This Week’s Under-reported News Summary Aug. 22, 2018

Compiled by Bob Nixon

  • Italy’s new government pledges mass deportation of migrant workers
  • Migrant India political dissidents seeking political asylum fill California prison
  • Hackers can tamper with votes in nearly 30 states

• According to Reuters, the death of African migrants in early August comes as anti-immigrant sentiment is rising in Italy and across Europe. Italy’s new government is pledging to launch a campaign of mass deportation of migrant workers, many of whom have worked in Italy for years under harsh conditions.

(“Deaths of African laborers highlight dire working conditions in Italy,” Reuters, Aug. 14, 2018) 

• A federal prison in California is filling up with migrant detainees from India, who sought asylum by crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. Many of the South Asians are members of dissident political parties in India who face growing hostility from India’s governing nationalist party, the Bharatiya Janata Party or BJP.

(A growing number of Calfornia detainees are Indians cross through Mexico to seek asylum,” Los Angeles, Aug. 13, 2018)

•  Cyber security experts are raising alarms on how easy it is to intercept and alter emailed election ballots. Despite ballot security warnings, officials in 30 states continue to accept emailed and faxed ballots.

(“Can hackers tamper with your vote? Researchers show its possible in nearly 30 states,” Miami Herald, Aug. 14, 2018)

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