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Friday, April 3, 2020
President Donald Trump hands out pens to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin (L) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (C) after signing the CARES act, a $2 trillion rescue package to provide economic relief amid the coronavirus outbreak, at the Oval Office of the White House on March 27, 2020. (Photo: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images) Bill Moyers
"There's Going to Be Scandal Involved in This Bailout. It Is Unquestionable'
Here We Go Again! A discussion between Bill Moyers and Neil Barofksy, former chief inspector general of the TARP program, on big corporate bailouts.
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Neoliberal capitalism will not, and cannot, provide universal health care. (Photo: Jonny White/cc/flickr) Ted Morgan
The Message—and Meaning—of COVID-19
Coronavirus is neoliberalism’s Chernobyl.
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Every city, every community, needs to scale up the capacity to test, trace and isolate infected individuals. (Photo: Marco Cantile/LightRocket via Getty Images) Jeffrey D. Sachs
How US Can Keep Death Toll Far Below the 100,000 Projection
During the coming weeks we must build up the public health systems across the nation.
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"The corporatization of medical care," writes the authors, "may be the single most distinguishing characteristic of the modern US health care system and the one that has had the most profound impact on it since the early 1980s." (Photo: Fatemeh Bahrami/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images) Peter S. Arno, Philip Caper
Medicare for Each of Us in the Age of the Coronavirus
The U.S. public—and increasingly the business community—are becoming acutely aware of the rising costs and inadequacies of our current for-profit system, particularly as the current epidemic unfolds. There is no other choice but Medicare for All.
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Today’s data, combined with yesterday’s unprecedented unemployment insurance claims, show that Congress must act quickly to mitigate as much of the economic harm from the coronavirus as possible. (Photo: Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images) Elise Gould
March’s Huge Job Losses Are Just the Tip of the Iceberg of What’s to Come
EPI estimates that nearly 20 million jobs could be lost by July.
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Thursday, April 2, 2020
Remember hearing at the debates that we can’t afford health care or saving the planet? (Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images) Christopher D. Cook
Where’s the Money for Health Care and Saving the Planet? Well, We Clearly Have It.
The necessary response to the COVID outbreak shows how foolish politicians have been to say there's no money for the things the US—and the world—so desperately need.
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Lloyd Blankfein, Former CEO of Goldman Sachs, Net worth: $1.3 billion. (Photo by Michael Cohen/Getty Images for The New York Times) Rick Claypool
Even During a Pandemic, Plutocrats Prioritize Profits Over People
These 24 billionaires, executives, and right-wing pundits are urging a premature rollback of social distancing, risking millions of American lives.
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Social distancing also has created other ironies for the working poor and communities disproportionately breathing in the particulates of pollution. (Photo: Derrick Jackson) Derrick Z. Jackson
Fighting for a Just COVID-19 Response
The coronavirus gives us the opportunity to declare in our political and medical decisions that we will not drape the cloak of invisibility over historically neglected victims of disaster.
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We need to reform the public assistance program so that more families in need are eligible. (Photo: badsci/flickr/cc) Robert Reich
How to Prepare for the Trump Recession
Stronger safety nets are not only good for individuals and families in need. They will also prevent the looming recession from becoming an even deeper and longer economic crisis.
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We are now in the early stages of another world war, call it World War III, this time against the common enemy of pandemic. John Feffer
We Need a Coronavirus Truce
International cooperation needs to take priority right now, and countries must stop their wars against one another and against their own populations.
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Americans can rightly demand an explanation for the vast gulf between the ideas espoused by free-market advocates and the failure of the market to provide essential social goods, most pressingly right now, healthcare.(Photo: Dave Center/flickr/cc) Dorothee Benz
When the Invisible Hand Gives You the Finger
Corporate media shrug as elite declare loss of profits worse than loss of lives.
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Democratic presidential hopeful Senator Bernie Sanders makes a point as he and former US vice president Joe Biden take part in the 11th Democratic Party 2020 presidential debate in a CNN Washington Bureau studio in Washington, DC on March 15, 2020. (Photo illustration: Original photo by Mandel Ngan/ AFP via Getty Images) Kenny Stancil
The Coronavirus Paradox: Biden's Delegate Lead Increases as the Need for Bernie's Politics Adds Up
The unfolding health and economic crises confirms the importance of moving quickly in the direction Bernie Sanders has been pointing. It is time to construct a new normal that is truly decent—one that is characterized by social and economic democracy.
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Some lawmakers are calling for any upcoming stimulus package to suspend the three-month rule until the economy improves. (Photo: Screenshot) Ed Bolen
Unemployed Workers Can Get SNAP During Health Emergency
States may need to update their public information about eligibility and their application process to enable eligible people to receive SNAP.
