Daily Archives: September 18, 2020

2020-09-18: News Headlines

WSWS (2020-09-18). World Health Organization warns of "alarming" resurgence of COVID-19 in Europe. wsws.org With over 300,000 weekly infections, European authorities are now confirming more COVID-19 cases each week than they did prior to the lockdowns this spring.

WSWS (2020-09-18). Myanmar sees major coronavirus outbreak after a month of zero cases. wsws.org The military-dominated government, fronted by Aung San Suu Kyi, is continuing its campaign of repression in the western state of Rakhine, under conditions of rapid COVID-19 transmission.

news.un (2020-09-18). New wave of famine could sweep the globe, overwhelming nations already weakened by years of conflict, warn UN officials. news.un.org The global hunger crisis caused by conflict — and now compounded by COVID-19 — is moving into a dangerous phase, the head of the UN World Food Programme (WFP) said on Thursday, stressing that without resources, a wave of famine could sweep the globe, overwhelming nations already weakened by years of instability.

Stan Cox (2020-09-18). Review of 'Cuban Health Care: The Ongoing Revolution' by Don Fitz. counterpunch.org Don Fitz's new book Cuban Health Care: The Ongoing Revolution was going to press at Monthly Review in early spring, as the pandemic was ramping up, so he had just barely enough time to slip in a postscript teasingly titled, "How Che Guevara Taught Cuba to Confront COVID-19."

Labor Video Project (2020-09-18). Profit Over Lives At JBS: Covid, OSHA and Life & Death With UFCW 7 President Kim Cordova. indybay.org Kim Cordova, president of UFCW 7 talks about the deaths of eight JBS meat plant workers in Greeley, Colorado from Covid-19. She discusses the failure of OSHA to protect the workers and why her union, the workers and community are protesting at the Denver OSHA office.

The Canary (2020-09-18). Joe Biden blasts Donald Trump's 'criminal' pandemic response. thecanary.co The Democratic presidential nominee held his first town hall on Thursday. | By | Joe Biden on Thursday went after President Donald Trump again and again over his handling of Covid-19, calling the president's downplaying of the pandemic "criminal". | "You've got to level with the American people — shoot from the shoulder. There's not been a time they've not been able to step up. The president should step down," the Democratic presidential nominee said to applause from a CNN drive-in town hall crowd in Moosic, outside his hometown of Scrant…

Andrew Levine (2020-09-18). Democrats: Can't Live With 'Em, Can't Live Without 'Em. counterpunch.org Like HIV or COVID-19, the Democratic Party is likely to be with us for some time to come. The best we can hope for is that it becomes more manageable. This is already the case with HIV, and there is reason to think that, despite Donald Trump's depraved indifference, the worst and most debilitating ravages

A. Majumdar (2020-09-18). PDF of September 17 issue. workers.org Download the 12-page PDF. Philly encampment: 'Housing now!' ALSO: COVID: Is it genocide yet? 'Disability Visibility'; TPS workers' Journey for Justice; New poll tax on voting; Climate crisis fires; Editorial 9/11—pretext for war. Labor Defends Black Lives Work stoppage call; Athlete strikes inspire; 'Workers move the world'; Kenosha activist for . . . |

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2020-09-18). 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.

yenisafak (2020-09-18). Israel goes back to virus lockdown amid 5,000 new cases. yenisafak.com Israel is set to return to a total coronavirus lockdown later Friday as infections are mounting across the nation.The lockdown will be effective as of 2 p.m. local time (1100GMT). Under the lockdown, people must remain 1 kilometer (0.6 miles) of home.Businesses except for food and medicine will be closed and no more than 10 people will be allowed indoors and 20 people most will be allowed to gather outdoors.Israel registered additional 5,238 cases from the coronavirus outbreak over the past 24 hours.In a statement, the Health Ministry said the country's tally rose to 176,933 confirmed cases, including 1,169 death…

yenisafak (2020-09-18). Rally Turkey kicks off with shakedown stage in Mugla. yenisafak.com The shakedown stage of the 2020 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) in Turkey was completed.Rally Turkey started with the participation of 130 drivers from 19 countries.On the first day of the organization, drivers took 4.70 kilometers (2.9 miles) to test their cars in the shakedown stage in Turkey's southwestern Mugla province.Local and foreign spectators attended the shakedown stage to support the drivers and take some photos.The round five of this year's Rally Turkey will take place from Sept. 18-20.Due to restrictions imposed to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, all stages, scheduled in the towns of…

WSWS (2020-09-18). Historic US job losses continue with another 860,000 unemployment claims. wsws.org Over 61 million unemployment claims have been filed in the last 6 months, with the pandemic plunging the country into a protracted economic crisis not seen since the Great Depression.

