• Capitalism and Our Health: Part 1

    Introduction

    Capitalism and health make for strange bed-fellows. Terms associated with health usually revolve around those of moderation and balance or attempts at finding harmony between an arrangement of variables. As an economic system capitalism has instead committed itself to constructing an environment dominated by a class that is obsessed with extraction and growth, the scale of which has now surpassed anything that can be called sustainable. It has left us with a society which hardly resembles anything that can be called healthy. The individuals who make up our societies, their perception of themselves, the foods they consume and how they view this metabolic connection to nature not only all contribute to public health, but also the public’s ability and desire to make better choices. It is this fact or rather this relationship between man, nature and society that is exploited so key industries can be kept intact. Healthcare, or the Health industry, has become a trap in many ways and represents  a grotesque contradiction. The public is simply preyed upon for the benefit of a collection of companies in a space where transparency is essentially non-existent.

  • Netanyahu, Gantz Discuss Possible Creation of Emergency Government

    The leaders of the Likud and Blue & White spoke by phone late Thursday, March 12, to discuss the possibility of setting up an emergency government, as they sought to put differences aside in order to effectively manage the coronavirus crisis sweeping the country and the globe, something that demands a functioning legislative body which Israel has been without for the past 15 months.

    Far-right premier Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday used a prime-time televised address from the Prime Minister’s Office in Jerusalem to call on the centrist Blue & and White to form a unity government and temporarily put the country’s political deadlock out of the way until the end of the currently intensifying public health crisis.

  • Bolivarian Government confirms first two coronavirus cases in Venezuela

    Two coronavirus (CONVID-19) cases have been confirmed in Venezuela early Friday morning, said the Venezuelan Vice Minister Delcy Rodríguez during a cabinet meeting held at the Miraflores Presidential Palace.

    Two Venezuelans, “one 41-year-old woman who was recently traveling in the United States, Italy and Spain and a 52-year-old citizen who was traveling in Spain. They both live in Miranda state,” informed Rodríguez.

  • FIR: Corona virus and international antifascist work

    firWith large concern, the FIR and its member federations pursue the current spreading of the Corona virus in Europe. We are not only concerned about the health aspects seizing the entire society, but because this pandemic affects in various forms the anti-fascist and remembrance work of the FIR and all member federations.

    Since this week in all German concentration camp memorial places the international commemoration ceremonies on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the liberation were cancelled. These cancellations were - according to our information - coordinated by the memorial site management with the international camp committees. Only the liberation celebrations in Mauthausen in May 2020 have not yet been cancelled. However, the Mauthausen Memorial is closed until the beginning of April due to a government order. The same applies to the Auschwitz Memorial, which has been temporarily closed until the end of March. The reason given for the cancellations was that older people in particular belong to the high-risk groups whose lives are seriously endangered by illness. We welcome such preventive health measures, even if the political damage is immense in our view.

  • Presidential Command Post set up to monitor preventative measures against COVID-19

    In order to heighten the epidemiological surveillance and control measures against the spread of coronavirus in the region, the Presidential Command Post was set up at the Miraflores Presidential Palace in Caracas.

    The first meeting was attended by the Venezuelan Vice President Delcy Rodríguez, members of the Bolivarian Armed Forces (FANB), sectorial vice presidents and authorities of the Capital District Government.

  • We FightTo Protect The Health And Lives Of Workers

    Common Position Of European Trade Unions On The Developments Because Of The Coronavirus

    The unions that we sign this text we salute the heroic contribution of workers, scientists in Healthcare, hospitals, sanitation and a series of other services who under, even life-threatening conditions, exhaustion, under-staffed and unprepared prevention systems, fight for the protection of the lives of the workers, of all the people.

    The consequences of this epidemic are not accidental or a natural phenomenon. But the coronavirus situation demonstrates the tragic consequences and risks to peoples’ lives from policies that treat Healthcare as an issue of individual responsibility and as a field of enormous profitability. These consequences are a result of the under-staffing of public hospitals and services, lack of infrastructure, underfunding, a severe shortage of medical and nursing staff. The EU guidelines that have dismantled peoples’ social security, prevention and health care systems for the benefit of the big Healthcare-Insurance Corporations are political choices with tragic consequences and risks for the peoples of Europe. The Governments, instead of taking measures for the shortages in public healthcare systems, they announce funding and financial assistance to the big corporations.

  • Venezuelan Government suspends flights from Colombia and Europe over COVID-19

    As of March 15, the temporary suspension of flights from Colombia and Europe will take effect as a preventative measure against coronavirus (COVID-19), announced Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, who pointed out that the suspension could be extended for a month.

    At the Miraflores Presidential Palace, Caracas, he explained that the Venezuelan government is bringing forward diplomatic efforts to establish coordination mechanisms with Iván Duque’s administration to protect the Venezuelan-Colombian border.

  • Venezuela considers closing borders with Colombia and Brazil over COVID-19

    “We have consider closing the borders with Colombia and Brazil,” said on Thursday President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela Nicolás Maduro.

    During a press conference with domestic and international reporters at the Miraflores Presidential Palace, the Venezuelan president asserted that “the first thing we need is coordination with the health authorities of the Colombian and Brazilian governments.”

  • President Maduro thanks China’s support to fight COVID-19 in Venezuela

    Venezuela’s President Nicolás Maduro thanked China’s government on Thursday for its support to prevent and contain coronavirus (COVID-19) in the South American country.

    At the Miraflores Presidential Palace in Caracas, he explained that the Chinese government sent necessary diagnostic testing kits and equipment to detect potential coronavirus cases.

