Daily Archives: March 23, 2020

2020-03-23: News Headlines

Eve Ottenberg (2020-03-23). Journal of the Plague: Year One. counterpunch.org For anyone who doubted that our corporate and political elites would use the Covid-19 plague to line their own pockets, the Senate Republican aid package cutting corporate taxes kills those doubts once and for all. Further proof of our aristocrats' disgusting behavior comes with the news that at least five senators dumped stocks after classified

Mel Gurtov (2020-03-23). Derelict Leadership on Health Security. counterpunch.org If one event shows both Trump's flawed character and his ineptitude, it would have to be his handling of the coronavirus pandemic. It is all about him, claiming superior knowledge of the medical issues while constantly downplaying the extent and seriousness of the virus, ignoring early warning signs, and withholding vital information from the scientific

Aaron Maté (2020-03-23). Trump intensifies murderous Iran sanctions during COVID-19 crisis. thegrayzone.com As Iran struggles to contain COVID-19, the US has imposed new sanctions that further weaken the Iranian economy and health…

Xinhua (2020-03-23). Spotlight: U.S. Politicians' Use of the Term "Chinese Virus" Widely Condemned. globalresearch.ca The recent re-labeling of the novel coronavirus with xenophobic undertones by some U.S. politicians to stigmatize China has drawn widespread criticism. | As the international community works together to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, a few American politicians are shifting blame to …

Nino Pagliccia (2020-03-23). The IMF Abandons Venezuelans to the Threat of the COVID-19 Pandemic. counterpunch.org No government that had to bow to the power of a financial institution like the International Monetary Fund (IMF) knows the harsh consequences to which it will have to submit. That includes the Venezuelan government. And yet last March 15 president Nicolas Maduro filed a formal request to the IMF for a financing facility of

Jacob Crosse (2020-03-23). While Dumping Their Stocks, US Senators Misled the Public on Coronavirus Crisis. globalresearch.ca The actions of prominent US lawmakers, Democrats as well as Republicans, in seeking to secure their personal wealth while concealing from the public the catastrophic implications of the coronavirus pandemic and the measures needed to combat it, sum up the …

Alan Macleod (2020-03-23). Jeff Bezos, World's Richest Man, Wants Your Donations To Help Amazon Employees. mintpressnews.com A man worth over $100 billion, who makes, on average, $230,000 per minute calling on the public to help his own impoverished employees was not met well by many.

teleSUR (2020-03-23). Venezuelan President Demands US Lift Economic Sanctions. telesurenglish.net Venezuelan President, Nicolas Maduro, requested that the U.S. government lift its sanctions due to the Covid-19 (coronavirus) outbreak that whas already had a major affect on the Venezuelan economy. | RELATED: | Maduro called on the Venezuelan people to help demand the end of the economic blockade, especially during this "worldwide crisis period". The Bolivarian Republic leader also requested the elimination of "financial, oil and food sanctions. | "Venezu…

teleSUR (2020-03-23). Venezuela: 200 Nationals Stranded at US Base.to be Repatriated. telesurenglish.net Venezuelan citizens, who are stranded in North American territory due to the Covid- 19 sanitary emergency, will be repatriated by the government, a new report said on Monday. | RELATED: According to local news media, the Bolivarian government requested U.S authorities to allow a Conviasa airline flight to return the Venezuelan citizens. This is an administrative measure to restrain the virus' spread and give all Venezuelan citizens the sa…

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2020-03-23). When War becomes Peace, When the Lie becomes the Truth. globalresearch.ca When fiction becomes truth and truth becomes fiction. When a global military agenda is heralded as a humanitarian endeavor.

WSWS (2020-03-23). Canada registers 500,000 Employment Insurance claims in one week, as Coronavirus triggers jobs massacre. wsws.org Last week's EI claims far surpassed the total number of jobs lost in the eight months immediately following the eruption of the 2008 global financial crisis.

Staff (2020-03-23). COVID-19 Will Spread Like Wildfire in Migrant Jails If Detainees Aren't Released. truthout.org Alarm is growing about the safety of more than 37,000 people held in immigrant detention centers and private jails that contract with Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, where it is nearly impossible for them to avoid close contact to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Nearly half of those detained by ICE are accused of no crime other than civil immigration violations. Immigrants at three jails in New Jersey are now on hunger strikes over unsanitary conditions that put them at high…

WSWS (2020-03-23). Immigrants at New Jersey ICE detention center launch hunger strike over COVID-19 threat. wsws.org Detainees at the Newark, New Jersey jail used by ICE are protesting filthy conditions that increase their risk of infection by the coronavirus and are demanding to be released.

Ralph Nader (2020-03-23). For America's Urgent Health and Safety, Trump Needs to Resign! counterpunch.org Leaning on sober-minded experts in infectious diseases at his daily news conferences, Trump is frantically trying to look good. But the old delusionary Trump keeps resurfacing. On Monday, he rated his coronavirus performance at a perfect ten. On Tuesday, he lied to the public about his knowing it was a pandemic "long before it was

Stephen Lendman (2020-03-23). COVID-19: A US Scheme for Greater Consolidation of Wealth and Power? globalresearch.ca Earlier global crises were manufactured to enhance the power of US ruling authorities, serve corporate favorites, and transfer wealth from ordinary people to privileged ones. | Since the neoliberal 1990s alone, that's what the 1997-98 Asian financial crisis, 2000

Stephen Lendman (2020-03-23). Is Martial Law Coming to the US? globalresearch.ca Crises are opportunities for ruling authorities to institute policies not easily introduced during normal times. | Post-9/11 and at other extraordinary times, the public is willfully deceived to believe that by sacrificing personal freedoms, greater security is possible — not realizing …

Stephen Lendman (2020-03-23). China Braces for Further Economic Shockwaves. globalresearch.ca For the past 40 years, China achieved sustained high-level economic growth, experiencing short-term bumps alone along the way. | On a purchase price basis, what a basket of goods costs compared to the US, China already is the world's largest economy, …

The Canary (2020-03-23). Coronavirus: Latest updates from across the world. thecanary.co Covid-19 has infected hundreds of thousands of people across the globe.Here are the latest updates: — IRANIran has reported another 127 coronavirus-related deaths, bringing its toll to 1,812 amid 23,049 confirmed cases.Iran is battling the worst outbreak in the Middle East, and has faced criticism for not imposing stricter quarantine measures early on. It is also suffering under severe American sanctions imposed after President Donald Trump withdrew the US from Tehran's 2015 nuclear deal with world powers.(PA Graphics)— SWITZERLANDThe World Health Organisation (WHO) said criminals are increasingly posing…

Steven Sahiounie (2020-03-23). The Butcher of Khiam: How Trump Brought Home Notorious War Criminal Amer Fakhoury. mintpressnews.com Amer Fakhoury was remembered in Lebanon as "The Butcher of Khiam," and though he is back in the US now, his name and crimes will never be forgotten in the land of his birth.

AFSCME en Español (2020-03-23). Las proveedoras de cuidado infantil no reciben el apoyo necesario. peoplesworld.org En el jardín infantil Little Blossoms Child Care en Chula Vista, California, los niños y sus cuidadoras hablan sobre gérmenes todos los días. Esto siempre ha sido una prioridad para la dueña y gerente Miren Algorri, pero desde que empezó la pandemia del coronavirus ha abordado el tema con un mayor enfoque. Como proveedora de …

Alan Macleod (2020-03-23). Images of Cuban Doctors Helping Italy Go Viral, Burst Media Narrative. mintpressnews.com Videos of Cuban doctors volunteering to travel halfway across the world to put themselves in mortal danger for the good of people they have never met stirred the heartstrings of even the most cynical observer.

Norman Solomon (2020-03-23). Power in a Time of Coronavirus. zcomm.org To fight like hell for the living

teleSUR (2020-03-23). Public Retraction: Chomsky Report Published on teleSUR Spanish. telesurenglish.net On March 20, teleSUR Spanish published a TV report titled "Chomsky considers US unleashed biological warfare," with regards to the COVID-19 global pandemic. | In the report, claims, that the U.S. is somewhat behind the current spread of the virus, are falsely attributed to the renowned intellectual and political activist Noam Chomsky. | The report was made citing the source insurgentes.org which teleSUR will no longer use as a trusted source. As teleSUR, we sincerely apologize for the misinformation caused to our Spanish audience with this story and of course to the inconveniences caused to Mr. Chomsky. | It…

teleSUR (2020-03-23). El Salvador: First Covid-19 Quarantine Arrests Announced. telesurenglish.net Journalists and human rights activists from El Salvador have announced more than 250 arrests after official Nayib Bikele, Salvadorean President, decreed an official quarantine. | RELATED: | Between other measures to restrain Covid-19, only one member per family could buy supplies like food or medicines. Also, only public servants who are related to food delivery, transportation, and other basic services are allowed to go out. | In the first…

Mike Garrity (2020-03-23). When is a Logging Road "Not a Road"? counterpunch.org How does the Forest Service justify bulldozing new roads where they are not supposed to be? Only by saying, "this feature is not a road." war is peace freedom is slavery ignorance is strength These are the official slogans of the Party as inscribed at the Ministry of Truth in George Orwell's dystopian novel 1984. The

teleSUR (2020-03-23). Pompeo Arrives in Afghanistan to Revive Faltering Peace Talks. telesurenglish.net U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in Kabul, Afghanistan's capital,on Sunday to try to push forward the stalled peace agreement signed by the two countries in February. | RELATED: | The advance of the coronavirus around the world has caused most world leaders to restrict their travel abroad. This has been the main cause of the stalled peace process in Afghanistan, local media said. | Pompeo's trip occurr…

news.un (2020-03-23). Reaching 'beyond the possible' in Hawaii to meet sustainability goals. news.un.org The people and government of the US state of Hawaii will reach "beyond the possible" to make the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) a reality; The SDGs are a set of targets agreed by countries around the world to reduce poverty, protect the planet and ensure peace and prosperity for all, by 2030. Hawaii introduced its own initiative, Sustainable Hawaii, in 2016 in support of the SDGs.

Graham Peebles (2020-03-23). Death of the "Usual": Economic Evolution and the Emergence of the New. dissidentvoice.org Humanity is faced with a series of self-made, interrelated crises, from the environmental catastrophe to poverty, inequality, the absence of peace and an unprecedented level of displaced persons, among other pressing issues. All have been brought about by the negative behaviour of mankind, by the pervasive modes of living, the corrosive values and ideologies that …

teleSUR (2020-03-23). Brazil: Protests Against Bolsonaro's Incompetence Over COVID-19. telesurenglish.net Successive social protests in Brazil show that the political authority of ultra-right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro is suffering a mortal blow, local media reported on Monday. | RELATED: | For five consecutive nights, Brazil has shown its anger at President Jair Bolsonaro by pot- banging from windows and balconies. | The anger was unleashed after the president downplayed the importance of the crisis the country is going through to contain the…

teleSUR (2020-03-23). Colombia: Prison Riots Under Investigation. telesurenglish.net The Colombian Prosecutor's Office will open an investigation into the deaths of 23 inmates after protests on March 22. The prisoners requested the government instittute preventive measures against the Covid-19 inside the prison facility. The demonstration resulted in violence and the death of several inmates. | RELATED: | The legal body said in a communication: "Because of these regrettable events in which 23 inmates at the La Mode…

Andre Vltchek (2020-03-23). The pro-Western World Uyghur Congress (WUC) Is Being Used "To Detonate the World" globalresearch.ca You were told, by Western mass media outlets, to pity Uyghurs, an ethnic Chinese minority group from Xinjiang Province. You were instructed to 'stand by them', and to "defend their rights". | They told you that Uyghurs are being discriminated against, …

Ricardo Vaz (2020-03-23). IMF Rejects Venezuela COVID-19 Emergency Fund Appeal. globalresearch.ca The International Monetary Fund has rejected a Venezuelan appeal for an emergency US $5 billion loan to face the Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza revealed on Tuesday afternoon that President Nicolas Maduro had sent a letter to IMF …

Richard Becker (2020-03-23). U.S. and Iraq: The Hidden History. globalresearch.ca "You have given Iraq the opportunity to stand on its own," President Barack Obama told hundreds of cheering U.S. troops in Baghdad on April 7, 2009, his first visit to the country after being elected. He added that now, "Iraqis …

WSWS (2020-03-23). "Four Corners" program exposes Australian war crimes in Afghanistan. wsws.org The actions revealed in the program, including the execution of unarmed civilians, have doubtless been known by successive governments, Labor and Coalition alike.

Whitney Webb (2020-03-23). Coronavirus: What Newsweek Failed to Mention About "Continuity of Government" mintpressnews.com Though often discussed in relation to nuclear war or a similarly chaotic scenario, "continuity of government" plans can be triggered even by popular, nonviolent opposition to an unpopular war abroad. It exists solely to keep the current system in place, regardless of the cost.

Andrew Korybko (2020-03-23). China Is Saving the World From COVID-19. globalresearch.ca The People's Republic is dedicated to win-win exchanges in order to ultimately build a Community of Common Destiny, and its selfless assistance to the rest of the world proves is sincerity to those noble ideals without any doubt. | It's admittedly …

Paul Street (2020-03-23). The Pathogenic Profits System: Beyond Begging, Praying, and Capital. counterpunch.org We live in an age of Orwellian untruth where falsehood is the norm. One key falsehood worth unmasking is the claim that the current COVID-19 stock market decline, soon to usher in a full-on recession, is a "black swan" — an unpredictable (and supposedly unpredicted) "surprise" event with great and negative consequences outside the normal operations of capitalism. Nonsense. The new coronavirus is not really a surprise to those who know anything about the history of disease. Epidemics, like financial crises, have been a recurrent occurrence in the record of human civilization. Hundreds of epidemics have kille…

WSWS (2020-03-23). United Parcel Service forcing employees to work without protection amid COVID-19 pandemic. wsws.org "There has been no serious talk about this disease" at UPS, a warehouse worker in Baltimore, Maryland, told the World Socialist Web Site.

Mike Whitney (2020-03-23). Welcome to Sweatshop Amerika! globalresearch.ca Imagine if the congress approved a measure to form a public-private partnership between the US Treasury and the Federal Reserve. Can you imagine that? | Now imagine if a panicky and ill-informed Congress gave the Fed a blank check to bail …

WSWS (2020-03-23). UK: Sheffield health care students demand placements suspended to limit COVID-19 spread. wsws.org The students' petition to university bosses highlights the widespread opposition to the disastrous course of the Johnson government, which has already forced a shift in its reckless policy of allowing the spread of COVID-19.

