Daily Archives: March 21, 2020

2020-03-21: News Headlines

The Lancet (2020-03-21). [Editorial] COVID-19: protecting health-care workers. thelancet.com Worldwide, as millions of people stay at home to minimise transmission of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2, health-care workers prepare to do the exact opposite. They will go to clinics and hospitals, putting themselves at high risk from COVID-2019. Figures from China's National Health Commission show that more than 3300 health-care workers have been infected as of early March and, according to local media, by the end of February at least 22 had died. In Italy, 20% of responding health-care workers were infected, and some have died.

Ryan Devereaux (2020-03-21). Lawmakers Demand ICE Stop Arresting Immigrants to Prevent Spreading Coronavirus. zcomm.org More than a dozen Democratic lawmakers are calling on the Department of Homeland Security to freeze its enforcement-to-detention pipeline…

Larry Romanoff (2020-03-21). COVID-19: Targeting Italy and South Korea? "The Chain of Transmission of Infection" globalresearch.ca A high-level Italian virologist, Giuseppe Remuzzi, has published papers in the Lancet and other articles in which he states facts not hitherto known. (1) |
The doctor stated that Italian physicians now recall having seen: | . | "a very strange and very …

Larry Romanoff (2020-03-21). COVID-USA: Targeting Italy and South Korea. globalresearch.ca A high-level Italian virologist, Giuseppe Remuzzi, has published papers in the Lancet and other articles in which he states facts not hitherto known. (1) |
The doctor stated that Italian physicians now recall having seen: | "a very strange and very severe …

Juan Cole (2020-03-21). The Coronavirus and Vulnerable Gaza. zcomm.org California releasing inmates for fear of Coronavirus, but Israelis Keep Vulnerable Gaza as Largest Open Air Prison…

teleSUR (2020-03-21). Covid-19 Updates: Death Toll Rises in Brazil + More. telesurenglish.net Update 5: 00 PM: | Indigenous people of Ecuador ask for a health emergency fund for the coronavirus: The indigenous movement of Ecuador this Saturday asked the Government to create a "Health Emergency Fund" to, among other things, face the shocks that the coronavirus has caused in the peasant economy and its impact on city ‚Äã‚Äãfood markets. | The indigenous leader Leonidas Iza explained to Efe that this fund would allow the State to buy directly from the peasants and "transfer free of charge" the production of vegetables to small food distributors in the cities, many of the…

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2020-03-21). Vietnam War Started 55 Years Ago: Neoliberalism and "The Vietnam Model". Who Won the Vietnam War? globalresearch.ca April 1975 marks the official end of the Vietnam War. Yet today, Vietnam is an impoverished countries. The Hanoi government is a US proxy regime. Vietnam has become a new cheap labor frontier of the global economy. Neoliberalism prevails.

Caitlin A. Johnstone (2020-03-21). Liberal NPCs hate Russia, Conservative NPCs hate China. mronline.org The frenzied, shrieking hysteria I'm witnessing right now among Trump's base regarding China looks and moves in the exact same way the mental zombification of Russia hysteria looked and moved when it began tearing through rank-and-file Democrats in late 2016 and early 2017. The seething, screaming vitriol I get from the MAGA crowd on social […] |

Michael Pappas (2020-03-21). On the Front Lines of the Coronavirus Pandemic: A Doctor's View. dissidentvoice.org The coronavirus pandemic is sweeping the globe. There seems to be no way of containing it at this point, and health systems are struggling to keep up. The virus is exposing inadequacies in health systems all over the world, especially the U.S.'s abysmal health infrastructure. Health workers on the ground continue to provide care during …

Emily Apple (2020-03-21). Please don't try escaping Covid-19 in Cornwall. Our services simply can't cope. thecanary.co Anger is mounting across Cornwall as increasing reports come in of people fleeing to the region to escape the coronavirus (Covid-19). Local people are noticing rising numbers of second homeowners and tourists arriving. Meanwhile, some holiday parks

The Canary (2020-03-21). Coronavirus crisis causes surge in dangerous channel crossings by desperate refugees. thecanary.co Fears around the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic have caused a surge in refugees trying to cross the English channel to the UK. The refugees risk their lives making these journeys in dangerous inflatable boats.Border patrols have blocked more than a 100 refugees from entering the UK this week. There are fears that 3,000 refugees living in desperate conditions in northern France are at high risk of contracting coronavirus.Desperation: Care4Calais founder Clare Moseley said it was only a matter of time before the virus swept through refugee camps.Bella Sankey, director of charity Detention Action, told the P…

W. T. Whitney, Jr. (2020-03-21). Fighting COVID-19 in Cuba, China and the United States. mronline.org The pandemic has effectively provided a laboratory-like demonstration that people do better when states can plan ahead, apply national resources unequivocally to the public good, put science in the service of the people, and practice international solidarity. These are characteristics of socialist societies. |

Eds. (2020-03-21). The fatalistic view from an ER Nurse on what's ahead. mronline.org Being an ER Nurse, a lot of people have asked me what I think about COVID-19. I almost inevitably tell them- first and foremost- that I really can't overstate how much of a problem it is that we don't have enough personal protective equipment (PPE). |

Glen Ford (2020-03-21). Late-stage imperial omni-crisis: Death by virus and internal contradictions. mronline.org "The system…is failing. Let's admit it," said Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, on March 14 at a White House briefing. |

WSWS (2020-03-21). Coronavirus transforms Greek refugee camps into death camps. wsws.org The intolerable hygienic conditions in the internment camps prevent even the most basic protective measures from being adopted.

Reynard Loki (2020-03-21). Coronavirus and climate change: How eco-activists can use this terrible moment to help save the planet. nationofchange.org One major lesson from the pandemic is that we can save the planet from climate change.

Staff (2020-03-21). Beyond the Death Penalty, Activists Are Fighting to End Death by Incarceration. truthout.org With 2.3 million people behind bars, the United States is the world's largest jailer. Yet after decades of holding this dubious honor, many Americans have begun to question what Fordham law professor

The Lancet (2020-03-21). [Editorial] Peace and health in Afghanistan. thelancet.com After years of war and political instability, Afghanistan is at a potentially historic crossroads. On Feb 29, 2020, a peace deal was agreed between the Taliban and the USA. The anticipated resumption of talks between the Afghan Government and the Taliban could signal a new phase, but what this means for the Afghan people is unclear. Weak health systems and disrupted access to health care have left many in poor health for decades, but since the fall of the Taliban some extraordinary gains in health have occurred.

Fight Back (2020-03-21). U.S. Teamsters get warm welcome at Venezuela's Canaima laptop plant. fightbacknews.org Caracas, Venezuela – A Freedom Road Socialist Organization labor delegation toured the Canaima laptops and tablets factory in Caracas, Venezuela on March 12. The Canaima plant is located within walking distance of the bridge where U.S. puppet Juan Guaido launched a failed coup d'état April 30, 2019. Upon arrival, leading representatives of the Canaima assembly plant greeted the American Teamsters with genuine smiles and warm handshakes. | A Venezuelan educator and Canaima spokesperson, Oscar Martinez, explained the assembly plant's purpose, "Our goal is to produce a laptop or tablet for every school-aged child i…

Staff (2020-03-21). We Can't Let COVID-19 Drive Us Into Authoritarianism. truthout.org Note: This excerpt was adapted from Internationalism or Extinction by Noam Chomsky, edited by Charles Derber, Suren Moodliar and Paul Shannon. | As the COVID-19 pandemic turns the global political and economic order on its head, two vastly different futures appear possible. At one end of the spectrum, societies facing the toll of the virus may collapse into authoritarianism. But at the other end of the spectrum, we have the possibility of learning the lessons of this disaster — another colossal market failure e…

teleSUR (2020-03-21). Bolsonaro's Hospital Must Disclose Covid-19 Positives List. telesurenglish.net Brazil's Federal judge Raquel Soares Chiarelli ordered the Armed Forces Hospital (HFA) to present the list of people who turned out to be Covid-19 positives, among whom President Jair Bolsonaro could be. This order responds to the hospital's refusal to release data to the Federal District Health Department. | RELATED: | "Proper identification of Covid-19 cases is essential for defining public policies to contend with the pandem…

teleSUR (2020-03-21). Cuba Sends 144 Health Workers to Combat the Covid-19 in Jamaica. telesurenglish.net Cuba's Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez Saturday announced that his country is sending a medical brigade to combat the Covid-19 Pandemic in Jamaica, a Caribbean country that has been going through a severe economic and political crisis for the past years. | RELATED: | "For more than 60 years of revolution, Cuba and our people have defended solidarity as a principle. Evidence…

teleSUR (2020-03-21). Covid-19 Updates: Death Toll Rises to 12 in Portugal. telesurenglish.net Update: 10: 00 | Portugal: the death toll rises to 12 and 1,280 infections are reported‚Äã‚Äã‚Äã‚Äã | Health Minister Marta Temido announced that Portugal has 1,280 Covid-19 cases and 12 dead. Her country expects to reach the peak of the pandemic on April 14, which is an estimate based on the evolution of the number of cases to date. | RELATED: | Three percent o…

teleSUR (2020-03-21). WHO: Deaths Exceed 10,000, More Than 250,000 Infected Globally. telesurenglish.net The COVID-19 virus continues, with confirmed cases now surpassing 250,000 globally—with more than 10,000 deaths, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Other sources put the number of infected at over 300 thousand. | RELATED: | WHO reported on Saturday that the number of deaths globally from the new coronavirus (COVID-19) is at least 11,184, while infections total approximately 266,073. Figures that go on the rise as th…

teleSUR (2020-03-21). China Approves Human Trials of Covid-19 Vaccine. telesurenglish.net China's Defense Minister announced that Chinese scientists developed a Covid-19 vaccine that has already been tested on a group of infected monkeys, which responded effectively and were immune. | RELATED: | "The quality of the vaccine will be controlled during the production process. We are ready to start formal clinical trials at any time," Chen Wei, a Military Academy of Medical Sciences researcher, who is recognized worldwide for her st…

Michael T. Hertz (2020-03-21). What's Bernie's next move? A coalition with Biden? nationofchange.org But with the coronavirus plague sweeping the country, Biden and Bernie should take the time to negotiate a coalition platform and even write the new laws on which they can both agree.

(2020-03-21). Ten Questions for the U.S.: Where did the Novel Coronavirus Come From? globalresearch.ca by Wang Fuhua | . | CGTN Editor's note: The article is an edited version of an article which was first published on a WeChat official account named Gong Yi Kan Shi Jie. The article reflects the author's opinions and not necessarily …

WSWS (2020-03-21). Illinois governor belatedly places entire state under "stay-at-home" order in response to coronavirus pandemic. wsws.org Democratic officials have done nothing to mitigate the spread of coronavirus, holding Tuesday's primary election in person and keeping Chicago's libraries and parks open up until Saturday.

WSWS (2020-03-21). Kentucky auto parts worker denounces continued plant operation as coronavirus spreads. wsws.org Referring to the role of the UAW union, the worker said: "They say our security is their number one goal, but it's not."

WSWS (2020-03-21). Louisiana COVID-19 cases rise, with New Orleans hardest hit. wsws.org The Louisiana governor and New Orleans mayor declared states of emergency on March 11 in response to the coronavirus outbreak.

WSWS (2020-03-21). Turkey's coronavirus measures: billions for business, crumbs for workers. wsws.org Before this program was announced, the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Turkey was 97; it has now risen to 670.

Staff (2020-03-21). New York Gov. Cuomo's Panel Proposes Medicaid Cuts Amid Coronavirus Crisis. truthout.org A panel appointed by New York governor Andrew Cuomo unveiled on Thursday its plan to reduce the state's Medicaid spending by some $400 million over the next year. The plan will now go to the state legislature for consideration. Remarkably, the proposal is being put forward in the middle of a healthcare crisis that threatens the very lives of the many vulnerable New Yorkers who depend upon such services as Medicaid. | The proposed $400 million cut is part of a bigger program to slash the medicaid b…

WSWS (2020-03-21). Fiat Chrysler skilled trade contractors in Detroit walkout as workers demand total auto shutdown. wsws.org The workers took the action after management demanded they stay on the job, even though FCA production workers have been sent home over coronavirus concerns.

WSWS (2020-03-21). Trump administration exploits coronavirus to block all asylum seekers from entering US. wsws.org The blanket rejection of asylum seekers is the latest in a series of steps aimed at abrogating the right to asylum, which is protected by both international and US law.

Reynard Loki (2020-03-21). Coronavirus and Climate Change. zcomm.org One major lesson from the pandemic is that we can save the planet from climate change…

WSWS (2020-03-21). Rideshare drivers speak out on working conditions during coronavirus pandemic. wsws.org "I can't stop driving for even a day because I can't afford my bills. It's a form of slave labor."

WSWS (2020-03-21). Amid coronavirus pandemic, thousands in Detroit remain without running water. wsws.org The claims of the Democratic Party's mayor of Detroit and Michigan state governor that they would restore shut-off utilities have been exposed as a fraud.

WSWS (2020-03-21). Medical expert warns India could be next coronavirus hotspot. wsws.org The Indian ruling elite's response to the unfolding disaster has been criminally negligent, with only 14,175 tests conducted in a country of 1.3 billion people.

WSWS (2020-03-21). Fiat Chrysler skilled trade contractors in Detroit walk out as workers demand total auto shutdown. wsws.org The workers took the action after management demanded they stay on the job, even though FCA production workers have been sent home over coronavirus concerns.

