Daily Archives: April 28, 2020

2020-04-28: News Headlines

Drago Bosnic (2020-04-28). Iraq: Official Warns of US Plot to Transfer ISIS Terrorists from Syria to Iraq's Al-Anbar. globalresearch.ca A senior official in Iraq's al-Anbar province warned of the increasing presence of the ISIS terrorists in the desert areas of the province which are controlled by the US forces. | "These areas are controlled by the US military men and …

Miri Wood (2020-04-28). Netanyahu Air Force Bombings Targeted Homes, Killed Three Civilians. globalresearch.ca Americans awaiting their COVID-19 stimulus and unemployment checks will be thrilled to know their taxes continue to be spent via Netanyahu bombing and murdering Syrians in their homes. Israel remains the US' most voracious welfare state queen, subsidized at more …

The Grayzone (2020-04-28). Exclusive: OPCW insiders slam "compromised" new Syria chemical weapons probe. thegrayzone.com Current and former staff members of the OPCW have denounced the organization's IIT report alleging Syrian government sarin use at…

The Grayzone (2020-04-28). Exclusive: OPCW insiders slam 'compromised' new Syria chemical weapons probe. thegrayzone.com Current and former staff members of the OPCW have denounced the organization's IIT report alleging Syrian government sarin use at…

Gary Leupp (2020-04-28). "A Plague On Both Your Houses" counterpunch.org Trump's discussion of injecting UV light and disinfectant into the body to treat COVID-19 during his daily briefing was, of course, a new low. The man, whom his secretary of state Rex Tillerson once famously described as "a moron," is obviously a toxic mix of stupidity and arrogance. So this morning MSNBC, the unofficial DNC

Ajamu Baraka (2020-04-28). Video: Venezuela and the Struggle Against Empire: Ajamu Baraka. globalresearch.ca Black Alliance for Peace National Organizer Ajamu Baraka discussed the role of U.S. activists in stopping the U.S. war machine during "An Inside View of Resistance to US Imperialism in Venezuela and How to Build International Solidarity," a webinar co-hosted …

Staff (2020-04-28). Government Must Pay $12 Billion to Obamacare Insurers, Supreme Court Rules. truthout.org Insurance companies are entitled to recoup $12 billion from the federal government in unpaid Obamacare claims, the Supreme Court ruled Monday in an 8-1 vote. | The companies were shielded under the "risk corridor" provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which promised compensation for companies that incurred losses in the marketplaces created by the law. | The original remuneration period lasted three years, but Congressional Republicans capped payments between 2015 and 2017, which the insure…

graham (2020-04-28). World economy faces a $5 trillion hit, like losing UK AND France. truepublica.org.uk The coronavirus pandemic is set to rob the global economy of more than $5 trillion of growth over the next two years, greater than the annual output of Japan or both the UK and France combined That's the warning from Wall Street banks as the world plunges into its deepest peacetime recession since the 1930s, …

Staff (2020-04-28). Trump and McConnell Aren't Waging War on COVID. They're Waging War on Us. truthout.org Donald Trump and his top Republican allies in Congress are fighting a war, and the battle lines have begun to clarify themselves. Their war is not being waged against COVID-19, the pandemic that has killed tens of thousands in this nation alone. Their war is being waged against the nation itself, and specifically against areas of the nation that are heavy on population but light on Trump supporters. | In other words, the big-city blue states, whose governors have refused to fawn over Trump's gibberi…

Staff (2020-04-28). Relief Is Funneled to the Wealthy. We Need a Financial Infrastructure Overhaul. truthout.org The coronavirus — both the pandemic itself and the economic recession it caused — are hitting marginalized groups the hardest: low-wage workers, women and people of color (especially women of color) and small businesses. But instead of providing equitable relief targeted to the most disadvantaged households and businesses, Congress and the Federal Reserve are reinforcing many of the existing disparities that made our health care system and economy so fragile to begin with. Indeed…

Katrina vanden Heuvel (2020-04-28). Congress Must Stand Up to the White House and Deliver Relief to the Postal Service. thenation.com Congress Must Stand Up to the White House and Deliver Relief to…

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). 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…

news.un (2020-04-27). Tap youth talent to tackle COVID-19 crisis and beyond, UN chief tells Security Council. news.un.org Even amidst the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, countries must do more to harness the talents of young people to address the crisis and its aftermath, the UN Secretary-General told the Security Council on Monday during a videoconference meeting to review the five years since its adoption of a landmark resolution on youth, peace and security.

commondreams (2020-04-27). Stand Up America: Senate Should Follow Pelosi's Lead on Vote-By-Mail. commondreams.org ______________________________…

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…

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. …

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 (2020-04-23). 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.

