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State Propaganda: Chinese media outlets hit with stricter rules while Fox churns out disinformation

The United States has tightened rules on Chinese state media organizations as it classified them as foreign missions, decrying what U.S. officials described as Beijing’s growing “propaganda” while turning a blind eye to a parallel behavior from the Fox News. Last month the state department told five outlets including the Xinhua news agency and the China Global Television Network that they will need to seek approval to buy any property. They will also be required to submit lists of all employees, including the growing number of US citizens on their staffs, the state department said. The state department said...

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A Social Recession: The profound physical and psychological effects from long-term isolation

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, millions of people in the United Stqtes are coming to terms with being increasingly cut off from society. Beyond the inconvenience of working from home, or not being able to go to bars, restaurants or cinemas, however, experts have found that social isolation can have a profound effect on people’s physical, as well as mental health. Long-term, isolation even increases the risk of premature death. It’s being called a “social recession” to match any economic downturn also caused by the growing pandemic and it can have profound physical and psychological effects. “People who are...

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An ego dripping in blood: Trump’s lies are killing Americans

“The U.S. response will be studied for generations as a textbook example of a disastrous, failed effort. What’s happened in Washington has been a fiasco of incredible proportions.” – Ron Klain No matter how much he tries to re-write recent history, or supporters enable his distortion of the truth, the president was aware of the danger from the coronavirus but a lack of leadership has created an emergency of epic proportions. Trump: everything’s going to be great Amid the confusion, day-to-day management of the crisis has frequently come directly from Trump himself via his Twitter feed. The president, with...

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Millions of low-wage workers remain vulnerable to coronavirus due to lack of paid sick leave

As the coronavirus outbreak (Covid-19) has begun to spread through the United States, millions of low-wage workers in service industries are left vulnerable due to lack of proper medical benefits and paid sick leave. There are growing concerns that these workers will be extra vulnerable to the disease themselves, or, due to lack of health insurance and poverty, help its spread by continuing to work while ill. More than 32 million workers in the US have no paid sick days off, and low-wage workers are least likely to have paid sick time. These workers are also significantly less likely...

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Coronavirus pours cold water on Olympic flame as Tokyo Games get postponed to 2021

Not even the Summer Olympics could withstand the force of the coronavirus. After weeks of hedging, the IOC took the unprecedented step of postponing the world’s biggest sporting event, a global extravaganza that’s been cemented into the calendar for more than a century The Tokyo Games, slated for 11,000 athletes from more than 200 countries and at a reported cost of $28 billion, had been scheduled to start July 24. They will now to be postponed until 2021 after talks between Japan’s prime minister, Shinzo Abe, and the International Olympic Committee president, Thomas Bach, led to confirmation of a...

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The Myth of Youth: How children can be infected with coronavirus and transmit it to others

As the number of COVID-19 cases rises worldwide, parents trying to protect their children from the disease can take solace in one thing: the disease has generally been milder in children. However, there are many unknowns about coronavirus, and research is ongoing. Here is what we know now. Can children catch coronavirus? Yes. They can be infected with and appear to be able to transmit coronavirus, even if they do not have symptoms. That is why it is important for children to practice social distancing and hand-washing, even if they do not appear ill. How does coronavirus affect children?...

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