Monthly Archives: December 2020

2020-12-31: News Headlines

WSWS (2020-12-31). Spain to cut pensions as billions go to super-rich in EU pandemic bailout. wsws.org While handing out €140 billion in COVID-19 bailouts to the banks, the "left populist" Podemos party is moving to slash workers' pensions.

WSWS (2020-12-31). Best films and television of the year and the devastation of cultural life. wsws.org It is not possible to discuss any aspect of artistic life, or life in general, in 2020 without central reference to the COVID-19 pandemic, which the various ruling elites have permitted to ravage the world's population.

Margaret Flowers (2020-12-31). The 2020s Bring The Crises We Face Into Clear Focus. dissidentvoice.org The year 2020 is coming to an end, and that is cause for celebration, in COVID-19-safe ways, of course. The 2020s is the beginning of an era in which the roots of the crises we face are coming into clear focus. The Trump administration openly exposed these crises through its candid disdain for the well-being …

WSWS (2020-12-31). Australian youth speak on their experiences during COVID-19. wsws.org One health agency reported a 72 percent increase in serious self-harm and suicidal-ideation cases in youth under 18 years during last weeks of Melbourne's lockdown.

RT (2020-12-31). Black man tests positive for Covid-19 after being wrongfully detained by maskless Virginia police officer in viral video. rt.com A black man has tested positive for Covid-19 soon after a maskless white officer mistakenly detained him at a mall in Virginia, his fiancee has said. Police previously apologized and admitted the officer had broken Covid-19 rules. | Jamar Mackey got tested three days after the altercation with a maskless officer, and the positive result arrived on Christmas Eve, the man's fiancee, Shantel Covil, told local news channel WAVY-TV. | "I'm very angry that they put my family at risk. Me and Jamar, that's one thing. But our kids, that's what upsets me the most," Covil said. | They arrested him, of course, no gloves,…

teleSUR (2020-12-31). Mexico Is Set to Receive Oxford-AstraZeneca Vaccine in March. telesurenglish.net Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) Wednesday informed that his country will receive the first doses of the anti-COVID-19 vaccine made by the United Kingdom-based AstraZeneca company and the Oxford University. | RELATED: | On Tuesday, the U.K. approved Mexico and Argentina to use the vaccine to immunize their people. Four months ago, British authorities also allowed both countries to produce the drug and distribute it in…

news.un (2020-12-31). The virus that shut down the world: the path to a vaccine. news.un.org Vaccines that protect against COVID-19 have been developed in record time over the year but, amid fears that people from poorer countries may miss out, the UN has consistently insisted on global solidarity, to ensure that all are protected. In the final part of our series on the ways that the virus has changed the world, we trace the evolution of the COVID-19 vaccines, and how protected we are likely to be in 2021.

A Guest Author (2020-12-31). Buffalo, N.Y., press conference demands COVID relief. workers.org By Hadley Willow WW PHOTO: Lydian Deford Buffalo, N.Y. While the U.S. government has comfortably resigned itself to a criminally negligent stasis regarding any effective long-term COVID-19 response, Workers World Party, Queen City Workers Center, and the Green Party hosted a live-streamed press conference in downtown Buffalo on Dec. 28, . . . |

Online News Editor (2020-12-31). Covid-19 vaccination still weeks away in hard-hit Brazil. laprensalatina.com By Alba Santandreu Sao Paulo, Dec 31 (efe-epa).- Brazil, which is second only to the United States in deaths from Covid-19, is entering 2021 without a firm date for the arrival of vaccines amid numbers indicating that the dreaded second wave of the pandemic has arrived. Mass vaccination is already underway in several Latin American …

Online News Editor (2020-12-31). China approves commercial use of indigenous Covid-19 vaccine. laprensalatina.com Shanghai, China, Dec 31 (efe-epa).- China on Thursday greenlighted the commercial use of a homegrown coronavirus vaccine after an interim analysis of clinical trial results showed it is more than 79 percent effective against Covid-19. State-run Xinhua news agency reported that the government granted "conditional marketing authorization for a self-developed Covid-19 vaccine." A unit of …

teleSUR, CE (2020-12-31). President Arce Encourages Use of Traditional Indigenous Medicine. telesurenglish.net Bolivia's government is encouraging the use of traditional medicine, in addition to more orthodox approaches, as a means to prevent the spread of COVID-19 as the country prepares for the arrival of the Sputnik V vaccine acquired from Russia. | RELATED: | President Luis Arce noted the benefits reported by Bolivians in rural areas, many of which experienced no major COVID-19 outbreak, in contrast with the city of Santa…

_____ (2020-12-31). Federal Judge Blocks Strike By Union Pacific Railroad Workers. popularresistance.org A federal judge in Nebraska issued a temporary restraining order last week to block a December 28 strike by thousands of Union Pacific Railroad (UP) workers over unsafe conditions, the lack of protective gear and the failure to pay workers who are quarantined due to the COVID-19 pandemic. | A strike by 8,000 members of the Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employees (BMWED)—a division of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters—would have quickly disrupted the operations of the second largest railroad in the US, which employs a total of 32,000 workers. The judge's restriction lasts until January 8 a…

Staff (2020-12-31). The Year of COVID, Elections and Police Brutality Also Saw LGBTQ Activism. truthout.org For the past five years, Truthout has looked back at the queer and trans news you might've missed because corporate news outlets decided not to cover it. This year, almost all of us were tangled up with the biggest news stories — queer and trans people felt the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic; the feuds between the rich and powerful in Washington; the anti-racist uprisings; and the global warming-fueled hurricanes, tornadoes and wildfires. | This year has reaffirmed what many of us have kn…

Online News Editor (2020-12-31). Australia tightens Covid-19 restrictions on New Year's Eve. laprensalatina.com Sydney, Australia, Dec 31 (efe-epa).- The Australian authorities tightened social distancing measures on Thursday ahead of the New Year holidays after eight local infections in Melbourne. The city, which is the capital of Victoria state, had been without local infections for 61 days after being the epicenter of the second wave of Covid-19 in Australia. …

Online News Editor (2020-12-31). Tokyo registers over 1,000 daily Covid cases for the first time. laprensalatina.com Tokyo, dec 31 (efe-epa).- The number of daily Covid-19 infections in the Tokyo region has crossed the 1,000 mark for the first time, authorities announced on Thursday even as they contemplate fresh measures to check the spread of the disease. Tokyo governor Yuriko Koike told reporters that cases registered within the past 24 hours had …

Online News Editor (2020-12-31). Indian capital imposes night curfew to restrict New Year mass celebrations. laprensalatina.com New Delhi, Dec 31 (efe-epa).- The government on Thursday imposed a night curfew in the Indian capital to restrict mass New Year celebrations after detecting an increasing number of cases of a more contagious strain of the coronavirus in the second-worst country affected by Covid-19. "Night curfew will be in force (not more than five …

Online News Editor (2020-12-31). Brazil suffers 1,194 Covid deaths, largest one-day toll in 4 months. laprensalatina.com Rio de Janeiro, Dec 30 (efe-epa).- Over the past 24 hours, Brazil has registered 1,194 deaths from Covid-19, the highest one-day death toll from the coronavirus since Sept. 1, when 1,215 people died. The total number of Covid-19 deaths in the South American giant is now approaching 194,000, according to figures released Wednesday by the …

Julia Conley, staff writer (2020-12-31). New Year's Eve Celebrations Tamped Down as Officials Caution Large Gatherings Could Be 'Catastrophic' for Healthcare Systems. commondreams.org With the number of new Covid-19 cases growing faster than ever around the world, and more than a dozen countries reporting cases of the new, highly contagious coronavirus variant that was first detected in the U.K., major New Year's events have been canceled in large cities. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/gettyimages-1293887676_1.jpg

Chloe Brimicombe, Elliott Sainsbury, Gabrielle Powell and Wilson Chan (2020-12-31). Overshadowed by COVID: the deadly extreme weather of 2020. zcomm.org 2020 was alarming, unforgettable and traumatic — and not only because of COVID-19. Lethal natural hazards are increasing in frequency under our changing climate, and 2020 is a testament to that…

imperial.ac.uk (2020-12-31). New COVID-19 variant growing rapidly in England. imperial.ac.uk The new SARS-CoV-2 variant is growing rapidly, is more transmissible than other variants, and affecting a greater proportion of under 20s.

Philip Giraldi (2020-12-31). A New War in the New Year? Trump Again Takes Aim at Iran. globalresearch.ca One of the most perplexing narratives presented during the waning days of the administration of President Donald J. Trump is his apparent disengagement from dealing seriously or providing leadership regarding the surging Coronavirus while at the same time continuing an …

Michael Klundt (2020-12-31). Corona Measures: When children are the ones who suffer (I and II). indybay.org The government seems to be abdicating its responsibility by 1) not supplying the population with masks, 2) not compensating people so they can stay away from workplaces, 3) eliminating school meals for hundreds of millions of children and 5) not including children in decision-making.

Online News Editor (2020-12-31). China approves first homegrown coronavirus vaccine for general public. laprensalatina.com Shanghai, China, Dec 31 (efe-epa).- China has approved for general public distribution a homegrown coronavirus vaccine developed by state-owned pharma giant Sinopharm, moving a step closer towards a massive inoculation campaign, officials said on Thursday. The approval came after the developer on Wednesday said it had filed for conditional marketing authorization from the National Medical …

Staff (2020-12-31). Months of Chaos and Systemic Failure Are Wearing Down Health Care Workers. truthout.org Nurse Kristen Cline was working a 12-hour shift in October at the Royal C. Johnson Veterans Memorial Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, when a code blue rang through the halls. A patient in an isolation room was dying of a coronavirus that had raged for eight months across the country before it made the state the brightest red dot in a nation of hot spots. | In her post-death report, Cline described how the patient fell victim to a hospital in chaos. The crash cart and breathing bag that sho…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2020-12-31). Critics Warn Repeal of Section 230 'Would Be Devastating for Human Rights, Social Movements, and Marginalized People'. commondreams.org Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is trying to tie the repeal to proposed $2,000 coronavirus relief checks. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/gettyimages-12935079211.jpg

teleSUR (2020-12-31). Officials from Bolivia's Coup Regime Will Be Put on Trial. telesurenglish.net Bolivian authorities will investigate members of Jeanine àÅñez's executive, involved in these acts of corruption in the middle of the quarantine against the pandemic, Minister of Justice Iván Lima assured. | RELATED: | The official pointed out there is no documentation to withstand such acquisitions, about which some processes remain open, such as one referring to the purchase of some 300 defective respirators.

Pavan Kulkarni (2020-12-31). The year the unions kept us strong. peoplesdispatch.org Amid the devastation and misery brought by the pandemic, the working class across the world was the core of the resistance, calling to account governments and standing in solidarity with the most oppressed…

George Ochenski (2020-12-31). Good Riddance to 2020 and Mad King Trump. counterpunch.org You won't find much disagreement that 2020 was one of the worst years in memory for hundreds of millions of Americans. The red flags of a virulent and lethal pandemic went up early and the country shut down by March in an attempt to "flatten the curve" of infections. But actions by a hare-brained president

Peoples Dispatch (2020-12-31). Under the cover of the pandemic, states cracked down even harder. peoplesdispatch.org Despite promises to focus all efforts towards combating the pandemic, many states used the pretext of the lockdown to intensify repression of people's movements and dissenting voices…

_____ (2020-12-31). US Blockade Prevents Venezuela From Funding COVAX. popularresistance.org Venezuela's Health Minister Carlos Alvarado on Sunday said that the economic blockade imposed by the United States is preventing his country from funding the COVAX initiative led by the World Health Organization (WHO). | He recalled that his country offered to place US$18 million into the COVAX fund, but as a result of the U.S. blockade, Venezuela has not "been able to free those resources to pay the fund." | Alvarado added that the U.S. sanctions have affected other vaccination programs previously conducted through the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) revolving fund. | "We have not been able to pay the re…

The Jimmy Dore Show (2020-12-31). #ForceTheVote Pressure Growing from Inside. dissidentvoice.org Force The Vote! We demand that every progressive in Congress refuse to vote for Nancy Pelosi for Speaker of the House until she publicly pledges to bring Medicare for all to the floor of the House for a vote in January: forcethevote.org/

Peoples Dispatch (2020-12-31). 2020: Unprecedented struggles, renewed hope for victories. peoplesdispatch.org 2020 brought unexpected and unforeseen challenges. It tore away the fantasies of the capitalist regimes who amid the worst global healthcare crisis in history, still put profits over people. People's movements and socialist governments showed that a different world is possible, and that we must fight for it.

Khubaka, Michael Harris (2020-12-31). 2020 California State Capitol – Racism in the Farm to Fork Capitol. indybay.org Our 22nd Annual, 2020 California State Capitol Kwanzaa continues a special tradition in the seat of authority of our Great State of California, Farm to Fork Capitol of America, where "Racism" is officially a Public Health Crisis throughout the Capitol Region.

WorkWeek (2020-12-31). WorkWeek Exposes Racist & Corrupt SF City Health Service System Boss Mitch Griggs. indybay.org WorkWeek on Thursday 12/31/20 at 12 noon on San Francisco's KPOO 94.1 FM www.kpoo.com will have guests who expose the systemic racism and corruption at the San Francisco City Health Service System run by Mitch Griggs and also at the Department of Public Health. Joining the show will be the new editor of the SF Bay View Malik Washington who broke the story of the racist terrorism against SF City Health Service worker Malika Alima. Also joining the show will be SFCC Department of Public Health nurse and whistleblower W.D. Flient.

Mehr News Agency (2020-12-31). 6,390 new COIVD cases detected in Iran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Dec. 31 (MNA) — The country's Health Ministry has announced the detection of 6,390 new infections in the past 24 hours.

_____ (2020-12-31). A View On Health Care From 2028. popularresistance.org I just had my third heart attack. | Let me tell you about my previous two. | The first was 16 years ago in 2012. After wasting 15-20 minutes with an ER admitting clerk demanding my "insurance information" before I was allowed access to care, a triage nurse hustled me 'backstage'. I was diagnosed with a "minor" MI stopped by doses of nitroglycerin. | The following day the artery that had closed up was stented. The day after that I was kicked loose to the street. The 'retail' cost for my two day stay in the hospital and the procedure was around $250,000. My insurance "negotiated" that down to $22,000, co-pay was $2…

Online News Editor (2020-12-31). Mexicans say bye to 2020 at jammed hospitals waiting for news of relatives. laprensalatina.com By Cristina Sanchez Reyes Mexico City, Dec 31 (efe-epa).- Many families are spending the last day of 2020 at the doors of hospitals in Mexico City, which are on the verge of overflowing, waiting for any encouraging news about the health situation of their loved ones both inside and waiting to be admitted. Veronica Rojas …

Online News Editor (2020-12-31). Wuhan bids farewell to 2020 without looking back. laprensalatina.com By Jesús Centeno Wuhan, China, Dec 31 (efe-epa).- Life has returned to normal in Wuhan one year after the Chinese government informed the World Health Organization of mysterious cases of pneumonia in the city, whose residents now want to turn the page on one of their darkest periods. In the final hours of 2020, a …

Ethan Winter (2020-12-31). Republican Voters Don't Know Anything About Their Party. That's Very Bad for American Democracy. commondreams.org For politics to rebalance at a healthier outcome where voters are actually able to assign the correct positions to the parties, we will need a new kind of reporting, one that doesn't flinch from assigning policy views to the parties or drawing out the implications of these ideas in clear and materially-grounded terms. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/fight_for_15_3.jpg

Dr. Camara Phyllis Jones (2020-12-31). "Say Her Name: Dr. Susan Moore" zcomm.org Black Female Doctors Condemn Racial Disparities in Healthcare…

imperial.ac.uk (2020-12-31). Economist Carol Propper made a Dame in New Year's Honours. imperial.ac.uk Professor Carol Propper has been made a Dame in the New Year's Honours for her contribution to economics and public health.

MEE staff (2020-12-31). More than 10 million children at risk of famine in 2021: Unicef. middleeasteye.net More than 10 million children at risk of famine in 2021: Unicef | Millions of parents in Yemen in particular 'are being left to make the gut-wrenching choice between food and medical care for their children', UN body warns | Thu, 12/31/2020 – 17: 22 | Man and children seek refuge in cave amid poverty and lack of housing near Taiz, Yemen, on 2 December (AFP/File photo) | Almost 1o.4 million children will suffer…

MEE staff (2020-12-31). Nearly 10.4 million children at risk of famine in 2021: Unicef. middleeasteye.net Nearly 10.4 million children at risk of famine in 2021: Unicef | Millions of parents in Yemen in particular 'are being left to make the gut-wrenching choice between food and medical care for their children', UN body warns | Thu, 12/31/2020 – 17: 22 | A man and children seek refuge in a cave due to poverty and lack of housing near Taiz on 2 December (AFP/File photo) | Nearly 1o.4 million children will suffer fr…

Paul Antonopoulos (2020-12-30). Economic Matters in Ukraine Are at Standstill. globalresearch.ca It was a quiet year for Ukraine and its many issues compared to previous years, or at least in the eyes of most Westerners. Other global issues, such as the COVID-19 pandemic and elections in Belarus, took greater precedence and …

Dr. Joseph Mercola (2020-12-30). Gunshots, Motorcycle Deaths Count as COVID Casualties. globalresearch.ca Since COVID-19 was declared a pandemic, families have been separated, businesses have been shuttered and schools have been closed down. Many people are living their lives shrouded in fear of Sars-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19 — a direct response …

WSWS (2020-12-30). French testing system missed 9 of 10 COVID-19 cases after first lock-down. wsws.org A recent study exposes the inadequacy of the testing system the Macron government introduced after the first lock-down, leading to thousands of preventable deaths.

WSWS (2020-12-30). Federal judge blocks strike by Union Pacific railroad workers over lack of pandemic protections. wsws.org Workers at the country's second largest railroad are threatening to strike after hundreds of railway workers across the industry have contracted COVID-19 and at least 10 have died.

WSWS (2020-12-30). California hospitals overwhelmed as COVID-19 cases hit 2 million. wsws.org The state is now the epicenter of the pandemic in the US, with zero percent ICU capacity at many of its regions' hospitals.

WSWS (2020-12-30). Quebec government documents expose its disastrous mishandling of initial pandemic response. wsws.org More than 2,000 pages of communications, directives and emails from Quebec authorities at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic reveal a staggering, even criminal, level of indifference and inaction.

Gerald E. Scorse (2020-12-30). The Numbers Add Up for "Child-Side" Tax Policies. dissidentvoice.org A weary America is suffering through the worst public health crisis in more than a century. Covid-19 has taken over 300,000 lives. Parts of the economy have effectively shut down, throwing millions out of work and bankrupting businesses large and small. In the richest country in the world, Thanksgiving dinner for tens of thousands came …

2020-12-30: News Headlines

WSWS (2020-12-30). Excess deaths in Russia spike. wsws.org While Russia's official death toll from coronavirus stands at just over 55,000, the real number of COVID-19 victims is likely at least double or triple those officially reported.

Eds. (2020-12-30). Native Youth provide for community and elders during COVID pandemic. mronline.org 2020 has been a year of many trials across Indian Country. Across our many Nations, rural, city and everywhere in between, we are all coping with the catastrophic effects of the COVID-19 virus.

Dr. Joseph Mercola (2020-12-30). Gunshots, Motorcycle Deaths Count as COVID Casualties. globalresearch.ca Since COVID-19 was declared a pandemic, families have been separated, businesses have been shuttered and schools have been closed down. Many people are living their lives shrouded in fear of Sars-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19 — a direct response …

Paul Antonopoulos (2020-12-30). Economic Matters in Ukraine Are at Standstill. globalresearch.ca It was a quiet year for Ukraine and its many issues compared to previous years, or at least in the eyes of most Westerners. Other global issues, such as the COVID-19 pandemic and elections in Belarus, took greater precedence and …

Susie Day (2020-12-30). COVID-19, Prison and Another Pandemic Clare Grady Made Me Remember. counterpunch.org Clare Grady is going to prison. On February 10, this nice Irish Catholic lady of 62, who lives with her family in Ithaca, New York will enter Alderson Prison, West Virginia, to begin a one-year-and-one-day sentence. That's because, on April 4, 2018, Clare and six cohorts, also white and Catholic, broke into the world's largest

Gerald E. Scorse (2020-12-30). The Numbers Add Up for "Child-Side" Tax Policies. dissidentvoice.org A weary America is suffering through the worst public health crisis in more than a century. Covid-19 has taken over 300,000 lives. Parts of the economy have effectively shut down, throwing millions out of work and bankrupting businesses large and small. In the richest country in the world, Thanksgiving dinner for tens of thousands came …

Cancel the Rents Boston (2020-12-30). Cancel the Rents builds people power to stop evictions in Boston. liberationnews.org The following is a guest statement by Cancel the Rents Boston, a collective of activists and residents organizing to fight against housing displacement exacerbated by COVID-19, anchored in the heart of Roxbury. An estimated 337,900 jobs have been lost in Massachusetts due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The city of Boston has 38,872 confirmed COVID cases …

Ramzy Baroud (2020-12-30). The US Money Tree: The Untold Story of American Aid to Israel. dissidentvoice.org On December 21, the United States Congress passed the COVID-19 Relief Package, as part of a larger $2.3 trillion bill meant to cover spending for the rest of the fiscal year. As usual, US representatives allocated a massive sum of money for Israel. While unemployment, thus poverty, in the US is skyrocketing as a result …

WSWS (2020-12-30). Federal judge blocks strike by Union Pacific railroad workers over lack of pandemic protections. wsws.org Workers at the country's second largest railroad are threatening to strike after hundreds of railway workers across the industry have contracted COVID-19 and at least 10 have died.

