Daily Archives: June 21, 2020

2020-06-21: News Headlines

yenisafak (2020-06-21). 13-year-old girl killed amid gunfire at Kashmir border. yenisafak.com A 13-year-old girl was allegedly killed in Pakistani-administered Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday in an exchange of gunfire along the border with the Indian-administered side of the region, according to the Pakistani military.Amid heightened tensions between the South Asian nuclear rivals, the Pakistani Army accused Indian border forces of targeting civilians on the Pakistani side of the disputed Kashmir valley, claiming that the girl's mother and a 12-year-old boy were also injured due to "indiscriminate" fire."Indian Army Troops initiated unprovoked ceasefire violation in Hajipir and Bedori Sectors along LOC [Line…

Judy Greenspan for OEA (2020-06-21). Monday 6/22: Educators For Black Sanctuary. indybay.org 1000 Broadway, downtown Oakland…

news.un (2020-06-21). FROM THE FIELD: the plight of refugees persecuted for their sexual orientation. news.un.org Millions of people around the world are at risk because of their sexual orientation or sex characteristics. The UN refugee agency, UNHCR, has underlined the fact that, under international law, they must be protected as refugees.

teleSUR (2020-06-20). At Least 5.6 Million Palestinians Live in Refugee Camps. telesurenglish.net On the World Refugee Day (June 20), human rights defenders recalled that 5.6 million Palestinians survive as refugees in Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Gaza, and the West Bank. | RELATED: | They represent more than a fifth of all people with this legal status worldwide, according to the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). | The origin of the diaspora of this Arab people began in 1948 when the…

IMEMC & Agencies (2020-06-20). On World Refugee Day, Nearly Six Million Palestinians Remain Refugees. imemc.org More than 5.6 million Palestinians are registered by United Nations (UN) as refugees, after seven decades of the Palestinian catastrophe or Nakba that began when Israel expelled more than 700,000 Palestinians from their homes in historical Palestine, declaring it the state of Israel, in 1948. The United Nations General Assembly resolution 55/76, …

Martina Kaika (2020-06-20). The case of refugees in Greece. peoplesdispatch.org Successive Greek governments have done nothing to to ensure decent living conditions for the uprooted people. Instead, they are also evicting those who have been granted asylum from their accommodation facilities…

news.un (2020-06-20). Refugee athletes stay focused on countdown to delayed Olympics. news.un.org With the Tokyo Olympics delayed until 2021, UN News has spoken to two recipients of Refugee Athlete Scholarships, an initiative of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), and UN refugee agency (UNHCR), to find out how COVID-19 lockdown measures are affecting their preparations for the games.

Peoples Dispatch (2020-06-20). Close to 3 million Afghans remain displaced, says UNHCR report. peoplesdispatch.org Of Afghanistan's total population of 38 million, one-fifth are former refugees who have returned in the past two decades. However, in 2019, only 8,400 returned, the lowest in many years…

Abdul Rahman (2020-06-20). Imperialist occupation and wars are the driving force behind the displacement of people. peoplesdispatch.org In its annual "Global Trends" report released on June 18, Thursday, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) noted that the total number of displaced persons globally rose by a record 9 million in 2019. Though most of them are internally displaced, the number of people forced out of their countries, or international refugees, is also increasing. | The spread of COVID-19 globally has caused renewed concern about the safety and well-being of the world's refugee population, most of whom are living in unsafe conditions. While health infrastructure in refugee camps, particularly in third world countri…

teleSUR (2020-06-20). 'Belgium Should Apologize for Its Colonial Past,' Kompany Says. telesurenglish.net The Ganshoren major Pierre Kompany emphasized that Belgium should apologize for the atrocities that King Leopold II (1835-1909) allowed to happen when Congo was a colony of this European country. | RELATED: | "If the State apologizes, it would be a big step. But if the King does the same, we would come out of this even better," Kompany said, as reported by VTR NWS. | These statements occurred amidst the World Refugee Day on June 20, when the…

yenisafak (2020-06-20). India claims Pakistani drone shot down in Jammu and Kashmir. yenisafak.com India's border security forces on Saturday announced that they had shot down an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) belonging to Pakistan at an outpost in the disputed region of Jammu and Kashmir.The Border Security Force (BSF) shot down the Pakistani Hexa copter drone allegedly carrying an assortment of arms at the Pansar border outpost in Kathua district."Alert troops of BSF shot down a Pakistani Hexa copter drone carrying 01 M4 carbine machine (US Made), 02 filled magazines (60 Rds), 07 Chinese grenades," the BSF said in a statement on Twitter.The aircraft was spotted by a BSF patrol at in the vicinity of the borde…

