Daily Archives: May 7, 2020

2020-05-07: News Headlines

Andrew Korybko (2020-05-07). The Neocons' COVID-19 Fearmongering Won't Derail CPEC. thealtworld.com US "deep state" operative Michael Rubin's recent fearmongering in "The National Interest" about how CPEC will supposedly facilitate the spread of COVID-19 throughout Pakistan is bound to fail because he lacks any credibility as an objective observer due to his professional credentials and thus simply resorts to regurgitating standard talking points aimed against their strategic partnership. | The "Deep State" Speaks | Indian media

Stephen Lendman (2020-05-07). December 2019 COVID-19 Outbreaks in France, China Rips Pompeo. globalresearch.ca Evidence suggests that one or more COVID-19 outbreaks likely first occurred in Hawaii late last summer, what a previous article discussed. | Did outbreaks begin in France before Wuhan, China? | According to a French hospital, a COVID-19 patient was treated on …

RT (2020-05-07). Assad postpones Syria's parliamentary elections for 2nd time over coronavirus. rt.com Syrian President Bashar Assad on Thursday issued a decree delaying the elections of the People's Assembly for the third legislative term until July 19, due to precautionary measures to deal with the coronavirus outbreak. | On March 14, Assad had already ordered to delay the elections until May 20. The polls, which were initially supposed to happen on April 13 across government-run areas, are the third since the start of a conflict in the country nine years ago. | The government has recorded 44 coronavirus cases, including three deaths in areas under its control, while the Kurdish administration in northeastern…

Staff (2020-05-07). Profiting from the Pandemic: Will Pharmaceutical Giants Use Patents to Limit Access to COVID Drugs? democracynow.org As the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases worldwide approaches 4 million and the pandemic could be with us for months or years, we look at who can access drugs like remdesivir, being developed by pharmaceutical giant Gilead, which has the patent for the drug and is poised to make massive profits. We look at how much drugs like remdesivir will cost, and who can access them, with writer Achal Prabhala, coordinator of the AccessIBSA project, which campaigns for access to medicines in India, Brazil and South Africa.

The Canary (2020-05-07). Johnson compared to Chamberlain in protest video on White Cliffs of Dover. thecanary.co Boris Johnson's response to the coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis has been compared to Neville Chamberlain's "peace for our time" moment, in a giant projection beamed on to the White Cliffs of Dover.The Kent landmark was lit up with a mock-up of the prime minister holding a scrap of paper saying "Highest death toll in Europe".The stunt was the brainchild of Led By Donkeys, a group of activists famed for their giant billboards of politicians' tweets.The group said the black and white creation is a comment on the government's "profound failure" and compares Johnson's conduct to Chamberlain's appeasement policy in the l…

Jason Ditz (2020-05-07). Trump Vetoes 'Very Insulting' Measure Limiting His Powers to Attack Iran. anti-empire.com Passed in the Senate in February and the The resolution was a preemptive War Powers Act challenge to a war with Iran, aiming to note that Congress has not in any way authorized…

Caitlin Johnstone (2020-05-07). New OPCW Leaks Prove They Are Lying To Us About Syria. thealtworld.com published some explosive new leaks from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) which make it clear beyond a shadow of a doubt that the organisation, and the narrative managers associated with it, have been lying about the investigation into an alleged chemical attack in Douma, Syria two years ago. | In May of last year an Engineering Assessment signed by South African OPCW inspector Ian Henderson Michael Steinberg (2020-05-07). Nuke Plant Shutdown Continues Near C19 Epicenter. indybay.org On April 30 Reactor 2 at the Indian Point nuclear point, less than 30 miles north of midtown Manhattan on the Hudson River, shut down permanently.

Peoples Dispatch (2020-05-07). 11 dead and hundreds hospitalized following massive gas leak in India. peoplesdispatch.org The accident took place due to a styrene vapor leak at a polymer plant run by LG Polymers India Pvt Ltd, a subsidiary of the South Korean LG Group, in the city of Visakhapatnam in the State of Andhra Pradesh…

J.P. Linstroth (2020-05-07). Genocidal Disease, as it is Happening in Amazonia. counterpunch.org Back in 2009 with a Fulbright Foreign Scholarship and as a Visiting Professor at the Universidade Federal do Amazonas (UFAM), I conducted ethnographic fieldwork in the Amazonian and Brazilian city of Manaus of over two-million people among urban Amerindians there. The urbanized Native peoples living in Manaus, the capitol of Amazonas State, may number as

