Monthly Archives: August 2020

2020-08-31: News Headlines

_____ (2020-08-31). Rescuers Penalized For Saving Lives At The World's Deadliest Border. popularresistance.org Humanitarian organizations are being penalized for fulfilling responsibilities abandoned by European governments at the world's deadliest border, activists have warned after an eventful weekend in the Mediterranean. | Late on Friday, the Louise Michel rescue ship was alerted by a charity reconnaissance plane Moonbird to a boat carrying 130 refugees in distress inside Malta's search-and-rescue zone. | The ship, funded by street artist Banksy and run by a seasoned team of rescuers, had already picked up 89 people in previous operations and so, unable to bring everyone on board, the crew waited for hours into Saturd…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-08-31). Qatar announces non-discriminatory minimum wage, changes to kafala system. peoplesdispatch.org On Sunday, August 30, Qatar announced a non-discriminatory minimum wage of 1,000 Qatari Rials (around USD 274) for all its migrant workers. Qatar's ministry of administration, development, labor and social affairs (ADLSA) also announced crucial changes in the country's infamous kafala system. | According to the ministry, the employees will no longer need a "no objection certificate" from their employers to change their jobs. According to the rules of kafala or sponsorship system, an employee is not allowed to change jobs during the contract period without the permission of the employer. Now, an employee can chang…

Fight Back (2020-08-31). Hundreds march in St. Paul for clean Dream Act and legalization for all. fightbacknews.org Saint Paul, MN – Hundreds marched through the West Side of Saint Paul from Castillo Park to Senator Tina Smith's office on August 29 demanding the Senate take immediate action towards legalization for all residents. The march was part of an ongoing campaign by the Minnesota Immigrant Rights Action Committee (MIRAC) demanding legalization for all immigrants eligible for DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), TPS (Temporary Protective Status), and DED (Deferred Enforced Departure) status. | The Dream and Promise Act, which would accomplish that goal, has been passed by the U.S. House of Representatives. For…

Lee Siu Hin, Immigrant Solidarity Network (2020-08-31). Fall 2020 National Immigrant Solidarity Network Immigrant News Alert! indybay.org ICE Is Leaving Immigrants To Die In Detention, Trump Used Looted Venezuelan Public Money To Build Border Wall With Mexico…

Staff (2020-08-31). In COVID Era, Artists Are Generating Hope and Illustrating Pandemic Inequities. truthout.org Almost immediately after the coronavirus began to spread throughout New York City, art historian Han Hongzheng, an immigrant from China, started seeing anti-Asian slurs on social media. | Then he experienced the hatred at close range. | "One day in early March, my partner, who is white, and I were walking our dog on the Upper West Side of Manhattan," Hongzheng says. "All of a sudden, this guy on skates got very close to us and screamed the word 'traitor' at my partner." | Hongzheng describes…

WSWS (2020-08-31). EU refuses to accept hundreds of refugees rescued in the Mediterranean. wsws.org More than 400 refugees are waiting in the central Mediterranean Sea off Sicily to be assigned to a safe haven.

yenisafak (2020-08-30). At least three migrants die as boat catches fire off Italy. yenisafak.com At least three migrants died when a fire broke out on a boat carrying them close to the southern coast of Italy on Sunday, police and health officials said.Another five migrants were injured and taken to hospital, health authorities in the Italian port city of Crotone said.Two police officers were hurt as they tried to help the migrants, the Crotone police force said, without going into further details.

yenisafak (2020-08-30). Turkey slams Islamophobic act by 'modern barbarians'. yenisafak.com "They shamelessly burn the Qur'an, the sacred book of Islam, in the middle of Europe. They then claim to be the paragons of reason, logic, freedom and justice," Ibrahim Kalin said in a tweet."They label anyone not like them as anti-reason bigots and retros. Modern barbarians know no limits in primitive mindset."The incident took place in the Swedish city of Malmo on Friday evening, where far-right activists of the anti-Muslim group Stram Krus (Hard Line) burned a copy of the Quran at a rally in the largely migrant neighborhood of Rosengard.The Turkish Foreign Ministry has also vehemently criticized the incident,…

news.un (2020-08-29). UN agencies call for urgent disembarkation of hundreds of refugees and migrants rescued in Central Mediterranean. news.un.org Hundreds of rescued migrants and refugees currently on board three vessels in the Central Mediterranean, some of whom have been stuck at sea for weeks, must be brought to shore immediately, two UN agencies said on Saturday.

