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The U.S. Military is Hell-Bent on Trying to Overpower China
Vijay Prashad | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-14
On April 1, Admiral Philip Davidson–the head of the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command–told the U.S. Congress that he would like $20 billion to create a robust military cordon that runs from California to Japan and down the Pacific Rim of Asia. His proposal–titled "Regain the Advantage"–pointed to the…
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RT'S 2020 KHALED ALKHATEB AWARDS FOR WAR JOURNALISM OPEN FOR ENTRIES
rt.com | 2020-05-14
MOSCOW, MAY 14

US further complicates prospects for peace in Colombia
Adriaan Alsema | colombiareports.com | 2020-05-14
The United States government further complicated the future of peace in Colombia on Wednesday, adding Cuba to its list of non-cooperative countries in counter-terrorism efforts for not extraditing ELN peace…
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Toothless Congress Fails to Limit Presidential War Powers
Andrey Areshev | strategic-culture.org | 2020-05-14
Some weeks ago, the world woke up to the fact that World War III had just started without anyone being invaded or shots fired. It began when American President Donald J. Trump declared himself to be a "war president" in the fight against the coronavirus, an assertion that now has been followed by a claim that the disease is actually "…really the worst attack we've ever had. This is w…
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America's Newest Wedge Issue and the Tale of the Bizarre 2020 Presidential Elections
Andrey Areshev | strategic-culture.org | 2020-05-14
The Covid-19 pandemic continues to dominate the news and life of the American Republic. With currently no end in sight it is not paranoid to wonder if and how the pandemic will affect the presidential elections coming up in November. Two World Wars, The Civil War, The Great Depression and the Spanish Flu were not enough to stop voting for some congressmen and the top executive of the United States as planned. Now for the first time there are rumors moving abo…
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What on Earth is the U.S. Doing by Bombing Somalia?
Danny Sjursen | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-14
The Trump administration has quietly ramped up a vicious bombing–and covert raiding–campaign in Somalia amid a global coronavirus pandemic. Neither the White House nor the Pentagon has provided any explanation for the deadly escalation of a war that Congress hasn't declared and the media rarely reports. At stake are many thousands of lives. The public…
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Ousted Vaccine Agency Director Will Testify That Our "Darkest Winter" Is Ahead
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-05-14
Rick Bright, the former director of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), is testifying before Congress today, and it's going to be 40 miles of bad road for Donald Trump. It is also going to be the hard, unvarnished truth the entire country needs to hear. | Earlier in the week, Trump had to suffer through the congressional testimony of his hostage, Anthony Fauci, who contradicted Trump's lethal happy talk about reopening the country while the COVID pandemic still…
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The congressional Progressive Caucus wants guaranteed income in stimulus bill
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2020-05-14
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Dispatch from the Frontlines: Gender Inequality and COVID-19 (CPCC)
Congressional Progressive Caucus Ctr & others | indybay.org | 2020-05-14
Online livestream & Zoom…
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Beijing signals harsh counter-sanctions for US lawmakers & STATES targeting China over Covid-19 outbreak
rt.com | 2020-05-14
China will not submit to US lawsuits and legislation aimed at blaming Beijing for the coronavirus crisis, state media has warned, suggesting that counter-sanctions against officials and entire states are already in the works. | Numerous members of Congress and other officials will be put onto China's sanctions list for their involvement in efforts to demonize China for its alleged responsibility for the pandemic, the Global Times reported, citing analysts. | The "painful" countermeasures will likely target Senator John Haw…
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Trump attacks Dr. Fauci for cautioning against the premature opening of the country
wsws.org | 2020-05-14
President Trump went on the offensive to denigrate Dr. Fauci, a respected member of his coronavirus task force, for his candid assessment at Tuesday's Senate hearing.
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Greenlighting War: Iran and Yemen
Charles Pierson | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-14
On May 7, Republicans proved yet again that most of them are perfectly happy allowing President Donald Trump unchecked discretion to make war. Senate Joint Resolution 68, introduced on January 9 by Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA), Hillary Clinton's 2016 running mate, invoked the 1973 War Powers Resolution in an attempt to prohibit President Trump from…
