Daily Archives: September 1, 2020

2020-09-01: News Headlines

news.un (2020-09-01). Attacks on journalists are attacks on all civil society: UN rights chief. news.un.org UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet has urged all countries to do more to protect journalists, especially during the COVID-19 crisis, as their work helps save lives.

WSWS (2020-09-01). New Zealand government ends Auckland lockdown. wsws.org The decision to reopen schools and workplaces, despite new cases of COVID-19 being reported every day, was opposed by some of the government's own health advisors.

Stephen Lendman (2020-09-01). Russia-Sanctions-Gate: Trump Sanctions Three Russian Research Institutes. globalresearch.ca Russia won the race to develop a vaccine for COVID-19. On August 11, its Sputnik V was registered for use by the Russian Ministry of Health. | Development of the vaccine followed 20 years of research, what its scientists called another …

Wilensky G. (2020-09-01). The Importance of Reestablishing a Pandemic Preparedness Office at the White House. jamanetwork.com As the country tries to make sense of all that has happened during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, one idea that should cause little controversy is the importance of health to the security of the US, to its economy, and to the well-being of its citizenry. Given health's fundamental importance to national security, a disaster preparedness and response unit should be reestablished as part of the National Security Council (NSC) and remain there on a permanent basis. This response unit would be in addition to, not a replacement for, the Office of Pandemics and Emerging Threats. The latter currently…

John Feffer (2020-09-01). COVID-19 and the Future of Autocrats. counterpunch.org The outbreak of COVID-19 initially looked like a gift to autocrats around the world. What better pretext for a state of emergency than a pandemic? It was a golden opportunity to close borders, suppress civil society, and issue decrees left and right (mostly right). Donald Trump in the United States, Viktor Orbán in Hungary, Rodrigo

Jaklevic M. (2020-09-01). Researchers Strive to Recruit Hard-Hit Minorities Into COVID-19 Vaccine Trials. jamanetwork.com This Medical News article discusses efforts to ensure participation of racial and ethnic minorities in clinical trials of COVID-19 vaccines.

Staff (2020-09-01). Terror in trailer jail: every single prisoner infected with COVID-19. therealnews.com Eddie Conway talks with reporter Katie Kull in Missouri about poor conditions and the no-mask mandate that led to over 100 prisoners contracting Covid-19.

WSWS (2020-09-01). Stop the UAW-management cover-up of COVID-19 in the auto plants! wsws.org The claims by auto companies that they are following extensive safety protocols and testing workers exposed to COVID-19 are lies that do not withstand scrutiny.

news.un (2020-09-01). Deal to reduce recent Gaza tensions will aid fight against COVID-19. news.un.org The top UN official in the Middle East has hailed an agreement to reduce the latest tensions in and around Gaza amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

_____ (2020-09-01). Britain's Coming Winter of Discontent — What It Looks Like. truepublica.org.uk By TruePublica Editor: The summer recess is over — and now we are staring at reality — like a loaded gun at Russian roulette. Our future is now made up of trigger pulls, of 'ifs.' What if Covid comes back just as bad, what if we have a really cold winter and the NHS is …

Martha Rosenberg (2020-09-01). Pharma Tries to Cash in on Covid Shutdowns With Its Best-Selling Drug. zcomm.org In April, TV ad expenditures for the top 10 prescription drugs increased to $183 million from $156 million in March…

_____ (2020-09-01). COVID-19 Is A Great Unequaliser. popularresistance.org Rome – Any of the first names that the media reported as having Covid were those of the rich and powerful, from movie stars to political leaders. Be ye ever so high, the virus is above thee — or so it seemed. | Now we understand that this perception, that came in part because at first only the wealthy and well-connected were getting tested, was misleading. The data is now crystal clear: Covid risk maps on to inequality, and Covid is a great unequaliser — in health, and in wealth. | But just as the initial "optimistic" take about Covid — that it would equalize us — got it wrong, so too the…

