Daily Archives: March 12, 2020

2020-03-12: News Headlines

RT (2020-03-12). US Capitol closed to public as coronavirus hits Congress. rt.com Officials ordered the US Capitol closed to much of the public on Thursday. The move comes one day after a staffer for a US senator from Washington state tested positive for the coronavirus. | Limited access to the Capitol would begin at 5pm ET (2100 GMT), the House and Senate Sergeant at Arms said in a statement. The Capitol Visitor Center will be closed and all public tours suspended. | Lawmakers, staff and visitors with official business would still be allowed entry, Capitol officials said. | Democratic US Senator Maria Cantwell on Wednesday said she would shutter her Washington, DC office after one of her s…

RT (2020-03-12). Turkey, Russia 'largely reach' consensus on Syria's Idlib — Ankara. rt.com Turkish and Russian experts engaged in talks in Ankara have largely reached a consensus on the Idlib issue, Turkey's Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said on Thursday. | "Talks with a Russian military delegation continue. A consensus has largely been reached," Anadolu news agency quoted him as saying. | On March 10, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said that Turkey would patrol areas north of Syria's M4 highway and Russia would carry out patrol missions south of it, TASS reported. | Presidents Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan agreed at talks in Moscow on March 5 that a ceasefire would be declared i…

Staff (2020-03-12). Lack of Paid Sick Leave Makes It Difficult for Many Workers to Comply with CDC Advice to Stay Home. democracynow.org 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…

Staff (2020-03-12). Trump Calls COVID-19 "Foreign Virus" as Lack of Universal Healthcare Makes the Pandemic Worse. democracynow.org 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…

South Front (2020-03-12). Video: Great Idlib "Rebranding" and Al Qaeda "Turkish Victories" over Russian Air Defense. globalresearch.ca Terrorist groups operating in Idlib are preparing for a new rebranding under Turkish patronage. According to Syrian sources, Hayat Tarir al-Sham (formerly the official Syrian branch of al-Qaeda), the Turkistan Islamic Party (an al-Qaeda-linked group), the National Front for Liberation …

Conn Hallinan (2020-03-12). Turkey's Failed Gamble in Syria. counterpunch.org Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's latest gamble in Syria's civil war appears to have come up snake eyes. Instead of halting the Damascus government's siege of the last rebel held province, Idlib, Turkey has backed off, and Ankara's Syrian adventure is fueling growing domestic resistance to the powerful autocrat.

Dave DeCamp (2020-03-12). Syria Chemical Attack: Douma Whistleblowers Respond to OPCW's Attacks. globalresearch.ca Two whistleblowers that have been speaking out about a scandal within the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) have responded to the organization's attempts to discredit them. The OPCW has been doing some serious damage control over its …

Dave DeCamp (2020-03-12). Syria Chemical Attack: Douma Whistleblowers Respond to OPCW's Attempts to Discredit Them. globalresearch.ca Two whistleblowers that have been speaking out about a scandal within the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) have responded to the organization's attempts to discredit them. The OPCW has been doing some serious damage control over its …

teleSUR (2020-03-12). Turkey, Russia Reach Consensus on Syria's Idlib. telesurenglish.net Turkish and Russian military delegations who have been discussing the ceasefire in Idlib since Tuesday have reached an agreement "to a large extent," Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said Thursday. | RELATED: | "The attacks have halted, and the ceasefire continues at the moment. We are carefully and sensitively following the field," Akar said during a visit to Turkey's defense company ASELSAN. | There is no change…

teleSUR (2020-03-12). Brazil: Military Club Summons Members for Acts Against Congress. telesurenglish.net Rio de Janeiro's Military Club summoned its members to attend rallies against the National Congress and the Federal Supreme Court (STF) to be held on March 15, as RELATED: | The military club summons to support Bolsonaro because it considers that the form…

WSWS (2020-03-12). Congressional doctor expects up to 150 million Americans to contract the coronavirus. wsws.org Without immediate and far-reaching measures to curb the spread of the infection, the United States will face a catastrophic scenario, with millions killed.

