Daily Archives: July 14, 2021

2021-07-14: News Headlines

Peter Bolton (2021-07-14). Washington's Weaponization of Protests in Cuba Takes Its Regime Change Efforts to New Heights of Hypocrisy. counterpunch.org On 11 July, Cuba saw thousands of demonstrators take to the streets in cities across the island. The protests are believed to have started in the Artemisa Province before spreading to neighboring Havana and further afield, including Cuba's second-largest city, Santiago de Cuba. Press reports largely claim that protesters are motivated by shortages and the government's handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

Harvey Markowitz (2021-07-14). Venceremos Brigade defends Cuban Revolution. workers.org Defending the Cuban Revolution, Havana This slightly edited statement was issued July 12, 2021. The Venceremos Brigade is in solidarity with Cuba and the Cuban people who are enduring the coronavirus pandemic on top of the U.S. Blockade. The United States and its blockade literally do not allow Cuba to . . . |

Manolo De Los Santos, Vijay Prashad (2021-07-14). The United States tries to take advantage of the price Cubans are paying for the blockade and the pandemic. liberationnews.org Cuba, like every other country on the planet, is struggling with the impact of COVID-19. Meanwhile, the United States hardens a cruel and illegal blockade of the island, a medieval siege that has been in place for six decades.

Karl Engels (2021-07-14). Source of Cuba's suffering is in Washington, not Havana. peoplesworld.org Mainstream media, the U.S. government, and some otherwise well-intentioned progressives have latched onto the demonstrations in Cuban cities this past weekend as evidence of the Cuban government's supposed economic mismanagement and political repression. The Cuban people are certainly experiencing serious suffering related to economic shortages and the pandemic right now; no one denies that. But …

Andrew Korybko (2021-07-14). Cuba: US-Backed Color Revolution or Legitimate COVID-Inspired Protests? globalresearch.ca

Staff (2021-07-14). "We Just Want the Basics": Rare Protests in Cuba Amid Deep Economic Crisis, Ongoing U.S. Blockade. democracynow.org We go to Havana, Cuba, to look at what is behind protests that brought thousands of people into the streets of Havana and other cities in rare anti-government protests denouncing the island's economic crisis during the COVID-19 pandemic. Cuba is facing its harshest phase of the pandemic with skyrocketing infections, and people are scrambling to cope amid shortages of medicine, food and other resources due to catastrophic U.S. sanctions. Thousands of others in Cuba led counterprotests in support of the Cuban Revolution and President Miguel Díaz-Canel. Cuban journalist Daniel Montero, a journalist with the independ…

Staff (2021-07-14). Assange may never recover from 'torture' at Belmarsh, suicide becoming more likely the longer he stays in prison — doctor to RT. rt.com A doctor who has joined other medical professionals in calling for Julian Assange's release from prison told RT that the WikiLeaks co-founder's arbitrary and cruel detention continues to put him at risk of suicide. | The same concerns about Assange's mental health that led to the High Court in London blocking his extradition to the US in January are still relevant, perhaps even more so, today, Dr. William Hogan, a specialist in internal medicine and professor of biomedical informatics at the University of Florida's College of Medicine, said. | Hogan was among more than 200 medical experts who signed an open le…

Declaration for American Democracy & partners (2021-07-14). Saturday 7/17: Oakland: Good Trouble Vigil for Democracy & Voting Rights. indybay.org Preservation Park at pavilion and fountain site, 1233 Preservation Park Way, Oakland 94612 | Peaceful event. Follow all current COVID guidelines.

Declaration for American Democracy & partners (2021-07-14). Saturday 7/17: Sacramento: Good Trouble Vigil for Democracy and Voting Rights. indybay.org California State Capitol, 1315 10th St, Sacramento, CA 95814 | Peaceful event. Follow all current COVID guidelines.

Staff (2021-07-14). As Delta Variant Drives COVID-19 Uptick, Pfizer Pushes 3rd Shot in U.S. Despite Global Vaccination Lag. democracynow.org After months of decline in COVID-19 cases in the United States due in part to widely available vaccines, the number of new cases per day is on the rise again. Pfizer representatives met with U.S. regulators and vaccine experts to seek emergency use authorization for a second booster dose of its vaccine, as health experts are continuing to highlight the growing gap in administered vaccinations between rich and low-income countries. "In the United States, we have access to multiple vaccines," says Dr. Abraar Karan, an internal medicine doctor and infectious disease fellow at Stanford University School of Medicine.

