Saturday’s news links – Aug. 8, 2020

The NYPD Banged On A Black Lives Matter Organizer’s Door, Shut Down His Street, Stayed For 5 Hours, Then Left Gothamist

George Floyd: US protesters charged as ‘gang’ face life sentence BBC

Civil death: how millions of Americans lost their right to vote Guardian

‘What We’re Seeing Now Is Jim Crow 2.0’ – CounterSpin interview with Carol Anderson on voter suppression FAIR

Coronavirus

Hispanic, Black children at higher risk of coronavirus-related hospitalization, CDC finds Washington Post

Coronavirus relief favors white households, leaving many people of color at risk of being evicted Politico

US records over 2,000 deaths in 24 hours for first time since May as death toll surpasses 160,000 – and Dr Fauci warns there is ‘trouble ahead’ for cities like Boston, Chicago and Detroit if they don’t act now to stop COVID-19 spread Daily Mail

Coronavirus and Socialism Current Affairs

In the Atlantic and the New York Times this week, there are long and thorough analyses of why the coronavirus pandemic has hit the United States so badly. Neither, of course, explicitly states “the socialists were right about the systemic problems facing the country.”

More than 75 highways, roads and streets have been blocked across Bolivia to demand that the coup-born regime overturn its decision to suspend the general elections in the country. Photo: Kawsachun News

Bolivia

National strike continues across Bolivia, demands grow for Áñez to step down Peoples Dispatch

Capitalist crisis

The Truth About the New Jobs Report John Cassidy

The actual contents of the employment report present a very different picture. They show that, as the coronavirus pandemic has spread across the country this summer, job growth has slowed sharply. In July, non-farm payrolls rose by 1.8 million, compared to increases of 2.7 million in May and 4.8 million in June. In more normal times, these monthly figures would be off the charts, but they pale in comparison to the loss of 22.1 million jobs in March and April, when stay-at-home orders were issued in many areas. Taking the past six months as a whole, 12.8 million Americans have lost their jobs, a drop for which there is no precedent in the employment records, which go back to 1939.

A growing side effect of the pandemic: Permanent job loss Politico

Dan Gilbert’s Fortune Explodes to $34 Billion, Impoverished Region Still Paying for Arena Upgrades Cleveland Scene

No Payment, No Problem: Bizarre New World of Consumer Debt Wolf Street

China

China Becomes First Major Economy to Rebound After Coronavirus Time

American Left Silence on China Helps Lay Foundation for the U.S.’ New Cold War Danny Haiphong, Black Agenda Report

When it comes to China, Democracy Now, Jacobin, The Nation and others on the imperial-minded US ‘left” are allies of white supremacy.

‘A momentary lapse of honesty?’ WATCH US Defense Secretary Esper saying NATO must ‘avoid PEACE in Europe’ RT

Canada’s Last Fully Intact Arctic Ice Shelf Collapses HuffPost


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