Daily Archives: 2020-06-13

2020-06-13: News Headlines

Pavan Kulkarni (2020-06-13). Massive protests against gender-based violence in Nigeria force government to take measures. peoplesdispatch.org The cabinet has called on all state governments to implement Violence against Persons Prohibition Act (VAPPA), 2015, a key demand of protesters. The parliament's upper house also pushed legislation for protection of victims from stigma.

Khubaka, Michael Harris (2020-06-13). U.S. President Trump sparks renewed interest in Juneteenth Celebrations Globally. indybay.org "In 1535, the first enslaved Pan African were recorded in California. Spanish conquistadors brought enslaved Pan Africans for conquest and who were later breed with indigenous population (Afro-Latino) throughout "New Spain" and much, much later evolved into today's Republic of Mexico. Authentic Alta California History remains cloaked in slavery and secrecy that remains off limits for any principled dialogue as the California State Legislature prepares for a 2020 Juneteenth State Budget due next week.

Derrick Broze (2020-06-13). #FluorideTrial: Scientist Says He Was Threatened Because of Fluoride Study — Week 1 In Review. thelastamericanvagabond.com #FluorideTrial: Experts Admit Fluoride is a Pesticide The first week of the historic water fluoridation trial wrapped up on Friday afternoon after four days of occasionally tense testimony from expert witnesses with the Fluoride Action Network (FAN) and the U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). One expert witness claimed he had been coerced into signing a …

Andrew Green (2020-06-13). [Obituary] Jacob Plange-Rhule. thelancet.com Physician, academic, and researcher who served as the Rector of the Ghana College of Physicians and Surgeons. Born on July 27, 1957, in Winneba, Ghana, he died from complications of COVID-19 in Accra, Ghana, on April 10, 2020, aged 62 years.

Matthew B Yurgelun, Andrew T Chan (2020-06-13). [Comment] Aspirin for Lynch syndrome: a legacy of prevention. thelancet.com Lynch syndrome—caused by pathogenic germline MLH1, MSH2, MSH2, PMS2, or EPCAM variants—is among the most common forms of inherited cancer susceptibility and predisposes to high risks of colorectal cancer, endometrial cancer, and other malignancies. Frequent colonoscopies confer a substantial mortality benefit in Lynch syndrome carriers but have inherent limitations.1 Some Lynch syndrome-associated colorectal cancers bypass a precursor adenoma phase, thereby making such tumours impossible to prevent via colonoscopic polypectomy.

M.K. Bhadrakumar (2020-06-12). Turkey's big bet has put Libya in center of a global power struggle. mronline.org The series of debilitating military setbacks that Libya's renegade general Khalifa Haftar suffered in recent months have spurred diplomatic activities over the conflict in the country. But the war is far from over.

Staff (2020-06-12). Angela Davis Slams Trump Rally in Tulsa, Massacre Site, on Juneteenth Celebration of End of Slavery. democracynow.org President Trump will resume holding indoor campaign events starting with a rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on June 19, a day known as Juneteenth, that celebrates African Americans' liberation from slavery. The rally also falls on the 99th anniversary of the Tulsa race riots, one of the worst acts of racial violence in U.S. history, in which white residents killed hundreds of their African American neighbors. Legendary scholar Angela Davis says it's important to recognize that Trump "represents a sector of a population in this country that wants to return to the past … with all of its white supremacy, with all of its…

ahtribune (2020-06-12). Trump's 'Caesar' Style Siege on Syria, A Sign of Impending Regional Failure. ahtribune.com Would be emperor Donald Trump has announced the 'Caesar Syrian Civilian Protection Act', to tighten the genocidal siege on the Syrian people. Without a hint of irony, this new edict imposes even more serious obstacles to the Syrian people getting access to energy, food and medicines, while claiming its purpose is to 'protect' those same people. | However the move comes as (1) a shrinking US military presence faces resistance attacks in both Syria and Iraq, (2) Washington's allies are abandoning the US-led 'coalition' in Iraq, (3) Trump has undermined his local allies in Lebanon and Iraq, by threats and economi…

Tom Odula (2020-06-12). Tanzania Pioneers a Far Cheaper, Less Superstitious and Far More Rational 'Cure' for COVID Than Lockdowns. anti-empire.com Editor's note: Instead of 3 months of ruinous, masochistic, and superstitious lockdowns that the West opted for, Tanzania opted for 3 days of prayers. Both worked about as well except Tanzania's cure was far less costly in livelihoods and lives. Well done Magufuli! Brilliant! | Related:
| Tanzania's president is again claiming the country is free of the coronavirus because of the power of prayer – s…

news.un (2020-06-12). Amid COVID-19 and climate change, UNHCR appeals for $186 million for Sahel refugee and displacement crisis. news.un.org The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) has issued an urgent appeal for $186 million to provide lifesaving protection and assistance in the Sahel amidst fears that the conflict in the vast African region — exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic — will spread.

news.un (2020-06-12). Amidst COVID-19 challenges, UN 'remains operational' across Central Africa. news.un.org The coronavirus pandemic has compounded increasing economic, social and humanitarian challenges facing States and regional institutions across Central Africa, the regional UN envoy told the Security Council on Friday.

