2020-09-21: News Headlines

Revolution Books (2020-09-21). Wednesday 9/23: Crossing Borders in An Age of Anti-Immigrant Fascism. indybay.org Revolution Books, 2444 Durant Ave. Berkeley CA 94704…

Marilyn Bechtel (2020-09-21). New California laws: Family leave, COVID protections, tax credits for undocumented. peoplesworld.org Among bills Gov. Gavin Newsom signed into law last week are measures to strengthen family leave provisions for California workers, to require companies to tell their workers if they have been exposed to COVID-19, and to increase access to workers compensation benefits for workers exposed on the job. When Senate Bill 1383, by State Sen. …

_____ (2020-09-19). New Fossil Fuel Projects Meet Indigenous Resistance. popularresistance.org New Mexico – The spicy pungency of sagebrush filled the air in Greater Chaco, New Mexico, in late July this summer as I watched towering, rain-laden clouds gather across the endless horizon — a reminder that the midsummer monsoon season would soon turn the dirt roads that snake across the Navajo Nation reservation into quagmires. | Locals are accustomed to these storms, but this region is now also being pummeled by two other tempests — the COVID-19 pandemic, which has hit the Navajo Nation hard, especially due to many residents' difficulty in accessing clean water, and also the tumult of fracking, whi…

news.un (2020-09-19). Uncertain future for migrant workers, in a post-pandemic world. news.un.org The COVID-19 pandemic has largely put a freeze on migration. But will the movement of people recover once the current crisis is over? In an interview with UN News, Gary Rynhart, a senior official at the UN labour agency, ILO, explains why a return to "normal" is unlikely, and migrants will probably face a very different job market.

yenisafak (2020-09-19). Madrid residents facing localised lockdown doubt curbs will work. yenisafak.com A partial lockdown aimed at stemming a sharp rise in COVID-19 cases is set to begin in some of Madrid's poorer districts next week, but resident's of one of the worst-hit neighbourhood's said on Saturday they doubted the new measures would work.Vallecas, a southern district with a lower average income and higher immigrant population, has one of the highest infection rates in the Spanish capital – almost six times higher than in Chamberi, a wealthier, northern district."These restrictions are completely useless because we have to travel from one area which has a lot of cases to another which has less and we are go…

David Agren (2020-09-19). [World Report] Understanding Mexican health worker COVID-19 deaths. thelancet.com An Amnesty International report says that more health workers have died in Mexico than anywhere else. David Agren explores why.

Randall Hyman (2020-09-18). New Fossil Fuel Projects Meet Indigenous Resistance in New Mexico. zcomm.org "They've always put a price tag on our forehead, and just expect us to be quiet"

_____ (2020-09-18). A Cold War Power Play At The Inter-American Development Bank. popularresistance.org Having launched his presidential campaign by labeling migrants from south of the U.S.-Mexico border as "rapists and criminals," Latin America was perhaps one of the last places President Donald Trump expected to rely on as a source of steadfast friends. It thus comes as no surprise that in the new Cold War against China, Trump's tactics in recruiting allies in Latin America have been reminiscent of the many "caudillos" that have plagued the continent in the past. The politicized impeachment of Dilma Roussef, deposing of Evo Morales, and attempted invasion of Venezuela set the backdrop to U.S. efforts to bring Lat…

_____ (2020-09-18). New York: Protest At ICE Headquarters Over Forced Hysterectomies. popularresistance.org A security guard brandished her gun at demonstrators who forced their way into ICE headquarters in New York City to protest claims of 'mass hysterectomies' being performed on immigrant women. | The video of the female guard pointing the weapon at Abolish ICE protestors as they chanted inside the city's Jacob K Javits Federal Building in Manhattan was posted on social media. | The guard reportedly works for private security firm Paragon Systems, which provides protection for the building that also houses Immigration and Customs Enforcement and FBI offices.

