2021-05-04: News Headlines

Kenny Stancil, staff writer (2021-05-04). After $53 Billion in European Sales Last Year, Amazon Paid $0 in Corporate Taxes. commondreams.org "Tax avoidance stops us getting the funding we need for healthcare and public services. We need to stop it." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/amazon_eu_taxes.jpg

Staff (2021-05-04). Headlines for May 4, 2021. democracynow.org In Reversal, Biden to Raise Cap on Refugees Admitted to U.S., U.S. Allows Four Refugee Families Separated Under Trump to Reunite, India's Official COVID-19 Caseload Tops 20 Million, Nepal's COVID-19 Crisis Becomes "Unmanageable" Amid Exponential Rise in Cases, Argentina Passes 3 Million Confirmed COVID-19 Cases as Brazil Delays Second Vaccine Doses, Biden Under Pressure as World Health Organization Presses for Waiver on Vaccine Patent Rights, U.S. States Roll Back Coronavirus Restrictions as New Cases Fall Below 50,000 Per Day, Andrew Brown Jr. Laid to Rest Amid Mounting Calls to Hold Officers Who Shot Him Accoun…

Chris Wright (2021-05-04). Organizing for Revolution in East Harlem. dissidentvoice.org Johanna Fernández's The Young Lords: A Radical History could hardly have been published at a more auspicious time. The fateful year 2020 saw not only the outbreak of a global pandemic but also, in the U.S., a rejuvenation of Black Lives Matter and renewed national attention to issues of racial and economic justice. The pandemic …

Karen Conner (2021-05-04). PREVIEW: What to Look for in the April Jobs Report. cepr.net (The monthly Employment Situation is scheduled for release by the Bureau of Labor Statistics on Friday, May 7th at 8: 30 AM Eastern Time.) The economy added 916,000 jobs in March, it will likely do even better in April. With the vaccination process moving rapidly, infection rates falling, and pandemic restrictions being relaxed almost everywhere, people are …

Joe Yerardi, Alexia Fernández Campbell (2021-05-04). Companies are stealing billions from workers—and getting away with it. peoplesworld.org Already battered by long shifts and high infection rates, essential workers struggling through the pandemic face another hazard of hard times: employers who steal their wages. When a recession hits, U.S. companies are more likely to stiff their lowest-wage workers. These businesses often pay less than the minimum wage, make employees work off the clock, …

WSWS (2021-05-04). Indian state elections deliver blow to Modi, amid COVID-19 catastrophe. wsws.org There is mounting popular anger against Modi and his far-right BJP government due to their ruinous mishandling of the pandemic, relentless attacks on social and democratic rights, and integration of India into the US war drive against China.

sputniknews (2021-05-04). Watch: Lockdown Flouters Forced to Do Squats as Punishment by Police in India. sputniknews.com India has registered 357,229 new COVID-19 positive cases and at least 3,449 deaths in the past 24 hours, according to the Health Ministry. The total caseload has crossed 20 million, with over 222,408 people having lost their lives since the onset of the pandemic.

sputniknews (2021-05-04). Woman Claims Found Wet Cigarette in Food From Taco Bell She Fed Her 1 YO Daughter With. sputniknews.com To find an inedible object in your meal is frustrating, but a health code violation is particularly unacceptable amid the worldwide coronavirus pandemic, and requires particular attention from hospitality venues.

sputniknews (2021-05-04). World's Richest Cricket League IPL Suspended After Players Test Positive for COVID. sputniknews.com Amid the pandemic, the 2021Indian Premier League (IPL), established by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), held its 14th season in the country. The tournament kicked off on 9 April. Last year, the tournament was shifted to Dubai.

Lucio Blanco Pitlo III (2021-05-04). China's Hainan Free Trade Port: Preparing For RCEP — OpEd. eurasiareview.com Last April 21, I was humbled to join a closed panel on RCEP and the Hainan Free Trade Port (HFTP) development, part of a subset in the annual Boao Forum for Asia. My fellow speakers hailed from institutes in Malta, Singapore, and Shanghai and our discussants were from Haikou and Shenzhen with our session chair joining from Phnom Penh. The discussions explored experiences and lessons from other free trade ports that can be of value for Hainan and recommendations on how to make the ambitious undertaking work. | Resumption of trade can fuel the revival of economies battered by the Covid-19 pandemic. As such, some…

Ralph Nader (2021-05-04). Ralph Nader: Tim Cook, Apple And Runaway Limitless Corporate Greed — OpEd. eurasiareview.com 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 of dough for themselves. | Gelles reports that Boeing, after its criminal negligence brought down two 737 MAX planes and killed 346 people, went into a corporate tailspin. The company laid off 30,000 workers and its sales and stocks plummeted as it report…

