Daily Archives: November 18, 2020

2020-11-18: News Headlines

Graham Peebles (2020-11-18). The Tide is Turning: Change and the Coming of Maitreya. dissidentvoice.org For most of 2020 Covid-19 has dominated mainstream media, and whilst serious, the pandemic is but the latest in a series of dark clouds gathering upon our collective horizon: interconnected crises, from the environmental emergency to war, poverty, inequality, and social division among others. All flow from the same root — a misguided set of …

Editor (2020-11-18). There's One Issue Joe Biden Has Refused to Follow the Science On. scheerpost.com jlhervàs / CC BY 2.0] By Jeff Cohen One of the keys to Joe Biden's victory over Donald Trump was his constant and accurate accusation that Trump "refuses to follow the science" on COVID-19 — that "he won't listen to the scientists." It proved to be a winning campaign theme. Indeed, it's sobering to realize that without COVID — both Trump's mishandling of it and the accompanying economic downturn… |

teleSUR (2020-11-18). Paraguay Prepares for the 27th Ibero-American Summit. telesurenglish.net Authorities from Paraguay and Andorra Tuesday held a working meeting as part of the preparations for the 27th Ibero-American Summit to take place on April 21 and 22 next year. | RELATED: | Paraguay's Foreign Minister Federico Gonzalez and his Andorran counterpart Maria Ubach Font debated virtually on the economic and social measures to be adopted in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic as part of the topic to be discuss…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-11-18). Defying police deployment, Greeks commemorate 47th anniversary of Polytechnic uprising. peoplesdispatch.org The Athens Polytechnic uprising of 1973 was a key moment in the resistance to the right-wing junta that then ruled Greece. This year, the New Democracy government had tried to ban commemorative gatherings citing COVID-19…

Peter Koenig (2020-11-18). World Economic Forum (WEF) Step Two: "Resetting the Future of Work Agenda" After The Great Reset. dissidentvoice.org The WEF gang have just published (October 2020) a so-called White Paper, entitled "Resetting the Future of Work Agenda in a Post-Covid World". This 31-page document reads like a blueprint on how to "execute" because an execution it would be — "Covid-19 — The Great Reset" (July 2020), by Klaus Schwab, founder and CEO (since …

Dr. Joseph Mercola (2020-11-18). Why COVID-19 Testing Is a Tragic Waste. globalresearch.ca From the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the clarion call has been to test, test and test some more. However, right from the start, serious questions arose about the tests being used to diagnose this infection, and questions have only …

WSWS (2020-11-18). Faurecia auto parts workers join calls for national shutdown to stop the spread of COVID-19 and save lives. wsws.org Workers at the Faurecia plant in Saline, Michigan, southwest of Detroit, contacted the World Socialist Web Site over the weekend to expose the way in which their company suppresses information about the spread of disease.

WSWS (2020-11-18). Situation critical as COVID-19 spreads through US auto plants. wsws.org Workers are daily reporting the spread of COVID-19 cases in auto plants, with an apparent major outbreak now reported at the Ford Avon Lake, Ohio facility.

Editor (2020-11-18). Amazon is censoring: We need your help to distribute this book! workers.org "Capitalism on a Ventilator" is a new anthology comparing the effective Chinese response to COVID-19 to the disastrous response in the U.S. This book pushes back against the racist anti-China campaign in U.S. media. However, Amazon is currently censoring the book's distribution. We need your support to get the book . . . |

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2020-11-18). COVID Offices and the Religion of Remote Work. globalresearch.ca Masks can prove liberating. The hidden face affords security. Obnoxious authority breathes better and with greater assurance, hiding in comfort. Behind the material, confidence finds a home. While tens of millions of jobs have been lost to the novel coronavirus …

John C. A. Manley (2020-11-18). Is the CBC Drowning Itself in a Second Wave of Corona Disinformation? globalresearch.ca Almost every paragraph of a

Rosemary Mason (2020-11-18). Crisis, What Crisis? Hypocrisy and Public Health in the UK. globalresearch.ca On 12 March 2020, British PM Boris Johnson, referring to COVID-19, informed the public: | "We've all got to be clear; this is the worst public health crisis for a generation." | Since that time, we have seen lockdowns, on ongoing …

Colin Todhunter and Rosemary Mason (2020-11-18). Crisis, What Crisis? Hypocrisy and Public Health in the UK. dissidentvoice.org On 12 March 2020, British PM Boris Johnson, referring to COVID-19, informed the public: We've all got to be clear; this is the worst public health crisis for a generation. Since that time, we have seen lockdowns, an ongoing government-backed fear campaign, fundamental rights being stripped away, dissent censored, inflated COVID-19 death numbers and the …

