2020-09-21: News Headlines

Greenpeace (2020-09-21). Facebook Suspends Hundreds of Accounts Over Online Event Targeting Coastal GasLink Pipeline. indybay.org Hundreds of individual accounts linked to Indigenous, environmental, and social justice organizations were suspended from Facebook because they were co-hosts of an online Facebook event targeting the Coastal GasLink pipeline majority funder.

Ralph Nader (2020-09-21). Why Do Americans Give Away So Much Control to Corporations? counterpunch.org We own our personal information. Yet, we give it totally free to the likes of Facebook, Google, Instagram, and YouTube, etc. so they can make trillions of dollars selling data on what we buy, what we like, what we think, and what we're addicted to in the marketplace. The advertisers then pester us 24/7 and even betray our trust. Imagine Alexa eavesdropping in our homes and businesses. High-tech companies should not be privy to our personal information.

The Canary (2020-09-21). Tory MP 'forgot' to wear face covering on train. thecanary.co A Tory MP and close ally of Boris Johnson said he "forgot" to put a face covering on after a picture emerged on social media of him travelling on a train without wearing one. | Danny Kruger, who was the Prime Minister's former political secretary before his election as Devizes MP at the general election, has apologised after being caught without a mask while on the hour-long train journey to London. | An eagle-eyed Twitter user posted a picture on September 19 of Kruger sitting at a train table wearing earphones, with the caption: "Don't blame it on the young people Boris (Johnson) when your own party aren't even…

MEE staff (2020-09-21). Australian-Egyptian man jailed in Egypt for liking a Facebook post. middleeasteye.net Australian-Egyptian man jailed in Egypt for liking a Facebook post | Waled Youssef was visiting his sick mother in Egypt when he was arrested in January, lawyers and family said | Mon, 09/21/2020 – 13: 45 | 'Get Waled Home' is a petition launched by Waled Youssef's supporters to call on the Australian government to secure his release from Cairo's notorious Tora prison (Change.org) | An Egyptian man from Sydney…

yenisafak (2020-09-21). Al-Aqsa preacher forbids chanting Israeli anthem. yenisafak.com The preacher of Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa Mosque, Sheikh Ekrima Sabri, has forbidden Muslims from chanting Israel's national anthem. | In an interview with Anadolu Agency on Monday, Sabri said the Israeli anthem includes words that allege the Jewish ownership of all Palestine, including Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa Mosque compound. | He said those chanting the Israeli anthem in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are either "illiterates" or "Zionists". | Videos appeared on social media showing some Emiratis chanting and playing the Israeli anthem, in a move that came days after the UAE, Bahrain and Israel signed US-sponsored agree…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-09-21). Facebook blocks dozens of accounts just days ahead of anti-pipeline social media campaign. peoplesdispatch.org Dozens of Facebook accounts were blocked ahead of a scheduled social media campaign against the Coastal GasLink project, in support of the Wet'suwet'en tribe in Canada…

RT (2020-09-20). A senior moment or a secret code? Twitter puzzled over Sen. Chuck Grassley's ramblings about 'dead pet pidgin'. rt.com Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley has triggered an avalanche of speculation and snark after announcing that he found someone's lifeless pet bird in his front yard. He followed up by reminiscing about a time he hit a deer with his car. | Using his unique style of social media prose, the 87-year-old Republican lawmaker informed the world about his troubling discovery. | "If u lost ur pet pidgin /it's dead in front yard my Iowa farm JUST DISCOVERED here," he

_____ (2020-09-20). Venezuela Blasts 'Politicized' Report By UN 'Ghost Mission'. popularresistance.org The Venezuelan government rejected a recent report by a United Nations (UN) human rights mission. | "It's a report ridden with falsehoods, written from afar, with no methodological rigor whatsoever," Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza wrote on Twitter. He went on to emphasize that the report had been written by a "ghost mission" which had not set foot in Venezuela. | "This illustrates the perverse practice of playing politics with human rights," Arreaza concluded, accusing the authors of the report of being "controlled" by US-allied governments.

