2021-05-02: News Headlines

_____ (2021-05-02). What Would A Deep Green New Deal Look Like? popularresistance.org The Green New Deal has attracted perhaps the greatest attention of any proposal for decades. It would guarantee Medicare-for-All, Housing-for-All, student loan forgiveness and propose the largest economic growth in human history to address unemployment and climate change. | But the last of these hits a stumbling block. Creation of all forms of energy contributes to the destruction of nature and human life. It is possible to increase the global quality of life at the same time as we reduce the use of fossil fuels and other sources of energy. Therefore, a "deep" GND would focus on energy reduction, otherwise known…

WSWS (2021-05-03). "Open letter" demands end to UK pandemic restrictions as official figures confirm COVID-19 is a "poor man's disease" wsws.org Ten of its signatories are also signatories to the Great Barrington Declaration, launched at the right-wing American Institute for Economic Research in Massachusetts on October 4 last year.

Kamal Iranidoost (2021-05-02). Iran foreign trade in year 1399 amid pandemic, sanctions. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 02 (MNA) — The statistics show that Iran was able to continue its foreign trade despite being under pressure from the tough sanctions and the Covid-19 pandemic.

Staff (2021-05-02). Night of Decree observed in Tehran under health protocols. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 02 (MNA) — People of Tehran observed the Night of Decree, or Qadr Night, on Sunday, 19th of Ramadan in Behesht-e Zahra while following health protocols amid the coronavirus pandemic.

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-02). COVID-19: Who's at higher risk of serious symptoms? newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Over a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, it's important to remind people who is more at risk of serious coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) symptoms, which can vary widely. Some people have no symptoms at all, while others become so sick that they eventually need mechanical assistance to breathe. This article is written by Mayo Clinic …

Dan Steinbock (2021-05-02). Global Recovery 2021 And Dark Legacies Of Smoot-Hawley — Analysis. eurasiareview.com In 2021, China's economic momentum will drive global economic prospects. But new trade wars could derail global recovery, again. | In the 1st quarter of the ongoing year, China's GDP rose to a record 18.3% year-on-year. Despite the base effect, due to the pandemic plunge a year ago, the performance reflects strong momentum. In April, China's economy continued to boom, with strong exports and rising business confidence supporting the recovery. | U.S. economic growth accelerated in the 1st quarter, thanks to a rush of consumer spending. The GDP expanded at a 6.4% annualized rate; the second-largest since 2003. B…

Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat* (2021-05-02). Growing Cooperation Between Indonesian Political Parties And Chinese Communist Party — OpEd. eurasiareview.com In April, the bilateral relations between China and Indonesia have entered a long period, exactly 71 years since the two countries synergized. However, in recent years in the Moreover, when the world was disturbed by the Covid-19 pandemic which had lasted for approximately 1 year, the relationship between Indonesia and China continued and had even…

Abdelhak Senhadji, Dora Benedek, Edward Gemayel,, Alexander Tieman* (2021-05-02). Achieving The Sustainable Development Goals Will Require Extraordinary Effort By All — Analysis. eurasiareview.com The pandemic's impact on the world's poor has been especially harsh. COVID-19 may have pushed about The current crisis has derailed progress toward basic development goals, as low-income developing countries must now balance urgent spending to protect lives and livelihoods wit…

sputniknews (2021-05-02). Colombian President Rescinds Tax Reform Plans Following Mass Protests Against Proposal. sputniknews.com The unpopular draft initiative, dubbed the Sustainable Solidarity Law, was proposed by President Ivan Duque in April in a bid to cushion the negative impact of the pandemic. The motion sparked mass protests among the populace, which views the proposed reform as a new tax burden.

