Monthly Archives: October 2020

2020-10-31: News Headlines

The Canary (2020-10-31). Unions call for more measures to protect jobs as furlough scheme ends. thecanary.co Fears have been raised that people will be pushed into in hardship as government coronavirus support schemes end.Unions are calling for more measures to protect jobs as the furlough scheme ends, saying the new support plans are "not adequate", while poverty campaigners have concerns about the end of mortgage holidays.With no certainty about whether Covid-19 can be brought under control in the near future and millions of UK people living under further restrictions, Unite general secretary Len McCluskey called on the Government to bring forward clear plans for the protection of health, jobs and incomes.Mr McCluskey…

Thomas A Treibel, Charlotte Manisty, Mervyn Andiapen, Corinna Pade, Melanie Jensen, Marianna Fontana, Xosé Couto-Parada, Teresa Cutino-Moguel, Mahdad Noursadeghi, James C Moon (2020-10-31). [Correspondence] Asymptomatic health-care worker screening during the COVID-19 pandemic — Authors' reply. thelancet.com Kevin Fennelly and Christopher Whalen emphasise that health-care workers (HCWs) are at a higher risk of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 infection than are the general population. Angela Chow and colleagues describe their experience in Singapore of very low rates of HCW infections and nosocomial transmission when effective personal protective equipment is implemented. We agree with both perspectives, and our Correspondence1 did not contradict either of these viewpoints.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-31). Meeting of COVID-19 combat headquarters held on Saturday. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 31 (MNA) — National Coronavirus Combat and Prevention Headquarters held a meeting in the presence of Iranian Health Minister Saeed Namaki on Saturday.

Christian Gortázar, Francisco J Rodríguez del-Río, Lucas Domínguez, José de la Fuente (2020-10-31). [Correspondence] Host or pathogen-related factors in COVID-19 severity? thelancet.com Lucy Okell and colleagues1 observed that the transmission of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) is currently in marked decline in many countries. Okell and colleagues suggest two possible explanations for this decline, namely the effect of lockdowns, physical distancing, and other interventions; or, alternatively, herd immunity. After analysing trends in cumulative deaths over time in many European countries that went into lockdown at different stages of their epidemic, and data obtained from serology studies on the proportion of the population that had the infection previously, Okell an…

news.un (2020-10-31). Sustainable urbanization critical to COVID-19 recovery, better quality of life. news.un.org Cities will be critical for the world to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and the worst recession for decades, according to the latest report published by UN-Habitat, the UN agency working on urban issues.

Michael Welch (2020-10-31). Coronavirus and the Biotech Complex. A Conversation with Whitney Webb. globalresearch.ca "Government insiders had foreknowledge of the Covid-19 crisis on a scale that, thus far, has gone unreported and that those same insiders are now manipulating the government's response and public panic in order to reap record profits and gain unprecedented …

Angela Chow, Htet Lin Htun, Win Mar Kyaw, Lay Tin Lee, Brenda Ang (2020-10-31). [Correspondence] Asymptomatic health-care worker screening during the COVID-19 pandemic. thelancet.com Mass testing of asymptomatic health-care workers (HCWs) has been suggested to reduce nosocomial transmission of COVID-19.1 This level of testing might not be necessary in hospitals with protocols for personal protective equipment,2 despite recommendations by Thomas Treibel and colleagues.3 The 1600-bed Tan Tock Seng Hospital, Singapore, is colocated with the 330-bed National Centre for Infectious Diseases, Singapore, which, together, manage most patients with COVID-19 in Singapore. At this hospital, HCWs use fit-tested N95 respirators, eye protection, gloves, and gowns in areas where patients with COVID-19 are tr…

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-31). Iran COVID-19 update: 386 deaths, 7,820 cases in 24 hours. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 31 (MNA) — The Iranian Health Ministry has confirmed 7,820 COVID-19 infections and 386 deaths due to the disease in the past 24 hours.

Lucy C Okell, Robert Verity, Aris Katzourakis, Erik M Volz, Oliver J Watson, Swapnil Mishra, Patrick Walker, Charlie Whittaker, Christl A Donnelly, Steven Riley, Azra C Ghani, Axel Gandy, Seth Flaxman, Neil M Ferguson, Samir Bhatt (2020-10-31). [Correspondence] Host or pathogen-related factors in COVID-19 severity? — Authors' reply. thelancet.com Christian Gortázar and colleagues, in their response to our Correspondence about herd immunity in COVID-19,1 suggest that the mutation of the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) might provide an alternative explanation for the observed decline in deaths in Europe. As evidence, they highlight the observation that the SARS-CoV-2 virus has mutated,2,3 alongside their own report arguing that the severity of COVID-19 has decreased over time.4 Unfortunately, their own study appears to have ended before many recoveries could have occurred, severely undermining the main conclusion.

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2020-10-31). O jogo de números do Covid-19: A "segunda vaga" é baseada em estatísticas falsas. globalresearch.ca "Zonas vermelhas", proibiàßà£o de viajar, quarentenas, "listas vermelhas". Uma "Segunda Vaga" foi anunciada. | A campanha do medo tornou-se extenuante. Milhàµes de pessoas alinham-se para serem testadas ao Covid-19. | Medidas estatais drásticas sà£o contempladas, incluindo restriàßàµes a ajuntamentos sociais, casamentos, funerais, …

_____ (2020-10-31). Biden And Trump Agree Far More Than They Disagree. popularresistance.org With the U.S. presidential elections slated for next Tuesday November 3rd, unprecedented numbers of voters have already cast their ballot. Despite a polarized electorate deeply divided on issues from police brutality to COVID-19, for many voters commited to preventing four more years of Trump, the two major candidates prove far more similar than presented in mainstream media. | To shed light on some of these dyanmics in this crucial election for the hemisphere, we spoke with Adrienne Pine, professor of medical anthropology at American University, member of the Embassy Protection Collective, and author of the rece…

Richard Horton (2020-10-31). [Comment] Offline: COVID-19—a crisis of power. thelancet.com COVID-19 is about the politics of the body. In a series of lectures and essays in the 1970s and early 1980s, Michel Foucault (who died in 1984) argued that the discipline of public health emerged with the birth of capitalism in the 18th century. The body came to be understood as an instrument of economic production, of labour power, and so became a subject of significant political interest. Medicine and public health were endorsed as tools to enhance these productive forces, to ensure that people were fit for work.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-31). Global COVID-19 death toll approaching 1.2m. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 31 (MNA) — The global COVID-19 death toll has surpassed 1.19 million according to John Hopkins University.

Manlio Dinucci (2020-10-31). Manlio Dinucci: "Il pericolo per l'umanità viene dalle armi nucleari non dal covid" globalresearch.ca Manlio Dinucci, giornalista del comitato "no guerra no Nato", spiega i reali pericoli che incombono oggi sul pianeta. …

Dr. Sucharit Bhakdi (2020-10-31). Video: The Corona Virus and the Health Impacts of the Lockdown: Interview with Dr. Sucharit Bhakdi. globalresearch.ca Dr. Sucharit Bhakdi is an award winning medical doctor specialised in the fields of immunology, bacteriology, virology, and parasitology. | This is not a killer virus comparable to the Spanish Flu. | . | . …

Alex Bainbridge (2020-10-31). Greens advance as Labor returned in Qld election. greenleft.org.au The most important result of the Queensland election is the advance of the Greens. The Greens have increased their representation from one to at least two members of parliament. | Also significant is the return of the Palaszczuk Labor government. This is a vindication of the generally good (albeit inconsistent) approach taken by Queensland Labor to tackling the coronavirus pandemic.

The Canary (2020-10-31). Even the boss of the Police Federation is slating the government's coronavirus communications. thecanary.co The chairman of the Police Federation of England and Wales has criticised the "briefing" of a potential lockdown to the media, claiming it had increased pressure on the emergency services. | John Apter, head of the organisation which represents more than 120,000 rank-and-file officers, called for "clear communication" on coronavirus measures. | He tweeted on Saturday morning: "To those briefing selective media on a potential national lockdown please understand the impact this has. It creates a media frenzy, causes confusion and ahead of any official announcement encourages some to make the most of their pre-lockd…

Boaventura de Sousa Santos (2020-10-31). Negationism, gattopardism and transitionism. zcomm.org The new coronavirus pandemic has called into question many of the political certitudes that seemed to have been consolidated over the past forty years…

The Canary (2020-10-31). Union calls for schools to be closed if England enters month-long lockdown. thecanary.co Schools and colleges must be closed if the government imposes another national lockdown, the National Education Union (NEU) has said. Joint general secretary Kevin Courtney also called for ministers to prepare to introduce school rotas for the end of any new restrictions. | New measures: | Boris Johnson is expected to outline fresh measures to control the spread of coronavirus at a Downing Street press conference on 31 October. He is reportedly considering introducing nationwide restrictions next week, which could see everything closed except essential shops and education settings for a month. | NEU calle…

The Lancet (2020-10-31). [Editorial] The US election 2020. thelancet.com 100 years ago, voters in the presidential election of 1920 were weary, trepidatious, and living with the spectre of pandemic and uncertainty. After the carnage of World War 1 and the multiple waves of influenza that enveloped the world between 1918 and 1920 (of the 50 million lives lost, 675‚Äà000 were American), the US economy had sunk into a deep recession as it adjusted to post-wartime production and consumption. Presidential candidate Warren G Harding expounded that "America's present need is not heroics, but healing; not nostrums, but normalcy".

Ankit Agarwal, Trevor J Royce (2020-10-31). [Correspondence] The effect of Medicare for All on rural hospitals. thelancet.com Alison Galvani and colleagues1 robustly modelled the effect of the Medicare for All Act on US national health expenditures and outcomes. Spending on hospital care and physician or clinical services accounts for 53% of total spending. Their model assumes that Medicare rates are uniformly 22% lower than are private-payer rates and that, by switching all fees to Medicare rates, overall reimbursements will be 6% lower for hospitals and 7% lower for physicians.

Meagan C Fitzpatrick, Alison P Galvani (2020-10-31). [Correspondence] The effect of Medicare for All on rural hospitals — Authors' reply. thelancet.com The USA's rural hospitals are a lifeline for the communities that they serve, as evidenced by the catastrophic effects of their closures. Subsequent to the closure of a rural hospital, mortality rises by 5 ∑9% among residents of the service area.1…

Jeyaraj D Pandian, Yogeshwar Kalkonde, Ivy Anne Sebastian, Cynthia Felix, Gerard Urimubenshi, Jackie Bosch (2020-10-31). [Series] Stroke systems of care in low-income and middle-income countries: challenges and opportunities. thelancet.com The burden of stroke is higher in low-income and middle-income countries (LMICs) than in high-income countries and is rising. Even though there are global policies and guidelines for implementing stroke care, there are many challenges in setting up stroke services in LMICs. Despite these challenges, there are many models of stroke care available in LMICs—eg, multidisciplinary team care led by a stroke neurologist, specialist-led care by neurologists, physician-led care, hub and spoke models incorporating stroke telemedicine (ie, telestroke), and task sharing involving community health workers.

Pamela Das (2020-10-31). [Perspectives] Kevin Fenton: pursuing equity and equality in public health. thelancet.com Kevin Fenton is a public health polymath. He's worked successfully in health prevention and health improvement for more than three decades and is currently the Regional Director of Public Health England (PHE) London and the Regional Director of Public Health for NHS London. "I have a passion for learning and throughout my career it is about looking for the next set of opportunities to make a difference to the people who I have been called to serve", he says.

Fight Back (2020-10-31). The riot in Naples and the choice between health and work. fightbacknews.org Fight Back News Service is circulating the following statement from Italian Marxist- Leninist organization Fronte Popolare. | "Health is first and foremost, but without money no masses are sung": so, we read on one of the many banners laid out during the spontaneous protest marches in Naples in these hours. The contrast between health and work, between physical well-being and economic well-being is a choice that in a real democracy we should not even imagine to make. Yet this is the choice put in front of us, in the South as well as in the North, throughout the all country. While the North — and especially…

Sayed Meelad Habib, Maarten H Vermeer (2020-10-31). [Clinical Picture] A baby with red plaques on the face and a first-degree heart block: neonatal lupus. thelancet.com A 3-month-old boy was brought by his mother to our clinic who had noticed that her child had developed several round red lesions on his face (figure). She said that the problem had begun 3 weeks post partum. The baby had been born at full term following an uncomplicated pregnancy. The patient's mother was fit and well with no medical history of note—specifically she did not report any previous infections, or dermatological or autoimmune diseases.

Ed Holt (2020-10-31). [World Report] Slovakia to test all adults for SARS-CoV-2. thelancet.com Slovakia plans to be the first country to test its whole population for SARS-CoV-2, but experts warn of logistical and technical challenges. Ed Holt reports from Bratislava.

Peter Langhorne, Heinrich J Audebert, Dominique A Cadilhac, Joosup Kim, Patrice Lindsay (2020-10-31). [Series] Stroke systems of care in high-income countries: what is optimal? thelancet.com Stroke is a complex, time-sensitive, medical emergency that requires well functioning systems of care to optimise treatment and improve patient outcomes. Education and training campaigns are needed to improve both the recognition of stroke among the general public and the response of emergency medical services. Specialised stroke ambulances (mobile stroke units) have been piloted in many cities to speed up the diagnosis, triage, and emergency treatment of people with acute stroke symptoms. Hospital-based interdisciplinary stroke units remain the central feature of a modern stroke service.

Susan Jaffe (2020-10-31). [World Report] US election 2020: the future of the Affordable Care Act. thelancet.com President Donald Trump pledges to replace the Affordable Care Act while his Democratic opponent Joe Biden offers detailed proposals to improve it. Susan Jaffe reports from Washington, DC.

Lynda Carson (2020-10-30). Trump regime falsely claims it ended coronavirus covid-19 pandemic. indybay.org White House Statement Falsely Claiming Trump Has Ended Coronavirus Covid-19 Pandemic…

Eve Ottenberg (2020-10-30). Industrial Food Production and the Pandemic. counterpunch.org Covid-19 comes from the primary forest, from bat caves. In a world without industrial agriculture encroaching on that forest, in a world without the corporatization of a wild-food industry, Covid-19 would probably never have left those caves. The pandemic was not caused by small-holder agriculture, and the virus probably did not escape from a lab.

Joe Piette (2020-10-30). Support Pennsylvania prisoners on hunger strike for human rights. workers.org Incarcerated people in many U.S. states have been held in small prison cells for up to 23 hours a day since March 2020, ostensibly because of the threat of COVID-19. Imprisoned workers have filed many grievances over the increasingly unbearable conditions, which are nothing less than torture with no end . . . |

Staff (2020-10-30). Uninsured COVID Patients Aren't Being Told Their Hospital Bills Are Covered. truthout.org When Darius Settles died from COVID-19 on the Fourth of July, his family and the city of Nashville, Tennessee, were shocked. Even the mayor noted the passing of a 30-year-old without any underlying conditions — one of the city's youngest fatalities at that point. | Settles was also uninsured and had just been sent home from an emergency room for the second time, and he was worried about medical bills. An investigation into his death found that, like many uninsured COVID-19 patients, he ha…

RT (2020-10-30). As Covid-19 cases continue to sharply rise in Russia, Kremlin admits country has a shortage of doctors & calls for pay rises. rt.com Russia hasn't got enough doctors and paying them more should be a priority. That's according to Dmitry Peskov, President Vladimir Putin's spokesman, who said medics are working in "extreme conditions" during the Covid-19 pandemic. | When asked about doctors' wages, during a Friday press call, Peskov highlighted that Russia's regions have been given extra money to fight the coronavirus, and that they should use some of that to attract better specialists. According to Moscow-based newspaper Kommersant, a journalist had noted that richer areas of the country are luring higher-qualified doctors away from poorer lo…

RT (2020-10-30). 'Vital we start now': WHO reforms should not be left until after Covid-19 pandemic, says German health minister. rt.com The German government has called for immediate reforms to the World Health Organization (WHO), with Health Minister Jens Spahn stressing the importance of starting the process now and not wait until the pandemic has passed. | The UN health agency should be faster in its response to crises, Spahn added, calling for the WHO's members to give it more funding and for them to be better at sharing information. | Read more | | Spahn's call for tran…

RT (2020-10-30). Covid-19 as deadly for nurses as World War I, with fatalities from virus matching deaths during four-year war. rt.com As many nurses have died from Covid-19 as during the whole of World War I, the International Council of Nurses (ICN) has said, adding that health worker fatalities in the pandemic were likely hugely under-reported. | At least 1,500 nurses have lost their lives since the novel coronavirus outbreak was first reported in China's Wuhan some 11 months ago, according to ICN figures. The same amount is believed to have been killed during World War I, which lasted for four years between 1914 and 1918. | "The fact that as many nurses have died during this pandemic as died during World War I is shocking," ICN head Howar…

WSWS (2020-10-30). San Diego educators and students demand access to COVID-19 outbreak data. wsws.org The public must be granted access to proper data and information so that individuals can make informed decisions on their health, and to ensure the proper protection of themselves and their families.

Vijay Prashad (2020-10-30). How Venezuela Has Held Back COVID-19 in Spite of the U.S. Sanctions Stranglehold on Its Economy. counterpunch.org Not for one minute during this pandemic has the United States stopped trying to overthrow the government of Nicolás Maduro in Venezuela. A seam of cruelty runs through U.S. policy, which by its sanctions regime prevents Venezuela from open trade of its oil to import key medical equipment to help break the chain of the virus and heal those infected by it.

Jeff Abbott (2020-10-30). The Other Americans: United States Attacks Cuban Medics During Pandemic. progressive.org The Trump Administration is refusing Cuba's COVID-19 medical aid, claiming the doctors are being 'trafficked.'

Jon Cohen (2020-10-30). The 'Very, Very Bad Look' of Remdesivir, the First FDA-approved COVID-19 Drug. globalresearch.ca October was a good month for Gilead Sciences, the giant manufacturer of antivirals headquartered in Foster City, California. On 8 October, the company inked an agreement to supply the European Union with its drug remdesivir as a treatment for COVID-19—a …

news.un (2020-10-30). World court continues adjudicating throughout COVID health crisis. news.un.org Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the head of the United Nations world court said on Friday that its judiciary work in The Hague, Netherlands, continued unabated.

news.un (2020-10-30). Long-term symptoms of COVID-19 'really concerning', says WHO chief. news.un.org With some COVID-19 patients reporting long-term symptoms, including damage to major organs, the World Health Organization (WHO) urged Governments to ensure they receive necessary care.

Clare Dyer (2020-10-30). COVID-19: Government Poised to Amend Regulations to Allow Use of Unlicensed Vaccine. globalresearch.ca The UK government has set out plans to amend drug regulations in case it decides that covid-19 vaccines should be used before they are licensed, in a bid to roll them out more quickly.1 | In a consultation on the proposals …

news.un (2020-10-30). Kenya relief bid begins to avert 'hunger crisis' among poor workers hit by COVID. news.un.org In Kenya, a major UN-led cash and nutrition relief project is underway for informal workers facing a hunger crisis brought on by COVID-19, amidst warnings on Friday that the situation is likely even worse in many poorer countries.

Sandra Park (2020-10-30). The Dangers of Expanding What Can Be Patented In the Age of COVID-19. aclu.org As the COVID-19 crisis takes its devastating toll, the need for scientific collaboration is self-evident. After the first outbreaks, scientists in China

Johanna Ross (2020-10-30). To Lockdown or Not to Lockdown: Britain Debates. globalresearch.ca The UK government is facing increased pressure to call for a national lockdown or 'circuit breaker' as it has commonly become known after a further 310 deaths to Covid-19 were announced on Thursday. It brings the total number of deaths …

_____ (2020-10-30). Court Protest Aims At Boston Covid Housing Crisis. popularresistance.org Boston, MA – Thousands of families in eastern Massachusetts face renewed risk of eviction. Governor Charlie Baker opted on October 17 to cease emergency measures to protect shelter that have been in effect throughout most of 2020, triggering a huge surge in "notices to quit" from landlords. A rally downtown outside the Eastern Housing Court near Haymarket on a rainy Thursday morning called for an alternative program at the state legislature, among other policies that have been proposed including a rent freeze.

Steven Hill (2020-10-30). Can Facebook be Used to Steal an Election? counterpunch.org What a year. The US has faced three unprecedented crises — the COVID pandemic, nationwide racial unrest, and now a bitterly contested presidential election. And there in the middle of all three is the Dark Trinity: Facebook, YouTube and Twitter. With nearly 3 billion users, Facebook is by far the largest publisher in the world

_____ (2020-10-30). Alice's Nightmare In Drone Land. popularresistance.org New York – On Thursday, 33 people from New York, New Jersey, and Massachusetts organized by Upstate Drone Action blocked the gates at Hancock Air Field near Syracuse, NY. | Prior to Thursday's action, activists released this statement: | "And why are we going to Hancock AFB on October 29? Our country has gone down the rabbit hole — racially, spiritually and economically. COVID 19 has exposed the Pentagon and the Federal government's inability to do their job: to aid and protect our people. In fact the government has helped spread COVID, denying its severity and denying our people the PPE to combat that scou…

Jeff Harris (2020-10-30). Nine COVID Facts: A Pandemic of Fearmongering and Ignorance. globalresearch.ca Ever since the alleged pandemic erupted this past March the mainstream media has spewed a non-stop stream of misinformation that appears to be laser focused on generating maximum fear among the citizenry. But the facts and the science simply don't …

2020-10-30: News Headlines

Lynda Carson (2020-10-30). Trump regime falsely claims it ended coronavirus covid-19 pandemic. indybay.org White House Statement Falsely Claiming Trump Has Ended Coronavirus Covid-19 Pandemic…

Eve Ottenberg (2020-10-30). Industrial Food Production and the Pandemic. counterpunch.org Covid-19 comes from the primary forest, from bat caves. In a world without industrial agriculture encroaching on that forest, in a world without the corporatization of a wild-food industry, Covid-19 would probably never have left those caves. The pandemic was not caused by small-holder agriculture, and the virus probably did not escape from a lab.

Johanna Ross (2020-10-30). To Lockdown or Not to Lockdown: Britain Debates. globalresearch.ca The UK government is facing increased pressure to call for a national lockdown or 'circuit breaker' as it has commonly become known after a further 310 deaths to Covid-19 were announced on Thursday. It brings the total number of deaths …

Vijay Prashad (2020-10-30). How Venezuela Has Held Back COVID-19 in Spite of the U.S. Sanctions Stranglehold on Its Economy. counterpunch.org Not for one minute during this pandemic has the United States stopped trying to overthrow the government of Nicolás Maduro in Venezuela. A seam of cruelty runs through U.S. policy, which by its sanctions regime prevents Venezuela from open trade of its oil to import key medical equipment to help break the chain of the virus and heal those infected by it.

Joe Piette (2020-10-30). Support Pennsylvania prisoners on hunger strike for human rights. workers.org Incarcerated people in many U.S. states have been held in small prison cells for up to 23 hours a day since March 2020, ostensibly because of the threat of COVID-19. Imprisoned workers have filed many grievances over the increasingly unbearable conditions, which are nothing less than torture with no end . . . |

Clare Dyer (2020-10-30). COVID-19: Government Poised to Amend Regulations to Allow Use of Unlicensed Vaccine. globalresearch.ca The UK government has set out plans to amend drug regulations in case it decides that covid-19 vaccines should be used before they are licensed, in a bid to roll them out more quickly.1 | In a consultation on the proposals …

Jon Cohen (2020-10-30). The 'Very, Very Bad Look' of Remdesivir, the First FDA-approved COVID-19 Drug. globalresearch.ca October was a good month for Gilead Sciences, the giant manufacturer of antivirals headquartered in Foster City, California. On 8 October, the company inked an agreement to supply the European Union with its drug remdesivir as a treatment for COVID-19—a …

Staff (2020-10-30). Uninsured COVID Patients Aren't Being Told Their Hospital Bills Are Covered. truthout.org When Darius Settles died from COVID-19 on the Fourth of July, his family and the city of Nashville, Tennessee, were shocked. Even the mayor noted the passing of a 30-year-old without any underlying conditions — one of the city's youngest fatalities at that point. | Settles was also uninsured and had just been sent home from an emergency room for the second time, and he was worried about medical bills. An investigation into his death found that, like many uninsured COVID-19 patients, he ha…

Jeff Abbott (2020-10-30). The Other Americans: United States Attacks Cuban Medics During Pandemic. progressive.org The Trump Administration is refusing Cuba's COVID-19 medical aid, claiming the doctors are being 'trafficked.'

