2020-03-16: News Headlines

Thomas Perls (2020-03-16). Social distancing is the best tool we have to fight the coronavirus. zcomm.org Source: The Conversation As the coronavirus spreads into more and more communities, public health officials are placing responsibility on individuals to help slow the pandemic. Social distancing is the way to do it. Geriatrician Thomas Perls explains how this crucial tool works. What is social distancing? Social distancing is a tool public health officials recommend

Sara Flounders (2020-03-16). Big Pharma's Role: Destruction of Basic Health Care Worldwide, U.S. Sanctions Lead to Global Rise in Coronavirus. globalresearch.ca As COVID-19 (coronavirus) spreads, it is a clear reminder that germs and viruses don't respect national boundaries in an interconnected world. But the mainstream press has certainly not publicized how corporate capitalism and imperialism cross national boundaries to destroy people's …

Eric Zuesse (2020-03-16). Why Iraqis Hate the U.S. Troops Who Occupy Their Country. dissidentvoice.org American 'news'-media present a very distorted view of America's international relations. For example, consider this: We discussed the executive order [banning Iraqis from coming to U.S.], and their displeasure in this executive order, why they feel like they've been betrayed by the United States, and … I asked a simple question: As an American if …

WSWS (2020-03-16). Trump administration official admits coronavirus could kill millions in US. wsws.org The World Health Organization has declared Europe the new epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic, as more people have died outside China than within it.

Steve Sweeney (2020-03-16). China Sends Medical Experts to Support Italy and Spain's Fight Against Coronavirus. globalresearch.ca China has sent a team of medical experts and aid to support Italy and Spain in their fight against coronavirus after Rome blasted the European Union for ignoring its pleas for help. | A charter flight with a nine-member Chinese medical-aid …

Stuart A. Newman (2020-03-16). Getting Viral: Why COVID-19 is Such a Threat to the 60+ Plus Population and Why the Response May Make It Worse. counterpunch.org After looking at the demographics, virology, public health dimensions, and earlier parallels (e.g., the 1918 flu epidemic), it seems to me that this whole episode with COVID-19 is being handled incorrectly. This is partly due to Donald Trump's self-serving blunders, but not entirely.

Elijah J. Magnier (2020-03-16). The Battle of Idlib Is Far From Over. globalresearch.ca The opening of the Saraqeb-Latakia road, known as the M4, is scheduled for this Sunday the 15th of March as established during the memorandum protocol signed in Moscow between the two presidents Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan following the …

Alan Macleod (2020-03-16). How Cuba is Leading the World in the Fight Against Coronavirus. mintpressnews.com As Cuba sends doctors around the world to help fight coronavirus, a Cuban antiviral drug, Interferon Alpha 2b, is helping countries like China stem the tide of the outbreak.

Andrés Figueroa Cornejo (2020-03-16). Coronavirus Exposes Hong Kong's Fake "Pro-Democracy" Mobs. globalresearch.ca While the large street mobs plaguing Hong Kong's streets have more or less subsided, This agenda, despite the Western media claiming it is centred on advancing …

teleSUR (2020-03-16). Venezuela Initiates Social Quarantine to Contain COVID-19. telesurenglish.net A social quarantine began in Venezuela on Monday in seven states to contain the spread of the new coronavirus in the country, Bolivarian Republic's authorities said. | RELATED: | "From 5 a.m. local time, school and work activities were suspended in the states of La Guaira, Miranda, Cojedes, Zulia, Apure, and Táchira, as well as in the Capital District, where Caracas is located," Vice President Delcy Rodríguez reported. | Foo…

WSWS (2020-03-16). Coronavirus outbreak: The German government was warned of the dangers of a looming pandemic and did nothing. wsws.org A risk analysis by the Robert Koch Institute eight years ago had already warned that inadequacies in Germany's health system could mean death for millions when confronted with a novel virus.

Juan Cole (2020-03-16). Trump Bombs Shiite Militia in Shiite-Ruled Iraq. globalresearch.ca

Dr. Rudolf Hà§nsel (2020-03-16). The Coronavirus and the New World Order. "War is in the Air" globalresearch.ca "Time is out of joint…" — "Something is Rotten in the State of Denmark". These two sentences by the English dramatist William Shakespeare from his tragedy Hamlet (Act I, Scene V and IV) come to mind when you look at …

WSWS (2020-03-16). UK government uses coronavirus pandemic to ready military in "public order" role. wsws.org Whatever role the military might have in providing logistical support to the health care services, its involvement in law enforcement is a grave warning to the working class.

