2020-09-29: News Headlines

Staff (2020-09-29). Headlines for September 29, 2020. democracynow.org As COVID-19 Claims Over 1 Million Lives, Reports of Rift Among White House Advisers, Another Immigrant Prisoner Dies from COVID-19; Nurses Union Says U.S. Failed to Protect Medical Workers, Kentucky AG to Release Breonna Taylor Grand Jury Tapes as Juror Calls for Information to Be Made Public, Family of Black Man Shot Dead by Police While Handcuffed in Car Reaches $20 Million Settlement, Trump and Biden to Face Off in 1st Debate as NYT Drops Second Report on Trump's Taxes, Channel 4 Report Says Trump Campaign Sought to Deter Black Voters in 2016, Artist Ai Weiwei Holds Protest in Support of Julian Assange, Press…

Maya Manian (2020-09-29). Immigration Detention and Coerced Sterilization: History Tragically Repeats Itself. aclu.org The recent news of a

yenisafak (2020-09-29). Greek Cyprus pushing back migrants, refugees: HRW. yenisafak.com The Greek Cypriot coast guard "summarily pushed back, abandoned, expelled, or returned more than 200 migrants, refugees and asylum seekers," an international rights group said on Tuesday.The US-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) said the group came from Lebanon in seven boats between Aug. 29 and Sept. 7 and was not given "the opportunity to lodge asylum claims."Some migrants were beaten and threatened by the Greek Cypriot administration's marine police, the report said.According to the HRW, Greek Cypriot coast guard vessels circled the migrants at high speeds, swamping their boats, and, in at least one case, abandoni…

_____ (2020-09-29). Selling Ourselves For Safety: A Look At the Migration Industrial Complex. popularresistance.org The climate crisis, wars, violent states and economic crashes are driving migration around the world and in this capitalist global environment, it is no surprise that a profiteering industrial complex has evolved. I speak with Siobhan McGuirk and Adrienne Pine, co-authors of "Asylum for Sale: Profit and protest in the migration industry," about the ways capitalism both drives migration and benefits from it. They discuss who has the resources to migrate, the problem with how asylum-seeking is framed in the public discourse and courts and the diverse international resistance that is forming to demand universal acce…

Staff (2020-09-29). Domestic Workers Are Organizing to Make Care Work a 2020 Election Issue. truthout.org Angella Foster, 56, has worked as a nanny in the Boston area since immigrating from Jamaica in 2000. She is also a local political activist. Foster has been reaching out to voters since the early days of the 2020 presidential primary, before COVID-19 hit. | "At first, I was fearful to canvas door to door in case I came across someone who was racist, but I knew I had to do it. I did it for myself, and for the next generation," Foster told Truthout. | Since the pandemic has made in-person canvassing…

PWCANDH (2020-09-28). Good Riddance Palantir Party at Company's Palo Alto Headquarters. indybay.org CIA-backed data mining company Palantir says its involvement with ICE is in the interest of American citizens. San Francisco Bay Area immigrant rights activists counter that the company's development of technologies to surveil immigrants is immoral; they have protested frequently in front of the Palo Alto HQ. On September 21, demonstrators celebrated Palantir's exit from Silicon Valley with a colorful goodbye party.

Staff (2020-09-28). Trump's Extremist Supreme Court Pick Could Hand Him the Election. truthout.org As President Trump nominates conservative federal judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court to fill Ruth Bader Ginsburg's seat, we look at how an emboldened 6-3 conservative majority on the Supreme Court could dramatically loosen gun laws, hurt immigrant communities and play a possibly central role in deciding a close presidential election. "Her religious conservatism is not what's extreme about her. It's her actual judicial opinions," says Elie Mystal, justice correspondent for The Nation. "She does not…

Mary Ann Koruth (2020-09-28). Undocumented Immigrants Are Still Suffering With No Federal Relief. thenation.com Undocumented Immigrants Are Still Suffering With No Federal Relief…

Mohammed al-Hajjar (2020-09-27). Gaza mourns Palestinian fishermen killed by Egyptian navy. middleeasteye.net Gaza mourns Palestinian fishermen killed by Egyptian navy | Two brothers were killed, a third wounded, when Egyptian forces fired on their boat for allegedly breaching territorial waters | Sun, 09/27/2020 – 16: 30 | The father of the killed fishermen being consoled by his sister (MEE) | The small streets of the refugee camp in the Gazan city of Deir al-Balah were plunged into sadness…

