The pandemic has imposed severe restrictions on travel. Hajj, the annual pilgrimage, has also been badly affected. The Saudi occupiers of Arabia have imposed arbitrary restrictions on pilgrims from outside the kingdom while allowing Western concerts and song and dance programs to take place.
The coronavirus is spreading rapidly in India making it the epicenter of the global pandemic. Most people hold Prime Minister Narendra Modi directly responsible for the crisis by his irresponsible conduct and policies. He has also lost support among the people.
India has become the epicentre of the coronavirus but politicians and Hindu extremists ignore all protocols and continue to spread the deadly virus. The Kumbh Mela—a Hindu festival— attended by 10 million people reflects the total disregard for any precautionary measures.
Despite the devastation it has caused in many parts of the world, the pandemic also offers opportunities to the victims of US aggression to formulate policies and strategies to overcome such bullying.
One possibility, increasingly whispered about in financial circles, is that the dollar may die sooner rather than later, and that its cause of death may be listed as COVID-19.
Despite decades of illegal sanctions and the pandemic, the Islamic Republic has coped with the twin crises far better than those that have imposed sanctions on it. The reason is that Iran has made immense progress in the medical field and pursued people-friendly policies.
The pandemic has badly damaged the US economy. Will it rebound or the pandemic will prove to be the iceberg that hit the Titanic sending it to the bottom of the ocean?
The Saudi regime will allow about 1000 people from the kingdom to perform Hajj this year but not Muslims from outside because of the pandemic. Muslims must work to end Bani Saud’s illegal occupation of Makkah and Madinah and challenge their distortion of Hajj rites to please their mushrik masters.
Given that trillions of dollars have been pumped into Western economies because of the pandemic, it will be difficult to argue after the lockdown is eased that money is not available for social and health programs to help the poor.
Is the US itching for war with China because the latter is making huge economic progress that will leave the US far behind? There is a long history of the US’ false accusations to convince the American public to support wars against perceived enemies.
The US economy has been badly affected by COVID-19 (some analysts have said it was already in the dumps before the virus outbreak). Will it end US global hegemony or prolong it? The jury is still out on this.