teleSUR (2020-03-16). Coronavirus Takes Center Stage in Sanders, Biden Debate. telesurenglish.net Presidential candidates Senator Bernie Sanders and former Vice President Joe Biden took to the stage Sunday night for the first one-to-one debate of the 2020 Democratic race. | RELATED: | The much-anticipated encounter came as four states will head to the polls Tuesday to chose their nominee. Florida, Illinois, Ohio, and Arizona will collectively award 577 pledged delegates. | Taking place without a live audien…

The Canary (2020-03-16). Foreign Office advises against travel to more than 30 countries. thecanary.co The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has affected thousands of people across the globe as the World Health Organisation (WHO) has reported cases in 144 countries, territories or areas.As a result of Covid-19, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has issued travel advice warning people against visiting certain countries or areas due to restrictions or the risk of quarantine.FCO travel advice can range from advising against all travel to a whole country to recommending travellers seek advice before travelling to a particular area, based on how safe it is to visit.The guidance as of Monday morning advises against a…

The Canary (2020-03-16). Biden and Sanders push credentials to lead US against coronavirus. thecanary.co Former vice president Joe Biden and senator Bernie Sanders used Sunday's Democratic debate to cast themselves as best-positioned person to lead the United States through a global pandemic.In the latest debate in the race to decide the Democrats' nominee to run for president, the pair were united in their criticism of president Donald Trump's response to the coronavirus but diverged on how they would confront the spiralling public health and economic crisis.Biden pledged to deploy the US military to help with recovery efforts and warned a federal financial bail-out may be necessary to stabilise the economy.The two…

WSWS (2020-03-16). Johnson government denounced for COVID-19 "herd immunity" policy. wsws.org For all its belated and half-hearted denials, the government's actions prove that it is intent on not lifting a finger to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

Staff (2020-03-16). "A Time to Rethink America": Sanders Sets Tone at Coronavirus Debate. truthout.org The final Democratic presidential debate of 2020 was a dispiriting affair for reasons that went far beyond the politics of it. The specter of COVID-19 lent a stark gloominess to the occasion, as did the seeming emptiness of the room itself: three CNN moderators, two men and the cameras. I never thought I'd miss a debate audience, but the energy was gone from that room, and the brightly lit set could not make up for it. | And then there's this: "The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended…

WSWS (2020-03-16). Coronavirus spreads to Turkey, risking a rapid outbreak. wsws.org On Sunday, the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Turkey rose from six to 18, while at least 3,000 people are reportedly under quarantine.

Staff (2020-03-16). Coronavirus Pushes Hospitals to Share Information on Stocks of Protective Gear. truthout.org Masks, gloves and other equipment are crucial as health care workers face the COVID-19 outbreak. There is a strategic national stockpile that the U.S. government controls — but no one knows what, beyond that stockpile, is available in the private sector. | Some hospitals have a surplus of the protective equipment and some not enough. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is working on a system that would track the inventory across the U.S. | The big hurdle isn't the technolog…

Charles Ornstein (2020-03-16). This coronavirus is unlike anything in our lifetime, and we have to stop comparing it to the flu. nationofchange.org Every single one, from former FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb to Harvard professor Ashish Jha, has said we're not doing enough, that this is far more serious than it is being taken.

Michael Zitterman (2020-03-16). COVID-19: Is the United States Committing Economic Suicide? globalresearch.ca Houston, we have a problem. That problem is Covid-19 (named for Coronavirus disease 2019), first identified in Wuhan City, China. | Our government is taking actions which appear to be excessive and misguided, based on the concept of "cost versus benefits"….

WSWS (2020-03-16). New York City finally closes public schools during coronavirus pandemic. wsws.org Public schools in the largest school district in the United States remained opened until this week, despite objections from parents, students and educators.

People's Daily (2020-03-16). US Army Might Have Brought Epidemic to China: China's Foreign Ministry Spokesman's Tweet. globalresearch.ca Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian wrote on his Twitter account on Thursday that the US military may have brought the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) to Wuhan. | . | . | "CDC was caught on the spot. When did patient zero begin in …

Staff (2020-03-16). Can a Pandemic Shake the Faith of Trump's Followers? Don't Count on It. truthout.org It feels as though the United States entered a new phase in the coronavirus crisis over the weekend. Although President Trump continued to tout his bungling response to the pandemic as a heroic success, the virus just keeps coming. Based on what we hear from all the experts, this is really just the beginning. | Local and state governments, along with the private sector, have stepped up with their own mitigation plans, canceling events and closing schools and nonessential services. Over the past few da…

Staff (2020-03-16). Trump Administration Seeks Exclusive Rights to Potential Coronavirus Vaccine. truthout.org German lawmakers and government officials voiced outrage at The German newspaper Welt am Sonntag, citing…

WSWS (2020-03-16). Autoworkers denounce official coronavirus response, call for plant shutdowns. wsws.org Autoworkers have flooded the WSWS Autoworker Newsletter with messages in recent days, calling for the shut down of factories and measures to stop the further spread of the coronavirus.

