Friday’s news links – March 27, 2020

Venezuela denounces US charges against Maduro as another coup d’état attempt Peoples Dispatch

Venezuelan Top Mercenary Admits Arsenal Seized in Colombia was for a Coup Plot in Venezuela Orinoco Tribune

As the world tackles the COVID-19 Pandemic, the US raises the pressure on Venezuela Peoples Dispatch

K.K. Shailaja is the health minister in the Left Democratic Front government in Kerala, the state in the southwest of India that has a population of 35 million people.

Covid-19 coronavirus

Kerala is a Beacon to the World for Taking on the Coronavirus Vijay Prashad

Asian Americans report over 650 racist acts over last week, new data says NBC News

“The deliberate use of terms like ‘Chinese virus’ has definitely fanned the flames of racism toward Asian Americans in this country,” one nonprofit leader said.

Is ‘social distancing’ the wrong term? Expert prefers ‘physical distancing,’ and the WHO agrees. Washington Post

Worker at NYC hospital where nurses wear trash bags as protection dies from coronavirus NY Post

How the World’s Richest Country Ran Out of a 75-Cent Face Mask Farhad Manjoo

Class war

Dock Workers Threaten to Shut Down Ports After Risking Coronavirus Exposure Vice

Memphis Teamsters Wildcat Strike at Kroger’s Massive Southern Warehouse PayDay Report

Walkouts Spread as Workers Seek Coronavirus Protections Labor Notes

‘Some may even die, I don’t know’: Former Wells Fargo CEO wants people to go back to work and ‘see what happens’ Business Insider

A Word About the Horrid Spike in Unemployment Claims and Why it’s Even More Horrid Than it Appears

NY State Court says gig workers can file for unemployment

Landlord Worth $1 Billion Exploits Coronavirus Panic To Jack Up Rent 25 Percent Gothamist

A U.S. postal worker wildcat strike shut down mail delivery in 1970 Washington Post

Capitalist crisis

Bonanza for Rich Real Estate Investors, Tucked Into Stimulus Package NYTimes

The Postal Service was in trouble before COVID-19. Now it’s fighting for its life. Seattle Times

Mass Job Cuts Across U.S. Threaten to Leave Millions Without Health Insurance Bloomberg

From Michael Brenner:

The Trump ‘Stimulus’ package tells us all we need to know about contemporary American politics. The airlines get $50 billion; BOEING gets up to $17 billion; NYC gets $3.8 billion. Small businesses get access to $300 billion at 3.75% interest; most would never be able to pay it back. Big businesses and financial houses get $500 billion in low interest loans – PLUS $1.5 – 3 Trillion at Zero interest via a Federal Reserve autonomous lending facility (already open), which also is buying enormous amounts of debased debt paper at face value. …

The package also includes a two year suspension of employer contributions to Social Security and Medicare that will shrink the trust funds and, thereby, generate further pressure to reduce benefits. Democratic Congressional leaders pronounce this a triumph because it extends and increases unemployment benefits. Triumph ? – why not. The bread crumbs from the High Table are organic and gluten-free.

As Joe Biden admitted several months ago to a business audience, ‘I want to assure you that if I am elected, nothing fundamental will change.” Thanks for the tip. They never doubted you, Joe

Clintons send pizza to NY hospital staff treating coronavirus The Hill

“Forced labor” stories on China brought to you by US government, NATO and arms industry to drive Cold War PR blitz Ajit Singh 

The Lampedusa group in Hamburg needs support – NOW!

Moldova: Left Party calls for broad amnesty for prisoners


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