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PBC News & Comment: US Media Ignore UN Call for Worldwide Cease-fire

UN Secretary General calls for worldwide suspension of war to ease pandemic spread and response, and US media ignore it…--here’s the only report found in Google search, and it’s brief

--at In These Times, Sarah Lazare warns about growing military involvement in response to Covid-19

--Must-listen: fresh interview with Dr. Justin Frank, author of Trump on the Couch

--WashPost admits that our smartphones are already being used to gather data on our movements

--in bizarre comment, Texas Lt. Gov. Patrick tells Fox “News” that he and other grandparents are willing to die to save the economy

--crisis opportunism: the men in charge in Texas and Ohio have decided that abortion is not “essential” and must be postponed

--our daily update on Covid-19, prepared by Linda Lewis

--China lifts lockdown in Hubei province, but the capital of Wuhan will remain sealed off until at least April 8

--Senate is near agreement on a bailout/stimulus deal that places business interests above average Americans

--at WhoWhatWhy, Larry Beinhart compares this bailout to 2008

--NY Times editorial properly blames Mitch McConnell for the delays

--Sen. Warren explains the defects of the GOP bill, some of which have been fixed

--Democrats tried to insert language to deliver stimulus payments using “digital dollars” but that’s been dropped

--at Financial Times, Yuval Noah Harari details the risks of new surveillance to fight the virus that will likely remain for years

--husband dies after Arizona couple takes Trump’s pharma advice

--Gilead, the greedy drug company, pulled the other untested drug that Trump touts, remdesivir from “compassionate use” after White House re-lists it for full profiteering

--doctors in 10 states are writing prescriptions for friends & family for chloroquine drugs

--from Italy, listener Jerry Fresia is grateful that Cuba sent 800 doctors