Daily Archives: September 25, 2020

2020-09-25: News Headlines

Mumia Abu-Jamal (2020-09-25). The 'populism' of pandemics. workers.org Taken from an Sept. 9 audio column from prisonradio.org. For months now, the nation has been battered by the ravages of COVID-19 — the coronavirus. With millions of people infected and over 190,000 people now dead, it now turns out that from the very start, the U.S. president knew a . . . |

Kavaljit Singh (2020-09-25). COVID-19 and Sliding Indian Economy: What's the Way Out? counterpunch.org India has become the world's new hotspot for the COVID-19 pandemic as infection cases have surged in recent weeks. On September 22, the total number of confirmed cases surged past 5.6 million. If the current trend continues, India may soon become the world's worst-hit country, surpassing the US. With more than 90,000 people succumbing to

Olujimi Alade (2020-09-25). Is Marxism still relevant? — a commentary. workers.org With the dire economic circumstances brought on by COVID-19 and the rise in police brutality provoking civil unrest unseen since the 1960s, the Millennial Generation as well as Generation Z are beginning to see the pitfalls of both neoliberalism and U.S. conservatism. The Republicans in office are taking notice and . . . |

Beau Peters (2020-09-25). Societal Gaps Revealed by COVID-19. dissidentvoice.org Image Source: Pixabay It sometimes feels incredible that this time last year, many of us had never even heard of coronavirus. There had been no lockdowns. No lives lost. No economic collapse. And for many of us, the threat of a pandemic felt like a relic of the last century, something about as menacing as …

news.un (2020-09-25). CAR President calls for better representation of Africa on the Security Council. news.un.org Central African Republic, like nearly every nation on the planet, has not been spared by the COVID-19 pandemic, with indictors predicting a contraction by up to 1.2 of the country's economic growth, President Faustin Archange Touadera said on Thursday, calling on world leaders to unite against the virus.

Sandy Smith-Nonini, Olivia Paschal (2020-09-25). As COVID-19 hit Georgia Meatpacking Counties, Officials and Industry Shifted Blame. counterpunch.org Hall County in north central Georgia is home to Gainesville, a town of about 43,000 where a large chicken-topped monument in its center declares it the "Poultry Capital of the World." There are more than a dozen meat processing plants in Hall County, and several others in surrounding counties. But Hall County is also home to

news.un (2020-09-25). At UN Assembly, President of Burundi rejects diplomatic aggression against his country. news.un.org The "indiscriminate consequences" of the COVID-19 pandemic have underscored the importance of multilateralism and how the world handles global challenges and contradictions, the President of Burundi told world leaders gathered virtually for the UN General Assembly.

W. T. Whitney (2020-09-25). Hitting at Venezuela: the Colombia/US Axis. counterpunch.org Secretary of State Michael Pompeo and Colombian President Ivan Duque, meeting in Bogota on September 20, talked about "managing the COVID-19 response … narcotraffickers … and [President] Maduro's illegitimate regime," according to the State Department. A Cuban observer insists they explored "when to begin military actions and sabotage in Venezuela." Elliott Abrams, the White House

A Guest Author (2020-09-25). Surviving a pandemic under siege. workers.org During a Sept. 18 "Free Palestine" webinar, Palestinian writers and activists Susan Abulhawa and Khaled Barakat were asked to comment on the spread of COVID-19 in occupied Palestine, and what it means to have access to healthcare under foreign occupation. The following is an edited version of their replies. Susan . . . |

sputniknews (2020-09-25). Tory MPs Back Rebel Bid to Grant Parliament Final Scrutiny of COVID-19 Restrictions. sputniknews.com Earlier, senior Tory MPs were reported to be eyeing legislation that would prevent Boris Johnson from pursuing future COVID-19 restrictions in the UK without parliament having the final say.

sputniknews (2020-09-25). Any Meaningful Talks With Pakistan Can Only Be Held in Atmosphere Free of Terror – India's UN Envoy. sputniknews.com Sputnik has discussed a wide array of issues with Ambassador T.S. Tirumurti, permanent representative of India to the United Nations, including India's bid for a permanent seat at the UNSC, the ongoing border tensions with China, Pakistan, the COVID-19 pandemic, and more.

yenisafak (2020-09-25). Iran, Russia discussing joint production of COVID-19 vaccine. yenisafak.com Iran and Russia's sovereign wealth fund RDIF are discussing the joint production of a vaccine against COVID-19, Russian news agencies cited the Iranian ambassador to Moscow as saying on Friday."We are holding talks, I spoke with the head of RDIF Kirill Dmitriev, our officials have held several rounds of consultations and we announced that we will co-operate," Ambassador to Moscow Kazem Jalali was cited as saying.Thus far, Russia has struck a manufacturing partnership deal with India, which is due to produce 300 million doses of the 'Sputnik-V' vaccine domestically. It is also discussing such partnerships with sev…

yenisafak (2020-09-25). Brazil's famous Rio Carnival postponed due to COVID-19. yenisafak.com Brazil has postponed the 2021 edition of the world-famous Rio de Janeiro Carnival, as the country struggles to contain one of the world's worst coronavirus outbreaks."We came to the conclusion that the event should be postponed," Jorge Castanheiras, president of the Independent League of Rio de Janeiro Samba Schools (LIESA), which organizes the annual event, said on Thursday."We cannot do it in February. The samba schools do not have the time or financial and organizational resources to be ready in February."Authorities are yet to announce whether the traditional street parties, called blocos, will be allowed.The…

sputniknews (2020-09-25). Commentator Explains Why the Left 'Is Biggest Threat to America, Western Civilization'. sputniknews.com In the upcoming US presidential election, where incumbent President Donald Trump is set to face Democratic rival candidate Joe Biden, the United States is dealing with an ongoing global coronavirus pandemic and nation-wide mass protests against racism and police brutality.

