2020-05-12: Social Media Postees

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At San Quentin: 'No state execution by COVID-19!'
Judy Greenspan | workers.org | 2020-05-13
May 9

China reacts with Zero tolerance for racist incidents
Joshua Hanks | workers.org | 2020-05-13
Reports surfaced in April of cases of discrimination against African workers in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong as pictures appeared on the internet of a sign refusing service to Africans at a McDonald's restaurant and allegations that Africans were being evicted from hotels. Ambassador Liu Yuxi, head of Mission . . . | Continue reading China reacts with Zero tolerance for racist incidents at Workers.org

A 21st century lynching: Justice for Ahmaud Arbery!
Dianne Mathiowetz | workers.org | 2020-05-13
May 11– In the early afternoon of Feb. 23, shots rang out on the tree-lined streets of Satilla Shores, a predominantly white neighborhood bordering the port city of Brunswick on Georgia's Atlantic coast, some 40 miles north of Jacksonville, Fla. Afterward, a 25-year-old Black man, Ahmaud Arbery, lay dead on . . . | Continue reading A 21st century lynching: Justice for Ahmaud Arbery! at Workers.org

Syria spinmeisters fumble attempts to narrative manage OPCW leaks
Caitlin A. Johnstone | mronline.org | 2020-05-12
It's been over 72 hours since The Grayzone published new leaks further exposing how the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has been lying about its investigation into an alleged chemical attack in Douma, Syria two years ago.

Fake Coronavirus Data, Fear Campaign. Spread of the COVID-19 Infection
Prof Michel Chossudovsky | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-12
Do not let yourself be misled by the fear campaign, pointing to a Worldwide coronavirus calamity with repeated "predictions" that hundreds of thousands of people are going to die. | According to the WHO, the death rate pertaining to Seasonal Influenza globally is between 6 to 12 times higher than COVID-19.

Video: Al-Qaeda Launches Large-scale Attack in Northwestern Hama Under Cover of Ceasefire Deal
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-12
The southern part of the Idlib zone has once again turned into a hot point with the Syrian Army and al-Qaeda militants openly clashing with each other. | On May 10, fierce clashes erupted between the Syrian Army and forces of …

The Bernie Sanders Movement, Its Historical Antecedents, and Its Legacy
Eugene E Ruyle | indybay.org | 2020-05-12

Israel to Annex the United States
Philip Giraldi | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-12
As the Beatles once put it, "I read the news today, oh boy…" One might argue that the "oh boy" has been part and parcel of one's morning media review ever since 9/11, but depending on one's own inclinations, the …

President Ghani orders Afghan troops to switch to 'offensive mode' after new attacks
rt.com | 2020-05-12
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani ordered the military to move to "offensive mode" on Tuesday, shifting away from a defensive stance it had taken as part of efforts to reduce violence as the US tries to broker peace talks. | "In order to provide security for public places and to thwart attacks and threats from the Taliban and other terrorist groups, I am ordering Afghan security forces to switch from an active defense mode to an offensive one and to start their operations against the enemies," Ghani said in a televised speech. | The comments followed a violent day in which gunmen killed 16 people at a maternity cl…

Justice Thomas Said Forcing Trump to Release His Taxes Weakens the President
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-05-12
The United States Supreme Court heard two different cases on a single matter: who may (or may not) have the legal right to access President Donald Trump's financial and tax records. | The two cases involve investigations at the Congressional level as well as within the state Trump once called his home, New York. | The District Attorney from Manhattan, Cyrus Vance Jr., is seeking to obtain…

Los New Yorkers: Essential, Underprotected Undocumented Immigrants Struggle to Survive in Epicenter
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-05-12
As the coronavirus continues to devastate New York City communities, we hear the voices of undocumented New Yorkers about how they are surviving the pandemic. Their stories are told in a new ProPublica story headlined "Los New Yorkers: Essential and Underprotected in the Pandemic's Epicenter." We speak with one of the story's reporters, Adriana Gallardo.

"Losing the Fabric of the City": COVID-19 Took Chicago Black Lives First & Exposed Structural Racism
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-05-12
We look at the coronavirus pandemic's disproportionate toll on African Americans through the story of Chicago's first 100 recorded deaths. A report by ProPublica found that 70 of the first 100 people to die were African American. Black people account for 30% of Chicago's population and 72% of COVID-19 deaths. We speak with ProPublica reporter Adriana Gallardo, who contributed to the report "COVID-19 Took Black Lives First. It Didn't Have To." She says the story paints a picture of "sophisticated structural racism" in Chicago.

