The Australian economy is set for a significant slowdown in response to the COVID-19 shutdown, with the jobless rate expected to climb to 10%. The question, asks Graham Matthews, is who will pay?
The scale and scope of government measures to deal with the COVID-19 crisis have shattered long-held neoliberal dogmas, writes Dave Holmes.
Many people around the world have heard of Cuba's inspiring and unmatched international medical solidarity efforts in the COVID-19 pandemic, writes Peter Boyle. But how is Cuba faring in the struggle against the pandemic at home?
Weekly solidarity actions to support refugees detained at a Brisbane detention facility are becoming an important flashpoint in the campaign, reports Alex Bainbridge.
Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro persists in his attitude of denial, characterising the coronavirus as a “little flu”: a definition that deserves to be included in the annals, not of medicine, but of political madness, writes Michael Lowy. But this madness has its logic, which is the logic of neofascism.
Israel and the Gulf states are pushing towards a normalisation of ties, entrenching cooperative measures that go back decades. By solidifying relations with the Gulf monarchies, writes Rupen Savoulian, Tel Aviv aims to isolate the Palestinians, score diplomatic and economic victories, and formalise an anti-Iranian alliance.
As university staff begin to emerge from the COVID-19 lockdown, many — perhaps most — are perplexed at the perverse behaviour of the National Tertiary Education Union, write two members Tim Battin and Kelvin McQueen.
Calls are growing for early childhood education to move away from the for-profit model, writes Jim McIlroy.
While the federal government does not care about the wellbeing of the unemployed, it still faces a dilemma: how to continue to serve big business while appearing to care about all those who have been redundant, writes Sam Wainwright.
To understand why Britain has fared so badly in the COVID-19 pandemic, it is essential to appreciate the neoliberal reforms which have steadily mutated its National Health Service over decades, write Bob Gill and Sarah Gangoli.