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2020-05-12: News Headlines

The Alternative World (2020-05-12). British propaganda efforts in Syria may have broken UK law. thealtworld.com Ian Cobain, Alice Ross- Internal assessment concluded UK government's covert support of 'moderate opposition' was shallow, lacked coherence and cost lives | MEE- The UK's covert propaganda programmes in war-torn Syria were poorly planned, probably illegal and cost lives, according to a scathing internal review of the initiative that has been seen by Middle East Eye. | Using news agencies, social media, poster campaigns and even children's comics, communications companies working under contract to the British government attempted to undermine both the Assad government and the Islamic State group and bolster elemen…

RT (2020-05-12). Facebook paying $52 million settlement to moderators who claim they developed PTSD through work. rt.com Current and former moderators for Facebook will each be receiving $1,000 or more, as part of a settlement in a lawsuit that claimed having to deal with censoring content made them develop post traumatic stress disorder. | The social media giant will be paying out extra to individuals for additional mental health issues stemming from their jobs, such as depression. The settlement, first reported by

RT (2020-05-12). PROPAGANDA has diminished the Soviet Union's role in victory over fascism — Russian foreign minister. rt.com The White House shocked the internet on May 8 when it posted a now-infamous tweet declaring the USA and the UK as the victors of World War II, omitting the USSR. Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov believes propaganda is to blame. | Speaking at a press conference, Lavrov recalled how, at the Holocaust Forum in January, US Vice President Mike Pence forgot that the Soviets liberated Auschwitz. | "To be frank, it doesn't surprise me to hear such things," he said, following an online meeting of the CIS Council of Foreign Ministers. "It's not because we suspect that any particular politician is deliberately obscuring hi…

Mark Gruenberg (2020-05-12). COVID-19 deaths among nurses: U.S. 91, Canada zero. Why? peoplesworld.org OAKLAND, Calif.—There's a yawning gap between the number of U.S. nurses the viral pandemic has killed so far in the U.S. and the number of Canadian nurses killed. The count as of May 11: U.S. 91, Canada, zero. That prompted National Nurses United President Zunei Cortez, RN, of California and her Canadian counterpart, Linda Silas, …

RT (2020-05-12). 'I feel terrible': Bill Gates says he warned Trump of pandemic threat in 2016, regrets not doing more. rt.com Microsoft founder and multi-billionaire Bill Gates said he tried to warn President-elect Donald Trump of the dangers of a major viral outbreak soon after the 2016 race, but feels guilty for not being more vocal. | "I chose, when I met with people all the way up to the top, in Europe, in the US, around the world, to talk about this pandemic risk," he told the Wall Street Journal in an interview published on Monday, explaining that he even made the case to the US president during a December 2016 meeting at Trump Tower. | I feel terrible. The whole point of talking about it was that we could take action and minim…

RT (2020-05-12). Police officer rants about 'tyrannical' & 'unconstitutional' Covid-19 measures… gets in trouble for 'insubordination' (VIDEOS). rt.com A US police officer has urged fellow cops to stop enforcing coronavirus lockdown measures, slamming them as "unconstitutional." While his call to action landed him in trouble, other officers have started to speak out as well. | Port of Seattle Officer Greg Anderson was placed on administrative leave pending an investigation after he appeared in a viral video last weekend arguing the lockdown measures are violating the US Constitution and "trampling on people's liberties," questioning the restrictions and whether enforcing them is "the right thing" to do. | I want to remind you that regardless of where you stan…

teleSUR (2020-05-12). Bolivia Police Repress Protesters That Can't Afford Lockdown. telesurenglish.net Hundreds of people were violently repressed by security forces Monday in the Bolivian K'ara K'ara community located in Cochabamba city, as they took to the streets to demand that the de facto government eases the COVID-19 lockdown as they cannot afford it anymore. | RELATED: | Videos circulating on social media showed demonstrators fiercely attacked by the police and army who did not hesitate to use tear gas and rubber bullets, inj…

MDAEFG (2020-05-12). #WearOrange for National Gun Violence Awareness Day 2020 (virtual). indybay.org Social media…

