Monthly Archives: November 2020

2020-11-30: News Headlines

WSWS (2020-11-30). Sri Lankan government orders schools to reopen, threatening thousands with COVID-19. wsws.org In line with its dangerous and irresponsible "new normal" coronavirus policies, the Rajapakse government is sending students and teachers back to school.

teleSUR (2020-11-30). Barbados Commemorates 54 Years of Independence. telesurenglish.net Barbados' Prime Minister Mia Mottley addressed the nation on the occasion of the 54th anniversary of independence from the United Kingdom on Monday, noting her government's effort to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic amid the global economic downturn. | RELATED: | Mottley highlighted the attention the government has paid to people at higher risk from contracting the new coronavirus and pointed out that the country prepared to face "t…

The Canary (2020-11-30). A four-day working week could be the future in an independent Scotland. thecanary.co SNP members have called on Scottish government ministers to instigate a review that could bring about a four-day working week in the event of independence. | A motion at the party's annual conference, this year being held virtually due to the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, passed by 1,136 votes to 70. | Contained in the resolution was a call for ministers to review working practices in Scotland, including a possible shift to a shorter working week. | The resolution states: "Conference calls on the Scottish Government to undertake a review into how working practices should be adapted to meet the needs of the fut…

teleSUR (2020-11-30). Moderna Asks Permission to Sell Its Vaccine in the US and EU. telesurenglish.net The pharmaceutical company Moderna on Monday announced it would request authorization to market its COVID-19 vaccine from the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the European Medicines Agency. | RELATED: | Regulators will analyze the mRNA vaccine test data and decide if it is safe and effective enough to recommend its implementation. | According to the company, the efficacy analysis of the phase 3 study…

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-30). Iran COVID-19 update: 13,321 infections, 371 deaths. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 30 (MNA) — The Iranian Health Ministry has confirmed 13,321 COVID-19 infections and 371 deaths due to the disease in the past 24 hours.

news.un (2020-11-30). UN chief calls for greater inclusion of persons with disabilities. news.un.org Achieving a world where all people have equal access to opportunities is a goal worth fighting for, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Monday in a speech calling for greater inclusion of persons with disabilities in society, including in COVID-19 response and recovery.

WSWS (2020-11-30). Cleveland-Heights University Heights School District threatens to halt health care benefits if teachers strike. wsws.org A school district just outside of Cleveland, Ohio is threatening to cut healthcare payments to 500 teachers amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Peoples Dispatch (2020-11-30). As COVID-19 cases soar in Turkey, demands for fresh lockdown gain momentum. peoplesdispatch.org Turkey has been hit by a second wave of COVID-19 and recorded more new cases on Sunday than Brazil and Russia, standing just behind the US and India…

MEE and agencies (2020-11-30). Covid-19: Turkey's Erdogan announces weekend lockdown as cases continue to rise. middleeasteye.net Covid-19: Turkey's Erdogan announces weekend lockdown as cases continue to rise | The Turkish president also announces a curfew during weekdays, but some sectors, including supply chain and production, will be exempt from new measures | Mon, 11/30/2020 – 17: 43 | Turkey's economic recovery, key to Erdogan's sustained political support, could be threatened by the new wave of the pandemic (R…

Commonwealth Club (2020-11-30). Wednesday 12/9: Impact of COVID-19 on Refugees & Aid Workers in the Middle East. indybay.org Online via livestream (FREE)…

news.un (2020-11-30). The pandemic is fuelling slavery and sexual exploitation, UN experts warn. news.un.org The COVID-19 pandemic has played into the hands of slavers and traffickers and requires stronger government measures to prevent exploitation of vulnerable people, more than 50 independent UN human rights experts said in a statement on Monday.

Staff (2020-11-30). As COVID Spikes, It's Normal to Feel Helpless. Let's Turn Fear to Activism. truthout.org I sat by my office window this morning and looked without seeing at the robin's-egg blue house across the street, framed by a distant pine-green hill and the last gray sky of November 2020. Beside me at a tandem desk sat my daughter, headphones on for the Monday morning Zoom meeting with her class. They talked about what their favorite Thanksgiving food was, and she said "cranberry sauce!" with entirely appropriate gusto; she ate half a bog's worth on Thursday and sighed heavily when we ran out.

Ethan Yang (2020-11-30). New Study Highlights Alleged Accounting Error Regarding COVID Deaths. globalresearch.ca At the time of this writing, the United States currently maintains the

WSWS (2020-11-30). Despite strikes and protests over coronavirus, schools and day-care centres remain open in Germany. wsws.org Last week's Coronavirus Summit, attended by Chancellor Angela Merkel along with the 16 heads of the state governments, demonstrated one thing: businesses, schools and day-care centres are to be kept open no matter what.

The Canary (2020-11-30). Pubs to stop selling alcohol in Wales as part of new coronavirus restrictions. thecanary.co Pubs, bars, restaurants and cafes in Wales will be forced to stop selling alcohol and to shut by 6pm in a new round of restrictions that begin on Friday night ahead of Christmas, first minister Mark Drakeford has said.The new regulations that come into force from 6pm on 4 December will also see cinemas, bowling alleys and other indoor entertainment venues forced to shut their doors until they are reviewed on 17 December.The announcement comes just three weeks after the end of Wales's 17-day firebreak lockdown and amid another rise in coronavirus cases particularly among under-25s in 17 of the country's 22 local a…

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-30). US may see 'surge upon surge' of virus in weeks ahead: Fauci. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 30 (MNA) — Dr. Anthony Fauci that the US may see "surge upon a surge" of the coronavirus in the weeks after Thanksgiving, and he does not expect current recommendations around social distancing to be relaxed before Christmas.

WSWS (2020-11-30). ICE detainees in New Jersey stage hunger strike over coronavirus threat. wsws.org Nine immigrants held at Bergen County Jail in Hackensack are demanding release from the rat-infested facility where social distancing is not possible.

WSWS (2020-11-30). New York City schools to reopen amid explosion of coronavirus cases, hospitalizations, deaths. wsws.org Mayor Bill de Blasio's announcement is a warning to the working class in the United States and internationally that even as numerous coronavirus vaccines are nearing completion, workers and youth will continue to be sent into workplaces and schools to needlessly get sick and die.

Brian Slodysko, Richard Lardner (2020-11-30). Cashing in on coronavirus? Georgia Sen. Perdue's stock trades raise suspicions. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON (AP)—As the ravages of the novel coronavirus forced millions of people out of work, shuttered businesses, and shrank the value of retirement accounts, the Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged to a three-year low. But for Sen. David Perdue, a Georgia Republican, the crisis last March signaled something else: a stock buying opportunity. And for the second …

WSWS (2020-11-30). Trade unions stage scattered protests on Amazon's Black Friday. wsws.org With opposition by Amazon workers growing against brutal work conditions and the lack of protection from the pandemic, the unions and their pseudo-left supporters are trying to contain resistance within the confines of corporate-controlled political parties and the capitalist system.

John Feffer (2020-11-30). Who Needs Zombies When We Have Republicans? counterpunch.org The 2017 film Bushwick begins like a lot of zombie flicks. An unsuspecting couple is walking through a subway station in the working-class neighborhood of Bushwick in Brooklyn. The station is eerily empty. They hear gunfire outside. The boyfriend goes out to investigate, and you know from the conventions of a zombie film that this

Nigel Duara (2020-11-30). As pandemic aid ends, California families face brutal new year. zcomm.org An estimated 750,000 Californians are set to lose federal unemployment benefits the day after Christmas, and 2.1 million could lose their homes weeks later when a statewide eviction moratorium lifts…

WSWS (2020-11-30). Private sector and Conservative Party cronies reap over £17 billion in government contracts during pandemic. wsws.org At least 15 companies handed contracts without tendering or oversight had connections to the Conservative government in what is being described as a "chumocracy".

William Hartung, Mandy Smithberger (2020-11-30). The Pandemic of Pentagon Spending. commondreams.org www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/pentagon_2_0_0_0_0.jpeg

Brett Redmayne-Titley (2020-11-30). Election 2020: The US Constitution Goes to Court. Or, … "Vaccinating America's Political Virus". globalresearch.ca "Petitioners appear to have a viable claim that the mail-in ballot procedures set forth in Act 77 contravene Pa. Const. Article VII Section 14 as the plain language of that constitutional provision is at odds with the mail-in provisions of …

_____ (2020-11-30). Letter To Rob Davis Governor of HMP Belmarsh. popularresistance.org I am shocked to read that all 56 virus-infected prisoners at Belmarsh have been moved to the same wing as Mr. Assange, who so far by miracle is not infected. This seems utter madness to me and suggests you may want him also to become infected. Everyone knows Mr. Assange has damaged lungs (see UN report by Nils Melzer) and will almost certainly die if he catches this virus, yet instead of taking measures to protect him it appears you are deliberately placing him at greater risk of catching the virus. If he dies I believe your lack of appropriate actions will make you legally responsible for his death.

teleSUR (2020-11-30). Uruguay: Ex-President Tabare Vazquez's Health Remains Stable. telesurenglish.net Uruguay's former President Tabare Vazquez's health condition remains "stable" after surfing an acute thrombosis in his left leg and an infection on Saturday. | RELATED: | "He is very well, talking -as every day- with us, making stories of all his past life, of the political activity, of the soccer activity, receiving some closer friends and taking care of himself a lot because of the health condition," Alvaro…

imperial.ac.uk (2020-11-30). Christmas closure: Imperial to introduce additional support over holidays. imperial.ac.uk As we approach the end of term, Imperial is ensuring that a wide range of services and support for students is maintained across the holiday period.

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-30). Iranian students strongly condemn Fakhrizadeh terror. en.mehrnews.com HAMADAN, Nov. 30 (MNA) — A student rally condemning the assassination of Martyr Fakhrizadeh was held on Monday at Hamadan University of Medical Sciences.

Peoples Dispatch (2020-11-30). The agony of Saudi activist Loujain al-Hathloul. peoplesdispatch.org Saudi women's rights activist Loujain al-Hathloul, who has been in jail for over 900 days and faced physical and psychological torture, is now set to be tried in a terrorism court…

news.un (2020-11-29). COVID-19 threatens global progress against malaria, warns UN health agency. news.un.org Gaps in life-saving interventions are undermining efforts to curb malaria, amid fears that the coronavirus pandemic could set back the fight against the disease even further, the UN World Health Organization (WHO) has said.

RT (2020-11-29). Western scientists divided over Russian Covid-19 vaccine Sputnik V as developers aim to make ONE BILLION doses in 2021. rt.com Experts and world leaders continue to have conflicting opinions on Russia's pioneering Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine, as the country moves closer to delivering a mass immunization program at home and exporting it abroad. |

MEE and agencies (2020-11-29). Turkey sees record Covid-19 deaths for seventh day in a row. middleeasteye.net Turkey sees record Covid-19 deaths for seventh day in a row | Surge in cases comes despite stricter efforts to contain virus, but opposition politicians accuse Erdogan of taking 'band-aid' measures | Sun, 11/29/2020 – 18: 00 | A deserted street in Istanbul's popular tourist neighbourhood of Beyoglu amid the coronavirus pandemic, 21 November 2020 (Reuters) | Coronavirus deaths in Turkey ros…

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-29). 25 films reached COVID-19 special section of "Cinema Verite" en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 30 (MNA) — 25 films have been reached to the Coronavirus special section of the 14th edition of "Cinema Verite" which is slated to be held in an online format in Tehran from Dec 8-14, 2020.

_____ (2020-11-29). Athletes Get COVID-19 Tests While Nurses Are Refused Testing. popularresistance.org On her day off not long ago, emergency room nurse Jane Sandoval sat with her husband and watched her favorite NFL team, the San Francisco 49ers. She's off every other Sunday, and even during the coronavirus pandemic, this is something of a ritual. Jane and Carlos watch, cheer, yell — just one couple's method of escape. | "It makes people feel normal," she says. | For Sandoval, though, it has become more and more difficult to enjoy as the season — and the pandemic — wears on.

Staff (2020-11-29). Precarious Working Conditions of Nursing Home Employees Foster Spread of COVID. truthout.org The COVID-19 pandemic has devastated America's nursing homes, but the reasons aren't as simple as people might think. | To understand how nursing homes became the source of The average n…

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-29). Iran registers 12,950 new COVID-19 infections, 389 deaths. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 29 (MNA) — According to the Iranian Health Ministry, 12,950 new cases of COVID-19 infections have been confirmed in the country during the past 24 hours.

_____ (2020-11-29). Evictions Have Led To Hundreds Of Thousands Of Additional COVID-19 Cases. popularresistance.org Expiring state eviction bans have led to hundreds of thousands of additional coronavirus cases, new research finds, raising alarm about what will happen when the national eviction moratorium lapses next month. | During the pandemic, which at one point was estimated it would displace as many as 40 million people, 43 states, plus Washington, D.C., temporarily barred evictions. Many of the moratoriums lasted just 10 weeks, while some states continue to ban the proceedings. | The researchers, from the University of California, Los Angeles, University of California, San Francisco, Johns Hopkins University…

Matthew Rozsa (2020-11-29). Coronavirus mutates rapidly in mink and ferrets. Should we be afraid?>. salon.com Mink, with their human-like immune systems, are being culled en masse to prevent the spread of COVID-19 mutations…

teleSUR, ce (2020-11-29). Brazil's Left Contests in the Second Round of Municipal Elections. telesurenglish.net The voting centers in 57 Brazilian cities opened this Sunday at 7: 00 a.m. local time (10: 00 GMT) to elect the mayors of those localities, in a day that takes place under strict measures related to the COVID-19 pandemic. | RELATED: | Some 38.3 million Brazilian voters will elect the mayors of 57 large cities in this second round of elections, including in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, in which none of the candidates obtained…

Alex MacDonald (2020-11-29). Iraq: Closure of Kirkuk camp leaves displaced in despair. middleeasteye.net Iraq: Closure of Kirkuk camp leaves displaced in despair | Residents of Laylan fear being accused of Islamic State sympathies at home, while a number have been diagnosed with Covid-19 | Sun, 11/29/2020 – 10: 28 | Children stand behind a wire fence at Laylan camp for the displaced about 25 kilometres east of the northern multi-ethnic Iraqi city of Kirkuk (AFP) | The closure of a camp housing inte…

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2020-11-29). Video: Covid-Gate, The Political Virus. globalresearch.ca The national economies of 193 countries, member states of the United Nations were ordered to close down on March 11, 2020. The order came from above, from Wall Street, the World Economic Forum, the billionaire foundations. And corrupt politicians throughout …

Torsten Engelbrecht (2020-11-29). COVID19 PCR Tests Are Scientifically Meaningless. globalresearch.ca First published on June 29, 2020 | Lockdowns and hygienic measures around the world are based on numbers of cases and mortality rates created by the so-called SARS-CoV-2 RT-PCR tests used to identify "positive" patients, whereby "positive" is usually equated with …

AIER (2020-11-29). Cost of Lockdowns: A Preliminary Report. globalresearch.ca In the debate over coronavirus policy, there has been far too little focus on the costs of lockdowns. It's very common for the proponents of these interventions to write articles and large studies without even mentioning the downsides. | Here is …

The Canary (2020-11-29). Cabbies slam 'aggressive' finance companies over repayment demands. thecanary.co Finance companies are being "absolute charlatans" by demanding taxi drivers restart vehicle payments despite a collapse in earnings, a trade body has claimed.Cabbies face "a real crisis" as payment holidays offered earlier this year following the coronavirus outbreak are being ended, according to the Licensed Taxi Drivers' Association (LTDA).Thousands of drivers in London used finance companies to purchase new electric taxis in recent years costing around £65,000 each.Hundreds of taxis are being stored in fields dotted around the edge of London due to the lack of customers (Victoria Jones/PA)Typical repayme…

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-29). Funeral ceremony of veteran actor Parviz Pourhosseini. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov . 29 (MNA) — The funeral ceremony of veteran stage and cinema actor Parviz Pourhosseini was held at Tehran's Behesht-e-Zahra cemetery on Sunday. Pourhosseini passed away at the age of 79 on Friday due to coronavirus disease.

_____ (2020-11-29). As Pandemic Aid Ends, Families Face Brutal New Year. popularresistance.org California – In late 2017, a house fell on Jacques Gene. | The construction foreman in Cool, east of Sacramento, was inside a half-finished home when the rolling trusses that make up the underside of the roof fell, collapsing the whole house. Gene, 46, suffered broken ribs, a punctured lung and a concussion. When his coworkers sorted through the rubble, he says, they didn't expect to find him alive. | But he found work again, earning $70,000 annually as a foreman to support his wife, their two kids and two children from a previous marriage.

sputniknews (2020-11-29). Red Cross Says Hospitals in Ethiopia's Tigray Region Lack Medical Supplies for Wounded. sputniknews.com GENEVA (Sputnik) – Health facilities in the northern Ethiopian region of Tigray are running out of medical supplies necessary to treat patients wounded as a result of the recent armed clashes in the region's capital of Mek'ele, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said on Sunday.

Michelle Eigenheer (2020-11-29). I ditched my microwave three years ago and never looked back. salon.com Weaning myself from the microwave was surprisingly easy, but also led to being happier and healthier than before…

Jeffrey D. Sachs (2020-11-29). Supreme Court's Scientifically Illiterate Decision Will Cost Lives. commondreams.org Pope Francis: The common good takes precedence over simplistic appeals to "personal freedom" in protests against justified public health measures. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/brooklyn-wedding-955px.jpg

2020-11-29: News Headlines

_____ (2020-11-29). Evictions Have Led To Hundreds Of Thousands Of Additional COVID-19 Cases. popularresistance.org Expiring state eviction bans have led to hundreds of thousands of additional coronavirus cases, new research finds, raising alarm about what will happen when the national eviction moratorium lapses next month. | During the pandemic, which at one point was estimated it would displace as many as 40 million people, 43 states, plus Washington, D.C., temporarily barred evictions. Many of the moratoriums lasted just 10 weeks, while some states continue to ban the proceedings. | The researchers, from the University of California, Los Angeles, University of California, San Francisco, Johns Hopkins University…

_____ (2020-11-29). Athletes Get COVID-19 Tests While Nurses Are Refused Testing. popularresistance.org On her day off not long ago, emergency room nurse Jane Sandoval sat with her husband and watched her favorite NFL team, the San Francisco 49ers. She's off every other Sunday, and even during the coronavirus pandemic, this is something of a ritual. Jane and Carlos watch, cheer, yell — just one couple's method of escape. | "It makes people feel normal," she says. | For Sandoval, though, it has become more and more difficult to enjoy as the season — and the pandemic — wears on.

_____ (2020-11-29). Why COVID-19 Granted the U.S. Most Favored Nation Status. strategic-culture.org Paul STREET | Routinely described by its "leaders" as "the greatest country in the world" (hereafter "GCITW") and "the richest country in the world" (hereafter "RCITW"), the United States is home to 4.25% of the world's population but 21% of global COVID-19 cases and 18% of global COVID-19 deaths. Why has the GCITW fared so poorly in responding the biggest global pandemic in more than a century? | The first and most obvious answer is that its government has been headed by a fascist lunatic who has fanned and fueled the pandemic in numerous overlapping ways: publicly denying its lethal impact while privately under…

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-29). Iran registers 12,950 new COVID-19 infections, 389 deaths. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 29 (MNA) — According to the Iranian Health Ministry, 12,950 new cases of COVID-19 infections have been confirmed in the country during the past 24 hours.

MEE and agencies (2020-11-29). Turkey sees record Covid-19 deaths for seventh day in a row. middleeasteye.net Turkey sees record Covid-19 deaths for seventh day in a row | Surge in cases comes despite stricter efforts to contain virus, but opposition politicians accuse Erdogan of taking 'band-aid' measures | Sun, 11/29/2020 – 18: 00 | A deserted street in Istanbul's popular tourist neighbourhood of Beyoglu amid the coronavirus pandemic, 21 November 2020 (Reuters) | Coronavirus deaths in Turkey ros…

teleSUR, ce (2020-11-29). Brazil's Left Contests in the Second Round of Municipal Elections. telesurenglish.net The voting centers in 57 Brazilian cities opened this Sunday at 7: 00 a.m. local time (10: 00 GMT) to elect the mayors of those localities, in a day that takes place under strict measures related to the COVID-19 pandemic. | RELATED: | Some 38.3 million Brazilian voters will elect the mayors of 57 large cities in this second round of elections, including in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, in which none of the candidates obtained…

Staff (2020-11-29). Precarious Working Conditions of Nursing Home Employees Foster Spread of COVID. truthout.org The COVID-19 pandemic has devastated America's nursing homes, but the reasons aren't as simple as people might think. | To understand how nursing homes became the source of The average n…

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-29). 25 films reached COVID-19 special section of "Cinema Verite" en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 30 (MNA) — 25 films have been reached to the Coronavirus special section of the 14th edition of "Cinema Verite" which is slated to be held in an online format in Tehran from Dec 8-14, 2020.

Matthew Rozsa (2020-11-29). Coronavirus mutates rapidly in mink and ferrets. Should we be afraid?>. salon.com Mink, with their human-like immune systems, are being culled en masse to prevent the spread of COVID-19 mutations…

Commonwealth Club (2020-11-29). Wednesday 12/9: Impact of COVID-19 on Refugees & Aid Workers in the Middle East. indybay.org Online via livestream (FREE)…

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2020-11-29). Video: Covid-Gate, The Political Virus. globalresearch.ca The national economies of 193 countries, member states of the United Nations were ordered to close down on March 11, 2020. The order came from above, from Wall Street, the World Economic Forum, the billionaire foundations. And corrupt politicians throughout …

Torsten Engelbrecht (2020-11-29). COVID19 PCR Tests Are Scientifically Meaningless. globalresearch.ca First published on June 29, 2020 | Lockdowns and hygienic measures around the world are based on numbers of cases and mortality rates created by the so-called SARS-CoV-2 RT-PCR tests used to identify "positive" patients, whereby "positive" is usually equated with …

AIER (2020-11-29). Cost of Lockdowns: A Preliminary Report. globalresearch.ca In the debate over coronavirus policy, there has been far too little focus on the costs of lockdowns. It's very common for the proponents of these interventions to write articles and large studies without even mentioning the downsides. | Here is …

The Canary (2020-11-29). Cabbies slam 'aggressive' finance companies over repayment demands. thecanary.co Finance companies are being "absolute charlatans" by demanding taxi drivers restart vehicle payments despite a collapse in earnings, a trade body has claimed.Cabbies face "a real crisis" as payment holidays offered earlier this year following the coronavirus outbreak are being ended, according to the Licensed Taxi Drivers' Association (LTDA).Thousands of drivers in London used finance companies to purchase new electric taxis in recent years costing around £65,000 each.Hundreds of taxis are being stored in fields dotted around the edge of London due to the lack of customers (Victoria Jones/PA)Typical repayme…

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-29). Funeral ceremony of veteran actor Parviz Pourhosseini. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov . 29 (MNA) — The funeral ceremony of veteran stage and cinema actor Parviz Pourhosseini was held at Tehran's Behesht-e-Zahra cemetery on Sunday. Pourhosseini passed away at the age of 79 on Friday due to coronavirus disease.

