2020-03-13: News Headlines

WSWS (2020-03-13). Chelsea Manning released from jail after grand jury is dismissed by US federal court. wsws.org Manning, who had been in prison for a year for refusing to testify before a secret grand jury empaneled as part of the conspiracy against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, was released following her attempted suicide on Wednesday.

Fight Back (2020-03-13). Editorial: Fed takes action to save Wall Street, not the people. fightbacknews.org The U.S. Federal Reserve has pledged $1.5 trillion to calm Wall Street's worries as the COVID-19 pandemic rattles stock markets and wealthy investors. | But what the people need is more testing done for free, and health care for all. What workers need are unemployment benefits and income support for the self-employed. Working people need protection from eviction and relief from debts. What nurses and other medical workers need is more masks and other protective equipment. | With more than 1500 confirmed infections in the United States, the novel coronavirus is not a foreign threat from Europe, as Trump seems to b…

Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers (2020-03-13). Chelsea Manning Is Free From Jail, Faces Exorbitant Fines. dissidentvoice.org Manning speaking outside of the grand jury in Alexandria VA before being incarcerated Alexandria — Today, March 12, prosecutors in the Eastern District of Virginia ended the grand jury of Julian Assange and Wikileaks in which Chelsea Manning refused to testify. As a result, US District Court Judge Anthony Trenga ordered the immediate release of Chelsea …

Kevin Gosztola (2020-03-13). Judge Orders Release of Whistleblower Chelsea Manning Following Suicide Attempt. mintpressnews.com Manning was confined for 365 days or one year after being held in civil contempt because she refused to testify before a grand jury empaneled to investigate WikiLeaks.

Staff (2020-03-13). Federal Judge Orders Chelsea Manning's Release From Jail. truthout.org Federal judge Anthony Trenga ordered a jail in Alexandria, Virginia, to release United States Army whistleblower Chelsea Manning. The order came after the grand jury investigating WikiLeaks was dismissed. | Manning was confined for 365 days or one year after being held in civil contempt because she refused to testify before a grand jury empaneled to investigate WikiLeaks. She attempted to commit suicide on March 11. | During her time in jail, Manning accumulated $256,000 in fines. She faced a fine of $500 per day…

Kathleen Wallace (2020-03-13). COVID-19 Side Effects: Reality and Clarity. counterpunch.org The fragility of our American system is about to be laid bare. A foundation built on corporate welfare without any notion of a common welfare for the citizens can't withstand an onslaught of reality. The corona virus has no interest in false economies or nonsensical patriotism. It can't tell if it's chomping into a billionaire

WSWS (2020-03-13). Right-wing attack on performance of African-American spirituals at Western Michigan University. wsws.org The concert, "Spirituals: From Ship to Shore," was organized and led by Dr. John Wesley Wright, an award-winning tenor and professor at Salisbury University in Maryland, as part of a week of study into the history of the musical genre.

Alan Macleod (2020-03-13). Amid the Worse Public Crisis in Decades, Trump Admin Finds the Time and Money to Bomb Iraq. mintpressnews.com While the government has found plenty of money to carry out wars around the globe (the Trump administration increased the military budget to $934 billion), when it comes to policies protecting public health, money is always apparently lacking.

Alan Macleod (2020-03-13). Government Spends Equivalent of Entire US Student Debt to Rally Stock Market for 15 Minutes. mintpressnews.com The money spent was equal to the total amount of US student debt, more than twice as much as the Wall Street bailout of 2008 and nearly 30 times the net worth of former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg, the richest man to ever run for president.

Juan Cole (2020-03-13). As Trump stumbles on Coronavirus, He Bombs Shiites in Shiite-Ruled Iraq. zcomm.org The Trump administration is now more or less forcibly occupying Iraq against the will of its elected representatives, and is waging a low intensity war on a section of the Iraqi military with which the US is supposed to be allied…

Staff (2020-03-13). US Lags on Coronavirus Testing and Medical Experts Warn "No One Is Immune" truthout.org It has been seven weeks since the first case of the new coronavirus was reported in the United States. President Trump is claiming, "Anybody that needs a test gets a test," but this is simply untrue. There have been just 11,000 tests so far throughout the United States since the coronavirus outbreak began, compared to nearly 20,000 tests for coronavirus every day in South Korea alone. We spend the hour looking at how the Trump administration has failed to account for what may be thousands of infecti…

Anticapitalistas (2020-03-13). Spain: An emergency social and political plan against COVID 19. zcomm.org The goal of these measures is to win the war against the coronavirus, empower the people and the working classes, strengthen their rights, weight the financial effort on those who have the most, lead and provide a political solution to popular anger and protest and cut off right-wing populist demagoguery.

