US Politics in Trump era Public date: 12.11.2019 04:47:18

3 Jul 2019

Joaquin Castro stealthily captures photo and video at border detention center

When the delegation of congressional democrats arrived in Texas Monday to tour border facilities holding migrants, they were told in briefing packets and by Customs and Border Protection staff that photos and videos were prohibited — to protect the privacy and safety of those inside.
When the delegation of congressional democrats arrived in Texas Monday to tour border facilities holding migrants, they...
26 Jun 2019

Former captives contrast conditions with U.S. treatment of child migrants

The federal government told a panel of Ninth Circuit appellate judges last week that U.S. border detention facilities are “safe and sanitary,” as required by law, even though migrant children are denied soap, toothbrushes and dark places to sleep. Judge William A. Fletcher called the position of Sarah Fabian, a senior attorney from the Office of Immigration Litigation, “inconceivable.”
The federal government told a panel of Ninth Circuit appellate judges last week that U.S. border detention facilities...
26 Jun 2019

Migrant Children Moved Back to Troubled Texas Border Facility

At the squat, sand-colored concrete border station in Texas that has become the center of debate over President Trump’s immigration policies, a chaotic shuffle of migrant children continued on Tuesday as more than 100 were moved back into a facility that days earlier had been emptied in the midst of criticism that young detainees there were hungry, crying and unwashed.
At the squat, sand-colored concrete border station in Texas that has become the center of debate over President...

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19 Jun 2019

Pompeo keeps Saudis off child soldier recruiters list

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has blocked the inclusion of Saudi Arabia on a US list of countries that recruit child soldiers, dismissing his experts' findings that a Saudi-UAE coalition has been using underage fighters in Yemen's civil war, Reuters News Agency reported on Tuesday, citing four people familiar with the matter.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has blocked the inclusion of Saudi Arabia on a US list of countries that recruit child...

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6 Jun 2019

Taking Migrant Children From Parents Is Illegal, U.N. Tells U.S.

The Trump administration’s practice of separating children from migrant families entering the United States violates their rights and international law, the United Nations human rights office said on Tuesday, urging an immediate halt to the practice.
The Trump administration’s practice of separating children from migrant families entering the United States violates...

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1 Jun 2019

North Korean Negotiator’s Downfall Was Sealed When Trump-Kim Summit Collapsed

Kim Yong-chol, a former North Korean spy master and vice chairman of its ruling Workers’ Party, had been the country’s most internationally visible diplomat in the past year, visiting the White House twice and leading negotiations for North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s two summit meetings with President Trump. This week, leading South Korean newspapers reported Kim Yong-chol’s fall from grace. One of them, the conservative daily Chosun Ilbo, went so far as to report that Mr. Kim had been banished to forced labor, with many of his negotiating team members either executed or sent to prison camps.
Kim Yong-chol, a former North Korean spy master and vice chairman of its ruling Workers’ Party, had been the...
18 May 2019

Venezuela’s Collapse Is the Worst Outside of War in Decades, Economists Say

Zimbabwe’s collapse under Robert Mugabe. The fall of the Soviet Union. Cuba’s disastrous unraveling in the 1990s. The crumbling of Venezuela’s economy has now outpaced them all. Venezuela’s fall is the single largest economic collapse outside of war in at least 45 years, economists say.
Zimbabwe’s collapse under Robert Mugabe. The fall of the Soviet Union. Cuba’s disastrous unraveling in the 1990s....
2 May 2019

Economist Jeffrey Sachs: U.S. Sanctions Have Devastated Venezuela & Killed Over 40,000 Since 2017

More than 40,000 people have died in Venezuela since 2017 as a result of U.S. sanctions, according to a new report by the Center for Economic and Policy Research co-authored by economists Jeffrey Sachs and Mark Weisbrot. The report examines how U.S. sanctions have reduced the availability of food and medicine in Venezuela and increased disease and mortality.
More than 40,000 people have died in Venezuela since 2017 as a result of U.S. sanctions, according to a new report by...
8 Mar 2019

Trump signs executive order to stop reporting civilian drone deaths

US President Donald Trump has signed an executive order reducing the number of civilian deaths from drones that the government must report. Trump signed the order Wednesday, revoking an Obama-era requirement for the director of national intelligence to release an annual report on the number of deaths resulting from US operations in noncombat areas around the world.
US President Donald Trump has signed an executive order reducing the number of civilian deaths from drones that the...

