In China, COVID-19 Corona virus, USA, Video presentation, Winnipeg Venezuela Peace Committee


Lawyer, journalist, scholar Ajit Singh discusses why the United States is blaming China for the COVID-19 pandemic and why this is wrong-headed and dangerous. His presentation was part of a larger webinar hosted by the Winnipeg Venezuela Peace Committee on May 1, 2020.

Click here for: May Day Webinar: Confronting the Covid-19 Pandemic – full programme

Published on Paul Graham’s YouTube account, May 3, 2020

May Day 2020 comes as capitalism is rocked by its most severe crisis since the Great Depression, possibly ever. Not just financial markets and banks are collapsing, but entire economies. Meanwhile the social contract forged in the advanced capitalist countries is now strained beyond capacity by decades of cuts in health care and social services.

The crisis has placed new demands on us, but opens new prospects. The Medical Internationalism of countries like China, Venezuela and Cuba, putting solidarity and care of people above all else, and their success against odds and in the teeth of grotesque Western attempts pursue regime change goals by doubling down on sanctions, is indelibly marked on the experience of this period. In contrast, neo-liberal strategies in pursuit of maximum profit are exposed daily as anti-people, regressive and life threatening in the face of the pandemic.


Radhika Desai, Director Geopolitical Economy Research Group

Maria Victor, President of the Board of Directors of the Canadian, Latin American and Caribbean Policy Centre

Dimitry Lascaris, lawyer, activist, journalist and candidate for leadership of the Green Party of Canada

Nigaan Sinclair, Professor of Native Studies, University of Manitoba; columnist at the Winnipeg Free Press and commentator for APTN, CBC, CTV

Ajit Singh, lawyer, independent journalist and contributor to The Grayzone

Host: Alan Freeman, research affiliate of the University of Manitoba’s Geopolitical Economy Research Group

Moderator: Glenn Michalchuk, Chair of Peace Alliance Winnipeg, labour and social justice activist/Winnipeg May Day organizer


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