Daily Archives: July 15, 2021

2021-07-15: News Headlines

Manolo De Los Santos, Vijay Prashad (2021-07-15). The United States Tries to Take Advantage of the Price Cubans Are Paying for the Blockade and the Pandemic. towardfreedom.org If the U.S.-imposed blockade ended, many of the great challenges facing Cuba would lift.

_____ (2021-07-15). US Takes Advantage Of The Price Cubans Are Paying For The Blockade. popularresistance.org Cuba, like every other country on the planet, is struggling with the impact of COVID-19. This small island of 11 million people has created five vaccine candidates and sent its medical workers through the Henry Reeve International Medical Brigade to heal people around the world. Meanwhile, the United States hardens a cruel and illegal blockade of the island, a medieval siege that has been in place for six decades. In April 2020, seven United Nations special rapporteurs wrote an open letter to the United States government about the blockade. "In the pandemic emergency," they wrote, "the lack of will of the US gove…

Peter Bolton (2021-07-15). Washington's Weaponization of Protests in Cuba Takes its Regime Change Efforts to new Heights of Hypocrisy. orinocotribune.com By Peter Bolton — Jul 13, 2021 | 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. | Needless to say, the US government, its minions in the corporate-owned media, and, of course, the representatives of the Cuban-American exile brigade have seized on the pr…

_____ (2021-07-15). Cruel US Blockade Causing Misery And Unrest In Cuba. popularresistance.org US officials and their corporate media mouthpieces were elated at the sight of protests in Cuba in recent days against deteriorating living conditions that are a direct result of the US blockade, which Trump increased and Biden has maintained during the pandemic to deliberately heighten suffering at a time when Cuba was sending doctors around the world to fight the disease. | As is often the case when an adversary country experiences protests of any kind, it was immediately weaponized to push for a regime change narrative against Cuba. There's so much to unpack, from the protest double standards, to the blatant e…

Silvio Rodrigues (2021-07-15). Let Cuba Live! End the U.S. blockade Now! answercoalition.org This webinar aired live on Wednesday, July 14, 2021. | Trump added 243 new sanctions to tighten the 62-year long US economic blockade of Cuba. Imposed shortages of basic goods have created grave suffering throughout the island. Covid-19 too has severely damaged Cuba's tourism industry. The US wants to topple the Cuban revolution but supporters of the revolution are fighting back.

teleSUR, SH (2021-07-15). Grupo de Puebla reitera su respaldo al Gobierno y pueblo cubano. telesurtv.net Según la alianza progresista la situación social que atraviesa el país caribeño es una consecuencia de los estragos de la pandemia.

Staff (2021-07-15). Headlines for July 15, 2021. democracynow.org 1 Million Acres Burn in Western U.S. and Canada as Another Heat Wave Builds, Russia Deploys Military to Battle Siberian Wildfires Amid Record Heat, Global COVID-19 Cases Rise Again, Fueled by Surges in Southeast Asia and Africa, Anti-Vaccination Protesters March in France and Greece, U.S. Drug Overdose Deaths Rose by 30% in 2020 to Record High, Biden Selects Dr. Rahul Gupta, Who Oversaw West Virginia Response to Opioid Crisis, as "Drug Czar", Sen. Schumer Unveils Proposal to Decriminalize Marijuana at the Federal Level, Haitian Police Arrest More Suspects in Assassination of President Jovenel MoàØse, Cuba…

