Death By Tweetstorm: a Win-Win for Trump
John Galbraith Simmons | counterpunch.org | 2020-03-24
For lack of respirators, patients with severe respiratory distress from COVID-19 will die as the epidemic unfolds. A drug to treat the disease is urgently needed. But the US press subjected news about hydroxychloroquine, a potential treatment, to an excess of caution in response to a Trump tweetstorm. Journalists and health care professionals alike were whipsawed by the president's irresponsible ballyhooing of the drug amid deprecatory assertions of "anecdotal" evidence by Anthony Fauci at the CDC.
FinMin says many virus-hit firms, sectors can delay taxes in Turkey
yenisafak.com | 2020-03-24
Turkey on Tuesday announced a host of sectors and classes eligible for deferred tax payments in light of the coronavirus outbreak.A total of 1.9 million taxpayers will benefit from these deferments, Treasury and Finance Minister Berat Albayrak said on Twitter.Eligible professionals include the self-employed, farmers, tailors, grocers, lawyers, financial advisers, architects, engineers, doctors, and dentists.Sectors that can delay their tax payments include retail and shopping centers, the iron, steel and metal industry, the automotive sector, logistics and transportation, textiles, entertainment, mining, construc…
Millions in India under coronavirus lockdown
yenisafak.com | 2020-03-24
More than half of India's 1.3 billion population is under complete lockdown, as the coronavirus or COVID-19 cases on Tuesday surged to 511 with 10 deaths.As many as 75 districts including national capital Delhi and commercial hub Mumbai are under lockdown till March 31.The government had to enforce curfew in many places as people did not observe voluntary isolation.In a statement issued late on Monday evening, Prime Minister Narendra Modi lamented that people were not taking the lockdown seriously. Taking to Twitter, he asked people to save their lives and of their family members by remaining indoors."He [prime m…
Kashmir reports two additional COVID-19 cases
yenisafak.com | 2020-03-24
The Indian-administered Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday reported two more confirmed cases of the coronavirus, taking the tally to six.The confirmation came as the government spokesman Rohit Kansal said on Twitter two more positive cases from the region's main city Srinagar were reported.One of the patients had a travel history to Saudi Arabia while other had returned from India's capital New Delhi after participating in a religious gathering attended by people from Indonesia and Malaysia as well.Shahid Choudhary, deputy commissioner in the city, appealed to the people in the region especially travelers having travel…
'We need joint action, not fake news': Moscow slams HRW chief for touting story on Russia's rich grabbing life-saving ventilators
rt.com | 2020-03-24
Russia's top diplomat in the US has demanded the Human Rights Watch chief stops spreading misinformation about Russia's readiness to fight Covid-19, after he touted an article claiming it's letting the wealthy buy up ventilators. | www.facebook.com/RusEmbUSA/posts/1265573460319708?__tn__=K-R | Anatoly Antonov, Russia's envoy in Washington, has penned a scathing rebuke to the group's executive director, Kenneth Roth, who tweeted that the Kremlin was "doing nothing to stop wealthy Russians from buying up ventilators," all that while "leaving ordinary Russians with a likely shortage of this life-saving eq…
Images of Cuban Doctors Helping Italy Go Viral, Burst Media Narrative
Alan Macleod | mintpressnews.com | 2020-03-23
Videos of Cuban doctors volunteering to travel halfway across the world to put themselves in mortal danger for the good of people they have never met stirred the heartstrings of even the most cynical observer.
Social Movements in Times of Pandemic: Another World Is Needed
Donatella della Porta | commondreams.org | 2020-03-23
Seen in London, United Kingdom. (Photo: Facebook/Jorge Martin) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/make_rich_pay_for_covid_19.jpg …
It Is Not Too Early to Ask: Can the US Pull Off a November Election Amid Coronavirus?
Julie Hollar | commondreams.org | 2020-03-23
"While it's important to dispel myths around the ability of the president to simply cancel elections," writes Hollar, "it's just as important to warn of the very real dangers to the 2020 election." (Photo: Pinterest) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/vote_1_0.jpeg …
Joe Biden: Survival of the Unfittest
Jennifer Matsui | counterpunch.org | 2020-03-23
Since becoming his party's frontrunner and presumed nominee, Joe Biden has been hard at work, providing more fodder for future Trump campaign attack ads against himself. No need for 'deep fakes' when your opponent willingly offers up his Blooper reels for the benefit of your own re-election campaign. There was something more viral than COVID-19 going around last week – recent footage of the former VP losing his marbles on Livestream and then wandering offscreen to retrieve them – or was he sleepwalking into traffic after hearing about his own car crash performance as it happened? Let's just say his latest attempt…
Are 5G / Biometric Systems Being Covertly Installed During the Lockdown, Where You Live?