Ian Cobain (2020-05-12). "Operation Volute": Covert UK Propaganda Efforts in Syria May Have Broken UK Law. globalresearch.ca The UK's covert propaganda programmes in war-torn Syria were poorly planned, probably illegal and cost lives, according to a scathing internal review of the initiative that has been seen by Middle East Eye. | Using news agencies, social media, poster campaigns …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2020-05-12). National Nurses Day: Not all heroes wear capes. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Photo and article are courtesy of Mayo Clinic News Center andMayo Clinic Employee Facebook. Not all heroes wear capes. Some wear scrubs, protective equipment and step out in difficult times to be there for others. As COVID-19 continues to spread and people heed notices to socially distance themselves and hunker down in their homes, there …

Dr. Gary G. Kohls (2020-05-12). The Important "Plandemic" Documentary that Has Justifiably Gone "Viral" globalresearch.ca The powers-that-be behind the banning of "Plandemic" and the disparaging and slandering of Dr Judy Mikovitz are obviously afraid of something that will expose them for planning something evil. Tyrannical corporate forces, starting with Google and YouTube and the CDC …

RT (2020-05-11). 'Binders full of women' anyone? Biden blasted for 'calendar model' VP search. rt.com Joe Biden is getting put through the ringer on social media for his latest reported blunder, comparing vice presidential picks to calendar models, which looks especially bad considering he wants a female running mate. | The tidbit that set social media ablaze was buried in a friendly New York Times piece about Biden picking a vice presidential nominee for November. | "Mr. Biden has likened running-mate evaluation to deciding among calendar models," The Times

Mark Gruenberg (2020-05-11). Trumka proposes universal federal jobs payments. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON —Sticking to a here-and-now solution to coronavirus-caused joblessness, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka proposed the federal government guarantee paid employment — by actually shelling out the money — for all workers. Employers would be a pass-through, nothing more. In a 13-minute speech posted on the federation's Facebook page, Trumka said that with unemployment at highs …

RT (2020-05-11). Huawei goes FULL WOKE with black 'Covid-19 misinformation' panel to battle White House criticism. rt.com The US branch of Chinese tech giant Huawei has chosen a stunning and brave new public relations strategy to combat criticism, announcing web events with black journalists, environmentalists and women in technology. | Arguing that Covid-19 misinformation is "hitting African American, Asian, Hispanic, rural & low-income Americans hard," Huawei USA announced a May 13 event with musician will.i.am and CNN contributor and former Obama adviser Van Jones — among others — hosted by the National Association of Black Journalists. | #Misinformation on RT (2020-05-11). US coronavirus death toll tops 80,000. rt.com Deaths from the Covid-19 pandemic in the US have topped 80,000, just as some states have begun relaxing lockdown measures and President Donald Trump tweeted the numbers are "looking much better." | WH officials had previously predicted a death total of 100,000 to 240,000 from the virus. Some states have already begun slowly reopening, including New York, which has been the hardest hit state in the US. Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Monday some non-essential businesses will be allowed to reopen on Friday, declaring a partial victory over the virus, saying, "we are on the other side of the mountain." | The p…

Staff (2020-05-11). "Weaponized and Racialized": Police Departments Use COVID-19 to Target Black & Brown Communities. democracynow.org Viral images have shone a spotlight on uneven policing. Some show police officers distributing masks to White residents in crowded New York City parks — and apparently arresting no one. Meanwhile, videos have emerged of violent crackdowns on social distancing measures in Black and Latinx neighborhoods. We continue our look at how Black and Brown communities are being disproportionately targeted and policed in New York City's enforcement measures during the pandemic, and also discuss how officers have ordered protesters to disband, citing executive orders from the mayor and the governor that ban "any non-ess…

Andrey Areshev (2020-05-11). How Much Are You Prepared to Pay for Your 'Free' Press? Arab Media Wars Are Driving Us All Towards Twitter. strategic-culture.org In the coming months, it is likely that more Arab media titles in the region will fold following the financial crisis and the vociferous media wars which they conduct which are costly and self-defeating. How do you like your fake news? With or without a media banner? | World Press Day passed like a thief in the night in the Arab world. It's largely seen as something lauded by western countries who use it to chastise what they see as backward countries with authoritarian leaders who only know the one model of journalism in their countries: pay-as-you-go. | Or, if you like, the advanced version of the state dictati…

