Daily Archives: April 8, 2020

2020-04-08: News Headlines

RT (2020-04-08). UN suspends deployment and rotation of peacekeeping troops worldwide due to coronavirus pandemic. rt.com The United Nations has ordered its military and police forces across the globe to suspend rotation in an effort to mitigate the spread of the deadly coronavirus. | The suspension will stay in effect until June 30, the spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General, Stephane Dujarric, told reporters on Tuesday. | "There is no movement of troops, coming in or out… A few, limited exceptions may be considered," Dujarric told CBS News. | The spokesperson explained that the order applies not only to formed military and police units, but to individual officers as well. | The UN currently has 13 active peacekeeping missi…

South Front (2020-04-08). Video: Infighting Among Turkish Proxies Erupts in Syria. Rocket Strike Hits US-operated Oil Facility in Iraq. globalresearch.ca Infighting among Turkish-backed groups has erupted near the town of Ras al-Ayn. According to local sources, conflicts over the captured houses and looted properties became the main reason of the conflict between members of the Sultan Murad armed group which …

Rick Baum (2020-04-08). When "Moderate" Democrats Lead the Ticket and Win, Down-Ballot Candidates Soon Suffer Losses. counterpunch.org Many mainstream Democrats claim if "democratic socialist" Sanders were their party's presidential nominee, many party candidates running in down-ballot races would lose in races they should win. They warn that a Sanders' led ticket could result in the Democrats not regaining control of the Senate and even losing their majority in the House along with

Isaiah Poole (2020-04-08). Infrastructure and a Green Stimulus. zcomm.org Why We Must Organize Before Congress Acts…

yenisafak (2020-04-08). Pelosi, Schumer back emergency business funds amid coronavirus. yenisafak.com Democratic leaders in Congress on Wednesday threw their support behind interim emergency funding a day after the Trump administration asked U.S. lawmakers for another $250 billion in aid for small businesses amid the coronavirus outbreak.U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer, in a statement, said the emergency bill must also include more funding for hospitals and state and local governments as well foods assistance. Congress would then work to pass another bill aimed at further expanding relief, they added.

yenisafak (2020-04-08). US Democrats propose $25,000 pay for essential workers. yenisafak.com Democrats in the U.S. Senate proposed $25,000 hazard pay for essential workers amid the coronavirus outbreak."Essential frontline workers are the true heroes of America's COVID-19 pandemic response," Senate Democrats said in the proposal document published Tuesday."Senate Democrats believe in providing premium pay to frontline workers during this pandemic to reward essential frontline workers, ensure the retention of essential workers who are working grueling hours on the frontlines of this crisis, and promote the recruitment of additional workers who will be needed in the months ahead.""As the Congress looks at…

Staff (2020-04-07). Congressional Candidate Urges Rent Strikes To Protect Tenants. therealnews.com Washington DSA member Joshua Collins' digital campaign is courting pissed off young voters.

Staff (2020-04-07). Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders & Fight for a Progressive Future. democracynow.org As millions hope to receive support as soon as possible from the massive coronavirus stimulus bill passed by Congress without adequate oversight mechanisms, we look at who will benefit from "extraordinary asymmetrical assistance" that went to corporations instead of working people. "Some of the people who need it the most are not getting it," says Congressmember Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. "This contributes to a public health crisis in addition to an economic one." She also discusses plans for the 2020 election and a "progressive future" for the United States with a single-payer health system and a living wage.

Mark Gruenberg (2020-04-07). Lawmakers slam Trump rules curbing paid sick leave. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—New Trump administration emergency rules for paid sick and family leave for workers impacted by the coronavirus pandemic have so many restrictions and loopholes that the two top congressional sponsors of the measure sent an angry letter to Trump Labor Secretary Eugene Scalia, saying the Labor Department is "twisting the law." In their April 1 …

Staff (2020-04-07). Deaths of Inequality: AOC on Black and Latinx Communities at Epicenter of Epicenter of the Pandemic. democracynow.org As COVID-19 deaths spike in African-American and immigrant communities, almost a third of New York City's infections are in Queens, one of the most diverse places in the world, and many in the hardest-hit neighborhoods are undocumented and working-class. We speak with Congressmember Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who represents the neighborhoods at the epicenter of the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic, about how the Trump administration's response to the pandemic is causing "deaths of incompetence," "deaths of science denial" and "deaths of inequality."

