2020-09-11: News Headlines

Tina Nannarone (2020-09-11). Parents, students, teachers hit Cuomo's school cuts. peoplesworld.org Parents, children, teachers and school aides gathered in front of Gov. Cuomo's office in New York City Tuesday, September 8 to protest projected cuts to the New York State School's budget. The rally was organized by the Alliance for Quality Education, Parents Supporting Parents NY and Make the Road, an immigrant rights group. Children and …

Richard D. Wolff (2020-09-11). The U.S. is Borrowing Its Way to Fascism. counterpunch.org Viewing the GOP convention seemed a little like binge-watching the last several years' parade of none-too-subtle signs of incipient fascism. We saw extreme nationalism, scapegoating immigrants and foreigners in general, white supremacy, "strong (narcissistic)-man" government, aggressive foreign policies, and hysterical red-baiting. Those signs reflect how capitalism's deepening crisis undermines both the center-left (Democrat) and center-right

ACLU (2020-09-11). The Myth of the "Bad" Immigrant. aclu.org Immigrant communities are often asked to "get right with the law," but is the law right in the first place? That's what Alina Das asks in her new book, No Justice in the Shadows. She delves into her experience as the daughter of immigrants, an immigration attorney, and a clinical law professor to explore the intersection of immigration and the criminal justice system. , , Too often, she argues, our immigration system is used as a tool of discrimination and oppression, rather than as a tool of justice, and the consequences are dire. Our current immigration system is breaking up families, and forcing people to f…

news.un (2020-09-11). New fires at Greek island refugee camp destroy last remaining shelters. news.un.org Fresh fires at a Greek island centre for thousands of refugees and migrants, have destroyed all remaining accommodation for those affected by the initial blaze on Tuesday evening.

yenisafak (2020-09-11). For Greek camp migrants, COVID-19 quarantine was spark. yenisafak.com For asylum-seekers trapped in the overcrowded facility on Greece's island of Lesbos, Moria was hell most days. But a coronavirus quarantine was the final straw.It was just before midnight on Tuesday when eight migrants who tested positive for COVID-19 were told by authorities they would be isolated to an area just beyond the gated compound, according to witnesses and government officials.Their relatives would also be moved into the fenced unit, about 40 small wooden houses on a hill inside Greece's biggest migrant settlement set up to deal with any breakout of COVID-19, for further testing.The news did not go dow…

yenisafak (2020-09-11). Trump administration seeks sweeping DNA collection of immigrants, US sponsors. yenisafak.com The Trump administration on Friday formally proposed a sweeping expansion of its collection of DNA and other biometric data of immigrants, to go beyond detained migrants in order to include U.S. citizen sponsors and others.Its proposal also vastly expands the biological information that the Department of Homeland Security collects beyond genetic material to include eye scans, voice prints, and palm prints, the department's U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services said in a notice published in the Federal Register.The plan is the latest move by President Donald Trump, who won office in part with his anti-immigran…

yenisafak (2020-09-11). Children sleeping among the graves as Moria devastation mounts on Lesbos. yenisafak.com Greece began setting up tents on Friday for thousands of increasingly desperate migrants left without shelter on the island of Lesbos after a fire destroyed Greece's biggest refugee camp on Wednesday.With more than 12,000 former occupants of the notoriously overcrowded Moria camp now camping out in fields and along roadsides without food or water and threatened by a possible spread of coronavirus infections, the need for a solution has become increasingly urgent.But the Greek government has been forced to tread warily due to growing anger among residents of an island whose location a few miles (km) off the Turkis…

Staff (2020-09-11). Universities Should Learn Lessons of 9/11 and Transform in the Face of Pandemic. truthout.org Nineteen years ago, I (Sepehr Vakil) was wrapping up my last summer before college visiting my dad in South Carolina. I was getting ready to enter the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) as a freshman to study engineering. I was the stereotype, the "American dream" realized, the successful culmination of an Iranian family's journey to the United States. We had immigrated from Iran when I was a small child, in the midst of the deadly Iraq-Iran War. | The summer of 2001 was an excit…

yenisafak (2020-09-11). Germany to take in 150 refugee children from Greece. yenisafak.com German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer and EU Commission's Vice President Margaritis Schinas held an online news conference to discuss the latest situation in the Moria Camp.Seehofer said that France and Germany will take in most of the 400 unaccompanied children that were relocated to the city of Thessaloniki.Germany did not give an exact number as the negotiations are still continuing, Seehofer stated.Germany aims to bring the children to the country until the end of this year, he said.Finland, Luxembourg, Slovenia, the Netherlands, Croatia, Portugal, Switzerland and Belgium are among the countries that accept…

Eliza Egret (2020-09-11). Moria refugee camp has burned to the ground. Never forget the UK's role in creating this tragedy. thecanary.co On 9 September, Europe's largest refugee camp burned to the ground after a second fire engulfed the area. Moria, which has been

WSWS (2020-09-10). Collapse in oil prices threatens social and political unrest in Middle East and North Africa. wsws.org The first and hardest hit have been the Gulf's 30 million migrant workers from South Asia, the Philippines and the MENA region, who outnumber citizens in four of the six Gulf states.

yenisafak (2020-09-10). Greece: 400 kids relocated from gutted Moria camp. yenisafak.com Some 400 unaccompanied children from a Greek refugee camp gutted in a fire a day earlier were transferred to the city of Thessaloniki, authorities said on Thursday.The children were moved to the port city on three flights, hours after a deadly fire forced thousands of migrants and refugees to flee the Moria camp on the Eastern Aegean island of Lesbos on Wednesday morning.According to Greece's Migration and Asylum Ministry, the transport started in the late hours of Wednesday and was completed on Thursday.The process was coordinated by the ministry's Special Secretariat for Unaccompanied Minors and funded by the E…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-09-10). Fire adds to refugees' woes in Moria camp. peoplesdispatch.org Close to 70% of the tents and other material in the camp have been destroyed. As many as 13,000 refugees live in the Moria camp in the island of Lesbos…

WSWS (2020-09-10). Lesbos refugee-camp blaze leaves 13,000 without shelter. wsws.org A call from a detainee during the blaze asked, "Where is the police, where is the fire brigade, where is anyone? We are burning, our tents are burning. Everything is burning. We came here to burn to death. All is on fire."

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2020-09-09). With 'Irreparable Damage' Looming, 15 State AGs File Suit to Block Trump From Fossil Fuel Assault on Arctic Refuge. commondreams.org "Hard to say what's worse—destroying the nation's largest wildlife refuge, or further inflaming the climate crisis with new oil and gas drilling so a few fossil fuel companies can profit at the people's expense." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/15-ags-trump-plan-anwr.jpg

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…

Staff (2020-09-08). Quid Pro Quo: Did Trump Help Kill Anti-Corruption Probe in Guatemala to Aid Reelection Bid? democracynow.org Iván Velásquez is a Colombian prosecutor who headed the International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala from 2013 to 2019, a powerful U.N.-backed commission formed to investigate corruption in the country and supported by the Obama administration. But Velásquez and other investigators were expelled from the country after the Trump administration agreed to withdraw support for the commission in apparent exchange for Guatemala's support of Trump's immigration and Middle East policies. The details of that quid pro quo between President Trump and Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales are detailed in a new investi…

_____ (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.