Wednesday’s news links – May 20, 2020

2017 video shows Georgia officer tried to stun Ahmaud Arbery ABC News

More Than 900 Children Have Been Expelled Under a Pandemic Border Policy NYTimes

Big Pharma

US and UK ‘lead push against global patent pool for Covid-19 drugs’ Guardian

A Drug Company Wagers the U.S. Won’t Dare Charge It With Crimes NYTimes

Jane Roe’s Deathbed Confession: Anti-Abortion Conversion ‘All an Act’ Paid for by the Christian Right Daily Beast


What the Arkansas meat plant workers I met want you to know CNN

These workers feel that their lives are more important than profits and cheap meat, and we should listen to them.

Strikes erupt as US essential workers demand protection amid pandemic Guardian

Wall Street banker blasts employees for not responding to 3 a.m. email NY Post

Poor New York City Neighborhoods Seeing Deaths From Covid at More Than Twice the Rate of Affluent Areas Common Dreams


Sources say that many nursing homes are purposefully underreporting COVID-19 deaths amNewYork

Florida’s scientist was fired for refusing to ‘manipulate’ COVID-19 data USA Today

Wire actor says hydroxychloroquine ‘almost killed one of my employees’ and suggests Trump has financial stake Independent

Report warns against coronavirus fever-screening devices CBS

Wash hands at least six times a day to reduce risk of catching virus by a third, research finds


Virus exposes US double standard on rights Chinadaily

Indigenous Peoples

Marie Pino, Navajo Teacher Who Educated Generations, Dies at 67 NYTimes

A well-known teacher, she was mourning the loss of her son to the virus when she tested positive. Then she died as well, adding to the Navajo Nation’s toll.

Yuri Kochiyama, 1921-2014 FightBack! News

Too black, too queer, too holy: why Little Richard never truly got his dues Guardian

How did a turbaned drag queen from the sexual underground of America’s deep south ignite rock’n’roll? We unravel the mystery behind Little Richard’s subversive genius

The 1950s queer black performers who inspired Little Richard The Conversation

Climate change

Marx and the Climate Crisis – extract

In the first of two extracts from her new book Marx and the Climate Crisis, Elaine Graham-Leigh looks at why individual behaviour has received so much attention and why this is an inadequate approach to the climate crisis

The strongest, most dangerous hurricanes are now far more likely because of climate change, study shows Washington Post

Cyclone Amphan live updates: Cyclonic storm makes landfall between Digha in West Bengal and Hatiya island in Bangladesh Times of India

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