IMEMC & Agencies (2020-06-19). Russia Denies that Putin Tried to Block UN Security Council Recognition of Palestine. imemc.org Maria Zakharova, the Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson, denied that President Vladimir Putin had blocked a 2016 UN Security Council's resolution that recognizes Palestinian statehood on the 1967 border lines. Zakharov's remarks came during a press briefing on Wednesday, in which she responded to claims by an Israeli online newspaper, Israel …

Staff (2020-06-19). How DREAMers Defeated Trump: Supreme Court DACA Win Shows "Sustained Pressure of Activism" Works. democracynow.org In a 5-4 decision led by Chief Justice John Roberts, the Supreme Court on Thursday blocked President Trump's attempt to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA. The federal program created by President Obama in 2012 protects from deportation about 700,000 immigrants who arrived in the U.S. as children. Luis Cortes, one of the lawyers who defended DACA at the Supreme Court, says the key to the victory was being able to share the stories of DACA recipients. "What moved Chief Justice Roberts in our case was the stories," says Cortes, who is a DACA recipient himself. We also speak with Erika Andiola, advo…

Staff (2020-06-19). Headlines for June 19, 2020. democracynow.org Supreme Court Blocks Trump from Ending DACA in Victory for Immigrants, Global COVID Death Toll Tops 450,000 as Cases Keep Growing in 77 Nations, Navajo Nation Reinstates Lockdown Due to New COVID Surge, "Trump Death Clock" Heads to Tulsa for Trump Speech, Juneteenth: Longshore Union Shuts Down West Coast Ports; Trump Claims He Made Holiday "Very Famous", Atlanta Officers Involved in Killing of Rayshard Brooks Turn Themselves In, Probe Launched over Use of Military Surveillance Planes to Monitor Protesters, High-Ranking Black State Dept. Official Resigns to Protest Trump's Actions, Klobuchar Removes Herself from V…

Mark Gruenberg (2020-06-19). High Court says California can stay a sanctuary state. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—By a 7-2 vote, but without a written decision being issued, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled California can stay a sanctuary state for undocumented people — a position the state's union movement strongly pushed to passage several years ago. Technically, the justices rejected the anti-Hispanic anti-migrant GOP Trump regime's demand the justices hear the …

Mark Gruenberg, Roberta Wood (2020-06-19). Latino groups, AFL-CIO hail Supreme Court's pro-DACA decision. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—Immigrant rights groups, the AFL-CIO and other human rights organizations hailed the U.S. Supreme Court's June 18 decision which effectively leaves in place the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and blocks President Donald Trump's long campaign to end DACA and toss its 700,000 recipients — the Dreamers — out of the country. …

RT (2020-06-19). Indian Congress leader ARRESTED for spreading 'FAKE NEWS' about China border clash in leaked call. rt.com An Indian Congress leader from Ladakh was arrested after "berating" the country's army and making up "fake news" about deadly military clashes between India and China in the disputed border region. | Local media reported that Congress Councilor Zakir Hussain was arrested for "sedition" and "spreading of false information" on Friday. His comments came after the bloody confrontation which claimed the lives of 20 Indian soldiers earlier in the week. | In leaked audio, Hussain can be

RT (2020-06-19). China denies capturing Indian soldiers during recent border clash, despite media reports alleging Beijing freed 10 servicemen. rt.com Beijing has ruled out that there were any Indian soldiers captured during a confrontation along the border earlier this week. Indian media claimed that a number of troops had been released by China. | "China hasn't seized any Indian personnel," Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian told reporters on Friday. | Earlier in the day, a number of Indian media outlets citing sources suggested that Beijing had released a group of 10 servicemen, including officers. They had been freed and handed over to New Delhi after high-level talks between the nations' armies, it was reported. | However, Zhao's choice of words…

