Daily Archives: April 13, 2020

2020-04-13: News Headlines

Astrid Galván, Philip Marcelo, Claudia Torrens (2020-04-13). Millions of immigrants pay taxes but won't get coronavirus stimulus checks. peoplesworld.org PHOENIX (AP)—The $2.2 trillion package that Congress approved to offer financial help during the coronavirus pandemic has one major exclusion: millions of immigrants who do not have legal status in the U.S. but work here and pay taxes. That includes Carmen Contreras Lopez, a 48-year-old housekeeper who, though she earns low wages, files a tax …

RT (2020-04-13). US envoy urges Afghanistan & Taliban to accelerate prisoner releases. rt.com The US special envoy who negotiated a deal with the Taliban has said that an initial prisoner exchange between the insurgents and the Afghan government was an "important step" toward peace. According to the International Committee of the Red Cross, the Taliban on Sunday released 20 Afghan security-force prisoners. The move came after the government last week released hundreds of insurgent captives. | "The release of prisoners is an important step in the peace process and the reduction of violence," US special representative for Afghanistan reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad tweeted on Monday. "Both sides should a…

Telesur (2020-04-13). The US Seeks to Set New Military Base in Syria Amid Pandemic. globalresearch.ca President Donald Trump administration on Friday deployed a military convoy in Syria to establish a new base in this Arab nation. | A caravan of 35 trucks loaded with vehicles and warfare and logistics materials headed for the city of Shadadi, …

Staff (2020-04-13). Sanders Says Congress Must Stop Trump From Privatizing the Postal Service. truthout.org Sen. Bernie Sanders on Sunday urged Congress to act immediately to stop President Donald Trump from using the novel coronavirus outbreak "as an opportunity to bankrupt and privatize…

en.mehrnews (2020-04-13). FM Zarif discusses Afghan political situation with Turkish, Qatari counterparts. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 13 (MNA) — Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif discussed the latest developments in Afghanistan, including the peace process in the country, with his Qatar and Turkish counterparts.

Staff (2020-04-13). Trump Shared a Tweet Urging Fauci's Firing. Will Fauci Be Axed as a Scapegoat? truthout.org President Donald Trump shared a tweet on Sunday that suggested he might be thinking about removing Anthony Fauci from the coronavirus task force, or possibly from his position within the National Institutes of Health, over his comments from this past weekend in which the doctor stated that an earlier implementation of mitigation efforts could have saved lives. | The tweet that the president shared came from a former candidate for Congress who had once sought the seat held by Speaker of the Hou…

MoveOn, Congressional Progressive Caucus Cntr (2020-04-13). Q&A w/ Sen. Elizabeth Warren: Coronavirus Relief that Puts People First. indybay.org Online via Zoom…

sputniknews (2020-04-13). US Lacks Enough Coronavirus Tests to Let People Go Back to Work – Pelosi, Schumer. sputniknews.com WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Shortages of COVID-19 tests in the United States will prevent Americans from getting back to work quickly once the pandemic eases, US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said on Monday in a joint statement.

Global Research News (2020-04-13). Selected Articles: Towards a New World Order. globalresearch.ca By President Donald Trump administration on Friday deployed a military convoy in Syria to establish a new base in this Arab nation. | A …

Steven Sahiounie (2020-04-12). The OPCW Is Used as a Political Tool Against Syria. globalresearch.ca

Staff (2020-04-12). Amid COVID-19, It's Time to Nationalize Airlines and Other Industries. truthout.org The $2 trillion stimulus bill that Congress passed on March 27 gave billions to industries like the airlines, but it did not explicitly give money to the oil and gas industry. Senate Democrats negotiated out the $3 billion to oil and gas (and