Staff (2020-03-23). If We Run Out of Masks, We're Going to Run Out of Nurses, Says Emergency Doctor. truthout.org As the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the U.S. rises to more than 35,000, doctors are facing a desperate lack of supplies, and tests continue to lag. We speak with Dr. Leana Wen, an emergency physician and public health professor at George Washington University. She previously served as Baltimore's health commissioner. She says healthcare workers are "putting their lives on the line every day" as they work in hazardous conditions with inadequate supplies, including N95 respirator masks…

Jennifer Matsui (2020-03-23). Joe Biden: Survival of the Unfittest. counterpunch.org Since becoming his party's frontrunner and presumed nominee, Joe Biden has been hard at work, providing more fodder for future Trump campaign attack ads against himself. No need for 'deep fakes' when your opponent willingly offers up his Blooper reels for the benefit of your own re-election campaign. There was something more viral than COVID-19 going around last week – recent footage of the former VP losing his marbles on Livestream and then wandering offscreen to retrieve them – or was he sleepwalking into traffic after hearing about his own car crash performance as it happened? Let's just say his latest attempt…

Telesur (2020-03-23). COVID-19: Trump Companies Fall, Hundreds Lose Jobs. globalresearch.ca The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the economy already seems to be affecting the companies and businesses of U.S. President Donald Trump and, along with with it, the employment of hundreds of people. | *** | President Trump's company — significantly …

teleSUR (2020-03-23). Covid-19 Death Toll Rises Moderately in Latin America. telesurenglish.net Brazil, Colombia, and Ecuador experienced an increase in the number of deaths due to the new coronavirus this weekend, raising the total to 65 in Latin America, and more than 4,400 people infected. | RELATED: | Brazilian health authorities confirmed on Sunday that deaths increased from 18 to 25, while infections jumped from 1,128 to 1,546. | This occurred amid statements by President Jair Bolsonaro, who called th…

The Canary (2020-03-23). Union plans legal action over lack of pay help for gig economy and self-employed. thecanary.co Legal action is being planned against the government over claims that it has failed to protect the wages and jobs of millions of workers, including those in the gig economy, during the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. | The Independent Workers Union of Great Britain (IWGB) said the current £94.25-a-week Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) arrangement discriminates against women, gig economy and minority ethnic workers for whom these payments are not enough to survive or in some cases not available at all. | The union said it will argue that the 80% wage subsidies offered by the government to businesses to keep people…

Shepard Ambellas (2020-03-23). Mike Pompeo Admits COVID-19 Is a "Live Exercise," Trump Retorts "I Wish You Would Have Told Us" globalresearch.ca United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had a slip of the tongue while addressing the American people from the White House when he stated that COVID-19 is a live military exercise. | "This is not about retribution," Pompeo explained. "This …

Emanuel Pastreich (2020-03-23). The Global Media and COVID-19. counterpunch.org For all the coverage of heads of state and high-ranking diplomats, the perceptions generated by the media have the greater impact on the course of international relations. The panic over the coronavirus and the profoundly contradictory reports issued to the public by the media without any effort to introduce a scientific analysis have turned a

Take Back Your Power (2020-03-23). Are 5G / Biometric Systems Being Covertly Installed During the Lockdown, Where You Live? globalresearch.ca In recent days a couple videos have begun circulating on social media with evidence of apparent installations of 5G and/or biometric systems while children are home due to the COVID-19 lockdown. | We now have the opportunity to confirm (or debunk) …

teleSUR (2020-03-23). US States Release 'Low-Risk' Inmates Over COVID-19 Spread. telesurenglish.net Thousands of 'low-risk' inmates in at least 16 U.S. states are being released in an effort to prevent the spread of the coronavirus in crowded jails and prisons. | RELATED: | "Jails can be incubators for disease so we have to take bold and drastic steps," New Jersey's Attorney General Gurbir Singh Grewal said, adding this measure is made to protect the health of prisoners and limit COVID-19 effect in prison population. | T…

WSWS (2020-03-23). COVID-19 outbreak in New York prisons threatens lives of thousands. wsws.org Thirty-eight people in the New York prison system test positive for COVID-19 as reports emerge that Harvey Weinstein has also been infected by the virus.

teleSUR (2020-03-23). COVID-19 Updates: UK Announces Lockdown, Africa Follows Suit. telesurenglish.net More than 16,300 people in the world have died from COVID-19 while some 100,000 of the 375,500 people who have been infected by the virus across the world have recovered, according to data collected by Johns Hopkins University. | Here are the latest updates: | RELATED: | Update 04: 00 pm | State of emergency declared in Senegal and Ivory Coast | Senegal and Ivory Coast have declared a state of emergency to face the new coronavir…

WSWS (2020-03-23). South Africa's ANC government suppressed report showing thousands could die from COVID-19. wsws.org The Ramaphosa government's response to the pandemic has been exactly what the study warned against—slow and virtually nonexistent.

WSWS (2020-03-23). Coronavirus total in US skyrockets as testing expands. wsws.org The United States now leads the world in new cases and is second only to China and Italy in the number of patients infected with COVID-19.

teleSUR (2020-03-23). EU Supports Iran, Venezuela Bids for IMF COVID-19 Funds. telesurenglish.net Foreign Ministers of the European Union (EU) supported Monday Iran and Venezuela's requests for financial aid to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to fight the coronavirus pandemic. | RELATED: | "We are going to support this request because these countries are in a very difficult situation mainly due to the U.S. sanctions that prevent them from having income by selling their oil," EU Foreign Affairs Chief Josep Borrell said at a vi…

John P.A. Ioannidis (2020-03-23). A Fiasco in the Making? As the Coronavirus Pandemic Takes Hold, We Are Making Decisions Without Reliable Data. globalresearch.ca The current coronavirus disease, Covid-19, has been called a once-in-a-century At a time when everyone needs better information, from disease modelers and governments to people quarantined or just …

Rob Slane (2020-03-23). Shutting Down an Entire Economy. Weighing up the Threat From the Virus and the Threat From the Reaction. globalresearch.ca Would you consider the shutting down of an entire national economy for a disease such as the Black Death, which between 1347-1351 killed an estimated

Gideon Polya (2020-03-23). COVID-19 Pandemic and Coronavirus Suppression — Should Schools Close? globalresearch.ca The world is in the grip of a COVID-19 pandemic that is now impacting relatively poor countries in Africa and South Asia. Rich island continent Australia (population 25 million) has only about 1,000 cases so far and has achieved this …

Peter Mayo (2020-03-23). Higher Education in the Time of COVID-19. counterpunch.org Desperate attempts to curtail the spread of the Corona Virus are turning many localities in different parts of the world into phantom cities. Universities and other higher education institutions have not been immune to this process. They are closed institutions, with academics urged, if not compelled, irrespective of their training for this purpose, to place

Sam Pizzigati (2020-03-23). How to Wage War, FDR-Style, on the COVID-19 Pandemic. counterpunch.org The United States, President Donald Trump is now proclaiming, stands at "war." We are facing, in the novel coronavirus, "an invisible enemy" that could claim the lives of more Americans than every shooting war America has ever fought. But that sort of terrible toll, public health people have been working so hard to remind us,

True Publica (2020-03-23). COVID-19: What Will Change When It Is All Over. Britain is Going the Same Way as Italy. globalresearch.ca What will change in our lives after Covid? It's a big question. One answer is — a lot. Another is — whatever happens, it won't be the same again. Both are true. Another truth is that the government have now …

Telesur (2020-03-23). Cuba Sends 53 Doctors and Nurses to Fight Covid-19 in Italy. globalresearch.ca Cuban health authorities announced on Thursday that the country will send 53 health professionals to Lombardy, Italy, to help contain the new coronavirus pandemic. | The 53 doctors and nurses have experience in caring for these types of diseases. In 2014, …

WSWS (2020-03-23). Retail and service industry workers demand safety measures, store closures and full compensation during coronavirus pandemic. wsws.org Retail and service workers, particularly in grocery stores and coffee shops, are at high risk of contracting COVID-19 as they interact with hundreds of customers on a daily basis.

WSWS (2020-03-23). COVID-19 health disaster and political crisis intensify in Australia. wsws.org Yesterday the soaring rate of infections triggered an open rift in the self-styled "national cabinet" and forced governments into partial economic shutdowns.

Woodbine (2020-03-23). From mutual aid to dual power in the state of emergency. zcomm.org The COVID-19 public health crisis is rapidly devolving into a vast, multi-faceted crisis of social reproduction with no end in sight. How can we seize this moment to build dual power?>

Christopher Black (2020-03-23). Coronavirus and The Age of Anxiety Redux. globalresearch.ca In 1948 the poet, W.H. Auden, published a long poem he titled, The Age of Anxiety, in which four characters express their anxiety about their place in a world that has been destroyed by two world wars and was threatened …

Staff (2020-03-23). Coronavirus Is a Historic Trigger Event. We Need a Massive Movement in Response. truthout.org There are times in history when sudden events — natural disasters, economic collapses, pandemics, wars, famines — change everything. They change politics, they change economics and they change public opinion in drastic ways. Many social movement analysts call these "trigger events." During a trigger event, things that were previously unimaginable quickly become reality, as the social and political map is remade. On the one hand, major triggers are rare; but on the other, we have…

WSWS (2020-03-23). Catastrophic worldwide medical ventilator shortfall despite years of warning. wsws.org World productive capacity of medical ventilators is far below peak requirements during the coronavirus outbreak.

WSWS (2020-03-23). Coronavirus crisis in New York: As doctors warn of "our Chernobyl," state government plans Medicaid cuts. wsws.org Governor Andrew Cuomo, who has been calling for the deployment of the military, warned on Sunday that between 40 and 80 percent of the population of New York state (roughly 19.5 million people) would be infected.

WSWS (2020-03-23). No corporate bailouts! Direct financial resources to the working people, not the capitalist elite! wsws.org The ruling class is seeking to exploit this crisis to engineer another multitrillion-dollar redistribution of wealth, on a scale even greater than the 2008 bank bailout.

WSWS (2020-03-23). Russian cases of coronavirus surge as economic crisis hits. wsws.org The Russian oligarchy is promoting nationalism and xenophobia and pushing for greater surveillance and dictatorial measures, as social tensions are set to escalate over the socioeconomic impact of the pandemic.

news.un (2020-03-23). 'Count every drop, every drop counts': UN weather agency calls for better water data on World Meteorological Day. news.un.org Floods, extreme rainfall, droughts and melting glaciers…many of the major signs of climate change involve water. On this year's World Meteorological Day, the UN weather agency (WMO) is reinforcing the message of World Water Day, by focusing on the links between climate and water, and calling for better water-related data.

Prof Rodrigue Tremblay (2020-03-23). In Times of Crisis, How to Prevent an Economic Meltdown and Avoid Privatizing Profits and Socializing Losses. globalresearch.ca "The test of our [moral] progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much, it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little." —Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945), 32nd American President …

Philip A Farruggio (2020-03-23). The Real 'Sports of Kings' … Not for Us Suckers!! globalresearch.ca Borrowing from the moniker of horseracing as the 'Sport of Kings' this writer is going further into the sewer of media hype. I love sports and acknowledge that I am a fan of many sports, with even some teams as …

Pierre LeBlanc (2020-03-23). The Coronavirus Lockdown. "The Whole World Brought to its Knees by Coronavirus" globalresearch.ca Author's Note: Following is a somewhat fictionalized account based on factual circumstances. | I'm feeling numb. My throat is tight. My breath is short. I look outside. The street is empty. I look inside. Can't see my lover; she's on the …

Lubna Masarwa (2020-03-23). Coronavirus: Israel's Mossad Acquires 100,000 'Unusable' Test Kits. globalresearch.ca Israel's external intelligence agency, the Mossad, joined the country's battle against the global

CGTN (2020-03-23). PM Morrison: 80 Percent Australia COV-19 Cases Are Imported, Mostly From the U.S. globalresearch.ca Australia Prime Minister Scott Morrison claimed around 80 percent of Australian coronavirus cases came from those who caught disease overseas or were in contact with someone who returned from abroad. | "The overwhelming proportion of cases in Australia have been imported," …

(2020-03-23). Lawsuit against EPA for "Re-approving" Monsanto Cancer-causing Pesticide. globalresearch.ca Today, Center for Food Safety (CFS) on behalf of a broad coalition of farmworkers, farmers, and conservationists,

Senta Depuydt (2020-03-23). Does the Coronavirus Pandemic Serve a Global Agenda? globalresearch.ca For those who follow the global immunization agenda and its implementation on different continents, the announcement of a new pandemic didn't come as a surprise. "Pandemic preparedness" has been well-funded and a buzz word for a long time before becoming …

The Global Research Team (2020-03-23). Global Research: Analyzing Global Complexities. globalresearch.ca Dear Readers, | As we all do our best to digest the complexities unfolding around us with great speed, we remind you more than ever to double check all information you receive. At Global Research we are doing our best to …

Frank Joyce (2020-03-23). A Modest Proposal: Instead of Saying Tribal, Let's Say Christian. counterpunch.org David Brooks, competitor with Thomas Freidman for the title of the New York Times sophist-in-chief, dropped this phrase into his painfully superficial column on the coronavirus on Friday, March 20, "All those tribal us-them stories don't seem quite as germane right now." There it is again: tribal. "Is the Slide Into Tribal Politics Inevitable?" was

Julian Rose (2020-03-23). Pandemic: The Invention of a Disease Called Fear. counterpunch.org The word 'pandemic' bears a similarity to the word 'panic' and indeed 'pandemonium'. In fact 'pandemic' evokes an almost instant flush of fear in those easily manipulated by mass media, before any details have even touched the surface or context in which the word is being used. Those who plan the major moves on the

John Grant (2020-03-23). Memes and Viruses: Could COVID19 be a Communist Plot? counterpunch.org Something pretty amazing is happening thanks to the COVID19 virus. Doctors, nurses and other health workers are being respected in ways they haven't been until now. Last week, MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell expressed the current narrative in a way I've never encountered before. He was speaking of nurses, but it would apply to other health workers

Robert Koehler (2020-03-23). Creative Empathy in a Pandemic. counterpunch.org One thing about a pandemic: It's inclusive. We cannot survive it, move beyond it, by protecting merely some people. We have to protect everyone. Of all the disruption, paradox and chaos that have been unleashed by the coronavirus, this is the most stunning: It has something to teach us that we could never learn on

Shamus Cooke (2020-03-23). Bail Out the States Not the Banks. counterpunch.org Trump jumped into bailout mode in response to the depth of the economic crisis triggered by the pandemic. A mountain of money has already been promised to the banks, while many other soon-to-be bankrupt corporations will get unimaginable sums with few strings attached, such as the airlines, Boeing, cruise ships, etc., many of whom, like

Susie Day (2020-03-23). Fighting the Cuomo Virus to Free Imprisoned Elders. counterpunch.org It's spring, yet most of us are stuck inside, groping for a positive attitude while hoping we're negative for the coronavirus. Here, in the apartment where I shelter with my partner, Laura Whitehorn, there is constant turmoil. Laura, who spent over 14 years in federal prison, helped found Release Aging People in Prison/RAPP. Currently, Laura

Ben Debney (2020-03-23). The Political Uses of Pandemic. counterpunch.org Crisis has long had political uses for ruling groups. As I wrote in a piece for CounterPunch in 2015, elites and their intellectual courtiers often manufacture crises themselves, though what sociologist Stanley Cohen called 'the amplification of deviance' (or blowing things utterly out of proportion). Where not directly complicit themselves in the process of engineering

WSWS (2020-03-23). Australian teachers and school workers speak out on dangerous working conditions amid pandemic. wsws.org One teacher said: "We should not be expected to work in these unsafe conditions and students should not be expected to go to school either."

