Daily Archives: September 10, 2020

2020-09-10: News Headlines

news.un (2020-09-10). Work to achieve a culture of peace amid COVID-19 upheaval: UN Secretary-General. news.un.org As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to upend economies and societies, while also threatening to erode trust in public institutions and democracy, it is critical that people everywhere continue to pursue peace.

Rachel Reeves (2020-09-10). The Trump Administration's Attack on Abortion Access Disproportionately Harms Communities of Color Already Devastated by COVID-19. aclu.org Six months into the COVID-19 pandemic, it is devastatingly apparent that the United States' longstanding racial inequalities have only been amplified during this crisis. Nowhere is that truer than in health care, including reproductive health care., , Even before the pandemic, people of color faced severe barriers to accessing essential reproductive health care as a result of interrelated factors such as structural racism, gendered oppression, and associated economic disparities. Abortion restrictions, such as bans on insurance coverage for abortion or laws mandating delays in abortion care and an extra unnec…

Marilyn Bechtel (2020-09-10). Some wins, some losses with new California policing laws. peoplesworld.org As this year's California legislative session, compressed by the COVID-19 pandemic, rushed to a close after midnight Aug. 31, a portfolio of bills to regulate policing — many inspired by recent police killings of unarmed black and Latino men and women — passed the Assembly and state Senate and headed to Gov. Gavin Newsom for …

Marshall Auerback (2020-09-10). Why Herd Immunity is a Distraction. counterpunch.org There has been a spectrum of actions taken by governments to address near-term prevention of the spread of COVID-19. The extremes have ranged from total lockdowns (e.g., Italy, Belgium and Spain); to legal enforcement of quarantines and contact tracing (e.g., Canada and Germany); to much lighter forms of restriction (e.g., Denmark and Norway); to even more minimal restrictions, but with extensive testing and tracing (e.g., Taiwan and South Korea). There have also been some clearly incompetent policies, notably in the United States, where the country's public health infrastructure has been eviscerated not just by…

news.un (2020-09-10). Nations of the South display spirit of 'global solidarity' — UN chief. news.un.org "The spirit of South-South cooperation and global solidarity", is alive and well across the hemisphere as the word grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic, said the UN chief in a message relayed to countries of the Global South on Thursday.

news.un (2020-09-10). Leaders pledge 'quantum leap' towards fully funding COVID-19 vaccines and treatments. news.un.org Global leaders, including more than 30 Heads of State and Ministers, have underlined their commitment towards fast-tracking the development and production of COVID-19 tests, medicines and vaccines, that will be available for anyone, anywhere, who needs them.

Hans-Jàºrgen Steinhagen (2020-09-10). The Covid Crisis: A Brief History of the Pandemics of the 21st Century (2000-2020). globalresearch.ca In times of great confusion and anxiety, when it feels like everything is going down the drain, like everyone is stumbling down a steep road, driven by a supposedly unstoppable disaster, it might be helpful to take a moment and …

Mirinda Crissman (2020-09-10). As COVID spreads: Epidemic of evictions goes viral. workers.org Houston — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced a federal eviction moratorium on Sept. 1 to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Coming several months into the pandemic, it may help keep many in their homes — but only until Dec. 31. This is very much a case . . . |

Steve Watson (2020-09-10). Sweden Close to Victory Over Coronavirus; Never Had a Lockdown or Mask Mandate. globalresearch.ca As the rest of Europe and the world remains under the grip of draconian rules and the threat of new lockdowns, Sweden, which allowed its citizens to remain free throughout the entire pandemic, has pretty much declared victory over the …

Ashley Curtin (2020-09-10). A sea of pollution: New widespread contamination in oceans amid coronavirus pandemic. nationofchange.org "If only one percent of the masks were to be disposed of incorrectly and dispersed in nature, this would result in up to 10 million masks per month polluting the environment."

_____ (2020-09-10). 'Green' Billionaires Behind Suppression Of 'Planet Of The Humans'. popularresistance.org It is hard to think of an American film that provoked a greater backlash in 2020 than "Planet of the Humans." Focused on the theme of planetary extinction and fanciful proposals to ward it off, the documentary was released for free on YouTube on April 21. The date was significant not only because it was the eve of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, but because a global pandemic was tearing through America's social fabric and exposing the human toll of the country's globalized, growth-obsessed economic model.

Marlee Kokotovic (2020-09-10). Senate Republicans propose new 'relief' bill that ignores struggling Americans and gives aid to coal industry. nationofchange.org "The pandemic is already widening social and economic divisions. Shielding corporations from accountability will endanger workers, consumers, and patients, and make the pandemic even worse."

