Daily Archives: May 11, 2020

2020-05-11: News Headlines

Mark Gruenberg (2020-05-11). Class conflict rages in the fight over next stimulus bill. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—Call it class conflict: The fight over the next economic stimulus bill will pit the representatives of the rich against the representatives of the rest of us. And it's playing out on Capitol Hill even before the U.S. House and its pro-worker Democratic majority planned to return to work — if congressional doctors will let …

Aaron Maté (2020-05-11). Bombshell: Crowdstrike admits 'no evidence' Russia stole emails from DNC server. thegrayzone.com Crowdstrike, the firm behind the Russian email hacking allegation at the core of Russiagate, makes a bombshell admission: "We did…

en.mehrnews (2020-05-11). Quadrilateral coop. on anti-terrorism measures in Iraq. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 11 (MNA) — Iraq's Joint Operations Command spokesman Major General Tahsin al-Khafaji announced on Monday that his country's security forces are conducting security coordination against terrorism with Iran, Russia, and Syria.

PHHLC (2020-05-11). Holy Land: Heads of Churches Voice Concern About Israel's Planned Annexation of West Bank Land. globalresearch.ca As a result of the stagnation of the Peace Process in the Middle East between the Israelis and Palestinians, an array of plans for Israel to unilaterally annex West Bank land, backed mainly by right-wing factions, raises serious and catastrophic …

Jessica Corbett (2020-05-11). Fears of Bolsonaro's Threat to the Amazon Realized as New Data Shows Rainforest Destruction Up 55%. globalresearch.ca "Bolsonaro is not only turning a blind eye as land grabbers, illegal loggers, and miners continue to plunder Indigenous territories during the pandemic, he plans to make things easier for them." | *** | Greenpeace on Friday warned of far-right Brazilian President …

Leonard C. Goodman (2020-05-11). Once Again, Congress Will Let Wall Street Pillage Main Street. counterpunch.org Over the last decade, Congress's approval ratings have hovered around the mid-teens or low 20s, reflecting the reality that our representatives in Washington, D.C., serve the needs of big donors while throwing an occasional rhetorical bone to the "essential" workers who actually make the country function. Congress's handling of the current crisis of the pandemic

graham (2020-05-11). Influential UK economist predicts complete economic implosion. truepublica.org.uk By TruePublica Editor: Richard Murphy is a British political economist who advises the Trades Union Congress on economics and taxation and is a long-standing member of the Tax Justice Network. He is a Professor of Practice in International Political Economy at City University London. Murphy was named by International Tax Review as the seventh most …

John Spohr (2020-05-11). Antifascists demand that May 8 become a holiday in Germany. indybay.org The real goal is a nationwide public holiday anyway, as demanded in the petition. The Berlin Senate could also lobby for such a gesture, that May 8 is considered the day of liberation from National Socialism.

Andrey Areshev (2020-05-11). New House Documents Sow Further Doubt That Russia Hacked the DNC. strategic-culture.org For two and a half years the House Intelligence Committee knew CrowdStrike didn't have the goods on Russia. Now the public knows too. | Ray McGOVERN | House Intelligence Committee documents released Thursday reveal that the committee was told two and half years ago that the FBI had no concrete evidence that Russia hacked Democratic National Committee computers to filch the DNC emails published by WikiLeaks in July 2016. | The until-now-buried, closed-door testimony came on Dec. 5, 2017 from Shawn Henry, a protege of former FBI Director Robert Mueller (from 2001 to 2012), for whom Henry served as head of the Burea…

Eds. (2020-05-10). Rage Against The Machine — Interview with Noam Chomsky (from The Battle Of Mexico City). mronline.org The Mexican-American War began with a dispute over the U.S. government's 1845 annexation of Texas. In January 1846, President James K. Polk, a strong advocate of westward expansion, ordered General Zachary Taylor to occupy disputed territory between the Nueces and Rio Grande Rivers. Mexican troops attacked Taylor's forces, and on May 13, 1846, Congress approved …

RT (2020-05-10). Trump WON'T bail out states, but could help cover 'unexpected' costs of Covid-19 lockdown — adviser. rt.com US President Donald Trump is open to compensating hard-hit states for expenses incurred in their Covid-19 responses — but isn't looking at complete bailouts, his economic adviser said, after Congress was asked to send aid. | "Of course if we go to a phase-four deal, I think President Trump has signaled that, while he doesn't want to bail out the states, he's willing to help cover some of the unexpected Covid expenses that might have come their way," White House economic adviser Kevin Hassett told CNN. | In an interview with Fox News on Sunday, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the federal government…

