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Vaccine development and immunity for COVID-19: Some thoughts and doubts

Vaccine development and immunity for COVID-19: Some thoughts and doubts

Co-Written by K. Rajasekharan Nayar and Arathi P. Rao The possibility of developing vaccines and drugs against COVID-19 is being closely watched by the world.  The journal ‘Nature’ reports that there are about 115 vaccine development initiatives in the world of which 78 are confirmed as active and 37 are unconfirmed and of the 78 confirmed active projects, 73 are[Read More…]

May 31, 2020 World
I’m the Pied Piper

I’m the Pied Piper

In 1966 Crispian St. Peters wrote and sang the hit song ‘ The Pied Piper’. It resonates well in 2020 with this current Snake Oil Salesman: The Pied Piper Crispian St. Peters You With your masquerading, and you Always contemplating what to do In case heaven has found you Can’t you see That it’s all around you So follow me[Read More…]

May 31, 2020 World
SpaceX Astronaut Launch: Curiosity, science and the Red Planet

SpaceX Astronaut Launch: Curiosity, science and the Red Planet

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon spacecraft take off from the Kennedy Space Center on the first orbital spaceflight from U.S. soil since 2011. Credit: Walter Scriptunas II / Spaceflight Now Two veteran NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken rocketed away from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Saturday to begin a test flight of a[Read More…]

May 31, 2020 World
Beating Swords to Plowshares

Beating Swords to Plowshares

“Nuclear weapons will not go away by themselves” says Plowshares activist Steve Kelly, SJ. Inscribed on a wall across from the United Nations in New York City are ancient words of incalculable yearning: “They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war[Read More…]

May 31, 2020 World
 Israel-China Relations: Staring Into the Abyss of US-Chinese Decoupling

 Israel-China Relations: Staring Into the Abyss of US-Chinese Decoupling

Israel knew the drill even before US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo boarded his flight to Tel Aviv earlier this month four days after the death of his father. It was Mr. Pompeo’s first and only overseas trip since March. Echoing a US warning two decades ago that Israeli dealings with China jeopardized the country’s relationship with the United States,[Read More…]

May 31, 2020 World
Democracies can’t breathe without responding to Race and Caste discrimination

Democracies can’t breathe without responding to Race and Caste discrimination

Two of the biggest democracies in the world now face the biggest challenges in their political history. Yes, I am speaking about United States and India. One has failed to accommodate the huge Black population victim of the racism in that country while the other has failed to include the Dalits in the decision making as caste hatred and caste[Read More…]

May 31, 2020 World
U.S. President Donald Trump departs at the end of a news conference in New York, U.S. September 25, 2019. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst     TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY - RC1297B30D30

Sinister Flatulence: Trump versus Twitter

Sawing off the branch you sit on can hardly be the best of policies.  But that all depends on the nature of the branch.  US President Donald Trump has huffed himself into another small historical moment, going on the offensive against social media companies using the very language his faux progressive opponents use against them.  All seem to be in[Read More…]

May 30, 2020 World
Jacinda Ardern: A Prime Minister with Difference

Jacinda Ardern: A Prime Minister with Difference

The best leaders have a high consideration factor. They really care about their people.                                                                                                                      … Brian Tracy 21st Century has produced lot of political leaders all over the world. We have Trump from America, Erdogan from Turkey, Modi from India, Imran Khan from Pakistan, Trudeau from Canada, Boris Johnson from England, Jair Bolsonaro from Brazil and Jacinda Arder from[Read More…]

May 30, 2020 World
“Do Not Resuscitate”:  My Experience with Hospice, Inc.

“Do Not Resuscitate”:  My Experience with Hospice, Inc.

    One nurse told Clay. . .  “I’ve given him the highest dosage I can.  It’s enough to kill a horse.  Most hospice patients die from morphine, but I can only OD him within an acceptable margin of error.” -From Christopher Bollen,  A Beautiful Crime      In this age of coronavirus, it has become abundantly clear that Western culture has[Read More…]

May 29, 2020 World
Towards the forward march of workers led alternative globalisation

Towards the forward march of workers led alternative globalisation

Is globalisation over after the COVID-19 pandemic? There are three visible signs during the unending Coronavirus led health crisis, which substantiates the end of globalisation thesis. The first sign indicates reversal of capitalist globalisation led by market integrations. The people and their nation states are fighting the pandemic alone. As a result, there is growth of ultra nationalist and right-wing[Read More…]

May 29, 2020 World
The Empire’s Executioners?

The Empire’s Executioners?

From a recent report by the Insider publication:  ” George Floyd and Officer Derek Chauvin actually worked for the same Minneapolis night club- Chauvin as a security guard for many years, and Floyd as a bouncer during 2019.” It begs the question of just how well these two may have known each other, or worse, if Chauvin had some sort[Read More…]

May 29, 2020 World
Revisiting Multilateral Institutions in the time of COVID-19

Revisiting Multilateral Institutions in the time of COVID-19

International Governmental Organisations (IGOs) have grown steadily over time – in number and in their scope. The growth in numbers is characterised by sporadic bursts in their birth rates, determined typically by global events of economic and political conflict, like the two World Wars. When global politics is altered substantially and the world order is thrown into flux, there is[Read More…]

May 29, 2020 World
Minneapolis police station set on fire on the 3rd day of Floyd murder demonstration in U.S.

Minneapolis police station set on fire on the 3rd day of Floyd murder demonstration in U.S.

On the 3rd day – Thursday – of protest on the murder of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man, demonstrators broke into a Minneapolis police precinct station after the department abandoned it, setting it ablaze and igniting fireworks as three days of violent protests spread to cities across the U.S. Gov. Tim Walz late Wednesday called it an “extremely dangerous[Read More…]

May 29, 2020 World
Photos of mass graves in Brazil show the stark toll of the coronavirus

Photos of mass graves in Brazil show the stark toll of the coronavirus

The Parque Taruma cemetery during the coronavirus outbreak in Manaus, Brazil. Brazil now has the second-highest number of reported coronavirus cases, surpassing Russia. Blue, turquoise, and white crosses mark the dead in mass graves in Manaus, Brazil, a visual reminder of the toll the novel coronavirus has had on the country. The University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and[Read More…]

May 29, 2020 World
The owners of a shoe repair shop in Florence (*). In this picture, taken just after the end of the coronavirus lockdown, they are preparing to reopen their shop. They look happy, even euphoric. Time will tell if that optimism was justified.

Three months later, Florence restarts. But not quite

The epidemic is almost over in Italy. After almost three painful months of lockdown and the loss of about 30.000 lives, the daily number of victims of the coronavirus is slowly dwindling to zero. In a couple of weeks at most, the epidemic will be completely gone. It is time to restart, but the damage has been terrible. The lockdown[Read More…]

May 29, 2020 World
The Immediacy of Touchlessness

The Immediacy of Touchlessness

Part I   My motive for writing this piece is to reach, by some other way, Barbara Bryson, and tell her that we love her.   The citation below is taken from the album “Exodus” by the late Bob Marley, whose music rekindles hope for a better future.  It stands out because it brings us peace of mind at a[Read More…]

May 29, 2020 World
Johnson & Johnson’s Double Standard Regarding Their Talcum Powder

Johnson & Johnson’s Double Standard Regarding Their Talcum Powder

  To Drugs Controller General of India Central Drugs Standard Control Organization (CDSCO), Directorate General of Health Services Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India FDA Bhavan, ITO, Kotla Road, New Delhi -110002 Sir, This is to draw your immediate attention of CDSCO towards the announcement dated May 19, 2020 by Johnson & Johnson, a multinational company[Read More…]

May 29, 2020 World
The Great Depression, Coronavirus Style

The Great Depression, Coronavirus Style

Many economists believe that a recession is already underway. So do millions of Americans struggling with bills and job losses. While the ghosts of the 2008 financial crisis that sent inequality soaring to new heights in this country are still with us, it’s become abundantly clear that the economic disaster brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic has already left the initial shock[Read More…]

May 29, 2020 World
Protests against police violence spread across U.S

Protests against police violence spread across U.S

In the second day of demonstration, protests against police violence have spread across the U.S. in response to the death of George Floyd, who died in Minneapolis police custody May 25. Thousands of people are decrying the killing by police. Among many places, protests spread in Los Angeles, Memphis, Minnesota, Houston, Chicago. In Minneapolis, protesters turned to violent confrontation as[Read More…]

May 28, 2020 World
To be or not to be productive during the pandemic

To be or not to be productive during the pandemic

‘To be or not to be productive’ is an old constructed dilemma that surfaces during the Coronavirus pandemic. This Shakespearean tragedy is pushing people in two contradictory directions. In one hand, the states and governments are asking people to stay at home and stay safe during the lockdown period. The inevitable lockdown and physical distancing policies produce social alienation and[Read More…]

May 28, 2020 World
U.S. military is making plans for complete Afghan withdrawal before the next election

U.S. military is making plans for complete Afghan withdrawal before the next election

U.S. Defense Department officials are reportedly planning to brief President Donald Trump on several options to withdraw all U.S. troops from Afghanistan, that include an option to pull them out before the 2020 U.S. presidential election in November. Trump has expressed a desire to end the U.S.’s wars throughout the course of his presidency. In 2019, he abruptly ordered the[Read More…]

May 27, 2020 World
In Defense of Military History

In Defense of Military History

Some years ago, I was lucky enough to have a rich email dialogue with Colonel David Glantz, the foremost historian of the Eastern Front in World War 2.  He was gracious in his thoughts and supportive of the lay-history I was doing.  He even offered a compliment or two for some of the thoughts I had regarding the redaction of[Read More…]

May 27, 2020 World
Political Economy of COVID-19

Political Economy of COVID-19

Manish Azad is a political activist. That is why he has been a victim to State repression. On February 29, he returned from prison after 8 months. Even before this, he has been writing for Dastak. Here is his article, presenting all the aspects related to the corona virus pandemic. This article is especially important in the context that while[Read More…]

May 26, 2020 World
Riding for Freedom

Riding for Freedom

I have had the honor and the privilege to know two Freedom Riders. One was killed  for Freedom Riding and had been a friend of mine. Irwin Wadler was my childhood and my young adult dentist. He loved brutally murdered Andy Goodman as I did. So Irwin took up the mantle. He did so willingly after Andy was butchered. Here[Read More…]

May 26, 2020 World
When the War Was Close to Home

When the War Was Close to Home

Memories are like those fireflies that sparkle your vision on a deep hot summer night. They entice you with their sudden appearance and just as sudden departure. So it is with this baby boomer’s mind, transversed back so many decades until… 50 years appear as if it was today. This brings tears to your tired eyes within this pandemic hibernation.[Read More…]

May 25, 2020 World
Why Does Israel Celebrate Its Terrorists: Ben Uliel and the Murder of the Dawabsheh Family

Why Does Israel Celebrate Its Terrorists: Ben Uliel and the Murder of the Dawabsheh Family

Israeli media and Zionist apologists everywhere are busy whitewashing Israel’s globally-tattered image using the rare indictment of an Israeli terrorist, Amiram Ben Uliel, who was recently convicted for murdering the Palestinian Dawabsheh family, including an 18-month-old toddler in the town of Duma, south of Nablus. The conviction of Ben Uliel by an Israeli three-judge court on May 18, is expectedly[Read More…]

May 25, 2020 World
Lend ears to China’s voice, please

Lend ears to China’s voice, please

The pandemic is helping to understand a few facts of the current state of geo-politics. One of these facts is China’s voice – voice with all its meanings. China has called for international cooperation against COVID-19, popularly named coronavirus, to tide over darkest hours. China has said: Cooperation and solidarity are the most powerful weapon to prevail over the epidemic.[Read More…]

May 25, 2020 World
Mourn On Memorial Day & Indict Our Ruling Criminally Insane Murderous Investors in Wars on Wall St. 

Mourn On Memorial Day & Indict Our Ruling Criminally Insane Murderous Investors in Wars on Wall St. 

On Memorial Day, after mourning our loved ones, taken away from us by our ruling criminally insane murderous investors in Weapons of Mass Destruction on Wall Street, let us at least indict these pathetic racist colonial powered accumulators of capital in our hearts and minds and look to the day when pale skin bankers will no longer wield such incredible[Read More…]

May 25, 2020 World
Covid-19 : There are no heroes in this war

Covid-19 : There are no heroes in this war

Co- Written by Kamala Tamirisa, Ritu Thamman and Martha Gulati Health care professionals need more support. Based on a survey  of 553 health care professionals in mid-April, 2020. The death by suicide of Dr. Lorna Breen, the medical director of the emergency department at NewYork-Presbyterian Allen Hospital in New York City, is just the beginning of yet another health care[Read More…]

May 25, 2020 World
Jacindaism: the new doctrine of political leadership during crisis

Jacindaism: the new doctrine of political leadership during crisis

Leadership is tested during times of crisis. The present pandemic is seeing it happen across the world. Many unexpected parts of the world have shown better corona control than those expected of better performance. Many wise men have said before that empathy, not disdain, separates great leaders from the rest. This behavioral aspect is what present New Zealand  Prime Minister Jacinda[Read More…]

May 24, 2020 World
The Illusions of Bourgeois Democracy

The Illusions of Bourgeois Democracy

Democracy is a product of struggles and sacrifices of the working classes. The October revolution, French revolution in Europe and anti-colonial struggles in Africa, Asia and Americas shaped democracy. The struggles for freedom, equality and justice, anti-capitalist struggles, and people’s movements against war and terrorism, social and political movements for livelihoods have helped to deepen democratic practices all over the[Read More…]

May 24, 2020 World
Ants at a Pandemic Picnic

Ants at a Pandemic Picnic

Remember when you were a kid, locked within that monster called a grade school, at dismissal time? You must recall how the seas just opened and the throng descended on the schoolyard… like , well… ants at a picnic. Thus, the expression becomes almost timeless. So it is with so many of our Amerikan public whenever the opportunity reveals itself[Read More…]

May 23, 2020 World
A Left Perspective on Emerging Post-Pandemic Global Relations

A Left Perspective on Emerging Post-Pandemic Global Relations

 Introduction COVID-19 pandemic, its emergence, global spread and the crisis therefrom are inseparably linked up with the character of neoliberal accumulation today. As is widely recognised, its origins are rooted in profit-driven corporate capital’s unbridled plunder of nature and consequent invasion and intrusion in to wild life ecosystem leading to spill-over of viruses to humans and their subsequent mutations. That[Read More…]

May 23, 2020 World
OUTSIDE A BAT CAVE in China's Guangxi province in 2004, Shi Zhengli releases a fruit bat after taking a blood sample. Credit: Shuyi Zhang

How China’s ‘Bat Woman’ Hunted Down Viruses from SARS to the New Coronavirus

Wuhan-based virologist Shi Zhengli has identified dozens of deadly SARS-like viruses in bat caves, and she warns there are more out there. Scientificamerican.com Editor’s Note (4/24/20): This article was originally published online on March 11. It has been updated for inclusion in the June 2020 issue of Scientific American and to address rumors that SARS-CoV-2 emerged from Shi Zhengli’s lab[Read More…]

May 22, 2020 World
Historic World Health Assembly ends with global commitment to COVID-19 response

Historic World Health Assembly ends with global commitment to COVID-19 response

The above  is the title of news release by WHO.  The two-day meeting of the 73rd World Health Assembly (WHA) was held  in Geneva on May 18-19, discussed Covid-19 and how the world is coping with that. Even as the media in India is engaged 24×7 on Covid-19,  this historic session was given poor coverage, and many of those that[Read More…]

May 21, 2020 World
The Wuhan Hoax: Covid-19 and Trump’s War on the U.S. Intelligence Community

The Wuhan Hoax: Covid-19 and Trump’s War on the U.S. Intelligence Community

There’s a meme that appears now and then on Facebook and other social media: “Those who don’t study history are doomed to repeat it. Yet those who do study history are doomed to stand by helplessly while everyone else repeats it.” That’s funny. What’s not is that the Trump administration and its coterie of China-bashers, led by Secretary of State[Read More…]

May 21, 2020 World
Super cyclone Amphan wreaks havoc in India and Bangladesh with death toll over 20

Super cyclone Amphan wreaks havoc in India and Bangladesh with death toll over 20

Super cyclone Amphan has wrecked havoc in the Indian state of West Bengal, especially the state capital Kolkata, and the southwestern part of the neighboring country Bangladesh after the Amphan made landfall in West Bengal. The death toll, yet to be counted finally, in both the countries is over 20. The Amphan became the strongest storm ever recorded in the Bay of[Read More…]

May 21, 2020 World
Coronavirus pandemic may throw 60 million people into extreme poverty, warns World Bank

Coronavirus pandemic may throw 60 million people into extreme poverty, warns World Bank

The world’s progress in eliminating poverty is set to suffer a major setback due to the coronavirus pandemic, forcing more people to survive on less than $1.90 per day, the World Bank has said in a recent statement (Press release no.: 2020/193/EXC). “The pandemic and shutdown of advanced economies could push as many as 60 million people into extreme poverty[Read More…]

May 21, 2020 World
“Battle” Against COVID-19 In A Fragmented World, Has Ruined Billions Of Lives

“Battle” Against COVID-19 In A Fragmented World, Has Ruined Billions Of Lives

It is not only about physically surviving the pandemic. People miss people, and places, sometimes desperately. And they die, when separated. We are bombarded by briefings and numbers. We are scared into submission by horrifying medical stories, by shocking images, and then, simultaneously, by predictions of economic and social downfall. Day and night, day and night. But somehow, so often[Read More…]

May 21, 2020 World
Covid-19 Timeline Exposes Falsehood Of US & US Lackey Australian Anti-China Blame Game

Covid-19 Timeline Exposes Falsehood Of US & US Lackey Australian Anti-China Blame Game

Trump is blaming China for the Covid-19 pandemic to hide his criminal negligence during the crisis. A detailed Timeline of the disaster reveals that China informed the WHO and the World of the Wuhan outbreak  on 31 December  2019 but Trump spent the following 4.5 months minimizing the seriousness of the pandemic and slagging both China and the WHO. With[Read More…]

May 20, 2020 World
Battles over Barley: Australia, China and the Tariff Wars

Battles over Barley: Australia, China and the Tariff Wars

It promised to be bruising to both dignity and wallet.  However brazen Australian politicians have been drumming up support for an international inquiry into the origins of the novel coronavirus, the first ones to be slapped in anger would have to be those in agriculture.  Barley exporters find themselves facing a suffocating, and potentially market killing tariff, of 80.5 percent. [Read More…]

May 20, 2020 World
Excellent vivid images of flags for you. With the texture of fabric at 100 percent view.

COVID-19: Iran and the U.S., An Irony of Curious Affinity

This spring, the novel coronavirus pandemic has raised the issue of the relationship between the blindest kind of religious faith and rational skepticism — this time in two countries that think of themselves as polar opposites and enemies: Supreme Leader Ali Khameini’s Iran and Donald Trump’s America. On the U.S. side of things, New Orleans pastor Tony Spell, for instance, has[Read More…]

May 20, 2020 World
Why Thinking Makes it So: Donald Trump’s Obamagate Fixation

Why Thinking Makes it So: Donald Trump’s Obamagate Fixation

The “gate” suffix has been wearing thin since the break-in scandal that gave it its birth.  Since Watergate, virtually anything dubious and suggestive, and much more besides, is suffixed.  Which brings us to the issue of President Donald Trump’s predecessor, Barack Obama.  Finding himself in hot water (did he ever leave it?) Trump has been sowing the seeds of “Obamagate”,[Read More…]

May 19, 2020 World
Truth and Propaganda About Coronavirus

Truth and Propaganda About Coronavirus

Co-Written by Vijay Prashad, Weiyan Zhu, and Du Xiaojun This was dated March 31, 2020, by which time Anti-china tirade was already going on in a high pitch. Subsequently, it was further accentuated, with more and more lies, now shaping into anti-China measures, bordering on sanctions.  Globalization principles thrust by imperialists led by USA, are sought to be reversed or[Read More…]

May 19, 2020 World
Right Off the Right Wing Radar Screen!!

Right Off the Right Wing Radar Screen!!

Ok, let me be perfectly clear here. I know, from years of studying the real Amerikan history from writers like Parenti, Chomsky, Zinn, Chossuduvsky, even Oliver Stone and Peter Kuznik, that the fix has always been in. Meaning, that this Two Party/One Party political system has always done the bidding for the Uber Rich… Period! As a socialist I have[Read More…]

May 19, 2020 World
Inglorious Bastardry: Hacking for Vaccines

Inglorious Bastardry: Hacking for Vaccines

If you cannot discover or create something, best steal it.  It has been the operating principle for everything from wealth to technology.  With the efforts to discover a vaccine to the novel coronavirus being all but bound by solidarity, the race on plundering secrets has already begun in earnest.  No one party can claim particular innocence in this endeavour.  All[Read More…]

May 19, 2020 World
 America’s Pandemic Role Reversal

 America’s Pandemic Role Reversal

Remember the song “Over There”? “Over there, over there Send the word, send the word over there That the Yanks are coming, The Yanks are coming, The drums rum-tumming everywhere…” Maybe not, since it was popular so long ago, but it was meant to inspire American troops saying goodbye to their country on their way to a Europe embroiled in[Read More…]

May 18, 2020 World
 “No. It’s Capitalism, Stupid.”

 “No. It’s Capitalism, Stupid.”

