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COVID-19: Why is everybody talking about Sweden?
https://gulfnews.com/opinion/op-eds/covid-19-why-is-everybody-talking-about-sweden-1.71312720

Sweden Bucked Conventional Wisdom, and Other Countries Are Following
https://www.nationalreview.com/2020/05/coronavirus-crisis-sweden-refused-lockdown-other-countries-following/

Coronavirus and the Sweden Myth
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/04/opinion/coronavirus-sweden-herd-immunity.html

The architect of Sweden's decision not to have a coronavirus lockdown said he still isn't sure it was the right call
https://www.businessinsider.com/coronavirus-sweden-no-lockdown-anders-tegnell-not-convinced-right-call-2020-5

Swedish health authorities examine high coronavirus death toll
https://www.thelocal.se/20200504/swedish-health-authorities-examine-high-coronavirus-death-toll

Trump Says America's Coronavirus Death Toll Could Hit 100,000. Experts Say It Already Has.
https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/m7qm8x/trump-says-americas-coronavirus-death-toll-could-hit-100000-experts-say-it-already-has

Fox News town hall: Trump predicts coronavirus vaccine by year’s end, vows ‘plague’ will pass
https://www.foxnews.com/politics/trump-virtual-town-hall-america-together-returning-to-work-coronavirus-lincoln-memorial

WHO envoy warns coronavirus vaccine may never be developed
https://nypost.com/2020/05/04/who-envoy-warns-coronavirus-vaccine-may-never-be-developed/

Trump is still very excited about hydroxychloroquine
https://theweek.com/speedreads/912495/trump-still-excited-about-hydroxychloroquine

Trump: Dems Would Rather Let Coronavirus Patients Stay Sick Than Give Credit For Unproven Drug
https://www.huffpost.com/entry/trump-falsely-claims-dems-let-coronavirus-patients-sick-give-credit-hydroxchloroquine_n_5eaf6d48c5b64d2049626111

'We are not partisan combatants': George W Bush posts emotional coronavirus video calling for unity
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/george-bush-coronavirus-message-unity-a9496501.html

Trump responds to Bush’s call for bipartisan unity with tweets attacking his enemies
https://www.vox.com/2020/5/3/21245726/trump-tweets-bush-coronavirus-bipartisan-unity-plague

Trump calls MSNBC’s ‘Morning’ Joe Scarborough ‘nuts’ and revives murder conspiracy theory in latest tirade
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/trump-tweet-psycho-joe-scarborough-msnbc-murder-florida-conspiracy-theory-a9497701.html

Trump Whines That He’s ‘Treated Worse’ Than Assassinated Abraham Lincoln
https://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/trump-whine-treated-worse-abraham-lincoln-assassinated

Trump says he shares his famed uncle’s science genius. A friend says the uncle ‘would have been horrified.’
https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-says-he-shares-his-famed-uncles-science-genius-a-friend-says-the-uncle-would-have-been-horrified/2020/05/03/76f58726-898e-11ea-9759-6d20ba0f2c0e_story.html

Trump defends the US's bungled coronavirus response by saying Fauci told him 'it's not going to be a big deal'
https://www.businessinsider.com/trump-fauci-coronavirus-not-big-deal-fox-town-hall-2020-5

Birx’s ‘Fox News Sunday’ interview lays bare the discord in Trump’s coronavirus response
https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2020/05/03/birxs-fox-news-sunday-interview-lays-bare-discord-trumps-coronavirus-response/

New Trump Campaign Ad Touts Government Coronavirus Response: ‘Greatest Comeback Story is Written’
https://www.mediaite.com/trump/new-trump-campaign-ad-focuses-on-coronavirus-response-greatest-comeback-story-is-written/

‘Mourning in America’: GOP group unveils devastating ad hitting Trump for making US ‘weaker, sicker, poorer’
https://www.alternet.org/2020/05/mourning-in-america-gop-group-unveils-devastating-ad-hitting-trump-for-making-us-weaker-sicker-poorer/

U.S. President Responds to His Failure to Deal With COVID-19, by Blaming China
https://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2020/05/02/us-president-responds-to-his-failure-to-deal-with-covid-19-by-blaming-china/

White House Will Release ‘Conclusive’ Evidence Coronavirus Originated In Wuhan Lab, Trump Says
https://dailycaller.com/2020/05/03/trump-white-house-release-conclusive-evidence-coronavirus-covid-19-origin-wuhan-lab/

In One Interview Pompeo Says COVID-19 Came From Wuhan Lab, Then Says It Didn’t, Then Again Suggests It Did
https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-news/interview-pompeo-sends-mixed-messages-coronavirus-wuhan-lab-993341/

Chinese State Media Demands U.S. Show Evidence That Coronavirus Came From Wuhan Lab, Accuses Mike Pompeo of 'Bluffing'
https://www.newsweek.com/chinese-state-media-demands-us-show-evidence-coronavirus-wuhan-lab-accuses-mike-pompeo-bluffing-1501729

Australian intelligence knocks back US government's Wuhan lab virus claim
https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/australian-intelligence-knocks-back-us-government-s-wuhan-lab-virus-claim-20200504-p54pk3.html

US intelligence report accuses China of hiding coronavirus severity to hoard supplies
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-05-04/china-hid-coronavirus-severity-to-hoard-supplies-says-us-intel/12213868

THIRD Russian doctor plunges from Covid hospital window: Medic, 37, is now fighting for life... just days after warning of PPE shortages and being forced to work despite being infected
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8282033/Third-Russian-doctor-plunges-coronavirus-hospital-window.html

