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{UAH} You can't miss seeing Uganda cohabitating with the big boys. Uganda exists in all fields

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{UAH} An Idaho pastor skeptical of masks lands in the ICU for Covid-19


By Nakia McNabb and Scottie Andrew, CNN

Updated 10:13 PM ET, Thu September 17, 2020

Paul Van Noy, senior pastor at Candlelight Church in Idaho, contracted Covid-19 less than two months after he called himself a "no-masker."
Paul Van Noy, senior pastor at Candlelight Church in Idaho, contracted Covid-19 less than two months after he called himself a "no-masker."

(CNN)A pastor in Idaho who called himself a "no-masker" during a service and repeatedly questioned the veracity of coronavirus case reporting is in the ICU after contracting Covid-19.

Paul Van Noy, senior pastor at Candlelight Church in Coeur d'Alene, has spent two weeks in the hospital with a Covid-19 diagnosis, ministry coordinator Eric Reade confirmed to CNN. Five other church staff were infected with coronavirus, too, but they've all recovered, he said.
In a comment shared through Candlelight Church, Van Noy said he'll soon move out of the ICU into another room in the hospital and then recover at home.

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{UAH} From CNN: Trump rails against the 'liberal indoctrination of America's youth' in latest culture war salvo

Trump rails against the 'liberal indoctrination of America's youth' in latest culture war salvo

https://www.cnn.com/2020/09/17/politics/donald-trump-national-archives-patriotic-education/index.html 

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{UAH} From CNN: MLK's son reacts to Trump invoking father's words in speech

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{UAH} Lawyer charged over stealing client’s money

Bugunda Road Chief Magistrates Court will on October 23, start hearing the matter in which a lawyer is accused of stealing a client's money totalling Shs765m.
https://www.monitor.co.ug/uganda/news/national/lawyer-charged-over-stealing-client-s-money-2301852

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{UAH} From CNN: Pennsylvania Supreme Court election rulings are big wins for Biden

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{UAH} From CNN: University of Wisconsin-Madison grad student admits pretending to be a person of color

University of Wisconsin-Madison grad student admits pretending to be a person of color

https://www.cnn.com/2020/09/17/us/wisconsin-grad-student-race-trnd/index.html 

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{UAH} From CNN: Trump won't attend United Nations General Assembly in person

Trump won't attend United Nations General Assembly in person

https://www.cnn.com/2020/09/17/politics/trump-united-nations-general-assembly/index.html 

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{UAH} From CNN: Trump's health care plan is a lie

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{UAH} From CNN: Shots fired at home of two New Jersey police officers who were inside with their 10-day-old child

Shots fired at home of two New Jersey police officers who were inside with their 10-day-old child

https://www.cnn.com/2020/09/18/us/police-officers-home-shot-at-new-jersey-trnd/index.html 

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{UAH} From CNN: Lemon: Trump doesn't recognize threat of white supremacists

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{UAH} From CNN: Nurse arranges for a plane to fly a dying father to see his son play football one last time

Nurse arranges for a plane to fly a dying father to see his son play football one last time

https://www.cnn.com/2020/09/17/us/hospice-patient-flies-to-see-son-play-football-trnd/index.html 

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{UAH} From CNN: Prosecutors file additional charges against Rudy Giuliani associates

Prosecutors file additional charges against Rudy Giuliani associates

https://www.cnn.com/2020/09/17/politics/lev-parnas-giuliani-associates-additional-charges/index.html 

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{UAH} From CNN: Poisoned Navalny plots his return, but Russia's opposition activists wonder who might be next

Poisoned Navalny plots his return, but Russia's opposition activists wonder who might be next

https://www.cnn.com/2020/09/18/europe/alexey-navalny-russian-opposition-what-happens-next-intl-analysis/index.html 

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{UAH} From CNN: US reports more than 44,000 new Covid-19 cases

US reports more than 44,000 new Covid-19 cases

https://cnn.it/2H2j6EP 

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{UAH} From CNN: See moment child hears mom's voice for the first time