MEE and agencies (2020-09-18). Ethiopia set to bring some migrants home as concern over Saudi camps mounts. middleeasteye.net Ethiopia set to bring some migrants home as concern over Saudi camps mounts | Reports say at least 16,000 migrants are being held in one camp within driving distance of the holy city of Mecca | Fri, 09/18/2020 – 09: 55 | Ethiopians are being held in camps, where people are dying of heatstroke, disease and suicide (AFP) | Ethiopia will repatriate nearly 2,000 migrants from Saudi Arabia in t…

Sasha Abramsky (2020-09-18). In Trump's America, It's Cruelty as Policy. thenation.com In Trump's America, It's Cruelty as Policy…

Russell Contreras (2020-09-18). Underground Railroad to Mexico: The other escape route from slavery. peoplesworld.org HOUSTON (AP)—While researching U.S. Civil War history in South Texas, Roseann Bacha-Garza came across the two unique families of the Jacksons and the Webbers living along the Rio Grande. White men headed both families. Both of their wives were Black, emancipated slaves. But Bacha-Garza, a historian, wondered what they were doing there in the mid-1800s. …

Zoe Mendelson (2020-09-18). Feminists Take Over Federal Building in Mexico City and Use Painting as a Weapon. zcomm.org In protest of femicide, the artists painted over portraits of all-male historical figures hanging in the National Human Rights Commission…

_____ (2020-09-17). Nurse Alleges Forced Sterilizations, Medical Malpractice At Immigrant Detention Center. popularresistance.org A whistleblower complaint filed on behalf of a nurse who worked at an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention center in southern Georgia until July alleges that a number of immigrant women detained there were subjected to sterilization through hysterectomies without their consent. | In the complaint, filed by the legal advocacy group Project South, the former nurse describes conditions at the center as akin to an "experimental concentration camp." | The complaint also details the refusal of the center's administrators to carry out COVID-19 testing or implement protective measures, putting detainees an…

2020-09-20: News Headlines

_____ (2020-09-19). New Fossil Fuel Projects Meet Indigenous Resistance. popularresistance.org New Mexico – The spicy pungency of sagebrush filled the air in Greater Chaco, New Mexico, in late July this summer as I watched towering, rain-laden clouds gather across the endless horizon — a reminder that the midsummer monsoon season would soon turn the dirt roads that snake across the Navajo Nation reservation into quagmires. | Locals are accustomed to these storms, but this region is now also being pummeled by two other tempests — the COVID-19 pandemic, which has hit the Navajo Nation hard, especially due to many residents' difficulty in accessing clean water, and also the tumult of fracking, whi…

news.un (2020-09-19). Uncertain future for migrant workers, in a post-pandemic world. news.un.org The COVID-19 pandemic has largely put a freeze on migration. But will the movement of people recover once the current crisis is over? In an interview with UN News, Gary Rynhart, a senior official at the UN labour agency, ILO, explains why a return to "normal" is unlikely, and migrants will probably face a very different job market.

yenisafak (2020-09-19). Madrid residents facing localised lockdown doubt curbs will work. yenisafak.com A partial lockdown aimed at stemming a sharp rise in COVID-19 cases is set to begin in some of Madrid's poorer districts next week, but resident's of one of the worst-hit neighbourhood's said on Saturday they doubted the new measures would work.Vallecas, a southern district with a lower average income and higher immigrant population, has one of the highest infection rates in the Spanish capital – almost six times higher than in Chamberi, a wealthier, northern district."These restrictions are completely useless because we have to travel from one area which has a lot of cases to another which has less and we are go…

David Agren (2020-09-19). [World Report] Understanding Mexican health worker COVID-19 deaths. thelancet.com An Amnesty International report says that more health workers have died in Mexico than anywhere else. David Agren explores why.

Randall Hyman (2020-09-18). New Fossil Fuel Projects Meet Indigenous Resistance in New Mexico. zcomm.org "They've always put a price tag on our forehead, and just expect us to be quiet"

_____ (2020-09-18). New York: Protest At ICE Headquarters Over Forced Hysterectomies. popularresistance.org A security guard brandished her gun at demonstrators who forced their way into ICE headquarters in New York City to protest claims of 'mass hysterectomies' being performed on immigrant women. | The video of the female guard pointing the weapon at Abolish ICE protestors as they chanted inside the city's Jacob K Javits Federal Building in Manhattan was posted on social media. | The guard reportedly works for private security firm Paragon Systems, which provides protection for the building that also houses Immigration and Customs Enforcement and FBI offices.

