2020-06-28: News Headlines

_____ (2020-06-28). The Struggle To Protect The Sacred Place Where Life Begins. popularresistance.org As the Trump administration neared the end of its first year in office in 2017, it seemed environmental activists had lost one of the most hard-fought battles in the movement's history. Thanks to a last-minute maneuver by Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski, Congressional Republicans succeeded in passing legislation allowing oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, or ANWR. Some of the worst fears of environmental and Indigenous rights groups for what might happen under the administration appeared to be coming true. | However, two and a half years later, no drilling or seismic testing has taken place in the re…

yenisafak (2020-06-28). Turkey criticizes US human trafficking report. yenisafak.com The Trafficking in Persons Report (TIP) 2020 affirmed Turkey's efforts against human trafficking but expressed disappointment that the country had not moved a level up yet, according to a statement."Turkey is home to more than 4 million displaced people, and takes on more and more migrants each year, due to the instabilities and conflicts in our region. Despite that, Turkey is fighting human trafficking quite decisively," the Foreign Ministry said.It went on to say that Turkey has implemented related deals and laws, created awareness in the society on the matter, sought and protected victims, and brought criminal…

yenisafak (2020-06-28). Turkish soldier martyred by terrorists in N.Iraq. yenisafak.com A Turkish soldier was martyred in a clash with terrorists in Operation Claw-Tiger zone in northern Iraq, according to the Turkish National Defense Ministry on Sunday.The ministry offered condolences to the family of the soldier and the Turkish nation.Turkey's operations Claw-Tiger and Claw-Eagle were launched last week to ensure the safety of the Turkish people and borders by neutralizing the threat of the PKK and other terrorist groups, who often use northern Iraq to plan cross-border attacks.In its more than 30-year terror campaign against Turkey, the PKK — listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, th…

yenisafak (2020-06-28). Turkey key player in humanitarian aid to Syria: UN. yenisafak.com The humanitarian situation in Syria remains alarming as it enters the 10th year of civil war, said a UN spokesman."There has been a reduction in fighting (in Syria), but that has not solved the problem for about 2.8 million people that are there who need our support. To help them, Turkey is a key player," Jens Laerke, spokesman for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) told Anadolu Agency in an exclusive interview.Last month, 1,800 truckloads of aid crossed the border from Turkey to Idlib, northwestern Syria, Laerke noted.He said the country also helps the UN deliver aid in Syria.Laerk…

yenisafak (2020-06-28). Thousands in western Myanmar flee as army plans operations, monitors say. yenisafak.com Thousands of villagers have fled their homes in Myanmar's Rakhine state after a local administrator warned dozens of village leaders that the army planned "clearance operations" against insurgents, a lawmaker and a humanitarian group said.But a government spokesman said late on Saturday an evacuation order issued by border-affairs officials had been revoked. Border affairs acknowledged issuing the order through the local administrator but said it affected fewer villages.The warning to the village leaders came in a letter written on Wednesday, which was seen by Reuters and verified by a state government minister,…

The Canary (2020-06-27). Demonstrators demand justice for 12 year old refugee Shukri Abdi in the wake of Black Lives Matter protests. thecanary.co Demonstrators have gathered in London and other UK cities to demand "justice" for a 12-year-old Somali refugee on the one-year anniversary of her death.A huge crowd descended on the capital on Saturday 27 June in memory of Shukri Yahya Abdi, who drowned in the River Irwell in Bury, Greater Manchester, exactly one year ago. Many in the UK have renewed calls to demand a fair investigation into her death in the wake of recent Black Lives Matter protests.People with fists raised in the air carried a "Justice for Shukri" banner, and some wore T-shirts displaying the child's name.Protesters demanded 'justice for Shukri…

Sonali Kolhatkar (2020-06-27). Trump Using Pandemic to Wage War on Immigrants and Separate Families. zcomm.org It looks like the president's goal is to make America white…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-06-27). Rights groups condemn harassment of journalists in Sri Lanka. peoplesdispatch.org Several international human rights groups released a statement on June 24, Wednesday, calling on the Sri Lankan government led by Gotabaya Rajapaksa to stop the harassment and targeting of journalists in the country. The joint statement by Amnesty International, Front Line Defenders, Reporters Without Border, the Committee to Protect Journalists and Human Rights Watch demanded that the government ensure the safety of senior journalist

yenisafak (2020-06-27). EU holds off decision on borders, Americans set to be excluded. yenisafak.com European Union countries failed to settle on Friday on a final "safe list" of countries whose residents could travel to the bloc from July, with the United States, Brazil and Russia set to be excluded.Ambassadors from the 27 EU members convened from Friday afternoon to establish criteria for granting quarantine-free access from next Wednesday.A redrawn text of 10-20 countries was put to them, but many said they needed to consult first with their governments, diplomats said. The list did not include the United States, Brazil or Russia, one diplomat said.Discussions were continuing overnight, with the EU countries…