Trump wins! Completing Obama's Pivot to Asia and the Confrontation with China
Ajamu Baraka | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-05-12
Even before becoming the 45th president of the United States, Donald Trump had one consistent foreign enemy

Authoritarians Using Coronavirus Fear to Destroy America
Rep. Ron Paul | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-12
A Fresno, California waffle restaurant dared to open its doors for business this weekend to the delight of a long line of customers, who waited up to two hours for the "privilege" of willingly spending their money in a business …

Strained China-US Relations. Renewed Trade War Ahead? New Cold War?
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-12
Sino/US relations are more dismal than at any time since Nixon's 1972 meeting with Mao during his weeklong visit to China. | Are bilateral differences irreconcilable? Is the breach between both countries too great to restore more cooperative relations? | Is a …

Trump Regime Hardliners Want Social Security and Medicare Eliminated
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-12
Social Security and Medicare are insurance programs, not welfare

The US military is hell-bent on trying to overpower China
Vijay Prashad | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-05-12
On April 1, Admiral Philip Davidson–the head of the US Indo-Pacific Command–told the US Congress that he would like $20 billion to create a robust military cordon that runs from California to Japan and down the Pacific Rim of Asia. His proposal–titled "Regain the Advantage"–pointed to the "renewed threat we face from Great Power Competition. … Without a valid and convincing conventional deterrent, China and Russia will be emboldened to take ac…

Bernie Sanders' interview with the Washington Post: The thin gruel of Democratic Party politics
wsws.org | 2020-05-12
Sanders glossed over the reality of the health and economic catastrophe facing millions of workers and made no mention of the corporate bailouts for which he has voted in the Senate.

COVID-19: Global Pandemic & Climate Disruption With Mike Davis
Speak Out Now | indybay.org | 2020-05-12
Online Zoom meeting, see details here: speakoutsocialists.org/townhall-davis-5-16/

Germany Wants to Replace Poland's "Patriotic Government" with "Europhile Puppets"?
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-12
The former Polish Minister of Defense accused Germany of conspiring with a few other foreign actors to replace the patriotic Polish government with Europhile puppets, arguing that the country's latest political controversy over the date of its presidential elections is …

Coronavirus and Dodgy Death Numbers
F. William Engdahl | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-12
Not only are the coronavirus models being used by WHO and the most national health agencies based on highly dubious methodologies, and not only are the tests being used of wildly different quality, that only indirectly confirm antibodies of a …

Iraq Will be Hit Harder by Falling Oil Prices Than COVID-19 or ISIS
Patrick Cockburn | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-12
The shadowy figures of well-armed Isis gunmen can be seen making an attack in the plains of northern Iraq on an outpost held by paramilitary fighters loyal to the Iraqi government. Some four of the latter are killed by a roadside bomb. Isis specialises in publicising its successful military actions online to show that it remains a force to be feared, despite the destruction of the so-called caliphate and the killing last year of its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

Iraq Will be Hit Harder by Falling Oil Prices Than COVID-19 or ISIS
Patrick Cockburn | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-12
The shadowy figures of well-armed Isis gunmen can be seen making an attack in the plains of northern Iraq on an outpost held by paramilitary fighters loyal to the Iraqi government. Some four of the latter are killed by a roadside bomb. Isis specialises in publicising its successful military actions online to show that it remains a force to be feared, despite the destruction of the so-called caliphate and the killing last year of its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

On May Day, the "Opposition" Again Acted Foolishly and Irresponsibly
Andre Vltchek | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-05-12
May Day in Hong Kong, and here it happened again! Several media outlets reported that "hundreds of protesters did gather in small groups at a shopping mall in the town of Sha Tin, chanting slogans and holding protest flags". A few other groups of rioters were spotted at various other locations in the city. They …

Pivot To Peace Must Replace US Pivot To War With China
Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-05-12
US and Chinese Fists and Weapons face-off (from the Financial Times) The Trump administration, in seeking to divert attention from its bungled response to the COVID-19 pandemic and mishandling of the economic collapse, is escalating the bipartisan anti-China policy, which has a long history. This increases the potential of military conflict and economic war between …

San Quentin Gets Car Caravan Protest
Leon Kunstenaar | indybay.org | 2020-05-12
Protesters demand end to "Covid-19 death camps."

