2020-03-15: News Headlines

Sharon Lerner (2020-03-15). Big Pharma Prepares to Profit From the Coronavirus. zcomm.org "Pharmaceutical companies view Covid-19 as a once-in-a-lifetime business opportunity"

Eds. (2020-03-15). Can the U.S. learn from China's determined response to Coronavirus? mronline.org Red Lines host Anya Parampil provides a global Coronavirus update, explaining how China suppressed the pandemic with a determined and centralized strategy that was heavily criticized in the West. |

Eds. (2020-03-15). Chris Hedges: Americans face a one-choice Election—The Oligarchy. mronline.org Pulitzer-winning author and host of "On Contact" Chris Hedges joins Rick Sanchez to discuss the influence of lobbyists on establishment media in their coverage of politics and that donors, bankers and billionaires have on the U.S. political process. |

Ashik Siddique (2020-03-15). If $1.5 Trillion Exists to Bail Out Wall St., We Can Fund Actual Needs for All. zcomm.org Don't let anyone ever tell you that our government can't afford to provide nice — and necessary — things. If the money exists to bail Wall Street out of a crisis, then we have all we need to fund a moral budget that works for all of us…

Linda McQuaig (2020-03-15). The public lab that could have helped fight COVID-19 pandemic. zcomm.org Hated by its corporate competitors, Connaught was unique among pharmaceutical companies in that its focus was on human need, not profit…

Carla Stea (2020-03-15). Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) Falsifies Report of Syria "Chemical Weapon Attack" globalresearch.ca The authority of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and similar organizations requires that its credibility be impeccable, and like Caesar's Wife, "above suspicion." Thus, the tarnished reputation of the OPCW as a result of its "unacceptable practices …

Staff (2020-03-15). Health Care Workers on Front Lines of COVID-19 Outbreak Lack Key Protections. truthout.org Across the country, health care and domestic workers lack key health and workplace protections as COVID-19 continues to spread. Advocates and nurse unions said this puts people working on the front lines of the effort to contain the COVID-19 outbreak in danger of contracting the novel strain of coronavirus, which could create shortages of caregivers and contribute to the spread of disease. | Based on recent surveys of nurses working in hospitals nationwide, National Nurses United has been war…

teleSUR (2020-03-15). Venezuela Urges Colombia to Cooperate Over Coronavirus Outbreak. telesurenglish.net Venezuelan Vice President Delcy Rodríguez warned that one of the eight Venezuelans who tested positive for coronavirus on Saturday entered from Colombia, so she reiterated the call to the President of the neighboring country, Iván Duque, to coordinate joint actions that prevent the spread of this pandemic. | RELATED: | "We want to alert the brother people of Norte de Santander that one of the eight Venezuelans who…

The Canary (2020-03-15). Latest travel guidance as number of countries affected by coronavirus rises. thecanary.co The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has affected thousands of people across the world as the World Health Organisation has reported cases in 135 countries, territories or areas.As a result of Covid-19, or coronavirus, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has issued travel advice warning people against visiting certain countries or areas.Here is a look at the current guidance, which advises against all but essential travel to 23 countries: China: The FCO advises against all travel to Hubei province due to the outbreak, and against all but essential travel to the rest of mainland China. If you are in China…

Staff (2020-03-15). The Coronavirus Pandemic Proves That We Can Overcome the Climate Crisis—If We Want To. truthdig.com The response to the coronavirus pandemic reveals that it's possible to significantly reduce emissions that cause air pollution and climate change.

Steve Topple (2020-03-15). Branson is now literally milking coronavirus for all it's worth. thecanary.co Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a global pandemic which could potentially affect nearly everyone on the planet. Yet, while most people are rightly concerned about the potentially life-threatening health complications, a select few, Coronavirus bail-outs: | It's been

The Canary (2020-03-15). NHS helpline is 'absolutely inundated' says Scottish MP with suspected coronavirus. thecanary.co A self-isolating MP has said the health service's 111 helpline has been "absolutely inundated" due to the changing advice about the coronavirus outbreak. | The SNP's Dr Lisa Cameron revealed on Friday she had Covid-19 symptoms and had been told to self-isolate for seven days. | Although she has not been officially diagnosed with the virus following a change to guidance about who needs to be tested, Dr Cameron said she was feeling "very, very tired," adding: "Exhaustion has been the largest symptom for me." | Speaking via videolink on Sky's Sophy Ridge On Sunday show, Cameron said she thought the NHS 111 number wa…

Staff (2020-03-15). Coronavirus Is Poised to Inflame Inequality in Schools. truthout.org The threat of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus, is forcing educators across the country to think about what they'll do if they have to close their schools for weeks or even months at a time. State and federal agencies have advised schools to create online learning plans to minimize the disruption to student learning. For some schools, that's a small leap. Their students have internet connections at home, laptops they can work from, teachers who know how to design online lessons and a strong foundation of in-school…

Staff (2020-03-15). We Need to Address the Coronavirus Crisis by Reducing Inequality. truthout.org We all have to come together. We need to help each other. We don't have time for politics as usual. | In times of crisis — the current coronavirus pandemic, for instance — these sorts of calls for cooperation become the drumbeat of our daily lives. And most all of us march to that drumbeat because we understand that we do need to cooperate and help each other when crises crash down upon us. | Unfortunately, no drumbeat ever gets everybody marching in sync. In every society, some self-absorbed…

Staff (2020-03-15). As Coronavirus Outbreak Intensifies, Trump Puts Big Oil Interests Ahead of American Families. truthdig.com "Trump has once again put the interests of oil and gas executives ahead of the interests of people and communities."

