2020-03-25: News Headlines

WSWS (2020-03-26). "We are not going to die in our cubicles!" — Wildcat strikes erupt at call centers across Brazil. wsws.org Workers have rebelled against unsafe conditions in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, challenging transnational corporations like AlmaViva.

WSWS (2020-03-26). Peru deploys army in the streets to enforce COVID-19 curfew. wsws.org The quarantine and curfew imposed by President Vizcarra are aimed at protecting the interests of the wealthy and preparing the repression of a likely social explosion.

WSWS (2020-03-26). Norwegian parties grant government emergency powers as coronavirus leads to record rise in unemployment. wsws.org The agreement, which suspends parliament for up to six months, means the right-wing coalition can make changes to laws without consulting deputies.

WSWS (2020-03-26). Johnson's "herd immunity" strategy and the London Conference on Intelligence whitewash: Britain's ruling class and eugenics. wsws.org Innumerable posts on social media have drawn the connection between the reactionary ideology of eugenics and the British government's criminally delayed and negligent response to the pandemic.

RT (2020-03-26). 'Covid-19 could be seasonal': Fauci warns coronavirus is likely to return in 'CYCLES', stresses need for vaccine. rt.com Even if the US and other nations battling Covid-19 succeed in beating it back, the illness may return in yearly cycles, warned Anthony Fauci, a top expert on the US coronavirus task force, urging for the fast rollout of a vaccine.

RT (2020-03-26). Sanders threatens to hold up $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus over 'anti-worker' bias. rt.com Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders says he is willing to stall the already much-delayed coronavirus stimulus plan if more restrictions are not placed on the "$500 million corporate welfare fund." | Sanders says the "anti-worker objections" from several Republicans over proposed unemployment benefits in the bill have him ready to delay the whole process. | "Unless these Republican Senators drop their objections, I am prepared to put a hold on this bill until stronger conditions are imposed on the $500 billion corporate welfare fund," Sanders said in a statement on Wednesday, responding to several GOP lawmakers who…

Eds. (2020-03-25). Donald Trump says America's ventilator shortage was "unforeseen." Nothing could be further from the truth. mronline.org IN RECENT DAYS, President Donald Trump has repeatedly defended his administration against the suggestion that the government is failing to secure enough ventilators — medical devices that help Covid-19 patients breathe and can save the lives of those suffering serious respiratory distress.

WSWS (2020-03-25). As more workers test positive for COVID-19, Amazon ignores demands to close warehouses. wsws.org At least three Amazon workers in Shepherdsville, Kentucky tested positive for the coronavirus on Monday, following the discovery of COVID-19 cases in New York, Florida and Michigan warehouses.

Paul Antonopoulos (2020-03-25). Poland Sabotages Russian Coronavirus Relief Efforts for Italy. globalresearch.ca Russia has encountered problems in delivering humanitarian aid to Italy, with assistance struggling to be reached quickly due to the hostilities of many European Union/NATO countries towards Russia. Yesterday it was revealed that Poland did not let Russian planes pass …

WSWS (2020-03-25). COVID-19 begins to rip through homeless population as 30 test positive in New York City shelters. wsws.org The homeless are at heightened risk of infection and death from the coronavirus.

Stephen Lendman (2020-03-25). Depression USA: Dueling Dems and Republicans "Stimulus Plans" and Fed Shenanigans. globalresearch.ca First the Fed. Key is understanding that it's not federal. | It's owned and operated by major Wall Street banks, their interests its top priority. | Its dual mandate is supposed to be maximum employment and price stability. How it operates is …

teleSUR (2020-03-25). British Court Refuses Julian Assange's Bail Plea. telesurenglish.net The founder of Wikileaks Julian Assange will not be let out of a London Prison amid the recent COVID-19 outbreak, the British court announced on Wednesday. | RELATED: | The Westminster Magistrates' Court in London has rejected a plea from the Assange defense team that called on the British authorities to release the Wikileaks founder from the high-security Belmarsh prison. | Judge Vanessa Baraitser, who is overlooking the Assang…

Yanis Varoufakis (2020-03-25). Last night Julian Assange called me. Here is what we talked about. zcomm.org Whether the epidemic helps deliver the good or the most evil society will depend, of course, on us — on whether progressives manage to band together…

teleSUR (2020-03-25). Brazil: 'Covid-19 Can Decimate Indigenous Peoples' Doctor Warns. telesurenglish.net The Sao Paulo Federal University (UNIFESP) researcher Sofia Mendonca Wednesday warned that Brazilian Indigenous peoples can be decimated by the Covid-19 pandemic if there are no forceful containment actions. | RELATED: | "There is an incredible risk that the virus will spread through communities and cause genocide," says Mendonca, who is the coordinator of Xingu, a health promotion project that UNIFESP has been ca…

teleSUR (2020-03-25). Ecuadorian-Colombian Indigenous Alone Against COVID-19. telesurenglish.net Indigenous communities in the Ecuadorian-Colombian region are implementing autonomous actions to prevent Covid-19 from spreading. The natives do not have government support in this health-risk situation. | RELATED: | The National Organization of the Arhuaco people, which is part of the Tayrona Indigenous Confederation (CIT) in Colombia, announced on March 23 that they have taken several measures to prevent the spr…

Eds. (2020-03-25). Arrest the virus, free the prisoners! mronline.org We cannot allow the capitalist ruling class to turn a blind eye to the plight of the incarcerated population — not in general, nor in the particular circumstance of the global pandemic of Covid-19. In the U.S., there are 2.3 million human beings in state, federal, and county jails and more than 52,000 in immigrant …

teleSUR (2020-03-25). Another Migrant Domestic Worker Found Dead in Lebanon. telesurenglish.net The lifeless body of Faustina Tay, 23, a domestic worker from Ghana was found on March 14 in a car park under the fourth-story home of her employers in Beirut, Lebanon, according to a report by Al Jazeera. | RELATED: | Some hours before her death, Tay had sent a last hopeless message to

Vijay Prashad (2020-03-25). Overlooked Region of India a Beacon to the World for Taking on Coronavirus. zcomm.org In a pandemic, a rational person would much rather live in a society governed by the norms of socialism than of capitalism, a society where people rally together to overcome a virus; than to live in a society where fear pervades…

B. Nimri Aziz (2020-03-25). Rethinking Commander-in-Chief in American Leadership. counterpunch.org Ask Americans who's commander-in-chief, most will respond: our president. Citizens only think about this just before a presidential election every four years when their final, 'supreme criteria' of U.S. leadership is raised: "Does she or he have it: — namely the wisdom (or courage, or resolve) to control the nuclear (war) button?" It's a vague term

The Canary (2020-03-25). NHS aims to test 'hundreds of thousands of people per day' within weeks. thecanary.co The NHS could start testing hundreds of thousands of people per day for Covid-19 within a matter of weeks, NHS England's medical director has said. | Professor Stephen Powis told LBC that testing is being expanded and there would be more widespread testing of NHS workers in the next few days. | "We want to get hundreds of thousands of tests ramped up in the next few weeks per day," he said. | BREAKING:

Michael Hudson (2020-03-25). A Brady Bond Solution for America's Unpayable Corporate Debt. counterpunch.org Even before the Covid-19 crisis has slashed stock prices nearly in half since it erupted in January, financial markets were in an inherently unstable condition. Years of quantitative easing had loaded so much credit into stock and bond prices that stock price/earnings multiples were far too high and bond yields far too low by any normal and reasonable historical standards. Risk premiums have disappeared, with only a few basis points separating U.S. Treasury bills and corporate bonds.

