2020-05-14: Social Media Postees

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When Patients Die Alone, How Do Families and Health Workers Cope, Relieve Suffering?
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-05-14
We look at the tremendous emotional toll the coronavirus is taking on families when loved ones are forced to battle COVID alone in hospitals or at home, with Dr. Diane Meier, director of the Center to Advance Palliative Care and a professor of geriatrics and palliative medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. She helped start a 24-hour palliative care hotline for COVID-19 patients in New York City that served nearly 900 people in a four-week period.

Coronavirus Pandemic Prompts Global Mental Health Crisis as Millions Feel Alone, Anxious & Depressed
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-05-14
Is the coronavirus pandemic generating a mental illness crisis? Millions face isolation, poverty and anxiety. We speak with psychology professor and author Andrew Solomon, as the United Nations calls on governments to put mental health "front and center" in their response to the crisis.

Hell No, You Can't be Safer at Home
Ruth Conniff | progressive.org | 2020-05-14
Wisconsin Supreme Court, in act of 'blatant . . . judicial activism,' strikes down state rules meant to curb spread of COVID-19.

Trump v. birth control case heard by Supreme Court
Sue Davis | workers.org | 2020-05-14
A March 2016 demonstration in support of birth control coverage in the Affordable Care Act in front of the U.S. Supreme Court, Washington, D.C. Health care is the most pressing issue in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. So it's in keeping with the Trump administration's overall right-wing agenda to . . . | Continue reading Trump v. birth control case heard by Supreme Court at Workers.org

Despite pandemic, Colombia's public hospitals still granted to politicians' buddies
Adriaan Alsema | colombiareports.com | 2020-05-14
While Colombia's Supreme Court is investigating at least 11 governors for corruption with coronavirus emergency funds, at least nine public hospitals fell in the hands of friends and allies of…

'Unlawful & invalid': Wisconsin Supreme Court strikes down state's stay-at-home order
rt.com | 2020-05-14
Measures purportedly enacted to stop the spread of coronavirus in Wisconsin have been overturned by the state's Supreme Court, which ruled that the orders violate the law and cannot be enforced. | The state's highest court issued a 4-3 ruling describing the restrictions as "unlawful, invalid, and unenforceable." The decision comes after Republican lawmakers sued Department of Health Services Secretary-designee Andrea Palm, after she unilaterally extended the state's "Safer at Home" emergency order in mid-April. The measures were first implemented in March and were set to expire on May 26. | Wisconsin has alrea…

Don't Expect to See Trump's Tax Returns Before the Election
Prof. Marjorie Cohn | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-14
Donald Trump claims that while he is president, his pre-presidency financial records can't be subpoenaed and he can't even be investigated for criminal conduct. The Supreme Court will decide by the end of June whether Trump is indeed beyond the …

Exigencias socialistas para la crisis del COVID-19
Editor | workers.org | 2020-05-14
A medida que la pandemia de COVID-19 continúa extendiéndose, la respuesta del gobierno a la crisis ha sido criminalmente negligente, mientras que los capitalistas prefieren arriesgar la salud de los trabajadores que detener la producción con fines de lucro. A medida que la clase dominante se muestra incapaz de abordar . . . | Continue reading Exigencias socialistas para la crisis del COVID-19 at Workers.org

The U.S. Military is Hell-Bent on Trying to Overpower China
Vijay Prashad | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-14
On April 1, Admiral Philip Davidson–the head of the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command–told the U.S. 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…

India Is Intensifying Its U.S. Backed Hybrid War on China
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-14
Whether it's India's latest clashes with China along the Line of Actual Control (LAC), its selective embrace of "economic nationalism" to "poach" foreign companies from the People's Republic, or its forthcoming leadership of the World Health Assembly (WHA) where it …

US Imperialism's Decomposition Accelerates: Outsourcing 'Regime Change'. Mercenary Incursions into Venezuela
Francisco Dominguez | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-14
On May 3rd a bunch of mercenaries, led by Rambo-like US soldiers of fortune attempted to disembark on the coastal town of Macuto in the La Guaira state in Venezuela's Caribbean coast, in a so-called Operation Gedeon. | Their leader, 'contractor' …

Massachusetts Contact Tracing Program Handed to Clinton-Linked NGO with Questionable Past
Raul Diego | mintpressnews.com | 2020-05-14
A new contact tracing program was recently unveiled in Massachusetts in partnership with Partners in Health, an NGO with links to US regime change operations, big pharma and the Clinton Foundation.

