Daily Archives: November 15, 2020

2020-11-15: News Headlines

news.un (2020-11-15). First-person: Fighting human trafficking in Malawi. news.un.org Maxwell Matewere, a Malawian crime prevention expert with the UN Office for Drugs and Crime (UNODC), has been active in the anti-human trafficking field for more than two decades. Today, he trains officials throughout Malawi to prevent and combat this crime: this year alone, despite COVID-19 restrictions, his work has led to the rescue of around three hundred human trafficking victims and 31 arrests.

Mark Kreidler (2020-11-15). Stanford vs. Harvard: Two famous business schools' opposing tactics on COVID. salon.com In the time of COVID-19, no two institutions have come to quite the same conclusions about how to proceed safely…

Dr. Pascal Sacré (2020-11-15). 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,…

F. William Engdahl (2020-11-15). What's Not Being Said About the Pfizer Coronavirus Vaccine. "Human Guinea Pigs"? globalresearch.ca Bill Gates is actively financing and promoting new untested vaccines supposed to keep us at least somewhat safe from a 'ghastly" death from the novel coronavirus and supposedly allow us to resume somewhat "normal" lives. The Pharma giant Pfizer has …

Caroline Chen (2020-11-15). The Enraging Deja Vu of a Third Coronavirus Wave. zcomm.org Health care workers don't need patronizing praise. They need resources, federal support, and for us to stay healthy and out of their hospitals. In many cases, none of that is happening…

The Canary (2020-11-15). Swann likely to request more restrictions ahead of hospitality sector reopening. thecanary.co Stormont's health minister has said he is likely to be asking for further coronavirus restrictions for the north of Ireland before the scheduled reopening of the hospitality sector.Robin Swann's remarks raise the prospect of more executive discord in the near future, following a week when the coalition administration was consumed with in-fighting over its pandemic response.After four days of acrimonious exchanges, a majority of ministers finally backed a proposal that saw the region's four-week circuit-break lockdown extended by one week followed by a phased reopening of hospitality businesses.Mr Swann voted for…

David Rovics (2020-11-15). Pandemic Panhandling Update. dissidentvoice.org Ôªø Three months ago in August, I wrote a piece called Pandemic Panhandling, wherein I began with a brief recounting of the ways in which the music industry collapsed over the course of my musical career, prior to the pandemic, and then I wrote about some of the ways in which things have gotten exponentially …

imperial.ac.uk (2020-11-15). Patients taking statins experience similar side effects from dummy pills. imperial.ac.uk People taking dummy pills and statins experienced similar side effects in a new study.

Joht Singh Chandan (2020-11-14). [Correspondence] Improving global surveillance of gender-based violence. thelancet.com Gender-based violence, as highlighted by Sophie Cousins in a World Report1 and by numerous other organisations (eg, UN and WHO),1—4 is a substantial public health issue leading to excess morbidity and mortality and is thought to be exacerbated during the COVID-19 pandemic.

RT (2020-11-14). Fired Amazon worker & strike leader sues megacorporation for racial discrimination during Covid-19. rt.com An ex-Amazon employee who led a warehouse workers' strike has sued for discrimination, alleging the company failed to "provide PPE equipment to its predominantly minority workforce" while giving whites cushy management jobs. | The trillion-dollar online retail giant "subjected a class of African American and Hispanic workers to inferior terms and conditions of employment as it offered predominantly Caucasian employees working in managerial classifications [sic]," the

Roxanne Nelson (2020-11-14). [World Report] US wildfires and mental illness stress health systems. thelancet.com The record wildfire season on the US west coast, coupled with the raging COVID-19 pandemic, is testing the health system's preparedness. Roxanne Nelson reports from Seattle, WA.

Deirdre Griswold (2020-11-14). Class oppression and the virus. workers.org The United States continues to lead the world — in the number of COVID-19 cases as well as in deaths. As of Nov. 9, this rich, high-tech imperialist country has now registered 243,302 deaths from the virus. This is twice as many coronavirus deaths as in India, even though the . . . |

G. Dunkel (2020-11-14). Cómo COVID-19 revela las desigualdades en la economía de EE.UU. workers.org La administración de Trump ha admitido que no tiene ningún plan controlar al virus COVID-19. El jefe de personal de la Casa Blanca, Mark Meadows, dijo a CNN el 25 de octubre que "No vamos a controlar la pandemia. Vamos a controlar el hecho de que tenemos vacunas, terapias y . . . |

Devi Sridhar (2020-11-14). [Perspectives] Staying sane in our new COVID-19 world. thelancet.com COVID-19 spread like wildfire across the world: from China to its neighbouring countries to east Asia, Iran, Europe, and the rest of the world. This pandemic showed how connected the world has become, and how even the best mathematical modelling could not predict which countries would be first affected and how elite travellers would move from hotels to ski resorts to cruise ships and restaurants. But during the pandemic, there has been anxiety about the virus and considerable uncertainty, with widespread reports of mental health issues and feelings of isolation, especially under lockdowns.