Staff (2020-12-30). Dr. Susan Moore Died of COVID 2 Weeks After Recording Video Decrying Racist Care. truthout.org As the United States reports record deaths and hospitalizations from COVID-19 in the final days of 2020, we look at how the pandemic that ravaged the country this year has shone a stark new light on racism in medical care. In a viral video recorded by Black physician Dr. Susan Moore, she describes racist treatment by medical staff at a hospital in Indianapolis and says they did not respond to her pleas for care, despite being in intense pain and being a doctor herself. In the video, Dr. Moore says she had to beg…

Mehr News Agency (2020-12-30). 1st deadly UK Covid-19 variant detected in Colorado. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Dec. 30 (MNA) — According to a report released by Colorado officials a 20-year-old young man is the first case infected with the highly infectious UK coronavirus variant in the state.

Mehr News Agency (2020-12-30). Tehran, Doha to make joint documatry on Covid-19. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Dec. 30 (MNA) — Iran's Documentary & Experimental Film Center and the Qatari Al-Jazeera are to make a joint documentary on Covid-19.

news.un (2020-12-30). Bias, racism and lies: facing up to the unwanted consequences of AI. news.un.org Powerful digital tools using artificial intelligence (AI) software are helping in the fight against COVID-19, and have the potential to improve the world in many other ways. However, as AI seeps into more areas of daily life, it's becoming clear that its misuse can lead to serious harm, leading the UN to call for strong, international regulation of the technology.

news.un (2020-12-30). The virus that shut down the world: Economic meltdown. news.un.org With millions forced to work from home this year, offices and shops closing as part of containment measures, and travel severely curtailed everywhere, it was inevitable that the economy would suffer. In part five of our look back at 2020, we focus on the seismic effect that COVID-19 has had on the global economy.

Staff (2020-12-30). "This Is How Black People Get Killed": Dr. Susan Moore Dies of COVID After Decrying Racist Care. democracynow.org ‚Ä®As the United States reports record deaths and hospitalizations from COVID-19 in the final days of 2020, we look at how the pandemic that ravaged the country this year has shone a stark new light on racism in medical care. In a viral video recorded by Black physician Dr. Susan Moore, she describes racist treatment by medical staff at a hospital in Indianapolis and says they did not respond to her pleas for care, despite being in intense pain and being a doctor herself. In the video, Dr. Moore says she had to beg to receive pain medication and the antiviral drug remdesivir, and accuses a doctor a…

Staff (2020-12-30). "Say Her Name: Dr. Susan Moore." Black Female Doctors Condemn Racial Disparities in Healthcare. democracynow.org When Black doctor Susan Moore died from COVID-19 after posting a video from her hospital bed describing racist treatment by medical staff, her chilling message was compared to the video of George Floyd begging for his life as he was killed by Minneapolis police. We speak to two leading Black women doctors fighting racial disparities in healthcare who wrote The Washington Post opinion piece, "Say her name: Dr. Susan Moore." "It is a typical and ongoing devaluation of our lives and distrust of our word," says Dr. Camara Phyllis Jones, a family physician and former president of the American Public Health Association…

Peter Koenig (2020-12-30). The Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic: The Real Danger is "Agenda ID2020" globalresearch.ca WHO has most likely received orders from "above", from those people who also manage Trump and the "leaders" (sic) of the EU, European Union. The final decision to go ahead NOW with COVID-19 pandemic, was taken in January 2020 at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos – behind very much closed doors.

Online News Editor (2020-12-30). UK approves Oxford University-AstraZeneca vaccine. laprensalatina.com London, Dec 30 (efe-epa).- The United Kingdom's government on Wednesday accepted the medicines and health regulatory body's recommendation to authorize the use of the Oxford University-AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine, the health ministry said. The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) gave the green light for the vaccine to be used on people 18 years and …

RT (2020-12-30). Bolivia signs contract to purchase 2.6mn doses of Russia's Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccine. rt.com Bolivia has become the third Latin American nation to strike an agreement with Russia's Direct Investment Fund for supplies of its Sputnik V vaccine against Covid-19. Under the deal, Bolivia will receive 2.6 million doses. | The contract between the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) and Bolivia's Health Supply Center (CEASS) was signed during a videoconference, which was also attended by Bolivian President Luis Arce. | The president praised Sputnik V in a Twitter

Online News Editor (2020-12-30). Biden blasts Trump for delays on vaccine distribution. laprensalatina.com Washington, Dec 29 (efe-epa).- President-elect Joe Biden on Tuesday lambasted President Donald Trump for delays in the distribution of the vaccine against Covid-19 and promised that, when he takes office on Jan. 20, 2021, he will use a law dating back to the Cold War to force the private sector to accelerate the process. "The …

Online News Editor (2020-12-30). China's Sinopharm says its vaccine is over 79% effective against Covid-19. laprensalatina.com Shanghai, China, Dec 30 (efe-epa).- A vaccine developed by China's state-run Sinopharm is 79.34 percent effective in protection against the Covid-19, the company said on Wednesday, seeking approval from the government for its general public use in the country. The vaccine, developed by a unit of the China National Biotec Group (CNBG), an affiliate of …

RT (2020-12-30). Argentina 2nd to approve Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 jab, as EU expected to soon follow suit. rt.com The coronavirus vaccine developed by the University of Oxford and British-Swedish pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca was approved by Argentina on Wednesday, the second nation to greenlight the jab after the UK. | The vaccine has been awarded emergency use authorization for one year, It added that access to the jab will only be permitted by prescri…

_____ (2020-12-30). Harvard Workers Left Out In The Cold. popularresistance.org Harvard University's campus has been dormant since last spring, and as COVID-19 cases rise through the winter, it's unclear when normal classes will resume. The administration recently announced that the majority of the university's staff would continue to work remotely through June 2021. For the janitorial staff, however, work never ended. Roughly 700 janitorial workers have held onto their jobs through the pandemic, maintaining their full union wages, even though in some cases they are working on a reduced schedule. But for hundreds of subcontracted frontline workers, next year may bring a round of layoffs at t…

Online News Editor (2020-12-30). Coronavirus vaccination gets under way in Argentina. laprensalatina.com Buenos Aires, Dec 29 (efe-epa).- Health care workers were at the head of the line Tuesday as Argentina began Covid-19 vaccination using Sputnik V, developed by Russia's Gamaleya Research Institute, amid concerns about a second wave of infections in the South American country that has already lost nearly 43,000 lives to Covid-19. "It is a …

Rafael Figueroa (2020-12-30). New Strain of COVID-19 'Likely to Make it Here,' Memphis Health Official Says. laprensalatina.com MEMPHIS, TN (WREG) — A new variant, or strain, of COVID-19 has been identified in the United States and linked to a Colorado man in his twenties with no travel history. The fact that Colorado has detected this variant, the first in the nation, has many wondering if has or will make its way to …

Online News Editor (2020-12-30). US records 1st case of new Covid strain amid delays in vaccination campaign. laprensalatina.com Washington, Dec 30 (efe-epa).- The United States has detected the first case of the new Covid-19 strain in Colorado even as alarms have begun to sound about the difficulty of vaccinating 20 million people before the end of the year as promised by outgoing President Donald Trump. The first case of the mutant variant of …

Rafael Figueroa (2020-12-30). Beale Street feeling blue after COVID cancels New Year's Eve plans. laprensalatina.com MEMPHIS, TN (WREG) — The biggest New Year's Eve celebration in Memphis was canceled due to COVID-19 restrictions. Any other year, Beale Street would be packed with people preparing for the annual guitar drop, the street filled with life and energy. But this year, there's a cloud hanging over Beale. "I think it's just where …

Mechthild Schrooten and Michael Klundt (2020-12-30). Invitation to New Thinking. indybay.org One virus changed everything. Covid-19 has managed to do what all the discussions about climate change and justice in recent years have failed to do. Phenomena that threaten humanity are no longer a theory. The pandemic has made the risk of our extensive lifestyle tangible. For this global crisis is not an exogenous shock. Rather, crass, profit-oriented globalization has fueled its spread.

Reparations Now (2020-12-30). Unreported COVID-19 Outbreak at Santa Rita Jail: 200+ Cases. indybay.org COVID-19 Outbreak happening Right Now in Santa Rita – Unreported, 200+ cases & Jail refuses to uphold safety policies…

Ramzy Baroud (2020-12-30). The American Money Tree: The Untold Story of US Aid to Israel. mintpressnews.com Congress quietly wedged billions of dollars of aid to Israel even as it debated for months over a measly $600 to help Americans endure the COVID downturn.

Chloe Brimicombe, Elliott Sainsbury, Gabrielle Powel and Wilson Chan (2020-12-30). Overshadowed by COVID: The deadly extreme weather of 2020. nationofchange.org So while attention was often focused elsewhere, perhaps understandably, here are some of the meteorological extremes recorded in 2020.

Staff (2020-12-30). The New Strain of COVID May Have Already Coursed Through the US. truthout.org The There are…

John Scagliotti (2020-12-30). Sniffing Our Way Back Home. thenation.com Sniffing Our Way Back Home…

Brian Shilhavy (2020-12-30). "Mass Sterilization": Kenyan Doctors Find Anti-fertility Agent in UN Tetanus Vaccine? globalresearch.ca Global Research Editor's Note | This article first published by Global Research on May 24, 2019 is of utmost relevance to the ongoing debate on the Covid Vaccine. | *** | In October 2014, the conference of Catholic bishops in Kenya released a …

Zero Hedge (2020-12-30). Spain Plans a "Registry" for Those Who Refuse COVID Vaccine. globalresearch.ca As Europe begins vaccinating the first wave of high-priority patients, A similar phenomenon has played out in the …

Stephen Lendman (2020-12-30). Mass-Vaxxing of US Military Forces for COVID. globalresearch.ca On December 9, the US war department announced its "distribution plan" for covid mass-vaxxing. | Service members to be vaxxed include active duty personnel — including National Guard troops — their family members, war department civilian personnel and their families. | "Distribution …

Lucas Leiroz de Almeida (2020-12-30). 2020 Was Year Like Few in History. Social Isolation, Unemployment, Poverty. globalresearch.ca 2020 is coming to an end and entering history as one of the most troubled years in recent decades, having caused structural changes in the global geopolitical balance. The "pandemic" of the new coronavirus brought a series of changes in …

news.un (2020-12-30). Looking back at 2020, In Case You Missed It. news.un.org At UN News, 2020 started with a hope that the year would be one of peace for Syria's children. However, in the weeks that followed, the news cycle was upended by the coronavirus pandemic, that not only changed what we covered, but also how we covered UN-related news around the world.

news.un (2020-12-30). We all have a role to play for a better tomorrow, UN Assembly President says in New Year message. news.un.org The President of the United Nations General Assembly has urged everyone around the world "to continue to work together" to end the coronavirus pandemic, and to build an inclusive and sustainable future.

Surangya (2020-12-30). Patriarchy and the pandemic: Disentangling the web of oppression. peoplesdispatch.org We discuss Coronashock and Patriarchy, a study done by Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research, with Renata Porto Bugni to understand the impact of the pandemic on women and the LGBTQIA+ community.

Online News Editor (2020-12-30). Sydney tightens coronavirus restrictions on New Year's Eve. laprensalatina.com Sydney, Australia, Dec 30 (efe-epa).- The New South Wales government tightened social distancing restrictions on New Year's Eve after health authorities on Wednesday reported 18 new local cases of coronavirus and a possible cluster around Sydney, the most populated city in the country. Half of the new infections are linked to the Northern Beaches, a …

Online News Editor (2020-12-30). Proud and patriotic, Wuhan boasts of virus defeat. laprensalatina.com By Jesús Centeno Wuhan, China, Dec 30 (efe-epa).- At 85-years-old, Korean war veteran Chen Jixian cannot hold back his emotions when he recalls the calamities that struck Wuhan when the new coronavirus first emerged a year ago and led to the deaths of 3,869 people, according to official figures. Chen was visiting People First, Lives …

Staff (2020-12-30). Ecosystem Destruction Fueled the Pandemic. Pollution Has Made It Worse. truthout.org On December 30, 2019, an

Left Voice (2020-12-30). "It's Now or Never": A Call for Organizing Against Managerial Class. zcomm.org Left Voice speaks with a caseworker* who works in an inpatient psychiatry unit about the situation that healthcare and essential workers are facing amidst a peak in the pandemic in Florida, now with over half a million cases…

_____ (2020-12-30). 'We Demand Tomorrow': Marxist Documentary On The Climate Crisis. popularresistance.org Kudos to Patreon for this brilliant production, well worth seeing, with its deep analysis of capitalism though I have some reservations to be noted below. I particularly applaud the presentation of Cuba's socialist solutions in this current pandemic, in contrast to capitalist Britain, with Cuba being on the cutting edge of global ecosocialism. "We Demand Tomorrow" should trigger a lot of debate, and be a useful resource for wide-ranging discussion. I agree with the video's support for a two-stage path out of capitalism. I have long argued that socialism in our epoch must confront the climate/ecological crisis wit…

_____ (2020-12-30). Killer Cops: Police Killed Over 1,000 Americans In 2020. popularresistance.org American law enforcement officers have killed well over 1,000 people in 2020. Between January 1 and December 15 of this year, the Mapping Police Violence project has recorded 1,066 people nationwide killed at the hands of the police, an average of around three killings per day. Despite the fact that 2020 has brought with it a pandemic forcing Americans to stay off the streets (and, presumably, out of trouble) as much as possible, there have only been 17 days recorded this year where the police did not kill someone. | The project also compiled statistics on the racial backgrounds of the victims. Black people are t…

Rafael Figueroa (2020-12-30). Memphis Zoo Seeking Donations, Will Temporarily Close. laprensalatina.com MEMPHIS, TN (FOX 13) — The ongoing pandemic has hit businesses hard this year, and the Memphis Zoo is asking for donations. The Zoo is temporarily closing in accordance with the Shelby County Health Directive 16. The closure will go into effect Dec. 30. According to a Facebook post from the Zoo, the safety of …

Dan Cohen (2020-12-30). Meet the pseudo-left imperialists fighting against universal healthcare. mronline.org Since comedian Jimmy Dore called on progressive members of Congress to pressure Nancy Pelosi to hold a floor vote on Medicare For All, a collection of media personalities have launched vicious attacks against him while deflecting from his overwhelmingly popular argument.

WorkWeek (2020-12-30). WorkWeek Exposes Racist & Corrupt SF City Health Service System Boss Mitch Griggs. indybay.org WorkWeek on Thursday 12/31/20 at 12 noon on San Francisco's KPOO 94.1 FM www.kpoo.com will have guests who expose the systemic racism and corruption at the San Francisco City Health Service System run by Mitch Griggs and also at the Department of Public Health. Joining the show will be the new editor of the SF Bay View Malik Washington who broke the story of the racist terrorism against SF City Health Service worker Malika Alima. Also joining the show will be SFCC Department of Public Health nurse and whistleblower W.D. Flient.

teleSUR (2020-12-30). Brazil: Bolsonaro's Remarks Targeting Rousseff Spark Critics. telesurenglish.net Brazil's former President Dilma Rousseff (2011-2016) on Tuesday condemned spiteful comments made by far-right President Jair Bolsonaro who discarded acts of torture committed against her during the dictatorship's rule (1964-1985). | RELATED: | Previously, through a video posted on social networks, Bolsonaro cast doubts on acts of torture committed against Rousseff during her years of imprisonment and requested an X-ray sho…

2020-12-29: News Headlines

WSWS (2020-12-29). "The working conditions are hell"—Ontario allows COVID-19 to run rampant through workplaces. wsws.org Hundreds have been infected with COVID-19 in recent weeks in a series of major outbreaks at a Cargill meatpacking plant and four Amazon distribution facilities.

Eds. (2020-12-29). Anti-Vaxxers are gaining dangerous ground in the Latinx community. mronline.org COVID-19 is a new disease, but many of us from immigrant families know all too well the trauma of having our livelihood threatened and our lives put in imminent danger of death. The pandemic situation is not too dissimilar to our life experiences. It is natural, especially for those who have been politicized, to look …

Dr. David Halpin (2020-12-29). Masking the COVID-19 Virus in this 'Pandemic'. globalresearch.ca There is no logic, nor reason based in medical science, for the wearing of paper or cloth masks in the context of the epidemic of this virus — Covid_19 (C19) . The virus, though likely altered in laboratories, is part …

Prensa Latina (2020-12-29). Cuban doctors will begin treating COVID-19 patients in Panama. mronline.org The dozen of Cuban medical brigades recently arrived in Panama will be deployed to the places assigned to fight COVID-19.

Global Research News (2020-12-29). Selected Articles: Masking the COVID-19 Virus in this 'Pandemic'. globalresearch.ca By There is no logic, nor reason based in medical science, for the wearing of paper or cloth masks in the context of the epidemic of …

Patrick Cockburn (2020-12-29). COVID-19 Learns From Experience, Unlike Boris Johnson and His Crew. counterpunch.org Fear is at a high point in Britain at the moment and with very good reason. There is much to be frightened of as it turns out that Covid-19 has been quicker to learn from experience than bumbling Boris Johnson and his third-eleven team during a calamitous year in which they have zig-zagged between panic and complacency.

Online News Editor (2020-12-29). Thailand warns of significant increase in coronavirus cases in January. laprensalatina.com Bangkok, Dec 29 (efe-epa).- The Thai authorities on Tuesday predicted that the number of Covid-19 infections in the country would increase significantly in January. Thailand had kept the pandemic under control until an outbreak in mid-December. Taweesilp Visanuyothin, the spokesperson for the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), told reporters that the most likely scenario …

Peoples Dispatch (2020-12-29). Argentina starts nationwide COVID-19 vaccinations. peoplesdispatch.org On December 24, the South American nation received the first 300,000 doses out of a total order of over 10 million doses of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine. In the first round it has prioritized the health workers for the administration of the vaccine.

John Goss (2020-12-29). A Nasty Shot in the Arm — RT-PCR Kits and Vaccines Unlicensed by Britain's MHRA. globalresearch.ca Aware of the forthcoming vaccine roll-out aimed, it is said, to protect against a disease (COVID-19) that reached its apex almost nine months ago, I emailed the MHRA (Medical and Healthcare Regulatory Authority) on 20 November 2020. | My main concern …

news.un (2020-12-29). The virus that shut down the world: The plight of refugees and migrants. news.un.org In part four of our review of the global impact of COVID-19, UN News considers the new challenges faced by refugees and migrants during 2020; from a heightened risk of catching the COVID-19 virus in crowded camps, to being stranded due to travel restrictions, and becoming the targets of criminal gangs.

Mechthild Schrooten and Michael Klundt (2020-12-29). Invitation to New Thinking. indybay.org One virus changed everything. Covid-19 has managed to do what all the discussions about climate change and justice in recent years have failed to do. Phenomena that threaten humanity are no longer a theory. The pandemic has made the risk of our extensive lifestyle tangible. For this global crisis is not an exogenous shock. Rather, crass, profit-oriented globalization has fueled its spread.

Richard J. Evans (2020-12-29). What Can We Learn From the 1918 Pandemic? thenation.com A recent history of the pandemic illuminates not just parallels with our moment but how a public health crisis can become a political one as well.

The Free Speech Union (2020-12-29). Coronavirus and Freedom of Expression. "The Right to Tell People Things They Do Not Want to Hear." globalresearch.ca Free speech is the bedrock on which all our other freedoms rest, yet it is currently in greater peril than at any time since the Second World War. The

_____ (2020-12-29). Activists, Health Care Workers Are Fighting To Keep Mercy Hospital Open. popularresistance.org Chicago – A coalition of activists are demanding elected officials maintain pressure on Mercy's ownership to keep the hospital open or sell to someone who will. | The activists held a vigil Monday, a week after a state board unanimously rejected Mercy Hospital's request to close. Board members agreed closing the Near South Side institution would negatively impact South Siders, especially in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic. | Mercy Hospital leadership announced in July the city's first chartered hospital would shut down, citing monthly operating losses of $4 million and shifting trends in the field of healt…

Rick Baum (2020-12-29). The Wealth Inequality Virus is Surging. counterpunch.org If money is the source of happiness, and having more money means more happiness, some of our multi-billionaire friends have reached unprecedented levels of happiness in recent years especially during the pandemic when their level of wealth has skyrocketed. These conditions are revealed in the latest figures on the distribution of wealth from the Federal Reserve Board that cover through the third quarter of 2020, and the daily figures put out by Bloomberg.

