Daily Archives: May 4, 2020

2020-05-04: News Headlines

Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research (2020-05-04). This is what anti-imperialism looks like: Call for posters. peoplesdispatch.org Art and anti-imperialism | In the small French commune of Vallauris sits a 14th century chapel. On its walls, Spanish socialist painter Pablo Picasso created one of his largest murals — the diptych, War and Peace (1952). After preparing 278 sketches, Picasso's finished mural portrays a disease-carrying demon of war battling a heroic figure wielding a spear and shielded by a dove. It is a portrait of imperialism. Against the backdrop of this painting were the U.S. military aggressions in the Korean War that had begun two years earlier, which would claim three million lives by 1953. | "Painting is not made to…

Staff (2020-05-04). As Workers Get Sick & Die from COVID-19, McConnell Demands Corporate Immunity in New Stimulus Bill. democracynow.org As the Senate reconvenes today, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is demanding that Congress use the next stimulus bill to protect corporations from liability for workers. "He wants to protect their right to engage in egregious misconduct," says Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen.

RT (2020-05-04). West blocking Syrian refugees from returning places 'a bomb' to destroy neighbors' economies & security — Lebanese president. rt.com The US and its allies want to keep refugees from returning to Syria regardless of the economic and social damage the current situation does to hosting nations, the president of Lebanon has said in an interview. | "They want to place the refugees as a bomb in the countries neighboring Syria, even if it would blow up the society, the security, and the economy in nations like Lebanon," President Michel Aoun Lebanon has an estimated population of over six million. Of those, a million are regi…

The Babylon Bee (2020-05-04). Governor Unveils Innovative 37-Step Plan to Reopen State Over the Next 10 Years. anti-empire.com With many Americans eager to get back to work, state governors across the country are responding with their plans for giving everyone permission to be normal human beings again. One state governor is enjoying universal acclaim after unveiling his own innovative plan for getting his state reopened. | The new plan is called 'Our Vision for Health, Safety, Virtue, and Eternal Peace' and is a 37-step, 10-year plan for slowly opening up sections of the state economy. It reads as follows: | Form an exploratory committee to consult various experts on reopening things | Set date to hear recommendations from the explor…

Ellen Brown (2020-05-04). Crushing the States, Saving the Banks: the Fed's Generous New Rules. counterpunch.org Congress seems to be at war with the states. Only $150 billion of its nearly $3 trillion coronavirus relief package — a mere 5% — has been allocated to the 50 states; and they are not allowed to use it where they need it most, to plug the holes in their budgets caused by the

en.mehrnews (2020-05-04). Al-Nujaba distributed Subsistence packages in Palestine. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 04 (MNA) — Following its aids to Iraqi, Iranian and Syrian people, al-Nujaba Movement, on the occasion of Ramadan month, distributed aid packages, including foods and medical supplies, among some Palestinian families.

Barbara Nimri Aziz (2020-05-04). America's Long War… Family Stories from Ground Zero, by a New Generation of Filmmakers. globalresearch.ca For two decades now, following U.S. invasions of Afghanistan, then Iraq, and as we approach ten years of upheaval in Syria and five in Yemen, interpretation of these wars has been the domain of western observers— journalists, occupying soldiers, and …

Jacob G. Hornberger (2020-05-04). Why Foreign Interventionism? globalresearch.ca What is the point of U.S. foreign interventionism? | Why are U.S. troops killing and dying in faraway countries like Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, and Somalia? | Why does the U.S. government have 165,000 troops stationed in more than 150 foreign countries? | Why …

en.mehrnews (2020-05-04). Russia slams US for obstructing Iran's loan request from IMF. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 4 (MNA) — Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Pankin on Monday lashed out at US's attempt for obstructing a loan by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to the Islamic Republic of Iran and Syria amid the pandemic.