news.un (2020-08-29). UN agencies call for urgent disembarkation of hundreds rescued in the Mediterranean. news.un.org Hundreds of rescued migrants and refugees currently on board three vessels in the Central Mediterranean, some of whom have been stuck at sea for weeks, must be brought to shore immediately, two UN agencies said on Saturday.

RT (2020-08-29). Italy evacuates dozens from overcrowded Banksy-funded migrant rescue boat after crew accuses Europe of 'IGNORING' emergency calls. rt.com Some 50 people were evacuated from the migrant rescue boat Louise Michel that got stranded off Malta's coast after taking more than 200 people aboard. After one person died, the crew accused Europe of ignoring its pleas for help. | The vessel, which reported rescuing a total of 219 people from the sea over the past few days, including "many women and children," had become so "overcrowded" that a life raft was attached to its side, and it lost its ability to maneuver. The crew's Twitter feed suggests they have been desperately sending distress signals and making calls to various European maritime authorities to…

David Goessmann (2020-08-29). Manufacturing a Moral Crisis: Media and Refugees. zcomm.org Today one rarely finds a report in newspapers and broadcasts about refugees. Nobody seems to care about them anymore. Why is that?>

Phyllis Bennis (2020-08-28). The Israel-UAE Deal Isn't About Peace at All. commondreams.org Palestinian demonstrators burn pictures of US President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a protest against a US-brokered deal between Israel and the UAE to normalize relations, in the northern Gaza Strip refugee camp of Jabalia, on August 15, 2020. (Photo: Mahmud Hams/AFP via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/trumpnetanyahudemonstration.jpg

Fight Back (2020-08-28). MIRAC demands Minnesota divest from border militarization corporation Elbit Systems. fightbacknews.org Saint Paul, MN – At the State Board of Investments (SBI) meeting on August 26, Minnesota Immigrant Rights Action Committee (MIRAC) member Mari Mansfield spoke out, demanding that Minnesota divest its funds from the border militarization corporation Elbit Systems. | This was part of an ongoing campaign to press the State Board of Investments on this issue. Activists from MIRAC, the Anti-War Committee and other organizations have spoken at several previous SBI meetings, have presented thousands of petitions, and have protested in front of Governor Walz's mansion to demand divestment from Elbit System because of the…

Staff (2020-08-28). Former DHS Official Claims Trump "Wanted to Maim" Migrants at US-Mexico Border. truthout.org Former Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Chief of Staff Miles Taylor claimed in a podcast earlier this week that President Donald Trump told administration officials he wanted to "maim" and "shoot" migrants at the southern border. | Taylor, who served as chief of staff to former DHS Kirstjen Nielsen before departing the agency with her in April 2019, made the remarks Monday on an episode of "The New Abnormal" podcast from The Daily Beast. | Taylor said he could not get through a meeting w…

RT (2020-08-28). Merkel reveals she has no regrets over 2015 migrant influx, claims she would let 1 million into Germany again. rt.com German Chancellor Angela Merkel has doubled down on her controversial open borders immigration policy, saying she would make "essentially the same decisions" if presented with similar circumstances to the 2015 migrant crisis. | Merkel was asked about the policy during her annual summer press conference in Berlin on Friday. "When people are standing at the German-Austrian border or the Hungarian-Austrian border, they have to be treated like human beings," the German leader told journalists. | The politician added that European nations will face similar tough decisions for many years to come. "The subject of mig…