Staff (2020-03-15). Trump Is Running a Pandemic Response like a Business — with Disastrous Results. truthdig.com One of the most tired cliches in conservative politics is that we should run government like a business. Donald Trump's disastrous response to the coronavirus pandemic is a perfect demonstration of how pernicious that philosophy can be when applied to governance. | Much has already been said about how Donald Trump's personality flaws and questionable policy obsessions have hampered America's response to the growing pandemic. His narcissism leaves him unable to consider anything but his own political fortunes; his racism makes him treat an international medical problem like a clash-of-civilizations and border cont…

Yascha Mounk (2020-03-15). The Extraordinary Decisions Facing Italian Doctors. zcomm.org Italy now has too many coronavirus patients for each to receive adequate care. So those who are too old to have a high likelihood of recovery, or who have too low a number of "life-years" left even if they should survive, may be left to die…

Ted Glick (2020-03-15). Who Is Our Best Leader in a Time of Multiple Crises? zcomm.org How does this democratic socialist handle crises? We got an idea on Wednesday when both Bernie and Biden spoke to the country about the coronavirus crisis and what needed to be done.

Staff (2020-03-15). Coronavirus, the Frozen Primary and a Reset to 2016: How Bernie's Political Revolution Can Still Get Back on Track. truthdig.com The coronavirus is a divine intervention that can yet help Bernie Sanders straighten his course. It's a total reset in a fast-moving era when a campaign needs to reinvent itself several times over within the same cycle.

Stephen Lendman (2020-03-15). House Passed Paid Sick Leave Only for 20% of US Workers. globalresearch.ca Monied interests and government officials serving them at the federal, state, and local levels comprise America's ruling class. | Time and again, their actions in cahoots with each other show indifference toward ordinary people — including at times of economic and …

Mike Whitney (2020-03-15). The Fed's Latest Welfare Payout to the Crooked Wall Street Banks. globalresearch.ca On March 12, the Federal Reserve announced its biggest market intervention to date, a massive $1.5 trillion injection into the short-term funding markets ("repo") aimed at preventing grossly-inflated stock valuations from resetting at lower prices. | There should be no misunderstanding …

Philip Giraldi (2020-03-15). More American Blunders in the Middle East: U.S. Envoys Embrace Terrorists Yet Again. globalresearch.ca The spread of

Greg Guma (2020-03-15). Supermen with Soiled Collars: Reporters in a Golden Age. globalresearch.ca Today we call it breaking news, the story of the moment — before it changes again. A century ago it was what ran on the front page — the big story, the killer headline. But then as now, it is …

Lucas Leiroz de Almeida (2020-03-15). US-NATO Military Presence in the Arctic Threatens Global Security. globalresearch.ca The US Navy has released on a video the emergence of its powerful submarine USS Toledo in the Arctic, in a clear act of military propaganda. The maneuver was conducted as part of the Ice Exercise (ICEX) program, which consists …

Karen Dolan (2020-03-15). Think kids won't suffer from COVID-19? zcomm.org Wrong: It threatens them with more poverty, hunger, homelessness…

Laurie Garrett (2020-03-15). COVID-19: Information Must Drive Global and National Responses to the Epidemic. zcomm.org The spread of COVID-19 is aided and abetted by misinformation that circumnavigates the planet in microseconds. The only defense against panic is agile, accurate, available counter-information that conveys a consistently science-driven narrative…

Staff (2020-03-15). Super PACs Are Pouring Millions Into Backing Joe Biden. truthout.org Outside groups are pouring millions into backing former Vice President

teleSUR (2020-03-15). Dominicans Head to Polls to Vote in Municipal Elections. telesurenglish.net Citizens of the Dominican Republic went to the polls on Sunday to elect the municipal authorities in rescheduled elections, after the suspension of the last elections of February 16 that were suspended due to a failure in the automated vote. | RELATED: | The Central Electoral Board (JCE) formally began the municipal elections in which the mayors of the 158 municipalities of the country will be elected. | In this sense,…

teleSUR (2020-03-15). Israeli President Begins Talks to Pick Next Prime Minister. telesurenglish.net Israeli President Reuven Rivlin began on Sunday a series of consultations with all parties elected in the parliamentary election before tasking someone with forming the next government. | RELATED: | According to a timetable released by the President's Residence, the consultations, which are being broadcast live, are expected to be concluded by Sunday evening. | Rivlin will hear the recommendations of eight factions that…

teleSUR (2020-03-15). CARICOM Team to Oversee Recount of Guyana Elections. telesurenglish.net The Chairman of CARICOM and Prime Minister of Barbados, Mia Mottley, announced on Sunday that President David Granger and opposition leader Bharrat Jagdeo have agreed for a CARICOM team to oversee the recount of all ten electoral districts in Guyana. | RELATED: | According to Mottley, the high-level team will chaired by former Attorney General and Foreign Minister, Francine Baron. The team will also consist of Anth…

