Cuban detainees: ICE forced us to sign forms saying we wanted to go back, 'visit' family
MIAMI — When a guard approached his bunk bed asking if he’d like to see his family after 18 months in detention, the 24-year-old Cuban detainee thought he was finally going to South Florida where he’d be reunited with his aunt.Instead, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement had other notions. They were planning to reunite him with his family — in Cuba.Now he’s one of at least two dozen Cubans inside detention centers in Louisiana and Georgia who have told the Miami Herald that ICE agents coerced them — sometimes through physical violence — to sign a form saying they desired to return to Cuba...
Trump sees Latino voters as a rare bright spot in Pennsylvania
PHILADELPHIA — Eric Trump traveled to a Philadelphia church on a rainy Friday this month, seeking Latino votes for his father. Not many people showed up.But the sparse “Latinos for Trump” attendance at In the Light Ministries, in the city’s Feltonville section, obscured a political opportunity: Latino support for Joe Biden is no given, and even small gains for President Donald Trump could make a big difference in a state that was decided by less than 1% of the votes cast in 2016.Latinos are a broad, diverse group, nearly a million strong in Pennsylvania — and they don’t cast ballots as a monol...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
New lawsuit to challenge Trump's 'Remain in Mexico' policy
SAN DIEGO — As one legal challenge to the Trump administration’s “Remain in Mexico” program heads to the Supreme Court, a new one is being launched in California.The program, known officially as Migrant Protection Protocols, requires most asylum-seekers from Latin American countries to wait in Mexico while their immigration court cases progress in the United States. The lawsuit, which aims to become a class action, was filed Wednesday morning in the Central District of California.It is brought by several asylum-seekers who were returned along the California border along with organizations that...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Ghislaine Maxwell testimony: 465 pages of fury, denials, glimpses into Jeffrey Epstein's life
No, Ghislaine Maxwell doesn’t remember where she met Virginia Roberts Giuffre, the woman who says she was recruited from a job at Mar-a-Lago as a teenager to become a Jeffrey Epstein masseuse and eventually a “sex slave.”Yes, she recalls women hanging around Epstein’s pool topless, but it was not that common and they didn’t appear underage.No, despite claims to the contrary, she didn’t participate in orgies with Epstein and young girls, including a specific allegation that involved the participation of a 13-year-old.The back and forth comes from a 465-transcript released early Thursday of a de...
Ann McFeatters: How Trump delivered on his promises from 2016, and what it signals for a 2nd term
We have never heard a serious answer from Donald Trump about his priorities for a second term except that having first called the White House a “dump,” he’s come to like living there and flying on Air Force One.Republicans, also, refused to put out a platform for the next four years. But, hey, we easily can review how well Trump kept his promises in his first term as president.Trump promised to bring manufacturing jobs back to U.S. shores and started a trade war with China, imposing higher tariffs to bring jobs back. Sadly, there is not a higher number of American-made widgets. The U.S. trade ...
Tribune News Service
Editorial: Foreign policy is on the ballot, too
The 2020 campaign has mostly focused on domestic dynamics. But because most issues are internationally interrelated, foreign policy is on the ballot, too.The meshing of the global and national could be called “inter-mestic,” former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright said during a virtual Council of Foreign Relations forum on Monday.“People are totally consumed by the domestic issues happening here, which is COVID, the economy and health care; they all have an international context,” Albright said, adding: “One of the things that is going to be in the next president’s inbox is the connection...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
The importance of ‘unlearning’ the past: Interview with Balkans expert Keith Brown
Prof. Keith Brown, Arizona State University. Photo used with his permission.This story was originally published by Meta.mk, which also added the additional links to English-language sources explaining some of the terms menntioned. An edited version is republished here via a content-sharing agreement between Global Voices and Metamorphosis Foundation.Keith Brown is a professor at Arizona State University’s School of Politics and Global Studies. He is also director of The Melikian Center for Russian, Eurasian & Eastern European Studies. With a doctorate in anthropology from the University of Chi...
At Michigan rally, Trump suggests alleged Whitmer plot 'maybe' wasn't a problem
LANSING, Mich. — President Donald Trump returned to the battleground of Michigan a week before Election Day, and so did his supporters’ chants of “lock her up” about the state’s top official, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.In a wide-ranging, hourlong speech at the Capital Region International Airport, the Republican incumbent on Tuesday inaccurately connected surges in COVID-19 cases to increased testing for the virus, contended the auto business was “afraid” of environmentalists and touted his administration’s trade policies.Trump won the state four years ago by 10,704 votes, or two-tenths of a percen...
The Detroit News
From Belarus to Thailand, Hong Kong’s spirit of resistance is nurturing grassroots protests elsewhere
Photo from activist media outlet Studio Incendo. Non-commercial use.The following post, written by Shui-yin Sharon Yam, Assistant Professor of Writing, Rhetoric and Digital Studies at the University of Kentucky, was originally published on Hong Kong Free Press on October 22, 2020. It is republished with the author's permission on Global Voices under a content partnership agreement.Since the passing of the national security law, the streets of Hong Kong have been eerily calm. Large-scale marches and guerrilla-style street protests are no longer a weekly sight. Although some Western pundits and ...
A legitimate fear of death doesn't always matter in the US asylum system
SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras — When Yovin Estrada Villanueva returned to his family home just months after fleeing for his life, even the dogs didn’t recognize him.He had lost weight in U.S. immigration custody, his sister said. His hair and beard had grown long.He hadn’t told anyone that he was being deported back to Honduras. His attempt to win asylum in the United States had failed.Just over a year later, shortly before his 28th birthday, Villanueva was killed by the very people he fled.He was shot while driving his mototaxi — a dangerous occupation in neighborhoods under gang control.Villanuev...
The San Diego Union-Tribune