Trump Moves To Replace Watchdog Who Reported Medical Shortages
https://www.npr.org/sections/coronavirus-live-updates/2020/05/02/849642036/trump-moves-to-replace-watchdog-who-reported-medical-shortages

Before pandemic, Trump’s stockpile chief put focus on biodefense. An old client benefited.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/investigations/before-pandemic-trumps-stockpile-chief-put-focus-on-biodefense-an-old-client-benefited/2020/05/04/d3c2b010-84dd-11ea-878a-86477a724bdb_story.html

Beware the Pentagon’s Pandemic Profiteers
https://www.pogo.org/analysis/2020/05/beware-the-pentagons-pandemic-profiteers/

How Trump can rebuild the Navy, create jobs — and send China a message
https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2020/05/03/how-trump-can-rebuild-navy-create-jobs-send-china-message/

Trump administration pushing to rip global supply chains from China: officials
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-usa-china/trump-administration-pushing-to-rip-global-supply-chains-from-china-officials-idUSKBN22G0BZ

China Trade Deal Turns From Key Trump Asset to an Albatross https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-05-04/china-trade-deal-turns-from-trump-re-election-asset-to-albatross

Global markets drop, spooked by China-US tensions over virus
https://apnews.com/a3d4d502b56c04171f9c7bf76253b0f5

In China, a Struggling America Looks Like ‘The Disaster Flick of 2020’
https://www.politico.com/news/magazine/2020/05/04/china-america-struggle-disaster-221741

The murder hornet is the 2020 B-plot you probably didn’t see coming
https://www.theverge.com/2020/5/3/21245617/tldr-murder-hornet-2020

Pandemics And Our Love For Post-Apocalyptic Drama
https://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/pandemics-and-our-love-for-post-apocalyptic-drama/

POLITICS and FLEAS

CBS News poll: Elizabeth Warren tops Democrats' wish list for Biden's vice president
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/elizabeth-warren-biden-vice-president-cbs-news-poll/

Democrats, It’s Time to Consider a Plan B
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/03/opinion/joe-biden-tara-reade.html

Strong third-party candidate for U.S. president rattles nervous anti-Trumpers: Keith Boag
https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/us-election-trump-biden-amash-1.5552740

FOREIGN ENTANGLEMENTS

Bodies on the streets and presidents in denial: how Latin America is emerging as a new virus epicentre 
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/05/04/bodies-streets-presidents-denial-latin-america-emerging-new/

Bolsonaro rallies the right as Brazil coronavirus cases surpass 100,000
https://www.france24.com/en/20200504-bolsonaro-rallies-the-right-as-brazil-coronavirus-cases-surpass-100-000

Brazilian Generals say “President is Wrong” as Armed Forces Would Not Support Coup
https://riotimesonline.com/brazil-news/brazil/politics-brazil/generals-say-president-is-wrong-as-armed-forces-would-not-support-coup/

Venezuela says it foiled attempt to overthrow Maduro backed by US, Colombia
https://www.france24.com/en/20200504-venezuela-says-foiled-attempt-to-overthrow-maduro

US Mercenary Says He Led Sunday Attack on Venezuela
https://www.courthousenews.com/us-mercenary-says-he-led-sunday-attack-on-venezuela/

William F. Buckley and Argentina’s Dirty War
https://www.cjr.org/analysis/william-f-buckley-and-argentinas-dirty-war.php

In Chile, the Post-Neoliberal Future is Now
https://nacla.org/news/2020/05/04/chile-post-neoliberal-future-now

The Oil And Gas Situation: Bleak In The U.S., Surprisingly Positive In Latin America
https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidblackmon/2020/05/04/the-oil-and-gas-situation-bleak-in-the-us-surprisingly-positive-in-latin-america/

PANDORA'S BOXCUTTER

Off the coast of Italy discovered the world’s largest concentration of micro-plastic
http://www.kxan36news.com/off-the-coast-of-italy-discovered-the-worlds-largest-concentration-of-micro-plastic

You can only see 1% of all microplastics dumped into the ocean
https://thenextweb.com/syndication/2020/05/04/you-can-only-see-1-of-all-microplastics-dumped-into-the-ocean/

Ocean currents creating underwater microplastic rubbish dumps
https://www.sciencefocus.com/news/ocean-currents-creating-underwater-microplastic-rubbish-dumps/

Deep-sea mining may damage underwater ecosystems for decades
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/deep-sea-mining-may-damage-underwater-ecosystems-decades

Giant Volcano Rewrites the Story of Seafloor Formation  
https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/giant-volcano-rewrites-the-story-of-seafloor-formation/

ODDS, ENDS

Meet the US veterans returning to make amends in Vietnam
https://wagingnonviolence.org/2020/04/meet-us-veterans-returning-to-make-amends-vietnam/

Fifty Years Ago This Spring: Millions of Students Struck to End a War in Vietnam
https://www.counterpunch.org/2020/05/04/fifty-years-ago-this-spring-millions-of-students-struck-to-end-a-war-in-vietnam/

Kent State shootings: How events of May 4, 1970 influence student activism today
https://www.usatoday.com/in-depth/news/nation/2020/05/04/kent-state-shootings-how-events-may-4-1970-influence-student-activism-today-50-years/3076270001/

How the Kent State massacre marked the start of America's polarization
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/may/04/kent-state-massacre-marked-start-of-americas-polarization

Masks Become a Flash Point in the Virus Culture Wars
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/03/us/coronavirus-masks-protests.html

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