2020-05-27: News Headlines

Stephen Lendman (2020-05-27). Iran and Venezuela: Standing Tall Against Imperial USA. globalresearch.ca If all nations operated like Iran and Venezuela, world peace and stability would replace endless wars of aggression against nations threatening no one. | If countries worldwide refused to subordinate their sovereign rights to US interests, its imperial scourge would be …

Ramzy Baroud (2020-05-27). Why Does Israel Celebrate Its Terrorists: Ben Uliel and the Murder of the Dawabsheh Family. counterpunch.org Israeli media and Zionist apologists everywhere are busy whitewashing Israel's globally-tattered image using the rare indictment of an Israeli terrorist, Amiram Ben Uliel, who was recently convicted for murdering the Palestinian Dawabsheh family, including an 18-month-old toddler in the town of Duma, south of Nablus. The conviction of Ben Uliel by an Israeli three-judge court

Joe Emersberger (2020-05-27). In 2007, acclaimed US physician Paul Farmer pushed for Cuban Medical Brigades to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. zcomm.org Today Code Pink is making a push for that. It would be a lock in a civilized world. Click below to here to read Farmer's letter. In it, he glowingly sums up his decades of working closely with Cuban doctors in Haiti.

Ron Skolnik (2020-05-27). Israel: A farewell to Labor, the peace and partial-annexation party. peoplesworld.org On April 26, the Central Committee of Israel's Labor Party voted (online, of course) to endorse Binyamin Netanyahu as prime minister. In doing so, the party lent its hand to the installation of a government that is poised to unilaterally annex West Bank territory this summer and perhaps deliver the knockout punch to the two-state …

Terrace (2020-05-27). Making Peace An Election Issue. popularresistance.org In this series of interviews by the United National Antiwar Coalition, Joe Lombardo speaks with Margaret Kimberley who is an author, editor of Black Agenda Report and coordinating committee member of Black Alliance for Peace. She speaks about the Black Alliance for Peace's campaign to make peace an election issue. The demands include cutting military spending, losing military bases, stopping sanctions and ending militarism domestically. Margaret Kimberley explains why this is an important issue and what people can do to support the campaign.

Mara Dolan (2020-05-27). Hawaii Considers an Explicitly Feminist Plan for COVID-Era Economic Recovery. zcomm.org "The road to economic recovery should not be across women's backs," reads the first sentence of Hawaii's Feminist Economic Recovery Plan…

South Front (2020-05-26). Video: Turkey Dives Into Libyan Conflict. globalresearch.ca The Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA) and Syrian militants supported by the Turkish military have achieved more gains in their battle against the Libyan National Army (LNA) led by Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar. | GNA forces have captured the …

Kevin Zeese (2020-05-26). Group Hopes To See New Economy Emerge Based On Hawaiian Values. popularresistance.org A new group that wants to reboot Hawaii's tourist-based economy in the era of the new coronavirus announced a four-step plan Tuesday to come up with ideas by August based on Native Hawaiian cultural values. | The 'Aina Aloha Economic Futures Declaration, which was sent to Gov. David Ige, is the first part of an effort to create a different island economy based on centuries of island-based values. The declaration was authored by 14 members of the community who want "to reboot the entire operating system of our economy," said Kamanamaikalani Beamer, associate professor of the University of Hawaii's Center for Hawai…

Mark Gruenberg (2020-05-26). Progressive hopefuls aim at two top Democratic congressional leaders. peoplesworld.org Even if campaigning takes different methods and forms due to the coronavirus pandemic, politics still goes on, and so does the effort by progressive Democrats to oust corporate-friendly foes. That's what two challengers to two top-tier Democrats will try to do in coming weeks. But their targets, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., and Foreign …

Terrace (2020-05-26). Special Edition: Sanctioned Countries Speak Out On COVID-19. popularresistance.org On May 9, 2020, the Sanctions Kill coalition based in the United States held the first in a series of webinars on the United States' illegal economic coercive measures imposed on 39 countries and one-third of the global population. This webinar featured representatives from six countries: Cuba, Zimbabwe, Nicaragua, Syria, Venezuela and Iran. Each of these targeted countries shares common struggles to maintain their sovereignty and provide basic necessities for their people while trying to build new forms of governance in the face of aggression and interference from the United States. It is rare to hear directly f…

Telesur (2020-05-26). Italy Recommends Cuban Medical Brigade for Nobel Peace Prize. globalresearch.ca Italian authorities, ecclesiastic representatives, and social organizations acknowledged on May 23 Cuban efforts to face COVID across the country. | The Secretary of Health and Welfare of the government of the Lombardy region, Giulio Gallera, and the president of the …

