Daily Archives: March 27, 2020

2020-03-27: News Headlines

Mark Gruenberg (2020-03-27). Lots of cash, including pro-worker cash; very little pro-worker policy. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—The $2.2 trillion coronavirus economic impact bill Congress President Donald Trump says he will sign contains a lot of pro-worker cash — and very little pro-worker policy. It wasn't for lack of trying, at least by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. She produced an alternative with the same spending — but festooned with pro-worker sections. …

Staff (2020-03-27). "Total System Failure": Congress Pushes $2 Trillion Pandemic Bill. Will Dems Allow "Corporate Coup"? democracynow.org We continue our look at the massive $2 trillion coronavirus relief package — the largest stimulus bill in U.S. history — with author Matt Stoller, who argues the country will be unrecognizable after this pandemic if big corporations walk away with trillions of dollars and no strings attached. Stoller is research director at the American Economic Liberties Project and author of the book "Goliath: The 100-Year War Between Monopoly Power and Democracy." His recent column for The Guardian is headlined "The coronavirus relief bill could turn into a corporate coup if we aren't careful."

RT (2020-03-27). US Congress approves $2.2 trillion stimulus bill, sends to White House. rt.com The US House has approved the mammoth $2.2 trillion coronavirus stimulus bill passed earlier this week by the Senate, sending the long-awaited relief package to President Donald Trump's desk for signing. | The bill sailed through the House with a voice vote despite an attempt by Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Kentucky) to force a roll-call poll. The pressing need to distribute immediate aid to individual Americans and small businesses starved for cash by coronavirus-related shutdowns appeared to override legislators' objections to various controversial provisions included in the massive legislative package. | Trump is…

Rob Urie (2020-03-27). Bailouts for the Rich, the Virus for the Rest of Us. counterpunch.org For the second time in a generation, the President and Congress are creating an economy under the guise of 'saving the economy.' Through bailouts for the executives of corporations and institutions whose coffers have been emptied for their own personal enrichment, a corporate kleptocracy is having its class power secured. And through token payments and

Staff (2020-03-27). U.S. Is #1 in Pandemic: Rep. Omar Blasts Trump for "Wrong Kind of American Exceptionalism" democracynow.org As much of the United States is under lockdown, the House votes today on a $2 trillion emergency relief package to address the economic crisis caused by the pandemic. It will generate payments to most Americans and includes protections for workers, but it is also a massive bailout for a number of industries and corporations, and the vote comes as a record 3.28 million Americans filed for unemployment benefits. We speak with Congressmember Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, the first Somali American elected to the U.S. House of Representatives and one of the first Muslim women in Congress, about the bill, Trump's response t…

Pam Martens, Russ Martens (2020-03-27). Stimulus Bill Allows Federal Reserve to Conduct Meetings in Secret; Gives Fed $454 Billion Slush Fund for Wall Street Bailouts. counterpunch.org The U.S. Senate voted 96-0 late yesterday on a massive bailout of Wall Street banks versus a short-term survival plan for American workers thrown out of their jobs — and potentially their homes. The text of the final bill was breathtaking in the breadth of new powers it bestowed on the Federal Reserve, including the

Philip Giraldi (2020-03-27). Tulsi Gabbard Falls on Her Sword: America's Leading Antiwar Voice Is Destroyed by Hillary. globalresearch.ca In American politics, it is not often that one sees an assassination carried out in public, but that is exactly what the Democratic Party establishment did to

Mike Whitney (2020-03-27). The Senate's Coronavirus Relief Package Must be Stopped! globalresearch.ca The Senate's $2 Trillion Coronavirus Relief Package is not fiscal stimulus and it's not a lifeline for the tens of millions of working people who have suddenly lost their jobs. It's a fundamental restructuring of the US economy designed to …

Staff (2020-03-27). Rep. Omar Blasts Trump's "American Exceptionalism" as US Leads in COVID-19 Cases. truthout.org As much of the United States is under lockdown, the House votes today on a $2 trillion emergency relief package to address the economic crisis caused by the pandemic. It will generate payments to most Americans and includes protections for workers, but it is also a massive bailout for a number of industries and corporations, and the vote comes as a record 3.28 million Americans filed for unemployment benefits. We speak with Congressmember Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, the first Somali American electe…

news.un (2020-03-27). Migrants in Hawaii care for the elderly, the aloha way. news.un.org Migrants are playing an increasingly important role in the provision of health care around the world. The number of doctors, nurses and other medical professionals who move from developing countries to take up posts in developed countries is expected to rise as the global population of older persons and children continues to grow.

