminent… |

Ayanian JZ. (2020-09-22). Health Policy and COVID-19. jamanetwork.com In this Viewpoint, JAMA Health Forum's editor reviews important policy issues that characterized the first 6 months of the COVID-19 pandemic, including personal protective equipment (PPE) shortages, health inequities among vulnerable populations, requests from patients for medical exemptions from face mask requirements, and the benefits and risks of school reopenings.

news.un (2020-09-22). Renew 'collective commitment to multilateralism', urges Assembly president. news.un.org The COVID-19 pandemic may have prevented world leaders coming to New York to address the General Assembly in person, but the president of the world body stressed on Tuesday that the need for deliberation, is "higher than ever".

Rivara FP, Fihn SD, Perencevich EN. (2020-09-22). JAMA Network Open and COVID-19. jamanetwork.com In this Viewpoint, JAMA Network Open editors review the journal's more important articles advancing scientific understanding of COVID-19 in the first 6 months of the pandemic, and discuss the importance of a global open access journal to meeting the public health challenge.

Piccirillo JF. (2020-09-22). Otolaryngology and COVID-19. jamanetwork.com In this Viewpoint, JAMA Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery's editor in chief reviews how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the practice of otolaryngology—head and neck surgery in its first 6 months, including through a shift away from procedural management of head and neck disease toward medical and noninvasive management to mitigate risk of infection transmission, and through the acute rise in incidence of patients with olfactory dysunction requiring consultation and follow-up.

Redberg RF, Katz M, Steinbrook R. (2020-09-22). Internal Medicine and COVID-19. jamanetwork.com In this Viewpoint, JAMA Internal Medicine editors offer a broad review of the clinical science emerging from the first 6 months of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, including epidemiology of the infection, evidence that has influenced clinical care, and a discussion of workforce and supply chain issues and health inequities affecting patients and essential workers.

Raul Diego (2020-09-22). Trump Pushes CDC To Release COVID Vaccine Before Election, Experts Warn It's Too Early. mintpressnews.com The CDC wants $6 Billion dollars to kickstart a mass vaccination effort that CDC director Robert Redfield said is coming straight from the top, but experts warn the efforts need more time and will pose a public health challenge, claiming they could "be even worse than the problems with testing and PPE."

Fight Back (2020-09-22). Milwaukee: Essential workers rally to stop Trump. fightbacknews.org Milwaukee, WI – On September 20, union members and frontline workers gathered at Zeidler Union Square in downtown Milwaukee. The purpose for the rally was to speak out about working conditions during the pandemic, the need for extended benefits, the fight for racial justice and the blatant attacks on workers from the Trump administration. | The rally was called for and hosted by the Young Workers Committee of the Milwaukee Area Labor Council. Speakers for the event included members of established unions in the area as well as one who is actively involved in organizing her workplace. | "The COVID pandemic has brou…

Health Care Voter (2020-09-22). Wednesday 10/28: What's At Stake: America's Newest Pre-Existing Condition of COVID-19 w/ Health Care Voter. indybay.org Online…

Staff (2020-09-22). Headlines for September 22, 2020. democracynow.org GOP, Trump Charge Forward with Effort to Replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Supreme Court, DOJ Designates New York City, Seattle, Portland as "Anarchist" Cities, CDC Again Retracts Information About Coronavirus on Website; HHS Head Azar Exerts Control Over FDA, 150+ Countries, Not Including the U.S., Join U.N.'s Effort to Fairly Distribute COVID-19 Vaccine, House Report Finds Immigrant Prisoners Denied Access to Essential Care, Forced into Labor, Mexican National Dies in Georgia Immigration Prison, One Week into Peace Talks, Scores Killed in Bloody Day of Fighting Across Afghanistan, 6 People Killed in Colombian Mass…

Staff (2020-09-22). Whistleblower Nurse in ICE Jail Alleges Forced Sterilization & Neglect Amid 8th COVID Death. democracynow.org As ICE confirms the 20th person to die in its detention in fiscal year 2020, making it one of the deadliest periods in the agency's history, we talk to the whistleblower at the center of an explosive complaint that accuses an ICE jail in Georgia of failing to adhere to coronavirus safety protocols and performing a large number of unwanted hysterectomies on detainees. The doctor who carried out the procedures became known to women inside the facility as "the uterus collector." Whistleblower Dawn Wooten, a nurse at the Irwin County Detention Center, says the neglect and abuse at the facility was "jaw-dropping." We…

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-22). Iran registers 3,712 COVID-19 cases in 24 hours. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 22 (MNA) — The Iranian Health Ministry has confirmed 3,712 COVID-19 infections and 178 deaths due to the disease in the past 24 hours.

imperial.ac.uk (2020-09-22). Robin Shattock tells MEPs of 'promising' vaccine progress. imperial.ac.uk Professor Robin Shattock, the lead for Imperial's COVID-19 vaccine, updated the European Parliament today on the progress of his team's vaccine.