Tina Grandinetti, Laurel Mei-Singh (2020-04-12). Cancel RIMPAC, Protect Hawai'i. commondreams.org In this handout photo provided by the U.S. Navy, a RIM-7P NATO Sea Sparrow Missile launches the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) during a stream raid shoot exercise on August 13, 2007 in the Pacific Ocean. (Photo: Jordon R. Beesley/U.S. Navy via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Lisa Gilbert, Bartlett Naylor (2020-04-12). Only Oversight of Oversight Will Keep Profiteers From Siphoning Stimulus Money Into Their Own Wallets. commondreams.org Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin leaves the offices of Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) after negotiations on a $2 trillion economic stimulus plan at the U.S. Capitol March 24, 2020 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

T.P. Wilkinson (2020-04-11). I am not a war correspondent either. dissidentvoice.org Easter Marches: No social distancing for peace Today someone sent me an article published in the US Naval Institute Proceedings in which the author describes the war against China waged by the US and suggests that like in the 1812 war against Great Britain, the US regime should issue letters of marque to its numerically …

news.un (2020-04-11). UN chief calls on religious leaders to unite in the fight against COVID-19. news.un.org Religious leaders of all faiths are being urged by the UN Secretary-General to join forces and work for peace around the world and focus on the common battle to defeat COVID-19.

Jeremy Richardson (2020-04-11). Reminder to Congress: The Coal Industry Trade Association Doesn't Give a Damn About Its Workers. commondreams.org Coal miner Jaden Fredrickson of Cheat Lake, West Virginia at the Harvey Mine on April 13, 2017 in Sycamore, Pennsylvania. (Photo: Justin Merriman/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Staff (2020-04-11). Coal Industry Seeks Cuts to Payments for Miners With Black Lung Amid Pandemic. truthout.org Some of the largest coal companies in the United States are using the coronavirus crisis to pressure Congress to slash the tax that finances the Black Lung Disability Trust Fund, a lifeline for more than 20,000 miners whose lung disease makes them The Washington Post

Fight Back (2020-04-10). Bernie supporters: Join the Coalition to March on the DNC. fightbacknews.org Fight Back News Service is circulating the following statement from the Coalition to March on the Democratic National Convention. | On April 8, Senator Bernie Sanders suspended his 2020 Democratic primary campaign. The Sanders campaign has inspired millions of working class and oppressed people, including an overwhelming majority of young people. The movement-building emphasis of the Sanders campaign is what truly sets it apart from anything seen in the U.S. since perhaps Jesse Jackson's Rainbow Coalition in the 1980s. | What Sanders's candidacy demonstrated again in 2020 is that working and oppressed people in t…

news.un (2020-04-10). COVID-19 threatening global peace and security, UN chief warns. news.un.org While the COVID-19 pandemic is first and foremost a health crisis, its implications are more far-reaching and could threaten global peace and security, the UN Secretary-General told members of the Security Council in a closed video-conference held on Thursday.

Karen Conner (2020-04-09). Congress Must Have Skipped the First Three Seasons of Trump Reality Show. cepr.net The American Prospect See article on original site The coronavirus pandemic created an imperative for action that even Mitch McConnell could not ignore. In the space of just a few weeks, Congress passed three major pieces of legislation, including the largest fiscal package in this country's history. Now, however, lawmakers have hunkered down in the …

Fred_F (2020-04-09). War-torn Syria faces severe COVID-19 threat. greenleft.org.au

news.un (2020-04-08). Syrian air force used deadly chemical weapons in 2017 attacks, global watchdog finds. news.un.org The Syrian air force used deadly chemical weapons in three separate attacks in March 2017 on the central town of Ltamenah that affected a total of at least 106 people, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) said in a report on Wednesday.

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). 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.

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.

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…

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…

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

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. …

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 …

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.