Caitlin Johnstone (2020-05-10). Syria Spinmeisters Fumble Attempts To Narrative Manage OPCW Leaks. thealtworld.com It's been over 72 hours since These new documents

Dr. Gary G. Kohls (2020-05-10). Women's Rights and Social Justice: Julia Ward Howe's 1870 Anti-War Mother's Day Proclamation, A Day of Peace. globalresearch.ca Julia Ward Howe was a humanist who cared about suffering people, a feminist, a social justice activist & suffragette, and it was because of her anti-war commitment that she wrote the famous "Mother's Day Proclamation" 5 years after the Civil War, which resulted in 600,000 dead American soldiers…

news.un (2020-05-10). Moving towards 100% renewable power (with a little help from sheep). news.un.org The US island state of Hawaii has committed to generating 100 per cent of its power using renewable energy by 2045, demonstrating to other US states and island communities across the world, that sustainable energy can be a reality. UN News travelled to Hawaii with the International Labour Organization (ILO) to talk to a power company executive and a sheep farmer to find out how they are contributing to that goal.

teleSUR (2020-05-10). Brazil Declares 3 Day Mourning Period for COVID-19 Victims. telesurenglish.net The Brazilian Congress declared on Saturday a three-day period of mourning for the victims of the novel coronavirus disease. | RELATED: | The decree, promoted by Rodrigo Maia, president of the Chamber of Deputies, and Davi Alcolumbre, president of the Senate, was published in an extra edition of the "Official Gazette of the National Congress." | "Ten thousand people, loved and important to other people, full of drea…

Staff (2020-05-10). Congress Members Who Invest in Real Estate Got a Tax Break in the Stimulus Bill. truthout.org Congress slipped a provision into the $2.2 trillion stimulus bill that will save wealthy real estate investors billions in taxes. Some lawmakers stand to profit from the legislation meant to weather the impact of the coronavirus pandemic that has killed tens of thousands and left tens of millions out of work. | Members of Congress

Roger D. Harris (2020-05-09). Biden Ridin' the Pandemic to the White House. dissidentvoice.org The world is amidst the COVID-19 crisis and in our corner of the planet a presidential campaign is reduced to a single issue: Trump/not Trump. Pick your poison. At a time that calls for national leadership or least debate on the issues, Congress unanimously passed the two-trillion-dollar Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act …

Andrew Emett (2020-05-09). Bernie and nearly 140 lawmakers urge congressional leaders to fund health centers during pandemic. nationofchange.org "Nothing is more fundamental to our recovery than the strengthening of America's public health safety net."

Staff (2020-05-08). Palestinians And Israelis Remember Casualties Together. therealnews.com The alternative memorial service organized by peace organizations in Israel/Palestine challenges the racist official memorial services of the State of Israel in which only Israeli casualties are remembered.

Staff (2020-05-08). Headlines for May 8, 2020. democracynow.org U.S. Coronavirus Deaths Pass 75,000 as Trump Sidelines Top Medical Experts, Trump to Be Tested for Coronavirus Daily After Valet Tests Positive, Vigil at White House Honors 88 Who Died from "Trump's Abhorrent Failure to Protect Nurses", U.S. Unemployment Claims Soar to 33.3 Million Amid Pandemic | , Democrats Promise "Rooseveltian" Coronavirus Relief Bill | , Mitch McConnell Prioritizes Judicial Confirmations as Senate Returns Amid Pandemic | , Data Shows 35 of 40 People Arrested in NY for Social Distancing Violations Are Black | , Texas Stops Jailing Lockdown Violators; Nebraska Ends Reporting on Meat Plant COVI…

Mark Gruenberg (2020-05-08). Unions, Dems resist GOP attempt to starve states and localities. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—A big battle is shaping up, which affects not just two million workers and their families, but everyone else in the U.S., over whether the next economic stimulus bill in Congress will aid state and local governments and their employees — or not. On one side are workers, unions, congressional Democrats, and the states and …