The title is a riff on James Carville’s disingenuous (and stupid) phrase from 1992 when he was Bill Clinton’s campaign director. Carville’s pithy quip, “It’s the economy, stupid,”  became the campaign’s de facto slogan. It functioned as a clever ruse to help Clinton beat Bush by pandering to workers and creating the impression that his policies would actually help them.[Read More…]

May 18, 2020 World
Reality in the Time of Covid-19

Reality in the Time of Covid-19

  First the good. There’s an outpouring of spontaneous actions, large and small, to feed the hungry, help the desperate, aid seniors, the economically afflicted. There is public art and and an endless steam of performances, gatherings and flash mobs on line. Mask Oakland distributes N95 Masks to the homeless. In Aurora Colorado, librarians assemble kits of essentials for seniors[Read More…]

May 18, 2020 World
Corona and Changes in Consciousness

Corona and Changes in Consciousness

  The State as a ‘conception’ or as an ‘imagination’ remained in the flux situation from 1648 to the second decade of the 21st century. Are we moving from ‘Westphalia’ to ‘Westfailure’? Susan Stranger excellently articulated this idea of “The West-failure System” in the finishing years of the 1990s, where she portrayed the negotiating situation of ‘State’ in modern times.[Read More…]

May 18, 2020 World
Washington places Cuba and Venezuela on “terror” list

Washington places Cuba and Venezuela on “terror” list

Less than two weeks after an abortive mercenary invasion aimed at overthrowing Venezuela’s government and murdering its president that was hatched by the Trump White House, the US State Department on Wednesday renewed it classification of the country as “not fully cooperating” with Washington’s global war on terrorism. Also added to the list was Cuba, whose embassy in Washington was[Read More…]

May 16, 2020 World
The Mouse Roars: Australia, China and a Coronavirus Independent Inquiry

The Mouse Roars: Australia, China and a Coronavirus Independent Inquiry

Australia matters little when it comes to international muscle.  It is the retainer and pretender of power, a middle-distance runner who runs out of puff on the final stride.  The big boys and girls look, agog. Why did you even bother?  In the recent international relations shouting match (for Australia, shouting; for China, sotto voce with a touch of menace),[Read More…]

May 16, 2020 World
Trump’s Lesser Economy 

Trump’s Lesser Economy 

How many times a day, and in how many different presentations, has President Donald Trump suddenly departed from script to exclaim, “This was the greatest economy we ever had, the greatest in the world, the greatest ever, and it all went down because of a pandemic?” A large part of the United States electorate has accepted this political statement, which[Read More…]

May 16, 2020 World
COVID-19: Past, Present, Future

COVID-19: Past, Present, Future

 COVID-19 is the latest in a long line of devastating zoonoses.  Unless we radically alter our behaviour, it won’t be the last.   SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, is one of a family of coronaviruses, named for the wreaths that ‘coronate’ them.  As of March 16, SARS-CoV-2 has infected 171,000 and killed 6,500.  SARS-CoV-2, first reported in China, is[Read More…]

May 15, 2020 World
Civil Societies issue statement calling for adequate measures for the vulnerable groups during Coronavirus pandemic

Civil Societies issue statement calling for adequate measures for the vulnerable groups during Coronavirus pandemic

The world faces an unprecedented moment of crisis. The Covid-19 pandemic is pushing humanity’s resilience to the limit and has vast impacts on the wider social, economic and environmental fabric of our world. The pandemic especially affects older people, people with disabilities, and those with underlying health conditions, and highlights the importance of a whole-of-society approach to deliver well-resourced health[Read More…]

May 15, 2020 World
What happened to ‘failed state’ thesis?

What happened to ‘failed state’ thesis?

The policy practitioners in the World Bank, OECD, and other development agencies used the term ‘fragile state’ during 1990s before using of the term ‘failed state’. The failure to provide security to the citizens, failure to provide public services including health and monopoly of state violence are three central components that define ‘failed state’. The incubation and spread of deadly[Read More…]

May 15, 2020 World
 Addendum to ICAN Report on World Nuclear Arms’ Spending

 Addendum to ICAN Report on World Nuclear Arms’ Spending

Only a day ago CounterCurrents.Org brought in a very informative article on world nuke spending to a tune of almost 73$ billion. While the entire humanity is facing a far worse survival crisis currently, one has to seriously ask how obscene such one spending is and for whose benefit. It is simply put, a bizarre veritable shame on civilised humanity,[Read More…]

May 15, 2020 World
 Who Is “Essential” to Our Covid-19 World

 Who Is “Essential” to Our Covid-19 World

A Military Spouse’s Perspective on Fighting This Pandemic “When he first came home, it was tough.” So Aleha, the wife of an airman in Colorado, told me. She was describing her family’s life since her husband, who lives with chronic depression, completed a partial hospitalization program and, in March, along with other members of his unit, entered a pandemic lockdown. He[Read More…]

May 14, 2020 World
U.S. is leading the global spending on nuclear weapons, says ICAN report

U.S. is leading the global spending on nuclear weapons, says ICAN report

The world’s nuclear powers are increasingly streaming money into their nuclear arsenals, and the U.S. is leading the trend, says a new report. The U.S. has also exited a major arms control treaty and deployed a new tactical weapon. The report – Enough is Enough: 2019 Global Nuclear Weapons Spending (May 2020) – by the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear[Read More…]

May 14, 2020 World
The capitalist as vampire in the time of Corona virus

The capitalist as vampire in the time of Corona virus

We are in the midst of a new mobility revolution, declared Mr Narendra Modi, Prime Minister, at the global mobility summit in New Delhi in 2018. The gentleman who waxed eloquent on mobility then was completely silent in his recent address to the nation about the misery of thousands of workers stranded , immobilised all over the country without shelter[Read More…]

May 14, 2020 World
The Liabilities of History: The Dangers of Pandemic Compensation

The Liabilities of History: The Dangers of Pandemic Compensation

Smug assertions of liability in history are often incautious things.  They constitute a fruit salad mix: assertions of the wishful thinkers; hopes of the crazed; the quest of genuinely aggrieved generations who feel that wrongs need to be rectified (the Elgin Marbles and transatlantic slavery come to mind).  Before you know it, the next historical act will require compensation, the[Read More…]

May 14, 2020 World
Regret, Guilt, Depression and Suicides Among the Traumatized Veterans of Iraq And Afghanistan War with Reference to the Indian Soldiers in Kashmir

Regret, Guilt, Depression and Suicides Among the Traumatized Veterans of Iraq And Afghanistan War with Reference to the Indian Soldiers in Kashmir

The story of Avtar, John, Nic and Others “What the f**k is going on in my mind? Last night I was sitting in bed and looked across the room to a chair in my room and there was a young girl covered in blood. What happened after that I don’t remember. I was told a full-scale panic attack. This is[Read More…]

May 14, 2020 World
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Cuba asks U.S for answers to the attack on its embassy in Washington DC

Cuba’s Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla has accused the U.S. government of criminal negligence because the attack on Cuba’s embassy in Washington DC could have been avoided. He has asked that the attacker’s links with anti-Cuban, Florida-based groups be investigated. “Twelve days after the attack, the State Department is complicit in silence and does not condemn the incident,” Rodriguez said, recalling[Read More…]

May 13, 2020 World
International Nurses Day: Remember The Real Heroes

International Nurses Day: Remember The Real Heroes

As the worldwide response to the novel corona virus (COVID-19) continues, nurses are working to assist the sick, quell community fears and address concerns. Nurses, the largest sector of healthcare workers in every country, play a pivotal role in preparation for a possible pandemic. Nurses account for more than half of all the world’s health workers, yet there is an[Read More…]

May 13, 2020 World
A new study from Brown University's Costs of War Project found that the U.S. "War on Terror" has killed half a million people in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. (Photo: Spc. Phillip McTaggart/Flickr/cc)

The Betrayal of the American Soldier

 “Every day is a copy of a copy of a copy.” That meme, from the moment when Edward Norton’s character in Fight Club offers a 1,000-yard stare at an office copy machine, captures this moment perfectly — at least for those of us removed from the front lines of the Covid-19 crisis. Isolated inside a Boston apartment, I typically sought new ways[Read More…]

May 12, 2020 World
The Sadness… Continues!!

The Sadness… Continues!!

For this writer there are events and incidents that transcend the usual causes of sadness for many of us. Yes, we all have a myriad of memories of sadness. Perhaps when a loved one or pet becomes ill or passes away. Perhaps when someone we love moves away from us, and we hurt from missing them. My earliest memory of[Read More…]

May 12, 2020 World
Understanding the Trajectory of Epidemics: From Political Economy and Historical Perspective 

Understanding the Trajectory of Epidemics: From Political Economy and Historical Perspective 

Recently history of a medical science professor Frank M. Snowden (who is emeritus professor at Yale University, USA) in his book, “Epidemics and Society: From the Black Death to the Present”, which appeared in 2019 has reminded that if we look at epidemics from the historical and political economy perspective view, most of the epidemics (like tuberculosis, plague, and Spanish[Read More…]

May 12, 2020 World
Trump responsible for deaths in U.S. and globally because of Covid-19 response, says Chomsky

Trump responsible for deaths in U.S. and globally because of Covid-19 response, says Chomsky

U.S. President Donald Trump is culpable for thousands of deaths in the U.S. and beyond due to his Covid-19 pandemic response, from making states deal with the crisis individually to cutting the World Health Organization (WHO) funding, Professor Noam Chomsky has said. The radical intellectual has said: Donald Trump has done it to boost his electoral prospects and line the[Read More…]

May 12, 2020 World
Humans are not herds: WHO thrashes brutal arithmetic of herd immunity to beat coronavirus pandemic

Humans are not herds: WHO thrashes brutal arithmetic of herd immunity to beat coronavirus pandemic

In the absence of a vaccine, the increasingly discussed idea of beating the coronavirus pandemic through achieving so-called herd immunity could be a disastrous miscalculation, a senior World Health Organization (WHO) official has warned. “This is a really dangerous, dangerous calculation,” Michael Ryan, head of the WHO’s health emergencies program, said at a briefing on Monday. “Humans are not herds,”[Read More…]

May 12, 2020 World
Living Together In Peace

Living Together In Peace

Against the institution of war The United Nations has designated the 16th of May as a day devoted to Living Together in Peace. It therefore seems appropriate to mark this day by discussing the reasons why war must be eliminated as a human institution. Science and technology are double-edged As we start the 21st century and the new millennium, our[Read More…]

May 12, 2020 World
Zooming the death of teachers and teaching as a profession

Zooming the death of teachers and teaching as a profession

In search of profit, the growth of managerialism and marketisation of education crippled the abilities of teachers and destroyed institutions of learning all over the world. The managerialist revolution in education is designed to transform education as a commodity for sale by privatisation. The processes of commodification and privatisation of education is central to the principles of market in education[Read More…]

May 12, 2020 World
Pivot To Peace Must Replace US Pivot To War With China

Pivot To Peace Must Replace US Pivot To War With China

Co-Written by Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers The Trump administration, in seeking to divert attention from its bungled response to the COVID-19 pandemic and mishandling of the economic collapse, is escalating the bipartisan anti-China policy, which has a long history. This increases the potential of military conflict and economic war between our countries. President Trump is making both a global[Read More…]

May 12, 2020 World
 Can We Simultaneously Oppose Bayer/Monsanto’s Biotechnology and Support Cuba’s Interferon Alpha 2B?

 Can We Simultaneously Oppose Bayer/Monsanto’s Biotechnology and Support Cuba’s Interferon Alpha 2B?

Genetically engineered crops are a form of food imperialism.  This technology allows mega-corporations like Bayer/Monsanto to patent seeds, lure farmers into buying them with visions of high yields, and then destroy the ability of small farmers to survive. Genetic engineering produces an artificial combination of plant traits which often results in foods with less nutritional value while introducing health problems[Read More…]

May 12, 2020 World
 Coronavirus, Farmers and More

 Coronavirus, Farmers and More

The same problem exists in the USA as in India and other countries. Farmers are dumping huge amounts of their produce back in the fields. A pig farmer in America is considering just killing off her pigs since they can’t go to a slaughterhouse and to markets. I saw about this farmer problem happening in various newsfeeds in MA, USA[Read More…]

May 12, 2020 World
Social Media In COVID Times

Social Media In COVID Times

  The world is going through very tough days and facing lots of difficulties due to the outbreak of coronavirus, which is also known as the COVID19 outbreak in china last December. Slowly or gradually, it reached the rest part of the world and kept the world under lockdown. In these tough days, the only social media is helping people[Read More…]

May 12, 2020 World
COVID-19 Pandemic: This is the time for bold programs from the left to help the people: an interview with Fred Magdoff

COVID-19 Pandemic: This is the time for bold programs from the left to help the people: an interview with Fred Magdoff

Fred Magdoff, Professor Emeritus of plant and soil science at the University of Vermont and author of many articles and books on ecology, agriculture and economy, frequent Monthly Review contributor and closely associated with struggles of the working people, discusses the coronavirus pandemic in light of capitalism and agriculture in the following interview conducted on April 2, 2020 by Farooque[Read More…]

May 11, 2020 World
Crisis bites Saudi Arabia: VAT tripled and state allowances cut

Crisis bites Saudi Arabia: VAT tripled and state allowances cut

Saudi Arabia announced a slew of austerity measures to cope with the fiscal impact of the coronavirus pandemic and oil price rout, tripling its value-added tax (VAT) and cutting allowances for government workers. The steps taken to shore up revenue and rationalize spending are valued at about 100 billion riyals ($26.6 billion) in total, according to the official Saudi Press[Read More…]

May 11, 2020 World
Protesting Afghans demand food aid, gunfire kills 6

Protesting Afghans demand food aid, gunfire kills 6

A shootout erupted on Saturday at a protest in western Afghanistan by residents demanding economic assistance, leading to the deaths of at least six people including a local reporter and two police officers, officials said. The reporter has been identified as local volunteer radio presenter Ahmadkhan Nawid, according to the Afghanistan Journalists’ Centre. The protesters were demanding relief after weeks[Read More…]

May 11, 2020 World
Syria’s Northeast Camps

Syria’s Northeast Camps

Tens of thousands of Syrian and non-Syrian families, who are affiliated with the members of the Islamic State, pose a daunting challenge for the Syria’s northeast. These families live in camps, such as al-Houl and Ain Essa, which have evolved from a few tents in a muddy field into a sprawling grid of shops, cafeterias, falafel stands, schools, clinics, mosques,[Read More…]

May 11, 2020 World
Teaching Across an Abyss of Silence

Teaching Across an Abyss of Silence

Do you hear that silence? That’s the absence of footsteps echoing through our nation’s public school hallways. It’s the silence of teaching in a virtual space populated with students on mute who lack a physical presence. It’s the crushing silence of those who are now missing, who can’t attend the classroom that Zoom and Google built. Maybe you heard the[Read More…]

May 11, 2020 World
Patriotic Vaccines: The Divided Coronavirus Cause

Patriotic Vaccines: The Divided Coronavirus Cause

When it comes to the politics of medicine and disease, the United States has always attempted to steal the limelight, while adding the now faded colouring of universal human welfare.  In 1965, Washington pledged financial and technical support to the international effort to eradicate smallpox, though the initiative had initially been spurred by the Soviet Union at the behest of[Read More…]

May 11, 2020 World
The Shortcomings of our Slow in Coming Modernity

The Shortcomings of our Slow in Coming Modernity

The empty stare we have been projecting onto the outside world ever since SARS-Cov 2 invited itself into our life is pretty disconcerting. Although spring is here, and it is perfect, with no sign of a cataclysm like the ones we experienced in the past (drought, flood, famine, war), we do not seem to take notice of it, let alone[Read More…]

May 10, 2020 World
COVID 19: Australia’s Anti-China Rhetoric Risks its Economic Recovery

COVID 19: Australia’s Anti-China Rhetoric Risks its Economic Recovery

Mr. Scott Morrison, the Prime Minister of Australia ought to be applauded for his remarkable leadership for mobilisation of best scientific advice and pursuing coherent federal/state policies and enlisting trust and cooperation of ordinary Australians, in tackling the COVID 19 crisis so successfully. By now, spread of the deadly virus in most parts of the country has come to a[Read More…]

May 10, 2020 World
Sahel’s Desert War

Sahel’s Desert War

 The black flag of the Islamic State is flying on the frontlines of Sahel, on the southern bounds of the Sahara. It has been over seven years since international forces of France, United Nations, United States, and G5 Sahel Joint Force have tried to stop the Jihadism spreading. So far they have failed in their efforts, as the allies are[Read More…]

May 10, 2020 World
COVID-19: Welcome to the World of New Age Geopolitics

COVID-19: Welcome to the World of New Age Geopolitics

But, after all, shadows themselves are born of light. And only he who has experienced dawn and dusk, war and peace, ascent and decline, only he has truly lived. Stefan Zweig —The World of Yesterday, 1941 2020 is turning out to be one of the most challenging years since the end of the Second World War.  A coming disruption for[Read More…]

May 10, 2020 World
War That Has Divided Yemen

War That Has Divided Yemen

As Southern Transitional Council has declared self rule in the southeast part of the country, a north – south regional divide once again has come to the forefront. Now, it seems likely that there will be new conflicts emerging, not only within warring sections in the country, but also involving Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Iran, signaling a proxy[Read More…]

May 9, 2020 World
COVID-19 and The New York Times as Ideological Gatekeeper

COVID-19 and The New York Times as Ideological Gatekeeper

“Accumulate, accumulate! That is Moses and the prophets.” — Karl Marx I’ve been negligent in failing to acknowledge my gratitude to op-ed writers at the New York Times for their frequent doses of insidious misinformation which demand disassembling and refutation. They didn’t disappoint on May 5, 2020. In the lead op-ed, “Will We Get Used to the Dying?” Editor-at-Large Charlie[Read More…]

May 9, 2020 World
UK government covers up PPE shortages leading to health care worker deaths

UK government covers up PPE shortages leading to health care worker deaths

Inquests into the deaths of National Health Service (NHS) workers from COVID-19 will be barred from addressing government failures in providing adequate personal protective equipment (PPE). Mark Lucraft QC, the chief coroner for England and Wales, issued guidance at the end of April stating that “an inquest would not be a satisfactory means of deciding whether adequate general policies and[Read More…]

May 8, 2020 World
Spending COVID Time In Norway And USA!

Spending COVID Time In Norway And USA!

Donald Trump is not a president. He can’t even play one on TV. He’s a corrupt and dangerous braggart with ill-concealed aspirations for a Crown and, with an election coming up, he’s been monopolizing prime time every day, spouting self-congratulation and misinformation. (No, don’t inject that Lysol!) His never-ending absurd performances play out as farce against the tragic background of the Covid-19[Read More…]

May 7, 2020 World
Tara Reade, the Democrats and Joe Biden’s Woman Problem

Tara Reade, the Democrats and Joe Biden’s Woman Problem

The Me Too movement was meant to be more than a howl or rage with a trending hash tag.  It was a surge that threatened to pulverise all before it, arming accusers with weapons of merit and disarming predators who had, for decades, acted in beastly fashion from positions of power.  It did net some mighty scalps and also, at[Read More…]

May 7, 2020 World
EU economy will contract 7.5% this year in worst economic shock since Great Depression

EU economy will contract 7.5% this year in worst economic shock since Great Depression

The coronavirus pandemic will plunge most of Europe into its worst recession since the 1930s, according to a grim forecast released by the European Commission (EC). Brussels has had to abandon any hope of growth for both the EU and euro area in 2020, as the economies are set to contract by 7.5 and 7.75 percent respectively, according to this[Read More…]

May 7, 2020 World
Trump Must Be Defeated!

Trump Must Be Defeated!

Trump Threatens the future of human civilization There is so much wrong with Donald Trump that one hardly knows where to start. He is a bully, braggart, narcicist, racist, mysogenist, habitual liar, and tax evader, in addition to being demonstrably ignorant. He has contempt for both domestic and international law, as well as for the US Constitution. However, it is[Read More…]

May 6, 2020 World
New Delhi, May 04 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi attends the 'Non-Aligned Movement' Summit via video conferencing, in New Delhi on Monday. (ANI Photo)

Non-Aligned Movement Virtual Summit

The Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) Virtual Summit “United against COVID-19” was held on Monday, May 4, via videoconference. Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev chaired the NAM summit. The meeting took place in the format of the Contact Group, which includes regional representatives. The Republic of Azerbaijan convoked the meeting as president of the Movement for the period 2019-2022, given the need for[Read More…]

May 6, 2020 World
Propaganda 4.0

Propaganda 4.0

Co-Written  by Thomas Klikauer and Nadine Campbell Ever since the Catholic Church gave the world propaganda in its Congregation for the Propagation of the Faith (Congregatio de Propaganda Fide) in the year 1622, propaganda has been with us. The triumph of populist propaganda has been shown in the USA with the election of Donald Trump. As in the USA, right-wing[Read More…]

May 6, 2020 World
Cuba, The most caring country in the world  “punished” with a blockade for over 59 years!

Cuba, The most caring country in the world  “punished” with a blockade for over 59 years!

