- Heat Wave (July 9, 2020)
Like COVID-19 and much else, extreme heat disproportionately affects the poor and the elderly. They are the ones who often dont have air conditioning, and often they live alone with no support networks.
- Big Tech Is Using the Pandemic to Push Dangerous New Forms of Surveillance (June 22, 2020)
Data from new smartphone apps being used to track COVID infections can easily be weaponized to block access to employment, health care, mobility and more.
- "Diarrhea, Dehydration, Hunger, Exhaustion": Indias Rural Poor Suffer Most Under Lockdown (May 22, 2020)
Interview with P. Sainath regarding effect of Coronavirus on India's poor
Video with transcript.
- For tone-deaf feminists it doesn't matter that Covid-19 kills almost twice as many men, because 'women bear the emotional brunt' (May 21, 2020)
Disproportionate male deaths from coronavirus only get a side note on a poll published by the feminist Fawcett Society.
- COVID Underdogs: Mongolia (May 18, 2020)
Mongolia has had the best COVID-19 response in the world. Not only do they have zero deaths, they have zero local transmissions. And they didn't just get lucky.
- Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - May 14, 2020 (May 14, 2020)
The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted our world. Many of us feel some degree of disorientation and uncertainty about when and how we will return to some kind of normal and what that new normal will look like. Important choices lie ahead, so it is vital that we think clearly, ask questions, discuss with others, and make our voices heard.
- Thinking Clearly in a Time of Crisis (May 12, 2020)
A crisis like this pandemic is not a time to stop thinking. It is a time when critical thinking and public discussion are more important than ever.
- Pussycat media has failed to call out the UK government's ABYSMAL Covid-19 response. We should be angry (May 11, 2020)
As the UK governments inadequate response to the coronavirus pandemic gets record numbers of citizens killed, the media should be up in arms calling out every failure.
- Inside the slaughterhouse (May 6, 2020)
In-depth report on the Cargill meat-packing plant in southern Alberta where many employees have contracted coronavirus.
- Did this Virus Come from a Lab? Maybe Not - But it Exposes the Threat of a Biowarfare Arms Race (May 1, 2020)
There is no scientific finding that the novel coronavirus was bioengineered, but its origins are not entirely clear.
- The Inevitable Coronavirus Censorship Crisis is Here (April 30, 2020)
People are calling for checks on democrracy due to problems posed by free speech in the coronavirus era.
- Covid-19: Cuba's people-before-profit approach pays off as capitalism proves a bitter pill for the US (April 28, 2020)
Never have the differences between Havana's socialist health system and the market-based system of its strongest detractor, America, been so apparent.
- How the Chinese Authorities and the World Health Organization Handled the Coronavirus (April 24, 2020)
On April 14, 2020, U.S. President Donald Trump announced that his administration would "halt [all] funding" for the World Health Organization (WHO).
- As Pandemic Rages, US Economic Sanctions Against Cuba are Deadly (April 17, 2020)
As the COVID 19 crisis extends, calls have mounted within the United States and beyond for the U.S. government to lift economic sanctions against Cuba, Iran and Venezuela.
- Corona and the Rise of the German Police State (April 17, 2020)
The Orwellian nightmare of an all controlling super police state is just around the corner, thanks to the seemingly relentless spread of the Coronavirus.
- Hell is Other People: Pandemic Lifestyles and Domestic Violence (April 17, 2020)
The lockdowns in the wake of coronavirus pose a threat to people forced to shelter in abusive environments.
- COVID-19: Vietnam Winning New War Against Invisible Enemy (April 16, 2020)
The World Economic Forum, the Financial Times and others laud Vietnam as a low cost Covid-19 success story to be emulated by poor countries with limited resources.
- Could COVID-19 bring down the US empire? (April 11, 2020)
The authors compare the responses to COVID-19 across the world and how the pandemic impacts US hegemony
- Covid-19 'immunity certificates': practical and ethical conundrums (April 10, 2020)
A look at the medical and practical realities of issuing 'covid passports'.
