2020-05-27: News Headlines

Gareth Porter (2020-05-27). Washington's Tall Tale of Iranian-Al Qaeda Alliance. globalresearch.ca The U.S. assassination of

Vijay Prashad (2020-05-27). Why Iran's Fuel Tankers for Venezuela Are Sending Shudders Through Washington. zcomm.org At the United Nations China has been outspoken against the regime change policy driven by the United States against both states. It has been this Chinese shield that enabled the tankers to go through what is effectively a U.S. naval blockade of Venezuela…

Eds. (2020-05-27). "Trump is Making War on American People" mronline.org Newsclick brings you 'Signs of Our Times,' series of discussions between Vijay Prashad and Aijaz Ahmad…

Kevin Zeese (2020-05-27). Launch Of Apartheid Off Campus. popularresistance.org Apartheid Off Campus was born officially just over a week ago and it could not have come at a better time, with the new and ever-mounting challenges the Palestinians have had to face. In this 7-day window, AOC acquired over 2000 followers across three social media platforms: Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. AOC has received far-reaching and overwhelming support from students and activists alike, enough to remind us that now is as perfect a time as any to launch an active, dynamic student-led movement for Palestine. | After an online-only (courtesy of the lockdown!) student campaign launch, hundreds of students a…

Paul Antonopoulos (2020-05-27). EU Trying To Take Over Serbia-Kosovo Negotiations From U.S. globalresearch.ca French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian and German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas

Paul Street (2020-05-27). Life in Hell: Online Teaching. counterpunch.org I had long heard rumors from academicians about how "online teaching is a nightmare," "online teaching ruined my life," "online teaching sucked the brains out of my head," "online teaching is a new and insidious form of labor degradation," and the like. I foolishly tended to write these complaints off as hyperbole, saying "it can't be that bad." No more. I get it now.

Juan Cole (2020-05-27). Twitter finally Fact-Checks Trump, but Still Lets him Get Away with Murder (Literally). zcomm.org Twitter routinely bans accounts for breaking its rules, but has let Trump act with impunity…

Andrew Korybko (2020-05-27). The US Rubbished Another Arms Control Regime as Part of Its Risky Renegotiating Gamble. globalresearch.ca The US' planned withdrawal from the Open Skies Treaty represents yet another rubbishing of the international arms control regimes that helped maintain strategic stability after the end of the Old Cold War, with this dramatic move and the others like …

Andrew Korybko (2020-05-27). Pakistan's Role in Russia's Greater Eurasian Partnership. globalresearch.ca Connectivity is one of the key trends of the 21st century, which Russia is fully embracing with its Greater Eurasian Partnership (GEP) in order to counteract the chaotic processes unleashed throughout the course of the ongoing systemic transition from unipolarity …

Steve Sweeney (2020-05-27). Venezuela brands U.S.-backed Citgo sale 'an act of modern piracy'. mronline.org Venezuelan Vice-President Delcy Rodriguez last year branded the move an "organised crime that violates international law.

Rep. Ron Paul (2020-05-27). Video: Dr. Ron Paul's Urgent Coronavirus Message for Every American. globalresearch.ca Most Americans will be blindsided by what's about to happen… | But not those who learn the critical steps necessary to protect yourself and your family from what's coming next. | |

Nash Landesman (2020-05-27). Across Colombia, red flags of despair fly as harsh Covid lockdown is extended for a third time. thegrayzone.com Colombia's infection rate is relatively low, but its ruthlessly enforced lockdown is causing hunger and nationwide anger. In the working…

Joe Emersberger (2020-05-27). In 2007, acclaimed US physician Paul Farmer pushed for Cuban Medical Brigades to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. zcomm.org Today Code Pink is making a push for that. It would be a lock in a civilized world. Click below to here to read Farmer's letter. In it, he glowingly sums up his decades of working closely with Cuban doctors in Haiti.

WSWS (2020-05-27). Socialist Equality Party (Australia) to hold online lectures on history of Trotskyism. wsws.org Amid the breakdown of capitalism triggered by the coronavirus pandemic, the lectures will outline the contemporary significance of the Trotskyist movement's decades-long fight for a socialist and internationalist perspective.

WSWS (2020-05-27). Build rank-and-file factory and workplace committees in the UK to prevent transmission of the COVID-19 virus and save lives! wsws.org The Socialist Equality Party (UK) opposes the reckless back-to-work campaign and the reopening of schools and non-essential workplaces as the pandemic continues to spread.

WSWS (2020-05-27). Build rank-and-file factory and workplace committees to prevent transmission of the COVID-19 virus and save lives! wsws.org The Socialist Equality Party (UK) opposes the reckless back-to-work campaign and the reopening of schools and non-essential workplaces as the pandemic continues to spread.