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The chart shows that 9.9 million initial unemployment insurance claims have been made over the last two-week period, creating a graphic described as "difficult to stomach" by economic analysts. (Source: The Block/FRED) Heidi Shierholz
'Portrait of Disaster': Initial Unemployment Claims in US Jump from 211,000 to 6.6 million in Just 3 Weeks
Given the incredible deterioration of the labor market in a matter of weeks, federal policymakers will absolutely need to come back and provide more desperately needed relief.
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The only way to avert such a catastrophe and assure ourselves that Earth will not become an avenger planet is to heed Mother Nature’s warning and cease the further desecration of essential ecosystems.  (Photo: Kevin Gill/flickr/cc) Michael T. Klare
Is the Covid-19 Pandemic Mother Nature’s Response to Human Transgression?
The coronavirus may not, in retrospect, prove to be the tipping point that upends human civilization as we know it, but it should serve as a warning that we will experience ever more such events in the future as the world heats up.
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Although Trump has resisted the entreaties of far right uber-hawks in his administration to bomb Iran on several occasions, he may be weakening on that score.  (Photo: Wiktor Szymanowicz / Barcroft Media via Getty Images) Juan Cole
Incompetence on Covid-19 Exposed at Home, Trump Tests Wagging the Dog With Threats Against Iran
One reason for Trump’s saber-rattling against Iran may be that he hopes a conflict with Iran could take the public's mind off his criminal mishandling of the coronavirus.
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A Georgian soldiers wearing protective masks stop a car at a checkpoint in Tbilisi on April 1, 2020 amid concerns over the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. The coronavirus pandemic has claimed more than 30,000 lives in Europe alone, a global tally showed April 1, 2020, in what the head of the United Nations has described as humanity's worst crisis since World War II. (Photo by Vano Shlamov/ AFP via Getty Images) Robert C. Koehler
The Fury and the Folly: We Need a Vaccine to Stop Endless War
What if idealism were the essence of human politics, not its scapegoat?
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Wednesday, April 1, 2020
A health worker takes the temperature of a woman amid concerns over the COVID-19 coronavirus at an entrance of the Pyongchon District People's Hospital in Pyongyang on April 1, 2020. (Photo: Kim Won Jin / AFP via Getty Images) Christine Ahn, Kevin Martin
US Response to Coronavirus in North Korea Can Save Lives and Lead to Peace
The urgency of the situation calls for drastic changes to business as usual. We can turn the COVID-19 crisis into a critical opportunity for international cooperation on the Korean Peninsula by reallocating resources toward protecting human health and reviving the stalled diplomacy between the US...
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Now more than ever, it's clear the U.S. needs a $15 per hour minimum wage and universal health care. (Photo: Shutterstock) Kevin Basl
Thank Farmers and Grocery Workers for Their Service
Our national security depends on those workers who feed us. They deserve a living wage and health care.
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The coronavirus pandemic is reshaping the world and what comes out on the other side may be something completely new when it comes to the global order. (Photo: CodePink) Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J.S. Davies
Could COVID-19 Reshape Global Leadership?
The United States is failing miserably to provide a good example of how to successfully combat COVID-19, but other nations are offering better models of what can be done and should be done.
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A doctor checks the body temperature of a man returning from Iran at a quarantine zone to test for the COVID-19 coronavirus in the Pakistan-Iran border town of Taftan on February 25, 2020. (Photo: Banaras Khan/AFP via Getty Images) Mari Margil
Advancing Change in a Time of Disruption: Forging a New Pathway for Nature
A disruption—such as a global pandemic—can provide a window of opportunity to change our habits and make positive change.
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Fearless Girl Statue by the New York Stock Exchange building is seen at the Financial District in New York City, United States on March 29, 2020. New York is ranked as one of the largest International Financial Centres ("IFC") in the world, now seen so quiet due the Covid-19 pandemic. (Photo: Tayfun Coskun/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images) Carl Rhodes
Where Are All the Woke Capitalists Now?
The COVID-19 crisis clearly shows that the neoliberal experiment has failed to prepare the world for crisis. But, it demonstrates that the experiment is not any good for normal times either.
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U.S. President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence as they participate in a Fox News Virtual Town Hall with Anchor Bill Hemmer, in the Rose Garden of the White House on March 24, 2020 in Washington, DC. Cases of COVID-19 continue to rise in the United States, with New York's case count doubling every three days according to governor Andrew Cuomo. (Photo: Doug Mills-Pool/Getty Images) Timothy Karr
We Must De-Trump the Airwaves to Protect Public Health Amid COVID-19 Outbreak
"This is a life or death issue."