WSWS (2020-03-23). Chinese worker writes on the coronavirus pandemic: "Disaffection is growing among the masses" wsws.org "The working class has made huge sacrifices in the fight against the epidemic. The epidemic has increased the pressure on their lives, and made workers want a more resolute voice for labour rights."

Manuel Bertoldi (2020-03-23). The Cost of This Pandemic Must Not Bankrupt the People. zcomm.org It is easier to imagine socialism in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, than it is to continue to live under the heartless regime of capitalism…

WSWS (2020-03-23). John Eliot Gardiner leads all nine Beethoven symphonies at Carnegie Hall, and speaks about their significance. wsws.org An opportunity, just before the coronavirus forced the closing of concert halls, to hear the works of the master played on period instruments.

WSWS (2020-03-23). Coronavirus kills more than 2,600 across Europe in one weekend. wsws.org Though large parts of Europe with hundreds of millions of inhabitants are under lockdown, the contagion is still spreading relentlessly across the continent.

WSWS (2020-03-23). Global economic slump accelerating. wsws.org Just as the coronavirus and its health impacts were severely underestimated, so were its effects on the economy.

WSWS (2020-03-23). Africa threatened by sudden surge in coronavirus cases. wsws.org The entire continent risks becoming infected with coronavirus, which could rapidly swamp its inadequate health systems, leading to a horrific death toll.

WSWS (2020-03-23). Italy's health workers denounce ruling elite's negligence on coronavirus. wsws.org Anger is mounting among Italy's medical personnel at the inadequate resources invested in fundamental health services and the negligence of state authorities.

WSWS (2020-03-23). Australian state of Victoria shuts down school system, other states remain open. wsws.org The chaotic situation reflects the wider disarray and criminal neglect in the ruling elite's response to the coronavirus crisis.

WSWS (2020-03-23). German government prepares for internet censorship and deployment of the armed forces. wsws.org The social democratic state premier of Lower Saxony, Boris Pistorius, has called for a clamp-down against those contradicting official government propaganda about the coronavirus epidemic.

Staff (2020-03-23). Florida Receives Emergency Medical Supplies Even as Other States Struggle. truthout.org On March 11, Florida requested a cache of emergency supplies from the federal government to protect its medical workers against the novel coronavirus. | Other states had only tiny slivers of their requests fulfilled, including some that had asked for them earlier than Florida. Oregon and Oklahoma received only about 10%; New Jersey got less than 6%. | This disparity has not been lost on the states that feel shortchanged in their requests from the Strategic National Stockpile, a trove of supplies…

Michele Barry (2020-03-23). We Need Global Cooperation to Halt Spread. zcomm.org The large Nipah virus epidemic had a lot to do with deforestation and movement of bats closer to other animals, and another novel virus emerged…

RT (2020-03-23). US unemployment rate may skyrocket to 30% amid 'huge shock' to economy. rt.com The United States is expected to see an unprecedented 50 percent drop in gross domestic product in the second quarter due to coronavirus outbreak, says Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis President James Bullard. | According to his projections, the US unemployment rate could hit 30 percent in Q2 as a result of massive shutdowns to combat the virus. | Bullard has called for a powerful fiscal response to replace the $2.5 trillion in lost income to assure a strong eventual US recovery. He said that the Fed should be poised to do more to ensure markets function during a period of high volatility. | "This is a planne…

RT (2020-03-23). US must lift sanctions if they truly want to help Iran fight against coronavirus pandemic — Rouhani. rt.com Washington's offers to help Tehran against the deadly Covid-19 disease are disingenuous, because it is the US sanctions that undermine people's access to medical care, Iran's President Hassan Rouhani has said. | "When the Americans say they are ready to help Iran against the coronavirus, it is one of the greatest lies in history," Rouhani said on Monday, urging Washington to "stop getting in the way of Iranian people doing business." | If they want to help Iran, all they need to do is to lift sanctions. | Rouhani blamed the sweeping US sanctions for exacerbating unemployment and "creating problems with the sup…

RT (2020-03-23). Julian Assange's lawyers to apply for release on bail, citing risk of Covid-19 — WikiLeaks. rt.com Lawyers for Julian Assange are to make a bail application for the WikiLeaks co-founder, arguing that he is in imminent danger of contracting the deadly novel coronavirus at the center of a global pandemic while in prison. | The Australian is currently being held in the notorious maximum-security Belmarsh prison in London on a US extradition warrant for publishing classified information about the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. | WikiLeaks released a statement on Monday, saying the 48-year-old's legal team would now be pushing for bail at a hearing at Westminster Magistrates court in London on Wednesday. | Julian As…

RT (2020-03-23). Qatar announces $150mn in aid to Gaza to support UN programs, efforts in fight against Covid-19. rt.com Qatar has announced $150 million in aid to the Gaza Strip over a period of six months. The decision was taken to support United Nations humanitarian programs in the Palestinian territory as well as efforts to contain the coronavirus outbreak there, the state-run Qatari Committee to Rebuild Gaza tweeted on Monday. | The densely populated Gaza Strip reported its first cases on Sunday, Reuters said. | Authorities announced stay-at-home orders in the occupied West Bank as Palestinian health officials are trying to limit contagion.

RT (2020-03-23). EU 'will provide' ‚Ǩ20mn in humanitarian aid to Iran, support Tehran's IMF request. rt.com The European Union will send €20 million ($21.5 million) in humanitarian aid to Iran, which is subject to US sanctions, to help stop the coronavirus, the EU's top diplomat said on Monday. Brussels will also support Tehran's request for IMF financial help, according to EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell. | "We've not been able to provide a lot of humanitarian help but there is some €20 million in the pipeline… that we expect to be delivered over the next weeks," Borrell said. | "We also agree in supporting the request by Iran and also by Venezuela to the International Monetary Fund to have financ…

RT (2020-03-23). 'Covidiot': New catch-all term created for people who ignore pandemic health warnings, hoard toilet paper. rt.com As the Covid-19 crisis continues around the globe, more and more evidence of human selfishness appears every day on social media. So much so that users have coined the new term "covidiot" to describe the… ahem, 'viral' phenomenon. | Social media users have enshrined the new word on

RT (2020-03-23). 'We will enforce': Denver, Colorado facing 40-DAY 'stay at home' order in response to coronavirus. rt.com Facing 125 confirmed cases of Covid-19 and with much more testing to do, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock gave residents a harsh warning to stay at home for the next 40 days. | "This isn't a recommendation anymore. People need to stay at home," Hancock said on Monday afternoon, announcing a "stay at home" order for Colorado's capital city. The order will go into effect at the end of business on Tuesday and remain in effect until April 10. | Hancock warned residents that authorities will "enforce" the order "when and where we can." | While there have been no deaths from the coronavirus in Denver, it is suspected th…

RT (2020-03-23). Here are the six countries that will be most affected by coronavirus-induced economic chaos. rt.com Time to buckle up: economists believe the looming Covid-19 crash will throw millions out of work and bankrupt thousands of businesses across the globe in a downturn that might even surpass the Great Depression of the 1930s. | Economics is the study of choices, and never more so than now. It's now clear that, with the coronavirus pandemic causing widespread chaos that economists believe will cause a prolonged economic depression, the choices that each person makes have the power to affect their country's and the world's economy over the coming weeks and months. With the caveat that much depends on those individ…

RT (2020-03-23). Boeing suspends production at Washington state hub, citing Covid-19 outbreak. rt.com The main Boeing production facility in Everett, Washington will be closing for at least two weeks, to protect employees amid the coronavirus epidemic. Space and military programs will not be affected, the company said. | Boeing will suspend operations at the Puget Sound facility for 14 days, starting on March 25, President and CEO Dave Calhoun announced on Monday. | "This necessary step protects our employees and the communities where they work and live," he said in a statement. "During this time, we will be conducting additional deep cleaning activities at impacted sites and establishing rigorous criteria for…

RT (2020-03-23). #Where'sJoe? Biden pledges to hold Covid-19 'briefings' after disappearing for week amid speculation over whereabouts. rt.com Democratic presidential frontrunner Joe Biden has promised to address the nation about the coronavirus epidemic "soon" as critics wonder where he's been for the last week — and whether he's even alive. | The former vice president reportedly told donors on Sunday that he would be making the first of many "presentations" regarding the coronavirus pandemic from his Delaware home on Monday, despite disappearing from view for a week. He addressed his backers remotely for a "virtual fundraiser," and no footage or audio from the event has surfaced publicly. | Biden has not appeared in public — virtually or…

RT (2020-03-23). Tunisia president orders army into streets to enforce measures against Covid-19. rt.com Tunisia's President Kais Saied on Monday ordered the army to deploy in the streets in order to force people to respect a lockdown, according to the office of the presidency. The lockdown was imposed to halt the spread of coronavirus in the country. | Tunisia has 89 confirmed cases of the virus, Reuters reported. The government imposed a curfew last week and a general lockdown from Sunday that keeps people in their homes except to buy necessities. | Prime Minister Elyes Fakhfakh said on Saturday that Tunisia was allocating 2.5 billion dinars ($850 million) to combat the economic and social effects of the corona…

RT (2020-03-23). WATCH Russian Army deliver medical aid at airbase near Rome as Moscow rallies to help coronavirus-ravaged Italy. rt.com Russian personnel swiftly airlifted trucks full of medical equipment to Italy, the nation with the highest death toll from the Covid-19 pandemic. | A video by Russia's Defense Ministry shows containers with equipment being offloaded onto Kamaz military semi-trucks after an Il-76 transport plane landed in Italy's Pratica di Mare airbase, 30km (18.6 miles) from Rome. Personnel in white hazmat suits helped to prepare the cargo hatch before the vehicles could roll onto the tarmac. | Russian aircraft carrying Covid-19 aid have been arriving to Italy since Sunday evening. Moscow is helping Rome by providing medic…

RT (2020-03-23). Coronavirus pandemic is 'ACCELERATING,' warns WHO chief as global death toll keeps rising rapidly. rt.com The Covid-19 outbreak is far from dying down, head of the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned, urging nations to act while it still was possible to "change the trajectory" of the pandemic. | The disease spread is "accelerating," WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Monday, citing the expanding figures of the coronavirus cases. | "It took 67 days from the first reported case to reach the first 100,000 cases, 11 days for the second 100,000 cases and just four days for the third 100,000 cases," he said. | It's still possible to overcome the negative trend, the official added, urging nations to act.

RT (2020-03-23). Germany already FLATTENING the curve of Covid-19 infections, says public health chief. rt.com The head of Germany's public health institute claims that the rate of new coronavirus infection in the country is showing signs of flattening, highlighting the success of social distancing measures adopted nationwide. | "We are seeing signs that the exponential growth curve is flattening off slightly," said Lothar Wieler, head of the Robert Koch Institute. "But I will only be able to confirm this trend definitively on Wednesday." | Germany was among the first European nations to introduce a raft of emergency response measures including school closures and the severe curtailment of public gatherings. | Wieler s…

RT (2020-03-23). Merkel's first test on coronavirus was negative — spokesperson. rt.com German Chancellor Angela Merkel has preliminary tested negative for coronavirus. Merkel has been placed under house quarantine after she had contact with a medic who contracted the disease. | "The result of today's test is negative," government spokesman Steffen Seibert said Monday. "More tests will be done in the next few days." | Also on rt.com | | After Canada's PM Justin Trudeau (whose wife tested positive for Covid-19), Merkel was yet another leader to g…

RT (2020-03-23). 'We want to hold the Olympics, but we're not so stupid to expect people to come amid pandemic' — Japan's Olympic chief. rt.com Japan does not intend to simply ignore the Covid-19 pandemic and hold the Olympic Games as other nations refuse to send delegations, but canceling them altogether is not on the table for now, the nation's Olympic chief said. | "I'm not so foolish as to insist that the Olympics go ahead as initially planned," Yoshiro Mori told journalists on Monday, as cited by Reuters. He acknowledged there was a lot of concern in the Olympic movement over holding the Games amid a global health crisis. | Shortly before that, Canada and Australia said they won't be sending their teams to the Games due to coronavirus concerns.

RT (2020-03-23). Lombardy workers threaten to strike after government fails to shut down factories due to virus crisis. rt.com Workers at metal and chemical factories in Italy's north may go on strike this week, in protest against the government's failure to include them on a shutdown list. Industrialists say they shouldn't be, that the list is too long. | Three metalworkers' unions announced they will be going on an eight-hour strike on Wednesday this week. They are protesting a government decree from Sunday that ordered the closure of businesses in Italy until early April, but that also included a long list of essential industries that will remain open. The shutdown is meant to slow the spread of the Covid-19 virus in the country.