Peace Action Massachusetts (2020-03-27). Webinar: Coronavirus: Time to End US Sanctions on Iran. indybay.org Online webinar via ZOOM…

San Jose Peace & Justice Center (2020-03-27). Webinar: Decarceration in the time of COVID – 19 with Ivette Ale from JusticeLA. indybay.org Online event…

yenisafak (2020-03-27). Cuba slams US for indicting Venezuelan president. yenisafak.com Cuba slammed the U.S. for indicting Venezuela's elected President Nicolas Maduro on alleged narco-terrorism charges on Thursday. "I condemn the #US immoral drug-trafficking accusation against president @NicolasMaduro and #Venezuela, which is based on brazen lies," Cuba's Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez said on Twitter, shortly after the indictment.He also criticized the timing of the alleged charges, which came in the middle of a global fight against the coronavirus pandemic."Even in times of #COVID19, the US government proves to be the main threat to peace and tranquility in #OurAmerica," he added.The U.S. offe…

Ruth Hopkins (2020-03-27). A Message For America from Brazil's First Indigenous Congresswoman. counterpunch.org Last year, we all watched in horror as the Amazon rainforest burned at an unprecedented rate. We cannot afford to lose it, especially amid a climate emergency. It's vast greenery releases oxygen and stores carbon dioxide, a heat-trapping gas that causes of global warming. The death of the Amazon would mean the end of life

RT (2020-03-26). US coronavirus deaths top 1,000 as the country waits for $2.2 trillion economic rescue package. rt.com Deaths from Covid-19 have surpassed 1,000, according to a widely-cited tally, a worrying benchmark in the ongoing health crisis as Washington rushes to provide economic relief to the country's battered economy. | The United States saw its 1,000th fatality on Wednesday night, according to Johns Hopkins University. Confirmed cases have also continued to grow, reaching more than 69,000 by Thursday. The US reported its first case of the virus at the end of February. | The milestone coincided with a unanimous vote in the Senate to pass a $2.2 trillion bill designed to provide badly-needed economic aid to the countr…

Staff (2020-03-26). Bernie Sanders Fights for Laid-off Worker Protections in $2 Trillion Stimulus with Corporate Bailout. democracynow.org The Senate unanimously approved a historic $2.2 trillion emergency relief package late Wednesday night to battle the unprecedented economic shock of the coronavirus pandemic. ‚Ä®‚Ä®The House will consider the bill Friday before it goes to President Trump's desk to be signed into law. ‚Ä®‚Ä®The bill would massively expand unemployment benefits, providing laid-off workers up to 100% of their salary and health insurance benefits for four months. Vermont senator and presidential candidate Bernie Sanders successfully fought to strengthen the bill's assistance…

Special to People's World (2020-03-26). Education advocates block distance learning privatization in Puerto Rico. peoplesworld.org SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico—The Broad Front in Defense of Public Education (FEDAP in Spanish) triumphed this week in its petition to the House and Senate of Puerto Rico on Bill 2448 that tried to privatize distance learning. The bill's sponsor, Rafael "June" Rivera, issued a public statement withdrawing the proposed bill. The Broad Front in …

RT (2020-03-26). Senate passes $2 trillion coronavirus relief bill bogged down by days of partisan wrangling. rt.com US senators have passed a much-delayed $2 trillion stimulus bill, aimed at bolstering the economy while the country is rattled by coronavirus lockdowns. The mammoth package was approved after days of bitter partisan fighting. | Senators moved to vote on the bill late Wednesday night after the last hurdle preventing its passage — an amendment put forward by four Republican senators to curb the legislation's generous unemployment provisions — was eliminated, failing to gain the necessary 60 yeas. | Despite the days of political tug-of-war over the legislation, it was passed unanimously in the end, 96-0…

