A Coronavirus Epidemic Hit 20,000 Years Ago, New Study Finds 

Researchers have found evidence that a coronavirus epidemic swept East Asia some 20,000 years ago and was devastating enough to leave an evolutionary imprint on the DNA of people alive today.The new study suggests that an ancient coronavirus plagued the region for many years, researchers say. The finding could have dire implications for the Covid-19 pandemic if it’s not brought under control soon through vaccination.

Source: A Coronavirus Epidemic Hit 20,000 Years Ago, New Study Finds | Portside

The Pandemic Is Us (But Now Mostly Them) Power, Wealth, and Justice in the Time of Covid-19  

Fifteen months ago, the SARS-CoV-2 virus unleashed Covid-19. Since then, it’s killed more than 3.8 million people worldwide (and possibly many more). Finally, a return to normalcy seems likely for a distinct minority of the world’s people, those living mainly in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, the European Union, and China.

Source: The Pandemic Is Us (But Now Mostly Them) Power, Wealth, and Justice in the Time of Covid-19 | Portside

Necropolitics in the Amazon

As usual, the Amazon is on the frontlines of the war for the appropriation of the natural world. Most people when they hear ‘Amazon’, think only of Brazil. And while the situation in that country certainly is alarming, the battlefields of the Amazon region span northern Bolivia, various departments of Peru, several areas of Ecuador and southern Colombia and Venezuela. More

Source: Necropolitics in the Amazon – CounterPunch.org

The American ruling class “experiments” with eliminating unemployment benefits for millions of workers – World Socialist Web Site

The cutoff of unemployment benefits is aimed at lowering wages in the face of rising inflation and blackmailing the jobless into accepting dangerous work as the pandemic continues to claim hundreds of lives daily.

Source: The American ruling class “experiments” with eliminating unemployment benefits for millions of workers – World Socialist Web Site

The depth of corruption and depravity in the Trump response to COVID is at risk of being forever covered up –

Now that we’re all unmasking and the economy seems set to roar into the 2020s, what will we remember about how disastrously, how malignantly, the Trump administration behaved as the pandemic took hold? And will anyone be held to account for it?

Source: The depth of corruption and depravity in the Trump response to COVID is at risk of being forever covered up – Alternet.org