Daily Archives: November 30, 2020

2020-11-30: News Headlines

WSWS (2020-11-30). Sri Lankan government orders schools to reopen, threatening thousands with COVID-19. wsws.org In line with its dangerous and irresponsible "new normal" coronavirus policies, the Rajapakse government is sending students and teachers back to school.

teleSUR (2020-11-30). Barbados Commemorates 54 Years of Independence. telesurenglish.net Barbados' Prime Minister Mia Mottley addressed the nation on the occasion of the 54th anniversary of independence from the United Kingdom on Monday, noting her government's effort to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic amid the global economic downturn. | RELATED: | Mottley highlighted the attention the government has paid to people at higher risk from contracting the new coronavirus and pointed out that the country prepared to face "t…

The Canary (2020-11-30). A four-day working week could be the future in an independent Scotland. thecanary.co SNP members have called on Scottish government ministers to instigate a review that could bring about a four-day working week in the event of independence. | A motion at the party's annual conference, this year being held virtually due to the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, passed by 1,136 votes to 70. | Contained in the resolution was a call for ministers to review working practices in Scotland, including a possible shift to a shorter working week. | The resolution states: "Conference calls on the Scottish Government to undertake a review into how working practices should be adapted to meet the needs of the fut…

teleSUR (2020-11-30). Moderna Asks Permission to Sell Its Vaccine in the US and EU. telesurenglish.net The pharmaceutical company Moderna on Monday announced it would request authorization to market its COVID-19 vaccine from the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the European Medicines Agency. | RELATED: | Regulators will analyze the mRNA vaccine test data and decide if it is safe and effective enough to recommend its implementation. | According to the company, the efficacy analysis of the phase 3 study…

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-30). Iran COVID-19 update: 13,321 infections, 371 deaths. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 30 (MNA) — The Iranian Health Ministry has confirmed 13,321 COVID-19 infections and 371 deaths due to the disease in the past 24 hours.

news.un (2020-11-30). UN chief calls for greater inclusion of persons with disabilities. news.un.org Achieving a world where all people have equal access to opportunities is a goal worth fighting for, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Monday in a speech calling for greater inclusion of persons with disabilities in society, including in COVID-19 response and recovery.

WSWS (2020-11-30). Cleveland-Heights University Heights School District threatens to halt health care benefits if teachers strike. wsws.org A school district just outside of Cleveland, Ohio is threatening to cut healthcare payments to 500 teachers amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Peoples Dispatch (2020-11-30). As COVID-19 cases soar in Turkey, demands for fresh lockdown gain momentum. peoplesdispatch.org Turkey has been hit by a second wave of COVID-19 and recorded more new cases on Sunday than Brazil and Russia, standing just behind the US and India…

MEE and agencies (2020-11-30). Covid-19: Turkey's Erdogan announces weekend lockdown as cases continue to rise. middleeasteye.net Covid-19: Turkey's Erdogan announces weekend lockdown as cases continue to rise | The Turkish president also announces a curfew during weekdays, but some sectors, including supply chain and production, will be exempt from new measures | Mon, 11/30/2020 – 17: 43 | Turkey's economic recovery, key to Erdogan's sustained political support, could be threatened by the new wave of the pandemic (R…

Commonwealth Club (2020-11-30). Wednesday 12/9: Impact of COVID-19 on Refugees & Aid Workers in the Middle East. indybay.org Online via livestream (FREE)…

news.un (2020-11-30). The pandemic is fuelling slavery and sexual exploitation, UN experts warn. news.un.org The COVID-19 pandemic has played into the hands of slavers and traffickers and requires stronger government measures to prevent exploitation of vulnerable people, more than 50 independent UN human rights experts said in a statement on Monday.

Staff (2020-11-30). As COVID Spikes, It's Normal to Feel Helpless. Let's Turn Fear to Activism. truthout.org I sat by my office window this morning and looked without seeing at the robin's-egg blue house across the street, framed by a distant pine-green hill and the last gray sky of November 2020. Beside me at a tandem desk sat my daughter, headphones on for the Monday morning Zoom meeting with her class. They talked about what their favorite Thanksgiving food was, and she said "cranberry sauce!" with entirely appropriate gusto; she ate half a bog's worth on Thursday and sighed heavily when we ran out.

