2019-06-13: News Headlines

CGTN Africa (2019-06-13). Second Ebola patient dies in Uganda, Kenya on high alert. cgtn.com World Health Organization (WHO) officials talk to Ugandan medical staff as they inspect ebola preparedness facilities at the Bwera general hospital near the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo in Bwera, Uganda, June 12, 2019. REUTERS/Samuel Mambo | A second patient affected with the deadly Ebola virus in Uganda has died in the current outbreak, a health ministry official said on Thursday. | "A grandmother also died last night," Emanuel Ainebyona, Uganda health ministry spokesman told Reuters. | The first fatality, a five-year-old boy who had crossed into Uganda from Democratic Republic of Congo, died lat…

United Nations (2019-06-13). Thursday's Daily Brief: Albinism, displacement in Central America, family-friendly nations, updates on the Gulf and Darfur. un.org This Thursday, top stories includes: International Albinism Awareness Day; the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, appealing for regional talks on Central America forced displacement; updates on the latest attack on oil tankers in the Gulf and on recent clashes in Darfur; and a new report by UNICEF on the best and worst "family-friendly" nations.

Amy Liu (2019-06-13). Comienza el juicio para Scott Warren, que se enfrenta a 20 años por ayudar a los migrantes que cruzan el desierto. liberationnews.org °Exigimos que se retiren todos los cargos de inmediato!

WSWS (2019-06-13). Trump asserts new privilege claim as House committee passes contempt resolution. wsws.org The twin actions Wednesday concern the Trump administration's efforts to rig the 2020 census so as to undercount areas with large immigrant populations.

Special To The Black Star News (2019-06-13). Bipartisan Group Issues Statement On Passage Of Green Light NY Bill By NYS Assembly. blackstarnews.com New York Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie supported the Green Light NY bill… | FWD.us New York State Immigration Manager Eddie A. Taveras issued the following statement yesterday in response to the State Assembly's passage of the Driver's License Access and Privacy Act, or "Green Light NY" bill, which would allow an estimated 265,000 undocumented New Yorkers to apply for a driver's license. | "Creating a process for hardworking New Yorkers to earn a driver's license is a critical step forward in protecting New York's immigrant communities," said Taveras. "We thank Assemblyman Marcos Crespo for sponsoring this leg…

WSWS (2019-06-13). French prime minister announces further social cuts and attacks on immigrants. wsws.org Édouard Philippe's announcement of the Macron government's "Act II" shows that its response to the European elections is a further shift to the right.

MAIL (2019-06-13). No More Deaths: Mistrial Declared After Jury Refuses to Convict Scott Warren for Aiding Migrants. democracynow.org In Tucson, Arizona, a jury has refused to convict humanitarian activist Scott Warren, who faced up to 20 years in prison for providing water, food, clean clothes and beds to two undocumented migrants crossing the Sonoran Desert in southern Arizona. Warren's trial ended Tuesday in a mistrial after a deadlocked jury was unable to deliver a verdict. Eight jurors thought Warren was not guilty; four thought he was guilty. A status hearing is scheduled for July 2. Prosecutors have declined to comment on whether they would seek a retrial against Warren. We speak with Ryan Devereaux, a staff reporter at The Intercept who…

Eric London (2019-06-13). US to Jail 1,400 Immigrant Children at WWII Japanese Internment Site. globalresearch.ca The Pentagon announced yesterday that the Trump administration will detain 1,400 immigrant children at the site of a World War II-era Japanese internment camp, Fort Sill Army Base in Lawton, Oklahoma. | The decision, announced Tuesday as Trump denounced immigrants and …

Staff (2019-06-13). Germany Passes Deportation Legislation. therealnews.com Germany's parliament adopted the first part of a new legislation packet to restrict the rights of asylum-seekers and refugees in Germany, denying them the right to work, sending them to prison once room in the deportation centers runs out, and even allowing apartment raids in search of "illegal" immigrants…

Jake Johnson (2019-06-13). US Gov't Plans to Detain Migrant Children at WW2 Japanese Internment Camp. theantimedia.com (CD) — Lending even greater significance to the parallels commentators and historians have drawn between U.S. migrant detention centers and concentration camps of the past, the Trump administration is reportedly planning to hold more than a thousand immigrant children at an Oklahoma army base that was used as an internment camp for Japanese Americans during World War II. …