Roger Harris (2020-09-18). Changing the Washington Guard: What a Democratic Sweep in November Portends. counterpunch.org At the risk of counting chickens before they hatch, what would the return of Team Blue portend? As is patently obvious, the US is in trouble. Climate driven heat waves and fires grip the nation. An already faltering economy with deep contradictions could only tank given the shock of the pandemic that has necessitated varying

Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, Richard Trumka (2020-09-18). Faith and Labor Movements Are Bridging Trump's Racial Divide With Hope and Love. thenation.com Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, Richard Trumka Faith and Labor Movements Are Bridging Trump's Racial Divide With Hope and Love…

Nakiya Wakes (2020-09-18). What the Flint Water Crisis Meant for My Family. counterpunch.org In 2015, my life fell apart. The first signs of trouble came from my son Jaylon. He was five years old and, although he struggled with ADHD, perfectly healthy. But then he started acting out in ways he never had before. His school didn't know how to handle it, so they started suspending him. By

Matthew Cunningham-Cook (2020-09-18). North Carolina Nurses Win Union in Landslide After Bitter Opposition. zcomm.org HCA Healthcare had brought in a phalanx of union-busting firms to intimidate nurses into voting no…

ACLU Northern California (2020-09-18). Thursday 9/24: Virtual Speak Out: Tell UC Health System to Protect LGBTQ+ and Reproductive Healthcare. indybay.org Online…

Fight Back (2020-09-18). UIC: Largest strike since start of the economic crisis. fightbacknews.org Chicago, IL – The strike of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 73 and the Illinois Nurses Association (INA) at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) shows no sign of ending. Starting when the INA, representing 1300 nurses walked out Saturday, September 12, the strike ballooned to 5300 on Monday, September 14, when Local 73 put down their brooms, keyboards and medical equipment to hit the picket lines. | Many people believe that the modern labor movement was born in a strike wave with the 1929 stock market crash that ushered in the Great Depression. In fact, the first strikes during the d…

WSWS (2020-09-17). Strikes mount as COVID-19 breaks out in hundreds of Spanish schools. wsws.org Spanish unions have refused to call out education workers in a unified struggle against the reopening of schools, limiting action to sporadic, short-term protests.

Sandipan Talukdar (2020-09-17). COVID-19: Why do some patients suffer brain damage? peoplesdispatch.org A debate continues to rage about whether the brain damage due to COVID-19 in some patients is because of the attack of the virus, or due to an immune response…

WSWS (2020-09-17). Faurecia Gladstone Rank-and-File Safety Committee calls for plantwide shutdown to guarantee safety during pandemic. wsws.org The Faurecia Gladstone Rank-and-File Safety Committee has issued a statement calling for equal treatment to protect against COVID-19.

news.un (2020-09-17). 'Tens of millions of Yemenis' devastated by unabated war and COVID-19. news.un.org More than five years of war have "devastated the lives of tens of millions of Yemenis", with experts estimating that up to one million may have been affected by COVID-19, the UN chief told the General Assembly on Thursday.

_____ (2020-09-17). Nurse Alleges Forced Sterilizations, Medical Malpractice At Immigrant Detention Center. popularresistance.org A whistleblower complaint filed on behalf of a nurse who worked at an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention center in southern Georgia until July alleges that a number of immigrant women detained there were subjected to sterilization through hysterectomies without their consent. | In the complaint, filed by the legal advocacy group Project South, the former nurse describes conditions at the center as akin to an "experimental concentration camp." | The complaint also details the refusal of the center's administrators to carry out COVID-19 testing or implement protective measures, putting detainees an…

Kenneth Surin (2020-09-17). Could the Days of the Conventional Office Be Over? counterpunch.org The COVID-19 lockdown left many people the world over with no alternative but to work away from their offices, generating a rapid growth in working from home (WFH) as a result. This has produced radical, and some say irreversible, changes to work practices and their attendant locations, as well as the hitherto characteristic ways people had of travelling to work.

Staff (2020-09-17). How the pandemic undermines low income workers. therealnews.com Corporations are using COVID-19 as an excuse to treat low-wage workers as disposable…

WSWS (2020-09-17). Surge in COVID-19 infections as in-person classes resume at many Illinois college campuses. wsws.org Illinois State University is experiencing a horrifying explosion in the rate of COVID-19 infection as in person classes resume at many of the state's campuses.