Ethan Yang (2020-11-30). New Study Highlights Alleged Accounting Error Regarding COVID Deaths. globalresearch.ca At the time of this writing, the United States currently maintains the

WSWS (2020-11-30). Despite strikes and protests over coronavirus, schools and day-care centres remain open in Germany. wsws.org Last week's Coronavirus Summit, attended by Chancellor Angela Merkel along with the 16 heads of the state governments, demonstrated one thing: businesses, schools and day-care centres are to be kept open no matter what.

The Canary (2020-11-30). Pubs to stop selling alcohol in Wales as part of new coronavirus restrictions. thecanary.co Pubs, bars, restaurants and cafes in Wales will be forced to stop selling alcohol and to shut by 6pm in a new round of restrictions that begin on Friday night ahead of Christmas, first minister Mark Drakeford has said.The new regulations that come into force from 6pm on 4 December will also see cinemas, bowling alleys and other indoor entertainment venues forced to shut their doors until they are reviewed on 17 December.The announcement comes just three weeks after the end of Wales's 17-day firebreak lockdown and amid another rise in coronavirus cases particularly among under-25s in 17 of the country's 22 local a…

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-30). US may see 'surge upon surge' of virus in weeks ahead: Fauci. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 30 (MNA) — Dr. Anthony Fauci that the US may see "surge upon a surge" of the coronavirus in the weeks after Thanksgiving, and he does not expect current recommendations around social distancing to be relaxed before Christmas.

WSWS (2020-11-30). ICE detainees in New Jersey stage hunger strike over coronavirus threat. wsws.org Nine immigrants held at Bergen County Jail in Hackensack are demanding release from the rat-infested facility where social distancing is not possible.

WSWS (2020-11-30). New York City schools to reopen amid explosion of coronavirus cases, hospitalizations, deaths. wsws.org Mayor Bill de Blasio's announcement is a warning to the working class in the United States and internationally that even as numerous coronavirus vaccines are nearing completion, workers and youth will continue to be sent into workplaces and schools to needlessly get sick and die.

Brian Slodysko, Richard Lardner (2020-11-30). Cashing in on coronavirus? Georgia Sen. Perdue's stock trades raise suspicions. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON (AP)—As the ravages of the novel coronavirus forced millions of people out of work, shuttered businesses, and shrank the value of retirement accounts, the Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged to a three-year low. But for Sen. David Perdue, a Georgia Republican, the crisis last March signaled something else: a stock buying opportunity. And for the second …

WSWS (2020-11-30). Trade unions stage scattered protests on Amazon's Black Friday. wsws.org With opposition by Amazon workers growing against brutal work conditions and the lack of protection from the pandemic, the unions and their pseudo-left supporters are trying to contain resistance within the confines of corporate-controlled political parties and the capitalist system.

John Feffer (2020-11-30). Who Needs Zombies When We Have Republicans? counterpunch.org The 2017 film Bushwick begins like a lot of zombie flicks. An unsuspecting couple is walking through a subway station in the working-class neighborhood of Bushwick in Brooklyn. The station is eerily empty. They hear gunfire outside. The boyfriend goes out to investigate, and you know from the conventions of a zombie film that this

Nigel Duara (2020-11-30). As pandemic aid ends, California families face brutal new year. zcomm.org An estimated 750,000 Californians are set to lose federal unemployment benefits the day after Christmas, and 2.1 million could lose their homes weeks later when a statewide eviction moratorium lifts…

WSWS (2020-11-30). Private sector and Conservative Party cronies reap over £17 billion in government contracts during pandemic. wsws.org At least 15 companies handed contracts without tendering or oversight had connections to the Conservative government in what is being described as a "chumocracy".

William Hartung, Mandy Smithberger (2020-11-30). The Pandemic of Pentagon Spending. commondreams.org www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/pentagon_2_0_0_0_0.jpeg

Brett Redmayne-Titley (2020-11-30). Election 2020: The US Constitution Goes to Court. Or, … "Vaccinating America's Political Virus". globalresearch.ca "Petitioners appear to have a viable claim that the mail-in ballot procedures set forth in Act 77 contravene Pa. Const. Article VII Section 14 as the plain language of that constitutional provision is at odds with the mail-in provisions of …

_____ (2020-11-30). Letter To Rob Davis Governor of HMP Belmarsh. popularresistance.org I am shocked to read that all 56 virus-infected prisoners at Belmarsh have been moved to the same wing as Mr. Assange, who so far by miracle is not infected. This seems utter madness to me and suggests you may want him also to become infected. Everyone knows Mr. Assange has damaged lungs (see UN report by Nils Melzer) and will almost certainly die if he catches this virus, yet instead of taking measures to protect him it appears you are deliberately placing him at greater risk of catching the virus. If he dies I believe your lack of appropriate actions will make you legally responsible for his death.

