2020-04-02: News Headlines

RT (2020-04-03). 'Missing in action': Trump savages Schumer in scathing letter after criticism of Covid-19 response. rt.com US President Donald Trump has penned a blistering letter slamming Senator Chuck Schumer (D-New York) as "missing in action" during the Covid-19 pandemic, firing back after the lawmaker attacked the federal response to the crisis. | "Thank you for your Democrat public relations letter and incorrect sound bites, which are wrong in every way," the missive begins, responding to the Senate minority leader's

RT (2020-04-03). In meeting with Bezos, Amazon executives conspired to smear fired worker who led protest over Covid-19 safety conditions. rt.com Amazon's top lawyer crafted a strategy to scapegoat the man who organized a protest at a New York warehouse, calling the African-American ex-employee 'not smart, or articulate.' President Obama's ex-spokesman helped carry it out. | Chris Smalls was fired on Monday, after he led up to 50 of his colleagues at a Staten Island warehouse to walk out in protest over what they described as unsafe working conditions at the mammoth facility, including the lack of protective gear for the workers. A number of political and media figures, including the Democrat presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) condem…

Staff (2020-04-02). Fox News Has Been Lying Its Aging Viewers Into Early Graves. truthout.org That moment when you step back from yourself and realize every cell and fiber in your body is a gusting scream of fury and fear so encompassing that you are thrumming on a subharmonic level, yet simultaneously you are so quiescent that the purring cat asleep on your chest has no idea of your condition — that is my personal resting face today. | There are

WSWS (2020-04-02). Cuomo presses forward with Medicaid cuts as New York City health care system overwhelmed by pandemic. wsws.org Even though New York City's hospitals and medical workers are overwhelmed by the pandemic, Governor Andrew Cuomo is pushing forward with planned cuts to Medicaid.

Stephen Corry (2020-04-02). It's Time to Clean Ecofascism Out of Environmentalism. counterpunch.org The coronavirus pandemic is lethal, but could there be a silver lining beyond the pain? Social media is awash with how the newly cleaned environment is hosting wildlife not seen for years. Dolphins are swimming in Venetian canals: except they aren't, they're really near Sardinia as usual. Swans? Yes, but they've always been there. The

RT (2020-04-02). US unemployment may be much worse than expected. rt.com As the coronavirus continues rapidly spreading across the US, economists expect initial jobless claims to hit new multi-decade highs for the second week in a row, with estimates ranging from four to nine million. | Fresh data set to be released by the US Labor Department later on Thursday is expected to show an even more dire situation in the country's labor market and economy than last week, when the filings rose to a record 3.28 million. However, those figures may be corrected and turn out to be even higher as some states were overwhelmed with applications and couldn't properly process them, according to Reu…

teleSUR (2020-04-02). US Becomes First Country to Report 200,000 Coronavirus Cases. telesurenglish.net The United States became the first nation with more than 200,000 COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, according to a new tally from Johns Hopkins University. | RELATED: | The U.S. has confirmed 215,417 COVID19 cases, with 5,116 deaths, according to the latest tally updated by the university's Center for Systems Science and Engineering. | New York state has recorded 83,712 diagnoses and 1,941 deaths, both the highest among U.S. state…

RT (2020-04-02). UN envoy 'in talks' with Yemen warring parties for nationwide ceasefire. rt.com The UN envoy to Yemen, Martin Griffiths, said on Thursday he was engaged in talks with the country's warring parties to secure a nationwide ceasefire to help counter the threat of the coronavirus. The envoy's office said he is discussing "concrete steps" with the warring sides despite a recent escalation in the long conflict. | Yemen has so far not recorded any case of COVID-19. However, aid groups are concerned that when or if it does hit, the impact will be catastrophic for a country already facing what the UN calls the world's worst humanitarian crisis, AFP said. | Griffiths is in daily consultations aimed…

Simone Chun (2020-04-02). Appeal for Humanitarian Diplomacy in the Korean Peninsula. counterpunch.org External threats such as pandemics remind all of us the need for global solidarity. The more we cooperate, coordinate, and share information and resources the safer we all are. In times of international health emergencies, adversaries should put down their sabers and be willing to find ways to work together. As we put aside hostilities

RT (2020-04-02). Modern-day slavery, corruption & deaths: RT doc looks into desperate African migrant journeys to Europe through Libya. rt.com Hundreds of thousands of migrants are risking slavers and the treacherous waters of the Mediterranean in rubber dinghies to get to Europe — and many ultimately end up at hands of organized crime even there, RTD's new film shows. | In 2019, the flow of migrants out of Africa reached a whopping 36 million people — and around one third of them are heading for Europe. The largest flow of modern African migration funnels through a single country: Libya. | Trying to flee war and poverty, migrants hope that it will simply be a stopover on their way to Italy and then further into Europe. But more often than…

RT (2020-04-02). India plans 'phased exit' from coronavirus lockdown — PM Modi. rt.com India will pull out of a three-week lockdown in phases, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Thursday. The statement comes as officials battle to contain the country's biggest cluster of coronavirus infections in the capital, New Delhi. India has had 1,965 confirmed infections, of whom 50 have died. | The shutdown, which has brought Asia's third-largest economy to a halt, is due to end on April 14. Modi had ordered India's 1.3 billion people indoors to avert a massive outbreak of infections. However, the world's biggest shutdown has left millions without jobs and forced migrant workers to flee to their village…

Staff (2020-04-02). Pandemic Highlights India's Class Divide as 1.3 Billion Lock Down. truthout.org In India, 1.3 billion people have been locked down for more than a week to curb the spread of the coronavirus. The country reports nearly 2,000 cases and at least 50 deaths. Millions living in poverty and migrant workers were stranded far from home when the lockdown was announced, and some have reportedly died making the perilous journey home. More than 80% of India's workforce is informal, with most living off daily wages often less than $2 or $3 a day — wages they cannot earn under the present curfe…

RT (2020-04-02). EU's top court says eastern states broke law by refusing to host refugees. rt.com The European Union's top court has ruled that Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic had broken the law by refusing to host refugees to help ease the burden on Greece and Italy after a surge in migrant arrivals from 2015. | "By refusing to comply with the temporary mechanism for the relocation of applicants for international protection, Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic have failed to fulfill their obligations under EU law," the Luxembourg-based Court of Justice of the EU said on Thursday. | The decision underscores Europe's divisions over migration. However, the three ex-communist nations face no immedia…

WSWS (2020-04-02). Modi government represses desperate migrant workers amid calamitous coronavirus lockdown. wsws.org People across India and around the world have been shocked and outraged by the pictures of poor migrant workers caught up in the Indian government's ill-conceived and socially reckless 21-day nationwide coronavirus lockdown.

Vijay Prashad (2020-04-02). These Migrant Workers Did Not Suddenly Fall from the Sky. dissidentvoice.org Madness engulfs the planet. Hundreds of millions of people are in lockdown in their homes, millions of people who work in essential jobs — or who cannot afford to stay home without state assistance — continue to go to work, thousands of people lie in intensive-care beds taken care of by tens of thousands of medical …

teleSUR (2020-04-02). US: Three Migrant Children Test Positive for Coronavirus. telesurenglish.net Three migrant children under state institutions custody in the U.S tested positive for the COVID-19, also known as the coronavirus. The minors contracted the virus in a facility located in New York. | RELATED: | According to the relocation office's report, 18 children were tested after showing symptoms like fever, dry cough, and difficult breathing. After the analysis, 11 of them were considered negative, 4 were waiti…

Katrina Huber (2020-04-02). Fighting for immigrant rights during a pandemic. splcenter.org As people across the country are confined to their homes during the COVID-19 pandemic, little attention has been given to a group of people whose health is in danger because they are locked away from the outside world — people in immigrant detention centers.

