Daily Archives: March 11, 2020

2020-03-11: News Headlines

Staff (2020-03-11). Naomi Klein and Alicia Garza Discuss Calls to Shut Down Primaries and Debates. truthout.org Former Vice President Joe Biden scored decisive primary victories Tuesday night in the key state of Michigan, along with Missouri, Mississippi and Idaho. Sanders won North Dakota and holds a lead in Washington state, but votes are still being counted, and the races are still too close to call. While Biden is less than halfway to the delegates he would need to secure the Democratic nomination, Sanders faces a decision about whether to continue his increasingly uphill fight for the Democratic…

C.J. Atkins (2020-03-11). Why Bernie shouldn't quit yet. peoplesworld.org Super Tuesday II was another round of victories for Joe Biden. Michigan, Missouri, Mississippi, and Idaho were added to his column on March 10; as of this writing, only North Dakota went for Bernie Sanders, and Washington state is still counting. After two tough weeks at the polls and with endorsements from elected officials rolling …

Akela Lacy (2020-03-11). The Working Families Party Endorses Sanders for President. zcomm.org When WFP endorsed Warren in the fall, they held a ranked-choice vote of its national committee and online voters. Mitchell said it was clear from the beginning that there was strong support within the group for both Warren and Sanders…

Alan Macleod (2020-03-11). Creative Coronavirus Responses Appear Across the World, but Not in Trump's America. mintpressnews.com The World Health Organization has officially declared the coronavirus a pandemic and countries across the globe are coming up with clever methods of halting its spread putting the Trump administration's lackluster response to shame.

Alan Macleod (2020-03-11). The Corporate Media Celebrates After Handing Joe Biden Another Win. mintpressnews.com Biden has deliberately refrained from public or media appearances due to his propensity for making egregious errors, but that hasn't stopped the media from paving the way for a Biden vs Trump contest.

Tony Cartalucci (2020-03-11). US-Israel Predictably Behind Turkish Aggression in Syria. globalresearch.ca Turkey's ongoing fighting in northern Syria's Idlib governorate was — from the beginning of recent escalations — clearly a continuation of Washington's wider now 9 year-long proxy war against Damascus. | Whatever gains Turkey had made in terms of

Paul Antonopoulos (2020-03-11). Greece's Migrant Crisis Has Further Exposed Turkish Fake News. globalresearch.ca Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's attempt to intimidate the Syrian Army and force them to withdraw to the Sochi Agreement lines in Idlib utterly failed, resulting in the Turkish leader having to embarrassingly accept large swathes of liberated territory …

Scott Ritter (2020-03-11). How Turkey Lost a Battle of Wills, and Force, to Russia. globalresearch.ca When the history of the Syrian conflict is written, the fighting that took place between the Syrian Army and its allies on the one side, and the Turkish military and Turkish-backed Syrian rebels on the other, from early February through …

Xinhua (2020-03-11). Did COVID-19 Originate In China? "We must move beyond the temptation to give nationality to diseases." globalresearch.ca Italian experts have praised China's anti-virus efforts while dismissing a U.S. Fox News television host's calling for a "formal apology" from China for the coronavirus outbreak. | Last Monday, U.S. Fox News host Jesse Watters demanded China apologize for the virus …

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2020-03-11). Coronavirus Offerings and Job Losses: University Reliance on China Bites. globalresearch.ca It was predicted, warned against and is happening. Universities fattened by the Chinese student market are now in a state of financial shock, cutting losses, trimming courses and doing what over managed institutions do best: remove working productive staff while …

Staff (2020-03-11). Nurses on Front Lines of Coronavirus Pandemic Demand Medicare for All. truthout.org The number of coronavirus cases in the United States has passed 1,000 Tuesday, with the rate of infections likely increasing. Despite this, the U.S. continues to lag on testing, and healthcare workers say they lack adequate protection and protocols to allow them to safely care for infected patients. They also say the country's hospitals are woefully unprepared to handle the crisis. Nurses in the hot zones of California and Washington had already reported having to beg for face masks and lacking guidanc…

Staff (2020-03-11). Coronavirus Will Spread Faster Because We Lack Universal Health Care. truthout.org A critical factor accelerating the spread of coronavirus in the United States is our lack of universal health care. | As we debate the costs of providing medical treatment for all, and as the virus tears through the fabric of our society, it's become clear that many of the factors accelerating the spread of illness and death associated with this new plague are associated with the for-profit nature of our health care system. | Because we have a patchwork medical system whose primary motivating engine…

WSWS (2020-03-11). US sanctions on Iran turn coronavirus into a catastrophe. wsws.org Officials announced at the weekend that the virus had spread to most of Iran's provinces and warned that the number of cases could rise to more than 450,000.

The Canary (2020-03-11). Budget 2020: chancellor pledging to invest 'historic amounts' in infrastructure. thecanary.co Chancellor Rishi Sunak has promised to invest "historic amounts" on infrastructure and innovation in the Budget he will deliver against a backdrop of coronavirus instability.The Treasury said hundreds of billions of pounds will be pledged on Wednesday to invest in infrastructure including roads, railways, broadband and housing.It was understood this figure could be more than £600bn over the five-year parliament. | However, the government has faced criticism for delaying its key National Infrastructure Strategy to tackle the climate crisis and boost transport connectivity.Meanwhile, analysts were keeping a w…

WSWS (2020-03-11). The response of the working class to the coronavirus pandemic. wsws.org The working class cannot remain passive as this crisis develops. It must organize and fight for its interests.

WSWS (2020-03-11). Spain puts Madrid, Basque country on lockdown as coronavirus cases multiply. wsws.org The decision came after Spain's Ministry of Health said there were 1,622 registered cases, compared to 1,200 the day before.

Neil Demause (2020-03-11). Reading About Coronavirus Without Scaring Yourself Too Much (or Too Little). zcomm.org Unfortunately, because this is the corporate-controlled, understaffed, underexperienced news media we're talking about, much of that coverage has been incomplete, misleading or sometimes just plain wrong…

teleSUR (2020-03-11). WHO Characterizes COVID-19 as a Global Pandemic. telesurenglish.net The World Health Organization (WHO) Wednesday declared the outbreak of coronavirus as a pandemic once more than 118,000 cases of infected persons and 4,291 deaths have been registered in 114 countries. | RELATED: | "WHO has been assessing this outbreak around the clock and we are deeply concerned both by the alarming levels of spread and severity and by the alarming levels of inaction," the WHO director Tedros Adhanom s…

WSWS (2020-03-11). Coronavirus pandemic surges across Europe. wsws.org Thousands fell ill with coronavirus and hundreds died yesterday in Europe as the pandemic kept surging across the continent.

WSWS (2020-03-11). National Guard deployed to New York City suburb as coronavirus outbreak intensifies. wsws.org New York now has the largest number of cases in the United States, and cases are multiplying in New York City itself.

WSWS (2020-03-11). Medical supplies running out in parts of Canada as first coronavirus death reported. wsws.org Healthcare officials are warning that hospitals across Canada were already running at or beyond capacity prior to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.

teleSUR (2020-03-11). Panama Reports Its First Patient Killed by the Coronavirus. telesurenglish.net Panama's Health Minister Rosario Turner Tuesday reported the first death from the new coronavirus Covid-19, while eight others are infected and 66 people are under suspicion. | RELATED: | "The autopsy performed on Norato Gonzalez confirmed that his death, registered on March 8, was caused by the consequent bacterial pneumonia of Covid-19," Turner said. | The deceased, who was director of the Monseñor Francisco Beckman Sc…

John Wojcik (2020-03-11). Coronavirus spreads rapidly across U.S., relief plans under consideration. peoplesworld.org The number of confirmed cases of coronavirus is swelling rapidly all across the United States with the number of infected passing the 1,000 mark today. Scientists in the state of Washington, meanwhile, are saying that the real number is ten or more times that amount. They base this on their studies of how the virus …

WSWS (2020-03-11). Educators speak out on threat of coronavirus in US schools. wsws.org As a result of decades of defunding public education and the criminal negligence of the political establishment, US schools are wholly unprepared for the rapid spread of COVID-19.

WSWS (2020-03-11). Julian Assange's mother, doctors warn he is at heightened risk due to coronavirus. wsws.org In comments to the WSWS, Dr Stephen Frost warned that "the UK government is effectively playing Russian roulette with Julian Assange's life" and demanded that he be released from Belmarsh Prison immediately.

Michael Meeropol (2020-03-11). Government austerity is costing lives in the fight to contain Covid-19. mronline.org I am old enough to remember that shortly after the 1968 election of Richard Nixon to the presidency, his campaign manager (and future U.S. Attorney General) John Mitchell said, "Watch what we do not what we say." |

Staff (2020-03-11). WHO Declares That Virus Crisis Is Now a Pandemic. truthdig.com GENEVA — Expressing alarm both about mounting infections and inadequate government responses, the World Health Organization declared Wednesday that the global coronavirus crisis is now a pandemic but added that it's not too late for countries to act. | By reversing course and using the charged word "pandemic" that it had previously shied away from, the U.N. health agency sought to shock lethargic countries into pulling out all the stops. | "We have called every day for countries to take urgent and aggressive action. We have rung the alarm bell loud and clear," said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the WHO chief.

Fight Back (2020-03-11). FRSO labor delegation joins Venezuelan march defending the Bolivarian government. fightbacknews.org Caracas, Venezuela – Over 600,000 people took to the streets in Caracas, March 10, marching to support President Maduro and the Bolivarian government. The small opposition called for a march on the Presidential Palace Miraflores and held small rallies in the wealthy neighborhoods. However, huge masses of people in central Caracas marched through several working-class neighborhoods to counter the opposition's call. The gigantic march went as far as the eye could see. There were banners, trucks and music. People were chanting, singing and dancing. | "I saw thousands of working people celebrating their revoluti…

Jessica Corbett (2020-03-11). Millions of Women in Mexico Protest Gender-Based Violence. zcomm.org "In Mexico it's like we're in a state of war; we're in a humanitarian crisis because of the quantity of women that have disappeared or been killed."

