Daily Archives: April 29, 2020

2020-04-29: News Headlines

Ryan Cristián (2020-04-29). Israel Attacks Syria, US OKs Annexation, OPCW Caught Again & Impending (Already Here) Bio False Flag. thelastamericanvagabond.com Welcome to The Daily Wrap Up, a concise show dedicated to bringing you the most relevant independent news, as we see it, from the last 24 hours (4/28/19). As always, take the information discussed in the video below and research it for yourself, and come to your own conclusions. Anyone telling you what the truth …

Adriaan Alsema (2020-04-29). 'Coronavirus used as excuse to roll back Colombia's peace process and democracy'. colombiareports.com President Ivan Duque and his far-right party are using the coronavirus to cover up "assaults" on Colombia's peace process while promoting authoritarianism, the country's peace movement told the United Nations…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-04-29). Chilean police repress a peaceful protest in Santiago, detain 30. peoplesdispatch.org On April 27, the Chilean national police force, the Carabineros, violently repressed a peaceful protest at the Dignity Plaza in the capital Santiago. The protest was called for by several social organizations against the Carabineros on their 93rd anniversary and against the right-wing government led by President Sebastián Piñera. | Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, dozens of Chileans, wearing face masks and maintaining social distance, gathered at the iconic Dignity Plaza, to express their rejection of the Carabineros, on their 93rd anniversary. The protesters expressed their repudiation of the police force by banging…

Dean Baker (2020-04-29). On the Recovery From the COVID-19 Shutdown. counterpunch.org 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.

Fight Back (2020-04-29). Capitalism must go! Celebrate May Day 2020! fightbacknews.org May 1 is International Workers Day. It is a day to celebrate the accomplishments of our class and to look to the future. We have real challenges in front of us. The corporate elite – the monopoly capitalists, who rule this country – can't do anything right. They are mesmerized by profit and short-term gain. The same goes for their political representatives in the White House and Congress. Tens of thousands of people who could have lived have perished in the pandemic. Capitalism has once again shown itself to be a failed system, and on May Day 2020, we stand committed to ending the reign of this criminal system.

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…

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 …

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…

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 …

teleSUR (2020-04-28). French NGO Nominates Cuban Doctors For Nobel Peace Prize. telesurenglish.net French organization Cuba Linda advocated Tuesday to award the Nobel Peace Prize to the Cuban Henry Reeves medical brigades, deployed in more than 20 countries to fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. | RELATED: | "The international community is witnessing the solidarity of health professionals who leave their own country to provide services and share experiences in other parts of the world, which in the case of the pandemic…

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, …

news.un (2020-04-28). As pandemic encroaches on Abyei, tensions rise over disputed territory straddling Sudan, South Sudan. news.un.org Sudan's efforts to stop the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, are delaying the deployment of fresh United Nations police units in Abyei and the border regions between Sudan and South Sudan, the UN's peacekeeping chief told the Security Council on Tuesday…

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…

Staff (2020-04-27). 'A Progressive Bailout Includes A Freeze On Rent, Mortgages, And Utilities'. therealnews.com Public educator Jamaal Bowman wants to win the congressional seat of hawkish 30-year incumbent Eliot Engel. Justice Democrats, the group that helped elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, are with him.

Staff (2020-04-27). The Joint Israeli-Palestinian Memorial Ceremony. therealnews.com Co-hosted by Combatants for Peace and the Parents Circle — Families Forum. Co-sponsored by over sixty peace organizations and religious institutions around the world Anat Marinin and Ahmed Aljaafri — Bereaved Israeli sister, Anat, who lost her two brothers, Pinchas (Pinka) and Yair, during the Yom Kippur War will hold a conversation with bereaved Palestinian,…

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.

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…

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…

Conrad Keating (2020-04-25). [Perspectives] The history of the RTS,S/AS01 malaria vaccine trial. thelancet.com In 1949, an international congress on malaria coincided with the publication of Mark F Boyd's massive two-volume work on the science of malariology. Placing the tomes on the rostrum, Paul F Russell announced to the delegates, "I present you these volumes as tombstones on the grave of malaria." More than 70 years later, however, it is apparent that Russell's optimism was misplaced: malaria and the mosquitoes that carry this deadly parasitic disease still refuse to be buried. Nevertheless, malaria is a preventable disease, and following WHO's failed eradication attempts in the 1950s and 1960s, global mortality and…

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.

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.