Alberto Lovera (2020-05-04). Venezuelan Armed Forces Neutralize Colombian Paramilitary Incursion on Coast of La Guaira. globalresearch.ca At dawn this Sunday, the Venezuelan state security forces neutralized a paramilitary incursion from Colombia on the coast of La Guaira, reported the Minister of People's Power for Interior, Justice and Peace, Nestor Reverol. | "They tried to carry out …

Staff (2020-05-04). Defying Trump and Their Governors, Many Workers Are Refusing to "Reopen" truthout.org The argument over whether or not to extend stay-at-home orders has reached a crescendo after weeks of COVID-19 cloistering — combined with scant assistance from the federal government — and left millions forced to choose between their money and their lives. Many people need cash after weeks without working; those people want and need to work, but many of those people don't want to die for work. | If Congress and Donald Trump were to act with the powers at their disposal — a nationa…

South Front (2020-05-03). Video: Golan Heights Escalation and New Drama in Idlib. globalresearch.ca Early on May 1, several missiles launched from the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights hit positions of the Syrian Army near Tell Ahmar and Quneitra city. The strike reportedly led to no casualties among Syrian personnel, but destroyed several pieces of military …

Lucas Leiroz de Almeida (2020-05-03). Israel Behind Air Strikes in Syria Directed against Hezbollah. "Greater Israel" in the Making? globalresearch.ca Tensions have worsened in the Middle East. Apparently, the Israeli government is promoting an escalation of violence in Syria with the aim of expelling any trace of Iranian presence from the country, leading to the collapse of relations between Tehran …

Abdel Bari Atwan (2020-05-03). Why is Israel stepping up attacks on Syria? thealtworld.com Netanyahu is trying to achieve several objectives while the world looks elsewhere | There has been a steady upping of the pace of unprovoked Israeli military attacks on Syria recently. As presumably intended, this escalation has gone largely unreported in the international media and unnoticed by an outside world preoccupied with the coronavirus pandemic. | On Friday, Israeli warplanes launched a missile strike on a military base near the city of Hama, causing extensive casualties. The previous night, Israeli helicopters overflying the occupied Golan Heights targeted sites used by pro-government Iranian-backed par…

teleSUR (2020-05-03). Venezuelan Military Foils Terrorist Infiltration from Colombia. telesurenglish.net The Minister of Interior, Justice and Peace of Venezuela, Nestor Reverol, announced on Sunday the disarticulation of an incursion by a terrorist group into the country via sea. | RELATED: | Reverol said the infiltration attempt came from a terrorist group trying to enter Venezuela from Colombia. | Reverol highlighted that the objective of this incursion was to commit terrorist acts in the country, like carrying out asassinations…

Adriaan Alsema (2020-05-03). Bojaya commemorates massacre for the first time with lost loved ones, but without peace. colombiareports.com The people of Bojaya on Saturday commemorated the 2002 massacre in their northwest Colombia village for the first time in the presence of those they lost, but without the peace…

teleSUR (2020-05-03). Bolsonaro Heads Anti-Democratic Rally Amid Brazil's Crisis. telesurenglish.net Far-right Brazilian leader Jair Bolsonaro took to the streets Sunday to attack Congress and the courts in a speech to hundreds of his supporters, mentioning once again the backing he continues to have with the armed forces. | RELATED: | "We have the armed forces at the people's side: the side of order, democracy, liberty," Bolsonaro said in a speech transmitted live on Facebook, underlining the former army captain's in…

Andrey Areshev (2020-05-03). So We're All in This Together… Really? What About Big Oil? strategic-culture.org Charlotte DENNETT | One thing I've learned over the years of investigating Big Oil and its hold over the futures of whole nations — including the US — is this: Never count on "straight talk" from its lobbyists, its PR people, and its protagonists in Congress and the White House | So what are we make of the fact that the price of oil tanked to below zero per barrel on April 22, the greatest drop in history? The price has gone up slightly since then, hovering around $16 a barrel on April 25th, but it is still severely depressed. Who will suffer from this? And perhaps more importantly, who will gain? | P…

