(the virtual) SF Social Movements walking tour
David Giesen | indybay.org | 2020-03-25
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Netizens Hail 'Comrade Britney' after Pop Icon Urges Redistribution of Wealth in Viral Post
sputniknews.com | 2020-03-25
Amid coronavirus fears, music industry and cinema celebrities have been increasingly taking to social media to urge people to embrace social distancing and other protocols currently in place amid the COVID-19 pandemic, while also penning messages to fans in a bid to encourage them and buoy their spirits.
Unprecedented lockdown spoils festivals in India
yenisafak.com | 2020-03-25
Even as India began a 21-day lockdown on Wednesday to fight against COVID-19 or coronavirus, it was also Hindu traditional new year. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, through a series of tweets, extended wishes to people observing festivals but reminded them to stay indoors to win the battle against COVID-19."We are celebrating various festivals across India and also the start of a new year as per the traditional Hindu calendar. Greetings on Ugadi, Gudi Parva, Navreh, and Sajibu Cheiraoba. May these auspicious occasions bring good health, happiness, and prosperity in our lives, "he said. He said although celebrations…
Economist Jeffrey Sachs: Trump "Understands Nothing, Listens to Nothing" as Pandemic Surges in U.S
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-03-24
As #NotDying4WallStreet trends on Twitter, President Trump defies his top scientists and soaring infection rate, saying he will ease restrictions soon to jumpstart the economy. We speak with economist Jeffrey Sachs about the stimulus package that failed to pass again Monday, as Democrats called the measure a slush fund for corporations. Sachs also led the WHO's Commission on Macroeconomics and Health from 2000 to 2001 and played a key role in conceiving and establishing the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, which helped distribute new medicines to fight infectious diseases.
Amid COVID-19, India Buys $116M Worth Of Weapons to Israel
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-24
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi signed Thursday an arms deal with Israel worth hundreds of millions of dollars, as cases of the coronavirus infections are surging and concerns are rising over the country's ability to face a health emergency of such magnitude. | RELATED: | Indian Police Files Case Against Social Media Users in Kashmir | Israel will deliver to the Indian military 16,479 Negev light machine guns, the Indian government said in a statement. | The US$116 millio…
Argentina Observes Memory Day, This Time From Social Networks
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-24
Argentina remembered on Tuesday, via social media, the victims of the military dictatorship of Jorge Rafael Videla (1976-1983). | RELATED: | Deserted Streets, Online Dancing as Argentina Goes in Lockdown | For the first time in 37 years, Argentina will not be the protagonist of the usual march on this date, nor will there be flags or drums in the Plaza de Mayo. The new coronavirus forces the people to remember the National Day of Memory from every house in the country. | Howeve…
Canada: Gov't Insures Agriculture Against COVID-19 Impacts
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-24
Canada's government announced economic measures to help farmers and food producers during this volatile economic situation due to the Covid-19. | RELATED: | Trump: "Life Is Fragile and Economies Are Fragile" | On his Official Twitter page, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that his government would protect and guarantee producers, agribusinesses and food processors during the difficult economic situation caused by the virus. | Marie Claude Bibeau, Canada's Minister of Agricult…
Glastonbury donates hand sanitiser, gloves and masks to emergency services
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-03-24
Glastonbury Festival has donated thousands of litres of hand sanitiser, gloves and face masks to frontline emergency services responding to the coronavirus pandemic.The supplies were due to be used during the now-postponed 50th anniversary of the music festival, which was scheduled to take place in June.Michael and Emily Eavis, the event's organisers, previously confirmed that tickets for this year will roll over into 2021.The equipment will go to frontline health staff (Avon and Somerset Police)Avon and Somerset Police posted images on Twitter showing a tractor placing supplies into a van, as well as a police ve…
Death By Tweetstorm: a Win-Win for Trump
John Galbraith Simmons | counterpunch.org | 2020-03-24
For lack of respirators, patients with severe respiratory distress from COVID-19 will die as the epidemic unfolds. A drug to treat the disease is urgently needed. But the US press subjected news about hydroxychloroquine, a potential treatment, to an excess of caution in response to a Trump tweetstorm. Journalists and health care professionals alike were whipsawed by the president's irresponsible ballyhooing of the drug amid deprecatory assertions of "anecdotal" evidence by Anthony Fauci at the CDC.
Images of Cuban Doctors Helping Italy Go Viral, Burst Media Narrative
Alan Macleod | mintpressnews.com | 2020-03-23
Videos of Cuban doctors volunteering to travel halfway across the world to put themselves in mortal danger for the good of people they have never met stirred the heartstrings of even the most cynical observer.
Reading the autocue has never looked so hard: Joe Biden emerges from 6 DAYS in hiding with stumbling video stream
rt.com | 2020-03-23
Joe Biden has reemerged from an almost week-long disappearance to post a video on Twitter addressing the Trump administration's handling of the Covid-19 crisis, but his return has been greeted with mockery and concern. | Biden sounded tired and slow as he spoke while standing in front of what appeared to be a green screen with a set of bookshelves digitally imposed behind him. | He criticized US President Donald Trump and Senate leader Mitch McConnell for "trying to put a corporate bailout ahead of millions of families" and urged "aggressive measures" to help small US businesses, workers and communities suffer…
Pakistan PM once again asks Trump to lift Iran sanctions
IRNA | iranian.com | 2020-03-22
Prime Minister of Pakistan who believes that US sanctions against Iran are cruel and unfair has once again called upon Donald Trump to lift economic sanctions from the Islamic Republic. Imran Khan in a tweet on Sunday said the people of Iran are facing untold suffering as sanctions are crippling Iran's efforts to fight COVID19. …
"For Unknown Reasons They Waited. And Watched"
Media Lens | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-03-20
Over the last 20 years, we have documented some shocking examples of journalistic irresponsibility, but the tweet from ITV's political editor Robert Peston on March 14 was something special. With China, South Korea, Italy, Spain and other countries in shutdown, lockdown and general medical meltdown, with the UK reeling from rising cases and deaths
Meet 17-Year-Old Avi Schiffmann Who Runs Coronavirus Tracking Website Used by 40+ Million Globally
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-03-17
A teenager's website tracking coronavirus has become one of the most vital resources for people seeking accurate and updated numbers on the pandemic. The URL is nCoV2019.live. We speak with 17-year-old Avi Schiffmann, a high school junior from Mercer Island outside Seattle, who started the site in late December, when coronavirus had not yet been detected outside of China. Now the site has been visited by tens of millions, from every country on Earth. It tracks deaths, numbers of cases locally and globally, and provides an interactive map, information on the disease, and a Twitter feed. The resource updates every…
[Comment] How will country-based mitigation measures influence the course of the COVID-19 epidemic?
Roy M Anderson, Hans Heesterbeek, Don Klinkenberg, T Déirdre Hollingsworth | thelancet.com | 2020-03-09
Governments will not be able to minimise both deaths from coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and the economic impact of viral spread. Keeping mortality as low as possible will be the highest priority for individuals; hence governments must put in place measures to ameliorate the inevitable economic downturn. In our view, COVID-19 has developed into a pandemic, with small chains of transmission in many countries and large chains resulting in extensive spread in a few countries, such as Italy, Iran, South Korea, and Japan.