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14 Feb 2019

Yemen war: Progressive activists get a big foreign policy win. It’s been an uphill battle.

The House passed a resolution Wednesday, February 13, to end US support for the war in Yemen. It’s the culmination of a years-long effort by progressive activists and lawmakers to claw back war-approving authority from the president and end US participation in a war that has created one of the world’s worst humanitarian disasters.
The House passed a resolution Wednesday, February 13, to end US support for the war in Yemen. It’s the culmination of...
1 Feb 2019

Elliott Abrams Isn’t Going to Bring “Democracy” to Venezuela

On December 11, 1981 in El Salvador, a Salvadoran military unit created and trained by the U.S. Army began slaughtering everyone they could find in a remote village called El Mozote. Before murdering the women and girls, the soldiers raped them repeatedly, including some as young as 10 years old, and joked that their favorites were the 12-year-olds. One witness described a soldier tossing a 3-year-old child into the air and impaling him with his bayonet. The final death toll was over 800 people.
On December 11, 1981 in El Salvador, a Salvadoran military unit created and trained by the U.S. Army began...

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29 Dec 2018

In Syria, Kurdish Fighters Face Trump Pullout, Own Mistakes

Khalil was shopping in the Hasakah marketplace in Syria when Kurdish military police arrested him last March. He was 19 and had papers that showed he was in high school, but that didn’t matter. The Kurdish militia, which feeds troops to the U.S.-led war in Syria, was way short of volunteers. They ordered him into a minibus and drove through the northeast Syrian city, abducting others along the way.
Khalil was shopping in the Hasakah marketplace in Syria when Kurdish military police arrested him last March. He was 19...

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7 Dec 2018

Your Tax Dollars Help Starve Children

Some 85,000 children may have already died here in Yemen, and 12 million more people may be on the brink of starvation, casualties in part of the three-year-old American-backed Saudi war in Yemen. United Nations officials and aid experts warn that this could become the worst famine the world has seen in a generation.
Some 85,000 children may have already died here in Yemen, and 12 million more people may be on the brink of starvation,...
4 Dec 2018

Israeli Official Warned Trump Admin Against Cutting Palestinian Aid

The document, a diplomatic cable marked “sensitive,” was sent from the American embassy in Tel Aviv to then-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on January 3, 2018. It describes an unnamed Israeli Ministry of Defense official expressing concern about any attempts to cut funding for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA).
The document, a diplomatic cable marked “sensitive,” was sent from the American embassy in Tel Aviv to...
19 Nov 2018

U.S. sanctions on Iran are choking off imports of medicine, economists say

New U.S. sanctions on Iranian financial firms, including a bank that until recently handled most payments for Iran’s imports of humanitarian goods, are having a chilling effect on foreign companies that help supply medicine and other medical products, economic analysts say.
New U.S. sanctions on Iranian financial firms, including a bank that until recently handled most payments for Iran’s...

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27 Oct 2018

Trump Ebola response: security officials have banned health experts from helping

One of the largest Ebola outbreaks in history shows no signs of slowing — and the Trump administration barred US health experts who want to help at the outbreak’s epicenter in the Democratic Republic of Congo from traveling there. The relatively tepid response from the US, at a time when the outbreak is spiraling, has former CDC officials and global health experts concerned. “I do worry that in the worst-case scenario, we could have an outbreak of tens of thousands of people,” said Daniel Bausch, the director of the UK Public Health Rapid Support Team, “and complete destabilization of an already unstable region.”
One of the largest Ebola outbreaks in history shows no signs of slowing — and the Trump administration barred US...