Bhabani Shankar Nayak* (2021-05-04). Question And Resist The Power — OpEd. eurasiareview.com The coronavirus pandemic has already caused the colossal loss of lives and livelihoods around the world. It continues to create havoc in different countries like Brazil and India. It has destroyed livelihoods, communities and families. This global health crisis has taken a terrible toll on individual lives by expanding unbelievable levels of anxiety, alienation, deaths, destitutions, loneliness and loss. The conservative commentators, writers, columnists and typewriters of ruling class voices locate the impact of these crises and its outcomes as individual problems or state and government failures. There is no…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-04). Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: Avoid preventable vision loss. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Has your eyesight become blurry? Do you have glaucoma, but you haven't been in for an exam or treatment? Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, many people may have delayed eye appointments. Dr. Cheryl Khanna, a Mayo Clinic ophthalmologist, says it's important to catch eye diseases early. "I think the main take-home message is that if you …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-04). 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 …

Éric Toussaint (2021-05-04). Developing countries in the stranglehold of debt. Part 3. mronline.org The coronavirus pandemic and other aspects of the multidimensional crisis of global capitalism are enough to fully justify suspending debt repayment. Indeed priority must be given to protecting people against ecological, economic and public health disasters. | May 4, 2021…

WSWS (2021-05-04). The meaning of the May Day 2021 Online Rally. wsws.org The May Day rally both reflected and anticipated enormous changes in the world situation produced by the coronavirus pandemic.

Ralph Nader (2021-05-04). Tim Cook, Apple, and Runaway Limitless Corporate Greed. counterpunch.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 of dough for themselves.

WSWS (2021-05-04). Drug overdose deaths hit record high in West Virginia in 2020. wsws.org Fatal drug overdoses rose by 45 percent over the previous year, driven in part by the strain of the COVID-19 pandemic on West Virginia's limited public health resources.

Editorial Team (2021-05-04). Birmingham in crisis: a city ravaged by austerity-driven unemployment. challenge-magazine.org Japhy Barrera, is a member of the YCL's Birmingham branch | During the COVID-19 pandemic, Birmingham has attained the highest rate of unemployment that the city has seen since the 1980s. 33,000 people have lost their jobs in Birmingham since last February, leaving a whopping 15% of the population without work, more than treble the national average (4.9%). A further 55,000 locals remain on the furlough scheme, an arrangement set to end in September of this year. These numbers are disproportionately worse than what we have seen elsewhere in the country and have exposed the targeted nature of Tory austerity. | Al…

WSWS (2021-05-04). New pandemic advice from the New York Times: Practicing good hygiene may be worse than COVID-19. wsws.org The New York Times opinion piece, written by a freelance writer, Markham Heid, promotes a virulent form of the unscientific construct "the cure can't be worse than the disease."

Jaklevic M. (2021-05-04). Pandemic Boosts an Old Idea—Bringing Acute Care to the Patient. jamanetwork.com This Medical News article describes how the need to free up inpatient beds during the COVID-19 pandemic has led to more hospitals providing acute care in patients' homes.

WSWS (2021-05-04). Amid COVID-19 pandemic, Germany, France spend billions on new fighter jets. wsws.org The massive military build-up now underway across the European Union exposes official claims there is no money for a scientific fight against the virus.

Ruhi Bhasin (2021-05-04). How India Has Creatively Turned Social Media Into a COVID-19 Helpline to Battle the Pandemic. counterpunch.org Death, sickness, and helplessness have become the "new normal" that Indians are being forced to live with as they witness the collapse of an already inadequate health care system and the failure of its political system that was caught napping on the uptick of cases, which showed an upward trend as far back as February.

Editorial Team (2021-05-04). On the dust: the battle for Thurrock. challenge-magazine.org Over a year into the Covid-19 crisis, which saw the public clap for those still on the frontline, Thurrock council have seen fit to slash the terms and conditions of its local refuse workers. | At 4am, those 'on the dust' get themselves out of bed and head off into the dark streets to collect and dispose of household waste, with no pause or break during the devastating pandemic. Thurrock's refuse workers provide more than just the job description, forming a vital conduit for their communities as they move house-to-house, checking in on elderly and vulnerable residents, and often receiving a few sweets in retur…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-04). High vaccination rate is key to future course of COVID-19 pandemic, Mayo Clinic computer modeling shows. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org The Mayo Clinic data scientists who developed highly accurate computer modeling to predict trends for COVID-19 cases nationwide have new research that shows how important a high rate of vaccination is to reducing case numbers and controlling the pandemic. Vaccination is making a striking difference in Minnesota and keeping the current level of positive cases …

