Daily Archives: September 16, 2020

2020-09-16: News Headlines

Prof. Johan Giesecke (2020-09-16). Video: Why Lockdowns Are the Wrong Policy. Sweden's Covid-19 Strategy. globalresearch.ca That was one of the more extraordinary interviews we have done here at UnHerd. | Professor Johan Giesecke, one of the world's most senior epidemiologists, advisor to the Swedish Government (he hired Anders Tegnell who is currently directing Swedish strategy), …

Peter Koenig (2020-09-16). Covid-19: The Great Reset — Revisited. Scary Threats, Rewards for Obedience… globalresearch.ca Covid-19: The Great Reset — is the title of a book by Klaus Schwab, Executive Chairman of the WEF, and the Senior Director of the Global Risk Network at the institution, Thierry Malleret. The present analysis is based …

news.un (2020-09-16). Protect lives, mitigate future shocks and recover better: UN-wide COVID-19 response. news.un.org Over the course of 2020 thus far, the coronavirus has taken hundreds of thousands of lives, infected millions of people, and wreaked socio-economic, humanitarian and human rights havoc, the United Nations said in a new report released on Wednesday.

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2020-09-16). COVID-19 Coronavirus: The Crisis. "You Simulate and Then You Go Live" globalresearch.ca On January 30th 2020, the WHO Director General declared a Public Health Emergency (PHEIC) in relation to China's novel coronavirus. This far-reaching decision was taken without the support of expert opinion. There were 150 confirmed cases outside China, when the decision was taken. 6 in the US, 3 in Canada, 2 in the UK, etc.

news.un (2020-09-16). Governments urged to protect poor against modern slavery, step up development financing. news.un.org Unless governments act now, millions of the world's most vulnerable people could be pushed into contemporary forms of slavery and other exploitation due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a UN independent human rights expert has said.

Tom Conway (2020-09-16). How a dire shortage of poll workers imperils American democracy. nationofchange.org COVID-19 exacerbated the shortages of poll workers that states and counties already face in every election.

John W. Whitehead (2020-09-16). Virtual School Dangers: The Hazards of "Police State Education" During COVID-19. globalresearch.ca "There was of course no way of knowing whether you were being watched at any given moment. How often, or on what system, the Thought Police plugged in on any individual wire was guesswork. It was even conceivable that they …

SickKids (2020-09-16). COVID-19: Guidance for School Reopening. Report by The Hospital For Sick Children and Unity Health Toronto. globalresearch.ca Preamble | The main objective of this document is to advocate for the safe return of children and youth to school by emphasizing the importance of school reopening for broader child health, balanced against the potential and important risks of coronavirus …

_____ (2020-09-16). Isolation And Opioids During The Pandemic. popularresistance.org In our new era of nearly unparalleled upheaval, as a pandemic ravages the bodies of some and the minds of nearly everyone, as the associated economic damage disposes of the livelihoods of many, and as even the promise of democracy fades, the people whose lives were already on a razor's edge — who were vulnerable and isolated before the advent of Covid-19 — are in far greater danger than ever before. | Against this backdrop, many of us are scanning the news for any sign of hope, any small flicker of light whose gleam could indicate that everything, somehow, is going to be okay.

Dr. Pascal Sacré (2020-09-16). Wearing the Face Mask: Who is Putting our Children at Risk, SARS-CoV-2 or the Actions of our Governments? globalresearch.ca Are children and youth affected by COVID-19? | Wearing masks is mandatory for all, especially at school for children and adolescents from the age of 11 [1]. Mandatory social distance. Continuous hand washing with hydroalcoholic gels. | Young people must remain masked …

news.un (2020-09-16). UN chief: COVID-19 vaccine must be affordable and available to all. news.un.org The continuing COVID-19 pandemic continues to top a long list of global concerns, the UN chief told journalists on Wednesday, noting that "the grimmest of milestones" is upon us.

Michael Welch (2020-09-16). Why 9/11 Matters 19 Years Later. The Spinning of 9/11, "Political Trickery" globalresearch.ca "The execution and spinning of 9/11 were instrumental in creating the repertoire of political trickery presently being adapted in the manufacturing and exploiting of the COVID-19 hysteria." | — Anthony Hall, August 23, 2020 [1] | . | LISTEN TO THE SHOW…

news.un (2020-09-16). More research needed into COVID-19 effects on children, says WHO head. news.un.org More research is needed into factors that increase the risk of severe COVID-19 disease among children and adolescents, the head of the UN World Health Organization (WHO) has said, adding that while children may have largely been spared many of the most severe effects, they have suffered in other ways.

