Daily Archives: January 27, 2020

2020-01-27: News Headlines

RT (2020-01-27). Aid groups seek safe ports for nearly 500 migrants rescued in the Mediterranean. rt.com Nearly 500 migrants rescued in the Mediterranean by two boats run by aid agencies were looking for safe ports in Malta and Italy, the groups said on Monday. The 'Ocean Viking' vessel run by SOS Mediterranee in partnership with Doctors Without Borders (MSF) was carrying 407 people rescued in a total of five operations carried out over 72 hours. | Another 78 people were taken on board the 'Alan Kurdi', run by the Sea-Eye organization based in Germany. They were rescued in two operations. | Sea-Eye tweeted on Sunday that the 'Alan Kurdi' was headed for Italy, after Malta refused them a safe port. Ocean Viking has…

WSWS (2020-01-27). This week in history: January 27-February 2. wsws.org 25 years ago: US emergency loan to Mexico in peso crisisOn January 31, 1995, US President Bill Clinton invoked executive power to extend a $50 billion loan to Mexico amid the ongoing peso crisis. The bailout was motivated by the need to appease Wall Street investors and avert total international financial collapse. It was also an effort to deter a potential surge in immigration due to increased austerity measures and the instability of the Mexican economy.

George Wuerthner (2020-01-27). Giving Cover to the Abuses of Big Ag. counterpunch.org A recent commentary promoting agriculture by Brenden Weiner of the Gallatin Valley Land Trust was full of misinformation. Weiner suggested that "working farmlands grow our food, provide scenic open space, give wildlife a place of refuge, and are the foundation of our community and economy." He goes on to suggest that protecting farmland will preclude

yenisafak (2020-01-27). 21,000 Syrian civilians flee attacks in Idlib in a day. yenisafak.com The intense attacks of Assad regime and its allies forced some 21,000 civilians to flee their homes in Idilb, a de-escalation zone in northwestern Syria, over the last 24 hours, according to sources on the ground.Mohammad Hallaj, director of Syria's Response Coordination Group, said the forced migration gained momentum in Eriha and Jabal Zawiya regions of Idlib due to intensified attacks.The attacks by the Assad army, composed of regime forces and Iranian-backed terror groups, and Russian strikes stand as the main reasons behind the forced migration.The majority of the displaced people arrived at the camps near…

RT (2020-01-27). Sturgeon pushes for 'Scottish visa,' Home Office swiftly dismisses proposal. rt.com Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has launched plans for a 'Scottish visa' to wrest some control over migration in the country away from Westminster as the rift between Johnson's government and the SNP grows. | Immigration is not currently a devolved area of government and the SNP has long called for Scotland to have greater control over handling its own migration issues, particularly given concerns about the country's ageing workforce and Brexit. Current EU freedom of movement rights are expected to expire when the UK leaves the bloc, with the British government saying they'll introduce a points-based…

IMEMC News (2020-01-25). Israeli Soldiers Abduct A Journalist Near Hebron. imemc.org Israeli soldiers abducted, Saturday, a Palestinian journalist after the army invaded the al-'Arroub refugee camp, north of the southern West Bank city of Hebron, after the army invaded the camp and attacked protesters. Eyewitnesses said the soldiers fired many gas bombs and concussion grenades at the protesters and several surrounding …

The Canary (2020-01-25). Eight refugees rescued from English Channel by French authorities. thecanary.co French authorities have rescued a boat containing eight refugees in the English Channel. | The French coastguard said it was alerted to a group of people near the seaside resort of Stella Plage, near Le Touquet in northern France, in the early hours of 25 January. | At around 1.55am, the eight were found in a boat with a damaged engine, according to Premar Manche, which monitors the Channel. | [

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…

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…

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). 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'

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…

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…

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.

2020-01-27: Social Media Postees

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This week in history: January 27-February 2
wsws.org | 2020-01-27
25 years ago: US emergency loan to Mexico in peso crisisOn January 31, 1995, US President Bill Clinton invoked executive power to extend a $50 billion loan to Mexico amid the ongoing peso crisis. The bailout was motivated by the need to appease Wall Street investors and avert total international financial collapse. It was also an effort to deter a potential surge in immigration due to increased austerity measures and the instability of the Mexican economy.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/01/27/twih-j27.html

