Daily Archives: May 5, 2020

2020-05-05: News Headlines

Peter Koenig (2020-05-05). WHO's Integrity Increasingly Questioned. Skepticism? globalresearch.ca Russian NTV: Donald Trump refused to Fund WHO. There are more and more people in the world who are skeptical of the organization. Does this skepticism have any Foundation? | Peter Koenig: Yes, it is true, and yes it does. WHO's …

Andrew Korybko (2020-05-05). Putin Didn't Disappear: Russia's Ongoing Decentralization Process. globalresearch.ca The Western Mainstream Media's aggressively propagated infowar narrative that President Putin "disappeared" and is "paralyzed" in the face of World War C is factually false because it ignores the Russian leader's regular video conferences with various officials that are widely …

RT (2020-05-05). Kim Jong-un accepts WWII medal awarded by Putin days after DEATH rumors spread by Western media. rt.com He may have been reported dead last week by US/UK media, but today North Korean leader Kim Jong-un received a medal from President Putin for his contribution to perpetuating the memory of Soviet citizens buried in North Korea. | In 2019, the Kremlin announced the creation of a brand new award named '75 Years of Victory in the Great Patriotic War 1941-1945′, to be given to those chosen by the president. The award has already been presented to multiple people, many of whom are Russian veterans. | | @ Russian Embassy in North Korea | According to the Facebook page of the Russian Embassy in North Korea, Kim was…

Eds. (2020-05-05). Another life-saving brigade travels to South Africa. mronline.org More than 1,450 men and women in white lab coats from Cuba's Henry Reeve Contingent have traveled to 22 nations in Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, Africa and the Middle East to battle the pandemic.

RT (2020-05-05). Brussels rules, Deutschland drools! EU claims Germany has no say on its money-printing policy. rt.com As Germany's constitutional court ruled that the European Central Bank could have exceeded its powers with a massive quantitative easing (QE) effort, the EU was quick to note that European law trumps that of member states. | In Tuesday's ruling, the Federal Constitutional Court said that the German government failed to challenge the QE programme, launched in 2015 and reactivated last year. The judges in Karlsruhe also ruled that the stimulus scheme, known as the Public Sector Purchase Program (PSPP), did not respect the "principle of proportionality," signaling that the eurozone's central bank went too far wit…

RT (2020-05-05). Summer holidays CANCELED in France? Macron announces indefinite 'limit' on international travel due to Covid-19 pandemic. rt.com President Emmanuel Macron has told French citizens that international travel will be restricted over the summer, dashing the hopes of those who were planning holiday getaways abroad. | The French leader said on Monday that "normal life" cannot resume until the coronavirus pandemic has ended, noting that summer plans will have to be modified accordingly. | "It is too soon to say whether we can take holidays. What I can say is that we will limit major international travel, even during the summer holidays. We will stay among Europeans and, depending on how the epidemic evolves, we might have to reduce that a litt…

Dr. Johan Giesecke (2020-05-05). "Gradually Everyone Is Approaching the Swedish Model" — Rock Star of Epidemiology, Dr. Giesecke, Points Out the Obvious (VIDEO). anti-empire.com www.youtube.com/watch?v=CajLDNg-Fb4&feature=youtu.be | Highlights: "I must say I have been inwardly laughing when I see all the other countries in Europe puttin…

RT (2020-05-05). Russia waging 'HYBRID WAR' on Europe by protesting removal of Soviet liberator statue, claims Czech official who had it torn down. rt.com A Prague official responsible for removing a statue of Marshal Konev urged Brussels to protect the EU against Moscow's "interference" and "hybrid war," playing the time-tested 'Russia scare' card that never fails to be effective. | Proving that a strong offense sometimes makes the best defense, head of Prague's District 6 Ondrej Kolar wrote an open letter to European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, Read m…

The Canary (2020-05-05). UK officially surpasses Italy death toll as experts warn comparing countries is difficult. thecanary.co The UK has passed Italy as the country with the most Covid-19 deaths in Europe, new figures show — but academics have warned that cross-country comparisons are "difficult".The latest data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) shows that 29,710 deaths involving Covid-19 in England and Wales had been registered up to 2 May.Together with the latest equivalent numbers for Scotland (2,272 deaths registered up to 26 April) and Northern Ireland (393 deaths registered up to 29 April), it means a total of 32,375 deaths involving Covid-19 have now been registered across the UK.The official number of Covid-19 d…

RT (2020-05-05). A new strain has come: Meet Spike D614G, the new & improved coronavirus. rt.com Fears that the coronavirus would mutate into a more dangerous strain appear to have been borne out, as research has identified that a new, more contagious strain of SARS-CoV-2 has become the dominant form worldwide. | The new strain, which has been dubbed 'Spike D614G' has been proliferating in Europe since at least mid-February, and spread to become the dominant form during the month of March. It is far more contagious than the original strain which emerged from Wuhan, for reasons as yet unknown. | Wherever it emerged it became dominant very quickly, and in some countries it became the only common strain with…

John Swinton (2020-05-05). An interview with Karl Marx. peoplesworld.org The following interview with Karl Marx, published in the New York Sun on Sept. 6, 1880, was written by John Swinton, printer, journalist, and editor, when he visited Europe. It first appeared in our pages as part of the May 5, 1940 edition of the Sunday Worker. Swinton's enthusiastic appreciation of Marx gives a vivid …

Thierry Meyssan (2020-05-05). L'UE, l'Otan, NewsGuard et le Réseau Voltaire. thealtworld.com Le dispositif de propagande visant à étouffer toute voix dissidente a franchi un pas. Il ne s'agit plus simplement de les accuser de commettre des erreurs factuelles ou de mentir délibérément, mais de les présenter comme des traàÆtres à la solde d'une puissance étrangère. | Le Service européen pour l'action extérieure (European External Action Service) a créé en 2015 l'East StratCom Task Force, une unité chargée de lutter contre la désinformation des services secrets russes. Celle-ci édite un site internet, EUvsDisinfo.eu, et expédie chaque semaine des e-mails aux journalistes de l'Union afin qu'ils répercu…

