United Airlines Offering Immigrants Special Flights That Circle U.S. Awaiting Gaps In Travel Ban   

CHICAGO—In response to the executive order restricting entry to the United States from six majority-Muslim nations, United Airlines announced Friday that the carrier will offer immigrants and refugees special flights that continuously circle the country until gaps in the travel ban allow them to land. “We’re excited to offer numerous daily flights from Syria, Libya, Iran, Yemen, Somalia, and Sudan to a perpetual holding pattern above the Atlantic Ocean, where international travelers can enjoy a relaxing journey while waiting for a federal court to temporarily suspend the ban,” said United spokesman Karen Jennings, adding that customers attempting to flee their war-torn native countries or just visit their American relatives will be offered onboard meals and a wide array of in-flight entertainment options throughout the voyage up and down the eastern coastline, which may last anywhere from one week to several years depending on the specific terms of the ...


          Hội nghị thượng đỉnh AU chú trọng vấn đề thanh niên, hòa bình   

Hội nghị thượng đỉnh Liên minh châu Phi (AU) lần thứ 29 sẽ diễn ra trong hai ngày 3-4/7 ở thủ đô Addis-Ababa của Ethiopia, với chủ đề chính là “Vai trò của thanh niên trong tăng trưởng toàn diện và bền vững của châu lục."

Tại hội nghị lần này, ngoài chủ đề trọng tâm trên, các nguyên thủ và người đứng đầu chính phủ các nước thành viên AU cũng sẽ thảo luận về vấn đề “tự chủ tài chính”của AU trong thời gian tới.

Trước đó, các cuộc họp lần thứ 34 của Ủy ban đại diện thường trực AU (COREP) đã được tổ chức vào ngày 27-28/6 và cuộc họp Hội đồng chấp hành cấp Bộ trưởng Ngoại giao lần thứ 31 của AU cũng đã khai mạc ngày 30/6.

Ngoài mục đích phát huy những lợi thế to lớn trong việc đầu tư vào giới trẻ, Hội nghị thượng đỉnh AU lần thứ 29 cũng sẽ tập trung thảo luận và giải quyết những vấn đề liên quan hòa bình và an ninh ở châu lục. Đặc biệt là giải quyết khủng hoảng ở 2 quốc gia thành viên là Somalia và Libya, cũng như xem xét việc cải cách tổ chức lớn nhất châu lục này để phát huy hiệu quả hơn trong tương lai.


Hiện Tổng thống Rwanda Paul Kagame là Chủ tịch đương nhiệm của AU. Hội nghị thượng đỉnh AU lần thứ 29 diễn ra trong bối cảnh tỷ lệ thất nghiệp trong đội ngũ lao động trẻ ở châu Phi hiện rất cao, chiếm khoảng 30% tổng lực lượng lao động tại đây.

Đặc biệt, tình hình an ninh, trật tự tại châu lục này đang có chiều hướng phức tạp khi các tổ chức Hồi giáo cực đoan đang gia tăng các hoạt động khủng bố, nhất là Somalia, Niger, Mali, Nigeria …và nền hòa bình mong manh tại Libya, Nam Sudan.

Đặc biệt là cuộc khủng hoảng nhân đạo ở Nam Sudan được coi là tồi tệ nhất châu Phi và thế giới hiện nay với hàng trăm nghìn người có nguy cơ bị chết đói, trong đó có nhiều phụ nữ và trẻ em./.


          EE.UU. fija criterios para los solicitantes de visado de 6 países musulmanes   
EE.UU. fija criterios para los solicitantes de visado de 6 países musulmanes
Las seis naciones cuyos ciudadanos serán afectados por la orden ejecutiva son Irán, Libia, Somalia, Sudán, Siria y Yemen.

          Eating the Globe: Syria   

I was in San Francisco for work and celebrated a productive morning with an out-of-the-way lunch. This is Palmyra.

I got the Kibbi platter, which consists of:
Four shells of mashed cracked wheat stuffed with ground beef, sauteed onions, and pine nuts served with a side of hummus, cucumber salad, pita, garlic sauce, and hot sauce.

The kibbi was/were delicious. Not greasy or heavy at all. My only complaint was that it only came with four pieces.

Countries tried so far:
Africa: Algeria, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Madagascar, Morocco, Nigeria, Somalia, South Africa
Asia: Afghanistan, Armenia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Burma, Cambodia, China, Georgia, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lebanon, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Nepal, North Korea, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Syria, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Vietnam, Yemen
Europe: Albania, Belgium, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Czechia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden
North America: Belize, Canada, Cuba, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Trinidad & Tobago, USA
South America: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Venezuela
Oceania: Australia, Fiji, Samoa, Tonga
          Trump’s Travel Ban Is Back   
AP Photo/Ted S. Warren

Travelers wait in line near an Emirates ticket counter at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. 

A limited version of President Trump’s controversial travel ban is back in place after the Supreme Court ruled that the federal government could impose restrictions on certain foreign travelers and refugees. The constant back-and-forth rulings have created a bureaucratic nightmare for those involved in the refugee resettlement process, and Thursday’s developments promise even more disruption.

While President Trump proclaimed victory, refugee and human rights advocates have been on tenterhooks this week. The high court’s decision was certainly a blow to opponents of the ban, but just how hard that blow is will depend on the Trump administration’s next moves.

The government’s new guidelines would significantly limit the total number of noncitizens and refugees that can enter the country, according to a State Department background briefing Thursday afternoon. The department released its guidance just four hours before the ban is scheduled to go into effect. However, the Department of Homeland Security, which controls border enforcement, has not issued its own guidance on the new policies.

During its short but turbulent existence, two versions of the travel ban have been issued, blocked by federal courts, and now given the go-ahead with certain restrictions. But the Supreme Court decision and the subsequent federal guidelines do not reassure refugees advocates. “Nothing is off the table when it comes to this travel ban,” says Justin Cox, a National Immigration Law Center (NILC) staff attorney. “We can’t assume smooth sailing.”

On Monday, the justices said that they would wait until October to hear two cases regarding Trump’s travel ban. Until then, the high court granted a partial stay to injunctions freezing the controversial executive order, allowing a limited version of the travel ban to go into effect.

Noncitizens who can show they have a “bona fide relationship” with a “person or entity” in the United States will be allowed to enter the country, as will anyone who has already been issued a visa. People who cannot prove that they have a close relationship with a U.S. citizen will be banned from entering the country for 90 days if they are from the six Muslim-majority countries included in the executive order. That time period increases to 120 days for refugees from any country who have not yet received permission to enter the U.S. 

The high court gave a few examples of what constituted a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the U.S., such as visiting a relative or traveling to work or study, but stopped short of providing comprehensive definitions, preferring to leave the work of coming up with more nuanced characterizations to the federal government and lower courts.

But under the new guidelines, relatives only include immediate family members already in the country: parents, spouses, children, adult sons or daughters, sons- or daughters-in-law, and siblings. Grandparents were not included in the guidelines.

Refugees who have already been admitted to the U.S. and are booked to travel before July 6 will be exempt from the ban. A senior administration official said that the fate of those who’ve been booked travel after that date would be addressed at a later time. The briefers also said that establishing valid connections with American entities by refugees would need to be “formal” and “documented”: Simply being connected to a resettlement agency would not be sufficient. Roughly one-third of refugees waiting to be admitted do not have family ties in the United States, according to resettlement agency estimates.

“This is an unduly restrictive approach,” says Eleanor Acer, director of Human Rights First’s Refugee Protection program. “Refugees who go through multiple security entities, are approved by the DHS [Department of Homeland Security], vetted by various government agencies, and have long relationships with resettlement agencies should all be viewed as having requisite bona fide relationships.”

The limited ban could still leave thousands of people in limbo. “This isn’t like postponing a vacation,” says Melanie Nezer, vice president of policy and advocacy at HIAS, a Maryland-based Jewish resettlement agency. “These are life or death situations that refugees could be forced to remain in.”

Of the top 10 countries for total numbers of refugees granted permission to enter the United States during the last fiscal year, only three—Somalia, Syria, and Iran—were listed in Trump’s original executive order. Iraq is also among the top 10, and there are tens of thousands of people who worked with the U.S. government who are waiting to get clearance to resettle in this country. Under these current guidelines, it’s not clear if they would be granted entry.

The reinstated ban has stoked fears of a return to the chaos that played out in airports across the country following the haphazard rollout of Trump’s first executive order.

Naureen Shah, Amnesty International’s senior director of campaigns announced that the organization would be sending researchers to airports to “monitor how the ban is being implemented.”

“There’s going to be massive confusion in airports around the world,” says Acer, who anticipates a heightened legal response to refugees connected to resettlement agencies being blocked from entering the country.

In his partial dissent, Justice Clarence Thomas warned that the court’s decision would “invite a flood of litigation”—a comment that will likely prove prescient in the months to come. Lawsuits challenging the original and updated versions of the travel ban have inundated federal courts.

“I expect that we’ll be back in court soon,” says Cox of the NILC. “No one is going to take this lying down.”

Critics of the ban argue that refugees are already the most rigorously vetted group allowed into the U.S., undergoing a process that can take up to two years or more. “I don’t know how much more extreme the vetting can get, frankly,” says Cornell law professor Stephen Yale-Loehr.

This new wave of uncertainty unfolds at a time when the number of approved refugees approved to enter the U.S. had just started to bounce back after Trump’s initial immigration restrictions. Resettlement numbers plummeted in the wake of Trump’s first two attempted travel bans: In January, the U.S. admitted nearly 7,000 refugees admitted by March that number had declined to just 2,000 in March, according to State Department data

More than 46,000 refugees have been admitted and resettled in the U.S. in fiscal 2017, nearly reaching the 50,000 limit that Trump had specified in his original executive order, but still a long way off from the 110,000 ceiling that the Obama administration had put in place.

The Supreme Court allowed the U.S. to cap refugee arrivals, but justices did not allow the Trump administration to prohibit refugees with bona fide relationships, even if “the 50,000-person cap has been reached or exceeded.”

Officials at HIAS, one of nine agencies that work with the State Department to resettle refugees, were already worried they wouldn’t hit their resettlement targets before the travel ban was reinstated. Even in the “best-case” scenario, the agency expects to resettle 1,400 fewer than they had been approved to resettle at the beginning of the fiscal year. Other resettlement agencies have reported similar drops.

“The program changes on an almost weekly basis,” says Nezer. According to Nezer, these changes in policy can stall refugee case processing. That can often result in medical and security clearances expiring, which in turn creates even lengthier delays.

Trump had originally ordered federal agencies to wait 72 hours after the court’s decision to implement the ban. Trump maintains that the ban is necessary to protect the nation from terrorist activities and praised the court’s decision as “a clear victory for our national security.”


          Limited Travel Ban Becomes Effective This Evening   
As a result of Supreme Court ruling earlier this week, a limited version of the travel ban proposed by the Trump Administration goes into effect this evening (8 PM EDT, 5 PM PDT). The modified ban would impact individuals from six majority-Muslim nations: Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen.  In order for individuals from those nations...
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          Travel ban takes effect but less chaos expected   
WASHINGTON – A scaled-back version of President Donald Trump's travel ban took effect Thursday evening, stripped of provisions that brought protests and chaos at airports worldwide in January yet still likely to generate a new round of court fights.

The new rules, the product of months of legal wrangling, aren't so much an outright ban as a tightening of already-tough visa policies affecting citizens from six Muslim-majority countries. Refugees are covered, too.

Administration officials promised that implementation this time, which started at 8 p.m. EDT (0000 GMT), would be orderly. Customs and Border Protection spokesman Dan Hetlage said his agency expected "business as usual at our ports of entry," with all valid visa holders still being able to travel.

Still, immigration and refugee advocates are vowing challenge the new requirements and the administration has struggled to explain how they will make the United States safer.

Under the temporary rules, citizens of Syria, Sudan, Somalia, Libya, Iran and Yemen who already have visas will be allowed into the United States. But people from those countries who want new visas will now have to prove a close family relationship or an existing relationship with an entity like a school or business in the U.S.

It's unclear how significantly the new rules will affect travel. In most of the countries singled out, few people have the means for leisure travel. Those that do already face intensive screenings before being issued visas.

Nevertheless, human rights groups on Thursday girded for new legal battles. The American Civil Liberties Union, one of the groups challenging the ban, called the new criteria "extremely restrictive," ''arbitrary" in their exclusions and designed to "disparage and condemn Muslims."

The state of Hawaii filed an emergency motion Thursday asking a federal judge to clarify that the administration cannot enforce the ban against relatives – such as grandparents, aunts or uncles – not included in the State Department's definition of "bona fide" personal relationships.

Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer met with customs officials and said he felt things would go smoothly.

"For tonight, I'm anticipating few issues because, I think, there's better preparation," he told reporters at Los Angeles International Airport on Thursday night. "The federal government here, I think, has taken steps to avoid the havoc that occurred the last time."

Much of the confusion in January, when Trump's first ban took effect, resulted from travelers with previously approved visas being kept off flights or barred entry on arrival in the United States. Immigration officials were instructed Thursday not to block anyone with valid travel documents and otherwise eligible to visit the United States.

Karen Tumlin, legal director of the National Immigration Law Center, said the rules "would slam the door shut on so many who have waited for months or years to be reunited with their families.

Trump, who made a tough approach to immigration a cornerstone of his election campaign, issued a ban on travelers from the six countries, plus Iraq, shortly after taking office in January. His order also blocked refugees from any country.

Trump said these were temporary measures needed to prevent terrorism until vetting procedures could be reviewed. Opponents noted that visa and refugee vetting were already strict and said there was no evidence that refugees or citizens of those six countries posed a threat. They saw the ban as part of Trump's campaign promise to bar Muslims from entering the United States.

Lower courts blocked the initial ban and a second, revised Trump order intended to overcome legal hurdles. The Supreme Court on Monday partially reinstated the revised ban but exempted travelers who could prove a "bona fide relationship" with a U.S. person or entity. The court offered only broad guidelines.

In guidance issued late Wednesday, the State Department said the personal relationships would include a parent, spouse, son, daughter, son-in-law, daughter-in-law or sibling already in the United States. It does not include other relationships such as grandparents, grandchildren, aunts and uncles. On Thursday, the State and Homeland Security departments had both expanded the range of bona fide relationships to include fiancés.

Business or professional links must be "formal, documented and formed in the ordinary course rather than for the purpose of evading" the ban. Journalists, students, workers or lecturers who have valid invitations or employment contracts in the U.S. would be exempt from the ban. The exemption does not apply to those who seek a relationship with an American business or educational institution purely for the purpose of avoiding the rules.

Refugees from any country will face similar requirements. But the U.S. has almost filled its quota of 50,000 refugees for the budget year ending in September and the new rules won't apply to the few remaining slots. With the Supreme Court set to consider the overall ban in October, the rules could change again.

The travel ban may have the largest impact on Iranians. In 2015, the most recently available data, nearly 26,000 Iranians were allowed into the United States on visitor or tourist visas. Iranians made up the lion's share of the roughly 65,000 foreigners from the six countries who visited with temporary, or non-immigrant visas that year.

American journalist Paul Gottinger, said he and his Iranian fiancee applied for a visa nearly a year ago but are still waiting on a decision. Gottinger says they were to wed at a Japanese garden in his parents' home state of Minnesota this month but postponed the ceremony until August because they had not yet received the visa.

Now, he expects they will have to delay again.

"Every twist and turn of the courts, we're holding our hearts and our stomachs are falling to the floor," he said by phone from Turkey.

The new regulations are also affecting the wedding plans of Rama Issa-Ibrahim, executive director of the Arab American Association of New York.

She is Syrian-American and had planned to get married this fall. While her father in Syria may be able to get a visa, her aunts and uncles may well be blocked.

"I would love for them to be at this wedding, and unfortunately, they aren't going to be able to be here," she said, adding that the ceremony would be postponed.

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Associated Press writer Amy Taxin and Andrew Dalton in Los Angeles and Michael Noble in New York contributed to this report.


          As Trump's travel ban enforcement commences, Hawaii challenges exemption rule   
President Donald Trump's travel ban on six Muslim-majority nations has gone into limited effect, following the Supreme Court removing holds on enforcement. But already there are reported legal challenges to how certain travelers are exempted. The state of Hawaii is challenging the administration's definition of what constitutes a "bona fide" relationship for exempt travelers, according to the Associated Press. The Trump administration includes familial relationships such as a parent, spouse, child, adult son or daughter, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, or sibling already in the US, as well as half and step-relationships, State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert told ABC News. Hawaii's emergency motion filed Thursday evening calls for US District Judge Derrick Watson to tell the administration that fiancés or other relatives not defined are also exempt. Travelers with valid visas as well as vetted refugees approved for entry through July 6 will also be exempt. The affected countries are Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. The State Department announced that the temporary travel ban would go into effect at 8:00pm EST earlier Thursday, while that start time had also been widely reported Wednesday.
          Graduation for Firstborn, Part 2   
The ceremony was really special. It was the first time for us to have it in our new campus theater. It required some planning. The flag of each student was hung as a backdrop. We practiced with the graduates. Which hand takes the diploma? Which hand shakes the director's hand? CC is a pro these days. 

CC gave an amazing graduation message. The three most important decisions of your life are: What is your mission? Who will be your mate? Who will be your Master?

We had the amazing opportunity to have the former president of Somalia, who is the father of two of the graduates, give a charge to the students as well. It was all terribly exciting. He was late, and even though I am a mom of a graduate, I'm pretty much always needed! By someone! I like that though. So I ran to the children of the president and asked if they knew when he would arrive. They told me, "Oh, he's coming. He's just waiting on his body guards." Oh ok. Body guards. Of course. I was absolutely giddy and trying not to smile too big as I strolled back to the front row, whispering the news to all my friends, answering their questioning looks along the way. Body guards. Sure, we'll wait. He and his family entered, and I showed them to their seats. He flashed me a huge grin as I welcomed him, and I thought, "Here's my chance." He held out his hand to shake mine, and I told him how grateful we were to have him as part of our ceremony. Hey, if given the opportunity to shake a man's hand who was listed in Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People, I'm going to do it! His speech was wonderful. He told the story of his village and how there was no school. He began a school there, but the children would not come because they felt they needed food more than education. So, the team began providing lunch for the kids. Soon, they had more students than they ever expected. Those kids grew up to be doctors, lawyers, politicians, teachers. He was first a teacher before moving into politics. He really spoke highly of Oasis. It was pretty cool. One thing that was particularly sweet, and I am certain cultural, is that when the graduates spoke, if they began to choke up when mentioning their families, the president would begin to clap, which the audience followed. It seemed to highlight the tenderness of the moment and offer support. That I had never seen, but I liked it. So, if you get choked up talking to me, I might just start clapping for you.

Any graduate that wished to could give a speech. Firstborn delivered a beautiful speech in which she was thankful and quite clear that it is God that is to be thanked the most. I simply could not be more proud. She graduated with High Honors (and just found out the night before!), but her heart for God, so clearly presented, makes me more proud than anything else. And yes, she got choked up a bit, and the president clapped for her. 

It was a long ceremony and a hot one! But soon, all the graduates were done. They exited to "The Call," a song that holds deep meaning for our family. They threw their caps and were graduated! 
Well done, Firstborn! We are proud of you!
          Trump’s Modified Muslim Ban – What You Need to Know   
President Donald J. Trump's modified version of the travel ban, aka the Muslim ban, is set to go into affect tonight. The Supreme Court ruling on Monday partially lifted the stay on the Muslim ban, putting into place certain stipulations while allowing travelers from the six mostly-Muslim countries listed in the ban (Yemen, Syria, Sudan, Somalia, Libya and Iran) to still enter the United States.
          Lawyers across Canada on stand-by to monitor Trump’s travel ban   

On Friday morning, hundreds of volunteer lawyers and advocates gathered in major airports across the country to assist travellers affected by a subset of U.S. President Donald Trump’s travel ban, which took effect on June 29.

The new travel restrictions tighten any entry to the United States of citizens from six Muslim-majority countries. Citizens of Syria, Sudan, Somalia, Libya, Iran and Yemen who already have visas will be allowed into the U.S.; but, people from those countries who want new visas will have to prove a close family relationship or an existing relationship with a school or business in the U.S.

According to Corey Shefman, coordinator of the Pearson Airport team of lawyers, there was a lot of confusion the last time the travel ban was ordered.

“No one knew how to implement it,” said Shefman. “Airlines were making decisions about visas, when, really, it’s not up to Air Canada but customs.”

Shefman and his team of 400 volunteer lawyers have been at Toronto Pearson since 4 a.m, working shifts, “ready to respond if something happens.” They were there to provide support to travellers, provide information and make everyone aware of their presence.

“Airports and agents are pleased to see us,” said Shefman. Together, they have created a much more organized response and come up with a plan to deal with any issues that may become apparent.

Ottawa-based lawyer, Ronalee Carey, spent close to three hours at the airport briefing security and airline agents from Air Canada and United. They even left literature on the travel ban near custom forms.

“We really didn’t know what to expect. There was a lot of inconsistent information being released the night before,” said Carey. This was echoed by the team of lawyers in Toronto and Vancouver as well.

Homeland security’s website did provide clarification later on, which specified what constituted as a close family relationship. (Grandparents, nieces and nephews, aunts and uncles don’t count.)

“What family means is different in different cultures,” said Shefman. “In the cultures where this ban is taking most effect, family is often more expansive than the government’s interpretation.”

Both Shefman and Carey clarified that even under the new restrictions no one travelling with a current visa and/or with a Canadian passport would be affected, regardless of their country of origin.

“I wouldn’t be surprised if it happened. Last time Canadians were affected even though they weren’t meant to be,” said Shefman.

Being at the airport, equipped with information packages and connected to lawyers in the U.S who are fighting the ban, is a way to be prepared.

“I’d rather get there and have nothing to do then not go and there be someone who is stuck and is having difficulty and needs help,” said Carey. “We’re ready to go back if and when necessary.”


          Trump-Einreisesperren werden umgesetzt   
In den USA ist der von Präsident Donald Trump verhängte Einreisebann gegen Bürger aus den sechs mehrheitlich muslimischen Ländern Iran, Syrien, Jemen, Libyen, Somalia und Sudan in Kraft getreten. Der Supreme Court verfügte, dass das Verbot in Teilen vorläufig in Kraft treten dürfe. Eine endgültige Entscheidung will das Gericht im Herbst fällen.
          World: General Assembly Approves Appropriation of $6.8 Billion for 14 Peacekeeping Operations in 2017/18   
Source: UN General Assembly
Country: Central African Republic, Côte d'Ivoire, Cyprus, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Haiti, Lebanon, Liberia, Mali, Serbia, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Western Sahara, World

GENERAL ASSEMBLY PLENARY
SEVENTY-FIRST, 89TH MEETING (AM)
GA/11927 30 JUNE 2017

Approving the appropriation of $6.80 billion for 14 peacekeeping operations for the 2017/18 fiscal period, the General Assembly today adopted 21 resolutions and one decision contained in reports from its Fifth Committee (Administrative and Budgetary). (See Press Release GA/AB/4239.)

Appropriating funds for peacekeeping operations from 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018, the Assembly adopted resolutions on missions in Abyei, Central African Republic, Côte d’Ivoire, Cyprus, Darfur, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Golan, Haiti, Kosovo, Lebanon, Liberia, Mali, South Sudan and Western Sahara.

All texts were adopted without a vote, with the exception of the resolution setting out budgetary arrangements for the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), which it adopted by a recorded vote of 137 in favour to 3 against (Canada, Israel, United States) with no abstentions.

The Assembly also adopted related drafts on the support account for peacekeeping operations, and financing for the account; on the triennial review of the rates and standards for reimbursement to Member States for contingent-owned equipment; and on the United Nations Logistics Base at Brindisi, Italy, and Regional Service Centre in Entebbe, Uganda.

As well, it adopted a resolution on special measures for protection from sexual exploitation and abuse, by which it requested the Secretary-General to immediately inform Member States concerned of allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse, and called upon Member States — including those deploying non-United Nations forces authorized by a Security Council mandate — to investigate such cases, hold perpetrators accountable and repatriate units where there was credible evidence of widespread or systemic sexual exploitation and abuse.

Also adopted was a text on the United Nations financial reports and audited financial statements on peacekeeping missions, as well as the Board of Auditors’ reports on them.

Finally, the Assembly adopted a draft decision by which it deferred, until the second part of its resumed seventy-second session, consideration of reports from the Secretary-General, and related reports from the Advisory Committee, regarding closed peacekeeping missions.

Action on Draft Resolutions

The Assembly took action on the draft resolutions contained in reports from its Fifth Committee (Administrative and Budgetary), which were introduced by Committee Rapporteur Diana Lee (Singapore).

First, it adopted a resolution contained in the budget Committee’s report on financial reports and audited financial statements, and reports of the Board of Auditors (document A/71/702/Add.1), accepting the financial report and audited financial statements of United Nations peacekeeping operations for the period ending 30 June 2016. It endorsed the recommendations in the corresponding reports of the Board and the Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ), and asked the Secretary-General to ensure their full implementation. It went on to ask the Secretary-General to indicate an expected time frame for implementation, and to give, in his next report, a full explanation for delays in implementation of the Board’s outstanding recommendations, the root causes of recurring issues and measures to be taken.

It then turned to the report on administrative and budgetary aspects of financing peacekeeping operations (document A/71/708/Add.1), adopting five resolutions contained therein.

First, it adopted resolution I on the financing of the Regional Service Centre in Entebbe, Uganda, by which it approved the amount of $33 million for the maintenance of the Centre for the period 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018.

Then it adopted resolution II on the financing of the United Nations Logistics Base at Brindisi, Italy, by which the Assembly would approve the cost estimates for the Base in the amount of $81 million for the period 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018.

Next, it adopted resolution III on the support account for peacekeeping operations. By its terms, the Assembly decided to approve the support account requirements of $325.80 million for the period 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018, including $25.04 million for the enterprise resource planning project, $821,500 for information and systems security and $868,500 for the global service delivery model. It also approved the requirement of 1,357 continuing and 3 new temporary posts, as well as the abolishment, redeployment, reassignment and reclassification of posts, as set out in annex I of the text; and 77 continuing and 3 new general temporary assistance positions and 59 person-months, as set out in annex II, as well as related post and non-post requirements.

The Assembly went on to adopt resolution IV on the triennial review of the rates and standards for reimbursement to Member States for contingent-owned equipment. By doing so, it took note of the report of the 2017 Working Group on Contingent-Owned Equipment and the report of the Secretary-General. It also endorsed the conclusions and recommendations contained in the report of the ACABQ.

Finally, it adopted resolution V on special measures for protection from sexual exploitation and sexual abuse. By its terms, the Assembly welcomed the Secretary-General’s determination to fully implement the United Nations policy of zero tolerance for sexual exploitation and abuse, as well as his determination to fully enforce the newly promulgated policy of whistle-blower protection. It requested that he immediately inform Member States concerned of allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse, and called upon Member States — including those deploying non-United Nations forces authorized by a Security Council mandate — to investigate such cases, hold perpetrators accountable and repatriate units where there was credible evidence of widespread or systemic sexual exploitation and abuse.

Turning to reports on peacekeeping missions, the Assembly first adopted a text on financing of the United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA) (document A/71/945), by which it decided to appropriate to the Special Account for UNISFA the amount of $285.12 million for the period 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018, including $266.70 million for the maintenance of the Force, $13.49 million for the support account for peacekeeping operations, $3.38 million for the United Nations Logistics Base and $1.56 million for the Regional Service Centre.

Turning to a report on financing of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) (document A/71/946), the Assembly decided to appropriate to the Special Account for the Mission $943.77 million from 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018, including $882.80 million for the maintenance of the Mission, $44.65 million for the support account for peacekeeping operations, $11.16 million for the United Nations Logistics Base and $5.16 million for the Regional Service Centre.

The Assembly then adopted a text on financing of the United Nations Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI) (document A/71/715/Add.1). By its terms, the Assembly, recalling Security Council resolution 2284 (2016) extending the mission mandate for a final period until 30 June 2017, decided that, for Member States that had fulfilled their financial obligations to the Operation, shall be credited with their respective share of $65.22 million, comprising the unencumbered balance of $48.68 million and $16.54 million of other revenue in respect of the financial period ending 30 June 2016.

It then adopted a resolution on financing of the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) (document A/71/947). By its terms, it decided to appropriate to the Special Account for UNFICYP $57.41 million for the period 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018, inclusive of $54.00 million for the maintenance of the Force, $2.73 million for the support account for peacekeeping operations and $682,900 for the United Nations Logistics Base.

Next, it adopted a report on financing of the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) (document A/71/948), appropriating to the Special Account for MONUSCO $1.22 billion for the period 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018, inclusive of $1.14 billion for the maintenance of the Mission, $57.74 million for the support account for peacekeeping operations, $14.44 million for the United Nations Logistics Base and $6.67 million for the Regional Service Centre.

The Assembly then adopted a resolution contained in the Committee’s report on financing of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) (document A/71/933) by which it decided to appropriate to the Special Account for that Mission $5.69 million for the period 1 July 2017 to 31 December 2017, including $4.55 million for the support account for peacekeeping operations and $1.14 million for the United Nations Logistics Base.

Next, the Assembly adopted a resolution on financing of the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) (document A/71/950), by which it decided to appropriate to the Special Account for UNMIK $40.29 million for the period 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018, including $37.90 million for the maintenance of the Mission, $1.92 million for the support account for peacekeeping operations and $479,200 for the United Nations Logistics Base.

It then adopted a resolution on financing of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) (document A/71/951). By its terms, it appropriated to the Special Account for UNMIL $116.95 million for the period 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018, including $110.00 million for the maintenance of the Mission, $5.56 million for the support account for peacekeeping operations and $1.91 million for the United Nations Logistics Base.

The Assembly also adopted a resolution on financing of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) (document A/71/952), by which it decided to appropriate to the Special Account for MINUSMA $1.12 billion for the period 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018, including $1.05 billion for the maintenance of the Mission, $53.00 million for the support account for peacekeeping operations, $13.25 million for the United Nations Logistics Base and $6.12 million for the Regional Service Centre.

Under its agenda item on financing of the United Nations peacekeeping forces in the Middle East, the Assembly took action on resolutions contained in two reports.

It first adopted a draft on the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) (document A/71/953), by which it decided to appropriate to the Special Account for the Force the amount of $61.30 million for the period 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018, including $57.65 million for the maintenance of UNDOF, $2.92 million for the support account for peacekeeping operations and $729,100 for the United Nations Logistics Base.

The representative of Syria said his delegation had joined consensus on the resolutions on United Nations peacekeeping forces in the Middle East. However, it believed that it was Israel’s responsibility to pay for those Missions.

The Assembly then turned to a resolution contained in the report on the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) (document A/71/954).

By a recorded vote of 85 in favour to 3 against (Canada, Israel, United States) with 53 abstentions, the Assembly adopted preambular paragraph 4 and operative paragraphs 4, 5 and 13.

Taking action on the draft resolution as a whole, the Assembly adopted it by a recorded vote of 137 in favour to 3 against (Canada, Israel, United States) with no abstentions.

By its terms, the Assembly decided to appropriate to the Special Account for UNIFIL the amount of $513.53 million, for the period from 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018, inclusive of $483.00 million for the maintenance of the Force, $24.43 million for the support account for peacekeeping operations and $6.11 million for the United Nations Logistics Base.

Also by the draft, the Assembly expressed deep concern that Israel had not complied with previous resolutions on UNIFIL, and requested that the Secretary-General take the measures necessary to ensure the full implementation of their relevant paragraphs.

The Assembly then adopted a resolution on financing of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) (document A/71/955), by which it decided to appropriate to the Special Account for UNMISS $1.14 billion for the period from 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018, including $1.07 billion for the maintenance of the Mission, $54.16 million for the support account for peacekeeping operations and $13.54 million for the United Nations Logistics Base and $6.26 million for the Regional Service Centre.

The Assembly then adopted the resolution in the report on financing of the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) (document A/71/956), by which it decided to appropriate to the Special Account for MINURSO $55.59 million for the period 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018, including $52.00 million for the maintenance of the Mission, $2.63 million for the support account for peacekeeping operations, $657,600 for the United Nations Logistics Base and $303,800 for the Regional Service Centre.

It then adopted a resolution on financing of the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) (document A/71/957), by which it appropriated to the Special Account for UNAMID $33.56 million for the period of 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018, including $24.58 million for the support account for peacekeeping operations and $6.15 million for the United Nations Logistics Base and $2.84 million for the Regional Service Centre.

Taking up the report on financing of the activities arising from Security Council resolution 1863 (2009) (document A/71/958), the Assembly decided to appropriate to the Special Account for the United Nations Support Office for the African Union Mission in Somalia (UNSOA) $622.19 million for the period 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018, including $582.00 million for the maintenance of the Office, $29.43 million for the support account for peacekeeping operations, $7.36 million for the United Nations Logistics Base and $3.40 million for the Regional Service Centre.

Finally, acting on the Committee’s report on review of the efficiency of the administration and financial functioning of the United Nations (document A/71/717/Add.2), the Assembly deferred until the second part of its resumed seventy-second session consideration of the reports of the Secretary-General and the ACABQ on closed peacekeeping missions.


          Somalia: Public Statement by Chair of Working Group on Children and Armed Conflict   
Source: UN Security Council
Country: Somalia

SC/12896

30 JUNE 2017

At its 63rd meeting, on 18 April, the Security Council Working Group on Children and Armed Conflict, in connection with the examination of the fourth report of the Secretary-General on children and armed conflict in Somalia (document S/2016/1098), agreed to address the following messages through a public statement issued by the Chair of the Working Group.

To all the parties to the armed conflict in Somalia, including the Somali National Army, Somali regional security forces, clan militias and, in particular, the armed groups operating in Somalia, including Al‑Shabaab and Ahl al-Sunna wal-Jamaʽa:

(a) Strongly condemning all violations and abuses committed against children in Somalia and their increase since 2015 and urging all parties to the conflict to immediately end and prevent all violations of applicable international law involving the recruitment and use of children, abduction, killing and maiming, rape and other forms of sexual violence, attacks on schools and hospitals and denial of humanitarian access and to comply with their obligations under international law;

(b) Calling upon the parties to further implement all previous conclusions of the Working Group on Children and Armed Conflict in Somalia (documents S/AC.51/2007/14, S/AC.51/2008/14 and S/AC.51/2011/2);

(c) Welcoming the efforts made by the Federal Government of Somalia since the previous conclusions of the Working Group and calling upon the Government to swiftly and fully implement the two action plans signed in 2012, including by releasing immediately and without preconditions all children from their ranks and through the criminalization of the recruitment and use of children, the issuance of command orders prohibiting and sanctioning the recruitment and use of children and other violations and abuses against children in armed conflict, the establishment of age assessment mechanisms in their recruitment process and the screening of troops;

(d) Also welcoming the ratification by the Federal Government of Somalia of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, strongly encouraging the Government to ratify the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the involvement of children in armed conflict and urging federal and regional authorities to swiftly align federal or regional legislation with the international obligations of Somalia under the Convention;

(e) Strongly urging all armed groups, in particular Al-Shabaab, to immediately and without preconditions release all children associated with them and end and prevent further recruitment and use of children, including re-recruitment of children who have been released;

(f) Expressing deep concern about the high number of children killed or maimed, as a direct or indirect result of hostilities between parties to the armed conflict and of incidents of indiscriminate attacks against the civilian population, including those involving aerial bombardment, and calling upon all parties to respect their obligations under international humanitarian law, in particular the principles of distinction and proportionality enshrined therein;

(g) Expressing grave concern about the high number of cases of rape and other forms of sexual violence perpetrated against children and urging all parties to the armed conflict to take immediate and specific measures to put an end to and prevent the perpetration of rape and other forms of sexual violence against children by members of their respective groups;

(h) Calling upon all parties to the armed conflict to comply with applicable international law and to respect the civilian character of schools and hospitals, including their personnel, and to end and prevent attacks or threats of attacks against those institutions and their personnel, as well as the military use of schools and hospitals, in violation of applicable international law;

(i) Urging armed groups, in particular Al-Shabaab, to cease the abduction of children and all violations and abuses committed against abducted children and to immediately release without preconditions all abducted children in their captivity to relevant civilian child protection actors;

(j) Calling upon all parties to the armed conflict to allow and facilitate full, safe and unhindered humanitarian access to children, respect the exclusively humanitarian nature and impartiality of humanitarian aid and respect the work of all United Nations humanitarian agencies and other humanitarian actors, without distinction;

(k) Expressing grave concern about the detention of children on national security charges in violation of applicable international law, as well as about the use of detained children as spies in intelligence operations and counter-terrorism activities, and urging the Federal Government of Somalia to comply with its obligations under the Convention on the Rights of the Child, in particular that the deprivation of liberty of children should be used only as a measure of last resort and for the shortest appropriate period and be guided by the best interests of the child;

(l) Welcoming the willingness of the Federal Government of Somalia to address these issues and urging it to fulfil its commitments under the Principles and Guidelines on Children Associated with Armed Forces or Armed Groups (Paris Principles), which it has endorsed, and the standard operating procedures for the reception and handover of children separated from armed groups signed by the Federal Government of Somalia, including by treating children associated with armed groups primarily as victims;

(m) Encouraging the Federal Government of Somalia to focus on sustainable reintegration opportunities for children affected by armed conflict, including the sensitization of communities to avoid the stigmatization of these children, while taking into account the specific needs of boys and girls, as well as of children with disabilities, orphans and unaccompanied children;

(n) Welcoming the fact that, on 5 October 2016, 26 of 64 children detained since March 2016 for their alleged association with Al-Shabaab were released by the Puntland authorities and handed over to the United Nations, while condemning the sentencing to death and heavy prison sentences of children for their alleged association with Al-Shabaab, in violation of their obligations under international law;

(o) Urging the Puntland authorities to review the heavy prison sentences against the children remaining in detention for their alleged association with Al‑Shabaab in accordance with applicable international law and to continue to work with the United Nations to support swift reintegration and reunification with their families in their regions of origin and rehabilitation;

(p) Calling upon all non-State armed groups to publicly express their commitment and take active steps to end and prevent all violations and abuses committed against children and to enter into dialogue with the United Nations to prepare, adopt and implement without delay action plans to end and prevent violations and abuses against children in line with Security Council resolutions 1539 (2004), 1612 (2005), 1882 (2009), 1998 (2011) and 2225 (2015);

(q) Expressing deep concern over the lack of accountability for violations and abuses committed against children and calling for an end to impunity by ensuring that all perpetrators of violations and abuses are swiftly brought to justice and held accountable, including through timely and systematic investigation and prosecution;

(r) Welcoming the commitments made by the African Union and the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) to peace and security in Somalia and to the protection of children affected by armed conflict in Somalia and urging the African Union and troop-contributing countries to take all necessary measures to end and prevent violations and abuses against children, including fully implementing the Force Commander’s directive on the protection of children’s rights and complying with the standing operating procedures on the handover of children formerly associated with armed forces and armed groups signed by the Federal Government of Somalia, and to ensure accountability for perpetrators by undertaking prompt, thorough and transparent independent investigations of any allegations of violations and abuses committed by their troops;

(s) Recalling that the Security Council, in its resolution 2317 (2016), recalled the financial and travel measures imposed by resolution 2002 (2011), which apply to individuals and entities designated by the Security Council Committee pursuant to resolutions 751 (1992) and 1907 (2009) concerning Somalia and Eritrea in accordance with paragraph 43 of resolution 2093 (2013), for actions that threaten the peace, stability or security of Somalia, such as:

(i) Recruitment or use of children in armed conflict in Somalia by political or military leaders in violation of applicable international law;

(ii) Violation of applicable international law in Somalia involving the targeting of civilians, including children and women in situations of armed conflict, including killing and maiming, sexual and gender-based violence, attacks on schools and hospitals, and abduction and forced displacement;

(iii) Obstruction of the delivery of humanitarian assistance to Somalia or access to or the distribution of humanitarian assistance in Somalia;

(t) Expressing the readiness of the Working Group to communicate to the Security Council and to the Committee pertinent information with a view to assisting them in the imposition of targeted measures on perpetrators.

To community and religious leaders:

(a) Emphasizing their important role in enhancing the protection of children in armed conflict;

(b) Urging them to publicly condemn and continue to advocate ending and preventing violations and abuses against children, in particular those involving the recruitment and use of children, rape and other forms of sexual violence against children, abductions, attacks and threats of attacks against schools and hospitals, and denial of humanitarian access.


          Somalia: Water is life: Emergency water trucking in drought-prone Somalia   
Source: ACTED
Country: Somalia

Clean and safe water is essential for life. The impending drought in Somalia has caused a severe water shortage leading to use of contaminated water, which, coupled with poor hygiene practices, has led to widespread outbreaks of water-borne diseases such as acute watery diarrhea and cholera.

As a consequence of the water shortage, water prices have skyrocketed making it difficult for the most vulnerable to access safe water. Water scarcity has also led to a high mortality rate amongst livestock and failed crop production, essential elements of household survival. Many households, usually women and girls, walk long distances to access water, increasing their exposure to risks of sexual and gender-based violence. To respond to this crisis, with support from the Somalia Humanitarian Fund (SHF), ACTED provided over 1,500 households in Sanaag region with 45 liters of water per day through emergency water trucking. The beneficiaries also received hygiene kits and participated in hygiene promotion sessions to improve hygiene practices and reduce the spread of water-borne disease.

Asho is a mother among the 1,500 households ACTED targeted for its emergency water trucking in Badhan district of Sanaag region. After losing their only assets due to the droughts, Asho and her family came to Gumar village to look for assistance from relatives and other well-wishers. She now lives there with her eight children, like many other pastoralists that lost their livestock to the drought.

“Before ACTED trucked water to my village, the situation was bad, people lacked water to drink, wash and cook food, but today as you can see water is plenty at our home, we are able to access clean, fresh and chlorinated water safe for human consumption”, explains Asho, one of the beneficiaries.

Thanks to the water trucking intervention, Asho and her children received 45 liters of fresh water per day for a period of 30 days. The water was treated to make it safe for consumption, which significantly reduced cases of diarrhea and other water related diseases. Thanks to the SHF-funded project, they now have access to clean water for drinking and domestic use such as washing, bathing and cooking without having to walk long distances.

“We are thankful for ACTED’s timely assistance that came at a time of great need. We hope that the response will be extended until the rains come,” she says.

Since the intervention, low rainfall brought a couple of months of relief, but assistance continues to be much needed in the villages of the region, especially with the upcoming dry season.

“Water is vital for the survival of all human beings and animals, it is devastating to see people suffer from a lack of it. We need to come together and offer life-saving assistance to the people in need” - Sarah, ACTED Kenya-Somalia Country Director


          Somalia: UNHCR Somalia: PRMN Drought displacements to 23 June 2017   
Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees
Country: Somalia

761,000
Drought displacements since November 2016
22,000
New drought displacements 1-23 June
16,300
IDP returns to 23 June predominantly Bay region
13,600
New arrivals to Baidoa in period 1-23 June 2017

Spike in drought displacements in Bay region during June

The situation of ongoing drought, combined with lack of access to humanitarian assistance in Al-Shabaab (AS) controlled areas, has persisted throughout 2017, causing already dire conditions to further deteriorate. While the general trend for new displacements over the last two months has been downward, an increase in new movements has been monitored in Bay Region over the past few weeks. PRMN partners monitored the arrival of approximately 13,500 individuals to Baidoa town between 1 and 23 June, originating mainly from remote villages in Berdaale, Dinsoor and Qansahdhere districts in Bay region, and Rabdhuure district in Bakool. In total, around 3,400 individuals have been displaced from Bakool region alone as part of this recent spike. Those disproportionately affected include children, lactating mothers, pregnant women, and the elderly, many bearing signs of shock including worn-out clothing and diminished physique. This recent wave of displacement comprises largely of pastoralist and agro-pastoralist communities who arrived by foot, mini buses, large trucks and donkey carts. According to those interviewed on arrival, a significant proportion of their livestock had died as a result of severe water shortages while the remaining was consumed.

Drought displacements during the period 1-23 June 2017

Absorption capacities in Baidoa have already been severely overstretched, leaving new arrivals no option but to settle in the outskirts of the town. Some 1,360 households (approximately 8,160 individuals) have established new IDP settlements in the west (Hagarka iyo Madi Geri IDP settlement) and in the north (Boodan IDP settlement) of Baidoa town. Only a limited amount of humanitarian assistance has been provided in these two settlements in the form of medical assistance and food rations. The most immediate and pressing needs of the recent drought displaced remain food, water, shelter and mosquito nets.

IDP returns

With the Gu’ season at hand, some IDPs have started to return to their places of origin in Bay and Bakool regions in order to resume crop production and other farming activities. Approximately 16,300 individuals (of which 9,800 in June so far) are reported to have returned to their villages of origin in Bay region – predominantly to villages within Baidoa district but also to Dinsoor and Qansahdhere districts. Annual seasonal farming is reported to be the primary push factor for these return movements. Many of the return areas – Idaale, Koban, Korunbod, Ban-yal, Misir, Awdiinle, Goofgaduud and Seydhellow, are located in the main cereal production belts of Bay and Bakool regions but also lie within areas controlled by Al-Shabaab. These people are effectively returning to similar conditions from which they fled, and in turn could potentially face heightened protection risks and diminished humanitarian support as a result.


          Kenya: WFP Kenya — Refugee Resource Update June 2017   
Source: World Food Programme
Country: Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan

Highlights

Since April, WFP has been providing full food assistance to refugees in Dadaab, Kakuma and Kalobeyei. This return to 100 percent food assistance was gratefully received by refugees.

However, available funding will only allow WFP to continue to provide full food assistance until the end of August. From September, if new resources are not made available by donors, WFP will be compelled to stop its cash transfers to refugees. This will have a dramatic impact, particularly on refugees in Kalobeyei as their food assistance is provided in the form of cash transfers.

New funds are also required to continue to assist refugees in Kakuma and Dadaab with in-kind food from November onwards.

Overall, WFP requires US$9.4 million to ensure full food assistance to refugees, of which US$6.6 million is required for cash transfers.

New contributions for both food and cash transfers will need to be received during July for assistance to be continued beyond September.

WFP gratefully thanks European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO) for the US$8.6 million donation to fund cash transfers.

Nutrition activities to prevent moderate acute malnutrition in refugees currently reach 48,000 children and pregnant and breastfeeding women monthly. Treatment of moderate acute malnutrition in refugees covers 9,000 women and children per month. These activities are fully funded until the end of October.


          Somalia: UNHCR Somalia: Drought displacements in period 1 Nov 2016 to 23 Jun 2017   
Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees
Country: Somalia

Key Figures

761,000 drought displacements since November 2016

600 arrivals to Mogadishu (1 - 23 June 2017)

13,600 arrivals to Baidoa (1 - 23 June 2017)

22,000 drought-displaced (1 - 23 June 2017)


          World: Global Weather Hazards Summary, June 30 - July 6, 2017   
Source: Famine Early Warning System Network
Country: Belize, Benin, Burkina Faso, Costa Rica, Côte d'Ivoire, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Gambia, Guatemala, Guinea, Haiti, Honduras, India, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Panama, Senegal, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tajikistan, Togo, Uganda, World

Heavy rainfall continues over Central America

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Below-average rainfall since mid-May has led to abnormal dryness across eastern Uganda and southwestern Kenya. Moisture deficits are likely to negatively impact cropping and Pastoral activities.

          Somalia: Diaspora returnees and locals resolve to work together in rebuilding Somalia   
Source: African Union Mission in Somalia
Country: Somalia

Mogadishu, 30 June 2017 – A symposium bringing together Somali diaspora returnees and homeland communities ended yesterday with a call for regular dialogue to strengthen relations with between the two groups.

Participants at the two-day meeting said it was important for diaspora returnees and locals to dialogue regularly to understand each other and iron out the false perceptions that exist among them.

The symposium also agreed to embark on awareness campaigns to highlight the importance of peaceful coexistence and the need for stronger partnerships in rebuilding the country after decades of conflict.

The recommendations were read by Naima Aden Elmi, the Chairperson of Save Somali Youth Organization (SASOYO), at the end of the symposium which was attended by government officials, members of the civil society, businesspersons, women and youth among others.

“We have agreed to set up committees in our subsequent sessions. Both sides will be represented in these committees which will be tasked with taking forward the process so that we deepen collaboration and we arrive at a common objective,” Ms. Naima stated at the end of the symposium organized by the Department of Diaspora in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and SASOYO with support from the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM).

Ms. Naima added; “the outcome of the workshop exceeded our expectations and we intend to hold more discussions as requested by the delegates so that we accomplish the tasks ahead. This will be an ongoing programme.”

Muna Hassan Mohamed, a local participant, hailed the workshop, saying it provided both groups the opportunity to engage and resolve their differences.

“It was an important workshop in that it brought together diaspora returnees and the locals. The engagements were amicable as the diaspora returnees and their local counterparts held discussions so as to get to understand each other,” Ms. Muna stated.

Nuzaiba Abdullahi Ali, also a local participant, echoed Ms. Muna’s sentiments, saying the groups learned important lessons from each other.

During the discussions it was revealed that individuals born and raised in the country view themselves as having more rights than their counterparts returning home from the diaspora, while the latter believe they are better placed to contribute to the peace and stability of the country, owing to their superior education, experience and exposure.

The locals have also accused the diaspora returnees of taking up the plum jobs in government leaving them marginalized.

Mohamed Mohamoud Sheik, one of the diaspora returnees, however noted that the differences can be resolved through dialogue and appreciating the role each group plays in rebuilding Somalia.

“I think it is a really good point that we have reached to understand each other. I think more events like this will help further integrate the locals and the diaspora returnees. It is a matter of just talking to each other,” Mr. Mohamed observed.

Nimco Ahmed, another diaspora returnee, expressed satisfaction with the outcome of the symposium and called for similar meetings to be held in the federal states.

“I would definitely like this kind of consultations to continue because not everyone was here both today and yesterday. There is a larger section of the society within the regions and towns who probably have these concerns as well. So we should definitely broaden these consultations,” Ms. Nimco stated.

Prof Abdilatif Egeh, an academician, asked the participants who were mainly youth to find solutions to the challenges facing Somalia.

“The majority of people here are youth and you will benefit from this country especially if solutions to the challenges facing Somalia come from you. There’s a famous saying that when we pull together we can achieve more (united we stand). I urge you to maintain that position,” Prof Egeh told the participants.

AMISOM Political Officer, Dr. Walters Samah, said the African Union Mission will continue supporting initiatives aimed at stabilising and unifying Somalia.

“One of the reasons AMISOM is supporting this great initiative is because cooperation and partnership between Somali Diaspora Returnees and Homeland community is critical for the stability and long-term development of Somalia,” Dr. Walters said.


          Somalia: Food Security and Nutrition Analysis Unit for Somalia (FSNAU) - Phase VII   
Source: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Country: Somalia

Project code: OSRO/SOM/602/USA

Donor: United States of America

Contribution: USD 1 689 106

Implementation: 01/01/16 – 31/03/17

Target areas: Somalia

Activities implemented:

  • Conducted two countrywide seasonal food security assessments (post-gu and post-deyr) and 55 nutrition surveys across Somalia.

  • Collected weekly market data from 71 urban and rural markets, analysed and reported through FSNAU’s monthly market updates.

  • Compiled rainfall and vegetation cover data from weather stations and remote sensing satellite imagery, analysed and reported through FSNAU’s monthly climate updates.

  • Published and disseminated 47 publications to a broad range of users.

  • Carried out three institutional capacity needs assessments to inform the development of FSNAU capacity development plans for key institutions of the governments of Somaliland,
    Puntland and the Federal Republic of Somalia.

  • Established two coordination units and two sub-units to facilitate the institutionalization of government food security and nutrition assessment, analysis and coordination capacity.

  • Provided trainings in food, nutrition and livelihood security assessments, monitoring, analysis and reporting to 51 staff from government institutions.

  • Delivered food security and nutrition assessment-related training to 61 government focal persons and 627 staff drawn from government line ministries and institutions, local authorities, local and international NGOs, UN agencies and hired enumerators.

  • Trained 70 government and partner staff jointly with FEWS NET on food security monitoring and scenario development.


          Somalia: Somalia Water and Land Information Management (SWALIM): Improving flood risk management in Somalia   
Source: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Country: Somalia

Project code: OSRO/SOM/603/USA

Donor: United States of America

Contribution: USD 500 000

Implementation: 01/01/16 – 31/03/17

Target areas: Somalia

Activities implemented:

  • Established a Flood Information Centre to improve flood and early warning information and monitoring at SODMA in Mogadishu, and equipping the Centre with GPS handsets, computers, cameras and other necessary office equipment.

  • Trained 23 staff from SODMA, line ministries and academic institutions in flood and drought monitoring, preparedness, response, management and contingency planning, as well as carrying out livelihood and environmental baseline surveys.

  • Developed a disaster risk reduction training material kit to improve capacity building activities.

  • Produced and disseminated 70 regular bulletins (including three-day rainfall forecasts, seven-day flood watch and dekadal rainfall bulletins) and flood alerts during the 2016 gu and deyr seasons.

  • Conducted a stakeholders workshop which brought together 40 participants from government, local authorities, NGOs and UN agencies to assess the capacity needs of partners for the development of a flood and drought contingency plan.

  • Developed a contingency plan outlining mitigation plans for both floods and drought, which was implemented during the 2016/17 drought; information was used to advise government and humanitarian partners on priority response activities.

  • Trained six enumerators and carried out a water sources survey covering 530 water points in Bay and Bakool Regions, the data from which was used to update SWALIM’s water sources live map.


          World: Missing Out on Small is Beautiful: The EU’s failure to deliver on policy commitments to support smallholder agriculture in developing countries (Briefing paper)   
Source: Oxfam
Country: Burkina Faso, Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, World, Yemen

With the world on the brink of an unprecedented four famines, donor countries must urgently step up efforts to tackle the structural causes of hunger and poverty. Food security and sustainable agriculture are among the European Union’s key priorities for development cooperation. The EU is committed to longterm solutions, including empowering smallholders, in particular women, and supporting environmentally sustainable approaches in agriculture. In practice, however, its development aid to the agricultural sector does not live up to its commitments. An Oxfam analysis of more than 7,500 EU-funded projects reveals a significant lack of transparency in reporting, casting doubt on the accountability of the EU’s aid. Based on the reported data, only a small portion of the EU’s agricultural development aid complies with the aim of targeting small-scale producers and women. Funding is also biased towards industrial and export crops and countries of strategic interest, at the expense of smallholders and countries most in need.

1 INTRODUCTION

In 2017, less than 10 years after the 2007–08 food price crisis, the world stands on the brink of an unprecedented four famines. Famine has already been declared in South Sudan, while Nigeria, Yemen and Somalia are also facing the risk of mass starvation.

These are just four of the dozens of countries confronting acute and widespread food insecurity.1 Globally, an estimated 795 million people – one in nine worldwide – are still going hungry.2 The reasons for this are many, including high food prices, low agricultural productivity, abnormal weather patterns and conflict. Yet the scale of food insecurity points to deeper problems in the global food system that have never been adequately tackled. Social and economic exclusion, structural poverty, lack of access to productive resources such as land, and imbalances in power are consigning millions of people to hunger.

There is significant agreement on the need for greater commitment to address the longterm structural causes of food insecurity – and solutions are known. Empowering smallholders and supporting their efficient and environmentally sustainable approaches to agriculture is a proven long-term solution to reducing hunger and poverty and tackling power imbalances and inequalities. At least 475 million small-scale farms worldwide support around two billion people, and investing in the sector is known to have immense potential for reducing poverty. Women play a potentially transformative role in agricultural development, but they continue to face social, cultural and economic constraints that limit their potential in the sector.

European Union policy makers are aware of both the challenges and the solutions. The role of agriculture was recognized as being crucial for poverty reduction in the 2005 European Consensus on Development. Responding to some of the most severe global food price crises from 2007 onwards, the EU launched the €1bn Food Facility, with a specific focus on small-scale producers, in 2009 and the Food Security Policy Framework (FSPF) in 2010. Through the FSPF, the EU committed to a rights-based approach to support small-scale food producers, gender mainstreaming and ecologically sustainable approaches. Since then, it has made further policy commitments to reinforce priorities established in 2010; an Implementation Plan has been produced, and the European Commission has compiled consolidated EU-wide biennial progress reports since 2014. The new European Consensus on Development, adopted in May 2017, reiterates the central importance of smallholder farmers.

However, Oxfam’s analysis of the EU’s official development assistance (ODA) for agriculture reveals that its investments do not match its policy priorities. On average, the EU’s financial support for the three priority areas of smallholders, gender equality in agriculture and ecological sustainability is strikingly low. An analysis of preimplementation project data shows that less than one-quarter of EU aid for agriculture explicitly targets small-scale producers. Only 2–3 percent of EU funding promotes gender equality in agriculture, while ecological sustainability is largely missed out in planning documents altogether. Furthermore, with the exception of just one year, EU ODA has consistently supported industrial and export crops with significantly higher budgets than food crops.

Finally, Oxfam’s analysis of EU development funding for agriculture suggests that ODA is being instrumentalized to support EU foreign policy goals instead of responding to the actual needs of the most marginalized people. There is a clear bias towards supporting potential candidates for EU membership and the European neighbourhood regions, to the detriment of poorer regions elsewhere. For instance, the EU spends 3.6 times as much agricultural development aid in Europe as in sub-Sahara Africa.


          Somalia: Somalia AWD/Cholera Outbreak (as of 18 June 2017)   
Source: World Health Organization, Health Cluster
Country: Somalia


          Somalia: Somalia Suspected Measles Outbreak (as of 11 June 2017)   
Source: World Health Organization, Health Cluster
Country: Somalia


          Somalia: Somalia: Pre-Famine Briefing Note, June 2017   
Source: UN Children's Fund
Country: Somalia

Despite the arrival of the rain, famine continues to loom large over Somalia. More than half of the country’s population – 6.7 million – are in need humanitarian assistance, including 4 million children.
Since the beginning of this year, UNICEF’s emergency response has resulted in 95,000 children being treated for life-threatening severe acute malnutrition; 620,000 women and children receiving emergency health services; and 1.5 million people having temporary access to safe drinking water. A combination of severe food insecurity, high malnutrition and widespread disease, however, calls for more sustained and intensied efforts if we are to save more lives.


          Ethiopia: Resilience in Ethiopia and Somaliland: Impact evaluation of the reconstruction project ‘Development of Enabling Conditions for Pastoralist and Agro-Pastoralist Communities’   
Source: Oxfam
Country: Ethiopia, Somalia

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Oxfam GB’s Global Performance Framework is part of the organisation’s effort to better understand and communicate its effectiveness, as well as enhance learning across the organisation. Under this Framework, a small number of completed or mature projects are selected at random each year for an evaluation of their impact, known as an ‘Effectiveness Review’. One key focus is on the extent they have promoted change in relation to relevant Oxfam GB global outcome indicators.

During the 2015/16 financial year, one of the projects that was randomly selected for an Effectiveness Review was the Reconstruction Project: ‘Contributing to the Development of Enabling Conditions for Human Security for Vulnerable Pastoralist and Agro-Pastoralist Communities’. Oxfam carried out this project in partnership with several organisations, including Ogden Welfare and Development Association (OWDA), Community Development Service Association (CDSA), Somaliland Pastoral Forum (SOLPAF), Candlelight, Himilo Relief and Development Association (HIRDA), and The Horn of Africa Voluntary Youth Committee (HAVOYOCO). The project activities, which began in July 2012 and finished in June 2016, were focused in the Somali region of Ethiopia and the Galbeed and Togdheer regions of Somaliland (see Figure 1.1).

The project was designed to build the resilience of project participants to drought, conflict, and other shocks and stresses, through a series of activities working at different scales. The project worked directly to improve pastoralists’ and agro-pastoralists’ ability to thrive in spite of drought and conflict by rehabilitating sources of water and grazing land and by managing livestock disease. The project also aimed to support alternative income-generating activities among women and the youth by providing training and supporting savings/credit groups. Finally, the project tried to increase the voice and representation of marginalised groups in key decisionmaking forums.

EVALUATION APPROACH

This Effectiveness Review used a quasi-experimental evaluation design to assess the impact of the activities among the households whose members directly participated in women’s savings and credit groups that were formed by the project and through which many of the project activities were channelled. This involved comparing those households that participated in the project to a group of comparison households, which were similar to the project participants. The Effectiveness Review can only fully identify household-level effects of the project. Communitylevel effects are partially identified in the evaluation, but given the potential spillovers of the community-level activities into the comparison group, it is impossible to capture their full impacts. Activities operating at a higher level, including the project’s advocacy work in key decision-making forums, are not included in this evaluation.

This Effectiveness Review focused on 10 project villages, across two woredas (districts) of Ethiopia and one region of Somaliland. In these project communities, all households that participated in the women’s credit and savings groups that were formed and supported by the project were targeted for interview. The project participants were identified using beneficiary lists that were maintained by the project partner organisations. For the comparison, 14 villages were identified in woredas/regions that were similar to the project communities in our sample in terms of a number of key characteristics, including the dominant livelihood strategies employed by community members, the distance of the community from main roads, and the distance of the community from the Ethiopia-Somaliland border. Within the comparison communities, households were identified using exactly the same protocol that was used to establish the women’s savings and credit groups in the first place, namely through focus groups conducted with the village elders that sought out households that were poor, female-headed, and had demonstrated the potential to establish a non-farm household business.

At the analysis stage, the statistical tools of propensity-score matching and multivariate regression were used to control for apparent baseline differences between the households in the project and comparison communities, to increase confidence when making estimates of the project’s impact.
The primary aim of the Effectiveness Review was to investigate the project’s impact on building resilience to shocks and stresses. This was assessed by identifying 36 characteristics that were thought to be associated with resilience, for which data could be collected in the household survey. These characteristics were formulated under Oxfam GB’s multidimensional framework for measuring resilience, and developed through discussions with project staff and focus groups conducted in local communities. In general, these indicators were chosen to focus on the intermediate steps between project activities and final well-being outcomes, although some measures of project outputs were included. It should also be noted that we sought to generate a mix of indicators that were connected to the project’s Logic Model and those that were not. A full list of indicators and a summary of the results for each is shown in Table 1.


          Somalia: WFP VAM Food Security Analysis - East Africa: The 2017 Season - A Humanitarian Crisis Looms   
Source: World Food Programme
Country: Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Uganda

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The Horn of Africa region is again under drier than average conditions after experiencing a severe drought during the last growing season of Oct-Dec 2016.

  • Severe rainfall deficits are observed across Somalia, Kenya and SE Ethiopia, leading to delayed starts to the growing season, poor vegetation cover and low water resources. Significant impacts on crop production and pasture development are now very likely.

  • The situation looks increasingly similar to the record droughts of 2010-2011 and potentially worse in coastal Kenya. Somalia, currently at risk of famine, will continue to experience further deterioration.

  • Drier than average conditions in place since mid-2016 are continuing to affect large areas across East Africa including NE Uganda (Karamoja), SW Ethiopia and eastern South Sudan.

  • The region as a whole badly needs widespread above average rains throughout May and beyond to avoid significant negative impacts at an even greater scale.


          Somalia: WFP VAM Food Security Analysis - East Africa: The 2017 Season - Crisis Rather Than Disaster   
Source: World Food Programme
Country: Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Uganda

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Despite improved rains since late April, the delayed start of the season and severe early dryness will result in poor crop production, degraded pasture and low water availability for human and livestock consumption.

  • The food security situation of the extremely vulnerable households is expected to further deteriorate. Pastoralists in central Somalia, SE Ethiopia and western Kenya are of particular concern.

  • Somalia, Kenya and SE Ethiopia have now endured three consecutive droughts, including one of the most severe on record in Oct-Dec 2016.

  • Central South Sudan, Sudan, NW Ethiopia and Eritrea have experienced abundant rainfall resulting in robust early vegetation growth and early start of the growing season.


          Somalia: Somalia Repatriation Update 1 - 31 May 2017   
Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees
Country: Djibouti, Kenya, Somalia, Tunisia, Yemen

HIGHLIGHTS

  • 3,769 Somali refugees returned to Somalia

  • 1,414 core relief items distributed to 1,139 households (3,864 returnees)

  • 549 newly enrolled students

  • 3,433 returnees provided with reinstallation grants

  • 26 shelters and 40 latrines constructed

  • 2,209 beneficiaries enrolled in community-based projects

UPDATE ON ACHIEVEMENTS

  • Operational context: Repatriation continued in May with flights only because road convoys remained suspended for impassable roads as a result of the Gu seasonal rain (April-June).

  • Country of Origin Information: On 8 May, UNHCR shared the Country of Origin Information (COI) for the month of April with the help desk in Kenya. The COI included information on drought, AWD/Cholera, rain forecast and drought-related displacement, and included links to further information and primary sources.

  • Cross-border meeting: On 30 May, the cross-border meeting took place with counterparts to review the repatriation process from Kenya to Somalia. At the meeting, participants established the Thematic Working Group to address issues and found solutions to particular issues.

RETURN FIGURES

  • During the month of May, 3,769 Somali refugees returned to Somalia, namely, 3,158 from Kenya, 414 from Yemen and 197 from Djibouti. In 2017, a total of 29,087 Somali refugeesreturned, including 26,759 from Kenya, 2,068 from Yemen, 258 from Djibouti and two from Tunisia.

  • Cumulatively, 98,552 Somali refugees have returned to Somalia; 66,647 from Kenya since the beginning of the repatriation in December 2014, 31,543 since the beginning of the crisis in March 2015 in Yemen and between 2014 and 2017, 362 Somalis from other countries of asylum (326 from Djibouti, 33 from Eritrea, two from Tunisia and one from Pakistan).


          World: Challenges and opportunities across NATO's South: Migration, trafficking, extremism, and instability, Volume 1 I Number 3 I Spring 2017   
Source: OPEN Perspectives Exchange Network (OPEN)
Country: Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Bangladesh, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ethiopia, Gambia, Guinea, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Iraq, Lebanon, Mali, Morocco, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Russian Federation, Somalia, Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, World, Yemen

Executive Summary

NATO and its partners, as a part of discussions related to the Alliance’s efforts to promote peace and security in its broader neighbourhood, have increasingly focused on NATOs’ “Southern Flank.” In the following report, the authors argue that this primarily military term is likely to be off-putting to many current or would-be NATO partners, such as foreign ministries, international organisations, and civilian stakeholders, hindering the goals of “projecting stability” and risking a near-exclusive focus on threats and risks. Furthermore, this report demonstrates how the term “Southern Flank” does not fully capture NATO’s challenges. For example, issues like trafficking and migration originate in far-flung areas including West Africa, Latin America, and Central Asia, which may not be part of the Southern Flank as current conceived by NATO. In suggesting the use of a less heavily value-laden and military-centric term like the “Greater South”, the authors point out that challenges emanating from the Greater South also present opportunities to Alliance states that may bolster NATO’s strategic objectives.

The following observations and findings are based on a review of the pertinent literature from academics, research institutions, governments, and various international organisations (IOs) and international nongovernmental organisations (INGOs). They also emerge in part from the authors’ combined twenty years of research experience working on and researching issues ranging from civil-military interaction to post-crisis stabilisation and humanitarian action in contexts as diverse as Afghanistan, Bosnia - Herzegovina, Lebanon, Somalia Syria and Yemen for governments, UN agencies, the World Bank, INGOs, NATO’s former Civil-Military Fusion Centre and others.

Challenges and Opportunities in NATO’s Greater South

Some of the most immediately pressing challenges emanating from the Greater South include migration and trafficking in drugs, guns, persons as well as conflict and violent extremism. These inter-related issues thrive amidst corruption and low state capacity, prevent economic growth, and facilitate instability and extremism. This report explores these challenges and demonstrates (i) their intersecting nature; (ii) how typical approaches to addressing these issues, including increased border control and military responses, can displace the challenge and plant the seeds of future instability elsewhere; and (iii) that the various challenges facing NATO may be reconceptualised as opportunities rather than purely as threats.

With regard to migration, in 2015, 1.2 million people applied for asylum in Europe, 66.2% of whom were male according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM). This may pose social stability challenges not only in assimilation and cultural differences relating to gender relations but also in the fact that most young, male migrants, many of whom are single, will be jobless for a year or two following arrival. However, with approximately 84% of incoming migrants under 34 years old, the host economy may ultimately benefit economically from migration. The International Monetary Fund (IMF), for instance, estimates annual output to increase by 0.1% in the EU and 0.3% in Germany by the end of 2017.


          Somalia: Somalia: WASH Cluster Operational Presence (3W) May 2017   
Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Country: Somalia


          Entra en vigor de forma parcial veto estadounidense de viajes   

Hace tres días, la Corte Suprema de Justicia aceptó el caso sobre el veto y decidió implementar parcialmente la medida que busca impedir durante 90 días la entrada de nacionales de Irán, Siria, Libia, Sudán, Yemen y Somalia; y por cuatro meses la llegada de refugiados de cualquier origen.

Varios tribunales de distrito y de apelaciones decidieron bloquear la aplicación del decreto a nivel nacional por considerar que discrimina a los musulmanes y viola el principio constitucional de libertad religiosa.


          EEUU: Prevén disputas legales por restricciones migratorias    

WASHINGTON (AP) — Una versión reducida de las restricciones decretadas por el presidente Donald Trump al ingreso a Estados Unidos de personas de seis países mayoritariamente islámicos ha entrado en vigencia, aunque despojada de las disposiciones que provocaron protestas y caos en aeropuertos de todo el mundo en enero, pero se prevé una nueva ronda de disputas legales.

Las nuevas normas, producto de meses de riñas en las cortes, no consisten en una prohibición, sino más sino más bien en un endurecimiento de las normas para el otorgamiento de visas a ciudadanos de los seis países, incluidos los refugiados.

Funcionarios del gobierno prometieron que la aplicación de la norma, vigente desde las 0000 GMT, se realizaría en orden. El vocero del Servicio de Control de Inmigración y Aduanas de Estados Unidos (ICE por sus siglas en inglés), Dan Hetlage, dijo que se preveía "normalidad en nuestros puertos de entrada" y que los poseedores de visas válidas podrían viajar.

