Daily Archives: November 23, 2020

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…