_____ (2020-11-29). As Pandemic Aid Ends, Families Face Brutal New Year. popularresistance.org California – In late 2017, a house fell on Jacques Gene. | The construction foreman in Cool, east of Sacramento, was inside a half-finished home when the rolling trusses that make up the underside of the roof fell, collapsing the whole house. Gene, 46, suffered broken ribs, a punctured lung and a concussion. When his coworkers sorted through the rubble, he says, they didn't expect to find him alive. | But he found work again, earning $70,000 annually as a foreman to support his wife, their two kids and two children from a previous marriage.

_____ (2020-11-29). The Actual Effects Of Enhanced Unemployment Benefits. popularresistance.org No matter how hard they search, unemployed workers can't find jobs that don't exist. The major cause of today's high unemployment is the lack of jobs, not workers who have stopped searching for work and have left jobs unfilled. By the end of July, there were still 11.1 million fewer jobs in the U.S. economy than there had been prior to the pandemic in January 2020. | Renewing the FPUC supplemental unemployment benefits would boost spending and create jobs. Economist Mark Zandi from Moody's Analytics estimates that $1 of renewed unemployment benefits would increase economic output by $1.64…

Jeffrey D. Sachs (2020-11-29). Supreme Court's Scientifically Illiterate Decision Will Cost Lives. commondreams.org Pope Francis: The common good takes precedence over simplistic appeals to "personal freedom" in protests against justified public health measures. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/brooklyn-wedding-955px.jpg

The Lancet (2020-11-28). [Editorial] Maintaining the HIV response in a world shaped by COVID-19. thelancet.com Although global attention is dominated by COVID-19, the HIV/AIDS pandemic, as it enters its fifth decade, is far from over. Since the early 1980s, 75 ∑7 million people have become infected with HIV. 32 ∑7 million people have died from AIDS-related illnesses. HIV/AIDS remains a major public health crisis and only a few countries will meet the 90—90—90 treatment target for 2020. Much has been made of how information systems and service models in the HIV response have helped the COVID-19 response, but the COVID-19 pandemic could have knock-on effects on the HIV response and be devastating for com…

WSWS (2020-11-28). Brazilian government intensifies herd immunity campaign amid new COVID-19 surge. wsws.org With the beginning of the second wave, Bolsonaro is carrying out an anti-vaccine campaign, while state governments align their policies to a de facto herd immunity policy.

WSWS (2020-11-28). Michigan COVID-19 hospitalizations pushing medical facilities to occupancy limits. wsws.org The exponential surge in coronavirus cases in Michigan during the months of October and November has resulted in an alarming increase in the number of patients entering hospitals across the state with 53 facilities at 75 percent or higher bed occupancy.

Tanya Wadhwa (2020-11-28). Chilean health workers hold an indefinite national strike. peoplesdispatch.org The healthcare professionals are demanding special bonuses for their work during the COVID-19 pandemic and a greater budget for the public health sector in 2021, among other measures…

RT (2020-11-28). Boris Johnson names business minister Nadhim Zahawi top UK official responsible for vaccine deployment. rt.com UK Conservative Party politician Nadhim Zahawi has been appointed as under secretary of state responsible for the deployment of a Covid-19 vaccine across the country, signalling a massive vaccination programme is forthcoming. | The prime minister's office said Zahawi's new position is temporary and will last until at least next summer. | According to UK media, Zahawi is expected to oversee the rollout of a vaccine across the country once it is approved. He will report to Health Secretary Matt Hancock. | Zahawi has served as parliamentary under secretary of state at the Department for Business, Energy and Indus…

Tema Fodje, Esther Choo (2020-11-28). [Perspectives] Applying for residency in the time of COVID-19. thelancet.com This year has been one of tremendous uncertainty for medical students, especially those entering their final year. The dynamics of selecting a specialty, preparing to apply for it, and entering the application process have been disrupted. Many rotations were cancelled or changed so the opportunities to fully explore a specialty were curtailed. Other research and extracurricular activities in support of such training were also constrained. Students entered application season with only the small comfort of knowing that everyone was pretty much in the same boat.

WSWS (2020-11-28). California Highway Patrol evicts homeless families on Thanksgiving eve. wsws.org Citing COVID-19 state mandated shelter-in-place orders, families and activists with Reclaim and Rebuild our Community attempted to take up residence in vacant publicly owned homes.

Richard Horton (2020-11-28). [Comment] Offline: Europe and COVID-19—struggling with tragedy. thelancet.com The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington, Seattle, USA, publishes weekly reports on progress to control the COVID-19 pandemic in Europe. They make grim reading. The latest iteration, dated Nov 19, predicts that daily deaths from COVID-19 will continue to rise in the coming weeks, reaching a peak of over 7000 deaths per day around mid-January. Hospitals will be stretched to breaking point from December through to the end of February. COVID-19 is currently the second leading cause of death in the region—29‚Äà858 weekly deaths (ischaemic heart dis…

WSWS (2020-11-28). Australian paramedics under mounting pressure. wsws.org Even before they were placed on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic, paramedics reported the highest rates of workplace injury of any occupation.

Sophie Cousins (2020-11-28). [World Report] Afghanistan braced for second wave of COVID-19. thelancet.com Afghan health workers predict a second wave of COVID-19 infections, but is the health system ready? Sophie Cousins reports from Afghanistan.

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-28). COVID-19 daily deaths drop below 400 after nearly a month. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 28 (MNA) — According to the latest announced figures by the Iranian Health Ministry, daily death toll of the COVID-19 has dropped belowe 400 for the first time since Oct. 31.

WSWS (2020-11-28). UK government pandemic policies lead to several suicides among students. wsws.org As if the stress and fear of living away from family and support networks, many for the first time in their lives, in the middle of a deadly pandemic was not bad enough, students and young people have been targeted by the right-wing media and government as being one of the primary reasons for the spread of COVID-19.

WSWS (2020-11-28). Massive spread of COVID-19 in Kentucky schools and death of 15-year-old girl prompts statewide school closures. wsws.org Almost 10,000 K-12 students and 2,000 faculty members are presently in quaratine or isolation across Kentucky.

sputniknews (2020-11-28). UK's Prime Minister Boris Johnson Says COVID-19 Regulations 'Have a Sunset of 3 February'. sputniknews.com While the currently-imposed nationwide lockdown is set to expire on Wednesday, Johnson has triggered anger among many MPs with his intention to introduce new COVID-19 restrictions after 2 December.

Dr. Pascal Sacré (2020-11-28). The COVID-19 RT-PCR Test: How to Mislead All Humanity. Using a "Test" To Lock Down Society. globalresearch.ca The misuse of the RT-PCR technique is used as an intentional strategy by some governments, supported by scientific safety councils and by the dominant media, to justify the violation of a large number of constitutional rights, the destruction of the economy with the bankruptcy of entire active sectors of society,…

WSWS (2020-11-28). FCA ramps up production at Warren Truck despite death of temporary worker from COVID-19. wsws.org The worker who succumbed to the virus had been hired less than three weeks before he became sick and had told his coworkers that he had waited a long time to get the chance for a job at FCA.

WSWS (2020-11-28). New ultra-right Supreme Court majority invokes religion to block COVID-19 safety measures. wsws.org The Supreme Court struck down New York's measures to control the spread of COVID-19 by limiting indoor events, including religious services, heralding the power of the new five-justice, ultra-reactionary bloc.

WSWS (2020-11-28). Israel's siege means death for Gaza's COVID-19 patients. wsws.org The Hamas government has said the Gaza Strip "lacks oxygen-generating machines, ventilators, protective gear, and hygiene materials. Thirty-two percent of basic drugs and 62 percent of drugs and materials for medical laboratories are not available."

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-28). ICRC to grant SFr 250K of aid to IRCS amid outbreak. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 28 (MNA) — ICRC will provide SFr 250,000 worth of humanitarian aid to the Iranian Red Crescent Society so as to provide home oxygen equipment for Covid-19 patients.

Dr. Pascal Sacré (2020-11-28). Dr Pascal Sacré: Emergency Physician Unjustly Fired for His Writings on the COVID Crisis: The Right of Response. globalresearch.ca There, it happened. | For my words, my words, my writings, I was dismissed like a waste, a thief, without the right to answer. | An experienced, competent emergency physician, appreciated by his colleagues for my actions in stressful situations, fired in …

Ashlie D. Stevens (2020-11-28). The delight of HBO's bizarre docuseries "How to With John Wilson" is found in the detours. salon.com Meticulously captured B-roll poignantly transforms into a beautiful series that will remind you of pre-COVID life…

The Canary (2020-11-28). Mass virus testing plan for students 'flawed', warns universities union. thecanary.co A union has told of its "grave concerns" over plans for mass coronavirus testing for students, warning that "flaws" in the government's approach are a "recipe for chaos"."Flaws": A seven-day travel window has been announced so students can spend the festive period with their families, with additional testing offered before they depart. Students will be encouraged to take an asymptomatic test at "targeted" universities in England, while teaching will move online by December 9 so they have enough time to self-isolate if needed.But the University and College Union (UCU) said plans appear to have been "rushed"

The Canary (2020-11-28). Health experts fear rapid tests may distract from vaccine work. thecanary.co Ambitious rapid coronavirus testing plans for England threaten to become a distraction from other key goals such as the roll-out of a vaccine, prominent health officials have warned.Prime Minister Boris Johnson has promised the fast mass community testing systems conducted in Liverpool — which gave results in around 20 minutes without the need for a laboratory — will be replicated in all tier three areas after lockdown ends. This covers areas with a combined population of some 23 million people.Health Secretary Matt Hancock said Liverpool — where 300,000 people have been tested in the pilot scheme…

_____ (2020-11-28). Greek General Strike Against Attacks On Right To Demonstrate. popularresistance.org The mood in the international working class is strained to the breaking point. As millions of people were demonstrating against the government across India on Thursday, tens of thousands of public sector workers and employees in Greece also went on a nationwide 24-hour general strike. | They were protesting against the devastating coronavirus policies and demanded better protective measures, the confiscation of private hospitals, mass hiring of health workers and salary increases. This week, the total number of infections in Greece exceeded the 100,000 mark and the death toll rose to over 2,000.

WSWS (2020-11-28). Greek general strike against attacks on right to demonstrate and devastating coronavirus policy. wsws.org As the total number of infections in Greece exceeded the 100,000 mark and the death toll rose to over 2,000, doctors, nurses and public employees, transport workers, dockworkers, journalists, teachers and cultural workers took part in the strike.

sputniknews (2020-11-28). Number of Detentions at Anti-Lockdown Protest in London Rises to 155, Police Say. sputniknews.com LONDON (Sputnik) – More than 150 people were detained in London during a protest against coronavirus restrictions, the Metropolitan Police Service said in a Saturday statement.

Tom Coburg (2020-11-28). Government hyperbole and exceptionalism hides serious flaws in coronavirus programme. thecanary.co People on low income are avoiding Boris Johnson's Both are examples…

Staff (2020-11-28). Largest Retail Association Is Lobbying to Get Stores Open as Pandemic Worsens. truthout.org As schools in some parts of the U.S. shut down again because of

_____ (2020-11-28). Call To Stop Shutting Off People's Power For Good. popularresistance.org Across San Antonio, the virus was hunting. Food insecurity was high. Mass layoffs and terminations rolled on. And it was hot. Hundred-degree days scorched much of July. | Yet the lights and air conditioners—for the first time in many, many summers—were staying on reliably for rich and poor alike across the city. Every side of town. Every block. For thousands of poor families across the city who routinely struggle to keep up with their utility payments, this was perhaps the one gift of a deadly pandemic: a pause on forced electricity disconnections for nonpayment.

Peoples Dispatch (2020-11-28). Trade unions and progressive movements across the world unite to #MakeAmazonPay. peoplesdispatch.org During the pandemic, Amazon emerged as the first trillion-dollar corporation ever while its CEO Jeff Bezos became the first person to amass over USD 200 billion. Meanwhile, its workers across the world have complained of denial of rights…

WSWS (2020-11-28). MAS factory workers in Kilinochchi, Sri Lanka, discuss concerns over pandemic. wsws.org Workers' concerns have been deepened because of the disastrous pandemic situation globally and in Sri Lanka.

Dean Baker (2020-11-28). More Bad News About the Pandemic Recession: Longer Hours. cepr.net We know that the economy is likely to get worse in the immediate future as the pandemic is spreading out of control in most parts of the country. However, the latest data on average weekly hours indicates we may be facing a longer term issue that has not generally been anticipated. In a normal recession …

2020-11-28: News Headlines

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-28). ICRC to grant SFr 250K of aid to IRCS amid outbreak. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 28 (MNA) — ICRC will provide SFr 250,000 worth of humanitarian aid to the Iranian Red Crescent Society so as to provide home oxygen equipment for Covid-19 patients.

Sophie Cousins (2020-11-28). [World Report] Afghanistan braced for second wave of COVID-19. thelancet.com Afghan health workers predict a second wave of COVID-19 infections, but is the health system ready? Sophie Cousins reports from Afghanistan.

Dr. Pascal Sacré (2020-11-28). The COVID-19 RT-PCR Test: How to Mislead All Humanity. Using a "Test" To Lock Down Society. globalresearch.ca The misuse of the RT-PCR technique is used as an intentional strategy by some governments, supported by scientific safety councils and by the dominant media, to justify the violation of a large number of constitutional rights, the destruction of the economy with the bankruptcy of entire active sectors of society,…

WSWS (2020-11-28). FCA ramps up production at Warren Truck despite death of temporary worker from COVID-19. wsws.org The worker who succumbed to the virus had been hired less than three weeks before he became sick and had told his coworkers that he had waited a long time to get the chance for a job at FCA.

Tema Fodje, Esther Choo (2020-11-28). [Perspectives] Applying for residency in the time of COVID-19. thelancet.com This year has been one of tremendous uncertainty for medical students, especially those entering their final year. The dynamics of selecting a specialty, preparing to apply for it, and entering the application process have been disrupted. Many rotations were cancelled or changed so the opportunities to fully explore a specialty were curtailed. Other research and extracurricular activities in support of such training were also constrained. Students entered application season with only the small comfort of knowing that everyone was pretty much in the same boat.

The Lancet (2020-11-28). [Editorial] Maintaining the HIV response in a world shaped by COVID-19. thelancet.com Although global attention is dominated by COVID-19, the HIV/AIDS pandemic, as it enters its fifth decade, is far from over. Since the early 1980s, 75 ∑7 million people have become infected with HIV. 32 ∑7 million people have died from AIDS-related illnesses. HIV/AIDS remains a major public health crisis and only a few countries will meet the 90—90—90 treatment target for 2020. Much has been made of how information systems and service models in the HIV response have helped the COVID-19 response, but the COVID-19 pandemic could have knock-on effects on the HIV response and be devastating for com…

Tanya Wadhwa (2020-11-28). Chilean health workers hold an indefinite national strike. peoplesdispatch.org The healthcare professionals are demanding special bonuses for their work during the COVID-19 pandemic and a greater budget for the public health sector in 2021, among other measures…

Richard Horton (2020-11-28). [Comment] Offline: Europe and COVID-19—struggling with tragedy. thelancet.com The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington, Seattle, USA, publishes weekly reports on progress to control the COVID-19 pandemic in Europe. They make grim reading. The latest iteration, dated Nov 19, predicts that daily deaths from COVID-19 will continue to rise in the coming weeks, reaching a peak of over 7000 deaths per day around mid-January. Hospitals will be stretched to breaking point from December through to the end of February. COVID-19 is currently the second leading cause of death in the region—29‚Äà858 weekly deaths (ischaemic heart dis…

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-28). COVID-19 daily deaths drop below 400 after nearly a month. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 28 (MNA) — According to the latest announced figures by the Iranian Health Ministry, daily death toll of the COVID-19 has dropped belowe 400 for the first time since Oct. 31.

WSWS (2020-11-28). Michigan COVID-19 hospitalizations pushing medical facilities to occupancy limits. wsws.org The exponential surge in coronavirus cases in Michigan during the months of October and November has resulted in an alarming increase in the number of patients entering hospitals across the state with 53 facilities at 75 percent or higher bed occupancy.

WSWS (2020-11-28). New ultra-right Supreme Court majority invokes religion to block COVID-19 safety measures. wsws.org The Supreme Court struck down New York's measures to control the spread of COVID-19 by limiting indoor events, including religious services, heralding the power of the new five-justice, ultra-reactionary bloc.

WSWS (2020-11-28). Massive spread of COVID-19 in Kentucky schools and death of 15-year-old girl prompts statewide school closures. wsws.org Almost 10,000 K-12 students and 2,000 faculty members are presently in quaratine or isolation across Kentucky.

Dr. Pascal Sacré (2020-11-28). Dr Pascal Sacré: Emergency Physician Unjustly Fired for His Writings on the COVID Crisis: The Right of Response. globalresearch.ca There, it happened. | For my words, my words, my writings, I was dismissed like a waste, a thief, without the right to answer. | An experienced, competent emergency physician, appreciated by his colleagues for my actions in stressful situations, fired in …

Tom Coburg (2020-11-28). Government hyperbole and exceptionalism hides serious flaws in coronavirus programme. thecanary.co People on low income are avoiding Boris Johnson's Both are examples…

The Canary (2020-11-28). Health experts fear rapid tests may distract from vaccine work. thecanary.co Ambitious rapid coronavirus testing plans for England threaten to become a distraction from other key goals such as the roll-out of a vaccine, prominent health officials have warned.Prime Minister Boris Johnson has promised the fast mass community testing systems conducted in Liverpool — which gave results in around 20 minutes without the need for a laboratory — will be replicated in all tier three areas after lockdown ends. This covers areas with a combined population of some 23 million people.Health Secretary Matt Hancock said Liverpool — where 300,000 people have been tested in the pilot scheme…

WSWS (2020-11-28). MAS factory workers in Kilinochchi, Sri Lanka, discuss concerns over pandemic. wsws.org Workers' concerns have been deepened because of the disastrous pandemic situation globally and in Sri Lanka.

Johnnie Lewis (2020-11-28). "We did not sign up to be raped": Women veterans fight back against military sexual trauma. workers.org The writer is a U.S. Army veteran and was an organizer of the American Servicemen's Union, 1968-69. This month two veterans, represented by the Yale Law School Veterans Legal Service Clinic, won a lawsuit against the U.S. Army for giving "bad paper" discharges to veterans with mental health diagnoses. The . . . |

Darren Powell (2020-11-28). [Correspondence] Harmful marketing to children. thelancet.com The WHO—UNICEF—Lancet Commission1 identified an important threat to children's health and futures by stating that children across the globe are exposed to exploitative advertising and marketing by the private sector. Fast food and sugar-sweetened beverages, alcohol, tobacco, e-cigarettes, breastmilk substitutes, and gambling, were positioned as the key products that children are increasingly exposed to and harmed by. However, by focusing on the marketing of particular so-called unhealthy products, the Commission has made a critical oversight.

John Zarocostas (2020-11-28). [World Report] New international group on antimicrobial resistance. thelancet.com The One Health Global Leaders Group on Antimicrobial Resistance aims to raise awareness and political advocacy on antimicrobial resistance. John Zarocostas reports from Geneva.

Sharmila Devi (2020-11-28). [World Report] Funding crisis threatens Palestinian refugee agency. thelancet.com UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East says that a $300 million shortfall is threatening health services. Sharmila Devi reports.

Francesco Zaccardi, Kamlesh Khunti, Nikolaus Marx, Melanie J Davies (2020-11-28). [Comment] First-line treatment for type 2 diabetes: is it too early to abandon metformin? thelancet.com With the sulfonylurea gliclazide and insulin, metformin is part of the triad of antihyperglycaemic agents on the 2019 WHO list of essential medications. In most international guidelines on the management of hyperglycaemia, metformin is the recommended first-line glucose-lowering agent in patients with type 2 diabetes. The evidence that underpins these recommendations is partly based on the efficacy results in a small subgroup of the UK Prospective Diabetes Study participants, which showed a reduction in macrovascular and microvascular complications in overweight people with newly diagnosed type 2 diabetes randomi…

Shelley K Uppal, Donovan G Kearns, Vipawee S Chat, Jashin J Wu (2020-11-28). [Correspondence] Ruxolitinib cream for the treatment of vitiligo. thelancet.com We read with interest the study by David Rosmarin and colleagues,1 which investigated the safety and efficacy of ruxolitinib cream in vitiligo. The study concluded that ruxolitinib cream is safe and effective as monotherapy in treating patients with vitiligo.1 We believe that this generalised statement cannot be concluded based on major study limitations.

Anthony Costello, Sarah L Dalglish, Anshu Banerjee, Jeremy Shiffman, Helen Clark, WHO—UNICEF—Lancet Commission (2020-11-28). [Correspondence] Harmful marketing to children — Authors' reply. thelancet.com We thank Darren Powell for his insightful feedback. Members of the WHO—UNICEF—Lancet Commission1 agree with Powell that marketing of any products to children might encourage potentially harmful consumption for the child, the planet, and children's futures, and that more work in both academic and political spheres is needed to highlight the risks.1 Our Commission's analysis of children's wellbeing and rights extends to the dangers of the commercialisation of childhood.