_____ (2021-05-02). Covid-19-Policy Contest Between Libertarianism v. Socialism: The Latest Results. strategic-culture.org A great deal remains that is important to know but that is currently unknown about Covid-19, Eric Zuesse writes. | Early in the "coronavirus-19" — subsequently called "Covid-19" — pandemic, Denmark and Sweden were often being compared with one-another because both are Scandinavian countries, but on 13 March 2020, Denmark had started a lockdown and imposed strict recommendations for businesses and personal behavior, whereas Sweden did nothing of the sort, and so the two countries were considered to be especially suitable to serve as being an almost controlled experiment in what the results would be of…

Staff (2021-05-02). Access to Mental Health Services Decreased as Need for Care Soared During COVID. truthout.org Therapists and other behavioral health care providers cut hours, reduced staffs and turned away patients during the pandemic as more Americans experienced depression symptoms and drug overdoses, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office. | The report on patient access to behavioral health care during the covid-19 crisis also casts doubt on whether insurers are abiding by federal law requiring parity in insurance coverage, which forbids health plans from passing al…

_____ (2021-05-02). Biden Chooses Monopoly Profits Over Lives In India. popularresistance.org India is prominent in the news right now, as it has become the epicenter of the Covid-19 pandemic worldwide. Rhetoric from the Biden administration might lead people to believe that resolving the crisis in India is a top priority. As thousands of people die each day in India and the United States restricts all travel from the country, however, it turns out that Biden's support for vaccine nationalism is fueling the crisis. | Biden has promised aid to India in the form of personal protective equipment (PPE), ventilators, test kits, and other supplies — but without vaccines, that essentially slaps a band-aid…

Staff (2021-05-02). Capitalism and Racism Are Enemies of an Effective Vaccine Plan. truthout.org Pandemics don't spread evenly. The spread depends on environmental conditions such as temperature and airflow, population density and size, and, as it turns out, privilege. Brutal capitalism has driven the disproportionate impact of COVID on marginalized communities, and it is now driving inequities in vaccine distribution. | Not surprisingly, the contours of COVID's impacts have reflected pre-existing societal disparities — which are often shaped along gender, race and class lines. These disparities…

Stefan Hockertz, Marco Schott & Susan Bonath (2021-05-02). Stolen childhood and The Language of Violence. indybay.org To make the hospitals fit for the "pandemic of the century", the government did nothing… the population that will suffer in every respect – with one lockdown after another, inadequate health care, increasing impoverishment and lack of prospects, and presumably with endless depression.

WSWS (2021-05-03). Germany's official COVID-19 contagion policy puts hundreds of thousands of students and educators at risk. wsws.org The updated Infection Protection Act reinforces the government's reckless contagion policy in schools and threatens the health of students.

WSWS (2021-05-03). COVID-19 death of 13-year-old Brampton girl underscores criminality of Canada's open economy/open schools policy. wsws.org Emily's tragic, entirely preventable death has triggered an outpouring of anger towards the political elite and solidarity with the stricken family.

Binoy Kampmark (2021-05-02). Forgetting Citizenship: Australia Suspends Flights from India. dissidentvoice.org As India is being devastated by COVID-19 cases that have now passed a daily rate of 400,000, affluent and callous Australia has taken the decision to suspend all flights coming into the country till mid-month. The decision was reached by the Morrison government with the blessing of the State Premiers and the Labor opposition. Not …

_____ (2021-05-02). As Meatpackers Stoked Fears Of A Shortage, Exports Increased. popularresistance.org Last year, as the meatpacking industry's frontline workers were infected with Covid-19 and the industry pushed claims of a meat shortage, companies in the U.S. exported more than $22 billion in meat products, continuing an upward trend in foreign sales since 2016. | Trade data from the U.S. Census Bureau shows that in 2020 the value of American meat exports reached its highest level since 2014. Companies exporting meat products from the Midwest also fared well, increasing sales by about $500 million from 2019 to 2020.