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Greenlighting War: Iran and Yemen
Charles Pierson | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-14
On May 7, Republicans proved yet again that most of them are perfectly happy allowing President Donald Trump unchecked discretion to make war. Senate Joint Resolution 68, introduced on January 9 by Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA), Hillary Clinton's 2016 running mate, invoked the 1973 War Powers Resolution in an attempt to prohibit President Trump from…
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UN economic commission backs guaranteed minimum income in Colombia
Adriaan Alsema | colombiareports.com | 2020-05-14
The United Nations' Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) supports an urgent guaranteed minimum income (GMI) as proposed in Colombia's senate. The proposal was coined by some…
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Argentine Senate Approves Government Decree to Face Pandemic
telesurenglish.net | 2020-05-14
Argentina's Senate approved on Wednesday a group of decrees issued by the government of President Alberto Fernández to address the Covid-19 pandemic. | RELATED: | Argentina Debt Deadlock Remains, Fernandez Says Talks Continue | For the first time in history, the Senate held a virtual session this Wednesday. According to the reports, 71 out of 72 senators participated in the session, which was led by the Speaker of the Upper House, Vice President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner.
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McConnell's PATRIOT Act Expansion Would Hand Barr Unprecedented Spy Powers
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-05-14
Sen. Ron Wyden was joined by privacy advocates Wednesday in forcefully condemning a new proposed amendment to the PATRIOT Act put forward by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell that would greatly expand the U.S. attorney general's surveillance powers under FISA. | McConnell's amendment, which the Senate began debating Wednesday as lawmakers took up the reauthorization of the 2001 PATRIOT Act, would explicitly permit the FBI to collect records of Americans' internet search and browsing histori…
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From Lebanon to Syria, the Arab World is Failing Palestinian Refugees
Ramzy Baroud | mintpressnews.com | 2020-05-13
Heinous racism. That is how the Geneva-based Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor described a recent decision by Lebanese authorities to bar Palestinian refugee expats from returning to Lebanon. | Lebanon's restrictions on its ever-diminishing population of Palestinian refugees is nothing new. However, this event is particularly alarming as it may be linked to a long-term official policy regarding the residency status of Palestinian refugees in this Arab country. | Many were ta…
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The U.S. Military is hell-bent on trying to overpower China
Vijay Prashad | mronline.org | 2020-05-13
The absence of a strong world peace movement with the capacity to prevent this buildup by the United States is of considerable concern for the planet. The need for such a movement could not be greater.
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Russia Ready to Assist the US in the Taliban Peace Agreement
telesurenglish.net | 2020-05-13
Russia's Foreign Affairs Minister Sergei Lavrov said his country is ready to help the United States and the Taliban overcome difficulties in implementing the Doha Peace Agreement. | RELATED: | At Least 14 People Killed in Afghanistan Hospital Attack | …
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Russia Ready to Assist the US in the Taliban Peace Agreement
telesurenglish.net | 2020-05-13
Russia's Foreign Affairs Minister Sergei Lavrov said his country is ready to help the United States and the Taliban overcome difficulties in implementing the Doha Peace Agreement. | RELATED: | At Least 14 People Killed in Afghanistan Hospital Attack | …
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US: Twitter Announces Work-From-Home Strategy Extension
telesurenglish.net | 2020-05-13
Twitter chief executive officer Jack Dorsey announced on May 12 Company allowed employees to work indefinitely from home. | RELATED: | Russia Ready to Assist the US in the Taliban Peace Agreement | "We were uniquely positioned to respond quickly and allow folks to work from home given our emphasis on decentralization and supporting a distributed workforce capable of working from anywhere," Twitter representatives stated. | The social network administration was one of the first t…
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Iraq in the balance between Iran and the USA
Elijah Magnier | thealtworld.com | 2020-05-13
Iran and the US have been at war since 1979, when the "Islamic Republic" took power. This war will continue as long as the US seeks to defeat Iran, which in turn seeks to force the US out of the Middle East. Occasionally, the war manifests as direct clashes between the two countries, but usually it takes place on the territory of Iran's allies. These allies are becoming stronger and powerful enough to be reckoned with. This growth is imposing Iran as a regional power with influence in several countries around the Middle East–from Palestine, Lebanon, Syria, and Yemen to Iraq, where direct US-Iran confrontati…