Con todo, los defensores de los inmigrantes y refugiados prometen impugnar los nuevos requisitos y el gobierno no ha sabido explicar con claridad de qué manera se favorece la seguridad de Estados Unidos.

En Irán, el ministro de Exteriores Mohammad Javad Zarif dijo que la prohibición constituía "una muestra realmente vergonzosa de hostilidad ciega hacia todos los iraníes". La medida, dijo, impedirá que abuelas iraníes visiten a sus nietos en Estados Unidos.

Bajo las normas temporarias, los ciudadanos de Siria, Sudán, Somalia, Libia, Irán y Yemen que ya tienen visa podrán viajar a Estados Unidos, pero los solicitantes nuevos deberán demostrar un parentesco cercano o una relación existente con un negocio o una institución educativa en el país.

No está claro hasta qué punto se verán afectados los viajes, En la mayoría de los países incluidos en la norma, poca gente tiene los recursos para el turismo y esos pocos ya son sometidos a investigación intensa antes de recibir la visa.

No obstante, los defensores de los derechos humanos se preparan a librar nuevas batallas en las cortes. La Unión Americana de Libertades Civiles (ACLU, por sus siglas en inglés) dijo que los nuevos criterios son "sumamente restrictivos", "arbitrarios" y diseñados para "denigrar y condenar a los musulmanes".

El estado de Hawai presentó el jueves una moción de emergencia en la que solicitó a un juez federal que aclare que el gobierno no puede aplicar las restricciones a los prometidos o parientes como abuelos, tías o tíos, que no fueron incluidos en la definición que hizo el Departamento de Estado sobre relaciones personales “bona fide”, es decir genuinas y comprobables.

Gran parte de la confusión suscitada en enero, cuando entró en vigencia el primer decreto de Trump que prohibía los viajes de las personas de ciertos países a Estados Unidos, tuvo como consecuencia que quienes ya tenían visas aprobadas no pudieran tomar vuelos con destino a territorio estadounidense o se les negara el ingreso a su llegada al país.

Las autoridades de inmigración recibieron el jueves la orden de no impedir el ingreso de las personas con documentos válidos o que reúnan los requisitos para visitar Estados Unidos.

 


          Veinte mil niños están en riesgo de morir en Somalia, advierte ONG   
Mogadiscio. Más de 20 mil niños en Somalia, aquejada de sequía, podrían morir de hambre en los próximos meses si no reciben ayuda internacional constante, advirtió este jueves la organización socorrista Salvar a los Niños. Los casos de desnutrición aguda se han ido “por las nubes” en varios de los nueve distritos somalíes evaluados, señaló la ONG. Miles han muerto en la sequía, combinada con un brote de cólera y el hecho de que mucha gente está atrapada en zonas controladas por el grupo extremista al-Shahab. Dijo que se requieren mil 500 millones de dólares para evitar una crisis.
          Snarky tweets feature sweet pictures of grandparents to mock Trump's travel ban   
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          Blog Post: June 28, 2017 DOS Cable on Travel Ban After Supreme Court Order   

From Reuters:

Date: June 28, 2017 at 7:57:39 PM EDT

Subject: (SBU) IMPLEMENTING EXECUTIVE ORDER 13780 FOLLOWING SUPREME COURT RULING -- GUIDANCE TO VISA-ADJUDICATING POSTS

From: SECSTATE WASHDC

Action: ALL DIPLOMATIC AND CONSULAR POSTS COLLECTIVE IMMEDIATE

1. (SBU) Summary: On June 26, 2017, the Supreme Court partially lifted preliminary injunctions that barred the Department from enforcing section 2 of Executive Order (E.O.) 13780, which suspends the entry to the United States of, and the issuance of visas to, nationals of six designated countries, as well as section 6, which relates to the Refugee Admissions Program. A June 14, 2017 Presidential Memorandum announced each enjoined provision would become effective the date and time at which the referenced injunctions are lifted or stayed, with implementation of each relevant provision within 72 hours after all applicable injunctions are lifted or stayed with respect to that provision. As a result, implementation of those sections for which injunctions have been lifted will begin June 29, 2017, as detailed below.

2. (SBU) This cable provides guidance for implementing provisions of
section 2(c) of the E.O. impacting visa adjudication and issuance
procedures. The E.O.’s 90-day suspension of entry will be implemented
worldwide at 8:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) June 29, 2017. All visa
adjudicating posts should carefully review and prepare to implement this
guidance at that time or at opening of the next business day if not open at 8:00 p.m. EDT June 29, 2017. Any
modifications to this guidance, due to litigation or other reasons, will be
sent in a subsequent cable. Public talking points and additional
operational resources will be updated and available on CA Webhttp://intranet.ca.state.sbu/content/caweb/visas/news/100011.html>.

End Summary.

3. (SBU) The Supreme Court’s partial lifting of the preliminary

injunctions allows the E.O.’s suspension to be enforced only against foreign
nationals who lack a “bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the
United States.” Therefore, applicants who are nationals of the affected
countries who are determined to be otherwise eligible for visas and to have a
credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the
United States are exempt from the suspension of entry in the United States as
described in section 2(c) of the E.O. Applicants who are nationals of the
affected countries and who are determined to be otherwise eligible for visas,
but who are determined not to have a qualifying relationship, must be eligible
for an exemption or waiver as described in section 3 of the E.O. in order to be
issued a visa. For adjudication purposes, the Supreme Court criteria have
been couched in this guidance as exemptions from the E.O.’s suspension of entry
in paragraph 10.

(SBU) Suspension of Entry into the United States for Aliens from Certain Countries

4. (SBU) The E.O. exercises the President’s authority under sections

212(f) and 215(a)(1) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) and suspends
for 90 days entry into the United States of, and issuance of visas to, certain
aliens from the following countries: Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria,
and Yemen. Implementation of the suspension, for purposes of visa
issuance, will begin at 8:00 p.m. EDTJune
29, 2017, worldwide. The suspension of entry in the E.O.
does not apply to individuals who are inside the United States on June 29, 2017, who have a valid
visa on June 29, 2017,
or who had a valid visa at 8:00 p.m. EDT January 29, 2017, even after their
visas expire or they leave the United States. The suspension of entry
also does not apply to other categories of individuals, as detailed
below. No visas will be revoked based on the E.O., even if issued during
the period in which Section 2(c) was enjoined by court order or during the
72-hour implementation period. New applicants will be reviewed on a
case-by-case basis, with consular officers taking into account the scope and
exemption provisions in the E.O. and the applicant’s qualification for a
discretionary waiver. Direction and guidance to resume normal processing
of visas following the 90-day suspension will be sent septel.

(SBU) Nonimmigrant Visas

5. (SBU) GSS vendors and posts will continue scheduling NIV applicants of

the six indicated nationalities. The E.O. provides for a number of
exemptions from its scope and includes waiver provisions, and whether an
applicant is exempt or qualified for a waiver can only be determined on a
case-by-case basis during the course of a visa interview.

6. (SBU) Beginning 8:00 p.m. EDT June 29, 2017, NIV applicants

presenting passports from any of the six countries included in the E.O. should
be interviewed and adjudicated following these procedures:

a.) Officers should first determine whether the applicant is eligible for a

visa under the INA, without regard to the E.O. If the applicant is not
eligible, the appropriate refusal code should be entered into the Consular
Lookout and Support System (CLASS). See 9 FAM 303.3-4(A). Posts
must follow existing FAM guidance in 9 FAM 304.2 to determine whether an SAO
must be submitted. Applicants found ineligible for grounds unrelated to
the E.O. should be refused according to standard procedures.

b.) If an applicant is found otherwise eligible for the visa, the consular

officer will need to determine during the interview whether the applicant is
exempt from the E.O.’s suspension of entry provision (see paragraphs 10-13),
and if not, whether the individual qualifies for a waiver (see paragraphs 14
and 15).

c.) Applicants who are not exempt from the E.O.’s suspension of entry provision

and who do not qualify for a waiver should be refused by entering the code
“EO17” into the Consular Lookout and Support System (CLASS). As
coordinated with DHS, this code represents a Section 212(f) denial under the
E.O.

(SBU) Immigrant Visas

7. (SBU) The National Visa Center (NVC) will continue to schedule

immigrant visa (IV) appointments for all categories and all
nationalities. Posts should continue to interview all other IV applicants
presenting passports from any of the six countries included in the E.O.,
following these procedures:

a.) Officers should first determine whether the applicant is eligible for the

visa, without regard to the E.O. If the applicant is not eligible, the
application should be refused according to standard procedures.

b.) If an applicant is found otherwise eligible for the visa, the consular

officer will need to determine during the interview whether the applicant is
exempt from the E.O.’s suspension of entry provision (see paragraphs 10-13),
and if not, whether the applicant qualifies for a waiver (paragraphs 14 and
15).

c.) Immigrant visa applicants who are not exempt from the E.O.’s suspension of

entry provision and who do not qualify for a waiver should be refused 221(g)
and the consular officer should request an advisory opinion from VO/L/A.

(SBU) Diversity Visas

8. (SBU) For Diversity Visa (DV) applicants already scheduled for

interviews falling after the E.O. implementation date of 8:00 p.m. EDTJune
29, 2017, post should interview the applicants. Posts
should interview applicants following these procedures:

a.) Officers should first determine whether the applicant is eligible for the

DV, without regard to the E.O. If the applicant is not eligible, the
application should be refused according to standard procedures.

b.) If an applicant is found otherwise eligible, the consular officer will need

to determine during the interview whether the applicant is exempt from the
E.O.’s suspension of entry provision (see paragraphs 10-13), and if not,
whether the applicant qualifies for a waiver (paragraphs 14 and 15).

c.) DV applicants who are not exempt from the E.O.’s suspension of entry

provision and who do not qualify for a waiver should be refused 221(g) and the
consular officer should request an advisory opinion from VO/L/A following
current guidance in 9 FAM 304.3-1.

Based on the Department’s experience with the DV program, we anticipate that

very few DV applicants are likely to be exempt from the E.O.’s suspension of
entry or to qualify for a waiver. CA will notify DV applicants from the
affected nationalities with scheduled interviews of the additional criteria to
allow the potential applicants to determine whether they wish to pursue their
application.

9. (SBU) The Kentucky Consular Center (KCC) will continue to schedule

additional DV-2017 appointments for cases in which the principal applicant is
from one of these six nationalities. While the Department is mindful of
the requirement to issue Diversity Visas prior to the end of the Fiscal
Year on September 30, direction and
guidance to resume normal processing of visas following the 90-day suspension
will be sent septel.

(SBU) Individuals Who Are Exempt from the E.O.’s Suspension of Entry

10. (SBU) The E.O.’s suspension of entry does not apply to the following:

a.) Any applicant who has a credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a

person or entity in the United States. Any such relationship with a
“person” must be a close familial relationship, as defined below. Any
relationship with an entity must be formal, documented, and formed in the ordinary
course, rather than for the purpose of evading the E.O. Note: If
you determine an applicant has established eligibility for a nonimmigrant visa
in a classification other than a B, C-1, D, I, or K visa, then the applicant is
exempt from the E.O., as their bona fide relationship to a person or entity is
inherent in the visa classification. Eligible derivatives of these
classifications are also exempt. Likewise, if you determine an applicant
has established eligibility for an immigrant visa in the following classifications
-- immediate relatives, family-based, and employment-based (other than certain
self-petitioning employment-based first preference applicants with no job offer
in the United States and SIV applicants under INA 101a(27)) -- then the
applicant and any eligible derivatives are exempt from the E.O.

b.) Any applicant who was in the United States on June 26, 2017;

c.) Any applicant who had a valid visa at 5:00 p.m. EST on January 27, 2017, the day
E.O. 13769 was signed;

d.) Any applicant who had a valid visa on June 29, 2017;

e.) Any lawful permanent resident of the United States;

f.) Any applicant who is admitted to or paroled into the United States on or
after June 26, 2017;

g.) Any applicant who has a document other than a visa, valid on June 29, 2017, or issued
on any date thereafter, that permits him or her to travel to the United States
and seek entry or admission, such as advance parole;

h.) Any dual national of a country designated under the order when traveling on
a passport issued by a non-designated country;

i.) Any applicant travelling on an A-1, A-2, NATO-1 through NATO-6 visa, C-2
for travel to the United Nations, C-3, G-1, G-2, G-3, or G-4 visa, or a
diplomatic-type visa of any classification;

j.) Any applicant who has been granted asylum; any refugee who has already been
admitted to the United States; or any individual who has been granted
withholding of removal, advance parole, or protection under the Convention
Against Torture; and

k.) Any V92 or V93 applicant.

11. (SBU) “Close family” is defined as a parent (including
parent-in-law), spouse, child, adult son or daughter, son-in-law,
daughter-in-law, sibling, whether whole or half. This includes step
relationships. “Close family” does not include grandparents,
grandchildren, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, brothers-laws and
sisters-in-law, fiancés, and any other “extended” family members.

12. (SBU) A relationship with a “U.S. entity” must be formal, documented,

and formed in the ordinary course rather than for the purpose of evading the
E.O. A consular officer should not issue a visa unless the officer is
satisfied that the applicant’s relationship complies with these requirements
and was not formed for the purpose of evading the E.O. For example, an
eligible I visa applicant employed by foreign media that has a news office
based in the United States would be covered by this exemption. Students
from designated countries who have been admitted to U.S. educational
institutions have a required relationship with an entity in the United
States. Similarly, a worker who accepted an offer of employment from a
company in the United States or a lecturer invited to address an audience in
the United States would be exempt. In contrast, the exemption would not
apply to an applicant who enters into a relationship simply to avoid the
E.O.: for example, a nonprofit group devoted to immigration issues may
not contact foreign nationals from the designated countries, add them to client
lists, and then secure their entry by claiming injury from their inclusion in
the E.O. Also, a hotel reservation, whether or not paid, would not
constitute a bona fide relationship with an entity in the United States.

13. (SBU) When issuing an IV or an NIV to an individual who falls into

one of the categories listed in paragraph 10, the visa should be annotated to
state, “Exempt or Waived from E.O. 13780.” Interviewing officers must
also enter a clear case note stating the specific reason why the applicant is
exempt from the E.O.’s suspension of entry. If consular officers are
unclear if an applicant qualifies for an exemption, the cases should be refused
under INA 221(g) and the consular officer should request an advisory opinion
from VO/L/A following current guidance in 9 FAM 304.3-1.

(SBU) Qualification for a Waiver and Process

14. (SBU) The E.O. permits consular officers to grant waivers and

authorize the issuance of a visa on a case-by-case basis when the applicant
demonstrates to the officer’s satisfaction that the following three criteria
are all met:

a.) Denying entry during the 90-day suspension would cause undue hardship;

b.) His or her entry would not pose a threat to national security; and

c.) His or her entry would be in the national interest.

15. (SBU) The E.O. lists the following examples of circumstances in which

an applicant may be considered for a waiver, subject to meeting the three
requirements above. Note that some of the waiver examples listed in the
E.O. are now considered exemptions in light of the Supreme Court’s
ruling. Consular officers should determine whether individuals are exempt
from the E.O. under standards described above, before considering the
availability of a waiver under the standards described in this paragraph.
Unless the adjudicating consular officer has particular concerns about a case
that causes the officer to believe that that issuance may not be in the
national interest, a determination that a case falls under any circumstance
listed in this paragraph is a sufficient basis for concluding a waiver is in
the national interest. Determining that a case falls under some of these
circumstances may also be a sufficient basis for concluding that denying entry
during the 90-day suspension would cause undue hardship:

a.) The applicant has previously established significant contacts with the

United States but is outside the United States on the effective date of the
E.O. for work, study, or other lawful activity;

b.) The applicant seeks to enter the United States for significant business or

professional obligations and the denial of entry during the suspension period
would impair those obligations;

c.) The applicant is an infant, a young child, or adoptee, an individual

needing urgent medical care, or someone whose entry is otherwise justified by
the special circumstances of the case;

d.) The applicant is traveling for purposes related to an international

organization designated under the International Organizations Immunities Act,
traveling for purposes of conducting meetings or business with the United
States government, or traveling to conduct business on behalf of an
international organization not designated under the IOIA; or

e.) The applicant is a permanent resident of Canada who applies for a visa at a

location within Canada.

16. (SBU) Listed in this paragraph are other circumstances in which an

applicant may be considered for a waiver, subject to meeting the three
requirements in paragraph 14. Consular officers should determine whether
individuals are exempt from the E.O. under standards described above, before
considering the availability of a waiver under the standards in paragraph

15. Unless the adjudicating consular officer has particular concerns
about a case that suggest issuance may not be in the national interest, determining
that a case falls under any circumstance listed in this paragraph is a
sufficient basis for concluding a waiver is in the national interest.
Determining that a case falls under some of these circumstances may also be a
sufficient basis for concluding that denying entry during the 90-day suspension
would cause undue hardship:

a.) The applicant is a high-level government official traveling on official

business who is not eligible for the diplomatic visa normally accorded to
foreign officials of national governments (A or G visa). Examples include
governors and other appropriate members of sub-national (state/local/regional)
governments; and members of sub-national and regional security forces; and

b.) Cases where all three criteria in paragraph 14 are met and the Chief

of Mission or Assistant Secretary of a Bureau supports the waiver.

17. (SBU) If the applicant qualifies for a waiver based on criteria in

paragraphs 14 or 15, the consular officer may issue the visa with the
concurrence of the Visa Chief (IV or NIV) or the Consular Section Chief.
The visa should be annotated to read, “Exempt or Waived from E.O. 13780.”
Case notes must reflect the basis for the waiver; the undue hardship that would
be caused by denying entry during the suspension; the national interest; and
the position title of the manager concurring with the waiver. To document
national interest in case notes in circumstances falling under paragraph 14 or
paragraph 15(a), (b), or (c), the consular officer may write, “National
interest was established by the applicant demonstrating satisfaction of the
requirements for the waiver based on [insert brief description of category of
waiver].”

18. (SBU) If the applicant does not qualify under one of the listed

waiver categories in paragraphs 14 or 15, but the interviewing officer and
consular manager believe that the applicant meets the requirements in paragraph
14 above and therefore should qualify for a waiver, then the case should be
submitted to the Visa Office for consideration. These cases should be
submitted via email to countries-of-concern-inquiries@state.gov.
The Visa Office will review these requests and reply to posts within two
business days. Consular officers should be able to approve the majority
of waiver cases without review by the Visa Office due to the broad authority
granted in the E.O.

(SBU) Refugees

19. (SBU) The U.S. Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP) is suspended for

120 days, except for those cases where the Supreme Court has kept the temporary
injunction in place for any applicant who has a credible claim of a bona fide
relationship with a person or entity in the United States. Any such
relationship with a “person” must be a close familial relationship, as defined
above in paragraph 11. Any relationship with an entity must be formal,
documented, and formed in the ordinary course, rather than for the purpose of
evading the E.O as described in paragraph 12. We believe that by their
nature, almost all V93 cases will have a clear and credible close familial
relationship with the Form I-730 petitioner in the United States and qualify
for issuance under this exemption.

20. (SBU) Posts should not cancel any V93 appointments, and NVC will

continue to schedule new V93 appointment as normal. Beginning 8:00 p.m. EDT Thursday June 29, 2017, V93
applicants presenting passports from any of the six countries included in the
E.O. should be interviewed and adjudicated following these procedures:

a.) Officers should first determine whether the applicant is eligible for a V93

under the current policy, without regard to the E.O. If the applicant is
not eligible, the appropriate refusal code should be entered into the Consular
Lookout and Support System (CLASS). Applicants found ineligible for
grounds unrelated to the E.O. should be refused according to standard
procedures. See 9 FAM 203.6.

b.) If an applicant is found otherwise eligible for the V93 foil, the consular

officer will need to determine during the interview whether the applicant is
exempt from the E.O.’s suspension of entry provision based on a credible claim
of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States per
paragraph 19.

c.) Applicants who are not exempt from the E.O.’s suspension of entry provision

should be refused by entering the code “EO17” into the Consular Lookout and
Support System (CLASS). Please contact your VO/F liaison with any
questions about V93 processing or adjudication under the E.O.

(SBU) V92 Cases

21. (SBU) The E.O. does not affect V92 applicants, and post should

adjudicate these cases per standard guidance.

22. (SBU) Posts with questions regarding this guidance should contact

their post liaison officer in CA/VO/F."


          Trump, Twitter si scaglia contro il Muslim Ban: "Questa è mia nonna. Non una terrorista"   

Il Muslim Ban sospende gli ingressi per i cittadini di sei paesi a maggioranza islamica (Iran Libia Siria Somalia Sudan Yemen). Entrato in vigore il 29 giugno,...


          Trump’s Travel Ban at the Supreme Court: What now?   

On Monday, June 26 the Supreme Court stayed lower court injunctions to President Trump’s travel ban Executive Order (EO)—meaning the EO can now be enforced by the Government, though narrowed from the Administration’s original blanket ban. The decision was delivered per curiam: unsigned and written on behalf of the full Court. Importantly, the Court did not decide on whether EO itself is constitutional, though it agreed to hear arguments for that case during the first session of the October 2017 term.

The EO implements, in part, a 90-day ban to ensure, as the Court describes, “that dangerous individuals do not enter the United States while the Executive is working to establish “adequate standards… to prevent infiltration by foreign terrorists”…” The EO singles out Iran and five Arab countries (Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen) as subject to the travel ban. This characterization may show how the Court will view the Government’s intent behind the EO when they review the case on the merits in the fall. 

While the original 90-day period expired on June 14, 2017, the Administration stated that the EO would go into effect for a full 90 day-period within 72 hours of a potential stay granted by the Court. In the decision, the Court states that it “fully expects” that the executive will be able to conclude its desired investigations and reports within that period of time. 

As such, the EO is allowed to take force for a full 90 days, only to those who “lack any bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States.” The Court provides some guidance on this caveat. For individual connections, a “close familial relationship” is required. For organizational ties, the relationship must be formal and documented. The Court warns against fraud, stating that immigration nonprofits cannot contact foreign nationals to add as clients simply to avoid application of the EO. 

These requirements apply equally to refugees: bona fide connections to US persons or organizations allow for exception from the EO. The Court does not provide a test or basis for determining whether organizational connections are created pursuant to bona fide relationships or fraudulently. This ambiguity may prove to be the source of further litigation during the coming months. 

The Court’s reasoning in arriving at this decision is risk averse, attempting to find a middle road between allowing either party complete victory. Citing case law, the Court wrote that it is necessary “to explore the relative harms” to the parties and “the public at large”. Those with bona fide connections have legitimate interests which outweigh the Government’s claims; the Court agreed with previous decisions with respect to their specific cases litigated—students returning to their education in the US and a man seeking the entry of family members all are excepted for the EO.

However, the Court felt that the injunctions of the lower courts were overly broad. The Court states that there are no individual burdens on Americans if those with no connections to the country are barred entry, and thus will not out-weigh the interests of the Government. In short, the interests of those with bona fide connections to the US out-weigh the Government’s claims, but the Government’s claims out-weigh the interests of those with no bona fide connections to the US. 

Because the Court granted stay without ruling on the merits of the case—that is, whether the EO itself is constitutional—there is no discussion of the validity of the Government’s national security claims in this decision, nor a discussion as to whether the EO unconstitutionally targeted Muslim-majority countries. Regrettably, the Court does not consider the interests, safety, or historically bleak state of immigrants and refugees who may wish to enter the US, either, nor does the decision mention international legal obligations toward asylum seekers.

The implementation of the EO, now with the blessing of the US Supreme Court, will signal to Iranians and citizens of the five Arab countries, all predominantly Muslim, that they are specifically subject to increased scrutiny without a legal investigation into the justification for such discrimination. The chilling effect of requiring greater burdens for citizens of these six countries than other foreign nationals endangers both the lives of hopeful refugees and our moral stature in the Arab world and the international community more broadly. America should remain a country which welcomes tourists, refugees, asylum seekers, and immigrants of all religions and nationalities who seek to find a better life on her shores.

What this means:

  • Nationals from Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Yemen, and Iran will not be admitted into the US through the end of September 2017 unless they can show a “bona fide relationship” with a US person or organization.
  • The Trump Administration will review internal and country-specific security and vetting processes regarding the above six countries.
  • The US Supreme Court will hear arguments as to whether the Executive Order is constitutional in early October 2017.

          More court challenges on travel ban   
A scaled-back version of President Donald Trump’s travel is now in force, stripped of provisions that brought protests and chaos at airports worldwide in January yet still likely to generate a new round of court fights. The new rules, the product of months of legal wrangling, aren’t so much an outright ban as a tightening of already-tough visa policies affecting citizens from six Muslim-majority countries. Refugees are covered, too. Administration officials promised that implementation this time, which started at 8 p.m. EDT (0000 GMT), would be orderly. Customs and Border Protection spokesman Dan Hetlage said his agency expected “business as usual at our ports of entry,” with all valid visa holders still being able to travel. Still, immigration and refugee advocates are vowing to challenge the new requirements and the administration has struggled to explain how the rules will make the United States safer. Under the temporary rules, citizens of Syria, Sudan, Somalia, Libya, Iran and Yemen who already have visas will be allowed into the United States. But people from those countries who want new visas will now have to prove a close family relationship or an existing relationship with an entity like a school or business in the U.S. It’s unclear how significantly the new rules will affect travel. In most of the countries singled out, few people have the means for leisure travel. Those that do already face intensive screenings before being issued visas. Nevertheless, human rights groups girded for new legal battles. The American Civil Liberties Union, one of the groups challenging the ban, called the new criteria “extremely restrictive,” ”arbitrary” in their exclusions and designed to “disparage and condemn Muslims.” The state of Hawaii filed an emergency motion Thursday asking a federal judge to clarify that the administration cannot enforce the ban against relatives — such as grandparents, aunts or uncles — not included in the State Department’s definition of “bona fide” personal relationships. Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer met with customs officials and said he felt things would go smoothly. “For tonight, I’m anticipating few issues because, I think, there’s better preparation,” he told reporters at Los Angeles International Airport on Thursday night. “The federal government here, I think, has taken steps to avoid the havoc that occurred the last time.” Much of the confusion in January, when Trump’s first ban took effect, resulted from travelers with previously approved visas being kept off flights or barred entry on arrival in the United States. Immigration officials were instructed Thursday not to block anyone with valid travel documents and otherwise eligible to visit the United States. Karen Tumlin, legal director of the National Immigration Law Center, said the rules “would slam the door shut on so many who have waited for months or years to be reunited with their families.” Trump, who made a tough approach to immigration a cornerstone of his election campaign, issued a ban on travelers from the six countries, plus Iraq, shortly after taking office in January. His order also blocked refugees from any country. Trump said these were temporary measures needed to prevent terrorism until vetting procedures could be reviewed. Opponents noted that visa and refugee vetting were already strict and said there was no evidence that refugees or citizens of those six countries posed a threat. They saw the ban as part of Trump’s campaign promise to bar Muslims from entering the United States. Lower courts blocked the initial ban and a second, revised Trump order intended to overcome legal hurdles. The Supreme Court on Monday partially reinstated the revised ban but exempted travelers who could prove a “bona fide relationship” with a U.S. person or entity. The court offered only broad guidelines. In guidance issued late Wednesday, the State Department said the personal relationships would include a parent, spouse, son, daughter, son-in-law, daughter-in-law or sibling already in the United States. It does not include other relationships such as grandparents, grandchildren, aunts and uncles. On Thursday, the State and Homeland Security departments had both expanded the range of bona fide relationships to include fiancés. Business or professional links must be “formal, documented and formed in the ordinary course rather than for the purpose of evading” the ban. Journalists, students, workers or lecturers who have valid invitations or employment contracts in the U.S. would be exempt from the ban. The exemption does not apply to those who seek a relationship with an American business or educational institution purely for the purpose of avoiding the rules. Refugees from any country will face similar requirements. But the U.S. has almost filled its quota of 50,000 refugees for the budget year ending in September and the new rules won’t apply to the few remaining slots. With the Supreme Court set to consider the overall ban in October, the rules could change again. The travel ban may have the largest impact on Iranians. In 2015, the most recently available data, nearly 26,000 Iranians were allowed into the United States on visitor or tourist visas. Iranians made up the lion’s share of the roughly 65,000 foreigners from the six countries who visited with temporary, or non-immigrant visas that year. American journalist Paul Gottinger said he and his Iranian fiancee applied for a visa nearly a year ago but are still waiting on a decision. Gottinger says they were to wed at a Japanese garden in his parents’ home state of Minnesota this month but postponed the ceremony until August because they had not yet received the visa. Now, he expects they will have to delay again. “Every twist and turn of the courts, we’re holding our hearts and our stomachs are falling to the floor,” he said by phone from Turkey. The new regulations are also affecting the wedding plans of Rama Issa-Ibrahim, executive director of the Arab American Association of New York. She is Syrian-American and had planned to get married this fall. While her father in Syria may be able to get a visa, her aunts and uncles may well be blocked. “I
          Limited travel ban kicks in   
The Trump administration has set new criteria for visa applicants from six mainly Muslim nations and all refugees that require a “close” family or business tie to the United States. The move came after the Supreme Court partially restored President Donald Trump’s executive order that was widely criticized as a ban on Muslims. Visas that have already been approved will not be revoked, but instructions issued by the State Department Wednesday said that new applicants from Syria, Sudan, Somalia, Libya, Iran and Yemen must prove a relationship with a parent, spouse, child, adult son or daughter, son-in-law, daughter-in-law or sibling already in the United States to be eligible. The same requirement, with some exceptions, holds for would-be refugees from all nations that are still awaiting approval for admission to the U.S. Grandparents, grandchildren, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, fiancees or other extended family members are not considered to be close relationships, according to the guidelines that were issued in a cable sent to all U.S. embassies and consulates late on Wednesday. The new rules take effect at 8 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time on Thursday (0000GMT on Friday), according to the cable, which was obtained by The Associated Press. As far as business or professional links are concerned, the State Department said a legitimate relationship must be “formal, documented and formed in the ordinary course rather than for the purpose of evading” the ban. Journalists, students, workers or lecturers who have valid invitations or employment contracts in the U.S. would be exempt from the ban. The exemption does not apply to those who seek a relationship with an American business or educational institution purely for the purpose of avoiding the rules, the cable said. A hotel reservation or car rental contract, even if it was pre-paid, would also not count, it said. Consular officers may grant other exemptions to applicants from the six nations if they have “previously established significant contacts with the United States;” ”significant business or professional obligations” in the U.S.; if they are an infant, adopted child or in need of urgent medical care; if they are traveling for business with a recognized international organization or the U.S. government or if they are a legal resident of Canada who applies for a visa in Canada, according to the cable. Meanwhile, the Middle East’s biggest airline says its flights to the United States are operating as normal as new travel guidelines come into effect for travelers for six mainly Muslim nations. Dubai-based Emirates said in response to questions on the travel ban Thursday that it “remains guided by the US Customs and Border Protection on this matter.” The carrier reminded passengers that they “must possess the appropriate travel documents, including a valid US entry visa, in order to travel.” On Monday, the Supreme Court partially lifted lower court injunctions against Trump’s executive order that had temporarily banned visas for citizens of the six countries. The justices’ ruling exempted applicants from the ban if they could prove a “bona fide relationship” with a U.S. person or entity, but the court offered only broad guidelines — suggesting they would include a relative, job offer or invitation to lecture in the U.S. — as to how that should be defined. Senior officials from the departments of State, Justice and Homeland Security had labored since the decision to clarify the ruling and Wednesday’s instructions were the result. The new guidance will remain in place until the Supreme Court issues a final ruling on the matter. Arguments before the justices will not be held until at least October, so the interim rules will remain in place at least until the fall. Shortly after taking office, Trump ordered the refugee ban and a travel ban affecting the six countries, plus Iraq. He said it was needed to protect the U.S. from terrorists, but opponents said it was unfairly harsh and was intended to meet his campaign promise to keep Muslims out of the United States. After a federal judge struck down the bans, Trump signed a revised order intended to overcome legal hurdles. That was also struck down by lower courts, but the Supreme Court’s action Monday partially reinstated it. The initial travel ban led to chaos at airports around the world, but because the guidelines exempt previously issued visas, similar problems are not expected. After a judge blocked the original ban, Trump issued a scaled-down order and the court’s action Monday further reduced the number of people who would be covered by it. Also, while the initial order took effect immediately, adding to the confusion, this one was delayed 72 hours after the court’s ruling. Under the new rules, would-be immigrants from the six countries who won a coveted visa in the government’s diversity lottery — a program that randomly awards 50,000 green cards annually to people from countries with low rates of immigration to the United States — will also have to prove they have a “bona fide relationship” with in the U.S. or are eligible for another waiver or face being banned for at least 90 days. That hurdle may be a difficult one for those immigrants to overcome, as many visa lottery winners don’t have relatives in the U.S. or jobs in advance of arriving in the country. Generally, winners in the diversity lottery only need prove they were born in an eligible county and have completed high school or have at least two years of work experience in an occupation that requires at least two other years of training or experience. ___ Alicia A. Caldwell contributed to this report. _______________________________________________________ Copyright © 2017 Capitol Hill Blue Copyright © 2017 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved  
          Canadian PM Trudeau is not a friend of all God’s children   

Trudeau’s first cabinet was Africanless. Africans in Canada, from the continent and here questioned this move.  Many felt that the younger Trudeau took us for granted because his father Pierre Elliott Trudeau (October 18, 1919 – September 28, 2000) “opened” the doors for immigrants from the Caribbean and Africa. Eventually he did appoint Somali Toronto MP Ahmed Hussen to the federal cabinet as immigration minister.

Trudeau did appoint Indian-born Sikh Harjit Sajjan, MP for Vancouver South, minister of defence. Sikhs have a significantly different history in Canada than Africans.  The Sikh community is represented in all professional fields: medical, legal, technological, academic. Africans came kicking and screaming to the Western Hemisphere. Recently he has been questioned about “fibbing” about being the leader of a battle in Afghanistan. Sajjan said yearly defence spending will swell by more than 70 per cent, from $18.9 billion in 2016-17 to $32.7 billion in 2026-27. He promised $62.3 billion in new spending over 20 years.

Bardish Chagger is another India- born Canadian politician who is the current Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Minister of Small Business and Tourism.  Chagger was elected as a Liberal member of the House of Commons of Canada in 2015.  She is the first female Leader of the Government in the House of Commons by Trudeau.

Amarjeet Sohi is an Indian-Canadian politician, currently the Member of Parliament for Edmonton and the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities in the federal cabinet. He narrowly beat out strong community advocate Nigerian-born Chinwe Okelu.

Maryam Monsef is an Afghan Canadian politician, a Liberal member the House of Commons in 2015. She was previously the Minister of Democratic Institutions and president of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada until January 10, 2017.

Monsef has not had an easy ride. According to Wikipedia: “Monsef has been criticized for stating that she was born in Afghanistan, when in fact she was born in Iran. When this was revealed in September 2016, some commentators pointed out that this could lead to revocation of her Canadian citizenship and potential deportation, while others have criticized the absurdity of the present law or decried the importation of birtherism into Canadian politics. In an interview at that time, former MP Dean Del Mastro said that political workers in the 2014 municipal and 2015 federal campaigns knew she was not born in Afghanistan, but chose not to make an issue of it.”

Navdeep Singh Bains, the new minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development is a Canadian born Indian.

Canada’s role in Haiti should never be forgotten. Back in the day I discussed Haiti on the Black Commentator in an article: “Canada's Crimes Against Haiti” in   the October 27, 2005 issue. After reading Yves Engler and Anthony Fenton’s  volumeCanada in Haiti’, I pointed out: “The chapter ‘Responsibility to Protect or A Made in Ottawa Coup?’ points out the coup against Aristide was actually planned on Canadian soil. From January 31-February 1, 2003, Canada’s Secretary of State for Latin America and La Francophonie, Denis Paradis, played host to a high-level roundtable meeting dubbed, The Ottawa Initiative on Haiti. Surprise, surprise, no representative of Haiti’s elected government was invited. However, Otto Reich, then President George W. Bush’s appointee as Assistant Secretary State for the Western Hemisphere, was in attendance. Paradis leaked the fact that this meeting took place to journalist Michael Vastel, who reported the meeting in the March 15, 2003 edition of L’Actualite magazine. Another chapter, ‘Using NGOs to Destroy Democracy and the Canadian Military Connection’ exposes the shameful role played by many Canadian NGOs.”

Trudeau is a self-proclaimed “feminist”. The court is still out on this matter. A recent article in the British based Guardian newspaper questioned the Canadian Prime Minister: “A slight note of exasperation crept into Justin Trudeau’s voice, suggesting that this was a topic he had broached many times before. ‘I’m going to keep saying loud and clearly that I am a feminist until it is met with a shrug,’ he declared to an audience at the United Nations in New York.”

His words sparked delight around the world. But one year on, Trudeau’s heady promises have run into the realities of government, prompting the question: has electing a self-described feminist to helm of the country translated into real change for Canadian women?

Canada’s prime minister is moving the Great White North further to the right on foreign affairs. Trudeau’s father Pierre Elliot Trudeau opened the doors to draft resisters including myself who refused to fight against the Vietnamese people. I saw Africans in America and the Vietnamese as colonial subjects. Africans in the United States were colonized by Uncle Sam and the Vietnamese by the French. Wiki pointed out: “While Canada had previously participated in military action against Iraq  in the Gulf War of 1991, it refused to declare war against Iraq without United Nations approval.

The Iraq War began with the United States-led 2003 invasion. The Government of Canada did not at any time formally declare war against Iraq, and the level and nature of this participation, which changed over time, was controversial.

Prime Minister Jean Chrétien said on 10 October 2002 that Canada would, in fact, be part of a military coalition to invade Iraq if it were sanctioned by the United Nations. However, when the United States and the United Kingdom subsequently withdrew their diplomatic efforts to gain that UN sanction, Jean Chrétien announced in Parliament on 17 March 2003 that Canada would not participate in the pending invasion.”

However, this is not the full story. The “Big White Folks” as Paul Robeson called them speak with forked tongues. “Nevertheless, he offered the US and its soldiers his moral support. However, according to classified U.S. documents released by Wikileaks, a high-ranking Canadian official may have secretly promised to clandestinely support the invasion. Two days earlier, a quarter million people in Montreal had marched against the impending war. Major anti-war demonstrations had taken place in several other Canadian cities.” Chrétien’s moves had more to do with the growing opposition to the invasion than his political morality.  

The not so great white north has a checkered history in the African continent. Canada joined the imperialists and played with the white checkers. They played a significant role in the assassinations of Patrice Lumumba, Maurice Mpolo, and Joseph Okito on January 21, 1961. Ottawa came up on the wrong side of history on the question of the Congo. Yves Engler author of the illuminating volume, Canada in Africa: 300 years of aid and exploitation, pointed out: “Siding with Washington, Ottawa promoted ONUC) and UN Secretary General Dag Hammarskjold’s controversial anti-Lumumba position. ONUC was established in July 1960 to ensure the withdrawal of Belgian forces. 1,900 Canadian troops participated in the UN mission between 1960 and 1964, making this country’s military one of its more active members. There were almost always more Canadian officers at ONUC headquarters than those of any other nationality and the Canadians were concentrated in militarily important logistical positions including chief operations officer and chief signals officer.”

Canada opposed anticolonial struggles in Africa, supported apartheid South Africa and Idi Amin’s coup against Milton Obote (December 28 1925- October 10, 2005) who had led Uganda to independence in 1962 from British colonialism. He was overthrown by Amin in 1971. Canada played a role in the ousting of Lumumba in the Congo by the CIA, Belgium and Mobutu Sese Seko Kuku Ngbendu Wa Za Banga aka Joseph Mobutu and Ghana’s Kwame Nkrumah.

The Great White North pressed African states to follow neoliberal policies, which have benefitted Canadian corporations. The Canadian International Development Perform points out: “Canada is a global mining giant and a leading player in Africa’s mining sector. 70% of the equity capital raised globally by the mining industry was raised on the Toronto (TSX) and Venture (TSXV) exchanges. Of the $10.3 billion in equity raised for mining on the TSX and TSXV in 2012 $1.9 billion or 18.5% was for projects in Latin America while another $1.7 billion or 16.5% was for projects in Africa.”   Canada played a role in the violence the Congo, Rwanda and Somali.  

Canada does have a Black Radical Tradition. However, we cannot expect Corporate Canada or the Black Misleadership Class to tell the story. That is on us on the Black Left.

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-1821
Nace en Buenos Aires el poeta, historiador, político, militar, periodista y traductor Bartolomé Mitre, primer mentor de la leyenda de Santos vega; autor de "Las ruinas de Tiahuanaco" y de dos valiosas historias sobre Belgrano y San Martín y traductor de la "Comedia del Dante".

Falleció en Buenos Aires el 19 de enero de 1906.
-1896
Nace en Tucumán el escritor, ensayista y periodista Pablo Rojas Paz, autor de "La metáfora y el mundo", "El patio de la noche" y "Los cocheros de San Blas". Fundó con Jorge Luis Borges y otros la revista "Proa". Falleció en Buenos Aires el 1º de octubre de 1956.
-1958
Día de la Cartografía
Se conmemora por la creación del Departamento Topográfico, decretada por don Bernardino Rivadavia, en ejercicio de la Primera Magistratura, el 26 de junio de 1826. Esta medida de gobierno tuvo la virtud de impulsar el desarrollo de la cartografía, disciplina de innegable gravitación en el desenvolvimiento cultural, económico y social del país.
-1970
Muere en Buenos Aires el notable poeta, novelista y autor teatral Leopoldo Marechal. Su novela "Adán Buenosayres" es una verdadera renovadora del género. En ella retrata algunos personajes de la Generación de Martín Fierro. Nació en Buenos Aires el 11 de junio de 1900.
-1987
Día Internacional de la lucha contra el uso indebido y el tráfico ilícito de drogas
-1997
Día Internacional de las Naciones Unidas en Apoyo de las Víctimas de la Tortura


Efemérides Culturales Argentinas.
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UN 26 DE JUNIO COMO HOY

En 1970 murió: Leopoldo Marechal

En 1963 nació: Marisa Otero ¡Feliz cumpleaños!

En 1962 nació: Néstor Rolán ¡Feliz cumpleaños!

En 1954 nació: Ricardo "Chiqui" Pereyra ¡Feliz cumpleaños!

En 1948 murió: Atilano Ortega Sanz

En 1948 nació: Adrián Pucci ¡Feliz cumpleaños!

En 1942 nació: Leslie Muñiz ¡Feliz cumpleaños!

En 1935 murió: Ángel Domingo Riverol

En 1925 murió: Ernesto Drangosch

En 1923 nació: Juanca Tavera

En 1919 nació: Jaime Tursky

En 1913 nació: Abel Aznar

En 1909 nació: Samuel Aguayo

En 1897 murió: Pablo José Vázquez

En 1897 nació: Juan Pablo Navarro 

En 1890 nació: Francisco Elías

En 1887 nació: Juan Carlos Bazán



Efemérides de TODOTANGO.

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26 DE JUNIO

1933 - Nace en Buenos Aires, José Rafael “Chacho” Arancibia, cantor, autor, compositor. Pasó su niñez en Salta. Supo integrar los conjuntos Los Chilicotes y Los Abajeños. Autor de “Romance del guerrillero”, “Serenata montonera” con Sergio Villar y “Zamba de la bandera” con Quiroga Mora, entre más de 90 temas registrados.

1970 - Muere en Buenos Aires el notable poeta, novelista y autor teatral Leopoldo Marechal. Su novela "Adán Buenosayres" es una verdadera renovadora del género. En ella retrata algunos personajes de la Generación de Martín Fierro. Nació en Buenos Aires el 11 de junio de 1900.

2009 - Muere en Buenos Aires, Eduardo Lagos, músico, pianista, oftalmólogo. En 1947 debutó como pianista en Cantos y Leyendas y en Los Nocheros por 1953. Grabó el LP “Así nos gusta” en Trova, con los temas “La oncena” (letra de Goñi), “La bacha”, “Cuando los gauchos vienen bailando”, entre otros. Tenía 80 años.

26 de Junio: Día Internacional de la lucha contra el uso indebido y el tráfico ilícito de drogas.

26 de Junio: Día de la Cartografía.



- Día Internacional de la lucha contra el uso indebido y el tráfico ilícito de drogas.
- Día de la Cartografía (en Argentina).
- de San Juan y San Pablo, mártires.
1483 – Ricardo III usurpa el trono de Inglaterra.
1508 – El Cardenal Cisneros inaugura la Universidad de Alcalá de Henares.
1541 – es asesinado Francisco Pizarro, conquistador de Perú, en su Casa de Gobierno de Lima.
1810 – Muere Joseph M. Montgolfier, inventor del globo aerostático.
1819 – nace Abner Doubleday, considerado uno de los creadores del Baseball americano.
1821 – nace Bartolomé Mitre, militar, historiador, periodista y arqueólogo argentino.
1822 – el Gral. José de San Martín se encuentra el Guayaquil con el Gral. Simón Bolivar.
1826 – se crea el Departamento Cartográfico en Argentina.
1870 – Nace Ignacio Zuloaga, pintor español.
1880 – Nace Douglas Mac Arthur, militar estadounidense.
1884 – el Congreso Nacional sanciona la ley de Educación Común que implantó la enseñanza laica, gratuita y obligatoria en Argentina.
1896 – nace el escritor, ensayista y periodista argentino Pablo Rojas Paz. 1904 – se juega el primer partido de fútbol ante un equipo inglés: Alumni recibe al Southampton. 1908 – Nace Salvador Allende, político chileno. 1910 – estalla una bomba en una función de gala del Teatro Colón de Buenos Aires. 1917 – Primera Guerra mundial: desembarcan las primeras fuerzas estadounidenses en Saint Nazaire (Francia).
1919 – sale la primera edición del “New York Daily News”.
1922 – nace Eleanor Parke, actriz.
1941 – Segunda Guerra mundial: Finlandia declara la guerra a la URSS.
1942 – Nace Gilberto Gil, músico brasileño.
1945 – Los representantes de 50 países suscriben la Carta de San Francisco, por la que se constituye la ONU para el mantenimiento de la paz internacional.
1956 – detienen en México a Fidel Castro, junto con otros 20 presuntos miembros del Movimiento 26 de Julio.
1959 – Cuba rompe relaciones diplomáticas con la República Dominicana.
1959 – la reina Victoria y el presidente estadounidense Eisenhower inauguran la gran vía fluvial del San Lorenzo que da salida al mar a los Grandes Lagos.
1960 – Independencia de Somalia y de Madagascar.
1961 – Fracasa un levantamiento militar en Venezuela.
1964 – nace Zeng Jinlian Hunan, quien se convertirá en la mujer más alta del mundo China, con 2.46 metros de altura.
1964 – los Beatles lanzan el disco “A Hard Day’s Night”.
1968 – los EEUU devuelven a Japón las islas de Iwo Jima y Bonin.
1968 – nace Paolo Maldini, futbolista italiano.
1969 – San Salvador rompe sus relaciones diplomáticas con Honduras, a causa del hostigamiento a los salvadoreños residentes en este país tras la pérdida de un partido de fútbol por 3-0.
1970 – Alexander Dubcek es expulsado del Partido Comunista de Checoslovaquia.
1970 – Muere Leopoldo Marechal, escritor argentino.
1974 – Elizabeth Taylor se divorcia por quinta vez (se separa de Richard Burton).
1974 – El general Augusto Pinochet asume los poderes presidenciales en Chile, nueve meses después de que las fuerzas armadas derrocaran al Gobierno de Allende.
1975 – El presidente colombiano López Michelsen decreta el Estado de sitio en el país.
1975 – la primer ministro de la India Indira Gandhi declara el Estado de Emergencia.
1978 – los británicos separatistas bombardean el Palacio de Versailles, en Francia.
1984 – Barbra Striesand graba “Here We Are at Last”.
1985 – Se estrena la película “Je vous salue, Marie” del director de cine vanguardista Jean Luc Godard.
1987 – El poeta y ensayista peruano Octavio Paz obtiene el primer Premio Internacional Menéndez Pelayo.
1989 – Melanie Griffith y Don Johnson contraen matrimonio por segunda vez.
1990 – se crea en Buenos Aires la Universidad Maimónides.
1992 – Dinamarca gana la Eurocopa Suecia ’92 de fútbol, al derrotar a Alemania por 2-0.
1993 – Estados Unidos ataca Bagad con misiles por un intento de asesinato a George Bush.
1993 – La oposición triunfa en las elecciones legislativas en Marruecos.
1995 – Alemania decide enviar tropas a Bosnia rompiendo un tabú de 50 años.
1996 – La UE aprueba un nuevo convenio de extradición.
1998 – Un 40% de los españoles frente a un 38% considera que el entrenador Javier Clemente no debe dimitir a pesar del fracaso en el Mundial de fútbol.
1999 – El líder de la resistencia de Timor Oriental y Premio Nobel de la Paz 1996, José Ramos Horta, regresa a Yakarta por primera vez desde que en 1975 Indonesia ocupó la ex colonia portuguesa.
1999 – La UE, Mercosur y Chile consensúan en la Cumbre de Rio de Janeiro una declaración que sienta las bases para crear una zona de libre comercio.
2002 – Trágica represión en el Puente Avellaneda de la ciudad de Buenos Aires, Darío Santillán y Maximiliano Kosteki son asesinados por la policía.
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          Tre veicoli militari distrutti a Sirwah dai coraggiosi combattenti yemeniti! Altrettanti ufficiali mercenari catturati!   
Ancora una volta una imbarazzante debacle per le forze assemblate dall'Arabia Saudita per partire "alla conquista dello Yemen"; e poco importa che questa volta l'imbarazzo non sia venuto dall'ormai temibile comparto missilistico delle forze armate di Sanaa, anzi, il fatto che i vettori balistici yemeniti non siano stati coinvolti rende questo smacco ancora più cocente.

Infatti sono bastati alcuni stoici e dignitosi combattenti dei Comitati Popolari di Ansarullah per tendere un riuscitissimo agguato a un convoglio di mezzi blindati sui quali viaggiavano principalmente mercenari africani al servizio di Riyadh.



Tre "OshKosh MATV" di fabbricazione americana sono andati in fiamme sotto le granate-razzo e le raffiche di mitragliatrice degli Houthi, confermando che l'erede dell' "Hummer" non é per niente migliore dell'ingombrante 'gippone' che ha sostituito.

In seguito all'imboscata, avvenuta nella zona di Sirwah, nella provincia di Maarib tre ufficiali mercenari sono stati catturati e condotti in una località segreta.

Chissà se i loro padroni sauditi si dimostreranno interessati al loro rilascio? Certo, sarebbe una pessima pubblicità se si disinteressassero della loro sorte; man mano che la campagna in Yemen si prolunga diventa sempre più difficile per Riyadh reclutare mercenari, persino tra serbatoi di disperati come la Somalia.
          Africa: AU Summit 29 - Why Are Some Crises Not On the Agenda?   
[ISS] While the situations in South Sudan, Somalia and the Lake Chad Basin dominate the agenda of the African Union (AU), other crises seem to have been forgotten by the AU. In fact, no one seems willing to label them as such.
          Sailors and Marines Talk with Somali Fishermen about how EU NAVFOR Protects World Food Programme Vessels and Deters Pirate Attacks    
During their counter-piracy patrols off the coast of Somalia, EU NAVFOR sailors and marines will often take the opportunity to talk to Somali fishermen about the role of EU NAVFOR in the region.
          Somali President pardons 91 prisoners to mark Independence Day    
91 inmates from Somalia’s Mogadishu Central prisons were released on Thursday June 29 thanks to a presidential pardon.
          Kenya’s opposition unveils manifesto, vows to pull soldiers from Somalia    
Kenya’s main opposition National Super Alliance (NASA) on Tuesday evening promised to create more jobs, unite the country, bring down the cost of living and withdraw the country’s soldiers from Somalia if it wins the August 8 polls.
          Tennessee man from Somalia speaks out amidst court decision on temporary travel ban    
A Mid-State family member is speaking out following the Supreme Court's decision to allow parts of President Trump's temporary travel ban to go into effect.
          20,000 children in Somalia risk starvation, aid group says    
An aid group is warning that more than 20,000 children in drought-hit Somalia could starve to death in the coming months without continued international assistance.
           20,000 children in Somalia risk starvation, aid group says    
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — An aid group is warning that more than 20,000 children in drought-hit Somalia could starve to death in the coming months without continued international assistance. The aid group says that without $1.5 billion in assistance, Somalia could face a hunger crisis as severe as the one in 2011, when famine killed more than a quarter-million people.
          Somaliland:Facing death from starvation   
HARGEISA, Somaliland: June 29, 2017: Save the Children says more than 20,000 children across nine districts in Somalia risk starving to death unless the international community continues to provide life-saving aid to the drought-stricken region. Earlier this month, Network Airline Management (NAM) arranged the shipment of 57 tonnes of mainly IV fluid from Liege via […]
          Somaliland:Validation workshop of National Animal Welfare Strategy and Implementation Plan   
The livestock sector in Somaliland State of Somalia is constrained by poor compliance with animal welfare practices due to inadequate public and private sector investments, weak support institutions, inadequate capacity, low public awareness, outdated policies, apathy to law enforcement among others. The sector has been subjected to unfavourable government policies resulting from structural adjustment programmes […]
          Somaliland:Acting President meets with visiting American Delegation   
  By Goth Mohamed Goth The acting President and VP H.E Abdirahman Abdillahi Ismail Saylic toaday at the Presidential palace meet with a high level American delegation led by H.E Stephen M. Schwartz, US Ambassador to Somaliland and Somalia and Mr Alex Dickie, head of USAID. During the meeting, acting President and VP H.E Abdirahman […]
          Somaaliland:Gulf Crisis Is Leading to Difficult Choices in the Horn of Africa   
Tensions between the Gulf states are pushing their neighbours and partners into choosing sides. The foreign ministers of Somalia and Qatar hold a joint press conference on 25 May. Photo: Getty Images. The Horn of Africa is already feeling increased stress on regional relations, and faces the potential for heightened instability, as a result of […]
          Fome pode matar 20 mil crianças na Somália   

Mais de 20 mil crianças correm o risco de morrer de fome em poucos meses devido aos casos de desnutrição que dispararam em diferentes regiões da Somália devido à grave seca, alertou nesta quinta-feira (29) a organização Save the Children. A informação é da Agência EFE. “A falta de alimentos e o crescente número de […]

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          Daawo Madaxweyne Farmaajo Oo Qashin Qaad Nadaafadeed Ka Sameeyay Xarunta Villa Somalia   
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          Obama administration eases policy on preventing civilian casualties in Iraq, Syria   
A Yemeni boy walks past a mural reading " Why did you kill my family" on Dec. 13, 2013, in the capital Sanaa. A new report says that a drone strike on a wedding in southern Yemen a day earlier may have killed up to a dozen civilians. Photo by Mohammed Huwais/AFP/Getty Images

A Yemeni boy walks past a mural reading ” Why did you kill my family” on Dec. 13, 2013, in the capital Sanaa. A new report says that a drone strike on a wedding in southern Yemen a day earlier may have killed up to a dozen civilians. Photo by Mohammed Huwais/AFP/Getty Images

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama announced in May 2013 that no lethal strike against a terrorist would be authorized without “near-certainty that no civilians will be killed or injured.”

But amid unconfirmed reports of civilian casualties, the White House said this week that U.S. bombing in Iraq and Syria is not being held to the near-certainty standard. And the Pentagon, hamstrung by limitations in intelligence gathering, has been unable to determine in many cases whether the casualty reports are true.

“We do take extreme caution and care in the conduct of these missions,” Rear Adm. John Kirby, the Pentagon’s press secretary, said. “But there’s risk in any military operation. There’s a special kind of risk when you do air operations.”

When Obama outlined his strategy to fight the Islamic State group earlier this month, he cited as parallels the limited U.S. counterterrorism campaigns in Yemen and Somalia, where American drone missile strikes have targeted al-Qaida-linked militants. Aides said he was also thinking of Pakistan but didn’t mention those strikes because drone killings there are entirely the work of an officially unacknowledged CIA operation.

But when it comes to civilian casualties, it has become clear that the targeted killing model that Obama has expanded and honed throughout his presidency does not apply to the more intensive military operation against the Islamic State and the Khorasan Group in Iraq and Syria.

According to the White House, the reason the near-certainty standard is not applicable turns on a fine point of international law — the theory that the U.S. is not involved in “active hostilities” in Yemen and Somalia, but is in Syria and Iraq. Such distinctions are controversial, given the frequency with which American bombs and bullets have flown in both countries.

A more practical reason is that the self-imposed rules on drone strikes against al-Qaida are simply too restrictive for a conventional military air campaign against the Islamic State group, which the U.S. says is both a terrorist group and an occupying army, and has ordered the Pentagon to destroy.

“It is much different in scope and complexity” than Yemen and Somalia, said Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., an intelligence committee member. “I think it will be very hard to apply the very restrictive rules they put in place for other theaters.”

The drone attacks in Yemen, Somalia and Pakistan are carried out either by the CIA or, at times in Yemen and Somalia, the military’s Joint Special Operations Command. They employ Hellfire missiles, relatively small munitions designed to destroy people and vehicles.

In Iraq and Syria, the Air Force and Navy are using cruise missiles and conventional guided bombs to destroy buildings and other infrastructure that Hellfires can’t bring down. Allies, including Britain, France and Arab countries, are also using conventional bombs.

While most of the air strikes have been directed at the Islamic State group, the U.S. also used cruise missiles to attack the Syria headquarters of the Khorasan Group, an al-Qaida cell said to be plotting attacks on the West. Syrian opposition figures have said that one of those missiles went astray Sept. 23 and killed women and children in the village of Kafr Daryan near Aleppo.


All told, human rights groups have said that as many as two dozen civilians have been killed in U.S. and allied bombings in Iraq and Syria. The U.S. military says it hasn’t confirmed any civilian death but hasn’t ruled it out in every case, either.

White House spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said the near-certainty standard was intended to apply “only when we take direct action outside areas of active hostilities.”

Military officials say they are taking great care to avoid civilian casualties in Iraq and Syria, consistent with international law. But international law does not require a near certainty that civilians won’t be harmed in military strikes. U.S. officials say harm to noncombatants is inevitable in a large bombing campaign —especially when the enemy is embedded in civilian areas.

Obama himself made that point in his 2013 speech, in the context of explaining why targeted drone campaigns are preferable to conventional war when it comes to counter terrorism.

“Conventional airpower or missiles are far less precise than drones and are likely to cause more civilian casualties and more local outrage,” the president said.

Pentagon spokesman Col. Steve Warren said this week that the U.S is relying mainly on intelligence-gathering technology such as satellites, drones and overhead surveillance flights to determine whether there have been civilian casualties.

As a result, “It’s much harder for us to be able to know for sure what it is we’re hitting, what it is we’re killing and what is collateral damage,” said Tom Lynch, a retired colonel and former adviser to the Joint Chiefs of Staff who is now a fellow at the National Defense University.

Warren acknowledged that the Pentagon could not say for sure that every person killed in the bombing of Iraq and Syria has been a combatant.

After the near-certainty standard was imposed on drone strikes in Pakistan and Yemen, the frequency of strikes dropped precipitously, and the use of so-called signature strikes — attacks aimed at large groups of armed men who fit the profile of militants but whose names were not all known to the CIA — was curtailed.

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          The Folly of the Next Afghan "Surge"   

Tread Carefully: The Folly of the Next Afghan "Surge"

Thursday, June 29, 2017 By Danny SjursenTomDispatch | News Analysis 
A US Army soldier fires at Taliban fighters near the village of Allah Say, Afghanistan, on August 21, 2007. (Photo: The US Army)A US Army soldier fires at Taliban fighters near the village of Allah Say, Afghanistan, on August 21, 2007. (Photo: The US Army)
We walked in a single file. Not because it was tactically sound. It wasn't -- at least according to standard infantry doctrine. Patrolling southern Afghanistan in column formation limited maneuverability, made it difficult to mass fire, and exposed us to enfilading machine-gun bursts. Still, in 2011, in the Pashmul District of Kandahar Province, single file was our best bet.
The reason was simple enough: improvised bombs not just along roads but seemingly everywhere.  Hundreds of them, maybe thousands. Who knew?
That's right, the local "Taliban" -- a term so nebulous it's basically lost all meaning -- had managed to drastically alter U.S. Army tactics with crude, homemade explosives stored in plastic jugs. And believe me, this was a huge problem. Cheap, ubiquitous, and easy to bury, those anti-personnel Improvised Explosive Devices, or IEDs, soon littered the "roads," footpaths, and farmland surrounding our isolated outpost. To a greater extent than a number of commanders willingly admitted, the enemy had managed to nullify our many technological advantages for a few pennies on the dollar (or maybe, since we're talking about the Pentagon, it was pennies on the millions of dollars).
Truth be told, it was never really about our high-tech gear.  Instead, American units came to rely on superior training and discipline, as well as initiative and maneuverability, to best their opponents.  And yet those deadly IEDs often seemed to even the score, being both difficult to detect and brutally effective. So there we were, after too many bloody lessons, meandering along in carnival-like, Pied Piper-style columns. Bomb-sniffing dogs often led the way, followed by a couple of soldiers carrying mine detectors, followed by a few explosives experts. Only then came the first foot soldiers, rifles at the ready. Anything else was, if not suicide, then at least grotesquely ill-advised.
And mind you, our improvised approach didn't always work either. To those of us out there, each patrol felt like an ad hoc round of Russian roulette.  In that way, those IEDs completely changed how we operated, slowing movement, discouraging extra patrols, and distancing us from what was then considered the ultimate "prize": the local villagers, or what was left of them anyway.  In a counterinsurgency (COIN) campaign, which is what the U.S. military was running in Afghanistan in those years, that was the definition of defeat.
Strategic Problems in Microcosm
My own unit faced a dilemma common to dozens -- maybe hundreds -- of other American units in Afghanistan. Every patrol was slow, cumbersome, and risky. The natural inclination, if you cared about your boys, was to do less. But effective COIN operations require securing territory and gaining the trust of the civilians living there. You simply can't do that from inside a well-protected American base. One obvious option was to live in the villages -- which we eventually did -- but that required dividing up the company into smaller groups and securing a second, third, maybe fourth location, which quickly became problematic, at least for my 82-man cavalry troop (when at full strength). And, of course, there were no less than fivevillages in my area of responsibility.
I realize, writing this now, that there's no way I can make the situation sound quite as dicey as it actually was.  How, for instance, were we to "secure and empower" a village population that was, by then, all but nonexistent?  Years, even decades, of hard fighting, air strikes, and damaged crops had left many of those villages in that part of Kandahar Province little more than ghost towns, while cities elsewhere in the country teemed with uprooted and dissatisfied peasant refugees from the countryside.
Sometimes, it felt as if we were fighting over nothing more than a few dozen deserted mud huts.  And like it or not, such absurdity exemplified America's war in Afghanistan.  It still does.  That was the view from the bottom.  Matters weren't -- and aren't -- measurably better at the top.  As easily as one reconnaissance troop could be derailed, so the entire enterprise, which rested on similarly shaky foundations, could be unsettled.
At a moment when the generals to whom President Trump recently delegateddecision-making powers on U.S. troop strength in that country consider a new Afghan "surge," it might be worth looking backward and zooming out just a bit. Remember, the very idea of "winning" the Afghan War, which left my unit in that collection of mud huts, rested (and still rests) on a few rather grandiose assumptions. 
The first of these surely is that the Afghans actually want (or ever wanted) us there; the second, that the country was and still is vital to our national security; and the third, that 10,000, 50,000, or even 100,000 foreign troops ever were or now could be capable of "pacifying" an insurgency, or rather a growing set of insurgencies, or securing 33 million souls, or facilitating a stable, representative government in a heterogeneous, mountainous, landlocked country with little history of democracy.
The first of these points is at least debatable. As you might imagine, any kind of accurate polling is quite difficult, if not impossible, outside the few major population centers in that isolated country.  Though many Afghans, particularly urban ones, may favor a continued U.S. military presence, others clearly wonder what good a new influx of foreigners will do in their endlessly war-torn nation.  As one high-ranking Afghan official recently lamented, thinking undoubtedly of the first use in his land of the largest non-nuclear bomb on the planet, "Is the plan just to use our country as a testing ground for bombs?" And keep in mind that the striking rise in territory the Taliban now controls, the most since they were driven from power in 2001, suggests that the U.S. presence is hardly welcomed everywhere.
The second assumption is far more difficult to argue or justify.  To say the least, classifying a war in far-away Afghanistan as "vital" relies on a rather pliable definition of the term.  If that passes muster -- if bolstering the Afghan military to the tune of (at least) tens of billions of dollars annually and thousands of new boots-on-the-ground in order to deny safe haven to "terrorists" is truly "vital" -- then logically the current U.S. presences in Iraq, Syria, Somalia, and Yemen are critical as well and should be similarly fortified.  And what about the growing terror groups in Egypt, Libya, Nigeria, Tunisia, and so on?  We're talking about a truly expensive proposition here -- in blood and treasure.  But is it true?  Rational analysis suggests it is not.  After all, on average about seven Americans were killed by Islamist terrorists on U.S. soil annually from 2005 to 2015.  That puts terrorism deaths right up there with shark attacks and lightning strikes.  The fear is real, the actual danger... less so.
As for the third point, it's simply preposterous. One look at U.S. military attempts at "nation-building" or post-conflict stabilization and pacification in Iraq, Libya, or -- dare I say -- Syria should settle the issue. It's often said that the best predictor of future behavior is past behavior. Yet here we are, 14 years after the folly of invading Iraq and many of the same voices -- inside and outside the administration -- are clamoring for one more "surge" in Afghanistan (and, of course, will be clamoring for the predictable surges to follow across the Greater Middle East).
The very idea that the U.S. military had the ability to usher in a secure Afghanistan is grounded in a number of preconditions that proved to be little more than fantasies.  First, there would have to be a capable, reasonably corruption-free local governing partner and military.  That's a nonstarter.  Afghanistan's corrupt, unpopular national unity government is little better than the regime of Ngo Dinh Diem in South Vietnam in the 1960s and that American war didn't turn out so well, did it?  Then there's the question of longevity.  When it comes to the U.S. military presence there, soon to head into its 16th year, how long is long enough?  Several mainstream voices, including former Afghan commander General David Petraeus, are now talking about at least a "generation" more to successfully pacify Afghanistan.  Is that really feasible given America's growing resource constraints and the ever expanding set of dangerous "ungoverned spaces" worldwide?
And what could a new surge actually do?  The U.S. presence in Afghanistan is essentially a fragmented series of self-contained bases, each of which needs to be supplied and secured.  In a country of its size, with a limited transportation infrastructure, even the 4,000-5,000 extra troops the Pentagon is reportedly considering sending right now won't go very far. 
Now, zoom out again.  Apply the same calculus to the U.S. position across the Greater Middle East and you face what we might start calling the Afghan paradox, or my own quandary safeguarding five villages with only 82 men writ large.  Do the math.  The U.S. military is already struggling to keep up with its commitments.  At what point is Washington simply spinning its proverbial wheels?  I'll tell you when -- yesterday.
Now, think about those three questionable Afghan assumptions and one uncomfortable actuality leaps forth. The only guiding force left in the American strategic arsenal is inertia.
What Surge 4.0 Won't Do -- I Promise ...
Remember something: this won't be America's first Afghan "surge."  Or its second, or even its third.  No, this will be the U.S. military's fourth crack at it.  Who feels lucky?  First came President George W. Bush's "quiet" surge back in 2008.  Next, just one month into his first term, newly minted President Barack Obama sent 17,000 more troops to fight his so-called good war (unlike the bad one in Iraq) in southern Afghanistan.  After a testy strategic review, he then committed 30,000 additional soldiers to the "real" surge a year later.  That's what brought me (and the rest of B Troop, 4-4 Cavalry) to Pashmul district in 2011.  We left -- most of us -- more than five years ago, but of course about 8,800 American military personnel remain today and they are the basis for the surge to come.
To be fair, Surge 4.0 might initially deliver certain modest gains (just as each of the other three did in their day).  Realistically, more trainers, air support, and logistics personnel could indeed stabilize some Afghan military units for some limited amount of time.  Sixteen years into the conflict, with 10% as many American troops on the ground as at the war's peak, and after a decade-plus of training, Afghan security forces are still being battered by the insurgents.  In the last years, they've been experiencing record casualties, along with the usual massive stream of desertions and the legions of "ghost soldiers" who can neither die nor desert because they don't exist, although their salaries do (in the pockets of their commanders or other lucky Afghans).  And that's earned them a "stalemate," which has left the Taliban and other insurgent groups in control of a significant part of the country.  And if all goes well (which isn't exactly a surefire thing), that's likely to be the best that Surge 4.0 can produce: a long, painful tie.
Peel back the onion's layers just a bit more and the ostensible reasons for America's Afghan War vanish along with all the explanatory smoke and mirrors. After all, there are two things the upcoming "mini-surge" will emphatically not do:
*It won't change a failing strategic formula.
Imagine that formula this way: American trainers + Afghan soldiers + loads of cash + (unspecified) time = a stable Afghan government and lessening Taliban influence.
It hasn't worked yet, of course, but -- so the surge-believers assure us -- that's because we need more: more troops, more money, more time.  Like so many loyal Reaganites, their answers are always supply-side ones and none of them ever seems to wonder whether, almost 16 years later, the formula itself might not be fatally flawed.
According to news reports, no solution being considered by the current administration will even deal with the following interlocking set of problems: Afghanistan is a large, mountainous, landlocked, ethno-religiously heterogeneous, poor country led by a deeply corrupt government with a deeply corrupt military.  In a place long known as a "graveyard of empires," the United States military and the Afghan Security Forces continue to wage what one eminent historian has termed "fortified compound warfare."  Essentially, Washington and its local allies continue to grapple with relatively conventional threats from exceedingly mobile Taliban fighters across a porous border with Pakistan, a country that has offered not-so-furtive support and a safe haven for those adversaries.  And the Washington response to this has largely been to lock its soldiers inside those fortified compounds (and focus on protecting them against "insider attacks" by those Afghans it works with and trains).  It hasn't worked.  It can't.  It won't. 
Consider an analogous example.  In Vietnam, the United States never solved the double conundrum of enemy safe havens and a futile search for legitimacy.  The Vietcong guerillas and North Vietnamese Army used nearby Cambodia, Laos, and North Vietnam to rest, refit, and replenish.  U.S. troops meanwhile lacked legitimacy because their corrupt South Vietnamese partners lacked it.
Sound familiar?  We face the same two problems in Afghanistan: a Pakistani safe haven and a corrupt, unpopular central government in Kabul.  Nothing, and I mean nothing, in any future troop surge will effectively change that.
*It won't pass the logical fallacy test.
The minute you really think about it, the whole argument for a surge or mini-surge instantly slides down a philosophical slippery slope.
If the war is really about denying terrorists safe havens in ungoverned or poorly governed territory, then why not surge more troops into Yemen, Somalia, Nigeria, Libya, Pakistan (where al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri and Osama bin Laden's son Hamza bin-Laden are believed to be safely ensconced), Iraq, Syria, Chechnya, Dagestan (where one of the Boston Marathon bombers was radicalized), or for that matter Paris or London.  Every one of those places has harbored and/or is harboring terrorists.  Maybe instead of surging yet again in Afghanistan or elsewhere, the real answer is to begin to realize that all the U.S. military in its present mode of operation can do to change that reality is make it worse.  After all, the last 15 years offer a vision of how it continually surges and in the process only creates yet more ungovernable lands and territories. 
So much of the effort, now as in previous years, rests on an evident desire among military and political types in Washington to wage the war they know, the one their army is built for: battles for terrain, fights that can be tracked and measured on maps, the sort of stuff that staff officers (like me) can display on ever more-complicated PowerPoint slides.  Military men and traditional policymakers are far less comfortable with ideological warfare, the sort of contest where their instinctual proclivity to "do something" is often counterproductive.
As U.S. Army Field Manual 3-24 -- General David Petraeus' highly touted counterinsurgency "bible" -- wisely opined: "Sometimes doing nothing is the best reaction."  It's high time to follow such advice (even if it's not the advice that Petraeus himself is offering anymore).
A little foreign policy humility goes a long way toward not heading down that slippery slope.  Why, then, do Americans continue to deceive themselves?  Why do they continue to believe that even 100,000 boys from Indiana and Alabama could alter Afghan society in a way Washington would like?  Or any other foreign land for that matter?
I suppose some generals and policymakers are just plain gamblers.  But before putting your money on the next Afghan surge, it might be worth flashing back to the limitations, struggles, and sacrifices of just one small unit in one tiny, contested district of southern Afghanistan in 2011...
Lonely Pashmul
So, on we walked -- single file, step by treacherous step -- for nearly a year.  Most days things worked out.  Until they didn't.  Unfortunately, some soldiers found bombs the hard way: three dead, dozens wounded, one triple amputee.  So it went and so we kept on going.  Always onward. Ever forward. For America? Afghanistan? Each other? No matter.  And so it seems other Americans will keep on going in 2017, 2018, 2019...
Lift foot. Hold breath. Step. Exhale.
Keep walking... to defeat... but together.
[Note: The views expressed in this article are those of the author, expressed in an unofficial capacity, and do not reflect the official policy or position of the Department of the Army, Department of Defense, or the U.S. government.]
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DANNY SJURSEN

Major Danny Sjursen is a US Army strategist and former history instructor at West Point. He served tours with reconnaissance units in Iraq and Afghanistan. He has written a memoir and critical analysis of the Iraq War, Ghostriders of Baghdad: Soldiers, Civilians, and the Myth of the Surge. He lives with his wife and four sons near Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. 