RT (2020-04-02). Greece quarantines first migrant camp after 20 asylum seekers test positive for coronavirus. rt.com Athens has quarantined a migrant camp after 20 asylum seekers tested positive for coronavirus, the first such facility in Greece to be hit since the outbreak of the disease. Any movement in or out of the Ritsona camp, which is 75km (45 miles) northeast of Athens and hosts hundreds of people, will be restricted for 14 days. | Tests on 63 people were conducted after a 19-year-old female migrant who gave birth in an Athens hospital was found to be infected. This was the first recorded case among thousands of asylum seekers living in overcrowded camps across Greece. | None of the confirmed cases showed any symptom…

Steve Topple (2020-04-02). A chronically ill boy's story sums up the coronavirus lockdown torture for millions of missing people. thecanary.co Note: the author's partner lives with the disease discussed in this articleAnyone who is chronically ill or disabled may be facing bigger challenges during the coronavirus (Covid-19) lockdown. And there's one group of people who are more at risk than others. Yet the government is still

Ramzy Baroud (2020-04-02). New Reports Place Israel Among World's 25 "Declining Democracies" mintpressnews.com Both Freedom House and V-DEM's Annual Democracy Report shows Israel is experiencing a precipitous decline in democracy. Thought that would hardly be surprising to the 2 million Arab citizens that live there.

RT (2020-04-02). 'No humanism or democracy': Russian Foreign Ministry slams West, US for wanting to 'exploit' Covid-19 crisis in Venezuela. rt.com Certain political groups in the West will not hesitate to use the difficulties brought on by the coronavirus pandemic to carry out their long-lasting plans to topple the Venezuelan government, Russia's Foreign Ministry has said. | "Unfortunately, we are seeing how certain countries — we should say, not the countries as a whole, but certain political forces there — are still being driven… by the desire to exploit the difficult situation in the world, the grave epidemiological situation in Venezuela to achieve their political goals," Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova told reporters on Thu…

Chauncey K. Robinson (2020-04-02). COVID-19 voter suppression: Trump admits GOP can't win if many vote. peoplesworld.org Can democracy be protected during a pandemic? Even under the best-case scenario now being presented by officials, the United States may lose up to 100,000 people to the deadly COVID-19 virus. In the midst of this outbreak, it has become painfully clear that President Donald Trump has no intention of mounting a truly national response …

RT (2020-04-02). Democratic Party delays US presidential convention until August over coronavirus crisis. rt.com The US Democratic Party has postponed its presidential nominating convention by a month until August, citing the coronavirus health crisis. The delay is the latest sign the coronavirus pandemic is having a profound impact on the presidential race and will continue to do so for months to come, Reuters said. | Democrats will use the convention in Milwaukee to formally pick their nominee to challenge Republican President Donald Trump in the November election. It had previously been scheduled for July. | "In our current climate of uncertainty, we believe the smartest approach is to take additional time to monitor…

M.K. Bhadrakumar (2020-04-02). A Russian firewall for Venezuela against U.S. sanctions. mronline.org The optics of the Russian oil leviathan Rosneft's decision to sell its subsidiary Rosneft Trading SA and sell all its assets in Venezuela after the US Treasury sanctioned its trading arm two weeks ago as part of Washington's regime change project to oust president Nicolás Maduro, may not look good to the uninformed outside observer.

John Whitehead (2020-04-02). John Whitehead: The Attack on Civil Liberties in the Age of COVID-19. mintpressnews.com In an exclusive for MintPress, constitutional attorney John Whitehead warns that the COVID-19 pandemic threatens to bring the American Police State out into the open on a scale we've not seen before.

Jane Biral (2020-04-02). Trillions in Disaster Relief for Corporations and Banks, Spare Change for the People, Hospitals, Small Businesses, State and Local Governments. dissidentvoice.org Our doctors and nurses are being thoroughly mobilized and worked to limit… Many cases receive no attention at all. — Acting Governor Calvin Coolidge, Massachusetts, 9/25/1918 Some things never change. When it come to the unhappy conjunction between corporate capitalism, greed and pandemic — be it 1918 or 2020 the U.S. response to a health …

Nathan Tankus (2020-04-02). The Coronavirus depression requires a new approach to budgeting. mronline.org Congress recently passed a 1.5-1.7 Trillion dollar stimulus bill (as I wrote about last week, the reported headline number is including a useless accounting gimmick which provides no additional support to the U.S. economy). Part of the reason we can report such an exact number is congress budgets in exacts.Take a look at these two …

Jim Naureckas (2020-04-02). You Don't Need to Believe China About China's Coronavirus Success. fair.org Accusing China of deception provides a ready excuse for the Trump administration's failures: "The reality is that we could have been better off if China had been more forthcoming," says Vice President Mike Pence (Bloomberg, Bloomberg News (

RT (2020-04-02). Thousands of quarantined sailors from USS Theodore Roosevelt to be temporarily housed in Guam hotels. rt.com Sailors from a coronavirus-infected US aircraft carrier are to occupy hundreds of hotel rooms in Guam as the US Navy expedites blanket testing of the crew. Earlier, the captain of the ship wrote a scolding memo on the evacuation. | USS Theodore Roosevelt had to cut short its mission in the South China Sea and dock in Guam last week due to an outbreak of the novel coronavirus on board. The ship herself is unsuitable for proper quarantine measures, while Naval Base Guam doesn't have the capacity to house enough crew members in quarantine. So Navy leaders are in talks with Guam hoteliers and preparing to occupy v…

RT (2020-04-02). Covid-19 cases reach 1 MILLION worldwide, 50,000 dead as pandemic continues to ravage the globe. rt.com The coronavirus pandemic has passed its landmark moment, as over one million people worldwide have tested positive for the disease, according to figures from multiple sources. | The total number of confirmed Covid-19 cases hit the 1 million mark on Thursday, according to tallies by both the AFP news agency and The novel coronavirus outbreak was first recorded in December 2019, in the city of Wuhan in China's central Hubei province. The number…

RT (2020-04-02). Solidarity (in)action: EU Commission head apologizes to Italy, pledges ‚Ǩ100bn Covid-19 relief fund… that may not happen. rt.com EU Commission chief apologized to Italy for the bloc's sloppy coronavirus response, pledging ‚Ǩ100 billion to help one of the worst-hit nations. Yet the help might never arrive, as mutualizing debt is opposed by EU fat cats. | "Today Europe is mobilizing alongside Italy. Unfortunately, this has not always been the case," Ursula von der Leyen said in a letter published by Italy's La Repubblica newspaper on Thursday. | It must be recognized that in the early days of the crisis, in the face of the need for a common European response, too many have thought only of their own home problems. | After…

RT (2020-04-02). 'Deepest crisis ever': Covid-19's effect on airlines dwarfs 9/11 fallout, says industry. rt.com The coronavirus has devastated airlines worldwide even more than the aftermath of 9/11, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) has said, warning that air carriers are set to lose at least $250 billion. | "Airlines are desperately trying to survive in the most difficult times imaginable," said IATA CEO Alexandre de Juniac. "We have the people and the experience to see this through. But, to be perfectly frank, we don't have the money." | Global demand for flights fell by 14.1 percent in February compared to the same period in 2019, in the "steepest decline in traffic since 9/11." The drop-off was fue…

RT (2020-04-02). US small business bailout program may doomed to flop before it starts, as banks balk at terms. rt.com A $350 billion small business bailout, a vital fiscal lifeline for millions of enterprises facing certain doom at the hands of coronavirus-inspired lockdowns, may be dead on arrival due to fears of banks doing the lending. | Thousands of banks expected to participate in the Trump administration's coronavirus stimulus loan program for small businesses are getting cold feet at the eleventh hour, representatives from those banks told a handful of media outlets on Thursday. If they pull out, the entire future of the program is uncertain — and with it the future of millions of American small businesses that em…

RT (2020-04-02). Russian billionaire banker Tinkov says he will step down as chair of Tinkoff Bank amid health issues & US extradition battle. rt.com Russian banker Oleg Tinkov, who is currently facing potential extradition to the US from the UK on allegations of underreporting his income, has announced he will resign from the board of directors of the bank he founded. | Tinkov, one of Russia's top 50 businessmen, said he would leave the board of the Tinkoff Bank in the coming weeks. The banker explained his decision by his wish to "focus on his health." Earlier, the 52-year-old Tinkov revealed that he was suffering from an acute form of leukemia. | "I have always considered my stake in Tinkoff as a long-term strategic asset that my family and I want to kee…