yenisafak (2020-09-25). Over 1.1M coronavirus patients recover across Africa. yenisafak.com The number of people in Africa who have recovered from the coronavirus topped 1.18 million, the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention said on Friday.The death toll from the virus reached 35,007, it said, adding more than 1.43 million people have so far contracted the virus, with the Southern Africa region being the most affected with 727,500 cases.North Africa recorded 314,100 cases, West Africa 173,900, East Africa 164,200 and Central Africa 57,400.At least 640,500 patients have recovered in Southern Africa, 246,900 in North Africa, 154,500 in West Africa, 92,700 in East Africa and 50,000 in Central…

Aída Chávez (2020-09-25). How QAnon Conspiracy Theories Spread in My Colorado Hometown. zcomm.org During the pandemic, some of the people I grew up with got sucked into QAnon and the Q-adjacent "Save the Children" movement…

Unnamed Nurse (2020-09-25). An Anonymous Nurse Speaks Out: The RT-PCR Test is Totally Unreliable, It Does not Detect the Virus. globalresearch.ca An Anonymous Nurse SPEAKS OUT! Just a shame they can't put their name to it out of fear of losing their job. | This is from a nurse. | *** | I work in the healthcare field. Here's the problem, we are testing …

Binoy Kampmark (2020-09-25). Assange's Thirteenth Day at the Old Bailey: Mental Health, Managed Risk and Publication Chronologies. dissidentvoice.org September 24. Central Criminal Court, London. The lion's share of today's Old Bailey proceedings in Julian Assange's extradition trial was spent on battles over mental health and dire risk. The prosecution continued its attempt to minimise the dangers facing Assange were he to be extradited to the United States for 17 charges under the US …

Jeff Cohen (2020-09-25). Earth to Presidential Debate Moderators: "I'm Burning Up" zcomm.org With the horrific fires on the West Coast and hurricanes and storms pounding the Caribbean and Gulf Coast, in a healthy democracy, one would expect presidential candidates to be pressed hard about climate chaos. I'm not holding my breath.

Health workers & nursing students (2020-09-25). Sunday 9/27: Vigil to Honor Migrant Women and Human Rights Defenders. indybay.org Lake Merritt Amphitheater…

Eliza Egret (2020-09-25). Protesters dump horse sh*t on Serco's doorstep. thecanary.co Protesters have dumped horse manure on the doorstep of Serco's headquarters in Hampshire. The action has sent a clear message to the company, which is responsible for the UK's test and trace system. | The activists are part of the campaign group Protect Our NHS. They also unfurled a banner saying: "Serco Test & Trace Stinks! — Corrupt & Deadly Incompetent — Give LOCAL PUBLIC HEALTH TEAMS the Cash". The action was timed to coincide with other protests against Serco in the UK, including in London. | 'Deadly incompetence': | Mike Campbell of Protect Our NHS Bristol said in a press release: We're tak…

Monica Moorehead (2020-09-25). Justice for Breonna Taylor means abolishing the police & capitalism — a WW commentary. workers.org More than six months after the heinous March 13 murder of Breonna Taylor — a 26-year-old African American emergency medical technician — by three white Louisville, Ky., police officers, a secret grand jury on Sept. 23 charged only one of those officers with three counts of "wanton endangerment." And this . . . |

imperial.ac.uk (2020-09-25). Imperial and LSE showcase student startups. imperial.ac.uk Over 25 startups from two of London's leading universities, Imperial College London and LSE, pitched their business ideas at a virtual demo day.

_____ (2020-09-24). Solidarity Across Species. popularresistance.org We are animals. While human beings often repress this basic fact, the novel coronavirus has revealed our connection to and dependence on the well-being of other creatures. In various ways, our disregard for other species led to and worsened this pandemic. To mount an adequate response—and to prevent future disasters—we need to start taking animals into consideration. | Like countless fearsome diseases, including Ebola and AIDS, COVID-19 is zoonotic in origin, meaning it jumped from one species to another (likely from bats to humans).

WSWS (2020-09-24). Las Vegas health reports detail spread of COVID-19 in casinos. wsws.org The vast majority of exposures in the Las Vegas area, where over 1,350 people have already died, occurred in casinos and resort hotels.

WSWS (2020-09-24). "Lear is hell": Workers speak out as COVID-19 outbreak at Indiana auto parts plant worsens. wsws.org The WSWS recently spoke with two workers from Lear's Hammond, Indiana, plant who had tested positive for COVID-19.

