• Venezuela detects 10 new COVID-19 cases

    With 10 new COVID-19 cases detected, the total number rose to 298 patients in Venezuela, informed President Nicolás Maduro on Thursday, April 22.

    He explained that these recent cases are distributed in the states of Táchira (2) and Nueva Esparta (8), the latter being related to the hotspot detected at a baseball academy in the Gómez municipality.

  • The pandemic and economic warfare

    The effects of the Covid-19 pandemic are so widespread and multifaceted that many find it difficult to find a way to grasp what is really going on, to find an approach from which to understand what’s happening. We are affected by loss, grief, anxiety, and stress.

    What we all know for sure is that we are all going through a time of great change. We find our footing in the certainty that the government response to Covid-19 is part of a war against workers rooted in historical developments.

  • More than 10,000 Venezuelans return from Colombia

    “From Colombia, more than 10,000 Venezuelans have entered,” said President Nicolás Maduro during a meeting with domestic education authorities.

    These Venezuelans were victims of deceit as they were looking for “better lives” and only received scorn, “misery, xenophobia and destruction,” he said.

  • TUI Transport statement on the situation of workers in the respective sectors

    TUI Transport, Ports, Fishery and Communication, the sectoral organization of WFTU representing millions of workers throughout the world declares its firm solidarity with the workers who are employed in the respective sectors contributing to the continuation of the life in the frontline amid the Covid-19 Pandemic wreaking havoc on millions of people in almost every corner of the world.

  • Hadash MK Odeh Calls for a Broad Jewish-Arab Front for Peace and Democracy

    Thousands of “Black Flag” protestors, among them Hadash and Communist Party of Israel activists, gathered on Sunday evening, April 19, in Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square to demonstrate against the far-right government. The anti-Netanyahu protest was the most political in nature of the several led by grassroots movement over the past month since COVID-19 restrictions have been in place. Several thousand more participated in virtual versions of the rally on Facebook and Zoom, due to coronavirus fears.

  • No profit on Covid-19

    USB ItaliaItalian USB (Research Sector) has launched an appeal to prevent the patenting of drugs and vaccines against Coronavirus:

    After the discovery of the polio vaccine that saved millions of people from death and disability, the scientist Albert Sabin said that he had not patented his vaccine because “you don’t patent the sun”, you don’t patent life, but mainly because keeping costs low has increased the spread of the vaccine.

    The experience of past mass epidemics such as HIV and HCV has taught us, precisely from a privileged observatory such as research, that public discoveries, financed by general taxation, will produce profits for the few. The dramatic nature of the epidemic and its social costs require, today even more so, that basic research must be the heritage of all.

  • Venezuelan Government decrees curfew in Nueva Esparta state

    Starting on Sunday, April 19, the Venezuelan Government imposed a curfew on Nueva Esparta state due to the COVID-19 source of infection registered in the municipalities of Gomez and Maneiro,  informed Sectorial Vice President of Communication, Culture and Tourism Jorge Rodríguez, who detailed that the mobility restriction measure will be in effect from 8:00 pm Sunday to 10:00 am Monday.

    “From tomorrow (Monday) morning, it will be in effect from 4:00 pm until 10:00 am of the following day,” he said at the Miraflores Presidential Palace, in Caracas.

  • Venezuela registers 29 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours

    Venezuela has registered 29 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours in the states of Nueva Esparta (21) and Miranda (5), as well as 3 cases of citizens returning from Colombia for a total of 256 COVID-19 cases nationwide, informed Sunday night the Sectorial Vice President of Communication, Culture and Tourism Jorge Rodriguez.

    Likewise, Rodríguez highlighted that the extended and personalized screening to rule out and detect potential cases is still underway, based on the data collected online via the Patria system, where 18,637,699 citizens have registered, and 167,119 out of them have already been visited as they reported different flu-like symptoms.

  • More than 9000 Venezuelans returned from Colombia fleeing the persecution

    Across the Táchira state border, more than 9.000 compatriots have entered Venezuela from Colombia looking for protection against the spread of COVID-19.

    “More than 9.000 Venezuelans have returned along the Táchira border, 500 are entering daily”. explained the President of the Republic, Nicolás Maduro, during a telephone contact with the Presidential Commission for Follow-up, Attention and Control of COVID-19.

  • TSJ would be in charge of deliberating the postponement of parliamentary elections

    The Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ) -through its Constitutional Chamber- would be in charge of deliberating on the postponement of parliamentary elections in Venezuela, in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, said President Nicolás Maduro, when asked about the elections scheduled for next December.

    During an interview on the radio program La Pizarra, broadcast in Argentina by the AM 750 station, the Head of State emphasized that the priorities in Venezuela are focused on the “containment and overcoming of the pandemic, the life of the people and social protection”.

  • 4 Galilee Arab Towns on Lockdown Due to Spike in Coronavirus Cases

    Residents of four Arab villages in the Galilee in northern Israel were instructed by the Ministry of Health to stay at home due to a spike in the number of confirmed coronavirus infections in the area, the Communist daily Al-Ittihad reported on Thursday, April 16. Police and volunteers were called to the area in an attempt to contain the spread of the infection and mitigate the conditions of people who have contracted the disease.