Sara Flounders (2020-05-27). U.S. tries to deflect COVID fiasco onto China. workers.org A growing world confrontation is roaring onto the political and economic scene. Not a day goes by without the corporate media in the U.S. carrying totally distorted and negative news attacks on the People's Republic of China. Republicans and Democrats are trading barbs over who is "soft" on China. Business . . . |

Stephen Lendman (2020-05-27). Iran and Venezuela: Standing Tall Against Imperial USA. globalresearch.ca If all nations operated like Iran and Venezuela, world peace and stability would replace endless wars of aggression against nations threatening no one. | If countries worldwide refused to subordinate their sovereign rights to US interests, its imperial scourge would be …

Stephen Lendman (2020-05-27). Hong Kong and China's New National Security Strategy. US Interventionism. Beijing is Intent on Fighting Back. globalresearch.ca Months of violence and vandalism in Hong Kong last year were orchestrated. | Any pretext will do for the US to wage wars on other nations by hot and/or other means — directly by terror-bombing and/or use of proxies, financed and …

Alan Macleod (2020-05-27). As Chief Prosecutor, Klobuchar Declined to Bring Charges Against Cop that Killed George Floyd. mintpressnews.com While serving as Minnesota's chief prosecutor between 1999 and 2007, Klobuchar declined to bring charges against more than two dozen officers who had killed citizens while on duty — including against the cop that killed George Floyd.

John Whitehead (2020-05-27). From 9/11 to COVID-19: The United State[s] of Emergency. mintpressnews.com CHARLOTTESVILLE ( Pity them because they have spent their entire lives in a state of emergency. | They were born in the wake of the 9/11 attacks; raised without any expectation of privacy in a technologically-driven, mass surveillance state; educated in schools that teach conformity and compliance; saddled with a debt-ridden economy on the brink…

Bruce Bostick (2020-05-27). Irish repay debt from famine to Native American Choctaws. peoplesworld.org Our nation is suffering through the coronavirus pandemic, without leadership and with a death toll in six figures. Especially hard hit are people of color. "First Nations" people, Native Americans, are suffering horribly, with our national administration making this situation worse. The national administration has not been helpful and has cut off badly needed U.S. …

Steve Topple (2020-05-27). It's official: coronavirus has shown that men and women still don't have equality. thecanary.co New research from the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) has

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2020-05-27). Private Insurers Urged to Extend Free Covid-19 Coverage Until Pandemic Over. commondreams.org "If you are going to contract Covid-19, you'd better hurry up or you're out of luck!" | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/public-citizen-insurers-waivers-end.jpg

Staff (2020-05-27). Headlines for May 27, 2020. democracynow.org Four Minneapolis Cops Fired After Shocking Video Shows Killing of George Floyd, Federal Food Program Fails to Reach Millions Even as Child Hunger Surges in U.S., NY Governor Cuomo Shielded Nursing Homes from Liability After Big Campaign Donation, GOP Governors Vie for Republican National Convention as NC Won't Commit to Packed Arena, Yemen's Health System Has "Collapsed" Amid Explosion of Coronavirus Cases, India Resumes Domestic Air Travel Even as COVID-19 Cases Surge, China Completing Plans to Test 11 Million Wuhan Residents for Coronavirus, South Korea Reports 40 New Coronavirus Infections, Highest Level in 7…

Staff (2020-05-27). COVID Racial Data Tracker: Ibram X. Kendi on How Better Data Reveals the True Toll of the Pandemic. democracynow.org Ibram X. Kendi says early media coverage of COVID-19 as "the great equalizer" missed the racial impact of the disease. But it soon became clear "that it was Latino Americans and African Americans and Native Americans in particular who were disproportionately being infected and dying." The award-winning author and founding director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University joins us to discuss why he started the COVID Racial Data Tracker.

Staff (2020-05-27). "Horrifying Neglect": COVID-19 Deaths in ICE Custody Spark New Calls for Mass Release of Prisoners. democracynow.org Calls are growing for Immigration and Customs Enforcement to release people from detention during the pandemic, as two people have died from COVID-19 while in custody. We speak with The Intercept's Ryan Devereaux, who reported on how Carlos Ernesto Escobar Mejia, held at the Otay Mesa Detention Center, suffered horrifying neglect before he passed away. We are also joined by Erika Andiola with RAICES Action. "None of those folks — especially people who migrated seeking asylum — they did not do anything to deserve a life sentence in a detention center," Andiola notes.

