2020-11-16: News Headlines

WSWS (2020-11-16). Michigan governor announces emergency measures as COVID-19 surges throughout the state. wsws.org On Sunday evening, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced temporary and limited restrictions in response to the exponential rise in coronavirus cases over the past week across the state.

teleSUR (2020-11-16). Ecuador: Debates Start to Set the Minimum Wage for 2021. telesurenglish.net Ecuador's National Council of Labor and Wages (CNTS) Monday began consultative meetings to determine the unified basic wage (UBW) that will rule in 2021 amid the economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. | RELATED: | Several economists and workers union representatives have cast doubts on a minimum wage increase, taking into account that the country is experiencing an economic contraction and high rates of…

WSWS (2020-11-16). Large COVID-19 outbreak in Xinjiang, China. wsws.org Repeated flare-ups of coronavirus in different regions of China highlight the fact that the pandemic is a global issue that cannot be resolved on a national basis by locking down borders.

WSWS (2020-11-16). Quebec Solidaire embraces the ruling elite's criminal "herd immunity" policy. wsws.org In the twisted pro-capitalist logic of the pseudo-left Quebec Solidaire, dozens of COVID-19 cases in a slaughterhouse and outbreaks at hundreds of schools are arguments for a further easing of minimal lockdown measures.

Kamran Abbasi (2020-11-16). COVID-19: Politicisation, "Corruption," and Suppression of Science. globalresearch.ca Politicians and governments are suppressing science. They do so in the public interest, they say, to accelerate availability of diagnostics and treatments. They do so to support innovation, to bring products to market at unprecedented speed. Both of these reasons …

WSWS (2020-11-16). Prisoners load bodies into mobile morgues in El Paso, Texas as COVID-19 infections skyrocket. wsws.org The winter surge in the US is well underway, with fatalities climbing as hospital systems from one region to the next reach capacity.

teleSUR (2020-11-16). Argentina: Congress Debates Tax Bill on Large Fortunes. telesurenglish.net Argentina's Congress is set to debate on Tuesday a Tax Bill on Large Fortunes aimed at supporting the State's response in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. | RELATED: | Reaching 0.08 percent of the economically active population in the country, the so-called Law of Solidarity and Extraordinary Contribution to Great Fortunes seeks that people who have a patrimony of over US$3 million pay a tax of 2 to 3 percent. | The Bill establi…

Peter Koenig (2020-11-16). Die Post-Covid-Welt, das teuflische Projekt des WEF: ‚ÄûResetting the Future of Work Agenda" — Nach dem ‚ÄûGroàüen Reset". Eine erschreckende Zukunft. globalresearch.ca Das Weltwirtschaftsforum (WEF) hat soeben (Oktober 2020) ein so genanntes Weiàübuch mit dem Titel Dieses 31-seitige Dokument liest sich wie eine Blaupause àºber die ‚ÄûAusfàºhrung" — denn eine …

WSWS (2020-11-16). Sterling Heights Assembly workers demand shutdown as coronavirus spreads in factories throughout US. wsws.org Michigan's governor announced new lockdowns exempting manufacturing, while new signs emerged of major outbreaks at Fiat Chrysler's Sterling Heights assembly and stamping plants and other Detroit-area factories.

Mark Gruenberg (2020-11-16). Nurses' survey: Hospitals still flunk in protecting nurses from coronavirus. peoplesworld.org OAKLAND, Calif.—The nation's hospitals still flunk in protecting their nurses from the ravages of the coronavirus pandemic, the fourth mass survey by National Nurses United says. And the reason, the union bluntly adds, is the bosses prioritize profits over people. Surveyors heard from 15,000 registered nurses, union and non-union, about conditions in their hospitals, said …

WSWS (2020-11-16). Coronavirus spreads throughout Germany's schools and businesses. wsws.org The federal and state governments are responsible for a situation in which the virus is running out of control nationwide.

WSWS (2020-11-16). Toledo Coca-Cola workers continue strike over unsafe conditions and rising health care costs. wsws.org While the union wants to limit the strike to a set of minimal and vague demands, anger is growing among workers over low wages, unsafe conditions amidst the pandemic and rising health care costs.