Ryan Cristián (2020-06-12). Gates Foundation Meets w/ Contact Tracing Participants & H.R. 6666 Drafter Months BEFORE Coronavirus. thelastamericanvagabond.com 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 (6/12/20). 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 …

WSWS (2020-06-12). Libyan civil war intensifies amid growing international negotiations. wsws.org The domestic and international parties of the civil war in Libya have recently intensified talks as Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj's UN-recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) in Tripoli advanced on the Libyan National Army (LNA) led by Khalifa Haftar.

Ahmed Abdulkareem (2020-06-11). New Evidence Suggests Turkey Preparing for Libya-Style Military Intervention in Yemen. mintpressnews.com Turkey is sending advisors and weapons into Yemen and flexing its influence in the war-torn country as it seeks to expand its power across the Middle East.

Staff (2020-06-11). Historian Robin D.G. Kelley: Years of Racial Justice Organizing Laid Groundwork for Today's Uprising. democracynow.org As protests against police brutality and racism continue across the country, we speak with historian and UCLA professor of African American studies Robin D.G. Kelley. "We're not here by accident," Kelley says, crediting racial justice organizers for laying the groundwork for this moment over the last decade. "The real question now is whether or not this can be sustained."

Peoples Dispatch (2020-06-11). Poster exhibition shows glimpses of dying capitalist system and flickers of a new world. peoplesdispatch.org "In a decaying society, art, if it is truthful, must also reflect decay," wrote Marxist art historian Ernst Fischer seven decades ago, "Art must show the world as changeable. And help to change it." | The future of the world hangs in the balance. The coronavirus pandemic has deepened existing inequalities and issues while presenting unforeseen challenges to crumbling public infrastructure in many countries. This historic moment has revealed that there are two dominant paradigms, one that favors life and the well-being of the people, and one that favors capital and accumulation. | The corona-crisis has revealed th…

RT (2020-06-11). Cop accused of racism for citing research that police are shooting African-Americans 'less than we ought to'. rt.com Major Travis Yates of Tulsa, Oklahoma is refusing to apologize and rejects accusations of racism, saying he was quoting research and not his personal opinion in a radio show appearance. The Tulsa PD has disavowed his remarks. | Yates made waves this week when his opinion piece about the wave of George Floyd protests went viral. "It's over America. You finally did it. You aren't going to have to abolish the police, we won't be around for it," he wrote in his piece, Also…

Pien Huang (2020-06-11). WHO Believes That Mass Protests Are Important Even in a 'Pandemic' Provided They're More Popular Than WHO. anti-empire.com In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, the World Health Organization took time at its daily press conference to address another pressing issue: the wave of protests against police violence and racial injustice. The demonstrations began in the U.S. when George Floyd died on May 25 after a police officer had pressed a knee into his neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds while detaining him in Minneapolis. | The protests are now spreading around the world to Europe, Africa and other regions. | "WHO fully supports equality and the global movement against racism. We reject discrimination of all kinds," said WHO director…

Marko Marjanoviƒá (2020-06-11). The Powers That Be Are Ecstatic That the Left Believes the Biggest Problem Right Now Are Statues of Dead White Men. anti-empire.com In the US and the EU both, we've witnessed the biggest monetary heist in history. We're sailing into a depression that central banks have set up for us over the past two decades. And we're doing so in the worst possible condition thanks to the Draconian, harebrained and unnecessary lockdowns that the politicians imposed on us. | Several of Empire's wars and occupations continue in Afghanistan, Somalia, Yemen, and Syria. Tension is being needlessly cultivated with China and Russia, and the entire architecture of nuclear arms control is just about done being thrown in that trash bin of history. | Simultaneously the…

Andrey Areshev (2020-06-11). The EU Continues to Talk Utter Baloney About Libya. But What's the Real Reason Its Warships Are in the Eastern Mediterranean? strategic-culture.org It's often said that the EU plays no role whatsoever in the conflict in Libya and takes no side. And given that Italy, being the odd man in Europe, supports the incumbent government and its ragtag coalition of soldiers and militias it employs fighting under the so-called GNA — whereas most EU countries are more aligned to General Haftar (supported by Russia, Egypt, UAE and Saudi Arabia), it's easy to see how the EU can't take a single position. | But it has. Although at the end of May there was more waffling by the EU's foreign policy wonk, Spanish socialist Josep Borrell, who, undoubtedly frustrated by…

South Front (2020-06-11). Video: Syrian Army Repelled Militant Attack in Southern Idlib. US Air Force C-130 Plane Crashed in Iraq. globalresearch.ca The Syrian Army and the National Defense Forces have repelled an attack on their positions in southern Idlib. | On June 8, forces of the Ghurfat Eamaliat wa-Harid al-Mu'minin coalition of al-Qaeda-linked militant groups stormed the villages of Tanjarah and Fattirah. …

Mike Walter (2020-06-12). The Heat: Economist Paul Romer and George Floyd case. america.cgtn.com The brother of George Floyd made an impassioned plea to members of the ‚ÄãUS House Judiciary Committee. Philonise Floyd asked that his brother be honored with the end of police violence against African Americans. Floyd's death has ignited world-wide protests, calling for police reform. The …

sputniknews (2020-06-12). Turkey Planning to Establish 2 Permanent Military Bases in Libya — Reports. sputniknews.com ANKARA (Sputnik) – Turkey is planning to establish two permanent military bases in Libya as part of its continued support for the UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA), the Turkish newspaper Yeni Safak reported on Friday, citing military sources.