Staff (2020-04-07). AOC Says Sanders's Plans Highlight the Progressive Future We Need Amid COVID-19. truthout.org As millions hope to receive support as soon as possible from the massive coronavirus stimulus bill passed by Congress without adequate oversight mechanisms, we look at who will benefit from "extraordinary asymmetrical assistance" that went to corporations instead of working people. "Some of the people who need it the most are not getting it," says Congressmember Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. "This contributes to a public health crisis in addition to an economic one." She also discusses plans for t…

news.un (2020-04-07). Mali: UN mission fulfills mandate, aids battle against coronavirus. news.un.org As the COVID-19 pandemic plagues the world, the head of the UN peacekeeping mission in Mali told the Security Council on Tuesday that the mission continues to fulfill its mandate while doing whatever it can to prevent the coronavirus outbreak from overrunning the country.

teleSUR (2020-04-07). Colombia: Civil Society Speaks out on COVID-19 Outbreak. telesurenglish.net Colombia's National Council for Peace, Reconciliation, and Coexistence (CNPRC) asked President Ivan Duque for a bilateral ceasefire across the South Amerian nation this week. | RELATED: | The Colombian civil society organization made this request after the unilateral declaration of a ceasefire by the National Liberation Army, as a humanitarian measure due to the situation caused by COVID-19. | El CNPRC, that groups 36 social se…

commondreams (2020-04-07). 80 Members of Congress and 200+ Organizations Demand Federal Action On Water. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Nicolás Maduro Moros (2020-04-06). Letter from President Maduro as U.S. threatens Venezuela with war. mronline.org In greeting you, with affection, I take the liberty of addressing you on the occasion of denouncing the severe events taking place against the peace and stability of Venezuela, at a time when the concern of the States and Governments should be focused on the protection of the life and health of their citizens, due …

news.un (2020-04-06). Syria: Warring parties failed to abide by international law over hospital attacks. news.un.org Parties to Syria's brutal civil war, now in its tenth year, failed to abide by their obligations under international law to avoid attacks on hospitals and other civilian facilities that featured on the UN's so-called deconfliction list, Secretary-General António Guterres said on Monday.

VINS (2020-04-06). Senate Bill Challenges Online Encryption, Constitutional Rights to Speech and Privacy. projectcensored.org A Senate bill, the EARN IT Act of 2020, introduced by Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) in March 2020, appears to revise regulations aimed at preventing online sexual…

news.un (2020-04-06). International sport day moves indoors, with plea to stay active during self-isolation. news.un.org Running tracks, gyms and swimming pools may be closed, as part of government-imposed lockdowns in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, but it is more important than ever to remain physically active. This is the message on this year's International Day of Sport for Development and Peace.

Matt Sedlar (2020-04-06). Here's What Wall Street Doesn't Want You to Know About its Grip on Emergency Rooms. cepr.net AlterNet See article on original site Doctor Ling Min is the first emergency room doctor to be fired for going public with his concerns about poor hospital emergency room safety practices and shortages of medical supplies and protective gear for health workers. He won't be the last. Like many hospitals in the US, PeaceHealth St. …

Eric Zuesse (2020-04-05). Sanders Will Present Legislation to Pay All Medical Costs for Coronavirus Patients. dissidentvoice.org Bernie Sanders, the Junior Democratic (nominally Independent) U.S. Senator from Vermont, is working with other progressives in Congress to come up with proposed emergency legislation that would pay all coronavirus medical costs throughout the coronavirus epidemic in America, and that would pay salaries of laid-off workers, so that the economy will not crash. In a …

Rivera Sun (2020-04-04). 10 Ways to Make the Change You Want. zcomm.org There's a lot to learn from our fellow human beings' efforts toward peace and justice. If we pay attention, stay alert, and take notes, we might find our own work for change grows in power, strength, and wisdom…

Fathiah Zakham, Olli Vapalahti, Hilal A Lashual (2020-04-04). [Correspondence] Education and research are essential for lasting peace in Yemen. thelancet.com Yemen, known to many as the land of Sheba, and Manhattan of the desert, is now referred to only as one of the poorest countries on Earth. The name Yemen has become synonymous with cholera, famine, death, instability, and war. The war continues to erase the lives, history, and the future of Yemenis, and meaningful aid and peace have yet to reach Yemen.

