2021-03-31: News Headlines

Eds. (2021-03-31). Social reproduction and a just post-COVID world. mronline.org After over a year of suffering, death, and profound transformations of everyday life, International Women's Day 2021 is an opportunity to take stock of the COVID-19 crisis so far and craft visions for a future centred on the value of social reproduction. | March 31, 2021 | Newswire…

C.J. Hopkins (2021-03-31). The "Unvaccinated" Question. dissidentvoice.org So, the New Normals are discussing the Unvaccinated Question. What is to be done with us? No, not those who haven't been "vaccinated" yet. Us. The "Covidiots." The "Covid deniers." The "science deniers." The "reality deniers." Those who refuse to get "vaccinated," ever. There is no place for us in New Normal society. The New …

Sandipan Talukdar (2021-03-31). Disease outbreaks increase with deforestation, new study finds. peoplesdispatch.org The study says that monoculture plantations are also likely to increase infectious disease outbreaks. Changes in land use are a significant factor in the emergence of infectious diseases caused by zoonotic viruses…

Robert J. Burrowes (2021-03-31). Defeating the Global Elite's Coup d'État: The Great Reset. globalresearch.ca Worldwide, international organizations such as the World Health Organization (WHO), governments …

Sarah Anderson (2021-03-31). If the Minimum Wage Had Increased as Much as Wall Street Bonuses Since 1985, It Would Be Worth $44 Today. counterpunch.org While low-wage workers are still waiting for a raise in the minimum wage, Wall Street employees enjoyed a 10 percent bump in their bonuses in the first year of the pandemic, according to new data from the New York State Comptroller. Wall Street pay v. the minimum wage + Since 1985, the average Wall Street

Lorena Barberia (2021-03-31). Lula Returns as Covid Runs Wild in Brazil. zcomm.org Brazil's president Bolsonaro continues to deny the Covid crisis, as Lula's return to politics creates shockwaves from the favelas to Wall St.

F. Douglas Stephenson (2021-03-31). Biden's Bandaid, or Top 8 Reasons why we need Medicare for All. zcomm.org The USA is a country where health insurance for medical and mental health care is a function of socio-economic status…

Tatiana Cozzarelli (2021-03-31). Dispatches from the Amazon Warehouse in Bessemer. zcomm.org The unionization efforts at Bessemer are bigger than just Amazon. In this dispatch from the ground, Uber drivers, healthcare workers, and young Birmingham residents stand in solidarity…

Joà´l Díaz (2021-03-31). In the Depths of the Pandemic, Tracing My Family's Contact. thenation.com In the Depths of the Pandemic, Tracing My Family's Contact…

imperial.ac.uk (2021-03-31). Emerging markets are falling behind in the race for green capital. imperial.ac.uk Developing nations are missing out on a wave of investor interest in climate change and sustainability according to a new report released today.

imperial.ac.uk (2021-03-31). Supporting local female community leaders. imperial.ac.uk Agents of Change participants share their experiences of being part of a network for women who have an active interest in driving social change.

imperial.ac.uk (2021-03-31). Waste carbon from steel production can be recycled into new products. imperial.ac.uk Gases from steel processing can be used to make materials for products like insulation boards and wood coatings, concludes an EU-funded project.

Fight Back (2021-03-31). WFTU Solidarity message to the workers and employees of Amazon in Germany. fightbacknews.org Fight Back News Service is circulating the following March 30 statement from the World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU). | The World Federation of Trade Unions expressing the voice of more than 105 million workers in 132 countries, stands in solidarity with the workers of Amazon in their four days strike demanding the recognition of collective bargaining agreements, health and safety measures and salary increase. The strikes are taking place in warehouses in Rheinberg, Werne, Koblenz, Leipzig and two sites in Bad Hersfeld. | The international class-oriented trade union movement supports the fair demands of the…

MEE, agencies (2021-03-31). Covid-19: Yemen receives first vaccines through Covax initiative. middleeasteye.net Covid-19: Yemen receives first vaccines through Covax initiative | Hundreds of thousands of doses arrive a week after country's coronavirus committee warned of public health 'emergency' | Wed, 03/31/2021 – 10: 00 | Yemen has officially recorded more than 4,000 virus cases among its 30 million people, including 863 deaths – but experts say the real toll is likely higher (AFP) | War-torn Yem…

