2021-03-25: News Headlines

Michael Felsen (2021-03-25). Listen to Workers on COVID-19. progressive.org When workplaces become coronavirus hotspots, the virus spreads to our neighborhoods and communities.

Fight Back (2021-03-25). Less than 25% of Chicago students opt to return in first month of in-person learning. fightbacknews.org Chicago, IL – On March 19, the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) issued a statement, noting, "A coalition of stakeholders – parents, students, educators, community organizations and elected officials – told Mayor Lori Lightfoot and her handpicked Chicago Board of Education for months that parents were choosing to stick with remote learning for their children, due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Black and Brown communities that make up the majority of our school district. Today, after a nearly month-long delay, Chicago Public Schools released attendance figures showing that less than 25 percent of student…

Swiss Policy Research (2021-03-25). Facts About COVID-19. globalresearch.ca "The only means to fight the plague is honesty." (Albert Camus, …

teleSUR (2021-03-25). Problems in US Society Exposed as COVID-19 Cases Top 30 Million. telesurenglish.net The United States surpassed 30 million COVID-19 cases and 545,000 deaths on Wednesday, which highlights a catastrophic failure resulting from lack of national leadership, disrespect for science, and inadequacy of public health infrastructure. | RELATED: | Currently, President Joe Biden is trying hard to reverse the pandemic's tragic trajectory left over by Donald Trump's approach. Biden's team has, among other…

Telesur (2021-03-25). Video: China's COVID-19 Health Passport. globalresearch.ca This is a report by TeleSur which points to the fact …

_____ (2021-03-25). National Day Of Action March 27: Stop Anti-Asian Violence. popularresistance.org The ANSWER Coalition stands in solidarity with the Asian community in the midst of the horrific, racist and misogynist massacre that took place in Atlanta on March 16th. Six Asian women were among the eight shot to death at point blank range. | The alarming rise in hate crimes over the past year correlates to an increasingly hostile U.S. foreign policy towards China. The opportunistic scapegoating of China during the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, coupled with the intensity by which China is deemed the enemy and adversary of the United States, has driven a widespread Sinophobic sentiment nationally.

Andy Kroll (2021-03-25). Moving on from the War on Terror? tomdispatch.com In the first two months of Joe Biden's presidency, you could feel the country holding its breath. Sheltered in place, hidden behind masks, unsure about whether to trust in a safe-from-pandemic future, we are nonetheless beginning to open our eyes collectively. As part of this reemergence, a wider array of issues — those beyond Covid-19 — are once again starting to enter public consciousness. Domestically, attempts to repress (or preserve) voting rights have been consuming activists and dominating headlines, along with this country's missing infrastructure and a need to raise the minimum wage. The fore…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-03-25). What can India learn from its response to the pandemic? peoplesdispatch.org It has been one year since the Narendra Modi government in India imposed a nationwide lockdown in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. It was the largest and one of the most strictest lockdowns anywhere in the world. Immunologist Dr. Satyajit Rath talks about what the past year has been like in terms of India's response to the pandemic.

_____ (2021-03-25). The Rural South Lost 13 Hospitals In 2020. popularresistance.org For the Southwest Georgia Regional Medical Center, the last straw was the COVID-19 pandemic, which strained the critical access hospital's already-precarious finances past the breaking point. In Florida, two hospitals closed inpatient non-emergency services after being bought out by the HCA hospital chain. In Tennessee and West Virginia, financial problems combined with the strain of the pandemic led two more rural hospitals to shut their doors. | Of the 20 rural hospitals that closed in 2020, 13 were in the South, according to data from the Sheps Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, which d…

Phillip W. Magness (2021-03-25). The Many Variants of Fauci's Mutating COVID Advice. globalresearch.ca In an explosive Senate hearing on March 18,

Workers World Party (2021-03-25). PDF of March 25 issue. workers.org Download the PDF. Sorrow & solidarity for Asian communities Centerfold: 50+ Actions for Bessemer Amazon workers Women's History Month: Trans & women's liberation Gender solidarity Paris Commune's courageous women. More on anti-Asian violence: Chinese workers' history in U.S. Unions denounce murders Philly Asian communities respond Editorials: The blame game; COVID . . . |

Editor (2021-03-25). CNN's Defense of Chris Cuomo's Special COVID Privileges is Grotesque. scheerpost.com By Glenn Greenwald / Substack Ever since the COVID pandemic subsumed most countries on the planet, there have been numerous scandals and controversies relating to those who corruptly obtain medical privileges and other exemptions unavailable to ordinary citizens. These scandals typically arise when someone uses their wealth, power or connections to jump in front of others for access to potentially… |

Mark Gruenberg (2021-03-25). Hypocrisy: Right-wing GOP liars examine high-tech liars. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—Call it the height of hypocrisy: Right-wing Republicans who spread lies and disinformation about "election fraud" on social media last year—and even about fighting the coronavirus this year—are questioning the CEOs of Google, Facebook and Twitter about…spreading lies and disinformation on social media. That's not to say Google's Sundar Pichai, Twitter's Jack Dorsey and Facebook's …

Shawn Mack (2021-03-25). Is a mental health crisis the next pandemic? nationofchange.org Whether your share of damage from the pandemic is visible out in the open or not, you need to credit yourself for putting up with it.

