2020-03-16: Social Media Postees

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Egypt Coordinating Support for Syrian Kurds to Fight Turkey
Jason Ditz | globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-16
Since the US pulled its support from the Kurdish SDF in Syria, there hasn't been much talk of them getting foreign aid, while Turkish forces continue to square up against them in the Syrian northeast. | Reports now are that Egypt …
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Egypt Coordinating Support for Syrian Kurds to Fight Turkey
Jason Ditz | globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-16
Since the US pulled its support from the Kurdish SDF in Syria, there hasn't been much talk of them getting foreign aid, while Turkish forces continue to square up against them in the Syrian northeast. | Reports now are that Egypt …
globalresearch.ca/egypt-coordinating-support-syrian-kurds-fight-turkey/5706426

Senate Leadership Stifles Growing Bipartisan Opposition in Push to Reauthorize Dangerous Spying Powers
commondreams.org | 2020-03-16
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Oil industry front group launches latest attack on electric vehicle tax credit in Senate energy bill
Dana Drugmand | nationofchange.org | 2020-03-16
The oil and gas industry uses groups like AEA to advocate for its interests, and the incumbent industry that fuels conventional vehicles would benefit from slowing the transition to electric vehicles.
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Peace Corps to suspend operations, evacuate volunteers worldwide
rt.com | 2020-03-16
The Peace Corps is suspending all operations globally and evacuating all volunteers over the spread of the new coronavirus. In an open letter to volunteers posted on Sunday on its website, the federal agency's director, Jody Olsen, says the decision follows recent evacuations in China and Mongolia due to the outbreak. | Olsen said that with evacuations now underway at other posts and travel becoming more challenging by the day, the agency decided to expand the suspension and evacuations. | "We are acting now to safeguard your well-being and prevent a situation where volunteers are unable to leave their host co…
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US capitalism's response to the pandemic: Nothing for health care, unlimited cash for Wall Street
wsws.org | 2020-03-16
US President Trump announced another massive handout to the financial oligarchy Sunday night, even as congressional Democrats made clear they would offer no paid sick leave to workers affected by the pandemic.
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As Lawmakers Fall Ill, Congress and State Legislatures Must Enact Continuity Plans
commondreams.org | 2020-03-16
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US capitalism's response to the pandemic: Nothing for health care, unlimited cash for Wall Street
wsws.org | 2020-03-16
US President Trump announced another massive handout to the financial oligarchy Sunday night, even as congressional Democrats made clear they would offer no paid sick leave to workers affected by the pandemic.
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Trump New Rules for Assessing Pesticide Risks Ignore Many Harms to Endangered Species

| globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-16
The Environmental Protection Agency today issued revised methods for assessing pesticide risks that will allow widespread harm to most of the nation's most endangered plants and animals, including American burying beetles, Rio Grande silvery minnows and Hawaiian hoary bats. | The …
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Trump New Rules for Assessing Pesticide Risks Ignore Many Harms to Endangered Species

| globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-16
The Environmental Protection Agency today issued revised methods for assessing pesticide risks that will allow widespread harm to most of the nation's most endangered plants and animals, including American burying beetles, Rio Grande silvery minnows and Hawaiian hoary bats. | The …
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Brazil president takes selfies, cheers demonstrators despite virus warnings
yenisafak.com | 2020-03-16
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro took selfies with supporters and celebrated their demonstrations in major cities on Sunday, drawing criticism from congressional leaders for encouraging large gatherings that could worsen the spreading coronavirus.Bolsonaro also appeared to shrug off the advice of medical experts suggesting he take precautions after several members of his recent delegation to Florida tested positive for the virus. The president tested negative for the virus, as did U.S. President Donald Trump after their meeting, but newspaper O Estado de S.Paulo reported that Bolsonaro's medical team has sugges…
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Almost Five Million Syrian Children Born Into War: UNICEF
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-15
Some five million children were born in Syria since the beginning of the brutal war 10 years ago, with one million born as refugees in neighboring countries and thousands of others killed or maimed, according to the United Nations (U.N.) children's agency (Unicef). | RELATED: | Children Under 13 Pick Coffee for Starbucks, Nespresso: Report | "The war in Syria marks yet another shameful milestone today," said Unicef Executive Director Henrietta Fore. | "As the conflict enters its…
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It's Official, Coronavirus Emergency in America: House Passes COVID-19 "Families First" Response Act
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-15
On March 13, House members passed HR 6201: Families First Coronavirus Response Act by a 363

