2020-06-25: News Headlines

IMEMC Staff (2020-06-25). Israeli Troops Abduct Two Palestinians From Two West Bank Cities. imemc.org Israeli troops abducted early on Thursday morning two Palestinian residents from two different West Bank cities. Local media outlets reported that Israeli soldiers, backed by armored vehicles, invaded the Nour Shams refugee camp, east of Tulkarem city in the West Bank. The sources said that the soldiers broke into and …

yenisafak (2020-06-25). EU covering up Greek human rights violations, says Turkish spox. yenisafak.com Turkey on Thursday slammed remarks by Greek and EU officials critical of Ankara's handling of the migrant issue along its borders, calling them an attempt to whitewash Athens' human rights violations.The remarks this Wednesday by Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias and EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell at the Turkish-Greek border show Greece's effort to cover up its crimes against asylum seekers under the EU umbrella, said Hami Aksoy, Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesman."The fact that the EU Commission is a partner to this is exemplary," Aksoy said.Aksoy cited the words of Dunja Mijatovic, the Council of Euro…

yenisafak (2020-06-25). Indonesia provides emergency aid to stranded Rohingya. yenisafak.com Indonesia has provided emergency assistance to 94 Rohingya refugees stranded off the Aceh province in the country's northwest, the foreign minister said on Thursday.In a virtual news conference, Retno Marsudi said that emergency aid was provided right after authorities and fishermen found the stranded Rohingya.The refugees consist of 49 women, 30 children and 15 men.However, the minister did not reveal any further plans for the stranded refugees.Marsudi said she would cooperate with other countries in the region to conduct early detection and to prevent Rohingya from making dangerous trips from their home countri…

yenisafak (2020-06-25). India says China amassed troops along border in violation of agreements. yenisafak.com China has deployed large numbers of troops and weapons along a disputed Himalayan border in violation of bilateral agreements, India's foreign ministry said on Thursday, accusing Beijing of escalating tensions and triggering a deadly clash last week."At the heart of the matter is that since early May the Chinese side had been amassing a large contingent of troops and armaments along the LAC," ministry spokesman Anurag Srivastava said in a briefing in New Delhi, referring to the Line of Actual Control, the de facto border."This is not in accordance with the provisions of our various bilateral agreements," he said,…

yenisafak (2020-06-25). Global drug use soars 30% in 10 years: UN. yenisafak.com Around 269 million people used drugs worldwide in 2018, 30% more than in 2009, while over 35 million people suffer from drug use disorders, a UN report said on Thursday.The report released by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Vienna also analyses the impact of COVID-19 on the drugs markets.While the pandemic effects are not yet fully known, the report said that border and other restrictions linked to the pandemic have already caused shortages of drugs on the street, leading to increased prices and reduced purity.The report noted that rising unemployment and reduced opportunities caused by the pandemic a…

yenisafak (2020-06-25). At least 250 Indians stranded in Pakistan return home. yenisafak.com At least 250 Indian nationals stranded in Pakistan due to coronavirus restrictions were repatriated on Thursday.A total of 748 Indian nationals will return home over three days until June 27, Pakistan's Interior Ministry said in a statement.It said 250 more Indians will cross over from the Wagah-Attari land border near the northeastern city of Lahore on Friday, and the remaining 248 will go back on Saturday.The Indian citizens, some of them Kashmiri students studying in Pakistan, were stranded in different cities, including Lahore and the capital Islamabad, due to coronavirus-related lockdown.From March to May, P…

sputniknews (2020-06-25). Two Terrorists Killed, 5 Members of Pakistan-Based Terror Group Lashkar-e-Taiba Arrested in Kashmir. sputniknews.com New Delhi (Sputnik): Indian security forces have been engaged in major counter-terror operations in the Kashmir Valley since April of this year. Security forces have eliminated more than 110 terrorists so far, with intelligence services claiming that infiltration attempts from the Pakistani border may witness a sharp increase this summer.