sputniknews (2020-06-12). Russian Embassy Says Fake Statement of US Official on Libya, Syria Will Further Spoil Relations. sputniknews.com WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – The Russian Embassy in the United States said the fake statement by a high-ranking US official, including recent remarks on the situation in Syria and Libya, will only spoil relations between Moscow and Washington even further.

yenisafak (2020-06-13). DR Congo's gold smuggled to UAE, African countries: UN. yenisafak.com A UN investigation has unearthed a network smuggling gold from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to the United Arab Emirates as well as other countries in Africa.The UN report, seen by Anadolu Agency, details the illegal exports of gold to Dubai in the UAE as well as Burundi, Rwanda, and Tanzania.It said the DRC's Ituri province was at the center of the network and the country was losing millions of dollars due to smuggling of the precious metal.According to the report, at least 1.1 tons of gold was smuggled out of the province in 2019, and the government could have earned up to $1.88 million in taxes if it…

yenisafak (2020-06-13). Virus cases in Africa top 225,000. yenisafak.com As Africa grapples with the fast-spreading coronavirus, the number of cases spiked to 224,105, according to a Saturday update by the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention.The virus took 100 days to infect 100,000 people in Africa since the first case was detected in mid-February, but then just 23 days to double to 200,000, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), in a pace that is accelerating.The update has it that 6,040 patients have died across 54 African countries.The number of people who have recovered from COVID-19 in the continent has reached 102,846, according to the update.Southern A…

yenisafak (2020-06-13). On surprise visit, Libya Tobruk-based parliament speaker in Algeria. yenisafak.com The head of Libya's Tobruk-based parliament Aguila Saleh arrived in the neighboring Algeria on a surprise visit on Saturday.Algeria's official TV said that Suleiman Shanin, the head of the National People's Assembly, the first chamber of the Algerian parliament, and Foreign Affairs Minister Sabri Boukadoum received Saleh at the Algiers International Airport in the capital.The source did not mention the duration and objectives of the visit, which coincides with the Libyan army's victories over the militia of warlord Khalifa Haftar.On Friday, Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune, in an interview with a local med…

yenisafak (2020-06-13). COVID-19 death toll rises in Oman, Bahrain, Libya. yenisafak.com Health authorities in Oman, Bahrain and Libya confirmed new fatalities due to the novel coronavirus on Saturday, while Morocco reported fresh infections. | The Omani Health Ministry said three patients had died from COVID-19, while 1,006 new cases were reported over the past 24 hours. | The country's confirmed cases now stand at 22,077, including 99 deaths, and 7,530 recoveries. | In Bahrain, the Health Ministry said the country's death toll rose to 37 after two people had died from the disease, while a further 444 new cases were registered, taking the figure to 17,713. | Libya's National Center for Disease Contr…

yenisafak (2020-06-13). Italy's PM says virus crisis should be opportunity to reform country. yenisafak.com Italy cannot afford to return to normality after the coronavirus emergency but should turn the crisis into an opportunity to reform the country, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said on Saturday."This is the time to work on a clear project to come out of the crisis," Conte said in the opening speech of a nine-day policy consultation in Rome."We must take advantage (of the situation) to turn the crisis into an opportunity, and remove all the obstacles that have slowed (Italy) down," he added.Conte said his coalition government was preparing a plan of reforms to simplify bureaucracy, push digital investments and green…

yenisafak (2020-06-11). Ethiopia urges Egypt to stop pressure over Nile dam. yenisafak.com Ethiopia has urged Egypt to stop "exerting external diplomatic pressure" while the trilateral talks on the Nile dam Ethiopia is constructing have resumed between Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan on Tuesday.The call came in a press release issued by the Ministry of Water Resources, Irrigation and Energy at the end of the second-day of trilateral talks on the filling and operation of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam.The negotiations restarted recently after the collapse of US-sponsored talks last February with Ethiopia quitting, saying US Secretary of Treasury Steven Mnuchin openly sided with Egypt by calling on Ethiop…

news.un (2020-06-11). COVID-19 in Africa: WHO urges constant vigilance as cases top 200,000. news.un.org COVID-19 is accelerating in Africa, with more than 200,000 cases and more than 5,600 deaths, the regional office for the World Health Organization (WHO) reported on Thursday.

Abayomi Azikiwe (2020-06-11). The Role of Police in a Racist-Capitalist Society. Defunding and Dismantling the US Police Being Fiercely Debated. globalresearch.ca Since the videotaped violent murder of African American George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25, there has been an upsurge in antiracist and anti-police brutality demonstrations and rebellions spanning across the United States. | When Darnella Frazier, the 17-year-old woman …

Raul Diego (2020-06-11). The Eugenicist's Playbook: Politicized Science Is Making a Comeback in the Age of COVID-19. mintpressnews.com Racism has spread under the guise of science for centuries and continues today with claims that African American and other minority communities have a genetic predisposition to COVID-19.