RT (2020-03-15). Long lines beset US airports with passengers reportedly waiting up to 10 HOURS to get through due to Covid-19 screening (PHOTOS). rt.com Thousands have lined up in long queues to get their bags and pass customs at airports across the US, with photos of the crowds going viral. The chaos has been blamed on enhanced coronavirus checks under the European travel ban. | Also on rt.com | | O'Hare Airport in Chicago, Illinois, one of world's busiest airports by passenger traffic, has been overwhelmed with a sea of people, with photos and videos by stranded travelers showing long lines leading up to the baggage line and cu…

RT (2020-03-15). Route of first Russian-Turkish patrol along key de-escalation line shortened to prevent terrorist provocation involving civilians. rt.com Russian and Turkish forces in Syria's province of Idlib have had to shorten their first joint patrol mission aimed at maintaining truce in the area to avoid harming civilians used as human shield by terrorists. | On Sunday, Turkey and Russia set out on their first joint patrol along the security corridor in Idlib, agreed as part of a ceasefire deal reached by presidents Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan in early March. The route of the patrol went along the strategic M4 highway, which links Syria's city of Aleppo to the coastal western province of Latakia and passes through the territories held by variou…

RT (2020-03-15). Russian-Turkish patrol route in Idlib shortened abruptly to prevent terrorists attempt to use civilians as human shield. rt.com Russian and Turkish forces in Syria's province of Idlib have had to shorten their first joint patrol mission in order to prevent extremists from disrupt it, using civilians as human shields, the Russian military said. | On Sunday, Turkey and Russia set out on their first joint patrol along the security corridor in Idlib agreed as part of a ceasefire deal reached by presidents Vladimir Putin and Recep Teyyip Erdogan in early March. The route of the patrol went along the strategic M4 highway linking Syria's city of Aleppo to the coastal western province of Latakia and passing through the territories held by vari…

RT (2020-03-15). South Africa declares Covid-19 national emergency. rt.com South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has declared a national state of disaster due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. So far, 61 Covid-19 cases have been confirmed in the country. | The president warned that the epidemic might have a significant and "potentially lasting" effect on the country's economy, which is already in recession. Earlier this week, the World Health Organization classified the coronavirus outbreak as a pandemic. Over 160,000 people have contracted the disease worldwide, while more than 6,400 died.

RT (2020-03-15). 'Just take it easy, just relax': Trump warns against HOARDING over coronavirus as VIDEOS of shoppers cleaning out stores go viral. rt.com The White House has warned citizens against hoarding daily supplies in the wake of videos showing people fighting for products like toilet paper and hand sanitizer and panic-buying daily essentials until shelves are empty. | President Donald Trump on Sunday spoke with "more than two dozen" grocery store and supply chain executives and thanked them for their work as people flock to stores to stockpile on supplies over fears surrounding the spread of coronavirus. | Delivering his daily update on the coronavirus situation, Trump suggested Americans "just take it easy, just relax," adding that the empty shelves al…

RT (2020-03-15). 'Just take it easy, just relax': Trump warns against HOARDING over coronavirus as VIDEOS of shoppers cleaning out stores go viral. rt.com The White House has warned citizens against hoarding daily supplies in the wake of videos showing people fighting for products like toilet paper and hand sanitizer and panic-buying daily essentials until shelves are empty. | President Donald Trump on Sunday spoke with "more than two dozen" grocery store and supply chain executives and thanked them for their work as people flock to stores to stockpile on supplies over fears surrounding the spread of coronavirus. | Delivering his daily update on the coronavirus situation, Trump suggested Americans "just take it easy, just relax," adding that the empty shelves al…

RT (2020-03-15). 'We are not going to be a hospital': Cristiano Ronaldo's Lisbon hotel denies reports it will become temporary coronavirus ward. rt.com A Portuguese hotel belonging to Juventus superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has denied reports suggesting it will become a temporary hospital for victims of the coronavirus outbreak. | A report in Spanish newspaper According to the report, the hotels would be adapted, with beds made available, free of charge, to people suffering from the coronavirus. | However, that story has since been r…

RT (2020-03-15). 'Don't be in a rush to die, you'll die anyway': Chechen leader Kadyrov urges public to stop panicking over coronavirus. rt.com With hysteria over the coronavirus on the rise, Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov has urged his countrymen to keep calm, not to shun traditional medicine, and care less about what is beyond one's control — as we are all mortal. | Kadyrov, the long-time leader of Russia's Chechen Republic, has offered his take on today's boiling issue — the coronavirus pandemic — injecting some wisdom of his own into the debate. | Arguing that the fears over the disease that manifests itself with flu-like symptoms have been blown out of proportion, Kadyrov called on the public to come to their senses and stop overth…