Staff (2020-05-27). From George Floyd to Chris Cooper: Ibram X. Kendi on "Racist Terror" Facing Black People in America. democracynow.org "I can't breathe" — that's what George Floyd, an unarmed African American man, repeatedly told a white Minneapolis police officer who pinned him to the ground Monday with a knee to his neck. Video of the police attack went viral. Now four officers have been fired. This comes as another video went viral of a white woman calling the cops on a Black man in New York City's Central Park and falsely accusing him of "threatening her life" after he asked her to leash her dog. We discuss these developments and more with Ibram X. Kendi, founding director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American Univer…

ahtribune (2020-05-27). A Death in Herzliya: Mystery Remains About the Death of the Chinese Ambassador. ahtribune.com On Sunday morning May 17th, China's Ambassador to Israel, Du Wei,

RT (2020-05-27). US troop pullout from Afghanistan is 'ahead of schedule' — report. rt.com The US military's withdrawal from Afghanistan is considerably ahead of schedule, an official told AFP on Wednesday. President Donald Trump earlier reiterated calls for the Pentagon to bring troops home. | Questions are looming over the next phase of Afghanistan's war, as its three-day ceasefire comes to an end. Under a deal the US signed with the Taliban in February, the Pentagon was to bring troop levels down from about 12,000 to 8,600 by mid-July, before withdrawing all forces by May 2021. | However, a senior US defense official said the troop number was already down to around 7,500, as commanders sought to…

Staff (2020-05-27). NYU Response To Grad Student Sickout Puts Fall Semester In Question. therealnews.com On May 6-8, NYU's graduate students held a three-day sickout to try and force the administration to commit to additional financial support for students in the wake of the novel coronavirus. | The students of NYU are echoing the demands of students at other universities: summer funding, a one-year extension of current funding packages, committing to not have a hiring freeze, and support for undocumented students. But NYU's refusal to engage with the graduate students is especially galling given the university's endowment is, by its own accounting, $4.3 billion. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (C…

Sam Pizzigati (2020-05-27). The Inefficient and Incredibly Lucrative Coronavirus Vaccine Race. counterpunch.org Centuries ago, back in the Middle Ages, battles against plagues seldom went well. Medieval public health warriors had little scientific knowledge about their viral assailants. And what little knowledge they did gain, they couldn't easily share. Kingdoms had no vehicles for rapid and reliable communicating. We don't have that problem today as we do viral

Ricardo Vaz (2020-05-27). Iranian fuel tanker reaches Venezuela, defying U.S. threats. mronline.org The five Iranian tankers are estimated to carry enough gasoline to supply Venezuela for 50 days.

Kathy Durkin (2020-05-27). Iran-Venezuela solidarity breaks U.S. blockade. workers.org In an act of solidarity, Iran is sending a fleet of five tankers carrying 1.53 million barrels of needed gasoline and related fuel products to Venezuela. On May 23 and 25, the first two ships traveled through the Caribbean Sea and entered Venezuelan territorial waters with a Venezuelan naval and . . . |

Joshua Hanks (2020-05-27). New York Times misses mark on Kerala's COVID-19 success. workers.org It is almost five months since China first alerted the World Health Organization about cases of what is now called COVID-19. The ensuing pandemic has revealed stark differences in the responses of governments around the world. As Workers World has reported, communist-led governments in countries like Cuba, Vietnam, China and . . . |

Betsey Piette (2020-05-27). Fossil fuel money funds 'back to work' movement. workers.org Picture this: Thousands of oil tankers surrounding the globe with nowhere to dock. The accompanying map shows the position of the tankers, mostly filled with oil, stranded around the world on May 4. They have no way to unload since onshore warehouses are full, pipelines are full, and under the . . . |

Lawrence Davidson (2020-05-27). National Values: Reality or Propaganda? counterpunch.org Joe Biden, presumptive Democratic Party presidential candidate, thinks he knows what American values are. Here are some of them: "inclusivity, tolerance, diversity, respect for the rule of law." Biden defines these as among the "democratic values that define us." Actually, what Biden is describing are practices that allegedly reflect American values. And, indeed, these are the sort

John Bachtell (2020-05-27). Trump steps up deadly drive to reopen at all costs. peoplesworld.org The contrast on Memorial Day couldn't have been starker or more surreal. As the grim milestone of 100,000 COVID-19 deaths approached, Trump played golf, oblivious to the carnage, while mocking Joe Biden for wearing a mask. Following the lead of a president oblivious to the suffering and death across the nation, in some Americans ignored …

Mark Gruenberg (2020-05-27). AFL-CIO formally endorses Joe Biden for president. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—By vote of its general board, the AFL-CIO, the nation's largest labor federation, formally endorsed presumed Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden for election to the White House in 2020. The endorsement, announced in a 10-minute speech May 26 by federation President Richard Trumka, was expected. It followed Biden endorsements by two influential AFL-CIO unions: The …

Erik Molvar (2020-05-27). Should Federal Public Lands be Prioritized for Renewable Energy Development? counterpunch.org The Wilderness Society just teamed up with Yale University to release a reportpromoting renewable energy development on public lands, and like the recent Michael Moore documentary Planet of the Humans, it's stirring up controversy. The report suggests we should ramp up utility-scale renewable production on federal public lands, with a particular focus on Nevada's desert

Betsey Piette (2020-05-27). International movement demands: 'Justice for Major Tillery! workers.org On May 17, word spread via social media that Major Tillery, a political prisoner at Pennsylvania's State Correctional Institution Chester, was sick with chills, a sore throat and a fever for several days. On hearing of Tillery's illness and knowing that COVID-19 was running rampant in U.S. prisons, the international . . . |

