Daily Archives: March 24, 2020

2020-03-24: News Headlines

Ramzy Baroud (2020-03-24). The Not-So-Shocking Report on Israeli Weapons Exports. dissidentvoice.org The Middle East region, battered by wars and adjoining humanitarian crises that have left millions of people stateless, hungry and diseased, is in urgent need for peace, security and reconstruction. Thanks to the US, Russian, French, Israeli and other weapons manufacturers, however, it is now the dumping ground for military hardware, an ominous sign for …

WSWS (2020-03-24). Military, Trump administration ready plans for domestic crackdown as virus spreads across US. wsws.org The Justice Department has asked Congress to suspend habeas corpus and due process, even as the military develops plans to deploy troops on US soil to suppress "riots" and "civil disobedience."

WSWS (2020-03-24). US Congress moves toward massive bailout of big business. wsws.org The wrangling between Democrats and Republicans in Washington is political theater to disguise the highway robbery being carried out by corporate America.

Eileen Appelbaum, Roesmary Batt (2020-03-24). COVID-19 Patients Should Not Face Surprise Medical Bills. counterpunch.org In the crush of news over the explosive spread of COVID-19, Congress has moved aggressively to pass the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. While imperfect, this bill will do much to provide free COVID-19 testing and extended paid sick leave for many but not all workers. But it doesn't cover hospitalization or care needed for

sputniknews (2020-03-24). Democratic Ploy With a View to November? What Coronavirus Aid Package Delay Means. sputniknews.com Bipartisan talks have stalled in the Senate over an emergency economic package to rescue businesses and workers from the fall-out from the COVID-19 pandemic — likely to be the largest in US history. Democrats pressed pause on the negotiations accusing Donald Trump of pandering to corporations and not caring enough about workers and families.

pip.hinman (2020-03-24). Peace groups: Stop US troops from arriving in Darwin. greenleft.org.au

yenisafak (2020-03-24). UN dispatches humanitarian aid to Syria. yenisafak.com The UN dispatched 106 truckloads of humanitarian aid Tuesday to the northwestern Syrian province of Idlib.Trucks passed through the Cilvegozu border gate in Hatay province, Turkey, and aid will be distributed to residents in urban areas Idlib, as well as the surrounding countryside which have been subjected to years of devastating attacks by the Bashar al-Assad regime and allies, triggering a wave of 1 million refugees.The war in Syria started in early 2011 when the regime cracked down on pro-democracy protests. ,Hundreds of thousands of people have since been killed and more than 10 million others displaced, acc…

RT (2020-03-23). Democrats block SECOND attempt to pass coronavirus stimulus in US Senate. rt.com Senate Democrats have blocked for the second time the procedural vote on the stimulus bill, intended to help the US workers and companies shut down over the Covid-19 pandemic. | The motion to invoke cloture — limiting the debate — failed to get the necessary three-fifths of the senators present to agree, with 49 votes for and 46 against on Monday afternoon. | Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell denounced the "absolutely mindless obstruction" by the Democrats, accusing them of "fiddling around with Senate procedure" while the economy floundered and businesses shut down due to pandemic lockdowns acr…

RT (2020-03-23). Reading the autocue has never looked so hard: Joe Biden emerges from 6 DAYS in hiding with stumbling video stream. rt.com Joe Biden has reemerged from an almost week-long disappearance to post a video on Twitter addressing the Trump administration's handling of the Covid-19 crisis, but his return has been greeted with mockery and concern. | Biden sounded tired and slow as he spoke while standing in front of what appeared to be a green screen with a set of bookshelves digitally imposed behind him. | He criticized US President Donald Trump and Senate leader Mitch McConnell for "trying to put a corporate bailout ahead of millions of families" and urged "aggressive measures" to help small US businesses, workers and communities suffer…

RT (2020-03-23). Pompeo to meet Taliban in Doha in bid to shore up faltering Afghanistan peace deal. rt.com US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is to meet with Taliban officials in Doha, Qatar, in an effort to revive the collapsing peace deal between the two parties, despite failure to reach a separate deal with the Afghan government. | Pompeo is set to sit down with chief Taliban negotiator Mullah Baradar and other officials from the militant group on Monday in order "to press the Taliban to continue to comply with the agreement signed last month," State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said in a statement. | While the US and Taliban reached an agreement last month to begin drawing down American forces in exchan…