Dean Baker (2020-12-29). All In for $2K. cepr.net A few weeks ago I had exchanges with people on Twitter in which I argued against across the board payments to individuals. I was concerned that these were likely to come out of other provisions (most importantly unemployment insurance) in the pandemic relief package. Since most people have actually not seen their income cut from …

Rafael Figueroa (2020-12-29). Shelby County First Responders Encourage Memphians to Get Vaccinated. laprensalatina.com SHELBY COUNTY, TN (WMC) — First responders and certain high-risk frontline health care workers received the first dose of the Moderna vaccine, including Shelby County law enforcement and firefighters. Memphis Police Director Mike Rallings, Shelby County Sheriff Floyd Bonner and Memphis Fire Director Gina Sweat all got the vaccine. As of now, no Shelby County …

James Corbett (2020-12-29). Video: The Future of Vaccines. globalresearch.ca If the Gateses and the Faucis and the representatives of the international medical establishment get their way, life will not return to normal until the entire planet is vaccinated against SARS-CoV-2. | What many do not yet understand, however, is that …

Margaret Flowers (2020-12-29). The Imperative To Achieve National Improved Medicare For All. zcomm.org This time around, the "Yes we can" slogan so common under Obama must mean that, yes, the people can overcome the plutocrats and put people over profits…

Staff (2020-12-29). The DOJ's Antitrust Lawsuit Against Google Is Gaining Ground. truthout.org Janine Jackson interviewed EFF's Mitch Stoltz about breaking up Google for the Janine Jackson: There is such a thing as a company simply having too much power; even without evidence of malign intent, it just isn't healthy. | That's the basic thinking behind antitrust law in this country. And if the power is ove…

WorkWeek (2020-12-29). WorkWeek Exposes Racist & Corrupt SF City Health Service System Boss Mitch Griggs. indybay.org WorkWeek on Thursday 12/31/20 at 12 noon on San Francisco's KPOO 94.1 FM www.kpoo.com will have guests who expose the systemic racism and corruption at the San Francisco City Health Service System run by Mitch Griggs and also at the Department of Public Health. Joining the show will be the new editor of the SF Bay View Malik Washington who broke the story of the racist terrorism against SF City Health Service worker Malika Alima. Also joining the show will be SFCC Department of Public Health nurse and whistleblower W.D. Flient.

Medea Benjamin (2020-12-29). Why Senators Must Reject Avril Haines for Intelligence. mintpressnews.com This unassuming spy may look and sound like your favorite college professor, but that facade masks a ruthless wolf in sheep's clothing who enabled murder by remote control and wielded a thick black pen to cover-up CIA torture.

Ralph Nader (2020-12-29). Recidivist Criminal and Constitutional Outlaw Trump Rushes to Pardon Criminal Lawbreakers. counterpunch.org Serial lawbreaker Donald J. Trump is embarking on the most sordid presidential pardon spree in American history. He has already pardoned convicted crooks, thieves, and violent outlaws. Trump's pardon lawyers are frantically assembling more MAGA besotted individuals and groups to be pardoned wholesale. The number may climb into the hundreds. The queue is long. Trump

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2020-12-28). The 2020 Worldwide Corona Crisis: Destroying Civil Society, Engineered Economic Depression, Global Coup d'État and the "Great Reset" globalresearch.ca We are at the crossroads of one of the most serious crises in modern history. We are living history, yet our understanding of the flow of events since January 2020 has been blurred. Worldwide, people have been misled both by their governments and the media as to the causes and devastating consequences of the Covid-19 "pandemic".

Zero Hedge (2020-12-28). Thousands of Americans "Negatively-Affected" Following COVID-19 Vaccination. Anaphylaxis, Severe Allergic Reaction. globalresearch.ca Thousands of people have been unable to work or perform daily activities, or required care from a healthcare professional, after getting the new As of …

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2020-12-28). 'Now It's the Senate's Turn': All Eyes on McConnell After House Approves $2,000 Coronavirus Relief Checks. commondreams.org Progressives in both chambers of Congress are pressuring the GOP majority leader to urgently hold a vote on the Covid-19 legislation. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/gettyimages-12776060611.jpg

sputniknews (2020-12-28). Novavax Launches Phase 3 Trial of Its COVID-19 Vaccine in US. sputniknews.com To date, two COVID-19 vaccines have been approved in the US: one developed by Pfizer and BioNTech, and another made by Moderna. Both of these vaccines use messenger RNA (mRNA) to teach cells how to make a protein that triggers an immune response to COVID-19.

RT (2020-12-28). Sacrificing freedom for the environment? German MP suggests restrictions 'similar' to Covid-19 lockdowns to fight climate change. rt.com Humanity should sacrifice "personal freedom" just as many nations did during the Covid-19 pandemic in order to successfully fight climate change, a German MP has said, adding that there will "never" be a vaccine against CO2. | Germany had barely started its coronavirus vaccination campaign when a Social Democratic MP, Karl Lauterbach, warned that his compatriots need to brace themselves for yet another challenge: global warming. | "We need measures to deal with climate change that are similar to the restrictions on personal freedom [imposed] to combat the pandemic," the professor of health economics and epidem…

MEE and agencies (2020-12-28). Covid-19: Infected Israelis to vote at drive-through polling stations. middleeasteye.net Covid-19: Infected Israelis to vote at drive-through polling stations | Coronavirus-hit voters can cast ballots through their car windows in March's election | Mon, 12/28/2020 – 15: 41 | Drive-through polling stations will be installed for Israel's national election in March (Screengrab) | With politicians desperate for every vote in March's election, Israelis suffering from the coronaviru…

teleSUR (2020-12-28). Argentina To Start National COVID-19 Vaccination Campaign. telesurenglish.net Argentina will begin its national COVID-19 vaccination campaign on December 29 as local governments and hospitals already received the Russian Sputnik V vaccine. | RELATED: | The authorities reported that the vaccination will take place as of 9: 00 AM local time simultaneously in all provinces as each city has received a part of the first shipment with 300,000 doses. | Nonetheless, the Minister of Health Ginés Go…

FB Post Feed: NAACP Silicon Valley (2020-12-28). Tuesday 12/29: COVID-19 Vaccine & the Black Community: Safety, Efficacy & Dispelling Fear. indybay.org Online via Zoom…

Brett Wilkins, staff writer (2020-12-28). 'Surge on a Surge': Fauci Leads Health Officials Warning of Post-Holiday Coronavirus Spike. commondreams.org "Our darkest days in the battle against Covid-19 are ahead of us, not behind us," the nation's top infectious disease expert predicted. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/fauci_3.jpg

Marisa Endicott (2020-12-28). Covid-19 Exposed the Urgency for a Right to Housing. commondreams.org Without giving renters the option to buy their homes, this crisis could be even worse than the Great Recession. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/housing_1.jpg

D.D. Guttenplan (2020-12-28). Teetering on the Edge: A Postcard From London. thenation.com Teetering on the Edge: A Postcard From London…

Andrea Arroyo (2020-12-28). The US Covid Death Toll Increases Exponentially. thenation.com The US Covid Death Toll Increases Exponentially…

Kareem Chehayeb (2020-12-28). As Covid conspiracies spread, Lebanon's president 'doesn't know' if he'll take vaccine. middleeasteye.net As Covid conspiracies spread, Lebanon's president 'doesn't know' if he'll take vaccine | Michel Aoun's spokesperson tells MEE president has not decided whether to take jab, as healthcare officials urge a public awareness campaign | Mon, 12/28/2020 – 16: 44 | A supporter of Lebanese President Michel Aoun wears a face mask with a drawing of the president and the writing in Arabic that reads "Yo…

Timothy Alexander Guzman (2020-12-28). Big Pharma and Big Profits: The Multibillion Dollar Vaccine Market. globalresearch.ca First published on January 27, 2016. | Of relevance to an understanding of the Covid Vaccine Initiative | The business of vaccines is soon to become a major source of profits for the world's largest pharmaceutical corporations. A press release (Business Wire, …

Igor Derysh (2020-12-28). Walter Reed doctor ousted after criticizing Trump's coronavirus parade: "I regret nothing" salon.com Dr. James Phillips was removed from the Walter Reed schedule after trashing Trump's hospital joyride…

Subodh Varma (2020-12-28). The year that was….India's people fight back a hostile government. peoplesdispatch.org The right-wing Narendra Modi government used the pandemic and the lockdown to foist more exploitative policies. But the sustained resistance by people has shaken its hubris…

Kenny Stancil, staff writer (2020-12-28). 'If You Own the Seeds You Own the Food System': Campaigners Demand Public Ownership to Counter Big Ag Privatization. commondreams.org "Empty shelves during the pandemic made clear, allowing huge corporations to 'own' seeds is a very bad idea!" | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/seed_bank.jpg

Eric Dirnbach (2020-12-28). Meet the volunteer organizing team helping non-union workers during the pandemic. zcomm.org The Emergency Workplace Organizing Committee is training workers and helping them organize. Can this be a successful model for building worker power?

Dan Cohen (2020-12-28). Meet The Pseudo-Left Imperialists Fighting Against Universal Healthcare. mintpressnews.com Since comedian Jimmy Dore called on progressive members of Congress to pressure Nancy Pelosi to hold a floor vote on Medicare For All, a collection of media personalities have launched vicious attacks against him while deflecting from his overwhelmingly popular argument.

Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich (2020-12-28). Health Imperialism and Discriminatory International Laws. globalresearch.ca "Hypocrisy can afford to be magnificent in its promise, for never intending to go beyond promise costs nothing." — Edmund Burke | Joe Biden's statements on resuscitating the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) has also reignited an old …

Mehr News Agency (2020-12-28). Lifting sanctions, nation's health, livelihood top proiority. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Dec. 28 (MNA) — Iranian President Rouhani said on Mon. that in the few months left of his tenure, his administration has the Iranian nation's health and their livelihood besides breaking the sanctions at its top priority.

Toby Freeman, Fran Baum (2020-12-28). In the Fight Against Poor Health, the USA Is Punching Well Below Its Weight. commondreams.org By focusing more on battling inequality, new research shows, the United States could significantly improve American life expectancy. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/healthcare_inequality_1.jpg

Joe Piette (2020-12-27). What prisons are like during COVID lockdown: interview with a Pennsylvania incarcerated worker. workers.org Philadelphia Since the start of November 2020, more than 3,000 incarcerated workers and at least 1,200 guards and staff have tested positive for COVID-19 in the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections (PA DOC). Since last March, at least 58 people behind DOC bars have died from the pandemic, the majority of . . . |

Prof. Paul Kirkham (2020-12-27). Covid-19: How Likely Is a Second Wave? globalresearch.ca Important text first published on September 25, 2020 | Executive Summary | Evidence presented in this paper indicates that the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 pandemic as an event in the UK is essentially complete, with ongoing and anticipated challenges well …

Christie Aschwanden (2020-12-27). Ski resorts work to stay open as COVID cases snowball. salon.com How to stay open amid the pandemic is an issue resorts across the U.S. are facing…

Peter Koenig (2020-12-27). Covid Death by Ventilator — A Personal Story — for the World to Know. globalresearch.ca This is a personal story. Actually, a story told to me by a very close friend, so close that I asked him whether he would allow me to personalize his story and publish it — because it was important for …

Vincent Emanuele (2020-12-26). A Lonely Christmas in Texas. zcomm.org To date, 330,000+ Americans and 1.41 million additional humans have lost their lives due to this predictable, preventable, vicious, and indifferent virus. The best way to properly remember their lives is by taking care of the living…

2020-12-28: News Headlines

Richard Gale (2020-12-28). A More Honest Perspective of the COVID-19 Pandemic. globalresearch.ca Since the first cases of the new coronavirus strain outside of China, every aspect of the pandemic's ever-changing amoebic narrative has been carefully controlled by the World Health Organization and major government health agencies. | High officials within a syndicate of …

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2020-12-28). The 2020 Worldwide Corona Crisis: Destroying Civil Society, Engineered Economic Depression, Global Coup d'État and the "Great Reset" globalresearch.ca We are at the crossroads of one of the most serious crises in modern history. We are living history, yet our understanding of the flow of events since January 2020 has been blurred. Worldwide, people have been misled both by their governments and the media as to the causes and devastating consequences of the Covid-19 "pandemic".

Zero Hedge (2020-12-28). Thousands of Americans "Negatively-Affected" Following COVID-19 Vaccination. Anaphylaxis, Severe Allergic Reaction. globalresearch.ca Thousands of people have been unable to work or perform daily activities, or required care from a healthcare professional, after getting the new As of …

MEE and agencies (2020-12-28). Covid-19: Infected Israelis to vote at drive-through polling stations. middleeasteye.net Covid-19: Infected Israelis to vote at drive-through polling stations | Coronavirus-hit voters can cast ballots through their car windows in March's election | Mon, 12/28/2020 – 15: 41 | Drive-through polling stations will be installed for Israel's national election in March (Screengrab) | With politicians desperate for every vote in March's election, Israelis suffering from the coronaviru…

_____ (2020-12-28). Native Youth Provide For Community And Elders During Covid Pandemic. popularresistance.org 2020 has been a year of many trials across Indian Country. Across our many Nations, rural, city and everywhere in between, we are all coping with the catastrophic effects of the COVID-19 virus. We have missed gatherings, ceremonies, and the everyday celebrations as part of quarantine and to keep those we love safe. Our loved ones lost during this time often died alone, while those of us left behind have had to mourn them without the touch and care of being physically together. Left to pick up the pieces as we try to move forward has left so much anxiety and depression in our young, elders, and even us adults.

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2020-12-28). 'Now It's the Senate's Turn': All Eyes on McConnell After House Approves $2,000 Coronavirus Relief Checks. commondreams.org Progressives in both chambers of Congress are pressuring the GOP majority leader to urgently hold a vote on the Covid-19 legislation. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/gettyimages-12776060611.jpg

news.un (2020-12-28). Vaccination no guarantee of virus eradication: WHO officials. news.un.org In the final World Health Organization (WHO) COVID-19 press conference of the year, on Monday, senior officials warned that the virus is "not necessarily the big one", and that there is a real chance of another, more serious pandemic spreading across the world.

Brett Wilkins, staff writer (2020-12-28). 'Surge on a Surge': Fauci Leads Health Officials Warning of Post-Holiday Coronavirus Spike. commondreams.org "Our darkest days in the battle against Covid-19 are ahead of us, not behind us," the nation's top infectious disease expert predicted. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/fauci_3.jpg

Online News Editor (2020-12-28). Argentina prepares to roll out Sputnik Covid-19 vaccine. laprensalatina.com Buenos Aires, Dec 28 (efe-epa).- Argentina mobilized Monday to distribute 300,000 doses of Russia's Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine to hospitals in each of the 34 provinces amid concerns about a second wave of infections in the South American country that has already lost nearly 43,000 lives to Covid-19. The operation was on track "to initiate …

FB Post Feed: NAACP Silicon Valley (2020-12-28). Tuesday 12/29: COVID-19 Vaccine & the Black Community: Safety, Efficacy & Dispelling Fear. indybay.org Online via Zoom…

Marisa Endicott (2020-12-28). Covid-19 Exposed the Urgency for a Right to Housing. commondreams.org Without giving renters the option to buy their homes, this crisis could be even worse than the Great Recession. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/housing_1.jpg

D.D. Guttenplan (2020-12-28). Teetering on the Edge: A Postcard From London. thenation.com Teetering on the Edge: A Postcard From London…

Kareem Chehayeb (2020-12-28). Lebanon's president compelled to say he'll take Covid vaccine as conspiracies spread. middleeasteye.net Lebanon's president compelled to say he'll take Covid vaccine as conspiracies spread | Michel Aoun's spokesperson had told MEE 85-year-old was yet to make a decision on getting the jab, as healthcare officials urge a public awareness campaign | Mon, 12/28/2020 – 16: 44 | A supporter of Lebanese President Michel Aoun wears a face mask with a drawing of the president and the writing in Arabic t…

Andrea Arroyo (2020-12-28). The US Covid Death Toll Increases Exponentially. thenation.com The US Covid Death Toll Increases Exponentially…

Timothy Alexander Guzman (2020-12-28). Big Pharma and Big Profits: The Multibillion Dollar Vaccine Market. globalresearch.ca First published on January 27, 2016. | Of relevance to an understanding of the Covid Vaccine Initiative | The business of vaccines is soon to become a major source of profits for the world's largest pharmaceutical corporations. A press release (Business Wire, …

Staff (2020-12-28). Fauci and Other Health Officials Warn of Post-Holiday Coronavirus Spike. truthout.org The United States will most likely experience a "post-seasonal" spike in coronavirus infections largely due to holiday travel and gatherings, current and former U.S. health officials said on Sunday. | "We very well might see a post-seasonal — in the sense of Christmas, New Year's — surge… a surge upon a surge,"

Subodh Varma (2020-12-28). The year that was….India's people fight back a hostile government. peoplesdispatch.org The right-wing Narendra Modi government used the pandemic and the lockdown to foist more exploitative policies. But the sustained resistance by people has shaken its hubris…

Eric Dirnbach (2020-12-28). Meet the volunteer organizing team helping non-union workers during the pandemic. zcomm.org The Emergency Workplace Organizing Committee is training workers and helping them organize. Can this be a successful model for building worker power?

Kenny Stancil, staff writer (2020-12-28). 'If You Own the Seeds You Own the Food System': Campaigners Demand Public Ownership to Counter Big Ag Privatization. commondreams.org "Empty shelves during the pandemic made clear, allowing huge corporations to 'own' seeds is a very bad idea!" | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/seed_bank.jpg

Dan Cohen (2020-12-28). Meet The Pseudo-Left Imperialists Fighting Against Universal Healthcare. mintpressnews.com Since comedian Jimmy Dore called on progressive members of Congress to pressure Nancy Pelosi to hold a floor vote on Medicare For All, a collection of media personalities have launched vicious attacks against him while deflecting from his overwhelmingly popular argument.

Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich (2020-12-28). Health Imperialism and Discriminatory International Laws. globalresearch.ca "Hypocrisy can afford to be magnificent in its promise, for never intending to go beyond promise costs nothing." — Edmund Burke | Joe Biden's statements on resuscitating the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) has also reignited an old …

teleSUR (2020-12-28). US Blockade Prevents Venezuela From Funding COVAX. telesurenglish.net Venezuela's Health Minister Carlos Alvarado on Sunday said that the economic blockade imposed by the United States is preventing his country from funding the COVAX initiative led by the World Health Organization (WHO). | RELATED: | He recalled that his country offered to place US$18 million into the COVAX fund, but as a result of the U.S. blockade, Venezuela has not "been able to free those resources to pay…

Mehr News Agency (2020-12-28). Lifting sanctions, nation's health, livelihood top proiority. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Dec. 28 (MNA) — Iranian President Rouhani said on Mon. that in the few months left of his tenure, his administration has the Iranian nation's health and their livelihood besides breaking the sanctions at its top priority.

Toby Freeman, Fran Baum (2020-12-28). In the Fight Against Poor Health, the USA Is Punching Well Below Its Weight. commondreams.org By focusing more on battling inequality, new research shows, the United States could significantly improve American life expectancy. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/healthcare_inequality_1.jpg

Prof. Paul Kirkham (2020-12-27). Covid-19: How Likely Is a Second Wave? globalresearch.ca Important text first published on September 25, 2020 | Executive Summary | Evidence presented in this paper indicates that the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 pandemic as an event in the UK is essentially complete, with ongoing and anticipated challenges well …

Joe Piette (2020-12-27). What prisons are like during COVID lockdown: interview with a Pennsylvania incarcerated worker. workers.org Philadelphia Since the start of November 2020, more than 3,000 incarcerated workers and at least 1,200 guards and staff have tested positive for COVID-19 in the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections (PA DOC). Since last March, at least 58 people behind DOC bars have died from the pandemic, the majority of . . . |

RT (2020-12-27). 'It will be a VACCINE PASS before long': Everton reminds fans to get mandated Covid tests to be allowed into Manchester City match. rt.com Everton FC is reminding fans they'll need to pass a Covid-19 test before attending Monday's match with Manchester City, but the controversial safety measure is raising fears of more mandates to come, such as vaccination passports. | The club tweeted out the reminder on Sunday, insisting that fans who wish to enter Goodison Park will need to have a negative Covid-19 test result from no more than 36 hours before the match begins. With Liverpool under Tier 2 Covid-19 restrictions — as opposed to the Tier 4 lockdown gripping London — as many as 2,000 fans may be allowed to attend the game. | &uum…

sputniknews (2020-12-27). Senator Sanders Decries Trump's Response to COVID-19 Relief Bill, Urges Him to Sign It. sputniknews.com Earlier, US President Trump refused to sign the Defence Authorisation Bill, which included COVID-19 pandemic relief measures. He heavily criticized the direct relief payments of $600 per capita, calling it "disgraceful". Trump urged legislators to amend the bill by raising the amount of money to at least $2,000.

Christie Aschwanden (2020-12-27). Ski resorts work to stay open as COVID cases snowball. salon.com How to stay open amid the pandemic is an issue resorts across the U.S. are facing…

Peter Koenig (2020-12-27). Death by Ventilator — A Personal Story — for the World to Know. globalresearch.ca This is a personal story. Actually, a story told to me by a very close friend, so close that I asked him whether he would allow me to personalize his story and publish it — because it was important for …

Global Research News (2020-12-27). Selected Articles: Warning: COVID Vaccines! Huge Risks, Huge Injuries — Huge Compensations? globalresearch.ca By The Covid cases here are thankfully small but the lock-downs apply all the same with the closure of busin…

John C. A. Manley (2020-12-27). Medical Doctor Warns that "Bacterial Pneumonias Are on the Rise" from Mask Wearing. globalresearch.ca First published in October 2020 | "A group is suing Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum and Tulsa Health Department Executive Director Bruce Dart, saying the city's mask mandate is harmful to healthy people," reports

Dean Baker (2020-12-26). The New York Times Hasn't Heard About China's Vaccines. cepr.net That is the implication of a major piece on how the coronavirus vaccines are leading to greater worldwide inequality, since the rich countries have reserved the vast majority of the 2021 supplies of vaccines of the leading U.S.-European vaccines. While this is in fact a serious problem, as my co-authors and I have noted, China …

Vincent Emanuele (2020-12-26). A Lonely Christmas in Texas. zcomm.org To date, 330,000+ Americans and 1.41 million additional humans have lost their lives due to this predictable, preventable, vicious, and indifferent virus. The best way to properly remember their lives is by taking care of the living…

reenvia Red Latina sin fronteras (2020-12-26). Mèxico_Oaxaca_UniTierra: Repensar la pandemia. indybay.org Mèxico_Oaxaca_Universidad de la Tierra: Repensar la pandemia | Contra el miedo: La esperanza…

imperial.ac.uk (2020-12-26). 10 times Imperial made us smile in 2020. imperial.ac.uk This year has been far from typical, but Imperial College London has created some rainbows amongst the clouds.