Staff (2020-09-01). Meet the New Yes Man on Trump's COVID Task Force: Dr. Scott Atlas Wants U.S. to Adopt Herd Immunity. democracynow.org As the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the United States passes 6 million, with a death toll of over 183,000, the Trump administration is loosening coronavirus restrictions, fast-tracking vaccine approval and disregarding safety tests, and now one of Trump's top medical advisers is pushing for the country to adopt a controversial "herd immunity" strategy, raising alarm among public health officials. Washington Post health reporter Yasmeen Abutaleb says Dr. Scott Atlas is not an epidemiologist and was brought on specifically because he would back President Trump's position "about how the pandemic was going,…

Staff (2020-09-01). Headlines for September 1, 2020. democracynow.org Trump Heads to Kenosha, WI After Defending White Teen Who Killed Two People, Cops Who Kill, Biden Blames Trump for Recent Violence as Trump Defends Violent Supporters in Portland, Progressive Groups Call on Biden to Ban Fossil Fuel Interests from Campaign and Admin, KY Prosecutors Offer Breonna Taylor's Ex-Boyfriend Plea Deal to Name Taylor in Drug Case, Trump's Newest Pandemic Adviser Reportedly Pushing "Herd Immunity" Strategy, Honduran Man Dies of COVID-19 in ICE Jail, Reports: Hamas and Israel Reach Deal to Cease Hostilities, Imprisoned Turkish Human Rights Lawyer Dies After 7-Month Hunger Strike, EPA Rolls B…

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-01). Iran's daily COVID-19 death toll declines. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 01 (MNA) — Iran's daily coronavirus fatalities dropped for the third consecutive day on Tuesday, with 101 deaths, down by six compared to a day earlier, according to the Health Ministry's spokeswoman.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-01). Iran, Asian nations discuss agri. challenges amid COVID-19. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 01 (MNA) — The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) along with its 46 member nations, convened in a conference to address the immediate threats posed to the agriculture sector and rural development amid pandemic.

sputniknews (2020-09-01). US Will Not Join WHO Effort to Develop Global COVID-19 Vaccine – Reports. sputniknews.com WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – The Trump administration will not join a global program to develop a new COVID-19 vaccine in part because it is led by the World Health Organization, media reported on Tuesday.

yenisafak (2020-09-01). Germany sees economy recovering faster than expected in 2020. yenisafak.com Germany expects the economic devastation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic to be less severe than originally feared this year, but it sees a weaker rebound for Europe's largest economy next year due to sluggish foreign demand.Presenting the government's updated forecasts on Tuesday, Economy Minister Peter Altmaier said the economy was doing better than expected and was recovering quickly from the coronavirus shock thanks to a strong response from the state."Overall, we can say that at least for now, we are dealing with a V-shaped development," Altmaier told reporters, adding that he did not expect authorities to im…

yenisafak (2020-09-01). US Congress hails Turkey's coronavirus aid to Maryland. yenisafak.com The US-based Turkish American National Steering Committee (TASC) said US Congressional Record recognized the contribution of the committee and Turkey in fight against coronavirus."US Congressional Record recognizes TASC and Republic of Turkey in fight against COVID-19 in Maryland and the United States," the TASC tweeted late Monday."@RepDavidTrone @StateMaryland We Turkish Americans stands with American people. Be Negative on COVID, Stay Positive on Life," the commitee added.Trone addressed the House of Representatives to express his gratitude for the "generosity" of Turkish Americans and their "gracious" suppor…

yenisafak (2020-09-01). Coronavirus deaths continue to rise in Palestine, Oman. yenisafak.com The coronavirus pandemic claimed seven lives in Palestine and another four in Oman, local health authorities said on Tuesday.In a statement, the Palestinian Health Ministry said it had recorded seven COVID-19 fatalities, 552 cases, and 282 recoveries.The ministry figures pushed the total numbers of cases to 30,490, including 180 deaths. The tally covers the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, and East Jerusalem.In the Gulf state of Oman, the Health Ministry registered four deaths, 206 cases, and 214 recoveries from the virus.The total number of cases rose to 85,928, including 689 deaths and 8,124 recoveries.Since it origi…