RT (2020-05-05). Vienna's vice mayor takes heat after 'ASYLUM SEEKER VIRUS' reference. rt.com The vice mayor of Vienna and high-ranking member of Austria's anti-immigration party faced accusations of racism after he blamed the rise in daily Covid-19 infections on the local migrant community. | "It is now clear… that the increasing coronavirus numbers in Vienna can only be attributed to asylum seekers," Vice Mayor Dominik Nepp

RT (2020-05-05). First murder hornets, now tiger mosquitos? Over half of France warned of dengue & Zika-transmitting insects just as lockdown lifts. rt.com Almost 65 percent of France has been placed on red alert following another invasion by the aggressive tiger mosquito, a known carrier of dengue fever, chikungunya and the Zika virus, right before the country emerges from lockdown. | As the US braces for its own invasion by so-called 'murder hornets', a total of 57 of France's 101 departments have been placed on red alert as tiger mosquito hordes descend on the country — just as citizens prepare to return to work on May 11 following weeks of coronavirus lockdown. | A further 10 departments have been placed on orange alert, as experts predict that France wi…

RT (2020-05-05). 'Not surprising' earlier Covid-19 cases from December reported, more early cases possible — WHO. rt.com Reports that the first cases of Covid-19 in France could have occurred a month earlier than official figures suggest are "not surprising," the World Health Organization (WHO) has said. | The WHO said on Tuesday it's possible that more early cases will now emerge after researchers concluded that the first infection in France was in late December and not January or February, which was originally thought. | French media reported that the Avicenne Hospital in Bobigny re-analyzed negative tests on people who were admitted and diagnosed with pneumonia in December. Of the 24 patients, one came back positive for Covid…

RT (2020-05-05). Germany issues warrant for 'GRU hacker' allegedly behind hacking parliament & US presidential election — report. rt.com A German media report suggests prosecutors have begun proceedings to arrest Dmitry Badin, who they believe to be a Russian agent behind a string of hacks dating back as far as 2014, and who is also wanted by the FBI. | German prosecutors have issued a warrant for the arrest of an alleged GRU agent accused of hacking the Bundestag, according to the country's Suddeutsche Zeitung newspaper. | The suspect is named as Dmitry Badin, wanted in Germany and the US in connection with numerous offences — among them, a cyber-attack on the German parliament and hacking the 2016 US presidential election. | Badin is bel…

RT (2020-05-05). Useless & invasive? UK's Covid-19 contact tracing app gets bad reviews after reportedly failing all performance tests. rt.com Many Britons are scoffing at a government plan to roll out an NHS Covid-19 app to trace cases of the virus, describing the initiative as unnecessary and intrusive. The app received poor marks during initial trials. | The tracing app uses Bluetooth technology to register a "contact" when people come within six feet of each other. Those who later develop symptoms of coronavirus can inform the app, which then sends an alert to the people they've been in contact with.Similar apps have been adopted in countries such as Singapore and Germany. However, the idea has been met with considerable suspicion in Britain. | F…

RT (2020-05-05). 'Corona is under control': Bavaria lets residents go out & businesses reopen despite Covid-19 still blighting Germany. rt.com Despite warnings the Covid-19 crisis isn't over, one of Germany's wealthiest states is set to open up, allowing people to go out for any reason and letting almost all businesses — from retail to tourism — welcome visitors again. | "Now it is time to act," proclaimed Bavaria's Prime Minister Markus Soeder as he

RT (2020-05-05). Russian Embassy ridicules Pulitzer Board for awarding prize to NYT's 'undiluted fabrications'. rt.com The New York Times' staff have won a prestigious Pulitzer Prize for "exposing the predations of Vladimir Putin's regime." Russia, however, says the paper made it up. | The Pulitzer Prize Board loves a good yarn about Russia, and the New York Times certainly feeds their appetite. 2017 saw the paper score an award for reporting on the Kremlin's online "troll army;" while 2018 saw it

RT (2020-05-05). Russia's lead spacecraft designer & architect of ISS modules dies due to Covid-19. rt.com Yevgeny Mikrin, a top scientist behind Russia's manned spaceflight program and a contributor to the International Space Station designs, succumbed to the coronavirus in a Moscow hospital, the Academy of Sciences said. | Mikrin, who was due to turn 65 this year, has passed away "in the prime of life," President of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) Alexander Sergeev told the media on Tuesday, calling him an "outstanding scholar" and "a very bright man." | The scientist, who served as a chief designer for Russia's famed corporation Energia — founded by the forefather of the Soviet space program, Sergey K…

RT (2020-05-05). 'This is NOT a filter': Russian swimming champ Efimova takes late-night dip in incredible bioluminescent ocean (VIDEO). rt.com Six-time world champion Yuliya Efimova has given fans another glimpse into her idyllic lifestyle during quarantine by joining friends for a twilight boat party and night swim in bioluminescent waters near her base in California. | Having demonstrated her breaststroke technique from her Los Angeles kitchen table and shown off her outdoor swimming pool in previous videos, the two-time silver medalist at the 2016 Olympic Games went a step further in her latest clip, setting off by boat to explore the bioluminescent waters of the surrounding coast. | Joined by fellow swimmers Alena Rumiantceva and Lisa Bazarova, E…

RT (2020-05-05). A new song or same old tune? Memo warns of Russian 'plot' to influence 2020 vote by 'secretly advising' candidates. rt.com An internal American intelligence memo reportedly warns of a sinister Russian plot in the making to meddle in the upcoming US presidential election, including by directly advising the candidates and their campaigns. | Cobbled together by 'cyber experts' at the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the FBI in February, the memo effectively regurgitates the old Russiagate narrative, which quietly fizzled out after a special counsel probe led by Robert Mueller failed to find any proof of conspiracy or collusion between President Donald Trump and Russia. Excerpts from the document — dubbed "Possible Ru…