RT (2020-03-23). UK govt orders three-week lockdown to tackle Covid-19. rt.com Citing the need to slow the spread of coronavirus, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has ordered a three-week nationwide lockdown, demanding the populace to stay at home or face getting arrested. | "From this evening I must give the British people a very simple instruction – you must stay at home," Johnson said on Monday evening. | If you don't follow the rules the police will have the powers to enforce | Preventing the spread of the coronavirus between homes is key to ensuring that the National Health Service (NHS) is not overwhelmed by the influx of patients requiring intensive care — or crowding out othe…

RT (2020-03-23). Democrats block SECOND attempt to pass coronavirus stimulus in US Senate. rt.com Senate Democrats have blocked for the second time the procedural vote on the stimulus bill, intended to help the US workers and companies shut down over the Covid-19 pandemic. | The motion to invoke cloture — limiting the debate — failed to get the necessary three-fifths of the senators present to agree, with 49 votes for and 46 against on Monday afternoon. | Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell denounced the "absolutely mindless obstruction" by the Democrats, accusing them of "fiddling around with Senate procedure" while the economy floundered and businesses shut down due to pandemic lockdowns acr…

RT (2020-03-23). Reading the autocue has never looked so hard: Joe Biden emerges from 6 DAYS in hiding with stumbling video stream. rt.com Joe Biden has reemerged from an almost week-long disappearance to post a video on Twitter addressing the Trump administration's handling of the Covid-19 crisis, but his return has been greeted with mockery and concern. | Biden sounded tired and slow as he spoke while standing in front of what appeared to be a green screen with a set of bookshelves digitally imposed behind him. | He criticized US President Donald Trump and Senate leader Mitch McConnell for "trying to put a corporate bailout ahead of millions of families" and urged "aggressive measures" to help small US businesses, workers and communities suffer…

RT (2020-03-23). Russian coronavirus vaccine passes first phase of development – expected to be ready in '11 months'. rt.com As Covid-19 rapidly spreads, the world is united in hoping for a light at the end of the tunnel. On Monday, some potentially good news came from Moscow where hopes are high that progress has been made on a vaccine. | The head of the Russian Federal Biological Medical Agency (FMBA), Veronika Skvortsova, announced that the remedy should be available before the end of next winter. The FMBA has two teams — in Moscow and Saint Petersburg — working simultaneously on the project. | "I would like to tell you about the development of the vaccine. The development of the vaccine has gone through the first pha…

RT (2020-03-23). Italy's Covid-19 death toll FALLS for second consecutive day. rt.com In what it's hoped will become a positive trend, Italy has reported a drop in Covid-19-related fatalities for a second consecutive day. Yet, the number of cases there has climbed to over 60,000. | The country's death toll currently stands at 6,078, health officials said late on Monday. The daily number of deaths appears to be dropping — 602 new deaths were registered, compared to 651 on Sunday and a whopping 793 on Saturday. | The total number of confirmed cases in Italy has risen to 63,927, constituting an eight percent increase from a previous 59,138. | While the numbers are staggering, it's actually th…

RT (2020-03-23). The ultra-rich drift away from sinful earth on their coronavirus-proof super-yachts. rt.com Social distancing is key to safety amid the Covid-19 pandemic, and what better place than the high seas to stay away from everyone? That is, if you can afford a luxury super-yacht, not one of those infection-teeming cruises. | Private yachts are typically seen as the height of luxury and the ultimate status symbol. But now, thanks to the Covid-19 pandemic, they're the height of safety — but only if you've got a bank balance that resembles the GDP of a small African country. | Yacht charter firms have switched promotional strategies and are starting to advertise their vessels as the safest places to self-i…

RT (2020-03-23). US Defense Sec admits military readiness could be affected by Covid-19, insists Pentagon can still conduct 'national missions'. rt.com In a Pentagon briefing on Monday, US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper revealed that coronavirus could impact the readiness of the country's military if the spread of the devastating illness is not slowed. | "If this pandemic continues at the scale and scope of what some are predicting, over time you could start seeing an impact on [military] readiness," said Esper, though he added he does not foresee the military being affected enough for it to be incapable of conducting "national missions." | Part of the US military's responsibilities during the pandemic will be setting up field hospitals in cities like New Yo…

RT (2020-03-23). Tokyo urges 'timely' G20 action to combat Covid-19 fallout. rt.com Japan has called on G20 finance leaders to take timely policy steps to tackle global economic risks posed by the coronavirus outbreak, Finance Minister Taro Aso said on Monday. | The minister said after a conference call with his G20 counterparts that the nature of the crisis was different to the collapse of Lehman Brothers in 2008, when dollar funding dried up, Reuters reports. However, Aso informed the G20 he was "deeply concerned" about the damage the coronavirus outbreak was inflicting on markets and the global economy. | "The G20 has a very important role to play in preventing the infection from spreading…

RT (2020-03-23). EVERY MINUTE COUNTS! Moscow coronavirus hospital construction workers motivated by Soviet-style billboards. rt.com Lord Kitchener, Uncle Sam… and now Sergei Sobyanin? A series of motivational billboards aimed at workers constructing Moscow's new coronavirus hospital have gone viral on Russian social media. | The most-shared poster, which depicts the Moscow mayor, reminds construction workers that time is of the essence to defeat coronavirus. Another billboard shows a bulldozer symbolically crushing Covid-19. | Builders! Every minute counts!: | | Builders! Every minute counts! | *This is the mayor of Moscow, Sergei Sobyanin. | © stroi.mos.ru | The remaining posters depict builders, as well as doctors and re…

RT (2020-03-23). US in lockdown: The biggest threat to the oil industry ever? rt.com The impact of border closures, travel restrictions, restaurant closures and more is already wreaking havoc on the US oil industry, and it is likely to get much worse. | The SARS CoV2 virus that is behind the COVID-19 pandemic has finally ravaged the United States, and cities and states are reacting to its brutality by shutting stuff down. As the United States continues to increase measures to isolate the sick and slow the spread, the oil industry is bracing for harder times ahead. Just how bad could it get, and what would a full quarantine mean for US oil? | The effects of US border closures, travel restrictio…

RT (2020-03-23). Spain's coronavirus death toll spikes by 462 fatalities overnight, 4,500+ new cases. rt.com The Spanish Health Ministry has confirmed that an additional 462 people died overnight bringing the country's total loss of life during the coronavirus crisis to 2,182. | Spain was among the first European countries to initiate a nationwide lockdown protocol as infection rates soared. The total number of coronavirus cases in the country rose from 28,572 to 33,089 on Monday, despite the best efforts of authorities to impose strict social distancing. | Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez warned Saturday that "the worst is yet to come," as the nation's beleaguered health system struggles to turn the tide of infe…

RT (2020-03-23). 'Facts matter!' Pompeo lectures Iranian govt over 'conspiracy theories' as US sanctions deprive nation of medicine. rt.com US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has slammed Iran for blaming Washington for coronavirus and accused Tehran of putting "the rest of the world at risk," even as US sanctions keep sorely-needed medical supplies out of its reach. | Pompeo assailed Iranian Ayatollah Khamenei's "fabrications that the US is responsible for the #WuhanVirus" in a series of tweets on Monday, claiming the Supreme Leader's "conspiracy theories" and alleged disregard for the warnings of experts put the health of Iranians, Americans, and others in jeopardy. | @khamenei_ir's fabrications that the U.S. is responsible for the RT (2020-03-23). IMF warns coronavirus recession could be worse than 2009. rt.com The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has issued a grim warning for the global economy, saying that a worldwide recession caused by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic could be even worse than the one from 11 years ago. | "The outlook for global growth: for 2020 it is negative — a recession at least as bad as during the global financial crisis or worse. But we expect recovery in 2021," IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva said, following a conference call of G20 finance ministers and central bank governors. | The IMF further warned that many emerging markets could be particularly severely hit by the ec…

RT (2020-03-23). 'Postponement has been decided': IOC member Dick Pound says Tokyo 2020 Olympics WILL be postponed. rt.com One of the most senior names in the International Olympic Committee has stated that a decision has already been made to postpone the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games due to the coronavirus pandemic. | Longstanding IOC member Dick Pound told USA Today Sports that the decision has been made and an announcement will be forthcoming, with future plans and contingencies set to be discussed and announced moving forward. | Speaking on Monday, Pound said: "On the basis of the information the IOC has, postponement has been decided. | "The parameters going forward have not been determined, but the Games are not going to start on…

RT (2020-03-23). Over 65s in Moscow to be PAID to self-isolate — except for President Putin. rt.com If you can't force them, perhaps the only solution is to bribe them? Moscow's mayor has ordered all over 65s to stay at home for almost three weeks and is offering a cash incentive to encourage them to comply. | The scheme will run from March 26 until April 14, and recipients will be paid a 4,000-ruble ($50) sweetener as motivation. If that seems low, bear in mind that prices of essentials are considerably lower in Russia than in North America and Western Europe, in dollar terms. For instance, a single bus ticket in Moscow is 44 rubles ($0.55), compared to $2.75 in New York, although most elderly travelers don…

RT (2020-03-23). Hong Kong to ban all tourist arrivals, may suspend alcohol sales. rt.com Hong Kong is banning all tourist arrivals to the global financial center amid a spike in imported cases of the coronavirus. The move comes as Hong Kong joins cities worldwide in the battle to contain the spread of the disease. | The government also said it was studying whether to suspend the sale of alcohol in licensed bars and restaurants in the city. It has 318 confirmed cases of coronavirus and four deaths, Reuters reported. | Hong Kong last week toughened curbs on travelers, ordering 14 days of quarantine for arrivals and advising against all non-essential travel. University entrance exams will be postpone…

RT (2020-03-23). US slashes aid to Afghanistan by $1bn 'IMMEDIATELY', touts more cuts as Taliban 'peace deal' on brink of collapse. rt.com Washington will cut aid to Afghanistan by $1 billion starting immediately, after failing to resolve a fierce dispute between rival Afghan leaders, the State Department said, noting the US military withdrawal would continue. | Lamenting the failure of Afghan leaders to agree on an "inclusive government," Pompeo said the feud between President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah had "harmed US-Afghan relations," adding that Washington would review cooperation with the country and make significant cuts to US aid. | "Because this leadership failure poses a direct threat to US national interests, eff…

RT (2020-03-23). Pompeo to meet Taliban in Doha in bid to shore up faltering Afghanistan peace deal. rt.com US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is to meet with Taliban officials in Doha, Qatar, in an effort to revive the collapsing peace deal between the two parties, despite failure to reach a separate deal with the Afghan government. | Pompeo is set to sit down with chief Taliban negotiator Mullah Baradar and other officials from the militant group on Monday in order "to press the Taliban to continue to comply with the agreement signed last month," State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said in a statement. | While the US and Taliban reached an agreement last month to begin drawing down American forces in exchan…

RT (2020-03-23). 'The world is not in such a condition': Japanese PM Abe suggests for first time that Tokyo Olympics could be postponed. rt.com Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says that this summer's Tokyo Olympics may need to be postponed as numerous countries have expressed reservations about participating in the games due to the coronavirus pandemic. | After both Canada and Australia announced that they will not send athletes to any Olympics Games hosted this summer, along with reports that various individual athletes are expressing concern, Abe told a Japanese parliamentary meeting that the event will likely need to be rescheduled and said that he will hold talks with International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach regarding the matt…

RT (2020-03-23). US, UAE troops 'seize model city' during major exercise amid Iran & virus tensions. rt.com US Marines and Emirati troops held a major military exercise on Monday that saw forces seize a sprawling model Middle East city, AP reported. The drill was conducted some 200km (125 miles) southwest of Abu Dhabi amid tensions with Iran and despite the new coronavirus pandemic. | Troops raced over the dunes of the Al-Hamra Military Base to take the model city, complete with multi-story buildings, an airport control tower, an oil refinery and a central mosque. | Controlled explosions rang out as Emirati troops rappelled from hovering helicopters and Marines searched narrow streets on the Persian Gulf for "enemy"

RT (2020-03-23). Justice Dept reassures Americans only judges can suspend their constitutional rights during coronavirus epidemic. rt.com The US Department of Justice has reassured Americans freaked out by a request to Congress for powers of indefinite detention without trial by explaining that only judges — not President Donald Trump — would be able to use it. | DOJ spokeswoman Kerri Kupec lamented the "confusion" caused by a Politico report

RT (2020-03-23). Hungary 'assessing option of national lockdown,' PM Orban tells parliament. rt.com Prime Minister Viktor Orban told Hungary's lawmakers on Monday that his government is weighing up the option of a national lockdown to combat coronavirus. Orban's cabinet has sought to raise emergency powers it says are needed to tackle the outbreak. | "We are considering this option, and what option specifically would make the most sense," Reuters quoted the PM as saying. "Different countries have adopted different approaches: a curfew does not mean that nobody can leave their house, that is not needed and would not be possible," he said. | The country has so far reported 167 confirmed cases of coronavirus an…

RT (2020-03-23). European markets tumble as global health crisis takes toll on economy. rt.com Stock markets around the world are starting the week mostly lower as the spread of the coronavirus continues to drag down the global economy, | The FTSE index is down over four percent at the start of trading in London, while Germany's DAX and France's CAC have plummeted almost five percent. The pan-European Stoxx 600 dropped 4.5 percent at the opening bell on Monday, with industrials nosediving six percent to lead the losses. | pic.twitter.com/kyzOribwWW— Holger Zschaepitz (@Schuldensuehner) March 23, 2020

RT (2020-03-23). Next 10-15 days 'decisive' in Vietnam's virus fight, PM says. rt.com The next 10-15 days will be decisive in Vietnam's fight against the coronavirus, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said on Monday. In mid-February, the Southeast Asian country said all 16 reported coronavirus cases in the country had recovered from the disease. | Weeks later, that number increased sharply following an influx of imported cases from Europe and the United States. There are now 122 cases, according to the Health Ministry, and no reported deaths, Reuters reports. | Phuc called for limits on large gatherings, to contain the spread of the virus. Anyone violating quarantine measures or failing to submit…

RT (2020-03-23). Germany repatriates some 120,000 of estimated 200,000 tourists stranded overseas. rt.com The German government has repatriated some 120,000 of an estimated 200,000 tourists stranded overseas by coronavirus restrictions in recent days, Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said on Monday. | Attention is now increasingly turning to travelers in more remote countries, like Chile, Mexico, New Zealand and Gambia, from where repatriation presented a greater logistical challenge, he said. | Berlin was working with travel companies to bring their customers home but was also chartering its own flights where necessary, Reuters quoted the minister as saying. Arranging flights has become more difficult as countries clo…

RT (2020-03-23). All jury trials in England & Wales on hold over coronavirus fears. rt.com The lord chief justice, Lord Burnett, has announced that no new jury trials will be held in England and Wales, and any ongoing ones will be paused as the coronavirus crisis continues. | In a statement on Monday, Burnett said that arrangements were being made to conduct as many regular hearings remotely as possible using phones, video and other technology though jury trials cannot be conducted remotely. | "A review of the arrangements in our courts is called for. I have decided that we need to pause jury trials for a short time to enable appropriate precautions to be put in place," Burnett said. | Also on rt.co

RT (2020-03-23). Who is it? Speculations are rife as WH press corps journo tests positive for coronavirus. rt.com A member of the White House Correspondents' Association has tested positive for coronavirus, the group has revealed, triggering feverish speculation as to who the unlucky journalist might be — and might have coughed on. | The coronavirus alert was sent out to members of the press pool on Monday by WHCA president Jon Karl, who revealed only that the individual was at the White House four times in the past two weeks, perhaps in an effort to allow journalists who skipped those days to breathe a little easier. | Karl urged journalists to "review public health guidance, consult their medical professionals, an…

RT (2020-03-23). US stocks plunge despite Fed promises to pump unlimited amount of money into economy. rt.com Wall Street's main indices are down after opening on Monday for the first ever all-electronic trading session, which is aimed at protecting New York Stock Exchange employees from the coronavirus. | Both the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500 were down around four percent as of 16: 00 GMT. The Nasdaq Composite, an index comprised of America's top technology companies, was down over two percent. | Global markets are down despite the promise by the US Federal Reserve to pump in the cash "amounts needed to support smooth market functioning and effective transmission of monetary policy to broader financial…

RT (2020-03-23). 2nd Egyptian military official dies of coronavirus — report. rt.com A senior Egyptian military official died from coronavirus on Monday, state newspaper Al-Ahram said. The previous day, state media announced the death of another senior military official. | Major General Shafie Abdel Halim Dawoud "died while fighting the coronavirus," state television said, without giving any details. The country's official media said on Sunday that Major General Khaled Shaltout had died of the same cause. | Egypt has so far registered 327 cases of the respiratory disease caused by the virus, including 14 fatalities, Reuters cited officials from the Health Ministry as saying on Sunday.

