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2020-04-24: News Headlines

RT (2020-04-24). Taliban rejects call for Ramadan ceasefire in Afghanistan — spokesman. rt.com The Taliban has rejected an Afghan government call for a ceasefire for the Muslim holy month of Ramadan and to let authorities focus on tackling the coronavirus, Reuters reports. | Hopes for an end to Afghanistan's decades of war were raised in late February when the Taliban and the US struck a deal on the withdrawal of US-led foreign forces in exchange for Taliban security guarantees. The deal did not include a ceasefire, which has been left to the US-backed government to negotiate with the insurgents. | A Taliban spokesman, Suhail Shaheen, tweeted that a ceasefire would be possible if the peace process was b…

Angelica Salas (2020-04-24). New Stimulus Must Include Benefits for Immigrant Essential Workers. counterpunch.org As soon as it passed, Congressional lawmakers realized the $2.2 trillion CARES stimulus package to help the country through the COVID-19 pandemic would not suffice. Yes, U.S.-born workers would eventually get $1,200 checks and significantly expanded unemployment insurance. But some essential workers have been left out in the cold. The Trump administration's refusal to put

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 …

RT (2020-04-23). House passes $484bn coronavirus relief bill for small businesses in bipartisan vote as Dems launch PROBE into Trump's response. rt.com The US Congress has passed a Covid-19 aid package worth almost $500 billion, as House Democrats voted to set up a panel to look into the administration's handling of the outbreak — a move blasted as "purely political" by the GOP.

news.un (2020-04-23). Common coronavirus enemy, forges some Palestine-Israel cooperation, but West Bank annexation looms. news.un.org The COVID-19 pandemic is creating opportunities for cooperation that Israelis and Palestinians must embrace to sustain Middle East peace efforts and bring an end to decades of conflict, the United Nations' top envoy in the region said on Thursday.

commondreams (2020-04-23). In Wake of Amazon's Lies to Congress, Bezos Must Finally Testify. commondreams.org ______________________________…

commondreams (2020-04-23). Indivisible Asks Members of Congress: Pledge to Oppose Covid 4 Unless It (Finally) Focuses On People. commondreams.org ______________________________…

teleSUR (2020-04-23). Mexico: Amnesty Law to Free People Convicted of Minor Crimes. telesurenglish.net The Mexican government issued an Amnesty Law on Wednesday to speed up the release of prisoners who have been accused of crimes in the midst of health contingencies. | RELATED: | Only two days after its approval by the Senate, the law will enter into force this Thursday, after its publication in the Official Gazette. | The law was presented to the Senate by Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, and aims to free at least 6,000 people con…

Jon Rainwater (2020-04-23). A Myriad of Ways to Wage Peace During These Times. peaceaction.org As we shelter in our homes to protect ourselves from this global pandemic, we wanted to share some of the many ways you can remain active and impactful in the work for a more peaceful world. Peace Action has long been a leader in organizing international conferences, marches, and rallies around the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty …

teleSUR (2020-04-23). US House Approves New COVID-19 Stimulus Bill. telesurenglish.net New federal legislation known as COVID 3.5, aimed at providing economic relief during the coronavirus pandemic was passed Thursday by the United States House of Representatives after the Senate approved it Tuesday. | RELATED: | The US$484 billion relief bill is the fourth passed to address the crisis, pushing the total spending response to around an unprecedented US$3 trillion. U.S. President Donald Trump said he wi…

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.

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.

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…

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.

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."

RT (2020-04-24). No-deal Brexit would be extra shock on top of coronavirus crisis — French minister. rt.com The new coronavirus outbreak crisis does not change European priorities in the Brexit negotiations, French European Affairs Minister Amelie de Montchalin said on Friday. | She also told a French Senate hearing that a no-deal Brexit would be an extra shock on top of the Covid-19 crisis, but Britain would suffer the most, Reuters reported. | The UK government has repeatedly insisted it has no plans to extend…

sputniknews (2020-04-24). Outraged Lawmakers Demand Answers From Amazon, Claim E-Commerce Giant Lied to Congress. sputniknews.com In recent years big tech companies have come under intense scrutiny from authorities and advocacy groups following allegations of abuse of power, predatory pricing, and data privacy scandals.

