Laura Pidcock, People’s Assembly National Secretary in conversation with legendary writer and activist Noam Chomsky. Together they discuss the current pandemic as a crisis of capitalism and how the role of activists is more crucial than ever. You DO NOT want to miss this.
PHOTOGRAPHER CAPTURES TRUMP’S ‘CHINESE VIRUS’ SPEECH REVISION A Washington Post photographer captured an image of President Donald Trump’s altered news conference script showing what appeared to be his own handwritten change from “corona” to “Chinese” to form “Chinese virus.” Photographer Jabin Botsford posted the close-up on Twitter amid raging criticism of Trump over his repeated insistence on using his racist name for the coronavirus. [HuffPost]
New York City transit workers continue to pay the price for the authority’s criminal response to the crisis. On Tuesday, the MTA’s official death toll stood at 59. At least 2,269 transit workers have tested positive for the virus: here.
More temporary plant closures as workers protest conditions at US meatpacking facilities. By Shannon Jones, 17 April 2020. After the death of four workers at the JBS meatpacking plant in Greeley, Colorado the company has moved for a temporary shutdown of the facility.
As push for privatization ramps up. Hundreds of COVID-19 cases among US Postal Service workers. By Kayla Costa, 17 April 2020. While postal workers are denouncing unsafe conditions, USPS predicts it may run out of money and close down by September due to the lack of financial support from the Trump administration: here.
US rural hospitals close amid COVID-19 pandemic. By Gary Joad, 17 April 2020. Since 2010, 128 rural hospitals have closed, with 19 closures taking place last year alone.
“Countries have reacted to this in many ways — some very successfully, some more or less successfully. One is at the bottom of the barrel. That’s us“, says renowned linguist and political dissident Noam Chomsky of the COVID-19 crisis sweeping the globe.
On April 12, 2019, hundreds of people packed into the Old South Church in Boston to hear the world-renowned dissident and linguist Noam Chomsky speak. In this hour-long special, we air an excerpt of Chomsky’s speech and his on-stage interview with Amy Goodman.
Britain: AN angry protest by supporters of Julian Assange yesterday morning denounced a Tory government conference titled ‘Defend Media Freedom’. Maxine Walker from the Julian Assange Defence Committee told News Line: ‘We are here because this is a fraudulent conference organised by the Foreign Office and hosted by Jeremy Hunt, who has already said he wants to extradite Julian Assange. ‘We are here to tell delegates there is no media freedom while Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning are in prison’: here.
UK government holds “media freedom” conference while imprisoning Assange: here.
This 13 April 2019 video from the USA says about itself:
U.S. trying to make Assange “suffer” for publishing secrets, his former lawyer says
British human rights lawyer Geoffrey Robertson, who formerly represented Julian Assange, says the Wikileaks founder has made many enemies, including the governments of Ecuador, Australia, the U.K. and U.S. “At the end of the day, you come down to the question of free speech, whether it’s right that a publisher who has received information from sources who want it published … should be jailed and punished for the efforts he’s made on behalf of free speech,” says Robertson.
DEMOCRATS: TRUMP HAS HANDED US A GIFT Democrats say the Trump administration will regret taking an extreme position on a lawsuit challenging the Affordable Care Act, an issue they say will matter far more to voters in 2020 than anything coming out of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into the 2016 presidential election. [HuffPost]
Mueller’s report, after a sprawling investigation lasting nearly two years, has exposed the entire anti-Russia narrative as a hoax, perpetrated on the American people in pursuit of reactionary political ends. Journalist Matt Taibbi published an article on Saturday headlined “It’s official: Russiagate is this generation’s WMD”, in which he wrote: “The Iraq war faceplant damaged the reputation of the press. Russiagate just destroyed it… As a purely journalistic failure, however, WMD was a pimple compared to Russiagate”: here.
Mueller testimony: Another debacle for the Democrats’ anti-Russia campaign: here.
Wednesday’s testimony by former Special Counsel Robert Mueller before Congress, staged by the Democrats in the hope of reviving their discredited anti-Russian campaign and presentation of Trump as a stooge of Putin, turned into a debacle: here.
As Brazil’s President-elect Jair Bolsonaro prepares to take office on Tuesday, we return to our conversation with world-renowned political dissident, linguist and author Noam Chomsky shortly after the election. Bolsonaro‘s impending presidency marks the most radical political shift [in] Brazil since military rule ended more than 30 years ago.
BRAZIL’S THREAT TO DEMOCRACY Far-right president Jair Bolsonaro offers a model for authoritarianism that leaders around the world will follow. He is about to show how democracy collapses. [HuffPost]
Jair Bolsonaro, the fascistic ex-army captain and federal legislator, was formally inaugurated as president of Brazil January 1 in a ceremony marked by a massive mobilization of security forces, the deliberate suppression of the media and extreme right-wing rhetoric: here.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo issued a blunt ultimatum to Moscow Tuesday, vowing that the US will unilaterally abrogate the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, one of the last remaining arms control agreements from the Cold War, within 60 days unless Russia submits to what Washington defines as compliance with the pact. The move represents a major escalation of the threat of global nuclear war: here.