The Canary (2020-03-21). Children at greater risk of abuse online as schools close, charity warns. thecanary.co Content warning: this article discusses child grooming and child sexual abuse | Experts are preparing for a spike in public reports of child sexual abuse online as UK schools close during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. | The Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) is concerned children might be at greater risk of being groomed or coerced into making explicit content. Given that many will undoubtedly spend more time online while schools are closed, this puts them at greater risk. | "Ruthless predators": | IWF's chief executive Susie Hargreaves said increasingly the children themselves are taking photos and v…

Steve Topple (2020-03-21). The Tories just announced a bailout for airlines that would be 2008 all over again. thecanary.co In the wake of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the UK government is reportedly drawing up plans for another private sector bailout. If the Tories push ahead with it, it will be scarily reminiscent of the 2008 bailout of the banks. And it could spell disaster for years to come. | Coronavirus: the fall-out continues: | As The Canary previously

WSWS (2020-03-21). New York, California ordered locked down in response to COVID-19. wsws.org US President Trump closed the border to Mexico as the World Health Organization continues to call for urgent action to overcome the coronavirus pandemic.

WSWS (2020-03-21). An interview with an Australian school teacher fearing coronavirus exposure. wsws.org The teacher's situation underscores the urgency of the Committee for Public Education's demand for the immediate closure of schools and for teachers to form Action Committees.

WSWS (2020-03-21). New York, California order locked down in response to COVID-19. wsws.org US President Trump closed the border to Mexico as the World Health Organization continued to call for urgent action to overcome the coronavirus pandemic.

The Lancet (2020-03-21). [Editorial] Ebola in DR Congo: getting the job done. thelancet.com With the world's focus on the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak, a good news story receiving far less attention is that of Semida Masika, the last person in DR Congo confirmed to have Ebola virus infection and discharged from care after her recovery on March 4. This important milestone is a remarkable achievement given the insecurity in DR Congo, which led to serious attacks on health-care facilities, workers, and patients, and a continual disabling of the outbreak response.

WSWS (2020-03-21). As coronavirus cases surge in Pakistan, its prime minister preaches "no need to worry" wsws.org If the rapid spread of the deadly virus is not halted, it will prove catastrophic for millions of people in Pakistan, an impoverished South Asian country of more than 200 million.

Kavaljit Singh (2020-03-21). How to Manage the Economic Fallout of the Coronavirus. zcomm.org From what we have seen so far, the global human community deserves better and well-coordinated policy actions to contain the coronavirus and to offset its economic impact…

WSWS (2020-03-21). Italian health care workers speak out on coronavirus pandemic. wsws.org The health care system in Italy, now the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic, is under unbearable strain amid an exponential increase in infections and deaths.

WSWS (2020-03-21). Over 620 deaths in Italy on Friday as coronavirus fatalities surge in Europe. wsws.org Italy, Spain, Belgium and the UK all recorded their largest death tolls in the global coronavirus pandemic in a single day, Friday.

Peadar O'Cearnaigh (2020-03-21). Trump got thrown a 'softball question' about coronavirus. His response was unforgivable. thecanary.co On 20 March, US president Donald Trump This question was in reference to…

WSWS (2020-03-21). Utah's Salt Lake Valley shaken by 5.7 magnitude earthquake, compounding coronavirus crisis. wsws.org The state's strongest earthquake in decades shook the Salt Lake Valley Wednesday morning, grounding flights and causing blackouts for over 64,000 residents.

Staff (2020-03-21). New Federal Sick Leave Law Fails to Protect Many Workers From COVID-19 Threat. truthout.org On March 18, President Donald Trump signed the The legislation is an emergency intervention to provide paid leave and other support to millions of workers sidelined by school closures, quarantines and caregiving. | An obvious question you're probably wondering is, "How will it affect me?" | The bad news is that the law does not provide blanket coverage for all worker…

WSWS (2020-03-21). Nearly two dozen New York City transit workers test positive for COVID-19. wsws.org The Metropolitan Transportation Authority has responded by continuing to ignore basic health precautions, risking the lives of workers, their families and the general public.

WSWS (2020-03-21). Australian governments refuse to close schools over COVID-19. wsws.org Schools are being kept open, at the expense of public health, in order to minimise disruption to corporate profit-making.

WSWS (2020-03-21). Mexican autoworkers appeal to US, Canadian workers for support in closing plants over COVID-19. wsws.org A worker at the GM Silao Complex wrote: "I see the trade union as being totally indifferent to this issue, that is why I ask for your collaboration brothers."

Richard Horton (2020-03-21). [Comment] Offline: COVID-19—a reckoning. thelancet.com "To be clear we have one strategic aim: save lives." So stated a UK Government health adviser in an email sent to me last weekend. It was an email filled with frustration. "Part of the considerable difficulty in managing this epidemic", he wrote, "where we know a number of things but have some major gaps in knowledge (especially around asymptomatic transmission by age, which has major implications), is to do this in a way where we minimise the negative health impact of interventions on other aspects of health, both physical and mental…And try to think through the endgame from the start, where the endgame is qui…

WSWS (2020-03-21). President Trump and Florida Governor DeSantis declare south Florida a COVID-19 epicenter. wsws.org While some Florida counties have been closed to nonessential business, concern grows over unemployment and a large prison population.

Paul Webster (2020-03-21). [World Report] Canada and COVID-19: learning from SARS. thelancet.com The 2003 SARS epidemic killed 44 people in Canada, and led to many proposals for reforms. Paul Webster looks at how the SARS outbreak has affected Canada's COVID-19 response.

Fight Back (2020-03-21). DPRK wages mass campaign to combat pandemic. fightbacknews.org Washington, DC — According to a March 20 report from the Korean Central News Agency, the government of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) has formed the Central Emergency Anti-Epidemic Headquarters to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The headquarters is also tasked with summing up experience and popularizing achievements in the fight against the illness. | According to the report, people in a number of provinces are no longer being held in quarantine following medical observation. | The report states, "The emergency anti-epidemic headquarters at all levels encourage all the people to keep stre…

Staff (2020-03-21). Health Care Workers and COVID 19. truthdig.com

Staff (2020-03-21). Our Responses to COVID-19 Must Center Disability Justice. truthout.org Because of COVID-19, many places are putting in place accessibility measures and resources that they have not had before. For instance, many companies have now begun to allow employees to work from home, even if it was not permitted before COVID-19 measures were implemented. As a disabled person, I am both heartened and angry to see the things that I have been asking for a long time finally be implemented. However, many employers' emergency measures are proving both slapdash and targeted toward abled people. Thi…

Fight Back (2020-03-21). Push for rent freeze in Portland, OR. fightbacknews.org Portland, OR – The Portland Rent Freeze Coalition, made up of concerned people and progressive organizations, disrupted a COVID-19 response press conference on March 17 here in Portland to demand that all rent payments due during the statewide shutdown be cancelled. | Multnomah County announced the night before the press conference, that it would be enacting an eviction moratorium during the crisis. The measure puts the thousands of laid off workers of Portland in a serious predicament. The legislation says that all rent not paid during the moratorium will have to be paid back in full during a six-month 'grace p…

The Canary (2020-03-21). Panic buyers 'should be ashamed' medical expert urges as stockpiling continues and shelves are bare. thecanary.co Virus crisis panic buyers were told they "should be ashamed" for causing needless shortages for NHS staff as the retail industry insisted there was enough food for everyone and the government ruled out rationing. | Environment secretary At the daily Downing Street press conference, NHS England national medical director Stephen Powis said the country should be ashamed that key medical staff were left…

Vincent Emanuele (2020-03-21). Mutual Aid, Political Organizing & Survival. zcomm.org All of the problems that would normally exist in a deindustrialized Rust Belt city are compounded during a pandemic and economic crisis, so we're focusing on essential services right now…

WSWS (2020-03-21). Citing "national security," John Deere keeps US plants open amid pandemic. wsws.org The United Auto Workers union, which covers Deere plants, signed a joint statement with the company enforcing continued production.

Allen L Roland (2020-03-21). Rex 84: FEMA's Blueprint for Martial Law in America. globalresearch.ca We are dangerously close to a situation where ~ if the American people took to the streets in righteous indignation or if there were another 9/11 ~ a mechanism for martial law could be quickly implemented and carried out under REX 84.

Suvanand Sahu, Lucica Ditiu, Lovett Lawson, Francine Ntoumi, Denise Arakaki, Alimuddin Zumla (2020-03-21). [Comment] UN General Assembly tuberculosis targets: are we on track? thelancet.com The 2018 UN General Assembly (UNGA) Political Declaration on Tuberculosis was a turning point in global efforts to end the tuberculosis epidemic.1,2 Ambitious targets were set for scale-up and roll-out of diagnostic, treatment, and prevention services, political commitments, principles of equity and human rights, and financing, implementation, and research. Targets included diagnosing and treating an additional 40 million people with tuberculosis by 2022 and generating US$13 billion per year for tuberculosis care and prevention and $2 billion per year for research and development.

Sharmila Devi (2020-03-21). [World Report] Building bridges in Yemen. thelancet.com 20 million Yemenis lack health care. A new air-bridge scheme won't help them all, but it could help to build trust. Sharmila Devi reports.

RT (2020-03-21). Italy coronavirus death toll hits 4,825 as 793 die in ONE DAY in biggest daily increase. rt.com The death toll from the Covid-19 illness in Italy has nearly reached 5,000, as health authorities reported on Saturday that another 793 people have fallen victim to the coronavirus. | Saturday's staggering increase of nearly 20 percent is by far the largest daily rise since the outbreak began a month ago. | Officials announced that 4,825 people have died from the disease in the Mediterranean nation, which surpassed China to become the worst-hit country in the world on Thursday. | The total number of cases across Italy rose to 53,578, an increase of over 5,000 from a previous tally of 47,021. | The worst-affect…

RT (2020-03-21). Coronavirus death toll in Italy's Lombardy surpasses 3,000 as 546 more perish. rt.com The death toll from the Covid-19 illness in the worst hit Italian region of Lombardy has surpassed 3,000, as the latest statistics show that 546 more people have fallen victim to the virus. | The region in northern Italy has been ravaged by the disease, with more people dying in that area than any country in the world except China. Officials announced on Saturday that a total of 3,095 people have now died from the illness. | The shocking figures come hot on the heels of Italy announcing that it had recorded its worst day for Covid-19 deaths, when 627 people died across the country between Thursday and Friday.

RT (2020-03-21). Spain's Covid-19 death toll jumps by over 300 in one day, number of cases nears 25,000. rt.com The death toll from the Covid-19 illness in Spain has hit 1,326, an increase of over 300 in just one day, as the coronavirus crisis deepens in Europe. | The Spanish health ministry announced that the number of Covid-19 cases in the Iberian country climbed to 24,926 on Saturday, an increase of nearly 5,000 from Friday's tally of 19,980. | Speaking on Friday, Spanish health emergencies chief, Fernando Simon, said that the number of infected people could actually be higher than reported as the test laboratories are "overwhelmed" and unable to process all of the samples. | Spain is Europe's second-worst hit countr…

RT (2020-03-21). Never mind the HUMVEES! Maryland National Guard reassures residents there's no martial law threat amid virus panic. rt.com Concern over the presence of military vehicles in residential areas of Maryland has apparently prompted the state's national guard to tweet out a reminder that it is there to help fight Covid-19 — not to impose martial law. | The Maryland National Guard (MDNG) reassured all state residents on Saturday that, contrary to any nefarious rumors that may have been spreading, the force has been deployed to "deliver much needed supplies" and to perform other humanitarian duties. | "To our neighbors, there is not a threat of martial law. If you see a MDNG Humvee on your street, know we are helping someone in need…

RT (2020-03-21). Russia delivers over 100,000 Covid-19 test kits to 13 states, including Iran, North Korea. rt.com The testing tools for coronavirus were delivered to 13 countries, including Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) member states Iran and North Korea, Russia's public health watchdog Rospotrebnadzor said on Saturday. | The equipment manufactured in Russia can conduct over 100,000 tests for Covid-19, and has already been used to track down the first cases of the disease in Armenia, Belarus, Kyrgyzstan, and Uzbekistan. Moscow is due to ship the equipment to Serbia, as well as to Egypt and Venezuela. | Deputy Prime Minister Tatyana Golikova said earlier this week that Russia has no shortage of testing kits. A government…

RT (2020-03-21). Russian economy can survive for a long time with oil at $20 per barrel. rt.com Despite efforts by Russia to gradually cut its reliance on oil, a lengthy energy market turmoil could be challenging for the country's economy and could even result in a major economic crisis. | Oil has continued its dramatic fall this week, dropping to more than an 18-year low on Wednesday amid global recession worries and low demand. Both US West Texas Intermediate (WTI) and international benchmark Brent slightly rebounded on Thursday, trading at $22.55 and $27.65 respectively. | The key issue now is not how low can crude prices plunge, but for how long this situation persists, Aleksandr Bakhtin, investment…

RT (2020-03-21). German public broadcaster ARD sends birthday greetings to Russian FM Lavrov — for tetchy tabloid Bild, this was too much to bear. rt.com Congratulating someone on their birthday is the polite thing to do, but apparently not when anti-Russian hysteria comes into play. The German public broadcaster ARD has just learned this the hard way. | Sergey Lavrov, who has been Russia's foreign minister since 2004 and one of the most recognizable figures on the international political scene, turned 70 on Saturday. From the landmark Iran Nuclear Deal to settling the conflict in Syria, he was directly involved in the most high-profile global events of the last 16 years. | A diplomat with such a scoresheet surely deserves a few words of appreciation on his big…

RT (2020-03-21). Twice-daily health checks and no spectators allowed: World Chess Candidates grabs online audience as sports hit by coronavirus. rt.com With stringent coronavirus tests before and after each game, the World Chess Candidates has become an unlikely sensation as action-starved sports fans go online to watch the battle of minds in the Russian city of Ekaterinburg. | Eight potential challengers are duking it out for the right to challenge the world champion, Magnus Carlsen, and for a €500,000 (US$538,000) prize fund — but the start of the three-week contest has been overshadowed by fears of Covid-19, with two competitors from China facing 14-day quarantine periods before the event began, and at least one player dropping out in protest ove…