Staff (2019-06-13). Mistrial Declared After Jury Refuses to Convict Scott Warren for Aiding Migrants. truthout.org In Tucson, Arizona, a jury has refused to convict humanitarian activist Scott Warren, who faced up to 20 years in prison for providing water, food, clean clothes and beds to two undocumented migrants crossing the Sonoran Desert in southern Arizona. Warren's trial ended Tuesday in a mistrial after a deadlocked jury was unable to deliver a verdict. Eight jurors thought Warren was not guilty; four thought he was guilty. A status hearing is scheduled for July 2. Prosecutors have declined to comment on whether they would seek a retrial against Warren. We speak with Ryan Devereaux, a staff reporter at The Intercept…

WSWS (2019-06-13). Mistrial in case against "No More Deaths" volunteer charged with aiding immigrants. wsws.org Scott Warren was arrested for providing food, water and shelter to two undocumented immigrants.

WSWS (2019-06-13). US to jail 1,400 immigrant children at WWII Japanese internment site. wsws.org The government is reviving the worst crimes in US history as official state policy.

Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez (2019-06-13). Overcrowding, rotten food & nooses: DHS watchdog confirms horrific conditions at immigrant jails. nationofchange.org Now Homeland Security's own inspector general has revealed how detained immigrants are subjected to rotten food, severe overcrowding, inadequate medical care, and broken and overflowing toilets.

Alexander Rubinstein (2019-06-12). Why Hondurans set fire to the US embassy. thegrayzone.com Ten years after a US-backed coup handed Honduras over to big business, the country is rising up. A leader of…

CGTN Africa (2019-06-12). Five-year-old boy dies of Ebola in Uganda. cgtn.com A five-year-old boy has died of Ebola in Uganda, a health official said on Wednesday, in the first case of the disease crossing the border from the current outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo. | The boy died overnight, the official told Reuters, after entering Uganda from Congo with his family. His mother had returned to Congo to nurse her father, who died of the disease, the health minister said on Tuesday. | Uganda's health ministry and the WHO sent a team to the western town of Kasese to trace likely cases and vaccinate those who might have come into contact with the family, the statement continued…

Ryan Devereaux (2019-06-12). Felony Trial of No More Deaths Volunteer Scott Warren Ends in Mistrial. theintercept.com Twelve jurors walked into the federal courthouse in Tucson Tuesday afternoon with a problem. Two weeks after the U.S. government began to argue its case in the prosecution of Scott Warren, a border-based humanitarian aid volunteer accused of two counts of felony harboring and one count of conspiracy, the jurors could not come to a unanimous decision as to whether he was innocent or guilty. | The previous afternoon, the jurors had sent a letter to district judge Raner Collins, informing him that they were deadlocked. Collins ordered them to go back and try again. By Tuesday, they were still stuck. Eight jurors bel…

Staff (2019-06-12). DHS Watchdog Confirms Horrific Conditions at Immigrant Jails. truthout.org We look at horrific conditions for some 52,000 immigrants held in for-profit jails around the country. At least 24 immigrants have died in the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement under Trump, and at least four more died shortly after being released. Now Homeland Security's own inspector general has revealed how detained immigrants are subjected to rotten food, severe overcrowding, inadequate medical care, and broken and overflowing toilets. This comes as a separate report recently documented "dangerous overcrowding" at a Border Patrol processing facility in El Paso, Texas. Meanwhile, the Trump admin…

MAIL (2019-06-12). Overcrowding, Rotten Food & Nooses: DHS Watchdog Confirms Horrific Conditions at Immigrant Jails. democracynow.org We look at horrific conditions for some 52,000 immigrants held in for-profit jails around the country. At least 24 immigrants have died in the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement under Trump, and at least four more died shortly after being released. Now Homeland Security's own inspector general has revealed how detained immigrants are subjected to rotten food, severe overcrowding, inadequate medical care, and broken and overflowing toilets. This comes as a separate report recently documented "dangerous overcrowding" at a Border Patrol processing facility in El Paso, Texas. Meanwhile, the Trump administ…

Ryan Devereaux (2019-06-12). Felony Trial of No More Deaths Volunteer Scott Warren Ends in Mistrial. theintercept.com Twelve jurors walked into the federal courthouse in Tucson, Arizona, Tuesday afternoon with a problem. Two weeks after the U.S. government began to argue its case in the prosecution of Scott Warren, a border-based humanitarian aid volunteer accused of two counts of felony harboring and one count of conspiracy, the jurors could not come to a unanimous decision as to whether he was innocent or guilty. | The previous afternoon, the jurors had sent a letter to District Judge Raner Collins, informing him that they were deadlocked. Collins ordered them to go back and try again. By Tuesday, they were still stuck. Eight…

