2019-10-27: News Headlines

Camille Baker (2019-10-27). A "Black Vests" Movement Emerges in France to Protest Treatment of Undocumented Migrants. theintercept.com The gilets noirs took their name from the gilets jaunes, or yellow vests movement. They won't let migrants be blamed for global inequality.

teleSUR (2019-10-27). Lula Turns 74 in Prison over Unjust Convictions. telesurenglish.net The former president and leader of the Workers' Party (PT) of Brazil, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva turned 74 on Sunday, October 27, as he serves multiple prison sentences over corruption charges that were based on shaky evidence in an unfair trial. | Lula was born in 1945, in the city of Garanhung, in the state of Pernambuco, in northeastern Brazil and at the age of seven, he migrated, with his family, to the state of Sao Paulo, city of Guarujá, in search of work opportunities. He started working at 12 years of age in different activities, such as shoeshiner and a mail person. At age 14 he entered a metallurgical…

Staff (2019-10-27). We Must Raise Labor Standards for Care Workers to Win a Low-Carbon Economy. truthout.org Reinvigorated movements are charting new terrain to build worker power and reverse the dramatic climate crisis facing society. Uncompromising mass mobilizations are on the rise, as more workers participated in strikes in the U.S. in 2018 than any of the previous 31 years, and historic demonstrations, like climate strikes, have taken off to demand action around climate change. Migrant workers, many of whom a…

RT (2019-10-26). Climate apocalypse is coming, US Army says, eyeing opportunities for more intervention. rt.com A new US Army report envisions a bleak near future as a consequence of climate change, with power and water shortages, refugee flows — and also more opportunities for intervention and seizing natural resources in the Arctic. | Behind the dull title of "Implications of climate change for the US Army" lies a 52-page report by a team of scientists outlining apocalyptic scenarios: conflicts driven by hundreds of millions of people displaced by rising sea levels; collapse of the US power grid and transportation; and the inability of the Army itself to provide water for its troops, to name but a few. | Yet it…

teleSUR (2019-10-26). Italy: Government Addresses Migration Issues With Rescue NGOs. telesurenglish.net Italy's Interior Minister Luciana Lamorgese on Friday held a meeting in Rome with representatives of humanitarian organizations that save lives in the Mediterranean to address issues related to migration to this European country. | RELATED: | Italian Govt. Allows Ocean Viking to Bring 176 Migrants Ashore | "It is a first step towards a direct dialogue…

teleSUR (2019-10-26). Bolivians Abroad Helped Evo Secure Presidency. telesurenglish.net The reelection of Evo Morales for his fourth term as President of Bolivia was possible thanks to the votes of Bolivians residing abroad, according to an investigation carried out by Fato's Brazil. | RELATED: | Bolivia: Morales Officially Wins Presidency | "Bolivian immigrants, who live in neighboring countries that have neoliberal governments, gave the winning candidate a wide margin of difference over his opponent Carlos Mesa: 61 percentage points of advantage in Brazil and 74 percentage points…

Maj. Danny Sjursen (2019-10-26). Trump's Antiwar Speech Deserved a Better Reception. truthdig.com There were parts of President Trump's latest speech on Syria, which, if read without the sound of The Donald's gruff, bombastic voice, sounded a whole lot like Bernie Sanders might've delivered it. | That's right, sandwiched between Trump's standard braggadocio about how he single-handedly secured "a better future for Syria and for the Middle East," and his cynical pivot to decry his opponents' supposed desire to accept "unlimited migration from war-torn regions" across the U.S. border, was one of the s…

Luna Williams (2019-10-26). 'The things I have seen…' The truth about seeking asylum in the UK. thecanary.co "On that journey, nobody cares if you live or die". These were the words of Cumar*, a young Somali man seeking refuge from Libya, when asked to talk about his experiences on the journey to Europe last year. "I thought it was bad in Somalia", he told UNHCR, "but the things I have seen since the journey here… people being electrocuted, being tortured, people dying"."Forced to flee from their homes": Cumar is one of around one million people worldwide who are forced to flee from their homes ev…

The Canary (2019-10-26). Man charged with killing 39 people who were found dead in the back of a lorry. thecanary.co A lorry driver has been charged with killing 39 people who were found dead in a trailer in Essex.Maurice Robinson, 25, is due to appear at Chelmsford Magistrates' Court on 28 October.He is charged with 39 counts of manslaughter, conspiracy to traffic people, conspiracy to assist unlawful immigration and money laundering.Robinson, who is known as Mo and is from Northern Ireland, was arrested shortly after the bodies of eight women and 31 men were found in the refrigerated trailer in an industrial park in Grays in the early hours of Wednesday.The charges came after a man wanted by Essex Police as part of the invest…

Staff (2019-10-25). Is Rikers Island Really Closing? Or is De Blasio Misrepresenting the NYC Council Vote? therealnews.com Eddie Conway spoke with organizer Albert Saint-Jean from Just Immigration about the impact of the NYC Council borough-based jail vote, about nonprofits that are funding more incarceration, and the misreporting of Rikers Jail closing.

