Daily Archives: May 7, 2021

2021-05-07: News Headlines

Editorial Team (2021-05-07). Social unrest continues in Colombia. challenge-magazine.org Huge numbers of protestors have taken to the streets of Colombia over the last week after President Duque attempted to pass a bill that would further increase inequality in the country by making the working class pay for the covid-19-induced fiscal deficit. A general strike began on the 28th April in response to Duque's presentation of the ironically titled 'Sustainable Solidarity Bill'. The proposed bill has intensified grievances about the state of inequality in the country, with 2.8 million people having already been pushed into extreme poverty during the last year alone. The bill proposes increasing VAT on…

Prabir Purkayastha (2021-05-07). As India Gasps to Breathe, Modi Government Abdicates Responsibility. counterpunch.org The COVID-19 pandemic continues its brutal march across India. Figures of new infections reached 355,828 on May 3—which accounted for more than 62 percent of the world's new infections on that day. As hospitals run out of beds, ICU capacity, and even oxygen, these factors have been contributing to the already skyrocketing death toll in

WSWS (2021-05-07). Rise in tuberculosis in Peru: A byproduct of the COVID-19 pandemic. wsws.org Epidemiologists predict a rise in tuberculosis (TB) due to treatment disruptions related to COVID pandemic. Treatment lapses leading to an increase of drug-resistant tuberculosis remains a concern reversing the progress made in TB progress worldwide.

WSWS (2021-05-07). As pandemic continues and nearly 500,000 file for unemployment, US states seek to blackmail workers back on the job. wsws.org Unemployment payments, as opposed to dangerous, low-paid and degrading work are being blamed for difficulties reopening restaurants and other businesses even as the pandemic continues, with the US approaching 600,000 official COVID-19 deaths.

WSWS (2021-05-07). Stranded Australian citizens petition the United Nations. wsws.org Even before the current total ban on returning from India, Australians have been marooned throughout the pandemic in many parts of the world.

WSWS (2021-05-07). The Brazilian ruling class is unwilling and incapable of mounting any struggle against the deadly pandemic. wsws.org The fascistic president Bolsanaro is the most radical advocate of the policy of social murder, but the Workers Party (PT) of Lula carries out similar policies in the states where it is in power.

WSWS (2021-05-07). The struggle for Permanent Revolution in South Asia. wsws.org India has become the epicenter of the global pandemic, reporting the highest number of daily new cases anywhere in the world.

Michael Harriot (2021-05-07). The Root's Clapback Mailbag: Stupidity Is a Pandemic. theroot.com I think it was the Apostle Paul who said: "There are no stupid questions, just stupid people."

WSWS (2021-05-07). President Bukele grabs dictatorial powers in El Salvador. wsws.org As the pandemic demonstrates the inability of capitalism to meet the most basic needs of the working masses, the Salvadoran ruling elite is moving headlong toward dictatorship.

Kamal Iranidoost (2021-05-07). VIDEO: Drive-in Quds Day rallies in Robat Karim. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 07 (MNA) — People in Robat Karim located in the suburb of the Iranian capital Tehran along with people across the world held drive-in rallies on Friday to mark the International Quds Day amid Coronavirus pandemic restrictions.

Kaveh Zahedi* (2021-05-07). COVID-19 Accelerates Digitilization of Economies And Societies — OpEd. eurasiareview.com We are living through a decisive moment. The COVID-19 pandemic's devasting impact is reaching every corner of the world. As we look back at this period, we will see history divided into a pre-COVID and a post-COVID world. | And a defining feature of…

Paul Goble (2021-05-07). Russia Can Recover Only If Moscow Addresses Problems Of Middle Class And The Poor — OpEd. eurasiareview.com Vladimir Putin and the Russian government have acted as if they can address the impact of the pandemic on the population adequately if they come up with new programs for the poorest strata of Russians. But in fact, the economic crisis is hitting the middle class hard, and the regime must develop programs to help it as well, Yaroslav Kuzminov says. | Up to now, the rector of Moscow's Higher School of Economics says, the government has supported production and given some aid to the very poorest groups, but it has not supported members of the middle class with new programs who in many cases have lost their source…