RT (2020-03-23). Justice Dept reassures Americans only judges can suspend their constitutional rights during coronavirus epidemic. rt.com The US Department of Justice has reassured Americans freaked out by a request to Congress for powers of indefinite detention without trial by explaining that only judges — not President Donald Trump — would be able to use it. | DOJ spokeswoman Kerri Kupec lamented the "confusion" caused by a Politico report

Mark Gruenberg (2020-03-23). Coronavirus bill: What's there and what progressives say should be there. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—As Congress struggles over passage of a big coronavirus aid bill, there seems to be quite a difference between what's in it — or may be in it — and what progressive economists say should be in it. Congressional leaders and Trump Treasury Secretary Stephen Mnuchin worked over the weekend of March 21-22 to craft …

news.un (2020-03-23). UNICEF sounds alarm over water cuts in Syria as efforts ramp up to prevent COVID-19 spread. news.un.org The UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) and its relief partners in Syria are warning that water disruptions in the country's war-battered north-east could exacerbate risks posed by the global coronavirus pandemic.

Staff (2020-03-23). Headlines for March 23, 2020. democracynow.org Global COVID-19 Death Toll Passes 15,000 as Italy Drafts Military to Enforce Lockdown, Angela Merkel to Self-Quarantine After Her Doctor Tests Positive for COVID-19, First COVID-19 Cases Reported in Occupied Gaza, War-Stricken Syria and Afghanistan | , Coronavirus Cases Mount Across Africa, Two Nigerians Overdose Self-Medicating with Chloroquine After Trump Praised Anti-Malaria Drug as Possible COVID-19 Treatment, Coronavirus Leads to Lockdowns, Travel Bans in Latin America, as a Colombian Prison Riot Turns Deadly | , Fate of Tokyo Olympics Still Unknown as Canada, Australia Refuse to Send Athletes | , India Lock…

Andre Vltchek (2020-03-23). The pro-Western World Uyghur Congress (WUC) Is Being Used "To Detonate the World" globalresearch.ca You were told, by Western mass media outlets, to pity Uyghurs, an ethnic Chinese minority group from Xinjiang Province. You were instructed to 'stand by them', and to "defend their rights". | They told you that Uyghurs are being discriminated against, …

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2020-03-23). When War becomes Peace, When the Lie becomes the Truth. globalresearch.ca When fiction becomes truth and truth becomes fiction. When a global military agenda is heralded as a humanitarian endeavor.

Mike Whitney (2020-03-23). Welcome to Sweatshop Amerika! globalresearch.ca Imagine if the congress approved a measure to form a public-private partnership between the US Treasury and the Federal Reserve. Can you imagine that? | Now imagine if a panicky and ill-informed Congress gave the Fed a blank check to bail …

Heidi Shierholz, Celine McNicholas (2020-03-23). Any Industry Bailout Package Must Include Meaningful Protections for Working People and Guardrails Against Corporate Greed. commondreams.org Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) speaks to reporters following the Senate Republican policy luncheon on March 10, 2020 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Samuel Corum/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Graham Peebles (2020-03-23). Death of the "Usual": Economic Evolution and the Emergence of the New. dissidentvoice.org Humanity is faced with a series of self-made, interrelated crises, from the environmental catastrophe to poverty, inequality, the absence of peace and an unprecedented level of displaced persons, among other pressing issues. All have been brought about by the negative behaviour of mankind, by the pervasive modes of living, the corrosive values and ideologies that …

news.un (2020-03-23). Reaching 'beyond the possible' in Hawaii to meet sustainability goals. news.un.org The people and government of the US state of Hawaii will reach "beyond the possible" to make the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) a reality; The SDGs are a set of targets agreed by countries around the world to reduce poverty, protect the planet and ensure peace and prosperity for all, by 2030. Hawaii introduced its own initiative, Sustainable Hawaii, in 2016 in support of the SDGs.

teleSUR (2020-03-23). Pompeo Arrives in Afghanistan to Revive Faltering Peace Talks. telesurenglish.net U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in Kabul, Afghanistan's capital,on Sunday to try to push forward the stalled peace agreement signed by the two countries in February. | RELATED: | The advance of the coronavirus around the world has caused most world leaders to restrict their travel abroad. This has been the main cause of the stalled peace process in Afghanistan, local media said. | Pompeo's trip occurr…

Jeffrey D. Sachs (2020-03-23). Global Cooperation and a National Lockdown: Our Best Hope for Fighting Coronavirus. commondreams.org Medical workers at Kaiser Permanente French Campus test a patient for the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, at a drive-thru testing facility in San Francisco, California on March 12, 2020. – Between 70 to 150 million people in the United States could eventually be infected with the novel coronavirus, according to a projection shared with Congress, a lawmaker said March 12, 2020. (Photo: Josh Edelson/AFP via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Bruce Fein (2020-03-23). Our 'Honorable' Members of Congress? thenation.com Our 'Honorable' Members of Congress?

