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2020-04-09: News Headlines

RT (2020-04-09). US overtakes Spain with second highest Covid-19 deaths worldwide, but Italy still holds top spot. rt.com The United States surpassed Spain's coronavirus death toll late Wednesday night, according to the latest figures gathered by Johns Hopkins University, putting it in second place behind Italy, which still leads the globe in fatalities. | The lethal virus has killed 14,817 patients in the US, the new data shows, edging out Spain by fewer than 50 deaths. Though Italy's toll of 17,669 remains the world's highest, the US leads all other nations in cases by far, reporting well over 430,000 infections — more than the next three countries combined. | Covid-19 has afflicted 1.5 million people worldwide since the o…

RT (2020-04-09). 'Mere insinuation offends me': Italy's PM Conte blasts suggestion of ulterior motive behind Russian coronavirus aid. rt.com Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has called any suggestion that Russia had an ulterior motive in sending coronavirus aid to Italy "an insult to the Italian government," warning that the pandemic poses an existential threat to the EU. | Amid stalled EU relief efforts, aid and personnel arrived in Italy from China, Cuba and Russia to help Italian medical authorities fight back against the coronavirus outbreak in the country, which ravaged its northern regions and forced a total lockdown of society. | When asked if the Russian coronavirus aid, in the form of both manpower and medical equipment, was a ploy by the Kre…

RT (2020-04-09). Gradual return to normality in Germany possible 'if infection trend continues'. rt.com German Health Minister Jens Spahn has said the country's coronavirus infection numbers are showing a "positive trend," and if that continues it will be possible to talk about a gradual return to normality after the Easter break. | He told the Handelsblatt newspaper that citizens sticking to the restrictions on public life over the Easter holiday was a necessary condition for a possible easing of the lockdown. | Chancellor Angela Merkel has said Germany will re-evaluate the situation after the Easter holiday. | The German Labor Office said on Thursday that some 650,000 companies had applied for short-time work…

RT (2020-04-09). Catch me if you can! WATCH coronavirus suspect FLEE medics in Russia. rt.com A suspected coronavirus patient sparked a frantic chase by medics — in full protective gear — in the Russian city of Arzamas, as the supposed patient sprinted away from a moving ambulance, action-movie style. | The bizarre scene, seemingly lifted from a zombie flick, unfolded on Wednesday, with footage of the pursuit going viral across the Russian-speaking part of the internet. The short clip shows a man being chased by medics wearing white biohazard suits. | –°–ª–∞–≤–Ω—ã–π –≥–æ—Ä–&aeli…

RT (2020-04-09). Russia's coronavirus tally surpasses 10,000 after record daily surge, 13 more deaths. rt.com The number of confirmed Covid-19 cases has broken the 10,000 barrier in Russia, with 1,459 more people testing positive in the past 24 hours, the national disease response team revealed on Thursday morning. | Officials reported that 13 more patients have died, bringing the nationwide death toll from the disease to 76. The tally of reported Covid-19 cases now stands at 10,131. | Worryingly, the curve is sharply upward. 1,175 fresh infections were recorded the previous day and 954 on Tuesday. | Of the new cases, 1,056 are in Moscow and its surrounding region, where there have been ten more deaths. Russia's secon…

RT (2020-04-09). Russia: US shale decline can't count as 'output cut'. rt.com Production declines across the US shale patch as companies reduce drilling and spending cannot be viewed as a voluntary US cut aimed at supporting oil prices, Vladimir Putin's Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov said on Wednesday. | The comments suggest that Russia may insist on a collective cut from the United States when major oil producers sit down to discuss a global production reduction later this week. | "These are totally different types of cuts," Peskov told reporters in Moscow on Wednesday, as carried by Russian news agency Also on rt.com

RT (2020-04-09). Finnish govt extends coronavirus-related restrictions to May 13. rt.com Finland on Thursday extended most of its restrictions imposed to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus by one month to May 13, the government said. | It extended its ban on public meetings of more than 10 people, and the closure of public services such as libraries and schools for most students. The government had previously decided to close all restaurants until the end of May. | On Tuesday, the country's public health authority said it would start tracking the spread of the new coronavirus in the population with randomized antibody tests. The results will be used to help the government decide what meas…

RT (2020-04-09). Irish minister says people 'will have to live alongside the virus' at some point. rt.com Ireland's health minister expects to be advised on Friday to keep restrictions intended to slow the spread of the coronavirus in place for a period of weeks, but he suggests the country will have to move onto a "different terrain" after that. | "What's highly likely tomorrow is that the National Public Health Emergency Team will recommend that we continue with the very strict restrictions," Simon Harris told broadcaster Virgin Media. "I expect that to be a period of weeks," said Harris, who ordered citizens on March 27 to stay home until at least Sunday, according to Reuters. | "In relation to the roadmap, the…

WSWS (2020-04-09). Germany: Weighing economic interests vs. human life in the coronavirus pandemic. wsws.org The German media are again openly discussing how much a human life is worth and how many lives should be sacrificed to the interests of the economy.

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2020-04-09). COVID-19 expert explains what soap does to SARS-CoV-2 virus. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Health experts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continue to drive home the message that excellent hand-washing is the most effective way to prevent illnesses, such as COVID-19. Dr. Gregory Poland, an infectious diseases expert and director of Mayo Clinic's Vaccine Research Group, explains what soap does to SARS-CoV-2, and other viruses …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2020-04-09). Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: COVID-19 update. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org On today's Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast, Dr. Gregory Poland, an infectious diseases expert and head of Mayo Clinic's Vaccine Research Group, shares the latest information on the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Poland discusses antibody testing, immunity, and how the scientific and research communities are collaborating to fight this disease. Click the player below: Mayo Clinic Q&A is available …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2020-04-09). Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: CDC recommends wearing cloth masks in public. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org To prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) now recommends that Americans wear wearing cloth masks in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain. The CDC considers cloth masks an additional, voluntary public health measure. On the Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast, Dr. Gregory Poland, a …

