UK: Elderly will be left to die as coronavirus plunges care sector into crisis

4 April 2020– Origin: WSWS

By Stephen Alexander

As Britain recorded its largest increase in deaths from coronavirus in a single day, 684, taking the grim toll to over 3,000, it is the elderly who are most at risk from the pandemic. While more than half of all hospital deaths in England were among those aged 80 and over, the number of those dying in care homes now exceeds 600.

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Catastrophe capitalism: climate change, COVID-19, and economic crisis

1 April 2020 — MROnline

An interview of John Bellamy Foster

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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, and author of numerous books on political, economic, and ecological issues, relates the pandemic to the capitalist economy, its crisis and climate change.

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Joint Call for International Cooperation in the Battle Against COVID-19

3 April 2020 — Internationalist 360°

The Cuban Communist Party joined the international call for cooperation in the battle against the epidemic, which has claimed the lives of more than 50,000 people around the world. The text, signed by 230 political parties from more than 100 countries, recognizes that the Covid-19 has confronted us with the most pressing and serious challenge to human health and peaceful global development.

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Work Sucks: Life After Work

3 April 2020 — The Most Revolutionary Act

Work Want Work: Labour and Desire at the End of Capitalism

By Mareile Pfannebecker and J.A. Smith

Zed Books (2020)

Book Review

In this book, authors Pfannebecker and Smith summarize the current anti-work movement and literature. In view of rapid displacement of blue and white collar workers by robots and computers, coupled with the offshoring of most manufacturing jobs, there are growing calls for an end to waged work altogether.

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Making the case that green politics must be ecosocialist

3 April 2020– Origin: Climate & Capitalism

Essays by pioneering ecosocialist Joel Kovel argue that radical social change is the only way to prevent ecocatastrophe

Mike Shaughnessy is a member of Green Left, the ecosocialist current in the Green Party of England and Wales.


Quincy Saul, Editor
THE EMERGENCE OF ECOSOCIALISM
Collected Essays by Joel Kovel

2Leaf Press, 2019

reviewed by Mike Shaughnessy
London Green Left Blog

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An interview with four Chinese physicians at the epicenter of the pandemic in Wuhan

3 April 2020– Origin: WSWS

By Benjamin Mateus

The Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post reported last month that a 55-year-old man may have contracted a novel coronavirus infection on November 17, 2019. This individual is the earliest confirmed case of COVID-19, but authorities believe he wasn’t patient-zero. The next confirmed case appeared on December 1, 2019 but had no links to the Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market located in Wuhan. The Chinese state broadcaster CCTV reported on January 9, 2020, that the outbreak had first been detected in Wuhan on December 12. Unusual cases of a pneumonia-like illness appeared at local hospitals.
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Johnson gov’t losing the Covid battle on the frontlines and headlines

3 April 2020 — True Publica

Johnson gov't losing the Covid battle on the frontlines and headlines

When the Daily Mail finally admits the government it helped foist into power is nothing more than a veneer of populist slogans – you know as a government, you’ve been unveiled as a worthless profligate band of spurious frauds. The Boris Johnson government has been tested in a crisis and emphatically failed the nation in its entirety. This is what the DM came out with on Wednesday:

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By Letting Small Businesses Fail, the State Is Handing Power to Corporate Giants

2 April 2020 — Novara Media 

by Grace Blakeley @GraceBlakeley

Research this week from a network of accountants suggests that up to one million small businesses – 20% of the UK’s total – will run out of cash before the coronavirus crisis ends.

This prediction provides yet more evidence of what we already knew; this crisis will fundamentally transform the UK’s corporate environment. When it finally ends, there will be fewer firms left, and those that remain will be much more significant, in terms of both size and political power.

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

3 April 2020 — Counter Currents

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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.

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Lockdown: Locking in the New Global Order

2 April 2020 — Source: Off Guardian

Colin Todhunter

On 12 March, British PM Boris Johnson informed the public that families would continue to “lose loved ones before their time” as the coronavirus outbreak worsens. He added:

We’ve all got to be clear, this is the worst public health crisis for a generation.”

In a report, the Imperial College had warned of modelling that suggested over 500,000 would die from the virus in the UK. The lead author of the report, epidemiologist Neil Ferguson, has since revised the estimate downward to a maximum of 20,000 if current ‘lockdown’ measures work. Johnson seems to have based his statement on Ferguson’s original figures.

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