Corporate Media Setting Stage for New Cold War With China

Corporate media are laying the ideological groundwork for a new cold war with China, presenting the nation as a hostile power that needs to be kept in check.

Reflections on Aspects of the Political Economy of the COVID 19 Pandemic

There are political, economic, ideological dimensions about how the pandemic is playing out in American life. First, the crisis is being framed in diametrically opposed ways. One frame says the crisis is really former President Obama’s fault and current President Trump, coming into office in the face of errors, is now rectifying the situation. He is in the process of saving the lives of thousands of Americans as the pandemic winds down. The legacy of the Obama era, Trump argues, is magnified by the incompetence or duplicity of the Chinese.

Essential Sanitary Workers Strike for Hazard Pay and PPE in New Orleans

The severe outbreak of COVID-19 in southern Louisiana was the last straw for a group of sanitation workers who pick up trash in eastern New Orleans. Last week, they walked off the job and went on strike, demanding hazard pay and a $15 living wage.

ALEC Leading Right-Wing Campaign to Reopen the Economy Despite COVID-19

Documents obtained by the Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) show that a powerful corporate lobby front group, the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), is playing a leading role in the right-wing movement to push for early reopening of the economy amidst the coronavirus pandemic that has cost the United States 61,680 lives to date.

ALEC is a corporate pay-to-play operation where legislators and corporate lobbyists vote behind closed doors to adopt model legislation on a broad range of public policy issues.

Newspapers Won’t Connect the Dots on Postal Service Threats

More than six weeks after a bill was introduced to require vote-by-mail to be available for the November 3 elections, no federal steps have been taken to ensure a fair and free election in the shadow of a pandemic that threatens people’s ability to access the polls.

Fired in a Pandemic "Because We Tried to Form a Union", Workers Say

Truck drivers and warehouse workers at Cort Furniture Rental in New Jersey had spent months trying to unionize in the hopes of securing higher wages and better benefits. By early this year, they thought they were on the cusp of success.

But when the coronavirus arrived, Cort, which is owned by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway, laid off its truck drivers and replaced them with contractors, workers said. The union-organizing plans were dashed.

“They fired us because we tried to start a union,” said Julio Perez, who worked in Cort’s warehouse in North Bergen, N.J.

How Betsy DeVos and the charter school movement are exploiting the pandemic to advance their agendas

COVID-19 has shuttered public schools across the nation, state governments are threatening to slash education budgets due to the economic collapse caused by the outbreak, and emergency aid provided by the federal government is far short of what is needed, according to a 

The GOP Has Every Reason to Want the US Postal Service to Fail

Donald Trump is once again attacking the U.S. Postal Service (USPS).

During a recent press briefing, Trump claimed that the agency loses money every time it delivers a package for Amazon and that if it just raised its prices, USPS would be more profitable.

Corporate Media Cover for US Mob Threats Against Venezuela

The Trump administration unveiled on March 31 a “democratic transition” plan to remove Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro from office, in favor of a “council of state” composed of both opposition and ruling party loyalists.

The plan was, however, less an offer to negotiate than a diktat, with the US State Department (3/31/20) vowing that “sanctions will remain in effect, and increase, until the Maduro regime accepts a genuine political transition.”

This fake president must resign

It appears that whatever luck America has regularly enjoyed has now run out since our worst president holds the office when our worst pandemic in a century is afflicting us.

Thank you, Bernie. Screw You, New York Times.

It is the essence of American liberalism to trash radical dreams and then dance on them. And that’s just what the New York Times did the day after Bernie Sanders bowed out of the Democratic race for the nomination.

Bill Moyers: Republicans admit they lose when elections are fair and free

Bill’s guest in this episode is the journalist David Daley. His best-selling first book, RATF**KED-WHY YOUR VOTE DOESN’T COUNT  showed how Republicans used gerrymandering to lock up control of many state and local government for years, possibly   decades – and remains their  strategy.  In his  most recent book – UNRIGGED –HOW AMERICANS ARE BATTLING BACK TO SAVE DEMOCRACY he travels  America to report on the grassroots activists devoted to voting rights for all citizens.

The Helenback Corona Diaries: A special pandemic edition series

Disclaimer: If you are looking for serious, heartfelt coverage of the myriad tragedies unfolding, you need to look somewhere else. Those stories are everywhere. I’m just trying to make you laugh for a minute. I’m not saying something profound or touching might not creep in here; just know that isn’t my intent. Studies have proven the mental health benefits of laughter, but I am too lazy to look up or cite them. You can look them up. You’re not doing anything either.

April 9th.

Wise Counsel from Medea Benjamin

On the Bernie issue, I thought Bernie was a absolutely fabulous candidate and the campaign was brilliant. The number of young people involved was so inspiring. Every time I went to a Bernie meeting or a canvassing gathering or a call party, the rooms were PACKED with young people and while they were majority white, there was quite a lot of diversity. Bernie has been paving the way for the future. It is a long road in this hyper capitalist country, but we have moved SO FAR AHEAD thanks to this campaign.

Trump’s 7 Pro-Contagion Reversals Increase the Coronavirus Toll

Trump ridiculed, then minimized, then delayed the federal government’s response to the coronavirus for weeks. Then finally he wrapped his boastful, confused ego around reality. But Trump is actively pushing programs that will endanger more Americans.