Evaggelos Vallianatos (2020-03-11). Turkey's Migrant Weapon Against Greece. counterpunch.org It comes as no surprise that Greeks and Turks don't like each other. They have been enemies for more than a thousand years. The Turks are Mongols who appeared for the first time in Asia Minor in the eleventh century when Asia Minor or Anatolia was the home of the Greeks. The Anatolian cataclysm of

Stephen Lendman (2020-03-11). Biden Rejects Medicare for All. globalresearch.ca On major policy issues, Biden's agenda resembles Trump's with a party label difference — both unacceptable, demanding rejection. | Throughout his time in public office, Biden one-sidedly supported and continues supporting privileged interests at the expense of the public welfare — …

Stephen Lendman (2020-03-11). Dirty System Triumph on Mini-Super Tuesday. globalresearch.ca Tuesday results in six states for Dems largely replicated Biden's pre-scripted week ago Super Tuesday triumph over Sanders. | As the saying goes, there never was any doubt. The race to be Dem standard bearer in November against Trump appears all …

Whitney Webb (2020-03-11). US Army Cites Cybersecurity Concerns In Scrapping Planned Purchase of Israeli Military Tech. mintpressnews.com US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, a former lobbyist for Raytheon, may soon step in to reverse the decision following pressure from Israel, given that Raytheon co-develops the system with Israeli firms.

Medea Benjamin (2020-03-11). Saudi Arabia's Brave Women Pull Back the Curtain on Crown Prince MBS. mintpressnews.com The case of Al-Hathloul and the other women's rights activists on trial in Saudi Arabia is a tremendous embarrassment for MBS, who has been putting an enormous effort into convincing his Western allies that he is a reformer and that the Kingdom is becoming more liberal.

Peter Bolton (2020-03-11). US activists call for election monitors as elitist Joe Biden keeps advancing. thecanary.co Former vice president

Fight Back (2020-03-11). Threats against Prof. Sison are threats against the resumption of the peace talks. fightbacknews.org Fight Back News Service is circulating the following statement from the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) Negotiating Panel. | The reported threats against Prof. Jose Ma. 'Joma' Sison, who is the NDFP chief political consultant threaten any possible resumption of the peace talks. | That the Dutch police went to visit 'Joma' last week and warn him to take precautionary measures indicates that the Dutch authorities have become aware of and are taking seriously the threats against 'Joma'. They presumably know who are behind the threats. | Any threat against Professor Sison or any member of the NDFP…

CounterPunch News Service (2020-03-11). Truthdig Employees Stop Work to Protest Labor Conditions. counterpunch.org Senior editors and contributors at Truthdig, including Executive Editor Kasia Anderson, Managing Editor, Jacob Sugarman, Foreign Editor Natasha Hakimi Zapata and Book Editor Eunice Wong, along with columnists Chris Hedges, Lee Camp and Paul Street and the cartoonist Dwayne Booth, aka Mr. Fish, as well as blogger Ilana Novick, announced in a joint letter today they were

teleSUR (2020-03-11). Chile: New Wave of Protests to Demand Piñera's Resignation. telesurenglish.net Thousands of Chileans are taking to the streets again this Wednesday to demand the removal of President Sebastian Piñera, who is turning two years into his term.‚Äã‚Äã‚Äã‚Äã‚Äã‚Äã | RELATED: | "The Piñera administration thought that by talking about a hypothetical new constitution it would succeed in placating t…

South Front (2020-03-11). Video: Saudi-initiated All-out Oil War Could Lead to Collapse of Kingdom Itself. globalresearch.ca Saudi Arabia launched an all-out oil war offering unprecedented discounts and flooding the market in an attempt to capture a larger share and defeat other oil producers. This "scorched earth" approach caused the biggest oil price fall since the war …

Prof. Marjorie Cohn (2020-03-11). Team Trump Tried to Bully the ICC into Dropping War Crimes Probe but Failed. globalresearch.ca After the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) found a reasonable basis to believe that U.S. military and

David Rosen (2020-03-11). Abortion and the 2020 Elections. counterpunch.org On March 4th the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in June Medical Services v. Russo (formerly June Medical Services v. Gee), a case challenging Louisiana's Act 620, a law requiring abortion providers to have admitting privileges at a local hospital. It is an effort to restrict a women's right to terminate an unwanted pregnancy. In 2016,

teleSUR (2020-03-11). Court Condemns Filmmaker Harvey Weinstein to 23 Years in Jail. telesurenglish.net New York Supreme Court Judge James Burke Wednesday sentenced 23 years in prison to film producer Harvey Weinstein, whose case triggered the RELATED: | On Feb. 24, the 67-year-old man was convicted of sexual assault on his fo…

Staff (2020-03-11). Another Bad Night for Sanders Leaves His Campaign With Limited Options. truthout.org The March 10 primaries were not a complete wipeout for Bernie Sanders and his presidential campaign. He Joe Biden won four of the six states in play on Tuesday with Washington State still outstanding, along with the lion's share of delegates. The anticipated aria from the Democr…

Ramzy Baroud (2020-03-11). Abuse, Oppression and Murder. zcomm.org The PA Does Israel's Dirty Work in the West Bank…

Medea Benjamin (2020-03-11). Saudi's Brave Women Pull Back the Curtain on Crown Prince MBS. globalresearch.ca Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman (MBS), Saudi Arabia's 34-year-old de facto ruler, was on a tear. He

teleSUR (2020-03-11). Death Toll From Brazil's Mudslides Hits 44. telesurenglish.net The death toll from the devastating mudslides that occurred one week ago in southeast Brazil's Sao Paulo state has reached 44, local authorities said Tuesday. | RELATED: Using heavy earth-moving machinery, firefighters dug up the body of a fellow rescue worker who died while trying to save a family buried under earth and rubble. | Another 34 people remain missing in the popular seaside resort town of Guaruja, whe…

teleSUR (2020-03-11). Brazil: Marielle Franco's Murder Suspects to Trial. telesurenglish.net Former police agents Ronnie Lessa y Elcio Vieira will appear in court due to accusations related to Marielle Franco and Anderson Gomes' murder. | RELATED: | According to defendants alibi, they were at a bar during the killing execution, but evidence locates them at the crime scene. Ronnie Lesa is accused of shooting Franco and Gomes, Vieira was driving the car used to close the road and trap Marielle's…

WSWS (2020-03-11). Brazil's Bolsonaro signs military pact with Trump. wsws.org The meeting of the two fascistic presidents in Florida was dedicated to escalating aggression against Venezuela, even as the US and Brazil remain divided on economic issues.

Hannah Gais (2020-03-11). Was Steve King Persona Non Grata at CPAC 2020 — Or Not? splcenter.org Sen. Mitt Romney may have found himself locked out of the 2020 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland, from Feb. 26-29, but Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, seemed to find himself at right at home — whether CPAC's leadership liked it or not.

Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer (2020-03-11). MLK, Qassem Soleimani and the Folly of American Exceptionalism. counterpunch.org In April 1967, Martin Luther King Jr. powerfully condemned U.S. militarism and the war in Indochina. His speech, "Beyond Vietnam," defied his closest advisers, who feared it would alienate war supporters within the white liberal establishment. I recommend it to all Americans whether they support or oppose the recent assassination of Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani.

Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer (2020-03-11). ‚Äã MLK, Qassem Soleimani and the Folly of American Exceptionalism. counterpunch.org In April 1967, Martin Luther King Jr. powerfully condemned U.S. militarism and the war in Indochina. His speech, "Beyond Vietnam," defied his closest advisers, who feared it would alienate war supporters within the white liberal establishment. I recommend it to all Americans whether they support or oppose the recent assassination of Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani.

Staff (2020-03-11). The 2020 Election Is Fragmenting the "Alt-Right" truthout.org The "alt-right" celebrated when audio was released of former Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg openly justifying his stop-and-frisk policing policy in starkly racial terms. In the audio, former New York City Mayor Bloomberg says clearly that he flooded Black and Brown neighborhoods with police because "that's where the crime is," playing on white nationalist talking points connecting race and crime. | White supremacist leader Richard Spencer reshared the audio on Twitter and asked why Bloomberg wasn't ru…

Mark Curtis (2020-03-11). How the UK Press Is Misinforming the Public About Britain's Role in the World. globalresearch.ca Britain's national press consistently portrays Britain as a supporter of noble objectives such as human rights and democracy. The extraordinary extent to which the public is being misinformed about the UK's foreign and military policies is revealed in new statistical …

Stan Cox (2020-03-11). Peer Pressure? Too Little and Way Too Late for the Climate Emergency. counterpunch.org In a Washington Post opinion piece last month, Robert Frank sought to instruct us in how peer pressure can "help stop climate change." He wasn't very convincing on that point; he did help, however, to inadvertently make the case that collective efforts, ones much more sweeping than individual role-modeling, are necessary to staving off climate

teleSUR (2020-03-11). Colombia: Council of State Returns Angela Robledo to Congress. telesurenglish.net Colombia's Council of State Tuesday announced that the Colombia Humana (CH) party's lawmaker Angela Maria Robledo may return to the Lower House after she was charged and dismissed for "double militancy." | RELATED: | "The seat restored to me by the 'Council of State' also belongs to the more than 8 million people who voted for the Human Colombia political project," Robledo tweeted.‚Äã&sbq…

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2020-03-11). Golden Anniversaries for Flawed Treaties: The Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) Turns Fifty. globalresearch.ca In an era where agreements have been abandoned as "bad", to use that favourite word of US President Donald Trump, the

Mel Gurtov (2020-03-11). Nukes: The Unmentionable Election Issue. counterpunch.org One of these days, national security policy will get a few minutes of campaign debate time. And when that day occurs, perhaps—just perhaps—attention will turn to a matter of some urgency: the continuing threat posed by nuclear weapons. As both the US and Russia pursue MADness (mutually assured destruction) with steep investments in nuclear weapons,

WSWS (2020-03-11). Germany's Left Party joins hands with far-right Alternative for Germany. wsws.org Just two days after he was elected minister president of Thuringia, the Left Party's Bodo Ramelow ensured that the AfD obtained one of the vice president positions in the state parliament.