RT (2020-03-15). Mandates above all? Macron declares himself 'guarantor of HEALTH & democracy' as Paris pushes citizens to vote amid coronavirus. rt.com The pandemic has put France on lockdown, with public venues and shops shut down. Polling stations, however, were not only spared, but Paris eagerly pushed the people to vote in local polls, despite health concerns and criticism. | The unstoppable spread of the new coronavirus, known as Covid-19 has prompted the French government to shut down all "non-essential" public venues, be they shops, bars, restaurants, or even schools. Still, the polling stations appear to be just essential enough for Paris to be willing to risk the lives of the French electorate. | Despite the growing threat of the disease outbreak, wh…

RT (2020-03-15). Italy's coronavirus deaths soar to over 1,800 with nearly 25k infected. rt.com Italian officials have revealed 368 additional Covid-19 related deaths with the new total standing at 1,809 people. This represents a record toll for one-day in the pandemic. | The number of infected patients within the locked-down country has also risen dramatically from 21,157 to 24,747, according to the country's civil protection authority. | Italy is currently believed to be the hardest struck nation from the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic outside China. The nation was put on lockdown less than a week ago in an effort to combat the spread of coronavirus, with PM Giuseppe Conte referring to the country as a…

RT (2020-03-15). Saved by the virus: Netanyahu gets 2-month delay on corruption trial amid coronavirus emergency. rt.com The corruption trial of Benjamin Netanyahu, which was due to start on Tuesday, has been delayed until at least May 24 due to a state of emergency declared by the Justice Ministry. | As Israel battles the spread of Covid-19 by shutting down public venues and planning Big-Brother-style The corruption tria…

RT (2020-03-15). Israel's Netanyahu tests negative for coronavirus… but his rival is entrusted with forming govt. rt.com Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu's office on Sunday flaunted a negative result for his Covid-19 test, branded "manipulation" by his rival Benny Gantz. The stunt seemingly didn't help, as Gantz was then tapped to form the government. | The prime minister and those working close to him, had been tested for the deadly virus as a "precaution," while none of them displayed any symptoms of the disease. | The coronavirus test was harshly criticized by Netanyahu's political rival, the head of centrist Blue and White party Benny Gantz, who blamed the PM for staging a public stunt and "manipulating" the people. While the i…

RT (2020-03-15). 'Persuasion is OVER': Illinois ORDERS restaurants to turn away 'dine-in customers' as California urges bars to close over Covid-19. rt.com Illinois governor announced the partial closure of bars and restaurants to keep citizens "safe" from the coronavirus, while California put out new guidelines urging elder citizens to remain home and some businesses to close. | In Illinois, the closures will begin at the end of the business day on Monday and continue through March 30. The restaurants and bars will only be closed to "dine-in customers," meaning some businesses will remain open to fulfill pickup orders. | Governor J.B Pritzker said in his announcement that the measures will keep Illinois "safe," according to "experts." He revealed the reason for…

RT (2020-03-15). Covid-19 air travel cull: Nordic flag carrier SAS to 'temporarily' lay off 90% of employees as it halts traffic. rt.com Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) has decided to halt "most of" its flights, stating that the demand for air travel has effectively fallen to zero. The move comes along with "temporary work reductions," affecting some 10,000 employees. | "As an effect of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, and the measures that authorities have taken, the demand for international air travel is essentially non-existent," the flag carrier of Denmark, Norway and Sweden said in a statement Sunday. | Starting on Monday, SAS will "halt most of its traffic" and resume its operations only when "conditions to conduct commercial aviation" ar…

RT (2020-03-15). 'Been ill for almost a week now': Bond girl Olga ÔªøÔªøKurylenko becomes latest celebrity victim of coronavirus. rt.com Co-star of Daniel Craig in 'Quantum of Solace,' Ukrainian-born actress Olga ÔªøÔªøKurylenko has announced she tested positive for the Covid-19 and has been in self-isolation at her home with symptoms that include fever and fatigue. | The Hollywood actress broke the news about her being coronavirus-positive in an Instagram post on Sunday. | "Locked up at home after having tested positive for Coronavirus. I've actually been ill for almost a week now," she wrote, urging her followers to stay vigilant in the face of the outbreak – declared a pandemic by the World Health Organiza…

RT (2020-03-15). Netanyahu takes test for coronavirus despite lack of ANY symptoms amid trial delay uproar. rt.com Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and people close to him have been tested for coronavirus, the PM's office reported. None of those tested had symptoms of the disease. | The announcement comes as Israel is ramping up measures to battle the spread of the deadly virus with travel restrictions and surveillance of known patients. The epidemic also gave the prime minister a two-month reprieve before his corruption trial after his government imposed a ban on most court sessions in the country. | Later in the day, the PM's office confirmed that Netanyahu had tested negative for the dreaded virus. | The develo…

RT (2020-03-15). France says border remains OPEN amid reports of Germany readying to isolate from neighbors. rt.com Franco-German frontier remains opened, yet border controls have been reinforced, French government has said. Earlier reports suggested that Berlin decided to shut it altogether in a bid to stop the coronavirus outbreak. | The tightened controls are set to limit "non-essential exchange" between the two countries, according to France's Interior Minister Christophe Castaner. | "These French and German controls do not constitute a closure of our common border," the minister said in a statement. "They are set to limit non-essential exchanges between our two countries in order to limit the spread of the virus." | Ea…