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{UAH} From CNN: Former Trump official says he witnessed Pence praise Olivia Troye

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{UAH} From CNN: Carjacker held a couple hostage for hours then killed the husband, investigators say

Carjacker held a couple hostage for hours then killed the husband, investigators say

https://www.cnn.com/2020/09/18/us/tennessee-shooting-carjacking-rampage-trnd/index.html 

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{UAH} From CNN: The US doesn't have to wait for a vaccine to get Covid-19 under control, nation's top doctor says

The US doesn't have to wait for a vaccine to get Covid-19 under control, nation's top doctor says

https://www.cnn.com/2020/09/18/health/us-coronavirus-friday/index.html 

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{UAH} Africans should know schools won't teach this

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{UAH} Kibalama to Bobi Wine: I want my NUP party back

The National Unity Platform (NUP) president, also Kyadondo East MP, Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine has to extinguish yet another political storm after Moses Nkonge Kibalama the former founding president of the National Unity, Reconciliation and Development Party (NURP) made a U-turn and says he wants to have his party back. 

Kibalama who sold out now says the NUP leadership failed to pay him $5m as agreed during the takeover. Following the launch of NUP on July 22, some purported former members of the NURP came out to claim that Kyagulanyi had illegally hijacked their party and leadership after he forged their signatures.  

Kibalama and the Electoral Commission came out and said the change in leadership that saw Kyagulanyi elected the party president had been done legally when NUP morphed from Kibalama's NURP.

Kibalama's family members now claim that he has been missing for some days after being kidnapped by an identified people. But in an undated social media video, Kibalama says he previously entered into a financial deal to sell his party to Kyagulanyi because the $5m offer was too irresistible and that is how they "fell into the trap."

He says when he started his NURP party in 2004, he had no idea that Kyagulanyi with his "young boys" would contest in the political space of Uganda. 

"Sometime last year that is when we tried to change the party name so that we shorten the name in order for people - the villagers to be able to pronounce the name. Instead of calling it NURP, we shortened it to National Unity Platform - NUP. That was to help our people to be able to grasp the name…we invited 41 members which did not impress some of our members. Some of those other members decided to take matters to court. Much as the matters are before court, we had already took [sic!] a change of mind that we shouldn't really go back with these young men because they have not fulfilled all the promises they had made." Kibalama says in the video.

In the video which appears to have been shot with a professional camera and lighting at a balcony in the city centre, Kibalama appears uncomfortable, often looking from side to side and shifting uncomfortably in his seat. 

Kyagulanyi who has battled several betrayals within his camp ever since he expressed interest in contesting for the presidency, in a statement today said Kibalama has now been compromised by President Yoweri Museveni who is afraid of the political wave sweeping across the country. 

"This is yet another attempt by Gen. Museveni's regime to derail our progress in the struggle for freedom and democracy. For several days now, Mr Kibalama's phones have been off. That of Mr Ssimbwa has been on and off. When it is on, it is picked by someone who identifies himself as a soldier and claims that they have him in custody." Kyagulanyi says. 

Kyagulanyi says on Monday this week, his legal team went to court where Kibalama and Paul Ssimbwa Kagombe the former NURP secretary general had sworn and signed affidavits opposing the case brought against the NUP leadership over the alleged forging of party member signatures. Kyagulanyi says however to their shock, the NUP lawyers found that Ssimbwa and Kibalama had sworn two contradictory affidavits. 

"To know how shabby the characters who rule over us are, the same Kibalama who has appeared on TV several times confirming the legality of everything we did to change party leadership, was now writing that we never followed the law! They desperately wanted an injunction to stop our party activities, but the judge refused." Kyagulanyi added. 

According to Kyagulanyi, Kibalama, whose house is now guarded by UPDF has been compromised and coerced into disowning NUP and its leadership. Kyagulanyi's short political journey has been marred by betrayals and state infiltration, the reason many say he surrounds himself with only his family and friends.

