Daily Archives: October 14, 2020

2020-10-14: News Headlines

Peter Koenig (2020-10-14). Covid-19: The Great Reset — Revisited. Scary Threats, Rewards for Obedience… globalresearch.ca The Great Reset book is full with predictions of things that will or may happen, and threats, like the world will never be the same again, and we are just at the beginning of the Reset, worse is to come — or the Great Transformation, as the IMF calls what is coming.

Tony Cartalucci (2020-10-14). COVID-19 Vaccine Partnership with AstraZeneca: A Threat to Public Health. globalresearch.ca A Reuters This is despite the vaccine not only not having passed clinical trials or having …

Helen Buyniski (2020-10-14). How to Kill a Thriving Metropolis in 7 Months: New York City's COVID-19 Failure. globalresearch.ca Seven months into the pandemic, as many US states inch back toward 'normal', New York is in the grips of a crime wave, reinvigorated lockdowns, and widespread fear of pretty much everything. Thank local government. | New York City has lost …

Robert J. Burrowes (2020-10-14). 'We are Many, They are Few': Nonviolent Resistance to the Elite's COVID-19 Coup. globalresearch.ca On 16 August 1819, an estimated 60,000 pro-democracy and anti-poverty activists were peacefully protesting the utterly corrupt nature of the Parliament in Westminster and demanding the reform of parliamentary representation (which afforded less than 2% of people the right to …

Zero Hedge (2020-10-14). Facebook Bans Ads Questioning Safety of COVID-19 Vaccines. globalresearch.ca Mark Zuckerberg has clearly had enough of being hauled in front of Congress and hectored by a gang of senior citizens and listening to the head of the ACLU slam his company as a vessel for violent hate speech. Because …

Walden Bello (2020-10-14). How the IMF and World Bank Turned a Pandemic into a Public Relations Stunt. counterpunch.org The International Monetary Fund and the World Bank hold their annual fall meetings this week in the midst of a pandemic that has blazed a path of massive disaster through countries of the global South. COVID-19 has presented the Bretton Woods twins, on the seventy-sixth anniversary of their founding, with a grand opportunity, not to

Vijay Prashad (2020-10-14). Venezuela's ability to fight COVID-19 is badly hamstrung by the 31 metric tons of gold stolen from its treasury. mronline.org On October 5, 2020, the England and Wales Court of Appeal overturned a lower court decision from July that denied the Venezuelan government access to 31 metric tons of its gold stored in the Bank of London.

Alan Macleod (2020-10-14). 55 Million People Face Famine as COVID-Ravaged Economies Fail To Meet Funding Goals. mintpressnews.com Nations the world over have scrambled to take emergency action in the wake of COVID-19, as businesses have been disrupted, supply lines cut and economies stunted, leaving foreign aid programs underfunded and millions without food.

Vijay Prashad (2020-10-14). Venezuela's ability to fight COVID-19 is hamstrung by 31 metric tons of gold stolen from its treasury. peoplesdispatch.org The Bank of England has refused to hand over 31 metric tons of gold that belongs to Venezuela. This gold worth $1.95 billion is planned to go toward the purchase of essential medical equipment and supplies…

Kenneth Surin (2020-10-14). Britain Takes a Beating…From Itself. counterpunch.org UK Covid-19 positive tests surged 56% in a week. At the same time, contact-tracing descended to a new low– 5,722 fewer people were tested. Only two-thirds of those who tested positive had their details entered into the tracing system, and a mere 68.6% of the immediate contacts of positive cases were reached. In addition, waiting times have risen again for those awaiting test results.

Women's March Action (2020-10-14). Saturday 10/17: Women's March Action: #CountOnUs Digital Action Weekend to #GOTV (Day 1). indybay.org Online/digital action options during COVID-19…

Ramona du Houx (2020-10-14). In CA, Latino farming communities hardest by COVID-19 and environmental injustice. indybay.org The California Latino community has been disproportionately infected by the coronavirus. Latinos make up 39 percent of the population in the state, but account for 56 percent of COVID-19 infections and 46 percent of deaths. That's three times the rate as Whites. State officials say, many employers have not reliably provided protective equipment to workers or implemented social distancing or mask wearing rules. This is systemic racism. Too often, they live in neighborhoods that are located near oil industry operations in California, one of America's top crude oil and gas producing states. Gov. Newsom needs to addr…

