Daily Archives: September 6, 2020

2020-09-06: News Headlines

teleSUR (2020-09-06). Venezuela: 14,400 Candidates Will Run in Parliamentary Elections. telesurenglish.net Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has sworn in eight new ministers, six of whom are women. | RELATED: | During a session with the Presidential Commission for the Control and Prevention of COVID-19, the Head of State recognized the work of the eight outgoing ministers who will be participating in the electoral arena, in the upcoming parliamentary elections. | Likewise, he acknowledged the announcement of the Preside…

Prof. Mel Gurtov (2020-09-06). The "End of Poverty" Illusion: Global and East Asian Realities in the COVID-19 Pandemic. globalresearch.ca The World Bank's Poverty Illusion | Ever tried living on $1.90 a day? That is the World Bank's "International Poverty Line (IPL)." If your income is at or below that figure, you are living in "extreme poverty." In fact, it's a …

Muhammed Shabeer (2020-09-06). "The representatives of the Irish ruling class stand weakened" peoplesdispatch.org Peoples Dispatch talks to Eugene McCartan, General Secretary of Communist Party of Ireland (CPI), who discusses the party's position towards the new government formed in Ireland and its policies, along with other issues including COVID-19. The CPI is an all-Ireland Marxist—Leninist party, founded in 1933. This is the first part of the conversation. | Peoples Dispatch (PD): What is your take on the new government in Ireland formed through a partnership between the Fianna Fáil, Fine Gáel and the Greens? Do you perceive this as an attempt by the establishment parties to defy the mandate of the 2020 general ele…

news.un (2020-09-06). Leveraging innovation, partnership to shore up food security in Asia and the Pacific. news.un.org Transforming food systems in Asia and the Pacific to make them more sustainable, resilient and productive, is vital for countries to rebound from the impact of COVID-19 and address chronic undernourishment, a UN regional forum on food security has heard.

teleSUR (2020-09-06). WHO: COVID-19 Vaccine Will Be Available By Mid-2021. telesurenglish.net The World Health Organization (WHO) Friday warned that the coronavirus vaccine will not be ready until mid-2021, despite efforts to release it earlier. | RELATED: | Even when WHO considered it encouraging that several vaccines are in the so-called phase 3 study, which involves testing tens of thousands of people, indicated that there is still a long way to go. | WHO spokeswoman Margaret Harris said "that none of the c…

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-06). Schools during corona days. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 06 (MNA) — This year, the spread of the novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, across the country caused New School Year to start earlier in summer.

The Canary (2020-09-06). Police arrest more than 600 as protesters make clear climate change isn't going away. thecanary.co More than 600 people have been arrested during five days of climate change protests in central London, police have said.Back on the agenda: Environmental campaign group Extinction Rebellion (XR) reignited its efforts to highlight the dangers of climate change this month after they were largely placed on hold by the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.In 2018, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)

Staff (2020-09-06). A Doctor Got Charged $10,984 for a COVID-19 Antibody Test — by His Own Employer. truthout.org The bill left him so dismayed he quit his job. And now, after ProPublica's questions, the parent company of his insurer said the case is being investigated and could lead to repayment or a referral to law enforcement. | The case is the latest to show how providers have sometimes charged exorbitant prices for visits for simple and inexpensive COVID-19 tests.

Labor Video Project (2020-09-06). Covid, Death & Capitalist Crimes In California's Central Valley. indybay.org The growing pandemic in California's Central Valley including the eight deaths at Foster Farms is the focus of this program. Despite the fact that Governor Newsom and companies like Foster Farms were aware of the threat of the virus they refused protect the workers and their families. Cal-OSHA has less than 200 health and safety inspectors for California's 18 million workers.

