Daily Archives: April 19, 2020

2020-04-19: News Headlines

en.mehrnews (2020-04-19). Zarif to embark for Damascus to hold talks with Bashar al-Assad. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 19 (MNA) — Iranian FM Mohammad Javad Zarif will leave Tehran fro Damascus on Monday to meet and hold talks with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his Syrian counterpart Walid al-Muallem.

RT (2020-04-19). Iranian FM heads to Syria to talk security & terrorism. rt.com Though trips abroad became a rare occurrence nowadays due to the coronavirus pandemic, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif is set to discuss the fight against terrorism and other pressing issues with Syrian officials. | Zarif will leave for Damascus this Monday,

sputniknews (2020-04-19). Iran's Zarif to Visit Damascus on Monday to Discuss Situation in Syria Amid Pandemic. sputniknews.com TEHRAN (Sputnik) – Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif will visit Damascus on Monday, where he will meet with Syrian President Bashar Assad to discuss the situation in the Arab country.

Jessica Corbett (2020-04-19). Canceling Rent and Suspending Mortgage Payments. zcomm.org "My bill to cancel rent and mortgages isn't just necessary," says Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, "it's popular."

Mt. Diablo Peace & Justice Center (2020-04-19). 2020 Youth Activist Grant. indybay.org Mt. Diablo Peace and Justice Center | 1035 Carol Lane | Lafayette, CA 94549…

en.mehrnews (2020-04-19). Free Bahrain's only female political detainee Zakia Al-Barbouri. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 19 (MNA) — When the Arab Spring made its way to Bahrain in February 2011, the authority rushed to violently suppress the peaceful protestors.

Jonathan Cook (2020-04-19). Trump's "Peace" Plan Threatens to Revoke Citizenship of Palestinian Arab Israelis. zcomm.org Under the terms of the "Peace to Prosperity" document, the U.S. could allow Israel to strip potentially hundreds of thousands of its own inhabitants of their citizenship in a so-called "populated land swap" with the settlements.

Mt. Diablo Peace & Justice Center (2020-04-19). 2020 Art & Writing Challenge. indybay.org Mt. Diablo Peace and Justice Center | 1035 Carol Lane | Lafayette, CA 94549…

Tony Cartalucci (2020-04-19). Oil Profits for Protection: US Extorts Saudi Arabia. globalresearch.ca Legislation circulating in the US Congress threatens to withdraw military support from Saudi Arabia. | This is not because Saudi Arabia is an absolute dictatorship which still severs heads off in public. It is not because Saudi Arabia arms and funds …

Zero Hedge (2020-04-18). Watch: Failed Israeli Drone Strike On Top Hezbollah Official Caught In Rare Video. iranian.com Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) have once again ramped up operations along the southern Lebanese border at a moment Hezbollah leadership has declared it is "fully prepared for war with Israel". The latest escalation came Wednesday when an Israeli drone targeted a car full of Hezbollah operatives just inside Syria near the border with Lebanon. The Shia resistance organization said all …

Caribbean Movement for Peace and Integration (2020-04-18). Caribbean Organizations Unite Against US Attacks, Support Caricom. telesurenglish.net Caribbean Anti-imperialist and Peace Organisations in a Zoom Meeting on the 16th April 2020, supported Caribbean Community (Caricom) called for the Caribbean to remain a zone of peace. | RELATED: | They expressed their opposition to the American military and naval build up off the Venezuelan coast, and the U.S. sanctions against Cuba and Venezuela. | The Caribbean Organizations Further objected to the seizing of medi…

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 …

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 …

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

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, …

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 …

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…

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

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.