Women's March Action (2020-10-14). Sunday 10/18: Women's March Action Online: #CountOnUs Digital Action Weekend to #GOTV (Day 2). indybay.org Online/digital action options during COVID-19…

Anand Naidoo (2020-10-14). The Heat: China's response to COVID-19. america.cgtn.com China has made extraordinary progress in battling COVID-19 since the first major outbreak in Wuhan earlier this year. While the disease is largely contained in China, the country is now responding to a minor outbreak in the city of Qingdao in east China's Shandong Province. …

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-14). Iran COVID-19 update: 279 deaths, 4,830 cases in 24 hours. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 14 (MNA) — The Iranian Health Ministry has confirmed 4,830 COVID-19 infections and 279 deaths due to the disease in the past 24 hours.

imperial.ac.uk (2020-10-14). England, Wales and Scotland among nations with highest death toll from pandemic. imperial.ac.uk England, Wales and Scotland had among the highest rate of deaths from all causes, including COVID-19, as a result of the first wave of the pandemic.

RT (2020-10-14). Idaho university threatens expulsion for students who DELIBERATELY contract coronavirus to sell plasma with antibodies. rt.com Idaho's Brigham Young University has urged students to refrain from purposely infecting themselves with the coronavirus in hopes of cashing in on payments for plasma donations, threatening expulsion for those caught doing so. | "BYU-Idaho is deeply troubled by accounts of individuals who have intentionally exposed themselves for others to Covid-19, with the hope of getting the disease and being paid for plasma that contains Covid-19 antibodies," the school said in a recent The university condemns this behavior and is active…

Peter Geoghegan (2020-10-14). UK Government Accused of 'Cronyism' after Tory Councilor Wins £156m COVID Contract. globalresearch.ca A small, loss-making firm run by a Conservative councillor in Stroud was given a £156m contract to import PPE from China without any competition, openDemocracy has learned. | Steve Dechan's company, P14 Medical, signed the huge contract to supply medical …

Zach Conti (2020-10-14). 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%.

Joe Mellor (2020-10-14). UK Legal Action Launched over Missing £3 Billion Tories Spent on Private Coronavirus Contracts. globalresearch.ca "When billions of pounds of public money is handed out to private companies, some of them with political connections but no experience in delivering medical supplies, ministers should be explaining why those companies were awarded the contracts." | *** | There has …

Docs4opendebate (2020-10-14). Open Letter from Medical Doctors and Health Professionals to All Belgian Authorities and All Belgian Media. globalresearch.ca We, Belgian doctors and health professionals, wish to express our serious concern about the evolution of the situation in the recent months surrounding the outbreak of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. We call on politicians to be independently and critically informed in …

Dr. Russell Blaylock (2020-10-14). Face Masks Pose Serious Risks to the Healthy. globalresearch.ca First published by GR on May 26, 2020 | "By wearing a mask, the exhaled viruses will not be able to escape and will concentrate in the nasal passages, enter the olfactory nerves and travel into the brain." — Russell Blaylock, …

Staff (2020-10-14). This is what the sixth mass extinction looks like. And here's why you should care. therealnews.com Unhealthy ecosystems jeopardize our ability to meet our most basic needs: Water, food, medicine, clean air. There is no one on the planet this doesn't impact. And loss of biodiversity hurts the poorest the most.

news.un (2020-10-14). Thousands displaced by fighting in southern Afghanistan. news.un.org Thousands of people have been displaced and critical health services interrupted, after fighting erupted last weekend between security forces and Taliban fighters in the southern Afghan province of Helmand, the UN humanitarian office has reported.

Kyla Donato (2020-10-14). 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 (2020-10-14). 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.

Alexandra Sharat (2020-10-14). Young Women Are Voting for Universal Health Care This Election. thenation.com Young Women Are Voting for Universal Health Care This Election…

Staff (2020-10-14). Headlines for October 14, 2020. democracynow.org White House Pursuing "Herd Immunity" Strategy Condemned by WHO as "Unethical", Trump Holds Packed Campaign Rallies in Defiance of Social Distancing Orders, "Potential Safety Concern" Halts Clinical Trial of Eli Lilly Antibody Treatment, Amy Coney Barrett Won't Commit to Recusing Herself If 2020 Election Is Decided by SCOTUS, FBI Says Far-Right Anti-Government Group Plotted to Kidnap Virginia Governor, More Witnesses Corroborate Claims of Extrajudicial Killing by U.S. Marshals, Trailing in Polls, Trump Appeals to White Suburban Women and Farmers, Supreme Court Will Allow Trump Admin to Halt Census Count a Month Ea…