Global Research News (2020-03-23). Selected Articles: Repercussions of Coronavirus COVID-19. globalresearch.ca By The crisis and public measures to fight it (drastic travel restrictions…

Manouchehr Hosseinzadeh (2020-03-23). The Charlatan and the Villager. iranian.com The despicable Mr. Charlatan is known to all of us, he is the deceiving, conniving, scandalous, and cruel bully whose greed is limitless and his shame none. He is the man of all trades but skilled in nothing, claims to knowledge that he doesn't have, and witnesses to events that hasn't happened. He doesn't care …

The Iranian (2020-03-23). Goes to show the level of hubris and profound BS of Western produced statistics. iranian.com

Leon Kunstenaar (2020-03-23). 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 (2020-03-23). 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 (2020-03-23). What the Coronavirus Emergency Has to Do with Biden vs. Sanders. indybay.org Tepid adjustments vs. truly transformational agendas…

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Journal of the Plague: Year One
Eve Ottenberg | counterpunch.org | 2020-03-23
For anyone who doubted that our corporate and political elites would use the Covid-19 plague to line their own pockets, the Senate Republican aid package cutting corporate taxes kills those doubts once and for all. Further proof of our aristocrats' disgusting behavior comes with the news that at least five senators dumped stocks after classified…
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Derelict Leadership on Health Security
Mel Gurtov | counterpunch.org | 2020-03-23
If one event shows both Trump's flawed character and his ineptitude, it would have to be his handling of the coronavirus pandemic. It is all about him, claiming superior knowledge of the medical issues while constantly downplaying the extent and seriousness of the virus, ignoring early warning signs, and withholding vital information from the scientific…
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The IMF Abandons Venezuelans to the Threat of the COVID-19 Pandemic
Nino Pagliccia | counterpunch.org | 2020-03-23
No government that had to bow to the power of a financial institution like the International Monetary Fund (IMF) knows the harsh consequences to which it will have to submit. That includes the Venezuelan government. And yet last March 15 president Nicolas Maduro filed a formal request to the IMF for a financing facility of…
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Spotlight: U.S. Politicians' Use of the Term "Chinese Virus" Widely Condemned
Xinhua | globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-23
The recent re-labeling of the novel coronavirus with xenophobic undertones by some U.S. politicians to stigmatize China has drawn widespread criticism. | As the international community works together to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, a few American politicians are shifting blame to …
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Trump intensifies murderous Iran sanctions during COVID-19 crisis
Aaron Maté | thegrayzone.com | 2020-03-23
As Iran struggles to contain COVID-19, the US has imposed new sanctions that further weaken the Iranian economy and health…
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While Dumping Their Stocks, US Senators Misled the Public on Coronavirus Crisis
Jacob Crosse | globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-23
The actions of prominent US lawmakers, Democrats as well as Republicans, in seeking to secure their personal wealth while concealing from the public the catastrophic implications of the coronavirus pandemic and the measures needed to combat it, sum up the …
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Jeff Bezos, World's Richest Man, Wants Your Donations To Help Amazon Employees
Alan Macleod | mintpressnews.com | 2020-03-23
A man worth over $100 billion, who makes, on average, $230,000 per minute calling on the public to help his own impoverished employees was not met well by many.
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Venezuelan President Demands US Lift Economic Sanctions
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-23
Venezuelan President, Nicolas Maduro, requested that the U.S. government lift its sanctions due to the Covid-19 (coronavirus) outbreak that whas already had a major affect on the Venezuelan economy. | RELATED: | Venezuela Guarantees Medicines to Fight Coronavirus | Maduro called on the Venezuelan people to help demand the end of the economic blockade, especially during this "worldwide crisis period". The Bolivarian Republic leader also requested the elimination of "financial, oil and food sanctions. | "Venezu…
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Venezuela: 200 Nationals Stranded at US Base.to be Repatriated
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-23
Venezuelan citizens, who are stranded in North American territory due to the Covid- 19 sanitary emergency, will be repatriated by the government, a new report said on Monday. | RELATED: Venezuela: Nicolas Maduro Demands U.S. Lift Economic Sanctions | According to local news media, the Bolivarian government requested U.S authorities to allow a Conviasa airline flight to return the Venezuelan citizens. This is an administrative measure to restrain the virus' spread and give all Venezuelan citizens the sa…
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When War becomes Peace, When the Lie becomes the Truth
Prof Michel Chossudovsky | globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-23
When fiction becomes truth and truth becomes fiction. When a global military agenda is heralded as a humanitarian endeavor.
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Canada registers 500,000 Employment Insurance claims in one week, as Coronavirus triggers jobs massacre
wsws.org | 2020-03-23
Last week's EI claims far surpassed the total number of jobs lost in the eight months immediately following the eruption of the 2008 global financial crisis.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/03/23/caco…

Immigrants at New Jersey ICE detention center launch hunger strike over COVID-19 threat
wsws.org | 2020-03-23
Detainees at the Newark, New Jersey jail used by ICE are protesting filthy conditions that increase their risk of infection by the coronavirus and are demanding to be released.
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COVID-19 Will Spread Like Wildfire in Migrant Jails If Detainees Aren't Released
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-03-23
Alarm is growing about the safety of more than 37,000 people held in immigrant detention centers and private jails that contract with Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, where it is nearly impossible for them to avoid close contact to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Nearly half of those detained by ICE are accused of no crime other than civil immigration violations. Immigrants at three jails in New Jersey are now on hunger strikes over unsanitary conditions that put them at high…
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UN Chief Warns of Coming Recession for the Planet
Evelyn Leopold | counterpunch.org | 2020-03-23
The United Nations has shut down most of its meetings and all of its conferences, but the world body in New York stays open. There are peacekeeping missions to follow, conflicts around the world and the plight of the millions of refugees from wars that don't heal. But most of the work is done electronically…
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For America's Urgent Health and Safety, Trump Needs to Resign!
Ralph Nader | counterpunch.org | 2020-03-23
Leaning on sober-minded experts in infectious diseases at his daily news conferences, Trump is frantically trying to look good. But the old delusionary Trump keeps resurfacing. On Monday, he rated his coronavirus performance at a perfect ten. On Tuesday, he lied to the public about his knowing it was a pandemic…
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COVID-19: A US Scheme for Greater Consolidation of Wealth and Power?
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-23
Earlier global crises were manufactured to enhance the power of US ruling authorities, serve corporate favorites, and transfer wealth from ordinary people to privileged ones. | Since the neoliberal 1990s alone, that's what the 1997-98 Asian financial crisis, 2000 dot.com bust, …
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Is Martial Law Coming to the US?
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-23
Crises are opportunities for ruling authorities to institute policies not easily introduced during normal times. | Post-9/11 and at other extraordinary times, the public is willfully deceived to believe that by sacrificing personal freedoms, greater security is possible

China Braces for Further Economic Shockwaves
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-23
For the past 40 years, China achieved sustained high-level economic growth, experiencing short-term bumps alone along the way. | On a purchase price basis, what a basket of goods costs compared to the US, China already is the world's largest economy, …
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Power in a Time of Coronavirus
Norman Solomon | zcomm.org | 2020-03-23
To fight like hell for the living

El Salvador: First Covid-19 Quarantine Arrests Announced
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-23
Journalists and human rights activists from El Salvador have announced more than 250 arrests after official Nayib Bikele, Salvadorean President, decreed an official quarantine. | RELATED: | Salvadoran Assembly Passes Law of Reconciliation | Between other measures to restrain Covid-19, only one member per family could buy supplies like food or medicines. Also, only public servants who are related to food delivery, transportation, and other basic services are allowed to go out. | In the first…
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Public Retraction: Chomsky Report Published on teleSUR Spanish
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-23
On March 20, teleSUR Spanish published a TV report titled "Chomsky considers US unleashed biological warfare," with regards to the COVID-19 global pandemic. | In the report, claims, that the U.S. is somewhat behind the current spread of the virus, are falsely attributed to the renowned intellectual and political activist Noam Chomsky. | The report was made citing the source insurgentes.org which teleSUR will no longer use as a trusted source. As teleSUR, we sincerely apologize for the misinformation caused to our Spanish audience with this story and of course to the inconveniences caused to Mr. Chomsky. | It…
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When is a Logging Road "Not a Road"?
Mike Garrity | counterpunch.org | 2020-03-23
How does the Forest Service justify bulldozing new roads where they are not supposed to be? Only by saying, "this feature is not a road." war is peace freedom is slavery ignorance is strength These are the official slogans of the Party as inscribed at the Ministry of Truth in George Orwell's dystopian novel 1984. The…
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When is a Logging Road "Not a Road"?
Mike Garrity | counterpunch.org | 2020-03-23
war is peace freedom is slavery ignorance is strength How does the Forest Service justify bulldozing new roads where they are not supposed to be? Only by saying, "this feature is not a road." These are the official slogans of the Party as inscribed at the Ministry of Truth in George Orwell's dystopian novel 1984. The…
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Pompeo Arrives in Afghanistan to Revive Faltering Peace Talks
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-23
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in Kabul, Afghanistan's capital,on Sunday to try to push forward the stalled peace agreement signed by the two countries in February. | RELATED: | Furious at Probe Into US War Crimes Pompeo Threatens ICC Staff | The advance of the coronavirus around the world has caused most world leaders to restrict their travel abroad. This has been the main cause of the stalled peace process in Afghanistan, local media said. | Pompeo's trip occurr…
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Reaching 'beyond the possible' in Hawaii to meet sustainability goals
news.un.org | 2020-03-23
The people and government of the US state of Hawaii will reach "beyond the possible" to make the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) a reality; The SDGs are a set of targets agreed by countries around the world to reduce poverty, protect the planet and ensure peace and prosperity for all, by 2030. Hawaii introduced its own initiative, Sustainable Hawaii, in 2016 in support of the SDGs.
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Death of the "Usual": Economic Evolution and the Emergence of the New
Graham Peebles | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-03-23
Humanity is faced with a series of self-made, interrelated crises, from the environmental catastrophe to poverty, inequality, the absence of peace and an unprecedented level of displaced persons, among other pressing issues. All have been brought about by the negative behaviour of mankind, by the pervasive modes of living, the corrosive values and ideologies that …
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Brazil: Protests Against Bolsonaro's Incompetence Over COVID-19
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-23
Successive social protests in Brazil show that the political authority of ultra-right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro is suffering a mortal blow, local media reported on Monday. | RELATED: | Brazil Requests Impeachment for Jair Bolsonaro | For five consecutive nights, Brazil has shown its anger at President Jair Bolsonaro by pot- banging from windows and balconies. | The anger was unleashed after the president downplayed the importance of the crisis the country is going through to contain the…
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Colombia: Prison Riots Under Investigation
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-23
The Colombian Prosecutor's Office will open an investigation into the deaths of 23 inmates after protests on March 22. The prisoners requested the government instittute preventive measures against the Covid-19 inside the prison facility. The demonstration resulted in violence and the death of several inmates. | RELATED: | Covid-19 Death Toll Rises Moderately in Latin America | The legal body said in a communication: "Because of these regrettable events in which 23 inmates at the La Mode…
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Welcome to Sweatshop Amerika!
Mike Whitney | globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-23
Imagine if the congress approved a measure to form a public-private partnership between the US Treasury and the Federal Reserve. Can you imagine that? | Now imagine if a panicky and ill-informed Congress gave the Fed a blank check to bail …
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The pro-Western World Uyghur Congress (WUC) Is Being Used "To Detonate the World"
Andre Vltchek | globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-23
You were told, by Western mass media outlets, to pity Uyghurs, an ethnic Chinese minority group from Xinjiang Province. You were instructed to 'stand by them', and to "defend their rights". | They told you that Uyghurs are being discriminated against, …
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IMF Rejects Venezuela COVID-19 Emergency Fund Appeal
Ricardo Vaz | globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-23
The International Monetary Fund has rejected a Venezuelan appeal for an emergency US $5 billion loan to face the coronavirus health crisis. | Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza revealed on Tuesday afternoon that President Nicolas Maduro had sent a letter to IMF …
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The Pathogenic Profits System: Beyond Begging, Praying, and Capital
Paul Street | counterpunch.org | 2020-03-23
We live in an age of Orwellian untruth where falsehood is the norm. One key falsehood worth unmasking is the claim that the current COVID-19 stock market decline, soon to usher in a full-on recession, is a "black swan"

The Pathogenic Profits System: Beyond Begging, Praying, and Capital
Paul Street | zcomm.org | 2020-03-23
If it were a rational, decent, educated, and democratic society, the United States would be spending massive sums on epidemic/pandemic readiness instead of on a Pentagon System that transfers massive wealth to the owners of high-tech "defense" corporations…
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Images of Cuban Doctors Helping Italy Go Viral, Burst Media Narrative
Alan Macleod | mintpressnews.com | 2020-03-23
Videos of Cuban doctors volunteering to travel halfway across the world to put themselves in mortal danger for the good of people they have never met stirred the heartstrings of even the most cynical observer.
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China Is Saving the World From COVID-19
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-23
The People's Republic is dedicated to win-win exchanges in order to ultimately build a Community of Common Destiny, and its selfless assistance to the rest of the world proves is sincerity to those noble ideals without any doubt. | It's admittedly | …
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U.S. and Iraq: The Hidden History
Richard Becker | globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-23
"You have given Iraq the opportunity to stand on its own," President Barack Obama told hundreds of cheering U.S. troops in Baghdad on April 7, 2009, his first visit to the country after being elected. He added that now, "Iraqis …
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United Parcel Service forcing employees to work without protection amid COVID-19 pandemic
wsws.org | 2020-03-23
"There has been no serious talk about this disease" at UPS, a warehouse worker in Baltimore, Maryland, told the World Socialist Web Site.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/03/23/upsb…