  • Venezuela calls on Brazilian, Colombian governments to display good judgement

    The Venezuelan Foreign Affairs Minister Jorge Arreaza called on the Colombian and Brazilian governments on Thursday to display good judgement and give precedence to the protection of their peoples over political differences in the fight against coronavirus.

  • COVID-19: Urgent economic stimulus and workplace measures required

    The International Trade Union Confederation and its Global Unions partners have today called for urgent action by governments and employers on the COVID -19 Crisis, with a statement adopted at the Council of Global Unions (CGU) meeting today in London.

    ITUC General Secretary Sharan Burrow said: “Governments must act to put in place urgent economic stimulus plans and workplace measures to protect the health and the income of workers and their families and stabilise the real economy.”

  • Venezuela declares permanent emergency in healthcare system to prevent coronavirus

    The Venezuelan government declared a state of permanent emergency in the Healthcare National Public System to implement mechanisms to prevent and contain coronavirus (COVID-19).

    “I have decided to declare a state of permanent emergency in the Healthcare System to prevent, protect and upgrade all its capacity to address cases that could be eventually detected in the country,” announced President Nicolás Maduro.

  • WFTU Statement on the Coronavirus Pandemic

    NO WORKER MUST LOSE HIS JOB!

    The World Federation of Trade Unions, on behalf of its 100 million members all over the world, expresses its support to the workers around the globe, who are facing consequences on their health and risk on their working rights, because of the Coronavirus outbreak which now records a large number of cases and deaths.

    We urge the governments to immediately  take all necessary measures to ensure life and health of workers, as well as the protection of their labor rights.

  • Cyprus International Conference Against Imperialism postponed to September 11-13, 2020

    Due to the increasing health threat posed by the spread of the virus COVID-19 (“coronavirus”), we have been forced to  make the difficult decision of postponing the Cyprus International Conference Against Imperialism, scheduled for  March 27-29, 2020 in Larnaca, Cyprus.  This was not an easy decision for the organizers of the  conference. We did not want to postpone the conference prematurely due to the travel and financial problems it could  cause for our speakers and participants, who had already made their reservations for lodging and booked their airline tickets. The number confirmed international participants had reached more than 100 from around 50 countries.

  • Corona in camouflage: massive military exercise maintained despite health risks

    Despite current critical health risks, the US military will continue with its plans for a large-scale combat exercise in Europe involving the deployment of tens of thousands of personnel – Defender 2020.

    Commenting on the dangers posed by the continuation of this major manoeuvre, Özlem Alev Demirel (Die Linke, Germany), Vice-Chair of the European Parliament’s Committee on Security and Defence, explains that there were always many reasons to call this plan off – the coronavirus is just one more.

  • Hotel-Tourism Workers of Greece Demand Immediate Measures

    After the recent developments because of the Coronavirus epidemic, the Hotel Workers Unions took a series of initiatives for the protection of Hotel-Tourism-Catering Workers.

    Among these initiatives, they met with the Ministry of Tourism and filed the following Resolution and demands for immediate measures of protection of workers’ Health and Safety, as well as their work right and job positions

  • Key health control measures adopted at Venezuela’s international airports

    Venezuela activated protocols established by the World Health Organization (WHO) to detect, contain and prevent coronavirus (COVID-19) at the country’s airports, informed the Deputy Health Minister Marisela Bermúdez on a telephone conversation held during an event led by President Nicolás Maduro to celebrate the Doctors’ Day and broadcast by state-run TV station Venezolana de Televisión (VTV).

  • Venezuelan government to hand out COVID-19 test kits

    COVID-19 test kits will be handed out to the capital cities of the 23 states, and the Capital District, to detect potential infections and prevent the spread of this disease.

    President Nicolás Maduro announced on Tuesday, March 10, the distribution of COVID-19 test kits and explained that 46 hospitals are undergoing upgrades to guarantee specialized health care to the Venezuelan population.

  • Coronavirus control measures implemented at border crossing posts and airports

    “The Ministry of People’s Power for Health distributed the clinical protocol against Coronavirus Covid-19 in all the health care centers of the country. The health national public and private system know this protocol, which should be implemented for this matter,” said the Venezuelan Vice-president at a press briefing she held after a meeting with the Covid-19 Follow-up and Control Permanent Commission.

    Rodríguez informed that Venezuela’s health authorities are on the alert and implementing control measures at all the border crossing posts and airports of the country in the event any passenger or traveler shows symptoms of this infectious disease that has cost the lives of thousands of people in the world.

  • If Coronavirus Was to Wipe Us Out, We’d Probably Never See It Coming

    AOC, Dublin

    In 1998, a British ex-physician published a piece linking the MMR vaccine with autism, he was proven wrong by numerous studies since and found guilty of scientific fraud. Also in the late 90s, the manufacturers of all-natural personal care products began rumours of a popular shampoo foaming agent causing cancer, this was debunked long after they made their money. US Vice president, Joe Biden, advised citizens to avoid confined spaces, such as airplanes, during the 2009 swine flu pandemic – although even the World Health Organisation had to admit that ordinary flu strains caused more deaths in the same year. Currently, West Africa is experiencing its second biggest Ebola epidemic, yet it was the 2014 outbreak, with the help of numerous misleading books and media spin, that saw schools closed across the US, sick people quarantined and ‘Ebola’ shouted at African sports people. Only a handful of cases were ever reported in the US. So, as Coronavirus (COVID-19) touches down in Ireland in the middle of flu season, it’s time for another round of hysteria.