Pam Martens, Russ Martens (2020-05-08). Congress Sets Up Taxpayers to Eat $454 Billion of Wall Street's Losses, Where is the Outrage? counterpunch.org Beginning on March 24 of this year, Larry Kudlow, the White House Economic Advisor, began to roll out the most deviously designed bailout of Wall Street in the history of America. After the Federal Reserve's secret $29 trillion bailout of Wall Street from 2007 to 2010, and the exposure of that by a government audit

RT (2020-05-08). Documents don't forget: Leaked 1996 court file shows Biden accuser Tara Reade told of 'sexual harassment' in his office. rt.com A court document has surfaced showing that Tara Reade — a former Senate staffer for Joe Biden who has accused him of sexual assault — told her then-husband she was harassed while working in his office. | The 1996 court declaration, On "several occasions," Reade told Dronen ab…

news.un (2020-05-08). Syria violence 'a ticking time-bomb that must not be ignored': UN human rights chief. news.un.org As civilian casualties mount across Syria and human rights violations continue unabated, the UN rights chief expressed serious concern on Friday that some parties to the conflict, including ISIL terrorist fighters, may be using the COVID-19 pandemic as "an opportunity to regroup and inflict violence on the population".

news.un (2020-05-08). 75 years on from the Nazi defeat, many still suffer impact of conflict: Guterres. news.un.org On 8 and 9 May, the UN commemorates the millions who lost their lives during the Second World War, the tragic conflict that led to the birth of the United Nations. In a video message released late on Friday, UN chief António Guterres warned that divisions still exist, and called for a world based on peace and unity.

Peoples Dispatch (2020-05-08). Widespread criticism forces right-wing Polish government to postpone presidential polls. peoplesdispatch.org After drawing widespread criticism from the opposition, wide sections of the Polish society and even coalition partners, the government in Poland led by the right-wing Law and Justice (PiS) party decided on May 6, Wednesday to postpone the presidential polls scheduled for May 10. PiS' bid to hold the polls through postal voting amid the COVID-19 crisis was viewed as a desperate attempt to get incumbent president Andrzej Duda re-elected and also significantly affected the government's anti-COVID-19 policies. | On May 5, the opposition-dominated Polish Senate had vetoed the decision to conduct presidential polls by…

Jeff Jurgens (2020-05-07). Once Again Trump Scoffs Congressional War Powers with Republican Help. peaceaction.org Once Again Trump Scoffs Congressional War Powers with Republican Help Washington, D.C. — May 7, 2020 — In response to the veto by President Trump yesterday of a bill (S.J.Res.68) to reclaim congressional war powers in regards to Iran and the anticipated failure today of the Senate override vote, Paul Kawika Martin, Senior Director for …

Stephen Lendman (2020-05-10). The Great Russiagate Hoax Exposed. Geopolitical Transition to Chinagate… globalresearch.ca Hoaxes are easy to detect. When accusations lack credible supportive evidence, they baseless. | Not a shred of evidence about alleged Russian US election meddling was ever presented by Washington's intelligence community, the House, Senate, or farcical Robert Mueller probe. | Russiagate …

Global Research News (2020-05-11). Selected Articles: Catholic Clergy Warns that COVID-19 Is Used as "Pretext" to "Control People" 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 (2020-05-11). Afghanistan Not to Release More Taliban Prisoners Until Reciprocated by Armed Group. sputniknews.com New Delhi (Sputnik): The Afghanistan government and the Taliban signed a US-mediated peace pact in February. As part of the agreement both sides agreed to release prisoners — the government would release 5,000 Taliban and the armed group would release 1,000 pro-government captives.

Peoples Dispatch (2020-05-07). Iran anti-war bill in tatters after Trump veto and Senate failure to uphold it. peoplesdispatch.org The presidential veto is set to be challenged in the US Congress, where the resolution would require a two-thirds majority in both houses to override the veto…

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 …

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 …

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). 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.

