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Subject Global Left Midweek - The Crisis: More International Reports and Projections
Date March 26, 2020 12:00 AM
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_ Covid-19 ushers in a new political period. What does it look like?

, Il Manifesto Global


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movements, unions, and parties that make up the International Assembly
of Peoples propose that a programme of structural change be formulated
and implemented to allow us to win this struggle and reshape the

Members of La Via Campesina
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Corona Virus spreads across countries and continents, several members
of La Via Campesina, farmers organizations from Europe, Latin
America, Asia, North America, Central America and Africa, have issued
statements highlighting the precarious situation of peasants and
migrant workers around the world.

Ammar Ali Jan
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The News International: The working class forms the surplus humanity
of our supposedly ‘neutral’ discourse on preventative care.
Factories in Pakistan, hazardous and unhygienic in the best of times,
have still not been shut down.

Pascuale Serrano
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OpenDemocracy: The Cuban government, accustomed to natural disasters,
noted that its 2014 legislation determines that when natural,
technological and health disasters prevent employees from performing
their jobs, workers shall receive their entire salaries for one month
and 60% for the rest of the time their work is suspended. The Cuban
government also approved extraordinary health spending for
consumables, protection and intensive therapy teams.

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Medium: Italy is currently shaken by a wave of wildcat strikes in
factories, warehouses, supermarkets, and ports. Workers in industries
that have not been shut down, such as manufacturing or logistics, are
protesting the impossibility to maintain social distancing in the
workplace or the reckless disinterest shown by their employers.

William Shoki
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Country: The coronavirus is globalist in character, knowing no
distinctions based on color or nationality, but reinforcing class
inequalities across and within these characteristics all the same.

Radhika Desai
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Canadian Dimension: The present pandemic is certain to be different
not because it is more lethal than previous ones (it is not), nor
because it is causing havoc in financial markets (as most crises of
neoliberal era have), but because it is exposing the weaknesses,
distortions and imbalances of the productive apparatus that
neoliberalism has shaped over four decades.

Ingar Solty
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Socialist Project: The size and dynamism of workers’ struggles is
likely to increase with the intensification of the coronavirus and
economic crises. At the same time, the fact that they need to occur
out of a situation of desperation shows how unlikely ‘flattening the
curve’ is going to be and how likely working-class families are
going to suffer from the coronavirus crisis and are going to carry
most of the burden.

Prabhat Patnaik
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NewsClick: The overall lesson from the current pandemic is to reverse
the direction in which neoliberalism has forced us, to introduce a
comprehensive public healthcare system and a universal public
distribution system

Franco 'Bifo' Berard
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Verso: The point is not how lethal the virus is. The effect of the
virus is not linked to the number of people it kills. The effect of
the virus lies in the relational paralysis it is spreading.

Nilantha Ilangamuwa
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CounterPunch: Bottom line is that we are running out of everything,
but we still pay less serious attention to the true crises. Panic-2020
is more dangerous and vicious than the COVID-19.

Sabine Nuss
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Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung: We now sit collectively like the canary
before the snake of the corona virus, hoping that the chalice of
severe illness passes us by and that the state will be strong enough
to save “the economy” so that it can continue after the horror
subsides. The appeal to solidarity will have served its purpose. After
corona is before corona. Is that what we want?

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