Daily Archives: April 16, 2020

2020-04-16: News Headlines

Stephen Lendman (2020-04-16). Elizabeth Warren Joins the Biden Bandwagon, Betrays Supporters. globalresearch.ca Judge them by their actions, never their rhetoric, a rule of thumb in evaluating others, notably politicians. They all lie with the rarest of rare exceptions. | Warren's sellout to Dem party bosses followed Tulsi Gabbard and Bernie Sanders going the …

Max Blumenthal (2020-04-16). Coronavirus stimulus bill funds State Dept/USAID operations that once helped trigger polio outbreak in Syria. thegrayzone.com A look at recent USAID schemes from Pakistan to Syria shows US empire can be very hazardous to your health….

RT (2020-04-16). Syrian militants 'trained at US base for sabotage & terrorism' try to surrender & get ambushed by OTHER US-backed extremists. rt.com A US-backed militant group has intercepted a convoy of 'defectors' seeking to lay down their arms and surrender to Damascus. The survivors told the Syrian Army that American instructors trained them for sabotage and terrorism. | After giving themselves up to the Syrian Army, the 27 militants said they had been trained and provided with weapons at an American facility, Rear Admiral Oleg Zhuravlev, the head of the Russian Defense Ministry's Center for Syrian Reconciliation, said at a briefing on Wednesday. | American instructors trained them to carry out sabotage at oil and transport infrastructure, as well as f…

South Front (2020-04-16). Video: Syria and Iraq Launch Operations Against ISIS in Border Area. globalresearch.ca Members of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham and the Turkistan Islamic Party have four times shelled positions of the Syrian Army in the provinces of Lattakia and Hama over the past 24 hours, the Russian Reconciliation Center for Syria reported. At the …

Zero Hedge (2020-04-16). "Major Blow To US": Large Group Of US-Backed Fighters 'Defect' To Assad Forces. iranian.com The brutal proxy war in Syria, which has had the deep involvement of American intelligence and the Pentagon, has been wrapping up after grinding on for nine years. With the coronavirus pandemic now completely taking over the news cycle, and as Washington struggles to contain both the virus and devastating economic fallout, Syria has taken a …

yenisafak (2020-04-16). UN sends humanitarian aid to Idlib, Syria. yenisafak.com The United Nations on Thursday sent 63 truckloads of humanitarian aid to Idlib, the northwestern Syrian province where millions remain in desperate need of assistance.The aid trucks entered Syria through the Cilvegozu border in Turkey's southern Hatay province, which borders Idlib.The supplies will be distributed to people in Idlib city and nearby rural areas.Syria has been ravaged by a civil war since early 2011 when the Assad regime cracked down on pro-democracy protesters.Hundreds of thousands of people have been killed and more than 10 million remain displaced, according to UN estimates.Idlib falls within a d…

yenisafak (2020-04-16). Arab League warns of virus risk in Syria refugee camps. yenisafak.com The Arab League warned Wednesday that a humanitarian disaster could occur if the coronavirus pandemic spreads in refugee camps in Syria.A statement by the bloc's 22 Arab nations came after a meeting between its Secretary General Ahmed Aboul-Gheit and UN Special Envoy for Syria Geir Pedersen.They discussed the dangerous consequences of the spread of the virus among refugees and asylum seekers, and the importance of an Idlib cease-fire agreement, inked March 5 between Turkey and Russia, to prevent the military escalation in the region.The statement said many of those who live in camps do so in poor health condition…

Tom Engelhardt (2020-04-16). History is More or Less Bunk: Coronavirus as Peacemaker? counterpunch.org Let me quote a Trumpian figure from long ago, Henry Ford. That's right, the bigot who created the Ford Motor Company (and once even ran for president). Back in 1916, in an interview with a Chicago Tribune reporter, he offered this bit of wisdom on the subject of history: "Say, what do I care about

Kanoh Nishizawa (2020-04-16). 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.

Staff (2020-04-16). Trump Plans to Adjourn Congress to Push Through Political Appointments. truthout.org During a press event at the White House on Wednesday, President Donald Trump complained that Democrats were blocking many of his political appointments from consideration, in spite of the fact that hundreds of positions are vacant Some individuals he's tried to appoint have also been held up in Republican-controlled…

yenisafak (2020-04-16). Azerbaijani leader thanks Turkey for show of solidarity. yenisafak.com A top Azerbaijani leader on Wednesday praised Turkey over a recent mutual display of solidarity against coronavirus."I express my deep gratitude to fraternal Turkey. Our countries always stand by each other, on both joyful and difficult days," First Vice President Mehriban Aliyeva said on Instagram.She added: "This is our unity, our strength. I wish our peoples the best of health, and our countries peace and prosperity. May Almighty God bless our world!"Over the last week, Turkey and Azerbaijan lit up iconic buildings in Ankara and Baku, their respective capitals, with both countries' flags, honoring their cooper…

sputniknews (2020-04-16). Huge Job Loss About to Hit: Indian Opposition Leader Backs Minimum Income Guarantee Scheme for Poor. sputniknews.com New Delhi (Sputnik): Amid the COVID-19 pandemic in the country, political debates on the measures to contain the crisis are intensifying. India's principal opposition party Congress has been mounting sharp attacks on the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government over implementing an "unplanned lockdown" which has caused "chaos" in the country.

