2020-10-20: News Headlines

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2020-10-20). America's "Corona 2020 Great Depression": US Federal Budget Deficit Hits $3.1 Trillion. globalresearch.ca On March 11, the governments of 193 member states were ordered to close down their national economies as a means to combating V-The Virus. | Corporate bankruptcies, mass unemployment and poverty: The closure of the planet's real economy has triggered a …

RT (2020-10-20). Democrats fail to block Amy Coney Barrett's Supreme Court nomination as proposal to SHUT DOWN Senate falls through. rt.com Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer tried to adjourn the Senate until after the election, in order to stop the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the US Supreme Court. A Covid-19 relief bill remains nowhere in sight. | "I am forcing a vote tonight to adjourn the Senate until after the November election," Schumer (D-New York) tweeted on Monday, claiming the Republicans are "using an illegitimate process to jam through a Supreme Court nominee to rip away health care from millions." | | I am forcing a vote tonight to adjourn the Sena…

Kairos Center, PPC, and partners (2020-10-20). Saturday 10/24: Moral Policy in a Time of Crisis: Poverty & Policy Solutions Virtual Conference (Day 2). indybay.org Online/virtual conference (FREE)…

Kairos Center, PPC, and partners (2020-10-20). Friday 10/23: Moral Policy in a Time of Crisis: Poverty & Policy Solutions Virtual Conference (Day 1). indybay.org Online/virtual conference (FREE)…

_____ (2020-10-20). Instability, Poverty and Nuclear Weapons. strategic-culture.org The President of the United States has the power to fire off thousands of nuclear weapons and destroy the world. As succinctly This is the Trump who contracted the Covid 19 virus and on October 2 was tak…

WSWS (2020-10-19). Two US Park Police officers charged in 2017 killing of Virginia motorist Bijan Ghaisar. wsws.org Virginia Commonwealth attorneys charged United States Park Police officers Lucas Vinyard and Alejandro Amaya in the fatal shooting.

news.un (2020-10-19). 'Biocups', electric motorcycle taxis and recycling 500 billion bottles for a sustainable Thailand: a UN Resident Coordinator blog. news.un.org The private sector in Thailand has a key role to play in helping the south-east Asian country to reach poverty reduction and sustainable development goals agreed by the international community. In this blog, Gita Sabharwal, the UN Resident Coordinator in Thailand and the Chairperson of the UN Global Compact Network Thailand, Suphachai Chearavanont, explain how, despite the global COVID-19 pandemic, progress is being made towards the goals.

David Vine (2020-10-19). The US Chose Endless War Over Pandemic Preparedness. Now We See the Effects. zcomm.org While other wealthy nations have built social welfare states, U.S. politicians and elites have invested in a state dedicated above all to waging war and to preparations for waging war.

yenisafak (2020-10-19). ILO urges social spending against growing poverty. yenisafak.com The International Labour Organization (ILO) on Monday urged sustained social spending and other changes to counter the economic fallout caused by the novel coronavirus pandemic.ILO chief Guy Ryder made his recommendations on behalf of the global body representing workers, employers and governments to the annual meetings of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF)."The world economy needs to find a new, or at least supplemental engine of economic recovery," said Ryder underlining that countries must respond to the dangers of growing poverty, joblessness and inequality.He argued that the pandemic ha…

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2020-10-19). Goldman Sachs: Benefits of 'Blue Wave' and $2.5 Trillion Stimulus Outweigh Wall Street Concerns Over Tax Hike on the Rich. commondreams.org "As right-wing hacks predict economic disaster if Biden wins, worth pointing out that private-sector analysts are remarkably bullish." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/biden_harris.jpg

RT (2020-10-18). Pelosi gives White House 48-hour deadline to agree on Covid-19 stimulus, or postpone it until after election. rt.com After giving a deadline to the Trump administration to reach an agreement for a Covid-19 stimulus plan, Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-California) slammed officials for wording changes she says are "unacceptable." | In a "The White House had assured Democrats that they would accept our lan…

Tina Landis (2020-10-18). Remote work aids climate protection, fuels inequality under capitalism. liberationnews.org By the author of Climate Solutions Beyond Capitalism.