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19 Oct 2018

Justice Dept. Rank-and-File Tell of Discontent Over Sessions’s Approach

During his 20 months in office, Attorney General Jeff Sessions has swept in perhaps the most dramatic political shift in memory at the Justice Department, from the civil rights-centered agenda of the Obama era to one that favors his hard-line conservative views on immigration, civil rights and social issues.
During his 20 months in office, Attorney General Jeff Sessions has swept in perhaps the most dramatic political shift in...
12 Oct 2018

At Largest ICE Detention Center in the Country, Guards Called Attempted Suicides “Failures”

When Carlos Hidalgo was detained at the ICE processing center, in Adelanto, California, guards would mock the detainees lined up to get their meals by imitating the call of cows. “Moo! Here are the cows, walking through!”
When Carlos Hidalgo was detained at the ICE processing center, in Adelanto, California, guards would mock the...
30 Sep 2018

Hundreds of Migrant Children Quietly Moved to a Tent Camp on the Texas Border

n shelters from Kansas to New York, hundreds of migrant children have been roused in the middle of the night in recent weeks and loaded onto buses with backpacks and snacks for a cross-country journey to their new home: a barren tent city on a sprawling patch of desert in West Texas. Until now, most undocumented children being held by federal immigration authorities had been housed in private foster homes or shelters, sleeping two or three to a room. They received formal schooling and regular visits with legal representatives assigned to their immigration cases.
n shelters from Kansas to New York, hundreds of migrant children have been roused in the middle of the night in recent...
18 Sep 2018

Trump is unshackling America’s drones thanks to Obama’s weakness

For more than a decade, the worst-kept secret in the world has been the fact that the Central Intelligence Agency owns and operates lethal drones outside of recognized battlefields abroad. Newspapers blare it from their headlines. Legislators discuss it on television. Foreign governments protest it through press releases. And, of course, human beings witness it through the death and destruction foist upon their communities.
For more than a decade, the worst-kept secret in the world has been the fact that the Central Intelligence Agency owns...
13 Sep 2018

Detention of Migrant Children Has Skyrocketed to Highest Levels Ever

Even though hundreds of children separated from their families after crossing the border have been released under court order, the overall number of detained migrant children has exploded to the highest ever recorded — a significant counternarrative to the Trump administration’s efforts to reduce the number of undocumented families coming to the United States.
Even though hundreds of children separated from their families after crossing the border have been released under court...

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1 Sep 2018

US ends aid to Palestinian refugee agency Unrwa

A spokesman for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas responded to the US decision on Friday, describing it as a "flagrant assault against the Palestinian people and a defiance of UN resolutions". "Such a punishment will not succeed to change the fact that the United States no longer has a role in the region and that it is not a part of the solution," Nabil Abu Rudeina told Reuters news agency.
A spokesman for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas responded to the US decision on Friday, describing it as a "flagrant...

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18 Jul 2018

I’m Bill Browder. Putin Made a Mistake When Talking About Me

Browder is the founder and CEO of Hermitage Capital Management and was the largest foreign investor in Russia until 2005. Since 2009 when his lawyer, Sergei Magnitsky, died in prison after uncovering a $230 million fraud committed by Russian government officials, Browder has been leading a campaign to expose Russia's endemic corruption and human rights abuses.
Browder is the founder and CEO of Hermitage Capital Management and was the largest foreign investor in...
29 Jun 2018

Jennifer Harbury: Today’s Refugee Crisis Is Blowback from U.S. Dirty Wars in Central America

The United States has everything to do with the creation of the monsters that are driving the refugees up to our border. They’re fleeing the cartels. Who are the heads of the cartels? People who were trained in the United States, worked very closely with the United States intelligence throughout the genocide. And we were, of course, severely criticized for that by the United Nations Truth Commission, and President Clinton apologized.
The United States has everything to do with the creation of the monsters that are driving the refugees up to our border....
27 Jun 2018

Before Trump, Israel Put Palestinian Children In Cages

Immigrant children have been mistreated and abused for years in the  United States. But so have Palestinian youth, who Israeli officials caged outside in the cold. In light of recent news, this practice is now being compared to how President Donald Trump’s administration is treating minors separated from their parents at the border.
Immigrant children have been mistreated and abused for years in the  United States. But so have...