Devin Cole (2020-05-27). Alabama clinic bought by abortion rights group. workers.org On May 15, 2019, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey signed into law one of the most restrictive anti-abortion bills in the U.S. The law banned all abortions in Alabama regardless of reason and with no exceptions. The Alabama law was part of a national right-wing campaign to challenge the Supreme Court's . . . |

Mary P. Kaessinger (2020-05-27). Fight for the rights of people with disabilities! workers.org This is a slightly edited version of a talk given during the"What Road To Socialism?" webinar held by Workers World Party on May 16. Disability is a condition that strikes all classes. Ruling-class families start charities, like the Kennedys, who started the Special Olympics. That's nice, but it didn't bring . . . |

Shaniqua Pippen (2020-05-27). NYC schools and COVID-19: A failed response and a looming crisis. liberationnews.org The burden was put on teachers to make sure over 1.1 million students were fed and had a place to go during the pandemic at the expense of our own health.

Al Neal (2020-05-27). Players to MLB: "Sliding pay, no way." peoplesworld.org Major League Baseball made the right call by dropping its proposed revenue split to players, and the MLB Players Association as a way to restart the Covid-19 waylaid season by July. It was a foolish proposal—one players have fought against, and gone out on strike against—and was a non-starter at the tele-negotiation table. "If you …

Jamal Rich (2020-05-27). Another police killing during COVID-19: Seeking justice for Finan Berhe. peoplesworld.org SILVER SPRING, Md.—On May 7, 2020, a 30-year old Black man was killed by police in the White Oak suburb of Silver Spring, Md., outside his home. His name was Finan Berhe, a member of the local Eritrean community. Berhe was only armed with a knife and likely under distress, but his life was tragically …

Shawgi Tell (2020-05-27). Will 130 Trillion Digital Dollars Save America? dissidentvoice.org Simply "printing" more money and adding more debt to the existing enormous debt load in the U.S. is not a solution. It is particularly irresponsible when it is done with no connection to social production and the working class. Non-fictitious value comes only from the labor-time of workers involved in the process of producing goods …

Ramzy Baroud (2020-05-27). Why Does Israel Celebrate Its Terrorists: Ben Uliel and the Murder of the Dawabsheh Family. counterpunch.org Israeli media and Zionist apologists everywhere are busy whitewashing Israel's globally-tattered image using the rare indictment of an Israeli terrorist, Amiram Ben Uliel, who was recently convicted for murdering the Palestinian Dawabsheh family, including an 18-month-old toddler in the town of Duma, south of Nablus. The conviction of Ben Uliel by an Israeli three-judge court

Ron Skolnik (2020-05-27). Israel: A farewell to Labor, the peace and partial-annexation party. peoplesworld.org On April 26, the Central Committee of Israel's Labor Party voted (online, of course) to endorse Binyamin Netanyahu as prime minister. In doing so, the party lent its hand to the installation of a government that is poised to unilaterally annex West Bank territory this summer and perhaps deliver the knockout punch to the two-state …

Chauncey K. Robinson (2020-05-27). 'I can't breathe!': Minneapolis erupts in protest after murder of George Floyd. peoplesworld.org Civil unrest and outrage have overtaken the city of Minneapolis as a community seeks retribution for the death of yet another Black person at the hands of police. Video footage went viral earlier this week showing four white officers using excessive force and an unauthorized restraint maneuver to arrest 46-year-old George Floyd. George lost his …

2020-05-26: News Headlines

Devin Cole (2020-05-27). Alabama clinic bought by abortion rights group. workers.org On May 15, 2019, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey signed into law one of the most restrictive anti-abortion bills in the U.S. The law banned all abortions in Alabama regardless of reason and with no exceptions. The Alabama law was part of a national right-wing campaign to challenge the Supreme Court's . . . |

Sara Flounders (2020-05-27). U.S. tries to deflect COVID fiasco onto China. workers.org A growing world confrontation is roaring onto the political and economic scene. Not a day goes by without the corporate media in the U.S. carrying totally distorted and negative news attacks on the People's Republic of China. Republicans and Democrats are trading barbs over who is "soft" on China. Business . . . |

Shaniqua Pippen (2020-05-27). NYC schools and COVID-19: A failed response and a looming crisis. liberationnews.org The burden was put on teachers to make sure over 1.1 million students were fed and had a place to go during the pandemic at the expense of our own health.

