Daily Archives: April 21, 2020

2020-04-21: News Headlines

Steven Sahiounie (2020-04-21). Desertions in the Desert: US Mercenaries at Syrian Base Are Leaving. globalresearch.ca The last Syrian 'rebel' unit on the US payroll is dissolving by desertions. A former senior officer in the US-backed mercenary unit Maghaweir al-Thowra (MAT) deserted his unit in Syria on April 14.

en.mehrnews (2020-04-21). Zarif's visit to Syria in eye of world media. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 21 (MNA) — The recent visit of Iranian foreign minister to Syria has received mixed reactions from international media in recent days.

en.mehrnews (2020-04-21). Iran, Russia, Turkey to discuss Syria situation on April 22. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 21 (MNA) — The foreign ministers of Astana peace process guarantors (Russia, Iran, Turkey) will hold a round of negotiations on Syria via video conference on April 22, according to the Russian foreign ministry.

Ralph Nader (2020-04-21). Cowardly Congress Chooses to be AWOL: Shouldn't Our Elected Representatives be on the Job Providing Essential Services? counterpunch.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



RT (2020-04-21). Small businesses relief unlocked as Senate agrees on $250bn PPP Covid-19 expansion held up by Democrats. rt.com The program to help small businesses impacted by coronavirus lockdowns will be replenished a week after running out of cash, after Democrats agreed to unblock it in exchange for $200 extra billion for hospitals and testing. | The Senate voted to approve the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) on Tuesday afternoon, pouring another $250 billion to the $350 billion fund that ran out of money last week due to high demand. The House of Representatives is now expected to convene for a vote on the package sometime this week. | Senate approves $484 billion coronavirus phase 3.5 bill on voice vote, not via unanimous cons…

Tim Wheeler (2020-04-21). Stay-At-Home organizing: Voters hear candidates at "virtual house parties" peoplesworld.org SEQUIM, Wash.—Confined to their homes by COVID-19, Olympic Peninsula voters were able to hear—and see—two candidates for the Sixth Congressional District of Washington State. Speaking in two separate ZOOM "virtual house parties," the electronic gatherings broke new ground—two Democratic candidates for high office who both gave up all face-to-face gatherings, observing the "Stay-At-Home" order imposed …

David Swanson (2020-04-21). As the US Grapples with Coronavirus, Congress Leaps into Action… On a New Military Draft. mintpressnews.com What is the dumbest thing Congress could do at this moment? How about pushing a bill to force young women to register for a military draft. Meet HR 6415.

en.mehrnews (2020-04-21). Iranian envoy meets with different Afghan sides. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 21 (MNA) — Iran's special envoy for Afghanistan has met and held talks with various Afghan officials and figures during the past days to facilitate the establishment of peace and stability in the neighboring country.

John Feffer (2020-04-21). The Next Pandemic. counterpunch.org Congress is already thinking about how to prevent the next pandemic. See how quickly Cory Booker (D-NJ) has teamed up with Lindsey Graham (R-SC) to write a letter calling for a global ban on "wet markets." The current pandemic is reputed to have originated in a wet market in the Chinese city of Wuhan. So,

Staff (2020-04-21). Trump Reportedly Plans to Extort States Into Reopening by Holding Up Relief. truthout.org Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell pushed back on Democratic calls to provide aid to states in the upcoming coronavirus relief bill amid reports that Congressional leaders and the White House are negotiating a bill that would provide more than $300 billion in additional funding for the co…

Staff (2020-04-21). Summer Heat Will Worsen the Pandemic for Poor Communities. truthout.org This story is published as part of Covering Climate Now, a global journalism collaboration strengthening coverage of the climate story. | Over 100 members of Congress have signed a letter urging leaders in both major parties to institute a utility shutoff moratorium as a safety measure during the pandemic. The letter, which came days after

WSWS (2020-04-21). Trump threatens to adjourn Congress. wsws.org As strikes and walkouts break out with increasing frequency, the political establishments around the world stumble further and further to the right.

