Daily Archives: June 24, 2020

2020-06-24: News Headlines

pip.hinman (2020-06-24). Kangaroo Point refugees have endured seven years of slow torture. greenleft.org.au

Mark Gruenberg (2020-06-24). Trump touts fake wall; EU mulls real 'wall' to bar Americans. peoplesworld.org On Tuesday in Arizona Trump had his picture taken at the phony prop he calls his "beautiful wall," one of the props along the border with Mexico that he runs to every time he wants to stir up fear of immigrants. While he was doing that the European Union was drafting plans to establish a …

_____ (2020-06-24). Reparations And The Palestinian Right Of Return. popularresistance.org The calls "Black Lives Matter" and "Free, Free Palestine," serve to remind us that Palestine is not free and that if the lives of Black people mattered, there would be no need for the call. In both cases, people are in the grips of a cruel, racist system that refuses to let go. In both cases, people are being hunted down, caged, strangled, and shot to death, and the root cause of their suffering is rarely addressed. | In Palestine, the return of refugees is the issue that has the capacity to completely alter the conversation and ultimately bring justice to Palestinians. However few are willing to bring it up, muc…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-06-24). Immigration groups slam US decision to suspend immigration visas. peoplesdispatch.org The Trump administration on Monday decided to suspend a variety of immigration visas until the end of the year. The National Immigration Forum has decried the order as an attempt to divide communities.

yenisafak (2020-06-24). Italy says 28 migrants test positive to COVID-19 on quarantine ship. yenisafak.com Dozens of migrants rescued in the Mediterranean have tested positive for the new coronavirus while held in a quarantine ship off the southern Italian coast, Sicily's regional leader Nello Musumeci said on Wednesday.In April Italy banned migrant rescue ships from docking in its ports until July 31 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It now transfers all those saved at sea onto large ferries which must wait off its coast.After saving more than 200 people stranded at sea last week, the Sea-Watch 3 charity boat arrived on Sunday in the Sicilian town of Porto Empedocle.The mainly African passengers were immediately moved to…

sputniknews (2020-06-24). India to Use Naval Helicopter to Kill Second Wave of Locusts Entering From Pakistan. sputniknews.com New Delhi (Sputnik): India has been witnessing the worst locust attack in decades this year. Farmers in border states have suffered heavy losses due to the damage inflicted by the migratory pests.

Staff (2020-06-23). Headlines for June 23, 2020. democracynow.org COVID-19 on the Rise in 29 States; Immigrant and Communities of Color Carry Brunt of Devastation, Coronavirus Continues to Devastate Latin America; South Korea in Midst of Second Wave, Trump Issues Ban on H-1B Visas and Green Cards Through 2020, KY Slashes Primary Polling Sites as Key Races Pit Progressives and Establishment Dems in KY, NY, VA, Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan Shutting Down CHOP, Says Police Will Return, Bridgeport Council Agrees to Shift Police Funding After Mass Protests, NYPD Says Officers Who Plowed SUVs into Protesters Were Not at Fault, Funeral for Rayshard Brooks Held in Atlanta, NAACP Lawsuit:…

Nick Licata (2020-06-23). Supreme Court DACA Decision: Was It More Concerned About Humanity or Legality? counterpunch.org On June 17, 2020, the Supreme Court ruled that the 700,000 immigrants, who were minors when they were brought into the US without immigration papers, would continue to be protected from being deported. The media largely focused on the humane impact the decision would have on the many lives whose future depended on it. But

Carlos Rodriguez (2020-06-23). The Supreme Court upholds DACA. So what now? nationofchange.org We have to be willing to embrace new ways of thinking about creating healthy communities, in the same way we've changed our habits during the current pandemic.

Nick Licata (2020-06-23). Supreme Court DACA Decision. zcomm.org Was it more concerned about humanity or legality?>

Glenn Greenwald (2020-06-23). Bolsonaro Fraudulently Circumvented Trump's COVID-19 Immigration Ban. zcomm.org Smuggled His Scandal-Plagued Ex-Education Minister Into the U.S.

