Daily Archives: March 29, 2020

2020-03-29: News Headlines

George Capaccio (2020-03-29). The Virus of Sanctions: Flattening the Curve. zcomm.org If ever there were an opportunity for people to recognize each other's humanity and cast aside their mutual fears and antagonisms, now is that opportunity when everyone is facing the same life-threatening disease…

teleSUR (2020-03-29). US Coronavirus Deaths May Reach 200,000: Dr. Fauci Warns. telesurenglish.net United States deaths from coronavirus could reach 200,000 with millions of cases, the Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Dr. Anthony Fauci warned Sunday as New York, New Orleans and other major cities pleaded for more medical supplies. | RELATED: | By way of comparison, the common flu has killed between 12,000 and 61,000 U.S. nationals a year since 2010, according to U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevent…

teleSUR (2020-03-29). Evo Morales Expresses Solidarity With Venezuela Amid US Attacks. telesurenglish.net Former Bolivian President Evo Morales said that with the most recent attack by the United States government against Venezuela, Washington intends to distract public opinion about the collapse of the country's health services in the face of Covid-19. | RELATED: | "The US is in a humanitarian crisis. The health services of its main cities are beginning to collapse," stressed the leader of the Movement to Socialism (MAS) o…

teleSUR (2020-03-29). Portugal Grants Citizens' Rights to Migrants During Pandemic. telesurenglish.net The current socialist government in Portugal decided to grant citizenship rights to all migrants and asylum seekers with pending residency applications from Monday until July 1 at least due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the country's authorities announced Saturday. | RELATED: | The decision aims at ensuring that migrants can access services during the COVID-19 crisis, including the national health service, welfare benefits, bank a…

Ian Angus (2020-03-29). Ecosocialism or barbarism: an interview with Ian Angus. mronline.org In an interview with roape.net, ecosocialist and writer Ian Angus discusses the environmental crisis, the Anthropocene and Covid-19. He argues that new viruses, bacteria and parasites spread from wildlife to humans because capital is bulldozing primary forests, replacing them with profitable monocultures. Ecosocialists must patiently explain that permanent solutions will not be possible so long …

Afroze Fatima Zaidi (2020-03-29). Amid coronavirus chaos, the media is almost silent about sexual assault allegations against Joe Biden. thecanary.co There's never a good time for survivors of sexual assault to come forward with allegations. Especially when they're going against powerful men. And in the midst of a global pandemic, many establishment media outlets also seem to be ignoring ongoing allegations against Joe Biden, one of the Democratic nominees for the 2020 US presidential election. | "That's exactly why I have to keep going": | According to a report from the Hill, Biden's latest accuser,

M.K. Bhadrakumar (2020-03-29). Has America reached its endgame in Afghanistan? mronline.org In an extraordinary statement titled "On the Political Impasse in Afghanistan," Washington has admitted to the failure of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's mission to Kabul on March 23, which was taken up to heal the political rift among Afghan politicians and to urge them to form an inclusive government so as to implement the …

The Canary (2020-03-29). Flight carrying protective equipment from China due to land in Ireland. thecanary.co A flight from China carrying more than €20m of protective equipment for healthcare workers is due to land in Ireland later. | The Aer Lingus Airbus A330 is scheduled to touch down at Dublin Airport shortly after 3pm on 29 March. | It is the first of a series of flights the Irish carrier will make to bring consignments of personal protective equipment (PPE) from Beijing. | Amb Eoin O'Leary thanking Mr MU Hong, GM of Resources Group as vital Personal Protection Equipment are crated up for our friends in

Fight Back (2020-03-29). U.S. Imperialism Pulls Desperate Move in Venezuela. fightbacknews.org Fight Back News Service is circulating the following statement from United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC). | For years, the criminal government of the United States has attempted to remove the democratically elected president of Venezuela and discredit the peoples' movement in that country that has been so successful in lifting millions of Venezuelans out of extreme poverty. Under the corrupt Trump administration alone, the United States has conducted multiple illegal attacks against President Nicolas Maduro and the people of Venezuela, including: failed assassination attempts by drone, poorly orchestrated mi…

teleSUR (2020-03-29). COVID-19 Reminds Us We Need a Gov't Working for All: Sanders. telesurenglish.net "In this unprecedented moment in American history, (people in the United States) want to hear the ideas that will lead us away from where we are right now," Vermont Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders said Friday in an interview with NPR Morning Edition Noel King. | RELATED: | The senator, who is some 300 delegates behind former Vice-President Joe Biden, acknowledged in the interview that it would be a steep road to…

David Mellonie (2020-03-29). The Coronavirus: a Wake-up Call from Mother Nature. dissidentvoice.org Once the panic, grief, and worldwide turmoil of the coronavirus pandemic has eventually subsided (as it certainly will in due course), our biggest and most important challenge will be not how or if we survived the relatively short term upheavals to our lives, but whether as individuals and societies we learn from the experience and …

Eliza Egret (2020-03-29). As coronavirus infects women in Yarl's Wood, detainees make urgent demands. thecanary.co As coronavirus (Covid-19) begins to

The Canary (2020-03-29). 'Stop stockpiling and stay home' pleads coronavirus patient. thecanary.co A woman currently in hospital with suspected Covid-19 has urged the public not to panic buy and to stay at home to avoid spreading the disease further. | Delia Colwill, from Berkshire, was taken into hospital on Tuesday, six days after she first began showing symptoms of the coronavirus. | The 47-year-old suffers from a spinal cord injury that affects her nervous system and has chronic pain. She said the virus has "absolutely knocked me sideways". | She has been repeatedly tested for the virus and received mixed results with one positive and one negative. | PLEASE FEEL FREE TO SHARE. Another humiliating video for…

Yasnaya Elena Aguilar Gil (2020-03-29). Jà´à´n pà§'à§m, the illness of fire. zcomm.org If the propagation of the virus shows us the insides of the interrelated structures in which we live, it also shows that only collective care that can stop the pandemic…

teleSUR (2020-03-29). US Teen Dies After Being Rejected by Clinic for No Insurance. telesurenglish.net A 17-year-old U.S. citizen with symptoms of coronavirus did not receive medical attention at an emergency clinic because he did not have health insurance, Lancaster Mayor Rex Parris said on March 25 in a video posted on YouTube. | RELATED: | "He did not have insurance, so he was not treated," Parris said, adding that medical personnel at this emergency center, whose name was not released by authorities, advised…

Kavaljit Singh (2020-03-29). G20 Leaders' Commitments Fall Far Short of Expectations. zcomm.org The first-ever extraordinary virtual G20 Leaders' Summit took place on March 26, 2020 to develop collective global solutions in the fight against the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic…

Staff (2020-03-29). Trump Announces Plan to Refuse Congressional Oversight of Corporate Bailout. truthout.org Progressive lawmakers on Friday evening denounced President Donald Trump's intention to disregard provisions in the just-passed coronavirus relief bill that would provide crucial oversight of $500 billion in taxpayer money already poised to be a "Wall Street slush fund." | "This is unacceptable," Rep. Katie Porter (D-Calif.) t.co/QsP9dsR3kT | — David Sirota (@davidsirota)

Staff (2020-03-29). Coronavirus Shows Us What Our Future Could Look Like During Climate Crisis. truthout.org The COVID-19 pandemic has rapidly been absorbed into our collective consciousness, remaking the fabric of our lives. Suddenly, millions are sheltering in place, strangers have started wishing each other well when exiting grocery stores, people have stopped touching their faces and shelves that are normally stocked with bleach and hand sanitizer are barren. | For many, the looming sense of dread is a new sensation. | "A few times a day, I get distracted enough to forget that everything has chang…

teleSUR (2020-03-29). Turkey Becomes Latest Victim of Coronavirus as Death Toll Soars. telesurenglish.net In the past 24 hours in Turkey, 16 more people lost their lives due to COVID-19, raising the death toll to 108, Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said on Saturday night. | RELATED: | The total number of novel coronavirus cases rose to 7,402 in Turkey, the minister tweeted, which is a significant rise in the total number of people infected by the illness. | A total of 7,641 tests were performed on Saturd…

Omar Ocampo (2020-03-29). Should Zoom Be a Public Utility? zcomm.org Online platforms like Zoom and Skype have become basic, public necessities as our lives are upended by the coronavirus. Should they be nationalized?

teleSUR (2020-03-29). Cuba Reports 139 Cases of Coronavirus and 3 Deaths. telesurenglish.net Dr. José àÅngel Portal Miranda, Minister of Public Health of the Republic of Cuba, reported that on Saturday, 20 new positive cases of Covid-19 (coronavirus) were confirmed, after more than 200 diagnostic tests were performed during the day. | RELATED: | The country's situation to date is as followed: 139 cases of coronavirus, 1.34 per 100,000 inhabitants. Three deaths have been registered, leading to a…

Tom Coburg (2020-03-29). New figure for projected coronavirus deaths exposes a government in total confusion. thecanary.co On 28 March, at a daily coronavirus (Covid-19) press briefing, an NHS chief, speaking alongside a government minister, announced that deaths resulting from the outbreak would be "aimed" at 20,000. But over the last two weeks, government policy has been determined by a very different set of figures. | This latest development illustrates how the government appears to be lurching from one strategy to another. It does not inspire confidence in either the methodologies presented to date or the government's understanding of the science. | Revised figures | : | At a press briefing on 28 March, NHS England medica…

teleSUR (2020-03-29). Palestinian Shoemaker Starts West Bank's Mask Factory Overnight. telesurenglish.net As soon as Amjad Zaghir got word of the COVID-19 outbreak in Bethlehem, the 30-year-old Palestinian shoemaker from Hebron decided to transform his shoe factory into the only manufacturer of face masks in the occupied West Bank, as +972 Magazine reported Monday. | RELATED: | "I approached my friend, a pharmacist, and asked him what materials are used to make masks," recalled Zaghir. "He explained that what we use in…

Staff (2020-03-29). Why COVID-19 Could Trigger a Major Billing Crisis. truthout.org Stop me if you've heard this one before. A person falls ill. They go to the emergency room, maybe even to the operating room. Unbeknownst to them, they get care from someone who is outside of their insurance network. Weeks later, they receive a bill for tens of thousands of dollars. | Over the past decade, these stories of "surprise" medical bills have become more common. A recent

Staff (2020-03-29). Why COVID-19 Could Trigger a Surprise Billing Crisis. truthout.org Stop me if you've heard this one before. A person falls ill. They go to the emergency room, maybe even to the operating room. Unbeknownst to them, they get care from someone who is outside of their insurance network. Weeks later, they receive a bill for tens of thousands of dollars. | Over the past decade, these stories of "surprise" medical bills have become more common. A recent

Roger D. Harris (2020-03-29). Beyond Chutzpah: US Charges Venezuela with Nacro-Terrorism. dissidentvoice.org According to the parable, the ungrateful son takes out a life insurance policy on his parents, murders them to collect, and is caught and found guilty. At his sentencing, the judge asks if he has anything to say on his behalf. The son replies: "Have mercy upon me because I am an orphan." That's chutzpah. …

Staff (2020-03-29). New York Nurses Are Living a Heartbreaking Nightmare. truthout.org This article was originally published at Last Sunday I worked in the Montefiore Medical Center Moses Division Emergency Department and I want to share with you the real-life story—and most certainly not the worst story. | To back up… I had some concerning symptoms that started the previous Sunday at about 10 a.m. but escalated severely by Tuesday night. I was "approved" for COVID testing only because I had these symptoms and, perhaps, due to my age. | I…

Ted Glick (2020-03-29). Demonstrating During Pandemic Times. zcomm.org "Car demonstrations" had people arriving in cars to an open parking lot area, standing outside at appropriate 6 feet or more apart distances, with organizers giving directions and instructions and coordinates to join a Whats App channel for communication purposes…

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2020-03-29). As April 1 Nears and Coronavirus Crisis Continues, Demand to #CancelRent Swells. commondreams.org "It's unreasonable to expect thousands and thousands of people who lost their incomes to pay rent and mortgages on April 1st." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2020-03-29). "Cruel:" Trump Admin. Moves to Take Land of Mashpee Tribe—Whose Casino Plans Irked President's "Special Interest Friends"—Out of Trust. commondreams.org The tribal chairman said the announcment came "on the very day that the United States has reached a record 100,000 confirmed cases of the coronavirus." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

RT (2020-03-29). China warns imported cases raise risk of NEW WAVE of Covid-19 infections. rt.com The growing number of coronavirus cases arriving in China from abroad have increased the likelihood of a second outbreak in the country, according to health officials. | "China already has an accumulated total of 693 cases entering from overseas, which means the possibility of a new round of infections remains relatively big," said Mi Feng of the National Health Commission. | Locally transmitted cases have been almost completely contained, but China continues to struggle to halt the number of infections being brought into the country. The country reported 45 new coronavirus cases in the mainland on Saturday, d…

RT (2020-03-29). Covid-19 crisis could trigger global food shortage, UN warns. rt.com If the Covid-19 infection does not get you thanks to government prevention measures, the downside is that these steps may deprive you of fresh food, including fruit and vegetables. | While people rushed to stock up on toilet paper and other supplies as the coronavirus crisis escalated, some countries decided to enforce protectionist measures, including export bans for certain products, to satisfy growing domestic demand. | "The worst that can happen is that governments restrict the flow of food," Maximo Torero, chief economist of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, told the Guardian, adding that we may f…

RT (2020-03-29). 'Up to 200,000 DEATHS': Trump virus chief Fauci predicts MILLIONS of Covid-19 cases in US. rt.com President Trump's Covid-19 advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci has issued a dire prediction: "Millions of cases," and "100,000 to 200,000" deaths in the US. More than 2,200 people have already died of the deadly disease in the US. | Speaking on CNN's 'State of the Union' on Sunday, Fauci said that trying to predict the spread of the virus is akin to chasing a "moving target." However, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director claimed that "between 100,000 and 200,000 deaths" may be coming. | Dr. Anthony Fauci says there could potentially be between 100,000 to 200,000 deaths related to the corona…

RT (2020-03-29). Thai inmates spark JAIL RIOT, set prison ablaze 'over fears of catching Covid-19' (PHOTOS/VIDEOS). rt.com A group of incarcerated Thais set fires and attempted to escape their prison complex after panic spread among them about coronavirus circulating through the compound, according to local media. | The riot began after around 100 prisoners, housed in a facility in Buriram, reportedly became spooked by the possibility of catching the contagious respiratory illness. They began setting fires and causing chaos in the facility, which houses around 20,000 inmates. | Photographs show the trashed interior of the prison, with tables and chairs knocked over and broken. | | Buriram Prison after the prisoners' riot | &copy…

RT (2020-03-29). China resumes domestic passenger flights in Hubei after easing quarantine restrictions against Covid-19. rt.com Beijing has allowed civilian air travel in its Hubei region, where the Covid-19 outbreak originally began, after a strict lockdown was lifted in all of its major cities except for Wuhan. | The first domestic passenger flight took off at midnight on Sunday as all cities in China's central Hubei Province, with the exception for Wuhan, resumed regular civilian air travel, local media reported. Officials earlier said that airports in the major cities of Xiangyang, Enshi and Shennongjia — all of which had been quarantined in January — are among those to reopen for domestic flights this week. | Wuhan's Tia…

RT (2020-03-29). Former world title challenger Anthony Yarde reveals father died of coronavirus despite being 'fit and healthy'. rt.com British boxer Anthony Yarde has revealed that his father has passed away following a battle with the deadly coronavirus which has now claimed thousands of lives. | The boxer, who challenged Sergey Kovalev in a WBO light-heavyweight world title bout in Russia last year, released a statement on Instagram early on Sunday to say that his father had succumbed to Covid-19 and confirmed that he had suffered from no pre-existing conditions which may have complicated his treatment. | In revealing the news, the 28-year-old Londoner implored people to observe the guidelines put forth by the UK government designed to addr…

