Daily Archives: January 24, 2020

2020-01-24: News Headlines

RT (2020-01-24). Merkel and Erdogan's smiles hide tough times ahead: What can we expect from EU-Turkey talks? rt.com They may be all smiles for the cameras, but the issues Angela Merkel and Recep Tayyip Erdogan are set to discuss — from Syrian refugees to Turkey's attempts to join the EU — may stall talks and deteriorate relations even further.

Eric A. Gordon (2020-01-24). 'Nowhere on the Border,' an engrossing play on our conscience. peoplesworld.org NORTH HOLLYWOOD, Calif.—The very fine Road Theatre Company is currently staging Carlos Lacámara's Nowhere on the Border (seen Jan. 18), a soul-wrenching, laser-beamed treatment of the emotional and economic issues around cross-border migration from Mexico into the U.S. Southwest. Gary (Chet Grissom), a border watch volunteer/vigilante from Pennsylvania with a son serving in Afghanistan, confronts …

RT (2020-01-24). Swedish police seek more 'diversity' to tackle migrant crime — but applicants with foreign backgrounds struggle to make the grade. rt.com An initiative launched by Sweden aimed at recruiting a more diverse police force has hit a roadblock, after half of all applicants with foreign backgrounds failed to pass their admissions tests, local media has reported. | Stockholm instructed the police to increase the number of women and minorities within their ranks, in order to "to boost competence and increase representation," as law enforcement struggles to deal with rising migrant crime. | Police commissioner Max Lutterman explained to Swedish Radio that Swedish cops need to have better "language and cultural competence" skills, which he believed person…

RT (2020-01-24). Merkel's Turkish delights: Erdogan showers German chancellor with gifts as the two meet in Istanbul (PHOTOS). rt.com Hosting Angela Merkel in Istanbul, Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan launched a charm offensive of sorts, presenting her with a set of luxury antique gifts that she seemed visibly pleased to receive. | Merkel and Erdogan briefly met in Istanbul on Friday to discuss tough issues such as migration from the Middle East to Europe and Turkey's bid to join the EU. The pair took a short break from affairs of state later in the day to inaugurate a Turkish-German University (TAU) campus in Istanbul. | But the ceremony turned out to be far more eye-catching than similar events held elsewhere in the world as the Turkis…

Staff (2020-01-24). I've Seen Firsthand the Heartbreak of ICE Detention. This Must End. truthout.org Five hours into the dark, rainy drive, Ana Hernandez and Edwin Loredo laugh about how they've never seen the sun in Georgia. It's their third trip in as many months, and every time, it storms the whole way — nearly nine hours — from their home in Rocky Mount, North Carolina. | Ana's younger brother, Carlos Hernandez, was transferred to Stewart Detention Center in Georgia shortly after being detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on August 13, 2019, and although this is Ana's an…

Staff (2020-01-24). Headlines for January 24, 2020. democracynow.org Impeachment Managers Continue Opening Arguments in Trump's Senate Trial, 33 Million on Lockdown in Chinese Cities as Coronavirus Outbreak Spreads, Hundreds of Thousands of Iraqis March to Demand U.S. Troop Withdrawal, Trump Invites Israeli Leaders to White House for "Peace Plan" Unveiling, Mexican Soldiers Attack Central American Migrant Caravan, Arresting 800, U.S. to Send Ambassador to Bolivia After Coup That Ousted Evo Morales, Puerto Rican Protesters Demand Ouster of Gov. Wanda Vázquez, SC Official Switches Presidential Endorsement from Biden to Sanders, National Archives Replaces Doctored Women's March Photo…

yenisafak (2020-01-24). UN envoy for Syria calls situation in Idlib 'disaster'. yenisafak.com The UN special envoy for Syria on Friday called the humanitarian situation in the conflict-hit province of Idlib "a disaster".Speaking at a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Moscow, Geir Pedersen said the civilians in Idlib pay "too high a price" for the fight against terrorism.He asserted the normalization in Idlib as a key component for the return of refugees back to Syria."The problem is that more than 50% of the population of Syria left their homes. So what we want to achieve now is to create the situation where they start to return. Then we need the political process and to stabilize the…

RT (2020-01-23). Anchors aweigh: White House announces crackdown on 'birth tourism,' to jeers, cheers, and confusion. rt.com Mothers-to-be traveling to the US to give birth in order to obtain automatic American citizenship for their children may find themselves denied visas under controversial new rules aimed at curbing 'birth tourism.' | Pregnant women visiting the US in order to take advantage of its "birthright citizenship" law to give birth to an American baby will be refused tourist visas under new rules that take effect Friday, the State Department has announced. Instead, they will be processed as foreigners seeking medical treatment – meaning they must prove they can afford not just medical care, but also the cost of living i…

