Daily Archives: September 23, 2020

2020-09-23: News Headlines

news.un (2020-09-23). European unity is an example to the world: Bosnia and Herzegovina Head of State. news.un.org Šefik Džaferović, the Bosnia and Herzegovina Head of State, used his address to the General Debate of the General Assembly on Wednesday to praise the European Union's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the help it has given to non-EU countries, such as his own.

Peoples Dispatch (2020-09-23). Colombians rise up against injustice. peoplesdispatch.org Massive demonstrations were carried out in different cities in rejection of police brutality, economic crisis, mishandling of the COVID-19 pandemic and ceaseless assassination of social leaders.

news.un (2020-09-23). 'COVID-19 has exposed our past mistakes and failures' says Kazakhstan President. news.un.org The COVID-19 pandemic has been a stress test for the world, and has exposed our past mistakes and failures, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, the President of Kazakhstan, told world leaders, during his address to the General Debate of the UN General Assembly on Wednesday.

Dianne Mathiowetz (2020-09-23). Whistleblower exposes: ICE abuses detainees. workers.org EDITOR'S NOTES: As we go to press, a Sept. 21 press release from Georgia Detention Watch announced that Cipriano Chavez-Alvarez, 61, is the third detainee at the Stewart Detention Center located in Lumpkin, Georgia to die of COVID-19. Press conference on ICE abuse, Ocilla, Ga., Sept. 15. Whistleblower Dawn Wooten . . . |

WSWS (2020-09-23). Hundreds of Kenosha, Wisconsin teachers call in sick to force schools to close. wsws.org Starting Monday, 276 Kenosha teachers engaged in a sickout strike in opposition to increasing COVID-19 outbreaks and deadly conditions in the school district.

news.un (2020-09-23). Saudi King outlines country's contributions to pandemic response, denounces attack on its oil facilities. news.un.org Saudi Arabia continues to promote global response efforts and help countries reeling under the devastating impact of COVID-19, King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud told world leaders, gathered virtually at the United Nations General Assembly.

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2020-09-23). What is Covid-19, SARS-2. How is it Tested? How is It Measured? The Fear Campaign Has No Scientific Basis. globalresearch.ca The data and concepts have been manipulated with a view to sustaining the fear campaign. The estimates are meaningless. The figures have been hyped to justify the closure of the national economy. Covid-19 is a public health concern but it is NOT a dangerous virus.

Eds. (2020-09-23). No socialist paradise: Sweden's COVID-19 response is nothing to envy. mronline.org Eleanor Goldfield reports from Stockholm on how COVID-19 has laid bare the U..S-style capitalist reality creeping into Sweden's already struggling socialized programs.

Howard Lisnoff (2020-09-23). Teaching During a Pandemic. counterpunch.org As the summer wore on, the Covid-19 pandemic marched on and on and on. I wondered how I could help with the education of one of my grandchildren. When a curriculum and content text arrived in the mail, I began drawing up a plan for our first lesson together. Since my grandchild will visit over

news.un (2020-09-23). Countries urged to act against COVID-19 'infodemic'. news.un.org The UN and partners have urged countries to take urgent action to address what they have described as the "infodemic" that has surfaced in tandem with the COVID-19 pandemic, both in the real world and online.

Martin Hart-Landsberg (2020-09-23). There is a union difference: mortality rates from COVID-19 are lower in unionized nursing homes. mronline.org We need strong unions, all of us. Tragically, even during the pandemic, businesses continue to aggressively resist worker attempts at unionization. And recent decisions by the NLRB only add to worker difficulties.

