Daily Archives: April 18, 2020

2020-04-18: News Headlines

sputniknews (2020-04-18). 34 US-Backed Militants Surrender, Hand Weapons to Syrian Army — Reports. sputniknews.com Earlier, the Russian Defence Ministry's Center for Syrian Reconciliation confirmed that over two dozen militants trained at a US military base in Syria had surrendered to the Syrian Army after breaking out of the US-controlled At-Tanf area and engaging in a shootout with other militia members.

Brian Terrell (2020-04-18). COVID-19 and the Wasting Disease of Normalcy. zcomm.org From his prison cell in a year of mass movements to end the war in Vietnam and mobilizations for nuclear disarmament, Daniel Berrigan diagnosed normalcy as a disease and labeled it an obstacle to peace…

Mt. Diablo Peace & Justice Center (2020-04-18). 2020 Youth Activist Grant. indybay.org Mt. Diablo Peace and Justice Center | 1035 Carol Lane | Lafayette, CA 94549…

Mt. Diablo Peace & Justice Center (2020-04-18). 2020 Art & Writing Challenge. indybay.org Mt. Diablo Peace and Justice Center | 1035 Carol Lane | Lafayette, CA 94549…

Almasdar News (2020-04-17). Surrendered US-backed Rebels Admit to Receiving Training to Destroy Syrian Oil Sites. globalresearch.ca The head of the Russian Reconciliation Center affiliated with the Russian Ministry of Defense, Oleg Goralev, announced on Wednesday that the 27 militants who surrendered to the Syrian authorities, reported that they had received training by the American military …

South Front (2020-04-17). Video: US-trained Militants Surrender to Syrian Army. Israel Tries to Assassinate Hezbollah Commanders. globalresearch.ca On April 15th, 27 members of Maghawir al-Thawra, a militant group in the Al-Tanf zone, which is both funded and trained by the US-led coalition, surrendered to the Syrian Army with all of their weapons and equipment. These …

Mark Gruenberg (2020-04-17). Ultra-rich benefit from big tax cut hidden in coronavirus stimulus law. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—Oink. That's the sound the ultra-rich—especially real estate moguls—made as they slurp from the taxpayers' trough, courtesy of a multi-billion dollar tax break or two their GOP handmaidens slipped into the $2.2 trillion economic stimulus law Congress passed on March 18. The congressional Joint Committee on Taxation blew the formal whistle on that tax cut, …

Sarah Anderson (2020-04-17). Postal Carriers are Essential Workers…They Need a Stimulus, Too. counterpunch.org The U.S. Postal Service plays a vital role in our nation's health and stability at this time of crisis. Unfortunately, it's financially strapped — and got just crumbs in the $2.2 trillion stimulus package recently passed by Congress. President Trump's response? A stream of false accusations. "They lose money every time they deliver a package

Staff (2020-04-17). LGBTQIA People Face Unique Barriers To COVID-19 Care. therealnews.com Congressional candidate Bre Kidman says profit-driven medicine depends on maintaining the unequal access to healthcare faced by trans, LGBTQ, and other marginalized groups.

Staff (2020-04-17). A Big Oil Bailout Would Be the Opposite of the Green New Deal We Need. truthout.org It's been a wild couple of weeks in the oil markets. Following a price war between major petrostates, the price of oil has tanked. Ever since, Donald Trump and congressional Republicans have been desperately trying to save a deeply indebted oil industry. We can all but expect a Trump-led bailout for Big Oil. Instead, our law and policy makers should let the oil producers fail, and devote resources to stave off the next crisis — the climate crisis — before it gets even worse. | The ongoin…