Coronavirus: What Newsweek Failed to Mention About "Continuity of Government"
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2020-03-23
Though often discussed in relation to nuclear war or a similarly chaotic scenario, "continuity of government" plans can be triggered even by popular, nonviolent opposition to an unpopular war abroad. It exists solely to keep the current system in place, regardless of the cost.
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"Four Corners" program exposes Australian war crimes in Afghanistan
wsws.org | 2020-03-23
The actions revealed in the program, including the execution of unarmed civilians, have doubtless been known by successive governments, Labor and Coalition alike.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/03/23/afgh…

A Fiasco in the Making? As the Coronavirus Pandemic Takes Hold, We Are Making Decisions Without Reliable Data
John P.A. Ioannidis | globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-23
The current coronavirus disease, Covid-19, has been called a once-in-a-century pandemic. But it may also be a once-in-a-century evidence fiasco. | At a time when everyone needs better information, from disease modelers and governments to people quarantined or just …
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The Coronavirus Lockdown. "The Whole World Brought to its Knees by Coronavirus"
Pierre LeBlanc | globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-23
Author's Note: Following is a somewhat fictionalized account based on factual circumstances. | I'm feeling numb. My throat is tight. My breath is short. I look outside. The street is empty. I look inside. Can't see my lover; she's on the …
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The Real 'Sports of Kings' … Not for Us Suckers!!
Philip A Farruggio | globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-23
Borrowing from the moniker of horseracing as the 'Sport of Kings' this writer is going further into the sewer of media hype. I love sports and acknowledge that I am a fan of many sports, with even some teams as …
globalresearch.ca/the-real-sports-of-kin…

Coronavirus and The Age of Anxiety Redux
Christopher Black | globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-23
In 1948 the poet, W.H. Auden, published a long poem he titled, The Age of Anxiety, in which four characters express their anxiety about their place in a world that has been destroyed by two world wars and was threatened …
globalresearch.ca/age-anxiety-redux/5707…

Does the Coronavirus Pandemic Serve a Global Agenda?
Senta Depuydt | globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-23
For those who follow the global immunization agenda and its implementation on different continents, the announcement of a new pandemic didn't come as a surprise. "Pandemic preparedness" has been well-funded and a buzz word for a long time before becoming …
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COVID-19: What Will Change When It Is All Over. Britain is Going the Same Way as Italy
True Publica | globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-23
What will change in our lives after Covid? It's a big question. One answer is

Are 5G / Biometric Systems Being Covertly Installed During the Lockdown, Where You Live?
Take Back Your Power | globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-23
In recent days a couple videos have begun circulating on social media with evidence of apparent installations of 5G and/or biometric systems while children are home due to the COVID-19 lockdown. | We now have the opportunity to confirm (or debunk) …
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Coronavirus: Israel's Mossad Acquires 100,000 'Unusable' Test Kits
Lubna Masarwa | globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-23
Israel's external intelligence agency, the Mossad, joined the country's battle against the global coronavirus pandemic and has acquired 100,000 test kits for the disease from two countries with which it does not share diplomatic ties, Israeli media reported, adding …
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In Times of Crisis, How to Prevent an Economic Meltdown and Avoid Privatizing Profits and Socializing Losses
Prof Rodrigue Tremblay | globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-23
"The test of our [moral] progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much, it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little." –Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945), 32nd American President …
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Global Research: Analyzing Global Complexities
The Global Research Team | globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-23
Dear Readers, | As we all do our best to digest the complexities unfolding around us with great speed, we remind you more than ever to double check all information you receive. At Global Research we are doing our best to …
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Lawsuit against EPA for "Re-approving" Monsanto Cancer-causing Pesticide

| globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-23
Today, Center for Food Safety (CFS) on behalf of a broad coalition of farmworkers, farmers, and conservationists, filed a federal lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over its January 2020 re-approval of the pesticide glyphosate, best known as the …
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Cuba Sends 53 Doctors and Nurses to Fight Covid-19 in Italy
Telesur | globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-23
Cuban health authorities announced on Thursday that the country will send 53 health professionals to Lombardy, Italy, to help contain the new coronavirus pandemic. | The 53 doctors and nurses have experience in caring for these types of diseases. In 2014, …
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Mike Pompeo Admits COVID-19 Is a "Live Exercise," Trump Retorts "I Wish You Would Have Told Us"
Shepard Ambellas | globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-23
United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had a slip of the tongue while addressing the American people from the White House when he stated that COVID-19 is a live military exercise. | "This is not about retribution," Pompeo explained. "This …
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Shutting Down an Entire Economy. Weighing up the Threat From the Virus and the Threat From the Reaction
Rob Slane | globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-23
Would you consider the shutting down of an entire national economy for a disease such as the Black Death, which between 1347-1351 killed an estimated 60% of the population in the areas where it spread, to be a proportionate …
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COVID-19: Trump Companies Fall, Hundreds Lose Jobs
Telesur | globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-23
The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the economy already seems to be affecting the companies and businesses of U.S. President Donald Trump and, along with with it, the employment of hundreds of people. | *** | President Trump's company

PM Morrison: 80 Percent Australia COV-19 Cases Are Imported, Mostly From the U.S
CGTN | globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-23
Australia Prime Minister Scott Morrison claimed around 80 percent of Australian coronavirus cases came from those who caught disease overseas or were in contact with someone who returned from abroad. | "The overwhelming proportion of cases in Australia have been imported," | …
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Fighting the Cuomo Virus to Free Imprisoned Elders
Susie Day | counterpunch.org | 2020-03-23
It's spring, yet most of us are stuck inside, groping for a positive attitude while hoping we're negative for the coronavirus. Here, in the apartment where I shelter with my partner, Laura Whitehorn, there is constant turmoil. Laura, who spent over 14 years in federal prison, helped found Release Aging People in Prison/RAPP. Currently, Laura…
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Higher Education in the Time of COVID-19
Peter Mayo | counterpunch.org | 2020-03-23
Desperate attempts to curtail the spread of the Corona Virus are turning many localities in different parts of the world into phantom cities. Universities and other higher education institutions have not been immune to this process. They are closed institutions, with academics urged, if not compelled, irrespective of their training for this purpose, to place…
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Joe Biden: Survival of the Unfittest
Jennifer Matsui | counterpunch.org | 2020-03-23
Since becoming his party's frontrunner and presumed nominee, Joe Biden has been hard at work, providing more fodder for future Trump campaign attack ads against himself. No need for 'deep fakes' when your opponent willingly offers up his Blooper reels for the benefit of your own re-election campaign. There was something more viral than COVID-19…
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Memes and Viruses: Could COVID19 be a Communist Plot?
John Grant | counterpunch.org | 2020-03-23
Something pretty amazing is happening thanks to the COVID19 virus. Doctors, nurses and other health workers are being respected in ways they haven't been until now. Last week, MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell expressed the current narrative in a way I've never encountered before. He was speaking of nurses, but it would apply to other health workers…
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The Political Uses of Pandemic
Ben Debney | counterpunch.org | 2020-03-23
Crisis has long had political uses for ruling groups. As I wrote in a piece for CounterPunch in 2015, elites and their intellectual courtiers often manufacture crises themselves, though what sociologist Stanley Cohen called 'the amplification of deviance' (or blowing things utterly out of proportion). Where not directly complicit themselves in the process of engineering…
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Bail Out the States Not the Banks
Shamus Cooke | counterpunch.org | 2020-03-23
Trump jumped into bailout mode in response to the depth of the economic crisis triggered by the pandemic. A mountain of money has already been promised to the banks, while many other soon-to-be bankrupt corporations will get unimaginable sums with few strings attached, such as the airlines, Boeing, cruise ships, etc., many of whom, like…
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A Modest Proposal: Instead of Saying Tribal, Let's Say Christian
Frank Joyce | counterpunch.org | 2020-03-23
David Brooks, competitor with Thomas Freidman for the title of the New York Times sophist-in-chief, dropped this phrase into his painfully superficial column on the coronavirus on Friday, March 20, "All those tribal us-them stories don't seem quite as germane right now." There it is again: tribal. "Is the Slide Into Tribal Politics Inevitable?" was…
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Creative Empathy in a Pandemic
Robert Koehler | counterpunch.org | 2020-03-23
One thing about a pandemic: It's inclusive. We cannot survive it, move beyond it, by protecting merely some people. We have to protect everyone. Of all the disruption, paradox and chaos that have been unleashed by the coronavirus, this is the most stunning: It has something to teach us that we could never learn on…
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The Global Media and COVID-19
Emanuel Pastreich | counterpunch.org | 2020-03-23
For all the coverage of heads of state and high-ranking diplomats, the perceptions generated by the media have the greater impact on the course of international relations. The panic over the coronavirus and the profoundly contradictory reports issued to the public by the media without any effort to introduce a scientific analysis have turned a…
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How to Wage War, FDR-Style, on the COVID-19 Pandemic
Sam Pizzigati | counterpunch.org | 2020-03-23
The United States, President Donald Trump is now proclaiming, stands at "war." We are facing, in the novel coronavirus, "an invisible enemy" that could claim the lives of more Americans than every shooting war America has ever fought. But that sort of terrible toll, public health people have been working so hard to remind us,…
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Joe Biden: Survival of the Unfittest
Jennifer Matsui | counterpunch.org | 2020-03-23
Since becoming his party's frontrunner and presumed nominee, Joe Biden has been hard at work, providing more fodder for future Trump campaign attack ads against himself. No need for 'deep fakes' when your opponent willingly offers up his Blooper reels for the benefit of your own re-election campaign. There was something more viral than COVID-19 going around last week – recent footage of the former VP losing his marbles on Livestream and then wandering offscreen to retrieve them – or was he sleepwalking into traffic after hearing about his own car crash performance as it happened? Let's just say his latest attempt…
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Solidarity or Disaster
Maria Paez Victor | counterpunch.org | 2020-03-23
The coronavirus has exposed many things

Pandemic: The Invention of a Disease Called Fear
Julian Rose | counterpunch.org | 2020-03-23
The word 'pandemic' bears a similarity to the word 'panic' and indeed 'pandemonium'. In fact 'pandemic' evokes an almost instant flush of fear in those easily manipulated by mass media, before any details have even touched the surface or context in which the word is being used. Those who plan the major moves on the…
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Coronavirus: Latest updates from across the world
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-03-23
Covid-19 has infected hundreds of thousands of people across the globe.Here are the latest updates:

EU Supports Iran, Venezuela Bids for IMF COVID-19 Funds
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-23
Foreign Ministers of the European Union (EU) supported Monday Iran and Venezuela's requests for financial aid to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to fight the coronavirus pandemic. | RELATED: | IMF Rejects Venezuela's Request for $5B in Virus Aid | "We are going to support this request because these countries are in a very difficult situation mainly due to the U.S. sanctions that prevent them from having income by selling their oil," EU Foreign Affairs Chief Josep Borrell said at a vi…
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Covid-19 Death Toll Rises Moderately in Latin America
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-23
Brazil, Colombia, and Ecuador experienced an increase in the number of deaths due to the new coronavirus this weekend, raising the total to 65 in Latin America, and more than 4,400 people infected. | RELATED: | COVID-19 Updates: 651 Die in Italy, Death Toll Rises Everywhere | Brazilian health authorities confirmed on Sunday that deaths increased from 18 to 25, while infections jumped from 1,128 to 1,546. | This occurred amid statements by President Jair Bolsonaro, who called th…
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US States Release 'Low-Risk' Inmates Over COVID-19 Spread
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-23
Thousands of 'low-risk' inmates in at least 16 U.S. states are being released in an effort to prevent the spread of the coronavirus in crowded jails and prisons. | RELATED: | Iran Temporarily Frees 85,000 Inmates As Pandemic Worsens | "Jails can be incubators for disease so we have to take bold and drastic steps," New Jersey's Attorney General Gurbir Singh Grewal said, adding this measure is made to protect the health of prisoners and limit COVID-19 effect in prison population. | T…
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Union plans legal action over lack of pay help for gig economy and self-employed
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-03-23
Legal action is being planned against the government over claims that it has failed to protect the wages and jobs of millions of workers, including those in the gig economy, during the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. | The Independent Workers Union of Great Britain (IWGB) said the current £94.25-a-week Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) arrangement discriminates against women, gig economy and minority ethnic workers for whom these payments are not enough to survive or in some cases not available at all. | The union said it will argue that the 80% wage subsidies offered by the government to businesses to keep people…
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If We Run Out of Masks, We're Going to Run Out of Nurses, Says Emergency Doctor
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-03-23
As the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the U.S. rises to more than 35,000, doctors are facing a desperate lack of supplies, and tests continue to lag. We speak with Dr. Leana Wen, an emergency physician and public health professor at George Washington University. She previously served as Baltimore's health commissioner. She says healthcare workers are "putting their lives on the line every day" as they work in hazardous conditions with inadequate supplies, including N95 respirator masks…
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COVID-19 outbreak in New York prisons threatens lives of thousands
wsws.org | 2020-03-23
Thirty-eight people in the New York prison system test positive for COVID-19 as reports emerge that Harvey Weinstein has also been infected by the virus.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/03/23/jail…

COVID-19 health disaster and political crisis intensify in Australia
wsws.org | 2020-03-23
Yesterday the soaring rate of infections triggered an open rift in the self-styled "national cabinet" and forced governments into partial economic shutdowns.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/03/23/auvi…

COVID-19 Updates: UK Announces Lockdown, Africa Follows Suit
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-23
More than 16,300 people in the world have died from COVID-19 while some 100,000 of the 375,500 people who have been infected by the virus across the world have recovered, according to data collected by Johns Hopkins University. | Here are the latest updates: | RELATED: | EU Supports Iran, Venezuela Bids for IMF COVID-19 Funds | Update 04: 00 pm | State of emergency declared in Senegal and Ivory Coast | Senegal and Ivory Coast have declared a state of emergency to face the new coronavir…
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From mutual aid to dual power in the state of emergency
Woodbine | zcomm.org | 2020-03-23
The COVID-19 public health crisis is rapidly devolving into a vast, multi-faceted crisis of social reproduction with no end in sight. How can we seize this moment to build dual power?>…
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Coronavirus total in US skyrockets as testing expands
wsws.org | 2020-03-23
The United States now leads the world in new cases and is second only to China and Italy in the number of patients infected with COVID-19.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/03/23/covi…

UK: Sheffield health care students demand placements suspended to limit COVID-19 spread
wsws.org | 2020-03-23
The students' petition to university bosses highlights the widespread opposition to the disastrous course of the Johnson government, which has already forced a shift in its reckless policy of allowing the spread of COVID-19.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/03/23/shef…