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-07-14). Mayo Clinic Minute: Fireworks and grilling safety reminders. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Fireworks, grilling and campfires are part of the summer experience. This holiday weekend, make sure you keep safety top of mind. Dr. Michael Boniface, a Mayo Clinic emergency medicine physician, explains that burn injuries from these activities go up in the summer, and these injuries often can be prevented. Watch: The Mayo Clinic Minute youtu.be/iv3wlwXYAyw Journalists: Broadcast-quality video pkg (1: 00) is in the downloads at the end of…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-07-14). Science Saturday: Melanoma test to help some patients avoid surgical biopsy. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org More than 100,00 people in the U.S. are expected to be diagnosed with melanoma this year — double the number of cases compared to 30 years ago, according to the American Academy of Dermatology Association. "Melanoma accounts for only about 2% of skin cancers, but it causes a majority of skin cancer deaths," says Alexander Meves, M.D., a Mayo Clinic dermatologist whose laboratory in Mayo Clinic's Center for Individualized Medicine works on cutting-edge methods to diagnose and treat melanoma….

WSWS (2021-07-14). 120 million people pushed to extreme poverty by COVID-19 pandemic. wsws.org The UN's Sustainable Development Goals Report 2021 exposes the devastating toll that the response of the world capitalist system to the coronavirus pandemic has had on billions of people throughout the world.

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-07-14). Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: Taking the fear out of cardiac testing. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org When it comes to the heart, it can be scary to seek care when you think you might be having a problem. Tests may be necessary to evaluate your heart, and the unfamiliar terminology associated with these tests can be confusing and intimidating. Understanding terms like electrocardiogram, echocardiogram, coronary angiogram or stress test may help alleviate the fear. "Whenever we order these tests, we don't want you to have anxiety," says Dr. Christopher DeSimone, a Mayo…

Heather Hollingsworth, Josh Funk (2021-07-14). U.S. COVID-19 cases rising again, doubling over three weeks. peoplesworld.org The COVID-19 curve in the U.S. is rising again after months of decline, with the number of new cases per day doubling over the past three weeks, driven by the fast-spreading delta variant, lagging vaccination rates and Fourth of July gatherings. Confirmed infections climbed to an average of about 23,600 a day on Monday, up …

natashahz (2021-07-14). Chris Hedges and Slavoj Zizek on the Pandemic's Ramifications. scheerpost.com On this week's "On Contact," in the first of a two-part interview, Chris Hedges discusses the social, political, cultural economic ramifications of the pandemic with the philosopher Slavoj Zizek. Below is an excerpt from Slavoj Zizek's new book Pandemic!: Covid 19 Shakes the World. "Driven by demand to persevere and not to fail, as well …

Peoples Dispatch (2021-07-14). Thai activists condemn cancellation of COVID testing facility for migrant workers. peoplesdispatch.org According to reports, the government's move may leave over 30,000 high-risk expatriate workers in the capital region, mostly from Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar, without any assistance…

WSWS (2021-07-14). New York City's arts organizations have lost nearly $1 billion in income due to pandemic. wsws.org One measure of the toll that the COVID-19 pandemic has taken on American and global cultural life has been its impact on artists in New York, the major cultural center in the US.

Will Folks (2021-07-14). College of Charleston Amends COVID-19 Vaccination Policies After Concerns Raised by SC Attorney General. globalresearch.ca

Jenna Orkin (2021-07-14). On "Gain of Function" Research, COVID-19 and the Shortcomings of the Biological Weapons Convention: an Interview with Laurie Garrett. counterpunch.org The following e-interview was conducted with Pulitzer Prize winning author Laurie Garrett, after I heard her Zoom interview on This Week in Virology. Having abandoned the pursuit of a PhD in bacteriology and immunology in order to become a journalist, Garrett is a foremost exemplar of "knowledge-based journalism," whose book, THE COMING PLAGUE: Newly Emerging Diseases in a World

Rick Rozoff (2021-07-14). Not invited: targeted. NATO excluded Belarus, Russia from 32-nation partnership meeting. antibellum679354512.wordpress.com NATO excluded Belarus, Russia from 32-nation partnership meeting Lieutenant Hans-Werner Wiermann, Director General of the NATO International Military Staff, held a meeting of NATO partner states — the first in-person one since the advent of the COVID-19 outbreak — at the military alliance's headquarters in Brussels, Belgium on July 14. The get-together was designed to …

WSWS (2021-07-14). Scores die in Iraq COVID hospital fire for second time in three months. wsws.org The horrific inferno in Nasiriyah is another price paid by Iraq's people for the destruction of the country's health care system and infrastructure by US imperialism.

WSWS (2021-07-14). Sydney workers and youth speak out against NSW government's criminally-negligent response to COVID-19 outbreak. wsws.org People that are isolated, don't speak English and are not given clear information in their own language are confused and at risk. These are the people that could get infected and die.

