Daily Archives: October 20, 2020

2020-10-20: News Headlines

Staff (2020-10-20). The eviction crisis is making surviving the pandemic harder. Here's how we fight back. therealnews.com Evictions are happening all across the United States, and COVID-19 has only made it worse. We look at the data surrounding evictions and what people are doing to solve this crisis. We also talk about the recent Bolivian elections.

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2020-10-20). Video: The "Smoking Guns" of a Manufactured Pandemic. globalresearch.ca "Closing down the Global Economy as a means to combating the Killer Virus. That's what they want us to believe. If the public had been informed that Covid-19 is "similar to Influenza", the fear campaign would have fallen flat…"

WSWS (2020-10-20). Workers Struggles: The Americas. wsws.org Health care sector worker in Buenos Aires, Argentina march to the city government offices to press demands for nurses to attain permanent professional status, emergency raises and additional staffing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ashley Smith (2020-10-20). Competing with Nature: COVID-19 as a capitalist virus. mronline.org He's turned it into a political propaganda unit to the point that it is unable to deal even with a major outbreak within our own borders. The U.S. is beginning to exhibit the features of a failed nation state.

Johnnie Lewis (2020-10-20). Oregon prisoners resist denial of Covid-19 protocol. workers.org Portland, Ore. On four successive days in late September, four prisoners in Oregon state prisons died of Covid-19. On Oct. 17, two more prisoners died of the virus. Family members protest Covid conditions in Oregon prisons, Pendleton, July. Credit: Bob Lonergan In mid-September more than 3,000 prisoners, including over 1,000 . . . |

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-20). Iran Covid-19 update: 322 deaths in past 24 hours. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 20 (MNA) — The Iranian Health Ministry has confirmed 5,039 new COVID-19 infections and 322 deaths due to the disease in the past 24 hours.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-20). Iranian COVID-19 vaccine to enter human phase in mid-Nov. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 20 (MNA) — Iranian Health Minister Saeed Namaki said that the Iranian coronavirus vaccine has passed animal test and will enter the human test phase in mid-November 2020.

imperial.ac.uk (2020-10-20). UK researchers to explore human challenge studies for COVID-19. imperial.ac.uk Researchers are set to explore a human challenge study with the virus that causes COVID-19, the first such study anywhere in the world.

yenisafak (2020-10-20). Iran reports record 5,039 new daily COVID-19 cases. yenisafak.com Iran's health ministry on Tuesday reported 5,039 new coronavirus infections in the previous 24 hours, the highest ever daily tally, pushing the national total to 539,670.Ministry spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari told state TV that 322 people had died from the disease in the previous 24 hours, bringing the official death toll to 31,034 in Iran, one of the worst-hit countries in the Middle East.

yenisafak (2020-10-20). 'China's potential vaccines show no adverse reaction'. yenisafak.com China claimed on Tuesday that its experimental vaccines for protection against COVID-19 have shown "no adverse reaction." "So far, none of those who have received the 'emergency use' vaccine have shown severe adverse reactions," Zheng Zhongwei, a top official at China's National Health Commission, was quoted as saying by the state-run Global Times newspaper.Pharma giants in many countries have resisted the idea of taking a shortcut in rolling out an antigen for the novel virus.China and Russia, however, have started vaccinating a select group of people with experimental shots, prompting a debate on risks of admin…

yenisafak (2020-10-20). Coronavirus cases in Eurasia up by 7,376. yenisafak.com Coronavirus infections and deaths continued their upward trend across Eurasia and Central Asia on Tuesday.- UkraineUkraine's Health Minister Maksim Stepanov announced 5,469 new cases over the past 24 hours, bringing the tally on 309,107.The death toll in the country rose to 5,786 as 113 people died from COVID-19, while 3,044 more patients recovered, raising the total number of recoveries to 126,489, Stepanov said.Ukraine's President Vladimir Zelenskiy met with religious leaders in his country and asked for their support amid the rising number of virus cases.Zelenskiy said that if the number of daily cases reach 9…

RT (2020-10-20). Melania Trump cancels campaign event with Donald over 'lingering cough' following Covid diagnosis. rt.com The return of Melania Trump to the US campaign trail has been delayed, with the first lady cancelling her trip to Pennsylvania with her husband due to an ongoing cough, as she continues to recover from her Covid-19 infection. | Melania will not now travel together with President Donald Trump on Tuesday night "out of abundance of caution," said Stephanie Grisham, her chief of staff. | The first lady "continues to feel better every day following her recovery from Covid-19," Grisham added, but she said her "lingering cough" remained an issue. | The campaign rally in Erie, Pennsylvania was expected to be Melania's…