Dean Baker (2020-11-16). Lowering the Bar on Success: Megan McArdle on Drug Development. counterpunch.org Washington Post columnist Megan McArdle was anxious to tell readers that drug development in the pandemic has been a great success story. After all, look at all the treatments we have, and now it appears that Pfizer/BioNtech have developed a highly effective vaccine. What could be better than that? Well, first we need a bit

Peoples Dispatch (2020-11-16). European govts. used the pandemic to expand the private sector. peoplesdispatch.org Alexis Benos of the People's Health Movement talks about the failures of the governments in Europe in preparing for the second wave of the pandemic. He also explains the demands of people's movements…

The Canary (2020-11-16). Demand for food parcels from cancer patients spikes since onset of pandemic. thecanary.co Cancer patients are at increasing risk of poverty because of coronavirus (Covid-19), a charity has warned. | Irish Cancer charity, Purple House Cancer Support Centre said calls to its helpline service from patients seeking food parcels have spiked since the onset of the pandemic. | The charity

The Canary (2020-11-16). Companies with 'green ambitions' unveiled as COP26 climate summit sponsors. thecanary.co Energy firms National Grid, SSE and ScottishPower, along with NatWest Group, have been unveiled as the first sponsors of UN climate talks in the UK next year. | The key COP26 climate summit was due to take place this month in Glasgow, but it has been postponed to next November because of the Covid-19 pandemic. | The government said all sponsors, who will help shoulder the costs of the talks, have committed to the "Science Based Targets" initiative. This initiative sets ambitious goals to cut emissions and aims to draw up credible action plans to achieve them. | Plans must be in line with what the science says is…

Ravi Gupta (2020-11-16). Our Vaccine Infrastructure Needs a Radical Overhaul. zcomm.org Decades-long funding cuts for pandemic preparedness hamper coordinated distribution and equitable access. We must reimagine how to make life-saving vaccines available to everyone…

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-16). Future of transportation industry during COVID-19 pandemic. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 16 (MNA) — Mohammadreza Dezfulian, one of entrepreneurs and mangers of the logistics and transportation industry, has weighed in on the importance of this industry during the coronavirus outbreak and its future.

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-16). Iran Health Ministry announces 13,053 new COVID-19 cases. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 16 (MNA) — A spokesperson in the Iranian Health Ministry said that 13,053 people have tested positive for the COVID-19 disease in the past 24 hours which brings total infections to 775,121.

MEE and agencies (2020-11-16). Saudi Aramco forced to sell billions of dollars in bonds to maintain $75bn dividend. middleeasteye.net Saudi Aramco forced to sell billions of dollars in bonds to maintain $75bn dividend | The Covid-19 pandemic has dramatically hit global demand for oil this year, leaving the company's debt levels spiralling | Mon, 11/16/2020 – 12: 53 | The upcoming bond issue is designed to fill a financial gap after the disastrous year (AFP) | Saudi Aramco is to sell billions of dollars in international b…

Kamran Abbasi (2020-11-16). COVID-19: Politicisation, "Corruption," and Suppression of Science. The British Medical Journal. globalresearch.ca Politicians and governments are suppressing science. They do so in the public interest, they say, to accelerate availability of diagnostics and treatments. They do so to support innovation, to bring products to market at unprecedented speed. Both of these reasons …

_____ (2020-11-16). Urgent Need For Further Relief. popularresistance.org Policymakers returning to work after the election must redouble their efforts to negotiate a robust relief package to address the critical health and economic challenges facing the nation. With COVID-19 still not under control — in fact, cases are spiking in many parts of the country — and the economic recovery slowing, additional well-designed relief measures are vital to relieving hardship and promoting a stronger recovery. Relief measures enacted earlier this year have mitigated hardship, but they had significant gaps; for example, the SNAP increase in the Families First Act of March left out…

_____ (2020-11-16). Close All Nonessential Workplaces. popularresistance.org The COVID-19 pandemic in the United States is surging out of control. | The worst-case warnings of public health experts have come true. A quarter-million people are now dead. Over the past month, the number of daily new cases has tripled. On October 13, there were 51,000 new cases in the United States. On Friday, there were a staggering 182,000 new cases, up from 162,000 the day before. | In the country's manufacturing heartland, home to the factories that have become hotbeds of the disease, the situation is even more dire.

