2021-05-04: News Headlines

Michael T. Hertz (2021-05-05). California is a garden of Eden. nationofchange.org In case you don't think migrants can benefit the U.S., consider that 200,000 Dust Bowl migrants entered California.

Anonymous103 (2021-05-04). Rocket Attack Hit US Al-Asad Airbase In Iraq, IEDs Targeted US Convoys Near Kuwaiti Border — Reports (Updated). southfront.org Update: Colonel Wayne Marotto, spokesman for the US-led coalition forces in Iraq, confirmed the attack. According to the initial report,…

Anonymous103 (2021-05-04). Two Russian Military Strongholds Established In Armenia On Azerbaijani, Iranian Borders. southfront.org Russian peacekeepers in the Nagorno-Karabakh region. Source: Stanislav Krasilnikov/TASS | Two new strongholds of the 102nd Russian military base in the Syunik region, bordering on Azerbaijan and Iran, in the south of Armenia. The announcement was made by Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan on May 3."This is an additional security guarantee not only for the Syunik region but for Armenia," Pashinyan was quoted as saying. | "The external security system of Armenia was not changed either before the war…

Fight Back (2021-05-04). Hundreds march for essential immigrant workers in Milwaukee May Day. fightbacknews.org Milwaukee, WI – In spite of gusts of wind in excess of 50 miles per hour, more than 250 people marched from the office of Wisconsin's premier immigrant rights organization, Voces de la Frontera, to the office of reactionary U.S. Senator Ron Johnson on the afternoon of May 1. The focus of the march was on essential immigrant workers. | The action was kicked off in the streets outside the recently-opened Voces headquarters. A few speeches, a song, and a prayer got the people in attendance ready to march. Marchers then made their way downtown to pay Senator Johnson's office a visit. Along the way, people chanted in…

Pip Hinman (2021-05-04). Vale George Zangalis 1931-1921. greenleft.org.au Communist, trade unionist and class-struggle fighter for migrant rights George Zangalis died on March 25. Radicalised during the Greek civil war, Zangalis remained a fighter until the end, writes Sue Bolton.

WSWS (2021-05-04). Four dead, two dozen injured after migrant boat capsizes off California coast. wsws.org The vessel broke apart Sunday after it hit a reef just off the coast of the San Diego's Point Loma peninsula.

William rivers Pitt (2021-05-04). COVID Crises Show We Must End the Fiction of Borders. zcomm.org The fictions of borders and "rugged individualism" must be dismissed out of hand, for we are all in this together…

Staff (2021-05-04). US logistic base targeted near Kuwait-Iraq border. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 04 (MNA) — A US military base used for maintaining military equipment has been targeted near the Iraq-Kuwait crossing border.

Paul Goble (2021-05-04). Putin Failed To Achieve His Three Goals In Ukraine — OpEd. eurasiareview.com Moscow's open movement of forces toward the Ukrainian border this spring was intended to achieve three goals, but because it was never intended as the beginning of a thrust that would lead to a major war between Russia and the West, Vladimir Putin failed to achieve any of his three goals regarding Ukraine this time around, Jerzy Targalski says. | In 2014, Putin used stealth to advance Russian forces toward and into Ukrainian territory; but this time, the Polish defense analyst says, he flaunted what he was doing in the expectation that such a display of force would be sufficient to achieve his goals. It wasn't…

Labor Video Project (2021-05-04). On May Day 2021 ILWU Backs Chilean Dockers In San Francisco! Solidarity Has No Borders. indybay.org San Francisco ILWU Local 10 on May Day rallied at the Chilean Consulate to support the strike action by Chilean dockers. Also Chileans spoke about the struggle in Chile.

