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in creating a self sustaining power station, by simply harnessing some of the best fuel major house to offer me, boca al, jazeera hampshire manas in south africa, are paying their final respects to anti apartheid icon. desmond, to see the archbishop's body is lying in the state in saint george's cathedral in cape town. before saturdays funeral, some africans are observing a week of national mourning for 22 who died on sunday at the age of 90. ah, this is al jazeera, these top stories, the u. s. and russian presidents have spoken for the 2nd time this month in a bid to deescalate tensions of a ukraine. joe biden toll vladimir pierson, the u. s. would respond decisively if russia invaded ukraine. john hendrick has the
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latest from washington. jen, saki, the press secretary for president. joseph biden has put out a statement in that. she says, president biden urged russia to deescalate tensions with ukraine. he made clear that the united states and its allies and partners will respond decisively if russia further invades ukraine. president biden also expressed support for diplomacy, and it goes on to say, the president reiterated that substantial progress. and these dialogues can occur only in an environment of de escalation rather than escalation. global corona, virus cases of head record high of the past 7 days with almost a 1000000 detected on average each day. the u. s. is the worst effected accounting finale one in 3 cases in the world. south africa has announced that its midnight to 4 am cuff. you will now be lifted as the country is believed. have passed the peak of its 4th corona virus wave. the spike was driven by the omicron variant,
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which was 1st identified by scientists in the country. the u. s. has condemned the killing of at least 4 protest is by security forces ensued. don. it was shot in on demand with thousands of people rallied against the recent ministry take over a group of ring to refugees who spend days out seen a damaged boat happen. rescued by indonesian authorities vote was towed by a navy ship off the coast of our province. andre 20 people, mainly women and children. dis inbox that are da 0 has been told that an agreement to revive iran's nuclear deal. well, powers is still far off. sources close to the negotiations say there is deep disagreements surrounding to hans demands that us sanctions be lifted immediately. okay, the ac outlet on march 15, 2019 zealand sense of security was shattered when 51 people was shot
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dead into christ church mos. another 40 were wounded when a gunman began shooting at a christ church mos. it was packed with worshippers attending the friday service. for those who lost loved ones, finding ways to deal with the trauma is crucial. she gave in, she asked me, what was mom? i told her mom was went to call me 4 months later, i feel much quiet and i feel much more calm and really focused with my life. let us love one another. love doesn't caused once it makes your heart happier. my heart happy you. he doesn't bring any loss foot into simple. let us practice this. the world economy is headed for recession. china won't be there to say that this time. northern islands health service at breaking point,
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south korea for one of the was growth periods in half a century. the richest person in the world just gave $98.00 and a half $1000000.00. del. why am i reading these headlines? you will have to prove these. could all of these leaving poor pandemic 2020 headlines. in reality though, they were all published in november 2019 a month before 19 had even been because well, before the current of ours and in the kit, much of the world was already deep in a crisis of capitalism. and now with millions out of work in the industry, suddenly stagnant and health kit and scrambling for vaccine. the question is, did capitalism turn the emergency into a disaster?