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2020-09-16). Video: Covid-Gate, The Political Virus. globalresearch.ca The national economies of 193 countries, member states of the United Nations were ordered to close down on March 11, 2020. The order came from above, from Wall Street, the World Economic Forum, the billionaire foundations. And corrupt politicians throughout …

Teresa Gutierrez (2020-09-16). COVID and People of Color: Is it genocide yet? workers.org If you are a person of color, you too, like me, are probably traumatized and fed up with reading article after article that states: "Black and Brown people are especially affected by the coronavirus." Substitute "coronavirus" with most diseases or other dire social conditions such as unemployment, gentrification, hunger or . . . |

Healthcare-Now! (2020-09-16). Tuesday 9/15: M4A Caucus Panel: Global Perspectives of Single-Payer during COVID-19. indybay.org Online…

Green Change (2020-09-16). Monday 9/28: Election 2020 Meetup: Electing Pro-Environment Leaders, Voting During COVID, #GOTV. indybay.org Online via Zoom…

A Guest Author (2020-09-16). Growing old in prison after COVID-19. workers.org By Major Tillery Major Tillery is an innocent man who has spent 35 years in prison because gross prosecutorial and judicial misconduct led to his fraudulent conviction for murder in 1985. He has spent 20 years in solitary confinement. Major has become an advocate for prisoners' rights against the injustice . . . |

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-16). Hospitals in Tehran in fight against COVID-19. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 16 (MNA) — Medical staff at in hospitals in Tehran are at the forefront of the fight against the Covid-19. The hospitals are hosting 1,800 coronavirus patients, presently.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-16). 410,334 infected by, 352,019 recovered from COVID-19 in Iran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 16 (MNA) — Iran's Health Ministry announced on Wednesday that the number of coronavirus cases has hit 410,334 in the country, while 352,019 have so far recovered from the disease.

Staff (2020-09-16). New Fossil Fuel Projects Meet Indigenous Resistance in New Mexico. truthout.org The spicy pungency of sagebrush filled the air in Greater Chaco, New Mexico, in late July this summer as I watched towering, rain-laden clouds gather across the endless horizon — a reminder that the midsummer monsoon season would soon turn the dirt roads that snake across the Navajo Nation reservation into quagmires. | Locals are accustomed to these storms, but this region is now also being pummeled by two other tempests — the COVID-19 pandemic, which has hit the Navajo Nation hard, espec…

Staff (2020-09-16). Trump Insists He "Up-Played" COVID Despite His Stated Strategy of Downplaying It. truthout.org President Trump, appearing at a town hall event in Philadelphia hosted by ABC News's George Stephanopoulos on Tuesday, sought to rewrite history by insisting he never downplayed the risks of COVID-19, despite the existence of audio recordings in which he explicitly told journalist Bob Woodward that downplaying the virus was his preferred strategy. |

Staff (2020-09-16). CDC Director: Face Mask "More Guaranteed to Protect" Against COVID Than Vaccine. truthout.org The head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advocated for continued mask-wearing at a Senate hearing on Wednesday, stating that facial coverings could be more effective at preventing the spread of coronavirus than even a vaccine may be when one eventually becomes available. |

yenisafak (2020-09-16). Turkish, Uzbek parliament heads discuss COVID-19 impact. yenisafak.com The Turkish parliament speaker and his Uzbek counterpart on Wednesday discussed the impact of the coronavirus pandemic by phone. | According to a statement by the office of the Turkish speaker, Mustafa Sentop and Nurdinjon Ismailov discussed the aftermath of coronavirus outbreak in the two countries. | Sentop said Turkey attaches importance to cooperation between the two countries on international issues. | He noted the "face to face meetings should immediately" start between the two countries, adding he would be pleased to host Ismailov in Turkey. | Thanking Turkey for extending medical help to his country durin…

yenisafak (2020-09-16). Palestinian inmate contracts COVID-19 in Israeli prison. yenisafak.com Another Palestinian detainee has been infected with coronavirus in an Israeli prison, raising the total count to 31, according to a Palestinian commission on Wednesday. In a statement, the Commission of Detainees and Ex-detainees Affairs said Eyad Abu Hashhash, who is held at the prison of Ashkelon, tested positive for COVID-19.The prisoner was transferred to Remon prison in southern Israel for isolation, it said.Around 4,500 Palestinians, including 41 women and 140 minors, are currently held in Israeli prisons, according to Palestinian figures.

yenisafak (2020-09-16). France: Education minister upbeat on schools amid virus. yenisafak.com The state of education in France is moving forward, with only a fraction of 1% of France's 60,000 schools presently closed, said the country's education minister on Wednesday. | "The situation we have to face is the best possible given the health crisis," Jean-Michel Blanquer told LCI Radio."We have about 1,200 new cases of COVID-19 among students compared to the previous week," he said, adding, "As I speak to you, there are 81 schools or establishments that are closed, so there are a little over 2,100 classes that are closed. It's still a good start to the school year." | Blanquer said in general classes close i…