sputniknews (2020-06-25). India, Pakistan Engage in Mortar Shelling, Firefight at Border. sputniknews.com New Delhi (Sputnik): India and Pakistan, at odds over Jammu and Kashmir since independence, have been accusing each other of constant ceasefire violations across the Line of Control (LoC). While India claimed that Pakistan has violated the ceasefire over 2,000 times in 2020, Islamabad accused New Delhi of breaking the pact over 957 times.

sputniknews (2020-06-25). India, China Swear Upon Past Agreements, New Confidence-Building Measures to Break Stand-off. sputniknews.com New Delhi (Sputnik): India and China have been in a border stand-off along the 4,057km long Line of Actual Control since the last week of April. The tensions between the neighbours escalated last week when 20 Indian soldiers were killed in a violent face-off between the Indian Army and PLA.

sputniknews (2020-06-25). India Urges Russia to Deliver Igla-S Missile System ASAP Amid Border Tensions, Media Claims. sputniknews.com New Delhi (Sputnik): Media outlets earlier reported that Indian authorities have decided to "pressure" Russia into expediting the delivery of its S-400 air defence missile system to New Delhi amid the latter's ongoing border face-off with China.

Peoples Dispatch (2020-06-24). Major earthquake hits Mexico, at least six dead. peoplesdispatch.org A powerful earthquake of magnitude 7.5 struck southern Mexico on the morning of June 23 at 10.29. At least six people died due to collapse of buildings and other accidents in the State of Oaxaca, which was the epicenter of the earthquake. The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a tsunami warning for the Pacific coasts of Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras, after the earthquake. | Thousands of people remained outside their homes for hours after the quake due to the aftershocks. Over 147 aftershocks were reported by noon, most of them small with magnitude between 3 and 5, which…

_____ (2020-06-24). Reparations And The Palestinian Right Of Return. popularresistance.org The calls "Black Lives Matter" and "Free, Free Palestine," serve to remind us that Palestine is not free and that if the lives of Black people mattered, there would be no need for the call. In both cases, people are in the grips of a cruel, racist system that refuses to let go. In both cases, people are being hunted down, caged, strangled, and shot to death, and the root cause of their suffering is rarely addressed. | In Palestine, the return of refugees is the issue that has the capacity to completely alter the conversation and ultimately bring justice to Palestinians. However few are willing to bring it up, muc…

Stephen Lendman (2020-06-24). Troubling India-China Border Skirmishes. Dangerous Game. Was Washington Involved in Spearheading Conflict? globalresearch.ca A longstanding line of control dispute along the border separating China and India flared up weeks earlier. | Both countries claim sovereignty over the disputed territory. Until April, forces of both countries hadn't used live fire for decades. | According to Indian …

Mark Gruenberg (2020-06-24). Trump touts fake wall; EU mulls real 'wall' to bar Americans. peoplesworld.org On Tuesday in Arizona Trump had his picture taken at the phony prop he calls his "beautiful wall," one of the props along the border with Mexico that he runs to every time he wants to stir up fear of immigrants. While he was doing that the European Union was drafting plans to establish a …

WSWS (2020-06-24). The COVID-19 pandemic and the global plight of refugees and migrant workers. wsws.org As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to tear through the global population, the disease is having an especially devastating impact on the tens of millions of displaced people throughout the world.

WSWS (2020-06-24). Antigone from Canada recounts the struggle of an immigrant youth to defend her brother against state violence. wsws.org Unlike insipid mainstream Canadian cinema, Antigone deals honestly with critical issues such as the oppression of immigrants, police violence, a mounting youth revolt and, to some extent, social inequality.

WSWS (2020-06-24). Trump signs reactionary proclamation expanding immigration restrictions. wsws.org The order extends and expands anti-immigrant restrictions on workers coming to the US for jobs in multiple industries.