Cuban Doctors, photo Cubadebate Cuba has carried out more than 600,000 internationalist missions in 164 countries. Cuba has been at the forefront when it comes to fraternally assisting other countries in need, without ever interfering in the internal affairs of any of these countries. With more than 1.7 billion medical examinations, 12.5 million surgical interventions and just as many vaccinations[Read More…]

May 6, 2020 World
This Summer We’ll Hear the Silencin’ / 70K Dead in the USA (and Counting)

This Summer We’ll Hear the Silencin’ / 70K Dead in the USA (and Counting)

Photo by John Epic taken outside Kansas’ 1st District Congress member @RogerMarshallMD’s office in Salina, Kansas, May 4 Yesterday, May 4, marked the 50th Anniversary of the Kent State University Massacre in Ohio, when the U.S. National Guard showered bullets into young anti-Vietnam war protestors killing four and wounding nine. According to David Paul Kuhn, author of The Hardhat Riot:[Read More…]

May 6, 2020 World
Swiss environmentalists demand green recovery after the coronavirus pandemic

Swiss environmentalists demand green recovery after the coronavirus pandemic

Environmental activists delivered a petition to a special session of the Swiss parliament on Monday demanding that a government aid package should promote a “green recovery” from the coronavirus crisis. More than 22,000 people signed the petition demanding that support for companies in sectors with large greenhouse gas emissions like aviation be tied to reducing their environmental impact. Campaigners said[Read More…]

May 5, 2020 World
Invasion foiled in Venezuela

Invasion foiled in Venezuela

Venezuelan authorities have foiled a raid by “foreign mercenaries” trying to reach the anti-imperialist country. The first aim of the failed mercenary incursion into Venezuela was assassinating the country’s President Nicolas Maduro. The mercenaries tried to reach the Latin American country by sea to launch terrorist attacks and assassinate government officials. Venezuela’s Interior Minister Nestor Reverol said in a televised[Read More…]

May 5, 2020 World
 Hubris, Chutzpah and the United States : Covid-19 and treading the thin ice of American Individualism

 Hubris, Chutzpah and the United States : Covid-19 and treading the thin ice of American Individualism

The world watches in stupefaction as the numbers of those infected and dead in the US has continued to grow at an alarming rate.  The superpower is on its knees. A pandemic that has cost it millions of jobs and unheard of breadlines that stretch for miles. The first world wonder that spearheaded the world’s green revolution, whose farmers “feed[Read More…]

May 5, 2020 World
Pandemic Revisionism: The George W. Bush Whitewash

Pandemic Revisionism: The George W. Bush Whitewash

“Our enemies are innovative and resourceful.  And so are we.  They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people.  And neither do we.” President George W. Bush, Aug. 5, 2004 Hatred is disorientating, and becomes, over time, a form of enduring fanaticism.  The attacks on US President Donald Trump tend to fall into this camp. [Read More…]

May 5, 2020 World
 Trump Must Choose Between a Global Ceasefire and America’s Long Lost Wars 

 Trump Must Choose Between a Global Ceasefire and America’s Long Lost Wars 

Co-Written by Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J S Davies As of May 1, there were 7,145 cases of COVID-19 in the US military, with more falling sick every day.  Credit: Military Times As President Trump has complained, the U.S. does not win wars anymore. In fact, since 1945, the only 4 wars it has won were over the small neocolonial[Read More…]

May 5, 2020 World
Global coronavirus cases pass 3.5 million

Global coronavirus cases pass 3.5 million

Global coronavirus, officially COVID-19, cases has passed 3.5 million while deaths have topped 247,000. The U.S. has the most coronavirus deaths in the world at more 67,600, a number that rose 1,450 over the 24 hours to Sunday evening. Deliberately concealed outbreaks, low testing rates and the severe strain the disease has placed on health care systems mean the true[Read More…]

May 4, 2020 World
The Coronavirus Crisis: A Plea To Pause And Power

The Coronavirus Crisis: A Plea To Pause And Power

Dr Chandra Muzaffar, President of the International Movement for a Just World (JUST), Malaysia makes a presentation on COVID-19 pandemic THE CORONAVIRUS CRISIS : A PLEA TO PAUSE AND PONDERWatch this video on YouTube SIGN UP FOR COUNTERCURRENTS DAILY NEWS LETTER  

May 4, 2020 World
Beware the Pentagon’s Pandemic Profiteers

Beware the Pentagon’s Pandemic Profiteers

At this moment of unprecedented crisis, you might think that those not overcome by the economic and mortal consequences of the coronavirus would be asking, “What can we do to help?” A few companies have indeed pivoted to making masks and ventilators for an overwhelmed medical establishment. Unfortunately, when it comes to the top officials of the Pentagon and the CEOs running[Read More…]

May 4, 2020 World
The ‘ White Makes Right’ Continuance

The ‘ White Makes Right’ Continuance

In September of 1962 James Meredith, a 28 Year old Air Force veteran, and proud black man, enrolled in the segregated University of Mississippi. All hell literally broke loose. In David Talbot’s great look at the Kennedy years, aptly entitled Brothers ( 2007 ), we see how JFK and RFK had to deal with a revise of a Civil War[Read More…]

May 4, 2020 World
Libya’s War Heading Towards More Uncertainty

Libya’s War Heading Towards More Uncertainty

April 2020 marks one year since Khalifa Haftar launched an offensive towards Tripoli to expel its Government of National Accord (GNA). Seen as the next Gaddafi, by many, it was believed that he launched the campaign last year in desperation, as not doing so could have brought his political and military demise. The offensive left more than thousand fighters dead[Read More…]

May 3, 2020 World
A Friendly Note on the virus

A Friendly Note on the virus

Please do not think that this is a note which supports the virus in any way but it is examining the behaviour of the virus differently in different contexts and the changes or status quo that it brought on humans. Various hypotheses are already going around regarding the virus which actually made the writing of this note a bit cumbersome[Read More…]

May 3, 2020 World
Post-Covid-19 Needs-based Economy, Zero Emissions, UBI, Green New Deal & Free University Education

Post-Covid-19 Needs-based Economy, Zero Emissions, UBI, Green New Deal & Free University Education

Comprehensive social distancing and economic lockdown measures required to suppress Covid-19 have been associated with rapid socialism-style adoption of a needs-based economy (essential services), a decrease in carbon fuel burning and  air pollution, a widened social safety net, and on-line learning. Post-Covid-19 one envisages a socialist needs-based economy, zero emissions, universal basic income (UBI) , a Green New Deal (GND)[Read More…]

May 3, 2020 World
Venezuelans, and especially the elderly, have been encouraged to wear facemasks when out and about, and to try to stay home where possible. Photo: @jacoli44 / Twitter

Bolivia vs Venezuela: COVID-19 response reveals true nature of governments

Government responses to the COVID-19 pandemic have put into sharp relief their true nature. This is perhaps no more evident than when we compare Bolivia and Venezuela. Despite having been installed as “interim” president after a coup last November, Jeanine Anez is presented in the media as leading Bolivia’s “transition back to democracy”. On the other hand, Venezuelan president Nicolas[Read More…]

May 3, 2020 World
 Policy exigencies for good food, work, housing and health

 Policy exigencies for good food, work, housing and health

The COVID-19 virus has global spread. The whole world is dealing with the monumental crisis. Urban centres have turned into ghost towns. The pandemic has brought to the fore policy loopholes and failures. People all over the world are looking for surviving through the lockdown. Basics of food, shelter and health are historically underlined. Work has seized. The realization of[Read More…]

May 3, 2020 World
The Inevitable Coronavirus Censorship Crisis is Here

The Inevitable Coronavirus Censorship Crisis is Here

 As the Covid-19 crisis progresses, censorship programs advance, amid calls for China-style control of the Internet (Today is World Press Freedom Day, proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in December 1993, following the recommendation of UNESCO’s General Conference. US and India claim to be democracies with flourishing media freedom, while blaming China.. Countercurrents Collective published a series of articles how[Read More…]

May 3, 2020 World
Romance Is the New Realism: Eugene Debs and the Age of Corona

Romance Is the New Realism: Eugene Debs and the Age of Corona

In this pandemic-era, it has become increasingly clear that we are only as healthy as the least insured—hence the poorest—in our society. Eugene Debs delivering a speech in Chicago in 1912. “I can see the dawn of the better day for humanity,” the famous socialist leader once said. “The people are awakening. In due time they will and must come[Read More…]

May 3, 2020 World
COVID-19, Scientific Temper and Governance

COVID-19, Scientific Temper and Governance

COVID-19 has come to us in 2020 where the world leaders, with a few exceptions, lack a 20-20 vision as well as the scientific temper that goes in with such a vision. To understand history, it is at times necessary to imagine what might have happened. Such counter-factual arguments often help us to understand better what did happen in the[Read More…]

May 2, 2020 World
My interview with Covid-19

My interview with Covid-19

ARA: Well Mr Covid-19, it is said that you are born and brought up in Wuhan. Covid-19: I don’t know exactly. Some say I was created by Zionists to reduce the world population. There is also an opinion that CIA has launched me to destroy Chinese economy, whereas USA blames that a Chinese lab has fathered me as a biological[Read More…]

May 2, 2020 World
Brutal Choices: Anders Tegnell and Sweden’s Herd Immunity Goal

Brutal Choices: Anders Tegnell and Sweden’s Herd Immunity Goal

If the title of epidemiological czar were to be created, its first occupant would have to be Sweden’s Anders Tegnell.  He has held sway in the face of sceptics and concern that his “herd immunity” approach to COVID-19 is a dangerous, and breathtakingly cavalier approach, to public health.  Tegnell T-shirts featuring him as a medieval liberator are available for purchase;[Read More…]

May 2, 2020 World
A May Day with A Difference

A May Day with A Difference

The month of May travels me to the path of nostalgia as because I got married on a May day. I, along with my bridal party had to travel on a long bumpy road to wed my fiancé on the day of the ceremony. That’s a sweet recollection for me. And, May is also the month of May Day- International[Read More…]

May 1, 2020 World
May Day In COVID-19

May Day In COVID-19

  The Indian working class must uphold Proletarian Internationalism while rededicating itself to the struggle for People’s Democracy and Socialism in the country This May Day comes at a time when the entire world is struggling against the pandemic unleashed by the Covid 19 virus over the last 4 months. It is a fact that this pandemic is of a[Read More…]

May 1, 2020 World
May Day in this pandemic-time

May Day in this pandemic-time

Deaths, pain, starvation and uncertainty overshadow the working people in this May Day. The world’s working classes witness the world capitalist system’s inefficiency and failure as the current pandemic ravages countries. Reports from every country tell the same story: following deaths, uncertainty and hunger are haunting the working classes. The number of the unemployed is surging in countries. Major economies[Read More…]

May 1, 2020 World
ODNI , the clearinghouse for the web of U.S. spy agencies, debunks conspiracy theory on COVID-19

ODNI , the clearinghouse for the web of U.S. spy agencies, debunks conspiracy theory on COVID-19

USA Intelligence Community Statement on Origins of COVID-19 News Release, For Immediate Release ODNI News Release No. 11-20,  April 30, 2020 WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI)  today issued the following Intelligence Community (IC) statement: “The entire Intelligence Community has been consistently providing critical support to U.S. policymakers and those responding to the COVID-19 virus,[Read More…]

May 1, 2020 World
The Assassin-in-Chief Comes Home

The Assassin-in-Chief Comes Home

“Be assured of one thing: whichever candidate you choose at the polls in November, you aren’t just electing a president of the United States; you are also electing an assassin-in-chief.” So I wrote back in June 2012, with a presidential election approaching. I was referring then to the war on terror’s CIA and military drone assassination programs, which first revved up in[Read More…]

May 1, 2020 World
Cold War Of Trump/Navarro Vs China: More Dangerous Than COVID-19

Cold War Of Trump/Navarro Vs China: More Dangerous Than COVID-19

It is getting ugly, extremely ugly. It is increasingly looking like a war – at least a new ‘cold’, ideological war. But in the shadow of COVID-19, it goes almost unnoticed. The blind horseman, who hates China intuitively, without knowing hardly anything about it, is leading the pack, pushing his president into a confrontation with the most populous country on[Read More…]

May 1, 2020 World
Taliban Peace Talks

Taliban Peace Talks

 In February 2020, the United States signed a peace deal with Taliban in Qatar, and set to withdraw its forces from Afghanistan, in following fourteen months, provided Taliban upheld the conditions of the agreement, including distancing itself from Al-Qaeda. The U.S. said that it was also committed to close its five military bases, within one hundred thirty five days, and[Read More…]

May 1, 2020 World
COVID-19 Infection Crosses 3 Million

COVID-19 Infection Crosses 3 Million

The number of global cases of coronavirus infection reached 3.22 Million while the global number of deaths reached 227,420. U.S. coronavirus deaths pass 60,000 The Covid-19 death toll in the U.S. has passed 60,000 on Wednesday, according to Johns Hopkins University. The deaths are now above the figure predicted by the latest model used by Dr Anthony Fauci, U.S. President[Read More…]

April 30, 2020 World
COVID 19: The Crisis, Leadership and the State

COVID 19: The Crisis, Leadership and the State

New Zealand Prime Minister comforting a Muslim woman in the aftermath of the mosque massacre in Auckland, New Zealand in 2019 As of April 30, 2020, there were 3 018 952 confirmed and 207 973 deaths globally[3] and counting though  Australia’s Chief Health Officer speculates that given that these numbers cover only those who have been clinically tested and recorded[Read More…]

April 30, 2020 World
How Trump orders sacrifice workers’ lives, under a Defence Act

How Trump orders sacrifice workers’ lives, under a Defence Act

President Donald Trump has ordered meat processing plants to stay open to protect the nation’s food supply amid the coronavirus pandemic                                —  BBC Report dated April 29. An estimated 3,300 US meatpacking workers have been diagnosed with coronavirus and 20 have died. BBC reported:  He invoked a Korean War-era law from the 1950s to mandate that the plants continue to[Read More…]

April 30, 2020 World
The Science, Arts and Politics of COVID

The Science, Arts and Politics of COVID

Co-Written by K Rajasekharan Nayar, Muhammed Shaffi & Anant Kumar When human beings face uncertainties, they invent justifications to overcome the anxieties that accompany them. The COVID pandemic is especially characterized by such a phenomenon which affected not just ordinary people but even the scientists and  governments. The science of the infection played a major role in shaping our response[Read More…]

April 30, 2020 World
Post- Pandemic Global Concerns! Geopolitics, not global cooperation, holds sway !

Post- Pandemic Global Concerns! Geopolitics, not global cooperation, holds sway !

                                           With COVID-19 pandemic almost convulsing the whole world, global cooperation and a collective response seems indispensable to negotiate multiple challenges arising out of this unpardonable enemy. The challenges that range from threats to public health, economic recovery, food security,[Read More…]

April 30, 2020 World
Gods of the Sky

Gods of the Sky

An interesting film to watch is Gavin Hood’s 2015 Eye in the Sky. It captures the tremendous tension of a joint US/UK drone missile ‘ Kill ‘ mission in Kenya. The movie had to make the targeted terrorist cell look extremely dangerous. The two most dangerous ones were a British citizen working hand in hand with her Al Qaeda type[Read More…]

April 30, 2020 World
Hating Arabs as a Common Ground: Why Israel’s Coalition Government is Likely to Survive

Hating Arabs as a Common Ground: Why Israel’s Coalition Government is Likely to Survive

Shortly after an agreement to form a “national emergency government” in Israel, leader of the Blue and White (Kahol Lavan) party, Benny Gantz, tweeted triumphantly that ‘democracy’ in Israel has been ‘safeguarded’. But how is a deal that would grant Israel’s right-wing Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, a veto power over the very judicial system which will determine his fate, a[Read More…]

April 30, 2020 World
Global Arms Race

Global Arms Race

In mid April 2020, a report issued by the United States State Department called “Adherence to and Compliance with Arms Control, Nonproliferation, and Disarmament Agreements and Commitments (Compliance Report)” raised concerns that China might be conducting nuclear tests with low yields at its Lop Nur site, in violation of its Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) undertakings. The U.S. report also[Read More…]

April 28, 2020 World
World should have ‘listened carefully’ to WHO coronavirus advice back in January, says director-general

World should have ‘listened carefully’ to WHO coronavirus advice back in January, says director-general

As more than three million cases of Covid-19 have been recorded worldwide, more than 210,000 people have died, and both the World Health Organization (WHO) and world leaders face criticism for mishandling the coronavirus, officially Covid-19, pandemic, the WHO director-general claimed: Countries that ignored the WHO’s advice at the end of January have been less successful in tackling the Covid-19[Read More…]

April 28, 2020 World
Cease arms race and invest more on health, Corona’s message to world leaders

Cease arms race and invest more on health, Corona’s message to world leaders

The world is going through difficult times, as one of its kind in century, Corona virus has hit the earth with all its might, claiming more than 211,768 lives and infecting over 3,073,603 World over. Forget about developing and third world countries that lack proper health infrastructure to cater the infected patient population, but developed countries like United States of[Read More…]

April 28, 2020 World
COVID-19’s Economic Holocaust

COVID-19’s Economic Holocaust

Co-Written  by Richard Gale and Gary Null PhD For all the uncertainties the COVID-19 pandemic poses to the world, especially in the US, one thing seems evident.  Our neoliberal capitalist civilization has proven itself to be unprepared for unexpected crises and catastrophes. For decades, the US has been falling behind other developed nations to infuse economic resiliency in society. Not[Read More…]

April 28, 2020 World
It Can’t Happen Here? The Roots Run Deep!

It Can’t Happen Here? The Roots Run Deep!

Sinclair Lewis wrote an important novel in 1935, It Can’t Happen Here. In the fictitious book, based on the threats at the time of fascism taking root in the USA, we see how this virus spread. As with Philip Roth’s 2004 novel The Plot Against America we see how Charles Lindbergh’s leadership in the America First movement of the 1930s[Read More…]

April 28, 2020 World
The ‘silent spring’ again: Where have all the people gone?

The ‘silent spring’ again: Where have all the people gone?

In 1962, Rachel Carson wrote the book named ‘Silent Spring’ which influenced lots of academics and environmentalists also leading to environmental movements in the US and elsewhere against human onslaughts on nature.  It appeared a romantic view on environment but highlighted the negative impacts of the pesticide use in agriculture and generated debates especially when the world was trying to[Read More…]

April 28, 2020 World
PHM Condemns US Halt on Funding to WHO

PHM Condemns US Halt on Funding to WHO

The COVID-19 pandemic, as on April 20, has infected more than 2.3 million individuals and led to over 160,000 deaths across the globe. These are indeed trying times for the entire global community. The People’s Health Movement unequivocally denounces this move by the US Trump Administration to defund World Health Organisation (WHO) and calls for building global solidarity to address[Read More…]

April 28, 2020 World
COVID-19: World death toll surpasses 206,000

COVID-19: World death toll surpasses 206,000

More than 206,000 people have died from the coronavirus pandemic, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. More than Over 2.9 million people worldwide have tested positive. In the U.S., more than 54,000 people have died, while there have been over 950,000 confirmed cases. U.S. President Trump’s economic adviser said the U.S. jobless rates from the coronavirus crisis would be[Read More…]

April 27, 2020 World
Syrian air defenses down several Israeli missiles over Damascus

Syrian air defenses down several Israeli missiles over Damascus

Syrian missile defenses responded to an attack by Israeli warplanes, intercepting several missiles over Damascus launched from Lebanese airspace, Syria’s SANA news agency reported. A video found online purportedly showed the Syrian missile shield being activated to shoot down missiles, reportedly fired by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) from Lebanese airspace. There have been unconfirmed reports that at least three[Read More…]

April 27, 2020 World
Rising Piracy in Gulf of Guinea

Rising Piracy in Gulf of Guinea

Gulf of Guinea continues to be world’s most dangerous route for international shipping trade. Called as ‘world piracy hotspot’, it has now eclipsed the troubled waters off Somalia in the Horn of Africa, by becoming a new epicenter for piracy, looting and kidnappings. According to International Maritime Bureau, almost eighty two percent of maritime kidnappings in the world occurred in[Read More…]

April 27, 2020 World
Soldiers question an indigenous woman on the way to buy food. Photo: TeleSUR

COVID-19 crisis: Bolivia’s Movement Towards Socialism says #PutLivesFirst

Given the exponentially rising death toll from COVID-19 and the devastating social and economic effects of brutal lockdowns, what could a humane and progressive response to the global pandemic look like? This is what Bolivia’s Movement Towards Socialism (MAS) has sought to outline in #PutLivesFirst, its detailed and comprehensive plan for tackling COVID-19 and its social and economic impacts. The[Read More…]

April 27, 2020 World
The World Leadership Trophy: The Winner’s Prize in the Virus-Killer Race

The World Leadership Trophy: The Winner’s Prize in the Virus-Killer Race

Historically, in hyper-crises, local and global systems can change fundamentally. Before the coronavirus pandemic hit first China and then the rest of the globe, the question of whether the American imperial era might be faltering was already on the table, amid that country’s endless wars and with the world’s most capricious leader. When humanity emerges from this devastating crisis of[Read More…]

April 27, 2020 World
Is this a Trump Epidemic in the United States?    

Is this a Trump Epidemic in the United States?    

Although President Trump, in his daily press conferences, attempts to show that his administration is succeeding in containing the epidemic, the April 22, 2020 report from https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/#countries demonstrated the opposite — the United States had 1/3 of the Corona Virus cases and 1/4 of the corona virus deaths worldwide. Could the response be more catastrophic?   TOTAL CASES TOTAL DEATHS[Read More…]

April 27, 2020 World
Will the Coronavirus Change the World? On Gramsci’s ‘Interregnum’ and Zizek’s Ethnocentric Philosophy 

Will the Coronavirus Change the World? On Gramsci’s ‘Interregnum’ and Zizek’s Ethnocentric Philosophy 

Co-Written by  Ramzy Baroud and Romana Rubeo The prophecies are here and it is a foregone conclusion: the post-coronavirus world will look fundamentally different from anything that we have seen or experienced, at least since the end of World War II. Even before the ‘curve flattened’ in many countries that have experienced high death tolls – let alone economic devastation[Read More…]

April 27, 2020 World
Deja vu: another bail out for banks and other giant corporations

Deja vu: another bail out for banks and other giant corporations

The name of the latest enormous transfer of wealth to the one percent, the CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) Act, represents a public relations coup. Unsurprisingly, this great sounding title misrepresents the bill’s contents. Pattern of transferring wealth upward Unfortunately, this bill is essentially a repeat of the bailout of Wall Street during the Great Recession that further[Read More…]

April 27, 2020 World
Clash of the Titans: Tragedy of Great Power Politics and Soft Power, the Means to Success in World Power Politics

Clash of the Titans: Tragedy of Great Power Politics and Soft Power, the Means to Success in World Power Politics

Introduction International relations academia shaped by many schools of thoughts and different schools of ideologies. The evaluation process of the field dominated by these ideological groups and different school of thoughts in altered time frames. These groups describe the phenomenon of International System based on their straightforward aspirations, because of that the field itself found ambiguous and complicated to define.[Read More…]

April 26, 2020 World
Militarization and Deployment of the Panopticon amid Coronavirus Outbreak

Militarization and Deployment of the Panopticon amid Coronavirus Outbreak

The Panopticon Gaze, that was once a metaphor to study the relation between system of fabricated social control of civilians in a disciplinary situation, is now a global reality amid the Coronavirus outbreak, and is being deployed by the government worldwide to supervise every movement of its citizens. The result of this deployed surveillance has led to a social acceptance[Read More…]

April 26, 2020 World
Despots and Disease: Gossiping over Kim Jong-Un

Despots and Disease: Gossiping over Kim Jong-Un

Illness can often fall into the category of the obsessive, becoming a sport for mugs, sufferers and observers alike.  The following often feature: the hypochondriac, the speculator of disease, the gossip about how far gone a person is who has contracted something or rather.  When it comes to tyrants, such speculation becomes a thrill of sorts, with rich lashings of[Read More…]

April 26, 2020 World
Coronavirus: Why aren’t the Italians singing anymore?

Coronavirus: Why aren’t the Italians singing anymore?