Judy Greenspan (2020-12-25). Demonstrators besiege California prison HQ: 'Mass releases now!'. workers.org Sacramento, Calif. Dec. 17 — Under the banner "From Balloons to Bullhorns," an angry group of protesters converged on the steps of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to demand mass releases of incarcerated people due to the COVID-19 epidemic. The vigil and rally organized by Sistas With Voices . . . |

David Skripac (2020-12-25). COVID-19: A Fabricated Second "Tidal Wave" of Poverty and Injustice. globalresearch.ca Here we are at the end of a year filled with upheaval, facing yet another round of lockdowns, this time ostensibly intended to fight off a supposed "second wave of COVID-19." | In the foreground, we have the completely co-opted mainstream …

Joseph Parampathu (2020-12-25). COVID-19 Relief Bill Includes $500 Million to Buy American Dairy. indybay.org The proposed Bipartisan COVID-19 Emergency Relief Act of 2020 set to be signed into law includes $500 million in government funding allocated towards the "Dairy Donation Program" which provides payments from the government to dairy producers.

Jill Richardson (2020-12-25). The Coming Battle Over Vaccines. counterpunch.org With the new COVID-19 vaccine available, Dr. Anthony Fauci says Americans can begin to achieve herd immunity by next summer. Herd immunity occurs when so many people are immune to the virus that it can't spread, because an infected person won't have anyone left to spread it to. Yet as of November, four in ten

Binoy Kampmark (2020-12-25). The Gold Comes Off: A COVID-19 Outbreak in Sydney. counterpunch.org Australia has various advantages as an island continent. It is monumental and only accessible in the most impractical ways. It is discouragingly far and almost impossible to invade without a huge investment of personnel and material. The decision to place convicts on the island by the British was audaciously cruel and illogical, setting a precedent

Barbara Peterson (2020-12-25). Climate activists mount utility strike to urge the shutdown of New England coal plant. nationofchange.org The Strike Down Coal campaign provides a COVID-safe form of disobedience, building on more than a year of direct actions to shut down Merrimack Station.

Ralph Lopez (2020-12-25). Former Chief Science Officer for Pfizer Says "Second Wave" Faked on False-Positive COVID Tests, "Pandemic Is Over" globalresearch.ca First published by Global Research on September 24, 2020, this analysis of former V-P of Pfizer Michael Yeadon has been the object of censorship | In a stunning development, a former Chief Science Officer for the pharmaceutical giant Pfizer says "there …

Robert Reich (2020-12-25). How the Richest 1 Percent Came Out Big Winners in the Covid Relief Bill. commondreams.org Republicans didn't blink twice when they handed out $6.3 billion in tax breaks to their wealthy corporate backers, but when it came to getting direct relief to struggling Americans $600 was the best they could do. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/mcconnell.png

2020 news (2020-12-25). Dr. Wodarg and Dr. Yeadon File Application for Suspension of All SARS CoV-2 Vaccine Studies and Call for Co-signing the Petition. globalresearch.ca On December 1, 2020, the ex-Pfizer head of respiratory research Dr. Michael Yeadon and the lung specialist and former head of the public health department Dr. Wolfgang Wodarg

Jeannine Hall Gailey (2020-12-25). Best of 2020: Marriage in the time of coronavirus. salon.com Our 2020 retrospective continues with this essay set in Seattle's first outbreak, in the early days of the pandemic…

F. William Engdahl (2020-12-25). What's Not Being Said About the Pfizer Coronavirus Vaccine. "Human Guinea Pigs"? globalresearch.ca The Pharma giant Pfizer use an experimental technology known as gene editing, specifically mRNA gene-editing, something never before used in vaccines. Before we rush to get jabbed in hopes of some immunity, we should know more about the radical experimental technology and its lack of precision.

Priti Gulati Cox (2020-12-25). JatiIndia Flag of the Week: Atrocities Caste, Present and Future. counterpunch.org Sandip, Ramu, Lavkush and Ravi. Those are the names of the upper-caste Thakurs who tortured and gang-raped a 19-year-old girl in Hathras, Utter Pradesh, JatiIndia, on September 14. Folding his palms, [Manisha's father] pleaded, 'Our daughters are no longer safe. We are helpless, I request the nation to stand with us, help us get justice

Editor (2020-12-25). Las empresas mienten, los trabajadores contraatacan. workers.org Estamos en medio de una pandemia épica y creciente en los EE.UU. Hay 200.000 casos nuevos casi a diario y las muertes se están acelerando. Todos sabemos esto. Lo que falta es cómo, al menos, frenar, si no detener, las trágicas pérdidas que más golpean a las personas en situación . . . |

WSWS (2020-12-24). Deadliest week in Germany since COVID-19 pandemic began. wsws.org Last week was by far the worst in the COVID-19 pandemic in Germany, with officially 175,314 infections and over 4,300 deaths (against 3,050 the previous week). Across Europe, the death toll exceeded the catastrophic half-million mark on Tuesday.

2020-12-27: News Headlines

Prof. Paul Kirkham (2020-12-27). Covid-19: How Likely Is a Second Wave? globalresearch.ca Important text first published on September 25, 2020 | Executive Summary | Evidence presented in this paper indicates that the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 pandemic as an event in the UK is essentially complete, with ongoing and anticipated challenges well …

Joe Piette (2020-12-27). What prisons are like during COVID lockdown: interview with a Pennsylvania incarcerated worker. workers.org Philadelphia Since the start of November 2020, more than 3,000 incarcerated workers and at least 1,200 guards and staff have tested positive for COVID-19 in the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections (PA DOC). Since last March, at least 58 people behind DOC bars have died from the pandemic, the majority of . . . |

FB Post Feed: NAACP Silicon Valley (2020-12-27). Tuesday 12/29: COVID-19 Vaccine & the Black Community: Safety, Efficacy & Dispelling Fear. indybay.org Online via Zoom…

yenisafak (2020-12-27). China's Walvax to make COVID-19 vaccine candidate similar to AstraZeneca's. yenisafak.com China's Walvax Biotechnology Co has started work on a plant to manufacture an early-stage coronavirus vaccine candidate similar to AstraZeneca PLC's product, state-backed media said on Sunday.Mass production for the proposed vaccine could begin in mid-2021, with an estimated capacity of 200 million doses a year, said Health Times, a paper run by the People's Daily.The treatment is based on a chimpanzee adenovirus to deliver materials that can trigger an immune response against the virus that causes COVID-19, a technique adopted in the candidate from AstraZeneca and Oxford University.The Chinese candidate, jointly…

RT (2020-12-27). New York health care provider probed for 'fraudulently' obtaining & distributing Covid-19 vaccine. rt.com New York police are investigating Parcare Community Health Network on suspicion that it fraudulently obtained Covid-19 vaccine doses and broke rules reserving the first round of shots to medical workers and nursing home residents. | Parcare may have transferred wrongfully obtained doses from the Hudson Valley to facilities in other parts of state and diverted them to members of the public, rather than those currently eligible to be inoculated, State Health Commissioner Howard Zucker said on Saturday. "We take this very seriously," he said, and the state Health Department will assist State Police in the crimina…

Online News Editor (2020-12-27). Older people and health staff first in line as EU rolls out Covid-19 vaccine. laprensalatina.com Madrid Desk, Dec 27 (efe-epa).- The European Union on Sunday began its coordinated rollout of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine against Covid-19 with nations giving priority to older people and healthcare staff. Araceli Hidalgo, a 96-year-old resident of Los Olmos care home in Guadalajara, became the first person in Spain to receive the jab at 9 am, …

Timothy Alexander Guzman (2020-12-27). Big Pharma Propaganda and the COVID-19 Vaccine: The U.S. Government's Legacy of Human Experimentations. globalresearch.ca It is important to focus on the history of experimental vaccines. | This article reviews the Tuskegee Syphilis Study in Macon County, Alabama that began in 1932 as well as other US government experiments that infected sick and vulnerable people with …

_____ (2020-12-27). Housing Activists Are Fighting Evictions In The Streets. popularresistance.org Philadelphia is facing a housing crisis with little help from the Democratic city council, mayor, or governor. In the city, 5,700 people are currently unhoused. Almost a thousand sleep on the streets on a given night. But more than that, this year has already seen 4,400 evictions filed in Philly courts. Another 2,000 renters are facing the very real threat of eviction and becoming part of the unhoused. This multifaceted crisis of housing is taking place as the numbers of those infected with Covid-19 are skyrocketing in the city (reaching 100,000 cases and 2,500 deaths), as winter descends, and in the wake of a ma…

Mehr News Agency (2020-12-27). Iran producing 5 million COVID-19 test kits monthly. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Dec. 27 (MNA) — Five Iranian knowledge-based companies are making their best efforts to produce 5 million COVID-19 test kits monthly.

MEE and agencies (2020-12-27). Covid-19: Dubai cuts 2021 budget as pandemic impacts economy. middleeasteye.net Covid-19: Dubai cuts 2021 budget as pandemic impacts economy | Emirate expects to reduce its budget by $2.6bn after tourism and other sectors are devastated by the virus | Sun, 12/27/2020 – 14: 11 | Tourism has long been an economic mainstay of Dubai, which welcomed more than 16 million visitors last year (AFP) | Dubai said Sunday it expects to cut its budget to $15.5bn in 2021 after its e…

news.un (2020-12-27). 2020: 'Biggest international challenge' ever taken on by UN humanitarians. news.un.org The COVID-19 pandemic has been the "biggest international challenge" since the Second World War, according to the United Nations and has been the focus of the work of the UN's humanitarian affairs office, OCHA, throughout 2020.

Staff (2020-12-27). Sanders Condemns Trump for Allowing Millions to Lose Unemployment Benefits. truthout.org Sen. Bernie Sanders on Sunday led progressive lawmakers in condemning President Donald Trump's refusal to approve a $900 billion Covid-19 relief and spending bill as unemployment coverage expired for millions of Americans on Saturday night as a result of his intransigence. | "What the president is doing right now is unbelievably cruel," Sanders (I-Vt.) said during an appearance on ABC's "This Week" Sunday morning. "Many millions of people are losing their extended unemployment benefits. They're…

Global Research News (2020-12-27). Selected Articles: Warning: COVID Vaccines! Huge Risks, Huge Injuries — Huge Compensations? globalresearch.ca By The Covid cases here are thankfully small but the lock-downs apply all the same with the closure of busin…

Jessica Martinez (2020-12-27). 'Our Government Needs to Protect Workers, Not Corporations'. zcomm.org Interview on worker safety and Covid relief…

Peter Koenig (2020-12-27). Covid Death by Ventilator — A Personal Story — for the World to Know. globalresearch.ca This is a personal story. Actually, a story told to me by a very close friend, so close that I asked him whether he would allow me to personalize his story and publish it — because it was important for …

John C. A. Manley (2020-12-27). Medical Doctor Warns that "Bacterial Pneumonias Are on the Rise" from Mask Wearing. globalresearch.ca First published in October 2020 | "A group is suing Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum and Tulsa Health Department Executive Director Bruce Dart, saying the city's mask mandate is harmful to healthy people," reports

sputniknews (2020-12-26). Thousands Reportedly Protest Outside Netanyahu's Residence in Jerusalem – Videos. sputniknews.com Anti-government demonstrations have been ongoing for over six months, with citizens demanding Bibi's resignation over the trial on charges of bribery, fraud and breach of trust and the government's handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. Netanyahu denies any wrongdoing.

Dean Baker (2020-12-26). The New York Times Hasn't Heard About China's Vaccines. cepr.net That is the implication of a major piece on how the coronavirus vaccines are leading to greater worldwide inequality, since the rich countries have reserved the vast majority of the 2021 supplies of vaccines of the leading U.S.-European vaccines. While this is in fact a serious problem, as my co-authors and I have noted, China …

Fight Back (2020-12-26). Republicans block pandemic aid including $2000 checks, 14 million lose unemployment benefits. fightbacknews.org San José, CA – Republicans in the House and Senate have blocked an effort by Democrats to increase the amount of individual payments in the new pandemic aid act from $600 to $2000. Many progressive Democrats including Senator Bernie Sanders and Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez had tried to increase the amount during the negotiations over the new aid package. These payments have been very popular, and at the last minute, President Trump chimed in, saying that he would refuse to sign the bill unless the larger amount was included. | While Democrats will try for a new vote on Monday, December 28, this delay m…

Vincent Emanuele (2020-12-26). A Lonely Christmas in Texas. zcomm.org To date, 330,000+ Americans and 1.41 million additional humans have lost their lives due to this predictable, preventable, vicious, and indifferent virus. The best way to properly remember their lives is by taking care of the living…

imperial.ac.uk (2020-12-26). 10 times Imperial made us smile in 2020. imperial.ac.uk This year has been far from typical, but Imperial College London has created some rainbows amongst the clouds.

reenvia Red Latina sin fronteras (2020-12-26). Mèxico_Oaxaca_UniTierra: Repensar la pandemia. indybay.org Mèxico_Oaxaca_Universidad de la Tierra: Repensar la pandemia | Contra el miedo: La esperanza…

teleSUR (2020-12-25). Cuba to Ask COVID-19 Negative Test Result From Foreign Visitors. telesurenglish.net Cuba's Foreign Affairs Ministry (Minrex) Thursday announced that all international travelers entering the country as of January 1 must present a COVID-19 negative test result. | RELATED: | The test must be performed by a certified laboratory in the country of origin no later than 72 hours before the trip. | The measure comes amid a notable increase in daily infections on the island since the reopening of its borders in…

Marisa Endicott (2020-12-25). COVID-19 Exposed the Urgency for a Right to Housing. progressive.org Without giving renters the option to buy their homes, this crisis could be even worse than the Great Recession.

Richard D. Wolff (2020-12-25). The DC Political Monopoly Just Doesn't Get It. counterpunch.org The spectacle of political "leaders" disconnected from basic social realities survived Trump's defeat. He and his GOP had shown little grasp of the two great crises of 2020: the crash of capitalism and the COVID-19 pandemic. Trump's resulting political defeat did not reconnect them. The Biden Democrats already show they learned little from Trump's loss; disconnection governs them too.

David Skripac (2020-12-25). COVID-19: A Fabricated Second "Tidal Wave" of Poverty and Injustice. globalresearch.ca Here we are at the end of a year filled with upheaval, facing yet another round of lockdowns, this time ostensibly intended to fight off a supposed "second wave of COVID-19." | In the foreground, we have the completely co-opted mainstream …

MEE staff (2020-12-25). Saudi crown prince receives first dose of Covid-19 vaccine. middleeasteye.net Saudi crown prince receives first dose of Covid-19 vaccine | Health ministry says it hopes to have enough vaccine to cover 70 percent of population | Fri, 12/25/2020 – 21: 44 | MBS is one of several world leaders to have received their first dose of the vaccine (AFP) | Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman received his first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine on Friday, a week after health author…

Phil Galewitz (2020-12-25). As Biden gets sworn in, White House will get scrubbed down. salon.com The executive mansion will get a deep clean after two COVID-19 outbreaks this fall…

Joseph Parampathu (2020-12-25). COVID-19 Relief Bill Includes $500 Million to Buy American Dairy. indybay.org The proposed Bipartisan COVID-19 Emergency Relief Act of 2020 set to be signed into law includes $500 million in government funding allocated towards the "Dairy Donation Program" which provides payments from the government to dairy producers.

Kenny Stancil, staff writer (2020-12-25). 'Holidays Can't Be Jolly If Your Family Is Not Safely Housed': Progressives Urge CDC to Extend Eviction Moratorium. commondreams.org "Allowing tens of millions of people to be evicted in the dead of winter in the middle of a resurgence of Covid-19 cases and deaths is unconscionable." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/cancel_rent.jpg

Jill Richardson (2020-12-25). The Coming Battle Over Vaccines. counterpunch.org With the new COVID-19 vaccine available, Dr. Anthony Fauci says Americans can begin to achieve herd immunity by next summer. Herd immunity occurs when so many people are immune to the virus that it can't spread, because an infected person won't have anyone left to spread it to. Yet as of November, four in ten

Binoy Kampmark (2020-12-25). The Gold Comes Off: A COVID-19 Outbreak in Sydney. counterpunch.org Australia has various advantages as an island continent. It is monumental and only accessible in the most impractical ways. It is discouragingly far and almost impossible to invade without a huge investment of personnel and material. The decision to place convicts on the island by the British was audaciously cruel and illogical, setting a precedent

Kollibri terre Sonnenblume (2020-12-25). An End to Stability. counterpunch.org 2020, with its pandemic and its protests, was many things to many people: a hardship for those who lost homes, livelihoods and people they loved to COVID and insufficient government support; an inspiration for activists who have been working for years to call attention to police brutality; and an imposition to those who resent anything

Judy Greenspan (2020-12-25). Demonstrators besiege California prison HQ: 'Mass releases now!'. workers.org Sacramento, Calif. Dec. 17 — Under the banner "From Balloons to Bullhorns," an angry group of protesters converged on the steps of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to demand mass releases of incarcerated people due to the COVID-19 epidemic. The vigil and rally organized by Sistas With Voices . . . |

Barbara Peterson (2020-12-25). Climate activists mount utility strike to urge the shutdown of New England coal plant. nationofchange.org The Strike Down Coal campaign provides a COVID-safe form of disobedience, building on more than a year of direct actions to shut down Merrimack Station.

Robert Reich (2020-12-25). How the Richest 1 Percent Came Out Big Winners in the Covid Relief Bill. commondreams.org Republicans didn't blink twice when they handed out $6.3 billion in tax breaks to their wealthy corporate backers, but when it came to getting direct relief to struggling Americans $600 was the best they could do. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/mcconnell.png

Ralph Lopez (2020-12-25). Former Chief Science Officer for Pfizer Says "Second Wave" Faked on False-Positive COVID Tests, "Pandemic Is Over" globalresearch.ca First published by Global Research on September 24, 2020, this analysis of former V-P of Pfizer Michael Yeadon has been the object of censorship | In a stunning development, a former Chief Science Officer for the pharmaceutical giant Pfizer says "there …

Jeannine Hall Gailey (2020-12-25). Best of 2020: Marriage in the time of coronavirus. salon.com Our 2020 retrospective continues with this essay set in Seattle's first outbreak, in the early days of the pandemic…

2020 news (2020-12-25). Dr. Wodarg and Dr. Yeadon File Application for Suspension of All SARS CoV-2 Vaccine Studies and Call for Co-signing the Petition. globalresearch.ca On December 1, 2020, the ex-Pfizer head of respiratory research Dr. Michael Yeadon and the lung specialist and former head of the public health department Dr. Wolfgang Wodarg

F. William Engdahl (2020-12-25). What's Not Being Said About the Pfizer Coronavirus Vaccine. "Human Guinea Pigs"? globalresearch.ca The Pharma giant Pfizer use an experimental technology known as gene editing, specifically mRNA gene-editing, something never before used in vaccines. Before we rush to get jabbed in hopes of some immunity, we should know more about the radical experimental technology and its lack of precision.

Andrew Moss (2020-12-25). Justice for All Essential Workers. counterpunch.org Each day the pandemic brings new mixtures of hope and dread: new reports on the vaccine rollout, new and dire accounts of surging cases and deaths. And threading through this skein of news reports is an ongoing story of persisting injustice: economic and racial inequality, deep inequalities of risk. You don't need to look far

Dan Cohen (2020-12-25). Meet the pseudo-left imperialists fighting against universal healthcare. thegrayzone.com Over the past week comedian Jimmy Dore has single handedly exposed a collection of self-styled leaders of progressive media as imperialist hacks joined at the hip with the Democratic Party and NATO. This video report originally appeared at Behind The Headlines. It's no coincidence that the pundits who are circling the wagons around AOC and seething at a comedian for pushing for a Medicare For All floor vote are also a bunch of pseudo-left imperialists. They've positioned themselves as guard …

Priti Gulati Cox (2020-12-25). JatiIndia Flag of the Week: Atrocities Caste, Present and Future. counterpunch.org Sandip, Ramu, Lavkush and Ravi. Those are the names of the upper-caste Thakurs who tortured and gang-raped a 19-year-old girl in Hathras, Utter Pradesh, JatiIndia, on September 14. Folding his palms, [Manisha's father] pleaded, 'Our daughters are no longer safe. We are helpless, I request the nation to stand with us, help us get justice

Editor (2020-12-25). Las empresas mienten, los trabajadores contraatacan. workers.org Estamos en medio de una pandemia épica y creciente en los EE.UU. Hay 200.000 casos nuevos casi a diario y las muertes se están acelerando. Todos sabemos esto. Lo que falta es cómo, al menos, frenar, si no detener, las trágicas pérdidas que más golpean a las personas en situación . . . |

WSWS (2020-12-24). COVID-19 hospitalizations, deaths worldwide reach record highs. wsws.org "The next 100,000 deaths are baked in," said Biden coronavirus advisory board member Dr. Atul Gawande to CNBC.

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2020-12-24). The Covid-19 Numbers Game: The "Second Wave" is Based on Fake Statistics. globalresearch.ca "Red zones", travel bans, quarantines, "red lists". A "Second Wave". Millions of people are lining up for Covid-19 testing. The "Numbers Game". How statistics and "estimates" are used by politicians to justify the closure of the national economy and the derogation of fundamental civil rights.