Betsey Piette (2020-05-27). Fossil fuel money funds 'back to work' movement. workers.org Picture this: Thousands of oil tankers surrounding the globe with nowhere to dock. The accompanying map shows the position of the tankers, mostly filled with oil, stranded around the world on May 4. They have no way to unload since onshore warehouses are full, pipelines are full, and under the . . . |

Rosemary Frei (2020-05-27). Fog Around COVID-19 Made Thicker by New Ontario Rules for Handling Deaths. globalresearch.ca Alarming COVID-19 death statistics from seniors' facilities continue to be in the spotlight in Ontario and elsewhere. | However, all is not as it seems in the mainstream-media reports of those statistics. | Procedures that came into effect in Ontario one month …

William Walter Kay (2020-05-27). The Montreal Nursing Homes' COVID-19 Fatalities. "Increasing" Quebec COVID-19 Death Rate? globalresearch.ca We bring to the attention of our readers this important article by author William Walter Kay. The article raises two fundamental issues: | The first pertains to the deplorable heath care conditions (and the lack of personnel) affecting patients in Quebec's …

IMEMC & Agencies (2020-05-26). Israeli Authorities Order Ten Palestinian-owned Water Wells Closed. imemc.org Israeli military authorities reportedly plan to shut down ten Palestinian-owned water wells, to the west of city Salfit, in the northern occupied West Bank. Local Palestinian sources in the Al-Sawiya village in western Salfit, told media outlets including the Palestine WAFA News Agency, that Israeli military authorities delivered shutdown warrants …

graham (2020-05-26). UK puts Big Pharma profits ahead of coronavirus vaccine at WHO. truepublica.org.uk Global Justice Now today criticised Health Secretary Matt Hancock for failing to join world leaders in declaring a potential coronavirus vaccine to be a 'public good', and instead acting as a cheerleader for the pharmaceutical industry at the World Health Assembly, which concluded end of last week. The campaign group pointed to the government's efforts …

South Front (2020-05-26). Video: Turkey Dives Into Libyan Conflict. globalresearch.ca The Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA) and Syrian militants supported by the Turkish military have achieved more gains in their battle against the Libyan National Army (LNA) led by Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar. | GNA forces have captured the …

Howard Lisnoff (2020-05-26). If a Covid-19 Vaccine is Discovered, It Will be a Boon to Military Recruiters. counterpunch.org There is some good news coming out of the terror of the Covid-19 pandemic. We on the left aren't usually acquainted with anything even remotely approaching good news. How could it be otherwise, always being at the margins of society and at the margins of national consciousness? Bernie touted himself as a liberal with some

graham (2020-05-26). Scotland joins countries blocking tax haven-tied corporations from receiving Covid-19 bailouts. truepublica.org.uk By Mark Bou Mansour: The Scottish Government has backed a Green Party amendment to exclude corporations registered in tax havens, or with subsidiaries or other arrangements in tax havens from receiving Covid19 bailouts. To date, Wales, France, Belgium, Denmark, Poland and Argentina have all announced similar measures. A second Green amendment that did not pass …

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2020-05-26). Towards A New World Order? The Global Debt Crisis and the Privatization of the State. globalresearch.ca This is the true picture of what is happening. Poverty is Worldwide. While famines are erupting in Third World countries, closer to home, in the richest country on earth, "millions of desperate Americans wait in long crowded lines for handouts"

Ralph Nader (2020-05-26). Donald Trump, Resign Now for America's Sake: This is No Time for a Dangerous, Law-breaking, Bungling, Ignorant Ship Captain. counterpunch.org Where are the calls for Trump's resignation? Since his first months in the White House, Trump has been the most impeachable, most lawless, most self-enriching, most bungling President in U.S. history. He relies entirely on lying and scapegoating to avoid taking responsibility for his failures. Trump didn't even win the popular vote — the Electoral

Paul Antonopoulos (2020-05-26). Washington Keeps Accusing China of Orchestrating Border Clashes with India. globalresearch.ca The US is supporting India towards a military confrontation with China on their land border and in the Indian Ocean. The Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs, who is about to retire from …

Paul Antonopoulos (2020-05-26). North Atlantic vs. Eurasia: EU Admits that "American-led System" Nears Its End. globalresearch.ca European Union foreign affairs chief Josep Borrell told a gathering of German ambassadors on Monday that "analysts have long talked about the end of an American-led system and the arrival of an Asian century. This is now happening in front …

Ramzy Baroud (2020-05-26). The Ben Uliel Case: Has Israel Won the Battle Against Jewish Terror? mintpressnews.com The verdict was a best-case scenario for Israel's image as it deliberately absolved the massive terrorist network that spawned the likes of Ben Uliel and the Israeli army that protects those very extremists on a daily basis.

Alan MacLeod (2020-05-26). The power of propaganda: Americans think Trump's COVID-19 performance better than China's. mronline.org Americans rate their own government's response, along with that of the UK and Italy, higher than that of China despite those countries having much higher death and infection rates.

