2020-11-26: News Headlines

Chris Walker (2020-11-26). 4 in 10 Americans Plan to Defy CDC Guidelines on Thanksgiving. zcomm.org As of Tuesday, more than 12.4 million Americans have been diagnosed with COVID-19 since the pandemic began, with close to 260,000 having died from the virus so far…

Alex MacDonald (2020-11-26). Egyptian human-rights activist dies after contracting Covid-19. middleeasteye.net Egyptian human-rights activist dies after contracting Covid-19 | Hafez Abu Seada, co-founder of Egyptian Organisation for Human Rights, was diagnosed with coronavirus in mid-November | Thu, 11/26/2020 – 16: 35 | Hafez Abu Seada and wife Nehad Abo El Komsan (Facebook) | Hafez Abu Seada, a leading Egyptian human-rights activist, has died after contracting Covid-19, his wife said on Thursday. | Sea…

Alex MacDonald (2020-11-26). Egyptian human rights activist dies after contracting Covid-19. middleeasteye.net Egyptian human rights activist dies after contracting Covid-19 | Hafez Abu Seada, co-founder of the Egyptian Organisation for Human Rights, was diagnosed with coronavirus in mid-November | Thu, 11/26/2020 – 16: 35 | Hafez Abu Seada and his wife Nehad Abo El Komsan (Facebook) | Hafez Abu Seada, a Leading Egyptian human rights activist, has died after contracting Covid-19, his wife announced on Th…

Ian Angus (2020-11-26). Greenhouse gases set new record, despite COVID-19 lockdown. mronline.org Top meteorologist: only a complete transformation of our industrial, energy and transport systems can stop climate change.

news.un (2020-11-26). Global HIV toll likely to be far higher owing to COVID-19, warns UNAIDS. news.un.org Countries should adopt ambitious new targets to tackle HIV / AIDS to avoid hundreds of thousands of additional infections and deaths linked to the COVID-19 pandemic, the UN said on Thursday.

The Canary (2020-11-26). Foreign Secretary defends aid cut and outlines priorities in 'British interests'. thecanary.co Dominic Raab has denied the Government is "salami slicing" all parts of the UK's overseas aid spending as he outlined the priorities for the slashed budget.The foreign secretary said the long-term strategic aims of the country's international work will be based on "our values and grounded in the British national interests".Raab listed his top five priorities for what is left of the budget. They are tackling climate change, Covid-19, girls' education, conflict resolution and expanding in-house management of aid delivery "in order to increase the impact that our policy interventions have on the ground".Foreign Offi…

Global Research News (2020-11-26). Selected Articles: Bribery and Corruption in the Covid-19 Era. globalresearch.ca By While the world is trying to limit the destruction caused by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we are only starting to understand its long-term effects on governments, …

Peoples Dispatch (2020-11-26). Major COVID-19 outbreak in Belmarsh prison, Assange's family raise alarm. peoplesdispatch.org According to Julian Assange's partner, Stella Moris, at least 56 inmates were found to be infected in the block where he is held. Assange, along with nearly 200 other inmates of his house block, had been under lockdown since November 18…

Kristina Pierce (2020-11-26). Bribery and Corruption in the Covid-19 Era. globalresearch.ca While the world is trying to limit the destruction caused by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we are only starting to understand its long-term effects on governments, economies, companies and individuals. The global crisis has exacerbated existing flaws at all levels, …

Peoples Dispatch (2020-11-26). Greek working class unites, strikes for health, safety and rights amid COVID-19. peoplesdispatch.org Workers, teachers, doctors, students and youth groups in Greece observed a nationwide general strike on November 26, putting forward a set of urgent demands in sectors including health care, education, public transport, and other areas of employment…

Tom Conway (2020-11-26). How Americans can help the frontline workers battling Covid-19. nationofchange.org The pandemic highlighted the essential work that nursing home staff members perform—and the necessity of treating them as essential workers from now on.