Lexi McMenamin (2020-12-24). Screen Shot 2020-12-22 at 1.29.25 PM.png. progressive.org COVID-19 has sparked a new wave of activism.

Julia Conley, staff writer (2020-12-24). 'Merry… Christmas': Watch Rep. Debbie Dingell Drop House Gavel in Disgust Over GOP's Covid-19 Cruelty. commondreams.org "I feel like she wanted to insert a choice expletive in the middle of that." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/screen_shot_2020-12-24_at_3.03.19_pm.jpg

Brett Wilkins, staff writer (2020-12-24). 'Trying to Kill Me': Black Doctor Who Died of Covid-19 Posted Harrowing Video Alleging Medical Racism. commondreams.org "This is how Black people get killed, when you send them home and they don't know how to fight for themselves," said Dr. Susan Moore in a video she posted on Facebook. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/moore_1.jpg

Anthony D. Romero (2020-12-24). Incarcerated People Should Get Priority Access to the COVID-19 Vaccine. It's the Smart and Human Thing to Do. aclu.org Governor Jared Polis of Colorado — otherwise a trailblazer when it comes to criminal legal reform — recently

2020-12-26: News Headlines

Online News Editor (2020-12-26). Beijing district declares emergency after new Covid-19 outbreak. laprensalatina.com Beijing, Dec 26 (efe-epa).- A district in northeastern Beijing has declared an emergency after five new Covid-19 cases were detected in the area, following two local infections on Christmas Day, health authorities said Saturday. Beijing Center for Disease Control and Prevention's deputy head Pang Xinghuo told reporters that five patients tested positive after 5,000 people …

MEE and agencies (2020-12-26). Deadly fire hits Egyptian hospital treating Covid-19 patients. middleeasteye.net Deadly fire hits Egyptian hospital treating Covid-19 patients | At least seven people killed and several injured at a private hospital on the outskirts of Cairo | Sat, 12/26/2020 – 13: 03 | The hospital was evacuated and closed, while patients were transferred to a public hospital in Cairo (AFP) | A fire killed at least seven people and injured several others on Saturday at a private hospi…

Dean Baker (2020-12-26). The New York Times Hasn't Heard About China's Vaccines. cepr.net That is the implication of a major piece on how the coronavirus vaccines are leading to greater worldwide inequality, since the rich countries have reserved the vast majority of the 2021 supplies of vaccines of the leading U.S.-European vaccines. While this is in fact a serious problem, as my co-authors and I have noted, China …

Vincent Emanuele (2020-12-26). A Lonely Christmas in Texas. zcomm.org To date, 330,000+ Americans and 1.41 million additional humans have lost their lives due to this predictable, preventable, vicious, and indifferent virus. The best way to properly remember their lives is by taking care of the living…

Mehr News Agency (2020-12-26). Fatemieh mourning ceremony held in Tehran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Dec. 26 (MNA) —The mourning ceremony of the martyrdom of Hazrat Zahra (SA), the daughter of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), was held on Friday night in Tehran's Husseiniyeh of Noor al-Reza through observing health protocols.

reenvia Red Latina sin fronteras (2020-12-26). Mèxico_Oaxaca_UniTierra: Repensar la pandemia. indybay.org Mèxico_Oaxaca_Universidad de la Tierra: Repensar la pandemia | Contra el miedo: La esperanza…

imperial.ac.uk (2020-12-26). 10 times Imperial made us smile in 2020. imperial.ac.uk This year has been far from typical, but Imperial College London has created some rainbows amongst the clouds.

Richard D. Wolff (2020-12-25). The DC Political Monopoly Just Doesn't Get It. counterpunch.org The spectacle of political "leaders" disconnected from basic social realities survived Trump's defeat. He and his GOP had shown little grasp of the two great crises of 2020: the crash of capitalism and the COVID-19 pandemic. Trump's resulting political defeat did not reconnect them. The Biden Democrats already show they learned little from Trump's loss; disconnection governs them too.

teleSUR (2020-12-25). California Is the 1st State To Surpass 2 Million COVID-19 Cases. telesurenglish.net California on Thursday became the first state in the United States to surpass 2 million COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic, said authorities. | RELATED: | The California Department of Public Health confirmed 39,070 new COVID-19 infections and 351 deaths in a daily release, pushing its cumulative cases up to 2,003,146, and related deaths to 23,635 in the most populous U.S. state. | There are 18,875 people with COVID-…

Marisa Endicott (2020-12-25). COVID-19 Exposed the Urgency for a Right to Housing. progressive.org Without giving renters the option to buy their homes, this crisis could be even worse than the Great Recession.

David Skripac (2020-12-25). COVID-19: A Fabricated Second "Tidal Wave" of Poverty and Injustice. globalresearch.ca Here we are at the end of a year filled with upheaval, facing yet another round of lockdowns, this time ostensibly intended to fight off a supposed "second wave of COVID-19." | In the foreground, we have the completely co-opted mainstream …

RT (2020-12-25). 'How they manage to keep going is incredible': No K-pop concerts left Gen Z 'SCARRED' by pandemic, says Reuters. rt.com World Wars? No big deal. Global recession? Child's play. According to a group of Gen Z kids interviewed by Reuters, their generation was affected by the Covid-19 pandemic more than any other, and is "scarred" by the experience. | Imagine a world without K-pop. To some, this would seem a utopia, but for super-fan Lee Ga-hyeon, not getting to see her favorite group, BTS, this year, was a tragedy. "BTS is like a vitamin for me, but the coronavirus took it from me which made me really angry," she told Reuters, describing her BTS posters, lookalike dolls, and bedsheets that adorn her home near Seoul. | Hers was one…

news.un (2020-12-25). The virus that shut down the world: The yawning gulf between rich and poor. news.un.org Inequality between the rich and poor worsened during the COVID-19 pandemic and poverty increased, for the first time in decades. In part two of our series on how the virus has changed the world, we look at the ways the pandemic has pushed back efforts to create more equitable societies.

_____ (2020-12-25). US Airports Are Portals For Disease Spread. popularresistance.org I recently traveled to Venezuela to be an observer for its National Assembly election and was struck by a stark difference between the ways Venezuela and the United States are handling the COVID-19 pandemic. | My experience at the airport in Caracas, Venezuela, gave me a taste of what a coordinated public health approach looks like in practice, compared to the disjointed politicized approach in the United States. Airports in the United States are currently serving as uncontrolled portals of disease spread. Venezuela demonstrates it doesn't have to be this way and that mitigating the spread of infection can be don…

Staff (2020-12-25). With Winter Comes More Stagnant Air, Intensifying COVID-19 Risks. truthout.org At around 11 AM on November 4, Germaine Patterson stepped outside of her Clairton, Pennsylvania, home to exercise in the backyard. Dirty air sent her quickly retreating back inside. | "I started having heart palpitations," she told EHN. "I know it was due to the air quality." | For seven straight days in early November, air pollution levels in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, exceeded limits set to protect public health. Unusually warm weather had triggered a hazardous temperature inversion: A low layer of…

Joseph Parampathu (2020-12-25). COVID-19 Relief Bill Includes $500 Million to Buy American Dairy. indybay.org The proposed Bipartisan COVID-19 Emergency Relief Act of 2020 set to be signed into law includes $500 million in government funding allocated towards the "Dairy Donation Program" which provides payments from the government to dairy producers.

Binoy Kampmark (2020-12-25). The Gold Comes Off: A COVID-19 Outbreak in Sydney. counterpunch.org Australia has various advantages as an island continent. It is monumental and only accessible in the most impractical ways. It is discouragingly far and almost impossible to invade without a huge investment of personnel and material. The decision to place convicts on the island by the British was audaciously cruel and illogical, setting a precedent

Jill Richardson (2020-12-25). The Coming Battle Over Vaccines. counterpunch.org With the new COVID-19 vaccine available, Dr. Anthony Fauci says Americans can begin to achieve herd immunity by next summer. Herd immunity occurs when so many people are immune to the virus that it can't spread, because an infected person won't have anyone left to spread it to. Yet as of November, four in ten

Kenny Stancil, staff writer (2020-12-25). 'Holidays Can't Be Jolly If Your Family Is Not Safely Housed': Progressives Urge CDC to Extend Eviction Moratorium. commondreams.org "Allowing tens of millions of people to be evicted in the dead of winter in the middle of a resurgence of Covid-19 cases and deaths is unconscionable." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/cancel_rent.jpg

Kollibri terre Sonnenblume (2020-12-25). An End to Stability. counterpunch.org 2020, with its pandemic and its protests, was many things to many people: a hardship for those who lost homes, livelihoods and people they loved to COVID and insufficient government support; an inspiration for activists who have been working for years to call attention to police brutality; and an imposition to those who resent anything

Judy Greenspan (2020-12-25). Demonstrators besiege California prison HQ: 'Mass releases now!'. workers.org Sacramento, Calif. Dec. 17 — Under the banner "From Balloons to Bullhorns," an angry group of protesters converged on the steps of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to demand mass releases of incarcerated people due to the COVID-19 epidemic. The vigil and rally organized by Sistas With Voices . . . |

Barbara Peterson (2020-12-25). Climate activists mount utility strike to urge the shutdown of New England coal plant. nationofchange.org The Strike Down Coal campaign provides a COVID-safe form of disobedience, building on more than a year of direct actions to shut down Merrimack Station.

Peter Koenig (2020-12-25). WARNING: Covid Vaccines! dissidentvoice.org Did you know that the US Government since 1988 paid as of 1 December 2020 more than 4.4 billion dollars to vaccine-injury victims? It's your money,Taxpayers money. This is Health Services and Service Administration Vaccine Injury Compensation Data The National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP), was set up in 1988 to compensate for the National …

Ralph Lopez (2020-12-25). Former Chief Science Officer for Pfizer Says "Second Wave" Faked on False-Positive COVID Tests, "Pandemic Is Over" globalresearch.ca First published by Global Research on September 24, 2020, this analysis of former V-P of Pfizer Michael Yeadon has been the object of censorship | In a stunning development, a former Chief Science Officer for the pharmaceutical giant Pfizer says "there …

Robert Reich (2020-12-25). How the Richest 1 Percent Came Out Big Winners in the Covid Relief Bill. commondreams.org Republicans didn't blink twice when they handed out $6.3 billion in tax breaks to their wealthy corporate backers, but when it came to getting direct relief to struggling Americans $600 was the best they could do. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/mcconnell.png

Jeannine Hall Gailey (2020-12-25). Best of 2020: Marriage in the time of coronavirus. salon.com Our 2020 retrospective continues with this essay set in Seattle's first outbreak, in the early days of the pandemic…

2020 news (2020-12-25). Dr. Wodarg and Dr. Yeadon File Application for Suspension of All SARS CoV-2 Vaccine Studies and Call for Co-signing the Petition. globalresearch.ca On December 1, 2020, the ex-Pfizer head of respiratory research Dr. Michael Yeadon and the lung specialist and former head of the public health department Dr. Wolfgang Wodarg

F. William Engdahl (2020-12-25). What's Not Being Said About the Pfizer Coronavirus Vaccine. "Human Guinea Pigs"? globalresearch.ca The Pharma giant Pfizer use an experimental technology known as gene editing, specifically mRNA gene-editing, something never before used in vaccines. Before we rush to get jabbed in hopes of some immunity, we should know more about the radical experimental technology and its lack of precision.

Andrew Moss (2020-12-25). Justice for All Essential Workers. counterpunch.org Each day the pandemic brings new mixtures of hope and dread: new reports on the vaccine rollout, new and dire accounts of surging cases and deaths. And threading through this skein of news reports is an ongoing story of persisting injustice: economic and racial inequality, deep inequalities of risk. You don't need to look far

Priti Gulati Cox (2020-12-25). JatiIndia Flag of the Week: Atrocities Caste, Present and Future. counterpunch.org Sandip, Ramu, Lavkush and Ravi. Those are the names of the upper-caste Thakurs who tortured and gang-raped a 19-year-old girl in Hathras, Utter Pradesh, JatiIndia, on September 14. Folding his palms, [Manisha's father] pleaded, 'Our daughters are no longer safe. We are helpless, I request the nation to stand with us, help us get justice

Editor (2020-12-25). Las empresas mienten, los trabajadores contraatacan. workers.org Estamos en medio de una pandemia épica y creciente en los EE.UU. Hay 200.000 casos nuevos casi a diario y las muertes se están acelerando. Todos sabemos esto. Lo que falta es cómo, al menos, frenar, si no detener, las trágicas pérdidas que más golpean a las personas en situación . . . |

WSWS (2020-12-24). Reject the SEIU sellout: Mobilize the working class to defend HCA nurses in southern California! wsws.org With the pandemic spreading out of control and California hospitals strained beyond capacity by the flood of nearly 20,000 COVID-19 patients, including at least 3,500 in ICUs, nurses in Southern California have taken a stand to demand safe staffing levels and protections that are critical to save the lives of health care workers and patients alike.

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2020-12-24). The Covid-19 Numbers Game: The "Second Wave" is Based on Fake Statistics. globalresearch.ca "Red zones", travel bans, quarantines, "red lists". A "Second Wave". Millions of people are lining up for Covid-19 testing. The "Numbers Game". How statistics and "estimates" are used by politicians to justify the closure of the national economy and the derogation of fundamental civil rights.

Lexi McMenamin (2020-12-24). Screen Shot 2020-12-22 at 1.29.25 PM.png. progressive.org COVID-19 has sparked a new wave of activism.

Julia Conley, staff writer (2020-12-24). 'Merry… Christmas': Watch Rep. Debbie Dingell Drop House Gavel in Disgust Over GOP's Covid-19 Cruelty. commondreams.org "I feel like she wanted to insert a choice expletive in the middle of that." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/screen_shot_2020-12-24_at_3.03.19_pm.jpg

Mohammad Ayesh (2020-12-24). Arabic press review: UAE sends expired Covid-19 kits to Gaza. middleeasteye.net Arabic press review: UAE sends expired Covid-19 kits to Gaza | Meanwhile, Kuwait detains six children recruited by Islamic State group via video games; new trial faces Algerian journalist released after serving term for threatening national unity | Thu, 12/24/2020 – 12: 37 | A Palestinian medical worker performs a Covid-19 test on a woman at a mosque in Gaza City on 20 September 2020 | UAE s…

Vijay Prashad (2020-12-24). All the Cannons Will Silently Rust. zcomm.org In Kerala, the government operated in a measured, swift, and deliberate way to inform the public, to use the government machinery to test the population for COVID-19, to carry out contact tracing, to isolate and treat the infected, and to take all possible measures to flatten the curve…

Anthony D. Romero (2020-12-24). Incarcerated People Should Get Priority Access to the COVID-19 Vaccine. It's the Smart and Human Thing to Do. aclu.org Governor Jared Polis of Colorado — otherwise a trailblazer when it comes to criminal legal reform — recently

Brett Wilkins, staff writer (2020-12-24). 'Trying to Kill Me': Black Doctor Who Died of Covid-19 Posted Harrowing Video Alleging Medical Racism. commondreams.org "This is how Black people get killed, when you send them home and they don't know how to fight for themselves," said Dr. Susan Moore in a video she posted on Facebook. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/moore_1.jpg

Dan Cohen (2020-12-24). Propaganda pandemic: The craziest COVID claims of the year. mronline.org No matter how many Americans die, corporate media is desperate to shore up support at home and attempt to discredit foreign countries for handling the pandemic properly. Behind The Headlines' Dan Cohen reviews the most absurd COVID propaganda of the year..

Sarah Anderson (2020-12-24). Why Can't CEO's Pay for Their Own Lunch? counterpunch.org While the world is reeling from the pandemic, corporate lobbyists have been focused on making taxpayers subsidize lavish lunches for wealthy executives. And their work has paid off in the new Covid relief deal. Buried in the details of this modest aid plan is a provision to give executives unlimited tax deductions for their business

Nicole Karlis (2020-12-24). How the coronavirus ended up in Antartica. salon.com The novel coronavirus has now infected every continent on Earth…

Margaret Flowers (2020-12-24). US Airports Are Portals for Disease Spread. Venezuela Shows Another Way. zcomm.org People in the United States do have a lot to learn from Venezuelans and from people in many other countries that are handling the pandemic well…

Steven Singer (2020-12-24). Kids Are NOT Falling Behind. They Are Surviving a Pandemic. commondreams.org The economy is what they're really worried about. They want to keep it chugging along so they can continue siphoning profit off of the working class and into their pockets. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/gettyimages-1214253536.jpg

Malik Washington (2020-12-24). Racist practices at the SF Health Service System will no longer be tolerated: Remove Mitch. indybay.org SF Bay View Editor Malik Washington reports on systemic racism in the SF Health Service System…

Anand Naidoo (2020-12-24). The Heat: Climate Change Challenges for 2021. america.cgtn.com In 2020, the world reeled from the worst public health crisis in a century and extreme weather events brought on by climate change. So, what challenges lie ahead in 2021?>

commondreams (2020-12-24). 'The Courts Are a Sham': New Hampshire Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Rights of Nature, Healthy Climate Arguments. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Ashley Curtin (2020-12-24). UK regulators give okay to use psychedelic drug to treat depression in first clinical trial. nationofchange.org "We think this could be a treatment for a number of depressive disorders besides major depression, including PTSD, treatment-resistant depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and possibly some types of substance abuse."

Workers World Buffalo, N.Y., bureau (2020-12-23). Buffalo protesters denounce capitalist failure in COVID-19 crisis. workers.org Community members gathered at the steps of Buffalo City Hall Dec. 19 to mourn the victims of COVID-19. To emphasize that Erie County has reached over a thousand dead from the virus, the demonstrators read the names of 1,000 of the deceased over a loud speaker. People stood silently with . . . |

Kim Petersen (2020-12-23). Are There Any Good Cops? dissidentvoice.org Yes, there is a pandemic. And, yes, the COVID-19 numbers and deaths are rising in certain locales. In the Canadian province of Alberta, lockdown measures were put into effect that include shutting all casinos, gyms, dine-in restaurants, and bars. Mask wearing, despite what science says, has been mandated. As well, all outdoor and indoor social …

2020-12-25: News Headlines

Judy Greenspan (2020-12-25). Demonstrators besiege California prison HQ: 'Mass releases now!'. workers.org Sacramento, Calif. Dec. 17 — Under the banner "From Balloons to Bullhorns," an angry group of protesters converged on the steps of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to demand mass releases of incarcerated people due to the COVID-19 epidemic. The vigil and rally organized by Sistas With Voices . . . |

Richard D. Wolff (2020-12-25). The DC Political Monopoly Just Doesn't Get It. counterpunch.org The spectacle of political "leaders" disconnected from basic social realities survived Trump's defeat. He and his GOP had shown little grasp of the two great crises of 2020: the crash of capitalism and the COVID-19 pandemic. Trump's resulting political defeat did not reconnect them. The Biden Democrats already show they learned little from Trump's loss; disconnection governs them too.

Marisa Endicott (2020-12-25). COVID-19 Exposed the Urgency for a Right to Housing. progressive.org Without giving renters the option to buy their homes, this crisis could be even worse than the Great Recession.

David Skripac (2020-12-25). COVID-19: A Fabricated Second "Tidal Wave" of Poverty and Injustice. globalresearch.ca Here we are at the end of a year filled with upheaval, facing yet another round of lockdowns, this time ostensibly intended to fight off a supposed "second wave of COVID-19." | In the foreground, we have the completely co-opted mainstream …

Joseph Parampathu (2020-12-25). COVID-19 Relief Bill Includes $500 Million to Buy American Dairy. indybay.org The proposed Bipartisan COVID-19 Emergency Relief Act of 2020 set to be signed into law includes $500 million in government funding allocated towards the "Dairy Donation Program" which provides payments from the government to dairy producers.

Online News Editor (2020-12-25). UK Queen's speech addresses impact of Covid-19 pandemic. laprensalatina.com London, Dec 25 (efe-epa).- The United Kingdom's Queen Elizabeth II on Friday sent a message of encouragement to those affected by the Covid-19 pandemic during her traditional Christmas Day speech. In a pre-recorded message broadcast at 3 pm GMT, as is tradition, the queen said: "a year that has necessarily kept people apart has in …

Staff (2020-12-25). With Winter Comes More Stagnant Air, Intensifying COVID-19 Risks. truthout.org At around 11 AM on November 4, Germaine Patterson stepped outside of her Clairton, Pennsylvania, home to exercise in the backyard. Dirty air sent her quickly retreating back inside. | "I started having heart palpitations," she told EHN. "I know it was due to the air quality." | For seven straight days in early November, air pollution levels in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, exceeded limits set to protect public health. Unusually warm weather had triggered a hazardous temperature inversion: A low layer of…

_____ (2020-12-25). 2020 Latin America And The Caribbean Tn Review: The Pink Tide May Rise Again. popularresistance.org The balance between the US drive to dominate Latin America and the Caribbean and its counterpart, the Bolivarian cause of regional independence and integration, tipped portside by year end 2020 with major popular victories, including reversal of the coup in Bolivia and the constitutional referendum in Chile. Central has been the persistence of Venezuela's Bolivarian Revolution against the asphyxiating US blockade, along with the defiance by Cuba and Nicaragua of US regime-change measures. | The grand struggle played out against the backdrop of the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, impacting countries differently depen…

news.un (2020-12-25). The virus that shut down the world: The yawning gulf between rich and poor. news.un.org Inequality between the rich and poor worsened during the COVID-19 pandemic and poverty increased, for the first time in decades. In part two of our series on how the virus has changed the world, we look at the ways the pandemic has pushed back efforts to create more equitable societies.

