Daily Archives: January 30, 2020

2020-01-30: News Headlines

RT (2020-01-30). Leaked memo shows US border patrol agents instructed to interrogate travelers with 'Iranian links' at Canadian border — report. rt.com An apparent US Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) memo sent anonymously to a Canadian immigration lawyer purports to show instructions to border officers to interrogate travelers with 'links' to Iran. | The memo was obtained by Canada's CBC News after it was dropped off at the office of lawyer Len Saunders in a blank envelope by an anonymous source on Wednesday. | The missive orders border agents to "conduct vetting" on people between the ages of 20 and 58 with links to Iran and Lebanon, whether they were born there or traveled there for other reasons, CBC reported. | It seems to have come into effect in the imme…

RT (2020-01-30). UN halts refugee center operations in Tripoli, Libya over safety fears. rt.com The United Nations said on Thursday it was suspending its operations at a refugee reception center in Tripoli over safety fears as the conflict in the country worsens. The UNHCR's Chief of Mission in Libya, Jean-Paul Cavalieri said the decision had been taken after the organization learned that military and police training exercises were taking place just outside the facility, AFP reported. | "We fear that the entire area could become a military target, further endangering the lives of refugees, asylum seekers and other civilians," he said. The UN-recognized government in Tripoli has been under attack since Ap…

RT (2020-01-30). Athens & Ankara issue scathing condemnations after neo-Nazi Greek MEP tears up Turkish flag. rt.com A Greek neo-Nazi lawmaker who tore up a Turkish flag during a debate in the European Parliament has faced condemnation from both Athens and Ankara, in a rare show of solidarity between the two bitter rivals. | While Greece and Turkey squabble over maritime and security agreements with Libya, the decades-old rivals were able to find common ground in their mutual disapproval of independent MEP Yannis Lagos. The far-right firebrand, who leads an offshoot of the infamous neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn, tore up a paper Turkish flag and blamed Ankara for Europe's migrant crisis while addressing the European Parliament o…

RT (2020-01-30). Greece plans to install 'floating fence' to keep migrants out. rt.com The Greek government wants to install a floating barrier in the Aegean Sea to deter migrants arriving at its islands' shores through Turkey, officials said on Thursday. | The 2.7km long (1.68 miles) net-like barrier that Greece wants to buy will be set up in the sea off the island of Lesbos, where the overcrowded Moria camp operates, Reuters reports. | It will rise 50cm above sea level and carry light marks that will make it visible at night, according to a government document inviting vendors to submit offers. "We will see what the result, what its effect as a deterrent will be in practice," Defense Minister…

Alexander Rubinstein (2020-01-30). Anti-Trump-themed 'Immigrant Food' restaurant owned by lobbyists for right-wing Latin American coup leaders who fueled migration crisis. thegrayzone.com The shocking story of how a couple of wealthy Latin American regime-change hitmen exploited immigration rights, international food, and a…

Staff (2020-01-30). Mexico's "Progressive President" Sends National Guard to Teargas Immigrants. truthout.org More than a year after the last migrant caravan left Central America, thousands of Central Americans gathered again in Honduras and started their journey to the United States on Jan 15. Back in

Atossa Araxia Abrahamian (2020-01-30). What Does It Mean to Be a Climate Refugee? thenation.com What Does It Mean to Be a Climate Refugee?

yenisafak (2020-01-30). Two civilians killed, 4 injured in bomb attack in northern Syria. yenisafak.com At least two civilians were killed and four others injured Thursday in a bomb attack in northern Syria, an Anadolu Agency correspondent on the ground reported.According to initial reports, a bomb-laden truck targeted the northern Tel Abyad district.The bomb detonated in the customs area.Tel Abyad was cleared of terrorists in October by Turkey's anti-terror Operation Peace Spring in northern Syria, launched to eliminate YPG/PKK terrorists from east of the Euphrates River to secure Turkey's borders, aid in the safe return of Syrian refugees, and ensure Syria's territorial integrity.Since then, Turkey reached agreem…

yenisafak (2020-01-30). Greek lawmaker rips apart Turkish flag in EU Parliament. yenisafak.com A Greek MEP ripped apart a Turkish flag on the floor of the European Parliament late Wednesday.The action took place during debate over the large number of refugees on Greek islands, with Greek lawmaker Ionannis Lagos blaming Turkey for the situation before tearing apart a Turkish flag.In the session, EU lawmakers were debating the humanitarian situation on the Greek islands, when Lagos said most Greeks are against illegal migration.Lagos then accused the European Union of ignoring the rights of Greeks."What situation are we talking about right now… people are killing, stealing… [but] all we are talking about…