But like The Observer back on July 29 (read: New party: How Bobi Wine kept his secret) Kibalama has been working closely with the NRM and sources within NUP said then that Kibalama who has 'a great appetite for money' can't be a man who can negotiate a deal with Kyagulanyi and pull it off without the state ever knowing.

"He has no credibility; you know he has ever been implicated in a robbery. He has also ever forged government stamps to take a delegation from Uganda to attend a UN conference. That's not a man you would trust," a source told The Observer.

Even Ofwono Opondo, the government spokesperson, said on Capital FM in July that Kibalama has been working with the government.

"I think Kyagulanyi either knowingly or not is being used. Do you know that on the day Steven Kaziimba Mugalu was sworn in as archbishop, Museveni met Barbie's parents?" a person familiar with what happened in People Power told us referring to Kyagulanyi's wife Barbie Itungo.

Kyagulanyi is already battling legal battles over altering his age in official documents. 

https://www.observer.ug/news/headlines/66627-kibalama-to-bobi-wine-i-want-my-nup-party-back

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{UAH} FDC sweeps all in Rukungiri youth elections

Opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) supporters in Nyakagyeme sub-county Rukungiri district are celebrating after winning in a majority of the villages in the youth elections.

FDC youths won in most of the polling stations in the five parishes that make up Nyakagyeme sub-county beating candidates from the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM).

In Kahoho parish, FDC gathered 43 votes followed by NRM that collected 2 votes, while other political parties had no votes. In Kigaaga parish FDC polled 44 votes against NRM's got 11 votes and DP got no votes. However, in Kitimba parish NRM got 35 votes beating FDC with 28 and others 0 votes.

In Kabowma parish FDC won with 46 votes beating NRM that got no votes, while in Masya parish FDC polled 111 votes and NRM did not get any vote.

At the sub-county level, Judith Tumuheirwe of FDC polled 40 votes, while Doreen Kambabazi an independent candidate failed to get any votes. NRM was not represented.

The election that was conducted amid tight security was peaceful, apart from a few incidents where names of some FDC voters were missing on the registers.

The election that was first conducted Wednesday saw the two candidates at sub-county level who were contesting for Woman Affairs seat tie with the same number of votes. This forced the Nyakagyeme sub-county elections officer 'Eliab Nayaba to postpone the exercise to Thursday.

https://www.observer.ug/news/headlines/66628-fdc-sweeps-all-in-rukungiri-youth-elections

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{UAH} Contenders for the FDC flag urged to remain united even after the campaigns

Joyce Nabbosa Ssebugwawo, the acting president of the forum for Democratic Change(FDC), has called upon party members to remain united even after the party primaries.

Ssebugwawo made the remarks while launching campaigns for the party presidential flag bearer race that started yesterday in Kampala.

"We are here not to fight each other and we have decided to have joint campaigns so that we can remain united. You heard what has been happening in other parties and we don't want it to happen to us,"she said.

The race is between party president Patrick Oboi Amuriat and party national chairman, Wasswa Birigwa, who both promised to transform the livelihoods of Ugandans if they take the highest office in the land.

Speaking to FDC supporters, Amuriat urged them not to wither but utilise the forthcoming national campaigns to mobilise for regime change.

Amuriat vowed to straight away employ the 'Defiance' philosophy once given the flag.

"We go into this election to bring an end to democratic, economic, social and moral decadence. You all know my dear friends that our country is on a nose dive as far as the economy is concerned,"he said.

Birigwa promised to increase citizen's access to financial aid once he is entrusted with the country's top most office.

"To begin even with given the situation we are in due Covid-19, each household will be given Shs 100,000 per month for the next six months as soon as I become president of this nation," Birigwa said.

He also promised to improve education system which he said it got rotten a long time ago.

"We are going to have an education that is paid for by the government and I believed we should not have an education system where children study under the mango tree like our fathers used to," he said.