Barbara Peterson (2020-12-25). Climate activists mount utility strike to urge the shutdown of New England coal plant. nationofchange.org The Strike Down Coal campaign provides a COVID-safe form of disobedience, building on more than a year of direct actions to shut down Merrimack Station.

Peter Koenig (2020-12-25). WARNING: Covid Vaccines! dissidentvoice.org Did you know that the US Government since 1988 paid as of 1 December 2020 more than 4.4 billion dollars to vaccine-injury victims? It's your money, Taxpayers money. This is Health Services and Service Administration Vaccine Injury Compensation Data The National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP), was set up in 1988 to compensate for the …

Ralph Lopez (2020-12-25). Former Chief Science Officer for Pfizer Says "Second Wave" Faked on False-Positive COVID Tests, "Pandemic Is Over" globalresearch.ca First published by Global Research on September 24, 2020, this analysis of former V-P of Pfizer Michael Yeadon has been the object of censorship | In a stunning development, a former Chief Science Officer for the pharmaceutical giant Pfizer says "there …

F. William Engdahl (2020-12-25). What's Not Being Said About the Pfizer Coronavirus Vaccine. "Human Guinea Pigs"? globalresearch.ca The Pharma giant Pfizer use an experimental technology known as gene editing, specifically mRNA gene-editing, something never before used in vaccines. Before we rush to get jabbed in hopes of some immunity, we should know more about the radical experimental technology and its lack of precision.

2020 news (2020-12-25). Dr. Wodarg and Dr. Yeadon File Application for Suspension of All SARS CoV-2 Vaccine Studies and Call for Co-signing the Petition. globalresearch.ca On December 1, 2020, the ex-Pfizer head of respiratory research Dr. Michael Yeadon and the lung specialist and former head of the public health department Dr. Wolfgang Wodarg

Priti Gulati Cox (2020-12-25). JatiIndia Flag of the Week: Atrocities Caste, Present and Future. counterpunch.org Sandip, Ramu, Lavkush and Ravi. Those are the names of the upper-caste Thakurs who tortured and gang-raped a 19-year-old girl in Hathras, Utter Pradesh, JatiIndia, on September 14. Folding his palms, [Manisha's father] pleaded, 'Our daughters are no longer safe. We are helpless, I request the nation to stand with us, help us get justice

Editor (2020-12-25). Las empresas mienten, los trabajadores contraatacan. workers.org Estamos en medio de una pandemia épica y creciente en los EE.UU. Hay 200.000 casos nuevos casi a diario y las muertes se están acelerando. Todos sabemos esto. Lo que falta es cómo, al menos, frenar, si no detener, las trágicas pérdidas que más golpean a las personas en situación . . . |

reenvia Red Latina sin fronteras (2020-12-25). Mèxico_Oaxaca_UniTierra: Repensar la pandemia. indybay.org Mèxico_Oaxaca_Universidad de la Tierra: Repensar la pandemia | Contra el miedo: La esperanza…

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2020-12-24). The Covid-19 Numbers Game: The "Second Wave" is Based on Fake Statistics. globalresearch.ca "Red zones", travel bans, quarantines, "red lists". A "Second Wave". Millions of people are lining up for Covid-19 testing. The "Numbers Game". How statistics and "estimates" are used by politicians to justify the closure of the national economy and the derogation of fundamental civil rights.

teleSUR (2020-12-24). 220 Cuban Doctors To Fight the COVID-19 Pandemic in Panama. telesurenglish.net Panama on Thursday received 220 Cuban doctors who came to fight the pandemic in the Central American country that has the highest incidence rate of the disease in the continent. | RELATED: | On Dec. 15, Health Minister Luis Sucre announced the hiring of foreign doctors and the beginning of adjustments in health facilities to receive the growing number of COVID-19 patients. | Because of the lack of medical person…

WSWS (2020-12-24). Rubber glove factories become COVID-19 epicentres in Malaysia. wsws.org Damning exposures by Top Glove workers have revealed sweltering conditions, with lack of protections, no social distancing and packed dormitories.

Lexi McMenamin (2020-12-24). Screen Shot 2020-12-22 at 1.29.25 PM.png. progressive.org COVID-19 has sparked a new wave of activism.

Brett Wilkins, staff writer (2020-12-24). 'Trying to Kill Me': Black Doctor Who Died of Covid-19 Posted Harrowing Video Alleging Medical Racism. commondreams.org "This is how Black people get killed, when you send them home and they don't know how to fight for themselves," said Dr. Susan Moore in a video she posted on Facebook. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/moore_1.jpg

Julia Conley, staff writer (2020-12-24). 'Merry… Christmas': Watch Rep. Debbie Dingell Drop House Gavel in Disgust Over GOP's Covid-19 Cruelty. commondreams.org "I feel like she wanted to insert a choice expletive in the middle of that." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/screen_shot_2020-12-24_at_3.03.19_pm.jpg

Vijay Prashad (2020-12-24). All the Cannons Will Silently Rust. zcomm.org In Kerala, the government operated in a measured, swift, and deliberate way to inform the public, to use the government machinery to test the population for COVID-19, to carry out contact tracing, to isolate and treat the infected, and to take all possible measures to flatten the curve…

Mohammad Ayesh (2020-12-24). Arabic press review: UAE sends expired Covid-19 kits to Gaza. middleeasteye.net Arabic press review: UAE sends expired Covid-19 kits to Gaza | Meanwhile, Kuwait detains six children recruited by Islamic State group via video games; new trial faces Algerian journalist released after serving term for threatening national unity | Thu, 12/24/2020 – 12: 37 | A Palestinian medical worker performs a Covid-19 test on a woman at a mosque in Gaza City on 20 September 2020 | UAE s…

RT (2020-12-24). 'Path of hope has opened': Argentina's president thanks Sputnik V developers & Putin for making Covid vaccine deliveries possible. rt.com Argentina's President Alberto Fernandez has expressed his gratitude to Russia after a plane from Moscow delivered the first batch of the Sputnik V vaccine against the coronavirus to Buenos Aires earlier on Thursday. | "Argentina now has a vaccine against Covid-19," Fernandez wrote on Twitter, thanking the developers of Sputnik V and Russian leader Vladimir Putin "for the attitude they have shown toward our country." | "A path of hope has opened" after the arrival of the Russian vaccine to the country, he said. However, the president pointed out that the pandemic hasn't yet ended and the public must continue to…

Anthony D. Romero (2020-12-24). Incarcerated People Should Get Priority Access to the COVID-19 Vaccine. It's the Smart and Human Thing to Do. aclu.org Governor Jared Polis of Colorado — otherwise a trailblazer when it comes to criminal legal reform — recently

Dan Cohen (2020-12-24). Propaganda pandemic: The craziest COVID claims of the year. mronline.org No matter how many Americans die, corporate media is desperate to shore up support at home and attempt to discredit foreign countries for handling the pandemic properly. Behind The Headlines' Dan Cohen reviews the most absurd COVID propaganda of the year..

Sarah Anderson (2020-12-24). Why Can't CEO's Pay for Their Own Lunch? counterpunch.org While the world is reeling from the pandemic, corporate lobbyists have been focused on making taxpayers subsidize lavish lunches for wealthy executives. And their work has paid off in the new Covid relief deal. Buried in the details of this modest aid plan is a provision to give executives unlimited tax deductions for their business

Nicole Karlis (2020-12-24). How the coronavirus ended up in Antartica. salon.com The novel coronavirus has now infected every continent on Earth…

Steven Singer (2020-12-24). Kids Are NOT Falling Behind. They Are Surviving a Pandemic. commondreams.org The economy is what they're really worried about. They want to keep it chugging along so they can continue siphoning profit off of the working class and into their pockets. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/gettyimages-1214253536.jpg

Margaret Flowers (2020-12-24). US Airports Are Portals for Disease Spread. Venezuela Shows Another Way. zcomm.org People in the United States do have a lot to learn from Venezuelans and from people in many other countries that are handling the pandemic well…

commondreams (2020-12-24). 'The Courts Are a Sham': New Hampshire Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Rights of Nature, Healthy Climate Arguments. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Malik Washington (2020-12-24). Racist practices at the SF Health Service System will no longer be tolerated: Remove Mitch. indybay.org SF Bay View Editor Malik Washington reports on systemic racism in the SF Health Service System…

Anand Naidoo (2020-12-24). The Heat: Climate Change Challenges for 2021. america.cgtn.com In 2020, the world reeled from the worst public health crisis in a century and extreme weather events brought on by climate change. So, what challenges lie ahead in 2021?>

Ashley Curtin (2020-12-24). UK regulators give okay to use psychedelic drug to treat depression in first clinical trial. nationofchange.org "We think this could be a treatment for a number of depressive disorders besides major depression, including PTSD, treatment-resistant depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and possibly some types of substance abuse."

Peoples Dispatch (2020-12-23). US COVID relief package: Too little, too late. peoplesdispatch.org After much wrangling, the US Congress managed to pass the a COVID-19 relief package. However, it offers only a pittance at a time when large sections of the population are facing an unprecedented economic crisis…

Workers World Buffalo, N.Y., bureau (2020-12-23). Buffalo protesters denounce capitalist failure in COVID-19 crisis. workers.org Community members gathered at the steps of Buffalo City Hall Dec. 19 to mourn the victims of COVID-19. To emphasize that Erie County has reached over a thousand dead from the virus, the demonstrators read the names of 1,000 of the deceased over a loud speaker. People stood silently with . . . |

Dr. Mathew Maavak (2020-12-23). COVID-19 Lockdowns Are in Lockstep with the 'Great Reset'. globalresearch.ca Who benefits from lockdowns that are destabilizing all facets of our society? Look no further than the emerging global oligarchy. | In October 2019, a pandemic simulation exercise called …

Kim Petersen (2020-12-23). Are There Any Good Cops? dissidentvoice.org Yes, there is a pandemic. And, yes, the COVID-19 numbers and deaths are rising in certain locales. In the Canadian province of Alberta, lockdown measures were put into effect that include shutting all casinos, gyms, dine-in restaurants, and bars. Mask wearing, despite what science says, has been mandated. As well, all outdoor and indoor social …

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2020-12-23). The Gold Comes Off: A COVID-19 Outbreak in Sydney. asia-pacificresearch.com

Newsclick (2020-12-23). How dangerous is the new COVID-19 strain? peoplesdispatch.org News of a new strain of the COVID-19 disease has stoked fears in the UK and the rest of the world. A number of countries, including India, have banned or restricted travel to the country. Immunologist Dr. Satyajit Rath and Newsclick's Prabir Purkayastha discuss the new strain and its implications.

Mehr News Agency (2020-12-23). Iran witnessing declining trend in COVID-19 deaths. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Dec. 23 (MNA) — Iran on Wednesday recorded 153 coronavirus deaths, showing a declining trend compared to the previous day, said an official at the country's Health Ministry.

Global Research News (2020-12-23). Selected Articles: Staff at Hospitals in DC, Texas Turn Down COVID-19 Vaccine. globalresearch.ca By A long and cruel siege, constant Israeli attacks resulting in the killing of countless civilians, destruction …

MEE and agencies (2020-12-23). Israel detects new Covid-19 strain, health ministry says. middleeasteye.net Israel detects new Covid-19 strain, health ministry says | Four people diagnosed with coronavirus variant that first emerged in the United Kingdom | Wed, 12/23/2020 – 16: 04 | An Ultra-Orthodox Jewish man gets vaccinated against Covid-19 at Clalit Health Services Center in Bnei Brak, near Tel Aviv, on 21 December 2020 (AFP) | Israel has detected four cases of a new Covid-19 strain, a highl…

Todd Oppenheim (2020-12-23). Best of 2020: I'm a public defender. My elderly client might die in prison from COVID-19. salon.com Our 2020 retrospective continues with this essay on why releasing some from prison won't fix a broken system…

sputniknews (2020-12-23). UK's NHS Frontline Doctors Express Concern Over Pace of COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution. sputniknews.com Medical staff members in the US and the UK are currently receiving the COVID-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech, which is based on messenger RNA technology, a new type of treatment that works by providing instructions to healthy cells to generate antibodies for a certain antigen.

Ayla Ellison (2020-12-23). Staff at Hospitals in DC, Texas Turn Down COVID-19 Vaccine. globalresearch.ca Many employees at Howard University Hospital in Washington, D.C., have reservations about taking the COVID-19 vaccine, and CEO Anita Jenkins is trying to get workers to follow her lead by getting vaccinated, according to The hospital, a major …

Tim Wheeler (2020-12-23). Labor creates all value, including vaccine value. peoplesworld.org As I watched the rollout of the first COVID-19 vaccines on television recently, I thought of that old line, "Labor creates all value." Above all, it is labor power—mental labor and muscle labor—that is producing safe, effective vaccines in quantities sufficient to vaccinate the 340 million people of the United States. People mistakenly credit Karl …

imperial.ac.uk (2020-12-23). Statement from the REMAP-CAP trial on blood thinners in COVID-19 patients. imperial.ac.uk International trials of blood thinners have paused enrolment of critically ill COVID-19 patients.

2020-12-24: News Headlines

teleSUR (2020-12-24). Political Crisis Stricken Peru Tops One Million COVID-19 Cases. telesurenglish.net Peruvian health officials reported 1,000,153 cases as of Tuesday evening, making it the fifth nation in South America to exceed one million cases and the 17th worldwide. With over 37,000 deaths from COVID-19, the Andean nation exhibits the world's second-highest per capita death toll from the pandemic, according to data compiled by John Hopkins University. | RELATED: | With a population of 32 million, the Andean nation estab…

WSWS (2020-12-24). Australian COVID-19 outbreak underscores danger of corporate drive to lift safety restrictions. wsws.org Limited safety restrictions have been relaxed in Sydney, despite warnings from infectious diseases experts.

Dan Cohen (2020-12-24). Propaganda pandemic: The craziest COVID claims of the year. mronline.org No matter how many Americans die, corporate media is desperate to shore up support at home and attempt to discredit foreign countries for handling the pandemic properly. Behind The Headlines' Dan Cohen reviews the most absurd COVID propaganda of the year..

Online News Editor (2020-12-24). Tokyo reports record-high 888 new Covid-19 cases. laprensalatina.com Tokyo, Dec 24 (efe-epa).- The Japanese capital on Thursday reported a record 888 cases of daily coronavirus infection as the country battles the third wave of Covid-19 since November. According to the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, the previous record of daily coronavirus numbers was 821, marked a week ago. With this, the total number of patients …

news.un (2020-12-24). The virus that shut down the world: 2020, a year like no other. news.un.org COVID-19 is everywhere, literally, and during 2020 its spread and resulting impact has led to a global crisis of unprecedented reach and proportion. In a six-part series closing out this tumultuous year, UN News looks at the impact on people in every part of the world and some of the solutions that the United Nations has proposed to deal with the fall-out of the pandemic. In this first feature, we lay out some of the key events of the past 12 months.

Joseph Parampathu (2020-12-24). COVID-19 Relief Bill Includes $500 Million to Buy American Dairy. indybay.org The proposed Bipartisan COVID-19 Emergency Relief Act of 2020 set to be signed into law includes $500 million in government funding allocated towards the "Dairy Donation Program" which provides payments from the government to dairy producers.

Sarah Anderson (2020-12-24). Why Can't CEO's Pay for Their Own Lunch? counterpunch.org While the world is reeling from the pandemic, corporate lobbyists have been focused on making taxpayers subsidize lavish lunches for wealthy executives. And their work has paid off in the new Covid relief deal. Buried in the details of this modest aid plan is a provision to give executives unlimited tax deductions for their business

Vijay Prashad (2020-12-24). All the Cannons Will Silently Rust. dissidentvoice.org Chittaprosad (India), Peace, undated. Our year has been eclipsed by the pandemic, the rush of a virus paralysing societies across the world. Some governments offered smarter, more scientific, and humane approaches to the pandemic; many (but not all) of these have been governments with a socialist orientation. Amongst them is the Indian state of Kerala, …

Richard Lachmann (2020-12-24). No Co-Sponsor of 'Medicare for All' Has Lost Reelection in the Past Decade. zcomm.org Every single Congressional co-sponsor of these bills in the House and Senate who were up for reelection beat their Republican opponents in 2020. And in 2018. And in 2016…

Malik Washington (2020-12-24). Racist practices at the SF Health Service System will no longer be tolerated: Remove Mitch. indybay.org SF Bay View Editor Malik Washington reports on systemic racism in the SF Health Service System…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-12-23). US COVID relief package: Too little, too late. peoplesdispatch.org After much wrangling, the US Congress managed to pass the a COVID-19 relief package. However, it offers only a pittance at a time when large sections of the population are facing an unprecedented economic crisis…

Dr. Mathew Maavak (2020-12-23). COVID-19 Lockdowns Are in Lockstep with the 'Great Reset'. globalresearch.ca Who benefits from lockdowns that are destabilizing all facets of our society? Look no further than the emerging global oligarchy. | In October 2019, a pandemic simulation exercise called …

Ayla Ellison (2020-12-23). Staff at Hospitals in DC, Texas Turn Down COVID-19 Vaccine. globalresearch.ca Many employees at Howard University Hospital in Washington, D.C., have reservations about taking the COVID-19 vaccine, and CEO Anita Jenkins is trying to get workers to follow her lead by getting vaccinated, according to The hospital, a major …

Workers World Buffalo, N.Y., bureau (2020-12-23). Buffalo protesters denounce capitalist failure in COVID-19 crisis. workers.org Community members gathered at the steps of Buffalo City Hall Dec. 19 to mourn the victims of COVID-19. To emphasize that Erie County has reached over a thousand dead from the virus, the demonstrators read the names of 1,000 of the deceased over a loud speaker. People stood silently with . . . |

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2020-12-23). The Gold Comes Off: A COVID-19 Outbreak in Sydney. asia-pacificresearch.com

Newsclick (2020-12-23). How dangerous is the new COVID-19 strain? peoplesdispatch.org News of a new strain of the COVID-19 disease has stoked fears in the UK and the rest of the world. A number of countries, including India, have banned or restricted travel to the country. Immunologist Dr. Satyajit Rath and Newsclick's Prabir Purkayastha discuss the new strain and its implications.

Kim Petersen (2020-12-23). Are There Any Good Cops? dissidentvoice.org Yes, there is a pandemic. And, yes, the COVID-19 numbers and deaths are rising in certain locales. In the Canadian province of Alberta, lockdown measures were put into effect that include shutting all casinos, gyms, dine-in restaurants, and bars. Mask wearing, despite what science says, has been mandated. As well, all outdoor and indoor social …

Tim Wheeler (2020-12-23). Labor creates all value, including vaccine value. peoplesworld.org As I watched the rollout of the first COVID-19 vaccines on television recently, I thought of that old line, "Labor creates all value." Above all, it is labor power—mental labor and muscle labor—that is producing safe, effective vaccines in quantities sufficient to vaccinate the 340 million people of the United States. People mistakenly credit Karl …

MEE and agencies (2020-12-23). Israel detects new Covid-19 strain, health ministry says. middleeasteye.net Israel detects new Covid-19 strain, health ministry says | Four people diagnosed with coronavirus variant that first emerged in the United Kingdom | Wed, 12/23/2020 – 16: 04 | An Ultra-Orthodox Jewish man gets vaccinated against Covid-19 at Clalit Health Services Center in Bnei Brak, near Tel Aviv, on 21 December 2020 (AFP) | Israel has detected four cases of a new Covid-19 strain, a highl…

imperial.ac.uk (2020-12-23). Statement from the REMAP-CAP trial on blood thinners in COVID-19 patients. imperial.ac.uk International trials of blood thinners have paused enrolment of critically ill COVID-19 patients.

RT (2020-12-23). Covid-19 testing starts for thousands of hauliers trapped in UK after France shut border over mutant virus strain. rt.com Thousands of lorry drivers stranded in southern England, waiting to enter France, have started being tested for Covid-19 in an operation involving British soldiers, UK Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said on Wednesday. | The French government is among at least 50 countries to keep its borders to the UK shut this week after British scientists discovered that a mutated form of coronavirus had been spreading across the country. | "Testing has begun as we look to get traffic moving again between the UK and France," Shapps said in a statement on Twitter. | "However, French border police [are] only acting on agreem…

Steve Topple (2020-12-23). Top Tory repeatedly clusterf*cks live on air over cancelling Christmas. thecanary.co A senior government minister made an absolute shambles of his breakfast media appearances on Wednesday 23 December. He also showed the Tories still don't appear to know what they're doing over the coronavirus (Covid-19) " Mutants everywhere: | Secretary of state for housing, communities and local government Robert Jenrick appeared on various breakfast…

Todd Oppenheim (2020-12-23). Best of 2020: I'm a public defender. My elderly client might die in prison from COVID-19. salon.com Our 2020 retrospective continues with this essay on why releasing some from prison won't fix a broken system…

Mehr News Agency (2020-12-23). Health Min. says no UK Covid-19 case observed in Iran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Dec. 23 (MNA) — Stating the British Government delayed the announcement of the new mutated UK coronavirus, the Iranian Health Minister said that no UK coronavirus cases have been observed in Iran so far.

Anand Naidoo (2020-12-23). The Heat: Technology trends. america.cgtn.com COVID-19 changed the way we work, live and play. Technology made it possible to work from home, stream entertainment and connect with family and friends.