Vijay Prashad (2021-05-03). Move underway to rescue East Germany from anti-communist historians. peoplesworld.org A full generation has elapsed since the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) collapsed in late 1991. Two years earlier, in 1989, the socialist countries states of Eastern Europe gave way to a capitalism that forced its way in—the first salvo came when Hungary opened its border with Austria. Three months later, on June 15, …

Staff (2021-05-03). India and Brazil's COVID Crises Show We Must End the Fiction of Borders. truthout.org A

Fight Back (2021-05-03). 1000-plus join May Day march in Minneapolis. fightbacknews.org Minneapolis, MN — On a hot 87-degree afternoon, a large crowd assembled at the starting location for the International Workers Day march that was hosted by a large coalition of union, immigrant rights groups and other progressive organizations in the Twin Cities area. | The Coalition was initially called for by Minnesota Workers United and the Minnesota Immigrant Rights Action Committee, and quickly grew from there to include 17 unions, seven immigrant rights organizations and ten other activist groups. | A contingent of made up of Freedom Road Socialist Organization supporters and members marched behind a…

Fight Back (2021-05-03). Workers in Portland demand justice on May Day. fightbacknews.org Portland, OR – Over 150 workers took to the streets in Portland this May Day, led by a coalition of anti-imperialist and migrant-led organizations including the International Migrants Alliance (IMA), the International League of Peoples Struggle (ILPS) and the Portland branch of the Freedom Road Socialist Organization. | Speakers addressed the crowd, practicing chants and going over safety before demonstrators departed in two columns; a marching group traveled over the Tilikum Bridge while a car caravan traveled to the Federal Justice Center. Protesters rhythmically honked their horns and shouted chants, demandin…

sputniknews (2021-05-03). 'Little, But Somewhat Historic': Parties Team Up With Sweden Democrats on Joint Migration Proposal. sputniknews.com The joint proposal, the first one to include the long-time political outcasts Sweden Democrats alongside members of the centre-right alliance, envisages a tightening of language requirements, limits relatives' immigration, and makes it more difficult to obtain a residence permit for humanitarian reasons.

Staff (2021-05-03). Headlines for May 3, 2021. democracynow.org India Breaks New COVID Records Amid Vaccine Shortages; U.S. Restricts Travel from India, Mourners Remember Slain 16-Year-Old Ma'Khia Bryant in Columbus, Ohio, Colorado Officers Resign After They Attack 73-Year-Old with Dementia, Laugh About Arrest, Biden Administration Releases Documents on Trump's 2017 Drone Order, 4 Families Separated at U.S Border Will Be Reunited, But Thousands Remain Ripped Apart, Traumatized, Biden Admin Cancels Construction of Trump U.S.-Mexico Border Wall, Migrant Boat Capsizes in San Diego, Killing at Least 4 People, North Korea Issues Warning to U.S. After Biden Says Nuclear Program Pre…

Fight Back (2021-05-03). NYC May Day protest marches on Jeff Bezos' home. fightbacknews.org New York, NY – Around 400 people gathered in Union Square on a sunny afternoon of May 1, International Workers Day. Dozens of organizations based in New York came together to not only celebrate workers and our struggles, but to call for the general demands of unionizing and organizing all workers, immediate asylum for all migrants, abolishing ICE and stopping police terror. | Union Square is historically a symbolic location for the New York City labor struggle and has been the home of countless May Day rallies. | There was a 2-and-a-half hour program of speeches and cultural performances before the crowd marched…

Fight Back (2021-05-03). West Michigan labor unions rally for International Workers Day. fightbacknews.org Grand Rapids, MI – West Michigan labor unions joined by community and social justice groups celebrated International Workers Day on May 1 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. | This year May Day for workers focused on safe working conditions during the COVID pandemic, unemployment for stage hands and gig workers who are out of jobs, and building a stronger union movement through the PRO Act. Other speakers from community and social justice groups talked about immigrant rights for workers, criminal justice reform needed in the wake of George Floyd's death, and the Equality Act in Congress. | "During this health crisis where…