RT (2020-03-15). Utah police departments ASK criminals to 'cease' crime until further notice… because coronavirus. rt.com Several Utah police departments have pleaded with criminals to stop their "nefarious" behavior in light of increasing amounts of coronavirus cases in the US. Is this all one big joke? | It's difficult to tell how seriously the US government is taking the coronavirus when politicians are urging people to quarantine themselves indoors, but state officials are using the virus as a punchline. | The Salt Lake City Police Department responded to the coronavirus by asking "all criminal activities/nefarious behavior to cease until further notice. We appreciate your anticipated cooperation in halting crime & thank crim…

RT (2020-03-15). UK to put all citizens over 70 into isolation for MONTHS as coronavirus spreads across the country. rt.com UK's Health Secretary confirmed plans to isolate people aged over 70 for up to four months amid a coronavirus pandemic. The goal is to protect them, but critics say it may be a really bad idea. | Isolating the elderly is "clearly in the action plan" Health Secretary Matt Hancock has told Sky News, confirming earlier reports in the British media. "We will be setting it out with more detail when it's the right time to do," he added, which may come within weeks. | "We absolutely appreciate that it is a very big ask of the elderly and the vulnerable, and it's for their own self-protection," Hancock told Sky News'

RT (2020-03-15). Saudi Aramco reveals whopping 21% profit-drop for 2019 — even before the latest oil crash & 'price war'. rt.com Saudi Arabia's state-run oil giant Saudi Aramco has announced a sharp drop in its 2019 profit, falling well below expectations and coming a week after a reported oil dispute between Moscow and Riyadh sent oil prices plunging. | The report, published by Aramco, showed that the company's full-year 2019 net profit amounted to $88.12 billion, down by almost 21 percent from $111.1 billion the year before. The figure appeared to be well below analysts' expectations; they'd projected the oil giant could earn around $92.6 billion. | The company itself explained the losses, citing "lower crude oil prices and production…

RT (2020-03-15). Will Trump bail US shale out? rt.com The White House is considering a rescue package for the US shale industry, although the idea is getting pushback from so many sides that it faces challenging odds of passing into law. | According to the Washington Post, the White House warmed to the idea of aid for shale drillers after taking calls from oil executives "who have voiced concern and at times exasperation," following the sudden crash in oil prices. Of note, Continental Resources' Harold Hamm reached out to the Trump administration, though Hamm said he had not made "direct" contact. He has been a personal supporter of President Trump. | Hamm report…

RT (2020-03-15). Ukrainian nationalists fire FLARE GUN at Russian embassy in Kiev, threaten to storm diplomatic mission (VIDEO). rt.com Ukrainian radicals have shot a round from a flare gun at the Russian embassy in Kiev, hitting the building's roof as they staged a rally outside the mission. Despite a heavy police presence, officers apparently stood idly by. | Russia's diplomatic mission in Kiev suffered the assault late on Saturday as a crowd of mostly far-right radicals gathered in front of the embassy and pelted its premises with flares and smoke pellets. At one point, someone also fired a flare gun round, which hit the building's roof to loud cheers from the crowd, which was chanting anti-Russian slogans, a video published on social media…

RT (2020-03-15). Trump 'strongly considering' Michael Flynn pardon, points at FBI 'conveniently losing' his records. rt.com President Donald Trump said on Twitter that he is "strongly considering" pardoning former adviser Michael Flynn after the FBI and Justice Department "destroyed" his life, seemingly confirming the long-standing rumors. | The Mueller investigation may be in the past for many, but Trump put the two-plus year probe back into the spotlight on Sunday by directly answering reports he would pardon Flynn, one of a handful of advisers to face criminal charges from Robert Mueller. | After saying the FBI and Justice Department were "destroying" the lives of Flynn and his "wonderful" family, the president claimed the depar…

RT (2020-03-15). Bravo, bravissimo! Watch stranded Spaniards & Italians applaud medics from afar with STANDING OVATIONS! rt.com When you are used to showing your gratitude with hugs and kisses, but have to stay home due to a pandemic, there is one last resort – go to your window and applaud the brave doctors and nurses fighting the virus.

Press TV (2020-03-15). Iran may impose partial lockdown to contain coronavirus and will provide cash handouts, loans. iranian.com Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has given his initial approval for imposing a partial lockdown on areas in nearly a dozen provinces in the country to help curb a coronavirus outbreak that has affected thousands of people. Rouhani described as "good" a proposal by Health Minister Saeed Namaki to implement a "movement control scheme" in 11 …

Lucas Koerner (2020-03-15). Corporate Media Condone Destruction of Venezuela's Voting Machines. fair.org The vast majority of Venezuela's voting machines were incinerated on March 7 in a fire that engulfed the main warehouse of the National Electoral Council. Corporate outlets followed the familiar script of blaming the victim, repeating the US State Department talking point that the Venezuelan electoral system is "rigged" and floating outlandish conspiracy theories.

