2020-08-29: News Headlines

David Goessmann (2020-08-29). Manufacturing a Moral Crisis: Media and Refugees. zcomm.org Today one rarely finds a report in newspapers and broadcasts about refugees. Nobody seems to care about them anymore. Why is that?>

Phyllis Bennis (2020-08-28). The Israel-UAE Deal Isn't About Peace at All. commondreams.org Palestinian demonstrators burn pictures of US President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a protest against a US-brokered deal between Israel and the UAE to normalize relations, in the northern Gaza Strip refugee camp of Jabalia, on August 15, 2020. (Photo: Mahmud Hams/AFP via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/trumpnetanyahudemonstration.jpg

Fight Back (2020-08-28). MIRAC demands Minnesota divest from border militarization corporation Elbit Systems. fightbacknews.org Saint Paul, MN – At the State Board of Investments (SBI) meeting on August 26, Minnesota Immigrant Rights Action Committee (MIRAC) member Mari Mansfield spoke out, demanding that Minnesota divest its funds from the border militarization corporation Elbit Systems. | This was part of an ongoing campaign to press the State Board of Investments on this issue. Activists from MIRAC, the Anti-War Committee and other organizations have spoken at several previous SBI meetings, have presented thousands of petitions, and have protested in front of Governor Walz's mansion to demand divestment from Elbit System because of the…

Staff (2020-08-28). Former DHS Official Claims Trump "Wanted to Maim" Migrants at US-Mexico Border. truthout.org Former Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Chief of Staff Miles Taylor claimed in a podcast earlier this week that President Donald Trump told administration officials he wanted to "maim" and "shoot" migrants at the southern border. | Taylor, who served as chief of staff to former DHS Kirstjen Nielsen before departing the agency with her in April 2019, made the remarks Monday on an episode of "The New Abnormal" podcast from The Daily Beast. | Taylor said he could not get through a meeting w…

Tom Arie Donch (2020-08-28). Immigrant Children in the US Are Still In Cages. thenation.com Immigrant Children in the US Are Still In Cages…

news.un (2020-08-28). Complex security, environmental crises worsen conditions for over 360,000 in western Chad. news.un.org More than 360,000 internally displaced persons in Chad's Lake province are facing a "double" crisis, exposed to security and environmental risks, the UN International Organization for Migration (IOM) has reported, highlighting the need to strengthen resilience of affected communities.

The Canary (2020-08-28). Banksy-funded rescue boat is helping to save refugees in Mediterranean. thecanary.co British street artist Banksy has funded a refugee rescue boat that is helping to save people encountering danger in the Mediterranean Sea. | The Louise Michel, a vessel that used to be owned by the customs authorities in France, launched under its new guise last week and features a painting from Banksy depicting a young girl holding on to a heart-shaped safety float. | The boat was renamed after a 19th-century French feminist anarchist, and is spattered in pink paint after the secretive artist "decorated her with a fire extinguisher". | It was bought with the proceeds of some of Banksy's works and is captained by…

Staff (2020-08-28). GOP Convention Pretended COVID Was Over While Creating Super-Spreader Conditions. truthout.org He lied about testing, again. He lied about the China travel ban, again. He lied about the pandemic dead, again. He lied about supporting Black people, again. He lied about protecting coverage for pre-existing conditions, again. He lied about Joe Biden and Barack Obama, again and again. He lied about petroleum, the police, the military, the border wall, immigration in general, NATO, the economy, veterans… for more than an hour in the hot COVID night of Washington D.C., Donald Trump brea…

Sasha Abramsky (2020-08-28). GOP Convention: George Wallace Meets 'Duck Dynasty'. thenation.com GOP Convention: George Wallace Meets 'Duck Dynasty'

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2020-08-27). 'Unconscionable, But Unsurprising': Trump Border Officials Proposed 'Heat Ray' Weapon to Deter Migrants. commondreams.org "Maximum cruelty and maximum harm: That is how this administration operates. It is their policy and their platform," said Rep. Pramila Jayapal. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/heat-ray-trump-migrants.jpg

_____ (2020-08-27). Israel's Crimes Must Be Met With Arms Embargo. popularresistance.org Israel's bombing of the besieged Gaza Strip must be met with an "urgent and comprehensive military embargo," the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions National Committee stated on Sunday. | Israel has bombed Gaza every night for the past 12 days in response, or so it claims, to incendiary balloons flown from the territory. Those balloons have caused fires on agricultural land in southern Israel. | Two-thirds of Gaza's population of 2.1 million are refugees, some of them from the lands just on the other side of the Gaza boundary fence. Israel denies them their right to return, enshrined in international la…

WSWS (2020-08-27). UK "hostile environment" sees two more asylum seeker deaths. wsws.org Mercy Baguma's death sparked anger with a protest held yesterday outside the Home Office immigration centre in Glasgow.

