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“End the dog-eat-dog mentality to tackle the crisis”, by Gordon Brown

“End the dog-eat-dog mentality to tackle the crisis”, by Gordon Brown

When the G20 was called more than a decade ago to deal with the global financial crisis, we had to overcome US scepticism, G7 hesitancy, Chinese pressure to restrict its remit, and French pressure to broaden it. Such was the jockeying for places that not 20 but 23 national leaders attended the London summit. Their…

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Coronavirus: After the EU Failed to Deliver, Italy Looks to Russia for Help

    Coronavirus: After the EU Failed to Deliver, Italy Looks to Russia for Help

ROME (Mideast Discourse) — More than 15 military transport planes flew from Russia to Italy delivering disinfection units, 180 doctors, 100 personnel which include specialists in biological protection, nurses, ventilators, and masks. The experts sent to Italy have worked on international epidemics including African Swine Fever and in developing an Ebola vaccine. Italy’s Prime Minister Guiseppe…

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Doctors “Strongly Condemn” UK Decision to Keep Assange Imprisoned During COVID-19 Pandemic

    Doctors “Strongly Condemn” UK Decision to Keep Assange Imprisoned During COVID-19 Pandemic

Doctors4Assange, a group of 195 medical professionals from 30 countries, released a statement today “strongly condemning” a British court decision to keep Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange incarcerated, despite a possible outbreak of COVID-19 at Belmarsh Prison in London where Assange is being held. The group argued that, due to his history of medical neglect, extremely fragile health, and his…

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With a Quarter of the World’s Population Under US Sanctions, Countries Appeal to UN to Intervene

    With a Quarter of the World’s Population Under US Sanctions, Countries Appeal to UN to Intervene

The governments of China, Cuba, Iran, Nicaragua, North Korea, Russia, Syria, and Venezuela – all under sanctions from the United States – sent a joint statement to the United Nations Secretary-General, the UN’s High Commissioner on Human Rights and the Director-General of the World Health Organization calling for an end to the unilateral American economic…

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The European Council on the COVID-19 pandemic

Joint statement of the Members of the European Council The COVID-19 pandemic constitutes an unprecedented challenge for Europe and the whole world. It requires urgent, decisive, and comprehensive action at the EU, national, regional and local levels. We will do everything that is necessary to protect our citizens and overcome the crisis, while preserving our…

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From Electoral Politics to Coronavirus Response: In Israel, Apartheid Mentality Reigns

  From Electoral Politics to Coronavirus Response: In Israel, Apartheid Mentality Reigns

Jerusalem, Palestine — Once again, Benjamin Netanyahu wins big in Israeli politics. Even as his main opponent, former Israeli army chief Benny Gantz was given a mandate to form and head a coalition government, Netanyahu, indicted and presumed to be on his way out, managed to pull in Gantz, break up the Blue and White…

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US and UAE joint military exercises

Despite the coronavirus pandemic, UAE soldiers and 4,000 US troops joined up to carry out an exercise on 21 and 22 March on a military base in the UAE. The al-Hamra training camp (“red camp”) was especially built in 2015 for $ 78 million, in anticipation for an attack against Iran. It comprises a replica…

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Propaganda around the origin of Covid-19

The CIA is waging a campaign, which it portrays as “re-information,” claiming that Covid-19 originated in China while, at the same time, Russia is seeking to expose it as a US plot. Thus, according to Reuters, the European External Action Service (EEAS) has issued an internal nine-page document highlighting 80 cases of disinformation (Fake News)…

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Has Saudi Arabia Shot Itself in the Foot With Its Oil Price War?

  Has Saudi Arabia Shot Itself in the Foot With Its Oil Price War?

Faced with an escalating crisis brought on by the global outbreak of COVID-19, Saudi Arabia made a conscious decision to increase oil production in order to avert a potential oil-price collapse. The move sent an already faltering global economy into a tailspin.   The trouble began at the beginning of March, after Russia rejected an ultimatum…

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As Governments Struggle to Contain Coronavirus, Doctors Get Inventive

  As Governments Struggle to Contain Coronavirus, Doctors Get Inventive

It doesn’t look like much. In fact, it looks like garbage: a cheap plastic hose inserted into a metal box. But Dr. Rhys Thomas’ invention is worth its weight in gold – and it’s already saving lives. Dr. Thomas, a senior consultant at Glangwili Hospital in Wales, has designed, prototyped and constructed a working ventilator…

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