sputniknews (2020-09-22). Millions of US Citizens May Have to Pay for COVID-19 Vaccine Despite Gov't Plans, Reports Say. sputniknews.com MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Millions of people in the United States may have to pay for COVID-19 vaccination contrary to the plans of the authorities to make the shots free, as government-funded Medicare health insurance for the elderly does not cover the costs of drugs approved for emergency use, the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) newspaper reported.

sputniknews (2020-09-22). Rats Reportedly Mutilate COVID-19 Victim's Dead Body at Private Hospital in India. sputniknews.com The incident has sparked political outrage in an Indian state, with former Madhya Pradesh State Chief Kamal Nath taking to Twitter to condemn the alleged medical negligence on the part of hospital authorities.

sputniknews (2020-09-22). Indian Markets Plunge Amid Sell-Off Across Sectors, Sensex Down 386 Points in Opening Trade. sputniknews.com Under the impact of a nationwide lockdown imposed in India in late March due to COVID-19, the country's benchmark stock index, Sensex, shed almost 16,000 points in a matter of weeks. From 42,000 levels in early March, Sensex plunged to 26,000 by the end of the same month.

sputniknews (2020-09-22). Russia to Complete Registration of Second COVID-19 Vaccine by 15 October. sputniknews.com The Russian consumer health watchdog, Rospotrebnadzor, stated in early September that all volunteers for Stage 1 of clinical trials for the COVID-19 vaccine developed by the Russian research centre Vektor had developed antibodies.

sputniknews (2020-09-22). UK Coronavirus Curfews for Pubs Won't Bring COVID Rates Down, but Harm Hospitality, Sector Warns. sputniknews.com The British government is expected to announce an updated set of anti-coronavirus measures aimed to prevent a probable second wave of the pandemic.

Staff (2020-09-22). Trump Wrongly Asserts "Virtually Nobody" Young Is Harmed by COVID. truthout.org Speaking at a political rally in Swanton, Ohio, on Monday evening, President Donald Trump wrongly claimed that COVID-19 is a disease that only affects the elderly and urged schools to reopen their doors by arguing that "virtually nobody" young is affected by it. | "It affects elderly people. Elderly people with heart problems and other problems,"

yenisafak (2020-09-22). FACTBOX: Britain imposes 6-month curbs against second COVID wave. yenisafak.com British Prime Minister Boris Johnson told people on Tuesday to work from home where possible and ordered bars and restaurants to close early to tackle a fast-spreading second wave of COVID-19 with restrictions lasting probably six months.Here are some details about the new measures in England, which are likely to be mirrored for the most part in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.VENUES TO CLOSE AT 10 P.M.From Thursday, hospitality venues like pubs and restaurants must close at 10 p.m.WORK FROM HOMEWorkers should work from home if they can, but those who can not should continue to attend t…

yenisafak (2020-09-22). Pandemic reroutes school buses to hospitals in Indonesia. yenisafak.com As the coronavirus outbreak in Indonesia worsens by the day, authorities have been forced to use school buses to transport patients in the capital Jakarta.Luswanto, a 29-year-old school bus driver, has taken hundreds of COVID-19 patients to Jakarta's Wisma Atlet Emergency Hospital.Buses like his have been modified to accommodate patients, with partition shields installed to protect the drivers and health workers.As the risk of infection remains high, Luswanto said his young age, healthy physical condition, and no history of congenital disease made him a perfect candidate for the job. | "The COVID-19 evacuation te…

yenisafak (2020-09-22). Turkey's Erdogan says COVID-19 vaccine must be for everyone. yenisafak.com Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan said in an address to the United Nations on Tuesday any future COVID-19 vaccine should be universally available, regardless of where it is produced."I am calling from here once again for the procurement of medical equipment and medicine, and vaccine efforts not to be made into a topic of competition," Erdogan said in a video address to the U.N. General Assembly, which is holding a virtual meeting because of the global coronavirus pandemic. "No matter what country they are produced in, vaccines that are made ready to be administered should be presented to the common use of humanit…

Tanya Wadhwa (2020-09-22). Thousands take the streets in national strike in Colombia. peoplesdispatch.org On September 21, thousands of Colombians participated in a national strike and mobilized across the country against the right-wing government of president Iván Duque. Several massive demonstrations were carried out in different cities in rejection of police brutality, economic crisis facing the country due to the COVID-19 pandemic and ceaseless assassination of social leaders. | A large number of citizens and members of various human rights organizations, left-wing political parties, social movements, students, teachers, women, LGBTQI, Indigenous and Afro-descendent organizations took to the streets throughout th…