Dr. Ronald B. Brown (2020-09-23). Public Health Lessons Learned from Biases in Coronavirus Mortality Overestimation. globalresearch.ca The following is an important article by Dr. Ronald B Brown's focussing on coronavirus mortality overestimation. | This scientific contribution provides and understanding of the Covid crisis and the often misleading estimates provided by our health authorities. | Our thanks to Dr. …

The Poor People's Campaign (2020-09-23). McConnell must pass fair COVID-19 relief, end hypocrisy about RBG vacancy. zcomm.org "This is about what kind of world we want to live in, and he does not represent it"

RVSCA (2020-09-23). Monday 10/5: Voting During the COVID-19 Pandemic Virtual Townhall for Santa Clara & Alameda Counties. indybay.org Online…

Health Care Voter (2020-09-23). Wednesday 10/28: What's At Stake: America's Newest Pre-Existing Condition of COVID-19 w/ Health Care Voter. indybay.org Online…

Staff (2020-09-23). Headlines for September 23, 2020. democracynow.org U.S. Coronavirus Death Toll Tops 200,000, On Track to Double by Year's End, FDA Reportedly Planning Stricter Guidelines for Release of COVID-19 Vaccine, Pentagon Spent $1 Billion of Coronavirus Funds on Military Supplies, Trump Says Coronavirus "Affects Virtually Nobody" as U.S. Death Toll Tops 200,000, U.N. Secretary-General Warns of New Cold War as Trump Attacks China over Coronavirus, Sen. Mitt Romney Backs Rapid Vote on Trump's Supreme Court Nominee, Officer Involved in Breonna Taylor's Killing Defends Actions, Calls Protesters "Thugs", Federal Agents Tapped Cellphones of Portland Protesters, President Trump…

_____ (2020-09-23). As Assange Faces Extradition, the State of U.S. Prisons Grows Worse. strategic-culture.org John KIRIAKOU | The Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) is in a state of chaos. Leadership changes, Covid-19, and criminal activity on the part of BOP officers and staff members has plunged the Justice Department's largest and best-funded bureau into a scandal that, while it has not made the mainstream media, has harmed thousands of prisoners. | [The issue was raised last week in the hearing of Julian Assange in London as the state of mental health care for prisoners, cited in a BOP report, came up in witness testimony in the defense's argument against sending Assange to the U.S. to face time in a U.S. prison.] Micha…

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-23). MSTF holds meeting on COVID-19 vaccine development. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 23 (MNA) — The Mustafa Science and Technology Foundation (MSTF) held a meeting during which prominent scientific figures discussed different vaccines in development by different countries.

imperial.ac.uk (2020-09-23). Podcast: Maths marvel, COVID in children and cooking with hyperfoods. imperial.ac.uk In this edition: A $3m-prizewinning mathematician, a new project into how children transmit COVID-19, and recipes with anti-cancer properties.

sputniknews (2020-09-23). 'A War Machine With a Country Attached': US Pandemic Relief Revealed as Diverted to Defense Firms. sputniknews.com A Tuesday Washington Post article revealed the US Congress gave the Pentagon $1 billion in March to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, that money has mostly been paid to defense contractors, further growing the US war machine, according to medical doctor Dr. Yolandra Hancock and investigative journalist Daniel Lazare.

sputniknews (2020-09-23). Indian Markets Snap Downward Trend, Sensex Jumps 322 Points in Opening Trade. sputniknews.com India's benchmark stock index, the Sensex, shed almost 16,000 points within weeks after a nationwide lockdown was imposed in India in late March due to COVID-19. From a peak of about 42,000 in early March, the Sensex plunged to 26,000 by the end of the same month and has since recovered almost 50 percent.

sputniknews (2020-09-23). US Drugmaker Launches Final COVID-19 Vaccine Trial With 60,000 People. sputniknews.com US pharmaceutical company Johnson & Johnson launched the final stage of clinical trials for its COVID-19 vaccine this week.

sputniknews (2020-09-23). Low Chance For Pre-Election COVID Vaccine as FDA Readies Tougher Emergency Standards – Report. sputniknews.com The Trump administration has been accused of interfering with federal agencies so as to shape coronavirus-related guidelines to fit with Trump's political agenda and put his COVID-19 response in a good light.

