US is at a critical juncture, facing TWO EPIDEMICS: Covid-19 & soaring joblessness

25 March 2020 — RT

Dave Lindorff

Dave Lindorff is an award-winning US journalist, former Asia correspondent for Business Week, and founder of the collectively-owned journalists’ news site ThisCantBeHappening.net.

The Senate and the White House have finally managed to negotiate a record $2-trillion stimulus aid package to ease the economic impact of the coronavirus outbreak. But the money may well be too little too late.

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Propaganda around the origin of Covid-19

25 March 2020 — Voltaire Network

The CIA is waging a campaign, which it portrays as “re-information,” claiming that Covid-19 originated in China while, at the same time, Russia is seeking to expose it as a US plot.

Thus, according to Reuters, the European External Action Service (EEAS) has issued an internal nine-page document highlighting 80 cases of disinformation (Fake News) allegedly disseminated by Russia to sow panic in the European Union [1].

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Business as Usual: Coronavirus, Iran and US Sanctions

23 March, 2020 — Counter Currents

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Never discount the importance of venality in international relations.  While pandemics should provide the glue for a unified front in response – we keep being told of fighting this horrendous “invisible enemy” – it’s business as usual in other respects.  The United States, with a disparate, confused medical system that risks being overwhelmed, remains committed against that other country floundering in efforts to combat COVID-19: Iran.  Instead of binding the nations, the virus, as with everything else, has served as a political obstacle.

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Expert: US sanctions on Iran, Venezuela during pandemic could be genocidal

23 March 2020 — Grayzone

Intensified US sanctions on Iran, Venezuela during the COVID-19 pandemic could amount to genocide, a former UN expert warns.

Iran has been ravaged by the COVID-19 pandemic, and new US sanctions are making it worse. Alfred de Zayas, a former UN Special Rapporteur, says that intensified US sanctions against Iran and Venezuela during the crisis are “insane”, and possibly genocidal.

Guest: Alfred de Zayas, former UN Special Rapporteur and law professor at the Geneva School of Diplomacy.
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Late-Stage Imperial Omni-Crisis: Death by Virus and Internal Contradictions

19 Mar 2020 — Black Agenda Report

Glen Ford, BAR Executive Editor

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

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

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.
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US government threatens families of Int’l Criminal Court staff if they try Americans for war crimes

20 March 2020 — The Grayzone

Mike Pompeo threaten ICC family members

The International Criminal Court approved an investigation into US war crimes in Afghanistan. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo responded by threatening to punish family members of ICC staff.

By Ben Norton

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has threatened the family members of International Criminal Court staff, vowing that Washington will take punitive action against them if the court tries American soldiers for war crimes.

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Justice Department Drops Case Against ‘Russian Influence Campaign’ While New Fake Claims Arise

19 March 2020 — Moon of Alabama

The Justice Department dropped its case against a Russian company which was alleged of influencing the 2016 elections. But as one false claim about Russian influence campaigns is now thoroughly debunked new nonsensical claims about alleged Russian influence campaigns arise.

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The New York Times’ Insidious Ongoing Disinformation Campaign on Russia & Elections

17 March 2020 — Consortium News

A series of stories loudly proclaim the Russian election meddling narrative but offer no real facts supporting the most sensational claims, writes Gareth Porter.

By Gareth Porter
Special to Consortium News

For the past three years the new narrative of Russian interference in U.S. elections has bound corporate news media more tightly than ever to the interests of the national security state. And no outlet has pushed that narrative more aggressively – and with more violence to the relevant facts — than The New York Times.

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China locked in hybrid war with US

17 March 2020 — Asia Times

Fallout from Covid-19 outbreak puts Beijing and Washington on a collision course

by Pepe Escobar

Are the US and China locked in a hybrid war?

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 Munich Security Conference during the peak of the fight against coronavirus.

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U.S. Army invades virus plagued Europe

16 March 2020 — Organizing Notes

[Update 17 March 2020: The US has suspended Defender Europe 20. See https://www.rt.com/news/483231-us-nato-defender-drills-coronavirus/ W.B]

In the midst of a staggering virus epidemic that has shut much of Europe down, the insane and arrogant United States is presently sending 30,000 Army troops throughout Europe for war games.

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Reject Using My Unjust Conviction Against Julian Assange

15 March 2020 — LA Progressive

 

Julian AssangeIn 2015 I was wrongfully convicted of, and imprisoned for, violating the U.S. Espionage Act. Now, while there is no question that I stand in solidarity with WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange in a British court as he fights extradition, little did I know that my presence is also there as fodder to support extradition. If I am going to be used in such a way, there should at least be a modicum of truth to my inclusion. I found nothing reasonable about being persecuted and sentenced to prison under the Espionage Act.

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This Is How America And Britain Are Maximising Coronavirus Deaths

13 March 2020 — Oriental Review

By Nafeez Ahmed

If you search on the web for the term ‘coronavirus bloodbath’, you’ll notice that the headlines are not about the mass deaths of vulnerable people that are inevitable on the sort of bungling business-as-usual trajectory adopted by the likes of President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

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