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 (2020-04-28). 'He groomed us': Bellator champ and sister claim 'disgusting' coach offered schoolgirls cash for sex acts in campaign of abuse. rt.com Bellator flyweight champion Ilima Macfarlane has vowed that basketball coach Dwayne Yuen's "time is up" after filing against him for a string of sexual abuse offenses that she alleges she suffered at a private school in Hawaii. | Macfarlane has detailed her alleged ordeal at Punahou School and admitted she has spent years "in denial" after filing a lawsuit against Yuen alongside her sister, Mahina, and a fellow student athlete, compelled by the discovery that the coach is still teaching minors and was at the center of accusations by fellow pupils in 2018. | The Honolulu-born fighter has claimed she abandoned h…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2020-04-27). 'Halt This Madness': US Drove Last Year's Over $1.9 Trillion in Global Military Spending. commondreams.org A new analysis on Monday showing that the world's military spending surpassed $1.9 trillion last year, once again led by the United States under President Donald Trump, provoked demands that governments across the globe prioritize peace and the health of people as the coronavirus pandemic continues to ravage the planet. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2020-04-27). Growing Number of COVID-19 Cases in Wisconsin Fuels National Demands for Vote-by-Mail. commondreams.org The increasing number of COVID-19 cases among people who voted in-person for Wisconsin's April 7 election is fueling demands for Congress to help fund the implementation of expanded vote-by-mail provisions in every state for the rest of this year, particularly for the nation's general election scheduled for November. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

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."

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…

2020-04-28: Social Media Postees

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Exclusive: OPCW insiders slam "compromised" new Syria chemical weapons probe
The Grayzone | thegrayzone.com | 2020-04-28
Current and former staff members of the OPCW have denounced the organization's IIT report alleging Syrian government sarin use at…
thegrayzone.com/2020/04/28/opcw-insiders…

Iraq: Official Warns of US Plot to Transfer ISIS Terrorists from Syria to Iraq's Al-Anbar
Drago Bosnic | globalresearch.ca | 2020-04-28
A senior official in Iraq's al-Anbar province warned of the increasing presence of the ISIS terrorists in the desert areas of the province which are controlled by the US forces. | "These areas are controlled by the US military men and | …
globalresearch.ca/iraq-official-warns-us-plot-transfer-isis-terrorists-syria-iraq-al-anbar/5710883

Exclusive: OPCW insiders slam 'compromised' new Syria chemical weapons probe
The Grayzone | thegrayzone.com | 2020-04-28
Current and former staff members of the OPCW have denounced the organization's IIT report alleging Syrian government sarin use at…
thegrayzone.com/2020/04/28/opcw-insiders…

Netanyahu Air Force Bombings Targeted Homes, Killed Three Civilians
Miri Wood | globalresearch.ca | 2020-04-28
Americans awaiting their COVID-19 stimulus and unemployment checks will be thrilled to know their taxes continue to be spent via Netanyahu bombing and murdering Syrians in their homes. Israel remains the US' most voracious welfare state queen, subsidized at more …
globalresearch.ca/netanyahu-air-force-bombings-targeted-homes-killed-three-civilians/5711065

"A Plague On Both Your Houses"
Gary Leupp | counterpunch.org | 2020-04-28
Trump's discussion of injecting UV light and disinfectant into the body to treat COVID-19 during his daily briefing was, of course, a new low. The man, whom his secretary of state Rex Tillerson once famously described as "a moron," is obviously a toxic mix of stupidity and arrogance. So this morning MSNBC, the unofficial DNC…
counterpunch.org/2020/04/28/a-plague-on-…

Government Must Pay $12 Billion to Obamacare Insurers, Supreme Court Rules
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-04-28
Insurance companies are entitled to recoup $12 billion from the federal government in unpaid Obamacare claims, the Supreme Court ruled Monday in an 8-1 vote. | The companies were shielded under the "risk corridor" provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which promised compensation for companies that incurred losses in the marketplaces created by the law. | The original remuneration period lasted three years, but Congressional Republicans capped payments between 2015 and 2017, which the insure…
truthout.org/articles/government-must-pa…

Video: Venezuela and the Struggle Against Empire: Ajamu Baraka
Ajamu Baraka | globalresearch.ca | 2020-04-28
Black Alliance for Peace National Organizer Ajamu Baraka discussed the role of U.S. activists in stopping the U.S. war machine during "An Inside View of Resistance to US Imperialism in Venezuela and How to Build International Solidarity," a webinar co-hosted …
globalresearch.ca/video-contradictory-role-u-s-left-struggle-against-empire/5711074