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me o capitalism. it's an ideology and economic system, a political but how the system based on private ownership and profit, 3rd world and a ton of crisis. when the situation demands, we act not the individual gain, a collective benefit, stay at home and protect lives where they said test test test without preventive measures, it could be a spiking cases. all these cancellations are away to flatten the curve. curve 19 hasn't been like any other crisis. job losses, health care struggle is a critical need for relief from the state of all struct segments of society that normally don't face these kinds of grave economic stresses. ensure all of a sudden, through this pandemic, once in a century type of crisis, it's become evident to many that pre curve at times. what info across the
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entire country went on to look down. i spoke with a group of people whose work has been all about dissecting and analyzing capitalism . when people say they want to go back normal to complain. that sounds pretty good to me right now. the thing about managing actually inc and politics you think actually produce a lot going to be pretty well not, not even in other people, even there was enough food. make me keep the money out to come in and talk and he's from one of the richest in history and we didn't have the money in my opinion. capitalism is the pandemic. that is the root cause of so much of the suffering we're experiencing now. i mean, i want things to go back to normal. i want to be able to go to a cafe. i want to be able to see my friends. i don't want things to go back to the
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normal that we've been living with for the last 20 years. of wealth concentration piece, networking people, that's the paradigm that's the contact at the stage for our current calamity. this fires has intensified as spotlight on health care, what it costs, who gets access and its ability to respond in a crisis. one system that runs shockingly counter to the needs of so many it's supposed to serve is the one in the united states. american healthcare is largely privatized and lacks pricing regulation, both key traits of a capitalist system. this means not only is every element of the health care system from hospitals to drug manufacturers, owned and operated by the private sector. but those businesses of free to charge whatever they like. this makes staying healthy in the united states, a scarily expensive proposition. there's a small percentage of the population about 18 percent that does get some state
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support for medical costs, but for the vast majority, private health insurance is the only recourse they charge. notoriously expensive premiums making them unaffordable for many and filled with loopholes and gaps that mean even in short, americans can be left with hefty medical bills to pay. that's why. before the pandemic, it was estimated that 87000000 americans were uninsured, or underinsured, and medical bills were a leading cause of customer bankruptcy. you know, in the united states, people can access health care because they can't afford health insurance even if they have insurance. they are buried in debt after the fact. what happens when someone like the crown of ours hits a population that is indebted, devastating population that has no savings, right? 40 percent of americans before the crisis were reported to not be able to handle a 4 $100.00 emergency. americas health care crisis has intensified during the pandemic. a tidal wave of layoffs had meant that as many as 27000000 americans have lost employer provided health insurance. and without that cover
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a hospital stay to treat cove. it could cost as much as $73000.00. this is despite a government plan announced in march to cover some covert related medical bills, the lack of coordination and the need for medical supplies to keep turning profit has led hospitals into bidding war. so if a crucial supplies like p, p e, mosques, tests, and medical equipment, doctors and nurses warning that critical protective gear is running low. this is a hospital where the health care workers have taken to wearing garbage bag with like being on e bay with 50 other space bidding on a ventilator. the hospitals are and for profit. and so they don't have adequate staff, right? because that would feed into revenue and they don't want to have extra medical supplies, just languishing not being used. so what we're going to see is a lot of people who are going to perish, not because of the virus per se,
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but because of the lack of access, the adequate health care, the lack of access to protective gear, we're going to see people who don't seek treatment because they're afraid of not being able to pay for it. it's already been reported by emergency room doctors that you know, people. the last, their last words are literally but who's going to pay for corona viruses. i knew that existed in humans since 19 sixties. and they cause a range of different illnesses from the common cold to more lethal varieties, such as the outbreak of sars in 2002, and merge in 2012 in 2015 the world health organization. even mr. corona viruses as being among the top possible causes of a major epidemic. so how is it that pharmaceutical companies have been caught? so off guard by this virus, it may, this year, brussels based research center, the corporate europe observatory, published a detailed investigation into the effectiveness of the innovation medicine's
