Daily Archives: November 20, 2020

2020-11-20: News Headlines

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, . . . |

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 …

Raul Diego (2020-11-20). Predictive Programming? Israeli Publishers Have Been Writing About a COVID-Like Pandemic for Years. mintpressnews.com The general public's willing acceptance of the draconian restrictions placed on mobility and freedom of assembly due to the coronavirus was "predicted" in fictional novels and other artistic creations over the last few decades. Is it a matter of life imitating art or something more sinister?

C-Span (2020-11-20). Video: Senate Hearing on COVID-19 Outpatient Treatment. globalresearch.ca The media has consistently suppressed the three top experts in early outpatient treatment of Covid. (They each have hundreds of peer-reviewed medical publications in top journals, over time.) | Testimony includes the fact that Asia and Africa are on top of …

Reese Erlich (2020-11-20). Foreign Correspondent: The Upcoming Fights Over COVID-19 Vaccines. progressive.org Who will be vaccinated first, and in what countries?

Rick Moran (2020-11-20). New York Sheriffs Refuse to Enforce Cuomo's Thanksgiving COVID Order. globalresearch.ca Several county sheriffs in New York State are saying they will not enforce Governor Andrew Cuomo's executive order that limits Thanksgiving Day gatherings to 10 people or less. | Saratoga County Sheriff Michael Zurlo summed up the sheriffs' objections nicely. | "I …

Paul Antonopoulos (2020-11-20). Hungary-led Vetoes Against New EU Budget Further Fragments the Bloc's Unity. globalresearch.ca Hungary, Poland and Slovenia have blocked the EU's budget and post-COVID recovery plan in order to oppose conditions that European aid must be connected to "respecting the rule of law." Budapest, which is leading the veto, blocked the budget after …

Alix Mayer (2020-11-20). Leading COVID Vaccine Candidates Plagued by Safety Concerns. globalresearch.ca "It works!" trumpeted the normally stoic

C.J. Atkins (2020-11-20). Is there life after coronavirus? China proved pandemic can be controlled. peoplesworld.org TORONTO—Nine months ago, in early February, People's World interviewed Lupin, a 26-year-old man from Wuhan, China. At the time, his hometown was the epicenter of what scientists were still calling the "novel coronavirus," a pneumonia-like illness which soon sparked a pandemic that engulfed the entire world. Lupin was working overseas in Canada but had returned …

Mark Gruenberg (2020-11-20). Iowa Tyson pork plant bosses bet on how many workers coronavirus would kill. peoplesworld.org WATERLOO, Iowa—This story is unbelievable but apparently true, and it's so sick that it's no joke: Bosses at the Tyson Foods pork processing plant in Waterloo, Iowa, not only didn't protect their workers against the coronavirus, but set up a betting pool on how many workers would get sick and how many would die. The …

Special to People's World (2020-11-20). The shaman's message: An urgent cry from the Amazon. peoplesworld.org The entire world knows by now how urgently the Amazon rainforest needs protection from the ravages of destruction, deforestation, Western invasion and settlement. One might say, from capitalism itself. And now from a pandemic against which the Indigenous peoples have little to no defense. "The Shaman's Message" is a short (just over two minutes), newly …

RT (2020-11-20). Trudeau rules out a 'normal Christmas' as Covid-19 cases spike in Canada & health chiefs sound alarm. rt.com Canada's health system will be "in trouble" if the daily number of Covid-19 cases continues to rise, health chiefs have warned, as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau urged the country to "hang in there" and follow the health measures. | A second wave of the virus has forced 10 Canadian provinces to reimpose restrictions, amid predictions that the number of cases could shoot from the current level of 5,000 a day to 60,000 by the end of the year if people don't further limit their social contacts. | "We are facing winter that's going to drive people inside more and more, and we're really at risk of seeing caseloads g…

SNS (2020-11-20). 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.

Ralf Wurzbacker (2020-11-20). 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 (2020-11-20). 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 (2020-11-20). 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.

Betsey Piette (2020-11-20). Pennsylvania prisons: Breeding grounds for coronavirus. workers.org Philadelphia When the coronavirus first became a global pandemic in the spring of 2020, there were widespread demands, met with promises from state officials, to release particularly vulnerable incarcerated workers. Some states and municipalities did release people, but never in the numbers the situation warranted. In April, protesters in Philadelphia . . . |

_____ (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…

_____ (2020-11-20). The AMA Officially Recognized Racism As A Public-Health Threat. popularresistance.org The American Medical Association has officially defined racism as a public health threat that has created substantial health inequality. | Racism, both systemic and structural, has historically perpetuated health inequality and cut short the lives of many Black, indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) in the US and around the world. | Over the last year, a number of county and state authorities have also labelled racism a public health threat. | Among them are county councils in San Bernardino, California, and Montgomery, Maryland, as well as authorities in Michigan, Nevada, Cleveland, Denver, and Indianapolis.