Danny Sjursen (2020-05-26). The Coming of a Social-Distancing Version of War. commondreams.org The spread of Covid-19 has offered a rare opportunity to raise questions, challenge frameworks, and critically consider what "ending" war might even mean for this country.(Photo: Erich Ferdinand/flickr/cc) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Ryan Cristián (2020-05-26). Closer Look At The COVID Profit-Motive, Bill Gates' Flexner Report 2.0 & Congress' Quiet Israel Push. thelastamericanvagabond.com 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 (5/25/20). 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 …

Jessica Corbett (2020-05-26). $3,278 ER visit for coughing fits and fever amid Covid-19 pandemic highlights failure of for-profit system. nationofchange.org "Congress and insurers have made all of these promises to waive copays for treatment and testing but we're hearing that's not always the reality."

T.P. Wilkinson (2020-05-25). Privacy, Auricular Confession and Computer Viruses. dissidentvoice.org The original business with personal secrets The unilateral declaration of independence adopted by the slave traders and slaveholders in congress assembled, otherwise known as the American Declaration of Independence, is one of the most successful psychological warfare instruments of modern history. Alone it did not win the fight of the colonial elite against its cousins …

Jon Queally & Andrea Germanos, staff writers (2020-05-26). Citing Dual Threat of Covid-19 and Duterte, Coalition Calls on Congress to Block US Arms Sale to Philippines. commondreams.org "The U.S. should not be selling advanced military systems to an abusive, unaccountable Philippine military under cover of a global pandemic." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Andrey Areshev (2020-05-27). Trump: I Can and Will Start Wars Whenever I Please. strategic-culture.org Michael TENNANT | President Donald Trump's May 6 veto of a Senate resolution that would have required him to seek congressional approval for any further military confrontations with Iran demonstrates that, despite his occasional feints toward scaling back foreign intervention, Trump is as much a warmonger as anyone else in Washington. Worse still, his explanation for his veto indicates that he believes presidents have unlimited authority to launch wars, contrary to clear constitutional language. | "The question of whether United States forces should be engaged in armed conflict against Iran should only be made fo…

Andrey Areshev (2020-05-27). Mail-Order Presidency: Democrats Will Do Anything to Beat Trump in November. strategic-culture.org Just like in 2016 when WikiLeaks revealed that the DNC was feeding Hillary Clinton debate questions, 2020 will be no different with the Democrats employing every dirty trick in the book to oust Donald Trump from office. | Following on the backs of Russiagate, Impeachment, and now mass-media hysteria over Coronavirus, which of course has dealt Trump a major blow with regards to his hopes for reelection in November, is there anyone still not convinced that the Democrat machine is prepared to do absolutely anything to win in November? | Liberals are painfully aware that if Trump wins another four years in office all…

Andrey Areshev (2020-05-26). 7 Ways the DNC Will Use Contact Tracers for Biden's Campaign to Oust Trump. strategic-culture.org The Democrat Party's GOTV (Get Out the Vote) program relies on labor unions and the NGO sector. Those who organized these directly as this writer has, or those who have been on the receiving end of it, will understand how this zeal, backed by the force of law under the auspices of Contact Tracers/Compliance Officers, will change the electoral outcome. | Contact Tracers are Compliance Officers Backed by Police and Operating under Governor's Orders | Contact Tracers are based on public sector workers in the area of public health, or NGO's that rely on funding from DNC backed philanthropy and state budgets. They all…

ahtribune (2020-05-27). What If China Promoted Hawaiian Independence? ahtribune.com A news website created by Tibetan exiles in India, Phayul, has featured The bill would "authorize the President to recognize the Tibet Autonomous Region of the People's Republic of China as a separate, independent country, and for other purposes." | Other purposes? That the US was running geopolitical intrig…

Ruth Robertson (2020-05-27). Memorial Day Peace Caravan/Demonstrators Drive to Donate to Homeless in San Jose. indybay.org On May 25, a Peace Caravan of activists drove in decorated cars through the streets of San Jose to demand human rights to health, housing, education, a living wage and all the components of a dignified life. The colorful caravan of about a dozen cars ended their protest at a homeless encampment where they made a donation and received thanks from Scott Wagers who serves and ministers to the city's unhoused.