Millionaire Pelosi Serves the Rich (2020-03-15). Only 20% of American Workers Covered by Pelosi's Sick Leave Bill. indybay.org The House of Representatives, under the direction of Speaker Nancy Pelosi, cobbled together a bill this week calling on employers to provide paid sick leave to their workers. See http: //clerk.house.gov/evs/2020/roll102.xml However, the 54% of American workers who work for companies with more than 500 employees, such as Amazon, McDonald's, etc. are not covered. Small companies with less than 50 employees can obtain emergency exemptions. That leaves only 20% covered by this bill.

Radical Women (2020-03-15). Coronavirus, Epidemics and Capitalism: The Bugs Are in the System. indybay.org Radical Women supports and recommends this thoughtful analysis of the novel coronavirus by our sister organization, the Freedom Socialist Party. The statement raises excellent demands to protect workers, women, the poor, and people of color being scapegoated for the crisis.

Manfred Rist, Singapore (2020-03-15). How Singapore has taken control of the virus and avoided panic. indybay.org The city-state has ledarned a lot from the sars crisis and is not letting the coronavirus get it down. Not all recipes are transferable to other countries, but some are. And unusual measures are being taken to ensure the cohesion of society. This article published on 3/9/2020 in the Neue Zurich Zeitung newspaper is translated from the German.

Revolution Books (2020-03-15). Come To A Special Discussion On The Coronavirus Pandemic. indybay.org Online: www.facebook.com/RevolutionBooks/

The Commonweath Club (2020-03-15). Online Event: Combatting Coronavirus in our Community—What Works, Why Now (live stream). indybay.org Via live stream online…

Labor Video Project (2020-03-15). ILWU & Migrant Organizations Defend Grand Princess Crew & US Workers. indybay.org The Bay Area ILWU and migrant rights organizations joined together to support the Grand Princess crew health and safety as. well as the health and safety conditions of longshore workers and all port workers. They also discussed the fight of all working people to defend and protect their health and safety rights.

Orion the Elder (2020-03-15). Gracias Chelsea & Julian for publishing Bush's War Crimes. indybay.org Fruitvale & Mac Arthur Oakland 94602…

Oakland Privacy (2020-03-15). Santa Cruz Committee Unanimously Forwards 1st Predictive Policing Ban in US. indybay.org On March 11, the Public Safety committee of the Santa Cruz City Council unanimously recommended passage of a surveillance transparency ordinance for the City of Santa Cruz.

Anthony Ravlich (2020-03-15). We are headed towards a one world government. indybay.org The following shows that domestically you can have a left-wing totalitariansim and a right-totalitarianism which are both compatible with the UN's one world government and its new and hidden globally dominant ideology neoliberal absolutism. I consider human rights truth is more important than any so-called national security.

Campaign for Sustainable Transportation (2020-03-15). Postponement of Signature Gathering for Voter Right to Decide on Downtown Parking Garage. indybay.org [March 13, 2020] To help reduce the serious risk of COVID-19 spreading in our community, the Campaign for Sustainable Transportation is postponing petition signature gathering to place on the ballot Santa Cruz city voters' right to decide on future construction of a parking garage downtown. CFST wants our community to thrive, and there is no more fundamental basis for the common good than public health. Each of us individually and all of us collectively must work to create a sustainable community and a sustainable planet. We will reevaluate how to proceed in light of developments as they unfold.

Moms 4 Housing (2020-03-15). We Stand with LA Families Occupying Vacant Homes to Self-Quarantine During COVID-19 Pandemic. indybay.org Today, Reclaiming Our Homes, a group of housing insecure and homeless people and families in Los Angeles, CA, reclaimed six vacant homes owned by the state of California in the El Sereno neighborhood of Los Angeles. Moms for Housing issued the following statement in support of the families, who, like the Moms, are members of the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment.

The Canary (2020-03-15). Johnson facing calls for transparency over handling of coronavirus outbreak. thecanary.co Boris Johnson has been criticised over how the government communicates plans to stem the spread of the coronavirus outbreak and faced calls for greater transparency. | The prime minister was under increased pressure to publish the data Downing Street was relying on to make decisions on how to counteract the spread of Covid-19. | There was criticism over how individual journalists and publications were learning government plans before they are announced to the wider public. | Johnson faced calls to increase press conferences to detail plans and face questioning as it emerged over-70s could be told "in the coming w…

Edward Curtin (2020-03-15). Coronavirus Panic: Toilet Paper Is the "People's Vaccine" globalresearch.ca The coronavirus panic has resulted in hordes of people running after toilet paper. Such actions are the flip side of running with the bulls, except that I suspect those who run with the bulls have some sense of why they …

Sonja van den Ende (2020-03-15). Malaysian Airlines MH-17 Trial at The Hague: Evidence based on Leaked Documents from the Public Prosecution Office. globalresearch.ca The MH-17 trial started on March 9 in a heavily guarded judicial complex in Scheveningen, The Hague. The process is being followed by a lot of media attention. | …

