2020-05-29: News Headlines

Barbara Fraser (2020-05-30). [World Report] COVID-19 strains remote regions of Peru. thelancet.com The health system in Iquitos is stretched and the true number of COVID-19 cases and deaths is unclear. Barbara Fraser reports from Lima.

Jennifer Prah Ruger, Richard Horton (2020-05-30). [Comment] Justice and health: The Lancet—Health Equity and Policy Lab Commission. thelancet.com Justice forms the foundation for what we owe each other and what fairness among human beings and institutions involves. Globally, there are large inequalities in health outcomes and opportunities for health. Not only is the global burden of disease distributed unevenly but capabilities to prevent and treat disease are also asymmetrical; those in greatest need often have the least access to human, physical, and financial resources for health. Global health justice provides an account of what justice across our planet embodies, offers solutions to global health problems, and identifies who has responsibilities and…

Daniella Lent-Schochet, Glenn Yiu (2020-05-30). [Clinical Picture] Drusen in dense deposit disease: not just age-related macular degeneration. thelancet.com A 40-year-old woman was referred to our clinic by her optometrist because she had lesions on her retina suggestive of age-related macular degeneration (AMD). She was otherwise well: with no systemic or visual symptoms.

Parth Patel (2020-05-30). [Correspondence] The health-related determinants of politics. thelancet.com I was pleased to read Richard Horton's Comment about populist politics.1 However, the problem of political populism and solution that he charts out seem somewhat non-sequitur.

Anja M S Ariansen, Siri Gloppen, Lise Rakner, Kjell Arne Johansson, àòystein A Haaland (2020-05-30). [Correspondence] Time for global health diplomacy. thelancet.com 2019 was The Lancet's Year for Nutrition. Highlights included reports from the EAT-Lancet Commission1 and The Global Syndemic Commission,2 both emphasising that global trade systems must be transformed to ensure healthy and sustainable diets. But what developments can be expected following these reports? We might get an indication by considering what has happened since The Lancet's 2009 Trade and Health Series. This Series criticised the trade agreements of the World Trade Organization (WTO) for being detrimental to global health, among other things, by facilitating unhealthy diets.

The Lancet (2020-05-30). [Editorial] COVID-19 in Africa: no room for complacency. thelancet.com Despite over 100‚Äà000 confirmed cases and infections in every country, the passage of COVID-19 through the African continent remains somewhat enigmatic. High numbers of deaths were expected in the region due to fragile health systems, lack of access to preventive measures, barriers to testing, and potentially vulnerable populations. But, according to WHO, Africa is the least affected region globally, with 1 ∑5% of the world's reported COVID-19 cases and 0 ∑1% of the world's deaths. Although comparisons are inaccurate, mortality rates have been lower compared with outbreaks of similar si…

Marion Nestle (2020-05-30). [Perspectives] A call for food system change. thelancet.com In shutting down entire societies, the COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the fundamental inequities and inadequacies of market-driven economies that prioritise profits over human welfare. Inequities show up in businesses that furlough employees while paying high salaries and bonuses to executives. They are also revealed by the dependence of food systems on poorly paid workers and cheap global supply chains. The COVID-19 crisis demonstrates how current food systems fail to protect populations from hunger and diet-influenced non-communicable diseases and why the poor, disenfranchised, discriminated against, and chronic…

Alison P Galvani, Meagan C Fitzpatrick (2020-05-30). [Correspondence] Cost-effectiveness of transitional US plans for universal health care. thelancet.com The USA stands alone as the only high-income country not to provide health care as a human right, leaving almost 80 million of its citizens without adequate insurance.1—3 In a 2020 study, we found that securing quality health care for the entire country would save 68‚Äà000 lives and 1 ∑73 million life-years annually.4…

Richard Horton (2020-05-30). [Comment] Offline: After COVID-19—is an "alternate society" possible? thelancet.com How do we make sense of this pandemic? The first interpretations are now appearing. Slavoj ≈Ωi≈æek is a prolific philosopher and cultural theorist. He is the first to produce a volume of reflections—Pandemic! COVID-19 Shakes the World (Polity, 2020). ≈Ωi≈æek doubts the epidemic will make us wiser: he insists that "we should resist the temptation to treat the ongoing epidemic as something that has a deeper meaning". Despite these cautions, we still have an important question to answer: "What is wrong with our system that we were caught unprepared by the catastr…

Sharmila Devi (2020-05-30). [World Report] Fears of "highly catastrophic" COVID-19 spread in Yemen. thelancet.com Yemen's health system has been devastated by years of conflict and COVID-19 deaths are reported to be surging in Aden. Sharmila Devi reports.

Manuel W Hetzel, Bassirou Bonfoh (2020-05-30). [Correspondence] Towards more balanced representation in Lancet Commissions. thelancet.com Enthusiastically, Richard Horton1 reports on the foundation of the Italian Institute of Planetary Health at a time when youth strikes, an emerging pandemic of a new coronavirus, and burning forests remind us of our planet being in jeopardy. We agree that something must change so that the undoubtable advances in science and medicine that were made since the time of Lucretius translate into a better life for all humans, no matter who they are, where they were born, and where they live and work.1 Yet, the lamented crisis of trust in science and medicine cannot be overcome by concepts of global health or planetary he…

Alan Macleod (2020-05-29). As Establishment Condemns China for Hong Kong Repression, Trump Tweets About "Shooting Looters" mintpressnews.com Democrats and Republicans are united in condemning Beijing for its overreach, but perhaps its time to look closer to home to find examples of state repression.

