11:18 [Cassandra`s Legacy] (E)
The COVID-19 epidemic is generating a lot of questions from scientific, medical, political, and societal points of view. It not yet the time for complete answers, they will come slowly in the future together, hopefully, with antiviral treatments. But we can at least ask correct questions: this article tries to do that by looking at past history.
11:41 [Global Research] (E)
Will historians one day look back at unfolding events related to today’s public health crisis and economic collapse as a post-coronavirus new normal that’s grimly different from what preceded it? Do ongoing events mark the beginning of an unacceptable dystopian future — combining the worst of Orwell’s 1984 and Huxley’s Brave New World? Will unacceptable US-led Western militarism and neoliberal harshness seem no worse than mildly irritating compared to what’s coming? These are no ordinary times. What’s unfolding in real time could hardly have been imagined pre-New Year’s day. There’s never been anything remotely like it in our lifetimes.
12:04 [Asia Times] (E)
An immediate – economic – effect of the collision of complex systems is the approaching New Great Depression. Meanwhile, very few are attempting to understand Planet Lockdown in depth – and that goes, most of all, for post-Planet Lockdown. Yet a few concepts already stand out. State of exception. Necropolitics. A new brutalism. And, as we will see, the new viral paradigm.
22:43 [Asia Times] (E)
Two NASA astronauts and a Russian cosmonaut on Friday made a safe return from the International Space Station to find a “different planet,” transformed by the coronavirus pandemic. Andrew Morgan, Jessica Meir and Oleg Skripochka touched down in central Kazakhstan at 0516 GMT in the first returning mission since the World Health Organization declared Covid-19 a global pandemic in March. Morgan had been on the ISS since July last year, while Meir and Skripochka arrived in September....While the astronauts’ home planet fights the global battle against Covid-19, the ISS is also entering a new era as it prepares to welcome the first crew flown by Elon Musk’s SpaceX company as early as next month.
13:57 [Moon of Alabama] (E)
by Michael Brenner - WHAT HAVE WE LEARNED? Collective tragedy is always a learning experience. So it has been for great wars, natural disasters, economic collapses, political revolutions. The COVID-19 pandemic is such a tragedy. Although the number of casualties may pale compared to the carnage of war, there are ancillary effects that leave us shocked and sobered. Most obviously, there is sudden onset of a severe economic depression with attendant social distress whose toll we will be registering for years to come. Then, there is the exposure of how incompetent our public institutions have become – the callous inhumanity of those who rule in Washington matched only by their clownish ineptitude. It is in the realm of these latter intangibles that we should look first for morals and lessons.
23:02 [The Saker] (E)
By Ramin Mazaheri - In just 24 hours the UK saw nearly a half-million people volunteer to deliver food and medicine to the nation’s 1.5 million elderly and vulnerable people. Nearly 750,000 signed up, so many that they had to turn people away. In the US the situation is the opposite: there are no shortage of stories such as NPR’s, Coronavirus Drives Away Volunteers Just As They’re Needed Most. But it’s not just the local holy-rolling church and the local food bank – the professional charity services have seemingly turned tail and ran away even though soldiering through a crisis is their job.
6:28 [MintPress News] (E)
During my more than 20,000 kilometers long journey, I have seen a frightened, divided planet.”