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initiative. i am i, it's the world's biggest public, private partnership in life sciences. and it directs billions of dollars worth of funds to buy medical research at the world's biggest pharma companies. what the investigation uncovered was that not only did firms in 2017 turned down and e u proposal to work on vaccines for pathogens like corona virus. but 2600000000 euro of i am ice funds were transferred into projects that represented much more commercially profitable avenues for the pharmaceutical industry. this investigation reinforced to point that big pharma insiders and whistle blowers had been making for a while. that serious matters, like pandemic preparedness, of being held hostage by commercial considerations. on march 5th, les karone, of ours cases, spread across the u. s. congressional hearings taking place. we also took on a decade ago of the interesting problem of making karone of ours vaccines. because we recognize these as enormous public health threats. and yet we have not seen the
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big pharma guys and the biotech st. rushing into the space. so dr. p to hurt is one of america's leading vaccine. scientists said that a vaccine his team had created 4 years ago in response to the sars outbreak may have been able to provide patients with cross protection from the virus at the heart of this. but it simply hadn't been commercially enticino for drug companies to invest in. the bottom line is, had we had those investments early on to carry this all the way through clinical trials. years ago, we could have had a vaccine ready to go, you know, one of the big problems of capitalism, the capitalists, direct investment. the capitalist say, you know, it's really important viagra because that's a huge market. even though the corona virus exists, not in best in a vaccine because that market doesn't really exist. and also, if you really want to vaccinate the whole world in this preemptive measure, no,
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let's create something that we can sell now. so, you know, we like capitalists, me direct investment at our collective peril whenever a vaccine is hopefully created. the next battle, at least for patients in the united states, will be over affordability. and that's when we're back to one of the fundamental point holds of the american health care system, where unlike in almost every other nation, basic pricing controls simply don't exist. and it's not even as though this is a secret and you're saying it, oh, for sure, the affordable for anyone who needs it. i'm saying we would, we would want to ensure that we work to make it an affordable but we can't control that price because we need the private sector to invest. that was donald trump's health and human services. secretary alex isn't a congressional hearing in february this year, an interesting side, before he was appointed to his rolling government. as i worked as the top lobbyist for the pharmaceutical firm, eli lilly, and company. the hunt for a corona virus vaccine has now suddenly become one of the most well funded areas of
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biomedical research. not only a governments and pharmaceutical giants investing in it, the so called super heroes of the corporate world have all stepped into the fray. ceo of netflix is donating $30000000.00 toward research for a corona virus vaccine. microsoft co founder bill gates has continued the fought against koran of ours, investing billions of dollars on the construction of factories working to develop a coven 19 vaccine. some of the wealthiest people on earth found isn't ceo's of mega corporations. i'm making headlines for donating to coven courses through their own philanthropic organizations. but it's not just about the money. it's the perception that it comes with all the trappings of the corporate world efficiency returns on investment, streamlining of operations. all of this has transformed what was wants simply charitable, giving into something else. philanthropy, capitalism, lindsey mcgee, has written about it extensively in a book. no such thing as a free gift. i think we have to move past the headline. sometimes mr. gates did
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talk about the need for mass testing at an earlier stage than some u. s. officials and that was a good scientific approach to take, but i really didn't question whether or not their efforts were anything more than a bad day as solution because there was no evidence that they were really having much of a positive effect on the sort of really deteriorated and ramshackle approach that was underway in the us more generally. i think what we're applauding when we see a dipping into their own trousers pockets and giving out some cash is we're frauding that makes the copies. and what's the, every walk that anyone could beat upgrading? a baby ordinary guy. i'm supposed to money. and that's not the case. there. billions, all a collective creation, not their own individual crashing everybody in a saw an attractive yet because no one when other people, all sleeping in streets or going about inequality is one of the defining factors of
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capitalism. it's meant that the world's top one percent now hold close to 50 percent of global wealth. and so when the philanthropist among them contribute to causes, it's often only a mis live up of their network. jeff bezos is $100000000.00 donation to us food bags, for example, amounted to 0.07 percent of his estimated wealth, mach bugs, $25000000.00 donation. again, just 0.05 percent of his net worth. the point of all these numbers isn't that 1000000000 is, should be giving more. that's another discussion entirely near the point here is that philanthropy, capitalism is too often used as a distraction from meaningful possibly more expensive systemic changes ramp and corporate tax avoidance. the suppression of minimum wage levels, reliance on state subsidies, precarious working conditions. i mean, the list of what actually needs to be addressed is long. and it can often get obscured by flashy headlines. all new segments about billionaires and the