Subodh Varma (2020-09-17). Six months of pandemic: Why India lost the battle. peoplesdispatch.org A brief timeline of the Narendra Modi Government's action (and inaction) in India from the time World Health Organization declared the COVID-19 a 'pandemic' on March 11…

WSWS (2020-09-17). COVID-19 outbreaks force switch to online learning at New Jersey schools. wsws.org At least eight districts have switched their entire district or individual schools to fully remote instruction after confirmed infections.

Whitney Webb (2020-09-17). New Pentagon-Google Partnership Suggests AI Will Soon Be Used to Diagnose Covid-19. thealtworld.com Google recently teamed up with the Pentagon as part of the new, AI-driven "Predictive Health" program. Though only focused on "predictive cancer diagnoses" for now, Google and the military have apparent plans to expand the AI model for automating and predicting Covid-19 diagnoses. | At the beginning of September, Google Cloud

Aniruddha Ghosal, Sheikh Saaliq (2020-09-17). Experts question right-wing government's low COVID-19 death toll claims in India. peoplesworld.org NEW DELHI (AP)—When Narayan Mitra died on July 16, a day after being admitted to the hospital for fever and breathing difficulties, his name never appeared on any of the official lists put out daily of those killed by the coronavirus. Test results later revealed that Mitra had indeed been infected with COVID-19, as had …

Eric Zuesse (2020-09-17). How U.S. Response to COVID-19 Could Precipitate Second Great Depression. Massive Unemployment. globalresearch.ca On

news.un (2020-09-17). Protect health workers to save patients, WHO reiterates on World Patient Safety Day. news.un.org COVID-19 has reminded the world of the vital role health workers play in relieving suffering and saving lives, the UN World Health Organization (WHO) has said, underlining the need to ensure their safety and protection.

news.un (2020-09-17). WHO chief makes last push for countries to join multilateral COVID-19 vaccine effort. news.un.org Countries which have not signed on to a global mechanism that has pledged to provide fair and timely access to a COVID-19 vaccine, are urged to do so before Friday, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) told a virtual meeting of Member States, held on the eve of the deadline.

Dr. Pascal Sacré (2020-09-17). The COVID-19 Vaccine. The Imposition of Compulsory Vaccination with a Biometric Health Passport? globalresearch.ca The COVID-19 vaccine… Is this THE final goal of this crisis, to impose a compulsory vaccination on everyone, with a biometric health passport and without it, the impossibility to move, to buy, to eat? The near future will tell.

Peter Koenig (2020-09-17). Covid-19: The Great Reset — Revisited. Scary Threats, Rewards for Obedience… globalresearch.ca The Great Reset book is full with predictions of things that will or may happen, and threats, like the world will never be the same again, and we are just at the beginning of the Reset, worse is to come — or the Great Transformation, as the IMF calls what is coming.

Manuella Libardi (2020-09-17). Amazon heroes who don't give up. zcomm.org The Guardians of the Forest, a group of indigenous Guajajara in the Brazilian state of Maranhà£o, struggle to defend their land from invaders and to guarantee their survival in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic…

Mike Walter (2020-09-17). The Heat: United Nations turns 75. america.cgtn.com The United Nations turns 75 at a time of significant global challenges – from COVID-19 to the economic crisis and climate change.

imperial.ac.uk (2020-09-17). US COVID-19 transmission driven by ages 20-49, research finds. imperial.ac.uk Resurging COVID-19 transmission in the US is being driven by ages 20-49 and targeted measures are needed to control the epidemic as schools re-open.

sputniknews (2020-09-17). Moderna Will Likely Announce Efficacy of COVID-19 Vaccine in November – CEO. sputniknews.com The CEO of Moderna, the first company to conduct large-scale human trials of a COVID-19 vaccine candidate in the US, says the firm will likely have enough data to announce in November whether its novel coronavirus vaccine is sufficiently effective for broader use.

sputniknews (2020-09-17). Global Cases of COVID-19 Surpass 30 Million – Johns Hopkins. sputniknews.com The total number of global COVID-19 cases has surpassed 30 million, according to Johns Hopkins University data.