Staff (2021-03-31). Aging Former Black Panthers Mumia Abu-Jamal & Sundiata Acoli Got COVID-19 & Could Die in Prison. democracynow.org We get an update on political prisoners Mumia Abu-Jamal and Sundiata Acoli, who contracted COVID-19 but have yet to be released. Acoli is a former member of the Black Panther Party who is now 84 years old and has been in prison in New Jersey for nearly half a century, even though he has been eligible for parole for almost three decades. He was denied parole again in February. His crime involved the killing of a state trooper. Last year, he contracted COVID-19 and was hospitalized, and he reportedly has early-stage dementia. We speak with his longtime advocate, Soffiyah Elijah with Alliance of Families for Justice…

Staff (2021-03-31). New York Ordered to Vaccinate Incarcerated People; Will Gov. Sign Bill Curbing Solitary Confinement? democracynow.org A New York judge has ordered the state to provide COVID-19 vaccines to all incarcerated people, saying that officials "irrationally distinguished between incarcerated people and people living in every other type of adult congregate facility, at great risk to incarcerated people's lives during this pandemic." Soffiyah Elijah, executive director of the Alliance of Families for Justice, says advocates have been pushing the state "since the beginning of the pandemic to prioritize the health and safety of incarcerated people," but those efforts were met with silence. "It's unfortunate that it took court intervention i…

Staff (2021-03-31). Headlines for March 31, 2021. democracynow.org Eyewitnesses Give Chilling Testimony of Police Killing of George Floyd, Brazil in Crisis as COVID Deaths Soar & Military Chiefs Quit in Protest, U.S. COVID Deaths Top 550,000; Florida Undercounted Thousands of Deaths, Bloomberg Employees Got Special Access to Vaccines at NYU Hospitals, China Delivers 100,000 COVID Vaccines to Palestine, White House Unveils $2 Trillion Jobs & Infrastructure Plan, Two Police Deputies Indicted in Texas for Killing Javier Ambler After Traffic Stop, Capitol Police Officers Sue Trump as GOP Welcomes Oath Keepers Founder in Texas, Man Arrested for Viciously Attacking Filipino Woman in N…

Zachary Conti (2021-03-31). IMF Head: Global Recovery Uncertain as People Face Income Drops. indybay.org International Monetary Fund head Kristalina Georgieva warned of an uncertain global recovery as the world struggles with the COVID spurred economic crisis. The IMF Managing Director stated concern that average incomes in developing countries faced drops of 20% and 11% in advanced economies. "This loss of income means millions of people will face destitution, homelessness, and hunger," reported Georgieva during her curtain raiser speech ahead of the Spring IMF and World Bank meetings.

WSWS repost (2021-03-31). Oakland schools set to reopen amid surge in pandemic. indybay.org After a narrow ratification of the Oakland Education Association's sellout agreement to resume in-person instruction, teachers are facing a dangerous end to the school year.

David Paul (2021-03-31). Thursday 4/22: Cuba's Approach to Health Care for All. indybay.org on line webinar…

Johanna Fernandez, reposted by Jamal Journal (2021-03-31). Prof. Johanna Fernandez's account of Mumia Abu-Jamal's Health Emergency (from Verso Blog). indybay.org This article was originally published at the Verso Books blog on March 28, and is being reprinted here in full, no edits, with the permission of author Johanna Fernandez, from the Campaign to Bring Mumia Home. For the latest updates on Mumia's health, please visit the Jamal Journal: www.JamalJournal.com.

