2020-09-09: News Headlines

Staff (2020-09-09). "Unforgetting": Roberto Lovato's Memoir Links U.S. Military in Central America to Migration Crisis. democracynow.org We look at how decades of U.S. military intervention in Central America have led to the ongoing migrant crisis, with Salvadoran American journalist Roberto Lovato, author of the new book "Unforgetting: A Memoir of Family, Migration, Gangs, and Revolution in the Americas." Lovato recounts his own family's migration from El Salvador to the United States, his return to the country as a young man to fight against the U.S.-backed right-wing government responsible for grave human rights violations, and his embrace of journalism to tell the stories of people on the margins. "I'm unforgetting a history of not just El Sal…

Vasudha Talla (2020-09-09). ACLU Calls On Tech Companies to End Their Alliance with ICE and CBP. aclu.org Westlaw and Lexis databases are the backbone of every ACLU lawyer's job. Whether we're filing legal briefs in court, lobbying for legislative change, or compiling research, the duo hold information that's vital for our advocacy. Thomson Reuters, which owns Westlaw, and Reed Elsevier (RELX), which runs Lexis, are the two publicly-traded companies behind each of these products. Though they claim to "advance human welfare" and help their customers "move society forward" by providing the necessary knowledge, information, and analytical tools for researchers, lawyers, and government agencies, they are fueling the m…

_____ (2020-09-09). Report: So-Called US War On Terror Has Displaced As Many As 59 Million People. popularresistance.org The ongoing U.S. "war on terror" has forcibly displaced as many as 59 million people from just eight countries in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia since 2001, according to a new report published Tuesday by Brown University's Costs of War Project. | "U.S. involvement in these countries has been horrifically catastrophic, horrifically damaging in ways that I don't think that most people in the United States have grappled with or reckoned with in even the slightest terms." | —David Vine, American University | Titled "Creating Refugees: Displacement Caused by the United States' Post-9/11 Wars" (pdf), the new r…

news.un (2020-09-09). Greece: Devasting fire compounds overcrowding and COVID-19 challenges in refugee camp. news.un.org UN agencies have offered support to Greek authorities on Wednesday after a major fire ripped through an overcrowded refugee camp overnight, destroying dwellings and forcing thousands to flee, many reportedly suffering from smoke inhalation.

Staff (2020-09-08). Headlines for September 8, 2020. democracynow.org Record-Breaking Wildfires and Heat Scorch California, Rochester Protests Continue as Mayor Promises Changes After Police Killing of Daniel Prude, Major Drug Companies Pledge to Not Rush COVID-19 Vaccine as U.S. Cases Top 6.3 Million, India Becomes Second Most Infected Country; Spain First European Country to Surpass 500,000 Cases, Belarusian Opposition Leader Resists Expulsion at Border with Ukraine After Reports of Abduction, Alexei Navalny Out of Induced Coma as He Continues Recovery from Poisoning, Extradition Hearing Resumes for Julian Assange in U.K., Hundreds of Rohingya Refugees Arrive on Dry Land After Mo…

_____ (2020-09-08). Hunger Strikers Demand Police Reform In Antioch. popularresistance.org Antioch — A handful of young activists have launched a hunger strike to demand local authorities fire a former San Francisco police officer who was one of two officers involved in the fatal shooting of a homeless immigrant. | Five local activists and one San Franciscan, who call themselves the #6Forced2Strike, began their strike Friday evening to protest, among other issues, Antioch Police Department's retention of Officer Michael Mellone. | Mellone left San Francisco Police Department in 2019, resigning just before he was to be disciplined for events that escalated a confrontation that led to the fatal sho…

yenisafak (2020-09-08). Dozens of abandoned migrants rescued in Sahara. yenisafak.com Drivers abandoned four trucks carrying the migrants from Nigeria, Togo, Mali and Ghana with no food or water about 230 km (143 miles) north of the Sahara crossroad town of Niger's Dirkou after spotting military vehicles.Three days later, an IOM rescue team found the group, which included children, by chance on Sept. 3. Many were dehydrated, injured and in need of immediate medical assistance.Spokesman Paul Dillon told Reuters it was not unusual for smugglers, who tend to take payment upfront from people desperate to reach Europe, to abandon their passengers if they fear they will be intercepted."Sometimes smuggle…

Sierra Club (2020-09-08). Carrera contra el último pulmón natural de Norteamérica. peoplesworld.org Ha sonado el disparo de salida. Las compañí ≠as petroleras y de gas se frotan las manos, mientras proyectan dividirse como si fuese un pastel el último refugio virgen de Norteamérica, el Refugio Nacional Silvestre del àÅrtico. Están convencidas que ganarán la carrera para perforar el àÅrtico incluso si el presidente Trump sale derrotado en noviembre. …

Saadi A. (2020-09-08). The Silence and Sorrow of Miscarriage. jamanetwork.com In this narrative medicine essay, a neurologist relates the story of her miscarriage while touring immigration detention centers in Texas documenting medical care and human rights violations and shares her deep sorrow for the women who lost children either by force or miscarriages while incarcerated.

news.un (2020-09-08). Inaction has been fatal, says UNHCR, as dozens of Rohingya refugees perish at sea. news.un.org Dozens of Rohingya refugees are believed to have died in the Andaman sea after spending more than 200 days afloat, owing to a "collective unwillingness" of countries to take them in, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) said.

Staff (2020-09-07). Absent Appeals to the Left, Biden Faces Challenge to Win Over Latinx Voters. truthout.org Though she couldn't vote in past elections, Lucia Allain has spent over a decade in direct-action politics, advocating for immigrants and Latinxs. In November, Allain, who was born in Peru, will vote for the first time since becoming a United States citizen. The communications manager for the influential immigrant-rights organization The Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES), Allain is as passionate about politics as anyone in this country; she's serious about r…

Kenny Stancil, staff writer (2020-09-07). "Touted as 'Essential'… Treated as Disposable": Labor Day Anger as Migrant Farm Workers Toil Inside Wildfire Evacuation Zones. commondreams.org "For the workers, their hands were forced by a combination of circumstances as toxic as the ash that falls over the region's famous vineyards." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/farmworkers_3.jpg

RT (2020-09-07). GOAT on rampage raids cop car, destroys paperwork & takes down officer (VIDEO). rt.com It turns out you can quite easily get away with leaping into a police cruiser, destroying documentation within and even assaulting an officer — if you're a goat — according to hilarious bodycam footage filmed in the US. | Footage of the bizarre altercation was shared online by the Douglas County Sheriff Department, and promptly went viral. The video was captured by the body cam of a deputy as she was out delivering some civil papers in Douglasville, Georgia. | The officer had unwarily left her car door open — and it did not escape the notice of a sneaky goat, which decided to get in. On notici…

yenisafak (2020-09-07). Turkish police seize over 105 kg of heroin. yenisafak.com Turkish police seized over 105 kilograms (231 pounds) of heroin in nationwide raids, it said on Monday.A total of 56.4 kg (124 lbs) of heroin were found in packages hidden inside the trunk of a car abandoned in the Tusba district of Van province. A sniffer dog helped the search. A manhunt is underway to find the suspects. Separately, police seized 49.8 kg (109 lbs) of heroin in Aksaray province. Anti-narcotics officers stopped a car on the Adana-Aksaray highway and found 94 packages of heroin inside the trunk.After arresting the car driver, identified only by the initials R.A, police expanded the operation and ar…

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…