The Coronavirus And Similar Global Issues: How To Address Them

30 05 2020

  By Timothy D. Naegele[1]

This is the title of my newest law review article that discusses the Coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, and by other names.[2]

Seemingly out of the blue, emanating from China, came the Coronavirus. The world will never be the same. Like earlier pandemics in recorded history such as the Spanish flu—which killed as many as 100 million globally right after World War I—the effects of the Coronavirus may change humankind forever.

Countless numbers may die; the mass suffering may be indescribable; businesses will disappear; lawlessness may reign; and the social, economic and military order of the planet may be altered decisively and irretrievably.  Banks and other financial institutions, and the very fabric of America, may be affected in ways not seen since the Great Depression.

Governmental controls are being imposed and will be implemented in the United States, not experienced since the dark days of World War II.  China launched the Coronavirus, intentionally (as a bioweapon) or inadvertently; and many would argue that it must pay reparations or restitution to the world for having done so, which would likely run into trillions of dollars.

Also, a global boycott of anything and everything from China may ensue, as Americans and their counterparts abroad “vote” with their pocketbooks against the suffering that China unleashed.

 

Xi Jinping and Coronavirus


© 2020, Timothy D. Naegele

 


[1]  Timothy D. Naegele was counsel to the United States Senate’s Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, and chief of staff to Presidential Medal of Freedom and Congressional Gold Medal recipient and former U.S. Senator Edward W. Brooke (R-Mass). He and his firm, Timothy D. Naegele & Associates, specialize in Banking and Financial Institutions Law, Internet Law, Litigation and other matters (see www.naegele.com and Timothy D. Naegele Resume-20-5-11). He has an undergraduate degree in economics from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), as well as two law degrees from the School of Law (Boalt Hall), University of California, Berkeley, and from Georgetown University. He served as a Captain in the U.S. Army, assigned to the Defense Intelligence Agency at the Pentagon, where he received the Joint Service Commendation Medal (see, e.g., https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commendation_Medal#Joint_Service). Mr. Naegele is an Independent politically; and he is listed in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Law, and Who’s Who in Finance and Business. He has written extensively over the years (see, e.g., www.naegele.com/whats_new.html#articles), and can be contacted directly at tdnaegele.associates@gmail.com

[2]  See Timothy D. Naegele, The Coronavirus and Similar Global Issues: How to Address Them, 137 BANKING L. J. 285 (June 2020) (Naegele June 2020) (Timothy D. Naegele) [NOTE: To download The Banking Law Journal article, please click on the link to the left of this note]  


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3 06 2020
Timothy D. Naegele

GOP Convention Will Not Be Held In North Carolina Because Of The Coronavirus

Newsmax.com has reported:

President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that the Republican convention due to be held in North Carolina in August will have to be held in another state because of social distancing restrictions ordered by the state’s Democratic governor.

In a tweet, Trump said North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper “is still in Shelter-In-Place Mode, and not allowing us to occupy the arena as originally anticipated and promised.”

“We are now forced to seek another State to host the 2020 Republican National Convention,” Trump said.

The squabbling between the GOP and Cooper has reached a fevered pitch this week, with The New York Times reporting earlier Tuesday that the Republican National Committee had begun actively looking at alternative sites for its nominating convention in August.

According to the Times report, officials planned to visit Nashville this week. Other cities under consideration, according to a Republican official cited by the news organization, include Las Vegas, Orlando, Jacksonville and sites in Georgia.

Trump and other Republican officials had been pressing North Carolina for reassurances that they could stage a large-scale, traditional convention, without the burdens imposed by masks and social distancing.

But with virus cases growing in North Carolina and hospitalizations still climbing, Democrat Cooper sent a letter to Republican officials on Tuesday that “the people of North Carolina do not know what the status of COVID-19 will be in August, so planning for a scaled-down convention with fewer people, social distancing and face coverings is a necessity.”

Even before the president’s tweet about pulling the event from North Carolina, there were signs that things would go that way. Earlier in the day, The Times had reported, Ronna McDaniel, the chairwoman of the RNC, let North Carolina officials know there was a strong possibility the event would be moved.

The event is scheduled for Aug. 24-27. It is not known if relocating it will affect the scheduling.

Democrats’ convention is set for Aug. 17-20 in Milwaukee, but there has been discussion of a scaled-back or virtual event because of the pandemic.

See https://www.newsmax.com/us/convention-gop/2020/06/02/id/970253/ (“Trump Says Republican Convention Will Not Be in North Carolina“) (emphasis added)

A careful review of my new law review article about the Coronavirus is warranted.

See Timothy D. Naegele, The Coronavirus and Similar Global Issues: How to Address Them, 137 BANKING L. J. 285, 303-305 (June 2020) (https://naegeleblog.files.wordpress.com/2020/05/timothy-d.-naegele.pdf) [NOTE: To download The Banking Law Journal article, please click on the link to the left of this note]

The decision of when to reopen and how fast should be a medical decision, not a political decision. Obviously, President Trump and Americans of both political parties are chomping at the bit to get moving again, especially in light of the lockdowns and the riots—which is totally understandable.

