“In a totally rational world, you might assume that an international pandemic would lead to greater internationalism,” says the historian Mike Davis, a renowned American chronicler of the disasters incubated by globalisation. For Davis, who wrote a book about the threat of avian flu in 2005, pandemics are a perfect example of the kind of crises to which global capitalism (with its constant movement of people and goods) is particularly vulnerable, but that the capitalist mindset (with its inability to think in terms beyond profit) cannot address. “In a rational world, we would be ramping up production of basic essential supplies – test kits, masks, respirators – not only for our own use, but for poorer countries, too. Because it’s all one battle. But it’s not necessarily a rational world. So there could be a lot of demonisation and calls for isolation. Which will mean more deaths and more suffering worldwide.” … [Read more...] about ‘We can’t go back to normal’: how will the world emerge from the coronavirus crisis?
In his statement today he said journalists who asked whether he would hand his dividend back were 'naïve/malicious', adding: 'I am perplexed as to how that would work?', adding: 'To be used how? To pay that money straight over to Airbus? And what is the consideration for such a gift? Or is it meant as a selfless charitable donation? Charity towards which deserving cause exactly? easyJet is not a registered charity to receive donations and neither is Airbus. That's not how publically listed companies work'. … [Read more...] about British Airways grounds ALL flights to and from Gatwick due to coronavirus – hours after easyJet took its entire fleet out of service
My mind raced. I could get in my car , drive to St Mary's A&E in Paddington – my nearest hospital in north London – and collapse at their door. Or maybe it would be better to call an ambulance. I imagined putting a general call for help out on Facebook with my address. But I hate attention seekers on social media so I resolved to either drive to the hospital or die in bed with dignity. Then my thoughts really got weird. … [Read more...] about Senior Government official admits 15-minute coronavirus antibody tests are still being evaluated as manufacturer warns it could take them SIX WEEKS to have any kits ready for Britons to use
Keita was quick to condemn the kidnapping, saying "no effort would be spared in securing [Cisse's] release." Cisse had previously been the runner-up in three presidential elections and is the county's former minister of finance. Unlike other opposition parties, his Union for the Republic and Democracy (URD) party had urged its voters on Saturday to turn out in large numbers to show their support for Cisse in light of his abduction. … [Read more...] about Mali: Legislative elections hampered by low voter turnout
It should be noted that Rachman is one of the few sensible pundits in the Anglo-American establishment. Certainly, he has no truck with unrepentant neocons across the Atlantic. To these exponents of western supremacism, the possibility of decline remains incomprehensible, or too painful to accept; they still fantasise about America becoming great again by assuming, in Robert Kagan’s words, the “leadership of a united democratic bloc” against the many bullies out there. To his credit, Rachman recognises that not even Kim Jong-un, let alone Vladimir Putin, will start quivering at the prospect of a new concert of democracies. In Easternisation, however, he falls victim to what Orwell once called a “major mental disease” afflicting public intellectuals: “the instinct to bow down” before anyone who appears to be powerful. … [Read more...] about Easternisation by Gideon Rachman and The Great Derangement by Amitav Ghosh – review