Covid-19 attacks the down-and-out in ultra-unequal South Africa

16 April 2020 — Solidarity

Patrick Bond

Shoppers queue outside a grocery store during a 21 day nationwide lockdown, aimed at limiting the spread of Covid-19 in Soweto, South Africa, March 30, 2020. (Photo: REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko)

It’s hard to imagine a more worrying place to watch Covid-19 hit a society than Johannesburg, South Africa.

This is, after all, the world’s most unequal major city, serving as economic headquarters for the most unequal country. In spite of a poverty rate (at $2.80/day) of more than 60 percent and a national unemployment rate of 40 percent before the current crisis, the labor movement is now considered (by corporate elites) to be the world’s third most militant (although its political divisions are profound). And the capitalist class is rated (by PwC) as the world’s third most crime-prone and corruption-riddled.

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US Hospitals Getting Paid More to Label Cause of Death as ‘Coronavirus’

16 April 2020 — Global Research – Subterranean Homesick News10 April 2020

Senator Scott Jensen represents Minnesota. He’s also a doctor. He appeared on Fox News with Laura Ingram where he revealed a very disturbing piece of information.

Dr. Scott Jensen says the American Medical Association is now “encouraging” doctors to overcount coronavirus deaths across the country.

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Without a Country in Which to Love, a Field to Plant, a Love to Cherish or a Voice to Sing, One is Dead: The Sixteenth Newsletter (2020)

16 April 2020 — Tricontinental

Gontran Guanaes NettoGontran Guanaes Netto, O povo da terra dos papagaios (The people of the land of the parrots), 1982

Dear Friends,

Greetings from the desk of the Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research.

Burkina Faso, in the Sahel region of the African continent, has been struck hard by the global pandemic; officially reported deaths from COVID-19 are second only to Algeria in Africa. In the past sixteen months, nearly 840,000 people out of twenty million have been displaced by conflict and drought; in March alone, 60,000 people were forced from their homes. Last year, the United Nations calculated that the number of Burkinabè residents who had little access to food was 680,000; this year, the UN estimates that the number will rise to 2.1 million.

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The Lancet: “When this is all over the NHS England board should resign in their entirety”

16 April 2020 — True Publica

The Lancet: "When this is all over the NHS England board should resign in their entirety"

The Editor in Chief of The Lancet, Richard Horton, is incandescent with fury over the way the government has failed to correctly and properly manage the COVID-19 crisis. The following paragraphs clearly demonstrate that frustration and anger and that the world’s oldest, and best known general medical journal has every intention of keeping up the pressure on the government to save lives and then ask questions when the crisis has subsided.

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‘The People Have Spoken. Bastards’: Leaked Labour Report Shows Party’s Own Senior Staff Acted To Keep Corbyn Out Of Power

16 April 2020 — Origin: Media Lens

In the June 2017 UK general election, Labour under Jeremy Corbyn came within a whisker of power. If just 2,227 votes had gone the other way, seven Tory knife-edge constituencies would have been won by Labour, putting Corbyn in a strong position to lead a coalition government.

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How top Labour officials plotted to bring down Jeremy Corbyn

16 April 2020 — Jonathan Cook

Leaked report shows that staff worked relentlessly to damage the party’s leader, including by exploiting antisemitism

Middle East Eye – 16 April 2020

The findings of a leaked, 860-page report compiled by the British Labour Party on its handling of antisemitism complaints is both deeply shocking and entirely predictable all at once.

For the first time, extensive internal correspondence between senior party officials has been revealed, proving a years-long plot to destroy Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour leader who recently stepped down.

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Life vs Profit: the real ‘war’ in times of coronavirus

14 April 2020 — Open Democracy

The State needs people to be alive to construct the mythical social contract with them. But Capital is the actual deep state.

“As never before, our community must unite and form a chain to protect the most important good of all: life. Should only one block of this chain break, we would all be exposed to far more serious perils.”
It was almost midnight on March 20 when Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte pronounced these solemn words during a televised speech by which – visibly exhausted – he announced the temporary shutdown of ‘non-vital’ productive activities across the country.