Jasmine Norden (2020-09-22). 'Time is running out'. Education union issues stark warning on coronavirus testing crisis. thecanary.co The National Education Union (NEU) has Leaders of the union wrote to the prime minister on 20 September to urge the adoption of emergency measures to maintain the safety of schools. | General secretaries of the NEU, Dr Mary Bousted and Kevin Courtney, asked that school children and teaching staff become a testing priority to contain coronavirus (Covid-19) cases in schools. | They said that schools do not currently have the means to stop the spread of cases without…

Tom Coburg (2020-09-22). Evidence of Johnson government's Covid cronyism and incompetence laid bare. thecanary.co The provision of : In recent weeks there have…

MEE and agencies (2020-09-22). Abu Dhabi abolishes permit system for alcohol purchase. middleeasteye.net Abu Dhabi abolishes permit system for alcohol purchase | Move follows similar relaxation by Dubai as UAE attempts to rebuild tourism following coronavirus outbreak | Tue, 09/22/2020 – 11: 26 | Residents enjoy a day at the beach along the corniche in Abu Dhabi (AFP) | Abu Dhabi has abolished the permit system for the purchase and consumption of alcohol, following in the footsteps of Dubai.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-22). Iran, Austria discuss direct flights resumption. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 22 (MNA) — Iran and Austria have reviewed the conditions for reviving the direct flights between the two countries which have been facing major slump after the coronavirus pandemic.

yenisafak (2020-09-22). Iran registers record daily high in coronavirus cases. yenisafak.com Iran's health ministry on Tuesday reported 3,712 new coronavirus infections in the previous 24 hours, the highest daily tally recorded since February, pushing the national cumulative total to 429,193.On Feb. 19, the Iranian government publicly announced its first two cases of — and deaths from – the novel coronavirus.Ministry spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari told state TV that 178 people had died from the disease in the previous 24 hours, bringing the official death toll to 24,656 in Iran, one of the worst-hit countries in the Middle East.

yenisafak (2020-09-22). US pleased with YPG/PKK-ENKS talks in Syria: KRG. yenisafak.com President of the semi-autonomous Kurdish region, Nechirvan Barzani, held a meeting with US special envoy for Syria James Jeffrey during which the latter stated that his country was pleased with the talks for rapprochement, the KRG said.The meeting held in KRG's capital Erbil tackled the situation of foreign forces in Syria and security developments.The two sides also discussed developments regarding the coronavirus outbreak in Syria and Iraq as well as relations between Erbil and Baghdad and the Kurdish problem in Syria, the statement said.According to the statement, Jeffrey thanked Barzani and the KRG for their…

C.J. Hopkins (2020-09-22). The War on Populism: The Final Act. dissidentvoice.org So, it appears the War on Populism is building toward an exciting climax. All the proper pieces are in place for a Class-A GloboCap color revolution, and maybe even civil war. You got your unauthorized Putin-Nazi president, your imaginary apocalyptic pandemic, your violent identitarian civil unrest, your heavily-armed politically-polarized populace, your ominous rumblings from military …

Maani N, Galea S. (2020-09-22). Physicians and Social Determinants of Health—Reply. jamanetwork.com In Reply We are heartened to see that all 3 letters agree in various ways with the principle expressed in our Viewpoint that the social determinants of health should not be overmedicalized and that the drivers of poor health largely sit outside the health care system, rooted in societal structures, power, and money.

Slomski A. (2020-09-22). Mixed Results for Progesterone for Miscarriage Prevention. jamanetwork.com Progesterone therapy in the first trimester of pregnancy did not result in a greater rate of live births among women with a high risk of miscarriage, according to a trial in Health Technology Assessment. Women with previous miscarriages, however, benefited from progesterone therapy.

Kuehn BM. (2020-09-22). Hand Sanitizer Poisoning and Deaths Reported in 2 States. jamanetwork.com Fifteen people were hospitalized in Arizona and New Mexico after they drank hand sanitizer containing methanol. Four of the patients died and 3 experienced vision loss, according to a report from CDC investigators and state public health officials.

Health Care Voter (2020-09-22). Wednesday 10/14: What's At Stake: Vital Role of Health Care for Millions of Americans w/ Health Care Voter. indybay.org Online…

Health Care Voter (2020-09-22). Wednesday 10/21: What's At Stake: Millions of Young Americans & Coverage Under the ACA w/ Health Care Voter. indybay.org Online…

Health Care Voter (2020-09-22). Wednesday 9/30: What's At Stake: Gender, Health Care & the Supreme Court w/ Health Care Voter. indybay.org Online…

Health Care Voter (2020-09-22). Wednesday 10/7: What's At Stake: Black Maternal Health & Systemic Inequalities w/ Health Care Voter. indybay.org Online…

Health Care Voter (2020-09-22). Wednesday 9/23: What's At Stake: The Organized Crime of Big Pharma w/ Health Care Voter. indybay.org Online…

_____ (2020-09-22). Report, Monday, September 21: Julian Assange Hearing. popularresistance.org Monday was a frustrating day as the Assange Hearing drifted deep into a fantasy land where nobody knows or is allowed to say that people were tortured in Guantanamo Bay and under extraordinary rendition. The willingness of Judge Baraitser to accept American red lines on what witnesses can and cannot say has combined with a joint and openly stated desire by both judge and prosecution to close this case down quickly by limiting the number of witnesses, the length of their evidence, and the time allowed for closing arguments.

