Clark Mindock, The Independent

Clark Mindock

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Flagstaff, AZ, United States

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Recent articles by Clark:

Cinco de Mayo: What is the celebration and why is it significant?

Cinco de Mayo is a cultural phenomenon in the United States. It’s a time to celebrate Mexican culture and, for some, an opportunity to drink a lot of margaritas and cerveza. But it is also a frequently misunderstood holiday. Here is what Cinco de Mayo is all about. What is Cinco de Mayo? People often mistake Cinco de Mayo for a celebration of Mexican independence. But they’re → Read More

'This is something that’s not explainable': How America's chaotic prisons are becoming breeding grounds for coronavirus

For weeks last month, as the novel coronavirus was making worrisome headlines from mostly China and other Asian countries, the disease was silently spreading at the Kirkland Life Care Centre, in Washington State. → Read More

AOC blasts 'shameful' $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus bill for bailing out corporations

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has shamed Republicans in Congress for fighting for proponents of the $2trn coronavirus response bill that she characterised as nothing more than a corporate giveaway that would exacerbate American income and wealth inequality going forward. → Read More

Coronavirus: Trump demands GM start making ventilators – despite cancelling earlier deal

Donald Trump has demanded Ford and General Motors pivot to making ventilators that could save lives amid the coronavirus outbreak in the United States, in a tweet urging the Chevrolet maker to re-open an Ohio assembly plant the company no longer owns. → Read More

Coronavirus death toll could reach up to 1.7 million in US, according to worst case scenarios

Worst-case scenario predictions for the coronavirus pandemic say that between 160 and 214 million people could become infected in the United States, in an epidemic that could last months or even over a year. The scenarios were projected based on US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention data, which was analysed by teams to see how the virus might impact the United States → Read More

'Incompetent and incoherent': Fox News guest slams Trump official for dodging coronavirus questions

A doctor and former Trump administration official on Fox News has slammed a White House coronavirus task force official for refusing to answer whether the US health system will have enough ventilators to respond to the growing threat of the epidemic in coming weeks and months as the virus spreads. The doctor, Michael Osterholm, had just watched a clip with the cable network’s → Read More

Coronavirus: Trump encourages Americans not to travel domestically unless they have to

Donald Trump is encouraging Americans not to travel domestically, as the coronavirus continues to spread throughout the United States. "Well if you don’t have to travel I wouldn’t do it. If you don’t have to travel," Mr Trump said, when asked about a Pentagon directive to military families urging them not to travel domestically if possible. "We want this thing to end. We don’t → Read More

Coronavirus: First person dies after testing positive for virus in New York City

An 82-year-old woman in New York City has become the first coronavirus-related death in New York State, according to governor Andrew Cuomo. The woman, who died in Manhattan and who has not been identified, had emphysema, which the governor said contributed to her death. “If you are 82 years old and you have emphysema and you get the flu, you are in a serious position,” he said → Read More

'Why is he shaking all their hands?': Trump breaks coronavirus rules as he parades CEOs for 'infomercial' press conference

Shortly after a speech announcing a series of measures undertaken by the US government to combat the coronavirus pandemic, Donald Trump took the unusual step of shaking the hands of several American CEOs as he invited them to talk about how their corporations are pitching in to combat the crisis that has sent markets spiralling and workers into self-isolation. → Read More

'Testing, testing, testing': Pelosi introduces 'evidence based' coronavirus response just before Trump speech

House speaker Nancy Pelosi has announced what she has called an "evidence-based" plan to combat the coronavirus pandemic, which has sparked global market panic as cases have skyrocketed across five continents. During a speech roughly an hour before Donald Trump was set to deliver an emergency speech on his administration's response, Ms Pelosi announced that the House of → Read More

Coronavirus: Brazil president Jair Bolsonaro tests positive after meeting with Trump, reports say

Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro has tested positive for coronavirus, according to multiple reports. The diagnosis follows days after Mr Bolsonaro visited the United States, where he met with US president Donald Trump at the American's Mar-a-Lago resort. It also follows just after Mr Bolsonaro's press secretary, who was also on the trip and pictured alongside Mr Trump, also → Read More

Coronavirus: US shutdowns and working from home could last '8 weeks or more', top health official warns

A top US health official says Americans should prepare for nearly two months or more of shutdowns and working from home as the deadly coronavirus spreads throughout the country. “It’s certainly going to get worse before it gets better,” Dr Anthony Fauci, an official with the National Institutes of Health, said during an interview on Good Morning America. → Read More

Coronavirus: Stocks plummet and Dow has worst day since 1987 despite US Treasury injection

US stocks have plummeted once again, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average losing 10 per cent in what was its worst day since 1987. The continued decline comes as global concerns surrounding the coronavirus pandemic have continued to mount, with the US Treasury Department offering up $1.5 trillion in loans to banks to try and smooth investor concerns. That injection of capital → Read More

Coronavirus: Layoffs begin in US as market fears drive stocks down

The first layoffs and job losses caused by the coronavirus pandemic are already being seen in the United States, and experts say the situation may be about to get much worse. The layoffs come as stock markets have plummeted due to concerns surrounding the virus, and the uncertain future that could lie ahead as countries enact increasingly strict travel guidelines — including a → Read More

Coronavirus: Bernie Sanders says pandemic is 'on a scale of major war' and deaths could top Second World War

Bernie Sanders has warned that the coronavirus pandemic could cause deaths on par with a major war, in an address slamming Donald Trump and calling for an aggressive response to the growing threat. More follows... → Read More

Justin Trudeau self-isolating after wife shows coronavirus symptoms

Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau has announced he will self-isolate after his wife began showing symptoms of coronavirus. The decision was made after Mr Trudeau and his wife, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, returned from a trip to London, according to a statement. Ms Trudeau then displayed "mild flu-like symptoms including a low fever late last night," the Thursday statement → Read More

Coronavirus: Trump travel ban gives 'false sense of security' and could make things worse, WHO doctor says

A leading doctor with the World Health Organisation says Donald Trump’s European travel ban may actually give people a false sense of security and may have a net negative impact on efforts to combat the virus outbreak. Margaret Harris, a doctor with that organisation, said that the WHO would prefer world leaders and health organisations to be focused on combating local → Read More

Coronavirus: Senate Republicans block emergency sick leave bill as outbreak spreads across US

Senate Republicans have blocked an emergency paid sick leave bill aimed at helping deal with complications stemming from the coronavirus outbreak, arguing that the federal government should not foot the bill for the measure that Democrats claim is a public health imperative. → Read More

Bernie Sanders pledges to stay in 2020 primary race despite major losses to Joe Biden

A defiant Bernie Sanders has pledged to stay in the Democratic primary race in spite of recent losses, promising to force Joe Biden to take a stand on the progressive issues that have animated the Vermont senator's campaign and political career. → Read More

US coronavirus: Democrats demand apology for 'bigoted' and 'racist' messages by Republicans

Democrats have called on Republicans to apologise for language about the coronavirus that they claim is “bigoted”, including labelling the disease as “Chinese”. The call for repentance came in response to a message from congressman Kevin McCarthy, in which he shared the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention’s page about the outbreak, and called it the “Chinese → Read More