2020-06-17: News Headlines

Staff (2020-06-17). Headlines for June 17, 2020. democracynow.org U.S. Coronavirus Deaths Surpass World War I Toll; Nine States Report New Highs for COVID Cases, Trump to Hold Rally in Tulsa as COVID Cases Reach New High in Oklahoma, Prison COVID Cases Double in U.S.; Nursing Home Deaths Top 50,000, U.S. Exports Record Amount of Pork as Meatpackers Risk Lives to Keep Factories Running, WHO Hails New Study Showing Widely Used Steroid Could Reduce COVID-19 Deaths, Daily Coronavirus Deaths Reach New Highs in India & Pakistan; Beijing Locks Down Again, Honduran President Tests Positive for Coronavirus, U.S. Extends Border Closures with Mexico & Canada, Study: 450,000 Coronavirus Ca…

Arif Husain (2020-06-17). After the Lockdowns, a Global Hunger Crisis (And the Mother of All Migrant Crises). anti-empire.com The [irrational response to the] coronavirus pandemic and its punitive economic effects are about to set off the next global hunger crisis. | In the last four years, conflicts, climate change and economic instability raised the number of people suffering acute hunger — when the absence of food endangers people's livelihoods and, in some cases, their lives — from 80 million to 135 million people. The pandemic could drive 130 million more people into that state by December. More than a quarter of a billion people are likely to be acutely hungry in 2020. | Rising Hunger: | The [irrational respons…

Tom Clifford (2020-06-17). India and China Dispute: The World's Longest Unmarked Border. globalresearch.ca Incongruous, deadly, bizarre. Two nuclear powers engaging in a fatal skirmish over a piece of territory with no economic resources, using rocks and clubs with protruding nails. A stone-age fight in the nuclear era. | Einstein said he did not know …

Binoy Kampmark (2020-06-17). Sticks, Stones and Death in Galwan Valley. dissidentvoice.org Things along the Indian-Chinese border in the Himalayas have rarely lacked interest, notably along the secretive, heavily patrolled 3,488 km Line of Actual Control. Neither China nor India have ever quite sorted out their differences on that front, plagued by territorial claims over unclearly demarcated boundaries. The administration of Narendra Modi might well have wood …

Graham Peebles (2020-06-17). Global Issues Require United Action and a Reinvigorated UN. dissidentvoice.org Whatever corner of the world one happens to live in, the most pressing issues of the day affect everyone. Pandemics/epidemics and the environmental emergency; war and terrorism; poverty and food insecurity; overpopulation and the displacement of persons. Such crises cannot be limited by borders or controlled by nation states; no government or corporate power can …

yenisafak (2020-06-17). UN sends 49 truckloads of aid to Syria's Idlib. yenisafak.com The UN on Wednesday sent 49 trucks carrying humanitarian aid to Idlib, northwestern Syria, where millions of people are in need of assistance due to internal conflict in the country.Truckloads of supplies entered Idlib through the Cilvegozu border crossing of Turkey's southern Hatay province.The aid will be distributed among residents of Idlib and nearby rural areas.Syria has been ravaged by a civil war since early 2011, when the Assad regime cracked down on pro-democracy protesters.Hundreds of thousands of people have been killed and more than 10 million displaced, according to UN estimates.Idlib falls within a…

yenisafak (2020-06-17). Experts urge diplomatic talks to defuse India-China tensions. yenisafak.com The border clashes between Indian and Chinese armies that led the killing of 20 Indian soldiers in the Ladakh region has shocked the country's diplomatic and military community.Since 1975, this is the first time, when causalities were reported in a border clash between the two countries.However, both military and diplomatic experts have urged the government to raise the level of dialogue from military to diplomatic or even to political level to end the standoff and deescalate tensions.Speaking to Anadolu Agency, former diplomat G.S. Iyer, who had also a long stint in Beijing from 1968-74 said the latest incident…

yenisafak (2020-06-17). China says it has agreed with India to de-escalate border situation. yenisafak.com China and India have agreed to de-escalate the situation at their border as soon as possible following a clash between the their troops, the Chinese foreign ministry said on Wednesday.Senior Chinese diplomat Wang Yi told Indian Foreign minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar during a phone call on Wednesday that India should severely punish those responsible for the conflict and control its frontline troops, the Chinese ministry said in a statement.China and India have blamed each other for the clash on Monday, which killed at least 20 Indian soldiers.

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…

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

RT (2020-06-16). US extends border restrictions with Canada & Mexico. rt.com Canada and the US have agreed to extend their deal to keep the border closed to non-essential travel during the coronavirus pandemic until July 21. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Tuesday's agreement extends the closure by another 30 days. The restrictions were announced on March 18 and extended in April and May. | Americans who are returning to the US and Canadians who are returning to Canada are exempted from the border closure, the AP news agency said. The US-Canada border is the world's longest between two nations. | Mexico's Foreign Ministry tweeted on Tuesday that its government and that of t…

Tyler Durden (2020-06-16). India Confirms 20 Soldiers Killed in Border Clash With Chinese Forces. anti-empire.com Earlier in the day In an official follow-up statement, the Indian Army

James Goodman (2020-06-16). The Essential, the Undocumented. progressive.org COVID-19 exposes the fallacy and danger of Donald Trump's anti-immigrant crusade.

news.un (2020-06-16). Syrian refugees resort to ever more desperate measures to resist pandemic impact. news.un.org The COVID-19 crisis has caused a dramatic spike in the number of Syrian refugees in need of emergency assistance in the last three months, UN humanitarians said on Tuesday, in an appeal for funding to confront new challenges posed by the health emergency.

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…

sputniknews (2020-06-16). North Korea to Reenter Border Areas, Resume 'Regular Military Exercises' Near DMZ. sputniknews.com The General Staff Department of the Korean People's Army has announced the resumption of "all kinds of regular military exercises" near the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), despite the monumental inter-Korean deal reached by Seoul and Pyongyang in 2018.

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!

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 …

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). 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…

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…

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). 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.

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, …

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…

_____ (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 …