This Week’s Under-reported News Summary Jan. 1, 2020

Compiled by Bob Nixon

  • Stephen Miller's secret plan to expand deportation efforts
  • Kenyans seeking to make amends for British tea steeped in 'stolen lands'
  • From paper routes to free food: Local news evolves to stay afloat

• A Washington Post investigation revealed that the Trump White House sought this month to embed immigration enforcement agents within the U.S. refugee agency that cares for unaccompanied migrant children.  This was part of a scheme engineered by President Trump’s top immigration adviser and white nationalist Stephen Miller to use information from the children’s parents and relatives to target them for deportation.

(“Under Secret Stephen Miller Plan, ICE to Use Data on Migrant Children to Expand Deportation Efforts,” Washington Post, Dec. 20, 2019; “US Held Nearly 70,000 Migrant Kids in Custody in 2019,” Associated Press, Nov. 11, 2019)

• The lush tea plantations in the western highlands of Kenya are some of the most lucrative agricultural lands in Africa. Teas grown there are shipped to Europe, making a large profit for multinational corporations. But the lands also hide a dark legacy as native Kenyans were forced off their land by the British Army, making way for white settlers in the 1920s and 1930s.

(“How Kenyans Are Seeking to Make Amends for British Tea Steeped in ’Stolen Lands,’” The Guardian, Dec. 2, 2019)

• Finding a platform for local news is a daily challenge in most communities as traditional newspapers lay off reporters and shut their doors. Since 2005, over 1,800 newspapers have closed and local newspaper circulation has fallen by 50 percent. At the same time, a growing number of news startups have emerged along with new non-profit models for gathering and publishing the news.

(“From Paper Routes to Free Food: Local News Evolves to Stay Afloat,” Christian Science Monitor, Sept. 30, 2019; “About The New Haven Independent And WNHH,” New Haven Independent)

This week’s News Summary was narrated by Anna Manzo.

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