RT (2020-03-21). 'US wasted precious time China has bought!' Beijing shreds Washington over 'racist' coronavirus rhetoric. rt.com Washington has passed off blame to Beijing for its own failures in addressing the Covid-19 outbreak, China's Foreign Ministry said, hitting back at the 'Chinese virus' rhetoric with the ironic term 'Trumpandemic.' | "Some people in the United States attempt to stigmatize China's fight against the epidemic and shirk its responsibility to China," Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang told reporters on Friday, referring to the finger-pointing adopted by President Trump and other top officials (after weeks of US media outlets calling it the 'Chinese' and 'Wuhan' virus). | This practice ignores the huge sacrifi…

RT (2020-03-21). 'Worst crisis since WWII': Italy shuts down ALL non-essential businesses in desperate bid to contain coronavirus spread. rt.com Italian PM Giuseppe Conte has ordered all business and activities that are not vital to supporting the basic necessities to be closed, extending the nationwide shutdown in the wake of the pandemic claiming record numbers of lives. | Calling the crisis the "most difficult" one in Italy's post-war period, Conte announced that only "activities deemed vital for national production will be allowed" until at least April 3. | We are slowing down the country's production engine but we are not stopping it | DETAILS TO FOLLOW…

RT (2020-03-21). 'Not sure we're NOT infecting people,' French police union tells RT as govt fails to provide protection against Covid-19. rt.com Police could be spreading coronavirus instead of enforcing the lockdown in France due to a lack of masks and gloves, a police union spokesperson told RT after the government was accused of not issuing protective gear to officers. | "Security officers, police and other people, who uphold law and order in the country, need to be protected. This virus doesn't distinguish between police, medics and other citizens," Christophe Crepin, spokesperson for the law enforcement union, France Police — Policiers en colere, told RT. | We are not even sure that we — police officers — are not potentially infecti…

RT (2020-03-21). China's Yutu-2 rover sets off for UNEXPLORED areas as Chang'e 4 mission reawakens on far side of Moon. rt.com Far, far away from coronavirus worries, China's Yutu-2 lunar rover and Chang'e-4 spacecraft have whirred back to life on the far side of the Moon, with the intrepid rover boldly setting off for unexplored areas. | After powering down while the Moon was hidden from the Sun, the mission has now earnestly started its 16th lunar day of work on Earth's natural satellite. | The lander, rover and their science payloads are all in good operating condition, despite having by now endured the harsh conditions on the lunar surface for over a year. | | Yutu-2 on the surface of the far side of the moon. © Xinhua/ Glo…

RT (2020-03-21). Italian crematoriums running out of space as MILITARY patrols enforce quarantine in world's DEADLIEST coronavirus hotspot (VIDEOS). rt.com With Italy taking China's place as the top Covid-19 epicenter, the country is struggling to keep up with the number of new deaths, as morgues quickly fill to capacity and the army has been called in to enforce a national lockdown.

RT (2020-03-21). New York passes 10,000 coronavirus cases, as statewide lockdown ordered. rt.com New York State has reported its 10,000th person with the Covid-19 coronavirus, and now accounts for more than half of all the US' cases. Meanwhile, the federal government has declared a 'Major Disaster" in the Empire State. | A total of 10,365 people have tested positive for Covid-19 in New York State between Friday and Saturday, up 3,254 on the previous day, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Saturday. Cuomo stated that 1,803 of these new cases were discovered in New York City, but officials in the city later told NBC News that cases there increased by nearly twice that figure. | Cuomo attributed the rise to…

RT (2020-03-21). Recession 'INEVITABLE' in Germany, Bundesbank chief warns as country mulls lockdown amid coronavirus pandemic. rt.com The coronavirus pandemic will trigger a serious downturn in the German economy, European Central Bank (ECB) Governing Council member and Deutsche Bundesbank chief Jens Weidmann has said. | Recession in Germany is "now inevitable," Weidmann told Die Welt newspaper in an interview published on Saturday. | When asked how bad the economic downturn will be, Weidemann said that all efforts first must be focused on stopping the spread on the coronavirus with steps such as social distancing. He also noted that "drastic measures" like curfew restrictions may be considered by the government. | The global economy took a…

RT (2020-03-21). Little Rock Air Force Base declares EMERGENCY after US airman tests positive for Covid-19. rt.com The Little Rock Air Force Base (AFB) in Arkansas has declared a month-long public health emergency after an airman stationed there was confirmed to carry the coronavirus, contracted during recent travel overseas. | The airman, who has not been named, is the first to test positive at the base, the Air Force said in a statement on Friday, noting that the 30-day emergency order will allow the facility's commander to take special containment measures to limit further spread of the disease. | "Right now we have one confirmed case of Covid-19 on our installation," said Colonel John Schutte, installation commander at…

RT (2020-03-21). Businesses reopening, people allowed to spend more time outside as China reports NO local Covid-19 cases for third day. rt.com China has marked its third consecutive day of no new local cases of coronavirus, as officials ease lockdown measures. The number of deaths in China from the disease has also slowed dramatically. | The positive development has coincided with the government's decision to relax strict quarantine policies put in place across the country. Even in Wuhan, the epicenter of the disease, officials said residents could spend more time outside. Local businesses were also allowed to re-open in communities and neighborhoods where there were no existing cases of the virus. | The rate of infection has been brought to a near s…

RT (2020-03-21). Wake-up call for India? Social media split after police press charges against Covid-19-carrying Bollywood singer Kanika Kapoor. rt.com Indian police have charged Bollywood star Kanika Kapoor, who has tested positive for coronavirus, with endangering public health by attending parties. Her case has sparked fierce debate in India as the virus continues to spread. | Kapoor has been accused of participating in malignant acts that could pose a danger to the public. The Bollywood star, who recently returned from a trip to London, attended a party last week with a guest list of parliamentarians and other VIPs. On Friday, it was revealed that she had tested positive for Covid-19, causing panic that Indian celebrities with whom she came into contact c…

RT (2020-03-21). North Korea says Trump wrote Kim, offered coronavirus cooperation. rt.com

RT (2020-03-21). Startup creates money-disinfecting cash machine that 'KILLS coronavirus'. rt.com With the coronavirus pandemic claiming hundreds more lives every day, one startup tech company has invented a clever way to tackle the problem feared to be helping the disease's spread: ATMs dispensing the virus along with cash. | Istanbul-based company Money Shower has created a disinfection module for ATMs that removes bacteria and viruses, including Covid-19, from paper money before it gets into people's hands. | With the average banknote carrying thousands of types of bacteria and viruses, countries sometimes take the drastic step of collecting cash, destroying it and printing fresh notes in a bid to comba…

RT (2020-03-21). Thousands of French citizens ignore quarantine as cops issue nearly 39,000 citations for violating lockdown. rt.com French law enforcers have slapped fines on tens of thousands of uncooperative citizens, less than a week after the government introduced restrictions on non-essential travel and business in an effort to combat Covid-19. | The Ministry of Interior disclosed on Saturday that police across the country had carried out 867,695 inspections to ensure that people using transport or participating in other restricted activities had good reason to do so. As a result, cops reported some 38,994 instances of non-compliance resulting in fines between Tuesday and Friday. French authorities have also warned that they will beco…

RT (2020-03-21). 'We are not deserters!' French construction union chief hits back at labor minister after accusation of 'defeatism' on Covid-19. rt.com The chief of France's largest construction association has voiced his disdain after a top labor official said businesses are too quick to shut down work amid the Covid-19 pandemic that is becoming more deadly by the day. | Jacques Chanut, the president of the French Federation of Construction (FFB), the country's biggest building industry union, slammed Labor Minister Muriel Penicaud for her "contempt" towards construction companies struggling amid the coronavirus pandemic. | In an op-ed for Le Figaro titled "No, Madame Penicaud, the construction workers are not deserting!" Chanut urged the government to "take…

RT (2020-03-21). Cristiano Ronaldo's mother speaks of 'difficult days' as she posts emotional message upon release from hospital. rt.com Maria Dolores, mother of Juventus star Cristinao Ronaldo, had been in hospital since a March 3 stroke and has issued an emotional message on social media after being given a clean bill of health by Portuguese doctors. | The 65-year-old was discharged from a medical facility on Saturday after suffering from a ischemic stroke, a condition caused by a clot blocking a blood vessel to the brain. | Her superstar son had flown to the hospital in Madeira soon after hearing the news, where he has stayed during the coronavirus outbreak which has ravaged Italy, and was seen wearing protective clothing, such as masks and…

RT (2020-03-21). Total death toll from Covid-19 jumps to 233 in UK as dozens of new fatalities confirmed. rt.com Health officials in the UK have confirmed 53 new Covid-19 related deaths in England. The increase brings the UK's death toll to 233, and comes as the government races to equip its health system against the illness. | The increase in deaths — the largest in a single day since the deadly virus reached British shores last month — came as the British government scrambled to prepare hospital beds for critical patients. | The National Health Service struck a deal with private hospitals on Saturday that will see 20,000 healthcare staff join the health service's response to the pandemic, which has infected n…

RT (2020-03-21). Birthday to forget: Brazil icon Ronaldinho turns 40 while languishing in Paraguayan jail… and could be there for 6 more months. rt.com Former Brazil and Barcelona icon Ronaldinho turned 40 on Saturday, but it will likely be a birthday the World Cup winner wants to forget as he remains in a Paraguayan prison. | Ronaldinho and his brother are still behind bars in a maximum security facility on the outskirts of Asuncion after being The ex-Barca star was warned could face at least 6 more months in jail while the case is resolved, after he had an appeal to be m…

RT (2020-03-21). Iran & France conduct prisoner swap in 'act of mutual cooperation'. rt.com Iran and France carried out a prisoner swap on Friday, Tehran has confirmed. The Islamic Republic released a French academic, Roland Marchal, who was turned over to the French Embassy in Tehran. | Hours earlier, an Iranian engineer, Jalal Rohollahnejad, who was detained by France last year under a US extradition warrant, was freed by French authorities. | Iran had previously accused Paris of holding the Iranian national without due process. France made similar allegations regarding Tehran's detention of Marchal, with the issue straining bilateral relations. | A spokesman for the Iranian judiciary hailed the ex…

IRNA (2020-03-21). Qatar's 2nd medical shipment arrives in Tehran. iranian.com Second anti-COVID19 consignment donated by Qatari government arrived in Imam Khomeini International Airport in the capital on Friday to help Iran's fight against coronavirus outbreak. Based on the coordination between Iran and Qatar's governments and follow-ups made by Iran's Energy Minister Reza Ardakanian as Iranian head of Iran-Qatar Joint Economic Cooperation Commission, Tehran received second …

Reza Amin (2020-03-21). Nowruz: The world keeps burning, but it keeps on turning. iranian.com Happy Iranian New Year, it's 1399! last year didn't end so well, but don't complete your 14th century on a lousy note! The 15th century is around the corner, and there is so much to look forward to. Enjoy your holiday, like all of Iran, then get back to work, and remember… Iranians have survived …

Al Jazeera (2020-03-21). Delicious: Najmieh Batmanglij transforms Iran's national dish into a pizza. iranian.com Ghormeh sabzi on a pizza? Yara convinced the goddess of Iranian cuisine, Najmieh Batmanglij, to transform Iran's national dish into a pizza … with tons of cheese! Was it a delicacy or a disaster? Watch to find out.

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2020-03-21). 'Two $1 Trillion Coins': Rashida Tlaib Proposal Calls on US Treasury to Fund Coronavirus Recovery From US Mint. commondreams.org Tlaib's "Automatic BOOST Act" calls for a universal payout of $2,000 to everyone in the U.S. and $1,000 a month after that. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2020-03-21). 'Not Done Yet': Bernie Sanders Campaign Mobilizes Donors for Coronavirus Relief and Raises $2 Million. commondreams.org "The Bernie Sanders campaign puts its fundraising prowess to another purpose." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2020-03-21). 'We Need to Act Now and Act Fast': Nurses, Health Workers Warn of Protective Gear Shortage as Coronavirus Crisis Grows. commondreams.org www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

teleSUR (2020-03-21). Libya: Haftar's Army Suspends Fight for Tripoli Due to Covid-19. telesurenglish.net Marshal Khalifa Haftar's Libyan National Army (LNA) Saturday suspended fighting in Tripoli for humanitarian purposes in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, as local media reported. | RELATED: | A few hours earlier, however, the fight for this city, which the Government of National Accord stills controls, was quite intense. | In Tripoli's Ain Zara suburb, the LNA forces attempted to infiltrate areas defended by the…

Leon Kunstenaar (2020-03-21). Jewish Activists Demand Governor Newsom Release Detainees In Light of Covid-19 Outbreak. indybay.org In a March 21 press release, Never Again Action Bay Area calls on Governor Newsom to take immediate steps to release migrants from unsanitary, overcrowded "death camp" detention centers…

IWOC Oakland (2020-03-21). Santa Rita Jail Solidarity During the Coronavirus Pandemic. indybay.org As businesses, schools, and institutions close to reduce the transmission of COVID-19, many people are wondering how to support people in jails, prisons, and immigration detention centers.

Norman Solomon (2020-03-21). What the Coronavirus Emergency Has to Do with Biden vs. Sanders. indybay.org Tepid adjustments vs. truly transformational agendas…

Tomasz Konicz (2020-03-21). Is Capitalism Out of Order? indybay.org The Financial Times put the total global debt at the trivial figure of around $253 trillion which represents a historic high. Growing debt is actually not a big problem in a growing economy as long as it does not grow faster than the gross domestic product (GDP).The debt mountain of the capitalist world system is growing much faster than the world economic output.

Lynda Carson (2020-03-21). Amid coronavirus threat Social Security closes all local Social Security offices. indybay.org In essence, now that the SSA offices have been shut down locally, and across the nation, and people cannot reach anyone at the tele-service centers because they have not been expanded, it places tens of thousands of HUD's subsidized housing tenants at risk when they are not able to obtain documents that are needed to verify their income when it's time to renew their housing contracts!

