Boston School Bus Drivers Win Emergency Full Pay During School Closure

by Steve Gillis, published on Workers World, March 23, 2020 On March 16, elected officers of United Steelworkers Local 8751, the Boston School Bus Drivers Union, conducted mass meetings in the bus yards over loudspeakers with hundreds of drivers, monitors, dispatchers and support staff. They presented a multipart agreement reached with Transdev — a division of the Paris-based transnational conglomerate[…]

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Late Stage Imperial Omni-Crisis: Death by Virus and Internal Contradictions

by Glen Ford, published on Black Agenda Report, March 19, 2020 The epidemic reveals the stark truth, that the US dismantled and privatized its public health system, to fatten the pockets of the oligarchy and render working people more helpless and dependent. “Citizens have become aware that the oligarchs – their rulers — are the vectors of mass insecurity, sickness[…]

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COVID-19 Covers Up War and Financial Collapse

by Margaret Kimberley, published on Black Agenda Report, March 18. 2020 COVID-19 is not just a health emergency. It has exposed the causes of inequality and suffering in this country. “Thousands of symptomatic people go untested in a supposedly “advanced” country.” The COVID-19 corona virus is a newly discovered disease which killed thousands of people in China, its country of[…]

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End Sanctions on Iran Petition

Iran is suffering terribly from the the combination of a serious outbreak of the novel coronavirus and US sanctions which make it difficult if not impossible for the Iranian state to acquire the resources necessary to fight the virus.   The result is a high death toll.  Meanwhile, just this week, the US (Congress and the Trump Administration) increased the severity[…]

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China Locked in Hybrid War with US

by Pepe Escobar, published on Global Research, March 18, 2020 Among the myriad, earth-shattering geopolitical effects of coronavirus, one is already graphically evident. China has re-positioned itself. For the first time since the start of Deng Xiaoping’s reforms in 1978, Beijing openly regards the US as a threat, as stated a month ago by Foreign Minister Wang Yi at the[…]

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To Help Stem Coronavirus, Lift Sanctions on Iran

by Medea Benjamin and Ariel Gold, published on Countercurrents, March 13, 2020 This is overall a good piece, but I nearly didn’t publish it because of the paragraph towards the end  which begins- the Iranian government “grossly mishandled the beginning of the outbreak.”   What is the point of this hostile and unnecessary statement?  I suppose people like to have a[…]

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BigPharma’s Role: U.S. Sanctions Lead to Global Rise in Coronavirus

by Sara Flounders, published on Workers World, March 10, 2020 As COVID-19 (coronavirus) spreads, it is a clear reminder that germs and viruses don’t respect national boundaries in an interconnected world. But the mainstream press has certainly not publicized how corporate capitalism and imperialism cross national boundaries to destroy people’s health. The responsibility of U.S. corporate power, especially the medical-industrial[…]

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