Jon Queally, staff writer (2019-06-12). CodePink Wants to Bring Giant 'Baby Trump' Blimp to DC for July 4th Protests. commondreams.org "We will bring together people opposed to the pain and suffering caused by this administration, from family separation at the border to supplying weapons used by Saudi Arabia to kill Yemeni children." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

CGTN Africa (2019-06-12). Uganda: Two new Ebola cases rise fears of further spread. cgtn.com Mwamini Kahindo, an Ebola survivor working as a caregiver to babies who are confirmed Ebola cases, holds an infant outside the red zone at the Ebola treatment centre in Butembo, Democratic Republic of Congo, March 25, 2019.REUTERS/Baz Ratner /File Photo | Uganda announced two more cases of Ebola on Wednesday, confirming the first spread of a deadly outbreak beyond the borders of the Democratic Republic of Congo. | This comes following the death late Tuesday of a 5-year-old boy who had contracted Ebola. | The two new confirmed cases include the 50-year-old grandmother and 3-year-old brother of the deceased, accord…

WSWS (2019-06-12). German parliament passes draconian deportation law. wsws.org The new law against refugees and immigrants is an integral part of an attack on the democratic rights of the entire working class.

teleSUR (2019-06-12). ACLU Asks US Court To Delay Census Citizenship Question Ruling. telesurenglish.net Human rights groups challenging the Trump administration's decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 U.S. census Wednesday asked the Supreme Court to consider delaying a ruling on the issue in light of new evidence. | RELATED: | Trump: Dictators' Kids Will Benefit From Birthright Citizenship | In a court filing, immigrant advocacy groups repre…

Staff (2019-06-12). New York Teachers Fight for Divestment From Prison Industry. truthout.org Teachers in Rochester, New York, recently discovered, to their horror, that their pensions are invested in the private prison and immigrant detention industry. After learning this from Basma Eid, an organizer with the group Freedom to Thrive, one teacher, Michelle Sapere, spearheaded the formation of a rank-and-file organization in her union called Teachers Against Student Exploitation ( TASE)…

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-06-12). 'This Is Sick': Horror as Trump Administration Plans to Detain Migrant Children at Former Japanese Internment Camp. commondreams.org "It feels as though history can't yell any louder than this." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Martha Grevatt (2019-06-12). U.S. drags Mexican gov't into war on migrants. workers.org President Donald Trump announced May 30 the imposition of tariffs on all Mexican imports, effective June 10, if Mexico did not agree to take strong measures against refugees seeking asylum in the U.S. Then on June 7, he suspended the tariffs, but only after Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador . . . | Continue reading U.S. drags Mexican gov't into war on migrants at Workers.org

teleSUR (2019-06-12). US: Police Remove 'Haunting' Artwork of Caged Migrant Children. telesurenglish.net New York police are disassembling a collection of 24 pop-up art installations meant to bring awareness to the treatment of migrants in United States0 immigration detainment centers. | RELATED: | US State Sues Trump for Violating 'Safe Release' Migrant Policy | Wire cages containing life-size models of children wrapped in silver blankets dotted New York city streets Wednesday as recordings of sound of wailing echoed from the cage. Measuring 5 feet by 3 feet, the mannequin childre…

Staff (2019-06-12). Trump Administration Plans to Detain Children at Former Japanese Internment Camp. truthout.org Lending even greater significance to the parallels commentators and historians have drawn between U.S. migrant detention centers and concentration camps of the past, the Trump administration is reportedly planning to hold more than a thousand immigrant children at an Oklahoma army base that was used as an internment camp for Japanese Americans during World War II. | According to Time, Fort Sill "

Jerry Omondi (2019-06-12). 427 people have died in 2019 trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea into Europe — UNHCR. cgtn.com The United Nations refugee agency says that the number of people that have drowned in the Mediterranean Sea while trying to reach Europe has hit 427 so far since the turn of the year. | UNHCR released the figures on Wednesday following the latest sea incident that saw seven people drown on Tuesday following a shipwreck off the Greek island of Lesvos. | According to the UN migration agency, IOM, 41 people have died so far trying cross to the so-called Eastern Mediterranean route linking Africa and the Middle East to Europe, which is one of the busiest routes for migrants. | Tuesday incident saw 57 people rescue…

teleSUR (2019-06-11). Strikes Spread Across Honduras as Taxi Drivers Join Protesters. telesurenglish.net The Honduran Association of Taxis (Ataxis) is the latest group to join the protests that have been spreading throughout Honduras, announcing plans continue their strike Thursday to demand that subsidies from the federal government match those of other urban public transport drivers. | RELATED: | Honduras Gov't Backtracks on Neoliberal Laws Amid Large Strike | Association members are contesting the Land Transport Law reform which will increase the cost of fuel and permit renewals…