_____ (2020-09-18). A Cold War Power Play At The Inter-American Development Bank. popularresistance.org Having launched his presidential campaign by labeling migrants from south of the U.S.-Mexico border as "rapists and criminals," Latin America was perhaps one of the last places President Donald Trump expected to rely on as a source of steadfast friends. It thus comes as no surprise that in the new Cold War against China, Trump's tactics in recruiting allies in Latin America have been reminiscent of the many "caudillos" that have plagued the continent in the past. The politicized impeachment of Dilma Roussef, deposing of Evo Morales, and attempted invasion of Venezuela set the backdrop to U.S. efforts to bring Lat…

RT (2020-09-18). 'You couldn't write it': Migrant boat lands on British NUDIST BEACH, locals offer newcomers drinks. rt.com A boat full of migrants were in for a surprise when their dinghy landed at a nudist beach on the coast of Sussex in the south of England. The newcomers were helped ashore by stark naked sunbathers who offered them hot drinks.

MEE and agencies (2020-09-18). Ethiopia set to bring some migrants home as concern over Saudi camps mounts. middleeasteye.net Ethiopia set to bring some migrants home as concern over Saudi camps mounts | Reports say at least 16,000 migrants are being held in one camp within driving distance of the holy city of Mecca | Fri, 09/18/2020 – 09: 55 | Ethiopians are being held in camps, where people are dying of heatstroke, disease and suicide (AFP) | Ethiopia will repatriate nearly 2,000 migrants from Saudi Arabia in t…

Sasha Abramsky (2020-09-18). In Trump's America, It's Cruelty as Policy. thenation.com In Trump's America, It's Cruelty as Policy…

Russell Contreras (2020-09-18). Underground Railroad to Mexico: The other escape route from slavery. peoplesworld.org HOUSTON (AP)—While researching U.S. Civil War history in South Texas, Roseann Bacha-Garza came across the two unique families of the Jacksons and the Webbers living along the Rio Grande. White men headed both families. Both of their wives were Black, emancipated slaves. But Bacha-Garza, a historian, wondered what they were doing there in the mid-1800s. …

Zoe Mendelson (2020-09-18). Feminists Take Over Federal Building in Mexico City and Use Painting as a Weapon. zcomm.org In protest of femicide, the artists painted over portraits of all-male historical figures hanging in the National Human Rights Commission…

_____ (2020-09-17). Nurse Alleges Forced Sterilizations, Medical Malpractice At Immigrant Detention Center. popularresistance.org A whistleblower complaint filed on behalf of a nurse who worked at an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention center in southern Georgia until July alleges that a number of immigrant women detained there were subjected to sterilization through hysterectomies without their consent. | In the complaint, filed by the legal advocacy group Project South, the former nurse describes conditions at the center as akin to an "experimental concentration camp." | The complaint also details the refusal of the center's administrators to carry out COVID-19 testing or implement protective measures, putting detainees an…

The Canary (2020-09-17). Home Office accused of basing immigration policies on 'anecdote and prejudice'. thecanary.co The Public Accounts Committee said the Home Office has 'no idea' what its £400 million immigration enforcement annual spending achieves. | By | The Home Office has been accused of basing immigration policies on "anecdote, assumption and prejudice" instead of evidence, and having no idea of the effect they have on refugees. The department shows far too little concern over the damage caused by its failures on "both the illegal and legitimate migrant populations", according to a scathing review from the Public Accounts Committee. | "Wrec…

yenisafak (2020-09-16). Greece struggles to bring migrants into temporary camp after fire. yenisafak.com Greek authorities were still struggling on Wednesday to move thousands of migrants sleeping rough into a temporary camp, a week after the overcrowded Moria migrant camp burned down, while fears grew over a coronavirus outbreak on the island of Lesbos.More than 12,000 people, mostly refugees from Afghanistan, Africa and Syria, were left without shelter, proper sanitation or access to food and water by the fire that tore through Moria, Greece's biggest camp for migrants reaching its islands by sea.No one was killed or hurt in the fire, which broke out after quarantine measures were imposed following the discovery o…

MEE and agencies (2020-09-16). Saudi Arabia 'holding 16,000 Ethiopian migrants' in single detention centre: Report. middleeasteye.net Saudi Arabia 'holding 16,000 Ethiopian migrants' in single detention centre: Report | Ethiopia's consul general in Jeddah says migrants are being held in all city's jails, with one facility holding 16,000 people | Wed, 09/16/2020 – 18: 46 | Thousands of Ethiopians made dangerous journey through Yemen into Saudi Arabia to seek employment (AFP/File photo) | Dozens of prisons in Saudi Arabia…