Ryan Cristián (2020-06-11). "Pandemic II" Is Already Your Fault & US Gov Is Using Seattle And The Two-Party System To Divide Us. thelastamericanvagabond.com 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 (6/11/20). 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 …

news.un (2020-06-11). UN chief urges continued international support for Mali amid growing terrorist threat. news.un.org The UN Secretary-General has stressed the need for continued international commitment to Mali, as the country continues to navigate the path to political stability while confronting numerous obstacles, including terrorism, and now the COVID-19 pandemic.

_____ (2020-06-11). Health Workers March To Expose Racism As A Health Crisis. popularresistance.org Seattle, WA – Dr. Nkeirika Banda's phone was vibrating. "I'm scared to check it," said the HealthPoint family medicine resident. Her mom, who lives in Zambia, is a worrier — and Banda had just sent her family a photo from the intersection of James Street and Sixth Avenue, where she was supporting the Seattle's Doctors for Justice rally against racism and police brutality. "So I obviously didn't tell her that I was coming [to the protest]," Banda said. | Banda and thousands of other health care professionals gathered at 10 a.m. June 6 at Harborview Medical Center in solidarity with Seattle's Black community.

yenisafak (2020-06-11). Coronavirus: Oman reports 1,067 new cases, 5 new deaths. yenisafak.com Countries in the Middle East and North Africa region reported new COVID-19 cases and virus-linked fatalities on Thursday.In Oman, 1,067 new cases were registered over the past 24 hours, taking the total to 19,954, according to the Health Ministry.The Gulf country also confirmed five more deaths, bringing the tally to 89.A total of 6,632 patients have recovered from the virus so far.Minister of Health Dr. Ahmed Al Saeedi asked the public to limit family visits, and adhere to physical distance, wear face masks and observe precautionary measures.Bahrain's Health Ministry said that out of the 7,776 COVID-19 tests car…

yenisafak (2020-06-11). Turkey's Istanbul Airport partially resumes int'l flights. yenisafak.com The Istanbul Airport partially resumed on Thursday to international flights, which have been suspended for two months as part of the normalization process from the novel coronavirus pandemic. Turkey's national flag carrier Turkish Airlines began scheduling flights again from Istanbul Airport to Germany, the UK and the Netherlands.Entry was limited only to passengers, who started to come to the airport early in the day and had their temperatures taken upon arrival with thermal camera.Social distance rules were also followed both by passengers and airport personnel.Turkish Airlines' first scheduled flight was made…

Mark Gruenberg (2020-06-10). Voter suppression in Georgia portends catastrophe for November. peoplesworld.org ATLANTA—The big story in the political party primaries on June 9 wasn't who won or lost, but voter suppression in Georgia — and what that could mean for November's balloting. That Georgia mess — a toxic brew of few voting machines, especially in African-American areas, breakdowns of a new voting system and lack of trained …

Michael Sasso (2020-06-10). OOOPS: Black Business Ownership Collapses by 41% in US Lockdowns. anti-empire.com The Covid-19 economic shutdown has hurt African American businesses the most among racial and ethnic groups in U.S., with a 41% decline of black owners from February to April, a new study from the National Bureau of Economic Research shows. | While the pandemic has hit entrepreneurs across the board, closing some 3.3 million small businesses at least temporarily, the sidelining of

RT (2020-06-10). Putin stresses importance of Libya ceasefire in phone call with Erdogan. rt.com Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke by phone with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday and stressed the importance of a ceasefire in Libya as soon as possible, the Kremlin's press service said. | The two leaders expressed "mutual concern over the mass armed clashes ongoing in the country," the statement said. Putin also stressed the need for renewed inter-Libyan dialogue. | Discussing Syria, Putin and Erdogan underlined the need to implement Russian-Turkish agreements on the Idlib de-escalation zone. | The presidents discussed joint efforts during the coronavirus pandemic, and noted the…

en.mehrnews (2020-06-10). Palestine calls for establishing intl. front against Israeli annexation plan. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jun. 10 (MNA) — Foreign Minister of Palestinian National Authority, Riyad al-Maliki, called for the formation of an international front against Israeli plan to annex part of the West Bank.

news.un (2020-06-10). Sudan: Indicted war crimes suspects must be brought to justice — ICC prosecutor. news.un.org Buoyed by the surrender of a key Darfur war crimes suspect, the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) is urging the Security Council to press Sudan to do more to bring other indicted persons — including ex-president Omar Al-Bashir — to justice.

Brasil de Fato (2020-06-10). Victims of neoliberalism, poor countries face consequences in healthcare systems. peoplesdispatch.org Healthcare is a political choice. The statement, presented by the Dossier n ∫ 29 of the Tricontinental Institute for Social Research, launched on Tuesday (9), is based on the crisis scenario deepened by the COVID-19 pandemic in four countries that have suffered the effects of neoliberal governments in recent years: Brazil , Argentina, South Africa, and India. | The study depicts the way in which, during the fight against covid-19, healthcare agents are considered essential, while it is widely recognized that they are not guaranteed many rights. However, the analysis argues that such evident neglect results fr…