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 …

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, …

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…

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…

2020-05-11: Social Media Postees

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Bombshell: Crowdstrike admits 'no evidence' Russia stole emails from DNC server
Aaron Maté | thegrayzone.com | 2020-05-11
Crowdstrike, the firm behind the Russian email hacking allegation at the core of Russiagate, makes a bombshell admission: "We did…
thegrayzone.com/2020/05/11/bombshell-cro…

Quadrilateral coop. on anti-terrorism measures in Iraq
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-11
TEHRAN, May 11 (MNA)

Fears of Bolsonaro's Threat to the Amazon Realized as New Data Shows Rainforest Destruction Up 55%
Jessica Corbett | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-11
"Bolsonaro is not only turning a blind eye as land grabbers, illegal loggers, and miners continue to plunder Indigenous territories during the pandemic, he plans to make things easier for them." | *** | Greenpeace on Friday warned of far-right Brazilian President …
globalresearch.ca/fears-bolsonaro-threat-amazon-realized-new-data-shows-rainforest-destruction/5712426

Holy Land: Heads of Churches Voice Concern About Israel's Planned Annexation of West Bank Land
PHHLC | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-11
As a result of the stagnation of the Peace Process in the Middle East between the Israelis and Palestinians, an array of plans for Israel to unilaterally annex West Bank land, backed mainly by right-wing factions, raises serious and catastrophic …
globalresearch.ca/heads-churches-voice-concern-israel-planned-annexation-west-bank-land/5712474

Once Again, Congress Will Let Wall Street Pillage Main Street
Leonard C. Goodman | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-11
Over the last decade, Congress's approval ratings have hovered around the mid-teens or low 20s, reflecting the reality that our representatives in Washington, D.C., serve the needs of big donors while throwing an occasional rhetorical bone to the "essential" workers who actually make the country function. Congress's handling of the current crisis of the pandemic…
counterpunch.org/2020/05/11/once-again-c…

Class conflict rages in the fight over next stimulus bill
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2020-05-11
WASHINGTON–Call it class conflict: The fight over the next economic stimulus bill will pit the representatives of the rich against the representatives of the rest of us. And it's playing out on Capitol Hill even before the U.S. House and its pro-worker Democratic majority planned to return to work

Influential UK economist predicts complete economic implosion
graham | truepublica.org.uk | 2020-05-11
By TruePublica Editor: Richard Murphy is a British political economist who advises the Trades Union Congress on economics and taxation and is a long-standing member of the Tax Justice Network. He is a Professor of Practice in International Political Economy at City University London. Murphy was named by International Tax Review as the seventh most …
truepublica.org.uk/united-kingdom/influential-uk-economist-predicts-complete-economic-implosion/

Antifascists demand that May 8 become a holiday in Germany
John Spohr | indybay.org | 2020-05-11
The real goal is a nationwide public holiday anyway, as demanded in the petition. The Berlin Senate could also lobby for such a gesture, that May 8 is considered the day of liberation from National Socialism.
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/05/08/1883292…

New House Documents Sow Further Doubt That Russia Hacked the DNC
Andrey Areshev | strategic-culture.org | 2020-05-11
For two and a half years the House Intelligence Committee knew CrowdStrike didn't have the goods on Russia. Now the public knows too. | Ray McGOVERN | House Intelligence Committee documents released Thursday reveal that the committee was told two and half years ago that the FBI had no concrete evidence that Russia hacked Democratic National Committee computers to filch the DNC emails published by WikiLeaks in July 2016. | The until-now-buried, closed-door testimony came on Dec. 5, 2017 from Shawn Henry, a protege of former FBI Director Robert Mueller (from 2001 to 2012), for whom Henry served as head of the Burea…
strategic-culture.org/news/2020/05/11/ne…

Syria Spinmeisters Fumble Attempts To Narrative Manage OPCW Leaks
Caitlin Johnstone | thealtworld.com | 2020-05-10
It's been over 72 hours since The Grayzone published new leaks further exposing how the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has been lying about its investigation into an alleged chemical attack in Douma, Syria two years ago. | These new documents make it abundantly clear that OPCW leadership were just plain lying when they claimed that a bal…

Syria Spinmeisters Fumble Attempts To Narrative Manage OPCW Leaks

Syria Spinmeisters Fumble Attempts to Narrative Manage OPCW Leaks
Andrey Areshev | strategic-culture.org | 2020-05-10
Caitlin JOHNSTONE | It's been over 72 hours since The Grayzone published new leaks further exposing how the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has been lying about its investigation into an alleged chemical attack in Douma, Syria two years ago. | These new documents make it abundantly clear that OPCW leadership were just plain lying when they claimed that a balli…
strategic-culture.org/news/2020/05/10/sy…