_____ (2021-07-15). Destabilizing Cuba: Sanctions, Pandemic Hardship and Social Media Onslaught. strategic-culture.org Uncle Sam is not going to like Moscow and Beijing making inroads into his self-declared "backyard". But Uncle Sam has lost all moral authority to make serious objections. | A rash of public protests to hit Cuba was described by the White House as "spontaneous expressions of people exhausted with economic mismanagement and repression". President Joe Biden said the "United States stands with the people of Cuba as they bravely assert for their fundamental and universal rights." | The protests appear to have subsided as quickly as they erupted at the weekend. Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel has acknowledged there a…

teleSUR (2021-07-15). Keiko Fujimori's Supporters Attack Two Peruvian Ministers. telesurenglish.net On Wednesday, Presidential candidate Keiko Fujimori's supporters attacked Peruvian Health Minister Oscar Ugarte and Housing Minister Solangel Fernandez during a demonstration against the results of the June 6 elections. | RELATED: | Members of the far-right organization called "The Resistance" beat and stoned the car in which the ministers were traveling to a COVID-19-related press conference. The National Police…

Declaration for American Democracy & partners (2021-07-15). 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.

Declaration for American Democracy & partners (2021-07-15). 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.

sputniknews (2021-07-15). 60,000 Britons May Die Due to Possible Failure by NHS 'to Cope' With Upcoming COVID Challenges. sputniknews.com In April, David Nicholson, former head of the UK's National Health Service, warned of far-reaching consequences due to the backlog of medical care caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-07-15). Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: Working toward more diversity in orthopedic surgery. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Of all the medical and surgical subspecialties, orthopedic surgery historically has had the lowest percentage of women and minorities. Mayo Clinic's orthopedic surgery department is working to change that. This summer, two female medical students are participating in an eight-week clinical and research internship in orthopedic surgery at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. The program was developed by Nth Dimensions, an organization that seeks to bring more women and minorities into the profession. "I think it's important…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-07-15). 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 (2021-07-15). 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 (2021-07-15). Right-wing Kroger manager in southwest Ohio bullied employee to suicide for wearing mask during coronavirus pandemic, lawsuit alleges. wsws.org The suit accuses manager Shannon Frazee of a "campaign dedicated to ousting" Evan Seyfried, a dairy manager with nearly 20 years seniority, "proclaiming her intention to make Evan's life a 'living hell.'"

Staff (2021-07-15). Pfizer's greed is killer, say protesters. therealnews.com Dozens of protesters took to the streets of New York City, chanting "Pfizer's Greed Kills," as Pfizer and the German government refused to share COVID-19 vaccine formulas with the Global South. Pfizer has made billions in profits while the global pandemic death toll has surpassed 4 million people.

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-07-15). 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…

WSWS (2021-07-15). Over 1,200 doctors and scientists condemn UK COVID-19 policy as "dangerous and unethical" wsws.org Dr Helen Salisbury, a lecturer at Oxford University and columnist for the BMJ, described the government's pursuit of herd immunity by infection, rather than vaccination, as "criminal."

Jonathan Turley (2021-07-15). "It Needs to be Hard for People to Remain Unvaccinated": Making the Case for COVID Challenges. globalresearch.ca

ecns.cn (2021-07-15). WHO sounds alarm over surging COVID-19 fatalities in Africa. ecns.cn Africa's COVID-19 deaths that have spiked by more than 40 percent in the recent weeks are a testimony of the severity of a third wave currently sweeping across the continent, a World Health Organization (WHO) official said on Thursday.

Amanda Mills (2021-07-15). Top CEOs made nearly 300 times more then the median employee during the pandemic. nationofchange.org "Working people bore the brunt of COVID-19 and its impact on the U.S. economy."

Waging Nonviolence (2021-07-15). As Biden backslides, a bigger, better-organized climate movement prepares to seize this 'now or never' moment. juancole.com by Nick Engelfried | — ( Waging Nonviolence ) — Over 500 activists from the youth-led Sunrise Movement descended on Washington, D.C. last week for one of the largest U.S. climate protests since COVID-related restrictions began easing. The young people rallied in front of the White House on June 28, to hear from a range …

Brian Shilhavy (2021-07-15). Canadian Doctor: 62% of Patients Vaccinated for COVID Have Permanent Heart Damage. globalresearch.ca

Hannah E. Davis, Gina S. Assaf, Lisa McCorkell, Hannah Wei, Ryan J. Low, Yochai Re'em, Signe Redfield, Jared P. Austin, Athena Akrami (2021-07-15). [Research Paper] Characterizing long COVID in an international cohort: 7 months of symptoms and their impact. thelancet.com Patients with Long COVID report prolonged, multisystem involvement and significant disability. By seven months, many patients have not yet recovered (mainly from systemic and neurological/cognitive symptoms), have not returned to previous levels of work, and continue to experience significant symptom burden.