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School children march down Queen Street during a climate change protest on May 24, 2019 in Auckland, New Zealand. Thousands of students across New Zealand are demonstrating in the streets again to fight for climate change action. (Photo: Hannah Peters/Getty Images) Jeff Biggers
'How Are We Supposed to Protect Our Lungs?': Climate Strikers Blast EPA Suspension of Pollution Laws
Greta Thunberg and others argue that the Trump administration has created another "loophole" for environmental destruction.
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Nurses at UCLA Ronald Reagan Medical Center hold a vigil in Los Angeles on March 30, 2020, during the novel coronavirus outbreak. - The vigil was held to celebrate the steps that have been taken at UCLA Ronald Regan Medical Center in protecting nurses' health and safety during the COVID-19 pandemic and to call for further action from the federal government. (Photo: Ringo Chiu/AFP/Getty Images) Amy Silverman
Nurses: We Are the Canaries in the Coronavirus Mine
Instead of saying we're heroes, we need people and organizations to stand up and protest the unsafe working conditions in healthcare facilities all across the country.
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Tuesday, March 31, 2020
People maintain social distancing while standing in line to enter a Trader Joe's as the coronavirus pandemic continues on March 25, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images) Randall Amster
Holding Our Breath, Together and Apart
Crises illuminate our dependency on one another, and on remote chains of production and distribution—but also highlight a resiliency and capacity to live within limits.
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President Donald Trump looks up toward the solar eclipse without protective eyewear on the Truman Balcony at the White House on August 21, 2017 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images) Alex Formuzis
With Air Pollution on the Rise Under Trump, People at Risk of Severe Illness From Coronavirus
On Tuesday, the Trump administration released its final rule rolling back President Obama’s fuel efficiency standards for automobiles, which will allow cars and light trucks to cumulatively emit nearly 1 billion more tons of lung-damaging carbon dioxide over the lifetime of the vehicle fleet than...
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Dave Cooke
Trump Administration Finalizes Car Rule Which Will Worsen Economy, Public Health
This policy is bad for consumers, bad for public health, and bad for the environment.
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Nurses and doctors rallying for Medicare for All in Chicago over the weekend outside the annual gathering of the American Medical Association which currently opposes the plan to make healthcare coverage in the United States available to all. (Photo: National Nurses United/flickr/cc Jesse Jackson
Coronavirus Makes It More Clear Than Ever: Health Care Is a Human Right
We shouldn’t be satisfied with single-payer coverage just during a massive pandemic. This crisis exposes dramatically the foolishness of pretending that health care is a private marketplace. We need Medicare for All now.
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President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence look over some notes as they participate in a Fox News Virtual Town Hall with Anchor Bill Hemmer in the Rose Garden of the White House on March 24, 2020 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Doug Mills-Pool/Getty Images) Robert Reich
In the Name of Profit and Greed, Billionaire Class Declares: 'Back to Work!'
We must put public health over all other concerns.
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During the COVID-19 coronavirus emergency, tourists on the quay of the port of Naples are checked with a thermo scanner by Civil Protection personnel, dressed in overalls and masks to protect themselves. (Photo: Marco Cantile/LightRocket via Getty Images) William Astore
What My Father Taught Me About Living Through Coronavirus Hard Times
Having it easy in the beginning, tough in the end
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin attend a meeting in the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill on March 20, 2020 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images) Matt Gardner
Congress "CARES" for Wealthy With COVID-19 Tax Giveaways
At a time when record numbers of Americans are facing unemployment, state and local governments are facing a perfect storm of growing public investment needs and vanishing tax revenues, and small business owners are struggling to avoid even more layoffs, lavishing tax breaks on the top 1 percent in...
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An elderly couple wearing protective masks walk across a deserted Duomo square in Milan on March 31, 2020, during the country's lockdown aimed at curbing the spread of the COVID-19 infection, caused by the novel coronavirus. (Photo: Miguel Medina / AFP via Getty Images) James Adams , James Barker
Coronavirus Means Tough Decision Time for Seniors
There is little time in this moment to think about "what might have been," but for seniors like us there are now profound questions about what we do next.
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President Donald Trump speaks at the daily coronavirus briefing in the James Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House on March 22, 2020 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images) Mike Lofgren
How a Yale Academic Trolls the Liberals on Trump's Looming Reelection
Walter Russell Mead writes Trump campaign propaganda disguised as analysis.
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Thousands of protesters take the streets during the International Women's Day demonstration on 8 March, 2020 in Madrid, Spain (Photo: Sergio Belena / VIEWpress). Rebecca Gordon
The Future May Be Female, But the Pandemic Is Patriarchal
Feminism in the time of Coronavirus
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Tish O'Dell, Simon Davis-Cohen
Corporate America Is on Offense—Local Communities Can Be Too
This crisis calls for us to challenge the government system that is failing us. Now is an opportunity for radical collective action.