Staff (2020-09-23). Why the Fascists Don't Want Us to Grieve. truthout.org Note: This a rush transcript and has been lightly edited for clarity. Copy may not be in its final form. | Welcome to "Movement Memos," a Truthout podcast about things you should know if you want to change the world. I'm your host, Kelly Hayes. | This week we've witnessed a new chapter in Trump's desperation to replace headlines about the massive death toll caused by his bungled response to COVID-19 with headlines about anarchists and unrest. | The Department of Justice on Monday released a list of cities it has deemed "anarchist j…

Steve Topple (2020-09-23). The new coronavirus rules only work if you're rich. thecanary.co Boris Johnson revealed the Tory government's latest coronavirus (Covid-19) measures on Tuesday 22 September. But some of the advice will only work for richer people. And it shows that

yenisafak (2020-09-23). Turkey's trade minister urges G20 to avoid protectionism. yenisafak.com Turkey's trade minister on Wednesday urged G20 officials to maintain cooperation and avoid protectionism for better implementation of the group's actions."Open, free, fair and rules-based multilateral trading system plays a vital role in promoting predictability and stability for international trade and achieving economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic," Ruhsar Pekcan told a G20 Trade and Investment Ministers Meeting held virtually with the participation of top officials from 26 countries.Pekcan stressed that the pandemic shaped discussions at this year's meeting, focused on tackling the outbreak's fallout o…

yenisafak (2020-09-23). UK to host 'human challenge' trials for COVID-19 vaccines. yenisafak.com The UK will host clinical trials where volunteers would be deliberately infected with the new coronavirus to assess the effectiveness of experimental vaccines, the Financial Times reported on Wednesday, citing people involved in the project.The government-funded project is expected to begin in January at a quarantine facility in London, the report said. (on.ft.com/2G5o0jP)FT reported that volunteers will be first inoculated with a vaccine and later receive a challenge dose of the coronavirus, without naming the vaccine that would be tested in the project.

yenisafak (2020-09-23). Czech Republic reports second highest daily rise in COVID-19 cases. yenisafak.com The Czech Republic recorded 2,394 new infections in its second highest daily rise since the coronavirus pandemic began, Health Ministry data showed on Wednesday.New cases have doubled in September as infections increase at the second fastest rate in Europe, for a tally of 53,158 cases since the Czech Republic's first detections in March.Authorities have reinstated some measures to rein in the virus, such as mask-wearing and, from Thursday, stricter limits on opening hours for bars.

RT (2020-09-23). Pentagon slammed for turning $1 billion 'coronavirus fund' into more military-industrial pork — but what did Congress expect? rt.com The Pentagon has defended its decision to repurpose Covid-19 preparedness funds — meant for pandemic response — to prop up weapons contractors as House Democrats slammed its double-dipping. | While the Department of Defense received $1 billion in March's CARES Act stimulus bill specifically to "prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus," it ultimately diverted most of the windfall to defense contractors, the Washington Post revealed on Tuesday. | The pandemic response fund, created under the aegis of the Defense Production Act, was supposed to be used to produce N95 masks, gloves, and other…

news.un (2020-09-23). Sri Lankan President calls on WHO to facilitate 'universal access' to COVID vaccine. news.un.org The President of Sri Lanka has highlighted the success of his country's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, underscoring the importance of a well-coordinated approach, underpinned by robust local health care system, to contain the disease.

Torsten Engelbrecht (2020-09-23). COVID19 PCR Tests Are Scientifically Meaningless. globalresearch.ca First published on June 29, 2020 | Lockdowns and hygienic measures around the world are based on numbers of cases and mortality rates created by the so-called SARS-CoV-2 RT-PCR tests used to identify "positive" patients, whereby "positive" is usually equated with …

sputniknews (2020-09-23). COVID Reaction is an Eton-Led Mess! sputniknews.com How dare Boris Johnson blame us for the mess he has created? His performance last night resembled a liberal out-of-touch headmaster trying to impose his authority over school uniform rules after some sixth formers have already torched the science block.