RT (2020-05-05). 'I will beat you': Seven-year-old blasts 'WEAK' Arshavin after ex-Russia star accuses Olympic champ of forcing child into videos. rt.com A bizarre row has broken out between Evgeni Plushenko's son and Andrey Arshavin after the Russia legend accused the figure-skating champion and his wife of forcing the infant to perform in a series of "painful" Instagram videos. | Two-time Olympic champion Plushenko and his wife, producer and TV personality Yana Rudkovskaya, have been prolific makers of videos with their son, Alexander, in the family's opulent home. | While Russia has been in lockdown under health guidelines aimed at stopping the spread of the Covid-19 outbreak, the seven-year-old known as Sasha has joined his parents indoors to test gym equip…

RT (2020-05-05). One year on, pilot of fatal Aeroflot Flight 1492 rejects all blame for deaths of 41 people. rt.com It's a year to the day since Aeroflot Flight 1492 burst into flames upon landing at Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport, taking the lives of 41 people. Now facing prosecution and jail time, the plane's pilot wants to clear his name. | Speaking to Russian news outlet Lenta, pilot Denis Evdokimov explained his version of events. According to Evdokimov, the fault lies with the airplane's non-compliance with standards of airworthiness, and he rejects all personal blame. | On May 5, 2019, a Sukhoi Superjet 100 plane operating Aeroflot Flight 1492 was gaining altitude when it was hit by lightning. As a result, the plane s…

Marko Marjanoviƒá (2020-05-05). Slovenia's Official Antibodies Study Implies COVID Infection Fatality Rate Just 0.15%, Comparable to Seasonal Influenza. anti-empire.com The full findings of Slovenia's official covid antibodies study will be released later today (after which we'll update this article), but for now the country's Health Minister Toma≈æ Gantar has already Slovenia is a country of 2.08 million people and has recorded 97 covid-positive deaths. If between 2 and 4 percent of 2.08 million were infected that mean…

RT (2020-05-05). Bone-breaking cart crashes & black widow spider bites: Swedish golfer Daniela Holmqvist opens up on horrific injury agony. rt.com Sweden's Daniela Holmqvist has discussed playing through the pain after a buggy she was traveling in flipped and smashed into a wall, causing severe injury – although Holmqvist already boasts a reputation as a tough cookie. | Golf may not seem the most demanding of sports at first glance but there's no denying Holmqvist is made of pretty strong stuff. | The 32-year-old from Sweden has suffered with constant pain since a bad accident in 2018 left her needing several injections in her back in order to play. | Holmqvist was in China competing on the tour when a golf cart she was riding in flipped backwards and lo…

Staff (2020-05-05). Headlines for May 5, 2020. democracynow.org Dire Forecasts Warn U.S. Death Toll Could Surge in Coming Weeks as States Move to Relax Restrictions, China Rebukes Trump Admin Claim That Coronavirus Was Man-Made, Report Says Brooklyn Jail Destroying Medical Records to Hide Toll of COVID-19, J. Crew Files for Bankruptcy, Betsy DeVos Sued for Garnishing Wages of Student Loan Holders During Pandemic, EU, World Leaders Pledge Billions to Fund Coronavirus Vaccine; U.S. Sits Out, Questions Raised After 3 Healthcare Workers in Russia Fall from Hospital Windows, U.K. May Have Second-Highest Coronavirus Death Toll; France Identifies COVID-19 Case from December, Venezue…

RT (2020-05-05). Irish FM warns of 'crisis point' ahead if trade talks between UK & EU don't advance soon. rt.com Progress on Brexit trade talks between the European Union and Britain has "not been good" and another "crisis point" could be reached within weeks if there is no improvement, Ireland's Foreign Minister Simon Coveney has said. | Speaking to RTE Radio 1 on Tuesday, Coveney, who is also Ireland's deputy PM, said "time is short" and there's still "an awful lot to do" before the Brexit transition period ends on December 31. | "Progress has not been good in the couple of rounds of negotiations we've had," Coveney said, adding that "of course there have been huge distractions for everybody in the context of Covid-19.

yenisafak (2020-05-05). Condition of refugee camps in Greece 'disgraceful'. yenisafak.com "It is disgraceful that such conditions are accepted in the middle of Europe," Gerd Muller, minister for economic cooperation and development, said in an interview with German daily Rheinische Post."I have seen how 20,000 people were crammed in a camp planned for 3,000 people," Muller added.He said authorities should ensure rights and dignity of refugees in these camps."Evacuating children from these camps do not solve the problem," Muller said, referring to evacuation of unaccompanied refugee children from camps in Greece to Germany.Germany brought 47 refugee children to the country last month as part of an agre…

yenisafak (2020-05-05). Italy to offer permits to illegal migrants for farm work in pandemic crisis. yenisafak.com Italy plans to give work permits to thousands of irregular migrants to help farms deal with the Covid-19 epidemic that has cut the flow of cheap labour from abroad, a political source said on Tuesday.The politically sensitive move, earlier reported in Italian media, was immediately attacked by right-wing opposition leader Matteo Salvini, whose League party has founded its success on a strong anti-migrant platform.Agriculture lobbies have warned Italy will have to throw away huge amounts of fruit and vegetables because there is nobody to pick them, worsening the effects of a shutdown costing the food sector 7 bill…

yenisafak (2020-05-05). Turkey urges powers supporting Haftar to rethink. yenisafak.com Turkey on Tuesday called on all powers supporting Libyan warlord Khalifa Haftar to "rethink their position and invest" in the Libyan government."Thanks to Turkey's support for the legitimate government of Libya, the destabilizing and illegitimate Haftar forces are losing ground in Libya. All those powers supporting Haftar must rethink their position and invest in the legitimate government for peace and stability," Fahrettin Altun, Turkey's communications director, said on Twitter.Under the guidance of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Altun said Turkey is "a capable country that can pursue terrorists in Sy…

WSWS (2020-05-05). Spain bans May Day protests on "public health" grounds while sending millions back to work. wsws.org Spanish courts ruled that the COVID-19 danger outweighs basic democratic rights, but Madrid does not believe it outweighs workers' duty to produce profits for the capitalists.

WSWS (2020-05-05). Over 2,000 doctors infected with COVID-19 in Ukraine amid growing protest by medical workers. wsws.org Opposition grows among Ukrainian medical workers as they are left to combat the disease while lacking both essential equipment and funding.