Fight Back (2020-09-20). Dallas Alliance marches again for Black lives. fightbacknews.org Dallas, TX – On September 19, the Dallas Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression, together with a number of other groups, held a march for Black lives. The group met at a downtown Dallas park before marching to city hall. According to the group's social media, a main demand of the march was that the Dallas City Council, which is now finalizing the budget, "redirect a significant portion of the police budget to community needs." | Before the march, the group held a rally in the park. One speaker was DAARPR chair Sydney Loving, who condemned the recent arrests of Black Lives Matter protesters in Color…

_____ (2020-09-20). Bolivia: Violent Pro-Coup Extremists Assault MAS Canvassers. popularresistance.org Bolivian coup supporters waged an attack on Movement Towards Socialism (MAS) canvassers, setting fire to campaign tents and destroying materials. | Videos circulating on social media show what appears to be people in MAS t-shirts being chased down in the area of the 4 de Noviembre plaza in Cochabamba, while posters and other materials were taken down. | Speaking to local news networks, MAS members said they were campaigning for the party's Arce-Choquehuanca ticket and local candidates in the Plaza, when members of the Resistencia Juvenil Cochala (RJC) appeared and began setting off firecrackers and tear gas, whil…

OffGuardian (2020-09-20). 12 Experts Questioning the Coronavirus Panic. globalresearch.ca First crossposted in March. | Below is our list of twelve medical experts whose opinions on the Coronavirus outbreak contradict the official narratives of the MSM, and the memes so prevalent on social media. | *** |

Nauman Sadiq (2020-09-20). Rise of Trumpism and Geoeconomic Pivot to China. globalresearch.ca Though lacking intellect and often ridiculed for frequent spelling errors on Twitter timeline, such as "unpresidented" and "covfefe," implying he gets his news feed from television talk shows and rarely reads book and articles, Donald Trump is street smart and …

Weihui Fu, Yan Liu, Li Liu, Huiliang Hu, Xiaobo Cheng, Ping Liu, Zhigang Song, Lijun Zha, Shimeng Bai, Tingting Xu, Songhua Yuan, Fengru Lu, Zhiying Shang, Yihong Zhao, Jing Wang, Jun Zhao, Longfei Ding, Jun Chen, Lin Zhang, Tongyu Zhu, Xiaoyan Zhang, Hongzhou Lu, Jianqing Xu (2020-09-20). An open-label, randomized trial of the combination of IFN-κ plus TFF2 with standard care in the treatment of patients with moderate COVID-19. thelancet.com In conclusion, we found that aerosol inhalation of IFN-κ plus TFF2 in combination with standard care is safe and superior to standard care alone in shortening the time up to viral RNA negative conversion in all clinical samples. In addition, the patients in experimental group had a significantly shortened CT imaging improvement time than those in control group. This study suggested that this combination treatment is able to facilitate clinical improvement (negative for virus, improvement by CT, reduced hospitalization stay) and thereby result in an early release from the hospital.

yenisafak (2020-09-20). For Kashmiris born in last 3 decades, peace far-fetched dream. yenisafak.com When my seven-year-old son's Skype class started on Thursday, a disturbing message popped up in the chat box.A parent of one of his classmates said his son could not attend the class because their neighborhood in Sringar, the capital of Indian-administered Kashmir, was tense.Police had claimed killing three militants in Batamaloo, a warren of densely populated streets inhabited by pro-freedom people. A woman was also fatally shot while accompanying her baker son to his shop.As a general practice, authorities shut internet services after such incidents to block news from spreading through social media and as a res…

yenisafak (2020-09-20). Uganda: Fire engulfs top university campus. yenisafak.com A fire on Sunday engulfed the campus of one of Africa's top universities in Uganda's capital Kampala."The fire brigade is on ground. Everyone is trying their best. The fire is heavy and sprouting from the right side of the Building. The fire flames are heavy coming through right side of the roof which has sunk in. We all need to pray for the Ivory Tower," said the Makerere University in a Facebook post.The cause of the fire is yet to be confirmed."It is a very dark morning for Makerere University. Our iconic Main Administration Building caught fire and the destruction is unbelievable. But we are determined to res…

Steve Topple (2020-09-20). In one tweet, a Labour MP just tore down Tory coronavirus policy. thecanary.co The Tory government is in the midst of more chaos. Nothing new there, obviously. But this time its coronavirus (Covid-19) policies are even more … | By | The Tory government is in the midst of more chaos. Nothing new there, obviously. But this time its coronavirus (Covid-19) policies are even more contradictory than usual. Enter a Labour MP, who in one tweet brought the government's approach to the pand…

RT (2020-09-19). Tulsi Gabbard goes OFF MESSAGE from fellow Dems again, introduces bipartisan bill to deter fraud with mail-in ballots. rt.com Former Democratic presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard, branded a "Russian asset" by Hillary Clinton for her anti-war views, is again refusing to blindly follow her party's talking points — this time over fears of election fraud. | "Whether in the midst of a pandemic, as we are now, where mail-in voting is likely to drastically increase, or even in a normal election, no one should get in between a voter and the ballot box," the Hawaii congresswoman said Friday on Twitter. | Banning ballot harvesting is not a partisan issue. It's been used & abused in states like North Carolina and California & is ripe fo…

WSWS (2020-09-19). White House bans TikTok and WeChat: A major intensification of internet censorship. wsws.org The move is an assault on freedom of expression and an effort to consolidate control of the internet by a handful of massive corporations working in partnership with the American government.