RT (2020-01-30). Number of migrants trying to cross English Channel in boats explodes — French officials. rt.com The number of migrants who attempted to cross the English Channel in small boats exploded last year, when more than 2,700 people were rescued at sea or stopped while trying to reach Britain from France, according to a count by French maritime authorities. | The 2019 figure is more than four times larger than the previous years' count of cross-Channel migration, maritime officials said. They could not say whether the increase in attempts to reach Britain was linked to migrants fearing that Brexit might bring tighter borders. | It was not known how many migrants successfully made the crossing, AP reported. Small…

splcenter (2020-01-29). Trump's 'Remain in Mexico' policy marks one year, leaving tens of thousands of migrants stranded in Mexican border towns. splcenter.org

Susan Price (2020-01-29). Austria's Green-right alliance sells out migrants. greenleft.org.au

Ashoka Mukpo (2020-01-28). Asylum-Seekers Are Being Abandoned in Guatemala in a New Policy Officials Call a "Total Disaster" aclu.org In late November, U.S. immigration authorities began | deporting some Central American asylum-seekers to Guatemala under a new | policy that makes it nearly impossible for them to seek asylum in the U.S. | But Guatemalan human rights workers say that their country's | asylum system isn't capable of handling even the relatively small numbers that | have been sent there so far, and that asylum seekers' precarious status in the | country has already pushed many to leave. | "They're preferring to move on…

news.un (2020-01-28). 2019: A deadly year for migrants crossing the Americas. news.un.org More than 800 people died last year crossing deserts, rivers and remote lands while migrating across the Americas, making 2019 one of deadliest years on record, the UN migration agency said on Tuesday.

Staff (2020-01-28). Headlines for January 28, 2020. democracynow.org Trump Lawyers Says He Did No Wrong as Calls Mount for Bolton and Other Witnesses to Testify | , Trump to Unveil Middle East "Peace Plan" as Netanyahu Indicted over Corruption, SCOTUS Allows Trump's "Public Charge" Rule Targeting Low-Income Immigrants to Take Effect, State Dept. Bars NPR Reporter from Upcoming Pompeo Trip, Washington Post Suspends Reporter for Tweet About Kobe Bryant Rape Allegation, Mixed Accounts After U.S. Military Plane Crashes in Afghanistan, Torrential Rains and Landslides Kill At Least 46 People in Brazil, Nigerian Journalist Maxwell Nashan Killed, 2nd Accuser Testifies in Weinstein Trial a…

news.un (2020-01-28). West Darfur tensions could see 30,000 flee across Sudanese border to Chad: UN refugee agency. news.un.org The number of people fleeing to Chad to escape ongoing tensions in Sudan's West Darfur state, could reach 30,000 in the coming weeks, the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, said on Tuesday.

pip.hinman (2020-01-28). Tanya Plibersek's patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel. greenleft.org.au

news.un (2020-01-27). Libya: UN report urges accountability for deadly attack against migrant centre. news.un.org Warring parties in Libya, as well as foreign governments supporting them, are being urged to investigate deadly airstrikes last July which killed at least 53 migrants and refugees at a detention centre in the northwest of the country.

news.un (2020-01-27). 'Carry our stories forward': Holocaust survivors share powerful testimonies at UN. news.un.org When the Nazis invaded Poland, overnight, nine-year-old Theodor Meron became "a refugee, out of school, out of childhood and constantly in clear and present danger", the man who would later become a Judge for International Criminal Tribunals told the United Nations Holocaust Remembrance Ceremony on Monday.

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). 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.

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…

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…

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.