_____ (2020-06-24). Bio-surveillance, invisible borders and the dangerous after-effects of COVID-19 measures. truepublica.org.uk By Ayelet Shachar: Long after the COVID-19 pandemic is over, we may continue to be affected by its residue of ultra-sophisticated technologies of bio-surveillance. If I ask you to close your eyes and imagine a border, what image comes to mind? Most of us would think of barbed-wire fences planted firmly on frontier locations. …

Tony Cartalucci (2020-06-24). China vs India: Who Benefits? US Meddling. globalresearch.ca A recent border dispute between China and India have resulted in multiple casualties including deaths. It is the first time in decades that this scale of violence has been seen between the two nations. Western headlines have immediately tried to …

yenisafak (2020-06-24). Italy says 28 migrants test positive to COVID-19 on quarantine ship. yenisafak.com Dozens of migrants rescued in the Mediterranean have tested positive for the new coronavirus while held in a quarantine ship off the southern Italian coast, Sicily's regional leader Nello Musumeci said on Wednesday.In April Italy banned migrant rescue ships from docking in its ports until July 31 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It now transfers all those saved at sea onto large ferries which must wait off its coast.After saving more than 200 people stranded at sea last week, the Sea-Watch 3 charity boat arrived on Sunday in the Sicilian town of Porto Empedocle.The mainly African passengers were immediately moved to…

yenisafak (2020-06-24). Top Turkish, Spanish diplomats talk COVID-19, tourism. yenisafak.com Mevlut Cavusoglu and Arancha Gonzalez Laya discussed the latest developments on the outbreak in both countries, effort to bring back tourism, and Turkish-EU relations, said the sources, who asked not to be named due to restrictions on speaking to the media.As tourism worldwide ground to a halt due to the coronavirus pandemic, Turkey's new case numbers are falling, and the country is looking to bring back tourists by restarting flights and issuing certificates for businesses that have taken necessary steps against the outbreak.Spain is also seeking to reassure tourists as its numbers fall and its borders reopen.

sputniknews (2020-06-24). Despite Border Tensions Between India and China, Russia to Ensure RIC Remains Viable, Experts Say. sputniknews.com New Delhi (Sputnik): The foreign ministers of Russia, India, and China on Tuesday participated in a special videoconference session called by Moscow to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the defeat of Nazi Germany in the Second World War and the creation of the United Nations.

sputniknews (2020-06-24). India to Use Naval Helicopter to Kill Second Wave of Locusts Entering From Pakistan. sputniknews.com New Delhi (Sputnik): India has been witnessing the worst locust attack in decades this year. Farmers in border states have suffered heavy losses due to the damage inflicted by the migratory pests.

en.mehrnews (2020-06-24). Rouhani calls for expansion of border security cooperation with Pakistan. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jun. 25 (MNA) — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani expressed hope that Iran and Pakistan would expand cooperation in ensuring the security of common border areas.

Staff (2020-06-23). Headlines for June 23, 2020. democracynow.org COVID-19 on the Rise in 29 States; Immigrant and Communities of Color Carry Brunt of Devastation, Coronavirus Continues to Devastate Latin America; South Korea in Midst of Second Wave, Trump Issues Ban on H-1B Visas and Green Cards Through 2020, KY Slashes Primary Polling Sites as Key Races Pit Progressives and Establishment Dems in KY, NY, VA, Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan Shutting Down CHOP, Says Police Will Return, Bridgeport Council Agrees to Shift Police Funding After Mass Protests, NYPD Says Officers Who Plowed SUVs into Protesters Were Not at Fault, Funeral for Rayshard Brooks Held in Atlanta, NAACP Lawsuit:…

Nick Licata (2020-06-23). Supreme Court DACA Decision: Was It More Concerned About Humanity or Legality? counterpunch.org On June 17, 2020, the Supreme Court ruled that the 700,000 immigrants, who were minors when they were brought into the US without immigration papers, would continue to be protected from being deported. The media largely focused on the humane impact the decision would have on the many lives whose future depended on it. But

