2020-05-09: Social Media Postees

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'India is an important force': US Afghanistan envoy Khalilzad calls for direct talks between New Delhi and Taliban
rt.com | 2020-05-09
Washington's special envoy to Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad has called on New Delhi to directly engage with the Taliban, asking India to play a "more active" part in the Afghan peace process and the fight against terrorism. | In an exclusive interview with the Hindu on Friday, Khalilzad stressed India's "significant" role in Afghanistan's development, citing "historic ties" between the two countries and shared concerns over terrorist groups active there. | "India is an important force in Afghanistan, and it would be appropriate for [India-Taliban] engagement to take place," Khalilzad said, adding that "it would…
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#WorkerRightsNow: Day of Action for Essential Worker Bill of Rights
MoveOn, Greenpeace, others | indybay.org | 2020-05-09
Online and/or phone call actions…
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/05/06/1883285…

Olang Forest in Iran's Shahroud
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-09
SHAHROUD, May 9 (MNA)

War & peace: Vincent Bal creates 'Shadowology' tributes to WW2 victory
rt.com | 2020-05-09
As part of RT's #VictoryPages, artist Vincent Bal is creating call-to-peace illustrations using shadows cast by toy soldiers. His unique technique is an art form in itself, which he refers to as "shadowology." | "What better way to spread peace than to make people smile?" says the Belgian director and illustrator, commenting on his tribute to the Allied victory in World War II. | For the series 'Toy Soldiers: War and Peace,' Bal created several illustrations using shadows from toys made in…
rt.com/news/487038-toy-soldier-shadowolo…

Hawaiians helped establish Sutter's Fort in Alta California, Republic of Mexico
adapted from Peter T. Young | indybay.org | 2020-05-09
The essential Hawaiian connection with the City of Sacramento remains an open secret. California State Parks could share an inclusive and honest story of early California and the California Gold Rush. Asian Pacific Islanders, Pan Africans and Native Indigenous populations have a story to share…
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/05/07/1883287…

Antifascists demand that May 8 become a holiday in Germany
John Spohr | indybay.org | 2020-05-09
The real goal is a nationwide public holiday anyway, as demanded in the petition. The Berlin Senate could also lobby for such a gesture, that May 8 is considered the day of liberation from National Socialism.
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/05/08/1883292…

French Senate votes to give officials legal indemnity over coronavirus infections
wsws.org | 2020-05-09
The provisions cover the entire period since the state declared a national health emergency in March, and apply to elected representatives, ministers, civil servants and employers.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/09/amni…

Greece's Renewed Relations with Syria Further Isolates Turkey in the Eastern Mediterranean
Paul Antonopoulos | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-08
On Tuesday, the Greek Foreign Ministry finally announced a restoration of relations between Greece and Syria and assigned former ambassador to Syria and Russia, Tasia Athanassiou, as a Special Envoy of Greece's Foreign Ministry for Syria. Greek Foreign Minister …
globalresearch.ca/greece-renewed-relations-syria-isolates-turkey/5712179

Greece's Renewed Relations with Syria Further Isolates Turkey in the Eastern Mediterranean
Paul Antonopoulos | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-08
On Tuesday, the Greek Foreign Ministry finally announced a restoration of relations between Greece and Syria and assigned former ambassador to Syria and Russia, Tasia Athanassiou, as a Special Envoy of Greece's Foreign Ministry for Syria. Greek Foreign Minister …
globalresearch.ca/greece-renewed-relations-syria-isolates-turkey/5712179

Palestinians And Israelis Remember Casualties Together
Staff | therealnews.com | 2020-05-08
The alternative memorial service organized by peace organizations in Israel/Palestine challenges the racist official memorial services of the State of Israel in which only Israeli casualties are remembered.
therealnews.com/stories/palestinians-isr…

