Coronavirus epidemic responses reveal differences in capitalist and socialist values

by Ian Goodrum

People’s World | March 13, 2020

Coronavirus epidemic responses reveal differences in capitalist and socialist values

In this Friday, Feb. 21, 2020, photo, a volunteer distributes meals to patients at a temporary hospital at Tazihu Gymnasium in Wuhan in central China’s Hubei province. After a vigorous response, the epidemic is in recession in China. The banners on the wall carry slogans such as: “Persist and be confident,” and “We’re all in it together.” | Chinatopix via AP

BEIJING—The world has a Public Enemy No. 1, and it’s the novel coronavirus.

Capable of causing severe pneumonia among those it infects, the virus first wreaked havoc on the city of Wuhan in China’s Hubei province and has since spread at an alarming rate. At present, thousands have died and over 100,000 have been infected in dozens of countries, leading the World Health Organization to declare an official pandemic.

As the number of infected continues to rise, broader questions are being asked of governance systems all over the world. One can examine the responses of two countries, for instance, and reveal far more about these places than their philosophies on crisis management—we can dig even deeper, and learn their foundational values.

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China is Confronting the COVID19 Epidemic with Endless Creativity Towards a Shared Future for Mankind

by Peter Koenig

Editor’s Note: The media hysterics about this virus being a dangerous pandemic afflicting everyone around the globe, regardless of country, age, or race,  may well be but an audacious US psyops designed to hide the specific targeting of Chinese DNA. Obviously once the media sound the alarm the authorities and corporations (such as airlines, ships, etc., seen as vectors for the threat of a feared pandemic) have little choice but to act accordingly, or risk being accused of gross indifference to the public welfare with enormous political and financial repercussions. All of this has created the climate of panic and the information fog we struggle with today. And yet, in the midst of this confusion, it is imperative not to lose sight of some fundamental and very pertinent facts, the first being that a country whose ruling class has already dropped nuclear bombs unnecessarily (Japan) and waged ruthless and deliberate biowarfare on a devastated nation (Korea); a country which does not deny maintaining scores if not hundreds of facilities working on biowarfare weapons around the globe, is capable of anything, certainly all the more so when its precious world dominance is at stake.

2 March 2020 (update from 28 February 2019)

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‘Europe Is Now Epicenter of Coronavirus Pandemic’, WHO Warns

teleSUR | February 13, 2020

White Cross workers wearing protective health masks and overalls in Genoa, Italy, 13 March 2020.
White Cross workers wearing protective health masks and overalls in Genoa, Italy, 13 March 2020. | Photo: EFE

Health authorities must expand the number of tests, track the infected people’s contacts, promote social distancing, and foster community mobilization.

The World Health Organization (WHO) director Tedros Adhanom Friday declared Europe the epicenter of the Covid-19 pandemic, as it is no longer increasing exponentially in China.

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China Sends 9 Medical Staff to Italy to Help Virus Containment

teleSUR | March 12, 2020

Medical supplies donated to Piemonte of Italy are loaded up at Xiaoshan International Airport in Hangzhou, east China's Zhejiang Province, March 11, 2020.

Medical supplies donated to Piemonte of Italy are loaded up at Xiaoshan International Airport in Hangzhou, east China’s Zhejiang Province, March 11, 2020. | Photo: Xinhua

China and European countries have been in close communication and cooperation since the outbreak of the epidemic, Geng said.

China sent Thursday a nine-person medical team to Italy to assist the containment of COVID-19, a Foreign Ministry spokesperson said.

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Iraq Condemns US Air Strikes, Warns of Consequences

teleSUR | March 13, 2020

The NATO training mission in Iraq is separate to the far bigger foreign military deployment in the country led by the US

The Iraqi military warned the air strikes would have consequences while the foreign ministry said it summoned the U.S. and British ambassadors.

Iraq condemned overnight U.S. airstrikes on Friday, saying they killed six people and warning of dangerous consequences for a “violation of sovereignty” and targeted aggression against the nation’s regular armed forces.