- COVID-19: Coronavirus and Civilization (April 10, 2020)
Lockdowns reveal helplessness rather than power. While in a crisis some will take advantage of disaster, it makes no sense that dominant economic powers sought this crisis to benefit themselves
- Amid Plague, Sanctions are Genocide (April 8, 2020)
Over a quarter of humanity lives under U.S. economic sanctions. That means millions of people lack access to food and medicines during the corona virus pandemic.
- How "Just-in-Time" Capitalism Spread COVID-19 (April 8, 2020)
Epidemics have historically spread through two common forms of human long-distance movement: trade and war. Capitalism has accelerated the transmission of diseases
- COVID-19 and the "Just-in-Time" Supply Chain: Why Hospitals Ran Out of Ventilators and Grocery Stores Ran Out of Toilet Paper (April 3, 2020)
A historical look at the 'just-in-time' inventory practices that led to shortages during the coronavirus pandemic.
- People's Skepticism About Covid-19 Is The Fault Of The Lying Mass Media (March 31, 2020)
Coronavirus disinformation is the hot topic of the day but people can't be blamed for distrusting the media that supported government lies like finding WMDs in Iraq.
- Rikers Island Prisoners Are Being Offered PPE and $6 an Hour to Dig Mass Graves (March 31, 2020)
New York City is offering prisoners at Rikers Island jail $6 per hour-- a fortune by prison labor standards -- and personal protective equipment if they agree to help dig mass graves on Hart Island.
- New research suggests industrial livestock, not wet markets, might be origin of Covid-19 (March 30, 2020)
There is a growing body of evidence that points to a different origin story for Covid-19.
- The Bio-Economic Pandemic and the Western Working Classes (March 24, 2020)
The shutdown due to Corona has made the general public realize that the world is back to the kind of situation it faced in 2008.
- The Coronavirus Conundrum and Human Rights (March 24, 2020)
The edict to physically distance ourselves due to coronovirus has managed to highlight both just how vulnerable and interdependent we all are.
- How a Police State Will Deal With the COVID-19 Pandemic (March 24, 2020)
Zombie movies have many parallels with the U.S. government's plans for dealing with a coronavirus outbreak.
- Putting Profits Before Workers Safety: Inside Amazon During the COVID-19 Crisis (March 24, 2020)
As people stay home during the coronavirus pandemic Amazon's business has soared requiring an army of workers and doing little to protect their health.
- Yes, mobile technology can help solve the Covid-19 crisis - but can also fuel the authoritarian virus sweeping across the world (March 24, 2020)
Using mobile apps and data to tackle coronavirus could create more problems than it solves.
- Increase in child abuse a big concern during COVID-19 pandemic (March 20, 2020)
Agencies that serve abused children are bracing for an increase in abuse cases because of COVID-19. For some children, home is not a safe or healthy place.
- Lockdowns, curfews. Troops on the streets. Governments handing out free cash. This utter madness was entirely avoidable (March 20, 2020)
What happens when governments confuse worst-case scenarios with reality? They transform a health crisis into a social crisis and an economic tsunami, with consequences more severe than the virus could produce in the first place.
- Banks Pressure Health Care Firms to Raise Prices on Critical Drugs, Medical Supplies for Coronavirus (March 19, 2020)
Investment bankers have pressed health care companies fighting the novel coronavirus, including drug firms and medical supply firms, to consider ways that they can profit from the crisis.
- Biggest threat Covid-19 epidemic poses is not our regression to survivalist violence, but Barbarism with human face (March 19, 2020)
The impossible has happened and the world we knew has stopped turning around. But what world order will emerge after the coronavirus pandemic is over socialism for the rich, disaster capitalism or something completely new?
- Moralidade em um Mundo Amoral (March 19, 2020)
- Morality in an Amoral World (March 19, 2020)
A crisis is a mirror. It shows us - if we have the courage to see - who we are as individuals and as a society. The self-congratulatory poses of governments, politicians, and state institutions are confronted with the harsh test of reality. Each of us - as individuals, friends, families, neighbours, communities - face new and sometimes difficult challenges. The novel coronavirus COVID-19 is such a crisis.