National Domestic Workers Alliance (2020-08-27). Thursday 8/27: "Immigration Nation" & the Reality of the Family Separation Crisis Today. indybay.org Online via Zoom…

Center for Biological Diversity (2020-08-27). Wednesday 8/26: Petition: Say "NO!" to Drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge! indybay.org Online petition…

Center for Biological Diversity (2020-08-27). Petition: Say "NO!" to Drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge! indybay.org Online petition…

The Canary (2020-08-27). Home Office accused of 'assault on rule of law' over rhetoric on refugees. thecanary.co The Home Office has been accused of an "assault on the rule of law" over its comments about "activist lawyers" who are representing refugees. | Home secretary Priti Patel's department has faced fierce criticism from legal figures over a video posted to its Twitter account about its efforts to remove refugees from the UK. | The clip, which has been viewed nearly a million times in less than 24 hours, says that current regulations are "allowing activist lawyers to delay and disrupt returns". | The comments have been criticised by various legal figures including immigration lawyers Duncan Lewis, who described them a…

Julie Pace (2020-08-26). GOP convention claims coronavirus pandemic is over and economy is booming. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON (AP)—At President Donald Trump's Republican convention, he is welcoming to immigrants, not the architect of some of the nation's harshest anti-immigration policies. At Trump's convention, the coronavirus pandemic has largely subsided, not continued to infect thousands of Americans a day. The economy is booming, not sputtering. Trump is a leader in healing racial strife, not stoking divisions. Tuesday's gauzy prime-time …

WSWS (2020-08-26). Faurecia Gladstone Rank-and-File Safety Committee defends immigrant workers at Indiana parts plant, opposes back-to-school drive. wsws.org Workers at the plant are refusing leadership positions on the shop floor and others are leaving the factory in response to forced overtime and the disregard of medical work restrictions.

sputniknews (2020-08-26). US Border Agents Considered Using 'Heat Ray' Against Migrants at Southern Border – Report. sputniknews.com A new report in the New York Times details that around two weeks before the 2018 midterm elections, US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials, at the request of US President Donald Trump, suggested deploying a microwave, or "heat ray," weapon at the country's southern border to deter illegal crossings.

Staff (2020-08-26). Critics Blast Anti-Immigrant Trump for Exploiting Naturalization Ceremony at RNC. truthout.org As Rights advocates a…

news.un (2020-08-26). Address root causes of the Rohingya refugee crisis, urges UN chief. news.un.org UN Secretary-General António Guterres has called for greater attention to the Rohingya refugee crisis — which entered its fourth year — and for addressing the root causes of the conflict.

news.un (2020-08-26). Refugees at risk of hunger and malnutrition, as relief hit in Eastern Africa. news.un.org UN World Food Programme (WFP) has been forced to reduce its food and cash assistance for refugees in Eastern Africa by up to 30 per cent, the agency has said, voicing fears that the reductions could worsen in the coming months unless urgent additional funding is received in time.

Ira Allen (2020-08-26). Voting for Biden Without Lying to Yourself. commondreams.org A protestor interrupts Democratic presidential candidate, former vice President Joe Biden during a town hall on November 21, 2019 in Greenwood, South Carolina. (Photo: Sean Rayford/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/biden_immigration.jpg

yenisafak (2020-08-26). Bosnia and Herzegovina's refugee crisis getting out of hand. yenisafak.com Bosnia and Herzegovina is facing a rising refugee flow, according to a senior politician Mustafa Ruznic.Ruznic, the Prime Minister of the Una-Sana Canton (USK) told Anadolu Agency they are controlling the crisis in the canton but state authorities should address the larger issue.The refugee crisis which first hit its borders three years ago is getting out of hand for a country with limited resources.The USK being on the Croatian border is a hotspot for refugees trying to find a way to prosperous western Europe."24,000 refugees entered the canton in 2018, 49,000 in 2019, and 30,000 so far this year,"Raznic said, s…

commondreams (2020-08-26). Analysis: National Wildlife Refuges Hit With 34% Increase in Acreage Sprayed With Agricultural Pesticides Over Two-year Period. commondreams.org ______________________________…