Daily Archives: April 15, 2020

2020-04-15: News Headlines

Medea Benjamin (2020-04-15). UN Ceasefire Defines War As a Non-Essential Activity. zcomm.org Let's insist that the U.S. government call off its airstrikes, artillery and night raids in Afghanistan, Somalia, Iraq, Syria and West Africa, and support ceasefires in Yemen, Libya and around the world…

South Front (2020-04-15). Video: Turkish Forces Clash with Their Own Proxies on M4 Highway in Southern Idlib. globalresearch.ca On April 13, the Turkish Army and its proxies from the so-called Free Syrian Police clashed with supporters of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham and other radical Idlib groups east of the town of Nayrab on the M4 highway. | According to sources …

Almasdar News (2020-04-15). US Flexes Military Might in Front of Russian Forces with F-35 Flight Over Syria. globalresearch.ca The U.S. military flew their new F-35 stealth jet over Syria's skies this past week, as they display their strength in front of the Russian Armed Forces who are only a few kilometers away from the American troops in the …

RT (2020-04-15). Greek authorities send 1st group of unaccompanied young refugees to EU countries. rt.com Greece transferred a dozen unaccompanied children from overcrowded migrant camps to Luxembourg on Wednesday. The group is the first of more than 1,000 relocations that are being expedited amid concerns over the impact of coronavirus on vulnerable groups. | Another group of 50 children is expected to fly from Athens to Germany on Saturday, and 20 more will head to Switzerland at a later date. Greece hopes to relocate some 1,600 unaccompanied minors in the coming months. | The children relocated on Wednesday were aged between 11 and 15. Ten were from Afghanistan and two from Syria. At least 5,200 migrant childre…

sputniknews (2020-04-15). Syria: Fake Attack, Real Deaths. sputniknews.com Two years ago the Syrian government was accused of a chemical attack in the Damascus suburb Douma. It has become clear now there never was such an attack. But still, people were found dead. Who were they? And how did they die?

sputniknews (2020-04-15). Israeli Drone Targets Alleged Hezbollah Vehicle in Syria – Reports. sputniknews.com Damascus has repeatedly accused Israel of conducting illegal airstrikes on Syrian territory. Tel Aviv has indeed claimed responsibility for some of those strikes, insisting that it targeted alleged Iranian forces or its proxies in the Arab Republic, despite Tehran denying their presence in Syria.

RT (2020-04-15). Trump threatens to dismiss both chambers of Congress over held-up appointments. rt.com Protesting pro-forma sessions of the House and Senate blocking him from recess appointments, US President Donald Trump said he might force both chambers of Congress to officially adjourn unless they did so voluntarily. | The Senate should "either fulfill its duty and vote on my nominees, or formally adjourn so that I can make recess appointments," the president said Wednesday at the White House press conference. | Both the Republican-majority Senate and the Democrat-majority House continue to gavel in for pro forma sessions while most of the lawmakers have departed Washington, DC and do not intend to return un…

RT (2020-04-15). Pelosi's motives questioned for labeling Zoom a 'Chinese entity' after waving off remote voting for Congress. rt.com Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi slammed Zoom over security concerns when talking about Congress remotely voting, mistakenly calling the American firm "Chinese." Both her logic and motives have quickly fallen under suspicion. | "People think we can do Congress by Zoom. Zoom is a Chinese entity that we've been told not to even trust the security of," Pelosi told MSNBC's Chris Hayes this week when questioned about Congress not meeting before the first week of May. | Zoom is a video conferencing app that has been utilized by many companies with employees working remotely and has shot to prominence during the Cov…

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2020-04-15). 100+ Lawmakers Demand Moratorium on Utility Shutoffs to Ensure Access to Services 'Essential to Survive' During Coronavirus Crisis. commondreams.org "There is absolutely no excuse left for Congress to exclude basic human needs from the next coronavirus stimulus package, or in general," said Food & Water Action's Rianna Eckel. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Harry Blain (2020-04-15). Why Did Our Permanent Emergency Government Fail to Face the Emergency? counterpunch.org Between 1978 and 2018, American presidents declared 58 national emergencies. Their targets ranged from "Transactions with Terrorists Who Threaten to Disrupt the Middle East Peace Process" and "Transactions with Significant Narcotics Traffickers" to "the Anchorage and Movement of Vessels with Respect to Cuba" and "Persons Undermining Democratic Processes or Institutions in Zimbabwe." By the time

Kanoh Nishizawa (2020-04-15). 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.