Chuck Collins (2020-11-26). Facing Holiday Rush, Frontlines Retail Workers Urge Billionaire Bosses to Share the Wealth. counterpunch.org This Black Friday and Cyber Monday, frontline essential workers will be hustling to help holiday shoppers — while also fighting for dignity, hazard pay, and other protections as Covid-19 infection rates spike again in many regions. Rina Cummings, who works at the JFK8 Amazon Warehouse on Staten Island, feels like the billionaire owners are sending

Jeremy Loffredo (2020-11-26). COVID Vaccine Hesitancy Widespread, Even Among Medical Professionals. globalresearch.ca Public health groups, including the World Health Organization, are making a concerted effort to reduce COVID vaccine hesitancy, as many medical professionals and minority groups remain doubtful about safety and efficacy. | *** | As details on the latest

Staff (2020-11-26). Hundreds of Thousands of Students Traveled Home This Week Amid COVID Spike. truthout.org After a fall spent studying on ghost-town campuses,

Julia Conley, Common Dreams (2020-11-26). Atlas Welcomes Killing Loved Ones With Covid as This May Be 'Their Final Thanksgiving'. indybay.org Dr. Scott Atlas, a top White House coronavirus adviser, said that Americans should flout public health guidance and gather as normal for the holidays as this may be "the final Thanksgiving" for many. | Photo of Hoover Tower under Creative Commons via flicker. Scott Atlas is on leave from Stanford University's Hoover Institute while he serves under Trump.

Dr. Gilbert Berdine (2020-11-26). What the COVID Vaccine Hype Fails to Mention. globalresearch.ca Pfizer recently announced that its covid vaccine was

Sam Pizzigati (2020-11-26). The Rain on Our Yes-We-Now-Have-a-Vaccine! Parade. zcomm.org 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…

The Canary (2020-11-26). Government website crashes as people try and find out which tier of coronavirus restrictions they'll face. thecanary.co Almost all parts of England will face tough coronavirus curbs with a ban on households mixing indoors and restrictions on hospitality after December 2.Only the Isle of Wight, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly have been placed in the lowest Tier 1 set of restrictions, with people in all other parts of England set to face more serious limits to their freedom.Large swathes of the Midlands, North East and North West are in the most restrictive Tier 3, but London will be in Tier 2. | The Liverpool City Region's move into Tier 2 is vindication of the hard work, dedication and sacrifice shown by people across our region…

WSWS (2020-11-26). Thousands of US college students return home for Thanksgiving amid surging pandemic. wsws.org After the disastrous reopening of campuses this fall led to hundreds of thousands of cases, countless college students are bringing the coronavirus home with them.

Sophia Purdy-Moore (2020-11-26). Education secretary Gavin Williamson broke the law when removing safeguards for children in care. thecanary.co In a landmark judgement on 24 November, the Court of Appeal unanimously agreed that the education secretary Gavin Williamson unlawfully introduced changes to children's social care legislation during the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic. | Statutory instrument 445: | On 23 April, proposed changes to remove or dilute legal safeguards protecting children in care (

Amanda Mills (2020-11-26). "It's going to be a billionaire Thanksgiving." Wealth of US richest just hit $1 trillion since the start of the pandemic. nationofchange.org "The increases in billionaire wealth continue to defy gravity in the real economy where millions have lost their jobs, health, and livelihoods."

Fight Back (2020-11-26). Chicago area nursing home workers' strike. fightbacknews.org Chicago, IL – 700 nursing home workers who are members SEIU Health Care Illinois/Indiana (HCII) began a second #StrikeForOurLives on November 23. Strikers walked out at 11 Infinity nursing homes across the state of Illinois. Members of SEIU have been denied adequate staffing, PPE and hazard pay.

John Pilger (2020-11-26). Britain's Class War on Children. zcomm.org Study after study shows that the people who suffer and die early from the diseases of poverty brought on by a poor diet, sub-standard housing and the priorities of the political elite and its hostile "welfare" officials — are working people…

imperial.ac.uk (2020-11-26). Rewarding outreach and awarding excellence: Education news from Imperial. imperial.ac.uk Here's a round up of education updates from across Imperial.

imperial.ac.uk (2020-11-26). Real-world neuroscience experiments show diversity in learning new motor skills. imperial.ac.uk Researchers at Imperial College London have shown how the whole body changes while learning new movement-based skills.

