2020-06-21: News Headlines

Judy Greenspan for OEA (2020-06-21). Monday 6/22: Educators For Black Sanctuary. indybay.org 1000 Broadway, downtown Oakland…

news.un (2020-06-21). FROM THE FIELD: the plight of refugees persecuted for their sexual orientation. news.un.org Millions of people around the world are at risk because of their sexual orientation or sex characteristics. The UN refugee agency, UNHCR, has underlined the fact that, under international law, they must be protected as refugees.

Robert Croop, Peter J Goadsby, David A Stock, Richard B Lipton (2020-06-20). [Correspondence] Testing rimegepant for migraine—time to revise the trial design? — Authors' reply. thelancet.com We thank Sara Gasparini and colleagues for their critique of our work.1 In stating that single-attack studies of acute treatments for migraine with no active comparator have major problems in their methods, however, they ignore their own recommendation that clinical studies should take regulatory requirements and the needs of clinical practice into account.2 Studies of single migraine attacks are the global standard for establishing the efficacy of acute treatments of migraine and the cornerstone of regulatory approval in the USA.

Sara Gasparini, Claudia Torino, Damiano Branca, Edoardo Ferlazzo, Umberto Aguglia (2020-06-20). [Correspondence] Testing rimegepant for migraine—time to revise the trial design? thelancet.com We read with interest the results of the phase 3 trial by Robert Croop and colleagues1 on the use of rimegepant for treatment of acute migraine. We feel that this study, like other similarly designed trials, has major problems in its methods, which suggests caution should be taken when examining the results.

teleSUR (2020-06-20). At Least 5.6 Million Palestinians Live in Refugee Camps. telesurenglish.net On the World Refugee Day (June 20), human rights defenders recalled that 5.6 million Palestinians survive as refugees in Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Gaza, and the West Bank. | RELATED: | They represent more than a fifth of all people with this legal status worldwide, according to the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). | The origin of the diaspora of this Arab people began in 1948 when the…

IMEMC & Agencies (2020-06-20). On World Refugee Day, Nearly Six Million Palestinians Remain Refugees. imemc.org More than 5.6 million Palestinians are registered by United Nations (UN) as refugees, after seven decades of the Palestinian catastrophe or Nakba that began when Israel expelled more than 700,000 Palestinians from their homes in historical Palestine, declaring it the state of Israel, in 1948. The United Nations General Assembly resolution 55/76, …

Javier Guerrero (2020-06-20). Supreme Court rules against Trump in DACA case. liberationnews.org Until another victory is won in the streets, the current more than 600,000 DACA recipients will continue to renew their permits.

The Canary (2020-06-20). Alexandra Burke speaks out about racism, the music industry told her 'to look whiter'. thecanary.co X Factor winner Alexandra Burke said she was told to bleach her skin and change her hair "to look whiter" as she spoke about her experiences of racism in the music industry.The singer who won the TV talent show in 2008, posted a video on Instagram.She said she was told to avoid wearing braids or having an afro hairstyle. | During the 15-minute clip, she recalled: "When I first won the X Factor, I was 19."I got told because you're black you are going to have to work 10 times harder than a white artist because of the colour of your skin."You can't have braids, you can't have an afro, you can't have anything that is…

Ahmed Sule (2020-06-20). BAME cabinet ministers: modern-day courtiers or jesters? thecanary.co In every society, there are categories of people of a different race, colour, nationality, or cultural traditions that differ from the dominant population. In the UK, the term BAME is used to define the non-white population of Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic communities. Immigration, colonialism, and slavery are some of the main drivers for the prevalence of ethnic minorities in the Anglo-American world. | From biblical times to the present, minorities living in countries with a history of oppression are sometimes elevated into political leadership positions. Modern-day Britain is not exempt from this trend. So…