RT (2020-03-29). Not an old person's virus: Russia warns teens & adults they TOO may need ventilators if ill with Covid-19, citing patient data. rt.com Moscow authorities have sounded the alarm over the ratio of serious Covid-19 cases among younger people, having found that 40 percent of the patients undergoing artificial lung ventilation are under the age of 40. | At least 1,014 people have been diagnosed with Covid-19 in the Russian capital as of Sunday, and only 15 percent of those are over 65, the authorities said. | Over 33 percent of those infected with the novel coronavirus fell between the ages of 18 and 34, while 46 percent were between 35 and 64, the official data said. | But what's worse, the serious cases requiring artificial lung ventilation unit…

RT (2020-03-29). UK suffers 209 new Covid-19 fatalities but rate of new deaths drops. rt.com The death toll from Covid-19 in the UK climbed to 1,228 on Sunday as 209 more people fell victim to the disease. However, the increase was notably lower than Saturday's spike when 260 people succumbed to the virus. | British health authorities said on Sunday that 19,522 people have now tested positive for Covid-19 in the UK. That represents a 14 percent increase on Saturday's figure, when there was 17,089 confirmed carriers of the illness. | Following Saturday's record rise, the drop in the rate of fresh fatalities may offer hope that the rise in deaths may level off soon. Officials say that Sunday's figure is…

RT (2020-03-29). Germany registers fewer than 4,000 new Covid-19 cases in apparent fall from previous days. rt.com The number of coronavirus cases in Germany has grown by 3,965 in the past 24 hours, marking a noted decrease in the number of new detected infections in the country. | Figures released by the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) on Sunday showed that the number of confirmed cases in Germany has risen to 52,547, up from 48,582 the previous day. The Institute also reported 64 new deaths, bringing nationwide fatalities to 389. | The data suggests that the rate of new infections may be slowing. On Saturday the country registered 6,294 cases. | Chancellor Angela Merkel on Saturday urged Germans to continue to cooperate with…

RT (2020-03-29). Residents of New York, New Jersey & Connecticut urged to avoid all 'non-essential' travel for 14 days – advisory. rt.com Citing "extensive community transmission" of the coronavirus in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, a newly-issued domestic travel advisory has called on residents to stay put in their homes for at least the next two weeks. | The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its travel recommendation for residents of the three states — struggling to cope with an avalanche of new Covid-19 cases — on Saturday evening, shortly after US President Donald Trump announced that he would not impose federal quarantine on the states in an apparent U-turn from his previous rhetoric. | #COVID19

RT (2020-03-29). Singapore NULLIFIES man's passport for violating self-quarantine order amid Covid-19 outbreak. rt.com A man in Singapore has been stripped of his ability to leave the country, after the government canceled his passport as punishment for allegedly breaching a stay-at-home notice. The country has seen three Covid-19-related deaths. | The 53-year-old man had been ordered to self-isolate after returning from a trip to Batam, Indonesia on March 19, according to media reports. The country's Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) claims that the individual flouted the 14-day restriction, opting instead to make another trip to Indonesia. | As punishment, the ICA announced in a statement that it had canceled the m…

RT (2020-03-29). 'Not necessary': Trump says he will not impose quarantine on New York, New Jersey & Connecticut. rt.com US President Donald Trump has apparently abandoned the idea of imposing a federal quarantine on the three US states hardest-hit by the Covid-19 pandemic, including New York, saying a "strong" travel warning will be issued instead. | In an apparent about-turn, which came mere hours after he ….F…

RT (2020-03-29). Trump says peak in Covid-19 deaths in US to 'hit in 2 weeks,' extends social distancing guidelines till April 30. rt.com US President Donald Trump has said that nationwide coronavirus guidelines would be extended for another month, citing model data suggesting that the US should brace for the peak in death rates in two weeks. | "The peak – the highest point of death rates…is likely to hit in two weeks," Trump said as he was delivering an update on the coronavirus situation in the US on Sunday. | Citing estimates suggesting that if social distancing guidelines had not been introduced, 2.2 million people could have died as result of the pandemic in the US, Trump said that it was essential to prolong the existing measures until t…

RT (2020-03-29). Covid-19 claims first UK healthcare worker as official says life won't 'get back to normal' for at least SIX MONTHS. rt.com A doctor working in the UK's National Health Service has paid the ultimate price for fighting on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic, becoming the UK's first healthcare worker to die from Covid-19. | Amged El-Hawrani was a 55-year-old ear, nose and throat specialist who worked at the University Hospitals of Derby and Burton. He contracted Covid-19 and subsequently died on Saturday night. NHS England has said that he was the first frontline worker to die in the fight against the disease. | On behalf of everyone at UHDB, including our patients and the communities we serve, we would like to offer our since…

RT (2020-03-29). US military should fight coronavirus at home, not stage 'Hollywood scenarios' in other countries — IRGC chief. rt.com The head of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards has advised the US to focus on the epidemic at home instead of trying to undermine Tehran, as the strife between two nations persists, despite each having been hit hard by Covid-19. | The American leadership should "really care about the lives of their people in New York and the states involved with coronavirus rather than thinking about Hollywood scenarios and killing people in Iraq," Major General Hossein Salami, Chief Commander of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), pointed out. | He was referring to the assassination of Iran's General Qasem Soleim…

RT (2020-03-29). Germany's health system could buckle if faced with crisis seen in Italy, public health chief warns. rt.com Germany's health infrastructure would not be able to cope with the huge influx of Covid-19 patients currently seen in Italy, the head of Robert Koch Institute (RKI) has said. | Lothar Wieler, who heads the institute responsible for disease control n Germany, told local media that the country would not have the necessary equipment if the number of hospitalizations spiked. | "We cannot rule out that we will have more patients than ventilators in this country… Of course, we must expect that the capacities will not be sufficient," Wieler warned. | The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany rose to 52,5…

RT (2020-03-29). Ali vs Tyson? All this and more as virtual gaming takes over after global sporting calendar grinds to a halt. rt.com With the majority of the world deprived of live sport for the foreseeable future, fans are increasingly turning their attentions to the world of eSports and virtual reality to fill the void and get their next competitive fix. | Esports, for the unaware, takes the world of sport from the physical world and transplants it to the virtual domain, and can provide fans with answers to a menagerie of age-old sporting questions. Would Mike Tyson beat Muhammad Ali? Or how would 'Iron Mike' fare against the devastating power of a prime George Foreman? | These questions are being addressed currently in the virtual eWorld…

RT (2020-03-29). Coronavirus emergency plan could cut Russia's economic growth. rt.com Paid holidays announced by the Russian government to prevent the spread of Covid-19 will come at the expense of economic growth, but support for struggling businesses may offset the negative effects, analysts believe. | On Wednesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin addressed the nation to roll out emergency policies aimed at battling the deadly virus and its impact on the economy. According to the plan, most Russians will get a week of paid leave, except those working in the medical, pharmaceutical, and banking sectors, as well as in government bodies, essential stores, and transportation. | "The ballpark fig…

RT (2020-03-29). Covid-19 spread enters 'new stage' as number of cases exceeds 1,000 in Moscow, mayor says. rt.com The coronavirus outbreak has entered a "new stage" in Moscow, with the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases climbing past 1,000, the city's mayor has stated. | "The situation with the spread of the coronavirus has entered a new stage. More than 1,000 cases of have been recorded in Moscow already. No one is safe [from getting infected]," mayor Sergey Sobyanin wrote on his blog on Sunday. | A week-long holiday was set across Russia starting on Saturday in a bid to stifle the spread of Covid-19. Sobyanin reiterated the government's call on everyone to stay home if possible and keep social distancing. | "Please, sta…

RT (2020-03-29). Spain endures another record day for Covid-19 deaths but rate of new infections drops significantly. rt.com Spain recorded another record day of fatalities from Covid-19 on Sunday as 838 people died. However, the rate of new cases dropped significantly amid signs that measures introduced to combat the virus are having an effect. | Spanish health officials announced on Sunday morning that 6,528 people have now died from the coronavirus in the Mediterranean country and a total of 78,797 people have contracted the illness. | The figure represents an increase of 6,549 confirmed cases on Saturday's total, a jump of 9 percent. This compares favorably to 12.7 percent on Saturday, 14 percent on Friday, Thursday's 18 percent…

RT (2020-03-29). 'You should NOT leave your home': Moscow mayor issues strict Covid-19 pandemic order, stopping short of complete lockdown. rt.com Moscow, where the number of coronavirus cases now exceeds 1,000, has introduced a tough self-isolation regime. From Monday, residents of the Russian capital will be only allowed to leave their homes in cases of absolute necessity. | Under the new rules, Muscovites can go outside if they need urgent medical help or to purchase food or medicine, for which they must use their nearest stores. They may also throw out trash and pet owners will be permitted to walk animals, inside a radius of 100 metres from their buildings. | The decree, issued by Mayor Sergey Sobyanin, applies to all age groups. People can continue…

RT (2020-03-29). US forces pack up and leave Kirkuk airbase… but pulling out of Iraq still off the table. rt.com US and coalition troops have left an airbase in Kirkuk, Iraq, and given a million dollars-worth of equipment to Iraqi security forces. However, the full-scale withdrawal demanded by the Iraqi government has still some way to go. | With the Covid-19 pandemic grabbing headlines at home, US forces in Iraq have been engaged in a quiet retreat abroad. Despite President Donald Trump's insistence on leaving troops in Iraq following a series of clashes with Iranian-backed militias, coalition forces have withdrawn from three bases in the country this month. | The third withdrawal, from the K1 Airbase near the northern…

RT (2020-03-29). 'We're going to make it through,' says anti-quarantine Cuomo as New York nears 60,000 Covid-19 cases. rt.com Covid-19 deaths in New York State rose by 237 overnight, bringing the Empire State's total fatalities to 965. Though the state has now recorded 59,513 infections, Governor Andrew Cuomo has insisted that NY will "make it through." | Cuomo announced the figures at a news conference on Sunday. As a result, he said that he has extended the state's 'PAUSE' directive until April 15. The directive requires all non-essential employees to work from home. One day earlier, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a 14-day travel advisory for New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, after the number of combined…

RT (2020-03-29). 'Big mistake': Italy blasts European Commission chief, says Europe needs 'great Marshall Plan' to battle pandemic crisis. rt.com Italy's economy minister has clashed with European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen after she said that the EU is not planning to issue 'corona bonds' to help countries decimated by Covid-19. | "The commission president's words were a mistake and I regret that she made them," Italian Economy Minister Roberto Gualtieri told reporters at a news conference on Saturday, stressing that Europe needs "a great Marshall Plan" to keep its economy afloat. | The historic Marshall Plan was a massive US-led economic aid package to rebuild Western Europe after the devastation of WWII. Italy proposed that Brussels issue…

RT (2020-03-29). Planetary defenders gain fresh insight on ASTEROID deflection with new study. rt.com Scientists who protect Earth from the possibility of an enormous space rock smashing into our planet have run a vital test on defense strategy, and here's what they learned. | If an asteroid is careening towards Earth, poised to wreak havoc, our planet's best defense is to go into attack mode and divert its course. However, because it's extremely hard to test this on real asteroids, running experiments is essential to understanding exactly how effective the tactic is and what would happen to the deflected asteroid. | The planetary defense researchers at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory say such an astero…

Staff (2020-03-29). Mauna Kea Isn't Just About a Telescope, It's About Who Will Decide the Future. truthout.org "You must remember, never cease to act because you fear you may fail…" —Queen Lili'uokalani | "The mountain brought us together," Luana Busby-Neff tells me. It's 200 days into the prayer vigil and blockade that brought the proposed Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) to a stop in Hawaii. The 14th giant telescope in Hawaii has been met with major resistance. | Busby-Neff is one of the Kapuna, or elders, who was arrested in July 2019 for protesting the construction of the TMT. This is the first m…

IWOC Oakland (2020-03-29). ACSO Requests $255M in New Funding; COVID-19 Reaches Santa Rita Without Plans in Place. indybay.org Just over a week into the "shelter in place" directive that is now statewide, COVID-19 has reached Santa Rita Jail. The County confirmed on March 26 that a nurse working in one of the jail's housing units has tested positive for the virus. In response, that pod as well as one other in Santa Rita were placed under quarantine on Friday, March 27. The second pod was quarantined allegedly in response to a case of pneumonia or other similar medical condition. All transportation of detainees between the jail and the federal courthouse has been suspended, according to a federal court notice. Community advocates warn tha…

anonymous (2020-03-29). Learning from the Past, Preparing for the Future: Lessons from Depression-era Mutual Aid. indybay.org As coronavirus spreads and the death toll begins to climb, our most immediate concern is (and should remain) staying healthy and supporting our communities through the immediate crisis. As radicals, however, we must also begin to strategize how we will respond to the economic collapse that will continue to affect our lives long after a vaccine or herd immunity render the virus itself a past issue. Looking back to our local history, we can learn a great deal from Great Depression era worker self-organizing and mutual aid.

Ruth Robertson (2020-03-29). Starbucks Let Critical Time Slip Away Before Taking Action During COVID-19 Pandemic. indybay.org A March 26 Buzzfeed News article says of Starbucks, "the decisions of a company that employs 220,000 people in the US have had far-reaching consequences in the midst of a virus accelerating faster than most public health systems can keep up with."

Kate Zeller (2020-03-29). G20 Emergency Meeting Convenes on Coronavirus Health and Economic Impacts. indybay.org Saudi Arabia chaired an emergency virtual G20 meeting for Presidents and Prime Minsters as the coronavirus wreaks havoc on the global economy.

National Lawyers Guild (2020-03-29). Know Your Rights during COVID-19 (Coronavirus). indybay.org While the COVID-19 pandemic necessitates public health measures to reduce the impact of the virus on our communities and health care systems, we must be vigilant and resist authoritarian and violent tendencies.

Ella Baker Center (2020-03-29). As COVID-19 Reaches Santa Rita Jail, Decarceration Becomes More Urgent. indybay.org Oakland, CA — According to Alameda County jail officials, a nurse in Santa Rita Jail has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, the first positive test in the jail. The positive case follows at least one confirmed exposure and several possible exposures at the jail by an arrestee and sheriff deputy. For the last two weeks, advocates with the Audit Ahern Coalition and healthcare labor unions have been calling for the Alameda County Sheriff's Office (ACSO), Alameda County District Attorney's Office, and Alameda County Board of Supervisors to reduce the risk of this pandemic for those incarcerated at Santa…

Kate Zeller (2020-03-29). IMF Announces Coronavirus Debt Relief and Increased Lending Resources. indybay.org As the coronavirus continues to take lives and wreak havoc on health systems and the economy, the International Monetary Fund announced plans for debt relief for poor countries and increased lending resources for all countries.

Brenda Norrell (2020-03-29). Navajo Nation reports two deaths and 92 cases of coronavirus. indybay.org Navajo coronavirus cases increased to 92 cases, with two confirmed deaths. There were 21 new cases of the virus in the past 24 hours for Dine' living in Arizona, New Mexico and Utah.

Jair Alexander Olave Calderon (2020-03-29). Despues De La Pandemia Del COVID-19 "El Dia Despues" indybay.org El día en que el mundo supere la guerra biológica que hoy enfrenta, entenderá que el rol del estado debe ser predominante y volver a tomar el control de las instituciones de salud, los servicios públicos, el control mixto de la banca, el absoluto control y manejo de los fondos de pensiones.

The Commonwealth Club (2020-03-29). Livestream: The Science of Happiness during COVID-19. indybay.org Online via livestream…

ACPD (2020-03-29). Alameda County Public Defender Wins COVID-19 Release of More Than 300 Inmates. indybay.org OAKLAND, Thursday, March 19 — Lawyers with the Public Defender's Office in collaboration with the Sheriff, prosecutors and courts have secured the release of more than 300 people because of the threat of COVID-19 in Santa Rita County Jail.