South Front (2020-03-26). Video: Unfortunate Adventures of Turkish Army in Idlib. globalresearch.ca Two Turkish soldiers were injured and two vehicles damaged in Syria's southern Idlib on March 24. Their military convoy was targeted by a roadside bomb explosion near the village of Sfuhun. Turkish troops based at the al-Barah observation post were …

teleSUR (2020-03-26). 8 Nations Address Letter to UN Chief Urging Sanctions Be Lifted. telesurenglish.net Venezuela has joined Wednesday China, Russia, Iran, Syria, North Korea, Cuba, and Nicaragua in their plea to United Nations (U.N.) Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to urge the United States (U.S.) to remove its illegal economic sanctions on these countries amid the coronavirus global pandemic. | RELATED: | "Today we have a common enemy. As you've already recognized, it's a time to prepare, to step up and incre…

Tony Cartalucci (2020-03-26). US Media Defends Al Qaeda in Syria. globalresearch.ca When is a terrorist group not a terrorist group? Apparently when US foreign policy requires it not to be. This is precisely the case regarding Al Qaeda's Syrian branch — Hayat Tahrir al Sham (HTS) — the most recent rebrand …

Stephen Lendman (2020-03-26). US Stimulus Plan: What's Needed or Way Short? globalresearch.ca Congressional Republicans and Dems, together with the White House, agreed on a reported $2 trillion stimulus plan late Tuesday night — the text of the bill not finalized. | The devil is in the fine print and how what's agreed on …

Stephen Lendman (2020-03-26). The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security, CARES Act Is Business Giveaway, "Handout" to Monied Interests. globalresearch.ca On Wednesday, the CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) Act was unanimously passed by the Senate. | It's scheduled to be voted on and adopted by House members on Friday, Trump to sign it into law. Its provisions are largely …

IMEMC & Agencies (2020-03-26). ANALYSIS: Technology of Death: The Not-so-Shocking Report on Israeli Weapons Exports. imemc.org By Ramzy Baroud for Palestine Chronicle 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 …

Staff (2020-03-26). Headlines for March 26, 2020. democracynow.org Senate Approves Historic $2.2 Trillion Coronavirus Relief Package, Republican Sen. John Thune Misses Vote on Coronavirus Bailout Due to Illness, New York City Hospitals Set Up Makeshift Morgues as COVID-19 Deaths Multiply, U.S. Coronavirus Deaths Top 1,000 as Louisiana Cases Soar, Pittsburgh Sanitation Workers Hold Wildcat Strike, Demanding Safety Gear, COVID-19 Claims Playwright Terrence McNally, Chef Floyd Cardoz and Fashionista Jenny Polanco, World Health Organization Urges Dramatic Action as Global Coronavirus Cases Near 500,000, Italy's COVID-19 Infection Rate Slows as Spain's Death Toll Surpasses China's, I…

Staff (2020-03-26). Sanders Fights for Worker Protections in $2 Trillion Stimulus Package. truthout.org The Senate unanimously approved a historic $2.2 trillion emergency relief package late Wednesday night to battle the unprecedented economic shock of the coronavirus pandemic. The House will consider the bill Friday before it goes to President Trump's desk to be signed into law. The bill would massively expand unemployment benefits, providing laid-off workers up to 100% of their salary and health insurance benefits for four months. Vermont senator and presidential candidate Bernie Sanders successfully fo…

commondreams (2020-03-26). Nation's Nurses United Condemns Congressional Inaction on Protecting Nurses, Other Health Care Workers From COVID-19. commondreams.org ______________________________…

teleSUR (2020-03-26). US Senate Passes $2 Trillion Bill to Front COVID-19 Crisis. telesurenglish.net The United States Senate unanimously backed Wednesday a US$2 trillion bill aimed at helping unemployed workers and industries hurt by the coronavirus epidemic, as well as providing billions of dollars to buy urgently needed medical equipment. | RELATED: | "Our nation obviously is going through a kind of crisis that is totally unprecedented in living memory," Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said shortly before the vote on passage. | Af…

