2020-11-27: News Headlines

Paul Antonopoulos (2020-11-27). France Risks More Than It Gains by Joining U.S.-led Anti-China Efforts. globalresearch.ca COVID-19, which has thus far killed over 1.4 million people globally; the alleged treatment of the Uighur minority; the neoliberal-supporting rioters in Hong Kong; and, the trade war with Washington, have all contributed to the deterioration of China's image in …

_____ (2020-11-27). International Coalition Of Activists Launches Protest Against Amazon. popularresistance.org An international group of climate activists and Amazon warehouse workers have launched an online campaign called "Make Amazon Pay," calling on the tech giant to provide better working conditions for its employees and to reduce its expanding carbon footprint. The protests come just as the New York Times reports that the Seattle-based company has been on a hiring spree this year, expanding its global workforce. | "During the Covid-19 pandemic, Amazon became a trillion dollar corporation, with CEO Jeff Bezos becoming the first person in history to amass $200 billion in personal wealth," the campaign states on its we…

imperial.ac.uk (2020-11-27). COVID-19 spread in different social settings – new Imperial report. imperial.ac.uk In a global analysis of where SARS-CoV-2 transmission takes place, households show the highest transmission rates.

news.un (2020-11-27). African nations 'far from ready' for COVID-19 vaccination drive, says UN health agency. news.un.org As efforts to find safe and effective vaccines for COVID-19 are showing increasing promise, the African continent is "far from ready" to roll out what will be its largest ever immunization drive, the UN World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday.

Paul Street (2020-11-27). Why COVID-19 Granted the U.S. Most Favored Nation Status. counterpunch.org Routinely described by its "leaders" as "the greatest country in the world" (hereafter "GCITW") and "the richest country in the world" (hereafter "RCITW"), the United States is home to 4.25% of the world's population but 21% of global COVID-19 cases and 18% of global COVID-19 deaths. Why has the GCITW fared so poorly in responding

_____ (2020-11-27). COVID-19 Economy: A Deliberate Disaster. popularresistance.org With nearly 12 million cases and a quarter million deaths in the US so far (over 55 million cases and 1.3 million deaths world-wide), the COVID 19 pandemic is ravaging civilization. The disease is on track to be the deadliest epidemic since 1918. | The economic fallout for the working class has been severe. In the US, unemployment has skyrocketed, with 45.4 million new unemployment claims since March 14. At least 1/6 of those with jobs before the pandemic are now out of work. According to The New York Times, "The economic downturn is shaping up to be particularly devastating for renters, who are more likely to be…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-11-27). 250 million people participate in countrywide strike in India. peoplesdispatch.org Despite police repression and the COVID-19 pandemic, workers and farmers and their allies across India participated in the pan-India strike action against the recent neoliberal reforms pushed through by the Narendra Modi government…

imperial.ac.uk (2020-11-27). How COVID-19 spreads indoors — new Imperial report. imperial.ac.uk In a global analysis of where SARS-CoV-2 transmission takes place, households show the highest transmission rates.

Ashley Curtin (2020-11-27). Supreme Court blocks New York's restrictions on religion amid COVID-19. nationofchange.org The Supreme Court's majority ruled that "even in a pandemic, the Constitution cannot be put away and forgotten."

WSWS (2020-11-27). US CDC plans to reduce quarantine time after potential COVID-19 exposure. wsws.org The purpose of reducing the isolation period to as little as seven days is to ensure workers will be back on the job faster, even though the CDC admits this will increase the transmission of the virus.

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-27). COVID-19 lockdown in Iran's Sanandaj. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 27 (MNA) — A two-week plan for covid-19 restrictions started in several Iranian cities on Saturday, November 21, according to which car traffic is prohibited from 9 PM to 4 AM. The plan has been going on for a week now.

Paul Street (2020-11-27). Why COVID-19 Granted the U.S. Most Favored Nation Status. counterpunch.org Routinely described by its "leaders" as "the greatest country in the world" (hereafter "GCITW") and "the richest country in the world" (hereafter "RCITW"), the United States is home to 4.25% of the world's population but 21% of global COVID-19 cases and 18% of global COVID-19 deaths. Why has the GCITW fared so poorly in responding

_____ (2020-11-27). Canada's Housing Co-ops Find Success Despite Covid-19 Challenges. popularresistance.org Housing co-ops in Canada remain positive about the future, despite the challenges posed by Covid-19 this year. | A recent survey conducted by the Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada (CHF Canada) during a virtual town hall held last month revealed that 96% of co-op managers and staff were 'doing well'. | Most housing co-ops in Canada are rental co-ops developed during the 1970s and 80s under government social housing programmes targeting people with low to moderate incomes. Across Canada, over 2,200 non-profit housing co‚Äëops are home to about a quarter of a million people in over 90,000 hou…

Staff (2020-11-27). Differing Mask Mandates in Georgia Schools Put Teachers at Risk for COVID. truthout.org Masks were optional, and about half of the children wore them. So did the receptionist, but only sporadically, according to several teachers. | Within a couple of days, the receptionist was out sick. Another receptionist called in sick as well. Both had caught the coronavirus, according to social media posts. In the ensuing weeks, a wave of cases would rush through the building — an outbreak for which district leaders blamed the community rather than the lack of a mask mandate in the schoo…

Julia Conley, Common Dreams (2020-11-27). 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.

