Daily Archives: September 26, 2020

2020-09-26: News Headlines

news.un (2020-09-26). FROM THE FIELD: COVID-19's 'deadly layer of complexity' depicted in photos. news.un.org The fall-out from the COVID-19 pandemic is adding a "deadly layer of complexity" to the global challenge of preventing more people from falling into poverty, a view articulated in a photographic exhibition sponsored by the UN Development Programme (UNDP).

Julian Rose (2020-09-26). Manufactured Pandemic: Testing People for Any Strain of a Coronavirus, Not Specifically for COVID-19. globalresearch.ca First published by Global Research on March 27, 2020 | The following is from a medical forum. The writer, who is a widely respected professional scientist in the US, prefers to stay anonymous, because presenting any narrative different than the official …

_____ (2020-09-26). Workers' Rights In Globalised Industry. popularresistance.org The Covid-19 crisis and the lockdowns imposed as a result hit the garment industry hard, causing order cancellations and job losses in producer countries. | What can trade unions do to press brands to shield suppliers from the risk of a sudden loss of income that they pass onto their workers? | "This problem emerged early in the pandemic. In April many brands endorsed a call to action, a tripartite initiative led by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) with a commitment by brands to pay for finished goods and goods in production.

Mia Barnes (2020-09-26). Is COVID-19 causing a spike in addiction rates? nationofchange.org Addiction is hard, especially in tough world or life circumstances, but with support from near or far, you can make it through.

Dr. Martin Feeley (2020-09-26). 'You Can't Postpone Youth': Those Least at Risk from COVID Pay Highest Price, Says Doctor. globalresearch.ca The senior Dr

Beda M Stadler (2020-09-26). Coronavirus: Why Everyone Was Wrong. It is Not a "New Virus". "The Fairy Tale of No Immunity" globalresearch.ca So: Sars-Cov-2 isn't all that new, but merely a seasonal cold virus that mutated and disappears in summer, as all cold viri do — which is what we're observing globally right now. Flu viri mutate significantly more, by the way, and nobody would ever claim that a new flu virus strain was completely novel.

Dr. T. P. Wilkinson (2020-09-26). Inferno and the "Fourth Circle". The American Empire and the 2020 Pandemic. globalresearch.ca In 1973, the world economy was brought almost to a halt by a supposed shortage of oil. The ostensible trigger for this alleged shortage was the so-called Yom Kippur War in which the armed forces of the Anglo-American Empire's settler-colonial …

Eds. (2020-09-26). Hate: A key strategy of the Venezuelan opposition. mronline.org Psychologist Fernando Giuliani analyses the retaliatory feelings of those who wish to annihilate the Bolivarian Revolution, which have been overheating during the pandemic.

Dr. Russell Blaylock (2020-09-26). Face Masks Pose Serious Risks to the Healthy. globalresearch.ca First published by GR on May 26, 2020 | "By wearing a mask, the exhaled viruses will not be able to escape and will concentrate in the nasal passages, enter the olfactory nerves and travel into the brain." — Russell Blaylock, …

_____ (2020-09-26). Let's Talk About Racism And Health. popularresistance.org The current uprising across the nation is a take-off moment for systemic racism in the United States. A take-off moment occurs when awareness about a crisis reaches a level of public consciousness where an event (in this case, the recent high-profile police murders of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd) sparks protests across the country. Racist …

_____ (2020-09-26). Throw Sand In The Gears Of The Machine. popularresistance.org Humanity will continue along its self-destructive trajectory until the masses use the power of their numbers to force real change. Humanity will not use the power of its numbers to force real change as long as it's being successfully propagandized not to do so. The oligarchic propaganda machine is therefore the primary barrier to our transition from our self-destructive patterns into a healthy collaborative relationship with each other and with our ecosystem. | 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.