WSWS (2019-10-25). US military allowed to shoot at vehicles at entry ports along southern border. wsws.org Migrants at the US-Mexico border will be treated like suspected terrorists in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Ashoka Mukpo (2019-10-24). I Went to Mexico to Meet Asylum-Seekers Trapped at the Border. This Is What I Saw. aclu.org Two weeks ago, I traveled to northern Mexico along with Mexican photographer Guillermo Arias to meet with asylum-seekers who've been trapped at the southern U.S. border by Trump Administration policies. Neither of us was prepared for what we saw there. | We visited two cities — Ciudad Juarez and Matamoros — to track down people who had been placed into the deceptively misnamed "Migrant Protection Protocols" that have slammed America's door shut to people fleeing persecution and violence in their home countries. Before we arrived, we wondered whether the stories we'd read of kidnappings, assaults,…

Sara Flounders (2019-10-24). U.S. anti-war movement should stay focused on getting U.S. out of Syria. workers.org Oct. 20 — The author visited Syria in 2014 and 2015 in small International Action Center solidarity delegations. At that time, no road in the country was safe and one-third of the population was displaced — taking refuge inside Syria or in surrounding countries. The schools, mosques, churches and community . . . | Continue reading U.S. anti-war movement should stay focused on getting U.S. out of Syria at Workers.org

kathy_f (2019-10-24). The Berlin Wall 30 years on. greenleft.org.au racism Refugees Chris SleeIssue 242 Australia Berlin Wall Cold WarOctober 24, 2019On November 9, 1989, the Berlin Wall fell. Or, to be more precise, th…

Staff (2019-10-24). Headlines for October 24, 2019. democracynow.org Trump Lifts Sanctions on Turkey, Citing Ceasefire Agreement, Republican Lawmakers Disrupt Closed-Door Impeachment Hearing, Trump's Lawyer Argues the President Can't Be Prosecuted for Murder, Death Toll in Chile Protests Rises to 18 as Human Rights Groups Allege Torture, Spain Removes Remains of Francisco Franco from National Mausoleum, Julian Assange Appears Frail and Confused in London Court Hearing, 39 Bodies Found in Tractor-Trailer in Southeast England, Honduran Woman's Lawsuit Claims Years of Sexual Assault by ICE Agent, Immigrant Worker Injured in New Orleans Hotel Collapse Arrested by ICE, California Utili…

Staff (2019-10-23). Headlines for October 23, 2019. democracynow.org Taylor Testifies Trump Tied Ukraine Aid to Investigation of Hunter Biden, Trump Tweets Impeachment is a "Lynching," Sparking Widespread Condemnation, Turkey and Russia Reach Agreement on Northern Syria, Protests Erupt in Bolivia Over Allegations of Election Rigging, Chilean President Announces Reforms Aimed to Curb Massive Protests, Boris Johnson Loses Critical Brexit Vote, Canada's New Anti-Immigrant Party Is Crushed in National Elections, UAW Member Dies After Being Struck by Car Near Picket Line, Chicago Teachers Head into Second Week of Strike, New York's Probe of Facebook Backed by 46 Attorneys General, Mexi…

Roger D. Harris (2019-10-22). Greater Middle East Project of Chaos: The Management of Savagery. mintpressnews.com The refugee crises coming out of the Middle East, generated by the forever wars and accompanying economic sanctions (more accurately, illegal unilateral coercive measures), have consequently fueled xenophobia both in the US and abroad. This, in turn, has fostered an ascendant wave of rightists. "Trump's election," author Max Blumenthal contends, "would not have been possible without 9/11 and the subsequent military interventionism conceived by the national security state."