RT (2020-04-02). Trump gives $25bn in emergency cash to coronavirus-hit public transit systems. rt.com US President Donald Trump is delivering $25 billion in emergency funding to transit systems in some of the hardest-hit coronavirus hotspots in the nation, including New York, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, and Chicago. | The president announced the sizable grants in a statement on Thursday, naming the cities worst hit by coronovirus among the recipients of the much-needed emergency cash. | New York – the epicenter of the US' coronavirus outbreak – will receive $5.4 billion for its public transit system, Trump said in the statement. The city's Metropolitan Transit Authority was already in poor shape…

RT (2020-04-02). Half of humanity being asked to isolate themselves at home to fight the spread of Covid-19. rt.com Half of the world's population is being told to stay home in an effort to slow down the coronavirus pandemic, according to a staggering new tally, as the virus continues to hit countries worldwide and crumbles their economies. | More than 3.9 billion people across the globe have been ordered or asked to remain at home except in emergencies and to obtain essential supplies. | AFP's database estimates that curfews and/or confinements have been ordered in more than 90 countries or territories in order to battle the spread of the coronavirus. Thailand's announcement of a curfew — which goes into effect on Fr…

MBNJSD (2020-04-02). Could COVID-19 Reshape Global Leadership? dissidentvoice.org Photo Credit: CODEPINK As U.S. COVID-19 cases double every few days and the death toll mounts, the U.S. seems to be caught in a "worst of both worlds" predicament: daily life and much of the U.S. economy is shut down, but no real progress has been achieved in its efforts to contain or eradicate the …

The Canary (2020-04-02). Britons cite 'shocking' lack of medical checks and advice after landing back in UK. thecanary.co Britons returning to the UK from abroad have lambasted the "shocking" lack of testing and medical advice upon arriving back on home soil following the coronavirus outbreak.Some passengers told the PA news agency other countries appeared to be taking the Covid-19 pandemic much more seriously, with medical questionnaires and health checks at land borders and travel terminals.They said there was a chronic lack of similar measures upon landing in the UK, with air passengers breezing through security as though it was "a normal working day" and being left clueless about whether to go into quarantine.Mete Coban, a 27-ye…

RT (2020-04-02). Spain reports 110,238 coronavirus cases, almost reaches Italy's numbers. rt.com A total of 950 Covid-19 patients have died in Spain in the last 24 hours, bringing the nationwide death toll from the coronavirus to over 10,000 people. | With 10,003 deaths from Covid-19 as of Thursday, Spain has become the second European nation, after Italy, where the disease has killed more than 10,000 patients. | The number of confirmed cases across the country has grown by 8,102, bringing the total to 110,238. Nearly 27,000 people have recovered since the start of the outbreak. | Spain, where the disease has been raging since February, remains Europe's second hardest-hit country, with the daily death rat…

RT (2020-04-02). Less than one third of Americans would rush to get coronavirus vaccine — poll. rt.com Only around one third of US citizens would get vaccinated against Covid-19 as soon as a vaccine becomes available, despite the rapid spread of the disease across the country, a newly released poll reveals. | In general, Americans appear quite skeptical about getting a coronavirus shot, a new üö®NEW POLLüö&re…

RT (2020-04-02). Putin extends paid holiday period in Russia until end of April as Covid-19 cases spike. rt.com Russia's week-long paid leave will be extended until the end of the month, President Vladimir Putin has announced in a national address. The country is bracing for the possible rapid growth of Covid-19 cases. | The move comes a day after the President acknowledged that the situation with COVID-19 in Russia was becoming "complicated," during a meeting with officials, conducted remotely. Deputy Prime Minister Tatyana Golikova used the opportunity to suggest extending the paid time off. | Putin said the peak of the coronavirus epidemic is yet to come both globally and in Russia. Moscow, which is the hardest hit R…

RT (2020-04-02). Moscow extends coronavirus lockdown until May 1 as Putin prolongs paid leave period. rt.com Moscow, Russia's worst affected city during the current Covid-19 pandemic, has extended its strict home isolation regime until the end of April following President Vladimir Putin's decision to extend nationwide paid leave. | All restrictions imposed in the Russian capital will stay in force until May 1, Mayor Sergey Sobyanin announced on his official blog, as the city struggles to contain the spread of coronavirus. | Moscow has already lived under a strict social distancing regime since last weekend. All residents are requested to stay at home and to go out only when absolutely necessary. Public venues, includ…

RT (2020-04-02). Los Angeles man tries to RAM train into 'suspicious' US Navy hospital ship 'to wake people up'. rt.com An engineer in Los Angeles was charged after attempting to ram a train at full speed into a Navy hospital ship sent to assist with the Covid-19 pandemic, in a bizarre effort to "wake up" Americans to a vague government conspiracy.

RT (2020-04-02). Emmy-winning musician & co-founder of Fountains of Wayne, Adam Schlesinger, dies of coronavirus at 52. rt.com Award-winning songwriter and musician Adam Schlesinger has passed away after contracting Covid-19 and spending several days on a ventilator, according to his attorney. He was 52 years old. | The musician died in a New York Hospital on Wednesday, his lawyer Josh Grier told the Associated Press. Winning three Emmy awards and one Grammy, Schlesinger was perhaps best known for his work with the New York City-based band Fountains of Wayne and its Grammy-nominated single 'Stacy's Mom'. | He also wrote music for a number of films and television shows, including the 1997 comedy 'That Thing You Do' — directed b…

RT (2020-04-02). Covid-19 deaths in Belgium top 1,000 as worldwide cases approach one million. rt.com Belgium's death toll from the Covid-19 virus has topped 1,000, officials have confirmed, with 183 new deaths in the last 24 hours. | As of April 2, Belgium, which has a population of 11.4 million, has recorded more than 15,300 cases of the coronavirus infection. | Health officials in the country said earlier this week that a 12-year-old girl infected with Covid-19 had died of the illness, noting that such a young fatality is a "very rare occurrence." | Belgium is one of many countries in Europe on an almost total lockdown to battle the coronavirus crisis. Belgians are only allowed to leave their homes to buy e…

Carol Ramos Widom (2020-04-02). Puerto Rico confronts COVID-19 alongside natural disasters and predatory debt. peoplesworld.org When goods supplier Luis Rivera leaves his home in Puerto Rico each morning to make his rounds of sales and deliveries to food markets throughout the island, he double-checks that he is carrying the documents that identify him as an essential worker. "If police stop my car on the road, and I don't have proof …

RT (2020-04-02). More than 500,000 confirmed coronavirus cases in Europe: AFP tally. rt.com There are now more than 500,000 confirmed cases of the Covid-19 virus across Europe, according to the latest tally by the AFP news agency. | The new count comes as the death toll from the virus has topped 10,000 in Spain, with confirmed cases there surging to over 110,000. French health officials confirmed 509 deaths from the virus yesterday, taking the country's death toll to more than 4,000. | The UK also saw its biggest daily rise in coronavirus deaths this week, with 563 new fatalities reported on Wednesday. Confirmed cases of the infection have been soaring in the UK, with almost 30,000 testing positive f…

C.J. Atkins (2020-04-02). U.S. Communists demand Trump use Defense Production Act, say coronavirus exposes capitalism's failings. peoplesworld.org U.S. Communists are condemning the Trump administration's bungled COVID-19 response and say that the health crisis has quickly morphed into an economic and political one. It's not just Trump that's coming in for criticism, however. In a statement issued Tuesday—just a day before the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the United States passed the …

RT (2020-04-02). EU Commission apologizes to Italy for 'lack of solidarity' in tackling its Covid-19 crisis. rt.com The head of the European Commission apologized to Italy on Thursday for a lack of solidarity from Europe in tackling its coronavirus crisis, promising greater help in dealing with the economic fallout. | There has been widespread dismay in Italy over Europe's response to the pandemic, starting with an initial failure to send medical aid, Reuters said. It was followed by a refusal among northern nations to endorse joint bonds to mitigate the cost of recovery. | In a letter published in the Italian daily La Repubblica, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said too many EU countries had initially fo…