Robert F. Kennedy Jr (2020-10-20). $18 Billion COVID Vaccine Gold Rush Threatens Horseshoe Crabs, Ocean Ecosystem. globalresearch.ca The annual spring congregation of egg-laden horseshoe crabs on the east coast provide a vital food source for annual migrations of millions of shore birds. | The

_____ (2020-10-20). Instability, Poverty and Nuclear Weapons. strategic-culture.org The President of the United States has the power to fire off thousands of nuclear weapons and destroy the world. As succinctly This is the Trump who contracted the Covid 19 virus and on October 2 was tak…

James Haught (2020-10-20). Will 'Nones' Bring a Progressive Future? counterpunch.org Someday, the coronavirus tragedy will be gone, wiped out by scientific vaccines. And Donald Trump will be just an unpleasant memory, an absurd reminder of what can happen when bigotry contaminates democracy. This part of the 21st century will be remembered chiefly, I predict, as the era when supernatural religion died among intelligent western people. I think it

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2020-10-20). America's "Corona 2020 Great Depression": US Federal Budget Deficit Hits $3.1 Trillion. globalresearch.ca On March 11, the governments of 193 member states were ordered to close down their national economies as a means to combating V-The Virus. | Corporate bankruptcies, mass unemployment and poverty: The closure of the planet's real economy has triggered a …

Jens Berger and Tobias Riegel (2020-10-20). Corona vaccine development – they prefer not to ask about risks and side effects. indybay.org Thousands or even millions could be vaccinated on the basis of "emergency approval." We will probably have to live with the virus. The current strategy of damaging measures until a vaccine is available is a bumpy path with incalculable risks, side effects and already visible collateral damage. Jens Berger and Tobias Riegel are German journalists who publish regularly on nachdenkseiten.de.

Tobias Riegel (2020-10-20). Welcome to the new normality! indybay.org Contradiction is demonized in general. A state of emergency becomes the new normality. Corona criticism creates "strange bedfellows."

Staff (2020-10-20). Headlines for October 20, 2020. democracynow.org Trump Continues Attack on Fauci as U.S. Coronavirus Cases Surge and Death Toll Mounts, SCOTUS Deadlock Hands Victory to Voters in Pennsylvania as Floridians Break Early Voting Record, Debate Commission Announces Changes Ahead of Final Presidential Face-Off, Evo Morales Celebrates Victory of MAS Party, Says He Will Return to Bolivia, Trump Admin to Remove Sudan from U.S. List of Terrorist States, At Least 15 People Killed as Nigerian Protests Against Police Violence Continue, WSJ: U.S. Held Talks with Syrian Intelligence About Missing U.S. Citizens, Palestinian Prisoner in Critical Condition After Nearly 3 Months…

yenisafak (2020-10-20). Russia's daily coronavirus cases hit record high of 16,319. yenisafak.com Russia recorded a record high 16,319 new cases of coronavirus on Tuesday, including 4,999 in the capital Moscow, to take the national total to 1,431,635.Authorities reported 269 deaths in the last 24 hours, taking Russia's official death toll to 24,635.

_____ (2020-10-20). Amnesty International condemns Johnson government. truepublica.org.uk By TruePublica: 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 report was largely ignored by the media or relegated to inside pages. Yet it presents evidence that the government's policy …

Dave Zirin (2020-10-20). Why Are People Watching Less Sports? thenation.com Why Are People Watching Less Sports?

Ana Santoyo (2020-10-20). CPS pushes to reopen: Parent solidarity says, 'Keep children, teachers and administrators safe!'. liberationnews.org The following is re-posted from Reds in Ed website. The unelected school board of Chicago Public Schools and mayor of our city, at every stage of the pandemic, have pushed for reopening and in-person learning despite unsafe conditions in the midst of a global pandemic. On October 15, a record setting day with 4,015 new …

Sà¥nia Guajajara (2020-10-20). Amazonia: In the Flames, They See Money. counterpunch.org Sà¥nia Guajajara delivered this speech to accept the 2020 Letelier-Moffitt Human Rights Award on behalf of the Association of Indigenous Peoples of Brazil (APIB). The Association is standing up to powerful corporations, backed by an oppressive government, to protect indigenous rights and lands — all while fighting a deadly pandemic. On October 15, award-winning author