Physicians for Human Rights (2019-06-11). Asylum-Seeking Children from Central America Suffer Multi-Dimensional, Recurrent, Sustained Trauma. globalresearch.ca Since 2014, the number of children arriving at the U.S. border has risen dramatically, as unaccompanied children, adolescents, and young families have fled gang and other forms of violence in the Northern Triangle countries of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. …

teleSUR (2019-06-11). Marine Life at Risk If Mexican Gulf 'Dead Zone' Might Expand. telesurenglish.net A near record-sized "dead zone" of oxygen-starved water could form and expand in the Gulf of Mexico this summer, threatening its huge stocks of marine life, researchers warned on Monday. | RELATED: | Mexican Defender of Howler Monkey Sanctuary KIlled | The area could spread to about 20,577 square kilometers, scientists at Louisiana State University said, or about 2,900 football fields, and larger than the five-year average of 14,944 square km. | "A major…

Staff (2019-06-11). Facial Recognition Data Collected by US Customs Agency Hacked. truthout.org One of the key fears that critics of mass surveillance and the proliferation of facial recognition technology have warned about has been realized with new reporting Monday that a "malicious cyber attack" has resulted in photos of airport passengers and other personal data harvested by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol being stolen by unknown a…

Debbie Nathan (2019-06-11). Private Border Wall Expands Onto Federal Land, Blocking Access to Historic Site. theintercept.com We Build the Wall has expanded its private border wall to land owned by the U.S. International Boundary and Water Commission, a federal agency.

teleSUR (2019-06-11). US State Sues Trump for Violating 'Safe Release' Migrant Policy. telesurenglish.net New Mexico is suing the administration of United States President Donald Trump for violating the its 'safe release' policy for migrants, state officials said in a statement Monday. | RELATED: | US: 24 Migrants Have Died in ICE Custody Under Trump | The first of its kind, the southwestern state is calling for the U.S. to take more responsibility for migrants admitted into the country, rather than abandoning them in the border cities and states after processing paperwork. | Originally, mi…

Special To The Black Star News (2019-06-11). While Trump Fumes and Fails, Democrats Outline a Sound and Sensible Border Plan. blackstarnews.com Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer dispels Trump's lie that Democrats have no immigration border or refugee plan… | While Trump continues to propose more cruel and nonsensical policies destined to fail, Democrats are embracing a sensible, humane and effective way forward. | Witness Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer's floor speech yesterday, during which he refuted Trump's bogus suggestion that Democrats don't have a plan for the refugee crisis at the border. As Senator Schumer notes, Senate Democrats introduced a formidable plan weeks ago — progress echoed by the passage of the Dream and Promise…

barry_h (2019-06-11). Refugees rights musical scoops Tony Awards. greenleft.org.au The highly topical musical Hadestown won eight awards at this year's annual Tony Awards ceremony in New York on June 9. The Tonys recognise excellence in live Broadway theatre. | The stage adaption is of the 2010 concept album by American singer Anais Mitchell. It uses the ancient Greek myth of Orpheus in the underground as a template for ripping open contemporary US life, particularly the racist treatment of Central American refugees. | The most powerful political and musical piece in the show is The Wall, which demonstrates the hypocrisy and shallowness of US demagogy about refugees. | While it is perfectl…

barry_h (2019-06-11). Tony Award for refugees rights musical. greenleft.org.au The highly topical musical Hadestown won eight awards at this year's annual Tony Awards ceremony in New York on June 9. The Tony's recognise excellence in live Broadway theatre. | The stage adaption is of the 2010 concept album by US singer Anais Mitchell. It uses the ancient Greek myth of Orpheus in the underground as a template for ripping open contemporary US life, particularly the racist treatment of Central American refugees. | The most powerful political and musical piece in the show is The Wall, which demonstrates the hypocrisy and shallowness of US demagogy about refugees. | While it is perfectly in…