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 …

Jon Rainwater (2019-11-07). Take Action — Some actual, SANE legislation. peaceaction.org Trump has plans to spend nearly $2 TRILLION over the next 30 years on unneeded and unnecessary nuclear weapons and delivery systems. This makes no sense. This is insane. That's nearly $100 million wasted every day for thirty years on weapons we are supposed to be getting rid of. To put that amount in perspective, …

Jon Rainwater (2019-09-25). Take Action to Avoid War with Iran. peaceaction.org photo credit Dear Groundswell Readers, We have to keep pushing Congress this week if we want to avoid war with Iran. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said recently that the U.K. might join a U.S.-led military effort in the Gulf. When other nations step up to join the "coalition of the willing" it's often a bad sign. …

Suzanne O'Keeffe (2019-07-24). MPP National Director Nick Brana arrested with XR. peoplesparty.org with Extinction Rebellion climate activists | MPP National Director Nick Brana arrested with Extinction Rebellion climate activists after supergluing themselves to Congress in mass civil disobedience: | Washington, D.C. — Movement for a People's Party National Director Nick Brana was arrested during a protest to block Congress and demand that they join the countries of the UK and Canada and declare a climate emergency. | Brana and 15 people affiliated with the climate action group Extinction Rebellion (XR) glued themselves to three underground tunnel entrances leading to the Capitol, blocking access…

Paul Kawika Martin (2019-07-18). Diplomacy Instead of a Disaster in Iran. peaceaction.org Washington, D.C. — July 18, 2019 — In response to reports of the U.S. shooting down an Iranian drone, Paul Kawika Martin, Senior Director for Policy and Political Affairs at Peace Action, released the following statement: "Because of the Trump administration's policy of maximum provocation towards Iran, America stands on the precipice of another blunderous …

Peace Action (2019-07-11). Peace Action Endorses 'the Squad' — Ocasio-Cortez, Omar, Pressley and Tlaib for Congress. peaceaction.org Washington, D.C. — July 11, 2019 — Peace Action, the nation's largest grassroots peace organization, has endorsed four progressive champions for the House of Representatives in the 2020 election, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for New York's 14th district, Rep. Ilhan Omar for Minnesota's 5th district, Rep. Ayanna Pressley for Massachusetts' 7th district, and Rep. Rashida Tlaib …

2020-04-13: Social Media Postees

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The US Seeks to Set New Military Base in Syria Amid Pandemic
Telesur | globalresearch.ca | 2020-04-13
President Donald Trump administration on Friday deployed a military convoy in Syria to establish a new base in this Arab nation. | A caravan of 35 trucks loaded with vehicles and warfare and logistics materials headed for the city of Shadadi, …
globalresearch.ca/us-seeks-set-new-military-base-syria-amid-pandemic/5709489

New York City Tops US With Over 100,000 Coronavirus Cases
telesurenglish.net | 2020-04-13
New York City saw confirmed COVID-19 cases surpass the 100,000 mark to reach 103,208 by midnight Sunday with a death toll of 6,898, according to a tally kept by Johns Hopkins University. | RELATED: | The US Seeks to Set New Military Base in Syria Amid Pandemic | Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Sunday that the city would open five new testing centers in hardest-hit communities to address previously-found disparities among different racial groups and between the rich and the poor. | "
telesurenglish.net/news/New-York-City-To…

Sanders Says Congress Must Stop Trump From Privatizing the Postal Service
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-04-13
Sen. Bernie Sanders on Sunday urged Congress to act immediately to stop President Donald Trump from using the novel coronavirus outbreak "as an opportunity to bankrupt and privatize…
truthout.org/articles/sanders-says-congr…

US envoy urges Afghanistan & Taliban to accelerate prisoner releases
rt.com | 2020-04-13
The US special envoy who negotiated a deal with the Taliban has said that an initial prisoner exchange between the insurgents and the Afghan government was an "important step" toward peace. According to the International Committee of the Red Cross, the Taliban on Sunday released 20 Afghan security-force prisoners. The move came after the government last week released hundreds of insurgent captives. | "The release of prisoners is an important step in the peace process and the reduction of violence," US special representative for Afghanistan reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad tweeted on Monday. "Both sides should a…
rt.com/newsline/485646-us-afghan-taliban…