Trudy Hess (2020-05-11). Senator Nina Turner has something to Share! peoplesparty.org has something to share! | I'm happy to say that after her courageous show of support last weekend, Senator Nina Turner will be joining us on a National Call soon. She wanted me to let you know she's been watching our movement with admiration for some time. | SNT has a history of standing up for what is right, even in the face of immense pressure and adversity. She is not afraid to stand up for bold new ideas. | | Justice for Ahmaud Arbery | Join the call at 8 pm ET on May 13. |

teleSUR (2020-05-11). Colombia: Avianca Airlines Declares Bankruptcy Due to COVID-19. telesurenglish.net Colombian airline Avianca announced Sunday that they are declaring bankruptcy after an 80% income drop due to the health crisis. | RELATED: | Avianca Holdings airline representatives published a communication announcing voluntary bankruptcy declaration to protect future operations. "Today our wings are closed so that tomorrow we can all continue to fly "tweeted Anko van der Werff, Avianca president. | The compa…

teleSUR (2020-05-11). Bahrain Blocks Event Criticizing Normalization With Israel. telesurenglish.net Authorities in Bahrain canceled Saturday an online event on the Gulf state's normalization of relations with Israel, shortly after its transmission began on YouTube. | RELATED: | The event's organizer, the Bahraini Democratic Youth Society, said it had received a phone call from the security authorities ordering them to stop live-streaming the event "without discussions." | The president of Bahrain's chapter o…

teleSUR (2020-05-11). HIV Deaths Could Double in Sub-Saharan Africa Due to COVID-19. telesurenglish.net Disruption of antiretroviral therapy in HIV/AIDS patients due to the COVID-19 pandemic could cause more than 500,000 deaths in Sub-Saharan Africa over the next year, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nation (U.N.) AIDS said Monday. | RELATED: | Modeling conducted for the two U.N. agencies revealed that a six-month interruption in HIV healthcare services could set the region back by a decade when almost one mi…

Fight Back (2020-05-11). Wisconsin: COVID — 19 outbreaks at Brown County meat packing plants show hypocrisy of "essential worker" designation. fightbacknews.org Green Bay, WI – While Wisconsin business owners and their political allies claimed local COVID-19 cases were on the decline and pressed to repeal Governor Ever's Safer at Home order, manufacturing plants in Brown County were experiencing a huge outbreak of the deadly viral disease amongst the workers. Cases at three meatpacking plants – JBS Packerland, American Foods Group, and Salm Partners – have accounted for over half of the county's cases, even as the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Union fought for and won vital hazard pay, safer working conditions, and personal protection equipment (PPE) for its…

RT (2020-05-10). Elon Musk resorts to insults in RUSSIAN to defend capitalism. rt.com As Elon Musk sues Californian authorities for stopping a Tesla factory from reopening, he has found a somewhat novel way of dealing with his critics — dismissing them with short Russian insults. | The target of Musk's Cyrillic ire is Robert Reich, an economist and labor secretary under the Clinton administration. A well-known proponent of fairer distribution of wealth, Reich shared a story about the Tesla CEO's plans for legal action in the Golden State with the comment: "Elon Musk threatens to take away people's jobs unless he's allowed to risk their health. Capitalism at its worst." | Elon Musk threate…

RT (2020-05-10). Trump to blame — again! Atlanta mayor pins controversial shooting of Ahmaud Arbery on WH 'rhetoric' giving 'permission to racists'. rt.com Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms has used the controversial shooting of Ahmaud Arbery to attack the "rhetoric" being used by US President Donald Trump and his administration. | "It's 2020 and this was a 'lynching' of an African American man," Bottoms told CNN on Sunday about the case of Arbery, a black jogger who was allegedly chased and killed by two white men in Georgia at the end of February. | Arbery's case has gained national attention mainly due to the fact that murder charges were not filed until a cellphone video showing the 25-year-old man being confronted went viral in recent days. Gregory McMichae…

RT (2020-05-10). NYC more than doubles number of 'social-distancing ambassadors' after cops' enforcement of Covid-19 rules causes backlash. rt.com Following troubling viral videos of arrests and concerns about racial disparity in enforcing Covid-19-related social distancing, Mayor Bill De Blasio says he is increasing "ambassadors" in the city from 1,000 to 2,300. | "Enforcement has always been the last resort," the mayor said at a press conference Sunday. | His comment comes in the wake of the city having come under increased scrutiny thanks to a viral video, of what some have flagged as police brutality, showing NYPD officers arresting several people suspected of breaking social-distancing rules, and also to statistics showing the last few months have s…