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…

2020-04-24: Social Media Postees

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New Stimulus Must Include Benefits for Immigrant Essential Workers
Angelica Salas | counterpunch.org | 2020-04-24
As soon as it passed, Congressional lawmakers realized the $2.2 trillion CARES stimulus package to help the country through the COVID-19 pandemic would not suffice. Yes, U.S.-born workers would eventually get $1,200 checks and significantly expanded unemployment insurance. But some essential workers have been left out in the cold. The Trump administration's refusal to put…
counterpunch.org/2020/04/24/new-stimulus…

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

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

Common coronavirus enemy, forges some Palestine-Israel cooperation, but West Bank annexation looms
news.un.org | 2020-04-23
The COVID-19 pandemic is creating opportunities for cooperation that Israelis and Palestinians must embrace to sustain Middle East peace efforts and bring an end to decades of conflict, the United Nations' top envoy in the region said on Thursday.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2020/04/1…

A Myriad of Ways to Wage Peace During These Times
Jon Rainwater | peaceaction.org | 2020-04-23
As we shelter in our homes to protect ourselves from this global pandemic, we wanted to share some of the many ways you can remain active and impactful in the work for a more peaceful world. Peace Action has long been a leader in organizing international conferences, marches, and rallies around the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty …
peaceaction.org/2020/04/23/wage-peace-du…

In Wake of Amazon's Lies to Congress, Bezos Must Finally Testify
commondreams.org | 2020-04-23
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commondreams.org/newswire/2020/04/23/wak…

Indivisible Asks Members of Congress: Pledge to Oppose Covid 4 Unless It (Finally) Focuses On People
commondreams.org | 2020-04-23
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commondreams.org/newswire/2020/04/23/ind…

House passes $484bn coronavirus relief bill for small businesses in bipartisan vote as Dems launch PROBE into Trump's response
rt.com | 2020-04-23
The US Congress has passed a Covid-19 aid package worth almost $500 billion, as House Democrats voted to set up a panel to look into the administration's handling of the outbreak

US House Approves New COVID-19 Stimulus Bill
telesurenglish.net | 2020-04-23
New federal legislation known as COVID 3.5, aimed at providing economic relief during the coronavirus pandemic was passed Thursday by the United States House of Representatives after the Senate approved it Tuesday. | RELATED: | US Unemployment Applications Reach 26.4 Million Amid Pandemic | The US$484 billion relief bill is the fourth passed to address the crisis, pushing the total spending response to around an unprecedented US$3 trillion. U.S. President Donald Trump said he wi…
telesurenglish.net/news/US-House-Approve…

Mexico: Amnesty Law to Free People Convicted of Minor Crimes
telesurenglish.net | 2020-04-23
The Mexican government issued an Amnesty Law on Wednesday to speed up the release of prisoners who have been accused of crimes in the midst of health contingencies. | RELATED: | Mexico Prohibits Cremation of People Killed by COVID-19 | Only two days after its approval by the Senate, the law will enter into force this Thursday, after its publication in the Official Gazette. | The law was presented to the Senate by Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, and aims to free at least 6,000 people con…
telesurenglish.net/news/mexico-amnesty-l…

Take Care of Yourself and Your Family. Do Not Listen to the President
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-04-23
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told The Wall Street Journal the U.S. "needs to spend what it takes to win the war" against COVID-19, after the Republican-led Senate passed a $484 billion relief bill that includes no aid money for state governments, because Mi…
truthout.org/articles/take-care-of-yours…

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…

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…

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…

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-…

Outraged Lawmakers Demand Answers From Amazon, Claim E-Commerce Giant Lied to Congress
sputniknews.com | 2020-04-24
In recent years big tech companies have come under intense scrutiny from authorities and advocacy groups following allegations of abuse of power, predatory pricing, and data privacy scandals.
sputniknews.com/world/202004241079079738…