Daily Archives: May 5, 2020

2020-05-05: News Headlines

Mark Gruenberg (2020-05-05). GOP Senate to hold stimulus hostage; demands coronavirus lawsuit immunity for bosses. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—If you go to work and get sick from coronavirus on the job, because of little protective gear and no social distancing, Mitch McConnell wants to make sure your boss walks, scot-free. That's his "line in the sand" in the next economic aid package to deal with the coronavirus pandemic and its massive closures. The …

Rep. Ron Paul (2020-05-05). The Federal Reserve: More Lethal Than Coronavirus. globalresearch.ca Last week the Federal Reserve announced it will keep interest rates at or near zero until the economy recovers from the government-imposed shutdown. Following this announcement, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell urged Congress and the Trump administration to put aside …

South Front (2020-05-05). Video: ISIS Rears Its Ugly Head in Southern Syria and Central Iraq. globalresearch.ca Tensions between Hayat Tahrir al-Sham and the Syrian Army are growing in southern Idlib. Recently, government forces repeatedly shelled positions of the terrorist groups in the Zawiya Mountain area. The most intense shelling targeted Hayat Tahrir al-Sham terrorists near Fatterah …

en.mehrnews (2020-05-05). Syria's air defense repels Israeli airstrike over Aleppo. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 05 (MNA) — Syria's army air defenses confronted on Monday a missile aggression on Assfaira region in Aleppo southeastern countryside.

Dave DeCamp (2020-05-05). OPCW Insiders Denounce Latest Syria Report. globalresearch.ca Over the past year, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has been quietly facing a crisis of credibility. The crisis started when whistleblowers within the organization shared information that contradicted the findings of an OPCW investigation into …

James Bovard (2020-05-05). 50 Years of Bat-Shit Crazy Televised Presidential Warmongering. counterpunch.org Fifty years ago, President Richard Nixon popped up on national television on a Thursday night to proudly announce that he invaded Cambodia. At that time, Nixon was selling himself as a peacemaker, promising to withdraw U.S. troops from the Vietnam War. But after the sixth time that Nixon watched the movie "Patton," he was overwhelmed

Staff (2020-05-05). The Fed Just Changed Its Own Rules to Bail Out the Fossil Fuel Industry. truthout.org "Banks got bailed out, we got sold out" was one of the recurring chants at Occupy Wall Street, which began as an encampment in Zuccotti Park three years after the 2008 financial crisis. Who the government chose to rescue — and how easy or difficult it is to be rescued — is not an accident. Instead, it's always been a policy choice. | When lawmakers advocated for emergency aid during the current pandemic to help states with their debts as their budgets get crushed, Senate Majority Leade…

WSWS (2020-05-05). US Senate reconvenes to push return to work and social cuts. wsws.org The Trump administration and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell are demanding that a new pandemic relief bill provide businesses with legal immunity for causing disease or death to employees by failing to provide a safe work environment.

Staff (2020-05-05). Did McConnell Pressure Judge to Retire to Pave Way for His Unqualified Protégé? truthout.org A federal court has requested an investigation into whether Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell unethically pressured a judge on the powerful U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to retire to pave the way for the Kentucky Republican's 38-year-old protégé Justin Walker, who is set for a confirmation hearing for the vacancy on Wednesday. | The New York Times

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…

RT (2020-05-04). Syria air defenses thwart 'hostile' missile attack over Aleppo countryside — state media. rt.com The Syrian air defense shield was activated to intercept missiles targeting the area south-east of Aleppo, SANA news agency said. The missiles were reportedly launched by a "hostile" aircraft. | The incursion took place at around 10: 32pm local time Monday. A military source, cited by SANA, reported that the country's air defenses spotted an enemy aircraft approaching the nation's second-largest city from the north-east of Athria, a town near Hama, to the west of as-Safira area in the Aleppo countryside. | Several military depots in as-Safira came under fire as result of the attack, with air defenses scrambling…

Staff (2020-05-04). Germany Plans To Arm Drones Under Cover Of COVID-19 Crisis. therealnews.com Peace groups in Germany are alarmed that the German defense ministry is planning to arm drones while the legally-required debate can't be held under the COVID-19 shutdown.

RT (2020-05-04). House Republicans demand probe into Chinese investment in American colleges. rt.com In addition to blaming China for the Covid-19 pandemic, Republicans in Congress want to start a probe into Beijing's investment in US universities, insisting that China is attempting to "steal" ideas. | "Besides China peddling money for influence in US institutions of higher education, China is restricting any research regarding the origins of Covid-19 that does not comport with [Chinese Communist Party] propaganda," read a letter sent on Monday to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, calling for an investigation. "To nations battling peak pandemic outbreaks, the CCP's machinations undoubtedly hamper the global…

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.