Global Research News (2021-07-15). Selected Articles: The mRNA COVID Vaccine Is Not a Vaccine. globalresearch.ca By The Biden administration and allied groups, including the Democratic National Committee (DNC), are "planning to engage fac…

Staff (2021-07-15). Pandemic Fuels Global Hunger as More Than 2.5 Billion Lack Nutritious Food. truthout.org The COVID-19 pandemic has fueled a sharp increase in the number of people going hungry worldwide, along with conflict and the impacts of climate change. A new report on the state of food security and nutrition in the world found about one-tenth of the global population were undernourished last year, more than 2.5 billion people did not have access to sufficiently nutritious food, and one in five children now face stunted growth. Saskia de Pee, the World Food Programme's head of systems analysis fo…

Citizens Trade Campaign (2021-07-15). 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…

Olivia Engling (2021-07-15). 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.

Staff (2021-07-15). How the Pandemic Fueled Global Hunger: 2.5 Billion Lack Nutritious Food, 1 in 5 Children Are Stunted. democracynow.org The COVID-19 pandemic has fueled a sharp increase in the number of people going hungry worldwide, along with conflict and the impacts of climate change. A new report on the state of food security and nutrition in the world found about one-tenth of the global population were undernourished last year, more than 2.5 billion people did not have access to sufficiently nutritious food, and one in five children now face stunted growth. Saskia de Pee, the World Food Programme's head of systems analysis for nutrition, describes how the impact is "going to be long-term."

Staff (2021-07-15). "Perfect Storm" of Pandemic, Poverty & Jailing Ex-President Unleashes Mass Protest in South Africa. democracynow.org We go to South Africa, where more than 70 are dead and at least 3,000 people have been arrested since demonstrations erupted after former President Jacob Zuma began his 15-month jail sentence for refusing to testify in a corruption probe. Protesters also expressed frustration with entrenched poverty and inequity as South Africa battles a devastating wave of COVID-19. "This was really a perfect storm that has built up," says Sithembile Mbete, a senior lecturer in political sciences at the University of Pretoria in Johannesburg. "The protests and the unrest has stopped being about former President Zuma and has beco…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-07-15). 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…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-07-15). 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…

WSWS (2021-07-15). Tennessee summarily fires its principal vaccine official, Dr. Michelle Fiscus. wsws.org The Tennessee state government summarily halted all adolescent vaccine outreach initiatives, not just for COVID-19 but for all diseases.

Megan Redshaw (2021-07-15). Woman with 'Life-Altering' Injuries After COVID Vaccine Teams Up with U.S. Senators to Demand Answers. globalresearch.ca

imperial.ac.uk (2021-07-15). Winter viruses and COVID-19 could push NHS to breaking point, warns new report. imperial.ac.uk COVID-19, influenza, and the respiratory virus Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV), could push the NHS to breaking point this winter, a new report says.

news.un (2021-07-15). 'Deeply negative impact' of COVID pandemic, reverses SDG progress. news.un.org Closing a key international development forum on Thursday, the deputy UN chief observed that a year of "immense challenges" has reversed progress on meeting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

news.un (2021-07-15). Sharp rise in Africa COVID-19 deaths, WHO reports‚ÄØ. news.un.org COVID-19 deaths in Africa have risen sharply in recent weeks, amid the fastest surge in cases the continent has seen so far in the pandemic, the regional office for the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday.

