Daily Archives: May 22, 2020

2020-05-22: News Headlines

South Front (2020-05-22). Video: Turkey Supported GNA Confronts Libya's LNA: Turkish Drones Destroy LNA Pantsir Systems. globalresearch.ca Over the past days, forces of the Government of National Accord (GNA) and Syrian militants supported by the Turkish military continued developing momentum against the Libyan National Army (LNA) in northern Libya. | After capturing the Watiya Air Base from the …

CJPME (2020-05-22). Canada Must Oppose Israel's Annexation Plans. globalresearch.ca Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME) urges the Canadian government to take a strong stand against Israel's planned annexation of huge swaths of Palestinian territory in the West Bank. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his …

Peoples Dispatch (2020-05-22). Indian trade unions protest attack on workers' rights. peoplesdispatch.org Ten central trade unions in India issued a nationwide protest call against the changes being made to labour laws. On Friday, May 22, unions across the country took to the streets to stage demonstrations against the attack on workers' rights. The protestors were peaceful and followed physical distancing and other safety norms. Still, multiple instances of repression and detentions took place.

Kalena Thomhave (2020-05-22). The Journey of the Jobless. zcomm.org Congress boosted unemployment benefits. Now the challenge lies in getting them out to the unemployed, through underfunded state-level programs…

Liberation Staff (2020-05-21). La Riva designated presumptive Peace & Freedom Party presidential nominee in California. liberationnews.org The following statement was originally published by the Peace and Freedom Party.

Stephen Lendman (2020-05-21). "KievGate" and the November 2020 Presidential Elections. Biden and Poroshenko Colluded in Ukraine. globalresearch.ca Money-controlled US elections are farcical when held — world's apart from what democracy in action is supposed to. | It's a notion long abhorred by both right wings of the one-party state — the war party, the money party, the anti-peace, …

Ryan Cristián (2020-05-21). Israel Uses COVID To Further Infiltrate US Cybersecurity & US Gov Sets Fire To Wheat Crops In Syria. 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 (5/21/19). 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 …

IMEMC & Agencies (2020-05-21). Jordanian FM Signals Unilateral Suspension of Jordan-Israel Peace Treaty. imemc.org The Jordanian government signalled, on Wednesday, its intention to unilaterally suspend implementation of some provisions within Jordan's peace treaty with Israel. Such an announcement came in response to an Israeli plan, reported widely, to annex the Palestinian West Bank, along with the Jordan River area of Al-Aghwar, to the boundaries …

Ed Rampell (2020-05-21). The History of the Peace Corps on Film. progressive.org A new documentary looks into the tensions that shaped the aid agency's role.

Kathleen Wong (2020-05-21). A Lesson From COVID-19: A History of Racism and Disease in Hawai'i. aclu.org As someone of Chinese descent who lives in the multicultural mixing pot that is Hawai'i, I find myself thinking about the fact that May is Asian and Pacific Islander (API) Heritage Month, and how the opportunity to reflect on API heritage in the United States could not have come at a better time. In some ways, what's happening today with COVID-19 is history repeating itself. As the disease has spread, there has also been a rise in anti-Asian sentiment and xenophobic attacks on Asian people throughout the country. These attacks are provoked and encouraged by the dangerous and inaccurate rhetoric spewed by the…

Dr. Dennis Etler (2020-05-21). The US Is Trying to Dismember China by Promoting Separatism in Its Regions. globalresearch.ca The US Senate, on 14 May passed bill on the mistreatment of Uyghur minority in China. The bill demands President Donald Trump to sanction Chinese officials who partake in the violating rights and freedoms of Uyghur community in the northwestern …

M.K. Bhadrakumar (2020-05-20). How Russia is botching its alliance with Syria. mronline.org Russia's relationships with its client states have never been easy. Of course, managing client states is always a complicated exercise. The Kremlin's cupboard is full of skeletons—Hungary (1956), Czechoslovakia (1968), Cuba (1962), Afghanistan (1980), Ukraine (2014) and so on.

Yves Engler (2020-05-20). Canada Does Not Deserve a Seat on the UN Security Council. dissidentvoice.org Despite its peaceful reputation, Canada is not acting as a benevolent player on the international stage. Rather, Canada ranks among the twelve largest arms exporters and its weapons have fueled conflicts across the globe, including the devastating war in Yemen. In a disappointing move, Canada refused to join 122 countries represented at the 2017 UN Conference to Negotiate a …

news.un (2020-05-20). UN Middle East peace envoy warns against unilateral action on all sides, as Israel threatens West Bank annexation. news.un.org The UN's Middle East peace envoy issued a stern warning on Wednesday against any unilateral action — including an Israeli annexation of parts of the West Bank — that could undermine diplomatic efforts to get Israelis and Palestinians back to the negotiating table.