Free Press (2020-03-12). Congress Tries to Sneak Through Dangerous Spying Bill Under the Cover of the Coronavirus Crisis. globalresearch.ca Leading members of the House of Representatives are rushing a vote on Wednesday to extend abusive government surveillance powers before they're set to expire on March 15. | If approved, the USA Freedom Reauthorization Act of 2020 would reauthorize Section 215 …

teleSUR (2020-03-12). Argentina: Legalization of Abortion Bill in Hands of Congress. telesurenglish.net Legal bills for legalization of abortion and protection of pregnant women was submitted to the Chamber of Deputies, the legislative wing of the Argentine Congress, on Wednesday. | RELATED: | In his speech at the beginning of the legal year in Argentina, President Alberto Fernandez announced the delivery of this law, which will guarantee legal, safe and free abortion for Argentine women. Despite the presidential wil…

San José Peace and Justice Center (2020-03-12). Community Care in Light of COVID-19. indybay.org The San José Peace and Justice Center would like to emphasize the importance of community care during this distressing time.

Jon Britton (2020-03-12). PSL Public Forum: A Women's Place is in the Struggle: Honoring IWD. indybay.org San Jose Peace & Justice Center, 48 S Seventh Street, San Jose, CA 95112…

Staff (2020-03-12). Trump Calls COVID-19 "Foreign Virus" as US Fails to Curtail Its Spread. truthout.org 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…

Staff (2020-03-12). Lack of Paid Sick Leave Prevents Workers From Complying With CDC Advice. truthout.org 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 pack…

George Ochenski (2020-03-12). Battle Royale in Montana Senate Race. counterpunch.org If reporting from CNN and the New York Times is right, Montana's Democrat Gov. Steve Bullock has decided to reverse his earlier decision and jump in the race to challenge Montana's Republican Sen. Steve Daines. Given the fact that it pretty much looked like Daines was going to have a cakewalk back to the Senate fueled by the $5

Staff (2020-03-12). In Stunning Bipartisan Rebuke of DeVos, Senate Overturns Anti-Student Rule. truthout.org In a stunning bipartisan rebuke of Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, the Senate this week voted 53-42 to overturn a new Department of Education rule that would make it nearly impossible for students ripped off by their colleges to have their federal student loans cancelled. | Ten Republicans Senators — Shelley Moore Capito (WV), Joni Ernst (IA), Josh Hawley (MO), Cory Gardner (CO), Lisa Murkowski (AK), Dan Sullivan (AK), Susan Collins (ME), Todd Young (IN), Martha McSally (AZ), and Rob P…

sputniknews (2020-03-12). Syria's Envoy to Russia Says Erdogan Using Refugee Crisis as Leverage Against European States. sputniknews.com Previously, Ankara stopped preventing Middle Eastern refugees from trying to breach through its borders with neighbouring European states, specifically Greece, thus violating an agreement that Turkey signed with the EU back in 2016.

M. K. Bhadrakumar (2020-03-12). Russia cannot do without Turkey's cooperation in Syria. iranian.com 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 …

yenisafak (2020-03-12). Turkey 'neutralizes' 8 YPG/PKK terrorists in N. Syria. yenisafak.com The Turkish army "neutralized" 8 YPG/PKK terrorists in northern Syrian territories, the National Defense Ministry said on Thursday."Our heroic commandos neutralized 8 PKK/YPG terrorists, who were found plotting attacks on our troops in the Operation Peace Spring area," the ministry said on Twitter.Turkish authorities generally use the word "neutralized" to imply the terrorists in question surrendered or were killed or captured.Since 2016, Turkey has launched a trio of successful anti-terrorist operations across its border into northern Syria to prevent the formation of a terror corridor and enable peaceful settle…

yenisafak (2020-03-12). Merkel's party postpones congress to choose new leader due to coronavirus. yenisafak.com German Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU) have postponed a conference scheduled for April 25 in Berlin to choose a new party leader due to the coronavirus, a party spokeswoman said, confirming a report by dpa news agency.