At the beginning of the COVID-19 epidemic, a few weeks ago, Italians seemed to have found a moment of national unity when the country’s lockdown began March 9. Everyone understood that it was a difficult moment, but took it as a challenge to fight the virus together. Italian flags were hung from windows and people sang from their balconies and windows. More[Read More…]

April 25, 2020 World
Jeff Bezos, Philanthropy, and Exploited Amazon workers

Jeff Bezos, Philanthropy, and Exploited Amazon workers

The ending of my Countercurrents article published on April 20, did not sit well with some people including my daughter. The reason being that I had mentioned Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos donating $100 million to nonprofit Feeding America that helps food banks across the country to feed families in need. “Even in ordinary times, food insecurity in American households is[Read More…]

April 25, 2020 World
Trump’s Coronavirus War Against the American People

Trump’s Coronavirus War Against the American People

At almost every step of the way, Trump has helped cause the coronavirus to spread and obstructed medical supplies from reaching places in need. It amounts to an undeclared war by the US president on his own country. Vacating his role as national leader, President Donald Trump had instructed the states to acquire their own ventilators and PPE. Then his[Read More…]

April 25, 2020 World
Conversation with a Typical “Liberal” Indian-American

Conversation with a Typical “Liberal” Indian-American

Me: Did you see the latest news on Trump. Crazy times. Such anti-immigrant hysterics. Incredible racism rearing its ugly head. TLIA: Seriously. My cousin from India applied for a Green Card and it’s going to take a long time now, it may not even happen. He’s super successful and wants to build a business here. Trump is so racist it[Read More…]

April 25, 2020 World
COVID-19 : World death toll passes 190,000

COVID-19 : World death toll passes 190,000

On Friday, according to AFP, the number of people who have lost their lives to the COVID-19, passed 190,000 and continues to rise. There is some cause for hope that the tide may be about to turn as testing capabilities grow worldwide and human trials for a vaccine get underway. The AFP reports that a total of 190,089 people passed[Read More…]

April 24, 2020 World
The logic of Irony: Covid, Constitution, President, Divine Intervention and Fauci

The logic of Irony: Covid, Constitution, President, Divine Intervention and Fauci

In unnamed small town, there was a pathole in the road. People repeatedly facing problems with that pathole, resorted to the governor for a solution. The governor asked for three days-time to think about a solution. Three days later, the people returned to the governor for the solution. The governor, known for his wisdom and decisive decisions asked the people,[Read More…]

April 24, 2020 World
From Emergency to Emergence

From Emergency to Emergence

The COVID-19 emergency has exposed our societies’ failure to address the needs of billions of people. Simultaneously, we are witnessing a fundamental truth about human nature: There are those among us eager to exploit the suffering of others for personal gain. We can be reassured, however, by how few of them there are. Their actions contrast starkly with the far[Read More…]

April 24, 2020 World
Reopening Day 2020? Big-Time Spectator Sports Are the Last Things We Need

Reopening Day 2020? Big-Time Spectator Sports Are the Last Things We Need

  As controversies about the “reopening” of America loom over our lives, nothing seems as intrinsically irrelevant — yet possibly as critically important — as how soon major spectator sports return. If sports don’t trump religion as the opiate of the masses, they have, until recently, been at least the background music of most of our lives. So here’s my[Read More…]

April 24, 2020 World
Luc Montagnier and COVID-19 Conspiracy Theory

Luc Montagnier and COVID-19 Conspiracy Theory

Pandemics have historically been breeding grounds for fake news and conspiracy theories . And this one is by a scientist who lost credibility among his peers, and scientific agencies around Europe, says By  Dr. Felix Bast. The 2008 Nobel Laureate for physiology or medicine from France, Luc Antoine Montagnier, caught the media’s attention when he recently endorsed a COVID-19 conspiracy theory –[Read More…]

April 23, 2020 World
UAE deserves a Standing Ovation

UAE deserves a Standing Ovation

Since centuries, the royal family and its members have displayed a “Spirit of Tolerance” and practice this ideal candidly to welcome ethnic nationalities to UAE.  A proverb, ‘Action speaks louder than words’, suffice the vision and empathy of the royal family of UAE. In pursuant to this farsightedness and compassion, the royal family of UAE gave permission to build a[Read More…]

April 23, 2020 World
Japan- South Korea Economic War

Japan- South Korea Economic War

In August 2019, as world watched the China-US trade war play out, another tit for tat spat occurred between South Korea and Japan, as it threatened the world’s tech supply chain and made the global economy more uncertain. It came at an unfavourable time when Brexit was also looming, and putting businesses under an onslaught. The dispute involves historical grievances[Read More…]

April 23, 2020 World
An Odd Little Commemoration: ANZAC Mythology during Coronavirus

An Odd Little Commemoration: ANZAC Mythology during Coronavirus

War commemorations nurse a dirty secret, though it is one displayed with a peacock flourish.  The victors bring out the celebratory paraphernalia and talk about noble ideas; the defeated, quite simply, do not.  We won, we celebrate and we, somehow, got things right.  You, defeated, eat it, beat it.  This does not quite work well with the ANZAC tradition, born,[Read More…]

April 23, 2020 World
Four Dead in Ohio- Feeding the Beast

Four Dead in Ohio- Feeding the Beast

Singer/Songwriter Neil Young wrote the song ‘ Four Dead in Ohio’ for Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young: Four Dead In Ohio Lyrics Tin soldiers and Nixon’s comin’. We’re finally on our own. This summer I hear the drummin’. Four dead in Ohio. Gotta get down to it. Soldiers are gunning us down. Should have been done long ago. What if[Read More…]

April 23, 2020 World
A Machiavellian Fiasco: How ‘Centrist’ Gantz Resurrected Netanyahu, Israel’s Right

A Machiavellian Fiasco: How ‘Centrist’ Gantz Resurrected Netanyahu, Israel’s Right

It was intended to be a Machiavellian move, but the decision by Benny Gantz, leader of Israel’s Kahol Lavan (Blue and White) coalition, to join a Benjamin Netanyahu-led government is likely to destabilize the political fabric of Israeli society for years to come. In a surprising move, Gantz has entered into precarious political compromises, whereby he would become the Speaker[Read More…]

April 23, 2020 World
World on brink of a hunger pandemic, says UN food agency chief

World on brink of a hunger pandemic, says UN food agency chief

As the world is dealing with the coronavirus, officially COVID-19, pandemic, the head of the UN food agency warned Tuesday that, the world is also “on the brink of a hunger pandemic” that could lead to “multiple famines of biblical proportions” within a few months if immediate action isn’t taken. World Food Program (WFP) Executive Director David Beasley told the[Read More…]

April 22, 2020 World
Climbing the Revenue Mountain: Google, Facebook and the Publishers’ Right

Climbing the Revenue Mountain: Google, Facebook and the Publishers’ Right

They are rather good at raking in the cash; rather poor at sharing it.  Google and Facebook have radiated, strafed and shrivelled hundreds of news outlets across the globe with their information sharing platforms while celebrating choice, advertising revenue and traffic.  The idea of whether such content is news is irrelevant: what is shared, be it news, rumour or supposition,[Read More…]

April 22, 2020 World
Amazon’s Wildfires and its Deforestation

Amazon’s Wildfires and its Deforestation

 2019 Amazon wildfires, that lit up in August, led to an international concern about the fate of the rainforests, responsible for world’s twenty percent oxygen, often called as the ‘lungs of the world’. The country’s National Institute for Space Research reported that there were more than eighty thousand fires, the most that it had ever recorded. It was nearly an eighty percent[Read More…]

April 22, 2020 World
Will America’s Corruption End on a Ventilator or in a Mushroom Cloud?

Will America’s Corruption End on a Ventilator or in a Mushroom Cloud?

Co-Written by Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J S Davies  Photo: Daily Express Little by little, Americans are understanding just how badly our government has let us down by its belated and disastrous response to the Covid-19 pandemic, and how thousands more people are dying as a result. But there are two other crises we face that our government is totally[Read More…]

April 22, 2020 World
 Inequality and the Coronavirus

 Inequality and the Coronavirus

My mom contracted polio when she was 14. She survived and learned to walk again, but my life was deeply affected by that virus. Today, as our larger society attempts to self-distance and self-isolate, my family has texted about the polio quarantine my mom was put under: how my grandma fearfully checked my aunt’s temperature every night because she shared[Read More…]

April 22, 2020 World
Fair-shares rationing can cure today’s food shortages

Fair-shares rationing can cure today’s food shortages

Co-Written by Stan Cox and Ezra Silk For weeks, pandemic-induced overbuying has resulted in shortages of staple foods and sanitation products. With their shelves stripped, supermarkets are donating much less to food banks just as those services are being overwhelmed by a surge of newly jobless clients. Disinfectant wipes are selling for extortionate prices online — if they are available at all.[Read More…]

April 22, 2020 World
Covid-19: Life in the New Normal

Covid-19: Life in the New Normal

How people behave when the Covid-19 lockdown measures are lifted will vary. There are horses and mules among us. When the rider falls off the horse, the horse usually waits for her to get back on. The mule on the other hand, might kick, stomp or bite the rider. Twelve years have passed since the 2008 financial meltdown. Millions of[Read More…]

April 21, 2020 World
U.S. oil market crashes, hundreds of U.S. oil companies could go bankrupt

U.S. oil market crashes, hundreds of U.S. oil companies could go bankrupt

U.S. oil market has crashed. The price of U.S. oil turned negative for the first time in history. The U.S. oil industry is facing a doomsday scenario. Hundreds of U.S. oil companies could go bankrupt. Many U.S. oil companies took on too much debt during the good times. Some of them will not be able to survive this historic downturn.[Read More…]

April 21, 2020 World
Coronavirus Pandemic: The church-debate

Coronavirus Pandemic: The church-debate

The coronavirus pandemic has created debates on many issues including church and similar institutions. A number of letters in Los Angeles Times is a show of that debate, which indicates the impact the pandemic is making on many parts of life. The “Letters to the Editor: Churches don’t have a 1st Amendment right to ruin public health” in Los Angeles[Read More…]

April 21, 2020 World
Planning for Post-Corona: Five proposals to craft a radically more sustainable and equal world

Planning for Post-Corona: Five proposals to craft a radically more sustainable and equal world

COVID-19 has shaken the world. It has already led to the loss or devastation of countless lives, while many people in vital professions are working day and night to attend to the sick and stop further spread. Personal and social losses, and the fight to stop these, demand our continued respect and support. At the same time, it is critical[Read More…]

April 21, 2020 World
WHO And China: A Case of Geo-political Misdirection, Who’s at Fault?

WHO And China: A Case of Geo-political Misdirection, Who’s at Fault?

The Covid-19 pandemic has been a real roller-coaster ride as far as geo-politics is concerned. Through the chaos and the barrage of information and updates on the on-going pandemic, there are still those, especially among the political elite who have moved ahead of the pandemic management curve and have begun investing time and energy into calling for accountability and reparations[Read More…]

April 21, 2020 World
Coronavirus Capitalism: Entrenching Dispossession and Dependency

Coronavirus Capitalism: Entrenching Dispossession and Dependency

There is surprisingly a certain degree of optimism around at the moment, despite virtually entire populations and economies on lockdown. Although things are really bad for millions right now due to the effects of lockdown, economist Mariana Mazzucato believes that the Covid-19 crisis will shine light on societal and economic systems all across the world, exposing some of the deep-rooted flaws of[Read More…]

April 21, 2020 World
Zimbabwe’s Food Crises

Zimbabwe’s Food Crises

Zimbabwe’s food security poses a serious threat to national security, as it can cause civil unrest and general insecurity in the country. Zimbabwe is facing the worst food shortage in recent memory. Once known as the breadbasket of the continent, the country is now facing its most serious crises. It has resulted in a lot of fear and loss of[Read More…]

April 20, 2020 World
Cuban doctors arrive in Italy to join the fight Covid-19

Capitalism provides what is superfluous while socialism provides what is necessary

Expressing gratitude for the assistance being provided by a medical brigade of Cuban doctors in the Italian region of Lombardy, the Italian region most affected by the new SARS COV-2 virus, the Communist Party of Italy sent a message to the First Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba Central Committee, Army General Raúl Castro Ruz, and to President of[Read More…]

April 20, 2020 World
Demand dries down, U.S. oil prices drop to 21-year low

Demand dries down, U.S. oil prices drop to 21-year low

As demand dries down and storage runs out, the price of U.S. oil has fallen to a level not seen since 1999. Crude prices in U.S.’ oil capital are getting dangerously close to zero. The oil market has come under intense pressure during the coronavirus pandemic with a huge slump in demand. The price of a barrel of West Texas[Read More…]

April 20, 2020 World
Donald Trump’s Governor Problem: Debates on Opening Up the Economy

Donald Trump’s Governor Problem: Debates on Opening Up the Economy

Things are getting dizzy in the White House on what, exactly, is being done to “open the economy”.  Cranky advocates for the financial argument over the restrictions of public health have been attempting to claw back some ground.  As Jonathan Chait puts it, “The anti-public health faction either believes the dangers of the coronavirus have been exaggerated, or that the[Read More…]

April 20, 2020 World
“The coronavirus is everywhere in America, so is the hunger”

“The coronavirus is everywhere in America, so is the hunger”

Anaheim, California: Cars were lined up about a half mile long in both directions of the 57 Freeway to get to Second Harvest Food Bank On March 30, the-stay-at home order became Maryland law at 8 p.m. that night. Since then a common scene that most news media are carrying – from Atlanta to Pittsburgh, from Pennsylvania to Baltimore, people[Read More…]

April 20, 2020 World
 On Being Addicted to Trump and His Press Conferences

 On Being Addicted to Trump and His Press Conferences

My partner and I have been fighting about politics since we met in 1965. I was 13. She was 18 and my summer camp counselor. (It was another 14 years before we became a couple.) We spent that first summer arguing about the Vietnam War. I was convinced that the U.S. never should have gotten involved there. Though she agreed,[Read More…]

April 20, 2020 World
Perplexing Times

Perplexing Times

We’re confronted with competing theories about the origin of this novel coronavirus and competing strategies for dealing with it, as well as gross uncertainties in the absolute number of infections and recoveries. The things that are easiest to track are the number of hospitalizations of the diagnosed, and those actually dying with the virus while hospitalized or in a secure[Read More…]

April 20, 2020 World
Orwellian Lockstep and a Loaded Syringe

Orwellian Lockstep and a Loaded Syringe

Some years ago, the then vice-president of Monsanto Robert T Fraley asked, “Why do people doubt science”. He posed the question partly because he had difficulty in believing that some people had valid concerns about the use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in agriculture. Critics were questioning the science behind GM technology and the impacts of GMOs because they could[Read More…]

April 20, 2020 World
 Nuclear Nightmare

 Nuclear Nightmare

In 2018, I read an article about the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. It is here: https://archive.org/stream/catholicradical/catholicradical-2018-10   The eyewitness acount to the happening included this information: “… August 6, 1945, in Hiroshima, Japan. A short, wiry 37-year- old Basque Jesuit priest served as Novice Master on the outskirts of the city. He tells what happened that morning: “The roof tiles,[Read More…]

April 20, 2020 World
 A view from the UK – Coronavirus crisis in suburbia

 A view from the UK – Coronavirus crisis in suburbia

The things they say about suburbia are true.  It’s leafy and has lots of parks.  And if there was a place the state could operate a Stasi style network of informants, suburbia would be the place.  The white net-curtains, the perfect cover. I’ve lived in my part of London suburbia all my life and seen it change.  Before the population[Read More…]

April 20, 2020 World
Anti-China Propaganda In The Backdrop Of Covid-19 Pandemic

Anti-China Propaganda In The Backdrop Of Covid-19 Pandemic

A pandemic is a situation where a disease spreads to various countries and continents globally in a short time. Even before one understands the nature and progression of the disease, it kills a number of people. The present Covid-19 virus was declared as a pandemic by the World health organisation (WHO) on 11thMarch 2020. To understand what a pandemic means,[Read More…]

April 19, 2020 World
Corona and the Geopolitics of Justice

Corona and the Geopolitics of Justice

It is obvious that the coronavirus pandemic will be front-page news for a good part of 2020. And for good reason, since its human toll and social dislocation has been devastating. Though not theorized in this way, this crisis can also be understood as yet another significant marker of our ‘Age of Transition.’ The world system of the past five[Read More…]

April 19, 2020 World
COVID – 19: Changing Dynamics, Shifting World?

COVID – 19: Changing Dynamics, Shifting World?

As of April 17, 2020COVID 19, a health hazard of unimaginable proportions has infected 2020 1.9 million and killed more than 150000 and counting. However, Australia’s Chief Medical Officer speculates that given that these official numbers are based on those who have been tested and recorded as infected and as large numbers remain untested and unrecorded especially in developing countries,[Read More…]

April 19, 2020 World
US-China Trade War

US-China Trade War

  The conflict between the US and China is not simply economic — it has political, cultural and military dimensions. For quite a while, world’s two largest economies, or superpowers, as a matter of fact, have been locked in a trade war. The result has been imposition of tariffs on hundreds of billions of dollars worth of each other’s goods.[Read More…]

April 18, 2020 World
The Coronavirus Liability Craze: Holding China Accountable

The Coronavirus Liability Craze: Holding China Accountable

Politicians, as any political class, will nurse their favourite prejudice.  And when there is a crisis, those prejudices will be fanned and praised to the heavens.  For some politicians, who find the whole business of lockdowns and business restrictions all too much, someone has to pay for COVID-19. Australian Senator Malcolm Roberts takes up the theme that is being pushed[Read More…]

April 18, 2020 World
Daniel Berrigan, inoculated against normalcy

COVID-19 and the Wasting Disease of Normalcy

“But what of the price of peace?” asked Jesuit priest and war resister Daniel Berrigan, writing from federal prison in 1969, doing time for his part in the destruction of draft records. “I think of the good, decent, peace-loving people I have known by the thousands, and I wonder. How many of them are so afflicted with the wasting disease[Read More…]

April 18, 2020 World
Undaunted Cuba defies the Empire and extends hands of solidarity to continents

Undaunted Cuba defies the Empire and extends hands of solidarity to continents

Undaunted Cuba’s act of solidarity, in real terms, in today’s pandemic ravaged world is a modern day epic. Now, none, but the Empire, declines the fact. Cuba’s role in facing the pandemic in countries is unparallel in human history: the island-country facing the longest-ever imperial economic blockade in human history is reaching humanity in countries with medical assistance in defeating[Read More…]

April 17, 2020 World
Coronavirus Pandemic: Lockdown in U.S. creates controversy, armed gang joins protesters

Coronavirus Pandemic: Lockdown in U.S. creates controversy, armed gang joins protesters

Lockdown to counter coronavirus, officially Covid-19, in the U.S. has created political controversy in the country. Political leaders are exchanging tirades, threatening measures considered beyond constitution, and groups of people protesting while armed militiamen are joining the anti-lockdown protest. Cuomo extends New York lockdown in coordination with other states New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has extended his state’s social-distancing measures[Read More…]

April 17, 2020 World
Will this phase of history change us as individuals, communities and nations?

Will this phase of history change us as individuals, communities and nations?

Last night, I got a call from my cousin sister. She is a Nurse in a big hospital in NY. She was calling me after a long time. In fact, I started getting many such phone calls from several other friends and relatives after the current pandemic driven global lockdown. Glad that people are finding more time to interact as[Read More…]

April 17, 2020 World
Action Cost/Deaths Ratios For Covid-19, Malaria, Infant Health,  Starvation, Poverty & Pollution

Action Cost/Deaths Ratios For Covid-19, Malaria, Infant Health,  Starvation, Poverty & Pollution

The world has been forced to adopt economically hugely expensive lockdown measures to stem the huge mortality associated with the Covid-19 pandemic. However the global Action Cost/Deaths ratio is about $3 million per death for tackling the world-wide Covid-19 pandemic but merely about $9,000 per death for tackling malaria that massively and disproportionately impacts the Developing World. When the Covid-19[Read More…]

April 17, 2020 World
Cutting the Funding: The WHO, Trump and the Coronavirus Wars

Cutting the Funding: The WHO, Trump and the Coronavirus Wars

The US president is in a warring mood.  Having declared himself a president at war, a meaningless gesture given that the US is always, somewhere in the world, at war, finding necessary enemies in distraction was always going to be a priority.  Donald Trump already had the “China virus” in his artillery, attaching nationality to pathogen. Now, and it took[Read More…]

April 17, 2020 World
Cuba: From AIDS, Dengue, and Ebola to COVID-19

Cuba: From AIDS, Dengue, and Ebola to COVID-19

Preparing for a pandemic requires understanding that a change in the relationship between people is primary and the production of things is secondary and flows from social factors.  Investors in profit-based medicine cannot comprehend this concept.  Nothing could exemplify it more clearly than Cuba’s response to the corona virus (COVID-19). The US dawdled for months before reacting.  Cuba’s preparation for[Read More…]

April 17, 2020 World
Working Class Heroes…. STIFFED!!

Working Class Heroes…. STIFFED!!

John Lennon, prolific as a writer as much as a performer, wrote this: Working Class Hero As soon as you’re born they make you feel small By giving you no time instead of it all Till the pain is so big you feel nothing at all A working class hero is something to be A working class hero is something[Read More…]

April 17, 2020 World
Trump Rex

Trump Rex

  In retrospect, it’s no surprise that, after the election of Donald Trump in 2016, dystopian fiction enjoyed a spike in popularity. However, novels like George Orwell’s 1984 and Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, which soared on Amazon, would prove more horror stories than roadmaps. Like so many ominous sounds from a dark basement, they provided good scares but didn’t foreshadow the actual Trumpian[Read More…]

April 16, 2020 World
Coronavirus Pandemic: More than 2 million cases worldwide

Coronavirus Pandemic: More than 2 million cases worldwide

Worldwide, more than two million people have contracted coronavirus, officially Covid-19, Wednesday since the lethal outbreak began last December, passing another dark milestone, and the worst hit country is the U.S. Globally, more than 132,000 people have died. And in this situation, the U.S. is continuing its war against the World Health organization (WHO) and China. According to data from[Read More…]

April 16, 2020 World
U.S. assault on WHO

U.S. assault on WHO

The United States is unleashing a war against the World Health organization (WHO) as U.S. cuts funding to probe its ‘China ties’. However, the UN Chief has said: “Now is not the time!” The UN chief says WHO is “critical” in global war against Covid-19. As the pandemic rages on in some 185 countries, the U.S. has escalated a rhetorical[Read More…]

April 16, 2020 World
Will India seize its ‘Attlee moment’?

Will India seize its ‘Attlee moment’?