Futher Column, By Abby Zimet, Staff Writer (2020-08-28). Banksy's Migrant Rescue Boat: Not Just To Save Their Souls, But Our Own. commondreams.org www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/further/banksy_tease_egdgws3wkaad7dj.jpg

Tom Arie Donch (2020-08-28). Immigrant Children in the US Are Still In Cages. thenation.com Immigrant Children in the US Are Still In Cages…

news.un (2020-08-28). Complex security, environmental crises worsen conditions for over 360,000 in western Chad. news.un.org More than 360,000 internally displaced persons in Chad's Lake province are facing a "double" crisis, exposed to security and environmental risks, the UN International Organization for Migration (IOM) has reported, highlighting the need to strengthen resilience of affected communities.

The Canary (2020-08-28). Banksy-funded rescue boat is helping to save refugees in Mediterranean. thecanary.co British street artist Banksy has funded a refugee rescue boat that is helping to save people encountering danger in the Mediterranean Sea. | The Louise Michel, a vessel that used to be owned by the customs authorities in France, launched under its new guise last week and features a painting from Banksy depicting a young girl holding on to a heart-shaped safety float. | The boat was renamed after a 19th-century French feminist anarchist, and is spattered in pink paint after the secretive artist "decorated her with a fire extinguisher". | It was bought with the proceeds of some of Banksy's works and is captained by…

Sasha Abramsky (2020-08-28). GOP Convention: George Wallace Meets 'Duck Dynasty'. thenation.com GOP Convention: George Wallace Meets 'Duck Dynasty'

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2020-08-27). 'Unconscionable, But Unsurprising': Trump Border Officials Proposed 'Heat Ray' Weapon to Deter Migrants. commondreams.org "Maximum cruelty and maximum harm: That is how this administration operates. It is their policy and their platform," said Rep. Pramila Jayapal. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/heat-ray-trump-migrants.jpg

Center for Biological Diversity (2020-08-27). Petition: Say "NO!" to Drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge! indybay.org Online petition…

National Domestic Workers Alliance (2020-08-27). Thursday 8/27: "Immigration Nation" & the Reality of the Family Separation Crisis Today. indybay.org Online via Zoom…

2020-08-30: News Headlines

Lee Siu Hin, Immigrant Solidarity Network (2020-08-30). Fall 2020 National Immigrant Solidarity Network Immigrant News Alert! indybay.org ICE Is Leaving Immigrants To Die In Detention, Trump Used Looted Venezuelan Public Money To Build Border Wall With Mexico…

yenisafak (2020-08-30). Turkey slams Islamophobic act by 'modern barbarians'. yenisafak.com "They shamelessly burn the Qur'an, the sacred book of Islam, in the middle of Europe. They then claim to be the paragons of reason, logic, freedom and justice," Ibrahim Kalin said in a tweet."They label anyone not like them as anti-reason bigots and retros. Modern barbarians know no limits in primitive mindset."The incident took place in the Swedish city of Malmo on Friday evening, where far-right activists of the anti-Muslim group Stram Krus (Hard Line) burned a copy of the Quran at a rally in the largely migrant neighborhood of Rosengard.The Turkish Foreign Ministry has also vehemently criticized the incident,…

yenisafak (2020-08-30). At least three migrants die as boat catches fire off Italy. yenisafak.com At least three migrants died when a fire broke out on a boat carrying them close to the southern coast of Italy on Sunday, police and health officials said.Another five migrants were injured and taken to hospital, health authorities in the Italian port city of Crotone said.Two police officers were hurt as they tried to help the migrants, the Crotone police force said, without going into further details.

news.un (2020-08-29). UN agencies call for urgent disembarkation of hundreds rescued in the Mediterranean. news.un.org Hundreds of rescued migrants and refugees currently on board three vessels in the Central Mediterranean, some of whom have been stuck at sea for weeks, must be brought to shore immediately, two UN agencies said on Saturday.

news.un (2020-08-29). UN agencies call for urgent disembarkation of hundreds of refugees and migrants rescued in Central Mediterranean. news.un.org Hundreds of rescued migrants and refugees currently on board three vessels in the Central Mediterranean, some of whom have been stuck at sea for weeks, must be brought to shore immediately, two UN agencies said on Saturday.