Kathleen Foster (2020-10-18). Being Essential: A Life and Death Struggle. zcomm.org Essential workers are trapped in a social and economic system where they work full-time yet live in poverty, and where, in our current pandemic, as in all times of crisis, race and class determine who lives and who dies…

Steve Topple (2020-10-18). Labour's support for Rashford is a sham. Here's why. thecanary.co If there's a bandwagon to be jumped on, you can be sure that Keir Starmer's Labour Party will be first in the queue. But its support for footballer Marcus Rashford's campaign over free school meals is actually a sham. | Marcus Rashford: | Rashford has become a prominent anti-poverty campaigner. Most recently, he "Expand free school meals to all under-16s where a parent or guardian is in receipt of Universal Credit or…

The Canary (2020-10-17). Marcus Rashford petition to end child poverty surpasses 250,000 signatures. thecanary.co Marcus Rashford's petition urging the government to act to end child poverty has surpassed 250,000 signatures, just two days after it was launched.The parliamentary petition calls for food to be provided during all holidays and for free school meals to be expanded to all households on Universal Credit. By 1.30pm on Saturday 17 October,

Bob Lord (2020-10-17). Inequality in America: Far Beyond Extreme. zcomm.org The maldistribution of America's income and wealth has reached levels that our conventional economic stats have trouble revealing…

Staff (2020-10-17). Billionaires Now Collectively Hold a Record-Breaking $10 Trillion in Wealth. truthout.org Billionaire wealth increased to $10.2 trillion through the end of July, setting a new record amid the coronavirus pandemic even as millions of unemployed people fall into poverty. | Wealth held by billionaires around the world rose to $10.2 trillion in July, up from the previous record of $8.9 trillion in 2017, according to an The number of billionaire…

yenisafak (2020-10-17). Russia receives renewed approval for COVID-19 vaccine trials in India. yenisafak.com The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) and Dr Reddy's Laboratories Ltd have received renewed approval to conduct late-stage clinical trials in India of the Russian COVID-19 vaccine, the sovereign wealth fund said on Saturday.Large-scale trials of the Sputnik V vaccine in India were first announced and then knocked back by Indian regulators, who said the scale of Phase I and II trials conducted in Russia earlier this year was too small, requesting that they be repeated.Following a new agreement, India will now carry out an adaptive phase II and III human clinical trial involving 1,500 participants, RDIF, which…

Stephen Lendman (2020-10-16). 30 Straight Weeks: Over One Million Jobless US Workers Apply for UI. globalresearch.ca What's happening in the US — with no significant relief in prospect — is unparalleled in the the nation's history. | Unemployment, growing poverty, food insecurity, and overall deprivation are growing, not easing — while politicians in Washington prioritize war-making and …

WSWS (2020-10-16). Trump administration tipped off wealthy investors about coronavirus while it downplayed threat in public. wsws.org The revelations reveal the overriding concern of the US government was the protection of the financial aristocracy at the expense of the health and safety of the population.

Gerald E. Scorse (2020-10-16). Democrats Could Revive a Reagan Tax Reform. dissidentvoice.org Conservatives have every reason to love Ronald Reagan. He cut taxes hugely on high incomes. Once a union leader, he became a ruthless union-buster. He warred endlessly against welfare. But the darling of the Right made one sharp Left. His landmark Tax Reform Act of 1986 called for equal taxes on income from wealth and …

WSWS (2020-10-16). Nearly 900,000 new jobless claims in US as benefit cutoffs lead to spike in poverty. wsws.org New unemployment claims reached 898,000 last week as researchers report that the cutoff of federal supplemental unemployment benefits has fueled a surge in poverty.

Fight Back (2020-10-16). Unemployment insurance claims up more than 50,000 in one week. fightbacknews.org San José, CA – On Thursday, October 15, the U.S. Department of Labor reported the biggest one week increase in new claims for unemployment insurance since late July. The latest report for the week ending October 10 saw 898,000 new claims for regular state unemployment insurance, up 53,000 from the week before. | The broadest measure of unemployment insurance – which includes those actually being paid under the regular state UI, the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, the state Extended Benefits and the federal Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) – fell by 215,000 for the week ending Septembe…

Kenny Stancil, staff writer (2020-10-16). Trump Advisers Privately Warned GOP Donors About Covid-19 in February While Telling Public Virus Was 'Very Much Under Control'. commondreams.org "Apparently, if Americans want to hear the full truth from the Trump administration about the severity of Covid-19, they need to be wealthy and well-connected donors." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/kudlow_1.jpg

2020-10-19: News Headlines

WSWS (2020-10-19). Two US Park Police officers charged in 2017 killing of Virginia motorist Bijan Ghaisar. wsws.org Virginia Commonwealth attorneys charged United States Park Police officers Lucas Vinyard and Alejandro Amaya in the fatal shooting.

news.un (2020-10-19). 'Biocups', electric motorcycle taxis and recycling 500 billion bottles for a sustainable Thailand: a UN Resident Coordinator blog. news.un.org The private sector in Thailand has a key role to play in helping the south-east Asian country to reach poverty reduction and sustainable development goals agreed by the international community. In this blog, Gita Sabharwal, the UN Resident Coordinator in Thailand and the Chairperson of the UN Global Compact Network Thailand, Suphachai Chearavanont, explain how, despite the global COVID-19 pandemic, progress is being made towards the goals.