RT (2020-03-11). Elusive bipartisan cooperation spotted in House leaders' daring last-minute rescue of controversial warrantless wiretapping powers. rt.com Democrat and Republican House leaders have paused their partisan sniping to do the real work of governing: keeping unpopular surveillance programs, including roving NSA wiretaps and access to metadata, alive indefinitely. | With just four days to go before congressional authorization for the controversial provisions expires, a bipartisan contingent has swooped in to save the NSA from experiencing one second of separation anxiety from Americans' private communications. Committee heads from both sides of the aisle wrangled enough votes within their own parties to deliver a reauthorization bill on Tuesday night w…

Tony Cartalucci (2020-03-11). US-Israel Predictably Behind Turkish Aggression in Syria. globalresearch.ca Turkey's ongoing fighting in northern Syria's Idlib governorate was — from the beginning of recent escalations — clearly a continuation of Washington's wider now 9 year-long proxy war against Damascus. | Whatever gains Turkey had made in terms of

Scott Ritter (2020-03-11). How Turkey Lost a Battle of Wills, and Force, to Russia. globalresearch.ca When the history of the Syrian conflict is written, the fighting that took place between the Syrian Army and its allies on the one side, and the Turkish military and Turkish-backed Syrian rebels on the other, from early February through …

Stansfield Smith (2020-03-11). A Case Study of Corporate Media Disinformation. dissidentvoice.org Some alternative media have exposed the US government and its corporate media fake news reporting on Russian "election interference," on Venezuela, the war on Syria, China's Xinjiang and Hong Kong, Nicaragua, Palestine, among others. One of the longest running media disinformation campaigns has been directed at Cuba, well covered in Keith Bolender's Manufacturing the Enemy: …

Paul Antonopoulos (2020-03-11). Greece's Migrant Crisis Has Further Exposed Turkish Fake News. globalresearch.ca Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's attempt to intimidate the Syrian Army and force them to withdraw to the Sochi Agreement lines in Idlib utterly failed, resulting in the Turkish leader having to embarrassingly accept large swathes of liberated territory …

Mohammed Harun Arsalai, Mohsin Khan Momand (2020-03-11). Afghans Imagine a Future of Lasting Peace. thenation.com Mohammed Harun Arsalai, Mohsin Khan Momand Afghans Imagine a Future of Lasting Peace…

teleSUR (2020-03-11). S.African Court Acquits Pres. Ramaphosa of Corruption Charges. telesurenglish.net The High Court in Pretoria, South Africa ruled Tuesday in favor of President Cyril Ramaphosa stating he did not lie to parliament about the donations' source of his 2017 campaign to lead the ruling African National Congress (ANC) party. | RELATED: | In July, Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane had alleged in a report that Ramaphosa deceived parliament about the 500,000 rand (US$32,500) donation for his campaign to succ…

teleSUR (2020-03-11). Colombia: Council of State Returns Angela Robledo to Congress. telesurenglish.net Colombia's Council of State Tuesday announced that the Colombia Humana (CH) party's lawmaker Angela Maria Robledo may return to the Lower House after she was charged and dismissed for "double militancy." | RELATED: | "The seat restored to me by the 'Council of State' also belongs to the more than 8 million people who voted for the Human Colombia political project," Robledo tweeted.‚Äã&sbq…

Paul Kawika Martin (2020-03-11). Peace Action: 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 …

Fight Back (2020-03-11). Threats against Prof. Sison are threats against the resumption of the peace talks. fightbacknews.org Fight Back News Service is circulating the following statement from the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) Negotiating Panel. | The reported threats against Prof. Jose Ma. 'Joma' Sison, who is the NDFP chief political consultant threaten any possible resumption of the peace talks. | That the Dutch police went to visit 'Joma' last week and warn him to take precautionary measures indicates that the Dutch authorities have become aware of and are taking seriously the threats against 'Joma'. They presumably know who are behind the threats. | Any threat against Professor Sison or any member of the NDFP…

Staff (2020-03-11). Ruthless Senate GOP Blocks Emergency Paid Sick Leave Bill. truthdig.com Amid the global coronavirus pandemic, the bill would guarantee all U.S. workers 14 days of paid sick leave during a public health emergency.

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2020-03-11). Senate Committee Takes Up EARN IT Act Decried by Rights Advocates as 'Sneak Attack on Encryption'. commondreams.org The Republican-controlled U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday held a hearing for a bipartisan bill that sponsors claim is an effort to force technology companies to combat online child sexual exploitation but critics warn is actually "a sneak attack on encryption." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2020-03-11). 'Unconscionable': Senate Republicans Block Emergency Paid Sick Leave Bill as Experts Declare Coronavirus Outbreak a Pandemic. commondreams.org Critics lambasted Senate Republicans on Wednesday after Sen. Lamar Alexander blocked a vote on an emergency paid sick leave bill hours after the World Health Organization officially declared the global coronavirus outbreak a pandemic. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Phil Barbelé (2020-03-10). The Battle for Idlib: Did Erdogan Capitulate to Putin in Moscow? mintpressnews.com 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…

news.un (2020-03-10). Security Council resolution endorses moves towards long-sought Afghanistan peace. news.un.org 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.

news.un (2020-03-10). Afghanistan peace prospects 'slim' without women's participation: Hillary Clinton. news.un.org There can be no sustainable peace in Afghanistan if women are not at the negotiating table, former United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told ambassadors and activists at UN Headquarters on Tuesday.