It was the summer of 1945. Britain & the Allied forces had just won the Second World War against the Axis powers under the leadership of Winston Churchill and the coalition government of conservative and labour parties. This coalition government was rock solid during the war time with conservation party leader Churchill as the Prime Minister and labour leader Clement[Read More…]

April 16, 2020 World
The White House And Western Media Are Smearing,  And Humiliating The WHO

The White House And Western Media Are Smearing,  And Humiliating The WHO

For decades, the United States has been antagonistic to the most important international organization on Earth – the United Nations. It is because the organization has periodically rebelled and refused to take direct diktats from Washington. Although greatly influenced by the West, the U.N. has always insisted on a certain degree of independence, for which it has been criticized, bullied[Read More…]

April 16, 2020 World
 Politics of the Pandemic: The Failed Neoliberal Response to Coronavirus

 Politics of the Pandemic: The Failed Neoliberal Response to Coronavirus

The novel coronavirus pandemic that is ravaging the world has brought about a healthcare crisis of a magnitude hitherto unheard of, putting the entire planet in lockdown. The past month has been a veritable roller coaster ride for humanity, which has brutally disrupted the normalcy of everyday life and civilization. A few months ago, It would have been downright impossible[Read More…]

April 16, 2020 World
 The COVID-19 pandemic and developing countries

 The COVID-19 pandemic and developing countries

Co-Written by Anandi Sharan  and Nihal Ahmed             After the declaration of a COVID-19 pandemic by the WHO, around 4 billion people are locked down. In India the loss of GDP due to the COVID-19 pandemic may be 10% of GDP and there may be zero growth and very low prospect of recovery of the industrial sector in India. The[Read More…]

April 16, 2020 World
Covid-19 in India: Social media pandemic, equally virulent and fast

Covid-19 in India: Social media pandemic, equally virulent and fast

This is Part-2 of a Report. Part-1 appeared with the title: 200 Million Indian Muslims Vilified, now in the name of Covid-19. “Coronavirus may die…but the virus of communal disharmony will be hard to kill when this is over.” — Khalid Rasheed, Chairman of Islamic Center of India The anti-Muslim tirade has become the new normal so much so that it[Read More…]

April 15, 2020 World
The Jungle Endures: Packing Meat in the U.S.

The Jungle Endures: Packing Meat in the U.S.

       On August 7th, 2019, in what was billed by Mike Hurst, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Mississippi, as the largest single-state immigration enforcement action in U.S. history, ICE raided seven poultry packing plants in Mississippi. The plants included three owned by Peco Foods, one owned by Koch Foods in Morton, Mississippi, one Pearl River Foods in Carthage,[Read More…]

April 15, 2020 World
After the Pandemic

After the Pandemic

Our admiration, interest, and respect spikes for countries where the spread of Covid-19 is flattened or limited with early measures. As we track global statistics on a daily basis, any country with less than 1000 cases makes us react with Wow and How. As we scroll further down the list, those with 500 or less than 100 cases make us feel positive and[Read More…]

April 15, 2020 World
Coronavirus Pandemic: England and Wales see spike in deaths, Critics Say UK is Underreporting Deaths

Coronavirus Pandemic: England and Wales see spike in deaths, Critics Say UK is Underreporting Deaths

  Covid-19 death toll in England and Wales have shot up dramatically, with one in every five now linked to the coronavirus, while the UK government has been accused of underreporting fatalities among the elderly in care homes. New data published on Tuesday by the UK’s Office of National Statistics (ONS), which detail all deaths in hospitals and out in the[Read More…]

April 15, 2020 World
Governments are using coronavirus to build “The Architecture of Oppression”, Warns Edward Snowden

Governments are using coronavirus to build “The Architecture of Oppression”, Warns Edward Snowden

Edward Snowden, the whistleblower who leaked information on U.S. National Security Agency, has warned that governments may use the coronavirus to curtail freedoms. Snowden, in an exclusive interview with Vice, said that governments may take advantage of the pandemic to impose authoritarian rules on populations. Snowden said, “As authoritarianism spreads, as emergency laws proliferate, as we sacrifice our rights, we[Read More…]

April 15, 2020 World
epa06747281 Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director general of the World Health Organization (WHO), attends a press conference at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, 18 May 2018. The WHO Director-General answered questions ahead of the World Health Assembly and following the meeting of an International Health Regulations Emergency Committee on Ebola in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.  EPA-EFE/VALENTIN FLAURAUD

World Health Organization post Covid-19: The tangled web of Legitimacy (Crisis) and (Post) Neutrality

Co-Written by Jitamanyu Sahoo & Syed Mujtaba Hussain The World Health Organisation(WHO) is currently facing an image problem. We all are aware about the existence of WHO but very few have any idea about what it does. Is it a world medical association, a transnational health body or a source for technical medical reports with an overview of bureaucracy. According[Read More…]

April 15, 2020 World
The Fire Fauci Brigade

The Fire Fauci Brigade

The intemperate volcano that is the US President has done much to burn its way through prominent appointments.  As the title of former GOP strategist Rick Wilson’s book goes, Everything Trump Touches Dies.  There seem few more important individuals in the United States than Dr Anthony Fauci, and that, for the White House, is a problem.  No burning bushel can[Read More…]

April 15, 2020 World
Might the Coronavirus Be a Peacemaker?

Might the Coronavirus Be a Peacemaker?

 Let me quote a Trumpian figure from long ago, Henry Ford. That’s right, the bigot who created the Ford Motor Company (and once even ran for president). Back in 1916, in an interview with a Chicago Tribune reporter, he offered this bit of wisdom on the subject of history: “Say, what do I care about Napoleon? What do we care about what they did 500 or 1,000[Read More…]

April 14, 2020 World
 US-Saudi Oil Clash Sets Stage for Future Epic Battle

 US-Saudi Oil Clash Sets Stage for Future Epic Battle

The coronavirus pandemic and the global economic meltdown forced Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, the United States, and Russia to call time out in a war that was less about prices and more about market share and survival of the fittest. The agreement among producers to cut production by 10 million barrels a day amounts to a ceasefire that[Read More…]

April 14, 2020 World
Covid-19 is a sign of our fate if we do not take radical action: Michael D. Yates

Covid-19 is a sign of our fate if we do not take radical action: Michael D. Yates

Farooque Chowdhury Interviews Michael D. Yates In the backdrop of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, Michael D. Yates, decades-long union activist, director of Monthly Review Press and former Associate Editor of Monthly Review magazine, discusses condition of the working people and steps required. The interview of Professor Michael Yates, whose academic fields include labor economics and the relationship between capital and[Read More…]

April 14, 2020 World
Countries including India extend lockdown, worldwide death toll crosses 119,000

Countries including India extend lockdown, worldwide death toll crosses 119,000

The worldwide death toll from the coronavirus, officially COVID-19, passed 119,000 on Monday, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. More than 2 million people have tested positive for the virus. Germany saw its new coronavirus cases fall for the fifth consecutive day. The U.S. has had more than 23,000 deaths and 682,000 COVID-19 cases, leading the world in both[Read More…]

April 14, 2020 World
Peter Navarro: A Man Who Smears China Without Knowing Much About It

Peter Navarro: A Man Who Smears China Without Knowing Much About It

For many years now, it has been obvious that in both North America and Europe, smearing and provoking China has become an extremely lucrative business, even career. There are entire ‘institutes’ and NGOs dedicated strictly to such activities, and there are individuals who are groomed to become anti-Chinese warriors. Peter Navarro, a neo-con and a right-wing combatant, has been, for[Read More…]

April 14, 2020 World
BC to AC

BC to AC

We are living in defining times. Never in living memory has the world seen something like the Covid-19 virus and the disruption that it has caused all over the world. Not in living memory or history. There are those who claim that it is a hoax. But dead bodies don’t lie. The world has come to a halt. Literally speaking.[Read More…]

April 14, 2020 World
Time For UBI is NOW!!!

Time For UBI is NOW!!!

A man struggled in the desert heat with his mouth as parched as sandpaper. He was fading fast from lack of the basic essentials to exist, number one  being water. Someone hands him a giant bottle of water and he is so appreciative. He drinks the water, but hours later on his journey through the unforgiving sands, he realizes that[Read More…]

April 13, 2020 World
Younger Population & COVID-19…. What Parents need to know?

Younger Population & COVID-19…. What Parents need to know?

A novel coronavirus (CoV) is a new strain of coronavirus. The disease caused by the novel coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, China, has been named coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) – ‘CO’ stands for corona, ‘VI’ for virus, and ‘D’ for disease. Formerly, this disease was referred to as ‘2019 novel coronavirus’ or ‘2019-nCoV.’ [UNICEF] The COVID-19 virus is a new[Read More…]

April 13, 2020 World
Coronavirus Pandemic: A perfect storm for South Asia, says World Bank

Coronavirus Pandemic: A perfect storm for South Asia, says World Bank

South Asia is on course for its worst economic performance in 40 years, with decades of progress in the battle against poverty at risk, because of coronavirus, the World Bank (WB) said Sunday. Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, the Maldives, Pakistan and other countries in the region, which have 1.8 billion people and some of the planet’s most densely populated cities, have[Read More…]

April 13, 2020 World
Strangers in Our Midst – ( dedicated to President Donald Trump)

Strangers in Our Midst – ( dedicated to President Donald Trump)

  In the uncertain and unsettling time of the COVID-19 crisis, we may be wise to consider our good fortune and family. We are fortunate, in fact, that our family bonds exist and we have loved ones at all. This testifies to God’s ever shining mercy. However, in the current crisis we should also consider those who are distant from[Read More…]

April 13, 2020 World
Worshiping and Defiling Britain’s NHS

Worshiping and Defiling Britain’s NHS

Tories worshipping Britain’s National Health System are akin to fanatical carnivores who suddenly extol the virtues of vegans.  Has the grave response to COVID-19 signalled a change of heart?  In the case of UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, it was all heart, quite literally.  It might have stopped beating and that scruffy, buffoonish essence of a man, a compulsive hand[Read More…]

April 13, 2020 World
Communities across Venezuela are producing face masks, with local communal councils and communes distributing them for free to families, particularly to those most in need. Photo: Páez Potencia/Facebook

Venezuela: Combatting COVID-19 through solidarity

Despite a deep economic recession, a profound political crisis and international sanctions that have ravaged its health sector, the South American nation of Venezuela is demonstrating that prioritising lives is possible in the battle against COVID-19. As of March 30, Venezuela had 135 confirmed cases of people infected with the novel coronavirus, including three who subsequently died. The battle to[Read More…]

April 13, 2020 World
 The American World That Covid-19 Reveals

 The American World That Covid-19 Reveals

The Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV-2) virus, which causes Covid-19, seemed to emerge from deepest history, from the Black Death of the 14th century and the “Spanish Flu” of 1918. In just months, it has infected more than 1.5 million people and claimed more than 88,000 lives. The virus continues to spread almost everywhere. In no time at all, it’s shattered the[Read More…]

April 13, 2020 World
Pandemic Economic Relief: For Elites or Commons

Pandemic Economic Relief: For Elites or Commons

Every crisis is boom for some and bane for others. Over $8 trillion economic package have been announced by north American and European nations plus $1 trillion by Japan whereas total known lobal gold reserves amounts to $9.5 trillion. But where this money will go: business elite or commons. Is this helicopter money as discussed in economic textbooks or win[Read More…]

April 12, 2020 World
Inside outside

Inside outside

There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, Than are dreamt of in your philosophy. – Hamlet (1.5.167-8), Hamlet to Horatio Shakespeare’s Hamlet might have much to sneer about given his mental state and the context in the play of that name. His words are loaded with irony and sarcasm, no doubt. Perhaps the actor also would be advised[Read More…]

April 12, 2020 World
‘Globalization of Profiteering’ Looms into ‘Globalization of Zoonotic Diseases’!

‘Globalization of Profiteering’ Looms into ‘Globalization of Zoonotic Diseases’!

During the 90’s when the global corporate lobby and their accessories aggressively advocating for and advancing towards establishing the systems of ‘Globalization’, the socially /environmentally concerned communities all over the world warned against the global maneuvering. They predicted various key impacts that are one by one emerging up now. As the corporate houses and their bosses are swindling money as[Read More…]

April 12, 2020 World
Mainstream Myths Versus Scientific Collaboration

Mainstream Myths Versus Scientific Collaboration

The rediscovery of scientific collaboration across borders is a welcome development. Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less. Marie Curie. Does the 5G network have any link to the novel coronavirus outbreak?” Well, any sane person on this part of Earth[Read More…]

April 12, 2020 World
COVID-19 –Nurses the real warriors

COVID-19 –Nurses the real warriors

 Nurses- The corona warriors are battling tirelessly on the frontline to combat the disease. Patient care is a partnership between skilled healthcare professionals of all levels of training. Nurses are Amazing and often contribute much to the success of patient care, as Nurses have been at the forefront of care. Things aren’t going to work if the team isn’t whole[Read More…]

April 12, 2020 World
Crisis Management:Post Pandemic – With a system of Justice

Crisis Management:Post Pandemic – With a system of Justice

It’s not wrong to criticize government, its policies and politicians in both ruling and opposition when they are on wrong side. In democratic system, criticism always makes state to run efficiently; also criticism just for the sake of criticism is of no use, giving alternatives is also necessary for the smooth functioning of state. Different parties may come in power[Read More…]

April 12, 2020 World
The Last Refuge of a Scoundrel: Coronavirus and the British Establishment

The Last Refuge of a Scoundrel: Coronavirus and the British Establishment

I do not wish Boris Johnson to die. I only wish him to suffer. As paradoxical as it might sound, I don’t mean this in a sadistic way.   Suffering is part of the human life; it is as integral to our experience as the drawing in of air, or the feeling of sunlight against the skin.  Hospitals are places of suffering;[Read More…]

April 12, 2020 World
What the exponential growth of COVID-19 helps us learn about another blind spot or two

What the exponential growth of COVID-19 helps us learn about another blind spot or two

For too long, the movers of the word have been blind or neglectful of the connection between economic growth, global climate crisis and mass extermination of wildlife “It took 12 days for cases [of coronavirus infections] to rise from 100 to 1,000 in our country,” said Mr. Lav Agarwal, Joint Secretary of the Indian Health Ministry, on March 30, 2020, arguing[Read More…]

April 12, 2020 World
Is the right-wing nationalism there to stay?

Is the right-wing nationalism there to stay?

The question which keeps most of the political scientists perplexed is, “Whether right-wing nationalism is there to stay or liberal democracy will stage a comeback.” Both issues are related as cause and effect. Liberal democracy can bounce back only when right-wing nationalism is a spent force, and people fully realize its drawbacks. The surge of right-wing nationalism started in 2011[Read More…]

April 12, 2020 World
A doctor and members of the local health committee visit a family in Alto de Lidice, Caracas, Venezuela. Photo: Gsus Garcia

Venezuela: Community organisation key to fighting COVID-19

Venezuela has been under a nationwide quarantine since mid-March as the government battles to quash the coronavirus before it overwhelms its health system. In this endeavour, the government of President Nicolas Maduro faces many challenges, not least of which is the state of its embattled health system that has suffered from years of economic sanctions and the return of thousands[Read More…]

April 11, 2020 World
King Covid Rules

King Covid Rules

It is a capricious little virus with a funny crown and a flimsy protein coat, zipping across the planet, leaving behind a trail of utter confusion, death and destruction. And as nations rush to prevent exposure to COVID-19’s deadly effects, the virus is in turn exposing each one of them for whatever they are – good, bad or ugly. Depending[Read More…]

April 11, 2020 World
Islamophobia is a harmful misnomer for anti-Islamism

Islamophobia is a harmful misnomer for anti-Islamism

There is no such thing as Islamophobia. There is only anti-Islamism. A Hindu, Christian, or secular liberal does not have a mental illness that makes them afraid of Muslims, they are against Islam as a political ideology and value system. The same is true of homophobia which is really just a cover for anti-homosexualism, which is the political assertion of[Read More…]

April 11, 2020 World
Is Social Distancing a Misleading Term?

Is Social Distancing a Misleading Term?

Ever since the detection of the first COVID—19 positive case in Wuhan China, the pandemic has swept over almost the entire globe and has landed us in extremely frightening, challenging and testing times. The virus has made us face a serious public health crisis and changed the whole world overnight. Tens of thousands have lost their lives and more than[Read More…]

April 11, 2020 World
The Chernobyl Exclusion Zone is on fire and radiation levels are spiking

The Chernobyl Exclusion Zone is on fire and radiation levels are spiking

Part of the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone where the infamous power plant explosion occurred in 1986 is on fire, and radiation in the area is spiking- reported Live Science. The report said, The fire covers about 50 acres (20 hectares) near the abandoned village of Vladimirovka in Ukraine’s Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, according to CNN. In a Facebook post, Yegor Firsov, head of Ukraine’s ecological[Read More…]

April 11, 2020 World
The Significance of Bernie Sanders

The Significance of Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders is a self-described Democratic Socialist – though the Left prefers to describe him as a Social Democrat, as he does not subscribe to abolition of capitalism or workers’ ownership of the means of production! Bernie Sanders, the longest serving independent in U.S. congressional history, an independent senator from Vermont, who has served in government since 1981, had first time campaigned for[Read More…]

April 11, 2020 World
Tarred And Feathered Bernie Sanders Runs Out Of U.S. Election On A Rail

Tarred And Feathered Bernie Sanders Runs Out Of U.S. Election On A Rail

U.S. Democratic Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has virtually been, so to speak, tarred and feathered by the American press and run out of the U.S. election on a rail. Amidst the horrific COVID-19 Pandemic, that has all but over-shadowed and sidelined the U.S. Presidential election process, the progressive movement that Bernie Sanders had fostered represented a strong sentiment among elements[Read More…]

April 11, 2020 World
The Coronavirus State: New Zealand and Authoritarian Rumblings

The Coronavirus State: New Zealand and Authoritarian Rumblings

It’s all about the lever of balance.  Laws made for public protection, within which public health features prominently, provide grounds for derogation authorities can exploit.  Like plasticine, the scope of power during times of an emergency extends.  But at what point does a state of public health become a police state?  In time, we may find these to be not[Read More…]

April 11, 2020 World
Physics in the pandemic: ‘I hope the rest of the world can see hope from my experience’

Physics in the pandemic: ‘I hope the rest of the world can see hope from my experience’

Keeping busy: Tao Wang at his home during the lockdown period in Wuhan, China. (Courtesy: Tao Wang) I run a research group made up of more than 20 graduate students, and in a “normal” workday my job is to supervise and direct them on research activities related to opto-electronic devices such as solar cells and light-emitting diodes. I also teach[Read More…]

April 11, 2020 World
UN Ceasefire Defines War As a Non-Essential Activity

UN Ceasefire Defines War As a Non-Essential Activity

 Co-Written by Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J S Davies At least 70 countries have signed on to the March 23 call by UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres for a worldwide ceasefire during the Covid-19 pandemic. Like non-essential business and spectator sports, war is a luxury that the Secretary General says we must manage without for a while. After U.S. leaders[Read More…]

April 10, 2020 World
The Four Horsemen of the ‘ New’ Apocalypse

The Four Horsemen of the ‘ New’ Apocalypse

From the ‘ Book of Revelations’ in the New Testament God sent forth the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse ( White Horse, Black Horse, Red Horse and Pale Horse ) or as Ezekiel lists them: ” Sword , Famine, Wild Beasts and Plague”. Well, this NEW set of Four Horsemen are here to represent the utter personal and economic horror[Read More…]

April 10, 2020 World
OPEC production cut papers over cracks in US-Gulf relation but for how long?

OPEC production cut papers over cracks in US-Gulf relation but for how long?

  A decision by the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and non-OPEC producers like Russia to temporarily end a price war and cut production amounts to a time-out rather than an end to what is likely to erupt at some point in the future as a tripartite war. More immediately, the decision averts a significant deterioration in relations between[Read More…]

April 10, 2020 World
Coronavirus Pandemic: Rice and wheat prices surge may threaten global food security

Coronavirus Pandemic: Rice and wheat prices surge may threaten global food security

Increased panic buying of food due to coronavirus lockdowns has led to price spikes for the world’s two staple grains – rice and wheat. Reuters data showed, rice prices are now the highest since late April 2013. Importers have rushed to stockpile the goods, while exporters have curbed shipments. The price of rice has hit seven-year highs, while wheat futures[Read More…]

April 10, 2020 World
The pandemic will unleash worst recession since Great Depression, says IMF chief

The pandemic will unleash worst recession since Great Depression, says IMF chief

The coronavirus pandemic sweeping the world will turn global economic growth “sharply negative” in 2020, triggering the worst fallout since the 1930s Great Depression, with only a partial recovery seen in 2021, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva said. Georgieva painted a far bleaker picture of the social and economic impact of the new coronavirus than even[Read More…]

April 10, 2020 World
To Ventilate Or Not To Ventilate Critically Ill n-Coronavirus Patients: Ask Medical Personnel In USA, Europe

To Ventilate Or Not To Ventilate Critically Ill n-Coronavirus Patients: Ask Medical Personnel In USA, Europe

Co-Written by Dr. P.S. Sahni & Shobha Aggarwal Governments all over the world – and not just in the developed west – are scrambling to get ventilators imported from the few countries which manufacture this machine e.g. China, Germany. The cost per piece is about Rs. five hundred thousand (Rs. 500,000)! The figure is about one and a half times[Read More…]

April 10, 2020 World
A Victory for the Fogeys: Bernie Sanders Drops Out

A Victory for the Fogeys: Bernie Sanders Drops Out

Champagne corks will be popping in the Trump Empire, for good reason.  Whatever happens come November, the exit of Senator Bernie Sanders from the US presidential race will be a relief.  The fractured republic can be reassured that the Democrats have not moved on, stuck, as it were, in the glades of vengeful melancholia and supposedly safe bets.  Divisions will[Read More…]

April 10, 2020 World
We Need Solidarity, Not Sanctions

We Need Solidarity, Not Sanctions

Sanctions are both illegal and immoral According to the United Nations Charter, only the Security Council may impose  sanctions. No individual nation may do so. Nevertheless, the United States currently imposes economic sanctions on Iran, North Korea, Sudan, Cuba, Venezuela, Belarus, Burundi, Central African Republic, China, Comoros, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Equitorial Guinea, Eritria, Iraq, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Myanmar,[Read More…]

April 10, 2020 World
 Trump’s Own Military Mafia

 Trump’s Own Military Mafia

Every West Point class votes on an official motto. Most are then inscribed on their class rings. Hence, the pejorative West Point label “ring knocker.” (As legend has it, at military meetings a West Pointer “need only knock his large ring on the table and all Pointers present are obliged to rally to his point of view.”) Last August, the class of 2023 announced theirs: “Freedom Is[Read More…]

April 9, 2020 World
U.S. in its Corona crisis should remember Murdered Allende

U.S. in its Corona crisis should remember Murdered Allende

Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the Nobel prize winning writer, wrote a classic essay Why Allende Had to Die in New Statesman in 1974 on the coup in Chile in 1973 in which socialist President Salvador Allende was killed. He gives details of U.S. involvement in the coup and a lot of subsequent research reaches that conclusion. The United States, now facing[Read More…]