Staff (2020-01-23). "The New Colossus": In New Play, Tim Robbins Tackles Immigration & Xenophobia. democracynow.org President Trump said Wednesday that he would expand his highly controversial travel ban, which already bars citizens from seven countries, most of which have Muslim-majority populations — Libya, Iran, Somalia, Syria, Yemen, North Korea and Venezuela — from entering the United States. Politico reports that the expanded ban could implement immigration restrictions on seven more countries: Belarus, Burma, Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Nigeria, Sudan and Tanzania, according to two sources. We speak with acclaimed actor, director and activist Tim Robbins, whose recent work has focused on immigration to the United S…

Staff (2020-01-23). Tim Robbins: Bernie Sanders Is the Best Shot We Have to Defeat Donald Trump. democracynow.org We continue our conversation with Academy Award-winning actor and director Tim Robbins, whose recent projects include the new film "Dark Waters" and a play about immigration called "The New Colossus." He recently endorsed Vermont senator and Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders for president. "I believe he is the only one of them that can defeat Trump," Robbins says.

John Washington (2020-01-23). 'It's Like Living in Solitary Confinement, but Out in the World'. thenation.com 'It's Like Living in Solitary Confinement, but Out in the World'

La Via Campesina (2020-01-23). Video: Globalize Hope: New Film on the History of La Via Campesina. globalresearch.ca La Via Campesina is an international movement that brings together millions of peasants, landless workers, indigenous peoples and migrants — comprising women, men, youth and diverse identities — from all over the world. The movement brings them together under its …

teleSUR (2020-01-23). New Migrant Group Sneaks Into Mexico by Crossing Suchiate River. telesurenglish.net Hundreds of Central American migrants Thursday managed to enter Mexican territory after crossing the Suchiate River, which is the natural border between Mexico and Guatemala. | RELATED: | A week ago,

WSWS (2020-01-23). Bangladesh prepares to send 100,000 Rohingya refugees to isolated island. wsws.org More than 610,000 refugees currently live in overcrowded, prison-like camps surrounded by barbed-wire fences on Cox's Bazar.

Julia Conley, staff writer (2020-01-23). Trump to Issue New Rule Restricting Visas for Pregnant Women in Latest Attack on Most Vulnerable. commondreams.org In the Trump administration's latest effort to strip migrants and travelers to the U.S. of their rights, the U.S. State Department is planning to issue new guidance to consular officers empowering them to refuse visas to pregnant travelers. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/gettyimages-5899892501.jpg

Susan Price (2020-01-22). Rohingyas at world's largest refugee camp want right to return home. greenleft.org.au

Carol Rose (2020-01-21). CBP Deported an Iranian Student With Valid Visa, Defying Court Order. aclu.org Last night, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) deported an Iranian student with a valid visa, despite a federal court order prohibiting his removal. | Shahab Dehghani arrived at Boston Logan Airport on Sunday, January 19 to study at Northeastern University, where he was enrolled. Customs officials detained him and questioned him for hours, abruptly revoking his student visa, which the State Department granted after a year of intense vetting. | As CBP tried to put Shahab on the next available flight, supporters and friends gathered at night in the arrivals hall at Logan to demand that CBP stop deporting…

Tyler Durden (2020-01-19). Syrian Rebels Caught on Film Getting Transferred to Libya on Commercial Plane. theantimedia.com (ZH) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has continued warning that terrorist groups as well as a 'flood of refugees' will show up on Europe's shores if the Tripoli government were to fall to renegade General Khalifa Haftar, amid his continued offensive to control the Libyan capital. Erdogan's statement came a day before he heads to Berlin for a major peace conference …

Staff (2020-01-17). Interpretation Crisis at the Border Leads to Deportation of Mayan-Language Speakers Seeking Refuge. democracynow.org As the U.S. continues to use hostile policies to stop people from seeking refuge and asylum in the United States, we look at a key problem that is preventing migrants from getting due process, and in many cases getting them deported: inadequate interpretation for indigenous asylum seekers who speak Mayan languages. Guatemala has a population of 15 million people, and at least 40% of them are indigenous. In the past year, a quarter of a million Guatemalan migrants have been apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico border. At least half of them are Mayan. Many speak little or no Spanish. This is the focus of a new report in…