Betsey Piette (2021-05-07). Unvaccinated prison staff are a danger. workers.org Workers World has received letter after letter from workers incarcerated in Pennsylvania prisons expressing a common concern: "We are at risk of dying from COVID-19, and the only way the pandemic is getting into prisons is from the staff!" Our incarcerated sisters, brothers and siblings describe a shared crisis: They . . . |

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-07). 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 …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-07). 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 (2021-05-07). 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 …

sputniknews (2021-05-07). Canada Loses Over 200,000 Jobs in April, Unemployment Climbs Amid Pandemic's 'Third Wave'. sputniknews.com TORONTO (Sputnik) – The Canadian economy lost 207,000 jobs in March, raising the country's unemployment rate by 0.6 percent as the country labours through the so-called "third wave" of the coronavirus pandemic, the state statistics agency said on Friday.

sputniknews (2021-05-07). USTR Tai Will Meet With Chinese Counterpart 'In the Near Term' for Talks on Trade Deal Phase 1. sputniknews.com Just weeks after the US and China penned the first part of a trade deal intended to settle years of tariff wars, the COVID-19 pandemic hit and shut down the global economy, sending trade into a tailspin. The deal was heavily premised on pledges to buy a minimum volume of goods from the other country.

sputniknews (2021-05-07). Elon Musk Dubbed 'Robotic' in SNL Promo as He Bizarrely Promises to Behave During the Show. sputniknews.com SpaceX founder Elon Musk was picked as a guest host for 'Saturday Night Live' show on 8 May to get the programme rolling alongside pop singer Miley Cyrus. While Musk's appearance was hailed by some starring cast members, including Pete Davidson, many haven't been at ease, recalling the entrepreneur's controversial statements during the pandemic.

Saro Abdella, Samuel Riou, Masresha Tessema, Ashenafi Assefa, Albab Seifu, Anna Blachman, Adugna Abera, Nicolas Moreno, Fernando Irarrazaval, Getachew Tollera, David Browning, Geremew Tasew (2021-05-07). Prevalence of SARS-CoV-2 in urban and rural Ethiopia: Randomized household serosurveys reveal level of spread during the first wave of the pandemic. thelancet.com More than four months after the first cases were detected in Ethiopia, Addis Ababa displayed a prevalence under 5% and likely as low as 2%, while rural Jimma displayed a prevalence of 0.2%. A 2% seroprevalence figure for the capital translated to a number of cases at least five times larger than those reported for the country as a whole. At the same time, it contrasts with significantly higher seroprevalence figures in large cities in Europe and America only two to three months after the first cases.

No Nukes Action (2021-05-07). Tuesday 5/11: STOP The Madness-Speakout At Japanese Consulate Against Olympics In Japan During Pandemic. indybay.org San Francisco Japanese Consulate | 275 Battery St/California St. | San Francisco…

Jeffrey St. Clair (2021-05-07). Roaming Charges: We Who Are About to Get Shot, Salute You. counterpunch.org My number had finally been called. Well, texted. No one calls anymore, except sexy robotic voices trying to sell me extended warranties for my car and electric toothbrush. On Monday, I was scheduled for my second dose of Pfizer's COVID elixir, a strange brew which one friend pungently described as a mixture of germs, animal parts, formaldehyde and pus. Yum. My appointment with destiny: High noon at the convention center in Portland, shrouded in tear gas or not. My only choice: right arm or left.

The Canary (2021-05-07). Modi under pressure to impose lockdown amid coronavirus surge in India. thecanary.co Indian prime minister Narendra Modi is facing growing pressure to impose a nationwide lockdown amid a coronavirus surge. | Record-breaking: | Many medical chiefs, opposition leaders, and some supreme court judges have suggested the lockdown seems to be the only option. Hospitals are being forced to turn patients away while relatives scramble to find oxygen. | Crematoriums and burial grounds are also struggling to handle the dead. | People watch burning funeral pyres of their relatives who died of Covid-19 in New Delhi (AP) | On Friday, India recorded a new record of 414,188 confirmed cases in the past 24…