sputniknews (2020-04-16). Pentagon Chief Claims Chinese Communist Party Was Misleading US About Coronavirus. sputniknews.com The Trump administration previously accused Beijing of covering up crucial data at the beginning of the pandemic, while the US Senate has investigated allegations that the UN World Health Organisation (WHO) helped China carry out the alleged coverup.

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 …

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 …

teleSUR (2020-04-15). Ocasio-Cortez To Back Biden If He Changes on Healthcare. telesurenglish.net U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, one of Congress's leading progressives, told Politico on Wednesday she wanted to see former Vice President Joe Biden refine his stances on issues including healthcare and immigration before endorsing him. | RELATED: | Ocasio-Cortez, who had earlier backed fellow progressive U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders' bid for the Democratic nomination, said she expected to ultimately support Bid…

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…

RT (2020-04-15). Trump threatens to dismiss both chambers of Congress over held-up appointments. rt.com US President Donald Trump has said he may force both chambers of Congress to officially adjourn unless they do so voluntarily in a protest over the House and Senate blocking him from recess appointments. | 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 on Wednesday at a 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 until May, Trump…

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…

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…

Jeff Jurgens (2020-04-15). Peace During Pandemic — Support the Global Ceasefire. peaceaction.org "The fury of the virus illustrates the folly of war." That's is what United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres exclaimed as he delivered an appeal to warring parties around the world to lay down arms in a global ceasefire. The United States, which is currently engaged in war hostilities on nearly every continent of the world, …

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…

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.

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.

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

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 …

2020-04-16: Social Media Postees

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Elizabeth Warren Joins the Biden Bandwagon, Betrays Supporters
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2020-04-16
Judge them by their actions, never their rhetoric, a rule of thumb in evaluating others, notably politicians. They all lie with the rarest of rare exceptions. | Warren's sellout to Dem party bosses followed Tulsi Gabbard and Bernie Sanders going the …
globalresearch.ca/elizabeth-warren-joins-biden-bandwagon-betrays-supporters/5709852

Video: Syria and Iraq Launch Operations Against ISIS in Border Area
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2020-04-16
Members of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham and the Turkistan Islamic Party have four times shelled positions of the Syrian Army in the provinces of Lattakia and Hama over the past 24 hours, the Russian Reconciliation Center for Syria reported. At the …
globalresearch.ca/video-syria-iraq-launch-operations-against-isis-border-area/5709787

Syrian militants 'trained at US base for sabotage & terrorism' try to surrender & get ambushed by OTHER US-backed extremists
rt.com | 2020-04-16
A US-backed militant group has intercepted a convoy of 'defectors' seeking to lay down their arms and surrender to Damascus. The survivors told the Syrian Army that American instructors trained them for sabotage and terrorism. | After giving themselves up to the Syrian Army, the 27 militants said they had been trained and provided with weapons at an American facility, Rear Admiral Oleg Zhuravlev, the head of the Russian Defense Ministry's Center for Syrian Reconciliation, said at a briefing on Wednesday. | American instructors trained them to carry out sabotage at oil and transport infrastructure, as well as f…
rt.com/news/485943-syrian-militants-surr…

Coronavirus stimulus bill funds State Dept/USAID operations that once helped trigger polio outbreak in Syria
Max Blumenthal | thegrayzone.com | 2020-04-16
A look at recent USAID schemes from Pakistan to Syria shows US empire can be very hazardous to your health….
thegrayzone.com/2020/04/16/coronavirus-s…

"Major Blow To US": Large Group Of US-Backed Fighters 'Defect' To Assad Forces
Zero Hedge | iranian.com | 2020-04-16
The brutal proxy war in Syria, which has had the deep involvement of American intelligence and the Pentagon, has been wrapping up after grinding on for nine years. With the coronavirus pandemic now completely taking over the news cycle, and as Washington struggles to contain both the virus and devastating economic fallout, Syria has taken a …
iranian.com/2020/04/15/major-blow-to-us-…

UN sends humanitarian aid to Idlib, Syria
yenisafak.com | 2020-04-16
The United Nations on Thursday sent 63 truckloads of humanitarian aid to Idlib, the northwestern Syrian province where millions remain in desperate need of assistance.The aid trucks entered Syria through the Cilvegozu border in Turkey's southern Hatay province, which borders Idlib.The supplies will be distributed to people in Idlib city and nearby rural areas.Syria has been ravaged by a civil war since early 2011 when the Assad regime cracked down on pro-democracy protesters.Hundreds of thousands of people have been killed and more than 10 million remain displaced, according to UN estimates.Idlib falls within a d…
yenisafak.com/en/news/un-sends-humanitar…