Steve Topple (2020-05-10). Nicola Sturgeon just blew a key Johnson coronavirus claim wide open. thecanary.co Just as Boris Johnson Stay what…?: | On Sunday 10 May, Twitter was

Jane R. Millar, Nomonde Bengu, Rowena Fillis, Ken Sprenger, Vuyokazi Ntlantsana, Vinicius A. Vieira, Nisreen Khambati, Moherndran Archary, Maximilian Muenchhoff, Andreas Groll, Nicholas Grayson, John Adamson, Katya Govender, Krista Dong, Photini Kiepiela, Bruce D. Walker, David Bonsall, Thomas Connor, Matthew J. Bull, Nelisiwe Nxele, Julia Roider, Nasreen Ismail, Emily Adland, Maria C. Puertas, Javier Martinez-Picado, Philippa C. Matthews, Thumbi Ndung'u, Philip Goulder, the Ucwaningo Lwabantwana Consortium (2020-05-08). HIGH-FREQUENCY failure of combination antiretroviral therapy in paediatric HIV infection is associated with unmet maternal needs causing maternal NON-ADHERENCE. thelancet.com The success of early infant testing and cART initiation strategies is severely limited by subsequent cART non-adherence in HIV-infected children. Although there are practical challenges to administering paediatric cART formulations, these are overcome by mothers who themselves are cART-adherent. These findings point to the ongoing obligation to address the unmet needs of the mothers. Eliminating the particular barriers preventing adequate treatment for these vulnerable women and infants need to be prioritised in order to achieve durable suppression of viraemia on cART, let alone HIV cure/remission, in HIV-infecte…

sputniknews (2020-05-12). Elon Musk Stirs Up Online Crowd With 'Kylie Jenner Pregnancy' Meme. sputniknews.com While many netizens seemed to appreciate Musk's tweet and responded with a barrage of memes of their own, some appeared to suggest that perhaps Elon should take a break from social media.

sputniknews (2020-05-12). 'Like in Avatar': Natural Phenomenon Making California's Ocean Waters Glow Blue Wows Internet. sputniknews.com The phenomenon in question is caused by bioluminescence emitted by certain species of phytoplankton during an algal bloom event known as red tide.

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2020-05-11). Cartoon of "Campus Seen Through the Eyes of Conservatives" Goes Viral Because Right-Wingers Didn't Understand It Was Satire. commondreams.org "Right-wing idiots didn't realize the joke is on them not the students." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/thecampus.jpg

Sunil Freeman (2020-05-05). New PSL book: 'Climate Solutions: Beyond Capitalism'. liberationnews.org "It is a small book, but expansive in outlook in a way that echoes the holistic eco-socialist society we will need…"

Hatewatch Staff (2020-05-04). Facebook Is Go-To Platform For Organizing Protests Against Social Distancing. splcenter.org As COVID-19 continues to pose a lethal threat worldwide, fringe, right-wing activists are using Facebook to mobilize protests of stay-at-home orders in several states.

Paul Wilcox (2020-05-01). Big banks soak up small business relief funds in feeding frenzy. liberationnews.org How the banks diverted the funds for small businesses.

Ryan Cristián (2020-04-24). Dr. Rashid Buttar Interview — Why COVID-19 Is Not What You Think. thelastamericanvagabond.com Joining me today to discuss further some of the very relevant and important points we went over during our recent roundtable (www.youtube.com/watch?v=RO2Fh3ThKoE) is Dr. Rashid Buttar. We discuss the very obvious way in which it seems we are all being deceived, and the many and varied ways in which that deception is taking place. (d.tube/c/tlavagabond) …

Hatewatch Staff (2020-04-23). Oath Keepers Chaplain Quits Over Leader's COVID Response. splcenter.org Chuck Baldwin, who has served as the national chaplain of the antigovernment Oath Keepers since 2013, announced his resignation early Tuesday morning on Facebook.

