This Week’s Under-reported News Summary April 3, 2019

Compiled by Bob Nixon

  • UN plan to relocate 100,000 Rohingya Muslims to flood-prone island criticized
  • Two SCOTUS cases may erode union rights, collective bargaining and majoritarian rule
  • Material support law widely used on foreign terrorism; rarely in domestic cases

• Human rights advocates are criticizing United Nations plan to voluntarily relocate 100,000 Rohingya Muslims who fled mass violence in Myanmar two years ago, to an isolated, flood-prone island, Bhashan Char on the Bay of Bengal.

(“UN weighs assisting with Rohingya relocation plan,” Raidió Teilifís Éireann (Ireland), March 25, 2019;  “Human rights group slam draft UN plan to send Rohingyas to barren island,” Telegraph, March 25, 2019)

The U.S. Supreme Court is contemplating hearing two Minnesota cases that could further weaken union rights, collective bargaining and the foundational principle of majority rule. In the 2018 Janus ruling, the court declared nonunion workers were not required to contribute fees that pay for collective bargaining.  

(“Janus’s progeny? A supreme Court threat to Majority rule looms,” American Prospect, March 21, 2019 supreme-court-threat-majority-rule-in workplace)

• Since 9/11, a material support law has been commonly used against foreign terrorists, over 400 cases since 2001. Yet, the same law is rarely used against white nationalists or other domestic terrorists.

(“The domestic terrorism law the Justice Department forgot,” The Intercept, March 23, 2019)

This week’s News Summary was narrated by Nigel Victor Rees. 

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