_____ (2020-11-16). The Red Nation Statement On US Elections. popularresistance.org US imperialism is in crisis. This drives the capitalist system towards austerity, increased suffering among the working poor, repression at home and imperialist aggression, subversion and wars abroad. This is not something new and is not something that Trump created in the last four years, although he intensified it. Obama also intensified the suffering, the repression and US aggression abroad during his administration. | We can expect more people to die of coronavirus, the threat of mass evictions and utility shutoffs, long-term unemployment, and a great deal of suffering.

Staff (2020-11-16). Some GOP Governors and Senators Are Simply Dismissing New COVID Surge. truthout.org Last summer,

Zero Hedge (2020-11-16). UK Health Study Found 26,000 "Extra" Non-COVID Deaths at Home Amid Lockdowns. globalresearch.ca BBC recently reported some shocking statistics regarding UK health, but which will perhaps come as no surprise to those critics who warned that far-reaching national lockdowns would cause other Compared with normal years, there have been …

Peter Boyle (2020-11-16). NSW public sector workers rally against pay cut. greenleft.org.au Nurses, teachers and other public sector workers protested the NSW Coalition government's effective wage cut imposed on COVID-19 frontline workers reports Jim McIlroy.

Drillminister (2020-11-16). Politicians are parasites feeding off corporations. Enough is enough. thecanary.co Boom. Bam. You know who it is. Yung Drilly, aka Drillminister — writing for Pfizer: on the make: Take the corporations that only give you a vaccine for coronavirus (Covid-19) if you're rich enough. Pfizer has already

news.un (2020-11-16). Climate change: UN chief calls for 'great leap' towards carbon neutrality. news.un.org As countries work to defeat the COVID-19 pandemic, they also have the chance to "get it right" on climate change, the UN Secretary-General told a virtual gathering of influential leaders on Monday.

WSWS (2020-11-16). Australia: Obstetricians at Sydney's Blacktown Hospital threaten to resign amid the deaths of four babies in 18 months. wsws.org Doctors take a stand as understaffing crisis highlights the fragility of the public health system even without a COVID-19 resurgence.

WSWS (2020-11-16). A conversation with musician, producer Fabrizio Grossi about the pandemic and its impact: "Short of a global revolution, I don't see a solution" wsws.org Fabrizio Grossi is a veteran bassist, producer and music consultant, sometimes referred to in the media as "legendary."

WSWS (2020-11-16). Closure of Louisiana's Shell Convent Refinery will impact 1,100 jobs and create economic hardship. wsws.org The refinery is being closed as part of a corporate-wide restructuring triggered by falling oil demand due to the pandemic.

Paul Street (2020-11-16). This Regime Must Go NOW: Three Reasons. counterpunch.org The Trump campaign and White House are scheming to get the Republican-controlled state legislatures of Wisconsin, Michigan, Georgia, Arizona and Pennsylvania to declare invalid the mail-in ballots required by the pandemic Trump fueled and fanned across the nation. This would be the pretext for some or all those legislatures trying to install (over the protests of Democratic governors in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Michigan) un-elected slates of Trump electors to the Electoral College, claiming that Trump won the "legal" popular vote in their states. The murky legal and constitutional tangle that could result fro…

Tim Hinchliffe (2020-11-16). The 'Great Reset': A Technocratic Agenda that Waited Years for a Global Crisis to Exploit. globalresearch.ca In the face of a global pandemic, an un-elected body of global bureaucrats based in Davos, Switzerland has asked the world to trust its vision of a technocratic "great reset," knowing full well the public would never go for such …

Jeffrey A. Tucker (2020-11-16). Even a Military-Enforced Quarantine Can't Stop the Virus, Study Reveals. globalresearch.ca The New England Journal of Medicine has published a study that goes to the heart of the issue of lockdowns. The question has always been whether and to what extent a lockdown, however extreme, is capable of suppressing the virus. …

Margaret Flowers (2020-11-16). The Imperative To Achieve National Improved Medicare For All. dissidentvoice.org NOTE: The Kevin Zeese Emerging Activists Fund is accepting applicants for an unrestricted grant of $20,000 until December 13, 2020. Learn more at PopularResistance.org/kevin-zeese/. And join us for a webinar with Venezuelan social movements on November 18 to hear about their upcoming elections and how we can support their struggle against US intervention. Details at …