Martina Kaika (2020-06-20). The case of refugees in Greece. peoplesdispatch.org Successive Greek governments have done nothing to to ensure decent living conditions for the uprooted people. Instead, they are also evicting those who have been granted asylum from their accommodation facilities…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-06-20). Close to 3 million Afghans remain displaced, says UNHCR report. peoplesdispatch.org Of Afghanistan's total population of 38 million, one-fifth are former refugees who have returned in the past two decades. However, in 2019, only 8,400 returned, the lowest in many years…

teleSUR (2020-06-20). 'Belgium Should Apologize for Its Colonial Past,' Kompany Says. telesurenglish.net The Ganshoren major Pierre Kompany emphasized that Belgium should apologize for the atrocities that King Leopold II (1835-1909) allowed to happen when Congo was a colony of this European country. | RELATED: | "If the State apologizes, it would be a big step. But if the King does the same, we would come out of this even better," Kompany said, as reported by VTR NWS. | These statements occurred amidst the World Refugee Day on June 20, when the…

news.un (2020-06-20). Refugee athletes stay focused on countdown to delayed Olympics. news.un.org With the Tokyo Olympics delayed until 2021, UN News has spoken to two recipients of Refugee Athlete Scholarships, an initiative of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), and UN refugee agency (UNHCR), to find out how COVID-19 lockdown measures are affecting their preparations for the games.

Abdul Rahman (2020-06-20). Imperialist occupation and wars are the driving force behind the displacement of people. peoplesdispatch.org In its annual "Global Trends" report released on June 18, Thursday, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) noted that the total number of displaced persons globally rose by a record 9 million in 2019. Though most of them are internally displaced, the number of people forced out of their countries, or international refugees, is also increasing. | The spread of COVID-19 globally has caused renewed concern about the safety and well-being of the world's refugee population, most of whom are living in unsafe conditions. While health infrastructure in refugee camps, particularly in third world countri…

United We Dream & others (2020-06-20). Monday 6/22: #HomeIsHere DACA Digital Rally hosted by United We Dream. indybay.org Online rally…

SIREN & other groups (2020-06-20). Thursday 6/18: #HomeIsHere: Car Caravans for DACA SCOTUS Decision & BLM in SF Bay Area. indybay.org Caravans in San Fransisco, San Jose, Oakland and throughout CA…

Staff (2020-06-19). Headlines for June 19, 2020. democracynow.org Supreme Court Blocks Trump from Ending DACA in Victory for Immigrants, Global COVID Death Toll Tops 450,000 as Cases Keep Growing in 77 Nations, Navajo Nation Reinstates Lockdown Due to New COVID Surge, "Trump Death Clock" Heads to Tulsa for Trump Speech, Juneteenth: Longshore Union Shuts Down West Coast Ports; Trump Claims He Made Holiday "Very Famous", Atlanta Officers Involved in Killing of Rayshard Brooks Turn Themselves In, Probe Launched over Use of Military Surveillance Planes to Monitor Protesters, High-Ranking Black State Dept. Official Resigns to Protest Trump's Actions, Klobuchar Removes Herself from V…

Staff (2020-06-19). How DREAMers Defeated Trump: Supreme Court DACA Win Shows "Sustained Pressure of Activism" Works. democracynow.org In a 5-4 decision led by Chief Justice John Roberts, the Supreme Court on Thursday blocked President Trump's attempt to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA. The federal program created by President Obama in 2012 protects from deportation about 700,000 immigrants who arrived in the U.S. as children. Luis Cortes, one of the lawyers who defended DACA at the Supreme Court, says the key to the victory was being able to share the stories of DACA recipients. "What moved Chief Justice Roberts in our case was the stories," says Cortes, who is a DACA recipient himself. We also speak with Erika Andiola, advo…

Mark Gruenberg (2020-06-19). High Court says California can stay a sanctuary state. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—By a 7-2 vote, but without a written decision being issued, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled California can stay a sanctuary state for undocumented people — a position the state's union movement strongly pushed to passage several years ago. Technically, the justices rejected the anti-Hispanic anti-migrant GOP Trump regime's demand the justices hear the …

Mark Gruenberg, Roberta Wood (2020-06-19). Latino groups, AFL-CIO hail Supreme Court's pro-DACA decision. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—Immigrant rights groups, the AFL-CIO and other human rights organizations hailed the U.S. Supreme Court's June 18 decision which effectively leaves in place the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and blocks President Donald Trump's long campaign to end DACA and toss its 700,000 recipients — the Dreamers — out of the country. …

Eds. (2020-06-19). Antifa movement: Anti-establishment rebels. mronline.org A day after Donald Trump's election victory, Hispanic students at Royal Oak High School in Michigan were harassed by their classmates who started chanting, "Build the wall!" Once installed in office, the White House occupant announced the immigration ban on Muslims and a few hours later, someone set fire to the local Islamic Center in …

WSWS (2020-06-19). Supreme Court blocks Trump administration's plan to "immediately end" DACA. wsws.org A 5-4 majority cited the administration's failure to provide a "reasoned explanation" as the basis for Trump's decision to rescind an executive order issued by Obama in 2012.