_____ (2020-10-30). Alice's Nightmare In Drone Land. popularresistance.org New York – On Thursday, 33 people from New York, New Jersey, and Massachusetts organized by Upstate Drone Action blocked the gates at Hancock Air Field near Syracuse, NY. | Prior to Thursday's action, activists released this statement: | "And why are we going to Hancock AFB on October 29? Our country has gone down the rabbit hole — racially, spiritually and economically. COVID 19 has exposed the Pentagon and the Federal government's inability to do their job: to aid and protect our people. In fact the government has helped spread COVID, denying its severity and denying our people the PPE to combat that scou…

_____ (2020-10-30). Court Protest Aims At Boston Covid Housing Crisis. popularresistance.org Boston, MA – Thousands of families in eastern Massachusetts face renewed risk of eviction. Governor Charlie Baker opted on October 17 to cease emergency measures to protect shelter that have been in effect throughout most of 2020, triggering a huge surge in "notices to quit" from landlords. A rally downtown outside the Eastern Housing Court near Haymarket on a rainy Thursday morning called for an alternative program at the state legislature, among other policies that have been proposed including a rent freeze.

Jeff Harris (2020-10-30). Nine COVID Facts: A Pandemic of Fearmongering and Ignorance. globalresearch.ca Ever since the alleged pandemic erupted this past March the mainstream media has spewed a non-stop stream of misinformation that appears to be laser focused on generating maximum fear among the citizenry. But the facts and the science simply don't …

Sarah Aziza (2020-10-30). For Persian Gulf Migrant Workers, the Pandemic Has Amplified Systemic Discrimination. thenation.com For Persian Gulf Migrant Workers, the Pandemic Has Amplified Systemic Discrimination…

_____ (2020-10-30). Britain's Profiteering Spymasters Ignored the Country's Biggest Threats. strategic-culture.org While spinning the revolving doors, they have endangered the public by neglecting bigger security threats, like coronavirus and climate change, write Matt Kennard and Mark Curtis. | Matt KENNARD and Mark CURTIS | Almost all of Britain's former spy chiefs are personally profiting from working for cyber security and energy companies after retiring from the U.K.'s major intelligence agencies. | In May, Declassified UK revealed that since 2000, nine out of 10 former chiefs of MI6, MI5 and GCHQ have taken jobs in the cyber security industry, a sector they promoted while in office as key to defending the U.K. from the…

Jasmine Banks (2020-10-30). For DeVos, the Pandemic Is Another Opportunity for Profit. thenation.com For DeVos, the Pandemic Is Another Opportunity for Profit…

news.un (2020-10-30). Women the 'driving force' for peacebuilding in Colombia: Deputy UN chief. news.un.org The UN deputy chief has underscored the importance of the full and comprehensive implementation of Colombia's historic 2016 peace agreement, to enable sustainable and resilient communities in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Canary (2020-10-30). The government has handed £66m in interest to banks for taxpayer-backed coronavirus loans. thecanary.co The government paid Britain's biggest lenders close to £65.7m in interest in just three months. This was for loans to British businesses during the pandemic. | Interest rates: | The government handed over £65,658,583 for interest on loans between the start of April and the end of June. This is according to figures obtained by the PA news agency through a freedom of information request. The interest was paid on loans taken under the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) and for the Bounce Back Loan Scheme. | Through the schemes, banks lent billions of pounds to small businesses.

WSWS (2020-10-30). Labor's health cut plan a warning on eve of Australian state election. wsws.org By demanding $1 billion in "savings" by Queensland Health, the Labor Party has pointed to a pandemic-accelerated assault on social spending.

Steve Gillis (2020-10-30). Boston school workers shut down bosses' "reopening" workers.org Steve Gillis is the Financial Secretary, USW Local 8751 Teachers, bus drivers, monitor attendants, nurses and community forces converged on the Boston School Department (BPS) on Oct. 21, intent on occupying School Committee chambers to demand an end to in-person school due to unsafe conditions in the surging pandemic. Boston . . . |

Joe Glenton (2020-10-30). Public sceptical about housing minister Robert Jenrick's homelessness claims. thecanary.co Millionaire minister Robert Jenrick says the Tories are on a "moral mission" to end homelessness, and have worked wonders during the pandemic. The public is sceptical. | The Cambridge-educated housing minister, who, In a video released on Twitter, he praised the "national effort to support rough sleepers" during the pandemic, and that the government wanted "to end rough sleeping by the end of…

Mark Fiore (2020-10-30). Screen Shot 2020-10-29 at 10.52.59 AM.png. progressive.org Trump is still treating a deadly virus like it's one of his real estate deals: bluster, lie and ignore the real numbers.

imperial.ac.uk (2020-10-30). Carbon-releasing 'zombie fires' in peatlands could be dampened by new findings. imperial.ac.uk New simulations have provided clues on reducing peat fires, which hide underground and are notoriously bad for human health and the environment.

Peoples Dispatch (2020-10-30). Kenyan federal government health workers begin national strike demanding promotions. peoplesdispatch.org The previous two nation-wide strike actions, notified in May and August against non-implementation of promotions, were called off after assurances from the government. Seeing no progress, workers have vowed to not resume work till demands are met…

Serge Halimi (2020-10-30). France: No Change for Thirty Years. counterpunch.org France, which is already facing health, environmental, economic and social woes, has also endured a series of blows in the form of terrorist attacks. Thus the calls to mobilise for war. Again. But destroying an enemy that is often very hard to find always requires more powerful weapons than last time. Not artillery and tanks

Virginia Rodino (2020-10-30). Why I'm Voting Green in 2020. globalresearch.ca Author's note: Kevin and I worked on this article together right before his untimely passing on September 6. I met Kevin during Ralph Nader's 2004 presidential campaign. Throughout the years since, I appreciated seeing his anti-imperialist and eco-socialist arguments strengthen …

Pip Hinman (2020-10-30). Nathan Reynolds' coronial inquiry hears evidence of systemic neglect, cruelty. greenleft.org.au The coronial inquest into the death of Dunghutti man Nathan Reynolds has heard a litany of evidence of gross medical neglect and prison indifference, reports Rachel Evans.

imperial.ac.uk (2020-10-30). Zoological Society award for Imperial epidemiologist. imperial.ac.uk Professor Christl Donnelly has been awarded the Frink Medal for outstanding contribution to zoology.

imperial.ac.uk (2020-10-30). Mech Eng graduate wins chance to write for Times flagship political blog. imperial.ac.uk Mechanical engineering alumni Geena Rait has won a competition to write political blogs for the Times through the autumn.

news.un (2020-10-29). COVID-19 robs children in poor countries of nearly four months of school. news.un.org The COVID-19 pandemic has robbed children in the poorest countries of nearly four months of schooling, compared to six weeks of lost education for their counterparts in high income countries, according to a report published on Thursday by the UN educational and cultural organization, UNESCO; the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the World Bank.

Mike Walter (2020-10-29). The Heat: COVID-19 surge in the United States. america.cgtn.com A dangerous surge of coronavirus cases in the United States. What's behind the increase and why are so many hospitals being pushed to their limit?

_____ (2020-10-29). COVID19 Rips Through Michigan K-12 Schools. popularresistance.org The spread of COVID-19 through Michigan's K-12 schools is rapidly accelerating, with the number of new outbreaks rising for the third week in a row, according to data released by the state yesterday. Last week, there were 29 separate outbreaks affecting 107 students, teachers and school workers, making it the most infectious week in Michigan since the school year began. | The 29 new outbreaks last week are in addition to 70 other "ongoing" outbreaks, defined as outbreaks that have been reported more than a week ago, but which have at least one new associated case in the last 28 days.

Vijay Prashad (2020-10-29). How Venezuela has held back COVID-19 in spite of the US sanctions stranglehold on its economy. peoplesdispatch.org María Lourdes Urbaneja Durant tells Vijay Prashad that despite sabotage by the US, Venezuela has been able to curb the spread of COVID-19 through "participation of the people"

Jeff Bryant (2020-10-29). Bad Leadership Is Plunging Public Schools Into a Crisis. progressive.org COVID-19 exposed how important teachers are to students and families—it's a shame that school leaders still won't listen to them.

news.un (2020-10-29). Caribbean vital to tackling COVID-19, climate change, UN chief tells regional leaders. news.un.org The twin crises of COVID-19 and climate change present a once in a generation opportunity for the Caribbean and its development partners to form a new alliance for inclusive, sustainable and resilient recovery, the UN Secretary-General told regional Heads of Government on Thursday.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-29). COVID-19 infections soaring in Iran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 29 (MNA) — The daily coronavirus infections broke previous records on Thursday, with Iran reporting 8,293 new infections, the Health Ministry announced.

Barbara Nimri Aziz (2020-10-29). What Can Americans Learn from New York's Shrewd Governor, Andrew Cuomo? Managing Covid-19. globalresearch.ca Day 240 of the Covid-19 pandemic in the US; anxious New Yorkers are again invited to hear about changing conditions in their state and what the governor's doing to protect them. Monday's press briefing must be his 150th review …

WSWS (2020-10-29). As COVID-19 surges in Europe, governments protect profits over lives. wsws.org If the resurgence of COVID-19 across Europe is not halted, it is a matter of only a few weeks before hospitals are overrun and masses of people cut off from treatment.

RT (2020-10-29). Russia's regional Covid crisis: Health Ministry investigates after two patients with serious lung damage left without hospital bed. rt.com Healthcare in the Siberian city of Omsk is under the microscope after ambulances carrying seriously ill patients were turned away by hospitals due to a lack of beds. The Russian Health Ministry has launched an investigation. | On Tuesday evening, two ambulances with elderly patients were driven around the city of Omsk for several hours, as multiple hospitals told them that no beds were available. The patients, aged 70 and 85, had suspected cases of Covid-19. After a few hours, the ventilation machines in the ambulances began to run out of oxygen, and the lives of the two patients were threatened. After that, t…

WSWS (2020-10-29). Significant fall on Wall Street amid rising COVID-19 infections. wsws.org The market sell-off has not been confined to Wall Street as Europe's Stoxx 600 index closed down 3 percent, losing 6 per cent since the end of last week, and now at its lowest level since May.

news.un (2020-10-29). Reduce risk to avert 'era of pandemics', experts warn in new report. news.un.org Unless there is a "seismic shift" in how countries collectively deal with infectious diseases, future pandemics will emerge more often, spread more rapidly, cause greater damage to the global economy and kill more people than COVID-19, international experts warned in a UN-backed report published on Thursday.

news.un (2020-10-29). Guterres to Security Council: Women leaders 'essential to peace and progress for all'. news.un.org Women continue to be under-represented in key decision-making over the battle against COVID-19, the chief of the UN gender empowerment agency said on Thursday, addressing the Security Council, adding that the situation is even "worse for women in conflict areas".

imperial.ac.uk (2020-10-29). COVID-19 deaths: Infection fatality ratio is about 1% says new report. imperial.ac.uk The COVID infection fatality ratio is around 1% in high-income countries, but substantially lower in low-income countries with younger populations.

WSWS (2020-10-29). Tennessee educator speaks out against unsafe conditions and lack of resources. wsws.org While COVID-19 continues to spread throughout Tennessee, educators are left with little resources and a deliberate lack of information about outbreaks at their schools.

sputniknews (2020-10-29). 'Folks Are Not Showing Up': US COVID-19 Spikes Deterring Families From Routine Health Screenings. sputniknews.com COVID-19 is deterring people from obtaining preventative treatment, which is likely to reverberate through the US public health and insurance systems, Dr. Yolandra Hancock, board-certified pediatrician and obesity medicine specialist, told Radio Sputnik's Political Misfits Thursday.

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2020-10-29). Trump's Covid-19 Testing Czar Warns of 'Draconian Measures' to Come If Americans Don't Mask Up. commondreams.org As cases surge just before Election Day, studies show universal mask-wearing prevents outbreaks and could save tens of thousands of lives. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/giroir.jpg

WSWS (2020-10-29). Health systems in the United States are facing growing strains with the surge in COVID-19 cases. wsws.org The number of US COVID-19 cases surpassed nine million yesterday, with 500,000 of these cases added to the ledger just in the last week.

Lord Sumption (2020-10-29). Video: Government by Decree — COVID-19 and the Constitution. globalresearch.ca On 27 October 2020 Lord Sumption delivered the 2020 Cambridge Freshfields Lecture entitled "Government by decree — Covid-19 and the Constitution". | The disputes over Brexit last year saw an attempt to make the executive, not Parliament, the prime source of …

WSWS (2020-10-29). University of Michigan students denounce administration's reckless COVID-19 policies. wsws.org University of Michigan Students speak out against deadly reopening policies.

Dean Baker (2020-10-29). Red State Governors Still Flunk COVID Testing. counterpunch.org A few weeks back I did a post noting that states governed by Republicans had the highest positive test rates, while the states with the lowest positive rates were mostly governed by Democrats. I argued that positive test rates are a good measure of how serious the governors are in trying to bring the pandemic

Julia Conley, staff writer (2020-10-29). 'It's Not Just That You're a Crook': Watch Jon Ossoff Eviscerate Sen. Perdue Over Insider Trading, Covid Lies, and Healthcare Attacks. commondreams.org "You're attacking the health of the people that you represent," the Democratic challenger said to Georgia's incumbent GOP senator. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/screen_shot_2020-10-29_at_9.59.28_am.jpg

2020-10-29: News Headlines

_____ (2020-10-29). COVID19 Rips Through Michigan K-12 Schools. popularresistance.org The spread of COVID-19 through Michigan's K-12 schools is rapidly accelerating, with the number of new outbreaks rising for the third week in a row, according to data released by the state yesterday. Last week, there were 29 separate outbreaks affecting 107 students, teachers and school workers, making it the most infectious week in Michigan since the school year began. | The 29 new outbreaks last week are in addition to 70 other "ongoing" outbreaks, defined as outbreaks that have been reported more than a week ago, but which have at least one new associated case in the last 28 days.

Lynda Carson (2020-10-29). Trump regime falsely claims it ended coronavirus covid-19 pandemic. indybay.org White House Statement Falsely Claiming Trump Has Ended Coronavirus Covid-19 Pandemic…

news.un (2020-10-29). COVID-19 robs children in poor countries of nearly four months of school. news.un.org The COVID-19 pandemic has robbed children in the poorest countries of nearly four months of schooling, compared to six weeks of lost education for their counterparts in high income countries, according to a report published on Thursday by the UN educational and cultural organization, UNESCO; the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the World Bank.

Barbara Nimri Aziz (2020-10-29). What Can Americans Learn from New York's Shrewd Governor, Andrew Cuomo? Managing Covid-19. globalresearch.ca Day 240 of the Covid-19 pandemic in the US; anxious New Yorkers are again invited to hear about changing conditions in their state and what the governor's doing to protect them. Monday's press briefing must be his 150th review …

news.un (2020-10-29). Reduce risk to avert 'era of pandemics', experts warn in new report. news.un.org Unless there is a "seismic shift" in how countries collectively deal with infectious diseases, future pandemics will emerge more often, spread more rapidly, cause greater damage to the global economy and kill more people than COVID-19, international experts warned in a UN-backed report published on Thursday.

Jeff Bryant (2020-10-29). Bad Leadership Is Plunging Public Schools Into a Crisis. progressive.org COVID-19 exposed how important teachers are to students and families—it's a shame that school leaders still won't listen to them.

Mike Walter (2020-10-29). The Heat: COVID-19 surge in the United States. america.cgtn.com A dangerous surge of coronavirus cases in the United States. What's behind the increase and why are so many hospitals being pushed to their limit?

imperial.ac.uk (2020-10-29). COVID-19 deaths: Infection fatality ratio is about 1% says new report. imperial.ac.uk The COVID infection fatality ratio is around 1% in high-income countries, but substantially lower in low-income countries with younger populations.

news.un (2020-10-29). Guterres to Security Council: Women leaders 'essential to peace and progress for all'. news.un.org Women continue to be under-represented in key decision-making over the battle against COVID-19, the chief of the UN gender empowerment agency said on Thursday, addressing the Security Council, adding that the situation is even "worse for women in conflict areas".

Vijay Prashad (2020-10-29). How Venezuela has held back COVID-19 in spite of the US sanctions stranglehold on its economy. peoplesdispatch.org María Lourdes Urbaneja Durant tells Viijay Prashad that despite sabotage by the US, Venezuela has been able to curb the spread of COVID-19 through "participation of the people"

Lord Sumption (2020-10-29). Video: Government by Decree — COVID-19 and the Constitution. globalresearch.ca On 27 October 2020 Lord Sumption delivered the 2020 Cambridge Freshfields Lecture entitled "Government by decree — Covid-19 and the Constitution". | The disputes over Brexit last year saw an attempt to make the executive, not Parliament, the prime source of …

Dean Baker (2020-10-29). Red State Governors Still Flunk COVID Testing. counterpunch.org A few weeks back I did a post noting that states governed by Republicans had the highest positive test rates, while the states with the lowest positive rates were mostly governed by Democrats. I argued that positive test rates are a good measure of how serious the governors are in trying to bring the pandemic

Julia Conley, staff writer (2020-10-29). 'It's Not Just That You're a Crook': Watch Jon Ossoff Eviscerate Sen. Perdue Over Insider Trading, Covid Lies, and Healthcare Attacks. commondreams.org "You're attacking the health of the people that you represent," the Democratic challenger said to Georgia's incumbent GOP senator. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/screen_shot_2020-10-29_at_9.59.28_am.jpg

Martha Rosenberg (2020-10-29). Is Pharma Our Covid Savior? zcomm.org Pharma has already eceived $1 billion of our hard earned tax dollars to develop Covid vaccines…

Staff (2020-10-29). Pandemic Poverty: The CARES Act Kept Millions from Going Hungry. Why Won't the Senate Renew It? democracynow.org The massive $2 trillion CARES Act — which sent households one-time payments and boosted unemployment checks with an additional $600 a week through July — helped keep millions afloat, but more than 8 million people have been forced into poverty since the aid ended. "The relief was temporary, and much of it has now expired, so now we're seeing poverty rise again," says Megan Curran, a researcher at the Center on Poverty and Social Policy at Columbia University. "We know that families can be protected again, but it does require action at the federal level."

Staff (2020-10-29). More Than 8 Million Have Been Forced Into Poverty Since COVID Relief Ended in US. truthout.org The massive $2 trillion CARES Act — which sent households one-time payments and boosted unemployment checks with an additional $600 a week through July — helped keep millions afloat, but more than 8 million people have been forced into poverty since the aid ended. "The relief was temporary, and much of it has now expired, so now we're seeing poverty rise again," says Megan Curran, a researcher at the Center on Poverty and Social Policy at Columbia University. "We know that famili…

news.un (2020-10-29). World Cities Day: Value communities, today and for the future. news.un.org Top UN officials have highlighted the "extraordinary" contributions of grassroots communities in towns and cities across the world in the face of the coronavirus pandemic, and urged that their unique efforts be built on, during recovery.

Steve Champion (2020-10-29). My San Quentin Death Row Coronavirus Experience. counterpunch.org In late January 2020, President Donald Trump was fully aware of the potential danger and present threat of Coronavirus, even as it would take the WHO until March 11 to declare a pandemic. In that same month, San Quentin prisoners received an administrative notification that one of the guards tested positive. At the time, I was not overly concerned because I was healthy and in good shape, but of course viruses, pathogens with the sole aim of wreaking havoc on healthy cells, don't care about that.

Lucas Leiroz de Almeida (2020-10-29). Poland Wants New "Marshall Plan" to "Save" Belarus. globalresearch.ca Poland is currently experiencing one of the most difficult periods in its recent history. The effects of the new coronavirus pandemic have been devastating in the country, considering that it has effectively reduced Polish industrial production — which decreased by …

KJSKDC (2020-10-29). Policing the Pandemic: How the City of Albuquerque Criminalizes People Living on the Streets. counterpunch.org Instead of helping unsheltered people find support and housing, the City of Albuquerque's Family and Community Services Department has been working closely with Albuquerque police to break up tent encampments, to check for warrants, and to identify people for police to arrest or issue criminal citations.

Karen Conner (2020-10-29). Record 33.1 Percent Surge Still Leaves GDP 3.5 Percent Below Pre-Pandemic Level. cepr.net The trade deficit reached a record in the third quarter. GDP grew at a record 33.1 percent annual rate, as the economy bounced back from the pandemic-driven shutdowns in the second quarter. However, even with this record growth, the economy was still 3.5 percent below its pre-pandemic level. If we assume a modest 2.0 percent …

Good Law Project (2020-10-29). Exposed: Special Procurement Channels for 'VIPs' and UK Cabinet Contacts. globalresearch.ca Leaked documents seen by Good Law Project set out special pathways by which "VIP" and "Cabinet Office" contacts could be awarded lucrative PPE contracts at the height of the pandemic — and at inflated prices. | Lord Bethell, a junior …

Jon Rappoport (2020-10-29). The Virus-story: Breaking the Chains of Medical Civilization. "Mind Control par Excellence" globalresearch.ca In the same way the CIA invented foreign enemies which required us to go to war, there are people who have invented stories of fearful germs that demand medical treatment and prevention. The story tellers know that among the public, …

_____ (2020-10-29). Why Marylanders Must Test The Water Near Military Bases. popularresistance.org Last month, independent testing of oysters in the St. Mary's River and St. Inigoes Creek was performed on behalf of the St. Mary's River Watershed Association and financially supported by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, PEER. | Oysters in the St. Mary's River and in St. Inigoes Creek were found to contain more than 1,000 parts per trillion (ppt) of the highly toxic chemicals. Oysters were analyzed by Eurofins, a world leader in PFAS testing. | The Harvard School of Public Health and leading scientific institutions around the world tell us not to consume more than 1 ppt of these substances daily…

imperial.ac.uk (2020-10-29). Three Imperial academics win Institute of Physics awards. imperial.ac.uk Experts in particle, fundamental, and polymer physics at Imperial have all been recognised in this year's awards.

WSWS (2020-10-28). Eighteen-year-old University of Dayton freshman, Michael Lang, dies of COVID-19. wsws.org Lang, a healthy first-year student in the College of Arts and Sciences at the university in western Ohio, died Thursday after weeks of battling the virus.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-28). For 1st time COVID-19 daily death toll surpasses 400 in Iran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 27 (MNA) — Deaths from the coronavirus pandemic in Iran hit a high record on Wednesday as 415 new deaths were registered over the past 24 hours, the highest since the virus outbreak reported in the country.

teleSUR (2020-10-28). China Is Tackling New COVID-19 Outbreak in Xinjiang Region. telesurenglish.net China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region is dealing with a new COVID-19 outbreak in its Kashgar prefecture, where authorities have confirmed 22 cases and 161 asymptomatic patients so far. | RELATED: | The alarm was sounded on Saturday when one asymptomatic case was reported in Kashgar. A 17-year-old female villager from Shufu County, tested positive for the virus during the county's routine nucleic acid testing, a measure introduced in August to improve…

WSWS (2020-10-28). Peru's political crisis deepens with second motion to impeach President Vizcarra. wsws.org The political conflict reflects the crisis of the entire Peruvian ruling class as it confronts the country's worst recession in decades along with the rising death toll from COVID-19.

RT (2020-10-28). Mexican president blasts European leaders for 'authoritarian urge' over harsh Covid-19 lockdowns. rt.com By imposing lockdowns to stem the second wave of the coronavirus, EU leaders are showing a lack of faith in their citizens and putting themselves above the people, Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has said. | During a press conference on Wednesday, Lopez Obrador was asked if Mexico was planning to introduce restrictions to tackle the spread of the virus similar to those already in place in some European countries, including France, Spain, Italy, and the Czech Republic. | "No to using coercive measures," the president responded. "This is not resolved with that." | The introduction of tough restric…

WSWS (2020-10-28). Second worker at Nashville's AT&T office building dies from COVID-19. wsws.org Workers at the landmark office building, who have been confronted with the inhuman choice between their lives and their livelihoods, speak out following the death of another coworker.