- Big Tech Firms are Using Automation to Censor News About the Coronavirus (March 18, 2020)
Big tech is again attempting to define the range of acceptable political discussion on its platforms with YouTube announcing a number of changes in the face of the global COVID-19 pandemic.
- The Only Treatment for Coronavirus Is Solidarity (March 13, 2020)
We live in an interwoven, interconnected world where an injury to one is truly an injury to all. We must confront the coronavirus with solidarity and fight for a society where the health of all is more important than profits for a few.
- Capitalism is an Incubator for Pandemics: Socialism is the Solution (March 12, 2020)
Coronavirus is wreaking havoc across the world. Capitalism cannot adequately respond to a global health crisis. That's why we need socialism.
- Capitalist agriculture and Covid-19: A deadly combination (March 11, 2020)
The real danger of each new outbreak is the failure -- or better put -- the expedient refusal to grasp that each new Covid-19 is no isolated incident. The increased occurrence of viruses is closely linked to food production and the profitability of multinational corporations. Anyone who aims to understand why viruses are becoming more dangerous must investigate the industrial model of agriculture and, more specifically, livestock production. At present, few governments, and few scientists, are prepared to do so. Quite the contrary.
- Reading About Coronavirus Without Scaring Yourself Too Much (or Too Little) (March 10, 2020)
Unfortunately, because this is the corporate-controlled, understaffed, underexperienced news media we're talking about, much of that coverage has been incomplete, misleading or sometimes just plain wrong.
- Time to Stop Pretending People With Serious Psychosis Can be "Independent" (March 10, 2020)
- Harvesting the Blood of America's Poor: The Latest Stage of Capitalism (December 3, 2019)
In todays wretched economy, where around 130 million Americans admit an inability to pay for basic needs like food, housing or healthcare, buying and selling blood is of the few booming industries America has left.
- A health care algorithm affecting millions is biased against black patients (October 24, 2019)
A health care algorithm makes black patients substantially less likely than their white counterparts to receive important medical treatment. The major flaw, which affects millions of patients, was revealed in research published in the journal Science.
- The PR Campaign to Hide the Real Cause of those Sky-High Surprise Medical Bills (October 18, 2019)
Since 2010, an increasing number of hospitals have outsourced their emergency rooms, radiology, anesthesiology, and other specialized services to physician staffing firms. Patients who need these critical services may inadvertently receive care from a doctor outside of their insurance network and find that they owe thousands or even tens of thousands of dollars in surprise medical bills.
- Lyme Disease and Biowarfare (August 14, 2019)
Historical look at the connection between Lyme disease and US government-produced bioweapons by a journalist who has been researching it for decades.
- Is the Pentagon Behind the Rise in Lyme Disease? (August 6, 2019)
A conversation with Kris Newby author of Bitten: The Secret History of Lyme Disease and Biological Weapons.
- How Slick Consulting Firms Get Us on Drugs (August 1, 2019)
A look at some of the techniques drug companies use to get doctors to prescribe their products.
- Why Aren't the Democrats Talking About Ending Patent Financed Drug Research? (July 9, 2019)
Presenting a case for replacing government-granted patent monopoly financing of pharmaceutical research to make drugs available at free market prices.
- How Capitalist Globalization Forecloses on Health Systems (June 28, 2019)
Discussion of the multi-author collection "Health Care under the Knife." The book criticizes many aspects of medicine under capitalism but falls short of promoting radical alternatives.
- Bolivia's universal healthcare is model for the world, says UN (May 24, 2019)
Bolivia has implemented universal healthcare to provide free care to its poorest citizens. Although controversial with the country's doctors the program is lauded by the UN.
- Where Lyme Disease Came From and Why It Eludes Treatment (May 17, 2019)
A review of two books that discuss Lyme disease's origin in government experiments with germ warfare.
- A Lethal Industrial Farm Fungus is Spreading Among Us (April 26, 2019)
Agricultural fungicides are creating strains of drug-resistant fungi.
- Don't Believe the Hype: Paying for Medicare for All Is Simple (March 31, 2019)
Debunking recent arguments that Medicare for All will require reducing spending in other areas.