Tom Engelhardt (2020-09-10). American Carnage From a Pandemic President. counterpunch.org The year was 1991 and the United States was suddenly the globe's lone superpower, its ultimate hyperpower, the last and greatest of its kind, the soon-to-be-indispensable nation. The only one left — alone, utterly alone and triumphant atop the world. Who could have asked for more? Or better? It had been a Cold War fantasy

Walter Smolarek (2020-09-10). Trump's stunning admission: As pandemic spread, president lied to the world. liberationnews.org With this new revelation, the public has even further evidence that in the most critical early days of the pandemic the president acted with a single-minded focus on his own re-election efforts.

Kenny Stancil (2020-09-10). UN Warns Pandemic-Intensified Famines Are Looming. zcomm.org "A lack of funding for emergency relief and the complications created by the coronavirus scourge have now pushed some of the world's neediest populations closer to famine conditions."

David Dayen (2020-09-10). Grad Student Strike at the University of Michigan the First Pandemic Pushback on Campus. zcomm.org The GEO has a set of demands that correlate with our interlocking sets of national crises. Like many colleges that have returned, Michigan hasn't put the safety of its students and faculty first, the union alleges…

WSWS repost (2020-09-10). How the US government and the media suppressed the truth about the COVID-19 pandemic. indybay.org Recorded conversations between Donald Trump and reporter Bob Woodward make clear that the White House made a calculated decision to suppress information about the COVID-19 pandemic. Why are these recordings being released only now after almost 200,000 people in the United States have died?>

Zachary Conti (2020-09-10). Finance Ministers and United Nations Discuss COVID Crisis Solutions. indybay.org IMF Announces Access to Global "SDRs" Reserve…

Who Are the 42%? (2020-09-10). Still 42% Support for Nazi Trump. indybay.org 42% support for Nazi Trump despite admissions on tape that he knew at the beginning of February 2020 that the virus was 5 times worse than the flu but said nothing.

Staff (2020-09-10). Headlines for September 10, 2020. democracynow.org Wildfires Destroy Oregon Towns, Bringing "Apocalyptic" Orange Skies to West Coast, Human Activity Blamed for 68% Drop in Animal Population Since 1970, President Donald Trump Acknowledges Downplaying COVID-19 Threat to U.S. Public, Biden Blasts Trump's "Life-and-Death Betrayal of the American People" on COVID-19, Bob Woodward Blasted for Withholding Trump's Comments on COVID-19 for Months, NIH Director Says Politics Shouldn't Trump Science in Vaccine Development, UW-Madison Halts In-Person Classes After 1,000+ Students Test Positive for Coronavirus, India Reports Record Daily Coronavirus Infections as Global Death…

Staff (2020-09-10). COVID Vaccine Trials Seek Black & Latinx Participants, But History of Medical Apartheid Sows Mistrust. democracynow.org As President Trump pushes to release a coronavirus vaccine before the November election, a National Institutes of Health report details how the process could be slowed by a lack of participation in vaccine studies by African American and Latinx people, many of whom mistrust the U.S. healthcare system due the history of racist medical exploitation. "The written history of medicine, the canon, has been carefully curated to elide the experience of African Americans," says medical ethicist Harriet Washington, author of "Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Ti…

Staff (2020-09-10). "Democratic Public Health": Big Pharma Relies on Developing World While Limiting Access to Treatment. democracynow.org We look at the history of clinical vaccine trials and exploitation of vulnerable people in the U.S. and India, which recently surpassed Brazil as the country with the second most infections worldwide. Kaushik Sunder Rajan, an anthropologist at the University of Chicago, says there is a documented history of "ethical lapses" and lack of accountability in vaccine studies in India. "The critical issue here is not whether vaccines are good or bad, but … even more, I would suggest what is at stake is a democratic public health," he notes.

Mike Walter (2020-09-10). The Heat: Trump criticized for COVID-19 response. america.cgtn.com This week marks six months since the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus a global pandemic. Fast forward to September and the death toll in the United States continues to climb.

The Canary (2020-09-10). Moonshot or moonshine? Experts sceptical about government's latest coronavirus plan. thecanary.co Boris Johnson's government is considering shelling out up to £100bn for a mass at-home coronavirus (Covid-19) testing programme. But experts are sceptical about its ability to deliver.Known as "Operation Moonshot", if it worked, up to 10 million tests could be carried out every day from the comfort of people's own homes.How would Operation Moonshot work?: Ministers and health officials are hoping for a test that doesn't need processing in a lab. It would mean users get their results in a matter of minutes rather than days.The saliva test would mean people don't need to travel to testing centres or wa…

