Sunday’s news links – May 3, 2020


Statements by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cuba, Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla Granma

This attack against the Cuban embassy in the United States has in any case been encouraged by the increasingly hostile rhetoric against our country that has both publicly and systematically involved the US Secretary of State as well as high officials of that Department in charge of relations with the Western Hemisphere, and even the US embassy in Havana

Immigrants Making PPE Strike After a Co-Worker Dies of COVID Payday Report. Mike Elk


How Do You Fight the Coronavirus Without Running Water? NYTimes

How New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo Is Using the Pandemic to Consolidate Power Intercept

Antioch, Calif., city official ousted over his pandemic remarks KCNA

Trump replaces Christi Grimm, HHS watchdog who found shortages in coronavirus testing, supplies at hospitals Washington Post

The SARS-CoV-2 pandemic could have been prevented Virology


A State-by-State Look at Coronavirus in Prisons The Marshall Project

Capitalist crisis

The scarring Michael Roberts

This slump will accelerate trends in capitalist accumulation that were already underway: Lisa B. Kahn, a Yale economist has found that after slumps companies try to replace workers with machines and so force workers returning to employment to accept lower incomes or find other jobs, which pay less.  After all, that is one of the purposes of the ‘cleansing’ process for capital: to get labor costs down and boost profitability.  It scars labor for life.

‘We Had to Do Something’: Trying to Prevent Massive Food Waste NYTimes

‘A New Low’: Betsy DeVos Sued for Garnishing Wages of Nearly 300,000 Student Loan Borrowers During Pandemic Common Dreams


Another U.S. court filing ties the Honduran president, a Trump ally, to narco-trafficking Washington Post

Puerto Rico

Damage Reported as 5.4 Quake Strikes Puerto Rico AP


The deeper roots of Chinese demonization Asia Times. Pepe Escobar

Tibet, China, and the violent reaction of a wealthy elite

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