Staff (2020-01-17). Headlines for January 17, 2020. democracynow.org Senate Impeachment Trial Opens as Accountability Office Says Trump Broke Law by Withholding Aid, Pentagon Contradicts Trump and Says 11 U.S. Troops Injured in Iranian Strikes, Senate Votes to Approve USMCA, Report: Six Banks Reaped $18 Billion Last Year from Trump Tax Cuts, Guatemalan Protesters Demand Outgoing President Be Arrested for Corruption, Deported Immigrant Rights Leader Jean Montrevil Sues U.S. Government, FBI Arrests 3 Suspected Neo-Nazis Ahead of Pro-Gun Rally in Richmond, Virginia, Florida Supreme Court Upholds Law Limiting Voting Rights for People with Felony Convictions, Harvard Law Students Prote…

Staff (2020-01-16). Headlines for January 16, 2020. democracynow.org House Lawmakers Deliver Articles of Impeachment to Senate, Ex-Giuliani Associate Says Trump Knew of Ukraine Pressure Campaign, U.S. Troops Resume Iraq Operations Despite Parliament's Expulsion Order, Afghan Reconstruction Watchdog Tells Congress of U.S. "Mendacity" and "Lies", Trump Signs "Phase 1" Agreement with China, Easing Trade War, Russian Government Resigns as Vladimir Putin Seeks to Retain Power Beyond 2024, At Least 21 Killed in Idlib Amid Syrian, Russian Airstrikes, Court Blocks Trump Order Allowing Local Leaders to Refuse Refugees, ACLU Sues to End Trump's Policy of Sending Asylum Seekers to Guatemala,…

splcenter (2020-01-13). Miller Dismisses DACA in Emails, Mirroring Anti-Immigrant Extremists' Views. splcenter.org White House senior policy adviser Stephen Miller went against many Republicans when siding with white nationalists and other extremists on the issue of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, more commonly known as DACA, emails show.

splcenter (2020-01-10). Weekend Read: SPLC sues Trump administration over family separation policy. splcenter.org The SPLC and its allies have filed a lawsuit challenging the Trump administration policy that has separated and traumatized thousands of migrant families.

2020-01-24: Social Media Postees

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I've Seen Firsthand the Heartbreak of ICE Detention. This Must End
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-01-24
Five hours into the dark, rainy drive, Ana Hernandez and Edwin Loredo laugh about how they've never seen the sun in Georgia. It's their third trip in as many months, and every time, it storms the whole way

Merkel and Erdogan's smiles hide tough times ahead: What can we expect from EU-Turkey talks?
rt.com | 2020-01-24
They may be all smiles for the cameras, but the issues Angela Merkel and Recep Tayyip Erdogan are set to discuss

'Nowhere on the Border,' an engrossing play on our conscience
Eric A. Gordon | peoplesworld.org | 2020-01-24
NORTH HOLLYWOOD, Calif.–The very fine Road Theatre Company is currently staging Carlos Lacámara's Nowhere on the Border (seen Jan. 18), a soul-wrenching, laser-beamed treatment of the emotional and economic issues around cross-border migration from Mexico into the U.S. Southwest. Gary (Chet Grissom), a border watch volunteer/vigilante from Pennsylvania with a son serving in Afghanistan, confronts …
peoplesworld.org/article/nowhere-on-the-border-an-engrossing-play-on-our-conscience/

Merkel's Turkish delights: Erdogan showers German chancellor with gifts as the two meet in Istanbul (PHOTOS)
rt.com | 2020-01-24
Hosting Angela Merkel in Istanbul, Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan launched a charm offensive of sorts, presenting her with a set of luxury antique gifts that she seemed visibly pleased to receive. | Merkel and Erdogan briefly met in Istanbul on Friday to discuss tough issues such as migration from the Middle East to Europe and Turkey's bid to join the EU. The pair took a short break from affairs of state later in the day to inaugurate a Turkish-German University (TAU) campus in Istanbul. | But the ceremony turned out to be far more eye-catching than similar events held elsewhere in the world as the Turkis…
rt.com/news/479083-erdogan-gifts-mirror-merkel/

UN envoy for Syria calls situation in Idlib 'disaster'
yenisafak.com | 2020-01-24
The UN special envoy for Syria on Friday called the humanitarian situation in the conflict-hit province of Idlib "a disaster".Speaking at a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Moscow, Geir Pedersen said the civilians in Idlib pay "too high a price" for the fight against terrorism.He asserted the normalization in Idlib as a key component for the return of refugees back to Syria."The problem is that more than 50% of the population of Syria left their homes. So what we want to achieve now is to create the situation where they start to return. Then we need the political process and to stabilize the…
yenisafak.com/en/world/un-envoy-for-syria-calls-situation-in-idlib-disaster-3510394