Michael Biesecker, Mike Stobbe, Matthew Perrone (2020-03-25). Timeline: Early testing failures and Trump inaction crippled U.S. coronavirus response. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON (AP)—A series of missteps at the nation's top public health agency caused a critical shortage of reliable laboratory tests for the coronavirus, hobbling the federal response as the pandemic spread across the country like wildfire, an Associated Press review found. President Donald Trump assured Americans early this month that the COVID-19 test developed by the …

Jocelyn Sherman (2020-03-25). 'Imperative to take proactive steps' to ensure farm worker safety. peoplesworld.org After carefully monitoring developments over coronavirus COVID-19, the United Farm Workers has sent an open letter to all agricultural employers and organizations urging them to take "proactive steps to ensure the safety of farm workers, protect buyers and safeguard consumers." Those steps include extending "state-required sick pay to 40 hours or more," removing "caps on …

Kerry-anne Mendoza (2020-03-25). 40-year-old coronavirus patient sends warning to the world from his intensive care bed. thecanary.co A coronavirus (Covid-19) patient has sent a powerful warning to the world from his intensive care bed in the north of Ireland. Struggling to speak while on oxygen support, he pleads with people around the world to self-isolate and social-distance, saying: This coronavirus is deadly, and it's dangerous. Coronavirus wants to kill you. It wants to take all the life out of your lungs.He also stressed: Don't think this won't touch you. Don't think for a moment that this is just a cough and a cold you will get.He added in a second video: If you get coronavirus, and you have to go into the ICU, that means you're gonna stru…

Al Neal (2020-03-25). Settling equal pay lawsuit a top priority for new U.S. Soccer leadership. peoplesworld.org Slow weeks are the new normal (what is 'normal' anyway?). The slow drag of time is also reinforced by the lack of sports—except for golf, which is not at all surprising. But it doesn't mean there can't be a bit of good sports news tucked behind all the Covid-19 pandemic bad news. The newly minted president …

Martin Billheimer (2020-03-25). Palpitations of the Pulps. counterpunch.org "Space is not only high, it's low. It's a bottomless pit." ― Sun Ra The latest volume in Wakefield Press' epochal Jean Ray translation project, 1932's Cruise of Shadows, comprises both his biggest publishing flop and his best-known tales (The Gloomy Alley and The Mainz Psalter). Ray wrote the kind of cobbled-together eccentric pulp we

Melvin Goodman (2020-03-25). The Coronavirus and the Urgent Need to Redefine National Security. counterpunch.org For far too long, the United States has been wastefully spending its precious budgetary resources on a nineteenth-century military strategy and a strategic arms policy that has brought no advantages to the American people. For the past three decades, our national security policies have been ineffectual and irrelevant to the genuine threats we face today. These threats do not emanate from Russia or China. Rather, they stem from an underfunded and highly vulnerable public health system, a cyber world that is out of control, and a crumbling infrastructure. In 2017, the American Society of Civil Engineers gave a grad…

Manuel García, Jr. (2020-03-25). Looking Past the Pandemic. counterpunch.org This morning there was a Red-Tailed Hawk perched low in the woods outside my window for a least forty minutes. It was a large very calm bird perched not too high up in the trees that were downhill from my window, so binocular viewing was good, but it was too difficult to take a picture

George Wuerthner (2020-03-25). Save the Great Burn Wilderness. counterpunch.org The 275,000-acre Great Burn proposed wilderness lies west of Missoula on the Idaho-Montana divide. The 1910 Burn, which over ran 3 million acres of northern Idaho and western Montana, gives this wildland its name. The Burn left a legacy of snags and beautiful vistas from ridgelines cleared by the blaze. Alpine lakes, like a string

Hiroyuki Hamada (2020-03-25). Feudal Japan's Edo and the US Empire. dissidentvoice.org After the warlord period of 15th century, Japan was united by a few families and then by a shogun family. The period is called the Edo period. They disarmed civilians and established a mild caste system. The country was closed except for a few ports controlled by the central government, travel restrictions were put in …

Steve Sweeney (2020-03-25). Italian workers to strike after bosses put profits over health with coronavirus loopholes. peoplesworld.org Metalworkers in Italy's Lombardy region are set to walk out for 24 hours on Wednesday. The region's three main metalworker unions—FIOM, FIM, and UILM—warned that bosses are exploiting loopholes and exceptions in a government decree that forces businesses to close due to the coronavirus. They said that the government list "has been excessively extended, covering …

Joe Emersberger (2020-03-25). Media Struggle to Defend Washington's Cruelty Toward Venezuela and Iran as Coronavirus Spreads. fair.org AP (New York Times, An Associated Press article (New York Times,

John Wojcik (2020-03-25). New York the 'canary in the coal mine' for U.S. peoplesworld.org Doctors at New York hospitals are saying they fear that very soon they will have to make decisions about who lives and who dies because they do not have the equipment they need to treat all of their patients. In a desperate attempt to deal with an unprecedented pandemic, New York's leaders are warning that …

The Canary (2020-03-25). Doctors' union warns that both staff and patients will die without proper protection. thecanary.co Doctors and patients will die without adequate personal protective equipment (PPE) across the NHS, the British Medical Association (BMA) has warned.It said doctors are risking serious illness and death due to a lack of stock, and it warned many more could go off sick unless immediate steps are taken.The BMA said there is "growing evidence that thousands of GPs and hospital staff are still not being provided with the kit they need to properly protect themselves and their patients", despite government assurances. The union said it has heard accounts of no stock, very small amounts of PPE, rationing and kit that doe…

The Canary (2020-03-25). Wildflowers moving north as climate changes, citizen survey shows. thecanary.co Wildflowers are moving northwards as temperatures rise, prompting calls to manage landscapes to make space for plants in the face of climate change.Results from the first five years of the government-funded National Plant Monitoring Scheme, using data from 15,000 surveys by volunteer citizen scientists, already shows the impact of a warming world on the UK's plants.The data reveals that plants such as wild orchids are expanding their range northwards, experts said.The National Plant Monitoring Scheme looks at 30 different habitats, from woodland and hedgerows to blanket bogs and streams, with around 30 wild flowe…

Leonardo Flores (2020-03-25). Venezuela's Coronavirus Response Might Surprise You. mintpressnews.com Unlike in the United States where coronavirus treatment can cost up to $35,000 and where Trump seems more concerned about the economy than about peoples' lives, Venezuela is handling the crisis by placing value in health over profits.

Alan Macleod (2020-03-25). As Governments Struggle to Contain Coronavirus, Doctors Get Inventive. mintpressnews.com From "full-on MacGyver" ventilators to homemade test kits, doctors – and even some governments – are turning to ingenious solutions in the face of a faltering global response.

Mark Gruenberg (2020-03-25). Nurses launch campaign against CDC's OK of bandannas and scarves. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—National Nurses United launched a scathing social media campaign, centered around a serious—but comic—graphic denouncing the federal government's recommendation that nurses wear bandannas and scarves around their faces if they can't find masks and respirators to wear while testing and treating coronavirus victims. CDC issued the recommendation, which is not mandatory, because the U.S. faces …

Prabhat Patnaik (2020-03-25). Some basic lessons from the pandemic. mronline.org The coronavirus attack has so far been much less deadly than the Spanish flu of a century ago. That had affected 500 million people worldwide, about 27 per cent of the world's population of the time, and had a death rate of about 10 per cent among those affected.

