Daily Archives: April 27, 2020

2020-04-27: News Headlines

en.mehrnews (2020-04-27). VIDEO: Syrian air defense repels Israeli regime's airstrike. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 27 (MNA) — Syria's air defense systems have repelled an attack by the Israeli regime's air force in the skies over Palmyra, downing several hostile projectiles, according to a report by SANA.

Steven Sahiounie (2020-04-27). Syrians Remember the Armenian Genocide as Turkey Threatens Again. globalresearch.ca April 24, 2020, marks the 105th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, which was the first genocide of the 20th century. The starting date is held to be April 24, 1915, in a premeditated and systematic campaign to exterminate …

RT (2020-04-27). Annual global military spending hits highest point in a decade — SIPRI. rt.com The US continues to be the driving force behind the surge in global military expenditure, spending $732bn last year, with China far behind in second place and India rounding out the top three, according to data provided by SIPRI. | Newly-released data by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI)

RT (2020-04-27). Schumer wants to wipe Trump's name off stimulus checks, accuses president of 'exploitation'. rt.com In a classic piece of Washington partisanship, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer will introduce legislation to remove President Trump's signature from stimulus checks, accusing Trump of pushing his "political interests." | A $1,200 payment from the federal government, part of the $2.2 trillion stimulus package signed into law by President Donald Trump last month, is supposed to reach approximately 150 million Americans. For the roughly 70 million whose paper checks are currently in the mail, the check will be signed by Trump, and will be accompanied by a letter from the president. | Attaching his name to th…

Rick Baum (2020-04-27). The Likely Democratic Party Candidate for the Senate Opposing McConnell is a Militarist Who is Not Much of an Alternative. counterpunch.org Given the 2018 election results, one might expect a wave of more liberally-minded peace candidates. In one race for the senate, that is definitely not happening. I live in California. A couple of weeks ago, I received a fundraising letter from Amy McGrath who is running for the Kentucky seat in the U.S. Senate against

Rivera Sun (2020-04-27). Four Reasons to Ditch the Draft. counterpunch.org There's a bill before Congress to expand the military draft to women. It's a terrible idea. Here are four reasons why: 1. It's not about "equality." Some say drafting women is only fair; after all, men 18-25 must register for the draft. Shouldn't women? The answer is no. It's not equally fair, it's equally unfair. Gender

RT (2020-04-26). 'Just calm down': Pelosi fails to reassure with message for state and local governments battling Covid-19 and its economic fallout. rt.com As small businesses and state governments struggle amid the Covid-19 pandemic, Nancy Pelosi has dismissed accusations that she made an error by supporting an interim relief package, telling critics to "just calm down." | Speaker of the House Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer have received heavy criticism from progressives following their support of an interim coronavirus relief bill that did not include financial support for state and local governments, originally a sticking point for their party. | A second CARES Act has been promised, which will be a more expansive relief bill, though the inter…

teleSUR (2020-04-26). US Will Allow West Bank Annexation in 2 Months: Netanyahu. telesurenglish.net Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu voiced his confidence Sunday that the United States would give him the approval within two months to go ahead with the annexation of parts of the illegally occupied West Bank. | RELATED: | "A couple of months from now I am confident that that pledge will be honored," Netanyahu told the European Commission for Israel, describing that the U.S. peace proposal announced by President Do…

RT (2020-04-25). Senator hands outrage culture a win, apologizes for wearing Confederate flag face mask after defending it only a day earlier. rt.com A Michigan state senator gave in to triggered critics by apologizing for wearing a mask resembling the Confederate flag. A day earlier he ardently defended it, saying history should be taught so as not to repeat itself. | Republican Dale Zorn was photographed wearing the mask while in the Michigan state chamber on Friday to vote on bills seeking to limit the emergency powers of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. | This is Dale Zorn. He is an elected member of the Michigan Senate. He wore a Confederate Flag mask on the floor of the Michigan Senate. Then he tried to tell us he didn't…