Telesur (2020-03-11). MAS Presents New Legal Resort to Enable Evo Morales' Candidacy. globalresearch.ca The Movement Towards Socialism (MAS) presented a new legal recourse to qualify ex-president Evo Morales as a candidate for the first senatorship in Cochabamba, informed political secretary Froilan Fulguera on Tuesday. | In statements to Radio Fides, Fulguera said that the …

NAREN (2020-03-11). Electromagnetic Radiation Due to Cellular, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Technologies: How Safe Are We? globalresearch.ca Abstract | The electromagnetic radiation (EMR) emitted out of wireless communication modules in various IoT devices (especially used for healthcare applications due to their close proximity to the body) have been identified by researchers as biologically hazardous to humans as well …

Larry Romanoff (2020-03-11). COVID-19: Further Evidence that the Virus Originated in the US. globalresearch.ca It would be useful to read this prior article for background: | By *** | As readers will recall from the earlier article (above), …

Philip A Farruggio (2020-03-11). Two Other Pandemics: The Lemming and Apathy Viruses. globalresearch.ca Of course, the worst pandemic of the 21st century is out and about us. Italy is now in a 'lockdown' state and throughout most of the world people are in a panic mode. | And why not? Viruses like this Corona …

Pepe Escobar (2020-03-11). How Black Swans Are Shaping Planet Panic. globalresearch.ca Is the planet under the spell of a pair of black swans — a Wall Street meltdown, caused by an alleged oil war between Russia and the House of Saud, plus the uncontrolled spread of Covid-19 — leading to an …

Lawrence Davidson (2020-03-11). The Democratic Party on the Brink. counterpunch.org The failure to see the need to manage change, and instead adhere to a traditional and increasingly unresponsive status quo, is a formula for failure. Still, recognizing the need, and then managing it can be a difficult. Here we will define managing change, admittedly rather vaguely, as addressing disaffection in a timely and enlightened way.

Dean Baker (2020-03-11). Wanting to Cut Social Security Along With Everything Else is Still Wanting to Cut Social Security. counterpunch.org Glenn Kessler, the Washington Post's fact checker, has a tough job. He tries to sort of what is true and what is false in the various claims made by public figures. I don't always agree with his calls, but I know he tries to be fair in his approach. Recognizing this fact, I think he

WSWS (2020-03-11). Negligent Australian government response threatens widespread Covid-19 infection. wsws.org The great risk is that the virus is spreading, largely unknown and unchecked, via transmission within Australia—as took place in Italy and elsewhere.

teleSUR (2020-03-11). S.African Court Acquits Pres. Ramaphosa of Corruption Charges. telesurenglish.net The High Court in Pretoria, South Africa ruled Tuesday in favor of President Cyril Ramaphosa stating he did not lie to parliament about the donations' source of his 2017 campaign to lead the ruling African National Congress (ANC) party. | RELATED: | In July, Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane had alleged in a report that Ramaphosa deceived parliament about the 500,000 rand (US$32,500) donation for his campaign to succ…

teleSUR (2020-03-11). Caricom Prime Ministers to Make Post-Elections Visit to Guyana. telesurenglish.net Caribbean Community's Chairman and Barbados' Prime Minister Mia Mottley will lead a delegation of regional Prime Ministers on a special two-day mission to Guyana, starting March 11. | RELATED: | The delegation will meet with the leadership of all parties that contested the poll, according to a statement released Tuesday by the organization. | Mottley will be joined by Prime Ministers Roosevelt Skerrit of…

teleSUR (2020-03-11). U.S. Flight Restrictions to Cuba Became Effective on March 10. telesurenglish.net Cuba's Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez Tuesday denounced that the restrictions established by the United States on commercial flights to his country deteriorate the ties of Cuban families with their relatives abroad. | RELATED: | "The ban on charter flights to Cuba… harms Cuban families and their ties. It violates the human rights of Cubans and U.S. citizens' freedom of travel," Rodriguez tweeted. | As a result of this new wave of…

teleSUR (2020-03-11). Turkey to Keep Its Border Open for Refugees to Go to the EU. telesurenglish.net Turkey's RELATED: | "We decided not to stop those people who want to go to Europe. We fed and dressed the…

teleSUR (2020-03-11). The Dominican Republic Prepares to Hold New Municipal Elections. telesurenglish.net The Dominican Republic's Central Election Board (JCE) authorities affirmed this Caribbean nation is ready for holding new municipal elections on March 15. | RELATED: | On Feb. 16, the municipal elections were canceled due to a generalized failure in automated voting equipment, which was used for the first time in this Caribbean country. | Among other things, the current JCE preparations include the elimination…

teleSUR (2020-03-11). Israeli Forces Kill Palestinian Teenager in West Bank. telesurenglish.net On Wednesday, Israeli troops shot dead a 15-year-old Palestinian teenager during a demonstration in the northern West Bank province of Nablus. | RELATED: | "Fifteen-year-old Muhamad Hamayel was fatally shot in the head while participating in the riots that had been shaking the province since the early hours of the day," the Palestinian Ministry of Health reported. | Today, Israeli forces in the territory also in…

RT (2020-03-11). Elusive bipartisan cooperation spotted in House leaders' daring last-minute rescue of controversial warrantless wiretapping powers. rt.com Democrat and Republican House leaders have paused their partisan sniping to do the real work of governing: keeping unpopular surveillance programs, including roving NSA wiretaps and access to metadata, alive indefinitely. | With just four days to go before congressional authorization for the controversial provisions expires, a bipartisan contingent has swooped in to save the NSA from experiencing one second of separation anxiety from Americans' private communications. Committee heads from both sides of the aisle wrangled enough votes within their own parties to deliver a reauthorization bill on Tuesday night w…

RT (2020-03-11). Council on Foreign Relations cancels coronavirus-themed conference in NYC because of…coronavirus. rt.com The Council on Foreign Relations has nixed a conference on "Doing Business Under Coronavirus," apparently not wanting to risk actually doing its business under the coronavirus epidemic laying siege to New York City. | The notorious think tank cancelled the talk, scheduled for Friday, as the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 crept up to 36 in New York on Tuesday. Details of the event were elusive – it's not listed on the organization's website, and it's not clear who was supposed to attend. However, after an unknown number of attendees at both the Conservative Political Action Conference and the American-Is…

RT (2020-03-11). Biden projected to prevail in Idaho after winning Michigan in a major blow for Sanders. rt.com Democratic Party front-runner Joe Biden seems to have edged out socialist Bernie Sanders in the primary in Idaho, while the two are tied in Washington. Many votes are coming in via mail due to fears of coronavirus. | A total of 109 delegates — 20 in Idaho and 89 in Washington — are at stake in the two western states. Sanders carried both in 2016 when he ran against another establishment favorite, Hillary Clinton. | Having suffered a night of

RT (2020-03-11). Warplanes target area near Syrian town of Al-Bukamal & Iraq's Anbar province after rocket attack on Iraq base — reports. rt.com Airstrikes have been reported in the area along the Syrian-Iraqi border, with unidentified jets striking Syria's Deir ez-Zor and Iraq's western Anbar province shortly after a US-led coalition base in Iraq came under rocket fire. | "Unidentified" jets have conducted airstrikes southeast of Syrian town of Al-Bukamal, Syria's SANA news agency reported late on Wednesday, without providing any additional details. | The attack has reportedly resulted in material damage, but no casualties. | At the same time, multiple reports by local media said that an area in Iraq's Anbar province, on the border with Syria, also ca…

RT (2020-03-11). China getting back to business as worst of coronavirus outbreak in country appears to be over. rt.com The Chinese economy is slowly recovering from the Covid-19 epidemic, with production facilities, stores and leisure complexes resuming operations after weeks-long closures. | The coronavirus outbreak could have already "passed its worst," the regional chief investment officer of UBS Global Wealth Management said as the number of new infections is declining in the country, but surges everywhere beyond it. Thus the Chinese economy may become "the first in the world" to get back to normal, the bank's official believes. | | Chinese President Xi Jinping waves to residents who are quarantined at home in Wuhan, Chi…

RT (2020-03-11). Trump admin blames China for 2 months lost in coronavirus prep as experts warn flaws in US health system doom its readiness. rt.com While the Trump administration continues to blame China for "covering up" the coronavirus outbreak in December, government failures closer to home have left the US unprepared for the epidemic hitting its own shores, experts fear. | Blaming China's failure to "use best practices" for two months in lost response time to the Covid-19 epidemic, US National Security Advisor Robert O'Brien lamented on Wednesday that "we could have dramatically curtailed what happened" — even as the country's leading doctors and scientists have warned the president is running out of time to effectively respond to the outbreak.

RT (2020-03-11). 'I'll listen to the experts': LeBron James does coronavirus U-turn after vowing NOT to play in empty arenas (VIDEO). rt.com Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James says that he will follow the advice of coronavirus experts after previously vowing he wouldn't be agreeable to the idea of playing NBA games inside empty arenas. | This comes amid fears that sports fixtures in the US could follow suit from some European countries by banning fans from attending live events, or any large-scale public gatherings, as attempts to mitigate the spread of Covid-19 continue. | James stated several days ago that he "ain't playing" in empty arenas and that the reason he plays the sport is for the fans. | But as authorities grapple with the ever-worsen…

RT (2020-03-11). Expert hermit Snowden chimes in on latest coronavirus-enforced trend 'social distancing'. rt.com NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, who knows a thing or three about keeping away from unwanted social contact, has weighed in on the latest technique suggested as a way to slow or stop the spread of coronavirus. | "Social distancing is underrated," Snowden tweeted on Wednesday, as the practice made its way to everyone's lips as the one potentially life-saving measure against the contagion. | Social distancing is underrated.— Edward Snowden (@Snowden) As the World Health Organization finally gave in an…

RT (2020-03-11). Switzerland keeps border to Italy open, directs traffic over main crossings. rt.com Switzerland is closing nine secondary border crossings to Italy and directing traffic over main routes to help slow the spread of the new coronavirus, the government said on Wednesday. | However, the country will still let the region's workers get to their jobs, Reuters reported. "The border to Italy remains open for cross-border commuters" with work permits, according to the statement. | Italy has been an epicenter of European coronavirus infections and has imposed severe travel restrictions in an attempt to curb its spread.