Steve Watson (2020-11-18). UK MP Suggests People Shouldn't be Allowed to Work Without COVID Vaccine. globalresearch.ca A British MP faced backlash Monday after suggesting that employees in the UK should not be allowed to go to work unless they can prove that they have been vaccinated against COVID-19, when the shot becomes available. | "If vaccination works …

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-18). Austrian RC keen on assisting IRCS amid COVID-19: Sec. Gen. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 18 (MNA) — Expressing Austrian Red Cross readiness to aid IRCS amid COVID-19, the Secretary-General of the Austrian RC stressed boycotting the Red Cross and Red Crescent societies is contrary to the international principles."

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-18). Iran COVID-19 cases exceed 800,000. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 10 (MNA) — The Iranian Health Ministry has confirmed 13,421 COVID-19 infections in the past 24 hours, bringing the total cases in the country to 801,894.

Tom Conway (2020-11-18). How Mitch McConnell flouts the will of the American people. salon.com Right now, one person stands in the way of America's fight against COVID-19…

Roger Sollenberger (2020-11-18). Ted Cruz calls Democratic senator "a complete ass" for asking Republican colleague to wear a mask. salon.com GOP Sen. Chuck Grassley, who is 87 years old, revealed the following day that he had tested positive for COVID-19…

_____ (2020-11-18). New Report: 'Billionaire Wealth vs. Community Health'. popularresistance.org Washington, DC – Essential workers went underpaid, unsupported and forced to risk their health at corporations owned or operated by billionaires, even as the total wealth of America's billionaires rose by more than $1 trillion under the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new report by the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS), United for Respect, and Bargaining for the Common Good Network. An analysis of billionaire wealth by IPS found that 647 U.S. billionaires gained $960 billion, almost $1 trillion in wealth between March 18, 2020 and November 17, 2020.

_____ (2020-11-18). Lecturers Show Solidarity With Students Following 'Racial Profiling'. popularresistance.org University of Manchester, UK – Teaching staff held a show of solidarity with their students following a 'racial profiling' row at the University of Manchester. | Lecturers also voiced their support for students protesting at the university's handling of the coronavirus crisis. | A group of staff read out a statement at the Fallowfield Campus on Tuesday afternoon telling students: 'We are with you. We are here for you'. | And they told black students and students of colour 'who may be feeling particularly hurt and excluded from the university at the moment' that 'you do belong here'.

Kweku Toure (2020-11-18). 'If You Want to Make the Gods Laugh, Tell Them Your Plans'. thenation.com 'If You Want to Make the Gods Laugh, Tell Them Your Plans'

A Guest Author (2020-11-18). A survivor speaks: 'I had to defend myself'. workers.org EDITOR NOTES: I first met Wendy Howard when I joined the No Justice Under Capitalism Coalition in spring 2020. She attended many of its demonstrations demanding mass release of prisoners due to the COVID epidemic. Later I found out Wendy was facing felony murder charges for killing her physically and . . . |

imperial.ac.uk (2020-11-18). Business School launches new app to help measure personal COVID-19 risk. imperial.ac.uk Academics from the Business School have created a research tool to calculate personal risk from coronavirus based on everyday activities.

John Bellamy Foster and Intan Suwandi (2020-11-18). COVID-19 and Catastrophe Capitalism. indybay.org The scale of the coronavirus pandemic and its consequences on world accumulation are unprecedented, with the global economic costs still increasing. At the end of March, some three billion people on the planet were in lockdown or social-distancing mode.36 Most corporations have no emergency plan for dealing with the multiple breaks in their supply chains.37…

Tom Conway (2020-11-18). How Mitch McConnell flouts the will of the American people. nationofchange.org Right now, one person—Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell—stands in the way of America's fight against COVID-19.

