Daily Archives: April 20, 2020

2020-04-20: News Headlines

en.mehrnews (2020-04-20). FM Zarif arrives in Damascus. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 20 (MNA) — Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif arrived in the Syrian Capital of Damascus on Monday to meet and hold talks with Syrian officials.

en.mehrnews (2020-04-20). FM Zarif meets with Syria's Assad, al-Moalem. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 20 (MNA) — Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif met and held talks with top Syrian officials in Damascus on Monday.

RT (2020-04-20). Zarif informs Assad that Iran, Russia, Turkey will discuss Syria constitutional committee soon. rt.com Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told Syrian President Bashar Assad on Monday that Iran, Russia, and Turkey will soon hold consultations on Syria's constitutional committee and the situation in Idlib. The statement was released by Iran's Foreign Ministry. | Assad and Zarif met in Damascus to discuss developments in the north of Syria and the political process in the country, including the constitutional committee. The Syrian president voiced regret that the coronavirus pandemic has become a subject of political investment by some states in the West, "mainly the US, which continues to impose sancti…

en.mehrnews (2020-04-20). Reasons for Zarif's visit to Syria amid pandemic. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 20 (MNA) — Iran Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif will meet with senior Syrian officials today in Damascus but why there is such a visit when the world is almost under lockdown and all diplomatic meetings have been canceled?

en.mehrnews (2020-04-20). Iranian, Syrian FMs hold meeting in Damascus. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 20 (MNA) — Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Al-Moalem held a meeting in Damascus on Monday afternoon.

en.mehrnews (2020-04-20). There will be no change in Iran's support for Resistance. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 20 (MNA) — Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif held a meeting with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus on Monday afternoon on bilateral ties and regional developments…

RT (2020-04-20). Scientists reveal 'dramatically different' discovery about first interstellar comet 'Oumuamua. rt.com A strangely-shaped rocky object that journeyed into our solar system last year is emitting an unexpected amount of carbon monoxide, according to a team of experts — up to 26 times higher than that of the average comet. | Scientists turned the hugely powerful Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) onto the first known interstellar visitor dubbed 'Oumuamua (the Hawaiian word for messenger) in mid-December 2019, shortly after it was first spotted, in order to closely study its composition and properties. | "This is the first time we've ever looked inside a comet from outside our solar system,"

Mark Gruenberg (2020-04-20). Progressive lawmakers push people first in coronavirus relief. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—With events moving quickly towards yet another economic stimulus bill hitting Capitol Hill, progressive lawmakers and groups have banded together and are lobbying hard to ensure the measure puts people, not corporate interests, first. But they have one big obstacle to overcome: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., who is determined the next economic relief …

Global Research News (2020-04-20). Selected Articles: A Universal Basic Income Is Essential and Will Work. globalresearch.ca A future without independent media leaves us with an upside down reality where according to the corporate media "NATO deserves a Nobel Peace Prize", and where "nuclear weapons and wars make us safer" | | | If, like us, this is a …

en.mehrnews (2020-04-20). Intervention of foreigners threatens regional peace, security: Rouhani. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 20 (MNA) — In a telephone conversation with Italian Prime Minister, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said that the intervention of foreigners especially the United States threatens the peace and security of the region.

Mt. Diablo Peace & Justice Center (2020-04-20). 2020 Youth Activist Grant. indybay.org Mt. Diablo Peace and Justice Center | 1035 Carol Lane | Lafayette, CA 94549…

graham (2020-04-20). The inevitable erosion of our civil liberty after the COVID-19 crisis. truepublica.org.uk It was only one month ago that Big Brother Watch, the Civil liberties group warned that the Coronavirus Bill contained the "most draconian powers in peacetime Britain" and urged close scrutiny from Parliamentarians. It was ushered through and became an Act of Parliament without scrutiny or protest. If the COVID-19 crisis vanished tomorrow the Act …

en.mehrnews (2020-04-20). Iran backs formation of inclusive government in Afghanistan: FM spox. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 20 (MNA) — Iran says it supports the formation of an "inclusive government" in Afghanistan with the hope of reaching peace and stability in the country.

