Daily Archives: April 23, 2020

2020-04-23: News Headlines

Max Blumenthal (2020-04-23). Coronavirus Stimulus Bill Funds State Dept/USAID Operations that Once Helped Trigger Polio Outbreak in Syria. globalresearch.ca While the $2.2 trillion coronavirus stimulus bill was authored in the spirit of beating back a pandemic, buried deep within its text is a stipend for the US State Department operations dedicated to carrying out foreign interventions that have contributed …

South Front (2020-04-23). Video: Government Forces Clash with Kurdish Militias Amid Israeli Strikes on Central Syria. globalresearch.ca On April 21, clashes broke out in the city of Qamishly between the Kurdish Asayish, a security force of the Syrian Democratic Forces, and the pro-government National Defense Forces. | Local sources claim that NDF units tried to capture several Asayish …

Dean Baker (2020-04-23). Debts and Deficits With Coronavirus. counterpunch.org For all the suffering caused by the pandemic, one important positive effect is that it may lead to clearer thinking about government debt and deficits. To Congress's credit, it has focused on dealing with the problem of sustaining the country through a period in which much of the economy is shut down, rather than worrying

Marwa Osman (2020-04-22). U.S. Cruel Sanctions—MES EP.50. thealtworld.com While US officials claim their sanctions do not affect humanitarian aid nor the medical and food supply of other countries, in Iran and Syria these areas are being targeted almost directly. | Meanwhile, Yemen's war shows no signs of abating 10 days after the Saudi-led military coalition declared a unilateral truce. We discuss this segment with Dr. Ziad Al Hafez, former Secretary General of the Arab National Conference from Washington. | Simultaneously, Yemen announced its first case of COVID-19, as aid organizations warned the country's health system, which has all but collapsed since the Saudi aggression against…

South Front (2020-04-22). Video: Russian Fighter Jets Buzz US Spy Planes Off Syrian Coast. globalresearch.ca On April 20, gunmen attacked a vehicle of the US-led coalition moving along the road near the village of Roueished in the province of al-Hasakah. Syrian state media reported that the vehicle was destroyed and several US service members were …

Stephen Lendman (2020-04-22). The New Senate $480 Economic Stimulus Bill. A "Social Safety Net" for Banks and Billionaires. globalresearch.ca Republicans and Dems serve privileged interests exclusively on major issues, differing only rhetorically for political reasons. | At a time of economic shutdown with growing millions of Americans out of work, congressional focus is largely on helping monied interests. | It's unclear …

news.un (2020-04-22). Economic impact of coronavirus threatens hard-won progress across Africa's Great Lakes region. news.un.org Sweeping preventative measures seem to be curbing the spread of COVID-19 in the Great Lakes region of Africa, but the economic impact of the global pandemic threatens hard-won gains made along the long road back to peace and stability, the Secretary-General's Special Envoy for the region said on Wednesday.

commondreams (2020-04-22). 60+ Orgs to Congress: No More COVID-19 Money For the Pentagon. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Renee Parsons (2020-04-22). No Justification for a Coronavirus. Deprive Americans of Their Civil and Individual Rights. globalresearch.ca In the aftermath of two national catastrophes (Oklahoma City bombing in 1995 and 911 in 2001), past history has shown that the US Congress seized the opportunity to penalize Americans and deprive them of their constitutionally guaranteed civil and individual …

splcenter (2020-04-22). SPLC Action makes recommendations to Congress to address COVID-19 needs in the Deep South. splcenter.org The SPLC Action Fund sent a detailed letter to members of Congress on April 22, 2020, highlighting the need for federal action that specifically addresses the needs of people in South.

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.

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 billion extra for hospitals and testing. | The Senate voted to approve the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) on Tuesday afternoon, pouring another $250 billion into 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 co…

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…

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."