RT (2020-04-02). Gold rush amid coronavirus & economic uncertainty leads to shortage in small bars & coins. rt.com As Covid-19 disrupts the global economy, people are snapping up small gold bars and coins, confirming once again the yellow metal's safe haven reputation during times of uncertainty. | The price of gold hit a seven-year high of more than $1,700 per troy ounce on March 9, as a result of the deepening economic impact of the coronavirus outbreak. | "People want to buy, not to sell, gold," Mark O'Byrne, the founder of GoldCore, a dealer based in Dublin, told Bloomberg. "We have a buyers' waiting list and we emailed our clients seeing who wished to sell their gold. At this time there are roughly only one or two sel…

RT (2020-04-02). 'We are not at the beginning of the end': Greek PM warns of 'most critical month' ahead in battle against Covid-19. rt.com Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis warned that Greece is facing its "most critical month" in the struggle against the coronavirus pandemic amid lockdown measures set to help tackle the spread of the deadly disease. | As of now,"We're not at the beginning of the end, we are probably at the end of the beginning," according to the PM. | April, we're being told by all the experts, will be the most critical month. If we become complacent, we will pay for it and we can't let that happen. | Easter is very popular among Greeks as they tend to travel to the countryside and the islands with their families to attend chur…

RT (2020-04-02). Putin speaks to Russians with update on fight against Covid-19 (WATCH ADDRESS). rt.com President Vladimir Putin is delivering a televised address to the nation as the country faces a growing number of Covid-19 cases, which have seen a record-breaking increase since the previous day. | Putin made a similar address last Wednesday to announce new measures aimed at curbing the coronavirus epidemic and mitigating the damage it was doing to the Russian economy. | The previous package included a week of paid leave for employees in non-essential positions which people were expected to use to self-isolate, a boost to various social benefits, and new revenue taxes for the richer Russians. | Think your fri…

The Canary (2020-04-02). Some Covid-19 patients could have treatment withdrawn to save others. thecanary.co Coronavirus patients could have their treatment withdrawn and offered to others who are more likely to survive, new guidance for doctors has warned.The British Medical Association's (BMA) latest ethics advice said health professionals could be forced to make "grave decisions" should hospitals become overwhelmed with patients.The document warns that decisions around rationing scarce resources, such as ventilators, could determine whether large numbers of patients will receive life-saving treatment or not.It comes as the UK experienced its biggest day-on-day rise in deaths so far, with the government now facing inc…

RT (2020-04-02). Sad Covid-19 record for Russia: 771 new cases registered across the country. rt.com The number of confirmed Covid-19 cases has grown by 771 in Russia on Thursday, marking the biggest single-day increase in patients since the start of the outbreak. | Over the past 24 hours, 771 more people have tested positive for Covid-19 in Russia, bringing the total number of cases reported nationwide to 3,548, the country's disease response officials say. | Six more patients have died, bringing the total death toll from Covid-19 to 30. | The majority of the new cases — 595 — have been reported in Moscow, while 43 were recorded in the region around the capital, and 22 in Russia's second-largest ci…

RT (2020-04-02). German tabloid Bild in hot water for giving airtime to Covid-19 testing firm currently under investigation. rt.com German tabloid Bild has come under fire after airing an interview with an ex-Playboy model who founded a controversial online startup selling pricey coronavirus home test kits. The company appeared to raise many red flags. | "Now, you can get coronavirus tests delivered right [to your] home," a smiling presenter happily tells Germans in a

RT (2020-04-02). 'Criminal blockade': Cuba outraged as delivery of Covid-19 aid from Alibaba chief aborted 'at the last minute' due to US sanctions. rt.com Cuba has slammed the US' "criminal blockade" of the country after the embargo stood in the way of the delivery of Covid-19 test kits and ventilators donated by Chinese e-commerce tycoon Jack Ma. | "The criminal blockade of the imperial government violates the human rights of the Cuban people," President Miguel Diaz-Canel tweeted on Wednesday. |

Al Neal (2020-04-02). A lesson in handling crisis from Major League Baseball. peoplesworld.org The collective mood across America is dour. How could it not be? The COVID-19 pandemic continues to ravage communities. The incoherent, and obscenely self-obsessed, daily briefings from the White House have led to several cable news networks to stop airing Trump's coronavirus briefings. And Thursday's jobs report only confirms the economic impact we already knew was coming—over 6.65 million …

RT (2020-04-02). European hospitals 'running out' of essential ICU meds for Covid-19, group warns. rt.com European hospitals are running critically low on crucial medicines needed to treat Covid-19 patients in intensive care and some expect to run out of the necessary supplies in less than two weeks. | In a statement, the European University Hospital Alliance called on European governments to "intensify collaboration and coordination" for the supply of medical goods. | In addition to the need for more ventilators and personal protective equipment (PPE) for health workers, it said the "most urgent need" is now for the drugs to treat ICU patients. | A survey of EUHA members found existing hospital stocks of muscle r…

RT (2020-04-02). Red states 'slower to respond' to Covid-19 as they listened to Trump, Axios founder claims…except blue states have been worst hit. rt.com Axios co-founder Jim VanderHei politicized the coronavirus crisis by claiming red states have been "slower" responding because they've been "listening to President Trump," but he ignores why blue states have been hit harder. | Speaking to MSNBC's Morning Joe and name-dropping Georgia and Florida as states that waited longer than others to implement stay-at-home orders, VanderHei said "information inequality" is to blame for states not acting as one in the fight against the spread of the coronavirus. | "It's because they were listening to President Trump up until the last five or six days. They were watching Fo…

RT (2020-04-02). Saudi Arabia won't undermine Russia-US energy deal & risk facing oil price war on two fronts — market analyst to RT. rt.com If Moscow and Washington strike a deal to boost the sinking oil markets, Saudi Arabia had better stay out of their way, according to analysts who spoke to RT. | The US and Russia agreed to engage in energy talks earlier this week, as both the global coronavirus crisis and the oil row between Russia and Saudi Arabia sent crude prices into a tailspin. International benchmark Brent and US West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crashed to 18-year lows on Monday, but they have slightly recovered since then with the news of a possible deal. | The prices could plunge lower if no agreement is reached, analysts have told RT. Ac…

RT (2020-04-02). Coronavirus in check: World chess champion fights sports shutdown with $250k online 'Magnus Carlsen Invitational'. rt.com Magnus Carlsen, the World Chess Champion, is fighting back against the shutdown of sports worldwide forced by Coronavirus by staging his own $250,000 super-Grandmaster tournament against seven of his closest rivals — online. | The "chess from home" tournament, scheduled from April 18 to May 3, will be the most prestigious chess event to be held remotely, with players taking part over a specialized chess server from their homes around the world. | The Magnus Carlsen Invitational, to be broadcast live with commentary on the

RT (2020-04-02). Ireland's restrictions may go beyond April 12, deputy PM says. rt.com The highly restrictive measures Ireland put in place last week to slow the spread of coronavirus may well be extended beyond the initial deadline of April 12, Deputy Prime Minister Simon Coveney said on Thursday. | Ireland's Prime Minister Leo Varadkar significantly ramped up previous restrictions last Friday when he ordered citizens to stay home and only leave to shop for groceries, for brief individual physical exercise or make absolutely essential family visits, Reuters said. Coveney says "people do need to realize that these restrictions may go on for some time." | "We've set an initial period but I think…

Christian Sorensen (2020-04-02). War Profiteering in the Time of Corona. dissidentvoice.org On 11 March, executives from the war corporation CACI, which sells goods and services to CIA, NSA, and the U.S. Armed Forces, rang the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange. That ceremony embodies the war industry's business as usual approach to the coronavirus. Industry executives are doing their best to keep the gears …

Mark Gruenberg (2020-04-02). Trump regime's threat to suspend Constitution draws flak. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—The GOP Trump administration's reported threat — in a proposal Attorney General William Barr sent to Congress — to virtually suspend the Constitution in order to fight the coronavirus pandemic has drawn bipartisan political flak and a Justice Department denial. But it's still there anyway, as the Brennan Center for Law and Justice points out. …

