August 2020 This is a newsroll page on A Socialist In Canada, commencing September 2017. It consists of headlines with weblinks to published news articles and political analysis. Occasional commentary by the website publisher, Roger Annis, appears in square brackets [ ]. For months preceding August 2020, go to ‘News pages archives’ on the home page of A Socialist In Canada and use the drop-down menu. To find past stories on this and other news pages on this website, use the ‘find’ (word search) function on your web browser. Headlines in red denote original items published on the home page of A Socialist In Canada.
World news headlines on A Socialist In Canada, August 2020
The coronavirus pandemic as of August 4, 2020: View global as well as by-country statistics here at the website of Worldometer. On January 30, 2020, the World Health Organization declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern over the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus (Covid-19 illness). On March 11, WHO declared an worldwide pandemic.
Total reported coronavirus cases in the world on August 4: 18,515,902, up from 18,300,596 one day earlier. Total deaths to date worldwide: 699,093, up from 693,982. New cases in the United States on August 3 were 48,622; new deaths were 567. New cases in Brazil on Aug 3 were 17,988; deaths were 572. India recorded a near-record 50,629 new cases on Aug 3 and a near-record 810 deaths. New cases in Russia on Aug 3 were level at 5,394; there were 79 deaths reported. New cases in Venezuela on August 3 dipped further, to 548 with six new deaths. In contrast, the neighbouring U.S. client state of Colombia recorded a record 10,199 new cases on Aug 3 and a near-record 367 deaths.
Death rates per million population for the leading, worst-hit countries in the world, as of Aug 2, 2020: Belgium 849, Britain 680, Spain 608, Peru 594, Italy 581, Sweden 568, Chile 502, U.S. 478, France 464, Brazil 436, Mexico 362, Netherlands 359, Ireland 357, Ecuador 325, Bolivia 270. Lesser-hit countries include: Canada 237, Colombia 209, Iran 207, Germany 110, Russia 97. The least-hit countries in the world include Australia 9, Cuba 8, Japan 8, South Korea 6, Venezuela 6, New Zealand 4.
COVID-19 conspiracy theories creating a ‘public health crisis’ in Canada, Canadian Press, Aug 3, 2020 [Here is a case of the pot calling the kettle black. Corporate and state media in Canada is awash in conspiracy theories, notably in its promotion of a new cold war against China and Russia, led by the Trump regime in Washington. The Canadian government and media normalize their Trump regime ally in Washington and share its trade and military aggression against countries and people such as Russia, China, Iran and Venezuela who dare to stand up to imperialism. They impose economic embargos and threaten coups and military aggression, all under false and conspiratorial pretexts: ‘Russia annexed Crimea and hacked the 2016 U.S. election. China is destroying democracy in Hong Kong. Iran wants to acquire nuclear weapons. Venezuela is a dictatorship.’ Thus do we see how such imperialist foreign policy weakens the fight against the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. It undermines global cooperation and spews conspiracy theories in politics. The hypocrites in Ottawa and in editorial offices across the country are a public health threat to the people of Canada and the world. This has already been proven by their track record of criminal negligence since the pandemic first loomed in January 2020.]
Treating the search for a Covid vaccine like an arms race endangers us all, by Sarah Lazare, In These Times, Aug 3, 2020
Coronavirus cases are climbing in Midwest states with previously low infections, Washington Post, Aug 3, 2020
Related U.S. news:
* Trump turns against his own top Covid-19 fan and advisor, Deborah Birx. Report by Washington Post, Aug 3, 2020
* Unhinged Trump interview braodcast on HBO spotlights deadly failure of his regime’s Covid-19 response, Common Dreams, Aug 4, 2020 read also: Trump flounders in interview over US Covid-19 death toll, The Guardian, Aug 4, 2020
* Republicans fear that Trump’s attacks on mail-in ballots as ‘fraudulent’ will backfire, cause his supporters not to vote, Washington Post, Aug 3, 2020 President Trump’s unfounded attacks on mail balloting are discouraging his own supporters from embracing the practice
When coronavirus infections subsided in May, Israel reopened its schools. It didn’t go well, New York Times, Aug 3, 2020
The UK government’s failed track and trace system for Covid-19 is a disaster for England, by Patrick Cockburn, The Independent, Aug 1, 2020
Another Hiroshima is coming, unless we act now to stop it, by John Pilger, Consortium News, Aug 3, 2020 The nuclear bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on August 6 and 8, 1945 were acts of premeditated mass murder unleashing a weapon of intrinsic criminality. The bombings were justified by lies that form the bedrock of 21st century U.S. war propaganda, casting a new enemy, and target – China.
The atomic bombings of Japan at 75: President Harry Truman’s ‘human sacrifice’ to subdue the Soviet Union, by Peter Kuznick, published in Consortium News, Aug 3, 2020 (This article forms the introduction to the English language translation of The Atomic Bomb on My Back: A Life Story of Survival and Activism, by Taniguchi Sumiteru, to be released on August 9 by Rootstock Publishing. Peter Kuznick is Professor of History and Director of the Nuclear Studies Institute at American University. He is the co-author (with Akira Kimura) of Rethinking the Atomic Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki: Japanese and American Perspectives, and co-author (with Oliver Stone) of the New York Times best-selling The Untold History of the United States (books and documentary film series).)