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. …

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2020-04-22). After Revelations of Improper Stock Sales by Rep. Shalala, Groups Demand Pelosi's Pick for Bailout Oversight Step Down. commondreams.org "Not understanding disclosure is a pretty bad look for the member of Congress chosen to force disclosure out of the Treasury Department and Federal Reserve on its lending programs." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2020-04-22). Warren Demands Investigation Into Trump's Coronavirus Response, Saying He Put 'Political Expediency' Before Public Health. commondreams.org Sen. Elizabeth Warren led nine of her Democratic colleagues in the Senate Wednesday in demanding a federal investigation into President Donald Trump's response to the coronavirus pandemic. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

yenisafak (2020-04-23). German court opens first Syria torture trial. yenisafak.com Two suspected members of President Bashar al-Assad's security services had charges of torture and sexual assault read out against them on Thursday in a German court, in what lawyers say is the first trial for war crimes by Syrian government agents.Anwar R., a former intelligence officer who applied for asylum in Germany six years ago after leaving Syria, is charged with 58 murders in a Damascus prison where prosecutors say at least 4,000 opposition activists were tortured in 2011 and 2012.Grey haired, with a bald patch and wearing a moustache, glasses and a dark sweater, he sat calmly behind a glass cubicle erect…

yenisafak (2020-04-23). Glad to be helping: refugee Syrian film-maker turns London hospital cleaner. yenisafak.com On a coronavirus ward in an east London hospital, award-winning film-maker Hassan Akkad, a refugee from Syria, is working as a cleaner, joining the fight against the pandemic in his adopted home."I'm so glad to be helping," Akkad said in an interview on Zoom.The 32-year old refugee has lived in London for four years. His footage of the journey he made surviving a sinking dinghy from Turkey into Europe and on to the UK, was part of a documentary series which in 2017 won BAFTA and International Emmy awards.With the outbreak of the disease, he saw a way to thank the community that had welcomed him and become "like h…

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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Video: Government Forces Clash with Kurdish Militias Amid Israeli Strikes on Central Syria
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2020-04-23
On April 21, clashes broke out in the city of Qamishly between the Kurdish Asayish, a security force of the Syrian Democratic Forces, and the pro-government National Defense Forces. | Local sources claim that NDF units tried to capture several Asayish …
globalresearch.ca/video-government-forces-clash-kurdish-militias-israeli-strikes-central-syria/5710532

Coronavirus Stimulus Bill Funds State Dept/USAID Operations that Once Helped Trigger Polio Outbreak in Syria
Max Blumenthal | globalresearch.ca | 2020-04-23
While the $2.2 trillion coronavirus stimulus bill was authored in the spirit of beating back a pandemic, buried deep within its text is a stipend for the US State Department operations dedicated to carrying out foreign interventions that have contributed …
globalresearch.ca/coronavirus-stimulus-bill-funds-state-dept-usaid-operations-helped-trigger-polio-outbreak-syria/5710449

Debts and Deficits With Coronavirus
Dean Baker | counterpunch.org | 2020-04-23
For all the suffering caused by the pandemic, one important positive effect is that it may lead to clearer thinking about government debt and deficits. To Congress's credit, it has focused on dealing with the problem of sustaining the country through a period in which much of the economy is shut down, rather than worrying…
counterpunch.org/2020/04/23/debts-and-de…

U.S. Cruel Sanctions–MES EP.50
Marwa Osman | thealtworld.com | 2020-04-22
While US officials claim their sanctions do not affect humanitarian aid nor the medical and food supply of other countries, in Iran and Syria these areas are being targeted almost directly. | Meanwhile, Yemen's war shows no signs of abating 10 days after the Saudi-led military coalition declared a unilateral truce. We discuss this segment with Dr. Ziad Al Hafez, former Secretary General of the Arab National Conference from Washington. | Simultaneously, Yemen announced its first case of COVID-19, as aid organizations warned the country's health system, which has all but collapsed since the Saudi aggression against…

U.S. Cruel Sanctions–MES EP.50

Video: Russian Fighter Jets Buzz US Spy Planes Off Syrian Coast
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2020-04-22
On April 20, gunmen attacked a vehicle of the US-led coalition moving along the road near the village of Roueished in the province of al-Hasakah. Syrian state media reported that the vehicle was destroyed and several US service members were …
globalresearch.ca/video-russian-fighter-jets-buzz-us-spy-planes-off-syrian-coast/5710390

The New Senate $480 Economic Stimulus Bill. A "Social Safety Net" for Banks and Billionaires
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2020-04-22
Republicans and Dems serve privileged interests exclusively on major issues, differing only rhetorically for political reasons. | At a time of economic shutdown with growing millions of Americans out of work, congressional focus is largely on helping monied interests. | It's unclear …
globalresearch.ca/vital-help-needed-omitted-new-senate-stimulus-bill/5710430