John Stanton (2020-03-23). US National Security Strategy is Meant to Protect Wall Street, Congress, the White House, and the Pentagon. dissidentvoice.org Our fundamental responsibility is to protect the American people, the homeland, and the American way of life. — National Security Strategy of the United States, 2017 (President Donald Trump) The United States government has no greater responsibility than protecting the American people. — National Security Strategy, 2015 (President Barack Obama) At home our most important …

commondreams (2020-03-23). Sens. Klobuchar, Wyden, and Coons Join Advocates In Urging Congress to Expand Vote-By-Mail. commondreams.org ______________________________…

commondreams (2020-03-23). Nurses Send Petition to Congress Demanding Immediate Protections During COVID-19 Outbreak. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Sonia Gill (2020-03-23). This is No Time to Play Politics with our Democracy. aclu.org To ensure elections proceed and eligible Americans can vote, any federal legislative package addressing the impact of COVID-19 on our elections must include an immediate, substantial infusion of federal funding and federal requirements for no-excuse mail-in absentee voting and early in-person voting. While the coronavirus pandemic should not be a political issue, with presidential primaries and the general election coming up, it could soon directly impact our politics. It is simply not an option for Congress to fail to act on these basic issues to protect American elections while the pandemic is ongoing. , , F…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2020-03-23). With at Least Three Members of US Congress Infected With Coronavirus, Calls for Remote Voting Grow. commondreams.org "Congress should be an example, not an exception, on public health." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jon Queally, staff writer (2020-03-23). Trump: Taxpayer Bailout for My Hotels Is Capitalism, But Ordering Industries to Produce Medical Supplies Is Un-American Socialism. commondreams.org "Throughout this crisis Trump and Republicans in Congress have made it clear that they believe in generous socialism for banks, airlines, and the cruise industry, but think the American people should mostly fend for themselves." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

RT (2020-03-22). Rand Paul becomes first US senator to test POSITIVE for coronavirus. rt.com Senator Rand Paul has tested positive for coronavirus and is in quarantine, the Kentucky Republican is the first member of the upper chamber of Congress to contract the virus. | The politician revealed the news on his official Twitter account, announcing that he is "feeling fine" and has not displayed any symptoms of the Covid-19 illness. The Twitter statement said that he was tested "out of an abundance of caution due to his extensive travel and events". | Senator Rand Paul has tested positive for COVID-19. He is feeling fine and is in quarantine. He is asymptomatic and was tested out of an abundance of cauti…

RT (2020-03-22). 'Nobody knew Covid-19 would take off like it did': Mnuchin says coronavirus looks like 10 to 12 week scenario. rt.com The US treasury secretary has assured US citizens that the coronavirus is unlikely to last very long, but defended the Trump administration by saying no one could have predicted how bad things would really get. | Amid panic surrounding the coronavirus and a spiraling economy, Mnuchin has announced he believes the coronavirus is a 10- to 12-week situation, and US citizens and businesses should be expecting relief very soon. | Speaking to Fox News, Mnuchin revealed that the much-talked-about economic coronavirus package is expected to move through Congress on Monday, as details are currently being finalized. | I…

teleSUR (2020-03-22). Taliban-Afghan Gov't Skype Call Revives Hopes of Peace Process. telesurenglish.net Afghanistan's Taliban and the current government held a "virtual" meeting on prisoner releases Sunday, officials reported, breathing life back into the nascent peace process. | RELATED: | The two sides spoke for over two hours in a Skype meeting facilitated by the United States and Qatar, officials said. | "Prisoner releases by both sides is an important step in the peace process, as stated in the U.S.-Taliban agree…

The Lancet (2020-03-21). [Editorial] Peace and health in Afghanistan. thelancet.com After years of war and political instability, Afghanistan is at a potentially historic crossroads. On Feb 29, 2020, a peace deal was agreed between the Taliban and the USA. The anticipated resumption of talks between the Afghan Government and the Taliban could signal a new phase, but what this means for the Afghan people is unclear. Weak health systems and disrupted access to health care have left many in poor health for decades, but since the fall of the Taliban some extraordinary gains in health have occurred.