Olivia Engling (2021-07-14). Jubilee USA Statement on G20 Finance Ministers Meeting and Communiqué. indybay.org G20 finance ministers and central bank governors met in Venice, Italy, on COVID response, economic recovery, vaccines, debt relief and global tax agreements on July 9-10, 2021.

Citizens Trade Campaign (2021-07-14). Thursday 7/15: Rally: Tell Germany to Stop Blocking Global COVID-19 Vaccines at the WTO! indybay.org San Francisco German Consulate ‚Ä¢ 1960 Jackson St, San Francisco, CA 94109…

Makia Freeman (2021-07-14). The mRNA COVID Vaccine Is Not a Vaccine. globalresearch.ca First posted by Global Research on January 15, 2021 | It's NOT a vaccine. The mRNA COVID vaccine now being militarily deployed in many nations around the world, is NOT a vaccine. I repeat: it is not a vaccine. It is …

Global Research News (2021-07-14). Selected Articles: Four New Scientific Discoveries Regarding the Safety and Efficacy of COVID-19 Vaccines. globalresearch.ca By Rapid and efficient memory-type immune responses…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-07-14). Mayo Clinic Q and A: COVID-19 vaccination and precautions. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I am due to get my second dose of COVID-19 vaccine in a few weeks. I understand this is an important step for me and my community, but I'm unsure what guidelines I should follow. Some of my friends are traveling, and they seem to have thrown all caution to the wind. What can I expect after being vaccinated for COVID-19, both physically and when in public? ANSWER: It is completely normal to have…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-07-14). New vaccine platform invented by Mayo enters COVID-19 clinical trial. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org A Mayo Clinic lab member is purifying an adenovirus vector for preclinical testing. A novel single-cycle adenovirus vaccine platform developed by Mayo Clinic will be used to target multiple infectious diseases and cancer indications, beginning with a phase 1 clinical study using the platform as a vaccine for COVID-19. Developed to enhance the expression of target antigens, the single-cycle adenovirus platform is under investigation for its ability to amplify immune responses. In contrast to replication-defective…

Newsclick (2021-07-14). "We are inviting vaccine-escape variants" peoplesdispatch.org In this episode of 'Covid-19 Watch with Dr. Satyajit Rath', we look at the necessity of mass vaccination and how we are inviting vaccine-escaping variants as a consequence of iniquitous vaccination.

Gareth H Williams, Alexander Llewelyn, Ruben Brandao, Kaiya Chowdhary, Keeda-Marie Hardisty, Marco Loddo (2021-07-14). [Research Paper] SARS-CoV-2 testing and sequencing for international arrivals reveals significant cross border transmission of high risk variants into the United Kingdom. thelancet.com The unexpectedly high prevalence of COVID-19 infection in UK arrivals is associated with a rich diversity of SARS-CoV-2 high risk variants entering the UK including the VOC B.1.617.2. Vaccination does not preclude infection and its effectiveness is significantly age-dependent and impacted by variant type. The rapid high-throughput test and sequence workflow we have adopted is particularly suited to the monitoring of cross border transmission and enables immediate public health interventions.

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-07-14). Guide to safe grilling practices. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org The July Fourth holiday weekend often means gatherings. Keep your gathering safe by following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's COVID-19 guidance for activities. If you are looking forward to a weekend cookout, make sure to keep foodborne bacteria and germs off your guest list. Dr. Nipunie Rajapakse, a Mayo Clinic pediatric infectious diseases physician, says warmer temperatures are when foodborne germs thrive and illnesses peak. Watch: Dr. Nipunie Rajapakse talks about safe grilling practices. www.youtube.com/watch?v=19v4oRLW-hw&t=3s Journalists: Broadcast-quality sound bites are…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-07-14). Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: The new work-life balancing act. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org The COVID-19 pandemic has altered the way people work. As vaccination rates increase, some people are returning to the office. But many companies have opted to keep their employees working from home permanently. This change has positive and negative side effects, including the mental health aspects of working from home. "Any time there are changes, it can be challenging for people, particularly when you're not used to working from home," says Dr. Greg Couser, a…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-07-14). Sharing Mayo Clinic: Receiving care for COVID-19 while pregnant. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Last September, Kim and Lloyd Harter of Fairchild, Wisconsin, along with their daughter Eleanor Jacobo, tested positive for COVID-19. While they recovered, they also waited for a special new addition to their family: Kim was eight months pregnant. With pregnancy being a risk factor for complications due to COVID-19, a member of the COVID-19 Front-Line Care Team at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, called Kim to discuss her risks, as well as provide information about…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-07-14). What holiday travelers need to know about COVID-19. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org The July Fourth holiday is a time when many people travel or host summer parties. While the number of COVID-19 cases in the U.S. is on the decline, health experts say with stagnating vaccination rates and the circulation of the more contagious Delta variant, the nation is not out of the woods yet, and everyone should still be cautious if they're planning a trip or getting together in large groups. "Anyone planning to have a…