WSWS (2020-03-13). Massachusetts health care professionals warn of Covid-19 testing shortage and lack of worker protections. wsws.org Doctors and nurses are frustrated over the lack of testing kits for the coronavirus as well the lack of protective equipment for health care workers in hospitals.

teleSUR (2020-03-13). 'Europe Is Now Epicenter of Coronavirus Pandemic', WHO Warns. telesurenglish.net The RELATED: | The WHO official commented that more cases are reported on the European continent every day than were confirmed in China…

WSWS (2020-03-13). Capitalism is at war with society. wsws.org The spread of the coronavirus has exposed the disastrous consequences of decades of the massive concentration of wealth and inequality spawned by capitalism.

Shane Quinn (2020-03-13). Coronavirus Scaremongering, US-China Economic Rivalry. The Geopolitics of an Unfolding Global Crisis. globalresearch.ca An underlying theme behind the Western political and media focus on the coronavirus, is to damage and undermine China's international standing, the country where this disease is commonly purported to have spread forth from. Prominent American politicians like Mike Pompeo…

teleSUR (2020-03-13). Venezuela: Two Covid-19 Cases Are Confirmed. telesurenglish.net In the early hours of Friday, two cases of coronavirus in Venezuela were confirmed, according to Vice President Delcy Rodriguez. | RELATED: | The affected people are a 42-year-old woman who was traveling through the European Union and a 52-year-old man who was in Spain. | The two infected patients, who reside in the Miranda state, are duly isolated and in mandatory quarantine. | The epidemiological fence around their direct contac…

Michael Halpern (2020-03-13). White House Removes Public Health Experts from Coronavirus Discussions. globalresearch.ca The White House held dozens of meetings about coronavirus response that excluded government experts because

Labour Transformed (2020-03-13). On the Coronavirus and the social crisis. zcomm.org An open letter to the Trade Union movement from Labour Transformed…

teleSUR (2020-03-13). Trump Declares State of Emergency Over Coronavirus. telesurenglish.net U.S. President Donald Trump declared Friday a national emergency over the fast-spreading coronavirus, opening the door to providing more federal aid to fight the disease under the Stafford Act at a news conference scheduled for 3 p.m. local time. | A PBS journalist confronted him with the fact that he fired the entire Pandemic Response Team in 2018 without replacing any staff because of budget cuts. | "You said you don't take responsibility for the slow response to coronavirus, but your administration disbanded the White House office on pandemics?" she asked. | "That's a nasty question…," replied Trump. "Whe…

WSWS (2020-03-13). Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa. wsws.org The Efling union has sold out a three week strike by municipal workers in Iceland while hospital workers in Lebanon protest the government's inept response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Staff (2020-03-13). The FDA Is Forcing the CDC to Waste Time Double Testing Some Coronavirus Cases. truthdig.com The FDA's strict guidance on test confirmations is one of several obstacles that has slowed the federal government's response to COVID-19. The FDA could change its rules to speed things up, but hasn't.

Mitchell Zimmerman (2020-03-13). Who's Ready to Die for Trump's Ego? counterpunch.org My granddaughter's school has planned a trip to Thailand. Two things worry me. First, that she or her classmates might be exposed to or catch the coronavirus. Second, that if they did, President Trump would try his best to keep them from returning to the United States. In my view, if any of them became

teleSUR (2020-03-13). Prisoners Made to Produce Coronavirus Masks and Hand Gels. telesurenglish.net Prisoners are being used to produce face masks and hand gels in the United States, and Hong Kong after the RELATED: | The women have complained about their health and low pay as they earn around HK$800 (US$102) a month for non-…

WSWS (2020-03-13). New York City declares state of emergency amid coronavirus pandemic. wsws.org New York City and New York state have announced new measures to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus, of which there are now 328 cases statewide.

Janine Jackson (2020-03-13). Coronavirus and the Digital Divide. fair.org Farhad Manjoo (New York Times, It is not lost on some that, all of a sudden, paid sick leave is obviously socially important; understaffed hospitals are an outrage; and, really, shouldn't the government be paying for this…? I mean, it's community health we're talking about! And all it took was a little pandemic—an outbreak that, as it just happens, doe…

John Bachtell (2020-03-13). People's World can't exist without you. peoplesworld.org Dear People's World readers, We live in uncertain and frightening times. In addition to the global peril posed by the climate crisis, humanity faces an immediate coronavirus pandemic and what looks like a global economic crisis. As a People's World reader, you value the truth and a radical, working-class perspective to get you through the …

Ed Sykes (2020-03-13). Sanders perfectly exposes twisted establishment priorities surrounding coronavirus pandemic. thecanary.co Establishment priority: 'protect the powerful, not the people': | On 12 March, US stocks

WSWS (2020-03-13). Biden, Sanders appeal for joint action with Republicans over coronavirus pandemic. wsws.org In separate speeches, the two Democratic presidential candidates auditioned for the role of commander-in-chief for American capitalism in the midst of a deepening global crisis.

WSWS (2020-03-13). Patients denied care as Macron announces coronavirus lockdown in France. wsws.org French health authorities have already announced that they will try to deny testing and care to many of those they suspect to be infected with the coronavirus.