Lynda Carson (2020-03-21). California governor issues mandatory statewide order to stay at home. indybay.org Symptoms of coronavirus.

Richard Look and Curt Garman (2020-03-21). Deserted SFO and Empty Shelves at Novato Safeway. indybay.org Coronavirus effects widespread…

Danny Haiphong (2020-03-21). Coronavirus Fearmongering Demonstrates U.S. Imperialism is a Drag on Humanity. indybay.org

MUNK (2020-03-21). Tokyo Olympics / coronavirus . Please write your comment on the administration of Japan . indybay.org Is the number of people infected with coronavirus manipulated by the Japanese government? The number of tests is overwhelmingly small. I don't know the exact number of people infected. There is no doubt that this is related to the economic effects of the Tokyo Olympics.

Labor Video Project (2020-03-21). At Port of Oakland, ILWU Tells SAA We Want Health/Safety Protection from COVID-19. indybay.org ILWU Local 10 and 34 leaders and rank and file had a press conference in front of SSA in Oakland demanding that they have proper health and safety in their port jobs. Tra-Pack was forced to clean the equipment and they are demanding the same action from SSA. They also discussed the issue of the conditions of the Grand Princess Crew docked in Hunters Point…

Leon Kunstenaar (2020-03-21). Covid-19 Status Update From Marin for March 19, 2020. indybay.org Marin County COVID-19 status update: March 19, 2020…

ACLU-NC (2020-03-21). ACLU Demands the Release from Prisons and Jails of Communities Vulnerable to COVID-19. indybay.org ACLU Also Calls for Release of People Currently in Pretrial Detention Because of Cash Bail to Prevent a Public Health Crisis…

repost (2020-03-21). Italy's Misleading Figures on the C-Virus. indybay.org In addition to false positives from the C-virus testing kits, we have these figures from Italy's Italian Institute of Health (ISS):…

Daniel Borgstrà∂m (2020-03-21). KPFA's Peasant War & the Bylaws. indybay.org An allegory about the Bylaws Referendum. In a wider sense it's also about the struggle for democracy in progressive movements and organizations which often tend to be taken over by an elite minority.

Photos from San Francisco Bay Area (2020-03-21). 2020 Scenes from a Pandemic. indybay.org Please credit the photographers as indicated: | Steve Disenhof, Pro Bono Photo | Mary Martin DeShaw, Pro Bono Photo | Jack Owicki, Pro Bono Photo | Ruth Robertson, Pro Bono Photo | Terry Scussel, Pro Bono Photo…

WorkWeek (2020-03-21). WorkWeek On SF Housing With Dean Preston, ILWU Port Safety & UCSF AFSCME Cancer Cluster. indybay.org WorkWeek interviews SF Supervisor Dean Preston about the housing crisis and the fight against evictions. Next WorkWeek hears about UAW auto worker wildcats over the failure to protect the health and safety of auto workers. We interview UAW 551 Chicago Ford worker Scott Houldierson. | Next WorkWeek hears about the conditions of Bay Area Longshore workers who are members of ILWU Local 10 with Trent Willis, president of the Local. | Last, WorkWeek interviews Stella Miranda, the wife of a UCSF AFSCME 3299 worker whose worksite was on radioactive contaminated land at the Hunters Point shipyard. | She talks about what…

Steve Topple (2020-03-21). The BBC's latest coronavirus article is full-on Tory propaganda. thecanary.co The BBC has published a shocking article on coronavirus. And it's essentially as well-timed piece of propaganda for the Tory government. But what's more, the BBC has changed the article since it was first released. Not that we should be surprised by any of this.The BBC: did it really just say that?: In the

sputniknews (2020-03-21). Several Indian Lawmakers Under Quarantine After Partying With Coronavirus-Hit Bollywood Diva. sputniknews.com New Delhi (Sputnik): On Friday, Bollywood singer Kanika Kapoor took to her Instagram account and confirmed she had tested positive for the novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19. The virus has infected over 275,000 people globally, as per Johns Hopkins University.

Peadar O'Cearnaigh (2020-03-21). Charities warn Boris Johnson to protect those being made homeless 'as a direct result of coronavirus'. thecanary.co As one The Manchester Evening News reported that over "30 ho…

Anis Shivani (2020-03-21). Bernie 2020: What Went Wrong? commondreams.org Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) arrives at the Capitol for a vote on a coronavirus bill amendment on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. (Photo: Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Randall Amster (2020-03-21). Solidarity in a Time of Social Distancing. commondreams.org A worker carries out sanitation operations for the Coronavirus emergency in Piazza dei Miracoli near to the Tower of Pisa in a deserted town on March 17, 2020. (Photo: Laura Lezza/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Edward Curtin (2020-03-21). The Coronavirus Is Not the Plague: The Plague Is US. dissidentvoice.org Two categories of propaganda must be distinguished. The first strives to create a permanent disposition in its objects and constantly needs to be reinforced. Its goal is to make the masses 'available,' by working spells upon them and exercising a kind of fascination. The second category involves the creation of a sort of temporary impulsiveness …

Susan Price (2020-03-21). The geopolitics of COVID-19. greenleft.org.au

pip.hinman (2020-03-21). COVID-19: why it is not wrong to panic. greenleft.org.au

sputniknews (2020-03-21). Scientists Unravel Mystery Behind Billions of Tons of Ice on Hellishly Hot Mercury. sputniknews.com Like the Moon, some parts of Mercury are covered with craters where temperatures reach cold extremes. But the Earth's satellite has tiny amounts of ice, whereas on Mercury there is plenty of it. This mystery has made scientists wonder whether Mercury has received water in a way that couldn't work on the Moon. But if so — how?

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2020-03-21). 21 Years Ago, Remembering the 1999 NATO led War on Yugoslavia: Kosovo "Freedom Fighters" Financed by Organized Crime. globalresearch.ca Twenty-one years ago, March 24th 1999, marks the commencement of NATO's aerial bombardment of Yugoslavia. The bombings which lasted for almost three months, were followed by the military invasion (under a bogus UN mandate) and illegal occupation of the province …

Dave Zirin (2020-03-21). Liverpool's Jàºrgen Klopp Shines Amid the Coronavirus Crisis. thenation.com Liverpool's Jàºrgen Klopp Shines Amid the Coronavirus Crisis…

WSWS (2020-03-21). Netanyahu exploits coronavirus pandemic to build up dictatorial regime in Israel. wsws.org Netanyahu has exploited the coronavirus to cast himself as the only figure capable of responding to a national emergency.

sputniknews (2020-03-21). Decision to Close Visitation Rooms in French Prisons Amid COVID-19 is 'Real Viral Bomb' – Activist. sputniknews.com The recent decision by the French authorities to close visitation rooms in prisons across the country amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic has caused a wave of riots in a number of jails.

sputniknews (2020-03-21). Giant Cloud of Smoke Rises Over Moscow Region Due to Fire at Aluminium Plant – Photo, Video. sputniknews.com According to emergency services, the incident occurred at an industrial building belonging to an aluminium plant in the city of Dmitrov. At the moment, the conflagration is considered to be very hazardous, as it has spread to 80 percent of the building.

sputniknews (2020-03-21). 'Outstanding Diplomat and Mr No': Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov Turns 70. sputniknews.com Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, who is one of the longest-serving Russian cabinet members and has been steering the country's diplomacy at the helm of the Foreign Ministry since 2004, turns 70 on 21 March.

sputniknews (2020-03-21). Moscow Calls on Washington to Lift Sanctions Against Iran Amid COVID-19 Pandemic. sputniknews.com MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Moscow calls on the United States to abandon its unilateral sanctions against Iran amid the coronavirus pandemic, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said on Saturday.

sputniknews (2020-03-21). Moscow Blasts US Statements About Russia's Alleged 'Energy Weapons' as Insinuation. sputniknews.com The US recently reiterated its criticism of Russia's sale of energy resources, calling its actions "malign" amid the ongoing dive in oil prices caused by the collapse of the OPEC+ deal.

sputniknews (2020-03-21). Best Hits: Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov's Greatest Achievements and Public Gaffes as He Turns 70. sputniknews.com Russia's top diplomat has earned the respect of his colleagues both at home and abroad for his professionalism and the love of the public – mostly due unexpected gaffes rarely heard from people in his profession.

sputniknews (2020-03-21). Coronavirus Fallout in Russia: Which Industries Will Benefit in Quarantine Era? sputniknews.com On 11 March, the World Health Organisation declared the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic, urging all countries to activate and scale up emergency response mechanisms.

sputniknews (2020-03-21). Russia Registers 4 Ceasefire Violations in Syria Over Past 24 Hours — Defen—Åe Ministry. sputniknews.com MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The Russian side of the Russian-Turkish commission monitoring the implementation of the Syrian truce has recorded four ceasefire violations in Syria over the past 24 hours, while the Turkish side has recorded no truce breaches, the Russian Defence Ministry said in its daily bulletin on Saturday.

sputniknews (2020-03-21). Boeing Suspends Dividends, CEO Pay to Get Financial Stimulus From US Gov't Amid COVID-19 Pandemic. sputniknews.com Earlier in the day, White House economic aide Larry Kudlow said that the United States may increase a stimulus package aimed at mitigating the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak to more than $2 trillion.

sputniknews (2020-03-21). Munich's Marienplatz Deserted Amid Coronavirus Lockdown – Video. sputniknews.com Bavaria became the first region in Germany to introduce a lockdown after Minister-President Markus Soeder announced an almost complete shutdown of public life to curb the infection.

sputniknews (2020-03-21). Google Rolls Out Coronavirus Pandemic-Related Website. sputniknews.com As governments and scientific establishments are trying to find relief with regard to the current coronavirus pandemic, it has been reported that researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in the US are using the world's most powerful supercomputer, the IBM-built Summit, to find potential compounds that could be used to fight the virus.

sputniknews (2020-03-21). India Denies Landing to Amsterdam-Delhi Flight Amid Coronavirus Scare. sputniknews.com New Delhi (Sputnik): Amid a rising number of coronavirus cases across the world including India, the Narendra Modi government banned all international flights for a week starting 22 March. Besides strict travel advisories, India has barred the entry of foreigners into the country until 15 April in an attempt to curb the outbreak.

sputniknews (2020-03-21). Actual Number of COVID-19 Patients Much Higher in India, Medical Research Chief Claims. sputniknews.com New Delhi (Sputnik): Amid the exponentially growing number of coronavirus cases across the world, India has reported a very low number. So far, the Health Ministry has confirmed that 271 people have tested positive for the virus, which is considered miniscule given the raging pandemic in other countries.

sputniknews (2020-03-21). Alibaba Co-Founder Jack Ma Donates Medical Supplies to Ten More Asian Nations. sputniknews.com Chinese billionaire Jack Ma earlier this week promised to send 100,000 face masks, 20,000 test kits, and 1,000 medical protective suits to each of Africa's 54 nations. According to the South China Morning Post, Jack Ma also donated 500,000 coronavirus test kits and 1 million masks to the US.

sputniknews (2020-03-21). Internet Aboil as Ivanka Trump Goes Back to WH After Reportedly Testing Negative for COVID-19. sputniknews.com The White House senior adviser and POTUS' eldest daughter recently came into contact with at least two coronavirus-infected officials, and has since taken the test despite showing no visible signs of the infection.

sputniknews (2020-03-21). 'No Health Service Could Be Totally Prepared For Pandemic' — Political Commentator. sputniknews.com The British government has asked former NHS doctors to come out of retirement to help the UK fight off the coronavirus. The NHS could be set to struggle with a potentially rapid influx of patients suffering from the virus in the coming weeks, and the latest move by the authorities suggests that they are rapidly attempting to address the issue.

sputniknews (2020-03-21). Trump Downplayed Intel Community Warning on Coronavirus Threat in January — Report. sputniknews.com Last week, President Donald Trump declared the coronavirus pandemic to be a "national emergency", pledging that "no resource will be spared" to combat the outbreak which has already hit all 50 US states and claimed the lives of at least 150 people.

sputniknews (2020-03-21). Travel Bans, Tests Development, and Navy Ships: How US Government Combats Coronavirus Pandemic. sputniknews.com The Trump administration faced criticism regarding its initial response to the threat of the outbreak in the country, but soon afterward adopted a number of measures to prevent the further spread of the infection.

sputniknews (2020-03-21). 'Parents Don't Have to Run Full School Day at Home' – Academic on Coronavirus School Closures. sputniknews.com Schools throughout the UK have officially closed today, as the British Government continues to ramp up its response to the Coronavirus Pandemic.

Peter Kornbluh (2020-03-21). Cuba's Welcome to a Covid-19-Stricken Cruise Ship Reflects a Long Pattern of Global Humanitarian Commitment. thenation.com Cuba's Welcome to a Covid-19-Stricken Cruise Ship Reflects a Long Pattern of Global Humanitarian Commitment…

yenisafak (2020-03-21). Portugal's death toll from coronavirus doubles to 12. yenisafak.com The death toll from the coronavirus pandemic in Portugal doubled overnight to 12, the country's national health authority DGS said on Saturday.The number of confirmed cases rose to 1,280 from 1,059 the previous day, it said, adding that 35 people were in intensive care. Portugal declared a state of emergency to stem the spread of the virus on Wednesday.