The Commonwealth Club (2020-03-29). Live Stream: COVID-19 and the LGBTQI Community. indybay.org Online via live stream…

The Commonwealth Club (2020-03-29). Live Stream: The Science of Happiness during COVID-19. indybay.org Online via live stream…

The Commonwealth Club (2020-03-29). Livestream: COVID-19 and the LGBTQI Community. indybay.org Online via livestream…

Critical Resistance (2020-03-29). Organizing Against Toxic Imprisonment in the Face of COVID-19. indybay.org Online Event…

CA Pan African Trade (2020-03-29). Expanding California African Trade in this New Era. indybay.org California, the fifth largest economy on earth, will embrace a positive new way forward in partnership with the African Continental Free Trade Area…

Adopted from ACLU Northern California (2020-03-29). Golden Chains may explore the Stolen Legacy of Negro Bar, California. indybay.org First elected Treasurer of San Francisco, Honorable William Alexander Leidesdorff, Jr. acquired well over 35,000 acres along the "Gold River" Rancho Rio de Los Americanos. His "sudden death" and burial on May 18, 1848 marked the beginning of the Gold Rush on his land and the establishment of the town Negro Bar, California, today the City of Folsom. "Slavery and Freedom" in Negro Hill / Negro Bar Mining District is part of "Golden Chains" to be continued…

Nathan Tankus (2020-03-29). The Federal Reserve's Coronavirus crisis actions, explained (Part 2). mronline.org Hear comes the corporate debt purchases.

sputniknews (2020-03-29). Coronavirus Has 'Paralyzed' British Economy Amid Major Post-Brexit Concerns, Economists Say. sputniknews.com The need to rescue British businesses hit hard by the anti-coronavirus quarantines and other measures come at a time when London is struggling to work out news rules of the game with the European Union and the rest of the world after Brexit.

Vi Bui (2020-03-29). Fighting COVID-19 Starts With Universal Access to Water and Sanitation. commondreams.org Healthcare officials have stated over and over again that washing your hands is the most important step to manage the spread of the virus, but access to clean water and adequate hand-washing facilities is not yet a reality to billions around the world.(Photo: Detroit Water Brigade) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

David Korten (2020-03-29). Why Coronavirus Is Humanity's Wake-Up Call. commondreams.org We must dedicate ourselves to the well-being of all in an interdependent world. (Photo: torbakhopper/flickr/cc) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Benjamin Barber (2020-03-29). Safeguarding Elections Amid a Pandemic. commondreams.org Voters line-up to cast their ballots at a polling station set up at Noonday Baptist Church for the mid-term elections on November 6, 2018 in Marietta, Georgia. (Photo: Jessica McGowan/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Bama Athreya (2020-03-29). A Pandemic Is No Time for Precarious Work. commondreams.org The executive class, safe in their bunkers, are considering how they can best take further advantage of a precarious workforce. (Photo: United Workers / flickr / cc) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

yenisafak (2020-03-29). 'It is a real problem': Fire brigades disinfect Ethiopian capital. yenisafak.com Ethiopian fire brigades on Sunday cleaned and disinfected public spaces in the country's capital, Addis Ababa to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.The efforts were organized by municipal officials, deploying some 90 fire brigade cars.Eyes Solomon, an official with the city administration, told the public Ethiopian News Agency: "We are trying to prevent the spread of coronavirus and also raise public awareness on the pandemic."Health officials in Ethiopia have confirmed 16 COVID-19 cases, but have expressed concern at public non-compliance with social distancing measures.Mohammed Amanu, a trader in Merkato,…

pip.hinman (2020-03-29). Organising in the COVID-19 crisis. greenleft.org.au

sputniknews (2020-03-29). Putin Orders Measures to Support Small, Medium Enterprises Amid COVID-19 Pandemic by Monday. sputniknews.com MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday instructed the government to take a set of urgent measures to support small and medium enterprises in Russia amid the COVID-19 pandemic, as follows from documents published on the Kremlin website.

sputniknews (2020-03-29). Symbol of Coronavirus? Scottish Man Receives Toilet Paper Via Drone During COVID-19 Pandemic. sputniknews.com The number of people who have tested positive for COVID-19 in Scotland has risen to 1,245, with the death toll reaching 40 as of Sunday morning, according to a Scottish government report.

sputniknews (2020-03-29). India Tightens Rules to Implement Countrywide Lockdown Amid Mass Exodus of Migrant Workers. sputniknews.com New Delhi (Sputnik): Prime Minister Narendra Modi has urged migrant workers to follow the lockdown, as it is essential to protect the country from the coronavirus. Over the last four days, thousands of workers across the country have been marching on the streets as the 21-day lockdown has left them jobless due to the closure of factories.

sputniknews (2020-03-29). Number of Confirmed Coronavirus Cases in Japan Surpasses 2,500 – Reports. sputniknews.com TOKYO (Sputnik) – Japan confirmed 82 new cases of coronavirus on Sunday, which brings the total number of COVID-19 patients in the country to 2,518, including 712 passengers and crew members of a Diamond Princess cruise liner that was quarantined off Japan's Yokohama last month, the NHK broadcaster reported.

sputniknews (2020-03-29). Price Capping by Indian Govt Goes for a Toss as Suppliers Sell Masks and Sanitisers at Higher Prices. sputniknews.com New Delhi (Sputnik): The Indian government set a price cap on sanitisers and masks after declaring them essential commodities in order to prevent them from being hoarded and maintaining easy access amid the coronavirus outbreak. The government has ordered its state units to produce medical kits and equipment at massive levels to fight any crisis.

sputniknews (2020-03-29). Number of Coronavirus Cases in Netherlands Rises by 1,104 to 10,866, 132 New Deaths. sputniknews.com The Dutch authorities introduced social distancing measures, school closures, and a ban on public gatherings in mid-March.

sputniknews (2020-03-29). Russia and US Suspend New START Treaty Inspections Until May Due to Coronavirus – Reports. sputniknews.com The situation in the United States remains tense as the country now has the highest number of people diagnosed with the coronavirus — over 123,000 infected of the world's 672,000, while Russia has reported at least 1,534 COVID-19 cases.

sputniknews (2020-03-29). US Pipeline Operators Urge Oil Producers to Slash Output as Storage Reaches Max Capacity. sputniknews.com Last week, the US Department of Energy announced plans to purchase 77 million barrels of oil on the domestic market to shore up the country's strategic reserve amid the increasing coronavirus outbreak.

sputniknews (2020-03-29). This is How You Survive Coronavirus: Antarctic Expeditionist Explains How To Handle Self-Isolation. sputniknews.com As the deadly coronavirus continues to spread, people have been taking precautionary measures, including self-isolation — a move that one can find hard to deal with, especially if one doesn't know how to handle it.

sputniknews (2020-03-29). Spread of Coronavirus Disease in China Largely Stopped – Health Ministry. sputniknews.com There are currently at least 680,000 people who have been diagnosed with the coronavirus around the world, while the death toll has almost reached 32,000. At the same time, at least 146,000 have recovered from the disease.

sputniknews (2020-03-29). Ex-French Minister Patrick Devedjian Dies of COVID-19 in Paris Aged 75 – Authorities. sputniknews.com PARIS (Sputnik) – French politician and former minister Patrick Devedjian has died in Paris at the age of 75 of complications from the coronavirus disease, the local authorities said in a statement on Sunday.

sputniknews (2020-03-29). Iran Confirms 2,901 New Coronavirus Cases, Total Number Surpasses 38,000 – Health Ministry. sputniknews.com TEHRAN (Sputnik) – Iran has registered another 2,901 coronavirus cases, which brings the total tally to 38,309, Alireza Vahabzadeh, an adviser to the country's health minister, said on Sunday.

sputniknews (2020-03-29). A Little Party Never Killed Nobody? New Jersey Police Crash 'Illegal' Corona Rave. sputniknews.com US President Donald Trump said on 28 March that a quarantine would not be imposed amid the spread of COVID-19 in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut but issued a travel advisory instead. However, gatherings and social events have been cancelled by New Jersey's governor since 21 March.

sputniknews (2020-03-29). COVID-19: Cramped Govt Shelters in Delhi Provide Food But Hardly Any Space for Social Distancing. sputniknews.com New Delhi (Sputnik): More than 125,000 people in the Indian capital Delhi depend on government shelters. As a 21-day lockdown began earlier this week, Delhi's homeless population thronged to these places, overwhelming shelters meant to house only several thousand individuals.

sputniknews (2020-03-29). UK Seeks to Establish $1.2 Bln Fund to Woo 'Overseas Buyers' of British Weapons — Report. sputniknews.com Last year, Sky News reported that the UK had sold at least $7.45 billion worth of arms to the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen since the start of the war there in 2015.

sputniknews (2020-03-29). IRGC –°hief Warns US Not 'to Test the Power' of Iran Anymore. sputniknews.com Tensions between Tehran and Washington further deteriorated in early January, when top Iranian general Qasem Soleimani was assassinated in a US drone strike on his car in Baghdad.

sputniknews (2020-03-29). US-Led Coalition Departs K1 Air Base in Kirkuk, Iraq. sputniknews.com WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – The US-led coalition forces led by the United States officially transferred K1 Air Base in the northern Iraqi province of Kirkuk to the Iraqi Armed Forces on Sunday, Brig. Gen. Vincent Barker, the sustainment director of combined Joint Task Force — Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTF-OIR) said.

sputniknews (2020-03-29). Russian Government Forms 20-Member Presidium Headed By Prime Minister Mishustin. sputniknews.com MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The Russian cabinet announced on Sunday that it created the government's Presidium that comprises 20 members and is headed by Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin.

yenisafak (2020-03-29). Palestine report 6 new coronavirus cases as total rises to over 100. yenisafak.com The Palestinian government confirmed six new coronavirus cases in the occupied West Bank on Sunday.In a statement, a government spokesman said the new patients included five members of the same family in the town of Qatanna.The new infections bring the number of coronavirus cases in Palestine to 104, including nine cases in the Gaza Strip.Data compiled by the U.S.-based Johns Hopkins University shows worldwide infections over 665,000 mark with over 30,800 deaths. More than 141,700 have recovered from infections.After first appearing in Wuhan, China in December, the virus has spread to 177 countries and regions.

yenisafak (2020-03-29). Spanish princess dies due to novel coronavirus. yenisafak.com Spanish Princess Maria Teresa de Borbon-Parma, 86, died in Paris on Thursday after contracting the novel coronavirus, her brother announced on Sunday.A member of the Carlist branch of the Bourbon dynasty, she became the first royal to fall victim to the pandemic that has gripped Europe for weeks.Earlier this week, the 71-year-old Prince Charles tested positive for the coronavirus in the U.K.Spain's royal family has also been tested, but all their results came back negative.Known as the Red Princess for her relatively leftist views, Borbon-Parma worked as a Sociology professor at Sorbonne University in Paris and r…

yenisafak (2020-03-29). Neutralized terrorist in Turkey tests COVID-19 positive. yenisafak.com One of three PKK terrorists neutralized by security forces in southeastern Turkey tested positive for the novel coronavirus, local authorities said Sunday.A family was quarantined after being found to have been in contact with the terrorist, who was tested for the virus prior to their identification.The virus is thought to have spread among within the terror group via its members coming from Iran.Local officials in Bitlis said in a statement that the operation also uncovered weapons and ammunition used by the terror group, including bombs and hand grenades.In a statement, the governor's office said: "The legal pr…

yenisafak (2020-03-29). Iran's death toll from coronavirus reaches 2,640: health official. yenisafak.com Iran's death toll from the coronavirus has climbed to 2,640 and the number of infected people has reached 38,309, a health ministry official tweeted on Sunday."In the past 24 hours we had 123 deaths and 2,901 people have been infected, bringing the total number of infected people to 38,309," tweeted Alireza Vahabzadeh, an adviser to Iran's health minister. "12,391 people infected from the virus have recovered."

yenisafak (2020-03-29). Britain places new order for 10,000 ventilators. yenisafak.com Britain has placed an order for 10,000 ventilators to be made by a consortium of companies including Ford, Airbus and Rolls-Royce as part of efforts to fight coronavirus, an industry source told Reuters.Governments around the world are trying to boost the number of ventilators- mechanical breathing devices that can blow air and oxygen into the lungs- which are available to their health services.They are crucial for the care of people with lung failure, which can be one of the complications suffered by patients with severe COVID-19, the disease coronavirus causes. But they don't necessarily save people.An announce…

yenisafak (2020-03-29). Italy: 101-year-old influenza survivor beats COVID-19. yenisafak.com A 101-year-old Italian man who survived the Spanish flu pandemic in the 1910s has successfully recovered from the deadly coronavirus.The man, identified only as Mr. P, was born in the town of Rimini on the northwestern coast of the Adriatic Sea in 1919, growing up between the two world wars.Last week, Mr. P went to a hospital in Rimini after testing positive for COVID-19.It was not the first time that Mr. P encountered a pandemic. He is a survivor of the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic which claimed the lives of 600,000 Italians.According to Gloria Lisi, the Vice Mayor of Rimini, medical staff at the hospital were hope…

yenisafak (2020-03-29). Bangladesh not equipped to fight corona pandemic. yenisafak.com Bangladesh is yet to be equipped with the necessary health care facilities and support to deal with serious cases of the novel coronavirus despite having much time since the virus first emerged in the ground zero, China, says experts.Many have expressed concern that there is a serious lack of Intensive Care Unit (ICU) beds with facilities with ventilators, shortage of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for health care workers, testing kits and other resources, including a national fund to fight the COVID-19 outbreak."Bangladesh is facing these challenges because of a weak Health Ministry. There is a serious cris…

yenisafak (2020-03-29). Coronavirus death toll rises to 432 in Germany. yenisafak.com Germany registered 73 new coronavirus deaths in the past 24 hours, taking the total to 432, according to local health authorities.The Berlin-based website Coronavirus-Monitor, which compiles up-to-date numbers from local health authorities, reported 5,201 new cases on Sunday, bringing the total infections to 56,572.More than 9,200 patients infected with the virus have so far recovered.Germany is the third-worst-affected country by the coronavirus pandemic in Europe, but its death toll has so far remained lower than the two hardest-hit countries, Italy and Spain.‚Ä®‚Ä®Chancellor Angel…

yenisafak (2020-03-29). Russia reports more COVID cases, deaths. yenisafak.com Russian authorities reported Sunday 270 new coronavirus cases with 1,534 patients under treatment in total.Fifteen people were successfully treated, 4 died over the last 24 hours, the authorities said in a statement."To date, 1,534 cases have been registered in the Russian Federation. Over the last 24 hours, 15 people were discharged [after] recovery. For the entire period, 64 people were discharged. Four fatal cases were recorded during the day. The total number of fatalities for the entire period in Russia is eight," it said.In a bid to curb the spread of the coronavirus, Russia has banned the entry of foreign…

yenisafak (2020-03-29). Turkish security forces help elderly amid COVID-19. yenisafak.com Turkish security forces assisted the elderly Sunday as seniors are not allowed to leave their homes as part of measures to stem the spread of the coronavirus.Social support groups were established to help seniors seeking assistance from daily needs to emergencies by calling a hotline.One of those who called the hotline was Selma Harar, 73, from the Yarpuzlu District of eastern Mus province.Harar, who suffers from cancer, gave her prescription to the gendarmerie team. They went to the pharmacy, bought the medicines and handed over to her.Felek Orun, 72, also called the hotline to ask them to draw his retirement sa…

yenisafak (2020-03-29). Turkish FM urges expats to 'stay at home'. yenisafak.com Turkey's foreign minister urged Turkish expats on Sunday to stay at home to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus."Pay attention to the warnings of our embassies, consulate generals and officials in your countries," Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Twitter sharing a video, including the messages of Turkish representatives abroad."The virus could not be spread to others as the patients stay at home," Turkey's Ambassador to the U.K. Umit Yalcin said in the video.Turkey's Ambassador to the U.S. Serdar Kilic, the country's Brussels Ambassador Hasan Ulusoy and several consul generals warned people to stay safe in their hom…

yenisafak (2020-03-29). Portuguese superstar Ronaldo urges people to 'stay home, save lives'. yenisafak.com "Feeling very thankful to have my mum home from hospital and recovering. Look after your families and loved ones. #stayhomesavelives," Ronaldo said on Sunday on Instagram as the Juventus forward shared a family photo.Following Juventus' 2-0 league win against Inter Milan on March 8, Ronaldo travelled to Portugal's Madeira island to see his mother as Maria Dolores Aveiro suffered from a stroke.Ronaldo did not return to Italy due to the coronavirus outbreak.On Saturday, Italy reported 889 new deaths from coronavirus, bringing the total number of victims to 10,023, the highest in the world.The number of confirmed ca…

yenisafak (2020-03-29). EU calls for cease-fire in Syria due to coronavirus. yenisafak.com The EU on Sunday called for an immediate and nationwide cease-fire in Syria to deal with the novel coronavirus.In a statement, EU External Action spokesman Peter Stano stressed the dangers of the virus in war-zones, reiterating the importance of ending hostilities which he said "is important in itself."The cease-fire "is also a precondition for halting the spread of the coronavirus and protecting an already struggling population from its potentially devastating consequences," he added.The situation is particularly critical in the northwestern province of Idlib because of the high number of displaced people, he s…

yenisafak (2020-03-29). 'We're trying to keep our heads above water': US healthcare workers fight shortages – and fear. yenisafak.com U.S. nurses and doctors on the front lines of the battle against the new coronavirus that has infected tens of thousands of Americans and killed hundreds are shellshocked by the damage that the virus wreaks – on patients, their families and themselves.Nurses and doctors describe their frustration at equipment shortages, fears of infecting their families, and their moments of tearful despair.These are some of their stories: NEW YORKCONFIRMED CASES: 53,324DEATHS: 773Dr. Arabia Mollette, an emergency medicine physician, has started praying during the cab ride to work in the morning. She needs those few minutes of pea…

