WATCH: Kit Knightly on the Corbett Report; Covid19 & speaking truth to power

21 April 2020 — Off Guardian

Kit Knightly joins James Corbett to discuss the site’s ongoing coverage of the corona crisis. From experts questioning the panic to death figure over-estimates to pushback against the new normal, today we highlight the work of those who are speaking truth to power on the defining event of our age . . . and point out those who are cheering on the out-of-control police state.

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WATCH: Perspectives on the Pandemic #4 Dr Ioannidis updates the results of his studies

21 April 2020 — Off Guardian

Dr IOANNIDIS Discusses testing methods and Sweden’s approach to the pandemic

In this long-awaited follow-up to his interview in late March, Dr. John Ioannidis discusses the results of three preliminary studies, (including his latest, which shows a drastically reduced infection fatality rate); the worrisome effects of the lockdown; the Swedish approach; the Italian data; the ups and downs of testing; the feasibility of “contact tracing”, and much more.

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Trump’s Shameful Blame Game

21 April 2020 — The American Tribune

BY Kim Petersen

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The neoliberal Council on Foreign Relations through its journal Foreign Affairs has amped up its criticisms of China. United States president Donald Trump and American officials have orchestrated a gambit to deflect unwanted attention from the miserable US response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the souring US economy. The Trump administration has directed its invective at China which elsewhere has been praised for its handling of the COVID-19 epidemic, getting back to business, and helping out other countries to fight the virus.

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Labour report reveals how Jeremy Corbyn was sabotaged from within

18 April 2020 — Grayzone

Pushback with Aaron Maté

Labour Party officials undermined Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership by trying to lose races and exploiting an anti-Semitism smear campaign, an internal report shows.

An internal investigation has found that top Labour Party officials sabotaged Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership, including by trying to lose the 2017 UK election. The report also suggests that the same people who tried to undermine Corbyn were themselves the ones who were slow to respond to allegations of anti-Semitism — another weapon that was used against Corbyn’s leadership.

Guest: Asa Winstanley, journalist with The Electronic Intifada.
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Kerala’s Covid story is hard to replicate

19 April 2020 — Indian Punchline

By M.K. Bhadrakumar

Kerala Chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan (C) during a press meet in connection with Covid 19, Thiruvananthapuram, March 23, 2020

The Times of India featured a tantalising commentary last week titled Kerala shows the way: Decades of investment in public health is helping the state control Covid-19. The title is self-explanatory. The commentary showered fulsome praise, rightly so, on Kerala’s success in controlling the coronavirus outbreak.

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Holding China Accountable

21 April 2020 — Oriental Review

Written by Binoy KAMPMARK

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.

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Five proposals for a better world after the pandemic

20 April 2020 — Origin: Climate & Capitalism

Dutch manifesto

170 Dutch academics sign manifesto for sustainable, equal and diverse societies based on international solidarity

The following statement, signed by 170 academics from eight universities in the Netherlands, has been widely reported in the Dutch press, becoming a focus for discussion on how to avoid repeating past mistakes when in planning for the future.


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Blaming China for the COVID-19 crisis is deceitful

17 April 2020 — Peoples Dispatch

Vijay Prashad, Director, Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research, talks about China’s response to the COVID-19 crisis, especially in the light of the accusations that are being leveled against the country. He talks about how the novel coronavirus was identified, the steps taken by the Chinese authorities and the active participation of the community in combating the disease.
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