Staff (2020-03-16). Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor and Michael Eric Dyson Debate Sanders vs. Biden. truthout.org Democratic presidential candidates Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders faced off in their first one-on-one debate Sunday night in the midst of an unprecedented national crisis, with 3,600 reported COVID-19 cases, 61 deaths so far, 33 states closing schools and mass shutdowns in major cities. The rivals clashed on how to respond to the coronavirus pandemic, Medicare for All, the climate crisis, Joe Biden's record and whether or not the U.S. needs a revolution. We play highlights from the debate and get respon…

WSWS (2020-03-16). Coronavirus could lead to collapse of German healthcare system as early as May. wsws.org The number of people infected in Germany has tripled since Wednesday.

teleSUR (2020-03-16). Senior Iranian Cleric Reported Dead After Coronavirus Infection. telesurenglish.net Ayatollah Seyed Hashem Bathaee, a member of the Iranian Assembly of Experts, died on Monday after contracting the novel coronavirus, Tasnim news agency reported. | RELATED: | The cleric, 78, died at a hospital in central Qom city where the first cases of novel coronavirus in Iran were detected on Feb. 19. | At least 25 Iranian officials have so far been infected with the virus. | The Assembly of Experts is a high-ranking leg…

Whitney Webb (2020-03-16). US Intel Agencies Played Unsettling Role in Classified Coronavirus Response Plan. globalresearch.ca 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. | *** | As the COVID-19 coronavirus crisis comes to dominate headlines, little …

Staff (2020-03-16). Fear Can Spread From Person to Person Faster Than the Coronavirus — but There Are Ways to Slow It Down. truthdig.com It can feel like everyone is stewing in anxiety about COVID-19 and seeing other people freak out can make you freak out more. A psychiatrist explains this phenomenon, and how to keep it in check.

Amandla Thomas-Johnson (2020-03-16). Coronavirus: Africans Accuse Europeans of 'Coronising' the Continent. globalresearch.ca The large number of Europeans being diagnosed with coronavirus in Africa has sparked debate and ridicule, with one Senegalese newspaper questioning whether France was out to "coronise" its former colony after two French nationals received a positive diagnosis. | With around …

WSWS (2020-03-16). St. Paul teachers union uses coronavirus outbreak to justify sell out of three-day strike. wsws.org The St. Paul Federation of Educators announced a tentative agreement early Friday morning, sending teachers back to potentially infected schools.

Mitchell Zimmerman (2020-03-16). Does Trump still think the coronavirus is a hoax? peoplesworld.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 …

Michael T. Hertz (2020-03-16). Why government payment for coronavirus testing is essential. nationofchange.org The cost of healthcare doesn't just protect the patient, but potentially it protects all of us from the spread of disease. Paying that cost should be a matter of social importance.

Steve Sweeney (2020-03-16). Sanctions cripple Iran's coronavirus response; country pleads for U.S. to lift them. peoplesworld.org Iran's ability to fight the coronavirus is being "severely hampered" by crippling U.S. sanctions, according to the government there. President Hassan Rouhani pleaded with world leaders to press President Donald Trump to lift trade restrictions to save lives. Rouhani said he had written letters in desperation asking the international community not to comply with the …

Ed Sykes (2020-03-16). Thousands of volunteers join effort to help vulnerable people during UK coronavirus crisis. thecanary.co Thousands of Britons have joined local Facebook groups offering food and support for elderly and vulnerable people during the coronavirus outbreak.The groups, named Covid-19 Mutual Aid, have been set up in most London boroughs, cities including Manchester, Newcastle and Birmingham, as well as smaller towns throughout the UK.Some groups have received several thousand members in recent days as more and more people self-isolate to prevent the spread of the virus.In one group, users shared a printable postcard which could be dropped in to neighbours' letterboxes, with offers to pick up shopping, post mail or even jus…

WSWS (2020-03-16). Cruise ship industry announces worldwide shutdown in response to coronavirus pandemic, leaving ship workers in the lurch. wsws.org While directives for employees have been changing rapidly, it's evident that the cruise ship giants will attempt to impose their losses on the backs of their workforce.