Elsa Rodriguez Flores (2020-06-23). When workers got sick, we organized our warehouse and won. zcomm.org By winning basic protections against COVID-19 at our Barnes & Noble warehouse, we showed the tremendous power immigrant workers have when they organize…

Negin Owliaei, Sofia Salazar (2020-06-23). Black Immigrant Domestic Workers Share Notes on the Storm. commondreams.org Black Americans are dying from Covid-19 at three times the rate of white Americans and face higher rates of unemployment. (Photo: Screenshot) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/screen_shot_2020-06-23_at_12.30.33_pm.png

WSWS (2020-06-23). Germany seeks to tighten European asylum law. wsws.org The core elements are the internment of refugees at the EU's external borders and the implementation of fast-track asylum procedures.

news.un (2020-06-23). UN agency assisting Palestinians working at 'full capacity with inadequate resources'. news.un.org Some 75 countries and non-governmental organizations have pledged $130 million in financial commitments to the UN agency that assists Palestinian refugees across the Middle East, UNRWA, following a virtual conference on Tuesday,…

Staff (2020-06-23). Trump Responds to COVID-19 Spike by Cracking Down on Immigration. truthout.org The number of new COVID-19 cases are spiking in several states, but President Trump did not announce new public health responses on Monday. Instead, he issued an executive order extending and expanding suspensions of immigration and guest worker programs until the end of the year. The White House is also moving to push lower-wage workers out of the H-1B visa program, and it barred asylum seekers from gaining lawful employment for one year after filing a claim. | Meanwhile, the administration is already w…

Cathy Rojas (2020-06-22). Building multinational unity for Black lives. liberationnews.org On June 14, a Black Lives Matter protest began in Jackson Heights, the most diverse urban area in the world, ending in the immigrant neighborhood of Corona, the epicenter of the COVID-19 epidemic in New York City. The protest had an explicitly theme of "Multinational Unity for Black Lives," and united the multinational, largely immigrant …

yenisafak (2020-06-22). Gazans protest Israeli plan to annex West Bank. yenisafak.com Palestinians in the Gaza Strip staged a protest on Monday to reject an Israeli plan to annex parts of the occupied West Bank.Organized by the Joint Committee for Refugees, the demonstration was held in front the office of the UN refugee agency UNRWA in Gaza City, on the occasion of the World Refugee Day; which was marked on June 20.Speaking at the protest, Ismail Radwan, a Hamas leading member, called on donor countries to continue their funding to UNRWA.Radwan reiterated the committee's rejection of "refugee resettlement projects and finding an alternative homeland for them"."The right of return is individual an…

The Canary (2020-06-22). Sadiq Khan: Windrush legacy must see end to 'hostile environment' for immigrants. thecanary.co London Mayor Sadiq Khan has called on the government to learn from the suffering endured by the Windrush generation and end the "hostile environment" faced by immigrants in the capital.Ministers should help Londoners by increasing funding to the immigration sector and cutting its "extortionate" fees, Khan said in a statement."Many of the Windrush Generation and their families are still struggling to access the advice and support they need, and it is clear that too many Londoners are still being failed by an immigration system that is prohibitively expensive and simply not fit for purpose," he said."I'm proud that…

Fight Back (2020-06-22). DACA stays, fight for legalization for all! fightbacknews.org Fight Back News Service is circulating the following statement by Legalization for All Network (L4A). | Los Angeles, CA – Early Thursday morning, June 18, 2020, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against the Trump administration's attempt to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). DACA was an executive order signed June 15, 2012 by then-President Barak Obama and it protects hundreds of thousands of undocumented youth, allowing them to work and go to school without fear of arrest and deportation. | The 5-4 ruling was written by Chief Justice John Roberts and joined by Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Elena…

WSWS (2020-06-22). Coronavirus spreading among agriculture and seafood workers in the US. wsws.org While immigrant farm workers are considered essential by the federal government, there have been no nationwide mandates placed on the agriculture industry to protect them from COVID-19.

yenisafak (2020-06-22). Germany arrests suspected Assad regime torturer. yenisafak.com German police arrested a Syrian former secret service employee on suspicion of crimes against humanity, officials said on Monday. | Alaa M., who arrived in Germany as a refugee in 2015, was arrested in the central state of Hesse on Friday, the Federal Public Prosecutor's Office said in a statement. | The suspect worked for the military intelligence as a doctor, and he was strongly suspected of torturing inmates in 2011 at an Assad regime prison in the city of Homs. | The prosecutors accused the Assad regime of using brutal force to suppress the political opposition, torturing and murdering many of them in prisons…