teleSUR (2020-11-30). Uruguay: Ex-President Tabare Vazquez's Health Remains Stable. telesurenglish.net Uruguay's former President Tabare Vazquez's health condition remains "stable" after surfing an acute thrombosis in his left leg and an infection on Saturday. | RELATED: | "He is very well, talking -as every day- with us, making stories of all his past life, of the political activity, of the soccer activity, receiving some closer friends and taking care of himself a lot because of the health condition," Alvaro…

imperial.ac.uk (2020-11-30). Christmas closure: Imperial to introduce additional support over holidays. imperial.ac.uk As we approach the end of term, Imperial is ensuring that a wide range of services and support for students is maintained across the holiday period.

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-30). Iranian students strongly condemn Fakhrizadeh terror. en.mehrnews.com HAMADAN, Nov. 30 (MNA) — A student rally condemning the assassination of Martyr Fakhrizadeh was held on Monday at Hamadan University of Medical Sciences.

Peoples Dispatch (2020-11-30). The agony of Saudi activist Loujain al-Hathloul. peoplesdispatch.org Saudi women's rights activist Loujain al-Hathloul, who has been in jail for over 900 days and faced physical and psychological torture, is now set to be tried in a terrorism court…

news.un (2020-11-29). COVID-19 threatens global progress against malaria, warns UN health agency. news.un.org Gaps in life-saving interventions are undermining efforts to curb malaria, amid fears that the coronavirus pandemic could set back the fight against the disease even further, the UN World Health Organization (WHO) has said.

RT (2020-11-29). Western scientists divided over Russian Covid-19 vaccine Sputnik V as developers aim to make ONE BILLION doses in 2021. rt.com Experts and world leaders continue to have conflicting opinions on Russia's pioneering Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine, as the country moves closer to delivering a mass immunization program at home and exporting it abroad. |

MEE and agencies (2020-11-29). Turkey sees record Covid-19 deaths for seventh day in a row. middleeasteye.net Turkey sees record Covid-19 deaths for seventh day in a row | Surge in cases comes despite stricter efforts to contain virus, but opposition politicians accuse Erdogan of taking 'band-aid' measures | Sun, 11/29/2020 – 18: 00 | A deserted street in Istanbul's popular tourist neighbourhood of Beyoglu amid the coronavirus pandemic, 21 November 2020 (Reuters) | Coronavirus deaths in Turkey ros…

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-29). 25 films reached COVID-19 special section of "Cinema Verite" en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 30 (MNA) — 25 films have been reached to the Coronavirus special section of the 14th edition of "Cinema Verite" which is slated to be held in an online format in Tehran from Dec 8-14, 2020.

_____ (2020-11-29). Athletes Get COVID-19 Tests While Nurses Are Refused Testing. popularresistance.org On her day off not long ago, emergency room nurse Jane Sandoval sat with her husband and watched her favorite NFL team, the San Francisco 49ers. She's off every other Sunday, and even during the coronavirus pandemic, this is something of a ritual. Jane and Carlos watch, cheer, yell — just one couple's method of escape. | "It makes people feel normal," she says. | For Sandoval, though, it has become more and more difficult to enjoy as the season — and the pandemic — wears on.

Staff (2020-11-29). Precarious Working Conditions of Nursing Home Employees Foster Spread of COVID. truthout.org The COVID-19 pandemic has devastated America's nursing homes, but the reasons aren't as simple as people might think. | To understand how nursing homes became the source of The average n…

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-29). Iran registers 12,950 new COVID-19 infections, 389 deaths. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 29 (MNA) — According to the Iranian Health Ministry, 12,950 new cases of COVID-19 infections have been confirmed in the country during the past 24 hours.

_____ (2020-11-29). Evictions Have Led To Hundreds Of Thousands Of Additional COVID-19 Cases. popularresistance.org Expiring state eviction bans have led to hundreds of thousands of additional coronavirus cases, new research finds, raising alarm about what will happen when the national eviction moratorium lapses next month. | During the pandemic, which at one point was estimated it would displace as many as 40 million people, 43 states, plus Washington, D.C., temporarily barred evictions. Many of the moratoriums lasted just 10 weeks, while some states continue to ban the proceedings. | The researchers, from the University of California, Los Angeles, University of California, San Francisco, Johns Hopkins University…