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[Editorial] COVID-19: protecting health-care workers
The Lancet | thelancet.com | 2020-03-21
Worldwide, as millions of people stay at home to minimise transmission of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2, health-care workers prepare to do the exact opposite. They will go to clinics and hospitals, putting themselves at high risk from COVID-2019. Figures from China's National Health Commission show that more than 3300 health-care workers have been infected as of early March and, according to local media, by the end of February at least 22 had died. In Italy, 20% of responding health-care workers were infected, and some have died.
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Lawmakers Demand ICE Stop Arresting Immigrants to Prevent Spreading Coronavirus
Ryan Devereaux | zcomm.org | 2020-03-21
More than a dozen Democratic lawmakers are calling on the Department of Homeland Security to freeze its enforcement-to-detention pipeline…
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COVID-19: Targeting Italy and South Korea? "The Chain of Transmission of Infection"
Larry Romanoff | globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-21
A high-level Italian virologist, Giuseppe Remuzzi, has published papers in the Lancet and other articles in which he states facts not hitherto known. (1) |
The doctor stated that Italian physicians now recall having seen: | . | "a very strange and very | …
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COVID-USA: Targeting Italy and South Korea
Larry Romanoff | globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-21
A high-level Italian virologist, Giuseppe Remuzzi, has published papers in the Lancet and other articles in which he states facts not hitherto known. (1) |
The doctor stated that Italian physicians now recall having seen: | "a very strange and very severe | …
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The Coronavirus and Vulnerable Gaza
Juan Cole | zcomm.org | 2020-03-21
California releasing inmates for fear of Coronavirus, but Israelis Keep Vulnerable Gaza as Largest Open Air Prison…
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Covid-19 Updates: Death Toll Rises in Brazil + More
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-21
Update 5: 00 PM: | Indigenous people of Ecuador ask for a health emergency fund for the coronavirus: The indigenous movement of Ecuador this Saturday asked the Government to create a "Health Emergency Fund" to, among other things, face the shocks that the coronavirus has caused in the peasant economy and its impact on city ‚Äã‚Äãfood markets. | The indigenous leader Leonidas Iza explained to Efe that this fund would allow the State to buy directly from the peasants and "transfer free of charge" the production of vegetables to small food distributors in the cities, many of the…
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Vietnam War Started 55 Years Ago: Neoliberalism and "The Vietnam Model". Who Won the Vietnam War?
Prof Michel Chossudovsky | globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-21
April 1975 marks the official end of the Vietnam War. Yet today, Vietnam is an impoverished countries. The Hanoi government is a US proxy regime. Vietnam has become a new cheap labor frontier of the global economy. Neoliberalism prevails.
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Coronavirus crisis causes surge in dangerous channel crossings by desperate refugees
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-03-21
Fears around the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic have caused a surge in refugees trying to cross the English channel to the UK. The refugees risk their lives making these journeys in dangerous inflatable boats.Border patrols have blocked more than a 100 refugees from entering the UK this week. There are fears that 3,000 refugees living in desperate conditions in northern France are at high risk of contracting coronavirus.Desperation: Care4Calais founder Clare Moseley said it was only a matter of time before the virus swept through refugee camps.Bella Sankey, director of charity Detention Action, told the P…
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Coronavirus transforms Greek refugee camps into death camps
wsws.org | 2020-03-21
The intolerable hygienic conditions in the internment camps prevent even the most basic protective measures from being adopted.
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Beyond the Death Penalty, Activists Are Fighting to End Death by Incarceration
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-03-21
With 2.3 million people behind bars, the United States is the world's largest jailer. Yet after decades of holding this dubious honor, many Americans have begun to question what Fordham law professor John Plaff calls "this massive experiment in punitive social control." Decarceration is being discussed in states across the…
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Coronavirus and climate change: How eco-activists can use this terrible moment to help save the planet
Reynard Loki | nationofchange.org | 2020-03-21
One major lesson from the pandemic is that we can save the planet from climate change.
nationofchange.org/2020/03/21/coronaviru…

[Editorial] Peace and health in Afghanistan
The Lancet | thelancet.com | 2020-03-21
After years of war and political instability, Afghanistan is at a potentially historic crossroads. On Feb 29, 2020, a peace deal was agreed between the Taliban and the USA. The anticipated resumption of talks between the Afghan Government and the Taliban could signal a new phase, but what this means for the Afghan people is unclear. Weak health systems and disrupted access to health care have left many in poor health for decades, but since the fall of the Taliban some extraordinary gains in health have occurred.
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Bolsonaro's Hospital Must Disclose Covid-19 Positives List
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-21
Brazil's Federal judge Raquel Soares Chiarelli ordered the Armed Forces Hospital (HFA) to present the list of people who turned out to be Covid-19 positives, among whom President Jair Bolsonaro could be. This order responds to the hospital's refusal to release data to the Federal District Health Department. | RELATED: | Protests Against the "Bolsonaro Virus" Spread in Brazil | "Proper identification of Covid-19 cases is essential for defining public policies to contend with the pandem…
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Fighting COVID-19 in Cuba, China and the United States
W. T. Whitney, Jr. | mronline.org | 2020-03-21
The pandemic has effectively provided a laboratory-like demonstration that people do better when states can plan ahead, apply national resources unequivocally to the public good, put science in the service of the people, and practice international solidarity. These are characteristics of socialist societies. | Source…
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U.S. Teamsters get warm welcome at Venezuela's Canaima laptop plant
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-03-21
Caracas, Venezuela – A Freedom Road Socialist Organization labor delegation toured the Canaima laptops and tablets factory in Caracas, Venezuela on March 12. The Canaima plant is located within walking distance of the bridge where U.S. puppet Juan Guaido launched a failed coup d'état April 30, 2019. Upon arrival, leading representatives of the Canaima assembly plant greeted the American Teamsters with genuine smiles and warm handshakes. | A Venezuelan educator and Canaima spokesperson, Oscar Martinez, explained the assembly plant's purpose, "Our goal is to produce a laptop or tablet for every school-aged child i…
www.fightbacknews.org/2020/3/21/us-teams…

We Can't Let COVID-19 Drive Us Into Authoritarianism
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-03-21
Note: This excerpt was adapted from Internationalism or Extinction by Noam Chomsky, edited by Charles Derber, Suren Moodliar and Paul Shannon. | As the COVID-19 pandemic turns the global political and economic order on its head, two vastly different futures appear possible. At one end of the spectrum, societies facing the toll of the virus may collapse into authoritarianism. But at the other end of the spectrum, we have the possibility of learning the lessons of this disaster

Liberal NPCs hate Russia, Conservative NPCs hate China
Caitlin A. Johnstone | mronline.org | 2020-03-21
The frenzied, shrieking hysteria I'm witnessing right now among Trump's base regarding China looks and moves in the exact same way the mental zombification of Russia hysteria looked and moved when it began tearing through rank-and-file Democrats in late 2016 and early 2017. The seething, screaming vitriol I get from the MAGA crowd on social […] | Source…
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New Federal Sick Leave Law Fails to Protect Many Workers From COVID-19 Threat
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-03-21
On March 18, President Donald Trump signed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act into law. | The legislation is an emergency intervention to provide paid leave and other support to millions of workers sidelined by school closures, quarantines and caregiving. | An obvious question you're probably wondering is, "How will it affect me?" | The bad news is that the law does not provide blanket coverage for all worker…
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Our Responses to COVID-19 Must Center Disability Justice
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-03-21
Because of COVID-19, many places are putting in place accessibility measures and resources that they have not had before. For instance, many companies have now begun to allow employees to work from home, even if it was not permitted before COVID-19 measures were implemented. As a disabled person, I am both heartened and angry to see the things that I have been asking for a long time finally be implemented. However, many employers' emergency measures are proving both slapdash and targeted toward abled people. Thi…
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New York Gov. Cuomo's Panel Proposes Medicaid Cuts Amid Coronavirus Crisis
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-03-21
A panel appointed by New York governor Andrew Cuomo unveiled on Thursday its plan to reduce the state's Medicaid spending by some $400 million over the next year. The plan will now go to the state legislature for consideration. Remarkably, the proposal is being put forward in the middle of a healthcare crisis that threatens the very lives of the many vulnerable New Yorkers who depend upon such services as Medicaid. | The proposed $400 million cut is part of a bigger program to slash the medicaid b…
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Turkey's coronavirus measures: billions for business, crumbs for workers
wsws.org | 2020-03-21
Before this program was announced, the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Turkey was 97; it has now risen to 670.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/03/21/turk…

WHO: Deaths Exceed 10,000, More Than 250,000 Infected Globally
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-21
The COVID-19 virus continues, with confirmed cases now surpassing 250,000 globally–with more than 10,000 deaths, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Other sources put the number of infected at over 300 thousand. | RELATED: | Covid-19 Updates: Death Toll Rises in Brazil + More | WHO reported on Saturday that the number of deaths globally from the new coronavirus (COVID-19) is at least 11,184, while infections total approximately 266,073. Figures that go on the rise as th…
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Covid-19 Updates: Death Toll Rises to 12 in Portugal
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-21
Update: 10: 00 | Portugal: the death toll rises to 12 and 1,280 infections are reported‚Äã‚Äã‚Äã‚Äã | Health Minister Marta Temido announced that Portugal has 1,280 Covid-19 cases and 12 dead. Her country expects to reach the peak of the pandemic on April 14, which is an estimate based on the evolution of the number of cases to date. | RELATED: | Cuba Restricts Entry of Foreigners Due to Coronavirus | Three percent o…
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China Approves Human Trials of Covid-19 Vaccine
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-21
China's Defense Minister announced that Chinese scientists developed a Covid-19 vaccine that has already been tested on a group of infected monkeys, which responded effectively and were immune. | RELATED: | China Ready to Assist the World to Fight COVID-19 | "The quality of the vaccine will be controlled during the production process. We are ready to start formal clinical trials at any time," Chen Wei, a Military Academy of Medical Sciences researcher, who is recognized worldwide for her st…
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Cuba Sends 144 Health Workers to Combat the Covid-19 in Jamaica
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-21
Cuba's Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez Saturday announced that his country is sending a medical brigade to combat the Covid-19 Pandemic in Jamaica, a Caribbean country that has been going through a severe economic and political crisis for the past years. | RELATED: | Cuba Restricts Entry of Foreigners Due to Coronavirus | …
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President Trump and Florida Governor DeSantis declare south Florida a COVID-19 epicenter
wsws.org | 2020-03-21
While some Florida counties have been closed to nonessential business, concern grows over unemployment and a large prison population.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/03/21/flcv…

[Comment] Offline: COVID-19–a reckoning
Richard Horton | thelancet.com | 2020-03-21
"To be clear we have one strategic aim: save lives." So stated a UK Government health adviser in an email sent to me last weekend. It was an email filled with frustration. "Part of the considerable difficulty in managing this epidemic", he wrote, "where we know a number of things but have some major gaps in knowledge (especially around asymptomatic transmission by age, which has major implications), is to do this in a way where we minimise the negative health impact of interventions on other aspects of health, both physical and mental…And try to think through the endgame from the start, where the endgame is qui…
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Mexican autoworkers appeal to US, Canadian workers for support in closing plants over COVID-19
wsws.org | 2020-03-21
A worker at the GM Silao Complex wrote: "I see the trade union as being totally indifferent to this issue, that is why I ask for your collaboration brothers."
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/03/21/mexi…

DPRK wages mass campaign to combat pandemic
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-03-21
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Nearly two dozen New York City transit workers test positive for COVID-19
wsws.org | 2020-03-21
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority has responded by continuing to ignore basic health precautions, risking the lives of workers, their families and the general public.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/03/21/tran…

Australian governments refuse to close schools over COVID-19
wsws.org | 2020-03-21
Schools are being kept open, at the expense of public health, in order to minimise disruption to corporate profit-making.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/03/21/cfpe…

Please don't try escaping Covid-19 in Cornwall. Our services simply can't cope
Emily Apple | thecanary.co | 2020-03-21
Anger is mounting across Cornwall as increasing reports come in of people fleeing to the region to escape the coronavirus (Covid-19). Local people are noticing rising numbers of second homeowners and tourists arriving. Meanwhile, some holiday parks remain open, some rental agencies are refusing refunds and irresponsible holiday rental listings are ad…
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Push for rent freeze in Portland, OR
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-03-21
Portland, OR – The Portland Rent Freeze Coalition, made up of concerned people and progressive organizations, disrupted a COVID-19 response press conference on March 17 here in Portland to demand that all rent payments due during the statewide shutdown be cancelled. | Multnomah County announced the night before the press conference, that it would be enacting an eviction moratorium during the crisis. The measure puts the thousands of laid off workers of Portland in a serious predicament. The legislation says that all rent not paid during the moratorium will have to be paid back in full during a six-month 'grace p…
www.fightbacknews.org/2020/3/21/push-ren…

New York, California order locked down in response to COVID-19
wsws.org | 2020-03-21
US President Trump closed the border to Mexico as the World Health Organization continued to call for urgent action to overcome the coronavirus pandemic.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/03/21/covi…

Louisiana COVID-19 cases rise, with New Orleans hardest hit
wsws.org | 2020-03-21
The Louisiana governor and New Orleans mayor declared states of emergency on March 11 in response to the coronavirus outbreak.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/03/21/loui…

The Tories just announced a bailout for airlines that would be 2008 all over again
Steve Topple | thecanary.co | 2020-03-21
In the wake of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the UK government is reportedly drawing up plans for another private sector bailout. If the Tories push ahead with it, it will be scarily reminiscent of the 2008 bailout of the banks. And it could spell disaster for years to come. | Coronavirus: the fall-out continues: | As The Canary previously reported, the airline industry is in trouble. Richard Branson's Virgin Atlantic went cap-in-hand to the government…
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Health Care Workers and COVID 19
Staff | truthdig.com | 2020-03-21
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Trump got thrown a 'softball question' about coronavirus. His response was unforgivable
Peadar O'Cearnaigh | thecanary.co | 2020-03-21
On 20 March, US president Donald Trump gave a press conference at the White House on the new coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. And during the conference, NBC reporter Peter Alexander asked Trump: Is it possible that your impulse to put a positive spin on things may be giving Americans a false sense of hope? | This question was in reference to…
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[World Report] Canada and COVID-19: learning from SARS
Paul Webster | thelancet.com | 2020-03-21
The 2003 SARS epidemic killed 44 people in Canada, and led to many proposals for reforms. Paul Webster looks at how the SARS outbreak has affected Canada's COVID-19 response.
thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PI…(20)30670-X/fulltext?rss=yes