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generosity. q 2 stepped up and you're providing $25000000.00. we didn't have the money to do that. and i just want to thank you to this is not an access right now. this is the product of a political strategy that's been going on for the last 4050 years, whereby new taxes are slashed and private wealth accumulates. and what that private wealth does is it concentrates power and that threatens democracy. so we have this really negative feedback loop where the more dysfunctional the state is, right? the last, it's able to provide basic services, the lessons able to protect our public health. the more ammo there is for corporate sector to say, hey, look, the state is inefficient. the state is incompetent. we with all of our resources, can save the day that big philanthropic would it, it is a point that is not lost on 1000000000 is like bill gates when asked in 2012 if he
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would ever run for president of the us. he responded, i actually think, you know, maybe i'm wrong that i can have as much impact in that role as i could in any political role. my role in the foundation i don't have to raise ah, political campaigns. i don't have the frank elective, i'm not term limited to 8 years odd for, but it's a very nice office and i don't doubt bill gates, he's motifs. the big baldness, very few days, hadn't got long history. been both in these things, but he's not beholden to any it's is it make you that decision is money. the reason he wishes there is not one again crafted for that that's that's not the construct works of what he does. if at he's not replacing the pool in a complex won't looking for simple narratives. benevolent, de leon is a great, they have name recognition, they appear heroic, and they've got the cash. however,
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this pandemic has also shown a lot on the other end of the economic spectrum. to the key worker delivery drivers, supermarket, shelf stack. as nurses, care is the pandemic, momentarily appended the hierarchy of labor. and yet in the u. k. a set of proposed post briggs at immigration controls in february, deemed many of these exact essential workers to low paid and quote, low skilled to receive a visa to work in the country. not is that a hard capitalist system said those who were deriving the most value from the if you are not an optimist, you central workers because what is keeping our economy going right now? are the lowest paid workers who are really, are most indispensable parts of the workforce. workers in the health care system and seen the funds that go to europe, one off people on this war then on the filters. and one of the old, one of the story and people working social system are
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often not earning enough to live. what do we do? because it was just me and my wife is going out and applauding health care workers and our prime minister on down the street. recall the gotten the car, the resources that we're going to the and i just installed the n h s. there's a turn that skeins renewed currency during this pandemic disaster capitalism, canadian activist, and ortho, naomi klein came up with it years ago in her book the shock doctrine and went viral during the 2008 great recession. it points to how disasters back recession war a pandemic aren't necessarily catastrophic across the board. in a capitalist system, they can also present an opportunity for the money minded. and we've seen a lot of profiteering during this current pandemic already. i don't think we do yes
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. on the limits that profiteering, but we've got an early sense of which doctors in your companies are starting to for example, price scouts when it comes to basic necessities like math that are on for example, being charged upwards of 15 times their usual cost. price gouging is one manifestation of disaster capitalism. and during this looked down, it's done everything from cause a temporary spike in the price of hand sanitizer. to effect the number of ventilate is available to the u. s. government, according to a pro, public or investigation in 2014, the u. s. department of health and human services signed a 13800000 dollar contract with dutch electronics conglomerate phillips to design and manufacturer cheap and portable, ventilator for use in emergencies. although ventilator was created and the government ordered $10000.00 of them. not a single one was ready at the start of the pandemic. like many countries, the united states faced critical ventilator shortages,
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while phillips was selling to higher priced commercial versions of the same ventilator around the world. so they never fulfilled this order at the cheaper level for the department of helping you decide that it's deadly bridge to prioritize the more expensive overseas orders. and it's only been recently that the department of how human sciences has really negotiated the same order, but it has been forced to pay for the ventilators at a higher price. that renegotiation that lindsey mentioned, it resulted in the this government ordering $43000.00 of the commercial ventilate, is in april at 4 times the original price. in late august, the remainder of the order was cancelled only after a congressional committee raised questions about the expenditure. but disaster capitalism can also be less direct and more obscured from public scrutiny. like who stands to benefit from some taxpayer funded bailouts. take the u. s. airline industry, which had its request for a $50000000000.00 baylash approved by the u. s. senate in march, while the lines were condition long job protections. the sticking point for many is