Staff (2020-05-26). COVID Isn't a "Peacemaker." Expect the Pentagon to Modify Warfare — Not End It. truthout.org Covid-19, an ongoing global human tragedy, may have at least one silver lining. It has led millions of people to question America's most malignant policies at home and abroad. | Regarding Washington's war policies abroad, there's been

RT (2020-05-27). Defeating Trump more important: Tulsi Gabbard drops lawsuit against Hillary Clinton over 'Russian asset' smear. rt.com Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) has chosen to let Hillary Clinton get away with calling her an agent of the Kremlin, dropping the defamation lawsuit for the sake of party unity and defeating President Donald Trump. | While Gabbard and her campaign "remain certain of the action's legal merit," the new reality of the Covid-19 pandemic requires them to "focus their time and attention on other priorities, including defeating Donald Trump in 2020, rather than righting the wrongs here," her attorney Dan Terzian wrote in the court filing withdrawing the lawsuit on Wednesday. | It was a far cry from the fiery t…

RT (2020-05-27). Turkish soldiers wounded by roadside bomb in Syria's Idlib — report. rt.com A roadside bomb reportedly exploded in Syria's northwestern region of Idlib as a Turkish military convoy passed by on Wednesday. Soldiers were wounded in the explosion on the M4 highway, Demiroren News Agency said, adding that some were in critical condition. | Earlier media reports said that the Turkish Army deployed US-made medium-range surface-to-air MIM-23 Hawk missiles in Idlib. Satellite images shared on social media revealed the location of the air defense system in Al-Mastoumah camp, Al Bawaba reported. | The camp, five kilometers south of Idlib city, is strategically located along the Idlib-Latakia M4…

RT (2020-05-27). 'Obsessive partisanship': Pew Research blasted for misleading tweet casting Dem districts as doing better on Covid-19 deaths. rt.com The Pew Research Center is being criticized on social media for appearing to spin a graphic depicting deaths from the coronavirus outbreak in favor of Democrats — despite the actual data painting a very different picture. | "Covid-19 deaths have declined in Democratic congressional districts since mid-April, but remained relatively steady in districts controlled by Republicans," the research body tweeted on Wednesday. | While the statement was technically true, it didn't quite match up with the data presented. According to Pew, and based on numbers from Johns Hopkins University (JHU), Democratic district…

RT (2020-05-26). 'An onion of intellectual imbecility': Conservative pundit Ben Shapiro roasts Trump over Joe Scarborough murder tweets. rt.com Right-wing pundit Ben Shapiro has advised US President Donald Trump to "grow the f**k up" and called him out for "intellectual imbecility" over tweets suggesting MSNBC host Joe Scarborough is a murderer. | Trump implied (not for the first time) in tweets on Tuesday that Scarborough may have been involved in the 2001 death of an intern who worked at the former congressman's office. | While the death was ruled to be accidental, with the medical examiner saying Lori Klausutis died after she fell and hit her head on a desk due to an underlying heart condition, many alternative theories have made their way around t…

RT (2020-05-26). 'Justice for Carolyn': Resistance claims Trump KILLED INTERN, figuring fake news will force Twitter to nuke his Morning Joe tweets. rt.com After Twitter refused to censor President Donald Trump for suggesting former Congressman and TV host Joe Scarborough may have played a role in the death of his intern, Trump critics launched a murder conspiracy of their own. | There is no one named Carolyn Gombell, but her name was trending on social media on Tuesday, along with the hashtag #JusticeForCarolyn, after a Twitter account calling itself 'God' posted a thread accusing the current US president of murder. | "He strangled her because he'd gotten her pregnant and was threatening to tell the press. Then he bribed NYPD Police Chief Bernie Kierik to cover…

RT (2020-05-25). 'Something like 10 principles': After 'solving' Israel/Palestine conflict & coronavirus, Kushner 'turned loose' on GOP platform. rt.com White House adviser and Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner reportedly wants to shrink the 56-page Republican Party platform to a one-page "mission statement." After Middle East peace and Covid-19, this should be a cinch. | Kushner has been leading the charge to downsize the sprawling document over the past six months, Axios reported on Sunday. The silver-spoon scion has been ruffling feathers within the Republican National Committee and the Trump campaign alike in his quest to whittle the platform down to "something like the 10 principles we believe in," two sources confirmed to the outlet. | Also on rt.com

RT (2020-05-25). Verification purge? Multiple Twitter accounts lose blue checks after interviewing 'wrongthinkers'. rt.com Twitter has purged the blue "verification" checks from the accounts of journalists and podcasters who posted interviews with subjects considered controversial in the ever-narrowing centrist-liberal mainstream. | Mediaite journalist August Takala was stripped of his coveted blue check just an hour after tweeting an interview with former CBS reporter Sharyl Attkisson, he tweeted on Friday to his 4,000-plus followers. The following day, Wrong Opinion podcaster Josh Lekach tweeted that he, too, had had his blue check revoked after interviewing conservative provocateur (and now congressional candidate) Laura Loomer…

Joe Piette (2020-05-25). Racist, sexist, job-killing, union-busting robber baron appointed to head USPS. workers.org An earlier version of this article appeared in Labor Notes May 15. The Trump administration, COVID-19 and U.S. Senate reluctance to provide needed funding have put the U.S. Postal Service in dire economic straits. To make matters worse, newly appointed Postmaster General Louis DeJoy comes with 35 years' experience in . . . |

