Daily Archives: September 14, 2020

2020-09-14: News Headlines

Eds. (2020-09-14). A victory for students and parents: SPLC, allies win case blocking DeVos from diverting COVID-19 relief funds away from public schools. mronline.org A federal court has sent a clear message to U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos: You cannot use a national crisis as an excuse to advance your education privatization agenda by siphoning desperately needed COVID-19 relief money away from public schools.

WSWS (2020-09-14). COVID-19 outbreak at Virginia migrant detention center caused by repression of anti-police brutality protesters. wsws.org The outbreak at the Farmville detention center demonstrates the capitalist class's disdain for democratic rights and the lives of the entire population.

WSWS (2020-09-14). University of Illinois at Chicago workers go on strike against low wages and unsafe conditions. wsws.org Workers at the University of Illinois at Chicago have gone on strike against low wages and unsafe conditions as the COVID-19 pandemic spreads rapidly through college campuses.

WSWS (2020-09-14). Wildcat strike over COVID-19 at Lear auto parts plant in Indiana. wsws.org Lear workers refused to work for several hours Friday night after learning of potential COVID-19 cases in the facility, halting production also at the nearby Ford Chicago Assembly Plant.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-14). Iran COVID-19 update: 2,619 cases, 156 deaths in 24 hours. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 15 (MNA) — The daily count of COVID-19 infections in Iran reached 2,619 on Monday, bringing the total cases to 404,648, according to the Health Ministry.

imperial.ac.uk (2020-09-14). £10m Trinity Challenge to protect future generations from pandemics. imperial.ac.uk Imperial has joined a global coalition focused on protecting the world from future health emergencies in the wake of COVID-19.

yenisafak (2020-09-14). Greece resettling stranded migrants to tent camp on Lesbos. yenisafak.com Greece has resettled hundreds of migrants in a temporary new tent facility after a fire destroyed their overcrowded refugee camp on the island of Lesbos and hopes to have moved all of them this week, government officials said on Monday.More than 12,000 people, mostly refugees from Afghanistan, Africa and Syria, are without shelter and are having to sleep out in the open without proper sanitation after the fire tore through the Moria migrant camp last Wednesday.Greece is now registering the migrants and testing them for the COVID-19 disease before channeling them into the temporary tent camp, government spokesman…

WSWS (2020-09-14). Australia: Unions silent as dozens of New South Wales schools are affected by COVID-19. wsws.org Even teachers over the age of 70, or with serious health conditions, have been forced back to front-line teaching since late May.

_____ (2020-09-14). The greatest loss of democracy and liberty in modern Britain. truepublica.org.uk At TruePublica, we believe in social cohesion, the rule of law, civil liberty, human rights and of course, democracy. Recent events, both Brexit and Covid-19, have given this government, in particular, an opportunity to act in bad faith and create a space for emergency legislation used to abuse the normal workings of representative and parliamentary …

Anonymous (2020-09-14). Universities are being forced to lie about being COVID safe. zcomm.org Universities know they will become infection hot-spots. But shutting before the government tells them to will leave them bankrupt…

Esmeralda Chang (2020-09-14). The Second Installment of The Confessions and Polemics of Esmeralda "The Red" Chang. dissidentvoice.org In this segment of my confessions and polemics I discuss the following topics: Attending the Jimmy Dore Show, The 2020 Democratic Convention, and Daoist Anarchism. Attending the Jimmy Dore Show As someone in her early 70s I don't get out much, especially during the COVID quarantine. But last February before the stay-at-home orders my cousin, …

Subhankar Banerjee (2020-09-14). Species in Peril: Loss, Love and Protection. counterpunch.org Human calamities abound. The unrelenting coronavirus pandemic has already claimed more than 900,000 lives worldwide. The images of exploding wildfires from the American Southwest—California, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington—look apocalyptic. Racial injustice and inequity in the United States marches on. And, the economic suffering?—painful. In this moment of so much death and suffering—do we even have