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Monday, March 30, 2020
California Chief Justice Donald Wright (left) swearing in Jerry Brown as governor, January 6, 1975. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons) Richard Eskow
Jerry Brown: Zen and the Art of Pandemic Response
When "small is beautiful" becomes a deadly mantra.
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A flyer protesting the response to the coronavirus posted in the French Quarter on March 15, 2020 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo: Chris Graythen/Getty Images) Diane Archer
In Fighting the Coronavirus Pandemic in the US, Nothing Beats Traditional Medicare
The argument has always been that establishing a public health insurance system would cost too much and cause too much disruption. Now, look around.
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The coronavirus crisis has revealed America’s badly frayed safety net, from underfunded rural hospitals to underpaid workers in the food supply chain. (Photo: Michael Brochstein / Echoes Wire/Barcroft Media via Getty Images) Will Bunch
Will Coronavirus Kill Off the News Business Just When America Realized We Actually Need It?
Journalists providing accurate, real-time information are a critical part of that web.
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A woman elbow bump with the election worker ahead of casting her vote during the Florida primary election at Miami Beach Fire Rescue Station 3 in Miami, on March 17, 2020. (Photo: Chandan Khanna/AFP via Getty Images) Katie Halper
Media Silent as Poll Workers Contract Covid-19 at Primaries That DNC, Biden Campaign Claimed Were Safe
Why have media that have rightly taken Trump and his administration to task for their fatal failures not done the same with Democratic leadership?
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President Donald Trump talks to reporters before signing the coronavirus stimulus relief package in the Oval Office at the White House, on March 27, 2020 (Photo: AP/Evan Vucci) Ani Maitra
COVID-19 and the Neoliberal State of Exception
How do neoliberal governments act in emergency situations when the interests of the private sector top their agenda?
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Does this presumption not apply when the guy being accused is a Democrat running for president?  Tara Reade, who worked with Joe Biden, alleges he inappropriately touched her in 1993. (Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images) Arwa Mahdawi
Why Has the Media Ignored Sexual Assault and Misbehaviour Allegations Against Biden?
Conservatives who didn’t care about the multiple sexual assault allegations against Trump have seized on the accusations while liberals turn a blind eye.
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A man casts his vote during the Florida primary election in Miami, Florida, on March 17, 2020. (Photo: Eva Marie UZCATEGUI / AFP) Norman Solomon
Trump's Mass Negligent Homicide Doesn't Let Democratic Leaders Off the Hook
If leadership is the metric, what is the measure?
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Moderate voters don’t necessarily want a President who takes unpopular positions. They want someone who can reassure Wall Street and stop this nightmare we are all living through. (Photo: Common Dreams / CC BY 3.0) Ruth Conniff
COVID-19 Pandemic Shows That We Don't Need Return to Normalcy—We Need President Bernie Sanders
Middle America: What happened to the revolution?
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Doctors test hospital staff with flu-like symptoms for coronavirus (COVID-19) in set-up tents to triage possible COVID-19 patients outside before they enter the main Emergency department area at St. Barnabas hospital in the Bronx on March 24, 2020 in New York City. New York City has about a third of the nation’s confirmed coronavirus cases, making it the center of the outbreak in the United States. (Photo: Misha Friedman/Getty Images) Dr. Sanjeev K. Sriram
For National Doctors' Day, Forget the Donuts. Can We Get Some Damn Masks?
The inadequate supply of personal protective equipment has already killed patients and providers. This is not only dangerous, it is shameful.
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Humans and the ecosystems of which they are a part are volatile and not always predictable. (Photo: Screenshot) John Buell
Corporate Media Ignores How Privatization of US Hospitals Explains Lack of Beds, Ventilators
The politics of healthcare and Covid19 provide ample reasons for anger—toward corporate healthcare and the corporate media so oblivious to their exploitation.
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The Masque of the Red Death is a 1964 horror film directed by Roger Corman and starring Vincent Price—based on a story by Edgar Allen Poe. The story follows a prince who terrorizes a plague-ridden peasantry while merrymaking in a lonely castle with his jaded courtiers. (Image: Screengrab/Alta Vista Productions) Michael Winship
Pandemic Be Damned, The Business of America Is Business!
Trump tap dances at the Masque of the Red Death.
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Sunday, March 29, 2020
A sign is posted on the door of the Emergency Department at St. Barnabas Hospital on March 23, 2020 in the Bronx borough of New York City. Peter Dreier
There’s No “Trade-Off” Between Saving Lives and Saving the Economy
A humane society doesn’t trade some lives for others
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Voters line-up to cast their ballots at a polling station set up at Noonday Baptist Church for the mid-term elections on November 6, 2018 in Marietta, Georgia. Benjamin Barber
Safeguarding Elections Amid a Pandemic
Civil rights groups say a minimum of $2 billion is needed to properly safeguard the upcoming elections amid the coronavirus crisis.