See, e.g., https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2020/06/02/history-repeats-itself-thugs-riot-in-america/ (“History Repeats Itself: Thugs Riot In America“)

But the political and medical consensus—which is summarized in my article—concludes as follows:

• China launched the Coronavirus intentionally (as a bioweapon) or inadvertently— this much is indisputable—and it must be held responsible. Clearly, it must pay reparations and/or restitution to Americans; U.S. businesses and other organizations, both large and small; our federal, state and local governments; and to the world for the coronavirus—which will likely run into many trillions of dollars. Nothing less will suffice. Or a global boycott of China must be instituted and implemented.

• There’s a reasonable hope for an effective vaccine by fall 2021—at the earliest. The grim reality is that until a vaccine is found, tested and determined to be safe and effective—and it is administered domestically and globally—no American or anyone else will be totally safe. It is naïve and an illusion to believe otherwise.

Thus, unless there is “social distancing” and other measures taken, holding the GOP and Democrats’ convention in North Carolina or anywhere else is a risky decision.

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6 06 2020
Timothy D. Naegele

Chinese Soccer Superstar Calls For Ouster Of Communist Party, Stunning Nation

This is the title of an important article in the Washington Post, written by Gerry Shih:

Chinese sports stars usually express thanks and offer platitudes about their government — if they address politics and power at all.

Not Hao Haidong.

The retired soccer forward — the Chinese national team’s all-time top goal scorer and an idol in the 1990s and early 2000s — stunned his country this week after he called for the downfall of the ruling Communist Party and the formation of a new government.

In a highly unusual YouTube appearance as part of an apparent publicity campaign by the fugitive billionaire Guo Wengui, one of the Chinese government’s most reviled opponents, Hao read an 18-point manifesto for a vision of a “New Federal State of China.” Sitting for an accompanying hour-long interview alongside his wife, the badminton champion Ye Zhaoying, Hao launched into lengthy criticisms of the government’s handling of almost every domestically sensitive subject: Hong Kong, Tibet, the coronavirus pandemic.

“This Communist Party should be kicked out of humanity,” Hao declared in videos released Thursday, on the politically sensitive ­anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre in 1989.

Coming from an international athlete, Hao’s comments would be fiercely criticized by the Chinese government. Coming from a Chinese soccer legend, they were unthinkable, almost disorienting.

By Thursday afternoon, Hao’s videos had caused a sensation in China even though they appeared on YouTube, a blocked platform. They seemed to confound Internet users and authorities alike. Was the entire episode fake? Should it be condemned or ignored?

Titan, a leading state-run sports website, quickly issued a statement that said: “Hao Haidong has made a speech that subverts the government and harms national sovereignty and uses the coronavirus epidemic to smear the Chinese government and spread falsehoods about Hong Kong. . . . We strongly condemn this behavior.”

Shortly after, the statement was edited to replace Hao’s name, which had become sensitive, with the Roman letter “H.” Hours after that, the statement was removed outright as the government opted to erase all mention of the incident on the domestic Internet, as if it had never happened.

Hao’s Weibo social media account, which had close to 8 million followers, vanished. Hupu, a leading online hangout for Chinese sports fans, warned users against all discussion of Hao’s “harmful remarks.” Then the warning disappeared, too.

Within 24 hours, according to the Internet monitor freeweibo.­com, Hao’s name had become the most heavily censored term on ­Weibo — topping even “6-4,” the perennially censored reference to the Tiananmen crackdown on June 4, 1989.

On Friday, the government addressed the videos for the first time, dismissing Hao’s statements as farce. “I don’t have any interest in commenting,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said.

Hao, who is believed to live in Spain after retiring as China’s greatest striker, has been known for sharply criticizing Chinese soccer authorities, but not the ruling party itself. At one point in his videos, he says his disillusionment with the corrupt sports system morphed into a deeper discontent. He also lambasted the prevalence of fraud and a lack of social welfare.

His salvo couldn’t be seen as a gauge of popular sentiment toward the party, but Hao is probably the highest-profile Chinese national to speak out so forcefully against the country’s political leadership under the rule of President Xi Jinping.

Hao’s videos amounted to a minor publicity coup for Guo, the New York-based businessman who has been sought by Chinese authorities on a string of charges, including fraud, blackmail and bribery.

After fleeing China, Guo, who once worked closely with top Chinese intelligence officials, refashioned himself in 2017 as an anti-government crusader who promised to topple the Communist Party by revealing its secrets on his YouTube channel. Despite dominating Chinese political chatter in 2017, many of Guo’s disclosures emerged to be unsubstantiated or fake, and his profile waned.

The former real estate developer hired Stephen K. Bannon, the former White House chief strategist and China critic, in 2018 on a multimillion-dollar deal to promote him in the United States, according to Axios.

As Guo’s YouTube channel aired Hao’s videos this week, it also showed Guo and Bannon in a boat in the New York Bay floating in front of the Statue of Liberty, from where Bannon read an English version of a manifesto calling for the creation of a new China.

See https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/chinese-soccer-superstar-hao-haidong-calls-for-ouster-of-communist-party-stunning-nation/2020/06/05/9ae91df2-a6ec-11ea-898e-b21b9a83f792_story.html (emphasis added)

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