WSWS (2020-05-05). Global automakers press ahead with reopening in midst of coronavirus pandemic. wsws.org Auto production is already reopening in Europe, while the corporations are readying their supply chains in North America.

Ed Sykes (2020-05-05). Matt Hancock patronises A&E doctor just as UK sinks to worst death toll in Europe. thecanary.co The UK currently has the Shadow mental health minister Rosena Allin-Khan has also been working on the…

Thierry Meyssan (2020-05-05). The Global Political Project Imposed on the Occasion of Covid-19. thealtworld.com

| The inept reactions of European governments to Covid-19 were dictated by former advisers to Donald Rumsfeld and George W. Bush. Contrary to public rhetoric, they make no medical claims. Far from responding to the reality of the epidemic, they aim to transform European societies in order to integrate them into their political and financial project. | Regardless of whether the Covid-19 epidemic is natural or has been provoked, it offers an opportunity for a transnational group to suddenly impose its political project without discussion or even exposure. | Within a few weeks we have seen so-called democr…

WSWS (2020-05-05). Denmark buys unreliable antibody tests to enforce back-to-work amid COVID-19 pandemic. wsws.org Social Democrat Prime Minister Mette Fredriksen said reopening schools is necessary so parents could get back to work and "get the economy going again."

Mel Gurtov (2020-05-05). The Coming New World Disorder. counterpunch.org After the demise of the Soviet Union and the US intervention that crushed Saddam Hussein's attack on Kuwait in 1991, President George H. W. Bush pronounced a new world order. His exuberance carried over into academia (Frances Fukuyama's "end of history") and conservative punditry (Charles Krauthammer's "unipolar moment"). The consensus among these American exceptionalists was

Shane Quinn (2020-05-05). 75 Years Ago: Nazi Germany Lies in Rubble and How the Wehrmacht's Ultimate Defeat Came About. globalresearch.ca Three-quarters of a century ago the Third Reich lay in ruins, its ruler Adolf Hitler dead, having shot himself in the right temple with his 7.65mm pistol on 30 April 1945. Hitler had refused to leave Berlin over previous days, …

en.mehrnews (2020-05-05). Iran dispatches coronavirus test kits consignment to Germany. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 05 (MNA) — Iranian consignment comprising 40,000 coronavirus test kits was dispatched from Tehran to Germany on Tuesday morning.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-05). 'Eaten' goes on screen at Stuttgart Intl. Filmfest. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 05 (MNA) — Iranian animated piece, 'Eaten' by Mohsen Rezapour is set to go on screen at the 27th Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film in Germany.

en.mehrnews (2020-05-05). Era of Nazism has gone over: IDO's head to German govt. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 5 (MNA) — In his reaction to the heinous treatment of Federal Government of Germany against Muslims enthusiast to Lebanese Hezbollah while attending the mosques of this country, Head of Islamic Development Organization (IDO) Hojjatoleslam Mohammad Qomi on Tue. said that the German government should know that the era of Nazism has gone over.

Peter Bolton (2020-05-05). We should never forget Bobby Sands, nor the brutality of the Thatcher government in Ireland. thecanary.co Today marks the 39th

imperial.ac.uk (2020-05-05). New report models Italy's potential exit strategy from COVID-19 lockdown. imperial.ac.uk Imperial researchers have analysed the likely impact of easing lockdown measures in Italy and the impact on transmission of coronavirus.

graham (2020-05-05). EU loses $27BN in corporate tax a year to UK, Switzerland, Luxembourg and Netherlands. truepublica.org.uk EU member states are losing over $17 billion in corporate tax a year from US firms abusing the law to shift their profits into the UK, Switzerland and Luxembourg, where corporate tax rates in practice range from 10 per cent to 0.8 per cent. The $17 billion annual corporate tax loss is in addition to …

RAIN (2020-05-05). Social Distancing With Tear Gas and Walls: the "Racist, Hateful, And Life-Threatening Campaign" Unleashed Against The Romani With Covid-19. counterpunch.org She was 37 years old. Her name was not reported. We will never know the name of her baby. For three days after her waters broke, she appealed multiple times for attention at Ohrid General Hospital in North Macedonia. Every visit ended the same way, with her being denied treatment. Her friend, who drove her

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2020-05-05). Mayo Clinic expert talks social distancing. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org The need for?social distancing?will continue into the summer as an important public health tool to reduce the spread of?COVID-19. ?Dr. Gregory Poland, an infectious diseases specialist at Mayo Clinic acknowledges the hardships of public safety measures and says they are important. "The nature of social distancing, isolating ourselves, and shelter-in-place has been tremendous hardships from …

Adam Ramsay (2020-05-05). Thousands at risk from COVID-19 in 'dangerous' UK call centres. zcomm.org Labour and Lib Dems urge government to stop firms playing 'Russian roulette' with workers' lives — as 'harrowing stories' emerge from new research…

Binoy Kampmark (2020-05-05). Brutal Choices: Anders Tegnell and Sweden's Herd Immunity Goal. counterpunch.org If the title of epidemiological czar were to be created, its first occupant would have to be Sweden's Anders Tegnell. He has held sway in the face of sceptics and concern that his "herd immunity" approach to COVID-19 is a dangerous, and breathtakingly cavalier approach, to public health. Tegnell T-shirts featuring him as a medieval

en.mehrnews (2020-05-05). Talks underway between Iran, Turkey over reopening borders. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 05 (MNA) — Talks are underway between Islamic Republic of Iran and Turkey over the reopening of trade and business borders amid the outbreak of the coronavirus, COVID-19.