news.un (2020-04-04). Peacekeepers help fragile countries navigate conflict and COVID-19. news.un.org Even as UN peacekeepers adapt to the challenges posed by the coronavirus, they continue to perform their vital peace and security tasks while helping to stem the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ellen Brown (2020-04-04). Was the Fed Just Nationalized? dissidentvoice.org Did Congress just nationalize the Fed? No. But the door to that result has been cracked open. Mainstream politicians have long insisted that Medicare for all, a universal basic income, student debt relief and a slew of other much-needed public programs are off the table because the federal government cannot afford them. But that was …

Agha Hussain (2020-04-03). Erdogan's Idlib Misadventure: Reality Checks and Hard Lessons for Turkey. mintpressnews.com Turkey has found itself as a historic diplomatic crossroads following its military blunder in Syria. Now, wounded and humiliated, it faces a choice between neighborly detente or escalating its NATO-backed aggression in Syria.

Staff (2020-04-03). Protect Immigrant Communities: Fear Mounts of Deadly COVID-19 Outbreak in U.S. Border Camps, ICE Jails. democracynow.org The Congressional Hispanic Caucus has joined thousands of medical professionals and immigration rights groups to demand that Immigration and Customs Enforcement release all prisoners from immigration jails as the coronavirus continues to spread. Meanwhile, immigration advocates are working to prepare crowded encampments of asylum seekers across the U.S.-Mexico border for a potentially catastrophic outbreak of COVID-19. Since the implementation of the Trump administration's "Remain in Mexico" policy, tens of thousands of asylum seekers from regions like Central America and Africa have been stranded in Mexican bord…

RT (2020-04-03). AOC slammed for blaming coronavirus deaths on inequality… after championing shutdown that accelerated it. rt.com Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has demanded minority-focused "reparations" for coronavirus, insisting "inequality is a comorbidity" exacerbating the deaths — after calling for shutdowns that impoverished millions. | The New York Democrat called for coronavirus relief to be "drafted with a lens of reparations," insisting that deaths from the virus were "disproportionately spiking in Black [and] Brown communities" in a tweet on Friday. | Blaming "the chronic toll of redlining, environmental racism, wealth gap," she smoothly conflated economic inequality — a problem in white and nonwhite commun…

VINS (2020-04-03). Oregon Leads Way by Enacting Rent Control Law to Address Homelessness. projectcensored.org Rising rents lead to evictions and homelessness. In February 2019, the state of Oregon passed a Senate Bill 608 to implement the first statewide rent control in the nation, Yasmeen…

Manar Waheed (2020-04-02). COVID-19 Doesn't Discriminate — Neither Should Congress' Response. aclu.org Congress' third bill addressing the impacts of COVID-19, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), was a necessary attempt to respond to this public health crisis but its exclusion of immigrant communities is downright racist and xenophobic. Immigrants were

Staff (2020-04-01). Headlines for April 1, 2020. democracynow.org No Longer Downplaying Virus, Trump Says Up to 240,000 Will Die in U.S. from COVID-19, FEMA Sends 85 Refrigerated Trucks to NYC as Makeshift Morgues as COVID-19 Deaths Grow, As Confirmed U.S. Cases Top 188,000, Unhoused People Forced to Sleep in Las Vegas Parking Lot, Chicago COVID-19 Nurse Quits over Critical Lack of Personal Protective Equipment, Fed Economists: U.S. Unemployment Could Reach Record 32% in June, Congressional Hispanic Caucus Demands Release of All Jailed Immigrants Amid Pandemic, Captain Calls for Evacuation of Infected U.S. Aircraft Carrier: "Sailors Do Not Need to Die", Governor Won't Allow Sic…

Karl Grossman (2020-03-31). Right-Wing Media Joined Trump in Enabling Health Disaster. fair.org "If Hitler succeeds in pointing the way of peace and order and an ethical development which has been destroyed throughout the world by war, he will have accomplished a measure of good not only for his own people but for all humanity."—William Randolph Hearst (New York Times, The downplaying of the coronavirus by the right-wing press in the United States was preceded decades ago by the media owned by William Randolph Hearst enabling a different sort of toxicity by promoting a positive image of Nazism in the US.