David Vine (2020-10-19). The US Chose Endless War Over Pandemic Preparedness. Now We See the Effects. zcomm.org While other wealthy nations have built social welfare states, U.S. politicians and elites have invested in a state dedicated above all to waging war and to preparations for waging war.

Elise Gould (2020-10-19). Young Workers Hit Hard by the COVID-19 Economy. zcomm.org Workers ages 16—24 face high unemployment and an uncertain future…

yenisafak (2020-10-19). ILO urges social spending against growing poverty. yenisafak.com The International Labour Organization (ILO) on Monday urged sustained social spending and other changes to counter the economic fallout caused by the novel coronavirus pandemic.ILO chief Guy Ryder made his recommendations on behalf of the global body representing workers, employers and governments to the annual meetings of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF)."The world economy needs to find a new, or at least supplemental engine of economic recovery," said Ryder underlining that countries must respond to the dangers of growing poverty, joblessness and inequality.He argued that the pandemic ha…

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2020-10-19). Goldman Sachs: Benefits of 'Blue Wave' and $2.5 Trillion Stimulus Outweigh Wall Street Concerns Over Tax Hike on the Rich. commondreams.org "As right-wing hacks predict economic disaster if Biden wins, worth pointing out that private-sector analysts are remarkably bullish." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/biden_harris.jpg

RT (2020-10-18). Pelosi gives White House 48-hour deadline to agree on Covid-19 stimulus, or postpone it until after election. rt.com After giving a deadline to the Trump administration to reach an agreement for a Covid-19 stimulus plan, Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-California) slammed officials for wording changes she says are "unacceptable." | In a "The White House had assured Democrats that they would accept our lan…

Tina Landis (2020-10-18). Remote work aids climate protection, fuels inequality under capitalism. liberationnews.org By the author of Climate Solutions Beyond Capitalism.

Kathleen Foster (2020-10-18). Being Essential: A Life and Death Struggle. zcomm.org Essential workers are trapped in a social and economic system where they work full-time yet live in poverty, and where, in our current pandemic, as in all times of crisis, race and class determine who lives and who dies…

Steve Topple (2020-10-18). Labour's support for Rashford is a sham. Here's why. thecanary.co If there's a bandwagon to be jumped on, you can be sure that Keir Starmer's Labour Party will be first in the queue. But its support for footballer Marcus Rashford's campaign over free school meals is actually a sham. | Marcus Rashford: | Rashford has become a prominent anti-poverty campaigner. Most recently, he "Expand free school meals to all under-16s where a parent or guardian is in receipt of Universal Credit or…

The Canary (2020-10-17). Marcus Rashford petition to end child poverty surpasses 250,000 signatures. thecanary.co Marcus Rashford's petition urging the government to act to end child poverty has surpassed 250,000 signatures, just two days after it was launched.The parliamentary petition calls for food to be provided during all holidays and for free school meals to be expanded to all households on Universal Credit. By 1.30pm on Saturday 17 October,

Bob Lord (2020-10-17). Inequality in America: Far Beyond Extreme. zcomm.org The maldistribution of America's income and wealth has reached levels that our conventional economic stats have trouble revealing…

Staff (2020-10-17). Billionaires Now Collectively Hold a Record-Breaking $10 Trillion in Wealth. truthout.org Billionaire wealth increased to $10.2 trillion through the end of July, setting a new record amid the coronavirus pandemic even as millions of unemployed people fall into poverty. | Wealth held by billionaires around the world rose to $10.2 trillion in July, up from the previous record of $8.9 trillion in 2017, according to an The number of billionaire…

yenisafak (2020-10-17). Russia receives renewed approval for COVID-19 vaccine trials in India. yenisafak.com The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) and Dr Reddy's Laboratories Ltd have received renewed approval to conduct late-stage clinical trials in India of the Russian COVID-19 vaccine, the sovereign wealth fund said on Saturday.Large-scale trials of the Sputnik V vaccine in India were first announced and then knocked back by Indian regulators, who said the scale of Phase I and II trials conducted in Russia earlier this year was too small, requesting that they be repeated.Following a new agreement, India will now carry out an adaptive phase II and III human clinical trial involving 1,500 participants, RDIF, which…