Debra Gore-Mann, Adam Briones (2020-03-26). Senate COVID-19 Relief Bill Put Corporations First — Now, Let's Take Care of People. commondreams.org US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi speaks with reporters during her weekly press conference at the US Capitol March 26, 2020, in Washington, DC. – The US Senate unanimously passed the nation's largest-ever rescue package late March 25, 2020, a $2 trillion lifeline to suffering Americans, critically depleted hospitals and an economy ravaged by a rapidly spreading coronavirus crisis. The measure now heads to the House of Representatives, where a Democratic leader said he expected it to pass by voice vote March 27 before it goes to President Donald Trump for his signature. (Photo: Alex Edelman / AFP / Getty Image…

commondreams (2020-03-26). Senate Coronavirus Bill Prioritizes $500 Billion Mnuchin-Trump Slush Fund Over American Lives. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Staff (2020-03-26). The Senate Has Passed the Largest Corporate Bailout in US History. truthout.org By a vote of 96-0, the United States Senate Wednesday night passed an enormous coronavirus stimulus package that would provide some desperately needed economic relief to struggling workers and the unemployed while establishing a Progressives didn't mince words in response to the unani…

commondreams (2020-03-26). 350.org Responds to Passage of Senate Coronavirus Stimulus Package. commondreams.org ______________________________…

commondreams (2020-03-26). Women's Group Says Senate Stimulus Package is Insufficient for Women Who Are Bearing the Brunt of the Coronavirus Pandemic. commondreams.org ______________________________…

RT (2020-03-25). White House and US senators reach late night deal on massive coronavirus stimulus package after days of talks. rt.com US senators and the Trump administration have finally reached an agreement on a massive rescue plan to help stem the impact Covid-19 is having on the country's economy. | The compromise bill directs around $2 trillion to help keep the economy afloat amid the massive shutdown of businesses in a bid to curb the financial fallout of the coronavirus pandemic. | Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer called the proposal "the largest rescue package in American history." | Schumer said that the bill is "far from perfect, but we believe the legislation has been improved significantly to warrant its quick consideration…

Staff (2020-03-25). Calls Grow for Sen. Burr to Resign After He Sold $1.7 Million in Stocks & Downplayed COVID-19 Risks. democracynow.org Calls are growing for Republican Senator Richard Burr to resign after he reportedly sold up to $1.7 million worth of stocks after receiving privileged briefings about the coronavirus's threat to the global economy. ProPublica reports Burr, the chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, unloaded his holdings on February 13 in 33 separate transactions. At the time, he had access to classified information about the coronavirus and was receiving daily intelligence briefings. The stock market began plummeting a week after Burr's sales and has since lost about 30% of its value. We speak with Derek Willis of ProPublica…

Mark Gruenberg (2020-03-25). Sides agree on $2 trillion coronavirus aid bill. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—The GOP-run U.S. Senate was on the verge today of finally approving a $2 trillion economic aid bill for workers and firms hard hit by closings, shutdowns and shelter-in-place orders due to the spreading coronavirus pandemic. As of mid-day March 25, 60,854 people had tested positive for the coronavirus in the U.S., with one-third of …

Staff (2020-03-25). Headlines for March 25, 2020. democracynow.org Senate and White House Reach Agreement on $2 Trillion Coronavirus Relief Bill, NY Governor Blasts Trump's Coronavirus Response, Asking "Where Are the Ventilators?", Two Georgia Medical Workers Die of COVID-19 Amid Critical Shortage of Protective Gear, California Seeks to Add 50,000 Hospital Beds Ahead of COVID-19 Peak, Washington to Inspect Nursing Homes After 37 Die of Coronavirus at Life Care Center, Minnesota Lt. Gov.'s Brother Dies of COVID-19; Sen. Klobuchar's Husband Hospitalized, Defying Medical Advice, Trump Calls for Return to Normal and "Packed Churches" on Easter Sunday, U.S. Immigration Agencies Quara…

Staff (2020-03-24). Economist Jeffrey Sachs: Trump "Understands Nothing, Listens to Nothing" as Pandemic Surges in U.S. democracynow.org As #NotDying4WallStreet trends on Twitter, President Trump defies his top scientists and soaring infection rate, saying he will ease restrictions soon to jumpstart the economy. We speak with economist Jeffrey Sachs about the stimulus package that failed to pass again Monday, as Democrats called the measure a slush fund for corporations. Sachs also led the WHO's Commission on Macroeconomics and Health from 2000 to 2001 and played a key role in conceiving and establishing the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, which helped distribute new medicines to fight infectious diseases.

