The Worldwide Health Crisis Demands Solidarity, Not Sanctions: End Sanctions Now!

Alliance For Global Justice

End Sanctions Now!

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The COVID-19 pandemic has laid bare the immorality of the sanctions the United States has imposed on one third of the world’s population. Like the half million Iraqi children killed by U.S. sanctions in the 1990s, the death toll from COVID-19 in 2020 will be inflated by the punishment the U.S. inflicts through its dominance of the global banking system. Under sanctions the Trump administration unilaterally reinstated on Iran in 2018, the U.S. prevents other countries from buying Iranian oil, leaving the country bankrupt and creating a crisis in its health system. With the arrival of the pandemic, sanctions are giving Iran one of the highest Coronavirus death rates in the world. Venezuela’s economy has also suffered tremendously from unilateral coercive measures imposed by the United States, leaving that country’s health system very vulnerable, too.

How has the United States responded to calls to ease the sanctions on these and other countries for humanitarian reasons? By increasing the sanctions on Iran, Venezuela and Nicaragua!

This contrasts sharply with the responses of some of the very countries impacted by U.S. economic warfare. Cuba, Nicaragua, and Venezuela have been labeled a “Troika of Tyranny” by the Trump administration as it targets them for regime change. But Cuba has proven itself to be a world leader on health matters, sending more healthcare workers around the world to respond to disasters and disease than even the WHO. During the current pandemic Cuba has deployed medical teams to seven countries, is considering requests from several more, and was the only country that would accept a British cruise ship with Coronavirus passengers. Cuba helped China bring the pandemic under control inside its borders by sending doctors and facilitating production of the Cuban drug Interferon-Alpha2B. All this while Cuba itself has been suffering from escalations to the devastating blockade the U.S. has imposed on it for 60 years!

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Meanwhile, Cuban, Chinese, and Venezuelan doctors have gone to Italy to help its population so hard hit by Covid-19.

Another beautiful example of solidarity is the Manitos Children’s Fund which helps Venezuelan children who don’t have enough food or medicine because of the U.S. blockade and sanctions. In a three-way effort, North Americans contribute funds to buy beans from Nicaraguan peasants to be donated to Venezuela. These peasants also donate additional seeds to help their Venezuelan brothers and sisters feed themselves. And the Nicaraguan farmers are happy to do so, as they remember the solidarity they received from President Hugo Chavez, and the two-way solidarity in the form of medical support and food donations that has been expressed between the Cuban and Nicaraguan peoples over the years. Read here for more info about the Manitos Children’s Fund and how you can donate.

Please sign our petition to tell Congress and the Trump Administration to LIFT ALL SANCTIONS NOW!


The COVID-19 pandemic knows no borders and can only be resolved by showing human solidarity with our brothers and sisters in all countries around the world. I am ashamed that the U.S. government continues to impose unilateral coercive measures (“sanctions”) on 39 countries, or one-third of the world’s population, and has refused to lift the measures during this worldwide health crisis. This is exacerbating the pandemic, risks prolonging it for all countries, and is immoral because it is certain to increase deaths among the world’s most vulnerable citizens. While unilateral coercive measures are incompatible with international law, the UN Charter, the Charter of the Organization of American States, and are considered crimes against humanity, during this worldwide health crisis they constitute war crimes and may lead to genocide.

I call on Congress and the Trump administration to immediately lift all sanctions the U.S. has imposed on other countries.

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Alliance For Global Justice

Tell the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB): Resume operations as soon as possible!



On March 19, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) suspended all representation elections, including mail ballot elections, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The AFL-CIO calls on the NLRB to resume the conduct of union elections, election-related hearings and unfair labor practice proceedings as soon as possible, consistent with public health.

The NLRB’s suspension of operations destroys a vital resource for workers’ rights at an unprecedented time in history when it’s needed most.

“Right now, union representation is critical in the midst of the COVID-19 public health and economic crisis, with workers facing unsafe conditions, layoffs and intense uncertainty,” said AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka. “So long as the NLRB is not conducting elections, we call on the Board to demand that all employers similarly suspend their anti-union campaigns.”

It doesn’t have to be this way. Throughout the past decade, the NLRB has taken large steps toward electronic filing and other digital operations. Now is the time to implement fully remote operating procedures, including conducting pre- and post-election hearings and unfair labor practice hearings by video conference and all elections by mail ballot.

During this national public health and economic emergency, workers need access to our rights more than ever. Please sign the petition and tell the NLRB: Resume operations safely so workers can rightfully vote for the representation we need!


Strike Wave Breaks Out Across US as Workers Demand COVID-19 Protection

In this episode of By Any Means Necessary, host Sean Blackmon and producer Wyatt Reed are joined by Dante Strobino, an international representative of the United Electrical Radio Machine Workers for America, to talk about how the Coronavirus pandemic has led to a wave of wildcat strikes popping up throughout the South and across the country, how the larger societal transition from more formal work to the ‘gig economy’ is presenting new challenges for labor organizers, and why the precarious position so many workers now find themselves in is ultimately bringing class consciousness to a new generation.
Strike Wave Breaks Out Across US as Workers Demand COVID-19 Protection

China delivers 10,000 coronavirus kits to Palestine

March 31, 2020 at 1:50 pm | Published in: China, Coronavirus, Israel, Middle East, News, Palestine

The Palestinian Authority Health Ministry has had 10,000 coronavirus test kits and ventilators delivered from China, according to Wafa news agency.

The chief of the PA’s General Intelligence Service Majed Faraj arranged for the shipment to arrive from China to contain the spread of the virus in their territory.

“Before these test kits arrived, we only had hundreds left,” the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told The Times of Israel.  “Now, we have a significant amount.”

Palestinian medical institutions have only 295 respirators – 175 in the West Bank and 120 in Gaza – a report published by the PA on March 26 said.

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The PA adds that they have increased their medical teams with 51 additional doctors and added to the nursing staff in hospitals.

PA Health Minister Mai Kaila thanked the General Intelligence Services for the kits, according to the PA Health Ministry.

In addition, the Chinese ambassador to Palestine Guo Wei stated that, following an official Palestinian request, his country was exploring the possibility of dispatching a medical team to Palestine to help Palestinian medics address the coronavirus pandemic.

Speaking to Palestine TV, the Chinese ambassador said that China is supporting the state of Palestine in its battle against the coronavirus.

Coronavirus is affecting the whole world, will it unite us - Cartoon [Sabaaneh/MiddleEastMonitor]