Catherine Killough (2020-05-07). Kim Jong Un Is Still Alive. What About Peace with North Korea? globalresearch.ca The second anniversary of the 2018 Inter-Korean Summit has just passed. Marking the moment, South Korean President Moon Jae-in

MoveOn, Greenpeace, others (2020-05-07). #WorkerRightsNow: Day of Action for Essential Worker Bill of Rights. indybay.org Online and/or phone call actions…

Chuck Collins — Helen Flannery (2020-05-07). Time for an Emergency Charity Stimulus. counterpunch.org We are living through a time of unprecedented challenges: a major public health crisis and a deepening recession. Congress has already authorized trillions in stimulus funds. But millions of Americans are still relying on the support of local nonprofits such as food banks and human services. These nonprofits are going to need major infusions of

The Commonwealth Club (2020-05-07). Book Talk: 'The Women Reshaping Congress' w/ author Jennifer Steinhauer. indybay.org Online via livestream…

en.mehrnews (2020-05-06). Rouhani urges EU to pressure Israeli regime, not allow further attacks on Syria. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 6 (MNA) — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said that the Islamic Republic of Iran expects Europe to put pressure on the Zionist regime and not allow it to continue attacks on Syria.

Staff (2020-05-06). Native American Clinic Receives Body Bags Instead of COVID-19 Testing Kits. truthout.org A Seattle-area Native American health center in April received body bags instead of requested equipment to handle the coronavirus in what tribal officials described as a "metaphor" for how the Indigenous population is being treated by local, state, and federal governments around the country as the pandemic continues to rage. | "My question is: Are we going to keep getting body bags or are we going to get what we actually need?" Seattle Indian Health Board chief research officer Abigail Ech…

Jeff Jurgens (2020-05-06). U.S. Reverses Policy On Use of Landmines. peaceaction.org On May 6, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.) headed a congressional oversight letter with 107 other members of Congress to Secretary of Defense Mark Esper expressing disappointment to the Trump Administration's reversal of the policy limiting the use of antipersonnel landmines to the defense of South Korea, and seeking answers to …

Peoples Dispatch (2020-05-06). Sudan's peace talks cross barrier but have a long way to go. peoplesdispatch.org The transitional government of Sudan and the Malik Agar-led faction of the Sudan People's Liberation Movement-North agreed to integrate the latter's forces into the state's army, police and intelligence services. But there is a long way ahead…

en.mehrnews (2020-05-06). Borders with Afghanistan represent peace, friendship: Mousavi. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 06 (MNA) — Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi said on Wednesday that Iran considers borders with Afghanistan as borders of peace and friendship and strives to maintain friendly relations with Afghanistan based on mutual respect.

Fight Back (2020-05-06). Postal workers and the fight to save USPS. fightbacknews.org Milwaukee, WI – The United States Postal Service (USPS) is in a state of crisis. Nearly 15 years ago, Congress forced…

Global Research News (2020-05-07). Selected Articles: Fake News About North Korea, Failed Invasion of Venezuela. globalresearch.ca A future without independent media leaves us with an upside down reality where according to the corporate media "NATO deserves a Nobel Peace Prize", and where "nuclear weapons and wars make us safer" | | | If, like us, this is a …

sputniknews (2020-05-07). Boiler Explosion in Cuddalore, India Injures at Least Seven, Reports Suggest. sputniknews.com The news comes amid a major incident in Vishakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh, where a gas leak at an LG chemical plant killed 11 people and endangered over 1,000 others.

sputniknews (2020-05-07). Amazon May Raise Holdings in India's Debt-Ridden Future Retail Ltd From 1.3% to 49%, Report Says. sputniknews.com New Delhi (Sputnik): Before the novel coronavirus pandemic began spreading in the country, India kick-started 2020 with fresh rounds of foreign investments: US-based e-commerce giant Amazon announced an investment of $1 billion in India, aiming at empowering small and medium businesses digitally.

sputniknews (2020-05-07). Ex-State Chief Seeks Action From Indian Commerce Ministry Against S Korean Firm Over Deadly Gas Leak. sputniknews.com New Delhi (Sputnik): As many as 10 people have died and thousands directly exposed to styrene gas due to their close proximity to a major gas leak at an LG Polymers Pvt Ltd plant in Visakhapatnam.

