Daily Archives: March 13, 2020

2020-03-13: News Headlines

Bruce E. Levine (2020-03-13). Who Could Have Gotten Deserters from Trump's Three Armies . . . and from Mine? counterpunch.org Taking US national politics too seriously can make you hopelessly stupid, hopelessly cynical, or hopelessly suicidal. Let's see. We had a former Black Panther, Congressman Bobby Rush, endorsing search-and-frisk Bloomberg; while Mike Will Get It Done was making AP headlines: "Bloomberg Once Blamed End of 'Redlining' for 2008 Collapse." We have evangelicals adulterating my I-71

RT (2020-03-13). Turkey, Russia agree on details of Idlib ceasefire, joint patrols to begin on Sunday — Ankara. rt.com Turkey and Russia have agreed on the details of a ceasefire in Syria's Idlib region after four days of talks in Ankara, Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said on Friday. Joint patrols along a key highway will begin on Sunday as planned, Reuters quoted Akar as saying. | Ankara and Moscow, which back opposing sides in Syria's war, agreed on March 5 to halt hostilities in the country's northwest. | Under the agreement, Turkish and Russian forces will carry out joint patrols along the M4 highway linking Syria's east and west, and establish a security corridor on either side of it. A Russian delegation arrived in Ankara…

Joseph Natoli (2020-03-13). A Machine to Beat President Trump. counterpunch.org As different as night from day yet there's one way that Bernie Sanders and President Trump are alike, and Joe Biden is different from both. President Trump runs a one man show with a supporting cast. As we know from very recent history of this presidency, this liege cast either pays homage to President Trump

Sonali Kolhatkar (2020-03-13). Will the Afghanistan Peace Deal Work? truthdig.com There are two likely outcomes of the recently signed U.S. peace deal with Afghanistan's Taliban. One is that a withdrawal of U.S. forces will bring a short-term reduction in violence. The second is that the U.S. will leave behind a political mess so severe that violence prevails for the foreseeable future. | Although several details of the

teleSUR (2020-03-13). Brazil: The Left Presents Plan to Tackle Economic Crisis. telesurenglish.net A coalition of Brazilian left-wing parties Wednesday presented to Congress a plan to tackle the productive implications of the Covid-10 pandemic and resolve the economic problems created by President Jair Bolsonaro.‚Äã‚Äã‚Äã‚Äã‚Äã‚Äã since January 2019. | RELATED: | According to the Workers' Party (PT) lawmaker Jo…

Larry Romanoff (2020-03-13). US CDC Director Robert Redfield Admitted that Coronavirus Deaths Have Been Miscategorized as Flu. globalresearch.ca The US has been lying all along. | Robert Redfield, CDC director, testifying to Congress, today admitted that virus deaths have been miscategorised as the flu. | He also stated that the standard practice has been to first test people for …

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 …

San José Peace and Justice Center (2020-03-13). 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.

yenisafak (2020-03-13). Traffickers behind Syrian toddler death get 125 year jail sentence in Turkey. yenisafak.com Three organizers of the human trafficking ring which led to the death of Syrian toddler Aylan Kurdi, in a case which made headlines worldwide, were sentenced in Turkey Friday to 125 years in prison each.The 2015 death of 3-year-old Kurdi, and five other refugees who shared a boat on the Aegean with him, shocked the international community and came to symbolize the plight of desperate Syrian refugees.The traffickers, fugitives from justice, had been captured by Turkish security forces this week in the southern province of Adana.The lifeless body of Kurdi ≠— one of 14 Syrian refugees, including eight chil…

yenisafak (2020-03-13). Turkey says agreed with Russia on details of Idlib ceasefire. yenisafak.com Turkish and Russian officials have agreed on the details of a ceasefire in northwest Syria's Idlib region and joint patrols along the key M4 highway will begin on Sunday, Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar was cited as saying on Friday.State-owned Anadolu news agency quoted him as saying there were signs that migration in the region had stopped and returns had begun. He said Turkey and Russia will establish joint coordination centres to monitor implementation of the agreement after the conclusion of talks with Russian officials in Ankara.

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…

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…

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 …

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 …

news.un (2020-03-12). War in Syria: 'Carnage', flouting of rights and international law, must stop: Guterres. news.un.org UN agencies have underscored their commitment to continue supporting civilians affected by the war in Syria, which this month enters its tenth year. The Secretary-General issued a statement on Thursday, declaring that "we cannot allow the tenth year to result in the same carnage, the same flouting of human rights and international humanitarian law."