Republicans Say They'd Break Rule They Invented to Derail Obama's SCOTUS Pick
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-05-08
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was discharged from Baltimore's Johns Hopkins hospital on Wednesday evening after having been treated for an infection in her gallbladder. | Ginsburg is "doing well and glad to be home," according to a spokeswoman for the Court, but that hasn't stopped some Republicans in the Senate from considering what they might do if her seat (or even somebody else's) were suddenly to become vacant…
truthout.org/articles/republicans-say-th…

Syria violence 'a ticking time-bomb that must not be ignored': UN human rights chief
news.un.org | 2020-05-08
As civilian casualties mount across Syria and human rights violations continue unabated, the UN rights chief expressed serious concern on Friday that some parties to the conflict, including ISIL terrorist fighters, may be using the COVID-19 pandemic as "an opportunity to regroup and inflict violence on the population".
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75 years on from the Nazi defeat, many still suffer impact of conflict: Guterres
news.un.org | 2020-05-08
On 8 and 9 May, the UN commemorates the millions who lost their lives during the Second World War, the tragic conflict that led to the birth of the United Nations. In a video message released late on Friday, UN chief António Guterres warned that divisions still exist, and called for a world based on peace and unity.
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Congress Sets Up Taxpayers to Eat $454 Billion of Wall Street's Losses, Where is the Outrage?
Pam Martens, Russ Martens | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-08
Beginning on March 24 of this year, Larry Kudlow, the White House Economic Advisor, began to roll out the most deviously designed bailout of Wall Street in the history of America. After the Federal Reserve's secret $29 trillion bailout of Wall Street from 2007 to 2010, and the exposure of that by a government audit…
counterpunch.org/2020/05/08/congress-set…

Unions, Dems resist GOP attempt to starve states and localities
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2020-05-08
WASHINGTON–A big battle is shaping up, which affects not just two million workers and their families, but everyone else in the U.S., over whether the next economic stimulus bill in Congress will aid state and local governments and their employees

Documents don't forget: Leaked 1996 court file shows Biden accuser Tara Reade told of 'sexual harassment' in his office
rt.com | 2020-05-08
A court document has surfaced showing that Tara Reade

Widespread criticism forces right-wing Polish government to postpone presidential polls
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-05-08
After drawing widespread criticism from the opposition, wide sections of the Polish society and even coalition partners, the government in Poland led by the right-wing Law and Justice (PiS) party decided on May 6, Wednesday to postpone the presidential polls scheduled for May 10. PiS' bid to hold the polls through postal voting amid the COVID-19 crisis was viewed as a desperate attempt to get incumbent president Andrzej Duda re-elected and also significantly affected the government's anti-COVID-19 policies. | On May 5, the opposition-dominated Polish Senate had vetoed the decision to conduct presidential polls by…
peoplesdispatch.org/2020/05/08/widesprea…

Once Again Trump Scoffs Congressional War Powers with Republican Help
Jeff Jurgens | peaceaction.org | 2020-05-07
Once Again Trump Scoffs Congressional War Powers with Republican Help Washington, D.C.

Johnson compared to Chamberlain in protest video on White Cliffs of Dover
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-05-07
Boris Johnson's response to the coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis has been compared to Neville Chamberlain's "peace for our time" moment, in a giant projection beamed on to the White Cliffs of Dover.The Kent landmark was lit up with a mock-up of the prime minister holding a scrap of paper saying "Highest death toll in Europe".The stunt was the brainchild of Led By Donkeys, a group of activists famed for their giant billboards of politicians' tweets.The group said the black and white creation is a comment on the government's "profound failure" and compares Johnson's conduct to Chamberlain's appeasement policy in the l…
thecanary.co/uk/news/2020/05/07/johnson-compared-to-chamberlain-in-protest-video-on-white-cliffs-of-dover/

Iran anti-war bill in tatters after Trump veto and Senate failure to uphold it
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-05-07
The presidential veto is set to be challenged in the US Congress, where the resolution would require a two-thirds majority in both houses to override the veto…
peoplesdispatch.org/2020/05/07/iran-anti…