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.

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 …

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

John Stanton (2020-05-04). US Commission on the Pandemic of 2020: No Culpability, No Accountability for 70,000 Americans Killed in 60 Days. dissidentvoice.org We present the narrative of this report and the recommendations that flow from it to the President of the United States, the United States Congress, and the American people for their consideration. Ten Commissioners—five Republicans and five Democrats chosen by elected leaders from our nation's capital at a time of great partisan division—have come together …

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…

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…

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, …

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…

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 …

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 …

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 …

news.un (2020-04-29). Syria: As coronavirus threat intensifies, ceasefire more urgent than ever. news.un.org Syria desperately needs a nationwide ceasefire to enable its war-weary citizens to access the equipment and resources necessary to combat COVID-19, the UN's top envoy for the country told the Security Council on Wednesday.

Andrea Beaty (2020-04-29). Amazon Won't Play Fair In Commerce Or Congress. cepr.net Last week, the Wall Street Journal revealed that contrary to stated company policies, Amazon looks at proprietary information generated for third-party sellers on the platform when developing its house-brand offerings. Cases described to the Journal include Amazon engineers peeking at the total sales, profit margins, and shipping costs for a popular third-party car trunk organizer …

Kanya Bennett (2020-04-29). Federal Bill Would Release Vulnerable People from Prisons to Help Stop Spread of COVID-19. aclu.org A month ago, Congress gave the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP)

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…

yenisafak (2020-05-05). Turkey urges powers supporting Haftar to rethink. yenisafak.com Turkey on Tuesday called on all powers supporting Libyan warlord Khalifa Haftar to "rethink their position and invest" in the Libyan government."Thanks to Turkey's support for the legitimate government of Libya, the destabilizing and illegitimate Haftar forces are losing ground in Libya. All those powers supporting Haftar must rethink their position and invest in the legitimate government for peace and stability," Fahrettin Altun, Turkey's communications director, said on Twitter.Under the guidance of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Altun said Turkey is "a capable country that can pursue terrorists in Sy…

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,…

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.

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 …

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.

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 …

2020-05-05: Social Media Postees

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Video: ISIS Rears Its Ugly Head in Southern Syria and Central Iraq
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-05
Tensions between Hayat Tahrir al-Sham and the Syrian Army are growing in southern Idlib. Recently, government forces repeatedly shelled positions of the terrorist groups in the Zawiya Mountain area. The most intense shelling targeted Hayat Tahrir al-Sham terrorists near Fatterah …
globalresearch.ca/video-isis-southern-syria-central-iraq/5711792

The Federal Reserve: More Lethal Than Coronavirus
Rep. Ron Paul | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-05
Last week the Federal Reserve announced it will keep interest rates at or near zero until the economy recovers from the government-imposed shutdown. Following this announcement, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell urged Congress and the Trump administration to put aside …
globalresearch.ca/federal-reserve-more-lethal-coronavirus/5711834

OPCW Insiders Denounce Latest Syria Report
Dave DeCamp | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-05
Over the past year, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has been quietly facing a crisis of credibility. The crisis started when whistleblowers within the organization shared information that contradicted the findings of an OPCW investigation into …
globalresearch.ca/opcw-insiders-denounce-latest-syria-report/5711832

Syria's air defense repels Israeli airstrike over Aleppo
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-05
TEHRAN, May 05 (MNA)

50 Years of Bat-Shit Crazy Televised Presidential Warmongering
James Bovard | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-05
Fifty years ago, President Richard Nixon popped up on national television on a Thursday night to proudly announce that he invaded Cambodia. At that time, Nixon was selling himself as a peacemaker, promising to withdraw U.S. troops from the Vietnam War. But after the sixth time that Nixon watched the movie "Patton," he was overwhelmed…
counterpunch.org/2020/05/05/50-years-of-…

The Fed Just Changed Its Own Rules to Bail Out the Fossil Fuel Industry
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-05-05
"Banks got bailed out, we got sold out" was one of the recurring chants at Occupy Wall Street, which began as an encampment in Zuccotti Park three years after the 2008 financial crisis. Who the government chose to rescue

Did McConnell Pressure Judge to Retire to Pave Way for His Unqualified Protégé?
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-05-05
A federal court has requested an investigation into whether Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell unethically pressured a judge on the powerful U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to retire to pave the way for the Kentucky Republican's 38-year-old protégé Justin Walker, who is set for a confirmation hearing for the vacancy on Wednesday. | The New York Times reported la…
truthout.org/articles/did-mcconnell-pres…