Ian Goodrum (2020-03-13). Coronavirus epidemic responses reveal differences in capitalist and socialist values. peoplesworld.org BEIJING—The world has a Public Enemy No. 1, and it's the novel coronavirus. Capable of causing severe pneumonia among those it infects, the virus first wreaked havoc on the city of Wuhan in China's Hubei province and has since spread at an alarming rate. At present, thousands have died and over 100,000 have been infected …

WSWS (2020-03-13). Washington governor bans gatherings of more than 250 as coronavirus spreads. wsws.org The virus continues to infect residents and employees of a nursing home at the center of the outbreak in Washington state and in the US.

WSWS (2020-03-13). Australian government hands billions to business as coronavirus worsens economic slump. wsws.org Within hours, Morrison's "stimulus" package was swamped by the deteriorating economic news from around the world and share prices plunged.

WSWS (2020-03-13). Coronavirus threatens to overwhelm UK National Health Service. wsws.org As of Thursday morning, just 29,764 people had been tested nationally in the UK for coronavirus.

Whitney Webb (2020-03-13). US Intel Agencies Played Unsettling Role in Classified and "9/11-like" Coronavirus Response Plan. mintpressnews.com As coronavirus panic grips the world, concern over government overreach is growing given the involvement of US intelligence agencies in classified meetings for planning the U.S.' coronavirus response.

WSWS (2020-03-13). Coronavirus overwhelms mitigation measures across Latin America. wsws.org The late and deficient response by the Latin American ruling elite is being overwhelmed because it is guided by efforts to cover up, not address, the inequalities in access to testing and health care.

Peter Bolton (2020-03-13). Watch Labour legend Tony Benn nail the US medical system's inadequacy to deal with the coronavirus. thecanary.co The World Health Organization has

WSWS (2020-03-13). Fiat Chrysler keeps Indiana plant running after worker tests positive for coronavirus. wsws.org The decision by Fiat Chrysler, which has been backed by the United Auto Workers union, is imperiling the lives of workers.

teleSUR (2020-03-13). Mexico Considers Limiting Entries From US To Slow Coronavirus. telesurenglish.net Mexico would consider mechanisms to control the flow of people entering Mexico from the United States in an effort to limit coronavirus, if necessary, deputy health secretary Hugo Lopez-Gatell said on Friday. | RELATED: | Mexico has so far confirmed

Zoltan Grossman (2020-03-13). Washing our Hands of Trump and Powerlessness. zcomm.org Community resilience that emerges in response to the coronavirus crisis may become models to overcome the innate crisis of social isolation under capitalism…

Nancy J. Altman (2020-03-13). Trump Is Using the Coronavirus Crisis to Attack Social Security. zcomm.org The proposal to cut the payroll contribution rate would either undermine Social Security's financing or employ general revenue, both of which would set the stage for future demands to cut Social Security. And it likely would not be temporary…

Larry Romanoff (2020-03-13). US CDC Director Robert Redfield Admitted that Coronavirus Deaths Have Been Miscategorized as Flu. globalresearch.ca The US has been lying all along. | Robert Redfield, CDC director, testifying to Congress, today admitted that virus deaths have been miscategorised as the flu. | He also stated that the standard practice has been to first test people for …

teleSUR (2020-03-13). Brazil: The Left Presents Plan to Tackle Economic Crisis. telesurenglish.net A coalition of Brazilian left-wing parties Wednesday presented to Congress a plan to tackle the productive implications of the Covid-10 pandemic and resolve the economic problems created by President Jair Bolsonaro.‚Äã‚Äã‚Äã‚Äã‚Äã‚Äã since January 2019. | RELATED: | According to the Workers' Party (PT) lawmaker Jo…

Stephen Lendman (2020-03-13). Markets Screaming Global Recession. globalresearch.ca The longest bull market in US history began on March 9, 2009. | It ended on March 11, 2020 when the Dow average closed down 20% from its 29,551.42 February 12, 2020 all-time closing high. | The same goes for the S …

Andrew Levine (2020-03-13). Biden's Victory: A Blessing in Disguise? counterpunch.org It has been years since I last saw the great Alain Resnais film "La Guerre Est Finie" (The War Is Over, 1966), starring Yves Montand and Ingrid Thulin, in which, decades after the anti-fascists lost, a Communist veteran of the Spanish Civil War, still fighting the good fight, confronts the moral and political ambiguities of

Craig Collins (2020-03-13). Four Reasons Civilization Won't Decline: It Will Collapse. counterpunch.org As modern civilization's shelf life expires, more scholars have turned their attention to the decline and fall of civilizations past. Their studies have generated rival explanations of why societies collapse and civilizations die. Meanwhile, a lucrative market has emerged for post-apocalyptic novels, movies, TV shows, and video games for those who enjoy the vicarious thrill

Rick Baum (2020-03-13). Krugman Disses Sanders and Embraces Biden While Distorting the Obama Record. counterpunch.org Paul Krugman, a past winner of the Nobel Prize in economics, wrote a recent New York Times column with the title "Bernie Sanders is Going for Broke." He criticizes Sanders for his politics which are characterized as a "go-for-broke maximalism" "without compromise" described as: "a maximalist agenda on all fronts: complete elimination of private health

