During yesterday’s meeting to review the Covid-19 situation in Cuba, President Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez commented, “To the degree that everyone understands the responsibility of each one of us to others, we will be able to more efficiently confront the new coronavirus pandemic.”
Presiding the meeting to evaluate implementation of the country’s prevention and control plan, along with Prime Minster Manuel Marrero Cruz, Diaz-Canel insisted, “Each of us depends on everyone, and we all depend on each one.”Read More »
Chris Caruso, education director of The People’s Forum in New York, talks about the skewed priorities of the ruling class in the US as shown by the provisions of the financial package passed in the Senate. He also talks about the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in the US and the failures of the federal and state governments in dealing with the crisis.Read More »
Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic has been rejected by the people. Bolsonaro addressed the people of Brazil on March 24 and criticized the measures of social isolation decreed by governors of several states. In response to Bolsonaro’s callousness towards dealing with the crisis, fresh cacerolazos took place in many cities. Talks of his impeachment have also begun to gain strength.Read More »
In her latest VA column, Jessica Dos Santos looks at the coronavirus the country is facing. (Venezuelanalysis)
It was the second week of March. The coronavirus had been raging on for months in China, for weeks in Europe, and had arrived in Latin America. Meanwhile, in Venezuela, a media campaign focused on prevention was underway. State media would play a jingle all the time asking us, in the country where kisses and hugs are the only thing never lacking, to greet each other without physical contact:
“If you see a friend and want to greet him: a military salute. If you want to hug him but can’t: bang your elbows. And if you find a friend you haven’t seen in a while: greet him like you’re Japanese” [translator’s note: in Spanish it rhymes]. We were all walking around humming it in our heads. However, every time we saw a friend we would smother them anyway. One way or another, we refused to accept that the virus would also land here.
Venezuelan doctors conducting a COVID-19 house visit. (@OrlenysOV)
Within a few hours of being launched, over 800 Venezuelans in the U.S. registered for an emergency flight from Miami to Caracas through a website run by the Venezuelan government. This flight, offered at no cost, was proposed by President Nicolás Maduro when he learned that 200 Venezuelans were stuck in the United States following his government’s decision to stop commercial flights as a preventative coronavirus measure. The promise of one flight expanded to two or more flights, as it became clear that many Venezuelans in the U.S. wanted to go back to Venezuela, yet the situation remains unresolved due to the U.S. ban on flights to and from the country.
Those who rely solely on the mainstream media might wonder who in their right mind would want to leave the United States for Venezuela. Time, The Washington Post, The Hill and the Miami Herald, among others, published opinions in the past week describing Venezuela as a chaotic nightmare. These media outlets painted a picture of a coronavirus disaster, of government incompetence and of a nation teetering on the brink of collapse. The reality of Venezuela’s coronavirus response is not covered by the mainstream media at all.