Daily Archives: June 4, 2020

2020-06-04: News Headlines

news.un (2020-06-04). India must follow Supreme Court orders to protect 100 million migrant workers: UN rights experts. news.un.org The Indian Government must urgently comply with a Supreme Court order to ensure the wellbeing of more than 100 million migrant workers, after coronavirus measures left them jobless, forcing them to travel long distances home, UN independent human rights experts said on Thursday.

Luis Alberto Martinez-Juarez, Ana Cristina Sedas, Miriam Orcutt, Raj Bhopal (2020-06-04). [Commentary] Governments and international institutions should urgently attend to the unjust disparities that COVID-19 is exposing and causing. thelancet.com During the COVID-19 pandemic, world leaders should pay more attention to those populations living in the poorest conditions, such as the homeless, those in prisons, poor ethnic & racial minorities, and millions of distressed migrants and refugees in unsanitary camps, settlements, shelters or detention centres. These vulnerable groups are most likely to suffer the consequences of inadequate and equitable access to testing, treatment and medical care [1]. Socio-economic circumstances determine the distribution of health conditions in populations and the severity of outcomes.

_____ (2020-06-04). 'Taking back control' — democracy to be savaged behind closed doors. truepublica.org.uk TruePublica Editor: Just two months it was reported by RSF (Reporters Without Borders) that Britain had once again fallen down the rankings of world press freedom. Leaving aside the Tories legislative programme of slowly taking away our right to protest, of free speech and to have a free press — this decline was exacerbated by …

news.un (2020-06-03). UN chief underlines need to protect refugees and migrants in COVID-19 pandemic. news.un.org The UN Secretary-General has expressed hope that the COVID-19 crisis will lead to a rethinking of how the world supports refugees, migrants and internally displaced people.

news.un (2020-06-02). Coronavirus a challenge, and opportunity, to fix remittances system than funnels billions home from abroad. news.un.org Often the equivalent of several hundred dollars a month, remittances — the money that migrant workers send home to their families — have been adding up in a big way to contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that will especially benefit families in developing countries, and keep tens of millions out of poverty.

Ahmed Abdulkareem (2020-06-01). US Considers New Weapons for Saudi Arabia as Kingdom Renews Yemen Border Bombings. mintpressnews.com YEMEN-SAUDI BORDER — At seven years old, Radhiah Issa's wide-eyed screams of panic and fear were understandable. Even an adult would be forgiven for waking up in a heated panic after discovering much of their body wrapped in blood-soaked bandages and laying in an unfamiliar room. Radhiah was in the family home of a Yemeni doctor who had scraped together whatever medical supplies he could in a heroic effort to render first aid and perform emergency surgery on Radhiah, who was seriously injured last Wednesday by a Saudi artillery shell while she stood amid her family's grazing sheep near her home in the Shada…

Jim McMahan (2020-06-01). Striking packinghouse workers win signed agreements for safety. workers.org Seattle Immigrant workers, on strike against Washington state fruit packinghouses since May 7, won another victory on May 28. The workers' negotiating committee came out from Allan Brothers with a signed agreement and their fists held high. Striking Washington state fruit packers. The Latinx workers in Yakima have won three . . . |

Leonid Savin (2020-06-01). Will There Be A New War In Asia? thealtworld.com A major military conflict is brewing at the heart of Asia. It could come to nothing, or it could affect four countries. It all depends on how valid the actions of those involved are going to be and whether other countries are going to undertake peacekeeping efforts. | On 23 May,

James Goodman (2020-05-29). Immigrants in Limbo Speak Out. progressive.org DACA and Temporary Protected Status holders seek road to citizenship.

Alexia Ramirez (2020-05-27). ICE Records Confirm that Immigration Enforcement Agencies are Using Invasive Cell Phone Surveillance Devices. aclu.org For years, immigration enforcement agencies have been using invasive cell phone surveillance technology known as Stingrays in near-total secrecy. To find out more, the ACLU and New York Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit under the Freedom of Information Act, and now we've forced the agencies to turn over documents revealing new details about the agencies' practices. Today, we are publishing

Fight Back (2020-06-03). Greece: "Solidarity with the Struggle of the Workers and People of USA Against Barbarism" fightbacknews.org Fight Back News Service is circulating the following statement from the influential Greek labor organization, the All-Workers Militant Front (PAME), that was sent to AFSCME Local 3800. | PAME, a member of the WFTU, expresses its solidarity with the workers and the people of the United States who are on the streets of rage against barbarism and misery. | The assassination of George Floyd was another death toll in the world's richest country. Murdered either by racism or by poverty. The pain and misery of millions of poor Americans is shared by that of the thousands of Greek immigrants in USA, as well as the…

