Jake Johnson
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) gives a thumbs up sign after speaking on the floor of the U.S. Senate on March 25, 2020 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images
$250 billion for direct payments to Americans, $250 billion for expanded unemployment benefits, $4 trillion to bail out corporations!

March 26, 2020

Julia Conley
A fire burns trees next to grazing land in the Amazon basin in Ze Doca, Brazil. (Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

March 25, 2020

"We are intimately interconnected with nature, whether we like it or not. If we don't take care of nature, we can't take care of ourselves."

John Vidal
This aerial photograph, taken on September 30, 2019, in Kahuzi-Biega National Park, northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo, shows an area devastated by logging. Credit: Alexis Huguet Getty Images
March 18, 2020

COVID-19 may be just the beginning of mass pandemics

From Ensia (find the original story here); reprinted with permission.

Will Offley

In the last week the NDP government has taken a host of welcome steps to deal with the Covid-19 crisis in our province. There are a number of glaring exceptions to this, however, especially including Horgan's conntinuing refusal to actually require social distancing when that policy comes into conflict with the economy. Mining and construction are explicitly exempted from this, having been designated as essential services yesterday by the Solicotor-General.

Eoin Higgins
Ireland’s Health Minister Simon Harris

The news that Ireland is nationalizing its healthcare system for the duration of the coronavirus crisis inspired observers including Rep. Ilhan Omar to call for the same approach in the U.S. as the world’s largest economy faces the disease.

Erin Seatter
Thermometer: Photo: Kelly Sikkema on Unsplash

MARCH 27, 2020

Without proper data, we risk mismanaging Canada’s epidemic and emerging from unprecedented restrictions with a false sense of safety

I've been sick since last week. For days, I had a sore throat more painful than any I can recall, leaving me barely able to swallow and having to brace myself to take just a sip of water.

Colin Leys
Masked health care worker

March 24, 2020


A 2014 report warned that reforms to the NHS would make it vulnerable to pandemics – by making staff redundant, undermining public health and defining spare capacity as waste. It was ignored.



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