Ramzy Baroud (2020-05-29). Political Ambiguity or a Doomsday Weapon: Why Abbas Abandoned Oslo. counterpunch.org This time, we are told, it is different and that President of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, is absolutely serious about his decision to absolve his leadership from all previous agreements signed with Israel and the United States. But this time is not different, and Abbas is not serious. "The Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and

WSWS (2020-05-29). Howie Hawkins and the Green Party: Capitalist politics in the guise of "ecosocialism" wsws.org Following Bernie Sanders's endorsement of Biden, the Green Party and its presumptive presidential nominee Hawkins are presenting themselves as the continuation of Sanders's "political revolution."

Paul Antonopoulos (2020-05-29). Trump Is No Longer Interested in Trade Deal with China? globalresearch.ca U.S. President Donald Trump is losing interest in the trade deal he made with China, according to his economic adviser, and the reason could be that as we progress further into the election season, fixing relations with China is less …

Philip Giraldi (2020-05-29). Trump the "Peace Candidate": Contemplating War During Pandemic against Two Global Competitors. Nuclear Weapons "Tests" against China and Russia. globalresearch.ca Let us consider why the Donald Trump White House is currently considering

Ari Paul (2020-05-29). Coverage of School Reopening Needs to Include School Workers. commondreams.org School closures have created some of the most trying ordeals for families in this pandemic. (Photo: carl_hfser/flickr) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/education_poverty_0.jpg

Max Blumenthal (2020-05-29). Exclusive images from inside British court expose Assange's un-democratic treatment, physical deterioration. thegrayzone.com Photographs surreptitiously taken inside a British courtroom and provided to The Grayzone show a visibly disoriented Julian Assange confined to…

Sarah Lazare (2020-05-29). Minneapolis police leader defending George Floyd's killers tied to 'white power'-linked biker gang. thegrayzone.com From The Grayzone vault: The record of a pro-Trump Minneapolis police leader defending the killers of George Floyd reveals a…

Dave Lindorff (2020-05-29). Pandemic Crisis and Recession Can Spark a Fight for Real Change in the US. counterpunch.org American workers have a huge opportunity as a result of this coronavirus pandemic — an opportunity to massively expand union membership in the workplace, and a chance, after decades of being ignored by Congress, to finally win a desperately needed increase in the federal minimum wage from its current $7.25 per hour to at least

Jonathan Cook (2020-05-29). Emily Maitlis is No Media Hero: She Simply Forgot What She and the BBC Are There To Do. dissidentvoice.org The wrong conclusions are being drawn about Emily Maitlis's comments on Dominic Cummings on the BBC flagship Newsnight show this week. Her remarks are not evidence of her courage, or that journalists are being gagged, or that the BBC is suddenly capitulating to the government. | The problem is caused by our desire to focus on whether Maitlis was right or wrong about Cummings, Boris Johnson's chief adviser, breaking the lockdown rules. But it is actually a distraction to fixate on the issue of whether Maitlis should or should not have been allowed to express the widely shared view — supported by a police…

Monica Moorehead (2020-05-29). Against police violence and capitalism, to rebel is justified. workers.org Workers World salutes all the brave protesters in Minneapolis, currently ground zero against police terror. We also salute those activists in Los Angeles, Memphis and other cities who are organizing protests and braving the pandemic to be in the streets or in car caravans to show solidarity with the demand: . . . |

Joe Piette (2020-05-29). Car caravan: Free Our Youth! workers.org Philadelphia As states across the U.S. took steps to stop the spread of COVID-19 — closing schools and workplaces, canceling events and shifting to supporting children in their homes and communities — one group of young people is being left behind: the nearly 50,000 youth locked up across the country. . . . |

Special to Workers World (2020-05-29). CUNY and the struggle against COVID-19 cuts. workers.org Special to Workers World The City University of New York is the largest urban public university system in the United States. It has 275,000 students, spread over 11 senior colleges funded by New York state; seven community colleges, funded by New York City; and seven postgraduate institutions. Its students are . . . |

Jim McMahan (2020-05-29). Packinghouse workers strike vs. bosses & COVID-19. workers.org Seattle May 24 — Strikes broke out May 7 in several apple packinghouses and continue in Washington state's Yakima Valley. Latinx workers are striking more than a half-dozen big, rich packinghouses. Fruit packers in Washington state are in their third week on strike. At least 400 workers have stayed out . . . |

Benjamin Dangl (2020-05-29). Bibles at the Barricades: How the Right Seized Power in Bolivia. counterpunch.org Returning to La Paz, Bolivia after last November's coup was like returning to the scene of a crime. Since Bolivian President Evo Morales was removed from power, right-wing interim President Jeanine àÅñez has led the country with an iron fist. State repression immediately following the coup left dozens dead and the government has been throwing

Andrew Levine (2020-05-29). Trump Is Unbeatable in the Race to the Bottom and So Is the GOP. counterpunch.org In the race to the bottom, Donald Trump is unbeatable. Therefore, so now too is the Republican Party; being under his thumb, it is with him, every step of the way. This is why Joe Biden will have a hard time losing in November, no matter how good he and other corporate Democrats are at

James O'Neill (2020-05-29). Western Reaction to China Shows the Bad Old Days Haven't Passed. dissidentvoice.org One of the most tiresome clichés uttered by the western nations, including Australia, is their alleged commitment to the "rules based international order". By this they generally mean a set of rules of supposed international authority, to which all developed nations are expected to adhere. Those who allegedly failed to do so are labelled as …