The Canary (2020-06-01). Brexit transition uncertainty 'poses threat to stability in Northern Ireland'. thecanary.co Uncertainty and lack of time before the end of Brexit transition poses a "potent threat" to prosperity and stability in the north of Ireland, a report has warned.Businesses in Great Britain could decide it is economically unviable to continue operations across the Irish Sea unless flexibility is shown in the EU negotiations, a House of Lords committee warned.The country will have to follow EU rules on agriculture and manufactured goods, ensuring access to its single market and keeping the border with the Republic of Ireland free-flowing in a key concession maintaining a decades-old peace.The group of peers said:…

Staff (2020-05-28). Headlines for May 28, 2020. democracynow.org U.S. Coronavirus Death Toll Tops 100,000, Minneapolis Erupts in Flames as Protesters Rage Against Police Killing of George Floyd, China Tightens Grip on Hong Kong with New National Security Law, House of Representatives Holds First-Ever Remote Vote Amid Coronavirus Pandemic, Protesters Surround Sing Sing Prison Demanding Release of Prisoners at Risk of COVID-19, Researchers: 6 Feet of Social Distancing Might Not Be Enough to Stop Coronavirus Spread, Doctors Without Borders Warns of Spike in Coronavirus Cases Among Florida Farmworkers, Brazilian Police Raid Fake News Network Linked to Son of Far-Right President, A…

Staff (2020-05-27). "Horrifying Neglect": COVID-19 Deaths in ICE Custody Spark New Calls for Mass Release of Prisoners. democracynow.org Calls are growing for Immigration and Customs Enforcement to release people from detention during the pandemic, as two people have died from COVID-19 while in custody. We speak with The Intercept's Ryan Devereaux, who reported on how Carlos Ernesto Escobar Mejia, held at the Otay Mesa Detention Center, suffered horrifying neglect before he passed away. We are also joined by Erika Andiola with RAICES Action. "None of those folks — especially people who migrated seeking asylum — they did not do anything to deserve a life sentence in a detention center," Andiola notes.

Staff (2020-06-02). To Become Safer Amid Pandemic We Must Explore Our Responses to Abuse More Deeply. truthout.org Becoming safe from an abusive partner has most often been defined by the act of leaving the relationship. Leaving can cause hardship, including financial struggles, and is more difficult for survivors who are marginalized by race, gender identity, disability, language or immigration status. While leaving an abuser has been shown to

RT (2020-06-04). Czech Republic may drop travel restrictions for Germany, Austria & Hungary on Friday. rt.com Prague will drop restrictions on travel to and from Austria, Germany and Hungary on Friday, Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis was quoted as saying on Thursday. The move follows the reopening of the border with Slovakia on Wednesday. It is also part of a plan to allow free travel with most EU countries as of June 15. | "I am hoping that as of midnight tomorrow travel will be freed up with these countries," CTK cited Babis as saying during a trip to Karlovy Vary. The government will meet on freeing up travel on Friday morning, according to Babis. | Austria, which shares a border with the Czechs, has opened to al…

RT (2020-06-04). Lawsuit targets NYPD over concealment of officers' badge numbers with black ribbons during demonstrations. rt.com The NYPD faces a lawsuit over officers covering their badge numbers during protests. Apparently done to mourn fallen officers, the practice seems to be nationwide, but critics claim it is used to avoid punishment for misconduct. | Many police officers in New York have been covering their shield numbers when deployed at the scenes of mass protests against police brutality in the city, the National Lawyers Guild (NLG)

en.mehrnews (2020-06-04). Iran, Turkey resume border activities. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jun. 04 (MNA) — Spokesman for the Islamic Republic of Iran Customs Administration [IRICA] said that Iran and Turkey have resumed border activities on Thursday morning.

yenisafak (2020-06-04). PROFILE: Who is Rwandan genocide suspect Felicien Kabuga? yenisafak.com A French court ruled Wednesday that Rwandan genocide suspect Felicien Kabuga should be handed to a UN tribunal for trial. | The court is based in The Hague as well as in Arusha in the East African nation of Tanzania. | The 84-year-old was arrested in May in France. | – Who is Kabuga? | Kabuga was born in 1935 in northern Rwanda's Byumba prefecture, now called the Gicumbi district, bordering Uganda. | He rose from humble origins to become one of Rwanda's richest men, before allegedly using his wealth to sponsor the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi ethnic group