April 9, 2020 World
Ventilator Shortage Exposes the Cruelty of Neoliberal Capitalism: Noam Chomsky

Ventilator Shortage Exposes the Cruelty of Neoliberal Capitalism: Noam Chomsky

C.J. Polychroniou Interviews Noam Chomsky Trump has reacted during his years in office in the manner to which we have become accustomed: by defunding and dismantling every relevant part of government and assiduously implementing the instructions of his corporate masters to eliminate the regulations that impede profits while saving lives — and leading the race to the abyss of environmental[Read More…]

April 9, 2020 World
COVID-19: Cases top 1.5 million worldwide as the number in U.S. nears third of the total

COVID-19: Cases top 1.5 million worldwide as the number in U.S. nears third of the total

Confirmed cases of coronavirus, officially Covid-19, ticked to just over one and a half million worldwide on Wednesday, with the death toll now standing at over 87,000. Out of the worldwide cases, more than 319,000 patients are considered fully recovered. Worldwide cases of the coronavirus now stand at 1,500,830, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University. Fatalities from the[Read More…]

April 9, 2020 World
COVID-19: ILO predicts 195 million job losses, 400 million in India will fall deeper into poverty

COVID-19: ILO predicts 195 million job losses, 400 million in India will fall deeper into poverty

The coronavirus pandemic can wipe out 6.7 per cent of working hours globally in the second quarter of 2020, which is equivalent to 195 million full-time workers. This number far exceeds the effects of the 2008-09 financial crisis, the International Labour Organization (ILO) warned on Tuesday. According to the ILO report “ILO Monitor 2nd edition: COVID-19 and the world of[Read More…]

April 9, 2020 World
"The transfer is from public institutions, in which voters have some say, insofar as democracy is functioning, to private tyrannies -- the corporations that dominate the economy -- in which voters have no say at all." (Photo: Andrew Rusk/flickr/cc)

Noam Chomsky: ‘Coronavirus pandemic could have been prevented’

Chomsky slams US’s handling of virus as he warns nuclear war, global warming threats will remain after pandemic is over. While the coronavirus can have “terrifying consequences, there will be recovery”, said Chomsky, but regarding the other threats, “there won’t be recovery, it’s finished” :  threat of nuclear war … and the other of course is the growing threat of[Read More…]

April 9, 2020 World
The smearing of Ken Loach and Jeremy Corbyn is the face of our new toxic politics

The smearing of Ken Loach and Jeremy Corbyn is the face of our new toxic politics

The film-maker’s crime – like Corbyn’s – wasn’t antisemitism but recalling a time when class solidarity inspired the struggle for a better world Ken Loach, one of Britain’s most acclaimed film directors, has spent more than a half a century dramatising the plight of the poor and the vulnerable. His films have often depicted the casual indifference or active hostility[Read More…]

April 9, 2020 World
Solidarity in the Age of Coronavirus: What the Arabs Must Do

Solidarity in the Age of Coronavirus: What the Arabs Must Do

While the Coronavirus continues to ravage almost every nation on earth, Arab countries remain unable, or unwilling, to formulate a collective strategy to help the poorest and most vulnerable Arabs survive the deadly virus and its economic fallout. Worse, amid growing international solidarity, we are yet to see a pan-Arab initiative that aims to provide material support to countries and[Read More…]

April 9, 2020 World
“The Lancet” on Nicaragua – cynicism posing as concern

“The Lancet” on Nicaragua – cynicism posing as concern

Co-Written by Stephen Sefton & Tortilla con Sal Coverage of the COVID-19 epidemic in Nicaragua has become yet one more psy-warfare  battleground between supporters of the US government supported right-wing opposition and the country’s Sandinista government. In the UK, “the Lancet” has long been a leading propaganda outlet for supporters of Nicaragua’s right wing political opposition, making a mockery of[Read More…]

April 9, 2020 World
Nicaragua and COVID-19 – Western media’s best kept secret

Nicaragua and COVID-19 – Western media’s best kept secret

Co-Written by Jorge Capelán & Managua con Amor 250,000 volunteer health promoters have made 2.3 million house to house visits to educate about COVID-19, just one of many activities undertaken by the Sandinista government to address the pandemic. (Photo El 19 Digital) One of the best hidden secrets amidst the cacophony of panic and media terrorism caused by the current[Read More…]

April 9, 2020 World
Coronavirus pandemic: An Africa picture

Coronavirus pandemic: An Africa picture

Total confirmed coronavirus, officially COVID-19, cases in Africa was 10,427 while the number of recovered patients was 1,074, and the number of confirmed deaths was 519. The virus has spread to dozens of countries within weeks. Governments and health authorities across the continent are striving to limit widespread coronavirus infections. With few doctors and fewer ventilators, countries in Africa fear[Read More…]

April 8, 2020 World
Will Covid-19 spur a peoples’ bailout for the world’s poorest?

Will Covid-19 spur a peoples’ bailout for the world’s poorest?

The question is whether Covid-19 will awaken us to the stark inequalities of our world, or does it simply represent a new cause of impoverishment for the vast swathes of humanity who have long been disregarded by the public’s conscience?  Since the beginning of 2020, we’ve entered an extraordinary new era. There is still a great deal of fear and[Read More…]

April 8, 2020 World
A ‘Testing Time’ for Ageing: Geronticide or Necropolitics?

A ‘Testing Time’ for Ageing: Geronticide or Necropolitics?

With the Covid-19 proliferation taking on a dreadful speed, humanity is in the throes of an unprecedented breakdown. Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2) seems to have the armoury to legitimate the Darwinian dictum—“Survival of the Fittest.” Even the world’s megatowns and megacities of affluence/abundance have gone bust. The world’s developed as well as the ‘fast growing’ economies and societies have[Read More…]

April 8, 2020 World
COVID-19: Dealing With An Untamable Virus

COVID-19: Dealing With An Untamable Virus

COVID-19, a virus of disease and death, has affected the world since the beginning of 2020. Dealing against it is becoming increasingly difficult for the governments, across the world, because each one has different priorities. More so, in India, the fight against this virus becomes more challenging because of persisting difficulties such as extensive socio-economic inequalities, less value of life[Read More…]

April 8, 2020 World
 Islamophobia and Muslim persecution : A Global Pandemic !

 Islamophobia and Muslim persecution : A Global Pandemic !

In August 2006, on a sweaty afternoon, Sri Lanka and South Africa were up against each other in a Test match, when Hashim Amla (Sporting beard beneath his hat), a mediocre player then, with his athleticism took a brilliant catch to send the veteran cricketer Sangakarra, back to the pavilion. It was all normal until the bells of Islamophobia rang.[Read More…]

April 8, 2020 World
Julian Assange and Lockdown Injustice

Julian Assange and Lockdown Injustice

Scribes of the Julian Assange case must surely gawk with a sense of horrified wonder at each proceeding unfolding at the Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London.  Assange is in a battle that can only be described as titanic, seeking to avoid the clutches of the US Justice Department, not to mention its legal system, and convince District Judge Vanessa Baraitser[Read More…]

April 8, 2020 World
After COVID-19, We All Should Be Cuba

After COVID-19, We All Should Be Cuba

Rare are those photographs which can be declared iconic right after they are taken, without awaiting the approval of the connoisseurs, critics or people. It is an ordinary-looking photo, of a large team of people, dressed in white robes, disembarking from a plane and being welcomed by someone wearing a white coat too. Take a closer look at the frame[Read More…]

April 8, 2020 World
In Prague, A Disgraceful Act: They Desecrated And Removed The Statue Of Marshal Konev!

In Prague, A Disgraceful Act: They Desecrated And Removed The Statue Of Marshal Konev!

  Soon, there might be silence. The liberation of Prague, as well as the liberation of Auschwitz and or Warsaw by the Red Army will be forgotten. At least in Europe, even in Eastern Europe, where it took place. This is where it is all leading to. Perhaps, one day, East European governments will issue new orders to desecrate cemeteries[Read More…]

April 8, 2020 World
Democratic Socialism Will Soon Replace Capitalism

Democratic Socialism Will Soon Replace Capitalism

Capitalism will slowly evolve into a Democratic Socialist system that will be able to provide the structures for maintaining democratic substance and resolving the challenges of a difficult future.  Theory and logic indicate Socialism’s possible superiority. If centralized planners, especially in the technological age of data mining and artificial intelligence, responsibly control the processes, allocate resources, create an agreeable work[Read More…]

April 8, 2020 World
US hegemonism threatens India which succumbs to Trump, the bully

US hegemonism threatens India which succumbs to Trump, the bully

Hydroxychloroquine: India agrees to release drug after Trump retaliation threat The above is the title of a report by BBC.com this morning (April 7).  India has agreed to lift an export ban on a drug US President Donald Trump has called a “game-changer” in the fight against coronavirus, despite reservations from medical experts. The decision came after Mr Trump warned[Read More…]

April 7, 2020 World
For the first time, China reports zero new coronavirus death

For the first time, China reports zero new coronavirus death

China reports zero new fatalities from coronavirus, officially Covid-19, China’s National Health Commission said in a statement. This is the first such no case for China since the country was wracked with the coronavirus outbreak in December. Italy, which has the world’s highest Covid-19 mortality rate, has started to see its cases subside. Italy has reported its falling daily cases[Read More…]

April 7, 2020 World
While Rome Burns – Trump Gets What He’s Always Wanted

While Rome Burns – Trump Gets What He’s Always Wanted

Last month, Donald Trump retweeted a doctored photo of himself playing the fiddle that was labeled “My next piece is called: nothing can stop what’s coming.” It was clearly an homage to the Emperor Nero who so infamously made music while Rome burned. To it, the president added this comment: “Who knows what this means, but it sounds good to me!” Whether[Read More…]

April 7, 2020 World
Lives matter the most , more than the ciphers and statistics…….….

Lives matter the most , more than the ciphers and statistics…….….

It is generally accepted among the environmental geographers that there is no such thing as a natural disaster. In every phase and aspect of a disaster—causes, vulnerability, preparedness, results and response, and reconstruction—the contours of disaster and the difference between who lives and who dies is to a greater or lesser extent a social calculus.                                                                                                                                                     —-Neil Smith1 As the[Read More…]

April 7, 2020 World
Coronavirus:Sanctions And Suffering

Coronavirus:Sanctions And Suffering

In the midst of the most horrendous crisis to confront the entire human family in recent decades, the Unite States elite, it appears, is hell-bent on perpetuating massive sanctions against certain states and affecting regime change in some of them. Sanctions cause much pain and suffering and even death on a wide scale.  One would have thought that given what[Read More…]

April 7, 2020 World
When Fountain of My Blood Stops, I will Tell God Everything. 

When Fountain of My Blood Stops, I will Tell God Everything. 

While watching vacuous memes of a person trying to kill the dullness of corona by his otiose attempts to scale the grass of his garden with comb and scissors.  I see a  drunken man walking the deserted road  spitting invective and cursing Corona. With whimsical goggling I also see a shopkeeper trying to fit a customer in a fuzzy circle[Read More…]

April 7, 2020 World
Looking East to Contain COVID-19

Looking East to Contain COVID-19

The strategies employed by S. Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore and China are instructive for India Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s extraordinary decision to impose a nationwide lockdown for three weeks to contain COVID-19 is without precedent. Even at the peak of the outbreak — and lockdowns — in China, 600 million fewer people were confined to their homes. Overall, the decision is a welcome one, but[Read More…]

April 7, 2020 World
 When Worlds Collide: Locating Privacy in the midst of Public Health Surveillance

 When Worlds Collide: Locating Privacy in the midst of Public Health Surveillance

Co-Written by Jitamanyu Sahoo & Syed Mujtaba Hussain Surveillance has served as the eye of public health every time our world is in collision with epidemics. From the identification of the early cases of AIDs in the 1980’s; SARS, avian flu and west nile virus in the twenty-first century all were contained as a result of a well placed public[Read More…]

April 7, 2020 World
Banal Terrors: Pandemics and the Ordinary Business of War

Banal Terrors: Pandemics and the Ordinary Business of War

The twaddle of framing the confrontation of the coronavirus as a “war” has proven to be a cheapening, misguided exercise.  France’s president Emmanuel Macron has deemed COVID-19 the “invisible, elusive enemy”, making it sound like an adept guerrilla specialising in sneak attacks.  China’s Xi Jinping has gone for the language of the “people’s war”, suggesting that the virus has certain[Read More…]

April 7, 2020 World
 Covid-19 Crisis: Crime, Poverty and the need to evolve Social Security

 Covid-19 Crisis: Crime, Poverty and the need to evolve Social Security

Global inequality and injustice have been heated topics and of deep social concern throughout human history. In January 2020, OXFAM (Oxford Committee for Famine Relief), a reputable confederation of charitable organisations, declared in a widely circulated report “2,153 billionaires have more wealth than the 4.6 billion people who make up 60 percent of the planet’s population”. Debates about the statistical[Read More…]

April 7, 2020 World
Corona, Capitalism and Civilisation

Corona, Capitalism and Civilisation

“Who do you blame it on? For a while it was China, until the most favourite target for the Indians appeared on the scene – you know who. When it comes to the business of blaming, Indians (a large percentage of them) would have loved it if the virus had originated somewhere in the Middle East or in Pakistan. But[Read More…]

April 7, 2020 World
Crocodile Tears

Crocodile Tears

This writer is not one to always single out certain members of our Embedded in Empire mainstream media. To me, they are all sellouts. Why? Well, let’s look at what transpired just last evening on Anderson Cooper’s CNN news talk show. As a preface, we know that Anderson gives to lots of charities, and why shouldn’t this heir to the[Read More…]

April 7, 2020 World
Love In A Dangerous Time

Love In A Dangerous Time

A profusion of anonymous axioms and memes floods social media these days but one remains my very favorite: “It’s like we’ve all been sent to our room to think about what we did.”  My friends, if there ever was a nation that needed a “time out” for that purpose, it’s ours. With nearly every minute of round-the-clock news cycles dedicated[Read More…]

April 7, 2020 World
Coronavirus Pandemic: Cases cross 1.2 million worldwide

Coronavirus Pandemic: Cases cross 1.2 million worldwide

There are over 1.2 million cases of the coronavirus worldwide, according to tracking from Johns Hopkins University. The number of global fatalities has passed 66,000 while the U.S. leads the world with more than 300,000 reported cases. U.S. President Trump warned Saturday that “it’s going to be really some very bad numbers” in the U.S., where the death toll reached[Read More…]

April 6, 2020 World
Coronavirus Socialism for the Wealthy

Coronavirus Socialism for the Wealthy

When capitalism screeches to a halt and starts its old business of killing off the adventurous but weakened, the enterprising but foolish, those who initially benefited, shed tears.  Losses mount, accountants tally up current and future losses.  Huge profits somehow do not matter now, as the diminishing balances bite and impress.  As this happens, the corporatocrats start to search.  Options[Read More…]

April 6, 2020 World
Covid-19 Reveals The Ugly Face Of  US Hegemonism and imperialism

Covid-19 Reveals The Ugly Face Of  US Hegemonism and imperialism

 People thought Covid-19 has united the whole world, erasing borders and frictions. Indeed people – medical personnel, scientists, journalists and administrators across countries joined hands in educating and mobilizing people to face the calamity. But US acted erratically, promoted anti-China tirade and calumny, called it Chinese virus or Wuhan virus, despite WHO’s explicit appeal not call it that way. China[Read More…]

April 6, 2020 World
Wall Street Wins – Again: Bailouts in the Time of Coronavirus

Wall Street Wins – Again: Bailouts in the Time of Coronavirus

To say that these are unprecedented times would be the understatement of the century. Even as the United States became the latest target of Hurricane COVID-19, in “hot spots” around the globe a continuing frenzy of health concerns represented yet another drop down the economic rabbit hole. Stay-at-home orders have engulfed the planet, encompassing a majority of Americans, all of India, the United Kingdom,[Read More…]

April 6, 2020 World
 “May you live in interesting times”: Covid-19 and Capitalism’s Existential Crisis

 “May you live in interesting times”: Covid-19 and Capitalism’s Existential Crisis

There are decades where nothing happens, and there are weeks when decades happen.  When history is compressed enough and people bend their minds to new problems, consciousness can change with lightning speed.  Because of the emotional rollercoaster that is accompanying the Covid-19 pandemic, the world’s collective weltanschauung is shifting noticeably to the left. Fear and panic are poor advisers, of course. Absurd, visceral predictions[Read More…]

April 6, 2020 World
A  View From Athens: Covid-19 and the End of the World as We Know It

A  View From Athens: Covid-19 and the End of the World as We Know It

No more kisses, handshakes or blowing out birthday candles.  But that’s alright.  We can live with these changes. Many people in Athens are still optimistic.  They say that in a relatively short period of time—and aided by more clement weather in the Northern Hemisphere—the global spread of Covid-19 will slow down enough to become manageable. People will joke about new[Read More…]

April 6, 2020 World
They told us so

They told us so

I cannot say “I told you so” because I did not. But I can say “They told us so” because they did. “They” being the alternate media that provided news and views that the mainstream media (MSM) would not touch because it harmed their veneer of the world that all was running smoothly. Certainly there were signs in the MSM[Read More…]

April 6, 2020 World
A potential coronavirus vaccine might have been discovered

A potential coronavirus vaccine might have been discovered

Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and UPMC, the school’s medical center, are working on a possible vaccine for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Scientists announced news of the potential vaccine, which has now been tested successfully on mice, on Thursday. Several research groups around the world are racing to create a vaccine, including a temporary[Read More…]

April 5, 2020 World
Remembering Martin Luther King, Jr. on the Anniversary of his Murder in a Pandemic Year

Remembering Martin Luther King, Jr. on the Anniversary of his Murder in a Pandemic Year

  The United States Strategic National Stockpile of essential medical supplies maintained by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, seems unable to respond to the present COVID-19 crisis.  There is much discussion in today’s news about who is responsible for the shortcomings. Did Trump find the shelves empty or full when he took office after President Obama? Is[Read More…]

April 5, 2020 World
University Bailouts, Funding and Coronavirus

University Bailouts, Funding and Coronavirus

In a set of stable circumstances, funding higher education should be a matter of automatic persuasion.  If you want an educated populace, the tax payer should muck in. In some countries, however, this venture is uneven.  In the United Kingdom, the system remains divided, an echo of class stratification.  In Australia, which took so many of its behavioural and policy[Read More…]

April 5, 2020 World
COVID-19 Pandemic and the Global Humanity

COVID-19 Pandemic and the Global Humanity

Has civilization taught us to be more friendly towards one another? Asked Bertrand Russell, the British philosopher and intellectual and explains further:  …Within the herd we are more friendly to each other than are many species of animals, but in our attitude towards those outside the herd, in spite of all that has been done by moralists and religious teachers,[Read More…]

April 5, 2020 World
Coronavirus Pandemic: More than $4 trillion from global economy will be wiped out

Coronavirus Pandemic: More than $4 trillion from global economy will be wiped out

The coronavirus pandemic will hit the global economy in a much bigger way than previously expected, warned the Asian Development Bank (ADB) has warned in its annual economic report –  Asian Development Outlook (ADO) 2020. According to the gloomiest scenario presented by the bank, the impact of the “worst pandemic in a century” will be $4.1 trillion, or 4.8 percent[Read More…]

April 4, 2020 World
74 journalism professors sign letter calling Fox News’ coronavirus coverage a ‘danger to public health’

74 journalism professors sign letter calling Fox News’ coronavirus coverage a ‘danger to public health’

74 journalism professors and journalists signed an open letter addressed to Fox News’ Rupert and Lachlan Murdoch on Thursday, criticizing the network they oversee for its coverage of the coronavirus pandemic. The letter stated, in part, “The Viewers of Fox News, including the president of the United States, have been regularly subjected to misinformation relayed by the network — false statements[Read More…]

April 4, 2020 World
Boastful Pay Cuts: The Coronavirus Incentive

Boastful Pay Cuts: The Coronavirus Incentive

It has become a source of pride.  Highly salaried executives – often, it should be said, receiving pay very much disconnected from the value of their work – making voluntary pay cuts and telling everybody else about it.  In sport, celebrated figures such as Lionel Messi and Christiano Ronaldo have chosen to reduce their enormous pay packages for the sake[Read More…]

April 4, 2020 World
The bigger picture is hiding behind a virus

The bigger picture is hiding behind a virus

Things often look the way they do because someone claiming authority tells us they look that way. If that sounds too cynical, pause for a moment and reflect on what seemed most important to you just a year ago, or even a few weeks ago. Then, you may have been thinking that Russian interference in western politics was a vitally[Read More…]

April 3, 2020 World
Coronavirus Pandemic: Over 1 million cases worldwide, 50,000 dead

Coronavirus Pandemic: Over 1 million cases worldwide, 50,000 dead

The coronavirus pandemic has passed its landmark moment, as over one million people worldwide have tested positive for the disease, according to figures from multiple sources including news agency AFP and the John Hopkins University. More than 51,485 people have died worldwide from the virus. Now, the U.S. is the most-affected country, surpassing China. In Europe, Italy, Spain, Germany and[Read More…]

April 3, 2020 World
U.S. sanctions abort delivery of Covid-19 aid from Alibaba chief to Cuba

U.S. sanctions abort delivery of Covid-19 aid from Alibaba chief to Cuba

Cuba has slammed the U.S.’ “criminal blockade” of the country after the embargo stood in the way of the delivery of Covid-19 test kits and ventilators donated by Chinese e-commerce tycoon Jack Ma. “The criminal blockade of the imperial government violates the human rights of the Cuban people,” tweeted Cuba’s President Miguel Diaz-Canel Bermúdez on Wednesday. Cuba’s envoy to Beijing,[Read More…]

April 3, 2020 World
Trump’s racist rant against China causing ripples in India too

Trump’s racist rant against China causing ripples in India too

Coronavirus, which has claimed more than 45,000 human lives across the world, may not be discriminating between races, but it has given an opportunity to bigots to scapegoat Chinese people and those with Oriental facial features. The virus which originated in Wuhan, China has now spread to more than 150 countries, including Canada and the US. India, which shares a[Read More…]

April 3, 2020 World
The Kings Bay Plowshares 7 activists at oceanfront in Georgia
Photo credit: Kings Bay Plowshares

He’s Got Eight Numbers, Just Like Everybody Else

Trident nuclear disarmament activist Steve Kelly, a Jesuit priest, begins his third year imprisoned in a county jail as he and his companions await sentencing. On April 4, 2020, my friend Steve Kelly will begin a third year of imprisonment in Georgia’s Glynn County jail. He turned 70 while in prison, and while he has served multiple prison sentences for[Read More…]

April 3, 2020 World
Capitalism’s Triple Crisis

Capitalism’s Triple Crisis

Capitalism is facing at least three major crises. A pandemic-induced health crisis has rapidly ignited an economic crisis with yet unknown consequences for financial stability, and all of this is playing out against the backdrop of a climate crisis that cannot be addressed by “business as usual.” Until just two months ago, the news media were full of frightening images of[Read More…]

April 3, 2020 World
Good Karma, Bad Karma… Always Karma

Good Karma, Bad Karma… Always Karma

The old adage should say : Nothing is certain but death and taxes… and Karma. Karma is as real as it gets. The various holy books made sure to state that ‘ What ye sow so shall ye reap’ AKA ‘ What goes around comes around.’ Karma has many flavors, but the end result is always the same: What one[Read More…]

April 3, 2020 World
Is the Covid-19 Pandemic Mother Nature’s Response to Human Transgression?