2020-01-30: Social Media Postees

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Anti-Trump-themed 'Immigrant Food' restaurant owned by lobbyists for right-wing Latin American coup leaders who fueled migration crisis
Alexander Rubinstein | thegrayzone.com | 2020-01-30
The shocking story of how a couple of wealthy Latin American regime-change hitmen exploited immigration rights, international food, and a…
thegrayzone.com/2020/01/30/anti-trump-immigrant-food-lobbyists-coup-fueled-migration-crisis/

Greece plans to install 'floating fence' to keep migrants out
rt.com | 2020-01-30
The Greek government wants to install a floating barrier in the Aegean Sea to deter migrants arriving at its islands' shores through Turkey, officials said on Thursday. | The 2.7km long (1.68 miles) net-like barrier that Greece wants to buy will be set up in the sea off the island of Lesbos, where the overcrowded Moria camp operates, Reuters reports. | It will rise 50cm above sea level and carry light marks that will make it visible at night, according to a government document inviting vendors to submit offers. "We will see what the result, what its effect as a deterrent will be in practice," Defense Minister…
rt.com/newsline/479566-greece-floating-fence-migrants/

The Power of Mothers
Laura Carlsen | counterpunch.org | 2020-01-30
Who are we? Central American mothers! Who are we looking for? Our children! Why do we look for them? Because we love them! What do we want? JUSTICE! They hold hands and form a circle in the small church in Marín, Nuevo León. The Caravan of Central American Mothers of Missing Migrants has come to…
counterpunch.org/2020/01/30/the-power-of-mothers/

Mexico's "Progressive President" Sends National Guard to Teargas Immigrants
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-01-30
More than a year after the last migrant caravan left Central America, thousands of Central Americans gathered again in Honduras and started their journey to the United States on Jan 15. Back in late 2018, 4,000 migrants made a perilous journey from San Pedro Sula, Honduras' second-largest city, to the U.S. border at Tijuana. Desperate to leave behind a life of extreme violence and poverty, thousands of Cent…
truthout.org/articles/mexicos-progressive-president-sends-national-guard-to-teargas-immigrants/

Anti-Trump-themed 'Immigrant Food' restaurant owned by lobbyists for right-wing Latin American coup leaders who fueled migration crisis
Alexander Rubinstein | thegrayzone.com | 2020-01-30
The shocking story of how wealthy Latin American regime-change hitmen exploited immigrant rights, international food, and a pliant DC media…
thegrayzone.com/2020/01/30/anti-trump-immigrant-food-lobbyists-coup-fueled-migration-crisis/

What Does It Mean to Be a Climate Refugee?
Atossa Araxia Abrahamian | thenation.com | 2020-01-30
What Does It Mean to Be a Climate Refugee?
thenation.com/article/environment/climate-refugees-borders/

UN halts refugee center operations in Tripoli, Libya over safety fears
rt.com | 2020-01-30
The United Nations said on Thursday it was suspending its operations at a refugee reception center in Tripoli over safety fears as the conflict in the country worsens. The UNHCR's Chief of Mission in Libya, Jean-Paul Cavalieri said the decision had been taken after the organization learned that military and police training exercises were taking place just outside the facility, AFP reported. | "We fear that the entire area could become a military target, further endangering the lives of refugees, asylum seekers and other civilians," he said. The UN-recognized government in Tripoli has been under attack since Ap…
rt.com/newsline/479609-un-refugee-center-tripoli/

Athens & Ankara issue scathing condemnations after neo-Nazi Greek MEP tears up Turkish flag
rt.com | 2020-01-30
A Greek neo-Nazi lawmaker who tore up a Turkish flag during a debate in the European Parliament has faced condemnation from both Athens and Ankara, in a rare show of solidarity between the two bitter rivals. | While Greece and Turkey squabble over maritime and security agreements with Libya, the decades-old rivals were able to find common ground in their mutual disapproval of independent MEP Yannis Lagos. The far-right firebrand, who leads an offshoot of the infamous neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn, tore up a paper Turkish flag and blamed Ankara for Europe's migrant crisis while addressing the European Parliament o…
rt.com/news/479591-turkish-flag-ripped-greek-mep/

Two civilians killed, 4 injured in bomb attack in northern Syria
yenisafak.com | 2020-01-30
At least two civilians were killed and four others injured Thursday in a bomb attack in northern Syria, an Anadolu Agency correspondent on the ground reported.According to initial reports, a bomb-laden truck targeted the northern Tel Abyad district.The bomb detonated in the customs area.Tel Abyad was cleared of terrorists in October by Turkey's anti-terror Operation Peace Spring in northern Syria, launched to eliminate YPG/PKK terrorists from east of the Euphrates River to secure Turkey's borders, aid in the safe return of Syrian refugees, and ensure Syria's territorial integrity.Since then, Turkey reached agreem…
yenisafak.com/en/world/two-civilians-killed-4-injured-in-bomb-attack-in-northern-syria-3510875