Staff (2020-03-16). Profit Motives Are Fueling Mask Shortages at Hospitals. truthout.org Masks, gloves and other equipment are crucial as health care workers face the COVID-19 outbreak. There is a strategic national stockpile that the U.S. government controls — but no one knows what, beyond that stockpile, is available in the private sector. | Some hospitals have a surplus of the protective equipment and some not enough. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is working on a system that would track the inventory across the U.S. | The big hurdle isn't the technolog…

WSWS (2020-03-16). Fund drive to pay Chelsea Manning's court fines raises $267,000 in two days. wsws.org Within two days of Manning's release from jail, a GoFundMe campaign organized by her supporters raised more than enough to pay the punitive fines imposed on her for refusing to testify against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2020-03-16). The Release of Chelsea Manning. globalresearch.ca Chelsea Manning's release last Thursday

Jonathan Turley (2020-03-16). Court Finally Releases Chelsea Manning After Suicide Attempt. globalresearch.ca I have previously objected to how the Justice Department uses grand juries to punish certain individuals who refuse to cooperate with federal investigations. This concern was heightened during my

Larry Romanoff (2020-03-16). US Action in Addressing COVID-19. "Attributing Virus Deaths to the Flu" globalresearch.ca The US is following the same pattern with COVID-19 as with prior virus outbreaks. Downplay and understate initially, cover up the truth, flood the media with misinformation, then slowly release the true facts as necessary to maintain the narrative. | "Health …

Jeffrey Sterling (2020-03-16). I Reject Using My Unjust Conviction Against Julian Assange. counterpunch.org In 2015 I was wrongfully convicted of, and imprisoned for, violating the U.S. Espionage Act. Now, while there is no question that I stand in solidarity with WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange in a British court as he fights extradition, little did I know that my presence is also there as fodder to support extradition. If

Israel Shamir (2020-03-16). Julian in the Dock. "A Secret Trial" globalresearch.ca Julian Assange's extradition hearing has had very little media coverage. Even The Guardian and The New York Times barely mentioned it, though these newspapers made a fortune publishing Assange-provided cables. Unless you had been looking for it, you wouldn't …

Stephen Lendman (2020-03-16). The Bush Administration's Secret Biowarfare Agenda. globalresearch.ca First published in July 2008 | When it comes to observing US and international laws, treaties and norms, the Bush administration is a serial offender. Since 2001, it's: | — spurned efforts for nuclear disarmament to advance its weapons program and retain …

Stephen Lendman (2020-03-16). Uncharted Troubled Economic Waters. Global Recession, Fear-mongering and the COVID-19 "Trigger Mechanism" globalresearch.ca There's much more to fear about crashing markets on 401(k) retirement plans, protracted economic recession, perhaps a looming depression, than a global COVID-19 pandemic that doesn't exist. | Public health reality distorted by fear-mongering is radically changing how most people are …

Ramzy Baroud (2020-03-16). A Policeman, A Pastor and A Palestinian: The 'Chilestinians' as a Model for Palestinian Unity. mintpressnews.com The Palestinian diaspora in Chile, the Chilestinians, have had unique success in learning how to accept their political differences and unify over thier common cause.

Stansfield Smith (2020-03-16). A case study of corporate media disinformation. mronline.org Corporate America's disinformation relies on politicians, media and NGOs to implant their messaging. An essential part of combatting that messaging requires us to question our own views, as none of us are entirely immune to disinformation techniques, which have in effect become an advanced science. |

Hamza Hamouchene (2020-03-16). The Algerian Revolution: the Struggle for Decolonization Continues. counterpunch.org Algeria is going through a revolutionary phase. The mass-scale uprising that started in February 2019 has been sustained for more than a year now and is showing an incredible resilience and soumoud (steadfastness in Arabic). Hundreds of thousands are still in the streets, joining huge weekly protests every Tuesday and Friday (and recently some Saturdays

Elliot Sperber (2020-03-16). The Statue of Liberty's Torch. counterpunch.org The Statue of Liberty's Torch The Statue of Liberty wears a crown And is armed with a torch To burn things down Jails and prisons Gas and logging Enterprises' offices — the capitalists, and all their accomplices LAPD, NYPD, CPB And ICE That's simple self-defense/ Defense of others, right? We see, the danger's clear It's

Charles Komanoff (2020-03-16). Spiritual: How McCoy Tyner Lives On. counterpunch.org It isn't quite true that McCoy Tyner, who died earlier this month, was the last survivor of the John Coltrane Quartet. Reggie Workman, who for a while held the string bass chair that Jimmy Garrison would claim until Trane's death, is alive and well, 82 years young, living, teaching and gigging in and