Staff (2020-03-28). Using CPAPs in Place of Ventilators Could Spread the Coronavirus. truthout.org The limited supply of ventilators is one of the chief concerns facing hospitals as they prepare for more COVID-19 cases. In Italy, where hospitals have been overwhelmed with patients in respiratory failure, doctors have had to make difficult life-or-death decisions about who gets a ventilator and who does not. | In the U.S., emergency plans developed by states for a shortage of ventilators include using positive airway pressure machines — like those used to treat sleep apnea — to help hospita…

Declan Terence Bradley, Mariam Abdulmonem Mansouri, Frank Kee, Leandro Martin Totaro Garcia (2020-03-28). [Commentary] A systems approach to preventing and responding to COVID-19. thelancet.com A novel zoonotic coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2 has resulted in a pandemic of respiratory infection [1,2]. COVID-19 has provoked restrictive infection control measures, social and economic disruption, and expressions of racism [3]. Systems thinking can help policymakers understand and influence the spread of infection and its multifaceted consequences across the community since society is itself a complex adaptive system [4]. It can provide a framework to look beyond the chain of infection and better understand the multiple implications of decisions and (in)actions in face of such a complex situation involving many inte…

Binoy Kampmark (2020-03-28). Barbaric Decisions: Coronavirus, Refusing Bail and Julian Assange. dissidentvoice.org To expose another human being to serious illness, and to the threat of losing their life, is grotesque and quite unnecessary. This is not justice, it is a barbaric decision. — Kristinn Hrafnsson, editor-in-chief of WikiLeaks, March 26, 2020 Social distancing is not a word that seems to have reached certain parts of the British …

IMEMC News (2020-03-28). Israeli Soldiers Fire Missiles Into Gaza. imemc.org Israeli war jets fired, on Friday at night, several missiles into a few areas in the besieged and impoverished Gaza Strip, causing damage. Media sources said the army fire many missiles into an area, northwest of Gaza city, causing damage to homes and structures. The army also fired two artillery …

Rami Almeghari (2020-03-28). Israeli Troops Open Fire on Palestinian Farmer in Southern Gaza. imemc.org Israeli troops opened fire at Palestinian farmers and shepherds, early on Saturday, near the border fence in eastern Khan Younis city, southern Gaza Strip, according to local sources. Local Palestinian media sources and witnesses said that Israeli troops, stationed on the Israeli side of the border, opened their machine guns …

WSWS (2020-03-28). COVID-19 pandemic spells no truce in US imperialism's global aggression. wsws.org Far from declaring a humanitarian truce as COVID-19 threatens the lives of millions, Washington has sought to weaponize the death and disruption spread by the disease.

WSWS (2020-03-28). Fears grow that coronavirus is taking hold among immigrants in US custody as three children test positive. wsws.org Adult and child detainees living in cramped quarters, herded into cafeterias and denied basic sanitation are facing the very real possibility of an escalated rate of contagion.

news.un (2020-03-28). First Person: False promises in Mauritania. news.un.org Women and girls face particular challenges as migrants, whatever their reason for leaving their country of origin. UN agencies are learning more about these difficulties, and how to address them.

The Canary (2020-03-28). Frontline NHS staff say coronavirus testing is still 'not enough' and 'not fast enough'. thecanary.co NHS staff working on the front line of the coronavirus pandemic have said not enough is being done to deal with the rising numbers of workers forced to self-isolate and take time off.Coronavirus tests for frontline workers are to be trialled in England this weekend ahead of a wider rollout, in a bid to get more healthcare staff back to work.This comes 10 days after Wales began screening staff in a bid to help the health service cope with the outbreak. | Those working in hospitals across the UK said the move has not come quickly enough, with some wards crippled by up to a quarter of doctors and nurses off.All the…

Steve Topple (2020-03-28). Coronavirus brings out the worst in criminals as they target families on free school meals. thecanary.co Not to let a global pandemic go to waste, criminals have been Coronavirus: criminals making the most of it: | In an email seen by The Canary, one south London school sent this message to families on free school meals: The DfE [Department for Education] have warned that fraudsters are targeting parents of children eligible for f…

The Canary (2020-03-28). Council workers face 'sickening physical and verbal assaults' during coronavirus pandemic. thecanary.co Council workers have been abused and assaulted as they carry out their duties during the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. One safety patrol officer had his leg broken after a cyclist rode into him. | The Local Government Association (LGA) said there'd been a number of "sickening physical and verbal assaults" on workers. It called on the public to respect the "tireless efforts" of council staff. | The LGA acknowledged that "emotions and tensions are running high" during the pandemic but said workers had been spat and sworn at, shoved by members of the public and racially abused. | We're heartbroken to hear that some…

Kathy Kelly (2020-03-28). Vigil for Peace in Yemen, a New Norm. dissidentvoice.org For the past three years, several dozen New Yorkers have gathered each Saturday at Union Square, at 11: 00 a.m. to vigil for peace in Yemen. Now, however, due to the coronavirus, the vigil for peace is radically altered. Last week, in recognition of the city's coming shelter in place program, participants were asked to hold …

Katie Halper (2020-03-28). Media Silent as Poll Workers Contract Covid-19 at Primaries That DNC, Biden Campaign Claimed Were Safe. fair.org Donald Trump is the

Richard Horton (2020-03-28). [Comment] Offline: COVID-19 and the NHS—"a national scandal" thelancet.com "When this is all over, the NHS England board should resign in their entirety." So wrote one National Health Service (NHS) health worker last weekend. The scale of anger and frustration is unprecedented, and coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is the cause. The UK Government's Contain—Delay—Mitigate—Research strategy failed. It failed, in part, because ministers didn't follow WHO's advice to "test, test, test" every suspected case. They didn't isolate and quarantine. They didn't contact trace. These basic principles of public health and infectious disease control were ignored, for reasons that r…

The Lancet (2020-03-28). [Editorial] COVID-19: learning from experience. thelancet.com Over the past 2 weeks, the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has marched relentlessly westward. On March 13, WHO said that Europe was now the centre of the pandemic. A few days later, deaths in Italy surpassed those in China. Iran and Spain had also reported over 1000 deaths as of March 23, and many other European countries and the USA reported increasing numbers of cases, heralding an imminent wave of fatalities. Following the sweep of COVID-19 is a series of dramatic containment measures that reflect the scale of the threat posed by the pandemic.

Antoine Flahault (2020-03-28). [Correspondence] COVID-19 cacophony: is there any orchestra conductor? thelancet.com The first wave of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic is currently invading the world, and several countries are now struggling to fight it or trying to delay its start to help smooth its peak size for the purpose of lowering morbidity and mortality, and thereby reduce the overall tension on their health-care system. China's first major outbreaks of COVID-19 happened in January, 2020. Then South Korea, Iran, and Italy entered into this Ravel's Bolero-like epidemic in late February and early March, 2020, and many other countries are preparing to play the same rhythmic pattern in the coming days and weeks.

Ann Danaiya Usher (2020-03-28). [World Report] WHO launches crowdfund for COVID-19 response. thelancet.com For the first time, WHO is asking the general public and private donors for support. The project is a test run for the WHO Foundation, to be launched later this year. Ann Danaiya Usher reports.

Michael Marmot (2020-03-28). [Perspectives] Despair, democracy, and the failures of American capitalism. thelancet.com A third of the children who used to ride the number 6 bus to school in Yamhill, OR, USA, in the 1970s died before their time, mostly by suicide or from drugs, alcohol, or reckless accidents. Nicholas Kristof, columnist for The New York Times, is one of the survivors. He recalls one family of five siblings, four of whom succumbed as adults: Farlan died of liver failure from drink and drugs; Rogena died of hepatitis linked to drug use; Zealan burned to death in a house fire while passed out drunk; and Nathan blew himself up cooking meth.

The Lancet (2020-03-28). [Editorial] Building on the PrEP victory. thelancet.com On March 15, the UK Department of Health and Social Care announced funding to make pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) medication available on the National Health Service in England for HIV prevention. This decision will be met, finally, with a sense of achievement by HIV activists and care providers, who have fought long and hard to make tenofovir-based PrEP drugs widely accessible in the UK, 8 years after the US Food and Drug Administration approved them and more than 4 years after WHO recommended their use for people at high risk of acquiring HIV.

Wendy Moore (2020-03-28). [Perspectives] The suffragette surgeons of Endell Street. thelancet.com When war swept through Europe in August, 1914, more than 1000 medical men were mobilised with the British Army to France and several hundred more male doctors signed up to support the Allied war effort. Dozens of British women doctors volunteered their services too. On Aug 14, 1914, just 10 days after Britain declared war on Germany, the UK's Association of Registered Medical Women compiled a list of more than 60 members who declared themselves "willing to serve". Yet their help was bluntly declined.

Aarathi Prasad (2020-03-28). [Perspectives] Leadership bid. thelancet.com The Perfect Candidate, director Haifaa Al-Mansour's second film based in Saudi Arabia, opens with a scene of an old man on a stretcher, bloodied and groaning after a collision with a truck brings him to the only emergency room in the area. Once the under-resourced clinic staff have heaved him through the only route into the building—a mud-clogged and flooded road—he opens his eyes to what for him is an even greater horror: the face of the only doctor qualified to treat him. Through her niqab, a pair of determined eyes examine him, as Dr Maryam expertly turns the patient's body to palpate his spine.

Asha Herten-Crabb, Sara E Davies (2020-03-28). [Comment] Why WHO needs a feminist economic agenda. thelancet.com In September, 2019, Alan Donnelly and Ilona Kickbusch called for a chief economist at WHO.1 Such a position, they argued, would enable WHO to better advocate for greater recognition of, and thus action on, the interdependency of health and the economy. We support this proposal: recognition of the interdependence of health and the economy is vital for WHO to achieve its mandate: "the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health…without distinction of race, religion, political belief, economic or social condition".

The Lancet (2020-03-28). [Editorial] Learning the lessons of Chernobyl: time is running out. thelancet.com Unit number 4 of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant exploded on April 26, 1986, causing radiation injuries to hundreds of people within a couple of weeks. High levels of radiation affected clean-up workers (liquidators) involved in the emergency response, more than 500‚Äà000 liquidators involved in later decontamination and containment, and the general population in the surrounding Soviet states. 116‚Äà000 people were evacuated, 220‚Äà000 were permanently relocated, and a 30 km exclusion zone still exists around the plant.

Sally Casswell, Jàºrgen Rehm (2020-03-28). [Comment] Reduction in global alcohol-attributable harm unlikely after setback at WHO Executive Board. thelancet.com A decision emerged after many hours of informal consultation at the WHO Executive Board in February, 2020, on the next steps for global governance of harmful use of alcohol. Clear evidence of increased alcohol consumption and attributable harm in many low-income and middle-income countries (LMICs),1 and predictions of more harm to come if effective policy is not adopted,2 led a group of representatives from LMICs to propose a working group "to review and propose the feasibility of developing an international instrument for alcohol control".

Tony Kirby (2020-03-28). [World Report] PrEP finally approved on NHS in England. thelancet.com After years of wrangling, pre-exposure prophylaxis for HIV prevention will finally be available on the National Health Service in England. Tony Kirby reports.

Susan Jaffe (2020-03-28). [World Report] Leadership changes at USAID. thelancet.com Mark Green, the respected head of the US Agency for International Development, has resigned. Susan Jaffe reports from Washington.

Ali Salam (2020-03-28). Isareli Settlers Attack Palestinians, Injure One near Hebron. imemc.org Israeli settlers attacked, on Friday, Palestinian herders and other civilians in the village of Al-Tuwani, south of Hebron in the southern occupied West Bank, according to a local activist. Fo'ad Amour, a local rights activist, told Palestinian WAFA News Agency that illegal colonial settlers, accompanied by attack dogs, assaulted herders …

Eliza Egret (2020-03-28). When death dealers make ventilators, we know it's time to end the arms trade. thecanary.co Peace activists might be relieved to hear that UK arms companies are Meanwhile, arms company Babcock is working with a medical equipment company to make thousands of ventilators. Babcock is now seemingly concerned with saving lives, rather t…

news.un (2020-03-28). COVID-19: UN envoy hails strong Israel-Palestine cooperation. news.un.org Nickolay Mladenov, the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, has praised the coordination between the Israeli and Palestine authorities in reacting to the COVID-19 pandemic.

WSWS (2020-03-28). Kroger warehouse workers walk out in Memphis over coronavirus concerns. wsws.org About 400 Kroger warehouse workers in Memphis walked off their jobs yesterday to protest mind-numbing work shifts of up to 96 hours a week and unsafe working conditions as COVID-19 spreads through the state of Tennessee.

Rami Almeghari (2020-03-28). Palestinian Political Parties Call for Digitally Marking Land Day. imemc.org The Higher Committee for Follow-up, consisting of majority of Palestinian political factions in the occupied West Bank, decided Saturday that due to current widely-spread Coronavirus in Palestine and other world countries, there will be no marches for marking the Palestinian Land Day of March 30, 2020. Instead, the committee urged …

WSWS (2020-03-28). UK health care assistant: "There's a fear that if we are tested for COVID-19, most of us will come back positive and the NHS will collapse" wsws.org A senior health care assistant spoke to the World Socialist Web Site about his experiences at work during the coronavirus pandemic.

WSWS (2020-03-28). University of California graduate students need a socialist political strategy. wsws.org Faced with the COVID-19 pandemic, striking University of California graduate students must turn out to the working class in a political struggle for trillions for public health, decent living standards, and public education for all.

Marjorie Cohn (2020-03-28). DOJ Seeks to Exploit Coronavirus Emergency to Detain People Indefinitely. zcomm.org Throughout U.S. history, presidents have exploited national emergencies to exceed their constitutional powers…

Staff (2020-03-28). 800,000 Doctors Demand Trump End Dangerous Campaign Against Social Distancing. truthout.org A council representing more than 800,000 doctors across the U.S. signed a letter Friday imploring President Donald Trump to reverse his call for businesses to reopen by April 12, warning that the president's flouting of the guidance of public health experts could jeopardize the health of millions of Americans and throw hospitals into even more chaos as they fight the coronavirus pandemic. | The Council of Medical Specialty Societies—a coalition comprised of such physicians' groups as th…

WSWS (2020-03-28). US teachers speak out on the coronavirus epidemic. wsws.org Teachers across the country spoke on the impact the epidemic is having on education and the way forward.

news.un (2020-03-28). First Person: Heartbreak and hope — one doctor's story from China's coronavirus ground zero. news.un.org Xiang Lu is one of the thousands of Chinese doctors who was dispatched to fight the COVID-19 outbreak in the hardest-hit province of Hubei, as it reached its peak. When UN News spoke to him on 23 March, he said that the situation is vastly improved and he may, at last, be able to return home.