Dean Baker (2020-09-26). It's Not Vaccine Nationalism, It's Vaccine Idiocy. zcomm.org The pandemic gave us an extraordinary opportunity to experiment with an alternative mechanism for financing research that could have enormously benefitted public health…

Zach Conti (2020-09-26). G7 Finance Ministers Support Debt Relief for Poor Countries Combating COVID-19 Crisis. indybay.org The G7 supports a process for debt cancellation for vulnerable countries, they announced this morning after Treasury convened a special Finance Ministers meeting. In a G7 statement, the ministers also encouraged an extension of the G20 Debt Service Suspension Initiative (DSSI) into next year for the world's 73 poorest countries.

Karen Attiah (2020-09-26). Africa has defied the covid-19 nightmare scenarios. We shouldn't be surprised. indybay.org Published Sept. 22, 2020- in The Washington Post…

Amitava Banerjee, Laura Pasea, Spiros Denaxas, Bryan Williams, Harry Hemingway (2020-09-26). [Correspondence] Models for mortality require tailoring in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic — Authors' reply. thelancet.com We thank Arielle Lasry and Roberta Horth for their comments on our study1 and agree that long-term mortality models, applicable to people with different underlying conditions, have an important ongoing role in the COVID-19 response, and that they require further development to include wider determinants of health.

Philip Ball (2020-09-26). [Perspectives] David Hare's fiery account of COVID-19. thelancet.com Going to the theatre is no longer normal, although it might be (in the already clichéd phrase) the new normal. It's not just the ubiquitous masks and hand gel, or the absence of mingling as everyone stays in their little social bubbles. The auditorium of the Bridge Theatre in London, UK, looked like it had been prepared for some other sort of performance art, at least half of the chairs having been physically removed. My solitary seat, set in isolation, made me feel simultaneously privileged, as if travelling first class, and vulnerable.

Susan Jaffe (2020-09-26). [World Report] Media reports reveal political interference at the US CDC. thelancet.com News accounts say that Trump administration officials wanted to edit and approve COVID-19 studies and publish guidance without the usual scientific review. Susan Jaffe reports.

Richard Horton (2020-09-26). [Comment] Offline: COVID-19 is not a pandemic. thelancet.com As the world approaches 1 million deaths from COVID-19, we must confront the fact that we are taking a far too narrow approach to managing this outbreak of a new coronavirus. We have viewed the cause of this crisis as an infectious disease. All of our interventions have focused on cutting lines of viral transmission, thereby controlling the spread of the pathogen. The "science" that has guided governments has been driven mostly by epidemic modellers and infectious disease specialists, who understandably frame the present health emergency in centuries-old terms of plague.

Arielle Lasry, Roberta Horth (2020-09-26). [Correspondence] Models for mortality require tailoring in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. thelancet.com Amitava Banerjee and colleagues1 present the estimated prevalence of serious underlying medical conditions indicative of susceptibility to severe COVID-19 and mortality in England.

The Lancet (2020-09-26). [Editorial] COVID-19 in India: the dangers of false optimism. thelancet.com Despite a strong response at the outset of the pandemic, as of Sept 22, India has the world's fastest growing outbreak of COVID-19 in absolute numbers according to WHO, reporting more than 5 ∑6 million infections. Restrictions began to be lifted in June, and this relaxation has continued in the face of a continuing dramatic increase in case numbers nationally. Beneath these alarming national figures, the pattern of spread in India is nuanced and complex, with marked differences between states, and between rural and urban areas.

Zion Hagay (2020-09-26). [Correspondence] Israeli aid to the West Bank and the Gaza Strip during the COVID-19 pandemic. thelancet.com The claims asserted in David Mills and colleagues in their Correspondence1 were so egregious that we feel the need to respond, even though some time has passed since its publication and the Correspondence has since been removed from The Lancet's website.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-26). Iran COVID-19 update: 3,204 new cases, 172 deaths in 24h. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 26 (MNA) — Iran's Health Ministry confirmed 3,204 new COVID-19 infections and 172 deaths due to the disease in the past 24 hours.