EU Offers West Balkans €3.3 Billion as Forgiveness for Coronavirus Snub
Paul Antonopoulos | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-14
The European Union promised ‚Ǩ3.3 billion to the West Balkan countries and provinces of Serbia, Montenegro Albania, Bosnia, Kosovo, Montenegro and North Macedonia. In return, the European Union is demanding loyalty and renunciation of close ties with Moscow and Beijing. …

Will Turkey Contract Its Militarism Because of Its Economic Problems?
Paul Antonopoulos | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-14
A report by New Economy found that "Turkey had significant foreign exchange outflows" because of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's costly wars. The report also found that "Turkey's probability of bankruptcy is extremely high," along with its three big banks …

Obamagate Shows Biden Is Inadequate in Challenging Trump
Paul Antonopoulos | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-14
Former U.S. President Barack Obama is coming under increasing pressure, led by what President Donald Trump is calling "Obamagate." This comes as Mexico has requested to finally clarify the affair with the secret sale of American weapons to Mexican drug …

Our Continuing Terror: the Murder of Ahmaud Arbery
Jesse Jackson | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-14
Today there is a national outcry about the murder of Ahmaud Arbery. The public condemnation has forced a belated response. Those accused of his murder finally have been arrested. His murder has become a global embarrassment for whites. For blacks, however, it is another humiliation, a continuing terror. It is the normal silence, however, that condemns…

Iran names Palestine most significant issue in Muslim World
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-14
TEHRAN, May 14 (MNA)

Slovenian Left protests amendments to Nature Conservation Act
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-05-14
The amendments proposed by the Slovenian government make it more difficult for organizations to attain the status of a nature conservation organization in public interest. This is believed to be a step towards the sale of the country's resources…

El Salvador: Pot-Banging Against Bukele's Pandemic Management
telesurenglish.net | 2020-05-14
In San Salvador city's upper-class neighborhoods, residents banged pans and honked car horns on Wednesday to protest against President Nayib Bukele's handling of the pandemic. | RELATED: | El Salvador: White Cloths to Protest Hunger | Through social networks, citizens called to protest against the situation of people confined in containment centers, the arrests of t…

US further complicates prospects for peace in Colombia
Adriaan Alsema | colombiareports.com | 2020-05-14
The United States government further complicated the future of peace in Colombia on Wednesday, adding Cuba to its list of non-cooperative countries in counter-terrorism efforts for not extraditing ELN peace…

The 1930s and now: Looking back to move forward
Saul Foster | mronline.org | 2020-05-14
While there are great differences between the crises and political movements and possibilities of the 1930s and now, there are also important lessons that can be learned from the efforts of activists to build mass movements for social transformation during the Great Depression. My aim in this paper is to illuminate the challenges faced and …

Paramilitary Panda: WWF Land Grabs Rooted in Covert Apartheid History
Michael Molitch-Hou | indybay.org | 2020-05-14
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.

AI-Powered Medical "Pre-Crime" Is Officially Here To "Fight COVID-19"
Ryan Cristián | thelastamericanvagabond.com | 2020-05-14
Welcome to The Daily Wrap Up, a concise show dedicated to bringing you the most relevant independent news, as we see it, from the last 24 hours (5/13/19). As always, take the information discussed in the video below and research it for yourself, and come to your own conclusions. Anyone telling you what the truth …

Dispatch from the Frontlines: Gender Inequality and COVID-19 (CPCC)
Congressional Progressive Caucus Ctr & others | indybay.org | 2020-05-14
Online livestream & Zoom…

Africa: Lesotho Reports First COVID-19 Case
telesurenglish.net | 2020-05-14
Lesotho Health Minister Nkaku Kabi announced on May 13 the first COVID-19 positive case in his nation. Lesotho is the latest African country to report the virus outbreak. | RELATED: | Cuba Rejects US Terrorism Accusations, as Habana Blacklisted | According to Kabi, 81 people were tested given their recent traveling chart. The positive patient is a Lesothan student who returned from Saudi Arabia via South Africa, with no visible symptoms. The health authorities decided to isolate…

Beijing opposes 'US slander' after it says 'China-linked hackers breaking into Covid-19 research'
rt.com | 2020-05-14
China's Foreign Ministry, asked about alleged China-linked hackers breaking into US Covid-19 research, said Beijing opposed what it called slander from the US. | Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian added on Thursday that any action online to sabotage efforts against the disease should be condemned. | In a joint statement on Wednesday, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Homeland Security said China-linked hackers are breaking into US organizations carrying out such research. | The FBI is investigating digital break-ins at US organizations by China-linked 'cyber actors' that it had monitored "a…

COVID-19: Mélenchon offers national unity with France's banks
wsws.org | 2020-05-14
Mélenchon hails the Sacred Union between the far-right and social democracy in World War I as a model to keep social cohesion despite mass COVID-19 deaths.