Newsclick (2020-09-19). FB whistleblower confirms how social network benefitted from fake news, bots and misinformation. peoplesdispatch.org Sophie Zhang, former data scientist at Facebook, reveals how she fought to remove bot accounts and sophisticated networks that targeted users in different countries to manipulate elections, and spread misinformation.

Hans P. Verkerke, Cheryl L. Maier (2020-09-19). [Commentary] Towards characterized convalescent plasma for COVID-19: The dose matters. thelancet.com Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), the cause of COVID-19, remains a global health crisis with limited treatment options. While randomized controlled trials have demonstrated some efficacy of the antiviral agent remdesivir and the corticosteroid dexamethasone in COVID-19 treatment, any beneficial role of convalescent plasma (CP) has been less clear [1,2]. Since the early 20th century convalescent blood products and their antibody derivatives have been used for the treatment and prevention of infectious diseases.

yenisafak (2020-09-19). Former Turkish PM tests negative for virus. yenisafak.com The former Turkish prime minister recovered from COVID-19 and now tested negative.Binali Yildirim said on Twitter his test results came negative about two weeks after contracting the novel coronavirus.Yildirim hailed those who asked about his health status during quarantine days and supported him, saying: "May Allah bless you all."Wishing remedy for all patients going through COVID-19 treatment, he praised healthcare staff working day and night, making many sacrifices from their personal lives.He concluded that people should stick to adopting measures such as wearing masks, social distancing, and personal hygiene…

_____ (2020-09-18). New York: Protest At ICE Headquarters Over Forced Hysterectomies. popularresistance.org A security guard brandished her gun at demonstrators who forced their way into ICE headquarters in New York City to protest claims of 'mass hysterectomies' being performed on immigrant women. | The video of the female guard pointing the weapon at Abolish ICE protestors as they chanted inside the city's Jacob K Javits Federal Building in Manhattan was posted on social media. | The guard reportedly works for private security firm Paragon Systems, which provides protection for the building that also houses Immigration and Customs Enforcement and FBI offices.

RT (2020-09-18). French finance minister tests positive for Covid-19, as country grapples with record new infections. rt.com France's Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire has tested positive for the coronavirus and is isolating at home. Meanwhile, France recorded its worst day for new cases of Covid-19 since the pandemic began. | Le Maire announced his diagnosis via Twitter on Friday, noting that he has no symptoms of the virus, but saying he will still "stay in solitary confinement for 7 days," per government regulations. | J'ai été testé positif à la COVID-19 ce soir. Je me suis immédiatement mis à l'isolement à mon domicile conformément aux règles sanitaires édictées par le gouvernement. Je ne présente aucun symptà¥me. Je resterai…

RT (2020-09-18). Facebook sued for allegedly spying on Instagram users through phone cameras. rt.com Social media giant Facebook secretly used iPhone cameras to obtain "extremely private and intimate" information about the uses of its Instagram picture and video sharing app, a new US lawsuit claims. | The legal action follows Instagram users reporting in July that they had noticed the FaceTime symbol, which indicates that an iPhone camera is on, was showing up when they scrolled their feeds. | At the time, Facebook denied spying accusations and blamed the issue on a bug, which, it said, triggered false notifications that Instagram was accessing cameras. | However, now a lawsuit, filed in a federal court in Sa…

RT (2020-09-18). Pair of Russian military servicemen arrested after viral video shows them washing their shoes with holy water. rt.com A criminal case has been opened in the western Russian city of Kaliningrad after two servicemen from the Baltic fleet were filmed washing their shoes with holy water, after a clip of them caught in the act went viral. | According to the Kaliningrad garrison's military investigation department, both suspects are natives of Dagestan, a Caucasian republic on the southern border of Russia. One of the accused is a conscript soldier, and the other is a contract employee, Interfax reported. | They were arrested on charges of insulting the feelings of religious believers, at the city's Christ the Savior Cathedral.