John Feffer (2020-03-16). Trump as Political Hit Man. counterpunch.org Donald Trump filed his paperwork to run for reelection only hours after his inauguration in January 2017, setting a presidential record, the first of his many dubious achievements. For a man who relished the adulation and bombast of campaigning, it should have surprised no one that he charged out of the starting gate so quickly

Colin Todhunter (2020-03-16). Dependency, Distress and No Durable Agronomic Benefits: The Story of Bt Cotton in India. counterpunch.org In the early 2000s, genetically modified (GM) Bt insecticidal cotton was being heavily promoted in India on the basis that it would cut pesticide use dramatically, boost yields and contribute to the financial well-being of farmers. Private sector Bt cotton hybrids now cover over 90% of the area under cotton. Supporters of Bt cotton have wasted

Staff (2020-03-16). Is the DNC Once Again Orchestrating the Defeat of a Socialist Candidate? truthout.org In 1944, the Democratic National Committee (DNC) ensured that socialist Henry Wallace would not succeed Franklin D. Roosevelt (FDR) as president. Is history repeating itself in 2020? | Democratic socialist Bernie Sanders received the most votes in the first three primary elections. After centrist Joe Biden scored his first primary win, the DNC consolidated the Democratic Party establishment around him. Candidates Pete Buttigieg and Amy Klobuchar immediately dropped out of the race and endorsed Bid…

Alan Macleod (2020-03-16). As Coronvirus Grips the US, Americans Get a Taste of Life Under Sanctions. mintpressnews.com Crippling shortages, travel restrictions and overwhelmed medical services will give Americans a taste of what it is like for the millions of people living under US sanctions worldwide.

Paul Antonopoulos (2020-03-16). Taiwan Nationalists Seek Closer Relations with China. Bad News for America. globalresearch.ca In the the Kuomingtang (KMT), the Nationalist Party of Taiwan, election held on Saturday, Jiang Khai (commonly known in the West as Johnny Chiang) was selected as a new head of the political party. According to Taiwanese media, Jiang Kai …

Juan Cole (2020-03-16). Why Burning Fossil Fuels is to Today's Pandemics as Fleas were to the Black Death. truthdig.com There is an exact analogy between Trump's treatment of Covid-19 and his treatment of the climate emergency.

Mike Whitney (2020-03-16). 9 Things You Should Know About the 2020 Stock Market Crash. globalresearch.ca 1— Investors are cashing in and heading for the exits | According to Bloomberg News: "Investors made their biggest dash for cash in history" in the last week. "They channeled $137 billion into cash-like assets and a record $14 billion into …

Andre Vltchek (2020-03-16). America Attacks the World, The World Levitates Towards Russia, China. globalresearch.ca Frankly and in summary: recently The United States of America has crossed several lines, committing atrocities, in many parts of the world. In the past, no country could get away with this; such situations would inevitably lead to war. | Presently, …

David Schultz (2020-03-16). What If They Held a Revolution and No One Came? counterpunch.org Bernie Sanders wanted a revolution but it appears that no one read the memo announcing it. The hallmark of the Sanders' presidential campaign was to defy conventional wisdom held by mainstream political science and political operatives. This wisdom depicts American public opinion and voters as plotted along a bell curve from political left to right,

WSWS (2020-03-16). This week in history: March 16-22. wsws.org 25 years ago: Sarin gas attack in Tokyo subwayOn March 20, 1995, a sarin gas attack by a terrorist group on the Tokyo subway system killed 13 people, injured over 50, and caused temporary vision loss for over 1,000 others. The gas, 500 times more toxic than cyanide, was released at five different points on three major subway lines in a coordinated action.

teleSUR (2020-03-16). Powerful Earthquake Felt in Northern Ecuador. telesurenglish.net An earthquake of 5.13 on the Ritcher Scale was recorded on Sunday night in Ecuador. The event, which left no material damage or victims, had its epicenter in the northern province of Esmeraldas. | RELATED: | As the Ecuadorian Geophysics Institute reported, the earthquake was perceptible at 22: 53 local time, with a depth of 9.26 kilometers and 28.52 kilometers from San Lorenzo, close to the coastal community of Velez and Colombia &…

Nile Bowie (2020-03-16). Court Trial in The Hague: Is Malaysia's Position on MH17 Tragedy Shifting? globalresearch.ca A long-awaited court trial of four suspects implicated in the July 2014 downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 began today (March 9) at The Hague in the Netherlands. | Three Russian nationals and one Ukrainian have been indicted for the murder …

WSWS (2020-03-16). German student newspaper "Unauf" defends far-right violence against students. wsws.org Following the refusal of Humboldt University management to condemn the physical attack by right-wing extremist professor Jà∂rg Baberowski on a left-wing student, the "independent student newspaper at Humboldt University" has followed suit.