RT (2020-06-19). 'Nobody has entered our borders,' Modi says after India-China clash. rt.com Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Friday that India's borders are secure and its military is capable of defending them. The statement came after 20 Indian soldiers were killed this week in a frontier clash with Chinese troops. | "Nobody has entered our borders or captured our posts," Modi said in a televised statement at the end of an all-party meeting called by his government to discuss the clash, Reuters said. | India will continue to develop its border infrastructure rapidly, and will not bow down to external pressure, Modi said. | China has returned 10 Indian soldiers captured during a deadly border cla…

Staff (2020-06-19). Supreme Court DACA Win Shows "Sustained Pressure of Activism" Works. truthout.org In a 5-4 decision led by Chief Justice John Roberts, the Supreme Court on Thursday blocked President Trump's attempt to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA. The federal program created by President Obama in 2012 protects from deportation about 700,000 immigrants who arrived in the U.S. as children. Luis Cortes, one of the lawyers who defended DACA at the Supreme Court, says the key to the victory was being able to share the stories of DACA recipients. "What moved Chief Justice Roberts in ou…

WSWS (2020-06-19). Johnson government reneges on waiving health surcharges on NHS workers from overseas. wsws.org What is being demanded by migrant NHS workers is not preferential treatment, but rights that should be extended to all overseas workers.

IMEMC News (2020-06-19). Israeli Soldiers Abduct Three Palestinians In Jenin. imemc.org Israeli soldiers invaded, on Friday at dawn, into Jenin city and Jenin refugee camp, in northern West Bank, and abducted three young Palestinian men. Eyewitnesses said the undercover soldiers, driving a car with Palestinian license plates, infiltrated into Jenin, and kidnapped two young men, who remained unidentified at the time …

Peoples Dispatch (2020-06-19). More than 1% of world population is forcibly displaced, says UNHCR report. peoplesdispatch.org Busting the myth and propaganda claims about the so-called 'refugee problem' in developed countries, the UNHCR data establishes that around 85% of the total refugees in the world are hosted by developing countries…

WSWS (2020-06-19). India and China remain on knife edge as war tensions continue. wsws.org While proclaiming they want to de-escalate, India and China are each demanding the other stand down and pouring additional troops and weapons into their border regions.

_____ (2020-06-19). Juneteenth: Strike For Black Lives. popularresistance.org We are calling for disruptive actions aimed at shutting down the city: Strikes, sick-outs, blockades, occupations, and spontaneous marches. | We've watched a wave of grieving and rebellion take hold of the nation, and we say it's about time. We seek justice for Terrence Sterling, Jeffery Price, D'Quann Young, Marquees Alston, Miriam Carey, and Ralphael Briscoe, as well as the many hundreds of Black people who have been killed by MPD, ICE, or other white men with badges and guns. | We remember families separated by prison walls and by state borders. We mourn all the community members we've lost doing sex work, def…

WSWS (2020-06-19). UK nurses from overseas demand permanent residence after battling COVID-19. wsws.org The SEP was contacted by an overseas nurse from the south of England, urging support for a petition demanding permanent residence for non-EU National Health Service migrant workers.

yenisafak (2020-06-19). Turkey neutralizes three terrorists in N. Iraq operation. yenisafak.com Turkish army on Friday neutralized three terrorists as part of Operation Claw-Tiger in northern Iraq, security sources said.Operation Claw-Tiger is being carried out in line with Turkey's legitimate defense rights arising from the international law, and is oriented against the PKK and other terrorist elements that have recently escalated harassment and attacks on Turkish security posts and base areas, threatening the security of border and civilians.The operation is continuing successfully.Operation Claw-Tiger, launched right after Operation Claw-Eagle, has been destroying terrorist targets in Haftanin, northern…

sputniknews (2020-06-19). 'You Don't Belong': US Federal Employee Placed on Leave After Berating Teens – Video. sputniknews.com A US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) employee is asking for forgiveness after he was seen threatening and throwing out borderline lewd comments toward several teenage girls that he stated "didn't belong" in a gated community of West Palm Beach, Florida.

en.mehrnews (2020-06-19). Main Iran-Pakistan border crossing reopens. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jun. 19 (MNA) — Mirjaveh border crossing in Sistan and Baluchestan province located on Iran-Pakistan frontier has reopened after months of month hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic.

