Daily Archives: April 14, 2020

2020-04-14: News Headlines

RT (2020-04-14). Trump threatens consequences for Beijing as Senate launches China-centered probe into Covid-19 origins. rt.com China will have to answer for allegedly misleading the world about coronavirus, President Donald Trump has signaled. His thinly-veiled threat comes as the US Senate begins an investigation into the causes of the health crisis. | The US president took a swipe at China — as well as CBS reporter Paula Reid — after the journalist asked him why there had been no "consequences" for Beijing's "misinformation" during the pandemic. | "I wouldn't tell you. China will find out. Why would I tell you?" Trump fired back. "How do you know there are no consequences? You're going to find out." | His warning coincided…

RT (2020-04-14). US, Taliban officials meet in Qatar to discuss Afghan prisoner release dispute — report. rt.com The chief US negotiator on Afghanistan and the top US commander in that country held talks with Taliban officials in Doha on a prisoner release dispute that helped stall US-led peace-making efforts, according to a Taliban spokesman. | The discussions, held on Monday despite the global coronavirus pandemic, followed some movement on prisoner releases, with the government in Kabul freeing some 300 insurgent detainees and the Taliban releasing a first batch of government prisoners. The dispute over the size and pace of the releases, an increase in Taliban violence and other issues have stalled efforts to end the…

RT (2020-04-14). No aliens but massive destruction: Study offers theory about ORIGIN of mysterious interstellar visitor 'Oumuamua. rt.com Fresh research has suggested a very violent origin story for the rocky, cigar-shaped, interstellar visitor known as 'Oumuamua that has wandered into our solar system in recent years. | The mysterious object was spotted hurtling through our galactic neighborhood in October 2017 and was given its unusual name after the Hawaiian word for messenger. | Astronomers quickly realized that the object had several peculiar qualities, including its highly elongated shape, its apparent ability to accelerate without the help of gravity and its lack of an envelope of gas or dust. | The odd combination of characteristics led…

South Front (2020-04-14). Video: Syrian Army Pounding ISIS Cells in Homs Desert. Turkey Fortifies Positions Near Saraqib. globalresearch.ca The military situation in northwestern Syria is steadily escalating. | On April 10 and April 11, the Turkish Army and its proxies shelled positions of Kurdish armed groups in northern Aleppo. The most intense shelling took place near the areas of …

James ONeill (2020-04-14). The Illegal United States and Allied Invasion of Iraq & Syria Reaches Crisis Point. globalresearch.ca The onset of the coronavirus has had a number of consequences in the health and livelihoods of millions of people. There has however, been another consequence that is little remarked upon, and that is the almost total disappearance from the …

Staff (2020-04-14). As Turkey Bombs Syria, Activists Urge Trader Joe's to Drop Turkish Goods. truthout.org In solidarity with the people residing in North and East Syria, groups across the U.S. are asking the multibillion-dollar grocery chain Trader Joe's to de-shelve products from its Turkish suppliers. Rojava solidarity groups, organizing under a coalition hashtag of #TJsBoycottTurkey, launched a "Trader Joe's Boycott Turkey" petition. The coalition also scheduled a communications zap that encourages a coordinated flurry of emails and phone calls to corporate headquarters for Wednesday, April 15 and T…

teleSUR (2020-04-14). Colombia: UN Worried About Attacks Against Ex-FARC Members. telesurenglish.net In Colombia, the persecution of former combatants of the ex-guerrilla group FARC-EP persists, even though they are returning to normal life, The Common Alternative Revolutionary Force political party said on Monday. | RELATED: | The United Nations also discussed the recent violence affecting Colombia, as members of the Peace Mission attended a meeting that discussed the latest attacks against the ex-FARC members inside…

Kanoh Nishizawa (2020-04-14). The Coming Revolt – and the peaceful solidarity for a Just World Society. indybay.org As capitalism gets exposed for its savagery, there will be tumult, and revolt of the oppressed. In this new environment, we should express peaceful solidarity if we want a chance at a Just World Society.