Stephen Lendman (2020-03-15). It's Official, Coronavirus Emergency in America: House Passes COVID-19 "Families First" Response Act. globalresearch.ca On March 13, House members passed HR 6201: Families First Coronavirus Response Act by a 363 — 40 majority vote hours after Trump declared a national COVID-19 emergency. | The measure moves to the Senate. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said its …

teleSUR (2020-03-15). Israel's Gantz Secures 61 Majority to Form Government. telesurenglish.net In a hard blow for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's bid for reelection, his main rival Benny Gantz was tasked Sunday by Israel's President Reuven Rivlin to form a new government, after the leader from the Blue and White party secured a 61-seat majority. | RELATED: | "At the end of the consultations, 61 Members of Knesset had recommended… Benny Gantz, as opposed to 58 Members of Knesset who had recommended the current…

Sarah Anderson (2020-03-15). Does the Coronavirus Crisis Have to End with a Wealthier Wealthy? zcomm.org This time around, let's use the power of the public purse to reduce inequality…

sputniknews (2020-03-15). Hindu Group Throws Cow Urine Party in New Delhi to Ward Off Novel Coronavirus – Report. sputniknews.com New Delhi (Sputnik): Even as medical practitioners globally are burning the midnight oil to find a cure for COVID-19, a Hindu group seems to have discovered another way of dealing with the virus, recently declared a pandemic by the World Health Organisation.

sputniknews (2020-03-15). Mexico Warns Coronavirus May Last One Year, Tightens Curbs. sputniknews.com Mexico has registered 15 new cases of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), bringing the number of those who have contracted the infection to 41, Deputy Health Minister Hugo Lopez-Gatell said earlier in the day.

sputniknews (2020-03-15). Congress Leader Priyanka Gandhi Hits Out at Modi Gov't Over High Oil Prices. sputniknews.com New Delhi (Sputnik): Global crude oil prices plunged last week as Oil Producing and Exporting Countries Plus (OPEC+) failed to agree on production cuts in the wake of the COVID-19 spread, as Russia was not in favour of it. Moscow was of the view that it is too early to assess the impact of the coronavirus on future economic activity and oil demand.

sputniknews (2020-03-15). Austria to Ban Entry for Citizens of Russia, 3 Other States Over COVID-19 – Chancellor. sputniknews.com VIENNA (Sputnik) – Austria will introduce an entry ban for citizens of Russia, Ukraine, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said on Sunday.

sputniknews (2020-03-15). Over 100 People Died in Iran From COVID-19 Over Past Day – Health Official. sputniknews.com TEHRAN (Sputnik) – More than 100 people have died from the coronavirus disease, COVID-19, in Iran in the course of the past 24 hours, while the total number of those infected in the country has reached 13,938 people, Alireza Vahabzadeh, an adviser to Iran's health minister, has said.

sputniknews (2020-03-15). Queen Elizabeth Leaves Buckingham Palace Amid Spread of Coronavirus in the United Kingdom – Report. sputniknews.com The development comes as the number of deaths from the respiratory disease has almost doubled in Britain. The total number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the United Kingdom currently stands at 1,140.

sputniknews (2020-03-15). Vatican to Hold Easter Celebrations Without Faithful Over Coronavirus Disease Outbreak. sputniknews.com MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Week-long Liturgical Celebrations for Easter, which are to start on 5 April and usually attended by thousands of people, will be held in the Vatican without the physical presence of the congregation due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Prefecture of the Papal Household has said in a statement.

sputniknews (2020-03-15). Tashkent to Suspend Air, Car Traffic With Other Countries Over COVID-19 – Cabinet. sputniknews.com TASHKENT (Sputnik) – Uzbekistan has decided to suspend air and car traffic with other countries amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic starting from 16 March, a representative of the government's COVID-19 spread response centre has said.

sputniknews (2020-03-15). Indian State of Kerala Deploys Prisoners to Make Face Masks to Tackle Shortage Amid Coronavirus. sputniknews.com New Delhi (Sputnik): The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases continues to mount in India, standing at 107. Until a few days ago, the Indian state of Kerala had the highest number of COVID-19 cases. With 31 confirmed coronavirus cases, the state of Maharashtra has now overtaken Kerala (22 cases) in terms of the total number of confirmed cases.

sputniknews (2020-03-15). Kazakh President Declares Nationwide Emergency Over COVID-19 Beginning on Monday. sputniknews.com ALMATY (Sputnik) – Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev has signed a decree to introduce a nationwide state of emergency over the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic beginning on Monday, the presidential office said on Sunday.

sputniknews (2020-03-15). Madrid on Partial Lockdown as Coronavirus Outbreak Declared Pandemic – Video. sputniknews.com The World Health Organisation has declared the spread of COVID-19 a pandemic. The number of coronavirus cases worldwide has surpassed 156,000 in almost 140 countries and territories, with over 5,800 fatalities.

sputniknews (2020-03-15). Panic Buying: Why Has Coronavirus Pandemic Turned People Into Toilet Paper Hoarders? sputniknews.com People around the world are feverishly stockpiling toilet paper amid the COVID-19 outbreak. International experts in psychology have attempted to explain why the commodity has unexpectedly turned into a hot item.

sputniknews (2020-03-15). Airlines UK Urges Gov't to Shore Up Britain's Aviation Industry Amid Coronavirus Pandemic. sputniknews.com Earlier on Sunday, Vice President Mike Pence announced that the US will extend its European travel ban to include the UK and the Republic of Ireland, in a bid to contain the coronavirus outbreak.