sputniknews (2020-09-26). CDC: Young Adults Account for More COVID-19 Cases Than Any Other US Age Group. sputniknews.com Young adults aged 20 to 29 accounted for around 20% of all confirmed COVID-19 novel coronavirus cases recorded in the US between June and August, according to a new study from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The Canary (2020-09-26). Government should use coronavirus pandemic to tackle 'bad behaviour' in businesses, says former shadow chancellor. thecanary.co Former shadow chancellor John McDonnell is urging the government to use the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic to "stamp out bad behaviour" from businesses across the country. The Labour MP insisted that firms guilty of poor employment practices should not receive state help.Business standards: In his first major intervention since leaving Labour's front bench, he will put forward a Business Standards Bill. The bill will be aimed at tackling those firms that use fire and rehire tactics and zero-hour contracts, avoid tax, or pollute the environment.His proposals include an accreditation scheme for firms that m…

The Canary (2020-09-26). Glasgow University to refund one month's rent after coronavirus outbreak. thecanary.co Glasgow University will refund all students in halls of residence one month's rent, along with a £50 payment for food. | The return of students to campuses across Scotland has seen a spike in coronavirus (Covid-19) cases. It's forced hundreds into self-isolation, and led to the Scottish government and Universities Scotland to ask that students do not socialise in hospitality venues this weekend. | Outbreak: | At Glasgow University, 124 cases of the virus were reported on Thursday 24 September, with the number expected to rise. | As a result, a test centre was established at the Murano Street halls o…

The Canary (2020-09-26). Tory rebels continue bid for vote on coronavirus powers despite No 10 offer. thecanary.co Tory backbenchers will continue to push the government to give MPs a chance to debate and vote on coronavirus measures before they come into force. This is despite Downing Street's attempt to head off a rebellion. | Conservative Graham Brady, the chairman of the 1922 Committee, has tabled an amendment to the Coronavirus Act. The amendment is an attempt to force greater parliamentary scrutiny of the regulations. | Scrutiny: | A six-month review of coronavirus (Covid-19) powers is scheduled to take place on Wednesday 30 September. | In a bid to appease the backbenches, Downing Street has offered MPs a chanc…

Staff (2020-09-26). Birth Control Is Harder to Get During COVID. Over-the-Counter Access Is Crucial. truthout.org In what was her As Justice Ginsburg knew,…

yenisafak (2020-09-26). India fails to curb virus despite strict lockdown. yenisafak.com India enforced one of the world's most stringent lockdowns in March to check the spread of the coronavirus.The shutdown took effect four hours after Prime Minister Narendra Modi's announcement and created chaos and confusion as Indians were totally unprepared.All economic activities came to a standstill. More than 140 million migrant workers in big cities were suddenly left without work as shops, factories and establishments shut down.In the COVID-19-hit months of April to June, India's GDP shrank 23.9% year-on-year. Although the pandemic turned into a financial crisis and rendered millions jobless, the virus spr…

yenisafak (2020-09-26). COVID-19 recoveries top 75% in Bangladesh. yenisafak.com With 1,753 more patients cleared over the past 24 hours, the number of recoveries in the country now stands at 268,777, or 75.1%, according to the Health Ministry.Some 36 more deaths were also reported in Bangladesh over the past day, along with 1,106 more infections, the lowest single-day figure since Aug. 2.The overall COVID-19 case count is now at 357,873, including 5,129 — 1.43% — fatalities.A total of 3,974 men (77.48%) and 1,155 women (22.52%) have died of COVID-19 in Bangladesh, the ministry said.At least 10,680 more coronavirus tests were conducted over the past 24 hours, taking the total to o…

yenisafak (2020-09-26). Iran prepares to impose new coronavirus lockdowns as cases rise. yenisafak.com "We are forced to intensify regulations and supervisions," starting in the capital Tehran, Rouhani said in televised remarks.He said government-run coronavirus task-force offices around the country would make recommendations on restrictions and whether to impose one-week lockdowns.Iran's death toll from the coronavirus has surpassed 25,000 and identified cases on Friday totalled 439,882, according to the health ministry.Iran's health officials have expressed alarm over a surge in infections, urging the country to respect health protocols to control the spread of the disease.