_____ (2020-12-23). Unions Call For L.A. County Shutdown In January. popularresistance.org In a move that reflects the desperation of teachers, nurses, healthcare, grocery and hotel employees, their influential unions are calling for a strict month-long Los Angeles County shutdown in January to control the raging COVID-19 pandemic, save lives and ultimately allow for a quicker reopening of schools and the economy. | Evidence of mounting frustration and anxiety has also emerged in newly released surveys of teachers and parents as most campuses across L.A. County remain closed to in-person classes. | The union coalition called for what it described as a "circuit breaker" in a letter Wednesday night to th…

sputniknews (2020-12-23). Trump & Democrats Make Strange Bedfellows in Calling for $2,000 Checks. sputniknews.com Richard Wolff—catastrophic coronavirus response due to capitalism; COVID-19 deal packaged with goodies—for everyone but the working class…

Global Research News (2020-12-23). Selected Articles: Staff at Hospitals in DC, Texas Turn Down COVID-19 Vaccine. globalresearch.ca By A long and cruel siege, constant Israeli attacks resulting in the killing of countless civilians, destruction …

Staff (2020-12-23). US Airports Are Portals for Disease Spread. Venezuela Shows Another Way. truthout.org I recently traveled to Venezuela to be an observer for its National Assembly election and was struck by a stark difference between the ways Venezuela and the United States are handling the COVID-19 pandemic. | My experience at the airport in Caracas, Venezuela, gave me a taste of what a coordinated public health approach looks like in practice, compared to the disjointed politicized approach in the United States. Airports in the United States are currently serving as uncontrolled portals of disease…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2020-12-23). 'Our Kids Deserve Better': Despite Pandemic, Trump EPA Refuses to Strengthen Smog Standards. commondreams.org "In the middle of the Covid-19 pandemic, Americans are more keenly aware than ever of the need to take care of our health." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/gettyimages-1037385826_1.jpg

commondreams (2020-12-23). Joint Statement: Ensure Iranians Equitable Access to Covid-19 Vaccines. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Makasi Motema (2020-12-23). Is the U.S. facing a revolutionary situation? workers.org The inescapable duty of a socialist revolutionary is to perceive the changes taking place in society which sharpen the class struggle and act on those changes without hesitation. Any socialist or socialist organization which fails to do so cannot be considered a defender of the proletariat (the working class), much . . . |

Stephen Lendman (2020-12-23). Worthless PCR Tests for COVID. "Almost all" PCR Tests Produce False Positives. globalresearch.ca PCR tests are a scam. They don't work as claimed. | Yet their widespread use provides a foundation for manipulating people to be vaxxed with experimental, hazardous to human health vaccines. | PCR tests produce false positive results up to 90% of …

Johnnie Lewis (2020-12-23). COVID and prisons: No walls, no borders in the workers' struggle. workers.org Texas "It's a nonviolent protest going on right now because the officers [in an unnamed Texas prison], in the middle of the coronavirus, have refused us electricity for several hours, no showers or anything." The voice is that of an incarcerated human being on video taken inside a Texas prison. . . . |

Kevin Alexander Gray (2020-12-23). Smoking Meat, Hoping to Survive. thenation.com Smoking Meat, Hoping to Survive…

NWO Report (2020-12-23). British Government Contracts Firms to Make COVID 'Freedom Passports'. globalresearch.ca While the government is still saying …

Project Censored (2020-12-23). Sharyl Attkisson and Rachael Jolley. projectcensored.org In the first half of the show, award-winning journalist and bestselling author Sharyl Attkisson shares ideas from her new book "Slanted. " She contends that in recent years corporate and government forces have dramatically expanded their intervention into the conduct of journalism, to the extent that some types of investigative stories can no longer be reported. | Then Rachael Jolley, former editor-in-chief for the Index on Censorship, joins the program from the UK to explain how the coronavirus pandemic has changed the work of reporters — in Europe and elsewhere. She notes that even while the pandemic has…

Dean Baker (2020-12-23). Helping the NYT Understand Its Own Reporting: China Was not the Cause of the Worldwide Spread of Coronavirus. counterpunch.org The New York Times had a very interesting piece on efforts by China's government to conceal and downplay the threat posed by the coronavirus. The piece reports on a number of Chinese government documents and directives that sought to minimize the threat posed by the pandemic. However the paper seriously misrepresents the meaning of its

MEE staff (2020-12-23). Israel poll shows Netanyahu struggling and the left doomed. middleeasteye.net Israel poll shows Netanyahu struggling and the left doomed | Poll sees Gideon Saar, leader of the newly formed New Hope Party, as favourite to win the Israeli legislative elections planned for next year

| Wed, 12/23/2020 – 16: 02 | Electoral workers count ballots cast by Israelis in the last election on 4 March 2020 (AFP) | Gideon Saar, leader of the newly formed New Hope – Unity for Israel Party, has…

Martha Stilson (2020-12-23). Joy Is Possible Despite 2020 Mutating Coronavirus. indybay.org Peace starts with you. Peace starts with me. Share the peace and joy of the season despite Coronavirus. (Please be safe while doing so.)…

Arielle Robinson (2020-12-23). With racism, red-baiting/Georgia run-off elections fail to focus on people's needs. workers.org By Arielle Robinson and Dianne Mathiowetz Atlanta, Georgia So what's it like living in the political circus of the Jan. 5, 2021, run-off in Georgia for U.S. Senate—while the deadly scourge of the pandemic rages, fear of mass evictions and the rise of poverty and unemployment grow, and incessant charges . . . |

Matthew Rozsa (2020-12-23). Did the pandemic stave off climate change? Here's what the science says. salon.com Humans drove less, flew less, and commuted less in 2020. But greenhouse gas accounting is notoriously tricky…

Connor Goodwin (2020-12-23). Paul Farmer on How We Tell the Story of a Pandemic. thenation.com Paul Farmer on How We Tell the Story of a Pandemic…

Sara Flounders (2020-12-23). Las vacunas mundiales de China: un cambio revolucionario. workers.org En Estados Unidos, con menos del 5% de la población mundial, existe poca preocupación por el destino del otro 95% del mundo que se enfrenta a la pandemia. Cuándo, cómo y bajo qué condiciones se distribuirá una vacuna en los EE. UU. es la mayor preocupación de los EE.UU. Las . . . |

Matt Bruenig (2020-12-23). Medicare for All Would Save Hundreds of Billions of Dollars Annually. zcomm.org The most exhaustive study on Medicare for All just came out. Its conclusion: a single-payer system would guarantee health insurance to all people while reducing overall health spending by hundreds of billions of dollars every year…

Chelsea Tejada (2020-12-23). Arkansas Politicians' Relentless Push to End Abortion Access, and Humiliate and Shame Abortion Patients. aclu.org This week, the ACLU is back in court working to protect the constitutional right to abortion in Arkansas. In 2017, the state legislature passed four anti-abortion laws to severely restrict access to abortion. If allowed to take effect, these laws would ban the only method of abortion provided in Arkansas after approximately 14 weeks in pregnancy; require that patients' partners or others be notified of their abortion; force the health care center to report teenage patients' abortion to local police where there is no reason to suspect a crime; and force physicians to request a vast number of medical records for…

posted by Norse (2020-12-23). Homeless Dead in Santa Cruz County 2020. indybay.org This is the list given out at the on-line 2020 Homeless Memorial on December 17, 2017, sponsored by Housing Matters, the Santa Cruz County Homeless Persons Health Project, Wings and the Salvation Army. It was updated for the in-person Memorial held today at the Food Not Bombs meal location at Front and Laurel Sts.

Thomas Frank (2020-12-23). Populists and Experts. indybay.org Privilege versus equality. | "The central issue in the conflict between the government and doctors in Saskatchewan is not health insurance, but democracy," noted the Toronto-based newspaper The Globe and Mail after the strike began. "The experts, no matter what their specialty, must always ultimately be subordinate to the laity, or democracy can't work."

Mark Gruenberg (2020-12-23). VA workers: Short-staffing and PPE shortages impacting vets' care. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—Short-staffing. Temp nurses hired off the street who are more interested in paychecks than patients. No N95 masks for months. Arbitrary management decisions with workers and their union cut out of the loop. No input on how to improve the medical care for the nation's veterans. Welcome to the latest description, courtesy of its Government …

Dissident Voice Communications (2020-12-23). The Cuban Medical Brigade Nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. dissidentvoice.org Lawrence B. Wilkerson, retired US Army Colonel and former chief of staff to US Secretary of State Colin Powell, has nominated the Cuban Medical Brigade Henry Reeve for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize. Wilkerson is also a Distinguished Adjunct Professor of Government and Public Policy at William and Mary College. Wilkerson's interest in Cuba's medical …

2020-12-23: News Headlines

Online News Editor (2020-12-24). Singapore confirms 1st case of new Covid-19 strain. laprensalatina.com Bangkok Desk, Dec 24 (efe-epa).- Singapore has confirmed its first case of a person infected with the new variant of Covid-19 discovered in the United Kingdom. The patient is a 17-year-old Singaporean who returned to the city state on Dec. 6 from the UK, where she had been studying since August, the Ministry of Health …

WSWS (2020-12-23). Half a million dead in Europe from COVID-19 pandemic. wsws.org No European government is proposing a serious policy to urgently address the growing death toll and advance a scientific response.

Peoples Dispatch (2020-12-23). US COVID relief package: Too little, too late. peoplesdispatch.org After much wrangling, the US Congress managed to pass the a COVID-19 relief package. However, it offers only a pittance at a time when large sections of the population are facing an unprecedented economic crisis…

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2020-12-23). The Gold Comes Off: A COVID-19 Outbreak in Sydney. asia-pacificresearch.com

Newsclick (2020-12-23). How dangerous is the new COVID-19 strain? peoplesdispatch.org News of a new strain of the COVID-19 disease has stoked fears in the UK and the rest of the world. A number of countries, including India, have banned or restricted travel to the country. Immunologist Dr. Satyajit Rath and Newsclick's Prabir Purkayastha discuss the new strain and its implications.

Kim Petersen (2020-12-23). Are There Any Good Cops? dissidentvoice.org Yes, there is a pandemic. And, yes, the COVID-19 numbers and deaths are rising in certain locales. In the Canadian province of Alberta, lockdown measures were put into effect that include shutting all casinos, gyms, dine-in restaurants, and bars. Mask wearing, despite what science says, has been mandated. As well, all outdoor and indoor social …

Dr. Mathew Maavak (2020-12-23). COVID-19 Lockdowns Are in Lockstep with the 'Great Reset'. globalresearch.ca Who benefits from lockdowns that are destabilizing all facets of our society? Look no further than the emerging global oligarchy. | In October 2019, a pandemic simulation exercise called …

Workers World Buffalo, N.Y., bureau (2020-12-23). Buffalo protesters denounce capitalist failure in COVID-19 crisis. workers.org Community members gathered at the steps of Buffalo City Hall Dec. 19 to mourn the victims of COVID-19. To emphasize that Erie County has reached over a thousand dead from the virus, the demonstrators read the names of 1,000 of the deceased over a loud speaker. People stood silently with . . . |

Ayla Ellison (2020-12-23). Staff at Hospitals in DC, Texas Turn Down COVID-19 Vaccine. globalresearch.ca Many employees at Howard University Hospital in Washington, D.C., have reservations about taking the COVID-19 vaccine, and CEO Anita Jenkins is trying to get workers to follow her lead by getting vaccinated, according to The hospital, a major …

Tim Wheeler (2020-12-23). Labor creates all value, including vaccine value. peoplesworld.org As I watched the rollout of the first COVID-19 vaccines on television recently, I thought of that old line, "Labor creates all value." Above all, it is labor power—mental labor and muscle labor—that is producing safe, effective vaccines in quantities sufficient to vaccinate the 340 million people of the United States. People mistakenly credit Karl …

imperial.ac.uk (2020-12-23). Statement from the REMAP-CAP trial on blood thinners in COVID-19 patients. imperial.ac.uk International trials of blood thinners have paused enrolment of critically ill COVID-19 patients.

Joseph Parampathu (2020-12-23). COVID-19 Relief Bill Includes $500 Million to Buy American Dairy. indybay.org The proposed Bipartisan COVID-19 Emergency Relief Act of 2020 set to be signed into law includes $500 million in government funding allocated towards the "Dairy Donation Program" which provides payments from the government to dairy producers.

Mehr News Agency (2020-12-23). IranAir resumes flights to Ankara after months of hiatus. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Dec. 23 (MNA) — Public Relations Department Director of IranAir, country's national flag carrier airline, said that IranAir flights to Ankara airport were resumed after months of hiatus due to the spread of coronavirus, COVID-19.

MEE and agencies (2020-12-23). Israel detects new Covid-19 strain, health ministry says. middleeasteye.net Israel detects new Covid-19 strain, health ministry says | Four people diagnosed with coronavirus variant that first emerged in the United Kingdom | Wed, 12/23/2020 – 16: 04 | An Ultra-Orthodox Jewish man gets vaccinated against Covid-19 at Clalit Health Services Center in Bnei Brak, near Tel Aviv, on 21 December 2020 (AFP) | Israel has detected four cases of a new Covid-19 strain, a highl…

_____ (2020-12-23). Unions Call For L.A. County Shutdown In January. popularresistance.org In a move that reflects the desperation of teachers, nurses, healthcare, grocery and hotel employees, their influential unions are calling for a strict month-long Los Angeles County shutdown in January to control the raging COVID-19 pandemic, save lives and ultimately allow for a quicker reopening of schools and the economy. | Evidence of mounting frustration and anxiety has also emerged in newly released surveys of teachers and parents as most campuses across L.A. County remain closed to in-person classes. | The union coalition called for what it described as a "circuit breaker" in a letter Wednesday night to th…

Anand Naidoo (2020-12-23). The Heat: Technology trends. america.cgtn.com COVID-19 changed the way we work, live and play. Technology made it possible to work from home, stream entertainment and connect with family and friends.

Staff (2020-12-23). "Worse Than Being in Iraq": Veteran & ER Doctor Says Pandemic Is Pushing Hospitals to Breaking Point. democracynow.org As the U.S. averages more than 200,000 new COVID-19 cases per day, we speak with Dr. Cleavon Gilman, an emergency physician who has been treating patients since the beginning of the U.S. outbreak, first in New York City and now in Yuma, Arizona. Dr. Gilman is also an Iraq War veteran who served as a Marine combat medic, and has kept a public diary of his experiences treating COVID-19 patients. He was fired after tweeting that Arizona's ICU beds were full, and then got his job back after public outcry. "This pandemic is worse than being in Iraq," says Dr. Gilman. "This virus is a Trojan horse, and it just hides in…

Steve Topple (2020-12-23). Top Tory repeatedly clusterf*cks live on air over cancelling Christmas. thecanary.co A senior government minister made an absolute shambles of his breakfast media appearances on Wednesday 23 December. He also showed the Tories still don't appear to know what they're doing over the coronavirus (Covid-19) " Mutants everywhere: | Secretary of state for housing, communities and local government Robert Jenrick appeared on various breakfast…

news.un (2020-12-23). Uganda: UN food assistance programme hit as COVID-19 dries funding. news.un.org The UN World Food Programme (WFP) will have to further reduce food rations and cash assistance for more than 1.2 million refugees in Uganda due to a funding shortfall, the agency has said, calling for urgent resources to sustain aid efforts.

Global Research News (2020-12-23). Selected Articles: Staff at Hospitals in DC, Texas Turn Down COVID-19 Vaccine. globalresearch.ca By A long and cruel siege, constant Israeli attacks resulting in the killing of countless civilians, destruction …

Todd Oppenheim (2020-12-23). Best of 2020: I'm a public defender. My elderly client might die in prison from COVID-19. salon.com Our 2020 retrospective continues with this essay on why releasing some from prison won't fix a broken system…

Makasi Motema (2020-12-23). Is the U.S. facing a revolutionary situation? workers.org The inescapable duty of a socialist revolutionary is to perceive the changes taking place in society which sharpen the class struggle and act on those changes without hesitation. Any socialist or socialist organization which fails to do so cannot be considered a defender of the proletariat (the working class), much . . . |

Johnnie Lewis (2020-12-23). COVID and prisons / No walls, no borders in the workers' struggle. workers.org Texas "It's a nonviolent protest going on right now because the officers [in an unnamed Texas prison], in the middle of the coronavirus, have refused us electricity for several hours, no showers or anything." The voice is that of an incarcerated human being on video taken inside a Texas prison. . . . |

Stephen Lendman (2020-12-23). Worthless PCR Tests for COVID. "Almost all" PCR Tests Produce False Positives. globalresearch.ca PCR tests are a scam. They don't work as claimed. | Yet their widespread use provides a foundation for manipulating people to be vaxxed with experimental, hazardous to human health vaccines. | PCR tests produce false positive results up to 90% of …

Kevin Alexander Gray (2020-12-23). Smoking Meat, Hoping to Survive. thenation.com Smoking Meat, Hoping to Survive…

NWO Report (2020-12-23). British Government Contracts Firms to Make COVID 'Freedom Passports'. globalresearch.ca While the government is still saying …

Dean Baker (2020-12-23). Helping the NYT Understand Its Own Reporting: China Was not the Cause of the Worldwide Spread of Coronavirus. counterpunch.org The New York Times had a very interesting piece on efforts by China's government to conceal and downplay the threat posed by the coronavirus. The piece reports on a number of Chinese government documents and directives that sought to minimize the threat posed by the pandemic. However the paper seriously misrepresents the meaning of its

Project Censored (2020-12-23). Sharyl Attkisson and Rachael Jolley. projectcensored.org In the first half of the show, award-winning journalist and bestselling author Sharyl Attkisson shares ideas from her new book "Slanted. " She contends that in recent years corporate and government forces have dramatically expanded their intervention into the conduct of journalism, to the extent that some types of investigative stories can no longer be reported. | Then Rachael Jolley, former editor-in-chief for the Index on Censorship, joins the program from the UK to explain how the coronavirus pandemic has changed the work of reporters — in Europe and elsewhere. She notes that even while the pandemic has…

Martha Stilson (2020-12-23). Joy Is Possible Despite 2020 Mutating Coronavirus. indybay.org Peace starts with you. Peace starts with me. Share the peace and joy of the season despite Coronavirus. (Please be safe while doing so.)…

MEE staff (2020-12-23). Israel poll shows Netanyahu struggling and the left doomed. middleeasteye.net Israel poll shows Netanyahu struggling and the left doomed | Poll sees Gideon Saar, leader of the newly formed New Hope Party, as favourite to win the Israeli legislative elections planned for next year

| Wed, 12/23/2020 – 16: 02 | Electoral workers count ballots cast by Israelis in the last election on 4 March 2020 (AFP) | Gideon Saar, leader of the newly formed New Hope – Unity for Israel Party, has…

Arielle Robinson and Dianne Mathiowetz (2020-12-23). Redbaiting derails people's needs in Georgia Senate runoff. workers.org Atlanta, Georgia So what's it like living in the political circus of the Jan. 5, 2021, run-off in Georgia for U.S. Senate—while the deadly scourge of the pandemic rages, fear of mass evictions and the rise of poverty and unemployment grow, and incessant charges of "rigged elections" and threats of . . . |

Connor Goodwin (2020-12-23). Paul Farmer on How We Tell the Story of a Pandemic. thenation.com Paul Farmer on How We Tell the Story of a Pandemic…

Sara Flounders (2020-12-23). Las vacunas mundiales de China: un cambio revolucionario. workers.org En Estados Unidos, con menos del 5% de la población mundial, existe poca preocupación por el destino del otro 95% del mundo que se enfrenta a la pandemia. Cuándo, cómo y bajo qué condiciones se distribuirá una vacuna en los EE. UU. es la mayor preocupación de los EE.UU. Las . . . |

Matt Bruenig (2020-12-23). Medicare for All Would Save Hundreds of Billions of Dollars Annually. zcomm.org The most exhaustive study on Medicare for All just came out. Its conclusion: a single-payer system would guarantee health insurance to all people while reducing overall health spending by hundreds of billions of dollars every year…

Chelsea Tejada (2020-12-23). Arkansas Politicians' Relentless Push to End Abortion Access, and Humiliate and Shame Abortion Patients. aclu.org This week, the ACLU is back in court working to protect the constitutional right to abortion in Arkansas. In 2017, the state legislature passed four anti-abortion laws to severely restrict access to abortion. If allowed to take effect, these laws would ban the only method of abortion provided in Arkansas after approximately 14 weeks in pregnancy; require that patients' partners or others be notified of their abortion; force the health care center to report teenage patients' abortion to local police where there is no reason to suspect a crime; and force physicians to request a vast number of medical records for…

Thomas Frank (2020-12-23). Populists and Experts. indybay.org Privilege versus equality. | "The central issue in the conflict between the government and doctors in Saskatchewan is not health insurance, but democracy," noted the Toronto-based newspaper The Globe and Mail after the strike began. "The experts, no matter what their specialty, must always ultimately be subordinate to the laity, or democracy can't work."

posted by Norse (2020-12-23). Homeless Dead in Santa Cruz County 2020. indybay.org This is the list given out at the on-line 2020 Homeless Memorial on December 17, 2017, sponsored by Housing Matters, the Santa Cruz County Homeless Persons Health Project, Wings and the Salvation Army. It was updated for the in-person Memorial held today at the Food Not Bombs meal location at Front and Laurel Sts.