Patrick Cockburn (2020-05-26). Governments are Using COVID-19 Crisis to Crush Free Speech. counterpunch.org Stop those non-humans who are writing and provoking our people," says Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov in an Instagram video. The non-humans he objects to are journalists who criticise the Chechen authorities for mishandling their response to the Covid-19 epidemic. Given Kadyrov has faced allegations of torturing and disappearing critics (which the leader denies), he leaves

Víctor Castillo (2020-05-26). Facing the ecosocial crisis: Is a socialist planning of the economy feasible? mronline.org The current ecological and social crisis, a crisis which has seen its effects increased by a public health emergency caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, is a crisis which raises serious concerns over environmental sustainability and social polarization and which has a fundamental cause: the blind logic pursued by our economy system, where everything is secondary …

Kevin Zeese (2020-05-26). Frontline Healthcare Workers Are Becoming Socialists. popularresistance.org As the current Covid-19 pandemic spread throughout the country, healthcare workers again witnessed how the for-profit healthcare system, along with the capitalist economic system, was unable to respond. Frontline workers, already putting their lives at risk, were being more exposed due to lack of personal protective equipment (PPE) and other supplies that should never be in shortage, especially in a country that allows an individual with a net worth of over $100 billion to exist. Hospitals, already short-staffed due to years of "cost-saving" measures, were near collapse from the influx of patients. This helped to…

Andre Vltchek (2020-05-26). Hong Kong Rioters Should Never Fight Against Their Own Country. dissidentvoice.org For several months, Western mass media called the Hong Kong rioters, "pro-democracy protesters". It still does. But I began noticing a new, even deadlier, terminology. Now, the black-clad ninja-looking men and women that are periodically and violently clashing with the law enforcement forces are once in a while described as "pro-independence". Some Hong Kong citizens …

Jon Queally & Andrea Germanos, staff writers (2020-05-26). Citing Dual Threat of Covid-19 and Duterte, Coalition Calls on Congress to Block US Arms Sale to Philippines. commondreams.org "The U.S. should not be selling advanced military systems to an abusive, unaccountable Philippine military under cover of a global pandemic." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/gallery-1475767527-gettyimages-98467963.jpg

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2020-05-26). Human Footprint Threatening Nearly 50 Billion Years of Evolutionary History: Study. commondreams.org "Our findings indicate that the magnitude of our impact as a species on the natural world is incomprehensibly large, and appears to be overwhelmingly impacting the most irreplaceable areas and species on the planet." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/ayeaye-billions-years-evolutionary.jpg

Staff (2020-05-26). Stay Home, Stay Safe, Be Kind: What New Zealand Can Teach the World About Eliminating COVID-19. democracynow.org New Zealand implemented one of the earliest lockdowns and has largely succeeded in eliminating the coronavirus under the leadership of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. Some of the country's success has been attributed to her leadership, trust in science, and clear communication during the crisis. We get an update from Michael Baker, professor of public health at the University of Otago in Wellington, New Zealand. He is an epidemiologist and a member of the New Zealand Ministry of Health's Technical Advisory Group. Baker has been advising the government on its response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Their slogan is "Stay…

Staff (2020-05-26). Headlines for May 26, 2020. democracynow.org U.S. Nears 100,000 Deaths from COVID-19 as Trump Shuns Face Masks, Goes After Democrats on Twitter, Trump Threatens to Pull RNC Out of North Carolina If Dem Governor Refuses to Allow Packed Crowds, Second Immigrant in ICE Jail Dies from COVID-19, U.S. to Deport Haitian Death Squad Leader and COVID-Positive Haitians Amid Pandemic, U.S. Restricts Travel from Brazil as It Becomes Second Most Infected Country, South American Nations Experience Mounting Cases as New Epicenter of the Pandemic, Boris Johnson Faces Pressure over Reopening Country and Lockdown-Flouting Adviser, WHO Suspends Tests of Hydroxychloroquine as…

Staff (2020-05-26). Photojournalist Sebastià£o Salgado: Brazil's Reckless COVID Response Threatens Indigenous Survival. democracynow.org As Brazil sees more than 800 deaths in 24 hours and nearly 400,000 confirmed cases, we look at COVID-19's devastating impact on Brazil's Indigenous peoples, who are dying at double the rate of the rest of the country. We speak with world-renowned Brazilian photojournalist Sebastià£o Salgado, who wrote an open letter to right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro, who called the virus a "little flu," to warn him the pandemic is "an extreme threat to their very survival."

Andrey Areshev (2020-05-26). How Many Dead Yemenis Does It Take to Equal One Washington Post Contributor? strategic-culture.org The War Nerd dissects reporting on Saudi Arabia to show how the corporate media cares more about a dead Washington Post columnist than a quarter of a million Yemenis killed in a Western-backed war. | Gary BRECHER | The headline here is not a joke, unfortunately. It's a question you can't help asking if you've followed the war in Yemen. | You probably noticed that on

Marko Marjanoviƒá (2020-05-26). Bolsonaro Gives a Fantastic, Impassioned, Radical Speech Against Lockdown Maos [VIDEO]. anti-empire.com This was a recent meeting of Bolsonaro's cabinet footage from which made public by the Supreme Court, and what a meeting it was: Why are they puttin handcuffs on a citizen that is working or a woman in the public square and the Justice doesn't say anything? You have to fucking speak! | You're going to be quite? Until when? Or do I have to keep exposing myself? You have to speak, put it out there! Dish it out! | You can't put handcuffs, a decision of the Supreme Court itself. Are we going to be quiet? Until when? | They keep on humiliating our people. And that's growing… People keep pointing at me: "I voted for y…