RT (2020-04-27). Syrian air defenses repel 'Israeli aggression', down several 'hostile' missiles over Damascus — state media. rt.com Syrian missile defenses responded to an attack by Israeli warplanes, intercepting several missiles over Damascus launched from Lebanese airspace, Syria's SANA news agency reported. | A video has emerged online purportedly showing the Syrian missile shield being activated to shoot down missiles, reportedly fired by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) from Lebanese airspace. | Syrian air defense active over

teleSUR (2020-04-25). European Union Urges Libya Truce, Resumption of Peace Talks. telesurenglish.net The foreign affairs ministers of Germany, France, Italy, and the European High Representative for Foreign Affair made a joint call Saturday for a humanitarian truce in Libya, urging all sides must resume peace talks. | RELATED: | "We call on all the Libyan actors to get inspired by the spirit of the Holy Ramadan, engage in resuming talks for a genuine ceasefire," said the statement, signed by the EU's Josep Borrell, Fr…

teleSUR (2020-04-25). US-Canada-Mexico Trade Deal To Take Effect July 1. telesurenglish.net The new U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement will take effect on July 1, a month later than initially proposed, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer notified Friday Congress. | RELATED: | In a statement, Lighthizer said both Mexico and Canada had taken measures necessary to comply with their commitments under the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), which replaces the 26-year-old North American Free Trade Agr…

Staff (2020-04-24). New $484B Relief Bill Lacks Funds for Food Aid, Rent Relief, US Postal Service, Election Protection. democracynow.org As the House passes a new $484 Billion coronavirus relief bill, Congressmember Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is the sole Democrat to vote no, saying it falls far short, failing to protect those at greatest health risk, including essential frontline workers, and could let millions go hungry. We get response from The American Prospect's David Dayen.

RT (2020-04-24). Dem legislator accuses Trump of taking over US Postal Service to 'interfere' with 2020 election. rt.com Democrats have largely been in support of mail-in voting and Republicans against it, but one congressman believes Donald Trump is trying to take control of…

Fight Back (2020-04-24). Philippines: Martial Law or Peace Talks? fightbacknews.org Fight Back News Service is circulating the following statement from Luis Jalandoni, Member, Executive Committee and National Council, National Democratic Front of the Philippines. | The National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) vigorously condemns President Rodrigo Duterte for threatening the imposition of martial law against the Filipino people to force them to comply with his disastrous anti-people policies in his alleged combating of the Covid-19 pandemic. | On television on April 16, 2020, he made this threat declaring that the people had better comply because he is ordering the Armed Forces of the…

news.un (2020-04-24). UN 'fully mobilized' to support the Sudanese people, Security Council hears. news.un.org The "exceptional circumstances" of the COVID-19 pandemic have impacted the peace process in Sudan as well as the drawing down of the United Nations mission there, the head of UN peacekeeping updated the Security Council on Friday.

Dean Baker (2020-04-24). Comment on the Recovery from the Shutdown. cepr.net The Congressional Budget Office came out with its new economic projections and they look realistically bad to me. They show the economy declining at a 39.6 percent annual rate in the current quarter and then rebounding at a 23.5 percent rate in the third quarter and closing out the year with a 10.5 percent increase. …

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.

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 …

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.

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 …

Julia Conley, staff writer (2020-04-24). Highest Levels Since Great Depression, 'Sobering' CBO Analysis Projects 16% Unemployment in US This Year. commondreams.org New analysis by the Congressional Budget Office offered what one observer called an "incredibly sobering" projection for unemployment levels for the coming two years as the U.S. recovers from the coronavirus pandemic. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

yenisafak (2020-04-27). YPG/PKK blackmails Syrian civilians in car bomb attacks. yenisafak.com A Syrian civilian sent to the northern town of Tal Abyad in a vehicle laden with explosives by YPG/PKK terrorist organization tipped off the Syrian National Army (SNA), preventing a potentially deadly attack.After seeking asylum with the SNA, the Syrian national, who will be referred to by the initials F.U. reported the YPG/PKK's attempted attack on April 14.F.U. told Anadolu Agency that the terrorist group had abducted him on April 12 in the central Syrian province of Raqqa and took him to the northern Ayn Issa district, currently occupied by YPG/PKK terrorists."After being held up and beaten for approximately o…