Staff (2020-03-09). "It's a Real Mess": Afghan Rivals Both Claim Presidency as Ongoing Attacks Could Derail Peace Deal. democracynow.org 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…

Whitney Webb (2020-03-09). How the New US-Afghanistan Peace Deal Rekindled a "Business Friendly Taliban" mintpressnews.com America's relationship with the Taliban has always been determined by how useful they are at advancing US interests in the region and the Trump administration's recent efforts to make "peace" with the group are no exception.

news.un (2020-03-08). No sustainable development or peace without women: UN deputy chief. news.un.org The world will not be able to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) if half the planet is left behind, the UN Deputy Secretary-General said in Papua New Guinea on Sunday: International Women's Day.

Eric Walberg (2020-03-07). Johnstone Brings her Moral Compass to our Dantesque World. dissidentvoice.org First, Diana Johnstone's memoir is a classic, and will be read and quoted as long as we keep struggling for peace and justice. It is one of the great personal accounts of the anguished decline of our uncivilization, both a riveting eye-witness account of many of the horrors and perfidies, and a primer for students …

Staff (2020-03-06). "Supreme Inequality": Author Adam Cohen on the Supreme Court's 50-Year Battle Against Justice. democracynow.org 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" — appointing more than nine justices — in order to counter the court's rightward drift. But while t…

Staff (2020-03-06). Headlines for March 6, 2020. democracynow.org 3,500 Cruise Ship Passengers Quarantined Off California Coast over Coronavirus Fears, Seattle Area Residents Urged to Work from Home as Coronavirus Spreads Across U.S., World Health Organization's Coronavirus Warning: "This Is Not a Drill", Stocks Tumble as Coronavirus Rattles Global Economy, Sen. Elizabeth Warren Suspends 2020 Presidential Bid, Bernie Sanders Campaign Rally Disrupted by Protester with Nazi Flag, Russia and Turkey Agree to a Ceasefire in Syria's War-Torn Idlib, Israel Accused of Collective Punishment After Demolishing Palestinian Homes, Israeli Opposition Parties Bidding to Unseat Netanyahu After…

pip.hinman (2020-03-06). Oil firm dumps plans to drill the Bight, but fight not over. greenleft.org.au

Staff (2020-03-05). Headlines for March 5, 2020. democracynow.org Coronavirus Cases Near 100,000 Worldwide as U.S. Death Toll Reaches 11, President Trump Contradicts WHO's Warning over Coronavirus Death Rate, Billionaire Mike Bloomberg Ends Presidential Bid, Endorses Joe Biden, Bernie Bashes Biden's Billionaire Backers as Healthcare Stocks Surge Post-Super Tuesday, International Criminal Court to Investigate Taliban, Afghan and U.S. Troops for War Crimes, 15 Civilians Killed in Latest Syrian Airstrikes in Idlib, Turkey Accuses Greece of Killing Migrant as Greek Riot Police Fire Tear Gas at Border, EU Ministers Support Greek Crackdown on Asylum Seekers Despite Protests, Federal…

Aaron Maté (2020-03-05). Exclusive: OPCW whistleblowers confront leadership's attacks, cover-up of Douma deception. thegrayzone.com OPCW leadership tried to discredit two veteran officials who challenged a cover-up of its chemical weapons investigation in Douma, Syria. They…

Anya Parampil (2020-03-05). Syria war update: Turkey's Erdogan invades Idlib, invokes re-establishment of Ottoman Empire. thegrayzone.com Red Lines host Anya Parampil speaks with Mohammad Marandi, a professor at the University of Tehran. He discusses his recent…