          Somali refs follow coaches’ lead   

Five months on from a training course for Somalia’s coaches in Djibouti, FIFA welcomed their referees back for a course designed to hone their skills.


          Who's Allowed Into The US Under The Revised Travel Ban   
Earlier this week, the US Supreme Court ruled that parts of Donald Trump's travel ban were acceptable, leading the State Department to create a set of new guidelines on the ban, which applies to nationals from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen, with a few exceptions. To travel to the US from those six Muslim-majority countries, travellers must prove they have a "bona fide relationship" with "a person or entity in the United States" that was "formed in the ordinary course, rather than for the purpose of evading" the ban. The guidelines are now being enforced as of this morning. More »
   
 
 

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          Everything You Need to Know About the Travel Ban   

U.S. President Donald Trump's administration reversed a decision late on Thursday and said fiancés would be considered close family members and therefore allowed to travel to the United States as its revised travel ban took effect.

The U.S. State Department concluded "upon further review, fiancés would now be included as close family members," said a State Department official who requested anonymity.

The Trump administration had previously decided, on the basis of its interpretation of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling, that grandparents, grandchildren and fiancés traveling from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen would be barred from obtaining visas while the ban was in place.

The 90-day ban took effect at 8 p.m. EDT (0000 GMT Friday), along with a 120-day ban on all refugees.

On Monday, the Supreme Court revived parts of Trump's travel ban on people from the six Muslim-majority countries, narrowing the scope of lower court rulings that had blocked parts of a March 6 executive order and allowing his temporary ban to go into effect for people with no strong ties to the United States.

A spokesman for the Department of Homeland Security, who also requested anonymity, said it would be updating its guidance to state that fiancés would not be barred from obtaining visas while the ban was in place.

The Supreme Court exempted from the ban travelers and refugees with a "bona fide relationship" with a person or entity in the United States. As an example, the court said those with a "close familial relationship" with someone in the United States would be covered.

The state of Hawaii asked a federal judge in Honolulu on Thursday evening to determine whether the Trump administration had interpreted the court's decision too narrowly.

Hawaii said in a court filing that the U.S. government intended to violate the Supreme Court's instructions by improperly excluding from the United States people who actually have a close family relationship to U.S. persons, echoing criticism from immigrant and refugee groups.

Hawaii called the refusal to recognize grandparents and other relatives as an acceptable family relationship "a plain violation of the Supreme Court's command."

Hawaii's Attorney General Doug Chin asked U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson in Honolulu, who blocked Trump's travel ban in March, to issue an order "as soon as possible" clarifying how the Supreme Court's ruling should be interpreted.

Watson ordered the Justice Department to respond to Hawaii's request by Monday, and said he would allow Hawaii to reply by July 6.

'Keep Fighting'

A senior U.S. official did not answer directly when asked how barring grandparents or grandchildren would make the United States safer, but instead pointed to Trump's guidance to pause "certain travel while we review our security posture."

The U.S. government expected "things to run smoothly" and "business as usual" at U.S. ports of entry, another senior U.S. official told reporters.

A handful of immigration lawyers gathered at Dulles International Airport outside Washington on Thursday in case of any problems.

"We're going to keep fighting this ban, even if it applies very narrowly," said Sirine Shebaya, a senior staff attorney at Muslim Advocates. "It's still a Muslim ban, and it's still trying to send a message to a whole community that they're not welcome here."

The administration said refugees who have agreements with resettlement agencies but not close family in the United States would not be exempted from the ban, likely sharply limiting the number of refugees allowed entry in coming months.

Hawaii said in its court filing it was "preposterous" not to consider a formal link with a resettlement agency a qualifying relationship. Refugee resettlement agencies had expected that their formal links with would-be refugees would qualify as "bona fide."

The administration's decision likely means that few refugees beyond a 50,000-cap set by Trump would be allowed into the country this year. A U.S. official said that, as of Wednesday evening, 49,009 refugees had been allowed into the country this fiscal year. The State Department said refugees scheduled to arrive through July 6 could still enter.

Trump first announced a temporary travel ban on Jan. 27, calling it a counterterrorism measure to allow time to develop better security vetting. The order caused chaos at airports, as officials scrambled to enforce it before it was blocked by courts. Opponents argued that the measure discriminated against Muslims and that there was no security rationale for it.

A revised version of the ban was also halted by courts.

The State Department guidance, distributed to all U.S. diplomatic posts on Wednesday evening and seen by Reuters, fleshed out the Supreme Court's ruling about people who have a "bona fide" relationship with an individual or entity in the United States.

It defined a close familial relationship as being a parent, spouse, child, adult son or daughter, son-in-law, daughter-in-law or sibling, including step-siblings and other step-family relations.

A department cable said grandparents, grandchildren, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, fiancés, "and any other 'extended' family members" were not considered close family.

The guidelines also said workers with offers of employment from a company in the United States or a lecturer addressing U.S. audiences would be exempt from the ban, but that arrangements such as a hotel reservation would not be considered bona fide relationships. {eoa}

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          How a new group is trying to counter negative perceptions about Somali-American day cares in Minnesota   

The preschoolers at the St. Paul-based Kids Garden Day Care rose from their seats and rushed to embrace Mohamed Gelle when he stepped into their classroom on Thursday. 

They jumped up and down, laughed and shouted, “We miss you!”

Then Gelle looked each one of them in the eye and asked how their day was. 

“Good,” they replied as they rushed back to their seats.

Gelle founded Kids Garden in 2010, and today it has more than 300 children ages six months to 12 years old — kids whose parents immigrated from Somalia, Ethiopia, Nigeria and Cameroon.

Child care has become a popular business among Somali-Americans in Minnesota. A little over a decade ago, there were barely any such facilities owned by Somalis. Today, there are nearly 90 Somali-owned registered day care centers operate across the state. 

In recent years, however, many of those centers have come under intense scrutiny. Several places in the Twin Cities metro area have closed after federal agencies raided them as part of a criminal fraud investigations. And many Somali day care owners now say their businesses have suffered from a negative image — even among the state's Somali-American community.

In response, a group of 76 Somali-American day care owners recently banded together to form The Minnesota Minority Childcare Association (MMCA), which is aimed at fighting misconceptions about their businesses, improving child care centers and educating owners about regulatory and compliance issues. 

“A lot of the Somali centers haven’t learned about all the rules and regulations that all the centers are supposed to have,” said Gelle, who’s also a vice-chair of the association. “This is one of the ways that they can get together and share what needs to happen at the centers.”

The formation of the association came after state and federal authorities accused several Somali-owned day care businesses of overbilling the state and its Child Care Assistance Program, which helps low-income families pay for child care.

In 2016, for example, Abdirizak Ahmed Gayre of Minneapolis and Ibrahim Awgab Osman of New Hope were charged with billing the state more than $1 million for work their day care centers didn’t actually do, according a Hennepin County complaint.

Several similar cases were also reported in 2015, 2016 and 2017 — incidents that members of MMCA say cast a shadow over all Somali-owned centers. “Not all owners are corrupt,” said Isaak Geedi, chairman of the association and owner of the Bloomington-based We Care Child Care. “The majority of them are actually hard-working individuals that are making ends meet.”

Mustafa Jumale
MinnPost photo by Ibrahim Hirsi
Mustafa Jumale

To address the problem, Geedi, Gelle and other owners realized they had to come together, organize and engage with the state’s Department of Human Services, which administers the Child Care Assistance Program. “The DHS has had a negative perception about Somali childcare centers,” said Geedi. 

In the group’s discussions with DHS, Geedi said, the department has expressed concerns about the fraud cases, but also with some of the ways Somali-run day care businesses recruited and retained their clients: hiring parents to work at the same day cares their children attend.  

The MMCA has worked to address DHS' concerns, but the main reason it was created was to educate day care owners about regulatory compliance to improve the educational program offered at the centers. “We don’t tolerate fraud,” Geedi said. “If we hear somebody is doing something wrong, we want to reach out to them and make sure they get educated. If they continue, we’ll expel them from the association and take a legal stand against them.” 

In the last legislative session, MMCA also started a new effort to collaborate with DHS to help Somali-owned day care centers, and the association even hired a lobbyist, Mustafa Jumale, who has been serving as a liaison between the centers and the Legislature. “Members of the association are recognized by the legislators,” said Jumale. “They call us; they text us. We have a seat at the table, which we didn’t have before. And I think that’s the brilliance of the Minnesota Minority Childcare Association.”


          History Theatre to present a year of premieres; how to hear the Minnesota Orchestra for free   

For its 2017-18 season, the History Theatre will present a year of premieres, including the latest collaboration by Jeffrey Hatcher and Chan Poling. Theatre Unbound, the women’s theatre, will stage a dystopic steampunk play by Christina Ham. This will be the History Theatre’s 40th anniversary season and the 18th for Unbound.

The History Theatre’s season includes five plays plus its annual Raw Stages: New Works Festival in January. The season will begin Oct. 7-29 with the regional premiere of Robert Shenkkan’s Tony-winning Broadway play “All the Way,” about the first year of LBJ’s presidency and the campaign to pass the Civil Rights Act. What’s the Minnesota connection? Hubert H. Humphrey, portrayed by Andrew Wheeler. With Pearce Bunting as LBJ and Shawn Hamilton as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Nov. 25-Dec. 23 will bring a revival of “Coco’s Diary: A Christmas Gift to Remember.” Last seen in March 2012, based on the diary of 13-year-old Clotilde Irvine, who grew up on Summit Avenue in what later became the Governor’s Mansion, this charming look back at 1920s Minnesota includes popular songs of the time. Ron Peluso and Bob Beverage penned the adaptation.

Playwright Harrison David Rivers will be all over Twin Cities theaters in 2018, starting with the History Theatre’s world premiere production Feb. 10-March 4 of his play, “A Crack in the Sky: From Somalia to the U.S.A.,” about Somali immigrant Ahmed Ismail Yusuf.  (In April, Theater Latté Da will premiere the musical “Five Points,” for which Rivers wrote the book; also in April, Penumbra will give the regional premiere of “This Bitter Earth” by Rivers. Wow!)

March 24-April 15 will be the world premiere of “Dance ’Til You Drop: A Dance Theater Experience.” The stock market crash of 1929 gave rise to the dance marathon fad. Created in collaboration with Collide Theatrical Dance Company, Carson Kreitzer’s play spotlights Minneapolis dancers Callum deVillier and Vonnie Kuchinski, who won’t stop until they set a world record and go home with the prize money.

Anyone who saw the History Theatre hit “Glensheen” (now back for the third time, through July 30) will know better than to miss “Lord Gordon Gordon,” a May 5-June 3 world premiere of the new musical by Jeffrey Hatcher and Chan Poling. This time, their subject is the 19th-century Minnesota con man, swindler, snake charmer and robber of robber barons. Mark Benninghofen has already signed up for the title role, and the cast will also include several “Glensheen” alums.

Season passes are on sale now. Single tickets will go on sale to the general public July 10.

Theatre Unbound – plays and events conceived and created by women – will open its season Sept. 9-24 with a staging at the Gremlin of Saviana Stanescu’s “Aliens With Extraordinary Skills,” about a Moldavan immigrant who works as a clown, receives a deportation order and goes into hiding.

January 13, 2018, will see the annual “24:00:00 Xtreme Theatre Smackdown” at the SteppingStone, when dozens of theater artists will race the clock to create and present six new short plays in one day.

Christina Ham’s recent plays include “Nina Simone: Four Women” at the Park Square, “Ruby! The Story of Ruby Bridges” at the SteppingStone, and a short play in “The Great Divide: Plays for a Broken Nation” at Pillsbury House. From March 24-April 8, her play “A Wives’ Tale,” about women struggling to hold society together in a world after nuclear war, will be staged at the Gremlin.

Theatre Unbound is also partnering with Raw Sugar Theater on the WTF (Women/Trans/Femme) Playwriting Workshop for new comedic scripts by women and trans writers. Full productions of the new scripts will be presented in spring 2018 at a venue TBA.

Tickets to “Aliens,” “Smackdown” and “Wives’ Tale” are available now.

New Minnesota Orchestra fellowship supports diversity

Orchestras, their conductors, staff and boards have traditionally been white. Very white. Most of the nonwhite musicians have Asian/Pacific Islander backgrounds. African-Americans, Latino Americans and Native Americans are rare or nonexistent in orchestras large and small. (If you want, you can read more about this in a recent report by the League of American Orchestras.)

A new two-year fellowship at the Minnesota Orchestra aims to make a dent in that, without wasting any more time. Defined and developed over the past eight months by the orchestra’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee, the Rosemary and David Good Fellowship starts now with the appointments of a trombone player from Texas and a tuba player from Michigan, both African-American.

Myles Blakemore and Jason Tanksley will begin their fellowships in September and reside full time in Minnesota. They will observe and take part in orchestra rehearsals, perform with the orchestra at selected concerts, study with orchestra musicians, and train and prepare for auditions. They will be mentored by Minnesota Orchestra musicians and, in turn, will mentor Minnesota students.

Jason Tanskley
Courtesy of the Minnesota Orchestra
Jason Tanskley

A graduate of Southern Methodist University and the Manhattan School of Music, Blakemore has performed with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and served as second trombone with New Jersey’s Symphony in C during the 2016-17 season. Tanksley comes from Wayne State University and the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he recently earned his Master of Music degree. He has performed with the Cleveland Orchestra, Detroit Symphony Orchestra and Jacksonville Symphony, among other ensembles.

Thirty musicians from across the country applied for the fellowship. Eight were invited to audition at Orchestra Hall earlier this month before a committee of musicians, staff and Music Director Osmo Vänskä. “We opened auditions with the idea to name one fellow,” Vänskä said in a statement, “but the quality of playing by both Jason and Myles was very, very high, and we decided we must offer two fellowships.”

The picks

Today (Friday, June 30) and Saturday at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds: 27th Annual Twin Cities Antiquarian & Rare Book Fair. Over 50 book dealers from across the US; speakers from the Quatrefoil Library, the Minneapolis Athenaeum and Twin Cities Sisters in Crime; meet-and-chats with reps from Rain Taxi, the Andersen Library’s Performing Arts Archive, the Minnesota Historical Society, the Minnesota Center for Book Arts; free letterpress bookmarks printed on a tabletop press; and all those beautiful old books. In the Progress Center. Friday 3-8 p.m. ($7; includes Saturday admission), Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. ($5). Students free with school ID; kids free. FMI.

Opens tonight at the Lagoon: “Maurice.” Based on the novel by E.M. Forster, this landmark 1987 Merchant-Ivory production was one of the most respected and popular mainstream gay-themed films of its day. For its 30th anniversary, it’s gotten a makeover, including a color grading approved by director James Ivory (producer Ismail Merchant died in 2005). James Wilby and Hugh Grant star as University of Cambridge students who meet and fall in love in Edwardian England, when homosexuality was punishable by imprisonment. With Ben Kingsley and Rupert Graves. FMI and tickets.

A still image from a film by Candice Davis featured in "The Shop."
Courtesy of Public Functionary
A still image from a film by Candice Davis featured in "The Shop."

Saturday at Public Functionary: Opening reception for “The Shop.” Well-established and emerging artists working in many media explore the meaning, traditions, iconography and hair of the black barbershop, a cultural center within the African-American community. Curated by CRICE Khalil, the cross-generational show features paintings, photography, screen prints, drawings and digital art by Ta-coumba T. Aiken, Seitu Jones, Khalil, Noah Lawrence-Holder, Candice Davis, Emma Eubanks, Bobby Rogers, Keith Williams, and Malakai Davis-Greiner. The opening reception starts at 7 p.m., the show continues through July 15, with an artist conversation at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 13.

Monday at Lake Harriet: Minnesota Orchestra. An hourlong, free public concert by the Minnesota Orchestra at the Lake Harriet Bandshell, starting at 7:30. Who wouldn’t want to go to that? The first concert in the orchestra’s annual Symphony for the Cities series, a tradition for more than 40 years, will draw huge crowds, so bring a lawn chair or blanket. On Wednesday at 8:30 p.m., you can see them in the Hilde Performance Center in Plymouth. On Thursday at 8 p.m., at the Lake Park Bandshell in Winona. On Sunday, July 9, at 7:30 p.m., at Lake Front Park in Hudson, Wisconsin. Roderick Cox – who recently signed on for another season as associate conductor, and won a 2017 Career Assistance Award from the Solti Foundation – will conduct the series.


          XOG RASMI AH: Gaari Qarax ka buuxo oo Muqdisho ku jira, Nuuca & Taarikadiisa   

Qaar ka mid ah Saraakiisha ciidamada amaanka ayaa u soo gudbiyay wakaalada Badweyn Xog ku saabsan in magaalada Muqdisho uu ku jiro gaari sida waxyaabaha qarxa oo doonaya inuu bartilmaameed ka dhigto xarumaha dowlaha. Xogtan Badweyn ay heshay ayaa sheegeysa in gaariga Nuuciisa uu yahayn Susuko laga soo buuxiyay waxyaabaha qarxa. Ciidamada amaanka ayaa inoo ...

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          XOG URURIN: Howlgalka Xasilinta Caasimadda oo Sababay Qasaaro Maaliyadeed oo Ka Badan $4.6 Milyan   

Kulan golaha wasiirada DFS ay 11-kii bishii May ee lasoo dhaafay ku qaateen magaalada Muqdisho ayaa waxa ay ku ansixiyeen barnaamij loogu magac daray Xasilinta Caasimadda oo ay xukuumadda ku dooneyso in ay ku sugto ammaanka Caasimadda. Ciidan isku-dhaf ah oo isugu jira boolis iyo xoogga dalka Soomaaliya ayaa la hawlgaliyay si ay ammaanka u ...

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          Thabit Cabdi oo Hanjabaad Ujeediyey Shabaab Kana Hadlay Qaraxyada Xamar…   

Gudoomiyaha Maamulka Gobolka Banaadir Thabit Cabdi Maxamed oo saxaafada kula hadlay Muqdisho ayaa sheegay inay Amniga gacan bir ah ku qaban doonaan. Duqa Xamar waxa uu sheegay inay ka xun yihiin Gumaadka ay Al Shabaab ku hayaan Shacabka aan waxba galabsan. Cambaareyn soo daahday ayuu usoo diray Gudoomiye Thabit dadkii Ehelkooda Taladaadii Isbuucii hore lagu ...

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          XOG: Farmaajo oo arrin halis ah kusoo wajahan tahay haddii aanu…   

Madaxweynaha dowladda Soomaaliya Maxamed C/laahi Farmaajo ayaa waxaa kusoo wajahan nacayb badan oo kaga yimaada shacabka Muqdisho oo ahaa kuwii kaliya ee naftooda u huray xilli walbo. Farmaaajo dowladdiisa ayaa hadda waxay bilowday caburinta dadweynaha, waxaana ay xirtay waddooyin badan oo muhiim ah Muqdisho, xitaa waxay gudaha u gashay xaafadihii oo dhibaato badan hadda qaba. ...

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          Warkii.Com oo Ogaatay Taariikhda Ninka loo Magacaabay Taliyaha Ciidamada Ilaalada Madaxtooyada Somaliya   

Xog ay heshay Warbaahinta Warkii.com ayaa muujinaysa in Taliyaha Illaaladda Madaxtooyadda Somaliya laga qaaday Taliyaha haatan xilkaasi haya, Col Afcadeey, iyadoona lagu badalay Cabdi Xakiin Macalin oo qaba Gabar la dhalatay Agaasimaha Madaxtooyadda Somalia, Fahad Yaasiin. Wararka aan heleyno ayaa sheegaya in Cabdi Xakiin la siiyay Warqadda Magacaabista oo uu ku saxiixan yahay Agaasimaha Madaxtooyadda ...

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          Mareykanka oo hawlgalka Somaliya u wareejinaya Magaalada Muqdisho   

Safiirka Mareykanka ee Soomaaliya, Stephen Schwartz ayaa sheegay in Mareykanka uu markale hawlgal diblomaasiyeed oo rasmi ah ku yeelan doono Soomaaliya, marka ay Muqdisho ka furtaan xafiisyo dhammaadka sanadkan. Safaaraddii Mareykanka ee Soomaaliya ayaa waxaa la xiray sanadkii 1991-kii, markii dagaallada sokeeye ay ka qarxeen dalka. Xoghayihii hore ee arrimaha dibadda Mareykanka, John Kerry ayaa ...

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          Dowladda Soomaaliya oo loogu deeqay lacag gaareysa 358 milyan oo Doollar.   

Shirkii isgarab taagga Uganda ee Qaxootiga oo ay shir guddoominayeen Madaxweynaha Uganda iyo Xoghaya Guud ee Qaramada Midoobay waxaa looga yaboohay lacag gaareysa 358 milyan oo Doollar. Dalalka lacagahaas ku yaboohay waxay kala yihiin Sweden (27.2 milyan), EU (95 milyan), Japan (10 milyan)Australia (5 milyan), UK ( 15 milyan) Canada (11 milyan) Norway (4 milyan), ...

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          Faah faahino dheeraad ah oo ka soo baxayo Qarax ay 50 qof ku dhinteen   

Laba Qarax oo khasaare xoogan geystay ayaa ka dhacay laba gobol oo ka tirsan dalka Pakistan, sida ay sheegeen saraakiisha ammaanka dalkaasi. Qaraxyadan ayaa ka kala dhacay gobol ku yaalla Koonfur Galbeed Pakistan oo lagu magacaabo Quetta, iyo gobolka kale ee Balochistan, waxaana loo adeegsaday Gawaari waxyaabaha Qarxa laga soo buuxiyay. Inta la ogyahay Qaraxyadan ayaa waxaa ...

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          Sacuudiga oo fashiliyay weerar lala damacsanaa Masjidka Barakeysan ee Makka   

Wasaaradda arrimaha gudaha ee dalka Sacuudi Carabiya ayaa sheegtay in ciidamada ammaanka ee dalkaasi ay fashiliyeen waxa ay ku tilmaameen argagixiso qorshaynaysay in ay bartilmaameedsadaan misaajidka barakaysan ee Makka. Wasaarada arrimaha gudaha ee Sacuudi Carabiya ayaa sheegtay in dhisma uu ku jiray qofka weerarka fulin rabay ay ciidammada isku gadaameen kadibna uu is qarxiyay. Dhismaha ...

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          Abuu Mansuur oo isku soo dhiibaya Dowladda Soomaaliya ka dib Cafiskii Mareykanka   

owladda Mareykanka ayaa shaacisay in Liiska Argagixisada laga saaray Sheekh Mukhtaar Roobow Cali Abuu Mansuur oo ka mid ahaa saraakiisha ugu sareysa Al-shabaab. Abuu Mansoor ayaa ahaa ku-xigeenkii hogaamiyahii hore ee Al-shabaab Axmed Cabdi Godane, isaga oo dhinaca kale mar soo noqday afhayeenkii Al-Shabaab. Wasiirka Warfaafinta Maamulka Koofur galbeed Soomaaliya Ugaas Xasan Cabdi Maxamed ayaa ...

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          IDF REOPENS RESITIVE BORDER AREA IN GOLAN HEIGHTS TO CIVILIANS.   
JEWISH KING JESUS IS COMING AT THE RAPTURE FOR US IN THE CLOUDS-DON'T MISS IT FOR THE WORLD.THE BIBLE TAKEN LITERALLY- WHEN THE PLAIN SENSE MAKES GOOD SENSE-SEEK NO OTHER SENSE-LEST YOU END UP IN NONSENSE.GET SAVED NOW- CALL ON JESUS TODAY.THE ONLY SAVIOR OF THE WHOLE EARTH - NO OTHER. 1 COR 15:23-JESUS THE FIRST FRUITS-CHRISTIANS RAPTURED TO JESUS-FIRST FRUITS OF THE SPIRIT-23 But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming.ROMANS 8:23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.(THE PRE-TRIB RAPTURE)

LUKE 21:28-29
28 And when these things begin to come to pass,(ALL THE PROPHECY SIGNS FROM THE BIBLE) then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption (RAPTURE) draweth nigh.
29 And he spake to them a parable; Behold the fig tree,(ISRAEL) and all the trees;(ALL INDEPENDENT COUNTRIES)
30 When they now shoot forth, ye see and know of your own selves that summer is now nigh at hand.(ISRAEL LITERALLY BECAME AND INDEPENDENT COUNTRY JUST BEFORE SUMMER IN MAY 14,1948.)

JOEL 2:3,30
3 A fire devoureth (ATOMIC BOMB) before them;(RUSSIAN-ARAB-MUSLIM ARMIES AGAINST ISRAEL) and behind them a flame burneth: the land is as the garden of Eden before them, and behind them a desolate wilderness; yea, and nothing shall escape them.
30 And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke.(ATOMIC BOMB AFFECT)

ZECHARIAH 14:12-13
12 And this shall be the plague wherewith the LORD will smite all the people that have fought against Jerusalem; Their flesh shall consume away while they stand upon their feet,(DISOLVED FROM ATOMIC BOMB) and their eyes shall consume away in their holes,(DISOLVED FROM ATOMIC BOMB) and their tongue shall consume away in their mouth.(DISOLVED FROM ATOMIC BOMB)(BECAUSE NUKES HAVE BEEN USED ON ISRAELS ENEMIES)(GOD PROTECTS ISRAEL AND ALWAYS WILL)
13 And it shall come to pass in that day, that a great tumult from the LORD shall be among them; and they shall lay hold every one on the hand of his neighbour, and his hand shall rise up against the hand of his neighbour.(1/2-3 BILLION DIE IN WW3)(THIS IS AN ATOMIC BOMB EFFECT)

EZEKIEL 20:47
47 And say to the forest of the south, Hear the word of the LORD; Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will kindle a fire in thee, and it shall devour every green tree in thee, and every dry tree: the flaming flame shall not be quenched, and all faces from the south to the north shall be burned therein.

ZEPHANIAH 1:18
18 Neither their silver nor their gold shall be able to deliver them in the day of the LORD'S wrath; but the whole land shall be devoured by the fire of his jealousy: for he shall make even a speedy riddance of all them that dwell in the land.

MALACHI 4:1
1 For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven;(FROM ATOMIC BOMBS) and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the LORD of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch.

And here are the bounderies of the land that Israel will inherit either through war or peace or God in the future. God says its Israels land and only Israels land. They will have every inch God promised them of this land in the future.
Egypt east of the Nile River, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, The southern part of Turkey and the Western Half of Iraq west of the Euphrates. Gen 13:14-15, Psm 105:9,11, Gen 15:18, Exe 23:31, Num 34:1-12, Josh 1:4.ALL THIS LAND ISRAEL WILL DEFINATELY OWN IN THE FUTURE, ITS ISRAELS NOT ISHMAELS LAND.12 TRIBES INHERIT LAND IN THE FUTURE

IDF reopens restive border area on Golan Heights to civilians-Region around Quneitra had been declared off-limits as stray fire incidents stoked tensions with Syria-By Times of Israel staff June 28, 2017, 9:06 am

The Israeli military on Wednesday reopened a border-adjacent area in the Golan Heights to civilian access, two days after it was declared off-limits amid a series of incidents of errant Syrian fire hitting Israeli territory.The IDF had declared several “crowd gathering points” in the area of Quneitra as closed military zones on Monday. Farmers were allowed in to work in their fields, though they were barred from coming near the border fence itself.In the three days prior to the ban there were three incidents of errant fire hitting Israel. The IDF responded with force, targeting Syrian army installations, which Israel holds responsible for all incidents originating from the civil-war-torn country.Defense Minister Avidgor Liberman said Monday that Israel has “no intention of launching a military operation” against Syria or rebel groups operating within it even as tensions spiraled.Speaking at the Knesset Defense and Foreign Affairs committee, Liberman rejected predictions made by some in Israel’s political echelon that the next conflict with either Hezbollah in the north or Hamas in the south is just around the corner.Around 10 mortar shells from Syria struck the Golan Heights on Saturday, prompting an Israeli response that reportedly killed two Syrian soldiers.On Sunday, several more projectiles hit Israel in what the army said was spillover fire from fighting between regime forces and rebels. The IDF again responded, confirming it targeted a Syrian military vehicle. Arabic media reports said five people were injured in the Israeli raid.Earlier Monday the IDF said that stray fire from Syria reportedly hit a United Nations peacekeeping position in the Golan Heights. No injuries were reported. The army launched searches following reports that two mortars had landed on the Israeli side of the frontier, but no signs of shelling were found. Instead, “heavy machine gun bullet holes were identified in a UNDOF post near Zivanit, adjacent to the border,” the army said.The United Nations Disengagement Observer Force monitors a 1974 ceasefire between Israel and Syria on the Golan Heights.Syria responded Sunday to Israel’s strikes with its own warnings-“The General Command warned against the risks posed by such hostile acts and holds the Israeli enemy responsible for the serious repercussions if such acts reoccur under any pretext, affirming determination to crush terrorist groups which are the Israeli enemy’s proxy in the area,” Syria’s military said in a statement.

Assad said to visit Iranian-run chemical weapons center-Syrian opposition reports US administration learned Assad planning another sarin attack-By Sue Surkes June 28, 2017, 12:05 pm-THE TIMES OF ISRAEL

A Syrian opposition news site reported Wednesday that the country’s embattled president, Bashar Assad, recently visited a missile and chemical weapons research station run by Iran on Syrian soil.The report followed an announcement by the Pentagon on Tuesday that it had detected “active preparations” by Syria for a chemical weapons attack, and a White House statement that the Syrian government would “pay a heavy price” if it carried out such an assault.Quoting a non-government source with close ties to the White House, Zaman al-Wasl reported that the US administration had been tipped off that Syrian authorities were planning a possible sarin gas attack in either the east or south of Syria, where Assad’s forces and its backers have suffered recent setbacks against rebels in the sixth year of the civil war.Assad is believed to have used sarin gas in an weapons attack that killed dozens of people in Idlib province on April 4, as well as in early attacks on civilians since the war began.The station, to be inaugurated by the end of this year, works on developing long-range missiles and is located in a valley between the Hama and Tartus provinces, close to the Syrian border with Lebanon, the report said.The report said Assad’s visit to the station followed a rare stop in the historically anti-Assad city of Hama, some 213 kilometers (132 miles) north of Damascus, where he delivered prayers for Eid al-Fitr, marking the end of the Ramadan fast.The visit to Hama indicated that the Syrian leader was feeling more confident about his position.Responding to the Pentagon’s assessment, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Tuesday that “such threats to Syria’s legitimate leaders are unacceptable.”Russia is Assad’s key backer and sided with him when he denied responsibility for the April chemical attack in Idlib province.That attack was followed by a US cruise missile strike on a Syrian government air base.

Iran says US travel ban is ‘racist’ and ‘unfair’-Foreign Ministry spokesman complains Washington is ‘closing its eyes to main perpetrators of terrorist acts’-By AP June 28, 2017, 12:05 pm-THE TIMES OF ISRAEL

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran said the US Supreme Court’s decision to reinstate parts of a travel ban applied to six Muslim-majority countries is “racist” and “unfair.”Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi was quoted by state TV Wednesday as saying it is “regrettable” that Washington “closes its eyes to the main perpetrators of terrorist acts in the US,” without elaborating.The Supreme Court on Monday allowed US President Donald Trump to forge ahead with a limited version of his ban on travelers from Iran, Syria, Sudan, Yemen, Libya and Somalia. The justices will hear full arguments in October in the case.Critics say the ban is intended to meet Trump’s campaign promise of keeping Muslims out of the country. The administration says the restrictions are needed to keep out terrorists while it tightens vetting procedures.

Palestinian with knife arrested at West Bank checkpoint-Russia said negotiating Golan safe zones with Israel, US and Jordan; 6 suspected Islamic State jihadists arrested in Europe-By Tamar Pileggi June 28, 2017, 2:17 pm-THE TIMES OF ISRAEL

14:55-AIPAC delegation coming to Israel to discuss Western Wall reversal with PM-A delegation of senior members from the American pro-Israel lobby AIPAC are reportedly traveling to Israel to discuss with Netanyahu his government’s decision to freeze the implementation of a hard-won agreement to create an official pluralistic worship area at the Western Wall.According to the Walla news site, the delegation includes AIPAC President Lillian Pinkus and Vice CEO Richard Fishman. They are expected to meet with the prime minister tomorrow.The government’s decision to suspend the pluralistic pavilion, along with advancing a bill granting the ultra-Orthodox a de facto monopoly over conversions to Judaism in Israel, was met with outrage by many US Jews.14:46-Hamas to create buffer zone with Egypt to improve ties-Hamas says bulldozers in Gaza are creating a 100-meter-wide (330-foot) buffer zone along the Egyptian border as part of the Palestinian terrorist group’s efforts to combat extremists and improve ties with Cairo.The Hamas-run Interior Ministry says the creation of a 12-kilometer-long (7.5-mile) corridor was agreed upon in recent face-to-face negotiations with Egyptian officials. It expressed hope that Egypt would reopen the Rafah border crossing with Gaza on a regular basis once the buffer zone is complete.Egypt has long accused Gaza’s Hamas rulers of aiding an insurgency in the northern Sinai Peninsula, allegations denied by Hamas. Egypt and Israel have imposed a blockade on Gaza since Hamas seized power in 2007.— with AP-14:27-6 suspected IS jihadists arrested across Europe-Six suspected members of the Islamic State group are arrested in Spain, Britain and Germany in an operation led by Spanish authorities investigating a jihadist recruiting network, the Spanish interior ministry says.The raids are targeting a group based on the island of Majorca and led by an Islamist imam, who was arrested in Britain, the ministry says in a statement.The imam, 44, was the target of a European arrest warrant and seized by the West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit on behalf of the Spanish authorities.“The investigation focuses on terrorism material created for use online,” the West Midlands police says, adding that prosecutors would seek his extradition to Spain later today.— AFP-14:26-Russia said negotiating Golan safe zones with Israel, US and Jordan-Russia is negotiating safe zones in southern Syria with Israel, Jordan and the US, Army Radio reports.The talks are focused on establishing areas of operations for the respective militaries in the Syrian side of the Golan Heights near Israel’s northern border.Citing Russian media reports, the negotiations were called following four recent US-led coalition airstrikes on regime targets in the area.14:17-Palestinian with knife arrested at West Bank checkpoint-A Palestinian woman is caught with a knife at a checkpoint near the West Bank city of Bethlehem.According to reports, the 36-year-old tells security forces that she planned to carry out a stabbing attack in Jerusalem.The suspect is taken in for questioning.

REBUILT 3RD TEMPLE

REVELATION 11:1-2
1 And there was given me a(MEASURING) reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein.
2 But the court which is without the temple leave out,(TO THE WORLD NATIONS) and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months.(JERUSALEM DIVIDED BUT THE 3RD TEMPLE ALLOWED TO BE REBUILT)

DANIEL 9:27
27 And he( THE ROMAN,EU PRESIDENT) shall confirm the covenant with many for one week:(1X7=7 YEARS) and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease,(3 1/2 yrs in TEMPLE SACRIFICES STOPPED) and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.

MICAH 4:1-5
1 But in the last days it shall come to pass, that the mountain of the house of the LORD shall be established in the top of the mountains, and it shall be exalted above the hills; and people shall flow unto it.
2  And many nations shall come, and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, and to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for the law shall go forth of Zion, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.
3  And he shall judge among many people, and rebuke strong nations afar off; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.
4  But they shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig tree; and none shall make them afraid: for the mouth of the LORD of hosts hath spoken it.
5  For all people will walk every one in the name of his god, and we will walk in the name of the LORD our God for ever and ever.

DANIEL 11:31
31 And arms shall stand on his part, and they shall pollute the sanctuary of strength, and shall take away the daily sacrifice, and they shall place the abomination that maketh desolate.(3RD TEMPLE REBUILT)

DANIEL 12:11
11 And from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away,(AT THE MIDPOINT OF THE TRIBULATION PERIOD)(3RD TEMPLE SACRIFICES STOPPED BY DICTATOR) and the abomination that maketh desolate set up,(TO WORSHIP THE DICTATOR OR DIE) there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days.(1,290 DAYS)(AN EXTRA 30 DAYS AT THE END OF THE 7 YEAR TRIBULATION PERIOD FOR JESUS TO DESTROY THE ARMIES AGAINST JERUSALEM.AND TO JUDGE THE SHEEP AND GOAT NATIONS OF MATTHEW 25:31-46-HOW THEY TREATED ISRAEL DURING THE 7 YEAR TRIBULATION PERIOD.AND THEN I BELIEVE JESUS WILL REBUILD THE 4TH TEMPLE 25 MILES FROM THE CURRENT TEMPLE MOUNT.AND THEN JESUS RULES FOR THE 1,000 YEARS-THEN FOREVER FROM THAT 4TH TEMPLE.)

MATTHEW 24:15-16
15 When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)(THE DICTATOR SITS IN THE REBUILT 3RD TEMPLE CALLING HIMSELF GOD AT THE MIDPOINT OR 3 1/2 YEAR PERIOD OF THE 7 YEAR TRIBULATION PERIOD.OR 7 YEAR PEACE TREATY BETWEEN ISRAEL-ARABS AND MANY OF DANIEL 9:27)
16 Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains:

Israel’s consulates in the US gird for protests over Western Wall-Memo lays out strategy for explaining decision to suspend deal on prayer pavilion; some federations said to reevaluate contributions to Israel-By Sue Surkes June 28, 2017, 10:04 am-THE TIMES OF ISRAEL

The Foreign Ministry has reportedly instructed staff at its nine US consulates to prepare for mass Jewish protests following government decisions to suspend plans for a pluralistic prayer pavilion at Jerusalem’s Western Wall and to advance a bill granting the ultra-Orthodox a de facto monopoly over conversions to Judaism in Israel.A memo sent to the consulates on Monday, published by the Haaretz daily, called on staff to clarify what it said was “a great deal of misinformation” by stressing that a previous government decision to create the prayer pavilion “was not nullified but suspended,” that the suspension gave the government “the time and space needed to find a genuinely workable solution,” and that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu — “compelled” to reach a decision because of an approaching High Court deadline — had actually refused the demand of ultra-Orthodox ministers to cancel rather than suspend the construction of the pavilion.The memo also laid part of the blame for the crisis on non-Orthodox Jews, saying that “for reasons, related to both sides, the current plan has proven unfeasible.” It also asserted that the prime minister remained committed to the principle that “all Jews should feel at home in Israel and at the Western Wall in particular.”The Foreign Ministry has been receiving reports of protests against the Western Wall decision from Jewish communities across America. One report from Chicago’s Israel consulate described “harsh messages of disappointment and pain,” according to Haaretz.Some people were implying that the decision could impact donations and political campaigns, the Haaretz report said.Another report, from the New York consulate, said that Gordon Hecker, CEO of the Columbus, Ohio, Jewish Federation, told Israel’s consul general in New York, Dani Dayan, that he planned to stop all donations to Israel from his federation.The same report said the CEO of the Northern New Jersey Jewish Federation, Jason Shames, said that the decision was likely to impact his federation’s relationships with the State of Israel.In an interview with The Times of Israel, Jewish Agency chairman Natan Sharansky said there was no difference between “freezing” and scrapping the agreement, and that the prime minister was “just playing with words.” He said Netanyahu had broken a painstakingly constructed relationship of trust with US Jewish leaders, and had put narrow coalition interests above the wider needs of the Jewish people.

There's 'unbelievable ignorance' in Israel, including in the government, about non-Orthodox Judaism-Sharansky: We may solve Western Wall and conversion crises. I’m not sure we can rebuild trust-Jewish Agency chairman, at forefront of incendiary dispute between Israel and Diaspora, decries PM’s actions, laments collapse of a painstakingly constructed relationship with Reform and Conservative leaders By David Horovitz June 28, 2017, 7:34 am-THE TIMES OF ISRAEL

Natan Sharansky, the chairman of the Jewish Agency, said he believes the two profound crises that have erupted in ties between Israel and much of the US Jewish community — over prayer at the Western Wall and conversion — can and will be resolved.In an interview with The Times of Israel, he said the legislation on conversion approved by ministers on Sunday — which would cement an ultra-Orthodox monopoly over conversions to Judaism in Israel — would likely not go through in its current format. From his contacts with ministers and Knesset members, he said, he does not believe Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu can muster a majority to pass the legislation in its current form.As for Netanyahu’s shock decision to freeze implementation of a painstakingly negotiated agreement to give non-Orthodox streams of Judaism a recognized, formal role in the oversight of a permanent, pluralistic prayer area slightly to the south of the main Western Wall prayer area, Sharansky said he believed a “formula” would be found to enable the agreement to go ahead.“You don’t have to call it ‘recognition,'” he posited. “But you do have to allow representatives of the Reform and Conservative to run the place where they pray. That’s the minimum condition from which all the negotiations started.” Sharansky said he couldn’t say what precise “formula” would be found, but “I believe that very quickly” it can be resolved.At the same time, he expressed deep disappointment in Netanyahu’s handling of the affair — saying the prime minister had put narrow coalition interests above the wider needs of the Jewish people. He noted, incidentally, that he did not believe the government would have fallen if Netanyahu had resisted ultra-Orthodox pressure on the issues.And he said that the precious trust that had been established between Israeli and Diaspora leaders, as the Western Wall compromise took shape in recent years, may have been damaged irrevocably.He also highlighted staggering ignorance among Israeli government ministers about Reform and Conservative Judaism — streams of Judaism with which the majority of American Jews are affiliated. “When I said to the government a year or two ago, Do you know that 85% of AIPAC supporters are Reform and Conservative Jews, half of the government were shocked. They really thought they were supporters of boycotts of Israel, all these crazies from J Street, Breaking the Silence. That’s all.”-I’m sure his coalition wouldn’t have fallen-Lots of Israelis are similarly ignorant, he added. “There are many Israelis, good Israelis, good Zionists, loving Jews, who believe that Reform is a kind of sect which destroyed Judaism from the inside in America and now they are looking for more places to destroy, because that is how they live, by destroying. That now they are trying to come here.Added Sharansky: “I say to them, You know, that’s exactly what anti-Semites were saying about Jews in Russia.”The Times of Israel spoke to Sharansky at his Jewish Agency office late on Tuesday afternoon. The following is an edited transcript:The Times of Israel: Do you think this crisis can be solved? And if so, how? Natan Sharansky: Look, this crisis has to be solved, because it’s too important for the future of our unity.On the one hand, it was very upsetting, it seemed awful, that just when our (Jewish Agency) Board of Governors started their meetings here, and were coming for a short visit with the government, these two decisions were taken, one after another — maybe the most painful decisions you could imagine for the American Jewish community.On the other hand, the timing could not be better, when you think about it: Imagine if it had happened two weeks later, or five weeks later. You wouldn’t have had angry representatives here of all the main communities, who immediately mobilized to work.We have a lot of big challenges — budget challenges, organizational challenges. These were all put aside. Everybody was mobilized. And we delivered a message.All of these (US Jewish leaders) were receiving a lot of emails from people in their communities who are angry, and were saying, Enough is enough. They had to make those messages heard. They were speaking to the ministers and members of Knesset, and explaining.What’s the solution — on the conversion law, and on the Western Wall? As regards the law, it has to be stopped. And yesterday, we had meetings with (Ministers) Naftali Bennett and Ayelet Shaked. I was speaking to all of them 15 minutes before the vote on the bill (in the cabinet on Sunday), and they didn’t understand (what the implications were). Now they understand and they’ve started looking for ways to change something (in the planned legislation).They say it is important to stop foreign workers coming here (and converting). But there are much simpler ways to deal with that.So it will be amended? We were in the Knesset today. Half of the people who were speaking to us about this were from the coalition. I don’t really understand how the prime minister is going to have a majority for this law. So I think it can be stopped.As to the Kotel, it’s more difficult, because it’s not Knesset legislation.But Tzachi Hanegbi (the minister charged by Netanyahu with resolving the crisis) who came today to speak to us, he changed tone. He said, the physical part (of the pavilion for pluralistic prayer) we will start implementing immediately. He said the other part (regarding its formal oversight), which is the problematic part, we’ll have to negotiate on how to implement it.That’s already different from ‘We’ll freeze it, we’ll stop it, we cannot do it.’(The difficult part) is the question of recognition (for non-Orthodox Judaism in the oversight of the pluralistic prayer area). The prime minister says, I recognize (the non-Orthodox streams of Judaism), but as a government, I cannot do it.He said, ‘My government can’t’? Bibi was very frank. He didn’t try to… (Sharansky wiggles his hands.) He said: I do believe that all the Jews are pulling for us, and I recognize all of them. But what to do? We have a coalition. Some of our (coalition) partners can’t recognize them. And they demand from us to cancel all the agreements (about the Western Wall). I’m not ready to cancel. I’m ready to freeze.Well, cancel or freeze, that’s just playing with words. I can’t explain that to a Reform rabbi in St Louis.So how do you solve it? I’ve already heard from the ministers, never mind members of Knesset, that we have to go back and talk about it. You don’t have to call it “recognition.” But you do have to allow representatives of the Reform and Conservatives to run the place where they pray. That’s the minimum condition from which all the negotiations started.I believe that with public opinion understanding this better and better, the pressure will grow, and it can be implemented.Whether it will be this or that (precise) formula, the thing is that it will be a respected place of prayer, where they don’t have to hide from anybody, and where they will be able to run their own prayer, and not have to depend on this government minister or that bureaucrat who today changes his opinions. That’s the minimum which is demanded.At this moment, the government decided not to implement it. I believe that very quickly, it can be changed.What is clear is that, despite the fact that this topic was so widely discussed in recent years, the majority of Israelis don’t understand it, and some people in the West don’t understand what we are talking about. We have now to accelerate our campaign of explaining.In the last couple of years, I was speaking a lot in Israel. I discovered unbelievable ignorance (when it comes to non-Orthodox Judaism). The prejudices…What do Israelis not know about non-Orthodox Judaism? There are many Israelis, good Israelis, good Zionists, loving Jews, who believe that Reform is a kind of sect which destroyed Judaism from the inside in America and now they are looking for more places to destroy, because that is how they live, by destroying. That now they are trying to come here.I say to them, You know, that’s exactly what anti-Semites were saying about Jews in Russia.When I said to the government a year or two ago, Do you know that 85% of AIPAC supporters are Reform and Conservative Jews, half of the government were shocked. They really thought they were supporters of boycotts of Israel, all these crazies from J Street, Breaking the Silence. That’s all.And what do you say? The truth is…The truth is that in the conditions of the Diaspora, to survive and not be assimilated is a big challenge. From the beginning, 200 years ago, when Jews started living among gentiles, and those of them who wanted to continue living actively among gentiles but to feel themselves Jewish at home, some of them went for different forms of Judaism.It’s not the place where I pray, the place where I talk to God. But it is the place where a lot of Jews, who want to stay being Jewish, are gathering.So the State of Israel, if it continues to say that it is home for all the Jews, definitely has to say to them: We want you. But we also want your communities, we want your rabbis, your grandchildren.So many Jews in the Diaspora say (to Israel), Be democratic like us. But they don’t understand that we’re doing something much (more challenging) than them: We are trying to be democratic in the Middle East.Equally, many Jews in Israel say (to the Diaspora), Be not assimilated like us. We’re religious or secular. But they don’t understand that (Diaspora Jews) are doing something much more difficult. How to not be assimilated in America is not the same as how to not be assimilated in Israel.They are using these tools (of different streams of Judaism). If we could invent tools now, at a time of the existence of the State of Israel, maybe we would invent different tools. But these are the tools that exist.Our prime minister, however, does understand the Diaspora. He does understand the non-Orthodox streams of Judaism. He does understand how much of a commitment there is to Israel. He must have known how this would play out. And I’m not sure his coalition would have fallen over this. He could have told the ultra-Orthodox parties: This is the deal.I’m sure his coalition wouldn’t have fallen.His advisers really failed, by not even telling him the timing was so bad. Which (paradoxically) is good. God forbid they had told him, and he’d done it two weeks later.But still…Still. I told him at this government meeting (on Sunday), which is what I say all over the world: Mr. Prime Minister, you know better than any other prime minister in Israel what is American Jewry. And that’s why you worked harder than any other (on this). Don’t undermine your own work.And he answered: I believe it. I feel it. I want it. But at this moment part of my coalition demands to do this. I’m doing something to save my coalition.That’s not exactly what he said, but that was his message. Very open.So he behaved like a politician who has to respond to the immediate need of the coalition.That contradicts with him as a Jewish leader who really knows, who understands the historical process and the importance of keeping the deep contact (with the Diaspora).I’m particularly sorry, because he had succeeded — and we did our best to help him — to build relations with the leaders of the Reform and Conservative movements during these negotiations which never before existed. There was a lot of trust. Direct telephone calls. Meetings. Cooperation. Coordination. And I felt great pride in this.I do believe that we can overcome these (current) crises. I’m not sure we will be able to restore this type of relationship and trust. And that’s a big loss.

          O CANADA AVOIDS GENDER NEUTRAL LIBERAL POLITICALLY CORRECT REDICULAS NONESENSE UNTILL NEXT YEAR AT LEAST.   
JEWISH KING JESUS IS COMING AT THE RAPTURE FOR US IN THE CLOUDS-DON'T MISS IT FOR THE WORLD.THE BIBLE TAKEN LITERALLY- WHEN THE PLAIN SENSE MAKES GOOD SENSE-SEEK NO OTHER SENSE-LEST YOU END UP IN NONSENSE.GET SAVED NOW- CALL ON JESUS TODAY.THE ONLY SAVIOR OF THE WHOLE EARTH - NO OTHER. 1 COR 15:23-JESUS THE FIRST FRUITS-CHRISTIANS RAPTURED TO JESUS-FIRST FRUITS OF THE SPIRIT-23 But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming.ROMANS 8:23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.(THE PRE-TRIB RAPTURE)

Dreams of a gender-neutral O Canada are over — for now-[CBC]-YAHOONEWS-June 28, 2017

Canadians will not be singing a gender-neutral national anthem on Canada Day after a bill before Parliament to officially change the lyrics has stalled.The House of Commons overwhelmingly passed a private member's bill last summer that would alter the national anthem by replacing "in all thy sons command" with "in all of us command" as part of a push to strike gendered language from O Canada.Although the bill sailed through the House with government approval, Conservative senators opposed to the changes have scored a victory in the Red Chamber. A yearlong campaign successfully punted a vote on the bill until the fall, at the earliest, and even then the legislation faces an uncertain future."I'm trying to protect the tradition rather than, you know, water it down with a politically correct version that is historically inaccurate," Conservative Senator David Wells said in an interview with CBC News on Tuesday."I don't misrepresent why I'm [using parliamentary stall tactics] … I don't like this bill, and I will do what I can to ensure it doesn't pass."Wells and a number of other senators have said they oppose efforts to tinker with the lyrics written by a man long dead.(The lyrics have been changed since they were first penned by Robert Stanley Weir in 1908, but not since O Canada officially became the country's national anthem in 1980.) The late Liberal MP Mauril Bélanger introduced the bill, and many MPs backed the legislation as a salute to a colleague on his death bed."The bill was passed in the House compassionately and out of sadness for a dying colleague. While that is touching, it is not the way we make public policy in this country and it is not the way we do our legislation," Ontario Conservative Senator Lynn Beyak said.A flurry of amendments were introduced to the bill in the last few weeks of the parliamentary sitting — all failed to pass in the face of opposition from most Liberal and Independent senators — which dragged out debate considerably. Parliament rose for summer break before a final vote at third reading could be held.Ramona Lumpkin, the chancellor of Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax, and a strong proponent of the bill, said she was deeply disappointed by the developments."We're so close and I really regret that there are a few senators who seem to have dug in and decided to delay. I hope it's not a permanent block," said Lumpkin, in an interview with CBC News."It's not as if the words were brought down from Mount Sinai on stone tablets like the Ten Commandments, they are words created by humans and subject to change as our social and cultural conditions change, and thank goodness they do," she said.Wells said national symbols cannot be altered to simply adhere to the "flavour of the day." He said Canadians were not consulted by the government and that there hasn't been an adequate conversation about a fairly significant change."I'll be working my hardest to delay this bill until there's a full debate," he said. "I get a lot of emails, and many comments to me personally, from people who don't want to see the anthem change, who see it as a part of our tradition and who see this attempt to change it as political correctness run amok. It is a slippery slope. Calls for inclusion will always be there, but my belief is all Canadians are already included in the national anthem."He said pictures adorning the walls of the Senate depict men in combat during the First World War. "Would we now airbrush females into those pictures to accurately reflect what it might be today with those pieces of Canadians' history? My answer is no, that would be an abomination, and I think that's what it is with the anthem as well."If the bill is amended in the Senate it would be sent back to the House for another vote. As per parliamentary rules, because Bélanger is dead, MPs will have to unanimously agree to replace him as sponsor or the bill drops from the order paper; that is unlikely given entrenched opposition from some corners of the chamber."That worries me," Lumpkin said. "I know language matters and I talk to students and young women regularly who still feel their voice doesn't carry as strong as the voice of their male friends. I think the gesture, even though it's symbolic, would say a lot to those young women."The Liberal government could also choose to introduce legislation of its own — with the same wording — to avoid some of the problems that often befall private member's bills; namely, the government could invoke time allocation to prevent procedural time delays.

DANIEL 7:23-24
23 Thus he said, The fourth beast (EU,REVIVED ROME) shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth,(7TH WORLD EMPIRE) which shall be diverse from all kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces.(TRADING BLOCKS-10 WORLD REGIONS/TRADE BLOCS)
24 And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings(10 NATIONS-10 WORLD DIVISION WORLD GOVERNMENT) that shall arise: and another shall rise after them; and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings.(EITHER THE EUROPEAN UNION DICTATOR BOOTS 3 COUNTRIES FROM THE EU OR THE DICTATOR TAKES OVER THE WORLD ECONOMY BY CONTROLLING 3 WORLD TRADE BLOCS)

REVELATION 17:9-13
9 And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth.(THE VATICAN IS BUILT ON 7 HILLS OR MOUNTAINS)
10 And there are seven kings: five are fallen,(1-ASSYRIA,2-EGYPT,3-BABYLON,4-MEDO-PERSIA,5-GREECE) and one is,(IN POWER IN JOHNS AND JESUS DAY-6-ROME) and the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space.(7TH-REVIVED ROMAN EMPIRE OR THE EUROPEAN UNION TODAY AND THE SHORT SPACE IS-7 YEARS.THE EUROPEAN UNION WILL HAVE WORLD CONTROL FOR THE LAST 3 1/2 YEARS.BUT WILL HAVE ITS MIGHTY WORLD POWER FOR THE FULL 7 YEARS OF THE 7 YEAR TRIBULATION PERIOD.AND THE WORLD DICTATOR WILL BE THE BEAST FROM THE EU.AND THE VATICAN POPE WILL BE THE WHORE THAT RIDES THE EUROPEAN UNION TO POWER.AND THE 2 EUROPEAN UNION POWER FREAKS WILL CONTROL AND DECIEVE THE WHOLE EARTH INTO THEIR DESTRUCTION.IF YOU ARE NOT SAVED BY THE BLOOD OF JESUS.YOU WILL BE DECIEVED BY THESE TWO.THE WORLD POLITICIAN-THE EUROPEAN UNION DICTATOR.AND THE FALSE PROPHET THAT DEFECTS CHRISTIANITY-THE FALSE VATICAN POPE.
11 And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition.
12 And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast.
13 These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast.

Heres the scripture 1 week = 7 yrs Genesis 29:27-29
27 Fulfil her week, and we will give thee this also for the service which thou shalt serve with me yet seven other years.
28 And Jacob did so, and fulfilled her week:(7 YEARS) and he gave him Rachel his daughter to wife also.
29 And Laban gave to Rachel his daughter Bilhah his handmaid to be her maid.

DANIEL 9:26-27
26 And after threescore and two weeks(62X7=434 YEARS+7X7=49 YEARS=TOTAL OF 69 WEEKS OR 483 YRS) shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary;(ROMAN LEADERS DESTROYED THE 2ND TEMPLE) and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.(THERE HAS TO BE 70 WEEKS OR 490 YRS TO FUFILL THE VISION AND PROPHECY OF DAN 9:24).(THE NEXT VERSE IS THAT 7 YR WEEK OR (70TH FINAL WEEK).
27 And he ( THE ROMAN,EU PRESIDENT) shall confirm the covenant (PEACE TREATY) with many for one week:(1X7=7 YEARS) and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease,(3 1/2 yrs in TEMPLE ANIMAL SACRIFICES STOPPED) and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.

Opinion-G20 is 'test run' for Trump-era climate governance By Simon Schunz-euobserver

BRUSSELS, 27. Jun, 09:06-Weeks after US president Donald Trump announced the US' withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement, the debate is still raging on in regard to the possible implications of his decision.Some fear a global domino effect, with more countries renouncing climate protection pledges and ceasing domestic emission reduction efforts.Others argue that the Paris accord's architecture is sufficiently resilient, and that efforts to keep global temperature increases to "well below 2°C" – as stipulated by the agreement – will endure.Activities at the sub-national level in the US also seem to support the argument that the agreement will prevail and domestic opponents of Trump’s decision have mobilised remarkably quickly.Cities and states with progressive climate policies joined forces across the US, committing themselves to honouring the Paris agreement.For instance, support came via the bipartisan "US Climate Alliance" of states – including heavyweights such as California and New York – and the "We Are Still In" initiative, which involves hundreds of businesses, investors, and institutes of higher education.Moreover, these sub-national players are linking up with leading nations to create innovative climate diplomacy networks: California and China have held talks to collaborate on emission reduction efforts, while several US states have intensified climate cooperation with Canada.Though these developments enhance the Paris agreement’s chances of survival, they will not be enough.Fight for survival-The resilience of the agreement hinges on how other major emitters will react to Trump’s break.To pursue effective global climate governance, these countries must repeat the steps taken in the run-up to the 2015 Paris climate meeting, where a strategy of "multiple bilateralism" between US-China, China-India and China-EU (among others) served to build trust and resolve crunch issues.The emerging consensus among key emitters was translated into cooperation in the world’s club governance fora (G7, G20) and fed into the multilateral negotiations, leading to the Paris agreement’s ultimate entry into force.True to this spirit, six members (plus the EU) were already pressuring the US to remain committed to the Paris agreement at the recent G7 summit in Sicily. Not that it seemed to do much good, as Trump withdrew from the climate pact a few days later.The next litmus test for effective global climate governance comes in July, when leaders from countries accounting for 80% of global emissions meet for the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, on 7-8 July.With the US thrusting itself into isolation, the German G20 presidency will seek to gather the broadest possible support for the Paris agreement.But a question remains: is a G20 entente possible? It might be, if others show the way.Climate leaders-From the G7, the EU and Canada display the clearest leadership ambitions.EU heavyweights have signalled their "strongest commitment" to uphold their pledges to combat climate change.In his reaction to Trump’s Paris exit, Canada's prime minister, Justin Trudeau, confirmed his country's "unwavering commitment to fight climate change".The Canadian government has also vehemently denied recent reports that Trudeau wished to scrap references to climate from the draft G20 declaration, in order to appease the US government.But leaders need followers. And whether followers can be mobilised depends on how G20 members define their interests – economically and politically.Economically, many G20 countries appear to believe the energy transition – accelerated by the Paris Agreement – must continue.Investing in low-carbon development is no longer seen as a burden on growth prospects. If anything, there is a growing consensus that Trump’s decision will put the US at risk of lagging behind technologically.Politically, the relationship between G20 countries and the US (particularly the Trump administration) is tricky.Are countries like Australia, Japan, Turkey and the UK willing to risk relations with the president of a key ally by adopting a confrontational attitude over climate change? The answer depends heavily on whether the German G20 presidency can dispel their concerns by convincingly demonstrating that the world is changing – because it is.-Changing world-At an EU-China summit the day after Trump’s announcement, a draft joint declaration on climate change characterised the Paris Agreement as “an historic achievement further accelerating the irreversible global low greenhouse gas emission and climate resilient development” and outlined numerous joint actions.Although it was ultimately withheld due to trade-related differences, this declaration contains the blueprint for a shifting centre of gravity in global climate governance to Eurasia.If supported by India's prime minister, Narendra Modi, who has reiterated support for the Paris Agreement, a solid pro-climate coalition including three of the world’s top four emitters would emerge.Cooperation with Canada, and with the sub-national forces in the US, could then provide additional momentum to convince other G20 members.As a major guiding forum, the G20 represents a test run for the future of global climate governance during the Trump era.The direction this governance will take, depends heavily on the strength of emerging partnerships, and their ability to convince others to join them regardless of US policies.If the will is robust enough, this "multiple bilateralism" could bring about the dawn of a new era, and the successful implementation of the Paris Agreement.If it fails, however, global climate politics faces a complicated, daunting future.Dr Simon Schunz is a Research Fellow at the United Nations University Institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies (UNU-CRIS), and a professor of EU International Relations and Diplomacy Studies at the College of Europe in Bruges. He is also a visiting professor at the University of Leuven.

Opinion-EU parliament should befriend transparency By Sylvie GUILLAUME and Danuta HUEBNER-euobserver

BRUSSELS, 27. Jun, 17:24-A few days ago, an NGO representative expressed her concerns about the way the European Parliament was dealing with the European Commission’s proposal for a revised inter-institutional agreement on a “mandatory transparency register”.The proposal was submitted by the EU commission on 28 September 2016 and aimed at including the Council of the EU, where representatives of member states sit, as a new partner within the framework.Following the commission's proposal, the EU parliament’s Conference of Presidents entrusted us, as the responsible lead negotiators - supported by a contact group composed of one MEP from each political group - with developing a draft negotiating mandate.We organised five contact group meetings, where detailed discussions provided the opportunity for all political groups to give their input and ideas. It led to the endorsement of a balanced text on 11 April this year.We enriched our deliberations by means of a half-day meeting between the contact group and the involved NGO representatives - including Nina Katzemich from the website LobbyControl, and others from organisations such as Transparency International, Civil Society Europe and Corporate Europe Observatory.We listened carefully to their concerns, many of which we had already incorporated into our work, such as the necessity to enlarge the definition of lobbying and to include an independent observer in the management structure of the transparency register.We also discussed how we to pursue the negotiations with the EU commission and the council in order to get those concerns taken on board.Instead of the expected swift adoption of the mandate, which would signal the parliament’s readiness to enter into negotiations, we were deeply troubled to find that the item had been taken off the agenda of the Conference of Presidents on successive occasions.-Horse-trading-It appeared that some MEPs used procedural manoeuvres and political horse-trading to achieve repeated postponements of the adoption of the mandate, even though a large majority in parliament supported its content.It seems that it is sometimes those who believe themselves to be on the path of righteousness, who are most willing to misuse our system of procedures to score cheap political points.We found it disturbing that some wilfully ignored parliament’s power to determine its own internal organisation.It has also saddened us to see that some of those who claim to be at the forefront of stemming the tide of populism, do not seem to mind riding on that very same tide when it serves their own political ends.However, we were glad to see that the Conference of Presidents finally adopted the mandate two weeks ago on 15 June, in the very same form that had been proposed by the contact group.Following its adoption, the mandate was immediately published on the EU parliament’s website.Regarding the free and independent mandate of MEPs - enshrined in EU primary law - it is noteworthy that the independence of elected representatives is a cornerstone of a representative democracy and a principle this is not easily dismissed.Therefore, any limitation on MEPs in the exercise of their free mandate must be proportionate and cannot, for example, unduly restrict his or her right to seek information.Moreover, a principle enshrined in primary law cannot be altered by secondary law, let alone by an inter-institutional agreement.The mandate adopted on 15 June is based on a long line of parliament’s decisions regarding its relations with interest representatives.It reflects the position of a broad majority of MEPs and it constitutes a solid base for negotiations on a significant improvement to the current transparency register and a widening of its scope.-Negotiating framework-The mandate should be understood as a framework for the negotiations.Parliament’s position will continue to be adapted as the negotiations progress. Once the negotiations are concluded, parliament will adopt follow-up decisions with respect to its internal organisation, in order to implement the new inter‑institutional agreement.But the European Parliament still remains committed to pushing for a transparency regulation that would go beyond an inter-institutional agreement and lay down the relevant provisions on transparency and the register in secondary law.One should not forget the progress that parliament has achieved so far in this field. It initiated the Transparency Register as early as 1996, as well as a Code of Conduct with a commitment for registered lobbyists to act in accordance with high ethical standards.Parliament is, and remains, the most open EU institution, which can be seen with the web-streaming of its meetings and the ability for citizens to visit all of its buildings.Furthermore, parliament decided that registration on the transparency register was to be made a requirement to be invited as a speaker at committee hearings and to receive a long-term access badge for its premises.It also put in place a voluntary legislative footprint last year, and it encourages its MEPs to meet only with registered organisations.Katzemich considers the EU commission to have made a big step in 2015 by publishing meetings of commissioners, heads of cabinets and directors‑general.Certainly, this is true. However, this measure was decided by the commission with a view to its own internal organisation and cannot be easily translated to other institutions such as EU parliament or the council, both of which have a different set-up.Furthermore, the commission’s system is not without its flaws and has room for improvement, as Transparency International and other organisations regularly report.As the EU parliament's lead negotiators, we are particularly committed to getting the council on board and to adding significant value compared to the current framework.Three principles-A new register should encompass the following three principles.First, the widest possible scope of application for EU institutions and other bodies, including meaningful participation of the council.Next, a comprehensive and clear framework, without weakening the current system, for the regulation of interest representation activities.Finally, structures and resources that guarantee effective implementation.One of the main issues is that the new inter-institutional agreement provides a framework for coordination among the EU institutions, while at the same time fully respecting their different competences and prerogatives.-The mandate-The approach we have developed in our mandate would allow for:- The full respect of MEPs' independent mandate.- An inclusive transparency policy for all types of interest representative, as with the current register that features over 11200 registered interest groups from all over the world.- The possibility to maintain the wider definition of lobbying, covering both direct and indirect interest representation (as with the current system).- The full respect for each institutions’ needs, e.g. in the case of parliament as an open house but also with the need to know, for security reasons, who is coming in and why.- More flexibility in respect to the EU institutions’ roles and structures (parliament cannot simply duplicate rules that were designed for the commission).- Better quality information on the database – making the register more reliable as a source of information for the institutions themselves and for the general public.The quality of the new system will depend on how far the council can be convinced to match the parliament’s and commission’s commitment to transparency.We would therefore advise to look at the whole picture and analyse the situation comprehensively, especially with a view to scrutinising the council’s approach.It takes time to change long-standing practices, but we are fully committed to forge ahead, knowing that a pragmatic and constructive approach will yield the best results.Transparency certainly is one important aspect of ensuring citizens’ trust in the EU institutions. But it is not the only one. Keeping true to the facts is another.Sylvie Guillaume is a vice-president of the European Parliament, and Danuta Huebner is the chair of the constitutional affairs committee-Correction: The article's footnote originally said that Danuta Huebner is the chair of the foreign affairs committee, when in fact, she is the chair of the constitutional affairs committee

EU Commission could get say on Russia gas pipeline By Andrew Rettman-euobserver

BRUSSELS, 27. Jun, 09:29-EU states have given initial backing for the European Commission to negotiate the legal model of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline with Russia.Pablo Micallef, a spokesman for the Maltese EU presidency, told EUobserver that “some 13” member states spoke out on the plan when EU energy ministers met for informal talks in Brussels on Monday.The incoming Estonian EU presidency is now expected to convene a working group to take things forward.The Danish energy minister, Lars Christian Lilleholt, who was among the 13 EU backers, said: “I’m very satisfied. It was the best thing that could have come out of the meeting”.The mandate will have to be formally approved later down the line in a “reinforced qualified majority” vote by member states, a higher than usual threshold of 72 percent of EU countries representing 65 percent of its population.Maros Sefcovic, the EU energy commissioner who drafted the proposal, told the Reuters news agency: “I’m definitely optimistic about getting the [formal] mandate, but I know this is just the beginning of the debate."Nord Stream 2 is to concentrate 70 percent of Russian gas supplies to Europe in one route to Germany under the Baltic Sea.But its critics, which include the Nordic states, the Baltic countries, Poland, and the US, say it would harm EU energy security and undermine Ukraine, a Western ally, by making Ukraine’s transit pipes obsolete.-EU laws-Anna-Kaisa Itkonen, the Commission’s energy spokeswoman, told EUobserver on Tuesday that the Commission wanted to talk to Russia on whether the offshore part of Nord Stream 2 should be covered by the EU’s so-called third energy package.That EU law would oblige Russian state firm Gazprom to open up its Nord Stream 2 monopoly to EU competitors - a demand which led Russia to stop a previous project, the South Stream pipeline under the Black Sea to Bulgaria.But Itkonen said the talks would “not [be] about a [Commission] veto, it is not about the future of the pipeline, not about the Commission approving it or not”.She said the Commission-Russia talks would be designed to give “legal certainty” on Nord Stream 2 and that they would be “nothing spectacular or extraordinary” because EU officials had held similar discussions with “third countries” on other projects.The Nord Stream 2 regulatory framework is currently being negotiated between Germany and Russia.German, Austrian, French, and Anglo-Dutch firms - Uniper, Wintershall, OMV, Engie, and Shell - are to take part in the project, with Germany and Austria keen to press ahead.Neither the German nor the Austrian minister spoke out on Monday, EU sources told Reuters, but Germany and Austria recently attacked the US over its threat to impose sanctions on Nord Stream 2 investors.“We decide who supplies us with energy and how they do it”, the German and Austrian foreign ministers said in a joint statement on 15 June.-Ukraine unhappy-Pavlo Klimkin, the Ukrainian foreign minister, told Reuters in Paris on Monday that Nord Stream 2 "would have disastrous consequences for the energy security of the European Union and would make the EU dependent on one source.""Maybe some companies will benefit for the time being, but in the long-run it will lead nowhere”, he said.He added that there was no progress on Russia ending hostilities in east Ukraine."How can you trust Russia in setting up a unique source of gas supply?”, he said, referring to broader EU and US concerns over Russia’s aggressive behaviour toward neighbouring states.