Adv Dr Shalu Nigam (2021-03-25). India: A Year of Pandemic, Deadlock, Disaster and Dissent. asia-pacificresearch.com

H. Patricia Hynes (2021-03-25). On Tax Day, the Billionaires must Start Paying their Fair Share. juancole.com Greenfield, Mass. (Special to Informed Comment) — On Tax Day, there's more than one elephant in the room, and they're all in mansions. Elephants occupy the bulging mansions of 657 American billionaires, 43 of them new this past pandemic year. Their combined wealth soared to $4.2 trillion — up $1.3 trillion — between March 21, …

Chuck Collins (2021-03-25). Who are the 10 Biggest Pandemic Profiteers? counterpunch.org One year ago, the Institute for Policy Studies published "Billionaire Bonanza 2020: Wealth Windfalls, Tumbling Taxes and Pandemic Profiteers," and began tracking billionaire wealth gains as unemployment surged. We teamed up with Americans for Tax Fairness (ATF) to track the wealth growth of America's billionaires over the last year. This report summarizes the extraordinary growth

_____ (2021-03-25). Venezuelan Women Endure The 'Sanctions' With Their Bodies. popularresistance.org On February 20, the New York Times published an article titled "Venezuelan Women Lose Access to Contraception, and Control of Their Lives." This article attempts to distort reality, as it completely ignores the siege and aggressions the Venezuelan people currently subjected to. | For greater context, we should note that in 2012, Venezuela granted completely free access to safe and quality contraceptives, reaching a coverage of 22.16% in the national public health system. Access was nearly universal both due to the purchasing power of Venezuelans at the time and because both private and public health networks were…

Megan Redshaw (2021-03-25). U.S. Health Officials Accuse AstraZeneca of Misrepresenting Efficacy Data. globalresearch.ca In a "

Ariel Dorfman (2021-03-25). The Ghosts of Tortures Past. counterpunch.org It was back in 1984, in Chile, a country then suffering under the dictatorship of Gen. Augusto Pinochet, that I first read the sordid story of the torturer Andrés Valenzuela. A barely tolerated opposition magazine had published an excruciating interview with him, and I forced myself — having recently returned to my native land after

Brahna Yassky (2021-03-25). Gathering, grief and the pandemic Passover. salon.com We are still in the desert of COVID, traveling towards the time when we can laugh, hug & eat in the same room again…

_____ (2021-03-25). End Vaccine Apartheid. popularresistance.org The latest in a series of proposals brought by India and South Africa to the World Trade Organization (WTO), backed by over 100 countries, to temporarily suspend COVID-19 vaccine patents was blocked by western powers, namely the United States, United Kingdom, and the European Union. The patents that give monopoly rights over the manufacture and sale of drugs like the COVID-19 vaccines are protected globally by The Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS), signed in 1994 by the WTO.

MEE staff (2021-03-25). Covid-19: US announces $15m aid package for Palestinians in West Bank and Gaza. middleeasteye.net Covid-19: US announces $15m aid package for Palestinians in West Bank and Gaza | The funds will address 'most urgent, life-saving humanitarian needs', including emergency food assistance for communities struggling under pandemic | Thu, 03/25/2021 – 18: 26 | Elderly Palestinians wait to receive doses of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine at a clinic in city of Hebron in the occupied West Bank on 24 March (AFP)…

teleSUR (2021-03-25). Cuba Shares Vaccine Candidates Milestones with Sao Paulo Forum. telesurenglish.net Cuban health authorities and scientists presented the country's results in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic and its goal of immunizing the entire population by 2021. | The Minister of Health, José Angel Portal, highlighted that the results obtained to date are favorable and praised both the health personnel's work and the management of science and innovation. | RELATED: | For his part, the president of the Busi…

Matt Sedlar (2021-03-25). Covid-19: øBill Gates es un imbécil? cepr.net Sin Permiso, 20 de marzo, 2021 Ver artículo en el sitio original In English A medida que avanzan los planes de vacunación, varios expertos en salud pública nos advierten que la pandemia puede resurgir por la aparición de nuevas cepas resistentes a las vacunas. La lógica dice que cuanto más personas estén protegidas contra la …