Joseph Natoli (2020-03-13). A Machine to Beat President Trump. counterpunch.org As different as night from day yet there's one way that Bernie Sanders and President Trump are alike, and Joe Biden is different from both. President Trump runs a one man show with a supporting cast. As we know from very recent history of this presidency, this liege cast either pays homage to President Trump

Judith Deutsch (2020-03-13). Climate Victims Violent? Klare's Paean to the American Military. counterpunch.org Michael Klare's new book, All Hell Breaking Loose: The Pentagon's Perspective on Climate Change, is an uncritical paean to the American military. He credits the Pentagon with taking climate science seriously. But he does not question, bring contradictory evidence, or analyze the military's self-appointed role as global manager of climate-related human disorder. Klare's work is

H. Bruce Franklin (2020-03-13). What Is Covid-19 Trying to Teach Us? counterpunch.org Some people see the world as an infinite number of prize fights, each with one winner and one loser. For them life is an unending series of these zero-sum games. Unfortunately, one of these people is the President of the United States. One example of something that is not a zero-sum game is a global

Ron Jacobs (2020-03-13). Marching with the Maoists. counterpunch.org When I was a teenager living in the Bundesrepublik Deutschland my friends and I used to smoke little handmade cigarettes from India. They were called bidis and were made of leaves from the kendu tree that grows in India. The leaves were rolled tightly into a small cigarette that was then tied with a piece

Michèle Brand (2020-03-13). Class Conflict is Stronger than Clan Conflict. counterpunch.org The Democratic party elites have shown that they prefer Trump to Sanders. That is, they prefer the real risk of a second Trump mandate to the real risk of a Sanders presidency. How else can we explain the sudden coordinated rally around Biden, whose weakness and liabilities are obvious to all? No need to recount

Paul Street (2020-03-13). Dear Berners: Dementia Joe is How Much "Your" Party HATES You. counterpunch.org "You Have Owners" "Mr. [Bernie] Sanders," the New York Times reported last Tuesday, "has built a following of voters who want and expect more from their [Democratic] party, from their government, and from their country." That's true enough, with some key qualifications: it's not "their party" any more than it's "their government" or "their country."

Nomi Prins (2020-03-13). The Fed, the Virus, and Inequality. counterpunch.org Whether you're invested in the stock market or not, you've likely noticed that it's been on a roller coaster lately. The White House and most of the D.C. Beltway crowd tend to equate the performance of the stock market with that of the broader economy. To President Trump's extreme chagrin, $3.18 trillion in stock market

Bruce E. Levine (2020-03-13). Who Could Have Gotten Deserters from Trump's Three Armies . . . and from Mine? counterpunch.org Taking US national politics too seriously can make you hopelessly stupid, hopelessly cynical, or hopelessly suicidal. Let's see. We had a former Black Panther, Congressman Bobby Rush, endorsing search-and-frisk Bloomberg; while Mike Will Get It Done was making AP headlines: "Bloomberg Once Blamed End of 'Redlining' for 2008 Collapse." We have evangelicals adulterating my I-71

Eric A. Gordon (2020-03-13). Genre-bending Brazilian film 'Bacurau' highlights struggle between North and South. peoplesworld.org

Rob Wallace (2020-03-13). "Capitalism is a disease hotspot" mronline.org The real danger of each new outbreak is the failure or—better put—the expedient refusal to grasp that each new Covid-19 is no isolated incident. The increased occurrence of viruses is closely linked to the proliferation of capitalist food production and distribution. |

Sonali Kolhatkar (2020-03-13). Will the Afghanistan Peace Deal Work? truthdig.com There are two likely outcomes of the recently signed U.S. peace deal with Afghanistan's Taliban. One is that a withdrawal of U.S. forces will bring a short-term reduction in violence. The second is that the U.S. will leave behind a political mess so severe that violence prevails for the foreseeable future. | Although several details of the

Lilly Dragnev (2020-03-13). Latest U.S. Military Strikes Are as Reckless as they are Cruel. peaceaction.org Washington, D.C. — March 12, 2020 — In response to reports that the U.S. has carried out five airstrikes on Iranian-backed militia sites in Iraq, Jon Rainwater, Executive Director of Peace Action, released the following statement: "At a time of one of the greatest global challenges of our lifetimes, it is shocking that the Trump …

teleSUR (2020-03-13). Dominican Republic Prepares for Polls Amid Political Crisis. telesurenglish.net Next Sunday, extraordinary municipal elections will be held in the Dominican Republic amid an unprecedented political crisis and almost no propaganda activity by the candidates. | RELATED: | This Thursday closed the candidates' electoral campaign in the country with an absolute silence of the candidates. | The proselytizing work of the political parties was silenced by the widespread protests that have shaken the Cari…

