2020-01-04: News Headlines

Kathy Kelly (2020-01-04). An Eyewitness to the Horrors of the US "Forever Wars" speaks out. dissidentvoice.org Kathy Kelly and Maya Evans walk with children at the Chamin-E-Babrak refugee camp in Kabul, Afghanistan, January 2014. (Abdulhai Darya) The 2003 "shock and awe" bombing of Iraq had finally stopped. From the balcony of my room in Baghdad's Al Fanar Hotel, I watched U.S. Marines moving between their jeeps, armored personnel carriers, and Humvees. …

Danica Jorden (2020-01-04). US Immigration (ICE) Accelerates Violent Arrests of (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) DACA Holders. globalresearch.ca "You are not from the castle. You are not from the village. You are nothing." Franz Kafka, "The Castle" | "If there were right laws, if there were a pathway, we would stand in line…. Because this country has a broken, …

WSWS (2020-01-04). Trump's anti-asylum "Remain in Mexico" policy to expand to Arizona. wsws.org Immigrants seeking asylum at the border city of Nogales, Arizona, will be turned back and left to fend for themselves on the southern side of the border.

teleSUR (2020-01-04). Mexico City Goes Back to the Future With Plastic Bag Ban. telesurenglish.net Mexico City's new ban on plastic bags has inspired visions of a journey back in time even as local makers of the packaging worry they could become obsolete. | The city's government this week banned single-use plastic bags to complement worldwide efforts to protect the environment, sparking protests from companies that produce them. | RELATED: | Mexico Ratifies Asylum to Bolivian Refugees in Its Embassy | "We have to take plastic out of circulation," said Andree Lilian Guigue, the o…

WSWS (2020-01-03). Three African migrants die in US custody during Christmas and New Year holidays. wsws.org The growing number of deaths shows that the mistreatment of immigrants by the US government is not incidental but deliberate.

Sarah Lahm (2020-01-03). Midwest Dispatch: A Christmas Day Fire Shows Teachers are More Than Test Scores. progressive.org Rarely do we see our public schools for what they often are: a place of refuge and consistency for our most vulnerable kids.

news.un (2020-01-03). Libya: UN refugee agency deeply concerned by shelling near Tripoli facility. news.un.org Shelling near a major facility run by the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) in the Libyan capital Tripoli on Thursday, has sparked deep concern for the safety of refugees and asylum seekers there.

news.un (2020-01-03). Son of slain UN aid worker in South Sudan freed and reunited with father. news.un.org The abducted four-year-old son of a UN migration agency worker who was killed in South Sudan in October has been released and reunited with his father during an emotional reunion in the capital Juba on Friday.

Staff (2020-01-02). "The Genocidal Regime Is Still in Power": Assad Forces Push into Idlib, Last Rebel Stronghold. democracynow.org The United Nations says a quarter of a million people have fled the Russian-backed Syrian government offensive in the northwestern province of Idlib. Aid groups are now warning the offensive in Idlib could become the worst humanitarian crisis in the nine-year war in Syria. Nearly 200,000 Syrian civilians have fled toward the Turkish border as Syrian government ground troops advance into Idlib, the last major rebel-held territory, where about 3 million people live. Displaced civilians have sought refuge in several camps along the border, where they struggle with harsh winter conditions, flooding and mud due to hea…

Paul Haeder (2020-01-02). Why "Go Home Yanqui" Country is that Shit-Hole USA it Has Always Been. dissidentvoice.org Los Dias de los Muertos are highly stylized rituals grounded in Aztec mythology when those who had passed on during the year migrate to the darkness of Mictlan in the north — the 1st is reserved for the innocents, the children, and the 2nd for the rest of us poor sinners. Traditional altars, garnished with …

Staff (2020-01-02). Death Toll Rises in India as Protests Against Modi Government's Citizenship Law Intensify. democracynow.org In India, the death toll amid the government's crackdown on widespread protests has risen to at least 27 people, and over 1,000 more have been arrested. The protests are against a controversial new citizenship law, which provides a path to Indian citizenship for undocumented immigrants from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan — unless they are Muslim. Opponents of the law say it's a step toward the official marginalization of India's 200 million Muslims. Paramilitary and police forces were deployed in response to the demonstrations in Muslim-majority districts in Uttar Pradesh and New Delhi, and the intern…

