Aeroplanes and COVID-19: Another contradiction of global capitalism

By Hans A Baer April 16, 2020 Reprinted from Green Left Weekly While a growing number of critical scholars acknowledge that global capitalism constitutes the overarching driver of anthropogenic climate change, one of the smaller elephants in the room has been the aviation industry. The number of aeroplane flights worldwide has been growing — atContinue reading “Aeroplanes and COVID-19: Another contradiction of global capitalism”

The Self-Centered Rich Country Response to Pandemics and Crises is Wrecking Poor Countries

by TAMARA PEARSON Reprinted from CounterPunch I’m squatting on a round piece of concrete, and a 72-year-old man is sitting in the gutter, his walking stick beside him. He tells me that after being deported from the United States, he has been hiking the streets of Mexico City trying to find somewhere to stay. But allContinue reading “The Self-Centered Rich Country Response to Pandemics and Crises is Wrecking Poor Countries”

Freedom from Debt Coalition

Press StatementApril 17, 2020 Disastrous Rigidity With the world reeling from the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic, it has become increasingly clear that the assumption that the crisis can be dealt with using the usual set of orthodox tools is exceedingly flawed. Recognizing the extraordinary nature of the global crisis, even the World Bank andContinue reading “Freedom from Debt Coalition”

When Oil Markets Go Viral

The Covid-19 crisis has lead to a huge drop in the demand for, and price of, oil globally. In this article, Adam Hanieh looks at what this might mean for the global economy. Reprinted from Verso The ecological dimensions of COVID-19 have become increasingly prominent in much recent discussion, with several important contributions exploring the pandemic inContinue reading “When Oil Markets Go Viral”

For Socialist Solutions to the Capitalist Crises

By Reihana Mohideen Partido Lakas ng Masa (PLM), International Head We can’t go back to normal, because the normal that we had was precisely the problem —  this graffiti, scrawled on a wall in Hongkong, has become a universal slogan capturing the essence of the crisis we face, now being revealed to millions more people,Continue reading “For Socialist Solutions to the Capitalist Crises”

Emerging Cracks Within the Duterte Factions?

By Sonny Melencio, Chair, Partido Lakas ng Masa (PLM) On March 23, both houses of Congress passed the ‘Bayanihan to Heal as One Act’ granting President Rodrigo Duterte additional or special powers to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic. Duterte signed it into law two days later, but declared that he was delegating most of hisContinue reading “Emerging Cracks Within the Duterte Factions?”

The Duterte regime and the Corvid 19 pandemic: The case of a weak but authoritarian state

By Reihana Mohideen and Tony Iltis Update: On March 23, Duterte put to Congress the erroneously titled “Bayanihan Act of 2020”. The word ‘bayanihan’ means community assistance or ‘communitarian’ and the spirit of ‘bayanihan’ means assistance given voluntarily and without any monetary consideration by a member of the community. The title itself is fake, a lie. NowhereContinue reading “The Duterte regime and the Corvid 19 pandemic: The case of a weak but authoritarian state”

NO ONE IS AN ISLAND Harnessing our People’s Energies to Meet the Threat of COVID-19

Statement of Laban ng Masa, March 17, 2020 Our country faces today a great challenge – the COVID-19 pandemic that afflicts more than 150 countries. Our public health personnel have been grappling 24/7 with containing COVID-19 since late January. They have rushed hospital facilities, undertaken contact tracing, conducted testing, and dispersed frontline fighters to educateContinue reading “NO ONE IS AN ISLAND Harnessing our People’s Energies to Meet the Threat of COVID-19”