Ajit Singh (2020-03-05). Inside the World Uyghur Congress: The US-backed right-wing regime change network seeking the 'fall of China'. thegrayzone.com While posing as a grassroots human rights organization, the World Uyghur Congress is a US-funded and directed separatist network that…

2020-03-12: Social Media Postees

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Turkey's Failed Gamble in Syria
Conn Hallinan | counterpunch.org | 2020-03-12
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's latest gamble in Syria's civil war appears to have come up snake eyes. Instead of halting the Damascus government's siege of the last rebel held province, Idlib, Turkey has backed off, and Ankara's Syrian adventure is fueling growing domestic resistance to the powerful autocrat.
counterpunch.org/2020/03/12/turkeys-fail…

Syria Chemical Attack: Douma Whistleblowers Respond to OPCW's Attacks
Dave DeCamp | globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-12
Two whistleblowers that have been speaking out about a scandal within the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) have responded to the organization's attempts to discredit them. The OPCW has been doing some serious damage control over its …
globalresearch.ca/douma-whistleblowers-respond-opcw-attacks/5706111

Turkey, Russia Reach Consensus on Syria's Idlib
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-12
Turkish and Russian military delegations who have been discussing the ceasefire in Idlib since Tuesday have reached an agreement "to a large extent," Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said Thursday. | RELATED: | Syria: Sporadic Attacks Continue After the Ceasefire Agreement | "The attacks have halted, and the ceasefire continues at the moment. We are carefully and sensitively following the field," Akar said during a visit to Turkey's defense company ASELSAN. | There is no change…
telesurenglish.net/news/Turkey-Russia-Re…

Syria Chemical Attack: Douma Whistleblowers Respond to OPCW's Attempts to Discredit Them
Dave DeCamp | globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-12
Two whistleblowers that have been speaking out about a scandal within the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) have responded to the organization's attempts to discredit them. The OPCW has been doing some serious damage control over its …
globalresearch.ca/douma-whistleblowers-respond-opcw-attacks/5706111

Syria Chemical Attack: Douma Whistleblowers Respond to OPCW's Attempts to Discredit Them
Dave DeCamp | globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-12
Two whistleblowers that have been speaking out about a scandal within the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) have responded to the organization's attempts to discredit them. The OPCW has been doing some serious damage control over its …
globalresearch.ca/douma-whistleblowers-respond-opcw-attacks/5706111

Video: Great Idlib "Rebranding" and Al Qaeda "Turkish Victories" over Russian Air Defense
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-12
Terrorist groups operating in Idlib are preparing for a new rebranding under Turkish patronage. According to Syrian sources, Hayat Tarir al-Sham (formerly the official Syrian branch of al-Qaeda), the Turkistan Islamic Party (an al-Qaeda-linked group), the National Front for Liberation …
globalresearch.ca/video-great-idlib-rebranding-turkish-victories-russian-air-defense/5706145

Brazil: Military Club Summons Members for Acts Against Congress
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-12
Rio de Janeiro's Military Club summoned its members to attend rallies against the National Congress and the Federal Supreme Court (STF) to be held on March 15, as Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro proposed on Feb. 26. | RELATED: | Brazil TV Series About Marielle Franco Sparks Racism Row | The military club summons to support Bolsonaro because it considers that the form…
telesurenglish.net/news/Brazil-Military-…

Brazil: Military Club Summons Members for Acts Against Congress
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-12
Rio de Janeiro's Military Club summoned its members to attend rallies against the National Congress and the Federal Supreme Court (STF) to be held on March 15, as Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro proposed on Feb. 26. | RELATED: | Brazil TV Series About Marielle Franco Sparks Racism Row | The military club summons to support Bolsonaro because it considers that the form…
telesurenglish.net/news/Brazil-Military-…

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…
www.democracynow.org/2020/3/12/coronavir…

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…
www.democracynow.org/2020/3/12/coronavir…

PSL Public Forum: A Women's Place is in the Struggle: Honoring IWD
Jon Britton | indybay.org | 2020-03-12
San Jose Peace & Justice Center, 48 S Seventh Street, San Jose, CA 95112…
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/03/09/1883140…

Community Care in Light of COVID-19
San José Peace and Justice Center | indybay.org | 2020-03-12
The San José Peace and Justice Center would like to emphasize the importance of community care during this distressing time.
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/03/12/1883146…