RT (2020-11-25). Brussels to permit launch of Sputnik V? EU will consider recommending Russian Covid-19 vaccine, application for approval filed. rt.com The European Medicines Agency (EMA) announced on Wednesday that it has begun negotiations with the manufacturers of Russia's pioneering Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine. | According to an official from the EU body, which licenses medicines and vaccines within the bloc, "the developer has contacted EMA and they are in early discussions now." Regulators will assess data on Sputnik V before publishing a recommendation on whether it can be used by healthcare systems within EU member states. | According to Kirill Dmitriev, the head of the Russian Direct Investment Fund, which bankrolled the development of the formula,…

WSWS (2020-11-25). UK mother whose children all contracted COVID-19 speaks out to demand school closures: "I agree you must close schools and universities to save lives" wsws.org World Socialist Web Site reporters spoke to Linda, a parent of three school children, who all tested positive for coronavirus at the end of October.

Chauncey K. Robinson, Matt Bernico (2020-11-25). PW Podcast: U.S. imperialism hinders Cuban COVID-19 vaccine. peoplesworld.org Beyond the Page is a companion podcast to the award-winning publication People's World. With every episode, we'll take you deeper into the topics covered at PeoplesWorld.org. Our program brings you in-depth interviews with journalists and activists on the most pressing stories in progressive politics, labor, and the struggle for socialism in the United States. The …

Kenneth Surin (2020-11-25). How the UK Became a Chumocracy. counterpunch.org Boris "BoJo" Johnson survived his bout with Covid-19 after spending time in intensive-care a few months ago. BoJo's survival notwithstanding, he's now having to self-isolate—again– as a result of meeting with a group of Tory MPs, many casual about social distancing and mask-wearing, who subsequently tested positive for the virus.

imperial.ac.uk (2020-11-25). Podcast: Statin side effects, vaccine latest and pandemic politics. imperial.ac.uk In this edition: The nocebo effect of statins, the latest on Imperial's COVID-19 vaccine and a former PM talks pandemic.

RT (2020-11-25). 'Average' effectiveness & unexplained side effects: 7 QUESTIONS that AstraZeneca needs to answer about its Covid-19 vaccine. rt.com The drug manufacturer AstraZeneca said on Monday it would seek emergency authorization for its coronavirus vaccine with various regulators. However, it might first have to answer a number of serious questions about its jab. | The British-Swedish company, which has developed its candidate vaccine together with the University of Oxford, "will begin the submission of the clinical data to regulators around the world that have a framework in place for emergency use or conditional approval," its spokesman said on Monday, adding that the list of the regulators that will receive the application particularly includes t…

_____ (2020-11-25). Why Are Millions Of People In The US Traveling For Thanksgiving? popularresistance.org The coronavirus pandemic is breaking records every day in the United States, filling up intensive care units, overwhelming hospital systems and exhausting health care workers. | A record 203,000 Americans tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday, and the seven-day average is above 170,000. Despite significant advances in treating the disease, more than 1,500 people are dying every day, the highest level since May. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) predicts that the US will record 300,000 deaths by the middle of December, and there could be as many as 21,000 new coronavirus hospitalizations each d…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-11-25). Greece gears up for a massive national strike against government's handling of COVID-19. peoplesdispatch.org Workers, teachers and youth groups in Greece have called for a general strike on November 26 and have put forward a series of demands in sectors such as health care, education and other areas of employment…

Editor (2020-11-25). Crimes against humanity: We charge genocide! workers.org On Friday, Nov. 20, over 200,000 new cases of the COVID-19 were diagnosed in the U.S. — on that one day! Since the virus began to travel through the country in late January — at first undetected — over 260,000 people have died, and over 12,250,000 people have contracted the . . . |

WSWS (2020-11-25). Surge in COVID-19 cases in Indonesia. wsws.org Conscious of the growing opposition to his policies, Indonesian President Joko Widodo has been pinning hopes on an early vaccination program.

MEE staff (2020-11-25). Israeli press review: Netanyahu-MBS meeting kept secret from Israeli ministers. middleeasteye.net Israeli press review: Netanyahu-MBS meeting kept secret from Israeli ministers | Meanwhile, Israelis on the verge of heading to a fourth election since April 2019 as political factions look into bill to dissolve Knesset in December | Wed, 11/25/2020 – 12: 58 | Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L) and his coalition partner Defence Minister Benny Gantz (AFP) | Netanyahu-MBS meeting causes a stir

WSWS (2020-11-25). As virus surges in North Dakota, Fargo food distribution workers strike over lack of COVID-19 protections. wsws.org Workers at the Cash-Wa food distribution operation in Fargo, North Dakota are on strike over health and safety in an area that is experiencing the highest COVID-19 death rate in the world.