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The Virus of Sanctions: Flattening the Curve
George Capaccio | zcomm.org | 2020-03-29
If ever there were an opportunity for people to recognize each other's humanity and cast aside their mutual fears and antagonisms, now is that opportunity when everyone is facing the same life-threatening disease…
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US Coronavirus Deaths May Reach 200,000: Dr. Fauci Warns
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-29
United States deaths from coronavirus could reach 200,000 with millions of cases, the Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Dr. Anthony Fauci warned Sunday as New York, New Orleans and other major cities pleaded for more medical supplies. | RELATED: | US Surpasses China in Number of COVID-19 Cases | By way of comparison, the common flu has killed between 12,000 and 61,000 U.S. nationals a year since 2010, according to U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevent…
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Palestinian Shoemaker Starts West Bank's Mask Factory Overnight
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-29
As soon as Amjad Zaghir got word of the COVID-19 outbreak in Bethlehem, the 30-year-old Palestinian shoemaker from Hebron decided to transform his shoe factory into the only manufacturer of face masks in the occupied West Bank, as +972 Magazine reported Monday. | RELATED: | First COVID-19 Death in West Bank, Gaza Prepares for the Worst | "I approached my friend, a pharmacist, and asked him what materials are used to make masks," recalled Zaghir. "He explained that what we use in…
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Evo Morales Expresses Solidarity With Venezuela Amid US Attacks
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-29
Former Bolivian President Evo Morales said that with the most recent attack by the United States government against Venezuela, Washington intends to distract public opinion about the collapse of the country's health services in the face of Covid-19. | RELATED: | Russia Calls to Lift 'Genocidal' Sanctions Against Venezuela | "The US is in a humanitarian crisis. The health services of its main cities are beginning to collapse," stressed the leader of the Movement to Socialism (MAS) o…
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As coronavirus infects women in Yarl's Wood, detainees make urgent demands
Eliza Egret | thecanary.co | 2020-03-29
As coronavirus (Covid-19) begins to infect detainees, women trapped in Yarl's Wood immigration detention centre are demanding their immediate release. Many of these women have already fled from dangerous situations, and include people with pre-existing health conditions an…
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Has America reached its endgame in Afghanistan?
M.K. Bhadrakumar | mronline.org | 2020-03-29
In an extraordinary statement titled "On the Political Impasse in Afghanistan," Washington has admitted to the failure of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's mission to Kabul on March 23, which was taken up to heal the political rift among Afghan politicians and to urge them to form an inclusive government so as to implement the …
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Ecosocialism or barbarism: an interview with Ian Angus
Ian Angus | mronline.org | 2020-03-29
In an interview with roape.net, ecosocialist and writer Ian Angus discusses the environmental crisis, the Anthropocene and Covid-19. He argues that new viruses, bacteria and parasites spread from wildlife to humans because capital is bulldozing primary forests, replacing them with profitable monocultures. Ecosocialists must patiently explain that permanent solutions will not be possible so long …
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U.S. Imperialism Pulls Desperate Move in Venezuela
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-03-29
Fight Back News Service is circulating the following statement from United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC). | For years, the criminal government of the United States has attempted to remove the democratically elected president of Venezuela and discredit the peoples' movement in that country that has been so successful in lifting millions of Venezuelans out of extreme poverty. Under the corrupt Trump administration alone, the United States has conducted multiple illegal attacks against President Nicolas Maduro and the people of Venezuela, including: failed assassination attempts by drone, poorly orchestrated mi…
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COVID-19 Reminds Us We Need a Gov't Working for All: Sanders
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-29
"In this unprecedented moment in American history, (people in the United States) want to hear the ideas that will lead us away from where we are right now," Vermont Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders said Friday in an interview with NPR Morning Edition Noel King. | RELATED: | Bernie Sanders Wins the Democrats Abroad Primary | The senator, who is some 300 delegates behind former Vice-President Joe Biden, acknowledged in the interview that it would be a steep road to…
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US Teen Dies After Being Rejected by Clinic for No Insurance
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-29
A 17-year-old U.S. citizen with symptoms of coronavirus did not receive medical attention at an emergency clinic because he did not have health insurance, Lancaster Mayor Rex Parris said on March 25 in a video posted on YouTube. | RELATED: | Turkey Becomes Latest Victim of Coronavirus as Death Toll Soars | "He did not have insurance, so he was not treated," Parris said, adding that medical personnel at this emergency center, whose name was not released by authorities, advised…
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Coronavirus Shows Us What Our Future Could Look Like During Climate Crisis
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-03-29
The COVID-19 pandemic has rapidly been absorbed into our collective consciousness, remaking the fabric of our lives. Suddenly, millions are sheltering in place, strangers have started wishing each other well when exiting grocery stores, people have stopped touching their faces and shelves that are normally stocked with bleach and hand sanitizer are barren. | For many, the looming sense of dread is a new sensation. | "A few times a day, I get distracted enough to forget that everything has chang…
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Why COVID-19 Could Trigger a Major Billing Crisis
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-03-29
Stop me if you've heard this one before. A person falls ill. They go to the emergency room, maybe even to the operating room. Unbeknownst to them, they get care from someone who is outside of their insurance network. Weeks later, they receive a bill for tens of thousands of dollars. | Over the past decade, these stories of "surprise" medical bills have become more common. A recent study from Stanford University showed that 43 p…
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New York Nurses Are Living a Heartbreaking Nightmare
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-03-29
This article was originally published at Labor Notes. | Last Sunday I worked in the Montefiore Medical Center Moses Division Emergency Department and I want to share with you the real-life story–and most certainly not the worst story. | To back up… I had some concerning symptoms that started the previous Sunday at about 10 a.m. but escalated severely by Tuesday night. I was "approved" for COVID testing only because I had these symptoms and, perhaps, due to my age. | I…
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Trump Announces Plan to Refuse Congressional Oversight of Corporate Bailout
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-03-29
Progressive lawmakers on Friday evening denounced President Donald Trump's intention to disregard provisions in the just-passed coronavirus relief bill that would provide crucial oversight of $500 billion in taxpayer money already poised to be a "Wall Street slush fund." | "This is unacceptable," Rep. Katie Porter (D-Calif.) said on Twitter Friday. | t.co/QsP9dsR3kT |

Why COVID-19 Could Trigger a Surprise Billing Crisis
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-03-29
Stop me if you've heard this one before. A person falls ill. They go to the emergency room, maybe even to the operating room. Unbeknownst to them, they get care from someone who is outside of their insurance network. Weeks later, they receive a bill for tens of thousands of dollars. | Over the past decade, these stories of "surprise" medical bills have become more common. A recent study from Stanford University showed that 43 p…
truthout.org/articles/why-covid-19-could…

Amid coronavirus chaos, the media is almost silent about sexual assault allegations against Joe Biden
Afroze Fatima Zaidi | thecanary.co | 2020-03-29
There's never a good time for survivors of sexual assault to come forward with allegations. Especially when they're going against powerful men. And in the midst of a global pandemic, many establishment media outlets also seem to be ignoring ongoing allegations against Joe Biden, one of the Democratic nominees for the 2020 US presidential election. | "That's exactly why I have to keep going": | According to a report from the Hill, Biden's latest accuser, Tara Reade, has been trying…
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Demonstrating During Pandemic Times
Ted Glick | zcomm.org | 2020-03-29
"Car demonstrations" had people arriving in cars to an open parking lot area, standing outside at appropriate 6 feet or more apart distances, with organizers giving directions and instructions and coordinates to join a Whats App channel for communication purposes…
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G20 Leaders' Commitments Fall Far Short of Expectations
Kavaljit Singh | zcomm.org | 2020-03-29
The first-ever extraordinary virtual G20 Leaders' Summit took place on March 26, 2020 to develop collective global solutions in the fight against the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic…
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The Coronavirus: a Wake-up Call from Mother Nature
David Mellonie | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-03-29
Once the panic, grief, and worldwide turmoil of the coronavirus pandemic has eventually subsided (as it certainly will in due course), our biggest and most important challenge will be not how or if we survived the relatively short term upheavals to our lives, but whether as individuals and societies we learn from the experience and …
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Jà´à´n pà§'à§m, the illness of fire
Yasnaya Elena Aguilar Gil | zcomm.org | 2020-03-29
If the propagation of the virus shows us the insides of the interrelated structures in which we live, it also shows that only collective care that can stop the pandemic…
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Corona and Commercials
Badri Raina | zcomm.org | 2020-03-29
As Corona does its dance Of death, Capital does its work, Celebrities on television Fancy wares hawk. As leaders sell their lockdowns, And coffins litter cities, Nothing dampens the commercial verve Of slick celebrities. No pandemic may ever halt The march of profit-making; The grimmest news of newest deaths Must yield to commercial Read…
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'Stop stockpiling and stay home' pleads coronavirus patient
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-03-29
A woman currently in hospital with suspected Covid-19 has urged the public not to panic buy and to stay at home to avoid spreading the disease further. | Delia Colwill, from Berkshire, was taken into hospital on Tuesday, six days after she first began showing symptoms of the coronavirus. | The 47-year-old suffers from a spinal cord injury that affects her nervous system and has chronic pain. She said the virus has "absolutely knocked me sideways". | She has been repeatedly tested for the virus and received mixed results with one positive and one negative. | PLEASE FEEL FREE TO SHARE. Another humiliating video for…
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Cuba Reports 139 Cases of Coronavirus and 3 Deaths
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-29
Dr. José àÅngel Portal Miranda, Minister of Public Health of the Republic of Cuba, reported that on Saturday, 20 new positive cases of Covid-19 (coronavirus) were confirmed, after more than 200 diagnostic tests were performed during the day. | RELATED: | Cuba's Medical Brigade Fight Along With Jamaica Against COVID-19 | The country's situation to date is as followed: 139 cases of coronavirus, 1.34 per 100,000 inhabitants. Three deaths have been registered, leading to a…
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New figure for projected coronavirus deaths exposes a government in total confusion
Tom Coburg | thecanary.co | 2020-03-29
On 28 March, at a daily coronavirus (Covid-19) press briefing, an NHS chief, speaking alongside a government minister, announced that deaths resulting from the outbreak would be "aimed" at 20,000. But over the last two weeks, government policy has been determined by a very different set of figures. | This latest development illustrates how the government appears to be lurching from one strategy to another. It does not inspire confidence in either the methodologies presented to date or the government's understanding of the science. | Revised figures | : | At a press briefing on 28 March, NHS England medica…
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Beyond Chutzpah: US Charges Venezuela with Nacro-Terrorism
Roger D. Harris | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-03-29
According to the parable, the ungrateful son takes out a life insurance policy on his parents, murders them to collect, and is caught and found guilty. At his sentencing, the judge asks if he has anything to say on his behalf. The son replies: "Have mercy upon me because I am an orphan." That's chutzpah. …
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The Federal Reserve's Coronavirus crisis actions, explained (Part 2)
Nathan Tankus | mronline.org | 2020-03-29
Hear comes the corporate debt purchases.
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Should Zoom Be a Public Utility?
Omar Ocampo | zcomm.org | 2020-03-29
Online platforms like Zoom and Skype have become basic, public necessities as our lives are upended by the coronavirus. Should they be nationalized?
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Flight carrying protective equipment from China due to land in Ireland
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-03-29
A flight from China carrying more than ‚Ǩ20m of protective equipment for healthcare workers is due to land in Ireland later. | The Aer Lingus Airbus A330 is scheduled to touch down at Dublin Airport shortly after 3pm on 29 March. | It is the first of a series of flights the Irish carrier will make to bring consignments of personal protective equipment (PPE) from Beijing. | Amb Eoin O'Leary thanking Mr MU Hong, GM of Resources Group as vital Personal Protection Equipment are crated up for our friends in @AerLingus for delivery to…
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"Cruel:" Trump Admin. Moves to Take Land of Mashpee Tribe—Whose Casino Plans Irked President's "Special Interest Friends"—Out of Trust
Andrea Germanos, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-03-29
The tribal chairman said the announcment came "on the very day that the United States has reached a record 100,000 confirmed cases of the coronavirus." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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As April 1 Nears and Coronavirus Crisis Continues, Demand to #CancelRent Swells
Andrea Germanos, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-03-29
"It's unreasonable to expect thousands and thousands of people who lost their incomes to pay rent and mortgages on April 1st." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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'Up to 200,000 DEATHS': Trump virus chief Fauci predicts MILLIONS of Covid-19 cases in US
rt.com | 2020-03-29
President Trump's Covid-19 advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci has issued a dire prediction: "Millions of cases," and "100,000 to 200,000" deaths in the US. More than 2,200 people have already died of the deadly disease in the US. | Speaking on CNN's 'State of the Union' on Sunday, Fauci said that trying to predict the spread of the virus is akin to chasing a "moving target." However, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director claimed that "between 100,000 and 200,000 deaths" may be coming. | Dr. Anthony Fauci says there could potentially be between 100,000 to 200,000 deaths related to the corona…
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China warns imported cases raise risk of NEW WAVE of Covid-19 infections
rt.com | 2020-03-29
The growing number of coronavirus cases arriving in China from abroad have increased the likelihood of a second outbreak in the country, according to health officials. | "China already has an accumulated total of 693 cases entering from overseas, which means the possibility of a new round of infections remains relatively big," said Mi Feng of the National Health Commission. | Locally transmitted cases have been almost completely contained, but China continues to struggle to halt the number of infections being brought into the country. The country reported 45 new coronavirus cases in the mainland on Saturday, d…
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Covid-19 crisis could trigger global food shortage, UN warns
rt.com | 2020-03-29
If the Covid-19 infection does not get you thanks to government prevention measures, the downside is that these steps may deprive you of fresh food, including fruit and vegetables. | While people rushed to stock up on toilet paper and other supplies as the coronavirus crisis escalated, some countries decided to enforce protectionist measures, including export bans for certain products, to satisfy growing domestic demand. | "The worst that can happen is that governments restrict the flow of food," Maximo Torero, chief economist of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, told the Guardian, adding that we may f…
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Thai inmates spark JAIL RIOT, set prison ablaze 'over fears of catching Covid-19' (PHOTOS/VIDEOS)
rt.com | 2020-03-29
A group of incarcerated Thais set fires and attempted to escape their prison complex after panic spread among them about coronavirus circulating through the compound, according to local media. | The riot began after around 100 prisoners, housed in a facility in Buriram, reportedly became spooked by the possibility of catching the contagious respiratory illness. They began setting fires and causing chaos in the facility, which houses around 20,000 inmates. | Photographs show the trashed interior of the prison, with tables and chairs knocked over and broken. | | Buriram Prison after the prisoners' riot | &copy…
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China resumes domestic passenger flights in Hubei after easing quarantine restrictions against Covid-19
rt.com | 2020-03-29
Beijing has allowed civilian air travel in its Hubei region, where the Covid-19 outbreak originally began, after a strict lockdown was lifted in all of its major cities except for Wuhan. | The first domestic passenger flight took off at midnight on Sunday as all cities in China's central Hubei Province, with the exception for Wuhan, resumed regular civilian air travel, local media reported. Officials earlier said that airports in the major cities of Xiangyang, Enshi and Shennongjia