Susan Price (2020-03-21). The geopolitics of COVID-19. greenleft.org.au

Staff (2020-03-20). Senator Dumped Up to $1.7 Million of Stock After Reassuring Public About Coronavirus Preparedness. truthdig.com Soon after he offered public assurances that the government was ready to battle the coronavirus, the powerful chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Richard Burr, sold off a significant percentage of his stocks, unloading between $628,000 and $1.72 million of his holdings on Feb. 13 in 33 separate transactions. As the head of the intelligence …

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

news.un (2020-03-20). UN rights chief urges South Sudan authorities to address inter-communal violence. news.un.org Authorities in South Sudan must address intercommunal violence if the nation is to achieve lasting peace, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said on Friday, in response to a recent escalation in fighting in the east and central parts of the country.

news.un (2020-03-20). FIRST PERSON: The 'inseparable bond' between Hawaiian culture and native plants. news.un.org The 17 goals agreed by the global community to reduce poverty and create a sustainable planet are the responsibility of all people, wherever they are in the world, according to the United Nations. The Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs represent a boundary-pushing blueprint for the future of the Earth and it's anticipated they will be realized by 2030. UN News joined the International Labour Organization on a visit to Hawaii where many people are already living aspects of the goals in their everyday work.

Ramzy Baroud (2020-03-19). Death at the Border: Syrian Refugees Should Not Be Used as Political Pawns. mintpressnews.com Turkey's use of Syrian refugees as political pawns was one of the most tragic, heart-rendering episodes of the Syrian war and subsequent refugee crisis saga.

Staff (2020-03-19). The Dem Primary is Over, and We Need Bernie Sanders to Lead on Health Care From the Senate. truthdig.com On Tuesday, I cast a joyless vote for the very much politically doomed Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders in the Illinois primary, in an elementary school where hushed whispers and fearful glances had replaced the normal din of an election day. There was no one standing just outside the perimeter hustling me to vote for this …

Staff (2020-03-19). These Are the 51 GOP Senators Who Just Voted Against Expanding Paid Sick Leave to Protect Americans. truthdig.com Republican senators on Wednesday teamed up to kill an amendment introduced by Democratic Sen. Patty Murray that would have expanded paid sick leave to millions of U.S. workers left out of a bipartisan coronavirus relief package. Every Republican present for the vote, 51 in total, voted against the amendment while every Senate Democrat voted in favor. …

Staff (2020-03-18). "It's Inadequate": Rep. Ro Khanna Says White House Stimulus Plan Helps Big Business, Not Workers. democracynow.org Amid concerns over the spread of coronavirus at polling places, many Americans stayed home. Nearly one in five households have already experienced a layoff or a reduction in work due to the pandemic. Trump wants to inject more than $1 trillion into the economy and send a $1,000 check to everyone. This comes as the Senate is set to consider a multibillion-dollar package bill passed by the Democrat-led House Monday night that includes significantly weakened paid sick leave measures. We get response from California Congressmember Ro Khanna, who has also co-sponsored a bill for an emergency Earned Income Tax Credit t…

Susan Price (2020-03-18). Syria: Shaky ceasefire in Idlib. greenleft.org.au

Staff (2020-03-17). Headlines for March 17, 2020. democracynow.org More Countries Enact Travel Bans, Isolation Measures, as Coronavirus Cases Top 183,000 , U.S. Braces for Spread of Coronavirus as Trump Lauds Gov't Response Despite Severe Lack of Testing, Stock Market Plummets as Trump Acknowledges Economy "May" Be Headed Toward Recession , Fire Kills Young Girl at Refugee Camp in Lesbos, Netanyahu Rival Benny Gantz Asked to Form New Government , U.S. to Pull Out of Several Iraqi Bases After Recent Attacks | , Mitch McConnell Urging Conservative Judges to Retire While GOP Still Holds Senate & Presidency, Gunman Kills 5 People at Missouri Gas Station | , Maryland Senate Passes Bi…

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 …

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…

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

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."