teleSUR (2020-03-13). Chile: Piñera Celebrates 'Democracy' As Police Mistreat People. telesurenglish.net Chile's President Sebastian Piñera Thursday commemorated 30 years of "democracy" and two years in office, as the people took to the streets to demand his resignation. | RELATED: | Meanwhile, the people crowded into the Alameda, Santiago's main avenue, and the Military Police brutally repressed the demonstrators. "Step out Piñera," the crowd repeated. | In an empty speech, he acknowledged that "although these were…

teleSUR (2020-03-13). Uruguay: Educators Protest Against President Lacalle's Bill. telesurenglish.net Uruguay's Secondary School Teachers Federation (Fenapes) Thursday began a 24-hour strike in Montevideo to protest against President Luis Lacalle Pou's bill, which seeks to centralize and privatize education in the country. | RELATED: | Education Minister Pablo da Silveira explained that the bill would reformulate the educative system's structure and its different bodies. | In an interview with local news media, he tried to minimize the protests' im…

Andrew M. Johnson (2020-03-13). The Rise and Fall of the Work Society. dissidentvoice.org The victories of Bernie Sanders in the early primaries had people talking about socialist revolutions, while Biden's wins on Super Tuesday (in largely conservatives states) have tempered that enthusiasm. This is an important reminder of something we all need to remember: The Capitalists already won. There may still be a few scattered enclaves of subsistence …

Ben Norton (2020-03-13). EEUU y la OEA hacen lobby para liberar a 'presos políticos' en Nicaragua que apuñalan a muerte a sus parejas embarazadas. thegrayzone.com Benjamín Norton reporta desde Nicaragua, donde la embajada de los Estados Unidos y la OEA han cabildeado con éxito por…

The Grayzone (2020-03-13). The Grayzone and CODEPINK ask why OAS doesn't monitor badly flawed US Democratic primary. thegrayzone.com Watch The Grayzone and CODEPINK ask the Organization of American States Secretary General Luis Almagro why he won't send election…

Joe Emersberger (2020-03-13). No, Venezuela does not have a six child per family policy. zcomm.org I respect UK journalist Andrew Buncombe. As I noted for FAIR last year, he was one of the few corporate journalists who reported on a study linking Trump's financial sanctions on Venezuela to thousands of deaths by the end of 2018. Since 2018, Trump has repeatedly intensified the sanctions and threatened Venezuela military action, including

teleSUR (2020-03-13). Bolivia: Evo Morales Expresses Concern About Covid-19. telesurenglish.net Bolivia's former President Evo expressed concern about the mismanagement that the self-proclaimed President Jeanine Añez is carrying out of the Covid-19 pandemic. | RELATED: | Through his twitter account, Morales addresses the Bolivian people asking them to remain calm, be supportive and not stigmatize any citizen. | He said that the Añez administration spent more than US$50 million ‚Äã‚&Au…

Ramzy Baroud (2020-03-13). Abuse, Oppression and Murder: The PA Does Israel's Dirty Work in the West Bank. counterpunch.org Merely two weeks after Palestinian Authority President, Mahmoud Abbas, declared that the PA will suspend all 'security coordination' with Israel, Palestinian security forces in the West Bank killed unarmed teenager, Salah Zakareneh. Zakareneh is not the first and, sadly, will not be the last Palestinian to be killed by the PA security forces, which in

teleSUR (2020-03-13). Colombia: Supreme Court Accuses Uribe of Vote Buying. telesurenglish.net Colombian Supreme Justice Court started a preliminary investigation march 12 against the South American nation ex-president due vote-buying accusations. | RELATED: | Uribe will be investigated because of evidence linking him to the late José Guillermo Hernández, better known as àëeñe, who is suspect of buying votes on current leader Ivan Duque's behalf. These audios mention illicit payments to obtain votes in the northern Colombian state of La Guajir…

WSWS (2020-03-13). US launches airstrikes in retaliation for Iraq missile attack. wsws.org The Pentagon warned that "all options are on the table" after the deaths of two US troops and one British medic in a missile strike Wednesday.

teleSUR (2020-03-13). Guyana: High Court Urges Recount in Largest Electoral District. telesurenglish.net Nearly two weeks after presidential elections, Guyana's High Court annulled the result of a key electoral region where voting was marred by accusations of fraud. | RELATED: | The current President David Granger, who is the "A Partnership for National Unity" party leader, was declared as the winner in the electoral district known as Region Four. | However, "we overturned that result after finding that in the March 5…

teleSUR (2020-03-13). Brazil's Bolsonaro is Covid-19 Positive in His First Test. telesurenglish.net According to both local media and international news agencies, Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro tested positive for Covid-19. | The 64-year far-right politician appeared on Thursday on a Facebook live wearing a mask on his face. | His initial test was carried out after the arrival of the Brazilian delegation from the United States. | Bolsonaro was in contact with his communication secretary, Fabio Wajngarten, who also tested positive for the disease.‚Äã‚Äã‚Äã‚Äã‚Äã‚Äã This top official was also in cont…