Binoy Kampmark (2020-04-09). Banal Terrors: Pandemics and the Ordinary Business of War. counterpunch.org The twaddle of framing the confrontation of the coronavirus as a "war" has proven to be a cheapening, misguided exercise. France's president Emmanuel Macron has deemed COVID-19 the "invisible, elusive enemy", making it sound like an adept guerrilla specialising in sneak attacks. China's Xi Jinping has gone for the language of the "people's war", suggesting

Eugene Schulman (2020-04-09). Lost in the Pandemic: the Forever Wars. counterpunch.org Locked down in my fifth floor apartment in Geneva, Switzerland with a view across the French border dominated by the snow-capped Monte Blanc, I began to wonder whatever happened to the forever wars we used to hear and read about every day in the main stream media. For weeks, now, our newspapers and TV seem

en.mehrnews (2020-04-09). Iran, Kazakh FMs discuss cooperation on COVID-19 battle. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 09 (MNA) — The Islamic Republic of Iran and Kazakhstan have stressed the expansion of collaborations in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

WSWS (2020-04-09). EU talks on COVID-19 pandemic response collapse. wsws.org With over 700,000 sick and nearly 60,000 dead of COVID-19 across Europe, EU governments clashed bitterly over how to bail out the continent's banks.

yenisafak (2020-04-09). Italy may relax some coronavirus measures by end of April, says Conte. yenisafak.com Italy may start gradually lifting some restrictions in place to contain the new coronavirus by the end of April, provided the spread of the disease continues to slow, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte told the BBC on Thursday."We need to pick sectors that can restart their activity. If scientists confirm it, we might begin to relax some measures already by the end of this month," Conte told the British broadcaster.Conte warned, however, that Italy could not lower its guard and restrictions would only be eased gradually.There were 542 deaths from COVID-19 in Italy on Wednesday, lower than the 604 the day before, takin…

yenisafak (2020-04-09). Turkish university adapts diving masks into ventilators. yenisafak.com A university in northwestern Turkey is modifying diving masks for intubated patients who need respiration support.Trakya University said in a statement that a team had begun producing an apparatus via 3D printers to adapt diving masks to be compatible with mechanical ventilation devices.University President Erhan Tabakoglu said the masks, covering the entire face, both protected the wearer and reduced the risk of infection.Stressing that the masks would provide fast and easy support for patients who needed intensive care, Tabakoglu said that apart from COVID-19 patients, the apparatuses could also be used for oth…

yenisafak (2020-04-09). Turkish man hosts 7 foreign nationals amid virus spread. yenisafak.com After seven travelers from abroad got stuck in Turkey due to coronavirus restrictions, a local came to their rescue and took them into his home.When six French nationals and a Spaniard found themselves high and dry due to traveling restrictions in the Aegean Mugla province, musician Alper Kaya welcomed them to his home, where they all now enjoy playing music or doing yoga.Kaya told Anadolu Agency that he sympathized with the travelers and brought them home, and the group have been together more over two weeks now, living an isolated life."After all, the world is in chaos and we need solidarity," said Kaya, adding…

yenisafak (2020-04-09). World Bank: Turkish economy to grow 0.5% in 2020. yenisafak.com The World Bank has projected Turkey's economy to expand by 0.5% this year, 3 percentage points lower than the pre-coronavirus estimate.The uptick in the country's gross domestic product (GDP) is expected to be supported by "strong" government stimulus, the bank said in its Spring 2020 Economic Update for Europe and Central Asia late Wednesday.Pointing to the country's growth last year on the back of a strong fourth quarter, driven by private consumption, the bank said COVID-19 imperils both stability and growth prospects.The bank estimated that growth will pick up steam in 2021-22 to hit 4%.According to the Turki…

yenisafak (2020-04-09). Poland extends restrictions on public life to curb coronavirus. yenisafak.com Polish borders will remain closed until May 3 and the government will extend a lockdown for schools and businesses, Poland's Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Thursday.Businesses will remain locked down until April 19 and limits for schools, as well as rail and air transport, will be extended for another two weeks, he said.Poles have also been told to cover their mouth and nose as of Thursday next week, at which point the government is also expected to publish a schedule of "coming back to a new economic reality."

yenisafak (2020-04-09). Russia releases first cargo of wheat to Saudi Arabia: sources. yenisafak.com The cargo is being sent by a trading house under a tender with optional origin it won a couple of months ago, sources said.Saudi Arabian state grain buyer SAGO did not reply to a Reuters request for immediate comment.Russia, the world's largest wheat exporter, has long sought access to the Saudi market.Saudi Arabia last August moved to smooth a path for Russian wheat imports by relaxing import specifications.That was seen as a sign of strengthening ties with Moscow beyond cooperation on oil, weeks before Russia's President Vladimir Putin visited the country.The shipment comes at another crucial moment in relation…

yenisafak (2020-04-09). Saudi ready to cut up to 4 mln bpd from record April output. yenisafak.com Saudi Arabia is ready to cut up to 4 million barrels per day (bpd) of its production but only from its record output levels of 12.3 million bpd achieved in April, a source briefed on the kingdom's oil policy said on Thursday.OPEC and other producers meet on Thursday to decide on cuts to cope with the falling demand due to the coronavirus crisis. Non-OPEC Russia has said it wants output to be cut from the January-March levels before Saudi production jumped.

sputniknews (2020-04-09). Alleged Videos of Explosion Aftermath in Central Moscow Released Online. sputniknews.com According to media reports, an explosion took place in a business centre near the embassy of Slovakia.

sputniknews (2020-04-09). Trump Mulling Tariffs, New Anti-Russian Sanctions Amid Oil Glut — Reports. sputniknews.com Oil prices collapsed to levels unsustainable for American shale producers last month after OPEC+ failed to reach an agreement on production cuts amid the drop in global economic activity due to the new coronavirus.

sputniknews (2020-04-09). Explosion Rocks Business Centre Near Slovak Embassy in Moscow, Two Injured. sputniknews.com Russian media initially reported that the blast reportedly occurred at a boiler room in a business centre in downtown Moscow, causing a fire that was promptly put down.

sputniknews (2020-04-09). Ancient Greek Doctors Drilled Human Skulls in Early Form of Brain Surgery, Skeletal Remains Reveal. sputniknews.com As one of the great civilisations of classical antiquity, Ancient Greece is known for its many fundamental insights which have since become part of the foundation for the ideas of Western civilisation, including basic geometry and the Hippocratic school of medicine.