Ralph Nader (2020-04-17). Cowardly Congress Chooses to be AWOL: Shouldn't Our Elected Representatives be on the Job Providing Essential Services? dissidentvoice.org In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic a careening, confused President is fibbing, flailing, breaking laws, and mishandling money. As the domino effect of this crisis mounts, the public is asking: "Where is the Congress?" Our Senators and Representatives have been home since March 20 and won't be back until May 4th, not on the …

teleSUR (2020-04-17). Colombia: ELN Invites President Duque to Resume Peace Talks. telesurenglish.net The National Liberation Army (ELN) Thursday requested Colombia's President Ivan Duque continue to negotiate a bilateral ceasefire and expressed its willingness to avoid armed clashes during the COVID-19 pandemic. | RELATED: | "Although the government froze conversations, we always keep channels open. They have to step in, sit down, and talk. There is an urgent need for a ceasefire," the ELN negotiating team head Israe…

IMEMC & Agencies (2020-04-17). Palestinian President: "No Peace Deal with Israel, unless Prisoners Released" imemc.org On the occasion of Palestinian Prisoners' Day, on Friday, the President of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, asserted that Palestinians will not sign a final peace deal with Israel, unless Israel clears all it's prisons of Palestinian prisoners, which he called heroes and fighters for freedom. In a statement he …

Dean Baker (2020-04-17). Debt and Deficits with the Coronavirus. cepr.net For all the suffering caused by the pandemic, one important positive effect is that it may lead to clearer thinking about government debt and deficits. To Congress's credit, it has focused on dealing with the problem of sustaining the country through a period in which much of the economy is shut down, rather than worrying …

commondreams (2020-04-17). Common Cause Urges Congress to Prioritize Key Democracy Issues in Next COVID-19 Supplemental Funding Bill. commondreams.org ______________________________…

ACLU (2020-04-17). What it's Like in ICE Detention During a Pandemic. aclu.org As millions of people in the U.S. shelter in their homes, and millions more who aren't able to stay indoors practice social distancing or other measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19, a crisis is brewing in the facilities where immigrants are detained. Cramped conditions and inadequate access to hygiene or medical care have created what one medical expert called a "tinderbox" for the disease in a letter to Congress., , Many of those in detention are asylum seekers, who came to the U.S. to ask for protection after fleeing violence and persecution in their home countries. Many others were long-time U.S. resi…

Jud Lounsbury (2020-04-17). DNC Needs to Take Biden Sexual Assault Allegation Seriously. progressive.org Tara Reade's claim against the presidential candidate should be thoroughly investigated—at the insistence of Democrats.

Abby Martin (2020-04-17). Empire Files: U.S. empire exploits COVID-19 for more war. mronline.org Abby Martin breaks down all the hidden acts of US foreign policy aggression under the cover of the COVID19 pandemic.

Kathleen Wallace (2020-04-17). Bernie's Political Funeral . counterpunch.org The end of the Bernie Sanders campaign always had a destination that was not the White House. I'll admit that I anticipated it playing out in a slightly different manner. The wildcard in all of this was COVID-19, but like all good disaster capitalists, the DNC, with the help of the Obama faction, used it

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….

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 …

teleSUR (2020-04-16). Reopening the US Would Require Thousands Public Health Workers. telesurenglish.net U.S. public health agencies warned that lifting lockdown measures could require tens of thousands more investigators to call people who test positive, track down their contacts and get them into quarantine. | RELATED: | Without the extra help, officials insist, states cannot possibly be ready to resume normal everyday activities, and some agencies are so desperate they are considering recruiting librarians and Peace Corps volunteers to join the effort. | "We are trying to build…

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…

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.

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.

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

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

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…

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

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 …

2020-04-18: Social Media Postees

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2020 Art & Writing Challenge
Mt. Diablo Peace & Justice Center | indybay.org | 2020-04-18
Mt. Diablo Peace and Justice Center | 1035 Carol Lane | Lafayette, CA 94549…
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/04/17/1883245…

2020 Youth Activist Grant
Mt. Diablo Peace & Justice Center | indybay.org | 2020-04-18
Mt. Diablo Peace and Justice Center | 1035 Carol Lane | Lafayette, CA 94549…
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/04/17/1883245…

COVID-19 and the Wasting Disease of Normalcy
Brian Terrell | zcomm.org | 2020-04-18
From his prison cell in a year of mass movements to end the war in Vietnam and mobilizations for nuclear disarmament, Daniel Berrigan diagnosed normalcy as a disease and labeled it an obstacle to peace…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/covid-19-and-the-w…