WSWS (2020-11-14). Herd immunity policy in German schools leads to explosion of coronavirus infections. wsws.org Even the prospect of a breakthrough regarding a COVID-19 vaccine does not impel capitalist politicians to pursue a sensible, safe pandemic policy.

Peoples Dispatch (2020-11-14). University of Manchester students stage occupation of campus against insensitivity of authorities. peoplesdispatch.org The occupation was led by UoM Rent Strike, alongside the campaign group '9K 4 WHAT?. The protesters were agitating against the extremely high rent and lack of support during the COVID-19 pandemic…

Richard Horton (2020-11-14). [Comment] Offline: A different kind of lockdown. thelancet.com In April, 2019, Dr Mai Alkaila became the first woman to be appointed Minister of Health in the occupied Palestinian territory. An obstetrician and gynaecologist by training, she later earned a PhD in health policy and systems. But she also had a taste for diplomacy and has served the State of Palestine as Ambassador to Chile and Italy. Perfect credentials, one might imagine, for a role that comes with already delicate political challenges. And then the COVID-19 pandemic struck. How was a divided land and a divided government under occupation going to handle a health emergency that was confounding even the most u…

Zach Conti (2020-11-14). G20 Announces Debt Relief Process. indybay.org G20 finance ministers held an extraordinary meeting and announced further plans on debt reduction for developing countries affected by the COVID-19 economic crisis.

WSWS (2020-11-14). SEP (UK) Congress resolution The COVID-19 pandemic, the international class struggle, and the tasks of the Socialist Equality Party. wsws.org This resolution was adopted unanimously by the membership of the Socialist Equality Party in Britain at its Fifth National Congress, which was held online from October 24—27, 2020. It was amended by the incoming National Committee in consideration of fundamental contemporary developments in the United States.

Dylan Penner (2020-11-14). Public-Private Partnerships Have No Place in Canada's Post-COVID Just Recovery. commondreams.org We urgently need the government to put people at the core of its COVID-19 response and recovery plan. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/build-back-better.jpg

Catherine Lynne Troisi (2020-11-14). President-elect Biden's new COVID-19 task force gives the US a fresh chance to turn around a public health disaster. nationofchange.org Will there be a cohesive message from the top?>

WSWS (2020-11-14). Turkish finance minister resigns amid a deepening crisis. wsws.org The Turkish government and economy are drifting towards a deepening crisis amid a raging COVID-19 pandemic.

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-14). Iran produces effective antiviral COVID-19 drug. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 14 (MNA) — Iranian researchers have developed an effective COVID-19 drug that has been approved by Iran's Food and Drug Administration (IFDA).

Shaniqua Pippen and Adina Benno (2020-11-14). NYC schools left struggling as second COVID-19 wave begins. liberationnews.org It is up to teachers, students, families, and entire communities to say no more!

WSWS (2020-11-14). Corporate damage control: Detroit News parrots management, UAW lies about COVID safety conditions at US auto plants. wsws.org The piece is a shameless attempt at damage control as the real situation, which is being documented by the World Socialist Web Site Autoworker Newsletter, is spiraling out of control.

Vincent Emanuele (2020-11-14). COVID Horror: The Holiday Edition. zcomm.org The sooner we come up with coordinated plans at the local, even granular level (home, family, friend network, block, apartment), the more prepared we'll be to engage in a nationwide effort to curb the spread of the virus…

Andrew Emett (2020-11-14). Over 130 Secret Service officers in isolation due to COVID outbreak. nationofchange.org One government official stated that the agency is backtracing to determine whether most of the infections took place during Trump's campaign rallies or at the White House.

_____ (2020-11-14). Public-Safety Ratings of the World's Countries. strategic-culture.org Two rankings will be provided here. One is a measure of "law and order" within 144 countries. The other is the definitive measure of how effectively each of the nations that has over 10 million inhabitants has dealt with the coronavirus-19 pandemic. | The first rankings here will be Gallup Law and Order Index Scores. In 2019, Gallup asked nearly 175,000 adults in 144 countries the following 4 questions: (1) Do you have confidence in the local police force? (2) Do you feel safe walking alone at night in the city or area where you live? (3) Within the last 12 months, have you had money or property stolen from you o…

Inderbir S Gill, Giovanni E Cacciamani, Vinay Duddalwar, Duraiyah Thangathurai, Mark Cunningham (2020-11-14). [Clinical Picture] Renal cancer with extensive level IV intracardiac tumour thrombus removed by robot. thelancet.com A 74-year-old man presented to the emergency department reporting blood in his urine. He was fit and well and reported no pain, or fever. He had a medical history of hypertension, coronary artery disease, partial colectomy for cancer, gastro-oesophageal reflux, and cataracts. He was taking aspirin, losartan, omeprazole and simvastatin.