Q&A w/ Sen. Elizabeth Warren: Coronavirus Relief that Puts People First
MoveOn, Congressional Progressive Caucus Cntr | indybay.org | 2020-04-13
Online via Zoom…
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/04/13/1883232…

Trump Shared a Tweet Urging Fauci's Firing. Will Fauci Be Axed as a Scapegoat?
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-04-13
President Donald Trump shared a tweet on Sunday that suggested he might be thinking about removing Anthony Fauci from the coronavirus task force, or possibly from his position within the National Institutes of Health, over his comments from this past weekend in which the doctor stated that an earlier implementation of mitigation efforts could have saved lives. | The tweet that the president shared came from a former candidate for Congress who had once sought the seat held by Speaker of the Hou…
truthout.org/articles/trump-shared-a-twe…

Millions of immigrants pay taxes but won't get coronavirus stimulus checks
Astrid Galván, Philip Marcelo, Claudia Torrens | peoplesworld.org | 2020-04-13
PHOENIX (AP)–The $2.2 trillion package that Congress approved to offer financial help during the coronavirus pandemic has one major exclusion: millions of immigrants who do not have legal status in the U.S. but work here and pay taxes. That includes Carmen Contreras Lopez, a 48-year-old housekeeper who, though she earns low wages, files a tax …
peoplesworld.org/article/millions-of-imm…

FM Zarif discusses Afghan political situation with Turkish, Qatari counterparts
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-04-13
TEHRAN, Apr. 13 (MNA)

US Lacks Enough Coronavirus Tests to Let People Go Back to Work – Pelosi, Schumer
sputniknews.com | 2020-04-13
WASHINGTON (Sputnik)

Selected Articles: Towards a New World Order
Global Research News | globalresearch.ca | 2020-04-13
The US Seeks to Set New Military Base in Syria Amid Pandemic | By Telesur, April 13, 2020 | President Donald Trump administration on Friday deployed a military convoy in Syria to establish a new base in this Arab nation. | A …
globalresearch.ca/selected-articles-towards-new-world-order/5709495

The OPCW Is Used as a Political Tool Against Syria
Steven Sahiounie | globalresearch.ca | 2020-04-12
OPCW Fact-Finding Mission (FFM) has determined that chemical weapons have been used or likely used in Syria. The first report of the OPCW was released April 8 and points a finger at the Syrian Arab Air Force concerning 3 attacks …
globalresearch.ca/opcw-political-tool-against-syria/5709395

Amid COVID-19, It's Time to Nationalize Airlines and Other Industries
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-04-12
The $2 trillion stimulus bill that Congress passed on March 27 gave billions to industries like the airlines, but it did not explicitly give money to the oil and gas industry. Senate Democrats negotiated out the $3 billion to oil and gas (and lost clean energy provisions in the meantime) that Trump wanted to fill oil reserves "to the top." The omission was a tiny win for the climate [m…
truthout.org/articles/amid-covid-19-its-…

Cancel RIMPAC, Protect Hawai'i
Tina Grandinetti, Laurel Mei-Singh | commondreams.org | 2020-04-12
In this handout photo provided by the U.S. Navy, a RIM-7P NATO Sea Sparrow Missile launches the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) during a stream raid shoot exercise on August 13, 2007 in the Pacific Ocean. (Photo: Jordon R. Beesley/U.S. Navy via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/views/2020/04/12/cancel…

Only Oversight of Oversight Will Keep Profiteers From Siphoning Stimulus Money Into Their Own Wallets
Lisa Gilbert, Bartlett Naylor | commondreams.org | 2020-04-12
Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin leaves the offices of Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) after negotiations on a $2 trillion economic stimulus plan at the U.S. Capitol March 24, 2020 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/views/2020/04/12/only-o…

