Daily Archives: May 19, 2020

2020-05-19: News Headlines

Emile Schepers (2020-05-19). Trump deportation frenzy threatens the lives of thousands. peoplesworld.org The hostility of President Donald Trump and his entourage toward immigrants from the poorer countries of Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Caribbean has long been notorious. It is at the root of a whole series of repressive policies aimed at those communities, including mass deportation and the horror of "children in cages" at the …

Potere al Popolo (2020-05-19). From fields to supermarkets, solidarity with laborers on strike. peoplesdispatch.org On May 21, migrant agricultural workers across Italy are set to strike in protest over the new immigration rules announced by the government. These rules — offering only six month permits for workers in limited sectors — fall far short of what has been demanded…

NationAction (2020-05-19). Take Action Now: Fight for Immigrant Justice. thenation.com Take Action Now: Fight for Immigrant Justice…

IMEMC News (2020-05-18). Soldiers Abduct Four Palestinians, Injure Many, In Hebron. imemc.org Israeli soldiers invaded, earlier Monday, Hebron city, and nearby towns of Beit Ummar and Yatta, in addition to the al-'Arroub refugee camp, in southern West Bank, searched and ransacked many homes and abducted four Palestinians, in addition to wounding several others. Mohammad Awad, a local nonviolent media activist in Beit …

Paul Dobson (2020-05-18). Venezuela Sees COVID-19 Surge as Returning Migrants Surpass 40,000. venezuelanalysis.com Authorities say that 75 percent of recent cases have been "imported."

John Washington (2020-05-18). 'An Experience I Wouldn't Wish My Worst Enemy to Undergo'. thenation.com 'An Experience I Wouldn't Wish My Worst Enemy to Undergo'

WSWS (2020-05-18). The last resort of the EU fighting refugees in Greece—armed force and COVID-19. wsws.org Greek soldiers used tear gas, stun grenades, rubber bullets and live ammunition against refugees stranded in the no-man's-land between Greece and Turkey.

Peoples Dispatch (2020-05-17). Indian migrant workers killed in road accident while returning home. peoplesdispatch.org 24 laborers who were on their way home from India's capital city of New Delhi were killed when a truck carrying migrant workers rammed the vehicle they were on…

Ali Salam (2020-05-17). Israeli Forces Abduct Child, Two Young Men in West Bank Raids Sunday. imemc.org Israeli forces invaded the West Bank, early Sunday morning, before dawn, and attacked Palestinians in their homes, including a child. The troops then abducted the Palestinians and took them to unknown locations for interrogation. According to local sources, Israeli troops abducted 14-year-old Ammar Thawabteh while he was asleep in his …

Romana Rubeo (2020-05-16). My Beit Daras, My Nakba: Two Palestinian Intellectuals Reminiscing about Their Destroyed Village. dissidentvoice.org Dr. Ghada Ageel and Dr. Ramzy Baroud have more in common than their scholarly research on Palestinian history and politics. They are both refugees, and the direct descendants of Palestinian refugees who have been expelled from their historic village of Beit Daras at gunpoint during the catastrophic events that led to the Palestinian Nakba of …

A. Majumdar (2020-05-15). PDF download of May 14 issue. workers.org Download entire 12-page PDF here. Justice for Ahmaud Arbery. Kent State and Jackson State. Also: COVID‚Äë19: capitalism's end stage; workers resist. Editorial: Changing narrative in Michigan. World: China, Vietnam, Haiti, Ecuador. Tear down prisons: victory in PA; San Quentin caravan; No cages for migrants; Global prisons & white supremacy; Solidarity . . . |

Fight Back (2020-05-15). Tampa students demand COVID-19 relief for undocumented students. fightbacknews.org Tampa, FL – On May 14, Tampa Bay Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) held a car protest at the University of South Florida (USF) to demand COVID-19 relief funds for undocumented students. USF has offered no financial help for undocumented students during the pandemic and the only COVID-19 aid for students is the CARES Act Fund, for which DACA and undocumented students are ineligible. | Students and SDS members parked near the USF president's mansion on campus for socially-distanced speeches and chants demanding that USF provide relief for undocumented students. Simon Rowe, a member of SDS stated, "DACA stude…

news.un (2020-05-15). Millions of migrants across Russia, Central Asia, 'teetering on the brink', as UN launches urgent appeal. news.un.org The International Organization for Migration (IOM) launched an urgent $7 million appeal on Thursday, to ease the impact of COVID-19 on migrant communities in five Central Asian countries and the Russian Federation, where the pandemic is pushing a growing number of migrant workers into poverty.

news.un (2020-05-15). FROM THE FIELD: Venezuelan refugee counsellor hears 'pain, anger and frustration'. news.un.org A Venezuelan psychologist who moved to Peru as a refugee, has been telling the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, about the "pain, anger and frustration" that has been expressed by fellow displaced and local people he has counselled.

news.un (2020-05-15). Coronavirus lockdowns in Central America, exploited by criminal gangs. news.un.org Chronic violence, insecurity and now COVID-related restrictions have put tens of thousands of Central Americans at risk of increased hardship and even death, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) said on Friday.

news.un (2020-05-15). Support stepped up for Rohingya camps as first COVID-19 infections are confirmed. news.un.org After confirmation that the first cases of COVID-19 infection have been identified in a vast and overcrowded refugee camp in Bangladesh, UN humanitarians on Friday announced additional measures and appealed for funds to prevent the disease from spreading.