Matthew Rozsa (2020-11-29). Coronavirus mutates rapidly in mink and ferrets. Should we be afraid?>. salon.com Mink, with their human-like immune systems, are being culled en masse to prevent the spread of COVID-19 mutations…

teleSUR, ce (2020-11-29). Brazil's Left Contests in the Second Round of Municipal Elections. telesurenglish.net The voting centers in 57 Brazilian cities opened this Sunday at 7: 00 a.m. local time (10: 00 GMT) to elect the mayors of those localities, in a day that takes place under strict measures related to the COVID-19 pandemic. | RELATED: | Some 38.3 million Brazilian voters will elect the mayors of 57 large cities in this second round of elections, including in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, in which none of the candidates obtained…

Alex MacDonald (2020-11-29). Iraq: Closure of Kirkuk camp leaves displaced in despair. middleeasteye.net Iraq: Closure of Kirkuk camp leaves displaced in despair | Residents of Laylan fear being accused of Islamic State sympathies at home, while a number have been diagnosed with Covid-19 | Sun, 11/29/2020 – 10: 28 | Children stand behind a wire fence at Laylan camp for the displaced about 25 kilometres east of the northern multi-ethnic Iraqi city of Kirkuk (AFP) | The closure of a camp housing inte…

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2020-11-29). Video: Covid-Gate, The Political Virus. globalresearch.ca The national economies of 193 countries, member states of the United Nations were ordered to close down on March 11, 2020. The order came from above, from Wall Street, the World Economic Forum, the billionaire foundations. And corrupt politicians throughout …

Torsten Engelbrecht (2020-11-29). COVID19 PCR Tests Are Scientifically Meaningless. globalresearch.ca First published on June 29, 2020 | Lockdowns and hygienic measures around the world are based on numbers of cases and mortality rates created by the so-called SARS-CoV-2 RT-PCR tests used to identify "positive" patients, whereby "positive" is usually equated with …

AIER (2020-11-29). Cost of Lockdowns: A Preliminary Report. globalresearch.ca In the debate over coronavirus policy, there has been far too little focus on the costs of lockdowns. It's very common for the proponents of these interventions to write articles and large studies without even mentioning the downsides. | Here is …

The Canary (2020-11-29). Cabbies slam 'aggressive' finance companies over repayment demands. thecanary.co Finance companies are being "absolute charlatans" by demanding taxi drivers restart vehicle payments despite a collapse in earnings, a trade body has claimed.Cabbies face "a real crisis" as payment holidays offered earlier this year following the coronavirus outbreak are being ended, according to the Licensed Taxi Drivers' Association (LTDA).Thousands of drivers in London used finance companies to purchase new electric taxis in recent years costing around £65,000 each.Hundreds of taxis are being stored in fields dotted around the edge of London due to the lack of customers (Victoria Jones/PA)Typical repayme…

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-29). Funeral ceremony of veteran actor Parviz Pourhosseini. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov . 29 (MNA) — The funeral ceremony of veteran stage and cinema actor Parviz Pourhosseini was held at Tehran's Behesht-e-Zahra cemetery on Sunday. Pourhosseini passed away at the age of 79 on Friday due to coronavirus disease.

_____ (2020-11-29). As Pandemic Aid Ends, Families Face Brutal New Year. popularresistance.org California – In late 2017, a house fell on Jacques Gene. | The construction foreman in Cool, east of Sacramento, was inside a half-finished home when the rolling trusses that make up the underside of the roof fell, collapsing the whole house. Gene, 46, suffered broken ribs, a punctured lung and a concussion. When his coworkers sorted through the rubble, he says, they didn't expect to find him alive. | But he found work again, earning $70,000 annually as a foreman to support his wife, their two kids and two children from a previous marriage.

sputniknews (2020-11-29). Red Cross Says Hospitals in Ethiopia's Tigray Region Lack Medical Supplies for Wounded. sputniknews.com GENEVA (Sputnik) – Health facilities in the northern Ethiopian region of Tigray are running out of medical supplies necessary to treat patients wounded as a result of the recent armed clashes in the region's capital of Mek'ele, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said on Sunday.

Michelle Eigenheer (2020-11-29). I ditched my microwave three years ago and never looked back. salon.com Weaning myself from the microwave was surprisingly easy, but also led to being happier and healthier than before…

Jeffrey D. Sachs (2020-11-29). Supreme Court's Scientifically Illiterate Decision Will Cost Lives. commondreams.org Pope Francis: The common good takes precedence over simplistic appeals to "personal freedom" in protests against justified public health measures. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/brooklyn-wedding-955px.jpg