2020-07-04: News Headlines

RT (2020-07-04). Wacky Hollywood: Tim Robbins blasts ICE as 'SS' in charge of 'ethnic cleansing'. rt.com 'Shawshank Redemption' star Tim Robbins has compared US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to Nazis, and claimed the agency's goal is to target people of color and give America an "ethnic cleansing." | "ICE are massively funded, militarized police whose function is to deport people of color. Ethnic cleansing in America," tweeted the actor in reaction to a story about President Donald Trump designating ICE a "security agency" in an effort to protect the identities of its employees. | "Now they are a massively funded, militarized SECRET police (SS) that don't have to identify themselves or answer to anyon…

Tom Juravich (2020-07-04). They're Back: Concessions Are Coming. zcomm.org We must stand up against blaming downwards—the demonization of immigrants, poor folks, and people of color…

_____ (2020-07-04). Release The Prisoners: Ohio Jail 100 Percent Positive For Covid. popularresistance.org In a recent report, the Ohio Immigrant Alliance stated that the Morrow County Correctional Facility in Mt. Gilead is the first county jail in the state to be 100 percent COVID-positive. The jail, holding local prisoners as well as Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainees, is also the first 100 percent COVID-positive ICE detention center in the U.S. | The Alliance accuses jail authorities of failing to follow their own protocols as well as ICE standards. | According to the Alliance report, "None of the inmates and detainees at Morrow County have been seen by a doctor in the facility, despite their COVID diagn…

a guest author (2020-07-03). On the Road to Justice with im/migrant TPS holders. workers.org By G. Lechat Inspired by the great Civil Rights Movement and in solidarity with Black Lives Matter, immigrant Temporary Protected Status recipients organizing with Alianza TPS Nacional are forging a "Road to Justice." This is the name they gave their 200+ car caravan that converged on Washington, D.C., June 23-24 . . . |

RT (2020-07-03). Iraqi military sets up border posts to prevent Turkish advance as Ankara targets Kurdish rebels. rt.com Iraqi troops are enforcing positions along the border with Turkey to prevent Turkish forces from advancing deeper into Iraqi territory, officials said on Friday. Ankara has been conducting airstrikes for two weeks, targeting Kurdish rebels in northern Iraq. | Security officials said Turkey has established at least a dozen posts inside Iraqi territory as part of a military campaign to rout members of the Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK. The air-and-land campaign Operation Claw-Tiger began on June 17, when Turkey airlifted troops into northern Iraq. | Since then, at least six Iraqi civilians have been killed as…

Paul Antonopoulos (2020-07-03). The China-India Trade War: Indian Boycott of Chinese Goods. globalresearch.ca The level of India's economic boycott against Chinese imports will depend on how the two countries resolve their border conflicts and if Indian industry is capable of offsetting the shortage of Chinese goods entering the country. Although the call to …

news.un (2020-07-03). Protecting migrant workers in Kuwait: a Resident Coordinator's blog. news.un.org In Kuwait, the UN has played an important role in countering xenophobic rhetoric, falsely blaming the spread of COVID-19 on migrant workers. In this opinion piece, Tarek El Sheikh, the United Nations Resident Coordinator in the country, highlights the efforts being made to safeguard the rights of foreign residents.

WSWS (2020-07-03). More migrants speak out against New Zealand's visa-processing delays. wsws.org There is growing support for a petition urging the government to immediately process tens of thousands of residency applications which have been left in limbo.

_____ (2020-07-03). Black Immigrants On The Front Lines Of COVID-19. popularresistance.org As the country continues to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, Black immigrants — immigrants who identify as Black regardless of country or region of birth — are playing an important role on the front lines in healthcare, food supply, education, and biomedical industries. Black immigrants make up a significant portion of healthcare workers. In 2018, there were more than 560,000 Black immigrant workers in the healthcare sector. These workers made up 3.4 percent of all healthcare workers, a share almost three times their share of the U.S. population. In the food industry at large, there are over 223,000 Black immigrant…

_____ (2020-07-03). Trump Used Looted Venezuelan Public Money To Build Border Wall. popularresistance.org Since the United States initiated a coup attempt against Venezuela's elected leftist government in January 2019, up to $24 billion worth of Venezuelan public assets have been seized by foreign countries, primarily by Washington and member states of the European Union. | President Donald Trump's administration has used at least $601 million of that looted Venezuelan money to fund construction of its border wall with Mexico, according to government documents first reviewed by Univision. | During his 2016 presidential campaign, Trump insisted countless times that he would "make Mexico pay" to build a gargantuan wall…

yenisafak (2020-07-03). Growing number of mercenaries to Sirte deepens conflict in Libya: Analysis. yenisafak.com By Ferhat Polat – The writer is a researcher at the TRT World Research CentreOver the past two months, there has been a drastic change on the ground in Libya as forces loyal to the internationally recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) have pushed Haftar's self-declared Libyan National Army (LNA) to the borders of the coastal city of Sirte, some 450 km east of Tripoli, and Al-Jufra airbase in central Libya.Since January this year, Turkey has intervened determinedly in the Libyan conflict, providing air support, weapons, and technical assistance to the UN-backed government, and this Turkish support has rec…

