2020-09-05: News Headlines

The Canary (2020-09-05). Refugee rights activists gather in Dover amid fears of disruption from far-right. thecanary.co Protesters have gathered at the port of Dover to show their support for refugees reaching the UK in small boats.There were fears of violence ahead of Saturday 5 September with right-wing anti-immigrant groups also announcing their intention to assemble in the Kent town.It comes despite pleas from local MP Natalie Elphicke to "stay away" to prevent a second wave of coronavirus (Covid-19)."Refugees welcome": On Friday 4 September, the words "Rise above fear. Refugees welcome" were beamed onto the White Cliffs of Dover by humanitarian charity Freedom From Torture.A heavy police presence is in place in the tow…

Tamara Pearson (2020-09-05). Closure of Border to Refugees Spreads Misery as US Tourists Vacation in Mexico. zcomm.org Around 91 percent of migrants apprehended while trying to cross from Mexico into the U.S.'s Southwest border are being sent back within as little as two hours.

Aarathi Prasad (2020-09-05). [Perspectives] Uché Blackstock: dismantling structural racism in health care. thelancet.com Uché Blackstock's father, a Jamaican immigrant, arrived in New York State, USA, aged just 17 years. "Like many young immigrant men, he had a variety of jobs", she recalls, "he was a mechanic, a refrigerator repair person, [and] he finally went to a Brooklyn college, where he met our mom." Her mother, Dale Blackstock, was a physician who went to Harvard Medical School and practised in Brooklyn, but had to fight her way to college. "She grew up in poverty here in Brooklyn, where I was born, and where I live.

yenisafak (2020-09-05). Pakistan's 'lonely' elephant is fit to be moved. yenisafak.com Pakistan's "lonely" elephant Kaavan has come one step closer to his rescue after a team of wildlife experts declared him "well enough" to be relocated to a sanctuary in Cambodia."Following the checks, which confirmed Kaavan is strong enough, steps will now be taken to finalize his relocation to an animal sanctuary potentially in Cambodia," said a statement on Saturday by Austrian-based FOUR PAWS International, a global animal welfare organization which examined Kaavan in the capital Islamabad to see if he is fit to travel."Due to malnutrition and lack of physical exercise, Kaavan shows visible signs of obesity. A…

WSWS (2020-09-04). The Socialist Equality Party denounces Trump's mass arrest of 2,000 immigrants! wsws.org The assault on immigrants across the United States is a threat to the entire working class.

Sara Brooks (2020-09-04). Protest of ICE data center in Williston, Vermont. liberationnews.org Data center assists local cops in criminalizing immigrants.

pip.hinman (2020-09-04). Banksy refugee rescue boat saves lives, spreads hope. greenleft.org.au

Paul Larudee (2020-09-04). Environmental Justice for All. dissidentvoice.org Read Part I, Part II, Part III, Part IV, Part V, Part VI, Part VII, Part VIII, Part IX, and Part X. We are all victims of a deteriorating environment and rapid climate change that spares no one from its effects. Already, tens of millions of people have been turned into climate refugees while hundreds …

news.un (2020-09-04). UN agency for Palestinian refugees launches $95 million appeal to keep COVID at bay. news.un.org The COVID-19 pandemic has sparked a health and socio-economic emergency across the occupied Palestinian territory, the UN agency for the region warned on Friday, noting a swell of coronavirus cases in recent weeks.

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2020-09-03). Urging 'New Good Neighbor Policy,' 100 Groups Demand Biden End US Destructive Imperialist Approach to Latin America. commondreams.org "The next administration must undo the brutal harms of the 2016-2020 Trump administration and must understand how past U.S. economic, security, and environmental policies have fueled mass migration." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/100-groups-biden-latin-america.jpg

teleSUR (2020-09-03). Malta: 27 Migrants Aboard Tanker Go Through Humanitarian Crisis. telesurenglish.net Maersk Tankers Chief Technology Officer (CTO) Tommy Thomassen warned that 27 migrants who were rescued by the Maersk Etienne oil tanker 29 days ago need immediate help. | RELATED: | "We are calling on responsible governments for urgent humanitarian assistance and safe disembarkation of the 27 people we rescued over 4 weeks ago. We ask relevant authorities to give immediate attention and care to this vulnerable group…

Ashoka Mukpo (2020-09-03). For Black Immigrants, Police and ICE Are Two Sides of the Same Coin. aclu.org More than 20 years ago, 23-year-old Amadou Diallo was gunned down in front of his apartment in the Bronx by the NYPD. Diallo had been walking home when four officers mistook him for a suspect in a rape investigation, firing a total of 41 shots at him and hitting him 19 times after mistaking his wallet for a gun. All four officers were later acquitted of charges related to his death., , Diallo's death sparked a massive protest movement in New York City, with echoes of this summer's demonstrations over the murder of George Floyd. Furious calls for police reform were dismissed by then-Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, who…

yenisafak (2020-09-03). EU urges Greece to respect rights of asylum seekers. yenisafak.com "We fully expect the Greek authorities to act in accordance with the law. In case of any breach of EU law, we expect the authorities to investigate the facts and to appropriately follow up," Adalbert Janhz, the European Commission's spokesman on home affairs and citizenship, commented on recent remarks by Greek Shipping Minister Yiannis Plakiotakis.Plakiotakis — whose ministry is in charge of the coast guard — said on Wednesday that Greece this year stopped more than 10,000 migrants trying to cross to the country by boat."We had 68 cases of prevention and we succeeded in 3,000 people not entering our country" i…

The Canary (2020-09-03). The right attacks Gary Linekar over his plans to house a refugee in his home. thecanary.co Gary Lineker stated that "providing a new start" represents "the best of Britain's values" as he prepares to welcome a refugee in his home. The Match Of The Day host is waiting for his application to house a refugee to be approved.Some on the right, however, have accused the host of "virtue signalling". Others have pointed out the hypocrisy of their position."Why not?": "I have been thinking of doing something like that for a while," Linekar told the Daily Mirror."My kids are all grown up so I've got plenty of room so if I can help on a temporary basis then I'm more than happy to do so. Why not?" | Providi…

news.un (2020-09-03). Beat back 'catastrophic effects' of COVID-19 on refugee education, urges UNHCR. news.un.org While children in every country have struggled with the impact of COVID-19 on their education, refugee children have been particularly disadvantaged, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) has said, amid fears many may not be able to resume their studies due to school closures, high fees or lack of access to technology to learn remotely.

