Sunday’s news links – March 29, 2020

U.S. war drive

Pentagon Order to Plan for Escalation in Iraq Meets Warning From Top Commander NYTimes

Some top officials, including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Robert C. O’Brien, the national security adviser, have been pushing for aggressive new action against Iran and its proxy forces — and see an opportunity to try to destroy Iranian-backed militia groups in Iraq as leaders in Iran are distracted by the pandemic crisis in their country.

Two U.S. aircraft carrier groups in the Arabian Sea to threaten Iran

Trump’s Narcoterrorism Indictment of Maduro Backfires Internationalist 360º

U.S. Targets 20 Iranian Companies In Fresh Round Of Sanctions OilPrice

States Quietly Pass Laws Criminalizing Fossil Fuel Protests Amid Coronavirus Chaos HuffPost

Full text of Chinese foreign ministry’s reply to open letter co-signed by publishers of three U.S. media outlets

Publishers of the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, and the New York Times issued a co-signed open letter on 24 March. However, regrettably, it was sent to the wrong recipient. It should have been addressed to the US government.

Dreams of Extermination in Puerto Rico: U.S. Biological Warfare and the Legacy of Dr. Cornelius Rhoads Internationalist 360º

Covid-19 coronavirus

Not wearing masks to protect against coronavirus is a ‘big mistake,’ top Chinese scientist says Science

The Lost Month: How a Failure to Test Blinded the U.S. to Covid-19 NYTimes

Cuomo Puts Private Equity Vulture in Charge of Coronavirus Economic Recovery Truthout

800,000 Doctors Demand Trump End Dangerous Campaign Against Social Distancing Truthout

ER doctor who criticized lack of protective gear says he was fired Guardian

California once had mobile hospitals and a ventilator stockpile. But it dismantled them LATimes

Johns Hopkins COVID-19 map faulted for erasing Palestinians Electronic Intifada

Venezuela Vice President Delcy Rodríguez

Twitter Blocks Accounts of Venezuelan Vice-President Who Deals With Combating COVID-19 Orinoco Tribune

Class war

Instacart shoppers threaten to strike Monday for better pay, coronavirus protections Chicago Sun-Times

‘I have no money’: debt collection continues despite pandemic Guardian

Charles Koch Network Pushed $1 Billion Cut to CDC, Now Attacks Shelter-in-Place Policies for Harming Business Intercept

ATU Shop Steward, Who Warned of COVID-19 Dangers, Dies From it PayDay Report

Construction workers get screwed by coronavirus relief bill Salon

Another housing crisis is coming – and bailouts and eviction freezes won’t be enough to prevent many from losing their homes The Conversation

Mount Sinai hospital leaders holed up in Florida vacation homes during coronavirus crisis NYPost

On Strike Now for Three Years, Spectrum Workers Are Demanding Public Ownership Truthout

Capitalist crisis

Jeff Bezos sold $3.4bn of Amazon stock just before Covid-19 collapse Guardian

Trump undercuts oversight for coronavirus bailouts with controversial signing statement Salon

Trump says he has the power to block provision of stimulus that informs Congress where the corporate bailouts go

Donald Trump And The Fed Are Destroying The U.S. Dollar Forbes

Oil Drops Fifth Straight Week on Heightened Supply-Demand Shock Bloomberg

Is the U.S. Also to Blame in the Oil Price War? Foreign Policy

Congress is accusing Saudi Arabia and Russia of waging “economic warfare” on the United States. But companies in the United States, the biggest oil producer in the world, aren’t slowing down yet.

The Global Oil Market Is Broken, Drowning in Crude Nobody Needs Bloomberg

47,000 U.S. Stores Closed in About a Week Over Coronavirus Bloomberg

The stimulus bill includes a tax break for the 1% CNN

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

Is factory farming to blame for coronavirus? Guardian

Joe Biden’s Sexual Assault Accuser Wants To Be Able To Speak Out Without Fear Of ‘Powerful Men’ Newsweek


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