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{UAH} Uganda’s Kiplimo sets new world record – 93.3 KFM

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{UAH} KIWANI: Man who ‘sold’ NUP to Bobi Wine says he was conned, wants his party back

Moses Nkonge Kibalama, the man who ceded National Unity Platform (NUP) to Kyadondo East Legislator Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine has back turned, now claims he wants the party back because Bobi Wine has not kept his promise.

In a video on social media, Kibalama claims he made a number of mistakes in transferring the party to Bobi, including accepting certain promises without double thinking (Open video link below).

https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=268801004096073&extid=cQ422tuNk0ifywYG&_rdc=2&_rdr

He for instance claims that he was given an offer as 'good as $5m (Shs 18billion)" for handing over the party.

"Of course when someone turns up with an offer as good as $5m anybody would go with it. That is how we fell into the trap, it was a good promise and we hoped so, but since we had not worked with this group we did not know them until we got closer and saw for ourselves," Kibalama claimed.

He also contends that the inclusion of people power pressure group diverted the agenda of the party, something he wants rectified.

Kibalama adds that he had been promised a number of pleasantries including commercial enterprises he had registered.

"They promised me that since they were coming in power, they would be able to license my enterprises. So when they gave us very good promises, we chose to take them on hoping for that good offer to come our way. We had an expectation of about $5m," he said.

Among the enterprises Kibalama claims wanted licensed include; Export- Import Bank Uganda Ltd, Kafu City free trade zone among others.

Kibalama however says the promises were not documented and there was no formal or legal understanding with Bobi and team and the agreement was completely on mutual understanding.

He also claims that Bobi Wine and team promised them top political positions in the party, but have not seen any yet.

"When we took on the venture, we thought it would materialise. We hoped they would expedite the payment but we did not see the money and it became a problem, we regretted the deal," he said.

"It is totally useless to work with such a team," Kibalama added.

Asiimwe Paul, 39 a former Secretary General of National Unity Platform before Kyagulanyi leadership, also claims he participated in the process that gave leadership to Bobi Wine in the party.

"We were reached by the People Power team when they expressed interest to work with us, having tried all areas in established parties and failed they came to us with promises heaven on earth," Asiimwe said.

He says that the marriage started breaking when a number of promises in the MoU failed to materialise.

He accuses Bobi Win group of abrogating the party constitution in the shortest time possible.

"What is disturbing is the internal mechanism, the party had its objectives and the ways. When you look at the way things are being done now, then we realise it was a wrong move."

He said Bobi and his group continued promising that the money is coming from their funders, but until today, it is the same song.

But in a statement NUP said Kibalama's claims should be treated with the contempt they deserve.

They said that he is a crook.

Kibalama the party dealer
While handing over the [party to Bobi, Kibalama was over joyed, calling Bobi Wine the man who respects values and promises.

"I know Bobi Wine is one of the leaders that proclaims the values that we as a party stand for. He is the leader of the new era and I trust that he can change the government," Mr Kibalama said.

In August, Kibalama started claiming death threats from strangers for handing over the party to Bobi.

"I am receiving death threats from unknown people accusing me of handing over the party to Robert Kyagulanyi.They are following me, they are even threatening me on phone, "Kibalama told the media during news conference on Saturday.

He said these ill hearted people have reached to the extent of attacking him at his home which prompted him to run into hiding for the fear of his life.

"On Thursday night when I saw those people at my house.I did escape from the house using other security gates, my life is in danger and I am currently living in hotel,"he said.

Meanwhile at the same time, a group of people petitioned court claiming they were not consulted as members of the party while Kibalama cut the deal with Bobi.

Commenting on the matter, Kibalama called them 'disorganisers of Bobi Wine's leadership."

