Daily Archives: May 4, 2020

2020-05-04: News Headlines

Ramzy Baroud, Romana Rubeo (2020-05-04). Portugal Leads the Way: How European Countries Fared in Their Treatment of Refugees. counterpunch.org As soon as the COVID-19 pandemic began spreading its tentacles throughout China and eventually to the rest of the world, the World Health Organization (WHO), along with other international groups, sounded the alarm that refugees and migrants are particularly vulnerable to the deadly disease. "We strongly emphasize the need for inclusive national public health measures

RT (2020-05-04). West blocking Syrian refugees from returning places 'a bomb' to destroy neighbors' economies & security — Lebanese president. rt.com The US and its allies want to keep refugees from returning to Syria regardless of the economic and social damage the current situation does to hosting nations, the president of Lebanon has said in an interview. | "They want to place the refugees as a bomb in the countries neighboring Syria, even if it would blow up the society, the security, and the economy in nations like Lebanon," President Michel Aoun Lebanon has an estimated population of over six million. Of those, a million are regi…

WSWS (2020-05-04). This week in history: May 4-10. wsws.org 25 years ago: 104 killed in South African mine disasterOn May 10, 1994, 104 miners were killed in the Vaal Reefs gold mine in Orkney, one of South Africa's largest gold mines. The elevator bringing the miners to the surface of the mile-deep mine was crushed by an underground train which had fallen down the shaft. The two-story elevator at Vaal Reefs was compressed into one by the force of the collision. The majority of the miners killed were immigrants from Mozambique, Lesotho and Botswana.

Women's and Feminist Collectives of Uruguay (2020-05-04). Uruguay: May First Feminist Manifesto. zcomm.org The exit from this crisis must be feminist, migrant, plurinational, anti-patriarchal, anti-racist, anti-prison, anti-capitalist, anti-extractivist and anti-fascist…

en.mehrnews (2020-05-04). Meighan Wetland in Markazi province. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 04 (MNA) — Located in Arak, Markazi Province, Meighan Wetland is the habitat of some of the rare migratory birds in Iran and is considered as one of the marvelous natural attractions for birdwatching. Desert nature has created a fabulous view of this place.

WSWS (2020-05-04). Australia: Biloela residents continue fight to free Tamil refugee family. wsws.org Angela Fredericks, a campaign leader, spoke to the WSWS after a recent partial legal victory.

Lillian House (2020-05-03). 'We deserve to survive!' Bucking CDC, Denver raids homeless camps. liberationnews.org We need real solutions — housing, not sweeps.

Eliza Egret (2020-05-03). Greek refugee camps 'beyond breaking point' as UK government continues its racist policies. thecanary.co Human rights campaigners on the Greek island of Samos have told The Canary that the situation for refugees is "beyond breaking point". Since the Europe Must A…

Graton Day Labor Center and others (2020-05-03). Sacramento: May Day Car Caravan for Immigrant & Worker Rights. indybay.org Car Caravan: Southside Park, Sacramento…

en.mehrnews (2020-05-03). Saudi-led coalition continues violation of truce in Yemen. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 03 (MNA) — The US-Saudi aggression and its mercenaries are continuing their raids and bombardments on a number of Yemeni governorates, violating the ceasefire in the country.

teleSUR (2020-05-03). Dozens of Stranded Rohingyas Land on Bangladesh's Coast. telesurenglish.net At least 40 Rohingyas including "starving" women and children have landed Saturday on the coast of southern Bangladesh, security officials said Sunday. | RELATED: | Locals informed the coastguard and 29 people were arrested while around 10 people fled, police and security officials said. | Those rescued will be sent to the island of Bhashan Char in the Bay of Bengal where Bangladesh has built shelters for some 100,000 refuge…

Staff (2020-05-02). Undocumented New Yorkers Are Essential and Underprotected in COVID's Epicenter. truthout.org They've gotten to know New York City in a way many have not, through the low-wage work of cleaning its skyscrapers, serving its restaurants and crisscrossing its streets on bicycles, through long subway rides very early in the morning and very late at night. The saying goes: You're not a true New Yorker unless you've lived here for a decade. They've done their time and felt a deep sense of belonging in this city of immigrants. | But, in the epicenter of a pandemic, the undocumented have neve…

