2020-08-23: News Headlines

yenisafak (2020-08-22). Greece denying pushbacks despite evidence: Rights group. yenisafak.com In a recent interview with CNN, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis denied the accusations, saying: "They are an insult to the Greek Coast Guard that has saved tens of thousands of migrants and refugees."However, evidence and reports describing the abuses are too many to be ignored, Eva Cosse, a researcher at Human Rights Watch, said in a report.Cosse, after interviewing victims and witnesses, said that Greek authorities have been seen forcibly pushing back migrants and asylum seekers from Rhodes, Samos, and Symi islands in small inflatable boats.A victim from Syria, who used the pseudonym of Marwan, describ…

Unicorn Riot (2020-08-22). Sanctuary Camp Residents Pressured to Move, No Housing Solution In Sight. unicornriot.ninja Minneapolis, MN — Houseless Twin Cities residents have recently endured arrests, the trashing of their belongings, and violent actions at the hands of Park Police, whose participation in these sweeps has been documented by local photographers. | Several hundred people living in dozens of camps across…

Mohamed Khougali (2020-08-22). A Sudanese political evacuee's views on Britishness and the 'refugee crisis'. thecanary.co Somewhere in Sudan, in the latter half of the 1990s, a warrant was issued to arrest and charge one Gamal el-Din Khougali with conspiracy and crimes against the government. The successful businessman and political activist's 'crimes' were organising awareness campaigns and producing material critical of the now ousted The inf…

Mark Gruenberg (2020-08-21). Latino leaders: Trump's hatred goes beyond DACA and throwing kids in cages. peoplesworld.org It's not just DACA. And it's not just having ICE agents yanking little kids away from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border and throwing them into cages. No, leaders of top Hispanic-American organizations say, GOP President Donald Trump's hate of anyone with a Hispanic name, the undocumented, migrants, and asylum seekers extends far beyond those …

Christian Noakes (2020-08-21). Reclaiming an Irish anti-imperialist legacy. workers.org While the dominant narrative of the "Irish experience" in the U.S. is often reduced to little more than a fairy tale of hard-working immigrants grateful for a stake in the "land of opportunity," the grim reality for Irish people in the U.S. was, for centuries, characterized by inequality, exclusion and . . . |

WSWS (2020-08-21). Federal judge orders second investigation into Virginia immigrant detention center hit by mass outbreak of COVID-19. wsws.org The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found prison staff were refusing to use safety equipment or provide inmates with protection from COVID-19.

CounterSpin (2020-08-21). Karlin Itchoak on Wildlife Refuge Drilling, Steven Rosenfeld on How to Vote. fair.org Media…

The Canary (2020-08-21). Syrian NHS cleaner's plea on Channel-crossing refugees beamed onto White Cliffs of Dover. thecanary.co An emotional plea for compassion for refugees crossing the English Channel has been beamed onto the White Cliffs of Dover.The landmark was lit up with a giant video of NHS cleaner Hassan Akkad, a Syrian refugee who crossed to Britain several years ago.He highlighted the "terrifying and devastating" journeys that so many people are undertaking to reach the UK by boat. He also blamed the government for using the crisis as a distraction from the coronavirus pandemic.The giant projection is the latest stunt by Led By Donkeys, a group of activists famed for their giant billboards of politicians' tweets. | A message fr…

Paul Larudee (2020-08-21). A Labor and Immigration Policy that Empowers all Workers. dissidentvoice.org Read Part I, Part II, Part III, Part IV, Part V, Part VI, Part VII, and Part VIII. Workers are the bedrock of every nation on earth. Even autocratic and fascist societies and those that repress workers depend upon them nevertheless. The nature of work may change with technology, and the dichotomy between worker and …

news.un (2020-08-21). UN refugee chief underlines continued support to Lebanon. news.un.org The UN High Commissioner for Refugees on Friday urged the international community to continue to stand by the people of Lebanon as they recover from the blast that devastated the capital, Beirut, earlier this month.

news.un (2020-08-21). Rohingya crisis needs lasting solutions, renewed commitment amid COVID-19 pandemic, UN refugee agency. news.un.org Three years after violence in Myanmar forced hundreds of thousands of Rohingyas to seek refuge in Bangladesh, the international community must adapt its assistance to the critical needs of those displaced and the host communities supporting them, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) said on Friday.

WSWS (2020-08-21). Sudanese refugee drowns attempting to cross English Channel. wsws.org Family members say the victim had his claim for asylum in France refused, and risked the dangerous sea crossing seeking a better life.

Staff (2020-08-20). Abolitionist Derecka Purnell on Historic Kamala Harris VP Pick & Why Black Progressives Feel Torn. democracynow.org As Kamala Harris makes history as the first woman of color to run on a major party presidential ticket, many Black progressive women remain ambivalent, says Derecka Purnell, a human rights lawyer, abolitionist and columnist for The Guardian newspaper. "It's just unfortunate that you have to protect someone because of their identity … while at the same time if you care about the masses of Black people, the masses of poor people, the masses of immigrants in this country, you know that you have to speak truth and be honest about their record," Purnell says.

news.un (2020-08-20). 'Urgent need' to scale up search and rescue in the Mediterranean. news.un.org UN agencies have called for search and rescue to be stepped up in the central Mediterranean, in the wake of a tragic shipwreck that claimed the lives of 45 migrants and refugees, including five children.

yenisafak (2020-08-20). EU rejects UK demand for right to return migrants. yenisafak.com The UK has wanted to extend the Dublin system after the end of the transition period at the end of the year. | The system allows countries to return refugees and migrants to the EU country from where they came, and is the basis of the current EU asylum system. | The Guardian reported that the EU rejected extending the system outside the EU, which the UK would be post-Brexit. | The UK offered the same system vice versa, so that they would have to accept migrants who landed in the EU from the UK, except those who arrive by airplane. | The EU said the plan was "very unbalanced," as southern Europe takes in 10 tim…

RT (2020-08-20). Portland police use tear gas to disperse protesters after mob targets ICE building (PHOTOS, VIDEOS). rt.com Federal officers tussled with protesters in Portland after a crowd vandalized an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) office in the city. Police declared the assembly a riot and deployed tear gas. | Several hundred demonstrators marched to the ICE building on Wednesday night, where they proceeded to shine lights and lasers at federal officers inside the premises. According to a statement released by the Portland Police Bureau (PPB), the crowd began kicking and banging on the building's doors, and tagged the government office with graffiti. The office's windows were also damaged. | Federal agents exited th…

Staff (2020-08-19). Anti-Immigrant Policies Are Not Only Cruel, They Also Have an Economic Cost. truthout.org U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the government agency that processes visas, green cards and citizenship applications, claims it's going broke. USCIS officials are threatening to furlough some