2020-10-13: News Headlines

Andrew Neil (2020-10-13). Video: Is There a Second Wave? The Lockdown, Ireland, Statement of WHO COVID-19 Expert. globalresearch.ca In this Spectator report, the representative of the World Health Organization (WHO) states the need to combat the virus while restoring economic activity. | The Irish government dismissed the recommendations of the medical experts who are calling for restoring the lockdown. …

Ivan Kilgore (2020-10-13). COVID-19 in California Prisons. globalresearch.ca My name's Ivan Kilgore and I am the founder of the United Black Family Scholarship Foundation. And I'm calling you from Solano State Prison in Northern California. | Click to access original text …

Ethan Huff (2020-10-13). Belgian Health Experts Demand Full Investigation into WHO for Faking COVID-19 Pandemic. globalresearch.ca A coalition of doctors and other health professionals in Belgium has issued an

Staff (2020-10-13). 'Stir Crazy' relaunches as 'Burn It Down with Kim Brown'. therealnews.com We are excited to announce that "Stir Crazy" will be relaunching this week under a brand new name: "Burn It Down with Kim Brown"! | We originally created "Stir Crazy" to respond quickly to fast-changing news when the first round of shutdowns started, and our studio shut down because of COVID-19. It has since evolved into a space where issues like the pandemic, police violence, and political shenanigans can be discussed frankly and without a partisan slant. | We realized there's an opportunity to correct the false narratives that many of us are conditioned to accept, such as "free and fair elections," "a few b…

The Bernician (2020-10-13). Chaos in UK Health Care. NHS Staff Are Being Silenced Over COVID-19. "Lose Their Jobs if They Speak Out" globalresearch.ca First published on July 16, 2020 | This report was brought to our attention by Off-Guardian with the following cautionary note: | "First published on

Global Research News (2020-10-13). Dangerous Virus: You have to Be Tested… You have Entered the Covid Zone. globalresearch.ca Political Cartoonist Steve Hunter | A virus appears that is so deadly and contagious, | you have to be tested to even know you had it | A pandemic is declared while hospitals sit empty | You have entered the COVID ZONE | | Source:

Patricia Gorky (2020-10-13). What's behind the crisis in Belarus? liberationnews.org Anti-government protests in Belarus continue in the wake of the Aug 9 presidential election. Economic decline, coronavirus mismanagement and the government's response to the protests have driven many Belarusians into the streets, including youth and industrial workers. Pensioners joined the rallies over the weekend, calling for an end to President Alexander Lukashenko's 26-year tenure and …

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2020-10-13). The Covid-19 Roadmap: Towards Global Economic Chaos and Societal Destruction. globalresearch.ca Minor Edits on October 13, 2020 | It is now confirmed beyond doubt that the Reverse Transcription-Polymerase Chain Reaction Test (RT-PCR) used to estimate COVID-19 positive cases is meaningless. It cannot detect or identify the virus. What it detects are particles …

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2020-10-13). Video: Covid-Gate, The Political Virus. globalresearch.ca The national economies of 193 countries, member states of the United Nations were ordered to close down on March 11, 2020. The order came from above, from Wall Street, the World Economic Forum, the billionaire foundations. And corrupt politicians throughout …

Eleanor Bader (2020-10-13). Colleges Pander to Trump in Effort to Stifle Campus Organizing. zcomm.org Organizers emphasize that they are taking COVID-19 protocols extremely seriously, but say that administrations are exploiting the virus's threat to crack down on dissent…

Michelle Chen (2020-10-13). This Amazon Grocery Runner Has Risked Her Job to Fight for Better Safety Measures. zcomm.org Courtenay Brown knows she could be on the streets if she loses her job at an Amazon Fresh unit. She's speaking out about scant Covid-19 safety measures and lack of workplace benefits anyway…