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…

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 …

sputniknews (2020-04-29). Political Blame Game? West Bengal Police Bust 'Starving Man' as Actor in Video Shared by BJP. sputniknews.com New Delhi (Sputnik): Political foes, the ruling Trinamool Congress and Bharatiya Janata Party have been at loggerheads to claim power in West Bengal, where firebrand politician Mamata Banerjee is chief of the state. TMC had 44 seats during the 2014 Indian parliamentary elections, but conceded several seats to BJP in the 2019 polls.

Julia Conley, staff writer (2020-04-28). 'Lining Up at the Trough': Federal Reserve to Offer Corporations $500 Billion No-Strings-Attached Bailout Loophole. commondreams.org A Federal Reserve program approved by Congress and aimed at providing emergency relief to large companies contains a "catch" which will permit the corporations to lay off employees and spend the money on executive pay, according to a Washington Post report. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

sputniknews (2020-04-29). Pentagon to Reportedly Redirect Funds for Anti-Russia Projects to Pay for Border Wall Construction. sputniknews.com In February, the Pentagon reportedly notified the US Congress of reducing finds allocated for military programmes, in a move that was aimed at contributing to the construction of a southern border wall with Mexico.

Staff (2020-04-23). Kweisi Mfume Calls Himself A 'Progressive Moderate.' What Does That Mean? therealnews.com Kweisi Mfume wants to return to Congress representing Maryland's 7th District. He discusses the 2020 elections, the Democratic Party, how governments should respond to COVID-19, and the fifth anniversary of Freddie Gray's death.

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.

VINS (2020-04-06). Senate Bill Challenges Online Encryption, Constitutional Rights to Speech and Privacy. projectcensored.org A Senate bill, the EARN IT Act of 2020, introduced by Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) in March 2020, appears to revise regulations aimed at preventing online sexual…

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…

VINS (2020-04-03). Oregon Leads Way by Enacting Rent Control Law to Address Homelessness. projectcensored.org Rising rents lead to evictions and homelessness. In February 2019, the state of Oregon passed a Senate Bill 608 to implement the first statewide rent control in the nation, Yasmeen…

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, …

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Israel Attacks Syria, US OKs Annexation, OPCW Caught Again & Impending (Already Here) Bio False Flag
Ryan Cristián | thelastamericanvagabond.com | 2020-04-29
Welcome to The Daily Wrap Up, a concise show dedicated to bringing you the most relevant independent news, as we see it, from the last 24 hours (4/28/19). As always, take the information discussed in the video below and research it for yourself, and come to your own conclusions. Anyone telling you what the truth …
thelastamericanvagabond.com/daily-wrap-u…

Cuba: Interferon's Effectiveness Against COVID-19 Confirmed
telesurenglish.net | 2020-04-29
Cuban scientific authorities confirmed this week that the use of Interferon to treat COVID-19 patients was indeed effective. | RELATED: | French NGO Nominates Cuban Medical Brigades For Nobel Peace Prize | Eulogio Pimentel Vazquez, President of the Cuban Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (CIGB), affirmed that the Interferon application complies with Cuban Health Ministry (Minsap) protocols. Pimentel stated that it is part of a patients' treatment but not for those in…
telesurenglish.net/news/cuba-interferons…

'Coronavirus used as excuse to roll back Colombia's peace process and democracy'
Adriaan Alsema | colombiareports.com | 2020-04-29
President Ivan Duque and his far-right party are using the coronavirus to cover up "assaults" on Colombia's peace process while promoting authoritarianism, the country's peace movement told the United Nations…
colombiareports.com/coronavirus-used-as-…

Chilean police repress a peaceful protest in Santiago, detain 30
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-04-29
On April 27, the Chilean national police force, the Carabineros, violently repressed a peaceful protest at the Dignity Plaza in the capital Santiago. The protest was called for by several social organizations against the Carabineros on their 93rd anniversary and against the right-wing government led by President Sebastián Piñera. | Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, dozens of Chileans, wearing face masks and maintaining social distance, gathered at the iconic Dignity Plaza, to express their rejection of the Carabineros, on their 93rd anniversary. The protesters expressed their repudiation of the police force by banging…
peoplesdispatch.org/2020/04/29/chilean-p…

Capitalism must go! Celebrate May Day 2020!
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-04-29
May 1 is International Workers Day. It is a day to celebrate the accomplishments of our class and to look to the future. We have real challenges in front of us. The corporate elite – the monopoly capitalists, who rule this country – can't do anything right. They are mesmerized by profit and short-term gain. The same goes for their political representatives in the White House and Congress. Tens of thousands of people who could have lived have perished in the pandemic. Capitalism has once again shown itself to be a failed system, and on May Day 2020, we stand committed to ending the reign of this criminal system.
www.fightbacknews.org/2020/4/29/capitali…