David Rosmarin, Kathleen Butler, Fiona Kuo, John E Harris (2020-11-28). [Correspondence] Ruxolitinib cream for the treatment of vitiligo — Authors' reply. thelancet.com We thank Shelley Uppal and colleagues for their comments on the randomised phase 2 trial of ruxolitinib cream for the treatment of vitiligo,1 in which concerns over the generalisability of the study population were raised. As a phase 2 study, the goal was to evaluate the efficacy and safety of different concentrations and dosing regimens of ruxolitinib cream in patients with non-segmental vitiligo before progressing to phase 3 studies, in which generalisability would be assessed. As such, our study1 does not state that ruxolitinib cream is a safe and effective treatment for vitiligo or conclude that the study's f…

Laurent Lantieri, Bernard Cholley, Cedric Lemogne, Romain Guillemain, Nicolas Ortonne, Philippe Grimbert, Eric Thervet, Alexandre G Lellouch (2020-11-28). [Articles] First human facial retransplantation: 30-month follow-up. thelancet.com This clinical report of the first documented human facial retransplantation is proof-of-concept that the loss of a facial transplant after CAMR can be mitigated successfully by retransplantation combined with an aggressive desensitisation process.

Noel Chan, Magdalena Sobieraj-Teague, John W Eikelboom (2020-11-28). [Therapeutics] Direct oral anticoagulants: evidence and unresolved issues. thelancet.com Currently licenced direct oral anticoagulants selectively target thrombin (eg, dabigatran) or coagulation factor Xa (eg, apixaban, betrixaban, edoxaban, and rivaroxaban). Designed to be given in fixed doses without routine monitoring, direct oral anticoagulants have a lower propensity for food and drug interactions than do vitamin K antagonists, and in randomised controlled trials involving around 250‚Äà000 patients, they were at least as effective for prevention and treatment of thrombosis and were associated with a lower risk of life-threatening bleeding.

Ashley Curtin (2020-11-27). Supreme Court blocks New York's restrictions on religion amid COVID-19. nationofchange.org The Supreme Court's majority ruled that "even in a pandemic, the Constitution cannot be put away and forgotten."

The Canary (2020-11-27). Tier 3 areas will reach breaking point without extra financial help, says Labour. thecanary.co Labour has warned that parts of England under the most stringent coronavirus (Covid-19) restrictions will be stretched to "breaking point" without the support of a key business grant. | Critical situation: | Shadow chancellor Anneliese Dodds is set to urge her opposite number Rishi Sunak to bring forward additional help and will suggest the government extends its Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) in Tier 3 areas. | ARG funding was given to local authorities when they entered Tier 3 under the first regionalised lockdown restrictions, and was available to all other areas when England entered a national lo…

Paul Street (2020-11-27). Why COVID-19 Granted the U.S. Most Favored Nation Status. counterpunch.org Routinely described by its "leaders" as "the greatest country in the world" (hereafter "GCITW") and "the richest country in the world" (hereafter "RCITW"), the United States is home to 4.25% of the world's population but 21% of global COVID-19 cases and 18% of global COVID-19 deaths. Why has the GCITW fared so poorly in responding

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2020-11-27). As US Hospitalizations Hit New Record, Fauci Warns Pandemic Not Expected to Ease for Holidays. commondreams.org As travelers ignored warnings, Thanksgiving marked the 24th consecutive day of more than 100,000 new daily Covid-19 cases in the United States. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/getty-fauci-at-hearing_0.jpg

news.un (2020-11-27). COVID-19: Testing still vital even as vaccines roll out. news.un.org Testing will still be a critical tool against COVID-19, even as vaccines are deployed against the disease, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday during his regular briefing on the crisis.

Kenny Stancil, staff writer (2020-11-27). 'Bleak Milestone': More Than 100,000 Nursing Home Residents and Staff Killed by Pandemic. commondreams.org Forty percent of all Covid-19 deaths in the United States have occurred in long-term care facilities. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/nursing_home_covid.jpg

_____ (2020-11-27). COVID-19 Economy: A Deliberate Disaster. popularresistance.org With nearly 12 million cases and a quarter million deaths in the US so far (over 55 million cases and 1.3 million deaths world-wide), the COVID 19 pandemic is ravaging civilization. The disease is on track to be the deadliest epidemic since 1918. | The economic fallout for the working class has been severe. In the US, unemployment has skyrocketed, with 45.4 million new unemployment claims since March 14. At least 1/6 of those with jobs before the pandemic are now out of work. According to The New York Times, "The economic downturn is shaping up to be particularly devastating for renters, who are more likely to be…

_____ (2020-11-27). International Coalition Of Activists Launches Protest Against Amazon. popularresistance.org An international group of climate activists and Amazon warehouse workers have launched an online campaign called "Make Amazon Pay," calling on the tech giant to provide better working conditions for its employees and to reduce its expanding carbon footprint. The protests come just as the New York Times reports that the Seattle-based company has been on a hiring spree this year, expanding its global workforce. | "During the Covid-19 pandemic, Amazon became a trillion dollar corporation, with CEO Jeff Bezos becoming the first person in history to amass $200 billion in personal wealth," the campaign states on its we…

news.un (2020-11-27). African nations 'far from ready' for COVID-19 vaccination drive, says UN health agency. news.un.org As efforts to find safe and effective vaccines for COVID-19 are showing increasing promise, the African continent is "far from ready" to roll out what will be its largest ever immunization drive, the UN World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday.

imperial.ac.uk (2020-11-27). How COVID-19 spreads indoors — new Imperial report. imperial.ac.uk In a global analysis of where SARS-CoV-2 transmission takes place, households show the highest transmission rates.

Peoples Dispatch (2020-11-27). Hit by second COVID-19 wave, Pakistan shuts educational institutions. peoplesdispatch.org Fresh cases of infection have started rising in the country, with over 3,000 cases being reported daily during the course of the week. Cases had substantially reduced in September, prompting educational institutions to reopen…

teleSUR (2020-11-27). Cuba: Researchers Develop 2 New COVID-19 Vaccine Candidates. telesurenglish.net Cuba's Center for Control of Drugs, Equipment, and Medical Devices (Cecmed) authorized the beginning of clinical trials of two new COVID-19 vaccine candidates, which were named Mambisa (CIGB-669) and Abdala (CIGB-66). | RELATED: | The Mambisa vaccine will be applied as a nasal spray and its clinical trials will be carried out in Havana, while Abdala will be administered as an intramuscular injection and will be res…

_____ (2020-11-27). Canada's Housing Co-ops Find Success Despite Covid-19 Challenges. popularresistance.org Housing co-ops in Canada remain positive about the future, despite the challenges posed by Covid-19 this year. | A recent survey conducted by the Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada (CHF Canada) during a virtual town hall held last month revealed that 96% of co-op managers and staff were 'doing well'. | Most housing co-ops in Canada are rental co-ops developed during the 1970s and 80s under government social housing programmes targeting people with low to moderate incomes. Across Canada, over 2,200 non-profit housing co‚Äëops are home to about a quarter of a million people in over 90,000 hou…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-11-27). 250 million people participate in countrywide strike in India. peoplesdispatch.org Despite police repression and the COVID-19 pandemic, workers and farmers and their allies across India participated in the pan-India strike action against the recent neoliberal reforms pushed through by the Narendra Modi government…

RT (2020-11-27). 'More information needed': WHO says it needs more than just press release to assess AstraZeneca's Covid-19 vaccine. rt.com AstraZeneca's press release on its Covid-19 vaccine's efficacy is "certainly" not enough for the World Health Organization to draw any conclusion on the matter, the UN health watchdog said, calling for more data to be made public. | "What we have seen is a press release. And what is the next most important step is that the data really needs to be evaluated on [something] more than a press release," Katherine O'Brien, the WHO director of immunization vaccines and biologicals, told a press conference on Friday. | The pediatric infectious disease physician said that the statement released by the British-Swedish c…

WSWS (2020-11-27). US CDC plans to reduce quarantine time after potential COVID-19 exposure. wsws.org The purpose of reducing the isolation period to as little as seven days is to ensure workers will be back on the job faster, even though the CDC admits this will increase the transmission of the virus.

WSWS (2020-11-27). Amid COVID-19 disaster on university campuses, students must build campus safety committees! wsws.org Students are being treated as little more than cash cows for a marketised higher education system and scapegoats for a programme of "herd immunity".

WSWS (2020-11-27). COVID-19 death of Ontario youth worker—a tragic outcome of the ruling elite's criminal school reopening policy. wsws.org Ingrid Salt was employed as a child and youth worker at a school in a low-income north-west Toronto neighbourhood.

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-27). COVID-19 lockdown in Iran's Sanandaj. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 27 (MNA) — A two-week plan for covid-19 restrictions started in several Iranian cities on Saturday, November 21, according to which car traffic is prohibited from 9 PM to 4 AM. The plan has been going on for a week now.

sputniknews (2020-11-27). Ex-Aide Calls New York Governor Andrew Cuomo a 'Snarling Attack Dog' After Book Release & Emmy Win. sputniknews.com Alexis Grenell, who was Cuomo's deputy director of intergovernmental affairs when he was state attorney general, has attacked her former boss for penning a book about COVID-19 while the pandemic is still raging.

teleSUR (2020-11-27). US: 90,000 People Hospitalized With COVID-19 Amid Thanksgiving. telesurenglish.net Nearly 90,000 COVID-19 patients are in hospitals across the United States as of Thursday, the Thanksgiving day, reaching a new all-time high for the 16th consecutive day, according to The COVID Tracking Project. | RELATED: | Wednesday's death toll climbed to 2,284 cases, the highest since May 7, also the 7th highest daily death total to data. | The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) predicted that t…

imperial.ac.uk (2020-11-27). COVID-19 spread in different social settings – new Imperial report. imperial.ac.uk In a global analysis of where SARS-CoV-2 transmission takes place, households show the highest transmission rates.

RT (2020-11-27). 'Dead to me': Eric Clapton slammed for collaborating with Van Morrison on anti-lockdown song. rt.com The announcement that Eric Clapton and Van Morrison have teamed up on a song critical of Covid-19 lockdowns has the legendary musicians facing a barrage of criticism on social media — before anyone has even heard the tune. | The single, titled 'Stand and Deliver,' was written by Morrison and performed by Clapton and will be released on December 4. Proceeds from the song will support Morrison's Lockdown Financial Hardship Fund, which provides assistance to musicians struggling financially due to lockdown measures preventing many live music performances. | Morrison's involvement should come as no surprise,…

teleSUR (2020-11-27). Germany: 12th Country to Surpass One Million COVID-19 Cases. telesurenglish.net The number of COVID-19 infections in Germany surpassed the one million mark. The daily death toll hit a record of 426, data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases showed on Friday. | RELATED: | The figures reflected the reality that Germany was at best keeping new infections stable, which Chancellor Angela Merkel has said would not suffice to ease restrictions and eliminate the risk of ove…

2020-11-27: News Headlines

Paul Antonopoulos (2020-11-27). France Risks More Than It Gains by Joining U.S.-led Anti-China Efforts. globalresearch.ca COVID-19, which has thus far killed over 1.4 million people globally; the alleged treatment of the Uighur minority; the neoliberal-supporting rioters in Hong Kong; and, the trade war with Washington, have all contributed to the deterioration of China's image in …

_____ (2020-11-27). International Coalition Of Activists Launches Protest Against Amazon. popularresistance.org An international group of climate activists and Amazon warehouse workers have launched an online campaign called "Make Amazon Pay," calling on the tech giant to provide better working conditions for its employees and to reduce its expanding carbon footprint. The protests come just as the New York Times reports that the Seattle-based company has been on a hiring spree this year, expanding its global workforce. | "During the Covid-19 pandemic, Amazon became a trillion dollar corporation, with CEO Jeff Bezos becoming the first person in history to amass $200 billion in personal wealth," the campaign states on its we…

imperial.ac.uk (2020-11-27). COVID-19 spread in different social settings – new Imperial report. imperial.ac.uk In a global analysis of where SARS-CoV-2 transmission takes place, households show the highest transmission rates.

news.un (2020-11-27). African nations 'far from ready' for COVID-19 vaccination drive, says UN health agency. news.un.org As efforts to find safe and effective vaccines for COVID-19 are showing increasing promise, the African continent is "far from ready" to roll out what will be its largest ever immunization drive, the UN World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday.

Paul Street (2020-11-27). Why COVID-19 Granted the U.S. Most Favored Nation Status. counterpunch.org Routinely described by its "leaders" as "the greatest country in the world" (hereafter "GCITW") and "the richest country in the world" (hereafter "RCITW"), the United States is home to 4.25% of the world's population but 21% of global COVID-19 cases and 18% of global COVID-19 deaths. Why has the GCITW fared so poorly in responding

_____ (2020-11-27). COVID-19 Economy: A Deliberate Disaster. popularresistance.org With nearly 12 million cases and a quarter million deaths in the US so far (over 55 million cases and 1.3 million deaths world-wide), the COVID 19 pandemic is ravaging civilization. The disease is on track to be the deadliest epidemic since 1918. | The economic fallout for the working class has been severe. In the US, unemployment has skyrocketed, with 45.4 million new unemployment claims since March 14. At least 1/6 of those with jobs before the pandemic are now out of work. According to The New York Times, "The economic downturn is shaping up to be particularly devastating for renters, who are more likely to be…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-11-27). 250 million people participate in countrywide strike in India. peoplesdispatch.org Despite police repression and the COVID-19 pandemic, workers and farmers and their allies across India participated in the pan-India strike action against the recent neoliberal reforms pushed through by the Narendra Modi government…

imperial.ac.uk (2020-11-27). How COVID-19 spreads indoors — new Imperial report. imperial.ac.uk In a global analysis of where SARS-CoV-2 transmission takes place, households show the highest transmission rates.

Ashley Curtin (2020-11-27). Supreme Court blocks New York's restrictions on religion amid COVID-19. nationofchange.org The Supreme Court's majority ruled that "even in a pandemic, the Constitution cannot be put away and forgotten."

WSWS (2020-11-27). US CDC plans to reduce quarantine time after potential COVID-19 exposure. wsws.org The purpose of reducing the isolation period to as little as seven days is to ensure workers will be back on the job faster, even though the CDC admits this will increase the transmission of the virus.

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-27). COVID-19 lockdown in Iran's Sanandaj. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 27 (MNA) — A two-week plan for covid-19 restrictions started in several Iranian cities on Saturday, November 21, according to which car traffic is prohibited from 9 PM to 4 AM. The plan has been going on for a week now.

Paul Street (2020-11-27). Why COVID-19 Granted the U.S. Most Favored Nation Status. counterpunch.org Routinely described by its "leaders" as "the greatest country in the world" (hereafter "GCITW") and "the richest country in the world" (hereafter "RCITW"), the United States is home to 4.25% of the world's population but 21% of global COVID-19 cases and 18% of global COVID-19 deaths. Why has the GCITW fared so poorly in responding

_____ (2020-11-27). Canada's Housing Co-ops Find Success Despite Covid-19 Challenges. popularresistance.org Housing co-ops in Canada remain positive about the future, despite the challenges posed by Covid-19 this year. | A recent survey conducted by the Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada (CHF Canada) during a virtual town hall held last month revealed that 96% of co-op managers and staff were 'doing well'. | Most housing co-ops in Canada are rental co-ops developed during the 1970s and 80s under government social housing programmes targeting people with low to moderate incomes. Across Canada, over 2,200 non-profit housing co‚Äëops are home to about a quarter of a million people in over 90,000 hou…

Staff (2020-11-27). Differing Mask Mandates in Georgia Schools Put Teachers at Risk for COVID. truthout.org Masks were optional, and about half of the children wore them. So did the receptionist, but only sporadically, according to several teachers. | Within a couple of days, the receptionist was out sick. Another receptionist called in sick as well. Both had caught the coronavirus, according to social media posts. In the ensuing weeks, a wave of cases would rush through the building — an outbreak for which district leaders blamed the community rather than the lack of a mask mandate in the schoo…

Julia Conley, Common Dreams (2020-11-27). Atlas Welcomes Killing Loved Ones With Covid as This May Be 'Their Final Thanksgiving'. indybay.org Dr. Scott Atlas, a top White House coronavirus adviser, said that Americans should flout public health guidance and gather as normal for the holidays as this may be "the final Thanksgiving" for many. | Photo of Hoover Tower under Creative Commons via flicker. Scott Atlas is on leave from Stanford University's Hoover Institute while he serves under Trump.

_____ (2020-11-27). How Postal Workers Saved The Election. popularresistance.org The story of mail ballots in 2020 is the story of a union postal workforce willing to go to extraordinary lengths to make sure that every vote got delivered. | Postal workers did this despite the deliberate holdups created by new Postmaster General Louis "Delay the Mail" DeJoy, and a workforce hit hard by COVID. | More than 65 million people voted by mail this fall—a record. And…

Jeffrey St. Clair (2020-11-27). Roaming Charges: Dumb All Over, Again. counterpunch.org So we have the same "originalists" who used to argue that the "Constitution isn't a suicide pact" to justify torture, rendition and extrajudicial killings have now ruled that the Constitution is a murder-suicide pact when it comes to religious services during a killer pandemic.

Fight Back (2020-11-27). Millions face a financial cliff as grim economic news keeps on coming. fightbacknews.org San José, CA – On Wednesday, November 25, the U.S. Department of Labor reported that new claims for regular state unemployment benefits increased for the second week in a row, up 30,000 to 778,000. This is the highest level in five weeks and the first time since July with back-to-back increases. Adding in the weekly new claims for the federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance or PUA for the self-employed and gig workers, almost 1.1 million people sought government aid in the recession. | For the first time in almost two months, the total number of people receiving government unemployment benefits across all progra…

WSWS (2020-11-27). Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa. wsws.org Youth and workers shut state-run phosphate plant in Tunisia demanding jobs; four-hour national public sector strike in Italy in protest at pandemic social and health catastrophe; months-long strike of nurses in Zimbabwe sold out by unions; community health workers continue stoppages and protests for pay rise and improved conditions…

Dr. Mike Yeadon (2020-11-27). A Plea to MPs from Mike Yeadon: "Don't Vote for Lockdown". "The Pandemic Is Over" globalresearch.ca Dear Sirs and Madams, | I am an independent scientist of over 30 years experience leading research into new medicines, operating up to Vice President and head of Respiratory Research at Pfizer, a US pharmaceutical company and founder and CEO of …

Sam Pizzigati (2020-11-27). The Rich Are Cheering Wall Street's Latest Records. Americans of Modest Means Are Draining 401(k)s. commondreams.org The nation's woefully inadequate response to the pandemic is jeopardizing millions of retirement futures. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/wall_street_3.jpg

imperial.ac.uk (2020-11-27). Imperial engineer to develop AI clinician to help frontline health workers. imperial.ac.uk Professor Aldo Faisal has won a Turing AI Fellowship to develop AI that will help doctors make complex decisions.

Staff (2020-11-27). Four Days in Occupied Western Sahara — A Rare Look Inside Africa's Last Colony as Ceasefire Ends. democracynow.org In this special rebroadcast of a Democracy Now! exclusive documentary, we break the media blockade and go to occupied Western Sahara in the northwest of Africa to document the decades-long Sahrawi struggle for freedom and Morocco's violent crackdown. Morocco has occupied the territory since 1975 in defiance of the United Nations and the international community. Thousands have been tortured, imprisoned, killed and disappeared while resisting the Moroccan occupation. A 1,700-mile wall divides Sahrawis who remain under occupation from those who fled into exile. Earlier this month, a three-decade ceasefire in Western…

John Pilger (2020-11-27). Britain's Class War on Children. counterpunch.org When I first reported on child poverty in Britain, I was struck by the faces of children I spoke to, especially the eyes. They were different: watchful, fearful. In Hackney, in 1975, I filmed Irene Brunsden's family. Irene told me she gave her two-year-old a plate of cornflakes. "She doesn't tell me she's hungry, she

John Pilger (2020-11-27). Britain's Class War on Children. globalresearch.ca In this abridged article published by the London Daily Mirror & based on his 1975 film, Smashing Kids, John Pilger describes class as Britain's most virulent disease, causing record levels of child poverty. | *** | When I first reported on child …

Rod Driver (2020-11-27). The War Crimes of Bush and Blair — Afghanistan and Iraq. globalresearch.ca "The invasion of Iraq was a bandit act, an act of blatant state terrorism, demonstrating absolute contempt for the concept of international law…We have brought torture, cluster bombs, depleted uranium, innumerable acts of random murder, misery, degradation and death to …

imperial.ac.uk (2020-11-27). Blue Plaque unveiled for Nobel Prize-winner Abdus Salam. imperial.ac.uk English Heritage have unveiled a Blue Plaque to mark the home of Professor Abdus Salam, who founded the Theoretical Physics Department at Imperial.