RT (2020-03-11). World Health Organization declares coronavirus a pandemic. rt.com The World Health Organization has said that the spread of Covid-19 around the world has reached the stage where it can be described as a pandemic. | At Wednesday's daily coronavirus briefing WHO director-general, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, revealed that there are now more than 118,000 cases in 114 countries around the world, and 4,291 people have lost their lives due to the disease. | "Pandemic is not a word to use lightly or carelessly. It is a word that, if misused, can cause unreasonable fear, or unjustified acceptance that the fight is over, leading to unnecessary suffering and death," the director-genera…

RT (2020-03-11). 'They have the blessings of God': Modi party official says those who offer ritual prayers won't get infected with coronavirus. rt.com A president of India's ruling BJP party in the state of West Bengal has said that people who turn out for prayer during mass events are immune to the coronavirus, as they enjoy the protection of higher forces. | Dilip Ghosh, president of West Bengal's branch of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) appeared to brush off mounting concerns over the novel coronavirus after he took part in a Hindu prayer ritual known as "puja" in the city of Egra on Tuesday. | Look what is happening here… Thousands of people have come out to offer puja. They are drinking water and using the same hands to have the Prasad [food offered to…

RT (2020-03-11). Merkel is stirring up panic by warning that up to 70% of Germans could contract Covid-19 — Czech PM Babis. rt.com The German chancellor's sinister prediction that most Germans are likely to be infected with coronavirus — if nothing is done — has unnerved the Czech premier who warned that statements like this are spreading panic. | Babis was not impressed by Chancellor Angela Merkel's alarming remarks that the fast-moving Covid-19 "has arrived in Europe" and everyone has to get real about it. | "I don't want to comment on the situation in Germany, although I believe that such statements rather cause panic," Prime Minister Andrej Babis was quoted by CTK news agency as saying. The Czech Republic, for its part, ha…

RT (2020-03-11). What happened to catch it, kill it? Dominic Raab goes VIRAL for UK parliament coughing antics. rt.com UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab may want to avoid checking his Twitter mentions and enter self-isolation, as he has begun trending online for repeatedly coughing into his hand during the budget debate in the British Parliament. | With this sitting in the House of Commons coming hot on the heels of the news that Health Minister Nadine Dorries has contracted the coronavirus, the timing couldn't have been worse. | The speech also saw the British government pledge a package of £30 billion ($39 billion) to protect the economy from the impact of Covid-19, so all eyes were on Westminster and, more specificall…

RT (2020-03-11). Indian farmer DESTROYS nearly $800,000 worth of chickens & eggs over coronavirus fake news on social media. rt.com The coronavirus outbreak has not killed anyone in India so far, but it has been absolutely lethal to the poultry industry, with a false rumor leading one farmer to destroy his entire livelihood. | Dr. Suresh Bhatlekar, a poultry farmer from the town of Dahanu in the state of Maharashtra, is one of the many local poultry producers that have fallen victim to the coronavirus-linked panic, fueled by social media posts suggesting that the COVID-19 could be transmitted through white meat. | Though unfounded, the rumor has spread like wildfire on messaging platforms such as WhatsApp, prompting many to drop chicken an…

RT (2020-03-11). Recipe from the Times: Want a distraction from coronavirus? Get BoJo's pooch story… a fake one. rt.com The outbreak of coronavirus has ratcheted up anxiety levels in the UK, especially in light of a health minister contracting the disease, but the Times has provided a distraction with a 'fake news' story about Boris Johnson's dog. | On Tuesday evening, it emerged that Junior Health Minister Nadine Dorries had tested positive for coronavirus, less than a week after attending an event hosted by Prime Minister Boris Johnson. The diagnosis at the heart of government has sent shockwaves through Westminster, which has apparently prompted Rupert Murdoch's newspaper to print a story about Downing Street's dog — Di…

RT (2020-03-11). India temporarily suspends visas for citizens of Germany, France, Spain. rt.com India has temporarily suspended all visas and e-visas granted on or before March 11 to nationals of three more coronavirus-affected countries — France, Germany and Spain — as part of the measures to contain the spread of the virus. The decision was taken during a review meeting chaired by Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba, ANI reported. | "All regular visas (including e-visas) which have been granted to nationals of France, Germany and Spain on or before March 11, 2020, and where these foreigners have not yet entered India stands suspended," the statement said. Visas of all foreigners already in India re…

RT (2020-03-11). Italy to shutter ALL businesses besides pharmacies & grocery stores as coronavirus outbreak continues to spread. rt.com Italy will shut down most businesses across the country amid a fast-spreading coronavirus outbreak, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said, leaving only pharmacies, food markets and certain "essential" factories open. | Bars, hair salons, restaurants and all other businesses not necessary for production will be forced to close, Conte said in a televised address on Wednesday. The move comes as Rome steps up containment measures to combat the spread of the lethal coronavirus, including nationwide travel restrictions. | "We will only be able to see the effects of this great effort in a couple of weeks," the prime min…

RT (2020-03-11). WATCH Italians line up in extended supermarket queues amid coronavirus lockdown (VIDEO, PHOTOS). rt.com With Italy racked by a rapidly spreading COVID-19 outbreak, residents are piling up in elongated queues outside of storefronts, hoping to stock up on diminishing supplies while nationwide travel restrictions remain in place. | The illness claimed another 168 lives on Tuesday, Italy's deadliest day yet, raising the death toll to 631, as the government takes dramatic steps to contain the outbreak that has sickened more than 10,000 people across the country. However, residents still need to eat, prompting many Italians to endure long, snaking lines running for hundreds of meters in order to purchase necessities b…

RT (2020-03-11). Fighting the disease… literally: Asian man punched in face in Belgium for 'spreading coronavirus'. rt.com A Belgian man has taken the fight with coronavirus too literally, punching an Asian person — whom he suspected of spreading the deadly disease — in the face and being detained by the police. | The bizarre incident occurred in country's capital Brussels over the weekend and was confirmed on Wednesday by prosecutors, according to local media reports. | A 24-year-old Asian man, who was walking along Avenue Fonsny late at night, received a heavy blow to the face completely out of nowhere. The attacker shouted that he employed force because he thought that his victim was spreading the coronavirus. | It'

RT (2020-03-11). 'Sorry hipsters!': Coachella music festival postponed for October, succumbing to coronavirus fears. rt.com Becoming the latest to fall victim to COVID-19, the Coachella music festival — along with its sister event, Stagecoach — has been delayed until October over fears of the fast-spreading coronavirus. | The original April date for the 10-day festival was pushed back some seven months, event promoter Goldenvoice announced on Tuesday, noting that local health officials in California's Riverside County had urged the move. | "We must sadly confirm the rescheduling of Coachella and Stagecoach due to COVID-19 concerns," Goldenvoice said in a statement. "While this decision comes at a time of universal uncer…

RT (2020-03-11). Greece denies report of secret 'detention center' for migrants near Turkish border. rt.com The Greek government has dismissed a report in the New York Times newspaper that it was holding illegal migrants who cross the border from Turkey at a secret 'black site' where they are denied access to lawyers and cannot file asylum claims. | Tens of thousands of migrants have been trying to get into Greece, an EU member state, since Turkey said on February 28 it would no longer keep them on its territory as part of a 2016 deal with Brussels in return for EU aid for the refugees. | "There is no secret detention center in Greece," government spokesman Stelios Petsas told reporters on Wednesday, adding that if…

RT (2020-03-11). Erdogan slams Greece's 'Nazi' treatment of refugees, vows to keep borders open until EU fulfills migrant deal. rt.com Athens' treatment of thousands of refugees who have massed on the Turkey-Greece border is comparable to atrocities carried out by Nazi Germany, Turkey's president has claimed amid the latest migrant row with the EU. | Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan lashed out at Greece in an address on Wednesday, claiming that Ankara's Mediterranean neighbor has mistreated a flood of refugees that are trying to enter the EU through Turkey. | "There's no difference between those images from Greece's border and what the Nazis did," Erdogan said, apparently referring to photographs of clashes between migrants and Greek bo…

RT (2020-03-11). Kosovo politicians fear US may pull troops out over Serbia tariff dispute — report. rt.com Concern is growing in Kosovo that the US may pull its troops out in retaliation for tariffs imposed by Pristina on goods from Serbia. Some politicians have called for the tariffs to be lifted rather than jeopardize the relationship with Washington, where senators have threatened to push for a withdrawal. | Kosovo introduced the tariffs in November 2018 after Serbia blocked the breakaway province's membership in international organizations, including Interpol and UNESCO. In response, Belgrade quit a dialogue with Pristina. | The EU and the US, both of which still have peacekeeping troops in Kosovo, kept pressur…

RT (2020-03-11). Tanker rates soar as Saudi Arabia & UAE get ready to open oil taps. rt.com Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have unveiled plans to ramp up both crude supplies and production capacity as soon as the oil deal with Russia expires. The move has sank oil prices and sent freight rates higher. | After Russia did not agree to new production cuts with the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), the oil cartel's leader Saudi Arabia set the course for flooding the already oversupplied oil market. On Wednesday, state-owned oil giant Saudi Aramco revealed that it would boost production capacity for the first time in more than a decade to 13 million barrels per day (bpd)…

RT (2020-03-11). Myanmar parliament rejects amendment to allow Suu Kyi to become president. rt.com Myanmar's MPs rejected on Wednesday a proposed constitutional amendment that would have allowed the country's de facto leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, to officially become president. | The proposal was opposed by the military, which under the constitution adopted when it held power, holds enough parliamentary seats to block any constitutional change. | The defeated motion was one of several constitutional changes proposed by Suu Kyi's ruling National League for Democracy party, AP reports. | Suu Kyi holds executive power in the government because of a legal loophole that allowed the creation of…

RT (2020-03-11). Moscow calls on Afghan political forces not to obstruct reconciliation process. rt.com Moscow has called on the opposing political forces of Afghanistan to focus on reaching national reconciliation, instead of taking steps that exacerbate disagreements, according to the Russian Foreign Ministry. | Commenting on the two parallel presidential inauguration ceremonies that took place in Afghanistan, it urged all responsible political actors in the country "to adhere solely to common national interests." | The national reconciliation process "should lead to end of the civil war and to the rebuilding of a peaceful, united and independent state, free of terrorism and drug-related crime," the ministry s…

RT (2020-03-11). Only C MINUS grade: Putin rates Russia-US relations as more bad than good. rt.com Since first reaching the Kremlin, Vladimir Putin has dealt with four different US presidents, and is well placed to judge the status of Russo-American relations. It's hardly surprising that his evaluation is rather negative. | "[On a scale from one to five] I would give it a three," Putin said, in an interview with Russian news agency

RT (2020-03-11). It's a long way to 2024 & both Putin's fans & haters will have to wait to see his endgame. rt.com The new amendments to the Russian Constitution — allowing Vladimir Putin to run for president a fifth time — are seen by some as a strongman's trick to stay in power. Others point out that Putin's 2024 bid is yet to be announced.