Staff (2020-09-23). Colleges Reopening Fueled 3,000 COVID Cases a Day, Researchers Say. truthout.org Reopening colleges drove a coronavirus surge of about 3,000 new cases a day in the United States, according to a draft study released Tuesday. | The study, done jointly by researchers at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, Indiana University, the University of Washington and Davidson College, tracked cellphone data and matched it to reopening schedules at 1,400 schools, along with county infection rates. | "Our study was looking to see whether we could observe increases both in movement and in c…

Staff (2020-09-23). Voters Want to Use Climate Change Policies to Rebuild the Economy After COVID. truthout.org A majority of U.S. voters want to see corrective climate change policies and the creation of jobs in the clean energy sector as a way to recover from the mismanagement and economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a new poll. | The poll, conducted by VICE Media Group and several partners, found that 54% of Americans disapprove of President Trump's handling of the pandemic, while 78% of Americans want to see Congress take a more aggressive stance in stamping out the coronavir…

A New Orleans Plague Pod (2020-09-23). 'Nobody Gets Left Behind'. thenation.com A New Orleans Plague Pod 'Nobody Gets Left Behind'

_____ (2020-09-23). Three Cities Designated As 'Anarchist Jurisdictions' — What That Means. popularresistance.org On Sept. 21, 2020, millions of people in three major U.S. cities awoke to find themselves living in what President Donald Trump and his Justice Department cronies had declared "anarchist jurisdictions." New York City, Portland, Oregon, and Seattle — all of which are led by Democrats — were slapped with the label and, as a result, are now at risk of being defunded by the federal government, even as they grapple with massive budget shortfalls tied to the coronavirus pandemic. The president is playing a political game with those whom he considers to be his enemies, and that list is growing day by day.

Tim Libretti (2020-09-23). Coronavirus is no excuse for Trump's failing economy: A socialist viewpoint. peoplesworld.org The narrative Trump and his Republican allies have been weaving about his managing of the U.S. economy is that he had presided over, if not himself built, the strongest economy in the nation's history and that it was only slowed by the coronavirus outbreak, which was not his fault. He can't be held responsible for …

Adam Dick (2020-09-23). The No-Compromise Texas Republican Party Resolution Telling the Republican Governor to Immediately End His Entire Coronavirus Crackdown. globalresearch.ca The Republican Party of Texas executive committee has taken a heroic action that could serve as an example for Republican and Democratic parties across America. It has adopted, by a 54 to 4 vote, a resolution clearly and emphatically demanding …

WSWS (2020-09-23). The CDC retracts its guidance that stipulated the airborne danger of the coronavirus. wsws.org Though the CDC said it had erroneously published the unvetted draft, the political fallout faced by the CDC suggests it was a political maneuver to save face.

Staff (2020-09-23). Anthony Fauci Slams Sen. Rand Paul: You Are Not Listening. truthout.org Anthony Fauci, who serves as director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and is a member of the White House's coronavirus task force team, rebuked Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) Paul expressed misgivings over Fauci's praise for how New York Gov. Andrew…

yenisafak (2020-09-23). German cabinet approves second-highest net new debt since World War Two in 2021 budget. yenisafak.com The German cabinet on Wednesday approved Finance Minister Olaf Scholz's draft budget for next year which envisages net new debt of 96.2 billion euros ($112.43 billion) to finance further measures to tackle the coronavirus crisis, an official said.The additional borrowing marks the second-highest amount of net new debt in Europe's largest economy since the end of World War Two and comes after the government already took on record high borrowing of some 218 billion euros this year.The budget underlines Scholz's determination to move Germany further away from its former image as Europe's austerity champion and secur…