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…

teleSUR (2020-03-12). Brazil: Congress Overturns Bolsonaro's Social Benefit Law Veto. telesurenglish.net Brazilian National Congress overruled President Jair Bolsonaro's veto of the Continued Assistance Benefit (BPC), a legal provision that ensures social benefits. | The BPC is a plan that covers the less solvent, those affected by a disability and those over 65. The financial assistance to the needy is equivalent to a minimum wage and mostly supports women in situations of poverty. | The Bolsonaro administration re…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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 …

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2020-03-12). Youth Coalition Demands 'Serious Discussion' of Key Progressive Issues at Democratic Presidential Debate. commondreams.org Ahead of Sunday's Democratic presidential primary debate between former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders, a coalition of youth advocacy organizations on Thursday issued a pair of demands pressuring the Democratic National Committee and moderators to prioritize key progressive issues that haven't received much attention at past debates. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2020-03-12). Coronavirus Outbreak Forces Uninsured Congressional Candidate to Suspend Door-Knocking Efforts. commondreams.org A progressive congressional candidate's decision on Thursday to stop in-person canvassing on her campaign due to the coronavirus outbreak shed light on the choices many working Americans are being faced with as lawmakers scramble to pass public health and economic relief measures. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2020-03-12). As GOP Rejects Economic Relief for Working People, Fed's $1.5 Trillion Stock Market Injection Would Cover 'Almost All Student Loan Debt in the US'. commondreams.org Hours after Republican leaders in Congress derided a Democratic proposal to provide healthcare and economic relief to Americans affected by the coronavirus pandemic as a burdensome, "ideological wish list", the Federal Reserve moved to inject $1.5 trillion into the bond market to keep the financial system stable. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

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…

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 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 …

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.

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.

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

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…

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…

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…

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…

Medea Benjamin (2020-03-02). Can the World's Second Superpower Rise From the Ashes of Twenty Years of War? zcomm.org If there is a lesson for peace-loving Americans in the Obama and Trump presidencies, it is that we cannot just walk out of the voting booth and leave it to a champion in the White House to end our wars and bring us peace. In the final analysis, it really is up to us…

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."

splcenter (2020-02-20). 'Time For Ilhan' documentary details congresswoman's first rise to political office. splcenter.org

Paul Kawika Martin (2020-02-13). Peace Action: Senate Reclaims War Powers to Thwart Iran War. peaceaction.org Washington, D.C. — February 13, 2020 — In response to the Senate 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: "It's about time …

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.

2020-03-13: Social Media Postees

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Will the Afghanistan Peace Deal Work?
Sonali Kolhatkar | truthdig.com | 2020-03-13
There are two likely outcomes of the recently signed U.S. peace deal with Afghanistan's Taliban. One is that a withdrawal of U.S. forces will bring a short-term reduction in violence. The second is that the U.S. will leave behind a political mess so severe that violence prevails for the foreseeable future. | Although several details of the peace deal signed on February 28 by U.S. and Taliban representatives in Doha, Qatar, remain secret, a time table was released for U.S. troops to begin withdrawing ten days after the signing of the…
truthdig.com/articles/will-the-afghanist…

Brazil: The Left Presents Plan to Tackle Economic Crisis
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-13
A coalition of Brazilian left-wing parties Wednesday presented to Congress a plan to tackle the productive implications of the Covid-10 pandemic and resolve the economic problems created by President Jair Bolsonaro.‚Äã‚Äã‚Äã‚Äã‚Äã‚Äã since January 2019. | RELATED: | Leaked Chats Show Collab Between Brazilian Prosecutors, DOJ | According to the Workers' Party (PT) lawmaker Jo…
telesurenglish.net/news/brazil-leftist-p…

Leaked Chats Show Collab Between Brazilian Prosecutors, DOJ
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-13
The Car Wash prosecutors in Brazil seem to have been collaborating with the U.S. Department of Justice, going against Brazilian law and international treaties, according to leaked documents analyzed by The Intercept and the Brazilian investigative outlet Agência Pública released on Thursday. | RELATED: | Brazil: Military Club Summons Members for Acts Against Congress | The conversations between Brazilian prosecutors – not direct discussions with U.S. officials = show that "the…
telesurenglish.net/news/Leaked-Chats-Sho…