Brazilian Indigenous Peoples Confront Double Threat of COVID-19 and Bolsonaro's Policies
Gabriel Leà£o | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-14
After six days of fighting for his life in an intensive care unit in a Amazonas state hospital, a 15-year-old Yanomami teenage boy died in April 9 from complications caused by the novel coronavirus. The boy's death sounded the alarm for Brazil's Indigenous peoples who now face the fear of the virus alongside the stress…

The COVID-19 Chronicles: USA
Ulson Gunnar | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-14
The US is claimed to be hardest hit by COVID-19 with, at the time of writing, over 80,000 deaths attributed to the virus. The nation is also suffering from socioeconomic disaster as lockdowns have driven millions of Americans into not …

It will 'take months for EU travel to return to normal,' says Irish PM Varadkar
rt.com | 2020-05-14
It will be a matter of months, not weeks, before Covid-19 restrictions are lifted and travel around the European Union returns to normal, Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said on Thursday. | Ireland is part of a Common Travel Area with the United Kingdom but is not a member of the European Union's Schengen free travel area. The country is considering strengthening public health requirements for visitors from abroad, Varadkar told parliament. | "While it is our policy to resume normal travel for business, leisure, study and visits to friends and relatives (around the EU) as soon as it is safe to do so… it wi…

Southeast Asia Witnesses Significant Rise in COVID-19 Cases
telesurenglish.net | 2020-05-14
The Southeast Asia region has reported a significant rise in COVID-19 related cases, as several countries, including many densely populated nations, have announced several infections among its people. | RELATED: | COVID-19 May Never Go Away, WHO Warns | Bangladesh reported 1,041 new COVID-19 cases, dipping slightly from Wednesday's high of 1,162, bringing the total number of the cases in the country to nearly 19,000. | The Afghan health authorities recorded 413 new COVID-19 cases across the country, the…

A World Health Crisis? So Ramp Up Confrontation and Deploy Nuclear Bombers against China, Russia, Iran and North Korea
Brian Cloughley | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-14
The Pentagon is excelling itself in its enthusiastic march to war. There are countless thousands suffering from the effects of the Covid-19 virus, including hundreds of members of the U.S. armed services, while the world's despots are relishing their freedom …

21-Year-Old Dies in Santa Cruz County Jail
Santa Cruz Police News | indybay.org | 2020-05-14
The Santa Cruz Sheriff's Office says on Sunday evening, May 10, correctional officers discovered 21-year-old Tamario Smith was unresponsive in his cell at the County Jail. At about 6pm, paramedics administered medical aid, however Smith was pronounced deceased at the scene. According to the Sheriff's Office, Smith did not share a cell, and foul play is not suspected. The Sheriff's Office states there were no signs of trauma or visible injuries, and that Smith did not show signs of COVID-19 symptoms.

DOZENS of babies born to Ukrainian surrogate mothers left stranded in Kiev hotel due to Covid-19
rt.com | 2020-05-14
It has emerged that nearly 50 infants waiting to be delivered to their foreign would-be parents are stuck in Ukraine's capital due to border closures, adding to worries about the country becoming a supplier of surrogate babies. | The news, broken by a handful of local media outlets, revolves around a video appeal issued by Biotexcom, which describes itself as a "center for human reproduction." It shows 46 newborn babies lying in their cradles at a hotel called 'Venice' or being taken care of by the clinical staff. | Foster parents, the clinic lamented, "do not have the opportunity to pick up their newborns" as…

Trump's Advisers Have a Brazen Plot to Gut Social Security
Alex Lawson | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-14
In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, the policy Donald Trump is fixated on has nothing to do with ramping up testing, getting protective equipment to workers, or sending resources to nursing homes where tens of thousands of seniors are dying of COVID-19. Instead, he's obsessed with cutting payroll taxes, Social Security's dedicated revenue. Now,…

Imperial MBBS medics deliver action plans for London GPs and local communities
imperial.ac.uk | 2020-05-14
Third-year medical students have partnered with community, voluntary, health & social care leaders to respond to local needs in the era of COVID-19.