Singapore NULLIFIES man's passport for violating self-quarantine order amid Covid-19 outbreak
rt.com | 2020-03-29
A man in Singapore has been stripped of his ability to leave the country, after the government canceled his passport as punishment for allegedly breaching a stay-at-home notice. The country has seen three Covid-19-related deaths. | The 53-year-old man had been ordered to self-isolate after returning from a trip to Batam, Indonesia on March 19, according to media reports. The country's Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) claims that the individual flouted the 14-day restriction, opting instead to make another trip to Indonesia. | As punishment, the ICA announced in a statement that it had canceled the m…
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Covid-19 claims first UK healthcare worker as official says life won't 'get back to normal' for at least SIX MONTHS
rt.com | 2020-03-29
A doctor working in the UK's National Health Service has paid the ultimate price for fighting on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic, becoming the UK's first healthcare worker to die from Covid-19. | Amged El-Hawrani was a 55-year-old ear, nose and throat specialist who worked at the University Hospitals of Derby and Burton. He contracted Covid-19 and subsequently died on Saturday night. NHS England has said that he was the first frontline worker to die in the fight against the disease. | On behalf of everyone at UHDB, including our patients and the communities we serve, we would like to offer our since…
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'You should NOT leave your home': Moscow mayor issues strict Covid-19 pandemic order, stopping short of complete lockdown
rt.com | 2020-03-29
Moscow, where the number of coronavirus cases now exceeds 1,000, has introduced a tough self-isolation regime. From Monday, residents of the Russian capital will be only allowed to leave their homes in cases of absolute necessity. | Under the new rules, Muscovites can go outside if they need urgent medical help or to purchase food or medicine, for which they must use their nearest stores. They may also throw out trash and pet owners will be permitted to walk animals, inside a radius of 100 metres from their buildings. | The decree, issued by Mayor Sergey Sobyanin, applies to all age groups. People can continue…
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Trump says peak in Covid-19 deaths in US to 'hit in 2 weeks,' extends social distancing guidelines till April 30
rt.com | 2020-03-29
US President Donald Trump has said that nationwide coronavirus guidelines would be extended for another month, citing model data suggesting that the US should brace for the peak in death rates in two weeks. | "The peak – the highest point of death rates…is likely to hit in two weeks," Trump said as he was delivering an update on the coronavirus situation in the US on Sunday. | Citing estimates suggesting that if social distancing guidelines had not been introduced, 2.2 million people could have died as result of the pandemic in the US, Trump said that it was essential to prolong the existing measures until t…
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'Not necessary': Trump says he will not impose quarantine on New York, New Jersey & Connecticut
rt.com | 2020-03-29
US President Donald Trump has apparently abandoned the idea of imposing a federal quarantine on the three US states hardest-hit by the Covid-19 pandemic, including New York, saying a "strong" travel warning will be issued instead. | In an apparent about-turn, which came mere hours after he floated the idea of placing the coronavirus "hotspots" of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut under federally mandated quarantine, Trump took to Twitter, stating that such a robust measure would "not be necessary." | ….F…
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'Big mistake': Italy blasts European Commission chief, says Europe needs 'great Marshall Plan' to battle pandemic crisis
rt.com | 2020-03-29
Italy's economy minister has clashed with European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen after she said that the EU is not planning to issue 'corona bonds' to help countries decimated by Covid-19. | "The commission president's words were a mistake and I regret that she made them," Italian Economy Minister Roberto Gualtieri told reporters at a news conference on Saturday, stressing that Europe needs "a great Marshall Plan" to keep its economy afloat. | The historic Marshall Plan was a massive US-led economic aid package to rebuild Western Europe after the devastation of WWII. Italy proposed that Brussels issue…
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US forces pack up and leave Kirkuk airbase… but pulling out of Iraq still off the table
rt.com | 2020-03-29
US and coalition troops have left an airbase in Kirkuk, Iraq, and given a million dollars-worth of equipment to Iraqi security forces. However, the full-scale withdrawal demanded by the Iraqi government has still some way to go. | With the Covid-19 pandemic grabbing headlines at home, US forces in Iraq have been engaged in a quiet retreat abroad. Despite President Donald Trump's insistence on leaving troops in Iraq following a series of clashes with Iranian-backed militias, coalition forces have withdrawn from three bases in the country this month. | The third withdrawal, from the K1 Airbase near the northern…
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Residents of New York, New Jersey & Connecticut urged to avoid all 'non-essential' travel for 14 days – advisory
rt.com | 2020-03-29
Citing "extensive community transmission" of the coronavirus in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, a newly-issued domestic travel advisory has called on residents to stay put in their homes for at least the next two weeks. | The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its travel recommendation for residents of the three states

Coronavirus emergency plan could cut Russia's economic growth
rt.com | 2020-03-29
Paid holidays announced by the Russian government to prevent the spread of Covid-19 will come at the expense of economic growth, but support for struggling businesses may offset the negative effects, analysts believe. | On Wednesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin addressed the nation to roll out emergency policies aimed at battling the deadly virus and its impact on the economy. According to the plan, most Russians will get a week of paid leave, except those working in the medical, pharmaceutical, and banking sectors, as well as in government bodies, essential stores, and transportation. | "The ballpark fig…
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Former world title challenger Anthony Yarde reveals father died of coronavirus despite being 'fit and healthy'
rt.com | 2020-03-29
British boxer Anthony Yarde has revealed that his father has passed away following a battle with the deadly coronavirus which has now claimed thousands of lives. | The boxer, who challenged Sergey Kovalev in a WBO light-heavyweight world title bout in Russia last year, released a statement on Instagram early on Sunday to say that his father had succumbed to Covid-19 and confirmed that he had suffered from no pre-existing conditions which may have complicated his treatment. | In revealing the news, the 28-year-old Londoner implored people to observe the guidelines put forth by the UK government designed to addr…
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UK suffers 209 new Covid-19 fatalities but rate of new deaths drops
rt.com | 2020-03-29
The death toll from Covid-19 in the UK climbed to 1,228 on Sunday as 209 more people fell victim to the disease. However, the increase was notably lower than Saturday's spike when 260 people succumbed to the virus. | British health authorities said on Sunday that 19,522 people have now tested positive for Covid-19 in the UK. That represents a 14 percent increase on Saturday's figure, when there was 17,089 confirmed carriers of the illness. | Following Saturday's record rise, the drop in the rate of fresh fatalities may offer hope that the rise in deaths may level off soon. Officials say that Sunday's figure is…
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'We're going to make it through,' says anti-quarantine Cuomo as New York nears 60,000 Covid-19 cases
rt.com | 2020-03-29
Covid-19 deaths in New York State rose by 237 overnight, bringing the Empire State's total fatalities to 965. Though the state has now recorded 59,513 infections, Governor Andrew Cuomo has insisted that NY will "make it through." | Cuomo announced the figures at a news conference on Sunday. As a result, he said that he has extended the state's 'PAUSE' directive until April 15. The directive requires all non-essential employees to work from home. One day earlier, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a 14-day travel advisory for New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, after the number of combined…
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Residents of New York, New Jersey & Connecticut urged to avoid all 'non-essential' travel for 14 days – advisory
rt.com | 2020-03-29
Citing "extensive community transmission" of the coronavirus in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, a newly-issued domestic travel advisory has called on residents to stay put in their homes for at least the next two weeks. | The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its travel recommendation for residents of the three states

Spain endures another record day for Covid-19 deaths but rate of new infections drops significantly
rt.com | 2020-03-29
Spain recorded another record day of fatalities from Covid-19 on Sunday as 838 people died. However, the rate of new cases dropped significantly amid signs that measures introduced to combat the virus are having an effect. | Spanish health officials announced on Sunday morning that 6,528 people have now died from the coronavirus in the Mediterranean country and a total of 78,797 people have contracted the illness. | The figure represents an increase of 6,549 confirmed cases on Saturday's total, a jump of 9 percent. This compares favorably to 12.7 percent on Saturday, 14 percent on Friday, Thursday's 18 percent…
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Germany's health system could buckle if faced with crisis seen in Italy, public health chief warns
rt.com | 2020-03-29
Germany's health infrastructure would not be able to cope with the huge influx of Covid-19 patients currently seen in Italy, the head of Robert Koch Institute (RKI) has said. | Lothar Wieler, who heads the institute responsible for disease control n Germany, told local media that the country would not have the necessary equipment if the number of hospitalizations spiked. | "We cannot rule out that we will have more patients than ventilators in this country… Of course, we must expect that the capacities will not be sufficient," Wieler warned. | The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany rose to 52,5…
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Germany registers fewer than 4,000 new Covid-19 cases in apparent fall from previous days
rt.com | 2020-03-29
The number of coronavirus cases in Germany has grown by 3,965 in the past 24 hours, marking a noted decrease in the number of new detected infections in the country. | Figures released by the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) on Sunday showed that the number of confirmed cases in Germany has risen to 52,547, up from 48,582 the previous day. The Institute also reported 64 new deaths, bringing nationwide fatalities to 389. | The data suggests that the rate of new infections may be slowing. On Saturday the country registered 6,294 cases. | Chancellor Angela Merkel on Saturday urged Germans to continue to cooperate with…
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Covid-19 spread enters 'new stage' as number of cases exceeds 1,000 in Moscow, mayor says
rt.com | 2020-03-29
The coronavirus outbreak has entered a "new stage" in Moscow, with the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases climbing past 1,000, the city's mayor has stated. | "The situation with the spread of the coronavirus has entered a new stage. More than 1,000 cases of have been recorded in Moscow already. No one is safe [from getting infected]," mayor Sergey Sobyanin wrote on his blog on Sunday. | A week-long holiday was set across Russia starting on Saturday in a bid to stifle the spread of Covid-19. Sobyanin reiterated the government's call on everyone to stay home if possible and keep social distancing. | "Please, sta…
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Not an old person's virus: Russia warns teens & adults they TOO may need ventilators if ill with Covid-19, citing patient data
rt.com | 2020-03-29
Moscow authorities have sounded the alarm over the ratio of serious Covid-19 cases among younger people, having found that 40 percent of the patients undergoing artificial lung ventilation are under the age of 40. | At least 1,014 people have been diagnosed with Covid-19 in the Russian capital as of Sunday, and only 15 percent of those are over 65, the authorities said. | Over 33 percent of those infected with the novel coronavirus fell between the ages of 18 and 34, while 46 percent were between 35 and 64, the official data said. | But what's worse, the serious cases requiring artificial lung ventilation unit…
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Covid-19 spread enters 'new stage' as number of cases exceeds 1,000 in Moscow, mayor says
rt.com | 2020-03-29
The coronavirus outbreak is gathering pace in Moscow, with the number of confirmed cases rising considerably. That's according to city mayor Sergey Sobyanin who is warning residents about the consequences of not staying home. | "The situation with the spread of the coronavirus has entered a new stage. More than 1,000 cases of have been recorded in Moscow already. No one is safe [from getting infected]," Sobyanin wrote on his blog on Sunday. | A week-long holiday is currently in force across Russia in a bid to stifle the spread of Covid-19. It started on Saturday. Sobyanin reiterated the government's call on ev…
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Ali vs Tyson? All this and more as virtual gaming takes over after global sporting calendar grinds to a halt
rt.com | 2020-03-29
With the majority of the world deprived of live sport for the foreseeable future, fans are increasingly turning their attentions to the world of eSports and virtual reality to fill the void and get their next competitive fix. | Esports, for the unaware, takes the world of sport from the physical world and transplants it to the virtual domain, and can provide fans with answers to a menagerie of age-old sporting questions. Would Mike Tyson beat Muhammad Ali? Or how would 'Iron Mike' fare against the devastating power of a prime George Foreman? | These questions are being addressed currently in the virtual eWorld…
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Planetary defenders gain fresh insight on ASTEROID deflection with new study
rt.com | 2020-03-29
Scientists who protect Earth from the possibility of an enormous space rock smashing into our planet have run a vital test on defense strategy, and here's what they learned. | If an asteroid is careening towards Earth, poised to wreak havoc, our planet's best defense is to go into attack mode and divert its course. However, because it's extremely hard to test this on real asteroids, running experiments is essential to understanding exactly how effective the tactic is and what would happen to the deflected asteroid. | The planetary defense researchers at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory say such an astero…
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Mauna Kea Isn't Just About a Telescope, It's About Who Will Decide the Future
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-03-29
"You must remember, never cease to act because you fear you may fail…" –Queen Lili'uokalani | "The mountain brought us together," Luana Busby-Neff tells me. It's 200 days into the prayer vigil and blockade that brought the proposed Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) to a stop in Hawaii. The 14th giant telescope in Hawaii has been met with major resistance. | Busby-Neff is one of the Kapuna, or elders, who was arrested in July 2019 for protesting the construction of the TMT. This is the first m…
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As COVID-19 Reaches Santa Rita Jail, Decarceration Becomes More Urgent
Ella Baker Center | indybay.org | 2020-03-29
Oakland, CA

Know Your Rights during COVID-19 (Coronavirus)
National Lawyers Guild | indybay.org | 2020-03-29
While the COVID-19 pandemic necessitates public health measures to reduce the impact of the virus on our communities and health care systems, we must be vigilant and resist authoritarian and violent tendencies.
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Starbucks Let Critical Time Slip Away Before Taking Action During COVID-19 Pandemic
Ruth Robertson | indybay.org | 2020-03-29
A March 26 Buzzfeed News article says of Starbucks, "the decisions of a company that employs 220,000 people in the US have had far-reaching consequences in the midst of a virus accelerating faster than most public health systems can keep up with."
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Drop Rent Santa Cruz
No Wages No Rent | indybay.org | 2020-03-29
We are in the midst of an unprecedented crisis. | Many of us have lost our income because of this pandemic. | We need rent dropped now.
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ACSO Requests $255M in New Funding; COVID-19 Reaches Santa Rita Without Plans in Place
IWOC Oakland | indybay.org | 2020-03-29
Just over a week into the "shelter in place" directive that is now statewide, COVID-19 has reached Santa Rita Jail. The County confirmed on March 26 that a nurse working in one of the jail's housing units has tested positive for the virus. In response, that pod as well as one other in Santa Rita were placed under quarantine on Friday, March 27. The second pod was quarantined allegedly in response to a case of pneumonia or other similar medical condition. All transportation of detainees between the jail and the federal courthouse has been suspended, according to a federal court notice. Community advocates warn tha…
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Live Stream: The Science of Happiness during COVID-19
The Commonwealth Club | indybay.org | 2020-03-29
Online via live stream…
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Alameda County Public Defender Wins COVID-19 Release of More Than 300 Inmates
ACPD | indybay.org | 2020-03-29
OAKLAND, Thursday, March 19

Live Stream: COVID-19 and the LGBTQI Community
The Commonwealth Club | indybay.org | 2020-03-29
Online via live stream…
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Livestream: The Science of Happiness during COVID-19
The Commonwealth Club | indybay.org | 2020-03-29
Online via livestream…
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Livestream: COVID-19 and the LGBTQI Community
The Commonwealth Club | indybay.org | 2020-03-29
Online via livestream…
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Despues De La Pandemia Del COVID-19 "El Dia Despues"
Jair Alexander Olave Calderon | indybay.org | 2020-03-29
El día en que el mundo supere la guerra biológica que hoy enfrenta, entenderá que el rol del estado debe ser predominante y volver a tomar el control de las instituciones de salud, los servicios públicos, el control mixto de la banca, el absoluto control y manejo de los fondos de pensiones.
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Organizing Against Toxic Imprisonment in the Face of COVID-19
Critical Resistance | indybay.org | 2020-03-29
Online Event…
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G20 Emergency Meeting Convenes on Coronavirus Health and Economic Impacts
Kate Zeller | indybay.org | 2020-03-29
Saudi Arabia chaired an emergency virtual G20 meeting for Presidents and Prime Minsters as the coronavirus wreaks havoc on the global economy.
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Navajo Nation reports two deaths and 92 cases of coronavirus
Brenda Norrell | indybay.org | 2020-03-29
Navajo coronavirus cases increased to 92 cases, with two confirmed deaths. There were 21 new cases of the virus in the past 24 hours for Dine' living in Arizona, New Mexico and Utah.
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Learning from the Past, Preparing for the Future: Lessons from Depression-era Mutual Aid
anonymous | indybay.org | 2020-03-29
As coronavirus spreads and the death toll begins to climb, our most immediate concern is (and should remain) staying healthy and supporting our communities through the immediate crisis. As radicals, however, we must also begin to strategize how we will respond to the economic collapse that will continue to affect our lives long after a vaccine or herd immunity render the virus itself a past issue. Looking back to our local history, we can learn a great deal from Great Depression era worker self-organizing and mutual aid.
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IMF Announces Coronavirus Debt Relief and Increased Lending Resources
Kate Zeller | indybay.org | 2020-03-29
As the coronavirus continues to take lives and wreak havoc on health systems and the economy, the International Monetary Fund announced plans for debt relief for poor countries and increased lending resources for all countries.
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/03/27/1883186…

