2020-06-22: News Headlines

Cathy Rojas (2020-06-22). Building multinational unity for Black lives. liberationnews.org On June 14, a Black Lives Matter protest began in Jackson Heights, the most diverse urban area in the world, ending in the immigrant neighborhood of Corona, the epicenter of the COVID-19 epidemic in New York City. The protest had an explicitly theme of "Multinational Unity for Black Lives," and united the multinational, largely immigrant …

yenisafak (2020-06-22). Gazans protest Israeli plan to annex West Bank. yenisafak.com Palestinians in the Gaza Strip staged a protest on Monday to reject an Israeli plan to annex parts of the occupied West Bank.Organized by the Joint Committee for Refugees, the demonstration was held in front the office of the UN refugee agency UNRWA in Gaza City, on the occasion of the World Refugee Day; which was marked on June 20.Speaking at the protest, Ismail Radwan, a Hamas leading member, called on donor countries to continue their funding to UNRWA.Radwan reiterated the committee's rejection of "refugee resettlement projects and finding an alternative homeland for them"."The right of return is individual an…

Fight Back (2020-06-22). DACA stays, fight for legalization for all! fightbacknews.org Fight Back News Service is circulating the following statement by Legalization for All Network (L4A). | Los Angeles, CA – Early Thursday morning, June 18, 2020, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against the Trump administration's attempt to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). DACA was an executive order signed June 15, 2012 by then-President Barak Obama and it protects hundreds of thousands of undocumented youth, allowing them to work and go to school without fear of arrest and deportation. | The 5-4 ruling was written by Chief Justice John Roberts and joined by Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Elena…

The Canary (2020-06-22). Sadiq Khan: Windrush legacy must see end to 'hostile environment' for immigrants. thecanary.co London Mayor Sadiq Khan has called on the government to learn from the suffering endured by the Windrush generation and end the "hostile environment" faced by immigrants in the capital.Ministers should help Londoners by increasing funding to the immigration sector and cutting its "extortionate" fees, Khan said in a statement."Many of the Windrush Generation and their families are still struggling to access the advice and support they need, and it is clear that too many Londoners are still being failed by an immigration system that is prohibitively expensive and simply not fit for purpose," he said."I'm proud that…

yenisafak (2020-06-22). Germany arrests suspected Assad regime torturer. yenisafak.com German police arrested a Syrian former secret service employee on suspicion of crimes against humanity, officials said on Monday. | Alaa M., who arrived in Germany as a refugee in 2015, was arrested in the central state of Hesse on Friday, the Federal Public Prosecutor's Office said in a statement. | The suspect worked for the military intelligence as a doctor, and he was strongly suspected of torturing inmates in 2011 at an Assad regime prison in the city of Homs. | The prosecutors accused the Assad regime of using brutal force to suppress the political opposition, torturing and murdering many of them in prisons…

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

Basav Sen (2020-06-21). Cyclone Amphan Is a Warning for the United States. commondreams.org A Cyclone Preparedness Programme (CPP) volunteer uses a megaphone to urge residents to evacuate to shelters ahead of the expected landfall of Cyclone Amphan in Khulna on May 19, 2020. India and Bangladesh began evacuating more than two million people May 18 as a cyclone barrelled towards their coasts, with officials racing to ready extra shelters amid fears of coronavirus contagion in cramped refuges. (Photo: Kazi Shanto/AFP via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/amphan-lessons-us.jpg

Staff (2020-06-21). When Barnes and Noble Warehouse Workers Got Sick, They Organized and Won. truthout.org I have been working the night shift at a Barnes & Noble warehouse in Monroe, New Jersey, for the past 16 years. For decades I have witnessed abuses at my workplace, but the COVID-19 crisis spurred me into collective action for the first time. | Every evening, I come into work on a shop floor with hundreds of other immigrant workers, all packaging deliveries in close quarters. As news of the pandemic spread, I began to worry about the conditions in my warehouse. My managers were not providing us with a…

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.

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.

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.

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…

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, …

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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

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, 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. …

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 …

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…

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). 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.

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 …

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…

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.

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). SCOTUS Continuation of DACA to Protect Hundreds of Thousands of Immigrants. 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…

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",…

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. …