_____ (2020-11-27). How Postal Workers Saved The Election. popularresistance.org The story of mail ballots in 2020 is the story of a union postal workforce willing to go to extraordinary lengths to make sure that every vote got delivered. | Postal workers did this despite the deliberate holdups created by new Postmaster General Louis "Delay the Mail" DeJoy, and a workforce hit hard by COVID. | More than 65 million people voted by mail this fall—a record. And…

Jeffrey St. Clair (2020-11-27). Roaming Charges: Dumb All Over, Again. counterpunch.org So we have the same "originalists" who used to argue that the "Constitution isn't a suicide pact" to justify torture, rendition and extrajudicial killings have now ruled that the Constitution is a murder-suicide pact when it comes to religious services during a killer pandemic.

Fight Back (2020-11-27). Millions face a financial cliff as grim economic news keeps on coming. fightbacknews.org San José, CA – On Wednesday, November 25, the U.S. Department of Labor reported that new claims for regular state unemployment benefits increased for the second week in a row, up 30,000 to 778,000. This is the highest level in five weeks and the first time since July with back-to-back increases. Adding in the weekly new claims for the federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance or PUA for the self-employed and gig workers, almost 1.1 million people sought government aid in the recession. | For the first time in almost two months, the total number of people receiving government unemployment benefits across all progra…

WSWS (2020-11-27). Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa. wsws.org Youth and workers shut state-run phosphate plant in Tunisia demanding jobs; four-hour national public sector strike in Italy in protest at pandemic social and health catastrophe; months-long strike of nurses in Zimbabwe sold out by unions; community health workers continue stoppages and protests for pay rise and improved conditions…

Dr. Mike Yeadon (2020-11-27). A Plea to MPs from Mike Yeadon: "Don't Vote for Lockdown". "The Pandemic Is Over" globalresearch.ca Dear Sirs and Madams, | I am an independent scientist of over 30 years experience leading research into new medicines, operating up to Vice President and head of Respiratory Research at Pfizer, a US pharmaceutical company and founder and CEO of …

Sam Pizzigati (2020-11-27). The Rich Are Cheering Wall Street's Latest Records. Americans of Modest Means Are Draining 401(k)s. commondreams.org The nation's woefully inadequate response to the pandemic is jeopardizing millions of retirement futures. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/wall_street_3.jpg

imperial.ac.uk (2020-11-27). Imperial engineer to develop AI clinician to help frontline health workers. imperial.ac.uk Professor Aldo Faisal has won a Turing AI Fellowship to develop AI that will help doctors make complex decisions.

Staff (2020-11-27). Four Days in Occupied Western Sahara — A Rare Look Inside Africa's Last Colony as Ceasefire Ends. democracynow.org In this special rebroadcast of a Democracy Now! exclusive documentary, we break the media blockade and go to occupied Western Sahara in the northwest of Africa to document the decades-long Sahrawi struggle for freedom and Morocco's violent crackdown. Morocco has occupied the territory since 1975 in defiance of the United Nations and the international community. Thousands have been tortured, imprisoned, killed and disappeared while resisting the Moroccan occupation. A 1,700-mile wall divides Sahrawis who remain under occupation from those who fled into exile. Earlier this month, a three-decade ceasefire in Western…

John Pilger (2020-11-27). Britain's Class War on Children. counterpunch.org When I first reported on child poverty in Britain, I was struck by the faces of children I spoke to, especially the eyes. They were different: watchful, fearful. In Hackney, in 1975, I filmed Irene Brunsden's family. Irene told me she gave her two-year-old a plate of cornflakes. "She doesn't tell me she's hungry, she

John Pilger (2020-11-27). Britain's Class War on Children. globalresearch.ca In this abridged article published by the London Daily Mirror & based on his 1975 film, Smashing Kids, John Pilger describes class as Britain's most virulent disease, causing record levels of child poverty. | *** | When I first reported on child …

Rod Driver (2020-11-27). The War Crimes of Bush and Blair — Afghanistan and Iraq. globalresearch.ca "The invasion of Iraq was a bandit act, an act of blatant state terrorism, demonstrating absolute contempt for the concept of international law…We have brought torture, cluster bombs, depleted uranium, innumerable acts of random murder, misery, degradation and death to …

imperial.ac.uk (2020-11-27). Blue Plaque unveiled for Nobel Prize-winner Abdus Salam. imperial.ac.uk English Heritage have unveiled a Blue Plaque to mark the home of Professor Abdus Salam, who founded the Theoretical Physics Department at Imperial.