sputniknews (2020-03-15). Google 'Fully Aligned' With Trump Administration in Creating National Coronavirus Website. sputniknews.com Earlier today, media reports claimed that Google had allegedly refuted US President Donald Trump's claims that the company is collaborating with the White House to create a website aimed at combatting the coronavirus outbreak.

sputniknews (2020-03-15). UK Could Face Economic Woes as Consumer Buying May Drop Amid Panic Over Coronavirus – Report. sputniknews.com At the moment UK Public Health authorities have registered 1,140 cases of coronavirus infection in the country, with at least 200 new cases registered on 14 March alone.

sputniknews (2020-03-15). Eastern-Based Libyan National Army Hits Tripoli's Mitiga Airport Killing Turkish Servicemen. sputniknews.com Turkey has been sending troops to war-torn Libya to support the UN-backed Government of National Accord. According to Turkish President Erdogan, Ankara seeks to protect the GNA from being overthrown by the Libyan National Army, which supports the eastern-based interim government in the port city of Tobruk.

sputniknews (2020-03-15). French Report on Princes Diana's Death May Be Kept Secret Until 2082. sputniknews.com The Princess of Wales was killed in a car crash in the Pont de l'Alma tunnel in Paris in 1997 along with her boyfriend Dodi Fayed and the driver. The initial French investigation concluded that the driver was responsible for the tragic incident. Dodi Fayed's father claimed the couple was murdered as the crash was planned.

Dave Zirin (2020-03-15). Billionaire NBA Owners Have an Obligation to Help Suffering Arena Workers—Now. thenation.com Billionaire NBA Owners Have an Obligation to Help Suffering Arena Workers—Now…

Ross Barkan (2020-03-15). Teachers, Parents Beg: Close New York City's Schools! thenation.com Teachers, Parents Beg: Close New York City's Schools!

Ross Barkan (2020-03-15). 'We Have No Nurses and No Isolation Room'. thenation.com 'We Have No Nurses and No Isolation Room'

Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove (2020-03-15). Prayer Will Not Stop Coronavirus. thenation.com Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove Prayer Will Not Stop Coronavirus…

Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove (2020-03-15). Prayer Will Not Stop the Coronavirus. thenation.com Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove Prayer Will Not Stop the Coronavirus…

yenisafak (2020-03-15). Turkey neutralizes 3 PKK terrorists in N.Syria. yenisafak.com The Turkish army "neutralized" three YPG/PKK terrorists in northern Syrian territories, the National Defense Ministry said on Sunday.In a Twitter post, the ministry said two PKK/YPG terrorists who attacked on Turkish troops in the Operation Euphrates Shield area, and another one attempting to infiltrate the Operation Peace Spring area were "neutralized."It added that the operations will continue without letup.Turkish authorities generally use the word "neutralized" to imply the terrorists in question surrendered or were killed or captured.In 2016-2019, Turkey launched a trio of successful anti-terror operations…

yenisafak (2020-03-15). Improper use of medical masks can cause infections. yenisafak.com As mask consumption around the globe grows amid the coronavirus outbreak, doctors in Turkey are warning against their misuse as the devices can cause infections. Gulay Kilic, an infectious disease doctor, said despite warnings, the N95 masks are used incorrectly, supplies are low and there are not enough masks for health care personnel who need them.It is very difficult to use the masks because once they become sweaty, in a short time it can cause infections, Kilic said, and noted only patients with weakness and fatigue should wear masks.Dr. Alpay Azap, a member of the Health Ministry's Coronavirus Scientific Adv…

yenisafak (2020-03-15). Turkish political parties cancel parliamentary sessions to fight coronavirus. yenisafak.com Five main Turkish political parties, including the ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party, have cancelled their official parliamentary group meetings as a precaution to halt the spread of the novel coronavirus. Details to follow…

yenisafak (2020-03-15). Turkey quarantines thousands of Umrah pilgrimages in dormitories. yenisafak.com All passengers returning from the Umrah pilgrimage since last night have been placed in separate rooms of dormitories as part of coronavirus quarantine measures, the Turkish health minister announced Sunday.Fahrettin Koca said on Twitter that people suspected of the coronavirus were taken to a hospital to be tested, adding that the passengers were placed in dormitories in the capital Ankara and in the central province of Konya.Early Sunday, the minister "insistently" asked the passengers returning from Umrah not to leave their homes and not to accept visitors for 14 days."Passing the medical screening does not me…

yenisafak (2020-03-15). Northern Cyprus confirms 6th coronavirus case. yenisafak.com The Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) announced on Sunday that one more person tested positive for the novel coronavirus known as COVID-19, raising the tally to six in the country.A Turkish Cypriot citizen who returned to the country from Britain was diagnosed with COVID-19.The country's Health Minister Ali Pilli told Turkish News Agency-Cyprus that three people from a group of German tourists who were already under observation have tested negative for the virus.In the TRNC, four tourists and one citizen had earlier been diagnosed with the virus.On Tuesday, Health Minister Ali Pilli had announced the cou…