2020-03-24: Social Media Postees

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The Not-So-Shocking Report on Israeli Weapons Exports
Ramzy Baroud | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-03-24
The Middle East region, battered by wars and adjoining humanitarian crises that have left millions of people stateless, hungry and diseased, is in urgent need for peace, security and reconstruction. Thanks to the US, Russian, French, Israeli and other weapons manufacturers, however, it is now the dumping ground for military hardware, an ominous sign for …
dissidentvoice.org/2020/03/the-not-so-sh…

Military, Trump administration ready plans for domestic crackdown as virus spreads across US
wsws.org | 2020-03-24
The Justice Department has asked Congress to suspend habeas corpus and due process, even as the military develops plans to deploy troops on US soil to suppress "riots" and "civil disobedience."
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/03/24/just…

COVID-19 Patients Should Not Face Surprise Medical Bills
Eileen Appelbaum, Roesmary Batt | counterpunch.org | 2020-03-24
In the crush of news over the explosive spread of COVID-19, Congress has moved aggressively to pass the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. While imperfect, this bill will do much to provide free COVID-19 testing and extended paid sick leave for many but not all workers. But it doesn't cover hospitalization or care needed for…
counterpunch.org/2020/03/24/covid-19-pat…

US Congress moves toward massive bailout of big business
wsws.org | 2020-03-24
The wrangling between Democrats and Republicans in Washington is political theater to disguise the highway robbery being carried out by corporate America.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/03/24/bill…

Democratic Ploy With a View to November? What Coronavirus Aid Package Delay Means
sputniknews.com | 2020-03-24
Bipartisan talks have stalled in the Senate over an emergency economic package to rescue businesses and workers from the fall-out from the COVID-19 pandemic

UN dispatches humanitarian aid to Syria
yenisafak.com | 2020-03-24
The UN dispatched 106 truckloads of humanitarian aid Tuesday to the northwestern Syrian province of Idlib.Trucks passed through the Cilvegozu border gate in Hatay province, Turkey, and aid will be distributed to residents in urban areas Idlib, as well as the surrounding countryside which have been subjected to years of devastating attacks by the Bashar al-Assad regime and allies, triggering a wave of 1 million refugees.The war in Syria started in early 2011 when the regime cracked down on pro-democracy protests. ,Hundreds of thousands of people have since been killed and more than 10 million others displaced, acc…
yenisafak.com/en/news/un-dispatches-huma…

Peace groups: Stop US troops from arriving in Darwin
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2020-03-24
Healthcare Kerry SmithIssue 1258 Australia COVID-19 Australian Defence Force United States defence forcesMarch 24,…
greenleft.org.au/content/peace-groups-stop-us-troops-arriving-darwin

UNICEF sounds alarm over water cuts in Syria as efforts ramp up to prevent COVID-19 spread
news.un.org | 2020-03-23
The UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) and its relief partners in Syria are warning that water disruptions in the country's war-battered north-east could exacerbate risks posed by the global coronavirus pandemic.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2020/03/1…

The pro-Western World Uyghur Congress (WUC) Is Being Used "To Detonate the World"
Andre Vltchek | globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-23
You were told, by Western mass media outlets, to pity Uyghurs, an ethnic Chinese minority group from Xinjiang Province. You were instructed to 'stand by them', and to "defend their rights". | They told you that Uyghurs are being discriminated against, …
globalresearch.ca/uyghur-wuc-used-west-detonate-world/5707203

When War becomes Peace, When the Lie becomes the Truth
Prof Michel Chossudovsky | globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-23
When fiction becomes truth and truth becomes fiction. When a global military agenda is heralded as a humanitarian endeavor.
globalresearch.ca/obama-and-the-nobel-prize-when-war-becomes-peace-when-the-lie-becomes-the-truth/15622

Welcome to Sweatshop Amerika!
Mike Whitney | globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-23
Imagine if the congress approved a measure to form a public-private partnership between the US Treasury and the Federal Reserve. Can you imagine that? | Now imagine if a panicky and ill-informed Congress gave the Fed a blank check to bail …
globalresearch.ca/welcome-sweatshop-amerika/5707216

