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05.04.2020

1000 Ventilators Donated by China Arrived at JFK in NYC

1000 Ventilators Donated by China Arrived at JFK in NYC

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Saturday that the Chinese government had donated 1,000 ventilators to the state to help manage its ongoing coronavirus crisis there, in what has become the center of the disease’s outbreak in the United States. Medical supplies including 1000 ventilators were delivered by China Cargo… »

05.04.2020

The Only Oxygen Cylinder Factory in Europe is Shut down and Macron Refuses to Nationalize It

The Only Oxygen Cylinder Factory in Europe is Shut down and Macron Refuses to Nationalize It

By Jérôme Duval for Counterpunch Although no information is circulating about the stock of oxygen cylinders in France, which are very useful in these times of acute health crisis and which Italy cruelly lacks, the only factory capable of producing them in Europe remains closed. »

04.04.2020

Cruel and Unusual Punishment: The U.S. Prison Pandemic

Cruel and Unusual Punishment: The U.S. Prison Pandemic

Stay at home. Shelter in place. Maintain social distance. We now know how to slow the COVID-19 pandemic. Containment of the novel coronavirus requires that we act together, as a global community. But not everyone has the freedom to take these steps. The United States is the greatest jailer in… »

04.04.2020

Measures against COVID-19 need to include refugees and migrants

Measures against COVID-19 need to include refugees and migrants

WHO Regional Office for Europe A new publication highlights the importance of addressing the needs of refugees and migrants when preparing for or responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. Refugees and migrants, particularly those who are displaced and/or living in camps and camp-like settings, are faced with specific challenges and vulnerabilities… »

04.04.2020

Brooklyn For Peace Statement on COVID-19 Pandemic

Brooklyn For Peace Statement on COVID-19 Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic, which is destroying lives and livelihoods as it advances, confirms that our country, indeed the entire world, can no longer afford war. At this time, Brooklyn For Peace reaffirms our core mission: the elimination of war, and the social injustices which are its causes and its results. »

04.04.2020

Capitalism Has Failed in Fighting Coronavirus

Capitalism Has Failed in Fighting Coronavirus

By Richard D. Wolff The desperate policies of panic-driven governments involve throwing huge amounts of money at the economies collapsed in response to the coronavirus threat. Monetary authorities create money and lend it at extremely low interest rates to the major corporations and especially big banks “to get them through… »

04.04.2020

A Department of Actual Defense in a Time of Coronavirus

A Department of Actual Defense in a Time of Coronavirus

When a few thousand people were murdered on September 11, 2001, I was actually stupid enough – I kid you not – to imagine that the general public would conclude that because massive military forces, nuclear arsenals, and foreign bases had done nothing to prevent and much to provoke those… »

03.04.2020

Former UK Commanders call for nuclear cuts to address Covid-19

Former UK Commanders call for nuclear cuts to address Covid-19

Three former UK Royal Navy Commanders sent a letter to all UK parliamentarians on April 1 questioning the policy of maintaining a continuous at sea nuclear deterrent. The commanders note that the £2 billion a year cost of maintaining this nuclear posture and readiness for war appear to be unjustifiable, especially… »

02.04.2020

Manufacturing the enemy. From trade war to the pandemic spat, the impossible cohabitation of China and the US

Manufacturing the enemy. From trade war to the pandemic spat, the impossible cohabitation of China and the US

By Carlos Eduardo Piña Throughout their history, the United States have built their identity as a great power around the figure of their external enemies. In a similar way to every social phenomenon, a referent, i.e. an opposing image, is needed in order to understand and assert one’s… »

02.04.2020

‘Never Seen Anything Like It’: Economists Warn 6.6 Million New Jobless Claims Portend Unparalleled Crisis

‘Never Seen Anything Like It’: Economists Warn 6.6 Million New Jobless Claims Portend Unparalleled Crisis

“A portrait of disaster. Unemployment insurance claims for the last two weeks are mind-blowing.” By Jake Johnson, staff writer –  Common Dreams The U.S. Department of Labor announced Thursday that 6.6 million Americans filed jobless claims last week, a staggering and record-breaking surge in unemployment that comes as the coronavirus… »

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