_____ (2020-11-27). America's Future Is Liberal Fascism Sporting a Smiley Shirt and Armed With a Syringe. strategic-culture.org The globalists responsible for engineering a medical tyranny across much of the Western world have something valuable to teach right-wing nationalists and would-be fascists, and that is you don't sell your damaged product out of the barrel of a machine gun, but rather dripping from the end of a syringe that promises to end all pain and misery. | Patrick Henry, one of America's more outspoken Founding Fathers, famously remarked "give me liberty or give me death" when the life of his nation was on the line. Today, America's famous battle cry has been replaced by a masked and muffled gasp that advises, without hope…

imperial.ac.uk (2020-11-27). Future visions and better balance: News from the College. imperial.ac.uk Here's a batch of fresh news and announcements from across Imperial.

teleSUR (2020-11-26). Chile: Gov't Pension Fund Withdrawal Draft Advances in Senate. telesurenglish.net Chile's Senate approved on Thursday the second withdrawal of 10 percent of individual pension funds (AFPs), aiming to support the population during the economic crisis unleashed by the COVID-19 pandemic. | RELATED: | The lawmakers approved the government's draft with 35 votes in favor, one against, and five abstentions, allowing the withdrawal and establishing that those who access it have to pay the corresponding income tax. The…

RT (2020-11-26). Don't hug grandma this Christmas: UK public health chief's grim Covid advice as Britain readies for festive season. rt.com The UK is heading for a bleak winter as Prime Minister Boris Johnson's chief scientific adviser on Thursday warned Britons not to hug and kiss their elderly relatives at Christmas, in a bid to protect them from Covid-19. | "Would I encourage someone to hug and kiss their elderly relatives? No I would not," Professor Chris Whitty said, during a Downing Street coronavirus briefing and days after the PM had outlined He stressed that, while hugging grandparents is technically not "again…

RT (2020-11-26). 'This is Canada, not North Korea!' WATCH Toronto BBQ owner get dragged away in handcuffs for breaching Covid-19 rules. rt.com Adamson Barbecue owner Adam Skelly has been arrested after opening his restaurant in direct defiance of lockdown orders in Toronto, with a crowd of BBQ lovers shouting 'shame!' as officers dragged him away. | The barbecue restaurant and Skelly himself became the center of controversy this week after he announced in an Instagram video on Tuesday that he was opening his doors. He also questioned lockdown orders and whether Covid-19 cases were being inflated. |

Peoples Dispatch (2020-11-26). Greek working class unites, strikes for health, safety and rights amid COVID-19. peoplesdispatch.org Workers, teachers, doctors, students and youth groups in Greece observed a nationwide general strike on November 26, putting forward a set of urgent demands in sectors including health care, education, public transport, and other areas of employment…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-11-26). Major COVID-19 outbreak in Belmarsh prison, Assange's family raise alarm. peoplesdispatch.org According to Julian Assange's partner, Stella Moris, at least 56 inmates were found to be infected in the block where he is held. Assange, along with nearly 200 other inmates of his house block, had been under lockdown since November 18…

Global Research News (2020-11-26). Selected Articles: Bribery and Corruption in the Covid-19 Era. globalresearch.ca By While the world is trying to limit the destruction caused by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we are only starting to understand its long-term effects on governments, …

Alex MacDonald (2020-11-26). Egyptian human rights activist dies after contracting Covid-19. middleeasteye.net Egyptian human rights activist dies after contracting Covid-19 | Hafez Abu Seada, co-founder of the Egyptian Organisation for Human Rights, was diagnosed with coronavirus in mid-November | Thu, 11/26/2020 – 16: 35 | Hafez Abu Seada and his wife Nehad Abo El Komsan (Facebook) | Hafez Abu Seada, a Leading Egyptian human rights activist, has died after contracting Covid-19, his wife announced on Th…

Alex MacDonald (2020-11-26). Egyptian rights activist Hafez Abu Seada dies after contracting Covid-19. middleeasteye.net Egyptian rights activist Hafez Abu Seada dies after contracting Covid-19 | Co-founder of Egyptian Organisation for Human Rights was diagnosed with coronavirus in mid-November | Thu, 11/26/2020 – 16: 35 | Hafez Abu Seada and wife Nehad Abo El Komsan (Facebook) | Hafez Abu Seada, a leading Egyptian human-rights activist, has died after contracting Covid-19, his wife said on Thursday. | Seada, co-f…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2020-11-26). Amid Public Health and Employment Crises, New Survey Shows Poor Americans Agree on Policy Solutions. commondreams.org With over 262,000 Americans killed by Covid-19, millions jobless and at risk of soon losing unemployment aid, and families and friends warned against spending Thanksgiving together because of the dangers of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, new polling results revealed Thursday that people with low incomes agree upon a range of policy solutions to poverty and hunger. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/gettyimages-12770002851.jpg

sputniknews (2020-11-26). Trump Says COVID-19 Vaccine Delivery to Begin Next Week. sputniknews.com The US president previously said that the vaccine would be available before the 3 November presidential election, prompting criticism from Democrats who believed he was rushing its development.

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-26). Iran COVID-19 update: 482 deaths, 13,961 cases in 24 hours. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 26 (MNA) — The Iranian Health Ministry has confirmed 13,961 COVID-19 infections and 482 deaths due to the disease in the past 24 hours.

Ian Angus (2020-11-26). Greenhouse gases set new record, despite COVID-19 lockdown. mronline.org Top meteorologist: only a complete transformation of our industrial, energy and transport systems can stop climate change.

news.un (2020-11-26). Global HIV toll likely to be far higher owing to COVID-19, warns UNAIDS. news.un.org Countries should adopt ambitious new targets to tackle HIV / AIDS to avoid hundreds of thousands of additional infections and deaths linked to the COVID-19 pandemic, the UN said on Thursday.

Chris Walker (2020-11-26). 4 in 10 Americans Plan to Defy CDC Guidelines on Thanksgiving. zcomm.org As of Tuesday, more than 12.4 million Americans have been diagnosed with COVID-19 since the pandemic began, with close to 260,000 having died from the virus so far…

Tom Conway (2020-11-26). How Americans can help the frontline workers battling Covid-19. nationofchange.org The pandemic highlighted the essential work that nursing home staff members perform—and the necessity of treating them as essential workers from now on.

Chuck Collins (2020-11-26). Facing Holiday Rush, Frontlines Retail Workers Urge Billionaire Bosses to Share the Wealth. counterpunch.org This Black Friday and Cyber Monday, frontline essential workers will be hustling to help holiday shoppers — while also fighting for dignity, hazard pay, and other protections as Covid-19 infection rates spike again in many regions. Rina Cummings, who works at the JFK8 Amazon Warehouse on Staten Island, feels like the billionaire owners are sending

Howard Mansfield (2020-11-26). The Covid-19 Pandemic Helps Tell the True Story of Thanksgiving. commondreams.org At the time the Pilgrims landed, the Wampanoags and their neighbors had been tested by the years they called the Great Dying. An epidemic from 1616 to 1619—which may have been smallpox (there are other theories)—had killed as many as 9 out of 10 coastal Indians. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/thanksgiving.jpg

Kristina Pierce (2020-11-26). Bribery and Corruption in the Covid-19 Era. globalresearch.ca While the world is trying to limit the destruction caused by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we are only starting to understand its long-term effects on governments, economies, companies and individuals. The global crisis has exacerbated existing flaws at all levels, …

sputniknews (2020-11-26). Whitty Says Judgement About AstraZeneca Vaccine Should Be 'In the Hands' of Drug Regulator. sputniknews.com Controversy is surrounding the COVID-19 vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford, with critics expressing concerns that it could be based on "shaky science".

RT (2020-11-26). Is 'herd immunity' the answer after all? Moscow mayor claims that HALF of city's 12 million residents are now 'IMMUNE' to Covid-19. rt.com While most of Europe's large cities are now under strict lockdown to prevent Covid's spread, the biggest of them all, Moscow, is an exception. Instead of shutting down bars, shops and restaurants, a lighter touch has been applied. | On Thursday, the city's mayor indicated that the strategy — a mixture of appealing to personal responsibility and ordering relatively small-scale restrictions, while also beefing up hospital capacity — seems to be working. Sergey Sobyanin told national TV that about 50 percent of Muscovites are now immune to Covid-19 infection. | "The current option for slowing down the e…

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-26). Cinema Verite to hold classes attended by cinematic figures. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 26 (MNA) — Due to a spike in the COVID-19 cases in Iran and also the significance of the Iran International Documentary Film Festival known as "Cinema Verite", this international prestigious cinematic event will be held online.

2020-11-26: News Headlines

Chris Walker (2020-11-26). 4 in 10 Americans Plan to Defy CDC Guidelines on Thanksgiving. zcomm.org As of Tuesday, more than 12.4 million Americans have been diagnosed with COVID-19 since the pandemic began, with close to 260,000 having died from the virus so far…

Alex MacDonald (2020-11-26). Egyptian human-rights activist dies after contracting Covid-19. middleeasteye.net Egyptian human-rights activist dies after contracting Covid-19 | Hafez Abu Seada, co-founder of Egyptian Organisation for Human Rights, was diagnosed with coronavirus in mid-November | Thu, 11/26/2020 – 16: 35 | Hafez Abu Seada and wife Nehad Abo El Komsan (Facebook) | Hafez Abu Seada, a leading Egyptian human-rights activist, has died after contracting Covid-19, his wife said on Thursday. | Sea…

Alex MacDonald (2020-11-26). Egyptian human rights activist dies after contracting Covid-19. middleeasteye.net Egyptian human rights activist dies after contracting Covid-19 | Hafez Abu Seada, co-founder of the Egyptian Organisation for Human Rights, was diagnosed with coronavirus in mid-November | Thu, 11/26/2020 – 16: 35 | Hafez Abu Seada and his wife Nehad Abo El Komsan (Facebook) | Hafez Abu Seada, a Leading Egyptian human rights activist, has died after contracting Covid-19, his wife announced on Th…

Ian Angus (2020-11-26). Greenhouse gases set new record, despite COVID-19 lockdown. mronline.org Top meteorologist: only a complete transformation of our industrial, energy and transport systems can stop climate change.

news.un (2020-11-26). Global HIV toll likely to be far higher owing to COVID-19, warns UNAIDS. news.un.org Countries should adopt ambitious new targets to tackle HIV / AIDS to avoid hundreds of thousands of additional infections and deaths linked to the COVID-19 pandemic, the UN said on Thursday.

The Canary (2020-11-26). Foreign Secretary defends aid cut and outlines priorities in 'British interests'. thecanary.co Dominic Raab has denied the Government is "salami slicing" all parts of the UK's overseas aid spending as he outlined the priorities for the slashed budget.The foreign secretary said the long-term strategic aims of the country's international work will be based on "our values and grounded in the British national interests".Raab listed his top five priorities for what is left of the budget. They are tackling climate change, Covid-19, girls' education, conflict resolution and expanding in-house management of aid delivery "in order to increase the impact that our policy interventions have on the ground".Foreign Offi…

Global Research News (2020-11-26). Selected Articles: Bribery and Corruption in the Covid-19 Era. globalresearch.ca By While the world is trying to limit the destruction caused by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we are only starting to understand its long-term effects on governments, …

Peoples Dispatch (2020-11-26). Major COVID-19 outbreak in Belmarsh prison, Assange's family raise alarm. peoplesdispatch.org According to Julian Assange's partner, Stella Moris, at least 56 inmates were found to be infected in the block where he is held. Assange, along with nearly 200 other inmates of his house block, had been under lockdown since November 18…

Kristina Pierce (2020-11-26). Bribery and Corruption in the Covid-19 Era. globalresearch.ca While the world is trying to limit the destruction caused by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we are only starting to understand its long-term effects on governments, economies, companies and individuals. The global crisis has exacerbated existing flaws at all levels, …

Peoples Dispatch (2020-11-26). Greek working class unites, strikes for health, safety and rights amid COVID-19. peoplesdispatch.org Workers, teachers, doctors, students and youth groups in Greece observed a nationwide general strike on November 26, putting forward a set of urgent demands in sectors including health care, education, public transport, and other areas of employment…

Tom Conway (2020-11-26). How Americans can help the frontline workers battling Covid-19. nationofchange.org The pandemic highlighted the essential work that nursing home staff members perform—and the necessity of treating them as essential workers from now on.

Chuck Collins (2020-11-26). Facing Holiday Rush, Frontlines Retail Workers Urge Billionaire Bosses to Share the Wealth. counterpunch.org This Black Friday and Cyber Monday, frontline essential workers will be hustling to help holiday shoppers — while also fighting for dignity, hazard pay, and other protections as Covid-19 infection rates spike again in many regions. Rina Cummings, who works at the JFK8 Amazon Warehouse on Staten Island, feels like the billionaire owners are sending

Jeremy Loffredo (2020-11-26). COVID Vaccine Hesitancy Widespread, Even Among Medical Professionals. globalresearch.ca Public health groups, including the World Health Organization, are making a concerted effort to reduce COVID vaccine hesitancy, as many medical professionals and minority groups remain doubtful about safety and efficacy. | *** | As details on the latest

Staff (2020-11-26). Hundreds of Thousands of Students Traveled Home This Week Amid COVID Spike. truthout.org After a fall spent studying on ghost-town campuses,

Julia Conley, Common Dreams (2020-11-26). Atlas Welcomes Killing Loved Ones With Covid as This May Be 'Their Final Thanksgiving'. indybay.org Dr. Scott Atlas, a top White House coronavirus adviser, said that Americans should flout public health guidance and gather as normal for the holidays as this may be "the final Thanksgiving" for many. | Photo of Hoover Tower under Creative Commons via flicker. Scott Atlas is on leave from Stanford University's Hoover Institute while he serves under Trump.

Dr. Gilbert Berdine (2020-11-26). What the COVID Vaccine Hype Fails to Mention. globalresearch.ca Pfizer recently announced that its covid vaccine was

Sam Pizzigati (2020-11-26). The Rain on Our Yes-We-Now-Have-a-Vaccine! Parade. zcomm.org What could be better than a drug that can stop Covid? A society that doesn't let some make billions off a drug millions can't access…

The Canary (2020-11-26). Government website crashes as people try and find out which tier of coronavirus restrictions they'll face. thecanary.co Almost all parts of England will face tough coronavirus curbs with a ban on households mixing indoors and restrictions on hospitality after December 2.Only the Isle of Wight, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly have been placed in the lowest Tier 1 set of restrictions, with people in all other parts of England set to face more serious limits to their freedom.Large swathes of the Midlands, North East and North West are in the most restrictive Tier 3, but London will be in Tier 2. | The Liverpool City Region's move into Tier 2 is vindication of the hard work, dedication and sacrifice shown by people across our region…

WSWS (2020-11-26). Thousands of US college students return home for Thanksgiving amid surging pandemic. wsws.org After the disastrous reopening of campuses this fall led to hundreds of thousands of cases, countless college students are bringing the coronavirus home with them.

Sophia Purdy-Moore (2020-11-26). Education secretary Gavin Williamson broke the law when removing safeguards for children in care. thecanary.co In a landmark judgement on 24 November, the Court of Appeal unanimously agreed that the education secretary Gavin Williamson unlawfully introduced changes to children's social care legislation during the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic. | Statutory instrument 445: | On 23 April, proposed changes to remove or dilute legal safeguards protecting children in care (

Amanda Mills (2020-11-26). "It's going to be a billionaire Thanksgiving." Wealth of US richest just hit $1 trillion since the start of the pandemic. nationofchange.org "The increases in billionaire wealth continue to defy gravity in the real economy where millions have lost their jobs, health, and livelihoods."

Fight Back (2020-11-26). Chicago area nursing home workers' strike. fightbacknews.org Chicago, IL – 700 nursing home workers who are members SEIU Health Care Illinois/Indiana (HCII) began a second #StrikeForOurLives on November 23. Strikers walked out at 11 Infinity nursing homes across the state of Illinois. Members of SEIU have been denied adequate staffing, PPE and hazard pay.

John Pilger (2020-11-26). Britain's Class War on Children. zcomm.org Study after study shows that the people who suffer and die early from the diseases of poverty brought on by a poor diet, sub-standard housing and the priorities of the political elite and its hostile "welfare" officials — are working people…

imperial.ac.uk (2020-11-26). Rewarding outreach and awarding excellence: Education news from Imperial. imperial.ac.uk Here's a round up of education updates from across Imperial.

imperial.ac.uk (2020-11-26). Real-world neuroscience experiments show diversity in learning new motor skills. imperial.ac.uk Researchers at Imperial College London have shown how the whole body changes while learning new movement-based skills.

RT (2020-11-25). Brussels to permit launch of Sputnik V? EU will consider recommending Russian Covid-19 vaccine, application for approval filed. rt.com The European Medicines Agency (EMA) announced on Wednesday that it has begun negotiations with the manufacturers of Russia's pioneering Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine. | According to an official from the EU body, which licenses medicines and vaccines within the bloc, "the developer has contacted EMA and they are in early discussions now." Regulators will assess data on Sputnik V before publishing a recommendation on whether it can be used by healthcare systems within EU member states. | According to Kirill Dmitriev, the head of the Russian Direct Investment Fund, which bankrolled the development of the formula,…

WSWS (2020-11-25). UK mother whose children all contracted COVID-19 speaks out to demand school closures: "I agree you must close schools and universities to save lives" wsws.org World Socialist Web Site reporters spoke to Linda, a parent of three school children, who all tested positive for coronavirus at the end of October.

Chauncey K. Robinson, Matt Bernico (2020-11-25). PW Podcast: U.S. imperialism hinders Cuban COVID-19 vaccine. peoplesworld.org Beyond the Page is a companion podcast to the award-winning publication People's World. With every episode, we'll take you deeper into the topics covered at PeoplesWorld.org. Our program brings you in-depth interviews with journalists and activists on the most pressing stories in progressive politics, labor, and the struggle for socialism in the United States. The …

Kenneth Surin (2020-11-25). How the UK Became a Chumocracy. counterpunch.org Boris "BoJo" Johnson survived his bout with Covid-19 after spending time in intensive-care a few months ago. BoJo's survival notwithstanding, he's now having to self-isolate—again– as a result of meeting with a group of Tory MPs, many casual about social distancing and mask-wearing, who subsequently tested positive for the virus.

imperial.ac.uk (2020-11-25). Podcast: Statin side effects, vaccine latest and pandemic politics. imperial.ac.uk In this edition: The nocebo effect of statins, the latest on Imperial's COVID-19 vaccine and a former PM talks pandemic.

RT (2020-11-25). 'Average' effectiveness & unexplained side effects: 7 QUESTIONS that AstraZeneca needs to answer about its Covid-19 vaccine. rt.com The drug manufacturer AstraZeneca said on Monday it would seek emergency authorization for its coronavirus vaccine with various regulators. However, it might first have to answer a number of serious questions about its jab. | The British-Swedish company, which has developed its candidate vaccine together with the University of Oxford, "will begin the submission of the clinical data to regulators around the world that have a framework in place for emergency use or conditional approval," its spokesman said on Monday, adding that the list of the regulators that will receive the application particularly includes t…

_____ (2020-11-25). Why Are Millions Of People In The US Traveling For Thanksgiving? popularresistance.org The coronavirus pandemic is breaking records every day in the United States, filling up intensive care units, overwhelming hospital systems and exhausting health care workers. | A record 203,000 Americans tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday, and the seven-day average is above 170,000. Despite significant advances in treating the disease, more than 1,500 people are dying every day, the highest level since May. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) predicts that the US will record 300,000 deaths by the middle of December, and there could be as many as 21,000 new coronavirus hospitalizations each d…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-11-25). Greece gears up for a massive national strike against government's handling of COVID-19. peoplesdispatch.org Workers, teachers and youth groups in Greece have called for a general strike on November 26 and have put forward a series of demands in sectors such as health care, education and other areas of employment…

Editor (2020-11-25). Crimes against humanity: We charge genocide! workers.org On Friday, Nov. 20, over 200,000 new cases of the COVID-19 were diagnosed in the U.S. — on that one day! Since the virus began to travel through the country in late January — at first undetected — over 260,000 people have died, and over 12,250,000 people have contracted the . . . |

WSWS (2020-11-25). Surge in COVID-19 cases in Indonesia. wsws.org Conscious of the growing opposition to his policies, Indonesian President Joko Widodo has been pinning hopes on an early vaccination program.

MEE staff (2020-11-25). Israeli press review: Netanyahu-MBS meeting kept secret from Israeli ministers. middleeasteye.net Israeli press review: Netanyahu-MBS meeting kept secret from Israeli ministers | Meanwhile, Israelis on the verge of heading to a fourth election since April 2019 as political factions look into bill to dissolve Knesset in December | Wed, 11/25/2020 – 12: 58 | Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L) and his coalition partner Defence Minister Benny Gantz (AFP) | Netanyahu-MBS meeting causes a stir

WSWS (2020-11-25). As virus surges in North Dakota, Fargo food distribution workers strike over lack of COVID-19 protections. wsws.org Workers at the Cash-Wa food distribution operation in Fargo, North Dakota are on strike over health and safety in an area that is experiencing the highest COVID-19 death rate in the world.

WSWS (2020-11-25). Two Alabama teachers die from COVID-19 as governor vows to keep schools and businesses open. wsws.org Over the past two weeks, the rate of COVID-19 infections across Alabama has increased by over 50 percent, with educators representing a significant number of these cases.

RT (2020-11-25). 'Infection level far too high': Germany extends 'partial' Covid-19 lockdown, leaving small exception for Christmas. rt.com Chancellor Angela Merkel and the leaders of Germany's 16 states have agreed to prolong the country's Covid-19 restrictions for at least another four weeks, but made special exemptions for close family and friends on Christmas. | The holidays will be an "important" but "difficult" time for the Germans, Merkel said, announcing the government's decision as she called on the nation to make "one more" push in the battle against the virus. She called the previous measures, dubbed a "light" lockdown, a "partial success," but said they were simply not enough. | "The exponential growth of infection numbers has been bro…

RT (2020-11-25). Puzzling higher AstraZeneca vaccine efficacy for smaller dosage explained: It was reportedly tested on people only under 56. rt.com A seemingly strange phenomenon of a smaller dose of the Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine being more effective than a bigger one is reportedly explained by it first being tested on a younger group. | On Monday, the pharmacological company

Yogesh Jain (2020-11-25). How the privatization of medicine in India is accelerating its COVID-19 death toll. peoplesdispatch.org The COVID-19 crisis was an opportunity for the public systems to recapture their rightful position as the predominant health care providers in the country. But the public systems were unprepared for the task…

imperial.ac.uk (2020-11-25). Most children experience mild COVID-19 or show no symptoms, study finds. imperial.ac.uk Most children experience mild COVID-19 disease or do not show any symptoms, according to the latest report from the Imperial College London.

Princess Harmony (2020-11-25). Living with addiction and COVID-19 — a WW commentary. workers.org In the countrywide COVID-19 epidemic, it is easy to forget that the most vulnerable among us include those with opioid addictions who use the medications methadone (Diskets, Methadose) and buprenorphine (Suboxone, Subutex, Sublocade, Zubsolv, Bunavail). These people, who are reliant on constant and steady dosing of their medicines to stave . . . |

WSWS (2020-11-25). Greek government bans protests, imposes authoritarian measures utilising pretext of pandemic. wsws.org The escalation of state repression in Greece must be seen in the context of increased militancy in the working class and among youth over the authorties' criminal handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.

WSWS (2020-11-25). Assange's life in danger as major COVID-19 outbreak hits Belmarsh Prison. wsws.org Assange's partner Stella Moris has reported a mass outbreak in the house block where the WikiLeaks founder is imprisoned, with 56 prisoners and staff testing positive to the coronavirus.