Staff (2020-09-18). TikTok and WeChat Apps Banned by Trump Administration Starting This Sunday. truthout.org The Trump administration announced a ban on downloading two popular social media apps owned by China-based corporations starting this Sunday, citing national security and consumer privacy concerns. | WeChat and TikTok

yenisafak (2020-09-18). Forrest Gump author dies in Alabama at age 77. yenisafak.com Winston Groom, author of the novel Forrest Gump, which was made into a Hollywood blockbuster and multiple Oscar winner, has died at age 77 in US state of Alabama."Saddened to learn that Alabama has lost one of our most gifted writers. While he will be remembered for creating Forrest Gump, Winston Groom was a talented journalist noted author of American history. Our hearts prayers are extended to his family," Alabama Governor Kay Ivey wrote on Twitter.Karin Wilson, the mayor of Fairhope, Alabama, wrote on Facebook that the south Alabama town has "lost an iconic author," adding that a local funeral home confirmed G…

yenisafak (2020-09-18). Calhanoglu named MVP of 2019-2020 season at Milan. yenisafak.com Italy's Milan has named Turkish midfielder Hakan Calhanoglu their Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the 2019-2020 season.The Serie A side congratulated Calhanoglu on Twitter."You're our first Emirates MVP of the season," they said, using the name from the club's airline sponsorship deal.Calhanoglu, 26, scored 11 goals and made 9 assists in 38 games for Milan last season.

Lisa Newcomb, staff writer (2020-09-18). 'Unprecedented Abuse of Emergency Powers': Free Speech Advocates Denounce Trump Effort to Ban TikTok, WeChat Apps. commondreams.org The move, says one advocate, is "shortsighted, ridiculous, and likely unconstitutional." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/getty-tiktok.jpg

commondreams (2020-09-18). ACLU Comment on TikTok and WeChat Transaction Prohibition. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Paul Craig Roberts (2020-09-18). Belgian Medical Profession Demands a Halt to Covid Pandemic Propaganda. thealtworld.com It has been apparent from the beginning that Covid-19 was being used for agendas unrelated to public health. Big Pharma and its associates—WHO, CDC, NIH—used social media and the presstitutes to control the explanations given to the public and to censor dissenting medical professionals. | More people died from being denied successful and completely safe treatment by hydroxychloroquine, zinc and azithromycin and from ventilators than from the virus itself. Public health and the economy were sacrificed in order to create chaos and fear that would make possible mass vaccination and billions of dollars in…

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-17). 'Israel-firsters betray their own people for votes'. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 17 (MNA) — In a tweet on Thursday, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammd Javad Zarif named US President as an 'Israel-firster' who has betrayed Americans just for votes.

2020-09-21: Social Media Postees

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Facebook Suspends Hundreds of Accounts Over Online Event Targeting Coastal GasLink Pipeline
Greenpeace | indybay.org | 2020-09-21
Hundreds of individual accounts linked to Indigenous, environmental, and social justice organizations were suspended from Facebook because they were co-hosts of an online Facebook event targeting the Coastal GasLink pipeline majority funder.
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/09/21/18836804.php

Al-Aqsa preacher forbids chanting Israeli anthem
yenisafak.com | 2020-09-21
The preacher of Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa Mosque, Sheikh Ekrima Sabri, has forbidden Muslims from chanting Israel's national anthem. | In an interview with Anadolu Agency on Monday, Sabri said the Israeli anthem includes words that allege the Jewish ownership of all Palestine, including Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa Mosque compound. | He said those chanting the Israeli anthem in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are either "illiterates" or "Zionists". | Videos appeared on social media showing some Emiratis chanting and playing the Israeli anthem, in a move that came days after the UAE, Bahrain and Israel signed US-sponsored agree…
yenisafak.com/en/news/al-aqsa-preacher-forbids-chanting-israeli-anthem-3549790

Al-Aqsa preacher forbids chanting Israeli anthem
yenisafak.com | 2020-09-21
The preacher of Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa Mosque, Sheikh Ekrima Sabri, has forbidden Muslims from chanting Israel's national anthem. | In an interview with Anadolu Agency on Monday, Sabri said the Israeli anthem includes words that allege the Jewish ownership of all Palestine, including Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa Mosque compound. | He said those chanting the Israeli anthem in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are either "illiterates" or "Zionists". | Videos appeared on social media showing some Emiratis chanting and playing the Israeli anthem, in a move that came days after the UAE, Bahrain and Israel signed US-sponsored agree…
yenisafak.com/en/world/al-aqsa-preacher-forbids-chanting-israeli-anthem-3549792

Why Do Americans Give Away So Much Control to Corporations?
Ralph Nader | counterpunch.org | 2020-09-21
We own our personal information. Yet, we give it totally free to the likes of Facebook, Google, Instagram, and YouTube, etc. so they can make trillions of dollars selling data on what we buy, what we like, what we think, and what we're addicted to in the marketplace. The advertisers then pester us 24/7 and even betray our trust. Imagine Alexa eavesdropping in our homes and businesses. High-tech companies should not be privy to our personal information.
counterpunch.org/2020/09/21/why-do-americans-give-away-so-much-control-to-corporations/

