2020-09-26: News Headlines

news.un (2020-09-26). FROM THE FIELD: COVID-19's 'deadly layer of complexity' depicted in photos. news.un.org The fall-out from the COVID-19 pandemic is adding a "deadly layer of complexity" to the global challenge of preventing more people from falling into poverty, a view articulated in a photographic exhibition sponsored by the UN Development Programme (UNDP).

Sam Pizzigati (2020-09-26). Let's Start Debating What Dooms Democracy: Concentrated Wealth. zcomm.org Why we need to shove inequality onto America's political center stage…

Stephen Lendman (2020-09-25). Mounting Unemployment in America: Over One Million UI Claims for 27 Straight Weeks, Unprecedented US Economic Collapse. globalresearch.ca Nothing remotely like what's gone on since January ever happened before in the US. | For the 27th straight week, over one million working-age Americans filed claims for unemployment insurance (UI). | Numbers for the past week include 870,000 who applied for …

WSWS (2020-09-25). Social distress mounts in the US as new weekly jobless claims rise to 870,000. wsws.org The number of active unemployment claims, 24.1 million in total, far surpasses anything seen during the Great Recession of 2008-2009.

teleSUR (2020-09-25). Peru: More Than 6 Million Unemployed Due To COVID-19 Pandemic. telesurenglish.net Over 6 million people are jobless in Peru because of the COVID-19 pandemic as the unemployment rate stands at 8 percent, the Labor Minister Javier Palacios reported on Thursday. | RELATED: | "The immobility has affected many sectors that have been prevented from going out to work. There are 6 million people who work independently in the country, and there is a group that could not go out to look for work, and that is a variable t…

WSWS (2020-09-25). Fed officials push for new corporate stimulus package. wsws.org Fed chair Jerome Powell said that while there had been some recovery, employment and overall activity remained well below pre-pandemic levels, and the future was "highly uncertain."

Fight Back (2020-09-25). Layoffs continue as economic crisis drags on. fightbacknews.org San José, CA – The latest weekly report on new applications for regular state unemployment insurance showed an unexpected increase in new claims. The Department of Labor, on Thursday, September 24, said that there were 870,000 people who filed for state unemployment benefits in the week ending September 19, up slightly from 866,000 the week before. However, most economists expected a sizable drop to 850,000. | While the weekly reports are far below the weekly reports of late March and early April which topped 6 million, it is still above the highest number before the current recession and shows that the layoffs a…

WSWS (2020-09-25). Study finds 90 percent of Americans would make 67 percent more without last four decades of increasing income inequality. wsws.org The study from the RAND Corporation provides new data on the incredible shift of income from the bottom 90 percent of the population to the top 10 percent.

yenisafak (2020-09-25). Iran, Russia discussing joint production of COVID-19 vaccine. yenisafak.com Iran and Russia's sovereign wealth fund RDIF are discussing the joint production of a vaccine against COVID-19, Russian news agencies cited the Iranian ambassador to Moscow as saying on Friday."We are holding talks, I spoke with the head of RDIF Kirill Dmitriev, our officials have held several rounds of consultations and we announced that we will co-operate," Ambassador to Moscow Kazem Jalali was cited as saying.Thus far, Russia has struck a manufacturing partnership deal with India, which is due to produce 300 million doses of the 'Sputnik-V' vaccine domestically. It is also discussing such partnerships with sev…

Mark Gruenberg (2020-09-24). Millions kicked off unemployment, but Senate Republicans still won't renew $600. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—Some 3.72 million people lost their jobless benefits at the end of August, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on Sept. 24. And even though those jobless workers were thrown off the aid rolls, millions still remain. Through the end of August, more than 26 million workers received state-funded benefits, federally-funded benefits, or benefits from …

WSWS (2020-09-24). Japan's Democrats merge to launch new, right-wing opposition party. wsws.org The Democrats have carried out their merger in an attempt to block an explosion of social anger over rising economic inequality and the ruling elite's drive to war.

