Sunday’s news links – May 17, 2020

Labor

Essential Sanitary Workers Strike for Hazard Pay and PPE in New Orleans Truthout

Venezuela

New Testimony: Goudreau Met With Guaido and Trump in the White House to Coordinate the Mercenary Operation Orinoco Tribune

Fake Trending Topics and the Failed Mercenary Operation Against Venezuela Marco Teruggi

Cuba

Cuba’s Resilience Through Economic Crisis Prepared It for COVID Health Crisis Truthout

Bolivia

Bolivia: Citizens Protest Against De Facto Government teleSUR

Palestine

A digital tale of the Nakba Mondoweiss

China

China’s Solidarity Aid to the World During the Corona Pandemic

Coronavirus

The next phase of America’s coronavirus problem is a massive housing crisis The Week

10-4

10-4: How to Reopen the Economy by Exploiting the Coronavirus’s Weak Spot NYTimes

This twist on the four-day workweek could get people back to work without causing new outbreaks Fast Company

Capitalist crisis

Big Oil Taking $1.9 Billion in CARES Act Tax Breaks Aimed at Helping Small Businesses in ‘Stealth Bailout’: Report Common Dreams

The Long Wait is Over: Zombie J.C. Penney Files for Bankruptcy, in Deal with Distressed-Debt Funds. Department Stores Are Toast Wolf Street

All department stores, including JCPenney, have an industry-wide problem, namely that they’re toast. This started in 2001, when department store sales peaked. By February 2020, department store sales had plunged 45%. Consumer preference for buying online what department stores were selling did it. Covid-19 was just the final straw

Profitability, investment and the pandemic Michael Roberts

So the coronavirus slump will be deep and long lasting with a weak recovery to follow and could cause a financial crash. And working people will suffer severely, especially those at the bottom of the income and skills ladder. That is the message of the head of the world’s most powerful central bank.

United Airlines Sued After Taking Billions In Stimulus Money Then Cutting Worker Hours

The Lie of Global Prosperity – book review Counterfire

Trump fires IG said to be investigating Pompeo, involved in impeachment probe ABC

Climate change

Ecosocialism or barbarism: an interview with Ian Angus ROAPE

In an interview with roape.net, ecosocialist and writer Ian Angus discusses the environmental crisis, the Anthropocene and Covid-19. He argues that new viruses, bacteria and parasites spread from wildlife to humans because capital is bulldozing primary forests, replacing them with profitable monocultures. Ecosocialists must patiently explain that permanent solutions will not be possible so long as capital rules the Earth.


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