Pompeo Arrives in Afghanistan to Revive Faltering Peace Talks
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-23
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in Kabul, Afghanistan's capital,on Sunday to try to push forward the stalled peace agreement signed by the two countries in February. | RELATED: | Furious at Probe Into US War Crimes Pompeo Threatens ICC Staff | The advance of the coronavirus around the world has caused most world leaders to restrict their travel abroad. This has been the main cause of the stalled peace process in Afghanistan, local media said. | Pompeo's trip occurr…
telesurenglish.net/news/pompeo-arrives-i…

Pompeo to meet Taliban in Doha in bid to shore up faltering Afghanistan peace deal
rt.com | 2020-03-23
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is to meet with Taliban officials in Doha, Qatar, in an effort to revive the collapsing peace deal between the two parties, despite failure to reach a separate deal with the Afghan government. | Pompeo is set to sit down with chief Taliban negotiator Mullah Baradar and other officials from the militant group on Monday in order "to press the Taliban to continue to comply with the agreement signed last month," State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said in a statement. | While the US and Taliban reached an agreement last month to begin drawing down American forces in exchan…
rt.com/usa/483890-pompeo-to-meet-taliban…

Death of the "Usual": Economic Evolution and the Emergence of the New
Graham Peebles | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-03-23
Humanity is faced with a series of self-made, interrelated crises, from the environmental catastrophe to poverty, inequality, the absence of peace and an unprecedented level of displaced persons, among other pressing issues. All have been brought about by the negative behaviour of mankind, by the pervasive modes of living, the corrosive values and ideologies that …
dissidentvoice.org/2020/03/death-of-the-…

Reaching 'beyond the possible' in Hawaii to meet sustainability goals
news.un.org | 2020-03-23
The people and government of the US state of Hawaii will reach "beyond the possible" to make the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) a reality; The SDGs are a set of targets agreed by countries around the world to reduce poverty, protect the planet and ensure peace and prosperity for all, by 2030. Hawaii introduced its own initiative, Sustainable Hawaii, in 2016 in support of the SDGs.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2020/03/1…

Any Industry Bailout Package Must Include Meaningful Protections for Working People and Guardrails Against Corporate Greed
Heidi Shierholz, Celine McNicholas | commondreams.org | 2020-03-23
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) speaks to reporters following the Senate Republican policy luncheon on March 10, 2020 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Samuel Corum/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/views/2020/03/23/any-in…

Democrats block SECOND attempt to pass coronavirus stimulus in US Senate
rt.com | 2020-03-23
Senate Democrats have blocked for the second time the procedural vote on the stimulus bill, intended to help the US workers and companies shut down over the Covid-19 pandemic. | The motion to invoke cloture

Reading the autocue has never looked so hard: Joe Biden emerges from 6 DAYS in hiding with stumbling video stream
rt.com | 2020-03-23
Joe Biden has reemerged from an almost week-long disappearance to post a video on Twitter addressing the Trump administration's handling of the Covid-19 crisis, but his return has been greeted with mockery and concern. | Biden sounded tired and slow as he spoke while standing in front of what appeared to be a green screen with a set of bookshelves digitally imposed behind him. | He criticized US President Donald Trump and Senate leader Mitch McConnell for "trying to put a corporate bailout ahead of millions of families" and urged "aggressive measures" to help small US businesses, workers and communities suffer…
rt.com/usa/483879-biden-video-coronaviru…

Dems block McConnell $2 trillion COVID-19 bill: 'Slush fund for hotels, not hospitals'
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2020-03-23
WASHINGTON–Calling Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's $2 trillion coronavirus aid bill "a slush fund" to help hotels, not hospitals, Senate Democrats blocked McConnell's scheme and they–with their House colleagues–crafted and unveiled their own pro-worker alternative. Its contours were emerging on March 23. The sticking point in the highly partisan GOP-written legislation which McConnell called up …
peoplesworld.org/article/dems-block-mcco…

Sens. Klobuchar, Wyden, and Coons Join Advocates In Urging Congress to Expand Vote-By-Mail
commondreams.org | 2020-03-23
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commondreams.org/newswire/2020/03/23/sen…

This is No Time to Play Politics with our Democracy
Sonia Gill | aclu.org | 2020-03-23
To ensure elections proceed and eligible Americans can vote, any federal legislative package addressing the impact of COVID-19 on our elections must include an immediate, substantial infusion of federal funding and federal requirements for no-excuse mail-in absentee voting and early in-person voting. While the coronavirus pandemic should not be a political issue, with presidential primaries and the general election coming up, it could soon directly impact our politics. It is simply not an option for Congress to fail to act on these basic issues to protect American elections while the pandemic is ongoing. , , F…
aclu.org/news/voting-rights/this-is-no-t…