Congress Tries to Sneak Through Dangerous Spying Bill Under the Cover of the Coronavirus Crisis
Free Press | globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-12
Leading members of the House of Representatives are rushing a vote on Wednesday to extend abusive government surveillance powers before they're set to expire on March 15. | If approved, the USA Freedom Reauthorization Act of 2020 would reauthorize Section 215 …
globalresearch.ca/congress-tries-sneak-through-dangerous-spying-bill-under-cover-coronavirus-crisis/5706189

Argentina: Legalization of Abortion Bill in Hands of Congress
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-12
Legal bills for legalization of abortion and protection of pregnant women was submitted to the Chamber of Deputies, the legislative wing of the Argentine Congress, on Wednesday. | RELATED: | Argentina: Small Producers Back President's Tax on Soy Exports | In his speech at the beginning of the legal year in Argentina, President Alberto Fernandez announced the delivery of this law, which will guarantee legal, safe and free abortion for Argentine women. Despite the presidential wil…
telesurenglish.net/news/argentina-legal-…

Congressional doctor expects up to 150 million Americans to contract the coronavirus
wsws.org | 2020-03-12
Without immediate and far-reaching measures to curb the spread of the infection, the United States will face a catastrophic scenario, with millions killed.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/03/12/covi…

US Capitol closed to public as coronavirus hits Congress
rt.com | 2020-03-12
Officials ordered the US Capitol closed to much of the public on Thursday. The move comes one day after a staffer for a US senator from Washington state tested positive for the coronavirus. | Limited access to the Capitol would begin at 5pm ET (2100 GMT), the House and Senate Sergeant at Arms said in a statement. The Capitol Visitor Center will be closed and all public tours suspended. | Lawmakers, staff and visitors with official business would still be allowed entry, Capitol officials said. | Democratic US Senator Maria Cantwell on Wednesday said she would shutter her Washington, DC office after one of her s…
rt.com/newsline/482949-us-capitol-closed…

Argentina: Legalization of Abortion Bill in Hands of Congress
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-12
Legal bills for legalization of abortion and protection of pregnant women was submitted to the Chamber of Deputies, the legislative wing of the Argentine Congress, on Wednesday. | RELATED: | Argentina: Small Producers Back President's Tax on Soy Exports | In his speech at the beginning of the legal year in Argentina, President Alberto Fernandez announced the delivery of this law, which will guarantee legal, safe and free abortion for Argentine women. Despite the presidential wil…
telesurenglish.net/news/argentina-legal-…

US Capitol closed to public as coronavirus hits Congress
rt.com | 2020-03-12
Officials ordered the US Capitol closed to much of the public on Thursday. The move comes one day after a staffer for a US senator from Washington state tested positive for the coronavirus. | Limited access to the Capitol would begin at 5pm ET (2100 GMT), the House and Senate Sergeant at Arms said in a statement. The Capitol Visitor Center will be closed and all public tours suspended. | Lawmakers, staff and visitors with official business would still be allowed entry, Capitol officials said. | Democratic US Senator Maria Cantwell on Wednesday said she would shut down her Washington, DC office after one of her…
rt.com/newsline/482949-us-capitol-closed…

In Stunning Bipartisan Rebuke of DeVos, Senate Overturns Anti-Student Rule
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-03-12
In a stunning bipartisan rebuke of Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, the Senate this week voted 53-42 to overturn a new Department of Education rule that would make it nearly impossible for students ripped off by their colleges to have their federal student loans cancelled. | Ten Republicans Senators

Battle Royale in Montana Senate Race
George Ochenski | counterpunch.org | 2020-03-12
If reporting from CNN and the New York Times is right, Montana's Democrat Gov. Steve Bullock has decided to reverse his earlier decision and jump in the race to challenge Montana's Republican Sen. Steve Daines. Given the fact that it pretty much looked like Daines was going to have a cakewalk back to the Senate fueled by the $5…
counterpunch.org/2020/03/12/battle-royal…

Trump Calls COVID-19 "Foreign Virus" as US Fails to Curtail Its Spread
Staff | truthout.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…
truthout.org/video/trump-calls-covid-19-…