RT (2020-09-16). Masks better than vaccines? CDC director baffles with suggestion face coverings are 'more guaranteed' to protect against Covid-19. rt.com Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Robert Redfield has raised eyebrows after telling the Senate face masks are a "powerful public health tool" and may even be more effective against Covid-19 than vaccines. | "I've said that if we [wore masks] for six, eight, ten, twelve weeks, we'd bring this pandemic under control," Redfield, who is also on the White House coronavirus task force, told the Senate Appropriations Committee on Wednesday. | After calling face coverings the "best defense" against the virus, Redfield then claimed masks are "more guaranteed" to protect from Covid-19 than a vac…

RT (2020-09-16). NYC Mayor de Blasio to furlough HIMSELF & nearly 500 staff for week amid revenue shortfall, blames Congress for lack of stimulus. rt.com New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and nearly 500 city staffers will be furloughed for one week to help the city deal with a $9 billion revenue shortfall due to the Covid-19 pandemic shutdown. | The week-long furlough will save the city $860,000. | In his announcement on Wednesday, the mayor said no pay cuts are planned at this time, but he admitted the city will be facing a "horrible budget situation" for years, and that it was heightened by the economic shutdown in March and April due to the coronavirus pandemic. | "We're going to be in a horrible budget situation for years, so this borrowing capacity is to…

Richard Horton (2020-09-16). Video: COVID-19: What Went Wrong? globalresearch.ca Hear from Richard Horton, editor of the Lancet speaking at the Keep Our NHS Public AGM 2020. | Horton asks and tentatively answers five questions: | What is the current situation with the pandemic with focus on the United Kingdom? | What …

Global Research News (2020-09-16). Selected Articles: Why Lockdowns Are the Wrong Policy. Sweden's COVID-19 Strategy. globalresearch.ca By As a result, over the course of the past 30 years, the need to keep the schools "safe" from drugs and …

Mandy Smithberger (2020-09-16). Defense Contractors Don't Need Another Covid Bailout. thenation.com Defense Contractors Don't Need Another Covid Bailout…

Aja Beech (2020-09-16). 'We Are Civilization's Anchor. We Are the Compass for Humanity and Conscience.'. thenation.com 'We Are Civilization's Anchor. We Are the Compass for Humanity and Conscience.'

Binoy Kampmark (2020-09-16). Assange on Trial: Supermax Prisons and Special Administrative Measures. counterpunch.org DAY FIVE Having had a coronavirus scare towards the end of last week, necessitating a brief suspension of proceedings for September 11, the extradition proceedings for Julian Assange resumed with Eric Lewis. The chairman of the board of Reprieve, who has cut his teeth on representing Afghan detainees in US custody and those in Guantánamo,

Raul Diego (2020-09-16). Facebook Live Rant by Trump Coronavirus PR Guru Deepens Fears of Election Violence. mintpressnews.com Recently-appointed HHS spokesperson, Michael Caputo, went on a wild rant over social media to plant a number of bizarre ideas in Americans' minds as the partisan Coronavirus messaging wars intensify.

_____ (2020-09-16). Assange Would Not Have Fair US Trial, Witness Tells Old Bailey. popularresistance.org Julian Assange's extradition hearing resumed yesterday morning after a coronavirus test for a member of the prosecution's legal team came back negative. | Mark Summers QC, one of Assange's lawyers, asked District Judge Vanessa Baraitser to give a direction mandating the use of masks for the remainder of the hearing. She responded that government guidance on wearing masks in public places in the Old Bailey "does not include the well of the court," before saying, "those that wish to wear masks in the well of the court are welcome to do so" but "there is no obligation to do so, and I make no direction."

yenisafak (2020-09-16). Greece struggles to bring migrants into temporary camp after fire. yenisafak.com Greek authorities were still struggling on Wednesday to move thousands of migrants sleeping rough into a temporary camp, a week after the overcrowded Moria migrant camp burned down, while fears grew over a coronavirus outbreak on the island of Lesbos.More than 12,000 people, mostly refugees from Afghanistan, Africa and Syria, were left without shelter, proper sanitation or access to food and water by the fire that tore through Moria, Greece's biggest camp for migrants reaching its islands by sea.No one was killed or hurt in the fire, which broke out after quarantine measures were imposed following the discovery o…

Melissa Jones (2020-09-16). Western Wildfires Could Worsen Inequality. progressive.org As new threats compound old injustices, too many Americans are consigned to poverty and poor health.