WSWS (2020-09-14). University of Michigan graduate students vote to extend strike as opposition erupts at campuses throughout the US. wsws.org The reopening of campuses is driving an expansion of the coronavirus pandemic, with 19 of the 25 largest outbreaks in communities with colleges that have started in-person learning.

yenisafak (2020-09-14). Facebook allows users to watch videos together online. yenisafak.com Facebook Inc said on Monday that its users will now be able to watch videos with their friends online using the social media company's Messenger app, enabling them to see reactions in real time.The "Watch Together" feature will allow a user to add up to eight people through a video call and up to 50 people through its videoconferencing tool Messenger Rooms.The company launched the tool in July as it looks to take on Zoom Video communications inc that became a household name driven by the coronavirus-driven boom in demand for its platform.Facebook joins a crowded field of companies rushing to dominate the stay-at-…

WSWS (2020-09-14). Australian government exploits family funeral to push for end to coronavirus border restrictions. wsws.org The government aims to shift public opinion against border restrictions, which corporate Australia now wants scrapped.

John Bowe (2020-09-14). The Immokalee Way: Protecting Farmworkers Amid a Pandemic. thenation.com The Immokalee Way: Protecting Farmworkers Amid a Pandemic…

WSWS (2020-09-14). Autoworkers support University of Michigan strikers. wsws.org Like the herding of workers into the auto factories, the drive to reopen schools and colleges even as the pandemic continues to rage is entirely driven by profit interests.

Dr. Russell Blaylock (2020-09-14). 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, …

WSWS (2020-09-14). Stop the dangerous "routine operation" of schools in Germany! Prepare a nationwide general strike! wsws.org The completely unsafe routine operation of schools threatens the health and lives of millions of educators, parents, children, young people and their families.

WSWS (2020-09-14). Three postal workers test positive at UK Royal Mail's Medway Mail Centre. wsws.org The outbreak at the "state-of-the-art" delivery office demonstrates that workers' health is being imperilled in an ongoing scramble for profit.

Fight Back (2020-09-13). Illinois: UIC bringing scabs from other states despite COVID — 19 restrictions. fightbacknews.org Chicago, IL -Today, September 12, SEIU Local 73 union leaders have discovered that UIC is bringing in workers from out of state to cross the picket line. These out-of-state workers are coming from Texas, Tennessee, Nevada and Mississippi, all of which are currently listed on the city of Chicago's COVID Emergency Travel Order. This action calls into question UIC's commitment to a decent contract, as it goes directly against one of the main bargaining issues, universal COVID-19 protections. | SEIU Local 73 is gearing up to strike on September 14. | At the moment, SEIU 73 does not know whether any of these out-of-…

Fight Back (2020-09-13). Illinois: UIC bringing scabs from states despite COVID — 19 restrictions. fightbacknews.org Chicago, IL -Today, September 12, SEIU Local 73 union leaders have discovered that UIC is bringing in workers from out of state to cross the picket line. These out-of-state workers are coming from Texas, Tennessee, Nevada and Mississippi, all of which are currently listed on the city of Chicago's COVID Emergency Travel Order. This action calls into question UIC's commitment to a decent contract, as it goes directly against one of the main bargaining issues, universal COVID-19 protections. | SEIU Local 73 is gearing up to strike on September 14. | At the moment, SEIU 73 does not know whether any of these out-of-…

Sandipan Talukdar (2020-09-13). COVID-19 lockdowns didn't help in reducing carbon emission: UN report. peoplesdispatch.org The report found that due to lockdowns, the daily level emissions of greenhouse gases decreased by 17% in April when compared to 2019. But, as the world went back to work, emissions rose and crossed last year's levels…

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-13). Iran delivers 2nd anti-coronavirus cargo to Kyrgyzstan. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 13 (MNA) — The second cargo of Iranian humanitarian and medical aid to combat Covid-19 was delivered to the Kyrgyz authorities by the Iranian embassy on Saturday.