New York, California ordered locked down in response to COVID-19
wsws.org | 2020-03-21
US President Trump closed the border to Mexico as the World Health Organization continues to call for urgent action to overcome the coronavirus pandemic.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/03/21/covi…

Children at greater risk of abuse online as schools close, charity warns
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-03-21
Content warning: this article discusses child grooming and child sexual abuse | Experts are preparing for a spike in public reports of child sexual abuse online as UK schools close during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. | The Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) is concerned children might be at greater risk of being groomed or coerced into making explicit content. Given that many will undoubtedly spend more time online while schools are closed, this puts them at greater risk. | "Ruthless predators": | IWF's chief executive Susie Hargreaves said increasingly the children themselves are taking photos and v…
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The fatalistic view from an ER Nurse on what's ahead
Eds. | mronline.org | 2020-03-21
Being an ER Nurse, a lot of people have asked me what I think about COVID-19. I almost inevitably tell them- first and foremost- that I really can't overstate how much of a problem it is that we don't have enough personal protective equipment (PPE). | Source…
mronline.org/2020/03/21/the-fatalistic-v…

[Editorial] Ebola in DR Congo: getting the job done
The Lancet | thelancet.com | 2020-03-21
With the world's focus on the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak, a good news story receiving far less attention is that of Semida Masika, the last person in DR Congo confirmed to have Ebola virus infection and discharged from care after her recovery on March 4. This important milestone is a remarkable achievement given the insecurity in DR Congo, which led to serious attacks on health-care facilities, workers, and patients, and a continual disabling of the outbreak response.
thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PI…(20)30645-0/fulltext?rss=yes

[World Report] Building bridges in Yemen
Sharmila Devi | thelancet.com | 2020-03-21
20 million Yemenis lack health care. A new air-bridge scheme won't help them all, but it could help to build trust. Sharmila Devi reports.
thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PI…(20)30672-3/fulltext?rss=yes

Medical expert warns India could be next coronavirus hotspot
wsws.org | 2020-03-21
The Indian ruling elite's response to the unfolding disaster has been criminally negligent, with only 14,175 tests conducted in a country of 1.3 billion people.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/03/21/indi…

Panic buyers 'should be ashamed' medical expert urges as stockpiling continues and shelves are bare
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-03-21
Virus crisis panic buyers were told they "should be ashamed" for causing needless shortages for NHS staff as the retail industry insisted there was enough food for everyone and the government ruled out rationing. | Environment secretary George Eustice claimed there was no shortage of food in the country amid the coronavirus pandemic, with manufacturers having increased production by 50%. | At the daily Downing Street press conference, NHS England national medical director Stephen Powis said the country should be ashamed that key medical staff were left…
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Over 620 deaths in Italy on Friday as coronavirus fatalities surge in Europe
wsws.org | 2020-03-21
Italy, Spain, Belgium and the UK all recorded their largest death tolls in the global coronavirus pandemic in a single day, Friday.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/03/21/euro…

Fiat Chrysler skilled trade contractors in Detroit walk out as workers demand total auto shutdown
wsws.org | 2020-03-21
The workers took the action after management demanded they stay on the job, even though FCA production workers have been sent home over coronavirus concerns.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/03/21/auto…

Ten Questions for the U.S.: Where did the Novel Coronavirus Come From?
| globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-21
by Wang Fuhua | . | CGTN Editor's note: The article is an edited version of an article which was first published on a WeChat official account named Gong Yi Kan Shi Jie. The article reflects the author's opinions and not necessarily | …
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An interview with an Australian school teacher fearing coronavirus exposure
wsws.org | 2020-03-21
The teacher's situation underscores the urgency of the Committee for Public Education's demand for the immediate closure of schools and for teachers to form Action Committees.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/03/21/inte…

Fiat Chrysler skilled trade contractors in Detroit walkout as workers demand total auto shutdown
wsws.org | 2020-03-21
The workers took the action after management demanded they stay on the job, even though FCA production workers have been sent home over coronavirus concerns.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/03/21/auto…

As coronavirus cases surge in Pakistan, its prime minister preaches "no need to worry"
wsws.org | 2020-03-21
If the rapid spread of the deadly virus is not halted, it will prove catastrophic for millions of people in Pakistan, an impoverished South Asian country of more than 200 million.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/03/21/paco…

Solidarity Not Charity
Mariame Kaba | zcomm.org | 2020-03-21
Mutual Aid & How to Organize in the Age of Coronavirus…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/solidarity-not-cha…

Utah's Salt Lake Valley shaken by 5.7 magnitude earthquake, compounding coronavirus crisis
wsws.org | 2020-03-21
The state's strongest earthquake in decades shook the Salt Lake Valley Wednesday morning, grounding flights and causing blackouts for over 64,000 residents.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/03/21/slcq…

Rideshare drivers speak out on working conditions during coronavirus pandemic
wsws.org | 2020-03-21
"I can't stop driving for even a day because I can't afford my bills. It's a form of slave labor."
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/03/21/uber…

How to Manage the Economic Fallout of the Coronavirus
Kavaljit Singh | zcomm.org | 2020-03-21
From what we have seen so far, the global human community deserves better and well-coordinated policy actions to contain the coronavirus and to offset its economic impact…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/how-to-manage-the-…

Amid coronavirus pandemic, thousands in Detroit remain without running water
wsws.org | 2020-03-21
The claims of the Democratic Party's mayor of Detroit and Michigan state governor that they would restore shut-off utilities have been exposed as a fraud.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/03/21/detr…

Illinois governor belatedly places entire state under "stay-at-home" order in response to coronavirus pandemic
wsws.org | 2020-03-21
Democratic officials have done nothing to mitigate the spread of coronavirus, holding Tuesday's primary election in person and keeping Chicago's libraries and parks open up until Saturday.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/03/21/illi…

Trump administration exploits coronavirus to block all asylum seekers from entering US
wsws.org | 2020-03-21
The blanket rejection of asylum seekers is the latest in a series of steps aimed at abrogating the right to asylum, which is protected by both international and US law.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/03/21/asyl…

Italian health care workers speak out on coronavirus pandemic
wsws.org | 2020-03-21
The health care system in Italy, now the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic, is under unbearable strain amid an exponential increase in infections and deaths.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/03/21/ital…

What's Bernie's next move? A coalition with Biden?
Michael T. Hertz | nationofchange.org | 2020-03-21
But with the coronavirus plague sweeping the country, Biden and Bernie should take the time to negotiate a coalition platform and even write the new laws on which they can both agree.
nationofchange.org/2020/03/21/whats-bern…

Kentucky auto parts worker denounces continued plant operation as coronavirus spreads
wsws.org | 2020-03-21
Referring to the role of the UAW union, the worker said: "They say our security is their number one goal, but it's not."
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/03/21/meta…

On the Front Lines of the Coronavirus Pandemic: A Doctor's View
Michael Pappas | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-03-21
The coronavirus pandemic is sweeping the globe. There seems to be no way of containing it at this point, and health systems are struggling to keep up. The virus is exposing inadequacies in health systems all over the world, especially the U.S.'s abysmal health infrastructure. Health workers on the ground continue to provide care during …
dissidentvoice.org/2020/03/on-the-front-…

Coronavirus and Climate Change
Reynard Loki | zcomm.org | 2020-03-21
One major lesson from the pandemic is that we can save the planet from climate change…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/coronavirus-and-cl…

On the Front Lines of the Coronavirus Pandemic: A Doctor's View
Michael Pappas | zcomm.org | 2020-03-21
What is currently unfolding in the U.S. is what happens when you develop a healthcare system predicated around extracting profit from sick bodies…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/on-the-front-lines…

Mutual Aid, Political Organizing & Survival
Vincent Emanuele | zcomm.org | 2020-03-21
All of the problems that would normally exist in a deindustrialized Rust Belt city are compounded during a pandemic and economic crisis, so we're focusing on essential services right now…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/mutual-aid-politic…

Citing "national security," John Deere keeps US plants open amid pandemic
wsws.org | 2020-03-21
The United Auto Workers union, which covers Deere plants, signed a joint statement with the company enforcing continued production.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/03/21/deer…

Rex 84: FEMA's Blueprint for Martial Law in America
Allen L Roland | globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-21
We are dangerously close to a situation where ~ if the American people took to the streets in righteous indignation or if there were another 9/11 ~ a mechanism for martial law could be quickly implemented and carried out under REX 84.
globalresearch.ca/rex-84-fema-s-blueprin…

Late-stage imperial omni-crisis: Death by virus and internal contradictions
Glen Ford | mronline.org | 2020-03-21
"The system…is failing. Let's admit it," said Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, on March 14 at a White House briefing. | Source…
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[Comment] UN General Assembly tuberculosis targets: are we on track?
Suvanand Sahu, Lucica Ditiu, Lovett Lawson, Francine Ntoumi, Denise Arakaki, Alimuddin Zumla | thelancet.com | 2020-03-21
The 2018 UN General Assembly (UNGA) Political Declaration on Tuberculosis was a turning point in global efforts to end the tuberculosis epidemic.1,2 Ambitious targets were set for scale-up and roll-out of diagnostic, treatment, and prevention services, political commitments, principles of equity and human rights, and financing, implementation, and research. Targets included diagnosing and treating an additional 40 million people with tuberculosis by 2022 and generating US$13 billion per year for tuberculosis care and prevention and $2 billion per year for research and development.
thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PI…(20)30565-1/fulltext?rss=yes

Coronavirus death toll in Italy's Lombardy surpasses 3,000 as 546 more perish
rt.com | 2020-03-21
The death toll from the Covid-19 illness in the worst hit Italian region of Lombardy has surpassed 3,000, as the latest statistics show that 546 more people have fallen victim to the virus. | The region in northern Italy has been ravaged by the disease, with more people dying in that area than any country in the world except China. Officials announced on Saturday that a total of 3,095 people have now died from the illness. | The shocking figures come hot on the heels of Italy announcing that it had recorded its worst day for Covid-19 deaths, when 627 people died across the country between Thursday and Friday.
rt.com/news/483732-lombardy-death-toll-p…

Spain's Covid-19 death toll jumps by over 300 in one day, number of cases nears 25,000
rt.com | 2020-03-21
The death toll from the Covid-19 illness in Spain has hit 1,326, an increase of over 300 in just one day, as the coronavirus crisis deepens in Europe. | …
rt.com/news/483711-spain-coronavirus-dea…

Spain's Covid-19 death toll jumps by over 300 in one day, number of cases nears 25,000
rt.com | 2020-03-21
The death toll from the Covid-19 illness in Spain has hit 1,326, an increase of over 300 in just one day, as the coronavirus crisis deepens in Europe. | The Spanish health ministry announced that the number of Covid-19 cases in the Iberian country climbed to 24,926 on Saturday, an increase of nearly 5,000 from Friday's tally of 19,980. | Speaking on Friday, Spanish health emergencies chief, Fernando Simon, said that the number of infected people could actually be higher than reported as the test laboratories are "overwhelmed" and unable to process all of the samples. | Spain is Europe's second-worst hit countr…
rt.com/news/483711-spain-coronavirus-dea…

Italy coronavirus death toll hits 4,825 as 793 die in ONE DAY in biggest daily increase
rt.com | 2020-03-21
The death toll from the Covid-19 illness in Italy has nearly reached 5,000, as health authorities reported on Saturday that another 793 people have fallen victim to the coronavirus. | Saturday's staggering increase of nearly 20 percent is by far the largest daily rise since the outbreak began a month ago. | Officials announced that 4,825 people have died from the disease in the Mediterranean nation, which surpassed China to become the worst-hit country in the world on Thursday. | The total number of cases across Italy rose to 53,578, an increase of over 5,000 from a previous tally of 47,021. | The worst-affect…
rt.com/news/483736-italy-coronavirus-dea…

Never mind the HUMVEES! Maryland National Guard reassures residents there's no martial law threat amid virus panic
rt.com | 2020-03-21
Concern over the presence of military vehicles in residential areas of Maryland has apparently prompted the state's national guard to tweet out a reminder that it is there to help fight Covid-19

Twice-daily health checks and no spectators allowed: World Chess Candidates grabs online audience as sports hit by coronavirus
rt.com | 2020-03-21
With stringent coronavirus tests before and after each game, the World Chess Candidates has become an unlikely sensation as action-starved sports fans go online to watch the battle of minds in the Russian city of Ekaterinburg. | Eight potential challengers are duking it out for the right to challenge the world champion, Magnus Carlsen, and for a €500,000 (US$538,000) prize fund

Russia delivers over 100,000 Covid-19 test kits to 13 states, including Iran, North Korea
rt.com | 2020-03-21
The testing tools for coronavirus were delivered to 13 countries, including Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) member states Iran and North Korea, Russia's public health watchdog Rospotrebnadzor said on Saturday. | The equipment manufactured in Russia can conduct over 100,000 tests for Covid-19, and has already been used to track down the first cases of the disease in Armenia, Belarus, Kyrgyzstan, and Uzbekistan. Moscow is due to ship the equipment to Serbia, as well as to Egypt and Venezuela. | Deputy Prime Minister Tatyana Golikova said earlier this week that Russia has no shortage of testing kits. A government…
rt.com/russia/483701-russia-ships-corona…

Russian economy can survive for a long time with oil at $20 per barrel
rt.com | 2020-03-21
Despite efforts by Russia to gradually cut its reliance on oil, a lengthy energy market turmoil could be challenging for the country's economy and could even result in a major economic crisis. | Oil has continued its dramatic fall this week, dropping to more than an 18-year low on Wednesday amid global recession worries and low demand. Both US West Texas Intermediate (WTI) and international benchmark Brent slightly rebounded on Thursday, trading at $22.55 and $27.65 respectively. | The key issue now is not how low can crude prices plunge, but for how long this situation persists, Aleksandr Bakhtin, investment…
rt.com/business/483500-russia-economic-c…

