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 …