2020 Art & Writing Challenge
Mt. Diablo Peace & Justice Center | indybay.org | 2020-04-18
Mt. Diablo Peace and Justice Center | 1035 Carol Lane | Lafayette, CA 94549…
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/04/17/1883245…

Surrendered US-backed Rebels Admit to Receiving Training to Destroy Syrian Oil Sites
Almasdar News | globalresearch.ca | 2020-04-17
The head of the Russian Reconciliation Center affiliated with the Russian Ministry of Defense, Oleg Goralev, announced on Wednesday that the 27 militants who surrendered to the Syrian authorities, reported that they had received training by the American military …
globalresearch.ca/surrendered-us-backed-rebels-admit-receiving-training-destroy-syrian-oil-sites-russia/5709980

Video: US-trained Militants Surrender to Syrian Army. Israel Tries to Assassinate Hezbollah Commanders
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2020-04-17
On April 15th, 27 members of Maghawir al-Thawra, a militant group in the Al-Tanf zone, which is both funded and trained by the US-led coalition, surrendered to the Syrian Army with all of their weapons and equipment. These …
globalresearch.ca/video-us-trained-militants-surrender-syrian-army-israel-tries-assassinate-hezbollah-commanders/5709915

Bernie's Political Funeral
Kathleen Wallace | counterpunch.org | 2020-04-17
The end of the Bernie Sanders campaign always had a destination that was not the White House. I'll admit that I anticipated it playing out in a slightly different manner. The wildcard in all of this was COVID-19, but like all good disaster capitalists, the DNC, with the help of the Obama faction, used it…
counterpunch.org/2020/04/17/bernies-poli…

Bernie's Political Funeral
Kathleen Wallace | counterpunch.org | 2020-04-17
The end of the Bernie Sanders campaign always had a destination that was not the White House. I'll admit that I anticipated it playing out in a slightly different manner. The wildcard in all of this was COVID-19, but like all good disaster capitalists, the DNC, with the help of the Obama faction, used it…
counterpunch.org/2020/04/17/bernies-poli…

A Big Oil Bailout Would Be the Opposite of the Green New Deal We Need
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-04-17
It's been a wild couple of weeks in the oil markets. Following a price war between major petrostates, the price of oil has tanked. Ever since, Donald Trump and congressional Republicans have been desperately trying to save a deeply indebted oil industry. We can all but expect a Trump-led bailout for Big Oil. Instead, our law and policy makers should let the oil producers fail, and devote resources to stave off the next crisis

Cowardly Congress Chooses to be AWOL: Shouldn't Our Elected Representatives be on the Job Providing Essential Services?
Ralph Nader | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-04-17
In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic a careening, confused President is fibbing, flailing, breaking laws, and mishandling money. As the domino effect of this crisis mounts, the public is asking: "Where is the Congress?" Our Senators and Representatives have been home since March 20 and won't be back until May 4th, not on the …
dissidentvoice.org/2020/04/cowardly-cong…

Colombia: ELN Invites President Duque to Resume Peace Talks
telesurenglish.net | 2020-04-17
The National Liberation Army (ELN) Thursday requested Colombia's President Ivan Duque continue to negotiate a bilateral ceasefire and expressed its willingness to avoid armed clashes during the COVID-19 pandemic. | RELATED: | Colombia: Duque's Administration Disrespect Health Workers | "Although the government froze conversations, we always keep channels open. They have to step in, sit down, and talk. There is an urgent need for a ceasefire," the ELN negotiating team head Israe…
telesurenglish.net/news/-colombia-eln-as…

Palestinian President: "No Peace Deal with Israel, unless Prisoners Released"
IMEMC & Agencies | imemc.org | 2020-04-17
On the occasion of Palestinian Prisoners' Day, on Friday, the President of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, asserted that Palestinians will not sign a final peace deal with Israel, unless Israel clears all it's prisons of Palestinian prisoners, which he called heroes and fighters for freedom. In a statement he …
imemc.org/article/palestinian-president-…