_____ (2020-10-28). Mutual Aid Is Essential To Our Survival. popularresistance.org When the COVID-19 pandemic emerged as a crisis in the U.S. in early 2020, people all over the country started coordinating to deliver groceries and prescriptions to vulnerable people, making and distributing masks and hand sanitizer, and raising money for people who were losing jobs and ineligible for unemployment benefits. By the time the uprising against anti-Black racism and police violence brought people into the streets in early summer, the concept of "mutual aid" had gained significant traction in the media, and it was visible on the streets as people…

RT (2020-10-28). Macron announces 2nd national lockdown in France, says country 'overrun' by Covid-19. rt.com France will go into a new nationwide lockdown on Friday for at least a month as the spread of the coronavirus has exceeded even the most pessimistic forecasts, President Emmanuel Macron has announced. | "I've decided that we need to return to the lockdown which halted the virus," Macron said in an address to the nation, while urging unity in the face of the challenge. | The measures will again restrict people to their homes, except for buying essential goods, seeking medical treatment or one-hour of daily exercise. Anyone going outside will have to carry a special document justifying their movements, which pol…

Staff (2020-10-28). Headlines for October 28, 2020. democracynow.org White House Credits Trump with "Ending the COVID-19 Pandemic" as U.S. Cases Hit Record Highs, As 54 Million U.S. Residents Struggle for Food, Senate Adjourns Without Passing Relief Bill, Family of Walter Wallace Jr. Demands Justice After Fatal Police Shooting, Grand Jurors Call Actions of Louisville Police Officers Who Killed Breonna Taylor "Criminal", Trump Mocks Media Coverage of Coronavirus Crisis, Trump on Counting Votes Beyond Election Day: "I Don't Believe That's by Our Laws", Muslims Denounce French President for Defending Caricatures of Prophet Muhammad, Yemen's Humanitarian Workers Plead for Internationa…

WSWS (2020-10-28). Faceboook moderators forced to return to offices as COVID-19 continues to spread. wsws.org As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread across the world, Facebook and its contractors are forcing content moderators to return to offices and risk their lives.

RT (2020-10-28). Russia's Covid-19 vaccines will NOT be given to tourists & won't be offered for sale until domestic demand is met: Health ministry. rt.com Russia's coronavirus vaccines will not be offered commercially and won't be given to tourists, the health ministry pledged on Wednesday after reports emerged in foreign media that "vaccination tours" are now on sale abroad. | Speaking to TASS, Alexey Kuznetsov, an assistant to the country's health minister, explained that any foreign visits being organised to Russia for vaccination against Covid-19 are entirely fraudulent. According to Kuznetsov, Russia's domestically produced vaccines won't be commercially available for quite some time. | "Vaccination is already underway, and it is free for citizens. Russians…

teleSUR (2020-10-28). Colombia: Ex-President Samper Criticizes Right-Wing Governments. telesurenglish.net Colombia's former President Ernesto Samper (1994-1998) Tuesday criticized the policies applied by Latin American right-wing governments amid the COVID-19 pandemic. | RELATED: | He pointed out that Colombia and Brazil implemented authoritarian measures, restricted mobility, and even restarted the economy without worrying about the citizens's health. | Instead of applying policies to develop his country's public…

WSWS (2020-10-28). Hunger and social misery soar in Washington D.C. during the pandemic. wsws.org Local charities reported a nearly 300 percent increase in demand in the months following the COVID-19 pandemic.

teleSUR (2020-10-28). Peru: First Diphtheria Case Amid Vaccination Deficit. telesurenglish.net Peru's Health Ministry confirmed on Wednesday the first diphtheria case in 20 years, as local media outlets report that in 2020 the children's vaccination program only covered 40 percent of minors due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. | RELATED: | According to the World Health Organization, diphtheria is an infectious disease that primarily infects the throat and upper airways and produces toxins affecting other…

teleSUR (2020-10-28). In-Person Meetings Suspended at UN Headquarters Due To COVID-19. telesurenglish.net All in-person meetings at the United Nations headquarters in New York were suspended on Tuesday after five diplomats from Niger tested positive for COVID-19. | RELATED: | On Monday evening, Volkan Bozkir, president of the 75th session of the UN General Assembly, wrote a letter to all member states, saying that the organization's medical unit had suggested the cancellation of in-person conferences on the headquarter…

WSWS (2020-10-28). UK teacher describes disastrous lack of safety at reopened schools: "Teachers are at high risk of serious illness and death from COVID-19" wsws.org Lucia tried to share a petition calling for PPE for teachers, with 200,000 signatures, with national media organisations but was ignored, including by the pseudo-left Socialist Workers Party.

WSWS (2020-10-28). As COVID-19 floods hospitals, Macron debates second lockdown in France. wsws.org Europe is recording over 200,000 new cases each day, with France among the continent's worst-hit countries, regularly reporting 30,000 to 50,000 new cases daily.

Donald J. Boudreaux (2020-10-28). Why So Gullible About Government in the Face of COVID-19? globalresearch.ca At my blog, Café Hayek, I recently posted

Dr. Margarite Griesz-Brisson (2020-10-28). COVID-19 Masks Are a Crime Against Humanity and Child Abuse. globalresearch.ca The following is a

teleSUR (2020-10-28). France Back to Nationwide Lockdown as Second COVID Wave Hits. telesurenglish.net "We need everyone's sense of responsibility. Stay at home as much as possible. Respect the rules. Success depends on the good citizenship of each and every one of us. Every hour counts," stressed President Emmanuel Macron. | France will go into national lockdown starting from Friday to stem the second wave of the coronavirus epidemic, President Emmanuel Macron announced on Wednesday evening. | RELATED: | "The virus is circulati…

Molly Bolick (2020-10-28). 'Why Tell Me That We're Safer Here?'. thenation.com 'Why Tell Me That We're Safer Here?'

John Bachtell (2020-10-28). Texas voter turnout hotter than any Texas BBQ. peoplesworld.org Across the country, neither the resurgent COVID 19 pandemic nor GOP voter suppression is deterring millions of voters from casting their ballots. Early voter turnout is shattering records (as of this writing, 71 million, or over half of total turnout in 2016, have already voted), and at this pace, the U.S. will experience the highest …

David Rosen (2020-10-28). After Covid: Will the Recession Become a Depression? counterpunch.org In April 2020, Jamie Dimond, CEO of JP Morgan Chase, noted in the company's 2019 annual report: "As a nation, we were clearly not equipped for this global pandemic, and the consequences have been devastating." Like a Wall Street preacher, he added, "But it is forcing us to work together, and it is improving civility and reminding us that we all live on one planet."

Dave Zirin (2020-10-28). Covid Takes Center Stage at the World Series. thenation.com Covid Takes Center Stage at the World Series…

A Guest Author (2020-10-28). Ableism and voter suppression: struggles are intertwined. workers.org Kristin Turgeon By Kristin Turgeon This is a lightly edited version of a talk given on the Oct. 22 Workers World Party webinar, "Voter suppression and COVID and their impact on disabled people." Voting has always been a hot topic, and in the 2020 election many people see it as . . . |

2020-10-28: News Headlines

RT (2020-10-28). Macron announces 2nd national lockdown in France, says country 'overrun' by Covid-19. rt.com France will go into a new nationwide lockdown on Friday for at least a month as the spread of the coronavirus has exceeded even the most pessimistic forecasts, President Emmanuel Macron has announced. | "I've decided that we need to return to the lockdown which halted the virus," Macron said in an address to the nation, while urging unity in the face of the challenge. | The measures will again restrict people to their homes, except for buying essential goods, seeking medical treatment or one-hour of daily exercise. Anyone going outside will have to carry a special document justifying their movements, which pol…

RT (2020-10-28). Mexican president blasts European leaders for 'authoritarian urge' over harsh Covid-19 lockdowns. rt.com By imposing lockdowns to stem the second wave of the coronavirus, EU leaders are showing a lack of faith in their citizens and putting themselves above the people, Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has said. | During a press conference on Wednesday, Lopez Obrador was asked if Mexico was planning to introduce restrictions to tackle the spread of the virus similar to those already in place in some European countries, including France, Spain, Italy, and the Czech Republic. | "No to using coercive measures," the president responded. "This is not resolved with that." | The introduction of tough restric…

Donald J. Boudreaux (2020-10-28). Why So Gullible About Government in the Face of COVID-19? globalresearch.ca At my blog, Café Hayek, I recently posted

Staff (2020-10-28). Headlines for October 28, 2020. democracynow.org White House Credits Trump with "Ending the COVID-19 Pandemic" as U.S. Cases Hit Record Highs, As 54 Million U.S. Residents Struggle for Food, Senate Adjourns Without Passing Relief Bill, Family of Walter Wallace Jr. Demands Justice After Fatal Police Shooting, Grand Jurors Call Actions of Louisville Police Officers Who Killed Breonna Taylor "Criminal", Trump Mocks Media Coverage of Coronavirus Crisis, Trump on Counting Votes Beyond Election Day: "I Don't Believe That's by Our Laws", Muslims Denounce French President for Defending Caricatures of Prophet Muhammad, Yemen's Humanitarian Workers Plead for Internationa…

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-28). For 1st time COVID-19 daily death toll surpasses 400 in Iran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 27 (MNA) — Deaths from the coronavirus pandemic in Iran hit a high record on Wednesday as 415 new deaths were registered over the past 24 hours, the highest since the virus outbreak reported in the country.

_____ (2020-10-28). Mutual Aid Is Essential To Our Survival. popularresistance.org When the COVID-19 pandemic emerged as a crisis in the U.S. in early 2020, people all over the country started coordinating to deliver groceries and prescriptions to vulnerable people, making and distributing masks and hand sanitizer, and raising money for people who were losing jobs and ineligible for unemployment benefits. By the time the uprising against anti-Black racism and police violence brought people into the streets in early summer, the concept of "mutual aid" had gained significant traction in the media, and it was visible on the streets as people…

Dr. Margarite Griesz-Brisson (2020-10-28). COVID-19 Masks Are a Crime Against Humanity and Child Abuse. globalresearch.ca The following is a

Colin Todhunter (2020-10-28). The Neoliberal Capitalist Lockdown: Class Consciousness in the Age of COVID. globalresearch.ca Prior to the appearance of COVID-related restrictions and lockdowns, neoliberal capitalism had turned to various mechanisms in the face of economic stagnation and massive inequalities: the raiding of public budgets, the expansion of credit to consumers and governments to sustain …

Peter Koenig (2020-10-28). Subject: COVID Coverage by Swiss Radio and TV. Peter Koenig's Open Letter to the CEO of SRF. globalresearch.ca Subject : COVID | Attention ……. CEO, Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen (SRF) | My concerns are about SRF reporting on covid. | You realize that there is not one SRF news program without covid being at the center. | Covid discussions appear even between …

David Rosen (2020-10-28). After Covid: Will the Recession Become a Depression? counterpunch.org In April 2020, Jamie Dimond, CEO of JP Morgan Chase, noted in the company's 2019 annual report: "As a nation, we were clearly not equipped for this global pandemic, and the consequences have been devastating." Like a Wall Street preacher, he added, "But it is forcing us to work together, and it is improving civility and reminding us that we all live on one planet."

Molly Bolick (2020-10-28). 'Why Tell Me That We're Safer Here?'. thenation.com 'Why Tell Me That We're Safer Here?'

Concord Author (2020-10-28). Concord D2 Residents Can Vote Out Caviar Carlyn. indybay.org In the lead up to the election during the economic and Covid crisises, Carlyn Obringer is promoting caviar on Twitter and Facebook. Caviar Carlyn is out of touch when it comes to the struggles that so many Concord residents are facing.

_____ (2020-10-28). Gig Workers Hired To Evict People From Their Homes. popularresistance.org A startup company by the name of Civvl is seeking to recruit temporary "gig" workers to assist landlords in evicting tenants who have been unable to pay rent in the midst of the economic depression triggered by the coronavirus pandemic. | Civvl is owned by OnQall, a developer that provides a platform for a number of other app-based services. However, Civvl is markedly different from the other apps, some of which are used for house-cleaning and mowing lawns.

Stephen Lendman (2020-10-28). Manufactured Pandemic and Economic Collapse a Boon for Billionaires. globalresearch.ca There's nothing natural about US-engineered coronavirus and economic collapse that made the dismal state of the nation much worse. | Things are unlikely to return to their former state when the current storm passes that won't happen any time soon. | Improvement …

Helen Buyniski (2020-10-28). VIDEO: The "Lock Step" Simulation Scenario: "A Coronavirus-like Pandemic that Becomes Trigger for Police State Controls" globalresearch.ca First published on February 5, 2020. In-depth analysis of the Simulation of a pandemic conducted in 2010 under the auspices of the Rockefeller Foundation. | By now, those following the novel coronavirus epidemic are familiar with Event 201, the pandemic

MEE and agencies (2020-10-28). UK declares solidarity with France amid row with Turkey in wake of teacher's murder. middleeasteye.net UK declares solidarity with France amid row with Turkey in wake of teacher's murder | UK's foreign secretary calls on Nato allies to 'stand shoulder to shoulder' and 'never give terrorists the gift of dividing us' | Wed, 10/28/2020 – 08: 30 | Britain's Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab declared his country's support for France on Wednesday amid calls for an economic boycott triggered by anti-…

Staff (2020-10-28). Care Not Cops: Marc Lamont Hill Makes Case for Abolition After Philadelphia Police Kill Walter Wallace Jr. democracynow.org Protesters in Philadelphia mark a second night of calling for the abolition of police after two Philadelphia police shot and killed Walter Wallace Jr., a 27-year-old Black man, while he was having a mental health crisis. The shooting reflects decades of defunding of social services, including for mental health, while police departments have continued to grow, says author and activist Marc Lamont Hill, who argues, "If all you have is a hammer, then every problem looks like a nail." Lamont Hill is professor of media studies and urban education at Temple University and author of "We Still Here: Pandemic, Policing, P…

_____ (2020-10-28). Pandemic Transforms People Into Voting Rights Activists. popularresistance.org For Regina Root, 53, the journey to suing Virginia's election officials began during the state's nomination contest in June when the university professor cast her ballot in person before the voting day to avoid potential crowds at her polling place. | The brain surgery that saved Root's life left her with impaired vision and her election office lacked a machine that would allow her to cast her vote without relying on her husband. | "I thought wait, this doesn't make sense. I can vote on my own. I have a PhD," said the Williamsburg, Virginia, resident.

Dean Baker (2020-10-28). The Impact of the Pandemic on Superstar Cities. counterpunch.org The Washington Post had a piece last week discussing the extent to which the pandemic, and more specifically increased opportunities for remote work, will affect thriving cities like New York and San Francisco. The main conclusion of the piece is that it won't have much impact. This view is a bit peculiar. The argument in

_____ (2020-10-28). Deception 2020: Our SickCare System. popularresistance.org In this third installment of the Deception 2020 Series, we dig into our so-called healthcare system — what would more appropriately be called our sickcare system. Yeah, the US has the ability to offer top notch care and medical support — but out of some 330 million people, how many have access to it? | Then, we're joined by Dr. Margaret Flowers for some more insight into this grossly unequal system, where the candidates stand and who those candidates even get to be!

_____ (2020-10-28). Philadelphia Victim's Family Sought Ambulance, Not Police. popularresistance.org Philadelphia – The family of a Black man killed by Philadelphia police officers in a shooting caught on video had called for an ambulance to get him help with a mental health crisis, not for police intervention, their lawyer said. | Police said Walter Wallace Jr., 27, was wielding a knife and ignored orders to drop the weapon before officers fired shots Monday afternoon. But his parents said Tuesday night that officers knew their son was in a mental health crisis because they had been to the family's house three times on Monday. | Cathy Wallace, his mother, said one of the times, "they stood there and laughed at…

Dr. Rudolf Hà§nsel (2020-10-28). The Davos Reset 2021 Agenda of the World Economic Forum. A New Phase of Economic and Social Destruction? globalresearch.ca On June 3, 2020, as a consequence of the "global health crisis", the World Economic Forum WEF in Geneva announced a "unique twin summit" for January 2021 in Davos, Switzerland.(1) The theme should be "The Great Reset". The WEF defines …

Gondi S, Chokshi DA. (2020-10-27). Financial Stability as a Goal of Payment Reform—A Lesson From COVID-19. jamanetwork.com Over the last decade, the US health care system embarked on a journey toward value-based care. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) designed and implemented a range of value-based payments through the rollout of alternative payment models, such as accountable care organizations (ACOs). The goal of these efforts was to increase value by improving quality and reducing costs. To date, however, alternative payment models have had modest effects on health outcomes or spending.

Kuehn BM. (2020-10-27). Shifting Hydroxychloroquine Patterns Raise Concern. jamanetwork.com The number of hydroxychloroquine prescriptions by specialists who don't typically prescribe the drug skyrocketed after preliminary reports in March suggested potential benefits for patients with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-27). Iran records highest COVID-19 daily death toll again. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 27 (MNA) — Deaths from the coronavirus pandemic in Iran hit a high record on Tuesday as 346 new deaths were registered over the past 24 hours, the highest since the virus outbreak in the country.

MEE and agencies (2020-10-27). Algeria's President Abdelmadjid Tebboune hospitalised amid Covid-19 scare. middleeasteye.net Algeria's President Abdelmadjid Tebboune hospitalised amid Covid-19 scare | While the president's office did not mention whether he had the coronavirus, he had been self-isolating after several aides tested positive | Tue, 10/27/2020 – 22: 00 | The president's hospitalisation comes five days ahead of a referendum on constitutional reforms (Reuters/File photo) | Algerian President Abdelmadj…

Peter Koenig (2020-10-27). "Democracy" vs. Covid: A No-Go. dissidentvoice.org Brussels (EU and European NATO Headquarters) — On 21 October 2020, the German Press Agency (dpa) reports that Germany pledges NATO soldiers for possible Covid-19 operations: German soldiers could be sent on crisis missions to other NATO and partner countries during the second wave of the Corona pandemic. As a spokesman for the Ministry of …

RT (2020-10-27). Russia applies to WHO for emergency listing of Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccine, approval would speed up formula's global distribution. rt.com As global coronavirus cases surge, Russia has applied to the World Health Organization (WHO) for the early pre-qualification and registration of its pioneering Sputnik V vaccine, which would make it available globally sooner. | The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) has filed the application to include the Sputnik V formula in the WHO's Emergency Use Listing program allowing for its accelerated approval for use, the sovereign wealth fund said in a "The Russian Federation was the first in the world to register a vaccine a…

The Canary (2020-10-27). 20 things the government must do to tackle structural racism and protect BAME communities from coronavirus. thecanary.co Baroness Doreen Lawrence has set out 20 recommendations for the government to protect those most at risk from coronavirus and tackle inequality in the longer term.Here are her recommendations from her review into the impact of coronavirus (Covid-19) on Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities: | Set out an urgent plan for tackling the disproportionate impact of Covid on BAME people this winter | 2. Implement a national strategy to tackle health inequalities.3. Suspend the "no recourse to public funds" rule during the pandemic and review its impact on public health and health inequalities.4. Ensure Covi…

Keith Norris, Cynthia Gonzalez (2020-10-27). [Commentary] COVID-19, health disparities and the US election. thelancet.com The recent Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has been distinguished by its disproportionate high rates of infection, hospitalization, and mortality in oppressed and disenfranchised communities [1,2]. These disparities have drawn great global attention to inequities in social determinants of health (SDOH) such as education, employment, housing, and access to affordable health care, which often increase risk for contracting and dying from COVID-19 in Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) communities [3].

Lynda Carson (2020-10-27). Coronavirus covid-19 pandemic invades the White House. indybay.org Coronavirus Covid-19 Memorial In Washington D.C.

RT (2020-10-27). Schools & clubs closing in Bulgaria amid record Covid-19 surge as health minister warns of 'severe winter months'. rt.com Bulgaria will close its clubs and order high school and university students to study remotely for two weeks as of October 29 in a bid to curb rising coronavirus infection rates, the country's health minister said on Tuesday. | "We have to defuse Covid-19 spread…and if we continue to neglect the [preventative] measures, at some point it may be too late," Health Minister Kostadin Angelov said in a Facebook "We are facing severe winter months — we are entering the flu season and the risk that th…

The Canary (2020-10-27). New figures show a 53% rise in coronavirus registered deaths in one week. thecanary.co The number of weekly registered deaths involving coronavirus has risen by more than half in seven days, new figures have shown. | There were 670 deaths registered in England and Wales which mentioned "novel coronavirus" in the week ending 16 October, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said. | This is a rise of 53% from the previous week, when 438 deaths involving Covid-19 were registered. | It is the sixth consecutive rise and the highest number of registered deaths involving Covid-19 since the week ending 19 June. There were: | 521 deaths in hospitals | 106 deaths in care homes | 33 deaths in private homes…

WSWS (2020-10-27). Health care systems face collapse across Eastern Europe amid resurgent COVID-19 pandemic. wsws.org Poland's leading epidemiologist pointed to parallels between current conditions in Poland and those in Italy earlier this year, when the health care system collapsed due to the number of infections.

Staff (2020-10-27). Barrett's confirmation threatens fair election, healthcare, and women's rights. therealnews.com Hundreds at the White House celebrated the confirmation of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court—just one month after her nomination became a COVID-19 superspreader event that infected the president and at least three dozen others.

news.un (2020-10-27). UN agency chiefs appeal for 'open science' beyond COVID-19, citing dangers of secrecy and denial. news.un.org The heads of three UN agencies joined forces on Tuesday to appeal for a global push towards "open science", citing the value of cooperation in the response to COVID-19 and the dangers of treating evidence-based knowledge as an exclusive asset, or simple matter of opinion.

Peoples Dispatch (2020-10-27). The US announces fresh sanctions against Iran's petroleum sector. peoplesdispatch.org The sanctions mostly target entities and individuals in Iran's petroleum sector, including the minister of petroleum, Bijan Zangeneh. US sanctions have massively affected Iran's ability to deal with the outbreak of COVID-19…

_____ (2020-10-27). Inmate Sues Prison Over Lack Of COVID19 Precautions. popularresistance.org Union, NJ – An inmate at the state's only prison for women has filed a lawsuit alleging the state Department of Corrections is failing to take proper precautions against the COVID-19 pandemic. | Jennie Cullum filed the lawsuit in state Superior Court in Hunterdon County against the Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women claiming she was not allowed to take precautions against the virus as cases began to increase, and, in one instance, guards did not allow her to wear a face mask she had fashioned out of her own bra.

RT (2020-10-27). HACKED Trump campaign website proclaims US president 'involved in origin of coronavirus' in apparent cryptocurrency scam. rt.com US President Donald Trump's website has been taken offline after a fake 'seizure' notice was posted on multiple pages, claiming the president had 'spreaded' fake news and was 'involved in the origin' of the Covid-19 pandemic. | While it featured the FBI and Justice Department logos, the announcement was written in broken English and without capitalizations, according to screenshots posted on Tuesday evening. | "[We] have evidence that completely discredits mr trump as president," the notice said, "proving his criminal involvment [sic] and coorperation [sic] with foreign actors manipulating the 2020 election."

Jasmine Norden (2020-10-27). The government quietly U-turned on a key pandemic promise just before going on a week's holiday. thecanary.co The government has slashed one of its key programmes aimed at helping disadvantaged children during the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. And it did so quietly. On a Friday evening — just as parliament was going into recess for the week and half-term was starting for children across the country. | On 19 April, the government

WSWS (2020-10-27). COVID rips through Michigan K-12 schools: record 29 new outbreaks reported last week. wsws.org Altogether, there are now 99 total ongoing outbreaks that have led to 482 reported cases of COVID-19 among students, teachers and staff throughout Michigan.

news.un (2020-10-27). Equality, sustainability should guide COVID-19 recovery, say governments at regional forum. news.un.org Countries in the Latin America and the Caribbean region have called for COVID-19 recovery to be guided by the principles of inclusive development, equality and sustainability.

WSWS (2020-10-27). French government whitewashes COVID-19 clusters in schools, universities. wsws.org The reopening of in-person education has been a central element of the murderous, anti-scientific policy of "herd immunity" overseen by the French government.

RT (2020-10-27). Police chief killed by fighting cock during raid on illegal venue in Philippines. rt.com A Filipino police officer bled to death after a fighting cock slashed his femoral artery during a raid on an illegal event on the island of Northern Samar. Like other sports, cockfights have been officially banned due to Covid-19. | Lieutenant Christian Bolok was fatally cut in his left thigh when he picked up the rooster, which still had its fighting spurs – long, sharp blades – attached to its talons, during Monday's raid on the illegal event in San Jose. Though he was rushed to a nearby hospital, Bolok, who served as police chief for the town, was declared dead on arrival, having bled to death from his woun…

Muhammed Shabeer (2020-10-27). Students across Europe take to the streets against government insensitivity amid COVID-19 spike. peoplesdispatch.org The inability of governments and institutional authorities to provide safety to students amid the new spike in COVID-19 cases in Europe has put their future at stake. The student community has once again hit the streets demanding safety and resources…

WSWS (2020-10-27). Twenty-nine outbreaks reported in K-12 schools as COVID-19 rips through Michigan. wsws.org Altogether, there are now 99 total ongoing outbreaks that have led to 482 reported cases of COVID-19 among students, teachers and staff throughout Michigan.