Tim Wise (2020-05-29). Protest, Uprisings, and Race War. counterpunch.org The moralizing has begun. Those who have rarely been the target of organized police gangsterism are once again lecturing those who have about how best to respond to it. Be peaceful, they implore, as protesters rise up in Minneapolis and across the country in response to the killing of George Floyd. This, coming from the

Joshua Frank (2020-05-29). In Search of a Lost Socialism. counterpunch.org In May of 1914 — 107 years ago this month — a small, yet vibrant socialist colony on the edge of Los Angeles County took root that is worth revisiting. In the Age of Covid-19, and with the continued violent assault on black and brown people across the US, one must visualize a more peaceful,

Staff (2020-05-29). Essential Remittances To Africa Devastated By Coronavirus Pandemic. therealnews.com Families dependent on remittances from seasonal workers are facing a crisis, even in countries without widespread COVID-19 cases.

Pam Martens, Russ Martens (2020-05-29). A Growing Wave of Bankruptcies Threatens U.S. Recovery. counterpunch.org The bankruptcy epidemic in the U.S. started last year, long before any COVID-19 pandemic had touched down. U.S. retailers ranked among the greatest casualties of 2019 with a total of 17 bankruptcies. Big names among the retail bankruptcies in 2019 included Gymboree on January 16; Charlotte Russe on February 3; Things Remembered on February 6;

David Ruccio (2020-05-29). Corporate university—pandemic edition. mronline.org Will colleges and universities reopen in the fall? That's the question on the minds of many these day—administrators, faculty, staff, students, and their families, not to mention the communities in which they live.

Staff (2020-05-29). Baltimore Mayoral Candidate Wants to Limit Mayoral Power. therealnews.com Baltimore's upcoming primary election will be notable and not just because residents will primarily vote by mail due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The mayoral election on June 2 comes after a massive corruption scandal led to a federal indictment against the previously-elected mayor in 2019. As a result of that corruption scandal, there is a heated debate over whether the city should reform its "Strong Mayor" system of governance that gives more power to Baltimore's City executive than any other major city, offers few checks on their power and many argue, enabled the 2019 scandal. | One leading mayoral candidate, Cit…

Ron Jacobs (2020-05-29). The Odyssey of Elias Demetracopoulos. counterpunch.org In twenty-first-century mainstream media, a real journalist is difficult to find. Instead, one finds multiple purveyors of corporate and government propaganda, entertainers who sensationalize the most meaningless tidbits about the lives of public figures, faux investigations of misdoings that focus on the symptoms and not the causes, and outright liars. Elected and non-elected officials use

Raul Diego (2020-05-29). Police Deny Any Connection to Mysterious Minneapolis "Umbrella Man" Saboteur. mintpressnews.com Regardless of the truth behind who started the fires and the looting, the rage felt by the people of Minneapolis and elsewhere is the result of a deep and profound problem in this country that cannot go on.

Miko Peled (2020-05-29). "Deadly Exchange": America's Racist Policing Has Roots in Israel. mintpressnews.com During training sessions in Israel, American police delegations meet with Israeli military, police, and intelligence agencies and taught what Israel calls counterterrorism, but is in fact no more than "refining methods of racial profiling."

T.J. Coles (2020-05-29). What's NATO Up to These Days? Provoking Russia, Draining Healthcare Budgets and Protecting Its Own from COVID. counterpunch.org In November 2019, as experts warned that a novel coronavirus was likely to develop in the near-future, NATO boasted that its European Allies, including the UK, as well as Canada, were boosting their military budgets by an average of 4.6 percent, or an additional $130bn since 2016. The implication is that this increase in military spending is at the expense of healthcare, which is being privatized worldwide.

Vijay Prashad (2020-05-29). If you do not feel for humanity, you have forgotten to be human. mronline.org The coronavirus continues its contagious march across the planet: almost 350,000 known deaths and over 5.4 million people infected. Meanwhile, in the Bay of Bengal, Cyclone Amphan makes its fierce landing, its immense energy tearing a corridor through Bangladesh and India (Odisha and West Bengal).

Charles Pierson (2020-05-29). Who are the "Wrong Hands" in Yemen? counterpunch.org Politics makes strange bedfellows. Some of them want to kill us. Take Abu Abbas (as Henny Youngman used to say: "Please."). Abu Abbas (a nom de guerre for one Adil Abduh Fari al-Dabhani) is the founder and leader of the Abu Abbas brigade, a militia fighting on the government side in Yemen. Abbas and his

Prabir Purkayastha (2020-05-29). U.S. declares a vaccine war on the World. mronline.org Donald Trump launched a new vaccine war in May, but not against the virus. It was against the world.

Staff (2020-05-29). New Details Of Deadly No-Knock Warrant Show Just How Reckless Police Can Be. therealnews.com PAR uncovers new information on the dangers of serving no-knock warrants and analyzes the raid that killed 26-year-old EMT Breonna Taylor. Cop watcher Kenneth Dunham alleges continued intimidation from local Oregon police.

Staff (2020-05-29). New Details Of Deadly No-Knock Warrant Shows Just How Reckless Police Can Be. therealnews.com PAR uncovers new information on the dangers of serving no-knock warrants and analyzes the raid that killed 26-year-old EMT Breonna Taylor. Cop watcher Kenneth Dunham alleges continued intimidation from local Oregon police.