Iran & France conduct prisoner swap in 'act of mutual cooperation'
rt.com | 2020-03-21
Iran and France carried out a prisoner swap on Friday, Tehran has confirmed. The Islamic Republic released a French academic, Roland Marchal, who was turned over to the French Embassy in Tehran. | Hours earlier, an Iranian engineer, Jalal Rohollahnejad, who was detained by France last year under a US extradition warrant, was freed by French authorities. | Iran had previously accused Paris of holding the Iranian national without due process. France made similar allegations regarding Tehran's detention of Marchal, with the issue straining bilateral relations. | A spokesman for the Iranian judiciary hailed the ex…
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Businesses reopening, people allowed to spend more time outside as China reports NO local Covid-19 cases for third day
rt.com | 2020-03-21
China has marked its third consecutive day of no new local cases of coronavirus, as officials ease lockdown measures. The number of deaths in China from the disease has also slowed dramatically. | The positive development has coincided with the government's decision to relax strict quarantine policies put in place across the country. Even in Wuhan, the epicenter of the disease, officials said residents could spend more time outside. Local businesses were also allowed to re-open in communities and neighborhoods where there were no existing cases of the virus. | The rate of infection has been brought to a near s…
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'US wasted precious time China has bought!' Beijing shreds Washington over 'racist' coronavirus rhetoric
rt.com | 2020-03-21
Washington has passed off blame to Beijing for its own failures in addressing the Covid-19 outbreak, China's Foreign Ministry said, hitting back at the 'Chinese virus' rhetoric with the ironic term 'Trumpandemic.' | "Some people in the United States attempt to stigmatize China's fight against the epidemic and shirk its responsibility to China," Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang told reporters on Friday, referring to the finger-pointing adopted by President Trump and other top officials (after weeks of US media outlets calling it the 'Chinese' and 'Wuhan' virus). | This practice ignores the huge sacrifi…
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Thousands of French citizens ignore quarantine as cops issue nearly 39,000 citations for violating lockdown
rt.com | 2020-03-21
French law enforcers have slapped fines on tens of thousands of uncooperative citizens, less than a week after the government introduced restrictions on non-essential travel and business in an effort to combat Covid-19. | The Ministry of Interior disclosed on Saturday that police across the country had carried out 867,695 inspections to ensure that people using transport or participating in other restricted activities had good reason to do so. As a result, cops reported some 38,994 instances of non-compliance resulting in fines between Tuesday and Friday. French authorities have also warned that they will beco…
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Italian crematoriums running out of space as MILITARY patrols enforce quarantine in world's DEADLIEST coronavirus hotspot (VIDEOS)
rt.com | 2020-03-21
With Italy taking China's place as the top Covid-19 epicenter, the country is struggling to keep up with the number of new deaths, as morgues quickly fill to capacity and the army has been called in to enforce a national lockdown. | …
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New York passes 10,000 coronavirus cases, as statewide lockdown ordered
rt.com | 2020-03-21
New York State has reported its 10,000th person with the Covid-19 coronavirus, and now accounts for more than half of all the US' cases. Meanwhile, the federal government has declared a 'Major Disaster" in the Empire State. | A total of 10,365 people have tested positive for Covid-19 in New York State between Friday and Saturday, up 3,254 on the previous day, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Saturday. Cuomo stated that 1,803 of these new cases were discovered in New York City, but officials in the city later told NBC News that cases there increased by nearly twice that figure. | Cuomo attributed the rise to…
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Little Rock Air Force Base declares EMERGENCY after US airman tests positive for Covid-19
rt.com | 2020-03-21
The Little Rock Air Force Base (AFB) in Arkansas has declared a month-long public health emergency after an airman stationed there was confirmed to carry the coronavirus, contracted during recent travel overseas. | The airman, who has not been named, is the first to test positive at the base, the Air Force said in a statement on Friday, noting that the 30-day emergency order will allow the facility's commander to take special containment measures to limit further spread of the disease. | "Right now we have one confirmed case of Covid-19 on our installation," said Colonel John Schutte, installation commander at…
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Total death toll from Covid-19 jumps to 233 in UK as dozens of new fatalities confirmed
rt.com | 2020-03-21
Health officials in the UK have confirmed 53 new Covid-19 related deaths in England. The increase brings the UK's death toll to 233, and comes as the government races to equip its health system against the illness. | The increase in deaths

Wake-up call for India? Social media split after police press charges against Covid-19-carrying Bollywood singer Kanika Kapoor
rt.com | 2020-03-21
Indian police have charged Bollywood star Kanika Kapoor, who has tested positive for coronavirus, with endangering public health by attending parties. Her case has sparked fierce debate in India as the virus continues to spread. | Kapoor has been accused of participating in malignant acts that could pose a danger to the public. The Bollywood star, who recently returned from a trip to London, attended a party last week with a guest list of parliamentarians and other VIPs. On Friday, it was revealed that she had tested positive for Covid-19, causing panic that Indian celebrities with whom she came into contact c…
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'We are not deserters!' French construction union chief hits back at labor minister after accusation of 'defeatism' on Covid-19
rt.com | 2020-03-21
The chief of France's largest construction association has voiced his disdain after a top labor official said businesses are too quick to shut down work amid the Covid-19 pandemic that is becoming more deadly by the day. | Jacques Chanut, the president of the French Federation of Construction (FFB), the country's biggest building industry union, slammed Labor Minister Muriel Penicaud for her "contempt" towards construction companies struggling amid the coronavirus pandemic. | In an op-ed for Le Figaro titled "No, Madame Penicaud, the construction workers are not deserting!" Chanut urged the government to "take…
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'Not sure we're NOT infecting people,' French police union tells RT as govt fails to provide protection against Covid-19
rt.com | 2020-03-21
Police could be spreading coronavirus instead of enforcing the lockdown in France due to a lack of masks and gloves, a police union spokesperson told RT after the government was accused of not issuing protective gear to officers. | "Security officers, police and other people, who uphold law and order in the country, need to be protected. This virus doesn't distinguish between police, medics and other citizens," Christophe Crepin, spokesperson for the law enforcement union, France Police

Startup creates money-disinfecting cash machine that 'KILLS coronavirus'
rt.com | 2020-03-21
With the coronavirus pandemic claiming hundreds more lives every day, one startup tech company has invented a clever way to tackle the problem feared to be helping the disease's spread: ATMs dispensing the virus along with cash. | Istanbul-based company Money Shower has created a disinfection module for ATMs that removes bacteria and viruses, including Covid-19, from paper money before it gets into people's hands. | With the average banknote carrying thousands of types of bacteria and viruses, countries sometimes take the drastic step of collecting cash, destroying it and printing fresh notes in a bid to comba…
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Birthday to forget: Brazil icon Ronaldinho turns 40 while languishing in Paraguayan jail… and could be there for 6 more months
rt.com | 2020-03-21
Former Brazil and Barcelona icon Ronaldinho turned 40 on Saturday, but it will likely be a birthday the World Cup winner wants to forget as he remains in a Paraguayan prison. | Ronaldinho and his brother are still behind bars in a maximum security facility on the outskirts of Asuncion after being arrested just over a fortnight ago for entering the country with fake passports. | The ex-Barca star was warned could face at least 6 more months in jail while the case is resolved, after he had an appeal to be m…
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'Worst crisis since WWII': Italy shuts down ALL non-essential businesses in desperate bid to contain coronavirus spread
rt.com | 2020-03-21
Italian PM Giuseppe Conte has ordered all business and activities that are not vital to supporting the basic necessities to be closed, extending the nationwide shutdown in the wake of the pandemic claiming record numbers of lives. | Calling the crisis the "most difficult" one in Italy's post-war period, Conte announced that only "activities deemed vital for national production will be allowed" until at least April 3. | We are slowing down the country's production engine but we are not stopping it | DETAILS TO FOLLOW…
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Recession 'INEVITABLE' in Germany, Bundesbank chief warns as country mulls lockdown amid coronavirus pandemic
rt.com | 2020-03-21
The coronavirus pandemic will trigger a serious downturn in the German economy, European Central Bank (ECB) Governing Council member and Deutsche Bundesbank chief Jens Weidmann has said. | Recession in Germany is "now inevitable," Weidmann told Die Welt newspaper in an interview published on Saturday. | When asked how bad the economic downturn will be, Weidemann said that all efforts first must be focused on stopping the spread on the coronavirus with steps such as social distancing. He also noted that "drastic measures" like curfew restrictions may be considered by the government. | The global economy took a…
rt.com/business/483696-germany-recession…

China's Yutu-2 rover sets off for UNEXPLORED areas as Chang'e 4 mission reawakens on far side of Moon
rt.com | 2020-03-21
Far, far away from coronavirus worries, China's Yutu-2 lunar rover and Chang'e-4 spacecraft have whirred back to life on the far side of the Moon, with the intrepid rover boldly setting off for unexplored areas. | After powering down while the Moon was hidden from the Sun, the mission has now earnestly started its 16th lunar day of work on Earth's natural satellite. | The lander, rover and their science payloads are all in good operating condition, despite having by now endured the harsh conditions on the lunar surface for over a year. | | Yutu-2 on the surface of the far side of the moon. © Xinhua/ Glo…
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Cristiano Ronaldo's mother speaks of 'difficult days' as she posts emotional message upon release from hospital
rt.com | 2020-03-21
Maria Dolores, mother of Juventus star Cristinao Ronaldo, had been in hospital since a March 3 stroke and has issued an emotional message on social media after being given a clean bill of health by Portuguese doctors. | The 65-year-old was discharged from a medical facility on Saturday after suffering from a ischemic stroke, a condition caused by a clot blocking a blood vessel to the brain. | Her superstar son had flown to the hospital in Madeira soon after hearing the news, where he has stayed during the coronavirus outbreak which has ravaged Italy, and was seen wearing protective clothing, such as masks and…
rt.com/sport/483726-cristiano-ronaldo-mo…

North Korea says Trump wrote Kim, offered coronavirus cooperation
rt.com | 2020-03-21
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Qatar's 2nd medical shipment arrives in Tehran
IRNA | iranian.com | 2020-03-21
Second anti-COVID19 consignment donated by Qatari government arrived in Imam Khomeini International Airport in the capital on Friday to help Iran's fight against coronavirus outbreak. Based on the coordination between Iran and Qatar's governments and follow-ups made by Iran's Energy Minister Reza Ardakanian as Iranian head of Iran-Qatar Joint Economic Cooperation Commission, Tehran received second …
iranian.com/2020/03/21/qatars-2nd-medica…

Delicious: Najmieh Batmanglij transforms Iran's national dish into a pizza
Al Jazeera | iranian.com | 2020-03-21
Ghormeh sabzi on a pizza? Yara convinced the goddess of Iranian cuisine, Najmieh Batmanglij, to transform Iran's national dish into a pizza … with tons of cheese! Was it a delicacy or a disaster? Watch to find out.
iranian.com/2020/03/20/delicious-najmieh…

Nowruz: The world keeps burning, but it keeps on turning
Reza Amin | iranian.com | 2020-03-21
Happy Iranian New Year, it's 1399! last year didn't end so well, but don't complete your 14th century on a lousy note! The 15th century is around the corner, and there is so much to look forward to. Enjoy your holiday, like all of Iran, then get back to work, and remember… Iranians have survived …
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'Two $1 Trillion Coins': Rashida Tlaib Proposal Calls on US Treasury to Fund Coronavirus Recovery From US Mint
Eoin Higgins, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-03-21
Tlaib's "Automatic BOOST Act" calls for a universal payout of $2,000 to everyone in the U.S. and $1,000 a month after that. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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'Not Done Yet': Bernie Sanders Campaign Mobilizes Donors for Coronavirus Relief and Raises $2 Million
Eoin Higgins, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-03-21
"The Bernie Sanders campaign puts its fundraising prowess to another purpose." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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'We Need to Act Now and Act Fast': Nurses, Health Workers Warn of Protective Gear Shortage as Coronavirus Crisis Grows
Eoin Higgins, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-03-21
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Libya: Haftar's Army Suspends Fight for Tripoli Due to Covid-19
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-21
Marshal Khalifa Haftar's Libyan National Army (LNA) Saturday suspended fighting in Tripoli for humanitarian purposes in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, as local media reported. | RELATED: | Libya General Haftar Ready to Sign Ceasefire: French Presidency | A few hours earlier, however, the fight for this city, which the Government of National Accord stills controls, was quite intense. | In Tripoli's Ain Zara suburb, the LNA forces attempted to infiltrate areas defended by the…
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Jewish Activists Demand Governor Newsom Release Detainees In Light of Covid-19 Outbreak
Leon Kunstenaar | indybay.org | 2020-03-21
In a March 21 press release, Never Again Action Bay Area calls on Governor Newsom to take immediate steps to release migrants from unsanitary, overcrowded "death camp" detention centers…
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/03/21/1883171…

Santa Rita Jail Solidarity During the Coronavirus Pandemic
IWOC Oakland | indybay.org | 2020-03-21
As businesses, schools, and institutions close to reduce the transmission of COVID-19, many people are wondering how to support people in jails, prisons, and immigration detention centers.
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/03/19/1883166…

What the Coronavirus Emergency Has to Do with Biden vs. Sanders
Norman Solomon | indybay.org | 2020-03-21
Tepid adjustments vs. truly transformational agendas…
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At Port of Oakland, ILWU Tells SAA We Want Health/Safety Protection from COVID-19
Labor Video Project | indybay.org | 2020-03-21
ILWU Local 10 and 34 leaders and rank and file had a press conference in front of SSA in Oakland demanding that they have proper health and safety in their port jobs. Tra-Pack was forced to clean the equipment and they are demanding the same action from SSA. They also discussed the issue of the conditions of the Grand Princess Crew docked in Hunters Point…
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Capitalism and COVID-19
Alex Stephanovich | indybay.org | 2020-03-21
It's easy to demonstrate that capitalists don't care whether people die. Why then such drastic response to COVID-19? It is because they care about profit and preservation of their prestige and power.
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/03/19/1883167…