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Workers hold signs demanding paid sick leave Bama Athreya
A Pandemic Is No Time for Precarious Work
There's never an excuse to send people to work in dangerous conditions with no safety nets and benefits. It's especially horrendous in the midst of coronavirus.
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While some people are undoubtedly upset by the CPB getting $75 million, Boeing is getting more than ten times as much money from the rescue package. Dean Baker
The Relative Generosity of the Economic Rescue Package: Boeing and Public Broadcasting
Being the empathetic crew they are, Trump and the Republicans rushed to set aside a nice chunk of taxpayer dollars for Boeing in their big corporate slush fund.
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Activists practice “physical distancing” at a Saturday morning vigil for Peace in Yemen, Union Square, New York City. (Photo credit: Bill Ofenloch) Kathy Kelly
Vigil for Peace in Yemen, a New Norm
As COVID-19 threatens to engulf war-torn Yemen, it is even more critical to raise awareness of how the war debilitates the country.
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Message reads Water is life Vi Bui
Fighting COVID-19 Starts With Universal Access to Water and Sanitation
Water shutoffs are a huge problem in the U.S.
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Grafitti of heart with message "We are all in this together." David Korten
Why Coronavirus Is Humanity’s Wake-Up Call
Seeing now the profound failure of our existing institutions, we also awaken to the truth of our possibilities and interconnections with one another and with Earth.
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Saturday, March 28, 2020
Medial workers hold a COVID-19 test Les Leopold
Is Wall Street Killing Grandma?
As we scramble to locate hospital beds and life-saving equipment during this pandemic, remember that we are fighting two diseases.
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Earth, as seen from space Imani Countess and William Minter
Can Coronavirus Be a Catalyst for Thinking Globally?
In an age of pandemics and climate crisis, countries’ health, environmental, and development policies are globally important.
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Eight-year-old Indi Pineau, a 3rd grader in Jeffco Public Schools, works on doing her first day of online learning in her room at her family's home on March 17, 2020 in Lakewood, Colorado. Sue Sturgis
COVID-19 Crisis Reveals Broadband Inequity
A new index from the Institute for Southern Studies gives the numbers behind the connectivity inequality.
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A U.S. Justice Department images displays charges against Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro and other Venezuelan officials on March 26, 2020. Leonardo Flores
Trump’s Narcoterrorism Indictment of Maduro Already Backfires
The indictments are another brick in the foundation for a pretext for either a direct U.S. military invasion or a proxy war.
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President Donald Trump (L) lifts the hand of a person in an Easter Bunny costume on the Truman Balcony during the 140th annual Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House April 2, 2018 in Washington, D.C. Christopher Brauchli
Donald Trump Meets the Easter Bunny
The president has amazingly declared that the people in the United States will be able to resume all their normal activities after Easter, thanks to him.
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The coronavirus outbreak must be defeated in a way that moves us forward. (Image: CDC) Ralph Nader
Coronavirus Makes Clear: The Time for Serious Civic Reforms Is Now!
Out of this crisis can come efficient historic changes for justice
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General view of a hospital where health officers, wearing masks and special protective suits, take care of a patient infected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) at a hospital in Tehran, Iran on March 02, 2020. (Photo: Fatemeh Bahrami/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images) Richard Eskow
How Many Nedas? Iran Sanctions Are Biological Warfare Against Civilians
This is not an economic policy. It is the collective punishment of civilians. It is an act of biological warfare against children, the elderly, and people of all ages.
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Traders work during the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on March 19, 2020, at Wall Street in New York City. Wall Street stocks fell again early Thursday as central banks unveiled new stimulus measures and U.S. jobless claims showed an initial hit from the slowdown generated by the coronavirus outbreak. (Photo: Johannes Eisele/AFP via Getty Images) Christian Parenti, Dante Dallavalle
Our Economy Is a Sick Beast: The Corporate Debt Crisis Explained
This time, any industry bailouts must place corporate investment under public control.
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Americans lack a national health care system, the country’s pockmarked with healthcare deserts, and millions of what Truman called “normally self-supporting” people are just one layoff or one virulent virus away from disaster—as we’re now seeing. (Photo: Fatemeh Bahrami/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images) Laura Flanders
Covid-19: Our Health Crisis Is Born of Bigotry
Instead of erasing our weak parts, we’ve raced them, blaming vulnerability on the vulnerable and hoping the bridges wouldn’t break where we are.