Slomski A. (2020-09-22). Intravenous Ibuprofen Caldolor Reduces Opioids After Orthopedic Trauma. jamanetwork.com Intravenous (IV) ibuprofen adequately relieved acute pain and minimized opioid use in the first 48 hours after an orthopedic trauma, a trial in the Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma reported.

Tuuli MG, Liu J, Tita AN, et al. (2020-09-22). Negative Pressure Wound Therapy vs Standard Dressing and Infection in Obese Women After Cesarean Delivery. jamanetwork.com This open-label randomized trial compares the effects of preventive negative pressure wound therapy vs standard wound dressing on surgical site infection among obese women after cesarean delivery.

Slomski A. (2020-09-22). Shared Decision-making Doesn't Change Anticoagulation Treatment. jamanetwork.com Physician satisfaction and patient engagement improved when they used a shared decision-making (SDM) tool for anticoagulant treatment. But their treatment decisions didn't differ from patients receiving standard care, a trial in JAMA Internal Medicine reported.

Desai AN. (2020-09-22). Patient Information: High Blood Pressure. jamanetwork.com This JAMA Patient Page explains what high blood pressure is, why it is important to control, the difference between the top (systolic) and bottom (diastolic) numbers, and how it is best treated and prevented.

Slomski A. (2020-09-22). Baloxavir Protects Against Household Influenza Spread. jamanetwork.com Baloxavir marboxil, a polymerase acidic protein endonuclease inhibitor, prevented influenza from spreading in households with a confirmed case, a trial in The New England Journal of Medicine reported. Baloxavir is approved as treatment for uncomplicated influenza A and B and for patients at risk for complications.

2020-09-21: News Headlines

_____ (2020-09-21). Sweden's COVID-19 Response Is Nothing To Envy. popularresistance.org From Djurgà•rden, I walk along the water on Strandvà§gen — a rising fall whips in a determined wind across the water, slicing at remnants of summer and carving pathways around centuries-old buildings. Colors like Nordic interior design catalogs look like they've been stirred among clouds — a muted vibrance that evokes a calm and stoic resolve. | Albeit quieter than a typical early fall day, there's a bustle. People are out and their faces are bare. Buses and trolleys roll by and not a mask can be seen inside. Scuffed and faded stickers on the street remind people to keep their distance yet t…

WSWS (2020-09-21). UK firms awarded billions in NHS/government contracts amid failure of COVID-19 testing system. wsws.org The largest intended privatisation is the £100 billion-plus expansion of the national coronavirus testing programme "Operation Moonshot."

Dennis Bernstein (2020-09-21). Kevin Cooper: Surviving Death Row and COVID-19 in San Quentin. counterpunch.org Kevin Cooper has been incarcerated for over 37 years (35 years on death Row) for the murder of the Ryan family and child guest Christopher Hughes, a brutal crime he doggedly maintains he did not commit. Currently, having exhausted appeals through the courts, Kevin is requesting that Governor Newsom order an innocence investigation to consider all the evidence that points to others and exonerates Kevin Cooper. Gov. Newsom has ordered DNA testing which has almost been completed at this time.

WSWS (2020-09-21). Catastrophic wildfires, corporate air pollution, and COVID-19: A collision of crises. wsws.org The EPA loosened air pollution limits at the very time that coronavirus was becoming pandemic in the United States.

True Publica (2020-09-21). The COVID-19 Crisis in the UK. Towards a Full Lockdown? globalresearch.ca Big Guns: Groups of more than six in the park are lawbreaking — but groups of 30 with big guns killing stuff is not. Who are the landowners who own England's vast grouse moors? As Who Owns England has previously …

Marilyn Bechtel (2020-09-21). New California laws: Family leave, COVID protections, tax credits for undocumented. peoplesworld.org Among bills Gov. Gavin Newsom signed into law last week are measures to strengthen family leave provisions for California workers, to require companies to tell their workers if they have been exposed to COVID-19, and to increase access to workers compensation benefits for workers exposed on the job. When Senate Bill 1383, by State Sen. …

WSWS (2020-09-21). University of Melbourne student union enforces club affiliation requirement amid pandemic. wsws.org The student union's demands will serve only to disaffiliate clubs, compounding the destructive impact of the COVID-19 crisis on cultural and political life on campus.