Fight Back (2021-05-03). San Jose May Day march demands justice for all. fightbacknews.org San Jose, CA – More than 500 people marched through downtown San Jose for the annual May Day event. On one side of the street, hundreds of cars carrying Mexican flags and flags of the United Farm Workers Union drove by and honked in support. The May Day Coalition of San Jose organized the march and invited dozens of speakers from various community and labor organizations to raise issues important to their community. The community groups marched from Roosevelt Park to San Jose City Hall. | Many of the attendees of the were receptive to the needs of the unemployed. Immigrant rights groups immediately connected the…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-05-03). 11 dead as migrant boat capsizes off Libya coast. peoplesdispatch.org The 11 refugees were aboard an overloaded dinghy. Another 12 peoples were rescued by the Libyan coast guard and will be sent back to refugee camps in the country…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2021-05-03). With Just a Few Migrant Families to Reunite, ACLU Calls for Citizenship and No Future Separations. commondreams.org "Every separated family must be reunited with resources and care to address the harms they've endured," says the ACLU. "They also deserve citizenship and a commitment that such an atrocity will never happen again." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/gettyimages-12298828541.jpg

Rebekah Entralgo (2021-05-03). An invisible essential labor force. nationofchange.org How the migrant women farmworkers who put food on our tables are organizing for a better life after the pandemic.

Moderator (2021-05-03). This Invisible Essential Labor Force Is Organizing for a Better Life. scheerpost.com U.S. Department of Agriculture / CC BY 2.0] By Rebekah Entralgo | OtherWords Throughout the pandemic, there's been an outpouring of public support for essential workers. But this has largely excluded migrant women farmworkers, despite their vital role in keeping food on American families' tables. Monica Ramirez is working to change that. "I'm the first generation in my family that didn't have to…

sputniknews (2021-05-03). Hillary Clinton Gives Biden 'A' for Effort, Says He Is 'Less Constrained' Than Predecessors. sputniknews.com On Friday, Biden marked his first 100 days in office, in which he has already reversed several policies of the previous president. Biden is now facing a major crisis on the southern border and a COVID-19 related economic crisis.

Kamal Iranidoost (2021-05-03). Iran blocks entry of 5,000 foreigners from eastern borders. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 03 (MNA) — The deputy head of Iran's Police Brigadier General Ghasem Rezaei said that as many as 5,000 foreign passengers were prevented from entering the country from the eastern borders amid Covid-19 cases surge in India.

RobertAlvarez (2021-05-03). Oil Exploration in Namibia Has Conservationists and Locals Concerned. ips-dc.org A Canadian oil firm called ReconAfrica has just obtained the rights to explore what it believes is a giant oil field. The area in question encompasses 13,000 square miles in Namibia and bordering Botswana. | The issue is complex, and raises critical questions about global climate change, environmental degradation as a result of oil drilling, and the development of the Namibian economy. | Emira Woods, IPS associate fellow and senior advisor with the Shine Campaign, joined CNN's One World with Zain Asher to discuss the implications of this new oil drilling project. |

PanARMENIAN (2021-05-03). Two More Russian Military Sites Set Up In Armenia's South. eurasiareview.com The Russian military has set up two new military sites in the south of Armenia near the border with Azerbaijan as an "additional security guarantee" both for the province of Syunik and the country as a whole, acting Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan told lawmakers on Monday, May 3. | "It's no secret that two strongholds of the 102nd Russian military base were established in the Syunik province," Pashinyan said. | "This is an additional security guarantee not only for the Syunik region but for Armenia." | Armenian Defense Minister Vagharshak Harutyunyan said in February that Yerevan sought an expansion of the Russ…

Labor Video Project (2021-05-03). On May Day 2021 ILWU Backs Chilean Dockers In San Francisco! Solidarity Has No Borders. indybay.org San Francisco ILWU Local 10 on May Day rallied at the Chilean Consulate to support the strike action by Chilean dockers. Also Chileans spoke about the struggle in Chile.

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