Mark Gruenberg (2020-03-25). Sides agree on $2 trillion coronavirus aid bill. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—The GOP-run U.S. Senate was on the verge today of finally approving a $2 trillion economic aid bill for workers and firms hard hit by closings, shutdowns and shelter-in-place orders due to the spreading coronavirus pandemic. As of mid-day March 26, 60,854 people had tested positive for the coronavirus in the U.S., with one-third of …

Jonathan Cook (2020-03-25). Our leaders are terrified. Not of the virus, of us! dissidentvoice.org You can almost smell the fear-laden sweat oozing from the pores of television broadcasts and social media posts as it finally dawns on our political and media establishments what the coronavirus actually means. And I am not talking about the threat posed to our health. A worldview that has crowded out all other thinking for …

Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers (2020-03-25). The Decade Of Transformation Is Here: Remaking Health Care. dissidentvoice.org We've been writing for a while that the 2020's would be a decade when multiple crises would come to a head and we would have an opportunity for major transformations if we were organized to mobilize and demand them. The current coronavirus pandemic, economic collapse, and falling oil prices are three events that are creating …

splcenter (2020-03-25). SPLC and allies seek federal court injunction in system-wide suit to protect people detained by ICE from contracting COVID-19. splcenter.org The SPLC and its allies asked a federal court today to issue a preliminary injunction requiring that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) take immediate steps to protect people in its custody, particularly those who have medical conditions making them more susceptible to serious illness and death from COVID-19.

Kim C. Domenico (2020-03-25). Transitioning 'Ontologically' Pt II: Building Counter-(Oc)Culture. counterpunch.org Beyond being "disrespectful," the modern Western insistence on a mechanical universe delimits the radical imaginary in general. To refrain from telling the [spiritually-based] activist they are wrong (while continuing to think they are) simply because he or she is a person of color, is altogether different than deconstructing one's colonial mentality, which treats the religious

Rep. Ron Paul (2020-03-25). Like Freedom? Then You Won't Like the FREEDOM Act. globalresearch.ca Last Monday, a bipartisan group of Senators and a coalition including libertarian and progressive activists thwarted a scheme to ram through the Senate legislation renewing three provisions of the USA FREEDOM Act (previously known as the USA PATRIOT Act). The …

teleSUR (2020-03-25). Iran: Campaign to Lift US Sanctions Gets Around 100K Signatures. telesurenglish.net Iran's international RELATED: | The signatures of the campaign have passed 97,500 and will reach 100,000 in no time, Abolfazl Fateh, an Iranian media activist wh…

Fight Back (2020-03-25). MN shows solidarity with Palestine during COVID-19 pandemic. fightbacknews.org Minneapolis, MN – The MN Anti-War Committee (AWC) wanted to be a part of Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network's global week of action for Palestinian Land Day but they couldn't do it as a protest the way they had originally planned. Instead on March 24 the MN AWC reorganized their protest as a call-in day, and then did a five-person social distancing bannering protest. | In 1976, Land Day marked a turning point as the first mass mobilization by Palestinians within Israel against colonialism and land theft. Israeli police shot and killed six Palestinian citizens of Israel for protesting the Israeli go…

Lawrence Wittner (2020-03-25). The World's Major Military and Economic Powers Find Happiness Elusive. zcomm.org Long before the advent of the coronavirus pandemic left people around the world desperate for survival, a popular assumption emerged that national governments are also supposed to promote the happiness and well-being of their citizens. This idea was expressed in the U.S. Declaration of Independence, which proclaimed that governments are instituted to secure humanity's "unalienable

Alan Macleod (2020-03-25). "At the Mercy of a Deranged Lunatic" — How Jair Bolsonaro Is Endangering Brazil During COVID—19. mintpressnews.com Brazil's response has been so lackluster that in some areas, organized gangs are imposing their own curfews and lockdowns, saying "if the government won't do the right thing, organized crime will."

Andrew Korybko (2020-03-25). The US and China Are Intensely Competing to Shape the Outcome of "World War C" globalresearch.ca While everyone was worried of what they believed would inevitably be World War III, mankind suddenly found itself fighting World War C against COVID-19 instead, which has since become the single most globally disruptive event in human history. | The entire …

teleSUR (2020-03-25). Palestine Demands Israel Release Prisoners Amid Virus Outbreak. telesurenglish.net Palestine on Wednesday urged Israel to immediately release over 5,000 Palestinian prisoners from its jails amidst an outbreak of COVID-19 in the country. | RELATED: | In a press statement, the Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that Israeli Prisons Service (IPS) is not providing proper health protection to Palestinian prisoners, despite an alarming increase of coronavirus cases in Israel. | "Israel is in…

Whitney Webb (2020-03-25). Coronavirus: What Newsweek Failed to Mention About "Continuity of Government" globalresearch.ca Though often discussed in relation to nuclear war or a similarly chaotic scenario, "continuity of government" plans can be triggered even by popular, nonviolent opposition to an unpopular war abroad. It exists solely to keep the current system in place, …

WSWS (2020-03-25). Socialist Alternative town hall injects racial politics into COVID-19 pandemic. wsws.org The event was an attempt to cover over the conventional Democratic Party politics of Socialist Alternative and the DSA with anti-capitalist rhetoric and empty slogans. This was combined with the foul injection of racial politics, a hallmark of the Democratic Party.

Fight Back (2020-03-25). FRSO online forum: A people's response to the coronavirus crisis. fightbacknews.org Minneapolis, MN – The world is the midst of a once-in-a-century disease pandemic. COVID-19 is a natural phenomenon that is quickly becoming a human disaster. | Steff Yorek, political secretary of the Freedom Road Socialist Organization (FRSO) states, "We know that all the politicians serve the interests of the rich. We need to demand and win concessions that benefit poor and working people. This will be literally a life or death situation and will fall on those with the least resources the most." | Join us for an on-line forum addressing how capitalism fails to address the public health crisis, brings impending e…

Ramzy Baroud (2020-03-25). BJP and Israel: Hindu Nationalism is Ravaging India's Democracy. dissidentvoice.org It was only a matter of time before the anti-Muslim sentiment in India turned violent. A country that has historically prided itself on its diversity and tolerance, and for being 'the largest democracy in the world' has, in recent years, exhibited the exact opposite qualities — chauvinism, racism, religious intolerance, and, at times, extreme violence. …

teleSUR (2020-03-25). War-Torn Libya Announces Its First Case of Coronavirus. telesurenglish.net The Health Minister of the United Nations (U.N.)-recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) in Libya, Ahmed Ben Omar, confirmed Tuesday Libya's first case of coronavirus in a brief statement. | RELATED: "The necessary measures have been taken to treat [the patient]," Ben Omar said. | The National Centre for Disease Control said the patient is a 73-year-old man who came back from a trip to Saudi Arabia via Tunisia on March 5. He is now being treated in…

Ben Barbour (2020-03-25). How 'Defense' Contractors Lobbied for War in Yemen and Reaped the Profits from Death and Destruction. globalresearch.ca Lobbying firms like the McKeon Group, headed by lobbyist Buck McKeon (who was the former chairman of the House Armed Services Committee in the US Congress), represent both US defense contractors and countries such as Saudi Arabia and the UAE, …

Sophie Lewis (2020-03-25). The coronavirus crisis shows it's time to abolish the family. zcomm.org What does the pandemic tell us about the nuclear family and private household?

