Friday’s news links – March 13, 2020

Federal Judge Orders Release of Chelsea Manning teleSUR

US confirms bombing Iraq’s Shia Kata’eb Hezbollah militia after rocket strike at base near Baghdad killed 2 troops RT

Patients wait for their results in front of the Keyvan Virology Laboratory to confirm the coronavirus cases in Tehran, Iran on March 10, 2020.

COVID-19 coronavirus

Accusing US of ‘Medical Terrorism,’ Iran Demands Trump Lift Drug Import Sanctions Amid Coronavirus Crisis Common Dreams

The Trump Administration Will Move Ahead With Its Plan To Kick People Off Of Food Stamps Despite The Coronavirus Outbreak Buzzfeed

An Internal Pandemic Document Shows the Coronavirus Gives Trump Extraordinary Powers The Nation

A leaked Customs and Border Protection directive allows the agency to actively surveil and detain individuals suspected of carrying the illness—indefinitely.

War, Profit and the Coronavirus Common Dreams

If the possibility of a global pandemic is real, how could anyone question the urgency of government investment in the development of a vaccine and then making it universally available?

Top health official says U.S. coronavirus testing system is not “geared to what we need” Axios

Tom Hanks Got Sick in Australia, Where Coronavirus Testing Is a Snap NYTimes

The number of Americans without reliable internet access may be way higher than the government’s estimate — and that could cause major problems in 2020 Business Insider 

The coronavirus outbreak is speeding up the push toward an “online first” world, but way more Americans could be left behind than the government estimates. A Microsoft study last year found that 162 million Americans lack broadband internet — nearly half the US population.

Sick People Across the U.S. Say They Are Being Denied the Coronavirus Test NYTimes

Wall Street crash

Oil Price Crash Continues Despite $1.5 Trillion Fed Intervention OilPrice

Oil prices keep tumbling, with no sign of stopping CNN

Fed to Inject $1.5 Trillion in Bid to Prevent ‘Unusual Disruptions’ in Markets Wall Street Journal

Something Weird Is Happening on Wall Street, and Not Just the Stock Sell-Off NYTimes


China issues report on human rights violations in U.S. Global Times

China $570 billion stimulus raises hopes for copper, iron ore price

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