Rebecca Burns (2020-05-03). May Rent Is Due, and Hundreds of Thousands of Tenants Are Going on Strike. zcomm.org Activists and some members of Congress are calling for rent to be canceled, as the coronavirus pandemic wreaks economic havoc…

Staff (2020-05-03). Corporations Don't Need Another Bailout — Schools Do. truthout.org Money matters in education. Someone needs to tell Mitch McConnell that. | The Senate majority leader said on April 22 that the federal government should let states battling COVID-19 go

Lindsey Snell (2020-05-02). "Turkey Lied to Us." Erdogan's Syrian Mercenaries in Libya Are Desperate to Leave. anti-empire.com "I just got back from Libya yesterday," said Zein Ahmad*, a Turkish-backed Syrian National Army (SNA) militant in Afrin. "But I had been trying to leave for more than a month." When the Libyan National Army (LNA) neared Tripoli in April 2019, the rival UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) in Tripoli called on Turkey for military support. | Turkish forces began heavily recruiting militants from SNA factions in Syria to fight on their behalf, and began flying hundreds to Libya every week. The exact number of Syrian militants Turkey has sent is unknown, but estimates range from 5,000 to 17,000. Flights c…

Howie Hawkins (2020-05-02). The 5th Coronavirus Relief Package We Need. dissidentvoice.org The coronavirus depression is fast becoming as deep as the Great Depression. The federal government's response has been too little, too late. While sickness and death spread, while unemployment and small business failures soar, while health care and essential workers lack personal protective equipment (PPE), Congress is in recess until May 4. The childlike dummy, …

RT (2020-05-01). Bezos ordered to testify in Congress, as Amazon accused of 'possibly criminally false' statements on business practices. rt.com Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has been ordered to testify before Congress by the House Judiciary Committee, which has accused the corporation of lying about its private labeling practices to cover up possible antitrust violations. | In a

RT (2020-05-01). What's in the archives? Panicked Biden tries to dodge search for sexual assault claims proof in bizarre Morning Joe interview. rt.com Democratic presidential frontrunner Joe Biden came off panicked in an interview that was supposed to put the Tara Reade sexual assault allegations to rest, raising questions about what incriminating evidence is in his archives. | An increasingly nervous Biden appeared to unravel before viewers' eyes in an interview with Mika Brzezinski on Morning Joe on Friday. The former vice president became noticeably agitated as the host pushed him to allow a search for former Senate staffer Tara Reade's name in his personal archives at the University of Delaware, records the university recently ordered re-sealed until two…

South Front (2020-05-01). Video: Prospects of Turkish-Russian Military Conflict in Syria. globalresearch.ca The region of Greater Idlib remains the main source of tensions in Syria. | The March 5th ceasefire deal reached by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow allowed an end to be made to the …

teleSUR (2020-05-01). Police Brutality Marks Workers' Day in Chile. telesurenglish.net On the morning of the International Workers' Day, Chileans attempted to carry out peaceful protests in various public places in their country's main cities. | RELATED: | Although they initially followed COVID-19 physical distancing prevention measures, the military police violently lashed out at citizens in unsuccessful attempts to dissuade them from protesting against President Sebastian Piñera. The pretext for the police atta…

Mike Alewitz (2020-05-01). Sanitizing the Kent State Massacre. counterpunch.org May 4, 2020 will mark the 50th anniversary of the massacre at Kent State University (KSU). We were peacefully protesting the US invasion of Cambodia when the Ohio National Guard launched a teargas attack and then opened fire at us. 67 shots in 13 seconds left our campus strewn with dead and wounded. Four dead