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Turkey’s Erdogan faces growing resistance over involvement in Syria’s civil war

by Conn Hallinan

People’s World | March 10, 2020

Turkey’s Erdogan faces growing resistance over involvement in Syria’s civil war

The AKP government is once again using the refugees as a bargaining chip following the losses in Idlib on Feb. 27. Saying that it can no longer hold the refugees and will open the borders, the AKP once again has showed that it’s using the refugees as a political tool and a weapon. Peoples’ Democratic Party website.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s latest gamble in Syria’s civil war appears to have come up snake eyes. Instead of halting the Damascus government’s siege of the last rebel held province, Idlib, Turkey has backed off, and Ankara’s Syrian adventure is fueling growing domestic resistance to the powerful autocrat.

The crisis began Feb. 25, when anti-government rebels, openly backed by Turkish troops, artillery, and armor, attacked the Syrian Army at the strategic town of Saraqeb, the junction of Highways 4 and 5 linking Aleppo to Damascus and the Mediterranean. The same day, Russian warplanes in Southern Idlib were fired upon by MANPADS (man portable air-defense systems), anti-aircraft weapons from Turkish military outposts. The Russian air base at Khmeimim was also attacked by MANPADS and armed Turkish drones.

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Chilean government violently attacks demonstrators on 30th anniversary of Pinochet’s fall

by Steve Sweeney

People’s World | March 13, 2020

Chilean government violently attacks demonstrators on 30th anniversary of Pinochet’s fall

Chile has been roiled by continuing street protests since Oct. 18 of last year when a student protest over a modest increase in subway fares turned into a much larger and broader movement with a long list of demands that largely focus on inequality. Here, medical volunteers tend to a protester injured by police in Santiago, Chile, on Friday, March 6, 2020. Violence from police continued through Wednesday this week. | Esteban Felix / AP

Chilean authorities responded violently to mass protests Wednesday. The protests came amid renewed calls for the resignation of right-wing President Sebastián Piñera as the country marked 30 years since the fall of the Pinochet regime.

Police used tear gas against the crowds, which consisted of large numbers of students who hold Piñera responsible for human rights abuses and the torture of opponents committed during last year’s anti-government mobilizations.

The protests were marked by violence, with at least 34 killed and 30,000 injured as Piñera mobilized the army on the streets of Chile for the first time since democracy was restored bringing an end to 17 years of military dictatorship.

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Why Bernie shouldn’t quit yet

by C. J. Atkins

People’s World | March 11, 2020

Why Bernie shouldn’t quit yet

Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. turns from the podium after speaking at a campaign stop at Daniel Webster Community College, Feb. 8, 2016, in Nashua, N.H. Sanders is under pressure by some to wrap up his campaign for the Democratic nomination, but front-runner Vice President Joe Biden has not yet embraced many of the key issues that have propelled the Sanders campaign. | John Minchillo / AP

Super Tuesday II was another round of victories for Joe Biden. Michigan, Missouri, Mississippi, and Idaho were added to his column on March 10; as of this writing, only North Dakota went for Bernie Sanders, and Washington state is still counting. After two tough weeks at the polls and with endorsements from elected officials rolling in for Biden, there are increasing calls for the socialist from Vermont to close up shop and head back to Burlington. But there are many big reasons that Bernie shouldn’t call it quits, at least not yet.

We can start with the numbers game. When it comes to the delegate count, there are only 164 separating the two candidates right now, with over 2,000 more still to be awarded. There’s no need to peddle false hope, though. With so many shockers in this race so far, nothing is certain, but it’s more than an uphill battle for Sanders at this point. If current trends and turnout patterns hold, he won’t go to the Democratic convention with the most delegates and thus won’t secure the nomination.

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Resource literacy of the poor

by Sunita Narain

Down To Earth | March 02, 2020

Just two months have passed in 2020, but scientists have already given a verdict that this year would be among the 10 warmest years on record. January was the warmest in 141 years, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Every year, we are told, is the hottest year, till the next year comes around. Then a new record is broken. It is getting worse — from forest fires to increasing frequency and intensity of storms and blistering cold waves and spiralling heat.

Climate change, it would seem, could not happen at a worse time in human history. It is clear that things are now spiralling out of control. The farmers, pastoralists and all the others who work the land, use the water and make a livelihood, are the worst affected. They are the victims of climate change.Read More »