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that over the past 5 years, the big for ally companies, american delta southwestern united have not only made record profits. a collectively spent nearly the same amount. 45000000000 on stock buybacks and dividends 2 ways in which companies can directly enrich that corporate executives and shareholders. so it's not that these bailouts aren't necessary now to avoid mass unemployment, except a substantial part of the current financial problem is arguably of their own making . billions of dollars were mobilized, basically in an incident to bail out corporate america. and this is incredibly ironic because these, these corporations were, you know, in a week financial place because of their own business models because they had over leveraged themselves because they had engaged in pushing money out to shareholders instead of planning for tough times. meanwhile,
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regular people are held to that standard, you know, if you haven't saved, then it's your fault that you're suffering in this moment. so there's, there's a double standard written into the economic response. so you have a form of capitalism which does not lead doctorates, billing, because a real capital, sina, reading, tooth, and told would say, well, capitalism works when we kiss companies go to the war when, when things aren't watching a bad idea, say, i will repeat these food may plenty haven't happened in any society and then, and that's probably a good thing. when we come out today, i think we can certainly say that we owe money for of public bad product. good work. and i think we can also some questions about why did last is a socialize it. and yet, outside crisis again, void profit. we need to reach out to kind of the
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assets to rethink capitalism, have been going on almost as long as capitalism itself has existed. and to be fair, it's practiced in notably different ways in different parts of the world. but one of the most toxic and recurring problems is that in too many cases, the system seems designed to favor of small elite segment of the population. if the idea we began with that way before the crisis of this corona virus, we will already grappling that the crisis of kathy was we should have this phrase, you know, that we need to save the economy, or we need to keep businesses going. it makes sense, but i think we have that good, deeper question, which is, well, what's in the economy for look at something like g d, p, gross domestic product. all that means is that there's more affluent, but it has nothing to do with distribution that has nothing to do with the quality of people live. you can have enormously high g, p and, and have the rector rate of homelessness and unemployment. so we, we have to deconstruct this idea of the economy and,
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and put people at the center. we are living in the moment and not being clear about the nation could not prepare their own companies or their public sufficiently to prevent going to go on and clearly the welcoming, the sort of mentoring have not been fair to share. they've been ordered by a view, what people are left or more by market and other stuff that it's really hard to ignore the stuff that we will. it's clear that actually everything nearing the whole collection of action. individual action is also clear that there are some parts of the company and should be to pretty much nations that if i'm interested in all of
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these attention, it's being given to close to getting a marching come into a country without thinking too much about the way i think we need to reconsider the need. we need to read the project. so i can 2020 the year of luck, downs, and social distance saying he can't reach across the screen and get someone to hug . alley re explore is one of the global pandemic. biggest side effects loneliness, everyone who lives alone has been forced to be socially isolated for the 1st time ever highlighting its effect on physical and mental health and discovering unique ways of coping. the controlling, being alone together, episode to of all hail the locked down on al jazeera with
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january. and i just, you know, 20 years ago the euro was brought into circulation. we investigate how the euro and benefited from having an official currency be part of the st. enjoy im out. social media community as sierra leone recovery from civil war continues. we month to decade since the end of one of africa's most brutal complex, the bottom line, steve herman's dives headlong into the u. s. issues that shape the rest of the world. as we enter the 3rd year curve at 19, we go back to woo hm. where it all began, and investigate how far we come. since the pandemic january on a just the route coveted beyond. well,
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he's taken without hesitation. fulton died for the power lines. our world and honestly babies were dying. i did not think it's neglect and babies to deck people and power investigates, exposes, and questions. so they used to be a around the cloud on how to deal with this once feared warlord during lay barriers. decade long civil war says he's now fighting a drug epidemic. the work that the former warlord joshua boy he has done with treat children, has attracted their help. eccentric b, and that's protected in effect from public crawford church. and despite the recommendation is made by the truth and reconciliation commission for this former warlord, liberia has become the frontline of
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a drug war. it cannot afford to lose. he says it's a battle he will fight out of responsibility and killed for his past crimes. and for his country, ah, the 2nd time this month, the u. s. and russian leaders talk by phone at a time of rising tensions between moscow and the west. ah. and i want money by you, this is alex, is there a lie from dave? all said, coming up. karen of ours case is inching to to 1000000 globally with the u. s. alone accounting for nearly half a 1000000 cases of defying a lockdown. i'm braving t gas, thousands protests against the machining c.

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