Fight Back (2021-05-02). Denver students hold rally against police injustice on campus. fightbacknews.org Denver, CO – Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) rallied here April 29, as a part of their campaign to disarm and defund the Auraria Campus Police Department. | SDS has been working to disarm and defund ACPD since the summer of 2020. Since then, police funds on campus actually did go down by 6%, but when compared to a 9.7% general budget cut due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the police are actually receiving a larger percentage of the total budget – despite only one in three classes being held on campus. | SDS demonstrations on campus were cited by the police as one of the key reasons for the establishment of a…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-02). What to know about youth summer camps during COVID-19. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released guidelines to reduce the risk of COVID-19 infection at youth summer camp. But what do those guidelines mean for families and children who look forward to the ritual of attending overnight or day summer camp?"There not one strategy that's going to completely eliminate risk. But using multiple …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-02). New CDC guidance for vaccinated adults. What does it mean? newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today announced updated COVID-19 guidance for masking outdoors and for fully vaccinated people. For instance, fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear a protective mask outdoors, except in certain crowded settings and venues. "I completely agree with the updated CDC recommendations," says Dr. Abinash Virk, a …

Joel Ruet* (2021-05-02). What Does China's Changing Belt And Road Initiative Mean For Central Asian Economies? — Analysis. eurasiareview.com With leaders planning their routes to post-Covid-19 recovery, all countries are weighing up the measures needed to return to stability and growth. | In the US, Biden's $1.9 trillion relief plan has placed stimulus front and centre. | When it comes to China, many eyes have been on the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), the country's vast global infrastructure strategy launched in 2013. | For those in the West who view BRI as hostile and expansionist, designed to entrap neighbouring countries in debt, any slowdown of the initiative is a welcome development. | Countries which looked set to benefit from investment wi…

Binoy Kampmark (2021-05-02). Forgetting Citizenship: Australia Suspends Flights From India — OpEd. eurasiareview.com As India is being devastated by COVID-19 cases that have now passed a daily rate of 400,000, affluent and callous Australia has taken the decision to suspend all flights coming into the country till mid-month. The decision was reached by the Morrison government with the blessing of the State Premiers and the Labor opposition. | Not happy with banning flights from India, the Morrison government promises to be savage in punishing returnees who find ways to circumvent the ban (for instance, by travelling via a third country). Citizens who breach the travel ban can face up to five years' imprisonment and fines up…

sputniknews (2021-05-02). 'No Cheer Left Within': India's Famous 'Dancing Doctor' Details Picture Inside Gloomy COVID Wards. sputniknews.com Last March, millions of Indians had clapped and banged utensils to participate in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's nationwide cheer fest for the nation's doctors and healthcare workers. At the time, COVID-19 was a new danger to vulnerable human lives in which physicians in white protective suits replaced Khaki-clad soldiers in protecting the nation.

Associated Press (2021-05-02). Los Tigres del Norte llaman a sus fans a vacunarse. peoplesworld.org NUEVA YORK (AP) — Los Tigres del Norte se arremangaron las camisas para vacunarse contra el coronavirus, y ahora invitan a sus seguidores a seguir el ejemplo. "Entusiasmadamente decidimos recibir las vacunas COVID-19 para la salud y el bienestar de nosotros mismos, nuestras familias, y esperamos que todos nuestros fans se unan a nosotros", dijo …

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2021-05-02). To Counter 'Morally Objectionable' Vaccine Inequality, Sanders Says Big Pharma Must Share Covid Technology. commondreams.org "There is something morally objectionable about rich countries being able to get that vaccine and yet millions and billions of people in poor countries are unable to afford it," Sen. Bernie Sanders said Sunday. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/sanders-morally-objectionable-vaccine-access.jpg

ecns.cn (2021-05-02). China-donated COVID-19 vaccines arrive in Myanmar. ecns.cn A batch of COVID-19 vaccines donated by the Chinese government arrived at the Yangon International Airport on Sunday, according to a release from the Chinese embassy on Sunday.

People's Vaccine Alliance (2021-05-02). Who's Controlling the COVID Vaccine: 10 Myths and Misdirections. commondreams.org "Support the majority of people who believe that vaccine monopolies are at odds with our universal right to health." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/peoples.jpg

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-02). Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: COVID-19 vaccine confidence and the importance of that second dose. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org While the number of people being vaccinated for COVID-19 is dropping, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other medical experts continue to strongly encourage people to get vaccinated for COVID-19. And that means that those who are being vaccinated with the Moderna and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine should get their first and second doses …