David Goessmann (2020-08-29). Manufacturing a Moral Crisis: Media and Refugees. zcomm.org Today one rarely finds a report in newspapers and broadcasts about refugees. Nobody seems to care about them anymore. Why is that?>

Phyllis Bennis (2020-08-28). The Israel-UAE Deal Isn't About Peace at All. commondreams.org Palestinian demonstrators burn pictures of US President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a protest against a US-brokered deal between Israel and the UAE to normalize relations, in the northern Gaza Strip refugee camp of Jabalia, on August 15, 2020. (Photo: Mahmud Hams/AFP via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/trumpnetanyahudemonstration.jpg

Fight Back (2020-08-28). MIRAC demands Minnesota divest from border militarization corporation Elbit Systems. fightbacknews.org Saint Paul, MN – At the State Board of Investments (SBI) meeting on August 26, Minnesota Immigrant Rights Action Committee (MIRAC) member Mari Mansfield spoke out, demanding that Minnesota divest its funds from the border militarization corporation Elbit Systems. | This was part of an ongoing campaign to press the State Board of Investments on this issue. Activists from MIRAC, the Anti-War Committee and other organizations have spoken at several previous SBI meetings, have presented thousands of petitions, and have protested in front of Governor Walz's mansion to demand divestment from Elbit System because of the…

Staff (2020-08-28). Former DHS Official Claims Trump "Wanted to Maim" Migrants at US-Mexico Border. truthout.org Former Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Chief of Staff Miles Taylor claimed in a podcast earlier this week that President Donald Trump told administration officials he wanted to "maim" and "shoot" migrants at the southern border. | Taylor, who served as chief of staff to former DHS Kirstjen Nielsen before departing the agency with her in April 2019, made the remarks Monday on an episode of "The New Abnormal" podcast from The Daily Beast. | Taylor said he could not get through a meeting w…

Futher Column, By Abby Zimet, Staff Writer (2020-08-28). Banksy's Migrant Rescue Boat: Not Just To Save Their Souls, But Our Own. commondreams.org www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/further/banksy_tease_egdgws3wkaad7dj.jpg

Tom Arie Donch (2020-08-28). Immigrant Children in the US Are Still In Cages. thenation.com Immigrant Children in the US Are Still In Cages…

news.un (2020-08-28). Complex security, environmental crises worsen conditions for over 360,000 in western Chad. news.un.org More than 360,000 internally displaced persons in Chad's Lake province are facing a "double" crisis, exposed to security and environmental risks, the UN International Organization for Migration (IOM) has reported, highlighting the need to strengthen resilience of affected communities.

The Canary (2020-08-28). Banksy-funded rescue boat is helping to save refugees in Mediterranean. thecanary.co British street artist Banksy has funded a refugee rescue boat that is helping to save people encountering danger in the Mediterranean Sea. | The Louise Michel, a vessel that used to be owned by the customs authorities in France, launched under its new guise last week and features a painting from Banksy depicting a young girl holding on to a heart-shaped safety float. | The boat was renamed after a 19th-century French feminist anarchist, and is spattered in pink paint after the secretive artist "decorated her with a fire extinguisher". | It was bought with the proceeds of some of Banksy's works and is captained by…

Staff (2020-08-28). GOP Convention Pretended COVID Was Over While Creating Super-Spreader Conditions. truthout.org He lied about testing, again. He lied about the China travel ban, again. He lied about the pandemic dead, again. He lied about supporting Black people, again. He lied about protecting coverage for pre-existing conditions, again. He lied about Joe Biden and Barack Obama, again and again. He lied about petroleum, the police, the military, the border wall, immigration in general, NATO, the economy, veterans… for more than an hour in the hot COVID night of Washington D.C., Donald Trump brea…