Igor Derysh (2020-11-25). Mnuchin clawback may "sabotage" Biden by blocking $455B in COVID-19 funds — it may also be "illegal" salon.com A watchdog says Mnuchin's move violated the Cares Act. Democrats call it downright "corrupt"

Igor Derysh (2020-11-25). Trump cancels trip to GOP fraud "hearing" at Pennsylvania Wyndham after Giuliani exposed to COVID-19. salon.com The campaign said similar "hearings" were planned in Michigan and Arizona, but that was news to GOP officials there…

Dr. Birsen Filip (2020-11-25). Cuba Successfully Halts Its COVID-19 Outbreak: A Reflection of the Socialist Revolution and the Legacy of Fidel Castro's Vision of Health Care. globalresearch.ca 'Private medicine grants privileges to those who have money to the detriment of those who do not have it and nothing could be more inhumane than that. It is unbelievable that rich societies that apply this and many other similar …

Staff (2020-11-25). Thanksgiving is going to kill a lot of people, again. therealnews.com Amid a terrifying surge in COVID-19 cases, millions are defying public health warnings and traveling for Thanksgiving—a grimly fitting situation, given the central role of contagious diseases in the genocide of this continent's Native people.

MEE and agencies (2020-11-25). Covid-19: Turkey announces figures for asymptomatic cases for first time since July. middleeasteye.net Covid-19: Turkey announces figures for asymptomatic cases for first time since July | Country shatters previous record-high numbers as inclusion of asymptomatic cases reveal scale of outbreak | Wed, 11/25/2020 – 19: 43 | Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca says 80 percent who test positive are either asymptomatic or show slight symptoms (AFP/File photo) | Turkey has recorded 28,351 new…

2020-11-25: News Headlines

Kenneth Surin (2020-11-25). How the UK Became a Chumocracy. counterpunch.org Boris "BoJo" Johnson survived his bout with Covid-19 after spending time in intensive-care a few months ago. BoJo's survival notwithstanding, he's now having to self-isolate—again– as a result of meeting with a group of Tory MPs, many casual about social distancing and mask-wearing, who subsequently tested positive for the virus.

Dr. Birsen Filip (2020-11-25). Cuba Successfully Halts Its COVID-19 Outbreak: A Reflection of the Socialist Revolution and the Legacy of Fidel Castro's Vision of Health Care. globalresearch.ca 'Private medicine grants privileges to those who have money to the detriment of those who do not have it and nothing could be more inhumane than that. It is unbelievable that rich societies that apply this and many other similar …

imperial.ac.uk (2020-11-25). Podcast: Statin side effects, vaccine latest and pandemic politics. imperial.ac.uk In this edition: The nocebo effect of statins, the latest on Imperial's COVID-19 vaccine and a former PM talks pandemic.

Editor (2020-11-25). Crimes against humanity: We charge genocide! workers.org On Friday, Nov. 20, over 200,000 new cases of the COVID-19 were diagnosed in the U.S. — on that one day! Since the virus began to travel through the country in late January — at first undetected — over 260,000 people have died, and over 12,250,000 people have contracted the . . . |

Yogesh Jain (2020-11-25). How the privatization of medicine in India is accelerating its COVID-19 death toll. peoplesdispatch.org The COVID-19 crisis was an opportunity for the public systems to recapture their rightful position as the predominant health care providers in the country. But the public systems were unprepared for the task…

WSWS (2020-11-25). Two Alabama teachers die from COVID-19 as governor vows to keep schools and businesses open. wsws.org Over the past two weeks, the rate of COVID-19 infections across Alabama has increased by over 50 percent, with educators representing a significant number of these cases.

RT (2020-11-25). Puzzling higher AstraZeneca vaccine efficacy for smaller dosage explained: It was reportedly tested on people only under 56. rt.com A seemingly strange phenomenon of a smaller dose of the Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine being more effective than a bigger one is reportedly explained by it first being tested on a younger group. | On Monday, the pharmacological company

Sameena Rahman (2020-11-25). COVID explodes inside prisons, but only guards to get first doses of vaccine. liberationnews.org Over the past week, 14,697 new cases of Coronavirus infection were reported inside of state and federal prisons — the highest level since the pandemic began.

Steve Watson (2020-11-25). UK Supreme Court Judge Slams 'Totalitarian' COVID 'Control Freaks' in Government. globalresearch.ca A British Supreme Court judge has slammed the UK government as 'control freaks' for attempting to control people's lives under the guise of COVID, and labeled it "morally and constitutionally indefensible" to define what freedoms the public should and shouldn't …

Editor (2020-11-25). La pandemia se eleva y la economía se afloja. workers.org Realmente es bastante repugnante. La burguesía calcula las pérdidas y ganancias con insensible desprecio por las masas que sufren tanto por el aumento vertiginoso de los casos de COVID como por el colapso del mercado laboral. Ahora, muchos de los que quedaron desempleados en la primavera se están quedando sin . . . |

Bruce Lesnick (2020-11-25). COVID Economy: A Deliberate Disaster. counterpunch.org With nearly 12 million cases and a quarter million deaths in the US so far (over 55 million cases and 1.3 million deaths world-wide), the COVID 19 pandemic is ravaging civilization. The disease is on track to be the deadliest epidemic since 1918. The economic fallout for the working class has been severe. In the

Thomas Klikauer — Nadine Campbell (2020-11-25). How a Turkish-German Couple Invented a Coronavirus Vaccine. counterpunch.org By now it is largely known that a Turkish-German husband and wife team are the frontrunners in the race to market a vaccine against the coronavirus. This is an extraordinary achievement for the Turkish-born Ugur Sahin who is the CEO of a German biotech firm called BioNTech. He co-founded the company with his wife and

Kester Kenn Klomegah (2020-11-25). Putin Talks Global Stability and Coronavirus Vaccine with Ambassadors. globalresearch.ca While receiving newly arrived Ambassadors accredited to the Russian Federation from different foreign countries including Rwanda, Gambia and Central African Republic, President Vladimir Putin stressed the importance of coordinating global efforts to ensure stability and halt the spread of coronavirus …

Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez (2020-11-25). As hunger soars across nation, US trade & foreign policy is also causing hunger across the globe. nationofchange.org Hunger was already at alarming levels in the U.S. before the pandemic, and it's only gotten worse.

imperial.ac.uk (2020-11-25). UK Spending Review 2020: Imperial experts respond. imperial.ac.uk Academics and researchers from across Imperial College London have provided analysis of the UK Spending Review 2020.

Rep. Ron Paul (2020-11-24). On Coronavirus, We Must Not Allow Politics to Dictate Science. globalresearch.ca In these past couple of weeks, two important studies have been published that could dramatically increase our understanding of the Covid-19 disease. Adding to the science of how we understand and treat this disease is something that should be welcomed, …

RT (2020-11-24). Over ONE BILLION doses of Russia's Sputnik V vaccine against Covid-19 expected to be ready in 2021 as producer promises low prices. rt.com More than 500 million people will be able to take the pioneering Russian Sputnik V vaccine to fight coronavirus next year, according to is developers, who say the jab will be sold cheaper than those of its foreign competitors. | The drug will be produced not only in Russia but also by "leading foreign pharmaceutical companies" which have agreed to cooperation deals with the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF). Talks with additional international partners are underway to further increase production capacity. | "Sputnik V will be two or more times cheaper than mRNA vaccines with similar efficacy levels," RDIF…

Kuehn BM. (2020-11-24). Hand Hygiene Gaps Identified. jamanetwork.com Hand washing or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer after touching shopping carts, gas pumps, automated teller machines, and other frequently touched surfaces is a key strategy the CDC recommends to curb the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Yet a pair of surveys in the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report found serious gaps in hand hygiene practices by race, age, and sex.

Eliane Brum (2020-11-24). Coronavirus report from Brazil: Yanomami mothers beg for their babies' bodies. peoplesworld.org The indignity with which the Indigenous people are being treated in the COVID-19 pandemic opened a new and appalling chapter in the Brazilian government's violation of the rights of its original inhabitants. Three women are living a nightmare for which it will be necessary to invent a name. They are Sanà∂mas, part of the Yanomami …

WSWS (2020-11-24). Australian university union blocks opposition as cuts to jobs and conditions intensify. wsws.org Every week brings new announcements of retrenchments as the managements exploit the COVID-19 pandemic to accelerate pro-business restructuring.

RT (2020-11-24). Commercial interests & Russia/West geopolitical struggle combine to make race for Covid-19 vaccines a new battleground. rt.com It seems that the struggle to find a remedy to deal with coronavirus is being overtaken by geopolitical rivalries and prejudice. Not to mention the commercial interests at stake in a market potentially worth up to $100 billion. | Another vaccine has entered the race to rid the world of the Covid-19 pandemic, but unlike the US version, when the team behind the British-produced AstraZeneca product announced its successful preliminary trial results, the company's shares plummeted in trading on Monday. | By contrast, US pharma giant Pfizer's earlier announcement, on November 9, saw stock markets around the world (…

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-24). Iran to be able to mass-produce corona vaccine: Pres. Rouhani. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 24 (MNA) — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said that Islamic Republic of Iran will be able to mass-produce coronavirus, COVID-19, vaccines.

Staff (2020-11-24). Betting Pool? Tyson Managers Bet on How Many Workers Would Get COVID. Advocates Call It Grim Pattern. democracynow.org The family of a former meatpacker who died from COVID-19 alleges in a lawsuit that managers at a Tyson Foods plant in Iowa knew working conditions would result in illness, and even placed bets on how many workers would be infected. The family of Isidro Fernandez, who died in April, says the plant manager set up a winner-take-all betting pool for supervisors and managers to wager on coronavirus infections. Since the start of the pandemic, at least six workers have died and more than 1,000 tested positive for COVID-19 at the Iowa facility. Tyson Foods has suspended the managers involved in the alleged betting schem…

The Canary (2020-11-24). Nearly three in five support staff have seen coronavirus outbreaks in school. thecanary.co The majority of school staff have experienced coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreaks in their school since the start of the pandemic, a survey suggests. | School support staff said they felt "anxious" and "scared for their life" while working in schools, according to a report by the GMB union. | The survey of more than 7,100 support staff found that more than two in three (68%) said testing is not available in school for pupils and staff with coronavirus symptoms. | Nearly three in five (58%) school staff in England reported that outbreaks have taken place in their school. | The poll of teaching assistants, administrat…

sputniknews (2020-11-24). Nearly One-Third of New Yorkers May Not Use FDA-Approved COVID-19 Vaccine – Survey. sputniknews.com In the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic, New York state, specifically New York City, became one of the top US hotspots that pushed hospitals to their limits and prompted the implementation of refrigerated trucks that were converted into mobile morgues to meet death toll spikes.

news.un (2020-11-24). 'Foundational and necessary change' needed to heal post-COVID world. news.un.org With the COVID-19 pandemic precipitating one of the world's worst health, socioeconomic and humanitarian crises in over a century, the UN chief told a high-level discussion on Tuesday to seize the opportunity "to make real, foundational, and necessary change".

AEFAFA (2020-11-24). Tuesday 11/24: COVID-19 in the Amazon: Stories from the Fronlines of Indigenous & Traditional Communities. indybay.org Online event…

Rubin R. (2020-11-24). Study Aims to Identify Drugs That Could Be Repurposed for COVID-19. jamanetwork.com The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) recently launched a study to determine whether drugs that are already approved or in the late stage of clinical development might merit testing in larger clinical trials as a coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) treatment.

Margaret Flowers (2020-11-24). The Imperative To Achieve National Improved Medicare For All. zcomm.org The majority of people in the United States support a universal healthcare system. The opportunity to win it is now because the recession means our uninsured numbers will soar and the current healthcare system cannot address the COVID-19 crisis…

RT (2020-11-24). Cool for Yule: UK's four nations agree to relax coronavirus restrictions for Christmas. rt.com Covid-19 won't become the Grinch that steals Christmas from Britons, as England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have agreed to relax, for the festive season, the restrictions aimed at slowing the second wave of the pandemic. | Authorities in each of the devolved states had introduced their own curbs to tackle the spread of the virus, which has already infected around 1.5 million and killed more than 55,800 people across the UK. However, following talks between the leaders of the four UK states on Tuesday, they jointly decided to settle on a common approach for the upcoming festive period. | The restricti…

Jasmine Norden (2020-11-24). A new vision shows how we can support each other, rebuild the economy and save the planet. thecanary.co A research group is calling on the government to implement new policies to rebuild the economy after coronavirus (Covid-19). | The New Economics Foundation has unveiled a set of There are three main demands. Firstly, the foundation suggested guaranteeing a living income of £227 a week. It further recommended guaranteeing furlough for as long as social distancing is in place a…

sputniknews (2020-11-24). China Tests Millions for COVID-19 After New Cases Reported in Three Cities. sputniknews.com The first case of the novel coronavirus virus was reported on December 31, 2019, in Wuhan, China. Since then, the virus has spread to more than 200 countries and territories around the world infecting more than 59 million people and killing more than 1.4 million.

B.N. Frank (2020-11-24). More New Wearable COVID Tech that Constantly Tracks and Zaps People. globalresearch.ca There seems to be no shortage of invasive technology being invented, deployed, and worn in an effort to detect COVID-19 symptoms and/or track people's whereabouts and personal encounters. Devices are being worn by

Chuck Collins (2020-11-24). Facing Holiday Rush, Frontlines Retail Workers Urge Billionaire Bosses to Share the Wealth. commondreams.org This essential workforce is hustling to help holiday shoppers while also organizing for hazard pay and other Covid-19 protections. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/amazon-workers-calf.jpg

Mike Pappas, Luigi Morris (2020-11-24). Capitalist Competition Is Sabotaging the Race for a Vaccine. commondreams.org The global race for a Covid-19 vaccine appears to be in its final leg. The research was publicly funded. But Big Pharma stands to make enormous profits, at the expense of people the world over. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/russia-covid-vaccine.jpg

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-24). Iran's daily COVID-19 infections exceed 13,700. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 24 (MNA) — According to the latest announced figures by the Iranian Health Ministry, 13,721 new COVID-19 infections have been confirmed in the past 24 hours.

WSWS (2020-11-24). Chicago nursing home workers launch strike against poverty wages, lack of protection from COVID-19. wsws.org Nearly 700 certified nursing assistants and other workers walked out Monday morning for higher pay, more staffing and protections against COVID-19.

sputniknews (2020-11-24). I Can't Keep Up With What's Been Going Down. sputniknews.com On today's episode of The Backstory, host Lee Stranahan discussed current events, including a South Dakota nurse's appearance on TV discussing COVID-19 and the Dow Jones hitting 30,000 points for the first time ever.

WSWS (2020-11-24). Workers Struggles: The Americas. wsws.org Health care workers in Argentina, hospital workers in Chile along with medical staff in Uruguay and Paraguay have conducted strikes and protests over inadequate government response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

WSWS (2020-11-24). Boris Johnson announces end of national lockdown, prepares surge of COVID-19. wsws.org From Wednesday next week, all non-essential shops, gyms, hairdressers and other personal care businesses in England will be allowed to reopen, along with places of worship.

WSWS (2020-11-24). Why are millions of Americans traveling for Thanksgiving as the pandemic rages? wsws.org Even as travel this week is expected to decline from last year, with many citing concerns over COVID-19 as a reason to stay home, the movement of tens of millions across the country threatens to massively accelerate the spread of COVID-19.

Dean Baker (2020-11-24). How Many Lives Would Have Been Saved, If We Had Cooperated on a Vaccine With China? counterpunch.org We know that Republican office holders are not allowed to say that Joe Biden won the election. Apparently there is a similar ban in place for news outlets when it comes to the question of the United States collaborating with China, and other countries, in developing vaccines against the pandemic. In recent days, there have

Shatha Hammad (2020-11-24). What did the PA gain for resuming security coordination with Israel? middleeasteye.net What did the PA gain for resuming security coordination with Israel? | Activists say they expect the Palestinian Authority to crackdown on dissent, as Palestinians criticise a return to the coordination policy | Tue, 11/24/2020 – 14: 37 | Palestinian Authority security forces stop vehicles at a checkpoint in Nablus in the occupied West Bank on 2 July 2020, after authorities reimposed a Covid-19 loc…

WSWS (2020-11-24). A month after being hired at suburban Detroit Fiat Chrysler plant, worker dies from COVID-19. wsws.org Stevie Brown, a temporary part-time worker at the Warren Truck Assembly Plant, is the latest victim of the murderous policy of keeping the factories open even as they have become a major vector in the spread of the deadly disease.

news.un (2020-11-24). Iraq: Continued international support vital amid 'multiple storms'. news.un.org As authorities in Iraq continue to operate "in the eye of multiple storms", international support remains essential for resolving ongoing political, security, economic and social crises, as well as the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic, the Security Council heard on Tuesday.

imperial.ac.uk (2020-11-24). World leading experts in health, science and economics discuss post-Covid world. imperial.ac.uk The world's leading experts in health, science and economics discussed…

Patrick Cockburn (2020-11-24). America and Britain are big losers on world stage as they fail to control Covid. zcomm.org "It was clear that none of the great powers were looking to the multilateral system to provide an answer [to the epidemic]. As the death count rose, every country acted as if it was on its own, closing borders, stockpiling medical equipment, and introducing export controls."

_____ (2020-11-24). Interview With Striking Nurse In Philadelphia Suburb. popularresistance.org On Tuesday, November 17, nurses at St. Mary Medical Center (SMMC) in Langhorne, Pennsylvania, went on strike after management refused to establish safe staffing ratios to confront the growing numbers of Covid cases at the hospital. Left Voice spoke with Drew, who has been a nurse for three years and, for the last year, has worked in the inpatient Endoscopy unit at the hospital. He is a rank-and-file member of the Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals (PASNAP), which represents nurses at St. Mary, and has been on the picket line during the strike.

Mark Gruenberg (2020-11-24). Poor People's Campaign mourns COVID dead, demands immediate help for workers. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—Demanding justice for the living and remembering those killed by the coronavirus, car caravans organized by the New Poor People's Campaign descended Nov. 23 on Washington, D.C., and 25 state capitals to demand further financial and medical relief from top government officials in the nation's fight against that modern-day plague. "In their memory, we must …

RT (2020-11-24). Over 1 BILLION doses of Russia's Sputnik V vaccine against Covid expected in 2021 as producer promises low prices. rt.com More than 500 million people will be able to take the pioneering Russian Sputnik V vaccine against the coronavirus next year. Its developers say the two-shot jab will be sold cheaper than those of its foreign competitors. | The drug will be produced not only in Russia but also by "leading foreign pharmaceutical companies" who agreed to cooperation deals with the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF). Talks with additional international partners are underway to further increase production capacity. | "Sputnik V will be two or more times cheaper than mRNA vaccines with similar efficacy levels," RDIF said in a st…

2020-11-24: News Headlines

Eliane Brum (2020-11-24). Coronavirus report from Brazil: Yanomami mothers beg for their babies' bodies. peoplesworld.org The indignity with which the Indigenous people are being treated in the COVID-19 pandemic opened a new and appalling chapter in the Brazilian government's violation of the rights of its original inhabitants. Three women are living a nightmare for which it will be necessary to invent a name. They are Sanà∂mas, part of the Yanomami …

WSWS (2020-11-24). Workers Struggles: The Americas. wsws.org Health care workers in Argentina, hospital workers in Chile along with medical staff in Uruguay and Paraguay have conducted strikes and protests over inadequate government response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

B.N. Frank (2020-11-24). More New Wearable COVID Tech that Constantly Tracks and Zaps People. globalresearch.ca There seems to be no shortage of invasive technology being invented, deployed, and worn in an effort to detect COVID-19 symptoms and/or track people's whereabouts and personal encounters. Devices are being worn by

Rep. Ron Paul (2020-11-24). On Coronavirus, We Must Not Allow Politics to Dictate Science. globalresearch.ca In these past couple of weeks, two important studies have been published that could dramatically increase our understanding of the Covid-19 disease. Adding to the science of how we understand and treat this disease is something that should be welcomed, …

Dean Baker (2020-11-24). How Many Lives Would Have Been Saved, If We Had Cooperated on a Vaccine With China? counterpunch.org We know that Republican office holders are not allowed to say that Joe Biden won the election. Apparently there is a similar ban in place for news outlets when it comes to the question of the United States collaborating with China, and other countries, in developing vaccines against the pandemic. In recent days, there have

WSWS (2020-11-24). Chicago nursing home workers launch strike against poverty wages, lack of protection from COVID-19. wsws.org Nearly 700 certified nursing assistants and other workers walked out Monday morning for higher pay, more staffing and protections against COVID-19.

WSWS (2020-11-24). A month after being hired at suburban Detroit Fiat Chrysler plant, worker dies from COVID-19. wsws.org Stevie Brown, a temporary part-time worker at the Warren Truck Assembly Plant, is the latest victim of the murderous policy of keeping the factories open even as they have become a major vector in the spread of the deadly disease.

Ralph Lopez (2020-11-24). Chief Science Officer for Pfizer Says "Second Wave" Faked on False-Positive COVID Tests, "Pandemic Is Over" globalresearch.ca First published by Global Research on September 24, 2020 | In a stunning development, a former Chief Science Officer for the pharmaceutical giant Pfizer says "there is no science to suggest a second wave should happen." The "Big Pharma" insider asserts …

Brian Shilhavy (2020-11-24). Law Enforcement Across the U.S. Overwhelmingly Refusing to Enforce COVID Orders — Will the Public Follow? globalresearch.ca As literally millions of people take to the streets all across Europe to protest new COVID orders as many face a second "lockdown" this year in the name of COVID, there is growing evidence that as states in the U.S. …

Thomas Stephens (2020-11-24). Licensed to Kill. counterpunch.org The name's Capitalism. Racial Capitalism. Like a totalized 21st century social system, like a smoother corporate bureaucratic James Bond. Racial capitalism: naming systemic inequalities exposed by post-George Floyd BLM resistance, and revealed by the Covid pandemic's disparate racial impacts. Racial capitalism now is settler-colonialist neoliberalism, with the genocide accelerated more up front and center in

Mark Gruenberg (2020-11-24). Poor People's Campaign mourns COVID dead, demands immediate help for workers. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—Demanding justice for the living and remembering those killed by the coronavirus, car caravans organized by the New Poor People's Campaign descended Nov. 23 on Washington, D.C., and 25 state capitals to demand further financial and medical relief from top government officials in the nation's fight against that modern-day plague. "In their memory, we must …

imperial.ac.uk (2020-11-24). World leading experts in health, science and economics discuss post-Covid world. imperial.ac.uk The world's leading experts in health, science and economics discussed…

_____ (2020-11-24). Interview With Striking Nurse In Philadelphia Suburb. popularresistance.org On Tuesday, November 17, nurses at St. Mary Medical Center (SMMC) in Langhorne, Pennsylvania, went on strike after management refused to establish safe staffing ratios to confront the growing numbers of Covid cases at the hospital. Left Voice spoke with Drew, who has been a nurse for three years and, for the last year, has worked in the inpatient Endoscopy unit at the hospital. He is a rank-and-file member of the Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals (PASNAP), which represents nurses at St. Mary, and has been on the picket line during the strike.