Iraq in the balance between Iran and the USA

Naomi Klein: Healthcare Industry Sees "Potential Bonanza" of Profits in COVID-19 Crisis
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-05-13
As the top infectious disease expert testifies to the Senate that needless death and suffering could result from reopening too quickly, author and journalist Naomi Klein says a "pandemic shock doctrine" is beginning to emerge. "The fact that a large sector of the economy, the healthcare industry, sees a potential bonanza here … that's a win for them."
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Trump Administration Won't Guarantee Universal Access to COVID-19 Vaccine
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-05-13
Despite hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars flowing to private drug companies for vaccine development, top health officials coordinating the Trump administration's COVID-19 response indicated to Congress on Wednesday that they cannot guarantee universal access to vaccines for the highly contagious disease once they are developed. | Speaking remotely over videoconference during a widely anticipated Senate health committee hearing, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) pressed the officials to guara…
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Iraq's New Government–MES EP.53
Marwa Osman | thealtworld.com | 2020-05-13
Iraq's parliament has approved a new government, after six months without one, as parties bickered until the last minute over cabinet seats in backroom deals. Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi, Iraq's intelligence chief and a former journalist, will head the government but will begin his term without a full cohort of ministers after several candidates were rejected. To discuss this issue with us from Beirut is Mohamad Obeid, political commentator. | In the meantime, The Syrian Arab Army and their allies from the National Defense Forces squared off with ISIS terrorists in the Al-Mayadeen District of Deir Ezzor, re…

Iraq's New Government–MES EP.53

Conflict between Russia, Iran over Syria psychological war: Nasrallah
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-13
TEHRAN, May 13 (MNA)

US anti-ISIS chief says his goal in Syria is to create a 'quagmire' for Russia, not battle terrorism
rt.com | 2020-05-13
James Jeffrey, the US special envoy for Syria and defeating the Islamic State, has made quite a frank confession of how he sees his job and that of US troops there: to create a new Vietnam or Afghanistan for Moscow. | "Our military presence, while small, is important for overall calculations. So we urge the Congress, the American people, the president to keep these forces on, but again this isn't Afghanistan, this isn't Vietnam, this isn't a quagmire," Jeffrey said on Tuesday, during a video event hosted by the Hudson Institute. | My job is to make it a quagmire for the Russians. | Asked why the American publ…
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Beijing denounces 'immoral' US Senate bill threatening China with sanctions over Covid-19
rt.com | 2020-05-13
Beijing has lashed out at US legislation which seeks to impose sanctions on China if it fails to cooperate with Washington's investigation into the coronavirus pandemic. | The bill would require the president to notify Congress within 60 days that China had "provided a full and complete accounting" to any US-led probe into the coronavirus outbreak. The rule would also apply to investigations carried out by American allies and UN agencies such as the World Health Organization (WHO). | The legislation also demands that China shutter all "wet markets" which can pose a risk to human health. It also calls for the i…
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HR 6666: The Testing, Reaching and Contacting Everyone (TRACE) Act. Towards a Totalitarian State?
Renee Parsons | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-13
And so it begins with the first Congressional effort to codify what may be the first of many unconstitutional legislative attempts to create a totalitarian One World Government under the guise of attacking the coronavirus COVID 19. | Some weeks ago …
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The Health Care Industry Could Profit From the COVID-19 Crisis
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-05-13
As the top infectious disease expert testifies to the Senate that needless death and suffering could result from reopening too quickly, author and journalist Naomi Klein says a "pandemic shock doctrine" is beginning to emerge. "The fact that a large sector of the economy, the healthcare industry, sees a potential bonanza here … that's a win for them." | TRANSCRIPT | : | This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form. | AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy Now!, democracynow.org, The Quaranti…
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Reeling From Controversy, Facebook Launches Faceless Lobbying Group to Influence Congress, Regulators
commondreams.org | 2020-05-13
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Dispatch from the Frontlines: Gender Inequality and COVID-19 (CPCC)
Congressional Progressive Caucus Ctr & others | indybay.org | 2020-05-13
Online livestream & Zoom…
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Iran to give harsh response to any military escapade by US: Envoy
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-13
TEHRAN, May 13 (MNA)

