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15.04.2020

Trump Cuts Funds for World Health Org as Oxfam Warns Pandemic Could Push Half a Billion into Poverty

Trump Cuts Funds for World Health Org as Oxfam Warns Pandemic Could Push Half a Billion into Poverty

As the confirmed cases of coronavirus surpass 2 million around the world, President Donald Trump says he will cut U.S. support for the World Health Organization. Richard Horton, editor-in-chief of The Lancet medical journal, called it a “crime against humanity.” Oxfam America said the cuts slash “any hopes for the… »

15.04.2020

Andrea Ascari of Fridays For Future: “We can’t afford to stand still”

Andrea Ascari of Fridays For Future: “We can’t afford to stand still”

Coronavirus, climate and environmental emergency, the role and perspectives of climate movements. We talk about it with Andrea Ascari, activist of Fridays For Future, Milan. The climate emergency has disappeared from public debate and the mass media. The only issue is the coronavirus. What can we do to bring the… »

14.04.2020

Austria relaxes coronavirus lockdown measures

Austria relaxes coronavirus lockdown measures

Austria will begin lifting its coronavirus restrictions on Tuesday. When Chancellor Sebastian Kurz announced the plan it caused a great deal of excitement — but this is the first step in a long process, experts say. Austria came to a standstill when it introduced lockdown measures on March 16. The… »

13.04.2020

Noam Chomsky on Trump’s Disastrous Coronavirus Response, Bernie Sanders & What Gives Him Hope

Noam Chomsky on Trump’s Disastrous Coronavirus Response, Bernie Sanders & What Gives Him Hope

How did the United States — the richest country in the world — become the worldwide epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak, with one person dying of COVID-19 every 47 seconds? We spend the hour with Noam Chomsky, the world-renowned political dissident, linguist and author, discussing this unprecedented moment in history,… »

12.04.2020

UN chief calls on religious leaders to unite in the fight against COVID-19

UN chief calls on religious leaders to unite in the fight against COVID-19

Religious leaders of all faiths are being urged by the UN Secretary-General to join forces and work for peace around the world and focus on the common battle to defeat COVID-19. António Gutteres made the call in a special appeal issued on Saturday, and at a time when Christians are… »

10.04.2020

Exit Global Wars, Enter Coronavirus

Exit Global Wars, Enter Coronavirus

by Achala Moulik  For now, political and ideological differences are being sunk to outwit a common enemy. Will it last? The war against Coronavirus, paradoxically, has made friends out of foes while waging war on the now common and powerful enemy. Russia has sent urgent medical supplies to a besieged… »

07.04.2020

Hungary: Law to fight coronavirus creates ‘uncertainty’ for journalists

Hungary: Law to fight coronavirus creates ‘uncertainty’ for journalists

A law that holds a prison sentence of up to five years for spreading “false information” is part of new measures against COVID-19. As Fanny Facsar reports, journalists fear it could make it even harder to report news. These are turbulent times in Hungary, with a single political decision receiving massive international attention. It’s… »

06.04.2020

Thoughts about the current crisis on Qing Ming Jié´s Day

Thoughts about the current crisis on Qing Ming Jié´s Day

It is Qing Ming Jié (清明节) in China today or Day of the Dead, roughly equivalent to Spain´s El Día de Todos los Santos (All Saints Day). On this date Chinese families pay homage to their dead and ancestors by visiting their tombs and taking food to their loved ones… »

05.04.2020

‘Drop the Medicare Eligibility Age to 0 Right Now’: Study Warns 35 Million Could Lose Employer-Sponsored Health Insurance

‘Drop the Medicare Eligibility Age to 0 Right Now’: Study Warns 35 Million Could Lose Employer-Sponsored Health Insurance

“The national health insurance system is crumbling more with every day that passes.” By Jake Johnson, staff writer Common Dreams The coronavirus pandemic and resulting economic collapse could cause a staggering 35 million people in the U.S. to lose their employer-sponsored health insurance over the next several months, with lower-income… »

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. »

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