Staff (2020-03-31). "It Shattered My Life": Former Joe Biden Staffer Tara Reade Says He Sexually Assaulted Her in 1993. democracynow.org In an exclusive Democracy Now! TV/radio broadcast, we speak with Tara Reade, the former staffer in Joe Biden's Senate office who has come forward with allegations that Biden sexually assaulted her in 1993. Last week, The Intercept reported that the Time's Up Legal Defense Fund, set up to help survivors of rape and sexual assault, refused to fund a #MeToo investigation into allegations against Biden. Reade told journalist Katie Halper in an interview published Tuesday that Biden repeatedly touched her without her consent and sexually assaulted her. Reade approached the Time's Up Legal Defense Fund in January looki…

Estevan Hernandez (2020-03-31). Five things workers should know about the federal Coronavirus act. liberationnews.org The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which passed nearly unanimously on March 27 by Congress and was signed into law by President Trump, is not nearly enough to solve the massive problem facing working class people.

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 …

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. …

Activist Post (2020-03-16). Under Cover Of Coronavirus Congress Introduces Bill That Allows Gov To Control All Internet Content. thelastamericanvagabond.com While only one topic is dominating the news, there are other significant changes taking place in the background. Ryan Cristián — The Last American Vagabond — takes a look at a proposal called the EARN IT bill by none other than Lindsey Graham which would see all online messages scanned by government. Is this Internet Martial Law? …

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

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

Ryan Cristián (2020-03-10). Coronavirus Event Creates Perfect Storm To Push Big Gov Agendas & Syria's Chem Weapon Claims Ignored. thelastamericanvagabond.com Welcome to The Daily Wrap Up, a concise show dedicated to bringing you the most relevant independent news, as we see it, from the last 24 hours (3/9/19). As always, take the information discussed in the video below and research it for yourself, and come to your own conclusions. Anyone telling you what the truth …

Ryan Cristián (2020-03-03). 'We Lie, We Cheat, We Steal' Pompeo: Recent Congressional Hearing Reveals Why No One Trusts Mike. thelastamericanvagabond.com It is not hard to see today just how much of our political process (and those invested in its survival) depends on a near constant state of narrative control — which in this day and age simply means your government is willfully deceiving you for one reason or another. Today, no single individual embodies this …

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."

Paul Kawika Martin (2020-02-13). Senate Reclaims War Powers to Thwart Iran War. peaceaction.org Washington, D.C. — February 13, 2020 — In response to the Senate passing the bipartisan bill — S.J.Res.68 — that would thwart President Trump from going to war with Iran and end any current hostilities, Paul Kawika Martin, Senior Director for Policy and Political Affairs at Peace Action, released the following statement: "It's about time …

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

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

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

CounterSpin (2020-01-31). Omar Baddar on Israel/Palestine 'Peace' Plan, Rainey Reitman on Greenwald Persecution. fair.org MP3 Link This week on CounterSpin: It is strange to think that you could create a plan to shape the relationship between two entities, in consultation with one but not the other, and then not just declare it, yourself, a "win-win," but also say to the unconsulted party, "You better take it, or else." Yet …

Jon Rainwater (2020-01-31). House Votes to Rein in Trump's Iran War Powers While Ending Endless Wars. peaceaction.org Washington, D.C. — January 30, 2020 — In response to two high-profile war powers votes on the House floor today, Peace Action released the following statement: "Our nation's endless wars are on autopilot, with Trump fitfully grabbing the steering wheel until his attention wanders somewhere else. Today's votes are a step toward Congress reclaiming its …

Jon Rainwater (2020-01-08). In the ongoing crisis, Congress must rein in Trump's war powers. peaceaction.org As we feared, President Trump's reckless assassination of Iran's Gen. Soleimani resulted in escalation — direct Iranian missile attacks on two military bases in Iraq. It's painful to watch more violence in a country that has already suffered far too much from endless war. All parties in the US/Iran conflict must cease military action and …

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Video: Infighting Among Turkish Proxies Erupts in Syria. Rocket Strike Hits US-operated Oil Facility in Iraq
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2020-04-08
Infighting among Turkish-backed groups has erupted near the town of Ras al-Ayn. According to local sources, conflicts over the captured houses and looted properties became the main reason of the conflict between members of the Sultan Murad armed group which …
globalresearch.ca/video-infighting-among-turkish-proxies-syria-rocket-strike-hits-us-operated-oil-facility-iraq/5709044

When "Moderate" Democrats Lead the Ticket and Win, Down-Ballot Candidates Soon Suffer Losses
Rick Baum | counterpunch.org | 2020-04-08
Many mainstream Democrats claim if "democratic socialist" Sanders were their party's presidential nominee, many party candidates running in down-ballot races would lose in races they should win. They warn that a Sanders' led ticket could result in the Democrats not regaining control of the Senate and even losing their majority in the House along with…
counterpunch.org/2020/04/08/when-moderat…