Staff (2020-11-18). As COVID Deaths Soar, El Paso at Breaking Point with Hospitals & Mobile Morgues Filling Up. 18.224.45.15 Some Republican governors are dropping their resistance to mask mandates, as public health officials in the United States brace for a COVID-19 surge from the Thanksgiving holiday amid already record-high infection rates. However, Republican resistance to other public health safety measures continues as coronavirus cases in Texas reach record highs for a second time during the pandemic. El Paso County, an area along the U.S.-Mexico border where 80% of residents are Latinx, is also facing one of the worst COVID-19 outbreaks in the U.S. and now has 10 mobile morgues to hold bodies. Some prisoners are being paid just…

Staff (2020-11-18). As North Dakota Faces World's Deadliest Outbreak, Native Communities Condemn States' COVID Response. 18.224.45.15 As COVID-19 rampages through the U.S., we look at how the rapid spread of the disease is affecting Native American communities, which have already faced disproportionate infection and death rates throughout the pandemic. "We're having a lot of people perish. We're having a lot of death, a lot of hospitalizations," says Jodi Archambault, a citizen of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and former special assistant to President Obama for Native American affairs. We also speak with Allie Young, founder of Protect the Sacred, who says the Navajo Nation has "worked hard to flatten the curve" of COVID-19 infections but is st…

Staff (2020-11-18). Hunger Strikers Caged in the Second Wave Are "Just Trying to Survive the Winter" truthout.org "Our society created the framework for this atrocity just like the trenches of World War I created perfect incubation zones for the 1918 flu," Truthout's Kelly Hayes talks with Eric, an organizer with Oakland Abolition and Solidarity about the escalating COVID-19 outbreak at the California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility, where some imprisoned people have launched a hunger strike over unsafe, unlivable conditions. | TRANSCRIPT: | Note: This a rush transcript and has been lightly edi…

news.un (2020-11-18). Backed by space technology, Asia-Pacific countries power sustainable development. news.un.org Asian and Pacific nations are increasingly leveraging space technology and geospatial information to respond to challenges on the ground, including in their efforts to contain the spread and mitigate the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a new United Nations report.

Ralph Underhill (2020-11-18). The only kind of coronavirus contracting the government cares about. thecanary.co Image descriptionWhite text is pictured on a blue background. The headline text reads. "Imagine if the government cared as much about those contracting the virus cared about 'contracting' during the virus!".Under this are three bullet points, each illustrated with green virus with a pound sign in them. They read as follows: | £10.5 billion awarded without competition | Companies with links to to politicians or senior officials given 'high priority' | Key documentation on why suppliers chosen is missing | By

teleSUR (2020-11-18). Argentina: Congress Approves Extraordinary Tax on Large Fortunes. telesurenglish.net Argentina's Chamber of Deputies in the early morning of this Wednesday approved an extraordinary tax on wealth, which has as its main aim to face the effects of the coronavirus pandemic in the South American country. | RELATED: | The initiative, promoted by President Alberto Fernandez's government, will now be sent to the Senate -where the ruling party has a majority- for discussion and eventual approval. | With 133 af…

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-18). 75 Democrats urge Trump to show leniency on Iran Sanctions. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 18 (MNA) — Democrats on Capitol Hill are pushing back on the Trump administration's plan to unveil stepped-up sanctions against Iran, urging the outgoing US president to be flexible and allow coronavirus aid to be sent.

Edmund Phelps (2020-11-18). The US economy needs Joe Biden. indybay.org The economic and socio-political record of US President Donald Trump is devastating. Wages stagnated even before the Corona crisis. Instead, the national debt increased because he lowered taxes for the rich – without any economic benefit. Joe Biden knows the reasons for the misery and knows what to do.

Lisa Song (2020-11-18). Rapid testing for the coronavirus is less accurate than the government wants to admit. salon.com The federal government pushed it out without a plan, and then spent weeks denying problems with false positives…

news.un (2020-11-18). Extortion, bio-warfare and terrorism: Extremists are exploiting the pandemic, says UN report. news.un.org Criminals and violent extremists are exploiting the pandemic to build their support networks, undermine trust in government and even weaponize the virus, according to a research report published on Wednesday by the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI).

Nathaniel Chase (2020-11-18). The white vote for Trump: Is multinational working class solidarity possible? workers.org Why did nearly 73 million people vote for Trump, given his disastrous pandemic response and the economic collapse? The answer, simply put, is racism. In a country built on white supremacy, from slavery and genocide to mass incarceration and imperialist war, it should come as no surprise that a substantial . . . |

news.un (2020-11-18). Silent Pandemic: Overuse renders antimicrobials less effective — UN agriculture agency. news.un.org People, plants and animals around the world are dying from untreatable infections — even with the best medicines available — due to a rise in antimicrobial resistance, the UN food agriculture agency said on Wednesday, kicking off World Antimicrobial Awareness Week.

