Sunday’s news links – March 15, 2020

China seizes a new role in the world Axios

The world once looked to the U.S. for leadership and aid in global health crises.

Judge Blocks Trump Rule That Would Have Kicked 700,000 Off Food Stamps During a Pandemic Slate

Trump surrounded by CEOs from major corporations, including Walmart, CVS, and Target.

Covid-19 coronavirus

At ‘Shock Doctrine Press Conference,’ Trump Bails Out Oil Industry, Not US Families, as Coronavirus Crisis Intensifies Common Dreams

Trump’s absurd parade of CEOs conceals his inaction in the coronavirus crisis LATimes

Sick Leave Loopholes: ‘There’s a Giant Hole in Pelosi’s Coronavirus Bill’ Common Dreams

“In fact, the bill guarantees sick leave only to about 20 percent of workers.”

How the Senate Paved the Way for Coronavirus Profiteering The Intercept

Iran Pleads for Medicine as it Fights Epidemic Under Sanctions – #SanctionsKill Orinoco Tribune

Work stoppage over coronavirus fears temporarily shuts down Fiat Chrysler plant in Canada CNBC

Trump spent the past 2 years slashing the government agencies responsible for handling the coronavirus outbreak Business Insider

Trump vs. “disease X” Vox. From 2018

‘Grotesque Level of Greed’: Owned by World’s Richest Man Jeff Bezos, Whole Foods Wants Workers to Pay for Colleagues’ Sick Leave During Coronavirus Pandemic Common Dreams

“Absolute bullshit. With the amount Jeff Bezos makes in one day, he could shut stores down and pay employees to stay safe.”

Matt Gaetz—GOP Lawmaker Who Opposed Paid Sick Leave and Mocked Coronavirus Warnings—Now Under Quarantine Using Paid Sick Leave Common Dreams

Coronavirus and the Digital Divide FAIR

Europeans Under Lockdown Are Singing Together and Giving Their Health Care Workers Citywide Ovations Slate

It was the virus that did it Michael Roberts

I’m sure when this disaster is over, mainstream economics and the authorities will claim that it was an exogenous crisis nothing to do with any inherent flaws in the capitalist mode of production and the social structure of society. It was the virus that did it. This was the argument of the mainstream after the Great Recession of 2008-9 and it will be repeated in 2020.

Wikipedia: “Bella ciao” (“Goodbye beautiful”) is an Italian protest folk song that originated in the hardships of the mondina women, the paddy field workers in the late 19th century who sang it to protest against harsh working conditions in the paddy fields of North Italy. The song was adopted as an anthem of the anti-fascist resistance: by the Italian partisans between 1943 and 1945 during the Italian Resistance, the resistance of Italian partisans against the Nazi German forces occupying Italy, during the Italian Civil War, and the Italian partisan struggle against the fascist Italian Social Republic and its Nazi German allies. Versions of “Bella ciao” are sung worldwide as an anti-fascist hymn of freedom and resistance.

Why the US Sucks at Building Public Transit Vice

America is worse at building and operating public transit than nearly all of its peers. Why is that?

“Hell is empty and all the devils are here”
– William Shakespeare (The Tempest Act 1 Scene 2)

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