yenisafak (2020-09-01). Millions return to work and school in France. yenisafak.com Amid strict health protocols schools and offices, opened in France on Tuesday after months of restrictions to stem the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.Wearing masks, nearly 12.4 million children walked to schools, the first time since March. An estimated 25.5 million people also returned to work from their offices in the country.Masks have been made compulsory for all students over the age of 11, which means those studying in middle school and above.Since the lockdown enforced by the pandemic, students have not been inside classrooms. Many of them studying form home lacked the necessary technology — computers or…

yenisafak (2020-09-01). Sanofi halts trials of failed COVID-19 drug. yenisafak.com Recent international clinical trials conducted with the drug — typically used for rheumatoid arthritis — have produced adverse reactions in some patients, including pneumonia and even death.Sanofi is one of several companies currently attempting to develop a vaccine against COVID-19. It manufactures Kevzara with its American partner Regeneron.John Reed, Sanofi's global head of research and development, expressed appreciation for his team's efforts in testing the drug."Although this trial did not yield the results we hoped for, we are proud of the work that was achieved by the team to further our understanding o…

RT (2020-09-01). Coronavirus cases in Europe surge past 4 MILLION, but account for only 16% of global number — AFP tally. rt.com The number of Covid-19 cases in Europe has surpassed 4 million, according to the latest tally by the AFP news agency using official government sources. The total number of cases on the continent now stands at 4,006,077. | Europe surged past the four million mark on Tuesday, but at the same time, its share in the global number of cases has fallen to just 16 percent — down from almost 40 percent back in May when the total number of infections was around half of the current number. | Since the onset of the pandemic, more than 216,000 people in Europe have died due to Covid-19, while more than 2.2 million hav…

RT (2020-09-01). 'Different rules for different folks': Nancy Pelosi caught getting hair done in closed Salon amid Covid-19 restrictions. rt.com San Francisco has kept hair salons shut for months amid the Covid-19 pandemic, but that didn't stop House Speaker Nancy Pelosi from nipping in for a quick wash and blowout at a closed salon — without even wearing a mask. | Security footage obtained by Fox News and published on Tuesday, shows the Democrat walking through eSalon in San Francisco on Monday, while a stylist follows behind wearing a mask. | Salons in the city have been closed since March, but were notified they could reopen for outdoor services starting on September 1 — the same day the footage of Pelosi was released. Salon owner Erica…

RT (2020-09-01). Tony Abbott slams 'health dictatorship' of Covid-19 lockdowns, says 'fear of falling sick' cancels out 'being fully alive'. rt.com Former Australian PM has condemned the demise of personal freedom embraced amid the Covid-19 pandemic: a world of lockdowns, unsustainable government benefits, and "health dictatorships" trying to conquer death. | The ex-leader urged politicians to stop thinking like "trauma doctors" willing to pour unlimited resources into preserving every life and start thinking like "health economists" in a speech to the UK think tank Policy Exchange on Tuesday. The levels of spending required to sustain a country's economy during a prolonged shutdown aren't sustainable, he argued, pointing out that the devastating financia…

RT (2020-09-01). Zuckerberg to donate $300 million to ensure Covid-safe US elections as Facebook hunts for Russian disinformation. rt.com Mark Zuckerberg has said he will donate $300 million to help ensure a "secure" election process amid the Covid-19 pandemic, while Facebook remains on the prowl for alleged "foreign interference" from Russia. | Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan announced on Tuesday that they will donate the hefty pile of cash to "two non-partisan organizations" — the Center for Tech and Civic Life and the Center for Election Innovation & Research. The donation will help with the highly controversial mail-in voting system and go towards ensuring safety measures at polling stations. | "There will be historic levels of v…

RT (2020-09-01). As Covid-19 pandemic rolls on, Russia becomes fourth country to pass one million confirmed cases, joining Brazil, India & the US. rt.com As children head back to school, Russia's coronavirus case numbers continue to break records. On Tuesday, confirmed infections in nationwide reached seven figures, becoming the first European country to break the million mark. | Behind just the US, Brazil, and India, Russia is the fourth country in the world to break the milestone nobody wanted to get near. However, when compared to these other three countries, it at least seems to be on the right track. On August 31, the US reported 38,560 new cases, India 68,770, and Brazil 48,590. Russia has had less than 5,000 per day since August 15. | Despite being fourt…