_____ (2020-06-10). The Network In Defense Of Humanity Demands Justice For George Floyd. popularresistance.org The Network in Defense of Humanity adds its voice to those of thousands in the United States and around the world who are demanding Justice for George Floyd. | The image of a man of African descent being killed by a racist policeman is very common in the United States. In fact, the police murder about a thousand people annually; a disproportionate number of them are Black. | George Floyd's murder was no different, but it has been on an exponential level since the scene of his death by torture was documented in detail as he told the white policeman "I can't breathe"—first he appealed to his torturer, then to…

Lynda Carson (2020-06-10). Reparations to African Americans should be payed by Wall Street. indybay.org African Americans are used as prison labor a.k.a. slave labor in prisons.

teleSUR (2020-06-10). Flood In Ghana's Capital Kills At Least Six People. telesurenglish.net A downpour that hit Accra, Ghana's capital, killed at least six people according to the information given by the authorities Tuesday. | RELATED: | George Ayisah, a spokesperson for the National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO), confirmed that the victims, a child among them, died on Tuesday in Okai-Koi North, a suburb of the capital. | The NADMO rescue team saved 300 citizens in two of the city's worst-hit a…

WSWS (2020-06-10). Papua New Guinea: Ex-PM O'Neill charged with corruption. wsws.org The purported concern over corruption by PNG ruling circles is in response to deep popular hostility amid a rapidly escalating social and economic crisis.

Peoples Dispatch (2020-06-10). EU calls for immediate ceasefire in Libya and an end to all foreign intervention. peoplesdispatch.org The statement comes even as the warring factions in the country are backed by various EU members and are supplied arms by them. The conflict in Libya has escalated over the past few weeks…

Robert Bridge (2020-06-10). Liberal Leaders Aiding and Abetting Rioters. Just the Latest Campaign Strategy to Usurp Trump. globalresearch.ca In a fractious election year that has already witnessed Russiagate, impeachment and a pandemic, Americans are now forced to contend with the malignant scourge of rioting and looting following the killing of George Floyd at the hands of a white …

2020-06-13: Social Media Postees

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[Editorial] Medicine and medical science: Black lives must matter more
The Lancet | thelancet.com | 2020-06-13
Emblematic of the profound sense of outrage at the killing of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and countless other Black men and women at the hands of law enforcement, hundreds of thousands of protestors took to the streets in the USA and across the globe. They set aside the risk of contracting SARS-CoV-2, judging that what they were marching for was more immediately urgent. Marches have been held to draw attention to the continued murder by police of Black people and to the persistent, pervasive racism that exists across societies.

Growing revolt by Black journalists
Betsey Piette | workers.org | 2020-06-13
In an historic week that has witnessed demonstrations, too numerous to count, against police brutality in the aftermath of the brutal murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police on May 25, another anti-racist movement is growing. As reports surface of police intentionally targeting journalists across the U.S, especially Black and . . . | Continue reading Growing revolt by Black journalists at Workers.org…

"We Are Fighting for Our Lives Against People With Money and Power"
Doni Jones | zcomm.org | 2020-06-13
Interview with a Minneapolis bus driver, who provided a model of solidarity during the George Floyd protests by refusing to transport police officers…

[Obituary] Jacob Plange-Rhule
Andrew Green | thelancet.com | 2020-06-13
Physician, academic, and researcher who served as the Rector of the Ghana College of Physicians and Surgeons. Born on July 27, 1957, in Winneba, Ghana, he died from complications of COVID-19 in Accra, Ghana, on April 10, 2020, aged 62 years.

[Correspondence] NICE guideline for rectal cancer: already out of date
Robert Glynne-Jones, Mark Harrison, Drostan Cheetham | thelancet.com | 2020-06-13
As members of a colorectal multidisciplinary team, some of whom have contributed to previous National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidance1 and European Society of Medical Oncology guidelines in rectal cancer,2 we disagree with the current recommendations in the update to NICE guidance that was published in 2020: "offer preoperative radiotherapy or chemoradiotherapy to people with rectal cancer that is cT1-T2, cN1-N2, M0, or cT3-T4, any cN, M0."3…

[Correspondence] Acute liver failure — Authors' reply
R Todd Stravitz, William M Lee | thelancet.com | 2020-06-13
We appreciate the additional insights provided by Sandro Vento and Francesca Cainelli regarding the incidence and diagnosis of acute liver failure in low-income and middle-income countries (LMICs). Beyond the differences in known causal factors (viruses, drugs) between high-income countries and LMICs, the predominance of the indeterminate group in these regions is of concern to all. In our study,1 only 5% of patients remained indeterminate after thorough serological testing and review of history and available liver histology.

Community control Vs. defunding the police: A critical analysis
Eds. | mronline.org | 2020-06-13
Defunding the police might end the armed and uniformed force as we know it, but the ruling class will then hire mercenaries to protect their wealth and enforce their will.