Whitney Webb (2020-04-22). Is Trump's "Shoot Down And Destroy" Tweet About Boosting Oil Prices Or A Harbinger Of War With Iran? thelastamericanvagabond.com Trump's recent tweet to "shoot down and destroy any and all Iranian gunboats if they harass our ships" has sparked concern over a new war in the Middle East. However, the more immediate effect of Trump's tweet has been a big boost in oil prices and a rise in the stock market. Was that Trump's …

Bill Ofenloch (2020-04-17). This Quarantined Holy Week I'm Thinking of a Brother Jesuit in Jail by Billy Critchley-Menor, SJ, The Jesuit Post, April 8, 2020. kingsbayplowshares7.org It's because of Holy Week that we can approach the Coronavirus crisis with the hope we do. It's because of Holy Week that we approach death the way we do. It's because of Holy Week that Christians are anything at all. There is no doubt, and you will read this in so many tweets these…

Alberto L García-Basteiro, Carlos Chaccour, Caterina Guinovart, Anna Llupià , Joe Brew, Antoni Trilla, Antoni Plasencia (2020-04-02). [Comment] Monitoring the COVID-19 epidemic in the context of widespread local transmission. thelancet.com Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a novel viral disease caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), which was first detected in Wuhan, China, in December, 2019.1 Given the fast spread, the severity of disease, the increasing number of cases outside China, and the number of affected countries, WHO declared the rapid spread of SARS-CoV-2 a pandemic on March 11, 2020.2 The availability of reliable surveillance platforms is crucial to monitor the COVID-19 epidemic in a timely manner and to respond with adequate control measures.

2020-05-12: Social Media Postees

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Bolivia Police Repress Protesters That Can't Afford Lockdown
telesurenglish.net | 2020-05-12
Hundreds of people were violently repressed by security forces Monday in the Bolivian K'ara K'ara community located in Cochabamba city, as they took to the streets to demand that the de facto government eases the COVID-19 lockdown as they cannot afford it anymore. | RELATED: | Bolivia: Citizens Protest Against De Facto Government | Videos circulating on social media showed demonstrators fiercely attacked by the police and army who did not hesitate to use tear gas and rubber bullets, inj…
telesurenglish.net/news/Hunger-Protests-in-Bolivia-Fiercely-Repressed-by-Security-Forces-20200511-0016.html

British propaganda efforts in Syria may have broken UK law
The Alternative World | thealtworld.com | 2020-05-12
Ian Cobain, Alice Ross- Internal assessment concluded UK government's covert support of 'moderate opposition' was shallow, lacked coherence and cost lives | MEE- The UK's covert propaganda programmes in war-torn Syria were poorly planned, probably illegal and cost lives, according to a scathing internal review of the initiative that has been seen by Middle East Eye. | Using news agencies, social media, poster campaigns and even children's comics, communications companies working under contract to the British government attempted to undermine both the Assad government and the Islamic State group and bolster elemen…

British propaganda efforts in Syria may have broken UK law

"Operation Volute": Covert UK Propaganda Efforts in Syria May Have Broken UK Law
Ian Cobain | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-12
The UK's covert propaganda programmes in war-torn Syria were poorly planned, probably illegal and cost lives, according to a scathing internal review of the initiative that has been seen by Middle East Eye. | Using news agencies, social media, poster campaigns …
globalresearch.ca/british-propaganda-efforts-syria-may-have-broken-uk-law/5712623

Facebook paying $52 million settlement to moderators who claim they developed PTSD through work
rt.com | 2020-05-12
Current and former moderators for Facebook will each be receiving $1,000 or more, as part of a settlement in a lawsuit that claimed having to deal with censoring content made them develop post traumatic stress disorder. | The social media giant will be paying out extra to individuals for additional mental health issues stemming from their jobs, such as depression. The settlement, first reported by The Verge, covers 11,250 moderators, while current employees will rec…
rt.com/usa/488483-facebook-settlement-moderators-ptsd/

#WearOrange for National Gun Violence Awareness Day 2020 (virtual)
MDAEFG | indybay.org | 2020-05-12
Social media…
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/05/09/18832941.php

National Nurses Day: Not all heroes wear capes
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org | 2020-05-12
Photo and article are courtesy of Mayo Clinic News Center andMayo Clinic Employee Facebook. Not all heroes wear capes. Some wear scrubs, protective equipment and step out in difficult times to be there for others. As COVID-19 continues to spread and people heed notices to socially distance themselves and hunker down in their homes, there …
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org/discussion/national-nurses-day-not-all-heroes-wear-capes/