Press TV (2020-04-09). US attempt to block Iranian funds in Europe nullified: Iran. iranian.com Governor of the Central Bank of Iran (CBI), also known as Bank Markazi, says the country has won a legal battle in Europe to dismiss a US attempt to have Iranian funds blocked and handed over to Washington for compensating the so-called victims of terror. Abdolnasser Hemmati said on Wednesday that courts in Luxembourg had …

Michael Berkowitz (2020-04-08). What does a hero look like? See 'El Pepe: A Supreme Life'. peoplesworld.org At first glance, he's a gnarled, wizened, disheveled, weather-beaten old man. He could use a trim and new clothes. He sits on a bench at his farm, the chickens pecking for insects in the ground around his feet. He's talking slowly, but thoughtfully, to Serbian filmmaker Emir Kusturica, two-time Cannes Palme d'Or Prize Winner. "One …

RT (2020-04-08). NY to fly flags HALF MAST for Covid-19 victims as number of infected in US passes 400,000. rt.com As the number of American victims of the novel coronavirus has jumped over 14,000 and the number of infected began creeping towards half a million, New York Governor has announced flags will be flown at half mast in his state. | The US now has nearly 420,000 cases of the coronavirus, along with 14,262 deaths, according to the Johns Hopkins University count. The hardest hit state remains New York, which has recorded 6,268 deaths from the virus. The state has over 140,000 confirmed cases of the coronavirus, making it the epicenter of the outbreak, as its new deaths have put its toll ahead of Spain, which previou…

Staff (2020-04-08). Headlines for April 8, 2020. democracynow.org U.S. Daily Death Toll Nears 2,000 as Hundreds of COVID-19 Deaths Go Uncounted, Trump Announces Hold on U.S. Funding for World Health Organization, Then Reverses Stance, New WH Press Secretary Said Recently, "We Will Not See Diseases Like the Coronavirus Come Here", Trump Fires Inspector General Tasked with Overseeing $2 Trillion Stimulus, China Lifts Lockdown in Wuhan, Where Coronavirus Pandemic Began, EU Coronavirus Stimulus Talks Fail as Deaths Surge in Spain and France, Libyan Rebels Attack Hospital for COVID-19 Patients; Chadian Ex-Dictator Released from Prison, International Labour Organization: Pandemic Cou…

Lucas Koerner (2020-04-08). European Left Slams EU Support for Trump's Venezuela 'Transition' Plan. venezuelanalysis.com The European Union took "positive note" of Washington's initiative.

Ramzy Baroud (2020-04-08). The Arab World Flounders in the Face of the Coronavirus Crisis. mintpressnews.com While the Coronavirus continues to ravage almost every nation on earth, Arab countries remain unable, or unwilling, to formulate a collective strategy to help the poorest and most vulnerable Arabs survive the deadly virus and its economic fallout. | Worse, amid growing international solidarity, we are yet to see a pan-Arab initiative that aims to provide material support to countries and regions that have been hit hardest by the COVID-19 disease. | The lack of collective Arab responsiveness is not unique as it mirrors Europe's own systematic failure, exhibiting 'solidarity' when it is financially convenient, and…

teleSUR (2020-04-08). Venezuela Receives Humanitarian Aid From UN, WHO, Russia. telesurenglish.net Venezuela received Wednesday about 90 tons of humanitarian aid from the United Nations, World Health Organization, PanAmerican Health Organization, and Russia. | RELATED: | "On behalf of President Nicolas Maduro, we thank the United Nations, the director of the World Health Organization (WHO), the Russian Federation led by Ambassador Sergey Melik-Bagdasarov, who has strengthened bilateral relations, for this hum…

teleSUR (2020-04-08). Iran's COVID-19 Cases Near 65,000 as Downward Trend Continues. telesurenglish.net The COVID-19 pandemic in Iran continued its week-long downward trend on Wednesday as less than 2,000 new cases were reported. Meanwhile, Turkey's tally of infections with the novel coronavirus was poised to pass 40,000. | Iran reported 1,997 new COVID-19 cases and 121 more deaths from the infectious disease, bringing the tally of infections to 64,586 and the death toll to 3,993. | RELATED: | Kianush Jahanpur, head…

en.mehrnews (2020-04-08). CBI releases $1.6bn blocked assets in Luxembourg. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 08 (MNA) — The Governor of the Central Bank of Iran (CBI) Abdolnaser Hemmati announced on Wednesday that in spite of US attempts, the bank managed to release $1.6 billion of its seized assets in Luxembourg and avoid its transfer to the US.

Archyde (2020-04-08). Putin Believes that the Situation in Russia with the Coronavirus Is "Complicated but Not Hopeless" globalresearch.ca Russian President Vladimir Putin tried yesterday to inspire his fellow citizens by ensuring that the situation with the spread of Covid-19 in the country "is complicated, but not hopeless." Putin held a new meeting by videoconference with members of the …

teleSUR (2020-04-08). France's Coronavirus Daily Hospital Death Toll Slows. telesurenglish.net The number of people who died from coronavirus infections in French hospitals climbed by 8 percent in a day to a cumulative total of 7,632, state health agency director Jerome Salomon told a news conference on Wednesday. | RELATED: | But he added the day's figures were incomplete as authorities were not able to register nursing homes data, which account for more than 30 percent of total fatalities, due to "technical p…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-04-08). Health workers across Greece mark Day of Panhellenic Action for Health. peoplesdispatch.org Health workers under the banner of the Federation of Greek Hospital Doctors' Associations (OENGE) demanded state support, including adequate funds, staff and resources, for the fight against COVID-19 in the country…