* Canada must acknowledge its key role in developing the deadly atomic bomb, commentary by Setsuko Thurlow, published in the Globe and Mail, Aug 1, 2020 read the commentary here in pdf format: Canada’s role in developing nuclear weapons (Setsuko Thurlow is a Canadian nuclear disarmament campaigner and survivor of the bombing of Hiroshima. She was 13 years old at the time of the bombing.)
* Setsuko Thurlow’s appeal to Justin Trudeau, letter dated June 22, 2020, published on the website of the Hiroshima Nagasaki Day Coalition (Toronto)
* In 2017 Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech, Hiroshima survivor Setsuko Thurlow says history will judge harshly those countries rejecting anti-nuclear weapons treaty. News compilation on A Socialist In Canada, Dec 11, 2017
* Draft treaty on the prohibition of nuclear weapons, approved by the UN General Assembly on July 7, 2017. Click here to open the ten-page document in pdf format.
Scholars speak out against the ‘unnecessary’ nuclear attacks against Japan in August 1945, Consortium News, Aug 2, 2020
Related: What Europeans believe about Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and why it matters, by Benoît Pelopidas and Kjølv Egeland, published by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Aug 3, 2020
Memorial days: The racial underpinnings of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings, by Elaine Scarry, published by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Aug 3, 2020 This past Memorial Day, a Minneapolis police officer knelt on the throat of an African-American, George Floyd, for 8 minutes and 46 seconds. Seventy-five years ago, an American pilot dropped an atomic bomb on the civilian population of Hiroshima. Worlds apart in time, space, and scale, the two events share three key features. Each was an act of state violence. Each was an act carried out against a defenseless opponent. Each was an act of naked racism…
Melbourne’s declared ‘state of disaster’ over Covid-19 infection rates is Covid-as-usual in the U.S., but media fails to draw that connection, Fairness and Accuracy In Reporting, Aug 3, 2020
Related: State of disaster declared in Australia’s Victoria state; Melbourne placed under stage 4 coronavirus lockdown, stage 3 for rest of Victoria, ABC.net.au, Aug 2, 2020 [Australia has recorded more than 18,000 cases of Covid-19 and just over 200 deaths. Case numbers have risen sharply in July, to many hundreds daily, mostly in Victoria.]
Several tens of thousands rally in Berlin on Aug 1 to oppose pandemic safety measures. Report by Deutsche Welle, Aug 2, 2020 and read: report by Washington Post, Aug 2, 2020 [A counter-protest also took place, observing distance and face mask regulations. Many chanted ‘Nazis out’ against the ‘Day of Freedom’ protest, which was dispersed by police. Germany is #18 in the world for Covid-19 cases, more than 212,000. More than 9,200 have died. The country is #19 in the world by population. Despite these grim numbers, corporae media frequently vaunts what it calls Germany’s ‘successes’ in combatting Covid-19.]
Trump keeps promising an overhaul of the nation’s health-care system that never arrives, Washington Post, Aug 2, 2020
* Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Wikipedia. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as the Affordable Care Act (ACA) or colloquially as Obamacare, is a United States federal statute enacted by the 111th United States Congress and signed into law by President Barack Obama on March 23, 2010.
* Obamacare pros and cons, The Balance, April 2020
How the Trump re-election campaign came to court QAnon, the right-wing, online conspiracy movement, Washington Post, Aug 2, 2020
Minneapolis police losing staff while criminal violence in the city rises, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Aug 1, 2020
Public health experts in U.S. call for total reset in pandemic response, Washington Post, Aug 1, 2020 The coronavirus is spreading at dangerous levels across much of the United States. Public health experts are demanding a dramatic reset in the national response, one that recognizes that the crisis is intensifying and that current piecemeal strategies aren’t working. This is a new phase of the pandemic, one no longer built around local or regional clusters and hot spots. It comes at an unnerving moment in which the economy suffered its worst collapse since the Great Depression, schools are rapidly canceling plans for in-person instruction and Congress has failed to pass a new emergency relief package… Some experts argue for a full six-to-eight-week national shutdown, something even more sweeping than what was instituted in the spring. There appears to be no political support for such a move…
* San Francisco flattened the curve early. Now, coronavirus cases are surging, Washington Post, Aug 2, 2020
* 30 million unemployed in U.S. lose extra jobless benefits as talks between Congress and the White House are at an impasse, Washington Post, Aug 1, 2020
* Trump’s re-election effort in crisis, aides attempt August reset before time runs out, Washington Post, Aug 1, 2020 …The campaign is operating under a renewed sense of urgency as it becomes clearer that a large portion of the electorate will probably cast their ballots early by mail as a result of the pandemic. That gives Trump even less time to turn things around…