Ashley Curtin (2020-06-19). Supreme Court extends life of DACA in 5-4 ruling. nationofchange.org "We took our power to the streets, the hallways of Congress, to the highest court in the land and we won."

Staff (2020-06-19). Supreme Court DACA Win Shows "Sustained Pressure of Activism" Works. truthout.org In a 5-4 decision led by Chief Justice John Roberts, the Supreme Court on Thursday blocked President Trump's attempt to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA. The federal program created by President Obama in 2012 protects from deportation about 700,000 immigrants who arrived in the U.S. as children. Luis Cortes, one of the lawyers who defended DACA at the Supreme Court, says the key to the victory was being able to share the stories of DACA recipients. "What moved Chief Justice Roberts in ou…

WSWS (2020-06-19). Johnson government reneges on waiving health surcharges on NHS workers from overseas. wsws.org What is being demanded by migrant NHS workers is not preferential treatment, but rights that should be extended to all overseas workers.

Peoples Dispatch (2020-06-19). More than 1% of world population is forcibly displaced, says UNHCR report. peoplesdispatch.org Busting the myth and propaganda claims about the so-called 'refugee problem' in developed countries, the UNHCR data establishes that around 85% of the total refugees in the world are hosted by developing countries…

IMEMC News (2020-06-19). Israeli Soldiers Abduct Three Palestinians In Jenin. imemc.org Israeli soldiers invaded, on Friday at dawn, into Jenin city and Jenin refugee camp, in northern West Bank, and abducted three young Palestinian men. Eyewitnesses said the undercover soldiers, driving a car with Palestinian license plates, infiltrated into Jenin, and kidnapped two young men, who remained unidentified at the time …

yenisafak (2020-06-19). EU must pay full $6.5B to Turkey: Top Hungary diplomat. yenisafak.com The EU should respect its commitment to Turkey and pay the entire sum of ‚Ǩ6 billion ($6.5 billion) promised under a 2016 deal to stem irregular migration, Hungary's foreign minister said Friday."Turkey has a crucial role in stopping illegal migration," which is why "the EU should pay the ‚Ǩ6 billion it previously promised to Turkey," Szijjarto said in streaming video on Facebook, speaking after a high-level videoconference with his counterparts from Slovakia, the Czech Republic, and Poland, and Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu.Szijjarto was referring to the 2016 Turke…

WSWS (2020-06-19). UK nurses from overseas demand permanent residence after battling COVID-19. wsws.org The SEP was contacted by an overseas nurse from the south of England, urging support for a petition demanding permanent residence for non-EU National Health Service migrant workers.

Al Jazeera (2020-06-18). Planet Earth Police Department Blew Up Seven Innocent Black People in Somalia, Including a Child. anti-empire.com The United States military has not adequately investigated two air raids in Somalia earlier this year that have killed at least seven civilians, including a child, according to the Human Rights Watch (HRW). [HRW is a major lobbyist for regime-change wars, and as such they're very tame on the Pentagon. If they say seven there was likely more.] | In a report released on Tuesday, the rights group said the killing of the civilians was in apparent violation of the laws of war. The HRW was referring to incidents on February 2 and March 10 in Jilib and Janaale, where no evidence of a military target involving the al-Sha…