The Canary (2020-09-13). UK must act fast to stop coronavirus cases growing exponentially, says government adviser. thecanary.co The warning comes as concerns grow over an increase in Covid-19 cases in care homes. | By | The UK needs to act fast to stop coronavirus (Covid-19) cases growing out of control, with a delay of even a few days potentially "dangerous", according to an academic who advises the government.Peter Openshaw, professor of experimental medicine, Imperial College London, said a "trickle" of cases can turn into a "cascade".Increase in cases in care homes: His comments come as concerns grow over an increase in coronavirus cases in care homes. It's p…

Staff (2020-09-13). Firefighters Combating Wildfires Are Facing Dangerously Heightened COVID-19 Risk. truthout.org Two forces of nature are colliding in the western United States, and wildland firefighters are caught in the middle. | Emerging research suggests that At the same time, firefighting conditions make precautions such as social dis…

yenisafak (2020-09-13). Virus cases, casualties rise in Eurasia, Central Asia. yenisafak.com Over 3,900 new cases of the novel coronavirus and more than 80 fatalities were reported across several Eurasian and Central Asian countries on Sunday.- UkraineUkraine continues to report the highest numbers in the region, with 2,476 more COVID-19 cases and 30 deaths recorded over the past 24 hours.The overall case count in the country stands at 154,335, including 3,178 fatalities and 68,893 recoveries, which increased by 547 over the past day, according to Health Minister Maksym Stepanov.- GeorgiaIn Georgia, 152 more coronavirus cases raised the total to 2,268.Recoveries increased by six to reach 1,369, while the…

yenisafak (2020-09-13). Coronavirus claims over 1,200 lives in Brazil, Mexico. yenisafak.com Brazil reported 814 more fatalities from the novel coronavirus, while Mexico saw 421 over the past 24 hours, health authorities said Sunday.In Brazil, the third worst-hit country in the world after India with the highest number of cases, the death toll reached 131,210, while confirmed cases to date surpassed 4.15 million with 33,523 new infections.According to the Brazilian Health Ministry, over 3.55 million people have so far recovered from the virus in the Latin American country.With a population of over 211 million, Brazil is seen as the epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak in the region.Brazil's vibrant financi…

RT (2020-09-13). Netanyahu puts Israel into 3-week lockdown, citing rapid spread of Covid-19. rt.com Israel will impose a three-week nationwide lockdown starting Friday, due to the dire situation with regard to the coronavirus outbreak in the country, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a televised address. | Addressing the nation on Sunday, Netanyahu promised that the restrictions would be accompanied by a new economic aid package, which the government is to announce on Thursday. | The anti-coronavirus measures will restrict gatherings to no more than 10 people indoors and 20 outdoors. They will also prevent the Israelis for getting more than 500 meters away from their homes. | Schools will be closed,…

RT (2020-09-13). SECOND WAVE of Covid-19 already looming in Austria as new infections rise 'day by day' — Chancellor Kurz. rt.com The Covid-19 pandemic is already making a comeback in Austria, where infection rates are surging and the forthcoming winter promises to be "tough for us all," Chancellor Sebastian Kurz has warned in an appeal to the nation. | The Alpine country recorded 350 new infections per day two weeks ago, but this figure had jumped to over 869 by last Saturday, Kurz said. He What we are experiencing is the beginning of the…

Barbara Nimri Aziz (2020-09-13). Is Nepal Skirting, Denying or Defying the COVID Pandemic? globalresearch.ca Demonstrations in Kathmandu protesting India's territorial claim on

Staff (2020-09-13). Rural and Native Communities Are Hard Hit by COVID-Era Food Insecurity. truthout.org Nonie Woolf, a retired public health nutritionist and chair of

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2020-09-13). After the Lockdown: A Global Coronavirus Vaccination Program… globalresearch.ca The tendency is towards a Worldwide lockdown spearheaded by fear and media disinformation. Currently, hundreds of millions of people Worldwide are under lockdown. | What is the next step in the evolution of the COV-19 Crisis? A multibillion dollar coronavirus vaccination program to be implemented in the wake of the Lockdown.