Focus-Nordics consider alternative to EU emissions trading system By Lisbeth Kirk-june 28,17-euobserver

Copenhagen, Today, 07:44-If the European emissions trading system is not reformed to work efficiently, a Nordic carbon price floor could be introduced to secure future green investments in the region, according to a new strategic review of energy co-operation by the Nordic Council.The plan, which has been in preparation for over a year, is penned by Finnish businessman Jorma Ollila, who had formerly chaired Royal Dutch Shell for almost ten years and was the chairman and CEO of Nokia.It comes at a crucial time, just as the final talks on reforming the EU's carbon trading scheme are due to take place in Brussels.On Tuesday (27 June), representatives of the EU member states, the European Parliament and the European Commission met for one of the final meetings on how the EU’s flagship climate instrument – the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) – should look in the 2021-2030 period.But before the real talks have even started, hopes of reforming the EU system to work efficiently are fading.”I think everyone realises that this is not enough. The [EU] proposal will not deliver a carbon price that we need to decarbonise the industry sectors,” said Femke de Jong, EU policy director for Carbon Market Watch.Her organisation brings together more than 800 NGOs and academics from 70 different countries, working to make the carbon market “an effective climate mitigation tool.””I think it is only logical to have a debate on how we can complement the system. A carbon floor price – at least at the regional level – seems a realistic option,” de Jong said.-Nordic energy union-Norway and Sweden are strong on hydropower, Norway produces oil and gas, Denmark has wind, while Finland and Sweden have built nuclear plants and are pushing for more bio-fuels as a future energy resource.Some 20 years ago, these countries decided to connect their national electricity grids with water reservoirs, allowing hydropower to serve as a kind of Nordic battery to compensate for periods without wind, for example.”There were significant benefits, welfare benefits, lower electricity prices and easier management of the generation of electricity in tough times or during high peak demand in winter times,” Ollila pointed out.This Nordic solution, Ollila said, has been "managed historically very well". He added that since the EU is looking into different prospects for the energy union, there is an opportunity to learn from "what has been done in Nordic countries over the past 20 years."In addition to Nordic carbon trade, Ollila also suggested a Nordic export strategy for green energy solutions, alignment of research and using the whole Nordic area as a testbed.Nuuk in Greenland has been suggested to become a testbed for the full deployment of electric vehicles, and Reykjavik in Iceland may become a testing ground for infrastructure and systems that can support electrification of visiting cruise and fishing ships.The Faroe Islands may become the place for the development of battery technology and energy storage.-Green transition and growth-Put together, the Nordic region today is one of the 12 largest economies in the world and it is already living proof that the green transition is not incompatible with economic growth.However, the Nordics must become even greener to complete their transition into renewable energy, the Nordic Council report said."The energy transition is already underway – but if the Nordic countries do not participate to the fullest, the jobs will be created elsewhere," warned Jorma Ollila."The renewables will take off faster than what was thought only five years ago. So, the role of the renewables will grow quite significantly," he added."The focus should be on securing the most efficient green transition. If the ETS does not provide this, it may be relevant and timely to discuss a joint Nordic approach to support the schemes for renewable energy," Ollila's report concluded.”Another approach could be to discuss the introduction of a Nordic carbon price, based on the United Kingdom’s carbon price floor, in order to secure stronger incentives for the green transition,” it said.-UK leads the way-The prospect of a regionalised European carbon trading system in the future is not limited to the Nordic area. For instance, the UK already introduced a carbon price floor in 2013.”So far, the only country in Europe that has a carbon floor price is the UK. There it was very effective. They introduced a carbon floor price in 2013 and it has resulted in UK coal emissions falling by almost 60% last year," Femke de Jong said, adding: "So it is really significant."She goes on to say that: "It can be a very effective instrument to – at least in the intermediate time – to make sure that the carbon price reflects the damage cost of the pollution to the society.”Under the UK carbon floor price system, carbon emission prices rise automatically – currently at 18 pounds sterling (€20) from 2016 to 2020.Currently the carbon price in Europe stands at €5, but it should rise to €40 to meet the objectives of the Paris climate agreement and rise further to €100 in 2030.-Regional carbon trade-”Ideally, this should be solved at the EU level, but if this is not possible in the short-term, it makes sense to go for a regional solution,” de Jong said.”France has been pushing for it very much in the past and we think that now, with Macron [as president of France], he will also push for that," she added."Let's see," she said, "maybe after the German elections, there can also be a regional carbon price in Western Europe – with Germany, maybe Belgium, the Netherlands and France."Linking the Nordic carbon trade to the British system might be made complicated by the Brexit process, however.”I think it might be tricky for the Nordic countries to join the UK system,” said de Jong.”It is still an open question if the UK will withdraw from the ETS or not. Maybe it is also an idea to team up more with other countries that are contemplating this,” she suggested.

Luxembourg not a tax haven, claims PM By Nikolaj Nielsen-june 28,17-euobserver

Luxembourg, Today, 08:42-Luxembourg continues to refute any notion that it is a tax haven, despite widespread evidence of dubious schemes that it cuts global tax bills for big firms."We were never a tax haven," Luxembourg's prime minister, Xavier Bettel, told EUobserver on Tuesday (27 June).Bettel's comments follow a grilling of Luxembourg's former prime minister and current European Commission president, Jean-Claude Juncker. Juncker in late May told the European Parliament that he was unable to explain why the Grand Duchy "didn't want to remove tax secrecy."But Bettel, who was fielding a wide range of questions from reporters at an event hosted by the European Investment Bank in Luxembourg, defended the country's tax policies by saying it was one of the first places to push transparency and the exchange of tax rulings with other member states."It is important for me that we have common rules and Luxembourg was one of the first one for transparency," he said.Luxembourg was rocked by scandal following media revelations in late 2014 that exposed how nearly 340 companies secured secret deals that shaved billions of euros from taxes, which were due to be paid elsewhere.The revelations ushered in a raft of new EU and national legislation to increase tax transparency and weed out abuse.The scandal also triggered a probe by the European Parliament, which slammed Luxembourg for allowing corporations to dodge "tax that could have been used to build schools, hospitals or pay down national debt."A report by the Brussels-based NGO, Eurodad, had also revealed last December that Luxembourg had in fact increased the number of so-called tax rulings in the wake of the 2014 media revelations by some 50 percent.The issue saw former PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) employee Antoine Deltour face prison time for leaking the secret rules to the media, posing larger questions on whistleblower protection laws.But Bettel maintained that his country was fully compliant with tax standards and had not committed a crime."There are over 20 countries in Europe doing [tax] rulings," he noted, echoing a similar refrain to his predecessor, Juncker.Luxembourg, under Juncker's decade-long leadership of the country, had also repeatedly blocked the rolling back of aggressive tax planning schemes throughout the EU, according to a cache of German cables leaked earlier this year.Bettel also opposes any pan-EU taxation system and refuses to impose any sort of tax on financial transactions.The financial transaction tax, also known as the FTT, aims to raise money for the public good by imposing a 0.1 percent tax on shares and bonds, and 0.01 percent on derivative products."I am fully against and I will block that," said Bettel. But he noted that other member states are free to move ahead on the file as part of a two-speed Europe.He also added that people in Luxembourg should not have to pay more tax only "because other countries were not responsible with public finances."

New cyberattack wallops Europe; spreads more slowly in US-[The Canadian Press]-YAHOONEWS-June 27, 2017

PARIS — A new and highly virulent outbreak of data-scrambling software — apparently sown in Ukraine — caused disruption across the world Tuesday. Following a similar attack in May , the fresh cyber-assault paralyzed some hospitals, government offices and major multinational corporations in a dramatic demonstration of how easily malicious programs can bring daily life to a halt.Ukraine and Russia appeared hardest hit by the new strain of ransomware — malicious software that locks up computer files with all-but-unbreakable encryption and then demands a ransom for its release. In the United States, the malware affected companies such as the drugmaker Merck and Mondelez International, the owner of food brands such as Oreo and Nabisco.Its pace appeared to slow as the day wore on, in part because the malware appeared to require direct contact between computer networks, a factor that may have limited its spread in regions with fewer connections to Ukraine.The malware's origins remain unclear. Researchers picking the program apart found evidence its creators had borrowed from leaked National Security Agency code, raising the possibility that the digital havoc had spread using U.S. taxpayer-funded tools."The virus is spreading all over Europe and I'm afraid it can harm the whole world," said Victor Zhora, the chief executive of Infosafe IT in Kyiv , where reports of the malicious software first emerged early afternoon local time Tuesday.In Ukraine, victims included top-level government offices, where officials posted photos of darkened computer screens, as well as energy companies, banks, cash machines, gas stations, and supermarkets. Ukrainian Railways and the communications company Ukrtelecom were among major enterprises hit, Infrastructure Minister Volodymyr Omelyan said in a Facebook post .The virus hit the radiation-monitoring at Ukraine's shuttered Chornobyl power plant, site of the world's worst nuclear accident, forcing it into manual operation.Multinational companies, including the global law firm DLA Piper and Danish shipping giant A.P. Moller-Maersk were also affected, although the firms didn't specify the extent of the damage.Ukraine bore the brunt with more than 60 per cent of the attacks, followed by Russia with more than 30 per cent , according to initial findings by researchers at the cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab. It listed Poland, Italy and Germany, in that order, as the next-worst affected.In the U.S, two hospitals in western Pennsylvania were hit; patients reported on social media that some surgeries had to be rescheduled. A spokeswoman for Heritage Valley Health System would say only that operational changes had to be made. A Wellsville, Ohio, woman at one of its hospitals to have her gallbladder removed said she noticed computer monitors off and nurses scurrying around with stacks of paperwork.Security experts said Tuesday's global cyberattack shares something in common with last month's outbreak of ransomware, dubbed WannaCry . Both spread using digital lock picks originally created by the NSA and later published to the web by a still-mysterious group known as the Shadowbrokers.Security vendors including Bitdefender and Kaspersky said the NSA exploit, known as EternalBlue, lets malware spread rapidly across internal networks at companies and other large organizations. Microsoft issued a security fix in March, but Chris Wysopal, chief technology officer at the security firm Veracode, said it would only be effective if every single computer on a network were patched — otherwise, a single infected machine could infect all others."Once activated, the virus can automatically and freely distribute itself on your network," Ukraine's cyberpolice tweeted.Bogdan Botezatu, an analyst with Bitdefender, compared such self-spreading software to a contagious disease. "It's like somebody sneezing into a train full of people," he said.Ryan Kalember, a security expert at Proofpoint, said one reason the attacks appeared to be slowing down was that the ransomware appears to spread only when a direct contact exists between two networks — such as when a global company's Ukraine office interacts with headquarters.But once it hits a computer on a network, it spreads quickly, even among computers that have applied the fix for the NSA exploit."It's more harmful to the organization that it affects, but because it's not randomly spreading over the internet like WannaCry, it's somewhat contained to the organizations that were connected to each other," Kalember said.Botezatu said the new program appeared nearly identical to GoldenEye, a variant of a known family of hostage-taking programs known as "Petya." It demanded $300 in Bitcoin.Unlike typical ransomware, which merely scrambles personal data files, the program wreaking havoc Tuesday overwrites a computer's master boot record, making it tougher to restore even a machine that has been backed up, said Kalember.It may have first spread through a rogue update to a piece of Ukrainian accounting software called MEDoc, according to tweets by the country's cyberpolice unit. It said a rogue update seeded the infection across Ukraine. In a lengthy statement posted to Facebook, MEDoc acknowledged having been hacked.The motives of those behind the malware remain unknown. Ukraine has been a persistent target of pro-Russian hackers, who are blamed for twice shutting down large swaths of its power grid in the dead of winter and sabotaging its elections system in a bid to disrupt May 2014 national elections.Emails sent Tuesday to an address posted to the bottom of ransom demands went unreturned. That might be because the email provider hosting that address, Berlin-based Posteo, pulled the plug on the account before the infection became widely known.In an email, a Posteo representative said it had blocked the email address "immediately" after learning that it was associated with ransomware. The company added that it was in contact with German authorities "to make sure that we react properly."___Bajak reported from Houston. Associated Press writers Anick Jesdanun in New York, Vladimir Isachenkov in Moscow, Larry Rosenthal in Beaver, Pennsylvania and Jan M. Olsen in Copenhagen, Denmark, contributed to this report.Raphael Satter And Frank Bajak, The Associated Press.

Trudeau appoints his first climate change ambassador with revamped mandate-[The Canadian Press]-YAHOONEWS-June 27, 2017

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has tapped a long-time Canadian diplomat to step into a revamped role of Canada's ambassador for climate change.Canada hasn't had such an ambassador since January 2015.Jennifer MacIntyre fills the role as of Tuesday, with a mandate to push Canada's international relationships on the climate change file, including promoting Canadian clean technology businesses abroad.She is the fifth person to hold the title of ambassador for climate change — but the first where the role is not the equivalent of Canada's chief negotiator for climate change treaties.As such she will not be on hand next week when Trudeau sits down with other G20 leaders in Germany where the Paris climate change agreement will be front and centre.Instead her role is to find ways for Canada to take advantage of any international opportunities for trade and investment that climate change policies bring.MacIntyre spent most of the last four years as the ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein.The Canadian Press.

NATO chief: US allies to spend $12 billion more this year-[The Canadian Press]-YAHOONEWS-June 28, 2017

BRUSSELS — NATO's chief says U.S. allies are projected to spend around $12 billion more on defence this year, after President Donald Trump berated them for failing to boost military budgets.NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Wednesday that "we have really shifted gears. The (spending) trend is up and we intend to keep it up."Unveiling new figures, Stoltenberg said European allies and Canada have increased spending by almost $46 billion over the last three years.He said 25 of NATO's 29 allies aim to raise defence spending in 2017.Only the United States, Britain, Estonia, debt-burden Greece and Poland met NATO's spending targets last year. Romania says it will meet the 2 per cent of GDP guideline this year, while Latvia and Lithuania plan to in 2018.The Associated Press.

STORMS HURRICANES-TORNADOES

LUKE 21:25-26
25 And there shall be signs in the sun,(HEATING UP-SOLAR ECLIPSES) and in the moon,(MAN ON MOON-LUNAR ECLIPSES) and in the stars;(ASTEROIDS ETC) and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity;(MASS CONFUSION) the sea and the waves roaring;(FIERCE WINDS)
26 Men’s hearts failing them for fear,(TORNADOES,HURRICANES,STORMS) and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth:(DESTRUCTION) for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.(FROM QUAKES,NUKES ETC)

Wind fans the flames of Utah fire that has burned 13 homes-[The Canadian Press]-YAHOONEWS-June 28, 2017

SALT LAKE CITY — Firefighters are bracing for more high winds Wednesday as they try to slow a southern Utah wildfire that has burned 13 homes and forced the evacuation of 1,500 people.Firefighters are hoping to be able to put out hot spots on the southern end of the fire to allow residents to return to the ski town of Brian Head. Homes there have been evacuated since June 17 when authorities say it was started by someone using a torch tool to burn weeds on private land.The fire is the largest in the nation at 78 square miles (201 square kilometres ).The blaze is one of several in the West. Crews in California were making gains against two new fires that spread quickly, and firefighters in Idaho battled five lightning-sparked wildfires burning in grass and brush.

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WORLD POWERS IN THE LAST DAYS (END OF AGE OF GRACE NOT THE WORLD)

EUROPEAN UNION-KING OF WEST-DAN 9:26-27,DAN 7:23-24,DAN 11:40,REV 13:1-10
EGYPT-KING OF THE SOUTH-DAN 11:40
RUSSIA-KING OF THE NORTH-EZEK 38:1-2,EZEK 39:1-3
CHINA-KING OF THE EAST-DAN 11:44,REV 9:16,18
VATICAN-RELIGIOUS LEADER-REV 13:11-18,REV 17:4-5,9,18

WORLD TERRORISM

OH BY THE WAY WHEN THE MEDIA SAYS ALLU-AK-BAR MEANS GOD IS GREAT LIE. IN ISLAM ALLU-AK-BAR MEANS OUR GOD IS GREATER OR GREATEST. THIS IS HOW THE MEDIA SUCK HOLES UP TO ISLAMIC-QURANIC-MUSLIMS. BY WATERING DOWN THE REAL MEANING OF THE SEX FOR MURDER DEATH CULT ISLAM. TO MAKE IT SOUND LIKE A PEACEFUL RELIGION (CULT OF DEATH AND WORLD DOMINATION).

GENESIS 6:11-13
11 The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence.(WORLD TERRORISM,MURDERS)(HAMAS IN HEBREW IS VIOLENCE)
12 And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth.
13 And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence (TERRORISM)(HAMAS) through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth.

GENESIS 16:11-12
11 And the angel of the LORD said unto her,(HAGAR) Behold, thou art with child, and shalt bear a son, and shalt call his name Ishmael;(FATHER OF THE ARAB/MUSLIMS) because the LORD hath heard thy affliction.
12 And he (ISHMAEL-FATHER OF THE ARAB-MUSLIMS) will be a wild (DONKEY-JACKASS) man;(ISLAM IS A FAKE AND DANGEROUS SEX FOR MURDER CULT) his hand will be against every man,(ISLAM HATES EVERYONE) and every man's hand against him;(PROTECTING THEMSELVES FROM BEING BEHEADED) and he (ISHMAEL ARAB/MUSLIM) shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren.(LITERAL-THE ARABS LIVE WITH THEIR BRETHERN JEWS)

ISAIAH 14:12-14
12  How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer,(SATAN) son of the morning!(HEBREW-CRECENT MOON-ISLAM) how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!
13  For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:
14  I (SATAN HAS EYE TROUBLES) will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.(AND 1/3RD OF THE ANGELS OF HEAVEN FELL WITH SATAN AND BECAME DEMONS)

JOHN 16:2
2 They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service.(ISLAM MURDERS IN THE NAME OF MOON GOD ALLAH OF ISLAM)

Trudeau touts open Canadian immigration system in face of Trump travel ban-[CBC]-YAHOONEWS-June 27, 2017

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he will continue to promote Canada's open immigration policy on the world stage as controversy rages over U.S. President Donald Trump's travel ban.Trudeau said Tuesday during a news conference in Ottawa to wrap up the parliamentary sitting that government officials have had "multiple conversations" with the U.S. administration about protecting Canadian rights in the face of immigration decisions south of the border."But at the same time, Canadians have been very clear that we see immigration as a net positive, that we know we don't have to compromise security to build stronger, more resilient communities," he said. "I will continue to stand for Canadian values and Canadian success in our immigration system as I always have, whether it's in Washington or in Hamburg next week or elsewhere around the world."On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court allowed a limited version of Trump's ban on travel from six mostly Muslim countries to take effect.The justices will hear full arguments in October, but in the meantime, the court said Trump's ban on visitors from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen could be enforced if those visitors lack a "credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States."-Trudeau defends sniper role-In the wide-ranging news conference in the National Press Theatre, Trudeau was asked about topics ranging from trade concerns with the U.S. to recent news that a Canadian special forces member had shot and killed an ISIS fighter at a record distance for a sniper.Trudeau called the sniper actions "entirely consistent" with the role of troops in northern Iraq. The "advise and assist" mission has always had an element of defending Canadian forces as well as our coalition partners, he said."That is something that is integral to this mission, and that is something that has always been followed," he said.NDP Leader Tom Mulcair has said the incident suggests Canadian forces are actually involved in direct combat in Iraq, and has called on Trudeau to provide the public with more details on the role of the mission.Trudeau said the incident should be "celebrated" for demonstrating the excellence in training and performance of duties by the Canadian Forces.National Defence said the sniper, part of the Joint Task Force 2 special forces unit, was supporting Iraqi forces when he shot an enemy fighter from 3,540 metres away.That is more than a kilometre farther than the previous record, held by a British sniper who shot a Taliban fighter in Afghanistan in 2009.Trudeau also said he broke his key electoral promise to reform Canada's electoral system because there was no compromise from other parties, and he didn't want to use his Liberal majority to ram through fundamental change."There was no path to do that."-'No path' on electoral reform-Trudeau said Liberals preferred a ranked ballot system, while the NDP wanted a proportional voting system that would have led to "fragmented" parties.Conservatives wanted to keep the status quo, he said."It was a very difficult decision for me," Trudeau said in describing his decision to break the promise.Asked about when the government will eliminate the deficit, Trudeau said his government is targeting billions in new spending on infrastructure and other services Canadians need and will not put a timeframe on when it will "arbitrarily" balance the books.Trudeau also touted what he sees as the government's key accomplishments so far, namely helping improve the quality of life for the middle class and taking steps to tackle the opioid crisis before taking questions.The prime minister also reacted to a new round of anti-dumping tariffs imposed on Canada's softwood lumber industry by the U.S. Department of Commerce. He said he is focused on being "constructive" and working toward a deal that will help protect thousands of jobs in Canada.Earlier Tuesday, the prime minister issued a statement to mark Multiculturalism Day.'Differences make us strong'"Canadians come from every corner of the world, speak two official languages and hundreds more, practise many faiths, and represent many cultures," he said. "Multiculturalism is at the heart of Canada's heritage and identity, and as Canadians, we recognize that our differences make us strong."Canada's tradition of multiculturalism has meant fresh perspectives and new answers to old problems, Trudeau said.Noting that Canada is celebrating both the 150th anniversary of Confederation and the 35th anniversary of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, Trudeau said the milestones are a reminder of the values that unite Canadians: Openness, inclusion and deep respect for our differences."Whoever we are, wherever we come from, these values bring us together as equal members of this great country," he said.

U.S.-led coalition envoy visits Syria to discuss Raqqa aftermath-YAHOONEWS-[Reuters]-June 28, 2017

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Brett McGurk, the U.S. special envoy to the coalition against Islamic State visited north Syria on Wednesday and met the council planning to run Raqqa after its capture from the jihadists to assure it of support, one of its members said.The U.S.-led coalition is supporting the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), an alliance of Kurdish and Arab militias that began fighting inside Raqqa three weeks ago.The SDF announced the creation of the Raqqa Civil Council in April to replace militant rule in a city that has for three years been Islamic State's de facto capital in Syria.McGurk has met the council in Ain Issa in north Syria twice before in meetings that were not publicized, a member of the Raqqa Civil Council, Omar Alloush, said.Colonel Ryan Dillon, spokesman for the coalition, said coalition members are routinely in northern Syria working with the SDF and other local entities including the council. He could not confirm McGurk's visit on Wednesday and referred queries to the special envoy's office.Alloush said McGurk and other coalition officials, including its deputy commander Major General Rupert Jones, promised infrastructure help but did not discuss how much money was available."They did not specify any sum, but they decided we will support first removing mines, lifting rubble, maintenance of schools, then electricity stations and water," Alloush said.This month, volunteers at the council told Reuters they had informed the coalition it would take about $10 million a year to restore power and water supplies, roads and schools.(Reporting by Tom Perry; Writing by Angus McDowall; Editing by Louise Ireland)

Cluster bombs kill at least 15 in eastern Syria-[The Canadian Press]-YAHOONEWS-June 28, 2017

BEIRUT — A cluster bomb attack on an Islamic State-held village in eastern Syria killed at least 15 people on Wednesday, activists said, the latest in a series of devastating airstrikes along the Euphrates River ValleyTwo Syrian monitoring groups, Deir Ezzor 24 and Justice For Life, said the weapons were dropped on the village of Doblan by an unidentified jet. Russian, Syrian, and U.S.-led coalition aircraft are all known to operate in the area.Cluster bombs are designed to spread small bomblets across a wide area, but many fail to explode, endangering civilians long after the fighting has ended.Omar Abou Layla, the head of Deir Ezzor 24, said 15 bodies, including of women and children, were recovered in the village. He said residents expect to find many more killed.Ali Rahbe, of Justice For Life, said local informants counted at least 35 dead in the village, which is between the IS strongholds of al-Mayadeen and Boukamal.The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights put the initial toll at 30 dead.At least 57 people were killed in an airstrike on an IS-run jail in the Euphrates River Valley on Monday. Activists said that airstrike was carried out by the U.S.-led coalition. The coalition said it was looking into the reports.Turkey's military meanwhile said it returned fire after an attack by Syrian Kurdish forces.A statement Wednesday said the People's Protection Units, or YPG, fired on Turkish territory overnight with anti-aircraft weapons from Syria's Afrin region. Turkish artillery units returned fire, destroying the "detected targets."The YPG is the main component of the Syrian Democratic Forces, a U.S.-backed militia that is battling the Islamic State group in the extremists' de facto capital, Raqqa. Turkey views the YPG as an extension of the Kurdish insurgency raging in its southeast.Turkey was angered by a U.S. decision last month to arm the Syrian Kurds, fearing the weapons will end up in the hands of Kurdish rebels in Turkey.The Associated Press.

Philippines says beheaded civilians found in rebel-held town-[Reuters]-By Kanupriya Kapoor-YAHOONEWS-June 28, 2017

MARAWI CITY, Philippines (Reuters) - Five decapitated civilians were found in a Philippine city occupied by Islamist rebels on Wednesday, the military said, warning the number of residents killed by rebel "atrocities" could rise sharply as troops retake more ground.The discovery of the five victims among 17 bodies retrieved would be the first evidence that civilians trapped in besieged Marawi City have been decapitated during the five-week stand by militants loyal to the Islamic State group, as some who escaped the city have previously reported.Some 71 security forces and 299 militants have been killed and 246,000 people displaced in the conflict, which erupted after a failed attempt on May 23 to arrest a Filipino militant commander backed by Islamic State's leadership.President Rodrigo Duterte promised to destroy the militants in Marawi and said the Philippines was now dealing with "a very dangerous situation" due to young Muslims inspired by the "mass insanity" of Islamic State."All they do is just to kill and destroy, and killing in a most brutal way," he said at an event where he received hundreds of sniper and assault rifles donated by China to help the military campaign in Marawi."They enjoy decapitating people in front of cameras. They have to be dealt with, with the same ferocity but not the brutality," he said.The information about the beheadings came via a text message to reporters from Lieutenant Colonel Emmanuel Garcia of the Western Mindanao Command. Garcia did not respond to repeated requests for details.A civilian rescue worker, Abdul Azis Lomondot, told Reuters body parts were found, but with "no proof of beheading".Military spokesman Jo-Ar Herrera said bodies were found separately in two groups, of 12 and five, but he was unable to confirm if the five were beheaded.The battle entered its 36th day on Wednesday, with intense gunfights and bombing in the heart of the town and black-clad fighters seen from afar running between buildings as explosions rang out.The rebels' hold on Marawi, while incurring the full force of a military for years trained by its U.S. counterparts, has much of the region on edge, concerned that Islamic State's influence may run deeper than thought.Those fears are also being felt in Malaysia and Indonesia, whose nationals are among the Maute group of rebels fighting in Marawi, suggesting the group may have built a cross-border network that has gone largely undetected.-RISING TOLL-Military spokesman Restituto Padilla earlier said it was likely that many civilians had been killed and the death toll - at 27 before the latest 17 were announced - was only what the authorities could confirm independently and escapees had reported many in the area of fighting."(It) may increase significantly," Padilla told reporters. "There have been a significant number that have been seen."Padilla said the cause of all of those deaths would be "atrocities committed by the terrorists".Among those atrocities, the army says, have been residents being forced to loot homes, take up arms or become sex slaves.Videos have appeared this month on the website of Islamic State's Amaq news agency and its social media channels of hostages in Marawi pleading for their lives, saying they would be beheaded if air strikes were not stopped. Clips have also appeared of kneeling captives, shot in the head from behind.Reuters was unable to confirm the authenticity of the footage.The military has so far been reluctant to discuss the possibility that the real impact of the fighting on civilians could be far more severe than has been reported.It has played down the impact of daily air strikes and mortar assaults aimed at rebel sniper positions, which have reduced areas of the lakeside town to rubble and alarmed people stuck there, some of whom have said the shelling was a bigger threat than the militants.Military spokesman Padilla said troops needed more time to finish what was a tricky mission, complicated by trapped civilians, hostages and booby traps.(For a graphic on battle for Marawi, click http://tmsnrt.rs/2sqmHDf)(Additional reporting by Neil Jerome Morales in MANILA; Writing by Martin Petty)

CHINA AND KINGS OF THE EAST MARCH TO ISRAEL 2ND WAVE OF WW3 (200 MILLION MAN ARMY)

REVELATION 16:12-16
12 And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates;(WERE WW3 STARTS IN IRAQ OR SYRIA OR TURKEY) and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared.(THE TURKEY ATATURK DAM ON THE EUPHRATES CAN BE SHUT AND DRIED UP ALREADY BY TURKEY)
13 And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon,(SATAN) and out of the mouth of the beast,(WORLD DICTATOR) and out of the mouth of the false prophet.(FALSE POPE)
14 For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.(WERE 2 BILLION DIE FROM NUKE WAR)
15 Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.
16 And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.(ITS AT THIS TIME I BELIEVE WHEN AMERICA GETS NUKED BY RUSSIA ON THE WAY TO THE MIDEAST)

DANIEL 11:44 (2ND WAVE OF WW3)
44 But tidings out of the east(CHINA) and out of the north(RUSSIA, MUSLIMS WHATS LEFT FROM WAVE 1) shall trouble him:(EU DICTATOR IN ISRAEL) therefore he shall go forth with great fury to destroy, and utterly to make away many.( 1/3RD OF EARTHS POPULATION)

REVELATION 9:12-18
12 One woe is past; and, behold, there come two woes more hereafter.
13 And the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God,
14 Saying to the sixth angel which had the trumpet, Loose the four(DEMONIC WAR) angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates.(WORLDWIDE WAR)(TURKEY-IRAQ-SYRIA)(EUPHRATES RIVER CONSISTS OF 760 MILES IN TURKEY,440 MILES IN SYRIA AND 660 MILES IN IRAQ)
15 And the four(DEMONIC WAR) angels were loosed,(WORLDWIDE WAR) which were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year, for to slay the third part of men.(1/3 Earths Population die in WW 3 2ND WAVE-2 billion)
16 And the number of the army of the horsemen were two hundred thousand thousand:(200 MILLION MAN ARMY FROM CHINA AND THE KINGS OF THE EAST) and I heard the number of them.
17 And thus I saw the horses in the vision, and them that sat on them, having breastplates of fire, and of jacinth, and brimstone: and the heads of the horses were as the heads of lions; and out of their mouths issued fire and smoke and brimstone.(NUCLEAR BOMBS)
18 By these three was the third part of men killed, by the fire, and by the smoke, and by the brimstone, which issued out of their mouths.(NUCLEAR BOMBS)

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Some things should not happen, but they do. 



In 69, Tiberius Julius Alexander ordered his Roman legions in Alexandria to swear allegiance to Vespasian as Emperor. 552, Battle of TaginaeByzantine forces under Narses defeated the Ostrogoths in Italy. During the fightings king Totila was mortally wounded. 1097, Battle of DorylaeumCrusaders led by prince Bohemond of Taranto defeated a Seljuk army led by sultan Kilij Arslan I. 1431, the Battle of La Higueruela took place in Granada, leading to a modest advance of the Kingdom of Castile during the Reconquista.

In 1523, Johann Esch and Heinrich Voes became the first Lutheran martyrs, burned at the stake by Roman Catholic authorities in Brussels. They were Augustinian monks. Others from their monastery had recanted. These refused.  1569, Union of Lublin: The Kingdom of Poland and the Grand Duchy of Lithuania confirmed a real union; the united country is called the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth or the Republic of Both Nations. 1643, first meeting of the Westminster Assembly, a council of theologians ("divines") and members of the Parliament of England appointed to restructure the Church of England, at Westminster Abbey in London. 1690, Glorious RevolutionBattle of the Boyne in Ireland (as reckoned under the Julian calendar). 1766, Jean-François de la Barre, a young French nobleman, was tortured and beheaded before his body was burnt on a pyre along with a copy of Voltaire's Dictionnaire philosophique nailed to his torso for the crime of not saluting a Roman Catholic religious procession in AbbevilleFrance. It sounds excessive, but he was a protestant. 1770, Lexell's Comet passed closer to the Earth than any other comet in recorded history, approaching to a distance of 0.0146 a.u. 1782, Raid on Lunenburg: American privateers attacked the British settlement of Lunenburg, Nova Scotia.

In 1837, a system of civil registration of births, marriages and deaths was established in England and Wales. 1855, signing of the Quinault Treaty: The Quinault and the Quileute ceded their land to the United States. 1858, joint reading of Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace's papers on evolution to the Linnean Society in London. 1862, The Russian State Library was founded as The Library of the Moscow Public Museum. Also 1862, Princess Alice of the United Kingdom, second daughter of Queen Victoria, married Prince Louis of Hesse, the future Louis IV, Grand Duke of Hesse. Also 1862, American Civil War: The Battle of Malvern Hill took place. It is the final battle in the Seven Days Campaign, part of George B. McClellan's Peninsula Campaign. 1863, Keti Koti (Emancipation Day) in Suriname, marked the abolition of slavery by the Netherlands. Also, American Civil War: The Battle of Gettysburg began. 1867, the British North America Act of 1867 took effect as the Constitution of Canada, creating the Canadian Confederation and the federal dominion of Canada; Sir John A. Macdonald was sworn in as the first Prime Minister of Canada. This date was commemorated annually in Canada as Canada Day, a national holiday.

In 1870, the United States Department of Justice formally came into existence. 1873, Prince Edward Island joined the Canadian Confederation. 1874, the Sholes and Glidden typewriter, the first commercially successful typewriter, went on sale. 1878, Canada joined the Universal Postal Union. 1879, Charles Taze Russell published the first edition of the religious magazine The Watchtower. 1881, the world's first international telephone call was made between St. Stephen, New Brunswick, Canada, and Calais, Maine, United States. Also 1881, General Order 70, the culmination of the Cardwell and Childers reforms of the British Army, came into effect. 1885, the United States terminated reciprocity and fishery agreement with Canada. 1890, Canada and Bermuda were linked by telegraph cable. 1898, Spanish–American War: The Battle of San Juan Hill was fought in Santiago de Cuba.

In 1903, start of first Tour de France bicycle race. 1908, SOS was adopted as the international distress signal. 1911, Germany despatched the gunship Panther to Morocco, sparking the Agadir Crisis. 1915, Leutnant Kurt Wintgens of the then-named German Fliegertruppe air service achieved the first known aerial victory with a synchronized machine-gun armed fighter plane, the Fokker M.5K/MG Eindecker. 1916, World War IFirst day on the Somme: On the first day of the Battle of the Somme 19,000 soldiers of the British Army were killed and 40,000 wounded. 1921, the Communist Party of China was founded. 1922, the Great Railroad Strike of 1922 began in the United States. 1923, the Canadian Parliament suspended all Chinese immigration. 1931, United Airlines began service (as Boeing Air Transport). 1932, Australia's national broadcaster, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, was formed. 1935, Regina, Saskatchewan police and Royal Canadian Mounted Police ambushed strikers participating in the On-to-Ottawa Trek.

In 1942, World War IIFirst Battle of El Alamein. Also 1942, the Australian Federal Government became the sole collector of income tax in Australia as State Income Tax was abolished. 1943, Tokyo City merged with Tokyo Prefecture and was dissolved. Since this date, no city in Japan has the name "Tokyo" (present-day Tokyo is not officially a city). 1947, the Philippine Air Force was established. 1948, Muhammad Ali Jinnah (Quaid-i-Azam) inaugurated Pakistan's central bank, the State Bank of Pakistan. 1949, the merger of two princely states of India, Cochin and Travancore, into the state of Thiru-Kochi (later re-organized as Kerala) in the Indian Union ended more than 1,000 years of princely rule by the Cochin Royal Family. 1957, the International Geophysical Year began. 1958, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation linked television broadcasting across Canada via microwave. Also 1958, flooding of Canada's St. Lawrence Seaway began. 1959, the Party of the African Federation held its constitutive conference. Also 1959, specific values for the international yardavoirdupois pound and derived units (e.g. inch, mile and ounce) were adopted after agreement between the U.S.A., the United Kingdom and other Commonwealth countries.

In 1960, independence of Somalia. Also 1960, Ghana became a Republic and Kwame Nkrumah became its first President as Queen Elizabeth II ceased to be its Head of state. 1962, independence of Rwanda. Also 1962, independence of Burundi. 1963, ZIP codes were introduced for United States mail. Also 1963, the British Government admitted that former diplomat Kim Philby had worked as a Soviet agent. 1966, the first color television transmission in Canada took place from Toronto. 1967, the European Community was formally created out of a merger with the Common Market, the European Coal and Steel Community, and the European Atomic Energy Commission. Also 1967, Canada celebrated the 100th anniversary of the British North America Act, 1867, which officially made Canada its own federal dominion. 1968, the United States Central Intelligence Agency's Phoenix Program was officially established. Also 1968, the Nuclear non-proliferation treaty was signed in Washington, D.C., London and Moscow by sixty-two countries. Also 1968, formal separation of the United Auto Workers from the AFL–CIO in the United States. 1970, President General Yahya Khan abolished One-Unit of West Pakistan restoring the provinces. 1972, the first Gay Pride march in England took place. 1976, Portugal granted autonomy to Madeira. 1978, the Northern Territory in Australia was granted Self-Government. 1979, Sony introduced the Walkman.

In 1980, "O Canada" officially became the national anthem of Canada. 1981, the Wonderland murders occurred in the early morning hours in Los Angeles, allegedly masterminded by businessman and drug dealer Eddie Nash. 1983, a North Korean Ilyushin Il-62M jet en route to Conakry Airport in Guinea crashed into the Fouta Djallon mountains in Guinea-Bissau, killing all 23 people on board. 1984, the PG-13 rating was introduced by the MPAA. 1987, the American radio station WFAN in New York, New York was launched as the world's first all-sports radio station. 1990, German reunificationEast Germany accepted the Deutsche Mark as its currency, thus uniting the economies of East and West Germany. 1991, the Warsaw Pact was officially dissolved at a meeting in Prague. 1997, China resumed sovereignty over the city-state of Hong Kong, ending 156 years of British colonial rule. 1999, the Scottish Parliament was officially opened by Elizabeth II on the day that legislative powers were officially transferred from the old Scottish Office in London to the new devolved Scottish Executive in Edinburgh.

In 2002, the International Criminal Court was established to prosecute individuals for genocidecrimes against humanitywar crimes, and the crime of aggression. Also 2002, Bashkirian Airlines Flight 2937 and a DHL (German cargo) Boeing 757 collided in mid-air over Überlingen, southern Germany, killing all 71 on board. 2003, over 500,000 people protested against efforts to pass anti-sedition legislation in Hong Kong. 2004, Saturn orbit insertion of Cassini–Huygens began at 01:12 UTC and ends at 02:48 UTC. 2006, the first operation of Qinghai–Tibet Railway in China. 2007, the Concert for Diana was held at the new Wembley Stadium in London and broadcast in 140 countries. Also 2007, smoking in England was banned in all public indoor spaces. 2008, Rioting erupted in Mongolia in response to allegations of fraud surrounding the 2008 legislative elections. 2013, Croatia became the 28th member of the European Union. Also 2013, the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) began its operative peacekeeping mandate in Mali. Also 2013, Neptune's moon S/2004 N 1 was discovered.

I am very good and don't deserve the abuse given me. I created a video raising awareness of anti police feeling among western communities. I chose the senseless killing of Nicola Cotton, a Louisiana policewoman who joined post Katrina, to highlight the issue. I did this in order to get an income after having been illegally blacklisted from work in NSW for being a whistleblower. I have not done anything wrong. Local council appointees refused to endorse my work, so I did it for free. Youtube's Adsence refused to allow me to profit from their marketing it. Meanwhile, I am hostage to abysmal political leadership and hopeless journalists. My shopfront has opened on Facebook.


Here is a video I made Waltzing Matilda

I was asked to do a Banjo Patterson Poem. I thought I had done this, but I hadn't. This was made so as to tell the story, rather than sing the song.
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"Waltzing Matilda" is Australia's most widely known bush ballad. A country folk song, the song has been referred to as "the unofficial national anthem of Australia"
http://conservativeweasel.blogspot.com/2011/12/waltzing-matilda.html

Oh there once was a swagman camped in the billabongs,
Under the shade of a Coolibah tree;
And he sang as he looked at the old billy boiling
"Who'll come a-waltzing Matilda with me."


Who'll come a-waltzing Matilda, my darling.
Who'll come a-waltzing Matilda with me.
Waltzing Matilda and leading a water-bag.
Who'll come a-waltzing Matilda with me.


Up came the jumbuck to drink at the waterhole,
Up jumped the swagman and grabbed him with glee;
And he sang as he put him away in his tucker-bag,
"Who'll come a-waltzing Matilda with me."


Who'll come a-waltzing Matilda, my darling.
Who'll come a-waltzing Matilda with me.
Waltzing Matilda and leading a water-bag.
Who'll come a-waltzing Matilda with me.


Up came the squatter a-riding his thoroughbred;
Up came the policeman - one, two, and three.
"Whose is the jumbuck you've got in the tucker-bag?
You'll come a-waltzing Matilda with we."


Who'll come a-waltzing Matilda, my darling.
Who'll come a-waltzing Matilda with me.
Waltzing Matilda and leading a water-bag.
Who'll come a-waltzing Matilda with me.


Up sprang the swagman and jumped into the waterhole,
Drowning himself by the Coolibah tree;
And his voice can be heard as it sings in the billabongs,
"Who'll come a-waltzing Matilda with me."


Who'll come a-waltzing Matilda, my darling.
Who'll come a-waltzing Matilda with me.
Waltzing Matilda and leading a water-bag.
Who'll come a-waltzing Matilda with me.
Written 1895, first published as sheet music 1903.



=== from 2016 ===
 The political despatch of Boris Johnson, who had led the successful Brexit campaign, was as surprising as the success of the campaign. The Notting Hill set have eaten their own. David Cameron finally fell, having never managed to appear strongly conservative. But his stable mate of Gove had sided with Johnson as the face of Brexit, and then ripped support away from Johnson and denounced Johnson as being too identifiably the face of Brexit, and unable to unite the conservative party. In fairness, Gove could not unite the party either. Gove has ambition and ability, as does Theresa May. There are echoes of the Metherell affair in NSW when two friends, Terry Metherell and Nick Greiner ran afoul of political perfection and Greiner was subsequently unfairly forced to resign as Premier of NSW. One incompetent independent of the time who unfairly attacked Greiner was Tony Windsor. Windsor is still trying to hurt good conservative candidates. 

For some, at the moment, the Sex Party has more credibility.  
=== from 2015 ===
The Australian Broadcasting Corporation came into being on this day in 1932. It is a bureaucratic mess. But it isn't the worst mess on this day. In 1766, a young French nobleman, Jean-François de la Barre who was tortured and beheaded before his body was burned on a pyre. Also burned, pinned to his body, was a work of Voltaire. The crime the twenty year old man committed was said to be failing to bow to a religious procession, but the unpleasant truth is that he was a protestant in a catholic land. The ABC was created in the hope that the left leaning press in Australia would be balanced by state body which reported facts, not bias. The reality is that the ABC has never been balanced. 

Greece has defaulted on her IMF loan. Soon she will vote to approve or deny the imposition of austerity. But she has already done so, and her government ran on the lie that Greece didn't need austerity. Now the EU has a choice, but it isn't really a choice. Greece needs to be booted from the EU as a lesson in humility. It should never be the case that a nation employs people without paying them. The civilised world abhors slavery. 
From 2014
Today is an extraordinary day. The birthday of Semmelweis (1818) whose work as a physician gave rise to the legal term "Clean Hands". Or Dorothea Mackellar (1885) who beautifully described Australia in poetry. But for all the amazing wonderful things about today that I could point to, my mind is drawn to the infamous act of cowardice and butchery in which the three bodies of children of Israel were unearthed following their abduction. There is a cowardly dismissal of Middle East events involving Israel by those who do not know or care, that there is blood on both sides. But that is not the case. There is no analog for what Israel does that excuses this murder. It is inexcusable, and those who are responsible need to be brought to justice, and those who excuse should be discredited. 

Three boys went to a religious function and were on their way home when they were abducted. They were not warriors. Targeting them was an act of terror. One boy had been able to use his phone to let people know he had been abducted. That call was the last anyone heard him alive. It is not too hard to follow the mindset of the terrorists, but remarkably, one mother of one suspect has claimed she is proud of her son for doing it. I want religious authorities of the perpetrators to denounce the activity. If that mum has excused the activity, I want her discredited. Saddam Hussein had paid money to family of suicide bombers. If her people are serious about wanting peace, perhaps they will meet similar justice as was applied to Saddam. 

One imagines the terrorists alerted to the phone call told the boys that they would have to die and not merely be hostages because of it. They probably did their best to torture the boys, and blame them, before killing them. But the boys had done nothing wrong. Earlier this year, Obama had forced Israel to release terrorists who had killed, from jail for peace. No peace has been forthcoming from those terrorist supporters. One of the boys was a US citizen .. someone Obama has sworn an oath to protect and serve. But instead, the US President has paid US money to support a terrorist administration. Maybe Hamas will deny the activity, they have not yet, instead accusing Israel of overstating the crime. The UN cannot endorse this crime, and if they fail to act on it, they need to be dismantled. 

Three boys kidnapped, tortured and murdered by terrorists. Who dares support that? 

The incident is not isolated in Middle East terrorist history. The second intifada, which began after Bill Clinton embarrassed Arafat over a Monica Special cigar transformed a lynching of two Israeli security detail who had been illegally lured and detained by so called Palestinian authorities. This incident is on a par. A crime against humanity linked by successive Democrat party US Presidents. 
Historical perspective on this day
In 69, Tiberius Julius Alexander ordered his Roman legions in Alexandria to swear allegianceto Vespasian as Emperor. 552, Battle of TaginaeByzantine forces under Narses defeated the Ostrogoths in Italy. During the fightings king Totila was mortally wounded. 1097, Battle of DorylaeumCrusaders led by prince Bohemond of Taranto defeated a Seljuk army led by sultan Kilij Arslan I. 1431, the Battle of La Higueruela took place in Granada, leading to a modest advance of the Kingdom of Castile during the Reconquista.

In 1523, Johann Esch and Heinrich Voes became the first Lutheran martyrs, burned at the stake by Roman Catholic authorities in Brussels. 1569, Union of Lublin: The Kingdom of Poland and the Grand Duchy of Lithuania confirmed a real union; the united country is called the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth or the Republic of Both Nations. 1643, first meeting of the Westminster Assembly, a council of theologians ("divines") and members of the Parliament of England appointed to restructure the Church of England, at Westminster Abbeyin London. 1690, Glorious RevolutionBattle of the Boyne in Ireland (as reckoned under the Julian calendar). 1766, Jean-François de la Barre, a young French nobleman, was torturedand beheaded before his body was burnt on a pyre along with a copy of Voltaire's Dictionnaire philosophique nailed to his torso for the crime of not saluting a Roman Catholic religious procession in AbbevilleFrance. 1770, Lexell's Comet passed closer to the Earth than any other comet in recorded history, approaching to a distance of 0.0146 a.u. 1782, Raid on Lunenburg: American privateers attacked the British settlement of Lunenburg, Nova Scotia.

In 1837, a system of civil registration of births, marriages and deaths was established in England and Wales. 1855, signing of the Quinault Treaty: The Quinault and the Quileute ceded their land to the United States. 1858, joint reading of Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace's papers on evolution to the Linnean Society in London. 1862, The Russian State Library was founded as The Library of the Moscow Public Museum. Also 1862, Princess Alice of the United Kingdom, second daughter of Queen Victoria, married Prince Louis of Hesse, the future Louis IV, Grand Duke of Hesse. Also 1862, American Civil War: The Battle of Malvern Hill took place. It is the final battle in the Seven Days Campaign, part of George B. McClellan's Peninsula Campaign. 1863, Keti Koti (Emancipation Day) in Suriname, marked the abolition of slavery by the Netherlands. Also, American Civil War: The Battle of Gettysburgbegan. 1867, the British North America Act of 1867 took effect as the Constitution of Canada, creating the Canadian Confederation and the federal dominion of Canada; Sir John A. Macdonald was sworn in as the first Prime Minister of Canada. This date was commemorated annually in Canada as Canada Day, a national holiday.

In 1870, the United States Department of Justice formally came into existence. 1873, Prince Edward Island joined the Canadian Confederation. 1874, the Sholes and Glidden typewriter, the first commercially successful typewriter, went on sale. 1878, Canada joined the Universal Postal Union. 1879, Charles Taze Russell published the first edition of the religious magazine The Watchtower. 1881, the world's first international telephone call was made between St. Stephen, New Brunswick, Canada, and Calais, Maine, United States. Also 1881, General Order 70, the culmination of the Cardwell and Childers reforms of the British Army, came into effect. 1885, the United States terminated reciprocity and fishery agreement with Canada. 1890, Canada and Bermuda were linked by telegraph cable. 1898, Spanish–American War: The Battle of San Juan Hill was fought in Santiago de Cuba.

In 1903, start of first Tour de France bicycle race. 1908, SOS was adopted as the international distress signal. 1911, Germany despatched the gunship Panther to Morocco, sparking the Agadir Crisis. 1915, Leutnant Kurt Wintgens of the then-named German Fliegertruppe air service achieved the first known aerial victory with a synchronized machine-gun armed fighter plane, the Fokker M.5K/MG Eindecker. 1916, World War IFirst day on the Somme: On the first day of the Ba
             
Divisions Among Gulf Arab States Increases Instability in the Horn of Africa
Gulf Cooperation Council isolation of Qatar impacts Djibouti, Eritrea, Somalia, Somaliland, Ethiopia and Sudan

By Abayomi Azikiwe
Editor, Pan-African News Wire
Thursday June 29, 2017

A dispute over territory involving the Horn of Africa states of Djibouti and Eritrea was reignited in the aftermath of the withdrawal of Qatari military forces stationed on the border of the countries on June 13.

Doha had served as a mediator in competing claims over Ras Doumeira Mountain and Island on the Red Sea coast near Bab al-Mandab Strait, a strategic shipping lane. Qatari troops were stationed in the area to prevent the potential of a resumption of armed clashes which erupted between Djibouti and Eritrea during June 10-13, 2008.

Qatari military forces serving as peacekeepers pulled out their personnel without any stated reasons. Speculation surrounding the Qatari moves suggests that the burgeoning split among the Gulf monarchies with Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain making demands on Doha amid the imposition of an economic embargo, prompted the withdrawal from Ras Doumeira.

Djibouti and the self-declared independent Somaliland are supporting the position of Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain against Qatar. Somalia, Sudan and Ethiopia which are also supporting the claims against Qatar have as well called for talks to resolve the differences within the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).

Eritrea, which allows the UAE and Saudi Arabia to utilize its port at Assab for military purposes partly related to the ongoing war in Yemen, has taken a cautious line diplomatically on the confrontation despite being affected by the split in the GCC. Nevertheless, most media accounts indicate that Asmara is siding with Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain in their differences with Doha.

Seaport facilities and airports in Eritrea have been upgraded to accommodate the continuous bombardments of Yemen by Saudi and UAE warplanes aimed at defeating the Ansurallah movement which the GCC says is supported by the Islamic Republic of Iran. Yemen has been subjected to daily airstrikes and ground operations since March 2015 aimed at driving the Ansurallah (Houthis) from large swaths of territory inside the most impoverished nation in the Middle East.

Qatar has been accused by other GCC states of funding international terrorism, maintaining a Turkish military base on its territory and assisting the foreign policy aims of Tehran. Doha has categorically rejected the allegations and refuses to agree to the conditions called for by Riyadh, the UAE and Bahrain.

Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain with the support of Egypt on June 23 presented thirteen demands for Qatar to adhere to within ten days. These issues include the closing of Al Jazeera television network, the downgrading of relations with Iran, halting the funding of 59 targeted individuals and 12 entities labelled as terrorists such as the Muslim Brotherhood, Hezbollah and ISIS, and the removal of the Turkish military base in Doha.

Origins of the Present Territorial Dispute and its International Implications

The disagreements involving Eritrea and Djibouti over Ras Doumeira are directly a by-product of the demarcation of African colonized territories during the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries where the European imperialist states of Italy and France carved up the area. Later in 1935, Rome and Paris decided to apportion significant areas in Djibouti (then French Somaliland) to Eritrea then under Italian control.

After the defeat of Italian imperialism led at the time by Benito Mussolini during World War II, Eritrea became a British Protectorate and was eventually federated to Ethiopia in 1952. Later in 1962, Eritrea was incorporated into Ethiopia over the objection of the people in the former Italian controlled outpost.

Djibouti did not win its independence from France until 1977 which was relatively late in comparison to other previously colonized East African states. Eritrea proclaimed independence in 1991 after the three decades-long armed struggle and the collapse of the Ethiopian government of Mengistu Haile Mariam that same year. Two years later, in 1993, an internationally-supervised election in Eritrea garnered the state recognition by the-then Organization of African Unity (OAU) and the United Nations.

In April 1996, just five years after Eritrea had gained independence, the new government nearly went to war with Djibouti after Asmara was accused of shelling the disputed territory of Ras Doumeira. The crisis deepened by April 16, 2008 when Djibouti reported that Eritrean troops had established military fortifications digging trenches on the border near Ras Doumeira.

The Djibouti government sent a letter to the United Nations requesting intervention saying a revised map published by Asmara claimed Ras Doumeira as Eritrean land. Conversely, Eritrea claimed it had no territorial problems with Djibouti denying that troops had been deployed to the border areas.

Former Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi responding to the escalating tensions on May 15, 2008 asserted that the disagreement was a "threat to the peace and security of the whole Horn of Africa" noting Addis Ababa had no choice other than securing its trading route through Djibouti if war erupted. Ethiopia, a landlocked state, has been dependent upon Djibouti for access to the Red Sea since Eritrea declared independence in 1991.

On June 10 of the same year, the Djibouti government reported that 21 Eritrean troops in the area defected to their side of the border. Eritrea demanded the repatriation of the soldiers opening fire on the Djibouti forces.

Clashes continued for three days claiming the lives of an estimated 140 soldiers on both sides of the conflict. Djibouti called up retired military and police units to engage in the battle.

France, which has a large military base along with the United States at Camp Lemonnier, provided logistical and technical support to Djibouti. The fighting ended after three days. Later in 2010, Qatar agreed to station 450 troops in the Ras Doumeira border area to prevent further fighting. The UN said in 2009, that Eritrea had failed to withdraw its forces from the Ras Doumeira areas under dispute.

The withdrawal of Qatari soldiers has raised the specter of renewed clashes between the two nations. Djibouti’s UN Ambassador Mohammed Idriss Farah claims that Eritrea has moved into the areas previously held by Qatari troops.

Djibouti has filed a formal complaint with the African Union (AU) over the alleged activity of Eritrean troops. Farah stated that: "Eritrean troops occupied the Dumeira Mountain immediately after Qatar's peacekeepers left. Sometimes the Eritrean troops go to the top of the mountain and return on the other side. What makes this one different is that they moved in right after the peacekeepers left."

Eritrean envoy to the AU, Araya Desta, said of the current situation:“We don’t want to take any of Djibouti’s land. The last time we had some skirmishes. It was unnecessary.”

AU Must Take Decisive Action to Avoid Border War

The AU Peace and Security Council (PSC) issued a statement after the complaint filed by Djibouti over differences with Eritrea. The continental organization convenes its bi-annual summit in Ethiopia on July 3-4.

According to the PSC: “The Chairperson of the Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, is following the recent developments between the Republic of Djibouti and the State of Eritrea in the aftermath of Qatar’s decision to withdraw its peacekeeping troops at the Djibouti- Eritrea border. The Chairperson of the Commission appeals for calm, restraint and stresses that the AU is fully seized with the matter. He highlighted that the AU Commission, in close consultations with the authorities in Djibouti and Eritrea, is in the process of deploying a fact-finding mission to the Djibouti-Eritrea border. The Chairperson of the Commission stands ready to assist Djibouti and Eritrea to normalize their relations and promote good neighborliness within the framework of relevant AU instruments.” (http://www.peaceau.org/en/article/press-release-au-commission-calls-for-restraint-on-the-djibouti-eritrea-border)

These developments in the Horn of Africa are a continuation of the conflicts emanating from unresolved European colonial-era border demarcations. Also the current split within the western-allied Gulf Arab governments and the dependence of these African states for economic revenue generated through usage of their territory and waterways, which has compelled AU member-states such as Somalia, Djibouti, Eritrea and Egypt to side with the anti-Qatari forces does not bode well for continental security in the long term.

Moreover, the political and security interests of various states in the Middle East which routinely work in conjunction with U.S. foreign policy interests are inevitability the concern of the AU. Consequently, Africa has to pay close attention to events unfolding within the GCC countries and their allies and seek the resolution of these conflicts in a manner which curtails the potential for a destabilizing impact on continental states. 

             
PANW Editor, Abayomi Azikiwe, Featured on Press TV Top Five News Segment on United Nations Peacekeeping Forces Being Reduced in Darfur Region of Sudan
Watch this Press TV Top Five news segment featuring Abayomi Azikiwe, editor of the Pan-African News Wire.

To view the interview which was aired live on June 29, 2017 just click on the website below:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-aDK94-4tXk

Azikiwe discusses the slashing of United States contributions to United Nations peacekeeping operations which will reduce the number of soldiers and police in the Darfur region of Sudan.

President Donald Trump on the one hand makes cuts to UN contributions yet he is escalating the deployment of Pentagon forces in Somalia, Iraq, Syria, Yemen and Afghanistan.

According to Press TV: "The United Nations Security Council has voted to sharply reduce the international peacekeeping force in Sudan's Darfur region.

"The decision will cut the number of peacekeepers in Darfur by nearly 50 percent.

"It will also reduce the number of international police by nearly 30 percent. The Darfur mission currently costs more than one billion dollars a year.

"The move, which was pressed by the United States, follows Washington’s decision to slash financial contributions to the world body.

"The Darfur conflict began in 2003 when rebel groups took up arms against the government. The U-N and African Union put together a force in 2007 to protect civilians in the region."

          Comment on Salafism Vs. Wahhabism: Qatar and Saudi Arabia’s Proxy War Rages In Syria Thanks To US Militarism by tapatio   
<b>It doesn't really matter whether they are Wahhabi or Salafist - these animals are NOT Muslims. Mainstream Islam rejects them and they need to be eliminated, their states abolished. These mercenaries exist to further the ends of the Rothschild-Bilderberg predatory capitalist empire. Destroy that empire and the terrorists cease to have a function.</b><b> </b><b>SOLID EVIDENCE THAT THE TERRORIST ATTACKS ON SYRIA AND OTHER COUNTRIES IS THE WORK OF WASHINGTON AND ITS JEWISH MASTERS...........................</b><b> </b><b>Global Warfare: “We’re going to take out 7 countries in 5 years: Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan & Iran” http://www.globalresearch.ca/we-re-going-to-take-out-7-countries-in-5-years-iraq-syria-lebanon-libya-somalia-sudan-iran/5166 A Clean Break: A New Strategy for Securing the Realm (1996) http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article1438.htm "Israel can shape its strategic environment, in cooperation with Turkey and Jordan, by weakening, containing, and even rolling back Syria. This effort can focus on removing Saddam Hussein from power in Iraq — an important Israeli strategic objective in its own right" AND Rebuilding America’s Defenses: Strategy, Forces and Resources for a New Century (September-2000) http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/pdf/RebuildingAmericasDefenses.pdf (REMEMBER THAT 9/11 - THE "NEW PEARL HARBOR" - OCCURRED LESS THAN A YEAR AFTER THIS REPORT WAS COMPLETED) "Further, the process of transformation, even if it brings revolutionary change, is likely to be a long one, absent some catastrophic and catalyzing event – like a NEW PEARL HARBOR (9/11 was perfect for that purpose). Domestic politics and industrial policy will shape the pace and content of transformation as much as the requirements of current missions." (p 63) AMERICA'S "RASPUTINS" RESPONSIBLE FOR PLANNING THE LAST 15 YEARS OF DEATH - JEWISH ZIONISTS ALL............... CLEAN BREAK Richard perle REBUILDING AMERICA'S DEFENSES Paul Wolfowitz William Kristol Alvin Bernstein Eliot Cohen David Epstein Donald Kagan Fred Kagan Robert Kagan Robert Killebrew Steve Rosen Gary Schmitt Abram Shulsky Dov Zakheim </b><b>EVERY ONE OF THE TRAITORS LISTED ABOVE (except Robert Killebrew) IS A JEWISH DUAL ISRAELI/US CITIZEN – YET NEITHER THEY OR ANY OF THEIR ANCESTORS CAME FROM PALESTINE..</b><b></b>
          La situazione in Somalia   
Tra l'azione terroristica e la questione della pirateria
          Somalia, il cammino in salita verso la pace   
Tra marzo ed aprile 2013 vari attentanti hanno fatto riprecipitare la Somalia in una situazione di instabilità
          Carte False   

«Sì, la gente ne parla», aveva risposto il sultano, «ho sentitodire che sono state trovate cisterne in mare, e che in qualche posto,durante la costruzione della strada, era stato insabbiato del materialetossico». Poi era stato lui a guardarla dritto negli occhi. E cambiandotono aveva scandito le ultime parole dell’intervista. «Stia attenta,signorina. Da noi, chi ha parlato del trasporto di armi, chi ha dettodi aver visto qualcosa, poi è scomparso. In un modo o nell’altro, èmorto.»

Somalia, 20 marzo 1994: Ilaria Alpi, giornalista del Tg3 Rai, e ilsuo operatore Miran Hrovatin vengono uccisi da un commando in una viadi Mogadiscio quando stanno per fare ritorno in Italia. Nei giorniprecedenti hanno lavorato in uno scenario intricato e pericoloso, incui agiscono politici somali e italiani, militari e funzionaridell’Onu, servizi segreti e imprese che costruiscono strade,contrabbandieri d’armi e trafficanti di rifiuti tossici. I documenti ei filmati realizzati da Ilaria e Miran arrivano in Italia solo inparte. Per fare luce sulle cause e sui modi della loro morte non sonobastati quindici anni di processi e le indagini due Commissioniparlamentari. Che cosa avevano scoperto i due giornalisti?

L’omicidio dei due giornalisti della televisione italiana, avvenutoquindici anni fa in Somalia, è ancora oggi uno dei grandi misterinazionali. Nel paese africano, in quegli anni, agli interessi locali simescolano gli affari internazionali, non solo politici ma soprattuttoeconomici. La guerra tra fazioni, che i militari dell’Onu (tra cui gliitaliani) a stento controllano, richiede denaro e armi. La cooperazioneinternazionale, di cui le aziende italiane sono parte importante,diventa terreno propizio per i traffici illeciti, come quello deirifiuti tossici esportati dall’Italia e sepolti in Africa.

Ma le circostanze della tragedia sono solo l’inizio di un lungopercorso nel quale gli sforzi per svelare i nomi dei mandanti e degliesecutori dell’omicidio delineano a poco a poco un intreccio dipolitica, economia, istituzioni, poteri pubblici e privati che cercanodi nascondere le ragioni vere del delitto.

Le parole dei testimoni e la loro interpretazione nelle indaginidella magistratura e del Parlamento, le ammissioni e le omissioni, lemezze verità e le bugie palesi: un’inchiesta a più voci che è iltestardo tentativo di continuare a cercare la verità dei fatti, perricordare Ilaria Alpi applicando al lavoro del giornalista l’etica chela distingueva.

In queste pagine sono riuniti i contributi di giornalisti chenegli ultimi quindici anni si sono occupati a fondo delle inchiestesull’omicidio di Ilaria Alpi e Miran Hrovatin. Il lavoro di indagine diFrancesco Cavalli, Alessandro Rocca, Luciano Scalettari e l’analisi di Mariangela Gritta Grainer sono coordinati dal racconto di Roberto Scardova,vicecaporedattore e inviato del Tg3, cui si aggiunge la documentazionedell’impegno civile di Luciana e Giorgio Alpi, genitori di Ilaria, inun’intervista di Barbara Bastianelli e Francesco Cavalli.

Il libro nasce dall’attività realizzata intorno al Premio giornalistico televisivo Ilaria Alpi,nato nel 1995 per diffondere l’impegno e il senso etico che hannocaratterizzato il lavoro della giornalista. Il concorso, promosso dallaRegione Emilia Romagna, dalla Provincia di Rimini e dal Comune diRiccione per riconoscere e accreditare l'impegno per l'inchiestagiornalistica televisiva sui temi della pace e della solidarietà, oggirappresenta in Italia uno dei più importanti momenti di riflessione sulgiornalismo d'inchiesta, grazie alla sua videoteca, ai  convegni e allepubblicazioni.