The Canary (2020-09-10). Fear of 'Covid in the courtroom' halts Julian Assange case. thecanary.co The extradition case against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been brought to a halt at the Old Bailey over fear of "Covid in the courtroom".District Judge Vanessa Baraitser stopped proceedings on the fourth day of hearings, as it emerged that a lawyer for the US Government may have been exposed to the virus and was being tested.Speaking in court, Edward Fitzgerald QC, for Assange, told the judge: "We respectfully submit we have to go with the assumption (the lawyer) has Covid."If that is the correct assumption it has consequences — firstly we should not be here today because Covid will be in the courtro…

Staff (2020-09-10). Hospitals and Nursing Homes Are Failing to Separate COVID Patients. truthout.org Nurses at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center were on edge as early as March when patients with COVID-19 began to show up in areas of the hospital that were not set aside to care for them. | The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had advised hospitals to isolate COVID patients to limit staff exposure and help conserve high-level personal protective equipment that's been in short supply. | Yet COVID patients continued to be scattered through the Oakland hospital, according to complaints to California's…

yenisafak (2020-09-10). Norway may have to tighten COVID-19 restrictions, PM says. yenisafak.com Norway is going to stop easing coronavirus curbs for the moment and could be forced to bring back tougher measures following a recent rise in the number of cases, Prime Minister Erna Solberg said on Thursday.Norway went into lockdown in mid-March and quickly saw a sharp fall in new cases, then began a gradual easing of restrictions in May."The government is considering tighter measures," Solberg told a news conference."We can't open up any more at this time … In case of a rise in the number of infections without a known source, or local outbreaks that are not contained, we will consider tighter restrictions loc…

yenisafak (2020-09-10). Turkish university analyzes sequence of COVID-19 genome. yenisafak.com A Turkish university on Thursday announced that its scientists and academics have made a sequence analysis of the COVID-19 genome.In a statement, Uludag University in the western Bursa province said the university's academics took an important step towards analyzing and defeating the virus.It said the analysis shows the "spike" protein that helps the isolated virus enter the cell carries a mutation known as D614G.The university underlined that scientific studies on a global scale continue to determine whether the viruses carrying this mutation are more or less contagious.It also said over 95,000 sequence analyses…

yenisafak (2020-09-10). WHO says $700 million raised so far for COVID-19 vaccines initiative for poor. yenisafak.com International donors have raised $700 million – less than half the target – to purchase future coronavirus vaccines for poor countries in a global initiative to ensure eventual vaccines do not go only to rich countries, a World Health Organization official said on Thursday.The COVAX Advanced Market Commitment has an initial target of $2 billion to buy the vaccines."Up to today, what has been mobilised so far is $700 million … So there is a great deal of work to be done to diversify the possible sources of funding," Matshidiso Moeti, Africa regional director for the WHO, told an online press briefing.COVAX is co…

Eliza Egret (2020-09-10). The government continues to scapegoat the public to cover the fact that it's useless. thecanary.co As #BorisTheLiar trends on Twitter, people are outraged that the government is scapegoating the public as coronavirus (Covid-19) figures rise again. | From Monday 14 September, gatherings in England of more than 6 people who are outside of your household will be banned. The government has

_____ (2020-09-10). University Of Michigan Residential Staff On Strike. popularresistance.org The bottom line is our health can't wait. Our communities can't wait. The University's inaction in the face of ResStaff's explicit concerns and action items over the last few weeks has made it clear that public health is not the priority. The University has repeatedly referred to the Wolverine Culture of Care, but has not extended this same care to us. If U of M administrators do not want to live up to the Michigan Difference, we will be the difference ourselves. Health comes first. ResStaff will not stand for anything less than policies and adequate resources that reflect this priority.

Ariel Gold (2020-09-10). Peace through weapons sales to the UAE. nationofchange.org If the American people really want to pursue peace in the Middle East and instead use our taxes to build up U.S. infrastructure, healthcare, education and address the climate crisis, then we must immediately pressure our Congressional representatives to make sure that the U.S.-UAE weapons sales deal does not go through.

Memorial Committee (2020-09-10). Postponed: Memorial for People Killed by Police/Vigilantes since the George Floyd Uprising. indybay.org Due to unhealthy air quality, this memorial event is postponed until next Thursday.

Stephen Lendman (2020-09-10). Navalny Poisoned by Novichok Hoax Timed Ahead of Russian Elections? globalresearch.ca Germany's failure to disclose novichoking medical evidence it claims about Alexey Navalny's condition strongly indicates there is none. | Notably his August 20 illness happened ahead of Russian regional and local elections at 83 locations, scheduled for September 11 — …

Thomas Knapp (2020-09-10). Silence is Not Consent in Politics. counterpunch.org When you undergo a medical procedure or volunteer for a research study, you're presented with forms to sign, outlining what's going to happen (and what bad things could happen), and expressly consenting to have those things happen. If you're accused of rape, "he or she didn't physically resist" isn't an acceptable defense. In fact, express

imperial.ac.uk (2020-09-10). Imperial mathematician scoops $3m Breakthrough Prize. imperial.ac.uk Professor Sir Martin Hairer is the single winner of the 2021 Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics.

