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Already faced with famine and war, Yemenis fear Saudi Arabia is weaponizing COVID-19

Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, Saudi Arabia has engaged in a number of questionable practices that have Yemenis fearing the Kingdom may be intentionally trying to spread the virus.
by Ahmed Abdulkareem 
Part 1
The war in Yemen began in earnest on Mar. 26, 2015, but it is about to take on another complex dimension as that country grapples with a collapsed healthcare system and a new Saudi military escalation amid the looming threat of a coronavirus outbreak. That outbreak threatens a population already struggling against an unprecedented explosion of famine, epidemics and disease.
On Monday, the Saudi-led coalition announced a new military operation targeting three major Yemeni cities, including Sana’a, Hodeida, and Sadaa. In Sana’a, More than ten airstrikes struck a farm that bred Arabian horses in southeast Sana’a, killing 70 horses and injuring many more. A number of horse breeders were also killed or wounded in the attack. Saudi airstrikes also targeted the populated Attan neigh…

Meet the Americans studying medicine on the Cuban government’s dime

The Cuban government has been paying Americans through a little known program to study medicine in order to return to the United States and serve underprivileged communities.
by Alan Macleod
Part 1
It’s a medical school like no other: the largest of its kind in the world. The Latin American School of Medicine (ELAM) in Havana, Cuba hosts students from well over 100 countries and every year, dozens of American students are paid to go there to train as doctors. Paid, that is, by the Cuban government on the proviso that they return to the U.S. and serve underprivileged communities.
Generally, students come from underprivileged backgrounds themselves and would not have been able to attend medical school in the U.S. for financial reasons. The average cost of in-state training at am American public college runs to nearly $35,000 per year, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges, with private universities charging well over $50,000. Women and people of color make up the clear…

How ‘Bernie Bros’ were invented, then smeared as sexist, racist and unAmerican as borscht

 by Jonathan Cook

Part 9 - Establishment playbook

For anyone who isn’t wilfully blind, the last few months have exposed the establishment playbook: it will use identity politics to divide those who might otherwise find a united voice and a common cause.
There is nothing wrong with celebrating one’s identity, especially if it is under threat, maligned or marginalised. But having an attachment to an identity is no excuse for allowing it to be coopted by billionaires, by the powerful, by nuclear-armed states oppressing other people, by political parties or by the corporate media, so that they can weaponise it to prevent the weak, the poor, the marginalised from being represented.

It is time for us to wake up to the tricks, the deceptions, the manipulations of the strong that exploit our weaknesses – and make us yet weaker still. It’s time to stop being a patsy for the establishment.

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Source, links:
https://www.counterpunch.org/2020/03/12/how-bernie-bros-were-invented-then-smeared-as-sexis…

Dear Berners: Dementia Joe is how much “your” party HATES you

by Paul Street
Part 8 - Social Imperialism

With Demented Joe’s clear victory (his defeat of Sanders in Bernie’s Michigan “firewall” yesterday seals the deal – it’s over) in the nomination battle, Sanders can be expected in due time to honor his unfortunate advance “sheepdog” promise to support the eventual Democratic nominee, no matter who it is.
What a sad that promises to be: stumping for the ridiculous and offensive right-wing corporate imperialist and dementia victim, his “friend” Joe Biden.
It will be another great stain on his “socialist” legacy, along with his support for Hillary Clinton in 2016 (also promised in advance), his backing of an F-35 base in Vermont, his embrace of Bill Clinton’s war on Serbia, his vote for the 2001 Authorization of Unilateral Military Force Against Terrorists (the AUMF, which gave George W. Bush a green light to launch wars wherever he wished), his backing of Barack Obama’s Libyan fiasco, his support for an increased U.S role in the Syrian Civil War…

Νεοφιλελευθερισμός: Ο καπιταλισμός της παρακμής και η δημόσια υγεία

«Αν υπάρξουν απολύσεις γιατρών στον ΕΟΠΥ, σας παρακαλώ αυτό δεν θέλω να το χρεωθεί η τρόικα, δεν θέλω να μου παίρνει την δόξα ο Τόμσεν για τα αυτονόητα. Οι αποφάσεις είναι δικές μου» (Άδωνις  Γεωργιάδης, 13/11/2013) 
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Μέρος 4ο - Η εικόνα της απασχόλησης και των εργασιακών σχέσεων
Η  δραστική μείωση της χρηματοδότησης  έφερε την δραματική μείωση του προσωπικού στον χώρο της υγείας. Το μόνιμο προσωπικό στα χρόνια των μνημονίων 2010-2019, μειώθηκε κατά 25.000 στα Νοσοκομεία (στοιχεία ΠΟΕΔΗΝ). Συνολικά σε όλες τις υπηρεσίες του Υπουργείου Υγείας το 2010 υπηρετούσαν 105.000 μόνιμοι υπάλληλοι, το 2014 υπηρετούσαν 79.533 και το 2019 79.375 (στοιχεία Υπουργείου Εσωτερικών). Εξ αυτών, το 2010 στα Νοσοκομεία υπηρετούσαν 86.750 εκ των οποίων 16.000 γιατροί και 70.750 νοσηλευτικό και λοιπό προσωπικό. Στα Νοσοκομεία υπηρετούν σήμερα 60.660, εκ των οποίων 12.160 ειδικευμένοι ιατροί και 48.500 νοσηλευτικό και λοιπό προσωπικό.
Οι χιλιάδες εργαζόμενοι που προσλήφθηκαν τα τελευταία …