Sputnik (2020-04-25). US Launches Campaign to Accuse Syria of Inability to Curtail Coronavirus, Claims Syrian-Russian Joint Statement. globalresearch.ca The United States has launched a propaganda campaign by accusing Damascus of its inability to effectively combat the spread of COVID-19 in Syria, the Russian and Syrian coordination centres said in a joint statement. | According to the statement, the United …

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 …

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 …

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…

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VIDEO: Syrian air defense repels Israeli regime's airstrike
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-04-27
TEHRAN, Apr. 27 (MNA)

Syrians Remember the Armenian Genocide as Turkey Threatens Again
Steven Sahiounie | globalresearch.ca | 2020-04-27
April 24, 2020, marks the 105th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, which was the first genocide of the 20th century. The starting date is held to be April 24, 1915, in a premeditated and systematic campaign to exterminate …
globalresearch.ca/syrians-armenian-genocide-turkey-threatens-again/5710879

The Likely Democratic Party Candidate for the Senate Opposing McConnell is a Militarist Who is Not Much of an Alternative
Rick Baum | counterpunch.org | 2020-04-27
Given the 2018 election results, one might expect a wave of more liberally-minded peace candidates. In one race for the senate, that is definitely not happening. I live in California. A couple of weeks ago, I received a fundraising letter from Amy McGrath who is running for the Kentucky seat in the U.S. Senate against…
counterpunch.org/2020/04/27/the-likely-d…

The Likely Democratic Party Candidate for the Senate Opposing McConnell is a Militarist Who is Not Much of an Alternative
Rick Baum | counterpunch.org | 2020-04-27
Given the 2018 election results, one might expect a wave of more liberally-minded peace candidates. In one race for the senate, that is definitely not happening. I live in California. A couple of weeks ago, I received a fundraising letter from Amy McGrath who is running for the Kentucky seat in the U.S. Senate against…
counterpunch.org/2020/04/27/the-likely-d…

Four Reasons to Ditch the Draft
Rivera Sun | counterpunch.org | 2020-04-27
There's a bill before Congress to expand the military draft to women. It's a terrible idea. Here are four reasons why: 1. It's not about "equality." Some say drafting women is only fair; after all, men 18-25 must register for the draft. Shouldn't women? The answer is no. It's not equally fair, it's equally unfair. Gender…
counterpunch.org/2020/04/27/four-reasons…

Schumer wants to wipe Trump's name off stimulus checks, accuses president of 'exploitation'
rt.com | 2020-04-27
In a classic piece of Washington partisanship, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer will introduce legislation to remove President Trump's signature from stimulus checks, accusing Trump of pushing his "political interests." | A $1,200 payment from the federal government, part of the $2.2 trillion stimulus package signed into law by President Donald Trump last month, is supposed to reach approximately 150 million Americans. For the roughly 70 million whose paper checks are currently in the mail, the check will be signed by Trump, and will be accompanied by a letter from the president. | Attaching his name to th…
rt.com/usa/487053-schumer-trump-stimulus…

Maybe Karl Marx Was Right After All
Andrey Areshev | strategic-culture.org | 2020-04-26
Before Marx socialism was a sort of voluntary wish thing, no doubt growing out of Protestant fantasies of life in early Christianity when everything was supposedly shared. There were a few attempts at building Christian socialist communities and most of them had unhappy endings

US Will Allow West Bank Annexation in 2 Months: Netanyahu
telesurenglish.net | 2020-04-26
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu voiced his confidence Sunday that the United States would give him the approval within two months to go ahead with the annexation of parts of the illegally occupied West Bank. | RELATED: | UN, EU Warn New Israeli Gov't Against West Bank Annexation | "A couple of months from now I am confident that that pledge will be honored," Netanyahu told the European Commission for Israel, describing that the U.S. peace proposal announced by President Do…
telesurenglish.net/news/US-Will-Allow-We…