Long Read: The slow exodus of Palestinian Christians
graham | truepublica.org.uk | 2020-06-13
By Jonathan Cook (25-minute read): Israel has exploited the steady decline in the numbers of Palestinian Christians to advance its claim that they are being hounded from the region by Muslim extremists. But the real blame lies with Israel and the foreign Churches. It was inevitable that when the coronavirus pandemic reached the occupied …

The govt, the Klan, cops and prisons
Ted Kelly | workers.org | 2020-06-13
The following talk was given by Ted Kelly of Philadelphia during a May 16 webinar sponsored by the Prisoner Solidarity Committee of Workers World Party. I'll begin by quoting two different passages. The first is from Workers World Party founder Sam Marcy's book, "The Klan and the Government: Foes or . . . | Continue reading The govt, the Klan, cops and prisons at Workers.org…

COVID-19 hot spot
Gloria Rubac | workers.org | 2020-06-13
Houston The National Black United Front in Houston toured the Harris County Jail on May 19, Malcolm X's 95th birthday, to observe the conditions facing the prisoners during the COVID-19 pandemic. Black prisoners make up half of those incarcerated, despite being only 18 percent of the Harris County adult population. . . . | Continue reading COVID-19 hot spot at Workers.org…

Who should get COVID-19 testing?
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org | 2020-06-13
Dr. Bobbi Pritt, a clinical microbiologist at Mayo Clinic, acknowledges that there seems to be a lot of confusion with the general public when it comes to COVID-19 testing. Terms like viral, molecular, serology and antibodies, and convalescent plasma have sprung up in everyday language when talking about COVID-19 — but do you really need …

The Worst Literal Hitler Ever
C. J. Hopkins | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-06-13
So, the GloboCap-Resistance Minneapolis Putsch appears to have not gone exactly to plan. Once again, Trump failed to go full-Hitler, despite their best efforts to goad him into doing so. They gave it quite a good shot, however. It was more or less a textbook regime-change op, or "color revolution," or whatever you call it. …

Symbols are invested with power
Jonathan Cook | zcomm.org | 2020-06-13
Don't dismiss the importance of toppling a statue…

Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: Medical education during the COVID-19 pandemic
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org | 2020-06-13
Across the world, one of the biggest changes forced by the COVID-19 pandemic is in the field of education. Programs from kindergarten through postsecondary have rapidly moved to a distance learning model. Online and remote instruction has its own unique challenges, and has required students and educators to be creative to stay connected. On the …

Parallels between Minneapolis and Jerusalem are More than Skin Deep
Jonathan Cook | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-06-13
It is hard to ignore the striking parallels between the recent scenes of police brutality in cities across the United States and decades of violence from Israel's security forces against Palestinians. A video that went viral late last month of a Minneapolis police officer, Derek Chauvin, killing a black man, George Floyd, by pressing a …

Narrative Control Operations Escalate As America Burns
Caitlin Johnstone | thealtworld.com | 2020-06-13
In 2017, representatives of Facebook, Twitter, and Google were instructed in a US Senate Judiciary Committee hearing that it is their responsibility to "quell information rebellions" and adopt a "mission statement" expressing their commitment to "prevent the fomenting of discord." | "Civil wars don't start with gunshots, they start with words," the representatives were told by cold warrior think tank denizen Clint Watts. "America's war with itself has already begun. We all must act now on the social media ba…

European Court upholds right to boycott Israel
Ali Abunimah | zcomm.org | 2020-06-13
"Israel, an apartheid country, cannot forever prevent the truimph of justice and freedom for the Palestinian people."

Dealing with Government Repression
Ted Glick | zcomm.org | 2020-06-13
Among these impacts is a willingness by some police to carelessly shoot and brutalize young black men and other men of color for no justifiable reason, which has given rise to the deeply important Movement for Black Lives.

Johnson ponders introducing a law to prevent foreign takeovers of UK firms
graham | truepublica.org.uk | 2020-06-13
Business groups have warned that introducing a law to prevent foreign takeovers that threaten national security could have a "chilling" effect on investment in the UK. The government is said to be considering new rules that would mean directors could be jailed or companies could be fined hundreds of thousands of pounds for failing to …

Mayo researchers define type of Alzheimer's that affects people in their younger years
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org | 2020-06-13
ROCHESTER, Minn. ? Mayo Clinic researchers have defined a form of Alzheimer's disease that strikes younger people as early as their 40s, presents with atypical symptoms, and affects a different part of the brain not usually associated with Alzheimer's. In their study, the researchers describe a progressive dysexecutive syndrome which they say affects a person's …

Mayo Clinic Minute: Reversing a vasectomy
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org | 2020-06-13
People change their minds. Some men who had a vasectomy to become infertile might decide for whatever reason that they want to have more children. In those cases, vasectomy reversal can be an option. Watch: The Mayo Clinic Minute youtu.be/TgfiKErAmx4 Journalists: Broadcast-quality video pkg (0: 56) is in the downloads at the end of…

The world on fire
Mumia Abu-Jamal | workers.org | 2020-06-13
Guess what? The world is on fire! I don't mean environmental degradation or global warming; no, although that too is true. I refer to protests, not just all across the United States but all around the world. Imprisoned journalist Mumia Abu-Jamal Protests from London to Paris; from Berlin to Nairobi; . . . | Continue reading The world on fire at Workers.org…

Police Are the Problem, Not the Solution
Michael Hirsch | zcomm.org | 2020-06-13
Review of The End of Policing, by Alex Vitale…

Antiracist protests for George Floyd circle the globe
John Catalinotto | workers.org | 2020-06-13
The massive popular and antiracist reaction to the cop murder of George Floyd in the epicenter of world imperialism has inspired an equally massive reaction worldwide. Hundreds of thousands have marched, not only in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter protests in the United States, but also against local manifestations . . . | Continue reading Antiracist protests for George Floyd circle the globe at Workers.org…