yenisafak (2020-09-23). Saudi king calls for comprehensive solution on Iran. yenisafak.com He said Iran has exploited a 2015 nuclear deal with world powers "to intensify its expansionist activities, creates its terrorist networks, and use terrorism," adding that this had produced nothing but "chaos, extremism, and sectarianism.""A comprehensive solution and a firm international position are required," he told the 193-member General Assembly in a video statement, pre-recorded due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Editor (2020-09-23). Journalists Need to Be Clear About a Clear Threat to Democracy. scheerpost.com Matt Johnson / CC BY 2.0] By Joshua Cho / FAIR When the president of the United States has: explicitly declared his intentions to withhold federal election funding from states that are trying to make it easier to vote during a pandemic; appointed a major donor to his campaign with conflicts of interest to sabotage the US Postal Service—while stating that he opposes additional funding for…

Florina Rodov (2020-09-23). Online Charter Schools Are Not a Solution to Education in a Pandemic. counterpunch.org "Instead of going to school every morning, what if school could come to you?" an ad asks enticingly, promising students "online personalized learning" tailored to their specific needs. It's one of hundreds of active Facebook ads run by K12 Inc., the largest for-profit virtual charter school provider in the United States. As public schools rose to the

Keegan James Sarmiento Kloer, David Correia, and Justin Bendell (2020-09-23). Albuquerque Police, Mayor Ignore CDC Advice, Aggressively Police Unsheltered People During Pandemic. counterpunch.org Albuquerque Police Department (APD) and Albuquerque's Department of Family and Community Services (FCS) engage in a pattern and practice of harassing, criminalizing, and displacing unsheltered people living on city streets, parks, or private property, according to sources on the street, a review of 32 criminal complaints filed with the courts in early 2020, and survey data collected by a group of unaffiliated advocates for the homeless.

Annie Levin (2020-09-23). 'We're Facing Some Hard Shit': Performing Artists Are Organizing to Weather the Pandemic. progressive.org With the industry in freefall, the artists who remain are getting radical and getting organized.

Peoples Dispatch (2020-09-23). Why are Indian farmers protesting Modi's agriculture bills? peoplesdispatch.org During this pandemic, the Narendra Modi led BJP government in India has pushed through multiple legislations that are a direct assault on people's rights. The latest among these are three bills on agriculture. The government passed these three bills brazenly flouting parliamentary rules and ignoring the protesting farmers across the country.

RT (2020-09-23). Seattle lawmakers successfully override mayor's veto on $3 million police budget cut & 100 officer layoffs. rt.com Seattle City Council has voted to overturn Mayor Jenny Durkan's veto on legislation that would slash millions of dollars from the local police budget, a move cheered by activist groups and reviled by some residents. | The council overturned Durkan's veto by a vote of 7-2, securing exactly the number of votes needed to put the legislation into effect. | "In the wake of a racial reckoning, a $300 million budget shortfall, a pandemic, a climate crisis, a homelessness crisis… and a lack of federal leadership, our fundamental duty remains: to balance the city's budget and meet the needs of Seattle's most vulnerab…

RT (2020-09-23). Chlamydia & gonorrhea rates in younger US women SOAR, as health experts raise alarm over drop in tests during pandemic. rt.com Rates of chlamydia and gonorrhea have skyrocketed among young women in the US in recent years. Health experts are concerned infections are now going undiagnosed after testing dropped precipitously as a result of the pandemic. | According to the results of a recent study conducted by Quest Diagnostics, The research examined 17 million laboratory samples from women aged 1…

Jasmine Norden (2020-09-23). 'Schools aren't always able to support young people.' Charity launches inquiry into mental health in education. thecanary.co Mental health charity Mind has launched an The inquiry, 'Educating Mental Health', encourages young people, parents, and staff to speak out about their experience with mental health support in schools. The charity warned that going back to school with little support could have serious long-term effects on young people's mental health. | Vicki Nash, head of policy and campaigns at Mind, said: | The pandemic has alr…