Kavitha Muralidharan (2020-10-27). Burying 1,000 Bodies and Loads of Prejudice. counterpunch.org "We were worried that our father would not be treated well in death." Two months after Panchanathan Subramaniam's demise, his son S. Ramesh still grieves: "When we got him admitted to Thanjavur government hospital with symptoms of Covid-19, we never imagined we would take him back lifeless." More so since 68-year-old Subramaniam, who retired years

Princess Harmony (2020-10-27). Purdue Pharma guilty in opioid deaths. workers.org A contributing cause to the opioid epidemic — overprescription of painkillers like OxyContin — has been identified by both individuals and the state. Since the start of the opioid crisis, overdoses have continued to rise, with COVID-19-based isolation pushing even more people toward the abuse of prescription and illicit opioids. . . . |

Staff (2020-10-27). Headlines for October 27, 2020. democracynow.org Amy Coney Barrett Sworn In, Giving SCOTUS Heavy Conservative Majority Ahead of Pivotal Cases, SCOTUS Rules Wisconsin Cannot Count Ballots Received After Election Day, Surging COVID-19 Cases Trigger Curfews; Doctors Say 800,000 Children Have Been Infected, China Testing 5 Million People After One Asymptomatic Case in Xinjiang, New Lockdowns in Germany, Mask Orders in Russia as COVID-19 Cases Surge, Oxford Vaccine Shows Promising Results as New Data Suggests Antibodies in Recovered Cases Don't Last, U.S. Imposes Harsh New Sanctions on Iranian Oil, Airstrikes Kill Dozens at Training Camp in Idlib, Syria, Explosion a…

Sandipan Talukdar (2020-10-27). Winter is coming in the Northern Hemisphere. Will COVID-19 get worse? peoplesdispatch.org There is not enough data to conclusively predict if the onset of winter will lead to a greater spread of the infection. However, researchers have been studying the possibility through a variety of ways…

2020-10-27: News Headlines

The Canary (2020-10-27). New figures show a 53% rise in coronavirus registered deaths in one week. thecanary.co The number of weekly registered deaths involving coronavirus has risen by more than half in seven days, new figures have shown. | There were 670 deaths registered in England and Wales which mentioned "novel coronavirus" in the week ending 16 October, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said. | This is a rise of 53% from the previous week, when 438 deaths involving Covid-19 were registered. | It is the sixth consecutive rise and the highest number of registered deaths involving Covid-19 since the week ending 19 June. There were: | 521 deaths in hospitals | 106 deaths in care homes | 33 deaths in private homes…

Slomski A. (2020-10-27). Colchicine Reduces Cardiovascular Events in Chronic Coronary Disease. jamanetwork.com The anti-inflammatory drug colchicine has been shown to reduce cardiovascular events after recent myocardial infarction. Now, a trial in the New England Journal of Medicine reports that daily low-dose colchicine also significantly reduces the cardiovascular event risk among patients with chronic coronary disease.

Jasmine Norden (2020-10-27). The government quietly U-turned on a key pandemic promise just before going on a week's holiday. thecanary.co The government has slashed one of its key programmes aimed at helping disadvantaged children during the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. And it did so quietly. On a Friday evening — just as parliament was going into recess for the week and half-term was starting for children across the country. | On 19 April, the government

Kuehn BM. (2020-10-27). Shifting Hydroxychloroquine Patterns Raise Concern. jamanetwork.com The number of hydroxychloroquine prescriptions by specialists who don't typically prescribe the drug skyrocketed after preliminary reports in March suggested potential benefits for patients with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

KPFK: Strength Thru Unity Program (2020-10-27). Wednesday 10/28: Strength Thru Unity: Multicultural Election Special on COVID, Racism, & Human Rights. indybay.org Watch online via website livestream…

Hofmann SG. (2020-10-27). Evaluating Non—Statistically Significant Results From Trials in Practice. jamanetwork.com To the Editor Dr Young and colleagues suggested that there are occasions when clinicians may treat statistically nonsignificant results as clinically meaningful and incorporate them in important clinical decision-making, especially when considering the effect size and associated confidence intervals. This recommendation is problematic because it elevates underpowered studies in clinical decision-making. Even more problematic in this context is the assumption that inferences can be made directly from group-level data to the individual, even if the group-level results are ambiguous or nonsignificant.

Gondi S, Chokshi DA. (2020-10-27). Financial Stability as a Goal of Payment Reform—A Lesson From COVID-19. jamanetwork.com Over the last decade, the US health care system embarked on a journey toward value-based care. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) designed and implemented a range of value-based payments through the rollout of alternative payment models, such as accountable care organizations (ACOs). The goal of these efforts was to increase value by improving quality and reducing costs. To date, however, alternative payment models have had modest effects on health outcomes or spending.

WSWS (2020-10-27). Automation drive accelerates in meatpacking industry in response to coronavirus pandemic. wsws.org The drive for automation no doubt has the potential to free workers from laborious and life-threatening tasks, particularly during a pandemic, but the result of automation under capitalism is to increase the exploitation of workers through layoffs, speedup and wage cuts.

Muhammed Shabeer (2020-10-27). Students across Europe take to the streets against government insensitivity amid COVID-19 spike. peoplesdispatch.org The inability of governments and institutional authorities to provide safety to students amid the new spike in COVID-19 cases in Europe has put their future at stake. The student community has once again hit the streets demanding safety and resources…

Staff (2020-10-27). Protests Rise in Philly After Police Murder Black Man Amid Mental Health Crisis. truthout.org Philadelphia, Pennsylvania—West Philly saw a quickly escalating situation develop on 4 p.m. Monday afternoon and dragging into the evening and overnight. In a graphic and disturbing video circulating on social media, two white Philadelphia Police (PPD) officers are seen repeatedly shooting a Black man in front of his mother from several feet away as he walked while holding a knife. Neither of the two officers in the video seemed to attempt to use their taser, and they appeared to hav…

WSWS (2020-10-27). Twenty-nine outbreaks reported in K-12 schools as COVID-19 rips through Michigan. wsws.org Altogether, there are now 99 total ongoing outbreaks that have led to 482 reported cases of COVID-19 among students, teachers and staff throughout Michigan.

WSWS (2020-10-27). COVID rips through Michigan K-12 schools: record 29 new outbreaks reported last week. wsws.org Altogether, there are now 99 total ongoing outbreaks that have led to 482 reported cases of COVID-19 among students, teachers and staff throughout Michigan.

Marlee Kokotovic (2020-10-27). McConnell caught trying to sabotage Covid Relief agreement in order to prioritize Barrett's Supreme Court confirmation. nationofchange.org The window to hash out any details of a coronavirus relief deal is coming to an end as Election Day approaches even though there is a huge need for one.

Curt Wechsler (2020-10-27). Monday 10/26: Protest the Coronation of Trump's Handmaid. indybay.org 16th & Valencia, San Francisco…

Timothy Alexander Guzman (2020-10-27). "Mask Mouth": Wearing Facemasks Causes Decaying Teeth, Gum Disease, Skin Blemishes, Pimples, Acne. globalresearch.ca Facemasks are causing many problems, but the medical establishment and governments around the world who impose mandates to wear facemasks in public seem to be oblivious to the damage they are causing in order to protect us. In this case, …

Makia Freeman (2020-10-27). US Centre for Disease Control (CDC) Study Refutes Official Covid-Sars-2 Narrative. globalresearch.ca CDC (Center for Disease Control) scientists made some COVID admissions that totally destroy the official COVID narrative in a study published in June 2020 entitled

Rubin R. (2020-10-27). US Drug Use Survey Uncovers Both Promising and Concerning Trends. jamanetwork.com Among people aged 12 years or older in 2019, 60.1% reported having used a substance during the past month, according to the latest National Survey on Drug Use and Health, compiled by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

yenisafak (2020-10-27). Two die as migrant boat capsizes off northern France. yenisafak.com A major rescue operation is underway in northern France Tuesday after a boat carrying 20 migrants capsized off the coast of Loon-Plage.According to reporting by daily Voice of the North, two people have died, including a child. Another 15 people have been rescued, with eight of them experiencing hypothermia and two are in cardiac arrest. Three people remain missing.Firefighters and emergency medical services have been deployed to the scene, on both the docks and into the Channel, along with French Navy helicopters.Loon-Plage lies to the west of the town of Dunkirk on the northern coast.

Kinner SA, Borschmann R. (2020-10-27). Polysocial Risk Scores for Assessing Social Determinants of Health. jamanetwork.com To the Editor Dr Figueroa and colleagues recognized the importance of social determinants in shaping health outcomes. Echoing a recommendation to study marginalized populations, they recommended multisectoral data linkage as a promising means of examining these complex relationships. We agree with this recommendation but urge caution in pursuing development of a polysocial risk score for 4 reasons.

news.un (2020-10-27). Global foreign direct investment halved amid pandemic, but China remained resilient. news.un.org Foreign direct investment (FDI), a bellwether of globalisation and economic confidence, fell by 49 per cent to $399 billion in the first half of 2020, amid the upheaval caused by the coronavirus pandemic, a new report from the UN trade and development organization UNCTAD showed on Tuesday.

yenisafak (2020-10-27). Top EU official tests positive for COVID-19. yenisafak.com European Commission Vice President Margaritis Schinas said on Tuesday he tested positive for coronavirus. | "I have just learned that my regular scheduled COVID-19 test before the College came back positive. I am now self-isolating as required. Stay safe," he tweeted. | Earlier this month, Mariya Gabriel, the European commissioner for innovation and research, also contracted the novel virus. | Other top officials who self-isolated after coming in contact with those who tested positive include foreign policy chief Josep Borrell, EU Commission President Ursula von der, and European Council President Charles Michel.

yenisafak (2020-10-27). Iran reports record 6,968 new coronavirus cases. yenisafak.com Iran on Tuesday reported 6,968 new coronavirus cases and 346 deaths in the past 24 hours, its highest daily tally, pushing the death toll in the hardest-hit Middle Eastern country to 33,299.Health ministry spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari told state media that the new cases brought the country's total number of identified cases to 581,824.

Peoples Dispatch (2020-10-27). The US announces fresh sanctions against Iran's petroleum sector. peoplesdispatch.org The sanctions mostly target entities and individuals in Iran's petroleum sector, including the minister of petroleum, Bijan Zangeneh. US sanctions have massively affected Iran's ability to deal with the outbreak of COVID-19…

Slomski A. (2020-10-27). Daily Aspirin Increases Gastrointestinal Bleeding Among Older Adults. jamanetwork.com People aged 70 years or older who took daily aspirin had an increased risk of clinically significant gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding in the Aspirin in Reducing Events in the Elderly (ASPREE) trial, researchers reported in Gut.

WSWS (2020-10-27). UK Nightingale hospitals readied as pandemic threatens to overwhelm NHS. wsws.org As the pandemic hit the UK, tens of thousands of operations were cancelled. The pressure to clear through this backlog, while simultaneously handling the resurgence of the virus, will have dire effects on an already beleaguered NHS.

Jack Rasmus (2020-10-27). Barrett Confirmed, Post-Election Chaos Will Ensue. counterpunch.org Yesterday Mitch McConnell's Republican Senate confirmed its third ultra conservative Supreme Court nominee, Amy Barrett, as Supreme Court Justice. Coming in the midst of America's current dual crisis—economic and Covid health—both now worsening, the Barrett appointment ensures the emergence of historic political instability in the USA. The dual crisis is about to become a triple

Kuehn BM. (2020-10-27). Health Care Worker SARS-CoV-2 Infection Is Flying Under the Radar. jamanetwork.com A high percentage of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) infections among health care workers appear to go undetected, often because they have mild or no symptoms and workplace testing isn't sufficient, investigators from a multistate hospital network reported.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-27). Iran records highest COVID-19 daily death toll again. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 27 (MNA) — Deaths from the coronavirus pandemic in Iran hit a high record on Tuesday as 346 new deaths were registered over the past 24 hours, the highest since the virus outbreak in the country.

Jake Johnson (2020-10-27). 'Should be ashamed': After installing Barrett, McConnell adjourns Senate for recess with no Covid relief insight. nationofchange.org "Small business owners, workers, and families are desperate for support—and lawmakers and the president abandoned them in order to focus on jamming through a historically non-transparent and extreme Supreme Court pick."

yenisafak (2020-10-27). US relief bill talks hit wall over COVID-19 differences. yenisafak.com The much-anticipated $2.2 trillion US relief bill negotiations between Democrats and Republicans have hit a wall on Monday amid party differences for nationwide testing plans against COVID-19.US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi continued her weeks-long talks with White House top negotiator Steven Mnuchin on the stimulus package, but released a letter with a harsh tone criticizing the Republicans."The Republicans' continued surrender to the virus — particularly amid the recent wave of cases — is official malfeasance," the top Democrat wrote in the letter."Unless we have a national plan for testing,…

Lynda Carson (2020-10-27). Coronavirus covid-19 pandemic invades the White House. indybay.org Coronavirus Covid-19 Memorial In Washington D.C.

Princess Harmony (2020-10-27). Purdue Pharma guilty in opioid deaths. workers.org A contributing cause to the opioid epidemic — overprescription of painkillers like OxyContin — has been identified by both individuals and the state. Since the start of the opioid crisis, overdoses have continued to rise, with COVID-19-based isolation pushing even more people toward the abuse of prescription and illicit opioids. . . . |

Rubin R. (2020-10-27). Rising Rates of ED Visits for Suicidal Ideation, Suicide Attempt. jamanetwork.com From 2008 to 2017, the rate of emergency department (ED) visits related to suicidal ideation or suicide attempt increased among all age groups 5 years or older, according to a recent report from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).

The Canary (2020-10-27). 20 things the government must do to tackle structural racism and protect BAME communities from coronavirus. thecanary.co Baroness Doreen Lawrence has set out 20 recommendations for the government to protect those most at risk from coronavirus and tackle inequality in the longer term.Here are her recommendations from her review into the impact of coronavirus (Covid-19) on Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities: | Set out an urgent plan for tackling the disproportionate impact of Covid on BAME people this winter | 2. Implement a national strategy to tackle health inequalities.3. Suspend the "no recourse to public funds" rule during the pandemic and review its impact on public health and health inequalities.4. Ensure Covi…

Figueroa JF, Jha AK. (2020-10-27). Polysocial Risk Scores for Assessing Social Determinants of Health—Reply. jamanetwork.com In Reply Drs Kinner and Borschmann raise important concerns around the development and deployment of polysocial risk scores into real-world practice, a topic we described in a Viewpoint. Issues they highlight include problems related to the dynamic nature of social risk, the difficulty of capturing social complexity in a single score, the fact that there is not an optimal score to capture risk across multiple health outcomes, and the potential danger of interpreting the relationship between risk scores and health outcomes as causal. These are all important issues, and we largely agree, although we offer some poin…

Staff (2020-10-27). Headlines for October 27, 2020. democracynow.org Amy Coney Barrett Sworn In, Giving SCOTUS Heavy Conservative Majority Ahead of Pivotal Cases, SCOTUS Rules Wisconsin Cannot Count Ballots Received After Election Day, Surging COVID-19 Cases Trigger Curfews; Doctors Say 800,000 Children Have Been Infected, China Testing 5 Million People After One Asymptomatic Case in Xinjiang, New Lockdowns in Germany, Mask Orders in Russia as COVID-19 Cases Surge, Oxford Vaccine Shows Promising Results as New Data Suggests Antibodies in Recovered Cases Don't Last, U.S. Imposes Harsh New Sanctions on Iranian Oil, Airstrikes Kill Dozens at Training Camp in Idlib, Syria, Explosion a…

jamanetwork (2020-10-27). The Physician's Responsibility. jamanetwork.com The recent decision of the Supreme Court of Nebraska, abstracted in the Medicolegal department of The Journal last week, is of importance and interest to practicing physicians, and especially to health officers…. The plaintiff, while stopping at a small hotel, consulted a local physician, the defendant, regarding some sores that had appeared on his body. After an examination, the physician told the plaintiff—his patient—that he believed the disease to be syphilis, but that it was impossible to make a positive diagnosis without a Wassermann test, for which he had no equipment. The defendant physician…

Sandipan Talukdar (2020-10-27). Winter is coming in the Northern Hemisphere. Will COVID-19 get worse? peoplesdispatch.org There is not enough data to conclusively predict if the onset of winter will lead to a greater spread of the infection. However, researchers have been studying the possibility through a variety of ways…

Slomski A. (2020-10-27). No Mortality Differences Among Localized Prostate Cancer Treatments. jamanetwork.com Compared with active monitoring, radical treatment of localized prostate cancer does not improve disease-specific or overall survival at 10 years, a multicenter UK trial in Health Technology Assessment found.

Katrina vanden Heuvel (2020-10-27). Any True Recovery Must Include US Workers. thenation.com Any True Recovery Must Include US Workers…

news.un (2020-10-27). Equality, sustainability should guide COVID-19 recovery, say governments at regional forum. news.un.org Countries in the Latin America and the Caribbean region have called for COVID-19 recovery to be guided by the principles of inclusive development, equality and sustainability.

Applegate WB, Williamson JD, Berlowitz D. (2020-10-27). Deprescribing Antihypertensive Medication in Elderly Adults. jamanetwork.com To the Editor Deprescribing medications in frail older adults may result in improvements in overall health status. However, deprescribing should be based on a full consideration of scientific evidence. A clinical trial of antihypertensive medication reduction in persons aged 80 years or older with a systolic blood pressure of less than 150 mm Hg (mean, 130 mm Hg) reported that after 12 weeks of follow-up, the intervention group, which underwent removal of 1 medication, was noninferior with regard to systolic blood pressure control compared with the control group, in which there was no change.

Kavitha Muralidharan (2020-10-27). Burying 1,000 Bodies and Loads of Prejudice. counterpunch.org "We were worried that our father would not be treated well in death." Two months after Panchanathan Subramaniam's demise, his son S. Ramesh still grieves: "When we got him admitted to Thanjavur government hospital with symptoms of Covid-19, we never imagined we would take him back lifeless." More so since 68-year-old Subramaniam, who retired years

You S, Rho Y, Bikdeli B, et al. (2020-10-27). Ticagrelor vs Clopidogrel and Adverse Events in Patients With Acute Coronary Syndrome Undergoing PCI. jamanetwork.com This cohort study compares net risk for ischemic vs hemorrhagic events at 12 months among patients treated with ticagrelor vs clopidogrel during and after percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) management of acute coronary syndrome (ACS).

Michael Arney (2020-10-27). EMS union drive near Syracuse, N.Y. boosted by coronavirus and company's hostile response. peoplesworld.org &nbsp…

Haymarket Books (2020-10-27). Thursday 10/29: The Virus, The Climate, The Alternative: Ecosocialist Solutions to Capitalist Crises. indybay.org Online event…

Young PJ, Nickson CP, Perner A. (2020-10-27). Evaluating Non—Statistically Significant Results From Trials in Practice—Reply. jamanetwork.com In Reply We submit that clinicians have a responsibility to evaluate major clinical trials and, at times, to implement their findings in advance of clinical guidelines being produced by scientific societies and government agencies. In our Viewpoint, we sought to provide a framework for them to do this in situations in which actionable findings might be hidden behind a non—statistically significant primary outcome. We agree with Dr Piovani and colleagues that when deciding whether to implement clinical trial findings, outcomes that matter to patients are the most important. However, because data pertaining t…

WSWS (2020-10-26). COVID's deadly toll on people with Alzheimer's and dementia. wsws.org Deaths from dementia have been catastrophic as the isolation and lockdowns of nursing homes have led to cessation of vital support and treatment for this vulnerable layer of the population.

Jon Queally, staff writer (2020-10-26). With Covid-19 Rife Among VP Staffers, Democrats Says Pence Presiding Over Senate a 'Violation of Common Decency'. commondreams.org "Your presence alone could be very dangerous to many people—not just Senators, but to all the truly essential staff—both Democratic and Republican—who must be physically present inside the U.S. Capitol for it to function." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/pence_senate_covid-19.jpg

W. T. Whitney (2020-10-26). Cuba Responds to Pandemic, Blockade and New Economic Troubles. counterpunch.org Buffeted for six decades by the U. S. economic blockade and recently having had to cope with restrictions on daily life and work due to COVID 19, Cuba's already shaky economy is deteriorating. Government leaders recently outlined remedial steps leading to what they call a "new normal." The UN's Economic Commission for Latin America and

2020-10-26: News Headlines

Fight Back (2020-10-26). Oshkosh, WI: Protesters safely brave COVID-19 to continue demanding justice for Isaiah Tucker. fightbacknews.org Oshkosh, WI – Over a dozen protesters from many parts of eastern Wisconsin answered a call put out by United Action Oshkosh (UAO). People rallied on October 24 to demand justice for Isaiah Tucker and community control of the police. | Community members participated in a motorcade through an area of Oshkosh that typically does not see protests outside the standard political campaign yard signs. The area of town chosen to meet up was picked specifically to help bring confidence to the Black and brown residents who lived in that area. | Despite local COVID-19 cases spiking, making the northeastern part of Wisconsin…

Global News (2020-10-26). Video: Coronavirus: Polish Police Use Tear Gas as Thousands Protest Against COVID-19 Restrictions. globalresearch.ca This CTV Report confirms police violence in Poland directed against Covid Lockdown Protesters | Protesters gathered without face masks, saying curbs are not needed and holding up banners saying "Let us work, and let us decide on our own." | Police …

Children's Health Defense (2020-10-26). FDA Lets Pfizer Test Experimental COVID-19 Vaccine on U.S. Children. globalresearch.ca Americans have been following COVID-19 vaccine trial developments for weeks, watching companies jockey for frontrunner status like contestants in a reality TV show. And though participants in some of the studies (by

Paul Dobson (2020-10-26). Venezuela: '100% Effective' Covid-19 Treatment Allegedly Discovered. venezuelanalysis.com The announcement came as Maduro unveiled a cabinet reshuffle and Venezuelans held an electoral dry run.

Staff (2020-10-26). Prisons are COVID-19 cluster sites, but this federal law denies recourse for the incarcerated. therealnews.com The Litigation Reform Act makes it harder for prisoners to file lawsuits—Including over unsafe conditions that could put them at risk of COVID-19.

WSWS (2020-10-26). COVID-19 "long-hauler" phenomenon presents in children and teens as schools reopen against expert advice. wsws.org New data is surfacing that suggests children can be saddled with chronic and debilitating post-viral illness after even mild cases of COVID-19.

Lauren Hughes and Roberto Silva (2020-10-26). In rural America, resentment over COVID-19 shutdowns is colliding with rising case numbers. nationofchange.org The early compassionate and cohesive community responses to COVID-19 quickly gave way to growing anger and compliance fatigue.

Ian Goodrum (2020-10-26). Don't trust China's COVID-19 science? Try surviving without it. peoplesworld.org For as long as I can remember, I have been engaged in a practice many would consider masochistic. Get those images out of your head, I don't mean that. Or that. No, my self-defeating habit is all too mundane to the casual observer: I read China stories in the Western media. It's not as bad …

Raul Diego (2020-10-26). New COVID-19 Security Measures Will Make Health a Prerequisite for Travel. mintpressnews.com As the multi-sector, global response to the coronavirus tightens the noose around civil liberties, CommonPass stands out as one of the most appalling and dangerous attacks on basic human rights in the name of public health.

W. T. Whitney Jr. (2020-10-26). Cuba's triple troubles: Pandemic, blockade, and economic crisis. peoplesworld.org Buffeted for six decades by the U.S. economic blockade and recently having had to cope with restrictions on daily life and work due to COVID- 19, Cuba's already shaky economy is deteriorating. Government leaders recently outlined remedial steps leading to what they call a "new normal." The U.N.'s Economic Commission for Latin America and the …

W. T. Whitney (2020-10-26). Cuba Responds to Pandemic, Blockade and New Economic Troubles. counterpunch.org Buffeted for six decades by the U. S. economic blockade and recently having had to cope with restrictions on daily life and work due to COVID 19, Cuba's already shaky economy is deteriorating. Government leaders recently outlined remedial steps leading to what they call a "new normal." The UN's Economic Commission for Latin America and

Eds. (2020-10-26). Disability, Covid and Capitalism. mronline.org With phrases like "protect the vulnerable" & "underlying conditions" currently all around us, disability activist Ruth Flood looks at the horrendous treatment of disabled people under capitalism.

WSWS (2020-10-26). COVID's deadly toll on people with Alzheimer's and dementia. wsws.org Deaths from dementia have been catastrophic as the isolation and lockdowns of nursing homes have led to cessation of vital support and treatment for this vulnerable layer of the population.