Israeli Forces Shoot, Injure one Palestinian in Kufur Qaddoum
Ali Salam | imemc.org | 2020-03-15
A Palestinian young man suffered a shrapnel wound in his back, on Saturday, when the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) fired towards a peaceful group, marching in Kufur Qaddoum town, east of Qalqilia, a local official reported. Morad Eshteiwi, the coordinator of the Popular Committee against the Wall and Colonies, said …
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Syria: 'The tragedy is deepening' as UN figures reveal nearly 5 million children have known nothing but war
news.un.org | 2020-03-14
Syria marks a grim milestone this weekend as the tenth year of war begins, prompting the UN Special Envoy to take stock of the incomprehensible scale of suffering there, noting that with nearly a million newly displaced in Idlib, "the tragedy is deepening".
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Do-nothing Mitch? McConnel takes flak for keeping Senate in recess after House passes coronavirus aid bill
rt.com | 2020-03-14
Senate majority leader Mitch McConnel is taking heavy fire for keeping the chamber in long recess even after House approval of a bipartisan bill on emergency relief to coronavirus epidemics. | McConnel took a hands-off approach to this week's work on federal response to the disease, allowing Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to negotiate what a bipartisan approach to the emergency would look like. He agreed to cancel Senate recess next week, but gave senators a long weekend. | I fully support H.R. 6201: Families First CoronaVirus Response Act, which will be voted on in the House this evening. This Bill will fo…
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Canada Ratifies New Trade Agreement with United States, Mexico
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-14
The Canadian House of Commons and Senate Friday approved the ratification of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), shortly before Parliament adjourned until April 20, a decision that was made as a result of the COVID-19 spread. | RELATED: | US, Canada, and Mexico Sign Trade Deal Again to Replace NAFTA | The last step will be likely completed on Saturday when Canada's Governor-General Julie Payette, who exercises the functions of Head of State, signs the text ratified…
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South Sudan: UN chief commends 'spirit of compromise and collaboration' as new cabinet is unveiled
news.un.org | 2020-03-14
Following the unveiling of a new unity cabinet in South Sudan on Thursday, the UN Secretary-General has commended the "spirit of compromise and collaboration" shown by President Salva Kiir and rival-turned-top deputy, Riek Machar, on what has been a rocky road towards forging lasting peace.
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As Syrian conflict enters 10th year, 'brutal truth' is, there is little protection for families
news.un.org | 2020-03-13
Although a fragile ceasefire agreed in northwest Syria is still holding, UN humanitarians on Friday warned of dire conditions for hundreds of thousands of civilians displaced by conflict, now in its tenth year.
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Latest U.S. Military Strikes Are as Reckless as they are Cruel
Lilly Dragnev | peaceaction.org | 2020-03-13
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Who Could Have Gotten Deserters from Trump's Three Armies . . . and from Mine?
Bruce E. Levine | counterpunch.org | 2020-03-13
Taking US national politics too seriously can make you hopelessly stupid, hopelessly cynical, or hopelessly suicidal. Let's see. We had a former Black Panther, Congressman Bobby Rush, endorsing search-and-frisk Bloomberg; while Mike Will Get It Done was making AP headlines: "Bloomberg Once Blamed End of 'Redlining' for 2008 Collapse." We have evangelicals adulterating my I-71…
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War in Syria: 'Carnage', flouting of rights and international law, must stop: Guterres
news.un.org | 2020-03-12
UN agencies have underscored their commitment to continue supporting civilians affected by the war in Syria, which this month enters its tenth year. The Secretary-General issued a statement on Thursday, declaring that "we cannot allow the tenth year to result in the same carnage, the same flouting of human rights and international humanitarian law."
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Lack of Paid Sick Leave Makes It Difficult for Many Workers to Comply with CDC Advice to Stay Home
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-03-12
As the number of coronavirus cases in the United States passes 1,300 cases with 38 deaths, more than 30 million workers lack access to paid sick leave. President Trump addressed the nation Wednesday night, saying he will expand sick leave as part of emergency response to the virus. But the same day, Republican senators blocked an attempt by Senate Democrats to quickly pass legislation requiring employers to grant paid sick leave. Meanwhile, Democrats in the House of Representatives will debate a package of bills Thursday to give workers 14 days of paid sick leave and up to three months of paid family and medical…
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Trump Calls COVID-19 "Foreign Virus" as Lack of Universal Healthcare Makes the Pandemic Worse
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-03-12
After downplaying the threat of coronavirus for days, President Donald Trump addressed the nation Wednesday from the Oval Office, calling COVID-19 a "foreign virus" and announcing an unprecedented travel ban from most of Europe to the U.S. He also said he will expand sick leave. This comes as Senate Republicans blocked paid sick leave legislation. Robert Pollin, distinguished university professor of economics and co-director of the Political Economy Research Institute at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, says the lack of universal healthcare in the U.S. is exacerbating the coronavirus crisis due to "the ab…
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Russia cannot do without Turkey's cooperation in Syria
M. K. Bhadrakumar | iranian.com | 2020-03-12
The former Soviet Union was a satiated world power. It didn't have to prove anything. The Great Patriotic War (1941-45) spoke for itself. Thus, triumphalism was never a diplomatic tool in the Soviet inventory. The removal of the US nuclear missiles from Turkey in the downstream of the 1962 Cuban missile crisis was not even …
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Congress Sends Bipartisan Bill to Trump Rebuking Iran War
Paul Kawika Martin | peaceaction.org | 2020-03-11
Washington, D.C.