Stansfield Smith (2020-09-16). Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) and the Power of the US Dollar in the World Economy (Part 1). dissidentvoice.org Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) has become popularized by some of the liberal-left because it offers an explanation how to achieve full employment, national health insurance, free college education, and the Green New Deal without raising taxes. Political leaders like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Bernie Sanders have espoused MMT. Economist Stephanie Kelton, a leading spokesperson of the theory, …

RJ Redmann (2020-09-16). Protests for Daniel Prude in second week in Rochester, N.Y. workers.org Sept. 13 — Nearly six months ago, Daniel Prude was murdered by police officers in Rochester, N.Y., while experiencing a mental health crisis. Initially, the details of the case were swept under the rug by Rochester Police Chief La'Ron Singletary and Mayor Lovely Warren. However, on Sept. 2, body camera . . . |

ACLU (2020-09-16). Why We Want to Vote By Mail. aclu.org Voting by mail is the safest way to cast a ballot for many voters, whether they are immunocompromised, have a disability, or simply want to protect the health of their community. Six voters from across the country shared with us why they want to vote by mail, and why it should be an option for all voters. No excuses. |

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Food Empowerment Project (2020-09-16). Learn the Keys to Transformative Eating at the Free Vallejo Healthy Food Fest. indybay.org Food Empowerment Project takes the Vallejo event virtual in its 5th year!

imperial.ac.uk (2020-09-16). AI-based brain monitoring and robotic muscle projects win £11.5m EPSRC boost. imperial.ac.uk Two Imperial College London projects have won a total of £11.5 million to transform healthcare technologies by 2050.

Staff (2020-09-16). "Let Me Finish My Question" — English Professor Reprimands Trump at Town Hall. truthout.org President Trump was confronted by a voter claiming to be "on the fence" about the elections over a question regarding protections for Americans with preexisting health conditions. The incident took place at a town hall event hosted by ABC News in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on Tuesday evening. | Ellesia Blaque, an English professor at Kutztown University,

yenisafak (2020-09-16). Turkish president congratulates new Japanese premier. yenisafak.com Turkey's president on Wednesday sent a congratulatory message to Japan's new prime minister.Recep Tayyip Erdogan sent best wishes to Yoshihide Suga, the new leader of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, said Turkey's Communications Directorate. | Suga replaces longtime Premier Shinzo Abe, who stepped down over health issues.Pointing to how Turkish-Japanese diplomatic relations sprang from the aftermath of the tragic Sept. 16, 1890 shipwreck of the Ertugrul frigate, and Japan's rescue efforts and the hospitality it showed the survivors, Erdogan said the date of Suga's election is meaningful and significant for bi…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-09-16). Massive rally in Belgium demands refinancing of healthcare. peoplesdispatch.org On September 13, Sunday, several thousand health workers marched in the Belgian capital Brussels, demanding massive refinancing of the health sector. The call for the march was given by a number of groups and organizations, including La Sante en Lutte, Committee for the Abolition of Illegitimate Debt (CADTM) and the General Labour Federation of Belgium (FGTB/ABVV). Participants in the rally denounced the commodification of healthcare and demanded massive refinancing of health services in the country through investments in infrastructure, increased recruitment, and a rise in the wages of health workers. An online…

yenisafak (2020-09-16). Maduro security forces committed crimes against humanity: UN. yenisafak.com Venezuelan security forces and allied groups have committed systematic human rights violations including killings and torture amounting to crimes against humanity, U.N. investigators said on Wednesday.Reasonable grounds existed to believe that President Nicolas Maduro and his interior and defence ministers ordered or contributed to the crimes documented in the report in order to silence opposition, they said.Most unlawful executions by state agents have not been prosecuted in Venezuela, where the rule of law and democratic institutions have broken down, they added.The U.N. fact-finding mission said other national…

WSWS (2020-09-16). Nurse alleges forced sterilizations, medical malpractice at Georgia immigrant detention center. wsws.org The chilling report provides further evidence of the sadistic abuse meted out by the Trump administration in its fascistic war on immigrants.

WSWS (2020-09-15). The precedents for disease eradication through international cooperation. wsws.org An examination of the historical record demonstrates that infectious diseases like COVID-19 can be eliminated.

teleSUR (2020-09-15). Zimbabwe To Gradually Resume Economy and Learning Activities. telesurenglish.net Zimbabwe's government on Tuesday resumed some productive activities as the nation gradually eases COVID-19 restrictions and re-opens the economy. | RELATED: | In March, after registering the first COVID-19 cases, Zimbabwe enforced a nighttime curfew to prevent an increase in cases. Before the pandemic, the South African nation already faced a scarcity of basic resources. | Information minister Monica Mutsvangwa…

WSWS (2020-09-15). Exposure of Trump's lies on COVID-19 implicates Spain's Podemos party. wsws.org Though it had access to intelligence briefings on the deadly danger posed by the pandemic, Podemos adopted a criminally negligent policy.