Aid groups seek safe ports for nearly 500 migrants rescued in the Mediterranean
rt.com | 2020-01-27
Nearly 500 migrants rescued in the Mediterranean by two boats run by aid agencies were looking for safe ports in Malta and Italy, the groups said on Monday. The 'Ocean Viking' vessel run by SOS Mediterranee in partnership with Doctors Without Borders (MSF) was carrying 407 people rescued in a total of five operations carried out over 72 hours. | Another 78 people were taken on board the 'Alan Kurdi', run by the Sea-Eye organization based in Germany. They were rescued in two operations. | Sea-Eye tweeted on Sunday that the 'Alan Kurdi' was headed for Italy, after Malta refused them a safe port. Ocean Viking has…
rt.com/newsline/479291-ports-migrants-rescued-mediterranean/

Giving Cover to the Abuses of Big Ag
George Wuerthner | counterpunch.org | 2020-01-27
A recent commentary promoting agriculture by Brenden Weiner of the Gallatin Valley Land Trust was full of misinformation. Weiner suggested that "working farmlands grow our food, provide scenic open space, give wildlife a place of refuge, and are the foundation of our community and economy." He goes on to suggest that protecting farmland will preclude…
counterpunch.org/2020/01/27/giving-cover-to-the-abuses-of-big-ag/

Giving Cover to the Abuses of Big Ag
George Wuerthner | counterpunch.org | 2020-01-27
A recent commentary promoting agriculture by Brenden Weiner of the Gallatin Valley Land Trust was full of misinformation. Weiner suggested that "working farmlands grow our food, provide scenic open space, give wildlife a place of refuge, and are the foundation of our community and economy." He goes on to suggest that protecting farmland will preclude…
counterpunch.org/2020/01/27/giving-cover-to-the-abuses-of-big-ag/

21,000 Syrian civilians flee attacks in Idlib in a day
yenisafak.com | 2020-01-27
The intense attacks of Assad regime and its allies forced some 21,000 civilians to flee their homes in Idilb, a de-escalation zone in northwestern Syria, over the last 24 hours, according to sources on the ground.Mohammad Hallaj, director of Syria's Response Coordination Group, said the forced migration gained momentum in Eriha and Jabal Zawiya regions of Idlib due to intensified attacks.The attacks by the Assad army, composed of regime forces and Iranian-backed terror groups, and Russian strikes stand as the main reasons behind the forced migration.The majority of the displaced people arrived at the camps near…
yenisafak.com/en/world/21000-syrian-civilians-flee-attacks-in-idlib-in-a-day-3510570

Sturgeon pushes for 'Scottish visa,' Home Office swiftly dismisses proposal
rt.com | 2020-01-27
Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has launched plans for a 'Scottish visa' to wrest some control over migration in the country away from Westminster as the rift between Johnson's government and the SNP grows. | Immigration is not currently a devolved area of government and the SNP has long called for Scotland to have greater control over handling its own migration issues, particularly given concerns about the country's ageing workforce and Brexit. Current EU freedom of movement rights are expected to expire when the UK leaves the bloc, with the British government saying they'll introduce a points-based…
rt.com/uk/479299-sturgeon-scottish-visa-home-office/

Sturgeon pushes for 'Scottish visa,' Home Office swiftly dismisses proposal
rt.com | 2020-01-27
Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has launched plans for a 'Scottish visa' to wrest some control over migration in the country away from Westminster as the rift between Johnson's government and the SNP grows. | Immigration is not currently a devolved area of government and the SNP has long called for Scotland to have greater control over handling its own migration issues, particularly given concerns about the country's ageing workforce and Brexit. Current EU freedom of movement rights are expected to expire when the UK leaves the bloc, with the British government saying they'll introduce a points-based…
rt.com/uk/479299-sturgeon-scottish-visa-home-office/

Eight refugees rescued from English Channel by French authorities
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-01-25
French authorities have rescued a boat containing eight refugees in the English Channel. | The French coastguard said it was alerted to a group of people near the seaside resort of Stella Plage, near Le Touquet in northern France, in the early hours of 25 January. | At around 1.55am, the eight were found in a boat with a damaged engine, according to Premar Manche, which monitors the Channel. | [ #opérations] Sauvetage de 8 migrants au large de Stella Plage (62) récupérés par le patrouilleur cà¥tier de gendarmerie maritime A…
thecanary.co/uk/news/2020/01/25/eight-refugees-rescued-from-english-channel-by-french-authorities/

Israeli Soldiers Abduct A Journalist Near Hebron
IMEMC News | imemc.org | 2020-01-25
Israeli soldiers abducted, Saturday, a Palestinian journalist after the army invaded the al-'Arroub refugee camp, north of the southern West Bank city of Hebron, after the army invaded the camp and attacked protesters. Eyewitnesses said the soldiers fired many gas bombs and concussion grenades at the protesters and several surrounding …
imemc.org/article/israeli-soldiers-abduct-a-journalist-near-hebron/

'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/

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/

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/society/immigration-stateless-deportation/

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

"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

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/

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

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