03 | 04 | 2020
  • Mobile Coronavirus Testing Clinic Launched for Forsaken Arab Towns

    Following protests from Arab lawmakers and other public figures, a mobile clinic for testing for the highly contagious coronavirus began its rounds in the Arab town of Arara in the Northern Triangle region on Monday, March 30, to complement facilities in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Haifa and Beersheba.

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  • Virus crisis around the world

    Friends and comrades from around the world give their experiences of the virus in their home countries.

    Italy, March 24

    I live in Rome, and my beautiful country is the most damaged at the moment. People are dying alone, and when I say alone I am of course referring to the absence of their relatives and loved ones, not the doctors, paramedics, and nurses—heroes all—who remain at the patients’  bedsides.

    Our health system is one of the best in the world and is totally free for all of us, but the only way to fight the spread is to stay home. As of this writing, today is day 14 of sheltering at home.

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  • CITU: On Food and Shelter for the Migrant Workers during lockdown period

    30th March 2020

    To:
    The Prime Minister of India
    New Delhi
    Sub: Food and Shelter for the Migrant Workers during lockdown period

    Dear Prime Minister Sir,

    We have earlier, on 24th March 2020, brought to your notice the serious problems of the unorganised sector workers, including migrant workers as a result of the country wide lockdown to contain the corona virus pandemic. We have urged upon you to ensure special arrangement for food, shelter and health checkups for these workers on a war footing.

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  • AITUC: Do not de-humanise and criminalise migrant workers

    AITUC strongly condemns the use of disinfectant spray on the migrant workers in Barreliey who were desperate to reach home and walking for miles on the highways. It is criminal to use chemical spray on human bodies as it can cause nausea, vomiting, head ache, irritation and damage to eyes, and in severe cases agitation, delusion, drowsiness, hallucination, impaired judgment, excitement, and mood changes and could be fatal in case of children and those with ailment of asthma, diabetes etc . In another place in Bulandshahar a police personnel is seen writing on the forehead of a worker that I am a lockdown breaker. Could anybody witness such a scene with an affluent, some of them in high positions violating advisories on lockdown even though having a history of travelling in Corona effected countries in the months of February- March 2020.

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  • COVID-19: A tale of two responses, China v. U.S.

    In this episode of The Specter, Comrade Ian Goodrum explains how the coronavirus pandemic emerged in Wuhan and describes his experience as an American Communist living in China during the initial outbreak. China has been able to contain the virus, while the confirmed cases of infected persons and death toll continue to rise in the United States. Only a system which puts people before profits will be able to save humanity.

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  • Orbán’s power grab a carte blanche for erosion of fundamental rights

    Viktor Orbán’s unilateral power grab in Hungary this week marks not only a dramatic shift in the anti-democratic nature of his premiership, it also underscores how national governments around Europe, illiberal or otherwise, are using the COVID-19 crisis as an convenient excuse to row back on the fundamental rights of their citizens.

    In an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, many EU member states have adopted drastic measures – previously unimaginable during peace times – to protect public health .

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  • 73 Communist & Workers Parties Demand Immediate Measures to Protect Peoples’ Health and Rights

    comunistaSeventy-three Communist and Workers Parties from around the world have issued a joint statement on the global situation created in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

    Initiated by the Communist Party of Greece (KKE), the signatory CPs express their support for both medical personnel and those suffering from the disease and denounce the huge shortages of equipment and staff in the public health sector resulting from years of anti-popular policies adopted by governments in the service of the capital, namely the commercializing and privatizing of health services to support the profitability of monopolistic groups.

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  • What should be done for workers’ rights during the coronavirus pandemic

    Policy proposals from Left MEPs in the European Parliament.

    1. Zero dismissals

    All employees should be protected from dismissal. This includes preventing the non-renewal of fixed-term or temporary contracts and the status of false self-employed persons. 

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  • Venezuelan Government, National Assembly to foster humanitarian agreement

    Lawmakers of the National Assembly (AN) will hold a meeting with Vice President Delcy Rodríguez to put forward their proposals and foster a humanitarian agreement with the participation of all the country’s sectors of society in order to contain and address the COVID-19 pandemic in Venezuela, informed President Nicolás Maduro on Tuesday, March 31.

    During a Council of State meeting at the Miraflores Presidential Palace, the Venezuelan president endorsed the request made by President of the National Assembly Luis Parra, who expressed his will to work with the Bolivarian Government for the benefit of the Venezuelan people.

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  • COVID-19 cases rise to 143 in Venezuela

    President Nicolás Maduro announced Tuesday night that 8 news COVID-19 cases were confirmed in the last 24 hours in Venezuela.

    These new patients were found in the states of Aragua, Sucre and Miranda. “Three of them come from Peri, three from the United Kingdom, and there are two domestic cases,” explained the Venezuelan president.

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  • NUM is deeply concerned that some mining companies continue to operate during the 21-days of lockdown

    The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) is deeply concerned and worried that several mining companies in South Africa continue to operate at greatly reduced staffing levels during the 21-days of lockdown.