The Canary (2020-09-17). Boris Johnson admits his 'world-beating' coronavirus test, track and trace system is not 'ideal'. thecanary.co It's nearly four months since Boris Johnson told MPs that the government's test, track and trace operation for coronavirus (Covid-19) would be "world-beating".But in the … | By | It's nearly four months since Boris Johnson told MPs that the government's test, track and trace operation for coronavirus (Covid-19) would be "world-beating".But in the Commons Liaison Committee on Wednes…

Staff (2020-09-17). Trump Falsely Claims COVID Death Toll Is Not So Bad If You Leave Out Blue States. truthout.org In yet another attempt to evade responsibility for the nation's disastrous coronavirus response as the U.S. death toll approaches 200,000, President Donald Trump late Wednesday said the fact that millions of Americans haven't died of Covid-19 is a sign of success and declared, "If you take the blue states out, we're at a level that I don't think anybody in the world would be at." | Both morally obscene and factually inaccurate, the president's comment drew immediate backlash from lawmaker…

Paul Cullen (2020-09-17). Ireland: 'Draconian' Restrictions Around COVID-19 Condemned by Health Service Executive Doctor. globalresearch.ca Covid-19 is "much less severe" than the average annual flu and current "draconian" restrictions are no longer justified, according to a senior People at low risk from the virus should be exposed to it so they …

yenisafak (2020-09-17). Africa sees 82% COVID-19 recovery rate for 3rd week. yenisafak.com For the third week in a row, Africa has registered an 82% recovery rate among coronavirus patients, the head of the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on Thursday."We are excited about that," John Nkengasong said at a weekly briefing, adding that the overall infection rate across the continent has gone down by 6.9%.However, two regions, Central Africa and North Africa, saw spikes of 49% and 7.7%, respectively, over the past week.According to Africa CDC's latest figures, more than 1.12 million (1,127,034) patients have recovered across the continent.The overall case count is above 1.37 mi…

yenisafak (2020-09-17). Stage is set for stronger Turkey-Bangladesh ties: Top diplomat. yenisafak.com The current level of bilateral relations between Ankara and Dhaka is ready for takeoff, said Bangladesh's top diplomat on a visit to Turkey, stressing that a slight push by the two governments is needed to get things going.In an inclusive interview with Anadolu Agency in Ankara during his four-day visit to Turkey, Bangladeshi Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen said the economy and trade will be the key focus of bilateral relations.He also talked about the Rohingya refugee crisis, Dhaka's fight against the COVID-19 pandemic and plan to revive the economy.On the normalization agreements with Israel and Arab states, Mo…

yenisafak (2020-09-17). Turkey sends tent to North Cyprus to help fight virus. yenisafak.com The Turkish Red Crescent sent its inflatable air tent to a hospital in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) on Thursday.The tent, which the Guzelyurt Cengiz Topel Hospital urgently needed due to the novel coronavirus, was set up in cooperation with the Turkish Red Crescent and the Turkish Red Crescent of Northern Cyprus.Thanks to the 56-square meter (602.7-square feet) tent, locals coming for polyclinic services will be prevented from contacting COVID-19 patients and hospital doctors as well as managers will be able to work more efficiently in the fight against the virus.As of Wednesday, TRNC reported f…

RT (2020-09-17). WHO warns of 'very serious' Covid-19 situation in Europe as France breaks own 24-hr record for new virus cases. rt.com Europe is facing a "very serious situation" with the coronavirus spreading at "alarming rates," the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned, as France reported its highest number of new cases in 24 hours since the outbreak hit. | The number of new Covid-19 cases in Europe has surpassed the spikes observed during the first wave of the disease that swept across the continent early this year, WHO Regional Director Hans Kluge said during a news conference on Thursday. | "Weekly cases have now exceeded those reported when the pandemic first peaked in Europe in March," he said. "Last week, the region's weekly tal…

RT (2020-09-17). 'What a disgrace': US Attorney General ripped for calling Covid-19 shutdowns 'greatest intrusion of civil liberties' since slavery. rt.com US Attorney General Bill Barr has made waves by calling stay-at-home orders and lockdowns meant to combat the spread of Covid-19 "the greatest intrusion of civil liberties" other than slavery. | Barr's comments came while speaking at a Constitution Day event held in DC by Hillsdale College. Asked about coronavirus restrictions "forbidding a church from meeting" in many areas, the attorney general compared lockdowns to "house arrest." | "Other than slavery, which was a different kind of restraint, this is the greatest intrusion on civil liberties in American history," Barr said. | Attorney General Bill Barr say…

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2020-09-17). Rich Nations Hoarding Potential Covid-19 Vaccine Doses, Warns Oxfam. commondreams.org "Governments will prolong this crisis in all of its human tragedy and economic damage if they allow pharmaceutical companies to protect their monopolies and profits." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/rich-nations-snatching-up-covid-vaccines.jpg

Mitchell Zimmerman (2020-09-17). Trump Knew Covid-19 Could Kill. He Just Didn't Care. commondreams.org President Donald Trump speaks during his coronavirus task force briefing in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House on April 8, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/trump_coronavirus_0.jpg