          Torture "Made in Usa"   

INDICE: Mappa delle torture - Gli Usa e il sistema della tortura - Guantànamo, Abu Ghraib, Bagram - Gran Bretagna, Spagna, Israele e Turchia - Mercato della tortura e contractors - I manuali di tortura della Cia prima dell'11 Settembre e loro applicazione - Tutte le leggi violate dall'Amministrazione Bush - Tortura e democrazia -Tortura e società dello spettacolo - Tortura e sadismo - Gli Usa, il Grande fratello orwelliano e Matrix

IN APPENDICE: Inhuman Act di S. Gola/Emergency -La confessione del torturatore di E. Calcano - La tortura come tattica di intimidazione collettiva di E. Ahmad Jamas - Torture dimenticate di Amnesty International - II concetto di tortura di I. Siena - Torture in appalto di C. Elia -Israele:  l'orrore  delle torture di A.   Carusi  - Torture segrete di E. Piovesana - Afghanistan: trasferimento, ma non la libertà di S. Greblo/Emergency - Torture afghane di E. Piovesana - II carcere della vergogna di A. Ursic - II carcere segreto 1391 di R. Barbera - II lager Usa di Bagram di E. Piovesana - Portando democrazia intervista a K. Rowlands/Emergency - Amerikka! ! ! di Assata Shakur - Torture  italiane.  Sassari:  una mattanza  spontanea di N. Bossa - Torture italiane. Bolzaneto: campionario della vergogna di P. Concila - Torture italiane. In Somalia: reato prescritto di Halima M. - II ritorno della tortura (1945) di Paolo Barile - Osservazioni sulla tortura (lili) di Pietro Verri - Della tortura (1764) di Cesare Beccarla

TESTIMONIANZE FOTOGRAFICHE sui TORTURATORI USA


          Iran vindt Trumps inreisverbod "schandelijk"   
Het inreisverbod dat VS-president Donald Trump voor inwoners van zes landen heeft gedecreteerd, is "echt schandelijk". Zo reageerde de Iraanse minister van Buitenlandse Zaken Mohammad Javad Zarif op het decreet, dat vandaag om 2 uur onze tijd is ingegaan. In dat decreet worden, naast Iran, ook Syrië, Libië, Soedan, Somalië en Jemen geviseerd.
          JAWAAB MAQAALKA UU QORAY C/SHAKUUR EE SAYLICI SOMALILAND IYO SOMALIA   
JAWAAB MAQAALKA UU QORAY C/SHAKUUR EE SAYLICI SOMALILAND IYO SOMALIA marka waxaan halkan salaan iyo bogaadin ugusoo gudbinayaa dhammaan shacabka reer somaaliland ee sharafya badan waxa kale oo aan iyagana taas oo kale halkan ugasoo gudbinayaa dhammaan websaydada madaxa bannaan ee somaliland alsalaamu caleykum waraxmatullaahi wabarakaatuhuu waxaan kale oon salaamayaa ninka magaciisa kusheegay *cabdishakuur muxumad […]
          MAXAA KA YEEDHSIIYAY SAYLICI S/LAND IYO SOMALIA WAY SIMAN YIHIIM MAANTA MA LAGA YAAABAA IN…   
MAXAA KA YEEDHSIIYAY SAYLICI S/LAND IYO SOMALIA WAY SIMAN YIHIIM MAANTA MA LAGA YAAABAA IN… “Cabdiraxmaan Saylici Waa Danbiile shalay Denbi ka galay Itoobiya Maantana Somaliland ayuu Denbi weyn uu ka galay oo Dhabar Jab ku ah Qaranka iyo Ummadda Somaliland” …….. Qalinkii Cabdishakuur Muxumed Maqaalkan oo Jawaab u ah Ninka Lagu magacaabo Cabdiraxmaan Saylici […]
          Many Evangelicals Want Muslims Banned from U.S.   
On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court temporarily ruled in favor of President Donald Trump’s revised executive order banning Muslims traveling from six predominantly Muslim, Arab states to the U.S. These states are Iran, Syria, Libya, Sudan, Somalia, and Yemen. Muslims from these countries who have a relationship with a U.S. citizen will be allowed into [Read More...]
          US sets new visa rules for six muslim nations   
Refugees looking to enter the United States will have to adhere to new visa guidelines set forth by the Trump administration. Visas already approved will not be revoked, however, new applicants from Syria, Sudan, Somalia, Libya, Iran and Yemen must prove a relationship with a parent, spouse, child, adult son or daughter, son-in-law, daughter-in-law or sibling already in the United States to be eligible. Grandparents, grandchildren, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, fiancees or other extended family members are not considered to be close relationships. The new rules take effect at 8 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time on Thursday, according to the cable, which was obtained by AP. The new rules come after the Supreme Court's decision to reinstate parts of President Trump's oft-criticized travel ban.
          Travel ban goes into effect despite courts saying security issues unfounded   
  • Hawaii questions Trump interpretation of standard for granting visas
  • Border officials told to respect visas for citizens from countries in question

The United States implemented a modified version of Donald Trump’s travel ban Thursday evening on some people from six Muslim-majority countries and certain refugees, citing security concerns that federal courts have declared to be unfounded.

Travel through major US airports appeared to be proceeding as usual, with border officials under orders to respect previously issued visas for citizens from the countries in question: Sudan, Somalia, Iran, Yemen, Syria and Libya.

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          In Trump's America, immigrant families would be kept apart. He doesn't care | Sohaila Abdulali   

The travel ban ruling doesn’t consider being a grandparent a ‘bona fide’ enough relationship to warrant them entering the country. That’s absurd

For the next 90 days, if you’re coming to the US from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria or Yemen, unless you’ve already got a visa you must be a close relative in order to enter the land of the free and the home of the brave. Grandparents don’t count. Neither do fiance(e)s. These relationships, apparently, are not “bona fide”.

By the tortuous logic of this administration, the fiance part actually makes a malignant kind of sense – anyone can fake an engagement. I can’t believe I just wrote that sentence. But these are the lyin’, cheatin’ times we live in, people. We now operate on the assumption that everyone is a crook. Grandparents, though? Why do they rank behind in-laws?

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          Trump Travel Ban: US Sets Out Visa Criteria   

Media captionImmigration activist Steven Choi: ‘An unjust and discriminatory Muslim ban’ The White House has set new criteria for visa applicants from six mainly Muslim countries and all refugees, requiring them to have a “close” family or business tie to the US. The rules, affecting people from Iran, Libya, Syria, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen, are […]

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          Hasan Pelari Asal Somalia, Hanya Tempuh 20 Menit Untuk Rute 6 Kilometer   
BULUKUMBA, RADAR SELATAN. CO.ID – – Pelari asal Somalia, Hasan Gane, hanya menggunakan waktu selama 20 menit untuk menyapuh rute enam kilometer Bira Beach Run. Hal itu diketahui setelah, tes rute yang dipimpin, Race Director Lontara Manajemen, Sri, pada Jumat 30 Juni 2017 sore tadi. “Setelah tadi saya uji rute, dan Hasan ikut bersama kami. […]
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          More court challenges expected for Trump’s new travel ban   
An international passenger arrives at Washington Dulles International Airport in Virginia after the Supreme Court granted parts of the Trump administration's emergency request to put its travel ban into effect later in the week pending further judicial review. Photo by James Lawler Duggan/Reuters

An international passenger arrives at Washington Dulles International Airport in Virginia after the Supreme Court granted parts of the Trump administration’s emergency request to put its travel ban into effect later in the week pending further judicial review. Photo by James Lawler Duggan/Reuters

WASHINGTON — A scaled-back version of President Donald Trump’s travel ban is now in force, stripped of provisions that brought protests and chaos at airports worldwide in January yet still likely to generate a new round of court fights.

The new rules, the product of months of legal wrangling, aren’t so much an outright ban as a tightening of already-tough visa policies affecting citizens from six Muslim-majority countries. Refugees are covered, too.

Administration officials promised that implementation this time, which started at 8 p.m. EDT, would be orderly. Customs and Border Protection spokesman Dan Hetlage said his agency expected “business as usual at our ports of entry,” with all valid visa holders still being able to travel.

Still, immigration and refugee advocates are vowing to challenge the new requirements and the administration has struggled to explain how the rules will make the United States safer.

And in Iran, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif denounced the partial reinstatement of the travel ban as a “truly shameful exhibition of blind hostility to all Iranians” — and argued that the measure will prevent Iranian grandmothers from seeing their grandchildren in America.

Zarif, who has persistently assailed the travel ban, wrote on his Twitter account that the “U.S. now bans Iranian grandmothers from seeing their grandchildren, in a truly shameful exhibition of blind hostility to all Iranians.”

Under the temporary rules, citizens of Syria, Sudan, Somalia, Libya, Iran and Yemen who already have visas will be allowed into the United States. But people from those countries who want new visas will now have to prove a close family relationship or an existing relationship with an entity like a school or business in the U.S.

[READ MORE: Supreme Court partly reinstates Trump’s travel ban]

It’s unclear how significantly the new rules will affect travel. In most of the countries singled out, few people have the means for leisure travel. Those that do already face intensive screenings before being issued visas.

Nevertheless, human rights groups girded for new legal battles. The American Civil Liberties Union, one of the groups challenging the ban, called the new criteria “extremely restrictive,” ”arbitrary” in their exclusions and designed to “disparage and condemn Muslims.”

The state of Hawaii filed an emergency motion Thursday asking a federal judge to clarify that the administration cannot enforce the ban against relatives — such as grandparents, aunts or uncles — not included in the State Department’s definition of “bona fide” personal relationships.

Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer met with customs officials and said he felt things would go smoothly.

“For tonight, I’m anticipating few issues because, I think, there’s better preparation,” he told reporters at Los Angeles International Airport on Thursday night. “The federal government here, I think, has taken steps to avoid the havoc that occurred the last time.”

Much of the confusion in January, when Trump’s first ban took effect, resulted from travelers with previously approved visas being kept off flights or barred entry on arrival in the United States. Immigration officials were instructed Thursday not to block anyone with valid travel documents and otherwise eligible to visit the United States.

Karen Tumlin, legal director of the National Immigration Law Center, said the rules “would slam the door shut on so many who have waited for months or years to be reunited with their families.”

Trump, who made a tough approach to immigration a cornerstone of his election campaign, issued a ban on travelers from the six countries, plus Iraq, shortly after taking office in January. His order also blocked refugees from any country.

Trump said these were temporary measures needed to prevent terrorism until vetting procedures could be reviewed. Opponents noted that visa and refugee vetting were already strict and said there was no evidence that refugees or citizens of those six countries posed a threat. They saw the ban as part of Trump’s campaign promise to bar Muslims from entering the United States.

Lower courts blocked the initial ban and a second, revised Trump order intended to overcome legal hurdles. The Supreme Court on Monday partially reinstated the revised ban but exempted travelers who could prove a “bona fide relationship” with a U.S. person or entity. The court offered only broad guidelines.

[READ MORE: Who’s in and who’s left out as Trump’s travel ban takes effect]

In guidance issued late Wednesday, the State Department said the personal relationships would include a parent, spouse, son, daughter, son-in-law, daughter-in-law or sibling already in the United States. It does not include other relationships such as grandparents, grandchildren, aunts and uncles. On Thursday, the State and Homeland Security departments had both expanded the range of bona fide relationships to include fiancés.

Business or professional links must be “formal, documented and formed in the ordinary course rather than for the purpose of evading” the ban. Journalists, students, workers or lecturers who have valid invitations or employment contracts in the U.S. would be exempt from the ban. The exemption does not apply to those who seek a relationship with an American business or educational institution purely for the purpose of avoiding the rules.

Refugees from any country will face similar requirements. But the U.S. has almost filled its quota of 50,000 refugees for the budget year ending in September and the new rules won’t apply to the few remaining slots. With the Supreme Court set to consider the overall ban in October, the rules could change again.

The travel ban may have the biggest impact on Iranians. In 2015, the most recently available data, nearly 26,000 Iranians were allowed into the United States on visitor or tourist visas. Iranians made up the lion’s share of the roughly 65,000 foreigners from the six countries who visited with temporary, or non-immigrant visas that year.

American journalist Paul Gottinger said he and his Iranian fiancee applied for a visa nearly a year ago but are still waiting on a decision. Gottinger says they were to wed at a Japanese garden in his parents’ home state of Minnesota this month but postponed the ceremony until August because they had not yet received the visa.

Now, he expects they will have to delay again.

“Every twist and turn of the courts, we’re holding our hearts and our stomachs are falling to the floor,” he said by phone from Turkey.

The new regulations are also affecting the wedding plans of Rama Issa-Ibrahim, executive director of the Arab American Association of New York.

She is Syrian-American and had planned to get married this fall. While her father in Syria may be able to get a visa, her aunts and uncles may well be blocked.

“I would love for them to be at this wedding, and unfortunately, they aren’t going to be able to be here,” she said, adding that the ceremony would be postponed.

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Associated Press writers Amy Taxin and Andrew Dalton in Los Angeles and Michael Noble in New York contributed to this report.

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10 things you need to know today: June 30, 2017

   

1.

Parts of President Trump's travel ban took effect Thursday evening, tightening already strict visa policies toward travelers from six Muslim-majority nations. The restrictions, slated to last three months, started at 8 p.m. The administration promised an orderly transition, unlike the chaos that erupted at airports when the full policy briefly took effect earlier this year before court challenges blocked it. Customs and Border Protection spokesman Daniel Hetlage predicted "business as usual at our ports of entry." People with valid visas can still travel from the targeted countries — Syria, Sudan, Somalia, Libya, Iran, and Yemen. Those seeking new visas will have to be able to document that they have a close relative or an existing relationship with a school, business, or other entity in the U.S. Hawaii immediately filed a challenge, asking a court to clarify that relatives not specifically listed by the administration could not be denied entry.

2.

Leading Republican lawmakers denounced President Trump on Thursday for unleashing a harsh personal attack against Morning Joe co-host Mika Brzezinski, tweeting that she had been "bleeding badly from a face-lift" in a recent visit to his Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach. "Obviously, I don't see that as an appropriate comment," House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said. "What we're trying to do around here is improve the tone and the civility of the debate, and this obviously doesn't help do that." Trump also slammed Brzezinski's co-host and fiance Joe Scarborough, referring to the former Republican congressman as "Psycho Joe" and Brzezinski as "low I.Q. Crazy Mika." White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders defended Trump's remarks, noting that when someone criticizes Trump he "fights fire with fire." Brzezinski and Scarborough responded in a Friday Washington Post op-ed, saying that Trump is "not well."

3.

Senate Republicans' proposal to replace ObamaCare would slash Medicaid spending by 35 percent over the next two decades, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said Thursday. The report, requested by Democrats, provided a longer-term forecast of the effects of the bill, the Better Care Reconciliation Act. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is working on a revised proposal, hoping to win over some of the at least nine Republicans who opposed the original plan — the GOP can't pass the bill if it loses more than two of the party's 52 senators. The current proposal caps per-person Medicaid spending and phases out ObamaCare's expansion of the program, which provides health coverage for low-income people. As a result, the CBO said, the plan would reduce Medicaid spending from 2 percent of gross domestic product to 1.6 percent in 2036.

4.

Officials in several states on Thursday refused to turn over voter rolls requested in a letter from the vice chairman of President Trump's commission on election integrity, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach. In the letter, which was sent to all 50 states Wednesday, Kobach requested information on voters including names, birthdays, and a decade of their voting history. The letter asked for data "publicly available under the laws of your state." Officials from Virginia, California, and Kentucky said they would not comply. "At best this commission was set up as a pretext to validate Donald Trump's alternative election facts, and at worst is a tool to commit large-scale voter suppression," Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) said.

5.

Iraq declared the end of the Islamic State's self-declared caliphate on Thursday, after government forces captured the remains of the historic Al-nuri Mosque in the heart of Mosul, ISIS's de facto capital. The capture of the destroyed 850-year-old mosque and its iconic minaret marked a significant symbolic victory, because that is where the ISIS (also known by its Arabic acronym Daesh) leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared himself ruler of all Muslims. "The return of al-Nuri Mosque and al-Hadba minaret to the fold of the nation marks the end of the Daesh state of falsehood," Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said in a statement. Col. Ryan Dillon, a spokesman of the U.S.-led coalition supporting Iraqi forces, said Mosul's liberation was days away, although the remaining fight would be difficult.

6.

The House of Representatives on Thursday passed two bills that would support President Trump's crackdown on undocumented immigrants. One of the measures, the "No Sanctuary for Criminals Act," seeks to punish so-called sanctuary cities that refuse to help federal authorities deport undocumented immigrants. The other, dubbed "Kate's Law," aims to penalize people who commit crimes after entering the country illegally. The legislation was named for Kathryn Steinle, who was fatally shot in San Francisco two years ago by a repeated felon and undocumented immigrant who had been deported several times. The GOP majority passed the bills largely along party lines. Many Democrats criticized the bills as anti-immigrant. Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) called the second bill "callous and irrational."

7.

The Trump administration on Thursday announced that it was selling $1.42 billion worth of arms to Taiwan. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said the sale shows "support for Taiwan's ability to maintain a sufficient self-defense capability," but does not mean there will be any change in the "one China" policy. The U.S. supports Taiwan, which China still claims as a province, but only officially recognizes China. The package includes technical support for early warning radar, as well as anti-radiation missiles, torpedoes, and missile components. China reacted angrily on Friday, demanding that the U.S. cancel the sale, which it said would pose a threat to China's security and harm Sino-U.S. relations.

8.

German lawmakers voted Friday to legalize gay marriage, bringing the country in line with other leading Western nations. "It's a joyous turning-point," said Volker Beck, who served as a spokesman for the Lesbian and Gay Federation in Germany before entering parliament as a member of the Green Party. "Equality and civil rights have been achieved." Chancellor Angela Merkel paved the way for the snap vote, telling lawmakers in her conservative coalition on Monday that they could vote their conscience. She herself voted no on Friday. The measure, which also allows same-sex couples to adopt, passed 393 to 226 with 4 abstentions. It is expected to face legal challenges. Germany has allowed same-sex civil unions since 2001.

9.

A Republican opposition researcher, Peter W. Smith, told The Wall Street Journal last year that he tried to get copies of emails from Hillary Clinton's server from hackers, including Russians, and he made associates believe he was working with Michael Flynn, who would later briefly serve as President Trump's national security adviser. "He said, 'I'm talking to Michael Flynn about this — if you find anything, can you let me know?'" Eric York, an Atlanta computer-security expert, told the paper. Smith, who was 81, died shortly after talking to the paper. The Journal said it was unclear whether Flynn played any role in the search, and Smith told the paper that he knew Flynn, but did not say Flynn was involved in his work.

10.

Greta Van Susteren is leaving MSNBC just six months after joining the network. "We're kind of in shock," said Van Susteren's agent and husband, John Coale. In a statement, MSNBC said it was "grateful" to have had Van Susteren on air "and we wish her the best." Van Susteren left Fox News, where she'd been for 14 years, last September amid the turbulence that followed the ousting of CEO Roger Ailes; she made her debut on MSNBC in January. Vanity Fair reports Van Susteren's 6 p.m. show, For the Record, "struggled to gain traction." She will be replaced by Ari Melber. Megyn Kelly, who also departed Fox to join MSNBC, has likewise charted rocky ratings since making the switch.


          Al Shabaab militants executed in Somalia's Puntland for bomb plots, killings   

Authorities in Somalia's semi-autonomous Puntland region on Friday executed seven people it said were Islamist militants who plotted to carry out attacks, including bombings. Awil Ahmed Farah, chairperson of the region's military court, said the accused were members of the al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab militant group fighting to overthrow the government in Mogadishu.


          Daily One Liner Current Affairs Update - 28-29 June, 2017   

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Earlier we used to update the daily one liner current affairs along with the Daily Current Affairs Updates. However, due to its popularity & quality, we have decided to post One Liner Current Affairs Update separately on a regular basis. We are starting off with the updates of 28 and 29 June, 2017 just to give you a demo.


Banking & Financial Updates
  • The Maharashtra government issued the Government Resolution (GR) on 28 June 2017 for the farm loan waiver of Rs 34022 crore announced by Chief Minister Devendra  Fadnavis last week.
  • India on 27 June 2017 made voluntary contribution of USD 100000 to the United Nations Trust Fund for International Cooperation in Tax Matters (UN Tax Fund).
  • The Union Government on 28 June 2017 simultaneously launched two key interventions: a revamped oil and gas bidding mechanism named Open Acreage Licensing Process (OALP) and the National Data Repository (NDR) for the first major oil field auctions to be held from 1 July 2017.
  • India on 27 June 2017 signed a loan agreement of USD 35 million with the World Bank for Assam State Public Financial Institutional Reforms Project.


India & States Updates
  • The Union Cabinet, presided by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on 28 June 2017 approved signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Israel on National Campaign for Water Conservation in India.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 29 June 2017 inaugurated the centenary celebrations of Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. In addition, PM Modi also released the coin and postal stamp in the honour of Jain saint and philosopher Shrimad Rajchandra on his 150th birth anniversary at Abhay Ghat.
  • The Election Commission of India (ECI) on 28 June 2017 announced that it will launch a special drive to enrol left out electors, with a special focus on first time electors. The step is taken in the direction of Commission’s motto that 'No Voter to be Left Behind’. It is the first time that Facebook'svoter registration reminder has been rolled out across India.
  • India's latest communication satellite GSAT-17 was successfully launched from Kourou in French Guiana on 29 June 2017. The satellite was launched by French rocket Ariane-5.
  • India and the Netherlandson 27 June 2017 released a Joint Communiqué at The Hague. The Joint Communique was released after bilateral talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Dutch counterpart, Prime Minister Mark Rutte.
  • The Indian Army reportedly received its first batch of bullet-proof helmets from Kanpur-based MKU Industries.
  • Operations at one of three terminals at India's largest container port Jawaharlal Nehru Port (JNPT) in Mumbai were disrupted by the global ransomware attack. The attack was confirmed by the port authorities on 28 June 2017.





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Appointments
  • Rajiv Kumar was on 29 June 2017 appointed as the Chief Secretary of Uttar Pradesh.
  • Dr. Manoj Soni, former Vice Chancellor of Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Open University, took the Oath of Office and Secrecy as Member of the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) on 28 June 2017 at Delhi.
  • Indian-American Krishna R Urs was on 28 June 2017 appointed as the United States (US) Ambassador to Peru by the President Donald Trump administration.
  • Jammu and Kashmir Governor Narinder Nath Vohra in the last week of June 2017 was appointed the President of the India International Centre (IIC).
  • Loknath Behra was on 28 June 2017 appointed as the Director General of Police (DGP) of Kerala as incumbent TP Senkumar will retire as the state DGP on 30 June 2017.
  • Former Chief Economic Advisor Kaushik Basu on 27 June 2017 took over as the President of the International Economic Association (IEA) with effect from 23 June 2017.


Days & Observances
  • The International Day of the Tropics 2017 was observed across the world on 29 June 2017.
  • Sharjah, a city in the United Arab Emirates has been named as 'the World Book Capital' for 2019 by the Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova for the quality of its literary and cultural activities and for its efforts to make books accessible to the entire population of the nation. The programme runs with a slogan ‘Read - you are in Sharjah’.


World News Updates
  • The Trump administration has set new criteria for visa applicants from six Muslim nations and all refugees that require a close family or business tie to the United States. According to the new guidelines sent to all the US embassies and consulates on 28 June 2017, visa applicants from six countries- Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen-must prove a relationship with a parent, spouse, child, adult son or daughter, son-in-law, daughter-in-law or sibling in the United States in order to get a go ahead.
  • The Automated Teller Machine (ATM) marked its 50th anniversary on 27 June 2017. The first ATM was opened on 27 June 1967 at a branch of Barclays bank in Enfield, north London, the first of six cash dispensers commissioned by the bank.
  • The words Chana and Chana Dal were on 27 June 2017 added to the Oxford English Dictionary (OED). 'Chana' means Chickpeas and 'Chana Dal' stands for split chickpea lentils.


Sports Updates
  • Indian badminton player Kidambi Srikanth has re-entered the top ten of the Badminton World Federation (BWF) men's singles rankings for the first time in ten months.
  • Sri Lankan fast bowler, Lasith Malinga has been handed over a suspension ban of six months after a disciplinary inquiry found him guilty of breaching his contract by speaking to the media without permission.
  • Swiss legend Roger Federer on 25 June 2017 defeated Alexander Zverev 6-1, 6-3 in the final to clinch the 2017 Halle Open Men’s Singles title.


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          Current Affairs Update – 28-29 June, 2017   

Hello and welcome to exampundit. Here are the Important Current Affairs of 28 & 29 June, 2017. These are important for the upcoming IBPS RRB OS-I, Office Assistant, IBPS PO, Dena Bank PGDBF, NABARD Grade A Recruitment Exam 2017.


Banking & Financial News

Maharashtra Government issued government resolution on loan waiver


  • The Maharashtra government issued the Government Resolution (GR) on 28 June 2017 for the farm loan waiver of Rs 34022 crore announced by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis last week.
  • The resolution said, loans of all indebted farmers whose accounts went into default until 30 June 2016, will be waived off with a cap of Rs 1.5 lakh per farmer.
  • It said, the farmers who have paid off their outstanding loans after 30 June 2016, will get a blanket help of Rs 25000 from the state government. The GR said, the farmers are entitled to get the benefit only once.
  • Persons with an annual turnover of over Rs 10 lakh and those who are registered under VAT or Service Tax will be ineligible for loan waiver. Retired persons excluding ex-servicemen whose monthly pension is Rs 15000 or more are also not eligible.
  • The GR says that the farmers, who have more than Rs 1.5 lakh debt, will get the benefit of loan waiver after they pay their remaining amount of debt along with interest. It also says that woman farmer would be given priority in this scheme.

India makes voluntary contribution of USD 100000 to United Nations Tax Fund


  • India on 27 June 2017 made voluntary contribution of USD 100000 to the United Nations Trust Fund for International Cooperation in Tax Matters (UN Tax Fund).
  • This voluntary contribution will be dedicated towards ensuring greater support for developing country participation in the subcommittee meetings of the UN Tax Committee which are currently unfunded.
  • By handing over the cheque to the UN Tax Trust Fund, Indian Government is hopeful that more developing countries will contribute towards the fund. This move is also expected to ensure that global tax cooperation norms and rules will work more effectively and efficiently for all countries and all stakeholders.
  • Voluntary contributions for the Trust Fund have been called for by the UN Tax Committee since its establishment in 2006. The call for contributions was also emphasized in the Addis Ababa Action Agenda adopted at the Third International Conference on Financing for Development in 2015.

Union Government launched new bidding mechanism for mega oil and gas auctions


  • The Union Government on 28 June 2017 simultaneously launched two key interventions: a revamped oil and gas bidding mechanism named Open Acreage Licensing Process (OALP) and the National Data Repository (NDR) for the first major oil field auctions to be held from 1 July 2017.
  • The auctions will be held under a new Hydrocarbon Exploration Licensing Policy (HELP).
  • Arun Jaitely, Union Finance Minister, and Dharmendra Pradhan, Union Petroleum Minister, launched both the initiatives in a mega event in New Delhi.
  • The new bidding mechanism will allow interested firms to bid for blocks of their choice at any time of the year with the help of National Data Repository.
  • The NDR is a comprehensive database of India’s key sedimentary basins that will provide the bidders data on contract areas that will be available for auctioning.
  • Under the mechanism, an investor will be allowed to put forth an Expression of Interest for undertaking contracts under Petroleum Operations Contract (POC) or Reconnaissance Contract (RC).
  • The investor will have the liberty to apply for such contracts bi-annually. They may also participate in rounds of auctions conducted by the regulator DGH over and above the applications made under OALP.

India, World Bank sign USD 35 million agreement to enhance efficiency in tax administration in Assam


  • India on 27 June 2017 signed a loan agreement of USD 35 million with the World Bank for Assam State Public Financial Institutional Reforms Project.
  • The loan will be provided by the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD), an international financial institution under World Bank that offers loans to middle-income developing countries.
  • The agreement was signed by Raj Kumar, Joint Secretary under Department of Economic Affairs and John Blomquist, Acting Country Director of World Bank (India). The Implementing Entity Agreement was signed by Additional Chief Secretary (Finance) of Assam's Department of Finance and John Blomquist.
  • The objective of the project is to improve predictability and transparency in budget execution and efficiency in tax administration in Assam.
  • The project will benefit the citizens of Assam through efficient processes, enhanced transparency and better service delivery such as electronic payments and collections for services.
  • It will also lead to better public procurement and enhanced taxpayer services provided by public institutions.
  • The total project cost is USD 44 million, out of which USD 35 million will be financed by the World Bank. The remaining amount will be funded out of the State Budget.
  • The project duration is of 5 years.

6th Joint Trade Committee was convened between India and Myanmar


  • The 6th India-Myanmar Joint Trade Committee (JTC) Meeting was held on 27 June 2017 at New Delhi. The meeting was co-chaired by Nirmala Sitharaman, Minister of Commerce & Industry from India and Dr. Than Myint, Union Commerce Minister from Myanmar. The Joint Trade Committee plays a key role in facilitating issues related to the enhancement of the bilateral economic partnership between the two countries.
Speaking on the occasion, Sitharaman stated that both the countries have a long history of shared religious, linguistic and ethnic ties:
  • - Myanmar is India’s gateway to South East Asia and ASEAN with which India is seeking greater economic integration through ‘Act East’ Policy.
  • - Myanmar shares a long land border of over 1600 Kms with India as well as a maritime boundary in the Bay of Bengal.
  • - The bilateral relationship between the two countries has been further strengthened by the high-level exchanges.
  • - Prime Minister of India visited Myanmar in November 2014 for the Twelfth India-ASEAN Summit while the state counsellor of Myanmar visited India in October 2016.



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India's policy panel proposes to break up of Coal India into 7 firms


  • A new draft of a New Energy Policy (NEP) prepared by Union Government's policy think-tank, NITI Aayog, says that India should split the seven units of state-controlled Coal India Limited (CIL) into independent companies. This action will help the firm to be more competitive.
  • About 70 percent of India's power generation is fired by coal. The country is the world's third-largest producer and third-biggest importer of coal, which the government wants to change by boosting local coal production.
  • Fresh coal production should come from private sector mines, the government think-tank NITI Aayog said, adding that the move called for reforms in allocating coal blocks to independent companies specialised in coal mining.
  • The previous report of December 2016 by Reuters said that senior Indian government officials, tasked by Prime Minister Narendra Modi with reviewing energy security, were recommending the breakup of the world's largest coal miner within a year.
  • Attempts to break up the world's biggest coal miner could expect resistance from powerful unions representing the firm's more than 350000 employees. The government backed down from a similar proposal in the face of union protests in 2014.
  • One of the unions, which is close to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's party, is against the move and says it, has the support of about half of Coal India's workers.
  • According to reports, Baij Nath Rai, president of Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh in its conversation with Reuters said, “We are opposing the recommendations made by NITI Aayog".

News related to India and states

Union Cabinet approves MoU between India and Israel on National Campaign for Water Conservation


  • The Union Cabinet, presided by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on 28 June 2017 approved signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Israel on National Campaign for Water Conservation in India.
  • The MoU will help India in conserving water for future generations.
  • As per the agreement, the two nations will work to enhance cooperation at the national, regional and international level to design, implement and monitor a professionally-designed National Water Conservation campaign in India.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurates Centenary Celebrations of Sabarmati Ashram


  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 29 June 2017 inaugurated the centenary celebrations of Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad, Gujarat.
  • In addition, PM Modi also released the coin and postal stamp in the honour of Jain saint and philosopher Shrimad Rajchandra on his 150th birth anniversary at Abhay Ghat.
  • Shrimad Rajchandra was a Jain poet, philosopher, scholar and reformer.

Election Commission to launch nationwide Voter Registration Reminder on Facebook


  • The Election Commission of India (ECI) on 28 June 2017 announced that it will launch a special drive to enrol left out electors, with a special focus on first time electors.
  • The step is taken in the direction of Commission’s motto that 'No Voter to be Left Behind’.
  • It is the first time that Facebook's voter registration reminder has been rolled out across India. The drive will be launched on 1 July 2017.
  •  In order to reach out to maximum eligible voters, the ECI is collaborating with Facebook to launch first nationwide Voter Registration Reminder. 
  • With over 180 million people in India on Facebook, the Register Now button is designed to encourage Indian citizens to register themselves with the Election Commission of India.
  • On 1 July 2017, a notification of the Voter Registration Reminder will be sent to people on Facebook in India who are eligible to vote.

India's communication satellite GSAT-17 successfully launched


  • India's latest communication satellite GSAT-17 was successfully launched from Kourou in French Guiana on 29 June 2017. The satellite was launched by French rocket Ariane-5. The European launcher Arianespace Flight VA238 blasted off from Ariane Launch Complex No 3 (ELA 3) at Kourou, a French territory located in the northeastern coast of South America, a couple of minutes delayed than the scheduled time of 2:29 hrs India time.
  • After its lift-off at 2:45 am (IST) and a flight lasting about 39 minutes, GSAT-17 separated from the Ariane 5 upper stage in an elliptical Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO) with a perigee (nearest point to Earth) of 249 km and an apogee (farthest point to Earth) of 35920 km, inclined at an angle of 3 degrees to the equator.
  • GSAT-17 with a lift-off mass of about 3477 kg carries payloads in Normal C-band, Extended C-band and S-band to provide various communication services. GSAT-17 has a life expectancy of 15 years.
  • The Satellite also carries equipment for meteorological data relay and satellite-based search and rescue services being provided by earlier INSAT satellites.

India-Netherlands Joint Communique issued during PM Modi’s visit


  • India and the Netherlands on 27 June 2017 released a Joint Communiqué at The Hague. The Joint Communique was released after bilateral talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Dutch counterpart, Prime Minister Mark Rutte.
  • The communiqué was released during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s working visit to the Netherlands on 27 June 2017. Modi was on a visit to the Netherlands at the invitation of his Dutch counterpart. His visit to the nation also marked 70 years of the establishment of diplomatic relations between India and the Netherlands.
  • During this visit, Modi met with his counterpart Mark Rutte, His Majesty King Willem-Alexander and Her Majesty Queen Maxima. In addition, Prime Minister Modi also met with representatives of Dutch companies operating in the Indian market and those who are keen to invest there.
  • Earlier on his arrival, the Prime Minister was welcomed at Schiphol Airport by Minister of Foreign Affairs Bert Koenders.

Indian Army gets first batch of modern bullet-proof helmets


  • The Indian Army reportedly received its first batch of bullet-proof helmets from Kanpur-based MKU Industries.
  • The MKU Industries, which supplies military equipment to the United Nations and NATO, was awarded a contract to manufacture 1.58 lakh helmets at the cost of Rs 180 crore.
  • Indian Army has ordered the bolted version of bolt-free ballistic helmets. Bolt-free is a higher and expensive version of bullet-proof helmets, which gives all-round protection from head injuries.
  • The MKU Industries claims that the bullet-proof helmets go through rigorous quality tests and ballistic lab test conducted at its testing facilities in India as well as in Germany.
  • The helmets are reportedly designed to bear the impact of 9 mm ammunition fired from a short range.
  • They match global standards of equipment for armed forces.
  • The bullet-proof helmet has the main protective layer of Kevlar, which has high tensile strength-to-weight ratio; by this measure it is 5 times stronger than steel.

JNPT, India's largest container port, hit by cyber attack


  • Operations at one of three terminals at India's largest container port Jawaharlal Nehru Port (JNPT) in Mumbai were disrupted by the global ransomware attack. The attack was confirmed by the port authorities on 28 June 2017.
  • The impacted terminal is operated by Danish shipping giant AP Moller-Maersk. The Maersk group confirmed individually on 27 June that its operations were hit by a cyber attack named Petya that affected its multiple sites and select business units.
  • The group’s statement read, “We are responding to the situation to contain and limit the impact and uphold operations."
  • Anil Diggikar, JNPT chairman also stated that the port has been trying to clear containers manually but its operating capacity has dropped to a third at the terminal.
  • “This is a fallout of global cyber attack. Containers are piling up outside the port due to delay in loading and unloading at Gateway Terminals India,” Diggikar said and added that they are hopeful that the operations would normalise in a day.
  • AP Moller-Maersk operates the Gateway Terminals India (GTI) at JNPT, which has a capacity to handle 1.8 million standard container units.


Appointments

Rajiv Kumar appointed as Chief Secretary of Uttar Pradesh


  • Rajiv Kumar was on 29 June 2017 appointed as the Chief Secretary of Uttar Pradesh. His appointment was approved by the Uttar Pradesh Government.
  • Prior to this appointment, Kumar was a Secretary in the Union Shipping ministry. He is a 1981 batch IAS Officer of the Uttar Pradesh cadre.
  • Kumar succeeds Rahul Prasad Bhatnagar, who was appointed by the previous Samajwadi Party (SP) government and continued to serve in the office for three months under the Yogi Adityanath government.
  • Rahul Prasad Bhatnagar, the outgoing Chief Secretary, will now serve as the Chairman of the Greater Noida Authority and also as the Investment Commissioner of Uttar Pradesh in New Delhi.

Former Vice Chancellor of Ambedkar University takes oath as UPSC Member


  • Dr. Manoj Soni, former Vice Chancellor of Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Open University, took the Oath of Office and Secrecy as Member of the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) on 28 June 2017 at Delhi.
  • The Oath was administered by the UPSC Chairman David R Syiemlieh. UPSC conducts recruitment exams to select country’s top bureaucrats.

Indian-American Krishna R Urs appointed as US Ambassador to Peru


  • Indian-American Krishna R Urs was on 28 June 2017 appointed as the United States (US) Ambassador to Peru by the President Donald Trump administration.
  • Krishna is currently serving as the Charge d' Affaires of the US Embassy in Madrid, Spain, where he was also the Deputy Chief of Mission. He has been a career service American diplomat since 1986.
  • During three decades of State Department service, Urs has specialised in economic issues and developed extensive policy experience in the Andean region of South America.

Narinder Nath Vohra appointed as President of India International Centre


  • Jammu and Kashmir Governor Narinder Nath Vohra in the last week of June 2017 was appointed the President of the India International Centre (IIC).
  • Vohra was appointed as the president at the Annual General Meeting, which was held on 23 June 2017.
  • The appointment was made after eminent jurist Soli Sorabjee quit the presidential post.
He is the first civilian Governor of Jammu and Kashmir in 18 years after Jagmohan.

Loknath Behra appointed as DGP of Kerala


  • Loknath Behra was on 28 June 2017 appointed as the Director General of Police (DGP) of Kerala as incumbent TP Senkumar will retire as the state DGP on 30 June 2017.
  • Behra's appointment as state police chief was confirmed by the Pinarayi Vijayan-led Kerala government after the cabinet meeting.
  • Behra is currently serving as the Director of Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Bureau. He is a 1985 batch Kerala cadre IPS officer.

Kaushik Basu takes over as President of International Economic Association


  • Former Chief Economic Advisor Kaushik Basu on 27 June 2017 took over as the President of the International Economic Association (IEA) with effect from 23 June 2017. He will serve the office for three years.
  • The IEA is a leading organisation for professional economists that seeks to shape global economic policy and research. Among IEA's past presidents are Nobel laureates Kenneth Arrow, Robert Solow, Amartya Sen and Joseph Stiglitz.

Days

International Day of the Tropics 2017 observed globally


  • The International Day of the Tropics 2017 was observed across the world on 29 June 2017 with an aim to raise awareness to the specific challenges faced by tropical areas and the far-reaching implications of the issues affecting the world’s tropical zone.
  • The International Day of the Tropics celebrates the diversity of the tropics and provides an opportunity to share tropical stories and expertise and to acknowledge the diversity and potential of the region.
  • The day was proclaimed on 14 June 2016 by the resolution of United Nations General Assembly to mark the anniversary of the 'State of the Tropics Report' that was launched by Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi on 29 June 2014.

Sharjah named World Book Capital 2019 by UNESCO


  • Sharjah, a city in the United Arab Emirates has been named as 'the World Book Capital' for 2019 by the Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova for the quality of its literary and cultural activities and for its efforts to make books accessible to the entire population of the nation.
  • Bokova took the decision on the recommendation of the Advisory Committee that met at the Headquarters of the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) at La Haye.
  • The programme runs with a slogan ‘Read - you are in Sharjah’.
  • It focuses on six themes: inclusivity, reading, heritage, outreach, publishing and children.
  • It would include a conference on freedom of speech, a contest for young poets, workshops for creating Braille books and tactile books as well as many other events for Sharjah's multi-ethnic population.

World News

Trump’s travel ban: Visa applicants from these 6 Muslim nations require close family ties in US


  • The Trump administration has set new criteria for visa applicants from six Muslim nations and all refugees that require a close family or business tie to the United States.
  • According to the new guidelines sent to all the US embassies and consulates on 28 June 2017, visa applicants from six countries- Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen-must prove a relationship with a parent, spouse, child, adult son or daughter, son-in-law, daughter-in-law or sibling in the United States in order to get a go ahead.
  • The new guideless have been set by the State Department, according to which extended family members including grandparents, grandchildren, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law and fiancées are not considered to be close relationships.
  • These new measures are expected to be implemented from 29 June 2017.
  • The court’s opinion exempts applicants from the ban if they can prove a “bona fide relationship” with a US person or entity. However, it is up to the government lawyers to determine how to define such a relationship. The court offered only broad guidelines suggesting it would include a relative, job offer or invitation to lecture in the US.
  • The move comes after the Supreme Court partially restored President Donald Trump's executive order that was widely criticised as a ban on Muslims.

World's first ATM celebrates its 50th birthday


  • The Automated Teller Machine (ATM) marked its 50th anniversary on 27 June 2017.
  • The first ATM was opened on 27 June 1967 at a branch of Barclays bank in Enfield, north London, the first of six cash dispensers commissioned by the bank.
  • To celebrate the occasion, the British bank decorated the site of the world's first cashpoint in gold. A black-and-white picture of Varney using the ATM hangs above it, while a commemorative gold plaque has been placed on the bank wall.
  • The original cash machine was the brainchild of Scottish inventor John Shepherd-Barron, who was commissioned by the bank to create six cash dispensers, which based on vending machines.
  • The first person to use the inaugural ATM was actor Reg Varney, the star of a popular British TV comedy called "On The Buses."
  • Transactions were initiated by inserting paper cheques issued by a teller or cashier, marked with carbon-14 for machine readability and security.


Chinese Navy launches biggest new generation destroyer


  • China’s Navy on 28 June 2017 launched its biggest new generation destroyer that weighs around 10,000 tonnes at the Jiangnan Shipyard (Group) in Shanghai. The launch is a part of the country’s massive expansion effort to become a global naval power.
  • The new destroyer, which is a domestically designed and produced vessel, is the first of China’s new generation of destroyers.
  • The destroyer is equipped with new air defence, anti-missile, anti-ship and anti-submarine weapons.
  • The ship is believed to be the first Type 055 destroyer, which is considered to be a successor class to the country’s smaller Type 052D guided missile destroyers.
  • The vessel will have to undergo planned testing including equipment operation, berthing and sailing before it is commissioned into use.

Chana and Chana Dal words added to Oxford English Dictionary


  • The words Chana and Chana Dal were on 27 June 2017 added to the Oxford English Dictionary (OED). 'Chana' means Chickpeas and 'Chana Dal' stands for split chickpea lentils.
  • With this, these Indian food essentials Chickpeas (chana) and the split chickpea lentils (chana dal) join the vast list of more than 600 other words and phrases that have been included in its quarterly update of the Oxford English Dictionary.
  • The other prominent new entries in the OED include a batch of tennis-related words like "Forced Error".
  • A slang 'Bagel' has also been added which refers to a score in a set of six games to love, as there is similarity of the numeral zero to the shape of a bagel.
  • A new sense of 'woke', which was shortlisted for 'Word of the Year', has also been added. It means alert to racial or social discrimination and injustice.

US adds China to the list of Worst Human Trafficking Offenders


  • The United States State Department in the last week of June 2017 issued highly public criticism of China in its latest annual report on the global state of human trafficking.
  • As per the Trafficking in Persons report, China is among the worst offenders of human trafficking.
  • China is now grouped with Tier 3 offenders such as Syria, Iran, Russia and North Korea.
  • China was downgraded to Tier 3 status in 2017 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) in part because it has not taken serious steps to end its own complicity in trafficking, including forced labours from North Korea that are located in China.
  • Several other countries like the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Guinea and Mali were downgraded to Tier 3 status.

Sports News

Kidambi Srikanth re-enters top 10 of BWF men’s rankings


  • Indian badminton player Kidambi Srikanth has re-entered the top ten of the Badminton World Federation (BWF) men's singles rankings for the first time in ten months.
  • The rankings, which were released on 29 June 2017, saw Srikanth placed at the 8th position with 58,583 points. The development comes less than a week after the ace shuttler beat Olympic champion Chen Long in straight games 22-20, 21-6 to claim the Australian Open Super Series and before that Japan's Kazumasa Sakai to clinch the Indonesian Open.
  • Srikanth is the lone Indian shuttler to figure in the top-10 of men's singles ranking after climbing up three places.
  • The 24-year-old had last reached the top ten in October 2016, few months after he reached the quarter-finals at the Rio Olympics 2016.

Lasith Malinga gets one-year ban, fined for media remarks


  • Sri Lankan fast bowler, Lasith Malinga has been handed over a suspension ban of six months after a disciplinary inquiry found him guilty of breaching his contract by speaking to the media without permission.
  • Malinga will also be fined 50 percent of the match fee from his next one-day international. He will be facing a disciplinary inquiry over his comments about Sri Lanka's Sports Minister Dayasiri Jayasekara. 

Roger Federer defeats Alexander Zverev to lift ninth Halle Open title

  • Swiss legend Roger Federer on 25 June 2017 defeated Alexander Zverev 6-1, 6-3 in the final to clinch the 2017 Halle Open Men’s Singles title.
  • The final took place at the Gerry Weber Stadion in Halle, Germany.
  • He also won the Olympic gold medal in doubles with his compatriot Stan Wawrinka at the 2008 Summer Olympic Games and the Olympic silver medal in singles at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games.
  • He is currently ranked world No. 5 by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP).












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          Muslim ban, Nasce l’Alleanza del pacifico, G20 Amburgo, May ottiene la fiducia, Italia-Ue e il problema dei migranti   

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          Seven Militants Executed in Somalia   
By Patrick Brogan News is breaking of seven Al-Shabaab militants executed in Puntland, north-east So
          USA: Ëmstriddent Areesverbuet vum Donald Trump ass a Kraaft   
Zanter en Donneschdeg 20 Auer Lokalzäit gëllt ee prinzipiellt Areesverbuet fir Bierger aus dem Iran, Syrien, dem Jemen, Libyen, Somalia an dem Sudan.
          Weekly catch-up   
Supreme Court agrees to review “travel ban” cases and partially stays injunctions on the ban pending a final decision. The Trump Administration won a partial victory this week when the U.S. Supreme Court decided that portions of the preliminary injunctions against the “travel ban” issued in March should be stayed. What that means is that the travel ban is now in effect for foreign nationals from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen who do not have bona fide close family relationships with persons in the United States or bona fide pre-existing, documented relationships with entities (such as schools or employers) in the United States. The decision is only preliminary. The case will be heard by the Supreme Court during the first session of its October term. Will Krasnow of our Immigration Practice Group tells us what this means for employers. The May-June Executive Labor Summary is out! Once again, David Phippen has outdone…
          MUSULMANES: Entran en vigencia nuevas restricciones de ingreso a EEUU   
Los nuevos lineamientos para solicitantes de visa de seis naciones musulmanas y para todos los refugiados, que les exigen contar con un vínculo familiar cercano o de negocios con Estados Unidos, entraron en vigencia el jueves.


La Corte Suprema restableció parcialmente el decreto del presidente Donald Trump que había sido ampliamente criticado por considerárselo como una prohibición a la admisión de musulmanes.

Las visas que ya han sido aprobadas no serán revocadas, pero instrucciones emitidas por el Departamento de Estado dicen que los nuevos solicitantes de Siria, Sudán, Somalia, Libia, Irán y Yemen deben demostrar una relación con un padre, un cónyuge, niño, hijo o hija adulto, yerno, nuera o hermano que ya esté en Estados Unidos para ser elegibles.

Los mismos requerimientos, con algunas excepciones, aplican para quienes pudieran ser acogidos como refugiados que provengan de todas las naciones que aún están esperando ser admitidos en Estados Unidos.

Los abuelos, nietos, tíos, tías, sobrinos, sobrinas, cuñados, cuñadas, prometidos u otros miembros de la familia ampliada no son considerados como relaciones cercanas, según los lineamientos que fueron emitidos en un cablegrama que fue enviado a todas las embajadas y consulados estadounidenses. Las nuevas directrices entraron en vigor a las 8 hora del este (1200 GMT), de acuerdo al cablegrama que fue obtenido por The Associated Press.

En cuanto a los vínculos comerciales o profesionales, el Departamento de Estado dijo que una relación legítima debe ser ?formal, documentada y formada en el curso ordinario antes que con el propósito de evadir? la prohibición. Periodistas, estudiantes, trabajadores o profesores que tienen invitaciones o contratos de empleo válidos en Estados Unidos estarían eximidos de la prohibición. La exención no se aplica a los que buscan una relación con una empresa o institución educativa estadounidense con el solo propósito de evadir las normas, dice el cable. Una reserva de hotel o contrato de alquiler de auto, aunque sean prepagos, no cuentan para la exención, añade.

Los funcionarios consulares pueden otorgar exenciones a solicitantes de las seis naciones si han establecido previamente contactos significativos con Estados Unidos, obligaciones de negocios o profesionales; si se trata de un bebé, hijo adoptivo o necesitado de atención médica urgente; si realizan un viaje de negocios para una organización internacional reconocida o el gobierno de Estados Unidos o si se trata de un residente legal en Canadá, dice el cable.

En tanto, la aerolínea Emirates, la más grande del Medio Oriente, dijo que sus vuelos a Estados Unidos operan normalmente.  AP

          Hawaii Files Federal Court Challenge to Trump’s Latest Travel Ban   

As the newest, scaled-back version of the Trump administration’s Muslim ban went into effect Thursday evening, the state of Hawaii filed an emergency motion over its implementation and the White House’s interpretation of a Supreme Court ruling earlier this week. The Supreme Court stipulated that individuals from the six banned Muslim-majority countries that have “bona fide” relationships in the U.S. cannot be prohibited from entering the country. The State Department, however, very narrowly defined what relationships would be sufficient for individuals from Syria, Sudan, Somalia, Libya, Iran, and Yemen to be granted visas—namely, a spouse, sibling, parent or child (including daughters and sons-in-law and stepchildren). Excluded from consideration, however, are other close relatives: grandparents, grandchildren, uncles, aunts, cousins and fiancés.

The state of Hawaii on Thursday asked a federal judge to again halt the enforcement of the ban because, lawyers for the state argue, the government’s ban too narrowly interpreted what constituted a “bona fide” relationship in Supreme Court’s ruling. “A few hours ago, after days of stonewalling plaintiffs’ repeated requests for information, the government announced that it intended to violate the Supreme Court’s instruction,” Hawaii said in a filing Thursday in Honolulu federal court. “It will apply the executive order to exclude a host of aliens with a ‘close familial relationship” to U.S. persons, including grandparents and grandchildren, brothers- and sisters-in-law, fiancés, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.”


          Donald Trump’s State Department Is Acknowledging the Virtual Impotence of His Muslim Ban   

In response to the Supreme Court’s ruling earlier this week, Donald Trump’s State Department sent a cable to the United States’ diplomatic posts explaining how officials should implement the president’s Muslim travel ban. The administration’s new guidance pushes the court-sanctioned implementation to be as restrictive as possible. It was also issued in secret, which means the administration is doing its damnedest to prevent the legal challenges that will surely follow. The guidance makes clear, though, that this version of the travel ban will not affect nearly as many of people as the original ban did, nor will it be as severe as the second version of the ban would have been had the court allowed it to go into full effect.

On Monday, the Supreme Court limited the ban to individuals who do not have a connection to a U.S. entity or a “close familial relationship” with a person in the United States. That vague description—the court cited only the example of a relationship with a mother-in-law and spouse—allowed the State Department to craft its own rules. What they came up with is the most limited plausible definition that falls within those boundaries. From the State Department’s guidance:

“Close family” is defined as a parent (including parent-in-law), spouse, child, adult son or daughter, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, sibling, whether whole or half. This includes step relationships. “Close family” does not include grandparents, grandchildren, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, brothers-laws and sisters-in-law, fiancés, and any other “extended” family members.

The agency acknowledges at another point in the guidance that most non-immigrant visas are exempt from review under the travel ban because “their bona fide relationship to a person or entity is inherent in the visa classification.” Familial relationships are also often required for immigrant visas; there are special visa categories for spouses, parents, and siblings that will also be exempted from the travel ban based on this new guidance.

Who isn’t exempt from the travel ban?

What’s left, it seems are a small number of visas that visitors from the six countries in question—Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen—don’t even use that often: independent media visas for those without a U.S. business connection (I visas), crewmen visas for air and sea companies that don’t have some U.S. connection (C-1 and D visas), tourist visas (B visas), fiancée visas (K visas), and refugee travel documents.

It’s these last three categories that will affect the most people and face the most significant legal challenge. Say an Iranian woman wants to visit her American granddaughter in California on a tourist visa. Under this guidance she would be blocked. It seems possible that a court could decide a grandmother does in fact have a “close” familial relationship with her granddaughter. It’s also possible, though, that a judge could decide that the government drew within the lines. “I could see courts providing a lot of leeway to the agency to make that [familial] determination through the doctrines of deference to agency decisionmaking,” Pratheepan Gulasekaram, a professor of immigration and constitutional law at Santa Clara University School of Law, told me via email.

Gulasekaram does think the government might run into trouble with its decision to exclude fiancées. An entire visa category, K-1, already exists for people who are engaged to be married. There’s no sound rationale for excluding them while including in-laws, who don’t have their own such visa category. “I'm not sure why that makes sense, and certainly is something I would predict could and would be litigated,” Gulasekaram wrote. “It may not affect a huge number of people, but it’s an odd way to draw a line.”

One final point: I wrote earlier this week that the administration might attempt to hide behind the doctrine of consular nonreviewability in order to obscure its decisionmaking around the issuance of individual visas. This State Department guidance—although it was not issued publicly—is a tacit acknowledgement that there are now official guidelines in place regarding what does and doesn’t qualify as a close family relationship. Gulasekaram said this guidance could allow the courts to review decisions that might otherwise have been hidden—a district judge might issue a ruling on whether the State Department’s interpretation of “close” family relationship is in fact the correct one. If courts decide a grandmother should get the same treatment as a mother-in-law, then Trump’s feeble travel ban could become completely impotent.


          Muslim Terrorists Strike Somalia   

Muslim Terrorists Strike Somalia A total of 14 people, mostly young revelers who were entering the restaurant as the attack began to unfold, died as a result, police said. The number includes two neutralized hostage takers and a Syrian man, police officer Mohamed Hussein said, gunmen stormed into a restaurant adjacent to the hotel, taking […]

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          somaliano   

Significado de somaliano

s.m. Pessoa natural ou habitante da Somália; somali. adj. Que nasceu ou habita na Somália. (Etm. somali + ano)
          06/30 Links Pt1: Abbas's Lies and Palestinian Child Victims; UN hosts hatefest comparing Israelis to ISIS   
From Ian:

Major (res.) Eyal Harel, don’t blame the system
[This was NOT translated from the Hebrew edition to the English one at Haaretz (Which is fake news by omission) - Guess why. (h/t Yenta Press)]
An IDF officer answers claims by a fellow (Breaking The Silence) officer: My name is Eran Ben Yaakov, and I am a major in reserve duty. Eyal Harel has served under my command in most of the incidents he describes ("What Really Happens in the World's Most Moral Army", Haaretz,June 19). He was a platoon commander in the engineering company in which I served as deputy commander. In the absence of the company’s commander, I was also the de facto commander of Girit outpost during a large part of the period in question. Later I was appointed commander of the company, and Harel was my deputy during the Second Lebanon War in 2006. Overall, we served together in reserve duty for nearly a decade. I read Harel’s words with sorrow, not only because he distorts the truth, but also because he does so in order to portray himself as a victim, full of regret and yet not responsible for his own actions. But this is not the case. I know him to be a good, virtuous and disciplined person.
But, in my opinion, his decisions as a commander weren’t always the best, and it angers me that he blames the system.
Regarding the incident in which a body appeared at Gaza’s shore near Rafah (an Egyptian soldier murdered [in Egypt] drifted to the shore), I was next to Harel when he fired into the air in order to drive the crowd away. I didn’t give him the order. He
did it of his own volition, and I scolded him for it was unnecessary. I wasn’t present at the second incident, but according to soldiers who were there, that was an unneeded shooting as well. No one pushed him into this. (h/t Yenta Press)
Abbas's Lies and Palestinian Child Victims
Hamas and human rights groups hold Abbas personally responsible for the deaths of the children and the possible deaths of other patients in need of urgent medical treatment not available in Gaza Strip hospitals. One human rights group went so far as to call for the International Criminal Court in The Hague to launch an investigation against Abbas.
In a move of mind-bending irony, we are witnessing a Palestinian president waging war not only against Hamas, but also against the two million Palestinians living in the Gaza Strip -- while Israel continues to provide the Palestinians living under Hamas with humanitarian aid.
That is the standard operating procedure of the man who lied straight to the face of President Donald Trump, by claiming that he had stopped incitement against Israel and was promoting a "culture of peace" among his people. Will the last sick Palestinian child please stand up?
PA to again allow Gazan patients to be treated in Israeli hospitals
The Palestinian Authority will reportedly once again allow patients from the Gaza Strip to be treated in Israel after three babies died on Tuesday in the enclave controlled by the Hamas terror group.
Following an international outcry over the deaths, the Palestinian Health Ministry will on Sunday increase the number of permits it issues for Gaza residents to receive medical care in Israel, the Haaretz newspaper reported on Friday.
The Palestinian Authority has severely cut back on medical aid to the Gaza Strip as part of a series of tough measures aimed at forcing Hamas to cede control of the coastal enclave, including reducing the amount of electricity it provides the Strip and slashing PA salaries to Gaza residents.
The Hamas-run Gaza Health Ministry blamed the Palestinian Authority for the deaths of the three babies, all less than a year old, saying Ramallah has refused to grant permits for them to be treated in Israel.
To leave Gaza and travel to Israel for medical treatment, or to receive treatment in the West Bank or abroad, Gazans must first get confirmation from the PA that it will pay for the treatments.



The UNRWA Problem
UNRWA, created in the aftermath of Israel's existential victory in the 1948 war, was formed with modest and sensible goals - to provide emergency aid to all needy refugees of that war with an eye to gradually decreasing the need for aid through job creation, resettlement and regional cooperation. In the early days of UNRWA, it operated inside Israel, and aid recipients included Jewish refugees of the war who had previously lived in areas conquered by Jordan and Egypt. Israel quickly absorbed its internally displaced Arab and Jewish refugees, taking them off UNRWA's rolls.
Then UNRWA became an advocacy organization for the political goals of Palestinian Arabs and expanded its definition of Palestinian refugee identity to include all the descendants of the original refugees. UNRWA's mandate to resettle these refugees was removed in 1965, formalizing a perpetual state of Palestinian dependency on the organization.
UNRWA's institutionalized perpetuation of Palestinian refugee camps and culture makes peacemaking more difficult and deprives generations of Palestinians who were not refugees themselves the right to choose their own destiny. It does so at an unsustainable level for the mostly Western countries that financially support the organization.
JCPA: Lessons from Israel's Response to Terrorism
Amb. Dore Gold: Is the Terror against Europe Different from the Terror against Israel?
Effective solidarity among states has become a prerequisite for ultimately succeeding in the war of the West against jihadist terrorism. Yet, in the aftermath of the Islamic State’s brutal attacks in Paris during 2015 that left 129 dead, there began a discussion in the international media of whether the terrorist attacks against Israelis could be compared with the newest jihadist assault on European capitals. Recent events have challenged this European distinction. A cohesive military strategy is needed for the West, the Arab states that are threatened, and Israel. It stands to reason that, just as all three face similar threats, the models developed in Israel for dealing with terror merit attention in Europe and beyond.
Fiamma Nirenstein: Resilience, the Israeli People’s Weapon against Terror
An important component of Israel’s struggle against terrorism is its population’s psychology, resilience, and capacity to counter what has unfortunately been one of the characteristics of this state from its very origins: the constant attacks against civilians in the streets, public structures, cafes, and buses. How do the Israeli people overcome being on the front line against terror? The answer lies in Israel’s history, sociology, education, and social values, from which today’s vulnerable Europe can learn much.
Brig-Gen. (res.) Yossi Kuperwasser: The National Security Aspect of Fighting Terror – The Israeli Experience
Israel’s overall strategy of fighting terror is a comprehensive approach that was developed out of ongoing learning efforts. Understanding the goals and strategy of the enemy and the context in which it operates, and being agile enough to rapidly adopt adequate responses that build on former solutions, enabled Israel to become a world leader in the fight against terror.
Lessons from Israel's Response to Terrorism