  • 227 cases of Covid-19 confirmed in Venezuela

    When 23 new cases of Covid-19 were detected, the total number of infections reached 227 in Venezuela, informed the Vice-president for Communication, Culture and Tourism, Jorge Rodríguez.

    The recent cases, which correspond to four women and 19 men, are geographically distributed in the states of Barinas (1), Miranda (1) and Nueva Esparta (20), as well as in the border area due to the return of a compatriot from Colombia.

  • Recovered patients curve by Covid-19 is greater than the number of active cases

    In Venezuela the recovered patients curve by Coronavirus (Covid-19) is greater than the number of currently active cases, highlighted the Sector Vice-president for Communication, Tourism and Culture, Jorge Rodríguez.

    On behalf of the Presidential Commission for the Monitoring, Control and Prevention of Coronavirus (Covid-19), he stated that the number of recovered patients continues to increase. “We are in 50 percent of recovered patients”, that is 113 patients.

  • On May 1st a large telematic demonstration will cross Italy

    USB ItaliaOn May 1st a big demonstration will cross the whole Italy with the slogan “Zero Patience”. In times of social distancing it will be a telematic demonstration but no less full of strength and anger: a non-stop live broadcast, on the websites and social networks of the sponsoring organizations, will tell the struggles, complaints and solidarity initiatives – interspersed with contributions from the world of music – that give a glimpse of the birth of another society.

  • Rather than wars and sanctions, we must focus on mutual supplies of medications and food

    The Russian Federation warned on Friday, April 17, that the United States is trying to impose a naval blockade on Venezuela under the pretext of blocking alleged drug trafficking.

    “We have to revisit the issue of the US blockade around Venezuela, which is ostensibly aimed at blocking drug trafficking from that country,” reads the comment issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation.

  • A working-class Virginia community deals with COVID-19

    I live in a low- to middle-income neighborhood in Prince William County, Virginia, a Washington D.C. exurb. This is a majority-minority working-class area; almost all my neighbors are African American or Central American, with many adults being first-generation immigrants from El Salvador, Honduras, or Guatemala. Of these, a large number are undocumented.

  • MEPs discredit themselves with dull crisis-response proposals

    Falling far short of proposing a suitable response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the European Parliament has turned its back on the people and countries enduring the worst of the current health emergency.

    A resolution adopted today by a majority of MEPs fails to support significant measures such as debt mutualisation, and disregards the devastating impact of austerity and macro-economic conditionalities. It also fails to comply with necessary measures on climate and the Paris agreement.

  • Israel Closes Palestinian COVID-19 Testing Clinic in East Jerusalem

    redglobeIsraeli police raided a coronavirus testing clinic in the occupied East Jerusalem Palestinian neighborhood of Silwan and arrested its organizers on Tuesday night, April 14, because the clinic was being run in cooperation with the Palestinian Authority (PA).

    According to the clinic’s managers, there is a shortage of coronavirus tests in Silwan, where doctors said on Monday, April 14, that 40 cases of the disease had already been confirmed and where overcrowded living conditions could lead to a rapid spread of the virus. The Wadi Hilweh Information Center in Silwan warned that the incidence of infection is indeed on the rise and that by Tuesday, April 15 there were at least 45 confirmed cases of the virus, while the number of patients in the East Jerusalem neighborhood had been 19 early Sunday morning. Palestinian Deputy Governor of occupied Jerusalem Abdallah Siam announced that Silwan recorded nine new coronavirus cases on Monday, April 14, alone, a dangerous indicator about the rapid spread of the disease in a neighborhood that now faces the virus alone following the closure there of the PA supported clinic by Israel, as they are not receiving any help from the occupation authorities.

  • Venezuela registers seven new Coronavirus cases

    Venezuela registered on Thursday, April 17, seven new coronavirus cases for a total of 204 patients, informed President Nicolás Maduro during an event commemorating the 17º anniversary of the Barrio Adentro healthcare program.

  • Statement of the International Confederation of Arab Trade Unions ICATU)

    Solidarity, struggle and defense of workers’ rights to combat an outbreak of the Corona virus epidemic

    In the context of the outbreak of the Corona virus, which is sweeping more countries around the world, the International Confederation of Arab Trade Unions (ICATU) expresses its solidarity with the workers and peoples of the Arab world and in all parts of the globe. Appreciating the great sacrifices made by those who stand on the front lines of confrontation with this deadly epidemic, doctors, nurses, and volunteers. Calling for redoubling efforts and international cooperation in combating and preventing the spread of this deadly epidemic and ensuring human health and safety. Reducing attempts to attack workers’ rights and wages. And exploiting the difficult economic conditions resulting from the spread of the epidemic as an excuse for employers to lay off workers and undermine the fundamental workers’ rights, and social security guarantees. Which lead to an increase in the social and living distress of the people with  low-income and wages  and making  the workers pay the cost of the increasing economic crisis that is burdened  by  public health problems and the fragility of the hospital system in many capitalist countries as well as the lack of integration solidarity among them, which predicts the collapse of geopolitical blocs established by the globalization and new world order.