Sonali Kolhatkar (2020-10-26). How Coronavirus Exposed the Flaws of the Childcare Economy. counterpunch.org The U.S. government's Bureau of Labor Statistics finds that childcare workers in the nation have a median salary of just over $24,000 a year—below the poverty line for a family of four. The segment of our nation's workforce that attends to the basic needs of our children is shockingly underpaid, and now during the coronavirus

Paul Street (2020-10-26). Trump Out Now. counterpunch.org I am an author, political commentator, teacher, and historian who prefers in "normal times" to spend most of my time researching, writing, and teaching. This summer and fall, however, I've been out protesting with Refuse Fascism raising the demand "Trump-Pence Out Now" — out immediately. That's because these are not "normal" times. The deadly coronavirus

WSWS (2020-10-26). Study of New York City transit workers spotlights pandemic's ongoing physical and emotional toll. wsws.org The findings were dismissed by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority in an effort cover up the risk of a full-scale reopening of the city.

John C. A. Manley (2020-10-26). Sesame Street Offers "New Normal" Brainwashing for the Very Young and Vulnerable. globalresearch.ca "Hello everybody! It's your old pal Grover with some health tips…" begins the spindly blue monster in a After teaching kids to wash their hands Grover transitions into some new normal brainwashing: "Another way for everyone …

Jacques Servin (2020-10-26). Elect Biden, Then Give Him Power. progressive.org Despite Biden's surprisingly progressive platform, he will need pressure to level the economic playing field, and guarantee basic services like health care and education.

WSWS (2020-10-26). Australia: New COVID-19 infections follow reopening of Melbourne schools. wsws.org The infection clusters underscore the dangers of reopening schools amid continued community transmission of COVID-19.

True Publica (2020-10-26). Amnesty International Condemns Johnson Government. globalresearch.ca Amnesty International has catalogued how the actions of Boris Johnson's Conservative government led to the deaths of thousands of elderly people in care homes during the first stage of the coronavirus pandemic. | Amnesty's

Rayhan Uddin (2020-10-26). UK government refuses to publish evidence behind Eid lockdown measures. middleeasteye.net UK government refuses to publish evidence behind Eid lockdown measures | Government's own Islamophobia adviser pressed for data to support lockdown in Muslim-populated areas in July | Mon, 10/26/2020 – 13: 16 | UK mosques re-opened in July with strict social distancing in place, after four months of closure due to the Covid-19 pandemic (AFP/File photo) | The British government has refused to publish e…

Jon Queally, staff writer (2020-10-26). With Covid-19 Rife Among VP Staffers, Democrats Says Pence Presiding Over Senate a 'Violation of Common Decency'. commondreams.org "Your presence alone could be very dangerous to many people—not just Senators, but to all the truly essential staff—both Democratic and Republican—who must be physically present inside the U.S. Capitol for it to function." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/pence_senate_covid-19.jpg

commondreams (2020-10-26). 120+ Organizations Call on CDC to Issue Nationwide Water Shutoff Moratorium During Pandemic. commondreams.org ______________________________…

_____ (2020-10-26). California Tribes Oppose Proposed Water Tunnel. popularresistance.org In early March, just weeks before California shut down due to COVID-19, more than 200 tribal citizens, environmentalists and others gathered in the city of Redding to protest a proposed massive water tunnel in the state. | Members of the Yurok, Hoopa Valley, Karuk, Pit River, Winnemem Wintu, Pomo and Miwok nations held an outdoor rally before speaking at a meeting on the Delta Tunnel Conveyance project, saying it would destroy water quality and devastate the state's salmon population and other important fish species in the San Joaquin Delta estuary.

_____ (2020-10-26). Week Of Action Starting November 4, 2020. popularresistance.org The federal government is failing us. By now we're all well aware of the tax cuts and record-breaking profits accumulated by the wealthy while the rest of this country struggles to survive the pandemic; their failure to address the fundamentally corrupt institution of policing responsible for destroying black and brown lives and communities; their indifference to the climate crisis. We know we've been given a choice between one presidential candidate who emboldens the US' spiraling undercurrent of far-right hate and one who will do nothing to stop it.

Lynda Carson (2020-10-26). Coronavirus covid-19 pandemic invades the White House. indybay.org Coronavirus Covid-19 Memorial In Washington D.C.

KPFK: Strength Thru Unity Program (2020-10-26). Wednesday 10/28: Strength Thru Unity: Multicultural Election Special on COVID, Racism, & Human Rights. indybay.org Watch online via website livestream…

Haymarket Books (2020-10-26). Thursday 10/29: The Virus, The Climate, The Alternative: Ecosocialist Solutions to Capitalist Crises. indybay.org Online event…

Staff (2020-10-26). Amid Staff COVID Outbreak, Democrats Call on Pence to Stop Presiding Over Senate. truthout.org With multiple members of Vice President Mike Pence's senior staff now confirmed to be infected with the coronavirus — and Senate Republicans scheduled to ram through the final confirmation vote for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett as early as Monday afternoon or evening — Democratic leaders in the Senate are calling on Pence to forgo his plans to preside over the chamber in the name of public health and out of concern for all who work there. | With at least five members…

Ben Dangl (2020-10-26). Ballots defeated bullets, now what's next in Bolivia? zcomm.org The MAS has overcome incredible challenges this year. Now they will have to navigate the disastrous pandemic, rising fascism and an economic downturn…

Adeyinka Makinde (2020-10-26). Recep Erdogan: Turkey's Meddlesome and Mischievious Neo-Ottoman Sultan. globalresearch.ca Turkish President Recep Erdogan's recent comments regarding his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron's mental state has led to the recall of the French ambassador from Ankara. His assertion that Macron was "in need of mental health treatment" was not his first …

Brett Wilkins, staff writer (2020-10-26). "I'm Gonna Die in Here": Investigation Shows How Jails' Privatized Healthcare Places Profit Over Prisoners, With Deadly Results. commondreams.org A Reuters report found that inmates in jails with contracted medical services were more likely to die and suffer substandard care than those in facilities with publicly managed care. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/gettyimages-5660331311_0.jpg

Claud Fullwood (2020-10-26). Communities rally to feed hungry children as ministers leave them high and dry. thecanary.co After a shocking 320 Tory MPs voted to prevent children living in poverty from receiving free school meals during the holidays, local businesses, authorities and community groups are stepping in to plug the gap in duty-of-care. Meanwhile, ministers face a damaging grassroots Tory revolt over the issue. | Dozens of people from a range of organisations have stepped in to help their local communities. Health secretary Matt Hancock, who voted against the motion to feed hungry children, has leapt at the chance to praise their "absolutely wonderful" efforts. Meanwhile, he insists that the government has already provide…

Max Blumenthal (2020-10-26). How Bolivia's new socialist senator resisted coup terror: Meet MAS party leader Patricia Arce. thegrayzone.com The Grayzone traveled to rural Bolivia to meet Patricia Arce, a former mayor who was publicly tortured during a US-backed coup in November 2019, and is now a senator-elect from the indigenous-led Movement Toward Socialism party, which won in a historic landslide election on October 18. By Max Blumenthal Video and translation by Ben Norton Puede leer esto en español aquí. Transcript MAX BLUMENTHAL: Just a few days after the dramatic landslide victory on October 18 of the Movement Toward …

Max Blumenthal (2020-10-26). How Bolivia's new socialist senator resisted coup terror: Meet torture survivor Patricia Arce. thegrayzone.com The Grayzone traveled to rural Bolivia to meet Patricia Arce, a former mayor who was publicly tortured during a US-backed coup in November 2019, and is now a senator-elect from the indigenous-led Movement Toward Socialism party, which won in a historic landslide election on October 18. By Max Blumenthal Video and translation by Ben Norton Transcript MAX BLUMENTHAL: Just a few days after the dramatic landslide victory on October 18 of the Movement Toward Socialism (MAS) party founded by Evo …

Staff (2020-10-26). "They Wanted to Take My Womb Out": Survivor of Medical Abuse in ICE Jail Deported After Speaking Out. democracynow.org An independent medical review team has submitted a report to Congress on a lack of informed consent and "disturbing pattern" of questionable gynecological surgical procedures at the Irwin County Detention Center in Georgia, after an account from a nurse whistleblower in September prompted congressional and federal investigations. At least 19 women, most of whom are Black and Latina, have come forward to allege they were pressured into "unnecessary" gynecological treatment and surgeries — including procedures that left them sterile — while they were detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. We s…

MEE and agencies (2020-10-26). 'Grossly disturbing': Australia refers invasive search of women at Qatar airport to police. middleeasteye.net 'Grossly disturbing': Australia refers invasive search of women at Qatar airport to police | Australian women were taken off plane and examined after the discovery of a newborn baby abandoned in the terminal | Mon, 10/26/2020 – 07: 37 | Hamad International Airport said the newborn found abandoned on 2 October had not been identified and was receiving medical care (AFP) | An incident at Doh…

Binoy Kampmark (2020-10-26). Trusted Demonologies: US Electoral Interference, the Proud Boys and Iran. counterpunch.org Iran, Russia and electoral interference. It is all part of the delicious mess that any observer of US politics has come to expect. Were the US body politic capable of being examined on the clinician's couch, historical fears, psychic disturbances, and a range of unsettling syndromes would be identified. The issue of electoral interference would

WSWS (2020-10-26). ICE uses torture to pressure African asylum seekers to agree to deportation. wsws.org In a blatant violation of international law and the US constitution, ICE officials in the privately run detention center in Mississippi have been forcing asylum seekers from Cameroon to sign their own deportation forms and quickly shipping them back on secret flights.

Staff (2020-10-26). Survivor Deported After Speaking Out About Medical Abuse in ICE Jails. truthout.org An independent medical review team has submitted a report to Congress on a lack of informed consent and "disturbing pattern" of questionable gynecological surgical procedures at the Irwin County Detention Center in Georgia, after an account from a nurse whistleblower in September prompted congressional and federal investigations. At least 19 women, most of whom are Black and Latina, have come forward to allege they were pressured into "unnecessary" gynecological treatment and surgeries — includin…

Peter Koenig (2020-10-25). "Democracy" vs. COVID: A No-Go. The Great Reset is the Antidote of Democracy. globalresearch.ca On 21 October 2020, the German Press Agency (dpa) reports that Germany pledges NATO soldiers for possible Covid-19 operations: | "German soldiers could be sent on crisis missions to other NATO and partner countries during the second wave of the Corona …

Cory Morningstar (2020-10-25). COVID-19 as a Weapon. The Crushing of the Disposable Working Class — by Design. globalresearch.ca This article was originally crossposted in April 2020. | The arrogance and brutality of the ruling class — is nothing less than breathtaking. | Let's begin. |

teleSUR (2020-10-25). Venezuela Launches National Voting Simulation. telesurenglish.net Venezuela's national voting simulation Sunday started at 8h00 local time, with the application of all biosecurity measures due to the COVID-19 pandemic ahead of the parliamentary elections of next December 6. | RELATED: | The trial will take place this Sunday from 8h00 to 15h00 local time, for which the National Electoral Council has set up 381 polling stations throughout the country. | Today, all the technical elements of the Auto…

teleSUR, CE (2020-10-25). Barbados PM Mottley Proposes New Social Contract. telesurenglish.net Prime Minister of Barbados, Mia Amour Mottley, is proposing a new social contract to get Barbadians through the COVID-19 related crisis. | RELATED: | Speaking at the Barbados Labour Party's 82nd Annual Conference on Saturday, October 25, Mottely said this new protocol would be between the government, the labour movement and the private sector and would involve civil society and non-governmental organizations. | This new contract…

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2020-10-25). The Battle to Suppress Hydroxychloroquine as a Cheap and Effective Drug for the Treatment of Covid-19. globalresearch.ca The campaign against HCQ is carried out through slanderous political statements, media smears, not to mention an authoritative peer reviewed "evaluation" published on May 22nd by The Lancet, which was based on fake figures and test trials.

RT (2020-10-25). BBC exodus: Britons reportedly overwhelm phone lines & website in rush to cancel TV licenses. rt.com It appears that so many people want to cancel their TV licenses in Britain that the BBC cannot cope with the outflow. However, some critics suggest the broadcaster is deliberately hampering the process. | "We have more calls than usual at the moment, and they are taking longer to answer as we operate in accordance with Covid-19 government guidelines," a spokesman for the BBC

The Canary (2020-10-25). Majority of doctors believe the tier system will have little to no impact on coronavirus spread. thecanary.co More than a third of doctors in England feel the government's tier system will have no impact on efforts to contain the spread of coronavirus (Covid-19), while almost half (46%) said they thought the system would only work to a slight extent. This is according to a wide-ranging survey from the British Medical Association (BMA). | The research also raises concerns about the confidence of healthcare staff for the autumn/winter period. More than half said they're "quite anxious" about it. | "Enormous scale" of challenges: | The findings show the "enormous scale of the challenges" facing the NHS into winter,…

_____ (2020-10-25). Protests Against Greed And Inequality Are Spreading Like Wildfire Through Latin America. popularresistance.org With attention fixed on this week's events in Bolivia, you would be excused for not realizing that much of the rest of the region has for weeks also been ablaze in the flames of protest. | In Costa Rica, the neoliberal coalition government of Carlos Alverado attempted to force through a $1.75 billion loan from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to deal with the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic. As has been its modus operandi this year, the organization offered the money attached to a host of free-market changes, including tax changes, cuts to public services, and privatization of state-owned assets, s…

_____ (2020-10-25). Federal Judges Block Efforts To Ease Rules For Mail-In Ballots. popularresistance.org In the final weeks of the 2020 election, Republican-appointed appellate judges have overturned rulings that required states to make mail-in voting easier during the COVID-19 pandemic. Tens of millions of ballots have already been cast, even as federal judges kept changing the rules. | These decisions could be reviewed by the U.S. Supreme Court, which will include a 6-3 conservative majority if nominee Amy Coney Barrett is confirmed by the U.S. Senate next week as planned. So far, the court has ruled against voters in nearly every case it has reviewed.

news.un (2020-10-25). Science, unity and solidarity, key to defeating COVID: UN chief. news.un.org Better preparation, listening to the science and acting together in solidarity, are some of the main ways that countries across the world can overcome the on-going COVID-19 crisis, the UN chief told the World Health Summit on Sunday.

2020-10-25: News Headlines

Cory Morningstar (2020-10-25). COVID-19 as a Weapon. The Crushing of the Disposable Working Class — by Design. globalresearch.ca This article was originally crossposted in April 2020. | The arrogance and brutality of the ruling class — is nothing less than breathtaking. | Let's begin. |

Peter Koenig (2020-10-25). "Democracy" vs. COVID: A No-Go. The Great Reset is the Antidote of Democracy. globalresearch.ca On 21 October 2020, the German Press Agency (dpa) reports that Germany pledges NATO soldiers for possible Covid-19 operations: | "German soldiers could be sent on crisis missions to other NATO and partner countries during the second wave of the Corona …

_____ (2020-10-25). Protests Against Greed And Inequality Are Spreading Like Wildfire Through Latin America. popularresistance.org With attention fixed on this week's events in Bolivia, you would be excused for not realizing that much of the rest of the region has for weeks also been ablaze in the flames of protest. | In Costa Rica, the neoliberal coalition government of Carlos Alverado attempted to force through a $1.75 billion loan from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to deal with the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic. As has been its modus operandi this year, the organization offered the money attached to a host of free-market changes, including tax changes, cuts to public services, and privatization of state-owned assets, s…

_____ (2020-10-25). Federal Judges Block Efforts To Ease Rules For Mail-In Ballots. popularresistance.org In the final weeks of the 2020 election, Republican-appointed appellate judges have overturned rulings that required states to make mail-in voting easier during the COVID-19 pandemic. Tens of millions of ballots have already been cast, even as federal judges kept changing the rules. | These decisions could be reviewed by the U.S. Supreme Court, which will include a 6-3 conservative majority if nominee Amy Coney Barrett is confirmed by the U.S. Senate next week as planned. So far, the court has ruled against voters in nearly every case it has reviewed.

The Canary (2020-10-25). Majority of doctors believe the tier system will have little to no impact on coronavirus spread. thecanary.co More than a third of doctors in England feel the government's tier system will have no impact on efforts to contain the spread of coronavirus (Covid-19), while almost half (46%) said they thought the system would only work to a slight extent. This is according to a wide-ranging survey from the British Medical Association (BMA). | The research also raises concerns about the confidence of healthcare staff for the autumn/winter period. More than half said they're "quite anxious" about it. | "Enormous scale" of challenges: | The findings show the "enormous scale of the challenges" facing the NHS into winter,…

The Canary (2020-10-25). Pressure mounts on government to sack NHS Test and Trace chief. thecanary.co The government is resisting pressure to sack the head of NHS Test and Trace. It comes amid deepening concern from ministers and MPs that the system is failing to stem the spread of coronavirus (Covid-19). | "Untenable": | Northern Ireland secretary Brandon Lewis insisted that baroness Dido Harding was doing "a very good job". This is after one Conservative MP called for her to be replaced by a senior military commander. | However, Labour warned that Harding's position was "untenable", after it emerged that ministers were considering cutting the time people have to self-isolate if they've been in contact w…

RT (2020-10-25). Pence's chief of staff tests positive for Covid-19, VP not infected — spokesman. rt.com Marc Short, known as Mike Pence's closest aide, has been infected with coronavirus, the vice president's spokesman has confirmed, adding that Pence himself tested negative and is not planning to halt his campaign. | "Vice President Pence and Mrs. Pence both tested negative for Covid-19 today, and remain in good health," spokesman Devin O'Malley reported on Saturday evening as he confirmed that the VP's right-hand man, Short, had contracted the virus. | Pence is not expected to cancel any of his scheduled events in light of his top aide's illness, O'Malley noted, adding that his boss "will maintain his schedule…

yenisafak (2020-10-25). Pence aide tests positive for coronavirus, spokesman says. yenisafak.com Marc Short, the chief of staff for Vice President Mike Pence, has tested positive for the new coronavirus, a spokesman for the vice president said on Saturday."Vice President Pence and Mrs. Pence both tested negative for COVID-19 today, and remain in good health," said Devin O'Malley, adding that Pence would maintain his scheduled "in accordance with the CDC guidelines for essential personnel."

yenisafak (2020-10-25). Spain's government to decree COVID-19 state of emergency, tighten controls. yenisafak.com Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez will announce a new state of emergency on Sunday in an effort to curb a resurgence of the coronavirus, local media reported.The state of emergency will give regions, which decide on their own health matters, the backing to impose stricter measures, including curfews.

yenisafak (2020-10-25). India's central bank chief tests positive for coronavirus. yenisafak.com "I have tested Covid-19 positive. Asymptomatic. Feeling very much alright," Das said in a tweet."Will continue to work from isolation. Work in the RBI (Reserve Bank of India) will go on normally," he said.Many top Indian politicians including Home Minister Amit Shah and actors such as Amitabh Bachchan have tested positive for the virus, and since recovered.Over 7.8 million Indians have tested positive for COVID-19 so far. The pandemic has claimed 118,534 lives in the world's second most populous country.

yenisafak (2020-10-25). Coronavirus cases in the Netherlands hit new record, up by more than 10,000. yenisafak.com The number of coronavirus infections in the Netherlands jumped by more than 10,000 in 24 hours, hitting a new record, data released by the National Institute for Public Health (RIVM) on Sunday showed.The RIVM reported 10,203 confirmed cases of COVID-19.The Dutch government imposed partial lockdown measures to contain the spread of the virus on Oct. 14, including the closure of all bars and restaurants in the country.

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2020-10-25). Pence Denounced for 'Grossly Negligent' Decision to Keep Campaigning Despite Exposure to Top Aide With Covid-19. commondreams.org "It's just an insult to everybody who has been working in public health and public health response." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/mike_pence_4.jpg

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2020-10-25). The Battle to Suppress Hydroxychloroquine as a Cheap and Effective Drug for the Treatment of Covid-19. globalresearch.ca The campaign against HCQ is carried out through slanderous political statements, media smears, not to mention an authoritative peer reviewed "evaluation" published on May 22nd by The Lancet, which was based on fake figures and test trials.

Al Carroll (2020-10-25). Trump's Body Count: Could Be Over a Million. indybay.org The combined death toll from all of Trump's many crimes is not "just" the over 222,000 COVID deaths. It includes at least 40,000 Venezuelans, Syrian Christian and Yazidi refugees, Karen Christians, Rohingya, refugees from Latin America, Afghans, Iraqis, Somalis, Yemenis, and tens of thousands of Americans who died by Trump sabotaging their healthcare.

Staff (2020-10-25). Pence Was Exposed to COVID From Top Aide. He Plans to Keep Campaigning Anyway. truthout.org Despite being considered a close contact with a top aide who The White House announc…

yenisafak (2020-10-25). Italy PM says new measures should curb COVID rise in coming weeks. yenisafak.com Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said tighter restrictions announced on Sunday, including early closing for restaurants and bars, should allow the rapidly rising curve of the coronavirus epidemic to be brought under control in the coming weeks."We think that we will suffer a bit this month but by gritting our teeth a bit with these restrictions, we'll be able to breathe again in December," he told a news conference, adding that the government aimed to protect both public health and the economy.Sectors hit by the measures would be helped out by support measures being worked out by the government, he said.

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2020-10-25). 'Such an Insult': Doctors Furious as Trump Peddles Baseless Claim That They Are Inflating Covid Death Count for Profit. commondreams.org "We report deaths how they occur. If you did your damn job we wouldn't be reporting so many." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/trump_coronavirus_doctors.jpg

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2020-10-25). "We're Not Going to Control the Pandemic," Trump Chief of Staff Says on Live TV as Covid Cases Surge. commondreams.org "'It is what it is' wasn't a randomly tossed off phrase: it's the official policy." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/mark_meadows.jpg

John C. A. Manley (2020-10-25). 605 Years Ago: Medieval Inspiration to Fight The Corona World Order Today. globalresearch.ca "The truth is, the technocrats have no intention of ever letting us go back to normal," writes Dr. Joseph Mercola in

Sonali Kolhatkar (2020-10-25). How Coronavirus Exposed the Flaws of the Childcare Economy. zcomm.org The pandemic has revealed the barbaric nature of an economy that has largely left the care of children to the whims of market forces. The well-being of children, women, and especially women of color is at stake…

Robert Freeman (2020-10-25). How Did We Get Here? And How Do We Get Out? commondreams.org President Donald Trump holds a press conference announcing Vice President Mike Pence will lead the effort combating the spread of the coronavirus in Washington, D.C. on February 26, 2020. (Photo: Yasin Ozturk/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/donald_trump_coronavirus_3.jpg

yenisafak (2020-10-25). Czech Republic reports 12,472 new coronavirus cases. yenisafak.com The Czech Republic reported 12,472 new cases of coronavirus for Oct. 24, its highest daily tally for a weekend day, when there are usually fewer tests, Health Ministry data showed on Sunday.The total number of cases rose to 250,797 in the country of 10.7 million, with 106 new deaths taking that total to 2,077.

Prabhat Patnaik (2020-10-25). The rising wealth of billionaires even amid a pandemic. peoplesdispatch.org It is inevitable under capitalism that every human tragedy which unleashes a crisis in this system becomes an occasion for an increase in wealth concentration, writes Prabhat Patnaik…

_____ (2020-10-25). The Future Of Pandemic Solidarity. popularresistance.org In their recent book Pandemic Solidarity, Colectiva Sembrar (Sowing Seeds Collective) collected first-hand experiences from around the world of people creating their own narratives of solidarity and mutual aid in our time of global crisis. Red Pepper interviewed members of the collective — carla bergman (she doesn't capitalise her name), Seyma Ozdemir, Nancy Piñeiro, Emre Sahin and Marina Sitrin — to discuss what unites these diverse experiences, what can be learned, and where they might fit into a broader project of systemic change.

_____ (2020-10-25). Why Black Families Are Choosing To Keep Their Kids Remote. popularresistance.org Mississippi – Yolanda Logan, the parent engagement coordinator for the Oxford School District, spent two weeks in July making home visits — some announced, some cold-calls — to check in on the students educators had been most worried about when schools shut down in the spring. Some had test scores at the bottom at their class. Some belonged to families who had been struggling to make ends meet before the pandemic struck and devastated the economy. | Logan asked the students, and the adults in their lives, how they were holding up and what support they needed.