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 …

news.un (2020-03-24). Enable 'all out effort' to counter COVID-19 in war-ravaged Syria, urges top UN envoy. news.un.org The top United Nations envoy in Syria called on Tuesday for an immediate country-wide truce, allowing citizens to save lives and tackle the common threat presented by the COVID-19 coronavirus.

Darius Shahtahmasebi (2020-03-24). The UK Hasn't Bombed Iraq or Syria Since Last September. What Gives? mintpressnews.com Amid COVID-19, Brexit, and an ongoing economic crisis, the UK appears to be winding down its deadly Middle East bombing campaign. So where to next for the RAF?

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…

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…

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 …

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 …

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

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 …

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 …

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 …

2020-03-27: Social Media Postees

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Tulsi Gabbard Falls on Her Sword: America's Leading Antiwar Voice Is Destroyed by Hillary
Philip Giraldi | globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-27
In American politics, it is not often that one sees an assassination carried out in public, but that is exactly what the Democratic Party establishment did to peace candidate Tulsi Gabbard. She was sidelined right from the beginning of …
globalresearch.ca/tulsi-gabbard-falls-her-sword-america-leading-antiwar-voice-destroyed-hillary/5707766

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is Covid-19 Positive
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-27
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has tested positive for coronavirus, according to what the politician reported in a video posted on his Twitter account on Friday. | RELATED: | Erdogan, Merkel, Macron, Johnson Address Situation of Syria | "In the past 24 hours, I have developed mild symptoms and tested positive for coronavirus," said the conservative leader on th…
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Rep. Omar Blasts Trump's "American Exceptionalism" as US Leads in COVID-19 Cases
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-03-27
As much of the United States is under lockdown, the House votes today on a $2 trillion emergency relief package to address the economic crisis caused by the pandemic. It will generate payments to most Americans and includes protections for workers, but it is also a massive bailout for a number of industries and corporations, and the vote comes as a record 3.28 million Americans filed for unemployment benefits. We speak with Congressmember Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, the first Somali American electe…
truthout.org/video/rep-omar-blasts-trump…

U.S. Is #1 in Pandemic: Rep. Omar Blasts Trump for "Wrong Kind of American Exceptionalism"
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-03-27
As much of the United States is under lockdown, the House votes today on a $2 trillion emergency relief package to address the economic crisis caused by the pandemic. It will generate payments to most Americans and includes protections for workers, but it is also a massive bailout for a number of industries and corporations, and the vote comes as a record 3.28 million Americans filed for unemployment benefits. We speak with Congressmember Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, the first Somali American elected to the U.S. House of Representatives and one of the first Muslim women in Congress, about the bill, Trump's response t…
www.democracynow.org/2020/3/27/rep_ilhan…

"Total System Failure": Congress Pushes $2 Trillion Pandemic Bill. Will Dems Allow "Corporate Coup"?
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-03-27
We continue our look at the massive $2 trillion coronavirus relief package

The Senate's Coronavirus Relief Package Must be Stopped!
Mike Whitney | globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-27
The Senate's $2 Trillion Coronavirus Relief Package is not fiscal stimulus and it's not a lifeline for the tens of millions of working people who have suddenly lost their jobs. It's a fundamental restructuring of the US economy designed to …
globalresearch.ca/senate-coronavirus-relief-package-must-stopped/5707727

Migrants in Hawaii care for the elderly, the aloha way
news.un.org | 2020-03-27
Migrants are playing an increasingly important role in the provision of health care around the world. The number of doctors, nurses and other medical professionals who move from developing countries to take up posts in developed countries is expected to rise as the global population of older persons and children continues to grow.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2020/03/1…

A Message For America from Brazil's First Indigenous Congresswoman
Ruth Hopkins | counterpunch.org | 2020-03-27
Last year, we all watched in horror as the Amazon rainforest burned at an unprecedented rate. We cannot afford to lose it, especially amid a climate emergency. It's vast greenery releases oxygen and stores carbon dioxide, a heat-trapping gas that causes of global warming. The death of the Amazon would mean the end of life…
counterpunch.org/2020/03/27/a-message-fo…

