2020-06-14: News Headlines

en.mehrnews (2020-06-13). VIDEO: Back Lives Matter protests in Australia. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jun. 13 (MNA) — The aerial footage shows thousands of people taking part in Black Lives Matter and pro-refugee protests in Australia's Perth with the social distancing protocols in place.

news.un (2020-06-13). FROM THE FIELD: COVID-19 restrictions leave migrant workers stranded. news.un.org In countries across the world, tens of thousands of migrant workers are finding themselves stranded through travel restrictions, in the hope of curbing the spread of COVID-19.

_____ (2020-06-12). Martin Gugino — The "Buffalo Protestor" And Our Friend. popularresistance.org Martin Gugino worked together in Witness Against Torture for years, a close-knit group dedicated to closing the U.S. prison camp at Guantanamo and opposing torture. Our community is beside itself. | None of us is surprised that it was Martin meeting the police line in a posture of non-violence. Martin is gentle, principled, and undaunted. Allied with the Catholic Worker tradition, he is also deeply committed to a tapestry of causes, from fair housing to immigrant rights. Guiding his activism is belief in the sacred power of non-violent resistance to injustice. If that makes him an "agitator," as Buffalo's police…

news.un (2020-06-12). Amid COVID-19 and climate change, UNHCR appeals for $186 million for Sahel refugee and displacement crisis. news.un.org The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) has issued an urgent appeal for $186 million to provide lifesaving protection and assistance in the Sahel amidst fears that the conflict in the vast African region — exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic — will spread.

yenisafak (2020-06-12). UNHCR urges Greece to investigate refugee pushbacks. yenisafak.com The UN Refugee Agency on Friday urged Greece to investigate multiple reports of pushbacks by Greek authorities at the country's sea and land borders, possibly returning migrants and asylum seekers to Turkey.UNHCR spokesman Babar Baloch said at a twice-weekly UN press briefing that allegations of people being turned back had increased since March.He said reports indicate that several groups of people may have been summarily returned after reaching Greek territory."UNHCR has continuously addressed its concerns with the Greek government and has called for urgent inquiries into a series of alleged incidents reported…

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2020-06-11). Trump Proposes Changes to Asylum Rules That Stand to 'Practically Write the Refugee Definition Out of Existence'. commondreams.org "The Trump administration is doubling down on a xenophobic, anti-immigrant agenda while the president is fueling violence against Black and Brown people in our country with his racist, white supremacist rhetoric." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/asylum-changes-toughest.jpg

P. Sainath (2020-06-11). The Migrant and the Moral Economy of the Elite. counterpunch.org The Mumbai-Nashik highway seemed busier under lockdown than in normal times. People moved any way they could. Bimlesh Jaiswal, who lost one leg in an accident years ago, travelled 1,200 km from Panvel, Maharashtra, to Rewa, Madhya Pradesh, on a gearless scooter, with his wife and three-year-old daughter. "Who shuts down a country with a four-hour notice?" he asks. Come on Bimlesh, you know the answer to that one.

Cooper Feste and Dariel Hernandez (2020-06-11). Pandemic reveals worker exploitation in Texas meatpacking industry. liberationnews.org Across Texas, workers, many of them Black or immigrants from Mexico and Central and South America, have been forced back to work at job sites that are unsafe and even deadly…

RT (2020-06-11). Over 90,000 people displaced in Yemen since January as conflict continues — UN. rt.com The UN refugee agency said on Thursday that more than 94,000 people have been displaced and forced to flee their homes in several parts of Yemen since January. "The ongoing conflict in Yemen continues to displace people from their homes as they struggle to survive," the UNHCR tweeted. | More than 94,000 — including at least 15,000 households — were displaced between January 1 and June 6, according to the agency. Only about 5,200 people were able to return to their places of origin in that period. | The civil war erupted in Yemen in 2015. A US-backed, Saudi-led coalition launched an offensive against…

The Canary (2020-06-11). Shamima Begum's British citizenship should be restored, Court of Appeal hears. thecanary.co Shamima Begum's British citizenship should be restored because she cannot have a "fair and effective appeal" against the government's decision to strip her of it, the Court of Appeal has heard.Begum, now 20, was one of three East London schoolgirls who travelled to Syria to join the so-called Islamic State (IS) in February 2015. She lived under IS rule for more than three years. She was found, nine months pregnant, in a Syrian refugee camp in February 2019. It prompted then home secretary Sajid Javid to revoke her British citizenship later that month.In 2019, Begum took legal action against the Home Office at the…

Fight Back (2020-06-11). Thousands march for Black lives in Dallas. fightbacknews.org Dallas, TX – On Saturday, June 6, about 5000 people rallied in 100-degree weather at Belo Garden Park across the street from the Earle Cabell Federal Building in downtown Dallas, to demand justice for victims of police violence, community control of the police, and the resignation of Renee Hall, the chief of the Dallas Police Department. | The protest was called by the Dallas Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression (DAARPR), Progressive Student Union at the University of Texas at Arlington American Muslims for Palestine Dallas, Migrante Texas, and Black Youth Project 100-Dallas. First the crowd heard spe…

WSWS (2020-06-11). Millions of Ukrainian migrant workers forced to search for employment in Europe under unsafe conditions. wsws.org Despite little health or legal protections, Ukraine's migrant workers are being forced to search for work in Europe's farms and factories to avoid unemployment and social destitution.

PCHR (2020-06-11). PCHR: Weekly Report on Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (04 — 10 Jun 2020). imemc.org Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) Summary of Israeli Violations of Human Rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (04 — 10 June 2020) Israeli occupation forces continued to commit crimes against Palestinian civilians and their properties, including raids into Palestinian cities that are characterized with excessive use of force, assault, …

yenisafak (2020-06-11). Cherry season ensues in Idlib, Syria. yenisafak.com Syrian civilians have started harvesting cherries in the Idlib de-escalation zone in the northwest of the country amid relatively secure environment since cease-fire agreement inked between Turkey and Russia on March 5.Idlib is home to hundreds of thousands of cherry trees.However, farmers returning to their homes after the cease-fire have been badly affected by skyrocketing fertilization, tree pruning, transportation and fuel prices."We suffered a lot during the migration period. We returned to our land after the cease-fire. We look forward to this month every year," Syrian farmer Haci Ahmet Muhammad told Anadol…