Ricardo Ayala, Bernardo Alarcon (2020-09-26). [Correspondence] The social contract and health care in Chile. thelancet.com Francisca Crispi and colleagues' plea for public health in Chile to be rebuilt,1 although thought-provoking, sets the private against the public. As much as we agree that inequalities in Chile have increased since the neoliberal turn, the social contract2 is far from dismantling. In fact, the concept is based on a liberal doctrine that seeks to protect individual freedom and private property.3 Crispi and colleagues' plea is therefore contradictory. Banning discrimination is the one basic condition for the tacit contract between citizens and the state.

Rebeccah Slater, Fiona Moultrie, Ralph Bax, John van den Anker, Aomesh Bhatt (2020-09-26). [Comment] Preterm health: time to bridge the evidence gap. thelancet.com Despite the development of revolutionary life-sustaining advances in neonatal medicine, medications are frequently administered in an ad-hoc and suboptimal way. Most drugs prescribed in neonatal care have not been submitted to the stringent regulatory processes of drug licensing that are standard in adult medicine.1 Although clinical research and licensing regulations differ between countries, the scarcity of licensed medications and inevitable use of off-label drugs in neonates are universal problems1 (countries reporting these issues include the USA, Japan, China, the Netherlands, Australia, India, and Brazil).

Ikram Ahmed Tunio, Syed Mohammad Qaisar Sajjad, Pakistan Medical Association (2020-09-26). [Correspondence] End curfews in Kashmir. thelancet.com The Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) is a national organisation representing medical fraternity of Pakistan. PMA works for the betterment of patients and physicians, and it acts to achieve the highest possible standards of medical care, ethics, education, and health-related human rights for all people.

Abdul Rahman (2020-09-26). Diplomatic cables published by WikiLeaks helped CIA torture victim get justice. peoplesdispatch.org Wikileaks strengthened the case of Khalid El-Masri in the European Human Rights Court which handed first ever punishment to CIA operatives involved in rendition in 2012.

Daniel Fernando, Terrance Gardet (2020-09-26). [Correspondence] The recent interest of medical science in Black lives. thelancet.com We read with great interest the important Editorial1 about racism in medicine and medical science. Despite an eagerness to agree that Black lives must matter more, particularly given the historical disrespect for Black lives,2,3 and the police shooting of Rayshard Brooks on June 12, 2020, during demonstrations against the cruel murder of George Floyd, we argue that Black lives matter like any other lives matter; neither more nor less, because anything else will lead to the same conundrum that we are trying to overcome.

Andrew W Horne, Katy Vincent, Catherine A Hewitt, Lee J Middleton, Magda Koscielniak, Wojciech Szubert, Ann M Doust, Jane P Daniels, GaPP2 collaborative (2020-09-26). [Articles] Gabapentin for chronic pelvic pain in women (GaPP2): a multicentre, randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. thelancet.com This study was adequately powered, but treatment with gabapentin did not result in significantly lower pain scores in women with chronic pelvic pain, and was associated with higher rates of side-effects than placebo. Given the increasing reports of abuse and evidence of potential harms associated with gabapentin use, it is important that clinicians consider alternative treatment options to off-label gabapentin for the management of chronic pelvic pain and no obvious pelvic pathology.

Geoff Watts (2020-09-26). [Obituary] Noel Richard Rose. thelancet.com Leading pioneer of autoimmune disease research. He was born in Stamford, CT, USA, on Dec 3, 1927, and died of a stroke in Brookline MA, USA, on July 30, 2020, aged 92 years.

Hasan Tahsin àñzpolat, Bulent Baran, Filiz Akyuz (2020-09-26). [Clinical Picture] Skin lesions indicate cause of acute gastrointestinal bleeding: neurofibromatosis type 1. thelancet.com A 25-year-old man attended our department with persistent, severe abdominal pain, which had started suddenly 1 h before, located in the umbilical area. The pain was followed by a 20 min period when the patient passed fresh blood from his rectum. When he arrived at the hospital, he was in a state of shock. His peripheral pulses were weak, his heart rate was 130 beats per min, and he needed emergency supportive treatment—including 10 units of red blood cells. After 30 min, his bleeding stopped spontaneously, and he became haemodynamically stable.