MoveOn, Congressional Progressive Caucus Cntr (2020-04-14). Q&A w/ Sen. Elizabeth Warren: Coronavirus Relief that Puts People First. indybay.org Online via Zoom…

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 …

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…

commondreams (2020-04-13). More Than 180 Groups Sign On Letter Urging U.S. House and Senate Leadership to Pass $500 Billion in Unrestricted Aid to State, Territories, and Local Governments. commondreams.org ______________________________…

splcenter (2020-04-13). Congressman John Lewis shares message of support for SPLC's work. splcenter.org Congressman John Lewis has been a tireless champion for equal rights and justice for more than six decades.

commondreams (2020-04-13). In Next Coronavirus Rescue Bill, 830 Groups Urge Congress to Halt Electricity, Water, Broadband Shutoffs. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Celine McNicholas (2020-04-13). Congress Should Immediately Pass Legislation Protecting Workers' Safety During the Coronavirus Pandemic. commondreams.org The pandemic has exposed the inadequacy of our current system of worker protections. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

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…

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 …

Julia Conley, staff writer (2020-04-13). Next Coronavirus Relief Package Must Include Moratorium on Utility Shutoffs, 830+ Justice Groups Say. commondreams.org "It's unconscionable that Senate Republicans chose to protect corporate America over families in the last rescue package." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2020-04-13). As Trump Threatens Postal Service Amid Pandemic, #SaveUSPS Urges Bulk Stamp Purchases and Congressional Action. commondreams.org As inaction from the U.S. Congress and the Trump administration threatened the survival of the U.S. Postal Service, Americans stepped in this weekend to help protect one of the oldest federal agencies in the nation from a demise that the coronavirus pandemic has made increasingly likely. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2020-04-13). Ilhan Omar Joins Global Call for Debt Relief as Coronavirus Threatens to Push Developing Nations 'Over the Edge'. commondreams.org U.S. Congresswoman Ilhan Omar on Monday joined growing demands for providing debt relief to developing countries that are struggling economically amid the coronavirus pandemic as economists warn the world could be facing the worst recession since the 1930s. | 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.

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). 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.

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."

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 …

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 …

2020-04-14: Social Media Postees

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As Turkey Bombs Syria, Activists Urge Trader Joe's to Drop Turkish Goods
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-04-14
In solidarity with the people residing in North and East Syria, groups across the U.S. are asking the multibillion-dollar grocery chain Trader Joe's to de-shelve products from its Turkish suppliers. Rojava solidarity groups, organizing under a coalition hashtag of #TJsBoycottTurkey, launched a "Trader Joe's Boycott Turkey" petition. The coalition also scheduled a communications zap that encourages a coordinated flurry of emails and phone calls to corporate headquarters for Wednesday, April 15 and T…
truthout.org/articles/as-turkey-bombs-sy…

The Illegal United States and Allied Invasion of Iraq & Syria Reaches Crisis Point
James ONeill | globalresearch.ca | 2020-04-14
The onset of the coronavirus has had a number of consequences in the health and livelihoods of millions of people. There has however, been another consequence that is little remarked upon, and that is the almost total disappearance from the …
globalresearch.ca/illegal-united-states-allied-invasion-iraq-syria-reaches-crisis-point/5709595

Video: Syrian Army Pounding ISIS Cells in Homs Desert. Turkey Fortifies Positions Near Saraqib
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2020-04-14
The military situation in northwestern Syria is steadily escalating. | On April 10 and April 11, the Turkish Army and its proxies shelled positions of Kurdish armed groups in northern Aleppo. The most intense shelling took place near the areas of …
globalresearch.ca/video-syrian-army-pounding-isis-cells-homs-desert-turkey-fortifies-positions-near-sarqib/5709550

No aliens but massive destruction: Study offers theory about ORIGIN of mysterious interstellar visitor 'Oumuamua
rt.com | 2020-04-14
Fresh research has suggested a very violent origin story for the rocky, cigar-shaped, interstellar visitor known as 'Oumuamua that has wandered into our solar system in recent years. | The mysterious object was spotted hurtling through our galactic neighborhood in October 2017 and was given its unusual name after the Hawaiian word for messenger. | Astronomers quickly realized that the object had several peculiar qualities, including its highly elongated shape, its apparent ability to accelerate without the help of gravity and its lack of an envelope of gas or dust. | The odd combination of characteristics led…
rt.com/news/485807-interstellar-object-o…