Sasha Abramsky (2020-08-28). GOP Convention: George Wallace Meets 'Duck Dynasty'. thenation.com GOP Convention: George Wallace Meets 'Duck Dynasty'

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2020-08-27). 'Unconscionable, But Unsurprising': Trump Border Officials Proposed 'Heat Ray' Weapon to Deter Migrants. commondreams.org "Maximum cruelty and maximum harm: That is how this administration operates. It is their policy and their platform," said Rep. Pramila Jayapal. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/heat-ray-trump-migrants.jpg

_____ (2020-08-27). Israel's Crimes Must Be Met With Arms Embargo. popularresistance.org Israel's bombing of the besieged Gaza Strip must be met with an "urgent and comprehensive military embargo," the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions National Committee stated on Sunday. | Israel has bombed Gaza every night for the past 12 days in response, or so it claims, to incendiary balloons flown from the territory. Those balloons have caused fires on agricultural land in southern Israel. | Two-thirds of Gaza's population of 2.1 million are refugees, some of them from the lands just on the other side of the Gaza boundary fence. Israel denies them their right to return, enshrined in international la…

WSWS (2020-08-27). UK "hostile environment" sees two more asylum seeker deaths. wsws.org Mercy Baguma's death sparked anger with a protest held yesterday outside the Home Office immigration centre in Glasgow.

National Domestic Workers Alliance (2020-08-27). Thursday 8/27: "Immigration Nation" & the Reality of the Family Separation Crisis Today. indybay.org Online via Zoom…

Center for Biological Diversity (2020-08-27). Wednesday 8/26: Petition: Say "NO!" to Drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge! indybay.org Online petition…

Center for Biological Diversity (2020-08-27). Petition: Say "NO!" to Drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge! indybay.org Online petition…

The Canary (2020-08-27). Home Office accused of 'assault on rule of law' over rhetoric on refugees. thecanary.co The Home Office has been accused of an "assault on the rule of law" over its comments about "activist lawyers" who are representing refugees. | Home secretary Priti Patel's department has faced fierce criticism from legal figures over a video posted to its Twitter account about its efforts to remove refugees from the UK. | The clip, which has been viewed nearly a million times in less than 24 hours, says that current regulations are "allowing activist lawyers to delay and disrupt returns". | The comments have been criticised by various legal figures including immigration lawyers Duncan Lewis, who described them a…

Julie Pace (2020-08-26). GOP convention claims coronavirus pandemic is over and economy is booming. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON (AP)—At President Donald Trump's Republican convention, he is welcoming to immigrants, not the architect of some of the nation's harshest anti-immigration policies. At Trump's convention, the coronavirus pandemic has largely subsided, not continued to infect thousands of Americans a day. The economy is booming, not sputtering. Trump is a leader in healing racial strife, not stoking divisions. Tuesday's gauzy prime-time …

WSWS (2020-08-26). Faurecia Gladstone Rank-and-File Safety Committee defends immigrant workers at Indiana parts plant, opposes back-to-school drive. wsws.org Workers at the plant are refusing leadership positions on the shop floor and others are leaving the factory in response to forced overtime and the disregard of medical work restrictions.

Staff (2020-08-26). Critics Blast Anti-Immigrant Trump for Exploiting Naturalization Ceremony at RNC. truthout.org As Rights advocates a…

news.un (2020-08-26). Address root causes of the Rohingya refugee crisis, urges UN chief. news.un.org UN Secretary-General António Guterres has called for greater attention to the Rohingya refugee crisis — which entered its fourth year — and for addressing the root causes of the conflict.

Ira Allen (2020-08-26). Voting for Biden Without Lying to Yourself. commondreams.org A protestor interrupts Democratic presidential candidate, former vice President Joe Biden during a town hall on November 21, 2019 in Greenwood, South Carolina. (Photo: Sean Rayford/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/biden_immigration.jpg

commondreams (2020-08-26). Analysis: National Wildlife Refuges Hit With 34% Increase in Acreage Sprayed With Agricultural Pesticides Over Two-year Period. commondreams.org ______________________________…