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…

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…

Danielle Renwick (2020-11-20). Anger After North Dakota Governor Asks COVID-Positive Health Staff to Stay on Job. zcomm.org "We are willing to break our backs and work as hard as we physically can. But then to ask us to come in as a potential infectious source is just stunning."

Kenny Stancil (2020-11-20). 'No Vaccine for Climate Change'. zcomm.org Coronavirus Has Been Disastrous, Says Red Cross, But Global Warming Poses Greater Threat…

The Canary (2020-11-20). Proposed £21 'coronavirus hike' on household energy bills slammed as 'shocking' and 'farcical'. thecanary.co British households may have to shoulder a hike on their energy bills from the beginning of April because of new proposals from Ofgem. The suggestion is already drawing strong criticism from groups which claim the energy companies have been "ripping us all off, plunging people into fuel poverty while raking in juicy profits". | Increase: | The regulator has proposed an increase to the maximum many households can be charged on their bills, claiming that the pandemic is putting pressure on energy companies. | Ofgem said it is considering a £21 per household coronavirus hike to the default price cap whe…

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…

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."

news.un (2020-11-20). Collective, conflict-sensitive responses vital to address COVID-19 pandemic and its fallout. news.un.org The coronavirus pandemic has not only exacted a terrible toll on human lives, health and economies, it has also exacerbated existing conflicts, a UN forum heard on Thursday, with top officials urging global solidarity in the fight against COVID-19.

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.

Anand Naidoo (2020-11-20). The Heat: Unimaginable loss in U.S. to COVID-19. america.cgtn.com An unimaginable loss in the United States, more than 250,000 Americans have now lost their lives to COVID-19.

Beau Peters (2020-11-20). Ways You Can Help Eliminate Global Poverty. dissidentvoice.org Image Source: Pexels The planet may feel like a smaller place, thanks to the ease of travel and the internet, but the World Health Organization (WHO) reports that "approximately 1.2 billion people in the world live in extreme poverty" and earn less than a single dollar per day. Poverty affects the health and livelihood of …

Robert Hunziker (2020-11-20). Expert IPCC Reviewer Speaks Out. counterpunch.org Expert IPCC Reviewer Speaks Out Roger Hallam, co-founder of Extinction Rebellion/XR recently interviewed Peter Carter, M.D., who has the distinguished title — Expert IPCC Reviewer for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The interview was conducted to get to the bottom of what science says about the state of affairs, specifically the health of the

_____ (2020-11-20). Challenging EPA's Failure To Protect People And The Environment From Atrazine. popularresistance.org The herbicide atrazine is likely to adversely affect over half of endangered species listed in the United States, according to a report released by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as part of a legal agreement with the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD). Based on both adverse human health and environmental threats, Beyond Pesticides joined with Center for Food Safety, CBD, and other public-interest groups in October to sue EPA over its decision to reapprove atrazine, an endocrine-disrupting herbicide banned across much of the world.

_____ (2020-11-20). Over 235 Organizations Call On Biden To Cancel Student Debt. popularresistance.org Washington, D.C. — Over 235 organizations sent a letter to President-Elect Biden and Vice President-Elect Harris, calling on them to use executive authority to cancel federal student debt on day one of their administration. | In the letter, 238 nonprofit and community organizations highlight that cancelling student debt would stimulate the economy, help reduce the racial wealth gap, and could have a positive impact on health outcomes. The groups write that "executive action is one of the few available tools that could immediately provide a boost to upwards of 44 million borrowers and the economy…

imperial.ac.uk (2020-11-20). New non-invasive technology could spot early signs of motor disorders in babies. imperial.ac.uk Imperial College London scientists have created the world's first non-invasive way to map how baby movements are generated on a neuronal level.

imperial.ac.uk (2020-11-20). Lab-in-a-box and remote experiments: Education news from Imperial. imperial.ac.uk Here's a round up of education updates from across Imperial.

imperial.ac.uk (2020-11-20). New breast cancer treatment and climate voices: News from the College. imperial.ac.uk Here's a batch of fresh news and announcements from across Imperial.

imperial.ac.uk (2020-11-20). Hear from Imperial's new Director of Academic Services. imperial.ac.uk We speak to Richard Martin, who has recently taken up the role of Director of Academic Services.

imperial.ac.uk (2020-11-19). Arthritis drug effective in treating sickest COVID-19 patients. imperial.ac.uk Critically ill COVID-19 patients treated with an arthritis drug are significantly more likely to have improved outcomes, a study has found.