The Battle for Idlib: Did Erdogan Capitulate to Putin in Moscow?
Phil Barbelé | mintpressnews.com | 2020-03-10
There was a celebration in Syria when Russia announced a ceasefire agreement with Turkey on March 3 following a six-hour meeting between Presidents Erdogan and Putin in Moscow. Under the agreement, Erdogan agreed to pull back Turkish forces and not to contest territory that Syria had recently reclaimed from terrorist groups in eastern Aleppo and southern Idlib provinces. In fact, Turkey agreed not to intervene against Syrian troops in any of the areas from which it pulled back, in effect allowing Syrian forces to reclaim even more of its territory from terrorists in southern Idlib. | The agreement appeared to be…
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Security Council resolution endorses moves towards long-sought Afghanistan peace
news.un.org | 2020-03-10
The UN Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution on Tuesday afternoon welcoming recent steps towards ending the conflict in Afghanistan. All 15 members supported the resolution, tabled by the United States, which endorses a joint US-Afghan declaration on peace and an agreement signed between Washington and the Taliban.
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"It's a Real Mess": Afghan Rivals Both Claim Presidency as Ongoing Attacks Could Derail Peace Deal
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-03-09
Since last month's U.S.-Taliban peace plan, there have been nearly 80 attacks in Afghanistan. The violence could derail the deal that calls for U.S. troops to withdraw over the next 14 months. This comes as Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and top political leader Abdullah Abdullah both claimed that they won the presidential election at dual inauguration ceremonies today in Kabul, and members of the Taliban and the Afghan government were set to start direct negotiations on Tuesday. We speak with Washington Post reporter Craig Whitlock, who recently won the George Polk Award for Military Reporting for his in-depth in…
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"Supreme Inequality": Author Adam Cohen on the Supreme Court's 50-Year Battle Against Justice
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-03-06
The makeup of the U.S. Supreme Court has come under intense criticism in recent years after two Trump-nominated justices joined the bench. Senate Republicans confirmed Neil Gorsuch in 2017 after having refused to consider President Barack Obama's nominee in his final year in office, and they confirmed Brett Kavanaugh a year later despite multiple allegations of sexual misconduct against the judge. During the 2020 Democratic presidential contest, several candidates floated the idea of "packing the court"

Exclusive: OPCW whistleblowers confront leadership's attacks, cover-up of Douma deception
Aaron Maté | thegrayzone.com | 2020-03-05
OPCW leadership tried to discredit two veteran officials who challenged a cover-up of its chemical weapons investigation in Douma, Syria. They…
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Syria war update: Turkey's Erdogan invades Idlib, invokes re-establishment of Ottoman Empire
Anya Parampil | thegrayzone.com | 2020-03-05
Red Lines host Anya Parampil speaks with Mohammad Marandi, a professor at the University of Tehran. He discusses his recent…
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Inside the World Uyghur Congress: The US-backed right-wing regime change network seeking the 'fall of China'
Ajit Singh | thegrayzone.com | 2020-03-05
While posing as a grassroots human rights organization, the World Uyghur Congress is a US-funded and directed separatist network that…
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Escalating war in Idlib creates new refugee crisis
Peter Boyle | greenleft.org.au | 2020-03-05
Middle East Refugees & migrants Chris SleeIssue 1256 Syria Northern SyriaMarch 5, 2020A February 27 Russian and Syrian airstrike on a Turkish military convoy in Idlib province

Can the World's Second Superpower Rise From the Ashes of Twenty Years of War?
Medea Benjamin | zcomm.org | 2020-03-02
If there is a lesson for peace-loving Americans in the Obama and Trump presidencies, it is that we cannot just walk out of the voting booth and leave it to a champion in the White House to end our wars and bring us peace. In the final analysis, it really is up to us…
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Turkey Kills Over 50 Syrian Troops, Russian Warplanes Intervene to Halt Offensive
Jason Ditz | theantimedia.com | 2020-02-20
Russia called the situation a "worst case scenario."
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'Time For Ilhan' documentary details congresswoman's first rise to political office
splcenter.org | 2020-02-20
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