Is the Covid-19 Pandemic Mother Nature’s Response to Human Transgression?

As the coronavirus sweeps across the planet, leaving death and mayhem in its wake, many theories are being expounded to explain its ferocity. One, widely circulated within right-wing conspiracy circles, is that it originated as a biological weapon developed at a secret Chinese military lab in the city of Wuhan that somehow (perhaps intentionally?) escaped into the civilian population. Although that “theory”[Read More…]

April 2, 2020 World
We Won’t Die for Wall Street

We Won’t Die for Wall Street

In recent weeks, the bankruptcy of global capitalism has been exposed to millions as the system has gone into deep crisis and its representatives have failed to take the measures needed to stem COVID-19’s spread. This has been no accident. As scientists and health care professionals shouted themselves hoarse over the need for an urgent response, Trump and the political[Read More…]

April 2, 2020 World
Catastrophe capitalism: climate change, COVID-19, and economic crisis – An interview of John Bellamy Foster

Catastrophe capitalism: climate change, COVID-19, and economic crisis – An interview of John Bellamy Foster

by Farooque Chowdhury and John Bellamy Foster In the backdrop of the ravaging coronavirus pandemic, John Bellamy Foster, editor of Monthly Review, the famous socialist magazine, discusses the pandemic in relation to the present condition of capitalism and economic crisis in the following interview conducted by Farooque Chowdhury in late-March, 2020. Foster, professor of sociology at the University of Oregon,[Read More…]

April 2, 2020 World
Coronavirus Pandemic: More than 66 million U.S. jobs are at high risk of layoffs

Coronavirus Pandemic: More than 66 million U.S. jobs are at high risk of layoffs

As the coronavirus wreaks havoc on the U.S. economy, more than 66 million jobs across sales, production, and food preparation services are at “high risk” of layoffs, finds Charles Gascon, a St. Louis Federal Reserve regional economist. Using 2018 occupational data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) detailing 808 occupations, Charles Gascon found that 66.8 million people —[Read More…]

April 2, 2020 World
Coronavirus Pandemic: U.S. National Park staff revolts, says shut them down

Coronavirus Pandemic: U.S. National Park staff revolts, says shut them down

Frustrated by what he considered inadequate answers about why some staff could telework while others had to show up to work, Lyndon B. Johnson Historic Park maintenance worker Trevor Wright took matters into his own hands — with an all-staff email. “No one has ever died because they were not able to see LBJ’s ranch or ancestral settlement on any[Read More…]

April 2, 2020 World
 Could COVID-19 Reshape Global Leadership?

 Could COVID-19 Reshape Global Leadership?

Co-Written by Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J S Davies Credit: CODEPINK 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 been achieved in its efforts to contain[Read More…]

April 2, 2020 World
Coronavirus deaths in US nearing 4,000 as Trump washes his hands of responsibility

Coronavirus deaths in US nearing 4,000 as Trump washes his hands of responsibility

Co-Written by Benjamin Mateus and Patrick Martin The coronavirus killed at least 812 people in the United States Tuesday, the highest death toll since the pandemic began, while nearly 25,000 new cases were reported, bringing the total number infected to more than 188,000, the largest number in the world by far. Along with the unprecedented scale of the infection, its[Read More…]

April 1, 2020 World
California tenants are on rent strikes as Covid-19 relief falls short

California tenants are on rent strikes as Covid-19 relief falls short

Tenants across California are organizing rent strikes for the month of April. The strikers’ argument: They will not be able to pay their landlords for the foreseeable future and that the minimal protections now in place fail to provide relief for vulnerable renters. As Covid-19 shelter-in-place orders have led to a surge in unemployment and slowed down the state’s economy,[Read More…]

April 1, 2020 World
An OEB class on evolutionary genomics and museum collections underscores a multi-university initiative to integrate museum collections into classroom teaching.  Post-doctoral fellow Sarah Kocher teaches the class, which is joined remotely by others via video. Jon Chase/Harvard Staff Photographer

Signing in and Dropping Out: Coronavirus and the Virtual University

It was made with little thought but a good deal of high-minded urgency: Evacuate your office, take what you can, and prepare for the virtual world.  Fill in a form, tell us if you actually pinched the office computer.  This was the message that was sent to academic staff across Australia in the second half of March.  Australian universities were[Read More…]

April 1, 2020 World
Trade wars and other geopolitical tensions strain US–China scientific collaborations

Trade wars and other geopolitical tensions strain US–China scientific collaborations

Global problems like pandemics and climate change demand global cooperation, but US creates hurdles as part of its trade war. It has increasingly displayed chauvinism and racism in recent times. This summer a tenured physics professor at a Texas university received a letter from his employer expressing concern about the professor’s plans to co-chair a conference in China. The letter[Read More…]

April 1, 2020 World
Death dancing, No mourning

Death dancing, No mourning

Co-Written by Ayaz Nabi Malik/Khan Mudasir Death is more universal than life, everyone dies but not everyone lives”. (Andrew Sachs)   There used to be a word sending chills down the spine of people from early times, but as the world progressed the word continuously lost its pain and sooner it became the norm of town. In the journey of[Read More…]

March 31, 2020 World
 Coronavirus: What’s Happening?

 Coronavirus: What’s Happening?

The most recent data indicate a decrease in the number of coronavirus infections in Italy. That means we could get out of the epidemic in the coming months. But why do we expect this trend? It is explained in the field of Science called “epidemiology” that studies how epidemics spread. The first epidemiology studies date back to 1927, when two[Read More…]

March 31, 2020 World
Collation of Global Health Data: A Response to COVID-19 Pandemic

Collation of Global Health Data: A Response to COVID-19 Pandemic

Co-Written by Jitamanyu Sahoo & Syed Mujtaba Hussain Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is expanding rapidly and had been detected in more than 190 countries globally. The absence of precise epidemiological and clinical data at the on-set of the out-break have upset the public health decision-making taken by several countries. At the time when health system runs on data, from disease[Read More…]

March 31, 2020 World
People wearing protective face masks walk on a street in Beijing, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020. South Korea and China both reported a rise in new virus cases on Sunday, as the South Korean prime minister warned that the fast-spreading outbreak linked to a local church and a hospital in the country's southeast had entered a "more grave stage." (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

WHO warns: Coronavirus pandemic in Asia is far from over

In view of some Asian countries slowing down the spread of the coronavirus, officially Covid-19, pandemic, the World Health Organization (WHO) experts have warned: No country should let its guard down. “Let me be clear. The epidemic is far from over in Asia and the Pacific,” said Takeshi Kasai, WHO Regional Director for the Western Pacific. Takeshi Kasai was talking[Read More…]

March 31, 2020 World
Coronavirus Pandemic: Goldman Sachs on possible future changes

Coronavirus Pandemic: Goldman Sachs on possible future changes

The coronavirus pandemic is influencing the entire human world. The pandemic’s impact and the changes it will bring are searched. After the crisis is over, there will be many changes. The longer the pandemic lasts, the more people may embrace new aspects of lifestyle. The global oil industry has been hit hard. Oil prices have crushed. Long-term viability of many[Read More…]

March 31, 2020 World
This too Shall Pass

This too Shall Pass

We cannot allow a little, invisible virus to defeat or define us as humanity Amid this deepening darkness of all-round doom and gloom, there is a ray of hope at last.  The raging global pandemic of Coronavirus has killed all chances of US President Donald Trump being re-elected, exults Swaminathan A Aiyer.  No matter how well he handles the virus,[Read More…]

March 31, 2020 World
The Swedish Alternative: Coronavirus as a Grand Gamble

The Swedish Alternative: Coronavirus as a Grand Gamble

As draconian lockdowns, punitive regimes and surveillance become the norm of the coronavirus world, Sweden has treaded more softly in the field.  This is certainly in contrast to its Scandinavian cousins, Denmark and Norway.  The rudiments of a life uninterrupted generally remain in place. Cafes, restaurants and shops, for the most part, remain open and stocked.  As do gyms and[Read More…]

March 31, 2020 World
 ‘Chinese Virus’ Rhetoric Shows Ineptness Of U.S. Politicians

 ‘Chinese Virus’ Rhetoric Shows Ineptness Of U.S. Politicians

  The Western mass media is extremely busy frightening its own citizens and the entire world with statements like: “A leaked government document has suggested up to 500,000 people could die from coronavirus if the disease is able to infect up to 80 per cent of the country.” That’s what The Independent wrote on 26 February 2020. And that horrifying number of[Read More…]

March 31, 2020 World
Fool Me Once…..

Fool Me Once…..

Shame on YOU. Ok, one need not be a financial genius or economist to know that in 2008-09 Uncle Sam gave away the store to the failing Wall Street banks and investment corporations. We paid for it, you and me working stiff taxpayers, to the tune of well over one trillion US dollars. What did the so called ‘ bailout[Read More…]

March 30, 2020 World
Netanyahu uses coronavirus to lure rival Gantz into ‘emergency’ government

Netanyahu uses coronavirus to lure rival Gantz into ‘emergency’ government

Nazareth: Benny Gantz, the former Israeli general turned party leader, agreed late last week to join his rival Benjamin Netanyahu in an “emergency government” to deal with the coronavirus epidemic. Two weeks ago he had won a wafer-thin majority vote in the parliament that gave him first shot at trying to put together a coalition government. Instead he has conceded[Read More…]

March 30, 2020 World
Coronavirus Pandemic:  Deaths Surge

Coronavirus Pandemic:  Deaths Surge

According to Johns Hopkins University on Sunday, there are more than 721,000 coronavirus cases and 33,900 deaths worldwide. The U.S. now leads the world with more than 120,000 confirmed cases while the U.S. coronavirus deaths surge past 2,000. Dr. Anthony Fauci said Sunday that the U.S. could experience more than 100,000 deaths and millions of infections. Italy Coronavirus deaths in[Read More…]

March 30, 2020 World
An Inglorious Opportunity: Coronavirus and Emergency Powers

An Inglorious Opportunity: Coronavirus and Emergency Powers

There has been a hurried spate of cancellations and suspensions of elections across the globe because of the risk posed by COVID-19.  The trend is unsurprising.  In the age of post-democratic process, suspending the procedure should only induce a cough of recognition.  But it is troubling for those who take the ceremonial aspect of these things seriously. Such tendencies have[Read More…]

March 30, 2020 World
How My Dad Predicted the Decline of America

How My Dad Predicted the Decline of America

My dad was born in 1917. Somehow, he survived the Spanish Flu pandemic of 1918-1919, but an outbreak of whooping cough in 1923 claimed his baby sister, Clementina. One of my dad’s first memories was seeing his sister’s tiny white casket. Another sister was permanently marked by scarlet fever. In 1923, my dad was hit by a car and spent two weeks in a[Read More…]

March 30, 2020 World
Impact of Covid-19 and What Needs To Be Done?

Impact of Covid-19 and What Needs To Be Done?

  This situation implies that the global economy is staring at a depression. In brief, the situation is worse than a war since demand has collapsed. The spread of Covid19 has rapidly spun out of control the world over and needs to be tackled urgently. Though the problem is global there are national specificities that require nuanced approaches. There are[Read More…]

March 30, 2020 World
In defence of Chinese people and their revolution

In defence of Chinese people and their revolution

The ugly head of racism is out in open air amidst COVID-19 pandemic.  The racism against Chinese people and propaganda against the achievements of the Chinese revolution spreads like coronavirus. The anti-Chinese media coverage also replicates the history of anti-communist propaganda and campaign against the Soviet Union from the days of its inception to fall. The anti-Soviet propaganda continues to[Read More…]

March 30, 2020 World
On rogue call centres and India’s reputation in Canada  

On rogue call centres and India’s reputation in Canada  

During his daily coronavirus press update on March 26, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau cautioned Canadians about what he called “a text scam.” He was referring to a message that many Canadians had begun to receive on their cell phones within hours of the government announcing financial assistance to people affected by COVID-19 in terms of loss of employment or[Read More…]

March 30, 2020 World
The Globalization of a Pandemic

The Globalization of a Pandemic

My History teacher used to tell us, “If France sneezes, the whole of Europe catches cold”, but we are not at that anymore. I wish we were, but we are not. We are far more interconnected, far more intertwined and a lot more interdependent. In fact, the global world has taught us that if any one region sneezes, the whole[Read More…]

March 29, 2020 World
Economists’ solutions to health crises can be disastrous

Economists’ solutions to health crises can be disastrous

  Classical economics helped kill millions in the British Empire’s famines; following economic orthodoxy today could be just as deadly I’m writing this at 585,000 worldwide active cases, 26,000 deaths, and with only China and South Korea seemingly under some sort of control (using a social metric tool, Worldometer). The stimulus package announced by the US government is at $2 trillion,[Read More…]

March 29, 2020 World
How Will The World Look Like After COVID-19?

How Will The World Look Like After COVID-19?

Fabrizio Verde of L’Antidiplomatico interviews Andre Vltchek [During this exchange, both men are “locked up”. Verde in Naples, Vltchek in Santiago de Chile]   * FV: How will be the world after the Covid-19? AV: Totally different and I’d like to believe, much better. But before it gets better, millions of people will lose their lives, and perhaps hundreds of[Read More…]

March 29, 2020 World
epa06747281 Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director general of the World Health Organization (WHO), attends a press conference at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, 18 May 2018. The WHO Director-General answered questions ahead of the World Health Assembly and following the meeting of an International Health Regulations Emergency Committee on Ebola in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.  EPA-EFE/VALENTIN FLAURAUD

Letter to the Director General of WHO

To Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus Director General WHO Dear Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, I am writing this letter as a concerned senior citizen from India, at the manner in which COVID19 is sweeping across the planet, raising questions about the global community’s ability to contain the spread of the virus. It is ironic that the country which hosts WHO should[Read More…]

March 29, 2020 World
Humanity And Earth’s Survival Hang In The Balance With COVID-19

Humanity And Earth’s Survival Hang In The Balance With COVID-19

The COVID-19 Pandemic now is the most dramatic modern historical wake-up call and reminder that whether the threat is to the continued survival of Humanity, the Earth or Life itself, an unprecedented massive political-economical-financial-environmental-societal sea change must occur to the entire structure of modern human civilization that continues to cause an escalating collapse of the human world’s protective borders to:[Read More…]

March 29, 2020 World
Is Bangladesh capable to fight coronavius?

Is Bangladesh capable to fight coronavius?

With five reported deaths case of COVID-19, the question of tackling countrymen from the probable havoc. It’s a crucial question for Bangladesh as the country has, after all, no logistics to combat it. Bangladesh, which was liberated from Pakistan in 1970, is now claiming to touch the layer of the richest countries by 2041, although I see queues of shoppers[Read More…]

March 29, 2020 World
Reflections on the Post-Pandemic World

Reflections on the Post-Pandemic World

Life as we have hitherto known and cherished, is likely under a whole lot of pressure. Remember it was only 2-3 weeks back, we would casually stroll into our fav coffee joint and have our coffee cup refilled, or go into the grocery store or a walking trail without worrying about the physical proximity to others. In fact, we actively[Read More…]

March 29, 2020 World
Nothing is especially new with coronavirus

Nothing is especially new with coronavirus

Some of the accounts that my parents shared with me were surprising to me when I was a child. I didn’t doubt their narratives, but they did seem odd to me as a youngster. The first was about children coming to their summer resort and bringing food allocation booklets. Then my folks would pool the books all together to get[Read More…]

March 29, 2020 World
Coronavirus cases in United States surpass 100,000

Coronavirus cases in United States surpass 100,000

The number of officially confirmed coronavirus cases in the United States is now greater than 102,000, while the number of deaths caused by COVID-19 has surpassed 1,600. This includes more than 16,500 new cases yesterday, the most anywhere in the world, along with nearly 300 new deaths. The country alone now accounts for more than one-sixth of all coronavirus cases[Read More…]

March 28, 2020 World
America is Now Democratic Socialist: The Failure of Neoliberal Free Enterprise

America is Now Democratic Socialist: The Failure of Neoliberal Free Enterprise

Take careful notice – as of March 2020, the United States is operating as a more than strict Democratic Socialist system. The government is regulating aspects of American life — economic, social, and medical. The Federal Reserve is printing money and making it available to financial and commercial industries and the public. Americans are being told what to do, what[Read More…]

March 28, 2020 World
As Corona Crashes Capitalism, Whatsapp Sings of Conspiracies

As Corona Crashes Capitalism, Whatsapp Sings of Conspiracies

As more and more people die of COVID-19, WhatsApp is busy knitting conspiracy theories looking for traces of biological warfare amid this Coronavirus Crisis. Good old right started it, with tales of ‘Communist’ China synthesizing Corona to suppress Hong Kong uprising but as it overtook the western ‘free world’, songs of trade wars unleashing this deadly virus entered our whatsapp[Read More…]

March 28, 2020 World
We Won’t Go Back to Normal, Because Normal Was the Problem

We Won’t Go Back to Normal, Because Normal Was the Problem

It is hard to remember that just a few weeks ago; our country was in motion, a moving anarchy that is how many westerners call India. There were protests all over the country over citizenship issue CAA, NPR and NCR. There was communal riot in Delhi where Hindus killed Muslims and vise-versa. Human divided themselves into religion and gunned for[Read More…]

March 28, 2020 World
Total coronavirus cases in United States surge past Italy, China

Total coronavirus cases in United States surge past Italy, China

The United States is rapidly becoming the epicenter of the global coronavirus pandemic. The number of cases in the country rocketed past both those in Italy and China. The US now has the largest number of officially recorded cases of COVID-19, 85,594, and the largest number of new cases in a 24-hour period, more than 17,000. The death toll in[Read More…]

March 27, 2020 World
Why is the U.S. so exceptionally vulnerable to Covid-19?

Why is the U.S. so exceptionally vulnerable to Covid-19?

The United States has become the new center of the global coronavirus pandemic, with over 86,000 cases, more than China or Italy. More than a thousand Americans have already died, but this is surely only the very beginning of this deadly collision between the U.S.’s uniquely inadequate public healthcare system and a real pandemic. On the other hand, China and South Korea, which both have universal public health systems that cover the bulk of their people’s healthcare needs, have already turned the tide on Covid-19[Read More…]

March 27, 2020 World
Coronavirus Pandemic: Global cases cross 500,000 with more than 24,000 deaths

Coronavirus Pandemic: Global cases cross 500,000 with more than 24,000 deaths

Coronavirus cases surpassed 530,000 worldwide, with more than 24,000 deaths while the U.S. now leads the world with more than 85,500 confirmed coronavirus, officially COVID-19, cases, overtaking China and Italy. There have been more than 1,288 deaths in the U.S. At least 122,000 people around the world have recovered. Among the recovered in Italy was an 86-year-old woman who was released[Read More…]

March 27, 2020 World
Kerala is a Beacon to the World for Taking on the Coronavirus

Kerala is a Beacon to the World for Taking on the Coronavirus

Co-Written by Vijay Prashad & Subin Dennis K.K. Shailaja is the health minister in the Left Democratic Front government in Kerala, the state in the southwest of India that has a population of 35 million people. On January 25, 2020, she convened a high-level meeting to discuss the outbreak of COVID-19 in Wuhan, China. What had particularly worried her is[Read More…]

March 27, 2020 World
 The Coronavirus and the Real Threats to American Safety and Freedom

 The Coronavirus and the Real Threats to American Safety and Freedom

Americans are facing “A Spring Unlike Any Before.” So warned a front-page headline in the March 13th New York Times. That headline, however hyperbolic, was all too apt. The coming of spring has always promised relief from the discomforts of winter. Yet, far too often, it also brings its own calamities and afflictions. According to the poet T.S. Eliot, “April is the[Read More…]

March 27, 2020 World
The Virus of Sanctions: Flattening the Curve

The Virus of Sanctions: Flattening the Curve

The violence of this disease was such that the sick communicated it to the healthy who came near them, just as a fire catches anything dry or oily near it. And it even went further. To speak to or go near the sick brought infection and a common death to the living; and moreover, to touch the clothes or anything[Read More…]

March 27, 2020 World
Recognizing and Resisting the Hasbara Pandemic

Recognizing and Resisting the Hasbara Pandemic

Steady media reports on the rising number of the novel Coronavirus infections and its human toll have contributed to a global psychology of fear where entire populations are succumbing their free will to those in positions of authority, elected and otherwise.   But while we try to keep ourselves safe during this pandemic, a deadlier and more destructive virus creeping in[Read More…]

March 27, 2020 World
Novel Pandemonium

Novel Pandemonium

COVID-19 (Coronavirus disease) is novel in many ways. It has affected 155 countries till date with ever-changing case numbers (283,00 worldwide) and mortality rate pegged at 1 percent with inter-country variations. This rapid rate of spread occurred in barely 3-4 months with first case suspected to have reported in China in November 2019. The world has witnessed the extraordinary containment[Read More…]

March 27, 2020 World
The Real Pandemic Danger Is Social Collapse

The Real Pandemic Danger Is Social Collapse

As the Global Economy Comes Apart, Societies May, Too As of March 2020, the entire world is affected by an evil with which it is incapable of dealing effectively and regarding whose duration no one can make any serious predictions. The economic repercussions of the novel coronavirus pandemic must not be understood as an ordinary problem that macroeconomics can solve[Read More…]

March 27, 2020 World
A viral climate of fear

A viral climate of fear

Where the virus may potentially claim the lives of hundreds of thousands or even millions of people, global heating above 4oC is bound to claim the lives of billions, yet most governments hardly listen to the science By the 25 March 2020 more than 4% of Covid-19 patients, nearly 19,000 people, tragically died worldwide, with more to come, and each[Read More…]

