Archive for May 26th, 2020

26/05/2020

Italy Recommends Cuban Medical Brigade for Nobel Peace Prize

Human Wrongs Watch

Cuban doctors held over five thousand consultations in Italy and discharged 210 Covid-19 patients  after the severe outbreak in March.

Homage to Cuban doctors in Plaza Duomo, Crema, Italy. May 23rd, 2020.

Homage to Cuban doctors in Plaza Duomo, Crema, Italy. May 23rd, 2020. | Photo: Twitter/@BrunoRguezP

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25 May 2020 (teleSUR)* — Italian authorities, ecclesiastic representatives, and social organizations acknowledged on May 23 Cuban efforts to face COVID accross the country.
26/05/2020

Global Partnership Urges Stronger Preparation for Hot Weather during COVID-19

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26 May 2020 (WMO)*As the Northern hemisphere enters what is expected to be another record-breaking heat season, our network of health and climate experts have called for stronger preparation to keep people safe in hot weather without increasing the risk of the spread of COVID-19.

The ongoing pandemic amplifies the health risks of hot weather for many people, including those also at risk of COVID-19. Countries and communities therefore need to prepare now for a hot summer.

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26/05/2020

Will UN Chief and Senior Management Volunteer Pay Cuts in Crisis-Stricken World Body?

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UNITED NATIONS, May 20 2020 (IPS)* – As a spiraling financial crisis threatens to undermine the UN’s day-to-day operations worldwide, a proposal being kicked around, outside the empty corridors of the UN, has triggered the question: will senior officials, including the Secretary-General, the Deputy Secretary-General (DSG), Under-Secretaries-Generals (USGs), including 60 heads of UN agencies, Funds and Programs, and Assistant Secretaries-Generals (ASGs), volunteer to take salary cuts— even as a symbolic gesture?

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26/05/2020

Another Bank Bailout under Cover of a Virus

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By Ellen Brown | Web of Debt – TRANSCEND Media Service*

Insolvent Wall Street banks have been quietly bailed out again. Banks made risk-free by the government should be public utilities.  

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When the Dodd Frank Act was passed in 2010, President Obama triumphantly declared, “No more bailouts!” But what the Act actually said was that the next time the banks failed, they would be subject to “bail ins” – the funds of their creditors, including their large depositors, would be tapped to cover their bad loans.

Then bail-ins were tried in Europe. The results were disastrous.

Many economists in the US and Europe argued that the next time the banks failed, they should be nationalized – taken over by the government as public utilities. But that opportunity was lost when, in September 2019 and again in March 2020, Wall Street banks were quietly bailed out from a liquidity crisis in the repo market that could otherwise have bankrupted them.

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26/05/2020

Hundreds of Fleeing Migrants Returned to War-Torn Libya

About 85 other migrants were arrested earlier by the Libyan coastguard, bringing to more than 1,000 the number of people who have attempted the crossing this month.

The IOM's estimated death toll among migrants who have tried to cross the Mediterranean Sea since 2014 surpassed 20,000.The IOM’s estimated death toll among migrants who have tried to cross the Mediterranean Sea since 2014 surpassed 20,000. | Photo: AFP

25 May 2020 (teleSUR)* — Libya’s coastguard has intercepted hundreds of migrants in five boats attempting to cross the Mediterranean over the weekend, the United Nations migration agency (IOM) said Monday [25 May 2020].
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