Negin Owliaei, Sofia Salazar (2020-06-23). Black Immigrant Domestic Workers Share Notes on the Storm. commondreams.org Black Americans are dying from Covid-19 at three times the rate of white Americans and face higher rates of unemployment. (Photo: Screenshot) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/screen_shot_2020-06-23_at_12.30.33_pm.png

Elsa Rodriguez Flores (2020-06-23). When workers got sick, we organized our warehouse and won. zcomm.org By winning basic protections against COVID-19 at our Barnes & Noble warehouse, we showed the tremendous power immigrant workers have when they organize…

news.un (2020-06-23). UN agency assisting Palestinians working at 'full capacity with inadequate resources'. news.un.org Some 75 countries and non-governmental organizations have pledged $130 million in financial commitments to the UN agency that assists Palestinian refugees across the Middle East, UNRWA, following a virtual conference on Tuesday,…

WSWS (2020-06-23). Germany seeks to tighten European asylum law. wsws.org The core elements are the internment of refugees at the EU's external borders and the implementation of fast-track asylum procedures.

Cassie Miller (2020-06-23). 'There Is No Political Solution': Accelerationism in the White Power Movement. splcenter.org In December 2018, a man named Rinaldo Nazzaro purchased 30 acres of remote land in Republic, Washington, a city of roughly 1,000 people about an hour's drive south of the Canadian border. The tract was meant to serve as a training ground for a terroristic white power group he founded earlier that year called The Base.

_____ (2020-06-23). Covid-19 Will Accelerate March of the Robots. strategic-culture.org Tech revolution threatens an unemployment crisis in China and developed world after gathering pace during pandemic | Gordon WATTS | They have been compared to quantum leaps in humanity's historic journey. But they are more like Grand Canyon-style jumps in our evolution. | During the past 200 years, technological revolutions have expanded the borders of globalization and have dragged millions of people out of poverty. Yet they have come at a price. | The Fourth Industrial Revolution will be no different. | Already the landscape is changing dramatically with China at the forefront of this brave, new world for some…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2020-06-23). As EU Looks to Reopen Borders, US Covid-19 Surge Means Americans May Not Be Welcome. commondreams.org The European Union is preparing to allow travelers from dozens of countries onto the continent again starting July 1 as the bloc of 27 member nations reopens its borders—but Americans are unlikely to be welcome for the foreseeable future due to the Trump administration's failure to control the coronavirus pandemic. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/gettyimages-1214325999.jpg

Cathy Rojas (2020-06-22). Building multinational unity for Black lives. liberationnews.org On June 14, a Black Lives Matter protest began in Jackson Heights, the most diverse urban area in the world, ending in the immigrant neighborhood of Corona, the epicenter of the COVID-19 epidemic in New York City. The protest had an explicitly theme of "Multinational Unity for Black Lives," and united the multinational, largely immigrant …

The Canary (2020-06-22). Sadiq Khan: Windrush legacy must see end to 'hostile environment' for immigrants. thecanary.co London Mayor Sadiq Khan has called on the government to learn from the suffering endured by the Windrush generation and end the "hostile environment" faced by immigrants in the capital.Ministers should help Londoners by increasing funding to the immigration sector and cutting its "extortionate" fees, Khan said in a statement."Many of the Windrush Generation and their families are still struggling to access the advice and support they need, and it is clear that too many Londoners are still being failed by an immigration system that is prohibitively expensive and simply not fit for purpose," he said."I'm proud that…

WSWS (2020-06-22). Coronavirus spreading among agriculture and seafood workers in the US. wsws.org While immigrant farm workers are considered essential by the federal government, there have been no nationwide mandates placed on the agriculture industry to protect them from COVID-19.