MAIL (2019-06-11). Headlines for June 11, 2019. democracynow.org The Intercept: Judge Collaborated with Prosecutors to Put Ex-President Lula and Others Behind Bars, DOJ Agrees to Hand Over Some Mueller Docs to House Dems, Trump Touts Trade Deal with Mexico, Renews Tariff Threats Against China, Kushner-Owned Co. Received $90 Million from Unknown Foreign Sources Since Start of Trump WH, Transportation Sec. Chao Helped Boost Projects Favorable to Husband Sen. McConnell, Migrants Held in Cramped Cells for 2.5 Weeks After Asylum Hearings as Part of "Remain in Mexico" Plan, Judge Offers Temporary Relief to Missouri's Last Abortion Clinic, Model Karlie Kloss Asks Fans to Support Plan…

teleSUR (2019-06-11). German Boat Captain Faces 20 Yrs in Prison for Saving Refugees. telesurenglish.net German boat captain, Pia Klemp, faces a long and costly trial and possible 20 years of jail in Italy for her humanitarian efforts in aiding stranded migrants in the Mediterranean with the private rescue ships "Sea Watch III" and "Iuventa." | RELATED: | Italy Rejects Stranded Migrants, Says Vessel Must Go to Hamburg | "Sea rescue missions have been criminalized," the 35-year-old sea captain told German media outlet Basler Zeitung on June 7, adding that whether or not she ends up…

Eds. (2019-06-11). U.S. activist faces federal charges for providing aid to migrants. mronline.org Scott Warren was arrested in 2018 for allegedly having "harbored" two fatally weakened undocumented migrants in a facility run by No More Deaths | Source

WSWS (2019-06-11). Trump expands network of immigrant concentration camps. wsws.org The Democratic Party is facilitating Trump's escalation of attacks on immigrant workers as well as his moves toward unchecked presidential power.

CGTN Africa (2019-06-11). Kenya closes part of its border with Somalia. cgtn.com The Kenyan government says it closed part of its border with Somalia. | Kenya says the decision was reached as security operations against Al Shabaab militants in the area intensified. The country is also trying to crack down on human trafficking as well as the trafficking of contraband goods and drugs. | The closing affects the area of the border in Lamu county. Residents living in border villages have been prohibited from any cross-border trade. | This comes barely a week after fishing activities off the coast near the Somalia border were outlawed. | The county officer says they are taking action by deployin…

United Nations (2019-06-10). Amid Venezuela exodus, UN refugee envoy Angelina Jolie visits camps on Colombian border, appeals for humanity, more support. un.org As the United Nations announced four million Venezuelans have fled their country, Angelina Jolie, a special envoy for the world body's refugee agency, visited camps along the Colombian-Venezuelan border, where on Saturday she appealed for more leadership, more humanity and more support to countries bearing the brunt of the crisis.

MAIL (2019-06-10). Tariff Temper Tantrum: Trump "Created a Fake Crisis & Has Announced a Fake Solution" with Mexico. democracynow.org Facing an escalating showdown with Mexico and an insurrection from his own party, President Trump said Friday the United States had reached a deal with Mexico to avert a 5% tariff on all imported Mexican goods that was due to take effect today and increase to 25% by October. Trump's announcement came after three days of Mexico-U.S. negotiations in Washington. Officials said it was based around Mexico's commitment to deploy National Guard forces throughout the country, in particular to its southern border, in order to stem the flow of northbound migrants headed toward the US. Under the deal, they said Mexico also…

RT (2019-06-10). US signed 'another very important part' of immigration deal with Mexico — Trump. rt.com US President Donald Trump has announced signing an "important" part of an agreement on immigration with Mexico. The news comes a week into the neighbors' row over tariffs and border security.

Staff (2019-06-10). Deal or No Deal, Asylum Seekers Wait It Out at the Southern Border. truthdig.com A U.S.-Mexico pact announced Friday may mean that more migrants will be sent back to Mexico to await resolution of their asylum claims.

Staff (2019-06-10). Mexico Denies Trump's Claim of Secret Concessions in Deal. truthdig.com STERLING, Va. — Three days after U.S. President Donald Trump announced a deal with Mexico to stem the flow of migrants at the southern border, the two countries appear unable to agree on exactly what's in it. | Stung by criticism that the agreement mostly ramps up border protection efforts already underway, Trump on Monday hinted at other, secret agreements he says will soon be revealed. | "We have fully signed and documented another very important part of the Immigration and Security deal with Mexico, one that the U.S. has been asking about getting for many years," Trump wrote Monday, saying it would "be r…

Paul Dobson (2019-06-10). Venezuela Partially Reopens Colombia Border, Closes Canadian Consulates. venezuelanalysis.com The move comes as a riot over fuel shortages in Merida leaves one dead.

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