Coronavirus infected scores of children and staff at Georgia sleep-away camp, Washington Post, Aug 1, 2020 A new report suggests that children of all ages are susceptible to coronavirus infection and may also spread it to others. The report, released on July 31 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, details an outbreak at a sleep-away camp in Georgia last month in which 260 children and staffers — more than three-quarters of the 344 tested — contracted the virus less than a week after spending time together in close quarters. The children had a median age of 12… The report is likely to add fuel to an already polarizing nationwide discussion about whether sending children back to crowded school buildings is worth the risk, in large part because so little data has been available about children’s vulnerability to the infection and their ability to transmit the virus…
* The risk that students in U.S. could arrive at school with the coronavirus, New York Times, July 31, 2020
* School superintendent in Arizona on safe reopening of schools: ‘I’m sorry, but it’s a fantasy’, Washington Post, Aug 1, 2020
Last week, Donald Trump wished Ghislaine Maxwell ‘well’; before that, they mingled for years in the same gilded circles, Washington Post, Aug 1, 2020
Like slavery before him, will Donald Trump’s term be the next ‘lost cause’?, Washington Post, July 31, 2020
Related: The lies our textbooks told my generation of Virginians about slavery, Washington Post, July 31, 2020
Protests in downtown Portland remain calm with police out of sight, The Oregonian, Aug 2, 2020 Black Lives Matter protests continued for the 66th day in Portland on August 1 for the third night since federal officers left their post at the Mark O. Hatfield United States Courthouse…
* With federal law enforcement gone, elected officials in Oregon must focus on protest demands, Oregon Public Broadcasting, Aug 1, 2020
* Thousands of anti-racism protesters continue gathering in Portland with little interaction with the state police replacing federal paramilitaries. Report in Washington Post, Aug 1, 2020
Theoretical physicists say 90% chance of societal collapse within several decades due to deforestation, VICE.com, July 28, 2020
Is public transportation risky? It may be safer than you think, New York Times, Aug 2, 2020 New studies in Europe and Asia suggest that riding public transportation is not a major source of transmission for the coronavirus.
Coronavirus will be here until ‘the end of time’, says epidemiologist Dr. Michael Osterholm of U of Minnesota, International Business Times, July 30, 2020
Related: Interview with Dr. Michael Osterholm of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, Marketwatch, Aug 1, 2020
‘Miss Marx’, contender for the Venice Golden Lion film prize, has secured its first tranche of international deals ahead of the September film festival, report by Manori Ravindran, Variety Magazine, July 31, 2020 (two-minute film trailer at weblink)
Mexico eclipses Britain with third highest coronavirus death toll, Reuters, July 31, 2020
[Mexico recorded 688 fatalities on July 31 to bring its death toll to 46,688, surpassing Britain, India and Italy–the countries with the fourth, fifth and sixth highest death tolls, respectively. Here are death rates per million population for the worst-hit countries in the world, as of Aug 1, 2020: Belgium 849, Britain 680, Spain 608, Peru 582, Italy 581, Sweden 568, Chile 492, U.S. 475, France 464, Brazil 436, Mexico 362, Netherlands 359, Ireland 357. Lesser-hit countries include Ecuador 323, Bolivia 255, Canada 237, Iran 202, Colombia 198. The least-hit countries in the world include Australia 8, Cuba 8, Japan 8, South Korea 6, Venezuela 6, New Zealand 4.].
Additional news of Covid-19 in the world:
* South Africa braces for more coronavirus deaths as cases surge, photo essay in Washington Post, July 30, 2020 [South Africa has the fifth-highest count of Covid-19 cases in the world, nearly 500,000; it is #25 in the world by population. Its per capita Covid-19 rate is one half that of the U.S. while its death rate is one quarter.].
* COVID-19 cases in Philippines exceed 98,000 with three straight days of record, daily new cases, Xinhua news agency, Aug 1, 2020 [Philippines is #25 in the world for total Covid-19 cases, just behind Indonesia. It is #13 in the world for population; Indonesia is #4 for population. Daily new cases in the past three days have doubled in Philippines from the July average of app. 2,000.].
* How the packed, poor district of Dharavi in Mumbai has beat back the coronavirus while India’s cases continue to soar, Washington Post, Aug 1, 2020
Sending of federal agents to anti-racism and anti-police protests renews calls to dismantle Dept. of Homeland Security, The Intercept, July 30, 2020
Related: How police can secretly track your phone, The Intercept, July 31, 2020 A guide to stingray surveillance technology, which may have been deployed at recent protests
Far-right extremism in German military’s elite special forces and neo-Nazi infiltration of state institutions is much broader than officials have let on. Report in New York Times, Aug 1, 2020 Far-right networks are far more extensive than officials say they understood. The reach of far-right extremists into Germany’s armed forces is particularly alarming
* Germany extends military mission in Afghanistan, Pajhwok Afghan News, Mar 14, 2020
* German gov’t and military warn against early NATO troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, Reuters, Sept 14, 2019 [Germany is the second-largest bilateral contributor of developmental and military support to Afghanistan after the US., with some 1,300 soldiers stationed there. Deutsche Welle]
For world news headlines for the month of July 2020, go to the archive page for that month on A Socialist In Canada here.