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Why Bernie shouldn't quit yet
C.J. Atkins | peoplesworld.org | 2020-03-11
Super Tuesday II was another round of victories for Joe Biden. Michigan, Missouri, Mississippi, and Idaho were added to his column on March 10; as of this writing, only North Dakota went for Bernie Sanders, and Washington state is still counting. After two tough weeks at the polls and with endorsements from elected officials rolling …
peoplesworld.org/article/why-bernie-shou…

Naomi Klein and Alicia Garza Discuss Calls to Shut Down Primaries and Debates
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-03-11
Former Vice President Joe Biden scored decisive primary victories Tuesday night in the key state of Michigan, along with Missouri, Mississippi and Idaho. Sanders won North Dakota and holds a lead in Washington state, but votes are still being counted, and the races are still too close to call. While Biden is less than halfway to the delegates he would need to secure the Democratic nomination, Sanders faces a decision about whether to continue his increasingly uphill fight for the Democratic…
truthout.org/video/naomi-klein-and-alici…

The Working Families Party Endorses Sanders for President
Akela Lacy | zcomm.org | 2020-03-11
When WFP endorsed Warren in the fall, they held a ranked-choice vote of its national committee and online voters. Mitchell said it was clear from the beginning that there was strong support within the group for both Warren and Sanders…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/the-working-famili…

The Corporate Media Celebrates After Handing Joe Biden Another Win
Alan Macleod | mintpressnews.com | 2020-03-11
Biden has deliberately refrained from public or media appearances due to his propensity for making egregious errors, but that hasn't stopped the media from paving the way for a Biden vs Trump contest.
mintpressnews.com/media-bias-hands-joe-b…

Creative Coronavirus Responses Appear Across the World, but Not in Trump's America
Alan Macleod | mintpressnews.com | 2020-03-11
The World Health Organization has officially declared the coronavirus a pandemic and countries across the globe are coming up with clever methods of halting its spread putting the Trump administration's lackluster response to shame.
mintpressnews.com/creative-coronavirus-r…

How Turkey Lost a Battle of Wills, and Force, to Russia
Scott Ritter | globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-11
When the history of the Syrian conflict is written, the fighting that took place between the Syrian Army and its allies on the one side, and the Turkish military and Turkish-backed Syrian rebels on the other, from early February through …
globalresearch.ca/how-turkey-lost-battle…

US-Israel Predictably Behind Turkish Aggression in Syria
Tony Cartalucci | globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-11
Turkey's ongoing fighting in northern Syria's Idlib governorate was

Greece's Migrant Crisis Has Further Exposed Turkish Fake News
Paul Antonopoulos | globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-11
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's attempt to intimidate the Syrian Army and force them to withdraw to the Sochi Agreement lines in Idlib utterly failed, resulting in the Turkish leader having to embarrassingly accept large swathes of liberated territory …
globalresearch.ca/greece-migrant-crisis-…

US sanctions on Iran turn coronavirus into a catastrophe
wsws.org | 2020-03-11
Officials announced at the weekend that the virus had spread to most of Iran's provinces and warned that the number of cases could rise to more than 450,000.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/03/11/iran…

Budget 2020: chancellor pledging to invest 'historic amounts' in infrastructure
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-03-11
Chancellor Rishi Sunak has promised to invest "historic amounts" on infrastructure and innovation in the Budget he will deliver against a backdrop of coronavirus instability.The Treasury said hundreds of billions of pounds will be pledged on Wednesday to invest in infrastructure including roads, railways, broadband and housing.It was understood this figure could be more than £600bn over the five-year parliament. | However, the government has faced criticism for delaying its key National Infrastructure Strategy to tackle the climate crisis and boost transport connectivity.Meanwhile, analysts were keeping a w…
thecanary.co/uk/news/2020/03/11/budget-2…

Julian Assange's mother, doctors warn he is at heightened risk due to coronavirus
wsws.org | 2020-03-11
In comments to the WSWS, Dr Stephen Frost warned that "the UK government is effectively playing Russian roulette with Julian Assange's life" and demanded that he be released from Belmarsh Prison immediately.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/03/11/asvi…

Did COVID-19 Originate In China? "We must move beyond the temptation to give nationality to diseases."
Xinhua | globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-11
Italian experts have praised China's anti-virus efforts while dismissing a U.S. Fox News television host's calling for a "formal apology" from China for the coronavirus outbreak. | Last Monday, U.S. Fox News host Jesse Watters demanded China apologize for the virus …
globalresearch.ca/italian-experts-praise…

Coronavirus Offerings and Job Losses: University Reliance on China Bites
Dr. Binoy Kampmark | globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-11
It was predicted, warned against and is happening. Universities fattened by the Chinese student market are now in a state of financial shock, cutting losses, trimming courses and doing what over managed institutions do best: remove working productive staff while …
globalresearch.ca/coronavirus-offerings-…

COVID-19: Further Evidence that the Virus Originated in the US
Larry Romanoff | globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-11
It would be useful to read this prior article for background: | China's Coronavirus: A Shocking Update. Did The Virus Originate in the US? | By Larry Romanoff, March 04, 2020 | *** | As readers will recall from the earlier article (above), …
globalresearch.ca/covid-19-further-evide…

Medical supplies running out in parts of Canada as first coronavirus death reported
wsws.org | 2020-03-11
Healthcare officials are warning that hospitals across Canada were already running at or beyond capacity prior to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/03/11/caco…

Reading About Coronavirus Without Scaring Yourself Too Much (or Too Little)
Neil Demause | zcomm.org | 2020-03-11
Unfortunately, because this is the corporate-controlled, understaffed, underexperienced news media we're talking about, much of that coverage has been incomplete, misleading or sometimes just plain wrong…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/reading-about-coro…

Nurses on Front Lines of Coronavirus Pandemic Demand Medicare for All
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-03-11
The number of coronavirus cases in the United States has passed 1,000 Tuesday, with the rate of infections likely increasing. Despite this, the U.S. continues to lag on testing, and healthcare workers say they lack adequate protection and protocols to allow them to safely care for infected patients. They also say the country's hospitals are woefully unprepared to handle the crisis. Nurses in the hot zones of California and Washington had already reported having to beg for face masks and lacking guidanc…
truthout.org/video/nurses-on-front-lines…

Educators speak out on threat of coronavirus in US schools
wsws.org | 2020-03-11
As a result of decades of defunding public education and the criminal negligence of the political establishment, US schools are wholly unprepared for the rapid spread of COVID-19.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/03/11/educ…

Coronavirus Will Spread Faster Because We Lack Universal Health Care
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-03-11
A critical factor accelerating the spread of coronavirus in the United States is our lack of universal health care. | As we debate the costs of providing medical treatment for all, and as the virus tears through the fabric of our society, it's become clear that many of the factors accelerating the spread of illness and death associated with this new plague are associated with the for-profit nature of our health care system. | Because we have a patchwork medical system whose primary motivating engine…
truthout.org/articles/coronavirus-will-s…

National Guard deployed to New York City suburb as coronavirus outbreak intensifies
wsws.org | 2020-03-11
New York now has the largest number of cases in the United States, and cases are multiplying in New York City itself.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/03/11/newr…

WHO Characterizes COVID-19 as a Global Pandemic
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-11
The World Health Organization (WHO) Wednesday declared the outbreak of coronavirus as a pandemic once more than 118,000 cases of infected persons and 4,291 deaths have been registered in 114 countries. | RELATED: | WHO: Covid-19 Cases Likely to Reach 100,000 Over the Weekend | "WHO has been assessing this outbreak around the clock and we are deeply concerned both by the alarming levels of spread and severity and by the alarming levels of inaction," the WHO director Tedros Adhanom s…
telesurenglish.net/news/WHO-Characterize…

The response of the working class to the coronavirus pandemic
wsws.org | 2020-03-11
The working class cannot remain passive as this crisis develops. It must organize and fight for its interests.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/03/11/pers…

Coronavirus pandemic surges across Europe
wsws.org | 2020-03-11
Thousands fell ill with coronavirus and hundreds died yesterday in Europe as the pandemic kept surging across the continent.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/03/11/euro…

WHO Declares That Virus Crisis Is Now a Pandemic
Staff | truthdig.com | 2020-03-11
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Panama Reports Its First Patient Killed by the Coronavirus
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-11
Panama's Health Minister Rosario Turner Tuesday reported the first death from the new coronavirus Covid-19, while eight others are infected and 66 people are under suspicion. | RELATED: | 'Coronavirus Kills Slowly, Is Highly Invasive': Cuban Expert | "The autopsy performed on Norato Gonzalez confirmed that his death, registered on March 8, was caused by the consequent bacterial pneumonia of Covid-19," Turner said. | The deceased, who was director of the Monseñor Francisco Beckman Sc…
telesurenglish.net/news/first-death-repo…

Spain puts Madrid, Basque country on lockdown as coronavirus cases multiply
wsws.org | 2020-03-11
The decision came after Spain's Ministry of Health said there were 1,622 registered cases, compared to 1,200 the day before.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/03/11/spai…

Coronavirus spreads rapidly across U.S., relief plans under consideration
John Wojcik | peoplesworld.org | 2020-03-11
The number of confirmed cases of coronavirus is swelling rapidly all across the United States with the number of infected passing the 1,000 mark today. Scientists in the state of Washington, meanwhile, are saying that the real number is ten or more times that amount. They base this on their studies of how the virus …
peoplesworld.org/article/coronavirus-spr…

FRSO labor delegation joins Venezuelan march defending the Bolivarian government
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-03-11
Caracas, Venezuela – Over 600,000 people took to the streets in Caracas, March 10, marching to support President Maduro and the Bolivarian government. The small opposition called for a march on the Presidential Palace Miraflores and held small rallies in the wealthy neighborhoods. However, huge masses of people in central Caracas marched through several working-class neighborhoods to counter the opposition's call. The gigantic march went as far as the eye could see. There were banners, trucks and music. People were chanting, singing and dancing. | "I saw thousands of working people celebrating their revoluti…
www.fightbacknews.org/2020/3/10/frso-lab…

Millions of Women in Mexico Protest Gender-Based Violence
Jessica Corbett | zcomm.org | 2020-03-11
"In Mexico it's like we're in a state of war; we're in a humanitarian crisis because of the quantity of women that have disappeared or been killed."
zcomm.org/znetarticle/millions-of-women-…