_____ (2020-11-27). America's Future Is Liberal Fascism Sporting a Smiley Shirt and Armed With a Syringe. strategic-culture.org The globalists responsible for engineering a medical tyranny across much of the Western world have something valuable to teach right-wing nationalists and would-be fascists, and that is you don't sell your damaged product out of the barrel of a machine gun, but rather dripping from the end of a syringe that promises to end all pain and misery. | Patrick Henry, one of America's more outspoken Founding Fathers, famously remarked "give me liberty or give me death" when the life of his nation was on the line. Today, America's famous battle cry has been replaced by a masked and muffled gasp that advises, without hope…

imperial.ac.uk (2020-11-27). Future visions and better balance: News from the College. imperial.ac.uk Here's a batch of fresh news and announcements from across Imperial.

teleSUR (2020-11-26). Chile: Gov't Pension Fund Withdrawal Draft Advances in Senate. telesurenglish.net Chile's Senate approved on Thursday the second withdrawal of 10 percent of individual pension funds (AFPs), aiming to support the population during the economic crisis unleashed by the COVID-19 pandemic. | RELATED: | The lawmakers approved the government's draft with 35 votes in favor, one against, and five abstentions, allowing the withdrawal and establishing that those who access it have to pay the corresponding income tax. The…

RT (2020-11-26). Don't hug grandma this Christmas: UK public health chief's grim Covid advice as Britain readies for festive season. rt.com The UK is heading for a bleak winter as Prime Minister Boris Johnson's chief scientific adviser on Thursday warned Britons not to hug and kiss their elderly relatives at Christmas, in a bid to protect them from Covid-19. | "Would I encourage someone to hug and kiss their elderly relatives? No I would not," Professor Chris Whitty said, during a Downing Street coronavirus briefing and days after the PM had outlined He stressed that, while hugging grandparents is technically not "again…

RT (2020-11-26). 'This is Canada, not North Korea!' WATCH Toronto BBQ owner get dragged away in handcuffs for breaching Covid-19 rules. rt.com Adamson Barbecue owner Adam Skelly has been arrested after opening his restaurant in direct defiance of lockdown orders in Toronto, with a crowd of BBQ lovers shouting 'shame!' as officers dragged him away. | The barbecue restaurant and Skelly himself became the center of controversy this week after he announced in an Instagram video on Tuesday that he was opening his doors. He also questioned lockdown orders and whether Covid-19 cases were being inflated. |

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…

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…

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, …

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…

Alex MacDonald (2020-11-26). Egyptian rights activist Hafez Abu Seada dies after contracting Covid-19. middleeasteye.net Egyptian rights activist Hafez Abu Seada dies after contracting Covid-19 | 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. | Seada, co-f…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2020-11-26). Amid Public Health and Employment Crises, New Survey Shows Poor Americans Agree on Policy Solutions. commondreams.org With over 262,000 Americans killed by Covid-19, millions jobless and at risk of soon losing unemployment aid, and families and friends warned against spending Thanksgiving together because of the dangers of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, new polling results revealed Thursday that people with low incomes agree upon a range of policy solutions to poverty and hunger. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/gettyimages-12770002851.jpg

sputniknews (2020-11-26). Trump Says COVID-19 Vaccine Delivery to Begin Next Week. sputniknews.com The US president previously said that the vaccine would be available before the 3 November presidential election, prompting criticism from Democrats who believed he was rushing its development.

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-26). Iran COVID-19 update: 482 deaths, 13,961 cases in 24 hours. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 26 (MNA) — The Iranian Health Ministry has confirmed 13,961 COVID-19 infections and 482 deaths due to the disease in the past 24 hours.

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.

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…

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

Howard Mansfield (2020-11-26). The Covid-19 Pandemic Helps Tell the True Story of Thanksgiving. commondreams.org At the time the Pilgrims landed, the Wampanoags and their neighbors had been tested by the years they called the Great Dying. An epidemic from 1616 to 1619—which may have been smallpox (there are other theories)—had killed as many as 9 out of 10 coastal Indians. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/thanksgiving.jpg

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, …

sputniknews (2020-11-26). Whitty Says Judgement About AstraZeneca Vaccine Should Be 'In the Hands' of Drug Regulator. sputniknews.com Controversy is surrounding the COVID-19 vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford, with critics expressing concerns that it could be based on "shaky science".

RT (2020-11-26). Is 'herd immunity' the answer after all? Moscow mayor claims that HALF of city's 12 million residents are now 'IMMUNE' to Covid-19. rt.com While most of Europe's large cities are now under strict lockdown to prevent Covid's spread, the biggest of them all, Moscow, is an exception. Instead of shutting down bars, shops and restaurants, a lighter touch has been applied. | On Thursday, the city's mayor indicated that the strategy — a mixture of appealing to personal responsibility and ordering relatively small-scale restrictions, while also beefing up hospital capacity — seems to be working. Sergey Sobyanin told national TV that about 50 percent of Muscovites are now immune to Covid-19 infection. | "The current option for slowing down the e…

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-26). Cinema Verite to hold classes attended by cinematic figures. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 26 (MNA) — Due to a spike in the COVID-19 cases in Iran and also the significance of the Iran International Documentary Film Festival known as "Cinema Verite", this international prestigious cinematic event will be held online.