Pratyush Chandra (2020-05-29). Bethune's socialized medicine and the public health crisis today. mronline.org We are at war! The heads of states throughout the globe are posing as chieftains in this quixotic war against an enemy who no one understands.

Mike Bader (2020-05-29). The Only Way to Save Grizzlies: Connect Their Habitats. counterpunch.org Linkages, biological corridors, demographic connectivity or intervening areas. These are the lands outside and between the Grizzly Bear Recovery Areas in the Northern Rockies. Over the past 20 years grizzly bears have begun to recolonize this historic habitat, increasing the possibilities of linking genetically isolated populations and reestablishing a breeding population in the vast Bitterroot

Paul Buhle (2020-05-29). Why Does W.E.B. Du Bois Matter Today? counterpunch.org In their new book, W.E.B. Du Bois: A Life in American History,Charisse Burden-Stelly and Gerald Horne pose the question that every scholar of African American history, a central part of all US history, must sooner or later approach. W.E.B. Du Bois is without question one of the largest, perhaps the very largest, figure in African-American history.

David Schultz (2020-05-29). Trump isn't the Pope and This Ain't the Middle Ages. counterpunch.org President Trump orders governors to open up the churches. Churches defy governors and seek to open. Someone needs to remind both the president and religious institutions that the Middle Ages are over and Modernity won. President Trump and many religious institutions are pushing arguments reminiscent of those found in the Medieval Christian Europe where secular

Global Research News (2020-05-29). Selected Articles: The Horrific Minneapolis Police Killing of George Floyd. globalresearch.ca Do you value the reporting and in-depth analysis provided by Global Research on a daily basis? | Click to | * * * | |

Kevin Alexander Gray, Jeffrey St. Clair, JoAnn Wypijewski (2020-05-29). There is No Peace: an Incitement to Justice. counterpunch.org Summer 2014: a year since George Zimmerman was acquitted for killing Trayvon Martin. Another summer of violence and justification: US shells incinerating Palestinian children, devastating UN refuges in Gaza, pounding Afghan villages, again. Another trial of another white man who says he was scared, who had to defend himself with a blast of ammunition against

Mat Ward (2020-05-29). 10 radical new albums to banish your coronavirus blues. greenleft.org.au

2020-05-28: News Headlines

Norman Solomon (2020-05-28). Amy Klobuchar, Minneapolis Police and Her VP Quest. commondreams.org Klobuchar has risen to the top tier of Biden's possible VP picks. Her selection would likely be disastrous. (Photo by Zach Gibson/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/amy_0.jpg

Paul Antonopoulos (2020-05-28). Has Coronavirus Pandemic Really Destroyed Globalization? globalresearch.ca The coronavirus pandemic has not only created contradictory information on the best ways to deal with it, on whether there are cures and vaccinations, or whether there will be a second wave, but they are also contradictory on how the …

Terrace (2020-05-28). Elections, A New Leadership And BDS Are Pivotal For Palestine. popularresistance.org Ever since President Donald Trump blundered blindly into the Middle East with his woefully inexperienced team of advisors, US foreign policy has swung wildly out of control. Predictably, it has destroyed the already fragile two-state solution as defined by the Oslo Accords. | It's no use pretending that such a solution is still viable. That, though, may not be all bad news for the Palestinians, whose current leadership in Ramallah is incapable of actually leading the people and taking control of the situation. | The Palestinians have never worn the cloak of victimhood very well; it is simply not in their DNA to s…

Rima Najjar (2020-05-28). Countering the Judaization of the Rest of Palestine. globalresearch.ca Netanyahu's impending annexation of the Judaized parts of the West Bank (he says July 1st) is a transformative event for Palestinian politics, and the Palestinian people, who have long been reined in by impositions that accept Zionist myths and outright …

Danny Sjursen (2020-05-28). The Future of Forever War, American-Style. counterpunch.org Covid-19, an ongoing global human tragedy, may have at least one silver lining. It has led millions of people to question America's most malignant policies at home and abroad. Regarding Washington's war policies abroad, there's been speculation that the coronavirus might, in the end, put a dent in such conflicts, if not prove an unintended

Jack Rasmus (2020-05-28). Two Fictions of Mainstream Economics. counterpunch.org Mainstream economics consistently fails to predict the future. I'm talking about those 'schools' of mis-thought, ranging from Paul Krugman on the 'left' to Glenn Hubbard and other apologists of business and neoliberalism on the 'right'. One of the favorite myths they perpetrate is that 'wages are sticky downwards'. That means that in conditions of recession

Melvin Goodman (2020-05-28). Trump's War on Arms Control and Disarmament. counterpunch.org A successor to the Trump administration will have to rebuild the credibility of the Department of Justice and the effectiveness of such regulatory agencies as the Environmental Protection Agency and the Consumer Finance Protection Agency. It will have to rebuild the intelligence community, which has been heavily politicized, and the Department of State, which has

Evaggelos Vallianatos (2020-05-28). The Virtues of Not Eating Animals. counterpunch.org Growing up in a village I was born in a Greek village where land and food self-sufficiency were everything. My father had a few strips of land where he raised enough food for his family and the family of his brother who lost his life during the war years of the 1940s. My father cultivated

Martin Billheimer (2020-05-28). There is No Vacation Anymore. counterpunch.org "But the beauty is in the walking. We are betrayed by destinations." — Gwynn Thomas Covid has made a mockery of scheduling. Its new order of hibernation or death caught the Republic unawares, despite two months of international warnings and as many afternoons of mediocre golf. Shucks, accidents will happen! But I suspect that in