2020-05-05: Social Media Postees

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An interview with Karl Marx
John Swinton | peoplesworld.org | 2020-05-05
The following interview with Karl Marx, published in the New York Sun on Sept. 6, 1880, was written by John Swinton, printer, journalist, and editor, when he visited Europe. It first appeared in our pages as part of the May 5, 1940 edition of the Sunday Worker. Swinton's enthusiastic appreciation of Marx gives a vivid …
peoplesworld.org/article/an-interview-with-karl-marx/

WHO's Integrity Increasingly Questioned. Skepticism?
Peter Koenig | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-05
Russian NTV: Donald Trump refused to Fund WHO. There are more and more people in the world who are skeptical of the organization. Does this skepticism have any Foundation? | Peter Koenig: Yes, it is true, and yes it does. WHO's …
globalresearch.ca/who-integrity/5711795

Putin Didn't Disappear: Russia's Ongoing Decentralization Process
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-05
The Western Mainstream Media's aggressively propagated infowar narrative that President Putin "disappeared" and is "paralyzed" in the face of World War C is factually false because it ignores the Russian leader's regular video conferences with various officials that are widely …
globalresearch.ca/putin-didnt-disappear-he-delegating/5711837

Kim Jong-un accepts WWII medal awarded by Putin days after DEATH rumors spread by Western media
rt.com | 2020-05-05
He may have been reported dead last week by US/UK media, but today North Korean leader Kim Jong-un received a medal from President Putin for his contribution to perpetuating the memory of Soviet citizens buried in North Korea. | In 2019, the Kremlin announced the creation of a brand new award named '75 Years of Victory in the Great Patriotic War 1941-1945′, to be given to those chosen by the president. The award has already been presented to multiple people, many of whom are Russian veterans. | | © Russian Embassy in North Korea | According to the Facebook page of the Russian Embassy in North Korea, Kim…
rt.com/russia/487828-russia-award-kim-medal/

Kim Jong-un accepts WWII medal awarded by Putin days after DEATH rumors spread by Western media
rt.com | 2020-05-05
He may have been reported dead last week by US/UK media, but today North Korean leader Kim Jong-un received a medal from President Putin for his contribution to perpetuating the memory of Soviet citizens buried in North Korea. | In 2019, the Kremlin announced the creation of a brand new award named '75 Years of Victory in the Great Patriotic War 1941-1945′, to be given to those chosen by the president. The award has already been presented to multiple people, many of whom are Russian veterans. | | @ Russian Embassy in North Korea | According to the Facebook page of the Russian Embassy in North Korea, Kim was…
rt.com/russia/487828-russia-award-kim-medal/

Vienna's vice mayor takes heat after 'ASYLUM SEEKER VIRUS' reference
rt.com | 2020-05-05
The vice mayor of Vienna and high-ranking member of Austria's anti-immigration party faced accusations of racism after he blamed the rise in daily Covid-19 infections on the local migrant community. | "It is now clear… that the increasing coronavirus numbers in Vienna can only be attributed to asylum seekers," Vice Mayor Dominik Nepp said on Monday, after a recent testing campaign at migrants' quarters in the district of Erdberg revealed 26 new Covid…
rt.com/news/487790-coronavirus-vienna-fpo-migrants/

Russia waging 'HYBRID WAR' on Europe by protesting removal of Soviet liberator statue, claims Czech official who had it torn down
rt.com | 2020-05-05
A Prague official responsible for removing a statue of Marshal Konev urged Brussels to protect the EU against Moscow's "interference" and "hybrid war," playing the time-tested 'Russia scare' card that never fails to be effective. | Proving that a strong offense sometimes makes the best defense, head of Prague's District 6 Ondrej Kolar wrote an open letter to European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, according to Czech media. | Read m…
rt.com/news/487777-prague-konev-monument-hybrid-war/

Spain bans May Day protests on "public health" grounds while sending millions back to work
wsws.org | 2020-05-05
Spanish courts ruled that the COVID-19 danger outweighs basic democratic rights, but Madrid does not believe it outweighs workers' duty to produce profits for the capitalists.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/05/spai-m05.html

Over 2,000 doctors infected with COVID-19 in Ukraine amid growing protest by medical workers
wsws.org | 2020-05-05
Opposition grows among Ukrainian medical workers as they are left to combat the disease while lacking both essential equipment and funding.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/05/ukra-m05.html

UK officially surpasses Italy death toll as experts warn comparing countries is difficult
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-05-05
The UK has passed Italy as the country with the most Covid-19 deaths in Europe, new figures show

Another life-saving brigade travels to South Africa
Eds. | mronline.org | 2020-05-05
More than 1,450 men and women in white lab coats from Cuba's Henry Reeve Contingent have traveled to 22 nations in Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, Africa and the Middle East to battle the pandemic.
mronline.org/2020/05/05/another-life-saving-brigade-travels-to-south-africa/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=another-life-saving-brigade-travels-to-south-africa

The Global Political Project Imposed on the Occasion of Covid-19
Thierry Meyssan | thealtworld.com | 2020-05-05

| The inept reactions of European governments to Covid-19 were dictated by former advisers to Donald Rumsfeld and George W. Bush. Contrary to public rhetoric, they make no medical claims. Far from responding to the reality of the epidemic, they aim to transform European societies in order to integrate them into their political and financial project. | Regardless of whether the Covid-19 epidemic is natural or has been provoked, it offers an opportunity for a transnational group to suddenly impose its political project without discussion or even exposure. | Within a few weeks we have seen so-called democr…

The Global Political Project Imposed on the Occasion of Covid-19

Summer holidays CANCELED in France? Macron announces indefinite 'limit' on international travel due to Covid-19 pandemic
rt.com | 2020-05-05
President Emmanuel Macron has told French citizens that international travel will be restricted over the summer, dashing the hopes of those who were planning holiday getaways abroad. | The French leader said on Monday that "normal life" cannot resume until the coronavirus pandemic has ended, noting that summer plans will have to be modified accordingly. | "It is too soon to say whether we can take holidays. What I can say is that we will limit major international travel, even during the summer holidays. We will stay among Europeans and, depending on how the epidemic evolves, we might have to reduce that a litt…
rt.com/news/487821-france-macron-international-travel-limit/

Matt Hancock patronises A&E doctor just as UK sinks to worst death toll in Europe
Ed Sykes | thecanary.co | 2020-05-05
The UK currently has the highest coronavirus (Covid-19) death toll in Europe