Gideon Polya (2020-04-08). UK- Australia COVID-19 Deaths, Deprivation Deaths in Developing Countries, Indigenous Avoidable Deaths. globalresearch.ca We are all shocked by the Covid-19-related carnage in Western Europe and the US in particular and fervently hope for an early end to the disaster. However it is timely to note huge avoidable deaths from deprivation in the Developing …

graham (2020-04-08). 66,000 UK deaths projected by 'Institute' has 95 per cent 'uncertainty' value. truepublica.org.uk By TruePublica: There are many headlines in a range of national newspapers across the spectrum reporting that Britain could see as many as 66,000 COVID-19 deaths during the first wave of the current pandemic. This is new research published Tuesday (07/04), effectively making the outbreak in Britain by far the deadliest in Europe. In fact, …

teleSUR (2020-04-08). Scientists Unveil Coronavirus Genome That Arrived in Argentina. telesurenglish.net Scientists from the National Administration of Laboratories and Health Institutes Carlos Malbran (ANLIS-Malbran) announced that they sequenced the complete genomes of three patients with the SARS-COV-2. | RELATED: | "We established the origin of the viruses: one of them is from the U.S., another from Europe, and another from Asia. This is a first step to start to see what the autochthonous circulation strains are like,…

teleSUR (2020-04-08). New Outbreak Might Happen in the Fall, Chinese Expert Says. telesurenglish.net Shanghai's COVID-19 Clinical Expert Team director Zhang Wenhong warned of the high probability of a second international wave of infections occurring next fall. | RELATED: | "Europe and the U.S. have not been effectively controlled for the time being. In Africa, South America and India, where the economy is less developed and medical resources are insufficient, new cases have increased exponentially, which brings g…

teleSUR (2020-04-08). 7 out of 10 Dead Patients Are Men in the European Countries. telesurenglish.net The World Health Organization (WHO) Wednesday reported that 75 percent of some 52,000 deaths from COVID-19 in Europe are male and a 95 percent were over 65 years of age. | RELATED: | Many of the deceased had previous health problems that were complicated by contracting the coronavirus. Over 60 percent suffered from cardiovascular disease, 29 percent diabetes, and 21 percent kidney disease, the WHO regional director Hans Kluge said. | While the COV…

Tasnim News (2020-04-08). Iran Welcomes Putin's Idea for Green Corridor in Coronavirus Fight. iranian.com Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif welcomed a proposal from Russian President Vladimir Putin to create a green corridor for the global battle with the coronavirus pandemic. "In order to contain the situation of coronavirus, different countries have closed their geographical borders, but opened them to provide assistance," Zarif said in a tweet on Wednesday, …

Neil deMause (2020-04-08). US Media Downplay Overseas Coronavirus Lessons to Focus on Easter Bunny. fair.org Ardern's Easter Bunny comments got the kind of widespread coverage that has largely been absent for an important piece of the pandemic puzzle: What can nations that are at the center of the second wave of the coronavirus outbreak, like the US and much of Europe, learn from those that were in the first wave, particularly China, South Korea and Hong Kong?>

Frances Madeson (2020-04-07). Putting Black Empowerment to Emergency Use. progressive.org Cooperation Jackson deploys its community production capacity to make masks during COVID-19.

The Canary (2020-04-07). Belfast researchers lead UK-wide coronavirus clinical trial. thecanary.co Belfast researchers are leading a UK-wide clinical trial offering cell therapy treatment for coronavirus patients with acute respiratory failure. | The team at the Queen's University Belfast is investigating the use of allogenic Mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs) in patients with a complication known as Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS) caused by Covid-19. | The trial involves the use of MSCs, a type of cell derived from human tissue such as bone marrow or umbilical cord to treat the injury to the lung caused by Covid-19. | Health Minister Robin Swann has visited Northern Ireland's first Nightingale site a…

Staff (2020-04-06). Headlines for April 6, 2020. democracynow.org Coronavirus Cases Surge in U.S., Surgeon General Warns of "Pearl Harbor Moment" | , Gov. Cuomo Slashes Medicaid as New York Struggles to Get Handle on COVID-19 Cases | , Black Communities Hit Disproportionately Hard by Coronavirus , Coronavirus Cases Appear to Level Off in Parts of Europe, But Death Tolls Remain High | , Boris Johnson Hospitalized for Acute Coronavirus Symptoms | , Japan's Shinzo Abe to Declare Emergency; Filipino Police Kills Man Who Flouted Coronavirus Rules, Low-Paid Garment Workers in Bangladesh Face Mass Unemployment , Former Prime Ministers of Somalia and Libya Die from COVID-19, Complaint…

Fight Back (2020-04-06). The COVID-19 pandemic and the African American Nation. fightbacknews.org San José, CA – Much of the day-to-day news coverage on the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States has been on the plight of New York City, which has been the hardest hit to date. With more than 8 million people, NYC is the largest city in the United States, but the number of COVID-19 infections, at more than 63,000, is more than any other entire country in the world except for the United States, Spain, Italy, Germany, France and China. The death toll of more than 2500 is more than every other country in the world except for Italy, Spain, the United States, France, the United Kingdom, Iran and China. | Without try…

2020-04-09: Social Media Postees

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Finnish govt extends coronavirus-related restrictions to May 13
rt.com | 2020-04-09
Finland on Thursday extended most of its restrictions imposed to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus by one month to May 13, the government said. | It extended its ban on public meetings of more than 10 people, and the closure of public services such as libraries and schools for most students. The government had previously decided to close all restaurants until the end of May. | On Tuesday, the country's public health authority said it would start tracking the spread of the new coronavirus in the population with randomized antibody tests. The results will be used to help the government decide what meas…
rt.com/newsline/485369-finland-extends-restrictions-tests/

Irish minister says people 'will have to live alongside the virus' at some point
rt.com | 2020-04-09
Ireland's health minister expects to be advised on Friday to keep restrictions intended to slow the spread of the coronavirus in place for a period of weeks, but he suggests the country will have to move onto a "different terrain" after that. | "What's highly likely tomorrow is that the National Public Health Emergency Team will recommend that we continue with the very strict restrictions," Simon Harris told broadcaster Virgin Media. "I expect that to be a period of weeks," said Harris, who ordered citizens on March 27 to stay home until at least Sunday, according to Reuters. | "In relation to the roadmap, the…
rt.com/newsline/485365-ireland-restrictions-alongside-virus/

