Daily Archives: October 30, 2020

2020-10-30: News Headlines

Lynda Carson (2020-10-30). Trump regime falsely claims it ended coronavirus covid-19 pandemic. indybay.org White House Statement Falsely Claiming Trump Has Ended Coronavirus Covid-19 Pandemic…

Eve Ottenberg (2020-10-30). Industrial Food Production and the Pandemic. counterpunch.org Covid-19 comes from the primary forest, from bat caves. In a world without industrial agriculture encroaching on that forest, in a world without the corporatization of a wild-food industry, Covid-19 would probably never have left those caves. The pandemic was not caused by small-holder agriculture, and the virus probably did not escape from a lab.

Johanna Ross (2020-10-30). To Lockdown or Not to Lockdown: Britain Debates. globalresearch.ca The UK government is facing increased pressure to call for a national lockdown or 'circuit breaker' as it has commonly become known after a further 310 deaths to Covid-19 were announced on Thursday. It brings the total number of deaths …

Vijay Prashad (2020-10-30). How Venezuela Has Held Back COVID-19 in Spite of the U.S. Sanctions Stranglehold on Its Economy. counterpunch.org Not for one minute during this pandemic has the United States stopped trying to overthrow the government of Nicolás Maduro in Venezuela. A seam of cruelty runs through U.S. policy, which by its sanctions regime prevents Venezuela from open trade of its oil to import key medical equipment to help break the chain of the virus and heal those infected by it.

Joe Piette (2020-10-30). Support Pennsylvania prisoners on hunger strike for human rights. workers.org Incarcerated people in many U.S. states have been held in small prison cells for up to 23 hours a day since March 2020, ostensibly because of the threat of COVID-19. Imprisoned workers have filed many grievances over the increasingly unbearable conditions, which are nothing less than torture with no end . . . |

Clare Dyer (2020-10-30). COVID-19: Government Poised to Amend Regulations to Allow Use of Unlicensed Vaccine. globalresearch.ca The UK government has set out plans to amend drug regulations in case it decides that covid-19 vaccines should be used before they are licensed, in a bid to roll them out more quickly.1 | In a consultation on the proposals …

Jon Cohen (2020-10-30). The 'Very, Very Bad Look' of Remdesivir, the First FDA-approved COVID-19 Drug. globalresearch.ca October was a good month for Gilead Sciences, the giant manufacturer of antivirals headquartered in Foster City, California. On 8 October, the company inked an agreement to supply the European Union with its drug remdesivir as a treatment for COVID-19—a …

Staff (2020-10-30). Uninsured COVID Patients Aren't Being Told Their Hospital Bills Are Covered. truthout.org When Darius Settles died from COVID-19 on the Fourth of July, his family and the city of Nashville, Tennessee, were shocked. Even the mayor noted the passing of a 30-year-old without any underlying conditions — one of the city's youngest fatalities at that point. | Settles was also uninsured and had just been sent home from an emergency room for the second time, and he was worried about medical bills. An investigation into his death found that, like many uninsured COVID-19 patients, he ha…

Jeff Abbott (2020-10-30). The Other Americans: United States Attacks Cuban Medics During Pandemic. progressive.org The Trump Administration is refusing Cuba's COVID-19 medical aid, claiming the doctors are being 'trafficked.'

_____ (2020-10-30). Alice's Nightmare In Drone Land. popularresistance.org New York – On Thursday, 33 people from New York, New Jersey, and Massachusetts organized by Upstate Drone Action blocked the gates at Hancock Air Field near Syracuse, NY. | Prior to Thursday's action, activists released this statement: | "And why are we going to Hancock AFB on October 29? Our country has gone down the rabbit hole — racially, spiritually and economically. COVID 19 has exposed the Pentagon and the Federal government's inability to do their job: to aid and protect our people. In fact the government has helped spread COVID, denying its severity and denying our people the PPE to combat that scou…

_____ (2020-10-30). Court Protest Aims At Boston Covid Housing Crisis. popularresistance.org Boston, MA – Thousands of families in eastern Massachusetts face renewed risk of eviction. Governor Charlie Baker opted on October 17 to cease emergency measures to protect shelter that have been in effect throughout most of 2020, triggering a huge surge in "notices to quit" from landlords. A rally downtown outside the Eastern Housing Court near Haymarket on a rainy Thursday morning called for an alternative program at the state legislature, among other policies that have been proposed including a rent freeze.