WSWS (2020-09-24). The Senate holds a COVID-19 hearing as US tops 200,000 COVID-19 deaths. wsws.org The number of individuals infected with COVID-19 is now more than 32 million globally, of which almost one million have perished.

MEE and agencies (2020-09-24). Iran's coronavirus death toll surpasses 25,000. middleeasteye.net Iran's coronavirus death toll surpasses 25,000 | Health Ministry says 5,000 people have died from Covid-19 in past month and warns of 'third wave' | Thu, 09/24/2020 – 18: 47 | Islamic Republic has suffered worst outbreak of Covid-19 in Middle East (AFP) | The death toll from Covid-19 in Iran has surpassed 25,000, the highest total in the Middle East, with infection rates continuing to surg…

news.un (2020-09-24). INTERVIEW: 'Famine is preventable, if there is political will'. news.un.org The UN is warning of an impending hunger pandemic across the world, partly a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic. With the World Food Programme (WFP) preparing to launch an unprecedented food aid operation, UN News spoke to WFP Assistant Executive-Director Valerie Guarnieri, on the devastating rise in hunger, and the scale of funding needed to feed those most vulnerable.

WSWS (2020-09-24). Germany's school openings throw fuel onto the pandemic's fire. wsws.org Only five of the almost 300 German administrative districts currently report no new infections, as the number of people with COVID-19 rises rapidly.

teleSUR (2020-09-24). Argentina's Gov't To Extend Rent Freeze and Eviction Ban. telesurenglish.net The Argentinian government announced on Thursday that it would extend the rent freeze and the ban on evictions to continue protecting the most vulnerable sectors amid the COVID-19. | RELATED: | "The two decrees are already written. We are going to continue accompanying the people who rent because we understand that these months have been difficult, that families have not yet been able to recover all the income they hav…

news.un (2020-09-24). Pandemic shocks world, reinforces need for multilateralism, says Estonian President. news.un.org The COVID-19 pandemic gave the world "a thorough shock" and taught several lessons on the realities of climate change, the President of Estonia said to the UN General Assembly on Thursday.

teleSUR (2020-09-24). US: COVID-19 Is Mutating to Become More Contagious, Study. telesurenglish.net The U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIH) said on Thursday that COVID-19 is mutating to become more contagious, as new cases spike in the United States. | RELATED: | After analyzing 5,000 COVID-19 genetic codes, the experts found that the virus has not become more lethal, although it has come to be more transmissible. Viruses tend to change as a response to different circumstances, but se…

news.un (2020-09-24). Through solidarity, humanity will overcome COVID-19 pandemic: Timor-Leste President. news.un.org The COVID-19 pandemic provides an opportunity to focus on the importance of achieving a sustainable future for all people and the planet, the President of Timor-Leste said in his speech to the 75th session of the UN General Assembly on Thursday.

news.un (2020-09-24). Viet Nam is 'duty-bound' to help strengthen the UN, world's largest multilateral organization. news.un.org Against the backdrop of the "extraordinary" circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic, "global and regional multilateral mechanisms must be strengthened", the President of Viet Nam told the high-level debate of UN General Assembly on Thursday.

Vijay Prashad (2020-09-24). Hunger Will Kill Us before Coronavirus. dissidentvoice.org Baasanjav Choijiljav (Mongolia), Promise, 2018. In April 2020, a month after the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared the pandemic, the UN's World Food Programme (WFP) warned that the numbers of people who lived with acute hunger around the world would double due to COVID-19 by the end of 2020 'unless swift action is taken'. A …

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).

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). Somalia committed to promoting democracy, accountability despite COVID-19 challenge. news.un.org Somalia is working with its international partners to build a democratic, inclusive and prosperous country for its citizens, President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, known as 'Farmajo', told the UN General Assembly on Thursday.

WSWS (2020-09-24). A twenty-year-old student dies from COVID-19 at California University of Pennsylvania. wsws.org California University of Pennsylvania student Jamain Stephens Jr. died September 9 from a blood clot in his heart after he contracted COVID-19.

WSWS (2020-09-24). As Creek Fire become the largest in California history, farmworkers continue to labor without protection from smoke. wsws.org Even though plans were announced over a month ago to distribute hundreds of thousands of N95 masks to Fresno area farmworkers, few have received these masks, which provide a high level of protection against both air pollution and COVID-19.

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.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-24). Iran's COVID-19 death toll tops 25,000. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 24 (MNA) — According to the Iranian Health Ministry, more than 25,000 people have died due to the COVID-19 since the start of the outbreak.

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.

Staff (2020-09-24). Trump's Vaccine Czar Refuses to Divest From Company Developing COVID Vaccine. truthout.org The former pharmaceutical executive tapped by President Donald Trump to lead the administration's race to a COVID-19 vaccine is refusing to give up investments that stand to benefit from his work — at least during his lifetime. | The executive, Moncef Slaoui, is the top scientist on Operation Warp Speed, the administration's effort to develop a coronavirus vaccine in record time. Federal law requires government officials to disclose their personal finances and divest any holdings relat…

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…