Tag Archives: COVID-19

Don’t risk a fourth wave: No reopening which puts profit over health

By Conor Payne  From 4 May on, the government plans further measures to reopen the economy and lift Covid restrictions. These include the reopening of non-essential retail starting with Click and Collect on 10 May,  hairdressers and other personal services on 10 May and the complete reopening of construction on 4 May. Outdoor hospitality and gyms are potentially to open ...

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Big pharma’s patents: Profiting from the pandemic

By Jonathan Diebold  The rapid development of the Covid-19 vaccine has given us a glimpse of what humanity can achieve given enough drive and resources. However, it has also demonstrated the shortcomings of capitalism, and of patent laws and the reliance of a small number of massive, highly profitable companies in the production of our medicinal needs. Global inequalities  While ...

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Covid crisis: Suppress the virus – health before profit

By Finghín Kelly Last week while being interviewed about Ryanair’s near €1billion loss Michael O’Leary arrogantly attacked the Covid-19 measures, calling for a complete re-opening of society (and crucially for him the airlines!) once over 50s have been vaccinated.  Should his demands be satisfied it would guarantee a new wave of infections, thousands more deaths and potentially a major impetus ...

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Criminal government actions fuel alarming third wave of Covid-19

Yesterday evening, a new daily record of 7,836 recorded Covid cases was announced as the alarming third wave continues. As well as cases, hospital admissions, including those in ICU, and deaths are rising quickly. Despite the enormous sacrifices made by working-class people over the last ten months, we are now in a worse situation than the previous height of the ...

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Review: The Return of Nature

The Return of Nature By John Bellamy Foster  Monthly Review Press, 2020 Reviewed by Keishia Taylor John Bellamy Foster’s ground-breaking Marx’s Ecology in 2000 demonstrated that Marxism, from the beginning, dealt with ecological questions. Its long-awaited sequel, The Return of Nature: Socialism and Ecology, developed these ideas from the deaths of Marx and Darwin to the 1960s, tracing a continuous ...

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A tale of two Covid crises – billionaire bailouts & bupkis

By Mike Murphy We’re all in this together apparently. But, like a ship that’s taking on water after a frontal collision, only one end of the vessel is going under; the other end is ascending. The Covid-19 pandemic is very much upon us, and we are all well aware of the strong economic implications. The World Bank predicted in June ...

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Irish government fails to protect healthcare workers

By Valerie O’Leary The proportion of healthcare workers contracting Covid-19 in Ireland is amongst the highest in the world. 31.8% of total cases of Covid-19 are associated with healthcare workers, while 1 in 10 of cases are directly associated with nurses or midwives.  In comparison, the prevalence of healthcare workers amongst those who contracted the disease worldwide is between 5% ...

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Yemen & Covid-19: Pouring oil on a humanitarian blaze

By Haritha Olaganathan Amidst a drawn-out civil war with ongoing violence, Covid-19 has inflamed the “world’s worst humanitarian crisis” taking place in Yemen. Even before the country’s first confirmed case in April, half of Yemen’s population of 28.5 million people were on the brink of famine, largely caused by the bloodthirsty Saudi Arabian regime’s indiscriminate bombing of farms and food ...

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Covid-19: Capitalism Rushes to Re-Open as Pandemic Grows

By Bill Hopwood, ISA Canada Around the world, countries are lifting the restrictions that were introduced to contain the COVID-19 pandemic. People are being allowed to leave their homes, and workplaces, cafes and stores are re-opening. The sharp closures of society and the economy were needed to reduce the level of infection and death from the virus, only because of ...

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Covid-19 & gender-based violence

Speech by Mick Barry TD in Dáil debate on ‘Covid-19 (Measures to Protect Victims of Domestic Violence)’ “I’m the oldest sister, and I was abused from the age of four upwards, so I would say to all women, never mind Traveller women, all women out there, that was abused, or anything happened to them, come forward, [do not be afraid].” ...

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