US CDC Director Robert Redfield Admitted that Coronavirus Deaths Have Been Miscategorized as Flu
Larry Romanoff | globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-13
The US has been lying all along. | Robert Redfield, CDC director, testifying to Congress, today admitted that virus deaths have been miscategorised as the flu. | He also stated that the standard practice has been to first test people for …
globalresearch.ca/us-cdc-director-admitted-virus-deaths-miscategorized-flu/5706233

Who Could Have Gotten Deserters from Trump's Three Armies . . . and from Mine?
Bruce E. Levine | counterpunch.org | 2020-03-13
Taking US national politics too seriously can make you hopelessly stupid, hopelessly cynical, or hopelessly suicidal. Let's see. We had a former Black Panther, Congressman Bobby Rush, endorsing search-and-frisk Bloomberg; while Mike Will Get It Done was making AP headlines: "Bloomberg Once Blamed End of 'Redlining' for 2008 Collapse." We have evangelicals adulterating my I-71…
counterpunch.org/2020/03/13/who-could-ha…

Leaked Chats Show Collab Between Brazilian Prosecutors, DOJ
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-13
The Car Wash prosecutors in Brazil seem to have been collaborating with the U.S. Department of Justice, going against Brazilian law and international treaties, according to leaked documents analyzed by The Intercept and the Brazilian investigative outlet Agência Pública released on Thursday. | RELATED: | Brazil: Military Club Summons Members for Acts Against Congress | The conversations between Brazilian prosecutors – not direct discussions with U.S. officials = show that "the…
telesurenglish.net/news/Leaked-Chats-Sho…

Community Care in Light of COVID-19
San José Peace and Justice Center | indybay.org | 2020-03-13
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…

Latest U.S. Military Strikes Are as Reckless as they are Cruel
Lilly Dragnev | peaceaction.org | 2020-03-13
Washington, D.C.

Turkey says agreed with Russia on details of Idlib ceasefire
yenisafak.com | 2020-03-13
Turkish and Russian officials have agreed on the details of a ceasefire in northwest Syria's Idlib region and joint patrols along the key M4 highway will begin on Sunday, Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar was cited as saying on Friday.State-owned Anadolu news agency quoted him as saying there were signs that migration in the region had stopped and returns had begun. He said Turkey and Russia will establish joint coordination centres to monitor implementation of the agreement after the conclusion of talks with Russian officials in Ankara.
yenisafak.com/en/news/turkey-says-agreed…

Traffickers behind Syrian toddler death get 125 year jail sentence in Turkey
yenisafak.com | 2020-03-13
Three organizers of the human trafficking ring which led to the death of Syrian toddler Aylan Kurdi, in a case which made headlines worldwide, were sentenced in Turkey Friday to 125 years in prison each.The 2015 death of 3-year-old Kurdi, and five other refugees who shared a boat on the Aegean with him, shocked the international community and came to symbolize the plight of desperate Syrian refugees.The traffickers, fugitives from justice, had been captured by Turkish security forces this week in the southern province of Adana.The lifeless body of Kurdi ≠– one of 14 Syrian refugees, including eight chil…
yenisafak.com/en/news/traffickers-behind…

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…

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

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

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

War in Syria: 'Carnage', flouting of rights and international law, must stop: Guterres
news.un.org | 2020-03-12
UN agencies have underscored their commitment to continue supporting civilians affected by the war in Syria, which this month enters its tenth year. The Secretary-General issued a statement on Thursday, declaring that "we cannot allow the tenth year to result in the same carnage, the same flouting of human rights and international humanitarian law."
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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…

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…

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-…

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

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…
truthout.org/video/lack-of-paid-sick-lea…

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…
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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 …
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Brazil: Congress Overturns Bolsonaro's Social Benefit Law Veto
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-12
Brazilian National Congress overruled President Jair Bolsonaro's veto of the Continued Assistance Benefit (BPC), a legal provision that ensures social benefits. | Brazil: Military Club Summons Members for Acts Against Congress | The BPC is a plan that covers the less solvent, those affected by a disability and those over 65. The financial assistance to the needy is equivalent to a minimum wage and mostly supports women in situations of poverty. | The Bolsonaro administration re…
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Colombia: Another Ex-FARC Member Killed
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-12
Edwin de Jesús Carrascal, a former member of the Colombian Alternative Revolutionary Force of the Common's party (FARC), was assassinated on Tuesday in Coloso, a community in Sucre's department. | RELATED: | Colombia: Council of State Returns Angela Robledo to Congress | The ex-combatant was at his residence when two armed men knocked at his door. The two hitmen asked for Carrascal and shot him after identifying him. According to other ex-guerrilla members, Carracascal died…
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Colombia: Another Ex-FARC Member Killed
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-12
Edwin de Jesús Carrascal, a former member of the Colombian Alternative Revolutionary Force of the Common's party (FARC), was assassinated on Tuesday in Coloso, a community in Sucre's department. | RELATED: | Colombia: Council of State Returns Angela Robledo to Congress | The ex-combatant was at his residence when two armed men knocked at his door. The two hitmen asked for Carrascal and shot him after identifying him. According to other ex-guerrilla members, Carracascal died…
telesurenglish.net/news/colombia-another…

