COVID-19 second waves, Tulsa, France, Australia


This video from Oklahoma in the USA says about itself:

Maskless Trump Supporters Camp Out For Tulsa Rally

The Young Turks’ Emma Vigeland breaks down clips of Trump supporters camping out of his controversial Tulsa rally, eager despite the threat of coronavirus.

Trump and other pro-Big Business politiciansreopen the economy‘. With consequences like this …

Translated from Dutch NOS radio today:

New clusters of contamination have been discovered in the French region of Normandy. This means that the reproduction number, the so-called R-value, has risen to 1.6. The R-value should in principle remain below 1, which means that each coronavirus patient infects less than 1 other person.

In Normandy, ‘code red’ has now been issued: the most serious warning.

“We need to be much more careful,” local authorities said. Across the region, controls are stepped up in places where the public meets. Additional measures are not yet planned.

“There are no signs of the epidemic flaring up again,” an official claimed. But caution remains the motto. 1,000 new infections are registered per week in Greater Paris. ..

Restrictions are being reintroduced in the Australian state of Victoria due to more coronavirus infections. … In the past 24 hours, 25 new infections were added to the area.

As in the rest of Australia, restrictions in the second most populous state of Victoria were eased considerably. For example, outdoor meetings with up to 20 people were allowed again.

For the time being, families may still have a maximum of five people visiting and no more than ten people may gather outside.

Slum housing drove up Covid-19 deaths – new Public Health England report: here.

Angela Davis speech for striking US dockworkers


This video from California in the USA says about itself:

On Juneteenth 2020 at the Port of Oakland, Angela Davis made a statement on Juneteenth and the role of the ILWU in the struggle against discrimination, racism and war.

This took place on 2020 Juneteenth June 19, 2020.

United States dock workers strike against racism


This video from California in the USA says about itself:

Shut The World Down! Boots Riley At 2020 Juneteenth At Oakland Oscar Grant Plaza

On Juneteenth June 19, 2020 at Oakland Oscar Grant plaza, Boots Riley spoke about the need to use the power of the working class to shut the world down to get what people need.

The ILWU shut down all ports on the West Coast including Vancouver, Canada on Juneteenth.

By Steve Sweeney, 19 June 2020:

29 US ports shut down as dockers strike in solidarity with BLM

DOCKERS walked out on strike across the US west coast today in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement on the anniversary of the abolition of slavery in the state of Texas.

The date is known as “Juneteenth” and saw 29 ports shut down for eight hours as the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) pledged support for all those fighting structural racism and inequality.

It followed a previous stoppage on June 9 when union members downed tools for eight minutes and 46 seconds in silent tribute to George Floyd during his funeral.

French, Turkish NATO partners’ Libyan oil conflict


This 2019 video is called France and Italy on Different Sides of Libya’s Civil War.

There is a proxy war in Libya between French President Macron and French Total oil on one side, and the Italian government and Italian Eni oil on the other side.

In which Macron supports warlord Haftar; and the Italian government the jihadist-supported government in Tripoli.

The Turkish Erdogan regime, a NATO ‘partner’ like Italy and France, supports the Tripoli government as well.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain today:

Nato probe into stand-off in Libyan waters

NATO has opened investigations into a stand-off between French and Turkish ships off the coast of Libya with Ankara accused of continuing to breach a United Nations arms embargo.

Secretary-general Jens Stoltenberg said Nato would look into claims that the Turkish navy ignored French calls for an inspection earlier this month.

Paris has consistently accused Ankara of shipping arms to Libya and wanted to check the ship’s consignment as it was behaving suspiciously, turning off its transponder and failing to give its final destination.

British black nurse accuses police of racism


Neomi Bennett

By Bethany Rielly in Britain, 19 June 2020:

Nurse accuses Met Police of racial profiling after being subjected to ‘traumatic’ hard stop

A BLACK nurse has accused the Metropolitan Police of racial profiling after she was subjected to a “traumatic” hard stop while sitting in her parked car.

Met officers pulled in front of Neomi Bennett’s car in April 2019 and claimed – wrongly – that her windows were illegally tinted.

She was arrested and held in police custody overnight after she refused to get out, fearing it was “some kind of hijack” because she could only see an officer in plain clothes.

From the BBC, 18 June 2020:

Ms Bennett, who was awarded the British Empire Medal for services to nursing, is now taking legal action. …

She told the BBC: “I believe I was racially profiled and certainly don’t think this would have happened if I were white.”

The nurse, who invented the Neo-slip device to help patients with deep vein thrombosis, said she was “locked up” even though nothing illegal was found in her car and she was a “stone’s throw away” from her home and family. …

Ms Bennett was eventually convicted of obstructing a police officer and said the criminal record meant she lost out on some opportunities. …

Ms Bennett said she has since appealed against and overturned her conviction, but added that many people in her community had experienced similar encounters with police.