Lawrence Gostin (2020-05-03). If We're at War, the Weapons We Need Are Tests and PPE, Not Pork. zcomm.org Source: Democracy Now! As President Trump invokes the Defense Production Act to bar local governments from closing meatpacking plants around the United States, we get response from a longtime adviser to the World Health Organization. "When Congress passed that act, it certainly did not have in mind that the president has the power or the

yenisafak (2020-05-04). Syria: Rift opens up in Assad family, tycoon slams regime. yenisafak.com Rami Makhlouf, a Syrian business tycoon and billionaire cousin of the head of the Syrian regime, Bashar al-Assad, has decried the practices of the regime security apparatus against his businesses.In a new video on his Facebook page, Makhlouf said regime security forces had arrested his employees in spite of "all the services that his companies have provided to those apparatuses".He pointed out that the regime asked him to distance himself from his companies and obey instructions, underlining his rejection of the regime's practices against his firms.Makhlouf, who has been labeled as the "artery of the regime's eco…

yenisafak (2020-05-03). Syrian tycoon Makhlouf says security forces are arresting his employees. yenisafak.com Sanctions-hit Syrian tycoon Rami Makhlouf on Sunday said that security forces are arresting employees at his diversified companies in what he said were "mounting pressures" on him days after Syrian authorities asked him to repay hefty taxes."Today pressures began in an unacceptable ways and the security forces, in an inhumane way, are arresting our employees," Makhlouf said in a video.Makhlouf, a maternal cousin of President Bashar al-Assad and widely considered part of the president's inner circle, has a business empire that ranges from telecoms and real estate to construction and oil trading. He had played a bi…

Staff (2020-04-30). WHO Adviser on Meat Plants: If We're at War, the Weapons We Need Are Tests and PPE, Not Pork. democracynow.org As President Trump invokes the Defense Production Act to bar local governments from closing meatpacking plants around the United States, we get response from a longtime adviser to the World Health Organization. "When Congress passed that act, it certainly did not have in mind that the president has the power or the right to put workers' lives and health at risk," says Lawrence Gostin, professor of global health law at Georgetown University and director of the World Health Organization Center on National and Global Health Law. Gostin also discusses why he joined 40 leading center directors in a declaration this we…

RT (2020-04-30). 'Joe Biden is Joe Biden': Democratic establishment clashes with progressives over lockstep defense on Tara Reade allegations. rt.com House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's "boys will be boys"-type defense of 2020 Democratic frontrunner Joe Biden has half the internet raging at the party's "hypocrisy," while the other half demand the heads of the candidate's critics. | Pelosi delivered a tart rebuke on Thursday to a reporter's query about how the party was (mis)handling former Senate staffer Tara Reade's sexual assault allegations against Biden. | Speaker Pelosi: "I have complete respect for the whole

Jeff Jurgens (2020-04-30). Take Action: Keep COVID Stimulus $$ Away From the Pentagon. peaceaction.org Congress is putting together additional and much needed stimulus packages in response to COVID-19. That's the good news. The bad news is that the Pentagon is trying to weasel billions of dollars out of these stimulus bills! All just to keep the mega-profits rolling for weapons dealers and the military-industrial complex. As people here at …

Roger D. Harris (2020-04-30). Baby Boomers for Biden Recant Left Legacy. dissidentvoice.org Former members of the leading Vietnam War-era peace organization in the US, Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), recently circulated an open letter warning today's young activists to — as the adage goes — do as I say and not as I did. Back in the '60s and '70s, these former leaders led the way …

Jeff Jurgens (2020-04-30). U.S. Organizations React to Global Military Spending Report. peaceaction.org Joint Statement: U.S. organizations react to global military spending report April 27, 2020 Our diverse group of 39 think-tanks, non-profits, faith-based organizations, and advocacy groups based in the United States find the exorbitant amount of money spent on militaries worldwide to be an irresponsible and harmful use of global wealth. The Global Military Expenditures Report …

teleSUR (2020-04-30). Biden to Respond to Sex Assault Allegation in Interview Friday. telesurenglish.net Presumptive Democratic U.S. presidential nominee Joe Biden for the first time on Friday is set to personally address a former Senate aide's accusation that he sexually assaulted her in 1993 – a claim that his campaign has denied. | RELATED: | Biden is scheduled to be interviewed about the matter on the MSNBC program "Morning Joe," the cable TV network said on Twitter on Thursday. Biden's campaign did not respond to a request…