Dana Floberg (2020-09-01). On September 1, Struggling Families Face Evictions Both Online and Off. commondreams.org "During the COVID-19 emergency, closing this digital divide has gotten even harder," writes Floberg, "Recent research shows that more than half of all low-income broadband users in the United States are worried about paying their internet bills." (Photo: Graciolli Dotcom/flickr/cc) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/nointernet_0.jpg

Manlio Dinucci (2020-09-01). Perché l'Italia schiera i suoi caccia in Lituania. globalresearch.ca Si prevede che il traffico aereo civile in Europa calerà quest'anno del 60% rispetto al 2019, a causa delle restrizioni per il Covid-19, mettendo a rischio oltre 7 milioni di posti di lavoro. Cresce in compenso il traffico aereo militare….

Manlio Dinucci (2020-09-01). Por que razà£o a Itália instala os seus caàßas na Lituânia. globalresearch.ca Prevê-se que o tráfego aéreo civil na Europa irá diminuir este ano 60% em comparaàßà£o com 2019, devido à s restriàßàµes ao Covid-19, colocando em risco mais de 7 milhàµes de empregos. Em compensaàßà£o, aumenta o tráfego aéreo militar. | Na sexta-feira, …

Kristina Hille (2020-09-01). Co-ops Can Lay a Path to Just Economies Amid the COVID Crisis. zcomm.org Cooperatives have been central to confronting the twin economic and health crises…

sputniknews (2020-09-01). Devastation of Indian Economy Started with Demonetisation, says Congress Leader Rahul Gandhi. sputniknews.com New Delhi (Sputnik): India's principal opposition party, Congress, has been attacking the government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on various issues including high oil prices, unemployment and the ongoing economic slowdown. Congress has also criticised the government's $266 billion stimulus plan to mitigate Covid-led disruptions.

commondreams (2020-09-01). As COVID Continues to Rage, 57 Million People Have Lost Protections from Home Water Shutoffs. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Moscola J, Sembajwe G, Jarrett M, et al. (2020-09-01). Prevalence of SARS-CoV-2 Antibodies in Health Care Personnel in the New York City Area. jamanetwork.com This seroprevalence survey study describes severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) seropositivity among health care workers at a New York City—based health system by age, sex, race, county of residence, and prior PCR-confirmed viral exposure.

Mark Gruenberg (2020-09-01). Florida teachers unions halt dangerous GOP school reopening plan. peoplesworld.org TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Florida's millions of schoolkids headed back to class this week, but—thanks to their teachers' union—not to brick-and-mortar buildings where an unsafe state plan could have exposed them, their teachers, their bus drivers, their parents and their communities to the coronavirus. Instead, they're "virtually" learning via computer, tablet and other electronic devices. That's because, just …

Meagan Day (2020-09-01). From QAnon to Kyle Rittenhouse, the Right is Sinking Deeper Into an Alternate Reality. zcomm.org Instability is a permanent feature of capitalism, but the coronavirus pandemic has introduced a whole new level of volatility. Amid the turmoil, the American right is dreaming more feverishly than ever of apocalypse and heroism…

WSWS (2020-09-01). The far right's storming of the German parliament. wsws.org Some 30,000 right-wing extremists, anti-Semites and their supporters protested in the German capital on Saturday against any effort to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

WSWS (2020-09-01). Coronavirus cases top 25 million worldwide. wsws.org The Trump administration continues to reduce testing in favor of its de facto "herd immunity" policy, as coronavirus reinfection cases begin to emerge.