KOAT (2020-04-15). Hawaii governor proposing a 20% pay cut to teachers, 10% reduction to other public workers, unions say. koat.com News outlets said unions have reported the governor's proposal would involve a 20% pay cut for teachers and 10% reduction for other public workers, such as nurses.

Staff (2020-04-15). GOP Buried Overwhelming Benefits for Millionaires in COVID-19 Relief Package. truthout.org Democratic lawmakers and progressive critics expressed outrage Tuesday after a nonpartisan congressional body found that nearly 82% of benefits from a Republican tax provision in the most recent coronavirus relief package will go to the nation's millionaires and billionaires and cost taxpayers an estimated $90 billion this year alone. | The finding came in a new Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) analysis released by Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) and Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-Texas) detailing t…

MoveOn, Congressional Progressive Caucus Cntr (2020-04-15). Q&A w/ Sen. Elizabeth Warren: Coronavirus Relief that Puts People First. indybay.org Online via Zoom…

WSWS (2020-04-15). When it comes to Joe Biden, New York Times abandons "Believe women" wsws.org Former Vice President Joe Biden, the leading candidate for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination in 2020, has been accused by a former Senate staffer of sexually assaulting her.

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 …

news.un (2020-04-14). Syria coronavirus threat sparks broad UN containment effort. news.un.org The United Nations and its partners are doing their utmost to support a comprehensive, multi-pronged effort to stem the impact of COVID-19 in Syria, where the viral disease has claimed the lives of two people, sickened 23 others and presented epic challenges for ensuring the smooth delivery of life-saving assistance.

Ramzy Baroud (2020-04-14). Palestine's Organic Intellectuals. dissidentvoice.org "For my opinions," wrote Italian intellectual Antonio Gramsci, "I am willing to lose my life, not only to stay in prison. And this is why I am calm and at peace with myself." Gramsci spent 11 years in prison during the fascist reign over Italy, a brutal regime that crushed every form of political dissent …

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…

Jesse Jackson (2020-04-14). Coronavirus Illustrates Our Failure to Create a Fair Society. commondreams.org past presidents and congresses have failed for decades to mobilize the resources and make the wrenching changes needed to end the virus of white racism, and finally create an equal playing field for all in America. (Photo: Andrew Burton/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

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…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2020-04-14). Analysis Reveals 'Rotten, Un-American Giveaway' GOP Buried in COVID-19 Relief Package to Overwhelmingly Benefit Millionaires. commondreams.org Democratic lawmakers and progressive critics expressed outrage Tuesday after a nonpartisan congressional body found that nearly 82% of benefits from a Republican tax provision in the most recent coronavirus relief package will go to the nation's millionaires and billionaires and cost taxpayers an estimated $90 billion this year alone. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2020-04-14). Pining for Taxpayer Bailout, For-Profit Health Insurance Industry Threatens Massive Post-Covid Premium Hikes. commondreams.org "Why should Congress enrich insurance companies with our public money when their duty is to protect the public, not to protect corporate profits?" | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

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.

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.

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

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 …

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.

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…

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 …

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Video: Turkish Forces Clash with Their Own Proxies on M4 Highway in Southern Idlib
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2020-04-15
On April 13, the Turkish Army and its proxies from the so-called Free Syrian Police clashed with supporters of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham and other radical Idlib groups east of the town of Nayrab on the M4 highway. | According to sources …
globalresearch.ca/video-turkish-forces-clash-own-proxies-m4-highway-southern-idlib/5709673

US Flexes Military Might in Front of Russian Forces with F-35 Flight Over Syria
Almasdar News | globalresearch.ca | 2020-04-15
The U.S. military flew their new F-35 stealth jet over Syria's skies this past week, as they display their strength in front of the Russian Armed Forces who are only a few kilometers away from the American troops in the …
globalresearch.ca/us-flexes-military-might-front-russian-forces-f-35-flight-syria/5709724