Suresh Reddy, Seema Arora, Ravi Kolli, American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (2020-09-26). [Correspondence] Finding common ground in Kashmir. thelancet.com The American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI), representing the interests of approximately 80‚Äà000 practicing Indian physicians and 40‚Äà000 medical students, residents, and fellows in the USA, is disenchanted and disappointed with your Editorial.1AAPI, along with its counterpart in India and globally, denounces the Editorial not only as premature but biased and reprehensible for lack of due diligence in research and consultation with proprieties or stakeholders.

Talha Burki (2020-09-26). [World Report] Inappropriate behaviour claims at Stop TB prompt review. thelancet.com An independent external review is under way after allegations of inappropriate behaviour, including by Executive Director Lucica Ditiu. Talha Burki reports.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-26). El Salvadorian filmmaker hails medical personnel. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 26 (MNA) — Iran's 16th Resistance International Film Festival has held an interview with Susana Beatriz Serrano, a filmmaker from El Salvador.

Dr. Martin Feeley (2020-09-25). How Lethal is Covid-19? Young and Healthy Majority Need to be Allowed to Live. globalresearch.ca

news.un (2020-09-25). Pandemic is 'a time to separate what is necessary from what is not': Pope Francis. news.un.org The COVID-19 pandemic is a trial, but also "a time to choose what matters and what passes away, a time to separate what is necessary from what is not", Pope Francis told world leaders on Friday, in his virtual address to the UN General Assembly.

teleSUR (2020-09-25). COVID 19 Updates: US Cases Surpass 7 Million. telesurenglish.net The following are the updates on the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. | – – – – | RABAT — Morocco announced on Friday 2,423 new COVID-19 cases, taking the total tally in the North African country since March 2 to 112,522. | The number of recoveries from coronavirus in Morocco increased to 91,932 after 1,746 more were added, while the death toll rose by 42 to 1,998, the ministry of health said in a statement. | – – – – | RAMALLAH — The Palestinian health ministry on Friday reported 452 new COVID-19 cases and five deaths from the virus in the West Bank, the Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem. | In a pres…

news.un (2020-09-25). Japan to 'proactively lead' on COVID-19 response efforts. news.un.org Japan has signaled its intention to take a leading role in global response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its aftershocks, with new Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga highlighting the links between recovery, health and economic development.

news.un (2020-09-25). Pacific small islands and 'Big Ocean' nations at UN Assembly make the case for climate action, shift to clean energy. news.un.org Facing constant threats from climate change and wary of the possible spread of COVID-19 to their shores, Pacific Island leaders on Friday touted their own environmental action plans and called for more aggressive climate action from other nations, including rapid shifts toward clean energy.

WSWS (2020-09-25). Four Texas universities report over 1,000 COVID-19 cases each. wsws.org A surge in COVID-19 cases in Lubbock and Brazos counties coincided with the start of fall semester at Texas Tech University and Texas A&M University which are located in those respective counties.

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

Project Censored (2020-09-25). Episode 109 — RBG, The People's Party & RussiaGate with Jeremy Kuzmarov. projectcensored.org On today's episode, Nicholas Baham II (Dr. Dreadlocks), Janice Domingo, and Nolan Higdon discuss the life of RBG, The People's Party and RussiaGate with Jeremy Kuzmarov Along The Line is… | By Nolan Higdon It was just another day in 2020: COVID-19 continued ravaging communities; we were still on lockdown; police and protesters were clashing in cities across the US; and…

news.un (2020-09-25). Italy calls for reinvigorated multilateral system to combat 'invisible enemy', COVID-19. news.un.org Today the world is faced with "an invisible enemy" that has upended lives, suffocated the world economy and limited freedoms, the Prime Minster of Italy told the United Nations on Friday.