The Canary (2020-11-24). Nearly three in five support staff have seen coronavirus outbreaks in school. thecanary.co The majority of school staff have experienced coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreaks in their school since the start of the pandemic, a survey suggests. | School support staff said they felt "anxious" and "scared for their life" while working in schools, according to a report by the GMB union. | The survey of more than 7,100 support staff found that more than two in three (68%) said testing is not available in school for pupils and staff with coronavirus symptoms. | Nearly three in five (58%) school staff in England reported that outbreaks have taken place in their school. | The poll of teaching assistants, administrat…

Jasmine Norden (2020-11-24). A new vision shows how we can support each other, rebuild the economy and save the planet. thecanary.co A research group is calling on the government to implement new policies to rebuild the economy after coronavirus (Covid-19). | The New Economics Foundation has unveiled a set of There are three main demands. Firstly, the foundation suggested guaranteeing a living income of £227 a week. It further recommended guaranteeing furlough for as long as social distancing is in place a…

Bryce Covert (2020-11-24). Despite the CDC's Eviction Ban, Thousands of Tenants Are Losing Their Homes. thenation.com Despite the CDC's Eviction Ban, Thousands of Tenants Are Losing Their Homes…

RT (2020-11-24). Commercial interests & Russia/West geopolitical struggle combine to make race for Covid-19 vaccines a new battleground. rt.com It seems that the struggle to find a remedy to deal with coronavirus is being overtaken by geopolitical rivalries and prejudice. Not to mention the commercial interests at stake in a market potentially worth up to $100 billion. | Another vaccine has entered the race to rid the world of the Covid-19 pandemic, but unlike the US version, when the team behind the British-produced AstraZeneca product announced its successful preliminary trial results, the company's shares plummeted in trading on Monday. | By contrast, US pharma giant Pfizer's earlier announcement, on November 9, saw stock markets around the world (…

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-24). Iran's daily COVID-19 infections exceed 13,700. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 24 (MNA) — According to the latest announced figures by the Iranian Health Ministry, 13,721 new COVID-19 infections have been confirmed in the past 24 hours.

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-24). Iran to be able to mass-produce corona vaccine: Pres. Rouhani. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 24 (MNA) — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said that Islamic Republic of Iran will be able to mass-produce coronavirus, COVID-19, vaccines.

RT (2020-11-24). Cool for Yule: UK's four nations agree to relax coronavirus restrictions for Christmas. rt.com Covid-19 won't become the Grinch that steals Christmas from Britons, as England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have agreed to relax, for the festive season, the restrictions aimed at slowing the second wave of the pandemic. | Authorities in each of the devolved states had introduced their own curbs to tackle the spread of the virus, which has already infected around 1.5 million and killed more than 55,800 people across the UK. However, following talks between the leaders of the four UK states on Tuesday, they jointly decided to settle on a common approach for the upcoming festive period. | The restricti…

RT (2020-11-24). Over 1 BILLION doses of Russia's Sputnik V vaccine against Covid expected in 2021 as producer promises low prices. rt.com More than 500 million people will be able to take the pioneering Russian Sputnik V vaccine against the coronavirus next year. Its developers say the two-shot jab will be sold cheaper than those of its foreign competitors. | The drug will be produced not only in Russia but also by "leading foreign pharmaceutical companies" who agreed to cooperation deals with the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF). Talks with additional international partners are underway to further increase production capacity. | "Sputnik V will be two or more times cheaper than mRNA vaccines with similar efficacy levels," RDIF said in a st…

Anand Naidoo (2020-11-24). The Heat: G20 Summit. america.cgtn.com World leaders get together for an online G20 Summit. What did they have to say about COVID-19, the global economy and climate change?>

Margaret Flowers (2020-11-24). The Imperative To Achieve National Improved Medicare For All. zcomm.org The majority of people in the United States support a universal healthcare system. The opportunity to win it is now because the recession means our uninsured numbers will soar and the current healthcare system cannot address the COVID-19 crisis…

Collective 20 (2020-11-24). From 2000 Feet. zcomm.org The Covid-19 global pandemic has illuminated the stark reality of whose labor it is that sustains our families, our communities, our clinics, our schools, our eldercare institutions, farms and food chains…

AEFAFA (2020-11-24). Tuesday 11/24: COVID-19 in the Amazon: Stories from the Fronlines of Indigenous & Traditional Communities. indybay.org Online event…

Paul Craig Roberts (2020-11-24). Covid Is Not The Threat. thealtworld.com Covid is a real virus. It is a threat to a small minority of the population—primarily people with poor immune systems and comorbidities. | There are inexpensive ways of boosting immune systems with supplements, such as zinc, vitimans C and D3, Beta Glucan, and NAC. But public health officials have not educated the public about the value of supplements in the Covid battle. The reason is that so-called public health officials are shills for Big Pharma's profits, and Big Pharma regards good immune systems as a hindrence to profits. | There are also two effective, safe, and inexpensive cures for Covid. One is t…

Dr. Paul Craig Roberts (2020-11-24). COVID Is Not the Threat. globalresearch.ca Covid is a real virus. It is a threat to a small minority of the population—primarily people with poor immune systems and comorbidities. | There are inexpensive ways of boosting immune systems with supplements, such as zinc, vitimans C and D3, …

Shatha Hammad (2020-11-24). What did the PA gain for resuming security coordination with Israel? middleeasteye.net What did the PA gain for resuming security coordination with Israel? | Activists say they expect the Palestinian Authority to crackdown on dissent, as Palestinians criticise a return to the coordination policy | Tue, 11/24/2020 – 14: 37 | Palestinian Authority security forces stop vehicles at a checkpoint in Nablus in the occupied West Bank on 2 July 2020, after authorities reimposed a Covid-19 loc…

Staff (2020-11-24). Betting Pool? Tyson Managers Bet on How Many Workers Would Get COVID. Advocates Call It Grim Pattern. democracynow.org The family of a former meatpacker who died from COVID-19 alleges in a lawsuit that managers at a Tyson Foods plant in Iowa knew working conditions would result in illness, and even placed bets on how many workers would be infected. The family of Isidro Fernandez, who died in April, says the plant manager set up a winner-take-all betting pool for supervisors and managers to wager on coronavirus infections. Since the start of the pandemic, at least six workers have died and more than 1,000 tested positive for COVID-19 at the Iowa facility. Tyson Foods has suspended the managers involved in the alleged betting schem…

Staff (2020-11-24). Economists Argue to "Use Debt, Go Big, and Stay Big" With COVID Relief Package. truthout.org To forestall the nation's ongoing plunge into financial devastation as some crucial relief programs expire and others are

Patrick Cockburn (2020-11-24). America and Britain are big losers on world stage as they fail to control Covid. zcomm.org "It was clear that none of the great powers were looking to the multilateral system to provide an answer [to the epidemic]. As the death count rose, every country acted as if it was on its own, closing borders, stockpiling medical equipment, and introducing export controls."

Speak Out Now (2020-11-24). Saturday 12/5: The Covid Crisis: The Response in France (Online). indybay.org Online meeting, see website for details…

teleSUR (2020-11-24). Argentina: Defense, Health Ministries Ready for Vaccination. telesurenglish.net Argentina's ministries of defense and health are preparing for a large-scale vaccination campaign against the new coronavirus by planning the vaccines' cold-storage delivery and distribution. | RELATED: | "We have been working with the Ministry of Health for a month. First the ministers had a meeting, and now our teams are working together, coordinating almost daily," Defense Minister Agustin Rossi said. | To…

The Canary (2020-11-24). Community mental health services are letting people down just when they need them the most. thecanary.co Experiences of community mental health services are consistently poor and the coronavirus pandemic will prompt a rise in people seeking help at crisis point, the care regulator has warned. | "Few positive results": | People reported poor experiences of NHS community mental health services relating to access to care, crisis care and support for wider needs and "few positive results", the Care Quality Commission (CQC) said. | Many of those receiving care did not always receive support for their physical health needs or finding advice on managing finances or employment, the regulator said. Significant propor…

PAI (2020-11-24). Postal union leaders: Pandemic-driven mail decline emphasizes need for USPS aid. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON (PAI)—The decline in money-making first-class mail, as businesses closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, emphasizes—again—the need for federal aid to keep…

Patrick Cockburn (2020-11-24). America and Britain are the Big Losers on the World Stage. counterpunch.org Lockdowns are unnecessary if the use of masks is practiced by 95 per cent of the population, says Dr Hans Kluge, the World Health Organisation's European chief. This is good to know, though it is a pity that the WHO did not make the point more forcefully in March as the pandemic was exploding across

Marlee Kokotovic (2020-11-24). CO2 levels hit record high despite pandemic lockdowns. nationofchange.org Scientists calculate that emissions must fall by half by 2030 to give a good chance of limiting global heating.

Jen Pelz (2020-11-24). Unleash a Desert River and Its Wisdom. counterpunch.org As the global pandemic rages, I am set adrift without connection to my home anchor. This charmed place with the monochromatic desert landscapes and auburn central river are but a distant memory. I breathe in the thirsty air and watch a pair of coyotes skulk through the urban refuge in my hometown. The geese snub

_____ (2020-11-24). Neighbors Explain What Protests Against Systemic Racism Mean To Them. popularresistance.org Demonstrators took to the D.C. streets in late May, protesting police brutality and the systemic racism Black people face. It was part of a larger movement inspired by the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, but Floyd wasn't the only name protesters chanted. They called for justice for Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and, more locally, Marqueese Alston, D'Quan Young, and others. In September, a new name was added to the list: Deon Kay. | The demonstrations have taken place against the backdrop of a pandemic that has disproportionately impacted Black and Latino Americans, including in D.C.

Dr. Russell Blaylock (2020-11-24). 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, …

_____ (2020-11-24). Report: Incarceration Destabilizes Neighborhood Economies. popularresistance.org A report released by the Maryland Center for Economic Policy suggests decreasing the state's prison budget will lead to a healthier economy and increased public safety. | The report, released Wednesday, found that Black Marylanders are 4 1/2 times more likely to serve prison sentences than any other racial or ethnic group. Indigenous Maryland residents are twice as likely to be incarcerated than any other racial or ethnic group. | "None of what we're doing is making any of us safer and it's most certainly not making those Black communities that are being robbed of human capital ‚Äï it's not making…

John C. A. Manley (2020-11-24). Medical Doctor Warns that "Bacterial Pneumonias Are on the Rise" from Mask Wearing. globalresearch.ca First published in October 2020 | "A group is suing Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum and Tulsa Health Department Executive Director Bruce Dart, saying the city's mask mandate is harmful to healthy people," reports

Emily Apple (2020-11-24). One sentence from Matt Hancock shows he's clueless about reality for most working Brits. thecanary.co On 24 November, health secretary Matt Hancock addressed a joint session of the Health and Social Care Committee and the Science and Technology Committee. | But one sentence from Hancock showed just how clueless he is about the reality for most workers in the UK. Hancock stated: We are peculiarly unusual and outliers in soldiering on and still going to work, and it kind of being the culture that 'as long as you can get out of bed you still should get into work. | What's really peculiar?: | Financial Times journalist Sarah O'Connor didn't pull any punches in her analysis of what's really peculiar about this…

WSWS (2020-11-24). Strikes and protests across Germany against regular school operations. wsws.org Faced with mass infections at schools and a cover-up by the federal and state governments, students throughout Germany are beginning to take the protection of their health and that of their families into their own hands.

Doctors for Assange (2020-11-24). Doctors for Assange Statement. Ongoing Torture and Neglect. globalresearch.ca Sunday 22nd November 2020 marked 12 months since doctors from around the world Since …

Princess Harmony (2020-11-24). Oppose DEA surveillance plan! workers.org The Drug Enforcement Administration is seeking more control and surveillance in the lives of people who use opioids, particularly people who use the medications buprenorphine (Suboxone, Subutex, Sublocade, Bunavail, or Zubsolv) and methadone (Diskets, Methadose). The DEA's mission in this regard is, on paper, to prevent diversion — the sharing . . . |

MEE staff (2020-11-24). HRW calls on Saudi Arabia to reveal status of detained Uighurs. middleeasteye.net HRW calls on Saudi Arabia to reveal status of detained Uighurs | Aimadoula Waili and Nurmemet Rozi were arrested last week by Saudi authorities and risk deportation and torture in China, rights group says | Tue, 11/24/2020 – 20: 05 | Human Rights Watch has called on Saudi authorities to 'immediately disclose' the status of Hemdullah Abduweli and Nurmemet Rozi (AFP/File photo) | Human Rights Watch has called on…

imperial.ac.uk (2020-11-24). Imperial is part of major festival that aims to reach 66 million people globally. imperial.ac.uk Imperial scientist is part of creative team selected for developing Festival UK 2022, a national event celebrating the UK's creativity and innovation.

commondreams (2020-11-23). Report: Fossil Fuel Industry Received Up To $15 Billion in COVID-19 Direct Relief. commondreams.org ______________________________…

commondreams (2020-11-23). Oxfam Reaction To Astrazeneca/Oxford COVID-19 Vaccine Trial Results. commondreams.org ______________________________…

2020-11-23: News Headlines

WSWS (2020-11-23). COVID-19 infections spread rapidly in Spain amid government inaction. wsws.org Despite the dangerously high infection figures, the Podemos-Socialist Party government has refused to take the action required to curb the pandemic, imposing only limited and ineffectual curfew measures, with some areas of the country beginning to scale back restrictions.

Zero Hedge (2020-11-23). UK Government Proposes "Freedom Passes" to Get 'Safe' People Back to Work. globalresearch.ca The rollout of COVID-19 immunity certificates across the UK could become a reality in 2021. A draft of the scheme, one where people who have contracted the virus and have recovered, or have naturally develop antibodies to fight the virus, …

WSWS (2020-11-23). Thanksgiving in America: Massive food lines and evictions as benefits expire. wsws.org As the rise of COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths continues unabated, working-class families across the US are facing hunger and poverty on a scale not seen since the Great Depression.

WSWS (2020-11-23). With COVID-19 spreading through auto plants, workers report death at FCA Warren Truck Assembly Plant. wsws.org The death, if confirmed, is the outcome of a massive outbreak in the plant, reported by several workers to the World Socialist Web Site Autoworker Newsletter. According to one worker, eight teams with six to eight workers each have been sent home due to the virus since September 28.

Ashoka Mukpo (2020-11-23). Bloody Masks and Fevers on Shift: Immigrant Workers Face Abuse in Nebraska Meatpacking Plant. aclu.org Last spring, as people across the globe raced to shut themselves indoors and shelter away from the threat of COVID-19, meatpacking workers in America suddenly found themselves exposed, vulnerable, and

WSWS (2020-11-23). Iowa hospitals overwhelmed, Wisconsin health care system on brink of collapse amid exponential rise in COVID-19 cases. wsws.org Nearly every intensive care unit bed and every medical-surgical bed is full in the majority of hospitals throughout the state, and over a third of all hospitals in Wisconsin are operating at peak capacity and are unable to admit new patients.

WSWS (2020-11-23). All intensive care beds occupied in Switzerland after COVID-19 infections explode. wsws.org Triage—treating some but not others—is now a major topic of discussion in one of the wealthiest countries in the world. The elderly and those with pre-existing conditions are being called on to make a living will and forgo treatment.

WSWS (2020-11-23). As demands for work stoppage grow, UAW officials tell Sterling Heights Assembly workers: "Don't read the WSWS" wsws.org In the face of growing demands by Fiat Chrysler workers to halt production at the Sterling Height Assembly Plant to stop the spread of COVID-19, local United Auto Workers officials are lashing out at the World Socialist Web Site and rank-and-file workers who have turned to the WSWS to expose the deadly conditions at the suburban Detroit auto factory.

Jeff Bryant (2020-11-23). Bad Leadership Drove Schools into Crisis. progressive.org COVID-19 exposed how important teachers are to students and families—but politicians and policy leaders are still not listening to them.

Jeffrey A. Tucker (2020-11-23). The Blizzard of Bogus Journalism on COVID. globalresearch.ca This game of hunt-and-kill Covid cases has reached peak absurdity, especially in media culture. | Take a look at

Amy Goodman (2020-11-23). A people's vaccine? Drugmakers set to profit from COVID vaccines made with publicly funded research. nationofchange.org "The investment in these vaccines, as for most drugs, has really been underwritten by the taxpayer, by the government."

Michael Roberts (2020-11-23). COVID 2021: More calamity ahead? mronline.org The death rate from these new infections may be lower than in the first wave last March-April, but hospitalizations are reaching new peaks in the U.S. and parts of Europe.

Alan Macleod (2020-11-23). Successful Not-for-Profit Oxford COVID Vaccine Threatens Big Pharma Profit Logic. mintpressnews.com "The Oxford vaccine is… striking, since the point was to pay researchers, but not to rely on patent monopolies to generate large profits." – Economist Dean Baker…

Sam Pizzigati (2020-11-23). What Could be Better Than a Drug That Can Stop Covid? A Society That Doesn't Let Some Make Billions off a Drug Millions Can't Access. counterpunch.org Who doesn't like a race? A grand global race, like the competition to run the first mile under four minutes. Or the race to scale the world's highest mountain. Or be the first to walk on the moon. Now we find ourselves in a race of much greater import: the dash to develop an effective

Alan MacLeod (2020-11-23). Successful Not-for-Profit Oxford COVID Vaccine Threatens Big Pharma Profit Logic. thealtworld.com "The Oxford vaccine is… striking, since the point was to pay researchers, but not to rely on patent monopolies to generate large profits." — Economist Dean Baker | MPN— The world is abuzz today after a team of medical researchers from Oxford University in the United Kingdom

The Canary (2020-11-23). Covid controls will be needed through the winter, warns Hancock. thecanary.co Measures to control coronavirus will be needed through the winter despite the latest successful vaccine trials, Health Secretary Matt Hancock has warned. | Hancock said the success of the lockdown in reducing case numbers in England meant the country will be able to return to a tiered system of local restrictions from December 2 as planned. | However, Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham warned continuing curbs on the hospitality sector in the worst-hit areas would have a "devastating" effect on many businesses. | Boris Johnson is due to set out details of the revised three-tier system of controls in a Commons s…

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-23). Implementation of coronavirus restrictions at Tehran Bazaar. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 23 (MNA) — As of the first Azar (Nov. 21), tough restrictions have been implemented across the country for a period of two weeks in order to control and contain the spread of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19.

commondreams (2020-11-23). Oxfam Reaction To Astrazeneca/Oxford COVID-19 Vaccine Trial Results. commondreams.org ______________________________…

commondreams (2020-11-23). Report: Fossil Fuel Industry Received Up To $15 Billion in COVID-19 Direct Relief. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Kenny Stancil, staff writer (2020-11-23). 'No Time to Lose for Climate Action': Atmospheric CO2 Continued to Rise in 2020 Despite Covid-19 Lockdowns. commondreams.org The World Meteorological Organization called for "more sustained and ambitious climate action to reduce emissions to net zero through a compete transformation of our industrial, energy, and transport systems." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/coal_7.jpg

Brett Wilkins, staff writer (2020-11-23). "Time to Cut Dirty Energy's Lifeline": Report Details How Fossil Fuel Industry Feasted on Covid-19 Relief Programs. commondreams.org "By artificially delaying the industry's inevitable decline at taxpayers' expense, the government has made it that much harder to make the necessary transition to clean energy sources." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/fossilfuels_1_0.jpg

Staff (2020-11-23). Drugmakers Will Profit Off COVID Vaccines Generated by Taxpayer-Funded Research. truthout.org With the world pinning its hopes on a successful coronavirus vaccine to curb the pandemic, corporate watchdogs say much of the research and development of the medicines rely on public funding. "The investment in these vaccines, as for most drugs, has really been underwritten by the taxpayer, by the government," says Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen. | TRANSCRIPT: | This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form. | AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy Now! The Quarantine Report. I'm Amy Goodma…

news.un (2020-11-23). UNICEF planning 'mammoth operation' to deliver COVID-19 vaccines. news.un.org The UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) is working with more than 350 partners, including major airlines, shipping lines and logistics associations from around the world, to deliver COVID-19 vaccines to over 92 countries, as soon as doses become available, the agency said on Monday.

news.un (2020-11-23). Carbon dioxide levels hit new record; COVID impact 'a tiny blip', WMO says‚ÄØ. news.un.org Levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere hit a new record of 410.5 parts per million in 2019, and are expected to keep rising this year, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said in its annual Greenhouse Gas Bulletin on Monday.‚Ä&Oslash…

_____ (2020-11-23). Demonstrators Deliver 800 'Failing Report Cards' To Iowa Governor. popularresistance.org As confirmed coronavirus cases and hospitalizations continue to increase in Iowa, activists and community members sent Gov. Kim Reynolds nearly a thousand "failing report cards" during a Friday afternoon demonstration to speak out against the governor's response to the pandemic. | Over a dozen demonstrators gathered in front of the Governor's Terrace Hill mansion for a planned action by community organization Iowa CCI demanding a statewide mask mandate and more leadership from the governor.