Max Elbaum (2020-03-25). Fight for Immediate Solutions; Fight for the Future. zcomm.org COVID-19 is heightening the life-and-death consequences of economic, racial and other forms of inequality…

teleSUR (2020-03-25). Spain's COVID-19 Death Toll Overtakes China's. telesurenglish.net Spain's coronavirus death toll surpassed Wednesday that of China, where the disease originated, as the country struggles to cope with an accelerating health crisis. | RELATED: | With 3,445 deaths, Spain now has the second-highest number of deaths globally after Italy's 7,503. The country has reported over 47,000 cases, with Madrid and the semi-autonomous region of Catalonia becoming the hotspots of the virus. | "There has been a 20 pe…

WSWS (2020-03-25). Coronavirus spreads across the Balkans. wsws.org The number of victims affected by the COVID-19 virus is rising rapidly in the countries of Southeast Europe.

Staff (2020-03-25). Madrid's Ice Rink Turned Into Morgue as Spain Exceeds China in COVID-19 Deaths. truthout.org We go to Madrid, Spain, one of the epicenters of the pandemic in Europe, where health workers account for nearly 14% of the country's infections. Many face limited availability of protective equipment. So many people have died that Madrid's municipal funeral home has stopped collecting bodies. A large ice rink is now being used as a makeshift morgue, and the government plans to extend the state of emergency by another 15 days in order to stop the spread of the coronavirus. "If Madrid was a countr…

Walden Bello (2020-03-25). COVID-19 and the Death of Connectivity. counterpunch.org The Covid 19 pandemic is the second major crisis of globalization in a decade. The first was the global financial crisis of 2008-2009, from which the global economy took years to reach a semblance of recovery. We did not learn our lessons from the first, and this is perhaps why the impact of the second

Insight History (2020-03-25). Video: Medical Martial Law and the Nuremberg Code in the Age of COVID-19. globalresearch.ca The Covid-19 pandemic has thrown up an array of questions, yet one question that has been given little attention pertains to how much state power and suspension of civil liberties is justified in the face of a global pandemic? This …

teleSUR (2020-03-25). Caribbean Governments Join Forces Against COVID-19. telesurenglish.net The Health and Foreign Ministers of the Association of Caribbean States (ACS) held Tuesday the first extraordinary meeting of the regional bloc on COVID-19, during which the delegations proposed joint actions to confront the pandemic. | RELATED: | More than 33 countries, territories, and regional organizations participated in what was called the First Extraordinary Meeting of Health and Foreign Ministers of the ACS, wh…

WSWS (2020-03-25). NHS staff contract COVID-19 as UK government refuses to provide testing and protective equipment. wsws.org In London, three junior doctors have been taken into critical care and are on ventilators. In the West Midlands, a staff nurse is in intensive care and on a ventilator.

WSWS (2020-03-25). Despite White House claims, Roche CEO says US COVID-19 testing capacity continues to be limited. wsws.org Swiss diagnostics company Roche says that broad testing capacity for COVID-19 infection in the US remains limited due to the rapid spread and growth of the contagion.

Peter Bolton (2020-03-25). The coronavirus crisis is proving our current economic system to be a death cult. thecanary.co In the weeks since the new coronavirus (Covid-19) has spread around the globe, the stock market has been going haywire with abrupt ups and downs. In the midst of the chaos, the US government has been on the fence about how to respond. The reason is simple — the US capitalist economy isn't built to handle this kind of crisis; it's built to maintain constant growth and profit. | Do we really need the stock market?: | On 12 March, US stock markets

Jamie Hale (2020-03-25). The politics of Covid-19: government contempt for disabled people. zcomm.org The challenges facing disabled people – and their demands of the British government…

Staff (2020-03-25). Pregnant? Here's What to Expect While Giving Birth Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic. truthout.org Over the next three months, nearly a million women in the United States will give birth to nearly a million babies — a huge influx of mostly healthy, highly vulnerable patients into a hospital system that's about to come under unprecedented strain. Pregnant women, not surprisingly, are anxious. Those in their third trimester, looking to deliver during an epidemic, are close to frantic. | It's hard to stay calm when reliable information is as scarce as N95 masks and prenatal providers are so busy revampin…

WSWS (2020-03-25). Trump calls for lifting COVID-19 restrictions by Easter. wsws.org With the US death toll from COVID-19 nearing 700 and infections surging, President Trump on Tuesday pledged to "open up" the country and force workers back to work by Easter.

WSWS (2020-03-25). Chilean government seizes on COVID-19 pandemic to declare state of catastrophe. wsws.org Far from fighting the coronavirus, the measure is aimed at militarizing Chile in the face of the mass demonstrations and strikes that have rocked the country.

teleSUR (2020-03-25). Experts Explain Why COVID-19 Seems More Fatal in Men Than Women. telesurenglish.net Existing data show the novel coronavirus has caused higher mortality in men than women. Besides general poor health and habits like smoking and drinking for men that may cause damage to the lungs, leading experts told Xinhua hormonal influences on the immune response may also play a vital role in this phenomenon. | RELATED: | While addressing a White House daily briefing, Dr. Deborah Birx, White House COVID-19 task force director, said a report from…

Mark Ashwill (2020-03-25). During the COVID-19 Pandemic, Do as the Vietnamese Do. counterpunch.org As I wrote in a recent essay for international education colleagues, Viet Nam has overcome steep odds in many contemporary arenas and throughout its millennia-long history. In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Viet Nam is doing all of the right things, placing the health and well-being of its people and foreign visitors, i.e., all

teleSUR (2020-03-25). Pentagon: 60-Day Freeze on Overseas US Forces Over COVID-19. telesurenglish.net U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper issued an order to stop movements of overseas U.S. forces for up to 60 days to curb the spread of the coronavirus among military, according to media reports. | In a Wednesday interview with Reuters, the Pentagon chief said the order applied to all U.S. forces, civilian personnel, and families while noting that there would be some exceptions. | RELATED: | Esper said that the U.

Hassanal Noor Rashid (2020-03-25). COVID-19: Misinformation, Education and the Need for Clarity. globalresearch.ca The recent explosion of COVID-19 cases in the South East Asian region has contributed to the globally growing pandemic that has impacted our global social order and may have many dramatic unforeseen consequences to come. | It has exposed the fragility …

WSWS (2020-03-25). Two Fiat Chrysler workers die from COVID-19 in US. wsws.org The deaths, at FCA Sterling Heights Assembly in the Detroit area and at Kokomo Transmission in Indiana, are the predictable outcome of the combined effort by the auto companies and the UAW to keep the plants running up until last week.

Staff (2020-03-25). The COVID-19 Crisis Won't Be Over by Easter, and $2 Trillion Is Not Enough. truthout.org Trump wants the country open by Easter because Jesus is coming, see, and He'll be pissed if we're all sitting on our asses at home. "Wouldn't it be great to have all the churches full?" Trump

teleSUR (2020-03-25). France to Withdraw Forces From Iraq Due to COVID-19. telesurenglish.net UPDATE 4: 00 pm | France will withdraw all stationed troops in Iraq until further notice due to the coronavirus outbreak, the Armed Forces Ministry said Wednesday. | "France has taken the decision to repatriate until further notice its personnel deployed in operation Chammal in Iraq," the ministry said, adding about 100 hundred soldiers were concerned. | The army said it would continue air operations against Islamic State. | The Iraqi military said Wednesday that the French forces within the U.S.-led coalition fighting the Islamic State (IS) militant group had withdrawn from Iraq, official Iraqi News Agency (I…

teleSUR (2020-03-25). Russia Suspends Constitutional Referendum to Fight Covid-19. telesurenglish.net Russia's President Vladimir Putin Wednesday postponed the referendum on the amendments to the constitution and called on the people to stay home to quickly curb the Covid-19 pandemic. | RELATED: | "It is now extremely important to abort the threat of a rapid spread of the disease," Putin said in a televised message to the nation. | Although Russia closed its border with China in late January, the coronavirus has managed to sne…

Staff (2020-03-25). Nurses in New York Still Lack Masks and Ventilators as COVID-19 Spreads. truthout.org As the New York metro area has 60% of all the new coronavirus cases in the United States and is responsible for half the cases all over the country, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday the number of hospitalizations is expected to peak in the next 40 days as hospitals are already encountering shortages of equipment needed to protect medical workers and to keep patients alive when the city's COVID-19 cases peak in the coming weeks. We're joined by two people on the front-lines of the pandemic:…

WSWS (2020-03-25). Police called to disperse Georgia meat processing workers who walked off the job Monday over concerns about the spread of COVID-19. wsws.org The walkout of Perdue workers follows a Monday report that a slaughterhouse worker in Mississippi was sent home after testing positive for COVID-19.