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Friday, March 27, 2020
We have a system that works for the rich, instead of a public health system for all Americans that readily anticipates and controls new pathogens through testing, contact tracing, and quarantine.  (Photo: Josh Edelson/AFP via Getty Images) Jeffrey D. Sachs
Why America Has the World's Most Confirmed Covid-19 Cases
Trump is profoundly culpable, but he is not the only reason for America's dismal situation in the face of this epidemic. Our for-profit health care system rakes in money on disease, not on health.
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Whatever mix of capitalism and socialism each American may favor as a model for the U.S. economy, very few Americans would pick this corrupt 21st-century command economy as the system they would choose to live under.(Photo: Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images) Nicolas J.S. Davies
Why Is the U.S.So Exceptionally Vulnerable to Covid-19?
This exceptionally dysfunctional society has run smack-bang into a real force of nature, a tiny virus that can kill millions of people.
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The roadside sign outside the Home Works New and Used Store in Amity Township that reads "Closed to beat bug, reopen? Chek FB Updates" Thursday afternoon March 26, 2020. (Photo: Ben Hasty/MediaNews Group/Reading Eagle via Getty Images) Amanda Ballantyne
American Small Businesses Are on Edge of Extinction Event and Congress Is Not Doing Enough
Our most immediate need is to expand the small business grant program—for most small businesses, loans are not going to cut it.
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The fact that most Palestinians are living literally from hand to mouth suggests that the coronavirus’s impact in Gaza will be exponentially harsher than in many other countries. (Photo: JACK GUEZ/AFP via Getty Images) Neve Gordon
The Gaza Strip Has Been Under Siege for Years. Covid-19 Could Be Catastrophic
Within Gaza’s eight refugee camps, the systems organized to save lives—health care and food supply—will undoubtedly become lethal bottlenecks, petri dishes for the deadly virus.
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The coronavirus pandemic, like the climate crisis, is not an accident, nor an act of God. Both of these existential threats have arisen out of a U.S. and global food, farming, energy, resource extraction, economic, militaristic “national security” and trading system that is degenerative, unethical, inequitable and as we see now, self-destructive. Ronnie Cummins
Planet Coronavirus: Survival, Resistance and Regeneration
Hopefully, 2020 will be recorded in the history books as a time when we mobilized, as never before, to overcome a national and global emergency, and launched a long-overdue political and social revolution, a U.S. and global Green New Deal.
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Surrounded by members of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, US President Donald Trump speaks at a press conference on COVID-19, known as the coronavirus, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC, March 13, 2020. (Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images) Susanna Goldfinger
An Illustrated Compendium of Trump's Very Best Remarks About COVID-19
"One day—it's like a miracle—it will disappear."
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Thursday, March 26, 2020
What we need now more than ever is social movements to advocate for solutions that will protect all of us, not just the business sector. (Photo: La Via Campesina) Tarah Walsh
Organizing in the Time of Social Distancing
Now more than ever, we need to make our digital campaigns meaningful.
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People wearing face masks sit on seats with signs telling travellers where they may sit, in order to observe social distancing rules amid concerns over the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, at Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok on March 25, 2020. (Photo: Jack Taylor/AFP/Getty Images) Chema Vera
Never in Our Lifetimes Has There Been a Call for Compassion Like This
The time is now for the G20 to help save millions of lives and kick-start the future that humanity needs to hope again. Only a compassionate and collective global response will do.
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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, speaks to supporters at an Immigration Town Hall in San Ysidro, California on December 20, 2019. (Photo: Sandy Huffaker/AFP via Getty Images) Tom Gallagher
Bernie Sanders in the Age of Coronavirus: We Need Him Now More Than Ever
Does anyone here seriously believe we’d be hearing a loud call for party unity if it were Bernie Sanders leading in the delegate count?
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US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi speaks with reporters during her weekly press conference at the US Capitol March 26, 2020, in Washington, DC. - The US Senate unanimously passed the nation's largest-ever rescue package late March 25, 2020, a $2 trillion lifeline to suffering Americans, critically depleted hospitals and an economy ravaged by a rapidly spreading coronavirus crisis. The measure now heads to the House of Representatives, where a Democratic leader said he expected it to pass by voice vote March 27 Debra Gore-Mann, Adam Briones
Senate COVID-19 Relief Bill Put Corporations First – Now, Let’s Take Care of People
The COVID-19 pandemic has illuminated glaring structural and racial inequities in American society. What the Senate has put forth is not nearly good enough.
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A passenger wears a face mask on an almost empty Swiss Air flight from Hamburg, Germany to Zurich, Switzerland, on March 22, 2020, in Hamburg, Germany. Airlines worldwide have had to cut back flights as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo: Sven Creutzmann/Mambo photo/Getty Images) Mike Lofgren
Are Mass Plane Travel and Mass Tourism Unsustainable?
The coronavirus pandemic is just a symptom of systemic problems the industries cannot resolve.
