Daily Archives: September 24, 2020

2020-09-24: News Headlines

Manuel García, Jr. (2020-09-24). Global Warming Burps, Bubbles, Simmers and Sours On. counterpunch.org The Northern Hemisphere saw a record high temperature increase, to +1.38 ∞C above the global average temperature during 1881-1920, during this COVID-19 pandemic summer of 2020. [1] The Arctic sea ice has been melting at an increasing rate, not just from above because of the now Global Warming-enhanced elevated air temperature during the Arctic summer, but

news.un (2020-09-24). UN and partners press for seafarers to be designated 'key workers' during COVID pandemic. news.un.org The UN Secretary-General has again appealed for governments to act on behalf of hundreds of thousands of seafarers and other maritime workers stuck at sea for endless months, in some cases more than a year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

news.un (2020-09-24). FROM THE FIELD: Protecting the post-pandemic planet. news.un.org An emphasis on sustainable development and fighting climate change will benefit countries around the world as they recover from the unprecedented economic and social impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, says the UN Development Programme, (UNDP).

Ralph Lopez (2020-09-24). Chief Science Officer for Pfizer Says "Second Wave" Faked on False-Positive COVID Tests, "Pandemic Is Over" globalresearch.ca In a stunning development, a former Chief Science Officer for the pharmaceutical giant Pfizer says "there is no science to suggest a second wave should happen." The "Big Pharma" insider asserts that false positive results from inherently unreliable COVID tests …

Editor (2020-09-24). The Opioids Crisis During the Covid Pandemic. scheerpost.com K-State Research and Extension / CC BY 2.0] By Mattea Kramer / TomDispatch 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… |

George Ochenski (2020-09-24). Trump's Herd Mentality Won't Save Us. counterpunch.org y now most people are aware of Donald Trump's latest blunder when he claimed "herd mentality" would ultimately save us from the coronavirus pandemic that has decimated the nation's economy, killed nearly 200,000 American citizens, and shows no sign of "disappearing almost like a miracle" as he predicted six long months ago. Given Trump's denial

Vandana Shiva (2020-09-24). Bill Gates' Global Agenda and How We Can Resist His War on Life. counterpunch.org In March 2015, Bill Gates showed an image of the coronavirus during a TED Talk and told the audience that it was what the greatest catastrophe of our time would look like. The real threat to life, he said, is 'not missiles, but microbes.' When the coronavirus pandemic swept over the earth like a tsunami

Steven Hill (2020-09-24). Corona-fied: Employers Spying on Remote Workers in Their Homes. counterpunch.org Disturbing increases in the use of digital surveillance technologies by employers to monitor their remote workers are raising alarm bells. With the number of remote workers surging as a result of the pandemic—42 percent of U.S. workers are now doing their jobs from their kitchens, living rooms, and home offices—a number of employers have begun requiring their workers to download spying software to their laptops and smartphones.

President Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez (2020-09-24). Speech by the President of the Republic of Cuba Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez at the General Debate of the 75th session of the UNGA. globalresearch.ca September 22, 2020 | Mr. Secretary General, | Mr. President, | A global pandemic has changed everyday life drastically. From one day to the next, millions of people get infected and thousands die even when their life expectancy was longer thanks to development. …

news.un (2020-09-24). LIVE: UN Climate Change Roundtable. news.un.org Live coverage of the High-Level UN Climate Change Roundtable, featuring UN chief António Guterres, designed to rally momentum for more ambitious action to limit global warking and ensure sustainable post-pandemic recovery plans. | Highlights | UN chief warns that 'the world has a fever and is burning up' | Watch roundtable live on UN Web TV | UK and UN to co-host December climate event.