2020-05-04: Social Media Postees

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This is what anti-imperialism looks like: Call for posters
Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-05-04
Art and anti-imperialism | In the small French commune of Vallauris sits a 14th century chapel. On its walls, Spanish socialist painter Pablo Picasso created one of his largest murals

Al-Nujaba distributed Subsistence packages in Palestine
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-04
TEHRAN, May 04 (MNA)

As Workers Get Sick & Die from COVID-19, McConnell Demands Corporate Immunity in New Stimulus Bill
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-05-04
As the Senate reconvenes today, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is demanding that Congress use the next stimulus bill to protect corporations from liability for workers. "He wants to protect their right to engage in egregious misconduct," says Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen.
www.democracynow.org/2020/5/4/rob_weissm…

America's Long War… Family Stories from Ground Zero, by a New Generation of Filmmakers
Barbara Nimri Aziz | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-04
For two decades now, following U.S. invasions of Afghanistan, then Iraq, and as we approach ten years of upheaval in Syria and five in Yemen, interpretation of these wars has been the domain of western observers– journalists, occupying soldiers, and …
globalresearch.ca/family-stories-from-ground-zero-new-generation-filmmakers/5711670

Why Foreign Interventionism?
Jacob G. Hornberger | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-04
What is the point of U.S. foreign interventionism? | Why are U.S. troops killing and dying in faraway countries like Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, and Somalia? | Why does the U.S. government have 165,000 troops stationed in more than 150 foreign countries? | Why …
globalresearch.ca/why-foreign-interventionism/5711647

Russia slams US for obstructing Iran's loan request from IMF
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-04
TEHRAN, May 4 (MNA)

Governor Unveils Innovative 37-Step Plan to Reopen State Over the Next 10 Years
The Babylon Bee | anti-empire.com | 2020-05-04
With many Americans eager to get back to work, state governors across the country are responding with their plans for giving everyone permission to be normal human beings again. One state governor is enjoying universal acclaim after unveiling his own innovative plan for getting his state reopened. | The new plan is called 'Our Vision for Health, Safety, Virtue, and Eternal Peace' and is a 37-step, 10-year plan for slowly opening up sections of the state economy. It reads as follows: | Form an exploratory committee to consult various experts on reopening things | Set date to hear recommendations from the explor…
anti-empire.com/governor-unveils-innovat…

Four Dead in Ohio
Frank Joyce | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-04
If you are old enough, you will recognize that snippet from a song by Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. If not, I am here to tell you that on May 4, 1970, four students were shot to death by members of the Ohio National Guard on the campus of Kent State University in Ohio. Nine others were wounded. | The students weren't doing anything wrong. Actually, they were doing something right. They were peacefully assembled to protest the U.S. war on Viet Nam, Laos, and Cambodia. They were part of an eruption of nationwide campus protests that followed President Nixon's announcement that the United States had launched a bom…
counterpunch.org/2020/05/04/four-dead-in…

Venezuelan Armed Forces Neutralize Colombian Paramilitary Incursion on Coast of La Guaira
Alberto Lovera | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-04
At dawn this Sunday, the Venezuelan state security forces neutralized a paramilitary incursion from Colombia on the coast of La Guaira, reported the Minister of People's Power for Interior, Justice and Peace, Nestor Reverol. | "They tried to carry out | …
globalresearch.ca/paramilitary-incursion-colombia-neutralized-la-guaira/5711686

Crushing the States, Saving the Banks: The Fed's Generous New Rules
Ellen Brown | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-04
Congress seems to be at war with the states. Only $150 billion of its nearly $3 trillion coronavirus relief package