US Congress approves $2.2 trillion stimulus bill, sends to White House
rt.com | 2020-03-27
The US House has approved the mammoth $2.2 trillion coronavirus stimulus bill passed earlier this week by the Senate, sending the long-awaited relief package to President Donald Trump's desk for signing. | The bill sailed through the House with a voice vote despite an attempt by Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Kentucky) to force a roll-call poll. The pressing need to distribute immediate aid to individual Americans and small businesses starved for cash by coronavirus-related shutdowns appeared to override legislators' objections to various controversial provisions included in the massive legislative package. | Trump is…
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Lots of cash, including pro-worker cash; very little pro-worker policy
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2020-03-27
WASHINGTON–The $2.2 trillion coronavirus economic impact bill Congress President Donald Trump says he will sign contains a lot of pro-worker cash

Bailouts for the Rich, the Virus for the Rest of Us
Rob Urie | counterpunch.org | 2020-03-27
For the second time in a generation, the President and Congress are creating an economy under the guise of 'saving the economy.' Through bailouts for the executives of corporations and institutions whose coffers have been emptied for their own personal enrichment, a corporate kleptocracy is having its class power secured. And through token payments and…
counterpunch.org/2020/03/27/bailouts-for…

Webinar: Coronavirus: Time to End US Sanctions on Iran
Peace Action Massachusetts | indybay.org | 2020-03-27
Online webinar via ZOOM…
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Webinar: Decarceration in the time of COVID – 19 with Ivette Ale from JusticeLA
San Jose Peace & Justice Center | indybay.org | 2020-03-27
Online event…
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/03/25/1883182…

Migrants in California Are Unprotected Against Covid-19 Effects
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-27
The Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA) Friday denounced that migrants in California are at greater risk of contracting Covid-19 because they lack legal protections. | RELATED: | US Senate Passes $2 Trillion Bill to Front COVID-19 Crisis | A survey of 1,222 Latin Americans, which this NGO carried out between March 12 and 14, revealed that the Covid-19 has worsened the situation of immigrants. | For this reason, CHIRLA asked the Californian authorities to include immigran…
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Stimulus Bill Allows Federal Reserve to Conduct Meetings in Secret; Gives Fed $454 Billion Slush Fund for Wall Street Bailouts
Pam Martens, Russ Martens | counterpunch.org | 2020-03-27
The U.S. Senate voted 96-0 late yesterday on a massive bailout of Wall Street banks versus a short-term survival plan for American workers thrown out of their jobs

Cuba slams US for indicting Venezuelan president
yenisafak.com | 2020-03-27
Cuba slammed the U.S. for indicting Venezuela's elected President Nicolas Maduro on alleged narco-terrorism charges on Thursday. "I condemn the #US immoral drug-trafficking accusation against president @NicolasMaduro and #Venezuela, which is based on brazen lies," Cuba's Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez said on Twitter, shortly after the indictment.He also criticized the timing of the alleged charges, which came in the middle of a global fight against the coronavirus pandemic."Even in times of #COVID19, the US government proves to be the main threat to peace and tranquility in #OurAmerica," he added.The U.S. offe…
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US Media Defends Al Qaeda in Syria
Tony Cartalucci | globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-26
When is a terrorist group not a terrorist group? Apparently when US foreign policy requires it not to be. This is precisely the case regarding Al Qaeda's Syrian branch

8 Nations Address Letter to UN Chief Urging Sanctions Be Lifted
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-26
Venezuela has joined Wednesday China, Russia, Iran, Syria, North Korea, Cuba, and Nicaragua in their plea to United Nations (U.N.) Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to urge the United States (U.S.) to remove its illegal economic sanctions on these countries amid the coronavirus global pandemic. | RELATED: | Iran: Campaign to Lift US Sanctions Gets Around 100K Signatures | "Today we have a common enemy. As you've already recognized, it's a time to prepare, to step up and incre…
telesurenglish.net/news/8-Nations-Addres…

Video: Unfortunate Adventures of Turkish Army in Idlib
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-26
Two Turkish soldiers were injured and two vehicles damaged in Syria's southern Idlib on March 24. Their military convoy was targeted by a roadside bomb explosion near the village of Sfuhun. Turkish troops based at the al-Barah observation post were …
globalresearch.ca/video-unfortunate-adventures-turkish-army-idlib/5707599

