Daily Archives: September 3, 2020

2020-09-03: News Headlines

Staff (2020-09-03). 108 inmates test positive for COVID-19 in 'trailer jail'. therealnews.com The jail was only reporting 78 active cases, but this number doesn't include people who were already released or those who's test results have not come in yet, so the real number is likely much higher.

ACLU (2020-09-03). Why Evicting Millions During a Pandemic is Bad For Our Democracy. aclu.org As the COVID-19 pandemic stretches on, people across the country face the economic devastation left in its wake. Along with staggering unemployment numbers, millions of renters now

news.un (2020-09-03). Beat back 'catastrophic effects' of COVID-19 on refugee education, urges UNHCR. news.un.org While children in every country have struggled with the impact of COVID-19 on their education, refugee children have been particularly disadvantaged, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) has said, amid fears many may not be able to resume their studies due to school closures, high fees or lack of access to technology to learn remotely.

WSWS (2020-09-03). Teacher protests spread as COVID-19 rips through schools and universities. wsws.org Protests and job actions by educators opposed to the unsafe opening of schools have spread across the country as the drive to reopen public schools and universities has sparked a massive resurgence of COVID-19.

Newsclick (2020-09-03). COVID-19 vaccine: Emergency use authorization? peoplesdispatch.org Immunologist Dr. Satyajit Rath talks about the decision of the US Food and Drug Administration to declare September 3 as the potential target date for the release of a vaccine for COVID-19…

Dr. Pascal Sacré (2020-09-03). Important Questions and Answers on the COVID-19 Crisis. Saving Lives? globalresearch.ca Do you think that "saving lives" is consistent with the prolonged closure of vital sectors of civil society? | 2. Do you think that "saving lives" is compatible with preventing GPs from prescribing the …

Paul Antonopoulos (2020-09-03). Power Rivalry in the East Mediterranean Continues Despite COVID-19 Pandemic. globalresearch.ca The summer of 2020 will certainly be remembered for many events, and most of them unrelated to the 21st century's first pandemic. In the East Mediterranean, four key events stand out among others this summer — tensions and hostilities between …

teleSUR (2020-09-03). Bolivia: Lawmaker Accuses Interim Govt. of Encouraging COVID-19. telesurenglish.net The Movement Towards Socialism (MAS) lawmaker Edgar Montaño Wednesday accused the coup-born regime led by Jeanine Añez of reopening the borders so that a new strain of the coronavirus enters Bolivia and forces the elections to be postponed again. | RELATED: | "They want to bring the new strain of the coronavirus," Montaño said and explained that an increase in cases would allow the Interim regime to justify changes…

news.un (2020-09-03). 'Galvanize multilateral action', urges Assembly president at first in-person session since March. news.un.org Adhering to physical-distancing guidelines, the General Assembly met fully in-person on Thursday for the first time in nearly six months, with its president urging all Members to "galvanize multilateral action…to deliver for all", as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.

news.un (2020-09-03). Make COVID recovery 'a true turning point' for people and planet, Guterres urges, calling for concerted action by G20. news.un.org UN Secretary-General António Guterres has called on governments to incorporate "meaningful" climate action in all aspects of recovery from the global pandemic.

_____ (2020-09-03). 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 …

news.un (2020-09-03). Women are key to response and recovery out of the COVID era: Deputy UN chief. news.un.org Young women are fighting interconnected battles for "environmental, economic and racial justice", the deputy UN chief said in a discussion on Thursday.

Laura Donnelly (2020-09-03). Crisis of Britain's NHS Hospitals: Surgeons at 50% Capacity Despite Record Waiting Times. globalresearch.ca Official figures show that more than 50,000 people have waited a year for treatment — up from 1,117 a year ago. | It comes amid concern about a surge in positive Covid cases, with daily records showing 1,522 cases, up from …

Mark Gruenberg (2020-09-03). Biden slams Trump on unsafe school reopening demand. peoplesworld.org WILMINGTON, Del.—Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is slamming his GOP foe, Oval Office occupant Donald Trump, for Trump's strong-arm demand that U.S. schools reopen their bricks-and-mortar buildings before it's safe to do so in the face of the coronavirus pandemic that's still sweeping the country. Biden's scathing criticism, at a September 2 press conference in …

Prof Michael Hudson (2020-09-03). How an "Act of God" Pandemic Is Destroying the West. globalresearch.ca The U.S. is Saving the Financial Sector, not the Economy | Before juxtaposing the U.S. and alternative responses to the corona virus's economic effects, I would like to step back in time to show how the pandemic has revealed a deep …