The Coming Revolt – and the peaceful solidarity for a Just World Society
Kanoh Nishizawa | indybay.org | 2020-04-14
As capitalism gets exposed for its savagery, there will be tumult, and revolt of the oppressed. In this new environment, we should express peaceful solidarity if we want a chance at a Just World Society.
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/04/14/1883235…

Colombia: UN Worried About Attacks Against Ex-FARC Members
telesurenglish.net | 2020-04-14
In Colombia, the persecution of former combatants of the ex-guerrilla group FARC-EP persists, even though they are returning to normal life, The Common Alternative Revolutionary Force political party said on Monday. | RELATED: | Killings of Ex-FARC Members Continue in Colombia With Impunity | The United Nations also discussed the recent violence affecting Colombia, as members of the Peace Mission attended a meeting that discussed the latest attacks against the ex-FARC members inside…
telesurenglish.net/news/colombia-farc-de…

Trump threatens consequences for Beijing as Senate launches China-centered probe into Covid-19 origins
rt.com | 2020-04-14
China will have to answer for allegedly misleading the world about coronavirus, President Donald Trump has signaled. His thinly-veiled threat comes as the US Senate begins an investigation into the causes of the health crisis. | The US president took a swipe at China

Q&A w/ Sen. Elizabeth Warren: Coronavirus Relief that Puts People First
MoveOn, Congressional Progressive Caucus Cntr | indybay.org | 2020-04-14
Online via Zoom…
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/04/13/1883232…

Q&A w/ Sen. Elizabeth Warren: Coronavirus Relief that Puts People First
MoveOn, Congressional Progressive Caucus Cntr | indybay.org | 2020-04-14
Online via Zoom…
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/04/13/1883232…

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…

More Than 180 Groups Sign On Letter Urging U.S. House and Senate Leadership to Pass $500 Billion in Unrestricted Aid to State, Territories, and Local Governments
commondreams.org | 2020-04-13
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commondreams.org/newswire/2020/04/13/mor…

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…

Congressman John Lewis shares message of support for SPLC's work
splcenter.org | 2020-04-13
Congressman John Lewis has been a tireless champion for equal rights and justice for more than six decades.
splcenter.org/news/2020/04/14/congressma…

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…

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…

In Next Coronavirus Rescue Bill, 830 Groups Urge Congress to Halt Electricity, Water, Broadband Shutoffs
commondreams.org | 2020-04-13
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commondreams.org/newswire/2020/04/13/nex…

Congress Should Immediately Pass Legislation Protecting Workers' Safety During the Coronavirus Pandemic
Celine McNicholas | commondreams.org | 2020-04-13
The pandemic has exposed the inadequacy of our current system of worker protections. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/views/2020/04/13/congre…

Ilhan Omar Joins Global Call for Debt Relief as Coronavirus Threatens to Push Developing Nations 'Over the Edge'
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-04-13
U.S. Congresswoman Ilhan Omar on Monday joined growing demands for providing debt relief to developing countries that are struggling economically amid the coronavirus pandemic as economists warn the world could be facing the worst recession since the 1930s. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/news/2020/04/13/ilhan-o…

Next Coronavirus Relief Package Must Include Moratorium on Utility Shutoffs, 830+ Justice Groups Say
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-04-13
"It's unconscionable that Senate Republicans chose to protect corporate America over families in the last rescue package." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/news/2020/04/13/next-co…

As Trump Threatens Postal Service Amid Pandemic, #SaveUSPS Urges Bulk Stamp Purchases and Congressional Action
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-04-13
As inaction from the U.S. Congress and the Trump administration threatened the survival of the U.S. Postal Service, Americans stepped in this weekend to help protect one of the oldest federal agencies in the nation from a demise that the coronavirus pandemic has made increasingly likely. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/news/2020/04/13/trump-t…

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

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…
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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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