sputniknews (2020-05-07). Drunk 'Indian Michael Jackson' Wins Hearts on Twitter With Rocking Moves – Video. sputniknews.com New Delhi (Sputnik): News of the sale of alcohol amid the lockdown in India has brought many onto the roads, queuing outside liquor stores. Strange videos and pictures of the sale of liquor and its effects due to the lockdown have been going viral.

sputniknews (2020-05-07). B-Town Princess Ananya Pandey, Guitarist James McVey Join Hands to Show Path Against Cyber Bullying. sputniknews.com New Delhi (Sputnik): A bunch of young boys from the national capital Delhi were recently exposed for exchanging inappropriate messages about underage girls on an Instagram group. While the incident evoked a strong backlash from social media users, it also raised concerns about the safety of minors on the internet.

sputniknews (2020-05-07). Textile Manufacturers Rue as India Imports PPE from China While Their Capacity Remains Idle. sputniknews.com New Delhi (Sputnik): India ordered the import of 15 million personal protective equipment (PPE) kits, including gowns and masks, from China in mid-April, despite criticism from several importing nations over the quality. 50,000 PPE kits from the earlier import of a 150,000 batch failed quality tests according to Indian standards.

sputniknews (2020-05-07). India's Financial Stress: Army Abolishes Over 9,000 Jobs in Engineering Services. sputniknews.com New Delhi (Sputnik): India's federal Finance Ministry has asked all ministries to scale down expenditures, varying from 20 to 60 percent, due to stress on finances after the coronavirus spread across the country. Accordingly, the defence minister has asked military commanders to identify and prioritise their tasks.

sputniknews (2020-05-07). South Korean, Chinese Smartphone Players Get Nod to Restart Production in India's Uttar Pradesh. sputniknews.com New Delhi (Sputnik): India has entered the third phase of its nationwide lockdown in the battle against the coronavirus. In order to revive the faint heartbeat of the Indian economy, the country has begun issuing partial relaxations to government and private offices along with some manufacturers.

yenisafak (2020-05-07). Security forces seize 70 Roman-era coins in SE Turkey. yenisafak.com Turkish security forces seized Roman-era bronze coins in the southeastern Sanliurfa province on Thursday, according to security sources.Some 70 Roman-era coins were found from a car stopped by gendarmerie forces in Akcakale district.As many as 1,500 packets of smuggled cigarettes were also seized from six trucks in the district. Nine suspects were arrested during the operation. Akcakale maintains a border crossing with Syria's Tell Abyad town.

commondreams (2020-05-06). CPC Co-Chair Rep. Pocan, Progressive Advocates Demand Congress Allocate $4 Billion for Election Assistance. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Sputnik News (2020-05-06). 'Insulting Resolution': Trump Vetoes Measure Curbing Military Action Against Iran. iranian.com US President Donald Trump has vetoed a bill that would have reined in his power to unilaterally make war against Iran. The bill was passed by lawmakers after the White House's January decision to assassinate a leading Iranian general without notifying Congress, bringing the region to the brink of war. In March, federal lawmakers passed a …

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2020-05-06). 'This Funding Should Be Non-Negotiable': CPC Co-Chair Pocan Joins Progressives to Demand Congress Allocate $4 Billion for Election Assistance. commondreams.org "Failing to act now would put our democracy and the 2020 election at risk." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Staff (2020-05-05). Navajo Nation Suffers Third-Highest COVID-19 Infection Rate in U.S. with Limited Healthcare & Water. democracynow.org We get an update from two doctors treating patients with the Navajo Nation, the largest Indigenous reservation in the country, which has been hard hit by the coronavirus pandemic. Dr. Michelle Tom is a member of the Navajo Nation and a family physician treating COVID-19 patients at the Winslow Indian Health Care Center and Little Colorado Medical Center in northern Arizona near the Navajo reservation. In Gallup, New Mexico, Dr. Sriram Shamasunder is leading a medical volunteer group of 21 nurses and doctors from the University of California, San Francisco as part of the HEAL Initiative. He says the coronavirus hi…

Gerald E. Scorse (2020-05-05). Pandemic Fallout Includes Handout to Rich Retirees. dissidentvoice.org The coronavirus pandemic is worlds apart from the financial meltdown of 2008-09. Even so the government's response was identical in one telltale way. Congress once again gave a special dose of tender loving care to taxpayers who need it the least. The 2008 bailout suspended annual required minimum distribution (RMDs) from retirement accounts. Surprise, surprise, …

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.