Rob Woodward (2020-05-18). Covid Chaos: From Lockdown to Body Bags. globalresearch.ca The national Covid strategy managed by the government is now in disarray. The mood in Tory HQ is migrating away from its beloved Brexit leader. The mainstream media are now causing confusion, the country is heading towards chaos. | What is …

Staff (2020-05-19). Headlines for May 19, 2020. democracynow.org Trump Claims He Is Taking Hydroxychloroquine Despite FDA Warnings, Navajo Nation Has Highest Coronavirus Infection Rate in the U.S., 60-Year-Old Burmese Refugee Becomes Eighth COVID-19 Victim at Colorado Meat Plant, 74-Year-Old Man at California ICE Prison Dies of Suicide, Trump Attacks WHO as U.S. and China Trade Barbs over Pandemic Response, Early COVID Vaccine Trials Show Positive Results, Outbreak at Refugee Center in Germany Infects at Least 70 people, France and Germany Propose 500 Billion-Euro Coronavirus Assistance Fund for EU, Sà£o Paulo's Hospitals "Near Collapse" as Brazil Becomes Third Most Infe…

Staff (2020-05-15). "The Wuhan of the Americas": U.S. Deports COVID-19-Positive Immigrants to Haiti & Guatemala. democracynow.org The United States continues to deport thousands during the coronavirus pandemic, causing a dangerous spread of COVID-19 to Central America and the Caribbean. We speak with Haitian American novelist Edwidge Danticat, who says "U.S. deportations to Haiti during coronavirus pandemic are 'unconscionable,'" and go to Guatemala City for an update from reporter José Alejandro García Escobar.

CFPDDJ (2020-05-19). Defend DACA: A Supreme Court Briefing w/ Rep. Jayapal & others. indybay.org Online…

Leon Kunstenaar (2020-05-19). Protest at Fort Mason Against CCSF Cuts. indybay.org People young and old protest CCSF cuts in programs that benefit seniors, immigrants and working people.

United We Dream (2020-05-19). United We Dream: Immigrants, COVID-19, Jobs & Healthcare Virtual Town Hall. indybay.org Online…

Dan Bacher (2020-05-19). ExxonMobil Seeks to Restart Three Platforms Idled After Refugio Oil Spill. indybay.org "On the anniversary of this deadly oil spill, in the middle of a public health crisis, Santa Barbara should embrace a clean energy future," said Kristen Monsell, oceans legal director at the Center for Biological Diversity. "We need to end offshore drilling, not bring it back to life with another dirty oil pipeline."

Staff (2020-05-16). Exploiting Pandemic, Trump Admin Weighs Banning Immigration Indefinitely. truthout.org Earlier this week, the Trump administration started hinting that With the country entirely preoccupied by the public health and economic catastrophes, and with protest all but impossible given the dangers of congregating in large crowds, Tr…

The Canary (2020-05-18). Labour brands new immigration legislation a 'threat to national interest'. thecanary.co Ministers have been accused of "rank hypocrisy" over their attitude to key workers as Labour claimed new immigration legislation would make it harder to fill NHS roles.The government's measures to replace European Union freedom of movement rules in the UK face their first Commons hurdle on Monday.The Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) bill is part of the move towards the government's new points-based immigration system, to be introduced from 2021, although it does not set out the details on this. | These will be fleshed out in the immigration rules, which will explain the future system…

RT (2020-05-19). India to help millions of migrant workers leave cities as some states report rising infections rate. rt.com India will run more special trains and buses to allow millions of distressed migrant workers to leave big cities, the federal government said on Tuesday. | Workers are walking long distances to their homes in the countryside ever since PM Narendra Modi imposed a vast lockdown in March to control the spread of coronavirus, shutting down all public transport. | After initially trying to keep workers in their cities of employment, authorities are now helping them get home. The federal home ministry is in talks with states to run trains and buses, and set up rest stops for those on foot. | The move comes as India'

RT (2020-05-19). India to help millions of migrant workers leave cities as some states report rising infection rate. rt.com India will run more special trains and buses to allow millions of distressed migrant workers to leave big cities, the federal government said on Tuesday. | Workers are walking long distances to their homes in the countryside ever since PM Narendra Modi imposed a vast lockdown in March to control the spread of coronavirus, shutting down all public transportation. | After initially trying to keep workers in their cities of employment, authorities are now helping them get home. The Ministry of Home Affairs is in talks with states to run trains and buses, and set up rest stops for those on foot. | The move comes a…

sputniknews (2020-05-19). Videos of Thousands Flooding Bandra Station in Worst COVID-Hit Indian State Cause Dissent Online. sputniknews.com New Delhi (Sputnik): The migration of millions of people across India's states has emerged as a crisis for the Indian government, which not only has to deal with over 100,000 coronavirus cases but also the people who are currently on the roads, desperate to reach their home towns during the pandemic.