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2021-07-14). Las mascarillas contienen grafeno, una sustancia venenosa. globalizacion.ca El uso de la mascarilla comenzó inmediatamente después del anuncio oficial del cierre del covid-19 el 11 de marzo de 2020. | En todo el mundo, las personas han recibido instrucciones de usar la máscara durante más de un año. | Y…

Kenneth Surin (2021-07-14). Boris Johnson Goes Full-On Bolsonaro. counterpunch.org Its seemingly unaccountable authoritarian leader Jair Bolsonaro has been widely criticized for his callous and irresponsible handling of Brazil's Covid pandemic. Last week the British prime minister Boris "BoJo" Johnson put Bolsonaro on notice: the latter would now have a serious rival when it comes to death-dealing standards and ways where Covid is concerned. BoJo said he planned to lift almost all remaining restrictions in England on July 19 — a day dubbed "Freedom Day" by the idiot pro-Tory tabloids.

Patricia J. Williams (2021-07-14). Untethered, or The Year of Living Virtually. thenation.com Untethered, or The Year of Living Virtually…

Markela Panegyres (2021-07-14). Racist policing won't solve a public health crisis. greenleft.org.au The aggressive police operation to "combat" the COVID-19 outbreak in Sydney's South West is yet another example of politicians' racist, anti-working class and punitive handling of the pandemic, argues Markela Panegyres.

John W. Whitehead (2021-07-14). The Right to be Let Alone: What to Do When COVID Strike Force Teams Come Knocking. globalresearch.ca

Megan Redshaw (2021-07-14). Pfizer Fails to Convince FDA on Immediate Need for COVID Booster Shots. globalresearch.ca

_____ (2021-07-14). Top Vaccine Official Ousted in Tennessee Says 'I Am Afraid for My State'. commondreams.org "Imagine if the federal government displayed the same zeal and urgency in trying to fix the root cause of the reef's poor health: climate change, driven by the burning of fossil fuels like coal, oil, and gas."

Anis Chowdhury (2021-07-14). Rich country hypocrisy exposed by vaccine inequities. mronline.org World Health Organization Director-General notes, "The global failure to share vaccines equitably is fuelling a two-track pandemic that is now taking its toll on some of the world's poorest and most vulnerable people." | July 14, 2021…

RobertAlvarez (2021-07-14). Billionaire Pandemic Wealth Gain Could Pay For Biden's American Families Plan. ips-dc.org Over the last 16 months, since the formal beginning of the pandemic lockdown, the combined wealth of 713 U.S. billionaires has surged by $1.8 trillion, a gain of almost 60 percent. The total combined wealth of U.S. billionaires increased from $2.9 trillion on March 18, 2020 to $4.7 trillion on July 9, 2021. | Billionaire wealth has steadily increased since 1990, but one-third of their wealth gains have occurred during the pandemic. U.S. Billionaire wealth increased 19-fold over the last 31 years, from an inflation adjusted $240 billion in 1990 to $4.7 trillion in 2021. | See the full analysis prepared by the Amer…

WSWS (2021-07-14). Record inflation in US leads to double digit increases in basic consumer goods. wsws.org Rising food, shelter and car prices, coupled with stagnant wages and the ending of pandemic-related government programs, leaves millions on the brink of destitution, fueling class tensions.

Peoples Dispatch (2021-07-14). Families of blast victims protest as crisis worsens in Lebanon and other stories. peoplesdispatch.org Today we look at protests by families of the victims of the 2020 Beirut Port blast, the condition of migrant workers in Thailand during the pandemic, and more…

_____ (2021-07-14). How to Pay for Infrastructure? Analysis Says Tax Billionaires' $1.8 Trillion Pandemic Windfall. commondreams.org This health crisis is now also a global justice crisis—a failure of humanity.

_____ (2021-07-14). Top CEOs Made Nearly 300 Times More Than Average Employee During Pandemic. commondreams.org The social media giant said that in the second half of 2020, the accounts of nearly 200 verified reporters and news outlets worldwide faced 361 legal demands to remove content—a 26% increase from the first half of the year.

_____ (2021-07-14). The Case Is Made—and the Time Is Now—for a Civilian Climate Corps. commondreams.org "Billionaires have gotten $1.8 trillion richer, nearly all tax-free, since the pandemic began. Don't tell us we can't afford a bold reconciliation package."

_____ (2021-07-14). 'Pandemic Is Far from Over': Largest US Nurses Union Urges CDC to Reinstate Federal Mask Mandate. commondreams.org "Your face should not be scanned, stored, or sold just because you walk into or work at a store."

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