Our 'Honorable' Members of Congress?
Bruce Fein | thenation.com | 2020-03-23
Our 'Honorable' Members of Congress?
thenation.com/article/politics/senator-b…

Justice Dept reassures Americans only judges can suspend their constitutional rights during coronavirus epidemic
rt.com | 2020-03-23
The US Department of Justice has reassured Americans freaked out by a request to Congress for powers of indefinite detention without trial by explaining that only judges

US National Security Strategy is Meant to Protect Wall Street, Congress, the White House, and the Pentagon
John Stanton | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-03-23
Our fundamental responsibility is to protect the American people, the homeland, and the American way of life.

Nurses Send Petition to Congress Demanding Immediate Protections During COVID-19 Outbreak
commondreams.org | 2020-03-23
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commondreams.org/newswire/2020/03/23/nur…

Coronavirus bill: What's there and what progressives say should be there
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2020-03-23
WASHINGTON–As Congress struggles over passage of a big coronavirus aid bill, there seems to be quite a difference between what's in it

Global Cooperation and a National Lockdown: Our Best Hope for Fighting Coronavirus
Jeffrey D. Sachs | commondreams.org | 2020-03-23
Medical workers at Kaiser Permanente French Campus test a patient for the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, at a drive-thru testing facility in San Francisco, California on March 12, 2020. – Between 70 to 150 million people in the United States could eventually be infected with the novel coronavirus, according to a projection shared with Congress, a lawmaker said March 12, 2020. (Photo: Josh Edelson/AFP via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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With at Least Three Members of US Congress Infected With Coronavirus, Calls for Remote Voting Grow
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-03-23
"Congress should be an example, not an exception, on public health." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Trump: Taxpayer Bailout for My Hotels Is Capitalism, But Ordering Industries to Produce Medical Supplies Is Un-American Socialism
Jon Queally, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-03-23
"Throughout this crisis Trump and Republicans in Congress have made it clear that they believe in generous socialism for banks, airlines, and the cruise industry, but think the American people should mostly fend for themselves." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Taliban-Afghan Gov't Skype Call Revives Hopes of Peace Process
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-22
Afghanistan's Taliban and the current government held a "virtual" meeting on prisoner releases Sunday, officials reported, breathing life back into the nascent peace process. | RELATED: | Afghanistan Suggests Ceasefire with Taliban to Fight Pandemic | The two sides spoke for over two hours in a Skype meeting facilitated by the United States and Qatar, officials said. | "Prisoner releases by both sides is an important step in the peace process, as stated in the U.S.-Taliban agree…
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'Nobody knew Covid-19 would take off like it did': Mnuchin says coronavirus looks like 10 to 12 week scenario
rt.com | 2020-03-22
The US treasury secretary has assured US citizens that the coronavirus is unlikely to last very long, but defended the Trump administration by saying no one could have predicted how bad things would really get. | Amid panic surrounding the coronavirus and a spiraling economy, Mnuchin has announced he believes the coronavirus is a 10- to 12-week situation, and US citizens and businesses should be expecting relief very soon. | Speaking to Fox News, Mnuchin revealed that the much-talked-about economic coronavirus package is expected to move through Congress on Monday, as details are currently being finalized. | I…
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Rand Paul becomes first US senator to test POSITIVE for coronavirus
rt.com | 2020-03-22
Senator Rand Paul has tested positive for coronavirus and is in quarantine, the Kentucky Republican is the first member of the upper chamber of Congress to contract the virus. | The politician revealed the news on his official Twitter account, announcing that he is "feeling fine" and has not displayed any symptoms of the Covid-19 illness. The Twitter statement said that he was tested "out of an abundance of caution due to his extensive travel and events". | Senator Rand Paul has tested positive for COVID-19. He is feeling fine and is in quarantine. He is asymptomatic and was tested out of an abundance of cauti…
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[Editorial] Peace and health in Afghanistan
The Lancet | thelancet.com | 2020-03-21
After years of war and political instability, Afghanistan is at a potentially historic crossroads. On Feb 29, 2020, a peace deal was agreed between the Taliban and the USA. The anticipated resumption of talks between the Afghan Government and the Taliban could signal a new phase, but what this means for the Afghan people is unclear. Weak health systems and disrupted access to health care have left many in poor health for decades, but since the fall of the Taliban some extraordinary gains in health have occurred.