Paul Kawika Martin (2020-05-12). Action Alert: Call Your Rep to Cut Pentagon Spending. peaceaction.org ‚òéÔ∏èüó£Call your Reps. to ‚úÇ Pentagon spending Over the last few weeks, we've alerted you that the Pentagon is trying to direct funds for COVID-19 relief into its own bloated coffers. In the last three years alone — during a time of relative peace — we have already increased annual Pentagon spending by more than …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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, …

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2020-05-21). Despite Deadly Pandemic, Trump Says: "We Don't Want Anybody to Do Mail-in Ballots" commondreams.org "Five states already have all-mail elections—Colorado, Hawaii, Oregon, Utah, and Washington." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Staff (2020-05-21). From Syria to U.S.-Mexico Border, Refugees Worldwide Face Hunger & Deprivation as COVID-19 Spreads. democracynow.org We look at the coronavirus threat to millions of refugees across the globe, where social distancing is often impossible and healthcare is extremely limited. We're joined by Dr. Miriam Orcutt, executive director of Lancet Migration.

Andrey Areshev (2020-05-20). Cuba: End of Sanctions Is More Important Than Nobel Peace Prize for Its Doctors. strategic-culture.org In recognition for the Cuban doctors' efforts to aid nations across the world to cope with the coronavirus pandemic, there have been In 2015, the Henry Reeves Medical Brigade was nominated for the Nob…

Toby Blomé (2020-05-22). Memorial Day Peace Caravan. indybay.org Sponsored by CODEPINK | All invited to join Peace Caravan, with cars decorated with anti-war relevant signs and colorful visuals. We'll travel across the Golden Gate Bridge, thru the Presidio, and end up at Sen. Dianne Feinstein's SF Home for: Rally, Press Conference and Memorial Altar.

Charlotte Casey (2020-05-22). Memorial Day Car Caravan for Peace. indybay.org Stevens Creek & Winchester Blvds, San Jose…

Staff (2020-05-21). McConnell Vows to Block Benefits While Pushing Corporate Legal Immunity. truthout.org Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell The boosted unemployment insurance — whi…

RT (2020-05-22). Haftar's army spokesman accuses Turkey of sending arms & militants to Libya in violation of UN embargo. rt.com Turkey has been violating the UN embargo by sending arms and militants from Syria to Libya, a spokesman for Khalifa Haftar's Libyan National Army (LNA) claimed as he showed videos that allegedly proved Ankara's violations. | Turkey "continues its aggression against our country" by supporting the rivaling Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA), Major General Ahmed al-Mesmari, the LNA's official spokesman, said during a press-conference. | Once prosperous, Libya remains divided since 2011 when NATO led a bombing campaign to overthrow the country's longtime leader Muammar Gaddafi. The fighting between…

RT (2020-05-21). What does Trump's new spy director think of Russia and China? rt.com John Ratcliffe has been confirmed as the US' new director of national intelligence. As he gears up to oversee seventeen intelligence agencies, how will he use these organizations to work with, or against, America's adversaries? | The Senate confirmed Rep. Ratcliffe to the position on Friday, in a 49-44 vote along party lines. President Trump had previously tipped the Texas Republican for the role last year, before urging him to withdraw his application due to "months of slander and libel" from the "lamestream media." The supposed slander centered around Ratcliffe's defense of Trump during Special Counsel Rober…

Joan Roelofs (2020-05-22). Greening the Old New Deal. counterpunch.org New bills in Congress "Pandemic Response and Opportunity Through National Service Act" (H.R. 6702 and S. 3624) invoke the 1930s recovery programs as precedents: More than 80 years ago, the Nation rose to the challenge of the Great Depression with the creation of citizen service programs like the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) and the Works Progress Administration (WPA).

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."

Strategic Culture (2020-02-08). US Deploys 'Mini-Nukes' in Deplorable Threat to World Peace. theantimedia.com These so-called "mini-nukes" represent—despite the diminutive-sounding name—an increased risk of nuclear war.

Middle East Eye (2020-02-07). Russia Says Israel Used Civilian Plane as Human Shield During Syria Strikes. theantimedia.com Russia accused Israel of "making a total mockery of the lives of hundreds of innocent civilians."

Middle East Eye (2020-02-06). Turkey Gives Assad Deadline to Pull Back or Face Military Action. theantimedia.com Turkey has given the Syrian government until the end of this month to withdraw from recently seized territory in Idlib province.