U.S. Reverses Policy On Use of Landmines
Jeff Jurgens | peaceaction.org | 2020-05-06
On May 6, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.) headed a congressional oversight letter with 107 other members of Congress to Secretary of Defense Mark Esper expressing disappointment to the Trump Administration's reversal of the policy limiting the use of antipersonnel landmines to the defense of South Korea, and seeking answers to …
peaceaction.org/2020/05/06/u-s-reverses-…

Postal workers and the fight to save USPS
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-05-06
Milwaukee, WI – The United States Postal Service (USPS) is in a state of crisis. Nearly 15 years ago, Congress forced…
www.fightbacknews.org/2020/5/6/postal-wo…

Pandemic Fallout Includes Handout to Rich Retirees
Gerald E. Scorse | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-05-05
The coronavirus pandemic is worlds apart from the financial meltdown of 2008-09. Even so the government's response was identical in one telltale way. Congress once again gave a special dose of tender loving care to taxpayers who need it the least. The 2008 bailout suspended annual required minimum distribution (RMDs) from retirement accounts. Surprise, surprise, …
dissidentvoice.org/2020/05/pandemic-fall…

As Workers Get Sick & Die from COVID-19, McConnell Demands Corporate Immunity in New Stimulus Bill
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-05-04
As the Senate reconvenes today, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is demanding that Congress use the next stimulus bill to protect corporations from liability for workers. "He wants to protect their right to engage in egregious misconduct," says Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen.
www.democracynow.org/2020/5/4/rob_weissm…

Germany Plans To Arm Drones Under Cover Of COVID-19 Crisis
Staff | therealnews.com | 2020-05-04
Peace groups in Germany are alarmed that the German defense ministry is planning to arm drones while the legally-required debate can't be held under the COVID-19 shutdown.
therealnews.com/stories/germany-plans-ar…

'Insulting Resolution': Trump Vetoes Measure Curbing Military Action Against Iran
Sputnik News | iranian.com | 2020-05-06
US President Donald Trump has vetoed a bill that would have reined in his power to unilaterally make war against Iran. The bill was passed by lawmakers after the White House's January decision to assassinate a leading Iranian general without notifying Congress, bringing the region to the brink of war. In March, federal lawmakers passed a …
iranian.com/2020/05/06/insulting-resolut…

Did Russia Steal DNC Emails? No Proof, According to New Transcripts
sputniknews.com | 2020-05-09
On today's episode of Loud & Clear, Brian Becker and John Kiriakou are joined by Aaron Maté, a journalist with The Grayzone and The Nation, and host of the podcast Pushback with Aaron Maté.
sputniknews.com/radio_loud_and_clear/202…

Russian Planes Fly Over Hmeimim Air Base in Syria to Mark Victory Day – Video
sputniknews.com | 2020-05-09
HMEIMIM, May 9 (Sputnik) – Russian military planes flew over the Hmeimim airbase in western Syria on Saturday to mark the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe, a Sputnik reporter said.
sputniknews.com/world/202005091079255420…

Fears of Bolsonaro's Threat to Amazon Realized as New Data Shows Rainforest Destruction Up 55%
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-05-08
Greenpeace on Friday warned of far-right Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro's attacks on environmental law in his country as new data showed that deforestation has "skyrocketed" in the Amazon rainforest this year, particularly in Indigenous territories. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/news/2020/05/08/fears-b…

Vulnerable S.Sudanese get Ramadan aid from Turkish charity
yenisafak.com | 2020-05-09
Vulnerable South Sudanese received food aid packages during the holy month of Ramadan from the Turkish Red Crescent Society.Recipients included 500 families in the capital of Juba, Red Crescent representative Halim Sertac Acici told Anadolu Agency."These families came to Juba after the peace deal and food is very important to human lives," said Acici, in reference to a peace deal signed in 2018. "With this time of the [Muslim] holy month [Ramadan] and other difficulties facing them, we decided to give them food to support them."Rice, sugar, flour, biscuits and cooking oil were among the items each family receive…
yenisafak.com/en/world/vulnerable-ssudan…