WSWS (2020-03-25). Detroit-area hospitals reach capacity with coronavirus patients as number of confirmed infections in Michigan surges past 2,000. wsws.org The escalating number of COVID-19 cases in Michigan are concentrated in the tri-county area around and especially within the city of Detroit as the region's major hospital systems report they have reached the limit on facilities to care for patients with the coronavirus.

WSWS (2020-03-25). Latest Australian COVID-19 measures driven by concern about profits, not health. wsws.org Prime Minister Morrison channeled Donald Trump and insisted on keeping "the economy" going, regardless of the mounting danger to the health and lives of millions of people.

John Eskow (2020-03-25). Please Hand-Sanitize All Pitchforks and Torches: Tips For a Safe Coronavirus Riot. counterpunch.org Ain't nobody slowing down no way Everybody's stepping on their accelerator Don't matter where you are Everybody's gonna need a ventilator… —Mick Jagger/Keith Richards, "Ventilator Blues" Oh, those prescient Stones. And I'm not even talking about their Ventilator Blues. Rich as they were, sheltered as they were, back at the height of the Viet Nam

John O'Kane (2020-03-25). Joe Biden's Opinion-Shaping Machine And Race. counterpunch.org Wall Street broke out its checkbooks for Joe Biden in the wake of Super Tuesday, no surprise since his campaign is already its major recipient. Plus, he was the VP for an administration greatly indebted to it. Transparency. His campaign is awash in cash from the interests that Sanders is challenging as the very source

John K. White (2020-03-25). Are We Our Brothers' and Sisters' Keepers? counterpunch.org We in the West have been caught unaware and unprepared for a disaster in the making. Think The Poseidon Adventure, Towering Inferno, and Jaws all rolled into one, despite the obvious warnings about coronavirus from Hubei Province, China, since the start of 2020. The next few weeks, months, even years will show how Christian and enlightened our civilisation is.

Joshua Sperber (2020-03-25). Coronavirus and the Rise and Fall of Humanism. counterpunch.org It is a truism that the Black Death helped produce the age of humanism. Through making death ever-present, the plague undermined a system of religious authority in which the church and the church alone claimed to have answers to the fundamental questions of human existence; the priests naturally still asserted that this was the case

Kenneth Surin (2020-03-25). Boris Now Has to Play at Being Serious. counterpunch.org In the current Coronavirus crisis, Donald Trump is under little pressure to play at being serious, given the way an American "post-political" politics, and its embodiments in the media, are presently constituted—unless riling-up his base is equated with being serious. The situation in the UK is for now somewhat different. The alchemical quality known in

WSWS (2020-03-25). Over 12,000 people die in Europe as coronavirus infections escalate. wsws.org WHO Director General Dr. Tedros Adhanom insisted it was still possible to "change the trajectory," but warned that governments were failing to devote the necessary resources to the crisis.

teleSUR (2020-03-25). Cuba to Send Doctors to Four Caribbean Countries and Argentina. telesurenglish.net Cuba's health authorities announced that new brigades of doctors and nurses with experience in handling critical situations are heading to Belize, Antigua and Barbuda, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and Dominica on Wednesday and Thursday. | RELATED: | The first group with 25 health workers left for Belize this morning from the Central Unit for Medical Cooperation in Havana. | "We are aware that the current situation is difficult, but we are…

WSWS (2020-03-25). Death toll over 12,000 in Europe as coronavirus infections escalate. wsws.org WHO Director General Dr. Tedros Adhanom insisted it was still possible to "change the trajectory," but warned that governments were failing to devote the necessary resources to the crisis.

Walden Bello (2020-03-25). Coronavirus and the Death of 'Connectivity'. zcomm.org The Great Recession could have killed globalization, but China emerged as the champion of a new global "connectivity." With the coronavirus, that phase is finished…

OffGuardian (2020-03-25). 12 Experts Questioning the Coronavirus Panic. globalresearch.ca Below is our list of twelve medical experts whose opinions on the Coronavirus outbreak contradict the official narratives of the MSM, and the memes so prevalent on social media. | *** |

Matthew Cunningham-Cook (2020-03-25). Defense Production Act Needs $75 Billion Infusion in Coronavirus Stimulus. zcomm.org "President Trump should be using the DPA to ensure we have enough ventilators and other medical equipment to deal with this crisis"

Gaspar Hernández (2020-03-25). VIDEO: Coronavirus vs. H1N1: Spanish Nun Speaks out on the 2009 Swine Flu H1N1 Pandemic: "Crimes and Abuses of the Pharmaceutical Industry" globalresearch.ca

Tom Anderson (2020-03-25). A US high-school student has set up an authoritative resource on the global spread of coronavirus. thecanary.co A high-school student in the US The site also gives

Staff (2020-03-25). Vets Say We Need a Strong VA to Combat Coronavirus and Win Medicare for All. truthout.org Not many know about the Department of Veterans Affairs's (VA) so-called "fourth mission." In 1982, Congress expanded the VA's role beyond providing care, benefits and burial services to the nearly 9 million veterans it currently serves. Its additional role is to provide a backup health care system in a national emergency — for example, The agency's Veterans Heal…

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2020-03-25). Coronavirus and the Prison Industrial Complex. globalresearch.ca The legacy of the coronavirus pandemic, at least in so far as responses are concerned, is thickening by the day. Behavioural changes are being urged, language is rapidly evolving (spot the "covidiot" amongst you) and the policy of health surveillance …

WSWS (2020-03-25). A tale of two surges: Wall Street soars amid New York City's coronavirus toll. wsws.org As billionaires gorged themselves on the prospect of trillions more being poured into the financial markets, the pandemic has wrought havoc in America's largest city.

Staff (2020-03-25). Pregnant? Here's What to Expect While Giving Birth Amid the Coronavirus Pandemic. truthout.org Over the next three months, nearly a million women in the United States will give birth to nearly a million babies — a huge influx of mostly healthy, highly vulnerable patients into a hospital system that's about to come under unprecedented strain. Pregnant women, not surprisingly, are anxious. Those in their third trimester, looking to deliver during an epidemic, are close to frantic. | It's hard to stay calm when reliable information is as scarce as N95 masks and prenatal providers are so busy revampin…

WSWS (2020-03-25). East Timor records first confirmed coronavirus case. wsws.org A Dili worker told the WSWS: "With the inadequate condition of public hospitals, I fear that the spreading of the virus… could be like a wildfire."

WSWS (2020-03-25). German government's coronavirus bailout: Billions for the rich, rations for the poor. wsws.org It is a continuation of the policy of enriching the wealthy at the expense of the poor that the grand coalition has been pursuing for years.

