2020-06-16: News Headlines

pip.hinman (2020-06-16). Protesters call for freedom for refugees. greenleft.org.au

Fight Back (2020-06-16). Hundreds march to defend DACA for immigrant youth, support movement against police terror. fightbacknews.org Minneapolis, MN – With the Supreme Court set to rule on their future, almost 1000 immigrant youth and their supporters marched on June 12 to defend the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that shields 800,000 young immigrants from deportation. | Organized by the Minnesota Immigrant Rights Action Committee (MIRAC), the march started outside of Senator Amy Klobuchar's office on Washington Avenue and marched to the Hennepin County Jail in downtown Minneapolis. | The march was very spirited, and speakers and chants made repeated connections between the fight against deportation and the fight of Blac…

yenisafak (2020-06-16). Exodus exhibit to go digital on World Refugee Day. yenisafak.com A photography exhibition focusing on the stories of millions of people fleeing persecution around the world will go online on June 20, marked globally as World Refugee Day.Exodus — Deja vu has garnered international acclaim since it was first held in 2016 and features the works of renowned photographers and photojournalists such as Coskun Aral, Guillermo Arias, Yalda Moayeri, and Sergey Ponomarev among others.Anadolu Agency is the global communications partner for the event, alongside other reputed organizations including UNHCR and Amnesty International.Former Anadolu Agency photographer Atilgan Ozdil's wor…

Lee Siu Hin, Immigrant Solidarity Network (2020-06-16). Summer 2020 National Immigrant Solidarity Network Immigrant News Alert! indybay.org Justice for George Floyd, Black Lives Matter! Multi-Ethnic Unity Against Racism & Police Brutality!

Raul Diego (2020-06-15). American Exceptionalism Is on the Ropes and the End of the Petrodollar Is Nigh. mintpressnews.com From the border wall rhetoric to trade wars, Trump is effectively setting up the implosion of the dollar and couching it as pseudo nationalistic populism.

RT (2020-06-15). EU launches website to help travelers navigate complicated patchwork of border reopenings. rt.com Countries across the EU have begun to reopen their borders, but the complex mixture of sundry rules is baffling would-be travelers. As a result, the EU has launched a website to help people navigate various Covid-19 restrictions. | A number of EU governments have started to open their borders on Monday after weeks of closure due to the coronavirus pandemic — but no single strategy has been developed to organize this process. Many states have banned countries with worrying coronavirus levels and have developed their own limitations and guidelines for incoming visitors. Various restrictions are being adjust…

RT (2020-06-15). WATCH Russian jets 'intercept' US strategic bombers over Baltic Sea. rt.com US B-52H strategic bombers have again been spotted near Russian borders, forcing its Baltic Sea Fleet's Su-27 fighter jets to take to the skies and monitor their actions, the Russian Defense Ministry has said. | Video released by Moscow showed all stages of the 'intercept' — from the pilot in full gear rushing towards his jet to the Su-27s gaining on the American nuclear-capable bombers and "foreign surveillance planes" above the neutral waters. | NATO aircraft have frequently been spotted close to Russian airspace above Baltic and Black Sea frontiers in recent years. The flights, which Moscow deems provo…

Global Research News (2020-06-15). If Israel Annexes Part of West Bank, Palestine "Will Declare Statehood on 1967 Borders" globalresearch.ca Palestinian officials "are stepping up pressure on Israel to cancel its planned annexation of part of the West Bank". | If Israel proceeds, "they will immediately declare a Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza Strip." | The Palestinian government threatened …

Michael Felsen (2020-06-15). Essential Workers Need Better Safety Net. progressive.org Essential workers — often low-wage, and disproportionately Black, brown, and immigrants — have been far more likely to contract the virus than those who've stayed home.

Ali Salam (2020-06-15). Palestinian-owned Home Demolished by Israeli Forces in Shu'fat Refugee Camp. imemc.org Israeli bulldozers, accompanied by occupation forces, on Monday, demolished a Palestinian-owned building in the Shu'fat refugee camp, near Jerusalem in the southern occupied West Bank, Alray reported. Local sources said that Israeli forces stormed the Ras Shehadeh neighborhood of the Refugee Camp, and proceeded to demolish a two storey house, …

Ali Salam (2020-06-15). Eight Palestinians, Including one Minor Detained by Israeli Forces in West Bank. imemc.org Israeli forces arrested seven Palestinian civilians across the occupied West Bank, on Sunday at dawn, according to the Palestinian Prisoners' Society. Israeli soldiers abducted three Palestinian civilians from the southern West Bank city of Bethlehem, identified as; 1. Osaid Al-Din Abu Shaira, 17, from Aida refugee camp, 2.

sputniknews (2020-06-15). North Korea Reviewing Plans to Send Troops Into Disarmed Border Areas. sputniknews.com North Korean military leaders announced on Tuesday they were reviewing plans to reoccupy parts of the inter-Korean border disarmed by a previous agreement with Seoul. The move comes amid continued deterioration of relations between the two Koreas fueled by the activities of North Korean defectors in the South.