yenisafak (2020-07-03). Indigenous leaders angry about coronavirus risk from Brazilian military visit. yenisafak.com Leaders of an isolated indigenous Yanomami community in Brazil have complained that a military mission to protect them from the coronavirus brought greater risk of infection to their people through contact with outsiders including journalists.Federal prosecutors said they were investigating the visit for ignoring the wishes of Yanomami communities to remain isolated from society, violating rules of social distancing and distributing chloroquine to indigenous people.On Tuesday and Wednesday, soldiers brought medical supplies by helicopter to outposts on the border with Venezuela and assembled Yanomami families to…

sputniknews (2020-07-03). China's WTO Threat to India on App Ban 'Untenable' Amid Beijing Internet Censorship: Experts. sputniknews.com New Delhi (Sputnik): On 29 June, India banned 59 Chinese mobile apps in a move widely perceived as a response to the border dispute in the Galvan valley of Ladakh. On 15 June, twenty Indian soldiers were killed in violent clash between patrol parties belonging to both sides. Since then, India is in arms against China on the economic front.

Julia Conley, staff writer (2020-07-03). Citing 'Unconscionable and Irresponsible Omission,' ACLU Demands Equal Covid-19 Protections for Immigrants. commondreams.org The ACLU on Thursday launched a new digital ad campaign calling on the U.S. Senate to correct the "unconscionable" omission in the nation's coronavirus testing strategy, demanding that all immigrants be made eligible for Covid-19 testing and treatment in any upcoming legislation. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/gettyimages-1222924566_1.jpg

Stan Cox (2020-07-02). It's Not Just Meat: All Farm and Food Workers Are in Peril. counterpunch.org COVID-19 outbreaks are now reaching far beyond the meatpacking industry. Migrant farmworkers in fruit orchards and vegetable fields, long the targets of intense exploitation, are seeing their health put in even greater jeopardy as they're pushed to feed an increasingly voracious supply chain in pandemic-time.

RT (2020-07-02). France ordered to pay up after epilepsy drug manufactured by coronavirus vaccine firm Sanofi caused birth defects. rt.com A French court has ordered the state to compensate three families whose children suffered birth defects due to the anti-epilepsy medication Dépakine. The drugmaker, Sanofi, is currently racing to certify a vaccine for Covid-19. | Dépakine is the brand name for sodium valproate, an ingredient used in the treatment of epilepsy, bipolar disorder, and migraines. However, it is known to

Unicorn Riot (2020-07-02). GEO Group's ICE Jail Lies to Immigration Lawyer, Attempts Unlawful Deportation. unicornriot.ninja Aurora, CO — On the morning of June 30, 2020, Pablo Mackleen Grijalva's lawyer tried to contact him at the GEO Group's ICE jail where he is detained, but to her shock, the officer on the phone told her he was not there. She immediately…

Mark Gruenberg (2020-07-02). Farmworkers: Big California farm sickens workers, families with coronavirus. peoplesworld.org

WSWS (2020-07-02). Beijing passes anti-democratic security law for Hong Kong. wsws.org While Beijing has concerns about imperialist intrigues in Hong Kong, its chief fear is that unrest in the city over democratic and social rights will spill over the border into the rest of China.

yenisafak (2020-07-02). More Pak-Afghan border points to reopen to boost trade. yenisafak.com Pakistan on Thursday announced it will reopen two more border crossings with Afghanistan to boost trade between the neighbors.Mohammad Sadiq, Pakistan's special representative for Afghanistan, said the crossings are likely to be reopened before mid-July."Pakistan will open Angor Adda and Kharlachi border crossings for trade with Afghanistan. After necessary arrangements by both sides, the two crossings are likely to become operational on 12 July," he tweeted.Last month Islamabad reopened the Torkham, Chaman, and Ghulam Khan border crossings, after they were closed in March due to the coronavirus pandemic."In the…

yenisafak (2020-07-02). Hungary not to open borders at EU's request, says PM. yenisafak.com "For now, we cannot support the EU's request because that would be against the health interests of the Hungarian people," Victor Orban said.Hungary, which joined the EU in 2004, opened its borders to Serbian citizens early June.This week the 27-member bloc added 14 states to the list of non-EU countries whose citizens can resume travel to the EU from July 1.The countries are Serbia, Montenegro, Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay. China is also on the register, but only on the condition of reciprocal action by the Chinese authorities…

yenisafak (2020-07-02). Africa lost almost $55 billion in travel and tourism due to pandemic. yenisafak.com Africa countries have lost almost $55 billion in travel and tourism revenues in three months due to the coronavirus pandemic, the African Union commissioner for infrastructure and energy said on Thursday.Amani Abou-Zeid told a news conference that due to the prolonged lockdown and border closures to curb the spread of the virus, the air industry will be greatly impacted."Some airlines in the continent will not make it post-COVID-19," she said.

sputniknews (2020-07-02). US Amb to UN Claims Russia's Position on Syria Cross-Border Aid Program Will Lead to 'Mass Graves'. sputniknews.com A UN resolution adopted in January envisaged a reduction of border crossings under a program of cross-border humanitarian aid to Syria, from four to two, as the Assad government regained control over the country's territory and made possible aid delivery from inside Syria.