Lost in the Pandemic: the Forever Wars
Eugene Schulman | counterpunch.org | 2020-04-09
Locked down in my fifth floor apartment in Geneva, Switzerland with a view across the French border dominated by the snow-capped Monte Blanc, I began to wonder whatever happened to the forever wars we used to hear and read about every day in the main stream media. For weeks, now, our newspapers and TV seem…
counterpunch.org/2020/04/09/lost-in-the-pandemic-the-forever-wars/

Russia: US shale decline can't count as 'output cut'
rt.com | 2020-04-09
Production declines across the US shale patch as companies reduce drilling and spending cannot be viewed as a voluntary US cut aimed at supporting oil prices, Vladimir Putin's Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov said on Wednesday. | The comments suggest that Russia may insist on a collective cut from the United States when major oil producers sit down to discuss a global production reduction later this week. | "These are totally different types of cuts," Peskov told reporters in Moscow on Wednesday, as carried by Russian news agency RIA Novosti. | Also on rt.com
rt.com/business/485353-us-shale-decline-russia/

Catch me if you can! WATCH coronavirus suspect FLEE medics in Russia
rt.com | 2020-04-09
A suspected coronavirus patient sparked a frantic chase by medics

'Mere insinuation offends me': Italy's PM Conte blasts suggestion of ulterior motive behind Russian coronavirus aid
rt.com | 2020-04-09
Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has called any suggestion that Russia had an ulterior motive in sending coronavirus aid to Italy "an insult to the Italian government," warning that the pandemic poses an existential threat to the EU. | Amid stalled EU relief efforts, aid and personnel arrived in Italy from China, Cuba and Russia to help Italian medical authorities fight back against the coronavirus outbreak in the country, which ravaged its northern regions and forced a total lockdown of society. | When asked if the Russian coronavirus aid, in the form of both manpower and medical equipment, was a ploy by the Kre…
rt.com/news/485357-conte-offended-russian-aid-italy/

Russia's coronavirus tally surpasses 10,000 after record daily surge, 13 more deaths
rt.com | 2020-04-09
The number of confirmed Covid-19 cases has broken the 10,000 barrier in Russia, with 1,459 more people testing positive in the past 24 hours, the national disease response team revealed on Thursday morning. | Officials reported that 13 more patients have died, bringing the nationwide death toll from the disease to 76. The tally of reported Covid-19 cases now stands at 10,131. | Worryingly, the curve is sharply upward. 1,175 fresh infections were recorded the previous day and 954 on Tuesday. | Of the new cases, 1,056 are in Moscow and its surrounding region, where there have been ten more deaths. Russia's secon…
rt.com/russia/485360-russias-coronavirus-case-tally-record/

EU talks on COVID-19 pandemic response collapse
wsws.org | 2020-04-09
With over 700,000 sick and nearly 60,000 dead of COVID-19 across Europe, EU governments clashed bitterly over how to bail out the continent's banks.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/04/09/euro-a09.html

Banal Terrors: Pandemics and the Ordinary Business of War
Binoy Kampmark | counterpunch.org | 2020-04-09
The twaddle of framing the confrontation of the coronavirus as a "war" has proven to be a cheapening, misguided exercise. France's president Emmanuel Macron has deemed COVID-19 the "invisible, elusive enemy", making it sound like an adept guerrilla specialising in sneak attacks. China's Xi Jinping has gone for the language of the "people's war", suggesting…
counterpunch.org/2020/04/09/banal-terrors-pandemics-and-the-ordinary-business-of-war/

US overtakes Spain with second highest Covid-19 deaths worldwide, but Italy still holds top spot
rt.com | 2020-04-09
The United States surpassed Spain's coronavirus death toll late Wednesday night, according to the latest figures gathered by Johns Hopkins University, putting it in second place behind Italy, which still leads the globe in fatalities. | The lethal virus has killed 14,817 patients in the US, the new data shows, edging out Spain by fewer than 50 deaths. Though Italy's toll of 17,669 remains the world's highest, the US leads all other nations in cases by far, reporting well over 430,000 infections

Gradual return to normality in Germany possible 'if infection trend continues'
rt.com | 2020-04-09
German Health Minister Jens Spahn has said the country's coronavirus infection numbers are showing a "positive trend," and if that continues it will be possible to talk about a gradual return to normality after the Easter break. | He told the Handelsblatt newspaper that citizens sticking to the restrictions on public life over the Easter holiday was a necessary condition for a possible easing of the lockdown. | Chancellor Angela Merkel has said Germany will re-evaluate the situation after the Easter holiday. | The German Labor Office said on Thursday that some 650,000 companies had applied for short-time work…
rt.com/newsline/485363-return-normality-germany-trend/

Germany: Weighing economic interests vs. human life in the coronavirus pandemic
wsws.org | 2020-04-09
The German media are again openly discussing how much a human life is worth and how many lives should be sacrificed to the interests of the economy.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/04/09/germ-a09.html

Iran, Kazakh FMs discuss cooperation on COVID-19 battle
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-04-09
TEHRAN, Apr. 09 (MNA)

Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: COVID-19 update
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org | 2020-04-09
On today's Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast, Dr. Gregory Poland, an infectious diseases expert and head of Mayo Clinic's Vaccine Research Group, shares the latest information on the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Poland discusses antibody testing, immunity, and how the scientific and research communities are collaborating to fight this disease. Click the player below: Mayo Clinic Q&A is available …
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org/discussion/mayo-clinic-qa-podcast-covid-19-update/

COVID-19 expert explains what soap does to SARS-CoV-2 virus
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org | 2020-04-09
Health experts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continue to drive home the message that excellent hand-washing is the most effective way to prevent illnesses, such as COVID-19. Dr. Gregory Poland, an infectious diseases expert and director of Mayo Clinic's Vaccine Research Group, explains what soap does to SARS-CoV-2, and other viruses …
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org/discussion/covid-19-expert-explains-what-soap-does-to-sars-cov-2-virus/

Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: CDC recommends wearing cloth masks in public
newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org | 2020-04-09
To prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) now recommends that Americans wear wearing cloth masks in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain. The CDC considers cloth masks an additional, voluntary public health measure. On the Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast, Dr. Gregory Poland, a …
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Russia releases first cargo of wheat to Saudi Arabia: sources
yenisafak.com | 2020-04-09
The cargo is being sent by a trading house under a tender with optional origin it won a couple of months ago, sources said.Saudi Arabian state grain buyer SAGO did not reply to a Reuters request for immediate comment.Russia, the world's largest wheat exporter, has long sought access to the Saudi market.Saudi Arabia last August moved to smooth a path for Russian wheat imports by relaxing import specifications.That was seen as a sign of strengthening ties with Moscow beyond cooperation on oil, weeks before Russia's President Vladimir Putin visited the country.The shipment comes at another crucial moment in relation…
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Saudi ready to cut up to 4 mln bpd from record April output
yenisafak.com | 2020-04-09
Saudi Arabia is ready to cut up to 4 million barrels per day (bpd) of its production but only from its record output levels of 12.3 million bpd achieved in April, a source briefed on the kingdom's oil policy said on Thursday.OPEC and other producers meet on Thursday to decide on cuts to cope with the falling demand due to the coronavirus crisis. Non-OPEC Russia has said it wants output to be cut from the January-March levels before Saudi production jumped.
yenisafak.com/en/economy/saudi-ready-to-cut-up-to-4-mln-bpd-from-record-april-output-3516457

World Bank: Turkish economy to grow 0.5% in 2020
yenisafak.com | 2020-04-09
The World Bank has projected Turkey's economy to expand by 0.5% this year, 3 percentage points lower than the pre-coronavirus estimate.The uptick in the country's gross domestic product (GDP) is expected to be supported by "strong" government stimulus, the bank said in its Spring 2020 Economic Update for Europe and Central Asia late Wednesday.Pointing to the country's growth last year on the back of a strong fourth quarter, driven by private consumption, the bank said COVID-19 imperils both stability and growth prospects.The bank estimated that growth will pick up steam in 2021-22 to hit 4%.According to the Turki…
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Turkish man hosts 7 foreign nationals amid virus spread
yenisafak.com | 2020-04-09
After seven travelers from abroad got stuck in Turkey due to coronavirus restrictions, a local came to their rescue and took them into his home.When six French nationals and a Spaniard found themselves high and dry due to traveling restrictions in the Aegean Mugla province, musician Alper Kaya welcomed them to his home, where they all now enjoy playing music or doing yoga.Kaya told Anadolu Agency that he sympathized with the travelers and brought them home, and the group have been together more over two weeks now, living an isolated life."After all, the world is in chaos and we need solidarity," said Kaya, adding…
yenisafak.com/en/news/turkish-man-hosts-7-foreign-nationals-amid-virus-spread-3516465

Turkish university adapts diving masks into ventilators
yenisafak.com | 2020-04-09
A university in northwestern Turkey is modifying diving masks for intubated patients who need respiration support.Trakya University said in a statement that a team had begun producing an apparatus via 3D printers to adapt diving masks to be compatible with mechanical ventilation devices.University President Erhan Tabakoglu said the masks, covering the entire face, both protected the wearer and reduced the risk of infection.Stressing that the masks would provide fast and easy support for patients who needed intensive care, Tabakoglu said that apart from COVID-19 patients, the apparatuses could also be used for oth…
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Italy may relax some coronavirus measures by end of April, says Conte
yenisafak.com | 2020-04-09
Italy may start gradually lifting some restrictions in place to contain the new coronavirus by the end of April, provided the spread of the disease continues to slow, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte told the BBC on Thursday."We need to pick sectors that can restart their activity. If scientists confirm it, we might begin to relax some measures already by the end of this month," Conte told the British broadcaster.Conte warned, however, that Italy could not lower its guard and restrictions would only be eased gradually.There were 542 deaths from COVID-19 in Italy on Wednesday, lower than the 604 the day before, takin…
yenisafak.com/en/world/italy-may-relax-some-coronavirus-measures-by-end-of-april-says-conte-3516459

Poland extends restrictions on public life to curb coronavirus
yenisafak.com | 2020-04-09
Polish borders will remain closed until May 3 and the government will extend a lockdown for schools and businesses, Poland's Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Thursday.Businesses will remain locked down until April 19 and limits for schools, as well as rail and air transport, will be extended for another two weeks, he said.Poles have also been told to cover their mouth and nose as of Thursday next week, at which point the government is also expected to publish a schedule of "coming back to a new economic reality."
yenisafak.com/en/world/poland-extends-restrictions-on-public-life-to-curb-coronavirus-3516456

Explosion Rocks Business Centre Near Slovak Embassy in Moscow, Two Injured
sputniknews.com | 2020-04-09
Russian media initially reported that the blast reportedly occurred at a boiler room in a business centre in downtown Moscow, causing a fire that was promptly put down.
sputniknews.com/russia/202004091078894115-explosion-rocks-business-centre-in-downtown-moscow—reports/

Alleged Videos of Explosion Aftermath in Central Moscow Released Online
sputniknews.com | 2020-04-09
According to media reports, an explosion took place in a business centre near the embassy of Slovakia.
sputniknews.com/russia/202004091078894203-alleged-videos-of-explosion-aftermath-in-central-moscow-released-online/

Ancient Greek Doctors Drilled Human Skulls in Early Form of Brain Surgery, Skeletal Remains Reveal
sputniknews.com | 2020-04-09
As one of the great civilisations of classical antiquity, Ancient Greece is known for its many fundamental insights which have since become part of the foundation for the ideas of Western civilisation, including basic geometry and the Hippocratic school of medicine.
sputniknews.com/science/202004091078895354-ancient-greek-doctors-drilled-human-skulls-in-early-form-of-brain-surgery-skeletal-remains-reveal/

US attempt to block Iranian funds in Europe nullified: Iran
Press TV | iranian.com | 2020-04-09
Governor of the Central Bank of Iran (CBI), also known as Bank Markazi, says the country has won a legal battle in Europe to dismiss a US attempt to have Iranian funds blocked and handed over to Washington for compensating the so-called victims of terror. Abdolnasser Hemmati said on Wednesday that courts in Luxembourg had …
iranian.com/2020/04/08/us-attempt-to-block-iranian-funds-in-europe-nullified-iran/