David Vine (2020-09-27). The U.S. 'War on Terror' Has Displaced 37 Million People. commondreams.org Syrian refugees arrive at a humanitarian camp in in Dohuk, Iraq on October 17, 2019. (Photo: Byron Smith/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/war-terror-37-million.jpg

_____ (2020-09-27). Zapatistas Need Solidarity After Coffee Harvest Burned. popularresistance.org On August 22, 2020, the ORCAO paramilitary organization looted and burned two Zapatista coffee warehouses in Cuxuljá, Chiapas. This is the latest in an accelerating series of attacks on the Zapatista project since the current administration of Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) took office. | Many of you will remember that in 2017 as Trump took office, the Zapatistas sent four tons of their coffee harvest to migrant and other communities in struggle in the United States as an organizing resource. Now we need to organize our own coffee solidarity effort — not only to help recover the cost of the lost harvest…

Nadda Osman (2020-09-27). US actor Olivia Munn criticised for role in new Syrian refugee drama. middleeasteye.net US actor Olivia Munn criticised for role in new Syrian refugee drama | Announcement draws ire online over a story to be centred on a 'UN journalist' in Syria rather than on Syrians themselves | Sun, 09/27/2020 – 12: 08 | The new drama has received a lot of backlash online (AFP) | American actress and former television host Olivia Munn has come under fire after it was announced that she is set to play the…

yenisafak (2020-09-26). India fails to curb virus despite strict lockdown. yenisafak.com India enforced one of the world's most stringent lockdowns in March to check the spread of the coronavirus.The shutdown took effect four hours after Prime Minister Narendra Modi's announcement and created chaos and confusion as Indians were totally unprepared.All economic activities came to a standstill. More than 140 million migrant workers in big cities were suddenly left without work as shops, factories and establishments shut down.In the COVID-19-hit months of April to June, India's GDP shrank 23.9% year-on-year. Although the pandemic turned into a financial crisis and rendered millions jobless, the virus spr…

news.un (2020-09-26). Bangladesh urges greater international action on Rohingya status. news.un.org The Prime Minister of Bangladesh has called for stronger international action to help Rohingya refugees in the country to return to neighbouring Myanmar.

WSWS (2020-09-26). A murderous pact: The European Union to deport refugees. wsws.org Wrapped up in sugary phrases about "values," "responsibility" and "solidarity," the EU Commission president has presented a plan that spells deportation, misery and certain death for hundreds of thousands.

RT (2020-09-25). Russia has no xenophobia problem, Kremlin says, as poll shows 73% of Russians want restrictions on labor migrants. rt.com Russia has no issues with xenophobia, the Kremlin insisted on Friday. The statement came in response to a new study which discovered that 19 percent of citizens support the concept of "Russia for Russians." | Speaking to the press, President Vladimir Putin's press secretary, Dmitry Peskov, said the government doesn't "encounter any problems" regarding the hatred of foreigners. | According to the Levada Center survey, the percentage of Russians believing the country should just be for ethnic Russians has fluctuated over the last 18 years. At its lowest point in July 2017, 10 percent of people held that opinion.

Brett Wilkins, staff writer (2020-09-25). 'Recognize What Is at Stake,' Progressives Warn Amid Reports Trump Will Tap Amy Coney Barrett as Ginsburg's Successor. commondreams.org "Barrett is a threat to our healthcare, reproductive freedom, to immigrant rights, equality, and the well-being of American democracy writ large." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/coney_barrett.jpg

Ali M Latifi (2020-09-25). 'Phantom force': Young Afghans fighting in Syria face uncertain future. middleeasteye.net 'Phantom force': Young Afghans fighting in Syria face uncertain future | As war in Syria wanes, refugees recruited by Iran as the Fatemiyoun Brigade may be redeployed to other countries, including their own homeland | Fri, 09/25/2020 – 11: 46 | The Fatemiyoun now reportedly number between 500 and 1,500 fighters, down from a height of up to 4,000 (Screengrab) | In 2014, when the war in Syria was at one…

WSWS (2020-09-25). Australian government seeks to ban phones in immigration detention. wsws.org The proposed new laws will allow warrantless searches and the use of sniffer dogs.