Dr. Joseph Mercola (2021-03-31). COVID-19 Vaccines Likened to 'Software Updates' for Your Body. globalresearch.ca I've discussed why COVID-19 vaccines are in fact gene therapies and …

Dean Baker (2021-03-31). Open-Source Versus Patent Monopoly Financing of Drug Development. counterpunch.org It is often said that intellectuals have a hard time dealing with new ideas. Unfortunately, for purposes of public debate, open-source government funding of drug development is a new idea, and people in policy positions seem to be having a very hard time understanding it. So, I will try to write this post in a

Megan Redshaw (2021-03-31). Germany Hits Pause Again on AstraZeneca After 31 Reports of Rare Blood Clots, 9 Deaths. globalresearch.ca German health officials today suspended use of AstraZeneca's COVID vaccine for …

globalresearch (2021-03-31). COVID Vaccine Nonsense. globalresearch.ca The efforts to require every American to be injected with an …

Matt Sedlar (2021-03-30). Developing Countries Need IMF Funds Now, Not Later. cepr.net Initiative for Policy Dialogue See article on original site Globalization isn't working, at least not the way it's structured now, and the pandemic has only exacerbated inequalities between countries. Most advanced economies and some of the larger emerging markets have managed to finance a strong Covid-19 response, put large stimulus measures in place and use …

_____ (2021-03-30). The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly. popularresistance.org This month, the Bureau of Justice Statistics released two reports with updates on city and county jail populations nationwide: Jail Inmates in 2019 and Impact of COVID-19 on the Local Jail Population, January-June 2020. After a year of upheaval due to the pandemic, the first report is already out-of-date and mainly useful as a historical document. The second report, however, answers some important questions about the decisions local officials made when the high stakes of jail incarceration — for individual and public health — were put into stark relief by the pandemic. Their decisions, and the resulti…

WSWS (2021-03-30). The surge of COVID-19 in Florida and the disastrous reality of school reopenings in the US. wsws.org School superintendents for the largest districts in Florida recently described their reopenings last autumn as a "safe" model for the rest of the country, ignoring the fact that the state now leads the US in new cases among young people.

WSWS (2021-03-30). New Zealand's public hospitals face worsening crisis. wsws.org Hospital emergency departments are overflowing, highlighting the Labour government's refusal to properly fund the healthcare system despite the COVID-19 risks.

WSWS (2021-03-30). Tennessee teachers cannot trust Governor Lee with the $4 billion in COVID-19 relief funds! wsws.org The experience of educators in Tennessee and across the US has exposed that not even the most minuscule reform will be achieved without teachers entering into struggle and putting forward their own demands.

teleSUR (2021-03-30). UN Chief Calls for Bold Measures To Tackle Debt Crisis. telesurenglish.net UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday called for urgent, bold measures to address an emerging debt crisis caused largely by COVID-19. | RELATED: | "We are on the verge of a debt crisis. Today's meeting, convened with our partners, the prime ministers of Canada and Jamaica, is a call for urgent action," he told a high-level event on debt and liquidity. | Six countries have already defaulted. One-third…

Brasil de Fato (2021-03-30). Brazil's deadliest weekend of the pandemic: 5,000 dead and 130,000 new cases. peoplesdispatch.org The uncontrolled advance of COVID-19 in Brazil leaves behind a tragic figure of 5,094 deaths having been reported to the National Council of Health Secretaries, Conass, this weekend alone, a sum of the fatalities that occurred on Saturday March 27 and Sunday March 28. | There were 3,438 deaths on Saturday — the third day that the 3,000 mark was surpassed since the start of the Over the last 2…

WSWS (2021-03-30). Multi-billion-pound UK track and trace system failed to reduce COVID-19 spread. wsws.org In the operation of the NHS Track and Trace system, the greed of capitalist parasites, many in the ruling conservative party, was never clearer.

WSWS (2021-03-30). Dozens subpoenaed under Brazil's "national security" law for calling Bolsonaro "genocidal" wsws.org The Bolsonaro government and the state apparatus are responding to the explosive tensions in Brazil, the world epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic.

WSWS (2021-03-30). Australia: Queensland capital city enters lockdown. wsws.org The delayed and limited response to the new COVID outbreak is due to the Queensland Labor government prioritising corporate interests over workers' safety.