Venezuela Receives Humanitarian Aid From UN, WHO, Russia
telesurenglish.net | 2020-04-08
Venezuela received Wednesday about 90 tons of humanitarian aid from the United Nations, World Health Organization, PanAmerican Health Organization, and Russia. | RELATED: | Nearly 60 Groups Demand End to Sanctions During COVID-19 Crisis | "On behalf of President Nicolas Maduro, we thank the United Nations, the director of the World Health Organization (WHO), the Russian Federation led by Ambassador Sergey Melik-Bagdasarov, who has strengthened bilateral relations, for this hum…
telesurenglish.net/news/Venezuela-Receives-Humanitarian-Aid-From-UN-WHO-Russia-20200408-0020.html

European Left Slams EU Support for Trump's Venezuela 'Transition' Plan
Lucas Koerner | venezuelanalysis.com | 2020-04-08
The European Union took "positive note" of Washington's initiative.
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The Arab World Flounders in the Face of the Coronavirus Crisis
Ramzy Baroud | mintpressnews.com | 2020-04-08
While the Coronavirus continues to ravage almost every nation on earth, Arab countries remain unable, or unwilling, to formulate a collective strategy to help the poorest and most vulnerable Arabs survive the deadly virus and its economic fallout. | Worse, amid growing international solidarity, we are yet to see a pan-Arab initiative that aims to provide material support to countries and regions that have been hit hardest by the COVID-19 disease. | The lack of collective Arab responsiveness is not unique as it mirrors Europe's own systematic failure, exhibiting 'solidarity' when it is financially convenient, and…
mintpressnews.com/coronavirus-crisis-middle-east-flounders/266451/

Putin Believes that the Situation in Russia with the Coronavirus Is "Complicated but Not Hopeless"
Archyde | globalresearch.ca | 2020-04-08
Russian President Vladimir Putin tried yesterday to inspire his fellow citizens by ensuring that the situation with the spread of Covid-19 in the country "is complicated, but not hopeless." Putin held a new meeting by videoconference with members of the …
globalresearch.ca/putin-believes-situation-russia-coronavirus-complicated-not-hopeless/5709104

Putin Believes that the Situation in Russia with the Coronavirus Is "Complicated but Not Hopeless"
Archyde | globalresearch.ca | 2020-04-08
Russian President Vladimir Putin tried yesterday to inspire his fellow citizens by ensuring that the situation with the spread of Covid-19 in the country "is complicated, but not hopeless." Putin held a new meeting by videoconference with members of the …
globalresearch.ca/putin-believes-situation-russia-coronavirus-complicated-not-hopeless/5709104

New Outbreak Might Happen in the Fall, Chinese Expert Says
telesurenglish.net | 2020-04-08
Shanghai's COVID-19 Clinical Expert Team director Zhang Wenhong warned of the high probability of a second international wave of infections occurring next fall. | RELATED: | China To Keep Supporting US in Fighting Epidemic: Spokesperson | "Europe and the U.S. have not been effectively controlled for the time being. In Africa, South America and India, where the economy is less developed and medical resources are insufficient, new cases have increased exponentially, which brings g…
telesurenglish.net/news/New-Outbreak-Might-Happen-in-the-Fall-Chinese-Expert-Says-20200408-0001.html

UK- Australia COVID-19 Deaths, Deprivation Deaths in Developing Countries, Indigenous Avoidable Deaths
Gideon Polya | globalresearch.ca | 2020-04-08
We are all shocked by the Covid-19-related carnage in Western Europe and the US in particular and fervently hope for an early end to the disaster. However it is timely to note huge avoidable deaths from deprivation in the Developing …
globalresearch.ca/uk-australian-covid-19-deaths-versus-developing-country-indigenous-avoidable-deaths-deprivation/5708948

UK- Australia COVID-19 Deaths, Deprivation Deaths in Developing Countries, Indigenous Avoidable Deaths
Gideon Polya | globalresearch.ca | 2020-04-08
We are all shocked by the Covid-19-related carnage in Western Europe and the US in particular and fervently hope for an early end to the disaster. However it is timely to note huge avoidable deaths from deprivation in the Developing …
globalresearch.ca/uk-australian-covid-19-deaths-versus-developing-country-indigenous-avoidable-deaths-deprivation/5708948

7 out of 10 Dead Patients Are Men in the European Countries
telesurenglish.net | 2020-04-08
The World Health Organization (WHO) Wednesday reported that 75 percent of some 52,000 deaths from COVID-19 in Europe are male and a 95 percent were over 65 years of age. | RELATED: | Italy Reached the Peak of COVID-19 Infections | Many of the deceased had previous health problems that were complicated by contracting the coronavirus. Over 60 percent suffered from cardiovascular disease, 29 percent diabetes, and 21 percent kidney disease, the WHO regional director Hans Kluge said. | While the COV…
telesurenglish.net/news/7-out-of-10-Dead-Patients-Are-Men-in-the-European-Countries-20200408-0003.html

US Media Downplay Overseas Coronavirus Lessons to Focus on Easter Bunny
Neil deMause | fair.org | 2020-04-08
Ardern's Easter Bunny comments got the kind of widespread coverage that has largely been absent for an important piece of the pandemic puzzle: What can nations that are at the center of the second wave of the coronavirus outbreak, like the US and much of Europe, learn from those that were in the first wave, particularly China, South Korea and Hong Kong?>…
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Scientists Unveil Coronavirus Genome That Arrived in Argentina
telesurenglish.net | 2020-04-08
Scientists from the National Administration of Laboratories and Health Institutes Carlos Malbran (ANLIS-Malbran) announced that they sequenced the complete genomes of three patients with the SARS-COV-2. | RELATED: | Argentina: Fernandez Criticizes Bank Opening Amid Quarantine | "We established the origin of the viruses: one of them is from the U.S., another from Europe, and another from Asia. This is a first step to start to see what the autochthonous circulation strains are like,…
telesurenglish.net/news/Scientists-Unveil-Coronavirus-Genome-That-Arrived-in-Argentina-20200408-0010.html