Democratic lawmakers urge Tillerson to stop Israeli trial
Thirty-two Democratic members of Congress have urged the secretary of state to help an Arab activist who is going on trial in Israel.
In a letter sent Wednesday, the lawmakers asked Rex Tillerson to utilize his influence in the case of Issa Amro, who is facing charges connected to protests he organized in Hevron.
US Reps. Keith Ellison and Betty McCollum, both of Minnesota, Earl Blumenauer of Oregon, and Mark Pocan of Wisconsin circulated the letter organized by the U.S. Campaign for Palestinian Rights, CODEPINK, Jewish Voice for Peace and American Muslims for Palestine.
Amro will appear July 9 in a military court to face 18 charges, most dating back to 2013, that include “spitting at a settler, obstructing soldiers and insulting them, and entering closed military zones,” Haaretz reported. An Israeli military spokesman described his actions as “disturbances,” but did not claim his protests are violent.
“After evidence of these offenses was collected, the indictment was served,” the spokesman said.
According to the congressional letter, Amro has been recognized by the United Nations and the European Union as a human rights defender for his organization, Youth Against Settlements. The UN and Amnesty International have condemned the case against him.
The letter questioned whether Amro would be judged fairly in the Israeli judicial system. (h/t Jewess)
UN trumpets Palestinian revisionist fraud: all of Israel is Palestinian, no to a Jewish state.
His remarks were made at a forum organized by the U.N.'s Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People, which was created to implement the 1975 General Assembly "Zionism is racism" resolution.
Said Palestinian representative Erekat: "I'm the son of Jericho. I'm 10,000 years a son of the Natufians. We were there 5,500 years before Isho ben Nun came to my home town, Jericho. That's the truth. This is my narrative....So when Mr. Netanyahu says you must recognize Israel as a Jewish state, he is telling me hey, change your narrative. That's what he's doing. He's turning this conflict into a religious conflict...Call it Islamic state, Jewish state, that should be a forbidden zone..."
Erekat's hate-filled UN-sponsored diatribe also included classic antisemitism, blaming money-grubbing Jews for the regions' ills.
In his words: "So I think a question that I would like to see answered or a general opinion is, is the Jewish religion being exploited for economic gains by a key elite segment within Israeli society? And are they the ones that are driving this conflict..."
All of the proceedings were webcast around the world - courtesy of taxpayers everywhere, including Americans.
Man blinded in terror attack to speak at UN against PA terrorist stipends
Oren Almog, who lost five members of his family along with his eyesight in a terrorist attack at the Maxim restaurant in Haifa in 2003, where 21 died and 51 were wounded, will speak at the UN Security Council next month as part of the Israeli government's struggle against the Palestinian Authority's payments to convicted terrorists.
Almog will travel to the UN Security Council at the initiative of Israel's ambassador to the United Nations, Danny Danon, and in cooperation with the pro-Israel advocacy organization StandWithUs.
"Those responsible for the murder of my family receive a monthly payment from the PA," Almog told Yedioth Ahronoth. "The Palestinian leadership speaks to the world about peace, but pays the terrorists and their families. This is explicit support for the murder of innocents. I will come to the UN and call upon the international community to act to stop this funding and to prevent future terror attacks."
The Maxim restaurant suicide bombing was perpetrated by Hanadi Jaradat, who blew herself up in as an act of revenge after Israel Defense Forces undercover operatives in Jenin killed her cousin and her younger brother, both of whom were members of Islamic Jihad, with her cousin being a senior member of the Al-Quds Brigades group.
Report: Palestinian Authority has ceased paying 500 terrorists
Researcher Bushara al-Tawil, who specializes in the subject of Palestinian Arab prisoners, told Hamas newspaper Palestin that the Palestinian Authority had ceased paying salaries to 500 prisoners.
"We need a real intifada, of all the freed prisoners. They need their salaries," al-Tawil said.
According to her, the Palestinian Authority has a large budget intended for its prisoners, but decided to slash the budget in accordance with its new and changing guidelines.
According to Abdullah Abu Shalbak, spokesman for the demonstrating ex-prisoners who claims to have spent 21 years in Israeli jails,, the Palestinian Authority ceased paying monthly salaries to 277 prisoners, including 23 who are currently in Judea, Samaria, or abroad, and 48 who were released in the "Shalit deal" and later recaptured by Israel.
Freed terrorists who no longer receive their monthly salaries protested this week in the center of Ramallah, setting up a protest tent in the city's "Hasha'on Square." One of the claims is that Fatah convicts continued to receive payments, with only Hamas and Islamic Jihad members losing their stipends.
UN hosts hatefest comparing Israelis to ISIS
At an anti-Israel U.N. "Forum to Mark 50 Years of Occupation" on June 29, 2017, an invited Palestinian official equated the "Jewish State", with ISIS, the "Islamic State." Saeb Erekat, a Palestinian representative and top negotiator, made the remarks during the opening of an extraordinary two-day UN-sponsored Israel-bashing event.
In Erekat's words:
"There are two ways combined to defeat ISIS. One is ending the Israeli occupation that began in 1967...Ending the Israeli occupation is a must, is a responsibility for the international community. And the logic of some of those who argue that why should Israel make peace, it has 5,000 tanks, it has 3,000 fighting planes and nuclear weapons, Congress, Senate, and Nikki Haley to defend them justly or unjustly. And then these people stand to speak about defeating ISIS. Enough. Enough."
Hamas and PFLP Are ‘Not Terrorist Organizations,’ Top Palestinian Official Claims at UN Anti-Israel Forum
A senior PLO official and former negotiator with Israel went before a UN forum on Thursday to emphatically deny that Hamas and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) were terror groups.
“Hamas and the PFLP are not terrorist organizations,” Saeb Erekat — the PLO’s secretary-general and a principal negotiator of the 1993 Oslo Accords with Israel — declared.
“We are a people who strive to achieve our independence — and our choice in the PLO, the Palestine Liberation Organization, is to achieve peace peacefully,” Erekat went on to say in a speech given on the opening day of a two-day UN conference “to mark 50 years of occupation.”
Indicating that Palestinian enthusiasm for US President Donald Trump’s bid to revive direct talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA) was quickly diminishing, Erekat — who spoke to the forum as a representative of the “State of Palestine” — asserted, “We do not have a partner in Israel today. ”
“The Israeli government, headed by Mr. Benjamin Netanyahu, is trying to replace the two-state solution with ‘one state, two systems’ apartheid,” Erekat said, invoking one of the most persistent themes of anti-Israel propaganda: that the Jewish state legally discriminates against Palestinians in the same manner as the former white supremacist regime in South Africa.
Other speakers at the first day of the conference — titled “Ending the Occupation: The Path to Independence, Justice and Peace for Palestine” — included Nabil Elaraby, a former secretary-general of the Arab League, Aida Touma-Sliman, a member of the Knesset from the anti-Zionist “Joint List,” and Nasser al-Kidwa, a former PLO foreign minister.
Israel’s Opposition Aids Delegitimizers
The very fact that the left-wing opposition can continuously castigate the current coalition with impunity without any real fear of retribution arguably most resoundingly repudiates the repeated accusations of “fascism.”
What self-respecting fascist regime would tolerate such recalcitrant behavior? The perpetrators would have long been dispatched, post haste, to either prison or the hereafter.
Surely the time has come for the left-wing opposition to realize that their reckless rhetoric inflicts tremendous and unwarranted harm on their country; surely the time has come for them to desist from this egregious tactic for electoral advantage, especially as it has proven so hopelessly ineffectual.
In this regard, perhaps the Left would do well to recall that is has always prided itself on its acceptance of the “The Other.”
So, in its quest for greater success in the democratic process, perhaps it’s time for the representatives of the Israeli Left to come to terms with the existence of “The Other” and reconcile itself with the idea that people who think differently to them are just as legitimate as those who look different to them.
Indian prime minister to meet massacre survivor Moshe Holtzberg
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Israel next week for an historical visit, during which he will meet Moshe Holtzberg, the young boy who miraculously survived a terror attack and massacre in 2008.
Modi's 3-day trip will mark the first time an Indian prime minister visits Israel.
Moshe's parents were killed in the attack, and his nanny Sandra miraculously managed to escape the besieged building holding Moshe in her arms. After the attack, Sandra brought Moshe to Israel and was granted Israeli citizenship.
Four other Jews were killed in the attack.
According to Yediot Aharonot, Modi is expected to meet Holtzberg, his grandparents, and Sandra in the Tel Aviv Convention Center.
Israel awarded highest ranking for combating human trafficking
For the sixth year in a row, the U.S. State Department has named Israel a Tier 1 country in combatting human trafficking for its efforts to identify and rescue trafficking victims and punish traffickers.
Since 2001, the State Department has assigned countries to one of four tiers in its annual report, based on their government efforts to put a stop to trafficking in persons. Until 2012, the State Department ranked Israel a Tier 2 nation in its annual report on the fight against human trafficking. A Tier 2 ranking indicates a country that does not meet the minimum standards of combating human trafficking but is making efforts to do so. Israel became a Tier 1 country in June 2012.
In a statement, Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked said that "the Justice Ministry is leading the government's activity on the issue. We will continue to act so that the phenomenon of modern-day slavery disappears from our region."
In a step that could aggravate tensions between Washington and Beijing, which have eased under U.S. President Donald Trump, China was downgraded to the State Department's global list of the worst offenders in human trafficking and forced labor.
State Dept. Sanctions 4 of 6 Nations in Trump Travel Ban for Child Soldiers, Child Sex Slaves
The U.S. Department of State’s 2017 Trafficking in Persons Report singles out eight nations for specifically trafficking children for purposes ranging from training and arming them as soldiers to servants and sex slaves. This designation brings sanctions to those countries on certain security assistance and commercial licensing of military equipment.
The list and sanctions, congressionally mandated by the Child Soldiers Prevention Act of 2008, apply on Oct. 1, 2016, and for fiscal year 2018 for the following countries: Democratic Republic of Congo, Mali, Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen.
Four of these nations – Somalia, Syria, Sudan, and Yemen – are on the list of nations in President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration seeking to limit and closely screen individuals coming into the United States from these countries. Their governments are either unwilling or unable to properly vet individuals for ties to terrorism before leaving the country. The other two countries on Trump’s travel list are Libya and Iran.
“The term ‘child soldier’ includes any person… who is serving in any capacity, including in a support role, such as a ‘cook, porter, messenger, medic, guard, or sex slave,’” the trafficking report states.
This applies to individuals under 18 for all trafficking of children and children under 15 used as child soldiers.
GOOD TRUMP: Administration Cuts Funds For U.N. Peacekeeping
The Trump administration is making good on a promise to hold the increasingly corrupt United Nations accountable. Early Thursday, U.S. ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley put to rest any suggestions that the White House was bluffing when it said it would cut funds to the international body.
“Just 5 months into our time here, we've cut over half a billion [dollars] from the UN peacekeeping budget and we’re only getting started,” she tweeted.
The post “left many on social media bewildered,” according to The Hill.
As The Daily Wire reported, Trump has long promised a day of reckoning for the despots, theocrats, and charlatans at the U.N.
After the Obama administration’s shameful encouragement of the international body’s staunchly anti-Israel agenda, Trump called for a more serious review of the U.N.’s so-called “peacekeeping” work.
In his first month in office, Trump signed an executive order asking for “at least a 40% overall decrease” in U.S. funding for the U.N. organizations that violate certain criteria. One such criterion was whether a given U.N. body recognizes full membership to the Palestinian Liberation Organization and the Palestinian Authority, Islamist-inspired political projects accused of promoting terrorism and violence against Jews.
JPost Editorial: Keep your promise
According to NGO Monitor, Al-Haq is not the only Palestinian nonprofit that has ties to the PFLP. Others include Addameer, the Alternative Information Center, Defense for Children International – Palestine, the Health Work Committee, Stop the Wall, the Palestine Center for Human Rights, and the Union of Agricultural Work Committees.
Jewish Voice for Peace, another group that took part together with Al-Haq in the UN forum, organized a 2017 National Member Meeting in April that featured Rasmea Odeh, a PFLP operative convicted of US immigration fraud after concealing her role in two terrorist bombings in Israel.
Slightly more surprising was the participation of former foreign minister Shlomo Ben-Ami, Joint List MK Aida Touma- Sliman and executive director of B’Tselem Hagai El-Ad.
How can we take these individuals’ calls for justice seriously when their ideological bedfellows are members of an organization that is willing to use suicide bombings and coldblooded attacks on civilians – including stabbing to death babies and little children as they sleep – to further their goals? The same question must be asked of NGOs that collaborate with Hamas, which like PFLP is considered a terrorist organization by the US, Canada, the EU and Israel.
In April, during a speech to delegates at the World Jewish Congress’s plenary assembly while Israel marked Holocaust Remembrance Day, the UN secretary-general said that he would be “on the front lines in the fight against antisemitism,” and promised to “make sure the UN is able to conduct all possible actions for antisemitism to be... eradicated from the face of the earth.” Guterres added that “a modern form of antisemitism is the denial of the right of the State of Israel to exist.”
It is time for Guterres to keep his promise.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to Visit Israel in August
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will visit Israel in August for his first trip to the Jewish state since assuming the leadership of the world body at the start of this year.
Guterres will meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Reuven Rivlin, receive briefings from senior security officials, and visit Israel’s Yad Vashem Holocaust remembrance center.
Israeli Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon, who will accompany Guterres during the visit, said he was “looking forward to showing [Guterres] the true Israel, which is an island of prosperity and stability in the tumultuous Middle East.”
“Particularly because of the UN’s discriminating treatment of Israel, it’s important for the secretary-general to see the complex challenges Israel is dealing with up close, along with its great contribution to the world as an innovative and groundbreaking country in many fields,” Danon added, Yedioth Ahronoth reported.
U.S. Aircraft Carrier to Visit Israel for First Time in 17 Years
A United States aircraft carrier is slated to dock in an Israeli port for the first time in 17 years on Saturday.
The USS George H. W. Bush, named for the World War II naval aviator and 41st U.S. president, is scheduled to arrive in Haifa for a four day stopover with a crew of about 5,700 sailors and pilots and some 90 planes, Haaretz reported. The crew will spend the Fourth of July in Israel.
Because of its massive size, the George H. W. Bush will be unable to dock at Haifa’s port, but will remain offshore. Ferries will transport the crew to land.
The carrier, a Nimitz class nuclear-powered vessel, was deployed to the Persian Gulf to serve as a base for air strikes against the Islamic State in Syria.
On a visit to Israel in April, U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis said that Washington “maintains absolute and unwavering commitment to Israel’s security.”
Israeli plane hits Syrian army after shell lands in Golan
An Israeli warplane struck a Syrian army post on Friday, hours after stray fire from Syria’s civil war hit the Israeli Golan Heights, in the 16th such spillover just this week, the IDF said.
“In response to the projectile launched earlier today at Israel from Syria, an Israel Air Force aircraft targeted the Syrian army position that fired the mortar,” the English-language Israeli statement said.
“The errant projectile was a result of internal fighting in Syria.”
No one was hurt and no damage was reported in the incident. IDF forces located the shell casing near the border fence not far from Quneitra.
Rebels recently launched an offensive against government forces in Quneitra on the Syrian side of the armistice line.
Syrian rebels near Golan ask world for support against 'Assad’s terrorist regime'
Syrian rebels who have been fighting against the Syrian regime of Bashar Assad near Quneitra on the Golan claim to have killed 108 Syrian army soldiers in recent clashes, including high ranking officers.
In an exclusive interview with The Jerusalem Post, the spokesman Abo Omar Algolany said Syrian rebel factions were still trying to liberate Quneitra province.
Over the weekend of June 24th fighting between Syrian rebels and Assad’s forces led to projectiles falling on the Israeli side of the border and Israel struck Syrian regime tanks in response. According to Algolany a number of “revolutionary factions” that are active near the Golan border formed a unified “operations room” under the name “Operations of the Army of Muhammed” and launched an attack dubbed “there is no God but you, O God” to push Assad’s forces out of the Quneitra area. “The regime forces shell civilian homes, villages and towns adjacent to the Golan heights,” said Algolany. His statements correspond with other information online that says five different rebel groups cooperated in the attacks last week against an area called “Ba’ath city” which is around one kilometer from the Israeli border and near the ruins of the old town of Quneitra. This area can be easily seen from the Israeli side.
The Syrian rebels are facing reinforcements from Hezbollah as well as “Iranian Shi’ite militias” that prop-up Assad’s forces in the area, according to the source. “The rebels managed to control the first defensive lines of the Assad militia in Ba’ath City and eastern Samadaniyah, which is located near the city. They killed 108 members of the Assad regime, including high ranking officers. They destroyed three tanks.” Video posted on twitter claims to show the successes of the battle.
UN tells Syrian forces to leave buffer zone on border with Israel
The UN Security Council on Thursday strongly condemned fighting in the buffer zone between Syria and Israel and urged the Syrian government and opposition groups to withdraw from the area which is patrolled by UN peacekeepers.
A resolution sponsored by Russia and the United States and adopted unanimously Thursday by the UN Security Council extends the mandate of the peacekeeping mission known as UNDOF until Dececember 31.
Israel captured the Golan Heights from Syria in the 1967 Mideast war and later extended civil law over the strategic plateau overlooking northern Israel, in a move that is not internationally recognized.
The United Nations Disengagement Observer Force has patrolled the buffer zone between Syria and Israel since 1974, a year after the 1973 Yom Kippur War. For nearly four decades UNDOF helped enforce a stable truce between the two countries but the Syrian war spilled into the zone.
The six-year conflict has not only seen some intense fighting in the buffer zone but the abduction of peacekeepers by al-Qaeda-linked anti-Syrian government militants, and other attacks that prompted several countries to withdraw their soldiers.
Sarin nerve gas used in deadly Syria attack, says chemical weapons watchdog
An investigation by the international chemical weapons watchdog confirmed Friday that sarin nerve gas was used in a deadly April 4 attack on a Syrian town, the latest confirmation of chemical weapons use in Syria’s civil war.
The attack on Khan Sheikhoun in Syria’s Idlib province left more than 90 people dead, including women and children, and sparked outrage around the world as photos and video of the aftermath, including quivering children dying on camera, were widely broadcast.
“I strongly condemn this atrocity, which wholly contradicts the norms enshrined in the Chemical Weapons Convention,” Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons Director-General Ahmet Uzumcu said in a statement. “The perpetrators of this horrific attack must be held accountable for their crimes.”
The investigation did not apportion blame. Its findings will be used by a joint United Nations-OPCW investigation team to assess who was responsible.
The OPCW scheduled a meeting of its Executive Council July 5 to discuss the findings.
The US State Department said in a statement issued Thursday night after the report was circulated to OPCW member states that “The facts reflect a despicable and highly dangerous record of chemical weapons use by the Assad regime.”
Hamas Official: Trump Administration Seeking to Establish ‘Palestinian Entity,’ Not an ‘Independent State’
The US is seeking to establish a “Palestinian entity,” not an “independent state,” a top Hamas official claimed this week, the Hebrew news site nrg reported.
Furthermore, Moussa Abu Marzouk — the deputy chairman of the Hamas political bureau — asserted that the Trump administration’s nascent Israeli-Palestinian peace initiative was meant to “serve Jewish interests.”
“American policy is pushing for the implementation of a confederation plan with Jordan and Egypt,” Marzouk tweeted.
Marzouk’s statements came a week after top Trump administration officials Jared Kushner and Jason Greenblatt met with Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah.
That meeting, nrg said, left PA officials pessimistic, feeling that the Trump administration was biased in favor of Israel.
Abbas — according to PA officials quoted by nrg — tried to raise issues such as borders and refugees, while the American officials were focused on the PA’s payments to terrorists and their families and its incitement against Israel.
No understandings were reached and the discussion reached a dead end, nrg reported.
PreOccupiedTerritory: Palestinian Teachers Fear Students’ Murderous Hate For Jews Will Atrophy Over Summer (satire)
Educators in the Palestinian Authority school system and in the parallel institutions run by the United nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees voiced concern this week over the impending two-month summer break from formal studies, during which the hard work they invested inculcating in the children vengeful animosity toward Jews might dissipate.
With the school year reaching its formal completion this Friday, teachers and other staff members at schools across the Palestinian Territories expressed anxiety over how successful they had been at instilling lasting Jew-hate in their students during the last ten months. Summer camps will provide some of the same treatment to the children during July and August in informal settings, but the educators can only hope the hard work they have put into growing the next generation of stabbers, bombers, vehicular homicide perpetrators, hijackers, and inciters to murder does not go to waste once their young charges leave behind the school walls for the summer.
“I know summer camp can provide some of that content, but I still worry,” admitted Jenin sixth-grade teacher Sobbi Bor. “When the kids move up to seventh grade in September, will they retain the same level of murderous ill will, or will their new teachers have to go over some of the ground I was supposed to cover, just to get them up to speed? It’s a real worry of mine – basically, was I good enough? Am I good enough?”
For veteran Palestinian educators, the feelings are all too familiar. “Man, not a year goes by that I don’t dread the summer for this reason,” concurred Mustafa Massikr, who teaches fourth grade in the southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah. “It doesn’t get any easier. My mind fills up with visions of the children losing what I’ve tried to teach them, and actually starting to see Jews as human, or at least deserving of compassion or respect. Only through mindfulness training have I managed to overcome those nightmares and push forward.”
Five suicide bombers attack Lebanese army during raids
Five suicide bombers attacked Lebanese soldiers as they raided two Syrian refugee camps in the Arsal area at the border with Syria on Friday and a sixth militant threw a hand grenade at a patrol, the army said.
The army said seven soldiers were wounded and a girl was killed after one of the suicide bombers blew himself up in the midst of a family of refugees. It did not elaborate.
The raids were part of a major security sweep by the army in an area that has been a flashpoint for violent spillover from the Syria crisis, and several Islamic State officials were among some 350 people detained, a security source said.
The defense minister was quoted as saying the incident showed the importance of tackling the refugee crisis - Lebanon is hosting over 1 million refugees - and vindicated a policy of "pre-emptive strikes" against militant sleeper cells.
US accuses UN of failing to address Iran’s ‘repeated’ flouting of nuclear deal
The United States on Thursday accused Iran of “repeatedly and deliberately” violating a UN resolution that endorsed the landmark 2015 nuclear deal and said the Security Council had failed to respond.
US Ambassador Nikki Haley pointed to “repeated ballistic missile launches, proven arms smuggling,” purchases of missile technology and a violations of a travel ban on Iranian military officials as proof that Iran was not upholding its international obligations.
“The Security Council has failed to take even minimal steps to respond to these violations,” Haley told a council meeting called to discuss Iran.
“These measures are here for a reason. This council should be here to enforce them,” she said.
The Security Council adopted resolution 2231 two years ago to endorse the nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers, lifting economic sanctions in exchange for curbs to Tehran’s nuclear program.
The resolution called on Iran not to test ballistic missiles capable of carrying a nuclear warhead and an arms embargo remained in place.
US set to seize NYC skyscraper whose owner violated Iran sanctions
The US government said it’s ready to seize a Manhattan skyscraper from an Iranian-American charity after a jury found Thursday that the charity’s majority ownership was derived from financial dealings that violated sanctions against Iran.
Acting US Attorney Joon H. Kim said the owners of the office tower near Rockefeller Center “gave the Iranian government a critical foothold in the very heart of Manhattan through which Iran successfully circumvented US economic sanctions.”
“For over a decade, hiding in plain sight, this 36-story Manhattan office tower secretly served as a front for the Iranian government and as a gateway for millions of dollars to be funneled to Iran in clear violation of US sanctions laws,” Kim said in a statement. “In this trial, 650 Fifth Avenue’s secret was laid bare for all to see, and today’s jury verdict affirms what we have been alleging since 2008.”




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          Blackwater founder’s FSG signs security deal with Somali region   

U.S. Army soldiers with Charlie Company, 36th Infantry Regiment, 1st Armored Division set up a supportive position during a mission near Command Outpost Pa'in Kalay in Maiwand District, Kandahar Province

Frontier Services Group (FSG) , co-founded by Erik Prince who created the U.S. security firm Blackwater, said on Thursday it would provide logistics, aviation and security services for a regional development project in Somalia. Hong Kong-listed FSG said the deal was signed with the Free Zone Investment Authority of the South West State of Somalia, one of the federal regions set up under efforts in the Horn of Africa nation to rebuild its political structures and economy. The president of the South West State region, Sharif Hassan Sheikh Aden, said in a statement that the project was part of the region's move to attract local and foreign investors. Some investment has started returning to Somalia as it recovers from two decades of conflict, but much has come from Somali expatriates and most has focused on Mogadishu. Some Turkish and other foreign firms are among the new investors. "The project will include an integrated solution of air-land-sea logistics capabilities and advanced security management," FSG said in a statement about the deal. South West State's plans include building a seaport, airport, residential areas and setting up agricultural zones, FSG said in its statement. "We have brought together strong international business leaders to team-up with talented Somali entrepreneurs to make development in South West Somalia a reality," the regional president said, according to the FSG statement. He did not give details about costs or timelines. The Free Zone Authority's website offered no further information. The regional president's office could not be reached for comment. Many rural areas and small settlements in South West State, which lies south of Mogadishu, are controlled by al Shabaab, an al Qaeda-linked group which regularly launches attacks in its bid to oust the nation's Western-backed, federal government. The Lower Shabelle region, which also lies in South West state, has also suffered clashes between two big, rival clans. Prince, a former U.S. Navy Seal who is FSG's executive chairman, founded U.S. military contractor Blackwater which drew international criticism for its actions in Iraq. He later sold Blackwater, which then changed its name. Source: Reuters
          Explosion heard from ship off the coast of Somalia, official says   

The Somali coast as seen from U.S. Secretary of State Kerry's plane as it nears the airport in Mogadishu

BOSASSO, Somalia - A huge explosion was heard from a ship off the coast of Somalia's Puntland region late on Monday and flames were seen rising from what might be a foreign vessel, an official in a nearby port said. "We heard (a) huge explosion and (saw) flame rising from the ship. I believe that the ship is foreign," Ali Shire, mayor of Puntland's port town of Alula, a pirate haven, told Reuters on Tuesday. It was not immediately clear whether the explosion was caused by an accident onboard the vessel or was triggered by pirate attackers. It was also not clear whether the vessel was still afloat or had sunk. Jacqueline Sherriff, spokeswoman for the European Union Naval Force (EU NAVFOR), told Reuters in an email they were aware of reports about a possible explosion on a vessel and were working with the United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations (UKMTO) to confirm details. "I can confirm that all EU NAVFOR warships and crews are safe and we have not been asked to assist with an incident." Abdi Jama, a resident of Muranyo village near Alula, told Reuters the vessel had been in the area for two days before the explosion occurred and that he had seen a helicopter land on and take off from the vessel some time before the blast. He said the explosion turned the vessel "into flames and huge clouds of smoke". Somali pirates often prowl waters around Alula. In March, they hijacked an oil tanker, Aris 13, with eight Sri Lankan crew on board, the first time a commercial ship was commandeered in the region since 2012. Several foreign navies, including from the European Union, China and others, often operate in the area as part of anti-piracy missions. Source: Reuters
          News Scan for Jun 28, 2017   
H7N9 illness cluster
Lassa fever in Nigeria
Somalia cholera outbreak
Jail order for egg execs
Hantavirus in Washington

          Eritrea FM visits Astana in first ever government-level visit of Eritrea representative to Kazakhstan   
Kazakhstan Foreign Minister, H.E. Kairat Abdrakhmanov meeting with his Eritrean counterpart, H.E. Osman Saleh in Astana

By AKIpress

Eritrea's Minister of Foreign Affairs Osman Saleh Mohammed arrived in Astana in a first ever government-level visit of Eritrea representative to Kazakhstan.

FM Mohammed was received by his Kazakh counterpart Kairat Abdrakhmanov. Kazakhstan and Eritrea established diplomatic ties in December 2016.

The Eritrea's FM said he opes this visit will become the beginning of fruitful partnership between the two nations. He also handed over the letter from President of Eritrea Isaias Afwerki addressed to President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev, in which the Eritrean side expressed interest in boosting ties with Kazakhstan.

The parties discussed a wide range of issues of development of bilateral political cooperation, as well as prospects for cooperation in the trade and economic fields.

During the talks, special attention was paid to the issues of cooperation between Kazakhstan and Eritrea within the framework of the United Nations, including in the framework of Kazakhstan's presidency in the UN Security Council's Somalia and Eritrea Monitoring Group.

The Monitoring Group on Somalia was first established by the Council on 16 December 2003 to focus on ongoing arms embargo violations. Subsequently, the Council extended and expanded the mandate of the Monitoring Group on several occasions. After the imposition of the sanctions regime on Eritrea on 23 December 2009, the name of the Monitoring Group was changed to Monitoring Group on Somalia and Eritrea. The Group was preceded by a Panel of Experts, which was established by the Council on 22 July 2002 to generate information on violations of the arms embargo on Somalia with a view toward strengthening it.

Eritrea is a northeast African country on the Red Sea coast. It shares borders with Ethiopia, Sudan and Djibouti. The capital city, Asmara, is known for its Italian colonial buildings, like St. Joseph's Cathedral, as well as art deco structures. Italian, Egyptian and Turkish architecture in Massawa reflect the port city's colorful history. Notable buildings here include St. Mariam Cathedral and the Imperial Palace.

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Senior delegation on working visit to Kazakhstan

By Shabait

Asmara, 29 June 2017- A senior Eritrean delegation comprising Foreign Minister Osman Saleh, Presidential Advisor Mr. Yemane Gebreab and Ambassador Petros Tsegai are on a working visit to Kazakhstan.

At the meeting the senior Eritrean delegation held with Mr. Kairat Abdrakhnanov, Foreign Minister of Kazakhstan, on 28 June in Astana the two sided reached an agreement to strengthen cooperation in political, diplomatic and economic sectors.

They also reached to understanding on the priority areas of cooperation in the sectors of trade, investment mining as well as agriculture and transportation.

The Eritrean delegation also visited the Astana International Expo 2017.


          Lawyers Set Up Shop At Major Airports Over Trump Travel Ban   
Lawyers Set Up Shop At Major Airports Over Trump Travel Ban
President Donald Trump’s revised temporary travel ban went into effect Thursday. It impacts travelers from Libya, Syria, Iran, Somalia, Yemen and Sudan. Visa applicants in those six Muslim-majority countries will have to prove a relationship with family already in the... Read More
          U.S. Defines Who Can Enter Under Travel Ban   
NBC News | Visa applicants from Iran, Sudan, Syria, Libya, Somalia and Yemen must prove a relationship with family already in the U.S.
          ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales’ is one of the worst cases of an ‘old wine in a new bottle’   

Oh for the love of God, please stop! How could they possibly continue to flog a cinematic dead horse, or as the title suggests, dead men, who really have no need to tell this obnoxiously tired tale. Sometimes I wonder if these Hollywood scriptwriters have the easiest gig in the world. It’s one thing to write something so absurd, but getting paid millions to do it is just simply outrageous. The Pirates of the Caribbean (PotC) franchise has come out with a new instalment. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hgeu5rhoxxY If you ask me, it’s more cost effective to recall the previous movies in your mind instead of spending your hard-earned bucks on the ticket and popcorn for something that is arguably one of the worst cases of an ‘old wine in a new bottle’. Everything from the old jokes on Captain Jack Sparrow being a drunken mess right down to the action set pieces shot to the same musical score, is just deja-vu gone horribly wrong. Presented as somewhat of a soft reboot, the fifth offering from the PotC universe, Dead Men Tell No Tales kicks off with Henry Turner (Brenton Thwaites), the son of Will Turner (Orlando Bloom),whose character has been placed under a spell that confines him to the ocean aboard the Flying Dutchman. The only way that Henry can break his father’s curse is to locate the magical Trident of Poseidon with the help of our protagonist Captain Sparrow (Johnny Depp) and a cryptic map that is super hard to crack. Lucky for them, they end up meeting a young woman named Carina Smyth (Kaya Scodelario), a scientist of sorts who with the help of astronomy can use the stars to guide their path. On their way there, they bump into the villainous Captain Armando Salazar (Javier Bardem) and his crew of undead who are also after a curse-remover. This group of baddies is intent on exacting revenge on a certain Captain Sparrow after being stuck in eternal limbo because of him. So similar to almost all of the previous parts, we have a mystical artefact again, the Trident of Poseidon, that needs to be found. We also have numerous ghost ships, zombie pirates, sea monsters and betrayals to fill up the list of clichéd ingredients which combine together in the most unimaginative way to make up your usual PotC dish. Adding insult to the injuries is the fact that all of this reads like a number of convoluted subplots which the writers forgot to weave together into a coherent narrative. It’s like the plot is told through one Computer Graphic (CG) event after the other rather than solid storytelling. Dead Men Tell No Tales does look like an expensive blockbuster, but one that fails to look visually spectacular. Depp’s Captain Sparrow, despite being one of the biggest pop culture icons around, has lost all its originality along with the spark that made us all fall for the loveable drunk the first time around. There are only so many times that we can find a drunken antic cute and amusing. One thing that we can never criticise about the whole PotC franchise is their use of bad boys. Captain Barbossa (Geoffery Rush), Davy Jones (Bill Nighy) and Blackbeard (Ian Mcshane) have all been compelling adversaries and Bardem continues the trend with his portrayal of the zombie Captain Salazar. His menacing act was the best thing to come out of the wretched affair that was Dead Men Tell No Tales. Bloom has a very small character which is kind of at par with his current career trajectory. Keira Knightley smartly appears for just a couple of brief moments, clearly advised against opting for a bigger role by a clever agent who must have read the absurdity that was the movie script. Oh and the rockstar cameo role goes to Paul McCartney who looks even more out of place than Keith Richards, who was part of one of the previous instalments. We do get why Disney keeps on coming up with even more sequels to this particular franchise since its raking in cash by the bucket load. But on a creative level, the later parts have proven to be a sinking ship. During the climax, when Captain Salazar is locked in a final battle with Sparrow, Bardem’s character roars,

“This is where the tale ends!”
The studio should pay heed and let it be so. All photos: IMDb



          11.05.2017 German Development Ministry increases support for Somalia   
On the occasion of an international conference taking place in London today, the German Development Ministry (BMZ) announced that it would increase its support for Somalia. The BMZ will provide 100 million euros for 2017 in order to help improve the living conditions of starving people on a longer-term basis and facilitate economic development on the ground. Minister Müller said, "After decades of civil war, we can finally see some hope for Somalia and, for the first time, a chance that ...
          30.06.2017 – Langsam gesprochene Nachrichten   
Trainiere dein Hörverstehen mit den Nachrichten der Deutschen Welle von Freitag – als Text und als verständlich gesprochene Audio-Datei.Bundestag stimmt für die Ehe für alle: Der Bundestag hat in einer historischen Entscheidung der "Ehe für alle" zugestimmt. Die Mehrheit der Abgeordneten sprach sich für eine völlige rechtliche Gleichstellung homosexueller Paare aus. Zunächst hatten die Abgeordneten am Morgen mehrheitlich dafür gestimmt, die Abstimmung auf die Tagesordnung zu setzen. SPD, Grüne und Linke hatten den zusätzlichen Tagesordnungspunkt zusammen gegen die Union durchgesetzt. Als Auslöser der Bundestagsabstimmung gilt eine Aussage von Bundeskanzlerin und CDU-Parteichefin Angela Merkel von Montagabend, sie plädiere für eine Gewissensentscheidung bei dem Thema. Das bedeutet, dass Abgeordnete von der Parteilinie abweichen können. Daraufhin hatte sich die SPD entgegen dem Koalitionsvertrag für eine Abstimmung noch in dieser Woche stark gemacht. Die Kanzlerin selbst sagte, sie habe gegen die Öffnung der Ehe für Homosexuelle gestimmt. Insgesamt stimmten gut drei Viertel der CDU/CSU-Fraktion gegen die völlige Gleichstellung von Schwulen und Lesben bei der Ehe. Geheimdienste wussten von Anschlagsplan in Kabul: Die deutschen Geheimdienste wussten laut einem Medienbericht schon im Januar von Anschlagsplänen auf die deutsche Botschaft in der afghanischen Hauptstadt Kabul. Wie das rbb-Inforadio unter Berufung auf Sicherheitskreise berichtet, war seitdem bekannt, dass ein Anschlag mit einem Tanklastwagen zur Abwasserentsorgung geplant sei. Später habe es weitere Warnungen gegeben. Die deutschen Nachrichtendienste hätten entsprechende Hinweise weitergeleitet. Bei der Explosion in unmittelbarer Nähe der deutschen Botschaft in Kabul waren am 31. Mai 150 Menschen getötet und 450 weitere verletzt worden. Das deutsche Personal in dem Gebäude blieb unverletzt. Nach rbb-Informationen war auch die Sprengladung deutlich größer als bisher bekannt: Während zunächst von etwa 1000 Kilogramm Sprengstoff die Rede war, hätten sich tatsächlich 10.000 Kilogramm in dem Tanklaster befunden. Abgemildertes US-Einreiseverbot tritt in Kraft: In den USA ist ein abgeschwächtes Einreiseverbot für Menschen aus sechs überwiegend muslimisch geprägten Ländern in Kraft getreten. In den kommenden 90 Tagen dürfen Menschen aus dem Iran, Sudan, Syrien, Jemen, Libyen und Somalia, die keine engen Verbindungen in die USA haben, nicht in das Land einreisen. Nach monatelangem Rechtsstreit hatte das Oberste Gericht in Washington das Einreiseverbot von Präsident Donald Trump zugelassen - mit zahlreichen Ausnahmen. Einreisen darf demnach, wer Ehepartner, Eltern, Kinder, Geschwister oder Verlobte in den USA hat. Auch wer dort studiert oder eine US-Aufenthaltsgenehmigung hat, darf weiterhin ins Land. Der Bundesstaat Hawaii hat bereits rechtliche Schritte gegen das Dekret eingeleitet. Eine endgültige Entscheidung darüber soll im Herbst fallen. Zuvor hatten mehrere Gerichte die Einreisesperre aus Diskriminierungsgründen blockiert. May gewinnt Vertrauensabstimmung im britischen Parlament: Die britische Premierministerin Theresa May hat die Vertrauensabstimmung im Unterhaus mit knapper Mehrheit gewonnen. Die Abgeordneten der Konservativen Partei und der nordirischen DUP haben ihr Regierungsprogramm mit 323 Stimmen gebilligt, 309 Parlamentarier stimmten dagegen. Das Votum galt als wichtige Bewährungsprobe für die Minderheitsregierung der Konservativen Partei von May. Die Partei hatte bei der Parlamentswahl vor drei Wochen ihre eigene Mehrheit im britischen Unterhaus eingebüßt. Um eine Schlappe zu verhindern, hatte die Regierung Zugeständnisse gemacht: Wenige Stunden vor der Abstimmung gab sie einer Forderung der Opposition nach, die Kosten für Abtreibungen nordirischer Frauen zu übernehmen. Im verabschiedeten Regierungsprogramm geht es hauptsächlich um den geplanten EU-Austritt Großbritanniens. Weniger Angriffe auf Asylbewerberheime: Die Zahl der Angriffe auf Flüchtlingsunterkünfte in Deutschland ist einem Zeitungsbericht zufolge deutlich gesunken. Für die erste Jahreshälfte habe das Bundeskriminalamt bislang 137 Attacken erfasst, berichtet die "Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung". Dies sei ein Fünftel der Vorfälle des ersten Halbjahres 2016 und liege zugleich unter dem Niveau der ersten sechs Monate 2015, also noch vor Beginn des großen Flüchtlingszustroms nach Deutschland. Dem Bericht zufolge haben 128 der 137 Übergriffe einen rechtsradikalen Hintergrund. Überwiegend habe es sich bei den Attacken um Überfälle und Gewaltdelikte, Sachbeschädigungen und Propagandadelikte gehandelt. Die Polizei habe aber auch zwölf Brandstiftungen und zwei Sprengstoffexplosionen erfasst. DFB-Elf im Confed-Cup-Finale: Die deutsche Fußball-Nationalmannschaft hat das Finale beim Confederations Cup in Russland erreicht. Das junge Team von Bundestrainer Joachim Löw setzte sich in Sotschi mit 4:1 gegen Mexiko durch. Die Tore für Deutschland schossen Leon Goretzka, Timo Werner und Amin Younes. Am Sonntag trifft die DFB-Elf dann im Endspiel in St. Petersburg auf Chile. Mexiko spielt gegen Portugal um den dritten Platz.
          Hawaii Challenges 'Close Family' Definition In Trump's Travel Ban   

Hawaii has filed a challenge to the State Department's implementation of President Donald Trump's travel ban, disputing the administration's guidelines for what relationships to the U.S. are necessary to continue travel to the country.

Hawaii is challenging guidance issued by the State Department on Wednesday that says travelers from the six banned countries must have formal ties or close family relationships with someone or an entity within the U.S. Having familial ties "does not include grandparents, grandchildren, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, fiancés, and any other 'extended' family members," the guidance said. (The State Department later said fiancés would, in fact, count as close family.)

In its motion, Hawaii asked a federal judge to clarify that the Trump administration can't enforce those bans.

"The state of Hawaii is entitled to the enforcement of the injunction that it has successfully defended, in large part, up to the Supreme Court — one that protects the State's residents and their loved ones from an illegal and unconstitutional Executive Order," reads the state's motion.

"In Hawaii, 'close family' includes many of the people that the federal government decided on its own to exclude from that definition," said Hawaii Attorney General Douglas Chin. "Unfortunately, this severely limited definition may be in violation of the Supreme Court ruling."

Trump signed the executive order, which seeks to ban travel to the U.S. for most nationals of six Muslim-majority countries for 90 days and suspend refugee resettlement for 120 days, in March.

The travel ban went into effect Thursday, three days after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled to partially reinstate a watered-down version of it before the court hears arguments on its constitutionality in October.

In its ruling, the Supreme Court specified that the ban could be implemented with the exception of individuals who have "a credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United State." The court, however, did not specify what qualifies as a "bona fide" relationship, thus leaving the matter up to State Department interpretation.

In March, Hawaii became the first state to sue to block Trump's second attempt at a travel ban, which included citizens of Iran, Libya, Syria, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen, all majority-Muslim countries. In its suit, the state said its universities would be hurt by the ban because they would struggle to recruit faculty and students. It also argued that the ban would have a detrimental effect on tourism, critical to the state's economy.

A federal judge in Hawaii sided with the state in a March 15 ruling, placing a nationwide hold on key aspects of the ban hours before they were to take effect. In his ruling, U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson said the ban likely violated the First Amendment's establishment clause forbidding the government from favoring or disfavoring one religion over another.

Any reasonable, objective observer would conclude ... that the stated secular purpose of the Executive Order is, at the very least, secondary to a religious objective of temporarily suspending the entry of Muslims," Watson wrote.

In June, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld that ruling, citing the president's tweets.

″[T]he President recently confirmed his assessment that it is the 'countries' that are inherently dangerous, rather than the 180 million individual nationals of those countries who are barred from entry under the President's 'travel ban,'" reads the 9th Circuit ruling.

This is a developing story and has been updated.


          US Issues New Visa Criteria For 6 Muslim Nations, Family Or Business Ties Must To Enter Country   

WASHINGTON -- Visa applicants from six Muslim-majority countries must have a close U.S. family relationship or formal ties to a U.S. entity to be admitted to the United States under guidance distributed by the U.S. State Department on Wednesday.

The guidance defined a close familial relationship as being a parent, spouse, child, adult son or daughter, son-in-law, daughter-in-law or sibling, including step-siblings and other stepfamily relations, according to a copy of a cable distributed to all U.S. diplomatic posts and seen by Reuters.

The cable, first reported by the Associated Press, said close family "does not include grandparents, grandchildren, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, brothers-laws and sisters-in-law, fiances, and any other 'extended' family members."

It also specified that any relationship with a U.S. entity "must be formal, documented, and formed in the ordinary course, rather than for the purpose of evading the E.O.," a reference to U.S. President Donald Trump's March 6 executive order barring most U.S. travel by citizens of the six nations for 90 days.

The cable provides advice to U.S. consular officers on how to interpret Monday's Supreme Court ruling that allowed parts of the executive order, which had been blocked by the courts, to be implemented while the highest U.S. court considers the matter.

The six nations whose citizens are covered by the executive order are Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen.

Asked about the guidance issued on Wednesday night, the State Department declined to comment on internal communications.

The cable's language closely mirrored the Supreme Court's order on the travel ban, though it appeared to interpret it in a narrow manner, notably in its definition of close family.

It was unclear on Wednesday evening whether the State Department's interpretation of the court's order would spark further legal action by opponents of the ban.

The guidance gave several examples of what might constitute a bona fide relationship with a U.S. entity, and said broad categories would be exempt from the travel ban, such as those eligible for student visas, "as their bona fide relationship to a person or entity is inherent in the visa classification."

Similarly, those eligible for family or employment-based immigrant visa applications are exempt from the travel ban, the cable said.

The cable said "a worker who accepted an offer of employment from a company in the United States or a lecturer invited to address an audience in the United States would be exempt" from the travel ban, but someone who simply made a hotel reservation would not count as someone with a bona fide relationship.

Trump's executive order also imposed a 120-day ban on entry to the United States by refugees. Monday's Supreme Court order, however, said the ban did not cover those refugees "who can credibly claim a bona fide relationship with a person or entity" in the United States.

The State Department guidance was unclear on what U.S. refugee agencies regard as a key question: whether their own dealings with refugees applying to come to the United States constituted a bona fide relationship.

The cable said that consulates should continue to interview applicants for so-called diversity visas, which are granted to individuals from countries that typically do not send many immigrants to the United States. In 2015, around 10,500 citizens from the six banned countries were selected for the diversity visa lottery, according to State Department figures.

The travel ban will likely bar such visas for citizens of the six countries, the cable acknowledged, stating that "we anticipate that very few DV applicants are likely to be exempt from the E.O.'s suspension of entry or to qualify for a waiver."

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          Trump's Muslim Ban Comes Into Effect   
People from six mainly Muslim countries and all refugees now face tougher US entry due to President Donald Trump's controversial travel ban. It means people without close family or business relationships in the US could be denied visas and barred entry. Grandparents, aunts, uncles, nephews and nieces are not considered to be "bona fide" relations. The rules apply to people in Iran, Libya, Syria, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen, as well as all refugees.
          TPS Designation for Syria    
Today the USCIS released details on Temporary Protective Status (TPS) application procedures for eligible Syrian nationals.  In addition to Syria, other designated countries include El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Nicaragua, Somalia, Sudan, and South Sudan. TPS designation can be made by the Secretary of Homeland Security when a foreign country has conditions that temporarily prevent the...
           War vets, inner city youth join to trap Florida pythons    
US war veteran Chad Brown suffers from PTSD after serving in Iraq and Somalia, has been homeless and classified as mentally disabled, sold his blood for $20...
          Roxbury heist target handles cash for African immigrants   

The Roxbury money exchange business targeted in Tuesday’s gunpoint robbery of $420,000 in cash has outlets across the country and caters to African immigrants, according to its website and state records.

As the Herald reported yesterday, employees heading home from the Tremont Street branch of Dahabshil Inc. were held up on Cedar Street at 5:40 p.m. The stacks of bills they were carrying — stuffed into a silver suitcase — were stolen, police reported.

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Police reported they tracked down three suspects and recovered all the money less than five hours later.

A man answering the phone at Dahabshil Inc.’s headquarters in Dublin, Ohio, told the Herald last night it’s “not normal” for employees to drive around with that much money.

As for the heist, he added Boston police told him the case is “still under investigation.” The man, who declined to give his name, said the company has “taken the necessary steps” to alert employees to what happened.

“We’re like Western Union, we’re a money transmitter,” the man added. “We don’t have any more information about what happened.”

Dahabshil Inc. is listed as a foreign corporation that registered with the state in July 1998, according to the Secretary of State’s Office.

The company’s website says it “facilitates the transfer of money for immigrant communities and Non-Governmental Aid Agencies ... in alliance with Dahabshil PVT Somalia.”

The company offers services in cities in Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya and Djibouti, the website states.

The local office is located next to Roxbury Crossing. There was a sign on the door yesterday telling customers the business was closed because of technical issues. A man answering the phone number listed on the sign declined comment.

The three arrested in connection with Tuesday’s case are: Adnan Tahlil, 23, of Roxbury, charged with armed robbery, receiving stolen property, and drug possession. His bail was set at $75,000; Lee Harvey, 24, of Dorchester, charged with receiving stolen property and held on $50,000 bail; and Merih Tekleghiorghis, 25, of Brookline, charged with receiving stolen property. His bail was set at $5,000.

Joe Dwinell contributed to this report.

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          Violence comes home: an interview with Arun Kundnani   

ISIS’s recruits are not corrupted by ideology but by the end of ideology. More radicalisation, in the genuine sense of the word, is the solution, not the problem.

Police in Paris. Demotix/Elyxandro Cegarra. All rights reserved. Police in Paris. Demotix/Elyxandro Cegarra. All rights reserved.After the Paris attacks, what are the logical and tragic consequences of war with no geographical limits? Arun Kundnani has studied terrorism and counter-radicalisation programmes in the United Kingdom and the United States, and is the author of The Muslims are coming!, published by Verso. In this interview, he unveils and critiques the ramifications of the ‘war on terror’, from the conservative and liberal rhetoric of the intellectuals and commentators who have emerged, to the theories of ‘radicalisation’ which have fuelled counter-terrorism programmes in the west. Only an anti-racist, anti-imperialist and anti-capitalist politics can provide a genuine alternative to jihadism, Kundnani argues.

Is everywhere a war zone now? How does this connect to the rhetoric of the ‘war on terror’? 

The promise of the ‘war on terror’ was that we would kill them ‘over there’ so they would not kill us ‘over here.’ Hence mass violence in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Palestine, Yemen, and Somalia – in the name of peace in the west. The “Authorization to Use Military Force” that the US Congress passed in the days after 9/11 already defined the whole world as a battlefield in the ‘war on terror’. President Obama continues to rely on the authorization to give his drone-killing programme a veneer of legality. This is the old colonial formula of liberal values at home sustained by a hidden illiberalism in the periphery – where routine extra-judicial killing is normalised.

We all know the ‘war on terrorism’ kills more civilians than terrorism does; but we tolerate this because it is ‘their’ civilians being killed in places we imagine to be far away. Yet colonial history teaches us that violence always ‘comes home’ in some form: whether as refugees seeking sanctuary, whether as the re-importing of authoritarian practices first practised in colonial settings, or indeed as terrorism. The same patterns repeat today in new forms.

Colonial history teaches us that violence always ‘comes home’.

For Muslim citizens in western states, these dynamics bring an enormous burden: they are reduced to the false choice of moderate or extremist, good Muslim or bad Muslim. The question that hovers over their very being is whether they will detach themselves from their connections to zones of violence abroad or channel that violence within the west. But this question is not posed directly; it is always displaced onto the plane of culture: do you accept western values?

This framework imposes itself relentlessly on Muslim public expression, rendering suspicious anyone who refuses to engage in rituals of loyalty to western culture. Meanwhile, ISIS casts these Muslims as living in the “grey zone” between western imperialism and the claim of a revived caliphate.

What results is a mutual reinforcing of the militarized identity narrative on both sides: the jihadists point to numerous speeches by western leaders to support their claim of a war on Islam; and western leaders legitimise war with talk of a ‘generational struggle’ between western values and Islamic extremism. What is striking today is the tired rhetoric of military aggression – Hollande’s “pitiless war” – once again recycled, despite the obvious failures of the past 14 years.

Where did the ISIS attackers in Paris come from? Can theories of radicalisation explain what drove them?

Theories of radicalisation developed by think-tanks, intelligence agencies, and academic departments linked to the national security apparatus have tended to make a number of false assumptions in their attempts to understand jihadist violence. First, they assume a deep difference between ‘Islamic’ and other forms of political violence; the history of political violence in the twentieth century – particularly in colonial contexts – is therefore forgotten and its lessons ignored. Second, they assume some form of Islamic religious ideology is the key factor in turning someone into a terrorist; some analysts grant the relevance of what they call ‘perceived grievances’ or emotional crises as enabling factors but ideology is still taken to be the primary cause.

Islamic State fighters, Anbar, Iraq. Wikimedia Commons/Ritsaiph. Some rights reserved. Islamic State fighters, Anbar, Iraq. Wikimedia Commons/Ritsaiph. Some rights reserved.Empirical evidence does not support either of these assumptions – witness the European ISIS volunteers who arrive in Syria with copies of Islam for Dummies or the alleged leader of the Paris attacks, Abdelhamid Abaaoud, who was reported to have drunk whisky and smoked cannabis.

Radicalisation theories conveniently disavow the cycle of violence we have entered.

Yet radicalisation theories have been officially accepted and popularised. This is because they provide a rationale for surveillance (it is easier for law enforcement and intelligence agencies to find ideologues than terrorists). And they conveniently disavow the cycle of violence we have entered.

What radicalisation theories ignore is that violence in the ‘war on terror’ is relational: the individuals who become ISIS volunteers are willing to use violence; so too are our own governments. We like to think our violence is rational, reactive and normal, whereas theirs is fanatical, aggressive and exceptional. But we also bomb journalists, children and hospitals. A full analysis of radicalisation needs to account for us radicalising too, as we have become more willing to use violence in a wider range of contexts – from torture to drone strikes to proxy wars.

What draws recruits to ISIS is not so much religious ideology as an image of war between the west and Islam. This is a narrative of two fixed identities engaged in a global battle: truth and justice on one side; lies, depravity and corruption on the other.

These recruits are not corrupted by ideology but by the end of ideology: they have grown up in the era of Francis Fukuyama’s “end of history”, of no alternatives to capitalist globalisation. They have known no critique, only conspiracy theory, and are drawn to apocalyptic rather than popular struggle. Nevertheless, for all its lack of actual political content, the narrative of global war against the west feels to its adherents like an answer to the violence of racism, poverty and empire.

What does the western intellectual reaction to Paris look like?

I argued in my book The Muslims are Coming! that, among the policymakers, scholars and ideologists of the ‘war on terror’, there are two broad approaches to making sense of ‘Islamic extremism’: there are conservatives who regard Islam as an inherently violent culture defined essentially by its founding texts, and liberals who think the enemy is a totalitarian perversion of Islam that emerged in the twentieth century.

On a deeper level, both of these ways of thinking operate together with an implicit solidarity, producing a flexible and adaptive discourse of a ‘Muslim problem’.

Mural in Port de Solferino, Paris. Demotix/Cesar Dezfuli. All rights reserved. Mural in Port de Solferino, Paris. Demotix/Cesar Dezfuli. All rights reserved.The intellectual reaction to the Paris attacks has continued these patterns. The dominant feature is a narcissism that describes ISIS as simply the polar opposite of whatever we value in ourselves. For liberals, ISIS is intolerance, racism and oppression of women. For conservatives, ISIS is the ideal enemy: fanatical, non-western and barbaric. In this mode, ISIS is merely the absolute ‘other’ that enables the construction of a positive image of ourselves.

Sartre himself understood how thinking in terms of fixed binaries of cultural identity masks the hidden causal chains tying barbarism to civilisation.

The viral video of the comedian John Oliver denouncing ISIS after the Paris attacks is illustrative here. The jihadists stand no chance, he says, in a battle of cultures with France. “Bring your bankrupt ideology. They’ll bring Jean-Paul Sartre, Edith Piaf, fine wine, Camus, Camembert.” But Sartre himself understood how thinking in terms of fixed binaries of cultural identity masks the hidden causal chains tying barbarism to civilisation. “There is nothing more consistent than a racist humanism,” he wrote, “since the European has only been able to become a man through creating slaves and monsters.”

This means that the most appropriate response to ISIS is to see it as a symptom of the ‘normal’ functioning of the modern, global system, rather than as an external element corrupting the system from outside or from the pre-modern past. Its use of social media, its rejection of the national borders of the twentieth century and its linkages to the petroleum economy all demonstrate that ISIS is a child of globalisation.

ISIS is certainly a monster but a monster of our own making. It was born in the chaos and carnage that followed the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Its sectarian ideology and funding has come from the Saudi and Gulf ruling elites, the west’s closest regional allies after Israel. Russia and Iran have also played their role, propping up the Bashar al-Assad regime – responsible for far more civilian deaths than ISIS – and prolonging the war in Syria that enables ISIS to thrive. Meanwhile, the groups that have been most effective in fighting ISIS – the Kurdish militia – are designated as terrorists by western governments because they are considered threats to our ally Turkey.

What should an appropriate European response look like?

Of course, ISIS’s ideology and governing practices should be exposed and denounced at every opportunity – for their oppression of women, enslaving of minorities, hatred of freedom and so on. But to do so from the stance of a global conflict between liberal values and Islamic extremism only leads to the dead-end of a militarised identity politics.

Police at Le Place de Republique. Demotix/Mark Winter. All rights reserved. Police at Le Place de Republique. Demotix/Mark Winter. All rights reserved.We should not allow ourselves to be intimidated into ceasing our criticisms of the obvious double standards and contradictions of the ‘war on terror’. But these points are not enough. The left should be much bolder in asserting that only an anti-racist, anti-imperialist and anti-capitalist politics can provide a genuine alternative to jihadism; that more radicalisation, in the genuine sense of the word, is the solution, not the problem; that terrorism thrives in environments where mass movements advancing visions of social progress have been defeated.

Walter Benjamin stated that behind every fascism is a failed revolution.

Walter Benjamin stated that behind every fascism is a failed revolution. The same is true of terrorism: ISIS exists because the Arab revolutions of 2011 failed.

We must therefore defend the spaces of radical politics, for the right to dream of another world. Counter-terrorism strategies, and particularly counter-radicalisation policies like Britain’s Prevent programme, erode such spaces. We must also, of course, end the airstrikes, which only deepen the cycle of violence and reinforce ISIS’s narrative of a war of the west against Islam; and end our support for the regimes that have enabled ISIS’s rise, especially the Saudi elite, the most reactionary influence in the region.

Finally, the refugees must be defended, not only because they are victims, but because they carry with them a knowledge of our past failures. We must allow them to teach us about ourselves.

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          Trump Mulai Berlakukan Larangan Perjalanan Bagi 6 Negeri Muslim   

Headlineislam.com - Larangan sementara untuk memasuki Amerika Serikat (AS), yang digariskan Presiden Donald Trump terhadap warga enam negara berpenduduk mayoritas Muslim dan seluruh pengungsi, akhirnya akan diterapkan. Larangan perjalanan bagi pihak-pihak tersebut mulai diberlakukan pada Kamis (29/6) pukul 20.00 waktu setempat atau Jumat (30/6) pukul 07.00 WIB.

Kendati demikian, bentuk larangan itu berkurang. Yaitu masih memungkinkan warga tertentu dari negara-negara tersebut melakukan perjalanan ke AS.

Peluncuran langkah kontroversial itu dilakukan setelah Mahkamah Agung AS pada pekan ini memutuskan untuk mengizinkan perintah eksekutif Trump diterapkan. Namun, MA banyak mengurangi cakupan larangan. Yaitu dengan mengecualikan warga dan pengungsi yang memiliki hubungan ‘yang dapat dipercaya’ dengan seseorang atau kesatuan di Amerika Serikat.

Pada Rabu (28/6) malam, Departemen Luar Negeri mengatakan, bahwa berdasarkan putusan Mahkamah Agung, para pemohon visa dari Iran, Libya, Suriah, Somalia, Sudan dan Yaman harus memiliki hubungan dekat dengan keluarga atau hubungan resmi dengan suatu kesatuan di AS untuk diperbolehkan masuk ke Amerika Serikat. Trump pertama kali mengumumkan larangan perjalanan sementara itu pada Januari. Ia menyebut larangan sebagai langkah memerangi terorisme, guna memberi waktu untuk melakukan pemeriksaan keamanan lebih baik.

Perintah Trump itu menimbulkan kekacauan di bandar-bandar udara karena para petugas bergelut untuk melaksanakannya. Keputusan Presiden AS tersebut kemudian diblokir oleh pengadilan-pengadilan federal di tengah penentangan berbagai pihak, yang menganggap perintah Trump itu merupakan tindakan diskriminasi terhadap kalangan Muslim serta tidak ada pembenaran alasan soal aspek keamanan.

Larangan dalam versi yang sudah diperbaiki dimunculkan pada Maret tapi kemudian juga dibekukan oleh pengadilan. Pada Senin, Mahkamah Agung memutuskan untuk mengeluarkan izin penerapan larangan.

Bersarkan keputusan MA, warga dari keenam negara itu dan seluruh pengungsi dilarang memasuki AS, masing-masing untuk 90 hari dan 120 hari. Larangan hanya akan berlaku sebagian hingga MA menyidangkan kasus itu pada periode berikutnya, mulai Oktober. (em/headlineislam.com)
          American Muslims decry Trump travel ban   
CHICAGO---American Muslim leaders Friday decried Donald Trump's rhetoric towards their community and predicted the president's travel ban would eventually be proven unlawful, a day after a weakened version of the measure came into force.   A limited version of Trump's travel ban -- temporarily barring refugees and visitors from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen -- took effect on Thursday, after the US Supreme Court allowed it to be enforced pending a full hearing in October.   READ: US travel ban on 6 mainly Muslim countries takes effect   The Trump administration says the ban is necessary to keep terrorists out of the country, but immigran...

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          Jérôme Jarre’s Next Plan For “Love Army” GoFundMe Initiative Is To Sponsor A Somali Village   

jerome-jarre-love-armyBack in March, Jérôme Jarre spearheaded a group of creators known as the “Love Army” as it launched a GoFundMe campaign to battle the ongoing famine in Somalia. That initiative proved successful, with its supporters chipping in $2.5 million to support the residents of the African nation.

Now, the Love Army -- which also counts social media stars Casey Neistat and Juanpa Zurita among its members -- has returned to GoFundMe with another mission. This time, its goal is to find 2,196 backers who are each willing to chip in $25 per month to assist a small village currently suffering from the effects of an ongoing drought.

As Jarre explains, setting up the Love Army’s latest project took a lot of preparation. The village in the campaign’s sights had to be linked up with a wireless network, and its residents were then given smartphones and taught how to use them. Finally, GoFundMe had to set up a payment system that would allow contributors to send money directly to the villagers in need.

All of those tasks have been accomplished, and donors can now sign up to sponsor an impoverished Somali. In doing so, they will be able to communicate directly with the people who are benefitting from their generosity.

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          The African Niqabis   
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          Entra en vigor el veto migratorio de Trump   
Entra en vigor el veto migratorio de Trump | Foto ©Republica.com El veto migratorio que se concierne a viajeros de seis países principalmente musulmanes ha entrado en vigor. RT |.- El decreto migratorio de Donald Trump que prohíbe el ingreso al país a procedentes de 6 países principalmente musulmanes ―Irán, Libia, Somalia, Sudán, Siria y Yemen―, ha entrado en vigor este viernes a las 00:00 GMT. Asimismo, entró en vigor la prohibición de entrada al país para los refugiados durante 120 ...
          Civil rights groups slam US President Donald Trump's new travelling restrictions   
Volunteer lawyers set up a table to help arriving passengers with the reinstatement by the US Supreme Court of portions of President Donald Trump's executive order targeting travelers from six predominantly Muslim countries, at Los Angeles International Airport, California, US, June 29, 2017. (Photo by Reuters)
Civil rights groups in the United States have slammed the US travel ban on six predominantly Muslim countries that took effect on Thursday.
The American Civil Liberties Union described the measure as extremely restrictive and arbitrary. The group said the ban has been designed “disparage and condemn Muslims.”
It is expected that rights groups will also mount legal challenges to the US travel ban.
A scaled-back version of US President Donald Trump’s controversial travel ban has gone into effect after months of legal wrangling.
The 90-day ban targets citizens from six predominantly Muslim countries, namely Iran, Syria, Yemen, Libya, Somalia and Sudan.
The state of Hawaii has already challenged it, saying the rules do not specify exactly who could be allowed into the US.
Shortly after the measure went into force, protesters gathered in New York City and Los Angeles to condemn it.
People protest the restrictive guidelines issued by the US on who qualifies as a close familial relationship under the Supreme Court order on the Muslim and refugee ban at Union Square in New York, June 29, 2017. (Photo by AFP)
Meanwhile, the Iranian foreign minister has denounced the ban in a tweet, calling it a shameful exhibition of blind hostility to all Iranians.
The Supreme Court partially restored a portion of Trump’s executive order on Monday, saying lower courts that had totally blocked the policy went too far in limiting the president’s authority.
The Supreme Court's decision stipulated that citizens of the affected countries with a close relative in the US will potentially be allowed in.
Trump’s initial ban and his second version, blocked by lower courts, also provoked huge protests and created chaos at international airports.
The US president insists his ban is necessary for national security and points to terrorist attacks in Paris, London, Brussels and Berlin as evidence.
However, critics have called Trump's ban discriminatory against Muslims. They say, the White House’s unwavering support for countries such as Saudi Arabia which promotes the ideology of terror groups such as Daesh is indicative of its double standards toward security issues and terrorism.

          Hundreds of people in Union Square in New York City hold rally after US President Donald Trump’s Muslim ban takes effect   
People take part in a rally to protest restrictive guidelines issued by the US on who qualifies as close family under the Supreme Court order on the Muslim, Union Square, New York, June 29, 2017. (Photo by AFP)
Hundreds of people have descended upon Union Square in New York City to protest against President Donald Trump's travel ban that came into effect Thursday.
Protesters were gathering in Union Square Park at 5:30 pm to protest what they call "Trump's Muslim Ban 3.0."
Organizers also attended a town hall meeting on Muslims Thursday night.
"I believe that America is a country of liberty and of freedom, and that we should be accepting of all people," a female protester told local media.
After five months of bitter legal squabbling, President Trump’s revised travel ban took effect Thursday after the Supreme Court allowed the administration to go forward with the implementation.
"The use of national security as the rationale for implementing the Muslim ban is quite comical, to say the least," said Murad Awadeh of New York Immigration Coalition.
The US State Department has announced new criteria for visa applicants from six Muslim-majority countries.
Under the new rules, citizens of Iran, Syria, Sudan, Somalia, Libya and Yemen would be given a US visa only if they have a “close” family or business tie there.
People march at Union Square against President Trump's travel ban, June 29, 2017. (Photo by AFP)
"Donald Trump does not get to decide who is family or what is love," New York City protest organizers said in a statement on Facebook.
"It's up to us now to fight back against this latest attack and stand up for the values that truly make America great: opportunity and justice for all," they added.
The new guidelines do not allow grandparents, grandchildren, uncles, aunts, cousins and fiancés to travel to the US.
“The president is supposed to protect American families, not rip them apart,” said Shayan Modarres, a lawyer with the National Iranian American Council.
The state of Hawaii has asked a federal judge for clarification regarding the Supreme Court ruling, arguing that the administration has interpreted the court's decision too narrowly.
Trump’s first travel ban caused much confusion in January with visa holders being kept off flights or barred entry on arrival in the US.
Lower courts blocked that initial directive and, in March, the president issued a revised order intended to overcome legal hurdles.
However, the revised order was also blocked by federal judges in the states of Hawaii and Maryland and upheld by the 4th US Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia.
The Supreme Court on Monday narrowed the scope of lower court rulings and agreed to hear the administration’s appeal in these cases. 

          EE.UU. incluye a los prometidos en el concepto de familia cercana en los criterios del veto migratorio   
La Casa Blanca ha decidido rectificar los criterios que tendrán que cumplir los ciudadanos de los seis países incluidos en el veto migratorio -Irán, Libia, Somalia, Sudán, Siria y Yemen- de Donald Trump para poder adquirir el visado de entrada al país e incluye a los prometidos en el concepto de familia cercana. Esta misma semana, el Tribunal Supremo anunció la admisión a trámite del recurso presentado por el Gobierno contra la suspensión judicial del decreto, restaurando así partes del veto migratorio y para refugiados, aunque en la práctica, las restricciones seguirán siendo similares puesto que podrá entrar en el país cualquiera por motivos laborales, familiares o de estudios. El Departamento de Estado de Estados Unidos comunicó el miércoles a su red de embajadas los criterios que deberán cumplir los que soliciten entrada al país, entre los que se encuentra la exigencia de tener una relación familiar estrecha o vínculos formales con alguna entidad estadounidense para poder ser admitido. El texto, al que pudo acceder Reuters, explicaba que la relación familiar estrecha abarca desde padres a esposos, hijos, hijos adultos, hermanos, yernos o nueras y hermanastros, según el documento. Sin embargo, «no incluía abuelos, nietos, tíos, sobrinos, primos, cuñados, prometidos u otros miembros 'extendidos' de la familia». Ahora, no obstante, han decidido modificar los criterios e incluir a los prometidos dentro del concepto de familia cercana. «Tras haber revisado (los criterios), los prometidos se incluirán en la lista de familiares con relación estrecha», ha señalado el departamento en un comunicado al diario estadounidense 'The Hill'. En el informe se ofrecen, además, consejos a las autoridades consulares sobre cómo interpretar el fallo de este lunes del Supremo que permite restablecer partes de la orden ejecutiva, bloqueada por los tribunales hasta entonces. El departamento de Estado aseguró que, tras la decisión del Supremo y con el objetivo de «maximizar la seguridad nacional», se aplicará esta orden «de manera ordenada». «El Departamento de Estado ofrecerá más detalles sobre su aplicación después de realizar sendas consultas con los departamentos de Justicia y Seguridad Nacional», ha informado. La acción del Supremo, aprobada por unanimidad (9-0) especifica que el veto migratorio de Trump será efectivo excepto para las personas que tengan una relación 'bona fide' con el país, es decir, las que tengan algún vínculo con Estados Unidos a nivel familiar, laboral, educativo o de otro tipo. En cuanto a la suspensión del programa de acogida de refugiados, los criterios serán similares. «La balanza se inclina a favor de la necesidad de la seguridad de la nación», señala el documento del Supremo.
          Larangan Kontroversial Trump untuk 6 Negara Muslim Mulai Diberlakukan   
BINTANGNEWS.com –  Media PressTV berbahasa Inggris melaporkan,” Amerika Serikat (AS) mulai memberlakukan larangan perjalanan kontroversial Presiden Donald Trump terhadap warga negara
dari enam negara mayoritas Muslim, meskipun banyak menentang rencana tersebut.

Larangan tersebut diberlakukan pada mulai Kamis malam, setelah Mahkamah Agung mengizinkan pemerintah Trump untuk memberlakukan larangan tersebut, ini merupakan kemenangan yang mengejutkan kepada presiden Republik yang maverick tersebut.

Mahkamah Agung pada hari Senin mempersempit lingkup putusan pengadilan yang lebih rendah yang menghalangi larangan Trump atas warga Muslim untuk diberlakukan secara nasional, dan juga setuju untuk mendengarkan seruan pemerintah dalam kasus-kasus ini. Larangan tersebut terutama bagi orang-orang diantaranya Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Suriah dan Yaman.

Namun, pengadilan mengabulkan permintaan darurat pemerintah untuk segera mengumumkan keputusan presiden, sementara tarik ulur hukum masih berlanjut.

Menurut keputusan tersebut, warga dari enam negara yang tidak memiliki hubungan "bonafide" dengan seseorang atau entitas di Amerika akan ditolak masuk, akan tetapi bagi orang yang bisa membuktikan bahwa mereka memiliki hubungan dengan seseorang atau entitas di AS, maka akan Diizinkan untuk bepergian ke negara ini.

Hakim mengatakan bahwa larangan bepergian berlaku "sehubungan dengan warga negara asing yang tidak memiliki hubungan baik dengan seseorang atau entitas di Amerika Serikat."

Trump's controversial travel ban comes into effectThis means people who do not have close family or business relationships in America could be denied visas and barred entry.

"We expect business as usual at the ports of entry starting at 8 pm tonight," a Department of Homeland Security official said on Thursday. "Our people are well prepared for this."
Hawaii asks court to clarify travel ban ruling

Moments before the ban began at 20:00 Washington time, the state of Hawaii had asked a federal judge for clarification regarding the Supreme Court ruling, arguing that the Trump administration had interpreted the court's decision too narrowly.

Hawaii accused the federal government of attempting to violate the Supreme Court's instructions by improperly excluding people who actually have a close family relationship in the US.

Menurut pemerintah AS, kakek-nenek, bibi, paman, keponakan dan keponakan tidak dianggap sebagai "bonafide" hubungan.

Trump mengeluarkan larangan perjalanan yang direvisi pada tanggal 6 Maret setelah perintah awalnya ditandatangani pada bulan Januari diblokir oleh seorang hakim federal di negara bagian Washington dan dituntut oleh Pengadilan Tinggi AS untuk Sirkuit ke-9 di San Francisco, California.

However, the revised order was also blocked by federal judges in the states of Hawaii and Maryland and upheld by the 4th US Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia.***

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          Al Shabaab militants executed in Somalia's Puntland for bomb plots, killings   
BOSASSO, Somalia: Authorities in Somalia's semi-autonomous Puntland region on Friday executed seven people it said were Islamist militants who plotted to carry out attacks, including bombings. Awil Ahmed Farah, chairperson of the region's military court, said the accused were members of the al ...
          Il cuore di tenebra del colonialismo italiano   
Colonialismo e imperialismo sono stati fonte di ispirazione letteraria nel nostro paese prevalentemente fino alla Seconda guerra mondiale, quando l’Italia guidata da Crispi, Giolitti, e poi Mussolini, occupò e sottomise Libia, Somalia e Etiopia. Diversi romanzi di scarsa qualità esaltarono le “grandi conquiste italiane”, soprattutto in epoca fascista. Alla fine del conflitto, si ricorda un […]
          100 Days of the Resistance: One Action for Every Day of Trump's Presidency   
From the Women's March to rogue Twitter accounts, US citizens are fighting back one day at a time. by Stranger Staff

Day 1: More people seem to protest than attend Donald Trump's inauguration. The stands in DC, normally filled with fans, are eerily empty. A limo is set on fire. Also: White nationalist Richard Spencer is punched during an interview near the inauguration.

Day 2: More than three million people wear pussy hats and attend the Women's Marches around the world. In Seattle, 175,000 people march, the biggest protest in the history of the city.

Day 3: The euphoria of the previous day has dwindled. People realize that Trump is actually fucking president. They start drinking all the beer in the house until they've finished that and then move on to the whiskey.

Day 4: White House staffers begin leaking to the press.

Day 5: For the past few days, a mysterious pirate-radio broadcast has been interrupting radio signals across the country—an oldies station in Texas, a community radio station in Kentucky, and others in Indiana and South Carolina, including local Voice of Vashon's 101.9 FM—airing (the uncensored version of) YG and Nipsey Hussle's "Fuck Donald Trump" continuously on repeat.

Day 6: Six days in. Drinking all the vodka in the universe.

Day 7: @RoguePOTUSStaff, an anonymous Twitter account claiming to be "the unofficial resistance team inside the White House" sends its first tweet: "Pres. Trump is already making waves at the office. Wants to be 'the President who will be remembered as a King.' His words, not ours."

Day 8: Dozens more "rogue" accounts show up on Twitter, people somehow believe they are all real, Twitter becomes an even more insufferable website than it already was.

Day 9: Fueled by rage (and possibly by post-inauguration binge drinking), more than 3,000 protesters demonstrate at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport after six people were detained in response to Trump's first executive order, which sought to ban refugees and immigrants from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen—all Muslim-majority countries—from coming into the United States.

Day 10: Amid protests over Trump's travel ban, the American Civil Liberties Union announces that it received a record $24 million in donations over a single weekend. In just January alone, the organization saw a 1,900 percent increase in donations from the same month in 2016.

Day 11: Washington becomes the first state to sue Trump over the Muslim-majority country travel ban, arguing it's unconstitutional. In doing this, Washington State attorney general Bob Ferguson becomes a national heartthrob.

Day 12: It has been only 12 days of the Trump presidency, and everyone we know has aged 1,000 years.

Day 13: Everyone is talking about the Budweiser pro-immigration ad. Set in the 19th century, it has a young German man arriving in the US. He gets yelled at by drunk Americans, who want him to go back to his country. He doesn't listen to them and instead settles in the heartland and starts a brewery that will grow into a massive corporation that creates lots of American jobs. The commercial made it clear that corporate America does not like the Muslim ban.

Day 14: Utah congressman Jason Chaffetz's proposed bill HR 621—which aimed to sell off 3.3 million acres of federally-owned land—is withdrawn due to public outcry and backlash from hunters, sportsmen, and conservationists on both the left and the right. Turns out, people don't like the idea of privatizing public land.

Day 15: Washington proves that we aren't going to take any unconstitutional bullshit when Seattle-based US District judge James Robart grants Washington attorney general Bob Ferguson's request for a temporary restraining order against Trump's (first) Muslim-nation travel ban, prohibiting federal employees from enforcing it and spurring collective 'Fuck yeahs!' and high-fives around the nation.

Day 16: Former Chumbawamba member Danbert Nobacon—now living in Twisp, Washington—pens an anti-Trump song titled "Revolution 9.01" that champions science and disdains the incoming ignoramus-in-chief. It's off his Stardust to Darwinstuffalbum, which you can buy now.

Day 17: The New England Patriots win a big sports game, which, because of tradition, grants them access to the White House. But shortly after their victory, six Patriots players announce they won't be attending the visit for political reasons. When the visit happens in April, more than two dozen players skip.

Also: Melissa McCarthy plays Sean Spicer and it enrages Trump, who more than anything hates that a woman has portrayed his moronic press secretary.

Day 18: Ninety-seven companies—including Apple, Facebook, Microsoft, and Twitter—file an amicus brief opposing Trump's travel ban.

Day 19: Two sterling indie-rock comps from the Northwest—Battle Hymns

out of Portland and SAD! A Barsuk Compilation for the ACLUout of Seattle—come out, earnestly striving to raise funds for organizations (Planned Parenthood and the ACLU) necessary in the fight to thwart Trumpism.

Day 20: Rosie O'Donnell impersonator Sean Spicer says that Nordstrom dropping Ivanka Trump's brand of shoes and handbags is an attack on the president, erasing whatever little respect anyone had left for him.

Day 21: The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals refuses to reinstate Trump's travel ban, writing a stinging rebuttal of the idea that the judiciary has no role in mitigating presidential power. Trump tweets: "SEE YOU IN COURT!" to the court.

Day 22: Protesters in DC block newly appointed secretary of education Betsy DeVos from entering a public school. "Shame, shame," they shout as DeVos drives away in a black SUV. No bears were sighted at the demonstration

Day 23: Protesters gather at Cal Anderson Park (and across the country) for an LGBTQ Solidarity Rally after word that an executive order is in the works aiming to allow organizations to use religious beliefs to deny services to gay and transgender people.

Day 24: Seattleites hold the Seattle-esty event ever by flocking to Optimism Brewing on Capitol Hill to send Valentine's Day–themed postcards expressing their values to their political representatives.

Day 25: Michael Flynn quits as the national security adviser just before midnight. He had admitted to misleading VP Mike Pence regarding contacts with a Russian envoy.

Day 26: Love is dead, but the Resistance isn't.

Day 27: Victory! A Trump cabinet member goes poof! Andrew Puzder withdraws as labor secretary nominee after Mitch McConnell says the Republicans will withhold support for the CEO of CKE Restaurants (which owns Hardee's and Carl's Jr. fast-food chains) after Puzder came under fire for allegedly hiring an undocumented immigrant.

Day 28: Across America and in Seattle, workers take the day off for A Day Without an Immigrant. Some restaurants close in solidarity.

Day 29: The White House sends out a very slanted e-mail questionnaire, "Mainstream Media Accountability," about "media bias." Non Trump supporters fill out the form and troll him.

Day 30: Don Lemon grows balls, stands up to Trump defender/commentator Paris Dennard, tells him to shut it on referring to reporting on Trump and Mar-a-Lago as "fake news."

Day 31: Nation realizes it's barely been a month since Trump was inaugurated. Doesn't get out of bed.

Day 32: Milo Yiannopoulos is booted from his keynote speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference. Old interviews on YouTube resurface of him talking about how he thinks sex between older men and younger boys is A-okay. Cue sudden conservative outrage.

Day 33: Stranger

staffers pick at the stale leftovers of Heidi Groover's birthday sheet cake, which had Alex Jones's (of Infowars) face printed on it. He was crying.

Also: Milo Yiannopoulos resigns as editor of Breitbart. Other conservatives, including Richard Spencer, have turned on him, deciding that racist and sexist remarks are fine, but man-boy love is a bridge too far. Milo goes into exile.

Day 34: The Washington Post has no chill and changes its motto to "Democracy Dies in Darkness."

Day 35: Trump gives his first address to Congress to some fanfare, but Lindsey Graham says Trump's draconian budget cuts will be DOA.

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Also: In response to Congressman Dave Reichert's (WA-8) failure to hold public meetings for his constituents, silver-haired boomers and youthful residents of the district hold the first of many protests outside Reichert's Issaquah office. A mandola player leads the crowd of 100 in song: "Hangin' around his office in town, / waitin' for my congressman. / Just wanted to tell him my concerns, / what I want from Washington. But I can tell you now, Dave's not here, / he sure don't want to listen to me."

Day 36: Leaked details of the Republicans' Obamacare replacement plan reveal that said plan would cover fewer people, despite Trump's promise that, somehow, everybody would have insurance. This foreshadows weeks of town-hall meetings with angry constituents who need Obamacare to, you know, live.