Hondurans Stranded in Spain Ask to Return to Their Country
telesurenglish.net | 2020-05-12
At least 235 Honduran citizens with few economic resources are trapped in Spain and living in a very critical situation. | RELATED: | Honduras: Quarantine and Curfew Extended Until May 3rd | "Most came to work in Spain but lost their jobs because their immigration status was irregular," Honduran Pablo Jose Perez said on behalf of the group. | …

Australian Labor Party exploits pandemic to scapegoat foreign workers
wsws.org | 2020-05-12
Labor's call for immigration cuts lines up directly behind the drive by governments around the globe, personified by US President Trump, to promote toxic nationalism.

Refugee rights supporters occupy the Mantra Hotel
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2020-05-12
Refugees & migrants Kerry SmithIssue 1265 Australia asylum seekers Mantra Hotel medevacMay 12, 2020At 7.30am on May 12, refugee and…

US lowers threat perception on Iran
M. K. Bhadrakumar | iranian.com | 2020-05-12
The drawdown of US military presence in the Middle East, especially from Saudi Arabia, may not be an automatic open sesame

Paramilitary Panda: WWF Land Grabs Rooted in Covert Apartheid History
Michael Molitch-Hou | indybay.org | 2020-05-12
According to a BuzzFeed News series, the WWF has been tied to paramilitary violence in third world countries. What they completely ignored was that the WWF was previously involved in the murder of 6,000 anti-apartheid activists in South Africa a part of an "anti-poaching" mission in the 1980s. All evidence seems to suggest that the WWF was used as cover for an MI6 operation on behalf of powerful business interests in South Africa.

Cuba Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize for Its Fight Against COVID-19
Orinoco Tribune | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-12
The French organization Cuba Linda has recommended awarding the Nobel Peace Prize to Cuban medical brigades for their efforts to eradicate COVID-19. | "The international community is witnessing the solidarity of health professionals who leave their country to provide services and | …

Duque used Colombia's peace funds to pay for presidential approval poll
Adriaan Alsema | colombiareports.com | 2020-05-12
Colombia's President Ivan Duque used money meant for the implementation of peace policies to pay for a poll over public approval of his peace policy, local media reported on Monday….

NATO Chief Urges Berlin to 'Protect Peace and Freedom' by Stationing US Nukes
sputniknews.com | 2020-05-12
The appeal comes as leaders from the SPD, Germany's second-largest party and member of Chancellor Merkel's governing coalition, demand the withdrawal of US nuclear weapons from the country's airbases.

U.S. hand in recent assaults on Cuba, Venezuela
W. T. Whitney Jr. | peoplesworld.org | 2020-05-12
Secretary of State Pompeo loudly condemns Iranian border guards who abused Afghans crossing into Iran. He castigates China's supposed failings with the COVID 19 pandemic. He and President Trump rail against dictatorship they see in Venezuela. They protest Cuba's "slave doctors"

Kent State 50th with Mickey Huff
Project Censored | projectcensored.org | 2020-05-12
50 years have passed since Ohio National Guard troops opened fire on Kent State University students protesting the Vietnam War. Four students were killed and nine wounded. On this week's…

Bolivia: Inmates Riot Due to COVID Outbreak in Prison
telesurenglish.net | 2020-05-12
Bolivian police forces repressed May 11 an inmate riot in Palmasola prison, in Santa Cruz city. Convicts protested due to a Covid-19 outbreak among the prison population. | RELATED: | Bolivia De-Facto Govt Repress Protesters That Can't Afford More Lockdown | The authorities at the Palmasola penitentiary said two inmates who died last week after presenting respiratory distress. Local news media reported first deceased autopsy revealed he was COVID positive and was buried acco…

Bolivia Police Repress Protesters That Can't Afford Lockdown
telesurenglish.net | 2020-05-12
Hundreds of people were violently repressed by security forces Monday in the Bolivian K'ara K'ara community located in Cochabamba city, as they took to the streets to demand that the de facto government eases the COVID-19 lockdown as they cannot afford it anymore. | RELATED: | Bolivia: Citizens Protest Against De Facto Government | Videos circulating on social media showed demonstrators fiercely attacked by the police and army who did not hesitate to use tear gas and rubber bullets, inj…

Unions in UK protest bid by P&O Ferries to lay off 1,100 workers
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-05-12
P&O Ferries, owned by Dubai-based DP World, has announced plans to cut 1,100 jobs in the UK citing the crisis in the ferry industry due to the COVID-19 lockdown…

Why Unemployment under Trump is way worse than Numbers Suggest
John Buell | zcomm.org | 2020-05-12
"If the protesters really wanted to protect workers, wouldn't they be demanding laws that replaced lost wages? Other developed countries have passed exactly those sorts of measures, putting their economies into a holding pattern as the pandemic passes."