AEFAFA (2020-11-23). Tuesday 11/24: COVID-19 in the Amazon: Stories from the Fronlines of Indigenous & Traditional Communities. indybay.org Online event…

Speak Out Now (2020-11-23). Saturday 12/5: The Covid Crisis: The Response in France (Online). indybay.org Online meeting, see website for details…

Staff (2020-11-23). A People's Vaccine? Drugmakers Set to Profit from COVID Vaccines Made with Publicly Funded Research. democracynow.org With the world pinning its hopes on a successful coronavirus vaccine to curb the pandemic, corporate watchdogs say much of the research and development of the medicines rely on publicly funded research. "The investment in these vaccines, as for most drugs, has really been underwritten by the taxpayer, by the government," says Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen.

Michelle Chen (2020-11-23). For Some Workers, Schools Never Closed. thenation.com For Some Workers, Schools Never Closed…

Dave Zirin, Jules Boykoff (2020-11-23). The Olympic Machine Meets With Protest in Tokyo. thenation.com The Olympic Machine Meets With Protest in Tokyo…

WSWS (2020-11-23). Guatemalan government cracks down on anti-austerity protests. wsws.org Protests broke out over the weekend against austerity measures being brutally imposed during a social crisis exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic and Hurricanes Eta and Iota.

WSWS (2020-11-23). UK universities expose thousands of international students to raging pandemic. wsws.org Such are the horrendous conditions, with the Conservative government set to end its national lockdown on December 2, that many international students will contract this deadly disease.

commondreams (2020-11-23). New Report Finds that a "Delinquent Dozen" Pandemic Profiteers Failed Essential Workers and Forced Them to Risk Their Health, While Still Profiting Immensely. commondreams.org ______________________________…

_____ (2020-11-23). Massive Protests In Guatemala Against President And The Congress. popularresistance.org At least 10,000 people rallied in the central square of the country's capital, in front of the seat of government, to express their dissatisfaction after 10 months of President Alejandro Giammattei's administration and the approval of the 2021 budget — the largest budget in the country's history. These latest events are part of rising discontent in the country in response to the policies of Giammeattei's government and the right-wing party he represents, Vamos, as well as the deteriorating economic situation in Guatemala, which has been devastated by the pandemic and back-to-back hurricanes this fall.

The Portugal News (2020-11-23). Portugal Court Decides that Quarantine in State of Alert Is Illegal. globalresearch.ca The PCR test "is unable to determine, beyond reasonable doubt, that such positivity result corresponds, in fact, to the infection of a person by the SARS-CoV-2 virus", said the Lisbon Court of Appeal. | *** | The Lisbon Court of Appeal also …

Kenny Stancil, staff writer (2020-11-23). High Drug Prices Could Result in Premature Deaths of More Than 1.1 Million Seniors in Next Decade: Analysis. commondreams.org "The costs of doing nothing about high drug prices are too high." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/medicare_drugs.jpg

_____ (2020-11-23). Abuses In Palm Oil Fields Linked To Top Beauty Brands. popularresistance.org Sumatra, Indonesia – With his hand clamped tightly over her mouth, she could not scream, the 16-year-old girl recalls — and no one was around to hear her anyway. She describes how her boss raped her amid the tall trees on an Indonesian palm oil plantation that feeds into some of the world's best-known cosmetic brands. He then put an ax to her throat and warned her: Do not tell. | At another plantation, a woman named Ola complains of fevers, coughing and nose bleeds after years of spraying dangerous pesticides with no protective gear. Making just $2 a day, with no health benefits, she can't afford to see a d…

WSWS (2020-11-23). Mass opposition among healthcare workers as estimated deaths exceed 20,000. wsws.org Over 800 St. Mary's nurses in Pennsylvania returned to work on Sunday with no evidence of a contract deal, just one example of various unions strangling strikes as health care workers face death on a massive scale.

Molly Cottrill (2020-11-23). People of Color Need Healthier Food. progressive.org We have the power to improve health outcomes by addressing a root cause of racial health disparities.

_____ (2020-11-23). As Racism Plagues Health Care, Unions Offer A Treatment. popularresistance.org Like many nursing homes across the country, the Genesis HealthCare center in Greenville, Rhode Island, primarily houses white residents and employs people of color. Adelina Ramos, who's Cape Verdean, works at the center as a certified nursing assistant and faces a number of challenges common to the caregiving profession. Each day, she cares for 11 dementia patients on her own, with that number sometimes rising to 18 if a co-worker can't come in. The job comes with long hours on her feet and the occasional risk of physical harm when dealing with aggressive patients.

Ralph Nader (2020-11-23). Trump's Massive, Lawless, and Immoral Legacy to Our Country Will Continue Unless … counterpunch.org Trump has gotten away with almost everything throughout his bankruptcy-driven business career and his corrupt, cruel, and costly political years in the White House. Things changed on November 3, when he was retired by the voters.

Ralph Nader (2020-11-23). Trump's Massive, Lawless, and Immoral Legacy to Our Country Will Continue Unless … counterpunch.org Trump has gotten away with almost everything throughout his bankruptcy-driven business career and his corrupt, cruel, and costly political years in the White House. Things changed on November 3, when he was retired by the voters. Refusing to concede, however, so as to prolong his crazed fantasies, Trump is distracting the mass media from his looting

MEE staff (2020-11-23). Egyptian officials to face trial over torture and murder of Giulio Regeni. middleeasteye.net Egyptian officials to face trial over torture and murder of Giulio Regeni | After disappearing in Cairo, the 28-year-old doctoral researcher's body was later discovered by the Cairo-Alexandria highway | Mon, 11/23/2020 – 21: 03 | The trial will likely reveal more details about Regeni's horrific death, with his body badly mutilated by torture (AFP/File photo) | Egyptian security officials will likely face trial…

Nadda Osman (2020-11-23). Uighur scholar arrested in Saudi Arabia at risk of deportation to China. middleeasteye.net Uighur scholar arrested in Saudi Arabia at risk of deportation to China | Activists and human rights advocates have raised concerns that Aimadoula Waili may be tortured in a 're-education' camp if sent back to China | Mon, 11/23/2020 – 15: 48 | The scholar fears he could be deported back to China, where Uighurs face persecution (Supplied) | A Uighur Muslim religious scholar was arrested in Saudi Arabia o…

Simon Mark Dahl Baunwall, Mads Ming Lee, Marcel Kjà¶rsgaard Eriksen, Benjamin H. Mullish, Julian R. Marchesi, Jens Frederik Dahlerup, Christian Lodberg Hvas (2020-11-23). Faecal microbiota transplantation for recurrent Clostridioides difficile infection: An updated systematic review and meta-analysis. thelancet.com High-quality evidence supports FMT is effective for recurrent CDI, but its effect varies with the delivery method and the number of administrations. The superior NNT for FMT compared with antibiotics suggests that patients may benefit from advancing FMT to all instances of recurrent CDI.

imperial.ac.uk (2020-11-23). Severe infections wreak havoc on mouse blood cell production. imperial.ac.uk Severe infections like malaria cause short and long-term damage to precursor blood cells in mice, but some damage could be reversed, find researchers.

Lynda Carson (2020-11-22). Twelve deaths at Oakland's Mercy Retirement and Care Center. indybay.org Coronavirus Covid-19 Ravages Oakland's Mercy Retirement and Care Center:…

MEE and agencies (2020-11-22). Gaza warns hospitals reaching Covid-19 breaking point. middleeasteye.net Gaza warns hospitals reaching Covid-19 breaking point | The blockaded territory will soon run out of ventilators, intensive-care beds, say public health advisers | Sun, 11/22/2020 – 13: 00 | A man walks past a mural in Gaza dedicated to doctors fighting Covid-19 (AFP) | Gaza's health system could be overwhelmed by next week because of a surge in coronavirus cases, health advisers warned on…

Staff (2020-11-22). Tyson Exploits Consumers Just Like Its Animals and the Workers Who Raise Them. truthout.org The actions of the U.S. meat industry throughout the pandemic have brought to light the true corruption and waste that are inherent within our food system. Despite a new wave of rising COVID-19 cases, the U.S. Department of Agriculture recently submitted a proposal to further

_____ (2020-11-22). Biden Could Enact Medicare For All By Executive Action. popularresistance.org Journalist David Dayen presented a convincing case Tuesday that President-elect Joe Biden, once sworn into office come January, would have the legal authority to immediately provide complete Medicare coverage to everyone in the country via executive action due to the Covid-19 pandemic—though the very serious question remains: would he? | During the primary season in March, Biden said he would veto a Medicare for All bill should one ever reach his desk, but with the coronavirus infection rate surging—and some scenarios projecting an overall death toll as high as 360,000 by the time the inauguration tak…

2020-11-22: News Headlines

MEE and agencies (2020-11-22). Gaza warns hospitals reaching Covid-19 breaking point. middleeasteye.net Gaza warns hospitals reaching Covid-19 breaking point | The blockaded territory will soon run out of ventilators, intensive-care beds, say public health advisers | Sun, 11/22/2020 – 13: 00 | A man walks past a mural in Gaza dedicated to doctors fighting Covid-19 (AFP) | Gaza's health system could be overwhelmed by next week because of a surge in coronavirus cases, health advisers warned on…

Staff (2020-11-22). Tyson Exploits Consumers Just Like Its Animals and the Workers Who Raise Them. truthout.org The actions of the U.S. meat industry throughout the pandemic have brought to light the true corruption and waste that are inherent within our food system. Despite a new wave of rising COVID-19 cases, the U.S. Department of Agriculture recently submitted a proposal to further

_____ (2020-11-22). Biden Could Enact Medicare For All By Executive Action. popularresistance.org Journalist David Dayen presented a convincing case Tuesday that President-elect Joe Biden, once sworn into office come January, would have the legal authority to immediately provide complete Medicare coverage to everyone in the country via executive action due to the Covid-19 pandemic—though the very serious question remains: would he? | During the primary season in March, Biden said he would veto a Medicare for All bill should one ever reach his desk, but with the coronavirus infection rate surging—and some scenarios projecting an overall death toll as high as 360,000 by the time the inauguration tak…

_____ (2020-11-22). On Contact: Covid-19 And America's Health Care Crisis. popularresistance.org On the show this week, Chris Hedges talks to Dr. Margaret Flowers about the Covid-19 pandemic and the catastrophic response to the public health crisis under America's for-profit healthcare system. Without national coordination, or universal and free national health care, Americans are faced with uneven or absent care due to hospital closures, reductions in hospital beds and services. Lawmakers and hospital administrators compete to purchase basic supplies leading manufacturers to hike prices.

Xinhua News Agency (2020-11-22). López Obrador dice en G20 que atenderse salud sin afán de lucro y ayudar a pobres. peoplesworld.org MEXICO—El presidente de México, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, dijo este sábado en la cumbre virtual del Grupo de los 20 (G20) que la enfermedad del nuevo coronavirus (COVID-19) ha dejado "lecciones importantes", entre ellas que la salud debe atenderse sin afán de lucro y que la reactivación económica debe empezar por ayudar a los pobres. …

The Canary (2020-11-22). Protesters torch Guatemala's congress building amid unrest. thecanary.co Hundreds of protesters broke into Guatemala's congress and burned part of the building on Saturday amid growing demonstrations against President Alejandro Giammattei and the legislature for approving a controversial budget that cut educational and health spending.The incident came as about 10,000 people were protesting in front of the National Palace in Guatemala City against corruption and the budget, which protesters say was negotiated and passed by legislators in secret while the Central American country was distracted by the fallout of back-to-back hurricanes and the Covid-19 pandemic.About 1,000 protesters w…

Lynda Carson (2020-11-22). Twelve deaths at Oakland's Mercy Retirement and Care Center. indybay.org Coronavirus Covid-19 Ravages Oakland's Mercy Retirement and Care Center:…

_____ (2020-11-22). What If the Whole of Modern American History You Know Is Wrong? And What of COVID-19? strategic-culture.org Bill SARDI | I know Americans young and old haven't the time to listen to the late So, allow me to summarize what Dr. Sutton said a few years ago: US industry was behind the re-arming of Russia — -the "cold war" was contrived; and U.S. companies financially and industrially b…

Sam Pizzigati (2020-11-22). The Rain on Our Yes-We-Now-Have-a-Vaccine! Parade. commondreams.org What could be better than a drug that can stop Covid? A society that doesn't let some make billions off a drug millions can't access | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/gettyimages-1228062636_1.jpg

Michael Hiltzik (2020-11-22). The Colossal Problem of Publicly Funded Vaccines in Private Hands. zcomm.org As Pfizer and Moderna prepare to roll out their COVID 19 vaccines, the problems associated with publicly funded vaccines in the hands of private companies are already on the horizon, as the drug industry seeks to control global efforts for a cure…

Ed Yong (2020-11-22). Dead Before Christmas. zcomm.org As U.S. Passes 250K COVID Deaths, Healthcare Workers Brace for Holiday Surge…

ZOOM (2020-11-22). Wednesday 11/25: Virtual Thanksgiving: Free, Unlimited Zoom for COVID Safe Gatherings. indybay.org Online via Zoom (free, no time limit on 11/26)…

_____ (2020-11-22). Which Coronavirus Policies Succeed, And Which Fail. strategic-culture.org According to an analysis by and in the New York Times on November 18th, which is headlined At Strategic Culture, on May 21, I had published my own analysis, which was based u…

Staff (2020-11-22). Hospital Bills Amid the Pandemic Are Outrageous. Medicare for All Is the Fix. truthout.org Hospitals in the United States charge patients as much as 1,800% more than their costs amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to a new study. | The 100 most expensive hospitals in the United States charge between $1,129 and $1,808 for every $100 of their costs, according to a Overall…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2020-11-22). Vaccine Access Advocates Cautiously Optimistic As G20 Summit Ends With Pledge to 'Spare No Effort' to Ensure Widespread Distribution. commondreams.org World leaders expressed cautious optimism about widespread coronavirus vaccine access as the virtual G20 summit wrapped up with a final statement from the world's 20 largest economies, expressing that the countries would make sure vaccines are distributed equitably across the globe. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/gettyimages-1229708776_1_1.jpg

Mike Walter (2020-11-22). The Heat: APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting. america.cgtn.com Leaders from APEC, the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation group, have pledged to work toward free and open trade to revive economies battered by the coronavirus pandemic. A virtual gathering of APEC economic leaders wrapped up Friday, with member nations calling for economic integration and closer cooperation …

Prison Radio (2020-11-22). "The Prison within the Prison": Lockdown and Social Distancing in America's Prisons. globalresearch.ca Our people inside are robbed of privacy, autonomy, safety, and human contact; why would their health in a pandemic be any different? Because of the poor standards and oversight of prison conditions in the U.S., each facility is largely responsible …

_____ (2020-11-22). Pandemia's Norm: Wars and Rumors of Wars. strategic-culture.org Welcome to the world of Pandemia. It is a place where a deadly virus pandemic spreads in an out-of-control fashion. Sheltering at home has led to widespread unemployment. With closed borders and reduced airline flights, international and some domestic travel are all but dead. Legislatures and judicial courts render their decisions over video-conferencing connections. People of all ages die without being able to physically say farewell to their loved ones. | Pandemia is a dark place, where modern medicine and public health are dismissed by the equivalents of alchemists and indulgence sellers of medieval times. Pan…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2020-11-22). Guatemalan President Reviewing Budget, Which Slashed Healthcare Spending, After Outraged Protesters Set Fire to Legislative Building. commondreams.org "We are outraged by poverty, injustice, the way they have stolen the public's money," a psychology professor who attended the protests told the press. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/gettyimages-1229722359_1.jpg

_____ (2020-11-22). People Are Rising Up Against The Elites, So Should We. popularresistance.org This weekend, ten thousand people took to the streets in Guatemala to protest the President and Congress over a proposed budget, the largest in its history, that cuts funds for health care and education as poverty rises, and provides slush funds to politicians and governments. In Colombia, the people held a national strike to protest their violent, right-wing government. In Peru, protests against a right-wing power grab have ousted one appointed president and people are demanding a new government and constitution.

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-22). Iran ready to transfer medical experience to Iraq. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 22 (MNA) — The Cultural Attaché of the Embassy of Iran and the former Prime Minister of Iraq conferred on the expansion of bilateral cultural and scientific relations on Sunday.

sputniknews (2020-11-21). Councilman, Parents File Lawsuit to Reopen NYC Schools After de Blasio's Announcement. sputniknews.com The COVID-19 pandemic has hit the US hardest of all, with over 12Mln confirmed cases to date. Initially the Big Apple took the brunt of the virus, although later the daily number of new cases dropped significantly. With numbers now almost doubling in the last two weeks, Mayor Bill de Blasio has again shuttered all the schools within the city.

_____ (2020-11-21). Over 100 Rebellions In Jails And Prisons Over COVID19 Conditions. popularresistance.org U.S jails and prisons, already death traps, have been completely ravaged by COVID-19. Crowded quarters, a lack of PPE, inadequate medical care, an aging population, and unsanitary conditions have contributed to an infection rate 5.5 times higher than the already ballooned average in the U.S. As of this writing, over 252,000 people in jails and prisons have been infected and at least 1,450 incarcerated people and officers have died from the novel coronavirus. Evidence suggests these figures are underreported, however.

Andrew J Pollard, Oxford COVID Vaccine Trial Group (2020-11-21). [Comment] Notice of addendum to Article reporting Oxford trial of ChAdOx1 nCoV-19 vaccine. thelancet.com On request, and to aid others doing similar trials, we are publishing the full standard operating procedures (SOPs) for the Oxford University-sponsored trials of the ChAdOx1 nCoV-19 vaccine. Operational details about running clinical trials of COVID-19 vaccines in a pandemic are not generally available as they are contained in SOPs held at trial sites. These SOPs can provide additional insight into study conduct that assist with interpretation of the data. We have provided an additional appendix to our Article reporting the phase 1/2 findings1 to provide this information about the key processes guiding the Oxford…

Children's Health Defense (2020-11-21). 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

WSWS (2020-11-21). Frontline nurse at UK's Royal Bournemouth Hospital speaks out as COVID-19 cases surge. wsws.org The following letter was sent to the WSWS from a frontline nurse at the UK's Royal Bournemouth Hospital.

The Canary (2020-11-21). Mass coronavirus testing for Merthyr Tydfil's residents and workers. thecanary.co Scores of people have turned up at a pilot scheme of mass coronavirus testing in Merthyr Tydfil.Rapid Covid-19 tests are being offered to the area's residents and workers even if they do not have symptoms, a week after the town registered the highest rate of new cases in the UK.Merthyr Tydfil has since seen the biggest drop in cases in Wales from around 770 cases per 100,000 to now below 260 as the effect of the country's 17-day firebreak begins to work.A lateral flow immunoassay diagnostic device, which shows the presence of SARS-CoV-2, which is being used on the public in Merthyr Tydfil (Ben Birchall/PA)The tes…

RT (2020-11-21). Covid-19 pandemic could bring economic crisis on scale of 'Great Depression,' Putin tells G20 — warns of poverty & social disorder. rt.com Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned that the coronavirus pandemic could lead to a global economic collapse that would have a significant impact on the lives of millions of people across the world. | Speaking at the virtual G20 summit of international leaders on Saturday, Putin warned that, "despite some positive signals, the main risk is still the so-called stagnant mass unemployment with a subsequent increase in poverty and social disorder." | "The coronavirus epidemic, the global lockdown and the freezing of economic activity launched a systemic economic crisis, which the modern world has not known s…

The Lancet (2020-11-21). [Editorial] COVID-19 vaccines: no time for complacency. thelancet.com "Yes. Yes. Yes." That was the response of John Bell, Regius Professor of Medicine at the University of Oxford, when asked whether we could be confident that life will be returning to normal by spring. He was being interviewed by the BBC shortly after the announcement last week by Pfizer and BioNTech that their COVID-19 vaccine candidate had 90% efficacy in clinical trials. Similar announcements about the Russian Sputnik V and Moderna vaccines followed soon after. The prospect of preventing illness and death, and avoiding the harm and misery of extended restrictions, is a cause for optimism.

Julia Conley, staff writer (2020-11-21). Trump Skips G20 Pandemic Preparedness Meeting as Covid-19 Cases Surpass 12 Million in US. commondreams.org "The president is not only missing from his post, but he's encouraging a mutiny." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/gettyimages-1286899669_1.jpg

WSWS (2020-11-21). As workers confront rampant COVID-19 in auto plants, former UAW VP Joe Ashton gets wrist-slap prison term. wsws.org Ashton, who pocketed $250,000 in kickbacks, is being sent to a country club prison with a seven-month delay for COVID-19 while workers are forced to confront the exploding pandemic every day in the factories.

WSWS (2020-11-21). US hits record 200,000 new daily COVID-19 cases as hospitals fill to capacity. wsws.org To date, there have been 12.2 million confirmed coronavirus cases in the US and more than 260,000 deaths.

WSWS (2020-11-21). As Canada's ruling class lets pandemic run rampant, workers must fight to shut down nonessential production and schools. wsws.org Canada's Public Health Agency warns that new COVID-19 infections will rise to 20,000 per day by the end of December—the equivalent of 200,000 per day in the United States—if social contacts remain at current levels.

Sandipan Talukdar (2020-11-21). COVID-19: Study suggests immunity against SARS-CoV-2 could last for six months. peoplesdispatch.org The study analyzed the immune memory against the virus in 185 patients who had recovered from COVID-19. These included patients who were asymptomatic and those who exhibited severe clinical symptoms…

Peter Koenig (2020-11-21). 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.

Dr. Pascal Sacré (2020-11-21). The COVID-19 RT-PCR Test: How to Mislead All Humanity. Using a "Test" To Lock Down Society. globalresearch.ca The misuse of the RT-PCR technique is used as an intentional strategy by some governments, supported by scientific safety councils and by the dominant media, to justify the violation of a large number of constitutional rights, the destruction of the economy with the bankruptcy of entire active sectors of society,…

_____ (2020-11-21). Nurse Survey Exposes Hospitals' Failure To Prepare For Covid-19 Surge. popularresistance.org National Nurses United's new nationwide survey of more than 15,000 registered nurses reveals that 11 months into the pandemic, hospitals are failing to prepare for a surge of Covid-19 cases during flu season and that basic infection control and prevention measures are still lacking. Nurses cite the health care industry's inappropriate pursuit of profit during this public health crisis as the main reason for its failure to follow the proper infection control measures that nurses have been demanding since the beginning of the pandemic.