Akram Al-Waara (2020-10-25). Family of Palestinian teen accuses Israeli soldiers of beating him to death. middleeasteye.net Family of Palestinian teen accuses Israeli soldiers of beating him to death | Amer Snobar died on Sunday from blunt-force trauma to the neck, the Palestinian Ministry of Health said | Sun, 10/25/2020 – 14: 07 | Amer Snobar, 18, from the Nablus-area village of Yatma, was reported dead early Sunday morning (Supplied) | The death of a Palestinian teenager early on Sunday morning, allegedly at the h…

Staff (2020-10-25). Fracking Isn't Just Bad for the Climate. It's Bad for Mental Health Too. truthout.org Hydraulic fracturing has boomed in the U.S. over the past decade, but unless you live near it, you may not realize just how close fracking wells can be to homes and schools. In Colorado, the wellbore — the hole drilled to extract oil or gas — can be 500 feet from someone's house under current state rules. In some states, like For people living in these areas, that me…

_____ (2020-10-25). How A Police Killing In Nigeria Sparked A Nationwide Movement. popularresistance.org Nigerian security forces opened fire this week on protesters in Lagos, killing at least 12 demonstrators and marking a deadly escalation in the weekslong protests against police brutality. | Since early October, tens of thousands of Nigerians have been marching in cities throughout the country, demanding the disbandment of a notorious police unit known as SARS—the Special Anti-Robbery Squad. An Amnesty International report published in June documented dozens of cases of torture and extrajudicial killing by the unit. But the incident that sparked the movement was a video of what appeared to be an unprovoked…

_____ (2020-10-25). Macron's Gamble Will Backfire as Brexit Will Make Both Him and France Big Losers of a No-Deal With Brussels. strategic-culture.org He couldn't save Lebanon, despite all the rhetoric. Libya too was a disaster, as was his more recent battle with the firebrand Turkish president over a row in the Eastern Med about energy exploration. And now, France's cursed President, Emmanuel Macron, is going to lead his nation in a campaign which will take him and the entire French economy over the abyss on Brexit. | Remarkably, as the EU stands and watches, Macron, a man tortured and cursed by defeat wherever he goes around the world, is about to throw the lever on the French economy as he prepares to go into battle against Boris Johnson over UK's rights to…

yenisafak (2020-10-25). Palestinian beaten to death by Israeli settlers. yenisafak.com A Palestinian teen was beaten to death early Sunday by Israeli settlers in the occupied West Bank, according to eyewitnesses and a medical source.Amer Snobar, 18, from the town of Yatma, south of Nablus city, was attacked by settlers guarding a Jewish settlement and died of his wounds, witnesses said.A medical source said the teen was admitted to hospital with signs of assault on his body.An Israeli military statement said a Palestinian fell while escaping and hit his head while being chased by army forces.According to the army, the chase came after settlers said that their cars were attacked by stone-throwing P…

WSWS (2020-10-24). With nearly a half-million COVID cases daily, WHO warns world is at a critical juncture. wsws.org With daily COVID-19 cases reaching nearly one-half million, the WHO warns if measures are not immediately taken to stem the exponential growth of the pandemic the health crisis will become catastrophic.

WSWS (2020-10-24). UK COVID-19 deaths surge to more than 1,100 over last week. wsws.org It was the premature ending of the national lockdown from June onwards, and the opening of schools, colleges and workplaces to facilitate the profitmaking of big business, that produced this disastrous situation.

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2020-10-24). The Covid-19 Numbers Game: The "Second Wave" is Based on Fake Statistics. globalresearch.ca "Red zones", travel bans, quarantines, "red lists". A "Second Wave". Millions of people are lining up for Covid-19 testing. The "Numbers Game". How statistics and "estimates" are used by politicians to justify the closure of the national economy and the derogation of fundamental civil rights.

WSWS (2020-10-24). Catastrophic increase of coronavirus infections in Germany. wsws.org Since January, over 380,000 people in Germany have been infected with COVID-19, more than one in ten within the last seven days.

Shatha Hammad (2020-10-24). Palestine Cinema Days film festival kicks off despite cash, pandemic challenges. middleeasteye.net Palestine Cinema Days film festival kicks off despite cash, pandemic challenges | Social distancing, international funding curbs on Palestinian cultural institutions fail to deter event's seventh edition | Sat, 10/24/2020 – 10: 23 | Seats sealed off in line with strict Covid-19 social-distancing measures at the Ramallah Cultural Palace on 20 October (MEE/Shatha Hammad) | In the main hall of the Ram…

WSWS (2020-10-24). Chicago officials plan to reopen schools for 20,000 students. wsws.org The plan to shift from online learning to a daily in-person schedule was announced as Illinois' seven-day average COVID-19 testing positivity rate surpassed five percent for the first time since early June.

Henry A. Giroux (2020-10-24). Dystopian Plagues, Pandemic Fears, and Fascist Politics in the Age of Trump. zcomm.org The COVID-19 crisis has amplified a surrealist hallucination that floods our screens and media with images of fear, trepidation, and dread…

_____ (2020-10-24). COVID-19: The World Is At A Critical Juncture. popularresistance.org The fall and winter surge of COVID-19 cases, as predicted, has begun. The number of cases across North America and Europe is rising exponentially in some regions. | There have been more than 42.4 million cases of COVID-19 globally, with 1.14 million deaths thus far. On Friday, the number of daily new cases reached an unprecedented 500,000-plus new infections. Global deaths have consistently tracked above 6,000 four days running. | At the World Health Organization Friday press briefing on the COVID-19 pandemic, Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus ominously warned…

Lynda Carson (2020-10-24). Oakland's new Encampment Management Policy (EMP) threatens the unhoused. indybay.org Black, Asian, & Latino Adults Have The Most Trouble Paying The Rent During The Coronavirus Covid-19 Pandemic:…

Dorota M Ruszkiewicz, Daniel Sanders, Rachel O'Brien, Frederik Hempel, Matthew J Reed, Ansgar C Riepe, Kenneth Bailie, Emma Brodrick, Kareen Darnley, Richard Ellerkmann, Oliver Mueller, Angelika Skarysz, Michael Truss, Thomas Wortelmann, Simeon Yordanov, C.L.Paul Thomas, Bernhard Schaaf, Michael Eddleston (2020-10-24). [Research Paper] Diagnosis of COVID-19 by analysis of breath with gas chromatography-ion mobility spectrometry – a feasibility study. thelancet.com These two studies independently indicate that patients with COVID-19 can be rapidly distinguished from patients with other conditions at first healthcare contact. The identity of the marker compounds is consistent with COVID-19 derangement of breath-biochemistry by ketosis, gastrointestinal effects, and inflammatory processes. Development and validation of this approach may allow rapid diagnosis of COVID-19 in the coming endemic flu seasons.

Michael J A Reid, Sachin Silva, Nimalan Arinaminpathy, Eric Goosby (2020-10-24). [Comment] Building a tuberculosis-free world while responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. thelancet.com In March, 2019, the Lancet Commission on Tuberculosis1 highlighted the opportunity to build a tuberculosis-free world. After years of neglect of this disease, the UN High-Level Meeting on Tuberculosis in September, 2018, made ending tuberculosis a global priority; global leaders committed to important steps, including ambitious country-specific tuberculosis case-finding and prevention targets, and a revitalised research agenda.2 The Lancet Commission concluded that the prospect of a tuberculosis-free world was a realistic objective that could be achieved with sufficient accountability and resources, and detailed…

Richard Horton (2020-10-24). [Comment] Offline: Science and politics in the era of COVID-19. thelancet.com "How can we follow the science when scientists haven't the foggiest." "'Big mouth' scientists losing trust of Ministers." Headlines such as these are increasingly common in UK newspapers. Scientists are no longer seen as providing impartial, independent advice to government. They are seen as being responsible for crashing economies, driving up unemployment, and ruining livelihoods. Chris Whitty, England's Chief Medical Officer, and Patrick Vallance, Chief Scientific Adviser, have received the sharpest criticism.

Sophie Cousins (2020-10-24). [World Report] Experts criticise Australia's aged care failings over COVID-19. thelancet.com Three-quarters of deaths from COVID-19 in Australia have been in aged care homes. Experts say that the pandemic is only exposing systemic weaknesses. Sophie Cousins reports.

Anthony Capon (2020-10-24). [Perspectives] Understanding planetary health. thelancet.com Planetary Health: Protecting Nature to Protect Ourselves is a milestone—the first textbook for the emerging field of planetary health. I read the book under lockdown at home in Australia, a requirement of the public health response to the COVID-19 pandemic in Melbourne. At the same time, wildfires were raging in the USA that made me recall the devastating 2019—20 Australian wildfire season. Those fires were unprecedented. They killed more than 30 people, burned more than 11 million hectares of land, and resulted in prolonged smoke pollution that has since been linked to more than 400 premature deaths.

Richard Lane (2020-10-24). [Perspectives] Kelvin Kong: trailblazer for Indigenous health in Australia. thelancet.com The equity of his nation's health services provision is a core mission for ear, nose, and throat (ENT) surgeon Kelvin Kong, Associate Professor at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), Sydney, and the University of Newcastle in eastern Australia. "As an Indigenous Australian, I feel obligated to strive to ensure that access to quality health care is available to all Australian citizens", he says. As a busy clinician, Kong sees the pressure on ENT and hearing services, recently compounded by the COVID-19 pandemic.

_____ (2020-10-24). COVID-19 Lockdowns Are in Lockstep With the 'Great Reset'. strategic-culture.org Dr. Mathew MAAVAK | In October 2019, a pandemic simulation exercise called When COVID-19 coincidentally emerged from Wuhan two months later, scientists were rushing to generate similar alarmist forecasts using a variety of questiona…

Anand Naidoo (2020-10-24). The Heat: Trump, Biden final debate. america.cgtn.com US President Donald Trump and rival Joe Biden clash over the handling of the COVID-19 pandemic in their final debate.

sputniknews (2020-10-24). Demonstrators Protest Outside Prime Minister Netanyahu's Residence in Jerusalem – Video. sputniknews.com Anti-government protests have been held weekly for the past several months across the Jewish state, with many Israelis demanding the Israeli prime minister's resignation over his indictment on corruption charges, as well as widespread anger over the government's response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Canary (2020-10-24). Scientist warns we may struggle to curb coronavirus spread without closing schools for older kids. thecanary.co Ministers may be forced to close schools to older children if coronavirus (Covid-19) cases continue to increase at the current rate, a scientist has warned.Professor Neil Ferguson said the NHS would soon be unable to cope unless the spread of the disease was stemmed. His modelling led to the original lockdown in March.He said there were currently 8,000 people in hospital with coronavirus. That's around a third of the peak earlier this year, and numbers are continuing to rise.Further action: He said the restrictions on households mixing may not be enough, and further action may be needed: If we go beyond tha…

Staff (2020-10-24). New Research Shows Masks Are Helping Hold Down COVID Death Rates Significantly. truthout.org The chances of dying from COVID-19 have fallen precipitously since the pandemic began, according to two new peer-reviewed studies. | One Patients treated by NYU's health system had a 25.6% chance of dying when the pandemic began but that number has fallen to 7.6%…

2020-10-24: News Headlines

Shatha Hammad (2020-10-24). Palestine Cinema Days film festival kicks off despite cash, pandemic challenges. middleeasteye.net Palestine Cinema Days film festival kicks off despite cash, pandemic challenges | Social distancing, international funding curbs on Palestinian cultural institutions fail to deter event's seventh edition | Sat, 10/24/2020 – 10: 23 | Seats sealed off in line with strict Covid-19 social-distancing measures at the Ramallah Cultural Palace on 20 October (MEE/Shatha Hammad) | In the main hall of the Ram…

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2020-10-24). The Covid-19 Numbers Game: The "Second Wave" is Based on Fake Statistics. globalresearch.ca "Red zones", travel bans, quarantines, "red lists". A "Second Wave". Millions of people are lining up for Covid-19 testing. The "Numbers Game". How statistics and "estimates" are used by politicians to justify the closure of the national economy and the derogation of fundamental civil rights.

Henry A. Giroux (2020-10-24). Dystopian Plagues, Pandemic Fears, and Fascist Politics in the Age of Trump. zcomm.org The COVID-19 crisis has amplified a surrealist hallucination that floods our screens and media with images of fear, trepidation, and dread…

_____ (2020-10-24). COVID-19: The World Is At A Critical Juncture. popularresistance.org The fall and winter surge of COVID-19 cases, as predicted, has begun. The number of cases across North America and Europe is rising exponentially in some regions. | There have been more than 42.4 million cases of COVID-19 globally, with 1.14 million deaths thus far. On Friday, the number of daily new cases reached an unprecedented 500,000-plus new infections. Global deaths have consistently tracked above 6,000 four days running. | At the World Health Organization Friday press briefing on the COVID-19 pandemic, Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus ominously warned…

Lynda Carson (2020-10-24). Oakland's new Encampment Management Policy (EMP) threatens the unhoused. indybay.org Black, Asian, & Latino Adults Have The Most Trouble Paying The Rent During The Coronavirus Covid-19 Pandemic:…

Anthony Capon (2020-10-24). [Perspectives] Understanding planetary health. thelancet.com Planetary Health: Protecting Nature to Protect Ourselves is a milestone—the first textbook for the emerging field of planetary health. I read the book under lockdown at home in Australia, a requirement of the public health response to the COVID-19 pandemic in Melbourne. At the same time, wildfires were raging in the USA that made me recall the devastating 2019—20 Australian wildfire season. Those fires were unprecedented. They killed more than 30 people, burned more than 11 million hectares of land, and resulted in prolonged smoke pollution that has since been linked to more than 400 premature deaths.

Richard Lane (2020-10-24). [Perspectives] Kelvin Kong: trailblazer for Indigenous health in Australia. thelancet.com The equity of his nation's health services provision is a core mission for ear, nose, and throat (ENT) surgeon Kelvin Kong, Associate Professor at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), Sydney, and the University of Newcastle in eastern Australia. "As an Indigenous Australian, I feel obligated to strive to ensure that access to quality health care is available to all Australian citizens", he says. As a busy clinician, Kong sees the pressure on ENT and hearing services, recently compounded by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sophie Cousins (2020-10-24). [World Report] Experts criticise Australia's aged care failings over COVID-19. thelancet.com Three-quarters of deaths from COVID-19 in Australia have been in aged care homes. Experts say that the pandemic is only exposing systemic weaknesses. Sophie Cousins reports.

Richard Horton (2020-10-24). [Comment] Offline: Science and politics in the era of COVID-19. thelancet.com "How can we follow the science when scientists haven't the foggiest." "'Big mouth' scientists losing trust of Ministers." Headlines such as these are increasingly common in UK newspapers. Scientists are no longer seen as providing impartial, independent advice to government. They are seen as being responsible for crashing economies, driving up unemployment, and ruining livelihoods. Chris Whitty, England's Chief Medical Officer, and Patrick Vallance, Chief Scientific Adviser, have received the sharpest criticism.

Michael J A Reid, Sachin Silva, Nimalan Arinaminpathy, Eric Goosby (2020-10-24). [Comment] Building a tuberculosis-free world while responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. thelancet.com In March, 2019, the Lancet Commission on Tuberculosis1 highlighted the opportunity to build a tuberculosis-free world. After years of neglect of this disease, the UN High-Level Meeting on Tuberculosis in September, 2018, made ending tuberculosis a global priority; global leaders committed to important steps, including ambitious country-specific tuberculosis case-finding and prevention targets, and a revitalised research agenda.2 The Lancet Commission concluded that the prospect of a tuberculosis-free world was a realistic objective that could be achieved with sufficient accountability and resources, and detailed…

_____ (2020-10-24). COVID-19 Lockdowns Are in Lockstep With the 'Great Reset'. strategic-culture.org Dr. Mathew MAAVAK | In October 2019, a pandemic simulation exercise called When COVID-19 coincidentally emerged from Wuhan two months later, scientists were rushing to generate similar alarmist forecasts using a variety of questiona…

The Canary (2020-10-24). Scientist warns we may struggle to curb coronavirus spread without closing schools for older kids. thecanary.co Ministers may be forced to close schools to older children if coronavirus (Covid-19) cases continue to increase at the current rate, a scientist has warned.Professor Neil Ferguson said the NHS would soon be unable to cope unless the spread of the disease was stemmed. His modelling led to the original lockdown in March.He said there were currently 8,000 people in hospital with coronavirus. That's around a third of the peak earlier this year, and numbers are continuing to rise.Further action: He said the restrictions on households mixing may not be enough, and further action may be needed: If we go beyond tha…

Staff (2020-10-24). New Research Shows Masks Are Helping Hold Down COVID Death Rates Significantly. truthout.org The chances of dying from COVID-19 have fallen precipitously since the pandemic began, according to two new peer-reviewed studies. | One Patients treated by NYU's health system had a 25.6% chance of dying when the pandemic began but that number has fallen to 7.6%…

yenisafak (2020-10-24). WHO says may have vaccine result at end of November. yenisafak.com The World Health Organization (WHO) is looking at 10 vaccines in phase three trials as the northern hemisphere with skyrocketing cases faces a critical juncture in the fight against COVID-19, the chief scientist of global body said Friday."Our best expectations, as far as we know by watching the trials that are moving ahead, is that we may have results from one or two of the vaccine trials before the end of the year, possibly starting late November," said Dr. Soumya Swaminathan.Speaking at a twice-weekly webinar hosted by the WHO, Swaminathan said that this is going to the bare minimum from results considered by…

Michael Welch (2020-10-24). Coronavirus: Killer Virus or Common Flu. globalresearch.ca This is part one of a special series devoted to the global pandemic that has coordinated an unprecedented attack on lives and civil liberties everywhere. In this chapter, we have two guests concluding that the threat is not nearly catastrophic …

Michael Welch (2020-10-24). Coronavirus: Corporate Plunder and Hope for Political Change. globalresearch.ca "It destroys peoples lives! And it destroys the nation-state! And eventually, what is happening is a structure whereby the financial establishment takes over the structures of government." | — Professor Michel Chossudovsky (from this week's interview) | LISTEN TO THE SHOW |

MEE staff (2020-10-24). Coronavirus: Algeria president to be quarantined after staff test positive. middleeasteye.net Coronavirus: Algeria president to be quarantined after staff test positive | Doctors advise 74-year-old Abdelmadjid Tebboune to start five-day quarantine as a precautionary measure, his office said on Saturday | Sat, 10/24/2020 – 13: 49 | Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune (AFP) | Algeria's President Abdelmadjid Tebboune will start a five-day quarantine from Saturday after senior staff tested positive for…

Elisabeth Rosenthal (2020-10-24). Winter Is Coming for Bars. Here's How to Save Them. And Us. zcomm.org With bars closed, you could still drink and socialize with smaller groups of people at home or outdoors, when the weather allows it. That may not be quite as much fun, but nothing is much fun while the coronavirus is around.

Bernard Freudenthal (2020-10-24). [Correspondence] Misuse of SARS-CoV-2 testing in symptomatic health-care staff in the UK. thelancet.com An initiative to screen asymptomatic health-care workers for severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) was timely and logical,1 and contrasted markedly with the UK Government's testing strategy of National Health Service (NHS) staff during the epidemic. The NHS staff testing policy was only to test symptomatic staff, precisely to reduce absenteeism by encouraging staff with negative results back to work, thus intentionally reducing their time in self-isolation. The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Matt Hancock, himself stated that "we want to get [NHS staff absences] down, and the…

James R M Black, Chris Bailey, Joanna Przewrocka, Krijn K Dijkstra, Sonia Gandhi, Steve Gamblin, Sam Barrell, Charles Swanton (2020-10-24). [Correspondence] Misuse of SARS-CoV-2 testing in symptomatic health-care staff in the UK — Authors' reply. thelancet.com We thank Bernard Freudenthal for his response to our previous Correspondence.1 We agree that use of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) testing among health-care workers (HCWs) solely to reduce absenteeism is inappropriate. Freudenthal correctly outlines the risks, posed by false-negative results, of advising potentially infectious HCWs to return to work. Moreover, staffing levels are currently far less problematic within UK health-care settings than during the peak of the pandemic.

Ashley Curtin (2020-10-24). Tesla delivers record number vehicles amid pandemic doubling third-quarter profits. nationofchange.org Third quarter net profit was at $331 million making Tesla on course to turn an annual profit for the first time ever.

Editor (2020-10-24). What Canvassing in Nevada Amid a Pandemic Has Taught Me. scheerpost.com Anthony Quintano / CC BY 2.0] By Rebecca Gordon / TomDispatch "Look, folks, the air quality is in the red zone today. The EPA says that means people with lung or heart issues should avoid prolonged activity outdoors." That was J.R. de Vera, one of two directors of UNITE-HERE!'s independent expenditure campaign to elect Biden and Harris in Reno, Nevada. UNITE-HERE! is a union representing 300… |

The Lancet (2020-10-24). [Editorial] Reimagining long-term care. thelancet.com A dichotomous narrative surrounds ageing in the 21st century. On the one hand, there is increasing research and recognition of healthy ageing, and a recognition that age is not synonymous with ill health. On the other hand, there is the fear of looming economic costs and providing care for increasing numbers of older people with increasingly complex needs. These two narratives are hard to marry. Even the name long-term care (given to the latter narrative) is at odds with a short-term neoliberal political economy and, as a result, is generally low on government agendas.

Susan Jaffe (2020-10-24). [World Report] US election 2020: research and health institutions. thelancet.com How will the NIH, CDC, and FDA change if President Donald Trump wins a second term or if his Democratic challenger, Joe Biden, defeats him? Susan Jaffe reports from Washington, DC.

Flavia K Borges, Mohit Bhandari, Ernesto Guerra-Farfan, Valerie Harvey, P J Devereaux (2020-10-24). [Correspondence] Accelerated surgery for hip fractures—the HIP ATTACK results discussed — Authors' reply. thelancet.com Daniel Pincus and Bheeshma Ravi highlight their observational study suggesting surgery for a hip fracture within 24 h of hospital arrival might result in a lower risk of 30-day mortality compared to surgery 24 h or more after hospital arrival.1 HIP ATTACK2 highlights why we need surgical and health-care system randomised controlled trials and why data from observational studies are unreliable. Moreover, other trial data have shown misleading risk adjusted time thresholds in observational studies.

The Canary (2020-10-24). Headteachers 'speechless' after ministers offer food standards advice during school meals battle. thecanary.co Headteachers have been left angry by a letter from ministers reminding them to provide pupils with nutritious food in school. It comes just days after MPs rejected a campaign to extend free meals to children during the holidays. | "Speechless": | The letter came from children's minister Vicky Ford and junior health minister Jo Churchill. It was sent to school leaders on the morning of Friday 23 October to encourage them to offer a healthy and nutritious hot meal to their pupils during term-time. Heads received the letter two days after a Labour motion to offer free school meals to poorer children during h…

Ellis Muggleton, Tàºlin Muggleton (2020-10-24). [Correspondence] Accelerated surgery for hip fractures—the HIP ATTACK results discussed. thelancet.com We would like to make several points regarding the HIP ATTACK trial results.1…

Mervyn Singer, Matt Inada-Kim, Mark Peters, Kathryn Maitland (2020-10-24). [Correspondence] Sepsis hysteria? Not for children — Authors' reply. thelancet.com We thank L Nelson Sanchez-Pinto and colleagues for their comments on our Correspondence1 and concur that every avoidable death of a child, or adult, is a death too many. However, their comments underline our points precisely—namely, issues with definition, denominators, attributable deaths, and avoidable deaths due to lack of timely antibiotics.

thelancet (2020-10-24). [Department of Error] Department of Error. thelancet.com Norman JE, Heazell AEP, Rodriguez A, et al. Awareness of fetal movements and care package to reduce fetal mortality (AFFIRM): a stepped wedge, cluster-randomised trial. Lancet 2018; 392: 1629—38—In table 2 of this Article, some data in the "Perinatal mortality, n (per 1000 births)" row have been amended in line with the definition for perinatal mortality given in the Outcomes section of the Methods, amends have been made to the legend to clarify the definition of stillbirths at ‚â•22 weeks' gestation, and the appendix has been corrected.

Geoff Watts (2020-10-24). [Obituary] Timothy Ray Brown. thelancet.com HIV activist and the first person to be cured of HIV. He was born in Seattle, WA, USA, on March 11, 1966, and died of acute myeloid leukaemia in Palm Springs, CA, USA, on Sept 29, 2020, aged 54 years.