Scott Ritter (2020-03-25). The Staggering Collapse of U.S. Intelligence on the Coronavirus. globalresearch.ca The coronavirus pandemic has impacted the United States unlike any other event in recent history, proving to be far more disruptive to American society, and far most damaging to the U.S. economy, than even the events of 9/11. | The U.S. …

Staff (2020-03-25). To Confront Coronavirus, We Need an Emergency Wealth Tax. truthout.org It's very hard to predict how long the coronavirus is going to be with us and how much money is going to be needed to defeat it. | The number of confirmed cases in Italy, Spain, the U.K., the United States and Iran are all on the same exponential growth trajectory; they have just started their first infections on different dates. | The easiest way to describe how steeply cases are accelerating is to say that, generally speaking, each country at least doubles its number of cases every four days. | In the early day…

WSWS (2020-03-25). Canada's trade unions back Liberal "coronavirus plan" to bail out big business, place workers on rations. wsws.org The government has responded to the pandemic with policies predicated on the subordination of society to corporate profit that will have a devastating impact on working people, including multiplying many times over the pandemic's cost in human lives.

WSWS (2020-03-25). Coronavirus spreading at faster rate in Louisiana than anywhere in the world. wsws.org The number of confirmed cases has grown by 73.9 percent per day since the first case was identified, even faster than New York City which is one of the main epicenters of the pandemic.

Staff (2020-03-25). New Stimulus Bill Bans Trump-Owned Companies From Receiving Bailout Cash. truthout.org A massive coronavirus stimulus plan that the Senate and White House agreed to in the early hours of Wednesday morning would bar any companies owned or controlled by President Donald Trump, the president's children, Vice President Mike Pence, or members of Congress from receiving any taxpayer bailout money, according to a summary of the legislation circulated by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. | The sprawling $2 trillion bill, which has not yet been released in full, would "prohibit business…

WSWS (2020-03-25). Nepal declares one-week coronavirus lockdown. wsws.org The coronavirus pandemic will have dire consequences in Nepal, one of the poorest countries in Asia.

teleSUR (2020-03-25). Twitter Censors Official Prensa Latina Account. telesurenglish.net The Cuban news agency Prensa Latina (PL) denounced the blocking of its official profile on the social network Twitter and three of its reporters' accounts. The press agency qualifies it as part of the hostile policy of the U.S. against Cuba. | RELATED: | The blocked accounts were those of editors Luisa M. González (@luisamgg) and Fausto Triana (@prensalatinaft), Prensa Latina's president Luis E. González (@LuisEGonzalezA3 ) and…

WSWS (2020-03-25). Federated Cooperatives uses virus to demand concessions from locked-out Saskatchewan refinery workers. wsws.org FCL has rejected the procompany recommendations of a government-appointed mediator and is now demanding even bigger concessions on pensions, work rules, benefits and staffing levels.

John W. Whitehead (2020-03-25). Suspending the US Constitution: Police State Uses Crises to Expand Its Lockdown Powers. globalresearch.ca "That was when they suspended the Constitution. They said it would be temporary. There wasn't even any rioting in the streets. People stayed home at night, watching television, looking for some direction. There wasn't even an enemy you could put …

Dr. Jack Rasmus (2020-03-25). US Senate's Final Stimulus Bill — Why It Won't be Enough. globalresearch.ca Nancy …

≈Ωivadin Jovanoviƒá (2020-03-25). 21 Years Since the Beginning of NATO Aggression against Yugoslavia. globalresearch.ca On the occasion of the 21st anniversary of the beginning of NATO's armed aggression against Serbia (the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia), representatives of the Belgrade Forum for a World of Equals and the Club of Generals and Admirals of …

Jim Miles (2020-03-25). House of Mirrors — Justin Trudeau's Foreign Policy. globalresearch.ca Yves Engler's House of Mirrors is beautifully expressive of the contents of his latest work. It shows a very friendly faced and happy smiling Justin Trudeau in an iconic …

WSWS (2020-03-25). Modi places India's 1.3 billion people under lockdown. wsws.org Modi's speech provided no details about basic questions, such as how the population would be able to procure food, and, in India's villages, even water.

WSWS (2020-03-25). Aviation industry laying off thousands during pandemic while seeking bailouts. wsws.org Holding the jobs of 750,000 airline workers for ransom, the group, representing ten major US airlines, threatened that they will be "forced to take draconian measures" unless the funds are disbursed "immediately."

Max Haiven (2020-03-25). No return to normal: for a post-pandemic liberation. zcomm.org Today, new forms of solidarity, mutual aid, and common struggle are emerging in the pandemic. How will they shape tomorrow's struggles for a post-capitalist world?>

RT (2020-03-25). Gunmen attack Sikh religious gathering in Afghan capital, Kabul, 25 people reportedly killed. rt.com Gunmen and suicide bombers stormed a Sikh gathering in the heart of the Afghan capital's old city Wednesday morning. The Afghan interior ministry reports at least 25 people were killed and eight others injured in the attack. | One attacker has been shot and three others are still fighting with security forces, according to reports. | "People are stuck inside the building and [security forces] are trying to rescue them," Interior Ministry spokesman Tariq Arian said. | Defense forces arrived at the scene, blocked off the place of worship, known as a 'Gurdwara', and engaged in a gun battle with the attackers. | "

RT (2020-03-25). White House and US senators reach late night deal on massive coronavirus stimulus package after days of talks. rt.com US senators and the Trump administration have finally reached an agreement on a massive rescue plan to help stem the impact Covid-19 is having on the country's economy. | The compromise bill directs around $2 trillion to help keep the economy afloat amid the massive shutdown of businesses in a bid to curb the financial fallout of the coronavirus pandemic. | Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer called the proposal "the largest rescue package in American history." | Schumer said that the bill is "far from perfect, but we believe the legislation has been improved significantly to warrant its quick consideration…

RT (2020-03-25). Julian Assange denied bail by London court. rt.com WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been denied bail by a London court after his lawyers argued that the Covid-19 pandemic posed a serious threat to his health in light of his pre-existing conditions. | Judge Vanessa Baraitser ruled that the global pandemic "does not provide grounds" for Assange's release. | Also on rt.com | | The judge also cited Assange's "past conduct" which she said "shows the lengths he is prepared to go to avoid extradition…

RT (2020-03-25). Saudi Arabia accepts UN call for coronavirus ceasefire in Yemen — reports. rt.com The Saudi-led coalition has reportedly agreed to a truce in Yemen — five years to the day of launching an intervention there — as part of a United Nations call for a global armistice among the Covid-19 pandemic. | Riyadh's decision to stand down follows the acceptance of the ceasefire by the pro-Saudi followers of ousted President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi and the Houthi rebels that have controlled the capital since January 2015. | Hadi government, Houthis and

RT (2020-03-25). Spain overtakes China virus toll with 3,434 deaths – government. rt.com Spain has now surpassed China in its number of fatalities due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The latest government tally puts the number of deaths at 3,434. | The Spanish health ministry said it has registered 738 new coronavirus deaths since Tuesday. The overall number of cases in the southern European nation has soared to 47,610, from 39,673 the day before. | There have been 3,281 coronavirus death on mainland China so far, according to official statistics. | The country, where the global outbreak started, has managed to quash the Covid-19 epidemic with tight quarantine measures. It still gets its share of new ca…