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2020-05-28). Warnings of 'Catastrophic Consequences' as Locust Swarms Hit India and Pakistan in Midst of Coronavirus Crisis. commondreams.org For India, the invasion comes alongside "eviscerating heat." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/locusts-covid.jpg

Staff (2020-05-28). "Fight Back!": ACT UP Members & Tony Kushner Remember Trailblazing AIDS Activist Larry Kramer. democracynow.org We discuss the life and legacy of Larry Kramer, the legendary writer and trailblazing activist in the fight against AIDS, who has died at the age of 84. Kramer helped start Gay Men's Health Crisis and ACT UP to demand life-saving drugs, and faced off with Dr. Anthony Fauci before the two became friends. Many credit Kramer for saving thousands of lives. We hear from Kramer in his own words at the 2019 anti-corporate Queer Liberation March and host a roundtable with two former ACT UP members: "Gay USA" host Ann Northrop and Yale epidemiologist Gregg Gonsalves. We also speak with Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright To…

RT (2020-05-28). IKEA values vs Polish traditions: Manager faces up to TWO YEARS behind bars after firing employee opposing pro-LGBT event. rt.com An IKEA HR manager has been charged in Poland with violating the religious rights of a Bible-citing employee, who was fired after refusing to endorse a pro-LGBT event. Now, the manager could end up behind bars. | The Warsaw-Praga District Prosecutor's Office has decided to press charges against the manager, whose identity has not been revealed, arguing that this person has infringed upon an employee's rights on the basis of religion. The decision to sack the employee was based on "arbitrary assessment and prejudice" toward a man expressing "Christian" views, it added. Now, this person could face anything betwe…

Jeffrey St. Clair (2020-05-28). Last Stand in the Big Woods. counterpunch.org There was no reason it had to come down like this: Two militant greens standing in the middle of an isolated, snow-crusted road in a place where a road should never be; bracing their bodies against a train of logging trucks, snowmobiles, and Forest Service jeeps groaning at the gate, demanding entry; willingly subjecting themselves to arrest by Idaho troopers armed with guns, clubs, and a draconian and sub-constitutional new law. All in a last-gasp attempt to halt a vastly destructive timber sale in the heart of the nation's largest roadless area, a timber sale two federal judges had already found to be a brazen…

pip.hinman (2020-05-28). Re-elect Sue Bolton to Moreland Council. greenleft.org.au

Staff (2020-05-28). Headlines for May 28, 2020. democracynow.org U.S. Coronavirus Death Toll Tops 100,000, Minneapolis Erupts in Flames as Protesters Rage Against Police Killing of George Floyd, China Tightens Grip on Hong Kong with New National Security Law, House of Representatives Holds First-Ever Remote Vote Amid Coronavirus Pandemic, Protesters Surround Sing Sing Prison Demanding Release of Prisoners at Risk of COVID-19, Researchers: 6 Feet of Social Distancing Might Not Be Enough to Stop Coronavirus Spread, Doctors Without Borders Warns of Spike in Coronavirus Cases Among Florida Farmworkers, Brazilian Police Raid Fake News Network Linked to Son of Far-Right President, A…

Staff (2020-05-28). "No Justification": Minneapolis Demands Murder Charges for Police Officer Who Killed George Floyd. democracynow.org Parts of Minneapolis erupted into flames Wednesday night as residents again took to the streets to protest the death of George Floyd, a Black man killed by white police officer Derek Chauvin on Monday. A viral video shows Chauvin kneeling on George Floyd's neck for a number of minutes as Floyd repeatedly says "I cannot breathe." Three other officers stood by as George Floyd suffocated. They have been identified as Tou Thao, Thomas Lane and J. Alexander Kueng. All four officers were fired on Tuesday. Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey has called on prosecutors to file criminal charges against Derek Chauvin. We speak wit…

The Canary (2020-05-28). 'Test and Trace will fail if workers are pushed into financial hardship'. thecanary.co The Test and Trace system will fail to work effectively if statutory sick pay is not increased, the government has been warned. | Those self-isolating will be eligible for statutory sick pay but there are fears that many workers will not be able to afford to isolate and will be forced to keep working. | NHS Test and Trace — seen as key to easing the coronavirus lockdown restrictions — will be rolled out across England on Thursday, and there are concerns that people could be asked to self-isolate for period of 14 days more than once in the coming weeks. | TUC general secretary Frances O'Grady said: "We…

The Canary (2020-05-28). India forced to deal with heatwave and plague of locusts as it battles Covid-19. thecanary.co As if Covid-19 was not enough, India has been grappling with scorching temperatures and the worst locust invasion in decades as authorities prepared for the end of lockdown despite recording thousands of new infections every day.This triple disaster drew biblical comparisons and forced officials to try to balance the competing demands of simultaneous public health crises: protection from eviscerating heat but also social distancing in newly reopened parks and markets.The heat wave threatens to compound challenges of containing the virus, which has started spreading more quickly and broadly since the government be…

The Canary (2020-05-28). UK-bound air passenger numbers plummet by 99% during coronavirus. thecanary.co The number of passengers arriving in the UK by air fell "sharply" since the start of the coronavirus pandemic from around 7.1 million in January to 112,300 in April.The figure for last month is 99% lower than the number of air passengers who came into the country in April 2019, according to the Advance Passenger Information (API) data published by the Home Office.A report published on Thursday said the majority (58%) of arrivals since the lockdown was announced on 23 March were British nationals coming back to the UK.The remaining 42% "will include foreign nationals who are UK residents returning to the UK, depen…