Klaus F Steinsiepe, Markus Hauser (2020-10-24). [Correspondence] Leonardo da Vinci has been misinterpreted. thelancet.com About 1506—08, Leonardo da Vinci's studies of the brain culminated in filling the ventricles of an ox with melted wax, a pioneer accomplishment in medical science. An otherwise excellent review in The Lancet claimed that these drawings of the casted ventricles show the interventricular foramen of Monro and the paired lateral ventricles in a correct manner.1 This misconception has repeatedly been stated in the literature.2—4…

L Nelson Sanchez-Pinto, Sebastián González-Dambrauskas, Roberto Jabornisky, Kuban Naidoo, Luregn J Schlapbach, Niranjan Kissoon (2020-10-24). [Correspondence] Sepsis hysteria? Not for children. thelancet.com Mervyn Singer and colleagues assert that sepsis is an overhyped problem that mostly affects individuals who are "older, frail, and at the end of life".1 This message is misleading and problematic for children worldwide.

Suwasin Udomkarnjananun, Pongpratch Puapatanakul, Kearkiat Praditpornsilpa (2020-10-24). [Clinical Picture] Relapsing polychondritis associated with pauci-immune crescentic glomerulonephritis. thelancet.com A 37-year-old woman presented with a 3-year history of episodic pain, swelling, and redness of her left ear. She said the problem had re-occurred three to four times each year and had either resolved spontaneously or after she took non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) which she had bought over the counter. She also reported infrequent episodes of redness of her eyes.

Zhanlian Feng, Elena Glinskaya, Hongtu Chen, Sen Gong, Yue Qiu, Jianming Xu, Winnie Yip (2020-10-24). [Review] Long-term care system for older adults in China: policy landscape, challenges, and future prospects. thelancet.com In China, the population is rapidly ageing and the capacity of the system that cares for older people is increasingly a concern. In this Review, we provide a profile of the long-term care system and policy landscape in China. The long-term care system is characterised by rapid growth of the residential care sector, slow development of home and community-based services, and increasing involvement of the private sector. The long-term care workforce shortage and weak quality assurance are concerning.

Mohammad Ayesh (2020-10-23). Arabic press review: Iraqi bank triggers storm over 'second marriage' loan. middleeasteye.net Arabic press review: Iraqi bank triggers storm over 'second marriage' loan | Meanwhile, US diplomat says political solution in sight in Libya, and Palestinian lawyers sue UK over century-old Balfour Declaration | Fri, 10/23/2020 – 16: 48 | An Iraqi business owner adjusts a protective mask bearing a wedding invitation on a bridal shop mannequin amid the Covid-19 pandemic, in the southern port cit…

WSWS (2020-10-23). Support for socialism jumps by nearly 10 percent among US youth amid pandemic depression. wsws.org These statistics quantitatively express a significant shift in political mood and perspective that has occurred over just the last year, as the COVID-19 pandemic has ravaged the US and the world.

Peoples Dispatch (2020-10-23). Italian youth demand free and safe public transport. peoplesdispatch.org In the wake of opening up of schools and colleges across Italy in the midst of a spike in COVID-19 cases, youth groups have demanded free and safe transport facilities for students. The Communist Youth Front (FGC) initiated a campaign on this demand and gave a call for a mobilization in Rome for October 24, Saturday. A section of students including from the Alternative Students Opposition (OSA) observed October 19 as the national agitation day for public transport and organized a demonstration in front of the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transportation. | Earlier, on October 17, students protested and organized…

teleSUR (2020-10-23). US Response to COVID-19 Pandemic Took Center Stage at Debate. telesurenglish.net Democratic candidate Joe Biden slammed President Donald Trump for mishandling the COVID-19 pandemic at the final presidential debate on Thursday night. | RELATED: | "We're in a circumstance where the president thus far still has no plan, no comprehensive plan," Biden said and noted that the death toll had already surpassed 220,000 in the U.S., with 1,000 new deaths per day, accusing Trump of intentionally playing down the thre…

teleSUR (2020-10-23). China Launches Mobile COVID-19 Testing Lab. telesurenglish.net A team of researchers from Tsinghua University and CapitalBio Technology Co. has developed a COVID-19 Mobile Laboratory, which can analyze nucleic acid samples on the spot immediately, allowing people to obtain results within 45 minutes. | RELATED: | Since the outbreak of the novel coronavirus epidemic, waiting in long queues for a COVID-19 test has been a major hurdle in getting tested. However, the advent of a mobi…

Eve Ottenberg (2020-10-23). The Scourge of Herd Immunity. counterpunch.org Covid-19 kills, and its kill rate is significantly higher than the flu. Some who recover develop insufficient immunity to prevent getting infected again. Some don't appear to recover. They are stuck with debilities that last months, maybe longer. And it's possible that this disease is chronic and lingers in some people, like herpes, a virus

news.un (2020-10-23). Step up action to achieve COVID-19 ceasefire, Guterres says in UN Day message. news.un.org The UN's 75th anniversary this Saturday, which falls as countries continue to battle the COVID-19 pandemic, is an opportunity to accelerate action to achieve a global ceasefire during the crisis, Secretary-General António Guterres has said.

news.un (2020-10-23). 'Very tough' months ahead in COVID battle, WHO helping scale up dwindling oxygen supplies. news.un.org Facing another critical juncture in the COVID-19 pandemic, the World Health Organization (WHO) chief told reporters on Friday that a "very tough" few months lie ahead with too many nations seeing an exponential increase in cases.

Honggang Li, Xingyuan Xiao, Jie Zhang, Mohammad Ishraq Zafar, Chunlin Wu, Yuting Long, Wei Lu, Feng Pan, Tianqing Meng, Kai Zhao, Liquan Zhou, Shiliang Shen, Liang Liu, Qian Liu, Chengliang Xiong (2020-10-23). Impaired spermatogenesis in COVID-19 patients. thelancet.com Impairment of spermatogenesis was observed in COVID-19 patients, which could be partially explained as a result of an elevated immune response in testis. Additionally, autoimmune orchitis occurred in some COVID-19 patients. Further research on the reversibility of impairment and developing treatment are warranted.

Staff (2020-10-23). Trump Lies About COVID-19 Risks & Vaccine at Debate as Pandemic Is Tied to 300K Excess U.S. Deaths. democracynow.org President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden met in Nashville, Tennessee, on Thursday in the second and final debate of the 2020 campaign. It was a more subdued debate than their first clash, when Trump refused to abide by the rules and interrupted Biden at least 128 times. Thursday's debate was moderated by NBC's Kristen Welker, who began by asking the candidates about COVID-19. Biden criticized Trump for repeatedly downplaying the severity of the pandemic, while the president boasted about his handling of the crisis, falsely claiming a vaccine was "ready" to be deployed within weeks. Epidemiologis…

Staff (2020-10-23). Headlines for October 23, 2020. democracynow.org Donald Trump and Joe Biden Meet for Final Debate of 2020 Campaign, U.S. Confirms Over 71,000 Daily Coronavirus Cases as Some Hospitals Near Capacity, FDA Approves Remdesivir for COVID-19 Despite WHO Study Showing No Benefit, France Extends Curfew and Czech Republic Locks Down as COVID-19 Surges Across Europe, India's BJP Party Promises Free COVID-19 Vaccines But Only If It Wins Regional Election, Senate Democrats Boycott as Judiciary Committee Advances Amy Coney Barrett's Confirmation, Rocky Mountain National Park Closes as Colorado Experiences Two Largest Wildfires on Record, Asylum Seekers Say ICE Agents Tortur…

_____ (2020-10-23). U.S. Spends More Than $80 Billion a Year Incarcerating 2.3 Million People. strategic-culture.org Laura FLANDERS | The U.S. today spends more than $80 billion a year incarcerating 2.3 million people in state and federal prisons, local jails, youth facilities and deportation centers. That's $80 billion that comes out of public coffers and goes into public confinement. | With the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, many were shocked to see woman, children and migrants — including many pre-trial and pre-hearing — who had never been convicted of anything crammed into overcrowded lock-ups that might as well have been petri dishes for community spread of the disease. | By the middle of October, close to 150…

Anand Naidoo (2020-10-23). The Heat: COVID-19 skyrockets in U.S. and Europe. america.cgtn.com Cases of coronavirus are on the rise again in the U.S. and Europe. We will take a look on what is being done to contain the pandemic.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-23). Iran, Austria discuss joint coop. on containment of COVID-19. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 24 (MNA) — Iran's Ambassador to Austria and the Director of the Austrian Red Cross conferred on the expansion of bilateral relation on the containment of the COVID-19 pandemic.

yenisafak (2020-10-23). Russia registers record number of daily COVID-19 cases. yenisafak.com Russia has registered a new record in the daily coronavirus cases on Friday — 17,340 people tested positive for COVID-19 over the past day. The total number of people, who have been exposed to the infection, exceeded 1.48 million, meaning over 1% of the Russian population has already contracted the virus. According to Health Minister Mikhail Murashko, the active cases stand at 335,870 and the situation has a tendency to further deteriorate.The virus has already claimed 25,525 lives in Russia, including 283 over the last 24 hours.Recoveries increased by 11,263 since Thursday to reach 1.11 million.Since the beginn…

yenisafak (2020-10-23). Swiss report 10 more coronavirus deaths, 6,634 new infections. yenisafak.com Coronavirus infections rose by 6,634 confirmed cases, Swiss health authorities said on Friday, as the nation considers tightening restrictions meant to slow the accelerating spread of COVID-19.The total confirmed cases in Switzerland and tiny neighbouring principality Liechtenstein topped 100,000, rising to 103,653, and the death toll rose by 10 to 1,877.The numbers come as Germany has put Switzerland on its risk list for coronavirus hot spots and as the government in Bern considers tightening restrictions on public life if case numbers keep rising.

2020-10-23: News Headlines

Eve Ottenberg (2020-10-23). The Scourge of Herd Immunity. counterpunch.org Covid-19 kills, and its kill rate is significantly higher than the flu. Some who recover develop insufficient immunity to prevent getting infected again. Some don't appear to recover. They are stuck with debilities that last months, maybe longer. And it's possible that this disease is chronic and lingers in some people, like herpes, a virus

Lynda Carson (2020-10-23). Oakland's new Encampment Management Policy (EMP) threatens the unhoused. indybay.org Black, Asian, & Latino Adults Have The Most Trouble Paying The Rent During The Coronavirus Covid-19 Pandemic:…

yenisafak (2020-10-23). Russia registers record number of daily COVID-19 cases. yenisafak.com Russia has registered a new record in the daily coronavirus cases on Friday — 17,340 people tested positive for COVID-19 over the past day. The total number of people, who have been exposed to the infection, exceeded 1.48 million, meaning over 1% of the Russian population has already contracted the virus. According to Health Minister Mikhail Murashko, the active cases stand at 335,870 and the situation has a tendency to further deteriorate.The virus has already claimed 25,525 lives in Russia, including 283 over the last 24 hours.Recoveries increased by 11,263 since Thursday to reach 1.11 million.Since the beginn…

yenisafak (2020-10-23). Swiss report 10 more coronavirus deaths, 6,634 new infections. yenisafak.com Coronavirus infections rose by 6,634 confirmed cases, Swiss health authorities said on Friday, as the nation considers tightening restrictions meant to slow the accelerating spread of COVID-19.The total confirmed cases in Switzerland and tiny neighbouring principality Liechtenstein topped 100,000, rising to 103,653, and the death toll rose by 10 to 1,877.The numbers come as Germany has put Switzerland on its risk list for coronavirus hot spots and as the government in Bern considers tightening restrictions on public life if case numbers keep rising.

yenisafak (2020-10-23). German health minister expects COVID-19 vaccine in early 2021. yenisafak.com Germany's health minister expects a COVID-19 vaccine to be available early next year and believes a large proportion of Germans who want the shot could be vaccinated within six to seven months of enough doses being available.Jens Spahn was quoted as saying in Der Spiegel on Friday that a vaccine could be available in January, or maybe in February or March, or even later, but said there would be no compulsory vaccination."Of course, it would be best if a vaccine could prevent new infections. But it would also be a benefit if it makes the course of the disease milder," said Spahn, who tested positive for coronaviru…

Jeet Heer (2020-10-23). The 'Dark Winter' of Covid-19 Overshadows the Debate. thenation.com The 'Dark Winter' of Covid-19 Overshadows the Debate…

T.J. Coles (2020-10-23). How Trump Killed 220,000 Americans: the First Three Months of Covid. counterpunch.org Epidemiologists agree that early intervention is crucial for curbing the worst effects of pandemics. America's decentralized, state-level, bureaucratic response systems needed a President willing and able to take charge. Trump did the opposite. In order to keep market confidence as high as possible, Trump kept telling the public that all was well, leaving underfunded and privatized bureaucracies to navigate through the chaos.

Editor (2020-10-23). Los ricos se vuelven más ricos, los pobres se vuelven más pobres y más enfermos. workers.org "Los ricos se vuelven más ricos y los pobres más pobres". El viejo cliché sigue siendo cierto, obscenamente cierto. En seis meses, de marzo a septiembre, cuando la clase trabajadora fue golpeada por COVID, el desempleo masivo y un aumento en la supremacía blanca, los ricos se hicieron más ricos. . . . |

Jeffrey St. Clair (2020-10-23). A Day in My Life in the Time of Covid. counterpunch.org Find the remote and flip on CNN to check the headlines, before immediately clicking it off, recalling my vow, made at least once a week, to never watch cable news again. I've taken similar vows about reading the New York Times, the Guardian and the Washington Post. But you can't avoid them. They seek you out, relentlessly track you down, enter your mind, like it or not, like some cyber-Nosferatu, sucking your soul out before you've had the chance to fuel yourself with the day's first bitter cup of Arabica. I think of Eliot's line about J. Alfred measuring his days with "coffee spoons." Mine, I fear, will be measu…

yenisafak (2020-10-23). Over 1.3M coronavirus patients recover in Africa. yenisafak.com Africa continued to maintain a more than 80% recovery rate with 1,387,022 patients having recovered as of Friday, according to the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC).At least 40,690 people have died of the virus across the continent, revealed the latest update by the Africa CDC. The number of confirmed cases has reached 1,685,589.Southern Africa is the hardest hit region with 785,600 cases and 20,300 deaths; however, it also has the most recoveries that currently stand at 702,500.North Africa recorded 454,100 cases, East Africa 199,800, West Africa 186,600 and Central Africa 59,500.Sou…

repost (2020-10-23). Eight Black workers sue S.F. health department for racial discrimination. indybay.org Eight Black workers in the City and County of San Francisco filed suit against the city for systemic racism and bullying.

Mirinda Crissman (2020-10-23). From Texas to Nigeria, end police brutality! workers.org Houston Hundreds of people gathered near Wazobia African Market on the southwest side of Houston on Oct. 14 to protest police brutality in Nigeria. They came together to draw attention to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, known in Nigeria for its extrajudicial killings, torture, extortion, frame-ups and blackmail. "End SARS" protests . . . |

Anita Raj (2020-10-23). [Research Paper] Gun violence in the U.S.: It is past time we listen to the voices of women and black communities. thelancet.com The United States (U.S.) presidential election is upon us at a time when the nation faces increasing polarization on many issues, including guns and violence, and our presidential candidates reflect this polarization. The incumbent Republican Nominee, Donald Trump, warns voters that his opponent will "take away your guns (and) destroy your Second Amendment," which secures the right of the people to keep and bear firearms [1]. Democratic nominee and former Vice President under Barack Obama, Joe Biden, in fact includes in his platform a commitment to effective gun control policies, including banning assault weapons…

Jason Holland (2020-10-22). Covid-19: A Series of Unlikely Events. dissidentvoice.org You could say I lost my faith in science and progress… I never saw no miracle of science, That didn't go from a blessing to a curse — Sting, "If I Ever Lose My Faith in You" (Recorded in 1992, Released in 1993) I do this real moron thing, and it's called thinking. And apparently …

Peter Koenig (2020-10-22). The Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic: The Real Danger is "Agenda ID2020" globalresearch.ca WHO has most likely received orders from "above", from those people who also manage Trump and the "leaders" (sic) of the EU, European Union. The final decision to go ahead NOW with COVID-19 pandemic, was taken in January 2020 at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos – behind very much closed doors.

John C. A. Manley (2020-10-22). "Second Wave" Covid-19 Cases, With Face Masks… globalresearch.ca Dr. Gary Magdar, a . | . ….

WSWS (2020-10-22). Houston schools reopen as COVID-19 surges in Texas. wsws.org The push to reopen the largest district in the state, and seventh-largest in the country, takes place as the coronavirus pandemic is raging in Texas, which has over 881,000 confirmed cases and 17,646 deaths, the second highest numbers in the country.

WSWS (2020-10-22). COVID-19 pandemic surges despite limited curfew measures across Europe. wsws.org With 700,000 new cases and 8,000 deaths from the virus last week, health officials are warning mortality this winter could reach four to five times that in the spring of 2020.

WSWS (2020-10-22). GM victimizes Mexican worker for quarantining after catching COVID-19. wsws.org After 26 years working for GM, Sergio Contreras was fired after he quarantined, challenging the efforts of the corporation to cover up COVID-19 outbreaks and continue production.

WSWS (2020-10-22). Woman died from COVID-19 on Spirit Airline flight in July. wsws.org The case was just confirmed this weekend, meaning that the whole cabin, medical crews and many people in the airport were, unbeknownst to themselves, potentially exposed to the deadly pathogen.

WSWS (2020-10-22). Excess US deaths during COVID-19 pandemic top 300,000. wsws.org The estimate by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is nearly 50 percent higher than the official coronavirus death toll of 220,000 in the United States.

Staff (2020-10-22). COVID-19 is raging in prisons. Why are America's aging political prisoners still behind bars? therealnews.com Ericka Payne discusses the struggle to get her uncle Ed Poindexter released, and how political prisoners are left out of the conversation about protecting aging prisoners from the pandemic.

Katharine Early (2020-10-22). Transforming Our Food Systems is the Only Way to Nourish the World. counterpunch.org The way we produce our food is under pressure like never before. And with the climate crisis and the Covid-19 pandemic now posing the greatest challenges to nourishing the expanding global population, our precious and fragile food system is fast reaching breaking point. So do we intensify the current system of farming or is there

Stephanie Tromblay (2020-10-22). Indigenous Peoples Day in the time of COVID-19. workers.org "We are not your Halloween costumes! We are not your dime store Indians!" a speaker shouted from the bandstand on the Santa Fe Plaza this Indigenous Peoples Day in Santa Fe, N.M., as a colonialist obelisk was taken down by Puebloan activists To see people still celebrating Columbus in the . . . |

ACU (2020-10-22). Video: The Moment for Change Is Now. Medical Doctors Speak Out. globalresearch.ca On October 10, 2020, ACU2020.org announced the world doctors' alliance in Berlin, Germany. | It is an alliance of medical doctors, scientists and peace activists who together claim that this COVID-19 affair is just not true. | And as medical doctors, it …

Robert J. Burrowes (2020-10-22). Working to End Human Violence in the Time of COVID-19. globalresearch.ca At what is arguably the most important time in human history, with Homo Sapiens confronted by an enormous range of violent challenges that threaten our very survival, the only question of any genuine importance is this: Can we craft and …

Makbule Sahan — Ruwan Subasinghe (2020-10-22). Ending Corporate Impunity is at the Heart of a Sustainable Post-Pandemic Global Recovery. counterpunch.org The Covid-19 pandemic has once again exposed the fragility of global supply chains and business models built on non-standard forms of employment and informality. Following the global drop in demand as a result of the pandemic, many companies resorted to abruptly ending the procurement of goods and services and even to defaulting on prior commitments made —

Mike Kuhlenbeck (2020-10-22). Warehouse workers organize for COVID-19 safety at Mars Wrigley. workers.org Chicago — The Warehouse Workers for Justice, Mars Workers for Justice, the Foodchain Workers Alliance and the HEAL Alliance are organizing a rally at Mars Wrigley headquarters on Oct. 27. It will be part of a Halloween week of actions protesting the candy company's retaliation against warehouse workers in Joliet, . . . |

news.un (2020-10-22). Classroom crisis: Avert a 'generational catastrophe', urges UN chief. news.un.org The world is at risk of suffering "a generational catastrophe" as COVID-19 wreaks havoc on the education of students globally, the UN chief said on Thursday.

ACLU NorCal (2020-10-22). Wednesday 10/21: Voting Plan, CA Ballot Info, & Voting Rights During COVID-19 Webinar w/ ACLU. indybay.org Online voter webinar and online volunteering opportunities…

The Canary (2020-10-22). Liverpool hospitals treating more coronavirus patients than at peak of pandemic. thecanary.co Hospitals in Liverpool are treating more coronavirus patients than they were during the peak of the first wave of the pandemic, the medical director has said. | Dr Tristan Cope, medical director of Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs the Royal, Aintree and Broadgreen hospitals in the city, said the numbers were continuing to rise. | Writing on Twitter, he said: "Sadly we are now treating more patients in hospital with Covid-19 @LivHospitals than we did in April at the peak of the first wave and numbers continue to rise. | "So important that people in #liverpool and @LivCityRegion adhere to social…

The Canary (2020-10-22). Welsh government announces nationalisation of rail service. thecanary.co The Welsh government has decided to nationalise its railways following a significant drop in passenger numbers because of coronavirus (Covid-19). | The country's transport minister Ken Skates said bringing day-to-day rail services for its Wales and Borders franchise under public control would help secure the future of passenger services and protect jobs. | Private firm KeolisAmey, a joint venture between French transport giant Keolis and Amey, has run the franchise in Wales for just two years after taking it over from Arriva Trains Wales. | Following today's announcement on the future of rail in Wales, all custo…

yenisafak (2020-10-22). Top Belgian diplomat in intensive care with COVID-19. yenisafak.com Belgium's foreign minister has been hospitalized in intensive care for treatment of the coronavirus.A Foreign Ministry spokeswoman on Thursday confirmed Sophie Wilmes had been in hospital since last night.Wilmes announced Saturday on Twitter that she had tested positive for the novel coronavirus, adding: "An infection that probably occurred in the family circle, given the precautions I have taken outdoors." She was in self-quarantine since Friday.In the past few days, Belgium has recorded a steep rise in the infections. With the country's health minister warning of a "tsunami" of infections, the government has or…

RT (2020-10-22). FDA formally approves pricey antiviral Remdesivir as Covid-19 treatment. rt.com The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Gilead Sciences' expensive antiviral drug Remdesivir to treat Covid-19, expanding its earlier emergency use authorization and guaranteeing huge profits for the company. | Remdesivir has become the first and only drug to be officially approved in the US for treating infection with the novel coronavirus after the FDA issued its decision on Thursday. The move expands on a May emergency use authorization, which allowed doctors to use it to treat hospitalized Covid-19 patients. | Gilead has issued a statement confirming the drug will be used for Covid-19 patien…

RT (2020-10-22). Conservatives accuse Twitter of selectively ignoring own policies on REVENGE PORN, misleading content in Borat prank on Giuliani. rt.com Conservatives blasted Twitter for ignoring and even promoting what they called a misleading revenge-porn attack on Rudy Giuliani after censoring reporting on alleged influence-peddling by Joe Biden's family. | At issue was a picture posted on Twitter on Wednesday showing Giuliani laying back on a bed with his hand reaching inside his pants while a woman stands nearby. The image was taken from the new 'Borat' sequel, in which Giuliani, a personal lawyer for President Donald Trump, believed himself to be doing an interview on the Covid-19 pandemic with a female Russian reporter. After the interview, Giuliani and…

RT (2020-10-22). 'He wants to preserve that legacy': Khabib coach Javier Mendez says UFC fighter driven to honor late father Abdulmanap. rt.com Khabib Nurmagomedov's coach Javier Mendez said the fighter is driven to preserve the legacy he and his late father Abdulmanap had planned ahead of his clash with Justin Gaethje at UFC 254. | The Russian fighter's father and trainer died in July aged 57 as a result of Covid-19 complications. | Asked how the UFC lightweight champion had dealt with the loss, Mendez said: "He's been handling it fantastic, he's driven, he's motivated to preserve the legacy that him and his father had planned. That's the one thing I can say that is great, his mind. | "He says 'Coach, if anything breaks it's ok because my mind is not…

RT (2020-10-22). 11 arrested at anti-Covid-lockdown protest in Dublin, police violently clash with demonstrators (VIDEOS). rt.com More than 100 demonstrators protesting against ramped-up Covid-19 lockdown restrictions clashed with police in Dublin, with 11 being arrested and an investigation launched into the organizers of the event. | Nine of the people arrested have been charged with public order offenses, as the protest broke lockdown restrictions, which only allow citizens to leave their homes for essential trips. | Law enforcement attempted to block a crowd at Grafton Street and ordered the demonstrators to disperse as they were "in breach of public health regulations." | A small group managed to break through a wall of officers dep…