Take Back Your Power | globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-23
In recent days a couple videos have begun circulating on social media with evidence of apparent installations of 5G and/or biometric systems while children are home due to the COVID-19 lockdown. | We now have the opportunity to confirm (or debunk) …
Reading the autocue has never looked so hard: Joe Biden emerges from 6 DAYS in hiding with stumbling video stream
rt.com | 2020-03-23
Joe Biden has reemerged from an almost week-long disappearance to post a video on Twitter addressing the Trump administration's handling of the Covid-19 crisis, but his return has been greeted with mockery and concern. | Biden sounded tired and slow as he spoke while standing in front of what appeared to be a green screen with a set of bookshelves digitally imposed behind him. | He criticized US President Donald Trump and Senate leader Mitch McConnell for "trying to put a corporate bailout ahead of millions of families" and urged "aggressive measures" to help small US businesses, workers and communities suffer…
Israel's Palestinian Inmates to Hunger Strike Due to COVID-19
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-22
Palestinians detained in Israel threatened to start an indefinite hunger strike to protest Israel's response to the coronavirus pandemic including a ban on meeting attorneys, absence of preventive measures, and refusal of protection gear, Haaretz reported Sunday. | RELATED: | 'Dear World, How Is the Lockdown?' Gaza Takes To Twitter | Prisoners affiliated with Hamas, the group governing Gaza, returned their breakfast and lunches Thursday, and others affiliated with Fatah, the faction tha…
Rand Paul becomes first US senator to test POSITIVE for coronavirus
rt.com | 2020-03-22
Senator Rand Paul has tested positive for coronavirus and is in quarantine, the Kentucky Republican is the first member of the upper chamber of Congress to contract the virus. | The politician revealed the news on his official Twitter account, announcing that he is "feeling fine" and has not displayed any symptoms of the Covid-19 illness. The Twitter statement said that he was tested "out of an abundance of caution due to his extensive travel and events". | Senator Rand Paul has tested positive for COVID-19. He is feeling fine and is in quarantine. He is asymptomatic and was tested out of an abundance of cauti…
Nude Madonna calls coronavirus the 'great equalizer' in bizarre video, inspires instant mockery
rt.com | 2020-03-22
A video of a naked Madonna emotionally saying the coronavirus has "made us all equal" while in a bathtub has people both confused and mocking the 'Like a Prayer' singer. | "It's the great equalizer and what's terrible about it is what's great about it," Madonna said about the coronavirus in the video, which was posted to her Twitter account on Sunday. | "What's terrible about it is that it's made us all equal in many ways and what's wonderful about it is that it's made us all equal in many ways," the singer went on to say from a bathtub adorned with flower petals. In her caption for the video, she called the q…
Pakistan PM once again asks Trump to lift Iran sanctions
IRNA | iranian.com | 2020-03-22
Prime Minister of Pakistan who believes that US sanctions against Iran are cruel and unfair has once again called upon Donald Trump to lift economic sanctions from the Islamic Republic. Imran Khan in a tweet on Sunday said the people of Iran are facing untold suffering as sanctions are crippling Iran's efforts to fight COVID19. …
"For Unknown Reasons They Waited. And Watched"
Media Lens | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-03-20
Over the last 20 years, we have documented some shocking examples of journalistic irresponsibility, but the tweet from ITV's political editor Robert Peston on March 14 was something special. With China, South Korea, Italy, Spain and other countries in shutdown, lockdown and general medical meltdown, with the UK reeling from rising cases and deaths
Viral Reactions: The Smugness of Celebrity Self-Isolation
Binoy Kampmark | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-03-19
The rush to elevate self-isolation to Olympian heights as a way to combat the spread of COVID-19 has gotten to the celebrities. Sports figures are proudly tweeting and taking pictures from hotel rooms (Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton being a case in point). Comics are doing their shows from home. Thespians are extolling the merits …
Big Tech Firms are Using Automation to Censor News About the Coronavirus
Alan Macleod | mintpressnews.com | 2020-03-18
Social media is awash with people angry that their posts have been removed for no legitimate reason. MintPress was no exception, with a story about Cuba's response to the coronavirus flagged and blocked.
Meet 17-Year-Old Avi Schiffmann Who Runs Coronavirus Tracking Website Used by 40+ Million Globally
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-03-17
A teenager's website tracking coronavirus has become one of the most vital resources for people seeking accurate and updated numbers on the pandemic. The URL is nCoV2019.live. We speak with 17-year-old Avi Schiffmann, a high school junior from Mercer Island outside Seattle, who started the site in late December, when coronavirus had not yet been detected outside of China. Now the site has been visited by tens of millions, from every country on Earth. It tracks deaths, numbers of cases locally and globally, and provides an interactive map, information on the disease, and a Twitter feed. The resource updates every…
[Comment] How will country-based mitigation measures influence the course of the COVID-19 epidemic?
Roy M Anderson, Hans Heesterbeek, Don Klinkenberg, T Déirdre Hollingsworth | thelancet.com | 2020-03-09
Governments will not be able to minimise both deaths from coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and the economic impact of viral spread. Keeping mortality as low as possible will be the highest priority for individuals; hence governments must put in place measures to ameliorate the inevitable economic downturn. In our view, COVID-19 has developed into a pandemic, with small chains of transmission in many countries and large chains resulting in extensive spread in a few countries, such as Italy, Iran, South Korea, and Japan.