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 …

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…

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…

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, …

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

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 …

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Iranian FM heads to Syria to talk security & terrorism
rt.com | 2020-04-19
Though trips abroad became a rare occurrence nowadays due to the coronavirus pandemic, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif is set to discuss the fight against terrorism and other pressing issues with Syrian officials. | Zarif will leave for Damascus this Monday, according to Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi. He is expected to meet with Syrian Pre…
rt.com/newsline/486244-zarif-visit-syria…

Iran's Zarif to Visit Damascus on Monday to Discuss Situation in Syria Amid Pandemic
sputniknews.com | 2020-04-19
TEHRAN (Sputnik) – Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif will visit Damascus on Monday, where he will meet with Syrian President Bashar Assad to discuss the situation in the Arab country.
sputniknews.com/middleeast/2020041910790…

Canceling Rent and Suspending Mortgage Payments
Jessica Corbett | zcomm.org | 2020-04-19
"My bill to cancel rent and mortgages isn't just necessary," says Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, "it's popular."
zcomm.org/znetarticle/canceling-rent-and…

Zarif to embark for Damascus to hold talks with Bashar al-Assad
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-04-19
TEHRAN, Apr. 19 (MNA)

2020 Art & Writing Challenge
Mt. Diablo Peace & Justice Center | indybay.org | 2020-04-19
Mt. Diablo Peace and Justice Center | 1035 Carol Lane | Lafayette, CA 94549…
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/04/17/1883245…

2020 Art & Writing Challenge
Mt. Diablo Peace & Justice Center | indybay.org | 2020-04-19
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 | 2020-04-19
Mt. Diablo Peace and Justice Center | 1035 Carol Lane | Lafayette, CA 94549…
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/04/17/1883245…

Trump's "Peace" Plan Threatens to Revoke Citizenship of Palestinian Arab Israelis
Jonathan Cook | zcomm.org | 2020-04-19
Under the terms of the "Peace to Prosperity" document, the U.S. could allow Israel to strip potentially hundreds of thousands of its own inhabitants of their citizenship in a so-called "populated land swap" with the settlements.
zcomm.org/znetarticle/trumps-peace-plan-…

Free Bahrain's only female political detainee Zakia Al-Barbouri
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-04-19
TEHRAN, Apr. 19 (MNA)

Oil Profits for Protection: US Extorts Saudi Arabia
Tony Cartalucci | globalresearch.ca | 2020-04-19
Legislation circulating in the US Congress threatens to withdraw military support from Saudi Arabia. | This is not because Saudi Arabia is an absolute dictatorship which still severs heads off in public. It is not because Saudi Arabia arms and funds …
globalresearch.ca/oil-profits-protection-us-extorts-saudi-arabia/5710090

Watch: Failed Israeli Drone Strike On Top Hezbollah Official Caught In Rare Video
Zero Hedge | iranian.com | 2020-04-18
Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) have once again ramped up operations along the southern Lebanese border at a moment Hezbollah leadership has declared it is "fully prepared for war with Israel". The latest escalation came Wednesday when an Israeli drone targeted a car full of Hezbollah operatives just inside Syria near the border with Lebanon. The Shia resistance organization said all …
iranian.com/2020/04/18/watch-failed-isra…

Shouldn't Our Elected Representatives Be on the Job Providing Essential Services?
Ralph Nader | commondreams.org | 2020-04-18
"So far Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who is on the job, is resisting remote voting. Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell said he agrees, but he led the flight out of Congress back to Kentucky a month ago." (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/views/2020/04/18/should…

Caribbean Organizations Unite Against US Attacks, Support Caricom
Caribbean Movement for Peace and Integration | telesurenglish.net | 2020-04-18
Caribbean Anti-imperialist and Peace Organisations in a Zoom Meeting on the 16th April 2020, supported Caribbean Community (Caricom) called for the Caribbean to remain a zone of peace. | RELATED: | Caricom Demands End of US Sanctions Against Cuba and Venezuela | They expressed their opposition to the American military and naval build up off the Venezuelan coast, and the U.S. sanctions against Cuba and Venezuela. | The Caribbean Organizations Further objected to the seizing of medi…
telesurenglish.net/news/Caribbean-Organi…

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

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…

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…

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-…

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…

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

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

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…

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-…

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…

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…

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

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-…

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-…