teleSUR (2020-03-13). Bolsonaro Claims His Second COVID-19 Test Was Negative. telesurenglish.net According to both local media and international news agencies, Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro tested positive for Covid-19. | The 64-year far-right politician appeared on Thursday on a Facebook live wearing a mask on his face. | His initial test was carried out after the arrival of the Brazilian delegation from the United States. | Bolsonaro was in contact with his communication secretary, Fabio Wajngarten, who also tested positive for the disease.‚Äã‚Äã‚Äã‚Äã‚Äã‚Äã This top official was also in cont…

teleSUR (2020-03-13). Canada: Trudeau Isolated After Wife Tested Covid-19 Positive. telesurenglish.net Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is in isolation and awaiting the results of the Covid-19 test, after his wife Sophie Gregoire Trudeau was diagnosed with the disease. | RELATED: | "The Prime Minister's wife began showing flu-like symptoms and a mild fever upon her return from London, UK," according to a Canadian government press release. | "Unfortunately, the results of Sophie's Covid-19 test are positive. Ther…

teleSUR (2020-03-13). Germany Launches Plan Against the Economic Impacts of Covid-19. telesurenglish.net Germany's Finance Minister Olaf Scholz Friday indicated that his government will implement an "unlimited" loan program to avoid liquidity problems in companies, a tax reduction to avoid bankruptcies, and a "safety net" to help maintain employment levels. | RELATED: | "We are going to put all the weapons on the table from the beginning," Scholz said when presenting the plan against the economic consequences of Covid-19…

teleSUR (2020-03-13). Leaked Chats Show Collab Between Brazilian Prosecutors, DOJ. telesurenglish.net The Car Wash prosecutors in Brazil seem to have been collaborating with the U.S. Department of Justice, going against Brazilian law and international treaties, according to leaked documents analyzed by The Intercept and the Brazilian investigative outlet Agência Pública released on Thursday. | RELATED: | The conversations between Brazilian prosecutors – not direct discussions with U.S. officials = show that "the…

Charles Komanoff (2020-03-13). Bill de Blasio, Climate Troll. counterpunch.org Bike ticket sting at 59th and 1st Avenue. Two cops ticketing, I think, when folks turn right on red coming south/off the Queensboro Bridge. Good lord, how do you schedule the spring ticket traps at the same time as you tell people to bike to work? Those tweets, from a bicycle commuter and local journalist,

Jack Rasmus (2020-03-13). Trump's DOA TV Address and an Alternative Fiscal Stimulus Program. counterpunch.org Tonight, March 11, Trump gave a TV address to the Nation that was to be his program for mobilizing the country to address the growing spread of the Covid-19 virus and its increasing negative impact on the US economy. The proposals landed with a thud. Even the financial markets gasped and went into a tailspin.

Martha Rosenberg (2020-03-13). Pharma Discovers "Geriatric ADHD" counterpunch.org Pharma has already discovered the huge profits in labeling school children, toddlers and adults with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Now, according to some reports, it has discovered "geriatric ADHD." "For years, ADHD has been considered a disorder of kids and younger adults. Now, doctors are realizing older people have it too—and it's sometimes mistaken

Clark T. Scott (2020-03-13). "Now, Voyager" in Reverse. counterpunch.org The untold want, by life and land ne'er granted, Now, Voyager, sail thou forth to seek and find. — Walt Whitman. Recent events in the 2020 democrat campaigns for president have led my mind back to memories of the film "Now, Voyager" from 1942. The film is about an "ugly duckling"s transformation and personal liberation

WSWS (2020-03-13). US authorities in disarray and paralysis in face of Covid-19 emergency. wsws.org Health officials have been denied the ability to even accurately assess the extent of COVID-19 infections and, on the basis of such information, recommend the appropriate response.

Fight Back (2020-03-13). Stock market crushed after Trump's speech. fightbacknews.org San José, CA – U.S. stocks fell almost 10% Thursday, March 12, the day after President Trump called for a travel ban on Europe. This was the largest drop since the stock market crash of October 1987 and put the broader S&P 500 as well as the tech heavy NASDAQ stock market indices in bear market territory as all three major indices are down more than 20%. | Trump did nothing to address the growing economic worries as more and more industries are being affected by COVID-19, now officially a pandemic. In fact, his travel ban only added to economic and social disruption as Americans tried to return and plane tickets…

Staff (2020-03-13). Funding Boost in Food Aid for Seniors Still Falls Short of Growing Need. truthout.org Advocates for senior citizens hailed the bipartisan passage of a federal bill that calls for boosting money for nutrition programs so that fewer older adults go hungry. But the proposed funding still wouldn't keep up with America's fast-growing senior population. | The legislation reauthorizes the Older Americans Act, which provides for home-delivered and group meals for anyone 60 and older while supporting an array of other services, such as transportation and in-home care. The bill cleared the H…