Retail and service industry workers demand safety measures, store closures and full compensation during coronavirus pandemic
wsws.org | 2020-03-23
Retail and service workers, particularly in grocery stores and coffee shops, are at high risk of contracting COVID-19 as they interact with hundreds of customers on a daily basis.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/03/23/reta…

South Africa's ANC government suppressed report showing thousands could die from COVID-19
wsws.org | 2020-03-23
The Ramaphosa government's response to the pandemic has been exactly what the study warned against–slow and virtually nonexistent.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/03/23/safr…

'Count every drop, every drop counts': UN weather agency calls for better water data on World Meteorological Day
news.un.org | 2020-03-23
Floods, extreme rainfall, droughts and melting glaciers…many of the major signs of climate change involve water. On this year's World Meteorological Day, the UN weather agency (WMO) is reinforcing the message of World Water Day, by focusing on the links between climate and water, and calling for better water-related data.
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The Butcher of Khiam: How Trump Brought Home Notorious War Criminal Amer Fakhoury
Steven Sahiounie | mintpressnews.com | 2020-03-23
Amer Fakhoury was remembered in Lebanon as "The Butcher of Khiam," and though he is back in the US now, his name and crimes will never be forgotten in the land of his birth.
mintpressnews.com/butcher-khiam-trump-no…

Chinese worker writes on the coronavirus pandemic: "Disaffection is growing among the masses"
wsws.org | 2020-03-23
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The Cost of This Pandemic Must Not Bankrupt the People
Manuel Bertoldi | zcomm.org | 2020-03-23
It is easier to imagine socialism in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, than it is to continue to live under the heartless regime of capitalism…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/the-cost-of-this-p…

Global economic slump accelerating
wsws.org | 2020-03-23
Just as the coronavirus and its health impacts were severely underestimated, so were its effects on the economy.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/03/23/econ…

We Need Global Cooperation to Halt Spread
Michele Barry | zcomm.org | 2020-03-23
The large Nipah virus epidemic had a lot to do with deforestation and movement of bats closer to other animals, and another novel virus emerged…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/we-need-global-coo…

Florida Receives Emergency Medical Supplies Even as Other States Struggle
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-03-23
On March 11, Florida requested a cache of emergency supplies from the federal government to protect its medical workers against the novel coronavirus. | Other states had only tiny slivers of their requests fulfilled, including some that had asked for them earlier than Florida. Oregon and Oklahoma received only about 10%; New Jersey got less than 6%. | This disparity has not been lost on the states that feel shortchanged in their requests from the Strategic National Stockpile, a trove of supplies…
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Catastrophic worldwide medical ventilator shortfall despite years of warning
wsws.org | 2020-03-23
World productive capacity of medical ventilators is far below peak requirements during the coronavirus outbreak.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/03/23/medv…

John Eliot Gardiner leads all nine Beethoven symphonies at Carnegie Hall, and speaks about their significance
wsws.org | 2020-03-23
An opportunity, just before the coronavirus forced the closing of concert halls, to hear the works of the master played on period instruments.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/03/23/beet…

Australian state of Victoria shuts down school system, other states remain open
wsws.org | 2020-03-23
The chaotic situation reflects the wider disarray and criminal neglect in the ruling elite's response to the coronavirus crisis.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/03/23/scho…

Italy's health workers denounce ruling elite's negligence on coronavirus
wsws.org | 2020-03-23
Anger is mounting among Italy's medical personnel at the inadequate resources invested in fundamental health services and the negligence of state authorities.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/03/23/ital…

Las proveedoras de cuidado infantil no reciben el apoyo necesario
AFSCME en Español | peoplesworld.org | 2020-03-23
En el jardín infantil Little Blossoms Child Care en Chula Vista, California, los niños y sus cuidadoras hablan sobre gérmenes todos los días. Esto siempre ha sido una prioridad para la dueña y gerente Miren Algorri, pero desde que empezó la pandemia del coronavirus ha abordado el tema con un mayor enfoque. Como proveedora de …
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Africa threatened by sudden surge in coronavirus cases
wsws.org | 2020-03-23
The entire continent risks becoming infected with coronavirus, which could rapidly swamp its inadequate health systems, leading to a horrific death toll.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/03/23/afri…

German government prepares for internet censorship and deployment of the armed forces
wsws.org | 2020-03-23
The social democratic state premier of Lower Saxony, Boris Pistorius, has called for a clamp-down against those contradicting official government propaganda about the coronavirus epidemic.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/03/23/germ…

Coronavirus crisis in New York: As doctors warn of "our Chernobyl," state government plans Medicaid cuts
wsws.org | 2020-03-23
Governor Andrew Cuomo, who has been calling for the deployment of the military, warned on Sunday that between 40 and 80 percent of the population of New York state (roughly 19.5 million people) would be infected.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/03/23/nyst…

Coronavirus kills more than 2,600 across Europe in one weekend
wsws.org | 2020-03-23
Though large parts of Europe with hundreds of millions of inhabitants are under lockdown, the contagion is still spreading relentlessly across the continent.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/03/23/euro…

Coronavirus Is a Historic Trigger Event. We Need a Massive Movement in Response
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-03-23
There are times in history when sudden events

Russian cases of coronavirus surge as economic crisis hits
wsws.org | 2020-03-23
The Russian oligarchy is promoting nationalism and xenophobia and pushing for greater surveillance and dictatorial measures, as social tensions are set to escalate over the socioeconomic impact of the pandemic.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/03/23/russ…

Australian teachers and school workers speak out on dangerous working conditions amid pandemic
wsws.org | 2020-03-23
One teacher said: "We should not be expected to work in these unsafe conditions and students should not be expected to go to school either."
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/03/23/inte…

No corporate bailouts! Direct financial resources to the working people, not the capitalist elite!
wsws.org | 2020-03-23
The ruling class is seeking to exploit this crisis to engineer another multitrillion-dollar redistribution of wealth, on a scale even greater than the 2008 bank bailout.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/03/23/pers…

UN Chief Warns of Coming Recession for the Planet
Evelyn Leopold | zcomm.org | 2020-03-23
"This is a moment that demands coordinated, decisive, and innovative policy action from the world's leading economies. We must recognize that the poorest and most vulnerable–especially women–will be the hardest hit"
zcomm.org/znetarticle/un-chief-warns-of-…

US unemployment rate may skyrocket to 30% amid 'huge shock' to economy
rt.com | 2020-03-23
The United States is expected to see an unprecedented 50 percent drop in gross domestic product in the second quarter due to coronavirus outbreak, says Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis President James Bullard. | According to his projections, the US unemployment rate could hit 30 percent in Q2 as a result of massive shutdowns to combat the virus. | Bullard has called for a powerful fiscal response to replace the $2.5 trillion in lost income to assure a strong eventual US recovery. He said that the Fed should be poised to do more to ensure markets function during a period of high volatility. | "This is a planne…
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Qatar announces $150mn in aid to Gaza to support UN programs, efforts in fight against Covid-19
rt.com | 2020-03-23
Qatar has announced $150 million in aid to the Gaza Strip over a period of six months. The decision was taken to support United Nations humanitarian programs in the Palestinian territory as well as efforts to contain the coronavirus outbreak there, the state-run Qatari Committee to Rebuild Gaza tweeted on Monday. | The densely populated Gaza Strip reported its first cases on Sunday, Reuters said. | Authorities announced stay-at-home orders in the occupied West Bank as Palestinian health officials are trying to limit contagion.
rt.com/newsline/483805-qatar-gaza-aid-un…

EU 'will provide' €20mn in humanitarian aid to Iran, support Tehran's IMF request
rt.com | 2020-03-23
The European Union will send €20 million ($21.5 million) in humanitarian aid to Iran, which is subject to US sanctions, to help stop the coronavirus, the EU's top diplomat said on Monday. Brussels will also support Tehran's request for IMF financial help, according to EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell. | "We've not been able to provide a lot of humanitarian help but there is some €20 million in the pipeline… that we expect to be delivered over the next weeks," Borrell said. | "We also agree in supporting the request by Iran and also by Venezuela to the International Monetary Fund to have financ…
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Pompeo to meet Taliban in Doha in bid to shore up faltering Afghanistan peace deal
rt.com | 2020-03-23
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is to meet with Taliban officials in Doha, Qatar, in an effort to revive the collapsing peace deal between the two parties, despite failure to reach a separate deal with the Afghan government. | Pompeo is set to sit down with chief Taliban negotiator Mullah Baradar and other officials from the militant group on Monday in order "to press the Taliban to continue to comply with the agreement signed last month," State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said in a statement. | While the US and Taliban reached an agreement last month to begin drawing down American forces in exchan…
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US slashes aid to Afghanistan by $1bn 'IMMEDIATELY', touts more cuts as Taliban 'peace deal' on brink of collapse
rt.com | 2020-03-23
Washington will cut aid to Afghanistan by $1 billion starting immediately, after failing to resolve a fierce dispute between rival Afghan leaders, the State Department said, noting the US military withdrawal would continue. | Lamenting the failure of Afghan leaders to agree on an "inclusive government," Pompeo said the feud between President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah had "harmed US-Afghan relations," adding that Washington would review cooperation with the country and make significant cuts to US aid. | "Because this leadership failure poses a direct threat to US national interests, eff…
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Lombardy workers threaten to strike after government fails to shut down factories due to virus crisis
rt.com | 2020-03-23
Workers at metal and chemical factories in Italy's north may go on strike this week, in protest against the government's failure to include them on a shutdown list. Industrialists say they shouldn't be, that the list is too long. | Three metalworkers' unions announced they will be going on an eight-hour strike on Wednesday this week. They are protesting a government decree from Sunday that ordered the closure of businesses in Italy until early April, but that also included a long list of essential industries that will remain open. The shutdown is meant to slow the spread of the Covid-19 virus in the country.
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UK govt orders three-week lockdown to tackle Covid-19
rt.com | 2020-03-23
Citing the need to slow the spread of coronavirus, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has ordered a three-week nationwide lockdown, demanding the populace to stay at home or face getting arrested. | "From this evening I must give the British people a very simple instruction – you must stay at home," Johnson said on Monday evening. | If you don't follow the rules the police will have the powers to enforce | Preventing the spread of the coronavirus between homes is key to ensuring that the National Health Service (NHS) is not overwhelmed by the influx of patients requiring intensive care

Germany already FLATTENING the curve of Covid-19 infections, says public health chief
rt.com | 2020-03-23
The head of Germany's public health institute claims that the rate of new coronavirus infection in the country is showing signs of flattening, highlighting the success of social distancing measures adopted nationwide. | "We are seeing signs that the exponential growth curve is flattening off slightly," said Lothar Wieler, head of the Robert Koch Institute. "But I will only be able to confirm this trend definitively on Wednesday." | Germany was among the first European nations to introduce a raft of emergency response measures including school closures and the severe curtailment of public gatherings. | Wieler s…
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Democrats block SECOND attempt to pass coronavirus stimulus in US Senate
rt.com | 2020-03-23
Senate Democrats have blocked for the second time the procedural vote on the stimulus bill, intended to help the US workers and companies shut down over the Covid-19 pandemic. | The motion to invoke cloture

'We will enforce': Denver, Colorado facing 40-DAY 'stay at home' order in response to coronavirus
rt.com | 2020-03-23
Facing 125 confirmed cases of Covid-19 and with much more testing to do, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock gave residents a harsh warning to stay at home for the next 40 days. | "This isn't a recommendation anymore. People need to stay at home," Hancock said on Monday afternoon, announcing a "stay at home" order for Colorado's capital city. The order will go into effect at the end of business on Tuesday and remain in effect until April 10. | Hancock warned residents that authorities will "enforce" the order "when and where we can." | While there have been no deaths from the coronavirus in Denver, it is suspected th…
rt.com/usa/483898-denver-stay-at-home-co…

Coronavirus pandemic is 'ACCELERATING,' warns WHO chief as global death toll keeps rising rapidly
rt.com | 2020-03-23
The Covid-19 outbreak is far from dying down, head of the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned, urging nations to act while it still was possible to "change the trajectory" of the pandemic. | The disease spread is "accelerating," WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Monday, citing the expanding figures of the coronavirus cases. | "It took 67 days from the first reported case to reach the first 100,000 cases, 11 days for the second 100,000 cases and just four days for the third 100,000 cases," he said. | It's still possible to overcome the negative trend, the official added, urging nations to act.
rt.com/news/483874-who-coronavirus-pande…

US in lockdown: The biggest threat to the oil industry ever?
rt.com | 2020-03-23
The impact of border closures, travel restrictions, restaurant closures and more is already wreaking havoc on the US oil industry, and it is likely to get much worse. | The SARS CoV2 virus that is behind the COVID-19 pandemic has finally ravaged the United States, and cities and states are reacting to its brutality by shutting stuff down. As the United States continues to increase measures to isolate the sick and slow the spread, the oil industry is bracing for harder times ahead. Just how bad could it get, and what would a full quarantine mean for US oil? | The effects of US border closures, travel restrictio…
rt.com/business/483814-us-lockdown-bigge…

#Where'sJoe? Biden pledges to hold Covid-19 'briefings' after disappearing for week amid speculation over whereabouts
rt.com | 2020-03-23
Democratic presidential frontrunner Joe Biden has promised to address the nation about the coronavirus epidemic "soon" as critics wonder where he's been for the last week

Italy's Covid-19 death toll FALLS for second consecutive day
rt.com | 2020-03-23
In what it's hoped will become a positive trend, Italy has reported a drop in Covid-19-related fatalities for a second consecutive day. Yet, the number of cases there has climbed to over 60,000. | The country's death toll currently stands at 6,078, health officials said late on Monday. The daily number of deaths appears to be dropping

EVERY MINUTE COUNTS! Moscow coronavirus hospital construction workers motivated by Soviet-style billboards
rt.com | 2020-03-23
Lord Kitchener, Uncle Sam… and now Sergei Sobyanin? A series of motivational billboards aimed at workers constructing Moscow's new coronavirus hospital have gone viral on Russian social media. | The most-shared poster, which depicts the Moscow mayor, reminds construction workers that time is of the essence to defeat coronavirus. Another billboard shows a bulldozer symbolically crushing Covid-19. | Builders! Every minute counts!: | | Builders! Every minute counts! | *This is the mayor of Moscow, Sergei Sobyanin. | © stroi.mos.ru | The remaining posters depict builders, as well as doctors and re…
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Tokyo urges 'timely' G20 action to combat Covid-19 fallout
rt.com | 2020-03-23
Japan has called on G20 finance leaders to take timely policy steps to tackle global economic risks posed by the coronavirus outbreak, Finance Minister Taro Aso said on Monday. | The minister said after a conference call with his G20 counterparts that the nature of the crisis was different to the collapse of Lehman Brothers in 2008, when dollar funding dried up, Reuters reports. However, Aso informed the G20 he was "deeply concerned" about the damage the coronavirus outbreak was inflicting on markets and the global economy. | "The G20 has a very important role to play in preventing the infection from spreading…
rt.com/newsline/483842-japan-g20-coronav…