ACLU Demands the Release from Prisons and Jails of Communities Vulnerable to COVID-19
ACLU-NC | indybay.org | 2020-03-21
ACLU Also Calls for Release of People Currently in Pretrial Detention Because of Cash Bail to Prevent a Public Health Crisis…
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Covid-19 Status Update From Marin for March 19, 2020
Leon Kunstenaar | indybay.org | 2020-03-21
Marin County COVID-19 status update: March 19, 2020…
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WorkWeek On SF Housing With Dean Preston, ILWU Port Safety & UCSF AFSCME Cancer Cluster
WorkWeek | indybay.org | 2020-03-21
WorkWeek interviews SF Supervisor Dean Preston about the housing crisis and the fight against evictions. Next WorkWeek hears about UAW auto worker wildcats over the failure to protect the health and safety of auto workers. We interview UAW 551 Chicago Ford worker Scott Houldierson. | Next WorkWeek hears about the conditions of Bay Area Longshore workers who are members of ILWU Local 10 with Trent Willis, president of the Local. | Last, WorkWeek interviews Stella Miranda, the wife of a UCSF AFSCME 3299 worker whose worksite was on radioactive contaminated land at the Hunters Point shipyard. | She talks about what…
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KPFA's Peasant War & the Bylaws
Daniel Borgstrà∂m | indybay.org | 2020-03-21
An allegory about the Bylaws Referendum. In a wider sense it's also about the struggle for democracy in progressive movements and organizations which often tend to be taken over by an elite minority.
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/03/18/1883163…

Coronavirus Fearmongering Demonstrates U.S. Imperialism is a Drag on Humanity
Danny Haiphong | indybay.org | 2020-03-21
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Amid coronavirus threat Social Security closes all local Social Security offices
Lynda Carson | indybay.org | 2020-03-21
In essence, now that the SSA offices have been shut down locally, and across the nation, and people cannot reach anyone at the tele-service centers because they have not been expanded, it places tens of thousands of HUD's subsidized housing tenants at risk when they are not able to obtain documents that are needed to verify their income when it's time to renew their housing contracts!
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California governor issues mandatory statewide order to stay at home
Lynda Carson | indybay.org | 2020-03-21
Symptoms of coronavirus.
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Tokyo Olympics / coronavirus . Please write your comment on the administration of Japan
MUNK | indybay.org | 2020-03-21
Is the number of people infected with coronavirus manipulated by the Japanese government? The number of tests is overwhelmingly small. I don't know the exact number of people infected. There is no doubt that this is related to the economic effects of the Tokyo Olympics.
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/03/18/1883165…

Deserted SFO and Empty Shelves at Novato Safeway
Richard Look and Curt Garman | indybay.org | 2020-03-21
Coronavirus effects widespread…
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Is Capitalism Out of Order?
Tomasz Konicz | indybay.org | 2020-03-21
The Financial Times put the total global debt at the trivial figure of around $253 trillion which represents a historic high. Growing debt is actually not a big problem in a growing economy as long as it does not grow faster than the gross domestic product (GDP).The debt mountain of the capitalist world system is growing much faster than the world economic output.
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2020 Scenes from a Pandemic
Photos from San Francisco Bay Area | indybay.org | 2020-03-21
Please credit the photographers as indicated: | Steve Disenhof, Pro Bono Photo | Mary Martin DeShaw, Pro Bono Photo | Jack Owicki, Pro Bono Photo | Ruth Robertson, Pro Bono Photo | Terry Scussel, Pro Bono Photo…
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Italy's Misleading Figures on the C-Virus
repost | indybay.org | 2020-03-21
In addition to false positives from the C-virus testing kits, we have these figures from Italy's Italian Institute of Health (ISS):…
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/03/20/1883169…

The BBC's latest coronavirus article is full-on Tory propaganda
Steve Topple | thecanary.co | 2020-03-21
The BBC has published a shocking article on coronavirus. And it's essentially as well-timed piece of propaganda for the Tory government. But what's more, the BBC has changed the article since it was first released. Not that we should be surprised by any of this.The BBC: did it really just say that?: In the early hours of Saturday 21 March, the BBC ran an article on coronavirus deaths. It was discussing the forecas…
thecanary.co/trending/2020/03/21/the-bbc…

Several Indian Lawmakers Under Quarantine After Partying With Coronavirus-Hit Bollywood Diva
sputniknews.com | 2020-03-21
New Delhi (Sputnik): On Friday, Bollywood singer Kanika Kapoor took to her Instagram account and confirmed she had tested positive for the novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19. The virus has infected over 275,000 people globally, as per Johns Hopkins University.
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Charities warn Boris Johnson to protect those being made homeless 'as a direct result of coronavirus'
Peadar O'Cearnaigh | thecanary.co | 2020-03-21
As one hotel "sacked and evicted its staff" as a result of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, it's somewhat timely that homelessness charities would send a warning to Boris Johnson. The charities have written to the prime minister to tell him the pandemic could 'overwhelm' their services. | The Manchester Evening News reported that over "30 ho…
thecanary.co/uk/analysis/2020/03/21/char…

Bernie 2020: What Went Wrong?
Anis Shivani | commondreams.org | 2020-03-21
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) arrives at the Capitol for a vote on a coronavirus bill amendment on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. (Photo: Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Solidarity in a Time of Social Distancing
Randall Amster | commondreams.org | 2020-03-21
A worker carries out sanitation operations for the Coronavirus emergency in Piazza dei Miracoli near to the Tower of Pisa in a deserted town on March 17, 2020. (Photo: Laura Lezza/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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The Coronavirus Is Not the Plague: The Plague Is US
Edward Curtin | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-03-21
Two categories of propaganda must be distinguished. The first strives to create a permanent disposition in its objects and constantly needs to be reinforced. Its goal is to make the masses 'available,' by working spells upon them and exercising a kind of fascination. The second category involves the creation of a sort of temporary impulsiveness …
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The geopolitics of COVID-19
Susan Price | greenleft.org.au | 2020-03-21
Refugees & migrants Sarah GlynnIssue 1257 United States COVID-19March 21, 2020As the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees reminded us on March 19, "for many people around the world, everyday life has come to a standstill, or is being transformed in ways th…
greenleft.org.au/content/geopolitics-cov…

Economy over health: Morrison's neoliberal mission
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2020-03-21
Economy Graham MatthewsIssue 1258 Australia COVID-19 neoliberalism recessionMarch 21, 2020While many countries have closed schools as a measure…
greenleft.org.au/content/economy-over-he…

COVID-19: why it is not wrong to panic
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2020-03-21
Healthcare Pip HinmanIssue 1258 Australia COVID-19March 21, 2020Fresh from the bushfire crisis, communities across Australia are being asked

Scientists Unravel Mystery Behind Billions of Tons of Ice on Hellishly Hot Mercury
sputniknews.com | 2020-03-21
Like the Moon, some parts of Mercury are covered with craters where temperatures reach cold extremes. But the Earth's satellite has tiny amounts of ice, whereas on Mercury there is plenty of it. This mystery has made scientists wonder whether Mercury has received water in a way that couldn't work on the Moon. But if so

21 Years Ago, Remembering the 1999 NATO led War on Yugoslavia: Kosovo "Freedom Fighters" Financed by Organized Crime
Prof Michel Chossudovsky | globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-21
Twenty-one years ago, March 24th 1999, marks the commencement of NATO's aerial bombardment of Yugoslavia. The bombings which lasted for almost three months, were followed by the military invasion (under a bogus UN mandate) and illegal occupation of the province …
globalresearch.ca/remembering-the-1999-n…

Liverpool's Jàºrgen Klopp Shines Amid the Coronavirus Crisis
Dave Zirin | thenation.com | 2020-03-21
Liverpool's Jàºrgen Klopp Shines Amid the Coronavirus Crisis…
thenation.com/article/society/coronaviru…

Netanyahu exploits coronavirus pandemic to build up dictatorial regime in Israel
wsws.org | 2020-03-21
Netanyahu has exploited the coronavirus to cast himself as the only figure capable of responding to a national emergency.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/03/21/isra…

Decision to Close Visitation Rooms in French Prisons Amid COVID-19 is 'Real Viral Bomb' – Activist
sputniknews.com | 2020-03-21
The recent decision by the French authorities to close visitation rooms in prisons across the country amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic has caused a wave of riots in a number of jails.
sputniknews.com/analysis/202003211078644…

Coronavirus Fallout in Russia: Which Industries Will Benefit in Quarantine Era?
sputniknews.com | 2020-03-21
On 11 March, the World Health Organisation declared the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic, urging all countries to activate and scale up emergency response mechanisms.
sputniknews.com/russia/20200321107865620…

Giant Cloud of Smoke Rises Over Moscow Region Due to Fire at Aluminium Plant – Photo, Video
sputniknews.com | 2020-03-21
According to emergency services, the incident occurred at an industrial building belonging to an aluminium plant in the city of Dmitrov. At the moment, the conflagration is considered to be very hazardous, as it has spread to 80 percent of the building.
sputniknews.com/russia/20200321107865353…

Moscow Calls on Washington to Lift Sanctions Against Iran Amid COVID-19 Pandemic
sputniknews.com | 2020-03-21
MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Moscow calls on the United States to abandon its unilateral sanctions against Iran amid the coronavirus pandemic, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said on Saturday.
sputniknews.com/world/202003211078656955…

Moscow Blasts US Statements About Russia's Alleged 'Energy Weapons' as Insinuation
sputniknews.com | 2020-03-21
The US recently reiterated its criticism of Russia's sale of energy resources, calling its actions "malign" amid the ongoing dive in oil prices caused by the collapse of the OPEC+ deal.
sputniknews.com/world/202003211078656020…

Best Hits: Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov's Greatest Achievements and Public Gaffes as He Turns 70
sputniknews.com | 2020-03-21
Russia's top diplomat has earned the respect of his colleagues both at home and abroad for his professionalism and the love of the public – mostly due unexpected gaffes rarely heard from people in his profession.
sputniknews.com/russia/20200321107805519…

'Outstanding Diplomat and Mr No': Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov Turns 70
sputniknews.com | 2020-03-21
Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, who is one of the longest-serving Russian cabinet members and has been steering the country's diplomacy at the helm of the Foreign Ministry since 2004, turns 70 on 21 March.
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Internet Aboil as Ivanka Trump Goes Back to WH After Reportedly Testing Negative for COVID-19
sputniknews.com | 2020-03-21
The White House senior adviser and POTUS' eldest daughter recently came into contact with at least two coronavirus-infected officials, and has since taken the test despite showing no visible signs of the infection.
sputniknews.com/viral/202003211078653919…

Boeing Suspends Dividends, CEO Pay to Get Financial Stimulus From US Gov't Amid COVID-19 Pandemic
sputniknews.com | 2020-03-21
Earlier in the day, White House economic aide Larry Kudlow said that the United States may increase a stimulus package aimed at mitigating the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak to more than $2 trillion.
sputniknews.com/business/202003211078653…

Actual Number of COVID-19 Patients Much Higher in India, Medical Research Chief Claims
sputniknews.com | 2020-03-21
New Delhi (Sputnik): Amid the exponentially growing number of coronavirus cases across the world, India has reported a very low number. So far, the Health Ministry has confirmed that 271 people have tested positive for the virus, which is considered miniscule given the raging pandemic in other countries.
sputniknews.com/analysis/202003211078655…

Travel Bans, Tests Development, and Navy Ships: How US Government Combats Coronavirus Pandemic
sputniknews.com | 2020-03-21
The Trump administration faced criticism regarding its initial response to the threat of the outbreak in the country, but soon afterward adopted a number of measures to prevent the further spread of the infection.
sputniknews.com/us/202003211078654078-tr…

'Parents Don't Have to Run Full School Day at Home' – Academic on Coronavirus School Closures
sputniknews.com | 2020-03-21
Schools throughout the UK have officially closed today, as the British Government continues to ramp up its response to the Coronavirus Pandemic.
sputniknews.com/analysis/202003211078655…

India Denies Landing to Amsterdam-Delhi Flight Amid Coronavirus Scare
sputniknews.com | 2020-03-21
New Delhi (Sputnik): Amid a rising number of coronavirus cases across the world including India, the Narendra Modi government banned all international flights for a week starting 22 March. Besides strict travel advisories, India has barred the entry of foreigners into the country until 15 April in an attempt to curb the outbreak.
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Munich's Marienplatz Deserted Amid Coronavirus Lockdown – Video
sputniknews.com | 2020-03-21
Bavaria became the first region in Germany to introduce a lockdown after Minister-President Markus Soeder announced an almost complete shutdown of public life to curb the infection.
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Google Rolls Out Coronavirus Pandemic-Related Website
sputniknews.com | 2020-03-21
As governments and scientific establishments are trying to find relief with regard to the current coronavirus pandemic, it has been reported that researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in the US are using the world's most powerful supercomputer, the IBM-built Summit, to find potential compounds that could be used to fight the virus.
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Alibaba Co-Founder Jack Ma Donates Medical Supplies to Ten More Asian Nations
sputniknews.com | 2020-03-21
Chinese billionaire Jack Ma earlier this week promised to send 100,000 face masks, 20,000 test kits, and 1,000 medical protective suits to each of Africa's 54 nations. According to the South China Morning Post, Jack Ma also donated 500,000 coronavirus test kits and 1 million masks to the US.
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Cuba's Welcome to a Covid-19-Stricken Cruise Ship Reflects a Long Pattern of Global Humanitarian Commitment
Peter Kornbluh | thenation.com | 2020-03-21
Cuba's Welcome to a Covid-19-Stricken Cruise Ship Reflects a Long Pattern of Global Humanitarian Commitment…
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