RT (2020-05-28). Russia WILL NOT ban hydroxychloroquine, drug taken by US President Trump, for use in treating Covid-19. rt.com Russia's Health Ministry announced it will not ban hydroxychloroquine, seen by some as potentially dangerous. The drug, touted by US President Trump, has been suspended for use in treating Covid-19 in France, Italy, and Belgium. | On Thursday, the Russian Health Ministry stated on its website that hydroxychloroquine's effectiveness and safety in the treatment of coronavirus is continually being monitored, but the ministry is not taking any steps towards outlawing it. This decision is in sharp contrast to moves made by some European countries which, due to safety concerns, have completely stopped the prescripti…

RT (2020-05-28). Battleground Minnesota: Disturbing VIDEOS show aftermath of violent riots over police killing of black man. rt.com A night of rioting and looting has left multiple buildings torched and businesses ransacked in Minneapolis, after protests over the police killing of an unarmed black man escalated into violence. | Footage from the scene shows the scale of the destruction, with the city's streets starting to resemble a war zone. On Wednesday night, multiple buildings across the city were set on fire, with smoke and fire still billowing from the ruins in the morning. | This is war torn America. We should all be ashamed.

RT (2020-05-28). Cummings made 'minor breach' of Covid-19 lockdown rules, but no action will be taken — UK police. rt.com UK police have determined that there was a "minor breach" of Covid-19 regulations by PM Boris Johnson's top aide Dominic Cummings, but that no retrospective action will be taken against him. | Durham police said there "might have been a minor breach of the regulations that would have warranted police intervention" when Cummings made a 26-mile journey from his parents' farm in Durham to Barnard Castle. The breach was described as minor in nature because the family complied with social distancing guidelines. | Cummings found himself at the center of a major political storm this week after it was revealed that he…

RT (2020-05-28). Envoy demands VOA ramp up anti-Iran efforts to 'support' Iranians… because what they really need is more US-funded propaganda. rt.com The US government-funded Voice of America's Persian news service must "do a better job" with its anti-Iran news coverage or it risks being shut down, US Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook has warned. | In an unintentionally irony-laden oped published by the New York Post on Wednesday, Hook

RT (2020-05-28). US coronavirus death toll tops 100,000 as politics overshadows grief. rt.com Covid-19 has claimed over 100,000 lives in the United States, the latest figures show, marking another dark milestone in the pandemic — which has been increasingly politicized in the run-up to the November presidential election. | The US death toll now stands at 100,276, according to data gathered by Johns Hopkins University, adding 1,401 new fatalities in the last 24 hours. Just shy of 1.7 million people have been infected by the lethal virus nationwide. | As deaths crossed the 100,000 mark, former Vice President and 2020 Democratic hopeful Joe Biden issued a pre-recorded video response online. While…

RT (2020-05-28). Rush to bury Cummings story? UK govt slammed as Covid-19 contact tracing system won't be 'fully operational' till end of June. rt.com England's contact tracing system — billed last week as "world class" by PM Boris Johnson — will not be "fully operational" until the end of June, the head of the service has reportedly told UK MPs, prompting ridicule from Britons. | On the day the vital system was supposed to be launched, Dido Harding, the chair of NHS track and trace, told a group of UK lawmakers in a conference call on Thursday that local authorities in England and trained contact tracers wouldn't be fully linked to the system until the end of June, according to one of those MPs, Ben Bradshaw. | Bradshaw, the Labour MP for Exeter…

RT (2020-05-28). Trump's retweets declare 'only good Democrat is a dead Democrat' and Covid-19 masks 'slavery'… critics take the bait. rt.com Two retweets from President Donald Trump have outraged critics. One declares "the only good Democrat is a dead Democrat" and the other calls Covid-19 protective masks "social control." | Trump has been using Twitter in recent weeks to do everything from slamming mail-in voting to accusing MSNBC host Joe Scarborough of possible murder. And some of his latest tweets have proven just as incendiary. | One "thank you" tweet from Wednesday evening was in response to a video from the pro-Trump group Cowboys for Trump. The footage includes a speaker saying, "I've come to a place where I've come to the conclusion that…

RT (2020-05-28). 'A terrible indictment on society': Man who lost father to Covid-19 amid outbreak at Scottish nursing home shares story with RT. rt.com The son of a Covid-19 victim in Scotland has told RT how the government and senior staff failed to protect the residents at nursing homes hit by the deadly virus. Authorities have promised an inquiry into the crisis. | John Gordon told RT that his father, John Angus Gordon, was "a quiet and humble man." | "[His last] four years were spent at Home Farm nursing home, where he was very happy and very content. He was healthy enough, despite being 83 and having dementia," he said. | Gordon initially found out about a Covid-19 outbreak on Scotland's northwestern Isle of Skye, where the nursing home is based, from so…

RT (2020-05-28). Cuomo desperately doles out celebs to sell new face mask executive order amid nursing home deaths debacle. rt.com With New York Governor Andrew Cuomo facing scrutiny over his treatment of nursing homes during his Covid-19 response, he turned to celebrities Chris Rock and Rosie Perez to help him sell his latest order regarding the pandemic. | 'Grown Ups' star and 'Birds of Prey' actress joined Cuomo at his Thursday press conference where the governor announced a new executive order allowing businesses to deny service to people not wearing masks. | "You don't want to wear a mask? Fine, but you don't have a right to then go into that store if that store owner doesn't want you to," the governor said. | Also on rt.com | | <...