The Canary (2020-11-14). Return to tiers will see coronavirus infections rise, scientists warn. thecanary.co Returning to the tiered system of coronavirus restrictions in England after the lockdown comes to an end will see infections rise again, scientists have warned. Any hopes of families gathering at Christmas will also be dependent on the reproduction rate of the disease staying below one for "some time", according to documents released by the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage).The next normal: A document from the science advisers, dated 4 November, said: If England returns to the same application of the tiering system in place before November 5, then transmission will return to the same rate of…

MEE and agencies (2020-11-14). Egypt discovers 100 intact sarcophagi in largest find of 2020. middleeasteye.net Egypt discovers 100 intact sarcophagi in largest find of 2020 | Cairo hopes such finds will come to boost the country's tourism sector, hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic | Sat, 11/14/2020 – 16: 20 | An archaeologist cleans a statue during the unveiling of an ancient treasure trove of more than a 100 intact sarcophagi at the Saqqara necropolis, 30km south of Cairo (AFP) | Egypt announced…

sputniknews (2020-11-14). Gulfport Energy Files for Bankruptcy Following Acquisitions Splurge. sputniknews.com The global coronavirus pandemic has led to a collapse in fuel demand, which has seen various gas providers file for bankruptcy this year alone. Gulfport Energy Corp was already struggling with debt costs, as the outbreak has pushed the sector to the brink.

WSWS (2020-11-14). Students at Manchester University occupy accommodation block as rent strike continues. wsws.org Rising rents, as well as the fact that many students were made to pay in the previous academic year for accommodation they were leaving empty, have triggered a number of protests across the UK since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

Anand Naidoo (2020-11-14). The Heat: US presidential race and coronavirus surge. america.cgtn.com China on Friday congratulated Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, saying China will respect the choice of the American people…one week after the US media projected the former United States Vice President as the winner of the presidential election.

Wendy Orent (2020-11-14). Will the coronavirus evolve to be less deadly?>. salon.com All pandemics eventually run their course. But history and science suggest many possible pathways…

WSWS (2020-11-14). Workers must stop production to contain coronavirus outbreak at Sterling Heights Assembly Plant! wsws.org At least one worker, Mark Bianchi, is already dead, a relative confirmed recently on Facebook, and the United Auto Workers union has pulled virtually all of its shop stewards from the floor, pointing to an outbreak potentially without precedent in the US industry.

WSWS (2020-11-14). Record breaking surge of the pandemic pushing US health care workers to the edge. wsws.org The mounting surge in new infections is placing immense strain on health care workers and the health systems as they scramble to manage a rapidly growing number of new admissions to hospitals across the nation.

WSWS (2020-11-14). Close all nonessential workplaces! Full compensation for workers and small businesses! wsws.org All sections of the ruling class are opposed to taking measures necessary to contain the pandemic. That is why workers must take emergency action.

WSWS (2020-11-14). US health care workers demand strike action to address understaffing, low pay as pandemic crisis deepens. wsws.org Mass resistance among nurses and other health care workers against the criminal policies of hospital conglomerates and governments is erupting across the United States.

Lucian K. Truscott IV (2020-11-14). Trump is going out the way he came in: A loser, a liar and a cheat. salon.com As the virus heads into a winter surge, our defeated president tweets, plays golf and runs a money-raising scam…

Sharon T Cameron, Anna Glasier, Lisa McDaid, Andrew Radley, Paula Baraitser, Judith Stephenson, Richard Gilson, Claire Battison, Kathleen Cowle, Mark Forrest, Beatriz Goulao, Anne Johnstone, Alessandra Morelli, Susan Patterson, Alison McDonald, Thenmalar Vadiveloo, John Norrie (2020-11-14). [Articles] Use of effective contraception following provision of the progestogen-only pill for women presenting to community pharmacies for emergency contraception (Bridge-It): a pragmatic cluster-randomised crossover trial. thelancet.com Provision of a supply of the progestogen-only pill with emergency contraception from a community pharmacist, along with an invitation to a sexual and reproductive health clinic, results in a clinically meaningful increase in subsequent use of effective contraception. Widely implemented, this practice could prevent unintended pregnancies after use of emergency contraception.