Prof. Anthony J. Hall (2020-09-24). The Perversion of Science to Clear the Way for the Imposition of Compulsory Vaccines. globalresearch.ca The quest to claim the prestige of science is one of the major themes accompanying the rush of the rich and powerful to seize more wealth and political clout during the so-called "great reset" presently underway. Much controversy has surrounded …

WSWS (2020-09-24). Huge tax cuts for the wealthy trigger nervousness in Australian ruling elite. wsws.org The October 6 budget will give a dual-income household on $400,000 an annual tax cut of $23,280, while millions of people will have their JobKeeper and JobSeeker payments slashed.

Samantha Waxman (2020-09-24). States Should Tax Wealth to Respond to COVID-19. commondreams.org Wealth inequality is already high and, much like high-wage jobs, several sources of wealth have been spared the worst of the pandemic's economic damage. (Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/frontline_coronavirus_0.jpg

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2020-09-24). 'Anti-Poverty Programs: They Work!' Experts Declare After Fed Survey Reveals Benefits of Covid-19 Relief. commondreams.org "We know how to reduce inequality and combat poverty. The tools are there and the evidence backs it up." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/jobs_trump_relief_1.jpg

RT (2020-09-23). Pentagon slammed for turning $1 billion 'coronavirus fund' into more military-industrial pork — but what did Congress expect? rt.com The Pentagon has defended its decision to repurpose Covid-19 preparedness funds — meant for pandemic response — to prop up weapons contractors as House Democrats slammed its double-dipping. | While the Department of Defense received $1 billion in March's CARES Act stimulus bill specifically to "prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus," it ultimately diverted most of the windfall to defense contractors, the Washington Post revealed on Tuesday. | The pandemic response fund, created under the aegis of the Defense Production Act, was supposed to be used to produce N95 masks, gloves, and other…

WSWS (2020-09-23). UNICEF condemns New Zealand's child poverty as inequality grows. wsws.org Jacinda Ardern's Labour Party-led government has refused to address child poverty as the country heads into an unprecedented social and economic crisis.

Climate Reality Project & Commonwealth Club (2020-09-23). Thursday 10/1: Climate Justice in San Francisco: Racism, Radioactive & Toxic Waste, and Rising Oceans. indybay.org Online (FREE)…

_____ (2020-09-23). VIDEO: The Creeping Socialism Republicans Cannot Understand. strategic-culture.org Republicans have double standards when it comes to "Socialism" they are apt to point out the poverty of nations like Venezuela and Cuba but neglect to mention that it was the West who put them under further sanctions. Watch the video and read more in the

2020-09-25: News Headlines

yenisafak (2020-09-25). Iran, Russia discussing joint production of COVID-19 vaccine. yenisafak.com Iran and Russia's sovereign wealth fund RDIF are discussing the joint production of a vaccine against COVID-19, Russian news agencies cited the Iranian ambassador to Moscow as saying on Friday."We are holding talks, I spoke with the head of RDIF Kirill Dmitriev, our officials have held several rounds of consultations and we announced that we will co-operate," Ambassador to Moscow Kazem Jalali was cited as saying.Thus far, Russia has struck a manufacturing partnership deal with India, which is due to produce 300 million doses of the 'Sputnik-V' vaccine domestically. It is also discussing such partnerships with sev…

Mark Gruenberg (2020-09-24). Millions kicked off unemployment, but Senate Republicans still won't renew $600. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—Some 3.72 million people lost their jobless benefits at the end of August, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on Sept. 24. And even though those jobless workers were thrown off the aid rolls, millions still remain. Through the end of August, more than 26 million workers received state-funded benefits, federally-funded benefits, or benefits from …

WSWS (2020-09-24). Japan's Democrats merge to launch new, right-wing opposition party. wsws.org The Democrats have carried out their merger in an attempt to block an explosion of social anger over rising economic inequality and the ruling elite's drive to war.