Carla Stea (2020-10-14). Human Rights Debate at UN Security Council. Horrifying Social Consequences of US Sanctions Inflicted on North Korea. globalresearch.ca During the press briefing outlining Russia's program of work for their October Presidency of the UN Security Council, I mentioned the offer by Dr. Kee B. Park, Director of the Korea Policy Project at Harvard Medical School, and renowned …

_____ (2020-10-14). Gambling industry generates four times more taxes and jobs than fishing. truepublica.org.uk Britain, in particular, has a long and rich history of the gambling industry that goes back to around the 1500s. Spa towns such as Bath, Epsom, and Tunbridge Wells became popular after around that time for the wealthy. They enjoyed lawn bowling and dancing, as well as the medical benefits that spa towns were perceived …

imperial.ac.uk (2020-10-14). Severe morning sickness linked to depression new study finds. imperial.ac.uk Severe morning sickness increases the risk of depression both during and after pregnancy, new research has found.

imperial.ac.uk (2020-10-14). Duchess of Cambridge visits Tommy's Centre for Miscarriage Research at Imperial. imperial.ac.uk Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge showed her support for Baby Loss Awareness Week, meeting families and experts at Imperial.

Ted Kelly (2020-10-13). 'Capitalism on a Ventilator'/ The impact of COVID-19 in China & the U.S. workers.org "Capitalism on a Ventilator: The Impact of COVID-19 in China & the U.S" chronicles the terminal decline of capitalism. The book itself is an example of what can be accomplished through cooperation by progressive working-class organizations. This anthology is a collaboration by social justice advocates like Ajamu Baraka of the . . . |

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

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 …

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…

WSWS (2020-10-13). As COVID-19 claims the life of London bus driver Kofi Opoku, Unite mounts fake "safety campaign" to stem drivers' anger. wsws.org Unite is seizing on a second wave of COVID-19 to deepen its corporatist partnership with Transport for London and the bus companies.

WSWS (2020-10-13). Faurecia Gladstone workers oppose 12-hour shifts at FCA Sterling Heights Assembly. wsws.org Autoworkers rank-and-file safety committees are teaming up across the country to restore the eight-hour work day, to oppose forced overtime, and to oppose the unchecked spread of COVID-19.

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

Abbasi J. (2020-10-13). Combining Rapid PCR and Antibody Tests Improved COVID-19 Diagnosis. jamanetwork.com Nose and throat swab polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing can miss up to 50% of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases, in part because the virus may have already cleared the upper respiratory tract. But by then, patients may have developed antibodies against the virus. An approach that combines rapid PCR and antibody testing could help physicians quickly diagnose more cases, a recent small study of hospitalized patients with suspected COVID-19 suggested.

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 …

news.un (2020-10-13). UN envoy outlines progress towards cooperation in Africa's Great Lakes Region. news.un.org Even as they confront the COVID-19 pandemic, countries in Africa's Great Lakes Region continue to improve political, security and economic cooperation in line with a 2013 Framework agreement, UN Special Envoy Huang Xia told the Security Council on Tuesday.

news.un (2020-10-13). 'Time for global solidarity' to overcome COVID's health, social and economic challenges. news.un.org The COVID-19 pandemic has not only led to a "dramatic loss" of human life but also constitutes an "unprecedented challenge" to public health, food systems and employment, a group of leading UN agencies said on Tuesday.

news.un (2020-10-13). IMF: 'Less severe' but 'still deep' recession predicted. news.un.org In the shadow of the COVID-19 pandemic and its continuing impact, the global economy could see a "somewhat less severe, though still deep" recession through 2020, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has projected in its latest global economic outlook.

news.un (2020-10-13). FROM THE FIELD: Cultivating a response to disasters in Malawi. news.un.org Farmers in Malawi who are struggling with the dual threats of climate change and an economic crisis worsened by the COVID-19 pandemic, are learning how to more accurately predict the weather and prepare for the eventuality of natural disasters, thanks to a project supported by the UN Development Programme (UNDP).

news.un (2020-10-13). Stand in solidarity with world's poor, UN chief says in message for International Day. news.un.org The UN Secretary-General has called for solidarity with all people living in poverty, during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.

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…