Debt and Deficits with the Coronavirus
Dean Baker | cepr.net | 2020-04-17
For all the suffering caused by the pandemic, one important positive effect is that it may lead to clearer thinking about government debt and deficits. To Congress's credit, it has focused on dealing with the problem of sustaining the country through a period in which much of the economy is shut down, rather than worrying …
cepr.net/debt-and-deficits-with-the-coro…

Ultra-rich benefit from big tax cut hidden in coronavirus stimulus law
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2020-04-17
WASHINGTON–Oink. That's the sound the ultra-rich–especially real estate moguls–made as they slurp from the taxpayers' trough, courtesy of a multi-billion dollar tax break or two their GOP handmaidens slipped into the $2.2 trillion economic stimulus law Congress passed on March 18. The congressional Joint Committee on Taxation blew the formal whistle on that tax cut, …
peoplesworld.org/article/ultra-rich-bene…

Postal Carriers are Essential Workers…They Need a Stimulus, Too
Sarah Anderson | counterpunch.org | 2020-04-17
The U.S. Postal Service plays a vital role in our nation's health and stability at this time of crisis. Unfortunately, it's financially strapped

Billionaires Have Paid 79 Percent Fewer Taxes Since 1980
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-04-17
Conventional economic wisdom says a time of crisis is not the moment to enact tax increases. But, as Eric Toder at the Tax Policy Center recently pointed out: "[Tax experts] can begin to think of the time after the pandemic passes and how government should respond to massive increases in the public debt, and the new tax increases that Congress will need to enact to fund them." | Initial tax increases should…
truthout.org/articles/billionaires-have-…

Postal Carriers are Essential Workers…They Need a Stimulus, Too
Sarah Anderson | counterpunch.org | 2020-04-17
The U.S. Postal Service plays a vital role in our nation's health and stability at this time of crisis. Unfortunately, it's financially strapped

Common Cause Urges Congress to Prioritize Key Democracy Issues in Next COVID-19 Supplemental Funding Bill
commondreams.org | 2020-04-17
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commondreams.org/newswire/2020/04/17/com…

What it's Like in ICE Detention During a Pandemic
aclu.org | 2020-04-17
As millions of people in the U.S. shelter in their homes, and millions more who aren't able to stay indoors practice social distancing or other measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19, a crisis is brewing in the facilities where immigrants are detained. Cramped conditions and inadequate access to hygiene or medical care have created what one medical expert called a "tinderbox" for the disease in a letter to Congress., , Many of those in detention are asylum seekers, who came to the U.S. to ask for protection after fleeing violence and persecution in their home countries. Many others were long-time U.S. resi…
aclu.org/news/civil-liberties/what-its-l…

DNC Needs to Take Biden Sexual Assault Allegation Seriously
Jud Lounsbury | progressive.org | 2020-04-17
Tara Reade's claim against the presidential candidate should be thoroughly investigated–at the insistence of Democrats.
progressive.org/dispatches/take-biden-as…

LGBTQIA People Face Unique Barriers To COVID-19 Care
Staff | therealnews.com | 2020-04-17
Congressional candidate Bre Kidman says profit-driven medicine depends on maintaining the unequal access to healthcare faced by trans, LGBTQ, and other marginalized groups.
therealnews.com/stories/lgbtq-trans-barr…

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…

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-…

Reopening the US Would Require Thousands Public Health Workers
telesurenglish.net | 2020-04-16
U.S. public health agencies warned that lifting lockdown measures could require tens of thousands more investigators to call people who test positive, track down their contacts and get them into quarantine. | RELATED: | Trump Halts US Funding to WHO | Without the extra help, officials insist, states cannot possibly be ready to resume normal everyday activities, and some agencies are so desperate they are considering recruiting librarians and Peace Corps volunteers to join the effort. | "We are trying to build…
telesurenglish.net/news/Reopening-the-US…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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

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

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

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

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 …
peaceaction.org/2020/03/20/peace-action-…