RT (2020-05-28). Denmark sees no increase in coronavirus infections after opening schools. rt.com A partial reopening of Danish schools did not lead to an increase in coronavirus infections among young students, according to an expert at the Danish Serum Institute. | Denmark was one of the first countries to reopen society on April 15 after a one-month lockdown. Students up to fifth grade were allowed back in school. | "You cannot see any negative effects from the reopening of schools," Peter Andersen, a doctor of infectious disease epidemiology and prevention, told Reuters on Thursday. | The data showed no significant increase in infections among children aged between one and 19 in the weeks after the par…

RT (2020-05-28). Philippines coronavirus task force recommends Duterte ease one of world's toughest lockdowns in Manila. rt.com The Philippines' coronavirus task force has recommended President Rodrigo Duterte ease one of the toughest and longest lockdowns in the world for residents in the capital, Manila. This weekend, Manila's lockdown will surpass the 76-day quarantine of Wuhan, the Chinese city where the first outbreak of the coronavirus was detected. | The recommendation came even as daily infections this week were the highest since April 6. Confirmed cases in the past six days comprise nearly 11 percent of the total 15,049 recorded, of which 904 led to deaths, Reuters said. | Health authorities have missed the target of testing 3…

RT (2020-05-28). France to launch its contact-tracing app this weekend after lawmakers' approval. rt.com The French government is preparing a weekend launch of its contact-tracing app, a tool developed independently of the more widely used Apple/Google platform. | The plan for the 'StopCovid' app in France had led to a standoff with Apple, which had refused French officials' request to change the settings to let their app access Bluetooth in the background, so it is always switched on. | France and Britain have decided to keep contact data in a central database, arguing this would make it easier for authorities to track suspected coronavirus cases. However, Apple and Google want data to be stored on the phones th…

RT (2020-05-28). Coronavirus to 'go into HIBERNATION' in summer — Moscow's former chief doctor to RT. rt.com The novel coronavirus will lose its power in summer and, as it passes through more people, it will no longer be 'new' for immune systems and will behave like flu or even just a cold, Moscow's former head doctor has told RT.

RT (2020-05-28). Phase 2 of easing lockdown in France begins, Paris region leaves 'red' coronavirus zone. rt.com France is moving to phase two of relaxing its lockdown and the greater Paris region is no longer deemed to be a "red" coronavirus hot-spot zone, PM Edouard Philippe said on Thursday. "Freedom will become the rule, bans the exception," he said in a televised address. | The coronavirus has claimed the lives of more than 28,500 people in France, but on Wednesday the death toll rose by less than 100 for the seventh day running, Reuters reported. | The Paris region is now designated an "orange" zone, meaning it is still not as free of the virus as almost all other regions, which have been designated "green." | Fran…

RT (2020-05-28). 'NATO roulette': Norwegian port to host nuclear-powered US subs despite local objections. rt.com A municipal port in Norway is set to receive nuclear-powered submarines from NATO after the only naval base in the area was sold and decommissioned — but local politicians and environmental activists aren't on board with the plan. | When the Olavsvern base in Tromso was sold to private investors in 2009, pressure mounted from NATO to find an alternative point of arrival for reactor-driven vessels, other than Haakonsvern in Bergen, which is currently the only approved port in the country. | Now it appears a "temporary solution" to the problem has been found at Grotsund in Tromso, where the country's Armed…

RT (2020-05-28). US could conduct live NUCLEAR test 'within months' if Trump orders it. rt.com The US could carry out a live nuclear test within "months" should the president request it, a senior Pentagon official said, suggesting "geopolitical issues" — presumably referring to Moscow and Beijing — could prompt the order. | Though Washington has not altered its official stance on nuclear tests — which have been on pause for nearly three decades — that could change "rapidly," the acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear Matters Drew Walter told an online forum hosted by the Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies on Tuesday. | "If the president directed — becau…

RT (2020-05-28). Iran slams 'desperate attempt' by US to ramp up 'maximum pressure' campaign by ending sanctions waivers. rt.com Tehran has dismissed the Trump administration's "desperate attempt" to increase pressure on Iran by ending sanctions waivers that had allowed Russian, Chinese and European firms to keep working at civilian Iranian nuclear sites. | Washington will give foreign governments 60 days to wind down operations on the facilities or face new sanctions of their own, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday. The waivers had been in place since President Donald Trump tore up the 2015 nuclear deal two years ago. | The Atomic Energy Organization of Iran said Washington was engaging in a "desperate attempt to distr…

RT (2020-05-28). Chinese parliament passes national security bill amid raging Hong Kong protests. rt.com The Chinese parliament on Thursday passed a national security bill that ramps up security in Hong Kong. Anti-Beijing protests in the autonomous city were reignited by the draft's introduction. | The bill was approved by the National People's Congress (NPC) in Beijing and will now go to the country's leadership to be enacted into law. The parliament session was attended by President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang. | The details of the new legislation, which is expected to come into force by August, have not been made public yet. The bill is widely believed to introduce harsher punishments for things like ins…

RT (2020-05-28). Minneapolis police investigate 'homicide' amid reports of 'looter shot dead by pawn shop owner'. rt.com A suspected looter has reportedly been shot and killed in Minneapolis after a protest over police brutality escalated into a full-blown riot, with a law enforcement spokesman confirming one homicide amid the unrest. | Though few details have yet emerged about the murder — the first casualty linked to the riots — a number of unconfirmed reports, including from bystanders on the scene, suggest the man was shot while attempting to loot a pawn shop in the city on Wednesday night. | A video clip surfaced on social media purporting to show the man as emergency response workers attempted to revive him. | <...

