COVID-19
This holiday season, hunger and poverty stalk the US

It’s holiday season in the United States but the country faces an unprecedented crisis as poverty and hunger are soaring and millions face the risk of evictions

Three problems of reading Engels and the reasons why we need to

On this bicentenary of Friedrich Engels, we need to understand the nature of the struggle of ideas that Engels was engaged in his times, and what its significance is today

Major COVID-19 outbreak in Belmarsh prison, Assange’s family raise alarm

According to Julian Assange’s partner, Stella Moris, at least 56 inmates were found to be infected in the block where he is held. Assange, along with nearly 200 other inmates of his house block, had been under lockdown since November 18

COVID-19: What we know about asymptomatic patients so far

Are asymptomatic people the real drivers of COVID-19 progression? Researchers are divided as more studies arrive that further complicate the question

COVID-19: Study suggests immunity against SARS-CoV-2 could last for six months

The study analyzed the immune memory against the virus in 185 patients who had recovered from COVID-19. These included patients who were asymptomatic and those who exhibited severe clinical symptoms

European govts. used the pandemic to expand the private sector

Alexis Benos of the People’s Health Movement talks about the failures of the governments in Europe in preparing for the second wave of the pandemic. He also explains the demands of people’s movements

Vaccine distribution: Cold storage requirement for potential COVID-19 vaccine a major problem

Newsclick’s Prabir Purkayastha and immunologist Dr. Satyajit Rath discuss the challenges of taking a vaccine to the people in countries like India. They also look at the various vaccine candidates in contention

Greek health workers observe national protests

The Federation of Greek Hospital Doctors’ Associations, the key organiser put forth a set of demands to fight the pandemic. These include mass recruitment and appointment to permanent positions for all doctors

Jordan goes to polls on Tuesday to elect a new parliament

The election for the 130-member House of Representative is happening amidst unprecedented economic and health crisis in the country. The government had recently cracked down on the country’s largest teachers’ union.

2020 Elections: Tale of two Americas

Ben Becker of Breakthrough News discusses the deep social and economic issues affecting millions of Americans in the context of the upcoming elections

Why third world workers were worst hit by the pandemic

Advanced countries have been more open-handed in fiscal support for their economies, in particular for workers, while Third World countries have been extremely niggardly, not necessarily out of choice (except in the case of India)

The US announces fresh sanctions against Iran’s petroleum sector

The sanctions mostly target entities and individuals in Iran’s petroleum sector, including the minister of petroleum, Bijan Zangeneh. US sanctions have massively affected Iran’s ability to deal with the outbreak of COVID-19

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