Daily Archives: June 12, 2020

2020-06-12: News Headlines

P. Sainath (2020-06-11). The Migrant and the Moral Economy of the Elite. counterpunch.org The Mumbai-Nashik highway seemed busier under lockdown than in normal times. People moved any way they could. Bimlesh Jaiswal, who lost one leg in an accident years ago, travelled 1,200 km from Panvel, Maharashtra, to Rewa, Madhya Pradesh, on a gearless scooter, with his wife and three-year-old daughter. "Who shuts down a country with a four-hour notice?" he asks. Come on Bimlesh, you know the answer to that one.

Cooper Feste and Dariel Hernandez (2020-06-11). Pandemic reveals worker exploitation in Texas meatpacking industry. liberationnews.org Across Texas, workers, many of them Black or immigrants from Mexico and Central and South America, have been forced back to work at job sites that are unsafe and even deadly…

WSWS (2020-06-11). Millions of Ukrainian migrant workers forced to search for employment in Europe under unsafe conditions. wsws.org Despite little health or legal protections, Ukraine's migrant workers are being forced to search for work in Europe's farms and factories to avoid unemployment and social destitution.

WSWS (2020-06-11). Young maquiladora factory workers dying in droves in US/Mexico border towns. wsws.org Defying the myth that COVID-19 primarily kills the elderly, young people who work in US-owned maquiladora factories in border towns such as Tijuana and Juarez are dying at alarming rates.

teleSUR (2020-06-09). London Mayor Proposes Statues Purge Over Anti-Racism Protests. telesurenglish.net Amid worldwide demonstrations against racism over George Floyd's murder, London Mayor Sadiq Khan announced Tuesday that the city may remove statues of imperialist figures. | RELATED: | According to Khan, this monument's "purge" meets London officials' desire to reflect the diversity, an aspect strongly attached to this capital, a host city for immigrants. | On this line, a commission was set up whose task would be…

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…

Staff (2020-06-09). Amid Protests & Pandemic, 200+ Unhoused People Sheltering in Minneapolis Hotel Now Face Eviction. democracynow.org We go to Minneapolis, where the community has taken over a Sheraton hotel to provide shelter to more than 200 unhoused people amid protests and the pandemic. Now they face eviction. "Using hotels for emergency housing is an obvious answer," says Rosemary Fister, community organizer. "They are largely vacant as we enter an economic depression in the midst of a global pandemic."

Andrey Areshev (2020-06-09). Somalia: Trapped in Revolution and Instability. strategic-culture.org Somalia's brutal arid landscape and unfortunate colonial borders keep the nation a dry well packed powder keg waiting for the next spark.

RT (2020-06-11). Over 90,000 people displaced in Yemen since January as conflict continues — UN. rt.com The UN refugee agency said on Thursday that more than 94,000 people have been displaced and forced to flee their homes in several parts of Yemen since January. "The ongoing conflict in Yemen continues to displace people from their homes as they struggle to survive," the UNHCR tweeted. | More than 94,000 — including at least 15,000 households — were displaced between January 1 and June 6, according to the agency. Only about 5,200 people were able to return to their places of origin in that period. | The civil war erupted in Yemen in 2015. A US-backed, Saudi-led coalition launched an offensive against…

RT (2020-06-10). Poland to open EU borders on Saturday, allow international flights from Tuesday. rt.com Poland will open its borders with fellow European Union countries on Saturday and allow international flights from next Tuesday, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Wednesday. The country closed its borders to visitors in March to stop the spread of the coronavirus. | "In some countries… this pandemic is still behaving in a very disturbing way," Morawiecki said, adding that Warsaw will now limit opening borders to EU states. | Poland has seen a recent rise in infections, mostly around coal mines in the south. On Monday, 599 new cases were reported — a record. As of Wednesday morning, the country o…

RT (2020-06-09). Austria 'may open borders' to Italy & over 20 European states as Salzburg Festival begins on August 1. rt.com Austria will reopen its borders to Italy and more than 20 other European countries next week, officials were quoted as saying on Tuesday. The move could ease tensions with Rome after Vienna singled its southern neighbor out for continued coronavirus-related checks. | Details of the decision will be finalized at a ministerial meeting on Wednesday, Reuters reported, citing officials. The Foreign Ministry has not commented on the report. | The Salzburg Festival of classical music, Europe's top festival, announced on Tuesday it will stage a reduced 100th anniversary celebration, with capacities limited to about 50…

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). EU warns COVID-19 health crisis not over yet, urges vigilance. yenisafak.com The public health crisis caused by the COVID-19 epidemic in Europe is not over yet, the European Union's top health official warned on Friday, urging governments to remain vigilant and plough ahead with testing and tracing the population."This is not behind us yet. We need to be vigilant," EU Health Commissioner Stella Kyriakides told EU health ministers in a videoconference, amid fears of a new surge in infections as EU states gradually reopen business and borders and after mass protests in recent days across the continent [ nL8N2DO589].

yenisafak (2020-06-10). Masked | gangs in Greece recorded forcing migrant boats back to Turkey. yenisafak.com Shocking photos were released by

yenisafak (2020-06-09). Spain not discussing UK travel corridor but will welcome thousands of German tourists. yenisafak.com Spain is not discussing a travel corridor with Britain, a Spanish foreign ministry source told Reuters on Tuesday, but it will allow nearly 11,000 German tourists to visit the Balearic Islands two weeks before officially reopening its borders.With summer fast approaching, a key question is whether and how tourists will be able to travel across Europe

_____ (2020-06-12). Martin Gugino — The "Buffalo Protestor" And Our Friend. popularresistance.org Martin Gugino worked together in Witness Against Torture for years, a close-knit group dedicated to closing the U.S. prison camp at Guantanamo and opposing torture. Our community is beside itself. | None of us is surprised that it was Martin meeting the police line in a posture of non-violence. Martin is gentle, principled, and undaunted. Allied with the Catholic Worker tradition, he is also deeply committed to a tapestry of causes, from fair housing to immigrant rights. Guiding his activism is belief in the sacred power of non-violent resistance to injustice. If that makes him an "agitator," as Buffalo's police…

_____ (2020-06-10). Hispanic Americans On The Front Lines Of COVID-19. popularresistance.org Workforce needs are changing and immigrants and Americans of all kinds are critical to the fight, response, and recovery that we face in the coming months. As the country continues to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, Hispanic Americans are playing an important role on the front lines in healthcare, food supply, education, and biomedical industries. There are 2.2 million Hispanic healthcare workers (or 13.0% of the total workforce) nationwide, almost one-third of which are immigrants. Hispanic Americans are even more prominent in another essential sector of the U.S economy: the food supply chain. Hispanic workers are…