Mounting worker opposition to Quebec's reckless back-to-work drive
wsws.org | 2020-05-14
Quebec's rightwing populist CAQ government is spearheading the drive of Canada's business elite to force a precipitous return to work amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Health leaders say it will take months for NHS services to fully resume
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-05-14
It will be months before the NHS is able to fully restart services in the face of coronavirus (Covid-19), health leaders say. | Experts from the Health Foundation, the King's Fund and the Nuffield Trust will tell MPs on 14 May of the significant challenges facing the health service as it tries to create a "new normal". | It comes as NHS waiting list data is due to be published which is expected to show the number of people waiting for treatment has swollen during the pandemic. | The waiting list for planned treatment stood at around 4.4 million before the coronavirus outbreak but is now expected to be much higher…

Depite delay, consignment of Iranian-made COVID-19 test kits sent to Turkey: Jahanpour
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-14
TEHRAN, May 14 (MNA)

After COVID-19 infection discovered, 300 workers walk out of Mississippi pillow factory
wsws.org | 2020-05-14
Concern over a possible plantwide spread of the virus was mounting for days when a worker at the plant told supervisors that her husband–also employed at the factory–had tested positive for coronavirus.

China's politburo: Task to prevent rebound in local coronavirus cases 'remains arduous'
rt.com | 2020-05-14
China's task to prevent rebound in local coronavirus cases remains arduous, the Communist Party's politburo said on Thursday. | The government should step up targeted prevention and control measures for clusters coronavirus cases in northeastern Heilongjiang and Jilin provinces, a state television report said, citing the politburo meeting chaired by President Xi Jinping. | China will also take more flexible measures to prevent imported coronavirus cases, the statement added. | The country will step up Covid-19 testing and screening to prevent a rebound of the coronavirus epidemic, the National Health Commissio…

America's Newest Wedge Issue and the Tale of the Bizarre 2020 Presidential Elections
Andrey Areshev | strategic-culture.org | 2020-05-14
The Covid-19 pandemic continues to dominate the news and life of the American Republic. With currently no end in sight it is not paranoid to wonder if and how the pandemic will affect the presidential elections coming up in November. Two World Wars, The Civil War, The Great Depression and the Spanish Flu were not enough to stop voting for some congressmen and the top executive of the United States as planned. Now for the first time there are rumors moving abo…

COVID-19: Why Iran Is Doing Better Than You Think
Karim Sharara | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-14
So Iran's going through its worst year and is hiding the true numbers of Coronavirus victims? It seems it's also been digging mass graves because it can't handle the increasing number of deaths, and people are collapsing on the street left and right because of the COVID-19 outbreak. Not only that but apparently the evil…

Strong typhoon slams into pandemic-hit Philippines, making social distancing 'almost impossible'
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-05-14
A strong typhoon has hit the Philippines after authorities evacuated tens of thousands of people while trying to avoid the coronavirus (Covid-19) risks of overcrowding emergency shelters.The first typhoon to hit the country this year rapidly gained force as it blew from the Pacific then barged ashore in San Policarpio town in Eastern Samar province around noon local time, weather agency administrator Vicente Malano said.The typhoon came as the Philippines is trying to fight Covid-19 outbreaks largely by locking Filipinos in their homes and prohibiting gatherings that can set off infections. More than 11,600 infec…

Confirmed known Covid-19 cases for 2,818 federal inmates
Lynda Carson | indybay.org | 2020-05-14
Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic…

Global investments pour into China as Covid-19 turmoil grips financial markets
rt.com | 2020-05-14
China has seen more capital flow into its stock markets as a result of market dislocations caused by the Covid-19 crisis. According to some strategists, this is part of a longer-term trend. | Allocation to Chinese stocks among more than 800 global funds reached nearly a quarter of their almost $2 trillion in assets under management, according to data from EPFR, a company which provides fund flow and asset allocation information to financial institutions around the world. That's up from about 20 percent a year ago. | The data covers funds that break down holdings into nine categories of stocks listed in mainlan…

Over 90,000 health care workers worldwide have been infected with COVID-19
wsws.org | 2020-05-14
The International Council of Nurses estimates that over 260 health care workers have died from the virus, while acknowledging that the figures are a severe underestimate due to the refusal of governments worldwide to adequately track this data.

The Frontline Response: Local Latino Leaders Address COVID-19 (town hall)
Unidos US | indybay.org | 2020-05-14
Online via Zoom: unidosus.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_8vJrGBs4SJuzlwnme6PktQ

ACLU of California Legislative Webinar: COVID-19, Current Bills, & Building Community
ACLU Northern California | indybay.org | 2020-05-14
Online via Zoom…

Cuban Interferon Proven Effective Against COVID-19
Orfilio Peláez | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-14
Since the appearance, March 11, of the first cases of COVID-19 in Cuba, the country's Ministry of Public Health (Minsap) has reported that the inclusion of Recombinant Human Interferon Alpha 2b in treatment protocols for these patients has shown positive …