Florina Rodov (2020-09-24). Online Charter Schools Are Not a Solution to Education in a Pandemic. zcomm.org Coronavirus and racism combined with online charters would create a plague of injustice that will never be wiped out…

Juan Cole (2020-09-24). Every Day is Memorial Day. zcomm.org The Trump Virus has killed as Many Americans as Died in Combat in the 4 Years of the Civil War…

Public Citizen and numerous partners (2020-09-24). Wednesday 9/23: Medicare for All Town Hall: Building the Movement for Health Care Justice. indybay.org Online/virtual…

Staff (2020-09-24). Headlines for September 24, 2020. democracynow.org Officer Who Shot into Breonna Taylor's Apartment Charged, But Not for Her Killing, Donald Trump Won't Commit to Peaceful Transfer of Power If He Loses Election, Dr. Deborah Birx Reportedly "Distressed" by Direction of WH Coronavirus Response, Dr. Anthony Fauci Warns of Long-Term Effects of COVID-19 on Survivors, Missouri Gov. Mike Parson, Who Opposes Mask Mandates, Tests Positive for Coronavirus, Canadian PM Justin Trudeau Warns of Second Wave of Coronavirus Infections, Antarctic Ice Melt May Bring 8 Feet of Sea Level Rise Even If Paris Climate Goals Are Met, Climate Crisis Drives Record Fires in Brazil, Western…

Mike Walter (2020-09-24). The Heat: COVID-19 soars in US, UK and India. america.cgtn.com The World Health Organization says COVID-19 appears to be accelerating, with cases soaring in the United States, the United Kingdom and India.

imperial.ac.uk (2020-09-24). Theoretical physics to pandemic modelling: Neil Ferguson on his life in science. imperial.ac.uk The head of the College's COVID-19 Response Team is the latest Imperial scientist to appear on BBC Radio 4's Life Scientific.

sputniknews (2020-09-24). Huawei to Boost Global Access To EduTech, Green Programmes Amid COVID-19 Crises, Official Says. sputniknews.com Speaking at a key summit in Shanghai, a top official said that the Chinese tech giant would boost such sectors via technologies, applications and improving skills, and urged more partners to join a programme aimed at boosting digital inclusion so that 'no one will be left behind'.

sputniknews (2020-09-24). Less Than One-in-Ten US Residents Immune to COVID-19, CDC Chief Warns. sputniknews.com The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention director, Robert Redfield, told a Senate hearing that the number of people who had so far been been infected with the COVID-19 virus varied from state to state, from one percent up to a quarter of the population.

sputniknews (2020-09-24). Global Sell-Off Drives European Stocks to Three-Month Lows. sputniknews.com The EU equities suffered the latest losses amid a lack of new stimuli for the US economy and fears of an approaching second wave of the coronavirus pandemic.

Staff (2020-09-24). Trump Threatens to Block Stricter COVID-19 Vaccine Standards. truthout.org With the Food and Drug Administration reportedly planning to propose stricter guidelines for emergency approval of a coronavirus vaccine, President Donald Trump late Wednesday threatened to block the agency's push for tougher standards because he trusts for-profit pharmaceutical corporations to conduct adequate safety testing. | "I have tremendous trust in these massive companies that are so brilliantly organized in terms of what they've been doing with the tests. I don't know that a government as big as we…

yenisafak (2020-09-24). Russia's Lavrov, WHO Europe chief discuss virus fight. yenisafak.com Russia's foreign minister and the World Health Organization's (WHO) Europe director discussed the fight against COVID-19 in a meeting, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Thursday.Sergey Lavrov and Hans Kluge met on Sept. 23 to discuss Russia and the WHO's cooperation, paying special attention to the coronavirus situation, the ministry said in a statement on its website."Mutual interest in developing cooperation was confirmed, and plans were considered to assist countries in the region in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic and other health challenges," the statement said.Lavrov conveyed Russia's support for…

yenisafak (2020-09-24). WHO praises Africa's response as virus cases decline. yenisafak.com The World Health Organization (WHO) on Thursday praised Africa's coronavirus response as the continent has seen a decrease in the infection rate. | There are over 1.4 million reported COVID-19 cases on the African continent, and 34,000 "people have sadly lost their lives," Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Africa region director, said at a virtual media briefing. | Moeti said most African governments quickly implemented restrictions on movement and gathering and this created a window of opportunity to keep case numbers low, and strengthen public health capacities. | "Overall, I really commend the response in African countrie…