WSWS (2020-11-19). Number of children diagnosed with COVID-19 in the US surpasses one million. wsws.org Most of the infections have come after the reopening of schools, highlighting the dangers of in-person instruction during the pandemic.

Dr. Annie Bukacek (2020-11-19). Video: How COVID-19 Death Certificates Are Being Manipulated. Montana Physician Dr. Annie Bukacek. globalresearch.ca First published by GR on April 8, 2020 | Dr. Annie Bukacek is a longtime Montana physician with over 30 years experience practicing medicine. Signing death certificates is a routine part of her job. | In this brief video, Dr. Bukacek blows …

news.un (2020-11-19). Remdesivir no COVID-19 silver bullet, says UN health agency. news.un.org An advisory body of the UN health agency is not recommending the use of the high-profile antiviral drug Remdesivir for hospitalized COVID-19 patients, saying on Thursday there is insufficient evidence that it improves survival outcomes or cuts down on the need for patients to be put onto ventilators.

Peoples Dispatch (2020-11-19). New York City schools shut again due to second COVID-19 wave. peoplesdispatch.org Schools were opened up in phases in September and October, months after they were shut down in mid-March. The State's governor has warned of a tremendous spike in the coming weeks…

The Canary (2020-11-19). Africa records two million coronavirus cases amid fears of fresh surge. thecanary.co Africa has surpassed two million confirmed coronavirus (Covid-19) cases as health officials warn of infections starting to creep up again into a second surge.Second wave: The Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on Thursday that the 54-country continent has seen more than 48,000 deaths from coronavirus. The continent of 1.3bn people is being warned against "prevention fatigue" as countries loosen pandemic restrictions to ease their economies' suffering and more people travel.The Africa CDC director this week openly worried that the level of mask-wearing has gone down and called that…

news.un (2020-11-19). In the face of ridicule: one woman's fight to bring sanitation to a Nepalese village. news.un.org 4.2 billion people are living without access to safely managed sanitation, putting them at increased risk of catching a host of infectious diseases, such as COVID-19, cholera, and typhoid. On this year's World Toilet Day, which is marked on 19 November, we look at how Ratna Khawas has fought ridicule and tradition to improve hygiene in her Nepalese village, with the help of the UN.

Daniel Horowitz (2020-11-19). Surgical Face Masks: No Statistically Significant Benefit Against COVID-19. Danish Study in Annals of Internal Medicine. globalresearch.ca Most Western elites are telegraphing the message that we will be forced to cover our humanity with cheap face masks indefinitely. They are mandating that even two-year-olds must wear masks. The

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-19). COVID-19 claims over 43,000 lives across Iran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 19 (MNA) — The Iranian Health Ministry has confirmed 13,223 COVID-19 infections and 476 deaths due to the disease in the past 24 hours.

news.un (2020-11-19). In the face of ridicule: one woman's fight to bring sanitation to a Nepali village. news.un.org 4.2 billion people are living without access to safely managed sanitation, putting them at increased risk of catching a host of infectious diseases, such as COVID-19, cholera, and typhoid. On this year's World Toilet Day, which is marked on 19 November, we look at how Ratna Khawas has fought ridicule and tradition to improve hygiene in her Nepali village, with the help of the UN.

Bryant Arroyo (2020-11-19). COVID-19 protocols: Recipe for disaster in Pennsylvania prisons. workers.org Bryant Arroyo (left) with Joe Piette of WWP Prisoners Solidarity Committee. Incarcerated workers across Pennsylvania are demanding that Department of Corrections Secretary John Wetzel reverse his disastrous decision to begin mass transfers of prisoners at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. The following commentary is from jailhouse organizer and environmentalist . . . |

Roger Sollenberger (2020-11-19). McEnany tells "Fox Friends" that COVID-19 restrictions are "Orwellian" as pandemic surges across US. salon.com "We don't lose our freedom in this country," McEnany tells hosts of Trump's favorite morning show "Fox & Friends"