RT (2020-06-14). Economic revival, border openings & no tax hikes, Macron unveils his plans for post-Covid-19 France. rt.com French President Emmanuel Macron has announced the next stage of easing coronavirus restrictions in a televised address, two weeks ahead of delayed local elections which do not look promising for his party. The president attempted to lighten the mood of his fellow citizens by telling them France enters the "Green Zone" — a lower state of alert over the epidemic — starting Monday. That means that Paris restaurants in particular can now operate as normal, he said. | "The fight against the epidemic is not finished but I am happy about this first victory against the virus," Macron stated. He also promise…

news.un (2020-06-14). UN chief in 'support migrants' plea, as remittances drop by 20 per cent predicted. news.un.org Marking International Day of Family Remittances, the UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, has released a message appealing for "people everywhere" to support migrants, at a time when remittances — the money migrants send home to support their families — have fallen by more than $100 billion, causing hunger, lost schooling and deteriorating health, for tens of millions of families.

_____ (2020-06-14). DoD Announces $250 Million To Ukraine. popularresistance.org The Department of Defense announced today its plans for $250 million in Fiscal Year 2020 Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative (USAI) funds for additional training, equipment, and advisory efforts to strengthen Ukraine's capacity to more effectively defend itself against Russian aggression. | This reaffirms the long-standing defense relationship between the United States and Ukraine — a critical partner on the front line of strategic competition with Russia. The United States remains steadfast in its support for Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders.

Fight Back (2020-06-14). Thousands of Greek protesters sent message: "I can't breathe. Break the chains of exploitation!" fightbacknews.org Fight Back News Service is circulating the following account by the Communist Party of Greece (KKE) of the June 11 protests. | Thousands of workers protested in Athens and other Greek cities, on June 11, against the system that creates poverty and unemployment, war and refugees, racism and all forms of discrimination. | In Athens, starting with the rally in Syntagma, outside the Greek parliament and marching to the U.S. embassy, workers from all the sectors, from different workplaces, along with the self-employed, students and other young people, took part in the first rally organized after the end of the restric…

news.un (2020-06-13). FROM THE FIELD: COVID-19 restrictions leave migrant workers stranded. news.un.org In countries across the world, tens of thousands of migrant workers are finding themselves stranded through travel restrictions, in the hope of curbing the spread of COVID-19.

en.mehrnews (2020-06-13). VIDEO: Back Lives Matter protests in Australia. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jun. 13 (MNA) — The aerial footage shows thousands of people taking part in Black Lives Matter and pro-refugee protests in Australia's Perth with the social distancing protocols in place.

en.mehrnews (2020-06-13). Presence of PKK elements in Iran false claim: cmdr. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jun. 13 (MNA) — IRGC Ground Forces Commander Brigadier General Mohammad Pakpour rejected the claim of a Turkish official regarding the presence of PKK elements in Iran and noted that the IRGC has ensured security on the borders.

_____ (2020-06-13). UK backtracks — soft Brexit border controls with EU. truepublica.org.uk The United Kingdom will delay the introduction of border checks on imports from the European Union by as much as six months in a bid to avoid piling on the pain for British business and choking off vital food supplies. The UK government on Friday backtracked on plans to impose full border checks on EU imports on January …

news.un (2020-06-12). Amid COVID-19 and climate change, UNHCR appeals for $186 million for Sahel refugee and displacement crisis. news.un.org The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) has issued an urgent appeal for $186 million to provide lifesaving protection and assistance in the Sahel amidst fears that the conflict in the vast African region — exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic — will spread.

yenisafak (2020-06-12). UNHCR urges Greece to investigate refugee pushbacks. yenisafak.com The UN Refugee Agency on Friday urged Greece to investigate multiple reports of pushbacks by Greek authorities at the country's sea and land borders, possibly returning migrants and asylum seekers to Turkey.UNHCR spokesman Babar Baloch said at a twice-weekly UN press briefing that allegations of people being turned back had increased since March.He said reports indicate that several groups of people may have been summarily returned after reaching Greek territory."UNHCR has continuously addressed its concerns with the Greek government and has called for urgent inquiries into a series of alleged incidents reported…

yenisafak (2020-06-12). UK to introduce EU border controls in stages from 2021. yenisafak.com Britain said on Friday it would introduce border controls in stages on European Union goods after the end of the Brexit transition period, to try to soften the blow for companies already battling the coronavirus pandemic.Reversing an original plan to impose full border controls on imports coming into Britain from the EU from next year, the government said it would introduce the changes in stages up until July 1, 2021, giving firms more time to deal with paperwork.Companies have long called on the government to give them more clarity about what new border checks will be in force at the end of this year, when the s…