Fight Back (2021-03-25). Japanese American community gathers to mourn elder deaths and mass evictions. fightbacknews.org Los Angeles, CA – A candlelight memorial took place on March 20 for 118 Japanese elders who died of COVID-19 at Pacifica Kei-Ai assisted living facility in Lincoln Heights, which is rated the worst in California. The event was organized by Save Our Seniors, a broad coalition of Japanese American groups. The vigil also brought attention to the alarming threat of evictions of these elders from Sakura Gardens which is located in Boyle Heights. | Centro CSO delegation members attended and have been supporting the fight to stop Pacifica Corporation from converting the Sukara Gardens assisted living facilities to marke…

imperial.ac.uk (2021-03-25). First volunteers on COVID-19 human challenge study leave quarantine. imperial.ac.uk The UK's COVID-19 human challenge study has reached its first milestone after administering virus to three volunteers in a controlled clinical setting…

imperial.ac.uk (2021-03-25). COVID-19 remote learning is an opportunity to adopt active learning in STEM. imperial.ac.uk Research published in Cell suggests online teaching presents an opportunity to develop and integrate new active learning approaches in STEM.

imperial.ac.uk (2021-03-25). More evidence needed to back cannabis as pain treatment, says review. imperial.ac.uk An international review has found a lack of scientific evidence to support the use of cannabis in treating pain.

Jonathan Cook (2021-03-25). We are Living Through a Time of Fear — Not Just of the Virus, But of Each Other. counterpunch.org Welcome to the age of fear. Nothing is more corrosive of the democratic impulse than fear. Left unaddressed, it festers, eating away at our confidence and empathy. We are now firmly in a time of fear — not only of the virus, but of each other. Fear destroys solidarity. Fear forces us to turn inwards

RT (2021-03-25). Thought double face masks & goggles were enough? Enter NOSE MASKS. rt.com Mexican researchers have solved the problem of eating and drinking while keeping the mouth-space hermetically sealed against viral contamination. A new mask design blocks nasal exhalation, supposedly saving the wearer and others. | Restaurant patrons thoughtlessly breathing out while unmasked have long been the bane of the restaurant owner's existence, preventing the once-lucrative establishments from returning to their status as the social hubs they were once considered prior to the onset of the 'new normal.' | But with the arrival of Covid-19, no face mask was considered protective enough — stores even…

Staff (2021-03-25). Pandemic Profiteers: How U.S. Billionaires Like Amazon's Jeff Bezos Saw Wealth Grow by $1.3 Trillion. democracynow.org A new report reveals that as a record number of people in the United States lost their jobs and struggled to put food on the table during the past year of the pandemic, the combined wealth of the 657 billionaires in the country grew more than $1.3 trillion, nearly 45%, including Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, who saw his personal wealth increase by $65 billion — more than $7 million every hour. "They are often leading companies who have benefited from the pandemic conditions by having, essentially, their competition shut down," says Chuck Collins, author of the report on pandemic profiteers by the Institute for Pol…

A Guest Author (2021-03-25). Bessemer workers 'fighting against the capitalist ransom of their happiness and health'. workers.org The following remarks were given at a March 20 Harlem, N.Y., rally in solidarity with Amazon workers who are organizing a union in Bessemer, Ala. My name is Clarissa Hernandez and I'm with the Workers Assembly Against Racism — WAAR! Everyone should know that we owe most major progress we . . . |

Labor Video Project (2021-03-25). Seven Hundred SEIU 87Janitors In SF Strike For PPE & A Contract: 26 Have Died From Covid. indybay.org Seven hundred SEIU 87 janitors have gone on strike for a contract. The contractors have failed to provide proper amount of PPE and 26 janitors have died from Covid.

Mumia Abu-Jamal recorded by Prison Radio (2021-03-25). Mumia Abu-Jamal's Thank You Message to Supporters. indybay.org Mumia Abu-Jamal's COVID symptoms have improved but the severe debilitating skin condition persists. Mumia is now back in general population and he does not currently require hospitalization. However, Mumia needs continued monitoring, and he must not be shackled during future hospitalization.

Zachary Conti (2021-03-25). IMF Announces $650 Billion in Emergency Reserves Needed to Confront Pandemic Crisis. indybay.org The International Monetary Fund announced $650 billion in emergency reserve funds are needed to confront the global coronavirus health and economic crisis.

Anti-Asian Sentiment is White Supremacy (2021-03-25). No Hate Crimes Against AAPI Rally in San Francisco. indybay.org On March 20 the Asian community and allies stood up and spoke out denouncing anti-Asian hate crimes. These crimes have spiked 150 percent since the pandemic began. San Francisco's picturesque Portsmouth Square was the backdrop. | Top photo by Steve Disenhof…

Nur Ayoubi (2021-03-25). Suez Canal blockage unleashes tsunami of memes. middleeasteye.net Suez Canal blockage unleashes tsunami of memes | From pop culture references to the pandemic, here's how the internet reacted to the 'beached whale' ship blocking the vital trade route | Thu, 03/25/2021 – 13: 24 | The internet was quick to put its own spin on the images which emerged of the ship blocking the canal (AFP) | A 400-metre long container ship named Ever Given has blocked Egypt's Suez Canal since…