_____ (2020-09-21). Reclaim Public Medicine For Public Health. popularresistance.org Far too many people have suffered and died because our medicines and medical products system was not prepared to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic with prompt and universal access to reliable tests, treatments, and vaccines. Governments, non-profits, and industry in the U.S. and around the world are working furiously to catch up. But their efforts have been hampered by fundamental flaws in our profit-driven pharmaceutical industry. | For Americans with diabetes, cancer, asthma, infectious diseases, mental illnesses, and a myriad of other health issues, those flaws have been causing suffering and even death for dec…

_____ (2020-09-21). "Unethical" and "astonishing" — Serco lands another £45m for 'failing' COVID Test and Trace scheme. truepublica.org.uk By Caroline Malloy: The outsourcing giant Serco has won an additional £45m to provide COVID test centres, openDemocracy reveals. The multi-million-pound deal has not been made public but provides a major additional role for the controversial firm in the UK's troubled Test and Trace scheme, which has come under fire as infection rates rise across …

Mark Gruenberg (2020-09-21). Mass USPS mask mailing nixed by Trump could have cut COVID deaths by 88%. peoplesworld.org A late-March and early-April plan by the USPS to mail five free reusable masks to every household in America, blocked by Trump who wanted to downplay the virus, has resulted in tens of thousands of deaths that could have been avoided. The scuttled safety measure was exposed by the dump of thousands of documents from …

Dr. Ronald B. Brown (2020-09-21). Schools Perpetuating "Unsupported Overreaction to the Coronavirus" globalresearch.ca In his "Students have been reprimanded and threatened for not following strict social-distancing rules at social events, even as the incumbent President of the United States flaunts the same social-distancing rules …

Michael Heinrich (2020-09-21). Profit raten: On Coronavirus and Crisis. mronline.org Leftists are also arguing over a political-economic understanding of the conditions created by the virus. For example, in Konkret, Justin Monday criticized the current crisis rhetoric by indicating that the deployment of labour-power is not being fundamentally called into question, but only deferred.

progressive (2020-09-21). Smoking Gun: Crisis? What Crisis? progressive.org A timeline of the pandemic warning signs ignored by the Trump Administration.

WSWS (2020-09-21). WHO condemns governments' failure to prepare for pandemic. wsws.org The pandemic has exposed the contradiction between the highly integrated nature of modern society and the outmoded and irrational nation-state system of capitalism.

WSWS (2020-09-21). Los Angeles educators form rank-and-file safety committee to oppose unsafe school reopening. wsws.org The Los Angeles Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee has been established to protect the district's students, teachers and staff from the deadly virus.

_____ (2020-09-21). What Does A "Safe Return" To School Look Like? popularresistance.org Demands for stu ≠dents and edu ≠ca ≠tors to return to in-per ≠son school ≠ing dur ≠ing the pan ≠dem ≠ic are com ≠ing from Democ ≠rats and Repub ≠li ≠cans, both claim ≠ing the return is nec ≠es ≠sary not just to pro ≠vide high-qual ≠i ≠ty edu ≠ca ≠tion, but to save the econ ≠o ≠my and get par ≠ents back to work. The nar ≠ra ≠tive con ≠scious ≠ly exploits the needs of par ≠ents who may not have health ≠care and who rely on pub ≠lic schools to care for and edu ≠cate their chil ≠dren while they work. It pits par ≠ents,…

Alan Macleod (2020-09-21). Pompeo Announces Funding for Welfare, Healthcare and Indigenous Support. In Venezuela. mintpressnews.com The sweeping $348 million aid package, which includes funding for healthcare, direct cash assistance, and even psychosocial support, runs in stark contradiction to a long-held US policy of sanctions on Venezuela.

Central Valley vs Covid Coalition (2020-09-21). Thursday 9/24: Stop The Murders! Justice For Foster Farms Workers, Their Families & The Community. indybay.org Dollar General Store 323 N. Main St. Livingston, California…

Chayanon Phucharoen, Nichapat Sangkaew, Kristina Stosic (2020-09-21). The characteristics of COVID-19 transmission from case to high-risk contact, a statistical analysis from contact tracing data. thelancet.com Results confirmed that the quarantine policy, which mandated individual isolation in the state provided facilities for all high-risk contacts, diminished contact's chance of infection from the confirmed cases, especially in the epicenter districts. Our findings confirmed that sharing accommodation with an infected case, and exposure to a case with several documented secondary transmission, generally increased the SARS-CoV-2 infection probability. Finally, some confirmed cases do exhibit a higher risk of spreading SARS-CoV-2 to their contacts compared to a typical confirmed case.