_____ (2021-05-02). Ukrainian Ultranationalist Lobby Flaunts Influence Over Biden, Blocks Top Russia Expert's Appointment. strategic-culture.org Demonstrating the power the ultranationalist Ukraine lobby has attained in Biden's Washington, the White House has withdrawn consideration of esteemed Russia specialist Matthew Rojansky. | By Moss ROBESON | Matthew Rojansky is the head of the Kennan Institute, a notable think tank at the US government-funded Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington. Despite his well-established expertise on Russia and lengthy record of leadership on the issue, he has been judged "too soft" to work in the Biden White House. | An increasingly influential element within Washington's powerful anti-Russian lob…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-02). Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: Reducing rejection by reversing order of heart-liver transplant. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org For heart-liver transplants, the liver and heart must come from the same donor, and some patients wait years to receive both organs. Also, antibodies from the donor can increase chances of the receiving patient rejecting the heart. But Dr. Sudhir Kushwaha, a Mayo Clinic cardiovascular transplant surgeon, says when a liver transplant is also involved, …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-02). Mayo Clinic Q and A: Congestive heart failure and diet. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org DEAR MAYO CLINIC: My doctor told me that I have congestive heart failure and I have to change my lifestyle, including my diet. What kind of diet should I be on? ANSWER: When patients have congestive heart failure, their heart isn't able to manage fluid well, and it builds up in the body. This fluid can cause shortness …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-02). The beat goes on, thanks to deep brain stimulation. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org When drummer Patrick Bautz is performing, he's in the zone. He says he doesn't even think about what he's doing, it's just natural. It's what he calls "the nothingness of drumming." But not that long-ago, Pat started getting distracted. Physical symptoms were turning that nothingness into something. And it was something that worried him enough …

Staff (2021-05-02). VIDEO: Clasehs between yellow vest protestors & French Police. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 02 (MNA) — Despite anti-Coronavirus restrictions, tensions have increased between the yellow vest protestors and the French police.

Hassan Mahmoudi (2021-05-02). Iran: International Labor Day Gatherings Under Siege By Security Forces — OpEd. eurasiareview.com On May 1st, International Workers' Day, workers, and retirees held protest rallies in more than 20 cities in Iran, including Tehran, Karaj, Arak, Mashhad, Khorramabad, Marivan, Kermanshah, Haft Tappeh, Tabriz, Sanandaj, Rasht, Boroujerd, Qazvin, Sari, Ilam, … to commemorate International Workers' Day and to pursue their rights. | Workers are celebrating International Workers' Day in a situation where, according to government statistics, which is far from the truth, six million people partially and 1.5 million permanently lost their jobs during the coronavirus crisis up to October 2020. And between the fall o…

sputniknews (2021-05-02). New Zealand High Commission in Delhi Seeks Help From Congress Leader for Oxygen Cylinders. sputniknews.com Over the past few weeks, India's unpreparedness for the second wave of coronavirus has exposed the poor health infrastructure in the country. The nation is reporting record numbers of cases or deaths on a daily basis.

Richard Gale (2021-05-02). Efforts to Silence the Debate on Vaccination Safety: The Weaponization of the CDC Against Public Health. globalresearch.ca What if you were to know that a cabal of corrupt …

RAWdance (2021-05-02). Sunday 5/2: RAWdance presents" "Collected Breath": a Midnight Artist Collaboration with Jim Campbell's. indybay.org Salesforce Tower…

Kamal Iranidoost (2021-05-02). Palestinian resistance turns into important regional actor. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 02 (MNA) — The Iranian Parliament Speaker's Special Aide for International Affairs says that the Palestinian resistance has become an important and influential regional player both politically and on the battlefield.