Crushing the States, Saving the Banks: the Fed's Generous New Rules
Ellen Brown | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-04
Congress seems to be at war with the states. Only $150 billion of its nearly $3 trillion coronavirus relief package

Defying Trump and Their Governors, Many Workers Are Refusing to "Reopen"
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-05-04
The argument over whether or not to extend stay-at-home orders has reached a crescendo after weeks of COVID-19 cloistering

Crushing the States, Saving the Banks: The Fed's Generous New Rules
Ellen Brown | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-05-04
Congress seems to be at war with the states. Only $150 billion of its nearly $3 trillion coronavirus relief package

Video: Golan Heights Escalation and New Drama in Idlib
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-03
Early on May 1, several missiles launched from the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights hit positions of the Syrian Army near Tell Ahmar and Quneitra city. The strike reportedly led to no casualties among Syrian personnel, but destroyed several pieces of military …
globalresearch.ca/video-golan-heights-escalation-idlib/5711578

Why is Israel stepping up attacks on Syria?
Abdel Bari Atwan | thealtworld.com | 2020-05-03
Netanyahu is trying to achieve several objectives while the world looks elsewhere | There has been a steady upping of the pace of unprovoked Israeli military attacks on Syria recently. As presumably intended, this escalation has gone largely unreported in the international media and unnoticed by an outside world preoccupied with the coronavirus pandemic. | On Friday, Israeli warplanes launched a missile strike on a military base near the city of Hama, causing extensive casualties. The previous night, Israeli helicopters overflying the occupied Golan Heights targeted sites used by pro-government Iranian-backed par…

Why is Israel stepping up attacks on Syria?

Israel Behind Air Strikes in Syria Directed against Hezbollah. "Greater Israel" in the Making?
Lucas Leiroz de Almeida | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-03
Tensions have worsened in the Middle East. Apparently, the Israeli government is promoting an escalation of violence in Syria with the aim of expelling any trace of Iranian presence from the country, leading to the collapse of relations between Tehran …
globalresearch.ca/israel-can-be-behind-air-strikes-syria/5711574

Bojaya commemorates massacre for the first time with lost loved ones, but without peace
Adriaan Alsema | colombiareports.com | 2020-05-03
The people of Bojaya on Saturday commemorated the 2002 massacre in their northwest Colombia village for the first time in the presence of those they lost, but without the peace…
colombiareports.com/bojaya-commemorates-…

Venezuelan Military Foils Terrorist Infiltration from Colombia
telesurenglish.net | 2020-05-03
The Minister of Interior, Justice and Peace of Venezuela, Nestor Reverol, announced on Sunday the disarticulation of an incursion by a terrorist group into the country via sea. | RELATED: | Venezuela to Carry out Special Repatriation Operations | Reverol said the infiltration attempt came from a terrorist group trying to enter Venezuela from Colombia. | Reverol highlighted that the objective of this incursion was to commit terrorist acts in the country, like carrying out asassinations…
telesurenglish.net/news/Venezuelan-Milit…

Bolsonaro Heads Anti-Democratic Rally Amid Brazil's Crisis
telesurenglish.net | 2020-05-03
Far-right Brazilian leader Jair Bolsonaro took to the streets Sunday to attack Congress and the courts in a speech to hundreds of his supporters, mentioning once again the backing he continues to have with the armed forces. | RELATED: | Brazil: Moro Testifies Against Bolsonaro Who Calls Him 'Judas' | "We have the armed forces at the people's side: the side of order, democracy, liberty," Bolsonaro said in a speech transmitted live on Facebook, underlining the former army captain's in…
telesurenglish.net/news/Bolsonaro-Heads-…

So We're All in This Together… Really? What About Big Oil?
Andrey Areshev | strategic-culture.org | 2020-05-03
Charlotte DENNETT | One thing I've learned over the years of investigating Big Oil and its hold over the futures of whole nations