Senate votes down anti-surveillance amendment, as both parties back warrantless spying on Americans' browser history
rt.com | 2020-05-13
The US Senate has voted down an amendment that would limit surveillance of Americans' internet records. Apparently, the true divide in Washington is not between Democrat and Republican, but those for or against the police state. | The US Senate met on Wednesday to debate the reauthorization of some provisions of the USA Freedom Act, an expansive domestic surveillance bill that expired in March. As Majority Leader Mitch McConnell brought the Act to the floor, a bipartisan group of lawmakers introduced an amendment that would explicitly bar law enforcement from snooping on Americans' internet browsing and search…
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'Major Victory for the Progressive Movement' as Congressional Hopeful Kara Eastman Wins Nebraska Primary
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-05-13
Progressive celebrated after Kara Eastman on Tuesday won a Democratic primary contest for the U.S. House seat representing Nebraska's 2nd Congressional District, which is currently held by the two-term Republican Rep. Don Bacon. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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The US military is hell-bent on trying to overpower China
Vijay Prashad | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-05-12
On April 1, Admiral Philip Davidson–the head of the US Indo-Pacific Command–told the US Congress that he would like $20 billion to create a robust military cordon that runs from California to Japan and down the Pacific Rim of Asia. His proposal–titled "Regain the Advantage"–pointed to the "renewed threat we face from Great Power Competition. … Without a valid and convincing conventional deterrent, China and Russia will be emboldened to take ac…
peoplesdispatch.org/2020/05/12/the-us-mi…

President Ghani orders Afghan troops to switch to 'offensive mode' after new attacks
rt.com | 2020-05-12
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani ordered the military to move to "offensive mode" on Tuesday, shifting away from a defensive stance it had taken as part of efforts to reduce violence as the US tries to broker peace talks. | "In order to provide security for public places and to thwart attacks and threats from the Taliban and other terrorist groups, I am ordering Afghan security forces to switch from an active defense mode to an offensive one and to start their operations against the enemies," Ghani said in a televised speech. | The comments followed a violent day in which gunmen killed 16 people at a maternity cl…
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Video: Al-Qaeda Launches Large-scale Attack in Northwestern Hama Under Cover of Ceasefire Deal
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-12
The southern part of the Idlib zone has once again turned into a hot point with the Syrian Army and al-Qaeda militants openly clashing with each other. | On May 10, fierce clashes erupted between the Syrian Army and forces of …
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Lobbying for Burial Costs
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez | zcomm.org | 2020-05-12
"I feel like I'm the cleaning crew for Congress's neglect and mess."
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Syria spinmeisters fumble attempts to narrative manage OPCW leaks
Caitlin A. Johnstone | mronline.org | 2020-05-12
It's been over 72 hours since The Grayzone published new leaks further exposing how the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has been lying about its investigation into an alleged chemical attack in Douma, Syria two years ago.
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Pivot To Peace Must Replace US Pivot To War With China
Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-05-12
US and Chinese Fists and Weapons face-off (from the Financial Times) The Trump administration, in seeking to divert attention from its bungled response to the COVID-19 pandemic and mishandling of the economic collapse, is escalating the bipartisan anti-China policy, which has a long history. This increases the potential of military conflict and economic war between …
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Bernie Sanders' interview with the Washington Post: The thin gruel of Democratic Party politics
wsws.org | 2020-05-12
Sanders glossed over the reality of the health and economic catastrophe facing millions of workers and made no mention of the corporate bailouts for which he has voted in the Senate.
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SND Live with Vanessa Beeley
Vanessa Beeley | thealtworld.com | 2020-05-12
Independent journalist and complete badass, Vanessa Beeley, joins us from Damascus to discuss her recent work shedding light on how the West's response to Covid is providing cover for further atrocities in Syria. We also discussed the continuing genocide in Yemen and the UN's role in facilitating it, what hybrid warfare is, and who is determining the roll out of the UK's "new normal".