'Just calm down': Pelosi fails to reassure with message for state and local governments battling Covid-19 and its economic fallout
rt.com | 2020-04-26
As small businesses and state governments struggle amid the Covid-19 pandemic, Nancy Pelosi has dismissed accusations that she made an error by supporting an interim relief package, telling critics to "just calm down." | Speaker of the House Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer have received heavy criticism from progressives following their support of an interim coronavirus relief bill that did not include financial support for state and local governments, originally a sticking point for their party. | A second CARES Act has been promised, which will be a more expansive relief bill, though the inter…
rt.com/usa/486933-pelosi-just-calm-down-…

'Just calm down': Pelosi fails to reassure with message for state and local governments battling Covid-19 and its economic fallout
rt.com | 2020-04-26
As small businesses and state governments struggle amid the Covid-19 pandemic, Nancy Pelosi has dismissed accusations that she made an error by supporting an interim relief package, telling critics to "just calm down." | Speaker of the House Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer have received heavy criticism from progressives following their support of an interim coronavirus relief bill that did not include financial support for state and local governments, originally a sticking point for their party. | A second CARES Act has been promised, which will be a more expansive relief bill, though the inter…
rt.com/usa/486933-pelosi-just-calm-down-…

European Union Urges Libya Truce, Resumption of Peace Talks
telesurenglish.net | 2020-04-25
The foreign affairs ministers of Germany, France, Italy, and the European High Representative for Foreign Affair made a joint call Saturday for a humanitarian truce in Libya, urging all sides must resume peace talks. | RELATED: | UAE Companies Allegedly Violated Libyan Arms Embargo: Report | "We call on all the Libyan actors to get inspired by the spirit of the Holy Ramadan, engage in resuming talks for a genuine ceasefire," said the statement, signed by the EU's Josep Borrell, Fr…
telesurenglish.net/news/European-Union-U…

US-Canada-Mexico Trade Deal To Take Effect July 1
telesurenglish.net | 2020-04-25
The new U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement will take effect on July 1, a month later than initially proposed, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer notified Friday Congress. | RELATED: | Canada Ratifies New Trade Agreement with United States, Mexico | In a statement, Lighthizer said both Mexico and Canada had taken measures necessary to comply with their commitments under the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), which replaces the 26-year-old North American Free Trade Agr…
telesurenglish.net/news/US-Canada-and-Me…

Senator hands outrage culture a win, apologizes for wearing Confederate flag face mask after defending it only a day earlier
rt.com | 2020-04-25
A Michigan state senator gave in to triggered critics by apologizing for wearing a mask resembling the Confederate flag. A day earlier he ardently defended it, saying history should be taught so as not to repeat itself. | Republican Dale Zorn was photographed wearing the mask while in the Michigan state chamber on Friday to vote on bills seeking to limit the emergency powers of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. | This is Dale Zorn. He is an elected member of the Michigan Senate. He wore a Confederate Flag mask on the floor of the Michigan Senate. Then he tried to tell us he didn't…
rt.com/usa/486901-michigan-senator-confe…

Senator hands outrage culture a win, apologizes for wearing Confederate flag face mask after defending it only a day earlier
rt.com | 2020-04-25
A Michigan state senator gave in to triggered critics by apologizing for wearing a mask resembling the Confederate flag. A day earlier he ardently defended it, saying history should be taught so as not to repeat itself. | Republican Dale Zorn was photographed wearing the mask while in the Michigan state chamber on Friday to vote on bills seeking to limit the emergency powers of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. | This is Dale Zorn. He is an elected member of the Michigan Senate. He wore a Confederate Flag mask on the floor of the Michigan Senate. Then he tried to tell us he didn't…
rt.com/usa/486901-michigan-senator-confe…

New $484B Relief Bill Lacks Funds for Food Aid, Rent Relief, US Postal Service, Election Protection
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-04-24
As the House passes a new $484 Billion coronavirus relief bill, Congressmember Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is the sole Democrat to vote no, saying it falls far short, failing to protect those at greatest health risk, including essential frontline workers, and could let millions go hungry. We get response from The American Prospect's David Dayen.
www.democracynow.org/2020/4/24/480_billi…