Greek authorities send 1st group of unaccompanied young refugees to EU countries
rt.com | 2020-04-15
Greece transferred a dozen unaccompanied children from overcrowded migrant camps to Luxembourg on Wednesday. The group is the first of more than 1,000 relocations that are being expedited amid concerns over the impact of coronavirus on vulnerable groups. | Another group of 50 children is expected to fly from Athens to Germany on Saturday, and 20 more will head to Switzerland at a later date. Greece hopes to relocate some 1,600 unaccompanied minors in the coming months. | The children relocated on Wednesday were aged between 11 and 15. Ten were from Afghanistan and two from Syria. At least 5,200 migrant childre…
rt.com/newsline/485898-greece-children-r…

UN Ceasefire Defines War As a Non-Essential Activity
Medea Benjamin | zcomm.org | 2020-04-15
Let's insist that the U.S. government call off its airstrikes, artillery and night raids in Afghanistan, Somalia, Iraq, Syria and West Africa, and support ceasefires in Yemen, Libya and around the world…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/un-ceasefire-defin…

Syria: Fake Attack, Real Deaths
sputniknews.com | 2020-04-15
Two years ago the Syrian government was accused of a chemical attack in the Damascus suburb Douma. It has become clear now there never was such an attack. But still, people were found dead. Who were they? And how did they die?
sputniknews.com/columnists/2020041510789…

Israeli Drone Targets Alleged Hezbollah Vehicle in Syria – Reports
sputniknews.com | 2020-04-15
Damascus has repeatedly accused Israel of conducting illegal airstrikes on Syrian territory. Tel Aviv has indeed claimed responsibility for some of those strikes, insisting that it targeted alleged Iranian forces or its proxies in the Arab Republic, despite Tehran denying their presence in Syria.
sputniknews.com/middleeast/2020041510789…

100+ Lawmakers Demand Moratorium on Utility Shutoffs to Ensure Access to Services 'Essential to Survive' During Coronavirus Crisis
Andrea Germanos, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-04-15
"There is absolutely no excuse left for Congress to exclude basic human needs from the next coronavirus stimulus package, or in general," said Food & Water Action's Rianna Eckel. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/news/2020/04/15/100-law…

Why Did Our Permanent Emergency Government Fail to Face the Emergency?
Harry Blain | counterpunch.org | 2020-04-15
Between 1978 and 2018, American presidents declared 58 national emergencies. Their targets ranged from "Transactions with Terrorists Who Threaten to Disrupt the Middle East Peace Process" and "Transactions with Significant Narcotics Traffickers" to "the Anchorage and Movement of Vessels with Respect to Cuba" and "Persons Undermining Democratic Processes or Institutions in Zimbabwe." By the time…
counterpunch.org/2020/04/15/why-did-our-…

The Coming Revolt – and the peaceful solidarity for a Just World Society
Kanoh Nishizawa | indybay.org | 2020-04-15
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…

The Coming Revolt – and the peaceful solidarity for a Just World Society
Kanoh Nishizawa | indybay.org | 2020-04-15
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…

Hawaii governor proposing a 20% pay cut to teachers, 10% reduction to other public workers, unions say
koat.com | 2020-04-15
News outlets said unions have reported the governor's proposal would involve a 20% pay cut for teachers and 10% reduction for other public workers, such as nurses.
koat.com/article/hawaii-governor-proposi…

Trump threatens to dismiss both chambers of Congress over held-up appointments
rt.com | 2020-04-15
Protesting pro-forma sessions of the House and Senate blocking him from recess appointments, US President Donald Trump said he might force both chambers of Congress to officially adjourn unless they did so voluntarily. | The Senate should "either fulfill its duty and vote on my nominees, or formally adjourn so that I can make recess appointments," the president said Wednesday at the White House press conference. | Both the Republican-majority Senate and the Democrat-majority House continue to gavel in for pro forma sessions while most of the lawmakers have departed Washington, DC and do not intend to return un…
rt.com/usa/485939-trump-congress-close-a…

Pelosi's motives questioned for labeling Zoom a 'Chinese entity' after waving off remote voting for Congress
rt.com | 2020-04-15
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi slammed Zoom over security concerns when talking about Congress remotely voting, mistakenly calling the American firm "Chinese." Both her logic and motives have quickly fallen under suspicion. | "People think we can do Congress by Zoom. Zoom is a Chinese entity that we've been told not to even trust the security of," Pelosi told MSNBC's Chris Hayes this week when questioned about Congress not meeting before the first week of May. | Zoom is a video conferencing app that has been utilized by many companies with employees working remotely and has shot to prominence during the Cov…
rt.com/usa/485927-nancy-pelosi-zoom-chin…