_____ (2020-09-13). OSHA Fines Smithfield Foods For 'Failing To Protect Employees'. popularresistance.org The Smithfield Foods plant in Sioux Falls, which was the epicenter of one of the nation's largest coronavirus hotspots in April, has been fined by the U.S. Department of Labor. | The Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced Thursday that it was fining the Smithfield Packaged Meats Corporation for $13,494 for "failing to protect employees from exposure to the coronavirus," a news release states. The fine is the maximum amount allowed by law. | At least 1,294 Smithfield employees contracted coronavirus, and four employees died from the virus, the release states.

_____ (2020-09-13). A Tale of Two Mass Gatherings: Sturgis 'Super Spreader' Bike Rally vs. Black Lives Matter 'Fiery but Mostly Peaceful' Protests. strategic-culture.org Judging by the way the media and medical authorities are reprimanding public events organized by right-leaning organizations, it appears beyond doubt that the coronavirus outbreak is being used as a political weapon to influence the outcome of the 2020 presidential election. | In early August, an estimated 460,000 motorcyclists took part in the annual pilgrimage to South Dakota. The Sturgis Biker Rally, which has been a major draw since 1938, is a 10-day event that generates hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue, much of it made on alcohol-fueled fun and revelry. In other words, as the party poopers would sa…

Anthony J. Hall (2020-09-13). Lockdowns, Coronavirus, and Banks: Following the Money. dissidentvoice.org It usually makes sense to follow the money when seeking understanding of almost any major change. The strategy of following the money in our current convergence of crises in late summer of 2020 leads us directly to the lockdowns. The lockdowns were first imposed on people in the Wuhan area of China. Then other populations …

yenisafak (2020-09-13). Czech Republic sees record rise in virus cases for third straight day. yenisafak.com The Czech Republic reported its largest single-day increase in new coronavirus infections for a third straight day on Sunday, recording 1,541 cases, according to Health Ministry data.It was the fifth day in a row with new infections above 1,000 as the country of 10.7 million sees a surge in cases that is among the fastest in the European Union. The government has tightened rules requiring face mask use but aims to avoid harsh lockdowns.

yenisafak (2020-09-13). Scores arrested at protests in Australia's coronavirus hotspot. yenisafak.com Police in Australia's Victoria state arrested 74 people and fined 176 for breaching public health orders as scattered protests against a weeks-long coronavirus lockdown continued for a second straight day across Melbourne.A riot squad marched through fruit and vegetable stalls at the city's landmark, the Queen Victoria market, before the scuffling with protesters erupted, with some people throwing fruit at the police, television footage showed.Victoria Police said in a statement that there were between 200 and 250 people involved in the protests, but there were no immediately known injuries to the police."It was…

yenisafak (2020-09-13). Anadolu Efes player tests positive for coronavirus. yenisafak.com A player from Turkish basketball team Anadolu Efes has tested positive for coronavirus, the club confirmed on Sunday. | Efes said that the infected player, whose identity was not disclosed, has been isolated at home, and the treatment process has begun. | Based in Istanbul, Efes have won the Turkish Super League 14 times. | This year's season, whose first half will be held behind closed doors, is kicking off on Sept. 26.