RT (2020-05-28). Meteorite or rocket? Armenia baffled by large celestial body initially mistaken for FIREWORKS (VIDEO). rt.com A bright flash has lit up the night skies over western Armenia, leaving local residents and scientists wondering about the origins of a mysterious object that looked like a fireworks explosion. | A

RT (2020-05-28). Germany's Foreign Ministry calls in Russian ambassador over 2015 cyberattack allegations. rt.com Berlin said on Thursday it is seeking EU sanctions against a Russian man over his alleged role in the hacking of the German parliament in 2015. Germany's Foreign Ministry said it called in Russian Ambassador Sergey Nechayev to inform him in person of the move. | Senior diplomat Miguel Berger "strongly condemned the attack on Germany's parliament in the name of the German government" while meeting with Nechayev, according to the ministry. | The attack on the Bundestag networks began on April 30, 2015, and over 16 gigabytes of data was reportedly stolen, including the lawmakers' emails. | The Russian Embassy in…

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2020-05-28). Who is Behind "Fake News"? Mainstream Media Use Fake Videos and Images. globalresearch.ca The mainstream corporate media is desperate. They want to suppress independent and alternative online media, which they categorize as "fake news". Readers on social media are warned not to go onto certain sites. Our analysis confirms that the mainstream media are routinely involved in distorting the facts and turning realities upside down.

Juan Cole (2020-05-28). Why does Far Right get a pass by American law enforcement? zcomm.org Top 6 Reasons Authorities are Cracking down Hard on Black Protesters while Treating White Supremacist Reopeners with Kid Gloves…

Stephen Lendman (2020-05-28). Trump Regime Escalates War by Other Means on Iran and China. globalresearch.ca The US under both right wings of its war party represents an unparalleled threat to world peace, stability, democratic values, and the rule of law. | As long as the world community fails to uphold UN Charter principles and other core …

Stephen Lendman (2020-05-28). Trump's Offer to Mediate China/India Border Dispute? globalresearch.ca On Wednesday, Trump tweeted the following: | "We have informed both India and China that the United States is ready, willing and able to mediate or arbitrate their now raging border dispute." | He ignored longstanding US efforts to drive a stake …

Jesse Jackson (2020-05-28). It's Time for Bold Responses to a Stark Crisis. counterpunch.org We live in a time of bitter divisions. Today, even the wearing of masks has become a partisan question. Yet, this country has united before to meet external threats. The calamity that has been wrought by the coronavirus is the result of an external attack — this time by a virus rather than an armed

South Front (2020-05-28). Video: Russian Warplanes in Libya. globalresearch.ca The US has finally discovered whom to blame for the ongoing escalation of the conflict in Libya. | On May 26, the US African Command (AFRICOM) claimed that Russia had deployed warplanes to Libya to support the Libyan National Army of …

Kevin Zeese (2020-05-28). Baton Rouge Inmates Sue For Release Due To COVID-19, Potential 'Death Sentence'. popularresistance.org The inmates are seeking class-action status in an attempt to protect other current and future inmates. Their lawsuit also seeks to have a federal judge order East Baton Rouge to improve jail conditions and inmate treatment, including providing sufficient cleaning supplies and requiring staff to wear personal protective equipment. At least 70 inmates have tested positive and 48 of them have recovered, according to the sheriff's office. Several civil rights attorneys and organizations teamed up on the lawsuit, including the Advancement Project and the Center for Constitutional Rights. David Utter, an attorney on th…

Kevin Zeese (2020-05-28). Canadian Groups Fight For Covid-19 Recovery That Prioritizes Human And Ecological Health. popularresistance.org Nearly 200 Canadian organizations on Monday rolled out their demands for a "just recovery," saying that continuing business-as-usual after the pandemic would prevent the kind of far-reaching transformation needed to put "the health and well-being of ALL peoples and ecosystems first." | "The choices we make now about how to recover from this pandemic will shape not only our health and economic future, but also the future of human life on this planet," Canadian Labour Congress president Hassan Yussuff said in a statement. "This moment is a reminder that the status quo can and must be disrupted," the new Just Recove…

Kevin Zeese (2020-05-28). Law Enforcement Has Quietly Backed Anti-Protest Bills In At Least 8 States. popularresistance.org Law enforcement in at least eight states—Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Washington and Wyoming—lobbied on behalf of anti-protest bills in 2017 and 2018. The bills ran the gamut from punishing face coverings at protests to increasing penalties for "economic disruption" and highway blockage to criminalizing civil protests that interfere with "critical infrastructure" like oil pipelines. | Emboldened by the Trump administration, at least 31 states have considered 62 pieces of anti-protest legislation since November 2016, with at least seven enacted and 31 still pending. The full sc…

Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J.S. Davies (2020-05-28). Who Are the Secret Puppet-Masters Behind Trump's War on Iran? commondreams.org CODEPINK protesters at Congressional hearing on Iran in 2015. (Photo: CODEPINK) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/cp_senate.jpg_1718483346_1.jpg