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India must follow Supreme Court orders to protect 100 million migrant workers: UN rights experts
news.un.org | 2020-06-04
The Indian Government must urgently comply with a Supreme Court order to ensure the wellbeing of more than 100 million migrant workers, after coronavirus measures left them jobless, forcing them to travel long distances home, UN independent human rights experts said on Thursday.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2020/06/1065662

[Commentary] Governments and international institutions should urgently attend to the unjust disparities that COVID-19 is exposing and causing
Luis Alberto Martinez-Juarez, Ana Cristina Sedas, Miriam Orcutt, Raj Bhopal | thelancet.com | 2020-06-04
During the COVID-19 pandemic, world leaders should pay more attention to those populations living in the poorest conditions, such as the homeless, those in prisons, poor ethnic & racial minorities, and millions of distressed migrants and refugees in unsanitary camps, settlements, shelters or detention centres. These vulnerable groups are most likely to suffer the consequences of inadequate and equitable access to testing, treatment and medical care [1]. Socio-economic circumstances determine the distribution of health conditions in populations and the severity of outcomes.
thelancet.com/journals/eclinm/article/PIIS2589-5370(20)30120-6/fulltext?rss=yes

UN chief underlines need to protect refugees and migrants in COVID-19 pandemic
news.un.org | 2020-06-03
The UN Secretary-General has expressed hope that the COVID-19 crisis will lead to a rethinking of how the world supports refugees, migrants and internally displaced people.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2020/06/1065322

Coronavirus a challenge, and opportunity, to fix remittances system than funnels billions home from abroad
news.un.org | 2020-06-02
With a euro here and a dollar there, remittances

Coronavirus a challenge, and opportunity, to fix remittances system than funnels billions home from abroad
news.un.org | 2020-06-02
Often the equivalent of several hundred dollars a month, remittances

US Considers New Weapons for Saudi Arabia as Kingdom Renews Yemen Border Bombings
Ahmed Abdulkareem | mintpressnews.com | 2020-06-01
YEMEN-SAUDI BORDER

Striking packinghouse workers win signed agreements for safety
Jim McMahan | workers.org | 2020-06-01
Seattle Immigrant workers, on strike against Washington state fruit packinghouses since May 7, won another victory on May 28. The workers' negotiating committee came out from Allan Brothers with a signed agreement and their fists held high. Striking Washington state fruit packers. The Latinx workers in Yakima have won three . . . | Continue reading Striking packinghouse workers win signed agreements for safety at Workers.org
workers.org/2020/06/49046/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=striking-packinghouse-workers-win-signed-agreements-for-safety

Immigrants in Limbo Speak Out
James Goodman | progressive.org | 2020-05-29
DACA and Temporary Protected Status holders seek road to citizenship.
progressive.org/dispatches/immigrants-in-limbo-speak-out-goodman-200529/

ICE Records Confirm that Immigration Enforcement Agencies are Using Invasive Cell Phone Surveillance Devices
Alexia Ramirez | aclu.org | 2020-05-27
For years, immigration enforcement agencies have been using invasive cell phone surveillance technology known as Stingrays in near-total secrecy. To find out more, the ACLU and New York Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit under the Freedom of Information Act, and now we've forced the agencies to turn over documents revealing new details about the agencies' practices. Today, we are publishing more than a thousand pages of record we've received from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) about their purchase and use of Sting…
aclu.org/news/immigrants-rights/ice-records-confirm-that-immigration-enforcement-agencies-are-using-invasive-cell-phone-surveillance-devices

Greece: "Solidarity with the Struggle of the Workers and People of USA Against Barbarism"
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-06-03
Fight Back News Service is circulating the following statement from the influential Greek labor organization, the All-Workers Militant Front (PAME), that was sent to AFSCME Local 3800. | PAME, a member of the WFTU, expresses its solidarity with the workers and the people of the United States who are on the streets of rage against barbarism and misery. | The assassination of George Floyd was another death toll in the world's richest country. Murdered either by racism or by poverty. The pain and misery of millions of poor Americans is shared by that of the thousands of Greek immigrants in USA, as well as the…
www.fightbacknews.org/2020/6/2/greece-solidarity-struggle-workers-and-people-usa-against-barbarism

