Trump tweets support of hydroxychloroquine study; doctors warn against politicizing medicine
DETROIT — Medicine shouldn’t be political, said Dr. Steven Kalkanis, Henry Ford Health System’s chief academic officer.But the social media response to a study the Detroit-based health system published Thursday about the use of the anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine as a treatment for COVID-19 has become just that.President Donald Trump took to Twitter Monday night, alleging Democrats disparaged the drug. But he pointed to the study of about 2,541 coronavirus patients hospitalized March 10-May 2 at Henry Ford’s six Michigan hospitals as proof that hydroxychloroquine, which also is used to t...
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Residents Of Mexico Border Town Block Americans From Entering Over COVID-19 Fears
Residents of a Mexico border town blocked Americans from crossing the border over the July 4 weekend to prevents Americans from entering due to coronavirus fears.Sonoyta Mayor José Ramos Arzate issued a statement Saturday “inviting U.S. tourists not to visit Mexico,” but added that Americans would be allowed in “for essential activities, and for that reason, the checkpoint and inspection point a few meters from the Sonoyta-Lukeville AZ crossing will continue operating.”But residents near the checkpoint organized a demonstration, preventing drivers from crossing into Mexico using a blockade mad...
U.S. mulls ban on Chinese apps over security concerns: Pompeo
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Tuesday that the U.S. government is considering banning Chinese mobile applications such as TikTok over security concerns."With respect to Chinese apps on people's cell phones, I can assure you the United States will get this one right too," Pompeo said in an interview with Fox News when asked whether the United States intends to ban Chinese social media apps as India did recently.The United States has ratcheted up criticism on China as Beijing pushed ahead with the implementation of a controversial national security law on Hong Kong, a move feared to restri...
Michael Flynn Pledges Support For QAnon Conspiracy On July 4
Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn pledged his support on July 4 to QAnon, a growing conspiracy theory suggested that forces within the White House are working to undermine President Donald Trump.Flynn posted a video of he and five people taking an oath and added #TakeTheOath to his Twitter bio.The oath includes the QAnon slogan “Where we go one, we go all,” which refers to “an oath to become ‘digital soldiers’ to defend the Constitution,” according to The Daily Beast.Flynn actually coined the term “digital soldiers” years ago, in the context of U.S. cyberwar capabilities. But QAno...
New on DVD: 'Body Cam' tackles cop corruption with horror
Corrupt cops run rampant in the top new DVD picks for the week of July 14.“Body Cam”: After a suspension and while grieving her young son’s accidental death, police officer Renee Lomito-Smith (Mary J. Blige) is back at work with a new partner, the green, easily affected Danny Holledge (Nat Wolff). While on patrol, the pair discover the gruesome remains of another colleague who’d been on a seemingly routine traffic stop, kicking off a disturbing series of deadly attacks. Amid the killings, reckless Renee and reluctant Danny set off to investigate, with supernatural pieces to the puzzle not-so-n...
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Vietnamese authorities arrest four land rights activists
L to R: Trịnh Bá Tư, Trịnh Bá Phương, Cấn Thị Thêu. They were arrested by the police on 24 June and later charged for “conducting propaganda against the state.” Source: Facebook – Viet TanThis article was originally published on Loa, a news website and podcast on Vietnamese news by Viet Tan. An edited version is published below as part of a content-sharing agreement.In the early morning of June 24, land rights activist Trịnh Bá Phương narrated his impending arrest in a video posted to Facebook.Both uniformed and plainclothes police are surrounding my house. It is 5:30 am. I think they are goin...
Trump Blasts NASCAR & Bubba Wallace, Defends Confederate Flag
President Donald Trump criticized NASCAR for banning the Confederate flag on Monday, and asked if black driver, Darrell “Bubba” Wallace, has apologized for claiming that a noose was placed in his garage in the wake of the racial justice protests happening nationwide.“Has [Wallace] apologized to all of those great NASCAR drivers & officials who came to his aid, stood by his side, & were willing to sacrifice everything for him, only to find out that the whole thing was just another HOAX? That & Flag decision has caused lowest ratings EVER!” Trump tweeted Monday.Wallace had asked NASCAR to ban th...
Commentary: The shifting politics of face masks: Whose freedom is it?
Congressional Republicans put out a clear message recently: Face masks are OK. You should wear one.The concerted effort, reluctantly joined by President Donald Trump, should ease the partisan tension, if not end it, over face masks in the battle to stem the spread of the deadly coronavirus.Hopefully, that will do the same for the larger philosophical struggle that frames the dispute, one that has been at the center of American culture and history since the nation’s founding — individual choice and liberty vs. collective freedom and security.Striking a balance in that constant conflict isn’t ea...
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Sudan uprising: Nertati sit-in, the new wave
Thousands of protesters gather at a sit-in in Nertati, Central Darfur, Sudan, to make demands for peace and security in the region, July 3, 2020. Screenshot from a report by Sudan YouTube.As the world continues to combat the coronavirus pandemic, citizens in the Nertati region of central Darfur, Sudan, are rising up to demand security and peace.On June 28, citizens gathered for a sit-in that continues today with several key demands: An end to armed militia attacks on civilians, disarmament, the arrest of perpetrators and agricultural protection during the harvest season.About 3,000 citizens ha...
High-stakes lawsuits could shape who votes and how ballots are counted in November
PHILADELPHIA — The lawyers are busy.And the future of voting is at stake.With less than four months until November’s election, a flurry of lawsuits in state and federal courts is seeking to change election rules in Pennsylvania and dozens of other states around the country. They could shape how people cast their ballots and whether those votes are counted.The latest salvo landed last week when the Trump campaign and Republican National Committee filed a federal lawsuit challenging Pennsylvania’s use of mail ballot drop boxes, its procedures for counting mail ballots and restrictions on poll wa...
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