Fight Back (2020-05-02). New York caravan celebrates May Day. fightbacknews.org New York, NY – Dozens of cars gathered in different boroughs of New York City on Friday May 1 in honor of May Day, or International Workers Day. Due to the city being on pause, protesters used a caravan to display signs and drive through different neighborhoods in the city, showing solidarity with workers and other oppressed groups. A special focus was put on COVID-19 and how workers, prisoners and immigrants lack protection from COVID-19. | The three contingents started in the Bronx, Brooklyn and Queens. Their demands included cancel the rents, hazard pay and PPE, free healthcare and COVID testing, free them al…

Sasha Abramsky (2020-05-01). Trump and GOP to Nation: Go Bankrupt, Drop Dead. thenation.com Trump and GOP to Nation: Go Bankrupt, Drop Dead…

Marcia Brown (2020-05-01). A County Jail Battles COVID-19 and the Opioid Crisis—At the Same Time. progressive.org The pandemic and an increase in immigration detainees create a double whammy for the rural Ohio jail.

Xinhua (2020-05-01). US Deportations Add Extra Risk to Global Public Health. telesurenglish.net In the name of protecting U.S. citizens against COVID-19, Washington has recently stepped up the deportation of illegal immigrants from Mexico and Central American nations. | RELATED: | The U.S. authorities seem to have paid no regard that such moves at the time of a ravaging pandemic may overwhelm the often vulnerable public health systems in the recipient countries and thus pose a grave danger to the global an…

Romana Rubeo (2020-05-01). Coronavirus: How Are European Countries Treating Refugees Amid the Pandemic? mintpressnews.com Neglecting the refugees while fighting coronavirus is as foolish as it is inhumane. The last few months have taught us that self-centered strategies do not apply in the cases of global healthcare crises.

IMEMC News (2020-05-01). Army To Demolish The Home Of A Palestinian Suspected Of Carrying Out A Stabbing Attack. imemc.org Israeli soldiers invaded, on Friday at dawn, Tulkarem refugee camp, in the northern West Bank city of Tulkarem, and stormed the home of a wounded Palestinian, who is suspected of carrying out a stabbing, Tuesday, and handed the family a demolition order for their home. Media sources said several army …

ACLU (2020-04-30). How the ACLU is Responding to the Pandemic, Visualized. aclu.org The COVID-19 pandemic has closed down many businesses, but the ACLU's work of defending and expanding civil liberties and civil rights continues, essential as ever. At the ACLU, our most immediate focus has been on issues arising from the government's response — or lack thereof — to the pandemic., , Since the start of the outbreak, we've filed over 90 legal actions and have seen thousands of people released from prisons, jails, and immigration detention. | We and ACLU offices across the country are working in nearly every state to save lives, advocate for vulnerable communities, safeguard the r…

news.un (2020-04-30). UN prepares for potentially devastating COVID-19 outbreak in conflict-ravaged northeast Nigeria. news.un.org In northeast Nigeria, where armed conflict has forced millions from their homes, the UN's migration agency, IOM, is supporting the construction of quarantine shelters, as the region braces for an outbreak of COVID-19 which, it warns, would have 'devastating consequences' for those who have been displaced.

PCHR (2020-04-30). PCHR: Weekly Report on Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (23 — 29 April 2020). imemc.org Summary of Israeli violations of human rights in the occupied Palestinian territory (23 — 29 April 2020) Israeli occupation forces (IOF) continued to violate Palestinians' human rights and commit crimes against civilians and their properties, conducting raids into Palestinian cities without regard to the state of emergency declared across the …

pip.hinman (2020-05-04). Reject Keneally's dog whistle politics on migrant workers. greenleft.org.au

2020-05-04: Social Media Postees

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Portugal Leads the Way: How European Countries Fared in Their Treatment of Refugees
Ramzy Baroud, Romana Rubeo | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-04
As soon as the COVID-19 pandemic began spreading its tentacles throughout China and eventually to the rest of the world, the World Health Organization (WHO), along with other international groups, sounded the alarm that refugees and migrants are particularly vulnerable to the deadly disease.
counterpunch.org/2020/05/04/portugal-leads-the-way-how-european-countries-fared-in-their-treatment-of-refugees/

This week in history: May 4-10
wsws.org | 2020-05-04
25 years ago: 104 killed in South African mine disasterOn May 10, 1994, 104 miners were killed in the Vaal Reefs gold mine in Orkney, one of South Africa's largest gold mines. The elevator bringing the miners to the surface of the mile-deep mine was crushed by an underground train which had fallen down the shaft. The two-story elevator at Vaal Reefs was compressed into one by the force of the collision. The majority of the miners killed were immigrants from Mozambique, Lesotho and Botswana.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/04/twih-m04.html