The Camp by the Lake
Jeffrey St. Clair | counterpunch.org | 2020-01-24
The Japanese-Americans, both citizens and immigrants, living in Hood River, Oregon were given seven days' notice that they were going to be "evacuated" from their homes. They were told to pack their belongings into one bag and assemble at the Union Pacific train station on the morning of May 13, 1942. They had no idea where they were going, how long they would be detained or what would happen to their property and businesses while they were imprisoned.
counterpunch.org/2020/01/24/the-camp-by-the-lake/

'It's Like Living in Solitary Confinement, but Out in the World'
John Washington | thenation.com | 2020-01-23
'It's Like Living in Solitary Confinement, but Out in the World'…
thenation.com/article/immigration-stateless-deportation/

"The New Colossus": In New Play, Tim Robbins Tackles Immigration & Xenophobia
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-23
President Trump said Wednesday that he would expand his highly controversial travel ban, which already bars citizens from seven countries, most of which have Muslim-majority populations

"The New Colossus": In New Play, Tim Robbins Tackles Immigration & Xenophobia
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-23
President Trump said Wednesday that he would expand his highly controversial travel ban, which already bars citizens from seven countries, most of which have Muslim-majority populations

Tim Robbins: Bernie Sanders Is the Best Shot We Have to Defeat Donald Trump
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-23
We continue our conversation with Academy Award-winning actor and director Tim Robbins, whose recent projects include the new film "Dark Waters" and a play about immigration called "The New Colossus." He recently endorsed Vermont senator and Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders for president. "I believe he is the only one of them that can defeat Trump," Robbins says.
www.democracynow.org/2020/1/23/tim_robbins_bernie_sanders_endorsement

Tim Robbins: Bernie Sanders Is the Best Shot We Have to Defeat Donald Trump
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-23
We continue our conversation with Academy Award-winning actor and director Tim Robbins, whose recent projects include the new film "Dark Waters" and a play about immigration called "The New Colossus." He recently endorsed Vermont senator and Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders for president. "I believe he is the only one of them that can defeat Trump," Robbins says.
www.democracynow.org/2020/1/23/tim_robbins_bernie_sanders_endorsement

Anchors aweigh: White House announces crackdown on 'birth tourism,' to jeers, cheers, and confusion
rt.com | 2020-01-23
Mothers-to-be traveling to the US to give birth in order to obtain automatic American citizenship for their children may find themselves denied visas under controversial new rules aimed at curbing 'birth tourism.' | Pregnant women visiting the US in order to take advantage of its "birthright citizenship" law to give birth to an American baby will be refused tourist visas under new rules that take effect Friday, the State Department has announced. Instead, they will be processed as foreigners seeking medical treatment – meaning they must prove they can afford not just medical care, but also the cost of living i…
rt.com/usa/479023-trump-crackdown-birth-tourism-immigration/

New Migrant Group Sneaks Into Mexico by Crossing Suchiate River
telesurenglish.net | 2020-01-23
Hundreds of Central American migrants Thursday managed to enter Mexican territory after crossing the Suchiate River, which is the natural border between Mexico and Guatemala. | RELATED: | Mexico Guarantees Entry Conditions For The Migrant Caravan | A week ago, hundreds of Hondurans left their country to Guatemala intending to reach the southern border o…
telesurenglish.net/news/New-Migrant-Group-Sneaks-Into-Mexico-by-Crossing-Suchiate-River-20200123-0005.html

Video: Globalize Hope: New Film on the History of La Via Campesina
La Via Campesina | globalresearch.ca | 2020-01-23
La Via Campesina is an international movement that brings together millions of peasants, landless workers, indigenous peoples and migrants

Bangladesh prepares to send 100,000 Rohingya refugees to isolated island
wsws.org | 2020-01-23
More than 610,000 refugees currently live in overcrowded, prison-like camps surrounded by barbed-wire fences on Cox's Bazar.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/01/23/rohi-j23.html

Greece: Katerina Sakellaropoulou First Female President
telesurenglish.net | 2020-01-23
The Greek parliament elected top judge Katerina Sakellaropoulou the13th president of the Hellenic Republic, the country's first female head of state and the first presidential candidate supported by three parliamentary parties. | RELATED: | Greece: Islanders Stage General Strike in Support of Refugees | The former top judge, the only person proposed for the position, won with the votes of 261 members of parliament in a 300-member assembly. The session was attended by 294 represen…
telesurenglish.net/news/greece-katerina-sakellaropoulou-first-female-president-20200123-0017.html