Mark Gruenberg (2020-04-02). New jobless claims skyrocket to 6.648 million, double last week. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—Welcome to the rerun of the Great Recession, if not the Great Depression, thanks to the coronavirus pandemic and its spread through the U.S. The lines of jobless people seeking unemployment benefits doubled in the week ending March 28, to 6.6 million, the Labor Department reported on April 2. Since March began, 10.2 million people …

Tracy Keeling (2020-04-02). A university professor reveals a shocking fact about Matt Hancock's coronavirus 'strategy' live on TV. thecanary.co A university professor has revealed a shocking fact about the UK government's coronavirus 'strategy', live on TV. | Prof The government's 'strategy' for 'ramping up' testing — as it's repeatedly said it's aiming to do — gets worse and worse. | "A…

RT (2020-04-02). Serbian govt to revoke coronavirus information control decree. rt.com Serbia's government will revoke a decree giving it control over information on the coronavirus outbreak. The decision follows protests and the detention of a journalist for reporting that a major hospital lacked protective gear and properly trained staff, Reuters reports. | Prime Minister Ana Brnabic said the decree, which came into force on Saturday, would be revoked on Thursday "so not a shadow could be cast on our work." | The emergency measure, which said information about the coronavirus outbreak could only come from Brnabic or those authorized by her, had drawn criticism from the Organization for Securit…

RT (2020-04-02). Basketball in ballrooms? Empty Las Vegas casinos 'literally' hold hoop dreams as NBA considers playoffs at single-site quarantine. rt.com Basketball could return with a truncated round of playoff games held in ballroom casinos in Las Vegas as the NBA plots a makeshift conclusion to the season in the midst of the continuing coronavirus crisis in the US. | As the public health crisis deepens across every state, association officials remain hopeful of resuming the regular season in late June, holding the playoffs at a single site where teams would be quarantined in a bid to avoid the outbreak of player infections that led to the current campaign being suspended on March 11. | Adrian Wojnarowski, an NBA insider whose insights into how the sport migh…

RT (2020-04-02). US jobless claims surge to record 10 MILLION amid coronavirus lockdown. rt.com Over 6.6 million Americans filed for unemployment benefits for the week ending March 28. The number of claims has grown to 10 million over the last two weeks. | The released figures are much higher than "In the week ending March 28, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 6,648,000, an increase of 3,341,000 from the previous week's revised level," the US Labor Department said in…

RT (2020-04-02). Hungary emergency measures 'went too far' — EU's von der Leyen. rt.com European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has expressed concern that coronavirus restriction measures taken by Hungary go "too far" and insisted they should be time-limited and subject to scrutiny. | On Monday, Hungary's parliament granted Prime Minister Viktor Orban an open-ended right to rule by decree. It also introduced jail sentences for anyone hindering measures to curb the spread of the virus or spreading false information about the pandemic, Reuters said. | "I am concerned that certain measures go too far and I am particularly concerned about the situation in Hungary," von der Leyen told repor…

Rebecca Gordon (2020-04-02). The Future May Be Female, But the Pandemic is Patriarchal. counterpunch.org Before I found myself "sheltering in place," this article was to be about women's actions around the world to mark March 8th, International Women's Day. From Pakistan to Chile, women in their millions filled the streets, demanding that we be able to control our bodies and our lives. Women came out in Iraq and Kyrgyzstan,

Dean Baker (2020-04-02). The Relative Generosity of the Economic Rescue Package: Boeing vs. Public Broadcasting. counterpunch.org The media have been engaged big time in the numbers without context game, throwing out really big numbers faster than anyone can catch them. (For the biggest, the overall size of the stimulus, given the time frame, we are looking at a stimulus that is about five times as large as the Obama stimulus.) While

RT (2020-04-02). 'Iran has FRIENDS, not proxies' — Zarif blasts Trump following 'sneak attack' claims. rt.com Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif hit back at the US after President Trump accused Iran of planning a "sneak attack" on US troops and assets in Iraq. | Zarif took to Twitter to warn his followers not to "be [misled] by usual warmongers, AGAIN," then tagging US president Donald Trump. "Iran has FRIENDS. No one can have MILLIONS of 'proxies'," he continued. | Don't be mislead by usual warmongers, AGAIN, Iran has FRIENDS: No one can have MILLIONS of"proxies" | Unlike the US—which surreptitiously lies, cheat…

Huai-liang Wu, Jian Huang, Casper J.P. Zhang, Zonglin He, Wai-Kit Ming (2020-04-02). Facemask shortage and the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak: Reflections on public health measures. thelancet.com Implementing a universal facemask wearing policy in the whole of China could lead to severe facemask shortage. Without effective public communication, a universal facemask wearing policy could result in societal panic and subsequently, increase the nationwide and worldwide demand for facemasks. These increased demands could cause a facemask shortage for healthcare workers and reduce the effectiveness of outbreak control in the affected regions, eventually leading to a pandemic. To fight novel infectious disease outbreaks, such as COVID-19, governments should monitor domestic facemask supplies and give priority to…

thelancet (2020-04-02). [Editorial] During a world health crisis: A personal view. thelancet.com Like many of you, I am struggling to go about my daily work routine. I am unfocussed and distracted. I am supposed to write an editorial now and the deadline is approaching faster than originally planned. We need more time with production, now that the workload and the amount of time-sensitive studies have increased. Everyone's day-to-day workflow has changed, and we are doing our best to adjust, manage, and to keep things going.

Belinda J. Gabbe, William Veitch, Kate Curtis, Kate Martin, David Gomez, Ian Civil, Chris Moran, Warwick J. Teague, Andrew J.A. Holland, Fiona Lecky, Mark Fitzgerald, Avery Nathens, Anthony Joseph (2020-04-02). [Research Paper] Survey of major trauma centre preparedness for mass casualty incidents in Australia, Canada, England and New Zealand. thelancet.com The disaster preparedness of MTCs was high for communication, safety and security but there was clear need for improvement in other areas including surge capacity, human resources and post-disaster recovery.

WSWS (2020-04-02). As COVID-19 pandemic exposes failure of capitalism, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez shifts to the right. wsws.org Ocasio-Cortez is increasingly lining up behind the Democratic Party establishment at the very point that the coronavirus catastrophe is demonstrating the failure of the capitalist system and discrediting all of its political parties and representatives.

Ramzy Baroud (2020-04-02). Tunisia Leads the Way: New Report Exposes Israel's False Democracy. dissidentvoice.org Tunisia is the Middle East's greatest success story, according to the findings of the V-Dem Annual Democracy Report 2019. One of the world's most regarded annual reports on democracy and good governance, the V-Dem Report is produced by the V-Dem (Varieties of Democracy) Institute at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden. While Tunisians can be …

Ajit Singh (2020-04-02). US pushes conspiracy theory on China's coronavirus death toll to deflect from Trump administration failures. thegrayzone.com A widely disseminated and highly dubious story asserting China concealed tens of thousands of deaths originated from a US government…

WSWS (2020-04-02). One hundred years since Germany's Kapp Putsch. wsws.org The Kapp Putsch is of burning contemporary relevance at a time when Germany's bourgeoisie is once again turning to militarism, a right-wing extremist party is represented in the federal parliament and all state parliaments, and far-right terrorist networks operate unhindered within the state apparatus and the army.

Pam Martens, Russ Martens (2020-04-02). The Dark Secrets in the Fed's Last Wall Street Bailout Are Getting a Devious Makeover in Today's Bailout. counterpunch.org From December 2007 to November 10, 2011, the Federal Reserve, secretly and without the awareness of Congress, funneled $19.6 trillion in cumulative loans to bail out the trading houses on Wall Street. Just 14 global financial institutions received 83.9 percent of those loans or $16.41 trillion. (See chart above.) A number of those banks were insolvent at the time and did not, under the law, qualify for these Fed loans. Significant amounts of these loans were collateralized with junk bonds and stocks, at a time when both markets were in freefall. Under the law, the Fed is only allowed to make loans against "good"

Danny Haiphong (2020-04-02). China and Cuba's medical internationalism is a shining example of global solidarity. mronline.org China sends medical equipment abroad, Cuba sends doctors and cutting-edge drugs, but the U.S. fails to provide its people, doctors and nurses with basic tools and protection.