Uruguay: May First Feminist Manifesto
Women's and Feminist Collectives of Uruguay | zcomm.org | 2020-05-04
The exit from this crisis must be feminist, migrant, plurinational, anti-patriarchal, anti-racist, anti-prison, anti-capitalist, anti-extractivist and anti-fascist…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/uruguay-may-first-feminist-manifesto/

Meighan Wetland in Markazi province
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-04
TEHRAN, May 04 (MNA)

Australia: Biloela residents continue fight to free Tamil refugee family
wsws.org | 2020-05-04
Angela Fredericks, a campaign leader, spoke to the WSWS after a recent partial legal victory.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/04/refu-m04.html

'We deserve to survive!' Bucking CDC, Denver raids homeless camps
Lillian House | liberationnews.org | 2020-05-03
We need real solutions

Greek refugee camps 'beyond breaking point' as UK government continues its racist policies
Eliza Egret | thecanary.co | 2020-05-03
Human rights campaigners on the Greek island of Samos have told The Canary that the situation for refugees is "beyond breaking point". Since the early 2000s, people have been seeking refuge on the Aegean islands, fleeing the West's neo-colonial policies in the Middle East. Around 7,000 people are currently stuck in Samos' Vathy camp, which has capacity for under 700 people. | Europe Must A…
thecanary.co/global/world-analysis/2020/05/03/greek-refugee-camps-beyond-breaking-point-as-uk-government-continues-its-racist-policies/

Sacramento: May Day Car Caravan for Immigrant & Worker Rights
Graton Day Labor Center and others | indybay.org | 2020-05-03
Car Caravan: Southside Park, Sacramento…
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/04/30/18832711.php

Saudi-led coalition continues violation of truce in Yemen
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-03
TEHRAN, May 03 (MNA)

Dozens of Stranded Rohingyas Land on Bangladesh's Coast
telesurenglish.net | 2020-05-03
At least 40 Rohingyas including "starving" women and children have landed Saturday on the coast of southern Bangladesh, security officials said Sunday. | RELATED: | Rohingyas in India Abandoned to Fate in Face of Pandemic | Locals informed the coastguard and 29 people were arrested while around 10 people fled, police and security officials said. | Those rescued will be sent to the island of Bhashan Char in the Bay of Bengal where Bangladesh has built shelters for some 100,000 refuge…
telesurenglish.net/news/Dozens-of-Stranded-Rohingyas-Land-on-Bangladesh-Coast-20200503-0009.html

Portugal Leads the Way: How European Countries Fared in Their Treatment of Refugees
Ramzy Baroud and Romana Rubeo | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-05-02
As soon as the COVID-19 pandemic began spreading its tentacles throughout China and eventually to the rest of the world, the World Health Organization (WHO), along with other international groups, sounded the alarm that refugees and migrants are particularly vulnerable to the deadly disease. "We strongly emphasize the need for inclusive national public health measures …
dissidentvoice.org/2020/05/portugal-leads-the-way-how-european-countries-fared-in-their-treatment-of-refugees/

Undocumented New Yorkers Are Essential and Underprotected in COVID's Epicenter
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-05-02
They've gotten to know New York City in a way many have not, through the low-wage work of cleaning its skyscrapers, serving its restaurants and crisscrossing its streets on bicycles, through long subway rides very early in the morning and very late at night. The saying goes: You're not a true New Yorker unless you've lived here for a decade. They've done their time and felt a deep sense of belonging in this city of immigrants. | They are losing loved ones but do not qualify for city funding…
truthout.org/articles/undocumented-new-yorkers-are-essential-and-underprotected-in-covids-epicenter/

Undocumented New Yorkers Are Essential and Underprotected in COVID's Epicenter
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-05-02
They've gotten to know New York City in a way many have not, through the low-wage work of cleaning its skyscrapers, serving its restaurants and crisscrossing its streets on bicycles, through long subway rides very early in the morning and very late at night. The saying goes: You're not a true New Yorker unless you've lived here for a decade. They've done their time and felt a deep sense of belonging in this city of immigrants. | But, in the epicenter of a pandemic, the undocumented have neve…
truthout.org/articles/undocumented-new-yorkers-are-essential-and-underprotected-in-covids-epicenter/