RT (2020-03-13). Chelsea Manning showed 'moral strength' by choosing imprisonment over collaboration with US govt — Snowden. rt.com Chelsea Manning's decision to sit in jail rather than cooperate with the US government's prosecution of WikiLeaks is a testament to her character and unwavering principles, NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has said. | Commenting on Manning's newly-won freedom, Snowden noted that the former Army analyst-turned-whistleblower had been "cast into a dungeon" by the United States for refusing to work with the government to criminalize the publication of classified materials. | They offered to let her out in exchange for collaboration, but she chose her principles instead. | For Snowden, Manning's unwillingness to ex…

RT (2020-03-13). Israeli PM Netanyahu calls for unity govt with rival 'for limited period'. rt.com Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has called for the formation of an emergency government to confront a growing crisis over Covid-19, offering a potential way out of political deadlock. | Netanyahu made the offer in a nationally televised address on Thursday. "It will be an emergency government for a limited period," he said, adding that politics should be put aside. | His chief rival, former military chief Benny Gantz, said he was willing to discuss the possibility of a national unity government and that his party will do "everything in our power to see it move forward," AP reports. | The conciliatory…

RT (2020-03-13). Turkey, Russia agree on details of Idlib ceasefire, joint patrols to begin on Sunday — Ankara. rt.com Turkey and Russia have agreed on the details of a ceasefire in Syria's Idlib region after four days of talks in Ankara, Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said on Friday. Joint patrols along a key highway will begin on Sunday as planned, Reuters quoted Akar as saying. | Ankara and Moscow, which back opposing sides in Syria's war, agreed on March 5 to halt hostilities in the country's northwest. | Under the agreement, Turkish and Russian forces will carry out joint patrols along the M4 highway linking Syria's east and west, and establish a security corridor on either side of it. A Russian delegation arrived in Ankara…

RT (2020-03-13). Japan's Olympics chief 'not considering' canceling Games after Trump calls for 1-year delay. rt.com The Japanese Olympics minister shot down suggestions that the international sporting event would be shuttered over fears of the coronavirus on Friday, stating that the move was not under consideration despite US President Donald Trump's call to postpone the games for one year. | "I'm aware of President Trump's remarks," the minister, Seiko Hashimoto, told reporters, adding: "The IOC [International Olympic Committee] and 2020 organizers are not at all considering canceling or postponing the Games," and that planners were "proceeding with preparations" for the event, which opens on July 24. | Trump, who spoke wi…

RT (2020-03-13). Europe is now the center of coronavirus pandemic, death toll has passed 5,000 — WHO chief. rt.com The death toll from the coronavirus pandemic has now surpassed 5,000 and Europe has become the center of the outbreak, the head of the World Health Organization has said. | WHO director-general, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said the death toll passed the "tragic milestone" at Friday's daily briefing. | Tedros noted that Europe has become the center of outbreak and warned world governments that a raft of measures are needed to tackle the disease. He said that any country that thinks it could not fall victim to a large outbreak of the Covid-19 illness is making a "deadly mistake". | DETAILS TO FOLLOW…

RT (2020-03-13). France bans gatherings of over 100 people as government battles to stem coronavirus outbreak. rt.com French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe has announced that all gatherings of more than 100 people are now prohibited in France in an attempt to delay a spike in the Covid-19 pandemic. | PM Phillipe said on Friday that the latest government measure was being implemented to try to slow down the spread of the deadly virus. He warned that more measures could follow. | It's because we are at the beginning of the acceleration that we take measures to slow it down. Our aim is to postpone as long as possible the spike and we have hope. | The move comes a day after President Emmanuel Macron announced that all schools wo…

RT (2020-03-13). Bio-war-of-words: US summons Chinese ambassador over 'disinformation campaign' about coronavirus origin. rt.com China's ambassador to Washington Cui Tiankai was summoned to the State Department after a spokesman for the foreign ministry in Beijing tweeted that the deadly coronavirus could have been seeded in Wuhan by the US military. | Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs David Stilwell summoned Cui on Friday over what he called a "blatant, global" disinformation campaign about the Covid-19 coronavirus. The ambassador was filmed leaving Foggy Bottom after the meeting, without answering questions shouted by US reporters. | Chinese Ambassador Cui Tiankai leaving State. He was summoned earlier this mornin…

RT (2020-03-13). Russia restricts air travel to EU over coronavirus, leaving only select few flights open. rt.com Russia is limiting flights to and from EU member countries, Norway and Switzerland over the COVID-19 pandemic now raging in Europe, exempting only regular flights from Moscow to their capital cities and charter evacuation trips. | Temporary flight restrictions will go into effect starting March 16, said the government's center for combating the spread of the infection. | However, regular flights to capitals of EU member nations, as well as Oslo and Geneva, will continue through Terminal F of Moscow's Sheremetyevo international airport. Charter flights bringing Russians back to the homeland and repatriating the…

RT (2020-03-13). Moscow BATTERED by strong winds — one dead. rt.com Russia's capital has so far avoided a coronavirus death, but its more traditional foe, the weather, caused havoc on Friday with strong winds up to 25m/s, killing at least one man and hospitalizing others. | Speaking to news agency RIA Novosti, a spokesman for the emergency services said that a driver died in the east of Moscow after wind caused a tree to fall on the car. Other reports suggest that the vehicle, a Mazda, continued a few meters before colliding with two other automobiles. | "Near number 20, on 1st Myasnikovskaya Street, a tree fell on a passing passenger car. The driver died," he said. | Another…