yenisafak (2020-09-24). Dogs used to detect coronavirus in pilot project at Helsinki airport. yenisafak.com Dogs trained to detect the novel coronavirus began sniffing passenger samples at Finland's Helsinki-Vantaa airport this week, authorities said, in a pilot project running alongside more usual testing at the airport.The dogs' efficiency has not been proven in comparative scientific studies so passengers who volunteer to be tested and are suspected as carrying the virus are instructed to also take a swab to confirm the result.A team of 15 dogs and 10 instructors are being trained for the job in Finland by volunteers, sponsored by a private veterinary clinic. Among them is Kossi, a rescue dog from Spain, who was tra…

yenisafak (2020-09-24). Italian president, in response to Johnson, says Italy also freedom-loving, but serious. yenisafak.com Italian President Sergio Mattarella, responding to comments from British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on the spread of coronavirus, said on Thursday that Italy loved freedom, but was also serious.Johnson told parliament in London this week that Britain had a worse infection rate than nations like Italy and Germany because it was a "freedom-loving country" which therefore resisted social restrictions to curb the virus.Asked about the comment during a visit to Sardinia, Mattarella said: "We Italians also love freedom, but we also care about seriousness."

yenisafak (2020-09-24). Virus cases in Eurasia, Central Asia rise by over 4,600. yenisafak.com More cases of the novel coronavirus and fatalities related to the disease were reported in several Eurasian and Central Asian countries on Thursday.- UkraineThe death toll in Ukraine reached 3,757 with 52 more fatalities over the past 24 hours, the country's Health Minister Maksym Stepanov said.Confirming another 3,372 cases that brought the total to 188,106, the minister added that 83,458 have recovered from the virus, so far.- UzbekistanAs many as 392 new virus cases brought Uzbekistan's tally to 53,667.One more fatality raised the death toll to 445, while recoveries rose to 49,832, according to the Health Mini…

yenisafak (2020-09-24). 2020 US ELECTION: What you need to know right now. yenisafak.com Court battles over how votes are tallied have now spread to almost every competitive state, as the effect of the pandemic has led the two sides to clash over seemingly mundane issues such as witness signatures, postmarks, and the use of drop boxes for ballots.- With speculation swirling over his pick for the Supreme Court, President Donald Trump heads to Florida on Thursday, hoping to shore up support in that hotly contested state. On Wednesday, the president, who has repeatedly attempted to cast doubt on the legitimacy of the election, declined to commit to a peaceful transfer of power if he loses.- Retired Gene…

Gregg Gonsalves (2020-09-24). The Virus That Stole Christmas. thenation.com The Virus That Stole Christmas…

MEE and agencies (2020-09-24). 'Edge of the abyss': Israel tightens coronavirus lockdown as infections climb. middleeasteye.net 'Edge of the abyss': Israel tightens coronavirus lockdown as infections climb | Move comes after number of daily new cases has reached nearly 7,000 among a population of just nine million | Thu, 09/24/2020 – 08: 04 | Netanyahu has rejected allegations from protesters that a tougher lockdown was essentially aimed at quashing demonstrations against him (Reuters) | Prime Minister Benjamin Net…

Global Research News (2020-09-24). Selected Articles: "Second Wave" Faked on False-Positive COVID Tests. globalresearch.ca By The confrontation with Russia and the decision to boost America's military presence in Syria is but a microcosm of America's wider struggle to maintain its invasive primacy over the …

news.un (2020-09-24). UN chief and UK premier announce December climate summit. news.un.org With the COVID-19 pandemic having disrupted plans to hold the annual international UN climate meeting – known as the COP – this year, the UN Secretary-General António Guterres and Prime Minister of the United Kingdom have announced that they will instead co-host a "landmark global event" on 12 December, the fifth anniversary of the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement.

news.un (2020-09-24). Venezuelan President Maduro proposes new UN fund to support countries facing discrimination. news.un.org Venezuela has proposed creation of a "revolving public purchasing fund" within the United Nations system to guarantee access to food and health products, financed with public resources, to facilitate countries suffering "discrimination and economic blockade" acquire necessary goods and services.

Caitlin Johnstone (2020-09-24). Throw Sand In The Gears Of The Machine. thealtworld.com So throw sand in the gears of the machine. If enough of us throw enough sand, we can cause the whole thing to break down. | Kill public trust in the mass media by exposing their lies at every opportunity, from whatever platform you can gain access to. Anywhere you can find an audience, whether it's an audience of one or ten thousand, kill public trust in the establishment propaganda engine. | Amplify solid voices, arguments, narratives and facts that those in power don't want amplified. Wherever you see something healthy that makes them squirm, give your energy to it and help it get as much traction as possible.