RT (2020-10-22). Cristiano Ronaldo 'COULD STILL face Barcelona and Lionel Messi in Champions League' despite second positive Covid test — reports. rt.com Cristiano Ronaldo may still be able to play for Juventus in their UEFA Champions League clash with Barcelona on Wednesday despite testing positive for Covid-19 a second time, according to reports. | Ronaldo initially tested positive for coronavirus on October 13 and according to Portuguese outlet Also on rt…

RT (2020-10-22). Leading Russian virologist says another Covid-19 lockdown may lead to RIOTS, economic fallout could be worse than pandemic itself. rt.com After a strict lockdown last spring, the introduction of a second coronavirus quarantine in Russia has the potential to result in severe economic hardship and psychological suffering, which could eventually lead to mass unrest. | That's according to Fyodor Lisitsyn, a senior specialist at Moscow's Gamaleya Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology, which was responsible for creating the world's first-registered Covid-19 vaccine, Sputnik V. | Speaking to the TV channel Russia-24, the virologist explained that the knock-on effects of a strict lockdown, such as economic problems for millions of people,…

RT (2020-10-22). France expands curfews to cover 46 million people as Covid-19 cases set new daily record. rt.com Coronavirus curfews in France will be extended to include some two-thirds of the population, with the country reporting a record 41,622 new confirmed cases of the disease on Wednesday. | French Prime Minister Jean Castex said the curfews that were imposed in Paris and eight other major cities last week will be expanded to 38 more departments. That means 46 million out of the country's 67 million population will be barred from leaving their homes between 9pm and 6am. | The country has found itself in a "serious situation" due to the second wave of the coronavirus and that is continuing to "degrade," Castex said…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2020-10-22). The Elders Call for Surge in Global Cooperation to Combat 'Current Disarray' Set Off by Covid-19, Climate Crisis. commondreams.org The global group of independent world leaders and justice advocates known as the Elders on Thursday issued a rebuke of the current failure by world leaders to employ a multilateral approach to confronting multiple existential crises facing the world population. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/gettyimages-1220687626_1.jpg

Brett Wilkins, staff writer (2020-10-22). Blasting 'Deliberate Indifference' to Inmate Health, California Court Orders San Quentin Prison to Reduce Population by Half. commondreams.org The ruling called the Covid-19 outbreak at the notorious lockup "the worst epidemiological disaster in California correctional history." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/sq.jpg

Navina Khanna, Axel Fuentes (2020-10-22). Here's How Meatpacking Corporations Could Protect Workers From COVID-19—and What They're Doing Instead. commondreams.org JBS, the world's largest meatpacking corporation, has refused to compensate the families of employees who died after contracting COVID at its facility in Colorado. (Photo: Andy Cross/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/big-meat-workers-covid-immunity_0.jpg

Common Dreams staff (2020-10-22). WATCH: Joe Biden and Donald Trump Face Off in Final Presidential Debate Before Election Day. commondreams.org The candidates are expected to address Covid-19, climate change, and national security, among other topics. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/gettyimages-122922049611.jpg

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2020-10-22). Citing 'Big Mistakes' Made in Covid-19 Fight, Khanna and Warren Lead 130+ Dems Calling for Congress to Prevent the Next Pandemic. commondreams.org "The current administration's response has exposed serious flaws in the country's ability to combat large scale public health challenges." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/gettyimages-12277376881.jpg

Tim Libretti (2020-10-22). Democrats right to close the door on McConnell's sham COVID rescue bills. peoplesworld.org Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell brought his two stand-alone COVID relief bills to a vote in the Senate this week two stand-alone COVID-19 relief packages. On Tuesday, he put up an extension of the Paycheck Protection Program bill to help small businesses, and on Wednesday again staged a vote on the same "skinny" $500 billion …

WSWS (2020-10-22). Sri Lankan SEP to hold online meeting on a socialist program to fight COVID-19. wsws.org The event will discuss the policies necessary for workers, the rural poor and youth to combat the coronavirus disaster and the Rajapakse administration's austerity and anti-democratic measures.

WSWS (2020-10-22). Sri Lankan workers must rally the rural poor against Rajapakse's "herd immunity" policies. wsws.org The true situation was hidden from the outset because the government refused to implement rigorous anti-COVID-19 measures when the virus first impacted on the country in late January.

IndustriALL (2020-10-22). Employers fail to control COVID, but Sri Lankan army rounds up workers instead. peoplesworld.org Garment workers in Sri Lanka were herded off into quarantine by the army in the middle of the night following a rapid increase of infections at their factory. Unions say that this could have been avoided by forming the recommended health committees. According to reports, on Oct. 19, the total number of COVID-19 cases in …

Makia Freeman (2020-10-22). 16 Glaring Parallels Between the 9/11 and COVID Ops. globalresearch.ca There are numerous 9/11 COVID similarities to be seen and understood as the world goes ever deeper into Operation Coronavirus. | Many nations around the world, including

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Mike Kuhlenbeck (2020-10-22). Warehouse workers organize for COVID-19 safety at Mars Wrigley. workers.org Chicago — The Warehouse Workers for Justice, Mars Workers for Justice, the Foodchain Workers Alliance and the HEAL Alliance are organizing a rally at Mars Wrigley headquarters on Oct. 27. It will be part of a Halloween week of actions protesting the candy company's retaliation against warehouse workers in Joliet, . . . |

ACU (2020-10-22). Video: The Moment for Change Is Now. Medical Doctors Speak Out. globalresearch.ca On October 10, 2020, ACU2020.org announced the world doctors' alliance in Berlin, Germany. | It is an alliance of medical doctors, scientists and peace activists who together claim that this COVID-19 affair is just not true. | And as medical doctors, it …

Peter Koenig (2020-10-22). The Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic: The Real Danger is "Agenda ID2020" globalresearch.ca WHO has most likely received orders from "above", from those people who also manage Trump and the "leaders" (sic) of the EU, European Union. The final decision to go ahead NOW with COVID-19 pandemic, was taken in January 2020 at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos – behind very much closed doors.

Stephanie Tromblay (2020-10-22). Indigenous Peoples Day in the time of COVID-19. workers.org "We are not your Halloween costumes! We are not your dime store Indians!" a speaker shouted from the bandstand on the Santa Fe Plaza this Indigenous Peoples Day in Santa Fe, N.M., as a colonialist obelisk was taken down by Puebloan activists To see people still celebrating Columbus in the . . . |

Makbule Sahan — Ruwan Subasinghe (2020-10-22). Ending Corporate Impunity is at the Heart of a Sustainable Post-Pandemic Global Recovery. counterpunch.org The Covid-19 pandemic has once again exposed the fragility of global supply chains and business models built on non-standard forms of employment and informality. Following the global drop in demand as a result of the pandemic, many companies resorted to abruptly ending the procurement of goods and services and even to defaulting on prior commitments made —

Katharine Early (2020-10-22). Transforming Our Food Systems is the Only Way to Nourish the World. counterpunch.org The way we produce our food is under pressure like never before. And with the climate crisis and the Covid-19 pandemic now posing the greatest challenges to nourishing the expanding global population, our precious and fragile food system is fast reaching breaking point. So do we intensify the current system of farming or is there

ACLU NorCal (2020-10-22). Wednesday 10/21: Voting Plan, CA Ballot Info, & Voting Rights During COVID-19 Webinar w/ ACLU. indybay.org Online voter webinar and online volunteering opportunities…

The Canary (2020-10-22). Welsh government announces nationalisation of rail service. thecanary.co The Welsh government has decided to nationalise its railways following a significant drop in passenger numbers because of coronavirus (Covid-19). | The country's transport minister Ken Skates said bringing day-to-day rail services for its Wales and Borders franchise under public control would help secure the future of passenger services and protect jobs. | Private firm KeolisAmey, a joint venture between French transport giant Keolis and Amey, has run the franchise in Wales for just two years after taking it over from Arriva Trains Wales. | Following today's announcement on the future of rail in Wales, all custo…

The Canary (2020-10-22). Liverpool hospitals treating more coronavirus patients than at peak of pandemic. thecanary.co Hospitals in Liverpool are treating more coronavirus patients than they were during the peak of the first wave of the pandemic, the medical director has said. | Dr Tristan Cope, medical director of Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs the Royal, Aintree and Broadgreen hospitals in the city, said the numbers were continuing to rise. | Writing on Twitter, he said: "Sadly we are now treating more patients in hospital with Covid-19 @LivHospitals than we did in April at the peak of the first wave and numbers continue to rise. | "So important that people in #liverpool and @LivCityRegion adhere to social…

yenisafak (2020-10-22). Top Belgian diplomat in intensive care with COVID-19. yenisafak.com Belgium's foreign minister has been hospitalized in intensive care for treatment of the coronavirus.A Foreign Ministry spokeswoman on Thursday confirmed Sophie Wilmes had been in hospital since last night.Wilmes announced Saturday on Twitter that she had tested positive for the novel coronavirus, adding: "An infection that probably occurred in the family circle, given the precautions I have taken outdoors." She was in self-quarantine since Friday.In the past few days, Belgium has recorded a steep rise in the infections. With the country's health minister warning of a "tsunami" of infections, the government has or…

RT (2020-10-22). Conservatives accuse Twitter of selectively ignoring own policies on REVENGE PORN, misleading content in Borat prank on Giuliani. rt.com Conservatives blasted Twitter for ignoring and even promoting what they called a misleading revenge-porn attack on Rudy Giuliani after censoring reporting on alleged influence-peddling by Joe Biden's family. | At issue was a picture posted on Twitter on Wednesday showing Giuliani laying back on a bed with his hand reaching inside his pants while a woman stands nearby. The image was taken from the new 'Borat' sequel, in which Giuliani, a personal lawyer for President Donald Trump, believed himself to be doing an interview on the Covid-19 pandemic with a female Russian reporter. After the interview, Giuliani and…

WSWS (2020-10-22). Sri Lankan SEP to hold online meeting on a socialist program to fight COVID-19. wsws.org The event will discuss the policies necessary for workers, the rural poor and youth to combat the coronavirus disaster and the Rajapakse administration's austerity and anti-democratic measures.

WSWS (2020-10-22). Sri Lankan workers must rally the rural poor against Rajapakse's "herd immunity" policies. wsws.org The true situation was hidden from the outset because the government refused to implement rigorous anti-COVID-19 measures when the virus first impacted on the country in late January.

John Nichols (2020-10-22). Biden, Use This Debate to Prosecute Trump's Covid Crimes. thenation.com Biden, Use This Debate to Prosecute Trump's Covid Crimes…

yenisafak (2020-10-22). British Airways jumbo saved from scrap heap by film deal. yenisafak.com A British Airways jumbo jet has found a new role as a film set, saving it from the scrap heap where dozens of BA's other retired jumbos have ended up.British Airways said that one of its 747s will fly to Dunsfold Aerodrome in Surrey, southern England, later on Thursday, where the airport will preserve it as a commercial TV and film set.Blaming the coronavirus pandemic, BA said in July it would have to retire its entire jumbo jet fleet, a source of huge regret for aero-geeks and fans of the "Queen of the Skies", the aircraft which brought long-haul flights to the masses.The pandemic has brought financial ruin to t…

yenisafak (2020-10-22). Turk-German restaurateurs suffer amid new virus curbs. yenisafak.com Hoteliers and restaurateurs in Germany are badly affected by tougher new restrictions on public life to stem the spread of coronavirus.Last week, the European country, which has devolved the management of the virus and restrictions to regional leaders within its 16 states, announced new measures including limits on the number of people at private gatherings, and cafes and restaurants to close by 11 p.m. in areas classified as hotspots.As Cologne exceeded its coronavirus threshold of 50 new infections per 100,000 people over a seven-day period, its mayor, Henriette Reker, banned alcohol consumption in public after…

Chuck Collins (2020-10-22). U.S. Billionaires Wealth Surges $931 Billion since Beginning of Pandemic. zcomm.org An Unseemly Juxtaposition: 220,000 Dead and Millions Lose their Health, Wealth and Livelihoods…

Karthik Ramanathan (2020-10-22). When Trump And Steven Miller Tried To Kill My Father, California And Stanford Tried To Save Him. zcomm.org The ongoing pandemic, just like cancer in a family, is ruthless, but is also a truth teller that doesn't hide anything uncomfortable we prefer to avoid. It doesn't hide the cruelty and ignorance of our elected national leadership either, that is now there for all to see…

Patrick Cockburn (2020-10-22). When Does Incompetence Become a Crime? zcomm.org Instead of relying on experienced public health experts with a successful record in finding, containing and isolating people infected with HIV and TB, the government handed the project over to the private sector…

repost (2020-10-22). Eight Black workers sue S.F. health department for racial discrimination. indybay.org Eight Black workers in the City and County of San Francisco filed suit against the city for systemic racism and bullying.

Fight Back (2020-10-22). Justice for Eric Briceno, killed by ELA Sheriffs. fightbacknews.org Los Angeles, CA – Family, neighbors, supporters and Centro Community Service Organization (CSO) attended an October 16 press conference, rally and celebration of the life of Eric Briceno, who was killed by East LA Sheriffs in Maywood, California. Other families who have lost loved ones to police killings also joined the Briceno family. Well-known civil rights attorney Samuel Paz had asked Centro CSO to help the Briceno family. | Briceno was killed on March 16 after his parents called 911 for help with a mental health crisis. Briceno was beaten and tased to death in his bedroom, after he woke up to sheriffs shouti…

teleSUR (2020-10-21). Freedom of Expression Was Restricted in Ecuador, Report Shows. telesurenglish.net The Inter-American Press Association (IAPA) published a report that highlights that freedom of expression was violated during the first months of the COVID-19 pandemic in Ecuador, a country where 23 journalists have died from the coronavirus so far. | RELATED: | The Standing Committee for the Defense of Human Rights warned that, under the pretext of public security and health emergency, freedom of expression was viola…

John Bachtell (2020-10-21). Trump dances, Americans die, SEIU's frontline workers fight back. peoplesworld.org The president may be dancing now at his super-spreader rallies, but if the union representing frontline workers has its way, he won't be dancing on Election Night. Millions of essential frontline workers have borne the brunt of the COVID-19 pandemic. They are all about ending his presidency as they mount the most massive voter engagement …

Jon Miltimore (2020-10-21). Masks Aren't Helpful in Beating COVID-19: Europe's Top Health Officials. globalresearch.ca This article was first crossposted in August. | Denmark boasts one of the lowest COVID-19 death rates in the world. As of August 4, the Danes have suffered 616 COVID-19 deaths, That's less

Kaleigh O'Keefe (2020-10-21). When will there be a COVID-19 vaccine? liberationnews.org A dramatic increase in COVID-19 infection rates across the country has confirmed a grim reality: the United States is entering a new resurgence of the pandemic.

WSWS (2020-10-21). Europe on course for double-dip recession. wsws.org The IMF's forecast for a global recovery in 2021 is looking increasingly shaky in the face of a second wave of COVID-19 infections.

_____ (2020-10-21). OECD shields corporations from due taxes in Covid gripped world. truepublica.org.uk Blueprints published by the OECD last week on how it plans to tackle tax havens do not come close to the reforms needed, the Tax Justice Network has warned. Hundreds of billions in corporate tax is lost to tax havens every year under current international rules, and the costs of the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic make …

Eds. (2020-10-21). 'Exhausted, angry and worried sick!': French health workers protest. mronline.org French health and social care workers stage mass protests for better staffing, pay and conditions as a second wave of COVID-19 engulfs the country, writes Susan Ram…

WSWS (2020-10-21). School nurse dies from COVID-19 as officials in Baltimore—Washington region reopen schools. wsws.org The push to reopen Democrat-controlled districts throughout the region is part of a nationwide trend that has been spearheaded in New York City, the largest district in the US.

WSWS (2020-10-21). Missouri coronavirus infection rates spike, creating havoc in schools, economy. wsws.org As in the Midwest more generally, Missouri hit another record level number of COVID-19 infections over the last week, driven by the White House's "herd immunity" policy.

John C. A. Manley (2020-10-21). Does this CDC Report Actually Show that Mask Wearers Are 17x More Likely to Get COVID-19? globalresearch.ca I'm afraid I'm going to be the fact-checking party, again. I must call foul on those claiming that a recent I hate face masks, but I …

teleSUR (2020-10-21). Europe Faces a Second Wave of COVID-19 Cases. telesurenglish.net Europe is going through a new wave of COVID-19 cases, which health authorities will try to contain through measures that could include the return of curfews in some regions. | RELATED: | In the last 24 hours, Germany registered 7,595 new infections, the second-highest value since March. The cumulative number of cases is 380,762 with 9,875 fatalities so far. | In France, health authorities reported that the number of COVID-19 patients…

Jens Marquardt (2020-10-21). How the youth climate movement is influencing the green recovery from COVID-19. nationofchange.org The vibrant protests that catapulted climate change to the political fore are actually needed now more than ever.

news.un (2020-10-21). Collapsing consumer demand amid lockdowns cripple Asia-Pacific garment industry. news.un.org The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered government lockdowns, collapsed consumer demand, and disrupted imports of raw materials, battering the Asia Pacific garment industry especially hard, according to a new report released on Wednesday by the International Labour Organization (ILO).

news.un (2020-10-21). Kosovo: Show solidarity in face of COVID, UN Mission chief urges. news.un.org The top UN official in Kosovo, briefing the Security Council on Wednesday, called for solidarity as its new Government grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic and a host of other challenges.

The Canary (2020-10-21). South Yorkshire to be placed in Tier 3 coronavirus restrictions. thecanary.co South Yorkshire will be the latest region placed into Tier 3 coronavirus (Covid-19) restrictions. | Sheffield City Region mayor Dan Jarvis said the restrictions will come into force on the morning of Saturday 24 October. They'll cover around 1.4 million people in Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield. The government will give the region a £41m support package. | With the number of people in hospital with coronavirus having doubled over the past 10 days, Jarvis said that leaders had to take the decision. He said: We all recognise the gravity of the situation and have taken the responsible route to ensu…

The Canary (2020-10-21). SAGE scientist says UK can expect 'tens of thousands' of deaths in the second wave. thecanary.co The UK can expect tens of thousands of deaths from the second wave of coronavirus in what is a "bleak" situation, a government scientist has said."Gloomy": Professor John Edmunds, a member of the government's Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) and from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, told MPs that immediate action was needed — and not just regionally — to stem the rising tide of coronavirus (Covid-19) cases.Asked for his view on current government measures and what the trajectory looked like in terms of the number of cases, deaths and pressure on the NHS, Prof Ed…

yenisafak (2020-10-21). Medical staff struggle against coronavirus in Iran. yenisafak.com Healthcare workers in Iran are struggling against the novel coronavirus as the country has seen a rising trend in infections and deaths in October. | A total of 164 Iranian medical personnel have died due to COVID-19, Iranian Health Minister Saeed Namaki said in a statement on Aug.22. | Since late August, a large number of health workers have tested positive for the coronavirus, while many others lost their lives due to the pandemic. | In Iran, especially in the capital Tehran, hospitals allocated to COVID-19 patients have reached their maximum capacity. Therefore, newly diagnosed patients are treated at their ho…

yenisafak (2020-10-21). Air pollution added over 6.6M deaths to toll in 2019. yenisafak.com Air pollution, the fourth leading risk factor for early death, added 6.67 million deaths to the global toll last year, according to a new study published on Wednesday."Air pollution is the leading environmental risk factor for early death, with its total impact exceeding only by high blood pressure (10.8 million), tobacco use (8.71 million), and dietary risks (7.94 million)," State of Global Air 2020 report highlighted.On newborn deaths, the report stated that lack of air quality also led to almost 500,000 deaths worldwide last year among babies in their first month of life."[Due to unprecedented COVID-19 restric…

RT (2020-10-21). Covid-19 patients FIVE TIMES more likely to die in hospital than those with flu, are at higher risk for 17 complications — CDC. rt.com The risk of dying from the coronavirus is five times higher than that of seasonal flu, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a new report, based on the records of 9,000 hospital patients. | "Compared with patients with influenza, those with COVID-19 had a more than five times higher risk for in-hospital death and approximately double the ICU admission risk and hospital length of stay, and were at higher risk for 17 acute respiratory, cardiovascular, hematologic, neurologic, renal and other complications," the CDC said in a new report released on Tuesday. | The study found that while 21 percent…

RT (2020-10-21). Gyms 1 – Government 0: Major win as Liverpool's gyms get green light to reopen because restrictions weren't working out. rt.com Liverpool's fitness community has won a hard-fought victory against the government as gyms will now reopen on Friday morning in spite of the Tier 3 lockdown restrictions in place in the region. | The city was among the first in the UK to re-enter lockdown amid a spike in Covid-19 cases in the north of England, however, local gym owners remained defiant throughout. | Nick Whitcombe, owner of Bodytech Fitness in Moreton, defied the government's rules and remained open, prompting a visit from armed police who issued him with a £1,000 fine for breach of coronavirus restrictions, following an anonymous tip.

RT (2020-10-21). Shakhtar shocker: Real Madrid suffer nightmare Champions League start against Covid-ravaged Ukrainian rivals. rt.com Real Madrid suffered a second home defeat in five days as they slumped to a shock loss against Champions League opponents ravaged by players ruled out by positive coronavirus tests, conceding three times in 14 first-half minutes. | The 13-time European champions were heavy pre-match favorites against the Ukrainian side, whose coach, Luis Castro, had described his squad's preparations as a "nightmare". | Castro was without several key players after Covid-19 ripped through his squad, including star striker Junior Moraes, but his patched-up side raced into a 3-0 half time lead at the Alfredo Di Stefano. | "It's a…

RT (2020-10-21). Spain tops 1 million Covid-19 cases & UK sets daily record for positive tests as second wave surge continues. rt.com Spain has become the first Western European nation to exceed 1 million coronavirus cases, while the UK reported 26,688 new infections on Wednesday – a record for the country. | With 16,973 confirmed cases in the last 24 hours, the overall number of infected in Spain has reached 1,005,295 people, according to data from the country's health ministry. | The tally has doubled in just six weeks despite restrictions introduced by the government, including a two-week state of emergency in Madrid. | The death toll increased by 156, according to figures released on Wednesday, reaching 34,366 people in total to date. Th…

RT (2020-10-21). Spain tops 1 million Covid-19 cases & UK sets daily record for positive tests as second-wave surge continues. rt.com Spain has become the first Western European nation to exceed one million coronavirus cases, while the UK reported 26,688 new infections on Wednesday — a record for the country. | With 16,973 confirmed cases in the last 24 hours, the overall number of infected in Spain has reached 1,005,295 people, according to data from the country's Health Ministry. | The tally has doubled in just six weeks despite restrictions introduced by the government, including a two-week state of emergency in Madrid. | The death toll increased by 156, according to figures released on Wednesday, reaching 34,366 people in total to…

Brett Wilkins, staff writer (2020-10-21). ACLU Sues Trump Admin. to Obtain Key Records on 'Dishonest and Incompetent' Federal Handling of Coronavirus Pandemic in Prisons. commondreams.org The suit seeks "the immediate release of improperly withheld agency records related to federal government's failed response to the spread of Covid-19 in prisons in jails." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/carvajal_0.jpg

Dr. John P.A. Ioannidis (2020-10-21). Infection Fatality Rate of COVID-19 Inferred from Seroprevalence Data. globalresearch.ca Abstract | Objective: To estimate the infection fatality rate of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) from seroprevalence data. | Methods: I searched PubMed and preprint servers for COVID-19 seroprevalence studies with a sample size ‚â• 500 as of 9 September, 2020. I also …

teleSUR (2020-10-21). UK: Highest Ever Daily COVID Cases Since Start of Pandemic. telesurenglish.net Another 26,688 people in Britain have tested positive for COVID-19, the highest daily increase ever since the pandemic began in the country, according to official figures released Wednesday. | The total number of coronavirus cases in the country reached 789,229, while the coronavirus-related deaths in Britain rose by 191 to 44,158, the data showed. | RELATED: | Meanwhile, Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon sa…

Justinas Baltrusaitis (2020-10-21). Critical Increase in the National Debt Triggered by Covid Crisis. globalresearch.ca The debt-to-GDP ratio has emerged as a vital metric for determining economic prospects for a given country. Most countries usually strive to put in place measures to keep their ratio as low as possible. | Data presented by

Robert Wheeler (2020-10-21). Operation Moonshot: UK Says Weekly COVID Tests Could Offer "Passport to Freedom" globalresearch.ca Those who have watched the police state grow over decades have known that as the UK goes, so does the rest of the Western world. | Unfortunately, the UK population the testing grounds for intrusive and totalitarian policies that will be …

Stephen Wade (2020-10-21). Tokyo says next year's Olympics can be COVID safe. peoplesworld.org &nbsp…