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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… »

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

Mad King Trump Angers the Gods

Mad King Trump Angers the Gods

By Thom Hartmann In the 4,000-year-old “Epic of Gilgamesh,” the arrogant eponymous king killed Humbaba, the giant guardian of the forest so that he could cut down the cedar stands in what is now northern Iraq to build his great city of Uruk. Gilgamesh’s people then diverted the Euphrates River… »

01.04.2020

Could COVID-19 Reshape Global Leadership?

Could COVID-19 Reshape Global Leadership?

By Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J S Davies As U.S. COVID-19 cases double every few days and the death toll mounts, the U.S. seems to be caught in a “worst of both worlds” predicament: daily life and much of the U.S. economy is shut down, but no real progress has… »

29.03.2020

#LeaveNoOneBehind: Prevent the Corona catastrophe now – also at the external borders!

#LeaveNoOneBehind: Prevent the Corona catastrophe now – also at the external borders!

If you want to help with donations, you can do so here: www.leavenoonebehind2020.org/funds To meet this Coronavirus crisis, we need solidarity. Coronavirus will hit especially hard for those who already have difficulties. That includes refugees at Europe’s external borders, as well as the homeless,… »

27.03.2020

Cardinal denounces: “We in Europe give money to Turkey so refugees don’t annoy us”

Cardinal denounces: “We in Europe give money to Turkey so refugees don’t annoy us”

In Europe “we give money to Turkey so refugees don’t annoy us”, a cardinal has denounced. By Cameron Doody Key points – “I don’t see much difference with the wall Trump is building on the border with Mexico” – “People criticise Turkey’s use of refugees as a… »

26.03.2020

A Lesson Coronavirus is About to Teach the World

A Lesson Coronavirus is About to Teach the World

By Jonathan Cook If a disease can teach wisdom beyond our understanding of how precarious and precious life is, the coronavirus has offered two lessons. The first is that in a globalized world our lives are so intertwined that the idea of viewing ourselves as islands – whether as… »

25.03.2020

Why the Coronavirus Pandemic Poses Fundamental Challenges to All Societies

Why the Coronavirus Pandemic Poses Fundamental Challenges to All Societies

Quick and widespread testing and quarantine will help tackle the spread of COVID-19, not ultra-nationalism or hyper-capitalism. By Prabir Purkayastha The COVID-19 pandemic is now moving at a speed that the world had not anticipated a few weeks back. It reached its first 100,000 infected in 67 days, then doubled… »

25.03.2020

An Opportunity to Twist Human History

An Opportunity to Twist Human History

By Natalia Sierra Humanity is experiencing exceptional times, not only because of the difficult health situation we face as a global society, but also because of the abrupt changes in our way of life – more modern for some, less so for most – that this health emergency has brought… »

24.03.2020

COVID-19: UN chief calls for global ceasefire to focus on ‘the true fight of our lives’

COVID-19: UN chief calls for global ceasefire to focus on ‘the true fight of our lives’

In an appeal issued on Monday, UN Secretary-General António Guterres urged warring parties across the world to lay down their weapons in support of the bigger battle against COVID-19: the common enemy that is now threatening all of humankind. “The fury of the virus illustrates the folly of war”, he… »

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