Jeff Harris (2020-10-30). Nine COVID Facts: A Pandemic of Fearmongering and Ignorance. globalresearch.ca Ever since the alleged pandemic erupted this past March the mainstream media has spewed a non-stop stream of misinformation that appears to be laser focused on generating maximum fear among the citizenry. But the facts and the science simply don't …

Sarah Aziza (2020-10-30). For Persian Gulf Migrant Workers, the Pandemic Has Amplified Systemic Discrimination. thenation.com For Persian Gulf Migrant Workers, the Pandemic Has Amplified Systemic Discrimination…

_____ (2020-10-30). Britain's Profiteering Spymasters Ignored the Country's Biggest Threats. strategic-culture.org While spinning the revolving doors, they have endangered the public by neglecting bigger security threats, like coronavirus and climate change, write Matt Kennard and Mark Curtis. | Matt KENNARD and Mark CURTIS | Almost all of Britain's former spy chiefs are personally profiting from working for cyber security and energy companies after retiring from the U.K.'s major intelligence agencies. | In May, Declassified UK revealed that since 2000, nine out of 10 former chiefs of MI6, MI5 and GCHQ have taken jobs in the cyber security industry, a sector they promoted while in office as key to defending the U.K. from the…

Jasmine Banks (2020-10-30). For DeVos, the Pandemic Is Another Opportunity for Profit. thenation.com For DeVos, the Pandemic Is Another Opportunity for Profit…

news.un (2020-10-30). Women the 'driving force' for peacebuilding in Colombia: Deputy UN chief. news.un.org The UN deputy chief has underscored the importance of the full and comprehensive implementation of Colombia's historic 2016 peace agreement, to enable sustainable and resilient communities in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Canary (2020-10-30). The government has handed £66m in interest to banks for taxpayer-backed coronavirus loans. thecanary.co The government paid Britain's biggest lenders close to £65.7m in interest in just three months. This was for loans to British businesses during the pandemic. | Interest rates: | The government handed over £65,658,583 for interest on loans between the start of April and the end of June. This is according to figures obtained by the PA news agency through a freedom of information request. The interest was paid on loans taken under the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) and for the Bounce Back Loan Scheme. | Through the schemes, banks lent billions of pounds to small businesses.

WSWS (2020-10-30). Labor's health cut plan a warning on eve of Australian state election. wsws.org By demanding $1 billion in "savings" by Queensland Health, the Labor Party has pointed to a pandemic-accelerated assault on social spending.

Steve Gillis (2020-10-30). Boston school workers shut down bosses' "reopening" workers.org Steve Gillis is the Financial Secretary, USW Local 8751 Teachers, bus drivers, monitor attendants, nurses and community forces converged on the Boston School Department (BPS) on Oct. 21, intent on occupying School Committee chambers to demand an end to in-person school due to unsafe conditions in the surging pandemic. Boston . . . |

Joe Glenton (2020-10-30). Public sceptical about housing minister Robert Jenrick's homelessness claims. thecanary.co Millionaire minister Robert Jenrick says the Tories are on a "moral mission" to end homelessness, and have worked wonders during the pandemic. The public is sceptical. | The Cambridge-educated housing minister, who, In a video released on Twitter, he praised the "national effort to support rough sleepers" during the pandemic, and that the government wanted "to end rough sleeping by the end of…

Mark Fiore (2020-10-30). Screen Shot 2020-10-29 at 10.52.59 AM.png. progressive.org Trump is still treating a deadly virus like it's one of his real estate deals: bluster, lie and ignore the real numbers.

imperial.ac.uk (2020-10-30). Carbon-releasing 'zombie fires' in peatlands could be dampened by new findings. imperial.ac.uk New simulations have provided clues on reducing peat fires, which hide underground and are notoriously bad for human health and the environment.