Fight Back (2020-09-03). Philippines: Trade unions call for release of vulnerable prisoners. fightbacknews.org The militant labor group Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU) went to the Supreme Court grounds on Wednesday, September 2, to amplify the call for the release of minor, sick, elderly and other vulnerable detainees. | "We urge the Supreme Court to decisively act on the urgent petition of kin of sick, elderly and other vulnerable detainees. The petition was filed on April 8, and no action has been taken by the Supreme Court since. We ask the Supreme Court this on humanitarian grounds in this time of pandemic," said Eleanor de Guzman, KMU secretary for human rights. | KMU cited the fragile state of prisons as basis for the relea…

Yanis Varoufakis (2020-09-03). The Post-Capitalist Hit of the Summer. zcomm.org Ever since COVID-19 collided with the enormous bubble governments have been using to re-float the financial sector since 2008, booming equity markets became compatible with wholesale economic implosion. That became clear on August 12…

Yasmeen Abutaleb (2020-09-03). Meet the New Yes Man on Trump's COVID Task Force. zcomm.org 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, that the threat was receding, that the country should reopen."

_____ (2020-09-03). This Public US University Has Seen Grades Soar Despite COVID-19. popularresistance.org If anywhere was going to take a pummeling from the coronavirus, you'd think it would be a place like Georgia State University in downtown Atlanta. | Georgia State is not a glamorous flagship university — that would be the University of Georgia in Athens, the spiritual home of the Bulldogs, REM and the B-52s. It's more of a workhorse public institution, with a large population of students who come from low-income households and have to work at least one paying job outside their studies to make ends meet.

_____ (2020-09-03). Connecting Beyond The Height Of Emergency. popularresistance.org Three months ago, protests in Minneapolis gave way to a national uprising. Ushering in a new focus on racial justice, the uprisings have challenged the way people relate to one another and how some talk about community safety. Coupled with the stress of the COVID-19 pandemic, the uprisings have forced people to rethink how to protect their communities through strengthening their bonds with one another. | Mutual aid groups and block-level community defense are two ways people shifted beyond traditional American individualism. A climate organizer with TakeAction Minnesota, Magdalena Kaluza said that in the midst of…

Staff (2020-09-03). Headlines for September 3, 2020. democracynow.org CDC Urges States to Be Ready by Late October to Distribute COVID-19 Vaccine, Iowa Sen. Ernst Spreads COVID-19 Conspiracy Theories as Cases Soar in State, U.S. Pulls $62 Million in Funding for World Health Organization, U.S. Sanctions Top ICC Prosecutors for Investigating U.S. War Crimes, Trump Campaign Aide Justifies Vigilante's Killing of Black Lives Matter Protesters, Trump Moves to Cut Billions in Federal Aid to Cities, Citing "Anarchist Jurisdictions", The Killing of Daniel Prude: Naked Black Man Suffocated After Police Put Hood Over His Head, California Police Officer Charged with Shooting Dead Black Man in…

Staff (2020-09-03). Healing Needs to Happen: Kenosha Native Rep. Mark Pocan on Trump's Visit & the U.S. "Policing Problem" democracynow.org As Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden heads to Kenosha, Wisconsin, to meet with the family of Jacob Blake, we speak with Congressmember Mark Pocan, who was born and raised in Kenosha. "Clearly, what happened — someone shot in the back seven times, close range, in front of their children, by the police — was another example of the policing problem we have in this country," Pocan says. He also discusses Attorney General Barr's attacks on mail-in voting, his proposal to cut the Pentagon budget by 10% to make more funds available for COVID-19 and unemployment relief, and calls for those behind the…

yenisafak (2020-09-03). English tracing scheme shows weekly COVID-19 cases highest since May. yenisafak.com The weekly number of positive COVID-19 cases in England in late August was the highest since the end of May, the latest data from the test and trace scheme showed on Thursday.NHS Test and Trace said 6,732 new people tested positive for COVID-19 in England between 20 August and 26 August – an increase of 6% in positive cases compared to the previous week.Last week's figures had shown the first decline in weekly COVID-19 cases since July.There was an increase in the number of positive cases reached under the system, up to 81.4% from 75.2%, in the latest weekly figures, but a fall in the proportion of their contacts…

yenisafak (2020-09-03). Facebook to block new political ads before US election. yenisafak.com Facebook said Thursday it would not accept new political ads in the week before the US presidential election.The move announced by CEO Mark Zuckerberg aims to "help secure the integrity of the US elections by encouraging voting, connecting people to authoritative information, and reducing the risks of post-election confusion," according to the company.It said it would remove posts that claim people will get COVID-19 if they take part in voting."We'll attach a link to authoritative information about the coronavirus to posts that might use COVID-19 to discourage voting," the company said in a statement. It will als…

