Saturday 25 April 2020

Global headlines - 25 April, 2020

News Links, April 25, 2020

## Global Ponzi meltdown/House of Cards/global cooling/deflationary collapse ##
Hertz taps debt restructuring advisers as car rental demand evaporates, sources say

## Cut, baby, cut! ##
Boeing plans to cut 787 Dreamliner output, jobs

## Airline death spiral ##
United mandates masks for flight attendants, unions want passengers included

## Fault lines/flashpoints/powder kegs/military/war drums ##
Battle For The Arctic: Russia Plans Nuke Icebreaker, US Counters China In Greenland
US official: "We can expect the rapidly changing Arctic system to create greater incentives for the Kremlin and the PRC to pursue agendas that clash with the interests of the United States."
COVID-19: Brazil's Bolsonaro Trumps Trump
The main objective of the Brazilian president's expanded authority is expected to be the prevention  and possible repressions of a social explosion.

## Energy/resources ##
U.S. Oil And Gas Industry Enduring Devastating Job Losses On Supply Glut, Low Crude Prices

## Got food? ##
World leaders launch plan to speed COVID-19 drugs, vaccine; U.S. stays away
World leaders pledged on Friday to accelerate work on tests, drugs and vaccines against COVID-19 and to share them around the globe, but the United States did not take part in the launch of the World Health Organization (WHO) initiative.
Sanctioned Countries Are Now Leading the World in the Fight Against Coronavirus
Countries currently facing US sanctions, around a quarter of the world's population, are faring far better than the United States and leading the global fight against COVID-19.

## Intelligence/security/internet/cyberwar ##
Our 'Greatest Generation' Men Weaponized Viruses, Too
How often the sword of righteousness was used to justify dark ops and human experimentation.
Space Force surveillance telescope achieves first light in Australia

## Propaganda/censorship/fake news/alternative facts ##
COVID-19: In NYT, US Intelligence Portray Veteran DC Columnist's Report as Chinese Disinformation Meant to Sow Panic

## Systemic breakdown/collapse/unsustainability ##
COVID-19: How to Destroy America from the Top Down
This crisis is offering us a striking demonstration of how an economy oriented around the whims of the rich brings death and destruction in its wake.
The Pandemic Isn't a Black Swan but a Portent of a More Fragile Global System

## Japan ##
Okinawa's plane spotters chase data on flights U.S. won't reveal
The U.S. military's refusal to reveal the number of aircraft active in Okinawa's airspace has forced the Japanese government to hire plane spotters to stake out bases to obtain data they deem vital to ensure safety.

## US ##
CBO says deficit to reach $3.7 trillion in economic decline
A recession caused by the coronavirus pandemic and a burst of government spending on testing, health care and aid to businesses and households will nearly quadruple the government's budget deficit to $3.7 trillion
Trump, Pentagon Offer Contradictory Statements on Attacking Iranian Boats
70+ Groups Demand Trump Immediately End US Sanctions Against Iran, Venezuela, Cuba, and Others During Covid-19 Crisis
How Pepsi and Coke make millions bottling tap water, as residents face shutoffs
The drinks giants were allowed to keep bottling in Detroit, despite substantial uncollected water bills, a Consumer Reports investigation finds
• Coronavirus

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