_____ (2020-10-13). How To Stuff The Middle East With Weaponry. popularresistance.org The United States has the dubious distinction of being the world's leading arms dealer. It dominates the global trade in a historic fashion and nowhere is that domination more complete than in the endlessly war-torn Middle East. There, believe it or not, the U.S. controls nearly half the arms market. From Yemen to Libya to Egypt, sales by this country and its allies are playing a significant role in fueling some of the world's most devastating conflicts. But Donald Trump, even before he was felled by Covid-19 and sent to Walter Reed Medical Center, could not have cared less, as long as he thought such trafficking…

_____ (2020-10-13). Black Doctors Fight For More Equitable Coronavirus Testing. popularresistance.org When the coronavirus arrived in Philadelphia in March, Dr. Ala Stanford hunkered down at home with her husband and kids. A pediatric surgeon with a private practice, she has staff privileges at a few suburban Philadelphia hospitals. For weeks, most of her usual procedures and patient visits were canceled. So she found herself, like a lot of people, spending the days in her pajamas, glued to the TV. | And then, at the beginning of April, she started seeing media reports indicating that Black people were contracting the coronavirus and dying from COVID-19 at greater rates than other demographic groups.

_____ (2020-10-13). Students Create Free Tutoring Services To Help During The Pandemic. popularresistance.org When COVID-19 hit, their team of high schoolers quickly transitioned to online tutoring and later banded together with two other student volunteer organizations — Girls Empowering Girls, founded by Annette Yuan, a junior at Irvine High School, which offers one-on-one English conversation practice with language learners, and Code Champion, a coding class Ding started with his sophomore sister Cindy Ding — to form the nonprofit StudySmart Youth Services. | While the teens previously served their local community, now they tutor students from Seattle to Toronto.

Zach Conti (2020-10-13). IMF Economic Reports: Inequality and Poverty Rising Amidst COVID Crisis. indybay.org Analyzing the economic crisis spurred by the coronavirus, the International Monetary Fund released the Global Financial Stability Report and the 2020 World Economic Outlook Report, "A Long and Difficult Ascent." The economic outlook report projects global economic growth to contract 4.4%.

Staff (2020-10-13). Headlines for October 13, 2020. democracynow.org Dems Warn of Threat to ACA, Roe v. Wade, as Hearing Begins for Trump SCOTUS Nominee Amy Coney Barrett, Trump Returns to Campaigning as COVID Status Remains Unclear, COVID-19 Cases Soaring in Europe, Russia, as India Becomes Second Country to Hit 7 Million Cases, Johnson & Johnson Halts Vaccine Trials; More Evidence of Reinfection Revealed, GA Early Voters Face Long Lines; CA Officials Warn GOP over Illegal Drop Sites, Pascua Yaqui Tribe Sues in Arizona over Voter Suppression Efforts, WH Moves Forward with Taiwan Weapons Sales as U.S. Officials Tell Taiwan to Ramp Up Defense, Bangladeshi Government Approves Death…

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-13). Health Ministry confirms 4,108 new COVID-19 cases across Iran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 13 (MNA) — The daily count of coronavirus infections in Iran reached 4,108 on Tuesday, bringing the total cases to 598,389, according to the Health Ministry.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-13). FAO warns over effects of COVID-19 on vulnerable populations. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 13 (MNA) — World Food Day 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of FAO in an exceptional moment as countries around the world deal with the widespread effects of the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-13). IRGC to employ full capacity in COVID-19 battle. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 13 (MNA) — Commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) says the elite force will employ all its capacities in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

imperial.ac.uk (2020-10-13). Urgent response needed to tackle COVID-19 health disparities. imperial.ac.uk An Imperial expert has called for rapid action to tackle the causes of severe COVID-19 illness and death in ethnic minority groups.