Staff (2020-09-06). Incarcerated People Are Challenging Deadly Pandemic Conditions in Prisons. truthout.org On April 10, Esther Arias made a video call to her son and asked him to Arias wanted the larger public to know about how the federal prison in Danbury, Connecticut, was handling COVID. One woman, she said, had tested positive three times — but remained in the housing unit. Four other women had been placed in quarantine, then onto her housing unit, she said. | In March, Attorne…

yenisafak (2020-09-06). Pope says gossiping is a 'worse plague' than coronavirus. yenisafak.com "Please, brothers and sisters, let's make an effort not to gossip. Gossiping is a worse plague than COVID," the pope said during his weekly address from a window above St. Peter's Square."The devil is the great gossip. He is always saying bad things about others because he is the liar who tries to split the Church," Francis added in the off-the-cuff comments.The pope has regularly warned of the risks of gossiping and has also railed against Internet trolls."If something goes wrong, offer silence and prayer for the brother or sister who make a mistake, but never gossip," he said on Sunday.

Amy Goodman, Denis Moynihan (2020-09-06). This Labor Day, Honor Essential Workers and Remember Those Who Died. commondreams.org A cashier stands behind a partial protective plastic screen and wears a mask and gloves at the Presidente Supermarket on April 13, 2020 in Miami. (Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/workers-whistleblowers-covid.jpg

teleSUR (2020-09-06). NYC West Indian Day & London's Notting Hill Carnival Go Virtual. telesurenglish.net Caribbean carnival has gone online this year as cities around the globe find ways to hold the annual festivities amid coronavirus restrictions. | RELATED: | New York City's West Indian American Day Parade joins the ranks of those activities whose sights and sounds will be virtual this time around. | For decades, NYC's celebrations–one of the largest showcasing Caribbean culture outside of the Caribbean–has featu…

yenisafak (2020-09-06). Turkey: 1,100-year-old Armenian church holds holy mass. yenisafak.com By Mesut VarolVAN, Turkey (AA) – A millennium-old Armenian church this Sunday celebrated a special mass in eastern Turkey.The Armenian Akdamar Church of the Holy Cross — an invaluable piece of Turkish cultural heritage located in the Van province — hosted the mass amid precautionary measures due to the coronavirus pandemic.The 1,100-year-old church is opened for worship once a year with special permission of the Turkish Culture and Tourism Ministry.The mass, which normally draws thousands of local and international tourists, this year gathered a limited number of visitors due to virus safety measures.

yenisafak (2020-09-06). Virus claims 6 more lives in Tunisia, 3 in Bahrain. yenisafak.com Tunisia confirmed on Sunday six new coronavirus-related fatalities, while Bahrain registered three. | The Tunisian Health Ministry said it recorded 234 additional infections over the past 24 hours, pushing the country's tally to 4,776 cases, including 93 deaths, and 1,701 recoveries. | The North African country managed to contain its outbreak by imposing restrictions in March, but cases have been rising since it reopened its borders on June 27. | In Bahrain, the Health Ministry registered 1,338 new cases and 632 recoveries. | The Gulf state's caseload has risen to 54,771, including 196 deaths, and 50,645 recoveri…

yenisafak (2020-09-06). Indonesia reports 3,444 new coronavirus cases. yenisafak.com Indonesia reported 3,444 new coronavirus cases on Sunday, bringing the total to 194,109, data from the country's health ministry website showed.The Southeast Asian country also reported 85 new deaths on Sunday, taking the total to 8,025, the highest coronavirus death toll in Southeast Asia.

Dean Baker (2020-09-06). Do Most Economists Think Government Deficits Should Have Been Lower Before the Pandemic Hit? cepr.net Washington Post reporter Heather Long has a series of useful charts comparing the economy's performance under Presidents Obama and Trump. Most of the discussion is quite good, but one item that raised my eyebrow was in the section on deficits, where it told readers: "Many economists say the bulge in spending after the Great Recession …

Fight Back (2020-09-06). Job growth continues to slow in August. fightbacknews.org San José, CA – The August jobs report released by the Department of Labor on Friday, September 4 showed that job growth continues to slow. The number of new jobs has gone from 4.8 million in June to 1.8 million in July to only 1.4 million in August. The August figure was even weaker because over 200,000 of these new jobs were temporary 2020 Census jobs. So far, the economy has gained back only half the jobs lost in March and April. | The total number of people collecting the regular state unemployment insurance or benefits, the federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance for gig workers and the self-employed, the fe…