RT (2020-05-26). Kremlin warns intensified shelling in Lugansk may undermine prospects for E. Ukraine settlement. rt.com Intensified shelling on the contact line between Ukraine and the self-proclaimed Lugansk People's Republic may undermine the prospects of a peaceful settlement, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Tuesday. | "The Kremlin wants the parties to meet their commitments, first of all, on halting the shelling of territories where civilians live and in general the shelling of territories in the self-proclaimed republics," TASS quoted the spokesman as saying. | "We believe that this is unacceptable and this mainly mars the prospects of creating a predictable situation in peaceful life," Peskov said.

Andrew Korybko (2020-05-26). Biden's "You Ain't Black" Comment Embodies Everything Wrong with the Democrats. globalresearch.ca Former Vice President and current Democrat front-runner Joe Biden embodied everything that's wrong with the Democrats on Friday morning during an interview with a popular New York City radio host. In response to Charlamagne Tha God's request for another interview …

Peter Koenig (2020-05-26). The Farce and Diabolical Agenda of A "Universal Lockdown" globalresearch.ca First comes the farce, an (almost) universal government lie around the globe about a deadly virus, WHO named COVID-19. The decision for a global lockdown — literally for the collapse of the world economy — was already taken at the …

Peter Koenig (2020-05-26). Facts Vs. Fake. A Worldwide Lockdown of Everything. globalresearch.ca Do you know who coined the curse, "conspiracy theory" or accusation, "you are conspiracy theorist!" — It was nobody less than the CIA in the 1950s, to silence those who saw through the lie of the Cold War against the …

Kevin Zeese (2020-05-26). Colombian Social Leaders Protest For Access To Health Care And Food. popularresistance.org The difficult situation Colombia is facing due to the pandemic prompted the 48 leaders of Sierra Nevada, in the Santa Marta District, to protest to demand decent health services and food aid. | In the middle of the road that communicates with the territory of La Guajira, the demonstrators placed a coffin and performed the dance of the African morticians that have been virtualized in the social networks in recent months. | With this representation, the social leaders denounced the abandonment by the District and Departmental Government. | Those who become ill for the COVID-19 has a high risk of dying, they denounc…

Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers (2020-05-26). Venezuela And Iran Show Solidarity Can Overcome US Empire. dissidentvoice.org Commemorating 100,000 COVID-19 Deaths The official milestone of 100,000 dead in the United States from COVID-19 is near. This figure is certainly an undercount as thousands of deaths from COVID-19 are not being recorded. Before our weekly news analysis, we pause to commemorate those deaths. The US, with 4 percent of the world's population, has 28 percent of …

Kevin Zeese (2020-05-26). Secretive Right-Wing Nonprofit Plays Role In COVID-19 Organizing. popularresistance.org A shadowy right-wing nonprofit is helping coordinate coronavirus response strategy and promoting the lockdown protests. | Working alongside close allies that have helped coordinate the protests, including Stephen Moore of the Heritage Foundation and FreedomWorks, Council for National Policy Action (CNP Action) has been hosting conference calls and publishing action memos around reopening states' economies. | CNP Action is the 501(c)(4) nonprofit affiliate of the Council for National Policy (CNP), a coalition of far-right political advocacy and think tank figures that has worked largely behind the scenes since its…

Kevin Zeese (2020-05-26). Why China Is Not The Aggressor. popularresistance.org To reverse the Pentagon's reckless drive towards potentially catastrophic confrontation, people in this country need to be aware of the true nature of relations between the United States and China. In fact, it is the United States that is engaged in a comprehensive push to encircle and isolate China using military, economic and political aggression. The result of this atmosphere of non-stop hostility has been a marked increase in instances of discrimination and racist violence towards Chinese-Americans and other Asian communities within the United States. | The war hawks want you to believe that China is bullying…

Kevin Zeese (2020-05-26). The Case For Degrowth In A Time Of Pandemic. popularresistance.org To be more resilient to crises — pandemic, climatic, financial, or political — we need to build systems capable of scaling back production in ways that do not cause loss of livelihood or life. We need degrowth. But what is happening during the pandemic is not degrowth. Degrowth is a project of living meaningfully, enjoying simple pleasures, commoning, sharing and relating more with others, and working less, in more equal societies. | The goal of degrowth is to purposefully slow things down in order to minimize harm to humans and earth systems and to reduce exploitation. The time is ripe for us to refo…