GOP Senate to hold stimulus hostage; demands coronavirus lawsuit immunity for bosses
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2020-05-05
WASHINGTON–If you go to work and get sick from coronavirus on the job, because of little protective gear and no social distancing, Mitch McConnell wants to make sure your boss walks, scot-free. That's his "line in the sand" in the next economic aid package to deal with the coronavirus pandemic and its massive closures. The …
peoplesworld.org/article/gop-senate-to-h…

US Senate reconvenes to push return to work and social cuts
wsws.org | 2020-05-05
The Trump administration and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell are demanding that a new pandemic relief bill provide businesses with legal immunity for causing disease or death to employees by failing to provide a safe work environment.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/05/sena…

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

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

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

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…

Germany Plans To Arm Drones Under Cover Of COVID-19 Crisis
Staff | therealnews.com | 2020-05-04
Peace groups in Germany are alarmed that the German defense ministry is planning to arm drones while the legally-required debate can't be held under the COVID-19 shutdown.
therealnews.com/stories/germany-plans-ar…

US Commission on the Pandemic of 2020: No Culpability, No Accountability for 70,000 Americans Killed in 60 Days
John Stanton | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-05-04
We present the narrative of this report and the recommendations that flow from it to the President of the United States, the United States Congress, and the American people for their consideration. Ten Commissioners–five Republicans and five Democrats chosen by elected leaders from our nation's capital at a time of great partisan division–have come together …
dissidentvoice.org/2020/05/us-commission…

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

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

House Republicans demand probe into Chinese investment in American colleges
rt.com | 2020-05-04
In addition to blaming China for the Covid-19 pandemic, Republicans in Congress want to start a probe into Beijing's investment in US universities, insisting that China is attempting to "steal" ideas. | "Besides China peddling money for influence in US institutions of higher education, China is restricting any research regarding the origins of Covid-19 that does not comport with [Chinese Communist Party] propaganda," read a letter sent on Monday to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, calling for an investigation. "To nations battling peak pandemic outbreaks, the CCP's machinations undoubtedly hamper the global…
rt.com/usa/487766-republicans-probe-chin…

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

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

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…

WHO Adviser on Meat Plants: If We're at War, the Weapons We Need Are Tests and PPE, Not Pork
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-04-30
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…
www.democracynow.org/2020/4/30/lawrence_…

U.S. Organizations React to Global Military Spending Report
Jeff Jurgens | peaceaction.org | 2020-04-30
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 …
peaceaction.org/2020/04/30/u-s-organizat…

Take Action: Keep COVID Stimulus $$ Away From the Pentagon
Jeff Jurgens | peaceaction.org | 2020-04-30
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 …
peaceaction.org/2020/04/30/take-action-k…

Syria: As coronavirus threat intensifies, ceasefire more urgent than ever
news.un.org | 2020-04-29
Syria desperately needs a nationwide ceasefire to enable its war-weary citizens to access the equipment and resources necessary to combat COVID-19, the UN's top envoy for the country told the Security Council on Wednesday.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2020/04/1…

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…

Federal Bill Would Release Vulnerable People from Prisons to Help Stop Spread of COVID-19
Kanya Bennett | aclu.org | 2020-04-29
A month ago, Congress gave the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) increased authority to reduce the federal prison population. On March 29th, Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act ( CARES Act), providing DOJ and BOP with the ability to expand home confinement eligibility. Then, Attorney General William Barr "applaud[ed] the substantial steps ta…
aclu.org/news/prisoners-rights/federal-b…

Amazon Won't Play Fair In Commerce Or Congress
Andrea Beaty | cepr.net | 2020-04-29
Last week, the Wall Street Journal revealed that contrary to stated company policies, Amazon looks at proprietary information generated for third-party sellers on the platform when developing its house-brand offerings. Cases described to the Journal include Amazon engineers peeking at the total sales, profit margins, and shipping costs for a popular third-party car trunk organizer …
cepr.net/amazon-wont-play-fair-in-commer…

Turkey urges powers supporting Haftar to rethink
yenisafak.com | 2020-05-05
Turkey on Tuesday called on all powers supporting Libyan warlord Khalifa Haftar to "rethink their position and invest" in the Libyan government."Thanks to Turkey's support for the legitimate government of Libya, the destabilizing and illegitimate Haftar forces are losing ground in Libya. All those powers supporting Haftar must rethink their position and invest in the legitimate government for peace and stability," Fahrettin Altun, Turkey's communications director, said on Twitter.Under the guidance of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Altun said Turkey is "a capable country that can pursue terrorists in Sy…
yenisafak.com/en/news/turkey-urges-power…

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…

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

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 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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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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