The Canary (2020-09-01). Simon Case named UK's top civil servant as Cummings' 'hard rain' continues. thecanary.co A former private secretary to the Duke of Cambridge has been named the UK's new cabinet secretary as a shake-up of the civil service under Boris Johnson and adviser Dominic Cummings continues.Surprise choice: Simon Case, who was made permanent secretary at 10 Downing Street earlier this year, is a surprise choice for the nation's top civil servant. Case spent almost two years working as prince William's right-hand man before temporarily moving to Number 10 earlier this year to assist with the coronavirus response.His expected promotion to cabinet secretary comes after Mark Sedwill announced he would step d…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2020-09-01). Poll Shows Number of Unemployed People Struggling to Cover Basic Needs Has Nearly Doubled Since GOP Killed $600 Federal Boost. commondreams.org After Senate Republicans allowed a $600-per-week boost to federal unemployment benefits to expire at the end of July, the share of jobless Americans struggling to afford basic necessities in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic and resulting economic crisis nearly doubled, according to polling released Tuesday by Morning Consult. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/gettyimages-12281347321.jpg

Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers (2020-09-01). The Two Parties Have Failed Us, But The People Can Succeed. dissidentvoice.org The Republican and Democratic Party conventions showed that both major parties are failing to control the pandemic and protect people, address the climate crisis and clean up the environment, support families and businesses during the economic collapse, prevent police violence or deal with any of the other major problems we face. These were two substance-less …

WSWS (2020-09-01). The pseudoscience behind the right-wing drive to force schools to open. wsws.org The ruling elites and their legion of state and local officials are furiously pushing to open schools and universities. However, recent published studies have provided ample evidence that school openings will drive the pandemic towards a second potentially larger wave.

Christopher Ketcham (2020-09-01). Wreckreation, Public Lands, and the Fecal Timebomb. counterpunch.org It is to be expected that New York City dwellers who had no fealty to urban life in the first place but were there only to fellate Capital for position, affluence and conspicuous display should now head a hundred miles north into my country, the Catskill Mountains, under the pressure of the Great Pandemic Terror

WSWS (2020-09-01). GM using office personnel to man assembly lines at Wentzville, Missouri plant as pandemic spreads. wsws.org Facing no opposition from the UAW, General Motors is bringing salaried workers onto the production assembly lines of its Wentzville Assembly Center in Missouri, putting more lives in danger for the sake of profits.

Marlee Kokotovic (2020-09-01). Thousands of pollution monitoring exemptions made to oil and gas industry amid pandemic. nationofchange.org "It's like saying, 'We're going to remove the radar guns and remove speedometers, but you still have to comply with the speed limit. That doesn't make sense."

_____ (2020-09-01). An Outside View: Kenosha Is A Microcosm Of The US In 2020. popularresistance.org The situation in Kenosha is a microcosm of the United States in 2020 — tragedy on top of tragedy on top of tragedy: | A Black man wantonly paralysed by cops, his three sons forced to watch, ethnic-based violence deteriorating a community already gutted by anti-patriotic neoliberal economics, shops frantically boarding up their windows after having been shuttered during a pandemic lockdown, a 17-year old shooting and killing two protesters — there is just a complete lack of security everywhere over here.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-01). Govt. vows to propel economic plans despite obstacles. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 01 (MNA) — President Hassan Rouhani said his government will exert every effort to propel the country's development plans despite the challenges posed by the sanctions and the pandemic.

Kenny Stancil, staff writer (2020-09-01). 'Fund Our Future': Nationwide Day of Action to Demand Safe Schools Planned for September 2. commondreams.org Despite need for crucial resources to keep students, teachers, and families safe during the pandemic, schools have not been given "one additional federal dollar" to open safely. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/safeschools.jpg

Don Fitz (2020-09-01). Medicare-for-All Is a Beginning, Not the End Point. zcomm.org What Can We Learn from Cuba?

Lin E, Erickson KF. (2020-09-01). Payer Mix Among Patients Receiving Dialysis. jamanetwork.com To the Editor The Research Letter by Ms Hoffman and colleagues described trends in payer mix among patients receiving dialysis in the United States. We share the authors' concerns that shifting patients from publicly funded insurance to commercial insurance could increase the overall cost of dialysis care. Although the Affordable Care Act increased access to the commercial insurance market through the creation of health insurance exchanges, we were surprised by the magnitude of non-Medicare coverage reported.