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Sonia Shah: Think Exotic Animals Are to Blame for the Coronavirus? Think Again.

Scientists have fingered bats and pangolins as potential sources of the virus, but the real blame lies elsewhere—with human assaults on the environment

Natalie Shure: Sanders Is Modeling a Serious Response to Coronavirus

Fumbling Democrats made a huge mistake by shying away from a robust material response to the crisis

Pascual Serrano: Cuba in the Time of the Coronavirus

The Cuban government, accustomed to natural disasters, noted that its 2014 legislation determines that when natural, technological and health disasters prevent employees from performing their jobs, workers shall receive their entire salaries for one month and 60% for the rest of the time their work is suspended.

Nick Turse: Italy’s Coronavirus Nightmare Could Happen in U.S. Within Days or Weeks

“Right now, the major concern that I have, and that other public health experts have, is the risk of outstripping health care capacity”

Jack Rasmus: A Tale of 3 Crises: Comparing 1929 with 2008 and 2020

It is important to understand how the now three great economic crises of the last century are in many ways similar

Joseph Stiglitz: “Trickle-Down” Economic Plans Not Enough for Coronavirus Challenge

Just a little while ago, people said we couldn’t afford this program helping college students with immense debt, or healthcare for everyone. We always could have afforded these things. It was just our prioritization was wrong.

Badri Raina: Corona in an Up-and -Down Nation

Corona is a sly assassin In an up–and-down nation. It kills less from partying, More from starvation.   Those that rush decrepit trains In afflicted mega cities Have no morsel and no note In  their exhausted kitties.   They may not the virus feel, But hunger bites so keen That a jaggery bit in a Read more…

Vincent Emanuele: Mutual Aid, Political Organizing & Survival

All of the problems that would normally exist in a deindustrialized Rust Belt city are compounded during a pandemic and economic crisis, so we’re focusing on essential services right now

Kavaljit Singh: How to Manage the Economic Fallout of the Coronavirus

From what we have seen so far, the global human community deserves better and well-coordinated policy actions to contain the coronavirus and to offset its economic impact

Reynard Loki: Coronavirus and Climate Change

One major lesson from the pandemic is that we can save the planet from climate change

Mariame Kaba: Solidarity Not Charity

Mutual Aid & How to Organize in the Age of Coronavirus

Juan Cole: Not Giving up on Happiness

Care of the Self and Well-Being in a Plague Year

Kary Love: Boomer remover

Yes, some kids, believing they are immune to COVID-19, actually appear to be celebrating the spread among the “Boomers” who will die at higher rate

Ryan Devereaux: Lawmakers Demand ICE Stop Arresting Immigrants to Prevent Spreading Coronavirus

More than a dozen Democratic lawmakers are calling on the Department of Homeland Security to freeze its enforcement-to-detention pipeline

Sam Gindin: Coronavirus and the Search for Alternatives

A deeper fear lurks in business circles. Has globalization plateaued? Might the further spread of the virus “put globalization into reverse?”

Juan Cole: The Coronavirus and Vulnerable Gaza

California releasing inmates for fear of Coronavirus, but Israelis Keep Vulnerable Gaza as Largest Open Air Prison

Michael Pappas: On the Front Lines of the Coronavirus Pandemic: A Doctor’s View

What is currently unfolding in the U.S. is what happens when you develop a healthcare system predicated around extracting profit from sick bodies

Luisa Enria: Italy’s fight against Covid-19 depends on continued solidarity

Italy’s inhabitants have so far trusted the government’s emergency response, but inequality and a lack of resources threaten its effectiveness. Maintaining solidarity will be crucial going forward

Bernie Sanders: “What am I going to do? How am I going to take care of my family?”

This is the richest country in the history of the world. This is a country with unbelievable energy, unbelievable talent, and with incredible resources. We can address this crisis and minimize the pain

Michael Albert: Hard Rain, Falling

Infection spreads, pontification too. Some is smart and helpful, some is disgusting. With all the interruptions of so-called normality, have you noticed that fundraising to your inbox is interminable? And are you suddenly seeing ads for devices that will make work at home not only easier, but fun? Ain’t greed grand? More, in the now Read more…

Jonathan Cook: A lesson coronavirus is about to teach the world

The US health system is by far the most expensive in the world, but also the most inefficient

Naomi Klein: Coronavirus Capitalism — and How to Beat It

Source: The Intercept I’ve spent two decades studying the transformations that take place under the cover of disaster. I’ve learned that one thing we can count on is this: During moments of cataclysmic change, the previously unthinkable suddenly becomes reality. In recent decades, that change has mainly been for the worst — but this has Read more…

Michael Arria: U.S. sanctions on Iran are making its coronavirus crisis worse

Ilhan Omar is calling for them to be suspended

Sam Pizzigati: Coronavirus and the ‘Shock Doctrine’

That more equal America, let’s remember, also emerged out of the back-to-back crises of the Great Depression and world war against fascism. Progressives seized the opportunity those crises created and changed the face of American society. Why can’t we?

Barnabé Binctin: What happens if you treat healthy school meals as a public service?