Malik Washington (2020-12-23). Racist practices at the SF Health Service System will no longer be tolerated: Remove Mitch. indybay.org SF Bay View Editor Malik Washington reports on systemic racism in the SF Health Service System…

Mark Gruenberg (2020-12-23). VA workers: Short-staffing and PPE shortages impacting vets' care. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—Short-staffing. Temp nurses hired off the street who are more interested in paychecks than patients. No N95 masks for months. Arbitrary management decisions with workers and their union cut out of the loop. No input on how to improve the medical care for the nation's veterans. Welcome to the latest description, courtesy of its Government …

Dissident Voice Communications (2020-12-23). The Cuban Medical Brigade Nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. dissidentvoice.org Lawrence B. Wilkerson, retired US Army Colonel and former chief of staff to US Secretary of State Colin Powell, has nominated the Cuban Medical Brigade Henry Reeve for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize. Wilkerson is also a Distinguished Adjunct Professor of Government and Public Policy at William and Mary College. Wilkerson's interest in Cuba's medical …

Corrigan JM, Clancy CM. (2020-12-22). Assessing Progress in Health Care Quality Through the Lens of COVID-19. jamanetwork.com This Viewpoint describes US health system performance during the COVID-19 pandemic using the National Academy of Medicine's 2001 Quality Chasm framework, focusing on system cohesion, organizational capabilities, and environment of care.

Tim Libretti (2020-12-22). A pandemic 'Nurse T' tells her COVID-19 story in new published diary. peoplesworld.org Reading A Pandemic Nurse's Diary, particularly against prevalent media representations of healthcare workers' experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic, brought to mind for me the opening words of the sketch by the U.S. radical writer Jesús Colón, "Something to Read," from his collection A Puerto Rican in New York, in which he describes "a piece of …

Kuehn BM. (2020-12-22). Hospital Readmission Is Common Among COVID-19 Survivors. jamanetwork.com Nearly 1 in 10 patients who were discharged after receiving inpatient care for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) earlier this year were readmitted within 2 months, according to a recent study.

Dorothy Cummings McLean (2020-12-22). Pfizer COVID Jab Warning: No Breastfeeding, Avoid Pregnancy for 2 Months, Unknown Fertility Impacts. globalresearch.ca Government produced safety instructions for a new coronavirus vaccine indicate that it should not be used by pregnant or breast-feeding mothers and children. In addition, they state that it is unknown what effect the COVID-19 mRNA vaccine will have on …

teleSUR (2020-12-22). Kenya: Parliament Members Vote to End COVID-19 Tax Relief. telesurenglish.net Members of Parliament in Kenya have voted to end tax cuts put in place in early April to help citizens deal with the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. | The relief was announced by the authorities after the first COVID-19 case in the country. The financial relief established the reduction of income tax, value-added tax, and corporate tax by between 2 percent and 5 percent. | The measures were intended to help Kenyans a…

Kadri SS, Gundrum J, Warner S, et al. (2020-12-22). Uptake and Accuracy of the ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code for COVID-19 Among US Hospitalizations. jamanetwork.com This study uses administrative claims data to describe trends in use of ICD-10-CM diagnosis codes for novel coronavirus patients in January-May 2020, before and afer the April 1 release of the U07.1 code to facilitate billing for and case monitoring of COVID-19.

Dr. Pascal Sacré (2020-12-22). The COVID-19 RT-PCR Test: How to Mislead All Humanity. Using a "Test" To Lock Down Society. globalresearch.ca The misuse of the RT-PCR technique is used as an intentional strategy by some governments, supported by scientific safety councils and by the dominant media, to justify the violation of a large number of constitutional rights, the destruction of the economy with the bankruptcy of entire active sectors of society,…

Eds. (2020-12-22). Leo Panitch, intellectual pillar of the Canadian left, dead at 75 of COVID-19. mronline.org Leo Victor Panitch, one of the intellectual pillars of the Canadian left and a leading scholar of the global depredations of neoliberalism, died Saturday from COVID-19. He was 75.

Ali Harb (2020-12-22). US spending bill: Five gifts to Israel. middleeasteye.net US spending bill: Five gifts to Israel | An enormous US spending bill that accompanied the Covid-19 relief package contains many financial and political perks for Israeli government | Tue, 12/22/2020 – 22: 27 | Israel did not receive coronavirus relief funds, but the aid to its military at a time when Americans are struggling drew criticism (AFP/File photo) | The US Congress has passed an enormous $2.3 trillion s…

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2020-12-22). From Stopping Endless Wars to Providing Real Covid-19 Relief, People's Agenda Details Crucial 'Way Forward'. commondreams.org "This people-first legislative roadmap for the first six months of 2021 is an urgent, brave, and just agenda." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/peoples-agenda-for-2021-cpc.jpg

2020-12-22: News Headlines

Tim Libretti (2020-12-22). A pandemic 'Nurse T' tells her COVID-19 story in new published diary. peoplesworld.org Reading A Pandemic Nurse's Diary, particularly against prevalent media representations of healthcare workers' experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic, brought to mind for me the opening words of the sketch by the U.S. radical writer Jesús Colón, "Something to Read," from his collection A Puerto Rican in New York, in which he describes "a piece of …

Global Justice Now (2020-12-22). Big Pharma Business Model Is Serious Obstacle to Wiping Out COVID-19: Report. globalresearch.ca New research released today by Global Justice Now examines the history of some of the leading corporations producing coronavirus medicines, warning that their business model is likely to make controlling the pandemic more difficult, despite the rapid production of vaccines….

WSWS (2020-12-22). As pandemic surges, California hospitals move to ration care. wsws.org With health care systems being overwhelmed by COVID-19 cases and intensive care units filled to capacity, hospitals are starting to ration care, withholding it from those deemed unlikely to survive the disease.

Kuehn BM. (2020-12-22). Hospital Readmission Is Common Among COVID-19 Survivors. jamanetwork.com Nearly 1 in 10 patients who were discharged after receiving inpatient care for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) earlier this year were readmitted within 2 months, according to a recent study.

Corrigan JM, Clancy CM. (2020-12-22). Assessing Progress in Health Care Quality Through the Lens of COVID-19. jamanetwork.com This Viewpoint describes US health system performance during the COVID-19 pandemic using the National Academy of Medicine's 2001 Quality Chasm framework, focusing on system cohesion, organizational capabilities, and environment of care.

Eds. (2020-12-22). Leo Panitch, intellectual pillar of the Canadian left, dead at 75 of COVID-19. mronline.org Leo Victor Panitch, one of the intellectual pillars of the Canadian left and a leading scholar of the global depredations of neoliberalism, died Saturday from COVID-19. He was 75.

Dorothy Cummings McLean (2020-12-22). Pfizer COVID Jab Warning: No Breastfeeding, Avoid Pregnancy for 2 Months, Unknown Fertility Impacts. globalresearch.ca Government produced safety instructions for a new coronavirus vaccine indicate that it should not be used by pregnant or breast-feeding mothers and children. In addition, they state that it is unknown what effect the COVID-19 mRNA vaccine will have on …

Kadri SS, Gundrum J, Warner S, et al. (2020-12-22). Uptake and Accuracy of the ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code for COVID-19 Among US Hospitalizations. jamanetwork.com This study uses administrative claims data to describe trends in use of ICD-10-CM diagnosis codes for novel coronavirus patients in January-May 2020, before and afer the April 1 release of the U07.1 code to facilitate billing for and case monitoring of COVID-19.

Stephen Green (2020-12-22). Seriously? Gunshot Deaths Counted Among COVID-19 Fatalities in Colorado. globalresearch.ca A pair of gunshot deaths that counted among COVID fatalities have earned the ire of a county coroner in Colorado. | Grand County, in the sparsely-populated (but breathtaking) northwestern quarter of the state, is home to fewer than 15,000 people and …

Martha Grevatt (2020-12-22). The vaccine: class division and chaos. workers.org To spotlight the need for COVID-19 vaccinations of hospital workers, Stanford Medical Center in Palo Alto, Calif., staged a photo op on Dec. 18. Front line medical residents and fellows demand vaccine access, Dec. 18. A group of medical residents created a media event of their own to protest their . . . |

Kevin Jiang (2020-12-22). Leo Panitch: Beloved Teacher and Public Thinker has Died of COVID-19. globalresearch.ca Professor Leo Panitch was an equal-parts brilliant and generous public thinker who worked toward the betterment of humanity, his friends and colleagues say. | "If you watched Leo, you were immediately struck by his confidence," said lifelong friend Sam Gindin. ". …

Dr. Pascal Sacré (2020-12-22). The COVID-19 RT-PCR Test: How to Mislead All Humanity. Using a "Test" To Lock Down Society. globalresearch.ca The misuse of the RT-PCR technique is used as an intentional strategy by some governments, supported by scientific safety councils and by the dominant media, to justify the violation of a large number of constitutional rights, the destruction of the economy with the bankruptcy of entire active sectors of society,…

Online News Editor (2020-12-22). Australia now has four cases of mutated Covid-19 strain. laprensalatina.com Sydney, Australia, Dec 22 (efe-epa).- Australia on Tuesday raised to four the number of cases linked to the hyper-contagious mutant Covid-19 strain. The new cases of the fast-spreading virus have sparked health concerns even as flights continue to repatriate Australians stranded in the United Kingdom, where the new coronavirus variant was first detected. However, Chief …

Mehr News Agency (2020-12-22). IRIMC calls on WHO to act against US sanction amid Covid-19. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Dec. 22 (MNA) — Cheif of Iran's Medical council called on the Director-General of WHO to take appropriate measures against the US cruel sanctions preventing Iran from providing Covid-19 vaccines.

Anand Naidoo (2020-12-22). The Heat: COVID-19 vaccines. america.cgtn.com Some good news on the fight against COVID-19. Moderna rolls out its vaccine across the United States. But even with that step forward, a new coronavirus variant is causing global concern.

news.un (2020-12-22). COVID-19 hits trade in Asia-Pacific, but impact 'less bad' than elsewhere. news.un.org Despite a sharp fall in global trade in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic and lingering trade tensions, Asia and the Pacific is expected to perform relatively less badly than the rest of the world, the United Nations development arm in the region said on Tuesday.

imperial.ac.uk (2020-12-22). COVID-19 in England – analysis of the first two waves. imperial.ac.uk The latest report from the Imperial College London COVID-19 Response Team presents an overview of SARS-CoV-2 transmission during the first two waves.

Amy Goodman (2020-12-22). Bernie Sanders: Covid relief package is "totally inadequate" for "unprecedented" economic crisis. nationofchange.org "This country faces the worst set of public health and economic crises that we have faced in over a hundred years."

Children's Health Defense (2020-12-22). FDA Investigates Allergic Reactions to Pfizer COVID Vaccine After More Healthcare Workers Hospitalized. globalresearch.ca The FDA is investigating allergic reactions in "multiple states." The agency acknowledged the reactions may have been caused by PEG, a compound in the Pfizer vaccine that CHD previously told the FDA could put millions of people at risk. | ***…

Anish R M (2020-12-22). US Congress comes up with new COVID relief plan, but leaves much to be desired. peoplesdispatch.org The relief package will be the second-largest of its kind since the passing of the CARES Act in March, but is too little and too late for millions who have been pushed closer to poverty and instability by the pandemic…

Matt Sedlar (2020-12-22). COVID Relief Payments Draw an Unfair Line Between Deserving and Undeserving Family Dependency. cepr.net The COVID Relief legislation passed by Congress last night includes a one-time $600 per person payment, but prohibits several groups from receiving it, including 17 and 18 year olds claimed as dependents (typically on their parents' tax returns), students age 19—23 claimed as dependents, and adults of any age with disabilities who are claimed as …

Bernie Sanders (2020-12-22). COVID Relief Package Is "Totally Inadequate" for "Unprecedented" Economic Crisis. zcomm.org Sanders took to the floor of the Senate Friday to call for $1,200 emergency checks for every working-class adult and $500 per child…

The Canary (2020-12-22). Take it one day at a time to tackle lonely Covid Christmas, charities say. thecanary.co Charities are urging people anticipating a lonely festive period to "take it one day at a time", in an effort to protect their mental health. Last-minute restrictions on social freedoms mean many of us will be facing the Christmas period without loved ones. | London and parts of southern and eastern England were rushed into the new Tier 4 lockdown regime at the weekend. This effectively cancelled most Christmas plans, and imposed measures similar to the previous national lockdowns amid the rise of a new coronavirus mutant strain. | Scotland and Northern Ireland have already announced new lockdowns from Boxing Day…

Barry Kissin (2020-12-22). Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ): The Suppression of a Proven COVID Remedy. globalresearch.ca Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) has been an FDA approved drug for over 65 years. It has been on the World Health Organization's list of essential medicines since the list began in 1977. People have been safely treated with HCQ billions of times …

Staff (2020-12-22). Black Critical Care Dr. Taison Bell of UVA on Fighting COVID, Racism & Securing Fair Vaccine Access. democracynow.org More than 40 countries have temporarily suspended some or all travel from the United Kingdom after British health officials announced a highly infectious variant of the novel coronavirus has been spreading in the country. South Africa has detected a similar variant. The new variant is believed to be 70% more contagious, but health experts say existing vaccines will still be effective against it. "What's important to remember is that mutations will naturally happen in the course of a virus that's in the community and circulating," says Dr. Taison Bell, critical care and infectious disease physician at the Universi…

Dr. Jack Rasmus (2020-12-22). U.S Economy Sliding, Double Dip Recession Looms: Congress Passes the $900 Billion Mitigation 2.0 Bill. globalresearch.ca As the 2020 year closes, Congress is about to pass a $900B Covid Relief spending bill. But make no mistake. It's Senate leader Mitch McConnell's proposal. And it will hardly dent the rapidly slowing US economy this 4th quarter …

Jack Rasmus (2020-12-22). Congress Passes $900 Billion Mitigation 2.0 Bill (As Double Dip Recession Looms). counterpunch.org As the 2020 year closes, Congress is about to pass a $900B Covid Relief spending bill. But make no mistake. It's Senate leader Mitch McConnell's proposal. And it will hardly dent the rapidly slowing US economy this 4th quarter and the increasingly forecasted coming double dip recession early next year. The new spending shouldn't be confused

Thomas Klikauer — Nadine Campbell (2020-12-22). AfD Strongholds, Hygiene Rallies, Tin-Foil Hats and Coronavirus Infections. counterpunch.org We already know that many of Trump's voters are reluctant to follow protective measures when it comes to the coronavirus pandemic. In all likelihood, many will also reject vaccinations to a higher degree than the average American. But is there a link between voting for right-wing populism and the prevalence of coronavirus cases? A new

Eric Zuesse (2020-12-22). How U.S. Government Paid-Off Its Super-Rich in Order to Pass Its Coronavirus-Relief Laws. globalresearch.ca On December 14th, two excellent news-reports were belatedly published about some of the massive corruption that was behind the initial U.S. federal coronavirus-relief law, the CARES Act, and about U.S. Senators of both Parties now intending to include such corruption …

Dean Baker (2020-12-22). China, Christmas, and the Coronavirus. zcomm.org We lost an opportunity to have worldwide cooperation in the development of vaccines, bringing in not only Europe, but China…

Niko Harting (2020-12-22). "Health is not a Super basic right" indybay.org What has to change with regard to the handling of our fundamental rights from a legal, but also from a political point of view? The federal government's Corona policy is not without alternatives, and it has by no means always been successful, as the unsuccessful "partial lockdown" has shown. Nor is there "science" that agrees on necessary measures; there are also many critical voices among medical experts.

Steve Grumbine (2020-12-22). Federal Jobs Guarantee: Necessary Pandemic Auto-Stabilizer. realprogressives.org Did you know that one of the ways our government prevents massive recessions, or mitigates them is with automatic stabilizers? |

Stead W. (2020-12-22). An Essential Worker's List of Pandemic Chores for the Kids. jamanetwork.com Sorry I had to leave before you woke up. You're right, it isn't fair.

Azadeh Shahshahani (2020-12-22). In a pandemic, why are cities still making it hard for people to get utilities? mronline.org With the continuing pandemic—and expiring housing and unemployment benefits across the country—millions of people may have their utilities cut off soon.

Leatherman S, Berwick DM. (2020-12-22). Accelerating Global Improvements in Health Care Quality. jamanetwork.com This Viewpoint proposes a policy framework for thinking about health care quality in low- and middle-income countries, emphasizing the importance of infrastructure, enforceable quality standards, safety practices, guideline-directed clinical care, and patient and family involvement.

Fight Back (2020-12-22). USW strikes Constellium at Alabama aluminum plant. fightbacknews.org Muscle Shoals, AL – More than 400 members of United Steel Workers Local 200 are on strike against Constellium over unfair labor practices at its Second Street production facility, formerly owned by Wise Alloys and Reynolds. | The strike began on December 15 after months of negotiations with management failing to bargain to a fair, acceptable agreement, despite extending the previous contract with Constellium for more than a month past its November 1 expiration. | "Constellium insists on a contract that would erase decades of collective bargaining progress on issues like seniority and occupational health and safet…

posted by Norse (2020-12-22). Homeless Dead in Santa Cruz County 2020. indybay.org This is the list given out at the on-line 2020 Homeless Memorial on December 17, 2017, sponsored by Housing Matters, the Santa Cruz County Homeless Persons Health Project, Wings and the Salvation Army. It was updated for the in-person Memorial held today at the Food Not Bombs meal location at Front and Laurel Sts.

Chavez AM. (2020-12-22). The Light Princess —Pregnancy Loss. jamanetwork.com In this narrative medicine essay a family physician recalls her bereavement after a pregnancy loss and her slow process of healing through mentoring and lasting relationships with premed students, following their lives and careers with the same pride as a parent.

Gaffney CD, Kashanian JA. (2020-12-22). Patient Information: Peyronie Disease. jamanetwork.com This JAMA Patient Page describes Peyronie disease, a scarring of tissue in the penis that may affect sexual function, and available procedural treatment options.

Slomski A. (2020-12-22). High-Calorie Treatment Leads to Faster Gains in Anorexia Nervosa. jamanetwork.com Adolescents and young adults hospitalized with anorexia nervosa became medically stable more quickly with higher-calorie foods reintroduced to their diet compared with standard lower-calorie refeeding (LCR), according to short-term outcomes published in JAMA Pediatrics.

Sung H, Hyun N, Leach CR, et al. (2020-12-22). Association of First Primary Cancer With Risk of Subsequent Primary Cancer in US Adults. jamanetwork.com This cohort study uses SEER registry data to estimate overall and cancer-specific risk for secondary primary cancers among US adults with first primary cancers who lived at least 5 years past their initial diagnosis.

Butchart LC. (2020-12-22). Cross-Training in Neurology and Psychiatry. jamanetwork.com To the Editor In their Viewpoint on training in neurology and psychiatry, Dr Keshavan and colleagues, argued that the interface between the mind and the brain is neglected in training; the addition of residency training in clinical neuroscience may allow physicians to better address those diseases that cause neurological and psychiatric symptoms. However, by suggesting that all trainees in neurology and psychiatry focus more heavily on the neurosciences, I believe that they went too far.

Chase J, Bilinski J, Kanzaria HK. (2020-12-22). A Social Medicine Team for Emergency Department Patients With High Psychosocial Burden. jamanetwork.com This JAMA Performance Improvement article describes experience at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital with an emergency department social medicine (EDSM) team to facilitate care of ED patients with low-acuity medical illnesses and complex psychosocial comorbidities (homelessness, mental illness, substance use, poverty).

Keshavan MS, Price BH, Martin JB. (2020-12-22). Cross-Training in Neurology and Psychiatry—Reply. jamanetwork.com In Reply Mr Butchart agrees that the interface between the brain and the mind has been neglected by the fields of both neurology and psychiatry. However, he also suggests that our proposal of increased neuroscience training for all trainees in neurology and psychiatry goes too far. We would like to emphasize some key aspects of our Viewpoint that may place this issue in a clearer context.

Maret-Ouda J, Markar SR, Lagergren J. (2020-12-22). Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease. jamanetwork.com This narrative review summarizes recent advances in the diagnosis and management of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), including updates on pharmacologic options and surgical approaches.

Methangkool E, Cole DJ, Cannesson M. (2020-12-22). Progress in Patient Safety in Anesthesia. jamanetwork.com This Viewpoint describes the history of patient safety improvements in the practice of anesthesiology, with a shift in focus from reducing procedural mortality to improving systems, including optimization of teamwork, communication, interdisciplinary care, and standards for new technologies.

jamanetwork (2020-12-22). A British Tribute to the American Physician. jamanetwork.com In the London Lancet for October 20, page 507, an anonymous writer ventures a few reminiscent thoughts relative to the association of the British physicians with their American colleagues during the period of the war. It is a charming statement in which every medical reader should take pleasure. The statement follows:…

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2020-12-21). The 2020 Worldwide Corona Crisis: Destroying Civil Society, Engineered Economic Depression, Global Coup d'État and the "Great Reset" globalresearch.ca We are at the crossroads of one of the most serious crises in modern history. We are living history, yet our understanding of the flow of events since January 2020 has been blurred. Worldwide, people have been misled both by their governments and the media as to the causes and devastating consequences of the Covid-19 "pandemic".

Ramzy Baroud (2020-12-21). The Great Divider: Covid-19 Reflects Global Racism, Not Equality. counterpunch.org The notion that the COVID-19 pandemic was 'the great equalizer' should be dead and buried by now. If anything, the lethal disease is another terrible reminder of the deep divisions and inequalities in our societies. That said, the treatment of the disease should not be a repeat of the same shameful scenario.

Sharon Johnson (2020-12-21). Losing Your Health Care to COVID-19. progressive.org The pandemic has forced workers off of employer-sponsored plans and into the unknown.