yenisafak (2020-09-03). Turkish director to be honored at Venice Film Festival. yenisafak.com Turkish director Ferzan Ozpetek will receive the special SIAE Award on Thursday at the 77th edition of the Venice Film Festival, which kicked off amid strict safety measures and fewer celebrities due to the coronavirus pandemic.Ozpetek has shot many of his movies in Italy, where he has been based for years, including the latest, La Dea Fortuna (The Fortune Goddess), which was successfully screened in Italian theatres before the COVID-19 outbreak hit the country hard in late February.The popular director — who has been often celebrated by the Venice Film Festival — will receive the SIAE Award as part o…

yenisafak (2020-09-03). Akdamar Church to hold mass with COVID-19 measures. yenisafak.com Akdamar Church in Turkey's eastern province of Van will host the 8th special mass Sunday amid precautionary measures due to COVID-119. | The mass, which gathers thousands of local and international tourists in Van, will be held with a limited number of visitors this year as part of virus measures, Van Governor Mehmet Emin Bilmez told Anadolu Agency. | The mass will be aired live. A team of 25 people will come from Istanbul to perform the ritual for which all necessary measures are in place, Bilmez added. Other visitors will not be allowed to the island during the mass, he underlined. | The 1,100-year-old Akdamar…

yenisafak (2020-09-03). Thailand reports first domestic coronavirus case in 100 days. yenisafak.com Thailand on Thursday reported its first local coronavirus transmission in more than 100 days, officials said, after a man who was recently imprisoned failed a routine test at a Bangkok jail.The man, 37, tested positive on Wednesday during scheduled weekly testing, the Department of Corrections said in a statement, adding that he had not travelled abroad or been in close contact with a known positive case.The man, a former nightclub DJ, has since been hospitalized and prisoners who came into contact with him have been isolated.All of Thailand's cases in the past three months have been imported and detected in quar…

Manlio Dinucci (2020-09-03). The Reason Why Italy Deploys Its Fighters in Lithuania. globalresearch.ca In Europe civil air traffic is expected to drop by 60% this year compared to 2019, due to Covid-19 restrictions, putting more than 7 million jobs at risk. On the other hand, military air traffic is growing. | On Friday, August …

Global Research News (2020-09-03). Selected Articles: The Covid-19 Fear Campaign Has No Scientific Basis. 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

Gregg Gonsalves (2020-09-03). You Think Things Couldn't Get Any Worse With the Pandemic? thenation.com You Think Things Couldn't Get Any Worse With the Pandemic?

Staff (2020-09-03). Closure of Border to Refugees Spreads Misery as US Tourists Vacation in Mexico. truthout.org Over the past few months, conditions for migrants traveling through Mexico have grown worse. With most shelters still closed to new migrants because of the pandemic and the U.S. sending people who reach the border back within The restrictive measures being applied to migrants in the name of the pandemic are not being ap…

Nick Baker (2020-09-03). In the Worst of Times, the Billionaire Elite Plunder Working Class America. counterpunch.org In the midst of a global pandemic, unprecedented economic collapse, mass unemployment, hunger and desperation, the stock market is booming and the richest of the rich are richer than ever before. Since March, more than 58 million people in the U.S. have filed for unemployment. The Internal Revenue Service now predicts that the U.S. economy

Andy Rowell (2020-09-03). "Humiliation": Exxon Dumped Out Dow Jones Industrial Index after Nearly 100 Years. globalresearch.ca The big financial news yesterday was that, despite the pandemic, Wall Street just recorded its best August in more than 30 years. | However history was also made in what is yet another seismic shift in the financial clout of the …

Don Fitz (2020-09-03). What Can We Learn From Cuba? Medicare-for-All is a Beginning, Not the End Point. counterpunch.org Throughout the expansion of health care, both inside the country and internationally, Cuban doctors used "allopathic" medicine (based largely on drugging and cutting, which is the focus of US medical schools). But they simultaneously incorporated traditional healing and preventive medicine, as well as respecting practices of other cultures.

Peoples Dispatch (2020-09-03). Saudi activist Loujain al-Hathloul's health deteriorates following hunger strike. peoplesdispatch.org Saudi women's rights activist Loujain al-Hathloul launched a hunger strike last week after she was not allowed to meet her family members. Following the strike, she was allowed to do so but her health has declined…

Vicki Jones (2020-09-03). Defunding Towards a New Vision of Health and Safety. indybay.org The movement to defund the police has taken off in Santa Cruz. What is it, and what kind of community resources do Santa Cruz locals want to see developed?>