Women's Rights and Social Justice: Julia Ward Howe's 1870 Anti-War Mother's Day Proclamation, A Day of Peace
Dr. Gary G. Kohls | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-10
Julia Ward Howe was a humanist who cared about suffering people, a feminist, a social justice activist & suffragette, and it was because of her anti-war commitment that she wrote the famous "Mother's Day Proclamation" 5 years after the Civil War, which resulted in 600,000 dead American soldiers…
globalresearch.ca/womens-rights-and-social-justice-julia-ward-howes-1870-mothers-day-proclamation-a-day-of-peace/5589245

Mauna Kea: Day 125
Eds. | mronline.org | 2020-05-10
This documentary short film captures the meaning and importance of Mauna Kea to the native Hawaiian people and why they stand to protect this sacred land.
mronline.org/2020/05/10/mauna-kea-day-12…

Moving towards 100% renewable power (with a little help from sheep)
news.un.org | 2020-05-10
The US island state of Hawaii has committed to generating 100 per cent of its power using renewable energy by 2045, demonstrating to other US states and island communities across the world, that sustainable energy can be a reality. UN News travelled to Hawaii with the International Labour Organization (ILO) to talk to a power company executive and a sheep farmer to find out how they are contributing to that goal.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2020/05/1…

Congress Members Who Invest in Real Estate Got a Tax Break in the Stimulus Bill
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-05-10
Congress slipped a provision into the $2.2 trillion stimulus bill that will save wealthy real estate investors billions in taxes. Some lawmakers stand to profit from the legislation meant to weather the impact of the coronavirus pandemic that has killed tens of thousands and left tens of millions out of work. | Members of Congress invest more cash in real estate than any other industry. That's been the case every ye…
truthout.org/articles/congress-members-w…

Brazil Declares 3 Day Mourning Period for COVID-19 Victims
telesurenglish.net | 2020-05-10
The Brazilian Congress declared on Saturday a three-day period of mourning for the victims of the novel coronavirus disease. | RELATED: | Brazil: Bolsonaro's Fan Calls for a Coup While Holding a Rifle | The decree, promoted by Rodrigo Maia, president of the Chamber of Deputies, and Davi Alcolumbre, president of the Senate, was published in an extra edition of the "Official Gazette of the National Congress." | "Ten thousand people, loved and important to other people, full of drea…
telesurenglish.net/news/Brazil-Declares-…

UNIFIL Serves Israel, So The Hezbollah Deterrence Will Remain
Elijah Magnier | thealtworld.com | 2020-05-09
Every year, before renewing the United Nations Interim Forces in Lebanon (UNIFIL) mandate, voices are heard from Israel and the US administration asking to expand the term and duties of UNIFIL in order to serve Israel's goals. The US administration stands shoulder to shoulder with Israel in trying to achieve by other means what it could not accomplish through military confrontation. The aim is always to cripple Hezbollah and limit its social and military capabilities. Until this goal is achieved, the UNIFIL mandate is annually renewed until the time comes when Israel no longer needs these "peacekeeping forces" in…

UNIFIL Serves Israel, So The Hezbollah Deterrence Will Remain

Biden Ridin' the Pandemic to the White House
Roger D. Harris | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-05-09
The world is amidst the COVID-19 crisis and in our corner of the planet a presidential campaign is reduced to a single issue: Trump/not Trump. Pick your poison. At a time that calls for national leadership or least debate on the issues, Congress unanimously passed the two-trillion-dollar Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act …
dissidentvoice.org/2020/05/biden-ridin-t…

Bernie and nearly 140 lawmakers urge congressional leaders to fund health centers during pandemic
Andrew Emett | nationofchange.org | 2020-05-09
nationofchange.org/2020/05/09/bernie-and…

Palestinians And Israelis Remember Casualties Together
Staff | therealnews.com | 2020-05-08
The alternative memorial service organized by peace organizations in Israel/Palestine challenges the racist official memorial services of the State of Israel in which only Israeli casualties are remembered.
therealnews.com/stories/palestinians-isr…

Palestinians And Israelis Remember Casualties Together
Staff | therealnews.com | 2020-05-08
The alternative memorial service organized by peace organizations in Israel/Palestine challenges the racist official memorial services of the State of Israel in which only Israeli casualties are remembered.
therealnews.com/stories/palestinians-isr…