Sanders Fights for Worker Protections in $2 Trillion Stimulus Package
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-03-26
The Senate unanimously approved a historic $2.2 trillion emergency relief package late Wednesday night to battle the unprecedented economic shock of the coronavirus pandemic. The House will consider the bill Friday before it goes to President Trump's desk to be signed into law. The bill would massively expand unemployment benefits, providing laid-off workers up to 100% of their salary and health insurance benefits for four months. Vermont senator and presidential candidate Bernie Sanders successfully fo…
truthout.org/video/sanders-fights-for-wo…

Bernie Sanders Fights for Laid-off Worker Protections in $2 Trillion Stimulus with Corporate Bailout
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-03-26
The Senate unanimously approved a historic $2.2 trillion emergency relief package late Wednesday night to battle the unprecedented economic shock of the coronavirus pandemic. ‚Ä®‚Ä®The House will consider the bill Friday before it goes to President Trump's desk to be signed into law. ‚Ä®‚Ä®The bill would massively expand unemployment benefits, providing laid-off workers up to 100% of their salary and health insurance benefits for four months. Vermont senator and presidential candidate Bernie Sanders successfully fought to strengthen the bill's assistance…
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US Stimulus Plan: What's Needed or Way Short?
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-26
Congressional Republicans and Dems, together with the White House, agreed on a reported $2 trillion stimulus plan late Tuesday night

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security, CARES Act Is Business Giveaway, "Handout" to Monied Interests
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-26
On Wednesday, the CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) Act was unanimously passed by the Senate. | It's scheduled to be voted on and adopted by House members on Friday, Trump to sign it into law. Its provisions are largely …
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ANALYSIS: Technology of Death: The Not-so-Shocking Report on Israeli Weapons Exports
IMEMC & Agencies | imemc.org | 2020-03-26
By Ramzy Baroud for Palestine Chronicle 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 …
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Nation's Nurses United Condemns Congressional Inaction on Protecting Nurses, Other Health Care Workers From COVID-19
commondreams.org | 2020-03-26
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Senate Coronavirus Bill Prioritizes $500 Billion Mnuchin-Trump Slush Fund Over American Lives
commondreams.org | 2020-03-26
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US Govt Grants Exclusive Status on Promising COVID-19 Drug
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-26
As healthcare providers across the United States desperately attempt to treat a rapidly growing number of patients with COVID-19, a pharmaceutical company with ties to President Donald Trump's task force has been granted exclusive status for a drug that was being tested to treat the virus. | RELATED: | US Senate Passes $2 Trillion Bill to Front COVID-19 Crisis | The Intercept reported on Monday that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted Gilead Sciences "orphan" drug status…
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The Senate Has Passed the Largest Corporate Bailout in US History
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-03-26
By a vote of 96-0, the United States Senate Wednesday night passed an enormous coronavirus stimulus package that would provide some desperately needed economic relief to struggling workers and the unemployed while establishing a $4.5 trillion fund to bail out large corporations

Senate passes $2 trillion coronavirus relief bill bogged down by days of partisan wrangling
rt.com | 2020-03-26
US senators have passed a much-delayed $2 trillion stimulus bill, aimed at bolstering the economy while the country is rattled by coronavirus lockdowns. The mammoth package was approved after days of bitter partisan fighting. | Senators moved to vote on the bill late Wednesday night after the last hurdle preventing its passage