- Shout out for peace and quiet (March 7, 2019)
Noise is a cause of stress with physical and psychological effects on people and also harms the environment. Noise reductions needs to be made part of solutions such as industry standards and urban planning.
- The U.S. is funding dangerous experiments it doesnt want you to know about (February 27, 2019)
The US government is funding research into making bird flu virus highly contagious without publicly disclosing it. A number of scientists are opposed to the secrecy behind these experiments and even question their value.
- Air pollution now 'largest health crisis' (November 23, 2018)
The WHO estimates that seven million premature deaths are linked to air pollution every year, of which nearly 600,000 are children who are uniquely vulnerable.
- 'This is murder': French islanders want Paris to own up to poisoning their land with pesticide (October 9, 2018)
The French islands of Martinique and Guadeloupe in the Caribbean want France to take responsibility for polluting their land with a toxic pesticide. This article looks at the effects of Kepone, also called chlordecone, on the people of the islands, who now suffer from alarmingly high cancer rates and fertility problems.
- Miriam Garfinkle 1954 - 2018 (September 16, 2018)
Obituary for Miriam Garfinkle, who died on September 15, 2018.
- Open Letter: Health Care Providers Support OPS and SCS (September 5, 2018)
An open letter to Premier Doug Ford and Minister of Health Christine Elliot regarding the Ontario Government's recent hold on approvals for new overdose prevention sites (OPS). The letter is signed by over 800 physicians and medical personnel.
- Wellness Cures (September 1, 2018)
The Deaf regularly move through the medical system without agency or dignity -- not because they cannot hear but because they are not given the opportunity to communicate. The onus for change is put on the Deaf themselves, often in terms of changing their own bodies to accommodate the hearing majority. What if, instead, the Deaf were consulted about what changes they would like, or how they would like for them to happen? What if they were invited to take part in shaping the next generation of doctors?
- If the doctor is listening, you have 11 seconds (July 23, 2018)
U.S. study found that just 36% of doctors posed an open-ended question to get patients to talk.
- The birth of the Cuban polyclinic (June 28, 2018)
During the 1960s, Cuban medicine experienced changes as tumultuous as the civil rights and antiwar protests in the United States. While activists, workers, and students in western Europe and the United States confronted existing institutions of capitalism and imperialism, Cuba faced the even greater challenge of building a new society.
- Gaza medic killed by Israel as she rescued injured (June 2, 2018)
Israeli occupation forces shot dead a volunteer medic and injured dozens of people as they continued their indiscriminate attacks on Palestinians taking part in Great March of Return protests in Gaza for the 10th consecutive Friday. Razan Ashraf Abdul Qadir al-Najjar, 21, was helping treat and evacuate wounded protesters east of Khan Younis when she was fatally shot on Friday evening. She was about 100 meters away from the boundary fence with Israel at the moment she was shot and was wearing clothing clearly identifying her as a medic.
- What your government can't tell you about drug prices (May 3, 2018)
One of the best kept commercial secrets? The price governments pay for brand name drugs
- Gaza girl awaiting surgery reunited with her mother in West Bank (March 1, 2018)
After getting an Israeli-issued medical permit, Inam al-Attar traveled without her parents from Gaza Strip to West Bank.
- Single Payer: What Will It Take to Pass It? (March 1, 2018)
Single payer healthcare needs to be implemented in a universal, sweeping move. Incremental changes will only impede progress.
- Kenya's 'Erin Brockovich' defies harassment to bring anti-pollution case to courts (February 14, 2018)
Phyllis Omido is leading a landmark class action demanding a clean-up and compensation from a lead-smelting factory accused of poisoning local residents - including her own son.
- '54 Palestinians die' as Israel refuses medical permits (February 13, 2018)
According to Rights groups, Israel is responsible for 54 deaths in the besieged Gaza Strip in 2017 due to a lack of medical permits.
- In Sweeping War on Obesity,Chile Slays Tony the Tiger (February 7, 2018)
The Chilean government, facing skyrocketing rates of obesity, is waging war on unhealthy foods with a phalanx of marketing restrictions, mandatory packaging redesigns and labeling rules aimed at transforming the eating habits of 18 million people.