John Whitehead (2020-09-09). The 20-Year Journey From 9/11 To COVID-19 and the Freedoms Lost Along the Way. mintpressnews.com You can map the nearly 20-year journey from the 9/11 attacks to the COVID-19 pandemic by the freedoms we've lost along the way. | The road we have been traveling has been littered with the wreckage of our once-vaunted liberties, especially those enshrined in the Fourth Amendment. | The assaults on our freedoms that began with…

news.un (2020-09-09). Distrust of public institutions, health inequities could push more countries into conflict, UN political affairs chief warns. news.un.org The erosion of trust in public institutions, unequal access to health care and tensions around delicate peace negotiations, are among the risks amplified by COVID-19, which if not mitigated, could push more countries into violence, the UN political affairs chief told the Security Council on Wednesday.

news.un (2020-09-09). Greece: Devasting fire compounds overcrowding and COVID-19 challenges in refugee camp. news.un.org UN agencies have offered support to Greek authorities on Wednesday after a major fire ripped through an overcrowded refugee camp overnight, destroying dwellings and forcing thousands to flee, many reportedly suffering from smoke inhalation.

WSWS (2020-09-09). India now second only to US in number of COVID-19 cases, yet continues to expand "reopening" wsws.org With 90,802 new infections on Monday, India registered more COVID-19 cases just on one day than China has recorded since the beginning of the pandemic.

news.un (2020-09-09). Children's lives at stake, COVID threatens to undo 30 years of 'remarkable progress'. news.un.org COVID-19 threatens to undo decades of hard-fought progress in reducing deaths of children under the age of five, UN agencies have warned, calling on countries to ensure vital health services for children and women do not falter amid the global crisis.

WSWS (2020-09-09). COVID-19 outbreaks spread within a week of England and Wales schools reopening. wsws.org Virtually no part of the UK has been left unscathed, with teachers and pupils testing positive in both primary and secondary schools.

John Wojcik (2020-09-09). Trump's rush for a vaccine endangers the nation's health. peoplesworld.org The Trump administration admits it is aiming for a vaccine for COVID-19 before Election Day and that the public will joyfully rise up to reward him with a second term in the White House. The news this week that AstraZeneca, a leading pharmaceutical giant, has halted its trial of a COVID-19 vaccine because of an …

Ben Norton (2020-09-09). U.S. sanctions Russian Research Institute that developed COVID-19 Vaccine. mronline.org The U.S. Commerce Department blacklisted a Russian research institute that helped create the world's first COVID-19 vaccine.

news.un (2020-09-09). 'Essential lessons' from HIV fight can help coronavirus response, says UNAIDS. news.un.org Decades of global experience in tackling AIDS can help countries respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, a new UN report published on Wednesday has revealed.

John W. Whitehead (2020-09-09). Mile Markers of Tyranny: Losing Our Freedoms on the Road from 9/11 to COVID-19. globalresearch.ca "No one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it. Power is not a means; it is an end."—George Orwell | You can map the nearly 20-year journey from the 9/11 attacks to the COVID-19 pandemic by the freedoms we've …

Joselyn Ariza (2020-09-09). Conviasa retorna a venezolanos varados en México y EEUU. mppre.gob.ve El Consorcio Venezolano de Industrias Aeronáuticas y Servicios Aéreos (Conviasa), trasladó a Venezuela a más de 50 connacionales que se encontraban varados en México y Estados Unidos a la espera de un vuelo para volver a su Patria. Con estrictos protocolos de bioseguridad para prevenir la propagación del COVID-19, los connacionales abordaron el vuelo V09704 […] | Publicado en la Cancillería de la República Bolivariana de Venezuela

WSWS (2020-09-09). Republicans, Democrats block restoration of jobless aid. wsws.org Both parties have a common interest in using the threat of destitution and homelessness to pressure workers into returning to COVID-19-infected factories and unsafe schools.

splcenter (2020-09-09). A Victory for Students and Parents: SPLC, allies win case blocking DeVos from diverting COVID-19 relief funds away from public schools. splcenter.org

Bryce Covert (2020-09-09). Covid-19 Workers' Comp Claims Are Being Held Up or Denied. zcomm.org Employers and insurance companies are insisting employees, even those directly exposed to the virus, can't prove they got sick at work…