Lack of Paid Sick Leave Prevents Workers From Complying With CDC Advice
Staff | truthout.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 pack…
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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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Turkey 'neutralizes' 8 YPG/PKK terrorists in N. Syria
yenisafak.com | 2020-03-12
The Turkish army "neutralized" 8 YPG/PKK terrorists in northern Syrian territories, the National Defense Ministry said on Thursday."Our heroic commandos neutralized 8 PKK/YPG terrorists, who were found plotting attacks on our troops in the Operation Peace Spring area," the ministry said on Twitter.Turkish authorities generally use the word "neutralized" to imply the terrorists in question surrendered or were killed or captured.Since 2016, Turkey has launched a trio of successful anti-terrorist operations across its border into northern Syria to prevent the formation of a terror corridor and enable peaceful settle…
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Merkel's party postpones congress to choose new leader due to coronavirus
yenisafak.com | 2020-03-12
German Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU) have postponed a conference scheduled for April 25 in Berlin to choose a new party leader due to the coronavirus, a party spokeswoman said, confirming a report by dpa news agency.
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Syria's Envoy to Russia Says Erdogan Using Refugee Crisis as Leverage Against European States
sputniknews.com | 2020-03-12
Previously, Ankara stopped preventing Middle Eastern refugees from trying to breach through its borders with neighbouring European states, specifically Greece, thus violating an agreement that Turkey signed with the EU back in 2016.
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Selected Articles: In a Europe Closed Down by the Coronavirus the EU Opens Its Doors to the US Army
Global Research News | globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-12
Syria Chemical Attack: Douma Whistleblowers Respond to OPCW's Attempts to Discredit Them | By Dave DeCamp, March 12, 2020 | Two whistleblowers that have been speaking out about a scandal within the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) have …
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How Turkey Lost a Battle of Wills, and Force, to Russia
Scott Ritter | globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-11
When the history of the Syrian conflict is written, the fighting that took place between the Syrian Army and its allies on the one side, and the Turkish military and Turkish-backed Syrian rebels on the other, from early February through …
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Greece's Migrant Crisis Has Further Exposed Turkish Fake News
Paul Antonopoulos | globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-11
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's attempt to intimidate the Syrian Army and force them to withdraw to the Sochi Agreement lines in Idlib utterly failed, resulting in the Turkish leader having to embarrassingly accept large swathes of liberated territory …
globalresearch.ca/greece-migrant-crisis-exposed-turkish-fake-news/5706050

A Case Study of Corporate Media Disinformation
Stansfield Smith | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-03-11
Some alternative media have exposed the US government and its corporate media fake news reporting on Russian "election interference," on Venezuela, the war on Syria, China's Xinjiang and Hong Kong, Nicaragua, Palestine, among others. One of the longest running media disinformation campaigns has been directed at Cuba, well covered in Keith Bolender's Manufacturing the Enemy: …
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How Turkey Lost a Battle of Wills, and Force, to Russia
Scott Ritter | globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-11
When the history of the Syrian conflict is written, the fighting that took place between the Syrian Army and its allies on the one side, and the Turkish military and Turkish-backed Syrian rebels on the other, from early February through …
globalresearch.ca/how-turkey-lost-battle-wills-force-russia/5706103

Greece's Migrant Crisis Has Further Exposed Turkish Fake News
Paul Antonopoulos | globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-11
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's attempt to intimidate the Syrian Army and force them to withdraw to the Sochi Agreement lines in Idlib utterly failed, resulting in the Turkish leader having to embarrassingly accept large swathes of liberated territory …
globalresearch.ca/greece-migrant-crisis-exposed-turkish-fake-news/5706050

US-Israel Predictably Behind Turkish Aggression in Syria
Tony Cartalucci | globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-11
Turkey's ongoing fighting in northern Syria's Idlib governorate was