Kate Hudson (2020-03-16). US to Practice Invasion of Europe. globalresearch.ca Defender Europe 20, NATO's biggest wargames for over 25 years, is getting under way this month. 20,000 US troops are participating in the US's largest deployment to Europe in over quarter of a century. With 18 states involved totaling 37,000 …

Timothy Alexander Guzman (2020-03-16). COVID-19 and the CIA's Biological Warfare on Cuba. globalresearch.ca Maybe it was a plan that went horribly wrong, something they could no longer control. Was the Corona virus or COVID-19 spread intentionally? What if this virus was used against China as a weapon of choice to destabilize China's economy …

Daniel Larison (2020-03-16). Listen to George Kennan and End the War in Afghanistan. globalresearch.ca Van Jackson

Dr. Bischara A. Egal (2020-03-16). Somalia's Dysfunctional Clan-Federalism. globalresearch.ca "Technological progress has merely provided us with more efficient means for going backwards." — Aldous Huxley | "History can come in handy. If you were born yesterday, with no knowledge of the past, you might easily accept whatever the government tells …

Jill Richardson (2020-03-16). If Someone Says You've Hurt Them, Believe Them. counterpunch.org Six years ago, I messed up. In 2014 I started grad school. I went to the first school event for new students and told another student an anecdote about my study abroad in China in 2000. I told the story exactly as I always had — and I used a bad Chinese accent and broken

Joseph E. Lowndes (2020-03-16). Tom Turnipseed: Race Treason and the Promise of Left Populism. counterpunch.org "I've always been a populist," Tom Turnipseed, once told me. "I just had the wrong idea of who I should be fighting for." The political career of Turnipseed, who died last week at the age of 83, is an extraordinary one. He was the national director of Alabama Governor and segregationist George Wallace's 1968 national

Xinhua (2020-03-16). China's Report on Human Rights Violations in the US. globalresearch.ca China on Friday issued a report on the human rights violations in the United States. | Titled "The Record of Human Rights Violations in the United States in 2019," the report said the facts detailed in the document show that "in …

Staff (2020-03-16). In Conflict of Interest, Interior Secretary Met With Halliburton Lobbyists. truthout.org When Ryan Zinke was forced to resign from the Interior Department in December 2018, it was a conflict-of-interest scandal involving the chairman of oilfield services giant Halliburton t…

Staff (2020-03-16). Our Government Has Failed Us in This Crisis. How Do We Protect Our Communities? truthout.org Kelly Hayes discusses mutual aid during the COVID-19 crisis and talks with Pilar Weiss about how bail funds empty cages. | Note: This a rush transcript and has been lightly edited for clarity. | Copy may not be in its final form. | Kelly Hayes: Welcome to Movement Memos, a Truthout podcast about things you should know if you want to change the world. I'm your host, Kelly Hayes. | We talked a bit about COVID-19 last week and for some of us, it's hard to talk about anything else. I've been follow…

Staff (2020-03-16). The Long Arm of the American Nazi Party Reaches the 2020 Illinois Primary. truthout.org Republicans voting on Tuesday in Illinois's 3rd congressional district primary will get to decide if they want Art Jones, a lifelong white supremacist, to be their candidate. The state's GOP is actively campaigning against him. They are still embarrassed that Jones was their 2018 candidate, after the party had forgotten to field a primary opponent to ensure that he wasn't their candidate in the general election in a strongly Democratic district. And later that year, despite ample publicity of hi…

T.P. Wilkinson (2020-03-16). Viruses, Real and Virtual. dissidentvoice.org It takes only a cursory scanning of what counts as journalistic product in the significant mass media to see that whereas it may be impossible to keep public hospitals sterile, what passes for news and public debate is beyond normal standards of sterility—it is clearly a vacuum. We can largely discount the alternative media—including where …

Robert J. Burrowes (2020-03-16). Our Vanishing World: Oceans. globalresearch.ca As the human onslaught against life on Earth accelerates, no part of the biosphere is left pristine. The simple act of consuming more than we actually need drives the world's governments and corporations to endlessly destroy more and more of …

Jean Ziegler (2020-03-16). "People Live Here Like Animals": Moria Refugee camp on Greek island of Lesbos. globalresearch.ca They live in huts, without sanitation and without perspective: the EU wants it like that, says the globalization critic Jean Ziegler on the refugee camp Moria. | *** | The Swiss Jean Ziegler is one of the most famous globalization critics….