Golden Chains may explore the Stolen Legacy of Negro Bar, California
Adopted from ACLU Northern California | indybay.org | 2020-03-29
First elected Treasurer of San Francisco, Honorable William Alexander Leidesdorff, Jr. acquired well over 35,000 acres along the "Gold River" Rancho Rio de Los Americanos. His "sudden death" and burial on May 18, 1848 marked the beginning of the Gold Rush on his land and the establishment of the town Negro Bar, California, today the City of Folsom. "Slavery and Freedom" in Negro Hill / Negro Bar Mining District is part of "Golden Chains" to be continued…
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Expanding California African Trade in this New Era
CA Pan African Trade | indybay.org | 2020-03-29
California, the fifth largest economy on earth, will embrace a positive new way forward in partnership with the African Continental Free Trade Area…
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Organising in the COVID-19 crisis
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2020-03-29
Workers & unions Tim GoodenIssue 1259 Australia COVID-19 construction forestry Maritime Mining and Energy Union (CFMMEU)March 29, 2020Many working Australians…
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Coronavirus Has 'Paralyzed' British Economy Amid Major Post-Brexit Concerns, Economists Say
sputniknews.com | 2020-03-29
The need to rescue British businesses hit hard by the anti-coronavirus quarantines and other measures come at a time when London is struggling to work out news rules of the game with the European Union and the rest of the world after Brexit.
sputniknews.com/analysis/202003291078749…

Vigil for Peace in Yemen, a New Norm
Kathy Kelly | commondreams.org | 2020-03-29
Activists practice "physical distancing" at a Saturday morning vigil for Peace in Yemen, Union Square, New York City. (Photo credit: Bill Ofenloch) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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A Pandemic Is No Time for Precarious Work
Bama Athreya | commondreams.org | 2020-03-29
The executive class, safe in their bunkers, are considering how they can best take further advantage of a precarious workforce. (Photo: United Workers / flickr / cc) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Safeguarding Elections Amid a Pandemic
Benjamin Barber | commondreams.org | 2020-03-29
Voters line-up to cast their ballots at a polling station set up at Noonday Baptist Church for the mid-term elections on November 6, 2018 in Marietta, Georgia. (Photo: Jessica McGowan/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Fighting COVID-19 Starts With Universal Access to Water and Sanitation
Vi Bui | commondreams.org | 2020-03-29
Healthcare officials have stated over and over again that washing your hands is the most important step to manage the spread of the virus, but access to clean water and adequate hand-washing facilities is not yet a reality to billions around the world.(Photo: Detroit Water Brigade) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Why Coronavirus Is Humanity's Wake-Up Call
David Korten | commondreams.org | 2020-03-29
We must dedicate ourselves to the well-being of all in an interdependent world. (Photo: torbakhopper/flickr/cc) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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'It is a real problem': Fire brigades disinfect Ethiopian capital
yenisafak.com | 2020-03-29
Ethiopian fire brigades on Sunday cleaned and disinfected public spaces in the country's capital, Addis Ababa to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.The efforts were organized by municipal officials, deploying some 90 fire brigade cars.Eyes Solomon, an official with the city administration, told the public Ethiopian News Agency: "We are trying to prevent the spread of coronavirus and also raise public awareness on the pandemic."Health officials in Ethiopia have confirmed 16 COVID-19 cases, but have expressed concern at public non-compliance with social distancing measures.Mohammed Amanu, a trader in Merkato,…
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Turkey Becomes Latest Victim of Coronavirus as Death Toll Soars
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-29
In the past 24 hours in Turkey, 16 more people lost their lives due to COVID-19, raising the death toll to 108, Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said on Saturday night. | RELATED: | Turkey Prosecutor Indicts 20 Saudi Suspects for Khashoggi Killing | The total number of novel coronavirus cases rose to 7,402 in Turkey, the minister tweeted, which is a significant rise in the total number of people infected by the illness. | A total of 7,641 tests were performed on Saturd…
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Putin Orders Measures to Support Small, Medium Enterprises Amid COVID-19 Pandemic by Monday
sputniknews.com | 2020-03-29
MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday instructed the government to take a set of urgent measures to support small and medium enterprises in Russia amid the COVID-19 pandemic, as follows from documents published on the Kremlin website.
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Symbol of Coronavirus? Scottish Man Receives Toilet Paper Via Drone During COVID-19 Pandemic
sputniknews.com | 2020-03-29
The number of people who have tested positive for COVID-19 in Scotland has risen to 1,245, with the death toll reaching 40 as of Sunday morning, according to a Scottish government report.
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India Tightens Rules to Implement Countrywide Lockdown Amid Mass Exodus of Migrant Workers
sputniknews.com | 2020-03-29
New Delhi (Sputnik): Prime Minister Narendra Modi has urged migrant workers to follow the lockdown, as it is essential to protect the country from the coronavirus. Over the last four days, thousands of workers across the country have been marching on the streets as the 21-day lockdown has left them jobless due to the closure of factories.
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Ex-French Minister Patrick Devedjian Dies of COVID-19 in Paris Aged 75 – Authorities
sputniknews.com | 2020-03-29
PARIS (Sputnik) – French politician and former minister Patrick Devedjian has died in Paris at the age of 75 of complications from the coronavirus disease, the local authorities said in a statement on Sunday.
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Russia and US Suspend New START Treaty Inspections Until May Due to Coronavirus – Reports
sputniknews.com | 2020-03-29
The situation in the United States remains tense as the country now has the highest number of people diagnosed with the coronavirus

Number of Confirmed Coronavirus Cases in Japan Surpasses 2,500 – Reports
sputniknews.com | 2020-03-29
TOKYO (Sputnik) – Japan confirmed 82 new cases of coronavirus on Sunday, which brings the total number of COVID-19 patients in the country to 2,518, including 712 passengers and crew members of a Diamond Princess cruise liner that was quarantined off Japan's Yokohama last month, the NHK broadcaster reported.
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COVID-19: Cramped Govt Shelters in Delhi Provide Food But Hardly Any Space for Social Distancing
sputniknews.com | 2020-03-29
New Delhi (Sputnik): More than 125,000 people in the Indian capital Delhi depend on government shelters. As a 21-day lockdown began earlier this week, Delhi's homeless population thronged to these places, overwhelming shelters meant to house only several thousand individuals.
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A Little Party Never Killed Nobody? New Jersey Police Crash 'Illegal' Corona Rave
sputniknews.com | 2020-03-29
US President Donald Trump said on 28 March that a quarantine would not be imposed amid the spread of COVID-19 in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut but issued a travel advisory instead. However, gatherings and social events have been cancelled by New Jersey's governor since 21 March.
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US-Led Coalition Departs K1 Air Base in Kirkuk, Iraq
sputniknews.com | 2020-03-29
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – The US-led coalition forces led by the United States officially transferred K1 Air Base in the northern Iraqi province of Kirkuk to the Iraqi Armed Forces on Sunday, Brig. Gen. Vincent Barker, the sustainment director of combined Joint Task Force

IRGC –°hief Warns US Not 'to Test the Power' of Iran Anymore
sputniknews.com | 2020-03-29
Tensions between Tehran and Washington further deteriorated in early January, when top Iranian general Qasem Soleimani was assassinated in a US drone strike on his car in Baghdad.
sputniknews.com/middleeast/2020032910787…

Iran Confirms 2,901 New Coronavirus Cases, Total Number Surpasses 38,000 – Health Ministry
sputniknews.com | 2020-03-29
TEHRAN (Sputnik) – Iran has registered another 2,901 coronavirus cases, which brings the total tally to 38,309, Alireza Vahabzadeh, an adviser to the country's health minister, said on Sunday.
sputniknews.com/middleeast/2020032910787…

Number of Coronavirus Cases in Netherlands Rises by 1,104 to 10,866, 132 New Deaths
sputniknews.com | 2020-03-29
The Dutch authorities introduced social distancing measures, school closures, and a ban on public gatherings in mid-March.
sputniknews.com/europe/20200329107875047…

Spread of Coronavirus Disease in China Largely Stopped – Health Ministry
sputniknews.com | 2020-03-29
There are currently at least 680,000 people who have been diagnosed with the coronavirus around the world, while the death toll has almost reached 32,000. At the same time, at least 146,000 have recovered from the disease.
sputniknews.com/asia/202003291078750628-…

US Pipeline Operators Urge Oil Producers to Slash Output as Storage Reaches Max Capacity
sputniknews.com | 2020-03-29
Last week, the US Department of Energy announced plans to purchase 77 million barrels of oil on the domestic market to shore up the country's strategic reserve amid the increasing coronavirus outbreak.
sputniknews.com/business/202003291078747…

Price Capping by Indian Govt Goes for a Toss as Suppliers Sell Masks and Sanitisers at Higher Prices
sputniknews.com | 2020-03-29
New Delhi (Sputnik): The Indian government set a price cap on sanitisers and masks after declaring them essential commodities in order to prevent them from being hoarded and maintaining easy access amid the coronavirus outbreak. The government has ordered its state units to produce medical kits and equipment at massive levels to fight any crisis.
sputniknews.com/india/202003291078750165…

This is How You Survive Coronavirus: Antarctic Expeditionist Explains How To Handle Self-Isolation
sputniknews.com | 2020-03-29
As the deadly coronavirus continues to spread, people have been taking precautionary measures, including self-isolation

Russian Government Forms 20-Member Presidium Headed By Prime Minister Mishustin
sputniknews.com | 2020-03-29
MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The Russian cabinet announced on Sunday that it created the government's Presidium that comprises 20 members and is headed by Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin.
sputniknews.com/russia/20200329107874804…

Palestine report 6 new coronavirus cases as total rises to over 100
yenisafak.com | 2020-03-29
The Palestinian government confirmed six new coronavirus cases in the occupied West Bank on Sunday.In a statement, a government spokesman said the new patients included five members of the same family in the town of Qatanna.The new infections bring the number of coronavirus cases in Palestine to 104, including nine cases in the Gaza Strip.Data compiled by the U.S.-based Johns Hopkins University shows worldwide infections over 665,000 mark with over 30,800 deaths. More than 141,700 have recovered from infections.After first appearing in Wuhan, China in December, the virus has spread to 177 countries and regions.
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Spanish princess dies due to novel coronavirus
yenisafak.com | 2020-03-29
Spanish Princess Maria Teresa de Borbon-Parma, 86, died in Paris on Thursday after contracting the novel coronavirus, her brother announced on Sunday.A member of the Carlist branch of the Bourbon dynasty, she became the first royal to fall victim to the pandemic that has gripped Europe for weeks.Earlier this week, the 71-year-old Prince Charles tested positive for the coronavirus in the U.K.Spain's royal family has also been tested, but all their results came back negative.Known as the Red Princess for her relatively leftist views, Borbon-Parma worked as a Sociology professor at Sorbonne University in Paris and r…
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Neutralized terrorist in Turkey tests COVID-19 positive
yenisafak.com | 2020-03-29
One of three PKK terrorists neutralized by security forces in southeastern Turkey tested positive for the novel coronavirus, local authorities said Sunday.A family was quarantined after being found to have been in contact with the terrorist, who was tested for the virus prior to their identification.The virus is thought to have spread among within the terror group via its members coming from Iran.Local officials in Bitlis said in a statement that the operation also uncovered weapons and ammunition used by the terror group, including bombs and hand grenades.In a statement, the governor's office said: "The legal pr…
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Turkish FM urges expats to 'stay at home'
yenisafak.com | 2020-03-29
Turkey's foreign minister urged Turkish expats on Sunday to stay at home to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus."Pay attention to the warnings of our embassies, consulate generals and officials in your countries," Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Twitter sharing a video, including the messages of Turkish representatives abroad."The virus could not be spread to others as the patients stay at home," Turkey's Ambassador to the U.K. Umit Yalcin said in the video.Turkey's Ambassador to the U.S. Serdar Kilic, the country's Brussels Ambassador Hasan Ulusoy and several consul generals warned people to stay safe in their hom…
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Italy: 101-year-old influenza survivor beats COVID-19
yenisafak.com | 2020-03-29
A 101-year-old Italian man who survived the Spanish flu pandemic in the 1910s has successfully recovered from the deadly coronavirus.The man, identified only as Mr. P, was born in the town of Rimini on the northwestern coast of the Adriatic Sea in 1919, growing up between the two world wars.Last week, Mr. P went to a hospital in Rimini after testing positive for COVID-19.It was not the first time that Mr. P encountered a pandemic. He is a survivor of the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic which claimed the lives of 600,000 Italians.According to Gloria Lisi, the Vice Mayor of Rimini, medical staff at the hospital were hope…
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Bangladesh not equipped to fight corona pandemic
yenisafak.com | 2020-03-29
Bangladesh is yet to be equipped with the necessary health care facilities and support to deal with serious cases of the novel coronavirus despite having much time since the virus first emerged in the ground zero, China, says experts.Many have expressed concern that there is a serious lack of Intensive Care Unit (ICU) beds with facilities with ventilators, shortage of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for health care workers, testing kits and other resources, including a national fund to fight the COVID-19 outbreak."Bangladesh is facing these challenges because of a weak Health Ministry. There is a serious cris…
yenisafak.com/en/world/bangladesh-not-eq…