Tanya Wallace-Gobern (2020-09-06). This Labor Day, 'Black Lives Matter' Must Mean Justice for Black Workers. progressive.org The economy was failing Black workers before the pandemic—and now, even as many are deemed essential, they're being treated as disposable.

news.un (2020-09-06). Quiet corridors but a full programme at virtual UNGA75: five things you need to know. news.un.org The 75th UN General Assembly (UNGA) session, begins on 15 September and this year, due to the ongoing global pandemic, it will be unlike any other in the organization's three quarters of a century of existence.

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2020-09-06). Pandemic Reflexes: Lockdowns and Arrests in Victoria, Australia. globalresearch.ca Ugly. Rough. The police of the Australian state of Victoria muscling their way in. The father and children watching. It had all arisen because the pregnant mother in question had engaged in conduct defined as incitement. In a post on …

Hamilton Nolan (2020-09-06). In California, a "Labor Slate" Aims to Redefine the Relationship Between Unions and Politics. zcomm.org The plat ≠form empha ≠sizes union jobs, afford ≠able hous ≠ing, Medicare for All, pub ≠lic edu ≠ca ≠tion and trans ≠porta ≠tion, as well as increas ≠ing tax ≠es on the rich…

teleSUR (2020-09-06). Bolivia: Political Campaigns Begin Ahead of Elections. telesurenglish.net Bolivia's Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) announced that political organizations and parties will begin their campaigns ahead for the elections of May 3. | RELATED: | "According to the Electoral Calendar approved by the TSE, the organizations and political alliances will start their campaigns from Sunday, September 6," the TSE stated. | Candidates could begin their political campaigns but they will have to maintain the health authorities recom…

_____ (2020-09-06). Kevin Zeese: A Giant In The World Of Activism. popularresistance.org The Hawkins/Walker campaign is very sad to report that our Press Secretary, comrade-in-arms and brother, Kevin Zeese, passed away last night. He was 64 years old. | "I lost a friend. All of us lost a prolific, tireless, and principled advocate and activist for peace and justice. My condolences go out to his partner, Margaret Flowers, also a committed activist, his family, and the many people whose lives were enriched by Kevin and his work," Howie Hawkins said. | Kevin was a giant in the world of activism, from peace and justice to cannabis legalization to healthcare to independent politics.

Hannah Dickinson (2020-09-06). Militant protests ongoing in Rochester, NY, demanding justice for Daniel Prude. liberationnews.org A county autopsy ruled Prude's death a homicide, finding that Prude had suffered "complications of asphyxia."

teleSUR (2020-09-06). Mali's Ousted President Leaves Country to Get Medical Treatment. telesurenglish.net Mali's former President Ibrahim Boubacar, who was deposed on August 18 by a coup d'état, Sunday announced that he will leave the country to receive medical treatment in the United Arab Emirates. | RELATED: | Boubacar will be transferred to the United Arab Emirates in a medical plane. He will stop over in a neighboring country, which was not specified. | On Tuesday, the former president was hospitalized after suffering…

WSWS (2020-09-05). Millions reject UK government's return to work call as COVID-19 cases escalate. wsws.org The response to the pandemic has been driven from day one by a "herd immunity" policy and indifference to the deaths of tens of thousands.

WSWS (2020-09-05). Teen in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania linked to 40 new COVID-19 cases. wsws.org The latest revelation by health officials comes as schools in the county, prepare to open for in-person learning on September 9th.