Facebook blocks dozens of accounts just days ahead of anti-pipeline social media campaign
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-09-21
Dozens of Facebook accounts were blocked ahead of a scheduled social media campaign against the Coastal GasLink project, in support of the Wet'suwet'en tribe in Canada…
peoplesdispatch.org/2020/09/21/facebook-blocks-dozens-of-accounts-just-days-ahead-of-anti-pipeline-social-media-campaign/

Tory MP 'forgot' to wear face covering on train
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-09-21
A Tory MP and close ally of Boris Johnson said he "forgot" to put a face covering on after a picture emerged on social media of him travelling on a train without wearing one. | Danny Kruger, who was the Prime Minister's former political secretary before his election as Devizes MP at the general election, has apologised after being caught without a mask while on the hour-long train journey to London. | An eagle-eyed Twitter user posted a picture on September 19 of Kruger sitting at a train table wearing earphones, with the caption: "Don't blame it on the young people Boris (Johnson) when your own party aren't even…
thecanary.co/uk/news/2020/09/21/tory-mp-forgot-to-wear-face-covering-on-train/

Australian-Egyptian man jailed in Egypt for liking a Facebook post
MEE staff | middleeasteye.net | 2020-09-21
Australian-Egyptian man jailed in Egypt for liking a Facebook post | Waled Youssef was visiting his sick mother in Egypt when he was arrested in January, lawyers and family said | MEE staff | Mon, 09/21/2020 – 13: 45 | 'Get Waled Home' is a petition launched by Waled Youssef's supporters to call on the Australian government to secure his release from Cairo's notorious Tora prison (Change.org) | An Egyptian man from Sydney…
www.middleeasteye.net/news/egypt-australia-man-jailed-liking-facebook-post

Rise of Trumpism and Geoeconomic Pivot to China
Nauman Sadiq | globalresearch.ca | 2020-09-20
Though lacking intellect and often ridiculed for frequent spelling errors on Twitter timeline, such as "unpresidented" and "covfefe," implying he gets his news feed from television talk shows and rarely reads book and articles, Donald Trump is street smart and …
globalresearch.ca/rise-trumpism-geoeconomic-pivot-china/5724332

Dallas Alliance marches again for Black lives
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-09-20
Dallas, TX – On September 19, the Dallas Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression, together with a number of other groups, held a march for Black lives. The group met at a downtown Dallas park before marching to city hall. According to the group's social media, a main demand of the march was that the Dallas City Council, which is now finalizing the budget, "redirect a significant portion of the police budget to community needs." | Before the march, the group held a rally in the park. One speaker was DAARPR chair Sydney Loving, who condemned the recent arrests of Black Lives Matter protesters in Color…
www.fightbacknews.org/2020/9/20/dallas-alliance-marches-again-black-lives

Bolivia: Violent Pro-Coup Extremists Assault MAS Canvassers
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2020-09-20
Bolivian coup supporters waged an attack on Movement Towards Socialism (MAS) canvassers, setting fire to campaign tents and destroying materials. | Videos circulating on social media show what appears to be people in MAS t-shirts being chased down in the area of the 4 de Noviembre plaza in Cochabamba, while posters and other materials were taken down. | Speaking to local news networks, MAS members said they were campaigning for the party's Arce-Choquehuanca ticket and local candidates in the Plaza, when members of the Resistencia Juvenil Cochala (RJC) appeared and began setting off firecrackers and tear gas, whil…
popularresistance.org/bolivia-violent-pro-coup-extremists-assault-mas-canvassers/

12 Experts Questioning the Coronavirus Panic
OffGuardian | globalresearch.ca | 2020-09-20
First crossposted in March. | Below is our list of twelve medical experts whose opinions on the Coronavirus outbreak contradict the official narratives of the MSM, and the memes so prevalent on social media. | *** | Dr Sucharit Bhakdi is a specialist …
globalresearch.ca/12-experts-questioning-coronavirus-panic/5707532

Venezuela Blasts 'Politicized' Report By UN 'Ghost Mission'
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2020-09-20
The Venezuelan government rejected a recent report by a United Nations (UN) human rights mission. | "It's a report ridden with falsehoods, written from afar, with no methodological rigor whatsoever," Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza wrote on Twitter. He went on to emphasize that the report had been written by a "ghost mission" which had not set foot in Venezuela. | "This illustrates the perverse practice of playing politics with human rights," Arreaza concluded, accusing the authors of the report of being "controlled" by US-allied governments.
popularresistance.org/venezuela-blasts-politicized-report-by-un-ghost-mission/