Mary O'Keeffe, Chris G Maher, Tomas Rozbroj, Mark Schoene, Rachelle Buchbinder (2020-11-14). [Correspondence] Lessons from The Lancet Low Back Pain Series media strategy. thelancet.com Mass media campaigns improve population health by promoting positive health behaviours and discouraging negative ones.1 Campaigns have helped to successfully reduce smoking and promote physical exercise. For some health conditions, campaigns sometimes have to compete with the marketing of unproven tests and treatments by industry and professional associations. An example of success in this context was an Australian campaign that improved population and general practitioner beliefs about back pain, improved medical management, and reduced workers' compensation costs for back pain.

Marcia L Stefanick, Londa Schiebinger (2020-11-14). [Perspectives] Analysing how sex and gender interact. thelancet.com In recent years prominent UK and US leaders in science and medicine have called for the end of all-male speaking panels, or "manels", and focused admirably on the issue of participation in science. Arguably more important than who does the research, however, is how the research is conducted. Are crucial variables missing? Are basic theoretical frameworks ignoring key components? We posit that it's time to end science in which mankind represents all humankind. It's also time to integrate how sex and gender interact into basic and applied research.

Mike Daube, Maurice Swanson (2020-11-14). [Correspondence] Conflicts of interest should be declared. thelancet.com In her Correspondence about smoking cessation programmes in China,1 Yuchen Xue declares no competing interests. However, she writes from the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World, which is entirely funded by Philip Morris International, a tobacco company that has been heavily criticised for promoting tobacco industry agendas.

Adrian Murray Brunt, Joanne S Haviland, Duncan A Wheatley, John R Yarnold (2020-11-14). [Correspondence] Breast cancer radiation therapy — Authors' reply. thelancet.com Birgitte Offersen and Jens Overgaard argue that 26 Gy in five fractions is biologically inferior to 40 Gy in 15 fractions on the basis of Œ±/Œ≤ point estimates; however, therapeutic ratio is better defined clinically. In the FAST-Forward trial,1 predefined non-inferiority of the 1-week schedule, compared with a 15-fraction control for ipsilateral breast tumour relapse, was substantiated. Combined with similar rates of late adverse effects for patients allocated to the 26 Gy schedule, why not be guided by the data?

Talha Burki (2020-11-14). [World Report] Prince Mahidol award winners announced. thelancet.com The 2020 awards have gone to Bernard Pécoul for his work at the Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative and to Valentin Fuster for his work on platelets. Talha Burki reports.

Cicely Marston, Annabel Sowemimo (2020-11-14). [Comment] Bridge-It trial—a step towards better contraception services. thelancet.com The findings of the UK Bridge-It trial, reported by Sharon Cameron and colleagues in The Lancet,1 show a new way to get contraception to those who need it—and a potentially important improvement to contraceptive services. This trial targets women obtaining emergency contraception in pharmacies, providing them with a supply of progestogen-only pills alongside the emergency contraceptive levonorgestrel.

Andrew Lotery, Abby O'Connell, Rosie A Harris, Sobha Sivaprasad, Barnaby C Reeves (2020-11-14). [Correspondence] Eplerenone for chronic central serous chorioretinopathy — Authors' reply. thelancet.com We thank Riccardo Sacconi and colleagues and Dinu Stanescu-Segall and colleagues for their questions about the VICI trial.1…

Dinu Stanescu-Segall, Sara Touhami, Bahram Bodaghi, Phuc LeHoang (2020-11-14). [Correspondence] Eplerenone for chronic central serous chorioretinopathy. thelancet.com The VICI trial1 was necessary because of the uncertainty surrounding eplerenone, an off-label drug, in the management of chronic central serous chorioretinopathy (CSCR). Andrew Lotery and colleagues1 concluded that eplerenone was not superior to placebo for improving best-corrected visual acuity in patients with chronic CSCR after 12 months of treatment. Nevertheless, this study raises a few concerns.

Shearwood McClelland (2020-11-14). [Correspondence] Breast cancer radiation therapy. thelancet.com The practice-changing results of the FAST-Forward trial1 show the importance of not settling for a good option when a better one is possible. Building on previous work establishing hypofractionated radiation therapy with a duration of 3 weeks, compared with the traditional 7-week radiation therapy for early-stage breast cancer,2 Adrian Brunt and colleagues1 have shown the non-inferiority of 1 week versus 3 weeks of hypofractionated radiotherapy in this patient population at 5 years after treatment.