Gillian Ganesan (2020-06-22). Black Communities Can Not Wait Any Longer. The Time to Divest Is Now. aclu.org In the wake of the killing of George Floyd, we are seeing a massive popular political realignment around the role and scope of policing in the United States, led by Black organizers and Black-led movement groups. More than ever before, this movement is calling for divestment from police departments and reinvestment into the life-affirming services that help communities thrive. Further still, these protests are not confined to cities and towns across America — they have crossed our borders and are taking place globally., , These calls are being heard, and the power of the people has already led to momentu…

news.un (2020-06-22). Countries urged to act over potential HIV drug shortages, within next two months. news.un.org Stocks of medication for HIV patients could run out in the next two months, because of higher costs linked to lockdowns and COVID-19 border closures, UNAIDS said on Monday.

yenisafak (2020-06-22). Germany arrests suspected Assad regime torturer. yenisafak.com German police arrested a Syrian former secret service employee on suspicion of crimes against humanity, officials said on Monday. | Alaa M., who arrived in Germany as a refugee in 2015, was arrested in the central state of Hesse on Friday, the Federal Public Prosecutor's Office said in a statement. | The suspect worked for the military intelligence as a doctor, and he was strongly suspected of torturing inmates in 2011 at an Assad regime prison in the city of Homs. | The prosecutors accused the Assad regime of using brutal force to suppress the political opposition, torturing and murdering many of them in prisons…

yenisafak (2020-06-22). Gazans protest Israeli plan to annex West Bank. yenisafak.com Palestinians in the Gaza Strip staged a protest on Monday to reject an Israeli plan to annex parts of the occupied West Bank.Organized by the Joint Committee for Refugees, the demonstration was held in front the office of the UN refugee agency UNRWA in Gaza City, on the occasion of the World Refugee Day; which was marked on June 20.Speaking at the protest, Ismail Radwan, a Hamas leading member, called on donor countries to continue their funding to UNRWA.Radwan reiterated the committee's rejection of "refugee resettlement projects and finding an alternative homeland for them"."The right of return is individual an…

yenisafak (2020-06-22). Turkey sends 6 truckloads of aid to Idlib, Syria. yenisafak.com Two Turkish charities on Monday sent six 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, including flour, clothing and dry food, by Adana Dosteller and Eskisehir Gunisigi charities, entered Idlib through the Yayladagi border crossing of Turkey's southern Hatay province.The aid will be distributed among families living in tents in Idlib.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 h…

yenisafak (2020-06-22). UN dispatches 36 trucks carrying aid to Idlib, Syria. yenisafak.com The UN on Monday dispatched a total of 36 trucks carrying humanitarian aid for needy people in Idlib city of northwestern Syria.Truckloads of supplies entered the Syrian city 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 de-escalation zone forged under an agreement…

sputniknews (2020-06-22). Ex-Indian Prime Minister Hits Out at Modi Over 'No Intrusion' in Ladakh Remark Amid China Tensions. sputniknews.com New Delhi (Sputnik): Indian PM Narendra Modi triggered a wave of discontent with his statement that 'no one intruded into our territory' following the India-China border skirmish on 15 June, when 20 Indian soldiers were killed. The remark rattled several retired army officer who called it disrespectful to the memory of fallen servicemen.

sputniknews (2020-06-22). Leader of India's Traders' Body Detained While Attempting to Burn Chinese Goods. sputniknews.com New Delhi (Sputnik): After an unprecedented border clash between India and China along the Line of Control in Ladakh, there has been growing anti-Chinese sentiment in the country. The traders' body kicked off a boycott campaign against Chinese goods in Delhi on 10 June.

en.mehrnews (2020-06-22). Necessary measures to be taken to prevent illegal transit on Iranian-Afghan borders. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jun. 22 (MNA) — Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and Caretaker of the Afghan Foreign Ministry Mohammad Hanif Atmar in a joint statement on Monday emphasized that necessary and drastic measures will be taken to prevent illegal transit on borders of the two countries.