Staff (2020-10-20). "A Fire That Has Spread Across the Country": Jelani Cobb on Voter Suppression in the 2020 Election. democracynow.org As tens of millions of people across the U.S. cast their ballots in early voting ahead of the November 3 election, we look at voter suppression efforts with journalist and academic Jelani Cobb. His new "Frontline" documentary "Whose Vote Counts" examines the long lines, record number of mail-in ballots and the legal fights that have marked voting during the pandemic, with a focus on Wisconsin. "This is a state where the presidency was essentially decided in the last election," says Cobb, a professor of journalism at Columbia University and a contributor to The New Yorker. He describes voter suppression as "a fire…

Dr. Stephen Malthouse (2020-10-20). Epidemiological Evidence: The "Pandemic" is Over. No "Second Wave" will Follow. globalresearch.ca October 2020 | Dr. Bonnie Henry, | British Columbia Provincial Health Officer, | Ministry of Health, | Victoria, BC V8W 3C9 | Dear Dr. Henry, | I am a physician who has been in family medical practice in BC for more than 40 years and …

yenisafak (2020-10-20). India: 20 Muslims cleared of flouting virus rules. yenisafak.com A court in western on India Tuesday acquitted 20 members of a Muslim group who had been charged with violating the nationwide lockdown in April.The members of the Tablighi Jamaat, including 10 from Kyrgyzstan and 10 from Indonesia, were booked in the state of Maharashtra for attempted murder and culpable homicide not amounting to murder.The police also charged them under laws against spreading diseases and preventing disasters.Ruling in the case, Metropolitan Magistrate RR Khan said: "There was no iota of evidence with prosecution to show any contravention of order by accused persons beyond all shadow of doubt. D…

Prof. Bill Willers (2020-10-20). What Are the Pharmaceutical Industry's Connections to Schools of Public Health? globalresearch.ca Dr. Eric Rubin, an adjunct professor at Harvard's

Binoy Kampmark (2020-10-20). Britannic Impunity: Torture and the UK Overseas Operations Bill. counterpunch.org It was praised by Michael Clarke, former Director-General of the Royal United Services Institute, as "clear and entire laudable" — at least up to a point. The UK Overseas Operations (Service Personnel and Veterans) Bill would "give [British] troops serving overseas much-needed extra protection against fraudulent or frivolous claims against them of criminal behaviour." It

William rivers Pitt (2020-10-20). Trump Will Never Admit Error. His Lack of Self-Accountability Is Deadly. zcomm.org Trump is still breathing because of the medical data gathered from people he allowed to die…

imperial.ac.uk (2020-10-20). "Our art should reflect who we are today" – Imperial artworks group formed. imperial.ac.uk Imperial is to review the artwork displayed on its campuses in a drive to better represent the diversity of its community.

WSWS (2020-10-19). As safety protocols vanish, Fiat Chrysler advises workers "protect your pets from COVID" wsws.org Management advises workers to protect their pets from COVID-19 as it junks safety measures.

teleSUR (2020-10-19). WHO: 184 Countries Join COVAX for a COVID-19 Vaccine. telesurenglish.net The World Health Organization (WHO) announced that 184 countries had joined the COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access (COVAX), aimed at providing at least 2 billion doses of a vaccine by 2021. | RELATED: | "COVAX represents the largest portfolio of potential COVID-19 vaccines and the most effective way to share safe and effective vaccines equitably across the world," WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said during his media brief…

Martin Hart-Landsberg (2020-10-19). COVID-19 economic crisis snapshot. mronline.org Workers in the United States are in the midst of a punishing COVID-19 economic crisis.

WSWS (2020-10-19). Florida school bus driver dies from COVID-19 weeks before her planned retirement. wsws.org The tragic October 9 death of 66-year old school bus driver Gail Brusseau in Florida has again exposed the homicidal campaign being waged against the working class.

teleSUR (2020-10-19). US: Biden Gains Latinos Confidence In The Face Of Elections. telesurenglish.net The Pew Research Center (PRC) on Monday published a study showing that Latino voters have growing confidence in Democrat candidate Joe Biden on key issues. | RELATED: | The study was based on a survey of over 11,000 registered Latino voters and found that two-thirds of those interviewed were even more supportive than four months ago of Biden's capacity to manage issues such as the COVID-19 pandemic or the economic crisis. | "The share with confidenc…