RT (2020-04-20). Will US troops stop guarding Syrian oil fields? Negative oil prices provide that extra bit of coronavirus surrealism. rt.com US benchmark oil futures plummeted to negative numbers on Monday, as if the coronavirus epidemic hadn't already pushed the world into the Twilight Zone. Social media took time to appreciate the icing on a very surreal cake. | Futures contracts for West Texas Intermediate (WTI) — the US oil benchmark fuel — plunged over 100 percent on Monday to a record-breaking -$37.63, the first time going negative in history and a bizarre event by any measure. Even if it hadn't happened in the midst of a pandemic that has laid waste to the US and many other countries' economies, it would be a shock. | Also on rt.co…

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 …

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 …

Labor Campaign for Single-Payer Health Care (2020-04-20). Cobra Is Not Enough! Congress Must Expand Medicare Coverage to Everyone for Duration of Coronavirus Crisis. commondreams.org Severe delays in making coronavirus testing widely available has led the U.S. to drastically undercount the number of deaths from the coronavirus, public health experts say. (Photo: Josh Edelson/AFP via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

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 …

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….

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.

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…

Tasnim News (2020-04-21). Iran, Russia, Turkey to Discuss Syria Situation. iranian.com The Iranian, Russian and Turkish foreign ministers plan to hold a meeting via video conference on Wednesday to discuss the latest developments in Syria. According to Russian foreign ministry, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and his Russian and Turkish counterparts Sergei Lavrov and Mevlut Cavusoglu will hold the online meeting on April 22, TASS reported. …

The Iranian (2020-04-20). Reasons for Zarif's visit to Syria amid pandemic. iranian.com 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? Paying a visit at this level during today's world conditions shows that ties between Tehran and Damascus have gone …

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 …

Julia Conley, staff writer (2020-04-20). Though 'Children Need Peace Now More Than Ever,' US and Russia Block UN Efforts to Impose Global Ceasefire. commondreams.org While human rights groups and a number of U.S. allies have expressed support for the U.N.'s call for a global ceasefire during the coronavirus pandemic, the U.S. and Russia are reportedly standing in the way of an international agreement. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

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…

yenisafak (2020-04-21). Turkey, Russia hold fifth joint patrol in Idlib, Syria. yenisafak.com Turkish and Russian military forces have carried out another joint patrol along a key highway in northwestern Syria, said Turkey's Defense Ministry on Tuesday."Fifth combined Turkish-Russian land patrol was conducted today by air and ground vehicles on M4 motorway in Syria's Idlib province, as part of the earlier TR-RF agreement," the ministry said on Twitter.The M4 highway, also known as the Aleppo-Al Hasakah road, is about 30 kilometers (19 miles) from Turkey's southern border.Last month, Ankara and Moscow agreed on a protocol urging parties to "cease all military actions along the line of contact in the Idlib…

sputniknews (2020-04-21). Syria Demined More Than 5 Acres of Land Over Past Day – Russian Defence Ministry. sputniknews.com MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The Syrian Armed Forces have cleared 2.1 hectares (5.1 acres) of the country's territory of explosive devices over the past 24 hours, the Russian Defence Ministry said on Tuesday.

sputniknews (2020-04-21). At Least 9 Reportedly Killed in Alleged Israeli Attack on Syria. sputniknews.com Overnight Syrian media outlets reported that the country's air defences had repelled airborne threats above the cities of Homs and Palmyra. According to a report by the Israeli outlet, The Jerusalem Post, the air raid targeted the Syrian Arab Air Force's Tiyas military base, also known as the T-4 Airbase.