An open-label, randomized trial of the combination of IFN-κ plus TFF2 with standard care in the treatment of patients with moderate COVID-19
Weihui Fu, Yan Liu, Li Liu, Huiliang Hu, Xiaobo Cheng, Ping Liu, Zhigang Song, Lijun Zha, Shimeng Bai, Tingting Xu, Songhua Yuan, Fengru Lu, Zhiying Shang, Yihong Zhao, Jing Wang, Jun Zhao, Longfei Ding, Jun Chen, Lin Zhang, Tongyu Zhu, Xiaoyan Zhang, Hongzhou Lu, Jianqing Xu | thelancet.com | 2020-09-20
In conclusion, we found that aerosol inhalation of IFN-κ plus TFF2 in combination with standard care is safe and superior to standard care alone in shortening the time up to viral RNA negative conversion in all clinical samples. In addition, the patients in experimental group had a significantly shortened CT imaging improvement time than those in control group. This study suggested that this combination treatment is able to facilitate clinical improvement (negative for virus, improvement by CT, reduced hospitalization stay) and thereby result in an early release from the hospital.
thelancet.com/journals/eclinm/article/PIIS2589-5370(20)30291-1/fulltext?rss=yes

Uganda: Fire engulfs top university campus
yenisafak.com | 2020-09-20
A fire on Sunday engulfed the campus of one of Africa's top universities in Uganda's capital Kampala."The fire brigade is on ground. Everyone is trying their best. The fire is heavy and sprouting from the right side of the Building. The fire flames are heavy coming through right side of the roof which has sunk in. We all need to pray for the Ivory Tower," said the Makerere University in a Facebook post.The cause of the fire is yet to be confirmed."It is a very dark morning for Makerere University. Our iconic Main Administration Building caught fire and the destruction is unbelievable. But we are determined to res…
yenisafak.com/en/world/uganda-fire-engulfs-top-university-campus-3549722

For Kashmiris born in last 3 decades, peace far-fetched dream
yenisafak.com | 2020-09-20
When my seven-year-old son's Skype class started on Thursday, a disturbing message popped up in the chat box.A parent of one of his classmates said his son could not attend the class because their neighborhood in Sringar, the capital of Indian-administered Kashmir, was tense.Police had claimed killing three militants in Batamaloo, a warren of densely populated streets inhabited by pro-freedom people. A woman was also fatally shot while accompanying her baker son to his shop.As a general practice, authorities shut internet services after such incidents to block news from spreading through social media and as a res…
yenisafak.com/en/news/for-kashmiris-born-in-last-3-decades-peace-far-fetched-dream-3549728

A senior moment or a secret code? Twitter puzzled over Sen. Chuck Grassley's ramblings about 'dead pet pidgin'
rt.com | 2020-09-20
Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley has triggered an avalanche of speculation and snark after announcing that he found someone's lifeless pet bird in his front yard. He followed up by reminiscing about a time he hit a deer with his car. | Using his unique style of social media prose, the 87-year-old Republican lawmaker informed the world about his troubling discovery. | "If u lost ur pet pidgin /it's dead in front yard my Iowa farm JUST DISCOVERED here," he tweeted. The senator listed the identification information on…
rt.com/usa/501190-grassley-pet-pidgin-dead-deer/

In one tweet, a Labour MP just tore down Tory coronavirus policy
Steve Topple | thecanary.co | 2020-09-20
The Tory government is in the midst of more chaos. Nothing new there, obviously. But this time its coronavirus (Covid-19) policies are even more … | Read more | By Steve Topple
The Tory government is in the midst of more chaos. Nothing new there, obviously. But this time its coronavirus (Covid-19) policies are even more contradictory than usual. Enter a Labour MP, who in one tweet brought the government's approach to the pand…
thecanary.co/trending/2020/09/20/in-one-tweet-a-labour-mp-just-tore-down-tory-coronavirus-policy/

Tulsi Gabbard goes OFF MESSAGE from fellow Dems again, introduces bipartisan bill to deter fraud with mail-in ballots
rt.com | 2020-09-19
Former Democratic presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard, branded a "Russian asset" by Hillary Clinton for her anti-war views, is again refusing to blindly follow her party's talking points — this time over fears of election fraud. | "Whether in the midst of a pandemic, as we are now, where mail-in voting is likely to drastically increase, or even in a normal election, no one should get in between a voter and the ballot box," the Hawaii congresswoman said Friday on Twitter. | Banning ballot harvesting is not a partisan issue. It's been used & abused in states like North Carolina and California & is ripe fo…
rt.com/usa/501112-tulsi-gabbard-mail-ballot-bill/