Staff (2021-05-04). Night of Qadr observed in Imamzadeh Ghazi Saber. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 04 (MNA) — People of Tehran observed the Night of Decree, or Qadr Night, on Monday, 21th of Ramadan in the Imamzadeh Ghazi Saber, while following health protocols amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Staff (2021-05-04). 21th night of holy month of Ramadan marked in Behesht-e Zahra. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 02 (MNA) — The religious ceremony of 21th night of the holy month of Ramadan was observed in Behesht-e Zahra while following health protocols amid the coronavirus pandemic.

jamanetwork (2021-05-04). Experts Discuss COVID-19—Variants and Vaccine Efficacy, Immunosuppressed Patients, and More. jamanetwork.com JAMA Live Highlights features comments from livestream interviews with experts in clinical care, public health, and health policy on critical issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Comments have been edited for clarity.

Susan Price (2021-05-04). Carbon dioxide levels now at highest level in 3.6 million years. greenleft.org.au Despite pandemic shutdowns, atmospheric carbon dioxide and methane levels surged last year, reports Climate and Capitalism.

Susan Price (2021-05-04). Why delivery workers across the globe are rising up against exploitation. greenleft.org.au Even before the COVID-19 pandemic crisis, food delivery companies' profits were skyrocketing, as their "self-employed" workers are blocked from unionising, reports Taroa Zúñiga Silva.

Staff (2021-05-04). May Day: For a living, united and victorious homeland. en.cubadebate.cu "Congratulations workers! What has been done to survive the pandemic under a tightened blockade, and nonetheless advancing, is monumental. A hard-working, creative people like ours deserves a great tribute," tweeted Party First Secretary and President of the Republic Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, May 1, who attended a simple commemoration of International Workers Day at Havana's José Martí Plaza de la Revolución, with reduced participation given the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mike Whitney (2021-05-04). New Report Sheds Light on Vaccine Doomsday Cult. globalresearch.ca An explosive new study by researchers at the prestigious Salk Institute casts doubt on the current crop of gene-based vaccines that may pose a grave risk to public health. While the paper focuses strictly on Covid-related issues, it unavoidably raises questions about the new vaccines that contain billions of spike proteins that could greatly increase the chances of severe illness or death.

Walter Smolarek (2021-05-04). En su primer discurso importante, Biden presenta su programa para la clase trabajadora. liberationnews.org El 28 de abril, en su primer discurso frente a una sesión conjunta del congreso, Joe Biden calculadamente decidió atender de manera directa las necesidades de la clase trabajadora. "20 millones de estadounidenses perdieron su trabajo durante la pandemia — estadounidenses de clase media y trabajadora. Al mismo tiempo, el patrimonio neto de los aproximadamente …

Binoy Kampmark (2021-05-04). Forgetting Citizenship: Australia Suspends Flights from India. counterpunch.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

Patrick Cockburn (2021-05-04). Britain Risks Cementing in Power a Corrupt and Incompetent Government in Undeserved Gratitude for the Vaccine. counterpunch.org "No more f**king lockdowns — let the bodies pile high in their thousands," Boris Johnson is reported as saying last October as the second wave of the Covid-19 epidemic got underway. Many will view his callous words, which he vehemently denies uttering, as an ill-chosen figure of speech, but they may fail to realise the grim truth that what he said was a largely accurate forecast of the consequence of his misjudgements.

Colin Todhunter (2021-05-04). India, COVID and the Need for Scientific Integrity not Sensationalism. dissidentvoice.org Western media outlets are currently paying a great deal of attention to India and the apparent impact of COVID-19. The narrative is that the coronavirus is ripping through the country — people are dying, cases are spiralling out of control and hospitals are unable to cope. There does indeed seem to be a major problem …

Julia Conley, staff writer (2021-05-04). As Big Pharma Fights Off Patent Waiver, Pfizer Reports Hundreds of Millions in Profits From Covid Vaccine. commondreams.org Pfizer has pledged to send less than 2% of its vaccine doses to the Global South—while reporting record profits from its sales to wealthy countries. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/gettyimages-1232671762_1.jpg