Here’s a brief look at Trump’s pro-contagion activities that leave Americans defenseless in the face of the virus, implemented by his crazed and cruel appointees.

TAKE STEPS TO PROTECT HEALTHCARE WORKERS FROM THE CORONAVIRUS

The U.S. Department of Labor has rejected pressure to issue worker protections that nurses are demanding. The hospital industry wants it that way.

This article is published in partnership with Mother Jones.

Trump’s Narcoterrorism Indictment of Maduro Already Backfires

For twenty years, right wing extremists in Miami and Washington have been slandering the Venezuelan government, accusing it of drug trafficking and harboring terrorists without ever offering even a shred of evidence. They finally got their wish on Thursday, when the U.S. Department of Justice unveiled indictments against President Nicolás Maduro and 13 other current or former members of Venezuela’s government and military.

Indiana prison and jail conditions are ripe for widespread outbreak

On behalf of people who are incarcerated and most at risk, the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana submitted an emergency petition today, requesting the Indiana Supreme Court take immediate action designed to stem the progression of COVID-19 in the Indiana Department of Correction (DOC) and Indiana’s county jails.

Trump lied and attacked healthcare workers in Sunday briefing, but got the headlines he wanted

The headline news from Donald Trump’s Sunday press briefing was that he’s dropping his push to kill us all by “reopening the country” on Easter and instead is extending social distancing measures until April 30. But as usual, the official news headline covered up much of what Trump said and did, because the media cannot handle how dangerous this man is.

With a Quarter of the World’s Population Under US Sanctions, Countries Appeal to UN to Intervene

The governments of China, Cuba, Iran, Nicaragua, North Korea, Russia, Syria, and Venezuela – all under sanctions from the United States – sent a joint statement to the United Nations Secretary-General, the UN’s High Commissioner on Human Rights and the Director-General of the World Health Organization calling for an end to the unilateral American economic blockade, as they are, “illegal and blatantly violate international law and the charter of the United Nations.” 

Trump Goes Full ‘Shock Doctrine’ As Pandemic Rages

The White House chose the week the United States became the epicenter of a historic pandemic to virtually stop policing big polluters, privatize a bedrock federal food safety job, advance a mining road through a pristine swath of northern Alaska and revive a regulatory rollback so difficult to defend that the Trump administration abandoned the effort last year at the peak of a high-profile fight. 

“Humanitarian Solidarity”: Even Under U.S. Sanctions, Cuba Sends Doctor Brigade to Italy and More

As Italy’s death toll soars past 6,000, Cuba has sent medical brigades to combat COVID-19. Cuba has also deployed doctors to Venezuela, Nicaragua, Jamaica, Suriname and Grenada. “The arrival of a medical brigade from Cuba to Italy is pretty historic. You have a leading European nation accepting support in the form of a medical team from a small Caribbean island,” says our guest, Peter Kornbluh, director of the Cuba Documentation Project at the National Security Archive at George Washington University.

Jared Kushner has ‘thrown out the established government plan’ on pandemics — and has been swarmed by corporate execs

President Trump has refused to use a wartime law to require major manufacturers to make vital equipment to combat the new coronavirus, reportedly after corporations successfully lobbied his top adviser and son-in-law, Jared Kushner. 

Social Distancing - The Coronavirus

Washington - Trump

With the recent Presidents’ Day, which also honors the February birthday of George Washington, we are faced with the enormous contrast between the “Father of Our Country” and the current White House occupant. 

While Washington led the arduous fight, as general and inspirer, to establish this nation during the Revolutionary War, Trump avoided any military service with multiple deferments of undocumented “bonespurs” so as to enhance his inherited wealth, while running roughshod over others.

Did President Trump Roll Back Rules Protecting Elderly at Nursing Homes?

On 24 December 2017, the New York Times reported that the Trump administration was scaling back an Obama-era policy that ramped up the use of fines on skilled nursing facilities for actions that endangered vulnerable patients:

Is the Military/Industrial Complex “Moderate?”

How to Reestablish Moderation in Our Politics

The Lafayette Journal and Courier featured two stories on its front pages on Wednesday and Thursday, March 4 and 5, 2020, that bear on current ideology and practice at Purdue University and the community of West Lafayette, Indiana. 

Q&A: In ‘Slaying Goliath,’ Diane Ravitch argues public education advocates have beat back privatization efforts

Education historian and activist Diane Ravitch is publishing a new book Tuesday, the latest in her years-long chronicling of how the modern school “reform” movement has harmed students, teachers and schools.

Mike Pence’s coronavirus clown show humiliates Trump — and endangers the rest of us

Last Wednesday as the stock market dropped precipitously for the third day in a row, President Trump was reluctantly forced to admit that the nation was in the midst of a major global public health crisis. So he held a desultory press conference, handed out some misinformation and blamed Democrats for the stock market slide.

Bernie Sanders Was Right About the Cuban Literacy Campaign

The corporate media have long been looking for ways to discredit Bernie Sanders, and they settled on a surprising statement he made in the 1980s during his tenure as mayor of Burlington when he said, “We have a lot to learn from Cuba.”

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