White House bans TikTok and WeChat: A major intensification of internet censorship
wsws.org | 2020-09-19
The move is an assault on freedom of expression and an effort to consolidate control of the internet by a handful of massive corporations working in partnership with the American government.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/09/19/pers-s19.html

FB whistleblower confirms how social network benefitted from fake news, bots and misinformation
Newsclick | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-09-19
Sophie Zhang, former data scientist at Facebook, reveals how she fought to remove bot accounts and sophisticated networks that targeted users in different countries to manipulate elections, and spread misinformation.
peoplesdispatch.org/2020/09/19/fb-whistle-blower-confirms-how-social-network-benefitted-from-fake-news-bots-and-misinformation/

[Commentary] Towards characterized convalescent plasma for COVID-19: The dose matters
Hans P. Verkerke, Cheryl L. Maier | thelancet.com | 2020-09-19
Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), the cause of COVID-19, remains a global health crisis with limited treatment options. While randomized controlled trials have demonstrated some efficacy of the antiviral agent remdesivir and the corticosteroid dexamethasone in COVID-19 treatment, any beneficial role of convalescent plasma (CP) has been less clear [1,2]. Since the early 20th century convalescent blood products and their antibody derivatives have been used for the treatment and prevention of infectious diseases.
thelancet.com/journals/eclinm/article/PIIS2589-5370(20)30289-3/fulltext?rss=yes

Former Turkish PM tests negative for virus
yenisafak.com | 2020-09-19
The former Turkish prime minister recovered from COVID-19 and now tested negative.Binali Yildirim said on Twitter his test results came negative about two weeks after contracting the novel coronavirus.Yildirim hailed those who asked about his health status during quarantine days and supported him, saying: "May Allah bless you all."Wishing remedy for all patients going through COVID-19 treatment, he praised healthcare staff working day and night, making many sacrifices from their personal lives.He concluded that people should stick to adopting measures such as wearing masks, social distancing, and personal hygiene…
yenisafak.com/en/news/former-turkish-pm-tests-negative-for-virus-3549696

'Like the Vietnam War': Witness describes mass shooting that left 16 shot, 2 dead in Rochester, New York
rt.com | 2020-09-19
A gun battle in Rochester, New York has resulted in two fatalities, according to law enforcement. Sixteen people were shot in the incident. | The Rochester Police Department confirmed that one male and one female were killed in the early hours of Saturday. The shooting happened at a backyard party, law enforcement said. The force's mobile command unit is currently at the scene, as well as the New York State Police. Videos show numerous emergency vehicles assembled in the taped-off area. | Multiple RPD technician units leaving the scene. pic.twitter.com/3jpNY81C3F– Ty…
rt.com/usa/501121-rochester-ny-mass-shooting-videos/

New York: Protest At ICE Headquarters Over Forced Hysterectomies
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2020-09-18
A security guard brandished her gun at demonstrators who forced their way into ICE headquarters in New York City to protest claims of 'mass hysterectomies' being performed on immigrant women. | The video of the female guard pointing the weapon at Abolish ICE protestors as they chanted inside the city's Jacob K Javits Federal Building in Manhattan was posted on social media. | The guard reportedly works for private security firm Paragon Systems, which provides protection for the building that also houses Immigration and Customs Enforcement and FBI offices.
popularresistance.org/new-york-protest-at-ice-headquarters-over-forced-hysterectomies/

TikTok and WeChat Apps Banned by Trump Administration Starting This Sunday
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-09-18
The Trump administration announced a ban on downloading two popular social media apps owned by China-based corporations starting this Sunday, citing national security and consumer privacy concerns. | WeChat and TikTok will be banned from being downloaded in app stores starting this Sunday, per a Department of Commerce order issued on Friday. Further restrictions on WeChat will also be…
truthout.org/articles/tiktok-and-wechat-apps-banned-by-trump-administration-starting-this-sunday/