_____ (2021-05-07). Activist Confronts Defense Industry CEO For Company's Role In War Crimes. popularresistance.org An anti-war activist confronted General Dynamics CEO Phebe Novakovic on Wednesday during the company's shareholders' meeting, accusing the defense industry giant of profiting off war crimes and arming repressive, undemocratic regimes without "moral reflection." | "I appreciate the care you've taken to keep us safe during COVID," CODEPINK co-founder Medea Benjamin told General Dynamics' board, which included Novakovic and former Defense Secretary James Mattis. "But," she added, "I wonder about the care that this company takes to keep people safe from the bombs and the other weapons that you produce that kill innoc…

AskDrRenee (2021-05-07). Behind the Smile: How a Healthy Mouth Can Mean a Healthier You. theroot.com With all the discussion about teeth whitening on TV, on the internet, in your dentist's office, and in magazines, people often forget there is more in your mouth to be concerned with besides the color of your teeth. You must not ignore your gums. |

Joe Piette (2021-05-07). At Pennsylvania governor's home — Release Russell Maroon Shoatz! Now! workers.org Mt. Wolf, Pa. credit: Joe Piette Activists converged on Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf's home in Mount Wolf, Pa., May 2 to demand the medical release of political prisoner Russell Maroon Shoatz and all ill and elderly prisoners. The action began with a "caravan of love" from nearby York to . . . |

Stephen A. Crockett Jr. (2021-05-07). How the Coronavirus Has Impacted Vice President Kamala Harris' Family in India. theroot.com On Friday, Vice President Kamala Harris will deliver remarks at the State Department in which she will declare the United States' solidarity with the people of India and the struggle they face battling COVID-19. |

Staff (2021-05-07). GOP Lawmakers Are Trying to Overrule Voters on Everything From Medicaid to Weed. truthout.org Amid growing concerns that Republicans will try to Missouri voters last year passed a ballo…

Staff (2021-05-07). Trump Loyalist Who Attacked the Capitol Blames Fox News. truthout.org A man who took part in the Capitol breach on January 6 said this week that his actions weren't 100 percent his fault. Rather, he said, was influenced into being a part of the violence that day by something his lawyer called "Foxmania," which resulted in him believing false claims about election fraud in the 2020 election. | Anthony Antonio

The Associated Press (2021-05-07). Argentine Clinics Struggle Despite COVID-19 Crisis. latinorebels.com BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — As COVID-19 deaths climb to new peaks in Argentina, the intensive care unit at the San Andres clinic in the capital is oddly silent.

WSWS (2021-05-07). New estimates claim COVID-19 death toll is twice as high as reported. wsws.org A study by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation estimates that more than 905,000 people have died in the United States, 58 percent more than official records indicate.

_____ (2021-05-07). A Temporary TRIPS Waiver Is Not Enough. popularresistance.org A new poll finds that 59% percent of US voters support waiving all patent protections to produce generic versions of life-saving medicines for critical diseases, from Covid-19 and HIV/AIDS, to heart disease and diabetes. Only 28% disagreed. | The survey carried out by Data for Progress and the Progressive International, shows a super majority of 71% registered Democrats support the removal of all patent barriers to allow for the cheaper production of life-saving medicines. Even registered Republicans support the action with 47% in favor compared to 39% opposed.

WSWS (2021-05-07). Widespread opposition to Australian government ban on citizens returning from India. wsws.org Rather than address the quarantine shambles, the government is gambling with the lives of some 9,000 citizens in India, at least 650 of whom are deemed to be at a high-risk of succumbing to COVID-19.

WSWS (2021-05-07). Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa. wsws.org Greek workers in one-day general strike against law curbing right to strike; midwives walk out and protest across France against lack of COVID safety; Vehicle and driver registration staff at UK headquarters Swansea begin further strikes over lack of COVID safety, demand remote working…

Walden Bello (2021-05-07). The Global Spread of Fascism is as Real as the Spread of COVID-19. counterpunch.org The global spread of fascism is real, as real as the spread of COVID-19, and you better believe it. For purposes of academic analysis, it might be legitimate to distinguish between a "fascist-leaning" movement and a truly fascist one, or a far-right regime and fascist regime, or an authoritarian populist and a fascist. But I

Staff (2021-05-07). Iran coronavirus update: 17,076 news cases, 335 deaths. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 07 (MNA) — According to the Iranian Ministry of Health and Medical Education, 17,076 new cases of COVID-19 infections have been detected across the country in the past 24 hours.