WSWS (2020-11-21). As winter sets in Portland's homeless face exposure to the cold, lack of beds and COVID-19. wsws.org The city has resorted to urgently asking the general public for help in locating structures that can shelter the homeless from the cold while protecting them from COVID-19.

sputniknews (2020-11-21). Video: Guatemalan Congress Building Set on Fire Amid Protests Over New Budget. sputniknews.com Guatemala has been seeing protests against the country's new 2021 budget, which, according to The Associated Press, has cut spending on education and health. According to protesters, cited by The AP, the budget was negotiated and passed by the legislators in secret amid the COVID-19 pandemic and the aftermath of back-to-back hurricanes.

Peoples Dispatch (2020-11-21). Ugandan presidential candidate Bobi Wine released on bail. peoplesdispatch.org Pop star-turned-politician Bobi Wine was arrested on Wednesday on charges of violation of COVID-19-related regulations. His arrest was followed by mass protests during which state repression led to at least 37 deaths…

Whitney Webb (2020-11-21). Anthrax To COVID: The Ongoing Anthrax Deception That Created The BioSecurity State & COVID-19. thealtworld.com Joining me today is returning guest David Meiswinkle, President Executive Director of Lawyer's Committee For 9/11 Inquiry. | On October 15th 2020, the Lawyer's Committee For 9/11 Inquiry submitted a petition to the US Congress formally requesting a "redress of grievances regarding Federal Government misconduct related to…

WSWS (2020-11-21). San Diego schools continue to reopen as California surpasses 1 million COVID-19 cases. wsws.org San Diego teachers are speaking out in opposition to school districts keeping schools open as cases skyrocket throughout the county.

WSWS (2020-11-21). CFPE online meeting: The global fight for educator and student safety in the COVID-19 pandemic. wsws.org The Committee for Public Education (CFPE) invites educators, students and working people in Australia and internationally to participate in an online meeting on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on schools, college, universities and other educational institutions.

WSWS (2020-11-21). Sri Lankan artists discuss COVID-19 and its impact on their creative work, living conditions. wsws.org Musical performances, theatre, film and teledrama production, book exhibitions and similar activities have almost entirely come to a halt. Kapila Kumara Kalinga and Malaka Devapriya spoke to the WSWS about the situation.

SNS (2020-11-21). Underreported Cause Of Covid-19 Deaths. indybay.org The filthiest places in any country are the slaughterhouses. Animals are defecating and urinating in terror. Their blood spills everywhere.

The Canary (2020-11-21). Legal challenge launched over 'unlawful' Government Covid appointments. thecanary.co Campaigners have submitted a legal challenge alleging that prime minister Boris Johnson and health secretary Matt Hancock acted "unlawfully" when appointing key figures to top posts during the coronavirus crisis, it has been reported.The Observer said that the case had been lodged jointly by the Good Law Project and race equality think tank the Runnymede Trust.It said that the judicial review, submitted to the High Court, alleged that three appointments were made without advertising the positions and without the open competition normally required for senior public sector roles. | This is our belief, that cronyism…

Peter Koenig (2020-11-21). Video: The Second Wave: Testing, Testing, "Covid is on the Rise". Towards a Total Lockdown. globalresearch.ca

Reese Erlich (2020-11-21). The upcoming fights over COVID vaccine. zcomm.org Who will be vaccinated first — and in what country?>

sputniknews (2020-11-21). White House Mum on Covid Thanksgiving Rules as CDC Asks People Not to 'Speak Loudly' in Own Homes. sputniknews.com Americans are preparing to celebrate Thanksgiving on Thursday, November 26, with this year's celebrations marred by the coronavirus pandemic and the vast economic dislocation caused by efforts to keep infection rates down over the past eight months.

ZOOM (2020-11-21). Thursday 11/26: Virtual Thanksgiving: Free, Unlimited Zoom for COVID Safe Gatherings. indybay.org Online via Zoom (free, no time limit on 11/26)…

2020-11-21: News Headlines

Peter Koenig (2020-11-21). 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.

_____ (2020-11-21). Over 100 Rebellions In Jails And Prisons Over COVID19 Conditions. popularresistance.org U.S jails and prisons, already death traps, have been completely ravaged by COVID-19. Crowded quarters, a lack of PPE, inadequate medical care, an aging population, and unsanitary conditions have contributed to an infection rate 5.5 times higher than the already ballooned average in the U.S. As of this writing, over 252,000 people in jails and prisons have been infected and at least 1,450 incarcerated people and officers have died from the novel coronavirus. Evidence suggests these figures are underreported, however.

Lynda Carson (2020-11-21). Twelve deaths at Oakland's Mercy Retirement and Care Center. indybay.org Coronavirus Covid-19 Ravages Oakland's Mercy Retirement and Care Center:…

Andrew J Pollard, Oxford COVID Vaccine Trial Group (2020-11-21). [Comment] Notice of addendum to Article reporting Oxford trial of ChAdOx1 nCoV-19 vaccine. thelancet.com On request, and to aid others doing similar trials, we are publishing the full standard operating procedures (SOPs) for the Oxford University-sponsored trials of the ChAdOx1 nCoV-19 vaccine. Operational details about running clinical trials of COVID-19 vaccines in a pandemic are not generally available as they are contained in SOPs held at trial sites. These SOPs can provide additional insight into study conduct that assist with interpretation of the data. We have provided an additional appendix to our Article reporting the phase 1/2 findings1 to provide this information about the key processes guiding the Oxford…

The Canary (2020-11-21). Mass coronavirus testing for Merthyr Tydfil's residents and workers. thecanary.co Scores of people have turned up at a pilot scheme of mass coronavirus testing in Merthyr Tydfil.Rapid Covid-19 tests are being offered to the area's residents and workers even if they do not have symptoms, a week after the town registered the highest rate of new cases in the UK.Merthyr Tydfil has since seen the biggest drop in cases in Wales from around 770 cases per 100,000 to now below 260 as the effect of the country's 17-day firebreak begins to work.A lateral flow immunoassay diagnostic device, which shows the presence of SARS-CoV-2, which is being used on the public in Merthyr Tydfil (Ben Birchall/PA)The tes…

The Lancet (2020-11-21). [Editorial] COVID-19 vaccines: no time for complacency. thelancet.com "Yes. Yes. Yes." That was the response of John Bell, Regius Professor of Medicine at the University of Oxford, when asked whether we could be confident that life will be returning to normal by spring. He was being interviewed by the BBC shortly after the announcement last week by Pfizer and BioNTech that their COVID-19 vaccine candidate had 90% efficacy in clinical trials. Similar announcements about the Russian Sputnik V and Moderna vaccines followed soon after. The prospect of preventing illness and death, and avoiding the harm and misery of extended restrictions, is a cause for optimism.

SNS (2020-11-21). Underreported Cause Of Covid-19 Deaths. indybay.org The filthiest places in any country are the slaughterhouses. Animals are defecating and urinating in terror. Their blood spills everywhere.

_____ (2020-11-21). Nurse Survey Exposes Hospitals' Failure To Prepare For Covid-19 Surge. popularresistance.org National Nurses United's new nationwide survey of more than 15,000 registered nurses reveals that 11 months into the pandemic, hospitals are failing to prepare for a surge of Covid-19 cases during flu season and that basic infection control and prevention measures are still lacking. Nurses cite the health care industry's inappropriate pursuit of profit during this public health crisis as the main reason for its failure to follow the proper infection control measures that nurses have been demanding since the beginning of the pandemic.

Sandipan Talukdar (2020-11-21). COVID-19: Study suggests immunity against SARS-CoV-2 could last for six months. peoplesdispatch.org The study analyzed the immune memory against the virus in 185 patients who had recovered from COVID-19. These included patients who were asymptomatic and those who exhibited severe clinical symptoms…

Children's Health Defense (2020-11-21). 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

Dr. Pascal Sacré (2020-11-21). The COVID-19 RT-PCR Test: How to Mislead All Humanity. Using a "Test" To Lock Down Society. globalresearch.ca The misuse of the RT-PCR technique is used as an intentional strategy by some governments, supported by scientific safety councils and by the dominant media, to justify the violation of a large number of constitutional rights, the destruction of the economy with the bankruptcy of entire active sectors of society,…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-11-21). Ugandan presidential candidate Bobi Wine released on bail. peoplesdispatch.org Pop star-turned-politician Bobi Wine was arrested on Wednesday on charges of violation of COVID-19-related regulations. His arrest was followed by mass protests during which state repression led to at least 37 deaths…

Peter Koenig (2020-11-21). Video: The Second Wave: Testing, Testing, "Covid is on the Rise". Towards a Total Lockdown. globalresearch.ca

ZOOM (2020-11-21). Thursday 11/26: Virtual Thanksgiving: Free, Unlimited Zoom for COVID Safe Gatherings. indybay.org Online via Zoom (free, no time limit on 11/26)…

Eds. (2020-11-21). The Swedish Herd Immunity myth. mronline.org After a Spring in which Sweden had one of the worst Covid death rates in Europe, some latched on to their low summer case numbers to argue for a herd immunity approach. But as cases again rise dramatically, Madeleine Johansson challenges the Swedish herd immunity myth.

Reese Erlich (2020-11-21). The upcoming fights over COVID vaccine. zcomm.org Who will be vaccinated first — and in what country?>

Ralf Wurzbacker (2020-11-21). Corona containment could cause more suffering than it prevents. indybay.org In Sept 2020, UNICEF calculated that an additional 150 million children were pushed into poverty as a result of the economic collapse provoked by the quasi-global lockdown in spring. Already in July, experts from the World Food Program (WFP) warned that the Corona crisis could threaten an additional 130 million people with starvation this year.

Almira Tanner (2020-11-21). Five reasons why a moratorium is the right next step in our fight to #CancelAnimalAg. indybay.org If you're reading this, I likely don't need to tell you that something is deeply wrong and unjust about animal agriculture. This industry tortures and kills trillions of animals each year, forces marginalized people to work in unsafe and traumatizing environments, and is a leading contributor of greenhouse gases, ocean dead zones, and pandemic-causing zoonotic diseases. We need to completely abolish animal agriculture and transition to a more just, plant-based food system, but it's not going to happen overnight.

Poor People's Campaign (2020-11-21). Monday 11/23: In Their Remembrance: From Mourning to a Moral Mandate Pandemic Interfaith Vigil w/ PPC. indybay.org Online via livestream direct from Washington D.C.

C. Douglas Lummis (2020-11-21). 'We Won't Quit Until We Stop It'. zcomm.org Despite the pandemic, US-backed ravaging of Okinawa continues. So does the people's direct action…

_____ (2020-11-21). Destabilized By US Imperialism, Central America Faces Climate Catastrophes. popularresistance.org At the moment, Central America is suffering from the acceleration of climate change fueled natural disasters. On the heels of the recent Hurricane Eta and a raging pandemic, Hurricane Iota has hit the region, predominantly impacting Indigenous, Afro-descendant, and black communities. The situation has been made worse by violent and corrupt governments supported by the United States. | Indigenous and Afro-descendant communities in Central America have long warned against climate change and environmental destruction caused by foreign-owned and operated extractivist projects.

Dean Baker (2020-11-21). How Many Lives Would Have Been Saved if We Had Collaborated on Vaccines With China? cepr.net We know that Republican office holders are not allowed to say that Joe Biden won the election. Apparently there is a similar ban in place for news outlets when it comes to the question of the United States collaborating with China, and other countries, in developing vaccines against the pandemic. In recent days, there have …

Editor (2020-11-21). The Imperative to Achieve Medicare for All. scheerpost.com By Dr. Margaret Flowers / Popular Resistance Health care will be a major issue early in the new Biden/Harris administration. Unemployment is still high with over a million people applying for unemployment benefits last week and 42.6% of working age people without a job. In the United States, losing employment often means losing health insurance. On top of the 30 million people who are already… |

Munyaradzi Makoni (2020-11-21). [World Report] Violence leads to health emergencies in Mozambique. thelancet.com Displaced by war, thousands of people in Mozambique are at risk of infectious disease. Munyaradzi Makoni reports.

Mara Giavina-Bianchi, Andre P. Santos, Eduardo Cordioli (2020-11-21). Teledermatology reduces dermatology referrals and improves access to specialists. thelancet.com The use of teledermatology as a triage tool significantly reduced the waiting time for in-person visits, improving health care access and utilizing public resources wisely. Knowledge of sex, age, diagnoses and treatment of common skin conditions can enable public policies for the prevention and orientation of the population, as it can be used to train general physicians to address such cases.

Seye Abimbola, Madhukar Pai (2020-11-21). [Perspectives] Will global health survive its decolonisation? thelancet.com There are growing calls to decolonise global health. This process is only just beginning. But what would success look like? Will global health survive its decolonisation? This is a question that fills us with imagination. It is a question that makes us reflect on what Martin Luther King Jr saw when he said in 1968, in the last speech he gave before he was killed, that "I've been to the mountaintop…and I've seen the Promised Land." If what he saw was an equal, inclusive, and diverse world without a hint of supremacy, then, that world is still elusive.

Susan Jaffe (2020-11-21). [World Report] US Supreme Court poised to keep the Affordable Care Act. thelancet.com A lawsuit to overturn the Affordable Care Act may be floundering after Supreme Court justices questioned why the law should be dismantled. Susan Jaffe reports from Washington, DC.

Philip Ball (2020-11-21). [Perspectives] New narratives of life. thelancet.com To take on the question of this book's title, you probably have to be foolhardy or a Nobel laureate. Those aren't, of course, mutually exclusive categories, but fortunately Paul Nurse belongs to just one of them. This smart little book, What is Life?, has many of the qualities that Nurse has displayed as a public spokesperson for science, and a former president of the UK's Royal Society. It is concise, clear, careful, and considered. If there's one alliterative quality it lacks, it is completeness.

Sarah Hawkes (2020-11-21). [Perspectives] The banality of the patriarchy. thelancet.com When German—American philosopher Hannah Arendt covered the 1961 trial of the Nazi Adolf Eichmann for The New Yorker magazine—her reports led to her book of 1963, Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil—she was struck by the concept of banality. Arendt wrote that Eichmann, this bureaucrat who was "medium-sized, slender, middle-aged, with receding hair, ill-fitting teeth, and nearsighted eyes" was responsible for participation in one of the greatest crimes in history. The banality to which Arendt referred, however, was not Eichmann's unexceptional physical appearance, but "an inabi…

Megan Tatum (2020-11-21). [World Report] China's fertility treatment boom. thelancet.com The end of the one-child policy and social shifts have increased demand for fertility treatments. Many patients are turning to medical tourism. Megan Tatum reports.

Richard Horton (2020-11-21). [Comment] Offline: Holocaust education—a medical imperative. thelancet.com As school students in England in the 1970s, we were taught the bare facts of the Holocaust. And that is where we left it. A fact of history, a fact certainly to be remembered, yet a fact that seemed very distant from contemporary times. But last week, the Ontario Medical Association, together with Doctors Against Racism and Anti-Semitism, held a webinar to discuss the case for teaching the Holocaust in medical schools. The meeting was led by Dr Frank Sommers, a professor of psychiatry at the University of Toronto.

Dalia Alhosain, Lamia Kouba, Asmaa Dandashy, Wael Jejan (2020-11-21). [Clinical Picture] A painful lump on a teenager's toe is a benign enchondroma. thelancet.com A 16-year-old girl attended our outpatient clinic complaining about a hard lump on the second toe of her left foot. She said it had been present for 6 years, but that in the past 3 months it had become moderately painful and that the pain was aggravated by walking. She said that the lump had not increased in size. She reported no history of trauma and no relevant medical history.

Ina Jochmans, Aukje Brat, Lucy Davies, H Sijbrand Hofker, Fenna E M van de Leemkolk, Henri G D Leuvenink, Simon R Knight, Jacques Pirenne, Rutger J Ploeg, COMPARE Trial Collaboration and Consortium for Organ Preservation in Europe (2020-11-21). [Articles] Oxygenated versus standard cold perfusion preservation in kidney transplantation (COMPARE): a randomised, double-blind, paired, phase 3 trial. thelancet.com HMPO2 of kidneys donated after circulatory death is safe and reduces post-transplant complications (grade IIIb or more). The 12-month difference in eGFR between the HMPO2 and HMP groups was not significant when both kidneys from the same donor were still functioning 1-year post-transplant, but potential beneficial effects of HMPO2 were suggested by analysis of secondary outcomes.

Geoff Watts (2020-11-21). [Obituary] Frank von Sonnenburg. thelancet.com Specialist in infectious diseases and travel medicine. He was born on May 8, 1946, in Munich, Germany, and died there of brain cancer on Aug 21, 2020, aged 74 years.

news.un (2020-11-20). UN agencies uphold human rights considerations in COVID-19 data collection. news.un.org The United Nations and 15 of its agencies have underlined their support for data collection during the COVID-19 pandemic which respects the right to privacy and promotes development.

news.un (2020-11-20). UN chief to press G20 for greater solidarity and support during pandemic. news.un.org When he addresses leaders of the world's richest countries at the G20 summit on Saturday, UN Secretary-General António Guterres will deliver a simple message on the COVID-19 pandemic: "We need solidarity and cooperation. And we need concrete action now — especially for the most vulnerable."

Deirdre Griswold (2020-11-20). Capitalists profit off pandemic. workers.org Many countries around the world have successfully contained the coronavirus. Most notable is China, the most populous nation and the place where the virus first appeared. As of Nov. 15, China reported a total of 4,634 deaths from COVID-19 and only 13 new cases. (worldometers.info/coronavirus) Here in the United States, . . . |

sputniknews (2020-11-20). NASA 'Hard-Pressed' to Land Astronauts on Moon in 2024, Cites COVID-19 Delays. sputniknews.com Although the Apollo lunar flights ended in 1972, the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has remained greatly invested in returning astronauts to the moon by 2024. The last time a NASA astronaut set foot on the moon was in 1972.

Shatha Hammad (2020-11-20). Palestinians with disabilities battling PA for vital healthcare. middleeasteye.net Palestinians with disabilities battling PA for vital healthcare | Covid-19 has exposed a deeply flawed health insurance system that lets disabled Palestinians down badly | Fri, 11/20/2020 – 16: 17 | Disability rights activists including Abdelrahman Awwad (C) and Shatha Abu Srour (R) have staged a sit-in for nearly three weeks in Ramallah. The banner reads: "We die of coronavirus and we die of medic…

_____ (2020-11-20). Workers At Fargo Warehouse Strike Over Virus Safety Concerns. popularresistance.org Fargo – About 70 employees of a Fargo food distribution business went on strike Wednesday, Nov. 18, calling for resumption of union contract talks and drawing attention to what a union spokesman described as "lackadaisical" COVID-19 precautions at the site. | About 20 warehouse workers and truck drivers set up picket lines outside of Cash-Wa Distributing, at 4101 15th Ave. N., Fargo around 1 p.m. Wednesday amid union concerns that the warehouse could contribute to the spread of COVID-19 because of its ties to businesses and warehouses across the region, according to Brian Nowak, business agent for the Teamsters L…

Igor Derysh (2020-11-20). Geraldo Rivera wants to name COVID-19 vaccine after Trump to make him feel better about the election. salon.com "Why not name the vaccine 'The Trump'?" Rivera asked on "Fox & Friends." "It would be a nice gesture to him"

Emilio Gonzalez-Ayala (2020-11-20). El Paso at Breaking Point with Hospitals & Mobile Morgues Filling Up. zcomm.org El Paso County, an area along the U.S.-Mexico border where 80% of residents are Latinx, is facing one of the worst COVID-19 outbreaks in the U.S. and now has 10 mobile morgues to hold bodies…

RT (2020-11-20). Police in Germany launch homicide probe into doctor who allegedly gave 2 Covid patients lethal injection. rt.com German police are investigating a doctor who allegedly killed two critically ill Covid-19 patients, who were being treated in intensive care, with a lethal injection, a spokesperson said on Friday. | The doctor, who has worked at Essen University Hospital as a senior physician since February, was arrested on November 18 on suspicion of intentionally fatally injecting the two men, the public prosecutor's office in Essen said on Friday. | "There is a suspicion that the doctor deliberately and illegally administered drugs to seriously ill people in their last phase of life, which led to their immediate death," in…

news.un (2020-11-20). COVID cases surge amid growing threat from antimicrobial resistance — WHO chief. news.un.org More cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the past four weeks than in the first six months of the pandemic, the UN health agency chief told journalists on Friday as he launched a new report on the threat posed by antimicrobial resistance.

WSWS (2020-11-20). Students criticize University of Michigan President Mark Schlissel over reckless reopening. wsws.org A Q&A session Monday night resulted in a debacle for Schlissel as he faced widespread criticism from participating student representatives over the disastrous reopening he has overseen amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Kate Raines (2020-11-20). Pfizer CEO Sells Stock Same Day Positive Results of COVID-19 Vaccine Announced. globalresearch.ca Pharmaceutical company Pfizer, Inc. announced on Nov. 9, 2020 that ongoing Phase 3 clinical trial of its COVID-19 mRNA vaccine candidate suggests the vaccine may be 90 percent effective in preventing infection with the SARS-CoV-2 virus. The news sent Pfizer's …

WSWS (2020-11-20). Managers at Tyson pork plant took bets on how many workers would contract COVID-19. wsws.org Nationwide, at least 50,000 meatpacking workers have been infected since the start of the pandemic and at least 253 have died, according to the Food & Environment Reporting Network.

WSWS (2020-11-20). UK city of Hull becomes new COVID-19 epicentre fuelled by unsafe schools. wsws.org In Hull, 57 of the city's 97 schools have been affected, while in the wider East Riding area, cases have been reported in 103 of 150 schools.

news.un (2020-11-20). Guterres pledges support for sustainable industrial development in Africa. news.un.org The COVID-19 crisis was impacting Africa "well before the pandemic spread across the continent", the UN chief said on Friday, marking Africa Industrialization Day, arriving at a point when many economies were expanding and "poverty was in decline". ‚Ä&Oslash…

WSWS (2020-11-20). As COVID-19 surges, the New York Times demands that schools remain open. wsws.org In a series of news articles, editorials, and op-eds, the Times has waged a campaign to oppose the closure of schools to stop the spread of the pandemic.