May Rent Is Due, and Hundreds of Thousands of Tenants Are Going on Strike
Rebecca Burns | zcomm.org | 2020-05-03
Activists and some members of Congress are calling for rent to be canceled, as the coronavirus pandemic wreaks economic havoc…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/may-rent-is-due-an…

"Turkey Lied to Us." Erdogan's Syrian Mercenaries in Libya Are Desperate to Leave
Lindsey Snell | anti-empire.com | 2020-05-02
"I just got back from Libya yesterday," said Zein Ahmad*, a Turkish-backed Syrian National Army (SNA) militant in Afrin. "But I had been trying to leave for more than a month." When the Libyan National Army (LNA) neared Tripoli in April 2019, the rival UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) in Tripoli called on Turkey for military support. | Turkish forces began heavily recruiting militants from SNA factions in Syria to fight on their behalf, and began flying hundreds to Libya every week. The exact number of Syrian militants Turkey has sent is unknown, but estimates range from 5,000 to 17,000. Flights c…
anti-empire.com/turkey-lied-to-us-erdoga…

The 5th Coronavirus Relief Package We Need
Howie Hawkins | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-05-02
The coronavirus depression is fast becoming as deep as the Great Depression. The federal government's response has been too little, too late. While sickness and death spread, while unemployment and small business failures soar, while health care and essential workers lack personal protective equipment (PPE), Congress is in recess until May 4. The childlike dummy, …
dissidentvoice.org/2020/05/the-5th-coron…

Sanitizing the Kent State Massacre
Mike Alewitz | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-01
May 4, 2020 will mark the 50th anniversary of the massacre at Kent State University (KSU). We were peacefully protesting the US invasion of Cambodia when the Ohio National Guard launched a teargas attack and then opened fire at us. 67 shots in 13 seconds left our campus strewn with dead and wounded. Four dead…
counterpunch.org/2020/05/01/sanitizing-t…

What's in the archives? Panicked Biden tries to dodge search for sexual assault claims proof in bizarre Morning Joe interview
rt.com | 2020-05-01
Democratic presidential frontrunner Joe Biden came off panicked in an interview that was supposed to put the Tara Reade sexual assault allegations to rest, raising questions about what incriminating evidence is in his archives. | An increasingly nervous Biden appeared to unravel before viewers' eyes in an interview with Mika Brzezinski on Morning Joe on Friday. The former vice president became noticeably agitated as the host pushed him to allow a search for former Senate staffer Tara Reade's name in his personal archives at the University of Delaware, records the university recently ordered re-sealed until two…
rt.com/usa/487564-biden-interview-defens…

Syria: Rift opens up in Assad family, tycoon slams regime
yenisafak.com | 2020-05-04
Rami Makhlouf, a Syrian business tycoon and billionaire cousin of the head of the Syrian regime, Bashar al-Assad, has decried the practices of the regime security apparatus against his businesses.In a new video on his Facebook page, Makhlouf said regime security forces had arrested his employees in spite of "all the services that his companies have provided to those apparatuses".He pointed out that the regime asked him to distance himself from his companies and obey instructions, underlining his rejection of the regime's practices against his firms.Makhlouf, who has been labeled as the "artery of the regime's eco…
yenisafak.com/en/world/syria-rift-opens-…

Syrian tycoon Makhlouf says security forces are arresting his employees
yenisafak.com | 2020-05-03
Sanctions-hit Syrian tycoon Rami Makhlouf on Sunday said that security forces are arresting employees at his diversified companies in what he said were "mounting pressures" on him days after Syrian authorities asked him to repay hefty taxes."Today pressures began in an unacceptable ways and the security forces, in an inhumane way, are arresting our employees," Makhlouf said in a video.Makhlouf, a maternal cousin of President Bashar al-Assad and widely considered part of the president's inner circle, has a business empire that ranges from telecoms and real estate to construction and oil trading. He had played a bi…
yenisafak.com/en/news/syrian-tycoon-makh…