"Even if you bring them here, they may fail to identify me as the party president. Those individuals are being sponsored by the state to disrupt the party president,Hon Robert Kyagulanyi. I am not aware of them and I have never seen them,"he said.

https://nilepost.co.ug/2020/09/17/kiwani-man-who-sold-nup-to-bobi-wine-says-he-was-conned-wants-his-party-back-video/?fbclid=IwAR0e6qP4FbV1pnmsShZdhyNawBvsCTN_XbdsZd8NrEygvwovYqi0skcclQU

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{UAH} FDC's Kakwenza Rukirabashaija arrested again

Mr Kakwenza Rukirabashaija, author of the GREEDY BARBARIAN, was arrested again by CMI "operatives" today at 6.30am from his Iganga home.
His wife says it may be over another (still unpublished) book titled BANANA REPUBLIC.
His current whereabouts still unknown.

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{UAH} DEMOCRATS ARE PUTING DOG SHIT IN MAIL BOXES OF TRUMP SUPPORTERS

Maine cops hunt woman leaving dog poop in Trump supporters’ mailboxes

The middle-aged woman believed to be stuffing Trump supporters' mailboxes with dog food Hampden Public Safety

That’s a really crappy political campaign.

Police in Maine are hunting a middle-aged woman who has been dumping dog poop in Trump supporters’ mailboxes, according to a report Thursday.

“She has been picking up dog feces and putting it in mailboxes, specifically of people who have Trump signs outside,” Alyshia Canwell, a patrol officer with Hampden Public Safety, told WGME.

The doggy-doo deliverer was spotted both Sunday and Monday, and was snapped riding a purple bike around Hampden while wearing a matching-colored T-shirt, glasses and Crocs, according to a police photo.

“She has been also defacing Trump signs, writing comments on the signs,” Canwell told the local station, without elaborating.

The mystery cyclist potentially faces charges for defacing political advertising and vandalism, the report said.

“I am so over all this crap, no pun intended,” one local, Shelly Grant Beals, replied to the police “wanted” photo.

“Do not approach this lady she is armed … and she is dangerous,” she joked, using an emoji for poop.

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{UAH} UK NEEDS TO SHUT DOWN FOR TWO WEEKS They need Joe Biden to stop the virus

Friends

 

This is the very danger of Democrats politicizing the death of fellow Americans. You cannot stand and campaign that if Joe Biden comes to office he will stop the pandemic. You are lying that he is smarter than any man woman out there to do miracles. You never get a virus and run with it on a firkin campaign, unless you created the virus and you know exactly how to stop it. And I do not believe that Democrats created this virus. UK now is looking at shutting down completely for two weeks. Is Trump responsible? Canada yesterday got its highest spike, in Ontario I think we have installed a ten thousand fine and we have lowered the numbers of people to be together. We all started on a wrong path, we decided to use a shut down as the solution to the virus we now have to shut down for ever until when it disappears. Listen to this, a kid in a Toronto school has tested positive thus the entire school board is shutting down. Really? Why didn’t we shut down when a student got killed by a car? Well there are five million cars that use the intersection of Don Valley Parkway and 401 a firkin day. If we have so many cars and one kills a student shouldn’t we shut down all schools or take all cars off the road?

 

The number of infection are doubling every week in UK, well there are states actually doing better than that, last time I checked the numbers  !!!!!!!!

 

Number of infected doubling every week in England!

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{UAH} DONALD J TRUMP FAILS TO CONTROLL THE VIRUS IN EUROPE

Coronavirus cases top 30 million worldwide with Europe on edge

 

AFP bureaus

AFP News17 September 2020

 

 

An Israeli woman in a clown outfit mocks a giant head costume representing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as she takes part in a demonstration in Tel Aviv against the government and an imminent and unprecedented second nationwide virus lockdown

Coronavirus infections topped 30 million around the globe on Thursday as the World Health Organization warned of "alarming rates of transmission" across Europe and cautioned against shortening quarantine periods.

The WHO's regional director for Europe Hans Kluge said a September surge "should serve as a wake-up call for all of us" after Europe set a new record last week, with some 54,000 cases recorded in 24 hours.

"Although these numbers reflect more comprehensive testing, it also shows alarming rates of transmission across the region," he told an online news conference from Copenhagen.