- How Big Pharma Infiltrated the Boston Museum of Science (January 17, 2018)
Mental illness is a highly stigmatized, life-long condition, that millions do not even realize they have and only a pharmaceutical drug can fix says Pharma and its operatives.
- Drinking Poblems (2018)
A look at the health crisis in Pretty Prairie, Kansas, where Nitrate from farms has polluted the water supply for three decades. Elizabeth Royte takes a look at the town's history and social climate in order to understand why the problem was left for so long.
- American Teaching Hospitals: Where Pelvic Exams Under Anesthesia Happen (October 18, 2017)
Before undergoing a liver biopsy at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, I asked my surgeon's nurse whether I was to be catheterized for the procedure. In response to this perfectly legitimate question the knave sardonically replied: "I'm really not supposed to say this, but what difference does it make? You're going to be under general anesthesia."
- Sources News Releases (September 11, 2017)
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- Biological Warfare: US & Saudis Use Cholera to Kill Yemenis (August 1, 2017)
The US has supported Saudi Arabia and its allies in their aggression against Yemen, committing daily war crimes involving civilians, who are now suffering a cholera epidemic with more than 400,000 victims.
- The Biotech Industry Is Taking Over the Regulation of GMOs from the Inside (July 19, 2017)
When a comprehensive evaluation of GMOs and the weaknesses of scientific risk assessment within the biotech industry is urgently needed, the chemical and biotech industries are forcing risk assessment in the opposite direction.
- Gaza power cuts: When fuel runs out, 'babies will die' (June 1, 2017)
Gaza's doctors fear inevitable patient deaths if fuel reserves are depleted by end of June.
- Dying at home: What I learned from my husbands death (May 31, 2017)
A physician assistant reflects on the palliative care industry and the death of her husband. People need more information on the reality of death to be prepared to help loved ones die at home.
- After Middle Eastern Wars End, the Medical Wars Begin (May 17, 2017)
What are the wars doing to the health care infrastructure?
- Anti-Vax Propaganda Helps Measles -- Once Eradicated -- Spread Across the Twin Cities (May 8, 2017)
The anti-vaxxer misinformation campaign has led to yet another outbreak of a preventable disease. Minnesota's Department of Health has announced that 44 people in the state have been diagnosed with measles, a disease once eradicated in the United States. Forty-two of the cases are in children, most of them Somali-Americans who were never vaccinated. According to numerous sources, the outbreak is the result of a sustained anti-vaccination campaign.
- Pharma Funded "Patient" Groups Keep Drug Prices Astronomical (March 6, 2017)
- Humans and Subhumans: Weill Cornell and the Death of the American Soul (February 27, 2017)
All patients that walk through the door of Weill Cornell are put into two categories: the humans, who are deemed by Cornell to have "good insurance," and the subhumans, who are deemed by Cornell to have "bad insurance." If you fall into the category of the former, they will generally make a grudging effort to provide you with good care. If you fall into the category of the later, they will literally bend over backwards to see to it that you are provided with truly awful and atrocious care.
- Killing 'Schizophrenics': Contemporary U.S. Psychiatry Versus Nazi Psychiatry (February 1, 2017)
In the United States in the earlier part of the twentieth century, there was widespread compulsory sterilization of those diagnosed with serious mental illness; and from the 1970s through the early 1990s, dehumanizing experiments that ignored the Nuremberg Code of research ethics were administered on this population by prominent American psychiatrists.
- Industrial Production of Poultry Gives Rise to Deadly Strains of Bird Flu H5Nx (January 30, 2017)
Debunking the claims of industrial poultry producers that multiple outbreaks of bird flu are due to wild waterfowl, instead providing evidence that industrial farming practices are responsible for the outbreak.
- Ontario health-care reform and Community Health Centres (January 7, 2017)
We already have a working model of primary care that targets these populations and that is very good at dealing with complex needs and providing holistic care. Community Health Centres (CHCs) have been in existence for decades all over Canada, providing care to communities that are not well served by other models of primary care.