_____ (2020-09-03). New Month Brings Added Urgency To Minneapolis' Housing Needs. popularresistance.org Minneapolis, MN — Advocates for people without housing are meeting today outside of the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board headquarters, hours after a sanctuary encampment in the Phillips area was cleared by police. They're demanding immediate sanctuary for the Safe Haven Encampment (SHE), a sanctuary camp for women and children, along with "any other park who is asking for a consideration to exist." | Two weeks ago, community members demanded that the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board (MPRB) amend Resolution 2020-267 to guarantee no evictions.

yenisafak (2020-09-03). Russian FM praises 3rd round of Syrian peace talks. yenisafak.com Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov praised on Thursday the results of the third round of the Syrian peace talks in Geneva."Not everything was resolved, not everything was agreed upon, but in general, we consider the meeting fruitful and meaningful," Lavrov said at a meeting with UN Special Envoy for Syria Geir Pedersen in Moscow.He urged Pedersen to step up efforts in repatriation of Syrians who want to return, saying it will help ease "the unbearable burden borne by the refugees host countries, primarily Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey".In turn, Pedersen joined Lavrov's assessments, saying he did not expect "mira…

WSWS (2020-09-02). Trump administration considered using "heat ray" microwave weapon on migrants crossing the US-Mexico border. wsws.org What was deemed too inhumane to be deployed in war has been discussed in the highest government circles for use as an anti-immigrant weapon.

WSWS (2020-09-02). Johnson government's "hostile environment" for immigrants and asylum seekers wins fascist allies. wsws.org This week, the Ministry of Defence confirmed that an Army Watchkeeper drone—previously used in Afghanistan war zones—is to fly over the English Channel to monitor migrant boats.

Tania Siddiqi (2020-09-02). India: Aftermath of racist, anti-immigrant laws' implementation. workers.org Students try to breach a police barricade in New Delhi during a December 2019 protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act and National Register of Citizens. The Citizenship Amendment Act and National Register of Citizens have increased tension and hostility among various communities in India. In particular, these racist and anti-immigrant . . . |

RT (2020-09-02). More than Hillary or Obama: Biden gets endorsements from 81 Nobel laureates, who cite his 'willingness to listen' to expert orders. rt.com Dozens of Nobel Prize winners have signed a letter endorsing Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, praising the ex-VP's track record of doing what he's told by experts — an asset they say has never been more important. | Hailing not only Biden's "willingness to listen to experts," but his "understanding of the value of international collaboration in research" and his "respect for the contribution that immigrants make to the intellectual life of our country," 81 laureates in physics, chemistry and medicine lent their names to the open letter, published Wednesday, endorsing the Democrat as president…

yenisafak (2020-09-02). Hamas chief to visit Palestinian refugees in Lebanon. yenisafak.com "Haniyeh will meet Lebanese officials from the presidency, government, parliament and parties," Maher Salah, the head of Hamas' Diaspora Office, told Anadolu Agency. | He reiterated his movement's support to the Lebanese people in their current crisis in the wake of the Beirut port blast. | Salah added the Hamas leader, who arrived in Lebanon on Tuesday, will also meet Palestinians in Lebanon and in the refugee camps. | "Our people in the camps have a distinguished history in the resistance for the liberation of Palestine," he said, adding that Haniyeh's talks in Lebanon will focus on the rights and interests of…

yenisafak (2020-09-02). Greece reports 1st COVID-19 case in Moria refugee camp. yenisafak.com The first coronavirus case was reported in the Moria refugee camp on the eastern Aegean island of Lesvos, Greece, local media reported on Wednesday.A 40-year-old Somali national, who was granted asylum, tested positive for coronavirus, daily Ekathimerini English said.The man was in Athens but returned to the Lesvos island after not being able to settle the capital.A team from the National Organization of Public Health (EODY) will investigate the situation to trace back people whom the infected refugee came into contact, according the to report.The Moria camp, which currently hosts more than 20,000 though original…

Lucia Sabini Fraga (2020-09-01). The resistance of Senegalese street vendors. peoplesdispatch.org With respect to the wave of anti-racist protests in the US, we reviewed the experiences of Senegalese workers on two different parts of the world. On the one hand, street vendors in the city of Buenos Aires -organized in the CTEP- who struggle everyday to survive the world of the street, police abuse and social indifference. And on the other hand, the group that created the TopManta brand, a textile venture in Barcelona that defends the genuine work of immigrants and produces a clothing line with an anti-slavery stamp. | The first attempts to reach them by phone were all unsuccessful. Alpha had meetings at the CT…

jamanetwork (2020-09-01). Rimegepant (Nurtec ODT) for Acute Treatment of Migraine. jamanetwork.com This Medical Letter review summarizes evidence supporting the use of rimegepant (Nurtec), a small-molecule calcitonin gene-related peptide receptor antagonist, for acute treatment of migraine with or without aura in adults.