The Canary (2020-10-13). Welsh first minister offers PM 'one final opportunity' to issue travel ban. thecanary.co Welsh first minister Mark Drakeford is writing to Boris Johnson to offer him "one final opportunity" to restrict people from coronavirus hotspots in England from travelling into Wales. | Ultimatum: | Drakeford said he would share evidence that travelling from areas with high prevalence of coronavirus (Covid-19) into areas with low prevalence contributes to the spread of the virus, and he would be prepared to block entry into the country. | It comes following concerns that people in English lockdown areas are currently allowed to travel to areas of Wales where there are no restrictions in place and levels…

The Canary (2020-10-13). Government failed to act and impose 'circuit break' to prevent need for longer lockdown. thecanary.co A member of the expert panel of scientists advising ministers through the coronavirus pandemic said a "circuit break" lockdown would have prevented the need for "intensive and long-term" restrictions later. | At its 21 September meeting, the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) suggested immediately introducing a national lockdown lasting between two and three weeks to halt the rapid spread of the virus — dubbed a "circuit break" lockdown. | But the prime minister appeared to reject the idea when he laid out a tiered system of restrictions on Monday, placing only Liverpool City Region into the h…

The Canary (2020-10-13). Lack of interpreter at coronavirus briefings leaves deaf 'isolated and misinformed'. thecanary.co Deaf people have said the lack of a sign language interpreter at coronavirus briefings in England is leaving the community "isolated" and allowing misinformation to spread.Lacking: British Sign Language (BSL) interpreters attend briefings in Scotland, Wales, and the north of Ireland, but have yet to appear with experts and politicians in England. The BBC provides a superimposed translator on the BBC News channel during briefings, who also appears on Downing Street's live Twitter feed.An interpreter from the BBC is used for Downing Street's Twitter feed of the coronavirus briefing (Screengrab/Twitter)Howeve…

RT (2020-10-13). Johnson & Johnson pauses coronavirus vaccine study, citing 'unexplained illness' in volunteer. rt.com Johnson & Johnson has temporarily halted its coronavirus vaccine trial after a trial participant contracted an "unexplained illness," the company said, though offered few additional details about the setback. | The pharma firm's 60,000-patient vaccine study was paused due to an adverse reaction in a volunteer, J&J "We must respect this par…

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2020-10-13). Boris Johnson at Sea: Coronavirus Confusion in the UK. globalresearch.ca The tide has been turning against UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Oafishly, he has managed to convert that tide into a deluge of dissatisfaction assisted by the gravitational pull of singular incompetence. Much of this is due to such …

John Fund (2020-10-13). 'Professor Lockdown' Modeler Neil Ferguson Resigns in Disgrace. globalresearch.ca This article was originally published in May 2020. | Neil Ferguson is the British academic who created the infamous Imperial College model that warned Boris Johnson that, without an immediate lockdown, the coronavirus would cause 500,000 deaths and swamp the National …

commondreams (2020-10-13). 2021 Social Security COLA Inadequate For COVID-Ravaged Seniors. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Manlio Dinucci (2020-10-13). Dal Recovery Fund 30 miliardi per il militare. globalresearch.ca Foto : Conte e Profumo con il nuovo Falco Xplorer, il drone più grande mai realizzato da Leonardo | Mentre la ´crisi del Coronavirus ª continua a provocare anche in Italia devastanti conseguenze socioeconomiche, una parte ingente del ´Fondo per la ripresa ª …

Paul Craig Roberts (2020-10-13). Life Within The Matrix Is Our Future. thealtworld.com The question each of us needs to ask ourselves, and one another, is why do we get so much misinformation about Covid from public health authorities, political authorities, and press prostitutes? We get a lot of misinformation from health practioners, because they get the bogus information from health authorities and from researchers associated with Big Pharma. But why do health authorities themselves lie to us? | Take the issue of masks. The masks being worn by the vast majority of the world population, including health care providers, cannot prevent the inhalation and exhalation of bacteria and viruses. If a per…

Jasmine Norden (2020-10-13). The impact of missing school could 'last a lifetime' for the poorest children. thecanary.co Educators are warning that the disadvantage gap in education will continue to grow without more support.Fears have been raised that the poorest families do not have the resources and time to invest in home working as coronavirus (Covid-19) cases rise, exacerbating the gap already

WSWS (2020-10-13). Tennessee educators form rank-and-file safety committee to close schools and save lives. wsws.org Educators across Tennessee have launched this committee to unite with other sections of the working class against the unsafe reopening of schools and to halt the spread of the pandemic.

