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  1. Green Card Bill Would Bring More Foreign Doctors, Nurses to US
  2. As Workers Fall Ill, US Presses Mexico to Keep American-Owned Plants Open
  3. US Nets Trove of Drugs, But 'Enhanced' Operations Haven't Budged Maduro Or COVID
  4. US 'Hopeful' UN Will Extend Iran Arms Embargo, Russia 'Negative'
  5. Coronavirus is 'Emboldening' Myanmar Military to Carry Out 'War Crimes' say's UN Human Rights Expert
The Must Read

It's Time to Help Africa Fight the Virus

By Charles Holmes, Anthony Lake, and Witney Schneidman
 
 
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"A bipartisan group of senators introduced new legislation Thursday to grant 40,000 unused green card slots to foreign health care workers needed to help U.S. medical professionals fight the coronavirus pandemic. 

Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Ill., a longtime stalwart of immigration-related legislation, unveiled the bill with his colleagues, Sens. David Perdue, R-Ga., Todd Young, R-Ind., and Chris Coons, D-Del.

The bill would authorize up to 25,000 immigrant visas to go to foreign nurses and up to 15,000 for doctors who are eligible to come to the United States or who are already here on temporary work visas. These immigrant visas would lead to employment-based green cards. The legislation would also allow U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to give out slots from a pool of previously unclaimed green cards for the families of these medical workers."

- Read more on Roll Call -

"The Trump administration and major U.S. manufacturers have pressured Mexico to keep factories that supply the United States operating during the coronavirus pandemic, even as outbreaks erupt and waves of cases and deaths sweep the companies.

Mexico must be responsive to the United States’ needs right now or, the U.S. ambassador to Mexico has said, risk losing the jobs that these factories provide.

'You don’t have ‘workers’ if you close all the companies and they move elsewhere,' Ambassador Christopher Landau said on Twitter. 'Of course health comes first, but to me it seems myopic to suggest that economic effects don’t matter.'"

- Read more on the New York Times -

"American crews have seized haul after haul of drugs since the White House announced 'enhanced' operations one month ago — but two broad goals of that strategy are so far unmet.

First, Venezuelan strongman Nicolas Maduro remains in power even after the new counter-narcotics gambit and other attempts by Washington to pressure what many nations consider his illegitimate regime.

Maduro and a coterie of his lieutenants even were charged by the Justice Department in connection with drug-trafficking in indictments unsealed in March, albeit with no evident effect on Caracas."

"The United States is 'hopeful' the U.N. Security Council will extend an arms embargo on Iran before it expires in October, a top U.S. State Department envoy said on Thursday, despite a key Russian official signaling that Moscow opposed such a move.

Brian Hook, the U.S. Special Representative for Iran, said the United States had drafted a Security Council resolution on the issue, which would need nine votes in favor and no vetoes by Russia, China, the United States, Britain or France to pass.

Some diplomats say the United States would likely struggle to get Iranian allies Russia and China to allow an arms embargo extension. But Hook repeatedly disagreed during a news conference, saying: 'We are hopeful.'"

"A leading United Nations human rights expert claims the Myanmar military is carrying out ;war crimes' against ethnic minorities, emboldened by special extended powers intended to help control the spread of the coronavirus.

Yanghee Lee, the UN special rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar, accused the military of targeting ethnic Rakhine Buddhist civilians during recent clashes with the Arakan Army (AA), a separatist militant group in the western Rakhine State.

Lee told CNN that houses had been burned, a monastery was attacked and people had been arrested and tortured."


The Must Read

It's Time to Help Africa Fight the Virus

By Charles Holmes, Anthony Lake, and Witney Schneidman

"The next time you react when your six-foot perimeter is violated at a grocery store or on the sidewalk, imagine how much worse it could be. For hundreds of millions of people who live in unplanned settlements, slums, and refugee camps around the world, anything approaching social distancing is a cruel impossibility.

Likewise, the next time you wash your hands, think of the 3 billion or so people who cannot do so within the safety of their own homes due to lack of running water.

If you wonder whether to call your doctor about a cough or fever, recall that Africa has less than one-tenth the number of doctors per capita as the United States and an even greater shortage of essential medical technology. (Sierra Leone has only a handful of ventilators for nearly 8 million people.)"

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This morning's DNB was compiled by Samir Kuri.
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