RT (2020-03-25). Putin calls for 15% tax on offshore funds as part of plan to stabilize Russian economy. rt.com Russian President Vladimir Putin outlined a range of measures on Wednesday to tackle the economic impact of the Covid-19 outbreak. They included making sure that everyone pays their fair share of taxes. | According to the Russian president, all income payments (as interest and dividends) leaving the country should be taxed adequately. Putin called on increasing tax on offshore funds to 15 percent. | "Currently two-thirds of such funds, and, in fact, this is the income of specific individuals (as a result of various kinds of schemes of the so-called optimization), are subject to a real tax rate of only 2 percen…

RT (2020-03-25). How lethal is Covid-19 REALLY? Why massive fatality rates from Italy are MISLEADING. rt.com In Italy, the proportion of infected people dying from the novel coronavirus — 10 percent according to the latest figures — seems through the roof. Unsurprisingly, there is more to this terrifying figure than meets the eye. | You do not need to be an expert to calculate the mortality rate. It is one number divided by another — the number of people who have died from the virus divided by the total number of confirmed cases. In the case of Italy, 7,503 dead divided by 74,386 infected gives a mortality rate of roughly 10 percent. But that does not mean that one in ten people who contract the vir…

RT (2020-03-25). ÔªøPutin proposes mortgage & loan holidays, new payments for families with children to tackle aftershocks of Covid-19. rt.com Russia's President Vladimir Putin has proposed a package of social and economic benefits, aimed at providing relief for citizens as the coronavirus outbreak keeps hammering the economy. | "I suggest loan and mortgage holidays," Putin said Wednesday addressing the nation in a televised speech. The said steps also include new payments for families with children. | Families that have children aged three and younger will be eligible for an additional monthly payment of 5,000 rubles (some $63) per child for the next three months starting from April. | "The Russian economy, like the economies of other countries,…

RT (2020-03-25). Macron drafts in French army to help with 'health & logistics' in coronavirus crisis. rt.com French President Emmanuel Macron has announced the launch of a military operation called 'Resilience' to help with "health, logistics and protection" as the country battles an increasing level of coronavirus infections. | During a visit to a military hospital on Wednesday, Macron revealed the plan, saying it "will be entirely devoted to helping and supporting the population, as well as supporting public service to deal with the Covid-19 epidemic." | The news comes after French health authorities confirmed an additional 231 deaths from the coronavirus, bringing the state's total to 1,331. The tally so far has o…

RT (2020-03-25). 'Did Covid-19 write this article?' Federalist raked through the coals for recommending 'voluntary infection' to fight coronavirus. rt.com An article in conservative outlet the Federalist has folks up in arms online over a recommendation for "controlled voluntary infection" to battle the spread of the deadly coronavirus. | In the

RT (2020-03-25). Italy's coronavirus death toll DIPS to 683 in one day, rising above 7,500 in total. rt.com Health officials in Italy have reported a drop in the daily death toll from the Covid-19 outbreak following a spike in fatalities on Tuesday. The country has suffered the highest losses in the world from the pandemic. | Italy recently overtook China as the epicenter of the outbreak, with the number of deaths there from the rapidly-spreading novel coronavirus. On Saturday, single-day fatalities hit a new high at 793 before falling on Sunday and Monday, however it climbed again on Tuesday. | Overall, the number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 rose to 74,386 on Wednesday, from 69,176 the day prior, Italy's Civil P…

RT (2020-03-25). Boeing shuts down Washington state factories due to coronavirus threat. rt.com Operations at Boeing factories in the state of Washington were suspended on Wednesday for two weeks in order to reduce Covid-19 risks after several workers contracted the virus. | The measure affects up to 70,000 employees in the Puget Sound region, who the company said would receive paid leave during the halt. | Boeing explained that the decision was made in order "to ensure the well-being of employees, their families and the local community." It said it will be conducting additional deep cleaning activities at impacted sites and establishing rigorous criteria for the return to work. | Also on rt.com | | <...

RT (2020-03-25). Putin forced to delay key vote to reset presidential term limits due to Covid-19. rt.com The planned national vote on constitutional amendments in Russia will be postponed from April to a later date, President Vladimir Putin said, citing the threat of Covid-19. | Speaking in a televised address on Wednesday, Putin announced a number of measures to support the Russian people during the increasingly serious threat of coronavirus in the country. | The Russian government will postpone the vote on the constitution, which was scheduled for April 22. The changes involve, among other things, empowering Russia's Upper House, creating a new government body — the State Council — and restricting all…

RT (2020-03-25). Winging it: WATCH who attracted police attention on a Paris highway. rt.com Only the thin blue line stands between civil society and anarchy. Or, as the case may be, between a procession of ducklings and highway traffic, as dashcam footage shared by French police shows. | With the Covid-19 crisis prompting unprecedented public lockdowns, the police are often tasked with keeping order, including ensuring roadways are kept clear for essential travel — all while sparing these cute little canards from an untimely death. | Les motards de la DOPC et tous les policiers de la Faite…

RT (2020-03-25). Is there a doctor in the house? Nevada state medical team that banned malaria drug for coronavirus lacks qualification. rt.com Nevada's top health officials lack the qualifications one might expect in leaders making public health recommendations for the US, but that hasn't stopped them from attacking a potential Covid-19 treatment. | Trump's detractors in the Nevada state health department have moved heaven and earth to stop doctors in the state from prescribing two drugs the president deemed promising for treatment of coronavirus, insisting he's not qualified enough for his opinion to outweigh a lack of medical consensus. However, a few Twitter detectives discovered on Wednesday that these "professionals" don't seem to have all the n…

RT (2020-03-25). Not enough rooms in hospitals, 'many can't make it and die at home', says mayor at epicenter of Covid-19 outbreak in Italy. rt.com Hospitals simply lack the space and resources to help everyone, confining many to die from Covid-19 at home, warned Giorgio Gori, the mayor of Bergamo in Italy's northern Lombardy region, which was hit hardest by the virus. | The healthcare system has been entirely overwhelmed by the outbreak, Gori told Il Messaggero on Wednesday, with everyone "working from 8am till we collapse exhausted in the evening." | "Too many people are arriving in hospitals late and in grave condition, requiring intubation in intensive care units," Gori said, adding that more than 300 people died last week in Bergamo region alone. | M…

RT (2020-03-25). Bulgaria bans entry of trucks en route to Turkey as Ankara imposes Covid-19 restrictions. rt.com Bulgaria has imposed a temporary entry ban on trucks from more than 65 countries that plan to pass through the Balkan state en route to Turkey, the Health Ministry said on Wednesday. The decision was taken after Ankara imposed stringent coronavirus restrictions on truck drivers. | A 45-km long line of trucks has already built up at the Bulgarian-Turkish main border checkpoint of Kapitan Andreevo after Turkey banned entry of truck drivers coming from countries with large coronavirus outbreaks, Reuters reports. | Many of the drivers, who have to wait more than 72 hours to cross the border into Turkey, do not hav…

RT (2020-03-25). Russians could face up to SEVEN YEARS in prison for violating coronavirus quarantine rules. rt.com At first glance, it either looks like a staggeringly severe punishment or a sign Moscow is taking the Covid-19 pandemic seriously, depending on who you ask. But experts say its bark will likely be far worse than its bite. | On Wednesday, a draft law on criminal punishment for the violation of quarantine restrictions was submitted to the national parliament, the State Duma. Offenders face between three and seven years imprisonment if found guilty. The bill was co-authored by the body's Chairman Vyacheslav Volodin and the head of the committee on state building and legislation, Pavel Krasheninnikov. Both are mem…

