Daily Archives: October 26, 2020

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.