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…
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Youth Coalition Demands 'Serious Discussion' of Key Progressive Issues at Democratic Presidential Debate
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-03-12
Ahead of Sunday's Democratic presidential primary debate between former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders, a coalition of youth advocacy organizations on Thursday issued a pair of demands pressuring the Democratic National Committee and moderators to prioritize key progressive issues that haven't received much attention at past debates. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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As GOP Rejects Economic Relief for Working People, Fed's $1.5 Trillion Stock Market Injection Would Cover 'Almost All Student Loan Debt in the US'
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-03-12
Hours after Republican leaders in Congress derided a Democratic proposal to provide healthcare and economic relief to Americans affected by the coronavirus pandemic as a burdensome, "ideological wish list", the Federal Reserve moved to inject $1.5 trillion into the bond market to keep the financial system stable. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Coronavirus Outbreak Forces Uninsured Congressional Candidate to Suspend Door-Knocking Efforts
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-03-12
A progressive congressional candidate's decision on Thursday to stop in-person canvassing on her campaign due to the coronavirus outbreak shed light on the choices many working Americans are being faced with as lawmakers scramble to pass public health and economic relief measures. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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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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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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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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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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Peace Action: Congress Sends Bipartisan Bill to Trump Rebuking Iran War
Paul Kawika Martin | peaceaction.org | 2020-03-11
Washington, D.C.

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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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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"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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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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"Supreme Inequality": Author Adam Cohen on the Supreme Court's 50-Year Battle Against Justice
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-03-06
The makeup of the U.S. Supreme Court has come under intense criticism in recent years after two Trump-nominated justices joined the bench. Senate Republicans confirmed Neil Gorsuch in 2017 after having refused to consider President Barack Obama's nominee in his final year in office, and they confirmed Brett Kavanaugh a year later despite multiple allegations of sexual misconduct against the judge. During the 2020 Democratic presidential contest, several candidates floated the idea of "packing the court"

Exclusive: OPCW whistleblowers confront leadership's attacks, cover-up of Douma deception
Aaron Maté | thegrayzone.com | 2020-03-05
OPCW leadership tried to discredit two veteran officials who challenged a cover-up of its chemical weapons investigation in Douma, Syria. They…
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Syria war update: Turkey's Erdogan invades Idlib, invokes re-establishment of Ottoman Empire
Anya Parampil | thegrayzone.com | 2020-03-05
Red Lines host Anya Parampil speaks with Mohammad Marandi, a professor at the University of Tehran. He discusses his recent…
thegrayzone.com/2020/03/05/syria-war-upd…

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

Escalating war in Idlib creates new refugee crisis
Peter Boyle | greenleft.org.au | 2020-03-05
Middle East Refugees & migrants Chris SleeIssue 1256 Syria Northern SyriaMarch 5, 2020A February 27 Russian and Syrian airstrike on a Turkish military convoy in Idlib province

Can the World's Second Superpower Rise From the Ashes of Twenty Years of War?
Medea Benjamin | zcomm.org | 2020-03-02
If there is a lesson for peace-loving Americans in the Obama and Trump presidencies, it is that we cannot just walk out of the voting booth and leave it to a champion in the White House to end our wars and bring us peace. In the final analysis, it really is up to us…
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Turkey Kills Over 50 Syrian Troops, Russian Warplanes Intervene to Halt Offensive
Jason Ditz | theantimedia.com | 2020-02-20
Russia called the situation a "worst case scenario."
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'Time For Ilhan' documentary details congresswoman's first rise to political office
splcenter.org | 2020-02-20
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Peace Action: Senate Reclaims War Powers to Thwart Iran War
Paul Kawika Martin | peaceaction.org | 2020-02-13
Washington, D.C.