2020-09-12: News Headlines

The Canary (2020-09-12). Thousands still homeless after Greek refugee camp fire. thecanary.co Thousands of refugees have spent a fourth night sleeping in the open on the Greek island of Lesbos. It comes after successive fires destroyed a notoriously overcrowded refugee camp during a coronavirus (Covid-19) lockdown.Officials claim some camp residents deliberately started the blazes on 8-9 September. They were angry over authorities imposing quarantine and isolation orders after 35 people in the Moria camp tested positive for coronavirus.With the camp gutted, the morning of Saturday 12 September found men, women and children sleeping under improvised shelters made of reed stalks, blankets and salvaged tents…

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2020-09-11). Federal Court Blocks 'Nakedly Partisan' Trump Effort to Exclude Undocumented Immigrants From Census. commondreams.org "President Trump has tried and failed yet again to weaponize the census against immigrant communities." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/court-blocks-trump-census-order.jpg

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

teleSUR (2020-09-11). Spanish NGO Rescues Over 276 Migrants in the Mediterranean. telesurenglish.net Spanish non-governmental organization (NGO) Open Arms rescued 116 migrants that were left unprotected in international waters in the Mediterranean sea on Friday. | RELATED: | This is the third rescue in the area in recent days as the ship already has 276 shipwrecked people on board. According to the NGO's founder Oscar Camps, the Maltese authorities had prevented a merchant boat from assisting the vessel, so they reported t…

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…

Conn Hallinan (2020-09-11). The rule of big oil causes misery in the Middle East. peoplesworld.org During the reign of the Emperor Justinian I (527-565 AD), a mysterious plague spread out of the Nile Valley to Constantinople and finished off the Roman Empire. Appearing first in China and North India, the "Black Death" (Yersinia pestis) radiated throughout the Mediterranean and into Northern Europe. It may well have killed close to half …

teleSUR (2020-09-11). Thousands of Refugees Demand To Be Released From Lesbos Island. telesurenglish.net Thousands of refugees who remain locked up on the island of Lesbos started a strong protest to demand that the Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis administration offer adequate solutions to over 12,700 people who were left homeless after the fire at the Moria camp. | RELATED: | Besides rejecting the provision of tents as a temporary accommodation option, the refugees demand that they be allowed to leave the island. | "

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…

Basav Sen (2020-09-11). This Is a Climate Emergency. We Need More Than Half-Measures from Democrats. commondreams.org "To go from mere­ly ‚Äã'bet­ter than the Repub­li­cans' to ‚Äã'suf­fi­cient to save the plan­et,' the [Democratic] par­ty needs to shift its think­ing in sev­er­al areas," writes Sen, "Key among these are end­ing fos­sil fuel pro­duc­tion, tak­ing respon­si­bil­i­ty for U.S. emis­sions inter­na­tion­al­ly, and humane­ly wel­com­ing refugees impact­ed by cli­mate change." (Photo: michael_swan/flickr/cc) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_co

Kat DesCamp-Renner (2020-09-11). The Direct Line From Portland To Authoritarian Crackdowns Around the World. commondreams.org Federal officers walk through tear gas during a dispersal of about 300 protesters in front of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention building on August 26, 2020 in Portland, Oregon. Protests continued for the 91st night in Portland as activist called for solidarity with rallies in Kenosha, Wisconsin. (Photo: Nathan Howard/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/protestpolice.jpg

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…

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."

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…

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

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.

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.