Staff (2020-01-02). Death Toll Rises in India as Protests Against Modi's Citizenship Law Intensify. truthout.org In India, the death toll amid the government's crackdown on widespread protests has risen to at least 27 people, and over 1,000 more have been arrested. The protests are against a controversial new citizenship law, which provides a path to Indian citizenship for undocumented immigrants from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan — unless they are Muslim. Opponents of the law say it's a step toward the official marginalization of India's 200 million Muslims. Paramilitary and police forces we…

news.un (2020-01-01). FROM THE FIELD: Bangladesh's bamboo boom. news.un.org More than 24 million bamboo poles have been harvested for construction projects in the enormous refugee settlement in Cox's Bazar in Bangladesh, thanks, in part, to support from the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

Harrison Stetler (2019-12-31). France's Undocumented Migrants Are Fighting for Their Rights. thenation.com France's Undocumented Migrants Are Fighting for Their Rights…

news.un (2019-12-31). 2019: The UN News year in photos. news.un.org From sustainable development to economic development, and human rights to humanitarian aid, UN News provides daily coverage across all of the Organization's key issues — health, migration, climate change and so much more.

Staff (2019-12-24). Headlines for December 24, 2019. democracynow.org House Could Bring Additional Articles of Impeachment Against Trump, Boeing Fires CEO Dennis Muilenburg over 737 MAX Jet Controversy, NYT: Pentagon May Withdraw U.S. Troops from West Africa, Syria: Up to 100,000 Civilians Forced to Flee Intensification of Fighting in Idlib, Asian Leaders Urge U.S. & North Korea to Move Toward Peace, Report: Canadian Police Were Prepared to Use Lethal Force Against Indigenous Land Defenders, Trump Met with Accused War Criminal Eddie Gallagher, Nigerian Man Dies in ICE Custody in Maryland, Colorado Governor Pardons Woman Who Took Sanctuary to Fight Her Deportation, Former Black Pant…

Jeff Abbott (2019-12-23). The Other Americans: Asylum Seekers Routed to Guatemala. progressive.org A proposed amendment to immigration policy endangers asylum seekers, advocates warn.

Joe Rodriguez (2019-12-22). Quad-Cities community members condemn hate after anti-immigrant event. liberationnews.org Outraged protesters displayed signs condemning racism and the capitalist system which allows bigotry to flourish.

The Canary (2019-12-19). Queen's Speech takes 'wrecking ball' to Scotland's foundations, SNP claims. thecanary.co The SNP has accused Boris Johnson and the UK Government of "taking a wrecking ball" to Scotland with its plans in the Queen's Speech. | SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford spoke out after a speech that did not mention Scotland by name — although the queen said the "integrity and prosperity" of the United Kingdom was of "the utmost importance" to the UK Government. | Blackford argued the Withdrawal Agreement Bill that ministers will bring forward will hurt Scotland's economy and cost thousands of jobs north of the border. | He was also critical of plans on immigration and said the UK Government was failing…

The Canary (2019-12-19). Terrified refugee child found wandering alone on M6 central reservation at night. thecanary.co A young child refugee has been rescued by police after being found wandering along the central reservation of the M6 motorway near Birmingham. | The Central Motorway Police Group (CMPG) said the boy had become separated from his parents, adding in a statement: "It's impossible to imagine how scared someone would be, not knowing where they are, not knowing where their parents are, unable to speak the language." | Officers were alerted at around 10pm on 18 December after a driver spotted the boy, who is thought to be from Iraq, walking along the central reservation towards junction 7, the Great Barr interchange.

The Canary (2019-12-18). 'Tragic' campaign video urges Home Secretary to change 'unfair rules' for child refugees. thecanary.co Campaigners have called on the Home Secretary to change "unfair rules" which separate refugee families, with a video animation highlighting the "horrors" faced by children fleeing war-torn countries.The Refugee Council released the video — entitled Without My Mum — as it launched a petition calling on Priti Patel to step in and review the "restrictive" policy on child refugees.The animation, produced using handmade puppets by director Catherine Prowse, tells the story of a young boy forced to flee conflict for safety in the UK alone, leaving his mother behind. | The footage shows how their "loving relat…

Tarek Ismail (2019-12-18). A Secret CBP Team is Targeting and Detaining Innocent Travelers. We're Suing. aclu.org U.S. Customs and Border Protection is deploying secret teams that target, detain, and interrogate innocent travelers. We're suing to expose their activities. | In November 2018, three CBP officers detained Andreas | Gal, a former chief | technology officer at Mozilla Corporation and current Apple employee, at San | Francisco International Airport after he landed from a business trip to Sweden. | Andr…

splcenter (2019-11-21). Emails Confirm Miller's Twin Obsessions: Immigrants and Crime. splcenter.org Stephen Miller linked immigration to violence in emails to Breitbart News — writing of crimes committed by nonwhites that "each one [is] more disturbing than the next."

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