Markela Panegyres (2021-07-15). Australia's second pandemic — gendered violence. greenleft.org.au A second pandemic is lurking in the shadows of COVID-19 — the pandemic of femicide and violence against women. Markela Panegyres looks at how the COVID-19 pandemic is fuelling an upsurge of domestic and family violence, including coercive control and sexual violence.

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-07-15). 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 (2021-07-15). 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 (2021-07-15). 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…

_____ (2021-07-15). Child Care Should Be Universal And Well-Paid. popularresistance.org Queen Freelove of New Haven, Connecticut, remembers when the pandemic transformed the daycare she ran out of her home, abruptly turning the atmosphere from cozy to clinical: "Things got extremely traumatic for us," she recalled. She was constantly trying to keep the environment sanitized, keeping a stockpile of masks, wipes, and other equipment, stopping parents in the hallway when they arrived to pick up their kids to take their temperature and give them a squirt of sanitizer — the protocol for "contactless" drop-offs and pick-ups. Keeping parents outside to minimize direct interaction, she said, was "hard…

Editor (2021-07-15). Billionaire dynasties: vampires on humanity. mronline.org The first decades of the 21st century have been a gilded age for the world's super-rich. While the mass of humanity has struggled through successive economic crises, accelerating climate and environmental breakdown and now a devastating global pandemic, the billionaire class's wealth has piled up to ever more dizzying heights. | July 15, 2021…

WSWS (2021-07-15). SafeEdForAll group speak out about the campaign for safe schools in the UK. wsws.org Sarah Saul and Daniella Modus helped found a network supporting parents and teachers in their fight to reveal the truth about school infections during the pandemic.

WSWS (2021-07-15). UK: Johnson government's ending mandatory face masks on public transport faces major opposition. wsws.org The maintenance of the face coverings mandate is dictated by the need to preserve the corporatist relations cultivated through the Tripartite Agreement between the unions, TfL, and the private operators from the start of the pandemic against the threat from below.

Oakland Privacy (2021-07-15). Wednesday 8/18: Oakland Privacy: Fighting Against the Surveillance State. indybay.org We intend to meet in-person at the OMNI Commons, 4799 Shattuck Ave., Oakland, CA as we have in the past before the pandemic, assuming it is open and available. Email contact@oaklandprivacy.org a few days before the meeting to get up-to-date location information or obtain Zoom meeting access info.

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-07-15). Tumor cell PD-L1 may mediate sensitivity to chemotherapy in colorectal cancer treatment. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org ROCHESTER, Minn. — Data in a study by Mayo Clinic Cancer Center researchers indicates that the level of tumor cell PD-L1, a protein that acts as a brake to keep the body's immune responses under control, may be an important factor for sensitivity to chemotherapy in colorectal cancer treatment. The study was published Friday, July 2, in Oncogene. "We have identified a mechanism by which absent or low levels of tumor cell PD-L1, which is commonly found…

Staff (2021-07-15). Breyer Says His Health, Not Politics, Will Drive Decision on SCOTUS Retirement. truthout.org United States Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, in his first public comments since the end of the Court's term this summer, said he hasn't yet come to a decision on whether he will resign from the bench soon. | Breyer, at 82 years, is the oldest member of the Supreme Court, and has been an associate justice for 27 years. In his comments, which were made

Staff (2021-07-15). Guantánamo Memoir Film Skewers George W. Bush, But Exonerates Barack Obama. truthout.org Mohamedou Ould Slahi's Guantánamo memoir, Guantánamo Diary, is a book of remarkable power. Written during his incarceration and heavily redacted in its first editions, Slahi's story speaks with first-hand authority of the horror, degradation and brutality of life inside Guantánamo. It has the gravity of a historically significant document of state torture and the rich, intimate texture of a profoundly personal story. | The same cannot really be said of Kevin MacDonald's film adaptation of it, The…

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