Judy Greenspan for OEA (2020-06-22). Monday 6/22: Educators For Black Sanctuary. indybay.org 1000 Broadway, downtown Oakland…

Basav Sen (2020-06-21). Cyclone Amphan Is a Warning for the United States. commondreams.org A Cyclone Preparedness Programme (CPP) volunteer uses a megaphone to urge residents to evacuate to shelters ahead of the expected landfall of Cyclone Amphan in Khulna on May 19, 2020. India and Bangladesh began evacuating more than two million people May 18 as a cyclone barrelled towards their coasts, with officials racing to ready extra shelters amid fears of coronavirus contagion in cramped refuges. (Photo: Kazi Shanto/AFP via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/amphan-lessons-us.jpg

Staff (2020-06-21). When Barnes and Noble Warehouse Workers Got Sick, They Organized and Won. truthout.org I have been working the night shift at a Barnes & Noble warehouse in Monroe, New Jersey, for the past 16 years. For decades I have witnessed abuses at my workplace, but the COVID-19 crisis spurred me into collective action for the first time. | Every evening, I come into work on a shop floor with hundreds of other immigrant workers, all packaging deliveries in close quarters. As news of the pandemic spread, I began to worry about the conditions in my warehouse. My managers were not providing us with a…

news.un (2020-06-21). FROM THE FIELD: the plight of refugees persecuted for their sexual orientation. news.un.org Millions of people around the world are at risk because of their sexual orientation or sex characteristics. The UN refugee agency, UNHCR, has underlined the fact that, under international law, they must be protected as refugees.

Robert Croop, Peter J Goadsby, David A Stock, Richard B Lipton (2020-06-20). [Correspondence] Testing rimegepant for migraine—time to revise the trial design? — Authors' reply. thelancet.com We thank Sara Gasparini and colleagues for their critique of our work.1 In stating that single-attack studies of acute treatments for migraine with no active comparator have major problems in their methods, however, they ignore their own recommendation that clinical studies should take regulatory requirements and the needs of clinical practice into account.2 Studies of single migraine attacks are the global standard for establishing the efficacy of acute treatments of migraine and the cornerstone of regulatory approval in the USA.

Sara Gasparini, Claudia Torino, Damiano Branca, Edoardo Ferlazzo, Umberto Aguglia (2020-06-20). [Correspondence] Testing rimegepant for migraine—time to revise the trial design? thelancet.com We read with interest the results of the phase 3 trial by Robert Croop and colleagues1 on the use of rimegepant for treatment of acute migraine. We feel that this study, like other similarly designed trials, has major problems in its methods, which suggests caution should be taken when examining the results.

Ahmed Sule (2020-06-20). BAME cabinet ministers: modern-day courtiers or jesters? thecanary.co In every society, there are categories of people of a different race, colour, nationality, or cultural traditions that differ from the dominant population. In the UK, the term BAME is used to define the non-white population of Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic communities. Immigration, colonialism, and slavery are some of the main drivers for the prevalence of ethnic minorities in the Anglo-American world. | From biblical times to the present, minorities living in countries with a history of oppression are sometimes elevated into political leadership positions. Modern-day Britain is not exempt from this trend. So…

teleSUR (2020-06-20). 'Belgium Should Apologize for Its Colonial Past,' Kompany Says. telesurenglish.net The Ganshoren major Pierre Kompany emphasized that Belgium should apologize for the atrocities that King Leopold II (1835-1909) allowed to happen when Congo was a colony of this European country. | RELATED: | "If the State apologizes, it would be a big step. But if the King does the same, we would come out of this even better," Kompany said, as reported by VTR NWS. | These statements occurred amidst the World Refugee Day on June 20, when the…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-06-20). Close to 3 million Afghans remain displaced, says UNHCR report. peoplesdispatch.org Of Afghanistan's total population of 38 million, one-fifth are former refugees who have returned in the past two decades. However, in 2019, only 8,400 returned, the lowest in many years…