New $484B Relief Bill Lacks Funds for Food Aid, Rent Relief, US Postal Service, Election Protection
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-04-24
As the House passes a new $484 Billion coronavirus relief bill, Congressmember Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is the sole Democrat to vote no, saying it falls far short, failing to protect those at greatest health risk, including essential frontline workers, and could let millions go hungry. We get response from The American Prospect's David Dayen.
www.democracynow.org/2020/4/24/480_billi…

Philippines: Martial Law or Peace Talks?
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-04-24
Fight Back News Service is circulating the following statement from Luis Jalandoni, Member, Executive Committee and National Council, National Democratic Front of the Philippines. | The National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) vigorously condemns President Rodrigo Duterte for threatening the imposition of martial law against the Filipino people to force them to comply with his disastrous anti-people policies in his alleged combating of the Covid-19 pandemic. | On television on April 16, 2020, he made this threat declaring that the people had better comply because he is ordering the Armed Forces of the…
www.fightbacknews.org/2020/4/24/philippi…

UN 'fully mobilized' to support the Sudanese people, Security Council hears
news.un.org | 2020-04-24
The "exceptional circumstances" of the COVID-19 pandemic have impacted the peace process in Sudan as well as the drawing down of the United Nations mission there, the head of UN peacekeeping updated the Security Council on Friday.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2020/04/1…

Comment on the Recovery from the Shutdown
Dean Baker | cepr.net | 2020-04-24
The Congressional Budget Office came out with its new economic projections and they look realistically bad to me. They show the economy declining at a 39.6 percent annual rate in the current quarter and then rebounding at a 23.5 percent rate in the third quarter and closing out the year with a 10.5 percent increase. …
cepr.net/comment-on-the-recovery-from-th…

Dem legislator accuses Trump of taking over US Postal Service to 'interfere' with 2020 election
rt.com | 2020-04-24
Democrats have largely been in support of mail-in voting and Republicans against it, but one congressman believes Donald Trump is trying to take control of…
rt.com/usa/486852-trump-post-office-mail…

Dem legislator accuses Trump of taking over US Postal Service to 'interfere' with 2020 election
rt.com | 2020-04-24
Democrats have largely been in support of mail-in voting and Republicans against it, but one congressman believes Donald Trump is trying to take control of…
rt.com/usa/486852-trump-post-office-mail…

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…

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…

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…

A people's call for healthcare not warfare
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2020-04-27
Imperialism & war Independent and Peaceful Australia NetworkIssue 1263 Australia Independent and Peaceful Australia Network (IPAN) COVID-19…
greenleft.org.au/content/peoples-call-healthcare-not-warfare

Highest Levels Since Great Depression, 'Sobering' CBO Analysis Projects 16% Unemployment in US This Year
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-04-24
New analysis by the Congressional Budget Office offered what one observer called an "incredibly sobering" projection for unemployment levels for the coming two years as the U.S. recovers from the coronavirus pandemic. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/news/2020/04/24/highest…

YPG/PKK blackmails Syrian civilians in car bomb attacks
yenisafak.com | 2020-04-27
A Syrian civilian sent to the northern town of Tal Abyad in a vehicle laden with explosives by YPG/PKK terrorist organization tipped off the Syrian National Army (SNA), preventing a potentially deadly attack.After seeking asylum with the SNA, the Syrian national, who will be referred to by the initials F.U. reported the YPG/PKK's attempted attack on April 14.F.U. told Anadolu Agency that the terrorist group had abducted him on April 12 in the central Syrian province of Raqqa and took him to the northern Ayn Issa district, currently occupied by YPG/PKK terrorists."After being held up and beaten for approximately o…
yenisafak.com/en/world/ypg-pkk-blackmail…

US Launches Campaign to Accuse Syria of Inability to Curtail Coronavirus, Claims Syrian-Russian Joint Statement
Sputnik | globalresearch.ca | 2020-04-25
The United States has launched a propaganda campaign by accusing Damascus of its inability to effectively combat the spread of COVID-19 in Syria, the Russian and Syrian coordination centres said in a joint statement. | According to the statement, the United …
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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.
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…
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