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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Zarif's visit to Syria in eye of world media
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-04-21
TEHRAN, Apr. 21 (MNA)

Iran, Russia, Turkey to discuss Syria situation on April 22
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-04-21
TEHRAN, Apr. 21 (MNA)

Desertions in the Desert: US Mercenaries at Syrian Base Are Leaving
Steven Sahiounie | globalresearch.ca | 2020-04-21
The last Syrian 'rebel' unit on the US payroll is dissolving by desertions. A former senior officer in the US-backed mercenary unit Maghaweir al-Thowra (MAT) deserted his unit in Syria on April 14. Samir Ghannam al-Khidr deserted the Eastern Syrian …
globalresearch.ca/us-mercenaries-syrian-base-leaving/5710244

Cowardly Congress Chooses to be AWOL: Shouldn't Our Elected Representatives be on the Job Providing Essential Services?
Ralph Nader | counterpunch.org | 2020-04-21
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…
counterpunch.org/2020/04/21/cowardly-con…

Cowardly Congress Chooses to be AWOL: Shouldn't Our Elected Representatives be on the Job Providing Essential Services?
Ralph Nader | counterpunch.org | 2020-04-21
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…
counterpunch.org/2020/04/21/cowardly-con…

As the US Grapples with Coronavirus, Congress Leaps into Action… On a New Military Draft
David Swanson | mintpressnews.com | 2020-04-21
What is the dumbest thing Congress could do at this moment? How about pushing a bill to force young women to register for a military draft. Meet HR 6415.
mintpressnews.com/as-us-grapples-coronav…

As the US Grapples with Coronavirus, Congress Leaps into Action… On a New Military Draft
David Swanson | mintpressnews.com | 2020-04-21
What is the dumbest thing Congress could do at this moment? How about pushing a bill to force young women to register for a military draft. Meet HR 6415.
mintpressnews.com/as-us-grapples-coronav…

Iranian envoy meets with different Afghan sides
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-04-21
TEHRAN, Apr. 21 (MNA)

Trump Reportedly Plans to Extort States Into Reopening by Holding Up Relief
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-04-21
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell pushed back on Democratic calls to provide aid to states in the upcoming coronavirus relief bill amid reports that President Donald Trump plans to use the funds to pressure states into reopening. | Congressional leaders and the White House are negotiating a bill that would provide more than $300 billion in additional funding for the co…
truthout.org/articles/trump-reportedly-p…

Summer Heat Will Worsen the Pandemic for Poor Communities
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-04-21
This story is published as part of Covering Climate Now, a global journalism collaboration strengthening coverage of the climate story. | Over 100 members of Congress have signed a letter urging leaders in both major parties to institute a utility shutoff moratorium as a safety measure during the pandemic. The letter, which came days after 800 environmental and energy justice groups called on Congress to act on energy justice, emphasized the outs…
truthout.org/articles/summer-heat-will-w…

The Next Pandemic
John Feffer | counterpunch.org | 2020-04-21
Congress is already thinking about how to prevent the next pandemic. See how quickly Cory Booker (D-NJ) has teamed up with Lindsey Graham (R-SC) to write a letter calling for a global ban on "wet markets." The current pandemic is reputed to have originated in a wet market in the Chinese city of Wuhan. So,…
counterpunch.org/2020/04/21/the-next-pan…

Trump threatens to adjourn Congress
wsws.org | 2020-04-21
As strikes and walkouts break out with increasing frequency, the political establishments around the world stumble further and further to the right.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/04/21/laws…

The Next Pandemic
John Feffer | counterpunch.org | 2020-04-21
Congress is already thinking about how to prevent the next pandemic. See how quickly Cory Booker (D-NJ) has teamed up with Lindsey Graham (R-SC) to write a letter calling for a global ban on "wet markets." The current pandemic is reputed to have originated in a wet market in the Chinese city of Wuhan. So,…
counterpunch.org/2020/04/21/the-next-pan…

Small businesses relief unlocked as Senate agrees on $250bn PPP Covid-19 expansion held up by Democrats
rt.com | 2020-04-21
The program to help small businesses impacted by coronavirus lockdowns will be replenished a week after running out of cash, after Democrats agreed to unblock it in exchange for $200 extra billion for hospitals and testing. | The Senate voted to approve the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) on Tuesday afternoon, pouring another $250 billion to the $350 billion fund that ran out of money last week due to high demand. The House of Representatives is now expected to convene for a vote on the package sometime this week. | Senate approves $484 billion coronavirus phase 3.5 bill on voice vote, not via unanimous cons…
rt.com/usa/486507-congress-small-busines…

