Archive for May 10th, 2020


The US Health Crisis Comes from Afar – And How New Health Care Could Look

Human Wrongs Watch

By William Mebane*

10 May 2020 (Wall Street International)*— Before exploring the public health sector, it is essential to examine some long-term trends of US big business.

The US health crisis comes from afar
The US health crisis comes from afar | Image from Wall Street International.

Over the last decades, the economic elites’ control over politics has become very strong. In 2010 the Supreme Court ruled that it was unconstitutional to prohibit that corporations and unions spend from their general treasuries to finance independent expenditures related to campaigns.

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Neoliberalism Is Over – Welcome to the Era of Neo-Illiberalism

By Reijer Hendrikse | openDemocracy*

Big tech, nationalist politics, and the billionaire class have propelled a novel political economy. What impact will the virus have on this new status quo?

Jan Scheunert/Zuma Press/PA Images

Crisis redux

As the coronavirus and its political combatants hold the world hostage, it is pertinent to scrutinize the (geo) political and economic context within which the pandemic has emerged. Many analyses view neoliberalism as the culprit, having given rise to a dismantling and marketization of public services such as healthcare for which we are now paying the price.

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Hungary Rejects Opportunity to Protect Women from Violence


Hundreds of  Migrants Headed to Arabian Gulf Stranded in Somalia as COVID-19 Spreads

Bossaso, Puntland, 8 May 2020 (IOM)*  – Hundreds of migrants are stranded in Bossaso, Puntland, Somalia, as a result of border and sea-crossing closures brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.


IOM Migration Response Centre in Bossaso, Somalia, provides direct assistance and basic health services to migrants stranded in the city. Credit to Muse Mohammed March 2020.

Every year scores of migrants, mainly from landlocked Ethiopia, pass through Bossaso seeking to cross the Gulf of Aden to war-torn Yemen, and hoping to proceed onward to Gulf countries, particulary Saudi Arabia.

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) reported that one day last month, approximately 600 migrants reached Bossaso in Puntland, in a single day.

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