Prof. Anthony J. Hall (2020-09-24). The Perversion of Science to Clear the Way for the Imposition of Compulsory Vaccines. globalresearch.ca The quest to claim the prestige of science is one of the major themes accompanying the rush of the rich and powerful to seize more wealth and political clout during the so-called "great reset" presently underway. Much controversy has surrounded …

WSWS (2020-09-24). Huge tax cuts for the wealthy trigger nervousness in Australian ruling elite. wsws.org The October 6 budget will give a dual-income household on $400,000 an annual tax cut of $23,280, while millions of people will have their JobKeeper and JobSeeker payments slashed.

Samantha Waxman (2020-09-24). States Should Tax Wealth to Respond to COVID-19. commondreams.org Wealth inequality is already high and, much like high-wage jobs, several sources of wealth have been spared the worst of the pandemic's economic damage. (Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/frontline_coronavirus_0.jpg

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2020-09-24). 'Anti-Poverty Programs: They Work!' Experts Declare After Fed Survey Reveals Benefits of Covid-19 Relief. commondreams.org "We know how to reduce inequality and combat poverty. The tools are there and the evidence backs it up." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/jobs_trump_relief_1.jpg

RT (2020-09-23). Pentagon slammed for turning $1 billion 'coronavirus fund' into more military-industrial pork — but what did Congress expect? rt.com The Pentagon has defended its decision to repurpose Covid-19 preparedness funds — meant for pandemic response — to prop up weapons contractors as House Democrats slammed its double-dipping. | While the Department of Defense received $1 billion in March's CARES Act stimulus bill specifically to "prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus," it ultimately diverted most of the windfall to defense contractors, the Washington Post revealed on Tuesday. | The pandemic response fund, created under the aegis of the Defense Production Act, was supposed to be used to produce N95 masks, gloves, and other…

Jamal Rich (2020-09-23). Poor People's Campaign and progressive allies take fight to Mitch McConnell's doorstep. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—On Monday, Sept. 21, just days after Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg's death, organizers from the D.C. Poor People's Campaign and other major local organizations demonstrated by foot and car caravan outside of Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's house to demand that he not appoint yet another extreme right Supreme Court justice, that …

WSWS (2020-09-23). UNICEF condemns New Zealand's child poverty as inequality grows. wsws.org Jacinda Ardern's Labour Party-led government has refused to address child poverty as the country heads into an unprecedented social and economic crisis.

Climate Reality Project & Commonwealth Club (2020-09-23). Thursday 10/1: Climate Justice in San Francisco: Racism, Radioactive & Toxic Waste, and Rising Oceans. indybay.org Online (FREE)…

_____ (2020-09-23). VIDEO: The Creeping Socialism Republicans Cannot Understand. strategic-culture.org Republicans have double standards when it comes to "Socialism" they are apt to point out the poverty of nations like Venezuela and Cuba but neglect to mention that it was the West who put them under further sanctions. Watch the video and read more in the

WSWS (2020-09-22). Assange dragged from embassy "on the orders of the president" wsws.org Cassandra Fairbanks testified that Arthur Schwartz, a wealthy Republican Party donor and key Trump ally, had provided her with evidence of plans by the Trump administration to impose the death penalty.

Eric A. Gordon (2020-09-22). 'The Wall of Mexico': A new feature film about construction and deconstruction. peoplesworld.org Virtually the entire action of this film takes place on the vast compound belonging to the Aristas, a Mexican-American family of unimaginable wealth and privilege. It has cattle, a vineyard, storied rose gardens, a home and outbuildings worthy of Architectural Digest, I didn't get exactly where but I am guessing borderland California judging from license …

_____ (2020-09-22). Make Corporate Landlords Pay The Bills During The Pandemic. popularresistance.org The Covid-19 crisis has both exposed and exacerbated racial and wealth inequality in the United States. As unemployment skyrockets and tens of millions of Americans struggle with a sudden loss of income, many are unable to pay rents or mortgages and are facing eviction, foreclosure, and possible homelessness. | We've seen this eviction crisis brewing for months, and despite platitudes about racial justice, our elected officials and corporate landlords haven't taken any meaningful action to prevent it from hitting poor people of color hardest.