Pan Africanism Today Secretariat (2020-09-05). Imperialism and neo-colonialism remain at the heart of Mali's political crisis. peoplesdispatch.org As regional and global leaders condemned the military coup on 18th August, 2020 which ousted Mali's President Ibrahim Boubakar Keita, thousands of people celebrated across the streets of the country's capital city of Bamako. The coup follows months of mass protests against the corrupt, French backed government of Ibrahim Boubacar Keita. | Mali's recent coup d'état followed months of protests after the re-election of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita in March. This happened in the midst of heightened national and regional conflict and the devastating impact of Covid-19. The highly contested election results were ap…

teleSUR (2020-09-05). India Surpasses Four Million COVID-19 Cases. telesurenglish.net India's Health Ministry Saturday informed that the country broke the barrier of four million COVID-19 infections by totaling 4,023,179 cases of coronavirus. | RELATED: | The Asian country recorded 86,432 COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, the highest number of daily cases recorded in any country since the beginning of the pandemic. | Regarding to the number of deaths, the latest data show that the country has 69,…

teleSUR (2020-09-05). Cuba Claims Media Blockade on Its Successes Fighting COVID-19. telesurenglish.net Cuba's Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez denounced the little news coverage of Cuba's health achievements in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic are getting in the mainstream media. | RELATED: | This Saturday Foreign Minister Rodriguez took to Twitter to denounce that although Cuba continues to share its medical successes with the world, little information is shared on large media outlets. | "Cuban scientists share their progres…

Project Censored (2020-09-05). Episode 105 — Avoiding The COVID-15 with Dr. Colleen Sweeney. projectcensored.org On today's episode, Nicholas Baham II (Dr. Dreadlocks), Janice Domingo, and Nolan Higdon discuss healthy approaches to quarantine during the COVID-19 shelter in place with University of California Davis' Colleen… | How do establishment media outlets frame and curate our reality? How prevalent is propaganda, and censorship in the US, at a time when we desperately need transparent factual reporting? In…

WSWS (2020-09-05). Brazilian governor suspended for COVID-19 emergency contracts fraud. wsws.org Brazil's high court has suspended Rio de Janeiro Governor Wilson Witzel, pending a trial and impeachment on charges of fraud in COVID-19 relief contracts.

teleSUR (2020-09-05). Iran: Schools Reopen Amid Strict COVID-19 Health Measures. telesurenglish.net Iran's President Hassan Rouhani Saturday officially announced the opening of the new school year this, after a seven-month delay due to the COVID-19 pandemic. | RELATED: | During the school's opening ceremony via videoconference, Iran's head of state stressed the importance of education despite the pandemic. | "It is very important for us to continue with the knowledge learning and education system while trying to safeg…

WSWS (2020-09-05). Opposition to school reopenings mounts across Florida as spread of COVID-19 deepens. wsws.org The forced reopening of schools across Florida is producing a catastrophe, with already over 1,200 confirmed cases of COVID-19 at dozens of schools.

WSWS (2020-09-05). New pandemic projections place US death toll at over 400,000 by end of the year. wsws.org The IHME prediction would see COVID-19 deaths comparable to the 1918 influenza pandemic, which took 675,000 lives in the US.

Eli Reiter (2020-09-05). How cities can combat the dangerous combination of extreme heat and COVID. nationofchange.org The compounding threats of heat and isolation have been laid bare this summer thanks to COVID-19.

Editor (2020-09-05). COVID-19 y la crisis de salud — El no ser Trump no es suficiente. workers.org Una vez cada cuatro años, los dos principales partidos capitalistas de Estados Unidos obtienen medios ilimitados en horario de máxima audiencia, con mucho alboroto, para promover a sus candidatos a presidente y vicepresidente de Estados Unidos. La Convención Nacional Demócrata de cuatro días que terminó el 20 de agosto ofreció . . . |

Target Liberty (2020-09-05). My Hospital Experience and What the Nurses Told Me About COVID-19. globalresearch.ca JB reports in: | I just got home from back surgery where I spent 4 days in the hospital to start the recovery process. I was able to have some really good conversations with the nurses that were caring for me. …

WSWS (2020-09-05). SUNY Oneonta orders thousands of students to return home after more than 500 test positive for COVID-19. wsws.org As of Thursday night, a staggering 507 people had tested positive for COVID-19 on the campus, nearly 17 percent of the on-campus student body.