Udi Ofer (2020-11-16). 50 Years After the Start of the War on Drugs, Americans Have a Chance to Fix the Harm It Created. commondreams.org Today, policymakers and the public alike are increasingly adopting approaches that treat substance use as a public health issue rather than a criminal justice one. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/screen_shot_2020-11-16_at_10.15.19_am.png

Dr. Rudolf Hà§nsel (2020-11-16). Dispel the "Magical Belief in Authority". Confront The Greed For Power and Violence. Strengthen Community Feelings. globalresearch.ca According to the findings of the human sciences of anthropology, sociology and psychology, human beings have a healthy mind and natural powers of judgement by nature. This common sense works empirically, i.e. it makes concrete judgements based on everyday life …

Brett Wilkins (2020-11-16). ICE deports immigrants who alleged medical abuse at detention facility. salon.com Advocacy groups slam "shameful" deportation of ICE medical abuse survivors…

Ralph Nader (2020-11-16). Trump's Ongoing Crime Wave Requires a Special Prosecutor. counterpunch.org There are many reasons why loser Trump refuses to concede. Yes, delusion has been the counterfeit coin of his fantasy realm — "I won this election by a lot" he tweeted with all caps last Saturday. In his fevered mind — nourished by a bullying career — all victories are his triumphs, and all losses are fake due

imperial.ac.uk (2020-11-16). Imperial startup wins £4.5m investment to develop new cancer drugs. imperial.ac.uk An Imperial startup has won £4.5 investment to develop drugs that could offer a safer and more effective way to treat certain drug-resistant cancers.

imperial.ac.uk (2020-11-16). Hole-punching bacteria could be engineered to attack pathogens. imperial.ac.uk Researchers have discovered how to engineer bacteria that normally attack human cells so that they kill other pathogens instead.

RT (2020-11-15). Boris Johnson told to SELF-ISOLATE after contact tests positive for Covid. rt.com British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is in self-isolation after coming in contact with someone who tested positive for Covid-19, his office has said. Johnson was hospitalized with the deadly illness earlier this year. | Johnson was notified by the National Health Service on Sunday that he recently came into contact with someone who tested positive for the coronavirus, according to a statement from Downing Street. | Also on rt.com | | "The PM is wel…

WSWS (2020-11-15). Victimized "Teachers Against Dying" Facebook group founder discusses the struggle facing educators. wsws.org Michael Hull, the founder of the Facebook group "Teachers Against Dying," recently spoke with the WSWS about the conditions facing educators and the growing opposition to in-person learning amid the raging COVID-19 pandemic.

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 on 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.

sputniknews (2020-11-15). Boris Johnson Has to Self-Isolate After Contacting Person With COVID-19, Downing Street Says. sputniknews.com Johnson successfully recovered from the novel coronavirus back in April, but the health authorities are apparently concerned he may fall ill with it again, since there are cases of people catching COVID-19 for the second time.

RT (2020-11-15). Covid-19 was present in Italy as early as SEPTEMBER 2019, study of lung cancer screenings shows. rt.com The Covid-19 virus had been active in Italy months before it was first officially detected, new research has found, raising further questions about the true origins, extent and actual duration of the ongoing pandemic. | The new groundbreaking

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…

Subodh Varma (2020-11-15). COVID-19: It's not over yet in India. peoplesdispatch.org The pandemic is still raging, with the second highest number of daily cases in the world and an ominous plateauing in the last fortnight, after weeks of fall in cases…

RT (2020-11-15). Silencing discussion? UK Labour Party demands online crackdown on 'anti-vax disinformation' ahead of Covid-19 vaccine rollout. rt.com With the UK preparing for a Covid-19 vaccine rollout, the Labour Party is calling for emergency censorship legislation to punish social-media companies if they allow posting of what it considers to be "anti-vax disinformation." | "Social-media companies have a pitiful record of tackling disinformation," shadow culture secretary Jo Stevens tweeted on Sunday. | The government needs to stop dragging its heels and force companies to remove this dangerous content ahead of the rollout of the coronavirus vaccine. | Stevens and Labour's shadow health secretary, Jonathan Ashworth, have co-authored a letter demanding t…