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The Coronavirus Spreads Through The Middle East. KGNU 1390 AM, 88.5 FM – Hemispheres, Middle East Dialogues with Ibrahim Kazerooni and Rob Prince. Tuesday, April 28, 2020. 6-7 pm Mountain Time. Hosted by Jim Nelson.

April 26, 2020

Shopping During The Coronavirus in Tunis, Tunisia. Photo Credit: Ahmed Zarrouki,

The Coronavirus Spreads Through The Middle East… From Iran to Saudi Arabia, to the Occupied Palestinian Territories to North Africa: The Growing Pandemic and Trump Administration War Plans.

KGNU 1390 AM, 88.5 FM – Hemispheres, Middle East Dialogues with Ibrahim Kazerooni and Rob Prince. Tuesday, April 28, 2020. 6-7 pm Mountain Time. Hosted by Jim Nelson.

An oil glut – it was coming anyway but the Coronavirus pushed it well over the top, so much so that for a couple of days oil producers weren’t selling their project but paying others to take it! And with this glut, the death knell of the U.S. fracking and shale industry – one of the world’s most subsidized with tumble and soon fall. It has no future.

With its passing, the myth that the United States is “energy independent” and no longer dependent upon Middle Eastern oil will die with it. The Saudi effort to flood the market, put pressure on Russia and Iran has backfired badly as well. And now with hundreds of the royal family infected with COVID-19 and genocidal the war the Saudis are conducting in Yemen going from bad to worse, Riyadh is in trouble…actually pretty deep s@*t.

Meanwhile, the Coronavirus is only starting its deadly march into the Global South where S. Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa and the MENA (Middle East and North Africa) countries are bracing for the worst. Besides Iran, where the COVID-10 pandemic first took root, the virus is showing signs of taking off in the Palestinian Occupied Territories (W. Bank and Gaza), in Turkey where the numbers are exploding and in North Africa. After half a century of IMF structural adjustment programs that forced countries to cut social services – and in particular, public healthcare services – these regions are ripe for a rip-roaring COVID-19 pandemic that could make what has transpired in Italy and NYC look like childs’ play, especially if the virus follows the same trajectory as the 1918-1920 “Spanish Flu” (which actually started on a U.S. military base in Kansas – and should be named the Kansas Flu) killing far more in the Global South than it did in the more developed countries…

All this and more on Hemispheres, Middle East Dialogues on KGNU – Boulder – 1390 AM, 88.5 FM – 6-7 pm, Mountain States Time, hosted by Jim Nelso.



5 Comments leave one →
  1. William Conklin permalink
    April 26, 2020 7:45 pm

    Looking forward to the show, they are always great. Maybe the Middle East could learn from the Swedes:

    According to an article in the Washington Times repeating the words of the epidemiologist in charge of the crisis in Sweden, Dr. Anders Tegnell, the epidemic is under control.

    “ The latest patient and death figures show that the epidemic is coming to an end in Sweden. In Sweden, as in most other countries, excess mortality has occurred mainly in nursing homes which were not adequately protected , said the chief epidemiologist. ”

    “Compared to other countries [which have imposed containment], the Swedish population could now benefit from increased immunity against the Covid-19 virus , which could better protect them from a possible ‘second wave’ l next winter. Some regions are already very close to achieving ‘collective immunity’ ”

    “We can assume that by the end of 2020, mortality from Covid-19 will not be visible in overall Swedish mortality. The Swedish example shows that “confinements” were medically unnecessary or even counterproductive as well as socially and economically devastating. ”


  2. tim mccarthy permalink
    May 2, 2020 4:32 pm

    I really enjoyed the show, as I do all of your shows. Off the subject: the ospreys are back at Jim Baker reservoir and nesting on a telephone pole on Lowell Ave.

    • May 2, 2020 4:37 pm

      Thanks Tim
      Wanna meet at Jin Baker?

      • tim mccarthy permalink
        May 3, 2020 12:35 pm

        my children to not allow us to socialize, but if you are there, my house is above the path. The one with solar panel awnings.

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