WSWS (2021-03-30). Doctors in Germany warn of imminent overloading of hospitals. wsws.org Given the dramatic increase in coronavirus infections in Germany, medical experts are calling for an immediate halt to the reopening policy and for the imposition of effective measures to contain the pandemic.

teleSUR (2021-03-30). WHO Pushes International Treaty Against Future Pandemics. telesurenglish.net On Tuesday, the World Health Organization (WHO) said that negotiations would soon begin with the 194 member states to draw up an international treaty to combat pandemics, which could be ready by May. | RELATED: | This was stated by the Director-General of the WHO, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, during a press conference. Tedros expressed his interest in the document, including at least three key points: sharing preve…

Alvaro Rodriguez (2021-03-30). Biden's National Security Guidance document reflects the old imperialist foreign policy. peoplesworld.org There was hope that after the world-wide pandemic, mutual cooperation and sharing would be the new normal among all the countries affected by the pandemic. And we have seen a few hopeful signs in this regard but there are serious concerns now that we may not see real international cooperation become the norm. If we …

WSWS (2021-03-30). Oakland schools set to reopen amid surge in pandemic. wsws.org After a narrow ratification of the Oakland Education Association's sellout agreement to resume in-person instruction, teachers are facing a dangerous end to the school year.

WSWS (2021-03-30). Mexico reports 417,002 excess deaths during the pandemic. wsws.org With an official death toll of 201,623, the acknowledgement of a massive undercount stands as a confession by the ruling class of social murder.

WSWS (2021-03-30). CNN's pandemic "postmortem": The anatomy of a "social murder" wsws.org The interviews with Birx and Fauci are an indictment of a government and political establishment that deliberately allowed hundreds of thousands of people to die in order to protect the interests of the financial oligarchy.

Dave McKee (2021-03-30). Dr. Norman Bethune and the Communists who fought for public healthcare in Canada. peoplesworld.org 1921 marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of Canada. In this article, originally published in People's Voice newspaper, PV editor Dave McKee presents the backstory of how universal public health care—essentially Medicare for All—was won in Canada. Canadian media and politicians claim that the country's public health care system is …

F. Douglas Stephenson (2021-03-30). Biden's Bandaid, or Top 8 Reasons why we need Medicare for All. juancole.com Gainesville, Florida (Special to Informed Comment) — Distinguished economist Michael Hudson writes that by "conquering the brains of a country by shaping how people think, you can twist their view into 'unreality economics' and make them think you are there to help them and not to take money out of them, then you've got them …

Fight Back (2021-03-30). Workers at 4 Allina hospitals vote to strike, strike authorization votes underway at 2 others. fightbacknews.org Minneapolis, MN – At all six Allina Hospitals in Minnesota, members of SEIU Healthcare Minnesota are voting to authorize a strike after recent contract negotiations broke down around the issue of pay augments for essential workers. Union members are demanding $4 per hour pay augments, while Allina is not offering any pay augments or incentives for essential workers. | So far votes have been held at four of the Allina Hospitals, which include about 2500 of the 4000 SEIU members who work at the Allina Hospitals. The hospitals that have already voted are Abbot Northwestern, Mercy, Phillips Eye Institute, and Owatonn…

Editor (2021-03-30). El costo de la guerra de clases de COVID. workers.org El 22 de febrero, las muertes relacionadas con el COVID-19 en Estados Unidos superaron las 500.000. Desde entonces, otras 55.000 personas han muerto a causa del virus, y las cifras tienden a aumentar. Se han perdido más vidas estadounidenses en esta pandemia que en los combates de la Primera y . . . |

Prabir Purkayastha (2021-03-30). Why the U.S. and Its Allies Are Stupid to Turn COVID-19 Vaccination Into a Geopolitical Power Play. zcomm.org The COVID-19 pandemic demands that all nations cooperate to vaccinate the entire global population—a goal that can't be achieved using the usual rules of which countries win and which ones lose…

Jonathan Cook (2021-03-30). We are living through a time of fear not just of the virus but of each other. mronline.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. | March 30, 2021 | Newswire…

Karen J. Greenberg (2021-03-30). Will We Ever Move on from the War on Terror? counterpunch.org 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

Ashlie D. Stevens (2021-03-30). HBO's "Last Cruise" doc of that fateful quarantined cruise ship is a harrowing metaphor for inequity. salon.com "We felt like only the rich would be taken care of," a crew member said of the Diamond Princess COVID outbreak…

Brett Wilkins (2021-03-30). Large landlords' profits rose during coronavirus pandemic: report. salon.com An analysis reveals that major property owners have largely realized profits, some massive, during the pandemic…