Syria violence 'a ticking time-bomb that must not be ignored': UN human rights chief
news.un.org | 2020-05-08
As civilian casualties mount across Syria and human rights violations continue unabated, the UN rights chief expressed serious concern on Friday that some parties to the conflict, including ISIL terrorist fighters, may be using the COVID-19 pandemic as "an opportunity to regroup and inflict violence on the population".
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2020/05/1…

75 years on from the Nazi defeat, many still suffer impact of conflict: Guterres
news.un.org | 2020-05-08
On 8 and 9 May, the UN commemorates the millions who lost their lives during the Second World War, the tragic conflict that led to the birth of the United Nations. In a video message released late on Friday, UN chief António Guterres warned that divisions still exist, and called for a world based on peace and unity.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2020/05/1…

Congress Sets Up Taxpayers to Eat $454 Billion of Wall Street's Losses, Where is the Outrage?
Pam Martens, Russ Martens | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-08
Beginning on March 24 of this year, Larry Kudlow, the White House Economic Advisor, began to roll out the most deviously designed bailout of Wall Street in the history of America. After the Federal Reserve's secret $29 trillion bailout of Wall Street from 2007 to 2010, and the exposure of that by a government audit…
counterpunch.org/2020/05/08/congress-set…

Unions, Dems resist GOP attempt to starve states and localities
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2020-05-08
WASHINGTON–A big battle is shaping up, which affects not just two million workers and their families, but everyone else in the U.S., over whether the next economic stimulus bill in Congress will aid state and local governments and their employees

Documents don't forget: Leaked 1996 court file shows Biden accuser Tara Reade told of 'sexual harassment' in his office
rt.com | 2020-05-08
A court document has surfaced showing that Tara Reade

Widespread criticism forces right-wing Polish government to postpone presidential polls
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-05-08
After drawing widespread criticism from the opposition, wide sections of the Polish society and even coalition partners, the government in Poland led by the right-wing Law and Justice (PiS) party decided on May 6, Wednesday to postpone the presidential polls scheduled for May 10. PiS' bid to hold the polls through postal voting amid the COVID-19 crisis was viewed as a desperate attempt to get incumbent president Andrzej Duda re-elected and also significantly affected the government's anti-COVID-19 policies. | On May 5, the opposition-dominated Polish Senate had vetoed the decision to conduct presidential polls by…
peoplesdispatch.org/2020/05/08/widesprea…

The Great Russiagate Hoax Exposed. Geopolitical Transition to Chinagate
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-10
Hoaxes are easy to detect. When accusations lack credible supportive evidence, they baseless. | Not a shred of evidence about alleged Russian US election meddling was ever presented by Washington's intelligence community, the House, Senate, or farcical Robert Mueller probe. | Russiagate …
globalresearch.ca/russiagate-hoax-exposed/5712334

Selected Articles: Catholic Clergy Warns that COVID-19 Is Used as "Pretext" to "Control People"
Global Research News | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-11
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 …
globalresearch.ca/selected-articles-three-cardinals-join-global-appeal-decrying-crackdown-on-basic-freedoms-over-coronavirus/5712496

Afghanistan Not to Release More Taliban Prisoners Until Reciprocated by Armed Group
sputniknews.com | 2020-05-11
New Delhi (Sputnik): The Afghanistan government and the Taliban signed a US-mediated peace pact in February. As part of the agreement both sides agreed to release prisoners

Fears of Bolsonaro's Threat to the Amazon Realized as New Data Shows Rainforest Destruction Up 55%
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-05-08
Greenpeace on Friday warned of far-right Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro's attacks on environmental law in his country as new data showed that deforestation has "skyrocketed" in the Amazon rainforest this year, particularly in Indigenous territories. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Once Again Trump Scoffs Congressional War Powers with Republican Help
Jeff Jurgens | peaceaction.org | 2020-05-07
Once Again Trump Scoffs Congressional War Powers with Republican Help Washington, D.C.

Iran anti-war bill in tatters after Trump veto and Senate failure to uphold it
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-05-07
The presidential veto is set to be challenged in the US Congress, where the resolution would require a two-thirds majority in both houses to override the veto…
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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 …
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'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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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, …
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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.
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