The ultra-rich drift away from sinful earth on their coronavirus-proof super-yachts
rt.com | 2020-03-23
Social distancing is key to safety amid the Covid-19 pandemic, and what better place than the high seas to stay away from everyone? That is, if you can afford a luxury super-yacht, not one of those infection-teeming cruises. | Private yachts are typically seen as the height of luxury and the ultimate status symbol. But now, thanks to the Covid-19 pandemic, they're the height of safety

Reading the autocue has never looked so hard: Joe Biden emerges from 6 DAYS in hiding with stumbling video stream
rt.com | 2020-03-23
Joe Biden has reemerged from an almost week-long disappearance to post a video on Twitter addressing the Trump administration's handling of the Covid-19 crisis, but his return has been greeted with mockery and concern. | Biden sounded tired and slow as he spoke while standing in front of what appeared to be a green screen with a set of bookshelves digitally imposed behind him. | He criticized US President Donald Trump and Senate leader Mitch McConnell for "trying to put a corporate bailout ahead of millions of families" and urged "aggressive measures" to help small US businesses, workers and communities suffer…
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US Defense Sec admits military readiness could be affected by Covid-19, insists Pentagon can still conduct 'national missions'
rt.com | 2020-03-23
In a Pentagon briefing on Monday, US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper revealed that coronavirus could impact the readiness of the country's military if the spread of the devastating illness is not slowed. | "If this pandemic continues at the scale and scope of what some are predicting, over time you could start seeing an impact on [military] readiness," said Esper, though he added he does not foresee the military being affected enough for it to be incapable of conducting "national missions." | Part of the US military's responsibilities during the pandemic will be setting up field hospitals in cities like New Yo…
rt.com/usa/483884-mark-esper-military-re…

Russian coronavirus vaccine passes first phase of development – expected to be ready in '11 months'
rt.com | 2020-03-23
As Covid-19 rapidly spreads, the world is united in hoping for a light at the end of the tunnel. On Monday, some potentially good news came from Moscow where hopes are high that progress has been made on a vaccine. | The head of the Russian Federal Biological Medical Agency (FMBA), Veronika Skvortsova, announced that the remedy should be available before the end of next winter. The FMBA has two teams

Tunisia president orders army into streets to enforce measures against Covid-19
rt.com | 2020-03-23
Tunisia's President Kais Saied on Monday ordered the army to deploy in the streets in order to force people to respect a lockdown, according to the office of the presidency. The lockdown was imposed to halt the spread of coronavirus in the country. | Tunisia has 89 confirmed cases of the virus, Reuters reported. The government imposed a curfew last week and a general lockdown from Sunday that keeps people in their homes except to buy necessities. | Prime Minister Elyes Fakhfakh said on Saturday that Tunisia was allocating 2.5 billion dinars ($850 million) to combat the economic and social effects of the corona…
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Here are the six countries that will be most affected by coronavirus-induced economic chaos
rt.com | 2020-03-23
Time to buckle up: economists believe the looming Covid-19 crash will throw millions out of work and bankrupt thousands of businesses across the globe in a downturn that might even surpass the Great Depression of the 1930s. | Economics is the study of choices, and never more so than now. It's now clear that, with the coronavirus pandemic causing widespread chaos that economists believe will cause a prolonged economic depression, the choices that each person makes have the power to affect their country's and the world's economy over the coming weeks and months. With the caveat that much depends on those individ…
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WATCH Russian Army deliver medical aid at airbase near Rome as Moscow rallies to help coronavirus-ravaged Italy
rt.com | 2020-03-23
Russian personnel swiftly airlifted trucks full of medical equipment to Italy, the nation with the highest death toll from the Covid-19 pandemic. | A video by Russia's Defense Ministry shows containers with equipment being offloaded onto Kamaz military semi-trucks after an Il-76 transport plane landed in Italy's Pratica di Mare airbase, 30km (18.6 miles) from Rome. Personnel in white hazmat suits helped to prepare the cargo hatch before the vehicles could roll onto the tarmac. | Russian aircraft carrying Covid-19 aid have been arriving to Italy since Sunday evening. Moscow is helping Rome by providing medic…
rt.com/news/483800-russian-aid-italy-cov…

Boeing suspends production at Washington state hub, citing Covid-19 outbreak
rt.com | 2020-03-23
The main Boeing production facility in Everett, Washington will be closing for at least two weeks, to protect employees amid the coronavirus epidemic. Space and military programs will not be affected, the company said. | Boeing will suspend operations at the Puget Sound facility for 14 days, starting on March 25, President and CEO Dave Calhoun announced on Monday. | "This necessary step protects our employees and the communities where they work and live," he said in a statement. "During this time, we will be conducting additional deep cleaning activities at impacted sites and establishing rigorous criteria for…
rt.com/business/483878-boeing-shutdown-p…

'Covidiot': New catch-all term created for people who ignore pandemic health warnings, hoard toilet paper
rt.com | 2020-03-23
As the Covid-19 crisis continues around the globe, more and more evidence of human selfishness appears every day on social media. So much so that users have coined the new term "covidiot" to describe the… ahem, 'viral' phenomenon. | Social media users have enshrined the new word on Urban Dictionary, with a variety of definitions all covering one unifying, central theme

'Facts matter!' Pompeo lectures Iranian govt over 'conspiracy theories' as US sanctions deprive nation of medicine
rt.com | 2020-03-23
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has slammed Iran for blaming Washington for coronavirus and accused Tehran of putting "the rest of the world at risk," even as US sanctions keep sorely-needed medical supplies out of its reach. | Pompeo assailed Iranian Ayatollah Khamenei's "fabrications that the US is responsible for the #WuhanVirus" in a series of tweets on Monday, claiming the Supreme Leader's "conspiracy theories" and alleged disregard for the warnings of experts put the health of Iranians, Americans, and others in jeopardy. | . @khamenei_ir…
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US, UAE troops 'seize model city' during major exercise amid Iran & virus tensions
rt.com | 2020-03-23
US Marines and Emirati troops held a major military exercise on Monday that saw forces seize a sprawling model Middle East city, AP reported. The drill was conducted some 200km (125 miles) southwest of Abu Dhabi amid tensions with Iran and despite the new coronavirus pandemic. | Troops raced over the dunes of the Al-Hamra Military Base to take the model city, complete with multi-story buildings, an airport control tower, an oil refinery and a central mosque. | Controlled explosions rang out as Emirati troops rappelled from hovering helicopters and Marines searched narrow streets on the Persian Gulf for "enemy"
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'The world is not in such a condition': Japanese PM Abe suggests for first time that Tokyo Olympics could be postponed
rt.com | 2020-03-23
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says that this summer's Tokyo Olympics may need to be postponed as numerous countries have expressed reservations about participating in the games due to the coronavirus pandemic. | After both Canada and Australia announced that they will not send athletes to any Olympics Games hosted this summer, along with reports that various individual athletes are expressing concern, Abe told a Japanese parliamentary meeting that the event will likely need to be rescheduled and said that he will hold talks with International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach regarding the matt…
rt.com/sport/483818-tokyo-olympics-abe-c…

Germany repatriates some 120,000 of estimated 200,000 tourists stranded overseas
rt.com | 2020-03-23
The German government has repatriated some 120,000 of an estimated 200,000 tourists stranded overseas by coronavirus restrictions in recent days, Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said on Monday. | Attention is now increasingly turning to travelers in more remote countries, like Chile, Mexico, New Zealand and Gambia, from where repatriation presented a greater logistical challenge, he said. | Berlin was working with travel companies to bring their customers home but was also chartering its own flights where necessary, Reuters quoted the minister as saying. Arranging flights has become more difficult as countries clo…
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IMF warns coronavirus recession could be worse than 2009
rt.com | 2020-03-23
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has issued a grim warning for the global economy, saying that a worldwide recession caused by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic could be even worse than the one from 11 years ago. | "The outlook for global growth: for 2020 it is negative

Who is it? Speculations are rife as WH press corps journo tests positive for coronavirus
rt.com | 2020-03-23
A member of the White House Correspondents' Association has tested positive for coronavirus, the group has revealed, triggering feverish speculation as to who the unlucky journalist might be

European markets tumble as global health crisis takes toll on economy
rt.com | 2020-03-23
Stock markets around the world are starting the week mostly lower as the spread of the coronavirus continues to drag down the global economy, | The FTSE index is down over four percent at the start of trading in London, while Germany's DAX and France's CAC have plummeted almost five percent. The pan-European Stoxx 600 dropped 4.5 percent at the opening bell on Monday, with industrials nosediving six percent to lead the losses. | pic.twitter.com/kyzOribwWW– Holger Zschaepitz (@Schuldensuehner) March 23, 2020
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Spain's coronavirus death toll spikes by 462 fatalities overnight, 4,500+ new cases
rt.com | 2020-03-23
The Spanish Health Ministry has confirmed that an additional 462 people died overnight bringing the country's total loss of life during the coronavirus crisis to 2,182. | Spain was among the first European countries to initiate a nationwide lockdown protocol as infection rates soared. The total number of coronavirus cases in the country rose from 28,572 to 33,089 on Monday, despite the best efforts of authorities to impose strict social distancing. | Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez warned Saturday that "the worst is yet to come," as the nation's beleaguered health system struggles to turn the tide of infe…
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Hungary 'assessing option of national lockdown,' PM Orban tells parliament
rt.com | 2020-03-23
Prime Minister Viktor Orban told Hungary's lawmakers on Monday that his government is weighing up the option of a national lockdown to combat coronavirus. Orban's cabinet has sought to raise emergency powers it says are needed to tackle the outbreak. | "We are considering this option, and what option specifically would make the most sense," Reuters quoted the PM as saying. "Different countries have adopted different approaches: a curfew does not mean that nobody can leave their house, that is not needed and would not be possible," he said. | The country has so far reported 167 confirmed cases of coronavirus an…
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Next 10-15 days 'decisive' in Vietnam's virus fight, PM says
rt.com | 2020-03-23
The next 10-15 days will be decisive in Vietnam's fight against the coronavirus, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said on Monday. In mid-February, the Southeast Asian country said all 16 reported coronavirus cases in the country had recovered from the disease. | Weeks later, that number increased sharply following an influx of imported cases from Europe and the United States. There are now 122 cases, according to the Health Ministry, and no reported deaths, Reuters reports. | Phuc called for limits on large gatherings, to contain the spread of the virus. Anyone violating quarantine measures or failing to submit…
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US stocks plunge despite Fed promises to pump unlimited amount of money into economy
rt.com | 2020-03-23
Wall Street's main indices are down after opening on Monday for the first ever all-electronic trading session, which is aimed at protecting New York Stock Exchange employees from the coronavirus. | Both the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500 were down around four percent as of 16: 00 GMT. The Nasdaq Composite, an index comprised of America's top technology companies, was down over two percent. | Global markets are down despite the promise by the US Federal Reserve to pump in the cash "amounts needed to support smooth market functioning and effective transmission of monetary policy to broader financial…
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All jury trials in England & Wales on hold over coronavirus fears
rt.com | 2020-03-23
The lord chief justice, Lord Burnett, has announced that no new jury trials will be held in England and Wales, and any ongoing ones will be paused as the coronavirus crisis continues. | In a statement on Monday, Burnett said that arrangements were being made to conduct as many regular hearings remotely as possible using phones, video and other technology though jury trials cannot be conducted remotely. | "A review of the arrangements in our courts is called for. I have decided that we need to pause jury trials for a short time to enable appropriate precautions to be put in place," Burnett said. | Also on rt.co
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Hong Kong to ban all tourist arrivals, may suspend alcohol sales
rt.com | 2020-03-23
Hong Kong is banning all tourist arrivals to the global financial center amid a spike in imported cases of the coronavirus. The move comes as Hong Kong joins cities worldwide in the battle to contain the spread of the disease. | The government also said it was studying whether to suspend the sale of alcohol in licensed bars and restaurants in the city. It has 318 confirmed cases of coronavirus and four deaths, Reuters reported. | Hong Kong last week toughened curbs on travelers, ordering 14 days of quarantine for arrivals and advising against all non-essential travel. University entrance exams will be postpone…
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'Postponement has been decided': IOC member Dick Pound says Tokyo 2020 Olympics WILL be postponed
rt.com | 2020-03-23
One of the most senior names in the International Olympic Committee has stated that a decision has already been made to postpone the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games due to the coronavirus pandemic. | Longstanding IOC member Dick Pound told USA Today Sports that the decision has been made and an announcement will be forthcoming, with future plans and contingencies set to be discussed and announced moving forward. | Speaking on Monday, Pound said: "On the basis of the information the IOC has, postponement has been decided. | "The parameters going forward have not been determined, but the Games are not going to start on…
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Justice Dept reassures Americans only judges can suspend their constitutional rights during coronavirus epidemic
rt.com | 2020-03-23
The US Department of Justice has reassured Americans freaked out by a request to Congress for powers of indefinite detention without trial by explaining that only judges

Goes to show the level of hubris and profound BS of Western produced statistics
The Iranian | iranian.com | 2020-03-23
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The Charlatan and the Villager
Manouchehr Hosseinzadeh | iranian.com | 2020-03-23
The despicable Mr. Charlatan is known to all of us, he is the deceiving, conniving, scandalous, and cruel bully whose greed is limitless and his shame none. He is the man of all trades but skilled in nothing, claims to knowledge that he doesn't have, and witnesses to events that hasn't happened. He doesn't care …
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Selected Articles: Repercussions of Coronavirus COVID-19
Global Research News | globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-23
In Times of Crisis, How to Prevent an Economic Meltdown and Avoid Privatizing Profits and Socializing Losses | By Prof Rodrigue Tremblay, March 23, 2020 | The crisis and public measures to fight it (drastic travel restrictions…
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Jewish Activists Demand Governor Newsom Release Detainees In Light of Covid-19 Outbreak
Leon Kunstenaar | indybay.org | 2020-03-23
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…
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Santa Rita Jail Solidarity During the Coronavirus Pandemic
IWOC Oakland | indybay.org | 2020-03-23
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.
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What the Coronavirus Emergency Has to Do with Biden vs. Sanders
Norman Solomon | indybay.org | 2020-03-23
Tepid adjustments vs. truly transformational agendas…
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ACLU Demands the Release from Prisons and Jails of Communities Vulnerable to COVID-19
ACLU-NC | indybay.org | 2020-03-23
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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