Special to People's World (2020-10-19). Video tribute to radical composer Marc Blitzstein by University of Wisconsin Opera. peoplesworld.org American composer Marc Blitzstein (1905-1964), one of Leonard Bernstein's early mentors and the celebrated English-language translator of The Threepenny Opera, is the subject of University Opera at the University of Wisconsin-Madison's first project of the 2020-21 season. Owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, it is being produced in video format and will be available for viewing …

teleSUR (2020-10-19). Cuba Announces Clinical Trials Of New COVID-19 Vaccine. telesurenglish.net The Cuban Public Registry of Clinical Trials (CRCT) Monday revealed that a new clinical trial with a second COVID-19 vaccine is underway in the Finlay Institute of Vaccines (IFV). | RELATED: | This is the second Cuban vaccine candidate after the IFV presented SOBERANA01 in August, which is recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO) as the only one produced as of today by a Latin American country. | So far, th…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-10-19). Workers' Party of Belgium demands measures to combat worsening COVID-19 crisis. peoplesdispatch.org Amid a steep rise in COVID-19 cases and the subsequent impact on workers' livelihoods, the Workers' Party of Belgium has demanded that incomes be protected and the rich be taxed…

WSWS (2020-10-19). COVID-19 pandemic surges in Turkey as government continues to hide data. wsws.org The government is allowing the virus to spread, citing false data to refuse any demands for lock-downs and suppress growing anger and concern within the working class.

teleSUR (2020-10-19). Africa's COVID-19 Death Toll Nears 40,000: Africa CDC. telesurenglish.net The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases across the African continent has reached 1,644,780 as of Monday afternoon as the death toll due to the pandemic reached 39,738, the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) said. | RELATED: | The Africa CDC said the number of people who have recovered from the infectious virus across the continent has reached 1,356,239 so far. | The most COVID-19 a…

WSWS (2020-10-19). Tennessee educator dies of COVID-19 after governor touts "strong safety measures" in schools. wsws.org Fifty-three-year old Susan Keener, an educational assistant at Walter Hill Elementary School in Rutherford County, Tennessee, died after being placed on a ventilator due to the contraction of COVID-19 in August.

Mark Anthony Espinoza (2020-10-19). To Beat COVID-19, We Must Dump Trump. progressive.org Everyone should have access to quality care, especially in the middle of a pandemic.

WSWS (2020-10-19). COVID-19 infections soar in US. wsws.org The massive spike in COVID-19 cases is an indication that the US ruling elite's policy of reopening businesses and schools is already resulting in the surge predicted by public health experts for the fall and winter.

Asharq Al-Awsat (2020-10-19). China Fires Health Officials after New COVID-19 Outbreak. globalresearch.ca A hospital president and the director of the health commission in the northern Chinese city of Qingdao have been fired after China's latest coronavirus outbreak, authorities said Thursday. | A brief notice on the Qingdao city government's official microblog Thursday said …

Dean Baker (2020-10-19). Waiting for a Vaccine and the Collaborative Research Alternative. counterpunch.org It seems increasingly likely that China will begin providing vaccines to its own people, as well as those in some other countries, by December, and possibly as early as next month. The prospect of a vaccine being available that soon has to look good to people here, now that the Trump administration's pandemic control efforts

news.un (2020-10-19). COVID-19 vaccine: UNICEF to stockpile more than half a billion syringes by year's end. news.un.org With countries and pharmaceutical companies around the world gearing up to distribute COVID-19 vaccines following trials, the UN Children's Fund UNICEF has begun laying the groundwork for the rapid, safe and efficient delivery by buying and pre-positioning syringes and other necessary equipment.

news.un (2020-10-19). 'Biocups', electric motorcycle taxis and recycling 500 billion bottles for a sustainable Thailand: a UN Resident Coordinator blog. news.un.org The private sector in Thailand has a key role to play in helping the south-east Asian country to reach poverty reduction and sustainable development goals agreed by the international community. In this blog, Gita Sabharwal, the UN Resident Coordinator in Thailand and the Chairperson of the UN Global Compact Network Thailand, Suphachai Chearavanont, explain how, despite the global COVID-19 pandemic, progress is being made towards the goals.

news.un (2020-10-19). Focus on fundamentals as COVID-19 caseloads rise: WHO. news.un.org As COVID-19 cases continue to accelerate, particularly in Europe and North America, the World Health Organization (WHO) is advising governments and people everywhere not to let their guard down, for the benefit of those hospitalized, or working on the front line of the battle to end the pandemic.

Ndella Diouf Paye (2020-10-19). Frontline workers and Covid-19: a carer's account. zcomm.org Ndella Diouf Paye writes about her experiences working as a carer for a private company…