SND Live with Vanessa Beeley

Justice Thomas Said Forcing Trump to Release His Taxes Weakens the President
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-05-12
The United States Supreme Court heard two different cases on a single matter: who may (or may not) have the legal right to access President Donald Trump's financial and tax records. | The two cases involve investigations at the Congressional level as well as within the state Trump once called his home, New York. | The District Attorney from Manhattan, Cyrus Vance Jr., is seeking to obtain…
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US lowers threat perception on Iran
M. K. Bhadrakumar | iranian.com | 2020-05-12
The drawdown of US military presence in the Middle East, especially from Saudi Arabia, may not be an automatic open sesame

British propaganda efforts in Syria may have broken UK law
The Alternative World | thealtworld.com | 2020-05-12
Ian Cobain, Alice Ross- Internal assessment concluded UK government's covert support of 'moderate opposition' was shallow, lacked coherence and cost lives | MEE- The UK's covert propaganda programmes in war-torn Syria were poorly planned, probably illegal and cost lives, according to a scathing internal review of the initiative that has been seen by Middle East Eye. | Using news agencies, social media, poster campaigns and even children's comics, communications companies working under contract to the British government attempted to undermine both the Assad government and the Islamic State group and bolster elemen…

British propaganda efforts in Syria may have broken UK law

Sanctions = Health terrorism
Betsey Piette | workers.org | 2020-05-12
A timely international webinar, sponsored by SanctionsKill.org on May 9, featured representatives from Cuba, Iran, Nicaragua, Syria and Venezuela, plus a statement from Zimbabwe addressing the deadly impact of U.S. sanctions during the COVID-19 pandemic. Over 1,000 people from nearly every continent, including multiple U.S. cities, viewed the event. The . . . | Continue reading Sanctions = Health terrorism at Workers.org
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"Operation Volute": Covert UK Propaganda Efforts in Syria May Have Broken UK Law
Ian Cobain | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-12
The UK's covert propaganda programmes in war-torn Syria were poorly planned, probably illegal and cost lives, according to a scathing internal review of the initiative that has been seen by Middle East Eye. | Using news agencies, social media, poster campaigns …
globalresearch.ca/british-propaganda-efforts-syria-may-have-broken-uk-law/5712623

Action Alert: Call Your Rep to Cut Pentagon Spending
Paul Kawika Martin | peaceaction.org | 2020-05-12
☎️🗣Call your Reps. to ✂ Pentagon spending Over the last few weeks, we've alerted you that the Pentagon is trying to direct funds for COVID-19 relief into its own bloated coffers. In the last three years alone

Duque used Colombia's peace funds to pay for presidential approval poll
Adriaan Alsema | colombiareports.com | 2020-05-12
Colombia's President Ivan Duque used money meant for the implementation of peace policies to pay for a poll over public approval of his peace policy, local media reported on Monday….
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