Staff (2020-09-21). Headlines for September 21, 2020. democracynow.org Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Dies at 87, Sparking a Deluge of Tributes and a Fierce Succession Battle, U.S. COVID-19 Death Toll Poised to Top 200,000, U.N. Says 150 Million More Children May Face Poverty as Global Coronavirus Death Toll Nears 1 Million, California Grapples with Evacuations, Toxic Air as Record-Breaking Wildfires Continue to Blaze, Trump Announces $13 Billion for Puerto Rico, as Elections Near and 3 Years After Hurricane Maria, Leaked Docs Show Major Banks Helped Criminals Launder Billions of Dollars, International Community Counters Trump over U.N. Iran Sanctions, Peru's President Survives Impeach…

_____ (2020-09-21). No Socialist Paradise: Sweden's COVID-19 Response Is Nothing to Envy. strategic-culture.org Eleanor Goldfield reports from Stockholm on how COVID-19 has laid bare the US-style capitalist reality creeping into Sweden's already struggling socialized programs. | Eleanor GOLDFIELD | From Djurgà•rden, I walk along the water on Strandvà§gen — a rising fall whips in a determined wind across the water, slicing at remnants of summer and carving pathways around centuries-old buildings. Colors like Nordic interior design catalogs look like they've been stirred among clouds — a muted vibrance that evokes a calm and stoic resolve. | Albeit quieter than a typical early fall day, there's a bustle…

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-21). Iran COVID-19 update: 177 deaths, 3,341 infections. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 15 (MNA) — The daily count of COVID-19 infections in Iran reached 3,341 on Monday, bringing the total cases to 425,481, according to the Health Ministry.

The Canary (2020-09-21). Local lockdowns in four areas South Wales after a 'worrying and rapid rise' in coronavirus cases. thecanary.co The areas of Bridgend, Merthyr Tydfil, Newport and Blaenau Gwent will be placed under a local lockdown following an increase in coronavirus (Covid-19) cases, the Welsh Government has announced. | Health minister Vaughan Gething said there had been a "worrying and rapid rise" in cases of Covid-19 in the four areas, which have a combined population of about 430,000 people. | Under the measures, which come into force at 6pm on Tuesday, people must not enter or leave the areas without a reasonable excuse. | People are only able to meet outdoors and are unable to meet members of their extended household indoors. | Dym…

The Canary (2020-09-21). If we don't take action, the UK could see '500,000 coronavirus cases per day next month'. thecanary.co Chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty and chief scientific adviser Patrick Vallance used a press briefing to set out their growing worry over the spread of coronavirus in the UK.Here are the key points from their 20-minute presentation from Downing Street on Monday: — Vallance warned there could be 50,000 coronavirus cases per day next month, leading to 200-plus daily deaths, if the rate of the disease's spread was not tackled.— Less than 8% of the UK population are thought to have coronavirus antibodies to fight off infection, making the "vast majority" of people "susceptible" to the deadly virus…

Staff (2020-09-21). Meatpacking Industry Drafted an Executive Order to Keep Plants Open Amid COVID. truthout.org In late April, as COVID-19 raced through meatpacking plants sickening and killing workers, President Donald Trump issued a controversial It was a relief for the nation's meatpackers who were being urged, or ordered, to sus…

WSWS (2020-09-21). Strike of nearly 5,000 University of Illinois Health nurses and workers reaching a critical juncture. wsws.org The only way for service workers and nurses at UIC and UIH to combat poverty wages and the threat of the pandemic is to take their struggle into their own hands.

yenisafak (2020-09-21). 77% conflict-hit people lost income amid virus: Study. yenisafak.com The Norwegian Refugee Council's report — titled Downward Spiral: the economic impact of Covid-19 on refugees and displaced people — said a survey was conducted in Afghanistan, Colombia, Iraq, Kenya, Libya, Mali, Uganda and Venezuela and additional research in Somalia, DR Congo, Lebanon, Jordan, Burkina Faso and Yemen."The devastating economic impact is tipping many into a hunger, homelessness and education crisis," it said.According to the findings from the 1,413 people surveyed, 77% of people had lost a job or income from work since March, 70% of people had to cut the number of meals for their househ…

yenisafak (2020-09-21). Madrid asks for help from Spanish army against coronavirus surge. yenisafak.com The regional chief of Madrid, Isabel Diaz Ayuso, requested on Monday help from the army to fight the coronavirus surge in and around the Spanish capital where local authorities have ordered a partial lockdown of some poorer areas, prompting protests during the weekend.