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We should act now to ensure that incarceration does not turn into a death sentence for them. (Photo: Shutterstock) Jesse Jackson
Release Prisoners Now to Slow Coronavirus' Spread
This peril is immediate and pressing. There are 2.2 million Americans locked up at any one time, but over 11 million go through prison or jail gates in any one year.
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The market has been organized to serve the wealthy. (Photo: peoplesworld/flickr/cc) Robert Reich
The System: Who Rigged It, How We Fix It
The real divide is between democracy and oligarchy.
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Unsurprisingly, a government simulation exercise just last year found we were not prepared for a pandemic. (Photo: Shutterstock) Jill Richardson
Stay in Your Home—And Stay Angry
The economy's turned upside down, people are dying, and we're all cooped up because the people who are supposed to keep us safe didn’t.
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The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) workers in New York City are among those who have been on the frontlines nationwide. While the nation's ruling elite continue to treat workers and the most vulnerable as expendable and disposable, writes Stancil, "the wounds that the investor class have inflected on the U.S. are making it even more difficult to contend with the coronavirus crisis." (Photo: Andrew Cashin / MTA New York City Transit / flickr / cc) Kenny Stancil
The Coronavirus Effect: Pandemic Exposes Structural Violence of US Ruling Class
The inadequate preparation for and callous response to the unfolding health and economic crises puts brutal inequalities and distorted priorities on full display.
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Even now, palms can grasp palms, at least in spirit, across the borders that we can see, at last, are not real. (Photo: jotily/Getty Images) Robert C. Koehler
The Virus Is Our Teacher
Self-protection means doing what we can to protect—and understand—everyone.
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Presidents now routinely request and Congress routinely appropriates more than a trillion dollars annually to satisfy the national security state’s supposed needs. (Photo: sleuthjournal) Andrew Bacevich
Judgment Day for the National Security State
The coronavirus and the real threats to American safety and freedom.
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A worker at Mother Hubbards Cupboard, a food pantry in partnership with the Hoosier Hills Foodbank, distributes food to people experiencing food insecurity, during the Covid-19-Coronavirus national emergency in Bloomington. .Amanda Nickey, President and CEO at Mother Hubbard's Cupboard, said she'd already seen more people arriving for emergency food after the mass layoffs of local workers during the COVID-19/Coronavirus emergency in Indiana. (Photo: Jeremy Hogan / Echoes Wire/Barcroft Media via Getty Images Heidi Shierholz
Never Seen Anything Like This: Unemployment Claims Jumped Nearly 1500% in Two Weeks
I have been a labor economist for a very long time and this is simply unprecedented.
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Wednesday, March 25, 2020
Avoiding the doctor for fear of the cost is bad in the best of times, disastrous in a crisis like COVID-19, and unheard of in places with single-payer care. (Photo: Shutterstock) Ashar Foley
Coronavirus Proves It: We Need Medicare For All
Health care rationing isn’t what awaits us in a single-payer system. It’s happening now in our failed for-profit system.
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We not only need a new healthcare system, but a new economic system that values life over profit. (Photo: Eniola Odetunde/Axios. Photo: Chris Graythen/Getty Images) Mike Pappas
Healthcare Workers Are At War, But Trump Isn’t on Our Side
NYC physician gave this speech about the war against the coronavirus and the ongoing war against for-profit health care, Trump and capitalism itself. The coronavirus pandemic is magnifying capitalism’s complete inability to foster overall health and well being. We don’t just need a new healthcare...
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Alex Lawson
Don't Let Big Pharma Make a Killing by Profiteering Off COVID-19 Treatments
These treatments should be available to everyone who needs them at no cost.
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Claudia Lefko and Faiza Al-Araji, Amman Jordan 2012. (Photo: Courtesy of author) Claudia Lefko
Remembering the Days of the Invasion: Iraq 2003
Iraqi families were divided and separated around the world.
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 If there ARE future generations, when your children’s children look back and ask, when the planet was threatened, what did you do?  What will you say? It’s about us, ALL of US!  #NotMeUs (Photo: UM Women/cc/flickr) Robert Dodge
Coronavirus and Our Existential Threats This Presidential Season
Pandemics, climate change, nuclear war, existential threats: the new abnormal; our sentinel moment.
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We are gaining an enhanced awareness of what it means to be a global citizen while also living a little closer to home. (Photo: iStock/sv_sunny) Debi Smith
Reevaluating Our Priorities
This crisis has illustrated, so clearly and painfully, some of the many weak spots in the fabric of our society that Bernie Sanders has spent a lifetime and two presidential candidacies passionately trying to focus our attention on.