Economic impact of coronavirus threatens hard-won progress across Africa's Great Lakes region
news.un.org | 2020-04-22
Sweeping preventative measures seem to be curbing the spread of COVID-19 in the Great Lakes region of Africa, but the economic impact of the global pandemic threatens hard-won gains made along the long road back to peace and stability, the Secretary-General's Special Envoy for the region said on Wednesday.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2020/04/1…

Amid Pandemic, Pentagon Funding Must Be Suspended: Groups
telesurenglish.net | 2020-04-22
Providing more money to the Pentagon's already colossal budget this year would be inappropriate in the context of a pandemic that is ravaging the United States and the entire world, a letter sent Wednesday by more than 60 organizations to the U.S. Congress said. | RELATED: | The U.S. Asks Not to Cut Defense Spending Due to COVID-19 | "The COVID-19 crisis has revealed…
telesurenglish.net/news/Amid-Pandemic-Pe…

60+ Orgs to Congress: No More COVID-19 Money For the Pentagon
commondreams.org | 2020-04-22
______________________________…
commondreams.org/newswire/2020/04/22/60-…

No Justification for a Coronavirus. Deprive Americans of Their Civil and Individual Rights
Renee Parsons | globalresearch.ca | 2020-04-22
In the aftermath of two national catastrophes (Oklahoma City bombing in 1995 and 911 in 2001), past history has shown that the US Congress seized the opportunity to penalize Americans and deprive them of their constitutionally guaranteed civil and individual …
globalresearch.ca/no-justification-coronavirus/5710441

SPLC Action makes recommendations to Congress to address COVID-19 needs in the Deep South
splcenter.org | 2020-04-22
The SPLC Action Fund sent a detailed letter to members of Congress on April 22, 2020, highlighting the need for federal action that specifically addresses the needs of people in South.
splcenter.org/news/2020/04/22/splc-actio…

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…

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 billion extra for hospitals and testing. | The Senate voted to approve the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) on Tuesday afternoon, pouring another $250 billion into 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 co…
rt.com/usa/486507-congress-small-busines…

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-…

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…

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…

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-…

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…

After Revelations of Improper Stock Sales by Rep. Shalala, Groups Demand Pelosi's Pick for Bailout Oversight Step Down
Eoin Higgins, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-04-22
"Not understanding disclosure is a pretty bad look for the member of Congress chosen to force disclosure out of the Treasury Department and Federal Reserve on its lending programs." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/news/2020/04/22/after-r…

Warren Demands Investigation Into Trump's Coronavirus Response, Saying He Put 'Political Expediency' Before Public Health
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-04-22
Sen. Elizabeth Warren led nine of her Democratic colleagues in the Senate Wednesday in demanding a federal investigation into President Donald Trump's response to the coronavirus pandemic. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/news/2020/04/22/warren-…

Glad to be helping: refugee Syrian film-maker turns London hospital cleaner
yenisafak.com | 2020-04-23
On a coronavirus ward in an east London hospital, award-winning film-maker Hassan Akkad, a refugee from Syria, is working as a cleaner, joining the fight against the pandemic in his adopted home."I'm so glad to be helping," Akkad said in an interview on Zoom.The 32-year old refugee has lived in London for four years. His footage of the journey he made surviving a sinking dinghy from Turkey into Europe and on to the UK, was part of a documentary series which in 2017 won BAFTA and International Emmy awards.With the outbreak of the disease, he saw a way to thank the community that had welcomed him and become "like h…
yenisafak.com/en/world/glad-to-be-helpin…

German court opens first Syria torture trial
yenisafak.com | 2020-04-23
Two suspected members of President Bashar al-Assad's security services had charges of torture and sexual assault read out against them on Thursday in a German court, in what lawyers say is the first trial for war crimes by Syrian government agents.Anwar R., a former intelligence officer who applied for asylum in Germany six years ago after leaving Syria, is charged with 58 murders in a Damascus prison where prosecutors say at least 4,000 opposition activists were tortured in 2011 and 2012.Grey haired, with a bald patch and wearing a moustache, glasses and a dark sweater, he sat calmly behind a glass cubicle erect…
yenisafak.com/en/world/german-court-open…