US Commission on the Pandemic of 2020: No Culpability, No Accountability for 70,000 Americans Killed in 60 Days
John Stanton | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-05-04
We present the narrative of this report and the recommendations that flow from it to the President of the United States, the United States Congress, and the American people for their consideration. Ten Commissioners–five Republicans and five Democrats chosen by elected leaders from our nation's capital at a time of great partisan division–have come together …
dissidentvoice.org/2020/05/us-commission…

WHO Adviser on Meat Plants: If We're at War, the Weapons We Need Are Tests and PPE, Not Pork
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-04-30
As President Trump invokes the Defense Production Act to bar local governments from closing meatpacking plants around the United States, we get response from a longtime adviser to the World Health Organization. "When Congress passed that act, it certainly did not have in mind that the president has the power or the right to put workers' lives and health at risk," says Lawrence Gostin, professor of global health law at Georgetown University and director of the World Health Organization Center on National and Global Health Law. Gostin also discusses why he joined 40 leading center directors in a declaration this we…
www.democracynow.org/2020/4/30/lawrence_…

Take Action: Keep COVID Stimulus $$ Away From the Pentagon
Jeff Jurgens | peaceaction.org | 2020-04-30
Congress is putting together additional and much needed stimulus packages in response to COVID-19. That's the good news. The bad news is that the Pentagon is trying to weasel billions of dollars out of these stimulus bills! All just to keep the mega-profits rolling for weapons dealers and the military-industrial complex. As people here at …
peaceaction.org/2020/04/30/take-action-k…

U.S. Organizations React to Global Military Spending Report
Jeff Jurgens | peaceaction.org | 2020-04-30
Joint Statement: U.S. organizations react to global military spending report April 27, 2020 Our diverse group of 39 think-tanks, non-profits, faith-based organizations, and advocacy groups based in the United States find the exorbitant amount of money spent on militaries worldwide to be an irresponsible and harmful use of global wealth. The Global Military Expenditures Report …
peaceaction.org/2020/04/30/u-s-organizat…

Israel Attacks Syria, US OKs Annexation, OPCW Caught Again & Impending (Already Here) Bio False Flag
Ryan Cristián | thelastamericanvagabond.com | 2020-04-29
Welcome to The Daily Wrap Up, a concise show dedicated to bringing you the most relevant independent news, as we see it, from the last 24 hours (4/28/19). As always, take the information discussed in the video below and research it for yourself, and come to your own conclusions. Anyone telling you what the truth …
thelastamericanvagabond.com/daily-wrap-u…

Exclusive: OPCW insiders slam 'compromised' new Syria chemical weapons probe
The Grayzone | thegrayzone.com | 2020-04-28
Current and former staff members of the OPCW have denounced the organization's IIT report alleging Syrian government sarin use at…
thegrayzone.com/2020/04/28/opcw-insiders…

A Myriad of Ways to Wage Peace During These Times
Jon Rainwater | peaceaction.org | 2020-04-23
As we shelter in our homes to protect ourselves from this global pandemic, we wanted to share some of the many ways you can remain active and impactful in the work for a more peaceful world. Peace Action has long been a leader in organizing international conferences, marches, and rallies around the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty …
peaceaction.org/2020/04/23/wage-peace-du…

SPLC Action makes recommendations to Congress to address COVID-19 needs in the Deep South
splcenter.org | 2020-04-22
The SPLC Action Fund sent a detailed letter to members of Congress on April 22, 2020, highlighting the need for federal action that specifically addresses the needs of people in South.
splcenter.org/news/2020/04/22/splc-actio…