Forrest Gump author dies in Alabama at age 77
yenisafak.com | 2020-09-18
Winston Groom, author of the novel Forrest Gump, which was made into a Hollywood blockbuster and multiple Oscar winner, has died at age 77 in US state of Alabama."Saddened to learn that Alabama has lost one of our most gifted writers. While he will be remembered for creating Forrest Gump, Winston Groom was a talented journalist noted author of American history. Our hearts prayers are extended to his family," Alabama Governor Kay Ivey wrote on Twitter.Karin Wilson, the mayor of Fairhope, Alabama, wrote on Facebook that the south Alabama town has "lost an iconic author," adding that a local funeral home confirmed G…
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Calhanoglu named MVP of 2019-2020 season at Milan
yenisafak.com | 2020-09-18
Italy's Milan has named Turkish midfielder Hakan Calhanoglu their Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the 2019-2020 season.The Serie A side congratulated Calhanoglu on Twitter."You're our first Emirates MVP of the season," they said, using the name from the club's airline sponsorship deal.Calhanoglu, 26, scored 11 goals and made 9 assists in 38 games for Milan last season.
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French finance minister tests positive for Covid-19, as country grapples with record new infections
rt.com | 2020-09-18
France's Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire has tested positive for the coronavirus and is isolating at home. Meanwhile, France recorded its worst day for new cases of Covid-19 since the pandemic began. | Le Maire announced his diagnosis via Twitter on Friday, noting that he has no symptoms of the virus, but saying he will still "stay in solitary confinement for 7 days," per government regulations. | J'ai été testé positif à la COVID-19 ce soir. Je me suis immédiatement mis à l'isolement à mon domicile conformément aux règles sanitaires édictées par le gouvernement. Je ne présente aucun symptà¥me. Je resterai…
rt.com/news/501096-france-minister-positive-coronavirus/

Facebook sued for allegedly spying on Instagram users through phone cameras
rt.com | 2020-09-18
Social media giant Facebook secretly used iPhone cameras to obtain "extremely private and intimate" information about the uses of its Instagram picture and video sharing app, a new US lawsuit claims. | The legal action follows Instagram users reporting in July that they had noticed the FaceTime symbol, which indicates that an iPhone camera is on, was showing up when they scrolled their feeds. | At the time, Facebook denied spying accusations and blamed the issue on a bug, which, it said, triggered false notifications that Instagram was accessing cameras. | However, now a lawsuit, filed in a federal court in Sa…
rt.com/usa/501076-facebook-instagram-phone-camera-lawsuit/

Pair of Russian military servicemen arrested after viral video shows them washing their shoes with holy water
rt.com | 2020-09-18
A criminal case has been opened in the western Russian city of Kaliningrad after two servicemen from the Baltic fleet were filmed washing their shoes with holy water, after a clip of them caught in the act went viral. | According to the Kaliningrad garrison's military investigation department, both suspects are natives of Dagestan, a Caucasian republic on the southern border of Russia. One of the accused is a conscript soldier, and the other is a contract employee, Interfax reported. | They were arrested on charges of insulting the feelings of religious believers, at the city's Christ the Savior Cathedral.
rt.com/russia/501052-soldiers-shoes-holy-water/

Devastating storm WASHES BEACH AWAY on Greek island of Kefalonia (VIDEOS)
rt.com | 2020-09-18
Storm Ianos made landfall in Greece on Friday and entirely washed away a beach on the island of Kefalonia. Videos posted by locals on social media showed massive destruction. | The Mediterranean hurricane ('Medicane') hit Kefalonia on Friday. Footage posted to Twitter shows the once-beautiful Jerusalem Beach being entirely washed away by the catastrophic flooding. | At one point in the video, a car can be seen being pushed over a ridge by the sheer force of the water. | Catastrophic flooding in Greece today ( #Kefalonia) as an int…
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'Unprecedented Abuse of Emergency Powers': Free Speech Advocates Denounce Trump Effort to Ban TikTok, WeChat Apps
Lisa Newcomb, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-09-18
The move, says one advocate, is "shortsighted, ridiculous, and likely unconstitutional." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/getty-tiktok.jpg
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ACLU Comment on TikTok and WeChat Transaction Prohibition
commondreams.org | 2020-09-18
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Belgian Medical Profession Demands a Halt to Covid Pandemic Propaganda
Paul Craig Roberts | thealtworld.com | 2020-09-18
It has been apparent from the beginning that Covid-19 was being used for agendas unrelated to public health. Big Pharma and its associates–WHO, CDC, NIH–used social media and the presstitutes to control the explanations given to the public and to censor dissenting medical professionals. | More people died from being denied successful and completely safe treatment by hydroxychloroquine, zinc and azithromycin and from ventilators than from the virus itself. Public health and the economy were sacrificed in order to create chaos and fear that would make possible mass vaccination and billions of dollars in…
thealtworld.com/paul_craig_roberts/belgian-medical-profession-demands-a-halt-to-covid-pandemic-propaganda