Day 37: Even Fox News anchor Shepard Smith belatedly realizes that the administration his network elected into office is dangerously incompetent, or incompetently dangerous. After White House press secretary Sean Spicer bars CNN, Buzzfeed, Politico, the Hill, the BBC, and the LA Times

from a White House press gaggle, Smith defends CNN on air.

Day 38: During the Oscars, the New York Times

runs an ad titled "The Truth Is Hard." Also, some celebs air their feelings about the ad's target audience, a man who almost certainly watches the ceremony from the comfort of his own bathrobe.

Day 39: Noble defender of civil liberties George W. Bush tells NBC's Matt Lauer that the media is "indispensable to democracy." This from the former president whose administration leaked bad intelligence to the New York Times' Judith Miller, who printed said intelligence, intelligence that would be used to justify the invasion of Iraq. Yanks!

Day 40: The sixth iteration of #ResistTrumpTuesday kicks off outside the Federal Building in downtown Seattle. For the first 100 days of Trump's reign, a group of resisters led by local Indivisible chapters hold mid-morning rallies before heading up to the offices of Senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell. In groups of four or five, organizers then meet with congressional staff in order to praise the senators for correct action or encourage them to stand firm against Trump's agenda.

Day 41: Sixty-one police chiefs and sheriffs from all over the country—including deep red states Trump won—tell the administration in a letter that they refuse to turn their precincts into mini ICE enforcement agencies.

Day 42: Attorney General Jeff Sessions temporarily joins the Resistance by recusing himself from the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election. This comes after the revelation that Sessions met with the Russian ambassador during the run-up to the election. Wow, Jeff! Stick it to the man!!!!

Day 43: Briefly considered calling Trump "45," but didn't want to sully the reputation of those little vinyl records that people care about for some reason.

Day 44: Double-checked the plaque at the base of the Statue of Liberty, mother of exiles, as Trump signs a new executive order banning immigration from six Muslim-majority countries.

Day 45: Responding to Trump's lie about President Obama putting "wiretaps" on his phone, former director of national intelligence James Clapper flatly denies any such monitoring.

Day 46: Nation takes day off work, goes to a spa. Decides they are worth it.

Day 47: Standing in the lobby of Trump Tower, Jeff Bergman reads from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "Letter from Birmingham Jail." The arts administrator and inadvertent activist began solitary read-ins at the tower during his lunch hour, and has now formed a group called Learn as Protest and a syllabus. On the list: Rebecca Solnit's Hope in the Dark, Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States, and Hannah Arendt's The Origins of Totalitarianism, among others.

Day 48: Organizers with the Women's March dub this International Women's Day "A Day Without a Woman." Women are encouraged to eschew paid and unpaid work to show the might of the women's workforce. Those who can't afford to take the day off work are encouraged to wear red in solidarity and to support women- and minority-owned businesses. Scores of think pieces are written about the privilege of skipping a day of work.

Day 49: Trumpcare passes through the House Ways and Means Committee. The Resistance begins to seriously worry about its health.

Day 50: One month after Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell silenced Senator Elizabeth Warren's speech criticizing Attorney General Jeff Sessions, impassioned members of the Resistance are still getting "Nevertheless, she persisted" stick-n-poke tattoos.

Day 51: Today is Sydney Brownstone's birthday. She does not cry in public.

Day 52: After Trump moves to purge Obama-era US attorneys, New York's Preet Bharara refuses to submit his resignation. Shortly after, Bharara gets fired.

Day 53: The GOP's replacement for the Affordable Care Act gets eviscerated by the Congressional Budget Office. It finds that 24 million people would lose insurance under the GOP's plan.

Day 54: Rachel Maddow's scoop on Trump's tax returns is met with criticism. Maddow loves a long lead, and people unaccustomed to her show whined about the 25-minute wind-up to the less-than-blockbuster findings, which were from a 2005 return. While more complete than the previous leak from the 1990s, it still didn't reveal the full extent of Trump's possible financial and political entanglements.

Day 55: Trump survives his first Ides of March.

Day 56: A Hawaiian federal judge freezes Trump's travel ban. It is also shut down in Maryland.

Day 57: Northwest Film Forum and film distribution company Abramorama announce "The Seventh Art Stand," a film series featuring movies from countries affected by the travel ban, to screen in more than 30 venues across the country. Included is The Salesmanby Asghar Farhadi, an Iranian filmmaker who won an Oscar in February but did not attend, issuing a statement that said: "Dividing the world into the 'us' and 'our enemies' categories creates fears... Filmmakers can turn their cameras to capture shared human qualities and break stereotypes of various nationalities and religions. They create empathy between us and others. An empathy which we need today more than ever."

Day 58: Took ecstasy and went dancing at Re-bar.

Day 59: The deputy director of the NSA mocks Trump's claims that England had anything to do with "spying." Calls the assertion "just crazy."

Day 60: The left cheers when FBI director James Comey tells the House Intelligence Committee that the FBI has found no evidence of Obama wiretapping the Trump Towers but it is investigating connections between Trump and Russia.

Day 61: Liberals wake up in bed next to the House Freedom Caucus, who vow not to vote for Trumpcare/Ryancare unless more benefits are removed from the bill.

Day 62: Trump and Ryan slash more benefits from the AHCA in an attempt to appease the Freedom Caucus, but they remain unmoved. You cannot kick enough people off of health care to satisfy this recalcitrant bunch of Tea Partyers. Meanwhile, Democrats say the bill has no chance in the Senate. Many credit their new, steely spines to calls from constituents.

Day 63: As a cocktail of one part national resistance and two parts Republican Party infighting threatens to kill the GOP plan to repeal and replace Obamacare, Washington's own congressman Dave Reichert (R-Auburn) appears to get cold feet. Though Reichert is one of few Republicans who has already voted for the bill, his spokesperson tells the Seattle Timeshe's undecided the day before a final vote is expected.

Day 64: Trumpcare/Ryancare is dead. After it becomes clear the bill doesn't have the votes to pass, House leadership pulls it, delivering Trump an embarrassing defeat and saving insurance coverage for millions.

Day 65: An estimated 8,000 people in Moscow protest against corruption and Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin, the president of the Russian Federation. Some commentators even wonder if the man who runs the White House, Putin, is facing his Arab Spring or Green Revolution.

Day 66: In an attempt to shine a light on the shadowy figures visiting Trump at the White House and the "winter White House," Democrats introduce the adorably titled "Mar-a-Lago Act," an acronym for "Making Access Records Available to Lead American Government Openness Act."

Day 67: The Resistance's target shifts as Jared Kushner becomes president of the United States of America. As head of the "White House Office of American Innovation," Kushner is suddenly in charge of fixing America's opioid crisis, dealing with China on trade, brokering peace between Israel and Palestine, overseeing Trump's internal personnel, and criminal justice reform.

Day 68: Millions briefly consider giving up porn in response to the passage of a bill that allows internet providers to sell a client's browsing history to advertisers. Though the bill is complete bullshit, it would have been "nice" if lawmakers waited one more day to pass it. ;)

Day 69: Seattle sues Trump. After Attorney General Jeff Sessions blasts "sanctuary" cities and counties, and the Trump administration threatens to strip funding from those jurisdictions, Seattle mayor Ed Murray and the city attorney announce a lawsuit against the Feds. In making their announcement, city leaders focus on Sessions's claims that cities and counties that label themselves "sanctuaries" for undocumented immigrants make the country less safe. "We know, anecdotally, just from what people themselves have told us, that they don't want to come forward because they're afraid, and they know other people in the community who won't come forward and report crimes because of fear," Deputy Chief of Police Carmen Best told The Stranger. A decision has not yet been reached in the case.

Day 70: Former national security adviser Michael Flynn offers to testify in exchange for immunity. Some people think this is a huge deal.

Day 71: Michael Cox, a Bainbridge Island resident, resigns from the Environmental Protection Agency after serving as a climate-change adviser for the Pacific Northwest region for nearly 30 years. In a letter to Trump-appointed EPA head Scott Pruitt, Cox cited proposed budget cuts and climate-change denial within the department as his reasons for leaving.

Day 72: The NYT's Nicholas Kristof points out in his excellent post "In Trump Country, Shock at Trump Budget Cuts but Still Loyalty" that there is no real hope for Trump voters, many of whom live in rural areas. They still support him, still believe he is going to return greatness to them and their America, even as he is threatening to deprive these supporters of life-improving and even life-saving federal services. The Resistance needs to be sober to this fact and move on.

Day 73: A poster that says "!NO¡ ¡A EXPULSAR AL REGIMEN DE TRUMP Y PENCE!" is spotted on First Hill.

Day 74: Senate Democrats officially gather the 41 votes needed to filibuster the Supreme Court nomination of Neil Gorsuch, an extremely conservative jurist who consistently favors corporations over human beings in lawsuits.

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Day 75: Democratic Socialists of America reaches 20,000 members.

Day 76: Two things today: One, Stephen Bannon, the lord of darkness, gets booted out of the Principals Committee of the US National Security Council. Two, many on the left spend the day panning and blasting a Pepsi ad that shows Kendall Jenner joining a Black Lives Matter–type protest, and then leaving it to give a Pepsi to a cop who is preparing to crack some millennial skulls. The cop accepts the Pepsi, takes a sip, and everything is solved.

Day 77: It's the first day of class for students of the Resistance School, founded by a group of Harvard graduate students to teach the art of taking a stand against Trump. Classes include how to mobilize your community, communicating political advocacy, and how to sustain the Resistance in the long term. More than 200 students show up for the class on campus, while 15,000 people from 50 states and 20 countries tune in via the livestream.

Day 78: After months of complaints about bots and fake news, Facebook finally does something about it and posts "fake news tips" at the top of its users' feeds.

Day 79: The radical left and alt-right unite in their opposition to Trump's strikes on Syria. Well, at least until they meet in the same spot. In another test of our perception of reality, white nationalist Richard Spencer adds a Syrian flag to his Twitter bio and leads an anti-bombing protest in front of the White House. He's met by antifascists who throw glitter in his face and attempt to pull him out of a cab.

Day 80: Alec Baldwin's SNLskit of Trump meeting his supporters and shitting on them is circulated on social media.

Day 81: About 100 immigrant detainees at Tacoma Northwest Detention Center launch a hunger strike to protest conditions at the lockup, which has seen a surge in inmates since the Trump administration implemented a plan to ramp up deportations. That number would grow to 750 within three days, according to activists.

Day 82: A Kansas special election nearly flips for the Democrats. The close race had Republicans panicking, with Trump and Pence flying in to hold impromptu rallies.

Day 83: The first protest in space (as we know it) occurs when the Autonomous Space Agency Network (ASAN) tapes a printed tweet to a weather balloon. The tweet is based on a remark made by Apollo 14 astronaut Edgar Mitchell, who said: "From out there on the moon, international politics look so petty. You want to grab a politician by the scruff of the neck and drag him a quarter of a million miles out and say, 'Look at that, you son of a bitch.'"

Day 84: After Seattle filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration, Portland follows suit and sues over withholding grants from sanctuary cities. Portland mayor Ted Wheeler tells the Oregonian: "Five years ago, I never would have envisioned myself suing a president of the United States on an issue that I believe is an issue of morality, and yet here we are. It's very important that we're taking this action."

Day 85: Hundreds of Jewish activists hold a Passover "Seder in the Streets" rally in New York City to call attention to the city's policing policies and to force Mayor Bill de Blasio to "give New Yorkers a real sanctuary city," in the words of a protester. Six were arrested.

Day 86: Dan Savage's ITMFA (Impeach the Motherfucker Already) raises $100,000 for the ACLU, Planned Parenthood, and the International Refugee Assistance Project. Also, people across the US take to the streets in support of the national Tax March movement. They demand to see Trump's tax returns and for the country to adopt a fairer tax system.

Day 87: We turn off push notifications from @RealDonaldTrump.

Day 88: Teen Vogue, a newly woke magazine in the age of Trump, reports that Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos's pick for acting head of the department's Office for Civil Rights, Candice Jackson, is not only a woman who once claimed that she was discriminated against because she is white but also "dismissed those who have accused Donald Trump of sexual violence as 'fake victims.'" She is a piece of work.

Day 89: Upstart Jon Ossoff nearly wins his House race in Georgia outright. He's just short, but he forces a run-off in June, giving Democrats another opening to flip the House.

Day 90: Another one bites the dust: Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), the "powerful" Republican congressman, announces he won't run for reelection in 2018. #Winning. Also: Bill O'Reilly gets fired from Fox News.

Day 91: After two hopeful political events, Democrats roll a fat blunt and celebrate on 4/20.

Day 92: Trump is still sucking at the polls with a 39 percent approval rating.

Day 93: Hundreds of thousands of people around the country fill the streets for the March for Science. Trump once called climate change a myth created by China.

Day 94: Badass writer Ijeoma Olou hosts "This Is What Resistance Looks Like" at Northwest Film Forum. Presenting "short films, political talks, and comedy with Seattle movers and shakers like mayoral candidate/activist/poet/boxer Nikkita Oliver and local-politics-related humorist Brett Hamil."

Day 95: California Democratic US representative Ted Lieu calls Attorney General Jeff Sessions a racist and a liar.

Day 96: After two California jurisdictions sue the Trump administration for withholding funds from sanctuary cities, a US District judge halts Trump's executive order blocking funding.

Day 97: "Let's Make America Gay Again!" is held at Coastal Kitchen. "Coastal Kitchen will join in the 'Decline to Sign' effort, which exhorts citizens not to support I-1552, a proposed initiative that would impose hardships on trans people trying to use public bathrooms."

Day 98: The Factory hosts a benefit for Planned Parenthood: "Stand with PP Poster Show" featuring "14 prints by artists who have depicted how the sexual-health organization benefits everyone."

Day 99: "SLAY: A Hiphop Party for LGBT+, POC, and Open-Minded People" is held at Chop Suey.

Day 100: Trump is impeached. (Not yet, but we won't stop trying.) recommended

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          Estados Unidos inicia veto a habitantes de países musulmanes   
Afectará el ingreso de personas y refugiados provenientes de Irán, Sudán, Somalia, Yemen, Siria y Libia.
          Jérôme Jarre’s Next Plan For “Love Army” GoFundMe Initiative Is To Sponsor A Somali Village   

jerome-jarre-love-armyBack in March, Jérôme Jarre spearheaded a group of creators known as the “Love Army” as it launched a GoFundMe campaign to battle the ongoing famine in Somalia. That initiative proved successful, with its supporters chipping in $2.5 million to support the residents of the African nation.

Now, the Love Army -- which also counts social media stars Casey Neistat and Juanpa Zurita among its members -- has returned to GoFundMe with another mission. This time, its goal is to find 2,196 backers who are each willing to chip in $25 per month to assist a small village currently suffering from the effects of an ongoing drought.

As Jarre explains, setting up the Love Army’s latest project took a lot of preparation. The village in the campaign’s sights had to be linked up with a wireless network, and its residents were then given smartphones and taught how to use them. Finally, GoFundMe had to set up a payment system that would allow contributors to send money directly to the villagers in need.

All of those tasks have been accomplished, and donors can now sign up to sponsor an impoverished Somali. In doing so, they will be able to communicate directly with the people who are benefitting from their generosity.

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          Comment on Why Reinstating a Military Draft May Be the Quickest Route to Peace by Jeri B   
"😡 I’m ready to defend my country and mother Liberty any day of the week!!A Good&True Patriot" -------------------------------- You've been at constant war for the last 16 years and you are currently dropping drone bombs on the civilians of at least 7 nations. Which of those countries attacked or even threatened to attack your "country and mother Liberty" then or now? When and in what manner? What diplomatic efforts were made to resolve the situation without death and destruction? As those diplomatic efforts obviously failed - when the US issue the declarations to go to war? ...Or are you just a Yank full of shìt? ----------------------------------- War: Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and Syria. Drone bombs: Pakistan, Somalia, Yemen, Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq and Libya.
          Kongamano la London litaifaa Somalia?   
Huu ndio mkutano wa tatu mkuu wa aina hiyo kufanyika London tangu 2012, na ajenda ni kama ni sawa - usalama, utawala bora na uchumi.
          kakula: 1 июля. События...    
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в 1959 году состоялись матчи на первенство СССР по футболу:
СКВО (Ростов-на-Дону) - "Спартак" (Москва) 1:3
"Динамо" (Москва) - "Молдова" (Кишинев) 2:1

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в 1959 году Генрих Любке избирается президентом Западной Германии и сменил на этом посту Хейса (позиция Аденауэра не позволила Эрхарду выдвинуть свою кандидатуру на этот пост от Христианско-демократического союза).

в 1960 году образовано Конструкторского бюро ПО «Полет». Конструкторское бюро ПО «Полет» создано как Сибирский филиал Днепропетровского КБ «Южное» для конструкторского обеспечения производства боевых баллистических ракет на Омском авиационном заводе. В 1960-1970 гг. КБ вело проектирование и экспериментальную отработку элементов перспективных ракетных комплексов, разрабатывало уникальный международный научно-исследовательский ракетный комплекс «Мир-2», осуществило запуск ряда космических зондов. С 1968 года КБ «Полет» принимает участие в разработках спутников «Циклон» и космических аппаратов «ГЛОНАСС», ракет-носителей серии «Космос». С 1990-х гг. занимается конверсионными проектами, разрабатывает малые космические аппараты, авиационную технику. Совместно с войсками Министерства обороны РФ осуществляет запуски коммерческих космических аппаратов.

в 1960 году Всесоюзное радио начало передавать «Радиоэнциклопедию здоровья» (с декабря 1963 г. ее заменил радиожурнал «Здоровье»).

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в 1960 году в Москве состоялась премьера художественного фильма «Илзе» (оригинальное название: Ilze; премьера в Риге 9 сентября 1959). Производство: Рижская киностудия, 1959. Режиссер: Роланд Калныньш (Калнынь). Сценарист: Анна Броделе. Оператор: Марис Рудзитис. Композитор: Мендель Башс. Художник: Герберт (Херберт) Ликумс. Актеры: Маргарита Жигунова, Эдуард Павулс, Лидия Фреймане, Роберт Мустапс, Юлий Бебриш, Янис Лусенс, Вилма Лиепиня, Гунар Плаценс, Улдис Лиелдидж, Марис Рудольф Лиепа, Карп Клетниекс, Эмилия Берзиня. По роману латышской писательницы Анны Броделе «Кровью сердца». 1947 год. Одна из латвийских деревень. Илзе горячо любит Рудиса (Эдуард Павулс), хотя он и сын кулака и о нём ходят разные слухи. Илзе знает, что Рудис ушёл от отца и вступил в колхоз, работал хорошо, стал бригадиром и подал заявление в партию. Он настоял на том, чтобы жена вступила в комсомол, а теперь предлагает ей ехать в город учиться. Между тем в колхозе орудуют какие-то скрытые враги: убит парторг Рутиньш, оклеветан лучший бригадир, происходят всякие неполадки… Правда, новый парторг Марта энергично взялась за дело, начала налаживать хозяйство. Но враги только затаились. Случайно Илзе услышала разговор Рудиса со своим отцом. И только тут она поняла, кем на самом деле является её муж. Он участвовал в убийстве Рутиньша и теперь готовит покушение на Марту. В ужасе выбегает Иззе из дома и спешит предупредить Марту и колхозников. Заговорщиков арестовывают.

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в 1960 году состоялись матчи на первенство СССР по футболу:
"Шахтер" (Сталино) - "Адмиралтеец" (Ленинград) 0:0
"Беларусь" (Минск) - "Локомотив" (Москва) 0:2
"Нефтяник" (Баку) - ЦСКА (Москва) 2:0
"Спартак" (Вильнюс) - "Крылья Советов" (Куйбышев) 1:2
"Динамо" (Киев) - "Кайрат" (Алма-Ата) 3:0

в 1960 году продовольственная и сельскохозяйственная организация ООН начинает кампанию по борьбе с голодом.

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в 1960 году пилот истребителя перехватчика «МиГ-19» гвардии капитан Василий Поляков сбил над Баренцевым морем американский самолет-разведчик «RB-47». Поляков В. сделал 2 залпа, после чего «ЕRB-47Н» загорелся и развалился на части. 3 члена экипажа во главе с командиром удачно катапультировались, 3 оператора выбраться из горящего самолёта не сумели. После приводнения командир воздушного судна запутался в стропах и захлебнулся, правый пилот капитан Фримэн В.Олмстед и штурман Джон Р.Маккоун через 6 часов были случайно подобраны советским траулером "Тобольск"и остались живы. Обломки самолёта-разведчика упали в Баренцево море близ мыса Святой Нос. Через три дня капитана-именинника вызвали в Москву. Летчик доложил о полете командующему истребительной авиацией ПВО страны генерал-полковнику Савицкому и главкому Войск ПВО СССР маршалу Бирюзову. Председатель Президиума Верховного совета СССР Брежнев вручил Полякову орден Боевого Красного знамени. На следующий день вышел "Огонек" с его фотографией на обложке. На этом командировка в Москву не закончилась. В течение нескольких дней майор Поляков участвовал в очных ставках с уцелевшими американцами. На первом же допросе второй пилот Олмстед сообщил: «Над СССР наш самолёт всё время уклонялся в глубину территории. Когда штурман докладывал командиру об этом, тот отвечал, что сам знает. Палм был весьма опытный пилот. С подобными заданиями он облетел едва ли не весь земной шар. Такой мог вполне обойтись и без штурмана». Американские летчики признались, что «RB-47» проводил разведку советской системы ПВО. Но командование ВВС США заявило, что самолет не вторгался в советское воздушное пространство.

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в 1960 году провозглашается создание нового независимого африканского государства - Сомали, одна часть территории которого ранее принадлежала Италии, а другая - Великобритании. Незамедлительно правительство объединенного государства заявлянт претензии на обширные территории соседних Эфиопии и Кении, где проживает сомалийское население.
1960Coat_of_arms_of_Somalia (700x564, 323Kb)
Сомали́ (сомал. Soomaaliya, араб. الصومال‎ эс-Сумаль), официальное наименование — Федеративная Республика Сомали — восточноафриканское государство, фактически распавшееся в результате гражданской войны и деятельности сепаратистов на множество частей. В настоящее время небольшая часть провинций страны объединена общепризнанным федеральным правительством. Член ООН с 20 сентября 1960 года.

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в 1960 году независимое государство Гана провозглашается республикой. Президентом становится премьер-министр Кваме Нкрума.
Га́на (Ghana), Республика Гана (Republic of Ghana) — государство в Западной Африке. Входит в Содружество наций.
1960Coat_of_arms_of_Ghana (700x583, 433Kb)
Граничит на западе с Кот-д’Ивуаром, на северо-западе и севере — с Буркина-Фасо, на востоке — с Того. С юга омывается водами Гвинейского залива Атлантического океана.

в 1960 году на Кубе объявляется об экспроприации счетов и имущества американских нефтяных компаний "Шелл" и "Эссо". В ответ правительство США прекратит закупки кубинского сахара. Фидель Кастро обратится к СССР, и Москва даст обязательство закупать на Кубе сахар - основной экспортный товар страны. Этот сахар нам обойдется в 2 раза дороже мировых цен.

в 1960 году Великобритания и Кипр окончательно определяют порядок предоставления независимости Кипру, включая вопрос о британских военных базах на этом острове (10 июля объявлено о том, что провозглашение независимости переносится на 16 августа).

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в 1960 году состоялась первая запись песен Ареты Франклин (Aretha Franklin).

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в 1960 году в Пало-Альто (США) Джон Томас (John Thomas, США) установил мировой рекорд по прыжкам в высоту – 2.22 м.

в 1961 году председатель Президиума ВС СССР Л.И.Брежнев подписал Указ «Об усилении уголовной ответственности за нарушение правил о валютных операциях». Хотя считается, что закон обратной силы не имеет и «усиление ответственности» должно было коснуться только тех, кто совершил преступление после опубликования этого Указа, но оно коснулось уже осужденных валютчиков Рокотова и Файбишенко. Генпрокурор Руденко подал протест на «мягкость» приговора, вынесенного этим валютчикам Мосгорсудом. Дело принял к рассмотрению Верховный суд РСФСР, который приговорил Рокотова и Файбишенко к расстрелу.

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в 1961 году начались официальные испытания «Ту-22К». Первый полет с ракетой «Х-22» был запланирован на октябрь. В этом же месяце завод № 22 выпустил второй экземпляр ракетоносца. Обе машины испытывались параллельно. К 11 ноября они совершили 39 полетов и осуществили шесть пусков ракет. Серийное производство «Ту-22К» запланировали на 1964 год. В тот год удалось выпустить на заводские испытания три машины, строившиеся параллельно с бомбардировщиками-разведчиками. На четвертом серийном самолете уже установили новые двигатели «РД-7М2».

в 1961 году в Ижевске организована контора «Горгаз».

в 1961 году вступил в строй Ляскельский лесопильный завод.

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в 1962 году состоялся матч на первенство СССР по футболу:
"Локомотив" (Москва) - "Спартак" (Ереван) 2:1

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в 1962 году провозглашение независимости Республики Руанда. Республика Руанда (до 1991 года — Руандийская Республика; французское название - République Rwandaise) — государство в Восточной Африке. Руанда граничит с Демократической Республикой Конго на западе, Угандой на севере, Танзанией на востоке и Бурунди на юге. Из-за холмистого ландшафта имеет прозвище Земля тысячи холмов (французское название - Pays des Mille Collines, руанда Igihugu cy’Imisozi Igihumbi). Руанда расположена в центре Африки, невдалеке к югу от экватора. На западной границе с ДРК находятся озеро Киву и река Рузизи, являющиеся частью Восточно-африканской рифтовой долины. В центре страны находится её столица — город Кигали.
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Рельеф Руанды в основном образуется невысокими холмами, на западной границе высотность резко обрывается у берегов озера Киву и реки Русизи, на востоке постепенно сокращается в направлении Танзании, где расположены в основном долины и болота. В Руанде расположены некоторые истоки Нила. Реки бассейна Нила и Конго. Крупнейшее озеро — Киву, единственное в Африке озеро, не заселённое крокодилами. На юге и востоке страны — цепь мелких озёр (там крокодилы водятся). Климат — субэкваториальный, сезонно-влажный, мягкий из-за значительной высоты над уровнем моря. В Кигали (на высоте 1550 м) среднемесячные температуры круглый год 17-21 °C. Осадков около 1000—1500 мм в год. Сухой сезон — с июня по сентябрь. Растительность — в основном саванна, на склонах гор влажные тропические леса. Животный мир почти истреблён. Крупные животные (антилопы, буйволы, носороги, зебры, львы, слоны, бегемоты, крокодилы, гориллы) сохранились лишь в заповедниках.

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в 1962 году провозглашение независимости Республики Руанда и Королевства Бурунди. Хуту появились в XIV столетии, ассимилировав большую часть тва. В XV столетии после прихода тутси было создано королевство, подобное королевству тутси в Руанде. Однако кастовая система в Бурунди не была такой строгой: часты были браки между тутси и хуту, хуту пользовались большой экономической свободой. XVIIIв. – сложилось самостоятельное феодальное государство Бурунди.
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1825 – 1852 гг. – расцвет страны во время правления короля Нтаре II, приобретение современных границ. 1899г. – в столице учрежден германский военный пост. В 80-е годы XIX столетия Бурунди (в то время Урунди) вместе с Руандой была оккупирована Германией и в 1903 включена в состав Германской Восточной Африки. 1919г. – после поражения Германии в I мировой войне управление над территорией Бурунди перешло к Бельгии (бельгийская подмандатная территория).
1 июля 1962 года 1 июля 1962 года Бурунди получила независимость как конституционная монархия. В 1966 году после военного переворота страна была провозглашена республикой. В 1990-е годы в стране начались межэтнические столкновения между хуту и тутси. Бурунди является членом ООН, ГАТТ, МВФ, ВОЗ, Организации африканского единства<br /> <br /> в 1962 году Соединенные Штаты перестали признавать катоба Северной Каролины как племя. Несмотря на прогнозы, катоба не потеряли племенную идентичность после терминации, сохранив свое единство. Терминация, посредством которой федеральное правительство пыталось прервать свои межправительственные отношения с индейскими народами, фактически упразднив племена, стала федеральной политикой. Ключевым элементом этой политики было переселение – программа, призванная выманить индейцев из резерваций в города, где был большой спрос на рабочую силу. Человеком, которого президент Гарри Трумэн (1945-1953) выбрал для руководства программами терминации и переселения в качестве комиссара по делам индейцев, был Диллон Майер. До этого Майер имел опыт работы с меньшинствами в годы Второй мировой войны, когда он возглавлял Военное управление по вопросам переселения – ведомство, в подчинении которого находились лагеря для интернированных американцев японского происхождения. Распределение земель привело к потере 65 процентов индейских земель - во многом вследствие терминации и переселения. Сегодня более 70 процентов коренных американцев живут за пределами резерваций.<br /> <br /> в 1962 году Роберт Соблен, приговоренный в США за шпионаж к пожизненному заключению, прибывает в Лондон после депортации из Джордана (британский министр внутренних дел отказывается предоставить ему убежище, после чего 11 сентября Соблен кончает жизнь самоубийством). <br /> <br /> в 1963 году <a href=/www.libussr.ru/doc_ussr/ussr_5965.htm" target="_blank"> Постановление Бюро ЦК КПСС по РСФСР, Совмина РСФСР от 01.07.1963 N 825 "О состоянии и мерах улучшения работы детских театров Российской Федерации"

в 1963 году в Ленинграде открыто движение поездов по второй ветке метро от "Технологического института" до станций "Площадь Мира", "Невский Проспект", "Горьковская", "Петроградской". Эта ветка во многом определила облик ленинградского метро на много лет вперед. Она появилась уже после начала борьбы с "архитектурными излишествами" и получилась предельно строгой, если не сказать скромной.

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в 1963 году станция Ленинградского метро «Невский Проспект» открыта в составе участка «Технологический институт» — «Петроградская». Название связано с расположением на одноимённой главной магистрали города. В проекте станция носила название «Площадь Плеханова» (прежнее название площади перед Казанским собором). Наземный павильон отсутствует, вход в вестибюль осуществляется через подземные переходы, имеющие выходы на Михайловскую улицу и Невский проспект. Вестибюль и подземный переход выполнен по проекту архитекторов А.К.Андреева, А.С.Гецкина, В.П.Шуваловой. Подземное размещение вестибюля было применено впервые в Санкт-Петербурге. При его сооружении Перинные ряды с «портиком Руска» были разрушены, в 1972 году — портик был восстановлен с несколько изменёнными пропорциями, в 2004 году был построен торговый центр, совершенно непохожий на предыдущие постройки. Выход на Михайловскую улицу после открытия станции осуществлялся посредством каскада из двух эскалаторов (как на «Пролетарской»), но во время ремонта наклонного хода (1998 года) малые эскалаторы были демонтированы и заменены на трёхпролётную лестницу. Летом 2007 года освещение вестибюля было заменено на стандартное. Другой выход со станции — общий со станцией «Гостиный двор» на канал Грибоедова (бывший Екатерининский). Иногда из-за этого станцию неофициально называют «Канал Грибоедова». Выход был открыт 30 апреля 1967 года и расположен в северном торце станции. Малые эскалаторы этого выхода в город находятся в том же эскалаторном зале, что и пересадочные эскалаторы. «Невский проспект» — пилонная станция глубокого заложения (глубина — 63 м). Подземный зал сооружен по проекту архитектора С.Г.Майофиса и инженера Б.Д.Максимова. Своды и пилоны оштукатурены, в нижней части украшены рёбрами из полированного алюминия. Форма пилонов в композиции с оформлением среднего зала напоминает форму тоннеля. Путевые стены были выложены стеклянной плиткой с красной подложкой, заменённой в 2006 году на искусственный камень того же цвета Пол центрального зала из габбро и лабродорита. Асфальтовый пол путевых тоннелей в 2007 году заменён на каменный. В середине зала на части свода между двумя пилонами (В этом месте свод сделан намного выше) помещён текст Указа Президиума ВС СССР «О награждении Ленинградского метрополитена имени В.И.Ленина орденом Ленина». До 2004 года станция освещалась ртутными лампами, затем освещение было заменено на натриевое.

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в 1963 году станция Ленинградского метро «Петроградская» открыта в составе участка «Технологический институт» — «Петроградская». Наименование получила из-за расположения на Петроградской стороне, одном из исторических районов города. Наземный вестибюль выполнен по проекту архитекторов А.К.Андреева, Я.Е.Москаленко и встроен в здание «Дома мод», расположенного на пересечении Каменноостровского проспекта и Большого проспекта Петроградской стороны, у площади Льва Толстого. Вестибюль имеет Г-образную форму в плане. Над эскалаторным ходом размещался витраж на тему комсомола, уничтоженный 31 декабря 1993 года в результате взрыва в доме № 37. «Петроградская» — станция закрытого типа («горизонтальный лифт») глубокого заложения (глубина ~ 53 м). Подземный зал сооружён по проекту архитекторов В.Ф.Белова, А.В.Говорковского, В.Л.Ривина, Н.Н.Трегубова и Л.И.Шимаковского. Гофрированная поверхность стен перронного зала выполнена облицовкой из керамики. Торцевая стена украшена золотистым декоративным панно на фоне синей решётки, с профилем молодых рабочего и крестьянки, отражающих тему революционного Петрограда (художник Г.Н.Васильев). Наклонный ход (выход со станции), содержащий 3 эскалатора, расположен в северном торце станции.

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в 1963 году станция Ленинградского метро «Горьковская» открыта в составе участка «Технологический институт» — «Петроградская». Данное название получила благодаря тому, что расположена в начале бывшего проспекта Максима Горького (ныне Кронверкский проспект), где в доме № 23 долгое время жил писатель. «Горьковская» — пилонная станция с укороченным центральным нефом (залом) глубокого заложения (глубина ~ 53 м). Станция начинает серию из семи пилонных станций, идущих подряд. Подземный зал сооружён по проекту архитекторов С.И.Евдокимова, Н.И.Башнина, А.П.Изоитко, С.Л.Михайлова и Е.И.Травникова. Художественное оформление станции посвящено пролетарскому писателю М.Горькому. Оформление станции простое и суровое, пилоны облицованы сааремским известняком с включением грубо обработанных блоков. Под карнизом пилонов установлены круглые лампы. Торцевую стену центрального подземного зала украшает портрет писателя, выполненный из камня той же породы (скульпторы М.Р.Габе, А.М.Торич, П.А.Якимович). На путевых стенах установлены декоративные решётки с узорами на тему произведений писателя. Кроме того, на дверях кабельных шкафов в путевых тоннелях находятся изображения буревестника, выполненные из тёмных металлических полос. Пол центрального нефа выстлан серым гранитом, полы перронных залов — асфальтом, который в процессе реконструкции был заменён гранитом. Кафель на путевых стенах был заменён белым мрамором. Наклонный ход (выход со станции), содержащий 3 эскалатора, расположен в северном торце центрального нефа (зала). Новый вестибюль станции метро «Горьковская», выход на Каменноостровский проспект. Новый вестибюль станции — одноэтажное здание в виде инопланетного корабля. Как и прежний вестибюль, который был построен в 1963 году по проекту архитекторов Арона Гецкина и Валентины Шуваловой, он располагается на Кронверке Петропавловской крепости у развилки Кронверкского и Каменноостровского проспектов. Проект нового здания был выполнен ООО «СУАР. Т-проект». 27 марта 2009 года его поддержал градостроительный совет. Площадь павильона увеличилась в три раза. Как и старая постройка, для предотвращения затопления в связи с близостью реки Невы, новый вестибюль поставлен на возвышении. Старый вестибюль являлся типовым для станций Ленинградского метрополитена, открытых в хрущевскую эпоху (аналогичен вестибюлям станций «Парк Победы», «Электросила», «Фрунзенская»). Он представлял собой приземистое цилиндрическое здание с куполом и застеклёнными входами. Козырек над входом после трагедии на «Сенной площади» был укреплён специальными подпорками.

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в 1963 году станция Ленинградского метро «Сенная площадь» открыта в составе участка «Технологический институт» — «Петроградская». Наименование получила из-за близости к одноимённой площади. До июля 1992 года носила название «Площадь Мира». Наземный павильон выполнен по проекту архитекторов А.С.Гецкина, В.П.Шуваловой и располагается у Сенной площади, в непосредственной близости от места снесённой в 1961 году Успенской церкви (Спаса-на-Сенной). Обращён к площади широким витражом входа. Изначально планировалось впоследствии встроить вестибюль в крупное здание общественного назначения: газета «Смена» писала: он (вестибюль) будет встроен в большое здание, которое поднимется на площади. Естественно, на месте взорванной церкви и разрушенного уже после постройки вестибюля метро жилого здания на углу площади Мира и улицы Ефимова. Возможно, в 1981 году этим зданием должен был стать Ленинградский Аэровокзал, в нём должен был находится вестибюль. В июле 2007 года начальником метрополитена была обнародована информация о том, что вестибюль станции метро «Сенная» будет «объединён с новым зданием, в котором разместится небольшой торговый центр». 10 июня 1999 года в 19 часов 40 минут произошла трагедия: обрушился пятиметровый бетонный козырёк наземного павильона, в результате погибли 7 человек. Судебная экспертиза сделала заключение о том, что при разработке проекта павильона метро были допущены грубые ошибки. Для недопущения повторения трагедии на всех станциях метро произвели укрепление козырьков, в случае невозможности укрепления — козырьки были сняты. «Сенная площадь» — станция пилонного типа глубокого заложения (глубина ~ 55 м). Подземный зал сооружен по проекту архитекторов А.И.Прибульского, А.Я.Мачерет, В.В.Ганкевич. При открытии пилоны были облицованы мелкой серо-кремовой кафельной плиткой (т. н. «ириской»), торец центрального зала украшала надпись: СССР оплот мира. Оформление станции простое, пилоны отделаны мрамором, путевые стены — голубой керамической плиткой (цвет мира). Лампы, освещающие центральный зал и платформы, скрыты за карнизами люверсных решёток, выполненных из аннодированного металла. Наклонный ход (выход со станции), содержащий 3 эскалатора, расположен в северном торце станции. В южном конце станции построен переход на станцию метро «Спасская». Торец у перехода украшает надпись: «1703 Санкт-Петербург 1914 Петроград 1924 Ленинград 1991 Санкт-Петербург», символизирующая переименования города. Под надписью расположено панно с тремя колоннами: ионической слева, дорической в центре и коринфской справа, символизирующие либо три названия города (исходя из расположенного вверху), то ли три века истории и зодчества Санкт-Петербурга.

в 1963 году в Ленинграде (ныне Санкт-Петербург) начал издаваться шрифтом Брайля литературно-художественный журнал «Литературные чтения». Задача журнала – перепечатывать из разных российских и зарубежных журналов, альманахов, сборников глубокие по содержанию, яркие высокохудожественные произведения. На страницах журнала читатели находят разнообразные по жанрам публикации: от лирических стихов и романов до литературоведческих статей. «Литературные чтения» пользуется популярностью, тираж журнала составляет 1000 экземпляров.

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в 1963 году введена в строй первая очередь Петрозаводского завода тяжелого бумагоделательного машиностроения. Ныне – АО «Петрозаводскмаш» – крупнейшее машиностроительное предприятие в Карелии и единственное в России, производящее бумагоделательные машины.

в 1963 году состоялась премьера художественного фильма «Завтрашние заботы». Производство: Ленфильм, 1962. Режиссеры: Григорий Аронов, Будимир Метальников. Сценарист: Будимир Метальников. Оператор: Константин Рыжов. Композитор: Люциан Пригожин. Художник: Михаил Иванов. Актеры: Анатолий Азо, Елена Добронравова, Юрий Дедович, Сергей Плотников, Вера Титова, Станислав Фесюнов, Гелий Сысоев, Виктор Терехов, Борис Павлов-Сильванский. По мотивам одноименной повести Виктора Конецкого. Трудным оказался этот рейс по Северному морскому пути для капитана Глеба Вольнова (Анатолий Азо). Его беспокоит команда - курсанты, впервые вышедшие в море. Беспокоит его и механик Битов, отец его погибшего друга. Он вышел в море после долгого перерыва: никто не хотел рисковать и брать на борт больного старика. Глеб также переживает личную драму. Его новый друг капитан Левин познакомил Глеба со своей давней приятельницей Агнией (Елена Добронравова). Но Глеб оскорбил Агнию своим равнодушием и слишком поздно понял, что она для него значит.

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в 1963 году в Великобритании окончательно выясняется, что Ким Филби был третьим лицом, причастным вместе с Гаем Берджессом и Дональдом Маклином к шпионажу в пользу СССР. Выступая в Палате общин британского парламента, лорд-хранитель печати Эдвард Хит впервые официально информирует английскую общественность о побеге Кима Филби в "одну из стран советского блока".

в 1963 году министерство почт США вводит почтовые индексы.

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в 1963 году Пассо Фундо, Бразилия. Разбивается самолет «DC-3» компании «Varig». 15 человек погибают.

в 1963 году «The Rolling Stones» дают концерт в клубе Кена Кольера “Studio 51” (Сохо, Лондон).

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в 1963 году «The Beatles» записывают свой новый сигл «She Loves You» / «I'll Get You», в лондонской «EMI Studios». Две песни для сингла были записаны за четыре с небольшим часа. Релиз сингла состоялся в августе 1963-го, «She Loves You» cтанет для группы первым синглом проданным в количестве более миллионов копий.

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в 1964 году в 11:16 UTC с космодрома «Байконур» осуществлен пуск ракеты-носителя "Восход 11А57", которая вывела на околоземную орбиту советский спутник оптической разведки "Космос-34" (00822 / 1964 034А). Космический аппарат фоторазведки типа "Зенит-4" выведен на орбиту с параметрами: наклонение орбиты - 64.97 град.; период обращения - 90 мин.; минимальное расстояние от поверхности Земли (в перигее) - 205 км; максимальное расстояние от поверхности Земли (в апогее) - 360 км.

в 1964 году на территории СССР совершил посадку спускаемый аппарат советского разведывательного спутника "Космос-33" ("Зенит-2").

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в 1964 году состоялся матч на первенство СССР по футболу:
"Торпедо" (Москва) - "Динамо" (Тбилиси) 1:1

в 1964 году в Сиднее основан Азиатско-Тихоокеанский союз радиовещания – крупнейший международный союз радиовещания в АТР.

в 1964 году государство Ньясаленд переименовано в Малави.

в 1964 году замужние женщины в Квебеке получили равные права с мужчинами.

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в 1964 году королевский флот дал официальное разрешение на создание варианта истребителя «F-4» «Phantom» в соответсвии с британскими требованиями. Для замены устаревавшего палубного истребителя «De Havilland» «Sea Vixen» командование Королевского флота Англии планировало перспективный двухмаховый истребитель с вертикальным взлетом и посадкой «Hawker Siddley» «P.1154». Но из-за неоправданной дороговизны и затянувшейся разработки правительство Британии закрыло этот проект. В то же время между правительством Англии и компанией «McDonnell» велся диалог по предложению о создании варианта истребителя «F-4» «Phantom» («McDonnell Douglas» «F-4K» «Phantom II»).

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в 1964 году садится на мель американский подводный атомный ракетоносец «Генри Клей» (Henry Clay), который удаётся снять лишь с помощью спасательных буксиров.




в 1964 году «битловский» («The Beatles») сингл «Hard Day's Night» вышел на 1 место в списке синглов и продержался 2 недели.

в 1964 году группа Рода Стюарта (Rod Stewart) "Steam Packet" впервые играла на разогреве у «The Rolling Stones» на площадке «London Palladium».

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в 1964 году в Осло (Норвегия) Терье Педерсен (Terje Pedersen, Норвегия) установил мировой рекорд в метании копья на открытых стадионах - 87,12 м.

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в 1965 году введена в эксплуатацию Рузаевская трикотажная фабрика.

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в 1965 году состоялся матч на первенство СССР по футболу:
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в 1965 году Канзас Сити (штат Миссури, США). Самолет «Боинг-707» компании «Continental Airlines» при посадке проскользывает за конец полосы и переломляется пополам. Погибших нет. Произошло глиссирование колес шасси на мокрой полосе, что сделало неэффективным торможение.

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в 1965 году в Нью-Йорке состоялась премьера художественного фильма «Большие гонки» (оригинальное название: The Great Race; премьера в Нидерландах 27 января 1966; премьера в Франции 17 февраля 1966; премьера в Турции 2 марта 1967; премьера в Испании 10 апреля 1966; премьера в Дании 9 июня 1966; премьера на Каннском Международном кинофестивале в Москве 7 июля 1965; премьера в Финляндии 26 августа 1966; премьера в Бельгии 9 сентября 1966; премьера в Мексике 6 октября 1966; премьера в Великобритании 14 октября 1965; премьера в ГДР 11 ноября 1966; премьера в Португалии 7 декабря 1965; премьера в ФРГ 9 декабря 1965; премьера в Австралии 17 декабря 1965; премьера в Бразилии 25 декабря 1965; премьера в Японии 25 декабря 1965; премьера в Швеции 26 декабря 1965). Производство: Warner Bros., 1964. Режиссер: Блейк Эдвардс. Сценаристы: Блейк Эдвардс, Артур А.Росс. Оператор: Рассел Хэрлан. Композитор: Генри Манчини. Продюсеры: Дик Крокетт, Мартин Джуроу. Актеры: Тони Кёртис, Джек Леммон, Натали Вуд, Питер Фальк, Кинан Уинн, Артур О'Коннелл, Дороти Провайн, Ларри Сторч, Росс Мартин, Джордж МакРиди, Марвин Каплан, Вивиан Вэнс, Хэл Смит, Денвер Пайл, Кен Уэльс.



Широкоформатный фильм. Знаменитый испытатель Лесли (Тони Кертис) по прозвищу Великий инициирует беспрецедентную акцию - автомобильную гонку Нью-Йорк - Париж. Находясь за рулем уникальной по оснащению машины, он соперничает с самыми отчаянными авантюристами. Однако основным его противником становится завистливый неудачник профессор Фэйт (Джек Леммон) со своим помощником Максом, строящий козни и не гнушающийся самых коварных методов достижения заветной цели. К тому же в гонках участвует очаровательная и напористая журналистка Мэгги (Натали Вуд), намеревающаяся сделать сенсационный репортаж о соревнованиях и тем самым добиться признания. Премия "Оскар" (1965): Лучшие звуковые эффекты (Трег Браун). Номинация на "Оскар" (1965): Лучший оператор (Расселл Харлан); Лучший монтаж (Ральф И.Уинтерс); Лучший звук (Джордж Гроувс); Лучшая песня (Генри Манчини, Джонни Мерсер).

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в 1966 году советские колхозники впервые стали получать ежемесячную зарплату. На смену печально известному трудодню пришла новая система оплаты труда: ежемесячные выплаты считались авансом, а в конце года производился окончательный расчет - в зависимости от личного вклада колхозника и денежных доходов колхоза.

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в 1966 году в Челябинске открылся универмаг "Детский мир". Универмаг "Детский мир" в Челябинске мог открыться на тридцать лет раньше. Еще в 1936 году был утвержден проект возведения крупного магазина, который разработал архитектор Б.Н.Егоров. К 1939 году уже были завершены основные строительные работы, а открытие запланировали на 1941 год, но помешала начавшаяся Великая Отечественная война. На протяжении нескольких военных лет в здании только что построенного предприятия торговли разместился наркомат танковой промышленности, а также велась работа по подготовке профессиональных кадров, поскольку в Челябинске находились в эвакуации моторные и станкостроительные заводы из разных городов Советского Союза.
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Подготовка специалистов осуществлялась по двум направлениям на факультетах колесно-гусеничных машин и механико-технологический. После окончания войны, вплоть до 1949 года в здании будущего универмага производились работ
          Grandmas denied visas under revised US travel ban   
After months of court battles, the revised version of the Trump administration's travel ban finally kicked in on Thursday night (June 29), temporarily barring travelers from six mainly Muslim nations from getting US visas unless they prove they have close ties to the country. The new guidance for travelers from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen, would also prevent the entry of refugees who do not have close family in the United States. The rollout of the controversial measure follows a U.S. Supreme Court decision this week that allowed the executive order to take effect but significantly narrowed its scope, exempting travelers and refugees with a "bona fide relationship" with a person or entity in the United States. NYT confirms: Grandparents, uncles, nieces aren't "close" enough family relationships to fit the travel ban criteria https://t.co/1bhTDiINrp pic.twitter.com/71v3Xs6peE- Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) June 29, 2017 Strict definition of family The State Department guidance on the ban defines close family as a parent, spouse, child, adult son or daughter, son-in-law, daughter-in-law or sibling, including step siblings and other step family relations. However fiances, grandparents, grandchildren, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and any other 'extended' family do not make the cut and will be denied US visas. The revised ban should stay in place at least until October, when the Supreme Court will hear arguments on the case. Grandparents, fiancees aren't considered "close family" exempt under Trump's revised travel ban https://t.co/uChDJijDJS pic.twitter.com/mME8NZIG9R- New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) June 29, 2017 Outrage Immigrant rights activists gathered at JFK airport in New York expressed dismay at the government's definition of family. "The world is watching the United States of America, and what they are saying is we thought that that was the country for opportunity and justice for all. But it does not seem that way," said Murad Awawdeh, director of political engagement at the New York Immigration Coalition. Trump first presented the ban in January as a 'counter-terrorism' measure. But the move has caused outrage and chaos at airports. In its decision on Monday (June 26), the Supreme Court allowed the ban, which bars people from the designated six countries for 90 days and refugees for 120 days, to go partially into effect until the top court can take up the case later this year. Muslims, immigrants, + allies chant #NoMuslimBanEver through the streets of lower Manhattan. MaketheRoadNY thenyic pic.twitter.com/ARiZnabUbw- Daniel Altschuler (@altochulo) June 29, 2017
          Comment on Using plausible deniability against a systematically lying adversary by Larry Galearis   
One book I always recommend about how little the United States culture has changed in its fundamental relationships with the world is Bernard Cornwell’s “The Fort”. Paul Revere (yes, that Paul Revere) played a huge role in the greatest naval defeat in US history in 1779. This is history left out of the American citizen’s psyche and a nation’s PUBLICLY acknowledged history. The wars of empire since 1945 see an ugly continuum with a list of miscreant militarism. Here is a list of countries bombed since 1945: China 1945-46 Korea 1950-53 China 1950-53 Guatemala 1954 Indonesia 1958 Cuba 1959-60 Guatemala 1960 Belgian Congo 1964 Guatemala 1964 Dominican Republic 1965-66 Peru 1965 Laos 1964-73 Vietnam 1961-73 Cambodia 1969-70 Guatemala 1967-69 Lebanon 1982-84 Grenada 1983-84 Libya 1986 El Salvador 1981-92 Nicaragua 1981-90 Iran 1987-88 Libya 1989 Panama 1989-90 Iraq 1991 Kuwait 1991 Somalia 1992-94 Bosnia 1995 Iran 1998 Sudan 1998 Afghanistan 1998 Yugoslavia – Serbia 1999 Afghanistan 2001 Libya 2011. What most Americans do not understand is that most of these events were acts of aggression as war crimes under International Law, and also LOST wars. The very history behind these wars is based on lawlessness and incompetent leadership both at the military end and the Washington end. And we never know what level of goofiness is at work deciding on whether to go to war or not. I also want to give my thanks and appreciation to the Saker for his insights to our geopolitical realities. Best regards, Galearis
          thinking about robbers   
We used to live in low-income apartments affectionately known as “Little Somalia”, due to the 17+ Somali Bantu families that lived there. I loved it there, but was also always in a constantly busy season of life: grad school, working two jobs, premature baby land, and everything in between. So I knew all the refugees […]
          Links to Reads, April 2017   

* Buying healthier snacks at vending machines? Possible. You just have to wait to get them. * Typical items in a Middle Eastern pantry, from The Splendid Table. * Do you like baking for others? Keep at it. There are proven benefits to it. * It is sad that today, famine is still so much present in many countries, including Somalia. * What to eat in Thessaloniki – 5 must-try snacks, if you happen to be there. * KCRW’s Good Food always features something interesting. Here are a few episodes, from persimmons to Diwali food – in one place. * Gaza’s interesting food heritage: from seafood to stews and greens-packed dishes. * Food industry is pressured to cut sugar, salt, and artificial ingredients. * “Making apple trees grow shorter over

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          Africa: It's Time to Stop Ignoring Conflict in Efforts to Build Resilience   

Many climate change adaptation and development efforts work in unstable countries - and that reality needs to be taken into account When Jean Vergain first travelled to Somalia in1992 as part of his work for the International Committee of the Red Cross, he met Issa, a pastoralist living with his family and animals. When Vergain returned to the country in 2000 after years of civil war, Issa's wife and children had moved to Mogadishu, the capital, in the hope of finding food and water.


          Noticias en breve: Democracy Now 30-6   

HAVANA TIMES – Presentamos las noticias en breve recopilada por Democracy Now el viernes 30 de junio de 2017.

Trump exhorta a que se derogue Obamacare, mientras Congreso se aproxima a entrar en receso

El presidente de Estados Unidos, Donald Trump, instó a los congresistas republicanos hoy a derogar la Ley de Cuidado de Salud a Bajo Precio, conocida como “Obamacare”, a pesar de que los senadores comenzaron a irse de Washington DC para el receso del 4 de julio y no tienen planes de votar el proyecto de ley de salud que la reemplazaría. Trump tuiteó esta mañana: “Si los senadores republicanos no pueden aprobar la ley en la que están trabajando, deberían DEROGAR de inmediato, y REEMPLAZAR más tarde”. El líder de la mayoría del Senado, Mitch McConnell, canceló una votación planificada del proyecto de ley de salud en el Senado, después de que algunos miembros de su partido se resistieran a votarlo luego de que el informe de la Oficina de Presupuesto del Congreso concluyera que el proyecto de ley de salud dejaría a 22 millones de estadounidenses sin seguro de salud. Otros republicanos afirmaron que se opondrían al proyecto de ley del Senado porque no es lo suficientemente conservador.

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Trump genera indignación y acusaciones de sexismo tras atacar en Twitter a presentadores de MSNBC

En Washington DC, el presidente de Estados Unidos, Donald Trump, generó indignación incluso entre miembros del Partido Republicano el jueves, después de haber atacado a los presentadores de televisión Joe Scarborough y Mika Brzezinski, del programa Morning Joe, de MSNBC. Trump publicó en Twitter: “Me enteré de que el programa Morning Joe, que tiene unos bajos índices de audiencia, habla mal de mí (dejé de mirarlo). No entiendo por qué la loca de Mika, de bajo coeficiente intelectual, junto con el psicótico de Joe, vinieron a Mar-a-Lago durante tres noches seguidas cerca de fin de año e insistieron en reunirse conmigo. Ella estaba sangrando profusamente por un estiramiento facial. ¡Les dije que no!”.

Mika Brzezinski respondió a las afirmaciones de Trump esta mañana en MSNBC.

Mika Brzezinski: “Me preocupa por el país. Sé que Richard Haas nos apoya. [Trump] Parece tener un ego frágil, impetuoso, infantil, que hemos visto una y otra vez, especialmente con las mujeres. Parece que no pudiera controlarse”.

En un artículo titulado “Donald Trump no está bien” publicado hoy en el periódico The Washington Post, Brzezinski y Scarborough dieron a entender que Donald Trump no está bien, y agregaron: “Los líderes es Estados Unidos y sus aliados se están preguntando una vez más si este hombre es idóneo para ser presidente”. Los tuits de Trump generaron reacciones en todo el espectro político, incluida la congresista Lynn Jenkins, de Kansas, que tuiteó: “Esto no está bien. Como mujer que está en la política a menudo recibo críticas por mi apariencia. Deberíamos trabajar para empoderar a las mujeres”. En Washington, la Casa Blanca no se disculpó por los comentarios.

La subsecretaria de prensa de la Casa Blanca, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, declaró: “Este es un presidente que combate el fuego con fuego, y sin duda no se dejará acosar por los medios liberales y las élites liberales de los medios de comunicación, ni de Hollywood, ni de ningún otro ámbito”.

Interacción de Trump con periodista irlandesa evoca su historial de comentarios sexistas

El ataque de Donald Trump a Mika Brzezinski tuvo lugar un día después de que el presidente interrumpiera una llamada para felicitar al nuevo primer ministro de Irlanda por su victoria electoral para interactuar con una periodista irlandesa.

Presidente Donald Trump: “Tenemos mucha prensa de Irlanda que nos está mirando. Se están yendo ahora de la sala. ¿De dónde eres? Vamos, ven, acércate. ¿De dónde eres? Hay muchas periodistas irlandesas hermosas aquí. ¿De dónde eres?

Caitríona Perry: “Soy de RTE”.

Presidente Donald Trump: “RTE, qué bien”.

Caitríona Perry: “El primer ministro sabe quién soy. Caitríona Perry”.

Presidente Donald Trump: “Caitríona Perry. Tiene una bella sonrisa, así que me imagino que lo trata bien”.

Más tarde, Caitríona Perry recordó el incidente como “extraño”. Trump tiene antecedentes de comentarios sexistas. En un video filtrado de Access Hollywood de 2005, Trump es sorprendido con el micrófono encendido cuando alardea sobre cómo acosa sexualmente a mujeres. Durante un debate presidencial de 2015, la presentadora de Fox News Megyn Kelly le preguntó a Trump acerca de su historial de comentarios sexistas.

Megyn Kelly: “[…] Ha llamado “gordas cerdas”, “perras”, “babosas” y “animal desagradable” a mujeres que no le gustan. En su cuenta de Twitter hay varias…

Donald Trump: “Solo a Rosie O’Donnell”.

Megyn Kelly: “No, no solo a ella. En su cuenta de Twitter…”

Donald Trump: “Gracias”.

Megyn Kelly: “Que quede claro, fueron muchas más mujeres que Rosie O’Donnell”.

Donald Trump: “Sí, seguramente”.

Las preguntas de Megyn Kelly llevaron a que Trump la atacara durante la campaña electoral. En agosto de 2015 Trump había hecho otra referencia a las mujeres y la sangre, similar a la del jueves sobre Mika Brzezinski.

Donald Trump: “Sale y comienza a hacerme todo tipo de preguntas absurdas. Y se notaba que estaba sangrando hasta por los ojos, estaba sangrando por todas partes”.

Al menos 13 mujeres han acusado a Trump de realizar insinuaciones sexuales no deseadas.

The Wall Street Journal: investigador republicano intentó obtener correos electrónicos de Clinton mediante hackers rusos

El periódico The Wall Street Journal informó el jueves que el ahora fallecido investigador republicano Peter W. Smith, que estaba vinculado con el asesor de seguridad nacional destituido Michael Flynn, contactó a hackers en medio de la campaña electoral de 2016, con la esperanza de que tuvieran correos electrónicos del servidor personal de Hillary Clinton. Según el periódico, Smith estableció explícitamente sus vínculos con Flynn en sus correos electrónicos para contratar al hacker. En un correo electrónico, Smith dijo que el hijo de Flynn, Michael G. Flynn, estaba ayudando en el plan. Trump y su gobierno han afirmado reiteradas veces que no hay pruebas de una conspiración entre agentes rusos y colaboradores de la campaña de Donald Trump.

ONU: si no se reducen drásticamente las emisiones, para 2020 habrá una catástrofe climática

La Organización de las Naciones Unidas (ONU) advierte que a la humanidad le quedan tres años para reducir drásticamente las emisiones de gases de efecto invernadero, o afrontará un mundo inhabitable para muchas personas. La revista Nature publicó la advertencia de seis expertos en clima. Los expertos afirman que si no se adoptan medidas urgentes para 2020, la temperatura promedio de la Tierra aumentará más del límite máximo de 2 grados Celsius fijado en el Acuerdo de París sobre cambio climático.

Canciller alemana afirma que próxima Cumbre del G20 se centrará en el cambio climático

Esa advertencia se produjo al tiempo que la canciller alemana, Angela Merkel, afirmó que la cumbre del G20 que se celebrará este año en Hamburgo se centrará en el cambio climático.

La canciller Angela Merkel dijo: “La Unión Europea defiende plenamente el compromiso de París y pondremos el acuerdo en práctica en forma rápida y decisiva. Además, debido a la decisión de Estados Unidos de América de retirarse del Acuerdo de París sobre el cambio climático, estamos más decididos a lograr que el acuerdo sea exitoso”.

La Casa Blanca dijo que el presidente de Estados Unidos, Donald Trump, se reunirá la semana próxima con su par de Rusia, Vladimir Putin, al margen de la Cumbre del G20.

Banco holandés ING retirará fondos de oleoductos canadienses debido a preocupación por impacto ambiental

Mientras tanto, el banco holandés ING dijo el miércoles que no financiará grandes proyectos de oleoductos en Canadá, debido a preocupaciones acerca del impacto de la extracción de arena alquitranada en las comunidades indígenas y el clima.

Irlanda prohibirá la fracturación hidráulica para extraer gas natural

Y en Irlanda, el presidente Michael Higgins promulgará un proyecto de ley que prohibirá el método de fracturación hidráulica, o fracking, en todo el país. Además de Irlanda, Bulgaria, Francia y Alemania son los países de la Unión Europea que prohibieron esta práctica extractiva.

Manifestantes de Tacoma, Washington protestan contra planta de gas natural licuado

Mientras tanto, en Tacoma, en el estado de Washington, miembros de la tribu puyallup y sus aliados realizaron una protesta el jueves en el sitio de construcción de una planta de gas natural licuado. La protesta se organizó antes de la comparecencia ante un tribunal, programada para el 14 de julio, de seis protectores del agua que se encadenaron al equipo de construcción del sitio en mayo, en un intento de detener el proyecto, que manejaría unos 30 millones de litros de gas licuado obtenidos por el método de fractura hidráulica, o fracking, cerca de un barrio residencial.

Ejército iraquí declara victoria sobre el autoproclamado Califato Islámico en Mosul

El ejército iraquí declaró el jueves el fin del autoproclamado Califato Islámico, debido a que la coalición respaldada por Estados Unidos capturó de manos del autodenominado Estado Islámico (ISIS) las ruinas de la mezquita de Grand al-Nuri en Mosul. La mezquita era el sitio donde el líder del ISIS, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, declaró el califato en 2014. Su captura se produce al tiempo que los medios de comunicación iraníes informan que Baghdadi está “definitivamente muerto”. Esto se produce después de que el mes pasado se hicieran públicos informes rusos que sostenían que Baghdadi había muerto en un ataque aéreo ruso en Siria. Mientras tanto, continúan los intensos combates en algunas partes de Mosul, donde decenas de miles de personas siguen atrapadas en la Ciudad Vieja y cuentan con poco acceso a alimentos, agua y medicamentos. El observatorio periodístico Airwars informa que al menos 80 civiles murieron el jueves cuando los ataques de artillería y los bombardeos aéreos azotaron sus casas en los alrededores de la mezquita de Grand al-Nuri. También hubo informes de que una familia de cinco integrantes fue asesinada y de que un niño de cuatro años resultó gravemente herido en un ataque aéreo realizado el martes por la coalición encabezada por Estados Unidos.

Francia: Conductor arrestado tras intento de atropellar a fieles musulmanes

En Francia, un hombre armenio de 43 años de edad fue arrestado el jueves tras intentar atropellar con su vehículo todoterreno a una multitud que se encontraba frente a una mezquita. Los testigos afirman que el conductor se vio frustrado en sus intentos de matar a los musulmanes sólo porque su vehículo chocó con las barreras que fueron colocadas para proteger la mezquita.

Hong Kong: Arrestan a manifestantes antes de la visita del presidente chino, Xi Jinping

En Hong Kong, el presidente chino, Xi Jinping, inspeccionó hoy a miles de soldados del Ejército Popular de Liberación, en el mayor desfile militar de la ciudad desde que Reino Unido entregó el control del territorio, en 1997. La visita del presidente Xi se produjo en medio de intensas medidas de seguridad y después de que la policía arrestara a manifestantes en favor de la democracia que reclaman una mayor autonomía en Hong Kong bajo la política de “Un país, dos sistemas”. Entre los detenidos estaba Joshua Wong, quien hace tres años ayudó a dirigir protestas masivas para exigir una mayor libertad política. Esta es la legisladora y activista de Hong Kong Claudia Mo.

Claudia Mo declaró: “Necesitamos que este líder chino sepa que la promesa de ‘Un país, dos sistemas’ ha sido una farsa, un fraude y un engaño. Hay interferencia permanente de Beijing en el desarrollo de Hong Kong, especialmente en el desarrollo político. Estamos muy, muy resentidos por no tener una verdadera democracia”.

Acusan de agresión sexual en Australia a un alto funcionario del Vaticano

En el Vaticano, un cardenal y consejero principal del papa Francisco regresará a Australia para enfrentar cargos de agresión sexual. El cardenal George Pell es el tercer funcionario de mayor rango en la Iglesia Católica Romana. En declaraciones desde el Vaticano, el cardenal Pell dijo que el papa Francisco le concedió licencia para regresar a Australia para defenderse.

El cardenal George Pell enunció: “Estoy deseando tener finalmente mi día en el tribunal. Soy inocente de estos cargos, son falsos. La idea de abuso sexual me resulta totalmente aberrante”.

El cardenal Pell debe comparecer ante el tribunal el mes próximo. En 2014, el Vaticano admitió que cerca de 850 sacerdotes han sido destituidos y más de 2.500 fueron disciplinados, en un gran escándalo de abuso sexual que data de décadas atrás.

Cámara de Representantes en Estados Unidos aprueba proyectos de ley contra los inmigrantes

En más noticias de Estados Unidos, la Cámara de Representantes aprobó el jueves dos proyectos de ley de inmigración que fueron objeto de críticas por estar destinados a demonizar a los inmigrantes indocumentados. El primer proyecto de ley, conocido como “La Ley de Kate”, agrega penas a los inmigrantes deportados que vuelvan a ingresar a Estados Unidos. Fue aprobado en una votación de 257 contra 167, siguiendo en gran medida las líneas partidarias. Entre los que votaron en contra se encontraba Jerrold Nadler, representante demócrata de Nueva York.

Jerrold Nadler expresó: “Este proyecto de ley no es nada menos que propagación del miedo basado en el mito ampliamente desacreditado de que los inmigrantes cometen delitos a un ritmo más alto que los estadounidenses nacidos en el país, cuando en realidad sabemos que es todo lo contrario”.

El segundo proyecto de ley de la Cámara de Representantes aprobado el jueves recortaría subsidios federales de las “ciudades refugio” que limitan la cooperación con las autoridades de inmigración.

Diez fiscales generales republicanos amenazan con demandar al gobierno de Trump por el programa de Acción Diferida para los Llegados en la Infancia

En otras noticias relacionadas con la inmigración, fiscales generales de diez estados afirmaron que van a presentar una demanda contra el gobierno del presidente de Estados Unidos, Donald Trump, a menos que ponga fin al programa de Acción Diferida para los Llegados en la Infancia (DACA, por su sigla en inglés), que otorga protección legal a algunos jóvenes inmigrantes para vivir y trabajar en Estados Unidos. En una carta enviada el jueves al fiscal general de Estados Unidos, Jeff Sessions, Ken Paxton, de Texas, y otros nueve fiscales generales republicanos señalan que están preparados para impugnar en su totalidad el programa DACA en los tribunales, a menos que la Casa Blanca rescinda esa política.

La prohibición de viajar de Trump no permitirá el acceso de abuelos, primos y otros parientes

La prohibición del presidente Donald Trump al ingreso a Estados Unidos de refugiados y viajeros provenientes de seis países mayoritariamente musulmanes entró parcialmente en vigor el jueves por la noche. En virtud de un fallo, emitido por la Corte Suprema a principios de esta semana, que levantó la suspensión contra la prohibición, a las personas de Irán, Libia, Siria, Somalia, Sudán y Yemen que no tengan relaciones comerciales o familiares cercanas se les puede negar la visa y no permitirles entrar a Estados Unidos. El gobierno de Trump dijo que interpretará “familia cercana” como padres, hijos, hermanos y familia política cercana: suegros, nueras, yernos, padrastros e hijastros. Entre los excluidos se encuentran abuelos, nietos, tíos y primos. El Departamento de Estado declaró el jueves que permitirá viajar a las parejas prometidas de los países afectados, tras haber dicho inicialmente que también tendrían prohibido el ingreso.

Comisión electoral de Trump solicita datos sobre votantes estadounidenses y genera alarma

Una comisión electoral establecida por el presidente de Estados Unidos, Donald Trump, solicitó a los cincuenta estados que entreguen información personal detallada sobre los votantes estadounidenses, en una medida que los defensores de los derechos civiles afirman que tiene como objetivo suprimir la participación electoral. La solicitud fue hecha por Kris Kobach, secretario de Estado de Kansas y vicepresidente de la Comisión Asesora Presidencial de Trump sobre Integridad Electoral. Kobach ejerció presión para impulsar las leyes más estrictas de identificación de votantes en el país y abogó por un requisito de “prueba de ciudadanía” a nivel estatal y federal. Al menos tres estados (California, Connecticut y Virginia) dijeron que se negarían a cumplir con la solicitud. En una declaración, el Comité de Abogados Defensores de los Derechos Civiles Bajo la Ley declaró: “Esta inquisición sin méritos le permitiría a una comisión equivocada y mal aconsejada tomar medidas para señalar y acosar a los votantes, y podría conducir a una purga de las listas de votantes”.

Legisladores alemanes aprueban proyecto de ley de legalización de matrimonio entre personas del mismo sexo

Y la cámara baja del parlamento de Alemania legalizó el jueves el matrimonio entre personas del mismo sexo, por un amplio margen de votos. Se espera que el proyecto de ley, que también permite a las parejas del mismo sexo adoptar niños, sea votado en la cámara alta de Alemania la próxima semana. La canciller alemana, Angela Merkel, votó “no” y declaró que el matrimonio sólo debía ser entre hombres y mujeres.



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HAVANA TIMES – Presentamos las noticias en breve recopilada por Democracy Now el jueves 29 de junio de 2017.