Andrey Areshev (2020-05-25). Cuba Is Punished for not Emulating the U.S. strategic-culture.org In April 2015, the Obama Administration removed Cuba from the U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism — a move in line with the diplomacy pursued following the release of the Five years later under U.S. President Donald Trump, Cuba is back on the U.S. terror sponsor list, joining Iran, North Korea, Syria and Sudan. The U.S. State Department notes, "Cuban's refusal to productively engage with the Colombian government demonstrates that is not cooperating with U.S. work to support Colombia's eff…

news.un (2020-05-25). Women peacekeepers from Brazil and India share UN military gender award. news.un.org For the first time, the UN Military Gender Advocate award has been awarded to two UN peacekeepers: Commander Carla Monteiro de Castro Araujo, a Brazilian Naval officer, and Major Suman Gawani, of the Indian Army.

Paul Kawika Martin (2020-05-12). Action Alert: Call Your Rep to Cut Pentagon Spending. peaceaction.org ‚òéÔ∏èüó£Call your Reps. to ‚úÇ 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 — during a time of relative peace — we have already increased annual Pentagon spending by more than …

Jeff Jurgens (2020-05-07). Once Again Trump Scoffs Congressional War Powers with Republican Help. peaceaction.org Once Again Trump Scoffs Congressional War Powers with Republican Help Washington, D.C. — May 7, 2020 — In response to the veto by President Trump yesterday of a bill (S.J.Res.68) to reclaim congressional war powers in regards to Iran and the anticipated failure today of the Senate override vote, Paul Kawika Martin, Senior Director for …

Jeff Jurgens (2020-05-06). U.S. Reverses Policy On Use of Landmines. peaceaction.org 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 …

Jeff Jurgens (2020-04-30). Take Action: Keep COVID Stimulus $$ Away From the Pentagon. peaceaction.org 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 …

Jeff Jurgens (2020-04-30). U.S. Organizations React to Global Military Spending Report. peaceaction.org 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 …

Jon Rainwater (2020-04-23). A Myriad of Ways to Wage Peace During These Times. peaceaction.org 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 …

Jeff Jurgens (2020-04-15). Peace During Pandemic — Support the Global Ceasefire. peaceaction.org "The fury of the virus illustrates the folly of war." That's is what United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres exclaimed as he delivered an appeal to warring parties around the world to lay down arms in a global ceasefire. The United States, which is currently engaged in war hostilities on nearly every continent of the world, …

Lilly Dragnev (2020-03-20). Peace Action Supports Wyden-Klobuchar Bill to Protect Democracy and Ensure Safe Elections. peaceaction.org Statement of Jon Rainwater, Executive Director, Peace Action, on the introduction of the Natural Disaster and Emergency Ballot Act (NDEBA) by Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN). This bill would help ensure that elections can take place in a safe and secure way throughout the pandemic and beyond. March 19, 2020 Peace Action …

Lilly Dragnev (2020-03-13). Latest U.S. Military Strikes Are as Reckless as they are Cruel. peaceaction.org Washington, D.C. — March 12, 2020 — In response to reports that the U.S. has carried out five airstrikes on Iranian-backed militia sites in Iraq, Jon Rainwater, Executive Director of Peace Action, released the following statement: "At a time of one of the greatest global challenges of our lifetimes, it is shocking that the Trump …

Paul Kawika Martin (2020-03-11). Congress Sends Bipartisan Bill to Trump Rebuking Iran War. peaceaction.org Washington, D.C. — March 11, 2020 — In response to the House passing the bipartisan bill — S.J.Res.68 — that would thwart President Trump from going to war with Iran and end any current hostilities, Paul Kawika Martin, Senior Director for Policy and Political Affairs at Peace Action, released the following statement: "Both chambers and …

Jason Ditz (2020-02-20). Turkey Kills Over 50 Syrian Troops, Russian Warplanes Intervene to Halt Offensive. theantimedia.com Russia called the situation a "worst case scenario."

Strategic Culture (2020-02-08). US Deploys 'Mini-Nukes' in Deplorable Threat to World Peace. theantimedia.com These so-called "mini-nukes" represent—despite the diminutive-sounding name—an increased risk of nuclear war.

Middle East Eye (2020-02-07). Russia Says Israel Used Civilian Plane as Human Shield During Syria Strikes. theantimedia.com Russia accused Israel of "making a total mockery of the lives of hundreds of innocent civilians."

Middle East Eye (2020-02-06). Turkey Gives Assad Deadline to Pull Back or Face Military Action. theantimedia.com Turkey has given the Syrian government until the end of this month to withdraw from recently seized territory in Idlib province.