L'UE, l'Otan, NewsGuard et le Réseau Voltaire
Thierry Meyssan | thealtworld.com | 2020-05-05
Le dispositif de propagande visant à étouffer toute voix dissidente a franchi un pas. Il ne s'agit plus simplement de les accuser de commettre des erreurs factuelles ou de mentir délibérément, mais de les présenter comme des traàÆtres à la solde d'une puissance étrangère. | Le Service européen pour l'action extérieure (European External Action Service) a créé en 2015 l'East StratCom Task Force, une unité chargée de lutter contre la désinformation des services secrets russes. Celle-ci édite un site internet, EUvsDisinfo.eu, et expédie chaque semaine des e-mails aux journalistes de l'Union afin qu'ils répercu…

L’UE, l’Otan, NewsGuard et le Réseau Voltaire

Brussels rules, Deutschland drools! EU claims Germany has no say on its money-printing policy
rt.com | 2020-05-05
As Germany's constitutional court ruled that the European Central Bank could have exceeded its powers with a massive quantitative easing (QE) effort, the EU was quick to note that European law trumps that of member states. | In Tuesday's ruling, the Federal Constitutional Court said that the German government failed to challenge the QE programme, launched in 2015 and reactivated last year. The judges in Karlsruhe also ruled that the stimulus scheme, known as the Public Sector Purchase Program (PSPP), did not respect the "principle of proportionality," signaling that the eurozone's central bank went too far wit…
rt.com/business/487805-german-court-ecb-bond-buying/

A new strain has come: Meet Spike D614G, the new & improved coronavirus
rt.com | 2020-05-05
Fears that the coronavirus would mutate into a more dangerous strain appear to have been borne out, as research has identified that a new, more contagious strain of SARS-CoV-2 has become the dominant form worldwide. | The new strain, which has been dubbed 'Spike D614G' has been proliferating in Europe since at least mid-February, and spread to become the dominant form during the month of March. It is far more contagious than the original strain which emerged from Wuhan, for reasons as yet unknown. | Wherever it emerged it became dominant very quickly, and in some countries it became the only common strain with…
rt.com/news/487849-coronavirus-mutating-contagious-strain/

Global automakers press ahead with reopening in midst of coronavirus pandemic
wsws.org | 2020-05-05
Auto production is already reopening in Europe, while the corporations are readying their supply chains in North America.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/05/auto-m05.html

Denmark buys unreliable antibody tests to enforce back-to-work amid COVID-19 pandemic
wsws.org | 2020-05-05
Social Democrat Prime Minister Mette Fredriksen said reopening schools is necessary so parents could get back to work and "get the economy going again."
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/05/denm-m05.html

The Coming New World Disorder
Mel Gurtov | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-05
After the demise of the Soviet Union and the US intervention that crushed Saddam Hussein's attack on Kuwait in 1991, President George H. W. Bush pronounced a new world order. His exuberance carried over into academia (Frances Fukuyama's "end of history") and conservative punditry (Charles Krauthammer's "unipolar moment"). The consensus among these American exceptionalists was…
counterpunch.org/2020/05/05/the-coming-new-world-disorder/

First murder hornets, now tiger mosquitos? Over half of France warned of dengue & Zika-transmitting insects just as lockdown lifts
rt.com | 2020-05-05
Almost 65 percent of France has been placed on red alert following another invasion by the aggressive tiger mosquito, a known carrier of dengue fever, chikungunya and the Zika virus, right before the country emerges from lockdown. | As the US braces for its own invasion by so-called 'murder hornets', a total of 57 of France's 101 departments have been placed on red alert as tiger mosquito hordes descend on the country

75 Years Ago: Nazi Germany Lies in Rubble and How the Wehrmacht's Ultimate Defeat Came About
Shane Quinn | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-05
Three-quarters of a century ago the Third Reich lay in ruins, its ruler Adolf Hitler dead, having shot himself in the right temple with his 7.65mm pistol on 30 April 1945. Hitler had refused to leave Berlin over previous days, …
globalresearch.ca/75-years-ago-nazi-germany-lies-rubble-wehrmachts-ultimate-defeat/5711813

Iran dispatches coronavirus test kits consignment to Germany
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-05
TEHRAN, May 05 (MNA)

Era of Nazism has gone over: IDO's head to German govt
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-05
TEHRAN, May 5 (MNA)

'Eaten' goes on screen at Stuttgart Intl. Filmfest
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-05
TEHRAN, May 05 (MNA)

Useless & invasive? UK's Covid-19 contact tracing app gets bad reviews after reportedly failing all performance tests
rt.com | 2020-05-05
Many Britons are scoffing at a government plan to roll out an NHS Covid-19 app to trace cases of the virus, describing the initiative as unnecessary and intrusive. The app received poor marks during initial trials. | The tracing app uses Bluetooth technology to register a "contact" when people come within six feet of each other. Those who later develop symptoms of coronavirus can inform the app, which then sends an alert to the people they've been in contact with.Similar apps have been adopted in countries such as Singapore and Germany. However, the idea has been met with considerable suspicion in Britain. | F…
rt.com/uk/487798-coronavirus-app-tracing-uk-privacy/

'Corona is under control': Bavaria lets residents go out & businesses reopen despite Covid-19 still blighting Germany
rt.com | 2020-05-05
Despite warnings the Covid-19 crisis isn't over, one of Germany's wealthiest states is set to open up, allowing people to go out for any reason and letting almost all businesses

Condition of refugee camps in Greece 'disgraceful'
yenisafak.com | 2020-05-05
"It is disgraceful that such conditions are accepted in the middle of Europe," Gerd Muller, minister for economic cooperation and development, said in an interview with German daily Rheinische Post."I have seen how 20,000 people were crammed in a camp planned for 3,000 people," Muller added.He said authorities should ensure rights and dignity of refugees in these camps."Evacuating children from these camps do not solve the problem," Muller said, referring to evacuation of unaccompanied refugee children from camps in Greece to Germany.Germany brought 47 refugee children to the country last month as part of an agre…
yenisafak.com/en/world/condition-of-refugee-camps-in-greece-disgraceful-3518703