_____ (2020-11-18). Why A 58-day vigil Is Going On Outside The Governor's House. popularresistance.org Demonstrators gathered outside the Executive Mansion on Sunday to demand that Gov. Roy Cooper use his powers of pardon and clemency to protect people who are incarcerated during the pandemic. | Members of Decarcerate Now NC, a coalition of organizations which say they're working to end to mass incarceration, have been holding daily vigils outside the governor's mansion since Election Day and plan to continue through Jan. 1, when Cooper begins his second term. That's a total of 58 days. | "We stand vigil to bring attention to your Administration's ongoing failure to prioritize and appropriately protect Black lives…

Matthew Rozsa (2020-11-18). Is the pandemic making turkey more expensive?>. salon.com After outbreaks among agriculture workers, industry experts weigh in on the pandemic's effects on turkey prices…

The Coalition for Sensible Safeguards (2020-11-18). Poll: 71% of Voters Support Strong Regulation to Protect the Public. zcomm.org Poll Shows Overwhelming Bipartisan Support for Regulation Protecting Workers, Public Health, Our Environment…

teleSUR (2020-11-18). Uruguay: Health Services Unions Call for a National Strike. telesurenglish.net Uruguay's National Medical Union (SMU) and the Medical Federation of the Interior (FEMI) Wednesday called for a 24-hour strike in the private sector and mobile emergencies to demand better working conditions. | RELATED: | On November 5, the General Assembly of the SMU agreed to carry out the national strike due to "the lack of progress in the negotiation with the Wage Council of the private sector." | SMU represen…

Meg Sherman (2020-11-18). The Healthcare Multinational Profiting off Fraudulent Detentions. dissidentvoice.org In July 2020, US healthcare multinational UHS Delaware reached a $122million settlement with the US federal government as the result of an investigation by the FBI into fraudulent detentions of psychiatric patients for profit. Following the resolution of the investigation and civil settlement, UHS must retain an independent monitor selected by the Office of Inspector …

Dr. Chandra Muzaffar (2020-11-18). The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) Augurs Hope. globalresearch.ca In the mist of the gloom generated by the twin health and economic crises, the birth of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) is a ray of light auguring hope. | More than a million lives have been lost world-wide as …

Eds. (2020-11-18). Tutu, Gandhi, King descendants call for clemency for NYS imprisoned elder activist. mronline.org The Open Letter, coordinated by Fellowship of Reconciliation former Chairperson Matt Meyer, is one of many such efforts throughout the U.S. calling for relief for over-age inmates facing fatal consequences in light of multiple health crises, and throughout the world calling for freedom for all political prisoners.

Council of Canadians (2020-11-18). Cuban Medical Teams for 2021 Nobel Peace Prize. globalresearch.ca At the June 2020 Annual Meeting, Council of Canadians' members voted to endorse and promote a Canadian nominating process for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize to go the Henry Reeve medical teams from Cuba for their international work in the …

Andrew Emett (2020-11-18). Lawsuit filed against Fort Worth and police officer who killed innocent woman. nationofchange.org "Defendant Dean in his prowl around the backyard of her home caused Atatiana fear and uncertainty. Dean shot Atatiana, causing pain and suffering. Dean failed to render medical aid to Atatiana."

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-17). Iran among top 5 in COVID-19 rapid test kit production. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 17 (MNA) — Chairman of the Coronavirus Combat Headquarter said that Iran is among the top five countries in the world in the production of COVID-19 rapid detection kit.

WSWS (2020-11-17). Utah teachers stage wildcat sickout to demand COVID-19 testing, online instruction as cases soar. wsws.org Teachers in Utah conducted a sickout strike opposed by the union to demand an end to in-person instruction as the pandemic spreads uncontrolled.

Dr. Sucharit Bhakdi (2020-11-17). Video: Are We Being Told the Truth About COVID-19? globalresearch.ca Professor Bhakdi is a Thai-German specialist in microbiology and co-author of Corona, False Alarm?: Facts and Figures. | According to Prof. Bhakdi, "this virus is no more deadly than a seasonal flu and for people under 70, it is even less …

Staff (2020-11-17). "No End in Sight": 9 Months into Pandemic, Nurses Are Tired, Demoralized & Still Lack Adequate PPE. 18.224.45.15 As the COVID-19 pandemic enters its ninth month, a new report by National Nurses United, the largest nurses' union in the United States, finds hospitals are still failing to provide adequate PPE and are unprepared as the surge is expected to get worse during the flu season. Nurses also report mental health struggles related to the pandemic. The union estimates at least 2,000 frontline healthcare workers have died due to COVID-19, with nurses of color accounting for half of those deaths, even though they're less than a quarter of the workforce. Jean Ross, president of National Nurses United, says the lack of prepa…