On the Recovery From the COVID-19 Shutdown
Dean Baker | counterpunch.org | 2020-04-29
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.
counterpunch.org/2020/04/29/on-the-recov…

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

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

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

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…

French NGO Nominates Cuban Doctors For Nobel Peace Prize
telesurenglish.net | 2020-04-28
French organization Cuba Linda advocated Tuesday to award the Nobel Peace Prize to the Cuban Henry Reeves medical brigades, deployed in more than 20 countries to fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. | RELATED: | Cuban Doctors Head to South Africa to Help Fight COVID-19 | "The international community is witnessing the solidarity of health professionals who leave their own country to provide services and share experiences in other parts of the world, which in the case of the pandemic…
telesurenglish.net/news/French-NGO-Nomin…

As pandemic encroaches on Abyei, tensions rise over disputed territory straddling Sudan, South Sudan
news.un.org | 2020-04-28
Sudan's efforts to stop the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, are delaying the deployment of fresh United Nations police units in Abyei and the border regions between Sudan and South Sudan, the UN's peacekeeping chief told the Security Council on Tuesday…
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2020/04/1…

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/

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-…

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

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…

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…
counterpunch.org/2020/04/28/biden-the-lo…

'A Progressive Bailout Includes A Freeze On Rent, Mortgages, And Utilities'
Staff | therealnews.com | 2020-04-27
Public educator Jamaal Bowman wants to win the congressional seat of hawkish 30-year incumbent Eliot Engel. Justice Democrats, the group that helped elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, are with him.
therealnews.com/stories/jamaal-bowman-pr…

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…

The Joint Israeli-Palestinian Memorial Ceremony
Staff | therealnews.com | 2020-04-27
Co-hosted by Combatants for Peace and the Parents Circle

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…

'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-…

[Perspectives] The history of the RTS,S/AS01 malaria vaccine trial
Conrad Keating | thelancet.com | 2020-04-25
In 1949, an international congress on malaria coincided with the publication of Mark F Boyd's massive two-volume work on the science of malariology. Placing the tomes on the rostrum, Paul F Russell announced to the delegates, "I present you these volumes as tombstones on the grave of malaria." More than 70 years later, however, it is apparent that Russell's optimism was misplaced: malaria and the mosquitoes that carry this deadly parasitic disease still refuse to be buried. Nevertheless, malaria is a preventable disease, and following WHO's failed eradication attempts in the 1950s and 1960s, global mortality and…
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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…
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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.
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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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Political Blame Game? West Bengal Police Bust 'Starving Man' as Actor in Video Shared by BJP
sputniknews.com | 2020-04-29
New Delhi (Sputnik): Political foes, the ruling Trinamool Congress and Bharatiya Janata Party have been at loggerheads to claim power in West Bengal, where firebrand politician Mamata Banerjee is chief of the state. TMC had 44 seats during the 2014 Indian parliamentary elections, but conceded several seats to BJP in the 2019 polls.
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'Lining Up at the Trough': Federal Reserve to Offer Corporations $500 Billion No-Strings-Attached Bailout Loophole
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-04-28
A Federal Reserve program approved by Congress and aimed at providing emergency relief to large companies contains a "catch" which will permit the corporations to lay off employees and spend the money on executive pay, according to a Washington Post report. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Pentagon to Reportedly Redirect Funds for Anti-Russia Projects to Pay for Border Wall Construction
sputniknews.com | 2020-04-29
In February, the Pentagon reportedly notified the US Congress of reducing finds allocated for military programmes, in a move that was aimed at contributing to the construction of a southern border wall with Mexico.
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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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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…
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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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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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Kweisi Mfume Calls Himself A 'Progressive Moderate.' What Does That Mean?
Staff | therealnews.com | 2020-04-23
Kweisi Mfume wants to return to Congress representing Maryland's 7th District. He discusses the 2020 elections, the Democratic Party, how governments should respond to COVID-19, and the fifth anniversary of Freddie Gray's death.
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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.
splcenter.org/news/2020/04/14/congressma…

Senate Bill Challenges Online Encryption, Constitutional Rights to Speech and Privacy
VINS | projectcensored.org | 2020-04-06
A Senate bill, the EARN IT Act of 2020, introduced by Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) in March 2020, appears to revise regulations aimed at preventing online sexual…
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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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Oregon Leads Way by Enacting Rent Control Law to Address Homelessness
VINS | projectcensored.org | 2020-04-03
Rising rents lead to evictions and homelessness. In February 2019, the state of Oregon passed a Senate Bill 608 to implement the first statewide rent control in the nation, Yasmeen…
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