Daily Archives: May 20, 2020

Cyclone batters India and Bangladesh coasts

Associated Press
May 20, 2020

A powerful cyclone plowed inland after crashing into the coasts of India and Bangladesh, where more than 2.6 million people fled to shelters in a frantic evacuation made more challenging by the coronavirus pandemic. (May 20)

Pandemic brings hunger and anxiety to the U.S.-Mexico border

Washington Post

Apr 21, 2020

Food banks in El Paso, Texas are feeding some 35,000 families per week with the help of the National Guard. Unemployment is rampant, and officials warn it could take years for the city to recover from the effects of coronavirus.


Carbon emissions have dropped under lockdown. Will it make a difference?

euronews (in English)

May 20, 2020

Scientists say the reduction is likely to be only a “drop in the ocean” when it comes to turning around decades of climate change, but environmentalists are hopeful it will encourage a broader shift towards green energies.

Two months in lockdown – Berlin’s new ‘corona’ normal | DW Documentary

DW Documentary
May 20, 2020
Berlin is searching for a new normal. After more than two months of social distancing, children are finally returning to school and many shops are opening again, though many businesses are facing collapse. What is daily life like during corona?

The very first day he re-opened for business, Ollie the hairstylist discovered that cutting a customer’s hair around a face mask can be rather tricky. And what’s to be done if the thing falls off in a moment of distraction? The Hansen family has very different challenges to deal with: living four in a flat and trying to juggle home life, home office and home schooling can push an otherwise harmonious family to the brink. And observing social distancing when in school, out shopping or on the street is sometimes harder than it sounds. A Report by Axel Rohwohlt.

Esper Omits Pentagon Guidance For Sake Of Trump-Boosting Happy Talk | Rachel Maddow | MSNBC


May 19, 2020

Rachel Maddow compares a Task and Purpose report of a hard truth Pentagon memo on the U.S. coronavirus recovery timeline and the enthusiastic happy talk from Defense Secretary Mark Esper at a Donald Trump press conference. Aired on 5/19/2020.

Trump Cuts National Guard Deployment A Day Short Of Benefits Accrual | Rachel Maddow | MSNBC


May 20, 2020

Rachel Maddow relays reporting from Politico that Donald Trump has set a hard stop to National Guard deployment to a seemingly arbitrary day that is one day shy of the 90 days needed to accrue certain benefits under the Post-9/11 GI bill. Aired on 5/19/2020.

Workers’ Rights During Covid-19: How The Workplace Could Change Forever


Streamed live 116 minutes ago

Join HuffPost for a live virtual Q&A on what the coronavirus is teaching us about creating different and better work environments. HuffPost business and labor reporters Emily Peck and Dave Jamieson, and “This New World” Editor Laura Paddison will be in conversation with HuffPost Enterprise Director Richard Kim.

Jared Kushner & the Height of Moral Squalor | The Common Good with Robert Reich

Robert Reich

Scheduled for May 21, 2020

In this episode of The Common Good, former Labor Secretary Robert Reich takes a look at Republican priorities during the pandemic: tax breaks for the rich and corporate bailouts. Reich breaks down how two tax provisions that overwhelmingly benefit real estate investors (like Jared Kushner) and hedge funds made it in to the CARES Act: extensive lobbying done by a trade group in which Jared Kushner’s family’s company is a major player. He also answers another pressing question of the pandemic: Why won’t Republicans in Congress fund federal aid for state and local governments? Reich explores how decades of Republican ideology of “starving the beast” and pushing for privatization are coming to a head in this crisis, as state and local governments are forced into draconian budget cuts for crucial public services. He also discusses the gap between Democrats’ and Republicans’ dedication to investing in the common good, and exposes the hypocrisy of Mitch McConnell dubbing relief for state and local governments as “blue state bailouts.”

Nobel Prize-Winning Economist: U.S. Needs A Vision For Post-COVID-19 Economy | The Last Word | MSNBC


May 20, 2020

Joseph Stiglitz, Nobel Prize laureate in economics and professor at Columbia University, tells Lawrence O’Donnell that Congress did not target relief “very well,” so “when the pandemic is brought under control, we are not going to be in a good position to restart the economy.” Aired on 5/19/2020.

As NYC Subway Closures Force Unhoused People into Packed Shelters, Advocates Demand Permanent Homes

Democracy Now!

May 20, 2020

For the first time in its 115-year history, this month New York City began shutting down its subway system overnight. The unprecedented move has left unhoused people who rely on the trains for shelter suddenly with nowhere to go, and made them even more vulnerable as the coronavirus continues to spread. “The situation is concerning,” says emergency physician Dr. Kelly Doran, who has joined advocates in calling on New York to do more to protect unhoused people from infection. We also speak with Josh Dean, executive director of the homeless advocacy group Human.NYC.