New York caravan celebrates May Day
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-05-02
New York, NY – Dozens of cars gathered in different boroughs of New York City on Friday May 1 in honor of May Day, or International Workers Day. Due to the city being on pause, protesters used a caravan to display signs and drive through different neighborhoods in the city, showing solidarity with workers and other oppressed groups. A special focus was put on COVID-19 and how workers, prisoners and immigrants lack protection from COVID-19. | The three contingents started in the Bronx, Brooklyn and Queens. Their demands included cancel the rents, hazard pay and PPE, free healthcare and COVID testing, free them al…
fightbacknews.org/2020/5/2/new-york-caravan-celebrates-may-day

New York caravan celebrates May Day
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-05-02
New York, NY – Dozens of cars gathered in different boroughs of New York City on Friday May 1 in honor of May Day, or International Workers Day. Due to the city being on pause, protesters used a caravan to display signs and drive through different neighborhoods in the city, showing solidarity with workers and other oppressed groups. A special focus was put on COVID-19 and how workers, prisoners and immigrants lack protection from COVID-19. | The three contingents started in the Bronx, Brooklyn and Queens. Their demands included cancel the rents, hazard pay and PPE, free healthcare and COVID testing, free them al…
www.fightbacknews.org/2020/5/2/new-york-caravan-celebrates-may-day

Trump and GOP to Nation: Go Bankrupt, Drop Dead
Sasha Abramsky | thenation.com | 2020-05-01
Trump and GOP to Nation: Go Bankrupt, Drop Dead…
thenation.com/article/society/trump-gop-coronavirus-immigration/

A County Jail Battles COVID-19 and the Opioid Crisis–At the Same Time
Marcia Brown | progressive.org | 2020-05-01
The pandemic and an increase in immigration detainees create a double whammy for the rural Ohio jail.
progressive.org/dispatches/county-jail-battles-covid19-and-opioid-crisis-brown-200501/

US Deportations Add Extra Risk to Global Public Health
Xinhua | telesurenglish.net | 2020-05-01
In the name of protecting U.S. citizens against COVID-19, Washington has recently stepped up the deportation of illegal immigrants from Mexico and Central American nations. | RELATED: | US Deports Thousands of Migrants to COVID-19 Vulnerable Nations | The U.S. authorities seem to have paid no regard that such moves at the time of a ravaging pandemic may overwhelm the often vulnerable public health systems in the recipient countries and thus pose a grave danger to the global an…
telesurenglish.net/news/US-Deportations-Add-Extra-Risk-to-Global-Public-Health-20200501-0011.html

Coronavirus: How Are European Countries Treating Refugees Amid the Pandemic?
Romana Rubeo | mintpressnews.com | 2020-05-01
Neglecting the refugees while fighting coronavirus is as foolish as it is inhumane. The last few months have taught us that self-centered strategies do not apply in the cases of global healthcare crises.
mintpressnews.com/europe-treatment-refugees-coroanvirus/267151/

Army To Demolish The Home Of A Palestinian Suspected Of Carrying Out A Stabbing Attack
IMEMC News | imemc.org | 2020-05-01
Israeli soldiers invaded, on Friday at dawn, Tulkarem refugee camp, in the northern West Bank city of Tulkarem, and stormed the home of a wounded Palestinian, who is suspected of carrying out a stabbing, Tuesday, and handed the family a demolition order for their home. Media sources said several army …
imemc.org/article/army-to-demolish-the-home-of-a-palestinian-suspected-of-carrying-out-a-stabbing-attack/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=army-to-demolish-the-home-of-a-palestinian-suspected-of-carrying-out-a-stabbing-attack

Tamil detainee speaks out from Christmas Island
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2020-05-04
Refugees & migrants Chris SleeIssue 1264 Australia Chrismas islandMay 4, 2020Priya, a Tamil refugee detained on Christmas Island, was the featured speaker at a Zoom "digital rally" organised by the Tamil Refugee Council on May 2. | Until 26 months ago, Priya live…
greenleft.org.au/content/tamil-detainee-speaks-out-christmas-island

Reject Keneally's dog whistle politics on migrant workers
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2020-05-04
Green Left Pip HinmanIssue 1264 Australia Green Left Fighting Fund migrant workers ACTUMay 4, 2020While the Australian Council of Tr…
greenleft.org.au/content/reject-keneallys-dog-whistle-politics-migrant-workers