Trump to Issue New Rule Restricting Visas for Pregnant Women in Latest Attack on Most Vulnerable
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-01-23
In the Trump administration's latest effort to strip migrants and travelers to the U.S. of their rights, the U.S. State Department is planning to issue new guidance to consular officers empowering them to refuse visas to pregnant travelers. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/gettyimages-5899892501.jpg
commondreams.org/news/2020/01/23/trump-issue-new-rule-restricting-visas-pregnant-women-latest-attack-most-vulnerable?cd-origin=rss

Canada: One-Third of Prison Population is Indigenous
telesurenglish.net | 2020-01-22
Though Indigenous people account for only five percent of the general Canadian population, they represent more than 30 percent of the detainees in the country's prisons, a report released Tuesday by a federal watchdog revealed. | RELATED: | Deportations of Migrant Families in US Rose by 110% in 2019 | The correctional investigator of Canada Ivan Zinger described what he called "the Indigenization of Cana…
telesurenglish.net/news/Indigenous-in-Canada-Make-up-One-Third-of-Prison-Population-20200122-0012.html

Rohingyas at world's largest refugee camp want right to return home
Susan Price | greenleft.org.au | 2020-01-22
Refugees Paul GregoireIssue 1250 Bangladesh Rohingya refugees BurmaJanuary 22, 2020Nazir Ahmad was working on his makeshift shelter on the side of a hill at camp 11 in the Kutupalong refugee complex in the C…
greenleft.org.au/content/rohingyas-world%E2%80%99s-largest-refugee-camp-want-right-return-home

CBP Deported an Iranian Student With Valid Visa, Defying Court Order
Carol Rose | aclu.org | 2020-01-21
Last night, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) deported an Iranian student with a valid visa, despite a federal court order prohibiting his removal. | Shahab Dehghani arrived at Boston Logan Airport on Sunday, January 19 to study at Northeastern University, where he was enrolled. Customs officials detained him and questioned him for hours, abruptly revoking his student visa, which the State Department granted after a year of intense vetting. | As CBP tried to put Shahab on the next available flight, supporters and friends gathered at night in the arrivals hall at Logan to demand that CBP stop deporting…
aclu.org/news/immigrants-rights/cbp-deported-an-iranian-student-with-valid-visa-defying-court-order

Syrian Rebels Caught on Film Getting Transferred to Libya on Commercial Plane
Tyler Durden | theantimedia.com | 2020-01-19
(ZH)

Interpretation Crisis at the Border Leads to Deportation of Mayan-Language Speakers Seeking Refuge
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-17
As the U.S. continues to use hostile policies to stop people from seeking refuge and asylum in the United States, we look at a key problem that is preventing migrants from getting due process, and in many cases getting them deported: inadequate interpretation for indigenous asylum seekers who speak Mayan languages. Guatemala has a population of 15 million people, and at least 40% of them are indigenous. In the past year, a quarter of a million Guatemalan migrants have been apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico border. At least half of them are Mayan. Many speak little or no Spanish. This is the focus of a new report in…
www.democracynow.org/2020/1/17/a_translation_crisis_at_the_border

Interpretation Crisis at the Border Leads to Deportation of Mayan-Language Speakers Seeking Refuge
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-17
As the U.S. continues to use hostile policies to stop people from seeking refuge and asylum in the United States, we look at a key problem that is preventing migrants from getting due process, and in many cases getting them deported: inadequate interpretation for indigenous asylum seekers who speak Mayan languages. Guatemala has a population of 15 million people, and at least 40% of them are indigenous. In the past year, a quarter of a million Guatemalan migrants have been apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico border. At least half of them are Mayan. Many speak little or no Spanish. This is the focus of a new report in…
www.democracynow.org/2020/1/17/a_translation_crisis_at_the_border

Miller Dismisses DACA in Emails, Mirroring Anti-Immigrant Extremists' Views
splcenter.org | 2020-01-13
White House senior policy adviser Stephen Miller went against many Republicans when siding with white nationalists and other extremists on the issue of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, more commonly known as DACA, emails show.
splcenter.org/hatewatch/2020/01/14/miller-dismisses-daca-emails-mirroring-anti-immigrant-extremists-views

Weekend Read: SPLC sues Trump administration over family separation policy
splcenter.org | 2020-01-10
The SPLC and its allies have filed a lawsuit challenging the Trump administration policy that has separated and traumatized thousands of migrant families.
splcenter.org/news/2020/01/11/weekend-read-splc-sues-trump-administration-over-family-separation-policy