Turkey's Migrant Weapon Against Greece
Evaggelos Vallianatos | counterpunch.org | 2020-03-11
It comes as no surprise that Greeks and Turks don't like each other. They have been enemies for more than a thousand years. The Turks are Mongols who appeared for the first time in Asia Minor in the eleventh century when Asia Minor or Anatolia was the home of the Greeks. The Anatolian cataclysm of…
counterpunch.org/2020/03/11/turkeys-migr…

Dirty System Triumph on Mini-Super Tuesday
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-11
Tuesday results in six states for Dems largely replicated Biden's pre-scripted week ago Super Tuesday triumph over Sanders. | As the saying goes, there never was any doubt. The race to be Dem standard bearer in November against Trump appears all …
globalresearch.ca/dirty-system-triumph-m…

Biden Rejects Medicare for All
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-11
On major policy issues, Biden's agenda resembles Trump's with a party label difference

Saudi Arabia's Brave Women Pull Back the Curtain on Crown Prince MBS
Medea Benjamin | mintpressnews.com | 2020-03-11
The case of Al-Hathloul and the other women's rights activists on trial in Saudi Arabia is a tremendous embarrassment for MBS, who has been putting an enormous effort into convincing his Western allies that he is a reformer and that the Kingdom is becoming more liberal.
mintpressnews.com/loujan-al-hathloul-tra…

US activists call for election monitors as elitist Joe Biden keeps advancing
Peter Bolton | thecanary.co | 2020-03-11
Former vice president Joe Biden has just had another good night in the Democratic Party primary race. It looks increasingly likely that he will take the nomination to face Donald Trump in November rather than progressive challenger Bernie Sanders. But one group of activ…
thecanary.co/us/us-analysis/2020/03/11/u…

Threats against Prof. Sison are threats against the resumption of the peace talks
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-03-11
Fight Back News Service is circulating the following statement from the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) Negotiating Panel. | The reported threats against Prof. Jose Ma. 'Joma' Sison, who is the NDFP chief political consultant threaten any possible resumption of the peace talks. | That the Dutch police went to visit 'Joma' last week and warn him to take precautionary measures indicates that the Dutch authorities have become aware of and are taking seriously the threats against 'Joma'. They presumably know who are behind the threats. | Any threat against Professor Sison or any member of the NDFP…
www.fightbacknews.org/2020/3/10/threats-…

Truthdig Employees Stop Work to Protest Labor Conditions
CounterPunch News Service | counterpunch.org | 2020-03-11
Senior editors and contributors at Truthdig, including Executive Editor Kasia Anderson, Managing Editor, Jacob Sugarman, Foreign Editor Natasha Hakimi Zapata and Book Editor Eunice Wong, along with columnists Chris Hedges, Lee Camp and Paul Street and the cartoonist Dwayne Booth, aka Mr. Fish, as well as blogger Ilana Novick, announced in a joint letter today they were…
counterpunch.org/2020/03/11/truthdig-emp…

Chile: New Wave of Protests to Demand Piñera's Resignation
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-11
Thousands of Chileans are taking to the streets again this Wednesday to demand the removal of President Sebastian Piñera, who is turning two years into his term.‚Äã‚Äã‚Äã‚Äã‚Äã‚Äã | RELATED: | Chile Denounces Government Repression During Feminist Strike | "The Piñera administration thought that by talking about a hypothetical new constitution it would succeed in placating t…
telesurenglish.net/news/new-wave-of-prot…

Saudi's Brave Women Pull Back the Curtain on Crown Prince MBS
Medea Benjamin | globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-11
Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman (MBS), Saudi Arabia's 34-year-old de facto ruler, was on a tear. He arrested members of his own royal family and initiated an oil price war with Russia that has sent the price …
globalresearch.ca/saudi-brave-women-pull…

Israeli Forces Kill Palestinian Teenager in West Bank
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-11
On Wednesday, Israeli troops shot dead a 15-year-old Palestinian teenager during a demonstration in the northern West Bank province of Nablus. | RELATED: | Palestine Slams Pompeo's Support of Illegal Israeli Settlements | "Fifteen-year-old Muhamad Hamayel was fatally shot in the head while participating in the riots that had been shaking the province since the early hours of the day," the Palestinian Ministry of Health reported. | Today, Israeli forces in the territory also in…
telesurenglish.net/news/israeli-forces-k…

Abuse, Oppression and Murder
Ramzy Baroud | zcomm.org | 2020-03-11
The PA Does Israel's Dirty Work in the West Bank…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/abuse-oppression-a…

Another Bad Night for Sanders Leaves His Campaign With Limited Options
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-03-11
The March 10 primaries were not a complete wipeout for Bernie Sanders and his presidential campaign. He secured a win in North Dakota and clings to a slim lead in Washington State. For the Vermont senator, the good news ends there. | Joe Biden won four of the six states in play on Tuesday with Washington State still outstanding, along with the lion's share of delegates. The anticipated aria from the Democr…
truthout.org/articles/another-bad-night-…

Abortion and the 2020 Elections
David Rosen | counterpunch.org | 2020-03-11
On March 4th the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in June Medical Services v. Russo (formerly June Medical Services v. Gee), a case challenging Louisiana's Act 620, a law requiring abortion providers to have admitting privileges at a local hospital. It is an effort to restrict a women's right to terminate an unwanted pregnancy. In 2016,…
counterpunch.org/2020/03/11/abortion-and…

Court Condemns Filmmaker Harvey Weinstein to 23 Years in Jail
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-11
New York Supreme Court Judge James Burke Wednesday sentenced 23 years in prison to film producer Harvey Weinstein, whose case triggered the "Me Too" movement and the fight against silence in sexual assault. | RELATED: | New York Jury Convicts Harvey Weinstein of Sexual Assault, Rape | On Feb. 24, the 67-year-old man was convicted of sexual assault on his fo…
telesurenglish.net/news/Court-Condemns-F…

Team Trump Tried to Bully the ICC into Dropping War Crimes Probe but Failed
Prof. Marjorie Cohn | globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-11
After the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) found a reasonable basis to believe that U.S. military and CIA leaders committed war crimes and crimes against humanity in Afghanistan, Team Trump threatened to ban ICC judges and prosecutors …
globalresearch.ca/team-trump-tried-bully…

Video: Saudi-initiated All-out Oil War Could Lead to Collapse of Kingdom Itself
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-11
Saudi Arabia launched an all-out oil war offering unprecedented discounts and flooding the market in an attempt to capture a larger share and defeat other oil producers. This "scorched earth" approach caused the biggest oil price fall since the war …
globalresearch.ca/video-saudi-initiated-…

US Army Cites Cybersecurity Concerns In Scrapping Planned Purchase of Israeli Military Tech
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2020-03-11
US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, a former lobbyist for Raytheon, may soon step in to reverse the decision following pressure from Israel, given that Raytheon co-develops the system with Israeli firms.
mintpressnews.com/us-army-cites-cybersec…

Brazil's Bolsonaro signs military pact with Trump
wsws.org | 2020-03-11
The meeting of the two fascistic presidents in Florida was dedicated to escalating aggression against Venezuela, even as the US and Brazil remain divided on economic issues.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/03/11/bols…

‚Äã MLK, Qassem Soleimani and the Folly of American Exceptionalism
Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer | counterpunch.org | 2020-03-11
In April 1967, Martin Luther King Jr. powerfully condemned U.S. militarism and the war in Indochina. His speech, "Beyond Vietnam," defied his closest advisers, who feared it would alienate war supporters within the white liberal establishment. I recommend it to all Americans whether they support or oppose the recent assassination of Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani.
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MLK, Qassem Soleimani and the Folly of American Exceptionalism
Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer | counterpunch.org | 2020-03-11
In April 1967, Martin Luther King Jr. powerfully condemned U.S. militarism and the war in Indochina. His speech, "Beyond Vietnam," defied his closest advisers, who feared it would alienate war supporters within the white liberal establishment. I recommend it to all Americans whether they support or oppose the recent assassination of Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani.
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Nukes: The Unmentionable Election Issue
Mel Gurtov | counterpunch.org | 2020-03-11
One of these days, national security policy will get a few minutes of campaign debate time. And when that day occurs, perhaps–just perhaps–attention will turn to a matter of some urgency: the continuing threat posed by nuclear weapons. As both the US and Russia pursue MADness (mutually assured destruction) with steep investments in nuclear weapons,…
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How Black Swans Are Shaping Planet Panic
Pepe Escobar | globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-11
Is the planet under the spell of a pair of black swans

