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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 …
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…
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…
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…
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…
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.
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.
[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.
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…
'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…
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.
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…
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…
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.
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…
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…
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.
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…
ACLU Comment on TikTok and WeChat Transaction Prohibition
commondreams.org | 2020-09-18
'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 …
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…
Trump's Climate Denial Gains Strength If We're in Denial About His Neo-Fascism
Norman Solomon | commondreams.org | 2020-09-17
"Trump's right-wing base and leading Republicans are in lockstep with both types of denial. They embrace the most absurd claims about climate … And they refuse to recognize or deplore his autocratic moves," writes Solomon. (Photo: Oil Change International/Twitter) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/trump_climate_hotel_0_1.jpeg …
'Israel-firsters betray their own people for votes'
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2020-09-17
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.
Another Day of COVID, Another Failed Stimulus, Another Thousand Deaths
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-09-17
Another COVID day of death and dismay, another day of Republican indifference, greed and spite. | "Democrats are 'heartless,'" Donald Trump tweeted yesterday during his daily mid-morning rant, repeating his habit of confessing to his own sins each time he lobs an accusation at Democrats. "They don't want to give STIMULUS PAYMENTS to people who despe…
Does it feature a Benghazi chapter? Obama's supposed 'honest account' memoir is both hailed & derided online
rt.com | 2020-09-17
'A Promised Land' will apparently reveal Barack Obama's professional "highs and lows," according to the man himself. Though fans are delighted, some online users doubt the memoir will touch on Obama's many controversies. | "There's no feeling like finishing a book, and I'm proud of this one," Obama wrote on Thursday, announcing his memoir via a tweet. In 'A Promised Land' Obama "tries to provide an honest accounting of [his] presidency" and finally reveals how to "make [American] democracy work for everybody."
'Existential Threat to Our Democracy': Trump Openly Telegraphs Intent (Once Again) to Delegitimize 2020 Election Results
Brett Wilkins, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-09-17
The president's latest baseless attack on mail-in ballots drew yet another warning from Twitter. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/twitter_trump_0.jpg …
TV series 'Ertugrul' fuels Pakistanis' love for Turkey
yenisafak.com | 2020-09-16
On a sunny afternoon, red flags bearing a white star and crescent fluttered in the breeze as they hung from businesses and homes in northern Pakistan, a testament to the region's love for Turkey spurred by a Turkish drama series.Dirilis (Resurrection) Ertugrul is gaining wide popularity across the country after being dubbed in Urdu and broadcast on state television.A YouTube channel launched in mid-April specifically for the series has nearly 8.5 million subscribers, while its viewership had climbed to over 1.3 billion as of Sept. 15.It was after Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan visited Turkey that he ordered…