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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

Jon Walker: We Must Expand Tricare for Everybody Who Needs It

We need a solution that can be used even faster than any industry bailout or targeted reinsurance program that has the government take on the insurers’ cost for covering Covid-19 patients

Reese Erlich: In a Plague Year, Trump Ratchets up Tensions with Iran and Iraq

Trump can continue his “maximum pressure campaign” against Iran and face continued Iraqi attacks on US troops. Or he can back off to focus on domestic concerns and avoid a wider war

Eoin Higgins: ‘For Common Benefit of All’

Ireland Nationalizes Hospitals for Duration of Coronavirus Crisis, Sparking Demand for US to Follow Suit

Badri Raina: Honor the Corona Warriors

When soldiers go to battle, They have guns in hand. They can see the enemy, They can kill, defend.   But, the nurses and the doctors Who tend infected cases Have not a clue when The virus may hit their faces.   When soldiers die fighting, Their loved ones their  losses rue; But an infected Read more…

Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II: Poverty Amidst Pandemic: A Moral Response to COVID-19

We call on you to fulfill your moral and Constitutional responsibilities: expand the COVID-19 emergency provisions to care for us all and enact our Moral Agenda immediately

Paris Marx: Nationalize the Airlines

The airline industry will not survive the coronavirus. Now is the time to nationalize it — and use this moment to chart a course to a low-carbon future

John Feffer: The Politics of the Coronavirus

For the far right, the pandemic is a chance to enact border controls and erode the rule of law. It could also expose their utter incompetence

Sharon Lerner: Gilead Sciences Backs Off Monopoly Claim for Promising Coronavirus Drug

“Gilead is notorious for price gouging. Gilead holds the key to bringing down and ending both HIV and hep C epidemics, and in both cases, prices have played a real factor in our inability to stop both epidemics. And that’s terrifying.”

Juan Cole: The Novel Coronavirus has a Well-Known Left-Wing Bias

It now seems clear that capitalism is the fear that somewhere someone is having their basic human needs met

Sean Petty & Kelley Cabrera: Frontline NY Nurses Lack Protective Masks & Ventilators

Say Worst Yet to Come as COVID-19 Spreads

Sarah Anderson: Why CEO pay belongs at the center of the coronavirus bailout debate

he fact that so many Americans are facing dire circumstances now is a direct result of the exploitation economy and we should take this opportunity to change it

Peter Mayo: Higher Education in the Time of COVID-19

The history of education is full of episodes whereby necessity, through crises in the form of occupation, led to ingenuity

Anthony Dimaggio: The Dangers of Depoliticization and Social Media

Misinformation and the Coronavirus

Conn Hallinan: The Corona Virus & Immigration

How Austerity and Anti-immigrant Politics Left Italy Exposed

Jonathan Cook: Our leaders are terrified. Not of the virus – of us

There is a kind of tragic karma to the fact that so many major countries – meaning major economies – are today run by the very men least equipped ideologically, emotionally and spiritually to deal with the virus

Dave Lindorff: A Triage Crisis is Coming, and It’s Personal

Hospitals in Seattle, are seriously planning for how to decide which patients will get one of the limited number of ventilators available, and which ones will be left to fend for themselves

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