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Venezuelan doctors conducting a COVID-19 house visit. (Photo: Courtesy of @OrlenysOV) Leonardo Flores
Venezuela’s Coronavirus Response Might Surprise You
Why is Venezuela doing so much better than its neighbors in the region?
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Great military and economic power does not guarantee a country’s happiness. (Photo: U.S. Army/flickr/cc) Lawrence Wittner
The World’s Major Military and Economic Powers Find Happiness Elusive
Perhaps it’s time for the citizens of the "great powers" to ask themselves if they are truly benefiting from the much-vaunted military and economic strength of their nations.
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Key to keeping the death toll down for those with virulent infections is the availability of mechanical ventilators, machines that help people breathe when their lungs can't breathe on their own. (Image: Screengrab/CBC) Thomas Neuburger
A Low-Cost Ventilator Could Be Available Next Year. But Will It?
There's quite a lot to write about coronavirus. There's the coming need for hospital beds (" These Places Could Run Out of Hospital Beds as Coronavirus Spreads "), the need for parts for ventilators...
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Tuesday, March 24, 2020
Patrick said he turns 70 next week, that he’s a “small businessman,” and that pandemic precautions are causing an “economic collapse.” Photo: Screenshot) Richard Eskow
No, I Will Not Die for This Damned Economy
But if I do die, it's likely to happen because we didn't plan for the longstanding possibility of a pandemic like this one. Why not? Because in this economy, the one that now asks the ultimate sacrifice of us, human life was less important than quarterly profits. That sounds like hollow rhetoric,...
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Doctor holding N95 mask. (Photo: Via Shutterstock.) Fran Quigley
"Every Healthcare Worker Is at Risk": A Physician Speaks Out on the Protective Equipment Shortage
At this writing, President Trump appears to be resisting calls to use his federal powers to order private industry to increase production of necessary supplies, although the U.S. has done exactly that many times in wartime and during other crises.
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The new analysis shows that last week's likely spike in unemployment claims due to the current coronavirus pandemic is unprecedented in U.S. history. (Image: Economic Policy Institute) Aaron Sojourner, Paul Goldsmith-Pinkham
Coronavirus Pandemic Has Led to a Record-Breaking Spike in Weekly Unemployment Insurance Claims
An estimated 3.4 million workers filed for unemployment last week
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It’s not all despair. We have hope, because 2020 is a vital election year. The power is in our hands, and here’s what we can do: VOTE. (Photo: Joint Base San Antonio / cc) Joy Blackwood, Dr. Natasha DeJarnett
We Must Vote To Protect Public Health
Voting for public health requires identifying leaders with a strong track-record of public health prioritization, that value effective risk communication, and are committed to the advancement of health equity and justice.
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As last year ended, Science magazine reported that, in North America, there were three billion fewer birds than in 1970; in other words, almost one out of every three birds on this continent is now gone. (Photo: Frozen Stills) Tom Engelhardt
In Memoriam: A Planet of Missing Beauties
"The skies are emptying out."
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Many military families I’ve met have at least one member with developmental or physical disabilities or a chronic mental illness like bipolar disorder or severe depression. (Photo: Kayla Lasure/Ashe Mountain Times) Andrea Mazzarino
What Americans Don’t Know About Military Families
America’s endless wars go on (and on) and the wounds multiply.
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As shown innumerable times, nature has a way of punishing those that disrupt living arrangements that have existed for aeons—and the irony is that humans, through processes like globalization and connectivity, help facilitate this blowback. (Photo: Shutterstock) Walden Bello
Coronavirus and the Death of 'Connectivity'
The Great Recession could have killed globalization, but China emerged as the champion of a new global "connectivity." With the coronavirus, that phase is finished.
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Surrounded by members of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, US President Donald Trump speaks at a press conference on COVID-19, known as the coronavirus, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC, March 13, 2020. (Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images) Juan Cole
Trump's Daily Dog and Pony Show Is Getting More Dangerous by the Day
Trump combines in himself the worst dimensions of plutocracy and looniness, and the American people will rue the day they decided to give him the levers of power for the whole country.
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AIDS activist group ACT UP (AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power) protest at the headquarters of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on October 11, 1988 in Rockville, Maryland. The action, called SEIZE CONTROL OF THE FDA by the group, shut down the FDA for the day. (Photo by Catherine McGann/Getty Images) Roger Lancaster
Love One Another or Die: Lessons for Coronavirus From the HIV/AIDS Crisis
We learned to fight militantly and angrily for healthcare, in a country where healthcare is not a universal right. It made all the difference.
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Monday, March 23, 2020
Seen in London, United Kingdom. (Photo:Facebook/Jorge Martin) Donatella della Porta
Social Movements in Times of Pandemic: Another World Is Needed
Faced with the glaring need for radical and complex transformation, social movements in times of crisis act differently from protests.
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