The Important "Plandemic" Documentary that Has Justifiably Gone "Viral"
Dr. Gary G. Kohls | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-12
The powers-that-be behind the banning of "Plandemic" and the disparaging and slandering of Dr Judy Mikovitz are obviously afraid of something that will expose them for planning something evil. Tyrannical corporate forces, starting with Google and YouTube and the CDC …
globalresearch.ca/important-plandemic-documentary-gone-viral/5712666

'I feel terrible': Bill Gates says he warned Trump of pandemic threat in 2016, regrets not doing more
rt.com | 2020-05-12
Microsoft founder and multi-billionaire Bill Gates said he tried to warn President-elect Donald Trump of the dangers of a major viral outbreak soon after the 2016 race, but feels guilty for not being more vocal. | "I chose, when I met with people all the way up to the top, in Europe, in the US, around the world, to talk about this pandemic risk," he told the Wall Street Journal in an interview published on Monday, explaining that he even made the case to the US president during a December 2016 meeting at Trump Tower. | I feel terrible. The whole point of talking about it was that we could take action and minim…
rt.com/usa/488409-bill-gates-trump-pandemic-warning/

COVID-19 deaths among nurses: U.S. 91, Canada zero. Why?
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2020-05-12
OAKLAND, Calif.–There's a yawning gap between the number of U.S. nurses the viral pandemic has killed so far in the U.S. and the number of Canadian nurses killed. The count as of May 11: U.S. 91, Canada, zero. That prompted National Nurses United President Zunei Cortez, RN, of California and her Canadian counterpart, Linda Silas, …
peoplesworld.org/article/covid-19-deaths-among-nurses-u-s-91-canada-zero-why/

Police officer rants about 'tyrannical' & 'unconstitutional' Covid-19 measures… gets in trouble for 'insubordination' (VIDEOS)
rt.com | 2020-05-12
A US police officer has urged fellow cops to stop enforcing coronavirus lockdown measures, slamming them as "unconstitutional." While his call to action landed him in trouble, other officers have started to speak out as well. | Port of Seattle Officer Greg Anderson was placed on administrative leave pending an investigation after he appeared in a viral video last weekend arguing the lockdown measures are violating the US Constitution and "trampling on people's liberties," questioning the restrictions and whether enforcing them is "the right thing" to do. | I want to remind you that regardless of where you stan…
rt.com/usa/488383-police-speak-out-lockdowns/

"Weaponized and Racialized": Police Departments Use COVID-19 to Target Black & Brown Communities
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-05-11
Viral images have shone a spotlight on uneven policing. Some show police officers distributing masks to White residents in crowded New York City parks

'Binders full of women' anyone? Biden blasted for 'calendar model' VP search
rt.com | 2020-05-11
Joe Biden is getting put through the ringer on social media for his latest reported blunder, comparing vice presidential picks to calendar models, which looks especially bad considering he wants a female running mate. | The tidbit that set social media ablaze was buried in a friendly New York Times piece about Biden picking a vice presidential nominee for November. | "Mr. Biden has likened running-mate evaluation to deciding among calendar models," The Times wrote, going on to describe a three…
rt.com/usa/488402-biden-vp-calendar-models/

Trumka proposes universal federal jobs payments
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2020-05-11
WASHINGTON –Sticking to a here-and-now solution to coronavirus-caused joblessness, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka proposed the federal government guarantee paid employment

How Much Are You Prepared to Pay for Your 'Free' Press? Arab Media Wars Are Driving Us All Towards Twitter
Andrey Areshev | strategic-culture.org | 2020-05-11
In the coming months, it is likely that more Arab media titles in the region will fold following the financial crisis and the vociferous media wars which they conduct which are costly and self-defeating. How do you like your fake news? With or without a media banner? | World Press Day passed like a thief in the night in the Arab world. It's largely seen as something lauded by western countries who use it to chastise what they see as backward countries with authoritarian leaders who only know the one model of journalism in their countries: pay-as-you-go. | Or, if you like, the advanced version of the state dictati…
strategic-culture.org/news/2020/05/11/how-much-you-prepared-pay-for-your-free-press-arab-media-wars-driving-us-all-towards-twitter/