yenisafak (2020-06-27). 'Existing tensions surfacing in new China-India row'. yenisafak.com The recent clashes between China and India are a manifestation of long-standing tensions between the two nuclear-armed neighbors, according to an expert on South Asian geopolitics."The Himalayan border problem between Pakistan, India, and China is not a new issue — it goes back at least 70 years," Umit Alperen, a researcher and professor, said in an online discussion with Cemal Demir, head of the Istanbul-based South Asia Strategic Research Center (GASAM).China and India's military clash can be seen as the surfacing of a tension that has been there for some time, and an escalation accelerated by domestic, r…

en.mehrnews (2020-06-27). World Refugee Day: time for rally around Iran on humanitarian purposes. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jun. 28 (MNA) — As I read the new Global Trends report issued last week from UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, I cannot help but feel worried. 1 in 97 people worldwide has been forced to flee their homes. This represents 79.5 million people forcibly displaced in and out of their countries at the end of 2019 — an unprecedented number.

en.mehrnews (2020-06-27). Iran accounts for 90% of global opium confiscation. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jun. 28 (MNA) — Commander of the Border Guard of the Law Enforcement Force of the Islamic Republic of Iran (NAJA) Second Brigadier General Ahmad Ali Goudarzi said on Sat. that Iran accounts for 90% of global opium confiscation.

United We Dream & others (2020-06-27). Thursday 7/2: Tackling Anti-Blackness in Immigrant Communities Discussion w/ United We Dream. indybay.org Online…

Pepe Eggers (2020-06-27). End of a Career. Obituary The "Swabian housewife" indybay.org The "Swabian housewife" dominated politics. Now she is buried by her inventors, of all people. | The state is not a business or a housewife but can borrow and become indebted to help present and future generations. | Systemic change, not climate change! Fight ignorance, not immigrants!

RT (2020-06-26). 'Chicago worse than Afghanistan': Trump blasts high crime rate in 'Democrat-run' cities, says it's like living in HELL. rt.com US President Donald Trump said that Democratic Party mayors and the Barack Obama administration have done "virtually nothing" to combat violent crime in major American cities like Detroit and Chicago. | "Chicago is an example, it's worse than Afghanistan, it's worse than… Honduras," Trump told Fox News anchor Sean Hannity. | We have cities that are worse, in some cases — far worse. Take a look at Detroit. Take a look at what's happening in Oakland. Take a look at what's happening in Baltimore… These cities, it's like living in hell. | Trump said that these cities are "Democrat-run," blaming the Democr…

B. Prasant (2020-06-26). COVID-19 death march: India's migrant workers head home, heralding virus surge. peoplesworld.org DELHI—The thin emaciated woman lay on her back by the side of the highway that leads away from Delhi towards Kolkata. Her arms akimbo, her knees folded together and drawn up, her body barely covered in a torn-to-strips cloth that had once been a red saree. Her eyes drew attention because they were wide open—death …

RT (2020-06-26). Facebook bends the knee, agrees to censor Trump ads after mass advertiser boycott. rt.com Facebook will change its policies to ban "hate speech" in advertisements on the platform, CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced, after activists brigaded a number of major corporations to pull their ads from the platform. | "I am committed to making sure Facebook remains a place where people can use their voice to discuss important issues," Zuckerberg said on Friday. "But I also stand against hate or anything that incites violences or suppresses voting, and we're committed to removing that content too, no matter where it comes from." | This will include ads critical of "immigrants, migrants, refugees and asylum seeker…

RT (2020-06-26). 8,000km from home: WATCH Russian Su-30 intercept US spy planes over Black Sea. rt.com The Russian military has published video footage showing the moment a Su-30 fighter jet intercepted a group of US spy planes over the Black Sea on Friday. | The Aerospace Force scrambled a Su-30 to escort three American planes away from the nation's southern border, Russia's Ministry of Defence said in a statement to the media, adding that the incident unfolded over neutral waters. | The American planes were identified as a R-8A Poseidon patrol aircraft, an RC-135 strategic reconnaissance jet, and a KC-135 refueling plane. The group immediately changed the direction of its flight away from the Russian borde…

Jon Queally, staff writer (2020-06-26). 'No One Is Above the Law': Federal Court Rules Trump Effort to Seize Pentagon Funds for Border Wall Is Illegal. commondreams.org "This ruling is a win for the rule of law, the environment, and border communities." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/border.wall__2.jpg

Samantha Ortega (2020-06-25). The U.S. Has always exploited immigrants during pandemics. nationofchange.org As our country continues to grapple with the coronavirus, we must ensure that the health of everyone, including migrants, is prioritized and protected.

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 Nur Shams refugee camp, east of Tulkarem city, in northern 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). 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…

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,…

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 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.

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.

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…

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 …

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.