Peoples Dispatch (2020-10-30). Kenyan federal government health workers begin national strike demanding promotions. peoplesdispatch.org The previous two nation-wide strike actions, notified in May and August against non-implementation of promotions, were called off after assurances from the government. Seeing no progress, workers have vowed to not resume work till demands are met…

Serge Halimi (2020-10-30). France: No Change for Thirty Years. counterpunch.org France, which is already facing health, environmental, economic and social woes, has also endured a series of blows in the form of terrorist attacks. Thus the calls to mobilise for war. Again. But destroying an enemy that is often very hard to find always requires more powerful weapons than last time. Not artillery and tanks

Virginia Rodino (2020-10-30). Why I'm Voting Green in 2020. globalresearch.ca Author's note: Kevin and I worked on this article together right before his untimely passing on September 6. I met Kevin during Ralph Nader's 2004 presidential campaign. Throughout the years since, I appreciated seeing his anti-imperialist and eco-socialist arguments strengthen …

Pip Hinman (2020-10-30). Nathan Reynolds' coronial inquiry hears evidence of systemic neglect, cruelty. greenleft.org.au The coronial inquest into the death of Dunghutti man Nathan Reynolds has heard a litany of evidence of gross medical neglect and prison indifference, reports Rachel Evans.

imperial.ac.uk (2020-10-30). Zoological Society award for Imperial epidemiologist. imperial.ac.uk Professor Christl Donnelly has been awarded the Frink Medal for outstanding contribution to zoology.

imperial.ac.uk (2020-10-30). Mech Eng graduate wins chance to write for Times flagship political blog. imperial.ac.uk Mechanical engineering alumni Geena Rait has won a competition to write political blogs for the Times through the autumn.

news.un (2020-10-29). COVID-19 robs children in poor countries of nearly four months of school. news.un.org The COVID-19 pandemic has robbed children in the poorest countries of nearly four months of schooling, compared to six weeks of lost education for their counterparts in high income countries, according to a report published on Thursday by the UN educational and cultural organization, UNESCO; the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the World Bank.

Mike Walter (2020-10-29). The Heat: COVID-19 surge in the United States. america.cgtn.com A dangerous surge of coronavirus cases in the United States. What's behind the increase and why are so many hospitals being pushed to their limit?

_____ (2020-10-29). COVID19 Rips Through Michigan K-12 Schools. popularresistance.org The spread of COVID-19 through Michigan's K-12 schools is rapidly accelerating, with the number of new outbreaks rising for the third week in a row, according to data released by the state yesterday. Last week, there were 29 separate outbreaks affecting 107 students, teachers and school workers, making it the most infectious week in Michigan since the school year began. | The 29 new outbreaks last week are in addition to 70 other "ongoing" outbreaks, defined as outbreaks that have been reported more than a week ago, but which have at least one new associated case in the last 28 days.

Vijay Prashad (2020-10-29). How Venezuela has held back COVID-19 in spite of the US sanctions stranglehold on its economy. peoplesdispatch.org María Lourdes Urbaneja Durant tells Vijay Prashad that despite sabotage by the US, Venezuela has been able to curb the spread of COVID-19 through "participation of the people"

Jeff Bryant (2020-10-29). Bad Leadership Is Plunging Public Schools Into a Crisis. progressive.org COVID-19 exposed how important teachers are to students and families—it's a shame that school leaders still won't listen to them.

news.un (2020-10-29). Caribbean vital to tackling COVID-19, climate change, UN chief tells regional leaders. news.un.org The twin crises of COVID-19 and climate change present a once in a generation opportunity for the Caribbean and its development partners to form a new alliance for inclusive, sustainable and resilient recovery, the UN Secretary-General told regional Heads of Government on Thursday.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-29). COVID-19 infections soaring in Iran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 29 (MNA) — The daily coronavirus infections broke previous records on Thursday, with Iran reporting 8,293 new infections, the Health Ministry announced.

Barbara Nimri Aziz (2020-10-29). What Can Americans Learn from New York's Shrewd Governor, Andrew Cuomo? Managing Covid-19. globalresearch.ca Day 240 of the Covid-19 pandemic in the US; anxious New Yorkers are again invited to hear about changing conditions in their state and what the governor's doing to protect them. Monday's press briefing must be his 150th review …

WSWS (2020-10-29). As COVID-19 surges in Europe, governments protect profits over lives. wsws.org If the resurgence of COVID-19 across Europe is not halted, it is a matter of only a few weeks before hospitals are overrun and masses of people cut off from treatment.