WSWS (2020-11-25). Two Alabama teachers die from COVID-19 as governor vows to keep schools and businesses open. wsws.org Over the past two weeks, the rate of COVID-19 infections across Alabama has increased by over 50 percent, with educators representing a significant number of these cases.

RT (2020-11-25). 'Infection level far too high': Germany extends 'partial' Covid-19 lockdown, leaving small exception for Christmas. rt.com Chancellor Angela Merkel and the leaders of Germany's 16 states have agreed to prolong the country's Covid-19 restrictions for at least another four weeks, but made special exemptions for close family and friends on Christmas. | The holidays will be an "important" but "difficult" time for the Germans, Merkel said, announcing the government's decision as she called on the nation to make "one more" push in the battle against the virus. She called the previous measures, dubbed a "light" lockdown, a "partial success," but said they were simply not enough. | "The exponential growth of infection numbers has been bro…

RT (2020-11-25). Puzzling higher AstraZeneca vaccine efficacy for smaller dosage explained: It was reportedly tested on people only under 56. rt.com A seemingly strange phenomenon of a smaller dose of the Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine being more effective than a bigger one is reportedly explained by it first being tested on a younger group. | On Monday, the pharmacological company

Yogesh Jain (2020-11-25). How the privatization of medicine in India is accelerating its COVID-19 death toll. peoplesdispatch.org The COVID-19 crisis was an opportunity for the public systems to recapture their rightful position as the predominant health care providers in the country. But the public systems were unprepared for the task…

imperial.ac.uk (2020-11-25). Most children experience mild COVID-19 or show no symptoms, study finds. imperial.ac.uk Most children experience mild COVID-19 disease or do not show any symptoms, according to the latest report from the Imperial College London.

Princess Harmony (2020-11-25). Living with addiction and COVID-19 — a WW commentary. workers.org In the countrywide COVID-19 epidemic, it is easy to forget that the most vulnerable among us include those with opioid addictions who use the medications methadone (Diskets, Methadose) and buprenorphine (Suboxone, Subutex, Sublocade, Zubsolv, Bunavail). These people, who are reliant on constant and steady dosing of their medicines to stave . . . |

WSWS (2020-11-25). Greek government bans protests, imposes authoritarian measures utilising pretext of pandemic. wsws.org The escalation of state repression in Greece must be seen in the context of increased militancy in the working class and among youth over the authorties' criminal handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.

WSWS (2020-11-25). Assange's life in danger as major COVID-19 outbreak hits Belmarsh Prison. wsws.org Assange's partner Stella Moris has reported a mass outbreak in the house block where the WikiLeaks founder is imprisoned, with 56 prisoners and staff testing positive to the coronavirus.

Igor Derysh (2020-11-25). Mnuchin clawback may "sabotage" Biden by blocking $455B in COVID-19 funds — it may also be "illegal" salon.com A watchdog says Mnuchin's move violated the Cares Act. Democrats call it downright "corrupt"

Igor Derysh (2020-11-25). Trump cancels trip to GOP fraud "hearing" at Pennsylvania Wyndham after Giuliani exposed to COVID-19. salon.com The campaign said similar "hearings" were planned in Michigan and Arizona, but that was news to GOP officials there…

Dr. Birsen Filip (2020-11-25). Cuba Successfully Halts Its COVID-19 Outbreak: A Reflection of the Socialist Revolution and the Legacy of Fidel Castro's Vision of Health Care. globalresearch.ca 'Private medicine grants privileges to those who have money to the detriment of those who do not have it and nothing could be more inhumane than that. It is unbelievable that rich societies that apply this and many other similar …

Staff (2020-11-25). Thanksgiving is going to kill a lot of people, again. therealnews.com Amid a terrifying surge in COVID-19 cases, millions are defying public health warnings and traveling for Thanksgiving—a grimly fitting situation, given the central role of contagious diseases in the genocide of this continent's Native people.

MEE and agencies (2020-11-25). Covid-19: Turkey announces figures for asymptomatic cases for first time since July. middleeasteye.net Covid-19: Turkey announces figures for asymptomatic cases for first time since July | Country shatters previous record-high numbers as inclusion of asymptomatic cases reveal scale of outbreak | Wed, 11/25/2020 – 19: 43 | Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca says 80 percent who test positive are either asymptomatic or show slight symptoms (AFP/File photo) | Turkey has recorded 28,351 new…