Peer Pressure? Too Little and Way Too Late for the Climate Emergency
Stan Cox | counterpunch.org | 2020-03-11
In a Washington Post opinion piece last month, Robert Frank sought to instruct us in how peer pressure can "help stop climate change." He wasn't very convincing on that point; he did help, however, to inadvertently make the case that collective efforts, ones much more sweeping than individual role-modeling, are necessary to staving off climate…
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Colombia: Council of State Returns Angela Robledo to Congress
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-11
Colombia's Council of State Tuesday announced that the Colombia Humana (CH) party's lawmaker Angela Maria Robledo may return to the Lower House after she was charged and dismissed for "double militancy." | RELATED: | Colombia: Ivan Cepeda Accuses Right-Wing Parties of Buying Vote | "The seat restored to me by the 'Council of State' also belongs to the more than 8 million people who voted for the Human Colombia political project," Robledo tweeted.‚Äã&sbq…
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MAS Presents New Legal Resort to Enable Evo Morales' Candidacy
Telesur | globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-11
The Movement Towards Socialism (MAS) presented a new legal recourse to qualify ex-president Evo Morales as a candidate for the first senatorship in Cochabamba, informed political secretary Froilan Fulguera on Tuesday. | In statements to Radio Fides, Fulguera said that the …
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The Democratic Party on the Brink
Lawrence Davidson | counterpunch.org | 2020-03-11
The failure to see the need to manage change, and instead adhere to a traditional and increasingly unresponsive status quo, is a formula for failure. Still, recognizing the need, and then managing it can be a difficult. Here we will define managing change, admittedly rather vaguely, as addressing disaffection in a timely and enlightened way.
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Wanting to Cut Social Security Along With Everything Else is Still Wanting to Cut Social Security
Dean Baker | counterpunch.org | 2020-03-11
Glenn Kessler, the Washington Post's fact checker, has a tough job. He tries to sort of what is true and what is false in the various claims made by public figures. I don't always agree with his calls, but I know he tries to be fair in his approach. Recognizing this fact, I think he…
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Lift the Embargo on Cuba
Jacob Hornberger | counterpunch.org | 2020-03-11
The U.S. embargo on Cuba has been in effect for 60 years. It's time to end it. The embargo makes it a criminal offense for any American to spend money in Cuba or to do business in Cuba. If an American travels to Cuba and spends money there or does business there, he is subject…
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Brazil: Marielle Franco's Murder Suspects to Trial
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-11
Former police agents Ronnie Lessa y Elcio Vieira will appear in court due to accusations related to Marielle Franco and Anderson Gomes' murder. | RELATED: | Brazilian Black Intellectuals Against Marielle Franco TV Series | According to defendants alibi, they were at a bar during the killing execution, but evidence locates them at the crime scene. Ronnie Lesa is accused of shooting Franco and Gomes, Vieira was driving the car used to close the road and trap Marielle's…
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Turkey to Keep Its Border Open for Refugees to Go to the EU
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-11
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan Wednesday stated that his country will maintain its borders open with the European Union (EU) so that refugees can cross into community territory. | RELATED: | Merkel, Macron, Erdogan to Analyze Migration Crisis on March 17 | "We decided not to stop those people who want to go to Europe. We fed and dressed the…
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Germany's Left Party joins hands with far-right Alternative for Germany
wsws.org | 2020-03-11
Just two days after he was elected minister president of Thuringia, the Left Party's Bodo Ramelow ensured that the AfD obtained one of the vice president positions in the state parliament.
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S.African Court Acquits Pres. Ramaphosa of Corruption Charges
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-11
The High Court in Pretoria, South Africa ruled Tuesday in favor of President Cyril Ramaphosa stating he did not lie to parliament about the donations' source of his 2017 campaign to lead the ruling African National Congress (ANC) party. | RELATED: | South African President Vows to Quell Attacks on Foreigners | In July, Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane had alleged in a report that Ramaphosa deceived parliament about the 500,000 rand (US$32,500) donation for his campaign to succ…
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The Dominican Republic Prepares to Hold New Municipal Elections
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-11
The Dominican Republic's Central Election Board (JCE) authorities affirmed this Caribbean nation is ready for holding new municipal elections on March 15. | RELATED: | 20 Provinces on Alert for Heavy Rains in the Dominican Republic | On Feb. 16, the municipal elections were canceled due to a generalized failure in automated voting equipment, which was used for the first time in this Caribbean country. | Among other things, the current JCE preparations include the elimination…
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U.S. Flight Restrictions to Cuba Became Effective on March 10
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-11
Cuba's Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez Tuesday denounced that the restrictions established by the United States on commercial flights to his country deteriorate the ties of Cuban families with their relatives abroad. | RELATED: | Cuba Has No COVID-19 Cases so Far but Remains Alert | "The ban on charter flights to Cuba… harms Cuban families and their ties. It violates the human rights of Cubans and U.S. citizens' freedom of travel," Rodriguez tweeted. | As a result of this new wave of…
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Caricom Prime Ministers to Make Post-Elections Visit to Guyana
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-11
Caribbean Community's Chairman and Barbados' Prime Minister Mia Mottley will lead a delegation of regional Prime Ministers on a special two-day mission to Guyana, starting March 11. | RELATED: | Caricom Urges Transparent Elections in Guyana To Avoid More Victims | The delegation will meet with the leadership of all parties that contested the poll, according to a statement released Tuesday by the organization. | Mottley will be joined by Prime Ministers Roosevelt Skerrit of…
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Death Toll From Brazil's Mudslides Hits 44
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-11
The death toll from the devastating mudslides that occurred one week ago in southeast Brazil's Sao Paulo state has reached 44, local authorities said Tuesday. | RELATED: Brazil Only Buying Scrap Metal From US, Says Celso Amorim | Using heavy earth-moving machinery, firefighters dug up the body of a fellow rescue worker who died while trying to save a family buried under earth and rubble. | Another 34 people remain missing in the popular seaside resort town of Guaruja, whe…
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The 2020 Election Is Fragmenting the "Alt-Right"
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-03-11
The "alt-right" celebrated when audio was released of former Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg openly justifying his stop-and-frisk policing policy in starkly racial terms. In the audio, former New York City Mayor Bloomberg says clearly that he flooded Black and Brown neighborhoods with police because "that's where the crime is," playing on white nationalist talking points connecting race and crime. | White supremacist leader Richard Spencer reshared the audio on Twitter and asked why Bloomberg wasn't ru…
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Golden Anniversaries for Flawed Treaties: The Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) Turns Fifty
Dr. Binoy Kampmark | globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-11
In an era where agreements have been abandoned as "bad", to use that favourite word of US President Donald Trump, the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons continues to feature on the books of diplomacy. But age seems …
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Two Other Pandemics: The Lemming and Apathy Viruses
Philip A Farruggio | globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-11
Of course, the worst pandemic of the 21st century is out and about us. Italy is now in a 'lockdown' state and throughout most of the world people are in a panic mode. | And why not? Viruses like this Corona …
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Electromagnetic Radiation Due to Cellular, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Technologies: How Safe Are We?
NAREN | globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-11
Abstract | The electromagnetic radiation (EMR) emitted out of wireless communication modules in various IoT devices (especially used for healthcare applications due to their close proximity to the body) have been identified by researchers as biologically hazardous to humans as well …
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How the UK Press Is Misinforming the Public About Britain's Role in the World
Mark Curtis | globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-11
Britain's national press consistently portrays Britain as a supporter of noble objectives such as human rights and democracy. The extraordinary extent to which the public is being misinformed about the UK's foreign and military policies is revealed in new statistical …
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Negligent Australian government response threatens widespread Covid-19 infection
wsws.org | 2020-03-11
The great risk is that the virus is spreading, largely unknown and unchecked, via transmission within Australia–as took place in Italy and elsewhere.
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Capitalism in Chaos
Antonio Martins | zcomm.org | 2020-03-11
The "Davos Class" will respond with more inequality and less democracy. But a path has opened for the opposite way out

Elusive bipartisan cooperation spotted in House leaders' daring last-minute rescue of controversial warrantless wiretapping powers
rt.com | 2020-03-11
Democrat and Republican House leaders have paused their partisan sniping to do the real work of governing: keeping unpopular surveillance programs, including roving NSA wiretaps and access to metadata, alive indefinitely. | With just four days to go before congressional authorization for the controversial provisions expires, a bipartisan contingent has swooped in to save the NSA from experiencing one second of separation anxiety from Americans' private communications. Committee heads from both sides of the aisle wrangled enough votes within their own parties to deliver a reauthorization bill on Tuesday night w…
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Council on Foreign Relations cancels coronavirus-themed conference in NYC because of…coronavirus
rt.com | 2020-03-11
The Council on Foreign Relations has nixed a conference on "Doing Business Under Coronavirus," apparently not wanting to risk actually doing its business under the coronavirus epidemic laying siege to New York City. | The notorious think tank cancelled the talk, scheduled for Friday, as the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 crept up to 36 in New York on Tuesday. Details of the event were elusive – it's not listed on the organization's website, and it's not clear who was supposed to attend. However, after an unknown number of attendees at both the Conservative Political Action Conference and the American-Is…
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Biden projected to prevail in Idaho after winning Michigan in a major blow for Sanders
rt.com | 2020-03-11
Democratic Party front-runner Joe Biden seems to have edged out socialist Bernie Sanders in the primary in Idaho, while the two are tied in Washington. Many votes are coming in via mail due to fears of coronavirus. | A total of 109 delegates

Italy to shutter ALL businesses besides pharmacies & grocery stores as coronavirus outbreak continues to spread
rt.com | 2020-03-11
Italy will shut down most businesses across the country amid a fast-spreading coronavirus outbreak, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said, leaving only pharmacies, food markets and certain "essential" factories open. | Bars, hair salons, restaurants and all other businesses not necessary for production will be forced to close, Conte said in a televised address on Wednesday. The move comes as Rome steps up containment measures to combat the spread of the lethal coronavirus, including nationwide travel restrictions. | "We will only be able to see the effects of this great effort in a couple of weeks," the prime min…
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What happened to catch it, kill it? Dominic Raab goes VIRAL for UK parliament coughing antics
rt.com | 2020-03-11
UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab may want to avoid checking his Twitter mentions and enter self-isolation, as he has begun trending online for repeatedly coughing into his hand during the budget debate in the British Parliament. | With this sitting in the House of Commons coming hot on the heels of the news that Health Minister Nadine Dorries has contracted the coronavirus, the timing couldn't have been worse. | The speech also saw the British government pledge a package of £30 billion ($39 billion) to protect the economy from the impact of Covid-19, so all eyes were on Westminster and, more specificall…
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China getting back to business as worst of coronavirus outbreak in country appears to be over
rt.com | 2020-03-11
The Chinese economy is slowly recovering from the Covid-19 epidemic, with production facilities, stores and leisure complexes resuming operations after weeks-long closures. | The coronavirus outbreak could have already "passed its worst," the regional chief investment officer of UBS Global Wealth Management said as the number of new infections is declining in the country, but surges everywhere beyond it. Thus the Chinese economy may become "the first in the world" to get back to normal, the bank's official believes. | | Chinese President Xi Jinping waves to residents who are quarantined at home in Wuhan, Chi…
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Trump admin blames China for 2 months lost in coronavirus prep as experts warn flaws in US health system doom its readiness
rt.com | 2020-03-11
While the Trump administration continues to blame China for "covering up" the coronavirus outbreak in December, government failures closer to home have left the US unprepared for the epidemic hitting its own shores, experts fear. | Blaming China's failure to "use best practices" for two months in lost response time to the Covid-19 epidemic, US National Security Advisor Robert O'Brien lamented on Wednesday that "we could have dramatically curtailed what happened"