Daniel Warner (2020-10-13). Nostalgia Isn't What It Used to Be. counterpunch.org Moments of disruption always lead to nostalgia. If only we could go back to where we were before. Remember how free we were to socialize before the pandemic? Remember what it was like not to wear masks in public places or scrub hands several times a day. And even further back: remember how easy it

_____ (2020-10-13). Changing To An Ecological Way Of Valuing National Economies. popularresistance.org The Global South is adversely impacted by the many crises that exist in this world – the climate crisis, pandemic, recession, war to name a few. Although the Global South is wealthy in terms of culture, biodiversity, knowledge and more, the way the Global North defines what is valuable contributes to economic inequality between the North and South and exploitation of peoples and the planet. Now, my guests Arnie Saiki and Chanzo Greenidge are challenging that paradigm with a new concept of intemerate accounting. The idea is receiving growing support by Pacific Island nations. They explain what it is and how social…

Patrick Cockburn (2020-10-13). Wars and Pandemics Produce the Same Sort of Lethal Government Bungling. counterpunch.org Watching the antics of Trump and the blunders of Boris Johnson in failing to cope with the virus, I have the same feeling I had repeatedly over the last 20 years when reporting on wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria and Libya. In all cases, arrogant assumptions of competence and strength were brutally exposed by complicated and dangerous realities on the ground.

Frank Scott (2020-10-13). Another Capitalist Market Brand: Brain Death. dissidentvoice.org America and the world are suffering a crisis of capitalism like no other in recent history. With an economy teetering on a mountain of incredible debt without which it could not continue, and a virus threatening the globe but with the highest death toll in America and even a president leading in gross ignorance about …

_____ (2020-10-13). Health Justice And Black Liberation: Shay-Akil McLean. popularresistance.org The way that people treat each other has biological consequences, meaning that our relationships to one another, institutions, and resources are directly linked to quality of life, life expectancy, and quality of death. State violence is a public health issue because what it does is differentially distribute morbidity and mortality to those that are deemed enemies of the state. All of forms of state violence entail the denial of basic needs and the self-determination of the people in one dimension and/or additional others.

Kyla Donato (2020-10-13). Green Infrastructure Bringing Nature Education, Stormwater Management to Church and School. indybay.org San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) and Greenprint Partners recently announced the approval of two green stormwater infrastructure (GSI) grants for Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church and St. Thomas More School. The $2.69 investment will manage 2.2 million gallons of stormwater annually. Nature-based GSI will enhance the local community by delivering environmental, health, and economic benefits while also contributing to SFPUC's goal of managing one billion gallons of stormwater by 2050.

Santa Cruz News Network (2020-10-13). Healthcare Workers Endorse Brown, Hill and Kumar for Santa Cruz City Council. indybay.org The National Union of Healthcare Workers (NUHW) has endorsed Sandy Brown, Kelsey Hill, and Kayla Kumar for Santa Cruz City Council in the November 2020 election. Additionally, NUHW has endorsed John Leopold for Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors, District 1.

