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Badri Raina: An Inert Molecule Has Our Backs to the Wall

The resistance that we saw building in India and across the world has melted overnight into a frightened retreat from a menace that for now threatens life itself. But what will follow after the scourge has had its day?

Jack Rasmus: On Market Solutions to the Covid-19 Crisis

A few notable cases of how the market has failed us

Sebastiaan Faber: Spain Nationalized Private Clinics To Fight COVID-19

Spain faced the second worst infection rate in Europe, and took control of the country’s private health care companies to improve its response. What does this mean for Spain’s public health care system going forward?

Ed Yong: How the Pandemic Will End

The U.S. may end up with the worst COVID-19 outbreak in the industrialized world. This is how it’s going to play out

Rachel M. Cohen: To Develop Vaccine, Pharma and Government Will Have to Break Old Patterns

One of the major lessons of the H1N1 shortage is to under-promise and over-deliver

Dawn Foster: Review: The Far Right Today by Cas Mudde

The far right thrives on ‘economic anxiety and cultural backlash’

Ariel Cheung: Chicagoans Readying for Rent Strike

Calling on city and landlords to provide relief amid coronavirus pandemic: ‘The hammer is going to drop’

Patrick Bond: Covid-19’s attacks on the down-and-out in ultra-unequal South Africa

Lacking linkages to the necessary street-heat that should accompany all the new policy demands, most pro-poor advocacy has been directed at meekly persuading a Presidency, Treasury and Reserve Bank to reverse course

H. Patricia Hynes: Winners: Wars, Walls and Wealthy; Losers: Diplomacy, Public Health, Environment

Why do we fail in protecting our own people’s health and well-being while we squander more than a trillion dollars each year – with the assent of both Republicans and Democrats – on maintaining a failed and futile military empire across the world?

Juan Cole: Nearly 1/3 of US Doctors are Foreign-Born, on Pandemic Front Lines

It turns out we need those foreigners after all, despite what Trump thinks

Rebecca Gordon: The Future May Be Female

But the Pandemic Is Patriarchal

Claire Provost: Who’s happy about coronavirus?

Our rights and democracies are under threat. But how this crisis reshapes our world depends on us

Adam Peggs: The politics of Covid-19: Time to requisition empty homes

The government’s actions to try and house rough sleepers are inadequate. The acquisition of empty homes for the homeless is a viable short and long-term solution

Alan MacLeod: One Quarter of the World’s Population is Under US Sanctions

Eight countries, representing around one-quarter of all humanity, say that Washington’s actions are undermining their response to the COVID–19 pandemic sweeping the planet.

Laura Flanders: Bigotry and the Health Crisis

Instead of erasing our weak parts we’ve raced them, blaming vulnerability on the vulnerable and hoping the bridges wouldn’t break where we are

Jenny Brown: “Stay Home and Have the Baby”

Texas and Ohio have ordered a stop to abortions, saying they’re not essential medical services. Other states will follow. Right-wing forces are using the pandemic as a pretext to crack down dramatically on abortion rights. We can’t let them

Nino Pagliccia: Cuba – An Example Of Solidarity In A Time Of Crisis

What would it be like to have foreign relations between countries based on solidarity instead of hostility? Cuba shows us that it is possible

Martha Escudero: “Housing Is Health”

Calls Grow for California to Give Vacant Homes to Unhoused People Amid Pandemic

Julia Conley: ‘Huge Victory’ for Standing Rock Sioux Tribe

Federal Court Rules DAPL Permits Violated Law

Badri Raina: Beating the Virus

There was a derelict house That nobody would live in. It was possessed by a ghost. Then came a man who said, Rent it to me, and the ghost Will go away. “how  may that happen with  Your coming,” he was asked. The man said, “ I sing a lot, and My singing is so Read more…

Care Collective: COVID-19 pandemic: A Crisis of Care

A look at how care work should be different

Steve Early: No Pandemic-Related Pause?

