Daily Archives: June 18, 2020

2020-06-18: News Headlines

RT (2020-06-18). 'I was ahead of our times': Trump says both he & CHAZ anarchists in Seattle opted for building BORDER WALL first. rt.com US President Donald Trump has pointed out that an anarchist community that took over a part of Seattle first built a barrier around it, choosing to take that as an endorsement of his wall on the US-Mexico border. | Taking to his social media of choice on Thursday, Trump styled himself as a true visionary as he half-jokingly suggested that the builders of the anarchist utopia (or dystopia, depending on one's point of view) in Seattle might have drawn inspiration from his own mega-project. | "First thing the anarchists did upon taking over Seattle was 'BUILD A WALL.' See, I was ahead of our times!" Trump tweeted…

Staff (2020-06-18). Rashad Robinson on Recent Spike in Hanging Deaths, the Cancellation of "Cops" & Boycotting Facebook. democracynow.org For more than a decade, the racial justice organization Color of Change led a push to cancel the long-running TV show "Cops," which glorifies police aggression. Now the show has been cancelled, along with A&E's "Live PD." "The thing about these shows is that they call themselves reality programming, but they are only from the vision of the police officers," says Rashad Robinson, president of Color of Change. "These shows have served as a PR arm for law enforcement." He is now calling on Netflix to cancel "Border Security: America's Front Line."

yenisafak (2020-06-18). US Supreme Court rules against Trump bid to end 'Dreamers' immigrant program. yenisafak.com The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday dealt a President Donald Trump a major setback on his hardline immigration policies, ruling against his bid to end a program that protects from deportation hundreds of thousands of immigrants, dubbed "Dreamers," who entered the United States illegally as children.The justices upheld lower court rulings that found that Trump's 2017 move to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, created in 2012 by his Democratic predecessor Barack Obama, was unlawful.

news.un (2020-06-18). UN refugee chief laments nearly 80 million people forcibly displaced. news.un.org Global displacement reached a staggering 79.5 million people last year – almost double the number of people in crisis registered a decade ago — owing to war, violence, persecution and other emergencies, the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, said on Thursday.

IMEMC & Agencies (2020-06-18). Al-Zahar: 'Calm, in Return for Calm' Can't Last Forever. imemc.org In a new statement to media outlets, influential Hamas leader in Gaza, Mahmoud Al-Zahar, warned that the continuation of the Israeli siege and the 'calm, in return for calm' on both sides of the borders, can not last forever. Al-Zahar's remarks, which were reported by local Palestinian media outlets, including …

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…

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 …

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 …

WSWS (2020-06-17). Dozens die in India-China border clash. wsws.org It is the enmeshing of the India-China rivalry with the strategic confrontation between China and US imperialism that makes the border dispute so combustible and incendiary.

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). 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.

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…

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

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…

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!

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…

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.