Video: Venezuela and the Struggle Against Empire: Ajamu Baraka
Ajamu Baraka | globalresearch.ca | 2020-04-28
Black Alliance for Peace National Organizer Ajamu Baraka discussed the role of U.S. activists in stopping the U.S. war machine during "An Inside View of Resistance to US Imperialism in Venezuela and How to Build International Solidarity," a webinar co-hosted …
globalresearch.ca/video-contradictory-role-u-s-left-struggle-against-empire/5711074

World economy faces a $5 trillion hit, like losing UK AND France
graham | truepublica.org.uk | 2020-04-28
The coronavirus pandemic is set to rob the global economy of more than $5 trillion of growth over the next two years, greater than the annual output of Japan or both the UK and France combined That's the warning from Wall Street banks as the world plunges into its deepest peacetime recession since the 1930s, …
truepublica.org.uk/newsbits/world-economy-faces-a-5-trillion-hit-like-losing-uk-and-france/

Relief Is Funneled to the Wealthy. We Need a Financial Infrastructure Overhaul
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-04-28
The coronavirus

Congress Must Stand Up to the White House and Deliver Relief to the Postal Service
Katrina vanden Heuvel | thenation.com | 2020-04-28
Congress Must Stand Up to the White House and Deliver Relief to…
thenation.com/article/politics/congress-…

Trump and McConnell Aren't Waging War on COVID. They're Waging War on Us
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-04-28
Donald Trump and his top Republican allies in Congress are fighting a war, and the battle lines have begun to clarify themselves. Their war is not being waged against COVID-19, the pandemic that has killed tens of thousands in this nation alone. Their war is being waged against the nation itself, and specifically against areas of the nation that are heavy on population but light on Trump supporters. | In other words, the big-city blue states, whose governors have refused to fawn over Trump's gibberi…
truthout.org/articles/trump-and-mcconnel…

Relief Is Funneled to the Wealthy. We Need a Financial Infrastructure Overhaul
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-04-28
The coronavirus

Biden the Lout
Alexander Cockburn | counterpunch.org | 2020-04-28
A longer version of this article originally ran in CounterPunch on August 23, 2008 under the title "Change," "Hope" … Why They Must be Talking About Joe Biden! We reprint the story today because it makes clear that the allegations of sexual misconduct against senate staffers has been swirling around Biden for many years, dating…
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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

Tap youth talent to tackle COVID-19 crisis and beyond, UN chief tells Security Council
news.un.org | 2020-04-27
Even amidst the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, countries must do more to harness the talents of young people to address the crisis and its aftermath, the UN Secretary-General told the Security Council on Monday during a videoconference meeting to review the five years since its adoption of a landmark resolution on youth, peace and security.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2020/04/1…

US Tops World's $1.9 Trillion Military Spending in 2019: Report
telesurenglish.net | 2020-04-27
The United States leads once again the list of largest military spenders with a 38 percent share of the almost US$1.9 trillion spent in war and weapons by the world's superpowers, according to the latest annual report from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) released Monday. | RELATED: | US Asks Not to Cut Defense Spending Due to COVID-19 | "The recent growth in U.S. mil…
telesurenglish.net/news/US-Tops-Worlds-1…

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…

Stand Up America: Senate Should Follow Pelosi's Lead on Vote-By-Mail
commondreams.org | 2020-04-27
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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-…

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…

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…
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'He groomed us': Bellator champ and sister claim 'disgusting' coach offered schoolgirls cash for sex acts in campaign of abuse
rt.com | 2020-04-28
Bellator flyweight champion Ilima Macfarlane has vowed that basketball coach Dwayne Yuen's "time is up" after filing against him for a string of sexual abuse offenses that she alleges she suffered at a private school in Hawaii. | Macfarlane has detailed her alleged ordeal at Punahou School and admitted she has spent years "in denial" after filing a lawsuit against Yuen alongside her sister, Mahina, and a fellow student athlete, compelled by the discovery that the coach is still teaching minors and was at the center of accusations by fellow pupils in 2018. | The Honolulu-born fighter has claimed she abandoned h…
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'Halt This Madness': US Drove Last Year's Over $1.9 Trillion in Global Military Spending
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-04-27
A new analysis on Monday showing that the world's military spending surpassed $1.9 trillion last year, once again led by the United States under President Donald Trump, provoked demands that governments across the globe prioritize peace and the health of people as the coronavirus pandemic continues to ravage the planet. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Growing Number of COVID-19 Cases in Wisconsin Fuels National Demands for Vote-by-Mail
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-04-27
The increasing number of COVID-19 cases among people who voted in-person for Wisconsin's April 7 election is fueling demands for Congress to help fund the implementation of expanded vote-by-mail provisions in every state for the rest of this year, particularly for the nation's general election scheduled for November. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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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.
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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…
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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. …
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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.
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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 …
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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.
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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.
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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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