RT (2020-03-25). France recalling troops from Iraq over coronavirus. rt.com Paris will remove all of its troops currently stationed in Iraq for the time being over concerns about the spread of Covid-19, the French military announced. | "France has taken the decision to repatriate until further notice its personnel deployed in operation Chammal in Iraq," the Armed Forces Ministry said on Wednesday, adding that around 100 troops were in the country, and that air strikes against the Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) would continue. | Abdul-Karim Khalaf, the spokesman for the caretaker Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi told the newspaper Al-Sabah on Wednesday that the French troops have alr…

RT (2020-03-25). UK government's WhatsApp 'chatbot' service aimed at countering Covid-19 'misinformation' suffers launch malfunction. rt.com The launch of the UK government's new WhatsApp 'chatbot' service designed to "combat the spread of coronavirus misinformation" got off to an embarrassing start, with claims that it "didn't seem to work." | However, the Guardian's media editor Jim Waterson reported on socia…

RT (2020-03-25). China's Wuhan reports ZERO new cases of coronavirus as US sees deadliest day yet with 160+ fatalities. rt.com The city of Wuhan is coming back online, with no new cases of Covid-19 reported in the virus' first epicenter and residents resuming business as usual. But as China recovers, the US has seen its worst day yet, tallying 163 deaths.

RT (2020-03-25). Pompeo's focus on blaming China for coronavirus derails joint G-7 statement. rt.com G-7 leaders reportedly balked at US insistence that Covid-19 be called the 'Wuhan virus' and blaming China for a "disinformation campaign" about it, letting the group's conference call end without a joint statement. | Following the hours-long teleconference with the leaders of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the UK — since the physical meeting of the group has been canceled due to the pandemic — US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo assured reporters that everyone was on board with his view of things. | "Every one of the nations that were at that meeting this morning was deeply aware of the di…

RT (2020-03-25). India BANS export of anti-malaria drug touted by Trump as potential Covid-19 cure. rt.com New Delhi has outlawed the export of hydroxychloroquine, an anti-malarial drug that some believe to be effective in treating coronavirus, save for certain exceptions. The drug has been talked up by US President Donald Trump. | The guidance for Indian companies to halt, without delay, the export of the medicine and its components came from the Indian Ministry of Commerce and Industry late Tuesday. The export ban appears to be a response to both a national and a global spike in demand for the drugs, after anecdotal evidence suggested they might be effective at fighting Covid-19, though the evidence is far from c…

RT (2020-03-25). Asian markets soar after US stocks' historic surge on $2 trillion rescue hopes. rt.com Key indices in Asia continued to rise on the news that the White House and US Senate reached a long-anticipated rescue plan to mitigate the impact of Covid-19 on the economy. | Japan's benchmark Nikkei saw the biggest gains, jumping more than eight percent to close at the highest level in two weeks. Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index was up around three percent about an hour before the closing bell, while China's Shanghai Composite Index climbed over two percent. South Korea's Kospi closed over five percent higher. | Stocks in Australia added more than five percent, while India's key Mumbai Sensex jumped around 1.5 p…

RT (2020-03-25). 'Failed liberalism left us without masks': Covid-19 crisis exposed Western liberal democracy, brought back ideals of 'sovereignty'. rt.com The Covid-19 pandemic lifted the veil on Western democracies' failures, but the media has had no interest in exposing how liberalism and free-market ideologies are silent killers, French philosopher Michel Onfray told RT France. | RT France: Maybe a few more weeks of quarantine, it's not really a surprise; what is your reaction to that? | Onfray: It is obvious that the president of the Republic is stumbling around, that he is rowing here and there, that it is his slogan "at the same time" — at the same time to the left and to the right, to the right, to the left, we don't really know what we are doing. Th…

RT (2020-03-25). Two elderly coronavirus patients with pre-existing conditions die in Moscow — authorities. rt.com Russia's Covid-19 death toll rose to three on Wednesday evening after officials announced that two elderly coronavirus patients have died in Moscow. Both of them suffered from pneumonia and had pre-existing medical conditions. | The two deaths occurred in Moscow, and the deceased were aged 88 and 73 respectively. Both were diagnosed earlier with Covid-19. Last week, a 79-year-old patient, with a range of other illnesses, died after contracting coronavirus, although a postmortem showed the cause was ultimately detached blood clot. | The latest development comes as Russia experienced a major surge in reported in…

RT (2020-03-25). 'I'm so happy I can barely speak': Trump responds to Romney's negative coronavirus, gets bashed for 'sarcasm'. rt.com President Donald Trump says Senator Mitt Romney not having coronavirus is "really great news," but he followed that up by slamming him as a "RINO" and "terrible presidential candidate." | Romney announced this week he has tested negative for Covid-19 following a move into self-isolation in Utah after he discovered Senator Rand Paul — with whom he'd had recent contact — had tested positive for the disease. | Trump took his usual swipes at his political adversary, though this time in a rather sarcastic fashion. | "This is really great news! I am so happy I can barely speak," the president tweeted in…

RT (2020-03-25). Over ONE THIRD of world's population under lockdown over Covid-19 — AFP tally. rt.com More than one in three people on Earth are now confined to their homes because of quarantine measures imposed by various nations to combat the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, AFP reports. | A whopping three billion people must stay in their homes or limit their movements in some fashion, as countries around the world embrace ever-tighter quarantine restrictions to stem the spread of the deadly disease — which has already infected more than 416,000 people and claimed more than 18,000 lives globally. | The number provided by AFP amounts to roughly 37 percent of the total world population, which stands at 7.8…

RT (2020-03-25). Spain's Deputy PM Carmen Calvo tests positive for coronavirus. rt.com The Spanish government announced Wednesday that their Deputy Prime Minister Carmen Calvo has contracted Covid-19, which was only revealed after she took her second test. | After Calvo's first test came back inconclusive, she underwent testing again on Tuesday. The 62-year-old is currently in a stable condition and receiving medical treatment. She had been hospitalized at the Ruber Hospital Complex in Madrid on Sunday with what the government reported to be a "respiratory infection." | Calvo's condition is now "progressing favorably," according to a government statement. | The politician recently came into cont…

RT (2020-03-25). London City Airport closing amid Covid-19 lockdown. rt.com All commercial and private flights from London City Airport will be suspended from Wednesday evening until the end of April, amid a three-week national lockdown imposed by the British government to tackle the Covid-19 crisis. | In a statement, the airport said the suspension of services was the "right and responsible course of action" for the safety and wellbeing of staff and passengers. | The airport said it had told the government that it would remain open and available to support "emergency flights," the military or other government agencies. | It said the fundamentals of its business remain strong and that…

RT (2020-03-25). 'Imprisonment should be last resort…in crisis' — UN rights chief on prisoners' fates amid Covid-19 outbreak. rt.com UN human rights chief, Michelle Bachelet, has called on governments around the world to reduce the number of prisoners amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, citing their particular vulnerability to the disease. | The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Bachelet urged the authorities to reduce the number of peopl…

RT (2020-03-25). Singapore 'not ruling out' holding general election during Covid-19 outbreak. rt.com Singapore's government said on Wednesday it was not ruling out holding a general election during the coronavirus outbreak in the city-state, saying strong leadership was needed in a crisis. | Singapore, which must hold a ballot by early 2021, revised its electoral boundaries earlier this month, in a move typically seen as a precursor to calling a vote. Some opposition parties have urged against an election due to health risks. | Speaking in parliament, senior minister Teo Chee Hean said "the present situation is not ideal" but added that because the outbreak could go on for some time, the country could go for…