Greek lawmaker rips apart Turkish flag in EU Parliament
yenisafak.com | 2020-01-30
A Greek MEP ripped apart a Turkish flag on the floor of the European Parliament late Wednesday.The action took place during debate over the large number of refugees on Greek islands, with Greek lawmaker Ionannis Lagos blaming Turkey for the situation before tearing apart a Turkish flag.In the session, EU lawmakers were debating the humanitarian situation on the Greek islands, when Lagos said most Greeks are against illegal migration.Lagos then accused the European Union of ignoring the rights of Greeks."What situation are we talking about right now… people are killing, stealing… [but] all we are talking about…
yenisafak.com/en/news/greek-lawmaker-rips-apart-turkish-flag-in-eu-parliament-3510888

Outpouring of Grief After Missing Mexican Monarch Butterfly Defender Homero Gómez González Found Dead
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-01-30
Mexican conservationist Homero Gómez González was found dead Wednesday, about two weeks after he was reported missing, provoking a wave sorrow from allies and advocates worldwide as they honored his work running a butterfly sanctuary in the state of Michoacán. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/gomez2.jpg
commondreams.org/news/2020/01/30/outpouring-grief-after-missing-mexican-monarch-butterfly-defender-homero-gomez?cd-origin=rss

Trump's 'Remain in Mexico' policy marks one year, leaving tens of thousands of migrants stranded in Mexican border towns
splcenter.org | 2020-01-29
splcenter.org/news/2020/01/29/trumps-remain-mexico-policy-marks-one-year-leaving-tens-thousands-migrants-stranded-mexican

Austria's Green-right alliance sells out migrants
Susan Price | greenleft.org.au | 2020-01-29
climate justice immigration rights Jacob Andrewartha Margarita WindischIssue 1251 Austria Austrian Greens…
greenleft.org.au/content/austria-green-right-alliance-sells-out-migrants

Asylum-Seekers Are Being Abandoned in Guatemala in a New Policy Officials Call a "Total Disaster"
Ashoka Mukpo | aclu.org | 2020-01-28
In late November, U.S. immigration authorities began | deporting some Central American asylum-seekers to Guatemala under a new | policy that makes it nearly impossible for them to seek asylum in the U.S. | But Guatemalan human rights workers say that their country's | asylum system isn't capable of handling even the relatively small numbers that | have been sent there so far, and that asylum seekers' precarious status in the | country has already pushed many to leave. | "They're preferring to move on…
aclu.org/news/human-rights/asylum-seekers-are-being-abandoned-in-guatemala-in-a-new-policy-officials-call-a-total-disaster

2019: A deadly year for migrants crossing the Americas
news.un.org | 2020-01-28
More than 800 people died last year crossing deserts, rivers and remote lands while migrating across the Americas, making 2019 one of deadliest years on record, the UN migration agency said on Tuesday.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2020/01/1056202

West Darfur tensions could see 30,000 flee across Sudanese border to Chad: UN refugee agency
news.un.org | 2020-01-28
The number of people fleeing to Chad to escape ongoing tensions in Sudan's West Darfur state, could reach 30,000 in the coming weeks, the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, said on Tuesday.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2020/01/1056182

Tanya Plibersek's patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2020-01-28
nationalism Peter BoyleIssue 1251 Australia patriotism Racism our common causeJanuary 28, 2020When British essayist Samuel Johnson wrote in 1…
greenleft.org.au/content/tanya-pliberseks-patriotism-last-refuge-scoundrel

Libya: UN report urges accountability for deadly attack against migrant centre
news.un.org | 2020-01-27
Warring parties in Libya, as well as foreign governments supporting them, are being urged to investigate deadly airstrikes last July which killed at least 53 migrants and refugees at a detention centre in the northwest of the country.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2020/01/1056052

'Carry our stories forward': Holocaust survivors share powerful testimonies at UN
news.un.org | 2020-01-27
When the Nazis invaded Poland, overnight, nine-year-old Theodor Meron became "a refugee, out of school, out of childhood and constantly in clear and present danger", the man who would later become a Judge for International Criminal Tribunals told the United Nations Holocaust Remembrance Ceremony on Monday.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2020/01/1056122

"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

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

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