March 26, 2020 World
Coronademic: Venezuela’s drives obstructed

Coronademic: Venezuela’s drives obstructed

The entire human world is fighting to defeat a demon today. It’s coronademic – coronavirus pandemic. The fight demands a globally concerted, unified effort. Venezuela should not be left lurching in the pandemic-wilderness even if one of its original sins is to resisting imperialism. But, the Bolivarian Republic is being obstructed in its fight against the pandemic. Imperialism is carrying[Read More…]

March 26, 2020 World
The danger of the far right today

The danger of the far right today

With right-wing politicians, like Hungarian premier, Viktor Orbán, not slow to blame ‘foreigners’ for the coronavirus crisis, the looming world downturn could provide new opportunities for the far right to develop. The continuing murderous activity in Europe and further afield, largely by small right-wing groups and even individuals – ‘lone wolves’ – has drawn increased attention of writers and commentators[Read More…]

March 26, 2020 World
WHO Director General Requests Global Humanitarian Response In The Face Of COVID-19

WHO Director General Requests Global Humanitarian Response In The Face Of COVID-19

The World Health Organization Director General said on March 25, 2020: Now is the time for solidarity in the face of this threat to all of humanity. He said the coronavirus, officially COVID-19, pandemic has accelerated over the last two weeks and while coronavirus is a threat to people everywhere, what is most worrying is the danger the virus poses[Read More…]

March 26, 2020 World
Climbing the Deadly Curves of COVID-19 and Capitalism

Climbing the Deadly Curves of COVID-19 and Capitalism

Co-Written by Stan Cox and Priti Gulati Cox An embroidery work illustrating the early course of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United  States—more images of which are posted here at the Sidewalk Museum of Congress—follows the exponential growth in number of confirmed cases. The cumulative number rose very slowly through February, reached 100 on March 2, then leaped to 1,000[Read More…]

March 26, 2020 World
Our leaders are terrified. Not of the virus – of us

Our leaders are terrified. Not of the virus – of us

You can almost smell the fear-laden sweat oozing from the pores of television broadcasts and social media posts as it finally dawns on our political and media establishments what the coronavirus actually means. And I am not talking about the threat posed to our health. A worldview that has crowded out all other thinking for nearly two generations is coming[Read More…]

March 26, 2020 World
COVID-19: Misinformation, Education And The Need For Clarity

COVID-19: Misinformation, Education And The Need For Clarity

The recent explosion of COVID-19 cases in the South East Asian region has contributed to the globally growing pandemic that has impacted our global social order and may have many dramatic unforeseen consequences to come It has exposed the fragility of our dynamic inter-connected systems, the lack of adequate response from world leaders in an aggressively deteriorating situation, and perhaps[Read More…]

March 25, 2020 World
The History of Bioweapons And Why Coronavirus Isn’t One

The History of Bioweapons And Why Coronavirus Isn’t One

Humans have always been the masterminds of what doesn’t belong to humankind just to satisfy innate desires of being superior to the other. Wars have been created not to dismantle other nations, but to showcase their superiority. The subsequent development of science has led to the invention of modern weapons for better warfare. It rose from picking up guns and[Read More…]

March 25, 2020 World
Coronavirus Pandemic: Countries start hoarding food

Coronavirus Pandemic: Countries start hoarding food

Countries have started hoarding food, threatening global trade while Jeff Bezos, the world’s richest man, is seeking money from public for his staff’s relief fund. The richest man has faced backlash. A Bloomberg report said on March 25, 2020: Some governments are moving to secure domestic food supplies during the conoravirus pandemic. Kazakhstan, one of the world’s biggest shippers of[Read More…]

March 25, 2020 World
Coronavirus and the Prison Industrial Complex

Coronavirus and the Prison Industrial Complex

The legacy of the coronavirus pandemic, at least in so far as responses are concerned, is thickening by the day.  Behavioural changes are being urged, language is rapidly evolving (spot the “covidiot” amongst you) and the policy of health surveillance is being pushed.  Another field where the virus has triggered interest is the very idea of incarceration.  Prison may be[Read More…]

March 25, 2020 World
 Corona and Blind Faith 

 Corona and Blind Faith 

A strong unquestionable faith drives a small segment of people within every religious group. Facts don’t matter to them, and now, they are challenging the ban on gatherings to minimize the spread of Corona. Is there a religious group out there that is devoid of defiant people? A few examples are listed here below; please note that a majority of[Read More…]

March 25, 2020 World
COVID-19 Amid Misplaced Priorities

COVID-19 Amid Misplaced Priorities

Co-Written by Mohd. Asif Shah & Ayaz Nabi Malik                                Ideally human being was created as the crown of creation with dignity, bestowing him with the unique qualities of reason, emotion, sanity, morality and capacity to sift between right and wrong. This superiority was basically meant[Read More…]

March 25, 2020 World
Islamic Economy

Islamic Economy

I’ve been requested to write a second part about the basic principles and benefits of an Islamic economy and answer some questions.  The first part The Global Casino Economy has been published on https://orientalreview.org/2020/03/11/the-global-casino-economy/ The principles of the Islamic economy are based on 5 basic essentials viz Fixed Zakat- collection and distribution- for the needy, destitute and the poor Muslim[Read More…]

March 25, 2020 World
Europe’s coronavirus death toll passes 10,000

Europe’s coronavirus death toll passes 10,000

More than 10,000 people have been killed by coronavirus across the European continent. The gruesome milestone has been reached just five weeks after the first death was recorded on the continent, in France, on February 15. With yesterday’s 1,414 new deaths, the total for the entire continent reached 10,220 deaths from 192,663 cases. Among the European Union’s 27 countries, 9,720[Read More…]

March 24, 2020 World
Covid-19:  Analysis of the Global Pandemic as on 20 March 2020

Covid-19:  Analysis of the Global Pandemic as on 20 March 2020

The 2009 swine flu pandemic caused by a new strain of H1N1 virus infected as many as 1.4 billion people across the globe and killed between 151,700 and 575,400 people, during eight months according to the US Centre for Disease Control.  The newly emerged coronavirus disease of 2019 (Covid-19) caused by SARS-Cov-2 virus is nowhere near that, at least as[Read More…]

March 24, 2020 World
Hubei, China’s first locked-down province to reopen on March 25

Hubei, China’s first locked-down province to reopen on March 25

The War Against Coronavirus is being successfully waged in countries. Thousands of scientists in countries are working round-the-clock while drugs are being tested at different levels including clinical test by Chinese and Russian scientists. China is lifting travel restrictions on Hubei Province on Wednesday, as China’s fight against coronavirus, officially designated Covid-19, and is yielding positive results. Even constraints on[Read More…]

March 24, 2020 World
Lessons from a crisis

Lessons from a crisis

In Chinese the word ‘crisis’ apparently is spelt with two characters. The one suggests danger and the other opportunity. Such understanding of a crisis has never looked more meaningful than in the present. The current situation has driven everyone to set all priorities aside and concentrate only on the one adversary. As someone rightly said, the present situation is worse[Read More…]

March 24, 2020 World
Observing Elites Manipulate Our Fear: COVID-19, Propaganda and Knowledge

Observing Elites Manipulate Our Fear: COVID-19, Propaganda and Knowledge

While humans stand on the brink of precipitating our own extinction, with the prospects of now averting this remote – see ‘Human Extinction Now Imminent and Inevitable? A Report on the State of Planet Earth’ – virtually everyone remains unaware of the critical nature of our plight. Moreover, the ongoing human death toll from the activities that are generating this[Read More…]

March 24, 2020 World
Coronavirus check iat Santiago Airport, Chile

 8 Day Journey From Hong Kong To Chile, COVID-19 On My Tail

Text and Photos: Andre Vltchek Imagine that you are in Hong Kong, in a city where “you are actually not supposed to be”, in the first place. You are ready to go home, to South America. But just two days before your departure, via Seoul and Amsterdam, your first Sky Team carrier, Korean Air, unceremoniously decides to cancel all flights[Read More…]

March 24, 2020 World
Technology of Death: The Not-So-Shocking Report on Israeli Weapons Exports

Technology of Death: The Not-So-Shocking Report on Israeli Weapons Exports

The Middle East region, battered by wars and adjoining humanitarian crises that have left millions of people stateless, hungry and diseased, is in urgent need for peace, security and reconstruction. Thanks to the US, Russian, French, Israeli and other weapons manufacturers, however, it is now the dumping ground for military hardware, an ominous sign for the years ahead. Data released[Read More…]

March 24, 2020 World
Coronavirus on East Coast of USA

Coronavirus on East Coast of USA

First, this information at the link below in its second half conforms to the “secret” information that my nephew knows. His is from US government sources that indicate that half of Americans will likely get the virus. Second, his father is writing an exam for tomorrow for some of his approximately 120 students. He is concerned that the remote viewing[Read More…]

March 24, 2020 World
COVID-19: Four Suggestions

COVID-19: Four Suggestions

Just a few days after the outbreak and spread of COVID-19 in China, it became clear that the world economy will be badly hit due to this epidemic. Nearly three months since, it has also become clear that the downside impact on the economy will be far-reaching. The long-standing trade war between Chinese President Xi Jinping and US President Donald[Read More…]

March 24, 2020 World
Coronavirus kills more than 2,600 across Europe in one weekend

Coronavirus kills more than 2,600 across Europe in one weekend

The coronavirus pandemic surged across Europe this weekend, with more than 2,600 deaths, the majority of them in Italy, followed by Spain, France, Britain, the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany. The weekend toll by itself nearly equaled the entire three-month death toll in China, where the epidemic began. On Sunday alone there were 1,287 deaths and 17,303 new cases, with Italy,[Read More…]

March 23, 2020 World
Coronavirus pandemic: 37 million U.S. jobs could be lost but gun sales spur

Coronavirus pandemic: 37 million U.S. jobs could be lost but gun sales spur

U.S. Private Sector Job Quality Index estimates that some 37 million domestic jobs are vulnerable to layoffs. Hardest hit would be limited- and full-service restaurants, with some 9 million jobs at risk of layoffs in the near term. Fields such as education have some 3.2 million jobs at risk, while general stores have 2.8 million, according to the report. The[Read More…]

March 23, 2020 World
What Americans Don’t Know About Military Families

What Americans Don’t Know About Military Families

  As each of my husband’s Navy submarine deployments came to an end, local spouses would e-mail me about the ship’s uncertain date of return. They were attempting to sell tickets to a raffle in which the winner would be the first to kiss her returning sailor. When the time came, journalists would hover to capture the image as hundreds[Read More…]

March 23, 2020 World
Business as Usual: Coronavirus, Iran and US Sanctions

Business as Usual: Coronavirus, Iran and US Sanctions

Never discount the importance of venality in international relations.  While pandemics should provide the glue for a unified front in response – we keep being told of fighting this horrendous “invisible enemy” – it’s business as usual in other respects.  The United States, with a disparate, confused medical system that risks being overwhelmed, remains committed against that other country floundering[Read More…]

March 23, 2020 World
The Cornavirus Pandemic: Capitalism is questioned

The Cornavirus Pandemic: Capitalism is questioned

The ramping coronavirus pandemic is questioning capitalism as at least a billion people around the world are confined in homes. Millions of workers have already lost jobs. A bleak future waits for them. Governments are struggling to face the situation. The United States, considered the most powerful, the most resourceful, the wisest and the smartest state, is actually in a[Read More…]

March 22, 2020 World
COVID-19 Pandemic Slows Down In China

COVID-19 Pandemic Slows Down In China

China is slowing down the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. A Beijing datelined AFP said a few days ago: China reported on Tuesday just one new domestic coronavirus infection but found 20 more cases imported from abroad, with more regions imposing quarantines on foreign arrivals in a bid to stem the disease being brought in from overseas. The single case[Read More…]

March 22, 2020 World
Coronavirus pandemic: countries massively increase surveillance of phone

Coronavirus pandemic: countries massively increase surveillance of phone

As coronavirus sweeps across the globe, governments are stepping up surveillance of their citizens. Some countries are collecting anonymized data to study movement of people more generally, while others are providing detailed information about individuals’ movements. Governments across the world are galvanizing every surveillance tool at their disposal to help stem the spread of the novel coronavirus. Countries have been[Read More…]

March 22, 2020 World
Coronavirus: Africa finds extremely rapid evolution of pandemic, says UN

Coronavirus: Africa finds extremely rapid evolution of pandemic, says UN

More African countries have closed their borders as the coronavirus’ local spread threatened to turn the continent of 1.3 billion people into an alarming new front for the pandemic. Africa is seeing an “extremely rapid evolution,” the World Health Organization’s (WHO) regional chief, Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, told reporters. Thirty-six of Africa’s 54 countries now have cases, with the total over[Read More…]

March 22, 2020 World
Desirable Deaths, Malignant Neglect

Desirable Deaths, Malignant Neglect

 Bella Ciao! Bella Ciao! A song which traces its origins to the struggles of working women (rice-weeders) in 19th-century Northern Italy, and which later became an anthem of anti-fascist struggles there, recently made a comeback on the streets of Rome. Well, there was no mass gathering, obviously, but you could hear people’s voices sing not only Bella Ciao from windows and balconies but many[Read More…]

March 22, 2020 World
The Threat Beyond The COVID-19 Crisis

The Threat Beyond The COVID-19 Crisis

  Coronaviruses are a group of related viruses which cause disease in mammals and birds. The SARS-CoV-2 virus causes Covid-19, which is highly contagious and spreads very fast, but is not yet proven as a bigger killer than SARS and MERS, which belong to the same group. The Covid-19 pandemic has so far caused about 11,000 deaths worldwide. Without trivializing[Read More…]

March 22, 2020 World
COVID-19 Pandemic & Coronavirus Suppression – Should Australian Schools Close?

COVID-19 Pandemic & Coronavirus Suppression – Should Australian Schools Close?

The world is in the grip of a COVID-19 pandemic that is now impacting relatively poor countries in Africa and South Asia. Rich island continent Australia (population 25 million) has only about 1,000 cases so far and has achieved this through tough travel bans, selective testing, contact tracing, case isolation, quarantine and public education. However there is a big debate[Read More…]

March 22, 2020 World
The Pandemic Surveillance State

The Pandemic Surveillance State

In anticipation of the post-COVID-19 world, bold statements are being made on how we will, as a race, be wiser, even kinder; cautious, and reflective.  If history is ever a lesson on anything, such statements are bound to be the fatuous utterances of a moment, soon forgotten.  What is left, instead, are the policy legacies, the detritus of bad decisions[Read More…]

March 22, 2020 World
Fear of COVID 19 must not let us ignore the virus of bigoted minds

Fear of COVID 19 must not let us ignore the virus of bigoted minds

It was a nice sunny, but chilly afternoon on Saturday, March 15. A perfect day for a rally at Surrey’s Holland Park. The Coalition Against Bigotry (CAB) had organized a demonstration in protest against the recent appearance of racist flyers close to the Guru Nanak Sikh Temple, in Surrey-Delta, where Sikh immigrant Nirmal Singh Gill was murdered by white supremacists[Read More…]

March 22, 2020 World
Over 620 deaths in Italy on Friday as coronavirus fatalities surge in Europe

Over 620 deaths in Italy on Friday as coronavirus fatalities surge in Europe

Italy, Spain, Belgium and the UK all recorded their largest death tolls in the global coronavirus pandemic in a single day, Friday. In Italy, which now has the highest number of deaths in the world, a further 627 people perished taking the total to 4,032 fatalities. Another 5,986 new infections were announced in the locked-down country. Some 47,021 people have[Read More…]

March 21, 2020 World
Coronavirus reasoned post for non-italians. Aka, “your government is not taking this seriously enough”

Coronavirus reasoned post for non-italians. Aka, “your government is not taking this seriously enough”

Number of cases per million inhabitants in various EU countries, compared to the level (10/million) China enacted its block, to date the most effective strategy to fight the infection. With 21.6 cases/million inhabitants, for instance, France is recommending people to… wash their hands. We should do more. 1)Italy is the world’s 9th largest economy (not for much longer). 2) It[Read More…]

March 21, 2020 World
Coronavirus,business of sickness and the socialist alternatives

Coronavirus,business of sickness and the socialist alternatives

The coronavirus pandemic is battering lives and wreaking havoc in world economy at the same time. This world wide health and economic crisis reveal the inherent structural fault lines within neoliberal economic system dominated by global corporations. The fault lines are further exacerbated by the amoral market led states that protect interests of big businesses and pharmaceutical corporations. The incoherent,[Read More…]

March 21, 2020 World
Coronavirus: The Unfolding of an Epistemic Crisis

Coronavirus: The Unfolding of an Epistemic Crisis

Epistemology involves the philosophical analysis of the nature of knowledge and how it informs the ontology of the concepts like truth and belief or how beliefs are formed, internalized and justified. Notwithstanding the fact that it is happening, however, the whole process of formation and internalization of these beliefs is almost imperceptible. Since the history of the becoming of beliefs[Read More…]

March 21, 2020 World
Moralising Hoarding, Panic Buying and Coronavirus

Moralising Hoarding, Panic Buying and Coronavirus

Hoarding as moral aberration and ethical breach: the term has recently become the subject of scorn in coronavirus chatter.  In terms of mental disorders, it is “characterized by persistent difficulty discarding or parting with possessions”, though the Coronavirus Hoarder is a breed that adds urgent bulk acquisition to the shopping equation. If you part with it, take advantage of making[Read More…]

March 21, 2020 World
Corona and path to global state of exception: Futility of Solidarity, Civil Liberties

Corona and path to global state of exception: Futility of Solidarity, Civil Liberties

Co-Written by Punsara Amarasinghe And Eshan Jayawardane At this moment the world has indeed been witnessing a plague which looms before humanity as an unmitigated disaster beyond continents, races, religions and all the other so-called social and economic boundaries including the global North-South division. The deplorable conditions in Europe currently portray a nightmare where the congenial lifestyle of Europeans has[Read More…]

March 21, 2020 World
Worldwide job losses from coronavirus pandemic expected to reach 25 million

Worldwide job losses from coronavirus pandemic expected to reach 25 million

Millions of workers throughout the world are being thrown out of work due to the coronavirus pandemic, creating the conditions for an unprecedented economic and social crisis. The International Labor Organization (ILO) has warned that 25 million workers could join the ranks of the unemployed over the next several months. By comparison, the 2008-09 global financial crisis increased global unemployment[Read More…]

March 20, 2020 World
Coronavirus pandemic: Global corporate losses may reach $12 trillion    

Coronavirus pandemic: Global corporate losses may reach $12 trillion    

The economic damage from the coronavirus pandemic will be unprecedented, according to Ray Dalio, the head of one of the world’s largest hedge funds. Ray Dalio says global corporate losses from the pandemic will amount to $12 trillion. Dalio told CNBC: “What is happening has not happened in our lifetime before … What we have is a crisis. There will[Read More…]

March 20, 2020 World
Coronavirus pandemic: U.S. doctors demand immediate release of prisoners and detainees

Coronavirus pandemic: U.S. doctors demand immediate release of prisoners and detainees

Doctors and medical workers across the U.S. raise the alarm about the coronavirus’s risk to prison populations. Thousands of medics have signed an open letter calling upon the immigration authorities to release individuals and families from detention. The letter, which at the time of writing had been signed by more than 3,000 people, is addressed to the director of the[Read More…]

March 20, 2020 World
Coronavirus pandemic hits U.S. and Europe: Biggest factory closing since World War II

Coronavirus pandemic hits U.S. and Europe: Biggest factory closing since World War II

The running coronavirus pandemic is hitting the U.S. and Europe. At first, it was service industries including hotels, restaurants and tourism. Now, the manufacturing sector is taking the hit. There are shutdowns of heavy industry, unprecedented since the World War II. A Bloomberg report said: Automakers in the U.S. and Europe are idling plants. China, Japan and South Korea have[Read More…]

March 20, 2020 World
A Message To Students In Times of COVID-19

A Message To Students In Times of COVID-19

Dear Folks– [This message is going out to students in my Purdue Northwest University(PNW) courses this semester] I hope each of you are safe and well. I want to say hello and touch base with each of you. I am sharing some very serious information below.  Please read.  I do this to get your attention, but not to cause you[Read More…]

March 20, 2020 World
Coronavirus: Economic uncertainty rises

Coronavirus: Economic uncertainty rises

  Supply shocks from China have caused a fall in production and decline in demand, leading to fears of recession. Stock markets globally have declined since the big drop this ‘Manic Monday’. They are reacting to the expected slowdown in the world economy due to the rapid spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus to more than 100 countries. Crude oil prices[Read More…]

March 19, 2020 World
For the 1st time since outbreak, China reports NO NEW LOCAL coronavirus case  

For the 1st time since outbreak, China reports NO NEW LOCAL coronavirus case  

Mainland China has had no new local coronavirus infections over the past 24 hours – the first time since the outbreak began in December. However, China is still struggling to contain imported cases of the disease. Notably, the purported epicenter of the epidemic – Wuhan, in Hubei province – recorded no new locally transmitted infections. The same was true across[Read More…]

March 19, 2020 World
Coronavirus pandemic: China and Cuba send medical teams, equipments and medicine to countries

Coronavirus pandemic: China and Cuba send medical teams, equipments and medicine to countries

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. China sending million masks & gloves to France China is shipping one million surgical masks and gloves to France as the EU member struggles to contain the coronavirus, with Europe[Read More…]

March 19, 2020 World
Photo: Ariel Cecilio Lemus Alvarez

BioCubaFarma guarantees production of 22 medications for the treatment of Covid-19

Although there is no preventive vaccine or specific treatment, at this time, for the new coronavirus SARS COV-2, which causes COVID-19, the Cuban pharmaceutical industry guarantees the production of proven, high efficacy medications, including recombinant human interferon alpha 2b, in addition to another group of drugs that are included in protocols for treating patients with this disease and the complications[Read More…]

March 19, 2020 World
Coronavirus pandemic: Reports from U.S., India, Pakistan, Afghanistan

Coronavirus pandemic: Reports from U.S., India, Pakistan, Afghanistan

US struggles to fill requests for protective gear A Salem, Oregon, March 18, 2020 datelined Associated Press report by Andrew Selsky said: The U.S. government is rushing protective equipment to states, packing dozens of flights and hundreds of trucks with supplies for medical workers who will be on the front lines of the coronavirus fight. But the pandemic has exposed[Read More…]

March 19, 2020 World