Italy to offer permits to illegal migrants for farm work in pandemic crisis
yenisafak.com | 2020-05-05
Italy plans to give work permits to thousands of irregular migrants to help farms deal with the Covid-19 epidemic that has cut the flow of cheap labour from abroad, a political source said on Tuesday.The politically sensitive move, earlier reported in Italian media, was immediately attacked by right-wing opposition leader Matteo Salvini, whose League party has founded its success on a strong anti-migrant platform.Agriculture lobbies have warned Italy will have to throw away huge amounts of fruit and vegetables because there is nobody to pick them, worsening the effects of a shutdown costing the food sector 7 bill…
yenisafak.com/en/world/italy-to-offer-permits-to-illegal-migrants-for-farm-work-in-pandemic-crisis-3518701

Turkey urges powers supporting Haftar to rethink
yenisafak.com | 2020-05-05
Turkey on Tuesday called on all powers supporting Libyan warlord Khalifa Haftar to "rethink their position and invest" in the Libyan government."Thanks to Turkey's support for the legitimate government of Libya, the destabilizing and illegitimate Haftar forces are losing ground in Libya. All those powers supporting Haftar must rethink their position and invest in the legitimate government for peace and stability," Fahrettin Altun, Turkey's communications director, said on Twitter.Under the guidance of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Altun said Turkey is "a capable country that can pursue terrorists in Sy…
yenisafak.com/en/news/turkey-urges-powers-supporting-haftar-to-rethink-3518692

We should never forget Bobby Sands, nor the brutality of the Thatcher government in Ireland
Peter Bolton | thecanary.co | 2020-05-05
Today marks the 39th anniversary of the death of Bobby Sands inside the H-blocks of Long Kesh internment camp. On 5 May 1981, Sands laid down his life for his and his comrades' right for recognition as political prisoners. On this day, we should remember the sacrifice he made for the cause of Irish freedom. But his struggle does not just provide an example that all anti-imperialists should follow. It also serve…
thecanary.co/opinion/2020/05/05/we-should-never-forget-bobby-sands-nor-the-brutality-of-the-thatcher-government-in-ireland/

New report models Italy's potential exit strategy from COVID-19 lockdown
imperial.ac.uk | 2020-05-05
Imperial researchers have analysed the likely impact of easing lockdown measures in Italy and the impact on transmission of coronavirus.
imperial.ac.uk/news/189351/new-report-models-italys-potential-exit

EU loses $27BN in corporate tax a year to UK, Switzerland, Luxembourg and Netherlands
graham | truepublica.org.uk | 2020-05-05
EU member states are losing over $17 billion in corporate tax a year from US firms abusing the law to shift their profits into the UK, Switzerland and Luxembourg, where corporate tax rates in practice range from 10 per cent to 0.8 per cent. The $17 billion annual corporate tax loss is in addition to …
truepublica.org.uk/united-kingdom/eu-loses-27bn-in-corporate-tax-a-year-to-uk-switzerland-luxembourg-and-netherlands/

Social Distancing With Tear Gas and Walls: the "Racist, Hateful, And Life-Threatening Campaign" Unleashed Against The Romani With Covid-19
RAIN | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-05
She was 37 years old. Her name was not reported. We will never know the name of her baby. For three days after her waters broke, she appealed multiple times for attention at Ohrid General Hospital in North Macedonia. Every visit ended the same way, with her being denied treatment. Her friend, who drove her…
counterpunch.org/2020/05/05/social-distancing-with-tear-gas-and-walls-the-racist-hateful-and-life-threatening-campaign-unleashed-against-the-romani-with-covid-19/

Mayo Clinic expert talks social distancing
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org | 2020-05-05
The need for?social distancing?will continue into the summer as an important public health tool to reduce the spread of?COVID-19. ?Dr. Gregory Poland, an infectious diseases specialist at Mayo Clinic acknowledges the hardships of public safety measures and says they are important. "The nature of social distancing, isolating ourselves, and shelter-in-place has been tremendous hardships from …
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org/discussion/mayo-clinic-expert-talks-social-distancing/

One year on, pilot of fatal Aeroflot Flight 1492 rejects all blame for deaths of 41 people
rt.com | 2020-05-05
It's a year to the day since Aeroflot Flight 1492 burst into flames upon landing at Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport, taking the lives of 41 people. Now facing prosecution and jail time, the plane's pilot wants to clear his name. | Speaking to Russian news outlet Lenta, pilot Denis Evdokimov explained his version of events. According to Evdokimov, the fault lies with the airplane's non-compliance with standards of airworthiness, and he rejects all personal blame. | On May 5, 2019, a Sukhoi Superjet 100 plane operating Aeroflot Flight 1492 was gaining altitude when it was hit by lightning. As a result, the plane s…
rt.com/russia/487837-aeroflot-pilot-rejects-blame-catastrophe/

'This is NOT a filter': Russian swimming champ Efimova takes late-night dip in incredible bioluminescent ocean (VIDEO)
rt.com | 2020-05-05
Six-time world champion Yuliya Efimova has given fans another glimpse into her idyllic lifestyle during quarantine by joining friends for a twilight boat party and night swim in bioluminescent waters near her base in California. | Having demonstrated her breaststroke technique from her Los Angeles kitchen table and shown off her outdoor swimming pool in previous videos, the two-time silver medalist at the 2016 Olympic Games went a step further in her latest clip, setting off by boat to explore the bioluminescent waters of the surrounding coast. | Joined by fellow swimmers Alena Rumiantceva and Lisa Bazarova, E…
rt.com/sport/487830-yuliya-efimova-instagram-california/

'I will beat you': Seven-year-old blasts 'WEAK' Arshavin after ex-Russia star accuses Olympic champ of forcing child into videos
rt.com | 2020-05-05
A bizarre row has broken out between Evgeni Plushenko's son and Andrey Arshavin after the Russia legend accused the figure-skating champion and his wife of forcing the infant to perform in a series of "painful" Instagram videos. | Two-time Olympic champion Plushenko and his wife, producer and TV personality Yana Rudkovskaya, have been prolific makers of videos with their son, Alexander, in the family's opulent home. | While Russia has been in lockdown under health guidelines aimed at stopping the spread of the Covid-19 outbreak, the seven-year-old known as Sasha has joined his parents indoors to test gym equip…
rt.com/sport/487840-plushenko-rudkovskaya-son-arshavin/