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Peace Action Supports Wyden-Klobuchar Bill to Protect Democracy and Ensure Safe Elections
Lilly Dragnev | peaceaction.org | 2020-03-20
Statement of Jon Rainwater, Executive Director, Peace Action, on the introduction of the Natural Disaster and Emergency Ballot Act (NDEBA) by Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN). This bill would help ensure that elections can take place in a safe and secure way throughout the pandemic and beyond. March 19, 2020 Peace Action …
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UN rights chief urges South Sudan authorities to address inter-communal violence
news.un.org | 2020-03-20
Authorities in South Sudan must address intercommunal violence if the nation is to achieve lasting peace, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said on Friday, in response to a recent escalation in fighting in the east and central parts of the country.
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Senator Dumped Up to $1.7 Million of Stock After Reassuring Public About Coronavirus Preparedness
Staff | truthdig.com | 2020-03-20
Soon after he offered public assurances that the government was ready to battle the coronavirus, the powerful chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Richard Burr, sold off a significant percentage of his stocks, unloading between $628,000 and $1.72 million of his holdings on Feb. 13 in 33 separate transactions. As the head of the intelligence …
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FIRST PERSON: The 'inseparable bond' between Hawaiian culture and native plants
news.un.org | 2020-03-20
The 17 goals agreed by the global community to reduce poverty and create a sustainable planet are the responsibility of all people, wherever they are in the world, according to the United Nations. The Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs represent a boundary-pushing blueprint for the future of the Earth and it's anticipated they will be realized by 2030. UN News joined the International Labour Organization on a visit to Hawaii where many people are already living aspects of the goals in their everyday work.
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Death at the Border: Syrian Refugees Should Not Be Used as Political Pawns
Ramzy Baroud | mintpressnews.com | 2020-03-19
Turkey's use of Syrian refugees as political pawns was one of the most tragic, heart-rendering episodes of the Syrian war and subsequent refugee crisis saga.
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The Dem Primary is Over, and We Need Bernie Sanders to Lead on Health Care From the Senate
Staff | truthdig.com | 2020-03-19
On Tuesday, I cast a joyless vote for the very much politically doomed Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders in the Illinois primary, in an elementary school where hushed whispers and fearful glances had replaced the normal din of an election day. There was no one standing just outside the perimeter hustling me to vote for this …
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These Are the 51 GOP Senators Who Just Voted Against Expanding Paid Sick Leave to Protect Americans
Staff | truthdig.com | 2020-03-19
Republican senators on Wednesday teamed up to kill an amendment introduced by Democratic Sen. Patty Murray that would have expanded paid sick leave to millions of U.S. workers left out of a bipartisan coronavirus relief package. Every Republican present for the vote, 51 in total, voted against the amendment while every Senate Democrat voted in favor. …
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"It's Inadequate": Rep. Ro Khanna Says White House Stimulus Plan Helps Big Business, Not Workers
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-03-18
Amid concerns over the spread of coronavirus at polling places, many Americans stayed home. Nearly one in five households have already experienced a layoff or a reduction in work due to the pandemic. Trump wants to inject more than $1 trillion into the economy and send a $1,000 check to everyone. This comes as the Senate is set to consider a multibillion-dollar package bill passed by the Democrat-led House Monday night that includes significantly weakened paid sick leave measures. We get response from California Congressmember Ro Khanna, who has also co-sponsored a bill for an emergency Earned Income Tax Credit t…
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Syria: Shaky ceasefire in Idlib
Susan Price | greenleft.org.au | 2020-03-18
Imperialism & war Chris SleeIssue 1257 Northern Syria Rojava Syrian Democratic Forces IdlibMarch 18, 2020Turkish president Recep T…
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Latest U.S. Military Strikes Are as Reckless as they are Cruel
Lilly Dragnev | peaceaction.org | 2020-03-13
Washington, D.C.

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…
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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…
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Congress Sends Bipartisan Bill to Trump Rebuking Iran War
Paul Kawika Martin | peaceaction.org | 2020-03-11
Washington, D.C.

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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