yenisafak (2020-09-13). Gaza records 2 deaths, 100 infections from coronavirus. yenisafak.com Palestinian health authorities registered two fatalities and 100 infections from the coronavirus outbreak in the Gaza Strip on Sunday.In a statement, the Health Ministry said the territory's tally rose to 1,819 confirmed cases, including 15 deaths, and 216 recoveries."The number of active cases in Gaza rose to 1,588," the ministry said.Reeling under a crippling Israeli blockade since 2007, the Gaza Strip suffers a severe shortage of medicines and medical supplies, in addition to daily electric outages.The Hamas-led government imposed a lockdown in Gaza on Aug. 24 to help curb the outbreak in the blockaded enclave…

yenisafak (2020-09-13). Italian government, students brace for school reopening. yenisafak.com Schools in Italy will reopen on Monday after six months of closure due to the coronavirus pandemic, in a key test for the fragile ruling coalition led by premier Giuseppe Conte ahead of regional elections later this month.In a brief televised message to students, teachers and parents on Sunday, Conte tried to address concerns over a possible jump in coronavirus infections with the restart of school activities, as divisions persist among regions over safety measures put in place by the government."There will be difficulties and hardship, especially in the beginning," Conte said, praising students, families and tea…

yenisafak (2020-09-13). Iran's confirmed coronavirus cases exceed 400,000. yenisafak.com The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Iran rose by 2,089 to 402,029, a health ministry spokeswoman told state TV on Sunday, as the country reported 128 new deaths in the past 24 hours.Sima Sadat Lari said the official death toll stood at 23,157 in Iran, one of the worst-hit countries in the Middle East.

_____ (2020-09-13). On Contact: Economic And Political Collapse Of USA. popularresistance.org On the show this week, Chris Hedges discusses the economic and political collapse of the American empire with economist Professor Rick D. Wolff. Wolff's new book, 'The Sickness is the System — When Capitalism Fails to Save Us from Pandemics or Itself,' is available on September 15.

Alex Lawson (2020-09-13). We Must Take The Vaccine Industry Into Public Ownership. zcomm.org Only by taking the vaccine industry into full public ownership, with small "d" democratic controls in place, can we provide an internationalized response to this and future pandemics that properly recognizes vaccines as a global public good…

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-13). Rouhani hails nation's resistance against challenges. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 13 (MNA) — President Hassan Rouhani hailed the Iranian nation's resistance against the current challenges, stressing the need to continue the health protocols amid pandemic.

sputniknews (2020-09-13). Trump Signs New Order to Slash Drug Prices to 'Same Low Price Big Pharma Gives Other Countries'. sputniknews.com US President Donald Trump's Sunday tweet was short on details of his latest order targeting the pharmaceutical business, but the text posted on the White House website clarified that the Medicare system for over-65s would pay no more for drugs than in any other developed nation.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-13). New academic year officially kicks off across Iran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 13 (MNA) — New academic year officially kicked off on Sunday morning in a ceremony held in the presence of Minister of Science, Research, and Technology, Health Minister, Vice President for Science and Technology in Tehran University.

yenisafak (2020-09-13). S.Korea eases social distancing for two weeks ahead of major holiday. yenisafak.com The government has lifted a ban on onsite dining after 9 p.m. though still requires restaurants and cafes to restrict seating and record patrons' names and contact details.While leisure facilities such as gyms and internet cafes are also allowed to reopen, under so-called phase two restrictions, indoor gatherings are limited to 50 people and outdoor gatherings to 100, while spectators are banned from sporting events.Health authorities said the easing would contribute toward a reopening of the economy, before returning to tougher guidelines for two weeks again from Sept. 28 during the Chuseok holiday."After a comp…

Slava Zilber (2020-09-13). An interview with Medea Benjamin, co-founder of CODEPINK, on Cuba and Cuba-US Relations. thecanary.co Medea, first I would like to talk to you about your recent article in Jacobin We Should Applaud the Cuban Health System — and … | By | Medea, first I would like to talk to you about your recent article in Jacobin

Zoe PC (2020-09-13). "The number one demand on the streets of Colombia is for justice" peoplesdispatch.org Massive protests have broken out in Colombia following the torture and murder of Javier Ordóñez by the police. Nicolás Arias of Colombia Informa talks about what led to this outburst, the demands being raised and the structural violence of the state…