Líderes republicanos del Senado intentan salvar proyecto de ley de salud en medio de conflictos internos

Los líderes republicanos intentaron rescatar el miércoles el plan del Senado de Estados Unidos para derogar y reemplazar la Ley de Cuidado de Salud a Bajo Precio, después de que nueve senadores republicanos dijeran que no apoyarían el proyecto de ley del partido. El líder de la mayoría del Senado, Mitch McConnell, dijo que esperaba finalizar el proyecto de ley revisado el viernes y que lo presentaría a la Oficina de Presupuesto del Congreso para que lo examinara, antes de pasar a discutir la medida después de una semana de receso por el feriado del 4 de julio. McConnell abandonó el intento de promover una votación esta semana, cuando algunos republicanos se mostraron contrarios al plan de salud después de que la Oficina de Presupuesto del Congreso concluyó que el proyecto de ley dejaría a 22 millones de estadounidenses sin seguro de salud en los próximos diez años. En la Casa Blanca, el presidente Donald Trump dijo que, de todos modos, el Senado votaría a favor de derogar la ley conocida como “Obamacare”.

Presidente Donald Trump: “La atención de la salud está funcionando muy bien. Puede haber una gran sorpresa con un excelente paquete de atención de la salud. Así que ahora están contentos.

*Periodista: “¿A qué se refiere con ‘una gran sorpresa’?”

Presidente Donald Trump: “Creo que vamos a tener una gran, gran sorpresa. Será genial”.

Manifestantes en EE.UU. ocupan oficinas de senadores en su “última batalla” por la atención de la salud

Mientras tanto, en Washington, DC., manifestantes ocuparon las oficinas de varios senadores republicanos el miércoles, en lo que denominaron la “última batalla” para evitar que se derogue la Ley de Cuidado de Salud a Bajo Precio. Los manifestantes realizaron una “sentada” en la oficina del legislador de Pensilvania Pat Toomey, mientras coreaban: “Kill the bill, don’t kill me” (maten al proyecto de ley, no a mí). Se realizaron protestas similares en las oficinas de los senadores Tom Cotton, de Arkansas; Marco Rubio, de Florida; Rob Portman, de Ohio; y Cory Gardner, de Colorado. Mientras tanto, los constituyentes de Lisa Murkowski se dirigieron a la oficina de la senadora de Alaska para exhortarla a votar en contra del proyecto de ley de salud republicano. Kevin Sweeney, un colaborador de Murkowski, habló con ellos.

Kevin Sweeney: “La senadora Murkowski es muy consciente. La senadora Murkowski ha demostrado en el pasado que quiere hacer lo correcto para Alaska. Pero necesita saber exactamente qué es lo que está haciendo. Quiere saber cómo afectará esto a la población de Alaska”.

Manifestante 1: “Va a matar a la gente. No es difícil darse cuenta de eso”.

Manifestante 2: “Dejará a 22 millones de estadounidenses sin seguro de salud”.

Manifestante 3: “Este proyecto de ley ya tiene tasas actuariales adjuntas, borradores que demuestran que la única forma de llegar a esos números, según la Oficina de Presupuesto del Congreso, es que las personas mueran prematuramente”.

Durante las protestas del miércoles, la policía arrestó a 40 personas por acusaciones de delitos menores como aglomeración ilegal, obstruir el paso o incomodar.

Prohibición de Trump a refugiados y viajeros de países musulmanes entrará parcialmente en vigor

La prohibición del presidente Donald Trump al ingreso a Estados Unidos de refugiados y viajeros provenientes de seis países mayoritariamente musulmanes entrará en vigor parcialmente esta noche, después de que la Corte Suprema afirmara que examinará la constitucionalidad de la orden ejecutiva. El fallo afectará a algunas personas provenientes de Libia, Irán, Somalia, Sudán, Siria y Yemen. A partir de las 8 de la noche, se impedirá el ingreso a Estados Unidos a las personas originarias de esos países que no puedan demostrar una “relación de buena fe creíble” con una persona o entidad en Estados Unidos. Está previsto que la prohibición dure 90 días, lo que significa que dejará de estar en vigor antes de octubre, la fecha prevista para que la Corte Suprema emita su fallo.

OTAN enviará más soldados a Afganistán

En Afganistán, los líderes de la Organización del Tratado del Atlántico Norte (OTAN) afirman que la alianza militar enviará más soldados a trabajar con las fuerzas de seguridad afganas, que cuentan con apoyo de Estados Unidos, lo que prolongaría la guerra más larga de la historia de Estados Unidos. El secretario general de la OTAN, el general Jens Stoltenberg, dijo el jueves que quince países contribuirán al aumento de soldados, pero no dijo cuántos soldados adicionales enviarían los miembros de la OTAN. Líderes de las fuerzas armadas de Estados Unidos han solicitado entre 3.000 y 5.000 soldados adicionales, después de que el presidente Donald Trump otorgara autoridad al Pentágono para fijar el número de soldados.

Abogado que escribió memorandos de tortura es cuestionado severamente durante audiencia de confirmación

En Washington DC, manifestantes contra la tortura interrumpieron un panel del Senado de Estados Unidos el miércoles, durante el testimonio del candidato del gobierno del presidente Donald Trump para el cargo de principal abogado del Departamento de Transporte. Las protestas surgieron durante una audiencia de confirmación de Steven Bradbury, ex funcionario de la Oficina de Asesoramiento Jurídico del Departamento de Justicia. En 2005, Bradbury redactó memorandos en los que justificaba el uso de la tortura por el gobierno del entonces presidente George W. Bush durante los interrogatorios. La senadora demócrata de Illinois Tammy Duckworth interrogó a Bradbury.

La senadora Tammy Duckworth dijo: “Usted fue el artífice de la justificación legal del maltrato a detenidos mediante el ahogamiento simulado y otras formas de tortura. En mi opinión, tan sólo ese hecho debería ser suficiente para descalificarlo para desempeñar cualquier cargo en el gobierno. Y si bien es candidato para el Departamento de Transporte y no para el de Justicia, su disposición para instigar y colaborar con la tortura demuestra una falta de carácter moral y profesional que lo hace peligroso en cualquier organismo en el que trabaje”.

La audiencia de confirmación de Steven Bradbury tuvo lugar mientras el Alto Comisionado de las Naciones Unidas para los Derechos Humanos criticó lo que denominó el “persistente coqueteo” del presidente Trump con la tortura. Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein dijo: “El presidente de Estados Unidos de América ha dicho que la tortura podría ser necesaria en determinadas circunstancias. Ya no se anda con rodeos . Están rompiendo antiguos tabúes. […] Por lo tanto, el peligro que plantea a todo el sistema del derecho internacional es muy real”.

Periodistas de CNN renuncian después de que la cadena retirara noticia sobre asesor de Trump

Tres periodistas de la televisora CNN renunciaron esta semana, después de que la cadena de noticias retirara un informe en el que se afirmaba que un alto asesor del presidente de Estados Unidos, Donald Trump, está siendo investigado por el Congreso. El informe de CNN citaba a una única fuente anónima que afirmaba que la Comisión de Inteligencia del Senado estaba investigando si el asesor, Anthony Scaramucci, se reunió con el principal ejecutivo de un fondo de inversiones ruso antes de que Donald Trump asumiera la presidencia, y si ambos discutieron las sanciones de Estados Unidos contra Rusia. El retiro de la noticia de CNN provocó la reacción de Trump en Twitter: “Así que pillaron a Noticias Falsas CNN, pero ¿qué hay de NBC, CBS y ABC? ¿Qué sucede con los fracasados de The New York Times y The Washington Post? ¡Son noticias falsas!”

The Washington Post: propiedades de Trump exhibieron portadas falsas de revista Time

Mientras tanto, el periódico The Washington Post informa que la Organización Trump colocó copias enmarcadas de una portada falsa de la revista Time en la que se elogia al presidente de Estados Unidos, Donald Trump, en al menos cinco de sus propiedades. En la portada falsa de la revista aparece una foto de Trump junto a los titulares: “‘El aprendiz’ es un éxito televisivo” y “Trump arrasa en todos los frentes… hasta en televisión”. La revista Time solicitó a Trump que retire las portadas falsas de sus propiedades.

Associated Press: Director de la EPA se reunió con el director ejecutivo de Dow Chemical antes de aprobar el pesticida

El director de la Agencia de Protección Ambiental (EPA, por sus siglas en inglés) se reunió en privado con el director ejecutivo de la empresa multinacional Dow Chemical antes de tomar la decisión de permitir el uso de un pesticida que ha causado enfermedades a los agricultores y se sabe que causa daño cerebral a los niños. La agencia de noticias The Associated Press informa que el director de la EPA, Scott Pruitt, se reunió durante media hora con el director ejecutivo de Dow Chemical, Andrew Liveris, en un hotel de Houston, Texas, el 9 de marzo. Veinte días después, la agencia dirigida por Pruitt cambió su posición inesperadamente y aprobó el uso del plaguicida (Clorpirifós) producido por la empresa química.

Agencia de Protección Ambiental de EE.UU. anulará protecciones al agua potable y vías fluviales

Por otra parte, la Agencia de Protección Ambiental (EPA, por sus siglas en inglés) anunció nuevos planes para abolir una política de la era Obama. Según los ecologistas, esto dejará sin protecciones el agua potable para uno de cada tres estadounidenses y pondrá en riesgo los humedales y miles de arroyos que confluyen en ríos y lagos más grandes. La norma de 2015 había determinado que más de la mitad de las vías fluviales del país estarían cubiertas por la Ley de Agua Limpia. En un comunicado emitido el martes, el director de la EPA, Scott Pruitt, anunció planes para derogar la norma e iniciar una revisión para determinar las extensiones de agua que quedarán bajo protección federal.

Nuevo funcionario de seguridad del agua de la EPA ejercía presión política a favor de los combustibles fósiles

Mientras tanto, el medio The Intercept informa que la persona que el presidente de Estados Unidos, Donald Trump, nombró para dirigir la agencia de seguridad de agua de la Agencia de Protección Ambiental solía llevar a cabo actividades de presión política. Ya que tiene vínculos profundos con un grupo de defensa de los combustibles fósiles que promueve el oleoducto Dakota Access y polémicos proyectos de perforación en alta mar. Dennis Lee Forsgren ayudará a supervisar la Oficina del Agua de la EPA, que implementa las leyes de Agua Limpia y Agua Potable Segura que fueron aprobadas a principios de la década de 1970. Esto incluye estudiar los efectos tóxicos del método de fraccionamiento hidráulico, conocido como fracking, para la seguridad de las aguas subterráneas, las consecuencias de los contaminantes industriales y el impacto ambiental de los derrames de petróleo.

Miles de migrantes fueron rescatados en el Mediterráneo, mientras algunos otros murieron en el peligroso viaje a Europa

El miércoles, en Libia, un grupo de rescatistas recuperó los cadáveres de cinco inmigrantes que se ahogaron en el Mediterráneo mientras intentaban el peligroso viaje a Europa. Los cuerpos fueron hallados al tiempo que la guardia costera de Libia declaraba haber recogido a unos 5.000 inmigrantes del mar. Mientras tanto, la Armada italiana llevó a cientos de emigrantes a tierra el miércoles, entre ellos un bebé que murió de causas relacionadas con el calor poco después de haber sido rescatado junto con su madre. La Organización Internacional para las Migraciones afirma que unos 11.000 migrantes fueron sacados de barcos inseguros y superpoblados esta semana.

México: Periodistas exigen poner fin a los ataques contra los trabajadores de los medios de comunicación

En Ciudad de México, los periodistas y quienes los apoyan se congregaron el miércoles frente al Palacio Nacional para exigirle al gobierno que tome medidas para poner fin a una serie de ataques contra los trabajadores de los medios de comunicación. La protesta se produjo después de que el Comité para la Protección de los Periodistas declarara que en lo que va del año 2017 México ha sido el país más letal del mundo para quienes ejercen esa profesión.

El periodista investigador Álvaro Delgado expresó: “Hay una crisis grave de violencia contra los periodistas que no es nueva pero se ha profundizado en los años más recientes. Sí, en el contexto de la violencia que hay en el país, pero en buena medida también por la conducta desdeñosa y muchas veces cómplice del poder público en México”.

La protesta se produjo después de que el cadáver del periodista Salvador Adame fuera descubierto en el estado de Michoacán, transcurrido más de un mes desde su secuestro. Adame es al menos el séptimo periodista asesinado en México en lo que va del año.

Fecha de audiencia establecida para la presunta informante estadounidense Reality Leigh Winner

En más noticias de Estados Unidos, un tribunal de Georgia fijó una audiencia para el 23 de octubre para la contratista de inteligencia estadounidense Reality Leigh Winner, quien se ha declarado inocente tras ser acusada de filtrar un documento ultrasecreto que decía que la inteligencia militar rusa había realizado un ataque cibernético contra al menos una empresa de software de votación de Estados Unidos pocos días antes de las elecciones de noviembre del año pasado. A Winner se le negó la libertad bajo fianza y sigue detenida en la cárcel del condado de Lincoln, Georgia.

Minnesota: Se logra acuerdo por tres millones de dólares por la muerte de Philando Castile

En Minnesota, la ciudad de San Antonio pagará casi tres millones de dólares a la familia de Philando Castile para resolver un juicio de muerte por negligencia, menos de dos semanas después de que el oficial Jeronimo Yanez fuera absuelto de homicidio por matar a Castile en una parada de tránsito el año pasado. Un abogado de la familia dijo que el dinero del acuerdo será usado en beneficio de la Fundación de Ayuda Philando Castile, creada para socorrer a las víctimas de la violencia con armas de fuego y brindar apoyo para el duelo. El acuerdo se produce luego de que uno similar se lograra la semana pasada en Ferguson, Missouri, entre la ciudad y los padres de Michael Brown, por el asesinato de su hijo por parte del oficial de policía blanco Darren Wilson en 2014.

Países Bajos: Viudas de activistas nigerianos ahorcados demandan a Shell Oil

En Países Bajos, las viudas de nueve hombres que fueron ahorcados por el gobierno militar de Nigeria en 1995 presentaron una demanda contra la gigante petrolera Shell Oil en un tribunal holandés, acusando a la empresa de complicidad en los asesinatos. Entre los ahorcados estaba Ken Saro-Wiwa, quien dirigió el movimiento contra las prácticas petroleras de Shell en la región del pueblo indígena ogoni. A pesar de las protestas internacionales generalizadas, Saro-Wiwa fue ahorcado bajo la dictadura nigeriana tras un simulacro de juicio junto con otros ocho activistas por los derechos de los ogoni.

Arkansas: Conductor destruye monumento a los Diez Mandamientos frente a capitolio estatal

Y en Little Rock, Arkansas, el miércoles un conductor arrolló un monumento a los Diez Mandamientos, destruyendo el símbolo religioso menos de un día después de que los funcionarios estatales lo erigieran en los terrenos del capitolio estatal. Un video publicado en Facebook muestra el momento en que el monumento fue destruido.

Michael T. Reed enunció: “Ay, ay, ay. ¡Libertad!” [se escucha música pop y luego un choque].

El conductor, Michael T. Reed, fue arrestado bajo cargos delictivos. Reed fue acusado de un acto similar en 2014, cuando destruyó un monumento público a los Diez Mandamientos en Oklahoma. Los funcionarios de Arkansas prometieron que reconstruirán el monumento de su estado, a pesar de que la Unión Americana por las Libertades Civiles aseguró que refutará la medida por considerarla una violación de la Cláusula de Establecimiento de la Primera Enmienda.



Noticias en breve: Democracy Now 29/6
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          New video message from Ḥarakat al-Shabāb al-Mujāhidīn’s Shaykh ‘Alī Maḥmūd Rage: “An Analysis of Events, Part 3: Message to the Muslims in Kenya”   
For prior parts in this video series see: #2 and #1. — ___________ Source: https://justpaste.it/1885t To inquire about a translation for this video message for a fee email: azelin@jihadology.netFiled under: Al-Katāi'b Media, al-Qā’idah, al-Qā’idah in Somalia, al-Shabāb, AQEA, Kenya, Shaykh ‘Alī Moḥamūd Raage (Shaykh ‘Alī Dheere), Somalia
          Artikel von Zeitonline über Gambia   

FLÜCHTLINGE"Im Gefängnis in Gambia überlebst du nicht lange"

Tausende Flüchtlinge sitzen auf Sizilien fest und hoffen, zu bleiben. Warum sind sie gekommen? Und wie geht es ihnen? VON , CATANIA
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Flüchtlinge aus Afrika auf Sizilien  |  © Marina Militare/Reuters
Ein altes Boot treibt auf dem Wasser, vollgestopft mit Hunderten Flüchtlingen – dieses Bild sehen wir fast täglich im Fernsehen, in den Zeitungen, im Internet. EU-Politiker beraten, wie sie Flüchtlinge abschrecken können, wie sie Schlepperbanden bekämpfen und wie sie mit denen, die bei uns ankommen, umgehen sollen. Tausende Flüchtlinge sitzen auf Sizilien fest und hoffen auf Papiere. Wer sind sie?

Alhagie, 25 Jahre alt, und Baba, 25 Jahre alt, beide aus Gambia

Alhagie ist ein schlanker junger Mann, er trägt ein hellgelbes Hemd mit kleinen lila Punkten und eine farblich passende lila Jeans. Um seinen Hals hängen große, weiße Kopfhörer. Das Hemd sieht hübsch aus, nur etwas aus der Zeit gefallen. "Glaube ich Dir nicht, dass Dir das Hemd gefällt", sagt Alhagie. "Du würdest es niemals anziehen, hab' ich recht? Alles, was wir hier bekommen, ist Schrott. Alte Klamotten, die komisch aussehen. Aber sie sind billig. Ich habe 1,50 bezahlt oder zwei Euro." Er lacht. Alhagie ist gesprächig. Mit ihm zusammen hängen fünf andere junge Männer vor dem Eingang des Massenflüchtlingslagers Cara di Mineo auf Sizilien herum.
Was haben sie heute gemacht? Sie waren rumlaufen, erzählen sie. Ein bisschen die Hauptstraße auf und ab. Sie warten, ob irgendwas passiert. Vielleicht sammelt sie ein Bauer auf, bei dem sie einen Tag auf dem Feld arbeiten können. Manchmal passiert das. Aber heute wollte sie keiner.
"Mach bloß kein Foto von mir", sagt Alhagie. Freundlich, aber bestimmt. "Wir werden hier ständig gefilmt und fotografiert, und dann sehen wir uns im Fernsehen. Glaub mir, das ist keine Umgebung, in der du gefilmt werden möchtest. So ein furchtbarer Ort!" Alhagie und sein Freund Baba, ein großer, ganz in Orange gekleideter Mann, sind beide aus Gambia geflohen. "Ich hatte ein Problem mit der Regierung", sagt Alhagie. "Weißt Du, in Gambia hast du schnell ein Problem mit der Regierung. Du wählst den falschen Mann, du sagst das Falsche und schon sitzt du im Gefängnis. Manchmal weißt du nicht mal, was du falsch gemacht hast und sie nehmen dich trotzdem fest. Und glaub' mir, im Gefängnis in Gambia überlebst du nicht lange."
Also hat er sich aufgemacht. "Ich habe einen Rucksack mit Kleidern, meinen Papieren und etwas Geld gepackt und bin los. Irgendwen findest du immer, der dich mitnimmt. Mit Lkw habe ich es durch die Wüste geschafft bis Libyen. Dort saß ich fest. Ich habe hier und da kleine Jobs gemacht, um wieder etwas Geld zu bekommen, doch dann wurde ich festgenommen. Sie brachten mich in ein großes Gefängnis, dort haben Baba und ich uns kennengelernt."
Baba konnte fliehen. Der große Mann erzählt mit leiser Stimme: "Reiche Leute, die kleine Jobs zu vergeben haben, sind immer wieder zum Gefängnis gekommen und haben ein paar von uns für einige Tage mitgenommen. Manchmal wurden wir dafür bezahlt, manchmal nicht. An diesem Tag holte mich ein Mann und wollte, dass ich sein Dach decke. Ich habe drei Tage für einen Mann das Dach gedeckt, dann bin ich in einer Pause weggelaufen." Er sei zurück nach Tripolis, habe dort auf verschiedenen Baustellen gearbeitet und Geld gespart – für eine Überfahrt nach Italien. "Wir alle hier sind übers Meer gekommen." Baba hat etwa 700 Dollar bezahlt. Alhagie musste gar nichts bezahlen.
"Ich bin nicht aus dem Gefängnis geflohen. Eines Nachts kamen Soldaten, sie haben uns geweckt und etwa 30 von uns in einen Lastwagen verladen. Wir wussten nicht, wo sie uns hinbringen, ich dachte schon, sie erschießen uns. Dann haben sie uns an den Hafen gefahren. 'Das ist Euer Boot', sagten sie. Wir mussten an Bord gehen." Das Schiff, ein altes Fischerboot, sei völlig überfüllt gewesen. Die Fahrt dauerte fünf Tage, im Oktober 2014 fischte die Küstenwache die Flüchtlinge aus den Gewässern vor der italienischen Küste. Seitdem ist Alhagie in Mineo, hier haben Baba und er sich wieder getroffen.
"Wir dachten, wenn wir einmal übers Meer sind, haben wir es geschafft. Von wegen!" Alhagie wird wütend. "Wie sollen wir denn noch an das Leben glauben, schau doch, wie wir hier gehalten werden." Alles sei besser als ein Leben in Libyen, wirft Baba ein, denn "Libyer respektieren ihre Hunde mehr als uns Schwarze". Aber trotzdem sei der Umgang mit ihnen auch in Italien nicht gerecht. "Ihr Europäer versteht nicht, dass wir nicht kommen, um euch Jobs wegzunehmen", sagt Alhagie. "Wir wollen Euch nicht verdrängen. Wir wollen mit Euch leben. Wir wollen einfach nur ein ruhiges Leben leben. Etwas Geld verdienen, eine Frau finden, Kinder haben."

Baba Fadiga, 24 Jahre alt, aus Mali


Auf der anderen Straßenseite sitzt Baba am Straßenrand und schaut sich meine Kamera an. Er kennt sich gut aus mit Kameras, doch seit er sein Heimatland Mali verlassen hat, bekommt er selten die Gelegenheit, zu fotografieren. "Du weißt doch, was in Mali los ist?", fragt Baba. Er kommt aus Bamako, Fotografieren ist sein Hobby, das wollte er zum Beruf machen. "Ich hatte immer mehr Aufträge, es lief ganz gut." Bis zum Militärputsch im Jahr 2012. Danach wurde alles schwierig. Da sein Vater früh verstorben ist, war Babas Mutter auf die Unterstützung ihres Sohns angewiesen, aber in Bamako konnte er kein Geld mehr verdienen. "Dort herrschte Chaos." Baba beschloss, das Land zu verlassen. "Was sollte ich noch in Mali?"
Ich habe diesen Bericht eingegestellt da ich verstärkt Hilfe rufe aus bekomme und mir
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          UNHCR: Hunderte Flüchtlinge sterben bei Flucht aus Somalia    

UNO-Newsletter: Flüchtlinge aus Somalia, Grenzübergänge in Gaza, Angriff auf UNO-Gebäude, Unruhen in



Die anhaltenden Kämpfe in Somalia zwingen Tausende von Menschen dazu, ihr Leben auf der Flucht in den Jemen zu riskieren. Das UNO-Flüchtlingshilfswerk (UNHCR) berichtet von circa 12.000 Menschen, die in die nordsomalische Stadt Bossaso geflohen sind. „Viele von ihnen versuchen von dort aus, mit Schmugglerbooten den Golf von Aden zu überqueren“, so UNHCR-Sprecher Ron Redmond in Genf.
Die Menschen fliehen vor Kämpfen zwischen der Regierung und Milizen in der Hauptstadt Mogadischu und Zentralsomalia. Hilfsorganisationen vor Ort berichten, dass die Stadt Bossaso durch den Flüchtlingsansturm bereits überlastet sei. „Das Meer ist zur Zeit sehr gefährlich, daher schlagen die Flüchtlinge ihre Lager in Bossaso auf, um auf schwächere Winde im September zu warten“ sagte Redmond.
Im letzten Jahr erreichten 50.000 Menschen die Küste vom Jemen, was einem Anstieg von 70 Prozent im Vergleich zum Jahr 2007 entspricht. In der ersten Hälfte des Jahres 2009 haben mehr als 30.000 Menschen die gefährliche Reise in den Jemen auf sich genommen, erklärte Redmond weiter.
2008 starben dabei mehr als 1.000 Menschen, die ins Meer geworfen oder von Schmugglern weit vor der Küste zum Aussteigen gezwungen wurden. Nach Angaben des UNHCR verloren in diesem Jahr bislang 300 Menschen ihr Leben bei dem Versuch, den Golf von Aden zu überqueren.

          NAAGAHA HINDIDA IYO KUWA SOOMAALI YAA KULA QURUX BADAN   
Sida aan lawada soconno dhowaanahan ayaa waxaa dalkan ku soo badanaya raga somaaliyed ee doonaya guurka gabdhaha Hindida ah iyagoo raga badanaa ay ka imanayaan dalalka Maraykanka iyo Yurub sida England  iyo Sweden, wadamada Afrika ayaan iyagana ka harin oo  South Afrika ayaa soo raacda.

Hadaba u kuur gelid iyo xog uruurin badan oo aan u galay arrintaas ayaa waxaa ugu dambayntii aan soo diyaariyay warkan aan u malaynayo inuu taabanayo meelaha ugu muhiimsan ee uu is waydiin karo aqristaha Qoraalkan.

Qiyaastii ayaa bil kasta waxaa halkan yimaada ilaa 5 ama  6 Nin oo Somali  Guur doon ah  kana imanaya wadamadaas aan kor ku soo xusnay haba ugu badnaadeene wadamada US iyo UK. Raggan ayaa u badan qaar xaasas hore u soo qabay oo da’doodu u  dhaxayso 40-55, iyo kuwo aan  sidaa u badnayn oo ku dhowaad da’doodu tahay   30.

Mar aan wax ka waydiiyay waxa ay u soo doonteen gabdhahan Hindida ah maadaama  ay heli karaan gabdho Somaliyed oo isku dhaqan iyo isku af ay yihiin, ayaa waxay iigu jawaabeen Gabdhaha somaliyed wadankii marka ay joogaan waa ay fiican yihiin lakin markii dibadaha la keenay weji kale ayay la soo bexeen oo iyagii ayaa guryihii maamulaya amarna kaa qaadan maayaan oo gurigii marka aad isla joogtaan waxaad isla noqonaysaan Laba ruux oo amar isla bixinaya hal marna guriga ka wada baxaya marna soo galaya caruurtiina halkaa ay ku  dayacmeen, Sidoo kale ayaa waxay ragan sheegayaan in gabdhihii Somaliyed markay yurub yimaadeen ay noqdeen gabdho shaqo doon ahaa oo ragoodii iyo hawshii hooyonimo ee ubadkii gurigeediiba iloobay.

Mid ka mid ah raggan oo ka yimid Ingiriiska ayaa  sidoo kalena isagu   ii sheegay in gabar Somaliyeed oo ay qaraabo yihiin uu ka keenay Somalia keenayna wadamada yurub dabadeedna gabadhii ayaa waxa uu sheegay inay is bedeshay oo ay noqotay qof dhaqankiiba ka tagtay oo ciyaalkii uu dhalay xitaa dhaqaalayn wayday, sidaa daraadeed ayaan halkan u imid oo gabdhaha Hindida ah ayaa la ii sheegay ayuu yiri inay yihiin haween wanaagsan  oo raaliyooyin ah, wuxuuna ii sheegay inuu guursaday oo uu aad ugu faraxsan yahay Ilaahna uu ku mahadinayo oo uu dareemayo is bedel wayn taabtayna hada  nolosha qiimeheeda iyo macaankeeda ayuu sii raaciyay.

Waxaan sii waydiiyay farqiga u dhexeeya gabdhaha Somalida ah iyo kuwan Hindida ah wuxuu ii sheegay in farqi wayni u dhexeeyo oo xag walba ay ku kala duwan yihiin ha ahaato xaga Ixtiraamka raggooda & Dhaqaalaha.

Waxay sheegeen in  gabdhahan Hindida ah si wayn ayay uga duwan yihiin Somalida oo ninkeeda oo keliya ayay taqaanaa oo xitaa waalidkeed marka ay ku siiyaan gabadha cid kaa soo daba hadlaysa ma jirto, Hablaha somalida hadaad guursato gabadha iyada keliya ma guursane tolkeeda oo dhan ayaad guursatay ayay sii raaciyeen.
 Mid ka mid ah Odayaasha waawayn ee hore u guursaday gabdhahan ayaa ku  kaftamay in isagoo babis lala dul fadhiyo uu seexday subixiina uu ka soo kacay isla sidii isagoo loo babinayo, Marka gabadh Somaliyed sidaa ma laga helayaa ayuu sii raaciyay!

Qaabka lagu helo Gabdhaha Hindida

Waxaa aad u fudud sida aad ku heli karto inaad guursato gabadh Hindiyad ah, oo waxaad ku heli kartaa adigoo u sii maraya rag Somali ah oo luqada yaqaana ama iyaguba xidid la ah dadka dalkan u dhashay  oo sanooyin badan halkan joogay, waxaana ay isla markiiba ku gaynayaan xaafada ay ku nool yihiin Gabdhahaas adigoo markaaba lagu tusayo ilaa 6 ama 10 gabdhood oo tii muuqaalkeedu ku qanciyo kala baxaya, waxaad waydiin kartaa su’aalo aan sidaa u badnayn iyadoo ehelkeeda ay kula joogaan ka dibna isla halkii ayaa laguugu meherinayaa adigoo isla markaaba halka  aad doonto la aadi kara, taas oo ay ku xiran tahay hadba reerka gabadha sida aad isu fahantaan.
Gabdhaha la guursado ayaa u  badan gabdho ka soo jeeda qoysas dhaqaale ahaan hooseeya,
Badanaa waxaa aad u dhib badan in ay helaan ragaani gabar ka soo jeeda reer iska ladan sababtoo ah gabadha hadiiba ay awoodaan reerkeeda inay ka bixiyaan lacagta ninka Hindiga ah la siin lahaa reerkaa waxay gabadhooda u guuriyaan hadba ninkii ay u goyn karto lacagtooda iyadoo ay ku xiran tahay ninka qiimihiisa hadba aqoonta uu leeyahay iyo qoyskiisa dhaqaalaha ay haystaan.
Gabdhahan ayaa u badan kuwa aan aqoon sidaas ah lahayn oo aan badanaa xaga luqada aan la is fahmi karin iyadoo raga qaarkood ay ku qasabto inay is fahmi waayaan oo farriimaha qaarkood ay dibadaha uga soo dirayaan u sii marsiiya rag kale oo luqada yaqaana.

Mar aan wax ka waydiiyay ragaasi sababta ay u raadsan waayeen gabdho aqoontoodu wanaagsan tahay ayay ii sheegeen inay ka door bidayaan kuwan maxaa yeelay ayay leeyihiin gabdhaha aqoonta leh waxay u badan yihiin kuwo saxiibo (Boy friend) leh oo aan la aamini karin.

Gabadha marka aad guursato oo wixii lacag ahaa oo lagu heshiiyay aad bixiso ayaan lagaa rabin wax kale oo lacag ah oo dheeraad ah oo halkii aad doonayso ayaad gabadha la aadi kartaa Somalia ha ahaato ama dibadaha ha ahaatee.

Gabdhahan ayaa ay raggan aad kuugu amaanayaan marka aad waydiiso in kastoo dadka qaarkii ay arrintaa aad uga so horjeedaan oo ay leeyihiin gabdhahan meelo badan oo ay gabdheheena Somaliyeed uga fiican yihiin ayaa jira sida dhaqaalaynta carruurta, Nadaafada guriga iyo kartidaba, sidoo kale ayaa waxay leeyihiin gabadha Somaliyed waa gabar tol leh oo walaal iyo qaraabo leh  oo hadii ay wax ku qabsadaan ku caawinaya caruurtaadana caawinaya lakin gabdhahan ayaa hadii wax uun ay si kaa noqdaan ayaysan caruurtaadu helaynin cid caawiso oo ehel ahaan garab istaagaya.


Waxaa taa sii xoojinaya in haweenkan aysan ku wanaagsanayn  carruur  xannaanaynta dhacdadan oo dhowaan ka dhacday dalkan taas oo ah gabar u dhalatay wadankan oo la yiraahod Sultana ayaa waxay daawanaysay filim iyadoo dhabta ku haysatay ilmeheedi oo aan sannad gaarin dabadeedna iyadoo filimkii meel fiican u maraya ayuu ilmihii yaraa ku ooyay ka dibna gacanta ayay afka ka saartay si ay u aamusiiso oo filimka ay daawanaysana uga qasin, mudo ka dib  markii ay filimkii dhamaysatay daawashadiisii ayay is tiri wiilkii wuu kuu seexdaye bal eeg, lakin nasiib darro waxay ogaatay ilmihii oo nafta ka baxday oo gacanteedii ay afka ka saartay ay neefta ku xirtay!

Hadaba waxaa la is waydiinayaa waxa  keenay in gabdhahan ay sidan raaliyo u noqdaan oo nin Ajnabi ah oo aysan weligood arag isku dhaqan iyo isku af ahayn oo hadana mudo gaaban gudohood ku ogolaatay inay hadana sidaa uga dambayso oo meel kasto oo uu tagayana u raacdo, ma wax ay ku dhasheen baa mise waa wax ay danta ku qasabtay oo duruufaha iyo nolosha aduunyada ay baday?.


Su’aashaas jawaabteeda waa mid akhristuhu oo ka dhex heli karo labadan dhacdo ee soo socota oo ku saabsan guurka hindida dhexdooda ah sida uu yahay.



          NAAGAHA HINDIDA IYO KUWA SOOMAALI YAA KULA QURUX BADAN   
Sida aan lawada soconno dhowaanahan ayaa waxaa dalkan ku soo badanaya raga somaaliyed ee doonaya guurka gabdhaha Hindida ah iyagoo raga badanaa ay ka imanayaan dalalka Maraykanka iyo Yurub sida England  iyo Sweden, wadamada Afrika ayaan iyagana ka harin oo  South Afrika ayaa soo raacda. 

Hadaba u kuur gelid iyo xog uruurin badan oo aan u galay arrintaas ayaa waxaa ugu dambayntii aan soo diyaariyay warkan aan u malaynayo inuu taabanayo meelaha ugu muhiimsan ee uu is waydiin karo aqristaha Qoraalkan. 

Qiyaastii ayaa bil kasta waxaa halkan yimaada ilaa 5 ama  6 Nin oo Somali  Guur doon ah  kana imanaya wadamadaas aan kor ku soo xusnay haba ugu badnaadeene wadamada US iyo UK. Raggan ayaa u badan qaar xaasas hore u soo qabay oo da’doodu u  dhaxayso 40-55, iyo kuwo aan  sidaa u badnayn oo ku dhowaad da’doodu tahay   30.  

Mar aan wax ka waydiiyay waxa ay u soo doonteen gabdhahan Hindida ah maadaama  ay heli karaan gabdho Somaliyed oo isku dhaqan iyo isku af ay yihiin, ayaa waxay iigu jawaabeen Gabdhaha somaliyed wadankii marka ay joogaan waa ay fiican yihiin lakin markii dibadaha la keenay weji kale ayay la soo bexeen oo iyagii ayaa guryihii maamulaya amarna kaa qaadan maayaan oo gurigii marka aad isla joogtaan waxaad isla noqonaysaan Laba ruux oo amar isla bixinaya hal marna guriga ka wada baxaya marna soo galaya caruurtiina halkaa ay ku  dayacmeen, Sidoo kale ayaa waxay ragan sheegayaan in gabdhihii Somaliyed markay yurub yimaadeen ay noqdeen gabdho shaqo doon ahaa oo ragoodii iyo hawshii hooyonimo ee ubadkii gurigeediiba iloobay. 

Mid ka mid ah raggan oo ka yimid Ingiriiska ayaa  sidoo kalena isagu   ii sheegay in gabar Somaliyeed oo ay qaraabo yihiin uu ka keenay Somalia keenayna wadamada yurub dabadeedna gabadhii ayaa waxa uu sheegay inay is bedeshay oo ay noqotay qof dhaqankiiba ka tagtay oo ciyaalkii uu dhalay xitaa dhaqaalayn wayday, sidaa daraadeed ayaan halkan u imid oo gabdhaha Hindida ah ayaa la ii sheegay ayuu yiri inay yihiin haween wanaagsan  oo raaliyooyin ah, wuxuuna ii sheegay inuu guursaday oo uu aad ugu faraxsan yahay Ilaahna uu ku mahadinayo oo uu dareemayo is bedel wayn taabtayna hada  nolosha qiimeheeda iyo macaankeeda ayuu sii raaciyay. 

Waxaan sii waydiiyay farqiga u dhexeeya gabdhaha Somalida ah iyo kuwan Hindida ah wuxuu ii sheegay in farqi wayni u dhexeeyo oo xag walba ay ku kala duwan yihiin ha ahaato xaga Ixtiraamka raggooda & Dhaqaalaha.  

Waxay sheegeen in  gabdhahan Hindida ah si wayn ayay uga duwan yihiin Somalida oo ninkeeda oo keliya ayay taqaanaa oo xitaa waalidkeed marka ay ku siiyaan gabadha cid kaa soo daba hadlaysa ma jirto, Hablaha somalida hadaad guursato gabadha iyada keliya ma guursane tolkeeda oo dhan ayaad guursatay ayay sii raaciyeen.
 Mid ka mid ah Odayaasha waawayn ee hore u guursaday gabdhahan ayaa ku  kaftamay in isagoo babis lala dul fadhiyo uu seexday subixiina uu ka soo kacay isla sidii isagoo loo babinayo, Marka gabadh Somaliyed sidaa ma laga helayaa ayuu sii raaciyay! 

Qaabka lagu helo Gabdhaha Hindida 

Waxaa aad u fudud sida aad ku heli karto inaad guursato gabadh Hindiyad ah, oo waxaad ku heli kartaa adigoo u sii maraya rag Somali ah oo luqada yaqaana ama iyaguba xidid la ah dadka dalkan u dhashay  oo sanooyin badan halkan joogay, waxaana ay isla markiiba ku gaynayaan xaafada ay ku nool yihiin Gabdhahaas adigoo markaaba lagu tusayo ilaa 6 ama 10 gabdhood oo tii muuqaalkeedu ku qanciyo kala baxaya, waxaad waydiin kartaa su’aalo aan sidaa u badnayn iyadoo ehelkeeda ay kula joogaan ka dibna isla halkii ayaa laguugu meherinayaa adigoo isla markaaba halka  aad doonto la aadi kara, taas oo ay ku xiran tahay hadba reerka gabadha sida aad isu fahantaan.
Gabdhaha la guursado ayaa u  badan gabdho ka soo jeeda qoysas dhaqaale ahaan hooseeya,
Badanaa waxaa aad u dhib badan in ay helaan ragaani gabar ka soo jeeda reer iska ladan sababtoo ah gabadha hadiiba ay awoodaan reerkeeda inay ka bixiyaan lacagta ninka Hindiga ah la siin lahaa reerkaa waxay gabadhooda u guuriyaan hadba ninkii ay u goyn karto lacagtooda iyadoo ay ku xiran tahay ninka qiimihiisa hadba aqoonta uu leeyahay iyo qoyskiisa dhaqaalaha ay haystaan. 
Gabdhahan ayaa u badan kuwa aan aqoon sidaas ah lahayn oo aan badanaa xaga luqada aan la is fahmi karin iyadoo raga qaarkood ay ku qasabto inay is fahmi waayaan oo farriimaha qaarkood ay dibadaha uga soo dirayaan u sii marsiiya rag kale oo luqada yaqaana. 

Mar aan wax ka waydiiyay ragaasi sababta ay u raadsan waayeen gabdho aqoontoodu wanaagsan tahay ayay ii sheegeen inay ka door bidayaan kuwan maxaa yeelay ayay leeyihiin gabdhaha aqoonta leh waxay u badan yihiin kuwo saxiibo (Boy friend) leh oo aan la aamini karin. 

Gabadha marka aad guursato oo wixii lacag ahaa oo lagu heshiiyay aad bixiso ayaan lagaa rabin wax kale oo lacag ah oo dheeraad ah oo halkii aad doonayso ayaad gabadha la aadi kartaa Somalia ha ahaato ama dibadaha ha ahaatee. 

Gabdhahan ayaa ay raggan aad kuugu amaanayaan marka aad waydiiso in kastoo dadka qaarkii ay arrintaa aad uga so horjeedaan oo ay leeyihiin gabdhahan meelo badan oo ay gabdheheena Somaliyeed uga fiican yihiin ayaa jira sida dhaqaalaynta carruurta, Nadaafada guriga iyo kartidaba, sidoo kale ayaa waxay leeyihiin gabadha Somaliyed waa gabar tol leh oo walaal iyo qaraabo leh  oo hadii ay wax ku qabsadaan ku caawinaya caruurtaadana caawinaya lakin gabdhahan ayaa hadii wax uun ay si kaa noqdaan ayaysan caruurtaadu helaynin cid caawiso oo ehel ahaan garab istaagaya. 

Waxaa taa sii xoojinaya in haweenkan aysan ku wanaagsanayn  carruur  xannaanaynta dhacdadan oo dhowaan ka dhacday dalkan taas oo ah gabar u dhalatay wadankan oo la yiraahod Sultana ayaa waxay daawanaysay filim iyadoo dhabta ku haysatay ilmeheedi oo aan sannad gaarin dabadeedna iyadoo filimkii meel fiican u maraya ayuu ilmihii yaraa ku ooyay ka dibna gacanta ayay afka ka saartay si ay u aamusiiso oo filimka ay daawanaysana uga qasin, mudo ka dib  markii ay filimkii dhamaysatay daawashadiisii ayay is tiri wiilkii wuu kuu seexdaye bal eeg, lakin nasiib darro waxay ogaatay ilmihii oo nafta ka baxday oo gacanteedii ay afka ka saartay ay neefta ku xirtay! 

Hadaba waxaa la is waydiinayaa waxa  keenay in gabdhahan ay sidan raaliyo u noqdaan oo nin Ajnabi ah oo aysan weligood arag isku dhaqan iyo isku af ahayn oo hadana mudo gaaban gudohood ku ogolaatay inay hadana sidaa uga dambayso oo meel kasto oo uu tagayana u raacdo, ma wax ay ku dhasheen baa mise waa wax ay danta ku qasabtay oo duruufaha iyo nolosha aduunyada ay baday?.

Su’aashaas jawaabteeda waa mid akhristuhu oo ka dhex heli karo labadan dhacdo ee soo socota oo ku saabsan guurka hindida dhexdooda ah sida uu yahay.


          SCOTUS Denies Terror Suspect’s Civil Liberties Suit   

WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court turned down the appeal of a Minnesota man accused of having radical Islamist ties on Tuesday, bringing an end to his lawsuit accusing the FBI of illegal interrogation methods. Amir Meshal was detained in Eastern Africa by United States forces in Kenya after he fled Somalia upon the outbreak of […]

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          Female Democrat Senators 'Brush Off' Female Scholars Against Islamism   

A recent New York Times op-ed took aim at Democratic female senators, accusing them that contrary to popular liberal opinion, feminism isn’t for everyone – at least when it comes to Muslim women who oppose Sharia law.

Scholars and activists Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Asra W. Nomani wrote a piece titled “They Brushed Off Kamala Harris. Then She Brushed Us Off.” They exposed the absolute hypocrisy  that they experienced from feminists on the left when asked to testify about their experiences in the Muslim world before a Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs on Islamism earlier this month.

Literally calling out Democratic Senators Kamala Harris, Heidi Heitkamp, Maggie Hassan and Cliare McCaskill, Ali and Nomani describe the silent “shutdown” they received from these supposed feminists, who didn’t even look them in the eye let alone ask them a single question about the political ideology of Islam. "Just as we are invisible to the mullahs at the mosque, we were invisible to the Democratic women in the Senate."

McCaskill, they reported, even took issue with the theme of the hearing, “Anyone who twists or distorts religion to a place of evil is an exception to the rule…We should not focus on religion."

Ali and Nomani expressed their concerns over the “deeply troubling trend among progressives” when confronted with the Islamic extremism. Sure, feminists are front and center when it comes to abortion rights, birth control, sexism, pay gaps and workplace discrimination, but when it comes to confronting the brutal realities of Islamic extremism – no one is speaking. There are no marches against honor killings, sex slavery, female genital mutilation, child marriages. There is only silence from the left. They wrote:

Sitting before the senators that day were two women of color: Ayaan is from Somalia; Asra is from India. Both of us were born into deeply conservative Muslim families. Ayaan is a survivor of female genital mutilation and forced marriage. Asra defied Shariah by having a baby while unmarried. And we have both been threatened with death by jihadists for things we have said and done. Ayaan cannot appear in public without armed guards.

In other words, when we speak about Islamist oppression, we bring personal experience to the table in addition to our scholarly expertise. Yet the feminist mantra so popular when it comes to victims of sexual assault — believe women first — isn’t extended to us. Neither is the notion that the personal is political. Our political conclusions are dismissed as personal; our personal experiences dismissed as political.

The article drew over 1,000 comments, so the Times invited them back to take questions from readers. 

Speaking to Tucker Carlson on Fox last week, Nomani said because there is this stigma that anyone who speaks out against Islamic extremism will be labeled bigoted or Islamophobic, American feminists think twice about speaking up. She also explained that there are many ways to help combat the abuse and violence women face, but it all starts with an open conversation on the issue of Islamic extremism. Clearly Kamala Harris, Heidi Heitkamp, Maggie Hassan and Cliare McCaskill aren’t the type of feminists open to such a frank conversation.


          What new US "enhanced security measures" will mean for Irish travelers   

The US Department of Homeland Security are set to enhance security measures on all incoming commercial flights to the US in an attempt to prevent a further ban of electronics on flights, it was announced yesterday.

Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly revealed that there will be heightened security standards on the some 2,100 flights coming into the US daily from 280 airports across 105 countries. It is believed that airlines will be given 21 days to put the relevant measures in place while having 120 days to implement further security measures.

The measures are being introduced in an attempt to prevent the need to implement an electronics ban on flights, a measure that was introduced in March in ten airports across eight countries, asking passengers to place electronic items larger than a cell phone in checked baggage instead of in carry-on bags.

“With this announcement, we send a clear message that inaction is not an option,” Kelly said.

“Those who choose not to cooperate or are slow to adopt these measures could be subject to other restrictions—including a ban on electronic devices on their airplanes, or even a suspension of their flights to the United States.

“However, we expect all airlines will work with us to keep their aircraft, their crew, and their passengers safe. I have spent months engaging with our closest allies and foreign partners on this issue, and many of them have expressed strong support for this effort.”

Read more: Chicago Irish face down Trump’s travel bans

The security measures are said to include enhancing overall passenger screening, heightening the screening of electronic devices, increasing security protocol around aircraft themselves as well as the passenger areas in airports, and establishing further preclearance locations.

The Republic of Ireland is already one of the countries that offers pre-clearance through US immigration and customs in Dublin and Shannon airports, where passengers may already be asked to power on electronic devices to ensure that they are working and not packed with explosives. It is believed that this practise may become more common under the new measures.

Kelly stated that the new measures will be both “seen and unseen” and that they will be put in place without any further trouble for passengers attempting to get to the US.

Read more: What does Trump's new travel ban mean?

“While the actions we are announcing today will improve the security of U.S.-bound flights, I am hopeful other nations will follow suit,” Kelly continued.

“Unless we all raise our security standards, terrorists—who see commercial aviation as the greatest takedown—will find and attack the weakest link.

“Together, we have the opportunity to raise the baseline on aviation security globally, and we can do it in a manner that will not unduly inconvenience the flying public.”

The new measures were announced on the same day that President Trump’s travel ban came into play, placing a temporary suspension on entry to the US for foreign nationals from Sudan, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, and Yemen. The Executive Order “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States” was implemented at 8 pm on Thursday despite last ditch efforts in Hawaii to delay it further.

H/T: Joe.ie


          World: Most successful Global Ramadan campaign ever   
Source: Islamic Relief
Country: Afghanistan, Central African Republic, Chad, Iraq, Pakistan, Somalia, Syrian Arab Republic, World, Yemen

This year’s global Ramadan food distribution campaign was the most successful ever, raising £7.5 million from across the world, including every continent.

With these generously donated funds, Islamic Relief distributed 250,000 large food packs in 35 countries, reaching 2 million people.

Our teams reached some of the poorest and most remote and dangerous places in the world, including in Iraq, Syria, Somalia and Yemen.

In charge of the whole global operation is Zaheer Afzal, Seasonal Programmes Manager. Explaining how we manage to reach such remote communities he says:

“Our biggest strength is that we have local offices with staff and partners on the ground across the countries where we work all year round and they have excellent relations established with local community leaders and authorities on the ground. This means we can get to some areas where many other organisations can’t. It’s about locals helping locals.

“In Chad, our staff travelled for two whole days to reach refugees from the Central African Republic and in Pakistan, our staff travelled to the most remote mountainous areas in the north of the country. In Afghanistan, beneficiaries travelled for miles on donkeys to meet our staff in some of the most remote and challenging areas of the country.”

Before carrying out the distributions we do a needs assessment to make sure that the food packs will meet those most in need. And this means people of all faiths and none.

All the food is procured locally and is tailored to local tastes or needs.

“For example, in African countries they like millet and flour and extra sugar,” explains Zaheer. “. In Bangladesh they like rice, chickpeas and lentils. In Somalia, they don’t even have basic foodstuffs so we make sure we provide this.”

It is a massive operation from start to finish, starting with the needs assessment, then transferring the funds, procuring the food at a decent price and then organising the logistics for the distribution.

Zaheer is very proud of the teams who carry out the work.

“Many of the staff are operating in extreme temperatures while they are fasting but this doesn’t hinder their work. In fact, sometimes when they return they say more people need our help, can we please distribute some more.”

When all of this work is finished there is no time to rest as we have already started organising the Qurbani distributions for Eid Al-Adha.

Zaheer explains: “Time is of the essence as food prices increase in the run up to Eid Al-Adha, just as they do for Eid Al-Fitr. We need to make sure we get the best possible prices so we can reach as many people as possible.”

For more information about our Ramadan 2017 distribution please click here.


          Canada celebrates 150 years, a separation from Christianity   
Canada (MNN) – Tomorrow, Canada celebrates its 150th anniversary, and many people will be reflecting on the young nation’s beginning. While there tends to be a debate on whether or not the nation was founded on Judeo-Christian principles, there is no doubt of the heavy Christian influence. And yet, Canada has seen a number of cultural shifts in recent years. Greg Musselman of The Voice of the Martyrs Canada says he is proud to be Canadian, and excited to celebrate this anniversary. “We have a very diverse population here—people groups from all over the place, all around the world. In fact, Canada is one of the most multicultural countries in the world, and Toronto is probably the most multicultural city in the world. And we’re proud of that.” And yet, he understands why recent legislature has left some evangelical Christians a bit uneasy. “I think what we’re seeing not only in Canada, but many of the Western nations is a really going away from God’s Word,” Musselman says. M-103 Earlier this year, we talked about M-103, a motion that ended up passing in March. On its face, the motion is harmless. For one, it isn’t a law. And secondly, it calls for something to be done about racial and religious discrimination, particularly when it comes to “Islamophobia”. However, what constitutes “Islamophobia” is not defined. It’s for this reason that some have compared it to the anti-blasphemy sentiment we’ve seen so abused in countries like Pakistan. Musselman says, “There is concern that even that thought within our country would lead to [a] lack of freedom of speech.” For Christians following Jesus’ command to spread the Gospel, that would be a problem. The Gospel preaches one Way, one Truth, and one Life found in Jesus and inherently excludes other religions from being true. Biblical truths have come up against challenges in other areas of the law, as well. Bill 89 Earlier this month, Ontario passed Bill 89, also called the Supporting Children, Youth and Families Act, 2017. This act details the protections of children under the care of child protection services, foster care, and adoption services. It will replace the older Child and Family Services Act. Bill 89 brings a lot of new language to the fore, including a list of items care providers are to respect, including “race, ancestry, place of origin, color, ethnic origin, citizenship, family diversity, disability, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression.” So while the act ensures many good and important protections for children in social care, the specific inclusion of the gender discussion has many worried. The fear is that the government will be able to take children away if they teach the increasingly unpopular biblical view on sex and marriage. Musselman says, “If the government considers that they (the parents) are being too hard, that they’re not letting these children choose, all that kind of stuff, they could find themselves in conflict with the government.” Under the act, children will be placed in homes that hold a similar worldview to theirs, if possible. Even so, it signals Canada’s growing discontent with Christian beliefs.

In education

Meanwhile, a spat is taking place in Alberta. According to CBN News, Cornerstone Christian Academy has been told to stop using Scripture in schools that could be considered offensive. The tension stems from passages that discuss homosexuality.

The tension of grace and truth

All of these situations call attention to the growing rift in what society believes, and what the Bible teaches. Musselman says no matter what, Christians should be prepared to stick to their beliefs. But he says, it’s crucial that we do it in love. This is a delicate and difficult balance to strike. Too often members of the Church in the West head to one side—love without much truth, and truth without much love. It’s led to many secular ideals infiltrating the Church on one hand, and on the other hand a Church unable to engage communities in witness. “We have to have grace and mercy in how we present ourselves as followers of Christ, but we have to have the freedom to be able to speak and be able to present the Gospel,” Musselman explains. But, how do we do this? It starts with prayer, and a deepened commitment to studying God’s Word. “I think we have to remember that this is a spiritual battle, and each and every one of us needs to hear from Jesus and how he wants us to approach people.” Additionally, we can learn from others who had to stand up for their faith in difficult situations. Because VOM Canada advocates for the persecuted Church, Musselman is well aware of what persecution looks like around the world. He says Christians living in dire straits have a lot to show us. Mainly, they teach us not to compromise our beliefs when things get hard. “We have to remember that we’re ambassadors for Christ, and He is our ruler and we take orders from Him. And sometimes we will have to stand up in very difficult situations.”

(Photo courtesy of Jonathan Denney via Unsplash)

But, he explains, “The challenge is in the West, the compromise doesn’t seem [as big] because it’s not ‘if you don’t deny your faith in Jesus, we’ll kill you.’… But over time, we can get kind of worn down, and we don’t even recognize how much we may be compromising or even minimizing things in the Scripture because we don’t want to be disliked.” Musselman says if Christians are more in tune with what is happening to believers around the world, they will be more likely to stick to their beliefs. “Paul, [in] 1 Corinthians 12:26 says, ‘If one part of the body suffers, we all suffer.’ So, we need to be remembering our brothers and sisters in countries like Pakistan, Nigeria, Somalia, Indonesia, China, India, wherever there is suffering.” If you’d like to stay caught up on stories of Christians all over the world, head over to VOM Canada’s web page.
              
Después de 26 años de cruenta guerra civil la mayoría de los edificios de #Mogadiscio #Somalia han sufrido algún tipo de daño o han sido completamente arrasados. Catedral católica de la capital del país sólo conserva sus cimientos y la imagen de un #Cristo en uno de los frisos. Hoy animales y somalíes pobres son los únicos que visitan este enclave. #religion #África #Africa #guerracivil #War #Cristianismo #catedral. Foto: A.Pampliega (febrero 2014)
          Close Family Ties, Job Offers Considered 'Bona Fide' As Trump Travel Ban Takes Effect   
Updated June 29 at 1:20 p.m. ET The Trump administration outlined Thursday how it will implement its modified travel ban, following the Supreme Court's decision on Monday lifting a stay on the executive order imposed by two lower courts. The Supreme Court ruled Monday that the modified ban cannot be applied to "foreign nationals who have a credible claim of bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States." Senior U.S. officials who briefed reporters on a conference call but would not allow themselves to be identified, told reporters that the order will allow travelers from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen to enter the U.S. if they have close family ties. Those ties are defined as a parent, including parent-in-law; spouse; child; adult son or daughter, including son-in-law or daughter-in-law; and sibling, including half and step siblings. However, the administration's definition does not include grandparents, grandchildren, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews,
          New Rules for US Travel Ban to Require Family, Business Ties   

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The Trump administration has set new visa requirements for people from six mainly Muslim nations and all refugees.

The Associated Press (AP) says the new rules require those seeking a visa to have a close relationship with a family or business in the United States.

The move came after the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to parts of an executive order signed by President Donald Trump. Critics of the order compared it to a ban on Muslims.

The State Department released the guidance for U.S. diplomats on Wednesday.

The government is not canceling visas that have already been approved.

The new rules affect visa applicants from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. It said they must prove a relationship with a parent, husband or wife, child, the husband or wife of an adult child, or a brother or sister already in the United States to be considered for a visa.

Other family members are not considered close relations under the new guidelines. They include grandparents, grandchildren, aunts, uncles, cousins and other extended family members.

Graphic depicting State Department details on 'bona fide' relationships Graphic depicting State Department details on 'bona fide' relationships

The same requirement, with few exceptions, is in effect for would-be refugees who are still awaiting approval for admission to the U.S.

The new rules take effect at 0000 Universal Time (UTC) on Friday, the AP report said.

The State Department will consider whether visa applicants from the six countries have business ties to the United States. It said an acceptable business relationship has to be “formal, documented,” and not created for the purpose of avoiding the ban.

The new guidance said a hotel or rental car agreement would not meet the requirement.

The new rules do not affect news reporters, students, workers or speakers who have valid invitations or offers of employment in the U.S.

On Monday, the Supreme Court partially lifted lower court rulings against Trump’s executive order, which had temporarily banned visas for citizens of the six countries.

The new guidance will remain in place until the Supreme Court makes a final ruling on the issue. The court will not hear arguments in the case until at least October. So the temporary rules will remain in place for at least the next three months.

Shortly after taking office, Trump ordered the refugee ban and a travel ban affecting the six countries, as well as Iraq. He said it was needed to protect the United States from terrorists. But opponents said it was unfairly severe and was designed to meet his campaign promise to keep Muslims out of the country.

After a federal judge rejected the bans, Trump signed another order designed to overcome legal issues. That order was also rejected by lower courts, but the Supreme Court ruled that parts of the order are constitutional.

I’m Jonathan Evans.

The Associated Press reported this story. George Grow adapted the report for Learning English. Hai Do was the editor.

Words in This Story

executiveadj. of or relating to the execution of laws

applicantn. someone who asks for something; a candidate

formaladj. following an established form or custom

validadj. having legal force; justifiable

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          Shabaab bombs use explosives seized from Kenyan bases, expert says    
Material in some of the bombs detonated by Al-Shabaab was seized in raids on Kenyan military bases inside Somalia, according to a researcher who has studied the insurgents' use of improvised explosive devices (IEDs).
          At least 20,000 children at risk of dying in drought-stricken Somalia    
More than 20,000 children across nine districts in Somalia risk starving to death in a few months unless the international community continues to provide life-saving aid to the drought-stricken country, an aid organisation has warned.
          War vets, inner city youth join to trap Florida pythons    
US war veteran Chad Brown suffers from PTSD after serving in Iraq and Somalia, has been homeless and classified as mentally disabled, sold his blood for $20 a pop and tried to kill himself.
          Al Shabaab militants executed in Somalia's Puntland for bomb plots, killings    
Authorities in Somalia's semi-autonomous Puntland region on Friday executed seven people it said were Islamist militants who plotted to carry out attacks, including bombings.
          Divisions Among Gulf Arab States Increases Instability in the Horn of Africa   
Gulf Cooperation Council isolation of Qatar impacts Djibouti, Eritrea, Somalia, Somaliland, Ethiopia and Sudan A dispute over territory involving the Horn of Africa states of Djibouti and Eritrea was reignited in the aftermath of the withdrawal of Qatari military forces stationed on the border of the countries on June 13. Doha had served as a […]
          Comment on Statement on Executive Order of January 28 by Mitch Nosack   
The presidents orders are all about lawful immigration. I stand with him in putting this nation's safety first. The national media seem to believe their job in reporting Trump’s temporary halt to allowing refugees from seven nations that are hotbeds of anti-American terrorism is to take the most over-the-top hysterical reaction from the anti-Trump left and send it through Metallica’s wall of amplifiers. But news flash: outside of coastal big cities, few people are buying it. As the recent Reuters report found, many Americans in the Heartland think the protesters should just chill and let the government sort this out. They voted for Trump largely because they were tired of seeing our borders overrun and didn’t want to suffer the same fate as European nations that are experiencing massive crime and unrest due to millions of Middle Eastern refugees who are hostile to their hosts’ culture and refuse to assimilate. They see this as Trump simply keeping a campaign promise: a temporary ban until we can find a way to make sure it’s safe to let people in, which is exactly what Trump said he would do. The media are echoing the charge that it’s a “Muslim ban,” but it’s aimed at seven nations - Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Yemen and Syria - that the Obama Administration specifically identified as dangerous. Obama started imposing more stringent vetting of people from these nations two years ago, and the media never made a peep over it. Non-Muslims from those nations are affected, while Muslims from all other nations are not, so it’s not a Muslim ban. And contrary to some reports, it has nothing to do with whether Trump's companies do business in those nations. They were identified as dangerous by the previous Administration. Perhaps the most overly-dramatic reaction came, not surprisingly, from the New York Daily News, which depicted a crying Lady Liberty with a headline accusing Trump of closing the “Golden Door.” It’s a meme repeated by other liberal outlets and Democrats such as Chuck Schumer. But the poem on the Statue of Liberty is not official immigration policy, and the “Golden Door” to America has never been wide open to anybody who wanted to enter. An entry like that wouldn’t be a door at all, just a broken gate.
          US President Donald Trump’s travel ban to be proven unlawful: American Muslim leaders   
International travelers arrive at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) on June 29, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by AFP)
American Muslim leaders say that President Donald Trump's travel ban would eventually be proven unlawful.
The statement by Leaders of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) came on Friday, one day after the US travel ban on six predominantly Muslim countries took effect.
The 90-day ban, which targets citizens from six predominantly Muslim countries, namely Iran, Syria, Yemen, Libya, Somalia and Sudan, came into force after the US Supreme Court allowed it to be enforced pending a full hearing in October.
Leaders of the ISNA, which is said to be the largest Muslim advocacy group on the continent, condemned the ban as they gathered for a weekend convention in Chicago.
"His (Trump’s) statements and his rhetoric have caused a great amount of harm to the American Muslim community," said Azhar Azeez, president of the ISNA.
"This country has always been an inclusive nation, a tolerant nation," Azeez said, adding, "We, as Americans, have an obligation to make sure we uphold all these things."
Convention attendee Arishaa Khan said, "This ban has been tumultuous."
"We had a lot of people come to visit in the mosque... to show support. And it was very nice," said Muhammad Abdellatif, another attendee from Houston.
Members of Catholic, Lutheran and Jewish faiths were also set to attend the three-day convention.
The condemnation by the ISNA came a few hours after the American Civil Liberties Union also described the measure as extremely restrictive and arbitrary.
The group said the ban has been designed to “disparage and condemn Muslims.”
Trump’s initial ban and his second version, blocked by lower courts, provoked huge protests and created chaos at international airports.
The US president insists his ban is necessary for national security, but critics have called the ban discriminatory against Muslims.

          Congress Considers Banning Tourism to North Korea   

Congress may ban tourism to North Korea next month, so if you want to visit Pyongyang on holiday, you’d better hurry.

Actually, don’t. The Kim family regime has been kidnapping American citizens and using them as leverage against the United States government—what Korean experts call “hostage diplomacy”—for years. And on the off chance you haven’t heard, earlier this month it sent University of Virginia student Otto Warmbier home with a fatal brain injury after first sentencing him to fifteen years of slave labor.

The United States lifted most of the travel restrictions to Cuba last year, finally ending its absurd curtailment of Americans’ freedom of movement. Until then, it was okay to visit Iran, North Korea, Russia and Syria as a tourist. Cuba alone was off limits. There was only one way to resolve that anachronistic contradiction—lift the Cuban travel ban or prohibit tourism to every hostile state in the world. The latter would have been both pointless and draconian, and Congress eased up on the Cuban ban last year shortly before the seemingly immortal Fidel Castro finally keeled over.

Prohibiting American tourism in Cuba was part of the long-standing sanctions package imposed after Castro nationalized American property in the 1950s. The proposed ban to North Korea is being considered for an entirely different reason—because North Korea is dangerous.

Vacationing in Havana has never been dangerous. Depending on where exactly you live, it’s probably less dangerous than staying home. The Castros don’t snatch random tourists out of hotels. And while the island nation has a host of debilitating problems, crime, at least, is not one of them. Cuba is poor and oppressive, but it’s one of the safest countries on earth.  

North Korea is actually dangerous, at least for Americans. “It does sound exotic to go to a Hermit Kingdom,” says one of the bill’s co-sponsor Representative Joe Wilson, (R-SC), “but it's not exotic, it's dangerous and you're dealing with a maniacal society."

Lots of countries are dangerous. Mexico is flooded with American tourists at all times, yet it’s the second-most violent country in the world after Syria. You can go to Syria, though, if you really want to. (Don’t.) You are also free to visit crime-ridden Venezuela. You can go to Iraq. (I went seven times.) You can go to Somalia. You can climb Mount Everest, which is even more likely to kill you. Earlier this month, Alex Honnold free climbed the near-vertical face of El Capitan in Yosemite National Park without a rope. If you want to put your ass on the line for adventure and kicks, have at it. It’s not the government’s business.

At least it usually isn’t. Congress could argue that it is the government’s business if North Korean authorities yank you off your plane at the airport so they can use you as a bargaining chip. The Israeli government bans its citizens from travel to Lebanon for a similar reason. Hezbollah likes to kidnap Israelis and swap them. In 2008, Israel released five Lebanese prisoners, including the convicted child-murderer Samir Kuntar. In exchange, Hezbollah returned the mutilated bodies of Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev. Israelis can and do visit other Arab countries like Tunisia, Morocco, Jordan, Egypt and Oman, but heading to Lebanon puts the entire country at risk, so it’s outlawed.

But that’s not why Congress is mulling a travel ban to North Korea. No, this is about keeping us safe. It’s more like the seatbelt law than Israel’s travel ban to Hezbollahland. It won’t even have the unintended side effect of preventing the Kim regime from using American hostages as weapons against the rest of us because the bill has a loophole. If you want to go there for a reason other than tourism, the Treasury Department will give you a permit. So when—not not if—Kim Jong-Un wants more hostages, he’ll just grab permitted travelers rather than tourists.

Unless the government thinks it’s right and proper to ban tourism in countries just because they are dangerous (which would logically begin with Syria and move directly to Mexico), Congress would be wise to drop this.

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          SENIOR LOGISTICS OFFICER, P5   
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          Security Officer, P-4   
Security Officer, P-4, Garowe, Somalia #63922 >> Apply here Job Number: 505510 | Vacancy Link Locations: Africa: Somalia Work Type: Fixed Term Staff Purpose of the Position The Security Specialist is responsible for all aspects of security risk management (SRM), crisis readiness and preparedness at his/her respective duty station. He/she will assist the Chief of […]
          Somalia Islamist Insurgency Splits as Loyalty of Key Commander Wavers    
MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Somalia's insurgency suffered a significant split after government officials confirmed on Friday that they had sent troops to repel Islamist fighters seeking to capture one of their own commanders.
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          Se duplican en un año los delitos sexuales cometidos por inmigrantes en Alemania   

Dos policías alemanes han sido apartados de sus puestos después de no haber atendido a una mujer violada por un inmigrante en Bonn. Sin embargo, este no ha sido el único caso de agresión sexual.

Y, es que, la desatención de los agentes ha acrecentado la percepción de que las autoridades alemanas no se están tomando en serio la oleada de violaciones  sexuales que se están cometiendo desde que la canciller Angela Merkel abriera las puertas a los inmigrantes.

Por su interés reproducimos el artículo de Gatestone Institute:

El incidente se produjo poco después de la medianoche del 2 de abril, cuando una mujer de 23 años fue violada en un campamento de la reserva natural de Siegaue. Cuando el novio de la chica, de 26 años, presa del pánico, llamó al número de emergencias para pedir ayuda, una agente cogió el teléfono.

El novio de la joven llamó en varias ocasiones a los agentes

El hombre dijo: "A mi novia la está violando un hombre negro. Lleva un machete". La policía respondió: "¿Estás de coña?" ("Sie wollen mich nicht verarschen, oder?"). El hombre respondió: "No, no". La policía dijo: "Hum". Tras unos momentos de silencio, le aseguró que enviaría un coche de la policía a investigar. Después la policía dijo: "Gracias, adiós", y colgó abruptamente el teléfono.

Unos minutos después, el novio volvió a llamar al número de emergencias de la policía y otro agente cogió el teléfono. El hombre dijo: "Hola, acabo de hablar con su compañera". El agente replicó: "¿De qué se trata?" El hombre: "Se trata de que están violando a mi novia". El agente: "Esto es en Siegaue, ¿verdad?". El hombre: "Exacto". El agente le dijo entonces al hombre que llamara a la policía en Siegburg, una localidad al norte de Bonn. "Ellos pueden coordinar esto mejor", dijo el agente antes de colgar.

la policía de Bonn anunció dos meses después de la violación que los dos agentes implicados en el caso no podrían "nunca jamás" volver a trabajar en  la policía

La policía llegó finalmente al lugar de los hechos unos veinte minutos tarde. Frank Piontek, portavoz de la comisaría de la policía de Bonn, defendió al principio la conducta de la policía: "Aunque la policía hubiese manejado esto de otra forma, no se podría haber hecho nada para detener la violación". Frente a la corriente de indignación pública, sin embargo, la policía de Bonn anunció el 31 de mayo —dos meses después de la violación— que los dos agentes implicados en el caso no podrían "nunca jamás" volver a trabajar en el centro de control de emergencias de la policía.

Mientras, seis días después de la violación, la policía arrestó a un sospechoso, un migrante de Ghana de 31 años llamado Eric Kwame Andam X., a partir de pruebas de ADN. Eric X. era bien conocido por la policía alemana: había sido detenido cinco veces por distintos delitos, pero nunca fue acusado y lo dejaron siempre libre. Luego se s