Elizabeth Borrego Rodriguez (2020-03-16). Helms-Burton Law, Internationalization Weapon to Blockade Cuba. globalresearch.ca The Helms-Burton Act, the main tool for the internationalization of the blockade against Cuba, arrived today 24 years after it was signed by the then President of the United States, William Clinton. | Officially named as the Cuban Freedom and …

(2020-03-16). Trump New Rules for Assessing Pesticide Risks Ignore Many Harms to Endangered Species. globalresearch.ca The Environmental Protection Agency today The …

Sarah Abed (2020-03-16). COVID-19 Pandemic Creates Panic and "Cancel-everything" Culture. globalresearch.ca Panic is counterproductive, it oftentimes results in short-sighted selfish decisions that could potentially cause harm. Panic causes people to buy and hoard all of the toilet paper, leaving nothing for others. Panic births chaos, chaos creates stress, stress interferes with …

The Global Research Team (2020-03-16). Global Research: Keeping You up to Date on Important World Topics. globalresearch.ca Dear Readers, | We have seen a massive surge in traffic to the website over the last few days and we will, as always, keep you updated as things develop. As we all take stock of the rapidly changing situation unfolding …

Yves Engler (2020-03-16). 'Arm's-length' Military Institution Promotes Belligerent Worldview. globalresearch.ca Not satisfied with Canada's largest public relations machine, the Canadian Forces also employ various "arm's-length" institutions to push their influence over the discussion of military and international affairs. | For example, the Conference of Defence Associations (CDA) Institute recently published a …

Gary D. Barnett (2020-03-16). COVID-19: Panic Will End but Tyranny Will Not. globalresearch.ca "Our contemporaries are constantly excited by two conflicting passions; they want to be led, and they wish to remain free: as they cannot destroy either one or the other of these contrary propensities, they strive to satisfy them both at …

teleSUR (2020-03-16). Update: British Cruise Ship With COVID-19 Cases to Dock in Cuba. telesurenglish.net Cuba will allow a British cruise ship stranded in the Caribbean to dock with at least five cases of Covid-19 on board, after multiple countries in the region denied its assistance. | RELATED: | In the last few hours, the British ship MS Braemar has been desperately searching for a place to dock, after at least five passengers tested positive for Covid-19. | "No country has authorized the docking. Only Cuba would do such a th…

WSWS (2020-03-16). Bangladesh government downplays COVID-19 threat as job losses mount. wsws.org While the Awami League government is seeking to aid industry owners, workers are bearing the brunt of the health crisis.

WSWS (2020-03-16). Australian universities exploit COVID-19 crisis to cut jobs and courses. wsws.org The University of Tasmania last week announced the elimination of about three-quarters of its course offerings by next year.

teleSUR (2020-03-16). Bolivia: Over 147,000 Voters Disqualified From Next Election. telesurenglish.net The Bolivian Supreme Electoral Court (TSE) disqualifiedmore tan 147 000 citizens from the voter registration on March 15. | RELATED: | TSE's president Salvador Romero, designated by de facto president Jeanine àÅñez, stated that of those limited to the vote will be 147,064 national residents. | The department of Santa Cruz has the highest number of disqualified electors, 41,813, followed by La Paz with 29,852 and Cochabamba w…

teleSUR (2020-03-16). Young Pregnant Woman Dies After Falling From US Border Wall. telesurenglish.net A 19-year-old pregnant Guatemalan woman died last Wednesday, a few days after she fell from the border wall that divides Mexico and the United States, local sources reported recently. | RELATED: | Miriam Estefany Girón Luna, seven months pregnant, was trying to cross the border between the two countries when she fell from the six-meter high border wall. | When she was located, the Border Patrol transferred her to the "

RT (2020-03-16). Greece to quarantine all arrivals from abroad. rt.com The Greek government announced on Monday it will shut all shops apart from supermarkets, pharmacies, banks, petrol stations and food delivery services, in a bid to fight the coronavirus. The closure of retail stores will begin from Wednesday. | Greece had already cancelled mass gatherings and closed bars, restaurants, playgrounds and gyms. So far the country has reported 331 confirmed cases of infections and four fatalities, Reuters reported. | Authorities will also put anyone arriving from abroad into quarantine for two weeks, the statement said. The 14-day quarantine will apply to anyone entering the country…