Stay-At-Home organizing: Voters hear candidates at "virtual house parties"
Tim Wheeler | peoplesworld.org | 2020-04-21
SEQUIM, Wash.–Confined to their homes by COVID-19, Olympic Peninsula voters were able to hear–and see–two candidates for the Sixth Congressional District of Washington State. Speaking in two separate ZOOM "virtual house parties," the electronic gatherings broke new ground–two Democratic candidates for high office who both gave up all face-to-face gatherings, observing the "Stay-At-Home" order imposed …
peoplesworld.org/article/stay-at-home-or…

Will US troops stop guarding Syrian oil fields? Negative oil prices provide that extra bit of coronavirus surrealism
rt.com | 2020-04-20
US benchmark oil futures plummeted to negative numbers on Monday, as if the coronavirus epidemic hadn't already pushed the world into the Twilight Zone. Social media took time to appreciate the icing on a very surreal cake. | Futures contracts for West Texas Intermediate (WTI)

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/

Cobra Is Not Enough! Congress Must Expand Medicare Coverage to Everyone for Duration of Coronavirus Crisis
Labor Campaign for Single-Payer Health Care | commondreams.org | 2020-04-20
Severe delays in making coronavirus testing widely available has led the U.S. to drastically undercount the number of deaths from the coronavirus, public health experts say. (Photo: Josh Edelson/AFP via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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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…

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…

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-…

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…

Iran, Russia, Turkey to Discuss Syria Situation
Tasnim News | iranian.com | 2020-04-21
The Iranian, Russian and Turkish foreign ministers plan to hold a meeting via video conference on Wednesday to discuss the latest developments in Syria. According to Russian foreign ministry, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and his Russian and Turkish counterparts Sergei Lavrov and Mevlut Cavusoglu will hold the online meeting on April 22, TASS reported. …
iranian.com/2020/04/20/iran-russia-turke…

Reasons for Zarif's visit to Syria amid pandemic
The Iranian | iranian.com | 2020-04-20
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? Paying a visit at this level during today's world conditions shows that ties between Tehran and Damascus have gone …
iranian.com/2020/04/20/reasons-for-zarif…

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…

Though 'Children Need Peace Now More Than Ever,' US and Russia Block UN Efforts to Impose Global Ceasefire
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-04-20
While human rights groups and a number of U.S. allies have expressed support for the U.N.'s call for a global ceasefire during the coronavirus pandemic, the U.S. and Russia are reportedly standing in the way of an international agreement. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/news/2020/04/20/though-…

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…

Turkey, Russia hold fifth joint patrol in Idlib, Syria
yenisafak.com | 2020-04-21
Turkish and Russian military forces have carried out another joint patrol along a key highway in northwestern Syria, said Turkey's Defense Ministry on Tuesday."Fifth combined Turkish-Russian land patrol was conducted today by air and ground vehicles on M4 motorway in Syria's Idlib province, as part of the earlier TR-RF agreement," the ministry said on Twitter.The M4 highway, also known as the Aleppo-Al Hasakah road, is about 30 kilometers (19 miles) from Turkey's southern border.Last month, Ankara and Moscow agreed on a protocol urging parties to "cease all military actions along the line of contact in the Idlib…
yenisafak.com/en/world/turkey-russia-hol…

Syria Demined More Than 5 Acres of Land Over Past Day – Russian Defence Ministry
sputniknews.com | 2020-04-21
MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The Syrian Armed Forces have cleared 2.1 hectares (5.1 acres) of the country's territory of explosive devices over the past 24 hours, the Russian Defence Ministry said on Tuesday.
sputniknews.com/middleeast/2020042110790…

At Least 9 Reportedly Killed in Alleged Israeli Attack on Syria
sputniknews.com | 2020-04-21
Overnight Syrian media outlets reported that the country's air defences had repelled airborne threats above the cities of Homs and Palmyra. According to a report by the Israeli outlet, The Jerusalem Post, the air raid targeted the Syrian Arab Air Force's Tiyas military base, also known as the T-4 Airbase.
sputniknews.com/middleeast/2020042110790…

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