More than 30 million infections have been recorded and more than 943,000 people have died since the novel coronavirus emerged in China late last year, according to the latest AFP tally based on official sources. Europe accounts for 4.7 million of the total.

Across Europe, governments are battling to contain the fresh spike in cases, while wanting to avoiding inflicting fresh damage on their economies and imposing broad new restrictions on their virus-weary populations.

French authorities are preparing tighter restrictions in several cities to curtail a surge in Covid-19 cases that has seen nearly 10,000 new cases per day reported over the past week.

Health Minister Olivier Veran said new measures would be announced for Lyon and Nice by Saturday, after curbs on public gatherings were imposed this week in Bordeaux and Marseille.


- 'Second hump' -

In Britain, new measures will take effect Friday, with Prime Minister Boris Johnson warning that pubs may have to close earlier to help avoid a "second hump" of coronavirus cases.

Residents of northeast England, including the cities of Newcastle and Sunderland, will no longer be allowed to meet people outside their own homes.

The government, which is facing criticism over a lack of testing capacity, imposed rules across England on Monday limiting socialising to groups of six or fewer, as daily cases reached levels not seen since early May.

Britain has been Europe's worst-hit country with nearly 42,000 deaths.

The city of Madrid meanwhile backtracked on a plan for targeted lockdowns and said it would instead move to "reduce mobility and contacts" in areas with high infection rates.

Austria announced that private indoor gatherings would be limited to 10 people, including all parties, private events and meetings indoors. 

Chancellor Sebastian Kurz had warned earlier this week that the Alpine nation was entering a second wave of infections. 


- Israel shutdown -

Outside Europe, Israel is set to be the first developed country to enforce a second nationwide shutdown, to begin on Friday afternoon.

Its government called for hundreds of its citizens who are blocked on the Ukraine-Belarus border to return home.

Around 2,000 Hasidic Jew pilgrims, mainly from the US, Israel and France, are massed at the border which has been closed by Ukraine for most of this month to prevent the spread of the virus.

The pilgrims were hoping to reach the city of Uman for the Jewish New Year this weekend.

Israel has the world's second-highest virus infection rate after Bahrain, according to an AFP tally.

In further comments on Thursday, the WHO Europe said it would not change its guidance for a 14-day quarantine period for those exposed to the virus.

The recommendation is "based on our understanding of the incubation period and transmission of the disease. We would only revise that on the basis of a change of our understanding of the science," WHO Europe's senior emergency officer Catherine Smallwood said.

France has reduced the recommended time period for self-isolation to seven days, while it is 10 days in the UK and Ireland. Several more European countries, such as Portugal and Croatia, are also considering shorter quarantines.


- Vaccine race -

Elsewhere, a study released by Oxfam found that rich nations have already bought up over half the promised Covid-19 vaccine stocks.

"Access to a life-saving vaccine shouldn't depend on where you live or how much money you have," said Robert Silverman of Oxfam America.

Drugs companies are racing to produce an effective jab to counter a virus that has now killed more than 940,000 people around the world and infected almost 30 million.

The five leading vaccine candidates currently in late-stage trials will be able to supply 5.9 billion doses, enough to inoculate about three billion people, Oxfam said.

Some 51 percent of those jabs have been snapped up by wealthy nations and blocs including the United States, Britain, the European Union, Australia, Hong Kong and Macau, Japan, Switzerland and Israel.

The remaining 2.6 billion have been bought by or promised to developing countries including India, Bangladesh, China, Brazil, Indonesia and Mexico.

As tragedies multiply, governments face legal action from citizens for alleged response failures.

A French association of Covid-19 victims plans to file a legal complaint against Prime Minister Jean Castex over France's handling of the pandemic, its lawyer said.

The economic effects of the pandemic continue to grow.

On Thursday New Zealand plunged into recession for the first time in a decade, the 12.2 percent contraction in April-June "by far the largest" since records began, national data agency Stats NZ said.