RT (2020-09-21). CDC publishes, then DELETES, new guidelines warning of aerosol Covid-19 transmission, contradicting WHO. rt.com The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has added to the confusion about coronavirus, updating then deleting new guidelines about its spread that differ from the official position of the World Health Organization. | "It is possible that [Covid19] may spread through the droplets and airborne particles that are formed when a person who has [Covid-19] coughs, sneezes, sings, talks, or breathes. There is growing evidence that droplets and airborne particles can remain suspended in the air and be breathed in by others, and travel distances beyond 6 feet (for example, during choir practice, in restaurants, or…

John Kendall Hawkins (2020-09-21). Trump: The Novel Coronated Virus. counterpunch.org I recently reviewed Mike Davis' The Monster Enters (2020), an update of his book, The Monster at the Door (2017), which was a warning that we were terrifyingly close to suffering a flu virus pandemic that could wipe out millions of people, unless the world worked together to develop a universal vaccine (suspending the profit

Sen. Bernie Sanders (2020-09-21). The possibility that Trump will not voluntarily leave. peoplesworld.org Yes. This is a presidential election between Joe Biden and Donald Trump. Yes. This is an election about health care, education, the economy, climate change, criminal justice, and so many other important issues. More importantly, however, this is an election about whether or not we retain American democracy. This is an election we must not …

Dr. Mike Yeadon (2020-09-21). Lies, Damned Lies and Health Statistics — The Deadly Danger of False Positives. globalresearch.ca

| I never expected to be writing something like this. I am an ordinary person, recently semi-retired from a career in the pharmaceutical industry and biotech, where I spent over 30 years trying to solve problems of disease understanding and seek |

WSWS (2020-09-21). SEIU calls off health care strike in Minnesota after Allina hospital system threatens legal action. wsws.org The cancellation of the strike comes as 4,000 workers at the University of Illinois at Chicago in SEIU Local 73 remain on picket lines in Chicago, Peoria, Rockford and Urbana.

Alan MacLeod (2020-09-21). US Pompeo Venezuela Feature photo REGIME CHANGE TOUR Pompeo Announces Funding for Welfare, Healthcare and Indigenous Support. In Venezuela. thealtworld.com The sweeping $348 million aid package, which includes funding for healthcare, direct cash assistance, and even psychosocial …

Global Research News (2020-09-21). Selected Articles: Lies, Damned Lies and Health Statistics — The Deadly Danger of False Positives. 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 …

Binoy Kampmark (2020-09-21). Assange on Trial: Torture Testimonies, Offers of Pardon and Truth Telling. counterpunch.org The extradition trial of Julian Assange at the Old Bailey has moved into a higher gear. Testimonies spanned the importance of classified information in war journalism, the teasing offer of a pardon for Assange by US President Donald Trump, torture inflicted by the US Central Intelligence Agency, the chilling effect of indictments under the Extradition Act and the legacy of the Collateral Murder video.

Joe Glenton (2020-09-21). Defence minister launches propaganda blitz ahead of Commons war crime debate. thecanary.co The Ministry of Defence (MOD) has launched a propaganda blitz ahead of a Commons debate on a controversial war crimes bill. Critics say the bill could decriminalise torture, damage human rights, and help authoritarian regimes. | Due to be The Tories have been trying to loosen the laws which govern war throughout their time in power, fram…

imperial.ac.uk (2020-09-21). Imperial completes new space mission instrument despite lockdown challenges. imperial.ac.uk Staff from the Department of Physics have delivered a miniature instrument for a new kind of European Space Agency space weather monitoring mission.

imperial.ac.uk (2020-09-21). Unique ultraviolet aurora spied at comet visited by Rosetta. imperial.ac.uk ESA's Rosetta mission has revealed a unique kind of aurora sparked by the solar wind in the gas surrounding Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

teleSUR, ce (2020-09-20). El Salvador Reopens Airports, Requires PCR Test for Nationals. telesurenglish.net The international airport in San Salvador reopened on Saturday with limited commercial flight operations, and the requirement of a negative COVID-19 PCR test, despite a ruling by the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court which said that the entry of Salvadorans or permanent residents cannot be denied. | RELATED: | The government of Nayib Bukele said that airlines must require a negative PCR test from passenge…

MEE and agencies (2020-09-20). Coronavirus: Lebanon reports record 1,006 cases in 24 hours. middleeasteye.net Coronavirus: Lebanon reports record 1,006 cases in 24 hours | Eleven deaths from Covid-19 also announced in crisis-hit country as minister calls for new two-week lockdown | Sun, 09/20/2020 – 22: 22 | A nurse tends to a patient suffering from Covid-19 in an intensive care unit at the Rafik Hariri public hospital in the Lebanese capital Beirut on 7 April 2020 (AFP) | Lebanon on Sunday said i…

Peter Koenig (2020-09-20). IWF und WEF — vom Groàüen Lockdown zur Groàüen Transformation COVID-19 und die Folgen. globalresearch.ca Der vom World Economic Forum (WEF) verkàºndete globale Great Reset (s. …