Stephen Lendman (2020-10-16). 30 Straight Weeks: Over One Million Jobless US Workers Apply for UI. globalresearch.ca What's happening in the US — with no significant relief in prospect — is unparalleled in the the nation's history. | Unemployment, growing poverty, food insecurity, and overall deprivation are growing, not easing — while politicians in Washington prioritize war-making and …

Fight Back (2020-10-16). Unemployment insurance claims up more than 50,000 in one week. fightbacknews.org San José, CA – On Thursday, October 15, the U.S. Department of Labor reported the biggest one week increase in new claims for unemployment insurance since late July. The latest report for the week ending October 10 saw 898,000 new claims for regular state unemployment insurance, up 53,000 from the week before. | The broadest measure of unemployment insurance – which includes those actually being paid under the regular state UI, the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, the state Extended Benefits and the federal Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) – fell by 215,000 for the week ending Septembe…

Gerald E. Scorse (2020-10-16). Democrats Could Revive a Reagan Tax Reform. dissidentvoice.org Conservatives have every reason to love Ronald Reagan. He cut taxes hugely on high incomes. Once a union leader, he became a ruthless union-buster. He warred endlessly against welfare. But the darling of the Right made one sharp Left. His landmark Tax Reform Act of 1986 called for equal taxes on income from wealth and …

WSWS (2020-10-16). Nearly 900,000 new jobless claims in US as benefit cutoffs lead to spike in poverty. wsws.org New unemployment claims reached 898,000 last week as researchers report that the cutoff of federal supplemental unemployment benefits has fueled a surge in poverty.

WSWS (2020-10-16). Trump administration tipped off wealthy investors about coronavirus while it downplayed threat in public. wsws.org The revelations reveal the overriding concern of the US government was the protection of the financial aristocracy at the expense of the health and safety of the population.

_____ (2020-10-16). Activists Mobilize To Help Incarcerated People Get Stimulus Checks. popularresistance.org For months incarcerated people and their families heard conflicting messages about whether they were eligible to receive the pandemic stimulus payments provided by Congress as the Trump administration attempted to block prisoners from receiving their checks. Last week a federal judge slammed the administration with an order to provide the stimulus relief, and now advocates across the country are working to ensure low-income people caged in state and federal prisons can apply for the much-needed federal aid as deadlines loom.

Kenny Stancil, staff writer (2020-10-16). Trump Advisers Privately Warned GOP Donors About Covid-19 in February While Telling Public Virus Was 'Very Much Under Control'. commondreams.org "Apparently, if Americans want to hear the full truth from the Trump administration about the severity of Covid-19, they need to be wealthy and well-connected donors." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/kudlow_1.jpg

Anna Pha (2020-10-15). Using pandemic, Australian government cuts taxes on the rich with 'bosses' budget'. peoplesworld.org CANBERRA—Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison's "big-spend" budget is noteworthy, not for its economic stimulus, but for its failure to direct expenditure to where it is most needed and would most benefit the economy. Nor are its tax cuts directed to where they are most likely to be spent and stimulate the economy. Instead, the budget …

WSWS (2020-10-15). Video recordings reveal Republican strategy to suppress the vote in US election. wsws.org The Council for National Policy, a secret society of ultra-wealthy conservative activists, media and business moguls is closely linked to the Republican Party and Donald Trump.

Matt Sedlar (2020-10-15). Ecuador's New Loan Program: A Tale of Two IMFs. cepr.net OpenDemocracy See article on original site In her speech opening this year's Annual World Meetings, IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva warned of the dangers of an uneven recovery and increasing inequality and talked of the need for an inclusive recovery. Otherwise, Georgieva warned, we are at risk of recreating the dystopian world of Charles's Dickens …

WSWS (2020-10-15). Australian health union leader pleads guilty to corruption. wsws.org While they were imposing poverty-level wages and dire conditions on the workers they falsely claim to represent, several Health Services Union were looting the organisation's treasury for their own purposes.

Julia Conley, staff writer (2020-10-15). As Trump and GOP Refuse Aid Package, Studies Show 8 Million Forced Into Poverty Since McConnell Let Relief Expire. commondreams.org The authors of two separate poverty studies out of three top universities said Thursday that their findings make the unmistakable case for more federal economic aid for families struggling to make ends meet during the coronavirus pandemic. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/gettyimages-1280008233_1.jpg