Infrastructure and a Green Stimulus
Isaiah Poole | zcomm.org | 2020-04-08
Why We Must Organize Before Congress Acts…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/infrastructure-and…

UN suspends deployment and rotation of peacekeeping troops worldwide due to coronavirus pandemic
rt.com | 2020-04-08
The United Nations has ordered its military and police forces across the globe to suspend rotation in an effort to mitigate the spread of the deadly coronavirus. | The suspension will stay in effect until June 30, the spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General, Stephane Dujarric, told reporters on Tuesday. | "There is no movement of troops, coming in or out… A few, limited exceptions may be considered," Dujarric told CBS News. | The spokesperson explained that the order applies not only to formed military and police units, but to individual officers as well. | The UN currently has 13 active peacekeeping missi…
rt.com/news/485242-un-suspends-al-peacek…

Pelosi, Schumer back emergency business funds amid coronavirus
yenisafak.com | 2020-04-08
Democratic leaders in Congress on Wednesday threw their support behind interim emergency funding a day after the Trump administration asked U.S. lawmakers for another $250 billion in aid for small businesses amid the coronavirus outbreak.U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer, in a statement, said the emergency bill must also include more funding for hospitals and state and local governments as well foods assistance. Congress would then work to pass another bill aimed at further expanding relief, they added.
yenisafak.com/en/world/pelosi-schumer-ba…

US Democrats propose $25,000 pay for essential workers
yenisafak.com | 2020-04-08
Democrats in the U.S. Senate proposed $25,000 hazard pay for essential workers amid the coronavirus outbreak."Essential frontline workers are the true heroes of America's COVID-19 pandemic response," Senate Democrats said in the proposal document published Tuesday."Senate Democrats believe in providing premium pay to frontline workers during this pandemic to reward essential frontline workers, ensure the retention of essential workers who are working grueling hours on the frontlines of this crisis, and promote the recruitment of additional workers who will be needed in the months ahead.""As the Congress looks at…
yenisafak.com/en/world/us-democrats-prop…

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders & Fight for a Progressive Future
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-04-07
As millions hope to receive support as soon as possible from the massive coronavirus stimulus bill passed by Congress without adequate oversight mechanisms, we look at who will benefit from "extraordinary asymmetrical assistance" that went to corporations instead of working people. "Some of the people who need it the most are not getting it," says Congressmember Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. "This contributes to a public health crisis in addition to an economic one." She also discusses plans for the 2020 election and a "progressive future" for the United States with a single-payer health system and a living wage.
www.democracynow.org/2020/4/7/aoc_corona…

AOC Says Sanders's Plans Highlight the Progressive Future We Need Amid COVID-19
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-04-07
As millions hope to receive support as soon as possible from the massive coronavirus stimulus bill passed by Congress without adequate oversight mechanisms, we look at who will benefit from "extraordinary asymmetrical assistance" that went to corporations instead of working people. "Some of the people who need it the most are not getting it," says Congressmember Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. "This contributes to a public health crisis in addition to an economic one." She also discusses plans for t…
truthout.org/video/aoc-says-sanderss-pla…

Deaths of Inequality: AOC on Black and Latinx Communities at Epicenter of Epicenter of the Pandemic
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-04-07
As COVID-19 deaths spike in African-American and immigrant communities, almost a third of New York City's infections are in Queens, one of the most diverse places in the world, and many in the hardest-hit neighborhoods are undocumented and working-class. We speak with Congressmember Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who represents the neighborhoods at the epicenter of the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic, about how the Trump administration's response to the pandemic is causing "deaths of incompetence," "deaths of science denial" and "deaths of inequality."
www.democracynow.org/2020/4/7/aoc_corona…

Lawmakers slam Trump rules curbing paid sick leave
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2020-04-07
WASHINGTON–New Trump administration emergency rules for paid sick and family leave for workers impacted by the coronavirus pandemic have so many restrictions and loopholes that the two top congressional sponsors of the measure sent an angry letter to Trump Labor Secretary Eugene Scalia, saying the Labor Department is "twisting the law." In their April 1 …
peoplesworld.org/article/lawmakers-slam-…

Congressional Candidate Urges Rent Strikes To Protect Tenants
Staff | therealnews.com | 2020-04-07
Washington DSA member Joshua Collins' digital campaign is courting pissed off young voters.
therealnews.com/stories/washington-congr…