VA Privatization Leaves Veterans Waist Deep in Another Big Muddy 

John G. Russell: Racial Profiling Disorder: the All-American Pandemic

The NYPD uncovered a weapon in one out every 49 stops of white New Yorkers. By contrast, it took the Department 71 stops of Latinos and 93 stops of African Americans to find a weapon

Norman Solomon: Trump’s Mass Negligent Homicide Doesn’t Let Democratic Leaders Off the Hook

In their zeal to boost the number of Biden delegates as fast as possible, the Biden campaign and the DNC chair ignored or distorted the guidelines that were in effect at the time from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Stephanie Luce: It Didn’t Have to Be Like This

e do not have to choose between saving people and saving jobs. We can pay people to stay home and we can protect people who are working on the front lines. If we demand it, we can build an economy centered on human need rather than corporate profit

Paris Marx: To Fix the Looming Supply Chain Crisis, Nationalize Amazon

Dealing with the coronavirus pandemic demands a novel solution: placing the e-commerce giant under public control

Leonardo Flores: Trump’s Narcoterrorism Indictment of Maduro Already Backfires

The indictments are another brick in the foundation for a pretext for either a direct U.S. military invasion or a proxy war

William Astore: Having It Easy in the Beginning, Tough in the End

How My Dad Predicted the Decline of America

Yao Zhe & Wu Yixiu: China must stimulate the economy sustainably after coronavirus

Government spending should incentivize consumption of public goods and services, not big infrastructure and heavy industry

Jonathan Michael Feldman: The Corona Virus and the Limits of the Market

Convert Defense and Other Industries to Fight New Security Threats

Stephanie Kelton: The “How Will You Pay For It?” Question Is Tossed in the Trash

Because the coronavirus is a threat to all of us — not just the poor — we are choosing to act in ways we always could have acted

George Capaccio: The Virus of Sanctions: Flattening the Curve

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

Yasnaya Elena Aguilar Gil: Jëën pä’äm, the illness of fire

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

Kavaljit Singh: G20 Leaders’ Commitments Fall Far Short of Expectations

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

Ted Glick: Demonstrating During Pandemic Times

“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

Robert Mackey: In Exchange for Aid, Trump Wants Praise From Governors for Campaign Ads

“What would you think if, when your governor asked the federal government for the disaster assistance that Congress has provided, the President responded, ‘I would like you to do us a favor.’ I’ll… send the disaster relief once you brand my opponent a criminal.”

Adam Hanieh: This is a global pandemic – Let’s treat it as such

As with all so-called ‘humanitarian’ crises, it is essential to remember that the social conditions found across most of the countries of the South are the direct product of how these states are inserted into the hierarchies of the world market

George Monbiot: Covid-19 is nature’s wake-up call to complacent civilization

From now on, we should expose our minds to the painful realities we have denied for too long

Omar Ocampo: Should Zoom Be a Public Utility?

Online platforms like Zoom and Skype have become basic, public necessities as our lives are upended by the coronavirus. Should they be nationalized?

Tim Schneider: Now We Have Your Attention

Review of Jack Shenker’s latest book, Now We Have Your Attention: The New Politics of the People

Sam Husseini: #GeneralStrike?

“It’s dawning on more people how critical their labor is and how little these corporations care about them. The veneer of we’re-going-to-take-care-of-you has dropped away”

Badri Raina: Corona and Commercials

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 more…

Marjorie Cohn: DOJ Seeks to Exploit Coronavirus Emergency to Detain People Indefinitely

Throughout U.S. history, presidents have exploited national emergencies to exceed their constitutional powers

Justin Podur: When Economists Try to Solve Health Crises, the Results Can Often Be Disastrous

Classical economics helped kill millions in the British Empire’s famines—following economic orthodoxy today could be just as deadly

Nicolas J.S. Davies: Why is the U.S. so exceptionally vulnerable to Covid-19?

Will we finally wake up from our American dream, open our eyes and start learning from our neighbors in other countries, including ones that have different political, economic and healthcare systems than ours?

Kathy Kelly: Vigil for Peace in Yemen, a New Norm

Particularly now, with intense focus on U.S. health care, it’s timely to recognize that in the past five years U.S. supported Gulf Coalition airstrikes bombed Yemen’s health care facilities 83 times

Jack Rasmus: A Reflection on Trump the War President

Trump is a ‘true believer’ that the market solves everything and immediately. Just wave the magic market wand and it will appear

Kathleen Wallace: The End of the Parasite Paradigm

The gross incompetence of our leaders may be their undoing. Their greed is unsustainable at this point

Juan Cole: No Mercy even in a Pandemic

Israeli Occupation Authorities Demolish Makeshift Field Hospital in Palestinian Hamlet

Jessica Dos Santos: Tales of Resistance: Love in Times of Coronavirus

We know we won’t starve to death, because solidarity is alive and well in every corner of the country

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