Nuclear Weapons: The Anatomy of a U.S. STRATCOM "Disinfographic"
John Krzyzaniak | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-11
United States Strategic Command, the branch of the US military responsible for the nation's nuclear weapons, recently released an imperially misleading infographic on Twitter. The graphic is confused–not only about when to use bold typeface, but also about the …
globalresearch.ca/anatomy-stratcom-disinfographic/5712442

Colombia: Avianca Airlines Declares Bankruptcy Due to COVID-19
telesurenglish.net | 2020-05-11
Colombian airline Avianca announced Sunday that they are declaring bankruptcy after an 80% income drop due to the health crisis. | RELATED: | Venezuela Seizes Three Combat Boats With Colombian Navy Emblems | Avianca Holdings airline representatives published a communication announcing voluntary bankruptcy declaration to protect future operations. "Today our wings are closed so that tomorrow we can all continue to fly "tweeted Anko van der Werff, Avianca president. | The compa…
telesurenglish.net/news/colombia-avianca-airlines-declares-bankruptcy-due-to-covid-20200511-0005.html

US coronavirus death toll tops 80,000
rt.com | 2020-05-11
Deaths from the Covid-19 pandemic in the US have topped 80,000, just as some states have begun relaxing lockdown measures and President Donald Trump tweeted the numbers are "looking much better." | WH officials had previously predicted a death total of 100,000 to 240,000 from the virus. Some states have already begun slowly reopening, including New York, which has been the hardest hit state in the US. Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Monday some non-essential businesses will be allowed to reopen on Friday, declaring a partial victory over the virus, saying, "we are on the other side of the mountain." | The p…
rt.com/usa/488397-us-death-coronavirus-tally-eighty-thousand/

Bahrain Blocks Event Criticizing Normalization With Israel
telesurenglish.net | 2020-05-11
Authorities in Bahrain canceled Saturday an online event on the Gulf state's normalization of relations with Israel, shortly after its transmission began on YouTube. | RELATED: | Israel Plans Thousands New Illegal Settlements in the West Bank | The event's organizer, the Bahraini Democratic Youth Society, said it had received a phone call from the security authorities ordering them to stop live-streaming the event "without discussions." | The president of Bahrain's chapter o…
telesurenglish.net/news/Bahrain-Blocks-Event-Criticizing-Normalization-With-Israel-20200511-0011.html

HIV Deaths Could Double in Sub-Saharan Africa Due to COVID-19
telesurenglish.net | 2020-05-11
Disruption of antiretroviral therapy in HIV/AIDS patients due to the COVID-19 pandemic could cause more than 500,000 deaths in Sub-Saharan Africa over the next year, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nation (U.N.) AIDS said Monday. | RELATED: | Coronavirus Could Kill Over 190,000 People in Africa, WHO Warns | Modeling conducted for the two U.N. agencies revealed that a six-month interruption in HIV healthcare services could set the region back by a decade when almost one mi…
telesurenglish.net/news/HIV-Deaths-Could-Double-in-Sub-Saharan-Africa-Due-to-COVID-19–20200511-0013.html

Nicola Sturgeon just blew a key Johnson coronavirus claim wide open
Steve Topple | thecanary.co | 2020-05-10
Just as Boris Johnson launched his contentious new coronavirus (Covid-19) slogan, Nicola Sturgeon blew the whole thing wide open with a single tweet. Because she exposed that, far from being "better united", the Tory-led Westminster government was dancing entirely to its own tune. | Stay what…?: | On Sunday 10 May, Twitter was awash with the Westminster government's new coronavirus 'advice'.
thecanary.co/trending/2020/05/10/nicola-sturgeon-just-blew-a-key-johnson-coronavirus-claim-wide-open/

That was quick! Tesla files LAWSUIT against California county for not allowing factory to reopen after Musk threatens pullout
rt.com | 2020-05-10
Hours after Tesla CEO Elon Musk said that he would pull the car maker's plant from the Golden State, the company sued Alameda county, accusing officials of "defying" state laws by refusing to allow the facility to reopen. | The lawsuit comes on the heels of a Twitter rant late on Saturday, that saw Musk branding California county's chief health official "ignorant," after the local authorities refused to give the company the green light to reopen its plant with more than 10,000 workers in Fremont due to coronavirus restrictions.
rt.com/usa/488284-musk-lawsuit-factory-california/

Elon Musk resorts to insults in RUSSIAN to defend capitalism
rt.com | 2020-05-10
As Elon Musk sues Californian authorities for stopping a Tesla factory from reopening, he has found a somewhat novel way of dealing with his critics