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). 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…

Fight Back (2020-05-04). Boyle Heights celebrates May Day for the 6th consecutive year. fightbacknews.org Los Angeles, CA – On Friday, May 1, a car protest of over 40 vehicles driven by workers, teachers and activists took to the streets for the sixth consecutive year to celebrate International Workers Day, May Day, in the Boyle Heights neighborhood. Organized by Centro CSO, this year's May Day protest focused on Trump's attacks on immigrants and called for free healthcare for COVID-19 patients, support for public education, jailing killer cops and community control over the police. | "The coronavirus pandemic has affected oppressed nationalities like African Americans, Chicanos and American Indians the most. Unsafe…

Ellen Brown (2020-05-04). Crushing the States, Saving the Banks: The Fed's Generous New Rules. dissidentvoice.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 …

Dr. Davood Rahni (2020-05-04). Is Persian a homogenous genetic and thus distinct "superior race"? iranian.com The Persian people are one of the many diverse ancient peoples from the extended Iranian (Irano-Indo-European) families, who as roamer-gatherer nomads spread out from central Asia to northern India, the Caucasus, Asia Minor, and the Persian Plateau between the Caspian Sea and the Persian Gulf since at least the Neolithic Period (late Stone Age of …

Incze MA, Tobey ML, Sequist TD. (2020-05-01). Investing in the Health of American Indians and Alaska Natives. jamanetwork.com This Viewpoint discusses the importance of investing in the health of American Indians and Alaskan Natives.

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 …

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…

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 …

2020-05-07: Social Media Postees

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December 2019 COVID-19 Outbreaks in France, China Rips Pompeo
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-07
Evidence suggests that one or more COVID-19 outbreaks likely first occurred in Hawaii late last summer, what a previous article discussed. | Did outbreaks begin in France before Wuhan, China? | According to a French hospital, a COVID-19 patient was treated on …
globalresearch.ca/december-2019-covid-19-outbreaks-france-china-rips-pompeo/5712122

#WorkerRightsNow: Day of Action for Essential Worker Bill of Rights
MoveOn, Greenpeace, others | indybay.org | 2020-05-07
Online and/or phone call actions…
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/05/06/1883285…

Kim Jong Un Is Still Alive. What About Peace with North Korea?
Catherine Killough | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-07
The second anniversary of the 2018 Inter-Korean Summit has just passed. Marking the moment, South Korean President Moon Jae-in lamented, "We have been made keenly aware once again that peace will not come overnight." Images of the two Korean …
globalresearch.ca/kim-jong-un-alive-what-about-peace-north-korea/5712081

Johnson compared to Chamberlain in protest video on White Cliffs of Dover
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-05-07
Boris Johnson's response to the coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis has been compared to Neville Chamberlain's "peace for our time" moment, in a giant projection beamed on to the White Cliffs of Dover.The Kent landmark was lit up with a mock-up of the prime minister holding a scrap of paper saying "Highest death toll in Europe".The stunt was the brainchild of Led By Donkeys, a group of activists famed for their giant billboards of politicians' tweets.The group said the black and white creation is a comment on the government's "profound failure" and compares Johnson's conduct to Chamberlain's appeasement policy in the l…
thecanary.co/uk/news/2020/05/07/johnson-compared-to-chamberlain-in-protest-video-on-white-cliffs-of-dover/

Book Talk: 'The Women Reshaping Congress' w/ author Jennifer Steinhauer
The Commonwealth Club | indybay.org | 2020-05-07
Online via livestream…
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/05/06/1883285…

Trump Vetoes 'Very Insulting' Measure Limiting His Powers to Attack Iran
Jason Ditz | anti-empire.com | 2020-05-07
Passed in the Senate in February and the House in March, the Iran War Powers Resolution appears to have come to an end on Wednesday when it was vetoed by President Trump, who insisted it was " very insulting" and dangerous to limit his ability to attack Iran. | The resolution was a preemptive War Powers Act challenge to a war with Iran, aiming to note that Congress has not in any way authorized…
anti-empire.com/trump-vetoes-very-insult…