Russia's lead spacecraft designer & architect of ISS modules dies due to Covid-19
rt.com | 2020-05-05
Yevgeny Mikrin, a top scientist behind Russia's manned spaceflight program and a contributor to the International Space Station designs, succumbed to the coronavirus in a Moscow hospital, the Academy of Sciences said. | Mikrin, who was due to turn 65 this year, has passed away "in the prime of life," President of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) Alexander Sergeev told the media on Tuesday, calling him an "outstanding scholar" and "a very bright man." | The scientist, who served as a chief designer for Russia's famed corporation Energia

A new song or same old tune? Memo warns of Russian 'plot' to influence 2020 vote by 'secretly advising' candidates
rt.com | 2020-05-05
An internal American intelligence memo reportedly warns of a sinister Russian plot in the making to meddle in the upcoming US presidential election, including by directly advising the candidates and their campaigns. | Cobbled together by 'cyber experts' at the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the FBI in February, the memo effectively regurgitates the old Russiagate narrative, which quietly fizzled out after a special counsel probe led by Robert Mueller failed to find any proof of conspiracy or collusion between President Donald Trump and Russia. Excerpts from the document

Thousands at risk from COVID-19 in 'dangerous' UK call centres
Adam Ramsay | zcomm.org | 2020-05-05
Labour and Lib Dems urge government to stop firms playing 'Russian roulette' with workers' lives

Why Keep On Confronting?
Andrey Areshev | strategic-culture.org | 2020-05-05
On April 25 the White House published a heartening and most welcome "Joint Statement by President Donald J. Trump and President Vladimir Putin of Russia" to mark "the 75th Anniversary of the historic meeting between American and Soviet troops, who shook hands on the damaged bridge over the Elbe River. This event heralded the decisive defeat of the Nazi regime." Some of us considered this a most positive step in relations between the cou…
strategic-culture.org/news/2020/05/05/why-keep-on-confronting/

Russian Embassy ridicules Pulitzer Board for awarding prize to NYT's 'undiluted fabrications'
rt.com | 2020-05-05
The New York Times' staff have won a prestigious Pulitzer Prize for "exposing the predations of Vladimir Putin's regime." Russia, however, says the paper made it up. | The Pulitzer Prize Board loves a good yarn about Russia, and the New York Times certainly feeds their appetite. 2017 saw the paper score an award for reporting on the Kremlin's online "troll army;" while 2018 saw it honored for reporting on Russia's "interference in the 2016 presidential election and its connections to the Trump campaign"

Slovenia's Official Antibodies Study Implies COVID Infection Fatality Rate Just 0.15%, Comparable to Seasonal Influenza
Marko Marjanović | anti-empire.com | 2020-05-05
The full findings of Slovenia's official covid antibodies study will be released later today (after which we'll update this article), but for now the country's Health Minister Toma≈æ Gantar has already revealed this key information: "With 95-percent confidence we can say that antibodies are present in between two and four percent." | Slovenia is a country of 2.08 million people and has recorded 97 covid-positive deaths. If between 2 and 4 percent of 2.08 million were infected that mean…
anti-empire.com/slovenias-official-antibodies-study-implies-covid-infection-fatality-rate-just-0-15-comparable-to-seasonal-influenza/

Brutal Choices: Anders Tegnell and Sweden's Herd Immunity Goal
Binoy Kampmark | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-05
If the title of epidemiological czar were to be created, its first occupant would have to be Sweden's Anders Tegnell. He has held sway in the face of sceptics and concern that his "herd immunity" approach to COVID-19 is a dangerous, and breathtakingly cavalier approach, to public health. Tegnell T-shirts featuring him as a medieval…
counterpunch.org/2020/05/05/brutal-choices-anders-tegnell-and-swedens-herd-immunity-goal/

Bone-breaking cart crashes & black widow spider bites: Swedish golfer Daniela Holmqvist opens up on horrific injury agony
rt.com | 2020-05-05
Sweden's Daniela Holmqvist has discussed playing through the pain after a buggy she was traveling in flipped and smashed into a wall, causing severe injury – although Holmqvist already boasts a reputation as a tough cookie. | Golf may not seem the most demanding of sports at first glance but there's no denying Holmqvist is made of pretty strong stuff. | The 32-year-old from Sweden has suffered with constant pain since a bad accident in 2018 left her needing several injections in her back in order to play. | Holmqvist was in China competing on the tour when a golf cart she was riding in flipped backwards and lo…
rt.com/sport/487843-daniela-holmqvist-buggy-crash-black-widow/

Talks underway between Iran, Turkey over reopening borders
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-05
TEHRAN, May 05 (MNA)

Irish FM warns of 'crisis point' ahead if trade talks between UK & EU don't advance soon
rt.com | 2020-05-05
Progress on Brexit trade talks between the European Union and Britain has "not been good" and another "crisis point" could be reached within weeks if there is no improvement, Ireland's Foreign Minister Simon Coveney has said. | Speaking to RTE Radio 1 on Tuesday, Coveney, who is also Ireland's deputy PM, said "time is short" and there's still "an awful lot to do" before the Brexit transition period ends on December 31. | "Progress has not been good in the couple of rounds of negotiations we've had," Coveney said, adding that "of course there have been huge distractions for everybody in the context of Covid-19.
rt.com/uk/487818-coveney-brexit-talks-crisis-uk/

Ireland Expects 'Yet Another Crisis Point' in Brexit Talks if No Progress Reached Soon
sputniknews.com | 2020-05-05
In late-April, UK's Foreign Minister Dominic Raab stated that Britain and the European Union should get a trade deal done by the end of the year to end any additional uncertainty.
sputniknews.com/europe/202005051079200000-ireland-expects-yet-another-crisis-point-in-brexit-talks-if-no-progress-reached-soon/

Former Swedish PM Warns of Power Struggle Amid COVID-19 Crisis, Touts Globalism as Solution
sputniknews.com | 2020-05-05
With most of the world on lockdown amid the novel coronavirus pandemic, there has been a lot of debate on whether closed borders, travel restrictions and self-reliance will spell the end of globalisation as we know it.
sputniknews.com/europe/202005051079199490-former-swedish-pm-warns-of-power-struggle-amid-covid-19-crisis-touts-globalism-as-solution/