Murder is no stranger to the extractive industries. Last October Bolsonaro managed to dodge charges of genocide in a senate inquiry, although the final report found that he “commanded an anti-Indigenous policy that deliberately exposed the native peoples to neglect, harassment, invasion, and violence since before the pandemic.” Indeed, it was stated, he saw COVID-19 as “an opportunity” to harm them: “There is no disguise sufficient to cover up the president’s avowed willingness to target the Indigenous people”.
An OSHA emergency rule rolls out the red carpet for employers, shunting responsibility for workplace safety onto workers rather than bosses. It’s a far cry from the strong workplace pandemic protections Joe Biden promised in his presidency’s early days.
The two leaders reportedly discussed the need for a “green and equitable recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic.”
In a real democracy, any government that allowed such a calamity as the pandemic has created in the US, with 700 thousand dead. It is more than Trump, although his genocidal strain was a clear crime against humanity: should not the same charge be laid on the US political system as a whole?
We are still getting through a worldwide pandemic that has taken tens of millions of lives. While we did develop effective vaccines, they were not produced and distributed quickly enough to prevent enormous loss of life. This is a tragedy that should force us to ask how we could have done better.