RT (2020-06-18). Supreme Court 'more important than ever' Trump says in 2020 election pitch after DACA setback. rt.com After the US Supreme Court delivered him a lemon verdict, President Donald Trump set out to make lemonade, announcing he would release a shortlist of SCOTUS nominees as part of his re-election pitch to make the court conservative. | A new list of "Conservative Supreme Court Justice nominees" will be released by September 1, the president tweeted on Thursday afternoon. "Based on decisions being rendered now, this list is more important than ever before," he added, listing the right to bear arms, religious liberty and abortion as the issues that would depend on the court in the future. …Based on decisions be…

commondreams (2020-06-18). United States Supreme Court Upholds Immigrant Rights by Ruling Rescinded DACA Program As Unlawful. commondreams.org ______________________________…

teleSUR (2020-06-18). The US Supreme Court Backs the Dreamers' DACA Program. telesurenglish.net With 5 votes in favor and 4 against, the United States Supreme Court Thursday decided to keep the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in place, which protects hundreds of thousands of undocumented youth known as "the dreamers" from deportation. | RELATED: | The Supreme Court declared illegal President Donald Trump's decision to end the program that for the past eight years has benefited many undocume…

commondreams (2020-06-18). We Did This: Supreme Court Upholds DACA, Delivers Blow to Trump's Racist Agenda. commondreams.org ______________________________…

yenisafak (2020-06-18). US Supreme Court rules against Trump bid to end 'Dreamers' immigrant program. yenisafak.com The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday dealt a President Donald Trump a major setback on his hardline immigration policies, ruling against his bid to end a program that protects from deportation hundreds of thousands of immigrants, dubbed "Dreamers," who entered the United States illegally as children.The justices upheld lower court rulings that found that Trump's 2017 move to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, created in 2012 by his Democratic predecessor Barack Obama, was unlawful.

commondreams (2020-06-18). SCOTUS Continuation of DACA to Protect Hundreds of Thousands of Immigrants. commondreams.org ______________________________…

commondreams (2020-06-18). Bend the Arc: DACA Ruling a Victory for Everyone Who Has Fought Trump's Attacks on Immigrant Families. commondreams.org ______________________________…

commondreams (2020-06-18). Mijente Response to SCOTUS Ruling Upholding DACA Program. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Elie Mystal (2020-06-18). Robert's DACA Ruling Had Nothing to Do With His Own Moral Awakening. thenation.com Robert's DACA Ruling Had Nothing to Do With His Own Moral Awakening…

PCHR (2020-06-18). PCHR: Weekly Report on Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (June 11 — 17, 2020). imemc.org Palestinian Centre for Human Rights Israeli violations of human rights in the occupied Palestinian territory (11 — 17 June 2020) Summary The Israeli forces continued to commit crimes and multi-pronged violations against Palestinian civilians and their properties, including raids into Palestinian cities that are characterized with excessive use of force, …

IMEMC & Agencies (2020-06-18). Israeli Forces Abduct Several Palestinians in the West Bank. imemc.org Israeli soldiers abducted, early on Thursday morning, several Palestinian residents from a number of West Bank cities, towns and villages. In the West Bank city of Jericho, Israeli special forces invaded the Aqbat Jaber refugee camp, south of the city and abducted a young man, according to Palestinian security sources. …

news.un (2020-06-18). World Refugee Day: End conflict that drives 'appalling' displacement numbers. news.un.org UN Secretary-General António Guterres has reminded countries of their fundamental obligation to protect the nearly 80 million people worldwide forced to flee their homes due to conflict, persecution and other crises.

teleSUR (2020-06-18). Over 1 Percent Of Humanity Forcibly Displaced UN Reveals. telesurenglish.net The office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Thursday released a report that warns about 80 million people being forcibly displaced worldwide, about 1 percent of humanity. | RELATED: | The data, published ahead of the World Refugee Day on June 20, points out that 1 in every 97 people is affected by forced displacement. At the same time "fewer and fewer of those who flee can return home",…

news.un (2020-06-18). World expects unity 'where humanity is most wounded and trampled', Grandi tells Security Council. news.un.org With nearly 80 million people now living in forced exile, the head of the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, urged the Security Council on Thursday to overcome its differences and start resolving conflicts so that refugees and internally displaced persons can finally return home.

news.un (2020-06-18). UN refugee chief laments nearly 80 million people forcibly displaced. news.un.org Global displacement reached a staggering 79.5 million people last year – almost double the number of people in crisis registered a decade ago — owing to war, violence, persecution and other emergencies, the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, said on Thursday.

news.un (2020-06-17). 'New contract' needed with nature to keep drought and deserts at bay. news.un.org The UN Secretary-General has called for "a new contract for nature" to address ongoing global challenges connected to land degradation, such as forced migration, hunger and climate change.