IRNA (2020-06-19). Iran-Pakistan agree to further strengthen economic ties despite coronavirus. iranian.com Ambassador of Iran to Pakistan and Adviser to the Prime Minister on Commerce and Investment welcoming the resumption of trade activities at the common border stressed the need to further enhance bilateral economic ties between the two states despite coronavirus pandemic. Ambassador Seyed Mohammad Ali Hosseini met with Abdul Razak Dawood on Thursday to discuss …

teleSUR (2020-06-18). Honduran President Hospitalized With Pneumonia Due to COVID-19. telesurenglish.net Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez was hospitalized Thursday for pneumonia after he and his wife tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday. | RELATED: | "Some mild infiltrations were found in his lungs. His general state of health is good; however, these findings have caused the medical team (composed of internists, pulmonologists, intensivists, and cardiologists) to recommend that its management be in-hospital," Nat…

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."

RT (2020-06-18). Indian minister calls for boycott of 'ALL Chinese goods' after deadly border clash. rt.com An Indian government minister has called for an economic boycott of China, following a deadly Chinese-Indian military clash in a disputed border region. | "China is a country that betrays", Ramdas Athawale, India's minister for social justice and empowerment wrote on Twitter, adding that India "should boycott all Chinese goods". He then became more specific, posting, "Chinese restaurants and hotels serving Chinese food should be closed in India!" | Athawale is known for making bold proclamations. He previously made the headlines for a show of solidarity with China in its fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

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 has taken over 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 twee…

commondreams (2020-06-18). United States Supreme Court Upholds Immigrant Rights by Ruling Rescinded DACA Program As Unlawful. commondreams.org ______________________________…

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.

commondreams (2020-06-18). Bend the Arc: DACA Ruling a Victory for Everyone Who Has Fought Trump's Attacks on Immigrant Families. commondreams.org ______________________________…

commondreams (2020-06-18). SCOTUS Continuation of DACA to Protect Hundreds of Thousands of Immigrants. commondreams.org ______________________________…

teleSUR (2020-06-18). Over 1 Percent Of Humanity Forcibly Displaced UN Reveals. telesurenglish.net The office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Thursday released a report that warns about 80 million people being forcibly displaced worldwide, about 1 percent of humanity. | RELATED: | The data, published ahead of the World Refugee Day on June 20, points out that 1 in every 97 people is affected by forced displacement. At the same time "fewer and fewer of those who flee can return home",…

IMEMC & Agencies (2020-06-18). Israeli Forces Abduct Several Palestinians in the West Bank. imemc.org Israeli soldiers abducted, early on Thursday morning, several Palestinian residents from a number of West Bank cities, towns and villages. In the West Bank city of Jericho, Israeli special forces invaded the Aqbat Jaber refugee camp, south of the city and abducted a young man, according to Palestinian security sources. …

news.un (2020-06-18). World Refugee Day: End conflict that drives 'appalling' displacement numbers. news.un.org UN Secretary-General António Guterres has reminded countries of their fundamental obligation to protect the nearly 80 million people worldwide forced to flee their homes due to conflict, persecution and other crises.

news.un (2020-06-18). World expects unity 'where humanity is most wounded and trampled', Grandi tells Security Council. news.un.org With nearly 80 million people now living in forced exile, the head of the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, urged the Security Council on Thursday to overcome its differences and start resolving conflicts so that refugees and internally displaced persons can finally return home.

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.

WSWS (2020-06-18). The India-China border clash and the inflammable state of world geopolitics. wsws.org The Indo-China border dispute is only one of numerous global flashpoints where US aggression has incited or aggravated inter-state conflicts and transformed them into potential catalysts of a global conflagration.

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 …

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 …

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 …