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{UAH} BLACK LIVES MATTER SUPPORT IS DROPPING

Black Lives Matter support drops 12 percent over summer, poll finds

Support for the Black Lives Matter movement has cratered over the past three months — as some protests led by the group have descended into violence and looting, a new poll has found.

A majority of American adults — 55 percent — said they either strongly or somewhat supported BLM now, a decrease from 67 percent in June, according to the Pew Research Center survey released Wednesday.

The percentage of those who say they strongly support the movement is also down, from 38 percent three months ago to 29 percent now.

People attend a “Commitment March: Get Your Knee Off Our Necks” protest against racism and police brutality. Getty Images

 

The police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25 reinvigorated the movement, which launched in 2013 following the acquittal of George Zimmerman in Trayvon Martin’s death. Floyd’s death sparked demonstrations and riots nationwide that have escalated with clashes between protesters and police.

Support among respondents identifying as white Republicans plummeted from 37 percent in June to about 16 percent in September, the survey found.

Support from white Democrats dropped slightly, from 92 percent in June to 88 percent in September.

The sentiment has also dwindled among white and Hispanic adults. Sixty percent of white Americans said they strongly or somewhat supported BLM in June versus 45 percent in September, while 77 percent of Hispanics supported BLM three months ago, compared to 66 percent now.

The movement, however, is still overwhelmingly backed by black Americans — with nearly nine out of 10 saying they support it.

The survey was conducted among 10,093 adults in the US between Sept. 8 and 13.

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{UAH} BLM CO-FOUNDER TEAMS UP WITH A CHINESE COMMUNIST PARTY GROUP

Black Lives Matter co-founder teams up with pro-Chinese Communist Party group

A “trained Marxist” founder of Black Lives Matter has teamed up on a new venture with a pro-Chinese Communist Party organization.

Alicia Garza is now behind the advocacy group Black Futures Lab, which is backed by the Chinese Progressive Association, according to the website.

The group says it “gathers information about the ways that policy affects black communities” to educate and challenge lawmakers.

On a page soliciting donations, the group is described as a “fiscally sponsored project of the Chinese Progressive Association.”

The Black Futures Lab didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment on the partnership.

Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors once described herself and Garza as “trained Marxists.”

“We are super-versed on, sort of, ideological theories. And I think that what we really tried to do is build a movement that could be utilized by many, many black folk,” Cullors said in the interview with Jared Ball of The Real News Network.

The Chinese Progressive Association describes itself as working to “build collective power with other oppressed communities to demand better living and working conditions and justice for all people.”

But the group has ties to the People’s Republic of China, where there’s been a history of mistreatment of black people.

Recently, there were reports of xenophobia against Africans living in Guangzhou who were subject during the pandemic to random coronavirus testing or quarantined for 14 days in their homes, despite having no symptoms or contact with known patients, CNN reported.

The US State Department issued an advisory in May noting that law enforcement in China had ordered bars and restaurants not to serve people who appear to be of African origin.

“The US Consulate General advises African-Americans or those who believe Chinese officials may suspect them of having contact with nationals of African countries to avoid the Guangzhou metropolitan area until further notice,” the advisory said.

Alicia Garza Getty Images

 

The Chinese Progressive Association, however, has held events with and supporting the government.

The group, which has been repeatedly praised by state-run media, backed raising the Chinese flag over Boston’s City Hall last year to celebrate the anniversary of the Communist Party’s takeover of China, and held a joint event with the People’s Republic of China to help Chinese nationals renew their passports, the Washington Times reported.

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{UAH} I WILL PUMP IN CONSERVERTIVE JUDGES FOR LIFE -> That was a firkin campaign promise so shut the hell up

Mitch McConnell rams through six Trump judges in 30 hours after blocking coronavirus aid for months

Planned Parenthood warned that "many" of the judges have "hostile records" toward human rights and abortion

September 17, 2020 3:18PM (UTC)

The Republican-led Senate confirmed six of President Donald Trump's judicial nominees to lifetime appointments over two days this week, even though it has delayed crucial coronavirus relief since May.