Coronavirus death toll rises to 432 in Germany
yenisafak.com | 2020-03-29
Germany registered 73 new coronavirus deaths in the past 24 hours, taking the total to 432, according to local health authorities.The Berlin-based website Coronavirus-Monitor, which compiles up-to-date numbers from local health authorities, reported 5,201 new cases on Sunday, bringing the total infections to 56,572.More than 9,200 patients infected with the virus have so far recovered.Germany is the third-worst-affected country by the coronavirus pandemic in Europe, but its death toll has so far remained lower than the two hardest-hit countries, Italy and Spain.‚Ä®‚Ä®Chancellor Angel…
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Britain places new order for 10,000 ventilators
yenisafak.com | 2020-03-29
Britain has placed an order for 10,000 ventilators to be made by a consortium of companies including Ford, Airbus and Rolls-Royce as part of efforts to fight coronavirus, an industry source told Reuters.Governments around the world are trying to boost the number of ventilators- mechanical breathing devices that can blow air and oxygen into the lungs- which are available to their health services.They are crucial for the care of people with lung failure, which can be one of the complications suffered by patients with severe COVID-19, the disease coronavirus causes. But they don't necessarily save people.An announce…
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Turkish security forces help elderly amid COVID-19
yenisafak.com | 2020-03-29
Turkish security forces assisted the elderly Sunday as seniors are not allowed to leave their homes as part of measures to stem the spread of the coronavirus.Social support groups were established to help seniors seeking assistance from daily needs to emergencies by calling a hotline.One of those who called the hotline was Selma Harar, 73, from the Yarpuzlu District of eastern Mus province.Harar, who suffers from cancer, gave her prescription to the gendarmerie team. They went to the pharmacy, bought the medicines and handed over to her.Felek Orun, 72, also called the hotline to ask them to draw his retirement sa…
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Iran's death toll from coronavirus reaches 2,640: health official
yenisafak.com | 2020-03-29
Iran's death toll from the coronavirus has climbed to 2,640 and the number of infected people has reached 38,309, a health ministry official tweeted on Sunday."In the past 24 hours we had 123 deaths and 2,901 people have been infected, bringing the total number of infected people to 38,309," tweeted Alireza Vahabzadeh, an adviser to Iran's health minister. "12,391 people infected from the virus have recovered."
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Portuguese superstar Ronaldo urges people to 'stay home, save lives'
yenisafak.com | 2020-03-29
"Feeling very thankful to have my mum home from hospital and recovering. Look after your families and loved ones. #stayhomesavelives," Ronaldo said on Sunday on Instagram as the Juventus forward shared a family photo.Following Juventus' 2-0 league win against Inter Milan on March 8, Ronaldo travelled to Portugal's Madeira island to see his mother as Maria Dolores Aveiro suffered from a stroke.Ronaldo did not return to Italy due to the coronavirus outbreak.On Saturday, Italy reported 889 new deaths from coronavirus, bringing the total number of victims to 10,023, the highest in the world.The number of confirmed ca…
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'We're trying to keep our heads above water': US healthcare workers fight shortages – and fear
yenisafak.com | 2020-03-29
U.S. nurses and doctors on the front lines of the battle against the new coronavirus that has infected tens of thousands of Americans and killed hundreds are shellshocked by the damage that the virus wreaks – on patients, their families and themselves.Nurses and doctors describe their frustration at equipment shortages, fears of infecting their families, and their moments of tearful despair.These are some of their stories: NEW YORKCONFIRMED CASES: 53,324DEATHS: 773Dr. Arabia Mollette, an emergency medicine physician, has started praying during the cab ride to work in the morning. She needs those few minutes of pea…
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Russia reports more COVID cases, deaths
yenisafak.com | 2020-03-29
Russian authorities reported Sunday 270 new coronavirus cases with 1,534 patients under treatment in total.Fifteen people were successfully treated, 4 died over the last 24 hours, the authorities said in a statement."To date, 1,534 cases have been registered in the Russian Federation. Over the last 24 hours, 15 people were discharged [after] recovery. For the entire period, 64 people were discharged. Four fatal cases were recorded during the day. The total number of fatalities for the entire period in Russia is eight," it said.In a bid to curb the spread of the coronavirus, Russia has banned the entry of foreign…
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EU calls for cease-fire in Syria due to coronavirus
yenisafak.com | 2020-03-29
The EU on Sunday called for an immediate and nationwide cease-fire in Syria to deal with the novel coronavirus.In a statement, EU External Action spokesman Peter Stano stressed the dangers of the virus in war-zones, reiterating the importance of ending hostilities which he said "is important in itself."The cease-fire "is also a precondition for halting the spread of the coronavirus and protecting an already struggling population from its potentially devastating consequences," he added.The situation is particularly critical in the northwestern province of Idlib because of the high number of displaced people, he s…
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Using CPAPs in Place of Ventilators Could Spread the Coronavirus
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-03-28
The limited supply of ventilators is one of the chief concerns facing hospitals as they prepare for more COVID-19 cases. In Italy, where hospitals have been overwhelmed with patients in respiratory failure, doctors have had to make difficult life-or-death decisions about who gets a ventilator and who does not. | In the U.S., emergency plans developed by states for a shortage of ventilators include using positive airway pressure machines

[Commentary] A systems approach to preventing and responding to COVID-19
Declan Terence Bradley, Mariam Abdulmonem Mansouri, Frank Kee, Leandro Martin Totaro Garcia | thelancet.com | 2020-03-28
A novel zoonotic coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2 has resulted in a pandemic of respiratory infection [1,2]. COVID-19 has provoked restrictive infection control measures, social and economic disruption, and expressions of racism [3]. Systems thinking can help policymakers understand and influence the spread of infection and its multifaceted consequences across the community since society is itself a complex adaptive system [4]. It can provide a framework to look beyond the chain of infection and better understand the multiple implications of decisions and (in)actions in face of such a complex situation involving many inte…
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Barbaric Decisions: Coronavirus, Refusing Bail and Julian Assange
Binoy Kampmark | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-03-28
To expose another human being to serious illness, and to the threat of losing their life, is grotesque and quite unnecessary. This is not justice, it is a barbaric decision.

Israeli Soldiers Fire Missiles Into Gaza
IMEMC News | imemc.org | 2020-03-28
Israeli war jets fired, on Friday at night, several missiles into a few areas in the besieged and impoverished Gaza Strip, causing damage. Media sources said the army fire many missiles into an area, northwest of Gaza city, causing damage to homes and structures. The army also fired two artillery …
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Israeli Troops Open Fire on Palestinian Farmer in Southern Gaza
Rami Almeghari | imemc.org | 2020-03-28
Israeli troops opened fire at Palestinian farmers and shepherds, early on Saturday, near the border fence in eastern Khan Younis city, southern Gaza Strip, according to local sources. Local Palestinian media sources and witnesses said that Israeli troops, stationed on the Israeli side of the border, opened their machine guns …
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COVID-19 pandemic spells no truce in US imperialism's global aggression
wsws.org | 2020-03-28
Far from declaring a humanitarian truce as COVID-19 threatens the lives of millions, Washington has sought to weaponize the death and disruption spread by the disease.
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Costa Rica Asks IMF for Exceptional Assistance Due to Covid-19
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-28
Costa Rica's President Carlos Alvarado Friday asked International Financial Institutions (IFIs) and the United Nations for better financing conditions to face the pandemic's economic effects. He also proposed "exceptional and historic" measures to protect the poorest. | RELATED: | Costa Rican Indigenous Denounce Govt Inaction Regarding Murders | "In the current context, the terms of financial assistance should be exceptional in terms of interest, grace period, and payment time," A…
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Fears grow that coronavirus is taking hold among immigrants in US custody as three children test positive
wsws.org | 2020-03-28
Adult and child detainees living in cramped quarters, herded into cafeterias and denied basic sanitation are facing the very real possibility of an escalated rate of contagion.
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First Person: False promises in Mauritania
news.un.org | 2020-03-28
Women and girls face particular challenges as migrants, whatever their reason for leaving their country of origin. UN agencies are learning more about these difficulties, and how to address them.
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[Editorial] COVID-19: learning from experience
The Lancet | thelancet.com | 2020-03-28
Over the past 2 weeks, the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has marched relentlessly westward. On March 13, WHO said that Europe was now the centre of the pandemic. A few days later, deaths in Italy surpassed those in China. Iran and Spain had also reported over 1000 deaths as of March 23, and many other European countries and the USA reported increasing numbers of cases, heralding an imminent wave of fatalities. Following the sweep of COVID-19 is a series of dramatic containment measures that reflect the scale of the threat posed by the pandemic.
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[Correspondence] COVID-19 cacophony: is there any orchestra conductor?
Antoine Flahault | thelancet.com | 2020-03-28
The first wave of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic is currently invading the world, and several countries are now struggling to fight it or trying to delay its start to help smooth its peak size for the purpose of lowering morbidity and mortality, and thereby reduce the overall tension on their health-care system. China's first major outbreaks of COVID-19 happened in January, 2020. Then South Korea, Iran, and Italy entered into this Ravel's Bolero-like epidemic in late February and early March, 2020, and many other countries are preparing to play the same rhythmic pattern in the coming days and weeks.
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[Editorial] Learning the lessons of Chernobyl: time is running out
The Lancet | thelancet.com | 2020-03-28
Unit number 4 of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant exploded on April 26, 1986, causing radiation injuries to hundreds of people within a couple of weeks. High levels of radiation affected clean-up workers (liquidators) involved in the emergency response, more than 500‚Äà000 liquidators involved in later decontamination and containment, and the general population in the surrounding Soviet states. 116‚Äà000 people were evacuated, 220‚Äà000 were permanently relocated, and a 30 km exclusion zone still exists around the plant.
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[Perspectives] Despair, democracy, and the failures of American capitalism
Michael Marmot | thelancet.com | 2020-03-28
A third of the children who used to ride the number 6 bus to school in Yamhill, OR, USA, in the 1970s died before their time, mostly by suicide or from drugs, alcohol, or reckless accidents. Nicholas Kristof, columnist for The New York Times, is one of the survivors. He recalls one family of five siblings, four of whom succumbed as adults: Farlan died of liver failure from drink and drugs; Rogena died of hepatitis linked to drug use; Zealan burned to death in a house fire while passed out drunk; and Nathan blew himself up cooking meth.
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[World Report] WHO launches crowdfund for COVID-19 response
Ann Danaiya Usher | thelancet.com | 2020-03-28
For the first time, WHO is asking the general public and private donors for support. The project is a test run for the WHO Foundation, to be launched later this year. Ann Danaiya Usher reports.
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[Comment] Offline: COVID-19 and the NHS–"a national scandal"
Richard Horton | thelancet.com | 2020-03-28
"When this is all over, the NHS England board should resign in their entirety." So wrote one National Health Service (NHS) health worker last weekend. The scale of anger and frustration is unprecedented, and coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is the cause. The UK Government's Contain–Delay–Mitigate–Research strategy failed. It failed, in part, because ministers didn't follow WHO's advice to "test, test, test" every suspected case. They didn't isolate and quarantine. They didn't contact trace. These basic principles of public health and infectious disease control were ignored, for reasons that r…
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[Perspectives] Leadership bid
Aarathi Prasad | thelancet.com | 2020-03-28
The Perfect Candidate, director Haifaa Al-Mansour's second film based in Saudi Arabia, opens with a scene of an old man on a stretcher, bloodied and groaning after a collision with a truck brings him to the only emergency room in the area. Once the under-resourced clinic staff have heaved him through the only route into the building–a mud-clogged and flooded road–he opens his eyes to what for him is an even greater horror: the face of the only doctor qualified to treat him. Through her niqab, a pair of determined eyes examine him, as Dr Maryam expertly turns the patient's body to palpate his spine.
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[Comment] Why WHO needs a feminist economic agenda
Asha Herten-Crabb, Sara E Davies | thelancet.com | 2020-03-28
In September, 2019, Alan Donnelly and Ilona Kickbusch called for a chief economist at WHO.1 Such a position, they argued, would enable WHO to better advocate for greater recognition of, and thus action on, the interdependency of health and the economy. We support this proposal: recognition of the interdependence of health and the economy is vital for WHO to achieve its mandate: "the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health…without distinction of race, religion, political belief, economic or social condition".
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[Editorial] Building on the PrEP victory
The Lancet | thelancet.com | 2020-03-28
On March 15, the UK Department of Health and Social Care announced funding to make pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) medication available on the National Health Service in England for HIV prevention. This decision will be met, finally, with a sense of achievement by HIV activists and care providers, who have fought long and hard to make tenofovir-based PrEP drugs widely accessible in the UK, 8 years after the US Food and Drug Administration approved them and more than 4 years after WHO recommended their use for people at high risk of acquiring HIV.
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[World Report] Leadership changes at USAID
Susan Jaffe | thelancet.com | 2020-03-28
Mark Green, the respected head of the US Agency for International Development, has resigned. Susan Jaffe reports from Washington.
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[Perspectives] The suffragette surgeons of Endell Street
Wendy Moore | thelancet.com | 2020-03-28
When war swept through Europe in August, 1914, more than 1000 medical men were mobilised with the British Army to France and several hundred more male doctors signed up to support the Allied war effort. Dozens of British women doctors volunteered their services too. On Aug 14, 1914, just 10 days after Britain declared war on Germany, the UK's Association of Registered Medical Women compiled a list of more than 60 members who declared themselves "willing to serve". Yet their help was bluntly declined.
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[Comment] Reduction in global alcohol-attributable harm unlikely after setback at WHO Executive Board
Sally Casswell, Jàºrgen Rehm | thelancet.com | 2020-03-28
A decision emerged after many hours of informal consultation at the WHO Executive Board in February, 2020, on the next steps for global governance of harmful use of alcohol. Clear evidence of increased alcohol consumption and attributable harm in many low-income and middle-income countries (LMICs),1 and predictions of more harm to come if effective policy is not adopted,2 led a group of representatives from LMICs to propose a working group "to review and propose the feasibility of developing an international instrument for alcohol control".
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[World Report] PrEP finally approved on NHS in England
Tony Kirby | thelancet.com | 2020-03-28
After years of wrangling, pre-exposure prophylaxis for HIV prevention will finally be available on the National Health Service in England. Tony Kirby reports.
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When death dealers make ventilators, we know it's time to end the arms trade
Eliza Egret | thecanary.co | 2020-03-28
Peace activists might be relieved to hear that UK arms companies are teaming up to make much-needed ventilators. Some of the country's biggest dealers in death

Isareli Settlers Attack Palestinians, Injure One near Hebron
Ali Salam | imemc.org | 2020-03-28
Israeli settlers attacked, on Friday, Palestinian herders and other civilians in the village of Al-Tuwani, south of Hebron in the southern occupied West Bank, according to a local activist. Fo'ad Amour, a local rights activist, told Palestinian WAFA News Agency that illegal colonial settlers, accompanied by attack dogs, assaulted herders …
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COVID-19: UN envoy hails strong Israel-Palestine cooperation
news.un.org | 2020-03-28
Nickolay Mladenov, the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, has praised the coordination between the Israeli and Palestine authorities in reacting to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Vigil for Peace in Yemen, a New Norm
Kathy Kelly | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-03-28
For the past three years, several dozen New Yorkers have gathered each Saturday at Union Square, at 11: 00 a.m. to vigil for peace in Yemen. Now, however, due to the coronavirus, the vigil for peace is radically altered. Last week, in recognition of the city's coming shelter in place program, participants were asked to hold …
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Kroger warehouse workers walk out in Memphis over coronavirus concerns
wsws.org | 2020-03-28
About 400 Kroger warehouse workers in Memphis walked off their jobs yesterday to protest mind-numbing work shifts of up to 96 hours a week and unsafe working conditions as COVID-19 spreads through the state of Tennessee.
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DOJ Seeks to Exploit Coronavirus Emergency to Detain People Indefinitely
Marjorie Cohn | zcomm.org | 2020-03-28
Throughout U.S. history, presidents have exploited national emergencies to exceed their constitutional powers…
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Palestinian Political Parties Call for Digitally Marking Land Day
Rami Almeghari | imemc.org | 2020-03-28
The Higher Committee for Follow-up, consisting of majority of Palestinian political factions in the occupied West Bank, decided Saturday that due to current widely-spread Coronavirus in Palestine and other world countries, there will be no marches for marking the Palestinian Land Day of March 30, 2020. Instead, the committee urged …
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UK health care assistant: "There's a fear that if we are tested for COVID-19, most of us will come back positive and the NHS will collapse"
wsws.org | 2020-03-28
A senior health care assistant spoke to the World Socialist Web Site about his experiences at work during the coronavirus pandemic.
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University of California graduate students need a socialist political strategy
wsws.org | 2020-03-28
Faced with the COVID-19 pandemic, striking University of California graduate students must turn out to the working class in a political struggle for trillions for public health, decent living standards, and public education for all.
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Cuomo Puts Private Equity Vulture in Charge of Coronavirus Economic Recovery
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-03-28
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced at a press conference on Monday, March 23 that he was charging his former high-level aides William Mulrow and Steven M. Cohen with rebuilding New York's economy in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak. Cuomo's former aides have deep ties to Wall Street: Mulrow is a senior advisory director at the private equity giant Bla…
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Trump and His Allies Have Decided to Preserve Capitalism at Any Cost
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-03-28
Pastor Tony Spell of Baton Rouge knows what you can do with your social distancing. "The virus, we believe, is politically motivated," said Spell regarding the 1,170 people who attended services at his Life Tabernacle Church on Sunday. They came on 27 buses from five parishes, and will do so again, because "it's not a concern," according to Spell. | Under the circumstances, it…
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Republican Billionaire's Group Pushes Unproven COVID-19 Treatment Trump Promoted
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-03-28
In recent days, Home Depot co-founder Bernard Marcus' Job Creators Network has placed Facebook ads and texted supporters to sign a petition urging President Donald Trump to "CUT RED TAPE" and make an anti-malarial drug called hydroxychloroquine available for treating those sickened with the virus, one such mess…
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800,000 Doctors Demand Trump End Dangerous Campaign Against Social Distancing
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-03-28
A council representing more than 800,000 doctors across the U.S. signed a letter Friday imploring President Donald Trump to reverse his call for businesses to reopen by April 12, warning that the president's flouting of the guidance of public health experts could jeopardize the health of millions of Americans and throw hospitals into even more chaos as they fight the coronavirus pandemic. | The Council of Medical Specialty Societies–a coalition comprised of such physicians' groups as th…
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