øLas tropas USA contra lxs manifestantes estadounidenses?
John Catalinotto | workers.org | 2020-06-13
Traducción: redroja.net 5 de junio — Hace cuatro días, la Casa Blanca pidió al ejército estadounidense que se desplegara por las ciudades norteamericanas para "dominar" las calles. A lo largo de los tres días siguientes, dos antiguos integrantes de la Junta de Jefes del Estado Mayor conjunto de los ejércitos . . . | Continue reading øLas tropas USA contra lxs manifestantes estadounidenses? at Workers.org…

Video: Covid Nurse Exposes New York Hospital. People Have Been Lied To. It's Destroying Life. The Numbers are a Lie
Journeyman Pictures | globalresearch.ca | 2020-06-13
Registered nurse, Erin Olszewski, spent a month at the epicenter of the epicenter, Elmhurst Hospital in NY. | After witnessing the same malpractice matching testimonies of other outspoken nurses in the U.S., she decided to wear a hidden camera to …

Minnesota Workers United labor contingent joins justice for George Floyd protest
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-06-13
Minneapolis, MN – On Thursday, June 11, 3200 protesters gathered at the Hennepin County Government Center demanding justice for George Floyd and real change. Protests had been going on daily, sometimes several per day, for 18 days since the police murder of George Floyd. | While a battle rages over the role of police 'unions,' members of at least seven unions organized and turned out to the protest as part of a labor contingent organized by Minnesota Workers United. The labor contingent also sent several speakers up to the stage to speak and demand justice for George Floyd and to make it clear that police have n…

How Thailand Contained COVID-19
Walden Bello | zcomm.org | 2020-06-13
In politically turbulent Thailand, a public health system with popular support — not decrees from above — made all the difference…

Minnesota Workers United labor contingent joins justice for George Floyd protest
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-06-13
Minneapolis, MN – On Thursday, June 11, 3200 protesters gathered at the Hennepin County Government Center demanding justice for George Floyd and real change. Protests had been going on daily, sometimes several per day, for 18 days since the police murder of George Floyd. | While a battle rages over the role of police 'unions,' members of at least seven unions organized and turned out to the protest as part of a labor contingent organized by Minnesota Workers United. The labor contingent also sent several speakers up to the stage to speak and demand justice for George Floyd and to make it clear that police have n…

[Correspondence] Increasing tobacco sales under the anti-smoking policy in China
Hailong Luo, Yuan Zhao | thelancet.com | 2020-06-13
China joined the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) in 2005, but tobacco control in China is still worrying.1 In the past decade, the Chinese Government has strengthened the publicity of anti-smoking campains in the media and increased the management of anti-smoking through policies. Nevertheless, paradoxically, tobacco sales have been rising.

A view of the USA from Portugal: 'Not a riot — rebellion!
Manuel Raposo | workers.org | 2020-06-13
The author is a Portuguese left communist and editor of jornalmudardevida.net. This article was translated by WW Managing Editor John Catalinotto. Hundreds of demonstrators in Brazil gathered outside the office of Rio de Janeiro's governor on May 31, protesting the deaths of Black and favela youth at the hands of . . . | Continue reading A view of the USA from Portugal: 'Not a riot — rebellion! at Workers.org…

[Perspectives] Accountability for medical participation in torture
Leonard Rubenstein | thelancet.com | 2020-06-13
After revelations of the participation of US health professionals in torture of detainees in military or CIA custody in the wake of 9/11, citizens filed complaints to disciplinary and licensing boards in seven states against psychologists who had been publicly identified as having been part of the torture apparatus. All of the complaints were eventually dismissed, only one with an explanation. In light of the disciplinary bodies' resistance to investigate participation in torture, much less impose sanctions, colleagues and I, then representing Physicians for Human Rights, helped a New York legislator, Richard Got…

Stop exploiting J-1 cultural workers
| workers.org | 2020-06-13
By Aleris Villegas and Lyn Neeley Each year about 300,000 cultural exchange workers — students, scholars and professors sponsored by U.S. employers — enter the country as J-1 workers. The J-1 Visa program promises job training for students, a way to share their culture, improve their English and explore life . . . | Continue reading Stop exploiting J-1 cultural workers at Workers.org…

[Comment] Offline: COVID-19–what we can expect to come
Richard Horton | thelancet.com | 2020-06-13
The verdicts are now coming in. In Mark Honigsbaum's updated edition of The Pandemic Century, he has included a new chapter on COVID-19. As a historian of epidemics, he offers his judgments about how countries have responded to what he calls "China's Chernobyl moment". His critique is sharp. For decades, we have known that the world is intrinsically and increasingly vulnerable to pandemics–and yet, "we failed to heed the warnings about Covid-19 and act when our actions could have prevented the outbreak from spinning out of control".