Refugee rights car cavalcade shows solidarity with Villawood detainees
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2020-06-02
Refugees & migrants Coral WynterIssue 1268 Australia Villawood Detention Centre COVID-19 SydneyJune 2, 2020An "End Deten…
greenleft.org.au/content/refugee-rights-car-cavalcade-shows-solidarity-villawood-detainees

Brexit transition uncertainty 'poses threat to stability in Northern Ireland'
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-06-01
Uncertainty and lack of time before the end of Brexit transition poses a "potent threat" to prosperity and stability in the north of Ireland, a report has warned.Businesses in Great Britain could decide it is economically unviable to continue operations across the Irish Sea unless flexibility is shown in the EU negotiations, a House of Lords committee warned.The country will have to follow EU rules on agriculture and manufactured goods, ensuring access to its single market and keeping the border with the Republic of Ireland free-flowing in a key concession maintaining a decades-old peace.The group of peers said:…
thecanary.co/uk/news/2020/06/01/brexit-transition-uncertainty-poses-threat-to-stability-in-northern-ireland/

Headlines for May 28, 2020
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-05-28
U.S. Coronavirus Death Toll Tops 100,000, Minneapolis Erupts in Flames as Protesters Rage Against Police Killing of George Floyd, China Tightens Grip on Hong Kong with New National Security Law, House of Representatives Holds First-Ever Remote Vote Amid Coronavirus Pandemic, Protesters Surround Sing Sing Prison Demanding Release of Prisoners at Risk of COVID-19, Researchers: 6 Feet of Social Distancing Might Not Be Enough to Stop Coronavirus Spread, Doctors Without Borders Warns of Spike in Coronavirus Cases Among Florida Farmworkers, Brazilian Police Raid Fake News Network Linked to Son of Far-Right President, A…
www.democracynow.org/2020/5/28/headlines

"Horrifying Neglect": COVID-19 Deaths in ICE Custody Spark New Calls for Mass Release of Prisoners
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-05-27
Calls are growing for Immigration and Customs Enforcement to release people from detention during the pandemic, as two people have died from COVID-19 while in custody. We speak with The Intercept's Ryan Devereaux, who reported on how Carlos Ernesto Escobar Mejia, held at the Otay Mesa Detention Center, suffered horrifying neglect before he passed away. We are also joined by Erika Andiola with RAICES Action. "None of those folks

To Become Safer Amid Pandemic We Must Explore Our Responses to Abuse More Deeply
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-06-02
Becoming safe from an abusive partner has most often been defined by the act of leaving the relationship. Leaving can cause hardship, including financial struggles, and is more difficult for survivors who are marginalized by race, gender identity, disability, language or immigration status. While leaving an abuser has been shown to increase danger in the short-term, it is still considered…
truthout.org/articles/to-become-safer-amid-pandemic-we-must-explore-our-responses-to-abuse-more-deeply/

Czech Republic may drop travel restrictions for Germany, Austria & Hungary on Friday
rt.com | 2020-06-04
Prague will drop restrictions on travel to and from Austria, Germany and Hungary on Friday, Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis was quoted as saying on Thursday. The move follows the reopening of the border with Slovakia on Wednesday. It is also part of a plan to allow free travel with most EU countries as of June 15. | "I am hoping that as of midnight tomorrow travel will be freed up with these countries," CTK cited Babis as saying during a trip to Karlovy Vary. The government will meet on freeing up travel on Friday morning, according to Babis. | Austria, which shares a border with the Czechs, has opened to al…
rt.com/newsline/490775-czech-drop-travel-restrictions/

Iran, Turkey resume border activities
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-06-04
TEHRAN, Jun. 04 (MNA)

PROFILE: Who is Rwandan genocide suspect Felicien Kabuga?
yenisafak.com | 2020-06-04
A French court ruled Wednesday that Rwandan genocide suspect Felicien Kabuga should be handed to a UN tribunal for trial. | The court is based in The Hague as well as in Arusha in the East African nation of Tanzania. | The 84-year-old was arrested in May in France. | – Who is Kabuga? | Kabuga was born in 1935 in northern Rwanda's Byumba prefecture, now called the Gicumbi district, bordering Uganda. | He rose from humble origins to become one of Rwanda's richest men, before allegedly using his wealth to sponsor the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi ethnic group