Paul F. Vollebregt, Lukasz Wiklendt, Phil G Dinning, Charles H. Knowles, S.Mark Scott (2020-10-13). Coexistent faecal incontinence and constipation: A cross-sectional study of 4027 adults undergoing specialist assessment. thelancet.com Over 40% of adults referred for anorectal physiological investigation had coexistent diagnoses of faecal incontinence and functional constipation, based on validated criteria. This overlap is overlooked by referrers, poorly documented in current literature, and may impact management.

imperial.ac.uk (2020-10-13). Imperial confirms scholarship support for international PhD students. imperial.ac.uk International PhD students will be offered increased scholarship opportunities from next year, reinforcing Imperial's support for internationalism.

imperial.ac.uk (2020-10-13). Business School establishes new Singapore Green Finance Centre. imperial.ac.uk Imperial has joined forces with Singapore Management University to open a new research centre dedicated to green finance and talent development.

teleSUR (2020-10-12). Debt of Poorest Countries Hits Record 744 Bln: World Bank. telesurenglish.net The total external debt of the world's poorest countries climbed 9.5 percent to a record 744 billion U.S. dollars in 2019, according to the World Bank Group's latest International Debt Statistics (IDS) report released Monday. | RELATED: | "Before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, rising public debt levels were already a cause for concern, particularly in many of the world's poorest countries," the multilateral lend…

teleSUR (2020-10-12). Mexico: Formal Labor Market Continues Recovery -Report. telesurenglish.net Mexico's Institute of Social Security (IMSS) reported on Monday an increase of 113.850 formal jobs in September, which highlights continuous signs of economic recovery amid the COVID-19 pandemic. | RELATED: | The IMSS explained that there had been a decrease in employment of 719.250 positions from January to September, 81.1 percent of them are permanent jobs. | Puestos de trabajo afiliados al Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Soci…

WSWS (2020-10-12). French universities enforce de facto herd immunity policy on COVID-19. wsws.org Despite a nominal commitment to limited measures to contain the virus, in reality French universities are allowing the virus to rapid spread amongst students, accelerating infections and deaths in the wider population.

teleSUR (2020-10-12). Amid Sanctions, Iran Unlocks Essential Funds Frozen in Iraq. telesurenglish.net Iran's central bank chief announced Monday an agreement with neighboring Iraq to unlock frozen Iranian funds in Iraqi banks to purchase humanitarian goods. | The announcement comes in the context of Washington's move last week to blacklist Iran's entire financial sector, which will further hamper Tehran's ability to purchase essential foods and medicine while facing the worse COVID-19 outbreak in the Middle East. | RELATED: | In a banking and business d…

John C. A. Manley (2020-10-12). The Covid-19 Scandal: Seven Reasons to be Grateful for the Nutty "New Normal" globalresearch.ca Being that today is Canadian Thanksgiving, I thought I'd rack my brain to come up with seven things to be grateful for that have arisen out of the oppressive COVID-19 scandal: | 1. Outdoor Classrooms: "If weather permits, consideration could …

Dr. Kevin Corbett (2020-10-12). Video: COVID-19. Contagion Fear, Corruption of Medical Actors. globalresearch.ca Retired nurse and health scientist Dr Kevin Corbett joins me to discuss Covid-19 / SARS-CoV-2 and the similarities to the 1980s panic over HIV-Aids. These similarities span the scientific investigation, clinical testing, elements of the care, and the governmental approaches …

Dr Martin Kulldorff (2020-10-12). The Great Barrington Declaration. globalresearch.ca As infectious disease epidemiologists and public health scientists we have grave concerns about the damaging physical and mental health impacts of the prevailing COVID-19 policies, and recommend an approach we call Focused Protection. | Coming from both the left and right, …

teleSUR (2020-10-12). China Confirms COVID-19 Outbreak in Qingdao City. telesurenglish.net The city of Qingdao in east China's Shandong Province has activated a plan to conduct a city-wide nucleic acid testing for COVID-19 after new cases were reported. | RELATED: | The city will complete nucleic acid testing in five districts within the next three days, while the testing will cover the whole city in five days, according to a notice issued by the municipal health commission, adding that the results will be released in a time…

Staff (2020-10-12). Trump's narcissism has become a monster Republicans can't control. therealnews.com Jim Zogby talks about the impact of Trump's COVID-19 diagnosis on the Supreme Court, the stimulus package, and potential violence leading up to the election.