Mike Walter (2020-09-03). The Heat: Shinzo Abe's resignation. What's the impact? america.cgtn.com Japan's Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, announced last Friday that he is stepping down after leading his country for almost eight years. Abe, who is 65 years old, says he is resigning because of ill health. He will remain in office until a successor is named. …

yenisafak (2020-09-03). US to redirect WHO funding to other UN programs. yenisafak.com The United States plans to redirect its funding for the World Health Organization to other United Nations programs after it withdraws from WHO next July, the U.S. State Department said on Thursday.As part of its withdrawal, effective July 6, 2021, the United States will begin recalling officials from WHO offices and seek other partners to take over activities previously run by WH0, the department said in a statement.

yenisafak (2020-09-03). US advances WHO exit, reallocating funds, personnel. yenisafak.com The US announced Thursday it began to take additional measures to withdraw from the World Health Organization (WHO), reallocating funds and staff from the global health authority.State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said "the next steps" include the "redirection of American resources" following US President Donald Trump's announcement of an exit in May.Funds that were supposed to be appropriated to the WHO by the end of the fiscal year that concludes in September will instead be given to other UN organizations."In addition, through July 2021, the United States will scale down its engagement with the WHO, t…

_____ (2020-09-03). US Punishes ICC For Investigating Potential War Crimes. popularresistance.org The Trump administration has sought to weaken or abandon various international agencies since 2016. Now it's taking aim at the International Criminal Court, a global tribunal that investigates and prosecutes war crimes, torture and genocide. | Claiming the ICC's investigation into alleged war crimes by U.S. forces in Afghanistan poses a national security threat, President Donald Trump issued an executive order on June 11 effectively criminalizing anyone who works at the ICC. Its lawyers, judges, human rights researchers and staff could now have their U.S. bank accounts frozen, U.S. visas revoked and travel to the…

imperial.ac.uk (2020-09-03). Four Imperial engineers win ERC Starting Grants worth €6 million. imperial.ac.uk Four Imperial engineers have won European Research Council Starting Grants worth €6 million in total.

WSWS (2020-09-02). With over 26,000 COVID-19 cases at more than 750 US colleges, campus opposition erupts. wsws.org Despite major outbreaks, many of these schools are still resisting pressure from students, parents, and workers to switch to online learning.

news.un (2020-09-02). COVID-19: 'Game-changer for international peace and security' — UN chief. news.un.org The world has "entered a volatile and unstable new phase" in terms of the impact of COVID-19 on peace and security, the UN chief told a virtual meeting with world leaders on Wednesday.

Judy Greenspan (2020-09-02). COVID and wildfires fuel call for mass prisoner releases. workers.org Demonstrators speak out at house of CDC Secretary Diaz on Aug. 30. Sacramento — Spiking COVID-19 levels in California state prisons, coupled with raging wildfires and dangerously poor air quality, have fueled a statewide movement demanding the mass release of prisoners. On Aug. 30, a boisterous and angry coalition of . . . |

teleSUR (2020-09-02). Argentina: Government To Support a Weakened Industry Sector. telesurenglish.net Argentina's President Alberto Fernández announced on Wednesday new economic measures to strengthen the industry sector amid the COVID-19 pandemic. | RELATED: | The measures include promoting the development of industrial and technological suppliers to encourage greater production chains at a local level. For this, the government will allocate 1.400 million pesos addressed to those who aspire to be suppliers in high-growth sectors such a…

John Kendall Hawkins (2020-09-02). The Age of Synthetic Biology: Start the War Games! counterpunch.org Eight years of research on H5N1 had convinced him that this cunning little Darwinian demon was capable of ecocide—the wiping out of entire species. —Kennedy Shortridge, microbiologist, University of Hong Kong It was bad enough when, beginning in March, US President Donald J. Trump repeatedly referred to Covid-19 as "the Chinese virus" in speeches, insulting

WSWS (2020-09-02). New York City transit workers and the COVID-19 pandemic: A timeline of criminal inaction and union betrayal. wsws.org As transit workers face the dual threat of a second wave of coronavirus and budget disaster, the lessons must be drawn from the death of 146 colleagues.

Leonardo Sakamoto (2020-09-02). In Times of COVID-19, Black People Die Twice in Brazil. globalresearch.ca Leonardo Sakamoto reflects on the police killing of Joà£o Pedro Matos Pinto, a 14-year-old black boy, and one of many Brazilian George Floyds. | *** | Joà£o Pedro Matos Pinto was a 14-year-old black boy. On 18 May, he was playing with …

WSWS (2020-09-02). Government reopening campaign leads to COVID-19 surge in Indonesia. wsws.org As has been the case internationally, schools and workplaces in the crowded archipelago have emerged as centres of infection.

WSWS (2020-09-02). COVID-19 pandemic leads to huge spike in global hunger. wsws.org By the end of the year more people will die every day from hunger as a result of disruptions to the global food chain brought about by the pandemic, than from the virus itself.