80 Members of Congress and 200+ Organizations Demand Federal Action On Water
commondreams.org | 2020-04-07
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Colombia: Civil Society Speaks out on COVID-19 Outbreak
telesurenglish.net | 2020-04-07
Colombia's National Council for Peace, Reconciliation, and Coexistence (CNPRC) asked President Ivan Duque for a bilateral ceasefire across the South Amerian nation this week. | RELATED: | Colombia: Floods Affect 150 Families in the Choco Region | The Colombian civil society organization made this request after the unilateral declaration of a ceasefire by the National Liberation Army, as a humanitarian measure due to the situation caused by COVID-19. | El CNPRC, that groups 36 social se…
telesurenglish.net/news/colombia-civil-s…

Mali: UN mission fulfills mandate, aids battle against coronavirus
news.un.org | 2020-04-07
As the COVID-19 pandemic plagues the world, the head of the UN peacekeeping mission in Mali told the Security Council on Tuesday that the mission continues to fulfill its mandate while doing whatever it can to prevent the coronavirus outbreak from overrunning the country.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2020/04/1…

Syria: Warring parties failed to abide by international law over hospital attacks
news.un.org | 2020-04-06
Parties to Syria's brutal civil war, now in its tenth year, failed to abide by their obligations under international law to avoid attacks on hospitals and other civilian facilities that featured on the UN's so-called deconfliction list, Secretary-General António Guterres said on Monday.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2020/04/1…

Senate Bill Challenges Online Encryption, Constitutional Rights to Speech and Privacy
VINS | projectcensored.org | 2020-04-06
A Senate bill, the EARN IT Act of 2020, introduced by Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) in March 2020, appears to revise regulations aimed at preventing online sexual…
projectcensored.org/senate-bill-challeng…

Letter from President Maduro as U.S. threatens Venezuela with war
Nicolás Maduro Moros | mronline.org | 2020-04-06
In greeting you, with affection, I take the liberty of addressing you on the occasion of denouncing the severe events taking place against the peace and stability of Venezuela, at a time when the concern of the States and Governments should be focused on the protection of the life and health of their citizens, due …
mronline.org/2020/04/06/letter-from-pres…

International sport day moves indoors, with plea to stay active during self-isolation
news.un.org | 2020-04-06
Running tracks, gyms and swimming pools may be closed, as part of government-imposed lockdowns in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, but it is more important than ever to remain physically active. This is the message on this year's International Day of Sport for Development and Peace.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2020/04/1…

Here's What Wall Street Doesn't Want You to Know About its Grip on Emergency Rooms
Matt Sedlar | cepr.net | 2020-04-06
AlterNet See article on original site Doctor Ling Min is the first emergency room doctor to be fired for going public with his concerns about poor hospital emergency room safety practices and shortages of medical supplies and protective gear for health workers. He won't be the last. Like many hospitals in the US, PeaceHealth St. …
cepr.net/heres-what-wall-street-doesnt-w…

Sanders Will Present Legislation to Pay All Medical Costs for Coronavirus Patients
Eric Zuesse | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-04-05
Bernie Sanders, the Junior Democratic (nominally Independent) U.S. Senator from Vermont, is working with other progressives in Congress to come up with proposed emergency legislation that would pay all coronavirus medical costs throughout the coronavirus epidemic in America, and that would pay salaries of laid-off workers, so that the economy will not crash. In a …
dissidentvoice.org/2020/04/sanders-will-…

Was the Fed Just Nationalized?
Ellen Brown | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-04-04
Did Congress just nationalize the Fed? No. But the door to that result has been cracked open. Mainstream politicians have long insisted that Medicare for all, a universal basic income, student debt relief and a slew of other much-needed public programs are off the table because the federal government cannot afford them. But that was …
dissidentvoice.org/2020/04/was-the-fed-j…

[Correspondence] Education and research are essential for lasting peace in Yemen
Fathiah Zakham, Olli Vapalahti, Hilal A Lashual | thelancet.com | 2020-04-04
Yemen, known to many as the land of Sheba, and Manhattan of the desert, is now referred to only as one of the poorest countries on Earth. The name Yemen has become synonymous with cholera, famine, death, instability, and war. The war continues to erase the lives, history, and the future of Yemenis, and meaningful aid and peace have yet to reach Yemen.
thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PI…(20)30162-8/fulltext?rss=yes