Expert hermit Snowden chimes in on latest coronavirus-enforced trend 'social distancing'
rt.com | 2020-03-11
NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, who knows a thing or three about keeping away from unwanted social contact, has weighed in on the latest technique suggested as a way to slow or stop the spread of coronavirus. | "Social distancing is underrated," Snowden tweeted on Wednesday, as the practice made its way to everyone's lips as the one potentially life-saving measure against the contagion. | Social distancing is underrated.– Edward Snowden (@Snowden) March 11, 2020 | As the World Health Organization finally gave in an…
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'I'll listen to the experts': LeBron James does coronavirus U-turn after vowing NOT to play in empty arenas (VIDEO)
rt.com | 2020-03-11
Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James says that he will follow the advice of coronavirus experts after previously vowing he wouldn't be agreeable to the idea of playing NBA games inside empty arenas. | This comes amid fears that sports fixtures in the US could follow suit from some European countries by banning fans from attending live events, or any large-scale public gatherings, as attempts to mitigate the spread of Covid-19 continue. | James stated several days ago that he "ain't playing" in empty arenas and that the reason he plays the sport is for the fans. | But as authorities grapple with the ever-worsen…
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'Sorry hipsters!': Coachella music festival postponed for October, succumbing to coronavirus fears
rt.com | 2020-03-11
Becoming the latest to fall victim to COVID-19, the Coachella music festival

World Health Organization declares coronavirus a pandemic
rt.com | 2020-03-11
The World Health Organization has said that the spread of Covid-19 around the world has reached the stage where it can be described as a pandemic. | At Wednesday's daily coronavirus briefing WHO director-general, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, revealed that there are now more than 118,000 cases in 114 countries around the world, and 4,291 people have lost their lives due to the disease. | "Pandemic is not a word to use lightly or carelessly. It is a word that, if misused, can cause unreasonable fear, or unjustified acceptance that the fight is over, leading to unnecessary suffering and death," the director-genera…
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Recipe from the Times: Want a distraction from coronavirus? Get BoJo's pooch story… a fake one
rt.com | 2020-03-11
The outbreak of coronavirus has ratcheted up anxiety levels in the UK, especially in light of a health minister contracting the disease, but the Times has provided a distraction with a 'fake news' story about Boris Johnson's dog. | On Tuesday evening, it emerged that Junior Health Minister Nadine Dorries had tested positive for coronavirus, less than a week after attending an event hosted by Prime Minister Boris Johnson. The diagnosis at the heart of government has sent shockwaves through Westminster, which has apparently prompted Rupert Murdoch's newspaper to print a story about Downing Street's dog

WATCH Italians line up in extended supermarket queues amid coronavirus lockdown (VIDEO, PHOTOS)
rt.com | 2020-03-11
With Italy racked by a rapidly spreading COVID-19 outbreak, residents are piling up in elongated queues outside of storefronts, hoping to stock up on diminishing supplies while nationwide travel restrictions remain in place. | The illness claimed another 168 lives on Tuesday, Italy's deadliest day yet, raising the death toll to 631, as the government takes dramatic steps to contain the outbreak that has sickened more than 10,000 people across the country. However, residents still need to eat, prompting many Italians to endure long, snaking lines running for hundreds of meters in order to purchase necessities b…
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Switzerland keeps border to Italy open, directs traffic over main crossings
rt.com | 2020-03-11
Switzerland is closing nine secondary border crossings to Italy and directing traffic over main routes to help slow the spread of the new coronavirus, the government said on Wednesday. | However, the country will still let the region's workers get to their jobs, Reuters reported. "The border to Italy remains open for cross-border commuters" with work permits, according to the statement. | Italy has been an epicenter of European coronavirus infections and has imposed severe travel restrictions in an attempt to curb its spread.
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India temporarily suspends visas for citizens of Germany, France, Spain
rt.com | 2020-03-11
India has temporarily suspended all visas and e-visas granted on or before March 11 to nationals of three more coronavirus-affected countries

Fighting the disease… literally: Asian man punched in face in Belgium for 'spreading coronavirus'
rt.com | 2020-03-11
A Belgian man has taken the fight with coronavirus too literally, punching an Asian person

Indian farmer DESTROYS nearly $800,000 worth of chickens & eggs over coronavirus fake news on social media
rt.com | 2020-03-11
The coronavirus outbreak has not killed anyone in India so far, but it has been absolutely lethal to the poultry industry, with a false rumor leading one farmer to destroy his entire livelihood. | Dr. Suresh Bhatlekar, a poultry farmer from the town of Dahanu in the state of Maharashtra, is one of the many local poultry producers that have fallen victim to the coronavirus-linked panic, fueled by social media posts suggesting that the COVID-19 could be transmitted through white meat. | Though unfounded, the rumor has spread like wildfire on messaging platforms such as WhatsApp, prompting many to drop chicken an…
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'They have the blessings of God': Modi party official says those who offer ritual prayers won't get infected with coronavirus
rt.com | 2020-03-11
A president of India's ruling BJP party in the state of West Bengal has said that people who turn out for prayer during mass events are immune to the coronavirus, as they enjoy the protection of higher forces. | Dilip Ghosh, president of West Bengal's branch of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) appeared to brush off mounting concerns over the novel coronavirus after he took part in a Hindu prayer ritual known as "puja" in the city of Egra on Tuesday. | Look what is happening here… Thousands of people have come out to offer puja. They are drinking water and using the same hands to have the Prasad [food offered to…
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Greece denies report of secret 'detention center' for migrants near Turkish border
rt.com | 2020-03-11
The Greek government has dismissed a report in the New York Times newspaper that it was holding illegal migrants who cross the border from Turkey at a secret 'black site' where they are denied access to lawyers and cannot file asylum claims. | Tens of thousands of migrants have been trying to get into Greece, an EU member state, since Turkey said on February 28 it would no longer keep them on its territory as part of a 2016 deal with Brussels in return for EU aid for the refugees. | "There is no secret detention center in Greece," government spokesman Stelios Petsas told reporters on Wednesday, adding that if…
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Erdogan slams Greece's 'Nazi' treatment of refugees, vows to keep borders open until EU fulfills migrant deal
rt.com | 2020-03-11
Athens' treatment of thousands of refugees who have massed on the Turkey-Greece border is comparable to atrocities carried out by Nazi Germany, Turkey's president has claimed amid the latest migrant row with the EU. | Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan lashed out at Greece in an address on Wednesday, claiming that Ankara's Mediterranean neighbor has mistreated a flood of refugees that are trying to enter the EU through Turkey. | "There's no difference between those images from Greece's border and what the Nazis did," Erdogan said, apparently referring to photographs of clashes between migrants and Greek bo…
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Moscow calls on Afghan political forces not to obstruct reconciliation process
rt.com | 2020-03-11
Moscow has called on the opposing political forces of Afghanistan to focus on reaching national reconciliation, instead of taking steps that exacerbate disagreements, according to the Russian Foreign Ministry. | Commenting on the two parallel presidential inauguration ceremonies that took place in Afghanistan, it urged all responsible political actors in the country "to adhere solely to common national interests." | The national reconciliation process "should lead to end of the civil war and to the rebuilding of a peaceful, united and independent state, free of terrorism and drug-related crime," the ministry s…
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Coalition confirms 3 dead, 12 wounded in rocket strike on Camp Taji in Iraq
rt.com | 2020-03-11
Three coalition service members have been killed and another 12 wounded in a rocket attack on Camp Taji, the Iraqi base outside Baghdad that hosts US troops, Operation Inherent Resolve has confirmed. | A total of 18 rockets struck the base on Wednesday, the US-led coalition against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) said in a statement. The dead and wounded have not been officially identified, pending the notification of their next of kin. | #Iraq. #US #UK
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It's a long way to 2024 & both Putin's fans & haters will have to wait to see his endgame
rt.com | 2020-03-11
The new amendments to the Russian Constitution

Tanker rates soar as Saudi Arabia & UAE get ready to open oil taps
rt.com | 2020-03-11
Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have unveiled plans to ramp up both crude supplies and production capacity as soon as the oil deal with Russia expires. The move has sank oil prices and sent freight rates higher. | After Russia did not agree to new production cuts with the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), the oil cartel's leader Saudi Arabia set the course for flooding the already oversupplied oil market. On Wednesday, state-owned oil giant Saudi Aramco revealed that it would boost production capacity for the first time in more than a decade to 13 million barrels per day (bpd)…
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Only C MINUS grade: Putin rates Russia-US relations as more bad than good
rt.com | 2020-03-11
Since first reaching the Kremlin, Vladimir Putin has dealt with four different US presidents, and is well placed to judge the status of Russo-American relations. It's hardly surprising that his evaluation is rather negative. | "[On a scale from one to five] I would give it a three," Putin said, in an interview with Russian news agency TASS, "Between a two and a three. More like a three, though." In the Russian school system, where students are graded out of five, three is roughly equivalent to a C-grade, and 2 to…
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Zoya Romanenko, survivor of the siege of Leningrad, will be glad to receive your letters
RT | https: | 2020-03-11
Zoya Romanenko was 16 when Russia entered World War II. She lived near Leningrad, where she survived the deadliest winter of the siege. She held her father in her hands when he died of starvation. Then her mother and grandmother passed away, too. Zoya Romanenko enrolled in the Red Cross program and later worked as a nurse in a field hospital. She was with the Red Army throughout the war and when Victory Day came, she was in Germany. | If you are moved by her story, you can write her a letter for May 9. | Please, send it to RT, 3/1 Borovaya street, Moscow 111020, Russian Federation, marked 'To Zoya Pavlovna Rom…
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'Embarrassing': Jose Mourinho told 'to cheer up' by 'reporter' in cringeworthy scenes after Champions League exit (VIDEO)
rt.com | 2020-03-11
A man has been branded "embarrassing" for telling a glum Jose Mourinho to "cheer up" in awkward scenes following Tottenham's Champions League exit in Germany. | A depleted Spurs were dumped out 4-0 on aggregate by RB Leipzig in their last-16 tie, after the Bundesliga outfit won 3-0 on the night on Tuesday thanks to a double from captain Marcel Sabitzer and a late strike from substitute Emil Forsberg. | The result means Mourinho has now gone six games without a win for the first time in his career as he is left to contemplate a maiden season at Spurs that will definitely end without silverware. | | Mourinho c…
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At least 15 rockets hit Iraq base housing US troops
rt.com | 2020-03-11
More than 15 rockets have hit a base near Baghdad that houses US personnel, the Iraqi army has reported. It's not yet clear whether the attack on al-Taji base resulted in any casualties. | The Katyusha rockets struck al-Taji, located 27km north of Baghdad, on Wednesday, the Iraqi army reported. The base houses American forces in addition to Iraqi soldiers. While reports of casualties have yet to be confirmed, US coalition spokesman Colonel Myles Caggins verified in a tweet that more than 15 "small rockets" had hit the base. | The Coalition @CJTFOIR…
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