UK businesses dramatically scaled back or shelved investment plans
graham | truepublica.org.uk | 2020-06-13
Businesses have dramatically scaled back investment plans for the rest of the year in response to the uncertainty surrounding the future of the UK economy, according to a leading business survey. The Institute of Directors (IoD) said its confidence tracker revealed the Covid-19 crisis had driven down investment intentions among its members for the next 12 months by 11 …

#FluorideTrial: Scientist Says He Was Threatened Because of Fluoride Study — Week 1 In Review
Derrick Broze | thelastamericanvagabond.com | 2020-06-13
#FluorideTrial: Experts Admit Fluoride is a Pesticide The first week of the historic water fluoridation trial wrapped up on Friday afternoon after four days of occasionally tense testimony from expert witnesses with the Fluoride Action Network (FAN) and the U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). One expert witness claimed he had been coerced into signing a …

Coronavirus exposes Britain's bogus self-employment problem
graham | truepublica.org.uk | 2020-06-13
Millions of Britain's self-employed workers can now apply for financial aid to help them through the coronavirus crisis. The government has announced support of 80% of their average monthly earnings up to a cap of £7,500. It comes as a relief for many — there are 5.2 million registered self-employed people in the UK. But a …

"Indian racism towards Black people is almost worse than white peoples' racism" An Interview with Arundhati Roy
Eds. | mronline.org | 2020-06-13
We ourselves live in a pretty sick society that seems incapable of feelings of sisterhood, brotherhood, solidarity.

UK Stock Exchange considers cutting market trading hours, says LSE
graham | truepublica.org.uk | 2020-06-13
A public consultation has found strong support for cutting stock market trading hours in the UK to help improve gender diversity and mental health across the financial sector. Feedback from the LSE's public consultation found that a "significant majority" were sympathetic to arguments that the move would increase employee wellbeing and broaden the appeal of a high-pressure career in …

The Coronavirus Reversal
Glenn Greenwald | zcomm.org | 2020-06-13
The Abrupt, Radical Reversal in How Public Health Experts Now Speak About the Coronavirus and Mass Gatherings…

Mayo Clinic launches neutralizing antibody test to advance COVID-19 therapies
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org | 2020-06-13
ROCHESTER, Minn. — Mayo Clinic has launched a new SARS-CoV-2 neutralizing antibody test in support of the national Expanded Access Program for Convalescent Plasma and other critical research efforts to establish effective therapies and vaccines for COVID-19. The test will be available through Mayo Clinic Laboratories to select labs, blood banks, and biopharma clients in …

FROM THE FIELD: COVID-19 restrictions leave migrant workers stranded
news.un.org | 2020-06-13
In countries across the world, tens of thousands of migrant workers are finding themselves stranded through travel restrictions, in the hope of curbing the spread of COVID-19.

[Viewpoint] Clinical endpoint adjudication
Mohammed N Meah, Martin A Denvir, Nicholas L Mills, John Norrie, David E Newby | thelancet.com | 2020-06-13
In pivotal clinical effectiveness trials, the primary endpoint needs to be precisely defined and quantified because any misclassification could introduce noise and possible bias, potentially leading to incorrect trial conclusions. This misclassification is commonly addressed by having an independent clinical endpoint adjudication committee where all relevant clinical information is provided and a panel of clinical experts categorises the primary endpoint, blind to treatment allocation. This strategy has been established as a basic cornerstone of modern robust trial methodology.

PDF of June 11 issue
A. Majumdar | workers.org | 2020-06-13
Download 12-page PDF here. Tear down the walls: Prisons and class war; Texas jail is COVID hotspot. Special issue dedicated to George Floyd: Step one, movement demands 'DEFUND POLICE!' No Pride without justice!; Calif. Labor condemns murder; Racist monuments down; Why generals rebuked Trump; Police brutality in Buffalo; Journalists under . . . | Continue reading PDF of June 11 issue at Workers.org…

Seattle Protesters Declare Autonomous Zone Around Police Precinct
Omari Salisbury | zcomm.org | 2020-06-13
In Seattle, protesters have barricaded a six-block autonomous zone, after protests were met with a violent police response…

A mass uprising is here, protect if from the ruling class
Kevin Zeese | mronline.org | 2020-06-13
The media described the uprising as a "riot" involved in violence and property destruction but the movement responded by using videos to show black organizers trying to stop people, some of whom seemed to be undercover police or white supremacists.

[World Report] COVID-19 vaccines for all?
Ann Danaiya Usher | thelancet.com | 2020-06-13
If an effective COVID-19 vaccine is developed, how will it get to everyone in need? Ann Danaiya Usher reports on the initiatives being planned to ensure equitable access, and their shortcomings.

American Teens and the Insurrection of 2020
Jonah Raskin | zcomm.org | 2020-06-13
Caught Between Passion and Cool…

Health care leaders urge patients to seek necessary care
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org | 2020-06-13
Gianrico Farrugia, M.D., Mayo Clinic's president and CEO, joined Tomislav Mihaljevic, M.D., chief executive and president of the Cleveland Clinic, in a public call for patients not to delay needed health care or screenings. In a New York Times Opinion piece, Gianrico Farrugia, M.D., Mayo Clinic's president and CEO, and Tomislav Mihaljevic, M.D., chief executive and president …

Will there be another stock market crash in 2020?
graham | truepublica.org.uk | 2020-06-13
The coronavirus restrictions have led to an unprecedented drop in economic activity. Because the UK's economy relies heavily on the services sector, it has suffered more than many European countries. However, the contraction is certainly global. Furthermore, the second Covid-19 wave has started too. For example, the US is seeing a rise in coronavirus hospitalisations, in …