[Research Paper] Mapping of variations in child stunting, wasting and underweight within the states of India: the Global Burden of Disease Study 2000–2017
ISDBICC | thelancet.com | 2020-05-12
CGF indicators have improved in India, but there are substantial variations between the districts in their magnitude and rate of decline, and the inequality between districts has increased in a large proportion of the states. The poor correlation between the national surveys for CGF estimates highlights the need to standardise collection of anthropometric data in India. The district-level trends in this report provide a useful reference for targeting the efforts under NNM to reduce CGF across India and meet the Indian and global targets.

Political Prisoners Teach-In: Mumia, migrant rights and cages
Teresa Gutierrez | workers.org | 2020-05-12
These slightly edited remarks were made April 24 at the "U.S. Empire vs. Political Prisoners" teach-in webinar sponsored by Mobilization4Mumia and held in honor of the 66th birthday of political prisoner and revolutionary Mumia Abu-Jamal, incarcerated for 38 years by the U.S. state. Teresa Gutierrez First of all, happy . . . | Continue reading Political Prisoners Teach-In: Mumia, migrant rights and cages at Workers.org

Singapore plans coronavirus tests for all migrant workers as some businesses reopen
rt.com | 2020-05-12
Singapore plans to test all 323,000 migrant workers living in cramped dormitories that have become a hotbed for coronavirus in the city-state, the government said on Tuesday. The island's tally of 24,671 infections is one of Asia's highest, with the vast majority among migrant workers squeezed into often unsanitary dormitories. | "The taskforce has drawn up a plan to allow migrant workers residing in the dormitories… to be progressively cleared so they can be safely returned to work when the time comes," Health Minister Gan Kim Yong said. | Infections in the dormitories had "stabilized," Gan added, with the…

U.S. Dishonors Navajo with Death Penalty
Stephen Cooper | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-12
Amidst the coronavirus devastation, it's important not to overlook the fact that, at the end of April, two federal appellate judges called out the U.S. government for continuing to dishonor the Navajo Nation

The War Against the Wolves of Alaska
Evaggelos Vallianatos | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-12
Southeast Alaska is home to the Tongass National Forest, the largest national forest of north America. Tongass has old-growth and temperate rainforests, which shelter abundant wildlife and biodiversity. However, both the forests of Tongass and wildlife have been under attack for decades. Loggers, miners, and developers and corrupt state and federal agencies look at these ancient trees and see primarily dollars. These are the same people who practically extinguished the old-growth forests of northern California. These are the same people who are the enemies of the natural world and welcomed Trump to the White Hous…

What If Armed Terrorists Threatened the Prime Minister of Canada?
Maria Paez Victor | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-12
Fortunately, Canada is not a country that has suffered continuous threats of coup d'etats as Venezuela has these last 21 years. The Motive Be that as it may, as a matter of clarification and discernment, let us imagine the following: suppose a powerful foreign power

Biden Ridin' the Pandemic to the White House, Trump to Take Hit for Neoliberalism's Failures
Roger Harris | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-12
The world is amidst the COVID-19 crisis and in our corner of the planet a presidential campaign is reduced to a single issue: Trump/not Trump. Pick your poison. At a time that calls for national leadership or least debate on the issues, Congress unanimously passed the two-trillion-dollar Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act…

Last Year America's CEOs Said They Cared About Us…They Lied
Sam Pizzigati | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-12
Last August, the nabobs of Corporate America

Trump Is Using COVID-19 As An Excuse To Let Polluters Destroy
CP Editor | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-12

Why America Cannot Afford to Let the U.S. Postal Service Go Bankrupt
Tom Conway | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-12
Bill Boone was a fresh-faced 23-year-old in 1952 when he cast his first ballot for U.S. president, while proudly serving aboard an aircraft carrier off the coast of Korea. The U.S. Postal Service carried that vote untold miles to the election board in Boone's hometown of Benton, Arkansas, and he's considered "the mail" an essential…