Mt. Diablo Peace & Justice Center (2020-04-20). 2020 Art & Writing Challenge. indybay.org Mt. Diablo Peace and Justice Center | 1035 Carol Lane | Lafayette, CA 94549…

Robert P. Alvarez (2020-04-20). The Next Coronavirus Bill Must Protect the 2020 Elections. counterpunch.org First, it was a public health crisis. Now, it's decimating the economy. And for it's next trick, the coronavirus is threatening to undermine the 2020 election. Unless, that is, Congress steps in to ensure we can vote by mail. If you're curious what the worst case scenario is, look no further than Wisconsin, where a

Brian Terrell (2020-04-19). COVID-19 and the Wasting Disease of Normalcy. dissidentvoice.org "But what of the price of peace?" asked Jesuit priest and war resister Daniel Berrigan, writing from federal prison in 1969, doing time for his part in the destruction of draft records. "I think of the good, decent, peace-loving people I have known by the thousands, and I wonder. How many of them are so …

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2020-04-19). As Mnuchin Claims Business Relief Deal 'Very Close,' Progressives Demand More of Democratic Leaders. commondreams.org After U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on CNN's "State of the Union" Sunday that a deal with congressional leadership to provide more relief to small businesses impacted by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic could be finalized as early as the end of the day, some progressives highlighted what's been left out of the emerging aid package and urged Democratic lawmakers to keep fighting to expand it. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

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…

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 …

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, …

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…

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…

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 …

2020-04-20: Social Media Postees

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FM Zarif meets with Syria's Assad, al-Moalem
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-04-20
TEHRAN, Apr. 20 (MNA)

Iranian, Syrian FMs hold meeting in Damascus
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-04-20
TEHRAN, Apr. 20 (MNA)

Reasons for Zarif's visit to Syria amid pandemic
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-04-20
TEHRAN, Apr. 20 (MNA)

All the True and Tried Tactics in Support of War on Syria Are Being Rolled Out in Support of the COVID Hysteria
Tobias Riegel | anti-empire.com | 2020-04-20
Even elements that are known mainly from the Syria-campaign have arrived here: for example, the instrumentalization of children to exploit emotions to distract from factual questions. For example, Bavaria's Minister President Markus Sà∂der recently read out an appeal allegedly from a ten-year-old: ´Could you extend the movement restrictions? ª Many media outlets did not criticize this instrumentalization of children for political use, but continued it themselves: &…
anti-empire.com/all-the-true-and-tried-t…

Zarif informs Assad that Iran, Russia, Turkey will discuss Syria constitutional committee soon
rt.com | 2020-04-20
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told Syrian President Bashar Assad on Monday that Iran, Russia, and Turkey will soon hold consultations on Syria's constitutional committee and the situation in Idlib. The statement was released by Iran's Foreign Ministry. | Assad and Zarif met in Damascus to discuss developments in the north of Syria and the political process in the country, including the constitutional committee. The Syrian president voiced regret that the coronavirus pandemic has become a subject of political investment by some states in the West, "mainly the US, which continues to impose sancti…
rt.com/newsline/486320-syria-assad-iran-…

There will be no change in Iran's support for Resistance
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-04-20
TEHRAN, Apr. 20 (MNA)

FM Zarif arrives in Damascus
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-04-20
TEHRAN, Apr. 20 (MNA)

Intervention of foreigners threatens regional peace, security: Rouhani
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-04-20
TEHRAN, Apr. 20 (MNA)

COVID-19 and the Wasting Disease of Normalcy
Brian Terrell | counterpunch.org | 2020-04-20
"But what of the price of peace?" asked Jesuit priest and war resister Daniel Berrigan, writing from federal prison in 1969, doing time for his part in the destruction of draft records.
counterpunch.org/2020/04/20/covid-19-and…

