Daily Archives: October 22, 2020

2020-10-22: News Headlines

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…