Ariel Gold (2021-05-02). Extremism is on the Rise in Israel. zcomm.org Though the situation in Jerusalem has now calmed, the floodgates of Jewish extremism have already been flung wide open…

Shabbir H. Kazmi (2021-05-02). Saudis And Israelis Don't Approve Of JCPOA Talks — OpEd. eurasiareview.com According to media reports, with Iran and world powers resumed nuclear talks, Saudi Arabia and Israel also have intensified consultations. Washington and Tel Aviv on the one hand and Washington and the Persian Gulf Cooperation Council on the other hand are having extensive talks. | Both, Israel and Saudi Arabia want to influence any US move to return to the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, which they have publicly opposed right from the beginning. | As the Iranian negotiating team head to the Austrian capital of Vienna, a senior Israeli delegation comprising of Mossad Chief Yosef Cohen, Head of Military Intelligence Ta…

sputniknews (2021-05-02). Gimme More! Adorable Fluffy Bear Cub Gets Its Belly Rubbed. sputniknews.com Bears are known as formidable and fierce predators, extremely dangerous to anyone who enters their territory. They are fast, smart, and cunning, and no one can stop them… unless we're talking about cute and fluffy bear cubs, which need our unconditional love and support.

Ralph Nader (2021-05-01). Tim Cook, Apple, and Runaway Limitless Corporate Greed. dissidentvoice.org David Gelles, the New York Times reporter, likes to report about corporate plutocrats raking it in while stifling or endangering their workers. We've all seen those large advertisements by big companies praising the sacrifices of their brave workers during this Covid-19 pandemic. When workers ask for living wages, most of these bosses say "No" but take plenty …

Staff (2021-05-01). Colombia on Strike Against Far-Right, Neoliberalism & Police Repression. orinocotribune.com April 28: First day of the strike | Organizations reject Duque's neoliberal tax reform which seeks to make Colombia's working class pay for the fiscal deficit incurred due to the COVID-19 pandemic | Colombian citizens, members of trade unions, social movements and opposition political parties are participating in a national strike in cities and towns across the country today, on April 28. The protest actions have been called in rejection of the Sustainable Solidarity bill, a new tax reform bill presented to the Congress by the far-right government of president Iván Duque to finance the economic crisis or compensa…

Fight Back (2021-05-01). May Day 2021: Unite the many to defeat the few! Down with the billionaires! We need socialism! fightbacknews.org International Workers Day is celebrated on May 1. Around the world, workers have accomplished many great things over the past year that we can be proud of. The ruling class, made up of monopoly capitalists, have tried their best to keep profits high at the expense of the people during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, we've seen time and time again that the people can rise above the obstacles created by the 1% and bring about real change. On May Day 2021, it is important to reflect on the past year. We must also renew our efforts to end the rule of the monopoly capitalists and replace their broken, failed system wi…

Fight Back (2021-05-01). May Day 2021: Unite the many to defeat the few! Down with the billionaires! We need socialism! fightbacknews.org International Workers Day is celebrated on May 1. Around the world, workers have accomplished many great things over the past year that we can be proud of. The ruling class, made up of monopoly capitalists, have tried their best to keep profits high at the expense of the people during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, we've seen time and time again that the people can rise above the obstacles created by the 1% and bring about real change. On May Day 2021, it is important to reflect on the past year. We must also renew our efforts to end the rule of the monopoly capitalists and replace their broken, failed system wi…

John Clarke (2021-05-01). The class struggle and geopolitics. zcomm.org The pandemic-triggered crisis and its aftermath will unleash huge and explosive struggles on a truly international scale…

Stefan Hockertz, Marco Schott & Susan Bonath (2021-05-01). Stolen childhood and The Language of Violence. indybay.org To make the hospitals fit for the "pandemic of the century", the government did nothing… the population that will suffer in every respect – with one lockdown after another, inadequate health care, increasing impoverishment and lack of prospects, and presumably with endless depression.

Eds. (2021-05-01). Amidst pandemic and economic sufferings, 2020's global military spending reached highest level in decades. mronline.org In 2020, nations were struggling to support their economies through the times of hardships and lockdowns caused by the pandemic. Those efforts apparently did not prevent governments from spending more money on their militaries than ever before in more than three decades, the report said. | May 1, 2021 | News…

WSWS (2021-05-01). Dozens killed in crush at Israeli religious festival. wsws.org Despite warnings from Israeli health officials that the mass celebrations could become a super spreader event, the authorities allowed the event to go ahead. It was the largest gathering since the start of the pandemic.

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