JenMarie Macdonald and Veronica Adams (2020-09-24). Lancaster demands justice: The police murder of Ricardo Muñoz and its aftermath. liberationnews.org On September 13, a Lancaster police officer shot and killed Ricardo Muñoz when responding to a call. Deborah Muñoz, the victim's sister, reported to local media that she had called a crisis intervention organization and nonemergency police number with the intention of getting her brother mental health support. Her calls were dispatched to the police. …

Binoy Kampmark (2020-09-24). Assange on Trial: Suicide, Hallucinations and Psychological Torture. counterpunch.org September 22. Central Criminal Court, London. The prosecutors in the Julian Assange case did their show trial predecessors from other legal traditions proud. The ghosts of such figures as Soviet state prosecutor Andrey Vyshinsky, would have approved of the line of questioning taken by James Lewis QC: suggest that Assange, accused of 17 counts of

Binoy Kampmark (2020-09-24). Assange's Twelfth Day at the Old Bailey: Autism, Suicide and Prisons. dissidentvoice.org September 23. Central Criminal Court, London. Following the script sheet of the previous day, the non sequitur, pop medical view of the prosecution was again in sharp evidence at the Old Bailey. In an effort to make the road for Julian Assange's extradition to the United States for 17 charges under the US Espionage Act …

sputniknews (2020-09-24). Assange is a 'Resilient Man' Who Isn't at Risk of Suicide If Extradited, Government Expert Says. sputniknews.com A psychiatrist testifying for the government says that whilst the WikiLeaks publisher is suffering from mild clinical depression he does not think he is a suicide risk if he is extradited to the United States to face espionage charges.

MEE staff (2020-09-24). Three UK Labour MPs demoted over opposition to torture prosecution bill. middleeasteye.net Three UK Labour MPs demoted over opposition to torture prosecution bill | Nadia Whittome, Beth Winter and Olivia Blake defied a Labour Party whip to oppose Overseas Operations Bill against 'vexatious' lawsuits

| Thu, 09/24/2020 – 14: 31 | Kuwaiti and British soldiers take part in exercises about 40km north of Kuwait City (AFP) | Three Labour MPs have lost their roles in the United Kingdom shadow cabine…

imperial.ac.uk (2020-09-24). Imperial and MIT launch seed fund for ideas that reduce the impact of pollution. imperial.ac.uk Imperial and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have launched a research seed fund for ideas that will help reduce the impact of pollution.

imperial.ac.uk (2020-09-24). Genome of Alexander Fleming's original penicillin-producing mould sequenced. imperial.ac.uk Researchers have sequenced the genome of Alexander Fleming's penicillin mould for the first time and compared it to later versions.

imperial.ac.uk (2020-09-24). Deforestation squeezes top predators in forest streams. imperial.ac.uk Streams in areas converted to oil palm have different top predators to those flowing through intact forests, affecting stream food webs.

imperial.ac.uk (2020-09-24). Alice Gast joins Lewis Hamilton to grow diversity in engineering and F1. imperial.ac.uk Imperial's President will help improve representation of Black people in motorsport through a new initiative led by Lewis Hamilton.

imperial.ac.uk (2020-09-24). Re-design the future, Mary Robinson urges at Transition to Zero Pollution launch. imperial.ac.uk Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland, called for "a bold new vision for the future" at the launch of Transition to Zero Pollution.

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.

news.un (2020-09-23). Impact on workers of COVID-19 is 'catastrophic': ILO. news.un.org COVID-19 has had a "catastrophic" impact on workers, the head of the International Labour Organization (ILO) said on Wednesday, with lost working hours higher than originally forecast, and equivalent to 495 million full-time jobs globally in the second quarter of the year.

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 . . . |

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.

WSWS (2020-09-23). Students occupy schools across Greece to protest unsafe return to classrooms. wsws.org Anger is erupting among youth in Greece at being forced back to school amid a raging pandemic of COVID-19.

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). 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.