The Senate filled four federal vacancies in California and two in Illinois, Bloomberg Law reported. It is also expected to confirm two additional Illinois judges in short order.

"The Senate has confirmed six of Trump's judicial nominees in the past 30 hours," tweeted Vanita Gupta, the president and CEO of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights. "These are lifetime appointments that McConnell's pushing through instead of the HEROES Act & other crucial legislation."

Three of the judges were appointed to seats covering Los Angeles, while another was appointed to a seat covering San Diego. There are 11 additional nominees to California courts awaiting Senate confirmation.

The Senate additionally confirmed David Dugan and Stephen McGlynn to the Eastern District of Illinois while ending the debate on the nominations of Iain Johnston to the Northern District. The upper chamber is also expected to end debate on the nomination of Franklin Ulyses Valderrama to the Northern District of Illinois.

Advocacy groups sounded the alarm over the confirmations of Dugan and McGlynn, who received support from anti-abortion organizations and signaled their opposition to abortion rights.

"Today's vote should never have even happened. People are calling on their senators to provide relief from the COVID-19 pandemic, economic recession and the rampant anti-Black violence occurring around the country," Anisha Singh, the director of judiciary affairs at Planned Parenthood, said in a statement. "And yet, the Senate majority continues to prioritize confirming judges for lifetime appointments — many with hostile records on reproductive and civil rights, including abortion."

Singh called on the Senate to "immediately halt" upcoming votes, noting that the two judges' "records demonstrate they are more likely to be threats to people's health, rights and bodily autonomy."

Lena Zwarensteyn, the Fair Courts campaign director at The Leadership Conference, said it was "deeply cruel" for McConnell to "prioritize his takeover of the courts" over pandemic relief.

"The confirmations of David Dugan and Stephen McGlynn put that court takeover into stark relief. Both have worked against reproductive freedom in their professional and personal capacities," she said in a statement. "Dugan previously campaigned on an anti-abortion stance and questioned the legality of Roe. Similarly, McGlynn has been instrumental in pushing forward an anti-abortion agenda in Illinois. Their records on this and other critical civil and human rights make them unfit for lifetime positions."

There are about 35 nominees in the Senate pipeline, but it is unclear how many the upper chamber will be able to confirm before November. Republicans could also confirm judges during the lame duck period after the election.

Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., predicted in September that the chamber would confirm another 30 judges, including ten who have been approved since then.

The latest votes came as the Senate failed to advance any tangible coronavirus relief measure for weeks after much of the funding in the $2 trillion CARES Act expired in August. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has stalled relief negotiations after balking at the $3 trillion HEROES Act passed by House Democrats in May, as well as a subsequent $2.2 trillion compromise offer.

Last week, McConnell unsuccessfully attempted to pass a $300 billion relief bill, which would have slashed federal unemployment benefits and did not include either aid to hard-hit cities and states or stimulus payments. After the measure was voted down, McConnell accused Democrats of "historic" obstruction and "stonewalling" the relief effort, vowing to use the coming days to push through more of Trump's judicial nominees.

"We are breaking Democrat filibusters on nominations, because Democrats filibustered coronavirus relief," McConnell said in a statement.

The Senate has confirmed more than 260 judges nominated by Trump, but McConnell complained in the statement that "Senate Democrats have forced us to break more filibusters on nominations since 2017 than had occurred cumulatively in all of Senate history before President Trump was sworn in."

Ari Berman, the author of "Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America," argued that it was McConnell who was obstructing key votes, particularly those dealing with election protections.

"Mitch McConnell has been blocking $25 billion in USPS funding for 124 days, legislation to restore Voting Rights Act for 284 days & legislation to prevent foreign election interference for 328 days," he wrote, "but confirmed six more extreme Trump judges in 30 hours."

Igor Derysh is a staff writer at Salon. His work has also appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Boston Herald and Baltimore Sun.

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