Arab League warns of virus risk in Syria refugee camps
yenisafak.com | 2020-04-16
The Arab League warned Wednesday that a humanitarian disaster could occur if the coronavirus pandemic spreads in refugee camps in Syria.A statement by the bloc's 22 Arab nations came after a meeting between its Secretary General Ahmed Aboul-Gheit and UN Special Envoy for Syria Geir Pedersen.They discussed the dangerous consequences of the spread of the virus among refugees and asylum seekers, and the importance of an Idlib cease-fire agreement, inked March 5 between Turkey and Russia, to prevent the military escalation in the region.The statement said many of those who live in camps do so in poor health condition…
yenisafak.com/en/world/arab-league-warns…

The Coming Revolt – and the peaceful solidarity for a Just World Society
Kanoh Nishizawa | indybay.org | 2020-04-16
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…

History is More or Less Bunk: Coronavirus as Peacemaker?
Tom Engelhardt | counterpunch.org | 2020-04-16
Let me quote a Trumpian figure from long ago, Henry Ford. That's right, the bigot who created the Ford Motor Company (and once even ran for president). Back in 1916, in an interview with a Chicago Tribune reporter, he offered this bit of wisdom on the subject of history:…
counterpunch.org/2020/04/16/history-is-m…

History is More or Less Bunk: Coronavirus as Peacemaker?
Tom Engelhardt | counterpunch.org | 2020-04-16
Let me quote a Trumpian figure from long ago, Henry Ford. That's right, the bigot who created the Ford Motor Company (and once even ran for president). Back in 1916, in an interview with a Chicago Tribune reporter, he offered this bit of wisdom on the subject of history:…
counterpunch.org/2020/04/16/history-is-m…

Trump Plans to Adjourn Congress to Push Through Political Appointments
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-04-16
During a press event at the White House on Wednesday, President Donald Trump complained that Democrats were blocking many of his political appointments from consideration, in spite of the fact that hundreds of positions are vacant simply because he hasn't actually nominated anyone to fill them yet. | Some individuals he's tried to appoint have also been held up in Republican-controlled…
truthout.org/articles/trump-plans-to-adj…

Azerbaijani leader thanks Turkey for show of solidarity
yenisafak.com | 2020-04-16
A top Azerbaijani leader on Wednesday praised Turkey over a recent mutual display of solidarity against coronavirus."I express my deep gratitude to fraternal Turkey. Our countries always stand by each other, on both joyful and difficult days," First Vice President Mehriban Aliyeva said on Instagram.She added: "This is our unity, our strength. I wish our peoples the best of health, and our countries peace and prosperity. May Almighty God bless our world!"Over the last week, Turkey and Azerbaijan lit up iconic buildings in Ankara and Baku, their respective capitals, with both countries' flags, honoring their cooper…
yenisafak.com/en/news/azerbaijani-leader…

Huge Job Loss About to Hit: Indian Opposition Leader Backs Minimum Income Guarantee Scheme for Poor
sputniknews.com | 2020-04-16
New Delhi (Sputnik): Amid the COVID-19 pandemic in the country, political debates on the measures to contain the crisis are intensifying. India's principal opposition party Congress has been mounting sharp attacks on the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government over implementing an "unplanned lockdown" which has caused "chaos" in the country.
sputniknews.com/india/202004161078981337…

Pentagon Chief Claims Chinese Communist Party Was Misleading US About Coronavirus
sputniknews.com | 2020-04-16
The Trump administration previously accused Beijing of covering up crucial data at the beginning of the pandemic, while the US Senate has investigated allegations that the UN World Health Organisation (WHO) helped China carry out the alleged coverup.
sputniknews.com/us/202004161078982532-pe…

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

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

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…

Ocasio-Cortez To Back Biden If He Changes on Healthcare
telesurenglish.net | 2020-04-15
U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, one of Congress's leading progressives, told Politico on Wednesday she wanted to see former Vice President Joe Biden refine his stances on issues including healthcare and immigration before endorsing him. | RELATED: | Sanders Endorses Biden to 'Bring Democrats Against Trump' | Ocasio-Cortez, who had earlier backed fellow progressive U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders' bid for the Democratic nomination, said she expected to ultimately support Bid…
telesurenglish.net/news/Ocasio-Cortez-To…

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
US President Donald Trump has said he may force both chambers of Congress to officially adjourn unless they do so voluntarily in a protest over the House and Senate blocking him from recess appointments. | 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 on Wednesday at a 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 until May, Trump…
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…

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…

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…

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…

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

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…

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…

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…

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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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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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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