US coronavirus deaths top 1,000 as the country waits for $2.2 trillion economic rescue package
rt.com | 2020-03-26
Deaths from Covid-19 have surpassed 1,000, according to a widely-cited tally, a worrying benchmark in the ongoing health crisis as Washington rushes to provide economic relief to the country's battered economy. | The United States saw its 1,000th fatality on Wednesday night, according to Johns Hopkins University. Confirmed cases have also continued to grow, reaching more than 69,000 by Thursday. The US reported its first case of the virus at the end of February. | The milestone coincided with a unanimous vote in the Senate to pass a $2.2 trillion bill designed to provide badly-needed economic aid to the countr…
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US Senate Passes $2 Trillion Bill to Front COVID-19 Crisis
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-26
The United States Senate unanimously backed Wednesday a US$2 trillion bill aimed at helping unemployed workers and industries hurt by the coronavirus epidemic, as well as providing billions of dollars to buy urgently needed medical equipment. | RELATED: | US Surpasses China in Number of COVID-19 Cases | "Our nation obviously is going through a kind of crisis that is totally unprecedented in living memory," Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said shortly before the vote on passage. | Af…
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350.org Responds to Passage of Senate Coronavirus Stimulus Package
commondreams.org | 2020-03-26
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Women's Group Says Senate Stimulus Package is Insufficient for Women Who Are Bearing the Brunt of the Coronavirus Pandemic
commondreams.org | 2020-03-26
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Education advocates block distance learning privatization in Puerto Rico
Special to People's World | peoplesworld.org | 2020-03-26
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico–The Broad Front in Defense of Public Education (FEDAP in Spanish) triumphed this week in its petition to the House and Senate of Puerto Rico on Bill 2448 that tried to privatize distance learning. The bill's sponsor, Rafael "June" Rivera, issued a public statement withdrawing the proposed bill. The Broad Front in …
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People of Rojava left to fight COVID-19 alone
Susan Price | greenleft.org.au | 2020-03-26
Healthcare Middle EastIssue 1258 Northern Syria COVID-19 RojavaMarch 26, 2020The world's richest and most powerful states have been overwhelmed by coronavirus (COVID-19), with coffins lining the streets of European t…
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Rojava administration appeals for help to tackle COVID-19 crisis
Susan Price | greenleft.org.au | 2020-03-26
Healthcare Middle East Kerry SmithIssue 1258 Northern Syria COVID-19 RojavaMarch 26, 2020The people of North and East Syria

Calls Grow for Sen. Burr to Resign After He Sold $1.7 Million in Stocks & Downplayed COVID-19 Risks
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-03-25
Calls are growing for Republican Senator Richard Burr to resign after he reportedly sold up to $1.7 million worth of stocks after receiving privileged briefings about the coronavirus's threat to the global economy. ProPublica reports Burr, the chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, unloaded his holdings on February 13 in 33 separate transactions. At the time, he had access to classified information about the coronavirus and was receiving daily intelligence briefings. The stock market began plummeting a week after Burr's sales and has since lost about 30% of its value. We speak with Derek Willis of ProPublica…
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White House and US senators reach late night deal on massive coronavirus stimulus package after days of talks
rt.com | 2020-03-25
US senators and the Trump administration have finally reached an agreement on a massive rescue plan to help stem the impact Covid-19 is having on the country's economy. | The compromise bill directs around $2 trillion to help keep the economy afloat amid the massive shutdown of businesses in a bid to curb the financial fallout of the coronavirus pandemic. | Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer called the proposal "the largest rescue package in American history." | Schumer said that the bill is "far from perfect, but we believe the legislation has been improved significantly to warrant its quick consideration…
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Sides agree on $2 trillion coronavirus aid bill
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2020-03-25
WASHINGTON–The GOP-run U.S. Senate was on the verge today of finally approving a $2 trillion economic aid bill for workers and firms hard hit by closings, shutdowns and shelter-in-place orders due to the spreading coronavirus pandemic. As of mid-day March 25, 60,854 people had tested positive for the coronavirus in the U.S., with one-third of …
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Enable 'all out effort' to counter COVID-19 in war-ravaged Syria, urges top UN envoy
news.un.org | 2020-03-24
The top United Nations envoy in Syria called on Tuesday for an immediate country-wide truce, allowing citizens to save lives and tackle the common threat presented by the COVID-19 coronavirus.
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Economist Jeffrey Sachs: Trump "Understands Nothing, Listens to Nothing" as Pandemic Surges in U.S
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-03-24
As #NotDying4WallStreet trends on Twitter, President Trump defies his top scientists and soaring infection rate, saying he will ease restrictions soon to jumpstart the economy. We speak with economist Jeffrey Sachs about the stimulus package that failed to pass again Monday, as Democrats called the measure a slush fund for corporations. Sachs also led the WHO's Commission on Macroeconomics and Health from 2000 to 2001 and played a key role in conceiving and establishing the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, which helped distribute new medicines to fight infectious diseases.
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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 …
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The UK Hasn't Bombed Iraq or Syria Since Last September. What Gives?
Darius Shahtahmasebi | mintpressnews.com | 2020-03-24
Amid COVID-19, Brexit, and an ongoing economic crisis, the UK appears to be winding down its deadly Middle East bombing campaign. So where to next for the RAF?
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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.
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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.

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…
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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 …
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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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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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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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