Posted by Lynda Carson (2020-09-05). Tenant Rights Groups Bracing for Flood of Questions Around New State Law. indybay.org Eviction Protections During The Coronavirus Covid-19 Pandemic…

Richard Horton (2020-09-05). [Comment] Offline: Strengthening the voice of medicine in society. thelancet.com Do doctors have too much power? The influential French writer and philosopher Bernard-Henri Lévy believes so. In his response to COVID-19, The Virus in the Age of Madness, Lévy complains that physicians have been transformed into "supermen and superwomen". They have been endowed by politicians and publics "with extraordinary powers". This bestowal of power is strange. For, Lévy argues, COVID-19 is nothing unusual—"that sort of disaster has always been with us". What is different this time is how we have reacted.

The Lancet (2020-09-05). [Editorial] COVID-19: a new lens for non-communicable diseases. thelancet.com On Sept 19, 2011, global leaders met at the UN in New York, USA, to set an international agenda on non-communicable diseases (NCDs), which cause three-quarters of global deaths. This was only the second time in history that the UN General Assembly had met to discuss a health issue (the first was for HIV/AIDS in 2016). In 2015, Sustainable Development Goal 3.4 set the ambitious target for countries to reduce their risk of premature mortality from NCDs by a third relative to 2015 levels by 2030. The Lancet NCD Countdown 2030, published on Sept 3, reveals that, among high-income countries, only Denmark, Luxembourg,…

Sharmila Devi (2020-09-05). [World Report] COVID-19 exacerbates violence against health workers. thelancet.com Hundreds of incidents of violence and harassment have been recorded, but these are likely to be just the tip of the iceberg. Sharmila Devi reports.

Geoff Watts (2020-09-05). [Obituary] Maria Angela Brito de Sousa. thelancet.com Immunologist and leader in science. Born in Lisbon, Portugal, on Oct 17, 1939, she died there of COVID-19 on April 14, 2020, aged 80 years.

Patralekha Chatterjee (2020-09-05). [World Report] Is India missing COVID-19 deaths? thelancet.com Experts have questioned shortcomings and lack of clarity in vital registration, testing practices, and classification of COVID-19 deaths. Patralekha Chatterjee reports from New Delhi.

_____ (2020-09-05). Robot Generals: Will They Make Better Decisions Than Humans — Or Worse? strategic-culture.org Michael T. KLARE | With Covid-19 incapacitating

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-05). New School Year kicks off in Tabriz amid COVID-19. en.mehrnews.com TABRIZ, Sep. 05 (MNA) — The ceremony of New School Year was kicked off in Tabriz, East Azarbaijan province on Saturday concurrent with reopening schools in the nationwide by fully observing of anti-coronavirus and social-distancing guidelines.

The Canary (2020-09-05). Tories' plans to cut foreign aid criticised as 'morally reprehensible'. thecanary.co Cutting the UK's foreign aid budget would be a "devastatingly backwards step" which would send a "worrying message" to the rest of the world, Boris Johnson has been told. | A cross-party group of MPs has written to the prime minister demanding he urgently clarify rumours that spending in this area is to be reduced. | Fears have been raised that chancellor Rishi Sunak could row back on the commitment — included in the Conservatives 2019 election manifesto — to spend 0.7% of national income on foreign aid to compensate for the cost of the UK's coronavirus (Covid-19) response. | Warning the prime ministe…

The Canary (2020-09-05). Refugee rights activists gather in Dover amid fears of disruption from far-right. thecanary.co Protesters have gathered at the port of Dover to show their support for refugees reaching the UK in small boats.There were fears of violence ahead of Saturday 5 September with right-wing anti-immigrant groups also announcing their intention to assemble in the Kent town.It comes despite pleas from local MP Natalie Elphicke to "stay away" to prevent a second wave of coronavirus (Covid-19)."Refugees welcome": On Friday 4 September, the words "Rise above fear. Refugees welcome" were beamed onto the White Cliffs of Dover by humanitarian charity Freedom From Torture.A heavy police presence is in place in the tow…