Q&A w/ Sen. Elizabeth Warren: Coronavirus Relief that Puts People First
MoveOn, Congressional Progressive Caucus Cntr | indybay.org | 2020-04-15
Online via Zoom…
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/04/13/1883232…

Pelosi's motives questioned for labeling Zoom a 'Chinese entity' after waving off remote voting for Congress
rt.com | 2020-04-15
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi slammed Zoom over security concerns when talking about Congress remotely voting, mistakenly calling the American firm "Chinese." Both her logic and motives have quickly fallen under suspicion. | "People think we can do Congress by Zoom. Zoom is a Chinese entity that we've been told not to even trust the security of," Pelosi told MSNBC's Chris Hayes this week when questioned about Congress not meeting before the first week of May. | Zoom is a video conferencing app that has been utilized by many companies with employees working remotely and has shot to prominence during the Cov…
rt.com/usa/485927-nancy-pelosi-zoom-chin…

GOP Buried Overwhelming Benefits for Millionaires in COVID-19 Relief Package
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-04-15
Democratic lawmakers and progressive critics expressed outrage Tuesday after a nonpartisan congressional body found that nearly 82% of benefits from a Republican tax provision in the most recent coronavirus relief package will go to the nation's millionaires and billionaires and cost taxpayers an estimated $90 billion this year alone. | The finding came in a new Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) analysis released by Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) and Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-Texas) detailing t…
truthout.org/articles/gop-buried-overwhe…

Trump threatens to dismiss both chambers of Congress over held-up appointments
rt.com | 2020-04-15
Protesting pro-forma sessions of the House and Senate blocking him from recess appointments, US President Donald Trump said he might force both chambers of Congress to officially adjourn unless they did so voluntarily. | The Senate should "either fulfill its duty and vote on my nominees, or formally adjourn so that I can make recess appointments," the president said Wednesday at the White House press conference. | Both the Republican-majority Senate and the Democrat-majority House continue to gavel in for pro forma sessions while most of the lawmakers have departed Washington, DC and do not intend to return un…
rt.com/usa/485939-trump-congress-close-a…

When it comes to Joe Biden, New York Times abandons "Believe women"
wsws.org | 2020-04-15
Former Vice President Joe Biden, the leading candidate for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination in 2020, has been accused by a former Senate staffer of sexually assaulting her.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/04/15/bide…

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

Syria coronavirus threat sparks broad UN containment effort
news.un.org | 2020-04-14
The United Nations and its partners are doing their utmost to support a comprehensive, multi-pronged effort to stem the impact of COVID-19 in Syria, where the viral disease has claimed the lives of two people, sickened 23 others and presented epic challenges for ensuring the smooth delivery of life-saving assistance.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2020/04/1…

Coronavirus Illustrates Our Failure to Create a Fair Society
Jesse Jackson | commondreams.org | 2020-04-14
past presidents and congresses have failed for decades to mobilize the resources and make the wrenching changes needed to end the virus of white racism, and finally create an equal playing field for all in America. (Photo: Andrew Burton/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/views/2020/04/14/corona…

Palestine's Organic Intellectuals
Ramzy Baroud | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-04-14
"For my opinions," wrote Italian intellectual Antonio Gramsci, "I am willing to lose my life, not only to stay in prison. And this is why I am calm and at peace with myself." Gramsci spent 11 years in prison during the fascist reign over Italy, a brutal regime that crushed every form of political dissent …
dissidentvoice.org/2020/04/palestines-or…

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

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

Analysis Reveals 'Rotten, Un-American Giveaway' GOP Buried in COVID-19 Relief Package to Overwhelmingly Benefit Millionaires
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-04-14
Democratic lawmakers and progressive critics expressed outrage Tuesday after a nonpartisan congressional body found that nearly 82% of benefits from a Republican tax provision in the most recent coronavirus relief package will go to the nation's millionaires and billionaires and cost taxpayers an estimated $90 billion this year alone. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/news/2020/04/14/analysi…

Pining for Taxpayer Bailout, For-Profit Health Insurance Industry Threatens Massive Post-Covid Premium Hikes
Eoin Higgins, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-04-14
"Why should Congress enrich insurance companies with our public money when their duty is to protect the public, not to protect corporate profits?" | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/news/2020/04/14/pining-…

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 …
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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 …
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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.
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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.
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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…
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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 …
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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.
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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."
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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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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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