Weihui Fu, Yan Liu, Li Liu, Huiliang Hu, Xiaobo Cheng, Ping Liu, Zhigang Song, Lijun Zha, Shimeng Bai, Tingting Xu, Songhua Yuan, Fengru Lu, Zhiying Shang, Yihong Zhao, Jing Wang, Jun Zhao, Longfei Ding, Jun Chen, Lin Zhang, Tongyu Zhu, Xiaoyan Zhang, Hongzhou Lu, Jianqing Xu (2020-09-20). An open-label, randomized trial of the combination of IFN-κ plus TFF2 with standard care in the treatment of patients with moderate COVID-19. thelancet.com In conclusion, we found that aerosol inhalation of IFN-κ plus TFF2 in combination with standard care is safe and superior to standard care alone in shortening the time up to viral RNA negative conversion in all clinical samples. In addition, the patients in experimental group had a significantly shortened CT imaging improvement time than those in control group. This study suggested that this combination treatment is able to facilitate clinical improvement (negative for virus, improvement by CT, reduced hospitalization stay) and thereby result in an early release from the hospital.

Abderrahim Oussalah, Stanislas Gleye, Isabelle Clerc Urmes, Elodie Laugel, Franàßoise Barbé, Sophie Orlowski, Catherine Malaplate, Isabelle Aimone-Gastin, Beatrice Maatem Caillierez, Marc Merten, Elise Jeannesson, Raphaà´l Kormann, Jean-Luc Olivier, Rosa-Maria Rodriguez-Guéant, Farès Namour, Sybille Bevilacqua, Nathalie Thilly, Marie-Reine Losser, Antoine Kimmoun, Luc Frimat, Bruno Levy, Sébastien Gibot, Evelyne Schvoerer, Jean-Louis Guéant (2020-09-20). The spectrum of biochemical alterations associated with organ dysfunction and inflammatory status and their association with disease outcomes in severe COVID-19: A longitudinal cohort and time-series design study. thelancet.com Our results point out the lack of the association between the inflammatory markers and the risk of death but rather highlight a significant association between renal dysfunction and the risk of COVID-19 related acute respiratory failure and death.

Alessandro Invernizzi, Alessandro Torre, Salvatore Parrulli, Federico Zicarelli, Marco Schiuma, Valeria Colombo, Andrea Giacomelli, Mario Cigada, Laura Milazzo, Annalisa Ridolfo, Ivano Faggion, Laura Cordier, Marta Oldani, Sara Marini, Paolo Villa, Giuliano Rizzardini, Massimo Galli, Spinello Antinori, Giovanni Staurenghi, Luca Meroni (2020-09-20). Retinal findings in patients with COVID-19: Results from the SERPICO-19 study. thelancet.com COVID-19 can affect the retina. Retinal veins diameter seems directly correlated with the disease severity. Its assessment could have possible applications in the management of COVID-19.

A Guest Author (2020-09-20). Cuba socialista es líder mundial en la lucha contra el COVID-19. workers.org Por Rosemari Mealy Rosemari Mealy Esta es una charla ligeramente editada que se dio en un seminario web del Partido Mundo Obrero el 20 de agosto sobre "COVID puede ser derrotado: Cuba, China, Venezuela y Vietnam lideran el camino". Me gustaría agradecer a Workers World/Mundo Obrero por la oportunidad de . . . |

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-20). Health Ministry confirms 3,097 new COVID-19 infections. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 20 (MNA) — The Iranian Health Ministry has confirmed 3,097 COVID-19 infections and 183 deaths due to the disease in the past 24 hours.

The Canary (2020-09-20). Sadiq Khan presses for new coronavirus controls for London as infections rise. thecanary.co London mayor considers a return to working from home as new modelling shows capital just days behind Northern hotspots. | By | London mayor Sadiq Khan is pressing for new coronavirus (Covid-19) restrictions amid rising infection rates in the capital — including a return to working from home.Mayoral sources said the city was catching up with disease hotspots in the North West and North East of England, which have been placed under new controls.While data from only a few days ago suggested London was two weeks behind those areas, the latest…

The Canary (2020-09-20). University town residents fear coronavirus spikes as students return. thecanary.co More than half of people living in university towns and cities fear that the return of students will lead to coronavirus (Covid-19) spikes and restrictions in their area, according to a survey.Tens of thousands of students are due back on campus in the coming days. And earlier in September, government scientific advisers warned that significant coronavirus outbreaks linked to universities are "highly likely".A new poll has now suggested 57% of people fear local restrictions will result. Nearly half (48%) indicated they will blame the government.Students have been discouraged from taking part in fresher week activ…

Staff (2020-09-20). I'm Living in Fear of COVID as New People Get Transferred Into the Prison I'm In. truthout.org Washington State's Department of Corrections (WDOC) is continuing to transfer prisoners between facilities during COVID-19 outbreaks, a practice that public health experts warn dramatically increases the risk of the virus spreading. It matters to me because as an incarcerated individual, the WDOC is responsible for my health and well-being, and it should matter to you, because prisoners can't protect themselves from the spread of the virus and the impact of infected prisoners goes far beyon…