RT (2020-10-29). Russia's regional Covid crisis: Health Ministry investigates after two patients with serious lung damage left without hospital bed. rt.com Healthcare in the Siberian city of Omsk is under the microscope after ambulances carrying seriously ill patients were turned away by hospitals due to a lack of beds. The Russian Health Ministry has launched an investigation. | On Tuesday evening, two ambulances with elderly patients were driven around the city of Omsk for several hours, as multiple hospitals told them that no beds were available. The patients, aged 70 and 85, had suspected cases of Covid-19. After a few hours, the ventilation machines in the ambulances began to run out of oxygen, and the lives of the two patients were threatened. After that, t…

WSWS (2020-10-29). Significant fall on Wall Street amid rising COVID-19 infections. wsws.org The market sell-off has not been confined to Wall Street as Europe's Stoxx 600 index closed down 3 percent, losing 6 per cent since the end of last week, and now at its lowest level since May.

news.un (2020-10-29). Reduce risk to avert 'era of pandemics', experts warn in new report. news.un.org Unless there is a "seismic shift" in how countries collectively deal with infectious diseases, future pandemics will emerge more often, spread more rapidly, cause greater damage to the global economy and kill more people than COVID-19, international experts warned in a UN-backed report published on Thursday.

news.un (2020-10-29). Guterres to Security Council: Women leaders 'essential to peace and progress for all'. news.un.org Women continue to be under-represented in key decision-making over the battle against COVID-19, the chief of the UN gender empowerment agency said on Thursday, addressing the Security Council, adding that the situation is even "worse for women in conflict areas".

imperial.ac.uk (2020-10-29). COVID-19 deaths: Infection fatality ratio is about 1% says new report. imperial.ac.uk The COVID infection fatality ratio is around 1% in high-income countries, but substantially lower in low-income countries with younger populations.

WSWS (2020-10-29). Tennessee educator speaks out against unsafe conditions and lack of resources. wsws.org While COVID-19 continues to spread throughout Tennessee, educators are left with little resources and a deliberate lack of information about outbreaks at their schools.

sputniknews (2020-10-29). 'Folks Are Not Showing Up': US COVID-19 Spikes Deterring Families From Routine Health Screenings. sputniknews.com COVID-19 is deterring people from obtaining preventative treatment, which is likely to reverberate through the US public health and insurance systems, Dr. Yolandra Hancock, board-certified pediatrician and obesity medicine specialist, told Radio Sputnik's Political Misfits Thursday.

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2020-10-29). Trump's Covid-19 Testing Czar Warns of 'Draconian Measures' to Come If Americans Don't Mask Up. commondreams.org As cases surge just before Election Day, studies show universal mask-wearing prevents outbreaks and could save tens of thousands of lives. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/giroir.jpg

WSWS (2020-10-29). Health systems in the United States are facing growing strains with the surge in COVID-19 cases. wsws.org The number of US COVID-19 cases surpassed nine million yesterday, with 500,000 of these cases added to the ledger just in the last week.

Lord Sumption (2020-10-29). Video: Government by Decree — COVID-19 and the Constitution. globalresearch.ca On 27 October 2020 Lord Sumption delivered the 2020 Cambridge Freshfields Lecture entitled "Government by decree — Covid-19 and the Constitution". | The disputes over Brexit last year saw an attempt to make the executive, not Parliament, the prime source of …

WSWS (2020-10-29). University of Michigan students denounce administration's reckless COVID-19 policies. wsws.org University of Michigan Students speak out against deadly reopening policies.

Dean Baker (2020-10-29). Red State Governors Still Flunk COVID Testing. counterpunch.org A few weeks back I did a post noting that states governed by Republicans had the highest positive test rates, while the states with the lowest positive rates were mostly governed by Democrats. I argued that positive test rates are a good measure of how serious the governors are in trying to bring the pandemic

Julia Conley, staff writer (2020-10-29). 'It's Not Just That You're a Crook': Watch Jon Ossoff Eviscerate Sen. Perdue Over Insider Trading, Covid Lies, and Healthcare Attacks. commondreams.org "You're attacking the health of the people that you represent," the Democratic challenger said to Georgia's incumbent GOP senator. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/screen_shot_2020-10-29_at_9.59.28_am.jpg