Staff (2021-05-05). Venezuela Begins Clinical Trials of Russian EpiVacCorona Vaccine—Russian Ambassador First to be Vaccinated. orinocotribune.com Venezuela officially began clinical trials of Russian vaccine EpiVacCorona, as the Russian ambassador to Caracas, Sergey Melik-Bagdasarov, became the first volunteer to receive a dose of the COVID-19 immunization drug. | The start of clinical trials was reported by the Executive Vice President, Delcy Rodríguez, who noted that the vaccine simulates small fragments of the virus; this strengthens the immune system of recipients to prevent COVID-19. | "Thus begins the process of applying the vaccine candidate EpiVacCorona to combat COVID-19 in the country," said Rodríguez, "a vaccine developed by Russia that is advan…

WSWS (2021-05-04). More than 550 autoworkers out due to COVID-19 at Sterling Heights Assembly Plant. wsws.org While the UAW is being provided with regular, detailed updates from management on the spread of coronavirus, it is deliberately concealing this information as much as it can from workers.

Rick Rozoff (2021-05-04). Top-level Turkish civilian-military delegation visits Libya. antibellum679354512.wordpress.com Top-level Turkish civilian-military delegation visits LibyaRick Rozoff While the world has been in lockdown because of the Covid epidemic, a new military power has appeared on the world stage: Turkey. One which has shot down Syrian, Russian and Armenian military aircraft and faced no consequences. One which has obtained Russian S-400 anti-aircraft weapons but whose …

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2021-05-04). Top-Level Turkish Civilian-Military Delegation Visits Libya. libya360.wordpress.com Rick Rozoff Libya's Foreign Minister Najla al-Mangoush and Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu give a joint press conference in the capital Tripoli on May 3, 2021. (AFP) While the world has been in lockdown because of the Covid epidemic, a new military power has appeared on the world stage: Turkey. One which has shot down Syrian,…

Editor (2021-05-04). No to NATO and Quad. workers.org The Joe Biden administration's first 100 days has gotten the most publicity for its $2 trillion for COVID-19 relief and another proposed $2 trillion for infrastructure. The infrastructure bill — supposedly financed by taxing the 1% — has yet to be passed. Some call it the most extensive social program . . . |

Leo Hohmann (2021-05-04). Highly Cited COVID Doctor Comes to Stunning Conclusion: Government 'Scrubbing Unprecedented Numbers' of Injection-related Deaths. globalresearch.ca One of the world's most prominent medical doctors with expertise in …

Dr. Henry Ealy (2021-05-04). CDC Violated Law: Inflated COVID-19 Cases and Fatalities. "How Deaths are Reported" globalresearch.ca Dr. Henry Ealy and his team started looking at CDC data …

Richard Falk, David Krieger (2021-05-04). Biden's Foreign Policy and Nuclear Weapons: a Dialogue. counterpunch.org Ricard Falk: The humane and competently handled responses that the Biden presidency has pursued with respect to the COVID challenge, mitigating economic burdens on the poor, empathy for abuses of persons of color, and moves toward proposing a massive infrastructure program are uplifting changes in policy and leadership of the country, especially welcomed after enduring

Brian Shilhavy (2021-05-04). Experimental Adenovirus COVID Injections Continuing to Kill Younger, Middle-Aged People. globalresearch.ca The AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson experimental adenovirus COVID shots seem …

sputniknews (2021-05-04). New Jersey Offers Free Beer to Every Resident Who Gets Vaccinated Against COVID-19. sputniknews.com Authorities in the northeastern state are not the only ones getting creative in terms of how to convince residents to get vaccinated. Officials in West Virginia have offered residents aged between 16 and 35 a $100 bond if they get a jab.

sputniknews (2021-05-04). 'Professor Lockdown' Backs MPs and Business Calling for Early End to COVID-19 Rules. sputniknews.com Professor Neil Ferguson, who resigned from the government's SAGE advisory committee after breaking his own lockdown rules to sleep with a married woman, has reinvented himself as a born-again proponent of unlocking, based on good news coming from the vaccination front.

sputniknews (2021-05-04). Three Indian Journalists Served Legal Notices For Reporting on Oxygen Crisis in Uttar Pradesh State. sputniknews.com Last week, Uttar Pradesh (UP) state chief Yogi Adityanath threatened residents of his region that their properties would be confiscated if they were to post about the shortage of oxygen in the state. The Hindu monk claimed that there are ample supplies in his state to tackle the deadly COVID crisis.

sputniknews (2021-05-04). By the Books: As Global Gambling Rebounds Post-COVID-19, How Will Countries Spend Their Casino Cash? sputniknews.com Gambling is slowly becoming a major industry across numerous global economies, but just how much of the funds spent in the betting agencies goes back into businesses and local governments?

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