Staff (2021-05-07). Corona restrictions not limit perseverance in ideal of Quds. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 07 (MNA) —While stressing on patience and rights of Quds in religious circles with holding various exhibitions, Head of Islamic Development Org. said that COVID-19 restrictions did not create any obstacle on perseverance of cause of Quds.

ISS (2021-05-07). Regulating Khat Could Disrupt East Africa's Illegal Drug Economy — Analysis. eurasiareview.com Different laws and controls among countries in the region allow for a thriving smuggling market.: | By Mohamed Daghar* | In March 2020, Somalia suspended flights to its capital due to the COVID-19 outbreak. However, at least two

CEPR (2021-05-07). Working-Class Mothers And The COVID-19 Shecession — Analysis. eurasiareview.com By Hayley Brown, Simran Kalkat and Aiden Lee* | Since the onset of the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States, women have

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-07). 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 …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-07). 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 (2021-05-07). Sharing Mayo Clinic: Cared for in his own workplace for 121 days. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Robert Pintor works as a scheduling supervisor at Mayo Clinic in Arizona, so he was well aware of the impact of COVID-19 on the community. What he didn't expect was its impact on him and his family. This article is written by Mayo Clinic staff. When Robert Pintor picked up his wife's cough in November, they both …

sputniknews (2021-05-07). After Mount Everest, COVID is Making Way Onto More Himalayan Peaks as Climbers Keep Testing Positive. sputniknews.com Nepal has eased quarantine rules in a bid to give a boost to its COVID-hit tourism industry and has issued Everest climbing permits to some 400 people. However, reports suggest that over 30 climbers have tested positive for coronavirus and have allegedly been evacuated from the foot of Mount Everest, raising fears of a serious outbreak.

Walden Bello (2021-05-07). Fascism's Global Spread is Real — As Real as the Spread of COVID-19. zcomm.org In the world's largest democracies, far-right movements that embrace violence, reject democracy, and target the vulnerable are on the rise…

Robert R. Raymond (2021-05-07). Mutual Aid Efforts Working to Fill Gaps of Biden's COVID Response. zcomm.org "Community building is really necessary in order to fight capital, and you can't go up against a state if you don't have relationships that are already formed."

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-07). J&J COVID-19 vaccine pause ends. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org On Friday, April 23, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), an independent immunization advisory group for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, voted to resume distribution of the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) COVID-19 vaccine after a 10-day pause to investigate reported cases of rare blood clotting events in recipients. The committee met twice …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-07). Mayo Clinic researchers question effectiveness of mRNA COVID-19 vaccines for solid organ transplant patients. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — A small study from Mayo Clinic researchers raises the concern that some transplant patients may have a limited immune response after being vaccinated for COVID-19 with an mRNA vaccine. Their findings are published as a letter to the editor in the American Journal of Transplantation. The letter covers seven organ transplant recipients …

sputniknews (2021-05-07). Delhi Protest Against Bill Gates for Refusing to Share Vaccine Tech With Developing Nations. sputniknews.com Just days before Joe Biden's administration supported India's proposal to waive intellectual property rights for COVID-19 vaccines, Bill Gates spoke out against sharing such patents with developing countries. His remarks have provoked much anger in India, which is battling the second coronavirus wave.

Peoples Dispatch (2021-05-07). Bill Gates' Stand on Intellectual Property Is Facing a Pushback. peoplesdispatch.org Alexander Zaitchik discuss Bill Gates' recent comments on intellectual property rights in the context of COVID-19 vaccines, his long history as a spokesperson for Big Pharma, and the various struggles across the world for a fairer IPR regime and health for all…

Tim Schwab (2021-05-07). Is the Shine Starting to Come Off Bill Gates's Halo? thenation.com Is the Shine Starting to Come Off Bill Gates's Halo?

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