Julia Conley, staff writer (2020-07-02). Cuban Asylum Seeker Describes Vicious Pepper Spray Attack on Hunger Strikers at ICE Detention Facility. commondreams.org A Cuban asylum-seeker on Thursday described a pepper spray attack he and about two dozen other people faced in May at a private prison where ICE is holding immigrants. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/gettyimages-1192337815_1.jpg

Vijay Prashad (2020-07-01). Venezuela's borderlands have been assaulted by COVID-19. peoplesdispatch.org Over 70,000 Venezuelan migrants have returned to the country due to the uncontrolled coronavirus outbreaks in the neighboring countries. Venezuela has welcomed them and provided free testing and treatment…

Kent Paterson (2020-07-01). Crisis After Crisis on the Border. counterpunch.org Ciudad Juarez has a long history of crises—foreign invasions, revolutions, economic recessions tied to the United States, the 9-11 border constriction and transnational gangland wars. Then there's the perpetual crisis of putting food on the table in a high-priced, low-wage city while staying safe in a place where violence can surge at any moment. Heaped atop the struggles of daily life, the Mexican city of an estimated 1.5 million residents bordering El Paso, Texas, now grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic.

South Front (2020-07-01). Video: Houthis Captured 400 Km2 from Saudi-backed Forces in Central Yemen. globalresearch.ca The Houthis have captured over 400km2 from Saudi-backed forces in their recent advance on the administrative border of the Yemeni provinces of al-Bayda and Marib. According to Brigadier General Sare'e, a spokesman for the Armed Forces loyal to the Houthi …

Sanket Jain (2020-07-01). How India Failed Its Coronavirus Test. progressive.org When Prime Minister Narendra Modi shut down the country from March to June, millions of migrant workers faced starvation and homelessness.

_____ (2020-07-01). As COVID19 Spikes, Blackfeet Leaders Close Entrances To Glacier Park. popularresistance.org Blackfeet Nation leaders, citing the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, have decided to keep the eastern entrances to Glacier National Park closed for the rest of the tourism season. | The Blackfeet Reservation borders the east side of the park. The tribe's Business Council passed an ordinance on Thursday closing the entrances, saying the move was necessary to protect residents of the reservation — where tribal citizens suffer from higher rates of existing health conditions that put them at higher risk of serious complications of COVID-19 — as case numbers continue their recent rise statewide. | The closur…

sputniknews (2020-07-01). Cisco Systems Sued in California Over Alleged Caste Discrimination. sputniknews.com New Delhi (Sputnik): Equality Labs, a civil rights group, has claimed that 67 percent of dalits working in the US felt like they were being treated unfairly. Reuters reports that Cisco Systems, like other large Silicon Valley employers, hires thousands of Indian immigrants, but that most are Brahmins or from other traditionally privileged castes.

en.mehrnews (2020-07-01). Iranian-Turkish border guards enjoy good interaction: Cmdr. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 01 (MNA) — Brigadier General Ahmad Ali Goudarzi, Border Guards Commander of the Islamic Republic of Iran police said in a meeting with Iranian ambassador to Turkey, that the interaction between Iranian and Turkish border guards is of high quality and we are looking forward to expanding our interactions and cooperation more and more.

The Canary (2020-07-01). Nicola Sturgeon slams 'ridiculous political comments' from PM. thecanary.co Nicola Sturgeon has criticised Boris Johnson's "absurd and ridiculous political comments" claiming there is no Scottish border, and urged him to focus on the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. | The first minister said attempts to escalate a row about people potentially having to quarantine if entering Scotland from other parts of the UK are "frankly disgraceful". | Sturgeon has repeatedly stated she will not rule out such quarantine measures if they are supported by public health evidence, a suggestion the PM said he found "absolutely astonishing". | At Prime Minister's Questions on Wednesday, Johnson said: "There…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2020-07-01). Removing 'Unjust Barrier' to Asylum, Federal Judge Strikes Down Trump Rule Forcing Refugees to Seek Safety Elsewhere. commondreams.org Immigrant rights advocates applauded a Trump-appointed federal judge's rebuke to the White House on Wednesday as the U.S. District Court for Washington, D.C. blocked the administration's anti-asylum rule targeting Central Americans. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/child_migrant_cd_0_0_0_0.jpg