Liu Jian (2020-04-02). How COVID-19 Changed Our Lives: a Report From Beijing. counterpunch.org On January 18, after attending a meeting in Hangzhou, I planned to return to my home in Beijing. At that time, the Spring Festival in China was approaching. Although I had started buying tickets one week in advance, I still did not get a high-speed train ticket from Hangzhou to Beijing so I had to

Fight Back (2020-04-02). Stop Trump's anti-Asian Racism; Speak out against hate crimes! fightbacknews.org Fight Back News Service is circulating the following March 29 statement from the Twin Cites based Anti-War Committee. | Racism against Asian Americans is on the rise with 650 attacks reported this last week of March, 2020. As the COVID-19 pandemic deepens, Donald Trump is PURPOSEFULLY inciting these attacks. President Trump is using anti-Asian racism to distract from his bungled COVID-19 response and to demonize China. Despite the fact that Trump previously praised China's transparency and heroic efforts to curb the pandemic, he is now maliciously labeling the coronavirus as the "Chinese virus." | Trump has repea…

teleSUR (2020-04-02). China Scientists Seek Possible COVID-19 Antibodies Treatment. telesurenglish.net A team of Chinese scientists has isolated several antibodies that it says are "extremely effective" at blocking the ability of the new coronavirus to enter cells, which eventually could help treat or prevent COVID-19. | RELATED: | Zhang Linqi at Tsinghua University in Beijing said a drug made with antibodies like the ones his team has found could be used more effectively than the current approaches, including what he cal…

Staff (2020-04-02). We Are Facing a Resurgence of Sexually Transmitted Infections Amid the Pandemic. truthout.org The COVID-19 pandemic highlights the critical importance of a robust and prepared public health infrastructure that can support people with limited income and resources — a Unfortunately, a decades-long divestment from public health has come home to roost: Alongside the inadequate res…

teleSUR (2020-04-02). Spain: Catalonia Wants Cuban Health Workers to Fight COVID-19. telesurenglish.net Catalonia's Health Minister Alba Verges asked Spain's Health Minister Salvador Illa that Cuban medical teams can join the fight against COVID-19 in her autonomous territory. | RELATED: | She also requested a rapid recognition of Cuban doctors' professional degrees so that they can work in Catalonia, as they are already doing in Andorra or Italy. | If accepted, the recognition of professional credentials would benefit all Cuban doctors re…

Staff (2020-04-02). Trump to Hold In-Person Meeting With Big Oil CEOs to Discuss COVID-19 Relief. truthout.org President Donald Trump on Friday is "Other chief executives set to attend Friday's…

Kathryn Casteel and Will Tucker (2020-04-02). Alabama prisons hold more than 1,100 older people at greater COVID-19 risk. splcenter.org More than 1,100 people age 65 or older are locked away in Alabama prisons, putting a group already highly susceptible to the deadly COVID-19 virus at an even greater risk, according to an SPLC analysis of the state's prison system.

Staff (2020-04-02). Trump Backs Pharma Company's Exclusive Patent on Possible COVID-19 Treatment. truthout.org As the United States leads the world in coronavirus cases, the nation's healthcare system is already stretched to capacity and protective gear in short supply. President Trump and his health advisors say more than 100,000 Americans could die from the coronavirus in the next two weeks. Meanwhile, millions of people have lost their jobs, and a record 6.6 million unemployment claims were filed this week, on top of last week's 3.3 million claims. For more on the economic impacts of the coronavirus, a…

WSWS (2020-04-02). 19,000 ambulance workers strike in Northern India to demand protective gear. wsws.org The strike by Indian ambulance workers is part of the militant class response by the working class against the capitalist governments that have endangered the lives of workers amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

WSWS (2020-04-02). Hospital closures continue in Germany despite COVID-19 pandemic. wsws.org Although every hospital bed in Germany is needed because of the coronavirus pandemic, many hospitals are facing closure, especially in more rural areas.

WSWS (2020-04-02). COVID-19 infections hit Australian health workers. wsws.org Medical professionals across the country have made ongoing complaints that they lack sufficient quantities of personal protective equipment (PPE), including masks.

P. Sainath (2020-04-02). What We Should Do About COVID-19. counterpunch.org With his first speech on the coronavirus, Prime Minister Narendra Modi got us to scare evil spirits away by having people bang the hell out of their pots and pans. With his second, he scared the hell out of all of us. With not a word on how the public, particularly the poor, are to

WSWS (2020-04-02). US Navy aircraft carrier commander seeks evacuation of entire crew to stem outbreak of coronavirus. wsws.org The crisis on the USS Theodore Roosevelt is only the most acute indication of the serious impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the operations of the American military machine.

Staff (2020-04-02). Medical Staffing Company Slashed Benefits for Doctors, Nurses Fighting COVID-19. truthout.org Emergency room doctors and nurses many of whom are dealing with an onslaught of coronavirus patients and shortages of protective equipment — are now finding out that their compensation is getting cut. | Most ER providers in the U.S. work for staffing companies that have contracts with hospitals. Those staffing companies are losing revenue as hospitals postpone elective procedures and non-coronavirus patients avoid emergency rooms. Health insurers are processing claims more slowly as t…

WSWS (2020-04-02). Ten New York City transit workers die of COVID-19. wsws.org More New York City transit workers are sick and dying as work continues without protective equipment.

Eve Ottenberg (2020-04-02). Prisons are a COVID-19 Petri Dish. counterpunch.org Now is the time to empty the prisons. With over two million people incarcerated, the vast majority for nonviolent crimes, prisoners are packed like sardines, their overcrowding perfect for mass infection and spread of the Covid-19 pestilence. Nonviolent drug offenders, people who couldn't make bail, people within six months of release, the elderly and infirm — all should be freed before they catch the disease, spread it and die.

Fight Back (2020-04-02). Philippines: New People's Army orders COVID-19 monitoring in Davao areas. fightbacknews.org The communist-led New People's Army (NPA) command in South Mindanao (SMR) has ordered its units to closely monitor and immediatly report of cases of COVID-19 infection in their respective areas of responsibility. The NPA-SMR command covers Davao City and other Davao regions which are dominated by the Duterte family dynasty. Cases of local transmission have been reported recently in the region. | In an April 1 statement, Rigoberto Sanchez, NPA-SMR spokesperson, ordered all NPA units in the region "to assist all organs of political power and revolutionary organizations in addressing the health crisis in their areas…

WSWS (2020-04-02). Amid growing anger over criminal response to COVID-19 crisis, Washington threatens war. wsws.org Trump issued threats against Iran and Venezuela yesterday, both weaponizing the pandemic and desperately seeking to divert mounting social tensions in the US itself.

teleSUR (2020-04-02). Andorra's Diplomat Rejects US Limitations on Cuban Medical Aid. telesurenglish.net Foreign Minister of Andorra Maria Ubach denounced U.S. pressure to prevent Cuba's medical collaboration with the small European country of Andorra. Cuban doctors are providing assistance to those facing the COVID-19 in Andorra. | RELATED: | "I am aware of the position of the United States, but we are a sovereign country and we can choose the partners with whom to have a collaboration", Ubach declared to local news media. Wi…

WSWS (2020-04-02). Confirmed coronavirus cases in Africa exceeds 6,000 with more than 200 deaths. wsws.org The UN recently warned that half of all jobs could be lost on the African continent due to the disruption caused by the pandemic.

Fiona Edwards (2020-04-02). Bolsonaro is leading Brazil to coronavirus catastrophe. thecanary.co Brazil's

WSWS (2020-04-02). US Bureau of Prisons implements 14-day national lockdown as coronavirus pandemic takes hold. wsws.org The death of another inmate at the Oakdale Federal Correctional Institution in Louisiana was confirmed Wednesday, taking the total of deaths among those incarcerated at the prison to three.