WikiLeaks - Secret Congressional report foresaw Fannie Mae's negative impact on financial markets right before the eruption of the global crisis

The CRS is a Congressional "think tank" with a staff of around 700. Reports are commissioned by members of Congress on topics relevant to current political events. Despite CRS costs to the tax payer of over $100M a year, its electronic archives are, as a matter of policy, not made available to the public. Individual members of Congress will release specific CRS reports if they believe it to assist them politically, but CRS archives as a whole are firewalled from public access. This report was obtained by Wikileaks staff from CRS computers accessible only from Congressional offices. 
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A report from April, 2007, examines the practice of privatization of many government services in the United States, emerged in the late 1970s and early 1980s.
An interesting part of the report explains the distinction between privatization and marketization, an alternative to privatization, which is "the structuring of a government agency so that it provides goods and ser…

6 ways coronavirus proves Bernie Sanders right

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How solutions to COVID-19 sound like they’re right out of a Bernie Sanders stump speech. So, is the Coronavirus pandemic proving that Bernie’s been right the whole time?

Trump admin’s $15 million bounty on Maduro triggers explosive confession of violent Guaidó plot

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 offering even a shred of evidence.
The item at the top of their wishlist was fulfilled on March 26, 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.
In addition to the indictments, Attorney General William Barr offered a $15 million reward for information leading to the arrest or conviction of Maduro, as well as $10 million rewards for Diosdado Cabello (president of Venezuela’s National Constituent Assembly), Tarek El Aissami (vice president for the economy), Hugo Carvajal (former director of military intelligence) and Cliver Alcalá (retired general).
The indictment has backfired already. Hours after the announcement, Alcalá posted videos online that threaten to cause further splits in the opp…

Perfect timing: Bezos and other corporate execs sold billions in stock before COVID-19 rocked market

Jeff Bezos and other corporate executives across the country sold approximately $9.2 billion in shares of their own companies between early February and the end of last week, salvaging potential losses of up to $1.9 billion, according to an analysis of more than 4,000 regulatory filings by the Wall Street Journal.
The largest seller was the richest man in the world - Jeff Bezos, who sold $3.4 billion in Amazon shares the first week of February, right before the market peaked - which avoided paper losses of approximately $317 million through March 20. The sale constituted roughly 3% of his holdings - and was nearly as much stock as he sold during the previous 12 months. 
And while there is no indication that executives sold shares based on inside information - and the Journal notes that executives often sell shares early in the year for tax purposes, the amount of stock sold by US execs was up around 1/3 vs. the same period from the last two years according to the report.
Full report:
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Συνεχίζεται ο εμπαιγμός από το Μητσοτακικό καθεστώς: εν μέσω πανδημίας, αντί να ενισχύσει το ΕΣΥ, το διαλύει!

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Γνωρίζαμε ότι η φράξια των νεοφιλελεύθερων τζιχαντιστών του Μητσοτακικού καθεστώτος είχε ως κεντρική αποστολή να ξεπουλήσει τα πάντα και να ιδιωτικοποιήσει το Εθνικό Σύστημα Υγείας. Δεν μπορούσαμε όμως να φανταστούμε, ότι οι φανατικοί του Μητσοτάκη θα έφταναν σε τέτοιο σημείο, ώστε όχι μόνο να εμπαίζουν πολίτες, γιατρούς και νοσηλευτικό προσωπικό, αλλά και να βρίσκουν μιας πρώτης τάξεως ευκαιρία, με αφορμή την κρίση, να συρρικνώσουν, αντί να στελεχώσουν το ΕΣΥ!
Είναι χαρακτηριστική η ανακοίνωση που έκανε η βουλευτής του ΣΥΡΙΖΑ στο νομό Καστοριάς, Ολυμπία Τελιγιορίδου, για τον απίστευτο εμπαιγμό των κυβερνώντων, οι οποίοι αρνούνται, ακόμα και τώρα, να στελεχώσουν το νοσοκομείο της πόλης με νέο προσωπικό και μάλιστα σε μια περιοχή που έχει πληγεί ιδιαίτερα. Όπως ανέφερε η βουλευτής: 
Με χαρά άκουσα αρχικά την ανακοίνωση του Υπουργού Υγείας κ. Κικίλια και του Υφυπουργού Πολιτικής Προστασίας κ. Χαρδαλιά πως έφερε γιατρούς στο Νοσοκομείο Καστοριάς.

Ψάχνοντας το θέμ…