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26 Jun 2018

Bethany Christian Services providing foster homes for 81 children due to border crisis

81 immigrant children forcibly separated from their parents have been sent to a conservative Christian adoption agency tied to the Betsy DeVos family. Betsy DeVos donated $300,000 to the group and her husband's cousin Brian DeVos was a Vice  President. Most of children have had no contact with their parents. How is this legal??
81 immigrant children forcibly separated from their parents have been sent to a conservative Christian...
20 Jun 2018

US quits UN human rights council – ‘a cesspool of political bias’

The US is withdrawing from the United Nations human rights council, the Trump administration announced on Tuesday,  calling it a “cesspool of political bias” that targets Israel in  particular while ignoring atrocities in other countries.
The US is withdrawing from the United Nations human rights council, the Trump administration announced...

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18 Jun 2018

Family separation at the border: 2,000 kids taken in just 6 weeks

The Trump administration’s separation of families at the border — taking children from their parents, arresting the parents, and taking the kids into custody — sounds almost too cruel to be real. But the separations are, in fact, real, and new data reported by the Associated Press shows just how many children have been separated from their parents.
The Trump administration’s separation of families at the border — taking children from their parents,...

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12 Jun 2018

Jeff Sessions all but slams asylum door on migrant survivors of domestic, gang violence

Tens of thousands of people who are currently waiting for their asylum cases in the US to be resolved — or waiting for their chance to apply — just got the door all but slammed on them. Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a ruling Monday in an immigration case, Matter of A- B-, that will make it hard or even impossible for Central Americans fleeing gang violence in their home countries, and women fleeing domestic violence, to get asylum in the US — or even be allowed to stay in the US to seek asylum instead of being summarily deported. 
Tens of thousands of people who are currently waiting for their asylum cases in the US to be resolved — or...

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31 May 2018

Trump Has Quietly Cut Legal Aid for Migrant Kids Separated from Parents

“The government is creating unaccompanied kids, then releasing them to someone other than parents, and then further restricting their ability to access counsel,” said Manoj Govindaiah, director of family detention services for Texas’s Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES), which has represented kids through the ORR funds. “So they’re almost ensuring people cannot successfully navigate the immigration court process.”
“The government is creating unaccompanied kids, then releasing them to someone other than parents, and then further...
12 Apr 2018

1,224 Complaints Reveal a Staggering Pattern of Sexual Abuse in Immigration Detention. Half of Those Accused Worked for ICE.

lsewhere in Florida, a man said a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent threatened him with deportation after he refused to engage in oral sex — and that the officer told him he would be deported to Haiti, even though the man is from the Bahamas. In Texas, a Border Patrol agent driving detainees between detention centers pulled over and  let a woman get out after she performed oral sex on him, according to another complaint.
lsewhere in Florida, a man said a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent threatened him with...
6 Apr 2018

Trump’s Attacks on Migrant Caravan Underscore How the U.S. Outsources Immigration Enforcement to Mexico

The migrant and refugee caravan traveling through Mexico continued its northbound trek on Wednesday, heading towards Mexico City after temporarily stopping in the Mexican state of Oaxaca, where they regrouped amid a flood of attention lavished on their journey. Organized  by a migrant activist collective called Pueblo Sin Fronteras, an  estimated 1,200 to 1,500 people are participating in the caravan.
The migrant and refugee caravan traveling through Mexico continued its northbound trek on Wednesday, heading towards...

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8 Jan 2018

Trump Administration Says That Nearly 200,000 Salvadorans Must Leave

Nearly 200,000 people from El Salvador who have been allowed to live in the United States for more than a decade must leave the country, government officials announced Monday. It is the Trump administration’s latest reversal of years of immigration policies and one of the most consequential to date.
Nearly 200,000 people from El Salvador who have been allowed to live in the United States for more than a...
20 Dec 2017

Somalis were shackled for nearly 48 hours on failed US deportation flight

More than 90 Somali men and women were held shackled on an airplane for nearly 48 hours – and some were forced to urinate where they sat – during a failed attempt to deport them from the US, according to a lawsuit filed late on Monday.
More than 90 Somali men and women were held shackled on an airplane for nearly 48 hours – and some were...

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