WSWS (2020-04-02). Coronavirus freezes Democratic presidential campaign as states postpone primaries. wsws.org Fourteen states have either delayed presidential primaries or extended deadlines for voting by mail.

WSWS (2020-04-02). Without work and regular paycheck millions of Americans at risk of eviction as rent comes due. wsws.org In New York City, the epicenter of the coronavirus epidemic, up to 40 percent of tenants are expected forgo rent payments this month.

Rev. William Alberts (2020-04-02). The Coronavirus Rained on Trump's Easter Charade. counterpunch.org In the face of the coronavirus pandemic, President Trump was hell-bent on loosening social restraints so that churches could be "packed" on Easter (April 12). Never mind that health care experts warned that such a premature move would worsen the spread of the virus, overwhelm hospitals with patients, lead to countless deaths and result in

WSWS (2020-04-02). Indonesian government declares "national emergency" after downplaying coronavirus threat. wsws.org A University of Indonesia report has warned that 240,000 people may die in the pandemic this month without a substantial government intervention.

WSWS (2020-04-02). Stock market sell-off resumes. wsws.org The renewed market downturn followed statements by President Trump that US deaths from the coronavirus could be 240,000 while hinting that the toll could be even higher.

WSWS (2020-04-02). US Conference of Mayors survey shows severe lack of equipment to combat coronavirus pandemic. wsws.org As the US death toll nears 5,000, a report to the federal government from mayors of 213 cities showing a desperate shortage of lifesaving equipment has fallen on deaf ears.

Binoy Kampmark (2020-04-02). The Swedish Alternative: Coronavirus as a Grand Gamble. counterpunch.org As draconian lockdowns, punitive regimes and surveillance become the norm of the coronavirus world, Sweden has treaded more softly in the field. This is certainly in contrast to its Scandinavian cousins, Denmark and Norway. The rudiments of a life uninterrupted generally remain in place. Cafes, restaurants and shops, for the most part, remain open and

WSWS (2020-04-02). Alberta's right-wing UCP government exploits coronavirus pandemic to lay off at least 20,000 education workers. wsws.org Jason Kenney's United Conservative Party government slashed all non-teacher salary funding to Alberta school boards Saturday, which will force the layoff of at least 20,000 teaching assistants, cleaners, and other support staff.

teleSUR (2020-04-02). Facebook Removes Bolsonaro Videos for 'Misinformation'. telesurenglish.net Facebook followed in the footsteps of Twitter Monday by removing video posts in which Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro challenged the isolation measures defended by the health authorities to combat the coronavirus pandemic. | RELATED: | In a statement, Facebook reported that it decided to delete…

Staff (2020-04-02). Stock Sales by GOP Sen. Kelly Loeffler Trigger Allegations of Insider Trading. truthout.org An ethics watchdog called for Sen. Kelly Loeffler, R-Ga., to be investigated by "any federal law enforcement agencies that have jurisdiction over insider trading" after a new report revealed the lawmaker unloaded millions of dollars in stocks from industries hit hard by the economic fallout over the coronavirus pandemic as she publicly downplayed the extent of the outbreak. | The largest transactions from Loeffler's most recent financial disclosures were three sales between Feb. 26 and March…

The Canary (2020-04-02). Spain's coronavirus death toll hits 10,000 as global infections near a million. thecanary.co Europe: | Spain reported a new record in virus-related deaths on Thursday, with 950 in 24 hours although the growth in infections is wani…

WSWS (2020-04-02). Nightingale field hospital completed in London to cope with mass coronavirus deaths. wsws.org While clearly the new hospital is a much-needed facility, given the criminal starving of resources in Britain's health care system, for many who are taken there it will be little more than a waiting room for the dying.

Jason Hirthler (2020-04-02). The Temple of Self-Gratification. counterpunch.org Author David Foster Wallace once said that America is, "One enormous engine and temple of self-gratification and self-advancement." The spectacle of American consumerism comes galloping to mind. But the pageant of gluttony with which we sate ourselves on a weekly basis is a pale reflection, at least in its intensity, of American foreign policy. Like our national addiction to guns mirrors our international addiction to bombs, so too our appetitive instincts at home merely reflect those same greedy impulses writ large in the global arena. From the soul of the gourmand to the surface-to-air missile, the attitude to…

Dean Baker (2020-04-02). The Return of Infrastructure Week. counterpunch.org According to the Washington Post, Donald Trump is calling for a fourth stimulus package, which he wants to be "very big and bold," and to focus on infrastructure. He argued that this is a good time to do this, since interest rates are very low. It's good to see that Donald Trump has discovered infrastructure

Mike Garrity (2020-04-02). Alliance for the Wild Rockies Sues Feds to Stop a Project That Will Kill 72 Yellowstone Grizzly Bears in Wyoming's Upper Green and Gros Ventre Rivers. counterpunch.org Once over 50,000 strong in the lower 48 states, grizzlies were reduced to less than 1,000 bears. Grizzly bears were eliminated from Texas by 1890, California by 1922, Utah by 1923, Oregon by 1931, New Mexico by 1933, and Arizona by 1935. Thus, in a historical blink of an eye, from the 1800s to the

David Rovics (2020-04-02). An Open Letter to My Landlord #CancelRent. counterpunch.org We will not be paying rent for April, and we thought we'd let you know why. Dear Mr. and Mrs. Randall, Just to let you know, since we've never met, I'm one of your many residential tenants. I imagine that between you and your corporation, the Randall Group, and then between that and its subsidiary,

teleSUR (2020-04-02). Argentina: President Fernandez Prohibits Layoffs for 60 Days. telesurenglish.net Argentina's RELATED: | More specifically, the decr…

WSWS (2020-04-02). Clemency: A prison warden with a civil war inside her. wsws.org A sober, hard-hitting drama about capital punishment in the US, Clemency contains sequences harrowing and difficult to watch. They constitute an indictment of a social order capable of organizing such barbarism.

WSWS (2020-04-02). Tennessee governor's delay in issuing stay-at-home order means thousands more will die, physicians warn. wsws.org "This is not a mandated shelter in place order, but it is a strong urging for Tennesseans to stay at home," Gov. Lee said during his daily media briefing.

David Rovics (2020-04-02). Open Letter to My Landlord. zcomm.org If there is to be a class war in America, it is people like you who started it. We are only responding to your mindless greed and the broken system which people like you broke and make sure stays broken…

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2020-04-02). 'How Does It Feel to Sell Your Soul to the World's Richest Man?': Obama Aide Turned Amazon Exec Ripped Over Fired Workplace Organizer. commondreams.org "Your boss is the richest person on Earth, and he just became $3.4 billion richer last month dumping stock in anticipation of this pandemic. How much does he pay you to pretend he can't afford to give his workers PPE and a sane paid sick leave policy?" | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2020-04-02). In Nation Without Medicare for All, 3.5 Million Workers May Have Lost Employer-Provided Insurance Over Last Two Weeks. commondreams.org "The COVID-19 pandemic lays bare the cruelty of tying health insurance coverage to employment." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2020-04-02). As Pandemic Paralyzes Global Economy, World Is 'Awash in Seas of Oil' With Nowhere Left to Store It. commondreams.org www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2020-04-02). Decline in Fossil Fuel Emissions Due to Coronavirus Lockdowns No Substitute for Climate Action, Advocates Say. commondreams.org With power plants, public transportation, and businesses shut down as governments call for widespread social distancing practices to slow the spread of the coronavirus, climate scientists are recording a drastic drop in planet-heating fossil fuel emissions. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2020-04-02). 'The Poor, the Sick, the Homeless, the Children, the Low-Wage Workers': Moral Leaders Demand Coronavirus Relief for Most Vulnerable. commondreams.org In an op-ed published Thursday by TIME, Poor People's Campaign co-chairs Rev. Drs. William Barber and Liz Theoharis outlined the "evil" elements of the $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus legislation that President Donald Trump signed last week and demanded a federal COVID-19 relief effort that centers the needs of the nation's most vulnerable. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2020-04-02). Big Brother in the Age of Coronavirus: 100+ Groups Warn Against Exploiting Pandemic to Permanently Expand Surveillance State. commondreams.org As the number of COVID-19 cases climbed toward a million worldwide on Thursday, over 100 human rights groups issued a joint statement warning that governments' response to the coronavirus pandemic "must not be used as a cover to usher in a new era of greatly expanded systems of invasive digital surveillance." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2020-04-02). 'Government Needs to Step In': Food Banks Across US Report Unprecedented Demand—and Shortages—as Coronavirus Pandemic Ravages. commondreams.org As 6.6 million Americans filed jobless claims last week due to the coronavirus pandemic bringing many industries to a halt, historically long lines at food banks across the country offered another grim illustration of the financial realities faced by working people in the United States. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2020-04-02). 'Nightmare Scenario That Everyone Predicted': As Millions Struggle to Meet Basic Needs, Trump Organization Requests Financial Relief. commondreams.org While millions of Americans are facing job loss, the loss of their employer-sponsored health coverage, and difficulty affording necessities over the coming months as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, President Donald Trump's real estate empire is seeking relief from paying back loans. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2020-04-02). "We're Running Out of Time to Get This Right": Congress Urged to Move Swiftly to Protect 2020 Elections From Pandemic's Mayhem. commondreams.org "None of us know how long this pandemic will last, and no American should have to choose between protecting their health and exercising their right to vote." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