66,000 UK deaths projected by 'Institute' has 95 per cent 'uncertainty' value
graham | truepublica.org.uk | 2020-04-08
By TruePublica: There are many headlines in a range of national newspapers across the spectrum reporting that Britain could see as many as 66,000 COVID-19 deaths during the first wave of the current pandemic. This is new research published Tuesday (07/04), effectively making the outbreak in Britain by far the deadliest in Europe. In fact, …
truepublica.org.uk/united-kingdom/66000-uk-deaths-projected-by-institute-has-95-per-cent-uncertainty-value/

Iran's COVID-19 Cases Near 65,000 as Downward Trend Continues
telesurenglish.net | 2020-04-08
The COVID-19 pandemic in Iran continued its week-long downward trend on Wednesday as less than 2,000 new cases were reported. Meanwhile, Turkey's tally of infections with the novel coronavirus was poised to pass 40,000. | Iran reported 1,997 new COVID-19 cases and 121 more deaths from the infectious disease, bringing the tally of infections to 64,586 and the death toll to 3,993. | RELATED: | Scientists Unveil Coronavirus Genome That Arrived in Argentina | Kianush Jahanpur, head…
telesurenglish.net/news/Irans-COVID-19-Cases-Near-65000-as-Downward-Trend-Continues-20200408-0015.html

France's Coronavirus Daily Hospital Death Toll Slows
telesurenglish.net | 2020-04-08
The number of people who died from coronavirus infections in French hospitals climbed by 8 percent in a day to a cumulative total of 7,632, state health agency director Jerome Salomon told a news conference on Wednesday. | RELATED: | France To "Temporarily" Nationalize Companies Hit by COVID-19 | But he added the day's figures were incomplete as authorities were not able to register nursing homes data, which account for more than 30 percent of total fatalities, due to "technical p…
telesurenglish.net/news/Frances-Coronavirus-Daily-Hospital-Death-Toll-Slows-20200408-0019.html

CBI releases $1.6bn blocked assets in Luxembourg
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-04-08
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Health workers across Greece mark Day of Panhellenic Action for Health
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-04-08
Health workers under the banner of the Federation of Greek Hospital Doctors' Associations (OENGE) demanded state support, including adequate funds, staff and resources, for the fight against COVID-19 in the country…
peoplesdispatch.org/2020/04/08/health-workers-across-greece-mark-day-of-panhellenic-action-for-health/

What does a hero look like? See 'El Pepe: A Supreme Life'
Michael Berkowitz | peoplesworld.org | 2020-04-08
At first glance, he's a gnarled, wizened, disheveled, weather-beaten old man. He could use a trim and new clothes. He sits on a bench at his farm, the chickens pecking for insects in the ground around his feet. He's talking slowly, but thoughtfully, to Serbian filmmaker Emir Kusturica, two-time Cannes Palme d'Or Prize Winner. "One …
peoplesworld.org/article/what-does-a-hero-look-like-see-el-pepe-a-supreme-life/

NY to fly flags HALF MAST for Covid-19 victims as number of infected in US passes 400,000
rt.com | 2020-04-08
As the number of American victims of the novel coronavirus has jumped over 14,000 and the number of infected began creeping towards half a million, New York Governor has announced flags will be flown at half mast in his state. | The US now has nearly 420,000 cases of the coronavirus, along with 14,262 deaths, according to the Johns Hopkins University count. The hardest hit state remains New York, which has recorded 6,268 deaths from the virus. The state has over 140,000 confirmed cases of the coronavirus, making it the epicenter of the outbreak, as its new deaths have put its toll ahead of Spain, which previou…
rt.com/usa/485324-new-york-flags-half-mast-coronavirus/

Iran Welcomes Putin's Idea for Green Corridor in Coronavirus Fight
Tasnim News | iranian.com | 2020-04-08
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif welcomed a proposal from Russian President Vladimir Putin to create a green corridor for the global battle with the coronavirus pandemic. "In order to contain the situation of coronavirus, different countries have closed their geographical borders, but opened them to provide assistance," Zarif said in a tweet on Wednesday, …
iranian.com/2020/04/08/iran-welcomes-putins-idea-for-green-corridor-in-coronavirus-fight/

COVID-19 Disastrous for US-Detained Migrants Amnesty Int. Warns
telesurenglish.net | 2020-04-07
The risk that the new coronavirus poses to the people detained in the United States' large migration centers will have disastrous consequences if not addressed without delay, Amnesty International warned in a report released Tuesday. | RELATED: | Portugal Grants Citizens' Rights to Migrants During Pandemic | …
telesurenglish.net/news/Imminent-COVID-19-Disastrous-for-US-Detained-Migrants-Amnesty-20200407-0023.html

Belfast researchers lead UK-wide coronavirus clinical trial
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-04-07
Belfast researchers are leading a UK-wide clinical trial offering cell therapy treatment for coronavirus patients with acute respiratory failure. | The team at the Queen's University Belfast is investigating the use of allogenic Mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs) in patients with a complication known as Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS) caused by Covid-19. | The trial involves the use of MSCs, a type of cell derived from human tissue such as bone marrow or umbilical cord to treat the injury to the lung caused by Covid-19. | Health Minister Robin Swann has visited Northern Ireland's first Nightingale site a…
thecanary.co/discovery/news-discovery/2020/04/07/belfast-researchers-lead-uk-wide-coronavirus-clinical-trial/

Banal Terrors: Pandemics and the Ordinary Business of War
Binoy Kampmark | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-04-07
The twaddle of framing the confrontation of the coronavirus as a "war" has proven to be a cheapening, misguided exercise. France's president Emmanuel Macron has deemed COVID-19 the "invisible, elusive enemy", making it sound like an adept guerrilla specialising in sneak attacks. China's Xi Jinping has gone for the language of the "people's war", suggesting …
dissidentvoice.org/2020/04/banal-terrors-pandemics-and-the-ordinary-business-of-war/

Putting Black Empowerment to Emergency Use
Frances Madeson | progressive.org | 2020-04-07
Cooperation Jackson deploys its community production capacity to make masks during COVID-19.
progressive.org/covid-19/black-empowerment-emergency-use-madeson-200407/