July 15, 2013 |
JERUSALEM - In an acceleration of its controversial crackdown on African asylum seekers, Israel has begun sending Eritrean refugees back to their restive homeland, where they face uncertain and potentially perilous futures. The first planeload of 14 Eritreans left Israel over the weekend and the government is expected to repatriate about 200 more in the coming days, according to refugee-rights groups. After receiving a flood of about 60,000 African refugees over the last seven years, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared the influx a threat to the country's security and Jewish character.
July 15, 2013 |
JERUSALEM -- Israel quietly returned 14 Eritrean refugees back to their restive African country and is planning to send home as many as 200 more in the coming days, refugee-rights groups said Monday. Israeli officials declined to comment directly on the 14 cases Monday, but the Interior Ministry said in a statement that all refugees who are repatriated have signed voluntary consent forms and agreed to go home. Activists for the refugees say the practice may not be legal because refugees appear to have been threatened and pressured, according to Reut Michaeli, executive director of the Tel Aviv-based Hotline for Migrant Workers.
April 19, 2013 |
ATHENS - After an intense two-day manhunt, Greek police on Friday arrested three strawberry farm foremen suspected of shooting and injuring 28 migrants who were demanding wages they claimed they had not been paid for six months. The violent incident, which shocked Greeks, embarrassed the government and set off an impromptu boycott of fruit products from an agricultural region 160 miles west of the capital, marked the latest -- and most violent -- attack on foreign workers here. It also underscored the stark dangers of racist, anti-immigrant rhetoric gaining ground as the nation struggles through the sixth year of a recession that has left more than 1 million unemployed and salaries reduced by as much as 40%. A police statement said the three foremen were arrested near the village of Manolada, where the shooting took place late Wednesday.
January 9, 2013 |
Saudi Arabia on Wednesday beheaded a Sri Lankan woman who was convicted of killing a baby, putting the former domestic worker to death despite her young age at the time of the alleged crime. The Sri Lankan government had pleaded with Saudi officials to spare Rizana Nafeek, who was 17 and had been working in the country just a few weeks when a baby died in her care in 2005. She was among the hundreds of thousands of migrants who flock to Saudi Arabia from countries such as Sri Lanka, Indonesia and the Philippines, toiling as domestic workers who cook, clean and care for children.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 2, 2012 |
To kick off his summer vacation, Herik Lopez rolled out of bed at 3:30 a.m., dressed in the dark and within an hour was among the workers in an Imperial County field, yanking melons from the dirt. The 16-year-old worked through the morning, taking only a 15-minute break to gobble down the tacos de machaca y huevo - shredded beef and eggs - his mother had made. A few days later, he awoke at 7 a.m. in a dorm room at the University of La Verne. Well-rested and among other teenagers like him, he strolled across the quaint campus to Founder's Hall for his English class.
May 13, 2012 |
DECATUR, Ill. — Wearing a black fleece pullover and blue cargo pants, Howard Buffett loaded his jumpy Slovakian-born German shepherd Bolek into his Ford F-250 Super Duty and radioed his crew that he was on his way. "Beans don't do well in the cold and wet, but I'm going to plant anyway," Buffett said before climbing into the cabin of his John Deere tractor. There he pressed the "resume" button and began planting small, red soybean seeds, 180,000 to the acre. He drove hands-free thanks to a sophisticated onboard global positioning system, which alone cost $20,000.