RT (2020-04-02). Pentagon seeks 100,000 body bags as Covid-19 fatalities top 5,000 in US after deadliest day to date. rt.com The Pentagon is looking to hand out 100,000 body bags as hospitals and morgues are overrun with coronavirus fatalities, with the US breaking its daily death toll record yet again, surpassing 5,000 in total. | The Defense Department will first distribute military-style "Human Remains Pouches" from a stockpile of 50,000 units to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and will later seek to purchase more, Pentagon officials told several media outlets on Wednesday. | The request from FEMA comes as the US sees its Covid-19 outbreak accelerate across all 50 states, counting nearly 1,000 new deaths on Wednes…

RT (2020-04-02). More than HALF of Britons believe government reacted too slowly to coronavirus — poll. rt.com In a new survey published on Thursday, over half of those polled think Prime Minister Boris Johnson's government was too slow in implementing social distancing measures to halt the spread of Covid-19. | The UK has seen its largest increase in deaths in a single day, jumping by 563 on April 1 to a total of 2,352. The number of confirmed cases now stands at 29,474, up by 4,324 in a single day. | Amid the worsening situation, the government introduced a lockdown a week ago, with people having to stay at home except for essential journeys, such as buying food and walking pets. | Police are enforcing the measures,…

RT (2020-04-02). PM Johnson may come out of isolation despite still experiencing Covid-19 symptoms. rt.com British PM Boris Johnson could be poised to end his 7-day isolation period on Friday despite continuing to have "mild symptoms" of the coronavirus, with his spokesperson insisting there has been "no change" to official guidelines. | As the UK's coronavirus death toll rises to 2,921 after 569 patients died in 24 hours — a slight increase on Wednesday's record total — a Downing Street briefing to journalists on Thursday revealed that the PM had not fully recovered from the deadly disease. | [The Prime Minister] continues to have mild symptoms but he does still have symptoms. | Johnson's spokesman point…

RT (2020-04-02). UK to remain in coronavirus lockdown until after Easter as government confirms 'further steps could be taken if needed'. rt.com Boris Johnson's spokesman has said social distancing measures will remain in place in the UK until after the Easter holiday, and that even harsher steps could be implemented if the situation continues to deteriorate. | "The Prime Minister has said we will at all times follow the scientific and medical advice and if we need to take further steps we won't hesitate to do so," the announced. | The spokesman also refused to confirm whether the PM would end his isolation tomorrow, a week after he tested positive for Covid-19. | Boris Johnson appeared to be unwell in a video he posted on Twitter yesterday, and Number…

RT (2020-04-02). Britain's Johnson vows massive increase in coronavirus tests as deaths rise 24% to 2,921. rt.com Prime Minister Boris Johnson promised to ramp up coronavirus testing after the British government faced criticism for being slower than some European peers. | "We're also massively increasing testing," Johnson said in a video message from a flat in Downing Street where he is self-isolating after testing positive himself. "This is how we will unlock the coronavirus puzzle, this is how we will defeat it in the end." | While Germany has been testing about 500,000 people a week, Britain's current capacity is about 13,000 a day, a figure the government said it was aiming to double by mid-April, Reuters said. | The…

Fight Back (2020-04-02). Confronting Amazon: Why Teamsters need to organize Amazon. fightbacknews.org Editor's note: The following article was prepared for the print edition of Fight Back!, which is now on hold due to the pandemic. | Jacksonville, FL – During the hustle of peak season last December, every UPS package driver in my center noticed one major change: the staggering amount of Amazon delivery drivers out on the roads with us. I noticed it too, and the numbers back up our experiences. | An analysis by Morgan Stanley found that Amazon now delivers a little more than half of its own packages, 2.5 billion per year. Their delivery volume doubled from 2018 to 2019, driven by the introduction of one-day…

Staff (2020-04-02). Amid Pandemic, Workers Walk Out, Building Momentum Toward General Strike. truthout.org Essential workers at Instacart, Whole Foods, Amazon and General Electric are staging protests and walking off the job in droves across the U.S., demanding increased protections and pay as they continue to face disproportionate risks and increasingly perilous working conditions amid the COVID-19 pandemic. | Thousands of workers for the San Francisco-based Instacart, a popular U.S. grocery delivery service app, went on strike Monday for better pay and health protections as they face soaring demand to…

Aaron Maté (2020-04-02). Fired worker: Amazon hid COVID-19 cases and ignored pleas for protection. thegrayzone.com Chris Smalls, an Amazon worker fired after organizing a walkout over unsafe conditions during the coronavirus pandemic, speaks out. Amazon…

Alan Maass (2020-04-02). 'Our Lives Are Worth More Than Packages'. thenation.com 'Our Lives Are Worth More Than Packages'

Eoin Higgins (2020-04-02). Threat of ICE Detention Centers Turning Into Death Camps, Groups Rallying to Free Families. indybay.org ICE is making the pandemic more dangerous for everyone.

Protest News (2020-04-02). Innovative COVID-19 Safe Protest in San Francisco. indybay.org Boisterous Car Rally Honks for Justice for ICE Detainees…

Indivisible (2020-04-02). Indivisible: The Structural Inequalities that led to the COVID-19 Crisis. indybay.org Online via Zoom…

COVID-19 Safety for All (2020-04-02). Oakland & Alameda County: Call Now to Demand Housing for Our Unsheltered Neighbors. indybay.org Alameda County and the City of Oakland have millions of dollars in emergency funds available for COVID-19 relief efforts, yet they have NOT provided the emergency housing needed for the thousands of homeless residents residing in our communities.

John Colby (2020-04-02). Dominican Hospital's (mis)treatment of (disabled) homeless people. indybay.org As an advocate for (disabled) homeless people who blogs about this advocacy (thus I'm an independent journalist), I've come across numerous incidents of discrimination by Dignity Health's Dominican Hospital against (disabled) homeless people. I obtained a media statement about how Dignity Health's Dominican Hospital will (equally) serve homeless COVID-19 victims. Please report non-compliance to me.

Congressman Eric Swalwell (2020-04-02). COVID-19 Q&A With Dr. Bonnie Maldonado hosted by Rep. Eric Swalwell (online FB). indybay.org Online on FB livestream…

Indivisible (2020-04-02). Indivisible: The Structural Inequalities that led to COVID-19 Crisis. indybay.org Online via Zoom…

R Hickel, Ingar Solty & Daniel Stelter (2020-04-02). The economy in the times of the coronavirus. indybay.org Most people's thinking is determined by the development of the Covid-19 crisis, the return of "the hour of executive power" (Gerhard A. Ritter), i.e. state of exception legislation, and the fears which it evokes as well as the economic measures which appear to be in response to the health crisis.