Despite what the dominant neoliberal dogmas might lead you to think, the municipal level and “good, old fashioned” public service provision can respond to the needs and challenges of today

Lee Price: Supreme Court Could Soon Make Government Regulation

Without the power to regulate health, safety, finance and other critical areas, we’ll be living in a much sicker, more dangerous and more economically unstable world

Jack Rasmus: A Coronavirus Economic War Mobilization Plan

During World War II the US lost about 500,000. The enemies were afar, offshore. Today the Coronavirus is projected to eventually kill at least twice that number Americans. An enemy within our very midst. An enemy that has succeeded in invading us everywhere. The enemy has already effectively shut down much of our economy, is Read more…

Ramzy Baroud: Death at the Greek Border

Syrian Refugees Should Not Be Used as Political Pawns

Medea Benjamin: 12 Ways the U.S. Invasion of Iraq Lives on in Infamy

The U.S. invasion was a crime of aggression under international law, and was actively opposed by people and countries all over the world

Countercurrents Collective: US throttles Iran & Venezuela, China, Cuba send medical teams, equipment and medicine

China and Cuba have stepped in with practical measures at international level amidst the near-collapse health care situation in a number of capitalist countries in the face of coronavirus pandemic

Nick Turse: America’s Commandos Deployed to 141 Countries

And “Criminal Misconduct” Followed

John Buell: Why Americans should stop Talking about “China Flu” and Learn some things from China

President Trump’s insistence on calling the virus the China virus is not only misleading and a source and intensifier of ethnic conflict. It is also an accelerant of the pathogen

Lee Fang: Banks Pressure Health Care Firms to Raise Prices for Coronavirus

the largest voices in the health care industry stand to gain from billions of dollars in emergency spending on the pandemic, as do the bankers and investors who invest in health care companies

Various Contributors: Striking Truthdig Staffers Respond to the Publisher

That a self-styled progressive publisher would resort to union-busting and disseminating falsehoods about her staff and co-owner is unacceptable

Badri Raina: Comforts in Times of Corona

We are shutdown. There will be no prepared Parvenu face at my door. So I will wear the beloved Tattered shirt I could not wear before. With no fear of any gentlemanly visit, I will slouch in any posture, In any cluttered corner sit. I will play the music nobody but me Fancies, and be Read more…

Vijay Prashad: The Mutilated World Is Moved by the Nurses and Doctors

Even in the most threadbare health systems, cannibalised by austerity, it is the nurses and doctors, the ambulance paramedics and the janitors, who have been heroic in their work; doctors and nurses are being called back from retirement, working now long hours with no time to rest

Robert Pollin: What We Do Now Matters

With the right decisions, we have the means not only to rescue the complete collapse of the economy, but also to move in the direction of a just, equitable and sustainable socioeconomic order

John Feffer: What the Coronavirus Says about Us

Trump’s message to governors on lifesaving medical equipment — “get it yourselves” — is grimly appropriate in a country without national health care

Boaventura de Sousa Santos: Virus: all that is solid melts into air

What is the potential knowledge to be derived from the coronavirus pandemic?

Jake Johnson: Single-Payer Coping With Coronavirus Better Than For-Profit

“Having a healthcare system that’s a public strategic asset rather than a business run for profit allows for a degree of coordination and optimal use of resources.”

Paul Engler: Coronavirus is a historic trigger event — and it needs a movement to respond

Even in times of social distancing, building a collective, social response to the pandemic is our only salvation.

David Swanson: Top 10 Reasons the U.S. Government Is Blowing This

The United States has been suffering under a prolonged and severe shortage of democracy, self-governance, civic engagement, and activism

Sarah Lazare: The Workers Our Coronavirus Debate Is Leaving Out

The media and the Democratic Party establishment’s singular focus on paid sick leave leaves out millions of contract and informal workers. We need to think much bigger

Vijay Prashad: IMF Refuses Aid to Venezuela in the Midst of the Coronavirus Crisis

The IMF denial of the $5 billion request from Venezuela follows Pence’s sentiment. It is a violation of the spirit of international cooperation that is at the heart of the UN Charter

Ben Norton: Brazil begs for Cuban doctors – after expelling them

Brazil’s far-right government requested the return of thousands of Cuban doctors to help fight the coronavirus. Months ago, President Jair Bolsonaro smeared the doctors as “terrorists” and expelled them

Eliza Relman: AOC calls for universal basic income and ‘Medicare for all’

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and other progressive lawmakers are calling for a significantly more robust federal-government response to the coronavirus than has so far been proposed by both Democrats and Republicans

Norman Solomon: What the Coronavirus Emergency Has to Do with Biden vs. Sanders

Joe Biden vs. Bernie Sanders is not only an electoral contest between presidential candidates. It’s also a contrast of patchwork fixes vs. profound structural changes

Suhauna Hussain: 18% of U.S. Workers Have Lost Jobs or Hours Since Coronavirus Hit

As fallout from the coronavirus pandemic hits the economy, it’s slamming the American workforce: Some 18% of adults reported that they had been laid off or that their work hours had been cut, a new poll found

Mel Gurtov: Nukes: The unmentionable election issue: Getting to zero

Will a Democratic candidate for president endorse the TPNW? Will someone at least call for congressional hearings on the nuclear danger?

Kathy Kelly: Stop Tightening the Thumb Screws, A Humanitarian Message

U.S. sanctions against Iran, cruelly strengthened in March of 2018, continue a collective punishment of extremely vulnerable people

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