2020 Art & Writing Challenge
Mt. Diablo Peace & Justice Center | indybay.org | 2020-04-20
Mt. Diablo Peace and Justice Center | 1035 Carol Lane | Lafayette, CA 94549…
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2020 Youth Activist Grant
Mt. Diablo Peace & Justice Center | indybay.org | 2020-04-20
Mt. Diablo Peace and Justice Center | 1035 Carol Lane | Lafayette, CA 94549…
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/04/17/1883245…

The inevitable erosion of our civil liberty after the COVID-19 crisis
graham | truepublica.org.uk | 2020-04-20
It was only one month ago that Big Brother Watch, the Civil liberties group warned that the Coronavirus Bill contained the "most draconian powers in peacetime Britain" and urged close scrutiny from Parliamentarians. It was ushered through and became an Act of Parliament without scrutiny or protest. If the COVID-19 crisis vanished tomorrow the Act …
truepublica.org.uk/united-kingdom/the-inevitable-erosion-of-our-civil-liberty-after-the-covid-19-crisis/

Iran backs formation of inclusive government in Afghanistan: FM spox
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-04-20
TEHRAN, Apr. 20 (MNA)

Scientists reveal 'dramatically different' discovery about first interstellar comet 'Oumuamua
rt.com | 2020-04-20
A strangely-shaped rocky object that journeyed into our solar system last year is emitting an unexpected amount of carbon monoxide, according to a team of experts

Pelosi Picks Friend With Corporate Ties to Oversee COVID-19 Bailout Fund
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-04-20
Rep. Katie Porter, a freshman California Democrat and consumer finance expert who quickly made a name for herself in Washington with viral grillings of corporate big-wigs, actively lobbied for a seat on the new congressional committee tasked with oversee…
truthout.org/articles/pelosi-picks-frien…

The Next Coronavirus Bill Must Protect the 2020 Elections
Robert P. Alvarez | counterpunch.org | 2020-04-20
First, it was a public health crisis. Now, it's decimating the economy. And for it's next trick, the coronavirus is threatening to undermine the 2020 election. Unless, that is, Congress steps in to ensure we can vote by mail. If you're curious what the worst case scenario is, look no further than Wisconsin, where a…
counterpunch.org/2020/04/20/the-next-cor…

Progressive lawmakers push people first in coronavirus relief
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2020-04-20
WASHINGTON–With events moving quickly towards yet another economic stimulus bill hitting Capitol Hill, progressive lawmakers and groups have banded together and are lobbying hard to ensure the measure puts people, not corporate interests, first. But they have one big obstacle to overcome: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., who is determined the next economic relief …
peoplesworld.org/article/progressive-law…

Selected Articles: A Universal Basic Income Is Essential and Will Work
Global Research News | globalresearch.ca | 2020-04-20
A future without independent media leaves us with an upside down reality where according to the corporate media "NATO deserves a Nobel Peace Prize", and where "nuclear weapons and wars make us safer" | | | If, like us, this is a …
globalresearch.ca/selected-articles-universal-basic-income-essential-will-work/5710167

COVID-19 and the Wasting Disease of Normalcy
Brian Terrell | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-04-19
"But what of the price of peace?" asked Jesuit priest and war resister Daniel Berrigan, writing from federal prison in 1969, doing time for his part in the destruction of draft records. "I think of the good, decent, peace-loving people I have known by the thousands, and I wonder. How many of them are so …
dissidentvoice.org/2020/04/covid-19-and-…

As Mnuchin Claims Business Relief Deal 'Very Close,' Progressives Demand More of Democratic Leaders
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-04-19
After U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on CNN's "State of the Union" Sunday that a deal with congressional leadership to provide more relief to small businesses impacted by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic could be finalized as early as the end of the day, some progressives highlighted what's been left out of the emerging aid package and urged Democratic lawmakers to keep fighting to expand it. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/news/2020/04/19/mnuchin…

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…

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…

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-…

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…

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…

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-…