- Mothers and Children First (2017)
An interactive report on mothers and child bearing in Bolivia where deaths are highest among indigenous populations. This report looks at the efforts by doctors, indigenous midwives and healers who are collaborating in what is being called 'intercultural health care'.
- Ontario's health workers call for improved sick leave policies (2017)
- Where Health Care Won't Go (2017)
A look at the outbreak of tubercolosis in Alabama, where a significant proportion of the population lacks proper health care. While State reaction was swift the lack of attention to some communities persists, as do the conditions for outbreaks to reoccur.
- The Senseless Death of Tobeka Daki (December 17, 2016)
Details the circumstances of the death of Tobeka Daki of South Africa, implicating the exorbitant drug prices of pharmaceutical corporations.
- The doctor who is besting big tobacco (August 1, 2016)
When Dr Bronwyn King discovered her pension fund was investing in the cigarette companies that were killing her cancer patients, she was staggered. And she knew she had to act
- Gilead Avoided $10 Billion In Taxes On Over Priced Hepatitis C Drugs (July 13, 2016)
A new drug called Sovaldi, intended to treat Hepatitis C, is incredibly unaffordable and inaccessible for Americans.
- The Wages of Neoliberalism (June 7, 2016)
Economist Michael Hudson says neoliberal policy will pressure U.S. citizens to emigrate, just as it caused millions to leave Russia, the Baltic States, and now Greece in search of a better life. A research team from Columbia Universitys Mailman School of Public Health in New York estimates 875,000 deaths in the United States in year 2000 could be attributed to social factors related to poverty and income inequality.
- Recession led to 260k extra cancer deaths, experts claim (May 27, 2016)
Unemployment and austerity were associated with more than 260,000 extra deaths of cancer patients in countries belonging to the Organisation for Economic Development (OECD), a study has shown. Those countries with universal health coverage , such as the UK, and a record of increased public health spending had fewer casualties.
- Workers' Memorial Day: North Dakota deadliest state in US (April 28, 2016)
Tyler Erickson was a floor hand with Heller Casing in Williston, North Dakota, from 2012 until 2014. He specialised in maintaining the casing, which would be lowered into drill holes in what back then were the states booming oil fields. Accidents, he says, were a regular occurrence.
- The Precautionary Principle: the basis of a post-GMO ethic (April 18, 2016)
GMOs have been in our diets for about 20 years. Proof that they are safe? No way - it took much, much longer to discover the dangers of cigarettes and transfats, dangers that are far more visible than those of GMOs. On the scale of nature and ecology, 20 years is a pitifully short time. To sustain our human future, we have to think long term.
- Integrating cannabis into clinical cancer care (March 16, 2016)
Literature review of contemporary (2016) understanding of the efficacy of cannabis and cannabis derived drugs in treating cancer symptoms.
- What is Meant by 'Single-Payer' in the Current Discussion of Health Care Reforms During the Primaries? (March 10, 2016)
Single-payer means that most of the funds used to pay for medical care are public, that is, they are paid with taxes. The government, through a public authority, is the most important payer for medical care services and uses this power to influence the organization of health care. The overwhelming majority of developed countries have one form or another of a single-payer system.
- Pharma Greed Run Amuk (February 11, 2016)
Congress, especially its GOP members, created the Martin monster. Martin Shkreli is only one of the monsters the GOP Congress has created. Probably our best hope is that one or many, like Shkreli, will overreach in an outrageous greed that our government has condoned for decades. Like errant spoiled children, pharmaceuticals (Pharma) have run roughshod over an obliging Congress and a consuming public since politicians -- in effect -- gave them license to steal.
- Pandora's box: how GM mosquitos could have caused Brazil's microcephaly disaster (February 1, 2016)
In Brazil's microcephaly epidemic, one vital question remains unanswered: how did the Zika virus suddenly learn how to disrupt the development of human embryos? The answer may lie in a sequence of 'jumping DNA' used to engineer the virus's mosquito vector - and released into the wild four years ago in the precise area of Brazil where the microcephaly crisis is most acute.
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