Afghans Imagine a Future of Lasting Peace
Mohammed Harun Arsalai, Mohsin Khan Momand | thenation.com | 2020-03-11
Mohammed Harun Arsalai, Mohsin Khan Momand Afghans Imagine a Future of Lasting Peace…
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Peace Action: Congress Sends Bipartisan Bill to Trump Rebuking Iran War
Paul Kawika Martin | peaceaction.org | 2020-03-11
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Threats against Prof. Sison are threats against the resumption of the peace talks
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-03-11
Fight Back News Service is circulating the following statement from the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) Negotiating Panel. | The reported threats against Prof. Jose Ma. 'Joma' Sison, who is the NDFP chief political consultant threaten any possible resumption of the peace talks. | That the Dutch police went to visit 'Joma' last week and warn him to take precautionary measures indicates that the Dutch authorities have become aware of and are taking seriously the threats against 'Joma'. They presumably know who are behind the threats. | Any threat against Professor Sison or any member of the NDFP…
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Elusive bipartisan cooperation spotted in House leaders' daring last-minute rescue of controversial warrantless wiretapping powers
rt.com | 2020-03-11
Democrat and Republican House leaders have paused their partisan sniping to do the real work of governing: keeping unpopular surveillance programs, including roving NSA wiretaps and access to metadata, alive indefinitely. | With just four days to go before congressional authorization for the controversial provisions expires, a bipartisan contingent has swooped in to save the NSA from experiencing one second of separation anxiety from Americans' private communications. Committee heads from both sides of the aisle wrangled enough votes within their own parties to deliver a reauthorization bill on Tuesday night w…
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Colombia: Council of State Returns Angela Robledo to Congress
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-11
Colombia's Council of State Tuesday announced that the Colombia Humana (CH) party's lawmaker Angela Maria Robledo may return to the Lower House after she was charged and dismissed for "double militancy." | RELATED: | Colombia: Ivan Cepeda Accuses Right-Wing Parties of Buying Vote | "The seat restored to me by the 'Council of State' also belongs to the more than 8 million people who voted for the Human Colombia political project," Robledo tweeted.‚Äã&sbq…
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S.African Court Acquits Pres. Ramaphosa of Corruption Charges
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-11
The High Court in Pretoria, South Africa ruled Tuesday in favor of President Cyril Ramaphosa stating he did not lie to parliament about the donations' source of his 2017 campaign to lead the ruling African National Congress (ANC) party. | RELATED: | South African President Vows to Quell Attacks on Foreigners | In July, Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane had alleged in a report that Ramaphosa deceived parliament about the 500,000 rand (US$32,500) donation for his campaign to succ…
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Ruthless Senate GOP Blocks Emergency Paid Sick Leave Bill
Staff | truthdig.com | 2020-03-11
Amid the global coronavirus pandemic, the bill would guarantee all U.S. workers 14 days of paid sick leave during a public health emergency.
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Ruthless Senate GOP Blocks Emergency Paid Sick Leave Bill
Staff | truthdig.com | 2020-03-11
Amid the global coronavirus pandemic, the bill would guarantee all U.S. workers 14 days of paid sick leave during a public health emergency.
truthdig.com/articles/ruthless-senate-go…

Senate Committee Takes Up EARN IT Act Decried by Rights Advocates as 'Sneak Attack on Encryption'
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-03-11
The Republican-controlled U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday held a hearing for a bipartisan bill that sponsors claim is an effort to force technology companies to combat online child sexual exploitation but critics warn is actually "a sneak attack on encryption." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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'Unconscionable': Senate Republicans Block Emergency Paid Sick Leave Bill as Experts Declare Coronavirus Outbreak a Pandemic
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-03-11
Critics lambasted Senate Republicans on Wednesday after Sen. Lamar Alexander blocked a vote on an emergency paid sick leave bill hours after the World Health Organization officially declared the global coronavirus outbreak a pandemic. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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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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Afghanistan peace prospects 'slim' without women's participation: Hillary Clinton
news.un.org | 2020-03-10
There can be no sustainable peace in Afghanistan if women are not at the negotiating table, former United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told ambassadors and activists at UN Headquarters on Tuesday.
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How the New US-Afghanistan Peace Deal Rekindled a "Business Friendly Taliban"
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2020-03-09
America's relationship with the Taliban has always been determined by how useful they are at advancing US interests in the region and the Trump administration's recent efforts to make "peace" with the group are no exception.
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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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No sustainable development or peace without women: UN deputy chief
news.un.org | 2020-03-08
The world will not be able to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) if half the planet is left behind, the UN Deputy Secretary-General said in Papua New Guinea on Sunday: International Women's Day.
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Johnstone Brings her Moral Compass to our Dantesque World
Eric Walberg | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-03-07
First, Diana Johnstone's memoir is a classic, and will be read and quoted as long as we keep struggling for peace and justice. It is one of the great personal accounts of the anguished decline of our uncivilization, both a riveting eye-witness account of many of the horrors and perfidies, and a primer for students …
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