RT (2020-03-13). Coronavirus fears '50% panic,' could be over by summer — top Russian scientist. rt.com While some countries are experiencing a scramble for toilet paper and certain prominent politicians are calling the pandemic a hoax, the real experts are a bit more rational about Covid-19. | In Russia, one senior scientist believes the crisis could have stabilized by the middle of summer. | "It can be predicted that the spread in the world will subside by June-July. In China, the peak incidence rate passed on February 2," says Alexander Shestopalov, head of the experimental modeling and pathogenesis department of infectious diseases at the Federal Research Center for Fundamental and Translational Medicine.

RT (2020-03-13). PM Johnson postpones May's elections in England including London mayor till 2021 to avoid clash with coronavirus peak. rt.com The UK government has announced that local and mayoral elections scheduled for May are to be postponed for one year due to the Covid-19 epidemic to avoid the expected peak of the virus in late spring. | Voters in England were scheduled to go to the polls on May 7 — including for the London Mayoral contest — but just hours after the PM's spokesperson said they were "working to facilitate" the elections, they have now been taken off the 2020 political calendar. | Responding to the move, London Mayor Sadiq Khan —who was up for re-election— has taken to Twitter to insist that he "will continu…

RT (2020-03-13). That's how you spread panic! Ohio official backtracks on claim 100k people in state ALREADY carry coronavirus. rt.com Doctor Amy Acton's shocking claim that 100,000 Ohioans already carried the Covid-19 coronavirus was just "guesstimating," she said a day later, noting the actual number of confirmed cases stood at just 13. | At least one percent of the population carries the virus, Acton had said at a press conference on Thursday. "We have 11.7 million people. So the math is over 100,000. So that just gives you a sense of how this virus spreads and is spreading quickly." Her comment quickly went viral, so to speak. | By Friday, however, she was walking that back, saying that she was only "guesstimating" the numbers. The Ohio D…

RT (2020-03-13). 'We'll come through this': Homebound residents across Italy sing together to stave off virus lockdown blues (VIDEO). rt.com The prospect of a coronavirus-induced lockdown is a truly daunting one but, through the magic of the internet, we have seen some truly inspirational moments, including beautiful, communal singalongs from across an Italy in crisis. | With more than 1,000 killed and 12,400 infected, Italy has been the country hardest hit by Covid-19 outside China. The country has been on lockdown since March 10, with police patrolling the streets to ensure the rate of infection slows as people self-isolate. | To stave off boredom and cabin fever, Italians across the country have taken to their balconies and begun singing to and…

RT (2020-03-13). Beijing won't disown spokesman's theory of US hand in coronavirus outbreak. rt.com China has declined to distance itself from the accusations made by a foreign ministry spokesman alleging US involvement in the coronavirus epidemic, arguing that opinions vary on how the health crisis started. | Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang wouldn't comment on Friday about remarks made by colleague Zhao Lijian. Instead, the ministry official stated that the international community had differing opinions about the origin of the Covid-19, Reuters reported. Geng also chose not to discuss whether Zhao's theory — that it may have been the US military that brought the deadly disease to Wuhan…

RT (2020-03-13). Australia's home affairs minister tests positive for coronavirus. rt.com Australia's minister for home affairs, Peter Dutton, has announced that he has contracted coronavirus. The senior Australian official said that he has been hospitalized. | In a statement posted to his official Twitter page, Dutton explained that he was tested for COVID-19 after waking up with a "temperature and sore throat." | Dutton was hospitalized after the test returned positive. The minister said that he "feels fine" and will provide updates as they become available. | Australia will ban all public gatherings of more than 500 people starting on Monday, as the government attempts to stop toe spread of the…

RT (2020-03-13). Brazil's Bolsonaro, who met Trump last week, tests 'POSITIVE' for Covid-19, local report claims. rt.com Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro has tested positive for Covid-19, a Brazilian paper is claiming citing sources in the presidential palace. All eyes are now on US President Donald Trump, who met Bolsonaro on Saturday. | UPDATE: Bolsonaro and his delegation met with Trump at the president's Mar-A-Lago resort in Florida. On Thursday, Bolsonaro's press secretary, Fabio Wajngarten, was diagnosed with the coronavirus. | According to…

RT (2020-03-13). Denmark & Poland close borders to combat coronavirus. rt.com Denmark and Poland said they will close their borders to all non-citizens in a bid to curb the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus. | The move comes as Denmark recorded its 800th case of the deadly illness on Friday, and Poland its 68th. Elsewhere in Europe, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Ukraine have closed their borders to foreigners, while a number of other countries – the latest among them Albania – have restricted travel to and from virus hotspots like Italy and Spain. Cyprus joined the list on Friday, denying entry to non-Europeans. | Germany and France, however, have stuck by their commitment to keep…