Fight Back (2019-10-22). Chicago teachers strike continues. fightbacknews.org Chicago, IL – The joint strike by the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) and SEIU Local 73 continued October 18 and through the weekend as the office of Mayor Lori Lightfoot continued to refuse to meet the strikers' demands. | The teachers and school workers are on strike for "the schools our students deserve": smaller class sizes, genuine sanctuary schools, and a nurse and librarian in every school. Among their demands are political demands, or what the CTU calls "bargaining for the common good." These include the demand for affordable housing for working-class Chicagoans, something that the mayor refuses to put…

United Nations (2019-10-22). Nearly 180,000 displaced by northeast Syria fighting as needs multiply: UN refugee agency. un.org After nearly two weeks of fighting in northeast Syria, the UN's humanitarian wing has estimated that around 180,000 have been forced to leave their homes or shelters, including 80,000 children, all in desperate need of humanitarian assistance.

United Nations (2019-10-21). Monday's Daily Brief: Online hate, gender equality in Africa, Chile protests, African migrants in Europe, Security Council in South Sudan. un.org A recap of Monday's main stories: companies 'failing' to address offline harm incited by online hate; gender equality 'precursor' to sustaining peace; UN rights chief urges 'immediate dialogue' to resolve Chile crisis; African migrants would make perilous Europe journey again; Security Council visits South Sudan.

Naureen Shah (2019-10-18). Why is the Trump Administration Trying to Tear This 26-Year-Old DACA Recipient Away From Her Child? aclu.org Anahi Jaquez —Estrada is scared. As soon as Monday, she may be deported to a country she hardly knows: away from her 8-year-old daughter and her husband, both of whom are United States citizens. She has lived in the U.S. almost her entire life and is in the process of becoming a lawful permanent resident. Her story is at once exceptionally tragic and a paradigmatic example of how our immigration legal system is failing — and tearing families apart. | I met Anahi in late July at the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention site in Aurora, Colorado, where she has spent the last year and a…

Hatewatch Staff (2019-10-18). Anti-immigrant Group Leader Maria Espinoza Runs for Congress Again. splcenter.org Maria Espinoza, the national director of the anti-immigrant hate group the Remembrance Project, is running again for Congress in her home district in Texas.

Staff (2019-10-17). Rep. Ro Khanna: We Need a Responsible Withdrawal from Syria, Not One Oblivious to Human Life. democracynow.org As hundreds of thousands of civilians face displacement and violence amid Turkey's assault on Kurdish-controlled areas in northern Syria, the House of Representatives voted to condemn Trump's decision to withdraw U.S. support for the Kurds on Wednesday. The measure passed 354 to 60. We speak with Representative Ro Khanna, who says, "We can't just get involved in a place and then walk away and not have some moral responsibility. We have a moral responsibility not just to the Kurds who fought with us against ISIS. We have a moral responsibility to accept Syrian refugees. We have a moral responsibility to help rebui…

Esteban Guevara (2019-10-16). Newark protesters: Democratic Party machine an accomplice in Trump's war on immigrants. liberationnews.org Protesters gathered in Newark, New Jersey for a rally and 3-mile march up to the detention center organized by the Resist the Deportation Machine Network on Oct. 12 to demand the closure of the ICE concentration camp in Essex county.

splcenter (2019-10-11). Trump's latest policy assault on immigrants is cruel and unnecessary. splcenter.org Last week the Trump administration renewed its attack on immigrants, this time limiting admission to our country to only people who can prove they will have health insurance coverage within 30 days of entering the United States.

Teresa Albano (2019-10-11). Resisting Anti-Immigrant Hate in the City of Big Shoulders. progressive.org A gaggle of far-right MAGA men showed up at a Chicago church to protest its immigrant rights work. Bad decision.

Nicole Roussell (2019-10-07). Vigil: Justice for Nebane Abienwi! Cameroonian migrant dies in ICE custody. liberationnews.org On October 7, protesters gathered in front of immigration and Customs Enforcement headquarters in Washington, D.C. for a candlelight vigil in response to the death of a 37-year-old Cameroonian asylum seeker who died in ICE custody.

Hatewatch Staff (2019-09-26). Trump Official Ken Cuccinelli Speaks to Anti-Immigrant Hate Group. splcenter.org The acting director of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) became the latest Trump administration official to speak at an event organized by the anti-immigrant hate group Center for Immigration Studies.

splcenter (2019-09-24). Family separation under the Trump administration — a timeline. splcenter.org Long before the Trump administration implemented its "zero tolerance" immigration enforcement policy in 2018, it was already separating children from their parents as part of a "pilot program" conducted in the El Paso, Texas, area and along other parts of the border.

CounterSpin (2019-08-23). Sasha Abramsky on Trump's New Attack on Immigrants. fair.org Media…