10 Ways to Make the Change You Want
Rivera Sun | zcomm.org | 2020-04-04
There's a lot to learn from our fellow human beings' efforts toward peace and justice. If we pay attention, stay alert, and take notes, we might find our own work for change grows in power, strength, and wisdom…
zcomm.org/zmagazine/10-ways-to-make-the-…

Peacekeepers help fragile countries navigate conflict and COVID-19
news.un.org | 2020-04-04
Even as UN peacekeepers adapt to the challenges posed by the coronavirus, they continue to perform their vital peace and security tasks while helping to stem the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Erdogan's Idlib Misadventure: Reality Checks and Hard Lessons for Turkey
Agha Hussain | mintpressnews.com | 2020-04-03
Turkey has found itself as a historic diplomatic crossroads following its military blunder in Syria. Now, wounded and humiliated, it faces a choice between neighborly detente or escalating its NATO-backed aggression in Syria.
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AOC slammed for blaming coronavirus deaths on inequality… after championing shutdown that accelerated it
rt.com | 2020-04-03
Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has demanded minority-focused "reparations" for coronavirus, insisting "inequality is a comorbidity" exacerbating the deaths

Protect Immigrant Communities: Fear Mounts of Deadly COVID-19 Outbreak in U.S. Border Camps, ICE Jails
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-04-03
The Congressional Hispanic Caucus has joined thousands of medical professionals and immigration rights groups to demand that Immigration and Customs Enforcement release all prisoners from immigration jails as the coronavirus continues to spread. Meanwhile, immigration advocates are working to prepare crowded encampments of asylum seekers across the U.S.-Mexico border for a potentially catastrophic outbreak of COVID-19. Since the implementation of the Trump administration's "Remain in Mexico" policy, tens of thousands of asylum seekers from regions like Central America and Africa have been stranded in Mexican bord…
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Oregon Leads Way by Enacting Rent Control Law to Address Homelessness
VINS | projectcensored.org | 2020-04-03
Rising rents lead to evictions and homelessness. In February 2019, the state of Oregon passed a Senate Bill 608 to implement the first statewide rent control in the nation, Yasmeen…
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Five things workers should know about the federal Coronavirus act
Estevan Hernandez | liberationnews.org | 2020-03-31
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which passed nearly unanimously on March 27 by Congress and was signed into law by President Trump, is not nearly enough to solve the massive problem facing working class people.
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Right-Wing Media Joined Trump in Enabling Health Disaster
Karl Grossman | fair.org | 2020-03-31
"If Hitler succeeds in pointing the way of peace and order and an ethical development which has been destroyed throughout the world by war, he will have accomplished a measure of good not only for his own people but for all humanity."–William Randolph Hearst (New York Times, 8/23/1934) | The downplaying of the coronavirus by the right-wing press in the United States was preceded decades ago by the media owned by William Randolph Hearst enabling a different sort of toxicity by promoting a positive image of Nazism in the US.
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"It Shattered My Life": Former Joe Biden Staffer Tara Reade Says He Sexually Assaulted Her in 1993
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-03-31
In an exclusive Democracy Now! TV/radio broadcast, we speak with Tara Reade, the former staffer in Joe Biden's Senate office who has come forward with allegations that Biden sexually assaulted her in 1993. Last week, The Intercept reported that the Time's Up Legal Defense Fund, set up to help survivors of rape and sexual assault, refused to fund a #MeToo investigation into allegations against Biden. Reade told journalist Katie Halper in an interview published Tuesday that Biden repeatedly touched her without her consent and sexually assaulted her. Reade approached the Time's Up Legal Defense Fund in January looki…
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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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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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Under Cover Of Coronavirus Congress Introduces Bill That Allows Gov To Control All Internet Content
Activist Post | thelastamericanvagabond.com | 2020-03-16
While only one topic is dominating the news, there are other significant changes taking place in the background. Ryan Cristián

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

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

Coronavirus Event Creates Perfect Storm To Push Big Gov Agendas & Syria's Chem Weapon Claims Ignored
Ryan Cristián | thelastamericanvagabond.com | 2020-03-10
Welcome to The Daily Wrap Up, a concise show dedicated to bringing you the most relevant independent news, as we see it, from the last 24 hours (3/9/19). As always, take the information discussed in the video below and research it for yourself, and come to your own conclusions. Anyone telling you what the truth …
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