The US Seeks to Set New Military Base in Syria Amid Pandemic
telesurenglish.net | 2020-04-11
President Donald Trump administration on Friday deployed a military convoy in Syria to establish a new base in this Arab nation. | RELATED: | Erdogan, Merkel, Macron, Johnson Address Situation of Syria | A caravan of 35 trucks loaded with vehicles and warfare and logistics materials headed for the city of Shadadi, in the southern Hasakeh province, 866 kilometers northeast of Damascus, as reported by outlet Ikhbariya TV. | Local activists reported on the convoy as it was traveling on…
telesurenglish.net/news/The-US-Seeks-to-…

Coal Industry Seeks Cuts to Payments for Miners With Black Lung Amid Pandemic
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-04-11
Some of the largest coal companies in the United States are using the coronavirus crisis to pressure Congress to slash the tax that finances the Black Lung Disability Trust Fund, a lifeline for more than 20,000 miners whose lung disease makes them more vulnerable to COVID-19. | The Washington Post reported this…
truthout.org/articles/coal-industry-seek…

Reminder to Congress: The Coal Industry Trade Association Doesn't Give a Damn About Its Workers
Jeremy Richardson | commondreams.org | 2020-04-11
Coal miner Jaden Fredrickson of Cheat Lake, West Virginia at the Harvey Mine on April 13, 2017 in Sycamore, Pennsylvania. (Photo: Justin Merriman/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/views/2020/04/11/remind…

I am not a war correspondent either
T.P. Wilkinson | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-04-11
Easter Marches: No social distancing for peace Today someone sent me an article published in the US Naval Institute Proceedings in which the author describes the war against China waged by the US and suggests that like in the 1812 war against Great Britain, the US regime should issue letters of marque to its numerically …
dissidentvoice.org/2020/04/i-am-not-a-wa…

UN chief calls on religious leaders to unite in the fight against COVID-19
news.un.org | 2020-04-11
Religious leaders of all faiths are being urged by the UN Secretary-General to join forces and work for peace around the world and focus on the common battle to defeat COVID-19.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2020/04/1…

Bernie supporters: Join the Coalition to March on the DNC
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-04-10
Fight Back News Service is circulating the following statement from the Coalition to March on the Democratic National Convention. | On April 8, Senator Bernie Sanders suspended his 2020 Democratic primary campaign. The Sanders campaign has inspired millions of working class and oppressed people, including an overwhelming majority of young people. The movement-building emphasis of the Sanders campaign is what truly sets it apart from anything seen in the U.S. since perhaps Jesse Jackson's Rainbow Coalition in the 1980s. | What Sanders's candidacy demonstrated again in 2020 is that working and oppressed people in t…
www.fightbacknews.org/2020/4/10/bernie-s…

COVID-19 threatening global peace and security, UN chief warns
news.un.org | 2020-04-10
While the COVID-19 pandemic is first and foremost a health crisis, its implications are more far-reaching and could threaten global peace and security, the UN Secretary-General told members of the Security Council in a closed video-conference held on Thursday.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2020/04/1…

Congress Must Have Skipped the First Three Seasons of Trump Reality Show
Karen Conner | cepr.net | 2020-04-09
The American Prospect See article on original site The coronavirus pandemic created an imperative for action that even Mitch McConnell could not ignore. In the space of just a few weeks, Congress passed three major pieces of legislation, including the largest fiscal package in this country's history. Now, however, lawmakers have hunkered down in the …
cepr.net/congress-must-have-skipped-the-…

War-torn Syria faces severe COVID-19 threat
Fred_F | greenleft.org.au | 2020-04-09
Middle East Chris SleeIssue 1260 Syria Rojava COVID-19April 9, 2020War-torn Syria faces the danger of a potentially very severe COVID-19 crisis. The Bashar al-Assad regime has reported only a few cases, but it is likely…
greenleft.org.au/content/war-torn-syria-faces-severe-covid-19-threat

Syrian air force used deadly chemical weapons in 2017 attacks, global watchdog finds
news.un.org | 2020-04-08
The Syrian air force used deadly chemical weapons in three separate attacks in March 2017 on the central town of Ltamenah that affected a total of at least 106 people, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) said in a report on Wednesday.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2020/04/1…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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-…

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