    “It is worrying and disturbing that these companies are still operating on reduced staff. It shows that these companies don’t care about the lives of their employees. They care about profits. Profits cannot outweigh the lives of mineworkers. The decision to continue operating is barbaric, reckless, inhuman and irresponsible, said NUM President, Joseph Montisetse.

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  • Virus crisis requires global, people-oriented solutions

    The coronavirus pandemic has precipitated one of the biggest crises in the United States in a century. It is a health-care, economic, and political crisis. The numbers of reported cases here have quickly surpassed other countries, and the crisis is still in its early stages. Staying at home, in order to flatten the curve, has become a national imperative.

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  • TUI Public Service and Allied Statement on COVID-19

    As part of the class-oriented trade union movement led by WFTU, we have always propagated the Marxist argument that it is only the labour of the workers that drives and keeps society running. The capitalist class and its hangers-on of politicians and ideologues have for many years dismissed and ridiculed this truth, as they managed to manufacture the lie that it is the bosses as investors, on which society depends.

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  • Six thousand Venezuelans have returned from Colombia before the spread of Covid-19

    From the San Antonio municipality, located in the Táchira state, six thousand people have entered Venezuelan territory during the month of March, after the adoption of preventive measures against the Coronavirus (Covid-19).

    The balance was offered by the President of the Republic, Nicolás Maduro, who specified that all travelers will undergo diagnostic tests to rule out cases of the infectious disease.

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  • President Maduro: next two weeks are key to prevent the proliferation of Covid-19 in Venezuela

    “We are in a dangerous stage where there may be a flare-up caused by community infections. This week and the other are going to be the weeks to cut the transmission chains of the Covid-19”, said the President of the Republic, Nicolás Maduro Moros, from the Miraflores Palace.

    The ead of State emphasized that if Venezuela had not taken preventive measures for social quarantine and health protection, it would report more than 10,000 cases and a death rate of 300 people.

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  • Key workers can only protect us if we protect them

    Global trade union leaders Sharan Burrow, general secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), and Stephen Cotton, general secretary of the International Transport Workers Federation (ITF), write about the importance of protecting supply chain workers during the Covid-19 pandemic.

    As the coronavirus pandemic has deepened, we have seen images on news reports across the globe of empty shelves in supermarkets as ‘panic buying’ has sparked shortages of food and medicines.

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  • Six new cases of Covid-19 are detected in Venezuela

    Six new positive cases of Covid-19 have been detected in Venezuela in the last 24 hours, geographically located in the states; Miranda, Capital District, Bolívar, Aragua and Yaracuy, informed the Executive Vice-president of the Republic, Delcy Rodríguez, offering a balance of the strategies implemented by the National Executive for the containment of the Coronavirus in the country.

    Of the 135 confirmed cases, 10 are in private clinics, 18 in sentinel hospitals, 21 in Comprehensive Diagnostic Centers (CDI), 47 in home isolation, and 39 are already recovered.

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  • Letter from President Nicolás Maduro to world leaders

    Caracas, March 29, 2020

    To world leaders

    In greeting you, with affection, I take liberty of addressing you on the occasion of denouncing the severe events taking place against the peace and stability of Venezuela, at a time when the concern of the States and Governments should be focused on the protection of the life and health of their citizens, due to the acceleration of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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  • A team of Chinese experts in prevention and control of Covid-19 arrives in Venezuela

    In the early hours of Monday, a team of experts in the prevention and control of Coronavirus (Covid-19) and a shipment of medical supplies from the People’s Republic of China arrived at Maiquetía Simón Bolívar International Airport, within the framework of the cooperation and epidemiological accompaniment established between the Bolivarian Government with the Asian giant to face the pandemic that accumulates 129 confirmed cases in the national territory.

    The reception of the delegation was in charge of the People’s Power Minister for Foreign Relations, Jorge Arreaza; the Peole’s Power Minister for Health, Carlos Alvarado; the People’s Power Minister of Economy and Finance, Simón Zerpa, and the Chinese ambassador to Venezuela, Li Baorong.

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  • Sanctions against USB and restrictions on strikes in Italy

    USB ItaliaWith a deliberation of 10 pages the Cgsse (strike guarantee commission) opened the infringement proceedings against the USB Confederation for having dared to proclaim a general strike in defence of the health of workers and citizens on 25 March, limiting the duration in essential services such as health care, population relief, firefighters, urban hygiene and assistance cooperatives to just one symbolic minute.

    After having listed a long string of rules that USB would have violated and for which it must be sanctioned economically, the Guarantor (of whom, of what?) launches into considerations about the advisability of proclamations of strike in a context of proclaimed health emergency … “as it contributes to generate a widespread sense of insecurity and to produce incalculable damages to the community, determining an unacceptable burden on the institutions and/or companies…”. risks thwarting the containment actions of recent government measures.”

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