Mapping Militarism 2020
David Swanson | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-06
A new collection of maps found here displays what militarism looks like in the world. Here's a brief guide to using and understanding them. Across the top are 10 drop-down menus on these topics: Wars, Weapons, U.S. Weapons, Money, Nukes, Chemical and Biological, U.S. Military, Air Strikes, Law, and Promotes Peace and Security. Some of the topics only include one…
counterpunch.org/2020/05/06/mapping-mili…

Rouhani urges EU to pressure Israeli regime, not allow further attacks on Syria
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-06
TEHRAN, May 6 (MNA)

U.S. Reverses Policy On Use of Landmines
Jeff Jurgens | peaceaction.org | 2020-05-06
On May 6, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.) headed a congressional oversight letter with 107 other members of Congress to Secretary of Defense Mark Esper expressing disappointment to the Trump Administration's reversal of the policy limiting the use of antipersonnel landmines to the defense of South Korea, and seeking answers to …
peaceaction.org/2020/05/06/u-s-reverses-…

Sudan's peace talks cross barrier but have a long way to go
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-05-06
The transitional government of Sudan and the Malik Agar-led faction of the Sudan People's Liberation Movement-North agreed to integrate the latter's forces into the state's army, police and intelligence services. But there is a long way ahead…
peoplesdispatch.org/2020/05/06/sudans-pe…

Borders with Afghanistan represent peace, friendship: Mousavi
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-06
TEHRAN, May 06 (MNA)

CPC Co-Chair Rep. Pocan, Progressive Advocates Demand Congress Allocate $4 Billion for Election Assistance
commondreams.org | 2020-05-06
______________________________…
commondreams.org/newswire/2020/05/06/cpc…

Postal workers and the fight to save USPS
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-05-06
Milwaukee, WI – The United States Postal Service (USPS) is in a state of crisis. Nearly 15 years ago, Congress forced…
www.fightbacknews.org/2020/5/6/postal-wo…

Pandemic Fallout Includes Handout to Rich Retirees
Gerald E. Scorse | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-05-05
The coronavirus pandemic is worlds apart from the financial meltdown of 2008-09. Even so the government's response was identical in one telltale way. Congress once again gave a special dose of tender loving care to taxpayers who need it the least. The 2008 bailout suspended annual required minimum distribution (RMDs) from retirement accounts. Surprise, surprise, …
dissidentvoice.org/2020/05/pandemic-fall…

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…

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…

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…

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

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…

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_…

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…

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…

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…

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…

A Myriad of Ways to Wage Peace During These Times
Jon Rainwater | peaceaction.org | 2020-04-23
As we shelter in our homes to protect ourselves from this global pandemic, we wanted to share some of the many ways you can remain active and impactful in the work for a more peaceful world. Peace Action has long been a leader in organizing international conferences, marches, and rallies around the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty …
peaceaction.org/2020/04/23/wage-peace-du…

SPLC Action makes recommendations to Congress to address COVID-19 needs in the Deep South
splcenter.org | 2020-04-22
The SPLC Action Fund sent a detailed letter to members of Congress on April 22, 2020, highlighting the need for federal action that specifically addresses the needs of people in South.
splcenter.org/news/2020/04/22/splc-actio…

'Insulting Resolution': Trump Vetoes Measure Curbing Military Action Against Iran
Sputnik News | iranian.com | 2020-05-06
US President Donald Trump has vetoed a bill that would have reined in his power to unilaterally make war against Iran. The bill was passed by lawmakers after the White House's January decision to assassinate a leading Iranian general without notifying Congress, bringing the region to the brink of war. In March, federal lawmakers passed a …
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'This Funding Should Be Non-Negotiable': CPC Co-Chair Pocan Joins Progressives to Demand Congress Allocate $4 Billion for Election Assistance
Eoin Higgins, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-05-06
"Failing to act now would put our democracy and the 2020 election at risk." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Security forces seize 70 Roman-era coins in SE Turkey
yenisafak.com | 2020-05-07
Turkish security forces seized Roman-era bronze coins in the southeastern Sanliurfa province on Thursday, according to security sources.Some 70 Roman-era coins were found from a car stopped by gendarmerie forces in Akcakale district.As many as 1,500 packets of smuggled cigarettes were also seized from six trucks in the district. Nine suspects were arrested during the operation. Akcakale maintains a border crossing with Syria's Tell Abyad town.
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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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