NYC more than doubles number of 'social-distancing ambassadors' after cops' enforcement of Covid-19 rules causes backlash
rt.com | 2020-05-10
Following troubling viral videos of arrests and concerns about racial disparity in enforcing Covid-19-related social distancing, Mayor Bill De Blasio says he is increasing "ambassadors" in the city from 1,000 to 2,300. | "Enforcement has always been the last resort," the mayor said at a press conference Sunday. | His comment comes in the wake of the city having come under increased scrutiny thanks to a viral video, of what some have flagged as police brutality, showing NYPD officers arresting several people suspected of breaking social-distancing rules, and also to statistics showing the last few months have s…
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HIGH-FREQUENCY failure of combination antiretroviral therapy in paediatric HIV infection is associated with unmet maternal needs causing maternal NON-ADHERENCE
Jane R. Millar, Nomonde Bengu, Rowena Fillis, Ken Sprenger, Vuyokazi Ntlantsana, Vinicius A. Vieira, Nisreen Khambati, Moherndran Archary, Maximilian Muenchhoff, Andreas Groll, Nicholas Grayson, John Adamson, Katya Govender, Krista Dong, Photini Kiepiela, Bruce D. Walker, David Bonsall, Thomas Connor, Matthew J. Bull, Nelisiwe Nxele, Julia Roider, Nasreen Ismail, Emily Adland, Maria C. Puertas, Javier Martinez-Picado, Philippa C. Matthews, Thumbi Ndung'u, Philip Goulder, the Ucwaningo Lwabantwana Consortium | thelancet.com | 2020-05-08
The success of early infant testing and cART initiation strategies is severely limited by subsequent cART non-adherence in HIV-infected children. Although there are practical challenges to administering paediatric cART formulations, these are overcome by mothers who themselves are cART-adherent. These findings point to the ongoing obligation to address the unmet needs of the mothers. Eliminating the particular barriers preventing adequate treatment for these vulnerable women and infants need to be prioritised in order to achieve durable suppression of viraemia on cART, let alone HIV cure/remission, in HIV-infecte…
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Facebook Is Go-To Platform For Organizing Protests Against Social Distancing
Hatewatch Staff | splcenter.org | 2020-05-04
As COVID-19 continues to pose a lethal threat worldwide, fringe, right-wing activists are using Facebook to mobilize protests of stay-at-home orders in several states.
splcenter.org/hatewatch/2020/05/05/facebook-go-platform-organizing-protests-against-social-distancing

Is Trump's "Shoot Down And Destroy" Tweet About Boosting Oil Prices Or A Harbinger Of War With Iran?
Whitney Webb | thelastamericanvagabond.com | 2020-04-22
Trump's recent tweet to "shoot down and destroy any and all Iranian gunboats if they harass our ships" has sparked concern over a new war in the Middle East. However, the more immediate effect of Trump's tweet has been a big boost in oil prices and a rise in the stock market. Was that Trump's …
thelastamericanvagabond.com/foreign-policy/trumps-shoot-destroy-tweet-about-boosting-oil-prices-harbinger-war-with-iran/

Elon Musk Stirs Up Online Crowd With 'Kylie Jenner Pregnancy' Meme
sputniknews.com | 2020-05-12
While many netizens seemed to appreciate Musk's tweet and responded with a barrage of memes of their own, some appeared to suggest that perhaps Elon should take a break from social media.
sputniknews.com/viral/202005121079280167-elon-musk-stirs-up-online-crowd-with-kylie-jenner-pregnancy-meme/

'Like in Avatar': Natural Phenomenon Making California's Ocean Waters Glow Blue Wows Internet
sputniknews.com | 2020-05-12
The phenomenon in question is caused by bioluminescence emitted by certain species of phytoplankton during an algal bloom event known as red tide.
sputniknews.com/viral/202005121079281280-like-in-avatar-natural-phenomenon-making-californias-ocean-waters-glow-blue-wows-internet/

Cartoon of "Campus Seen Through the Eyes of Conservatives" Goes Viral Because Right-Wingers Didn't Understand It Was Satire
Andrea Germanos, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-05-11
"Right-wing idiots didn't realize the joke is on them not the students." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/thecampus.jpg
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