Kevin Zeese (2020-05-26). Tenants Buy Properties From Negligent Landlord Who Tried To Evict Them. popularresistance.org Thirty-eight families in south Minneapolis will gain ownership of their five apartment buildings after spending years battling with their landlord, Stephen Frenz, who had been trying to evict them. | "This is an amazing victory. I am so happy," Chloe Jackson said in a statement Monday. She is a resident of one of the properties and board president of the tenant's rights group Inquilinxs Unidxs Por Justicia (United Renters for Justice). Eviction seemed certain once the pandemic hit since the families — most of whom are immigrants and don't have health care or access to government benefits — had collect…

Kevin Zeese (2020-05-26). Group Hopes To See New Economy Emerge Based On Hawaiian Values. popularresistance.org A new group that wants to reboot Hawaii's tourist-based economy in the era of the new coronavirus announced a four-step plan Tuesday to come up with ideas by August based on Native Hawaiian cultural values. | The 'Aina Aloha Economic Futures Declaration, which was sent to Gov. David Ige, is the first part of an effort to create a different island economy based on centuries of island-based values. The declaration was authored by 14 members of the community who want "to reboot the entire operating system of our economy," said Kamanamaikalani Beamer, associate professor of the University of Hawaii's Center for Hawai…

Kevin Zeese (2020-05-26). A History Of Mutual Aid Has Prepared POC For This Moment. popularresistance.org Southern Solidarity has gone from 24 daily meal distributions to 250. | "We're doing this because capitalism is making survival impossible," Araujo says. | She plans to meet with researchers and academics to develop a guidebook on how to create a mutual aid project during a pandemic but, in the meantime, she has advice for those of us interested in lending a hand: "Assess and observe," she says. "Do not mimic colonizer actions. Connect to existing institutions. And, most of all, insert your radical imagination."

David Mattson (2020-05-26). Grizzly Bears are Dying and That's a Fact. counterpunch.org More grizzly bears are dying, being seen, and in conflicts with humans in and around the Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem (NCDE). These are irrefutable facts. According to Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) these trends are a straight-forward consequence of more bears. As a corollary, environmental change doesn't matter to bears in this population because,

John G. Russell (2020-05-26). TRUMP-20: The Other Pandemic. counterpunch.org The laws of God, the laws of man, He may keep that will and can; Not I: let God and man decree Laws for themselves and not for me —A. E. Housman In the destructive wake of TRUMP-20, Americans should practice media-distancing. Daily reports that expose us to Trump, his lies, his racism, and the

Thomas Klikauer — Nadine Campbell (2020-05-26). The Covid-19 Conspiracies of German Neo-Nazis. counterpunch.org Where there are conspiracy theories, German Neo-Nazis are never far away. Indeed, the Corona pandemic is a welcoming vehicle for German Neo-Nazi to broadcast their ideology and to recruit new members. The belief in conspiratorial forces behind the 2020 Corona crisis isn't just nonsense; it is a dangerous symptom of democratic societies' plight to be

Melvin Goodman (2020-05-26). Trump Administration and the Washington Post: Picking Fights Together. counterpunch.org For the past several months, the Trump administration has been picking fights—using cold war rhetoric regarding China and applying a "maximum pressure" campaign against Iran. The editorial writers of the Washington Post for the past few weeks have written a series of pieces that support a hard line against China, and on May 24th…

Staff (2020-05-26). Comcast Ignores Calls To Improve Internet Access During Pandemic. therealnews.com Despite making $4 billion in revenue in 2019, Comcast hasn't responded to pleas from students and educators to increase internet speeds during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Eds. (2020-05-26). Apocalypse never: what coronavirus teaches us about doomsday denial. mronline.org he current pandemic is giving humanity a crash course in apocalypse management. Whether COVID-19 is actually apocalyptic or not is debatable, but the pandemic has many of the characteristics that we associate with something of that scale.

C.P. Chandrasekhar (2020-05-26). COVID-19 adds new dimensions to U.S.-China trade war. mronline.org The Trump regime is ratcheting up its protectionist rhetoric vis-à -vis China. If this leads to new sanctions, it would worsen the COVID-induced trade crisis rather than help the U.S.

Martin Hart-Landsberg (2020-05-26). Victory: Ohio's plan to deny workers their unemployment insurance is shelved. mronline.org In early May, Ohio Republican Governor Mike DeWine began reopening the state economy. And to support business and slash state expenses, both at worker expense, he had a "COVID-19 Fraud" form put up on the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services website where employers could confidentially report employees "who quit or refuse work when …

Gloria La Riva (2020-05-26). Defying U.S. sanctions, first Iranian tanker reaches Venezuela. liberationnews.org The enhanced U.S. military presence in Caribbean waters did not deter Iran as the first of its five giant tankers full of gasoline and refinery supplies reached Venezuela's waters late Saturday, May 23.

Staff (2020-05-26). Grassroots Organizers Continue To Move The Needle For Change Despite Little Fanfare. therealnews.com Activists like Cameron Miles, Vonya Quarles, Erica Smith, and Amber Rose-Howard discuss organizing tactics that work in the continued fight for social justice and prison abolition.