Friday, 20 March 2020

Global headlines - 20 March, 2020

News Links, March 20, 2020

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
The Global Repricing of Assets Can't Be Stopped
Japan's MUFG takes big loss on loan to Glencore-led coal port: sources

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
Bashing Probe of US War Crimes, Pompeo Threatens Family of ICC Staff With Consequences
Amnesty International on Wednesday rebuked Secretary of State Mike Pompeo over new comments bashing the International Criminal Court and threatening court staff—and their family members—investigating alleged war crimes committed by United States forces in Afghanistan.
New Armed Group Takes Credit for Recent Attacks on US Forces in Iraq
Iran's supreme leader to pardon 10,000 prisoners, including political ones

There's no shortage... until there is. -- RF

## Environment/health ##
The IPCC's Worst Case Scenario
Here's the horrifying truth: The combined rate of ice loss from Greenland and Antarctica averaged 89 billion tons per year in the 1990s. Yet, by the 2010s (if standing, please sit down) the average rate exploded to 523 billion tons per annum.
• Coronavirus
Coronavirus infects faster and lasts longer than Sars, raising new containment challenges, Chinese studies suggest
Researchers found that on average, infected people expel virus particles from their bodies for a relatively long period of 20 days, even before symptoms appear
Italy and UK rely on help from Cuba, China, Venezuela to fight coronavirus – as US steps up brutal sanctions
Italy requested doctors from China, Cuba, and Venezuela to contain the coronavirus, while Cuba rescued a ship of British citizens. Meanwhile, US sanctions worsen the toll of the Covid-19 crisis in Iran and Venezuela.
Russia's Coronavirus Count Jumps From 147 to 199 in Biggest One-Day Increase

## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
Mass move to work from home in coronavirus crisis creates opening for hackers: cyber experts
CBS News reporter Weija Jiang, who is Chinese American, said Tuesday that a White House official had used the term "Kung-Flu" to her face.
Americans eat pigs, bovines, deer, squirrels, ducks, turkeys, alligators, rabbits, and whatnot. What a culture. -- RF
For the past five years, Trump has explicitly promoted the notion that foreigners carry contagion.
It's all part of the demonization and punishment of people who don't take orders from Washington DC. -- RF

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
U.S. Virus Plan Anticipates 18-Month Pandemic and Widespread Shortages

## Japan ##
• Coronavirus
Fearing outbreaks and riots, nation's prison and jail wardens scramble to respond to coronavirus threat
Prisoners are literally trapped inside cells as the virus spreads, experts say.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

News Links, March 19, 2020

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
Credit Suisse sharply cuts Mexico's 2020 GDP, sees economy shrinking by 4%

## Airline death spiral ##
Governments offer airlines aid as coronavirus drives deeper flight cuts
Air Cargo Essential to Fight Against COVID19 Pandemic
With severe travel restrictions being put in place and weakening passenger demand around the globe, IATA has called on governments to take urgent measures to ensure that air cargo is available to support the global fight against COVID19.

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
Equipment delays threatening UK military capability - report
The fighting capability of Britain's armed forces is being put at risk by delays in producing important new pieces of equipment, the government's spending watchdog warned on Wednesday.
The US military had some officials openly presenting this as part of the US strategy, believing that sick and dying Iranians would slow their ability to make decisions that threaten the US.
China locked in hybrid war with US (Pepe Escobar)
Fallout from Covid-19 outbreak puts Beijing and Washington on a collision course

## Energy/resources ##
U.S. Senators Urge Saudi Arabia To End Oil War
Australia lab may have found Covid-19 cure
Queensland University to launch human trials of two-drug treatment that has apparently cured virus-infected patients

## Propaganda/censorship/fake news/alternative facts ##
The New York Times' Insidious Ongoing Disinformation Campaign on Russia & Elections
A series of stories loudly proclaim the Russian election meddling narrative but offer no real facts supporting the most sensational claims.
Inside the Pro-Trump Facebook Group Where First Responders Call Coronavirus a Hoax
Why the Virus May Win in the Long Run (Coleen Rowley)
The human tendency to attack each other even when the entire species is under threat, especially as the U.S. goes after China, gives an advantage to viruses, which can even survive a nuclear attack

## Japan ##

## US ##
Above-Top Secret contingency plans already exist for what the military is supposed to do if all the Constitutional successors are incapacitated. Standby orders were issued more than three weeks ago to ready these plans, not just to protect Washington but also to prepare for the possibility of some form of martial law.
California county says Tesla factory cannot operate normally in coronavirus shutdown
In a nation where nearly 113,000 people are waiting for transplants, scores of organs — mostly kidneys — are discarded after they don't reach their destination in time.
Treasury Market, Gold Go Haywire as Fed Struggles to Contain What's Turning into Financial Crisis 2
If the Fed hadn't spent a decade inflating such a mind-blowing Everything Bubble (that had already begun to wobble), the financial reactions wouldn't be nearly as chaotic.

• Coronavirus

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