RT (2020-03-16). Peace Corps to suspend operations, evacuate volunteers worldwide. rt.com The Peace Corps is suspending all operations globally and evacuating all volunteers over the spread of the new coronavirus. In an open letter to volunteers posted on Sunday on its website, the federal agency's director, Jody Olsen, says the decision follows recent evacuations in China and Mongolia due to the outbreak. | Olsen said that with evacuations now underway at other posts and travel becoming more challenging by the day, the agency decided to expand the suspension and evacuations. | "We are acting now to safeguard your well-being and prevent a situation where volunteers are unable to leave their host co…

RT (2020-03-16). 'Not with a bang but a twerk': Netizens dumbfounded as partygoers ignore coronavirus 'social distancing' pleas (VIDEOS). rt.com The immense gravity of the coronavirus crisis has yet to sink in fully and, despite the best efforts of authorities in warning the public, hordes of people have apparently ignored social distancing advice in favor of partying on. | Footage appeared on social media over the weekend of New Orleans police clearing the city's popular party hotspot the French Quarter, after the state's governor banned gatherings of 250 people or more. | However, revelers on Bourbon Street were defiant in the face of sound medical advice and emergency protocols, opting instead to twerk at police who were attempting to clear the area…

RT (2020-03-16). Covid-19 is defining global health crisis of our time, WHO warns, as more deaths & cases reported in rest of world than in China. rt.com The coronavirus pandemic is the "defining global health crisis of our time," the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday, as the agency revealed that confirmed cases around the world have surpassed those within China. | WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that the containment strategy spearheaded by China, South Korea and Singapore has shown results in helping to cut down the level of coronavirus cases. | As well as commending containment efforts in those Asian nations, WHO experts also emphasized the importance of increasing testing on a wider scale internationally, and warned that out…

RT (2020-03-16). US Health and Human Services faces cyber attack during coronavirus response — reports. rt.com The US Health and Human Services Department's computer system was reportedly hacked on Sunday night, with the National Security Council needing to step in and warn that news of a mass quarantine was fake news. | Three people "familiar with the matter" briefed Bloomberg on the hack and said the breach was meant to slow the department's system down in the middle of the coronavirus response. Though no major damage was done, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and President Donald Trump have been informed of the attack, which is said to have included several incidents. The National Security Council tweeted in response…

RT (2020-03-16). Oil prices tank to four-year low, US crude falls below $30 a barrel. rt.com The price of oil continued its downward trajectory on Monday as emergency rate cuts by the US Federal Reserve and its global counterparts failed to calm the markets. | Benchmark Brent crude plunged by almost 11 percent to $30.33 a barrel by 12: 00 GMT. US West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude was down almost eight percent, to $29.24 a barrel. | "It's becoming evident that the major central banks across the globe are using all their available tools to prevent a crisis, but it seems the fear of the pandemic is taking control of investors," Hussein Sayed, chief market strategist at FXTM, told Reuters. | The Fed slas…

RT (2020-03-16). Macron condemns 'unilateral' border control measures, discusses issue with Merkel — Elysee. rt.com French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday condemned unilateral border control measures taken by some EU countries in a bid to control the coronavirus outbreak. The statement from the Elysee Palace came following a phone briefing with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and EU officials. | However, the Elysee warned that measures at the EU's external borders could be announced "in the coming hours," Reuters said. | The discussion between Macron and Merkel came after Germany decided to temporarily introduce border controls on the borders with Austria, Switzerland, France, Luxembourg, and Denmark starting Monday in…

RT (2020-03-16). 'We are in a health war': France severely limits movements for 2 week, cancels municipal elections. rt.com French President Emmanuel Macron has imposed a two-week lockdown, declaring a 'war' on the 'invisible enemy' of the coronavirus and canceling the second round of municipal elections. | All citizens have been ordered to stay home and will only be allowed out for "essential duties" such as trips to the grocery store or pharmacy, Macron told the nation on Monday. | Adresse aux Franàßais. The loc…

RT (2020-03-16). Coronavirus situation in France 'extremely worrying' & getting worse rapidly, top health official warns. rt.com French people should not underestimate the threat of the coronavirus since the situation in the country is already dire and likely to get worse fast, a senior health official has warned, adding that people need to stay home. | There are almost 5,500 confirmed coronavirus cases in France, with over 400 people in serious condition. The situation with the epidemic is "extremely worrying" with the epidemic moving very fast, senior health official Jerome Salomon said. | "The number of cases doubles every three days. I would like our fellow citizens to realize that there are hundreds of people who are sick, in inten…